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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Clerk's Tale
lines 267-287: On the wedding day, Walter goes to the village


       This roial markys, richely arrayed,
Lordes and ladyes in his compaignye,
The whiche that to the feeste weren yprayed,
270And of his retenue the bachelrye,
With many a soun of sondry melodye
Unto the village, of the which I tolde,
In this array the righte wey han holde.
       This royal marquis, splendidly arrayed,
With lords and ladies in his company
(Who to attend the feasting had been prayed)
270And of his retinue the bachelory,
With many a sound of sundry melody,
Unto the village whereof I have told,
In this array the nearest way did hold.

       Grisilde of this, God woot, ful innocent,
275That for hir shapen was al this array,
To fecchen water at a welle is went,
And cometh hoom as soone as ever she may;
For wel she hadde herd seyd, that thilke day
The markys sholde wedde, and if she myghte,
280She wolde fayn han seyn som of that sighte.
       Griselda who, God knows, was innocent
275That for her sake was all this fine array,
To fetch some water, to a fountain went,
Yet she returned soon, did this lovely may,
For she had heard it said that on this day
The marquis was to wed, and if she might,
280She was full fain to see the glorious sight.

       She thoghte, "I wole with othere maydens stonde,
That been my felawes, in oure dore, and se
The markysesse, and therfore wol I fonde
To doon at hoom as soone as it may be
285The labour, which that longeth unto me,
And thanne I may at leyser hir biholde,
If she this wey unto the castel holde."
       She thought: "With other maidens I will stand
(Who are my friends) within our door, and see
The marchioness, and therefore I'll turn hand
To do at home, as soon as it may be,
285The household work that's waiting there for me;
And then I'll be at leisure to behold
Her, if they this way to the castle hold."





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