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2735 Is hent with venime and corruptioun. Him gaineth neyther for to get his lif Vomit upward ne dounward laxatif: All is tc-brotten thalke region; Nature hath now no domination:
2760 And certainly ther nature wol not werche. Farewel phyfike; go bere the man to cherche. This is all and som, that Arcite mofte die; For which he fendeth after Emelie, And Palamon, that was his coin dere; 2765 Than save he thus, as ye fhulu after here.
Nought may the worul spirit in myn herte Declare o point of all my forwes smerte To you my lady, that I love moft, But i bequethe the service of my goft 2770 To you aboven every creature, Sin that my lif ne may no lenger dure.
Alas the wo! alas the peines sirong, That i for you have suffered, and so longe! Alas the deth! alas min Emelie!
2775 Alas departing of our compagnie! Alag min hertes quene! alas my wif! Min hertes ladie, ender of niy lif! What is this world! what axen men to have ? Now with his love, now in his colde grave 2789 Alone withouten any compagnie. Farewel my swete, farewel min Emelie!
And softe take me in your armes twey
I have here with my cofin Palamon 2785
2790 That is to sayn, trouth, honour, and knighthede, Wisdom, humblesse, estat, and high kinrede, Fredom, and all that longeth to that art, So Jupiter have of my
part, As in this world right now ne know I non 2795 So worthy to be loved as Palamon, That serveth you, and wol don all his lif; And if that ever ye shal ben a wif Foryete not Palamon, the gentil man.
And with that word his fpeche faille began; 2800 For from his feet up to his brest was come The cold of deth that had him overnome; And yet moreover in his armes two The vital strength is lost and all ago; Only the intellect, withonten more, That dwelled in his herte sike and fore,
$. 2802. overnome] Overtaken, from otsrniman, Sax. ♡. 2803. And yee] So in The Theseida, l. X.;
E anchor ne le brazza era perduta
La vital forza, fol uc lo intelletto
Gan faillen whan the herte felte deth;
2815 Of hem, though that they writen wher they dwelle. Arcite is cold, ther Mars his soule gie. Now wollspcken forth of Emelie.
Shright Enelie, and honleth Palamon, And Theseus his sister toke anon
2820 Swouning, and bare hire from the corps away. What helpeth it to tarien forth the day, To tellen how she wep both even and morwe? For in fwiche cas wimmen have swiche forwe, Whan that hir housbonds ben frohem ago, Thut for the more part they forwen to, Or elles fallen in swiche maladie, That atte laste certainly they die.
v. 2513. Therfore I lent] This is apparentiy a fling at Boccace's pompous defcription of the pallage of Arcite's foul to heaven, Thef. l. xi. it thould be obterved however that our Author had already made use of the fame defcription in liis Troilus, ver. 1806, ley. It is not in The Philostrato.
♡ . 2817 ther Mars Dis soule gie] The force of ther, in this pallage, will best appear by a collation of other fimilar patlages. sce particularly ver. 5022, 7143, 9182.
Infinite ben the forwes and the teres of olde folk and folk of tendre yeres 2830 In all the toun for deth of this Theban; For him ther wepeth bothe child and man: So gret a weping was ther non certain Whan Hector was ybrought all fresh yslain To 'Troy: alas! the pitee that was there; Cratching of chekes, rending eke of here. Why woldest thou be ded? thise women crie, And haddest gold ynough and Emelie.
No man mighe gladen this Duk Theseus Saving his olde fader Egeus,
2840 That knew this worldes transmutatioun, As he had seen it chaungen up and doun, Joye after wo, and wo after gladneile, And shewed him ensample and likenesse.
Right as ther died never man (quod he)
And over all this yet said he mochel more
Duk Theseus with all his bely cure
Ť.2956. H: call_tb] I have added He to complete the verle. The use of pronouns redundantly is common in Chaucer.
fote and grene,
Of good Arcite may best ymaked be,
Aver invente foleta de andre. V. 2866. Of funcra!] Of is a conjectural supplement; or the Verse may be (perhaps better) completed by taking in the word fully from mi. NC. and ed.C.3. 2, --in which the office
Funeral he mirbt all fully accomplice. v. 2872. And after this] The second this is from conjecture only. Some mil. read-And after this Thefcus liath jeniwhich perlaps is