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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
On Knighthood (II.)
By Folgóre da San Gemignano (c. 1270–c. 1332)
 
Translated by John Addington Symonds

COMES Blithesomeness with mirth and merriment,
  All decked in flowers she seemeth a rose-tree;
  Of linen, silk, cloth, fur, now beareth she
  To the new knight a rich habiliment;
Head-gear and cap and garland flower-besprent,        5
  So brave they were May-bloom he seemed to be;
  With such a rout, so many and such glee,
  That the floor shook. Then to her work she went;
And stood him on his feet in hose and shoon;
  And purse and gilded girdle neath the fur        10
  That drapes his goodly limbs, she buckles on;
Then bids the singers and sweet music stir,
  And showeth him to ladies for a boon
  And all who in that following went with her.
 
 
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