Balin, " we must here depart ; take you this head and bear it to my friends, and tell them how I have sped, and tell my friends in Northumberland that my most foe is dead ; also tell them now I am out of prison, and also what adventure did befall me at the getting of this sword." " Alas," said the squire, " ye are greatly to blame for to displease King Arthur." " As for that," said Balin, " I will hie me with all the haste I may to meet with Rience, and destroy him, or else to die therefor ; and if it may happen me to win him, then will King Arthur be my good and gracious lord." " Where shall I meet with you ? " said the squire. " In King Arthur's court," said Balin. So his squire and he departed at that time. Then King Arthur and all the court made great dole, and had great shame of the death of the Lady of the Lake. Then the king full richly buried her.
At that time there was in King Arthur's court a knight that was the king's son of Ireland, and his name was Lanceor ; and he was a proud knight, and he counted himself one of the best knights of the court, and he had great spite at Balin for the achieving of the sword, that any should be accounted of more prowess than he was, and he asked King Arthur " if he would give him leave to ride after Balin, and to revenge the despite that he hath done." " Do your best," said King Arthur, " for I am right wrath with Balin ; I would he were quit of the despite that he hath done to me and to my court." Then this Lanceor went to his hostel to make him ready ; in the meanwhile came Merlin to King Arthur's court, and there it was told him of the adventure of the sword, and of the Lady of the Lake. " Now shall I say to you," said Merlin, " this damsel that here standeth, that brought