Parallels 3 – And in that hold there was a bed…

And as they sat thus, there came out a bed of tree of a chamber, which four gentlewomen brought; and in the bet lay a good man sick, and had a crown of gold upon his head. And there, in the midst of the palace, they set him down and went again. Then he lift up his head and said,
‘Sir Galahad, good knight, ye be right welcome, for much have I desired your coming! For in such pain and in such anguish as I have no man else might have suffered long. But now I trust to God the term is come that my pain shall be allayed, and so I shall pass out of this world, so as it was promised me long ago.’ (…)
And when he had said he vanished away. And they set them at the table in great dread and made their prayers. Then looked they and saw a Man come out of the holy vessel that had all the signs of the Passion of Jesu Christ, bleeding all openly. (…)
Right so departed Sir Galahad, and Sir Perceval and Sir Bors with him, and so they rode three days. And then they came to a rivage and found the ship whereof the tale speaketh of tofore. And when they came to the board they found in the midst of the bed the table of silver which they left with the Maimed King, and the Sankgreall which was covered in red samite.

Le Morte d’Arthur, Sir Thomas Malory

Jeff Buckley’s cover of Corpus Christi Carol, a medieval song (lyrics below):

He bear her off, he bear her down
He bear her into an orchard ground

Lu li lu lay lu li lu lay
The falcon hath bourne my mate away

And in this orchard there was a hold
That was hanged with purple and gold
And in that hold there was a bed
And it was hanged with gold so red

Lu li lu lay lu li lu lay
The falcon hath bourne my mate away

On this bed there lyeth a knight
His wound is bleeding both day and night
By his bedside kneeleth a maid
And she weepeth both night and day

Lu li lu lay lu li lu lay
The falcon hath bourne my mate away

By his bedside standeth a stone
Corpus christi written thereon

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