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pallace at Windfor a long season (for there he Siwas healed) afçer King Edward was dead, and deceas'd in the raigne of Willians Conqueror, e Sc. 10. p. 282. po! (Biron. And even that falfbood, in itself a fin.] to Read, and d'en, for the sake of the measure, which otherwise is too long by half a foot. nos

Anon. 9: Id. ib. p. 284.

Behold the window of my heart, mine eye.]
Thus express’d by Butler:
ES! Love is a burglarer, a felon
$ That at the windore-eye doth steal in
" To rob the heart, and with his prey
" Steals out again, a closer way.

Hudibras, part 2. canto 1.417, &c.
Act 5. sc. ibid.:

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basi Sir John Boundis an antient knight, finding, himself in a declining state of health, by will devised his fortunes to his three fons, Otis, [or Ote] and Gamelyn ; and as Gamelyn was very young, he intreated his friends (know. ing his eldest son to be of a barbarous, and unnătural disposition) that they would take care, that Gamelyn's share should be made fecure to him,

But after the old knight's death, they neg: lecting their promise ; Gamelyn's eldest brother: seiz'd upon his whole fortunes, committed great waste upon his parks and woods, fuffering his houses at the same time to run to ruine; using. Gamelyn much worse, than he did the lowest of his menial servants.

Gamelyn resented his usage, and insisted that he might be put in poffeffion of his fortunes, left him by his father ; but his brother instead of complying with his request, ordered his fervants to cudget him into better manners ; which they immediately attempted: but Gamelyn, by good fortune, meeting with a pille, turned is.

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warm, Critical, Historical, and Explanatory 157 into a weapon of offence, and drove his brother, and his servants before him.

The brother then offered to accommodate the difference ;, telling him, that the attempt made upon him by his servants, was not with any intention of doing him but only to make trial of his strength and courage's, promifing at the same time to restore to him his lands, and other possessions, in as good condition as when they first came into his hands ; which brought about a reconciliation, sincere, on Gamelyn's part, but not so on the other's.

"A Wrestling having been proclaimed at some distance from his brother's house, Gamelyn in treated of him to lend 'him a horfe to carry him to the place appointed; with which he complied.

At his first approach, he heard a fronkline (freeholder] passionately bewailing the loss of three sons who had unfortunately lost their lives, by rafhly engaging with a celebrated wrestier.

Gamelyn endeavoured to moderate his grief by promising, that he would have a trial of skill with the wrestler ; hoping by his defeats, to revenge his cause.

After he had prepared himself for the en gagement, and had entred the lists, the champion enquired his name, and seemed to hold him in high contempc, on account of his youth, and inexperience.

But that vain-glorious person, had no reason to boaft long, for after a short engagement,

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Gamelyn gave him a fall, and broke three of his ribs and his left arm; by which means being ab. solutely disabled for a second trial, the prize (which was a goat and a ring) was adjudged in favour of Gamelyn. smisod 90

He returned immediately to his brother? house with feveral of his companions, thinking that they should be graciously received, one cz count of his fuccefs, at the wrestling. Butrinstead thereof, his brother ordered his porter to lock his gates against them, and not to admic them upon any consideration whatfoever, 1 suta

Gamelyn resenting this usage, broke open one of the gates, pursued the porter,i caught him in his arms, brake his neck, and threw him into a welk of water, which was (accord ing to Chaucer) 7oo fathoms deep. od ad

He told the other fervants, that when he went to the wrestling, he left behind him a large quantity of wine ; and if either they, or his brother found fault with this entertainment of his friends, they should undergo the porter?s fate.

His brother concealed himself during their stay, but when Gamelyn had dismified his.com panions, he ventured out of his lurking hole, and reproached him for having wafted his goods in fo riotous a manner : but Gamelyn assigning reasons for what he had done, he seemed to be reconciled ; and told him at the same time, that as he was a batchelour, and had no children, at his death he would leave him his whole fortunes ; requesting only one favour at

his hands, that he would fuffer himself to be bound with chains, to satisfy a rafh vow which he had made when be threw his porter into the well with which when Gamaiya had complied, he had him chain'd to a large pott in his hall, pitrere he continued for the spice of two days and two nights, without meat or drink, expofed as the fame dime to the form and dicule of all such as paffed that way.

His brother in the mean time, receiving a vifit from an abbos, fome priers, and others of the regular clergy, Ganelyn applied to them to favour his release: but they racher encouraging his brother, in his ill treatment of him, he was privately, by the help of Adam k Dif penfer, one of his brother's servants, freed from his bonds : and when the religions, and his brother had dined, he by the help of his friend Adam, drove them forcibly out of the hall, made many of them cripples, and created his brother in a manner, by no means more favourable, . But being apprehensive that his brother would apply to the pheriff for relief, he immediately decamp'd, and fled with Adam le Difpenfer into a forest, where after enduring fome hardhips, they were kindly received by a band of outlaws, with their King at their head: and the King of the outlaws being restored to favour, and the fortunes of which he had been difpoffesfed, Gamelyn was unanimously chosen King.

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