The Canterbury Tales: The Knight's Tale
'And, wel I woot, er she me mercy heete,
I moot with strengthe wynne hir in the place.
And, wel I woot, withouten help or grace
Of thee, ne may my strengthe noght availle.
Thanne help me, lord, tomorwe in my bataille
For thilke fyr that whilom brente thee,
As wel as thilke fyr now brenneth me!
And do that I tomorwe have victorie,
Myn be the travaille and thyn be the glorie!'
And right anon swich strif ther is bigonne
For thilke grauntyng, in the hevene above
Bitwixe Venus, the Goddesse of Love,
and Mars the stierne God armypotente,
That Jupiter was bisy it to stente.
The stronge kyng Emetreus gan hente
This Palamoun, as he faught with Arcite,
And made his swerd depe in his flessh to byte.
And by the force of twenty is he take
Unyolden, and ydrawen unto the stake.