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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Clerk's Tale
lines 246-266: The preparation of the wedding


       The day of weddyng cam, but no wight kan
Telle what womman that it sholde be,
For which merveille wondred many a man,
And seyden, whan that they were in privetee,
250"Wol nat oure lord yet leve his vanytee?
Wol he nat wedde? Allas, allas, the while!
Why wole he thus hymself and us bigile?"
       The day of wedding came, but no one can
Tell who the woman is that bride shall be;
At which strange thing they wondered, many a man,
And they said, marvelling, in privacy:
250"Will not our lord yet leave his vanity?
Will he not wed? Alas, alas, the while!
Why will he thus himself and us beguile?"

       But nathelees this markys hath doon make
O gemmes set in gold and in asure
255Brooches and rynges, for Grisildis sake,
And of hir clothyng took he the mesure,
By a mayde lyk to hir stature,
And eek of othere aornementes alle
That unto swich a weddyng sholde falle.
       Nevertheless, this marquis has bade make,
Of jewels set in gold and in rich azure,
255Brooches and rings, all for Griselda's sake,
And for her garments took he then the measure
By a young girl of her form and stature,
And found all other ornaments as well
That for such wedding would be meet to tell.

260        The time of undren of the same day
Approcheth, that this weddyng sholde be;
And al the paleys put was in array,
Bothe halle and chambres, ech in his degree;
Houses of office stuffed with plentee
265Ther maystow seen, of deyntevous vitaille,
That may be founde as fer as last Ytaille.
260        The time of mid-morn of that very day
Approached when this lord's marriage was to be;
And all the palace was bedecked and gay,
Both hall and chambers, each in its degree;
With kitchens stuffed with food in great plenty,
265There might one see the last and least dainty
That could be found in all of Italy.





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