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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Man of Law's Tale
lines 470-483: Why was Constance not killed in Syria?


470        Men myghten asken why she was nat slayn?
Eek at the feeste who myghte hir body save?
And I answere to that demande agayn,
Who saved Danyel in the horrible cave,
Ther every wight save he, maister and knave,
475Was with the leoun frete, er he asterte?
No wight but God, that he bar in his herte.
470       Men might well ask: But why was she not slain?
And at that feast who could her body save?
And I reply to that demand, again:
Who saved young Daniel in the dreadful cave
Where every other man, master and knave,
475Was killed by lions before he might up-start?
No one, save God, whom he bore in his heart.

God liste to shewe his wonderful myracle
In hir, for we sholde seen his myghty werkis.
Crist, which that is to every harm triacle,
480By certeine meenes ofte, as knowen clerkis,
Dooth thyng for certein ende, that ful derk is
To mannes wit, that for oure ignorance
Ne konne noght knowe his prudent purveiance.
God willed to show this wondrous miracle
Through her, that we should see his mighty works;
And Christ who every evil can dispel,
480By certain means does oft, as know all clerks,
Do that whereof the end in darkness lurks
For man's poor wit, which of its ignorance
Cannot conceive His careful purveyance.





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Why has Constance not drowned while drifting at sea?
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