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O woful eyen two, syn youre disport Was al to sen Criseyde eyen brighte, What shal ye don but, for my discomfort, Stonden for naught, and wepen out youre sighte, Syn she is queynt that wont was yow to lighte?
We hear this not only as a tale of sorrow, but as a sorrowing tale, to re-echo Chaucer's echo of the Aeneid in Troilus and Criseyde: "This woful vers, that wepen as I write" (I.
42) Instead, when Kempe describes anti-Margery speech, she commonly characterizes it as slander, a term Kempe first uses when Margery's neighbors question the authenticity of her tears ("ower mercyful Lord vysyted pis creatur wyth plentyuows teerys of contricyon day be day, in so mech pat sum men seyden sche myght wepen when sche wold & slawndered pe work of God" [2]), and then consistently deploys throughout the Book whenever Margery's devotional practices come under attack.
Thai [the French peasants] gon crokyd, and ben feble, not able to fight, nor to defend the realm; nor thai haue wepen, nor money to bie thaim wepen withall.