Three more parallel texts of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde from ms. LI in St. John's college, Cambridge; ms. no. 61 in Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, and the Harleian ms. 1239 in the British museum; put forth by F.J. Furnivall ... with a note on Chaucer's borrowings from Benoît de Sainte-More by G.C. Macaulay ....
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400., Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910., Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915., Benoît, de Sainte-More, active 12th century.
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Incipit prohemmium secundi Libri.
(1) (Proem.)
Owt of thise blake wawes for to saylle. [fol. 26a] [ 1]
O wynde o wynde the weder gynneth clere.
ffor in this see the bote hath swych trauaylle.
Of my commyng that vnneth I it steere. [ 4]
this see clepe I the tempestous matere.
Of disepeir that Troilus was Inne.
But now of hope the kalendes bygynne. [ 7]
(2) (Invocation.)
O lady myn that called art Cleo. [ 8]
Thow be my speed fro this forth and my Muse.
To ryme wel this book til I haue do.
Me nedeth here noon othere art to vse. [ 11]
fforwhi to euery louere I me excuse.
That of no sentement I this endite.
But out of latyn in my tonge it write. [ 14]
Wherfore .I. nyl haue neither thank ne blame. [ 15]
Of al this werk but prey ȝow mekely.
Disomblameth me if any word be lame.
ffor as myn autour seyde so sey .I. [ 18]
Ek though I speeke of loue vnfelyngly.
No wondre is for it no thyng of newe is.
A blynde man kan nat Iuggen wel in hewis. [ 21]
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Ȝe knowe ek that in fourme of speche is chaunge. [ 22]
withInne a thousand ȝeer and wordes tho.
That hadden pris. now wonder nyce and straunge.
Us thenketh hem and ȝet thei spake hem so. [ 25]
And spedde as wel in loue as men now do.
Ek for to wynnen loue in sondry ages.
In sondry londes sondry ben vsages. [ 28]
And forthi if it happe in any wyse. [ 29]
That here be any louere in this place.
That herkneth as the storie wel deuise.
How Troilus comme to his lady grace. [ 32]
And thenketh so nold I nat loue purchace.
Or wondreth on his speche or his doynge.
I noot but it is me wondryng. [ 35]
ffor euery wight which that to rome wente. [fol. 26b] [ 36]
Halt nat o path or alwey o manere.
Ek in som lond were al the game shente.
If that they ferde in loue as men don here. [ 39]
As thus in opyn doyng or in chere.
In visityng in forme or seyde hire sawes.
fforthi men seyn ecche contree hath hise lawes. [ 42]
Ek scarsly ben ther in this place thre. [ 43]
That haue in loue seide like an don in al.
fforto thi purpos this may liken the.
And the right nought ȝet al is seide or schal. [ 46]
Ek som men graue in tree som in stone wal.
As it bitit. but syn I haue bigonne.
Myn autour shal I folwen if I konne. [ 49]
Explicit prohemmium secundi Libri.
Incipit liber secundus.
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IN may that moder is of monthes glade. [fol. 27a] [ 50]
That fresshe floures blew and white and rede.
Ben quike agayn that wynter dede made.
And ful of bawme is fletyng euery mede. [ 53]
whan Phebus doth his bryght bemes sprede.
Right in the white bole it so bitidde.
As I shal synge on Mayes day the thrydde. [ 56]
That Pandarus for al his wise speche. [ 57]
ffelt ek his parte of loues shotes keene.
That koude he neuere so wel of louyng preche.
It made his hewe a day ful ofte greene. [ 60]
So shope it hym fil that day a teene.
In loue for which in wo to bedde he wente.
And made er it was day ful many a wente. [ 63]
The swalowe proigne with a sorowful lay. [ 64]
whan morwen come gan make hire waymentyng.
whi she forshapen was and euer lay.
Pandare a bedde half in a slombryng. [ 67]
Til she so neigh hym made hire cheteryng.
How Tireux gan forth hire suster take.
That with the noyse of hire he gan awake. [ 70]
And gan to calle and dresse hym vp to ryse. [ 71]
Remembryng hym his erand was to doone.
ffrom Troilus and ek his grete emprise.
And caste and knewe in good plite was the moone. [ 74]
To doon viage and took his weye ful soone.
Vnto his Neces Palays ther biside.
Now Ianus god of entree thow hym gyde. [ 77]
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Whan he was come vnto his Neces place. [ 78]
wher is my lady to hire folk quod he.
And they hym tolde. and he forth In gan pace.
And fonde two othere ladys sete and she. [ 81]
withInne a paued perlour and they thre.
Herden a mayden reden hem the geeste.
Of the siege of Thebes while hem leste. [ 84]
Quod Pandarus ma dame god ȝow see. [fol. 27b] [ 85]
with al ȝoure fayre book and al the faire compaignie.
Ey vncle myn welcome Iwys quod she.
And vp she roos and by the hond in hye. [ 88]
Sho took hym faste and seyde this nyght thrie.
To good mot it turne of ȝow I mette.
And with that word she doun on benche hym sette. [ 91]
Ȝe Nece ȝee shal faren wel the bette. [ 92]
If god wol al this ȝeere quod Pandarus.
But I am sory that I haue ȝow lette.
To herken of ȝoure book ȝe preysen thus. [ 95]
ffor goddes loue what seith it telle it vs.
Is it of loue o som good ȝe me leere.
U[n]cle quod she ȝoure Maistresse is nat here. [ 98]
With that thei gonnen laughe and tho she seyde. [fol. 28a]
This romaunce is of Thebes that we rede.
And we han herde how that kynge layus deyde.
Thorugh Edippus his sone and al that dede. [ 102]
And here we stynten atte this lettres rede.
How the bisshop as the book kan telle.
Amphiorax fil thorugh the ground to helle. [ 105]
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Quod Pandarus al this knowe I my selue. [ 106]
And alle thassege of Thebes and the care.
ffor herof ben ther maked bookes twelue.
But lat be this and telle me how ȝe fare. [ 109]
Do wey ȝoure barbe and shewe ȝoure face bare.
Do wey ȝoure book rys vp and lat vs daunce.
And lat vs don to May som obseruance. [ 112]
I god forbede quod she be ȝe madde. [ 113]
Is that a widewes lif so god ȝow saue.
By god ȝe maken me ryght soore adradde.
Ȝe ben so wylde it semeth as ȝe raue. [ 116]
It satte me wel bette ay in a Caue.
To bidde and rede on hely seyntes lyues.
Lat maydens gon to daunce and ȝonge wyues. [ 119]
As euere thrif I quod this Pandarus. [ 120]
Ȝet koude I telle a thyng to doon ȝow pleye.
Now Uncle deere quod she telle it vs.
ffor goddes loue is than thassege aweye. [ 123]
I am of Grekes so fered that I deye.
Nay nay quod he as euere mote I thryue.
It is a thing wel bet thanne swyche fyue. [ 126]
Ȝe holy god quod she what thyng is that. [ 127]
what bet than swych fyue .I. nay ywys.
ffor al this world ne kan I reden what.
It sholde ben som Iape I trowe is this. [ 130]
And but ȝoure seluen telle vs what is is. (sic.)
My wit is for tarede it al to leene.
As help me god I not nat what ȝe meene. [ 133]
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And I ȝoure borugh ne neuere shal for me. [fol. 28b] [ 134]
This thynge be tolde to ȝow as mote I thryue.
And whi so vncle myn whi so quod she.
By God quod he that wol I telle as blyue. [ 137]
ffor prudder womman is ther noon on lyue.
And ȝe it wist in al the town of Troye.
I iape nought as euere haue I Ioye. [ 140]
Tho gan sche wondren moore than biforne. [ 141]
A thousand fold. and down hire eyghen caste.
ffor neuere sith the tyme that she was borne.
To knowe thyng desired she so faste. [ 144]
And with a syke she seyde hym atte laste.
Now Uncle myn I nyl ȝow nought displese.
Nor axen mere that may do ȝow disese. [ 147]
So after this with many wordes glade. [fol. 29a] [ 148]
And frendly tales and with merie chiere.
Of this and that they pleide and gonnen wade.
In many an vnkoouthe gladde and depe matere. [ 151]
As frendes doon whan thei ben mette y fere.
Tyl she gan axen hym how Ector ferde.
That was the townes wal and grekes ȝerde. [ 154]
fful wel I thonk it god quod Pandarus. [ 155]
Saue in his arme he hath a litel wownde.
And ek his fresshe brother Troilus.
The wise worthi Ector the secounde. [ 158]
In whom that alle vertue list habounde.
As alle trouth and alle gentilesse.
wisedom honour fredom and worthinesse. [ 161]
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In good feith Em quod she that liketh me. [ 162]
Thei faren wel god saue hem bothe two.
ffor trewelich I holde it grete deynte.
A kynges soone in armes wel to do. [ 165]
And ben of goode condiciouns therto.
ffor grete power and morale vertue here.
In selde yseyn in o persone y fere. [ 168]
In good faith that is soth quod Pandarus. [ 169]
But by my trouthe the kyng hath sones tweye.
That is to men Ector and Troilus.
That certeynly though that I sholde deye. [ 172]
Thei ben as voide of vices dar I seye.
As any men that lyuen vndre the sonne.
Hire myght is wyde I knowe and what they konue. [ 175]
Of Ector nedeth it namore for to telle. [ 176]
In al this world ther nys a bettre knyght.
Than he that is of worthynesse welle.
And he wel moore vertue hathe than myght. [ 179]
This knoweth many a wise and worthi wight.
The same pris of Troilus I seye.
God help me so I knowe nat swiche tweye. [ 182]
By god quod she of Ector that is sooth. [fol. 29b] [ 183]
Of Troilus the same thyng trowe .I.
ffor dredeles men tellen that he doth.
In armes day by day so worthily. [ 186]
And bereth hym here atte home so gentily.
To euen wight that alle pris hathe he.
Of hem that me were leuest preysed be. [ 189]
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Ȝe sey right sooth ywys quod Pandarus. [ 190]
ffor ȝesterday who so hadde with hym ben.
He myghte han wondred vpon Troilus
ffor neuere ȝet so thikke a swarm of been. [ 193]
Ne fleigh as Grekes for hym gonne fleen.
And thorugh the feld in eueri wightes eere.
Ther nas no cry but Troilus is there. [ 196]
Now here now ther he hunted hem so faste. [fol. 30a] [ 197]
Ther nas but Grekes blood and Troilus.
Now hem he hurte and hem alle down he caste.
Ay wher he wente it was arayed thus. [ 200]
He was hur deth and sheld and lif for vs.
That as that day ther dorste non witstonde.
whil that he held his blody swerd in honde. [ 203]
Therto he is the frendliest man. [ 204]
Of grete estat that euere I saugh my lyue.
And wher hym lest best felawship kan.
To swich as hym thynketh able for to thryue. [ 207]
And with that word tho Pandarus as blyue.
He took his leue and seyde .I. wol gon henne.
Nay blame haue I myn Uncle quod she thenne [ 210]
What aileth ȝow to be thus wery soone. [ 211]
Aud namlich of wommen wol ȝe so.
Nay sitteth down by god I haue to doone.
with ȝow to speke of wisdom er ȝe go. [ 214]
And eueri wight that was aboute hem tho.
That herd that gan fer awey to stonde.
whil they two hadde al that hem liste in honde. [ 217]
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Whan that hire tale alle brought was to an ende. [ 218]
Of hire estat and of hire gouernaunce.
Quod Pandarus now is tyme I wende.
But ȝet I say ariseth lat vs daunce. [ 221]
And cast ȝoure widewes habit to mischaunce.
what list ȝow thus ȝoure self to disfigure.
Sith thow is tid thus faire an auenture. [ 224]
A wel bithought for loue of god quod she. [ 225]
Shal I nat witen what ȝe meene of this.
No this thing axeth leyser tho quod he.
And eke me wolde muche greue Iwys. [ 228]
If .I. it tolde and ȝe it toke amys.
Ȝet were it bet my tonge for to stille.
Then seye a soth that were aȝeyns ȝoure wille. [ 231]
ffor Nece by the goddesse Mynerue. [fol. 20b] [ 232]
And Iupiter that maketh the thondre rynge.
And by the blisful venus that I serue.
Ȝe ben the womman in this world lyuyng. [ 235]
withouten paramour to my wyttyng.
That I best loue and lothest am to greue.
And that ȝe weten wel ȝoure self I leue. [ 238]
Iwis vncle quod she grant mercy. [ 239]
Ȝoure frendshipe haue I founden euere ȝit.
I am to no man holden trewely.
So muche as ȝow and haue so litel quyt. [ 242]
And with the grace of god emforth my wit.
As in my gylte I shall ȝow neuere offende.
And if I haue er this I wol amende. [ 245]
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But for the loue of god I ȝow biseche. [fol. 31a] [ 246]
As ȝe ben he that I loue mooste and triste.
Lat be to me ȝoure frende manere speche.
And sey to me ȝoure Nece what ȝow liste. [ 249]
And with that word hire uncle anoon hire kiste.
And seyde gladly leue Nece dere.
Tak it for good that I shal sey ȝow here. [ 252]
With that she gan hire eighen down to caste. [ 253]
And Pandarus to coghe gan a lite.
And seyde Nece alwey lo to the laste.
How so it be that som men hem delite. [ 256]
with subtyl art hire tales for to endite.
ȝet for al that in hire entencioun.
Hire tale is al for som conclusioun. [ 259]
And sith thende is euery tales strengthe. [ 260]
And this matere is so bihouely.
what sholde I poynte or drawen it on lengthe.
To ȝow that ben my frend so feythfully. [ 263]
And with that word he gan right Inwardly.
Byholden hire and loken on hire face
And seyde on swiche a Mirour goode grace. [ 266]
Than thought he thus if I my tale endite. [ 267]
Aught harde or make a processe any whyle.
She shal no sauour haue therIn but lite.
And trowe I wolde hire in my wille bigyle. [ 270]
ffor tendre wittes wenen al be wyle.
There as thei kan nought pleynly vnderstonde.
fforthi hire wit to seruen wol I fonde. [ 273]
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And loked on hire in a bysi wyse. [ 274]
And she was ware that he byhelde hire so.
And seyde lord so fast ȝe mauise.
Sey ȝe me neuere er now what sey ȝe no. [ 277]
Ȝif ȝys quod he and bet wole er I go.
But be my trouthe I thought now if ȝe.
Be fortunat. for now men shal it se. [ 280]
ffor euery wight som goodly auenture. [fol. 31b] [ 281]
Som tyme is shape if he it kan receyuen.
But if he wol take of it no cure.
whan that it commeth but wilfully it weynen. [ 284]
Lo neyther cas ne fortune hym deceyuen.
But ryght his verray slouthe and wrecchednesse.
And swiche a wight is for to blame I gesse. [ 287]
Good auenture o beele Nece haue ȝe. [ 288]
fful lightly founden and ȝe konne it take.
And for the loue of god and ek of me.
Cache it anon lest auenture slake. [ 291]
what sholde I lenger processe of it make.
Ȝif me ȝoure honde for in this world is noon.
If that thow list a wight so wel bygon. [ 294]
And sith I speke of good entencioun. [fol. 32a] [ 295]
As .I. to ȝow haue told wel here byforn.
And loue as wel ȝoure honour and renoun.
As creature in al this world yborn. [ 298]
By alle tho othes that I haue ȝow sworn.
And ȝe be wrooth therfore or wene I lye.
Ne shal I neuere sen ȝow eft with eye. [ 301]
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Beth naught agast ne quaketh naught wherto. [ 302]
Ne chaungeth naught for feere so ȝoure hewe.
ffor hardely þe werst of this is do.
And though my tale as now be to ȝow newe. [ 305]
Ȝet trist alwey ȝe shal me fynde trewe.
And were it thyng that me thoughte vnsittyng.
To ȝow wolde I no swiche tales brynge. [ 308]
And good Em for goddes loue I preye. [ 309]
Quod she come of and telle me what it is.
For both I am agast what ȝe wol seye.
And ek me longeth it to wite ywys. [ 312]
ffor whethir it be wel or be amys.
Say on lat me nat in this feere dwelle.
So wol I doon now herkeneth I shal telle. [ 315]
Now Nece myn the kynges deere sone. [ 316]
The good wis worthi fresshe and free.
which alwey for to don wel is his wone.
The noble Troilus so loueth the. [ 319]
That but ȝe helpe it wol his bane be.
Lo here is alle what sholde I moore sey.
Doth what ȝow lest to make hym lyue or dey. [ 322]
But if ȝe late hym deye I wol sterue. [ 323]
Haue here my trouthe Nece I nyl nat lyen.
Al sholde I with this knyf my throte kerue.
with that the teris breste oute of his eighen. [ 326]
And seide if that ȝe don vs bothe dyen.
Thus giltles than haue ȝe fisshed fayre.
what mende ȝe though that we booth appaire. [ 329]
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Allas he which that is my lord so deere. [fol. 32b] [ 330]
That trewe man that noble gentil knyght.
That naught desireth but ȝoure frendly cheere.
I se hym deyen ther he goth vpryght. [ 333]
And hasteth hym with al his ful myght.
ffor to ben slayn if his fortune assente.
Allas that god ȝow swich a beaute sente. [ 336]
If it be so that ȝe so cruel be. [ 337]
That of his deth ȝow list nought to recche.
That is so trewe and worthi as ȝe se.
Namoore than of a Iaper or a wrecche. [ 340]
If ȝe be swich ȝoure beaute may nat strecche.
To make amendes of so cruel a dede.
Auysement is good byfore the nede. [ 343]
Wo worth the faire gemme vertuelees. [fol. 33a] [ 344]
wo worth that herbe also that dooth no boote.
wo worth that beaute that is routheeles.
wo worth that wight that tret eche vndir foote. [ 347]
And ȝe that ben of beaute crop and roote.
If therwith al in yow be no routhe.
Than is it harme ȝe lyuen by my trouthe. [ 350]
And also think wel that this is no gaude. [ 351]
ffor me were leuere thow and I and he.
were hanged than I sholde ben his baude.
As heigh as men myghte on vs alle ysee [ 354]
I am thyn Em the shame were to me.
As wel as the if that I sholde assente.
Thorugh myn abbet that he thyn honour shente. [ 357]
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Now vnderstonde for I ȝow nought requere. [ 358]
To bynde ȝow to hym thorugh no byheste.
But only that ȝe make hym bettre chiere.
Than ȝe han doon er this and moore feste. [ 361]
So that his lif be saued atte leeste.
This al and somme and pleynly oure entente.
God help me so I neuere other mente. [ 364]
Lo this requeste is naught but skylle ywys. [ 365]
Ne doute of reson pardee is ther noon.
I sette the worste that ȝe dredden this.
Men wolde wondren sen hym com or goon. [ 368]
There aȝeins answere I thus anoon.
That euery wight but he be fool of kynde.
wol deme it loue of frendshipe in his mynde. [ 371]
What who wold demen though he se a man. [ 372]
To temple go that he thymages eteth.
Thenk ek how wel and wisely that he kan.
Gouerne hym self that he nothyng forȝeteth. [ 375]
That where he commeth he pris and thank hym geteth.
And ek therto he shal comme here so selde.
what force were it though al the town byhelde. [ 378]
Swych loue of frendes regneth al this towne. [fol. 33b] [ 379]
And wre ȝow in that mantel euere moo.
And god so wys be my sauacioun.
As I haue seyde ȝoure beste is to do soo. [ 382]
But alwey good Nece to stynte his woo.
So lat ȝoure daunger sucred ben a lite.
That of his deth ȝe be naught for to wite. [ 385]
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Criseyde which that herde hym in this wise. [ 386]
Thought I shal felen what he meneth ywis
Now Em quod she what wolde ȝe deuise.
what is ȝoure rede I sholde don of this. [ 389]
That is wele seyde quod he certein best is.
That ȝe hym loue aȝeyn for his louynge.
As loue for loue is skilful guerdonynge. [ 392]
Thenk ek how elde wasteth euery houre. [fol. 34a] [ 393]
In eche of ȝow a partie of beautee.
And therfore er that age the deuoure.
Go loue. for olde ther wol no wight of the. [ 396]
Lat this prouerbe a loore vnto ȝow be.
To late ywar quod beaute whan it paste.
And elde daunteth daunger at the laste. [ 399]
The kynges fool is wont to crien loude. [ 400]
whan that hym thinketh a womman berth hire heighe.
So longe mote ȝe lyue and alle proude.
Til crowes feet be growen vnder ȝoure eighe. [ 403]
And sende ȝow than a myrour in to prye.
In which that ȝe may se ȝoure face a morwe.
Nece I bidde wisshe ȝow namore sorwe. [ 406]
With this he stynte and caste adown the hede. [ 407]
And she began to breste a wepe anoon.
And seyde allas for wo why nere I deede.
ffor of this world the feyth is al agoon. [ 410]
Allas what sholden straunge to me doon.
when he that for my beste frende I wende.
Ret me to loue and sholde it me defende. [ 413]
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Allas I wolde han trusted douteles. [ 414]
That if that I thorugh my disauenteur.
Hadde loued outher hym or achilles.
Ector or any mannes creature. [ 417]
Ȝe nolde han hadde no mercy ne mesure.
On me. but alwey had me in repreue.
That false worlde allas who may it leue. [ 420]
What is this al the Ioye and alle the feste. [ 421]
Is this ȝoure reed is this my blisful cas.
Is this the verray mede of ȝoure byheeste.
Is al this paynted proces seyd allas. [ 424]
Right for this fy o lady myn pallas.
Thow in this dredeful cas purueye.
ffor so astoned am I that I deye. [ 427]
Wyth that she gan ful sorwfully to syke. [fol. 31b] [ 428]
A may it be no bet quod Pandarus.
By god I shal namore com here this wyke.
And god aforn that am mystrusted thus. [ 431]
I se ful wel that ȝe sette lite of vs.
Or of oure deth. allas I woful wrecche.
Might he ȝet lyue of me is nought to recche. [ 434]
O cruel god .o. dispitous Marte. [ 435]
O furies thre of helle on ȝow I crye.
So lat me neuere out of this hous departe.
If that I mente harm or any vilenye. [ 438]
But sith I se my lord mot nedes dye.
And .I. with hym here I me shryue and seye.
That wikkedly ȝe don vs bothe deye. [ 441]
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But sith it liketh ȝow that .I. be dede. [fol. 35a] [ 442]
By Neptimus1. [sic.] that god is of the see.
ffro this forth shal I neuere eten brede.
Til I myn owen herte blood may see. [ 445]
ffor certeyn I wol deye as soone as he.
And vp he sterte and on his wey he raughte.
Til she agayn hym by the lappe kaughte. [ 448]
Criseyde which that wel neigh starf for feere. [ 449]
So as she was the ferfulleste wighte.
That myghte be and herde ek with hire ere.
And saugh the soruful ernest of the knyght. [ 452]
And in his preier ek saugh noon vnryght.
And for the harm that myghte ek fallen moore.
She gan to rewe and dredde hire wonder soore. [ 455]
And thoughte thus vnhappes fallen thikke. [ 456]
Alday for loue and in swyche manere cas.
As men ben cruel in hemself and wikke.
And if this man sle here hymself allas. [ 459]
In my presence it wol be no solace.
what men wolde of hit deme I kan nat seye.
It nedeth me ful sleigly for to pleie. [ 462]
And with a sorowful sike she sayde thrie. [ 463]
A lord what me is tid a sory chaunce.
ffor myn estat lith now in Iupartie.
And ek myn Emes lif is in balaunce. [ 466]
But Natheles with goddes gouernaunce.
I shal so doon myn honour shal I kepe.
And ek his lif and stynte for to wepe. [ 469]
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Of harmes two the lesse is for to chese. [ 470]
Ȝet haue I leuere maken hym good chere.
In honour than myn Emes lyf to lese.
ȝe seyn. ȝe nothyng elles me requere. [ 473]
No wis quod he myn owen Nece dere.
Now wel quod she and I wol doon myn peyne.
I shal myn herte aȝeins my luste constreyne. [ 476]
But that .I. nyl nat halden hym in honde. [fol. 35b] [ 477]
Ne loue a man ne kan I naught ne may.
Aȝeins my wyl but elles wol I fonde.
Myn honour sauf plesen hym fro day to day. [ 480]
Therto nolde I nat ones han seyde nay.
But that I dredde as in my fantasye.
But cesse cause ay cesseth maladie. [ 483]
And here I make a protestacioun. [ 484]
That in this proces if ȝe depper go.
That certeynly for no saluacioun.
Of ȝoure thought that ȝe steruen bothe two. [ 487]
Though al the world on a day be my fo.
Ne shal I neuere of hym han other routhe.
I graunte wel quod Pandare by my trowthe. [ 490]
But may I truste wel therto quod he. [fol. 36a] [ 491]
That of this thyng that ȝe han highte me here.
Ȝe wole it holden trewely vnto me.
Ȝe doutelees quod she myn vncle deere. [ 494]
Ne that I shal han cause in this matere.
Quod he to pleyn. or after ȝow to preche.
why no perde what nedeth moore speche. [ 497]
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Tho fellen they in other tales glade. [ 498]
Tyl at the laste O good Em quod she tho.
ffor his loue which that vs bothe made.
Tel me how first ȝe wisten of his wo. [ 501]
woot noon of it but ȝe he seyde no.
Kan he wel speke of loue quod she I preye
Tel me for I the bet me shal purueye. [ 504]
Tho Pandarus a litel gan to smyle. [ 505]
And seyde by my trouthe I shal ȝow telle.
This other day naught gon ful longe while.
In with the paleis gardyn by a welle. [ 508]
Gan he and I wel half a day to dwelle.
Right for to speken of an ordinaunce.
How we the grekes myghten disauaunce. [ 511]
Soon after that bigonne we to lepe. [ 512]
And casten with oure dartes to and fro.
Tyl at the laste he seyde he wolde slepe.
And on the gres adoun he leyde hym tho. [ 515]
And I therafter gan romen to and fro.
Til that I herde as that I welk alone.
How he bigan ful wofully to grone. [ 518]
Tho gan I stalke hym softly byhynde. [ 519]
And sikirly the sooth for to seyne.
As I kan clepe aȝein now to my mynde.
Right thus to loue he gan hym for to pleyne. [ 522]
He seyde lord haue routhe vpon my peyne.
Al haue I ben rebell in myn entente.
Now. mea culpa. lord I me repente. [ 525]
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O god that at thi disposicioun [fol. 36b] [ 526]
Ledest the fyn by Iuste purueiaunce.
Of euery wight my lowe confessioun.
Accepte in gree and sende me swich penaunce. [ 529]
As liketh the but from disesperaunce.
That may my goost departe awey fro the.
Thow be my sheld for thi benignite. [ 532]
ffor certes lord so soore hathe she me wounded. [ 533]
That stood in blak with lokyng of hire eyen.
That to myn hertes botme it is ysounded.
Thorugh which I woot that I moot nedes deyen. [ 536]
This is the werste I dar me nat bywreyen.
And wel the hotter ben the gledes rede.
That men hem wrien with asshen pale and dede. [ 539]
With that he smote his hede down anon. [fol. 37a] [ 540]
And gan to motre I noot what trewely.
And I with that gan stille awey to goon.
And leet therof as no thinge wist had I. [ 543]
And com aȝein anon and stood hym by.
And seyde awake ȝe slepen al to longe.
It semeth nat that loue doth ȝow longe. [ 546]
That slepen so that no man may ȝow wake. [ 547]
who sey euere or this so dul a man.
Ȝe frend quod he do ȝe ȝoure hedes ake.
ffor loue and lat me lyuen as I kanne. [ 550]
But though that he for wo was pale and wanne.
Ȝet made he tho as fresshe a countenaunce.
As though he sholde haue led the new daunce. [ 553]
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This passed forth til now this other day. [ 554]
It felte that I com romyng al allone.
Into his chaumbre and fonde how that he lay.
Vpon his bed but man so soore grone. [ 557]
Ne herde I neuere and what that was his mone.
Ne wist I nought for as I was commyng
Al sodeynly he lefte his complaynyng. [ 560]
Of which I took somwat suspecioun. [ 561]
And ner I com and fonde he wepte soore.
And god so wys be my sauacioun.
As neuere of thyng hadde I no routhe moore. [ 564]
ffor neither with engyne ne with no loore.
Unnethes myghte I fro the deth hym kepe.
That ȝet fele I myn herte for hym wepe. [ 567]
And god woot neuere sith that I was borne. [ 568]
was I so besy no man for to preche.
Ne neuere was to wight so depe Isworn.
Er he me told who myghte ben his leche. [ 571]
But now to ȝow rehercen al his speche.
Or all his woful wordes for to sowne.
Ne bid me naught but ȝe wol se me swowne. [ 574]
But for to saue his lif and elles nought. [fol. 37b] [ 575]
And to noon harm of ȝow thus am I dryuen.
And for the loue of god that vs hath wrought.
Swiche cheer hym dooth that he and I may lyuen. [ 578]
Now haue I plat to ȝow myn herte shryuen.
And sith ȝe woot that myn entent is cleen.
Take heede therof for I non yuel meen. [ 581]
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And right good thrifte I prey to god haue ȝe. [ 582]
That han swich oon ykaught withouten net.
And be ȝe wis as ȝe be faire to see.
wel in the rynge than is the rubie set. [ 585]
Ther were neuere two so wel ymet.
whan ȝe ben his al hool as he is ȝoure.
Ther myghty god graunte vs see that houre. [ 588]
Nay therof spak I nought ha ha quod 1. [MS. quo] she. [fol. 38a] [ 589]
As helpe me god ȝe shenden euery deel.
O mercy dere Nece anon quod he.
what so I spak I mente naught but wel. [ 592]
By Mars the god that helmed is of steel.
Now beth naught wrothe my blood my Nece dere.
Now wel quod she forȝeuen be it here. [ 595]
With this he took his leue and home he wente. [ 596]
And lord he was glad and wel bygon.
Criseyde aros no lenger she no stente.
But streght into hire closet wente anon. [ 599]
And set hire doun as stylle as any ston.
And euery word gan vp and down to wynde.
That he had seyde as it come hire to mynde. [ 602]
And was somdel astoned in hire thoughte. [ 603]
Right for the newe cas but whan that she.
was ful auysed tho fonde she right noughte.
Of peril why she ought afered be. [ 606]
ffor man may loue of possibilite.
A womman so his herte may to breste.
And she naught loue aȝein but if hire liste. [ 609]
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But as she sat allone and thought thus. [ 610]
Ascry aros at scarmuch al withoute.
And men criden in the strete se Troilus.
Hath right now put to flighte the grekes route. [ 613]
with that gan al hire meigne for to shoute.
A go we se. caste vp the ȝates wyde.
For thorwgh this strete he moot to paleys ride. [ 616]
ffor other wey is to the ȝate noon. [ 617]
Of Dardanus there opyn is the cheyne.
with that comme he and al his folk anoon.
An esy pas rydyng in routes tweyne. [ 620]
Right as his happy was sooth to seyne.
ffor which men seyn may nought destroubed be.
That shal bityden of necessitee. [ 623]
This Troilus sat on his baye steede. [fol. 38b] [ 624]
Al armed saue his hede ful richely.
And wownded was his hors and gan to blede.
On which he rood a pas ful softely. [ 627]
But swich a knyghtly sighte trewely.
As was on hym was nought withouten faille.
To loke on Mars that god is of bataille. [ 630]
So lik a man of armes and a knyght. [ 631]
He was to seen fulfilled of heigh prowesse.
ffor bothe he hadde a body and a myght.
To don that thing as wel as hardynesse. [ 634]
And ek to seen hym in his gere hym dresse.
So fresshe so ȝong so weldy semed he.
It was an heuen vpon hym for to see. [ 637]
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His helme to hewen was in twenty places. [fol. 39a] [ 638]
That by a tyssew heng his bak byhynde.
His sheeld to dasshed was with swerdes and maces.
In which men myght many an arwe fynde. [ 641]
That thirled hadde horn and nerf and rynde.
And ay the peple cryde here cometh oure Ioye.
And next his brother. holder vp of troye. [ 644]
ffor which he wex a litel reed for shame. [ 645]
whan he the peple vpon hym herd cryen.
That to byholde it was a noble game.
How sobrelich he caste down his eyen. [ 648]
Criseyda gan al his chere aspien.
And leet so softe in hire herte synken.
That to hire self she seyde who ȝaf me drynken. [ 651]
ffor of hire owen thought she wex al reed. [ 652]
Remembryng hire right thus lo this is he.
which that myn vncle swerith he moot be deed.
But I on hym haue mercy and pitee. [ 655]
And with that thought for pure ashamed she.
Gan in hire hede to pulle and that as faste.
whil he and alle the peple forby paste. [ 658]
And gan to caste and rollen vp and down. [ 659]
with Inne hire thought his excellent prowesse.
And his estat and also his renown.
His wit his shap and ek his gentilesse. [ 662]
But moost hire fauour was for his distresse.
was al for hire and thought it was a routhe.
To sleen swich oon if that he mente trouthe. [ 665]
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Now myghte som envious Iangle thus. [ 666]
This was a sodeyn loue how myght it be.
That she so lightly loued Troilus.
Right for the first syght ȝe parde. [ 669]
Now who seith so mote he neuere ythe.
ffor euery thyng a gynnyng hath it nede.
Er al be wrought withowten any drede. [ 672]
ffor I sey nought that she so sodeynly. [fol. 39b] [ 673]
Ȝaf hym hire loue but that she gan enclyne.
To like hym first and I haue told ȝow whi.
And after that his manhode and his pyne. [ 676]
Made loue withInne hire for to myne.
ffor which by processe and by good seruyse.
He gat hire loue and in no sodeyn wyse. [ 679]
And also blisful venus wel arrayed. [ 680]
Sat in hire seuenthe hous of heuene tho.
Disposed wel and with aspectes payed.
To helpe sely Troilus of his woo. [ 683]
And soth to seyne she nas not al a foo.
To Troilus in his natiuitee.
God woot that wel the sonner spedde he. [ 686]
Now lat vs stynte of Troilus a throwe. [fol. 40a] [ 687]
That rideth forth and lat vs torne faste.
Unto Criseyde that heng hire hed ful lowe.
Ther as she sat allone. and gan to caste. [ 690]
where on she wolde apoynte hire atte laste.
If it so were hire Em ne wolde cesse.
ffor Troilus vpon hire for to presse. [ 693]
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And lord so she gan in hire thoughte argue. [ 694]
In this matere. of which I haue ȝow tolde.
And what to doone best were and what eschewe.
That plited she ful ofte in many folde. [ 697]
Now was hire herte warm now was it colde.
And what she thoughte somwhat shal I write.
As to myn autour listeth for tendite. [ 700]
She thought wel that Troilus persone. [ 701]
She knew by syghte and ek his gentilesse.
And thus she seyde al were it nat to doone.
To graunte hym loue that for his worthynesse. [ 704]
It were honour with pleye and with gladnesse.
In honestee with swich a lord to deele.
ffor myn estate and also for his heele. [ 707]
Ek wel woot I my kynges sone is he. [ 708]
And sith he hath to se me swiche delite.
If I wolde outreliche his sighte flee.
Peraunter he myghte haue me in dispite. [ 711]
Thorugh whicche I myghte stonde in worse plite.
Now were I wis me hate purchace.
withouten nede ther I may stonde in grace. [ 714]
In euery thyng I woot there lith mesure. [ 715]
ffor though a man forbede dronkenesse.
He naught forbet that euery creature.
Be drynkeles for alwey as I gesse. [ 718]
Ek sith I woot for me is his destresse.
I ne aughte naught for that thing hym despise.
Sith it is so he meneth in good wyse. [ 721]
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And eke .I. knowe of longe tyme agon. [fol. 40b] [ 722]
His thewes goode and that he is nat nyce.
Nauantour seith men certein is he noon.
To wise is he to doon so grete a vice. [ 725]
Ne als I nyl hym neuere so cherice.
That he may make a vaunt by Iuste cause.
He shal me neuere bynde in swiche a clause. [ 728]
Now sette a caas the hardest is ywys. [ 729]
Men myghten demen that he loueth me.
what dishonour were it vnto me this.
May iche hym lette of that why nay parde. [ 732]
I knowe also and alday heere and se.
Men louen wommen al biside hire leue.
And whan hem leste namore lat hem byleue. [ 735]
I thenk ek how he able is for to haue. [fol. 41a] [ 736]
Of al this ilk noble towne the thriftieste.
To ben his loue so she hire honour saue.
ffor oute and oute he is the worthieste. [ 739]
Saue only Ector which that is the beste.
And ȝet his lif al lith now in my cure.
But swich is loue and ek myn auenture. [ 742]
Ne me to loue a wonder is it nought. [ 743]
ffor wel woote I my self so god me spede.
Al wolde I that noon wiste of this thought.
I am oon the faireste out of drede. [ 746]
And goodlieste who that taketh hede.
And so men seyn in al the town of Troie.
what wonder is though he of me haue Ioye. [ 749]
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I am myn owene womman wel atte ese. [ 750]
I thank it god as after myn estate.
Right ȝonge and stonde vnteyde in lusty leese.
withouten Ialousie or swiche debate. [ 753]
Shal noon housbond seyn to me chek mate.
ffor either they ben ful of Ialousie.
Or maisterfull or louen nouellerie. [ 756]
What shal .I. doon to what fyn lyue I thus. [ 757]
Shal I nat loue in cas if that me leste.
What pardeux I am naught religious.
And though that I myn herte sette at reste. [ 760]
Upon this knyght that is the worthieste.
And kepe alwey myn honour and my name.
By alle right it may do me no shame. [ 763]
But right as when the sonne shyneth bright. [ 764]
In marche that chaungeth ofte tyme his face.
And that a cloude is put with wynde to flight.
which ouersperat the sonne as for a space. [ 767]
A cloudy thought gan thorugh hire soule pace.
That ouerspradde hire brighte thoughtes alle.
So that for feere almoste she gan to falle. [ 770]
That thought was this allas syn I am free. [fol. 41b] [ 771]
Sholde I now loue and put in Iupertie.
My sikernesse and thrallen libertee.
Allas how dorst I thenken that folie. [ 774]
May I naught wel in other folk aspie.
Hire dredfull Ioye hire constreinte and hire peyne.
Ther loueth noon that she nath wey to pleyne. [ 777]
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ffor loue is ȝet the moost stormy lyf. [ 778]
Right of hym self that euere was bigonne.
ffor euere som mystrust and Nice strif.
Ther is in loue som cloude is ouere that sonne. [ 781]
Therto we wrecched wommen. nothing konne.
whan vs is wo but wepe and sitte and thinke.
Oure wrecche is this oure owen wo to drynke. [ 784]
Also this wikked tonges ben so preste. [fol. 42a] [ 785]
To speke vs harme ek men ben so vntrewe.
That right anon as cessed is hire leste.
So cesseth loue and forth to loue a newe. [ 788]
But harm ydoon is doon whoso it rewe.
ffor though thise men for loue hem first to rende.
fful sharp bygynnyg{punctel} breketh ofte at ende. [ 791]
How ofte tyme hath it yknowen be. [ 792]
The tresoun that to wommen hath ben do.
To what fyn is swich loue I kan nat see.
Or wher bycommeth it whan that it is ago. [ 795]
Ther is no wight that woot I trowe so.
where it bycommeth lo no wight on it sporneth.
That erst was no thing in to nought it torneth. [ 798]
How bisy if I loue ek most I be. [ 799]
To plesen hem that Iangle of loue and dremen.
And coye hem they seye noon harme of me.
ffor though ther be no cause ȝet hem semen. [ 802]
Al be for harm that folk hire frendes quemen.
And who may stoppen euery wikked tonge.
Or sown of belles whil that thei ben ronge. [ 805]
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And after that hire thought gan for to clere. [ 806]
And seide he which that nothing vndertaketh.
No thyng nacheueth be hym looth or deere.
And with an other thought hire herte quaketh. [ 809]
Than slepeth hope and after drede awaketh.
Now hoot now colde but thus bitwixen tweye.
She rist hire vp and wente here for to pleye. [ 812]
Adown the steyre anon right tho she wente. [ 813]
Into the garden with hire Neces thre.
And vp and down ther made many a wente.
fflexippe she Tharbe and antigone. [ 816]
To pleyen that it Ioye was to see.
And other of hire wommen a grete route.
Hire foloweden in the garden al abowte. [ 819]
This ȝerde was large and rayled alle thales. [fol. 42b] [ 820]
And shadewed wel with blosum bowes grene.
And benched newe and sonded alle the weyes.
In which she walketh arm in arm bitwene. [ 823]
Til atte the laste antigone the shene.
Gan on a Troian songe to singen cleere.
That it an heuen was hire vois to here. [ 826]
(119) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 1.)
She seyde .O. loue to whom I haue and shal. [ 827]
Ben humble subgit trewe in myn entente.
As I best kan to ȝow lord ȝeue ich al.
ffor euere mo myn hertes luste to rente. [ 830]
ffor neuere ȝet thi grace no wight sente.
So blisful cause. as me my lif to lede.
In alle Ioie and seurete oute of drede. [ 833]
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Ȝe blisful god han me so wel byset. [fol. 43a] [ 834]
In loue Iwys that al that bereth lif.
ymagynen ne kouthen how to be bette.
ffor lord withouten Ialousie or strif. [ 837]
I loue on which that moost is ententif.
To seruen wel vnweri or vnfeyned.
That euere was and leest with harm desteyned. [ 840]
As he that is the welle of worthynesse. [ 841]
Of trouthe grownde Mirour of goodlichede.
Of wit apollo stoon of sikernesse.
Of vertue roote of lust fynder and hede. [ 844]
Thorugh which is alle sorwe fro me dede.
Iwis I loue hym beste so doth he me.
Now good thrifte haue he wherso that he be. [ 847]
Whom shulde I thanken but ȝow god of loue. [ 848]
Of alle this blisse in which to bathe I gynne.
And thanked be ȝe lord for that I lyue.
This is the right lif that I am Inne. [ 851]
To flemen al manere vice and synne.
This dooth me so to vertue for tendende.
That day by day I in my wille amende. [ 854]
And who seith that for to loue is vice. [ 855]
Or thraldom though he feele in it destresse.
He outher is enuyous or right nyce.
Or is vnmyghty for his shrewednesse. [ 858]
To louen. for swhich manere folk I gesse.
Defamen loue. as nothing of it knewe.
Thei speken but thei benten neuere his bowe. [ 861]
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What is the sonne wers of kynde right. [ 862]
Though that a man for feeblesse of his eighen.
May nought endure on it to see for bright.
Or loue the wers though wrecches on it crien. [ 865]
No wel is worth that may no sorwe dryen.
And forthi who that hath an hed of verre.
ffro caste of stones war hym in the werre. [ 868]
But I with al myn herte and al my myghte. [fol. 43b] [ 869]
As I haue seyde wol loue vnto my laste.
My deer herte and al myn owen knyghte.
In which myn herte growen is so faste. [ 872]
And his in me. that it shal euere laste.
Al dredde I first to loue hym to bigynne.
Now woot I wel ther is no peril Inne. [ 875]
[End of Antigone's Song of Love.]
And of hir song right with that word she stente. [ 876]
And therwithal now Nece quod Cryseyde.
who made this songe now with so good entente.
Antygone answerde anoon and seyde. [ 879]
Madame-Iwys the goodlieste Mayde.
Of gret estat in al the town of Troye.
And let hire lif in moste honour and Ioye. [ 882]
fforsothe so it semeth by hire songe. [fol. 44a] [ 883]
Quod tho Criseyde and gan therwith to sike.
And seyde lord is ther swych blisse amonge.
Thise loueres as they kan faire endite. [ 886]
Ȝe wis quod fresshe antigone the white.
ffor alle the folk that han or ben on lyue.
Ne konne wel the blisse of loue discryue. [ 889]
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But wene ȝe that euery wrecche woot. [ 890]
The parfite blisse of loue why nay Iwys.
They wenen all be loue if oon be hoot.
Do wey do wey they woot no thyng of this. [ 893]
Men moste axe at seyntes if it is.
Aught faire in heuene why for they kan telle.
And axen fendes is it foule in helle. [ 896]
Criseyde vnto that purpos naught answerde. [ 897]
But seyde ywys it wille be nyght as faste.
But euery word which that she of hire herde.
She gan to prenten in hire herte faste. [ 900]
And ay gan loue lasse hire for tagaste.
Than it dide erst and synken in hire herte.
That she wex somwhat able to conuerte. [ 903]
The dayes honour and the heuenes heye. [ 904]
The nyghtes foo al this clepe I the sonne.
Gan westren faste and downward for to wrye.
As he that hadde his dayes cours yronne. [ 907]
And white thynges wexen dymme and donne.
ffor lakke of lyght and sterres for tapere.
That she and alle hire folk In went yfeere. [ 910]
So whan it liked hire to go to reste. [ 911]
And voided weren thei that voiden oughte.
She seyde that to slepen wel hire leste.
Hire wommen soon til hire bedde hire broughte. [ 914]
whan al was hust than lay she stille and thoughte.
Of al this thing the manere and the wise.
Reherce it nedeth nought for ȝe ben wise. [ 917]
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A nyghtyngale vpon a Cedir grene. [fol. 11b] [ 918]
Under the chambre wal ther as she ley.
fful loude songe aȝein the moone shene.
Peraunter in his briddes wise a lay. [ 921]
Of loue that made hire herte fressh and gay.
That herkned she so longe in good entente.
That at the laste the dede slepe hire hente. [ 924]
And as she slep anon right tho hire mette. [ 925]
How that an Egle fethered whit as bon.
Under hire brest his longe clawes sette.
And oute hire herte he rente and that anone. [ 928]
And dide his herte into hire brest to gone.
Of which she nought agroos ne nothyng smerte.
And forth he fleigh with herte lefte for herte. [ 931]
Now lat hire slepe and we oure tales holde. [fol. 45a] [ 932]
Of Troilus that is to paleis riden.
ffro the scarmuch of the which I tolde.
And in his chaumbre sit and hath abiden. [ 935]
Til two or thre of his messages ȝeden.
ffor Pandarus and soughten hym ful faste.
Til they hym founde and broughte hym at the laste. [ 938]
This Pandarus come lepyng In attones. [ 939]
And seyde thus who hath ben wel Ibete.
To day with swerdes. and with slyng stones.
But Troilus that hath caught hym an hete. [ 942]
And gan to Iape and seyde lord so ȝe swete.
But ris and lat vs soupe and go to reste.
And he answerd hym do we as the leste. [ 945]
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With alle the haste goodly that they myghte. [ 946]
They spedde hem fro the soper vnto bedde.
And euery wight out at the dore hym dyght.
And where hym liste vpon his wey he spedde. [ 949]
But Troilus thoughte his herte bledde.
ffor wo til that he herde som tydyng.
He seyde frend shal I now wepe or syng. [ 952]
Quod Pandarus ly stylle and lat me slepe. [ 953]
And don thyn hood thy nedes spedde be.
And chese if thow wolt synge or daunce or lepe.
At shorte wordes thow shal trowen me. [ 956]
Sire my Nece wol do wel by the.
And loue the best by god and by my trouthe.
But lakke of pursuyt make it in thi slouthe. [ 959]
ffor thus farford I haue thi werk bigonne. [ 960]
ffro day to day til this day by the morwe.
Hire loue of frendshipe haue I to the wonne.
And also hath she leyde hire feyth to borwe. [ 963]
Algate a foot is hameled of thi sorwe.
what sholde I lenger sermon of it holde.
As ȝe han herde byfore and al he hym tolde. [ 966]
But right as floures thorugh the colde of nyght. [fol. 45b]
Iclosed stoupen on hire stalk lowe.
Redressen hem aȝein the sonne bright.
And spreden on hire kynde cours by rowe. [ 970]
Right so gan the his eighen vp to throwe.
This Troilus and seyde O venus deere.
Thi myght thi grace yheried be it here. [ 973]
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And to Pandare he held vp bothe his hondes. [ 974]
And seyde lord al thyn be that I haue.
ffor I am hool and brosten ben myn bondes.
A thousand Troyens who so þat me ȝaue. [ 977]
Ech after other god so wys me saue.
Ne myghte me so gladen. lo myn herte.
It spredeth so for Ioie it wol to sterte. [ 980]
But lord how shal I doon how shal I lyuen. [fol. 16a] [ 981]
whan shal I next my decre herte see.
How shal this longe tyme awey be dryuen.
Til that thow be aȝein at hire fro me. [ 984]
Thow maist answer abide abide but he.
That hangeth by the nekke soth to seyne.
In grete disese abideth for the peyne. [ 987]
Al esily now for the loue of Marte. [ 988]
Quod Pandarus for euery thing hath tyme.
So longe abid til that the nyght departe.
ffor also siker as thow list here by me. [ 991]
And god to forn I wyl be ther at pryme.
And for thi werk som what as I shal seye.
Or on som other wight this charge leye. [ 994]
ffor pardee god woot I haue euere ȝit. [ 995]
But redy the to serue and to this nyght.
Haue I naught fayned but euenforth my wit.
Done al thi lust and shal with al my myght. [ 998]
Do now as I shal seyn and fare aright.
And if thow nylt wite al thi self thi care.
On me is nought alonge thyn yuel fare. [ 1001]
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I woot wel that thow wiser art than .I. [ 1002]
A thousand fold but if .I. were as thow.
God help me so as I wolde outrely.
Of myn owen honde write hire right now. [ 1005]
A lettre in which I wolde hire tellen how.
I ferd amys and hire biseche of routhe.
Now help thi self and leue it nought for slouthe. [ 1008]
And I my self wol therwith to hire gon. [ 1009]
And whan thow woost that I am with hire there.
worth thow vpon a Courser right anon.
Ȝe hardily right in thi beste gere. [ 1012]
And ryde forth by the place as nought it were.
And thow shal fynde vs if I may sittyng.
At som wyndow into the strete lokyng. [ 1015]
And if the list than may thow vs salue. [fol. 46b] [ 1016]
And vpon me make thow thi countenaunce.
But by thi lif be war and faste eschue.
To tarien ought god shilde vs fro meschaunce. [ 1019]
Ride forth thi wey and holde thi gouernaunce.
And we shal speek of the somwhat I trowe.
Whan thow art gon to don thyn eris glowe. [ 1022]
Towchyng thi lettre though art wys ynough. [ 1023]
I woot thow nylt it dygneliche endite.
As make it with thise argumentes tough.
Ne scryuenyssh or craftly thow it write. [ 1026]
Biblotte it with thi teris ek a lite.
And if thow write a goodly word al softe.
Though it be good reherce it nought to ofte. [ 1029]
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ffor though the beste harpour vpon lyue. [fol. 47a] [ 1030]
Wolde on the beste sowned Ioly harpe.
That euere was with alle his fyngres fyue.
Touche ay o stryng or ay o werbul harpe. [ 1033]
wer his nayles poynted neuere so sharpe.
It sholde maken euery wight to dulle.
To here his glee and of his strokes fulle. [ 1036]
Ne Iompre ek no disconcordant thyng yfeere. [ 1037]
As thus to vsen termes of Phisik.
In loues termes hold of thi matere.
The forme alwey and do that it be lik. [ 1040]
ffor if a peyntour wolde peynte a pyk.
with asses feet and hedde it as an ape.
It cordeth naught so uere it but a Iape. [ 1043]
This counseil liked wel vnto Troilus. [ 1044]
But as a dredful louere he seyde this.
Allas. my deere brother Pandarus.
I am ashamed for to write ywys. [ 1047]
Lest of myn Innocence I seyde amys.
Or that she nolde it for despit receyue.
Than were I ded ther myght il nothyng weyue. [ 1050]
To that Pandare answerid if the leste. [ 1051]
Do that I seye and lat me therwith gon.
ffor by that lord that formede est and weste.
I hope of it to brynge answere anon. [ 1054]
Of hire honde and if that thow nylt noon.
Lat be. and sory mote he ben his lyue.
Aȝeins thi lust that helpeth the to thryue. [ 1057]
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Quod Troilus depardeux ich assente. [ 1058]
Sith that the liste I wil arise and write.
And blisful god prey ich with good entente.
The viage and the lettre I shal endite. [ 1061]
So spede it. and thow Minerua the white.
yif thow me wit my lettre to deuyse.
And sette hym down and wrote right in this wyse. [ 1064]
(153) (Troilus's Letter.)
ffirst he gan hire his right lady calle. [fol. 47b] [ 1065]
His hertes lif his lust his sorwes leche.
His blisse. and ek thise other termes alle.
That in swich cas thise loueres alle seche. [ 1068]
And in ful humble wise as in his speche.
He gan hym recomaunde vnto hire grace.
To telle alle how it axeth muchel space. [ 1071]
And after this ful lowely he hire preyde. [ 1072]
To be nought wroth theigh he of his folie.
So hardy was to hire to write and seyde.
That loue it made or elles most he die. [ 1075]
And pitousli gan mereye for to crye.
And after that he seyde and leigh ful loude.
Hym self was litel worth and lasse he koude. [ 1078]
And that she sholde han his konnyng excused. [fol. 48a]
That litel was and ek he dredde hire soo.
And his vnworthynesse ay he excused.
And after that than gan he telle his woo. [ 1082]
But that was endeles with outen hoo.
And seyde he wolde in trouth alwey hym holde.
And radde it ouer and gan the lettre folde. [ 1085]
(End of Troilus's Letter.)
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And with hise salte teris gan he bathe. [ 1086]
The rubie in his signet and it sette.
Vpon the wex deliuerliche and rathe.
Therwith a thousand tymes er he lette. [ 1089]
He kiste tho the lettre that he shette.
And seyde lettre a blisful destine.
The shapyn is my lady shal the see. [ 1092]
This Pandare toke the lettre and that by tyme. [ 1093]
A morwe and to his Neces paleis sterte.
And faste he swore that it was passed prime.
And gan to Iape and seyde ywys myn herte. [ 1096]
So fresshe it is although it sore smerte.
I may naught slepe neuere a mayes morwe.
I haue a Ioly wo and a lusty sorwe. [ 1099]
Criseyde whan that she hire vncle herde, [ 1100]
with dredful herte and desirous to here.
The cause of his commyng thus answerde.
Now by ȝoure fey myn vncle quod she dere. [ 1103]
what manere wyndes gydeth ȝow now here.
Tel vs ȝoure Ioly wo and ȝoure penaunce.
How ferforth be ȝe put in loues daunce. [ 1106]
By god quod he I hope alwey byhynde. [ 1107]
And she to laughe it thought hire herte brest.
Quod Pandarus loke alwey ȝe fynde.
Game in myn hood but herkneth if ȝow lest. [ 1110]
Ther is right now come into town a gest.
A greek espie and telleth newe thinges.
ffor which I come telle ȝow newe tydynges. [ 1113]
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Into the gardyn go we and ȝe shal here. [fol. 48b] [ 1114]
Al pryuely of this a longe sermoun.
with that they wenten arm in arm yfecre.
Into the gardyn from the chaumbre down. [ 1117]
And whan that he so fer was that the sown.
Of that he spak. no man heren myghte.
He seyde hire thus and out the lettre plighte. [ 1120]
Lo he that is alle holy ȝoures free. [ 1121]
Hym recomaundeth lowely to ȝoure grace.
And sente ȝow this lettre here by me.
Auyseth ȝow on it whan ȝe han space. [ 1124]
And of som goodly answere ȝow purchace.
Or helpe me god so pleynly for to seyn.
He may nat longe lyuen for his peyne. [ 1127]
fful dredfully tho gan she stonden stylle. [fol. 49a] [ 1128]
And took it naught but al hire humble chere.
Gan for to chaunge and seyde scrit ne bille.
ffor loue of god that toucheth swich matere. [ 1131]
Ne brynge me noon. and also vncle deere.
To myn estat haue more rewarde I preye.
Than to his lust what sholde I more sey. [ 1134]
And loketh now if this be resonable. [ 1135]
And letteth nought for fauour ne for slouthe.
To seyn a sooth now were it couenable.
To myn estat by god and by ȝoure trouthe. [ 1138]
To taken it or to han of hym routhe.
In harmyng of my self or in repreue.
Ber it aȝein for hym that ȝe on leue. [ 1141]
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This Pandarus gan on hire for to stare. [ 1142]
And seyde now is this the grettest wondre.
That euere I seigh lat be this nyce fare.
To deth mot I smyten be with thondre [ 1145]
If for the Citee whiche that stondeth ȝondre.
wold I a lettre vnto ȝow brynge or take.
To harm of ȝow what list ȝow thus it make. [ 1148]
But thus ȝe faren wel neigh alle and some. [ 1149]
That he that moste desireth ȝow to serue.
Of hym ȝe recche leest wher he bycome.
And whethir that he lyue or elles sterue. [ 1152]
But for al that that euer I may deserue.
Refuse naught quod he and hente hire faste.
And in hire bosom the lettre down he thraste. [ 1155]
And seyde hire now cast it awey anon. [ 1156]
That folk may seen and gauren on vs tweye.
Quod she I kan abyde til they be gon.
And gan to smyle and seyde hym Em I preye. [ 1159]
Swiche answere as ȝow list ȝoure self purueye.
ffor trewely I nyl no lettre write.
No than wol I quod he so ȝe endite. [ 1162]
Therwith she loughe and seyde go we dyne. [fol. 49b] [ 1163]
And he gan at hym self to Iape faste.
And seyde Nece I haue so grete a pyne.
ffor loue that euerich other day I faste. [ 1166]
And gan his beste Iapes forth to caste.
And made hire so to laughe at his folye.
That she for laughter wende for to dye. [ 1169]
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And whan that she was comen into halle. [ 1170]
Now Em quod she we wol go dyne anon.
And gan some of hire wommen to hire calle.
And streght into hire chambre gan she gon. [ 1173]
But of hire besynesses this was on.
Amonges othere thynges out of drede.
fful pryuely this lettre for to rede. [ 1176]
Auysed word by word in euery lyne. [fol. 50a] [ 1177]
And fonde no lakke she thoughte he koude good.
And vp it putte and wente hire In to dyne.
But Pandarus that in a studye stood. [ 1180]
Er he was war she took by the hood.
And seyde ȝe were caught er that ȝe wist.
I vouche sauf quod he do what ȝou list. [ 1183]
Tho wesshen they and sette hem down and ete. [ 1184]
And after Noon ful sleighly Pandarus.
Gan drawe hym to the wyndowe next the strete.
And seyde Nece who hath araied thus. [ 1187]
The ȝonder hous that stant aforȝeyn vs.
which hous quod she. and gan for to byholde.
And knewe it wel and whos it was hym tolde. [ 1190]
And fillen forth in speche of thynges smale. [ 1191]
And seten in the windowe bothe tweye.
whan Pandarus saugh tyme vnto his tale.
And saugh wel that hire folk weren alle aweye. [ 1194]
Now Nece myn tel on quod he I seye.
How liketh ȝow the lettre that ȝe woot.
Kan he theron for by my trouthe I noot. [ 1197]
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Therwith al rosy hewed tho wex she. [ 1198]
And gan to homme and seyde so I trowe.
Aquite hym wel for goddes loue quod he.
My self to medes wol the lettre sowe. [ 1201]
And held hise hondes vp and sat on knowe.
Now good Nece be it neuere so lite.
Ȝif me the labour it to sowe and plite. [ 1204]
Ȝe for I kan so writen quod she tho. [ 1205]
And ek I noot what I sholde to hym seye.
Nay Nece quod Pandare sey nat so.
Ȝet at the lceste thonketh hym I preye. [ 1208]
Of his good wille and doth hym nat to deye.
Now for the loue of me my Nece deere.
Refuseth nat at this tyme my prayere. [ 1211]
Depardieux quod she god leue al be wel. [fol. 50b] [ 1212]
God help me so this is the first lettre.
That euere I wroot ȝe al or any del.
And into a closet for tauise hire bettre. [ 1215]
She wente allone and gan hire herte vnfettre.
Out of desdaynes prison but a lite.
And sette hire down and gan a lettre write. [ 1218]
Of which to telle in short is myn entente. [ 1219]
Theffect as fer as I kan vnderstonde.
She thanked hym of al that he wel mente.
Towardes hire but holden hym in honde. [ 1222]
She nold nought ne make hire seluen bonde.
In loue. but as his suster hym to plese.
She wolde fayne to doon his herte an ese. [ 1225]
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She shette it and into Pandare gan goon. [fol. 51a] [ 1226]
Ther as he satte and loked into Strete.
And down she sette hire by hym on a stoon.
Of Iaspre. vpon a quysshyn gold ybete. [ 1229]
And seyde as wisly help me god the grete.
I neuere dide thing with more peyne.
Than writen this to whiche ȝe me constreyne. [ 1232]
And took it hym he thonked hire and seyde. [ 1233]
God woot of thyng ful often looth bygonne.
Comth ende good and Nece myn Criseyde.
That ȝe to hym of harde now ben ywonne. [ 1236]
Oughte he be glad by god and ȝonder sonne.
ffor whi men seith Impressiouns lighte.
fful lightly ben ay redy to the flighte. [ 1239]
But ȝe han played tirant neigh to longe. [ 1240]
And harde was it ȝoure herte for to graue.
Now stynte that ȝe no lenger on it honge.
Al wolde ȝe the forme of daunger saue. [ 1243]
But hasteth ȝow to doon hym Ioye haue.
ffor trusteth wel to longe ydoon hardynesse.
Causeth despit ful often for destresse. [ 1246]
And right as they declamed this matere. [ 1247]
Lo Troilus right at the stretes ende.
Come rydyng with his tenthe somme yfere.
Al softly and thiderward gan bende. [ 1250]
Ther as they sete as was his way to wende.
To paleis ward and Pandarus hym aspide.
And seyde Nece I see who comth here ride. [ 1253]
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O fle naught In he seeth vs I suppose. [ 1254]
Lest he may thynken that ȝe hym eschewe.
Nay nay quod she and wex as rede as rose.
with that he gan hire humbly to salewe. [ 1257]
with dredful chere and oft his hewes muwe.
A up his look debonairly he caste.
And bekkend on Pandare and forth he paste. [ 1260]
God woot if he sat on his hors aright. [fol. 51b] [ 1261]
Or goodly was biseyn that ilke day.
God woot whothir he was lik a manly knyght.
what sholde .I. drecche or telle of his aray. [ 1264]
Criseyde whiche that alle thise thynges say.
To telle in short hire liked al in fere.
His person his aray his look his chere. [ 1267]
His goodly manere and his gentilesse. [ 1268]
So wel that neuere sith that she was born.
Ne hadde she swych routh of his destresse.
And how that she hathe harde ben here byforn. [ 1271]
To god hope I she hath now kaught a thorn.
She shal nat pulle it out this nexte wyke.
God sende mo swich thornes on to pike. [ 1274]
Pandare which that stood hire fasteby. [fol. 52a] [ 1275]
ffelte Iren hoot and he bygan to smyte.
And seyde Nece I pray ȝow hertely.
Telle me that I shal axen ȝow a lite. [ 1278]
A womman that were of his deth to wite.
withouten his gilt but for hire lakked routhe.
were it wel doon quod she nay by my trouthe. [ 1281]
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God help me so quod he ȝe sey me soth. [ 1282]
Ȝe felen wel ȝoure self that I nought lye.
Lo ȝonde he rit quod she ȝe so he doth.
wel quod Pandare as I haue tolde ȝow thrie. [ 1285]
Lat be ȝoure nyce shame and ȝoure folie.
And spek with hym in esyng of his herte.
Lat nycite nat do ȝow bothe smerte. [ 1288]
But theron was to heuen and to doone. [ 1289]
Considered al thing it may nat be.
And whi for shame and it were ek to soone.
To graunten hym so grete a libertee. [ 1292]
ffor pleynly hire entente as seyde she.
was for to loue hym vnwist if she myghte.
And guerdon hym with nothing but with sighte. [ 1295]
But Pandarus thought it shal nought be so. [ 1296]
Ȝif that I may this nyce opynyoun.
Shal nought be holden fully ȝeres two.
what sholde I make of this a longe sermoun. [ 1299]
He moste assente on that conclusioun.
As for the tyme and whan that it was eue.
And al was wel he roos and toke his leue. [ 1302]
And on his wey ful faste hamward he spedde. [ 1303]
And right for Ioye he felte his herte daunce.
And Troilus he fonde allon abedde.
That lay as do thise louers in a traunce. [ 1306]
Bitwixen hope and derk disesperaunce.
But Pandarus right at his In commynge.
He songe as who seyth somwhat I brynge. [ 1309]
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And seyde who is in his bedde so soone. [fol. 52b] [ 1310]
Iburied thus It am I frende quod he.
who Troilus nay help me so the moone.
Quod Pandarus thow shalt rise and see. [ 1313]
A charme that was sent right now to the.
The which kan helen the of thyn accesse.
If thow do forth with al thi bisynesse. [ 1316]
Ȝe thorugh the myght of god quod Troilus. [ 1317]
And Pandarus gan hym the lettre take.
And seyde parde god hathe holpen vs.
Haue here a light and loke on al this blake. [ 1320]
But ofte gan the herte glade and quake.
Of Troilus whil that he gan it rede.
So as the wordes ȝaue hym hope or drede. [ 1323]
But finaly he took al for the beste. [fol. 53a] [ 1324]
That she hym wroot for somwhat he byhelde.
On which hym thoughte he myghte his herte reste.
Al couered she tho wordes vnder shelde. [ 1327]
Thus to the more worthi part he helde.
That what for hope and Pandarus byheste.
His grete wo forȝede he at the leste. [ 1330]
But as we may alday oure seluen see. [ 1331]
Thorugh more wode or col the more fire.
Right so encrees of hope of what it be.
Therwith ful ofte encresseth ek desire. [ 1334]
Or as an ook comth of a litel spire.
So thorugh this lettre which that she hym sente.
Encrescen gan desir of which he brente. [ 1337]
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Wherfore I seye alwey that day and nyght. [ 1338]
This Troilus gan to desiren moore.
Thanne he did arst thorugh hope and did his myght.
To preessen on as by Pandarus loore. [ 1341]
And writen to hire of his sorwes soore.
ffro day to day he leet it nought refreyde.
That by Pandare he wroot somwhat or seyde. [ 1344]
And dide also other obseruaunces. [ 1345]
That til a louere longeth in this cas.
And after that thise dees torned on chaunces.
So was he outher glad or seyde allas. [ 1348]
And held after his gostes ay his pas.
And after swiche answeres as he hadde.
So were his dayes sory outher gladde. [ 1351]
But to Pandare alwey was his recours. [ 1352]
And pitously gan ay tyl hym to pleyne.
And hym bisoughte of reed and som socours.
And Pandarus that sey his woode peyne. [ 1355]
wex wel neigh ded for routhe sooth to seyne.
And bisily with al his herte caste.
Som of his wo to slen and that as faste. [ 1358]
And seyde lord and frend and brother dere. [fol. 53b] [ 1359]
God woot that thi disese doth me wo.
But wiltow stynten and al this woful cheere.
And by my trouthe er it be dayes two. [ 1362]
And god to forn ȝet shal I shape it so.
That thow shalt comme into a certeyn place.
There as thow mayst thi self hire preye of grace. [ 1365]
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And certeynly I noot if thow it woost. [ 1366]
But tho that ben expert in loue it seye.
It is oon of the thynges forthereth most.
A man to han a layser for to preye. [ 1369]
And siker place his wo for to bywreye.
ffor in good herte it mot som routhe impresse.
To here and see the giltlees in distresse. [ 1372]
Peraunter thynkestow though it be so. [fol. 54a] [ 1373]
That kynde wolde don hire to bygynne.
To haue a manere vpon my woo.
Seyth daunger nay thow shalt me neuere wynne. [ 1376]
So reulith hire hir hertes gost withInne.
That though she bende ȝeet she stant on roote.
That in effect is this vnto my boote. [ 1379]
Thenk here aȝeins whan that the stordy ook. [ 1380]
On which men hakketh ofte for the nones.
Receyued hath the happy fallyng strook.
The greet sweigh doth it to come al at ones. [ 1383]
As don thise rokkes or thise Milnestones.
ffor swifter cours comth thyng that is of wighte.
whan it descendeth than don thynges lighte. [ 1386]
And reed that boweth down for euery blast. [ 1387]
fful lightly cesse wynd it wol aryse.
But so nyl nought an ook whan it is caste.
It nedeth me nought the longe to forbise. [ 1390]
Men shal reioissen of a grete empryse.
Acheued wel and stant withouten doute.
Al han men ben the lenger ther aboute. [ 1393]
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But Troilus ȝet telle me if the lest. [ 1394]
A thing now which that I shal axen the.
which is thi brother that thow louest best.
As in thi verray hertes priuetee. [ 1397]
Iwis my brother Deiphebus quod he.
Now quod Pandare ere houres twyes twelue.
He shal the ese vnwist of hymselue. [ 1400]
Now lat malone and werken as I may. [ 1401]
Quod he. and to Deiphebus wente he tho.
which hadde his lord and grete frend ben ay.
Saue Troilus no man he loued so. [ 1404]
To telle in shorte withouten wordes mo.
Quod Pandarus I pray ȝow that ȝe be.
ffrend to a cause whiche that toucheth me. [ 1407]
Ȝis perde quod Deiphebus wel thow woost. [fol. 54b] [ 1408]
In al that euere I may and god to fore.
Al nere it but for man I loue moost.
My brother Troilus but sey wherfore. [ 1411]
It is for sith that day that I was bore.
I nas ne neuere mo to ben I thynke.
Aȝeins a thing that myghte the forthynke. [ 1414]
Pandare gan hym thanke and to hym seyde. [ 1415]
Lo sire I haue a lady in this town.
That is my Nece and called is Criseyde.
which some men wolden don oppressioun. [ 1418]
And wrongfully han hire possessioun.
wherfore I of ȝoure lordship ȝow biseche.
To ben oure frend withouten more speche. [ 1421]
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Deiphebus hym answerde o is nat this. [fol. 55a] [ 1422]
That thow spekest of to me thus straungely.
Criseyda my frende he seyde this.
Than nedeth quod Deiphebus hardyly. [ 1425]
Namore to speke for trusteth wel that I.
wol be hire champioun with spore and ȝerde.
I roughte nought though alle hire foos it herde. [ 1428]
But telle me thow that woost al this matere. [ 1429]
How I myght best auaylen now lat se.
Quod Pandarus if ȝe my lord so dere.
wolden as now do this honour to me. [ 1432]
To preyen hire tomorwe. lo that she.
Com vnto ȝow hire pleyntes to deuise.
Hire aduersaries wolde of it agrise. [ 1435]
And ȝif I more dorste prey ȝow as now. [ 1436]
And chargen ȝow to han so grete trauaille.
To han som of ȝoure bretheren here with ȝow.
That myghten to hire cause bet auaille. [ 1439]
Than wot I wel she myght neuere faille.
ffor to ben holpen what at ȝoure Instaunce.
what with hire other frendes gouernaunce. [ 1442]
Deiphebus which that comen was of kynde. [ 1443]
To alle honour and bounte to consente,
Answerd it shal be don and I kan fynde.
Ȝet grettere help to this in myn entente. [ 1446]
what wiltow seyn if I for Eleyne sente.
To speke of this I trowe it be the beste.
ffor she may leden Paris as hire list. [ 1449]
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Of Ector which that is my lord my brother. [ 1450]
It nedeth naught to preye hym frend to be.
ffor I haue herd hym o tyme and ek oother.
Speke of Cryseyde swich honour that he. [ 1453]
May seyn no bet swhich hap to hym hath she.
It nedeth naught his helpes for to craue.
He shal be swich right as we wol hym haue. [ 1456]
Speke thow thiself also to Troilus. [fol. 55b] [ 1457]
On my byhalue and prey hym with vs dyne.
Syre al this shal be don quod Pandarus.
And took his leue. and neuere gan to fyne. [ 1460]
But to his Neces hous as streyght as lyne.
He come and fond hire fro the mete arise.
And sette hym down. and spak right in this wise. [ 1463]
He seide o verray god. so haue I ronne. [ 1464]
Lo Nece myn se ȝe nought how I swete.
I not wheither ȝe the more thank me konne.
Be ȝe naught war how false Poliphete. [ 1467]
Is now aboute eftsones for to plete.
And brynge on ȝow aduocacies newe.
I no quod she and chaunged al hire hewe. [ 1470]
What is he more aboute me to drecche. [fol. 56a] [ 1471]
And don me wrong what shal I doon allas.
Ȝet of hym self nothing ne wolde I recche.
Ner it for Antenor and Eneas. [ 1474]
That ben his frendes in swiche manere cas.
But for the loue of god myn vncle deere.
Ne fors of that lat hym han al yfeere. [ 1477]
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Withouten that I haue ynough for vs. [ 1478]
Nay quod Pandare it shal nothing be so.
ffor I haue ben right now at Deiphebus.
At Ector and myn oother lordes moo. [ 1481]
And shortly maked eche of hem his foo.
That by my thrift he shal it neuere wynne.
ffor aught he kan whan that so he bygynne. [ 1484]
And as thei casten what was best to doone. [ 1485]
Deiphebus of his owen curteisie.
Come hire to preye in his propre persone.
To holde hym on the morwe compaignie. [ 1488]
At dyner. which she nolde nought denye.
But goodly gan to his preier obeye.
He thonked hire and went vpon his weye. [ 1491]
Whan this was don this Pandare vp anon. [ 1492]
To telle in short and forth gan for to wende.
To Troilus as stille as any ston.
And al this thyng he tolde hym worde and ende. [ 1495]
And how that he Deiphebus gan to blende.
And seyde hym now is tyme if that thow konne.
To bere the wel tomorwe and al is wonne. [ 1498]
Now spek now prey now pitously compleigne. [ 1499]
Lat nought for nyce shame or drede or slouthe
Som tyme a man mot telle his owen peyne.
Bileue it and she shal han on the routhe. [ 1502]
Thow shalt be saued by thi feyth in trouthe.
But wel woot I thow art nowe in drede.
And what it is I leye I kan arede. [ 1505]
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Thow thynkest now how sholde I don al this. [fol. 56b] [ 1506]
ffor by my cheres mosten folk aspie.
That for hire loue is that I fare amys.
Ȝet hadde I leuere vnwist for sorwe dye. [ 1509]
Now thynk nat so for thow dost grete folie.
ffor I right now haue founden o manere.
Of sleyghte. forto coueren al thi cheere. [ 1512]
Thow shalt gon ouer nyght and that blyue. [ 1513]
Unto Deiphebus hous as the to pleye.
Thi maladie awey the bet to dryue.
ffor whi thow semest sik soth for to seye. [ 1516]
And after that down in thi bed the leye.
And sey thow mayst no lenger vp endure.
And lie right there and bide thyn auenture. [ 1519]
Sey that thi feure is wont the for to take. [fol. 57a] [ 1520]
The same tyme and lasten til a morwe.
And lat se now how wel thow kanst it make.
ffor perde sik is he that is in sorwe. [ 1523]
Go now farwel and venus here to borwe.
I hope and thow this purpos halde ferme.
Thi grace she shal fully ther conferme. [ 1526]
Quod Troilus Iwis thow nedeles. [ 1527]
Conseilest me that siklich I me feyne.
ffor I am sik in ernest douteles.
So that wel neigh I sterue for the peyne. [ 1530]
Quod Pandarus thow shalt the bettre pleyne.
And haste the lasse nede to countrefete.
ffor hym men demen hoot that men seen swete. [ 1533]
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Lo halde the at thi triste cloos and .I. [ 1534]
Shal wel the deer vnto thi bowe dryue.
Therwith he took his leue al softly.
And Troilus to paleis wente blyue. [ 1537]
So glad ne was he neuere in al his lyue.
And to Pandarus reed gan al assente.
And to Deiphebus hous at nyght he wente. [ 1540]
What nedeth ȝow to tellen al the cheere. [ 1541]
That Deiphebus vnto his brother made.
Or his accesse or his sikliche manere.
How men gan hym with clothes for to lade. [ 1544]
Whan he was leyde and how men wolde hym glade.
But al for nought he held forth ay the wyse.
That ȝe han herd Pandare er this deuyse. [ 1547]
But certayn is er Troilus hym leyde. [ 1548]
Deiphebus had hym preied ouer nyght.
To ben a frend and helpyng to Criseyde.
God woot that he it graunted anon right. [ 1551]
To ben hire fulle frend with al his myght.
But swiche a nede was to preye hym thenne.
As for to bidde a wood man for to renne. [ 1554]
The morwen come and neighen gan the tyme. [fol. 57b] [ 1555]
Of meeltide that the faire queene Eleyne.
Shapte hire to ben an houre after the prime.
with Deiphebus to whom she nolde feyne. [ 1558]
But as his suster homly soth to seyne.
She come to dyner in hire pleyne entente.
But god and Pandare wist al what this mente. [ 1561]
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Com ek Criseyde al Innocent of this. [ 1562]
Antigone hire suster Tarbe also.
But fle we now prolixitee best is.
ffor loue of god and lat vs faste go. [ 1565]
Right to theffect withouten tales mo.
whi al this folk assembled in this place.
And lat vs of hire saluynges pace. [ 1568]
Grete honour did hem Deiphebus certeyn. [fol. 58a] [ 1569]
And fedde hem wel with al that myghte like.
But euere mo allas was his refreyn.
My good brother Troilus the syke. [ 1572]
Lith yet and therwith gan to sike.
And after that he peyned hym to glade.
Hem as he myghte and cheere good he made. [ 1575]
Compleyned ek Eleyne of his siknesse. [ 1576]
So feythfully that pite was to here.
And euery wight gan waxen for accesse.
A leche anon and seyde in this manere. [ 1579]
Men curen folk this charme I wol ȝow leere.
But ther sat on al list hire nought to teche.
That thoughte best koude I ȝet ben his leche. [ 1582]
After compleynte hym gonnen they to preyse. [ 1583]
As folk don that whan som wight hath bygonne.
To preise a man. and with pris hym reise.
A thousand fold ȝet heigher than the sonne. [ 1586]
He is he kan that fewe lordes konne.
And Pandarus of that they wolde afferme.
He naughte forgate hire preisynge to conferme. [ 1589]
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Herde al this thyng Criseyde wel Inough. [ 1590]
And euery word gan for to notifie.
ffor which with sobre cheere hire herte lough.
ffor who is that ne wolde hire glorifie. [ 1593]
To mowen swich a knyght don lyue or dye.
But al passe I list ȝe to longe dwelle.
ffor for o fyn is al that euere I telle. [ 1596]
The tyme come fro dyner for to ryse. [ 1597]
And as hem aughte arisen euerichone.
And gonne a while of this and that deuise.
But Pandarus brak al that speche anone. [ 1600]
And seide to Deiphebus wol ȝe gone.
If ȝoure wille be as I ȝow preyde.
To speke here of the nedes of Criseyde. [ 1603]
Eleyne which that by the hond hire helde. [fol. 58b] [ 1604]
Took first the tale and seyde go we blyue.
And goodly on Criseyde she bihelde.
And seyde Ioues lat hym neuere thryue. [ 1607]
That doth ȝow harm and brynge hym soone of lyue.
And ȝeue me sorwe but he shal it rewe.
If that I may and alle folk be trewe. [ 1610]
Telle thow thi Neces cas quod Deiphebus. [ 1611]
To Pandarus for thow kanst best it telle.
My lordes and my ladys it stant thus.
what sholde I lenger do ȝow duelle. [ 1614]
He ronge hem oute a processe lik a belle.
Upon hire foo that hight Poliphete.
So heynous that men myghte on it spete. [ 1617]
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Answerde of this eche werse of hem than other. [fol. 59a]
And Poliphete they gonnen thus to warien.
Anhonged by swich oon were he my brother.
And so he shal for it ne may nought varien. [ 1621]
what shold I lenger in this tale tarien.
Pleynliche alle at ones they hire highten.
To ben hire helpe in al that euere they myghten. [ 1624]
Spak than Eleyne and seyde Pandarus. [ 1625]
woot ought my lord my brother this matere.
I meene Ector or woot it Troilus.
He seyde ȝe but wolle ȝe now me here. [ 1628]
Me thynketh this sith that Troilus is here.
It were good. if that ȝe wolde assente.
She tolde hire self hym al this er she wente. [ 1631]
ffor he wol haue the more hir grief at herte. [ 1632]
By cause lo that she a lady is.
And by ȝoure leue I wol but in right sterte.
And do ȝow wyte and that anon Iwys. [ 1635]
If that he slepe. or wol ought here of this.
And in he lepte and seyde hym in his ere.
God haue thi soule Ibrought haue I thi beere. [ 1638]
To smylen of this gan tho Troilus. [ 1639]
And Pandarus withouten rekenyng.
Out wente anon to Eleyne and Deiphebus.
And seyde hem so ther be no tarying. [ 1642]
Ne moore prees he wol wel that ȝe bryng.
Criseyda my lady that is here.
And as he may enduren he wol here. [ 1645]
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But wel ȝe woot the chaumbre is but lite. [ 1646]
And few folk may lightly make it warme.
Now loketh ȝe for I wol haue no wite.
To brynge in prees that myghte don hym harme. [ 1649]
Or hym disesen for my bettre arme.
wher it be bet she bide til eft sonys.
Now loketh ȝe that knowen what to doon is. [ 1652]
I sey for me best is as I kan knowe. [fol. 59b] [ 1653]
That no wight in ne wente but ȝe tweye.
But it were I for I kan in a throwe.
Reherce hire cas vnlik that she kan seye. [ 1656]
And after this she may hym ones preye.
To ben good lord in shorte and take hire leue.
This may nought michel of his ese hym reue. [ 1659]
And ek for she is straunge he wol forbere. [ 1660]
His ese. which that hym thar nought for ȝow.
Ek oother thing that toucheth nought to here.
He wol me telle I woot it wel right now. [ 1663]
That secrete is. and for the townes prow.
And they that nothyng knewe of this entente.
withouten more to Troilus In they wente. [ 1666]
Eleyne in al hire goodly softe wyse. [fol. 60a] [ 1667]
Gan hym salue and wommanly to pleye.
And seyde Iwys ȝe moste alweies arise.
Now faire brother beth al hool I preye. [ 1670]
And gan hire arm right ouer his shulder leye.
And hym with al hire wit to reconforte.
As she best koude she gan hym to disporte. [ 1673]
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So after this quod she we ȝow biseke. [ 1674]
My deere brother Deiphebus and .I.
ffor loue of god and so doth Pandare eke.
To ben good lord and frende right hertely. [ 1677]
Unto Criseyde which that certeynly.
Receyueth wronge as woot weel here Pandare.
That kan hire cas wel bet than I declare. [ 1680]
This Pandarus gan newe his tong affile. [ 1681]
And al hire cas reherce and that anon.
whan it was seyde soone after in a while.
Quod Troilus as sone as I may gon. [ 1684]
I wol right fayn with al my myght ben oon.
Haue god my trouthe hire cause to sustene.
Good thrift haue ȝe quod Eleyne the queene. [ 1687]
Quod Pandarus and it ȝoure wille be. [ 1688]
That she may take hire leue er that she go.
O elles god forbede it tho quod he.
If she voucheth sauf for to do so. [ 1691]
And with that word quod Troilus ȝe two.
Deiphebus and my suster lief and deere.
To ȝow haue I to speke of o matere. [ 1694]
To ben auysed by ȝoure reed the bettre. [ 1695]
And fond as hap was at his beddes hede.
The copie of a tretys and a lettre.
That Ector hadde hym sente to axen rede. [ 1698]
If swych a man was worthi to ben dede.
woot I nought who but in a grisely wise.
He preyde hem anon on it auyse. [ 1701]
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Deiphebus gan this lettre for tonfolde [fol. 60b] [ 1702]
In ernest greet{punctel} so did Eleyne the queene.
And romyng outward faste it gonne byholde.
Downward a steire into an herber greene. [ 1705]
This ilk thing they redden hem bitwene.
And largely the mountance of an houre.
Thei gonne on it to reden and to poure. [ 1708]
Now lat hem rede and torne we anon. [ 1709]
To Pandarus that gan ful faste prye.
That al was wel and out he gan to gon.
Into the grete chaumbre and that in hye. [ 1712]
And seyde god saue al this compaynye.
Come Nece myn my lady queene Eleyne.
Abideth ȝow and ek my lordes tweyne. [ 1715]
Rys take with ȝow ȝoure Nece Antigone. [fol. 61a] [ 1716]
Or whom ȝow list or no force hardyly.
The lesse prees the bet com forth with me.
And loke that ȝe thonken humblely. [ 1719]
Hem alle thre and whan ȝe may goodly.
Ȝoure tyme se taketh of hem ȝoure leeue.
Lest we to longe hise restes hym byreeue. [ 1722]
Al Innocent of Pandarus entente. [ 1723]
Quod tho Criseyde go we vncle deere.
And arm in arm Inward with hym she wente.
Auysed wel hire wordes and hire cheere. [ 1726]
And Pandarus in ernest ful manere.
Seyde alle folk for godes loue I preye.
Stynteth right here and softly ȝow pleye. [ 1729]
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Aviseth ȝow what folk ben hire withInne. [ 1730]
And in what plite oon is god hym amende.
And Inward thus ful softly bygynne.
Nece I coniure and heigly ȝow defende. [ 1733]
On his half which that soule vs alle sende.
And in the vertue of corones tweyne.
Sle naught this man that hath for ȝow this peyne. [ 1736]
ffy on the deuel thynk which on he is. [ 1737]
And in what plite he lith com of anon.
Thynk al swich taried tyde but lost it nys.
That wol ȝe bothe. seyn whan ȝe ben oon. [ 1740]
Secoundely ther ȝet deuyneth noon.
Upon ȝow two come of now if ȝe konne.
while folk is blent lo al the tyme is wonne. [ 1743]
In titeryng and pursuyte and delayes. [ 1744]
The folk deuynen at waggyng of a stree.
And though ȝe wolde han after Mirye dayes.
Than dar ȝe naught and whi for she and she. [ 1747]
Spak swych a worde thus loked he and he.
Las tyme Iloste .I. dar nought with ȝow dele.
Com of therfore and bryngeth hym to hele. [ 1750]
But now to ȝow ȝe loueres that ben here. [fol. 61b] [ 1751]
was Troilus nought in a kankedort.
That lay and myghte whisprynge of hem here.
And thoughte o lord right now rynneth my sorte. [ 1754]
ffully to deye or han anon comfort.
And was the firste tyme he shulde hire preye.
Of loue .o. myghty god what shal he seye. [ 1757]
Explicit Secundus liber.