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From The Miller's Tale, lines 636-681:
Absalom searches for revenge
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From The Canterbury Tales:
The Miller's Tale
lines 682-697: Absalom returns to Alison's house

      This Alison answerde, "Who is ther
That knokketh so? I warante it a theef."
      "Why, nay," quod he, "God woot, my sweete leef,
685I am thyn Absolon, my deerelyng.
Of gold," quod he, "I have thee broght a ryng.
My mooder yaf it me, so God me save;
Ful fyn it is, and therto wel ygrave.
This wol I yeve thee, if thou me kisse."
690      This Nicholas was risen for to pisse,
And thoughte he wolde amenden al the jape;
He sholde kisse his ers er that he scape.
And up the wyndowe dide he hastily,
And out his ers he putteth pryvely
695Over the buttok, to the haunche-bon;
And therwith spak this clerk, this Absolon,
"Spek, sweete bryd, I noot nat where thou art."
      This Alison replied: "Now who is there?
And who knocks so? I'll warrant it's a thief."
      "Why no," quoth he, "God knows, my sweet roseleaf,
685I am your Absalom, my own darling!
Of gold," quoth he, "I have brought you a ring;
My mother gave it me, as I'll be saved;
Fine gold it is, and it is well engraved;
This will I give you for another kiss."
690      This Nicholas had risen for a piss,
And thought that it would carry on the jape
To have his arse kissed by this jack-a-nape.
And so he opened window hastily,
And put his arse out thereat, quietly,
695Over the buttocks, showing the whole bum;
And thereto said this clerk, this Absalom,
"O speak, sweet bird, I know not where thou art."

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Absalom's revenge