William Morris’ The Wood Beyond the World

Walter leaves his homeland after a series of waking dreams
In which he sees a loathsome dwarf, a maiden and a queen.

In a strange erratic wilderness he is drawn into intrigues
And must win through to victory, or, as the Germans say: Sieg.

Perhaps it’s an homage to Chrétien de Troyes, this lovely chivalraic tale
Whose pseudo-archaic style will cause some readers to gnash or wail;

Well, we found his stylings a great delight, no need whatever to dodge them;
But then one of our favourite books, you see, is The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson…

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