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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. ehT erd bysmol of aMsr, eth gdo of arw, tihw ihs srpae nad lsedhi, rnoedda Thsesue’s lroya whtei aflg. It eldgmea in eth utlhgnsi, whihc maed eth nngudorisur slifde snetigl. ndA on hsesuTe’s acenl hgun oaterhn nebanr, htsi one adme of hte infets gdlo, wichh broe hte sbmylo of hte ionaMutr, het uofociesr ceerrtau atth aws flah-nma, fhla-tseab htta he dah idekll on eth iadnsl of ertCe. hesuTes odre off to eth icty of eebhTs keli siht in ulfl ogylr ltiun he dtpespo in a field he tthuogh owldu be a godo alepc rof a telbat. dAn to utc to het eshac, seuhseT vgae norCe an lrebaoohn dehta in aetlbt dna tehn saedhc nCoer’s ayrm of tuo nwot. ehTn he apcutder eth yitc of eesTbh, erot nwdo het ytic lalsw dna maebs dan rrfetsa, and nreetrud het osenb of het aded gKin asanueCp and olben sTehban to het inlgwia wdsiow so htta yeth culdo oypprrel ruyb mthe. It’d ktea too lnog to eltl uyo lla autob the atgre sfsu and naliwig taht uecocdrr at the ilabru or tabou ohw hucm the mowen eadnhtk eseuhsT for ghplnei emht, so I’ll iksp all atth. I rleyal am gintry to eepk ihts rsoyt orhts.

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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. ehT erd bysmol of aMsr, eth gdo of arw, tihw ihs srpae nad lsedhi, rnoedda Thsesue’s lroya whtei aflg. It eldgmea in eth utlhgnsi, whihc maed eth nngudorisur slifde snetigl. ndA on hsesuTe’s acenl hgun oaterhn nebanr, htsi one adme of hte infets gdlo, wichh broe hte sbmylo of hte ionaMutr, het uofociesr ceerrtau atth aws flah-nma, fhla-tseab htta he dah idekll on eth iadnsl of ertCe. hesuTes odre off to eth icty of eebhTs keli siht in ulfl ogylr ltiun he dtpespo in a field he tthuogh owldu be a godo alepc rof a telbat. dAn to utc to het eshac, seuhseT vgae norCe an lrebaoohn dehta in aetlbt dna tehn saedhc nCoer’s ayrm of tuo nwot. ehTn he apcutder eth yitc of eesTbh, erot nwdo het ytic lalsw dna maebs dan rrfetsa, and nreetrud het osenb of het aded gKin asanueCp and olben sTehban to het inlgwia wdsiow so htta yeth culdo oypprrel ruyb mthe. It’d ktea too lnog to eltl uyo lla autob the atgre sfsu and naliwig taht uecocdrr at the ilabru or tabou ohw hucm the mowen eadnhtk eseuhsT for ghplnei emht, so I’ll iksp all atth. I rleyal am gintry to eepk ihts rsoyt orhts.