354 THE WINNING OF OLWEN
running,' replied Arthur, ' and let everyone that opens and shuts the eye show him respect and serve him, for it is not meet to keep such a man in the wind and rain.' So Glewlwyd unbarred the gate and Kilwch rode in upon his charger.
' Greeting unto thee, O ruler of this land,' cried he, ' and greeting no less to the lowest than to the highest.'
' Greeting to thee also,' answered Arthur. ' Sit thou between two of my warriors, and thou shalt have minstrels before thee and all that belongs to one born to be a king, while thou remainest in my palace.'
' I am not come,' replied Kilwch, ' for meat and drink, but to obtain a boon, and if thou grant it me I will pay it back, and will carry thy praise to the four winds of heaven. But if thou wilt not grant it to me, then I will proclaim thy discourtesy wherever thy name is known.'
' What thou askest that shalt thou receive,' said Arthur, ' as far as the wind dries and the rain moistens, and the sun revolves and the sea encircles and the earth extends. Save only my ship and my mantle, my sword and my lance, my shield and my dagger, and Guinevere my wife.'
' I would that thou bless my hair,' spake Kilwch, and Arthur answered :
' That shall be granted thee.'
Forthwith he bade his men fetch him a comb of gold and a scissors with loops of silver, and he combed the hair of Kilwch his guest.
' Tell me who thou art,' he said, ' for my heart warms to thee, and I feel thou art come of my blood.'
' I am Kilwch, son of Kilydd,' replied the youth.
' Then my cousin thou art in truth,' replied Arthur, ' and whatsoever boon thou mayest ask thou shalt receive.'
' The boon I crave is that thou mayest win for me Olwen, the daughter of Yspaddaden Penkawr, and this