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.
(1) (Proem)
Owte of thes blake waves forto saille [ 1]
O wynde o wynde. tho weder gynnes clere
For in this see tho bote hathe suche trauaille
Of my konnyng that vnnethe I it stere [ 4]
This see clepe I tempestious matere
Of dispere that Troilus was Inne
But now of hope the kalendes bygynne [ 7]
(2) (Invocation)
O Lady myne that cleped art Eleo [ 8]
Thou be my spede fro this forthe and my muse
To ryme wel this boke til I haue doo
Me nedis here noon other art to vse [ 11]
For-why to euery louer I me excuse
That of no sentement I this endite
But oute of latyn̄ in my tonge it write [ 14]
WHerfore I wil haue nether thanke ne blame [ 15]
Of al this warke but pray ȝow mekely
Disblames me if any worde be lame
For as myne auctor seys so sey I [ 18]
Eke thogh I speke of loue vnfelyngly
No wonder is for hit nothing of new ys
A blynde knygħt can not wel Iuge in hewys [ 21]
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I knowe eke that in forme of speche is chaunge [ 22]
Wit-ynne a thowsand ȝere and wordes thoo
That hadden pris now wonder nyce and straunge
Hus thinkethe hem and ȝit they spake hem soo [ 25]
And spedde als wel in loue as men now doo
Eke for to wynne loue in sondry ages
In sondry landes sondry been vsage[s] [ 28]
And for-thy ȝif hit happe in ony wise [ 29]
That here be ony louer in this place
That herkens as tho story gan devise
How Troilus kam to his lady grace [ 32]
And thinkes so nolde I not loue purchace
Or wondres on his speche or his doynge
I not bot it is to me noo wonderynge [ 35]
For euery wight that to Rome wente [ 36]
Hald not wo patħ nor wo wey wo manere
Eke in som londe were al tho game schente
If that men̄ ferde in loue as men̄ done here [ 39]
As thus in open doyng or in chere
In visityng in forme or seid in sawes
For-thy men̄ seyn̄ eche contre has his lawes [ 42]
EKe scarsely be ther in this place thre [ 43]
That han in loue seid like and done al
For to thy purpose this may licken the
And the right noght ȝit al is seide or schal [ 46]
Eke som men graue in tre som in ston wal
As hit betydes sithen it is begonne
Myn auctor schal I folowe if I konne [ 49]
[End of Proem.]