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And notemuge to putte in ale,
Or for to leye in cofre.
The briddes singe, it is no nay,
That ioye it was to here;
spray She sang ful loude and clere.
Sir Thopas fil in loue-longinge
And priked as he were wood :
His sydes were al blood.
Sir Thopas eek so wery was
So fiers was his corage,
And yaf him good forage.
O seinte Marie, benedicite !
To bynde me so sore ?
And loue me euermore.]
1 E. hir ; the rest his.
2 E. a; the rest the.
Til that ther cam a greet geaunt,
A perilous man of dede;
Dwelling in this place.'
1 Hn. Cm. Hl. haue; the rest loue.
4 Hl. swar; the rest seyde. 5 Hl. lute; the rest pype or pipe.
1 E. Hl. meete with; the rest omit with.
3 E. Cm. Thyn hauberk shal I percen, if I may; but the rest omit Thyn hauberk, which is not wanted at all. 4 E. Cm. sire; but the rest child.
Cp. Pt. Ln. insert For now, which the rest omit.
With a geaunt with heuedesthree,
Of oon that shoon ful bryghte.
Do come,' he seyde, my minstrales,
Anon in myn arminge ;
And eek of loue-lykinge.'
They fette 2 him first the sweete wyn,
And roial spicerye;
With sugre that is so trye.
He dide next his whyte lere
A breech and eek a sherte;
For percinge of his herte;
And ouer that a fyn hauberk,
Ful strong it was of plate;
1 E. Hn. heuedes ; HI. heedes; Cm. hedis; Cp. Pt. Ln. hedes.
And ouer that his cote-armour
In which he wol1 debate.
His sheeld was al of gold so reed,
A charbocle bisyde;
Bityde what bityde!'
His lambeux were of quyrboilly,
His helm of laton bryght;
Or as the mone lyght.
His spere was 6 of fyn ciprees,
The heed ful sharpe ygrounde;
any more of it,
1 Cm. wolde; Hl. wold; the rest wol, wole, wil. 2 Hn. Cm. Pt. by his syde; Cp. him besyde. 3 Cm. Cp. Ln. schulde. * Pt. Hl. rowel; Cp. Ln. ruel. 6 E. it was; the rest omit it.