OF A DAMOSEL WHICH CAME GIRT WITH A SWORD FOR TO FIND A MAN OF SUCH VIRTUE TO DRAW IT OUT OF THE SCABBARD.
Make a cry, that all the lords, knights and gentlemen of arms, should draw unto Camelot, and there would make great jousts. When the king was come thither, and lodged, there was come a damosel sent from the great lady Lile of Avelion. And when she came before King Arthur, she let her mantle fall that was richly furred; and then was she girt with a noble sword whereof the king had marvel. and said, Damosel, for what cause are ye girt with that sword? it beseemeth you not. The damosel; this sword that I am girt withal doth me great sorrow and cumberance, for I may not be delivered of this sword but by a knight without villainy or treachery, and without treason. And if I may find such a knight that hath all these virtues, he may draw this sword out of the sheath. This is a great marvel, said Arthur, if this be sooth; I will myself assay to draw out the sword, not presuming upon myself that I am the best knight, but that I will begin to draw at your sword in giving example to all the barons. Then Arthur took the sword by the sheath and by the girdle and pulled at it eagerly, but the sword would not out. Sir, said the damosel, you need not to pull half so hard, for he that shall pull it out shall do it with little might. Ye say well, said Arthur; I am displeased. Well duh, said the damosel, next time pay attention you jumped-up little tyrant, can't hang about, gotta find that good knight of my dreams, got a long list here. Laters dude.