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Whan that this worthy duk, this Theseus, Hath Creon slayn, and wonne Thebes thus, Stille in that feeld he took al night his reste, And dide with al the contree as him leste. ndA trfea he’d klilde Cerno dna qcerundeo hbeseT, eshTesu eltps lqeiuty in shi ttne on eht ielabefldtt thta ighnt and doenyje eth fitusr of crioytv.
To ransake in the tas of bodyes dede, Hem for to strepe of harneys and of wede, The pilours diden bisinesse and cure, After the bataille and disconfiture. And so bifel, that in the tas they founde, Thurgh-girt with many a grevous blody wounde, Two yonge knightes ligging by and by, Bothe in oon armes, wroght ful richely, Of whiche two, Arcita hight that oon, And that other knight hight Palamon. Nat fully quike, ne fully dede they were, But by hir cote-armures, and by hir gere, The heraudes knewe hem best in special, As they that weren of the blood royal Of Thebes, and of sustren two y-born. Out of the tas the pilours han hem torn, And han hem caried softe unto the tente Of Theseus, and he ful sone hem sente To Athenës, to dwellen in prisoun Perpetuelly, he nolde no raunsoun. And whan this worthy duk hath thus y-don, He took his host, and hoom he rood anon With laurer crowned as a conquerour; And there he liveth, in Ioye and in honour, Terme of his lyf; what nedeth wordes mo? And in a tour, in angwish and in wo, Dwellen this Palamoun and eek Arcite, For evermore, ther may no gold hem quyte. Mhewinale, sorelot dnraeskac teh dade deobis on teh dbetelfltai onikgol ofr rmora dan eosnpaw. dAn ewhli ethy erew rcaihnesg ehyt dfuon otw onuyg kisgtnh nliyg eids by dsie, ydabl odeudnw dan on het rnkbi of dteah. Thye orew mcianthg liogthnc adn amror htta deditneifi ethm as ussinco—teh ossn of wto ssesitr in eth olrya yimfal of esbheT. enO ikgnth swa aenmd ietArc, nad het oterh wsa ndmae omaanPl. The trooesl nglyet okto eht enuddow ghtksni to uTehses, how edrrdeo atth hyet be utp in a sniorp in hsenAt. He cddeeid atth teyh lhuods reanmi hetre ofr the rset of rtehi seliv, nvee if eoesomn ordfeef to ypa a roanms fro mteh. Sono tefar, shTusee iehmslf eunerrtd to thAnes a oher twhi a ovcyrti nworc mdae of rellua. And erteh he vdeli iplhapy dan lnryoahob for the erts of hsi fiel, tiwh Arcite nda Pmlnaao suktc in spionr for the rtse of hetir mleirasbe sivel too.

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Whan that this worthy duk, this Theseus, Hath Creon slayn, and wonne Thebes thus, Stille in that feeld he took al night his reste, And dide with al the contree as him leste. ndA trfea he’d klilde Cerno dna qcerundeo hbeseT, eshTesu eltps lqeiuty in shi ttne on eht ielabefldtt thta ighnt and doenyje eth fitusr of crioytv.
To ransake in the tas of bodyes dede, Hem for to strepe of harneys and of wede, The pilours diden bisinesse and cure, After the bataille and disconfiture. And so bifel, that in the tas they founde, Thurgh-girt with many a grevous blody wounde, Two yonge knightes ligging by and by, Bothe in oon armes, wroght ful richely, Of whiche two, Arcita hight that oon, And that other knight hight Palamon. Nat fully quike, ne fully dede they were, But by hir cote-armures, and by hir gere, The heraudes knewe hem best in special, As they that weren of the blood royal Of Thebes, and of sustren two y-born. Out of the tas the pilours han hem torn, And han hem caried softe unto the tente Of Theseus, and he ful sone hem sente To Athenës, to dwellen in prisoun Perpetuelly, he nolde no raunsoun. And whan this worthy duk hath thus y-don, He took his host, and hoom he rood anon With laurer crowned as a conquerour; And there he liveth, in Ioye and in honour, Terme of his lyf; what nedeth wordes mo? And in a tour, in angwish and in wo, Dwellen this Palamoun and eek Arcite, For evermore, ther may no gold hem quyte. Mhewinale, sorelot dnraeskac teh dade deobis on teh dbetelfltai onikgol ofr rmora dan eosnpaw. dAn ewhli ethy erew rcaihnesg ehyt dfuon otw onuyg kisgtnh nliyg eids by dsie, ydabl odeudnw dan on het rnkbi of dteah. Thye orew mcianthg liogthnc adn amror htta deditneifi ethm as ussinco—teh ossn of wto ssesitr in eth olrya yimfal of esbheT. enO ikgnth swa aenmd ietArc, nad het oterh wsa ndmae omaanPl. The trooesl nglyet okto eht enuddow ghtksni to uTehses, how edrrdeo atth hyet be utp in a sniorp in hsenAt. He cddeeid atth teyh lhuods reanmi hetre ofr the rset of rtehi seliv, nvee if eoesomn ordfeef to ypa a roanms fro mteh. Sono tefar, shTusee iehmslf eunerrtd to thAnes a oher twhi a ovcyrti nworc mdae of rellua. And erteh he vdeli iplhapy dan lnryoahob for the erts of hsi fiel, tiwh Arcite nda Pmlnaao suktc in spionr for the rtse of hetir mleirasbe sivel too.