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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 ffurmitreel 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.]

except a ladlefull that he means to take to his wife; but he goes to another man's,

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and offers her the furmity.


She breaks wind

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 bee:
" I tell thee, thou need not to blow them att all,

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


three times,


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;


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 ? 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.


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,



1 ? 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 myor, properly about the skyrtes; Je crotte. Palsgrave. Embrener, to beray or beshite. Cotgrave.

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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

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

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


pot on one friar's head;

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 !

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When they came downe, the 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,

honey and & daubed about with Milke & creame,

thé knew how all things did goe. take heede

is discovered
all over



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

but don't know how to punish him.

God keep such guests


away from me!

God keepe, I say, such guests away

both from my meate & mee! if I had 20 weddings to make,

neuer bidden shold he bee ! & thus I make an end

of this my merry Iest,
wishing to euerye honest man

all happinesse & rest.
take heede of hot furmitree !
take hoed of hot furmitree !



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the fryers they found.-P.

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2 One stroke too few

in in the MS.-F.

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