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king himself; for I would he were saved, for he is but a child, he ought to be pardoned ; he knoweth not yet what he doth, but as he is led ; we shall bring him to Gaunt to learn to speak Flemish. But as for dukes, earls and other persons, slay them all: the commons in France will not be displeased therewith, for I am in surety they would that none of them should return again into France, and no more, I trust, they shall.' All such as were with Philip at this supper accorded to his opinion, and so answered with one voice and said : ` Sir, ye say well, and thus it shall be done.' Then they took their leave of him and returned to their lodgings to their companies, to shew them as ye have heard before. Thus passed the night in the host with Philip d'Arteveld ; but about midnight, as I was informed, there fell in their host a marvellous thing, I never heard of none like it in any manner. Thus when the Flemings were at rest in their lodgings, howbeit they knew well their enemies were on the hill not past a league from them, as I was informed, Philip d'Arteveld had brought a damosel with him out of Gaunt, and as Philip lay and slept on a couch beside a little fire of coals in a pavilion, this said damosel about the hour of midnight issued out of the pavilion to look out on the air and to see what time of the night it was by likelihood, for she could not sleep. She looked toward Rosebeque and she saw in the sky divers fumes and fire flying : it was of the fires that the Frenchmen made under hedges and bushes. This damosel hearkened ; and, as she thought, she heard great bruit between their host and the French host she thought she heard the French cries, crying, ` Montjoy, Saint Denis !' and other cries, and this she thought was on Mount d'Or between them and Rosebeque. Of this thing she was sore affrayed, and so entered into the pavilion and suddenly awaked Philip and said: `Sir, rise up shortly and arm you, for I have heard a great noise on the Mount d'Or : I believe it be the Frenchmen that are coming to assail you.' With those words he rose and cast on a gown and took his axe in his hand and issued out of the pavilion to see what it was; and as the damosel had shewed him, he heard the same himself, and it seemed to him that there was a great tournament on the said hill. Then incontinent he entered into his pavilion and caused his trumpet to be blown. As soon as the trumpet had blown, every man arose and armed them. They of the watch sent incontinent to Philip d'Arteveld to know for what cause he stirred up the host, seeing there was no cause why, shewing him how they had sent to their enemies' host and there was no stirring. `Why,' quoth Philip, `whereof rose that noise on the Mount d'Or?' `Sir,' quoth they, 'we heard the same noise and sent thither to know what it was, and they that went hath made report that when they came there they heard nor saw nothing: and, sir, because we found nothing, we made no noise thereof for stirring up of your host if we should have stirred them without a cause, we ought to have been blamed for our labour.' And when they of the watch had shewed Philip these words, he appeased himself and all the host: howbeit, he had marvel in his mind what it might be. Some said it was fiends of hell that played and tourneyed, tbereas the battle should be the next day, for joy of the great prey that they were likely to have there. Ever after this sudden affray Philip d'Arteveld and the Flemings were in doubt of betraying : and so at good leisure they armed them and made great fires and ate meat and drank, whereof they had sufficient. And an hour before day Philip said: `Sirs, it were good we drew into the field and order our people, to the intent that, though the Frenchmen come on us at the breaking of the day, that we maybe ready to receive them. They all accorded to his saying, and so issued out of their lodgings and came into a heath without the wood. And before them there was a great large dike newly made, and behind them full of bushes of genepar 1 and other small bushes there they ordered their battle a



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