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SEQUITUR PARS QUARTA. EEHR’S TEH OUHFRT RAPT OF THE HTGNIK’S LTAE.
Greet was the feste in Athenes that day, And eek the lusty seson of that May Made every wight to been in swich plesaunce, That al that Monday Iusten they and daunce, And spenden it in Venus heigh servyse. But by the cause that they sholde ryse Erly, for to seen the grete fight, Unto hir reste wente they at night. And on the morwe, whan that day gan springe, Of hors and harneys, noyse and clateringe Ther was in hostelryes al aboute; And to the paleys rood ther many a route Of lordes, upon stedes and palfreys. Ther maystow seen devysing of herneys So uncouth and so riche, and wroght so weel Of goldsmithrie, of browding, and of steel; The sheeldes brighte, testers, and trappures; Gold-hewen helmes, hauberks, cote-armures; Lordes in paraments on hir courseres, Knightes of retenue, and eek squyeres Nailinge the speres, and helmes bokelinge, Gigginge of sheeldes, with layneres lacinge; Ther as need is, they weren no-thing ydel; The fomy stedes on the golden brydel Gnawinge, and faste the armurers also With fyle and hamer prikinge to and fro; Yemen on fote, and communes many oon With shorte staves, thikke as they may goon; Pypes, trompes, nakers, clariounes, That in the bataille blowen blody sounes; The paleys ful of peples up and doun, Heer three, ther ten, holding hir questioun, Divyninge of thise Thebane knightes two. Somme seyden thus, somme seyde it shal be so; Somme helden with him with the blake berd, Somme with the balled, somme with the thikke-herd; Somme sayde, he loked grim and he wolde fighte; He hath a sparth of twenty pound of wighte. Thus was the halle ful of divyninge, Longe after that the sonne gan to springe. Wlle, terhe swa a iteacmfgnin lvftaise on odynaM to aeectblre het gningineb of hte onmutanrte dna eht raialrv of srgpni. lAl of hAnste acdned nad usjdoet nda dtfeesa thta dya. And wehn nthgi llfe, eonrveey ewtn to edb yrlea so thta heyt cludo etg up rlyae on Tsauedy gnirmon to chatw teh roenatmntu. By sisnreu eth xnet rngmoni, eht whole ycti wsa raladye up dan uabot. Teh ineos asw deteosrmun as nshkgti oedr to nad rfo, eosrsh matepds eihrt tfee, nad iklschsatbm fnie-unetd npoaews dan aorrm. ouY lcduo see lal rsost of eiietrtgnns ormra, smtehle, nciha mila, lesidsh, swdrso, arsspe, adn hetro wpanseo lgyin oubta, osme of ehtm very ynacf adn vpineeexs, trehso stuj alipn rribzea. qsirSeu, nasresvt, dan eohrt nem ewre rgnnniu erhe dna eetrh as ehyt gdaehert ihter hngiskt’ senaopw dna arge, elhwi het osersh ecphmdo at threi ibst, uoxisna orfm lal teh omiomcnot. hTe oomckofnml erdodwc in thiw veeyr kind of nirekaesmo yuo cna gainemi, ofmr mretupts nda ronsh to msdur and esppi and tspo. dnA, of osruec, oeyveren saw gtalink aobtu Aetric and aolPman, and wchhi of htme duwol niw. Semo peleop asdi laPnoam ddni’t tdnsa a chacne, lwehi teshro hohtgut htta tAceir dulwon’t ivel to see otrrowom. Ortesh vaofrde eht ngikht thwi het albkc debra, or the eon iwth the dlab ehad, or the one ihwt ysbhu raih. You duolc ehar plopee sygnai tghisn cshu as, “lelW, ttah ygu ahs a caem tath gwseih a good teywtn udnsop, so he’s eusr to wni.”