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And underncthe hire feet she hadde a mone,
Wexing it was, and shulde wanen sone. 2080
In gaudy grene hire statue clothed was,
With bow in hond, and arwes in a cas.
Hire eyen cafte fhe ful low adoun,
Ther Pluto hath his derke regioun.
A woman travailling was hire beforne, 2085
But for hire childe so longe was unborne
Ful pitously Lucina gan she call,
And sayed; Helpe, for thou mayest beste of all.
Wel coude he peinten lify that it wrought,
With many a fiorein he the hewes bought. 2090

Now ben these listes made, and Theseus
That at his grete cost arraied thus
The temples, and the theatre everidel,
Whan it was don him liked wonder wel.
But stint I wol of Theseus a lite,

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;
For every wight that loved chevalrie,
And wold his chankes han a passant name,
Hath praied that he might ben of that game, 2110
And wel was him that therto chosen was,
For if ther fell to-inorwe swiche a cas,
Ye knowen wel that every lusty knight
That loveth par amour, and hath his might,
Were it in Englelond or elleswher,

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They wold his thankes willen to be ther.
To fight for a lady, a benedicite!
It were a lufty fighte for to fe.

And right fo ferden they with Palamon.
With him ther wenten knightes many on
Som wol ben arnied in an habergeon,
And in a brest plate, and in a gipon;
And som wol have a pair of plates large,
And som wol have a Pruce sheld or a targe;
Som wol ben armed on his legges wele, 2125
And have an axe, and som a mace of stele,
Ther n'is no newe guise that it n'as old.
Armed they weren as I have told
Everich after his opinion.

Ther maist thou se coming with Palamon 2130
Licurge himself, the grete King of Trace;
Blake was his berd, and manly was his face;

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. 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
They gloweden betwixen yelwe and red,
And like a griffon loked he about,

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With kemped heres on his browes stout;
His limmies gret, his braunes hard and stronge,
His shouldres brode, his armes round and longe;
And as the guise was in his contree,
Fui highe upon a char of gold stood he,

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;

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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.

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Upon his hede he wered of laurer grene,
A gerlond fresShe and lufty for to sene;
Upon his hond he bare for his deduit
An egle tame, as any lily whit:

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An hundred lordes had he with him there,
All armed save hir hedes in all bir gere,
Ful richely in alle manere thinges;
For truíteth wel that erles, dukes, kinges,
Were gathered in this voble compagnie,

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,
Whan he had brought her into his citee,
And inned hem everich at his degree,
He festeth hem, and doth so gret

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To efen hem, and don hem all honour,
That yet men wenen that no mannes wit
Of non estat ne cond amenden it.
The minstralcie, the service at the feste,
The grete yestes to the moon and leste,

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

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