Introduction. the Elizabethan Writers
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...and sche Have a collacioun, and wostow why? For I wol aske if that it hir wille be To be my wyf, and reule hir after me: And al this schal be doon in thy presence, I wol nought speke out of thyn audience...". These arn the wordes that the marquys sayde To this benigne, verray, faithful mayde. " Grisyld," he sayde, " ye schul wel understonde It liketh to your fader and to me That I yow wedde; But these demaundes aske I first," quod he, " That sith it schal be doon in hasty wyse, Wol ye assent, or elles yow avyse? ." Wondryng upon this word, quakyng for drede, Sche sayde: " Lord, undigne and unworthy I am to thilk honour that ye me bede; But as ye will yourself, right so wol I; And here I swere, that never wityngly In werk, ne thought, I nyl yow disobeye For to be deed, though me were loth to deye." " This is ynough, Grisilde myn," quod he; And forth goth he with a full sobre chere, Out at the dore, and after that cam sche, And to the pepul he sayd in this manere: " This is my wyf," quod he, " that standith heere, Honoureth hir and loveth hir I yow praye, Who so me loveth; ther is no more to saye." They are now married with great pomp, and the bride soon wins all hearts. For though that ever vertuous was sche, Sche was encresed in such excellence Of thewes goode, i-set in high bounte, And so discret, and fair of eloquence, So benigne, and so digne of reverence, And couthe so the peoples hert embrace That ech hir loveth that lokith in hir face. Nought oonly this Grisildes thurgh hir witte Couthe al the feet of wifly homlynesse, But eek whan that the tyme required it The comun profyt couthe sche redresse; Ther nas discord, rancor ne hevynesse In al...
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