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SIR JOHN FROISSART Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5

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SIR JOHN FROISSART
Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the adjoining countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV. Vol.5
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twecn Deynfe and Bruges, they learnt that the carl was corhing, which gave them great pleîfure i and, after they had rode on about à league, they perceived the earl in the plain. On feeing him, they advanced in two divifions, making a lane, through which the earl and his knights paffed. The citizens made low reverences, and fhewed every mark of refpeft to the earl and to his at-tendants : but he fcarcely looked at them, only touched a little his hat i and, during the whole time he never noticed them. Thus they all rodf on s the earl on one fide, the deputation from Ghent on another; until they came to Deynfe, where they flopped, for the earl was to dine there. The deputation took ferae houfes for themfclve^, and dined _ alfo. After dinner, they all waited on the earl ; and, having knelt down before him (for the earl was feated,) they prefented to him the humble affe&ion of the citizens of Ghent, and re-monftrated with him, that from their great love to him, and their earned defire for him to refijdc among them, they had been deputed, adding; c On our departure, my lord, the townfmen iaki, that we muft not think of returning unlefs wç brought you with us.* , The earl, who had well heard thefe words, was for. a time filent ; when he faid calmly,—* I will-ingly believe all you fay, and that many in Ghent wifli me to come thither but I am furprifed they do not recoiled, nor feem inclined to remember former times, when I was fo defirous of complying with all their requeftsy and how I expelled from the 154


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