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Cleped The Seintes Legends of Cupide:
4490 Of Briseide and of Ladomia; The crueltee of thee, Quene Medea, the Dijcourse, c'c. 11. 3. that The Canterbury Tales were the work of his lateft years. When the Duchess Blanch died he was one-and-forty, a time of life which, I believe, a man seldom calls his youth, till lie is advanced at leaft twenty years beyond it.
$.4481. The Seintes Legende of Cupide] In the editt. it is called The Legende of Good Women; in mf. Fairf. 16, The Legendis of ix Gede Women. According to Lydgate [Prol. to Boccace) the number was to have been nineteen, and perhaps the Legende itself affords fome ground for this notion; see ver. 183. But this number was probably never cumpleted, and the last fory of Hyperinnefra is seemingly untinithed. In this pallage the Man of Lawe omits two ladies, viz. Cleopatra and Philomela, whose histories are in The Legende, and he enu. merates eight others of whom there are no hiftories in The Legende as we have it at prefent: are we to suppose that they have been loft!--With respect to the time of Chaucer's writing 'The Legende see the Discourse, sc. n. 3.
W.4486. The plaint of Deianire] This reading is supported by several infl. of middling authority, but the better copies read Diane, and ms. A. Syane. There is a nymph Cyane in Ovid (Metam. I. v.] who weeps herself into a fountain, but not for love.
Thy litel children hanging by the hals
4495 Your wif hood he commendeth with the beste.
But certainly no word ne writeth he
the pavenient. 4505
Lut natheles i recche not a bene
4515 I speke in prose, and let him rimes make.
. 4512. TO Mujes that men clare Pierides] Herather means, I think, tle daughters of Pierus, who contended withithe Mules, and were changed into piea. Oviil. Met.21.1. I. v.
V. 4515. avith bağl'ebaka] su mf. A. The other rerdings are-bale i bil.s, mur. fjk. 1, 2.--lauteloke, E. 6.-- jedy Soume Il.
And with that word he with a fobre chere
THE MANOFLAWES TALE, O Scachful barm, condition of poverte, With thirit, with cold, with hunger, fo confounded, To asken helpe thee fhameth in thin herte, 4321 If thou non alk, so sore art thou ywounded, That
veray nede unwrappeth al thy wound hid. Maugre thin hed thou must for indigence Or stele or begge, or borwe thy dispence. 4325
Thou blameft Crist, and sayst ful bitterly,
4530 Whan that his tayl shål brennen in the glede, For he nought helpeth needful in hir nede.
Herken what is the sentence of the wife, Bet is to dien than have indigenee, Thy felve neighebour wol thee despise; 4.535
bakı, B. Ev.-have wee banke, E.-have we bake, B. . HA. bawe ylake, Ca. 2.-thewbicke bath no lak,Ca.1.--The reader may take his choice of them.
Thi Man of LawesTale] Lady Cuftance, the Emperor's daughter of Rome, after her marriage with the Soudan of Surrey, through the malice of the Soudan's mother suffereth great trouble and milery with her young child Maurice, but yet in the end is restored to comfort.
♡.45 34. Bet is to dien] This saying of Solomon is quoted in Roni de la Ro. 8573,"Mieux vault mourir que pauvres sftae, **
If thou bę poure farewel thy reverence.
4540 And all thy frendes fleen fro-thee, alas!
riche marchants! ful of wele ben ye,
Ye feken lond and see for your winninges;
In Surrię whilom dwelt a compagnie of chapmen rich, and therto sad and trewe, 455$ That wide were senten hir spicerie, Clothes of gold, and facins riche of hewe: Hir chaffare was so thrifty and so newe, That every wight hatk deintie co chaffare With hem, and eke to fellen hem hir ware. 4560
Now fell it that the maisters of that sort Han shapen hem to Rome for to wende, ere it for chapmanhood or for difport,
Non other meffage wold they thider fende,
Sojourged han these marchants in that toun
This was the commun vois of every man: 4575
In hire is high beaute withouten pride,
And al this vois was foth, as God is trewe; But now to purpos let us turne agein. 4590 These marchants han don fraught hir shippes newe,