The Manliness of Chivalry

In Howard Pyle’s version of The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, the Tanner sings a ballad entitled “The Wooing of Sir Keith” in which an old, ugly woman arrives at King Arthur’s court begging for the noble deed of a chivalrous knight:

“Quoth she, ‘I have a foul disease
Doth gnaw my very heart,
And but one thing can bring me ease
Or cure my bitter smart,

There is no rest, no ease for me
North, east, or west, or south,
Till Christian knight will willingly
Three kiss me on the mouth”

After King Arthur, Sir Launcelot, Sir Tristram, and Sir Gawaine refuse…

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