Laden with riches, Guy reached home again, this time to marry the beautiful Phyllis. There was a great and splendid wedding. For fifteen days the feasting and merriment lasted.
For some time Guy and Phyllis lived happily together. Then one sad day Earl Rohand died and Guy became Earl of Warwick.
As the new earl was one day thinking of his past life, it seemed to him that he had caused much bloodshed. Thereupon he decided to go to the Holy Land, and there, at the Sepulcher of our Lord, do penance for his sins. Phyllis begged him to stay; but Guy said, “I must go.” So, dressed in pilgrim robes, with staff in hand he set out on his long journey.
One day as he walked he came upon an old man who was sad because the giant Ameraunt was keeping his daughter and fifteen sons in a strong castle. “I am Earl Jonas of Durras,” he said, “and I seek Guy of Warwick to help me.”
Guy said if the earl would give him meat and drink, weapons and armor, he would see what he could do.
A splendid coat of mail was brought with shield and sword. Guy called to the giant to come forth. “That will I,” replied the giant, “and make short work with thee.”
Ameraunt stalked forth and the fight began. All day it lasted before Guy with his sword cut the giant’s head off.
Taking the keys of the castle, which lay on the ground, he immediately released Earl of Jonas’s children and other noble knights and brave ladies.
Putting off his armor, he dressed himself once more in his pilgrim’s robe, and with his staff in his hand set out again upon his journey.
HOW GUY FOUGHT WITH THE GIANT COLBRAND
For some time after Guy went away Phyllis was very sorrowful. She wept and mourned, and was so sad that she longed to die. At times she even thought of killing herself. She would draw out Guy’s great sword, which he had left behind, and think how easy it would be to run it through her heart. But she remembered that the good fairies had promised to send her a little son, and so she made up her mind to live until he came. When the good fairies brought the baby she called him Reinbroun, and he was so pretty and so dear that Phyllis was comforted.
Then, because her lord was far away, and could not attend to his great lands nor to the ruling of his many servants, Phyllis did so for him. She ruled and ordered her household well; she made new roads and rebuilt bridges which had been broken down. She journeyed through all the land, seeing that wrong was made right and evildoers punished. She fed the poor, tended the sick, and comforted those in sorrow, and, besides all this, she built great churches and abbeys.
So year after year passed, but still Guy did not return. All day Phyllis was busy and had no time for grief, but when evening came she would go to pace up and down the path (which to this day is called “Fair Phyllis’s Walk”) where she and Guy had often walked together. Now as she wandered there alone, the hot, slow tears would come, and she would feel miserable and forsaken.