The False Knight On The Road


The False Knight is the prince of lies and the only way to deal successfully with him is, as scripture says, to stand up to him and he will flee. In folk tradition that includes having a Bible or scrap of scripture with you and outwitting him by answering the questions cleverly.  In his great collection of English and Scottish ballads, which includes this ballad, Professor F J Child reminds us not to trust to scolding (angry argument) unless we know more words than the enemy.

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