Sir Dragonet's Quest

Sir Dagonet's Quest

By

F. B. Money-Coutts

            I


KING MARK came riding, in great despite,
    Seeking Sir Tristram to slay,
And chanced on a merry and courteous knight,
But knew him not for that jesting wight
    Sir Dinadan, brave and gay.



            II


As saddle to saddle they paced along,
    Hoving afar they saw
Horses and knights in a gallant throng
    Under the forest shaw.



            III


Said Dinadan, "Lo ! by yon cloth of gold
    Launcelot rides this way !"
And Mark, like a man that shakes with cold,
Said, "Launcelot here ? Then I cannot hold
    Longer with you to-day !"

When

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            IV


When Dinadan spied he might scarce abide
    For terror, he cried, "I see
Sir Launcelot's shield ! On a silver field
    Three lions and lilies three !"



            V


But he said it to shape a jest and jape,
    That cowardly King to school ;
For lions and lilies emblazoned thrice
He wist full well were the new device
    Of Dagonet, Arthur's fool.



            VI


Now Mark had turned him about, to slip
    Back, like a snake, for fear ;
But Dinadan rode to his fellowship,
    Who made of him passing cheer.



            VII


He told them his craft and all agreed ;
    So Dagonet, armed to fight,
Adventured his spear and spurred at speed,
Crying, "Ho ! ye caitiff of Cornish breed !
    Keep ye, ye craven knight !"

Now

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            VIII


Now out, now in, through thick and through thin,
    Mark fled from that shield aghast ;
Through thick and through thin, with dindle and din,
    Sir Dagonet followed fast !



            IX


Then the knights chased after, with Ho ! and Yield !
    And he ran like a rated hound ;
And the cry rose high and the laughter pealed,
Till wood and water and forest and field
    Rang with the noise and sound !





MLA citation: Money-Coutts, F. B. "Sir Dragonet's Quest." The Yellow Book 13 (April 1897): 107-109. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University. Web. [Date of access]. http://1890s.ca/HTML.aspx?s=YBV13_money_sir.html