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^T/he covent lay eke upon the pavement
SVeping and herying Criftes moder dere;
And after that they rifen, and forth ben went,
And toke away this manir fro his here, 13610

And in a tombe of marble ftones elere
Enelofen they his litel body fwete:
Ther he is now God lent us for to mete.

O yonge Hew of Lincoln ! flain alfo
With curfed Jewes, as it is notable, *3Ut3

For it n'is but a litel while a£o,
Pray eke for-us, we finful folk unliable,
That of his mercy God fo merciable
On ushisgrete mercie multiplie,
For reverence of his moder Marie. 13620

PROLOGUE TO SIRE THOPAS.

Whan faid was this miraele every man

As fober was that wonder was to fee.

Til that our Hoftetojapenbe began,

And than at erft he loked upon me,

And faide thus ; What man art thou ? quod he:

Thou lokefl as thou woldeft find an hare, 13626

For ever upon the ground I fee thee ftare.

Approche nere, and hike up merily. Now ware you, Sirrs, and let this man have place; He in the wafte isfhapen as wel as I. 13Í30

<r. 13623. tojafen be btian] So mf. £. ; fomc mil. read— (bQ began.

This were a popet in an arme to enbracer
For arty woman, frr.al and faire of face.
He femeth elvifh by his contenance,
For unto no wight doth he daliance.

Say now fomwhat, fin other folk han faidc; 13655
Tell usa Tale of mirthe, and that anon.
Holle, (jupd I, ne be not evil apaide,
For other Tale certes can I non
But of a rime 1 lerned yore agon.
Ye, that is good, quod he; we Huillín here I364O
Som deintee thing me thinketh by thy chere.

THE RIME OF SIRE THOPAS.

I.is rtNETH,Lordinges, in good entent,

And I wol tel you •verament

Of mhrthe and of folas,

Al of a knight was faire and gent 13*45

In bataille and in turnamenr,

His name was Sire'l hopas.

Yborne he was in fer contrée, In Flandres, al beyonde the fee,

At Popering in the place: IjijO

His father was a man ful free,

The Rme of sire ttiùpas] A northern Tale of an outlandifh knight, purpofely uttered by Chaucer in a rime and ttyle differing from the retí, although hehlmfelfwere not the author but only the reporter of the otherTales. Vrry.

■fr. 1 3650- A; Po/^riitf^opperirtgorPoppeHiigvas then;?me of a parlfh in tiie marches of Calais : our famous antiquary Iceland was once Rector of it. Tanner, Bill, Brit, щ v. zefarhf.

And lord he was of that contrée,

As it was Goddes grace.

SireThopas was a doughty fwain,

White was his face as paindemaine, 4^SS

His üppes red as rofe:

His rudde is like fcarlet in grain,

And I you tell in good certain

He had a femely nofe.

His here, his herde, was like fafroun, I3660

That to his girdle raught adoun;
His Ihoon of Cordewane;

Of Brügges were his hofen broun;

His robe was of chekelatoun.

That cofte many a Jane. 1366,$

^. 1365Î. paindemaine] That thii muft bare been a fort cf remarkably white bread is clear enough. Skinner derives it from pttnil matutimu, pain de matin; and indeed Du Cange mentions a fpecies of loaves or rolls called Matinelli. However, I am more inclined to believe that it received its denomination from the province of Maine, where it was perhaps made in the grcatelt perfection. I find it twice in a northern tale called The Freirii of Berwick, mf. Maitland;

And als lhat creii is full of treld of Mane.

And again—the Mane ureid.

■&. 1 3Й64. chekelatoun] The glofiarict fuppofe this word ta be compounded oicbele and laloun, a fpecies of bafe metal like gold; but it feems rather tobe merely a corruption of the Fr. "ciclaton, which originally ligniñcd a circular robe of rtate, from the Gr. Lat. cyclas, and afterwards tire cloth of gold of which fuch robes were generally made. Du Canse, in v. Cyclas, has produced inBances enough of both fenta. In fail feveral mff. read ciclaton; and 1 have no excufe tor not having followed them but that 1 was muled by the authority of Spenfer, as quoted by Mr. Warton, Obf. on Spr.f. v. i. p. 194. Upon further coniidcration 1 think it is plain that Spcnfcr was miitaken in tht

He coude hunt at the wilde dere, And ride on hauking for the rivere With grey goftuuk on honde; Therto he was a good areliere: Of wraftling was ther nonhispere I3670

Therony ram fhuld ftonde.

Ful many a maide bright in hour They mourned for him/vr amour Whan hem were bet to ilepe;

But he was chafte and no lechour, 13675

And fwete as is the bramble flour
That bereth the red hepe.

And fo it fell upon a day,
Forfoth, as I you teilen may,

Sire Thopas wold out ride; 13 680

He worth upon his ftede gray,
And in his hond a launcegay,
A long fwerd by his fide.

very foundation of hie notion, "that the quilted Trift jacket •' embroidered withgilded leather" liad any refembUnce to the "robe otjbecllalon." He fuppofes that Chaucer is here deferibing Sir Thopas as he went to fight agaiflit the giant, in his robe ofjhecitaton; whereas, on the contrary, it is evident that Sir Thopas is here deferibed in his ufual habit in time of peace: liis warlike apparel, when he goes to fight againft the giant, » <leferlbed below, ver. 13786, and foil. and is totally different.

^. 1 366e. a Jane] A coin of Janua, (Genoa) called in our ftatutes ¡al'ey balfpeuce. See the quotations from Stow in Mr. Warton's Ob/, on Spin/. v. i. p. 180.

*-. 1 3667. baukintfor the rivtrej See the note on ver. 6466.

'»У. 13671. Ther any rani] See the note on ver. 550.

k%k 1368A. aitmneegaf} The editt. have fplit this improperly into two words, as if gay were an epithet. It oecuts as one wore}

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