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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Man of Law's Tale
lines 204-217: The sultan wants Constance


       This Sowdan for his privee conseil sente,
205And, shortly of this matiere for to pace,
He hath to hem declared his entente
And seyde hem, certein, but he myghte have grace
To han Custance withinne a litel space,
He nas but deed; and charged hem in hye
210To shapen for his lyf som remedye.
       This sultan for his privy-council sent,
205And, but to tell it briefly in this place,
He did to them declare his whole intent,
And said that, surely, save he might have grace
To gain Constance within a little space,
He was but dead; and charged them, speedily
210To find out, for his life, some remedy.

       Diverse men diverse thynges seyden;
They argumenten, casten up and doun,
Many a subtil resoun forth they leyden,
They speken of magyk and abusioun;
215But finally, as in conclusioun,
They kan nat seen in that noon avantage,
Ne in noon oother wey, save mariage.
       By divers men, then, divers things were said;
They reasoned, and they argued up and down;
Full much with subtle logic there they sped;
They spoke of spells, of treachery in Rome town;
215But finally, as to an end foreknown,
They were agreed that nothing should gainsay
A marriage, for there was no other way.





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