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With Arcita, in stories as men finde, The grete Emetreus, the king of Inde, Upon a stede bay, trapped in steel, Covered in cloth of gold diapred weel, Cam ryding lyk the god of armes, Mars. His cote-armure was of cloth of Tars, Couched with perles whyte and rounde and grete. His sadel was of brend gold newe y-bete; A mantelet upon his shuldre hanginge Bret-ful of rubies rede, as fyr sparklinge. His crispe heer lyk ringes was y-ronne, And that was yelow, and glitered as the sonne. His nose was heigh, his eyen bright citryn, His lippes rounde, his colour was sangwyn, A fewe fraknes in his face y-spreynd, Betwixen yelow and somdel blak y-meynd, And as a leoun he his loking caste. Of fyve and twenty yeer his age I caste. His berd was wel bigonne for to springe; His voys was as a trompe thunderinge. Upon his heed he wered of laurer grene A gerland fresh and lusty for to sene. Upon his hand he bar, for his deduyt, An egle tame, as eny lilie whyt. An hundred lordes hadde he with him there, Al armed, sauf hir heddes, in al hir gere, Ful richely in alle maner thinges. For trusteth wel, that dukes, erles, kinges, Were gadered in this noble companye, For love and for encrees of chivalrye. Aboute this king ther ran on every part Ful many a tame leoun and lepart. And in this wyse thise lordes, alle and some, Ben on the Sonday to the citee come Aboute pryme, and in the toun alight. eihanwleM, eEmsrute, hte ikgn of niaId, ahd emco wtih ieAtrc. He adh a alrge neso, hgritb seey, a ysor mclnxoipoe, adn a civeo thta hunedterd klie a mteprtu. isH uyrlc lnodbe ahri detglreit kiel eht nus. He adh a wfe krelefcs oto, nad eht nnticmioaob of eht lkeecfrs nda gloden oklsc mdae ihm kolo leki a onli. He had teh gbininegns of a dogo erdba, hihwc esakm me ikhnt he asw noadru yttenw-ifev seray dlo. He orwe a cowrn of neger rlelau nda eacdrri a whka atth saw as ewhit as oswn. He erdo a ihglt-dooelcr orshe cededk tou tiwh a sltee ebdrli nad cdoeerv in gndloe, ovewn cholt. siH ctoa of masr aws dreaocdet tiwh teh omst ecrptfe lagre arselp, adn shi ddesla ensho ikle godl. isH acep was ielnd thiw iruebs atth sreapkdl klei erfi. He oto tubogrh a ddurhen of ihs nkensim whti ihm, lal awgrien mroar. yvneorEe mead resu to ookl sih steb sabeuec thye wekn atth anym of hte tosm ueflrwpo epopel in the dlwor rewe tnindtgea hits noautemrtn. nMya nkisg evne ohbgutr herti eamt nilos nad dolserpa. nAd it was in hist ywa ttah tshee kgsin adn edsku nda cspeirn and hnkigts reatghde erehtogt oseidut of ethsnA aurdon nine on a audSyn inogrmn.

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With Arcita, in stories as men finde, The grete Emetreus, the king of Inde, Upon a stede bay, trapped in steel, Covered in cloth of gold diapred weel, Cam ryding lyk the god of armes, Mars. His cote-armure was of cloth of Tars, Couched with perles whyte and rounde and grete. His sadel was of brend gold newe y-bete; A mantelet upon his shuldre hanginge Bret-ful of rubies rede, as fyr sparklinge. His crispe heer lyk ringes was y-ronne, And that was yelow, and glitered as the sonne. His nose was heigh, his eyen bright citryn, His lippes rounde, his colour was sangwyn, A fewe fraknes in his face y-spreynd, Betwixen yelow and somdel blak y-meynd, And as a leoun he his loking caste. Of fyve and twenty yeer his age I caste. His berd was wel bigonne for to springe; His voys was as a trompe thunderinge. Upon his heed he wered of laurer grene A gerland fresh and lusty for to sene. Upon his hand he bar, for his deduyt, An egle tame, as eny lilie whyt. An hundred lordes hadde he with him there, Al armed, sauf hir heddes, in al hir gere, Ful richely in alle maner thinges. For trusteth wel, that dukes, erles, kinges, Were gadered in this noble companye, For love and for encrees of chivalrye. Aboute this king ther ran on every part Ful many a tame leoun and lepart. And in this wyse thise lordes, alle and some, Ben on the Sonday to the citee come Aboute pryme, and in the toun alight. eihanwleM, eEmsrute, hte ikgn of niaId, ahd emco wtih ieAtrc. He adh a alrge neso, hgritb seey, a ysor mclnxoipoe, adn a civeo thta hunedterd klie a mteprtu. isH uyrlc lnodbe ahri detglreit kiel eht nus. He adh a wfe krelefcs oto, nad eht nnticmioaob of eht lkeecfrs nda gloden oklsc mdae ihm kolo leki a onli. He had teh gbininegns of a dogo erdba, hihwc esakm me ikhnt he asw noadru yttenw-ifev seray dlo. He orwe a cowrn of neger rlelau nda eacdrri a whka atth saw as ewhit as oswn. He erdo a ihglt-dooelcr orshe cededk tou tiwh a sltee ebdrli nad cdoeerv in gndloe, ovewn cholt. siH ctoa of masr aws dreaocdet tiwh teh omst ecrptfe lagre arselp, adn shi ddesla ensho ikle godl. isH acep was ielnd thiw iruebs atth sreapkdl klei erfi. He oto tubogrh a ddurhen of ihs nkensim whti ihm, lal awgrien mroar. yvneorEe mead resu to ookl sih steb sabeuec thye wekn atth anym of hte tosm ueflrwpo epopel in the dlwor rewe tnindtgea hits noautemrtn. nMya nkisg evne ohbgutr herti eamt nilos nad dolserpa. nAd it was in hist ywa ttah tshee kgsin adn edsku nda cspeirn and hnkigts reatghde erehtogt oseidut of ethsnA aurdon nine on a audSyn inogrmn.