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And by the force of twenty is he take
Who forweth now but woful Palamon,
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
Mars hath his will, his knight hath all his bone,
The trompoures with the loude minitrakcie,
This fierce Arcite hath of his helme ydon,
$. 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,
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,
To other woundes and to broken armes
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,
Swelleth the brest of Arcite, and the fore 2745 Encreseth at his herte more and more. The clotered blood for
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.