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And said him thus; To Athenes (halt thon wende; Tier is thee (hapen of thy wo an ende.
And with that word Arcite awoke andstert. I39J
And with that word he caught a gret mirrour,
Of maladie the which he had endured,
And fen hU lady wel nigh day by day.
And clad him as a poure labourer.
And to the court he went upon a day,
But half so wel beloved a man as he ,■> . / ,;
Jse wasso gentilof conditioun, .
That thurghout all the court was his renoun.
They sayden that it were a charite • I43J
That Theseus wold enhaunsen his degre,
And putten him in worshipful service,
Ther as he might his vertues exercise.
And thus within a while his name is spronge
Both of his dcdes and of his good tongc, 144*
That Theseus hath taken him so ner
That of his chambre he made him asquier,
^.1430. Phibjlrate] In TheTheseida Arcite takes the name ofPentheo. See the Discourse, iSc. p. 186". The nnme of Philostrate might be suggested to Chaucer either by Boccace'6 poem entitled Pbilofiratf}, or by The Decameron, in which one os the characters is so called. In The Midsum. Night's Dream, of which the principal subject is plainly taken from this Tale, a Philoltrate is also introduced as a favourite servant of Theseus, and mailer ofhis fperts.
And gave him go)d tomaiateine Hi's degre;
And eke men brought him out of his contre
Fro yere to yere ful prively his reHt; '445
But honestly and fleigtily he if soent,
That noman wondred how that he it hadde.
And thre yere in this wischislishefedde,
And bare him so in pees and eke in werre
Thern'asnoiman that Theseus hath derre. 14,50
And in this hlisse let I now Arcke,
And fpeke I wol of Palamon a Ike.
In derkenesse and horrible and strong prison
Who fdeth double sorwe and hevinefle
Whocoude rime in English proprely ''"
That all this storie tellen more plain)
And fletth the cite faste as he may go,
Tor he had yeven drinke his gayler so
Of aclarre made of a certain wine,
With narcotikes and opie of Thebes fine,
That all the night though that men wold him shake,
The gailer slept, he mighte not awake: 147 6
And thus he fleeth as faste as ever he may.
The night was short, and faste by the day,
With dredful soot than stalketh Palamon:
On Theseus to hclpen him werreie:
Now wol I turnen to Arcite agein, 149°
That litel wist how neighe wa6 his care,
fr. 1479. That ntdes cost] The sense of this passage, as it stands in the mir. is so obscure that I am inclined to adopt the alteration proposed mGl.Urr. v.Necie r "That nedes cafi he "mclte himselven hide;" i.e. that he roust needs call or con' trive to bide himself.—But 1 find the same expression in L. ir. 26S6;
.Or nedes cejic tais. tiling mote have an.eodc
The besy larke, the meffager os day,
Salewith in hire song the morwe gray,
And firy Phebus riseth up so bright, 1405
That all the orient laugheth of the sight,
And with his stremes drieth in the greves
The silver dropes hanging on the leves.
And Arcite, that is in the court real
With Theseus the sqnier principal, rjCO
Is risen, and loketh on the mery day;
And for to don his observance to May,
Remembringon the point of his desire,'
He on his courser, sterting as the fire,
Is ridden to the feldes him to pley, *5°S
Out of the court, were it a mile or twey;'
And to the grnve of which that I you told
By aventure his way he gan to hold,
To maken him a gerlond of the greves,
Were it of woodbind or of hauthorn leves; 1510
And loud he song agen the sonne shene.
Maye, with all thy floures and thy grene,
Into the grove ful hastily he sterte,