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Richer saw he never none, &c. Here he is secreted. In the mean time, the Lord of the castle dies of his wounds, and is magnificently buried. But before the interment, the people of the castle search for fir Ywayne.

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* They found. i i. e. On account of the ring. * Gates. k Never once minded, or thought, to " He still was there. strike at the bed, not seeing him there. * Understood witchcraft. | Bier.

* High chambers. Q_2 A lady

A lady folowd white so mylk,
In al that lond was none swilk:
Sho wrang her fingers, outbraste the blode,
For mekyl wa" sho was nere wode ";
Hir fayr har scho alto drogh “,
And ful oft fel sho down in swogh’;
Sho wepe with a ful dreri voice.
The hali water, and the croyce,
Was born bifore the procession ;
Thar folowd mani a moder son.
Bifor the cors rade a knyght
On his stede that was ful wight";
In his armurs wele arayd,
With spere and target gudely grayd.
Than fir Ywayne herd the cry w
Of the dole of that fayr lady, &c.

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* Early. Soon.
* Made him bathe immediately.
y Furrured. Furred.
* In another part of this romance, a
knight is dressed by a lady.

A damisel come unto me,
Lufsumer lifed" never in land;
Hendly scho" toke me by the hand,
And sone that gentyl creature
Al unlaced myne armure;
Into a chamber scho me led,
And with a mantel scho me cled,
It was of purpur fayr and fine,
And the panes of riche ermine :
Al the folk war went us fra",
And thare was none than bot we twa";
Scho served me hendely to hend,
Her maners might no man amend,
Of tong scho was trew and renable',
And of her semblant & soft and stabile;
Ful fain I wald", if that I might,
Have woned' with that swete wight.

In Morte Arthu R, fir Launcelot going into a nunnery is unarmed in the abbess's chamber. B. xiii. ch. i. In MoR Te ARTH U R, fir Galahad is disarmed, and cloathed “ in a cote of red sendall and a “mantell surred with fyne ERMY Nes, &c.” B. xiii. ch. i. In the British LAY or romance, of LAUN v Al (MSS. Cott. VesPAs. B. 14. 1.) we have,

Un cher mantel de BLAN che ERMINE,
Couvert de purpre Alexandrine.

There is a statute, made in 1337, prohi

a Lovelier lived.
* Courteously she,
* Border.
* From.

biting any under Iool. per annum, to wear
fur. I suppose the richest fur was Ermine;
which, before the manufactures of gold and
filver, was the greatest article of finery in
dress. But it continued in use long after-
wards, as appears by antient portraits. In
the Statutes of Cardinal Wolsey's College
at Oxford, given in the year 1525, the
students are enjoned, “Ne magis pretiosis
“aut sumptuosis utantur Pell Bus.” De
Vestitu, &c. fol. 49. MSS. Cott. Tit.
F. iii. This injunétion is a proof that
rich furs were at that time a luxury of the
secular life. In an old poem written in
the reign of Henry the fixth, about 1436,
entitled the English Policie, exhorting
all England to keepe the sea, a curious and
valuable record of the state of our traffick
and mercantile navigation at that period,
it appears that our trade with Ireland, for
furs only, was then very confiderable.
Speaking of Ireland, the writer says,

—Martens goode been her marchandie,

Hertes hides, and other of venerie,

Skinnes of otter, squirrell, and Irish hare;

Of sheepe, lambe, and foxe, is her chaf-
fare.

See Hacklvyt's Volaces, Vol. i. p. 199.
edit. 1598.
At the sacking of a town in Normandy,
Froissart says, “There was founde so
“moche rychesse, that the boyes and vyl-
“laynes of the hoosie sette nothynge by
“goode Fu R R b d gownes.” Berners's
Transl. tom. i. fol. lx. a.

e Two.

* Reasonable.

& Look.

h Would. * Lodged,

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