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Tho kynges mette them, with their company,
Egbryct kynge of Kent, brother to the quene;

The second was Aldulphe kynge of the east party,
Brother to saynt Audry, wyfe and mayde serene;
With divers of theyr progeny, and nobles as I wene,
Dukes, erles, barons, and lordes ferre and nere,

In theyr best array, were present all in fere '.

It were full tedyous, _to make descrypcyon

Of the great tryumphes, and solempne royalte,
Belongynge to the feest, the honour and provysyon,
By playne declaracyon, upon every partye 5

But the sothe to say, withouten ambyguyte,

All herbes and flowres, fragraunt, fayre and swete,
Were strawed in halles, and layd under theyr fete.

Clothes of golde and arras, were hanged in the hall
Depaynted with pyctures, and hystoryes manyfolde,
Well wroughte and craftely, with precious stones all
Glyterynge as Phebus, and the beten golde,

Lyke an erthly paradyse, pleasaunt to beholde:

As for the sayd moynes k, was not them amonge,
But prayenge in her cell, as done all novice yonge.

The story of Adam, there was goodly wrought

And of his wyfe Eve, bytwene them the serpent,

How they were deceyved, and to theyr peynes brought 3
There was Cayn and Abell, offerynge theyr present,
The sacryfyce of Abell, accepte full evydgnt :

Tuball and Tubalcain, were purtrayed in that place
The inventours of musyke, and crafte by great grace.

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Noe and his shyppe, was made there curyously
Sendynge forthe a raven, whiche never came again z
And how the dove returned, with a braunche hastely,
A token of Comforte and peace, to man certayne:
Abraham there was, standing upon the mount playne
To offer in sacrifice, Isaac his dere sone,

And how the shepe for hym was offered in oblacyon.

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The ten plages of Egypt, were well embost

The chyldren of Isi'ael, passyng the reed see,

Kynge Pharoo drowned, with all his proude hoost,
And how the two table, at the mounte Synaye

Were gyven to Moyses, and how soon to idolatry
The people were prone, and punyshed were therefore,
How Datan and Abyron, for pryde were full youre m.

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Martyrs than folowed, right manifolde :

The holy Innocentes, whom Herode had slayne, Blessed Saynt Stephen, the prothomartyr truly,

Saynt Laurence, Saynt Vyncent, sufferynge great payne 3 With many other mo, than here ben now certayne,

Of which sayd martyr-s exsample we may take,

Pacyence to observe, in herte, for Chrystes sake.

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Vyrgyns them folowed, crowned with the lyly,
Among whome our lady chefe president was ;

Some crowned with rooses for their great vyctory:
Saynt Kathervne, Saynt Margerette, Saynt Agathas,
Saynt Cysicyly; Saynt Agnes, and Saynt Charytas,
Saynt Lucye, Saynt Wenefryde, and Saynt Apolyn;

> All these were brothered ', the clothes of golde within.

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The tables were covered with clothes of dyaper,
Rychely enlarged with silver and with golde,

The cupborde with plate shynyngsifayre and clere,
Marshalles theyr offyces fulfylled manyfolde :

Of myghty wyne plenty, both newe and olde,
All maner kynde of meetes delycate ..
(Whan grace was sayd) to them was preparate

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To this noble seest there was suche ordinaunce,
That nothynge wanted that goten myght be 1
On see and on lande, but there was habundance l
Of all maner pleasures to be had for monye;

The bordes all charged full of meet plente,

And dyvers subtyltes ' prepared sotth were,

With cordyall and spyces, theyr guestes for to chere.

The joyful] wordes and sweet communycacyon
Spoken at the table, it were harde to tell ;

Eche man at lyberte, without intermpcyon,

Bothe sadnes and myrthes, also pryve counsel-1,
Some adulacyon, some 'the truth dyd tell,

But the great astates " spake of theyr regyons,
Knyghte's of theyr chy-valry, of craftes the carnous.

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