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If thou dost come to evil pass," cried after them one laughing knight, "depend on thy servant, Ulfius, rather than on thy own prowess. " 26 i Neither Ulfius nor the damosel replied. They crossed the drawbridge, and traversed in leisurely fashion the winding way that led out upon the high road. Merlin stood watching them until at length they were out of sight. " inquired the jester, affectionately snuggling up to him. "I think on how the Black Art made fools of king and court," answered Merlin calmly.
Her bright smile invited him as much as her words and the sunshine. He sprang to his feet gayly, and offered her his hand. Away they strayed, over the green lawns and along the forest paths, joying in the day and in their youth. The afternoon passed quickly. The king and queen left at last to go to the evening service, and little by little the gardens were deserted. The Vesper bells began to chime as the two lingered in the rose-bower. The castle lay gray in the distance, dark against the sunset clouds.
What emotion had he aroused by his impetuous wooing? He tried to recall each word and look. When they had passed the great gateway, he staj^ed her. 53|iajniEl aiHlEEHi l She loosened the roses from her hair and dress before she replied. The petals had fallen and the leaves drooped. She watched them with sad eyes while they fell to the ground then, as she held the last spray in her ; hand, she spoke, gazing upon it. "When thou didst bring me them, Prince Anguish, they were sweet and fresh, indeed the fairest thou couldst find.
A lady of King Arthur's court : being a romance of the Holy Grail by Sara Hawks Sterling