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Which I flial fayn with good wille as I can.

But, Sires, bpcaufe I am a borel man,
At my beginning firft I you befeche
Have me excufed of my rude lpeciie: 1103a

I lerned never rhetorike certain;
Thing that I fpeke it mote be bare and plain:
I flept never on the Mount of Pernafo,
Ne lerned Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Colours ne know I non, withouten drede, IIC35
But fwiche colours as growen in the mede,
Or elles fwiche ax men die with or peinte;
Colours of rhetorike ben to me queinte;
My fpirit feleth not of fwiche materet
But if you luft my Tale fhul ye here. 1104»

THE FRANKELEINES TALE.

Is Armorike, that called is Bretaigne,

Ther was a knight that loved and did his peine

To ferve a ladis; in his befle wife,

And many a labour, many a gret emprife,

He for his lady wrought or fhe were wonne, 11045

For fhe was on the faireil under forme,

And eke therto comen of fo high kinrede

That wel unnethes dиrft this knight for drede

The Franke1cines Tale} Aurelias, after much labour and coft bellowed to win the love of Dorjgen, another man's wife, is content in the end, through the pood dealing of her and lier hufb and, tolofe both his labour and coft. The Icooe of this Tale fecmeth to be a contention of courtefy. Urry.

Tell hire his wo, his peine, and his diilreffe:
But at the laft (He for his worthineffe, I IojO

And namely for his meke obeyfance,
Hath fwiche a pitee caught of his penance,
That prively fhe fell of his accord
To take him for hire hufbond and hire lord,
(Of fwiche lordfhipasmen han over hir wives) 110JJ
And, for to lede the more in blilTe hir lives,
Of his free will he fwore hire as a knight
That never in all his lif he day ne night
Ne fhulde take upon him no maiitrie
Agains hire will, ne kithe hire jaloufie, I If. 60

But hire obey, and folwe hire will in al,
As any lover to his lady ihal,
Save that the name of foverainetee,
That wold he han for ihame of his degree.
She thonked him, and with ful gret humblefle 11065
She fame, Sire, fin of your gentilleffe
Ye profren me to have fo large a reine,
Ne wolde God never betwlx us tweine,
As in my gilt, were either wcrre or ftrif:
Sire, I wol be your humble trewe wif, 110 70

Have here my trouth, till that myn herte brefte.
Thus ben they both in quiete and in relie.

For о thing, Sires, faufly dare I feie,
That frendes everich other muft obeie,
If they wol longe holden compagnie: 1107$

Love wol not be conftreined by maiitrie:

Whan maiftrie cometh the god of Love anoa

Beteth his winges, and, farewel, he is gon.

Love is a thing as any fpirit free.

Women of kind defiren libertee, I Io8o

And not to be conDreined as a thral;

And fo don men, if fothly I fay fhal.

Luke, who that is moil patient in love

He is at his avantage ail above.

Patience is an high vertue certain, i Icï^

For it venquHheth, asthife Clerkes fain,

Thinges that rigour never lhulde atteine.

For every word men may not chide or pleine.

Lerneth to fuffren, or, fo mote I gon,

Ye fhul it lerne whether ye wol or non; 11090

For in this world certain no wight ther is

That he ne doth or fayth fomtime amis.

Ire, fikneffe, or conftellation,

Win, wo, or changing of complexion,

Caufethful oft to don amis or fpelten: IIC05

On every wrong a man may not be wreken.

After the time mufl be temperance

To every wight that can of governance:

And therfore hath this worthy wife knight

(To liven in efe) luffrance hire behight, 11 reo

And fhe to him ful wifty gan to fwere

That never fhuld ther be defaute in here.

Here may men feen an humble wife aecord; Thus hath fhe take hire fervant and hire lord,

Servant in love and lord in manage. HIC5

Than was he both in lordfhip and fervage?

Servage! nay, but in lordfhip al above,

Sin he hath both his lady and his love;

His lady certes, and his wif alfo,

The which that law of love aecordeth to. IIIIO

And whan he was in this profperitee

Home with his wif he goth to his contree,

Not fer fro Penmark, ther his dwelling was,

'Wrier as he liveth in bliffe and in folas.

'Who coude tell, but he had wedded be, IIII5
The joye, the efe, and the profperitee,
7*hat is betwix an hufbond and his wif?
A yere and more lafteth this blisful lif,
Til that this knight, of which I fpake of thus,
That of Cairrud was eleped Arviragns, i rixo

Shope him to gon and dwelle a yere or twaine
I« Englelond, that eleped was eke Bretaigne,

+-. 11113. Not f»r fro Penmark] The beft mff. have blondered in this name j they write it Pedmark ; but miT. Bod. a. s. and ed. Ca. г, have it right—Penmark. The later editt. have

changed it ridiculoufly enough into Denmark. Penmark i$

placed in the maps upon the weftern coaft of Bretagne, between Bred ;iml Port L'Orient. Walfingham mentions a defeent of the Fnglim in 1405, apud Penarch, (r. Penmarch) p. 369. See Loèineau, H. de Bret. t. i. p. 503. In the fame hiftory de Penmarc oceuts very frequently ae а family name. The etymology of the word, from pen (caputs mom) and mark (limesi regio) is evidently Britilh.

*-. 11120. Cairrud] This word isalfoofBritiih original, fignifying the red city, as cair guent in this ifland fignified the white city. Arviragus is a known Britilh name from tüs time «f Juvenal.

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