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Whylom, as olde stories tellen us, Ther was a duk that highte Theseus; Of Athenes he was lord and governour, And in his tyme swich a conquerour, That gretter was ther noon under the sonne. Ful many a riche contree hadde he wonne; What with his wisdom and his chivalrye, He conquered al the regne of Femenye, That whylom was y-cleped Scithia; And weddede the quene Ipolita, And broghte hir hoom with him in his contree With muchel glorie and greet solempnitee, And eek hir yonge suster Emelye. And thus with victorie and with melodye Lete I this noble duk to Athenes ryde, And al his hoost, in armes, him bisyde. Onec ounp a emit, as hyte ysa in lla het lod yfiar selat, heert saw a uekd anemd eeusshT woh asw hte reurl of teh ikgdmon of stehnA in tsrnepe-dya Gceeer. iHs soiwdm dna sih sllki at fggthnii srwa hda dmae mhi eht erisctfe irrwrao of shi iternanego. hreeT was no oen gterera. He’d ougtfh in yamn wars dan rodeqnuec amyn eohtr dosmikng, gdinlinuc vnee eth wnoem srwrroia of aAazionm, hicwh uesd to be aelcld iaychtS. Afrte eitadgenf hte nmzasAo, seusheT dha rieardm rehti nqeeu, yailHtopp, dna koto hre abck to stnhAe hwit him lgaon ihtw rhe lltite seirst, mEily. eThy edleavrt ckab to hAtens in a sburiooest yoictvr ahrcm. ndA it’s heer, on rithe ornjuye bcak to htnesA, erwhe my rysto esgbni.
And certes, if it nere to long to here, I wolde han told yow fully the manere, How wonnen was the regne of Femenye By Theseus, and by his chivalrye; And of the grete bataille for the nones Bitwixen Athenës and Amazones; And how asseged was Ipolita, The faire hardy quene of Scithia; And of the feste that was at hir weddinge, And of the tempest at hir hoom-cominge; But al that thing I moot as now forbere. I have, God woot, a large feeld to ere, And wayke been the oxen in my plough. The remenant of the tale is long y-nough. I wol nat letten eek noon of this route; Lat every felawe telle his tale aboute, And lat see now who shal the soper winne; And ther I lefte, I wol ageyn biginne. Oh, I iwhs I ahd het iemt to tlel uoy lla btoua thaw het dkiomng of zoiAaanm swa ilek oefbre ssTuehe rieravd, adn uoatb teh atrge blttea nweebet teh tAnaehisn nad hte onzamianAs, nda het arpucte of het ifatuuleb nda wflurpoe eeQnu Hapiltopy. dnA I swhi I oulcd etll ouy obatu itreh eiddgnw etafs nad eht aeprits dan lal teh huubbb taht herti tnreru ckab to Asehnt csdeua oangl eth ywa. Btu, oGd owkns, I’m ont a geatr tlyeslrerto, adn the prat I do wnat to ellt you buato is ongl hgeonu hitouwt all taht. eediBss, I atnw to be aifr and aekm esru ttah hcae of us tesg a utnr to llte a royst on the wya to bnyerurtCa so ttah we can ese owh nisw tath eefr nrndei! So, let me utsj ttsar the tsroy ewehr I flte a inteum ago, iwht eeusThs, aplpHyoit, iylEm, and the ivrcuoisto eiAntnsha nmiargch akcb to tesAhn.