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This Alia king hath of this child gret wonder,
That I of wote: but shortly in a stound
But God wot, quod this senatour also,
Of wordly woman, maiden, widewe or wif:
Now was this child as like unto Custaoce 5 450
And sped him fro the table that he mightc.
Parfay, thought he, fantome is in minhed;
What wot 1 if that Crist have hider sent
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And aster Soon home with the stnatcur
This senJitour dofh AHa gtet honour,
Whan that shewifte wherfore was that fonde
Whan Alia saw his wif faire he hire grette, And wept that it was touthe for to.foe$ Tor at the sirste look he on hire sehe He knew wel'Veraily that it was' she; And she for sorwe as domb fiant as a tree :- J475 So washire herre flietre in hire distreffe Whan stie remembered his unkindenefle.
Twies she swouneth in his ewen light; He wepeth and him extnscth pitously: Now God, quod he, and ail hishatwesbright, 5480 So wisiy oniiny soule as have mercy, That of your harme as gilteles am I As is'P.laurice my sone, so like ydtir face, Eilcs the ferid me fetche out of this place.
Long was the fobbing andthe Jawer peine 5485 Or that hir woful hertes mij'.htcn eese, Gret was the pitee for to hcie hem pteine, Thufgh whichepleinusgari fairwoencrese. 1 pray you all my labour to relese, I may not tell his wo until to-nionve, 5490
I am so wary for to speke of sorwe.
Alia eoth to his inne, and as him ought
The morwe came, and Alia gan him dresse, 55 JO
I am your doughter, your Custance, quod me,
Now, goode fader, I you mercy crie;
Who can the pitous joye tellen all
This child Maurice was sithen Emperour
■»•- ssn-yovrQiflmcel I have added your for the fake of the metre*
But I let all his storie passen by;
In the olde Romane gestes men may find
This King Alia, whan he his time fey,
Who lived ever in fwiche delite o day 5SSS
That him ne meved eyther conscience,
Lasteth the bliffe of Alia with Cuslance.
For Deth, that taketh of hie and low his rente,
♦. JJ52. Bui litel while] In Marg. C. I," A mane usque ad "vesperem mutabitur tempug. tenent tympanum et gaudent "ad sonum organi," &c.
1r. 5555* W&fl lived ever} Ibid. "Quis unquam unicam diem "totam in sua dilectione duxit jocundam > quem in aliqua •' parte diei reatus conscientix, viz. impetus iræ, vel motu» •* concupiscentiæ non turbavit; quem livor, vel ardor avari"tiæ, vel tumor superbiæ non vexavit, quem aliqua jactura, ■' vel offensa, vel paflio non commoverit," E^c.