Specimens of Early English Metrical Romances, Chiefly Written During the Early Part of the Fourteenth Century;: Romances of Oriental origin: The seven wise masters. Miscellaneous romances: Florice and Blauncheflour. Robert of Cysille. Sir Isumbras. Sir Triamour. Lyfe of Ipomydon. Sir Eglamour of Artois. Lay le Fraine. Sir Eger, Sir Grahame, and Sir Gray-steel. Sir Degoré. Roswal and Lillan. Amys and Amylion

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster-Row; and A. Constable and Company Edinburgh., 1805 - 419 pages

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Page 209 - Both to synge and to rede ; And after he taught him other dede. Afterward to serve in halle, Bothe to grete and to small; Before the king mete to kerve, Hye and lowe feyre to serve.
Page 157 - ... three days without meeting a single habitation. Their food was reduced to the few berries which they were able to collect ; and the children, unaccustomed to such hard fare, began to sink under the accumulated difficulties of their journey. In this situation they were stopped by a wide and rapid though shallow river. Sir Isumbras, taking his eldest son in his arms, carried him over to the opposite bank, and, placing him under a bush of broom, directed him to dry his tears, and amuse himself by...
Page 160 - To hold her to mine ending day, Both for weal and wo." It evidently would require no small share of casuistry to construe this declaration into an acceptance of the bargain ; but the Saracens, having heard the offer of their sovereign, deliberately counted out the stipulated sum on the mantle of Sir Isumbras ; took possession of the lady ; carried the knight with his infant son on shore ; beat him till he was scarcely able to move ; and then returned for further orders.
Page 282 - of war, and some of woe ; And some of joy and mirth also ; And some of treachery and of guile; Of old aventures that fell ere while ; And some of bourdes' and ribaudy ;* And many there beth of fairy : Of all thinges that men seth, Most of love, forsooth, there beth.
Page 162 - ... moment, perceived the theft, and for some time hastily pursued the flight of the bird, who, he expected, would speedily drop the heavy and useless burthen ; but he was disappointed ; for the eagle, constantly towering as he approached the sea, at length directed his flight towards the opposite shore of Africa.
Page 297 - She questioned the chamberlains, who were unable to explain the appearance of an ornament which they had never before beheld; she then interrogated Le Frain, and, at the end of a short examination fell into a swoon; exclaiming, " Fair child! thou art my daughter...
Page 158 - It was now seven days since the pilgrims had tasted bread or meat ; the soudan's galley, therefore, was no sooner moored to the beach than they hastened on board to beg for food. The soudan, under the apprehension that they were spies, ordered them to be driven back on shore : but his attendants observed to him that these could not be common beggars ; that the robust limbs and tall stature of the husband proved him to be a knight in disguise ; and that the delicate complexion of the wife, who was...
Page 152 - With these words he disappeared ; and Robert, returning to the hall, received, not without some surprise and confusion, the usual salutations of the courtiers. " From this period he continued, during three years, to reign with so much justice and wisdom that his subjects had no cause to regret the change of their sovereign ; after which, being warned by the angel of his approaching dissolution, he dictated to his secretaries a full account of his former perverseness, and of its strange punishment...
Page 168 - ... to be placed near the palmer, took her seat in it, entered into conversation with him on the subject of his long and painful pilgrimage, and was much edified by the moral lessons which he interspersed in his narrative. But no importunity could induce him to taste food: he was sick at heart, and required the aid of solitary meditation to overcome the painful recollections which continually assailed him. The queen was more and more astonished, but at length left him to his reflections, after declaring...

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