For A Province Of The
Country That Hath Well In Circuit Three Journeys, That Men Clepe
Hanyson, Is All Covered With Darkness, Without Any Brightness Or
Light; So That No Man May See Ne Hear, Ne No Man Dare Enter Into
And, natheles, they of the country say, that some-times men
hear voice of folk, and horses neighing, and cocks crowing.
men wit well, that men dwell there, but they know not what men.
And they say, that the darkness befell by miracle of God. For a
cursed emperor of Persia, that hight Saures, pursued all Christian
men to destroy them and to compel them to make sacrifice to his
idols, and rode with great host, in all that ever he might, for to
confound the Christian men. And then in that country dwelled many
good Christian men, the which that left their goods and would have
fled into Greece. And when they were in a plain that hight Megon,
anon this cursed emperor met with them with his host for to have
slain them and hewn them to pieces. And anon the Christian men
kneeled to the ground, and made their prayers to God to succour
them. And anon a great thick cloud came and covered the emperor
and all his host. And so they endure in that manner that they ne
may not go out on no side; and so shall they evermore abide in that
darkness till the day of doom, by the miracle of God.
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