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(Lines 2483-3108)

 

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2518 Somme with the balled, somme with the thikke herd;

2527 Honured, were into the paleys fet.

2540 Of mortal bataille now in this emprise.

2593 So evene were they chosen, for to gesse.

2609 The helmes they tohewen and toshrede;

2642 Unyolden, and ydrawen to the stake.

2676 This fierse Arcite hath of his helm ydon,

2683 And was al his chiere, as in his herte.

2692 As blak he lay as any cole or crowe,

2718 Unto the straunge lordes, as was right.

2725 O persone allone, withouten mo,

2732 To stynten alle rancour and envye,

2745 The clothered blood, for any lechecraft,

2752 The pipes of his longes gonne to swelle,

2760 Fare wel phisik! Go ber the man to chirche!

2786 And Juppiter so wys my soule gye,

2862 His compleynte, and for love his hoote fires,

2883 With flotery berd and ruggy, asshy heeres,

2902 Thurghout the citee by the maister strete,

2918 Of stree first ther was leyd ful many a lode.

2927 In which they woneden in reste and pees,

2960 The wake-pleyes; ne kepe I nat to seye

2979 He cam at his comandement in hye.

3010 Descendynge so til it be corrumpable.

3016 This maystow understonde and seen at ye.

3102 Lyvynge in blisse, in richesse, and in heele,

 

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