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Wood Beyond the World
William Morris

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THE WOOD BEYOND THE WORLD 

CHAPTER I: OF GOLDEN WALTER AND HIS FATHER 

Awhile ago there was a young man dwelling in a great and goodly city
by the sea which had to name Langton on Holm.  He was but of five
and twenty winters, a fair-faced man, yellow-haired, tall and
strong; rather wiser than foolisher than young men are mostly wont;
a valiant youth, and a kind; not of many words but courteous of
speech; no roisterer, nought masterful, but peaceable and knowing
how to forbear: in a fray a perilous foe, and a trusty war-fellow.
His father, with whom he was dwelling when this tale begins, was a
great merchant, richer than a baron of the land, a head-man of the
greatest of the Lineages of Langton, and a captain of the Porte; he
was of the Lineage of the Goldings, therefore was he called
Bartholomew Golden, and his son Golden Walter. 

Now ye may well deem that such a youngling as this was looked upon

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