Be Wary and Make Haste


It is my duty to protect the good Prioress. It is a weight upon my mind now that I must stress the importance of vigilance in this, our tale-telling about her. Let us not forget the spirit of pride which pulls us each about tempting us to reach into our imaginations for the most colorful tale we can weave.

While her comfort and protection are my focus on this journey; her protection is certainly my most serious of these. My horse is not sturdy but it is my hope that he is at least swift and at my beckon in the chance that I shall need to defend my lady. She is quite frail and misguided in the ways of the evil which lurks a

bout this foreign land and people.
My great strength will surely keep us all safe along this way. My guidance, I pray, will be also to your benefit. Only this past night I saw a vision which has been keeping my mind quite occupied.
Pray we keep our hearts open to fear of the Lord lest we perish before we return to our homes. Keep my mind steady in my quest; many men have dreamt the dream of doom and not been prudent to be watchful as I know I must! I am certain I saw visions in my dreaming which have caused my great dis-ease this day… I dare not look too long on my lady lest she lead me to my doom.
May the saints be with us and watch over us and the intentions of our hearts keep us safe. May the fears of my nightmares prove nothing but the foolishness of a prideful, tempted man. May the creatures of the night not overtake us in the light or darkness of this, our great journey.
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About Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller can be found running and cycling the streets and suburbs of Boston, taking long sojourns in rare book archives whenever he can. He teaches English at UMass Boston, serves as Book Review Editor for Arthuriana, and writes about digital pedagogy, open access publishing, and medieval literature.

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