The Canterbury tales
Geoffrey Chaucer
F.N. Robinson

Pedro of Castille

O noble, o worthy petro, glorie of spayne,
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Whom fortune heeld so hye in magestee,
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Wel oghten men thy pitous deeth complayne!
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Out of thy land thy brother made thee flee,
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And after, at a seege, by subtiltee,
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Thou were bitraysed and lad unto his tente,
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Where as he with his owene hand slow thee,
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Succedynge in thy regne and in thy rente.
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The feeld of snow, with th' egle of blak therinne,
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Caught with the lymrod coloured as the gleede,
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He brew this cursednesse and al this synne.
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The wikked nest was werker of this nede.
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Noght charles olyver, that took ay heede
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Of trouthe and honoure, but of armorike
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Genylon-olyver, corrupt for meede,
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Broghte this worthy kyng in swich a brike.
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