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So ferden they in changing of hir hewe,

As feras eythcr of hem other knewe. l6jO

Ther n'as no good day, ne no saluing",

But (Ircit withouten wordes reherstng

Everich of hem halpe to armen other

As frendly as he were his owen brother;

And after that with fharpe speres strong '6.55

They foineden eche at other wonder long.

Thou mightest wenen that this Palamon

In his fighting were as a wood leon,

And as a cruel tigre was Arcite:

As wilde bores gan they togeder smite, 1660

That frothen white as some for ire wood:

Up to the ancle foughte they in hir blood:

And in this wife 1 let hem fighting dwelle,

And forth I wol of Theseus you telle.

The destinee, ministre general, 1665

That executeth in the world over al
The purveiance that God hath fen beforne,
So strong it is, that though the world had sworne
The contrary of a thing by ya or nay,
Yet somtime it ihull fallen on a day 1670

■fr. isi"$8. In his sighting were as") As has been inserted for the fake of the metre, but I am not satisfied with it. Perhaps we should read sightinge, and pronounce the final:'. In the Saxon, verbals of this form are said to terminal-' in r,r.£Ct ingit or.£C% Ur.gc. Hides, Gr. AS. c. 3, xvii.

■$-. 1670, 1.3 So in The Tbtfeida, 1. v.;

Ma come mil vegian venlr in hnra
Cossa che in mille atuii mm avicne.

That falieth nat efte in a thousand yere,

For certainly our appetites here,

13e it of werre, or pees, or hate, or love,

All is this ruled hy the Tight above.

This mene I now by mighty Theseus, 16 75

That for to hunten is so desirous, • - .

And namely at the grete hatt in May,

That in his bed ther daweth him no day

That he n'is clad, and redy for to ride

With hunte and home, and houndes him beside; 1680

For in his hunting hath he swiche delite,

That it is all his joye and appetite

To ben himself the grete harts bane;

For after Mars he serveth now Diane.

Gere was the day, as I have told or this, 1685 And Theseus, with alle joye and blis, With his Ipolita, the fayre quenc, And Emelie, yejothed all in grene, On hunting ben they ridden really: And to the grove, that stood ther saste by, 1690 In which ther was an hart as men him told, Duk Theseus the streite way hath hold, And to the launde he rideth him ful right, Ther wa* the hart ywont to have his flight, And over a brooke, and so forth on his vvey. 1695 This duk wol have a couts at him or twey With houndes, swiche as him lust to commaunde. And when thi» duk was comen to the launde,

Under the Tonne he loked, and anon

He was ware of Arcite and Palamon, 1700

That foughten breme, as it were bolles two;

The brighte swerdes wenten to and fro

So hidoufly that with the leste stroke

It semed that it wolde felle an oke,

But what they weren nothing he ne wote: 170$

This duk his courser with his sporres smote,

And at a stert he was betwix hem two,

And pulled out a swerd and cried, Ho!

No more, up peine of lefing of your hed;

By mighty Mars he siSal anon be ded 1713

That fmiteth any stroke that I may fen!

But tclleth me what mistere men ye ben,

That ben £0 hardy for to tighten here

Withouten any juge or other officere,

As though it were in listes really. 1715

This Palamon answered hastily
And saide; Sire, what nedeth wordesmo?
We have the deth deserved bothe two:
Two wosul wretches ben we, two caitives,
That ben accombred of our owen lives, 1710

And as thou art a rightful lord and juge
Ne yeve us neyther mercie ne refuge j
And fie me first for feinte charitee,
But fle my felaw eke as wel as me;

•fr. 1715. ytt though if.vcre] The best mil", rail—Asitwcre Xnalista—which perhaps is right. Sec before, ver. 1014,5.1 Or lie him first, for though thou know it lite, rr; 15

This is thy mortal so, this is Arcite,

That fro thy lond is banished on hip tied,

For which he hath deserved to be ded;

For this is he that came unto thy gate,

And sayde that he highte Philostrate. I7jO

Thus hath he japed thee ful many a yere,

And thou hast maked him thy chief squiere,

And this is he that loveth Emelie.

For sith the day is come that I fhal'die
I make plainly my confession, "1735

That I am thilke wofnl Palamon
That hath thy prison broken wilfully:
I am thy mortal so, and it am I
That loveth so hot Emelie the bright,
That I wold dicn present in hire sight, 1740

Therfore I axe deth and my iewise;
But sle my felaw in the same wise,
••For both we have deserved to be slain.

This worthy duk answerd anon again,
And sayd, This is a short conclusion; 1745

Your owen mouth, by your confession,
Hath damned you, and 1 wol it recorder
It nedeth not to peine you with the corde:
Yc fliul be ded by mighty Mars the Rede.'' ''

The quene anen for veray womanhede 1750

rtrmfr And Froijart, v. K c. 1*3, "en ttnts tltct, qnrpouj

*' celle cause furent faites."- In the preceding Isile cither is

the old expression for or*

Gan for to wepe, and so did Emelie,

And all the ladies in the compagnie.

Gret pite was it, as it thought hem alle,

That ever swiche a chance shulde befalle.

For gentil men they were of gret estat, 17; 5

And nothing but for love was this debat-;

And fawe hir blody woundes wide and fore,

And alle criden boche lefse arid more,

Have mercie Lord upon us wimmen alle,

And on hir bare knees adoun they fallc, 1760

And, wold have kist his feet thcr as he flood,

Till at the last asiaked wa« his mood;

(For pitee renneth sone in gentil hertc)

And though he first for ire quoke and sterte,

He hath considered shortly in a clause 17 6j

The trespas cf hem both, and eke the cause;

And although that his ire hir gilt accused,

Yet in hisreson he hem both excused;

As thus j he thoughte wel that every man m

Wolhelpe himself in love if that he can, 177*

And eke deliver himself out of prison: •

And eke his herte had compassion

Of wimmen, for they wepten ever in on, .

And in his gentil herte he thoughte anon,

And soft unto himself he fayed; Fie 1775

Upon a lord that wol have no mercie,

-$-. 1749. Mar: the rede] So below, ver. 1071. Boccace has jlvca Mars the fame epithet in the opening of his Theseida; O rubicondu Martc

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