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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Man of Law's Tale
lines 953-966: The emperor of Rome learns about the conspiracy in Syria
and sends a punitive expedition



       Now lat us stynte of Custance but a throwe,
And speke we of the Romayn Emperour,
955That out of Surrye hath by lettres knowe
The slaughtre of Cristen folk, and dishonour
Doon to his doghter by a fals traytour,
I mene the cursed wikked Sowdanesse,
That at the feeste leet sleen both moore and lesse;
       But let us leave this Constance now, and turn
To speak of that same Roman emperor
955Who does, from Syria, by letters, learn
The slaughter of Christians and the dishonour
Done to his daughter by a vile traitor -
I mean that old sultana, years ago,
Who, at the feast, slew all men, high and low.

960 For which this emperour hath sent anon
His senatour with roial ordinance,
And othere lordes, God woot many oon,
On Surryens to taken heigh vengeance.
They brennen, sleen, and brynge hem to meschance
965Ful many a day, but shortly, this is th'ende,
Homward to Rome they shapen hem to wende.
960For which this emperor did send anon
A senator, with royal ordinance,
And other lords, God knows, and many a one,
On Syrians to take full high vengeance.
They burn, they slay, they give them all mischance
965Through many a day; but, briefly to make end,
Homeward to Rome, at last, the victors wend.





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From The Man of Law's Tale, lines 967-987:
On the way home to Rome, the expedition finds and rescues Constance's drifting ship
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