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And by the force of twenty is he take
Unyolden, and ydrawen to the Itake:
And in the rescous of this Palamon

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The stronge King Licurge is borne adoun;
And King Emetrius for all his strengthe
Is borne out of his fadel a (werdes lengthe,
So hitte him Palamon or he were take:
But all for nought, he was brought to the stake: 2650
His hardy herte might him helpen naught;
He moste abiden whan that he was caught
By force and eke by composition.

Who forweth now but woful Palamon,
That moste po more gon again to fight?
And whan that Theseus had seen that fight
Unto the folk that foughten thus eche on
He cried, Fio! no more, for it is don.
I wol be trewe juge and not partie.
Arcite of Thebes íhal have Emelie,

2660 That by his fortune hath hire fayre ywor.ne.

Anon ther is a noise of peple begonne For joye of this so loud and high withall It femed that che liftes shulden fall.

What can now fayre Venus done above? 2665 What saith the now? what doth this quene of Love But wepeth so for wanting of hire will Til that hire teres in the liftes fill: She fayde, I am ashanied doutelees.

Saturnus fayde, Daughter, hold thy pees: 2670

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Mars hath his will, his knight hath all his bone,
And by min hed thou shalt ben esed sone.

The trompoures with the loude minitrakcie,
The herundes, that so loude yell and crie,
Ben in hir jaye for wele of Dan Arcite,
But herkeneth me, and stenteth noise a lite,
Whiche a miracle ther befell anon.

This fierce Arcite hath of his helme ydon,
And on a courser for to fhew his face
He priketh endelong the large place, 2689
Loking upward upon this Emelie,
And she again him cast a frendlich eye,
(For wonien, as to speken in commune,
'They folwen all the favour of Fortune)
And was all his in chere as his in herte. 2685
Out of the ground a Fury infernal sterte,

$. 2673. The trompoures] The trumpeters; so the best mr. If the learned editor of Ancient Scottish Poems had found this word in this fenfe in his copy of Chaucer he wouid not, I apprehend, liave looked any further for an expianation of it in The Dance, by Dunhar, st. ii. v. 10, p. 27.

V. 2577. Whiche a miracle] It is scarce necessary to observe that which, in our ancient language, was often used for who and wliat. It is used for what here, and again, ver. 5621, 6875.

7.2685. And was all his cbere as his in berte] I have patched up this verse as well as I could out of the different copies. There is no authority, as I recollect, for the first in, ex. cept Ca. 2, but it seems absolutely neceffary: and all the copies rend--as in his herte—which I think is evidently wrong.

*. 2686. a Fury) Most of the copies have a fire, mf. A. reads a Fiyr, from which I have made the present reading, as in The Thefeida it is Herinis, i. 6. Erinnys, one of the Furies.

Froni Pluto fent, at requeile of Saturne,
For which his hors for fere gan to turne,
And lepte aside, and foundred as he lepe;
And er that Arcite may take any kepe 2690
He pight him on the pomel of his hed,
That in the place he lay as he were ded,
His brest to-brosten with his sadel bow;
As blake he lay as any cole or crow,
So was the blood yr nen in his face.

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Anon he was yborne out of the place,
With herte fore, to Theseus paleis:
Tho was he corven out of his harneis,
And in a bed ybrought ful fayre and blive,
For he was yet in memorie and live,

2700 And alway crying after Emelie, Duk Theseus with all his compagnie Is comen home to Athenes his citee With alle blisfe and gret solempnite. Al be it that this aventure was falle

2705 He n'olde not discomforten hem alle. Men sayden eke that Arcite shal net die, He shal ben heled of his maladie. And of another thing they were as fayn, That of hem alle was ther non yslain, 2710 Al were they sare yhurt, and namely on, That with a spere was thirled his breft bone.

. 2698. corven] Cut out of his harness. I suppose to save the time and trouble of regularly disarming him the laces, &c. were cut. Volume II,

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To other woundes and to broken armes
Som hadden salves and some hadden charmes;
And fermaçiés of herbes, and eke save 2715
They dronken, for they wold hir lives have:
For which this noble duk, as he wel can,
Comforteth and honoureth every man,
sind made revel all the longe night
Unto the strange lordes, as was right. 2720
Ne ther n'as bolden no discomforting
But as at justes or a tourneying ;
For sothly ther n’as no discomfiture,
For falling n'is not but an aventure :
Ne to be lad by force into a stake

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Unyolden, and with twenty knightes take,
O person all alone, withouten mo,
And haried forth by armes, foot, and too,
And eke his itede driven forth with staves,
With footmen, bothe yemen and eke knaves, 2730
It was aretted him no vilanie;
'Ther may no man clepen it cowardic.
For which aron Duk Theseus let crie,
To ftenten alle rancour and envie,
The gree as wel of o side as of other,

2735 And eyther side ylike, as others brother ;

¥. 2715. And fermacies) Pharmacies. I have added the And, which seems as necessary to the sense as to the metre.

Ť.2735. Thegree) The prize, the honour of the day. So in P. P. fol. 98;

The gre yet hath he gotten, for al his grete wound.

And yave hem giftes after hir degree,
And helde a feste fully dayes three;
And conveyed the kinges wortbily
Out of his toun a journee largely;

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And home went every man the righte way;
Ther n'as no more but Farewel, Have good day.
Of this bataille I wol no more endite,
But speke of Palamon and of Arcite.

Swelleth the brest of Arcite, and the fore 2745 Encreseth at his herte more and more. The clotered blood for

any

leche-craft Corrumpeth, and is in his bouke ylaft, That neyther veine-blood ne ventousing, Ne drinke of herbes, may ben his helping. 2750 The vertue expulsif or animal, Fro thilke vertue cleped natural, Ne may the venime voiden ne expell; The pipes of his longes gan to swell, And in that curious old ballad, The Turnament of Tottenham, ver. 91, [ Ancient Poetry, v. ii.;]

[ro] which of all the bachelery granted is the gree. And again, ver. 186;

They gathered Perkin about on every side,

And grant him there the gree, the more was his pride. It was necessary to vindicate this old phrase, as the editions have discarded it for they grete.

. 2740. a journee) A day's work, or Way, Fr. To make this itill clearer the editions in general read--a dayes journey

-and spoil the verse. V. 2748. bouke] The trunk of the body probably, from the Sax. buit, venter.

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