Imatges de pÓgina

And notemuge to putte in ale,
Whether it be moyste or stale,

Or for to leye in cofre.


The briddes singe, it is no nay,
The sparhauk and the papeiay,

That ioye it was to here;
The thrustelcok made eek his? lay,
The wodedowue vpon

the 2

spray She sang ful loude and clere.


Sir Thopas fil in loue-longinge
Al whan he herde the thrustel singe,

And priked as he were wood :
His faire steede in his prikinge
So swatte that men myghte him wringe,

His sydes were al blood.



Sir Thopas eek so wery was
For prikinge on the softe gras,

So fiers was his corage,
That doun he leyde him in that plas
To make his steede som solas,

And yaf him good forage.


O seinte Marie, benedicite !
What eyleth this loue at me

To bynde me so sore ?
Me dremed al this nyght, pardee,
An elf-queen shal my [lady be,

And loue me euermore.]

1 E. hir ; the rest his.

2 E. a; the rest the.

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Til that ther cam a greet geaunt,
His name was sir Olifaunt,

A perilous man of dede;
He seyde 4, child, by Termagaunt,
But-if thou prike out of myn haunt,
Anon I sle thy stede

With mace.
Heer is the queen of Faïrye,
With harpe and pype and symphonye

Dwelling in this place.'


1 Hn. Cm. Hl. haue; the rest loue.
2 So E. Hn. Cm.; Cp. Pt. Ln, to aspie; Hl. to spye.
3 This line in Hl. only.

4 Hl. swar; the rest seyde. 5 Hl. lute; the rest pype or pipe.

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1 E. Hl. meete with; the rest omit with.
2 E. Hn. sowre; Cm. soure; the rest sore.

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,
For paramour and Iolitee

Of oon that shoon ful bryghte.


Do come,' he seyde, my minstrales,
And gestours for to tellen tales

Anon in myn arminge ;
Of romances that been roiales,
Of popes and of cardinales,

And eek of loue-lykinge.'


They fette 2 him first the sweete wyn,
And mede eek in a maselyn,

And roial spicerye;
Of4 gingebreed that was ful fyn,
And lycorys, and eek comyn,

With sugre that is so trye.



He dide next his whyte lere
Of cloth of lake fyn and clere

A breech and eek a sherte;
And next his sherte an aketoun,
And ouer that an habergeoun

For percinge of his herte;


And ouer that a fyn hauberk,
Was al ywroght of Iewes werk,

Ful strong it was of plate;


1 E. Hn. heuedes ; HI. heedes; Cm. hedis; Cp. Pt. Ln. hedes.
2 E. sette; the rest fette or fet.
3 E. Hn. Cm. omit the; it occurs in the rest.
4 E. And ; Hn. Cm. Hl. Of. Cp. Pt. Ln. omit ll. 2042-4.
5 E. alone retains so; the rest omit it.

And ouer that his cote-armour
As whyt as is a lily flour,

In which he wol1 debate.


His sheeld was al of gold so reed,
And ther-in was a bores heed,

A charbocle bisyde;
And there he swoor, on ale and breed,
How that the geaunt shal? be deed,

Bityde what bityde!'


His lambeux were of quyrboilly,
His swerdes shethe of yuory,

His helm of laton bryght;
His sadel was of rewel“ boon,
His brydel as the sonne shoon,

Or as the mone lyght.



His spere was 6 of fyn ciprees,
That bodeth werre, and no thing pees,

The heed ful sharpe ygrounde;
His steede was al dappel-gray,
It gooth an ambel in the way
Ful softely and rounde

In londe.
Loo, lordes myne, heer is a fit !

any more of it,
To telle it wol I fonde.


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.

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