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Than seyde he thus to Palamon ful right;
‘I trowe ther nedeth litel sermoning
610To make yow assente to this thing.
Com neer, and tak your lady by the hond.’
Bitwixen hem was maad anon the bond,
That highte matrimoine or mariage,
By al the counseil and the baronage.
And thus with alle blisse and melodye
Hath Palamon y-wedded Emelye.
And God, that al this wyde world hath wroght,
Sende him his love, that hath it dere a-boght.
For now is Palamon in alle wele,
620Living in blisse, in richesse, and in hele;
And Emelye him loveth so tendrely,
And he hir serveth al-so gentilly,
That never was ther no word hem bitwene
Of Ielousye, or any other tene.
Thus endeth Palamon and Emelye;
And God save al this faire companye!—Amen.
Then Theseus turned to Palamon and said, “I suppose I don’t have to say much to convince you to marry Emily. Come over here, and take Emily by the hand.” And then, in front of the entire Athenian council of nobles, Theseus married them so that they finally became husband and wife. And God, creator of the world, bless Palamon with happiness and health and success. And Emily loved him deeply and he loved her equally for the rest of their lives together, so much in fact that they never fought or suffered from jealousy or anything. And that’s the story of how Palamon finally won Emily, his lady love. God bless them all—Amen.