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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;
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
And gaderd us togeder in a flok,
Ye wete your forword, and I it record s
he blamed himself; ver. (iyjS, and made him—for— and I
■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,
Anon to drawcn every wight began,
Were it by aventure, or fort, or cas,
As ye han herd; what nedeth wordes mo?
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,
Ful many a riche contree had he wonne.
And brought hire home with him to his contree
And all his host in armes him beside.
And certes, if it n'ere to long to here,
And of the grete bataille for the nones
And nf the temple at hire home coming;
I wil not letten eke non of this route;
This du.k, oS whom I made mentioun, 895
Whan he was comen almost; to the toun,
■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