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Tho kynges mette them, with their company,
The second was Aldulphe kynge of the east party,
In theyr best array, were present all in fere '.
It were full tedyous, _to make descrypcyon
Of the great tryumphes, and solempne royalte,
But the sothe to say, withouten ambyguyte,
All herbes and flowres, fragraunt, fayre and swete,
Clothes of golde and arras, were hanged in the hall
Lyke an erthly paradyse, pleasaunt to beholde:
As for the sayd moynes k, was not them amonge,
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
Tuball and Tubalcain, were purtrayed in that place
Noe and his shyppe, was made there curyously
And how the shepe for hym was offered in oblacyon.
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,
Were gyven to Moyses, and how soon to idolatry
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.
Vyrgyns them folowed, crowned with the lyly,
Some crowned with rooses for their great vyctory:
> All these were brothered ', the clothes of golde within.
The tables were covered with clothes of dyaper,
The cupborde with plate shynyngsifayre and clere,
Of myghty wyne plenty, both newe and olde,
To this noble seest there was suche ordinaunce,
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
Eche man at lyberte, without intermpcyon,
Bothe sadnes and myrthes, also pryve counsel-1,
But the great astates " spake of theyr regyons,