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  • Title: Hardyng's Chronicle (Selection)
  • Author: John Hardyng
  • Editor: Michael Best

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    Hardyng's Chronicle (Selection)

    To her he said, "Why, lovest me no more?
    Now truly thou shalt never have good of me,
    But help thyself from this day forth therefore."
    With that the Duke of Albany, wit ye,
    40Wed Goneryle his wife for to be.
    Sir Maglayne then hight withouten fail.
    And Ragawe had Ewayne, Duke of Cornwall.
    After all this, the King of France, Aganippe,
    For good love wed without any richesse
    45Cordeyle, to whom her father no quantity
    Of goods gave that I can aught express,
    But all his lands departed by process
    Betwixt Maglayne and Ewayne so in fere
    With his daughters two that to him were full dear.
    50And in his age the princes two toke governance
    Of all his land, and let him have no might
    For which they grant him than by ordinance,
    To find him so with forty knights right
    Whilst he might live, so laid they down his height;
    55For which he went to his daughter Gonerile
    Of whom certain she irked in short while.
    Than went he forth unto his daughter Ragawe.
    She did right as her sister with him had done.
    Within a year she would have made him low,
    60His knights voided and holden but a whone.
    So went he thence; he wist not what to do.
    For sorrow he would have liggen on his bier,
    Such thought he had and made right heavy cheer.
    Then took he full to counsel and to rede
    65By friends he had, to Cordeyle for to gone
    To fele her help thither they did him lead.
    He sent to her his messenger anon,
    For whom she was annoyed and made great moan.
    Both gold and goods she sent him, and array
    70Right sufficient and rich unto his pay.