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That, by my trouthe, I wol thee nat biwreye.”
“Now,” quod the firste, “thou woost wel we be tweye,
This yongest, which that wente un-to the toun,
word, I won't betray you."
“Now," said the first, “thou knowest that we are two, and two are stronger than one. As soon as he sits down, get up, as if thou wouldst fool with him; then I will thrust my dagger through his sides while thou strugglest with him as if in fun, and do thou the same with thy dagger. Then, my dear friend, all this gold shall be divided between thee and me; then may we satisfy all our desires, and play at dice whenever we choose.” Thus these two villains agreed, as you have heard, to slay the third.
The youngest, the one who went to town, often he ponders the beauty of the bright new florins. “Oh, Lord,” said he, "if only I might have all this treasure to myself alone, no man living under the throne of God would live as merrily
Of God, that sholde live so mery as I !”
The pothecarie answerde, “And thou shalt have
as I!” By and by the fiend, our enemy, put it into his thought to buy poison, with which he might slay his two companions; because the fiend found him leading such a life that he had permission to bring him to sorrow, for his settled intention was to slay them both and never to repent. Forth he went — he would wait no longer - to an apothecary in the town, and asked for some poison with which he might kill his rats, and also there was a polecat in his yard that, as he said, had slain his capons, and he wanted vengeance, if possible, on vermin that destroyed his property by night.
The apothecary answered: “Thou shalt have a mixture that, as I hope God may save my soul, in all the world no creature may eat or drink of it even a bit as large as a grain of wheat — without losing his life right away. Yes,
Ye, sterve he shal, and that in lasse whyle
so strong and violent."
poyson in a box, and sith he ran
What nedeth it to sermone of it more?
he will die in less time than thou canst travel a mile at a foot-pace, the poison is so strong and violent."
The cursed man took the box of poison, and ran to a man in the next street, and borrowed three large bottles from him; in two he poured his poison, the third he kept clean for his own
He planned to spend the whole night in carrying the gold out of the place. Now when this rioter (the villain !) had filled his three large bottles with wine, he again repaired to his comrades.
What's the use of preaching any more? For just as they planned, they slew him right away. When this was done, one said: “Now let us sit down and drink and make merry, and then we will bury his body." With that word he happened by chance to take up the bottle containing poison,
And drank, and yaf his felawe drinke also,
Chaucers Wordes unto Adam, His Owne Scriveyn
Adam scriveyn, if ever it thee bifalle
But after my making thou wryte trewe. 5
So ofte a daye I mot thy werk renewe,
And al is thorow thy negligence and rape. and drank, and gave it to his companion to drink, as a result of which both died.
But certainly I suppose that Avicenna never wrote in any book or in any chapter more notable symptoms of poisoning than these wretches had before their ending. Thus died these two murderers, and also the false poisoner.
Adam my scribe, if it befall thee to copy again Boethius or Troilus, under thy locks thou oughtest to have the scab, unless thou copy accurately according to my composition. So often I have to go over thy work, to correct and rub and scratch it; and all is through thy negligence and haste.
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Sir Patrick Spens
Drinking the blude-reid wine :
To sail this schip of mine?”