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S. Albon und Amphabel, ein Legendenepos in 3 Büchern von Lydgate, nach der Editio von S. Albans 1534 Edirt. Von Dr. Carl Horstmann

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BUCH I.] 
AI-BON UND AMPHABELL. 
II7 
140 But whan the rumour and the know- 
legyng 
Cam to the Emperour, ] without more 
tarienge 
Thrughall the citie commaunded them 
be sought, 
To his presence | by force to be brought. 
By londe and see ] his ministers left 
nought 
345 To serche hem out; | but in no manere 
They were nat caught, but than cam 
to {>« thought 
Of Dioclecian 1 to worke as ye shall here: 
Them of Britaine 1 to make them to 
appere 
Vpon a morow, | when Phebus shone 
full bright, 
350 They of his hande to take order of 
knight. — 
Of antiquitie, 1 as put is in memory, 
When themperour shulde knightes 
make, 
They dyd assemble beside an oratory 
That reised was ] and bylt for martis 
sake; 
355 In whose worshyp all night they shulde 
wake; 
The next morow | after the maner 
At Phebus vprist] they shulde appere — 
The oratory in compas rounde and 
large 
Beside a temple of Bellona the god- 
desse. 
360 Where Dioclecian shulde giue first 
the charge 
Of hole assuraunce, to auoide all dou 
blen es, 
First to kepe theyr bodies in clennesse, 
For life or death | bothe in peace and 
werte 
The comon profile of thempire to 
preferre. 
3 fi s Next this charge | themperour anon 
right 
In all his moost imperiall maiestie, 
Like theyr rightes, | girt them with 
swordes bright, 
So as they weren of state and of 
degree; 
Obseruaunces kept of authoritie: 
370 First chargynge them that they shulde 
entende 
Chiefly theyr goddes to worship and 
defende, 
Oftheyr temples tosaue the liberties, 
Prestes of that law in right to make 
stronge, 
Wydowes, | maydens, | pore folke in 
cities 
37s Suffre in no wise no man to do them 
wronge, 
Appease debates that haue endured 
longe, 
For comun profile, | as moost soue- 
raine good, 
In theyr defence | redy to spende theyr 
blood, 
Withdraw theyr hande from lucre 
and couetise, 
380 Specially to eschewen idlenes 
Pursue armes for knightly excercise, 
In causes knowen 1 grounded on right- 
wisnes 
Gyue theyr Captaines suche trouthe 
and stablenes 
Andin suche case | rather knightly dye 
38s Than theyr statutes to breke ordisobey; 
Of comon profile deuised an ymage, 
Called Knighthood ] an arme of theyr 
defence 
To holde vp trouthe,] suffre non outrage, 
Cherishe the pore, | do no violence, 
390 After theyr wages | gouerne theyr 
expence, 
Full assuraunce | made with mouth 
and hande 
Susteine trouthe | bothe on see and 
lande, 
Make prouidence that no derision 
Fall vnwarely on high or low estate — 
340) remoure (!). 342) hem to be, 343) And to. 346} nott. thoo st. than, 347) werche. 
35°) the ordre. 353) by-sides. 355) shulden. 360) yeve furst in ch. 361) voide. 363) pesse and 
warre. 364) the Emperoure prefarre. 367} gyrde hem. 368) of fehlt. 369) auctoritee. 380} escheeven. 
382 know. 383) feyth trought. 386) devise. 387) Knyghthode callid. an fehlt 388) no. 389) porayle st. 
the pore. 390) dispence. 394) nor st. or.
	        
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