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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Man of Law's Tale
lines 729-742: A messenger is sent to the king, but the messenger goes the king's mother first


       This messager, to doon his avantage,
730Unto the kynges mooder rideth swithe,
And salueth hir ful faire in his langage,
"Madame," quod he, "ye may be glad and blithe,
And thanketh God an hundred thousand sithe.
My lady queene hath child, withouten doute,
735To joye and blisse to al this regne aboute.
       This messenger, to forward his own ends,
730To the king's mother rode with swiftest speed,
Humbly saluting her as down he bends:
"Madam," said he, "be joyful now indeed!
To God a hundred thousand thanks proceed.
The queen has borne a child, beyond all doubt,
735To joy and bliss of all this land about.

Lo, heere the lettres seled of this thyng,
That I moot bere with al the haste I may.
If ye wol aught unto youre sone, the kyng,
I am youre servant both nyght and day."
740Donegild answerde, "as now at this tyme, nay,
But heere al nyght I wol thou take thy reste,
Tomorwe wol I seye thee what me leste."
Lo, here are letters sealed that say this thing,
Which I must bear with all the speed I may;
If you will send aught to your son, the king,
I am your humble servant, night and day."
740Donegild answered: "As for this time, nay;
But here tonight I'd have you take your rest;
Tomorrow I will say what I think best."





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The letter to the king is falsified while the messenger sleeps
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