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Nothing ne knew he that it was Arcite;
God wot he wold have trowed it ful lite.
But loth is said, gon sithen are many yeres,
That seld hath eyen, and the wood hath eres.
It is ful faire a man to bere him even I j *5
For al day raeten men at unset steven.
Ful litel wote Arcite of his felaw,
That was so neigh to herken of his saw,
For in the bush he sitteth now ful still.
Whan that Arcite had romed all his fill, IS 3a
Right as the Friday, sothly for to tell,
Whan Arcite hadde ysonge, he gan to fike,
*-. 1524. slid hath O'cn] An old monkish verfe to this effect is quoted in ms. Eo.(. James, n. 6, p. 161; " Campus habet •' lumen, et habet liemua auris acumen."
♦. i%yi.Noii'jh'nabU, tmjmnv] I have printed this line sii uiwn the credit of edit. M. which profeU'a to follow mss. tho' perhaps we might safely read with mj. A. Now ittt Ihinetli mr.v—::n may have been a dissyllable formerly as well as ant.
And set him doun withoutcn any more;
Wilt thou werreien Thebes the citee?
I serve him as his squicr pourely.
I.ove Iiath his firy dart so brenningly
Of all the renicnant of min other care
And with that word he sell doun in a trance
This Palamon, that thought thurghout his hertc
He sterte him up out of the bushes thikke
And hast beiaped here Duk Theseus,
But I wol love hire only and no mo,
Or thou ne shalt nat loven Emelie:
This Arcite, tho with ful dispitous herte,
Whan he him knew, and had his tale herd,
As fers as a leon pu lied out a swerd, 16co
And fayde thus; By God that Ctteth above,
N'ere it that thou art sike and wood for love,
And eke that thou lio wepen hast in this place,
Thou Ihuldest never out of this grove pace,
That thou ne fhuldtst dien of min hond; 1605
lor I defie the suretee and the bond
Which that thou saist that I have made to thee.
What! veray fool, thinke wcl that love is free,
And 1 wol love hire maugre all thy might.
But for thou art a worthy gentil knight, 1C10
And wilnest to darraine hire by bataille,
Have here my trouth, to-morwe I will not faille,
Withouten weting of any other wight,
That here I wol be founden as a knight,
And bringen harneis rightynough for thee, 1615
And chefe the beste, and leve the werste for me:
And mete and drinke this night wol I bring
Ynough for thee, and clothes for thy bedding;
And if so be that thou my lady win,
And fte me in this wode, ther 1 am in, isilO
Thou maist wel have thy lady as for me.
This Pulamon anfwerd, 1 grant it thee:
O Cupide! out of alle charitee, 16*5
O regne! that wolt no felaw have with thee,
Ful foth is sayde, that love ne lordship
Arcite is ridden anon unto the toun, 1630
And on the morwe, or it were day light,
He carieth all this harneis him beforne;
That stondeth at a gappe with a fpere,
■y-. 16*8. bis tbanla'} With his goodwill. See also ver. 2109, 5854, and ver. 2116, hir thantcs, with their good will. So in the Sax. Cbron. p. 243, "fume here tbjtiUs, and fume here ** unlhani.es;n aliqui libenler el aliqui ingratis.
^. 1644. And hcling] The mfi". all read brehetb. But it is more likely, I think, that the tird transcriber lhould haveimde a mistake niihat word than that Chaucer should haveoffended so unnecessarily against grammar.