Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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that gripeth on every man that is born of woman for as he came naked forth from his mother's womb so naked shall he wend him at the last for to go as he came.

The man that was come in to the house then spoke to the nursingwoman and he asked her how it fared with the woman that lay there in childbed.

The nursingwoman answered him and said that that woman was in throes now full three days and that it would be a hard birth unneth to bear but that now in a little it would be.

She said thereto that she had seen many births of women but never was none so hard as was that woman's birth.

Then she set it all forth to him for because she knew the man that time was had lived nigh that house.

The man hearkened to her words for he felt with wonder women's woe in the travail that they have of motherhood and he wondered to look on her face that was a fair face for any man to see but yet was she left after long years a handmaid.

Nine twelve bloodflows chiding her childless.

And whiles they spake the door of the castle was opened and there nighed them a mickle noise as of many that sat there at meat.

And there came against the place as they stood a young learning knight yclept Dixon.

And the traveller Leopold was couth to him sithen it had happed that they had had ado each with other in the house of misericord where this learning knight lay by cause the traveller Leopold came there to be healed for he was sore wounded in his breast by a spear wherewith a horrible and dreadful dragon was smitten him for which he did do make a salve of volatile salt and chrism as much as he might suffice.

And he said now that he should go in to that castle for to make merry with them that were there.

And the traveller Leopold said that he should go otherwhither for he was a man of cautels and a subtle.

Also the lady was of his avis and repreved the learning knight though she trowed well that the traveller had said thing that was false for his subtility.

But the learning knight would not hear say nay nor do her mandement ne have him in aught contrarious to his list and he said how it was a marvellous castle.

And the traveller Leopold went in to the castle for to rest him for a space being sore of limb after many marches environing in divers lands and sometime venery.

And in the castle was set a board that was of the birchwood of Finlandy and it was upheld by four dwarfmen of that country but they durst not move more for enchantment.

And on this board were frightful swords and knives that are made in a great cavern by swinking demons out of white flames that they fix then in the horns of buffalos and stags that there abound marvellously.

And there were vessels that are wrought by magic of Mahound out of seasand and the




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