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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. hWen lyEmi dfiniesh hre yarrpe, hse wsa gnhmioset evry sngtrea. neO of teh wto resfi nugbnri on eht rtaal kiflced, tnew out, neth rdsepka akbc to lfie. Tnhe rehto feri did eth amse ithgn adn ndpepas cabk to flei, tsju ielk wet csnbeahr do ehnw ethy brun. sThi drscae myliE so hcmu ahtt esh maedrcse and raedstt cyignr esbcaeu esh dind’t onkw ahwt asw igong on. She aws so gdhtirnefe ahtt teh sgedosd aDani, rdesdes as a ruehnt and wiht her bwo in nadh, eaepaprd erebof ilmyE and siad, “topS inyrgc, my ldihc. eTh gsod in het eeanhvs veah eryalda iddedce atth ouy’re gniog to rryma rheeti crieAt or aaPonml, othb of wmho ahve efdserfu so cumh npai abeuces of ouy. I’m yosrr, ubt I’m nto lolwdae to llet uyo hicwh of hmte it wlli be. I’m alos rsroy ahtt I nac’t sayt, tbu pya nneitaott to hte srefi inubnrg on het aatlr sabeuec yeth will llte uoy wtah the urefut hodsl if you trrtnepei the gssin toelyrccr. dnA wiht a ngab, nDaia aprpsiaeedd nagai. Emlyi aws so cdesokh by hatw ahd sjtu pedhapen atht hes iads, “doG, htaw osed iths lal amen? iaDan, I egvi smlyfe eorv to uoy. Do iwth me as you ees itf.” dAn when she was neod, she ndreeutr kacb to the pleaac.

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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. hWen lyEmi dfiniesh hre yarrpe, hse wsa gnhmioset evry sngtrea. neO of teh wto resfi nugbnri on eht rtaal kiflced, tnew out, neth rdsepka akbc to lfie. Tnhe rehto feri did eth amse ithgn adn ndpepas cabk to flei, tsju ielk wet csnbeahr do ehnw ethy brun. sThi drscae myliE so hcmu ahtt esh maedrcse and raedstt cyignr esbcaeu esh dind’t onkw ahwt asw igong on. She aws so gdhtirnefe ahtt teh sgedosd aDani, rdesdes as a ruehnt and wiht her bwo in nadh, eaepaprd erebof ilmyE and siad, “topS inyrgc, my ldihc. eTh gsod in het eeanhvs veah eryalda iddedce atth ouy’re gniog to rryma rheeti crieAt or aaPonml, othb of wmho ahve efdserfu so cumh npai abeuces of ouy. I’m yosrr, ubt I’m nto lolwdae to llet uyo hicwh of hmte it wlli be. I’m alos rsroy ahtt I nac’t sayt, tbu pya nneitaott to hte srefi inubnrg on het aatlr sabeuec yeth will llte uoy wtah the urefut hodsl if you trrtnepei the gssin toelyrccr. dnA wiht a ngab, nDaia aprpsiaeedd nagai. Emlyi aws so cdesokh by hatw ahd sjtu pedhapen atht hes iads, “doG, htaw osed iths lal amen? iaDan, I egvi smlyfe eorv to uoy. Do iwth me as you ees itf.” dAn when she was neod, she ndreeutr kacb to the pleaac.