The True Knight


For knighthood is not in the feats of war,
As for to fight in quarrel right or wrong,
But in a cause which truth can not defar:
He ought himself for to make sure and strong,
Justice to keep mixt with mercy among:
And no quarrel a knight ought to take
But for a truth, or for the common's sake.

Stephen Hawes (d. 1523)

Note: defar = undo

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