And No Man Is So
Hardy To Speak A Word, But If The Emperor Speak To Him; But If It
Be Minstrels That Sing Songs And Tell Jests Or Other Disports, To
Solace With The Emperor.
And all the vessels that men be served
with in the hall or in chambers be of precious stones, and
specially at great tables either of jasper or of crystal or of
amethysts or of fine gold.
And the cups be of emeralds and of
sapphires, or of topazes, of perydoz, and of many other precious
stones. Vessels of silver is there none, for they tell no price
thereof to make no vessels of: but they make thereof grecings and
pillars and pavements to halls and chambers. And before the hall
door stand many barons and knights clean armed to keep that no man
enter, but if it be the will or the commandment of the emperor, or
but if they be servants or minstrels of the household; and other
none is not so hardy to neighen nigh the hall door.
And ye shall understand, that my fellows and I with our yeomen, we
served this emperor, and were his soldiers fifteen months against
the King of Mancy, that held against him. And the cause was for we
had great lust to see his noblesse and the estate of his court and
all his governance, to wit if it were such as we heard say that it
was. And truly we found it more noble and more excellent, and
richer and more marvellous, than ever we heard speak of, insomuch
that we would never have lieved it had we not seen it.
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