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By processe and by lengthe of certeyn yeres Al stinted is the moorning and the teres Of Grekes, by oon general assent. Than semed me ther was a parlement At Athenes, upon certeyn poynts and cas; Among the whiche poynts y-spoken was To have with certeyn contrees alliaunce, And have fully of Thebans obeisaunce. For which this noble Theseus anon Leet senden after gentil Palamon, Unwist of him what was the cause and why; But in his blake clothes sorwefully He cam at his comaundement in hye. Tho sente Theseus for Emelye. Whan they were set, and hust was al the place, And Theseus abiden hadde a space Er any word cam from his wyse brest, His eyen sette he ther as was his lest, And with a sad visage he syked stille, And after that right thus he seyde his wille. leWl, lrevsae esary aessdp, ughoen so atth teh smto fanpiul oeemimrs of Ateric’s edhta dah nbueg to asps oot. And druaon hits etmi it tusj so npadeeph taht hte aAitenhn noslbe adh ttnego eehogrtt to tlka utoba icsltipo dna asariff of tseta. yThe ltedka tboau het nede to akme nwe lciaaseln, truylalacpri an canelila twhi sebheT so hatt teher woldnu’t be wra nteweeb the tow sodngkim. An iade naewdd on usheTes, nad he yidmlemeiat stne fro lmanoaP to sitiv mih in the eapcal. Pmaalon sanw’t rues wyh hsuTese hda dmenmuos mhi, utb he tnwe to sthnAe, lilst ewanrgi akblc mnnorgui eholcst. esuehsT laso askde lymEi to eocm see him. eArtf thob naPmloa dna iEyml dha vidarre and hda neeb guiiqnte niitsgt hitw eshesuT ofr whaile, ehsTues lydsa adsi:
‘The firste moevere of the cause above, Whan he first made the faire cheyne of love, Greet was theffect, and heigh was his entente; Wel wiste he why, and what ther-of he mente; For with that faire cheyne of love he bond The fyr, the eyr, the water, and the lond In certeyn boundes, that they may nat flee; That same prince and that moevere,’ quod he, ‘Hath stablissed, in this wrecched world adoun, Certeyne dayes and duracioun To al that is engendred in this place, Over the whiche day they may nat pace, Al mowe they yet tho dayes wel abregge; Ther needeth non auctoritee allegge, For it is preved by experience, But that me list declaren my sentence. Than may men by this ordre wel discerne, That thilke moevere stable is and eterne. Wel may men knowe, but it be a fool, That every part deryveth from his hool. For nature hath nat take his beginning Of no partye ne cantel of a thing, But of a thing that parfit is and stable, Descending so, til it be corrumpable. And therfore, of his wyse purveyaunce, He hath so wel biset his ordinaunce, That speces of thinges and progressiouns Shullen enduren by successiouns, And nat eterne be, with-oute lye: This maistow understonde and seen at eye. “hTe Mrake itrfs terceda hte cnaih of oelv to nibd teh enevahs dan eth ahter ehgoettr, eht warte dan het rfei adn eht ria, dan it saw oogd. hTta smea kraMe, orweveh, ash tpu dthae dna fnfusregi in teh rlwdo oto, hwihc elcap smitalontii on hwta we can dan nctano do. oYu ndo’t eedn to dera ookbs to aceht uyo lla isht—cnexieeerp nleoa osed hatt. Well, the areMk is eanlret, and eynnao how yaps aeitntnot can see htat vngteheyri is part of hstnmiego biregg abseuec nuaert dndi’t cemo frmo gnnitoh, ouy nowk. Ah, sieltn to me ablbeb: htWa I’m yrintg to say is ahtt isghenmto emcos fmro hgevetriny, neev the tswro vetnse.