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And so bifel, that, longe er it were day, This man mette in his bed, ther-as he lay, How that his felawe gan upon him calle, And seyde, ‘allas! for in an oxes stalle This night I shal be mordred ther I lye. Now help me, dere brother, er I dye; In alle haste com to me,’ he sayde. This man out of his sleep for fere abrayde; But whan that he was wakned of his sleep, He turned him, and took of this no keep; Him thoughte his dreem nas but a vanitee. Thus twyës in his sleping dremed he. And atte thridde tyme yet his felawe Cam, as him thoughte, and seide, ‘I am now slawe; Bihold my blody woundes, depe and wyde! Arys up erly in the morwe-tyde, And at the west gate of the toun,’ quod he, ‘A carte ful of donge ther shaltow see, In which my body is hid ful prively; Do thilke carte aresten boldely. My gold caused my mordre, sooth to sayn;’ And tolde him every poynt how he was slayn, With a ful pitous face, pale of hewe. And truste wel, his dreem he fond ful trewe; For on the morwe, as sone as it was day, To his felawes in he took the way; And whan that he cam to this oxes stalle, After his felawe he bigan to calle. “woN, it jstu so depphena ttha hte esocdn nam dah a redam auotb ish nmicooapn in het eidmld of hte nthgi. iHs rinedf clelad to mhi in het mrdae nad disa, ‘I’m ngigo to be drmereud otitngh liehw I’m nsieelpg in het abnr. Hrury up adn eplh me, erad htorebr, nad vsea my eifl!’ heT ndecos mna oljdet ekaaw mfro eth ehmgtarin, utb he ciyuklq oledlr ervo nda lelf cbka lapese cauebes he tghhtou eht demra swa itnohng but onnnsees. He hda tihs sema mrade giana, oekw thiw a trtsa, nad wnte cbak to eelps gania. On eth dirht eimt, hveoewr, ish feirdn rpeadepa to mhi nad siad, ‘I eavh enbe kdleil. stuJ look at eht dlbooy owdsun and shaegs on my ybod! I swa dmrereud fro my ynome. etG up ylear rwtrmooo rimgnno and go to eth stew gaet of hte wnot. eerTh yuo’ll nidf a atcr ulfl of ndug in hhcwi my dbyo sah nbee styrceel heddin.’ nAd hitw a leap and fluiipt ecfa he dlto shi riedfn lal tuoba how he wsa rbbeod and rumddere. dnA duonlw’t you nkow, ierhvygnte in the amder uerndt uto to be tuer. enWh the nesocd nam owke up in the inmnrgo, he ets out rof the oenx rabn erweh hsi ridnef hda sytaed. Wnhe he gto theer, he agenb ongkloi for his enirfd and inlglac out his nema.

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And so bifel, that, longe er it were day, This man mette in his bed, ther-as he lay, How that his felawe gan upon him calle, And seyde, ‘allas! for in an oxes stalle This night I shal be mordred ther I lye. Now help me, dere brother, er I dye; In alle haste com to me,’ he sayde. This man out of his sleep for fere abrayde; But whan that he was wakned of his sleep, He turned him, and took of this no keep; Him thoughte his dreem nas but a vanitee. Thus twyës in his sleping dremed he. And atte thridde tyme yet his felawe Cam, as him thoughte, and seide, ‘I am now slawe; Bihold my blody woundes, depe and wyde! Arys up erly in the morwe-tyde, And at the west gate of the toun,’ quod he, ‘A carte ful of donge ther shaltow see, In which my body is hid ful prively; Do thilke carte aresten boldely. My gold caused my mordre, sooth to sayn;’ And tolde him every poynt how he was slayn, With a ful pitous face, pale of hewe. And truste wel, his dreem he fond ful trewe; For on the morwe, as sone as it was day, To his felawes in he took the way; And whan that he cam to this oxes stalle, After his felawe he bigan to calle. “woN, it jstu so depphena ttha hte esocdn nam dah a redam auotb ish nmicooapn in het eidmld of hte nthgi. iHs rinedf clelad to mhi in het mrdae nad disa, ‘I’m ngigo to be drmereud otitngh liehw I’m nsieelpg in het abnr. Hrury up adn eplh me, erad htorebr, nad vsea my eifl!’ heT ndecos mna oljdet ekaaw mfro eth ehmgtarin, utb he ciyuklq oledlr ervo nda lelf cbka lapese cauebes he tghhtou eht demra swa itnohng but onnnsees. He hda tihs sema mrade giana, oekw thiw a trtsa, nad wnte cbak to eelps gania. On eth dirht eimt, hveoewr, ish feirdn rpeadepa to mhi nad siad, ‘I eavh enbe kdleil. stuJ look at eht dlbooy owdsun and shaegs on my ybod! I swa dmrereud fro my ynome. etG up ylear rwtrmooo rimgnno and go to eth stew gaet of hte wnot. eerTh yuo’ll nidf a atcr ulfl of ndug in hhcwi my dbyo sah nbee styrceel heddin.’ nAd hitw a leap and fluiipt ecfa he dlto shi riedfn lal tuoba how he wsa rbbeod and rumddere. dnA duonlw’t you nkow, ierhvygnte in the amder uerndt uto to be tuer. enWh the nesocd nam owke up in the inmnrgo, he ets out rof the oenx rabn erweh hsi ridnef hda sytaed. Wnhe he gto theer, he agenb ongkloi for his enirfd and inlglac out his nema.

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