The Defence of Guenevere, 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 which 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.

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