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But take it hat, I pray you, in disdain: 791

This is the point, to speke it plat and plain,

That eche of you to shorten with youre way

In this viage stial tcllen Talcs tway,

To Canterbury ward I mene it fa, 705

And homeward he shall tellen other two,

Of a ventures that whilom han hefalle.

And which of you that bereth him best ofallc,

That is to sayn, that telleth in this cas

Tales of best sentence and most, solas, 800

Shal have a souper at youre aller cost

Here in-this place sitting by this post,

Whan that ye comen agen from Canterbury.

And for to maken you the more mery

I wol my selven gladly with you ride, 805

Right at min owen cost, and be yourgide.

And who that wol my jugement withsay

Shal pay for alle we fpenden by the way.

And if ye vouchesausthat it be so

Telle me anon withouten wordes mo, 810

And I wol erly mapen me thsisore.

This thing was granted, and our othes swore

■fr. 792. This is tbepointj See the D:/course, &c. \ 7.

■$. iiiz. and our otbesf<iuor£~\ i. e. and we swore our othe*, —and praied him, fcjV. It is too frequent a practice with out Author to omit the governing pronoun before his verbs. See below, ver. 1757. And sawe—for—and they sawe j ver.5041, knd sayn—for—and they sayn ; ver. 50^4, and yet Hth—for —anu vet he lithj ver. C143, andbliined himself--for—and;

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Wjth fuhglad herte, and praiden him also

That he wold vouchesauf for to don so,

And that he wolde ben our governour, 8*5

And of our Tales juge and reportour,

And sette a souper at a certain pris,

And we wql l'euied ben at his devise

In highe and lowe: and thus by on aslant

We ben accorded to hisjugement; 820

And therupon the win was sette anon:

We dronken, and to restc wenten echo on

Withouten any lenger taryiog.

A morwe whan the d.iy be^an to spring
Up rose our Hoste, and was our aller cok, %%$

And gaderd us togeder in a flok,
And forth we riden a litel more than pas
Unto the watering of Seint Thoma*( ■
And thcr our Hofle began his hors ireft,
And slide, Lordes, herkeneth if you lest: 830

Ye wete your forword, and I it record s
if even song and morwe song accord,

he blamed himself; ver. (iyjS, and made him—for— and I

made him.

■v". 819. In highcar.dlvwe] /^,or, De alto ct hajso, barb. Lat. Kiut et has, Fr. were expreflions ot" entire submission on one fide and sovereignty on the other. So P. L. p. 2S1, speaking Of the Pope, says---" He lalle at his dome set it IrM .mi bit." See Du Cangs in v.

♦•.'827. a litelmore than pal] Asm, with Chaucer, means always, 1 believe, a foot-pace. See ver. 2S99, And riden forth a fas—and ver. r:Soo, Than thou wolt gon a/-.?j not but a mile. See also ver. 16043—more than trot or fas.

Let se now who stial telle the first Tale:

As ever mote 1 drinken win or ale

Who so is rebel to my jugement' . 835

Shal pay for alle that by the way is spent.

Now draweth cutte or that ye forther twinne;

He which that hath the shortest shal beginne.

Sire Knight, (quod he) my maister and my lord, Now draweth cutte, for that is rnin accord. 840

Cometh nere (quod he) my Lady Prioresse,
And ye sire Clerk; let be your ihamefaftnesse,
Nestudieth nought: lay hand to every man.

Anon to drawcn every wight began,
And shortly for tcllen as it was, 845

Were it by aventure, or fort, or cas,
The sothe issthis, the cutte felle on the Knight,
Of which ful blith and glad was every wight;
And tell he must his Tale as was reson,
By forword and by composition, 850

As ye han herd; what nedeth wordes mo?
And whan this good nun saw that it was so,
As he that wise was and obedient
To kepe his forword by his free assent.
He saide; Sithcn I shal begin this game, 855

What, welcome be the cutte a Goddesname.

v. 837. Nmv draræeth cutte] Draweth is the second person plural of the Imperative mode. See the g/say, fcrV. n. 33. The eercronny of drawing cutta occurs again ver. I3717 ,/''./. Fro if* fare calls it tirttr .: la lonsits pailltt V. i. C. 294*

Now let us ride, and herkeneth what I fay.

And with that word we riden forth our way; And he began with a right mery chere His Tale anon, and saide as ye fhul here. 860

THE KNIGHTES TALE.

Vvuilom, asolde stories tellen us,
Ther was a duk that highte Theseus;
Of Athenes he was lord and governour,
And in his time swiche a conquerour,
That greter was ther non under the forme; 86,5

Ful many a riche contree had he wonne.
What with his wisdom and his chcvalrie'
He conquerd all the regne of Feminie,
That whilom was ycleped Scythia,
And wedded the fresfhe quene Ipolita, 870

And brought hire home with him to his contree
With mochelglorie and great solempnitee,
And eke hire yonge susterEmelie.
And thus with victorie and with melodie
Let I this worthy duk to Athenes ride, 87/

And all his host in armes him beside.

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And certes, if it n'ere to long to here,
1 wolde have told you fully the martere
How wonnen was the regDe of Feminie
By Theseus and by his chevalrie, 880

And of the grete bataille for the nones
Betwix Athenes aud the Areafones,
And how alleged, was Ipolita,
The faire hardy quene of Scythia,
And of the feste that was at hire wedding", S 85

And nf the temple at hire home coming;
But all this thing I moste as now forbere:
I have, God wot, a large feld to ere,
And/weke ben the oxen in my plow:
The remenent of my File is long. ynow. 890

I wil not letten eke non of this route;
J.et every felaw telle his Tale aboute,
And let se now who ftal the fouper whine.
Ther as I left 1 wil agen beginne.

This du.k, oS whom I made mentioun, 895

Whan he was comen almost; to the toun,
In all his wele and in his mode pride,
He was ware, as he cast his eye aside,
Wher that ther knuled in the highe wey
A compagnie of ladies twey and twey, pco

■fy. 886. Amiofib: tcmplcl The editions, and all the mss. except two, rend tcmpcjl. But The Theseida says nothing of any tempest; on the contrary it fays that the passage

Tosto furnito f u et senza pere.

1 Jure therefore preferred the reading of mjs. C. i, and Ha. as

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