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And right so ferden they with Palamon. With him ther wenten knightes many oon; Som wol ben armed in an habergeoun, In a brest-plat and in a light gipoun; And somme woln have a peyre plates large; And somme woln have a Pruce sheld, or a targe; Somme woln ben armed on hir legges weel, And have an ax, and somme a mace of steel. Ther nis no newe gyse, that it nas old. Armed were they, as I have you told, Everich after his opinioun. Well, eht gtshkin ohw otfguh rfo nmaaolP fetl this ywa oto. yheT lla atdenw to oevrp ehtir ohnro. eSmo emac redssde in aihnc amil, a ctuni, adn a taapstlreeb. tOhrse lspiym weor a lpuoce of lseet aeptls, one on het ntfor dna one on hte akcb. ershtO idarerc a esimlp nrudo idsleh, or eamd resu to rewa egl raorm. omSe tnawed to thfgi thiw a maec, ehilw hteor igtsnhk htubgor aexs. chaE neosrp ecma with hte mrora and aepsonw he thtoghu oludw eplh ihm inw.
Ther maistow seen coming with Palamoun Ligurge him-self, the grete king of Trace; Blak was his berd, and manly was his face. The cercles of his eyen in his heed, They gloweden bitwixe yelow and reed; And lyk a griffon loked he aboute, With kempe heres on his browes stoute; His limes grete, his braunes harde and stronge, His shuldres brode, his armes rounde and longe. And as the gyse was in his contree, Ful hye upon a char of gold stood he, With foure whyte boles in the trays. In-stede of cote-armure over his harnays, With nayles yelwe and brighte as any gold, He hadde a beres skin, col-blak, for-old. His longe heer was kembd bihinde his bak, As any ravenes fether it shoon for-blak: A wrethe of gold arm-greet, of huge wighte, Upon his heed, set ful of stones brighte, Of fyne rubies and of dyamaunts. Aboute his char ther wenten whyte alaunts, Twenty and mo, as grete as any steer, To hunten at the leoun or the deer, And folwed him, with mosel faste y-bounde, Colers of gold, and torets fyled rounde. An hundred lordes hadde he in his route Armed ful wel, with hertes sterne and stoute. gycLurus ehifsml, het wflpoeur nkgi of hcrTea, cema tihw naPomla. He kedloo so nlmya iwth sih jte-bklca aerdb nad hira hatt efll odwn to hsi awsti. hTe pislpu of sih esye ewre msheowree ebtewne red nad elwyol. Tohes seye adn hsi bgi hsuby soewbeyr edam mhi olok keil a inifgfr, lafh inlo dan afhl leage. He dah aobdr slhedsuro nda strong, cusrulma sarm. He ewor an numorose cbkla nikeabsr evor sih oarrm eadtnis of a ctinu, dan sti yeolwl sclwa sneho ielk dglo. A rwcno of ldog sddutde whti dsimonda and sebriu etdtlireg on tpo of sih head. ieLk stom ncairaTh oarsirrw, he devirra in a enlodg haticro upelld by ofur hwite ublsl. tTnyew nitga ewthi evowsl clrceid aordun hsi tciahor, edehertt tiwh ldog csrolla and uszezml. He hogbtur tihw him a rhduned of shi won shkgnit rof olarm ptpusro.

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And right so ferden they with Palamon. With him ther wenten knightes many oon; Som wol ben armed in an habergeoun, In a brest-plat and in a light gipoun; And somme woln have a peyre plates large; And somme woln have a Pruce sheld, or a targe; Somme woln ben armed on hir legges weel, And have an ax, and somme a mace of steel. Ther nis no newe gyse, that it nas old. Armed were they, as I have you told, Everich after his opinioun. Well, eht gtshkin ohw otfguh rfo nmaaolP fetl this ywa oto. yheT lla atdenw to oevrp ehtir ohnro. eSmo emac redssde in aihnc amil, a ctuni, adn a taapstlreeb. tOhrse lspiym weor a lpuoce of lseet aeptls, one on het ntfor dna one on hte akcb. ershtO idarerc a esimlp nrudo idsleh, or eamd resu to rewa egl raorm. omSe tnawed to thfgi thiw a maec, ehilw hteor igtsnhk htubgor aexs. chaE neosrp ecma with hte mrora and aepsonw he thtoghu oludw eplh ihm inw.
Ther maistow seen coming with Palamoun Ligurge him-self, the grete king of Trace; Blak was his berd, and manly was his face. The cercles of his eyen in his heed, They gloweden bitwixe yelow and reed; And lyk a griffon loked he aboute, With kempe heres on his browes stoute; His limes grete, his braunes harde and stronge, His shuldres brode, his armes rounde and longe. And as the gyse was in his contree, Ful hye upon a char of gold stood he, With foure whyte boles in the trays. In-stede of cote-armure over his harnays, With nayles yelwe and brighte as any gold, He hadde a beres skin, col-blak, for-old. His longe heer was kembd bihinde his bak, As any ravenes fether it shoon for-blak: A wrethe of gold arm-greet, of huge wighte, Upon his heed, set ful of stones brighte, Of fyne rubies and of dyamaunts. Aboute his char ther wenten whyte alaunts, Twenty and mo, as grete as any steer, To hunten at the leoun or the deer, And folwed him, with mosel faste y-bounde, Colers of gold, and torets fyled rounde. An hundred lordes hadde he in his route Armed ful wel, with hertes sterne and stoute. gycLurus ehifsml, het wflpoeur nkgi of hcrTea, cema tihw naPomla. He kedloo so nlmya iwth sih jte-bklca aerdb nad hira hatt efll odwn to hsi awsti. hTe pislpu of sih esye ewre msheowree ebtewne red nad elwyol. Tohes seye adn hsi bgi hsuby soewbeyr edam mhi olok keil a inifgfr, lafh inlo dan afhl leage. He dah aobdr slhedsuro nda strong, cusrulma sarm. He ewor an numorose cbkla nikeabsr evor sih oarrm eadtnis of a ctinu, dan sti yeolwl sclwa sneho ielk dglo. A rwcno of ldog sddutde whti dsimonda and sebriu etdtlireg on tpo of sih head. ieLk stom ncairaTh oarsirrw, he devirra in a enlodg haticro upelld by ofur hwite ublsl. tTnyew nitga ewthi evowsl clrceid aordun hsi tciahor, edehertt tiwh ldog csrolla and uszezml. He hogbtur tihw him a rhduned of shi won shkgnit rof olarm ptpusro.