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Said I not wel? I cannot fpcke in terme; 11s4$
But wel I wot thou doft rnin herte to erme,
That I have almoft caught a cardiaele:
By corpas Domini hut I have trfaele.
Or elles a draught of rhoifl and corny ale,
Or but I here auoo a mery Tale, I22JO
Myn herte is loll for pitee of this maid.
Thou bsl amy. thou Pardoner. he faid,
Tel us fom mjrth of japes right anon.
It fhai be dorj, quoe l he. by Seint Ronton.
I wnl both driuke and biten on a cake.
Nay, let him tell us of no ribaudrie:
>. 12x45. Said I not wel 2 AH the beft mff. agree in giving this phrafe to the Holt in this place. It muft remind us of the fimilar phrafe, Sai-i I welt which oecurs fo frequently in the mouth of Shakefpeare's Hoft of the Carter, and may be diffielent, with the other c¡ re umita ne es of general refemblance, to malee us believe that Shakefpeare when he drew that character had not forgotten his Chaucer.
THE PARDONERES TALE.
Lo»DiNGS,quodhe,in chirche whan I prcche
I peine me to have an hautein fpcche,
ЛпН ring it out as round as goth a bell, 12165
For I can all by rote that I tell.
My teme is alway on, and ever was,
Radix malorum eß cupiditas.
lirft I pronounce whennes that I come,
Bulles of popes and of cardinales,
The Pardonem Tate] A company of riotoursconfpirc to kill
■*-. 11179. To/ajfron} So inf. A. and cd. Си. г, I have preferred it to the common reading, favor, as more expreffivç, and lefs likely to have been a plufs. Satfron was uicd to give
colour as well аъ flavour. The next lines are thus rcid in
nuf. С. I, -iji. 1,1, HA.;
In every village and in every toun
And perhaps I ought to have followed them,
Than fliew I forth my longe criftal (tones,
Than have I in latón a fhulder bone
Good men, fay I, take of my wordes kepe: If that this bone be waflie in any well, If cow, or calf, or fhepe, or oxe, fwell That any worm hath ete, or worm yftonge, Take water of that well and wafh his tonge, IM JO And it is hole anon: and furthermore, Of pockes and of fcab, and every fore, Shal every fhepe be hole that of this well Drinktth a draught : take bepe ofthat I tell.
If that the good man that the beflesoweth 1M0J
For though a man be falle in jalous rage,
Here is a mitaine eke that ye may fee:
He that his hand wol put in this mitaiuc
He ihai have multiplying of his prainc,
■fr. 12157. fjßingydrinlen} The prepoiitive particle.? hu been added for the fake of the metre.