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A fantasy novel by George MacDonald

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A FAERIE ROMANCE.
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XXIII.
High erected thought, seated in a heart of courtesy.
Sir Philip Sidney
A sweet attractive kinde of grace,
A full assurance given by lookes, Continuall comfort in a face,
The lineaments of Gospell bookes.
Spenser, on Sir Philip Sidney.
I had not gone far, for I had but just lost sight of the hated tower, when a voice of another sort, sounding near or far, as the trees permitted or inter­cepted its passage, reached me. It was a full, deep, manly voice, but withal clear and melodious. Now it burst on the ear with a sudden swell, and anon,, dying away as suddenly, seemed to come to me across a great space. Nevertheless, it drew nearer; till, at last, I could distinguish the words of the song, and get transient glimpses of the singer, between the columns of the trees. He came nearer, dawning upon me like a growing thought. He was a knight, armed from head to heel, mounted upon a strange-looking beast, whose form I could not
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