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And underncthe hire feet she hadde a mone,
Now ben these listes made, and Theseus
2093 And speke of Palamon and of Arcite.
The day approcheth of hir returning, That everich shuld an hundred knightes bring, The bataille to darreine, as I you told; And til Athenes hir covenant for to hold, 2ICO Hath everich of hem brought an hundred knightes Wel armed for the werre at alle rightes. And fikerly, ther trowed many a man That never fithen that the world began, As for to speke of knighthood of hir hond,
2ICS As fer as God hath maked see and lond,
N'as of fo fewe so noble a compagnie;
And right fo ferden they with Palamon.
Ther maist thou se coming with Palamon 2130
. 2128. Armed they weren] This is upon the authority of ed. M: The mfl. read--Armed were they.-
The cercles of his eyen in his hed
2140 With foure white bolles in the trais. Instedt of cote arniure on his harnais, With nayles yelwe, and bright as any gold, He hadde a beres skin, cole-blake for old. His longe here was kempt behind his bak, 2145 As any ravenes fether it fhone for blake. A wreth of gold arm-gret, of huge weight, Upon his hed fate ful of stones bright, Of fine rubins and of diamants. About his char ther wenten white alauns, 2150 'Twenty and mo, as gret as any itere, To hunten at the leon or the dere, And folwed him, with mosel fast ybound, Colered with gold, and torettes filed round.
V. 2150. alauns] Alano is the Spanish name of a fpecies of dog which the dictionaries call a Maltifl. Sir J.Bouchier's translation of Froissart, b. iv. c. 24,“ foure courfers and two allans “ of Spaygne fayre and good.”
V. 2154. torettes] Rather toretes, with the mfl. from the Fr. toret, which is explained by Cotgrave to fignify, among other things, the little ring by which a hawke's lune (or leath) is faft
An hundred lordes had he in his route 2155 Armed full wel, with hertes sterne and stoute,
With Arcita, in stories as men find, The gret
Emetrius the King of lode, Upon a stede bay, trapped in stele, Covered with cloth of gold diapred wele, 2160 Came riding like the god of Armes Mars; His cote armure was of a cloth of Tars, Couched with perles white, and round, and grete; His fadel was of brent gold new ybete; A mantelet upon his firouldres hanging Bret-ful of rubies red, as fire sparkling; His crispe here like ringes was yronne, And that was yelwe, and glitered as the sonne; His nose was high, his eyen bright citrin, His lippes round, his colour was sanguin, 2170 A fewe fraknes in his face yspreint, Betwixen yelwe and blake somdel ymeint, And as a leon he his loking cafe, Of five-and-twenty yere his age I cafte; His berd was wei begonnen for to spring,
2175 His vois was as a trompe thondering;
ened unto the jees. Mr. Warton has thewn, by several quotations, that toretes were affixed to the collars of dogs for a fimilar purpose. Hii. of Eng. Po2t. . 364.. Our Authorlays that “ the ringe [of the aftrolabe] renrethin a manner of a turet." Tr. Of Af. fol. 291, b. $. 2171. frukne!] The Sax. word for what we call freckles. Volume II.
Upon his hede he wered of laurer grene,
2185 For love and for encresc of cheval:ie. About this king ther ran on every part Ful
many a tame leon and leopart. And in this wife there lordes all and some Ben on the Sonday to the citee come
2190 Abouten prime, and in the toun alight,
This Theseus, this duk, this worthy knight,
2200 The riche array of Theseus paleis, Ne who sate firkt ne last upon the deis, What ladies fayreit ben or be dancing, Or which of hem can carole best or linge