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Christ "hade neuer pechche / Of o[THORN]er huee bot quyt jolyf / [THORN]at mot ne masklle mozt on streche" (841-43), and for that reason, "vche saule [THORN]at hade neuer teche / Is to Pat Lombe a worthily wyf (845-46).
(3) 'Sir, zif ze be Wawen, wonder me pynkkez, Wyze pat is so wel wrast alway to god, And connez not of compaynye pe costez vndertake, And if mon kennes yow hom to knowe, ze kest hom of your mynde; bou hatz forzeten zederly pat zisterday I taztte Bi alder-truest token of talk pat I cowpe.' 'What is pat?' quop pe wyghe, 'Iwysse I wot neuer; If hit be soothe pat ze breue, pe blame is myn awen.' 'Zet I kende yow of kyssyng,' quop pe clere penne, 'Quere-so countenaunce is coupe quikly to clayme; bat bicumes vche a knyzt pat cortaysy vses.
[THORN]e kyng comfortez [thorn]e kny3t, and alle [thorn]e court als La3en loude [thorn]erat, and luflyly acorden [THORN]at lordes and ladis [thorn]at longed to [thorn]e Table, Vche burne of [thorn]e bro[thorn]erhede, a bauderyk schulde haue, A bende abelef hym aboute of a bry3t grene, And [thorn]at, for sake of [thorn]at segge, in swete to were.
And vche lyne vmbelappez and loukez in other, And ayquere hit is endelez; and Englych hit callen Oueral, as I here, the endeles knot.
King Arthur then consoles Gawain, and the entire court "laughen loude berat, and luflyly acorden / [thorn]at lordes and ladis [thorn]at longed to [thorn]e Table, / Vche burne of [thorn]e broberhede, a bauderyk schulde haue" ("laughs loudly about it, and courteously agrees / That lords and ladies who belong to the Table, / Each member of the brotherhood, should wear such a belt" (2514-16)).
I was committid and made a mayster-mon here To sytte vpon sayd causes, his cite I zemyd Vnder a prince of parage of paynymes laghe, And vche segge pat him sewide pe same faythe trowid.
To be sure, the poem's initial definition of patience would seem to discourage the preoccupation with worldly experience that Kolve describes: "For ho [patience] quelles vche a qued and quenches malyce; / For quoso suffer cowpe syt, sele solde folwe, / And quo for pro may noght pole, pe pikker he sufferes" [For she kills everything bad and extinguishes malice; / For if anyone could endure sorrow, happiness would follow; and anyone who, through resentment, cannot endure suffers the more intensely] (4-6).
The knight has supposedly earned the praise that the pentangle signifies, and the Gawain-poet underscores that his reputation is deserved: "Gawan watz for gode knawen, and as golde pured, / Voyded of vche vylany, with vertuez ennourned / in mote" (633-35).