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I wot wel by the cradel I have misgo;
Ye, false harlot, quod the miller, haft? A, false traitour, false clerk, (quod he) Thou shalt be ded by Goddes dignitee, Who dorste be so bold to disparage My doughter, that is come of swiche linage. 4270 And by the throte-bolle he caught Altin, And he him hent despitously again, And on the nose he finote him with his fift; Doun ran the blody ftreme upon his breft: And in the flore with nose and mouth to-broke 4275 They walwe, as don two pigges in a poke. And up they gon, and doun again anon, Til that the miller sporned at a ston, And doun he fell backward upon his wif, 'That wiste nothing of this nice ftrif: 4280
For she was fall aslepe a litel wight
And at the mille dore eke they toke hir cake
THE ÇOKES PROLOGUE. The Coke of London, while the Reve spake, For joye (him thought) he clawed him on the bak: A ha (quod he) for Cristes paflion,
4325 This miller had a sharpe conclusion Upon this argument of herbergage. Wel fayde Salomon in his langage Ne bring not every man into thin heus, For herberwing by night is perilous.
4330 . 4318. Him thar net] I have reftored this old word
upon the authority of the best mss. in this and other places. See ver. 5911, 5918,6947, 17301. It is derived from the Sax. thearsian, nec de, havere, and is generally used as an impersonal. Him behoveth not to winne or acquire good tliat doth evil." I have ventured to subftitute winne instead of the common reading wene, of which I could make no fenfe. Mj. B. . reads, He may nought wilne.
Wel ought a man avised for to be
4335 He had a jape of malice in the derk.
But God forbede that we stinten here,
Our Holle answerd and fayde, I grant it thee:
many a pastee hast thou letten blood,
. 4345. a Jike of Dover] The general purport of this phrase is fufficiently explained in the foliowing iine, but the particular meaning I have not been able to investigate.
.4348.6ftby perfelue] An old Boke of Kokery, which I have confuited upon this occalion, mf. Harl. 4016, las a receipt for “ gole or capon farced,” but it does not mention parseley; it only says in general terms, “ Take yolkes of eyeron (egges) " hard yfodde and hew lemn sinale with the herbes -- and casie " therto pouder of ginger peper canell and salt and grapes in “ tyme of yere." --Thave lately met with another (I fuppose the true) receipt for ituifing a gcore, in mí. Hirl. 279. It begins--" Take fercely and swy.zis grece or fewet of a thepie " and parboyle hem," Sc.
That they han eten in thy foble goos,
THE COKES TALE, A Prentis whilom dwelt in our citee, And of a craft of vitaillers was be: Gaillard he was goldfinch in the shawe, 4365 Broune as a bery, a propre short felawe, With lokkes blake kembed ful fetilly : Dancen he coude fo wel and jolily
v. 4355. fon play quatie ipel] As this is said to have been a Flemith proverb I have inserted spel from mfi. Alk. 1, 2, ina stead of the common reading play. Spel, in Teut. is ludus, as quade or quaed is malus. Sir John Harrington, in his Apologie of Poetrie, quotes an old laying of the fame import, Sorb bourde is no bourde. : The Cokes Tale] The description of an unthristy prentice given to dice, women, and wine, wasting thereby his master's goods, and purchasing to himself Newgate. The moft part of this Tale is loft, or never finithed by the Author,