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The Canterbury Tales
Geoffery Chaucer

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"The Knight's Tale" courtesy Gerard NeCastro, University of Maine at Machias.

The Knight's Tale (Middle English)

KnT 859 Whilom, as olde stories tellen us,
KnT 860 Ther was a duc that highte Theseus;
KnT 861 Of Atthenes he was lord and governour,
KnT 862 And in his tyme swich a conquerour
KnT 863 That gretter was ther noon under the sonne.
KnT 864 Ful many a riche contree hadde he wonne;
KnT 865 What with his wysdom and his chivalrie,
KnT 866 He conquered al the regne of Femenye,
KnT 867 That whilom was ycleped Scithia,
KnT 868 And weddede the queene Ypolita,
KnT 869 And broghte hire hoom with hym in his contree
KnT 870 With muchel glorie and greet solempnytee,
KnT 871 And eek hir yonge suster Emelye.
KnT 872 And thus with victorie and with melodye
KnT 873 Lete I this noble duc to Atthenes ryde,
KnT 874 And al his hoost in armes hym bisyde.
KnT 875 And certes, if it nere to long to heere,
KnT 876 I wolde have toold yow fully the manere
KnT 877 How wonnen was the regne of Femenye
KnT 878 By Theseus and by his chivalrye;
KnT 879 And of the grete bataille for the nones
KnT 880 Bitwixen Atthenes and Amazones;
KnT 881 And how asseged was Ypolita,
KnT 882 The faire, hardy queene of Scithia;
KnT 883 And of the feste that was at hir weddynge,
KnT 884 And of the tempest at hir hoom-comynge;
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