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and says he's ready to die for hunger.

“ what ayle you man ? " quoth shee.

Quoth hee,“ my hart is dry,
I am soe hungry, that for meat

I readye am to dye.”
take heede &c.

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“ Alas !quoth shee, “ content you must bee

till breakfast time to stay ;
for none in the house is risen, you see,

to giue you meate any way.”
" tush! tell not me of that!

my belly must be fedd!”
& with that word he Nimbly leapt

out of his naked bed,
& into the kitchin did goe.

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To the ffurmitree' pott he quicklye gott,

& there, without delay,
he slapt vp the furmitree euerye whitt

or he departed away,
saue a ladel-full att the last

he kept to carry his wiffe.
Then he mistaking the chamber, he went

vnto another mans wiffe.
take heede [&c.]

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the bridegroom's mother.

Panche takes her buttocks

112

The Bridgroomes ffather & mother both

did at that time lye there;
the woman had tumbled the clothes soe

that her buttockes all lay bare,
which by a glimering light

that was in that same place,
Panch soone espyed, & tooke the same

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to be his wiues sweet face.

for his wife's face,

| Frumenty or Furmety, a kind of Potage made of prepared Wheat, Milk, Sugar, Spice, &c. Phillipps. favorite dish in the north, consisting of

“ Still a

hulled wheat boiled in milk and seasoned. It was especially a Christmas dish.” Nares, ed. 1859. See the recipe and extracts there.-F.

and offers her the furmity. She breaks wind

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Then softly he sayd, "sweet wiff, I haue brought

some furmitree for thee!”
the woman ffisled: nay, blow not,” quoth hee,

“ for cold enough they bee."
with that shee puffed againe,
& made him

angrye
124 " I tell thee, thou need not to blow them att all,

but supp them vp presentlye.” take heed &c.

bee:

three times,

128

The woman was windye, & fisled againe
within a

litle

space,
which made him to sweare, if shee blew any more,

to fling all in her face.
but shee, being fast asleepe,

did ffisle without regard.
then flung he the furmitree in her tayle,

saying, “there is for thy reward !
take heede

and Panche swears if she does it again he'll fling the furmity in her face. She does it ; he flings the furmity at her;

132

136

she puts her hand behind,

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With that the woman suddenly waked,

& clapt her hand behind ;
"alas !” quoth shee, “how am I shamed,

being soe full of wind !”
“what ayles thee?” her husband sayd.

"I haue rayed 2 the bedd," quoth shee.
" that comes with thy craming, thou egar queane!

a Murraine take thee for me!”
take heede &c.

and thinks she has dirtied the bed.

144

Panche steals off

But Panche, perceuing how the matter went,

he closly got away,
& into the milkehouse hyed with hast,

wheras without delay

to the dairy,

143

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i? MS. ffisted. Fyistyn (fyen, W.) Cacco C. F. lirido; Fyyst, stynk, Lirida; Fyystynge, Liridacio. Promptorium.F

wrayed.-P. I be-ray, I fyle ones clothes with spottes of myer, properly about the skyrtes ; Je crotte. Palsgrave. Embrener, to beray or beshite. Cotgrave.

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puts his hand in a honey-pot,

and it sticks there,

Vpon a narrowe mouthd hony potti,

he lighted on at last;
156 & when he had thrust his hand therin,

there stucke it wonderous fast.
now hee must breake the same

or he cold gett it out;
160 & for a ffitt place to breake it on,

he seeketh round about.
take heede &c.

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Tow silly fryers, on the kitchin flore!

all night asleepe dyd lye; whose shauen crownes, by the Moonelight then,

Sir Panch he did there espye. to one of them he comes,

supposing his pate a stone; & there burst the earthen pott,

which made the fryer to grone. tak heed &c.

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pot on one friar's head ;

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he thinks his companion did it,

and thrashes him for it.

172 The silly ffryer, being hurt full sore,

did thinke his fellow had
vpon some spite abused him soe;

therfore, as he were madd,
176 he laid him soundlye on,

& caught him by the eares; whose rumbled? waked the folkes in the house,

& fedd 3 them full of feares. 180 take heed of hott furmitree !

The noise

I MS. slore.-F. floor:--P.

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rumbling.-P.

* fed, perhaps filld.-P.

184

When they came downe, thé found the fryers! [p. 241] brings all

the people well buffeting one another ;

down stairs; the one did tell how he was serued

by his religious brother.
but when Sir Panch they spyed,
with honnye besmeared soe,

all over

honey and & daubed about with Milke & creame,

thé knew how all things did goe. take heede

Panche
is discovered

cream;

188

and they see who the culprit is,

for well they did see that it was he

that did the old man wronge,
192 & hee that brake the poore fryers head

as he did lye alonge,
that eate the Milke & creame

& the pott of ffurmitree;
196 yett, for to be reuenged of him,

they knew noe remedye. take heede

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God keepe, I say, such guests away 200 both from my meate & mee!

if I had 20 weddings to make,

neuer bidden shold he bee !

& thus I make an end 204 of this my merry Iest,

wishing to enerye honest man

all happinesse & rest.

take heede of hot furmitree ! 208 take hoed of hot furmitree !

ffins.

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" the fryers they found.-P.

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i mimd in the MS.-F.

2 One stroke too few for in in the MS.-F.

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