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Poem by William Morris


Near Avalon


A ship with shields before the sun,
Six maidens round the mast,
A red-gold crown on every one,
A green gown on the last.

The fluttering green banners there
Are wrought with ladies' heads most fair,
And a portraiture of Guenevere
The middle of each sail doth bear.

A ship with sails before the wind,
And round the helm six knights,
Their heaumes are on, whereby, half blind,
They pass by many sights.

The tatter'd scarlet banners there
Right soon will leave the spear-heads bare.
Those six knights sorrowfully bear
In all their heaumes some yellow hair. 



William Morris


William Morris's other poems:
  1. The Son's Sorrow
  2. Another For The Briar-Rose
  3. The Burgher's Battle
  4. Tapestry Trees
  5. The King Of Denmark's Sons


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