Le Morte d'Arthur BOOK IX CHAPTER XI
Legends and Sagas
How Sir Tristram met with Sir Lamorak de Galis, and how
they fought, and after accorded never to fight together.
NOW fair knight, he said, my name is Sir Tristram de Liones.
Sir, said the other knight, and my name is Sir Lamorak de Galis.
Ah, Sir Lamorak, said Sir Tristram, well be we met, and bethink
thee now of the despite thou didst me of the sending of the horn
unto King Mark's court, to the intent to have slain or
dishonoured my lady the queen, La Beale Isoud; and therefore wit
thou well, said Sir Tristram, the one of us shall die or we
depart. Sir, said Sir Lamorak, remember that we were together in
the Isle of Servage, and at that time ye promised me great
friendship. Then Sir Tristram would make no longer delays, but
lashed at Sir Lamorak; and thus they fought long till either were
weary of other. Then Sir Tristram said to Sir Lamorak: In all
my life met I never with such a knight that was so big and well
breathed as ye be, therefore, said Sir Tristram, it were pity
that any of us both should here be mischieved. Sir <370>said Sir
Lamorak, for your renown and name I will that ye have the worship
of this battle, and therefore I will yield me unto you. And
therewith he took the point of his sword to yield him. Nay, said
Sir Tristram, ye shall not do so, for well I know your proffers,
and more of your gentleness than for any fear or dread ye have of
me. And therewithal Sir Tristram proffered him his sword and
said: Sir Lamorak, as an overcome knight I yield me unto you as
to a man of the most noble prowess that ever I met withal. Nay,
said Sir Lamorak, I will do you gentleness; I require you let us
be sworn together that never none of us shall after this day have
ado with other. And therewithal Sir Tristram and Sir Lamorak
sware that never none of them should fight against other, nor for
weal nor for woe.