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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Clerk's Tale
lines 323-350: Walter asks Griselda to marry him


       "Yet wol I," quod this markys softely,
"That in thy chambre I and thou and she
325Have a collacioun, and wostow why?
For I wol axe, if it hir wille be
To be my wyf, and reule hir after me;
And al this shal be doon in thy presence,
I wol noght speke out of thyn audience."
       "Then I will," said this marquis, quietly,
"That in your chamber you and I and she
325Have consultation, and do you know why?
Because I'd ask her if her will it be
To be my wife and so be ruled by me;
And all this shall be done in your presence,
I will not speak without your audience."

330        And in the chambre whil they were aboute
Hir tretys which as ye shal after heere,
The peple cam unto the hous withoute,
And wondred hem in how honeste manere
And tentifly she kepte hir fader deere.
335But outrely Grisildis wondre myghte
For nevere erst ne saugh she swich a sighte.
330        And while in chamber they three were about
Their business, whereof you'll hereafter hear,
The people crowded through the house without
And wondered by what honest method there
So carefully she'd kept her father dear.
335But more Griselda wondered, as she might,
For never before that saw she such a sight.

       No wonder is thogh that she were astoned
To seen so greet a grest come in that place;
She nevere was to swiche gestes woned,
340For which she looked with ful pale face-
But shortly forth this tale for to chace,
Thise arn the wordes that the markys sayde
To this benigne verray feithful mayde.
       No wonder, though, astonishment she felt
At seeing so great a guest within that place;
With people of his sort she'd never dealt,
340Wherefore she looked on with a pallid face.
But briefly through the matter now to race,
These are the very words the marquis said
To this most modest, truly constant maid.

       "Grisilde," he seyde, "ye shal wel understonde
345It liketh to youre fader and to me
That I yow wedde, and eek it may so stonde,
As, I suppose, ye wol that it so be.
But thise demandes axe I first," quod he,
"That sith it shal be doon in hastif wyse,
350Wol ye assente, or elles yow avyse?
       "Griselda," said he, "You shall understand
345It's pleasing to your father and to me
That I marry you, and even it may stand,
As I suppose, that you would have it be.
But these demands must I first make," said he,
"And since it shall be done in hasty wise,
350Will you consent, or will you more advise?





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