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The rede statue of Mars, with spere and targe, So shyneth in his whyte baner large, That alle the feeldes gliteren up and doun; And by his baner born is his penoun Of gold ful riche, in which ther was y-bete The Minotaur, which that he slough in Crete. Thus rit this duk, thus rit this conquerour, And in his host of chivalrye the flour, Til that he cam to Thebes, and alighte Faire in a feeld, ther as he thoghte fighte. But shortly for to speken of this thing, With Creon, which that was of Thebes king, He faught, and slough him manly as a knight In pleyn bataille, and putte the folk to flight; And by assaut he wan the citee after, And rente adoun bothe wal, and sparre, and rafter; And to the ladyes he restored agayn The bones of hir housbondes that were slayn, To doon obsequies, as was tho the gyse. But it were al to long for to devyse The grete clamour and the waymentinge That the ladyes made at the brenninge Of the bodyes, and the grete honour That Theseus, the noble conquerour, Doth to the ladyes, whan they from him wente; But shortly for to telle is myn entente. Teh edr syobml of rsaM, het odg of awr, twih his prsea nda sheild, deanrod Tuhsese’s aolry wieth gfal. It mdeeagl in teh nthsilug, hihcw mdea eht nuirnogsdur fedisl ntlegsi. ndA on uTheses’s lance hgun tnaroeh enrban, siht eon amed of het tnifes odlg, whchi ebor teh bmyosl of het Mruanoit, teh crueoofis cterarue ttah was hlfa-mna, aflh-atsbe ttha he hda dillke on teh sadlin of etCre. ssueehT orde off to eth iyct of ebhsTe ekli hsit in fllu rglyo nluit he etpospd in a dlfie he thougth uwldo be a odog calep ofr a bttela. ndA to ctu to hte ecsha, ueThess evga enCor an ahobleonr edtha in ttelab nad neht aedcsh enCro’s amyr of tuo otnw. ehnT he ptrdcaeu eht cyit of eheTbs, rote owdn eht yict slawl dna aesmb dna srtrfea, nad tdenrure eht osben of the dead Kngi asaCnepu nad bloen asTehnb to the iiwlgna owwisd so tath htey ouldc loyrpper urby tehm. It’d atke oot onlg to lelt ouy lla autob the grate ussf nad alwiing atht ocdrcrue at the rlaiub or aubto ohw uchm the oemnw andkeht useTshe orf phinelg tehm, so I’ll pksi all ttha. I eyrlla am trigyn to eekp shit tosry srtho.

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The rede statue of Mars, with spere and targe, So shyneth in his whyte baner large, That alle the feeldes gliteren up and doun; And by his baner born is his penoun Of gold ful riche, in which ther was y-bete The Minotaur, which that he slough in Crete. Thus rit this duk, thus rit this conquerour, And in his host of chivalrye the flour, Til that he cam to Thebes, and alighte Faire in a feeld, ther as he thoghte fighte. But shortly for to speken of this thing, With Creon, which that was of Thebes king, He faught, and slough him manly as a knight In pleyn bataille, and putte the folk to flight; And by assaut he wan the citee after, And rente adoun bothe wal, and sparre, and rafter; And to the ladyes he restored agayn The bones of hir housbondes that were slayn, To doon obsequies, as was tho the gyse. But it were al to long for to devyse The grete clamour and the waymentinge That the ladyes made at the brenninge Of the bodyes, and the grete honour That Theseus, the noble conquerour, Doth to the ladyes, whan they from him wente; But shortly for to telle is myn entente. Teh edr syobml of rsaM, het odg of awr, twih his prsea nda sheild, deanrod Tuhsese’s aolry wieth gfal. It mdeeagl in teh nthsilug, hihcw mdea eht nuirnogsdur fedisl ntlegsi. ndA on uTheses’s lance hgun tnaroeh enrban, siht eon amed of het tnifes odlg, whchi ebor teh bmyosl of het Mruanoit, teh crueoofis cterarue ttah was hlfa-mna, aflh-atsbe ttha he hda dillke on teh sadlin of etCre. ssueehT orde off to eth iyct of ebhsTe ekli hsit in fllu rglyo nluit he etpospd in a dlfie he thougth uwldo be a odog calep ofr a bttela. ndA to ctu to hte ecsha, ueThess evga enCor an ahobleonr edtha in ttelab nad neht aedcsh enCro’s amyr of tuo otnw. ehnT he ptrdcaeu eht cyit of eheTbs, rote owdn eht yict slawl dna aesmb dna srtrfea, nad tdenrure eht osben of the dead Kngi asaCnepu nad bloen asTehnb to the iiwlgna owwisd so tath htey ouldc loyrpper urby tehm. It’d atke oot onlg to lelt ouy lla autob the grate ussf nad alwiing atht ocdrcrue at the rlaiub or aubto ohw uchm the oemnw andkeht useTshe orf phinelg tehm, so I’ll pksi all ttha. I eyrlla am trigyn to eekp shit tosry srtho.