It is little else than an abridgment of Sir Thomas Malory's version of them as printed by Caxton--with a few additions from Geoffrey of Monmouth and other sources--and an endeavour to arrange the many tales into a more or less consecutive story.
that ground, for something there is surely underneath that will not suffer the tower to stand?"
The wizards at these words began to fear, and made no answer. Then said Merlin to the king--
"I pray, Lord, that workmen may be ordered to dig deep down into the ground till they shall come to a great pool of water."
This then was done, and the pool discovered far beneath the surface of the ground.
Then, turning again to the magicians, Merlin said, "Tell me now, false sycophants, what there is underneath that pool?"--but they were silent. Then said he to the king, "Command this pool to be drained, and at the bottom shall be found two dragons, great and huge, which now are sleeping, but which at night awake and fight and tear each other. At their great struggle all the ground shakes and trembles, and so casts down thy towers, which, therefore, never yet could find secure foundations."
The king was amazed at these words, but commanded the pool to be forthwith drained; and surely at