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^T/he covent lay eke upon the pavement
And in a tombe of marble ftones elere
O yonge Hew of Lincoln ! flain alfo
For it n'is but a litel while a£o,
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
Say now fomwhat, fin other folk han faidc; 13655
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;
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
And fo it fell upon a day,
Sire Thopas wold out ride; 13 680
He worth upon his ftede gray,
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}