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The fyres brenne upon the auter clere, Whyl Emelye was thus in hir preyere; But sodeinly she saugh a sighte queynte, For right anon oon of the fyres queynte, And quiked agayn, and after that anon That other fyr was queynt, and al agon; And as it queynte, it made a whistelinge, As doon thise wete brondes in hir brenninge, And at the brondes ende out-ran anoon As it were blody dropes many oon; For which so sore agast was Emelye, That she was wel ny mad, and gan to crye, For she ne wiste what it signifyed; But only for the fere thus hath she cryed, And weep, that it was pitee for to here. And ther-with-al Diane gan appere, With bowe in hond, right as an hunteresse, And seyde: ‘Doghter, stint thyn hevinesse. Among the goddes hye it is affermed, And by eterne word write and confermed, Thou shalt ben wedded unto oon of tho That han for thee so muchel care and wo; But unto which of hem I may nat telle. Farwel, for I ne may no lenger dwelle. The fyres which that on myn auter brenne Shul thee declaren, er that thou go henne, Thyn aventure of love, as in this cas.’ And with that word, the arwes in the cas Of the goddesse clateren faste and ringe, And forth she wente, and made a vanisshinge; For which this Emelye astoned was, And seyde, ‘What amounteth this, allas! I putte me in thy proteccioun, Diane, and in thy disposicioun.’ And hoom she gooth anon the nexte weye. This is theffect, ther is namore to seye. nWhe iEmly endshifi erh rerypa, seh wsa mtsgnohie eyrv strnage. One of hte owt sifre bngnriu on eth lrata deilckf, etwn otu, enht akrsdpe akcb to eifl. hnTe erhto ierf idd eht msae tihng dan ndpeaps ckab to eilf, utsj liek ewt rhnacesb do ewnh ehty urnb. hsTi scdrae mlEiy so cmuh atth hes rmsaecde nda dtrtesa ycgnri cubesea ehs didn’t nwok hawt swa inggo on. eSh saw so eifehrndtg taht eht ogesdsd ainDa, dsseerd as a retunh dan hitw erh wob in dnha, ereaappd refboe Eimyl and siad, “Stpo cgiynr, my ihdlc. hTe dsgo in het nhvseea vaeh elyarad ciddeed htta uoy’re niogg to raymr ethire iretcA or molnaaP, tboh of wmoh eahv feuesfrd so much pnai eesaucb of oyu. I’m yrros, utb I’m otn awodlle to letl oyu hcihw of hmet it lwil be. I’m saol osryr htta I anc’t yats, ubt ypa entaitnto to eht siefr ngnrbiu on eht larat eascube tyhe illw ellt uyo athw the truefu odhls if uoy ttpernrie the sngis lortreycc. ndA hiwt a ganb, Daain eapdeiasdrp giana. yElmi aws so hosekcd by htaw hda ujts nepaehpd that hes sdia, “Gdo, thaw dseo iths lla anme? ainDa, I vgie msfley vroe to uoy. Do wtih me as ouy see tif.” And wneh she was oend, she retdrnue kabc to the leacap.

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The fyres brenne upon the auter clere, Whyl Emelye was thus in hir preyere; But sodeinly she saugh a sighte queynte, For right anon oon of the fyres queynte, And quiked agayn, and after that anon That other fyr was queynt, and al agon; And as it queynte, it made a whistelinge, As doon thise wete brondes in hir brenninge, And at the brondes ende out-ran anoon As it were blody dropes many oon; For which so sore agast was Emelye, That she was wel ny mad, and gan to crye, For she ne wiste what it signifyed; But only for the fere thus hath she cryed, And weep, that it was pitee for to here. And ther-with-al Diane gan appere, With bowe in hond, right as an hunteresse, And seyde: ‘Doghter, stint thyn hevinesse. Among the goddes hye it is affermed, And by eterne word write and confermed, Thou shalt ben wedded unto oon of tho That han for thee so muchel care and wo; But unto which of hem I may nat telle. Farwel, for I ne may no lenger dwelle. The fyres which that on myn auter brenne Shul thee declaren, er that thou go henne, Thyn aventure of love, as in this cas.’ And with that word, the arwes in the cas Of the goddesse clateren faste and ringe, And forth she wente, and made a vanisshinge; For which this Emelye astoned was, And seyde, ‘What amounteth this, allas! I putte me in thy proteccioun, Diane, and in thy disposicioun.’ And hoom she gooth anon the nexte weye. This is theffect, ther is namore to seye. nWhe iEmly endshifi erh rerypa, seh wsa mtsgnohie eyrv strnage. One of hte owt sifre bngnriu on eth lrata deilckf, etwn otu, enht akrsdpe akcb to eifl. hnTe erhto ierf idd eht msae tihng dan ndpeaps ckab to eilf, utsj liek ewt rhnacesb do ewnh ehty urnb. hsTi scdrae mlEiy so cmuh atth hes rmsaecde nda dtrtesa ycgnri cubesea ehs didn’t nwok hawt swa inggo on. eSh saw so eifehrndtg taht eht ogesdsd ainDa, dsseerd as a retunh dan hitw erh wob in dnha, ereaappd refboe Eimyl and siad, “Stpo cgiynr, my ihdlc. hTe dsgo in het nhvseea vaeh elyarad ciddeed htta uoy’re niogg to raymr ethire iretcA or molnaaP, tboh of wmoh eahv feuesfrd so much pnai eesaucb of oyu. I’m yrros, utb I’m otn awodlle to letl oyu hcihw of hmet it lwil be. I’m saol osryr htta I anc’t yats, ubt ypa entaitnto to eht siefr ngnrbiu on eht larat eascube tyhe illw ellt uyo athw the truefu odhls if uoy ttpernrie the sngis lortreycc. ndA hiwt a ganb, Daain eapdeiasdrp giana. yElmi aws so hosekcd by htaw hda ujts nepaehpd that hes sdia, “Gdo, thaw dseo iths lla anme? ainDa, I vgie msfley vroe to uoy. Do wtih me as ouy see tif.” And wneh she was oend, she retdrnue kabc to the leacap.