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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Merchant's Tale
lines 1007-1024: Pluto the fairy king and his wife Proserpine the fairy queen witness the scene


       Bright was the day, and blew the firmament;
Phebus hath of gold his stremes doun ysent,
To gladen every flour with his warmnesse.
1010He was that tyme in Geminis, as I gesse,
But litel fro his declynacion
Of Cancer, Jovis exaltacion.
And so bifel, that brighte morwe-tyde,
That in that gardyn, in the ferther syde,
1015Pluto, that is kyng of Fayerye,
And many a lady in his compaignye,
Folwynge his wyf, the queene Proserpyna,
Which that he ravysshed out of Ethna
Whil that she gadered floures in the mede -
1020In Claudyan ye may the stories rede,
How in his grisely carte he hire fette -
This kyng of fairye thanne adoun hym sette
Upon a bench of turves, fressh and grene,
And right anon thus seyde he to his queene:
       Bright was the day and blue the firmament,
Phoebus his golden streamers down has sent
To gladden every flower with his warmness.
1010He was that time in Gemini, I guess,
And but a little from his declination
Of Cancer, which is great Jove's exaltation.
And so it happened, in that bright morning-tide,
That in this garden, on the farther side,
1015Pluto, who is the king of Faery,
With many a lady in his company,
Following his wife, the fair Queen Proserpine,
Each after other, straight as any line
While she was gathering flowers on a mead,
1020In Claudian you may the story read
How in his grim car he had stolen her -
This king of Faery sat down yonder
Upon a turfen bank all fresh and green,
And right anon thus said he to his queen.




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Pluto pities the deceived knight and says he will return the power of vision to January
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