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At a posterne forth they gan to ryde
By a geyn ‘path, that ley oute a-side,
Secrely, that no man hem espie,
Only of * tresoun and of felonye.
They haste hem forth al the longe day,
Of cruel malys, forto stoppe his way,
Thorgh a forest, alle of oon assent,
Ful covartly to leyn a busshement
Under an hille, at a streite passage,
To falle on hym at moravantage,"
The same way that Tydeus gan drawe
At thylke' mount wher that Spynx was slawe.”
He, nothing war in his opynyoun *
Of this conpassed" conspiracioun,
But innocent and lich" a genty] knyght,
Rood ay forth to " that it drowe “to nyght,
Sool by hym-silf with-oute companye,
Havyng no man to wisse “hym or to gye.”
But at the last, lifting up his hede,
Toward eve, he gan taken hede;
Mid of his waye, right as enylyne,
Thoght he saugh, ageyn the mone shyne,
Sheldes fresshe and plates borned "bright,
The which environ" casten a gret lyght;
Ymagynyng in his fantasye
Ther was treson and conspiracye
Wrought by the kyng, his journe * forto lette.”

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How Tydeus outraged fifty knyghtes that lay in awayt for hym

And of al that he no-thyng ne sette,”
But wel assured in his manly herte,
List “nat onys a-syde to dyverte, 113o
But kepte his way, his sheld upon his brest,
And cast his spere manly in the rest,

* heed "prepared myself "ambush “convenient * purely because of "greater advantage 7 the same * slain "not at all aware in his thought 10 arranged, formed it like 12 till is drew 14 direct is guide to burnished 17 around is journey to hinder * he

cared nothing for it * wished

And the first platly' that he mette
Thorgh the body proudely he hym smette,
That he fille ded, chief mayster of hem alle;
And than at onys they upon hym falle
On every part, be * compas envyroun.
But Tydeus, thorgh his hegh renoun,
His blody swerde lete about hym glyde,
Sleth and kylleth upon every side
In his ire and his mortal tene;"
That mervaile was he myght so sustene
Ageyn hem alle, in every half besette;"
But his swerde was so sharpe whette,
That his foomen founde ful unsoote.”
But he, allas! was mad light a foote,"
Beforce grounded,” in ful gret distresse;
But of knyghthod and of gret prouesse *
Up he roos, maugre" alle his foon,"
And as they cam, he slogh "hem oon be oon,
Lik a lyoun rampaunt in his rage, 1151
And on this hille he fond a narow passage,
Which that he took of ful high prudence;
And liche” a boor, stondyng at his diffence,
As his foomen proudly hym assaylle,
Upon the pleyn he made her blode to raylle"
Al enviroun, that the soyl wer rede,
Now her, now ther, as they fille dede,
That her lay on, and ther lay two or thre,
So mercyles, in his cruelte,
Thilke day he was upon hem founde;
And, attonys" his enemyes to confounde,
Wher-as he stood, this myghty champioun,
Be-side he saugh, with water turned doun,
An huge stoon large, rounde, and squar;
And sodeynly, er that theiwer war,
As * it haddeleyn ther for the nonys,"
Upon his foon he rolled it at onys,
That ten of hem” wenten unto wrak,
And the remnaunt amased drogh” a-bak; 117o
For on by on they wente to meschaunce.”
And fynaly he broght to outraunce”
Hem everychoon, Tydeus, as blyve,”
That non but on left of ham" alyve:
Hym-silf yhurt, and ywounded kene,”
Thurgh his harneys bledyng on the grene;
The Theban knyghtes in compas rounde aboute
In the vale lay slayne, alle the hoole route,”
Which pitously ageyn the mone” gape;
For non of hem, shortly, * myght eskape, 1180
But dede.” echon as thei han deserved,
Save oon excepte, the which was reserved

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116o

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