Michael Drayton

THEN sing they how he first ordained the circled board,

The knights whose martial deeds far famed that Table Round;

Which, truest in their loves, which, most in arms renowned:

The laws which long upheld that order, they report;

The Pentecosts prepared at Carleon in his court,

That table’s ancient seat; her temples and her groves,

Her palaces, her walks, baths, theatres, and stoves:

Her academy, then, as likewise they prefer:

Of Camilot they sing, and then of Winchester.