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 Tercii Libri.
O Blisful light of which the bemes clere. [fol. 62a] [ 1]
Adorneth al the thridde heuen faire.
O sonnes lief .o. Ioues doughter deere.
Plesance of loue .o. goodly debonaire. [ 4]
In gentil hertes ay redy to repaire.
O veray cause of heele and of gladnesse.
Iheryed be thy myghte and thi goodnesse. [ 7]
In heuene and helle in erthe and salte see. [ 8]
Is felt thi myght if that I wel descerne.
As man brid beste fisshe herbe and grene tree.
They fele in tymes with vapour eterne. [ 11]
God loueth and to loue wol nought werne.
And in this worlde no lyues creature.
withouten loue is worth or may endure. [ 14]
Ȝe Ioues first to thilk effectes glade. [ 15]
Thorugh which that thynges lyuen alle and be.
Comended and amorous hem made.
On mortal thyng and as ȝow list ay ȝe. [ 18]
Ȝeue hym in loue ese or aduersitee.
And in a thousand formes down hym sente.
ffor loue in erthe and whom ȝow liste he hente. [ 21]
Ȝe fierse Mars apaisen of his Ire. [ 22]
And as ȝow list ȝe maken hertes digne.
Algates hem that ȝe wol sette a fyre.
They dreden shame and vices they resygne. [ 25]
Ȝe do hem corteys be fresshe and benigne.
And heighe or lowe after a wight entendeth.
The Ioies that he hath ȝoure myght it sendcth. [ 28]
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Ȝe holden regne and hous in vnitee. [ 29]
The sothfaste cause of frendchipe ben also.
Ȝe knowe al thilk couered qualitee.
Of thynges which that folk on wondren so. [ 32]
whan they kan nought construe how it may Io.
She loueth hym or whi he louethe here.
As whi this fissh and naught that comth to were. [ 35]
Ȝe folke a lawe han sette in vniuerse. [fol. 62b] [ 36]
And this knowe I by hem that louers be.
That who so stryueth with ȝow hath the werse.
Now lady bryght for thi benignite. [ 39]
At reuerence of hem that seruen the.
whos clerc I am so techeth me deuyse.
Som Ioye of that is felt in thi seruyse. [ 42]
Ȝe in my naked herte sentement. [ 43]
In hielde and do me shewe of thy swetnesse.
Caliope thi vois be now present.
ffor now is nede sestow nought my destresse. [ 46]
How I mot telle anon right the gladnesse.
Of Troilus to venus heryng.
To which who nede hath god hym brynge. [ 49]
Explicit Prohemmium. Tercii Libri.
Incipit liber. Tercius.
LAy al this mene while Troilus. [fol. 63a] [ 50]
Recordyng his lesson in this manere.
Mafay thoughte he thus wol I sey and thus.
Thus wole I pleyne vnto my lady dere. [ 53]
That word is good and this shal be my cheere.
This nyl I nought forȝeten in no wise.
God leue hym werken as he kan deuyse. [ 56]
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And lord so that his herte gan to quappe. [ 57]
Heryng hire come and shorte for to sike.
And Pandarus that ledde hire by the lappe.
Com ner and gan In at the Curtyn pike. [ 60]
And seyde god do boot on alle syke.
So who is here ȝow comen to visite.
Lo here is she that is ȝoure deth to wite. [ 63]
Therwith it semed as he wepte almoste. [ 64]
Ha a quod Troilus so roufully.
wher me be wo .o. myghty god thow wooste.
who is al ther I se nought trewely. [ 67]
Sire quod Criseyde it is Pandare and .I.
Ȝe swete herte allas I may nought rise.
To knele and do ȝow honour in som wyse. [ 70]
And dressed hym vpward and she right tho. [ 71]
Gan bothe hire hondes softe vpon hym leye.
O for the loue of god de ȝe nought so.
To me quod she I what is this to seye. [ 74]
Sire comen am I to ȝow for causes tweye.
ffirst ȝow to thouke and of ȝoure lordshipe eke.
Continuance I wolde ȝow biseke. [ 77]
This Troilus that herde his lady preye. [ 78]
Of lordshipe hym wax neither quyk ne dede.
Ne myghte o word for shame to it seye.
Although men sholde smyten of his hede. [ 81]
But lord so he wex sodeynliche rede.
And fro his lessoun that he wende konne.
To preyen hire is thorugh his wit Ironne. [ 84]
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Criseyde al this aspied wel ynough. [fol. 63b] [ 85]
ffor she was wis and loued hym neuere the lasse.
Al ner he malapert or made it tough.
Or was to bold to synge a fool a masse. [ 88]
But whan his shame gan somwhat to passe.
His resons as I may my rymes holde.
I ȝow wol telle as techen bokes olde. [ 91]
In chaunged vois right for his verray drede. [ 92]
which vois ek quook and therto his manere.
Goodly abaist and now his hewes rede.
Now pale vnto Criseyde his lady dere. [ 95]
with look down caste and humble Iȝolden chere.
Lo the alderfirst word that hym asterte.
was twyes mercy mercy swete herte. [ 98]
[fol. 64a] And stynte a while and whan he myghte oute brynge. [ 99]
The nexte word was god woot for I haue.
As feithfully as I haue had konnynge.
Ben ȝoures al god so my soule saue. [ 102]
And shal til that I woful wight be graue.
And though I dar ne kan vnto pleyne.
Iwis I suffre nought the lasse peyne. [ 105]
Thus muche as now .a. wommanliche wif. [ 106]
I may oute brynge and if this ȝow displese.
That shal I wreke vpon myn owen lif.
Right soone I trowe and do ȝoure herte an ese. [ 109]
If with my deth ȝoure herte may apese.
But syn that ȝe han herde me somwhat seye.
Now recche I neuere how so one that I deye. [ 112]
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Therwith his manly sorwe to biholde. [ 113]
It myghte han made an herte of stoon to rewe.
And Pandare vep as he to water wolde.
And poked euere his Nece new and newe. [ 116]
And seyde wo bygone ben hertes trewe.
ffor loue of god make of this thinge an ende.
Or sle vs both at ones er that ȝe wende. [ 119]
I what quod she by god and by my trouthe. [ 120]
I not nat what ȝe wilne that I seye.
I what quod he that ȝe han on hym routhe.
ffor goddes loue and doth hym nought to deye. [ 123]
Now thanne thus quod she I wolde hym preye.
To telle me the fyn of his entente.
Ȝet wist I neuere wel what that he mente. [ 126]
What that I mene .o. swete herte deere. [ 127]
Quod Troilus .o. goodly fresshe free.
That with the stremes of ȝoure eyen cleere.
Ȝe wolde somtyme frendely on me see. [ 130]
And thanne agreen that I may ben he.
withouten braunche of vice on any wise.
In trouthe alwey to don ȝow my seruise. [ 133]
As to my lady right and chief resorte. [fol. 64b] [ 134]
With al my wit and al my diligence.
And to han right as ȝow list comforte.
Vnder yowre yerde egal to myn offence. *. [[Omitted in CCC.]] [ 137]
As deth if that I breke ȝoure defence.
And that ȝe deigne me so muche honoure.
Me to comanden aught in any houre. [ 140]
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And I to ben ȝoure verray humble trewe. [ 141]
Secrete and in myn paynes pacient.
And euere mo desiren fresshly newe.
To seruen and ben ay ylike diligent. [ 144]
And with good herte al holly ȝoure talent.
Receyuen wel how sore that me smerte.
Lo this mene I myn owen swete herte. [ 147]
Quod Pandarus lo here an harde requeste. [fol. 65a] [ 148]
And resonable a lady for to werne.
Now Nece myn by Natal Ioues feste.
were .I. a god ȝe sholden sterue as ȝerne. [ 151]
That heren wel this man wol no thing ȝerne.
But ȝoure honour and sen hym almoste sterue.
And ben so loth to suffren hym ȝow serue. [ 154]
With that she gan hire eyen on hym caste. [ 155]
fful esily and ful debonairlye.
Auysyng hire and hied nought to faste.
with neuere a word but seyde hym softely. [ 158]
Myn honour sauf I wol wel trewely.
And in swiche forme as he gan now deuyse.
Receyuen hym fully to my seruyse. [ 161]
Bysechyng hym for goddes loue that he. [ 162]
wolde in honour of trouthe and gentilesse.
As I wel mene eke menene wel to me.
And myn honour with wit and bisynesse. [ 165]
Ay kepe. and if I may don hym gladnesse.
ffrom hennesforth Iwys I nyl nought feyne.
Now beth al hool no lenger ȝe ne pleyne. [ 168]
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But natheles this warne .I. ȝow quod she. [ 169]
A kynges sone although ȝe be ywys.
Ȝe shal namore han souereignete.
Of me in loue than right in that cas is. [ 172]
Ne nyl forbere if that ȝe don amys.
To wratthe ȝow and whil that ȝe me serue.
Chericen ȝow right after ȝe disserue. [ 175]
And shortly deer herte and al my knyght. [ 176]
Beth glad and draweth ȝow to lustinesse.
And I shal trewely with al my myght.
Ȝoure bittre tornen al into swetenesse. [ 179]
If .I. be she that may ȝow do gladnesse.
ffor euery wo ȝe shal recouere a blisse.
And hym in armes took and gan hym kisse. [ 182]
ffil Pandarus on knees and vp eyen. [fol. 65b] [ 183]
To heuen threw and held hise hondes highe.
Immortal god quod he that mayst nought deyen.
Cupide I mene of this mayst glorifie. [ 186]
And venus thow mayst maken melodie.
withouten honde me semeth that in the towne.
ffor this merueille ich here eche belle sowne. [ 189]
But ho namore as now of this matere. [ 190]
ffor whi this folk wol comen vp anon.
That han the lettre redde lo I hem here.
But I conIure the Criseyde an oon. [ 193]
And to thow Troilus whan thow mayst goon.
That at myn hous ȝe ben at my warnyng.
ffor I ful well shal shape ȝoure commyng. [ 196]
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And eseth there ȝoure hertes right ynough. [fol. 66a] [ 197]
And lat se which of ȝow shal bere the belle.
To speke of loue aright therwith he lough.
ffor ther haue ȝe a leiser for to telle. [ 200]
Quod Troilus how longe shalle I dwelle.
Er this be don. quod he whan thow mayst ryse.
This thyng shal be right as I ȝow deuyse. [ 203]
With that Eleyne and also Deiphebus. [ 204]
Tho comen vpward right at the steires ende.
And lord so thanne gan gronen Troilus.
His brother and his suster for to blende. [ 207]
Quod Pandarus it tyme is that we wende.
Tak Nece myn ȝoure leue at alle thre.
And lat hem speke and comth forth with me. [ 210]
She took hire leue at hem ful thriftily. [ 211]
As she wel koude and they hire reuerence.
Unto the fulle diden hardyly.
And wonder wel speken in hire absence. [ 214]
Of hire in preysing of hire excellence.
Hire gouernaunce hire wit and hire manere.
Comendede Ioie 1. [[A gap in the MS. between Comendede and Ioie]] was to hire. [ 217]
Now lat hire wende vnto hire owen place. [ 218]
And torne we to Troilus aȝein.
That gan ful lightly of the lettre pace.
That Deiphebus hadde in the gardyn seyn. [ 221]
And of Eleyne and hym he wolde feyn.
Deliuered ben and seyde that hym leste.
To slepe and after tales han reste. [ 224]
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Eleyne hym kiste and took hire leue blyue. [ 225]
Deiphebus ek. and hom wente euery wight.
And Pandarus as faste as he may dryue.
To Troilus tho come as lyne right. [ 228]
And on a paillet al that glade nyght.
By Troilus he lay with mery chere.
To tale and wel was hem they were yfeere. [ 231]
Whan euery wight was voided but they two. [fol. 66b] [ 232]
And alle the dores weren faste yshette.
To telle on short withouten wordes no.
This Pandarus withouten any lette. [ 235]
Up roos and on his beddes syde hym sette.
And gan to speken in a sobre wyse.
To Troilus as I shal ȝow deuyse. [ 238]
Myn alderleuest lord and brother deere. [ 239]
God woot and thow that it sat me so soore.
when I the saugh so langwisshyng to ȝere.
ffor loue of which thi wo waxeth alwey moore. [ 242]
That I with al my myghte and al my loore.
Haue euere sithen don my bisynesse.
To brynge the to Ioye out of distresse. [ 245]
And haue it broughte to swich plit as thow wooste. [fol. 67a]
So that thorugh me thow stondest now in weye.
To faren wel. I sey it for no boste.
And wostow whi for shame it is to seye. [ 249]
For þe haue I bigonne a gamen pleye.
which that I neuere do shal eft for other.
Although he were a thousand fold my brother. [ 252]
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That is to seye for the am I bicomen. [ 253]
Bitwixen game and ernest swich a meene.
As maken wommen vnto men to comen.
Al sey I nought thow wost wel what I meene. [ 256]
ffor the haue I my Nece of vices cleene.
So fully maad thi gentileste triste.
That al ben shal right as thiseluen liste. [ 259]
But god that al woot take I to witnesse. [ 260]
That neuere I this for coueitise wroughte.
But oonly for tabregge that distresse.
ffor which wel neigh thow deidest as me thoughte. [ 263]
But good brother do now as the oughte.
ffor goddes loue. and kepe hire out of blame.
Syn thow art wys and saue alwey hire name. [ 266]
ffor wel thow woost the name as ȝet of hire. [ 267]
Among the peeple. as who seyth halwed is.
ffor that man is vnbore I dar wel swere.
That euere wiste that she dide amys. [ 270]
But wo is me that I that cause al this.
May thynken that she is my Nece deere.
And I hire Em and Traitour eke yfeere. [ 273]
And were it wist that I thorugh myn engyn. [ 274]
Hadde in myn Nece yput this fantasie.
To doon thi lust and holly to ben thyn.
whi al the world vpon it wolde crie. [ 277]
And seyn that I the werste trecherie.
Dide in this cas that euere was bigonne.
And she forlost and thow right nought ywonne. [ 280]
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Wherfore er I wol ferthere gon a pas. [fol. 67b] [ 281]
Ȝet eft I the biseche and fully seye.
That priuete go with vs in this cas.
That is to seyn that thow vs neuere wreye. [ 284]
And be nought wrothe though I the ofte preye.
To holden secree swich an heigh matere.
For skilfull is thow woost wel my praiere. [ 287]
And thynk what wo ther hath bitid er this. [ 288]
ffor makyng of auautȝ as men rede.
And what meschaunce in this world ȝet ther is.
ffro day to day right for that wikked dede. [ 291]
ffor which thise wise clerkes that ben dede.
Han euere thus prouerbed to vs ȝonge.
That firste vertue is to kepe tonge. [ 294]
And nere it that .I. wilne as now tabregge. [ 295]
Diffusioun of speche .I. koude almoost.
A thousand olde stories the allegge.
Of wommen lost. thorugh fals and foles bost. [ 298]
Prouerbes kanst thi self and woost.
Aȝeins that vice for to ben a labbe.
Al seyde men soth as often as thei gabbe. [ 301]
O tonge allas so often here byforne. [ 302]
Hastow made many a lady bright of hewe.
Seyde weilaway the day that I was borne.
And many a maydes sorwe for to newe. [ 305]
And for the more part al is vntrewe.
That men of ȝelp and it were broughte to preue.
Of kynde non auauntour is to leue. [ 308]
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Auauntour and a lyere al is on. [ 309]
As thus I pose a womman graunte me.
Hire loue and seith that other wol she non.
And I am sworn to holden it secree. [ 312]
And after .I. go telle it two or thre.
I. wis .I. am auauntour at the leeste.
And a lyere for I breke my biheste. [ 315]
(46) (Much alterd in Caxton.)
Now loke thanne if they be nought to blame. [fol. 68a] [ 316]
Swich manere folk what shal I clepe hem what.
That hem auaunte of wommen and by name.
That ȝet bihyghte hem neuere this ne that. [ 319]
Ne knewe hem more than myn olde hat.
No wonder is so god me sende hele.
Though womman dreden with vs men to dele. [ 322]
I sey nought this for no mistruste of ȝow. [ 323]
Ne for no wise men but for foles nyce.
And for the harm that in the werld is now.
As wel for folie ofte as for malice. [ 326]
ffor wel woot I in wise folk that vice.
No womman drat if she be wel awised
ffor wyse ben by foles harm chastised. [ 329]
But now to purpos leue brother deere. [ 330]
Haue al this thyng that I haue seyde in mynde.
And kepe the clos and be now of good cheere.
ffor at thi day thow shalt me trewe fynde. [ 333]
I shal thi processe set in swych a kynde.
And god toforn that it shal the suffise.
ffor it shal be right as thow wolt deuyse. [ 336]
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ffor wel I woot thow menest wel parde. [ 337]
Therfore I dar this fully vndertake.
Thow woost ek what thi lady graunted the.
And day is set the chartres vp to make. [ 340]
Haue now good nyght I may no lenger wake.
And bid for me syn thow art now in blysse.
That god me sende deth or soon lisse. [ 343]
Who myghte tellen half the Ioie or feste. [ 344]
whiche that the soule of Troilus tho felte.
Heryng theffect of Pandarus byheste.
His olde wo that made his herte swelte. [ 347]
Gan tho for Ioie wasten and to melte.
And al the richesse of hise sikes sore.
Atones fledde he felte of hem namore. [ 350]
But right so as thise holtes and thise hayis. [fol. 68b] [ 351]
That han in wynter dede ben and drye.
Reuesten hem in grene when that may is.
whan euery lusty liketh best to pleye. [ 354]
Right in that selue wise soth for to seye.
wax sodeynliche his herte ful of Ioie.
That gladder was ther neuere man in Troie. [ 357]
And gan his look on Pandarus vp caste. [ 358]
fful sobrely and frendly for to se.
And seyde frende in April the laste.
As wel thow woost if it remembre the. [ 361]
How neigh the deth for wo thow fownde me.
And how thow dedest al thi bisynesse.
To knowe of me the cause of my destresse. [ 364]
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Thow woost how longe ich it forbar to seye. [ 365]
To the that art the man that I best triste.
And peril non was it to the bywreye.
That wist I wel. but telle me if the liste. [ 368]
Sith I so loth was that thi self it wiste.
How dorst I mo tellen of this matere.
That quake now and no wight may vs here. [ 371]
But natheles by that god I the swere. [ 372]
That as hym list may al this world gouerne.
And if I lye achilles with his spere.
Myn herte cleue. al were my lif eterne. [ 375]
As I am mortal. if I late or ȝerne.
wolde it bewreye. er dorst. or sholde konne.
ffor al the good that god made vnder sonne. [ 378]
That rather dey I wolde and determyne. [ 379]
As thynketh me now stokked in prisone.
In wrecchidnesse in filthe and in vermyne.
Caytif to cruel kyng Agamenoun. [ 382]
And this in all the temples of this town.
Upon the goddes alle I wol the swere.
To morwe day. if that it liketh the here. [ 385]
And that thow hast so muche Ido for me. [fol. 69a] [ 386]
That I ne may it neuere more diserue.
This know I wel al myghte I now for the.
A thousand tymes on a morwe sterue. [ 389]
.I. kan namore but that I wol the serue.
Right as thi sclaue whider so thow wende.
ffor euere more vnto my lyues ende. [ 392]
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But here with al myn herte I the biseche. [ 393]
That neuere in me thow deme swich folie.
As I shal seyne me thoughte by thi speche.
That this which thow me doste for compaignie. [ 396]
I sholde wene it were a bauderye.
I am nought wood al if I lewed be.
It is nought so that woot I wel parde. [ 399]
But he that gooth for gold or for ricchesse. [ 400]
On swich message calle hym what the liste.
And this that thow doost calle it gentilesse.
Compassioun and felawship and triste. [ 403]
Deperte it so. for wyde wher is wiste.
How that ther is diuersite requered.
Bytwixen thynges lik as I haue lered. [ 406]
And that thow knowe I thynke nought ne wene. [ 407]
That this seruise a shame be or Iape.
I haue my faire suster Polixene.
Cassandre Eleyne. or ony of the frape. [ 410]
Be she neuere so faire or wel yshape.
Tel which thow wilt of euerychone.
To han for thyn and lat me thanne allone. [ 413]
But sith that thow hast don me this seruyse. [ 414]
My lif to saue and for non hope of mede.
So for the loue of god this grete emprise.
Perfourme it out. for now is most nede. [ 417]
ffor heigh and lough withowten any drede.
I wol alwey thyn hestes alle kepe.
Haue now good nyght and lat vs bothe slepe. [ 420]
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Thus helde hym eche of other wel apayed. [fol. 69b] [ 421]
That al the world ne myghte it bet amende.
And on the morwen whan they were arayed.
Eche to his owen nedes gan entende. [ 424]
But Troilus though as the fire he brende.
ffor sharpe desire of hope and of plesaunce.
He nought forgate his good gouernaunce. [ 427]
But in hym self with manhode gan restreyne. [ 428]
Eche racle dede and ech vnbridled cheer.
That alle tho that lyuen soth to seyne.
Ne sholde han wist by word or by manere. [ 431]
what that he mente as touchyng this matere.
ffrom euery wight as fer as is the cloude.
He was so wel dissimilen he koude. [ 434]
And alle the while which that I ȝow deuyse. [ 435]
This was his lif with all his fulle myght.
By day he was in Martes heigh seruyse.
This is to seyn. in armes as a knyght. [ 438]
And for the more parte the longe nyght.
He lay and thoughte how that he myght serue.
His lady best hire thonke for to disserue. [ 441]
Nil I naught swere although he lay softe. [ 442]
That in his thought he nas somwhat disesed.
Ne that he torned on his pilwes ofte.
And wold of that hym missed han ben sesed. [ 445]
But in swiche cas men is nought alwey plesed.
ffor aught I woot namore than was he.
That kan I deme of possibilitee. [ 448]
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But certeyn is to purpos for to go. [ 449]
That in this which as writen is in geeste.
He say his lady som tyme and also.
She with hym spak whan that she dorst or leste. [ 452]
And by hire bothe auys as was the beste.
Apoynteden full warly in this nede.
So as they durste how they wolde procede. [ 455]
But it was spoken in so shorte a wise. [fol. 70a] [ 456]
In swich a wait alwey and in swich feere.
Lest any wight deuynen or deuyse.
wold of hem two. or to it laye an ere. [ 459]
That al this world. so leef to hem ne were.
As that cupide wolde hem grace sende.
To make of hire speche aright an ende. [ 462]
(67) *. [[Caxton leaves out St. 67-71. Harl. 1293 (lf. 24, bk.) and 2932 (lf. 59, bk.) have em.]]
But thilke litel that they spake or wroughte. [ 463]
Hise wise goost took ay of al swych heede.
It semed hire he wist what she thoughte.
withouten word. so that it was no nede. [ 466]
To bidde hym ought to doon or ought forbeede.
ffor which he thought that loue al come it late.
Of al Ioie hadde opned hire the ȝate. [ 469]
And shortly of his processe for to pace. [ 470]
So wel his werk and wordes he bisette.
That he so ful stood in his lady grace.
That twenty thousand tymes er she lette. [ 473]
She thonked god that euere she with hym mette.
So koude he hym gouerne in swich seruyse.
That al the world ne myght it bet auyse. [ 476]
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ffor whi she fonde hym so discrete in al. [ 477]
So secrete and of swiche obeisaunce.
That wel she felte he was to hire a wal.
Of stiel. and sheld from euery displesaunce. [ 480]
That to ben in his good gouernaunce.
So wis he was. she was namore afered.
I mene as fer as oughte ben requered. [ 483]
And Pandarus to quike alwey the fire. [ 484]
was euere ylike prest and diligent.
To ese his frende was sette al his desire.
He shof ay on. he to and fro was sente. [ 487]
He lettres bare whan Troilus was absente.
That neuere man as in his frendes nede.
Ne bar hym bette than he withouten drede. [ 490]
But now parauntour som man wayten wolde. [fol. 70b] [ 491]
That euery word. or soonde. or look. or cheere.
Of Troilus that I rehercen sholde.
In al this while vnto his lady deere. [ 494]
I trowe it were a longe thyng for to here.
Or of what wight that stant in swich disioynte.
Hise wordes alle or euery look to poynte. [ 497]
ffor sothe I haue naught herd it don er this. [ 498]
In story non ne no man here I wene.
And though I wolde I koude nought ywys.
ffor ther was som Epistel hem bitwene. [ 501]
That wolde as seyth myn autour wel contene.
Neigh half this book of which hym liste nought write.
How sholde I thanne a lyne of it endite. [ 504]
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But to the grete effect than sey I thus. [ 505]
That stondyng in concord and in quiete.
This ilk two Criseyde and Troilus.
As I haue tolde and in this tyme swete. [ 508]
Saue only often myghte they nought mete.
Ne leiser haue hire speches to fulfille.
That it bifel right as I shal ȝow telle. [ 511]
That Pandarus that euere dide his myght. [ 512]
Right for the fyn that I shal speke of here.
As for to bryngen to his hows som nyght.
His faire Nece and Troilus yfere. [ 515]
Wher as at leiser al this heighe matere.
Touchyng here loue were at the fulle vp bounde.
Hadde out of doute a tyme to it founde. [ 518]
ffor he with grete deliberacioun. [ 519]
Hadde euery thyng that herto myght auaille.
fforncast and put in execucioun.
And neither left for cost ne for trauaile. [ 522]
Come if hem list hem sholde no thyng faille.
And for to ben in ought aspied there.
That wiste he wel and Impossible were. [ 525]
Dredeles it clere was in the wynde. [fol. 71a] [ 526]
From euere pie and euery lette game.
Now al is wel for al the world is blynde.
In this matere both fremed and tame. [ 529]
This tymbur is al redy vp to frame.
Us lakketh nought but that we witen wolde.
A certeyn houre in which she comen sholde. [ 532]
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And Troilus that al this purueiaunce. [ 533]
Knew at the fulle and waited on it ay.
Hadde here vp made grete ordinaunce.
And found his cause. and theto his aray. [ 536]
If that he were missed nyght or day.
Ther while he was aboute this seruyse.
That he was gon to don his sacrifise. [ 539]
And moste at swich a temple allone wake. [ 540]
Answerd of Apollo for to be.
And first to sen the holy laurer quake.
Er that Apollo spake oute of the tree. [ 543]
To telle hym next whan grekes sholde flee.
And forthy lette hym no man god forbede.
But prey apollo helpen in this nede. [ 546]
Now is ther litel more for to doone. [ 547]
But Pandare vp and shortly for to seyne.
Right sone vpon the chaungynge of the moone.
whan lightles is the world a nyght or tweyne. [ 550]
And that the wolken shop hym for to reyne.
He streght o morwe vnto his Nece wente.
Ȝe han wel herd the fyn of his entente. [ 553]
Whan he was come he gan anon to pleye. [ 554]
As he was wont and of hym self to Iape.
And finaly he swore and gan hire sey.
By this and that she sholde nought escape. [ 557]
Ne lenger don hym after hire to cape.
But certeynly she most by hire leue.
Come soupen in his hous with hym at eue. [ 560]
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At swich she lough and gan hire faste excuse. [fol. 71b] [ 561]
And seyde. it reyneth. lo how sholde I gon.
Lat be quod he ne stant nought thus to muse.
This moot be don ȝe shal be ther anon. [ 564]
So at the laste herof they fille aton.
Or elles softe he swore hire in hire ere.
He nolde neuere comen ther she were. [ 567]
Soone after this she to hym gan to rowne. [fol. 72a] [ 568]
And axed hym if Troilus were there.
He swore hire nay for he was oute of towne.
And seyde Nece I pose that he were. [ 571]
Ȝow thruste neuere han the more fere.
ffor rather than men myghte hym ther aspie.
Me uere leuere a thousand fold to dye. [ 574]
Nought list myn autour fully to declare. [ 575]
what that she thoughte whan that he seyde so.
That Troilus was out of towne yfare.
As if he seyde therof soth or no. [ 578]
But that withowten await with hym to go.
She graunted hym sith he hire that bisoughte.
And as his Nece obeyed as hire oughte. [ 581]
But natheles ȝet gan she hym biseche. [ 582]
Although with hym to gon it was no fere.
ffor to ben war of goosissh poeples speche.
That dremen thynges whiche as neuere were. [ 585]
And wel auyse hym whom he broughte there.
And seyde hym Em. syn I moste on ȝow triste.
Loke al be wel and do now as ȝow liste. [ 588]
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He swore hire ȝes by stokkes and by stones. [ 589]
And by the goddes that in heuene dwelle.
Or elles were hym leuere soule and bones.
with Pluto kyng as depe ben in helle. [ 592]
As Tantalus what sholde I more telle.
whan al was wel he roos and took his leue.
And she to soper come whan it was eue. [ 595]
With a certein of hire owen men. [ 596]
And with hire faire Nece Antigone.
And other of hire wommen nyne or ten.
But who was glad now. who as trowe ȝe. [ 599]
But Troilus that stood and myght it se.
Thorughoute a litel wyndow in a stuwe.
Ther he bishette syn mydnyght was in mewe. [ 602]
Unvist of euery wight but of Pandare. [fol. 72b] [ 603]
But to the point. now whan that she was com.
with a Ioie and alle frendes fare.
Hire Em anon in armes hath hire nome. [ 606]
And after to the soper alle and some.
whan tyme was ful softe they hem sette.
God woot ther was no deynte for to fette. [ 609]
And after soper gonnen they to rise. [ 610]
Atese wel with herte fresshe and glade.
And wel was hym that koude best deuyse.
To liken hire. er that hire laughen made. [ 613]
He songe she pleyde. he tolde tale of wade.
But at the laste as euery thyng hath ende.
She took hire leue. and nedes wolde wende. [ 616]
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But .of. fortune executrice of wyerdes. [fol. 73a] [ 617]
O. Influences of thise heuenes hye.
Soth is that vnder god ȝe ben oure hierdes.
Though to vs bestes ben the causeȝ wrie. [ 620]
This mene I now for she gan hamward hye.
But execut was al bisyde hire leue.
At the goddes wil. for which she moste bleue. [ 623]
The bente Moone with hire hornes pale. [ 624]
Saturne and Ioue in Cancro Ioyned were.
That swych a reyn from heuen gan auale.
That euery maner womman that was there. [ 627]
Hadde of that smoky reyn a verray feere.
At which Pandare tho lough and seyde thenne.
Now were it tyme a lady to gon henne. [ 630]
But good Nece If I myghte euere plese. [ 631]
Ȝow any thyng than prey ich ȝow quod he.
To don myn herte as now so grete an ese.
As for to dwelle here al this nyght with me. [ 634]
ffor whi this is ȝoure owen hous parde.
ffor by my trouthe I sey it nought a game.
To wende as now it were to me a shame. [ 637]
Criseyde which that koude as muche good. [ 638]
As half a world took hede of his preier.
And syn it ron. and al was on a flod.
She thoughte as good chepe may I dwellen here. [ 641]
And graunte it gladly with a frendes chere.
And haue a thonk as grucche and thanne abide.
ffor hom to gon it may nought wel bitide. [ 644]
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I wol quod she myn vncle lief and deer. [ 645]
Syn that ȝow list it skile is to be so.
I am right glad with ȝow to dwellen here.
I seyde but a game I wolde go. [ 648]
I wys graunte mercy Nece quod he tho.
were it a game or no soth for to telle.
Now am I glade syn that ȝow list to dwelle. [ 651]
Thus al is wel. but tho bigan aright. [fol. 73b] [ 652]
The newe Ioie and al the feste agayn.
But Pandarus if goodly hadde he myght.
He wolde han hyed hire to bed fayn. [ 655]
And seyde lord this is an huge rayn.
This wee a weder for to slepen Inne.
And that I rede vs soone to bygynne. [ 658]
And Nece woot ȝe wher I wol ȝow leye. [ 659]
ffor that we shul nat liggen far asonder.
And for ȝe neither shullen dar I seye.
Heren noyse of reyne nor of thonder. [ 662]
By god right in myn litel closet ȝonder.
And I wol in that outer hous allone.
Be wardein of ȝoure wommen euerichone. [ 665]
And in this myddel chaumbre that ȝe se. [fol. 74a] [ 666]
Shul ȝoure wommen slepen wel and softe.
And there I seyde shal ȝoure seluen be.
And if ȝe liggen wel to nyght com ofte. [ 669]
And careth nought what weder is alofte.
The wyn anon and whan so that ȝow leste.
So go we slepe .I. trowe it be the beste. [ 672]
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Ther nys no more but hereafter soone. [ 673]
The voide dronke and trauers drawe anon.
Gan euery wight that hadde nought to done.
More in the place out of the chaumbre gon. [ 676]
And euere mo so sterneliche it ron.
And blewe therwith so wondirliche loude.
That wel neigh no man heren other koude. [ 679]
Tho Pandarus hire Em right as hym oughte. [ 680]
with wommen swiche as were hire most aboute.
fful glad vnto hire beddes syde hire broughte.
And took his leue. and gan ful lowe loute. [ 683]
And seyde here at this closet dore withoute.
Right ouere thwart ȝoure wommen ligen alle.
That whom ȝow list of hem ȝe may here calle. [ 686]
So whan that she was in the closet leyde. [ 687]
And alle hire wommen forth by ordinaunce.
Abedde weren. ther as I haue seyde.
There was nomore to skippen nor to traunce. [ 690]
But boden go to bedde with meschaunce.
If any wight was steryng any where.
And lat hem slepen that abedde were. [ 693]
But Pandarus that wel koude eche a deel. [ 694]
Tholde daunce. and euery point therInne.
whan that he sey that al thyng was wel.
He thought he wolde vpon his werk bigynne. [ 697]
And gan the stuwe doore al softe vnpynne.
As stille as stoon withouten lenger lette.
By Troilus adown right he hym sette. [ 700]
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And shortly to the point right for to gon. [fol. 74b] [ 701]
Of al this werk he tolde hym worde and ende.
And seyde make the redy right anon.
ffor thow shalt into heuene blisse wende. [ 704]
Now blisful venus thow me grace sende.
Quod Troilus. for neuere ȝet no nede.
Hadde ich er now. ne haluendel the drede. [ 707]
Quod Pandarus ne drede the neuere a decl. [ 708]
ffor it shal be right as thow wolt desire.
So thryue I this nyght shal I make it weel.
Or casten al the gruwel in the fire. [ 711]
Ȝet blisful venus this nyght thow me enspire.
Quod Troilus. as wys as .I. the serue.
And euere bet and bet shal til I sterue. [ 714]
As if ich hadde O Venus ful of myrthe. [ 715]
Aspectes badde. O Mars or of saturne.
Or thow combust or let were in my birthe.
Thy fader prey al thilke harm disturne. [ 718]
Of grace and that I glad aȝein may turne.
ffor loue of hym thow louedest in the shawe.
I meene adoun that with the boor was slawe. [ 721]
Ioue ek for the loue of faire Europe. [ 722]
The which in forme of bole awey thow fette.
Now help .o. Mars thow with thi blody cape.
ffor loue of Cipres thow me nought ne lette. [ 725]
O Phebus thynk whan dane hire seluen shette.
Under the bark and laurer wax for drede.
ȝet for hire loue .o. help now at this nede. [ 728]
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Mercurie for the loue of hierse ek. [ 729]
ffor which Pallas was with Aglawros wroth.
Now help and ek Diane I the biscke.
That this viage be nought to the looth. [ 732]
O fatal sustren which er any clothe.
Me shapen was. my destine me sponne.
So helpeth to this werk that is bygonne. [ 735]
Quod Pandarus thow wrecched mouses herte. [fol. 75b] [ 736]
Artow agast. so that she wol the bite.
Wy don this furred cloke vpon thy sherte.
And folwe me for I wol haue the wite. [ 739]
But bide and lat me gon biforn a lite.
And with that word he gan vndon a trappe.
And Troilus he brought In by the lappe. [ 742]
The sterne wynd so loude kan to route. [ 743]
That no wight oother noise myghte heere.
And they that layen at the dore withoute.
fful sikerly they slepten alle yfere. [ 746]
And Pandarus with a ful sobre cheere.
Goth to the dore anon withouten lette.
There as they laye. and softely it shette. [ 749]
And as he com aȝeynward pryuely. [ 750]
His Nece awook and axed who goth there.
My dere Nece quod he it am .I.
Ne wondreth nought / ne haue of it no fere. [ 753]
And ner he com and seyde hire in hire ere.
No word for loue of god I ȝow biseche.
Lat no wight risen and heren of oure speche. [ 756]
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What which wey be ȝe comen benedicite. [ 757]
Quod she and how vnwist of hem alle.
Here at this secre trapdore quod he.
Quod tho Criseyde lat me som wight calle. [ 760]
I god forbede that it sholde falle.
Quod Pandarus that ȝe swich folye wrought.
They myght demen thyng they neuere er thought. [ 763]
It is nought good a slepyng hounde to wake. [ 764]
Ne ȝeue a wight a cause for to deuyne.
Ȝoure wommen slepen alle I vndertake.
So that for hem the hous men myghte myne. [ 767]
And slepen wollen til the sonne shyne.
And whan my tale brought is to an ende.
Unwist right as I com so wol I wende. [ 770]
Now Nece myn ȝe shul wel vnderstonde. [fol. 76a] [ 771]
Quod he so as ȝe wommen demen alle.
That for to holde in loue a man in honde.
And hym hire lief and deere herte calle. [ 774]
And maken hym in howue aboue a calle.
I meene as loue another in this meene while.
She doth hire self a shame and hym a gyle. [ 777]
Now wherby that I telle ȝow al this. [ 778]
Ȝe woot ȝoure self as wel as any wight.
How that ȝoure loue al fully graunted is.
To Troilus the worthiest knyght. [ 781]
Oon of this world and therto trouthe yplight.
That but it were on hym alonge ȝe nolde.
Hym neuere falsen while ȝe lyuen sholde. [ 784]
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Now stant it thus that sith I fro ȝow wente. [ 785]
This Troilus right platly for to seyn.
Is thorugh a goter by a pryue went.
Into my chaumbre come in al this reyn. [ 788]
Unwist of euery manere wight certeyn.
Saue of my self as wisly haue I Ioye.
And by the feith I shal Priam of Troie. [ 791]
And he is come in swich peyne and distresse. [ 792]
That but he be al fully wood by this.
He sodeynly mot falle into wodenesse.
But if god helpe and cause whi this is. [ 795]
He seith hym tolde is of a frende of his.
How that ȝe sholden louen oon that hatte Horaste.
ffor sorwe of which this nyght shal ben his laste. [ 798]
Criseyde which that alle this wonder herde. [ 799]
Gan sodeynly aboute hire herte colde.
And with a sike she sorwfully answerde.
Allas I wende who so tales tolde. [ 802]
My deere herte wolde me nought holde.
So lightly fals allas conceytes. wronge.
what harm they don. for now lyue I to longe. [ 805]
Horaste allas and falsen Troilus. [fol. 76b] [ 806]
I knowe hym nowt god helpe me so quod she.
Allas what wikked spirit tolde hym thus.
Now certes Em tomorwe and I hym se. [ 809]
I shal therof as ful excusen me.
As euere dide womman if hym like.
And with that word she gan ful soore sike. [ 812]
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O god quod she so worldly selynesse. [ 813]
which clerkes callen fals felicitee.
Imedled is with many a bitternesse.
fful angwissous. than is god woot quod she. [ 816]
Condicioun of veyn prosperitee.
ffor either Ioies comen nought yfeere.
Or elles no wight hathe hem alwey here. [ 819]
O brotel wele of mannes Ioie vnstable. [ 820]
with what wight so thow be or how thow pleye.
Either he woot that thow Ioie art muable.
Or woot it nought. it mot ben oon of tweye. [ 823]
Now if he woot it nought how may he seye.
That he hath verray Ioie and selynesse.
That is of ignoraunce ay in derknesse. [ 826]
Now if ȝe woot that Ioie is transitorie. [ 827]
As euery Ioie of worldly thyng mot flee.
Than euery tyme he that hath in memorie.
The drede of lesyng maketh hym that he. [ 830]
May in no perfit selynesse be.
And if to lese his Ioie he sette a myte.
Than semeth it that Ioie is worth but lite. [ 833]
Wherfore I wol diffyne in this matere. [ 834]
That trewely for aught I kan espie.
Ther is no werray weele in this world heere.
But .o. thow wikked serpent Ialousie. [ 837]
Thow mysbyleued and enuyous folie.
why hastow Troilus made to me vntriste.
That neuere ȝet agylt hym that I wiste. [ 840]
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Quod Pandarus thus fallen is this cas. [fol. 77a] [ 841]
wy Uncle myn quod she who tolde hym this.
why doth my decre herte thus allas.
Ȝe woot ȝe Nece myn quod he what is. [ 844]
I hope al shal be wel that is amys.
ffor ȝe may quenche al this if that ȝow liste.
And doth right so. for I holde it the beste. [ 847]
So shal I do tomorwe ywys quod she. [ 848]
And god to forn. so that it shal suffise.
To morwe allas. that were a faire quod he.
Nay nay it may nat stonden in this wise. [ 851]
ffor Nece myn thus writen clerkes wise.
That peril is with drecchyng In ydrawe.
Nay swiche abodes beth nought worth an hawe. [ 854]
Nece al thyng hath tyme I dar avowe. [ 855]
ffor whan a chaumbre afire is or an halle.
Wel more nede is it sodeynly rescowe.
Than to disputen and asxe amonges alle. [ 858]
How the candele in the straw is falle.
A benedicite for al amonge that fare.
The harm is don. and fare wel feldefare. [ 861]
And Nece myn ne take it naught agrief. [ 862]
If that ȝe suffre hym al nyght in this wo.
God helpe me so ȝe hadde hym neuere lief.
That dar I seyn. now ther is but we two. [ 865]
But wel I woot that ȝe wol nat do so.
Ȝe ben to wys to doon so grete folie.
To putte his lif al nyght in Iupertie. [ 868]
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Hadde I hym neuere lief by god I weene. [ 869]
Ȝe hadde neuere thyng so lief quod she.
Now by my thrift quod he that shal be seene.
ffor syn ȝe make this ensaumple of me. [ 872]
If ich al nyght wolde hym in sorwe se.
ffor al the tresour in the town of Troie.
I bidde god I neuere mote haue Ioie. [ 875]
Now loke thanne if ȝe ben his loue. [fol. 77b] [ 876]
Shul putte his lif al night in Iupertie
ffor thyng of nought now by that god aboue.
Naught oonly this delay comth of folie. [ 879]
But of malice. if that I shal naught lie.
what platly and ȝe suffre hym in destresse.
Ȝe neyther bounte don ne gentilesse. [ 882]
Quod tho Criseyde wol ȝe don o thyng. [ 883]
And ȝe therwith shal stynte al his disese.
Haue heere and bereth hym this blewe ryng.
For ther is no thyng myghte hym bettre plese. [ 886]
Saue I my self. ne more hys herte apese.
And sey my deere herte that his sorwe.
Is causeles that shal be sene tomorwe. [ 889]
A ryng quod he. ȝe haselwodes shaken. [ 890]
Þe Nece myn that ryng moste han a stoon.
That myht dede men alyue maken.
And swiche a ryng trowe I that ȝe haue non. [ 893]
Discrecioun out of ȝoure hedes gon.
That fele I now quod he and that is routhe.
O tyme Ilost wel maistow corsen slouthe. [ 896]
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Woot ȝe not wel that noble and heigh corage. [ 897]
Ne sorweth nought ne stynteth ek for lite.
But if a fool were in a Ialous rage.
I nolde setten at his sorwe a myte. [ 900]
But feffe hym with a fewe wordes white.
Anothir day whan that I myghte hym fynde.
But this thynge stant al in another kynde. [ 903]
This is so gentil and so tendre of herte. [ 904]
That with his deth he wol his sorwes wreke.
ffor trusteth wel how sore that hym smerte.
He wol to ȝow no Ialous wordes speke. [ 907]
And forthi Nece er that his herte breke.
So speke ȝoure self to hym. of this matere.
ffor with a word ȝe may his herte stere. [ 910]
Now haue I tolde what perile he is Inne. [fol. 78a] [ 911]
And his comynge vnwist is to euery wight.
Ne parde harm may ther be non ne synne.
I wol my self be with ȝow al this nyght. [ 914]
Ȝe knowe ek how it is ȝoure owen knyght.
And that bi right ȝe moste vpon hym triste.
And I prest to fecche hym whan ȝow liste. [ 917]
This accident so pitous was to here. [ 918]
And ek so like a sooth at prime face.
And Troilus hire knyght to hir so deer.
His priue commyng and the siker place. [ 921]
That though that she did hym as thanne a grace.
Considered alle thynges as they stoode.
No wonder is. syn she did al for goode. [ 924]
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Criseyde answerde as wisly god at reste. [ 925]
My soule brynge. as me is for hym wo.
And Em Iwis fayn wolde I don the beste.
If that ich a grace hadde for to do so. [ 928]
But whether that ȝe dwelle or for hym go.
I am til god me bettre mynde sende.
A dulcarnoun right at my wittes ende. [ 931]
Quod Pandarus ȝee Nece wol ȝe here. [ 932]
Dulcarnoun called is flemyng of wrecches.
It semeth hard for wreeches wol nought lere.
ffor verray slouthe or other wilfull tecches. [ 935]
This is seyde by hem that beth nought worth two fecches.
But ȝe ben wis and that we han on honde.
Nis noither hard ne skilful to withstonde. [ 938]
Than Em quod she doth herof as ȝow liste. [ 939]
But er he come I wil first vp arise.
And for loue of god syn al my triste.
Is on ȝow two. and ȝe beth both wise. [ 942]
So werketh now in so discrete a wise.
That I may haue honour and he plesaunce.
ffor I am here al in ȝoure gouernaunce. [ 945]
That is wel seyde quod he my Nece deere. [fol. 78b] [ 946]
Ther good thrift on that wise gentile herte.
But liggeth stille. and taketh hym right here.
It nedeth nought no ferther for hym sterte. [ 949]
And ech of ȝow eseth otheres sorwes smerte.
ffor loue of god. and venus I the herye.
ffor soone hope I we shul ben alle merye. [ 952]
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This Troilus ful soone on knewes hym sette. [ 953]
fful sobrely right be hyre beddes hede.
And in his best wyse his lady grette.
But lord so she wex sodeynlich rede. [ 956]
Ne though men sholde smyten of hire hede.
She kouth nought a word aright out brynge.
So sodeynly. for his sodeyn commyng. [ 959]
But Pandarus that so wel koude feele. [ 960]
In euery thyng to pleye anon bigan.
And seyde Nece se how this lord kan knele.
Now for ȝoure trouth se this gentil man. [ 963]
And with that word he for a quysshen ran.
And seyde kneleth now while that ȝow leste.
Þere god ȝoure hertes brynge soone at reste. [ 966]
Kan I naught seyn. for she bad hym nought rise. [ 967]
If sorwe it putte out of hire remembraunce.
Or elles that she took it in the wise.
Of dewete. as for his obseruaunce. [ 970]
But wel fynde I she dede hym this plesaunce
That she hym kiste although she siked sore.
And bad hym sitte adown withouten more. [ 973]
Quod Pandarus now wol ȝe wel bigynne. [ 974]
Now doth hym sitte goode Nece deere.
Upon ȝoure beddes syde al ther withInne.
That eche of ȝow the bet may heere. [ 977]
And with that word he drow hym to the feer.
And took a light and fonde his contenaunce.
As for to looke vpon an old romaunce. [ 980]
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Criseyde that was Troilus lady right. [fol. 79a] [ 981]
And clere stood on a grounde of sikernesse.
Al thoughte she hire seruant and hire knyght.
Ne sholde of right non vntrouthe in hire gesse. [ 984]
Ȝet natheles considered his distresse.
And that loue is in cause of swich folie.
Thus to hym spak she of his Ialousie. [ 987]
Lo herte myn as wolde the excellence. [ 988]
Of loue. aȝeins the which that noman may.
Ne oughte ek goodly make resistence.
And ek bycause I felte wel and say. [ 991]
Ȝoure grete trouthe and seruise euery day.
And that ȝoure herte al myn was soth to seyne.
This drof me for to rewe vpon ȝoure peyne. [ 994]
And ȝoure goodnesse haue I founden alwey ȝit. [ 995]
Of which my deer herte and al my knyght.
I thonke it ȝow as fer as I haue wit.
Al kan I nought as muche as it were right. [ 998]
And I emforth my connyng and my might.
Haue and ay shal how sore that me smerte.
Ben to ȝow trewe. and hool with al myn herte. [ 1001]
And dredeles that shal be founde at preue. [ 1002]
But herte myn what al this is to seyne.
Shal wel be tolde so that ȝe nought ȝow greue.
Though I to ȝow right on ȝoure self compleyne. [ 1005]
ffor therwith mene I fynaly the peyne.
That halt ȝoure herte and myn in heuynesse.
ffully to slen and euery wronge redresse. [ 1008]
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My good myn noot I for why ne how. [ 1009]
That Ialousie. allas. that wikked wyuere.
Thus causeles is cropen into ȝow.
The harm of which I wold fayn delyuere. [ 1012]
Allas that he al hool or of hym slyuere.
Shuld han his refut in so digne a place.
Ther Ioue hym soone out of ȝoure herte arace. [ 1015]
Rut .o. thow Ioue .o. autour of nature. [fol. 79b] [ 1016]
Is this an honour to thi deyte.
That folk vngiltif. suffren hire Iniure.
And who that giltif is al quyt goth he. [ 1019]
O were it leful for to pleyn on the.
That vndeserued suffrest Ialousie.
Of that I wolde upon the pleyne and crie. [ 1022]
Ek al my wo is this that folk now vsen. [ 1023]
To seyn right thi [gap here] Ialousie is loue.
And wolde a busshe [gap here] enyn al excusen.
ffor that o greyn of loue is on it shoue. [ 1026]
But that woot heigh god that sit aboue.
If it be likkere loue or hate or grame.
And after that it oughte bere his name. [ 1029]
But certeyn is som manere Ialousie. [ 1030]
Is excusable more than som Iwys.
As whan cause is and som swich fantasie.
with piete so wel repressed is. [ 1033]
That it vnnethe doth or seyth amys.
But goodly drynketh vp al his distresse.
And that excuse I for the gentilesse. [ 1036]
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And seme so ful of furie is and despit. [ 1037]
That it sourmounteth his repressioun.
But herte myn ȝe be nat in that plit.
That thonke I god for which ȝoure passioun. [ 1040]
I wol nought calle it but illusioun.
Of habundaunce of loue and besy cure.
That doth ȝoure herte this disese endure. [ 1043]
Of which I am right sory but nought wrothe. [ 1044]
But for my deuour and ȝoure hertes reste.
wher so ȝow list by ordal or by othe.
By sort or in what wise so ȝow leste. [ 1047]
ffor loue of god lat preue it for the beste.
And if I be giltif do me deye.
Allas what myght I more don or seye. [ 1050]
With that a fewe brighte teris newe. [fol. 80a] [ 1051]
Owte of hire eighen fille and thus she seyde.
Now god thow woost in thought ne dede vntrewe.
To Troilus I was neuere ȝet Criseyde. [ 1054]
With that here heede down in the bedde she leyde.
And with the sheete it wreigh and sighte soore.
And held hire pees nought o word spak she more. [ 1057]
But now help god to quenchen al this sorwe. [ 1058]
So hope I that he shal for he best may.
ffor I haue seyn of a ful Misty morwe.
ffolowen ful ofte a myrie someris day. [ 1061]
And after wynter foloweth grene may.
Men sen alday and reden ek in stories.
That after sharpe shoures ben victories. [ 1064]
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This Troilus whan he hire wordes herde. [ 1065]
Haue ȝe no care hym list nought to slepe.
ffor it thought hym no strokes of aȝerde.
To heere or seen Criseyde his lady wepe. [ 1068]
But wel he felt aboute his herte crepe.
ffor eueri tere which that Criseyde asterte.
The crampe of deth to streyne hym by the herte. [ 1071]
And in his mynde he gan the tyme a corse. [ 1072]
That he come there and that that he was born.
ffor now is wikke torned into worse.
And al that labour he hathe don byforn. [ 1075]
He wende it lost he thoughte he nas but lorn.
O Pandarus thoughte he allas thi wile.
Serueth of nought so weylaway the while. [ 1078]
And therwithal he heng adown the hede. [ 1079]
And fil on knees and sorwfully he sighte.
what myghte seyn he felte he nas but dede.
ffor wroth was she that sholde hise sorwes lighte. [ 1082]
But natheles whan that he speken myghte.
Than seyde he thus god woot that of this game.
whan al is wist than am I nought to blame. [ 1085]
Therwith the sorwe so his herte shette. [fol. 80b] [ 1086]
That from his eyen fil ther nought a tere.
And euery spirit his vigour in knette.
So they astoned or oppressed were. [ 1089]
The felyng of his sorwe or of his fere.
Or of aught elles. fled were oute of towne.
And down he fel al sodeynly a swowne. [ 1092]
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This was no litel sorwe for to se. [ 1093]
But al was hust and Pandare vp as faste.
O Nece pes or we be lost quod he.
Beth naught agast. but certeyn at the last. [ 1096]
ffor this or that. he into bed hym caste.
And seyde o thef is this a mannes herte.
And of he rente al to his bare sherte. [ 1099]
And seyde Nece but ȝe helpe vs now. [ 1100]
Allas ȝoure owen Troilus is lorn.
Iwis so wolde I and I wiste how.
fful fayn quod she allas that I was born. [ 1103]
Ȝee Nece wol ȝe pullen out the thorn.
That stiketh in his herte quod Pandare.
Sey al forȝeue and stynte al this fare. [ 1106]
Ȝe that to me quod she ful leuere were. [ 1107]
Than al the good the sonne aboute gooth.
And therwithal she swere hym in his ere.
Iwys my deer herte I am nought wroth. [ 1110]
Haue here my trouthe and many an other othe.
Now speke to me. for it am I Criseyde.
But al for nought ȝit myght he nought abreyde. [ 1113]
Therwith his pous and paumes of his hondes. [ 1114]
They gan to frote. and wete his temples tweyne.
And to deliueren hym fro bittre bondes.
She ofte hym kiste and shortly for to seyne. [ 1117]
Hym to reuoken she did al hire peyne.
And at the laste. he gan his brethe to drawe.
And of his swough sone after that adawe. [ 1120]
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And gan bet mynde and reson to hym take. [fol. 81a] [ 1121]
But wonder soore he was abayst Iwis.
And with a sike whan he gan bet awake.
He seyde o mercy god what thyng is this. [ 1124]
why do ȝe with ȝoure seluen thus amys.
Quod tho Criseyde. is this a mannes game.
what Troilus wol ȝe do thus for shame. [ 1127]
And therwithal hire arme ouere hym she leyde. [ 1128]
And al forȝaf and ofte tyme hym keste.
He thonked hire. and to hire spak and seyde.
As fil to purpos for his herte reste. [ 1131]
And she to that answerde hym as hire leste.
And with hire goodly wordes hym disporte.
She gan and ofte his sorwes to comforte. [ 1134]
Quod Pandarus for aught I kan aspien. [ 1135]
This light ner I ne seruen here of nought.
Light is nought good for sik folkes yen.
But for the loue of god syn ȝe ben brought. [ 1138]
In thus good plit lat now no heuy thought.
Ben hangyng in the hertes of ȝow tweye.
And bare the candale to the chymeney. [ 1141]
Soone after this though no nede were. [ 1142]
whan she swiche othes as hire leste deuyse.
Hadde of hym take hire thoughte tho no fere.
Ne cause ek non. to bidde hym thennes rise. [ 1145]
Ȝet lasse thyng than othes may suffise.
In many a cas. for euery wyght I gesse.
That louethe wel menethe but gentilesse. [ 1148]
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But in effect she wolde wite anon. [ 1149]
Of what man and ek wheer and also why.
He Ialous was. syn ther was cause non.
And eke the sygne. that he took it by. [ 1152]
She badde hym that to telle hire bisily.
Or elles certeyn she bare hym on honde.
That this was don of malice hire to fonde. [ 1155]
Withouten more shortly for to seyne. [fol. 81b] [ 1156]
Hym most obeye unto his lady heste.
And for the lasse harm he moste feyne.
He seyde hire whan she was at swiche a feste. [ 1159]
She myght on hym han loked at the leste.
Noot I nought what al deere ynough a rysshe.
As he that nedes most a cause fisshe. [ 1162]
And she answerde swete al were it so. [ 1163]
what harm was that syn I non yvel Imene.
ffor by that god that bought vs bothe two.
In al thyng is myn entente cleene. [ 1166]
Swiche argumentes ne ben naught worth a beene.
wol ȝe the childissh Ialous contrefete.
Now were it worthi that ȝe were ybete. [ 1169]
Tho Troilus gan sorwfully to sike. [ 1170]
Lest she be wrothe hym thoughte his herte deyde.
And seyde allas vpon my sorwes sike.
Haue mercy swete herte myn Criseyde. [ 1173]
And if that in tho wordes that I seyde.
Be any wrong I wol no more trespace.
Doth what ȝow list I am al in ȝoure grace. [ 1176]
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And she answerde of gilt misericorde. [ 1177]
That is to seyn that I forȝeue al this.
And euere more on this nyght ȝow recorde.
And beth wel war ȝe do namore amys. [ 1180]
Nay dere herte myn quod he Iwys.
And now quod she that I haue don ȝow smerte.
fforȝeue it me myn owene swete herte. [ 1183]
This Troilus with blisse of that supprised. [ 1184]
Putte al in goddes hand as he that mente.
No thyng but wele and sodeynly auysed.
He hire in armes faste to hym hente. [ 1187]
And Pandarus with a ful good entente.
Leyde hym to slepe. and seyde if ȝe be wise.
Swouneth nought now lest more folk arise. [ 1190]
What myghte or may the sely larke seye. [fol. 82a] [ 1191]
whan that the sperhauk hath hym in his foot.
I kan namore of thise ilke tweye.
To whom this tale sucre be or soot. [ 1194]
Though that I tarie a ȝer som tyme I moot.
After myn autour tellen hire gladnesse.
As wel as I haue told hire heuynesse. [ 1197]
Criseyde which that felte hire thus Itake. [ 1198]
As writen clerkes in hire bokes olde.
Right as an aspes leef she gan to quake.
whan she hym felte hire in his armes folde. [ 1201]
But Troilus al hool of cares colde.
Gan thanken tho the blisful goddes seuene.
Thus sondry peynes bryngen folk in heuene. [ 1204]
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This Troilus in armes gan hire streyne. [ 1205]
And seyde o swete as euere mot I gon.
Now be ȝe kaught. now is ther but we tweyne.
Now ȝeldeth ȝow for other bote is ther non. [ 1208]
To that Criseyde answerde thus anon.
Ne hadde I er now my swete herte deere.
Ben ȝold I 1. [sic.] was I were now nought heere. [ 1211]
O sooth is seyde that helede for to be. [ 1212]
As of a feure. or other gret siknesse.
Men most drynke as men may ofte se.
fful bittre drynke and for to han gladnesse. [ 1215]
Men drynken oft peyne and grete distresse.
I mene it here as for this auenture.
That thorugh a peyne hath founden al his cure. [ 1218]
And now swetnesse semeth more swete. [ 1219]
That bitternesse was assaied byforn.
ffor out of wo in blisse now they flete.
Non swich they felten syn they were born. [ 1222]
Now is this bet than bothe two be lorn.
ffor loue of god take euery womman heede.
To werken thus if it comth to the neede. [ 1225]
Criseyde al quyt from euery drede and tene. [fol. 82b] [ 1226]
As she that Iuste cause hadde hym to triste.
[This line left out in CCC MS.]
whan she his trouthe and clene entente wiste. [ 1229]
And as aboute a tree with many a twiste.
Bytrent and writhe the swote wodebynde.
Gan eche of hem in armes other wynde. [ 1232]
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And as the newe abaysed nyghtyngale. [ 1233]
That stynteth first whan she bygynneth to synge.
whan that she hereth any herde tale.
Or in the hegges any wyght stirynge. [ 1236]
And after siker doth hire vois out rynge.
Right so Criseyde whan hire drede stente.
Opned hire herte and tolde hym hire entente. [ 1239]
And right as he that seth his deth yshapen. [ 1240]
And dyen mot in ought that he may gesse.
And sodeynly rescous doth hym escapen.
And from his deth is brought in sykernesse. [ 1243]
ffor al this world in swych present gladnesse.
was Troilus and hath his lady swete.
with worse happe god lat vs neuere mete. [ 1246]
Hire armes smale hire streghte bak and softe. [ 1247]
Hire sydes longe. flesshy smothe and white.
He gan to stroke and good thrifte bad ful ofte.
Hire snowisshe throte. hire brestes rounde and lite. [ 1250]
Thus in this heuene he gan hym to delite.
And therwithal a thousand tyme hire kiste.
That what to don for Ioie vnnethe he wiste. [ 1253]
Than seyde he thus .o. loue .o. charite. [ 1254]
Thi moder ek Citheria the swete.
After thi selve next heried be she.
Uenus mene I the wel willy planete. [ 1257]
And next that Imeneus .I. the grete.
ffor neuere man was to ȝow goddes holde.
As I which ȝe han brought fro cares colde. [ 1260]
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Benigne loue thow holly bonde of thynges. [fol. 83a] [ 1261]
whoso wol grace and liste the nought honouren.
Lo his desire wol fle withouten wynges.
ffor noldestow of bownte hem socouren. [ 1264]
That seruen best and moste alwey labouren.
Ȝet were al lost that dar I wel seyn certes.
But if thi grace passed oure desertes. [ 1267]
And for thow me that leest koude disserue. [ 1268]
Of hem that noumbred ben vnto thi grace.
Hast holpen ther I likly was to sterue.
And me bistowed in so heigh a place. [ 1271]
That thilke boundes may no blisse pace.
I kan namore but laude and reuerence.
Be to thy bounte and thyn excellence [ 1274]
And therwithal Criseyde anon he kiste. [ 1275]
Of which certein she felte no disese.
And thus seyde he now wolde god I wiste.
Myn herte swete . how I ȝow myght plese. [ 1278]
what man quod he was euere thus at ese.
As I on which the faireste and the beste.
That euere I say deyneth hire herte reste. [ 1281]
Here may men seen that mercy passeth right. [ 1282]
Thexperience of that is felte in me.
That am vnworthi to so swete a wight.
But herte myn of ȝoure benignite. [ 1285]
So thynk that though that I vnworthi be.
Ȝet mot I nede amenden in som wyse.
Right thorugh the vertue of ȝoure heigh seruyse. [ 1288]
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And for the loue of god my lady deere. [ 1289]
Syn god hath wrought me for I shall ȝow serue.
As thus I mene ȝe wol ȝe be my steere.
To do me lyue if that ȝow liste or sterue. [ 1292]
So techeth me how that I may disserue.
Ȝoure thonk . so that thorugh myn ignoraunce.
Ne do no thing that ȝow be displesaunce. [ 1295]
ffor certes fresshe wommanlich wif. [fol. 83b] [ 1296]
This dar I seye that trouth and diligence.
That shal ȝe fynden in me al my lif.
Ny wol certein breken ȝoure defence. [ 1299]
And if I do present or in absence.
ffor loue of god lat sle me with the dede.
If that it like vnto ȝoure wommanhede. [ 1302]
Iwys quod she myn owen hertes list. [ 1303]
My grounde of ese . and al myn herte deere.
Gramercy for on that is al my triste.
But lat vs falle awey fro this matere. [ 1306]
ffor it suffiseth this that seyde is heere.
And at o word withouten repentaunce.
welcome my knyght my pees my suffisaunce. [ 1309]
Of hire delite . or Ioies oon the leeste. [ 1310]
were impossible to my wit to seye.
But Iuggeth ȝe that han ben at the feste.
Of swich gladnesse if that hem liste pleye. [ 1313]
I kan namore but thus thise ilke tweyne.
That myght bitwien drede and sikernesse.
ffelten in loue the grete worthynesse. [ 1316]
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O blisful nyght of hem so longe Isoughte. [ 1317]
How blithe vnto hem bothe two thow weere.
why nad I swich oon with my soule yboughte.
Þe or the leeste Ioie that was theere. [ 1320]
Awey thow foule daunger and thow feere.
And lat hem in this heuene blisse dwelle.
That is so heigh that al ne kan I telle. [ 1323]
But sooth is though I kan nat tellen al. [ 1324]
As kan myn autour of his excellence.
Yet haue I seyde and god toforn and shal.
In euery thynge al holly his sentence. [ 1327]
And if that ich at loues reuerence.
Haue eny word In eched for the beste.
Doth therwithal right as ȝoure seluen leste. [ 1330]
ffor myn wordes heere and euery parte. [fol. 84a] [ 1331]
I speke hem alle vnder correccioun.
Of ȝow that felyng han in loues arte.
And putte it al in ȝoure discrecioun. [ 1334]
To encresse or maken dymyncioun.
Of my langage and that I ȝow biseche.
But now to purpos of my rather speche. [ 1337]
Thise ilke two that ben in armes lafte. [ 1338]
So loth to hem asonder gon it were.
That eche from other wenden ben birafte.
Or elles lo this was hir mooste feere. [ 1341]
That al this thyng but nyce dremes were.
ffor which ful ofte ech of hem seyde o swete.
Clippe ich ȝow thus or elles I it meete. [ 1344]
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And lord so he gan goodly on hire se. [ 1345]
That neuere his look ne bleynte from hire face.
And seyde o deere herte may it be.
That it be soth that ȝe ben in this place. [ 1348]
Ȝee herte myn. god thank I of his grace.
Quod tho Criseyde and therwithal hym kiste.
That where his spirit was for Ioie he nyste. [ 1351]
This Troilus ful ofte hire eyen two. [ 1352]
Gan for to kisse and seyde o eyen clere.
It weren ȝe that wroughte me swiche wo.
Þe humble nettes of my lady deere. [ 1355]
Though ther be mercy writen in ȝoure cheere.
God woot the text ful hard is soth is to fynde.
How koude ȝe withouten bonde me bynde. [ 1358]
Therwith he gan hire faste in armes take. [ 1359]
And wel an hondred tymes gan he syke.
Naught swich sorwfull sikes as men make.
ffor wo or elles when that folk ben sike. [ 1362]
But esy sykes swiche as ben to like.
That shewed his affeccioun withInne.
Of swich sikes koude he nought blynne. [ 1365]
Soone after this they spake of sondry thynges. [fol. 81b] [ 1366]
And fel to purpos of this auenture.
And pleyinge entrechaunged hire rynges.
Of whiche I kan nought tellen no scripture. [ 1369]
But wel I woot a broche gold and asure.
In which a rubye set was lik an herte.
Criseyde hym ȝaf and stake it on his sherte. 1. [[MS. h sherte]]
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Lord trowe ȝe a coueytous or a wrecche. [ 1373]
That blameth loue and halt of it despite.
That of tho pans that he kan mokre and tecche.
was euere ȝit yȝeuen hym swich delite. [ 1376]
As is in loue in o poynt in som plite.
Nay douteles. for also god me saue.
So perfit Ioie may no nygard haue. [ 1379]
They wol seyn ȝis but lord so they lye. [ 1380]
Tho besy wrecches ful of wo and drede.
Thei callen loue a woodnesse or folie.
But it shall falle hem as I shal ȝow rede. [ 1383]
They shal forgon the white and ek the rede.
And lyue in wo that god ȝeue hem meschaunce.
And euery louere in his trouthe auaunce. [ 1386]
As wold god tho wrecches that dispise. [fol. 85a] [ 1387]
Seruise of loue hadde erys also longe.
As hadde Mida ful of coueytise.
And therto dronken hadde as hoot and stronge. [ 1390]
As Crassus didde for his affectis wronge.
To techen hem that they ben in the vice.
And loueres nought although they holde hem nyce. [ 1393]
Thise ilke two of whom that I ȝow seye. [ 1394]
whan that hire hertes wel assured were.
Tho gonne they to speken and to pleye.
And ek rehercen how and whan and where. [ 1397]
Thei knewe hem first and euery wo or feere.
That passed was but al swiche heuynesse.
I thank it god was torned to gladnesse. [ 1400]
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And euere mo when that hem fel to speke. [ 1401]
Of any thyng of swich a tyme agoon.
with kissyng al that tale sholde breke.
And fallen in newe Ioye anoon. [ 1404]
And diden al hire myght syn they were oon.
ffor to recoueren blisse and ben at eise.
And passed wo with Ioie contrepeise. [ 1407]
Resoun wol nought that I speke of slepe. [ 1408]
ffor it acordeth nought to my matere.
God woot they took of that ful litel kepe.
But list this nyght that was to hem so deere. [ 1411]
Ne sholde in veyn escape in no manere.
It was byset in Ioie and bisynesse.
Of al that souneth into gentilesse. [ 1414]
But whan the cok comune astrologer. [ 1415]
Gan on his brest to bete and after crowe.
And lueyfer the dayes messanger.
Gan for to rise and oute hire bemes throwe. [ 1418]
And estward roos to hym that koude it knowe.
ffortuna Maior that anoon Criseyde.
with herte soor to Troilus thus seyde. [ 1421]
Myn hertes lif my triste al my plesaunce. [fol. 85b] [ 1422]
That I was born allas what me is wo.
That day of vs moot make disseueraunce.
ffor tyme it is to ryse and hennes go. [ 1425]
Or ellis I am loste for euere mo.
O nyght allas why nyltow ouere vs houe.
As longe as whan Almena lay by Ioue. [ 1428]
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O blake nyght as folk in bokes rede. [ 1429]
That shapen art by god this world to hide.
At certeyn tymes wyth thi derke wede.
That vnder that men myghte in reste abide. [ 1432]
wel oughten bestes pleyne. and folk the chide.
That there as day wyth labour wolde vs breste.
That thow thus fleest. and deynest vs nought reste. [ 1435]
Thow doost allas so shortly thyn office. [fol. 86a] [ 1436]
Thow rakle nyght ther god maker of kynde.
The for thyn haste and vnkynde vice.
So faste ay to oure hemysperie bynde. [ 1439]
That neuere more vnder the grounde thow wynde.
ffor now for thow so hiest out of Troie.
Haue I forgon thus hastili my Ioie. [ 1442]
This Troilus that with tho wordes felte. [ 1443]
As thoughte hym tho. for pietous distresse.
The blody teris from his herte melte.
As he that neuere ȝet swich heuynesse. [ 1446]
Assayed hadde out of so grete gladnesse.
Gan therwithal Criseyde his lady deere.
In armes streyne and seyde in this manere. [ 1449]
O cruel day accusour of the Ioie. [ 1450]
That nyght and loue han stole and faste Iwryen.
Acorsed be thi comyng into Troye.
ffor euery bore hathe oon of thi bryghte yen. [ 1453]
Enuyous day what liste the so to spien.
what hastow lost why sekes thow this place.
Ther god thi light so quenche for his grace. [ 1456]
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Allas what haue thise loueris the agylte. [ 1457]
Dispitous day thyn be the peyne of helle.
ffor many a louere hastow slayn and wilte.
Thy pourynge In wol nowher lat hem dwelle. [ 1460]
what profrestow thi light here for to selle.
Go selle it hem that smale selys graue.
we wol the nought. vs nedeth no day haue. [ 1463]
And ek the sonne titan gan he chide. [ 1464]
And seyde o fool wel may men the dispise.
That haste the dawyng al nyght by thi syde.
And suffrest hire so soone vp fro the rise. [ 1467]
ffor to disese loueris in this wyse.
what holde ȝoure bed ther thow and ek thi morwe.
I bidde god so ȝeue ȝow bothe sorwe. [ 1470]
Therwith ful soore he syghte and thus he seyde. [fol. 86b]
My lady right. and of my wele or wo.
The welle and roote .o. goodly Criseyde.
And shal I rise allas and shal I so. [ 1474]
Now fele I that myn herte moot a two.
ffor how sholde I my lif an houre saue.
Syn that with ȝow is al the lyf ich haue. [ 1477]
What shal I don for certes I not how. [ 1478]
Ne whan allas I shal the tyme see.
That in this plite I may ben eft with ȝow.
And of my lif god woot how that shal be. [ 1481]
Syn that desire right now so biteth me.
That I am dede anon but I retourne.
How sholde I longe allas fro ȝow soiourne. [ 1484]
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But natheles myn owen lady bright. [ 1485]
were it so that I wiste outrely.
That I ȝoure humble seruant and ȝoure knyght.
were in ȝoure herte Iset so fermely. [ 1488]
As ȝe in myn the which thyng trewely.
Me leuere were than thise worldes tweyne.
Ȝet sholde I bet enduren al my peyne. [ 1491]
To that Criseyde answerde right anon. [ 1492]
And with a sike she seyde .o. herte deere.
The game ywys so ferforth now is gon.
That first shal Phebus fallen fro his spere. [ 1495]
And euerich Egle ben the dowues feere.
And euerich roche oute of his place sterte.
Er Troilus oute of Criseydes herte. [ 1498]
Ȝe ben so depe In with myn herte graue. [ 1499]
That though I wolde it torne out of my thoughte.
As wisly verray god my soule saue.
To dyen in the peyne I koude nought. [ 1502]
And for the loue of god that vs hathe wrought.
Lat in ȝoure brayn non other fantasie.
So crepe that it cause me to dye. [ 1505]
And that ȝe me wolde han as faste in mynde. [fol. 87a] [ 1506]
As I haue ȝow. that wolde I ȝow biseche.
And if I wiste sothely that to fynde.
God myght nought a poynt my Ioies eche. [ 1509]
But herte myn withouten more speche.
Beth to me trewe or ellis were it routhe.
ffor I am thyn by god and by my trouthe. [ 1512]
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Beth glad forthy and lyue in sikernesse. [ 1513]
Thus seyde I neuere er this ne shal to mo.
And if to ȝow it were a grete gladnesse.
To torne aȝeyn soone after that ȝe go. [ 1516]
As fayn wolde I as ȝe it were so.
As wisly god myn herte brynge to reste.
And hym in armes toke and ofte keste. [ 1519]
Agayns his wille sith it mot nedes be. [ 1520]
This Troilus vp ros and faste hym cledde.
And in his armes took his lady free.
An hondred tyme. and on his wey hym spedde. [ 1523]
And with swiche wordes as his herte bledde.
He seyde fare wel my dere herte swete.
Ther god vs graunte sownde and soone to mete. [ 1526]
To wich no word for sorwe she answerde. [ 1527]
So soore gan his partyng hire distreyne.
And Troilus vnto his paleys ferde.
As wobygon as she was soth to seyne. [ 1530]
So harde hym wronge of sharp desire the peyne.
ffor to ben eft there he was in plesaunce.
That it may neuere out of his remembraunce. [ 1533]
Retorned to his real paleys soone. [ 1534]
He softe into his bedde gan for to slynke.
To slepe longe as he was wonte to doone.
But al for nought he may wel ligge and wynke. [ 1537]
But slepe ne may ther in his herte synke.
Thynkyng how she for whom desire hym brende.
A thousand fold was worth more than he wende. [ 1540]
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And in his thought gan vp and downe to wynde. [fol. 87b]
Hire wordes alle and euery countenaunce.
And fermely impressen in his mynde.
The leeste point that to him was plesaunce. [ 1544]
And verraylich of thilk remembraunce.
Desire al newe hym brende . and lust to brede.
Gan more than erst . and ȝet took he non hede. [ 1547]
Criseyde also right in the same wyse. [ 1548]
Of Troilus gan in hire herte shette.
His worthynesse . his lust hise dedes wise.
His getilesse . and how she with hym mette. [ 1551]
Thonkyng loue she so wel hire bisette.
Desiryng ofte to han hire herte deere.
In swich a plite she dorste make hym cheere. [ 1554]
Pandare o morwe which that comen was. [ 1555]
Unto his Nece and gan hire faire grete.
Seyde . al this nyght so reyned it allas.
That al my drede is that ȝe Nece swete. [ 1558]
Han litel laiser hadde to slepe and mete.
Al nyght quod he hath reyn so do me wake.
That som of vs I trowe hire hedes ake. [ 1561]
And ner he com and seyde how stant it now. [ 1562]
This mury morwe Nece how kan ȝe fare.
Criseyde answerde neuere the bet for ȝow.
ffox that ȝe ben . god ȝeue ȝoure herte kare. [ 1565]
God help me so ȝe caused al this fare.
Trowe I quod she . for al ȝoure wordes white.
O who so seeth ȝow knoweth ȝow ful lite. [ 1568]
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With that she gan hire face for to wrye. [ 1569]
with the shete and wax for shame al reede.
And Pandarus gan vnder for to prie.
And seyde Nece if that I shal be dede. [ 1572]
Haue here a swerde and smyten of myn hede.
with that his arm al sodeynly he thriste.
Under hire nekke and at the laste hire kyste. [ 1575]
1. [[Not in MS. CCC]] I passe al þat which chargeth nought to seye. [ 1576]
what god for-yaf his deth an she al so.
For-yaf and with here vncle gan for to pleye.
For oþer cause was þer noon but so. [ 1579]
But of þis þing right to þe effect to go.
whan tyme was hom til here hous she wente.
And Pandarus hath fully his entente. 1. [[Not in MS. CCC]] [ 1582]
Now torne we aȝeyn to Troilus. [fol. 88a] [ 1583]
That resteles ful longe a bedde laye.
And pryuely sente after Pandarus.
To hym to com in al the haste he maye. [ 1586]
He com anon nought ones seyde he nay.
And Troilus ful sobrely he grette.
And down vpon the beddes syde hym sette. [ 1589]
This Troilus with al thaffeccioun. [ 1590]
Of frendes loue that herte may deuyse.
To Pandarus on knowes fil adown.
And er that he wolde out of the place arise. [ 1593]
He gan hym thonken in his beste wise.
An hondred sythe he gan the tyme blesse.
That he was born to brynge hym fro destresse. [ 1596]
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He seyde .o. frend of frendes the alderbeste. [ 1597]
That euere was the sothe for to telle.
Thow hast in heuene ybroughte my soule at reste.
ffro flegtoun the fery flood of helle. [ 1600]
That though I myght a thousand tymes selle.
Upon a day my lif in thi seruise.
It myght naught a moote in that suffise. [ 1603]
The sonne which that al the worlde may se. [ 1604]
Saugh neuere ȝet my lif that dar I leye.
So Inly faire and goodly as is she.
whos I am al and shal tyl that I deye. [ 1607]
And that I Troilus am hires dar I seye.
That thanked be the heighe worthynesse.
Of loue . and ek thi kynde bysynesse. [ 1610]
Thus hastow me no litel thing yȝiue. [ 1611]
ffor whi to the obliged be for ay.
My lif and whi for thorugh thyn helpe I lyue.
Or elles dede hadde I ben many a day. [ 1614]
And with that word down in his bedde he lay.
And Pandarus ful sobrely hym herde.
Til al was seyde and than he hym answerde. [ 1617]
My deere frend if I haue don for the. [fol. 88b] [ 1618]
In any cas god wot it is me lief.
And am as glad as man may of it be.
God help me so . but take now nat a grief. [ 1621]
That I shal seyn be war of this meschief.
That there as thow now brought art in thy blisse.
That thow thi self ne cause it nat to misse. [ 1624]
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ffor of fortunes sharpe aduersitee. *. [[l. 1-4, Boethius, & Dante]] [ 1625]
The worste kynde of Infortune is this.
A man to han ben in prosperitee.
And it remembren whan it passed is. [ 1628]
Thart wis ynough forthi do nat amys.
Be naught to rakel theigh thow sette warme.
ffor if thow be certeyn it wol the harme. [ 1631]
Thow arte at ese and holde the wel therInne. [ 1632]
ffor also seure as reed is euery fire.
As gret a craft is kepe wel as wynne.
Bridle alwey wele thi speche and thi desire. [ 1635]
ffor worldly Ioie halt nought but by a wire.
That preueth wel it brest al day so ofte.
fforthi nede is to werken with it softe. [ 1638]
Quod Troilus I hope and god toforne. [ 1639]
My deere frend that I shal so me beere.
That in my gylte ther shal no thyng be lorn.
Ny nyl nought rakle as for to greuen heere. [ 1642]
It nedeth naught this matere ofte teere.
For wystestow myn herte wel Pandare.
God woot of this thow woldest litel care. [ 1645]
Tho gan he telle hym of his glade nyght. [ 1646]
And wherof first his herte dred and how.
And seyde frende as I am trewe knyght.
And by that feythe I shal to god and ȝow. [ 1649]
I hadde it neuere half so hote as now.
And ay the more that desire me biteth.
To loue hire best the more it me deliteth. [ 1652]
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I not my self naught wisly what it is. [fol. 89a] [ 1653]
But now I feele a newe qualitee.
Ȝee al a nother than I didde ar this.
Pandare answerd and seyde thus that he. [ 1656]
That ones may in heuenes blisse be.
He feleth other weyes dar I leye.
Than thilke tyme he first herde of it seye. [ 1659]
This is a word for al that Troilus. [ 1660]
was neuere ful to speke of this matere.
And for to preisen vnto Pandarus.
The bounte of his righte lady deere. [ 1663]
And Pandarus to thanke and maken cheere.
This tale ay was spanne newe to bygynne.
Til that the nyght departed hem atwynne. [ 1666]
Soon after this for that fortune it wolde. [ 1667]
Icomen was the blisful tyme swete.
That Troilus was warned that he sholde.
There he was erst Criseyde his lady mete. [ 1670]
ffor which he felte his herte in Ioie flete.
And feithfully gan alle the goddes herie.
And lat se now if that he kau be merie. [ 1673]
And holden was the forme and al the wise. [ 1674]
Of hire commyng. and of his also.
As it was erst which nedeth nought deuyse.
But pleynly to theffect right for to go. [ 1677]
In Ioie and suerte Pandarus hem two.
Abedde brought whan that hem bothe leste.
And thus they ben in quyete and in reste. [ 1680]
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Nought nedeth it ȝow syn they ben mette. [ 1681]
To axe at me if that they blithe were.
ffor if it arst was wel tho was it bette.
A thousand folde this nedeth nought enquere. [ 1684]
Ago was euery sorwe and euery feere.
And bothe ywys they hadde and so they wende.
As muche Ioie as herte may comprende. [ 1687]
This is no litel thyng of for to seye. [fol. 89b] [ 1688]
This passeth euery wit for to deuyse.
ffor ich of hem gan otheres luste obeye.
ffelicite which that thise clerkes wise. [ 1691]
Comenden so. ne may nought here suffise.
This Ioie may nought I writen be with Inke.
This passeth al that herte may bythynke. [ 1694]
But cruel day so wailaway the stounde. [ 1695]
Gan for taproche as they by sygnes knewe.
ffor which hem thoughte feelen dethis wownde.
So wo was hem that changen gan hire hewe. [ 1698]
And day they gonnen to despise al newe.
Callyng it traitour enuyous and worse.
And bitterly the dayes light thei corse. [ 1701]
Quod Troilus now am I war. [ 1702]
That Piros and tho swifte steedes thre.
which that drawen forth the sonnes char.
Han gon som bipath in dispit of me. [ 1705]
That maketh it so soone day to be.
And for the sonne hym hasteth thus to rise.
Ne shal I neuere don hire sacrifise. [ 1708]
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But nedes day depert hem moste soone. [ 1709]
And whan hire speche don was and hire cheere.
They twynne anon as they were wont to doone.
And setten tyme of metyng eft yfeere. [ 1712]
And many a nyght they wroughte in this manere.
And thus fortune a tyme ledde in Ioie.
Criseyde and ek this kynges sone of Troie. [ 1715]
In suffisaunce in blisse and in singynges. [ 1716]
This Troilus gan al his lif to lede.
He spendeth lolteth maketh festynges.
He ȝeueth frely ofte. an chaungeth wede. [ 1719]
And held aboute hym alwey out of drede.
A world of folk. as com hym wel of kynde.
The fresshest and the beste he koude fynde. [ 1722]
That swich a vois was of hym and a steuene. [fol. 90a] [ 1723]
Thorughoute the worlde of honour and largesse.
That it vp ronge vnto the ȝates of heuene.
And as in loue he was in swiche gladnesse. [ 1726]
That in his herte he demed as I gesse.
That ther nys louere in this world at ese.
So wel as he and thus gan loue hym plese. [ 1729]
The goodlihede or beaute which that kynde. [ 1730]
In any other lady hadde ysette.
Kan nought the montance of a knotte vnbynde.
Aboute his herte of al Criseydes nette. [ 1733]
He was so narwe ymasked and yknette.
That it vndon on any manere syde.
That nyl naught ben for aught that may bitide. [ 1736]
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And by the hond ful ofte he wolde take. [ 1737]
This Pandarus and into gardyn lede.
And swich a feste and swich a processe make.
Hym of Criseyde and of hire womanhede. [ 1740]
And of hire beaute that withouten drede.
It was an heuene his wordes for to here.
And thanne he wolde syuge in this manere. [ 1743]
(250) (Troilus's Song of Love, 1; adapted from Boethius.)
Loue that of erthe and se has gouernaunce. *. [[Canticus Troili]]
Loue that his hestes hath in heuene hye.
Loue that with an holsom alliaunce.
Halt peples Ioyned as hym lest hem gye. [ 1747]
Loue that knetteth lawe of compaignie.
And couples douth in vertue for to dwelle.
Bynd this acorde that I haue tolde and telle. [ 1750]
(251) (Troilus's Song. 2.)
That that the worlde with feith which that is stable. [ 1751]
Diuerseth so his stowndes concordyng.
That elementȝ that ben so discordable.
Holden a bonde perpetuely duryng. [ 1754]
That Phebus mote his rosy day forth bryng.
And that the mone hath lordshipe ouer the nyghtes.
Al this doth loue. ay heried be his myghtes. [ 1757]
(252) (Troilus's Song. 3.)
That that the se that gredy is to flowen. [ 1758]
Constreyneth to a certeyn ende so.
His flodes that so fiersly they ne growen.
To drenchen erthe and al for euere mo. [ 1761]
And if that loue aught lete his bridel go.
Alle that now loueth asondre sholde lepe.
And lost were al that loue halt now to hepe. [ 1764]
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So wolde god that autour of his kynde. [ 1765]
That with his bonde loue of his vertue liste.
To cerclen hertes alle and faste bynde.
That from his bonde no wight the wey oute wiste. [ 1768]
And hertes colde hem wolde I that he twiste.
To make hem loue. and that hem liste ay rewe.
Or hertes sore and kepe hem that ben trewe. [ 1771]
In alle nedes for the townes werre. [ 1772]
He was and ay the first in armes dyght.
And certeynly but if that bokes erre.
Saue Ector most ydred of any wight. [ 1775]
And this encresse of hardynesse and myght.
Com hym of loue. his ladies thank to wynne.
That altered his spirit so withInne. [ 1778]
(255) [Caxton puts st. 255 after 259. Harl. 1239 has it here.]
In tyme of trewe. on haukyng wolde he ride. [ 1779]
Or elles honte. boor. beer. or lyoun.
The smale bestes leet he gon biside.
And whan that he come ridyng into town. [ 1782]
fful ofte his lady from hire wyndow down.
As fresshe as faukoun comen out of mewe.
fful redy was hym goodly to saluwe. [ 1785]
And moost of loue and vertue was his speche. [ 1786]
And in despit hadde alle wrecchednesse.
And douteles no nede was hym biseche.
To honouren hem that hadde worthynesse. [ 1789]
And esen hem that weren in destresse.
And glad was he if any wyght wel ferde.
That louere was. whan he it wiste or herde. [ 1792]
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ffor soth to seyne he lost helde euery wyght. [fol. 91a] [ 1793]
But if he were in loues heigh seruise.
I. mene folk that oughte it ben of right.
And ouere al this so wele koude he deuyse. [ 1796]
Of sentement. and in so vnkoude wise.
Al his array. that euery louere thoughte.
That al was wel what so he seyde or wroughte. [ 1799]
And though that he be com of blood roial. [ 1800]
Hym liste of pride at no wight for to chace.
Benigne he was to ech in general.
ffor which he gate hym thanke in euery place. [ 1803]
Thus wolde loue yheried be his grace.
That pride and Ire Enuye and Auarice.
He gan to fle. and eueriche other vice. [ 1806]
Thow lady bryght the doughter to Dyone. *. [[id est venns]] [ 1807]
Thy blynde and wynged sone ek daun Cupide.
Ȝee sustren nyne ek that by Elicone.
In hil pernaso listen for tabide. [ 1810]
That ȝe thus fer han deyned me to gyde.
I kan namore but syn that ȝe wol wende.
Ȝe heried ben for ay withouten ende. [ 1813]
Thorugh ȝow haue I seyde fully in my songe. [fol. 91b] [ 1814]
Theffect and Ioie of Troilus seruise.
Al be that ther was som disese amonge.
As to myn autour listeth to deuise. [ 1817]
My thridde boke now ende ich in this wyse.
And Troilus in luste and in quiete.
Is with Criseyde his owen herte swete. [ 1820]
[End of Book III., but no break is in the MS.]