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 prohemium tercii libri.
(1)
O blisful light of which the bemes cleerc. [ 1]
Adorneth al the thridde heuene faire.
O sonnes lief o Ioues doughter deere.
Plesaunce of loue o goodly debonayre. [ 4]
In gentil hertes ay redy to repaire.
O verray cause of heele and of gladnesse.
Iheried be thi myght and thy goodnesse. [ 7]
(2)
In heuene and helle and salte see. [ 8]
Is felt thy myght / yif þat I whil decerne.
As man brid / best / fisshe / herbe / and greene tree.
The feele in tymes with vapour eterne. [ 11]
God loueth and to loue wol nat werne.
And in this world no lyues creature.
withouten loue is worth or may endure. [ 14]
(3)
The Iouys first to thikke effectes glaade. [fol. 42a] [ 15]
Thorugh which þat thinges lyuen al and be.
Commoeueden and amoreux hem maade.
On mortal thing / and as yow lyst ay ye. [ 18]
Yeue hym in loue ay ese or aduersite.
And in a thousand formes down hym sente.
ffor loue in erthe / and whom yow list he hente. [ 21]
(4)
The fierse Mars apaisen of his ire. [ 22]
And as yow list ye maken hertes digne.
Algates hem þat ye wol sette a fire.
They dreden shame / and vices they resigne. [ 25]
Ye don hem curteys ben ffresh and benygne.
And heyghe and lowe after a wyght entendith.
The Ioyes þat he hath / yowr myght it sendith. [ 28]
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Ye holden regne and hous in vnite. [ 29]
Ye sothfaste cause of frendship ben also.
Ye know al thikke couered qualite.
Of thinges which þat folkes wondre on so.
whan they kan naught construe how it may Io.
She louyth hym / or whi he louyth here.
Al why this ffissh and naught þat cometh to were. [ 35]
(6)
Ye folk a lawe han set in vniuerse. [ 36]
And this knowe I by hem þat louerys be.
That who so stryueth with yow hath the werse.
Now lady bright for thy benygnyte. [ 39]
At reuerence of hem þat seruen the.
whos clerk I am so teche me to deuyse.
Som Ioye of that is felt in thy seruyse. [ 42]
(7)
Ye in my naked herte sentement. [ 43]
In hielde / and do me shewe of thy swetnesse.
Caliope thi voys be now present.
ffor now is need / sestow nat my destresse. [ 46]
How þat I mot telle a non right the gladnesse.
Of Troilus to venus heryinge.
To which gladnesse / who nede hath god hym brynge. [ 49]
Explicit prohemium. tercii libri.
Incipit liber. tercius.
(8)
LAy al this meene while Troilus. [fol. 42b] [ 50]
Recordynge his lessoun in this manere.
May fey thought he thus wole I sey and thus.
That word is good / and this shal be my cheere.
Thus wol I pleyne vnto my lady deere.
This nyl I nat foryeten in no wyse.
God leue hym werken as he kan deuyse. [ 56]
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And lord so þat his herte gan to quappe. [ 57]
Herynge hir com / and sor for to sike.
And Pandarus þat ledde hir by the lappe.
Com neer / and gan in at the curteyne pike. [ 60]
And seide god do boote on alle syke.
Se who is heere yow comen to visite.
Lo heere is she yt is yowr deth to wite. [ 63]
(10)
Therwith it semede as he wepte almoost. [ 64]
ha.a.a. quod Troilus so reufully.
wher me be wo / almyghte god thow woost.
who is al there / I se naught trewly. [ 67]
Sire quod Criseide / it is Pandare and .I.
Ye swete herte alas I may nat ryse.
To knele / and do yow honour in som wyse. [ 70]
(11)
And dressed hym vpward and she right tho. [ 71]
Gan bothe hir handes softe vpon hym leye.
O for the loue of god / do ye nat so.
To me quod she / I what is this to seye. [ 74]
Sire comen am I to ȝow for causes tweye.
ffirst yow to thonke / and of youre lorship eke.
Continuance I wolde yow byseke. [ 77]
(12)
This Troilus þat herde this lady preye. [ 78]
Of lordshipe hym / wex neythir quyke ne dede.
Ne myghte a word for shame to hir seye.
Althogh men shulde smyten of his hede. [ 81]
But lord so he wax sodeynlich reede.
And sire his lessoun þat he wende konne.
To preyen hir was thorght his wit Ironne. [ 84]
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Criseide al this aspied wel Inogh. [fol. 43a] [ 85]
ffor she was wys and loued hym neuere the lasse.
Al nere he malapert or made it togh.
Or was to bold to synge a fool a masse. [ 88]
But whan his shame gan somwhat to passe.
Hise wordes as I may my rymes holde.
I wol yow telle as touchen bookes oolde. [ 91]
(14)
In chaunged voys right for his verrey drede. [ 92]
which voys ek quook / and therto his manere.
Goodly abayst and now his hewes reede.
Now pale / vnto Criseide his lady dere. [ 95]
with look down caste / and humble yold cheere.
Lo thalderfirste worde þat hym asterte.
was twyes mercy mercy swete herte. [ 98]
(15)
And stynte a while / and whan he myght out brynge. [ 99]
The nexte worde was god woot for I haue.
As ferforthlisch as I haue hadde konnynge.
Ben yowres al / god so my soule saue. [ 102]
And shal til þat I woful wight be graue.
And thogh I dar ne kan vnto yow pleyne.
Iwys I suffre nat the lasse peyne. [ 105]
(16)
Thus muche as now .o. wommanlich wyf. [ 106]
I may out brynge / and yif this yow displese.
That shal I wreke vpon myn owne lyf.
Right soon I trowe / and do yowr herte an ese. [ 109]
yif with my deth yowre wreththe may apese.
ffor sithen ye han herd me somwhat seye.
Now rechche I neuere how soon þat I deye. [ 112]
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Therwith his manly sorwe to byholde. [ 113]
It myght haue maade a herte of stoon to rewe.
And Pandare wepe as he to watir wolde.
And Poked euere his nece newe and newe. [ 116]
And seide wo bigon ben hertes trewe.
ffor loue of god make of this thing a ende.
Or sle vs bothe atonys or we wende. [ 119]
(18)
I what quod she by god and by my trouthe. [fol. 43b] [ 120]
I not nat what ye wilne þat I seye.
I what quod he þat ye han on hym routhe.
ffor goddes loue / and doth hym nat to deye. [ 123]
Now thame thus quod she I wolde hym preye.
To telle me the fyn of his entente.
Yit wiste I neuere wel what þat he mente. [ 126]
(19)
What that I meene .o. swete herte dere. [ 127]
Quod Troilus .o. goodly fressh free.
That with the stremys of yowr eyen cleere.
Ye wolden frendly somtyme on me see. [ 130]
And thanne agreen þat I ben he.
withouten braunche of vice in any wyse.
In trouthe alwey / to don yow my seruyse. [ 133]
(20)
As to my lady right and chief resort. [ 134]
With al my wit and alle my diligence.
And I to han right as yow list confort.
Vnder your yerde egal to myn offence. [ 137]
As deth / yif þat I breke your defence.
And þat yow deigne me so muche honoure.
Me to comanden aught in any houre. [ 140]
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And I ben yowr verray humble trewe. [ 141]
Secret / and in my peynes pacient.
And euere mo desiren fresshly newe.
To serue / and ben ay Ilyke diligent. [ 144]
And with good herte al holly yowr talent.
Receyuen wel / how soore þat me smerte.
Lo this mene I my owen swete herte. [ 147]
(22)
Quod Pandarus lo here an hard requeste. [ 148]
And resonable a lady for to werne.
Now Nece myn by Natal Iouis feeste.
were .I. a god ye shulden sterue as yerne. [ 151]
That heren wel this man wil no thing yerne.
But yowr honour / and sen hym almost sterue.
And ben so loth to suffren hym yow serue. [ 154]
(23)
With that she gan hir eyen on hym caste. [fol. 44a] [ 155]
fful esiliche / and ful debonairly.
Auysing hir and hied nat to faste.
with neuere a word / but seyde hym sobrely. [ 158]
Myn honour sauf I wel wel trewely.
But in swich forme / as ye gan now devyse.
Receyuen hym fully to my seruyse. [ 161]
(24)
Bysechynge hym for goddes loue þat he. [ 162]
wolde in honour of trowthe and gentilesse.
As I wel meene / ek meene wel to me.
And my honour with wit and bisinesse. [ 165]
Ay kepe / and yif I may don hym gladnesse.
ffrom hennes forth / Iwis I nyl nat feyne.
Now beth al hool / no lenger ye ne pleyne. [ 168]
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But natheles this warne .I. yow quod she. [ 169]
A kynges son / althogh ye ben Iwys.
Ye shal no moore haue souereignete.
Of me in loue þan right in that cas is. [ 172]
Ny nyl forbere / yif þat ye don amys.
To wreththe yow / and whil þat ye me serue.
Cheryce yow / right aftir ye deserue. [ 175]
(26)
And shortly deere herte and al my knyght. [ 176]
Beth glad / and draweth yow to lustynesse.
And I shal trewly with al my ful myghte.
Yowre bitter torn into swetnesse. [ 179]
If .I. be she þat may do yow gladnesse.
For euery wo ye shul recouere a blisse.
And hym in armes toke and gan hym kisse. [ 182]
(27)
ffyl Pandarus on knees and vp hise eyen. [ 183]
To heuen threugh / and held hise hondes hye.
O mortal god quod he þat maist nat dyen.
Cupide I meene / of þis maist glorifie. [ 186]
And venus thowe maist maken melodye.
withouten hond me semyth þat in towne.
ffor this miracle Ich heere ech belle sowne. [ 189]
(28)
But ho no more as now of this matere. [fol. 44b] [ 190]
ffor why this folk wol comen vp anon.
That haue the lettre red lo I hem heere.
But I conIure the Criseide and oon. [ 193]
And two the Troilus whan thow maist gon.
That at myn hous ye ben at my warnynge.
ffor I ful wel shal shape yowre comynge. [ 196]
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And esith ther yowre hertes right Inogh. [ 197]
And lat se which of yow shal bere the belle.
To speke of loue aright / therwith he lough.
ffor ther haue ye a leiser for to telle. [ 200]
Quod Troilus how longe swal I dwelle.
Or this be don./ quod he whan thow maist rise.
This thing shal be right as thow wolt deuyse. [ 203]
(30)
With that Eleyne and also deiphebus. [ 204]
Tho comen vpward right at the steyres ende.
And lord so tho gan gronen Troilus.
His brother and his sister for to blende. [ 207]
Quod Pandarus it tyme is þat we wende.
Take Nece myn yowr leue at al thre.
And let hem speke and cometh forth with me. [ 210]
(31)
She took hir leeue at hem ful thriftely. [ 211]
As she wel koude / and they hir reuerence.
Vnto the fulle deden hardely.
And speken wonder wel in hir absence. [ 214]
Of hir in preysynge of hir excellence.
Hir gouernaunce / hir wit / and hir manere.
Comendeden / it Ioye was to heere. [ 217]
(32)
Now lat hir wende vnto hir owen plase. [ 218]
And torne we to Troilus ayein.
That gan ful lightly of the lettre pace.
That Deiphebus hadde in the gardyn seyn. [ 221]
And of Eleyne / and hym he wolde fayn.
Delyuered ben / and seide þat hym leste.
To slepe / and after talis han reste. [ 224]
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Eleyne hym kyste and took hir leue blyue. [fol. 45a] [ 225]
Deiphebus ek./ and hom wente euery wight.
And Pandarus as faste as he may dryue.
To Troilus tho com as lyne right. [ 228]
And on a paylet al þat gladde nyght.
By Troilus he lay with blisful cheere.
To tale / and wel was hem they were Ifeere. [ 231]
(34)
Whan euery wight was voyded but they two. [ 232]
And al the dores weren faste Ishette.
To telle in short withoute wordes mo.
This Pandarus withouten any lette. [ 235]
Vp roos / and on his beddes side hym sette.
And gan to speken in a sobre wyse.
To Troilus as I shal yow deuyse. [ 238]
(35)
Myn alderleuest lord and broothre deere. [ 239]
God woot and thow þat it sat me so soore.
when I the say so languyssynge to yere.
ffor loue / of which thi wo wax alwey moore. [ 242]
That I with al my myght and al my loore.
Haue euere sithen do my bisynesse.
To bringe the to Ioye out of destresse. [ 245]
(36)
And haue it brought to swich plit as twow woost. [ 246]
So þat thorw me thow stondest now in weye.
To faren wel / I sey it for no boost.
And wostow why / for shame it is to seye. [ 249]
For the haue I bigonne a gamen pleye.
which þat I neuere don shal eft for oother.
Althogh he were a thowsand fold my brother. [ 252]
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That is to seyn / for the am I bicomen. [ 253]
Bytwixen game and ernest swich a meene.
As maken wommen vnto men to comen.
Thow woost thi seluen what I wolde meene. [ 256]
ffor the haue I myn Nece of vices cleene.
So fully maad thy gentilesse triste.
That al shal ben right as thy seluen liste. [ 259]
(38)
But god þat al woot take I to witnesse. [fol. 45b] [ 260]
That neuere I this for coueitise wroughte.
But only tabregge þat destresse.
ffor which wel neygh thow deydest as me thoughte. [ 263]
But goode brother do now as the oughte.
ffor goddes loue / and kepe hir out of blame.
Sith thow art wys so kepe alwey hir name. [ 266]
(39)
For wel thow woost the name yit of here. [ 267]
Amonge the people. as who sey halwed is.
ffor neuere was ther wight I dar wel swere.
That euere wiste þat she dede amys. [ 270]
But wo is me þat I þat cause al this.
May thenken þat she is my Nece deere.
And I hir Em and traytour ek Ifeere. [ 273]
(40)
And were it wiste þat I thorugh myn engyn. [ 274]
Hadde in my Nece Iput this fantasie.
To don thi lust and hoolly to ben thyn.
whi al þe peeple walde vpon it crie. [ 277]
And seyn þat the worste trecherye.
Dide in this cas / þat euere was bigonne.
And she fordon / and thow right naught Iwonne. [ 280]
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Wherfor or I wol further gon a paas. [ 281]
The preyen ich eft althogh thow shuldest dye.
That priuyte go with vs in this caas.
That is to seyn / þat thow vs neuere wreye. [ 284]
And be noght wroth thoght I the often preye.
To holden secre / swich an heigh matere.
ffor skilfull is thow woost wele my prayere. [ 287]
(42)
And thynke what wo ther hath bitid or this. [ 288]
ffor makynge of auauntes as men reede.
And what meschaunce in this world yit ther is.
ffor day to day right for þat wikked deede. [ 291]
ffor which this wyse clerkys þat been deede.
han writen or this as men yit teche vs yonge.
That first vertu is to kepe tonge. [ 294]
(43)
And nere it þat .I. wilne as now tabregge. [fol. 46a] [ 295]
Defusioun of speche / .I. koude almoost.
A thousand olde stories the alegge.
Of womman lost. thorugh fals and foolis boost. [ 298]
Prouerbes kanst thy selue Inowe and woost.
Ayeins þat vice / for to ben a labbe.
Thogh men soth seide as often as they gabbe. [ 301]
(44)
O tonge allas so often her byforn. [ 302]
Hath maade ful many lady bryght of hewe.
Seyd waylowey þat day þat I was born.
And many a maydes sorwe for to newe. [ 305]
And for the more part al is vntrewe.
That men of boste yelpe / and it were broght to preue.
Of kynde non auauntour is to leeue. [ 308]
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Auauntour and a liere al is oon. [ 309]
As thus I pose a womman graunteth me.
Hir loue / and seyth þat oother 1. [the r in a later hand.] wol she non.
And I am sworn to holden it secree. [ 312]
And aftir .I. go telle it two or thre.
I. wis .I. am auauntour / at the leeste.
And liere / for I breke my byheeste. [ 315]
(46) (Much alterd in Caxton.)
Now looke thanne / yif they ben aught to blame. [ 316]
Swich manere folk / what shal I clepe hem what.
That hem auaunte of wemen and by name.
That neuere yit be hight them this ne that. [ 319]
No knewe hem moore than myn olde hat.
No wonder is so god me sende heele.
Theygh wommen dreden with vs men to deele. [ 322]
(47)
I sey nat this for no mystrust of yow. [ 323]
Ne for no wisman / but for foolis nyce.
And for the harm þat in the world is now.
As wel for folye ofte as for malice. [ 326]
ffor wel wot I in wyse folk þat vice.
No womman drat / yif she be wel auysed.
ffor wise ben / by foolis harm chastised. [ 329]
(48)
But now to purpos leve brother deere. [fol. 46b] [ 330]
Haue al this thyng / þat I haue in mynde.
And kepe the cloos / and be now of good cheere.
ffor at thi day thow shal me trewe fynde. [ 333]
I shal thy proces sette in swich a kynde.
And god toforn / þat it shal the suffise.
ffor it shal ben right as thow wolt deuyse. [ 336]
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ffor wel I woot thow menest wel parde. [ 337]
Therfore I dar this fully vndirtake.
Thow woost ek / what thi lady grauntede the.
And day is set the chartres vp to make. [ 340]
Haue now good nyght / I may no lenger wake.
And bid for me sith thow art now in blisse.
That god me sende deth or soone lesse. [ 343]
(50)
Who myghte tellen half the Ioye or feeste. [ 344]
whiche at the soule of Troilus tho felte.
Herynge theffect of Pandarus byheste.
His olde wo þat made his herte swelte. [ 347]
Gan tho for Ioye wasten and to melte.
And al the richesse of his sikes sore.
Atones fledde / he felte of hem no moore. [ 350]
(51)
But right so as thise holtes and thise hayis. [ 351]
That han in wynter dede ben and drye.
Reuesten hem in grene whan þat may is.
whan euery lusti listeth best to pleye. [ 354]
Right in that selue wise soth to seye.
wax sodeynly his herte ful of Ioye.
That gladdere was ther neuere man in Troye. [ 357]
(52)
And gan his look on Pandarus vp caste. [ 358]
fful sobrely / and frendly for to se.
And seide frend in aperel the laste.
As wele the woost yif it remembre the. [ 361]
How neygh the deth for wo thow fownde me.
And how thow dedest al thy bysynesse.
To knowe of me the cause of my destresse. [ 364]
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Thow woost how long þat ich forbar to seye. [fol. 47a] [ 365]
To the that art the man þat I beste triste.
And peril non was it to the bywreye.
That wiste I wele / but telle me yif the liste. [ 368]
Sith I so loth was þat thy self it wyste.
How dorste I mo tellen of this matere.
That quake now / and no man may vs heere. [ 371]
(54)
But natheles by þat god I the swere. [ 372]
That as hym list may al this worlde gouerne.
And yif I lye / achilles with his spere.
Myn herte cleue / al were my lif eterne. [ 375]
As I am mortal. yif I late and yerne.
wolde it bywreye / or dorste. or sholde konne.
ffor al the good þat god maad vndir sonne. [ 378]
(55)
That rather wolde I dye and determyne. [ 379]
As thinketh me now stokked in prison.
In wrechednesse / in filthe and in vermyne.
Captif to cruel kyng Agamenon. [ 382]
And this in al the templis of this town.
Vpon the goddes alle I wol the swere.
To morwe day / yif þat it liketh þe 1. [þe inserted by another hand.] here. [ 385]
(56)
And þat thow haste so muche Idon for me. [ 386]
That I ne may it neuere mo deserue.
This knowe ich wel / al myght I now for the.
A thousand tymes on a morwe sterue. [ 389]
.I. kan no more but I wol the serue.
Right as thy sclaue whider so thow wende.
For euere mo vnto my lyues ende. [ 392]
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But here with al myn herte I the byseche. [ 393]
That neuere in me thow deme swich folye.
As I shal seyn / me thoughte by thy speche.
Þat this which thow doost me for compaignye. [ 396]
I sholde wene it were a bauderye.
I am nat wood al if I lewed be.
It is nat oon þat woot I wele parde. [ 399]
(58)
But he þat goth for golde or for Richesse. [fol. 47b] [ 400]
On swich messages / calle hym what the liste.
And this þat þow doost kalle it gentilesse.
Compassioun and feliship and triste. [ 403]
Depart it so / for wide where is wiste.
How þat ther is diuersite required.
Bytwixen thinges / like as I haue lered. [ 406]
(59)
And þat knowe I think nat ne weene. [ 407]
That this seruys a shame be or Iape.
I haue my faire suster Polixene.
Cassandre / Eleyne. or any of the frape. [ 410]
Be she neuere so faire or wel Ishape.
Telle me which thow wilt of euerychone.
To han for thyn / and lat me thanne allone. [ 413]
(60)
But sith thow haste Idon me þis seruyse. [ 414]
My lif to saue and for no hope of meede.
So for the loue of god this grete Emprise.
Parforme it out / for now is most nede. [ 417]
ffor heygh and logh withouten any drede.
I wol alwey thyne hestes al kepe.
Haue now good nyght / and lat vs bothe slepe. [ 420]
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Thus held hym ich of oother wel apayed. [ 421]
That al the worlde ne myght it bet amende.
And on the morwe whan they were arayed.
Ech to his owene nedes gan entende. [ 424]
But Troilus thoght as the fir he brende.
ffor sharp desir of hope and of plesaunce.
He naught forgat his wyse gouernaunce. [ 427]
(62)
But in hym self with manhod gan restreyne. [ 428]
Eche rakel dede / and ech vnbridled cheere.
That al tho / þat lyuen soth to seyne.
Ne shold han wist by word or by manere. [ 431]
what þat he mente as touchynge this matere.
ffrom euery wight as fer as is the cloude.
He was so wel dissimulen he koude. [ 434]
(63)
And al this while which þat I yow denyse. [fol. 18a] [ 435]
This was his lyf with alle his fulle myght.
By day he was in martes heygh seruyse.
This is to seyn. in armes as a knyght. [ 438]
And for the moore part the longe nyght.
He lay and thought how þat he myght serue.
Hys lady best / hir thonk for to deserue. [ 441]
(64)
I nyl nat seyn that thogh he laye softe. [ 442]
That in his thoght he was somwhat disesed.
And þat he torned on his pilwes ofte.
And wolde of that he myssed han ben esed. [ 445]
But in swich cas men ben naught alwey plesed.
ffor aught I wot no more than was he.
That kan I deme of possibilite. [ 448]
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And certein is to purpos for to go. [ 449]
This mene while as writen is in geste.
He say his lady som tyme and also.
She with hym spake whan þat he dorste or leste. [ 452]
And by hir bothe auys as was the beste.
Apointeden ful warly in this nede.
In euery thing how they wolden procede. [ 455]
(66)
But it was spoken in so short a wyse. [ 456]
In swych awayit alwey and in swich feere.
List any wight deuynen or deuyse.
wolde on this thing./ or to it leye an cere. [ 459]
That al this world. so lef to hem ne weere.
As cupide wolde hem a space sende.
To maken of hir speche aright a ende. [ 462]
(67) *. [[Caxton leaves out St. 67-71.]]
But thilke litel þat they spake or wroghte. [ 463]
Hise wise gost took ay of al swich heede.
It semed hir he wiste what she thoghte.
withouten word / so þat ther was no nede. [ 466]
To bidde hym aught to don or aught forbede.
ffor which hir thoght þat loue al come it late.
Of alle Ioye hadde opned hir the yate. [ 469]
(68)
And shortly of this proces for to pace. [fol. 48b] [ 470]
So wel his werk and wordes he bisette.
That he so ful stood in his lady grace.
That twenty thousand tymes or she lette. [ 473]
She thonked god she euere with hym mette.
So koude he hym gouerne in swich seruyse.
That al the world ne myght it bet deuyse. [ 476]
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ffor why hym 1. [him inserted in a later hand.] fond she so discret in al. [ 477]
So secret / and of swich obeisaunce.
That wel she felte he was to hir a wal.
Of steel / and sheld from euery displeisaunce. [ 480]
That to ben in his good gouernaunce.
So wise he was / she was no moore afered.
I meene as fer / as oughte ben requered. [ 483]
(70)
And Pandarus to quyk alwey this fir. [ 484]
was euere ylike prest and diligent.
To ese his frend was set al his desir.
He shof ay on / he to and fro was sent. [ 487]
He lettres bare whan Troilus was absente.
That neuere wight as in his frendes nede.
Ne bar hym bet to don his frend to spede. [ 490]
(71)
But now paraunter som man wayten wolde. [ 491]
That euery word / or look / or sonde / or cheere.
Of Troilus / þat I rehersen sholde.
In al this while vnto his lady dere. [ 494]
I trowe it were a long thing for to heere.
Or of what wight þat stant in swich disioynte.
His wordes alle / or euery look to poynte. [ 497]
(72)
ffor sothe I haue nat herd it don or this. [ 498]
In story non / ne no man here ich wene.
And thogh I wolde I koude nat Iwys.
ffor ther was som Epistel hem bitwene. [ 501]
That wolde as seyth my auctour wel contene.
An hondred vers of which hym liste nat write.
How sholde I than a lyne of hit endite. [ 504]
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But to the grete effect than seye I thus. [fol. 49a] [ 505]
That stondynge in concorde and in quyete.
Thise ilk two Criseide and Troilus.
As I haue seyd / and in this tyme swete. [ 508]
Saue only ofte myghte they nat meete.
Ne leiser han hir speche to fullfille.
That it bifell right as I shal yow telle. [ 511]
(74)
That Pandarus which alwey dede his myghte. [ 512]
Right for the fyn þat I shal speke of heere.
And for to bryngen to his hous som nyghte.
His faire Nece and Troilus Ifeere. [ 515]
Where as at leiser al this heygh matere.
Touchynge hir loue were at the fulle vp bownde.
Hadde as hym thought a tyme to it fownde. [ 518]
(75)
ffor he with gret deliberacioun. [ 519]
Hadde euery thing / þat herto myght auaille.
fforncast / and put in execucioun.
And neyther left for cost ne for trauaille. [ 522]
Come if hem list hem sholde no thing faille.
And for to ben in aught espied ther.
That thoughte he wel and impossibil weere. [ 525]
(76)
Dredeles it cleere was in the wynde. [ 526]
Of euery pie / of euery lette game.
Thus al is wel / for al this worlde is blynde.
In this matere / bothe wild and tame. [ 529]
This tymber is al redy vp to frame.
Vs lakkith naught / but that we weton wolde.
A certein houre / in which she comen sholde. [ 532]
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And Troilus þat al this purueaunce. [ 533]
Knewgh at the fulle and wayted on it ay.
Hadde here vpon eke / maad his ordenaunce.
And fownde his cause / and therto al the aray. [ 536]
That yif þat he was myssed / nyght or day.
Ther while he was abouten this seruyse.
That he was gon to don his sacrefise. [ 539]
(78)
And moste at swich a temple allone wake. [fol. 49b] [ 540]
Answered of appollo for to be.
And first to sen the holy laurer quake.
Or þat apollo spake out of the tree. [ 543]
To telle hym whan þat grekis sholden flee.
And forthy lette hym no man god forbede.
But prey appollo þat he wolde hym spede. [ 546]
(79)
Now is ther litel moore for to doone. [ 547]
But Pandare vp and shortly for to seyne.
Right soone vpon the chaungyng of the moone.
whan lightles is the world a nyght or tweyne. [ 550]
And þat the wolkne shope hym for to reyne.
He streyght a morwe vnto his Nece wente.
Ye han wel herde the fyn of his entente. [ 553]
(80)
Whan he was there he gan anon to pleye. [ 554]
As he was wont / and at hym self to Iape.
And fynalich he swor and gan hir seye.
By this and þat / she sholde hym naught escape. [ 557]
Ne make hym lenger after hir to kape.
But certeynly she moste by hir leeue.
Com soupyn in his hous with hym at eue. [ 560]
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At which she logh and gan hir faste excusen. [ 561]
And seyde / it reyneth. lo how sholde I gon.
Lat be quod he / ne stonde nat thus to musen.
This mot be don / ye shol be there anon. [ 564]
So at the laste herof they fille at oon.
Or elles softe he swor hir in hir eere.
He wolde neuere come ther she weere. [ 567]
(82)
And she agayne gan to hym for to rowne. [ 568]
And axed hem / yif Troilus was there.
He swor hir nay / for he was out of towne.
And seide Nece I pose that he were. [ 571]
Ye thorste neuere han the moore feere.
ffor rather than men sholde hym ther espie.
Me were leuer a thousand foolde dye. [ 574]
(83)
Nat liste myn Auctour fully to declare. [fol. 50a] [ 575]
what þat she thoght whan he seyde so.
That Troilus was out of towne Ifaare.
As yif he seid soth therof or no. [ 578]
But þat she graunted with hym for to go.
Withoute a wayt syn þat he hir bisoughte.
And as his Nece obeyed as hir oughte. [ 581]
(84)
But natheles yit gan she hym biseche. [ 582]
Al theygh with hym to gon it was no fere.
ffor to be war of gosissh poeples speche.
That dremen thinges which þat neuere were. [ 585]
And wel auyse hem whom he broughte there.
And seide hym Em. syn I most on yow triste.
Loke al be wel / for I do þat yow liste. [ 588]
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He swor hir this by stokkys and by stoones. [ 589]
And by the goddes þat in heuen dwelle.
Or ellis were hym leuere fel and boones.
with Pluto kyng as depe bein in helle. [ 592]
As Tantalus / what shold I longe telle.
whan al was wele he roos and took his leeue.
And she to soper com whan it was eue. [ 595]
(86)
With a certein of hir owne men. [ 596]
And with hir fair Nece Antigone.
And oother of hir wommen ix or x.
But who was glad now. who as trowen ye. [ 599]
But Troilus / þat stod and myght it se.
Thorwe out a litel wyndowe in a stuwe.
Ther he byshet / syn mydnyght was in muwe. [ 602]
(87)
Vnwist of euery wight but of Pandare. [ 603]
But now to purpos whan þat she was come.
with alle Ioye and al frendes fare.
Hir Em anon in armes hath hir nome. [ 606]
And after to the soper alle and some.
whan tyme was to soper they hem sette.
God woot ther was no deynte for to fette. [ 609]
(88)
And after soper gonnen they to ryse. [fol. 50b] [ 610]
At ese wel with hertes frissh and glade.
And wel was hym þat koude best deuyse.
To liken hir. or þat hir laughen made. [ 613]
He song / she pleyde. he tolde tale of wade.
But at the laste as euery thing hath ende.
She toke hir leue. and nedes wolde wende. [ 616]
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But .o. fortune executrice of wierdes. [ 617]
O. Influences of thise heuenes hye.
Soth is þat vndir god ye ben oure hierdes.
Thogh to vs beestes ben the causes wrye. [ 620]
This mene I now for she gan homward hye.
But execut was al biside hir leeue.
The goddes wil / for which she moste bleue. [ 623]
(90)
The bente moone with hir hornes paale. [ 624]
Saturne and Ioue in cancro Ioyned weere.
That swich a reyn from heuene gan avale.
That euere I maner womman þat was theere. [ 627]
Hadde of þat smoky reyn a varrey feere.
At which Pandare tho logh and seide thenne.
Now were it tyme a lady to gon henne. [ 630]
(91)
But good Nece yif I myghte euere plese. [ 631]
Yow any thing / than prey ich yow quod he.
To don myn herte as now so grete an ese.
As for to dwele hir al this nyght with me. [ 634]
ffor Nece this yowre owen hous parde.
Now by my trowthe / I sey it nat a game.
To wende as now / to me it weere a shame. [ 637]
(92)
Criseide which þat koude as muche good. [ 638]
As half a world / took hede of this preyere.
And syn it roon / and al was on a flood.
She thought as good chepe may I dwellen here. [ 641]
And graunte it gladly with a frendes cheere.
And haue a thank / as grucche and thanne abide.
ffor hom to gon / it may nat wel bitide. [ 644]
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I wol quod she my vncle leef and deere. [fol. 51a] [ 645]
Syn þat yow list it skile is to be so.
I am right gladde with yow dwellen heere.
I seyde but a game I wold go. [ 648]
Iwys grannt mercy Nece quod he tho.
were it a game or no / soth for to telle.
Now am I glad syn þat ye wol dwelle. [ 651]
(94)
Thus al is wel / but þo bygan aryght. [ 652]
The newe daunce / and al the feste agayne.
But Pandarus if goodly hadde hee *. [[see in later hand over erasure.]] myghte.
He wolde han hied hir to bedde fayne. [ 655]
And seyde lorde this is a huge rayne.
This were a wedir for to slepyn Inne.
And that I rede vs soone to bigynne. [ 658]
(95)
And Nece woot ye where I shal yow leye. [ 659]
For þat we shal nat liggen for asonder.
And for ye nether shullen dar I seye.
Heeren noyse of reynes nor of thonder. [ 662]
By god right in my lite closet yonder.
And I wol in þat outter house allone.
Ben wardeyn of yow wommen euerychone. [ 665]
(96)
And in this myddel chaumbre that ye se. [ 666]
Shal yowre wommen slepyn wel and softe.
And al withInne shal yowr seluen be.
And yif ye liggen wel to nyght com ofte. [ 669]
But carith nought what wedir is o lofte.
The wyn anon / and whan so that yow liste.
Than is it tyme for to gon to reste. [ 672]
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Ther was no moore / but heraftir soone. [ 673]
They voyde dronke / and trauers drawe anon.
Gan euery wight þat hadde nat to doone.
Moore in the place / out of the chaumbre gon. [ 676]
And alweye in this meene while it ron.
And blewgh therwith so wonderliche loude.
That wel neygh no man heeren oother koude. [ 679]
(98)
Tho Pandarus hir em right as hym oughte. [fol. 51b]
with womman swich as were hir most aboute.
fful glade vnto hir beddesside hir brought.
And took his leeue./ and gan ful lowe lowte. [ 683]
And seide / her at this closet dore withoute.
Right ouerthwart yowre wommen liggen alle.
That whom yow list of hem ye may hir calle. [ 686]
(99)
So whan þat she was in the closet leyde. [ 687]
And alle hir wommen forth by ordinaunce.
A bedde weren / ther as I haue seyd.
There was no moore to skippen ne to traunce. [ 690]
But beden gon to bedde with meschaunce.
yif any man was steryng any where.
And lat hem slepyn þat in bedde weere. [ 693]
(100)
But Pandarus þat wel koude ech a del. [ 694]
The olde daunce / and euery poynt therInue.
whan þat he sey þat al thing was wele.
He thought he wolde vpon his werke bygynne. [ 697]
And gan the stewe dore al softe vnpynne.
And stille as stoone withouten lenger lette.
By Troilus adown right he hym sette. [ 700]
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And shortly to the poynt right for to gon. [ 701]
Of al this thing he tolde hym worde and ende.
And seide mak the redy right anon.
ffor thow shal into heuen blisse wende. [ 704]
Now seint venus thow me grace sende.
Quod Troilus. for neuere yit no nede.
Hadde ich or now./ 1. [ne hal in later hand over erasure.] ne haluendel the drede. [ 707]
(102)
Quod Pandarus ne dred the neuer a del. [ 708]
ffor it shal ben right as thow wolt desire.
So thryue I this nyght shal I mak it wel.
Or casten al the gruel in the fire. [ 711]
Yit blisful venus this nyght thow me inspire.
Quod Troilus / as wis as .I. the serue.
And euere bet and bet shal til I sterue. [ 714]
(103)
An yif ich hadde o venus ful of myrthe. [fol. 52a] [ 715]
Aspectis badde. of Mars or of saturne.
Or thow combust / or lete were in my burthe.
Thy fader pray ich al that harm desturne. [ 718]
Of grace / and þat I glad ayein may turne.
ffor loue of hym thow louedest in the shawe.
I meene Adon þat with the boor was slawe. [ 721]
(104)
O Ioue ek for the loue of fayre Europe. [ 722]
The which in forme of bole awey thow fette.
Now help .o. mars thow with thi blody cope.
ffor loue of Cipris thow me naught ne lette. [ 725]
O phebus think whan Dane hir seluen shette.
Vnder the barke / and laurer wax for drede.
Yit for hir loue .o. help now at this nede. [ 728]
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Mercurie for the loue of hierse eke. [ 729]
ffor which pallas was with aglauros wrothe.
Now helpe / and ek diane I the biseke.
That this viagge be nat to the loth. [ 732]
O fatal sustren / wiche or any cloth.
Me shapyn was / my destyne me sponne.
So helpith to this werke þat is bigonne. [ 735]
(106)
Quod Pandarus thow wrechched Mouses herte. [ 736]
Artow agast so / þat she wil the bite.
why don this furred cloke vpon thy sherte.
And folowe me / for I wol han the wyte. [ 739]
But bid and lat me gon biforn a lite.
And with that word he gan vndo a trappe.
And Troilus he broughte in by the lappe. [ 742]
(107)
The stierne wynd so loude gan it route. [ 743]
That no wyght oother noyse myght heere.
And they þat leyen at the dore withoute.
fful sikirly they slepten alle Ifeere. [ 746]
And Pandarus with a ful sobre cheere.
Goth to the dore anon withoute lette.
Ther as they leye /. and softelisch it shette. [ 749]
(108)
And as he come ayeinward pryuyly. [fol. 52b] [ 750]
His Nece awook / and asked who goth there.
My deere Nece quod he it am .I.
Ne wondreth naught ne haue of it no feere. [ 753]
And nere he com / and seyde hir in hir erere.
No word for loue of god I yow biseche.
Lat no wight rise and heeren of oure speche. [ 756]
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What which wey be ye comen bendiste. [ 757]
Quod she / and how thus vnwist of hem alle.
Here at this lite trappe dore quod he.
Quod tho Criseide / lat me som wight calle. [ 760]
I god forbede þat it shulde falle.
Quod Pandarus / þat ye swich folie wroughte.
They myght demen þat they neuere er thoughte. [ 763]
(110)
It nys nat good a slepynge hownde to wake. [ 764]
Ne yiue a wight a cause to deuyne.
Yowre wommen slepyn alle I vndirtake.
So þat for hem the house men myght myne. [ 767]
And slepyn wollen til the sonne shyne.
And whanne my tale Ibrought is to a ende.
Vnwist right as I cam so wole I wende. [ 770]
(111)
Now Nece myn ye shal wel vndirstonde. [ 771]
Quod he / so as ye wommen demen alle.
That for to holden longe a man in honde.
And hym hir lief and deere herte calle. [ 774]
And maken hym at howue aboue a calle.
I meene as loue a nother in this meene while.
Sche doth hir self a shame and hym a gile. [ 777]
(112)
Now wherby þat I telle yow alle this. [ 778]
Ye woot yowr self as wele as any wyght.
How þat yowr loue all fully graunted is.
To Troilus the worthieste knyght. [ 781]
Oon of this world / and therto trouthe Iplyght.
That but it were on hym alonge / ye nolde.
Hym neuer falsen while ye lyuen sholde. [ 784]
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Now stant it thus þat syn I fro yow wente. [fol. 53a] [ 785]
This Troilus right platly for to seyn.
Is thorwgh a goter by a pryue wente.
Into my chaumbre come in al this reyne. [ 788]
Vnwist of euery manere wight certeyn.
Saue of my selue as wisly haue I Ioye.
And by þat feyth I shal Pryam of Troye. [ 791]
(114)
And he is come in swich peyne and destresse. [ 792]
That but he be al fully wood by this.
He sodeynly moot falle into woodnesse.
But if god help and cause why this is. [ 795]
He seith hym tolde is of a frende of his.
How þat ye shulden looue on hatte horaste.
ffor sorwe of which this nyght shal ben his laste. [ 798]
(115)
Criseide which þat al this wonder herde. [ 799]
Gan therwith al aboute hir herte colde.
And with a sik she sodeynly answerde.
Allas I wende who so talis tolde. [ 802]
My deere herte wolde me nat holde.
So lightly fals / allas conceytes. wronge.
what harm they don / for now lyue I to longe. [ 805]
(116)
Horaste allas and falsen Troilus. [ 806]
I knowe hym nat god helpe me so quod she.
Allas what wikked spirit tolde hym thus.
Now certes Em tomorwe and I hym se. [ 809]
I shal of þat als ful excusen be.
As euere dide womman yif hym lyke.
And with that word she gan ful soore sike. [ 812]
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O god quod she so wordly selynesse. [ 813]
which clerkes callen fals felicite.
Imedled is with many a bitternesse.
fful angwisshous. than is / god woot quod she. [ 816]
Condicioun of veyn prosperite.
ffor either Ioyes comen naught Ifeere.
Or ellis no wight / hath hem alwey heere. [ 819]
(118)
O brotel wele o wordly Ioye vnstable. [fol. 53b] [ 820]
with what wyght so thow be or how thow pleye.
Either he woot þat thow Ioye art muable.
Or woot it naught / it mote ben oon of tweye. [ 823]
Now if he woot it naught how may he seye.
That he hath verrey Ioye and selynesse.
That is of ignoraunce ay in dirknesse. [ 826]
(119)
Now if he woot þat Ioye is transitorie. [ 827]
As euere Ioye of worldly thing / moot flee.
Than euere tyme he þat hath in memorie.
The drede of leesynge makith hym þat he. [ 830]
May in no parfit selynesse be.
And yif to leese his Ioye he set a myte.
Than semeth þat Ioye is worth ful lite. [ 833]
(120)
Wherefore I wol deffyne in this manere. [ 834]
That trewely for aught I kan espie.
Ther is no verrey wele 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 yit agilte hym þat I wiste. [ 840]
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Quod Pandarus thus fallen is this case. [ 841]
why vncle myn quod she who tolde hym this.
why doth my deere herte thus allas.
Ye wot ye nece myn quod he what is. [ 844]
I hope al shal be wele þat is amys.
ffor ye may quenche al this yif þat yow leste.
And doth right so / for I holde it the be te. [ 847]
(122)
So shal I don tomorwe Iwys quod she. [ 848]
And god to forn. so þat it shal suffise.
To morwe allas / þat were a fayre quod he.
Nay nay it may not stonden in this wyse. [ 851]
ffor Nece thus writen clerkes wyse.
That peril is with drechchynge in Idrawe.
Nay swich aboodes ben nat worth an hawe. [ 854]
(123)
Nece al thing / hath tyme I dar avowe. [fol. 54a] [ 855]
ffor whan a chaumbre afire is or an halle.
Wel more nede is it sodeynly to rescowe.
Than to despute and axe amonges alle. [ 858]
How is this candel in the straw Ifalle.
A bendiste / for al among this fare.
The harm is don. and fare wel feldefare. [ 861]
(124)
And Nece myn take it nat agrief. [ 862]
Yif þat ye suffer hym al nyght in this wo.
God help me so ye hadde hym neuere lief.
That dar I seyn. now ther is but we two. [ 865]
But wel I woot þat ye wel nat do so.
Ye ben to wys to don so grete folie.
To putte his lif al nyght in Iupartie. [ 868]
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Hadde ich hym neuere lief / by god I weene. [ 869]
Ye hadde neuere thing / so lief quod she.
Now by my thrift quod he þat shal be seene.
ffor syn ye maken this ensaumple of me. [ 872]
Yif ich al nyght wolde hym in sorwe se.
ffor al the tresor in the town of Troye.
I bidde god I neuere mot haue Ioye. [ 875]
(126)
Now look thanne if ye þat ben his loue. [ 876]
Shal putte his lif al nyght in Iupartye.
ffor thing of naught / now by þat god aboue.
Nat oonly this delay comth of folie. [ 879]
But of malice / yif I shal nat lye.
what platly / and ye suffre hym in destresse.
Ye neyther wisdom don ne gentilesse. [ 882]
(127)
Quod tho Criseide wol ye don o thing. [ 883]
And ye therwith shal stynten his disese.
Haue her and berith hym this blewe ring.
ffor ther nys no thyng / myght hym better plese. [ 886]
Saue I my self. ne moore his herte apese.
And seye my deere herte þat is sorwe.
Is causeles / þat shal be sen tomorwe. [ 889]
(128)
A ryng / quod he. ye haselwodes shaken. [fol. 51b] [ 890]
Ye Nece myn þat ryng moste haue a stoon.
That myghte dede men o lyue maken.
And swicħ a rong trowe I þat ye haue non. [ 893]
Discrecioun out of yowr hed is gon.
That fele I now quod he and þat is routhe.
O tyme Ilost wel maystow corsen slouthe. [ 896]
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Wot ye nat wel þat noble and heygh corage. [ 897]
Ne sorweth nat or stynteth ek for lite.
But if a fool were a Ialous rage.
I nolde setten at his sorwe a myte. [ 900]
But feffe hym with a fewe wordes whyte.
Another day then þat I myght hym fynde.
But this thing stant al in a nother kynde. [ 903]
(130)
This is so gentil and so tendre of herte. [ 904]
That with the deth he wol his sorwe wreke.
ffor trusteth wel how soore þat he smerte.
He wol to yow no Ialous wordes speke. [ 907]
And forthy Nece or yt his herte breke.
So speke yowr self to hym. of this matere.
ffor with o word ye may his herte steere. [ 910]
(131)
Now haue I told what peril he is Inne. [ 911]
And his comyng / vnwist is to euere wight.
And parde harm may ther be non ne synne.
I wol my self ben with yow al this nyght. [ 914]
Ye knowe ek how it is yowre owen knyght.
And þat by right ye moste vpon hym triste.
And I al prest to fechche hym whenne yow liste. [ 917]
(132)
This accident so pitous was to heere. [ 918]
And ek so lik a soth at pryme face.
And Troilus hir knyght to hir so deere.
Hise pryue comynge and the siker place. [ 921]
That thogh þat she dede hym as tho a grace.
Considered al thinges as they stoode.
No wonder is / syn she dide al for goode. [ 924]
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Criseide answerde as wysly god at reste. [fol. 55a] [ 925]
My soule brynge / as me is for hym wo.
And Em Iwys fayn wolde I don the beste.
Yif þat ich hadde a grace to do so. [ 928]
But wheither þat ye dwelle or for hym go.
I am til god me bettre mynde sende.
At dulearnoun right at my wittes ende. [ 931]
(134)
Quod Pandarus ye Nece wol ye heere. [ 932]
Dulcarnon called is fleemynge of wrechches.
It semyth hard for wrechches wol nat leere.
ffor verray slouth and oother wilful techches. [ 935]
This seide by hym þat ben nat worth to fechches.
But ye ben wys / and this matere on honde.
Nis neythir hard / ne skilful to withstonde. [ 938]
(135)
Than Em quod she doth herof as yow liste. [ 939]
But or he com I wol vp first arise.
And for the loue of god syn al my triste.
Is on yow to / and ye ben bothe wise. [ 942]
So werkith now in so discret a wise.
That ich honour may han and he plesaunce.
ffor I am here as in yowr gouernaunce. [ 945]
(136)
That is wel seyde quod he my Nece deere. [ 946]
Ther good thirft on þat wise gentil herte.
But liggith stille. and takith hym ryght heere.
It nedeth naught no further for hym sterte. [ 949]
And ech of yow ese oothre sorwes smerte.
ffor loue of god / and venus I the herye.
ffor soone hope I we shullen al be merye. [ 952]
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This Troilus ful soon on knowe hym sette. [ 953]
fful sobrely / right by hir beddes hed.
And in his beste wyse his lady grette.
But lord so she wax sodeynlich reede. [ 956]
Ne thogh men sholden smyten of hir hede.
She myghte nat a word aryght out brynge.
So sodeynly / for his sodeyn comynge. [ 959]
(138)
But Pandarus þat so wel koude feele. [fol. 55b] [ 960]
In euery thing / to pleye anon bygan.
And seide Nece se how this lorde kan knele.
Now for yowr trowthe I seth this gentil man. [ 963]
And with þat worde / he for a cosshon ran.
And seide knelith now whil þat yow leste.
Ther god yowr hertes brynge soone at reste. [ 966]
(139)
Kan I nat seyn / for she bad hym nat rise. [ 967]
yif sorwe it putte out of hir remembraunce.
Or ellis þat she took it in the wise.
Of dewete / as for his obseruaunce. [ 970]
But wel wot I she dide hym this plesaunce.
That she hym kiste / altheygh she syghte soore.
And bad hym sitte adown withoute moore. [ 973]
(140)
Quod Pandarus now wol ye wel bigynne. [ 974]
Now doth hym sitten good Nece deere.
Vpon yowre beddes side al ther withInne.
That ech of yow the bet may oother heere. [ 977]
And with þat worde he drogh hym to the feere.
And tok a light / and fond his contenance.
As for to look vpon an old romaunce. [ 980]
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Criseide þat was Troilus lady right. [ 981]
And cleere stood on a grownde of sikernesse.
Al thogh she hir seruaunt and hir knyght.
Ne sholde of right no vntrowth in hir gesse. [ 984]
Yit natheles considered hys destresse.
And þat loue is in cause of swiche folie.
Thus to hym spake she of his Ialousie. [ 987]
(142)
Lo herte myn / as wolde the excellence. [ 988]
Of loue / ayeins the which þat no man may.
Ne oughte ek goodly maken resistence.
And ek / bycause I felte wel and say. [ 991]
Yowre grete trouthe and seruyse euery day.
And þat yowr herte al myn was soth to seyne.
This drof me for te rewe vpon yowre peyne. [ 994]
(143)
And yowr goodnesse haue I fownden alwey yit. [fol. 56a] [ 995]
Of which my deere herte and al my knyght.
I thonk it yow as fer as I haue wit.
Al kan I naught so muche as it were right. [ 998]
And I emforth my connynge and my myght.
Haue and ay shal how soore þat me smerte.
Ben to yow trewe. and hool with al myn herte. [ 1001]
(144)
And dredeles this shal be fownde at preue. [ 1002]
But herte myn what al this is to seyne.
Shal wel be told / so þat ye nat yow greue.
Thogh I to yow right on yowre self compleyne. [ 1005]
ffor therwith mene I fynaly the peyne.
That halt yowr herte and myn in heuynesse.
ffully to slen / and euery wronge redresse. [ 1008]
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My goode myn / not I for why ne how. [ 1009]
That Ialousie. allas / þat wykkid wyuere.
So causeles is cropen into yow.
The harm of which I wolde fayn delyuere. [ 1012]
Allas þat he al hool or of hym slyuere.
Sholde han his refut in so digne a place.
Ther Ioue hym soon oute of yowr herte arace. [ 1015]
(146)
But .o. thow Ioue .o. auctour of nature. [ 1016]
Is this an honour to thy deyte.
That folk vngiltif. suffren here iniure.
And he þat giltif is al quyt goth he. [ 1019]
O were it leueful for to pleyne on the.
That vndeserued suffrest Ialousie.
And that I wolde vpon the pleyne and crye. [ 1022]
(147)
Ek al my wo is this þat folk now vsen. [ 1023]
To seyn right thus / that Ialousie is loue.
And wolde a busshel venym al excusen.
ffor þat o greyn of loue is in it shoue. [ 1026]
But þat wot heygh god þat sit aboue.
yif it be liker loue / or hate and grame.
And after that it oughte bere his name. [ 1029]
(148)
But cerTein is som maner Ialousie. [fol. 56b] [ 1030]
Is excusable moor than som Iwis.
As whan cause is / and som swich fantasie.
with piete so wel repressed is. [ 1033]
Þat it vnneth doth or seith amys.
But goodly drynketh vp al his destresse.
And that excuse I for the gentilesse. [ 1036]
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And som so ful of furye is despit. [ 1037]
That it sourmonteth his repressyoun.
But herte myn ye ben nat in þat plit.
That thanke I god / for which yowr passioun. [ 1040]
I wil nat calle it but illusioun.
Of habundaunce of loue and bisy cure.
That doth yowr herte this disese endure. [ 1043]
(150)
Of which I am right sory but nat wrothe. [ 1044]
But for my deuoir and yowr hertes reste.
wher so yow liste by ordal or by oth.
By sort / or in what wyse so yow leste. [ 1047]
ffor loue of god lat proeue it for the beste.
And yif þat I be giltif do me deye.
Allas what myghte I mor don or seye. [ 1050]
(151)
With that a fewe brighte teeris newe. [ 1051]
Oute of hir eyen fille and thus she seyde.
Now god thow woost in thoght ne dede vntrewe.
To Troilus was neuere yit Criseide. [ 1054]
With that hir hed down in the bed she leyde.
And with the shete it wreygh and syghte soore.
And held hir pees naught o word spak she moore. [ 1057]
(152)
But now help god to qwenche al this sorwe. [ 1058]
So hope I þat he shal / for he best may.
ffor I haue seyn of a ful mysty morwe.
ffolwen ful ofte a merye someres day. [ 1061]
And aftir wynter foloweth grene may.
Men sen al day and reden ek in storise.
That after sharpe shoures ben victories. [ 1064]
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This Troilus when he hir wordes herde. [fol. 57a] [ 1065]
Haue ye care hym liste nat to slepe.
ffor it thoughte hym no strokes of a yerde.
To here or seyn Criseide his lady wepe. [ 1068]
But wel he felte aboute his herte crepe.
ffor euery teere which that Criseide asterte.
The Craumpe of deth to streyne hym by the herte. [ 1071]
(154)
And in his mynde he gan the tyme acorse. [ 1072]
Or he come ther / or that he was born.
ffor now is wikke Itorned into worse.
And al the labour he hath don biforn. [ 1075]
He wende it lost / he thoghte he nas but lorn.
O Pandarns thoghte he allas thy wyle.
Serueth of naught / so weylowey the whyle. [ 1078]
(155)
And therwithal he heng adown the hed. [ 1079]
And fel on knees / and sorwfullisch he sighte.
what myght he seyn he felt he nas but ded.
ffor wrothe was she þat sholde his sorwes lighte. [ 1082]
But natheles whan þat he spekyn myghte.
Than seid he thus / god wot þat of this game.
whan al is wist / thanne am I nat to blame. [ 1085]
(156)
Therwith the sorwe so his herte shette. [ 1086]
That from hise eyen fil ther naught a teere.
And cuery spirit his vigour in knette.
So they astoned or oppressed weere. [ 1089]
The felynge of sorwe or of his feere.
Or of aught ellis. fled was out of towne.
And downe he fil al sodeynly a swowne. [ 1092]
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This was no litel sorwe for to se. [ 1093]
For al was hust / and Pandare vp as faste.
O nece pes / or we ben lost quod he.
Beth nat agast / but alwey at the laste. [ 1096]
ffor this or þat. he into the bedde hym caste.
And seide thef is this a mannys herte.
And of he rente al to his bare sherte. [ 1099]
(158)
And seide Nece but ye help vs now. [fol. 57b] [ 1100]
Iwis yowr owen Troilus is lorn.
Allas so wolde I and I wist how.
Allas so wolde I and I wist how.
fful fayn quod she / allas þat I was born. [ 1103]
Ye Nece myn wol ye pullen out the thorn.
That stykith in his herte quod Pandare.
Sey al foryiue / and stynt is al his fare. [ 1106]
(159)
Ye þat to me quod she ful leuere weere. [ 1107]
Than al the good the sonne aboute goth.
And therwithal she swor hym in his cere.
Iwis my dere herte I am nat wrothe. [ 1110]
Haue her my trouth and many another ooth.
Now speke to me. for it am I Criseide.
But al for naught / yit myghte nat abreyde. [ 1113]
(160)
Therwith his pous and paumes of his hondes. [ 1114]
They gan to frote / and ek his templis tweyne.
And to deliueren hym fro bittre bondes.
She ofte hym kiste / and shortly for to seyne. [ 1117]
Hym to reuoken she did alle hir peyne.
And at the laste. he gan his breth to drawe.
And of his swough / soone after þat adawe. [ 1120]
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And gan bet mynde and reson to hym take. [ 1121]
But wonder soore he was abaist Iwys.
And with a sik whan he gan bet awake.
He seide o mercy god what thing is this. [ 1124]
why do ye with your seluen thus amys.
Quod tho Criseide. is this a mannes game.
what Troilus wol ye do thus for shame. [ 1127]
(162)
And therwithal hir arm ouer hym she leyde. [ 1128]
And al foryaf / and ofte tyme hym kyste.
He thonked hir / and to hir spake and seyde.
As fil to purpos for his hertes reste. [ 1131]
And she to þat answerde hym as hir leste.
And with hir goodly wordes hym desporte.
She gan / and ofte hise sorwes to comforte. [ 1134]
(163)
Quod Pandarus for aught I kan espien. [fol. 58a] [ 1135]
I nor this candel seruen here of naught.
Lyght is nat good for sik folkes yen.
But for the loue of god syn ye ben broughte. [ 1138]
In thus good plit / lat now non heuy thoghte.
Ben hangynge in the hertes of yow tweye.
And bare his candel to the chymenaye. [ 1141]
(164)
Soone aftir this though it no nede were. [ 1142]
whan she swiche oothes as hir liste deuyse.
Hadde of hem take / hir thought tho no feere.
Ne cause ek non. to bidde hym thennes ryse. [ 1145]
Yit lasse thing / than oothes may suffise.
In many a cas. for euery wight I gesse.
That loueth wel / meneth but gentilesse. [ 1148]
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But in effect she wolde wit anon. [ 1149]
Of what man / and ek wher and also why.
He Ialous was / syn ther was cause non.
And ek the signe. þat he tok it by. [ 1152]
This bad she hym to telle hir bisyly.
Or ellis certein she bar hym on honde.
That this was don for malice hir to fonde. [ 1155]
(166)
Withoute moore shortly for to seyne. [ 1156]
He moste obeie vnto his lady heeste.
And for the lasse harm he most feyne.
He seide hir whan sho was at swiche a feste. [ 1159]
She myght on hym han loked at the leeste.
Not I nat what al deere Inogh a risshe.
As he þat nedes moste a cause fisshe. [ 1162]
(167)
Criseide answerde sweete al were it so. [ 1163]
what harm was þat syn I no yuel meene.
ffor by þat god þat wroght vs bothe two.
In alle thing is myn entente cleene. [ 1166]
Swiche argumentȝ ne ben nat worth a beene.
wil ye the childissh Ialousie contrefete.
Now weere it worthy þat ye were Ibeete. [ 1169]
(168)
Tho Troilus gan sorwfully to sike. [fol. 58b] [ 1170]
List she be wroth hym thoght his herte deyde.
And seide allas / vpon my sorwes sike.
Haue mercy sweete herte myn Criseide. [ 1173]
And yif þat in tho wordes þat I seyde.
Be any wronge I wil no more trespace.
Doth what yow leste I am al in yowr grace. [ 1176]
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Criseide answerde of gilt misericorde. [ 1177]
This is to seyn / þat I foryiue al this.
And euer mo on this nyght yow recorde.
And beth wel war ye don no moore amys. [ 1180]
Nay deere herte myn quod he Iwys.
And now quod she þat I haue don yow smerte.
fforyiue it me myn owene sweete herte. [ 1183]
(170)
This Troilus with blysse of þat supprised [ 1184]
Putte al in goddes honde / as he þat mente.
No thing but wel / and sodeynly auysed.
He hir in armes faste to hym hente. [ 1187]
And Pandarus with a ful good entente.
Layde hym to slepe / and seyde if ye ben wise.
Swowneth nat now list moore folk aryse. [ 1190]
(171)
What myghte or may the sely larke seye. [ 1191]
when þat the sperhauk hath it in his foot.
I kan no moore / but of this ilk tweye.
To whom this tale sucre be or soot. [ 1194]
Thogh þat I tarie a yer som tyme I moot.
After my auctour telle of hir gladnesse.
As wel as I haue tolde hir heuynesse. [ 1197]
(172)
Criseide which þat felt hir thus Itake. [ 1198]
As writen clerkys in hir bookes oolde.
Right as an aspis lief she gan to quake.
whan she hym felte hir in armes folde. [ 1201]
And Troilus al hool of cares colde.
Gan thanken tho the bryghte goddes vij.
Thus sondry peynes bryngen folk in heuene. [ 1204]
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This Troilus in armes gan hir streyne. [fol. 59a] [ 1205]
And seide o sweete as euere mote I gon.
Now be ye kaught / now is ther but we tweyne.
Now yeldeth yow / for oother boote is non. [ 1208]
To that Criseide answerde thus anon.
Ne hadde I or now my sweete herte deere.
Ben yolde / Iwys I were now nat here. [ 1211]
(174)
O soth is seide þat heled for to be. [ 1212]
As of a feuere. or oother gret siknesse.
Men moste drynke / as men may al day se.
fful bitter drynke / and for to han gladnesse. [ 1215]
Men drynken ofte peyne and gret destresse.
I meene it heere / as for this auenture.
That thorwgh a peyne hath fownden now his cure. [ 1218]
(175)
And now swetnesse semyth moore swete. [ 1219]
Than bitternesse assayed was biforn.
ffor out of wo in blisse now they fleete.
Non swich they felten syn they were born. [ 1222]
Now is this bet than bothe to belorn.
ffor loue of god take euery womman hede.
To werkyn thus when it comth to the nede. [ 1225]
(176)
Criseide al quyt from euery drede and teene. [ 1226]
As she þat Iuste cause hadde hym to triste.
Made hym swich feste / it Ioye was to seene.
whan she his trouth and cleene entent wiste. [ 1229]
And as aboute a tree with many a twiste.
Bytrent and with the swoote wodebynde.
Gan ech of hem in armes oother wynde. [ 1232]
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And as the newe abaysed nyghtyngale. [ 1233]
That stynteth first whan she bigynneth synge.
whan þat she herith any hierde tale.
Or in the hegges any wight sterynge. [ 1236]
And aftir seker doth his voys out rynge.
Right so Criseide whan hir drede stente.
Opened hir herte and tolde al hir entente. [ 1239]
(178)
And right as he þat seith his deth Ishapen. [fol. 59b] [ 1240]
And deyen moste in aught þat he may gesse.
And sodeynly rescous doth hym eschapen.
And from his deth is brought in sikernesse. [ 1243]
ffor alle this world in swich present gladnesse.
Is Troilus / and hath his lady sweete.
with worse hap god lat vs neuere meete. [ 1246]
(179)
Hir armes smale / hir streyghte bak and softe. [ 1247]
Hir sydes longe / flessly smothe and white.
He gan to stroke / and good thrift bad ful ofte.
Hir snowissh throte. hir brestes rounde and lite. [ 1250]
Thus in this heuene he gan hym to delite.
And therwithal a thowsande tyme hir kiste.
That what to don for Ioye vnnethe he wiste. [ 1253]
(180)
Than seide he thus .o. loue .o. charite. [ 1254]
Thy modir ek Citherea the sweete.
After thi self nexte heried be she.
Venus mene I / the wel willy Planete. [ 1257]
And nexte yow ymeneus .I. the grete.
ffor neuere man was to yow goddes holde.
As I þat ye han broght fro cares colde. [ 1260]
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Benygne loue thow holy bond of thinges. [ 1261]
who so wol grace / and liste yow naught honouren.
Lo his desir wol flee without wynges.
And noldestow of bounte hem socouren. [ 1264]
That seruen best / and moste alwey labouren.
Yit were al lost / þat dar I wel seyn certes.
But yif thy grace passed oure desertes. [ 1267]
(182)
And for thow me þat coude lest deserue. [ 1268]
Of hem þat nowmbred ben vnto thi grace.
Hast holpen / ther I likly was to sterue.
And by me bistowed in so heygh a place. [ 1271]
That thilke boundes may no blisse pace.
I kan no moore but laude and reuerence.
Be to thy bounte and thyn excellence. [ 1274]
(183)
And therwith Criseide anon he kiste. [fol. 60a] [ 1275]
Of which certein she felte no disese.
And thus seide he / now wolde god I wiste.
Myn herte sweete / how I yow myght plese. [ 1278]
what man quod he was euere thus at ese.
As I on whom the fayrest and the beste.
That euery say deyneth hir herte reste. [ 1281]
(184)
Here may men se þat mercy passeth right. [ 1282]
The experience of this is felte in me.
That am vnworthy to yow lady bright.
But herte myn of yowr benygnite. [ 1285]
So thinketh thogh þat I vnworthy be.
Yit moot I nede amenden in som wyse.
Right thorgh the vertu of your heygh seruyse. [ 1288]
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And for the loue of god my lady deere. [ 1289]
Syn god hath wrought me for I shal yow serue.
As thus / he wol þat ye ben my steere.
To don me lif if þat yow list or sterue. [ 1292]
So techet me how þat I may deserue.
Yowr thonk / so þat I thorugh my ignoraunce.
Ne do no thing þat do yow displesaunce. [ 1295]
(186)
ffor certes fresshe wommanlich wyf. [ 1296]
This dar I seyn / þat trouth and diligence.
That shal ye fyndyn in me al my lif.
Ne I wil nat certeyn breken your defence. [ 1299]
And if I do present or in absence.
ffor loue of god let sle me with the dede.
yif þat it like vnto yowr wommanhede. [ 1302]
(187)
Iwys quod she myn owene hertes lust. [ 1303]
My grownde of ese . and al my herte deere.
Gramercy / for on þat is al my trust.
But lat vs falle awey fro this matere. [ 1306]
ffor this suffiseth which þat seyde is heere.
And at o word with outen repentance.
welcome my knyght / my pees / my suffisance. [ 1309]
(188)
Of hir delit . or Ioyes oon the leeste. [fol. 60b] [ 1310]
were impossible to my wit to seye.
But Iuggeth ye þat han ben at the feeste.
Of swhich gladnesse / if þat hem list pleye. [ 1313]
I kan no moore / but this ilke tweye.
That nyght bitwixen drede and sikernesse.
They felte in loue the grete worthynesse. [ 1316]
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O blisful lyght of hem so longe Isought. [ 1317]
How blithe vnto hem bothe two thow weere.
why ne hadde ich swich oon with my soule I bought.
Ye or the leeste Ioye þat was there. [ 1320]
Awey thow foul daunger and thow feere.
And lat hem in this heuene blisse dwelle.
This is so heygh þat no man kan it telle. *. [[St. 190-1 are made 201-2 in Harl. MS. 1239, St. John's MS., and Caxton's text. Harl. 2302 (lf. 75, bk.), Addit. 12,044 (lf. 59, bk.), and Corpus 61 have em here.]] [ 1323]
(190)
But how al thoght I kan nat tellen al. [ 1324]
As kan my auctour of his excellence.
Yit haue I seyd and god toforn and shal.
In euery thing the gret of his sentence. [ 1327]
And yif þat I. at loues reuerence.
Haue any thing in eched for the beste.
Dothe therwithal right as yowr seluen liste. [ 1330]
(191)
ffor myne wordes heere and euery parte. [ 1331]
I speke hem alle vndir correccioun.
Of yow / þat feelyng han in loues arte.
And putte hem hool and yowr discrecioun. [ 1334]
Tencresce or make diminucioun.
Of my lange / and þat I yow biseche.
But now to purpos of my rather speche. [ 1337]
(192)
Thise ilk two þat ben in armes laft. [ 1338]
So loth to hem asonder gon it weere.
That ech from oother wende ben byraft.
Or ellis lo this was hir most feere. [ 1341]
List al this thing / but nyce dremys weere.
ffor which ful ofte ech of hem seyde o swete.
Clippe ich yow thus / or elles ich it meete. [ 1344]
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And lord so he gan goodly on hir see. [ 1345]
That neuere his look ne blente from hir face.
And seide o deere herte may it be.
That this be soth þat ye ben in thise plase. [ 1348]
Ye herte myn. god thonk I of his grace.
Quod tho Criseide / and hirwithal hym kyste.
That where his spirit was for Ioye he nyste. [ 1351]
(194)
This Troilus ful ofte hir eyen two. [ 1352]
Gan for to kisse / and seyde o eyen cleere.
It war ye þat wroughten me this wo.
Ye humble nettes of my lady deere. [ 1355]
Though ther be mercy writen in yowr cheere.
God wot the text ful hard is sothe to fynde.
How koude ye withoute bond me bynde. [ 1358]
(195)
Therwith he gan hir faste in armes take. [fol. 61a] [ 1359]
And wel a thouusand tymes gan he sike.
Nat swich sorwful sikes as men make.
ffor sorwe / or elles whan þat folk ben sike. [ 1362]
But esy sikes swich as ben to like.
That shewed his affeccion withInne.
Of swich sikes koude he nat blyne. [ 1365]
(196)
Soone aftir this they spake of sondry thinges. [ 1366]
As fil to purpos for hir auenture.
And pleying entrechaungeden hir rynges.
Of which I kan nat tellen no scripture. [ 1369]
But wel I wot a broch gold and asure.
In which a ruby set was lik a herte.
Criseida him yaf / and stak it on his sherte. [ 1372]
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Lord trowen ye a coueitous or a wrechche. [ 1373]
That blameth loue / and halt of it despit.
That of the pans þat he kan mokre and kechche.
was euer yit Iyiue hym swich delit. [ 1376]
As is in loue in o point in som plit.
Nay douteles / for also god me saue.
So parfit Ioye may no nigard haue. [ 1379]
(198)
They wol sey yis / but lord so þat thei lye. [ 1380]
Tho bisy wrechches ful of wo and drede.
They clepyn loue a woodnesse or folye.
But it shal falle hem as I shal yow rede. [ 1383]
They shal forgon the white and ek the rede.
And lyue in wo / ther god yif hem meschaunce.
And euery louere in his trouthe auaunce. [ 1386]
(199)
As wolde god thise wrechches þat despise. [ 1387]
Seruyse of loue / hadde eris also longe.
As hadde Mida ful of coueytise.
And therto dronken hadde as hoote and stronge. [ 1390]
As crassus dide for hise affectes wronge.
To techen hem þat couetise is vice.
And loue is vertu thogh men halde it nyce. [ 1393]
(200)
Thise ilke two of which þat I yow seye. [fol. 61b] [ 1394]
whan hir hertes ful assured weere.
Tho gonnen they to speke and to pleye.
And ek rehersyn how / and whan and wheere. [ 1397]
They knewe hem first and euery wo and feere.
That passed was / but al þat heuynesse.
I thonked god was torned to gladnesse. [ 1400]
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And euere mo whan þat hem fil to speke. [ 1401]
Of any wo / of which a tyme agon.
with kyssynge al þat tale sholde breke.
And fallen in a newe Ioye anon. [ 1404]
And deden al hir myght syn they where oon.
ffor to recoueren blysse and ben at esye.
And passed wo with Ioye countrepeyse. [ 1407]
(202)
Reson wol nat þat I speke of slep. [ 1408]
ffor it acordeth naught to my matere.
God woot they toke of hit ful litel kep.
But list this nyght þat was to hem so deere. [ 1411]
Ne sholde in veyn eschap in no manere.
It was biset in Ioye and besynesse.
Of al þat souneth into gentilesse. [ 1414]
(203)
Whan þat the Cok comune astrologer. [fol. 62a] [ 1415]
Gan on his brest / to beete and after crowe.
And lucifer the dayes messager.
Gan for to rise / and oute hir stremyes throwe. [ 1418]
And estward ros to hym þat koude it knowe.
ffortuna maior þat anon Criseide.
with herte soore to Troilus thus seyde. [ 1421]
(204)
Myn hertes lif my trust and my plesaunce. [ 1422]
That I was born allas what me is wo.
That day of vs moot maken disseueraunce.
ffor tyme it is to rise and hennes go. [ 1425]
Or ellis I am lost for euer mo.
O nyght allas / why nyltow ouer vs houe.
As longe / as whan Almena lay by Ioue. [ 1428]
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O blake nyght as folk in bookes reede. [ 1429]
That shapen art by god / this world to hide.
At certein tymes with thy blake weede.
That vndir that men myght in rest abide. [ 1432]
wel outen bestes pleyne. and folk the chide.
That there as day with labour wolde vs breste.
That thow thus fleest / and deynes vs nat reste. [ 1435]
(206)
Thow doost allas to shortly thy office. [ 1436]
Thow rakel nyght / ther god makere of kynde.
ffor thow so downward hasteth of malice.
The corse / and to oure emyspye bynde. [ 1439]
That neuer mo vnder the grownde thow wynde.
ffor thorugh thy rakel lying out of Troye.
Haue I forgon thus hastely my Ioye. [ 1442]
(207)
This Troilus þat with tho wordes felte. [ 1443]
As thoughte hym tho. for pitous destresse.
The blody teeris from his herte melte.
As he þat neuere yit swich heuynesse. [ 1446]
Assayed hadde out of so gret gladnesse.
Gan therwithal Criseide his lady deere.
In armes streyne / and seid in this manere. [ 1449]
(208)
O cruel day accusour of the Ioye. [fol. 62b] [ 1450]
That loue and nyght han stole and faste Iwryen.
Acorsed be thi comynge into Troye.
ffor euery bore hath oon of thy bryght eyen. [ 1453]
Enuyous day what list the to espien.
what hastow lost / what sekist thow this plase.
Ther god thy light so quenche for his grace. [ 1456]
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Allas what han thise loueris the agilt. [ 1457]
Despitous day / thyn be the pyne of helle.
ffor mony louere hastow slayn and wilt.
Thy pourynge in wol no wher late hem dwelle. [ 1460]
what profrestow thy light her for to selle.
Go selle it hem þat smale seelis graue.
we wil the naught / vs nedeth no day haue. [ 1463]
(210)
And ek the sonne titan wolde he chide. [ 1464]
And seyd o fool wel may men the despise.
That hast al nyght the dawynge by thy side.
And suffrest hir so soone vp fro the rise. [ 1467]
ffor to disesen loueris in thise wise.
what holde thy bed ther thow and ek thy morwe.
I prey to god so yiue yow bothe sorwe. [ 1470]
(211)
Therwith ful soore he sight and thus he seyde. [ 1471]
My lady right. and of my wele and wo.
The verray roote / .o. goodly myn Criseide.
And shal.I arise / allas and shal I so. [ 1474]
Now feele I þat myn herte moot a two.
ffor how shuld I my lyue an houre saue.
Syn þat with yow is al the lif Ich haue. [ 1477]
(212)
What shal I don / for certes I not how. [ 1478]
Ne whanne allas I may the tyme se.
That in this plit I may ben eft with yow.
And of my lif / god wot I shal be. [ 1481]
Syn þat desir right now so streyneth me.
That I am dede anon but I retorne.
How sholde I longe allas fro yow soiorne. [ 1484]
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But natheles my owne lady bright. [fol. 63a] [ 1485]
Yit were it so þat I wist outrely.
That I yowr owene seruant and yowr knyght.
were in yowre herte Ishet as fermely. [ 1488]
As ye in myn / the which thing trewely.
Me leuere were / than this worldes tweyne.
Yit sholde I bet enduren al my peyne. [ 1491]
(214)
To þat Cryseide answerde thus anon. [ 1492]
And with a sik she seyde .o. herte deere.
The game Iwys so ferforth now is gon.
That erst shal Phebus fallen fro his speere. [ 1495]
And euerich egle ben the haukes feere.
And euery Roche out of his place sterte.
Ar Troilus out of Criseide herte. [ 1498]
(215)
Ye ben so deepe In with my herte Igraue. [ 1499]
That thogh I wolde it torne out of my thoghte.
As wysly verray god my soule haue.
To deyen in the peyne I koude noght. [ 1502]
And for the loue of god þat vs hath wroghte.
Lat in yowr brayn non oother fantasie.
So crepe / þat it cause me to dye. [ 1505]
(216)
An þat ye me wolde han as faste in mynde. [ 1506]
As I haue yow / þat wold I yow biseche.
And yif I wist sothly þat to fynde.
God myghte nat a poynt my Ioyes eche. [ 1509]
But herte myn withoute moore speche.
Beth to me trowe / or ellis wher it routhe.
ffor I am thyn by god and by my trowthe. [ 1512]
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Beth glad forthy and lyue in sekernesse. [ 1513]
Thus seyd I neuer or now ne shal to mo.
And yif to yow it were a gret gladnesse.
To torne ayein son aftir þat ye go. [ 1516]
As fayn wolde I as ye it were so.
As wysly god my herte brynge at reste.
And hym in armes tok and ofte kiste. [ 1519]
(218)
Ayein his wil syn it moot nedes be. [fol. 63b] [ 1520]
This Troilus vp ros and faste hym cledde.
And in his armes took his lady free.
An hundreth tyme / and on his way hym spedde. [ 1523]
And with swich voys as thoght his herte blede.
He seide fare wele dere herte swette.
Ther god vs graunt sounde and soone mette. [ 1526]
(219)
To which no worde for sorwe she ne answerde. [ 1527]
So soore gan his partyng hir destreyne.
And Troilus vnto his plays ferde.
As wobigon as she was soth to seyne. [ 1530]
So harde hym wrong / of sharp desir the peyne.
ffor to ben eft ther he was in plesaunce.
That it may neuere out of his remembrance. [ 1533]
(220)
Retorneth to his real paleys soone. [ 1534]
He softe into his bed gan to for slynke.
To slepe longe as he was wont to doone.
But al for naught he may wel ligge and wynke. [ 1537]
But slepe ne may ther in his herte synke.
Thynkyng how sho for whom desir hym brende.
A thousand fold was worth moore than he wende. [ 1540]
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And in this thought gan vp and down to wynde. [ 1541]
Hir wordes alle and euery contenaunce.
And fermelisch enpressen in his mynde.
The leste poynt þat to hym was plesaunce. [ 1544]
And verrelich of thilke remembrance.
Desir al new hym brende . and lust to breede.
Gan moor than erst / and yit took he no heede. [ 1547]
(222)
Criseide also right in the selue wyse. [ 1548]
Of Troilus gan in hir herte shette.
His worthynesse / his lust / his dedes wyse.
His gentilesse . and how she with hym mette. [ 1551]
Thonkynge lone / he so wel hir bisette.
Desiringe eft to han hir herte deere.
In swich a plit she dorste mak hym cheere. [ 1554]
(223)
Pandare of morwe which þat comen was. [fol. 64a] [ 1555]
Vnto his Nece / and gan hir faire greete.
Seide / al this nyght so reyned it allas.
That al my drede is þat ye Nece sweete. [ 1558]
Han litel leiser had to slepe and meete.
Al nyght quod he so reyn hath don me wake.
That som of vs for god hir hede may ake. [ 1561]
(224)
And nere he come and seide how stant it now. [ 1562]
This bright morwe Nece how kan ye fare.
Criseide answerde neuere the bet for yow.
ffox þat ye ben / god yiue yow herde care. [ 1565]
God help me so ye caused al this fare.
Trow I quod she / for al yowr wordes white.
O who so seth yow knoweth yow ful lite. [ 1568]
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With þat she gan hir face for to wrye. [ 1569]
with the shete / and wax for shame al reed.
And Pandarus gan vndir for to prye.
And seide Nece / if þat I shal be ded. [ 1572]
Haue her a swerde / and smyteth of my heed.
with that his arm al sodeynly he threste.
Vndir hir nekke / and at the laste hir kiste. [ 1575]
(226)
Passe al þat which nedeth naugh to seye. [ 1576]
what god foryaf his deth / an she also.
fforyaf and with hir vncle gan to pleye.
ffor oother cause was ther non than so. [ 1579]
But of this thing / right to theffect to go.
wen tyme was hom to hir house she wente.
And Pandarus hath hoolly his entente. [ 1582]
(227)
Now torne we ayein to Troilus. [ 1583]
That resteles ful longe a bedde lay.
And pryuyly sente aftir Pandarus.
To hym to come in al the haste he may. [ 1586]
He come anon / nat onys seyd he nay.
And Troilus ful sobrelich he grette.
And down vpon his biddesside hym sette. [ 1589]
(228)
This Troilus with al the affeccioun. [fol. 61b] [ 1590]
Of frendes loue / þat herte may deuyse.
To Pandarus / on knowes fel adown.
And or þat he wolde of the plase rise. [ 1593]
He gan hym thonken in his beste wyse.
A thousand tyme / and gan the day to blisse.
That he was born / to brynge hym fro destresse. [ 1596]
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And seide .o. frend of frendes the alderbeste. [ 1597]
That euere was / the soth for to telle.
Thow hast in heuene Ibrought my soule at reste.
ffro flagitoun the feery flood of helle. [ 1600]
That thought I myght a thousand tymes selle.
Vpon a day / my lif in thy seruyse.
It myght nat a moote in þat suffise. [ 1603]
(230)
The sonne which þat al the world may se. [ 1604]
Say neuere yit my lif þat dar I leye.
So Inly fair / and goodly as is she.
whos I am al / and shal til þat I deye. [ 1607]
And þat I thus am hyrs dar I seye.
That thonked be the heygh worthynesse.
Of loue / and ek thy kynde bisynesse. [ 1610]
(231)
Thus hastow me no litel thinge Iyiue. [ 1611]
ffor which to the obliged be for ay.
My lif / and why / for thorugh thy helpe I lyue.
Or ellis ded hadde I ben mony a day. [ 1614]
And with that word down in his bed he lay.
And Pandarus ful sobrelich hym herde.
Til al was seyde / and thanne he thus answerde. [ 1617]
(232)
My deere frend yif I haue don for the. [ 1618]
In any cas / god woot it is me lief.
And am as gladde as man may of it be.
God help me so / but take it naught a grief. [ 1621]
ffor loue of god be war of this myschief.
That ther as now thow brought art in thy blisse.
That thow thy self ne cause it nat to mysse. [ 1624]
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ffor of fortunes sharp aduersite. [fol. 65a] [ 1625]
The worste kynde of infortune is this.
A man to han ben in prosperite.
And it remembreth whan it passed is. [ 1628]
Thart wyse Inogh forthy do nat amyse.
Be nat to rakel thogh thowe sitte warme.
ffor yif thow be certein it wil the harme. [ 1631]
(234)
Thow art at ese / and holde the wel þerInne. [ 1632]
ffor also seur as reed is euery fire.
As gret a craft is kepe wel as wynne.
Bridle alwey wel thy speche and thy desire. [ 1635]
ffor worldly Ioy halt nat but by a wire.
That proeueth wel it brest alday so ofte.
fforthy nede is to wirken with it softe. [ 1638]
(235)
Quod Troilus / I hope and god biforn. [ 1639]
My deere frend / þat I shal so me bere.
That in my gylt ther shal no thing be lorn.
Ne I wol nat rakly as for to greuen here. [ 1642]
It nedeth nat this matere of to 1. [over an erasure.] tere.
ffor wistestow my herte wel Pandare.
By god of this thow woldest litel care. [ 1645]
(236)
Tho gan he telle hym of hise glade nyght. [ 1646]
And whereof first hys herte drede and how.
And seyde frende / as I am trewe knyght.
And by þat feith I shal to god and yow. [ 1649]
I hadde it neuere half so hoote as now.
And ay the more yt 2. [sic.] desir me biteth.
To loue hir beste the moore it me deliteth. [ 1652]
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I not my self nat wisly what it is. [ 1653]
But now I feele a newe qualite.
Ye al a nother than I dede or þis.
Pandare answerde and seide thus þat he. [ 1656]
That oonys may in heuene blis be.
He feeleth oother weyes dar I leye.
Than thilk tyme he first herde of it seye. [ 1659]
(238)
This is a worde for al / this Troilus. [fol. 65b] [ 1660]
was neuere ful to speke of this matere.
And for to preyse vnto Pandarus.
The bounte of his right lady deere. [ 1663]
And Pandarus to thanke and maken cheere.
This tale was ay spannew to bygynne.
Til at the nyght departed hem atwynne. [ 1666]
(239)
Soone after this / for þat fortune it wolde. [ 1667]
Icomen was the blisful tyme sweete.
That Troilus was warned þat he sholde.
Ther he was erst Criseide his lady meete. [ 1670]
ffor which he felte his herte in Ioye fleete.
And feithfully gan alle the goddes herye.
And lat se now / yif that he kan be merye. [ 1673]
(240)
And holden was the forme and al the wise. [ 1674]
Of hir commynge / and ek of his also.
As it was erst / which nedith naught deuyse.
But pleynly to the effect right for to go. [ 1677]
In Ioye and suerte Pandarus hem two.
Abedde broughte / whan hem bothe liste.
And thus they ben in quiete and in reste. [ 1680]
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Nat nedith it to yow syn they ben met. [ 1681]
To ax at me / yif þat they blithe weere.
ffor yif it erst was wele tho was it bet.
A thousand fold / this nedeth nat enqueere. [ 1684]
Agon was euery drede and euery feere.
And bothe Iwys they hadde / and so they wende.
As muche Ioye as herte may comprende. [ 1687]
(242)
This nys no litel thing of for to seye. [ 1688]
This passeth euery wit for to deuyse.
ffor eche of hem gan oothres lust obeye.
ffelicite wiche at this clerkis wyse. [ 1691]
Comenden so / ne may nat hir suffise.
This Ioye may nat writen be with Inke.
This passeth al / þat herte may bithynke. [ 1694]
(243)
But cruel day so weylawey the stownde. [fol. 66a] [ 1695]
Gan for to taproche / as they by signes knewe.
ffor which hem thoughte feelen dethes wownde.
So wo was hem þat chaungen gan hir hewe. [ 1698]
And day they gonnen to despise al newe.
Callynge it traytour enuyous and worse.
And bitterly the dayes light they corse. [ 1701]
(244)
Quod Troilus allas now am I war. [ 1702]
That pirora and the swifte steedes thre.
which þat 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 hym sacrifise. [ 1708]
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But nedes day departe hem moste soone. [ 1709]
And whan hir speche Idon was and hir cheere.
They twynne anon / as they ben wont to don.
And setten tyme of metynge eft Ifere. [ 1712]
And many a nyght they wroght in this manere.
And thus fortune a tyme ledde in Ioye.
Criseide / and ek this kynges sone of Troye. [ 1715]
(246)
In suffisaunce / in blisse / and in syngynges. [ 1716]
This Troilus gan al hise lif to lede.
He spendith / Iousteth / makith festynges.
He yeueth frely ofte. and chaungeth weede. [ 1719]
And helde aboute hym ay withouten drede.
A world of folk / as kam hym wele of kynde.
The fressheste / and the beste he koude fynde. [ 1722]
(247)
That swich a voys of hym was and a steuene. [ 1723]
Thorwghout the worlde of honour and largesse.
That it vp rong / vnto the yate of heuene.
And as in loue he was in swich 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]
(248)
The goodlihede or bounte which þat kynde. [fol. 66b] [ 1730]
In any oother lady hadde Iset.
Kan nat the mountenaunce of a knotte vnbynde.
Aboute his herte of al Criseides net. [ 1733]
He was so narwe Imasket and Iknet.
That it vndon on any maner side.
That nyl nat ben for aught þat may bitide. [ 1736]
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And by the hond ful ofte he wolde take. [ 1737]
This Pandarus and into gardyn leede.
And swich a feeste and swich a proces make.
Hym of Criseide / and of hir wommanhede. [ 1740]
And of hir beaute / þat withouten drede.
It was an heuene his wordes for to here.
And thanne he wolde synge in this manere. [ 1743]
(250) (Troilus's Song of Love, 1; adapted from Boethius.)
Loue þat of erthe and see hath gouernaunce. *. [[Cantus troili]]
Loue þat hise hestes hath in heuenes hye.
Loue which þat with an holsom alliance.
Halt peoples Ioygned as hym list hem gye. [ 1747]
Loue þat enditeth lawe of compaignye.
And couples doth in vertu for to dwelle.
Bynd this acord þat I haue told and telle. [ 1750]
(251) (Troilus's Song. 2.)
That þat the world with feith þat is 1. [sic] vnstable. [ 1751]
Dyuerseth so hise stowndes concordynge.
That elementȝ þat ben so discordable.
Holde in a bond perpetuely durynge. [ 1754]
That phebus moote his roosy day forth brynge.
And þat the moone hath lordshippes ouer the nyghtes.
Al this doth loue. ay heried be hise myghtes. [ 1757]
(252) (Troilus's Song. 3.)
That þat the see that gredy is to flowen. [ 1758]
Constreyneth to a certein ende so.
His floodes / þat so fiersly they ne growen.
To drenchen erthe and alle for euer mo. [ 1761]
And yif þat loue aught let his bridel go.
Al þat now loueth asonder shal lepe.
And lost were al þat loue halt now to hepe. [ 1764]
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So wolde god þat auctour is of kynde. [fol. 67a] [ 1765]
That with his bond loue of his vertu liste.
To cerclen hertes alle and faste bynde.
That from his bond no wight the wey out wiste. [ 1768]
And hertes colde hem wolde I þat he twiste.
To make hem loue / and þat hem liste ay rewe.
And hertes soore / and kepe hem þat be trewe. [ 1771]
(254)
In alle nedes for the townes werre. [ 1772]
He was / and ay the first in armes dight.
And certeinly but yif þat bookes erre.
Saue Ector moost Idrede of any wight. [ 1775]
And this Encres of hardinesse and myght.
Com hym of loue. his lady thonk to wynne.
That altered his spirit so withInne. [ 1778]
(255)
In tyme of trewe. on hawkynde wolde he ride. [ 1779]
Or ellis hont / boor. bere. or lyon.
The smale beestes leet he gon biside.
And whan þat he com rydyng into town. [ 1782]
fful ofte his lady from hir wyndow down.
As fresshe as faucon comen out of muwe.
fful redy was hym goodly to saluwe. [ 1785]
(256)
And moost of loue and vertu was his speche. [ 1786]
And in despit hadde alle wrechchednesse.
And douteles no nede was hym biseche.
To honouren hem þat hadden worthynesse. [ 1789]
And esen hem þat weren in destresse.
And glad was he if any wight wel farde.
That louere was. wan it wiste or harde. [ 1792]
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ffor soth to seyn he lost held euery wight. [ 1793]
But yif he were in loues heygh seruyse.
I. meene folk þat oughte it ben of ryght.
And ouer al this so wel koude he deuyse. [ 1796]
Of sentement / and in so vnkouth wyse.
Alle his array / þat euery louere thoughte.
That al was wel what so he seyde or wroughte. [ 1799]
(258)
And thogh that he be come of blood royal. [fol. 67b] [ 1800]
Hym liste of pryde at no wight for to chace.
Benygne he was to ech in general.
ffor which he gat hym thonk in euery place. [ 1803]
This wolde loue Iheried be his grace.
That pride / enuye / and ire and auarice.
He gan to fle. and euerich oother vice. [ 1806]
(259)
Yow lady bright the doughter to dyone. [ 1807]
Thy blynde and wynged sone ek daun kupide.
Yow sustres ix ek þat by Elicone.
In hill parnaso lysten for tabide. [ 1810]
That ye thus fer han deyned me to gide.
I kan na moore / but syn þat ye wol wende.
Ye heried ben for ay withouten ende. [ 1813]
(260)
Thowrgh yow haue I seyd fully in my song. [ 1814]
The effect and Ioye of Troilus seruyse.
Al be that ther was som disese among.
As to my auctour listeth to deuyse. [ 1817]
Mi thridde book now end ich in this wyse.
And Troilus in lust and in quiete.
Is with Criseide his owne herte swete. [ 1820]
Explicit liber tercius.
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Incipit Prohemmium Tercii Libri.
(1)
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]
(2)
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]
(3)
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]
(4)
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]
(6)
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]
(7)
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.
(8)
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]
(10)
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]
(11)
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]
(12)
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]
(14)
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]
(15)
[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]
(16)
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]
(18)
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]
(19)
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]
(20)
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]
(22)
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]
(23)
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]
(24)
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]
(26)
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]
(27)
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]
(28)
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]
(30)
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]
(31)
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]
(32)
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]
(34)
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]
(35)
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]
(36)
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]
(38)
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]
(39)
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]
(40)
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]
(42)
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]
(43)
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]
(44)
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]
(47)
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]
(48)
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]
(50)
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]
(51)
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]
(52)
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]
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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]
(55)
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]
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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]
(58)
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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
(63)
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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
(68)
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]
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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]
(71)
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]
(72)
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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
(83)
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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
(115)
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]
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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]
(118)
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]
(119)
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]
(120)
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]
(122)
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]
(123)
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]
(124)
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]
(126)
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]
(127)
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]
(128)
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]
(130)
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]
(131)
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]
(132)
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]
(134)
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]
(135)
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]
(136)
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]
(138)
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]
(139)
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]
(140)
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]
(142)
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]
(143)
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]
(144)
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]
(146)
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]
(147)
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]
(148)
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]
(150)
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]
(151)
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]
(152)
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]
(154)
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]
(155)
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]
(156)
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]
(158)
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]
(159)
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]
(160)
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]
(162)
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]
(163)
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]
(164)
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]
(166)
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]
(167)
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]
(168)
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]
(170)
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]
(171)
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]
(172)
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]
(174)
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]
(175)
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]
(176)
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]
(178)
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]
(179)
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]
(180)
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]
(182)
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]
(183)
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]
(184)
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]
(186)
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]
(187)
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]
(188)
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]
(190)
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]
(191)
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]
(192)
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]
(194)
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]
(195)
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]
(196)
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]
(198)
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]
(199)
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]
(200)
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]
(202)
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]
(203)
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]
(204)
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]
(206)
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]
(207)
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]
(208)
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]
(210)
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]
(211)
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]
(212)
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]
(214)
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]
(215)
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]
(216)
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]
(218)
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]
(219)
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]
(220)
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]
(222)
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]
(223)
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]
(224)
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]
(226)
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]
(227)
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]
(228)
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]
(230)
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]
(231)
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]
(232)
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]
(234)
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]
(235)
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]
(236)
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]
(238)
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]
(239)
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]
(240)
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]
(242)
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]
(243)
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]
(244)
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]
(246)
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]
(247)
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]
(248)
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]
Page  166(253) (Troilus's Song. 4.)
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]
(254)
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]
(256)
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]
(258)
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]
(259)
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]
(260)
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.]
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[BOOK III.]

(1) [Proem.]
O Blessfful Lygħt of wyche the Bemes Clere [ 1]
Adournetħ . al the thred heuen̄ faire
O sonnes lyf .o Ioves doughter dere
Plesaunce of love .O godely debouaire [ 4]
In gentyl hertis Redy to Repaire
O verray cause of hele . and of gladnesse
Y-heried be. thy myght and thy godnesse [ 7]
(2)
In heuen̄ and helle . in erthe and salt[e] see [ 8]
ys felt thy mygħt. of that I wole discerne
As man̄ birde best . fyssħ herbe and grene tre
The fele tymes wytħ . vapour eterne [ 11]
Gode louetħ and to loue . Wyl not werne
And in this worlde . no lyues creature
Wyth-outen̄ loue . is worthe or may endure [ 14]
(3)
Yee Ioves fyrst . to thilk effectes glade [ 15]
Thurgh wych that thinges lyven al and bee
Comenden and amoroux hem made
On mortal thinges . and as you lyst ay ye [ 18]
Yeue hem in loue. ese or Aduersitee
And in thousand fourmes dovn̄ hem sente
For̄ loue in erthe and whom you lyst he hente [ 21]
(4)
Yee fierse mars . apaisen of his Ire [ 22]
And as you lyst ye maken̄ hertes digne
Algates hem . that ye wole sette a fire
They dreden̄ shame . and vices they Resigne [ 25]
ye doon̄ hem̄ curteys . fressħ ben̄ and benigne
And higħ or lowe . after̄ wyght entendytħ
The Ioies that he hatħ your myght it sendith [ 28]
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Yee holden̄ Reigne. and hous in vnite [ 29]
ye sothfaste cause. of frensshippe ben̄ alsoo
ye knowen̄ al thilk. couerd qualitee
Of thinges wyche. that folke on̄ whondren̄ soo [ 32]
Whan they can̄ noght. construe how it may Ioo
She loueth hym. or why he loueth here
As why this ffyssħ and noght that cometh to were [ 35]
(6)
Yee folke a lawe. han sette in vniuerse [ 36]
And this knowe. I be hem that louers bee
That who-so stryveth. wyth you hath the werse
Now lady brygħt. for thy benignite [ 39]
At reuerence of hem̄. that serven̄ the
Whos clerke I am. so techyth me to devise
Som Ioye of that. is felt in this seruise [ 42]
(7)
Yee in maked hertis. sentement / [ 43]
In hielde / and doo me shewe of thy swettenesse
Calyope thy voyce. be now presente
For now is nede. seystow. not my distresse [ 46]
how I moot telle / a-non̄ Ryght the gladenesse
Of Troilus. to Venus Heringe
To wyche. who neditħ hath. god hym bringe [ 49]
Explicit / perhenni tercij Libri
Incipit liber. tercius.
(8)
LAy Al this While the seid Troilus [ 50]
Recordyng his lesson. in this manere
May fay thogħt he. thus wyl I sey & thus
That wole pleyne. vn-to my lady dere [ 53]
That worde is gode. and thus shal be my chere
This nyl I not. forgeten̄ in no wysen̄
Gode leve hym werken̄ as he can̄ devise [ 56]
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And Lord So that His Hert[e] gan̄ to qwappe [leaf 21, back]
heryng hire come. and short[e] gan̄ to syke
And pandarus. that lede hir by thy lappe [ 60]
Come nere and gan̄. In at the curteyn
And seide. gode do boote on̄ al syke
She who is here. yoū comen̄ to visite
Loo here is she. that is youre dethe to wyte [ 63]
(10)
Therwyth it semed. as he wepte almost [ 64]
A. ha. quod Troilus so Rewfully
were me be wo .O myghty gode thou wost
who is al there. I sey not trewly [ 67]
Sir quod Creseide. it is Pandare and I
Ye swete hert. allas I may not ryse
To knele. and do you honour in som̄ wyse [ 70]
(11)
And dressed hym̄ vpward. and she Ryght thoo [ 71]
Gan̄ bothe her handes. softe vpon̄ hym̄ leye
O for the loue of gode. doo ye not soo
To me quod she. I what is this to seye [ 74]
Sir comen̄ am I. to you for causes tweye
First you to thanke. and of your lordshippe eke
Continuaunce. I wolde you beseche [ 77]
(12)
This Troilus that herde his lady prey [ 78]
Of lordssyppe. hym wax neither quyk ne dede
No worde myght /. for shame to hit sey
Al-thougħ men̄ sholden̄. smyte of his hede [ 81]
But lorde so he wax. sodeinlych Rede
And seid his lesson̄. that he wende konne
To preyen̄ hir. is thorougħ his wytte y-Ronne [ 84]
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Creseide al this espied wel y-nougħ [ 85]
For she was wyse. and loued hym neuer the lesse
Al nere he malapert /. or made it tougħ
Or was to bolde. to synge a fool a messe [ 88]
But whan̄ his shame. gan somwhat to passe
his Resons as I may. my Rymes holde
y wole you telle. as techen̄ bokes olde [ 91]
(14)
IN changed voyce. Ryght for his verray drede [ 92]
wyche voyce eke qwoke. and therto his manere
Godely abasshed. and now his hewes Rede
Now pale. vnto Creseide his lady dere [ 95]
wyth loke dovn̄ cast. and humble y-yolden̄ chere
loo aldirfirst worde. that hym̄ asterte
was twyes mercy. mercy swete herte [ 98]
(15)
And stynt a while / and whan̄ he myght bringe [ 99]
The next worde. was gode wote for I haue
As feithfully. as I haue hade konnyng
Ben youres al. god so my soule saue [ 102]
And shal til that. I wooful. wyght be graue
And thogħ I ne dar. ne kan̄ vnto pleyne
I-wys I souffre. nougħt the lesse peyne [ 105]
(16)
Thus moche as now. O womanlyche wyf [ 106]
I may oute bringe. and yf this you displese
That shal I wreke vpon̄ myn̄ owne lyf
Ryght soone I trowe. and doon̄ your hert an̄ ese [ 109]
yif wyth my dethe. your hert[e] may appese
For syn̄ that ye. han herde me somwhat seye
Now Recche. I neuer. how soone that I deye [ 112]
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Therwyth his manly. sorowes to be-holde [ 113]
hit myght han̄ made. an̄ hert of ston̄ to rewe
And Pandarus wept /. as he to water wolde
And poked euer. his nece newe and newe [ 116]
And seide wobegon̄. ben̄ hertes trewe
For loue of gode. make of this thinge an ende
Or slee vs bothe. at oones or ye wende [ 119]
(18)
I What quod She. by gode and by my trouth [leaf 22] [ 120]
I note neuer what. ye wyl that I sey
y what quod he. that ye han̄ on̄ hym̄ routhe
For goddes loue. and doon̄ hym̄ not to dye [ 123]
Now thus quod she. I wolde hym̄ prey
To telle me the fyn̄. of his entent
yit wyst I neuer wel. what he ment [ 126]
(19)
What that I meen̄ .O swete hert[e] dere [ 127]
Quod Troilus .o. ffresshe. godely. free
That wyth the stremes. of your eyen clere
ye wolde somtyme. frendly on̄ me see [ 130]
And that ye souffren̄. that I may be he
wythouten̄ braunche. of vice in ony wyse
In trouthe to doon̄. to you my seruise. 1. [[Yow for to serue lyke as ye wyl deuyse.—Caxton.]]
(20)
As to my lady Ryght. and chief Resort [ 134]
Wyth al my wytte. al my diligence
And I to han. Ryght as you lyst comfort
Vnder your yerde. egal to myn offense [ 137]
As dethe if that. I breke your defense
And that ye deyne. me so mochel honoure
Me to commanden. aught in any houre [ 140]
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And I to be your verray humble trewe [ 141]
Secret. and in my peynes pacient
And euer moo. desiren fressħly newe
To serven̄ and ben̄. y-lyke diligent [ 144]
And wyth gode hert al holy your talent
Receyue in gre. how sore that me smert
loo this meen̄. I. myn̄ owne swete herte [ 147]
(22)
Qvod pandarus. loo here and herde Request [ 148]
And Raisnoble. a lady for to werne
Now nece myn̄. by natal Ioves feste
Were I a god ye shulden sterue as yerne [ 151]
That heren̄ wel. this man̄ wole nothing yerne
But your honour. and seen̄ hym̄ almost sterue
And ben̄ so lothe. to souffren̄ hym you to serve *. [[a blank line in MS.]] [ 154]
(23)
Wyth that she gan̄. he eyen̄ on̄ hym̄ to caste [ 155]
Ful esely and ful debonairly
A-vising hire. and hied not to fast
wyth neuer a worde. but seid hym̄ ful softly [ 158]
Myn̄ honour sauf. I wole wyl trewly
And in suche fourme. as he gan̄ now devise
Receyue hym̄ fully vn-to my seruise *. [[3 blank lines in MS.]] [ 161]
(24)
Be-sychyng hym̄ for goddes loue that he [ 162]
wolde in honour of trouthe. and gentilnesse
As I wyl meen̄. eke meen̄ wele to me
And myn̄ honour. wyth wytte besinesse [ 165]
Ay kepe. and yif I may dovn̄ hym̄ gladnesse
Fro henforth y-wys. I nyl not feyne
Now beth al hoole. no lenger ye ne pleyn *. [[2 blank lines in MS.]]
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But natheles. this warn̄ I you quod she [ 169]
A kinges sone al-thogħ ye be ywys
ye shal haue no more soueraintee
Of me in loue. than ryght in this cas is [ 172]
Nyl not forbere. if that ye doon̄ a-mys
To whrathen̄ you. that whiles ye me serue
Cherice you Ryght aftyr ye deserve [ 175]
(26)
And Shortly Dere hert /. And al my Knygħt [leaf 22, back] [ 176]
Beth glade. and draweth you to lustynesse
And I shal trewly. wyth al my ful mygħt
Your bettur tournen. al in-to swettenesse [ 179]
Yif I be she. that may do you gladnesse
For euery woo. ye shal recouur a blisse
And hym in Armes toke. and kan̄ hym kysse [ 182]
(27)
Fyl pandarus. on̄ knees and vp his eyen̄ [ 183]
To heuen̄ he threwe. and hielde his handes hye
Immortal god. quod he / that mayst not dyen̄
Cupide I meen̄. of this maist glorifie [ 186]
And venus thou. maist maken̄ melodie
Wythouten̄ honde. me semeth that in tovne
For this miracle. I here eche belle sowne [ 189]
(28)
But hoo na more. os now of this matere [ 190]
For-why this folke. wyl come vp a-non̄
That han the lettre Redde. loo I hem here
But I coniure the. Creseide and oon̄ [ 193]
And two thou Troilus. whan̄ thou maist goon̄
That at myn̄ hous. ye ben̄ at myn̄ warnynge
For I wel shal shape. your commynge *. [[1 line blank in MS.]] [ 196]
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And esetħ there your Hertis Rygħt y-nougħ [ 197]
And lat see wych . of you shal bere the belle
To speke of loue . and Ryght therwyth he lougħ
For there haue ye . a leyser for to telle [ 200]
Quod Troilus . how longe shal it dwelle
Ar this by doon̄ . quod he whan̄ thou maist Ryse
This thing shal be /. Rygħt as I you devise [ 203]
(30)
Wyth that / Eleyne . and also Deiphebus [ 204]
Tho comen̄ vpward . at the staiyr ende
And lord so than̄ gan Troilus growen̄
his brother and his suster for to blende [ 207]
Quod Pandarus it is tyme that we wende
Take nece myn̄ . your leue at al thre
And lat hem speke . and commeth forthe wytħ me [ 210]
(31)
SHe toke Hir Leue . at hem ful thriftfully [ 211]
As she wel cowde . and they hir Reuerence
Vn-to the fulɫ dyden̄ . hardely
And wonder wele . spaken̄ in hir absence [ 214]
Of hir . in preysyng . of hir excellence
hir gouernaunce . wytte and hir manere
Comendeden̄ . it Ioye was to here *. [[1 line blank in MS.]] [ 217]
(32)
Now Lat Hir Wende . to Hir owne place [ 218]
And tourne we . to Troilus a-geyn̄
That gan̄ ful ligħtfully . of the lettre pace
That Deiphebus hade in the gardeyn̄ seyn̄ [ 221]
And of Eleyne . and hym wolde feyn̄
Deliuered ben̄ . and seid that hym liste
To slepe . and after tales han̄ a reste *. [[1 line blank in MS.]] [ 224]
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ELeyne Hym Kyste . and toke Hir leve Blyue [ 225]
Deiphebus eke . and home went euery wygħt
And pandarus as faste . as he may dryve
To troilus . tho come as lyne Rygħt [ 228]
And on̄ a palete . al that glade nygħt
By troilus he lay . wyth mery chere
To tale . and wel . whas hem . they were in fere [ 231]
(34)
WHan euery Wyght was voyded but they two [leaf 23] *. [[A third hand∣writing begins here.]]
And all the dorres weren fast y-shette
To telle in shorte with-outen wordes moo
Thys Pandarus with-outen ony lette [ 235]
Vp Roos and on hys beddes syde hym sette
An gan to spekyn in a soubur wyse
To troilus as I shal þou devyse [ 238]
(35)
Myn alderlyuyst lord and brother dere [ 239]
Gode wote and thou that it satte me so sore
Whan I the saw so languyssħing to yere
For loue of wycħe thy wo wex euer more [ 242]
That I wyth al my mygħt And Al my lore
Haue euer sythen doon my besynesse
To bringe the to Ioye oute of distresse [ 245]
(36)
And haue y-brougħt it to sucħ plite as thou wost [ 246]
So thurgħt me thou stondest now in wey
To faren wele I sey it for no boost
And wostow why . for shame it is to seye [ 249]
For the haue I a game bygonne to pleye
wycħ that I neuer . eft shal do for other
Al-thogħ he were a thousand tymes my brother [ 252]
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THat is to say for the am I becomen [ 253]
Betwyx game and ernest suche a meen
As maken wommen vn-to men to comen
Al sey I nogħt. thou wost wele what I meen [ 256]
For the haue I my Nece of vices clene
So fully made thy gentylnesse to trust
That al shal be Rygħt as thy selfe lust [ 259]
(38)
But god that al wot take I to wytnesse [ 260]
That neuer I thy for couytyse wrougħt
But oonly for to a-brege that distresse
For wyche ful nygħt thou deydest as me thogħt [ 263]
But now gud brother doo as the ought
For goddes loue and kepe hire oute of blame
*. [[Line 266 is omitted in MS. Harl. 1239, but a blank is left for it.]]
(39)
For wel thou wost the name as it of hire [ 267]
A-monge the Pepul as who seyth halowed is
For that man is vnbore I dare wel swere
That euer wyst that she dide a-mys [ 270]
But wo is me that I that cause al this
May thynken that she is my nece dere
And I hir Eme. and traitour eke in fere [ 273]
(40)
And were it wyst that I thurgħ myn engyn̄ [ 274]
Had in myn Nece y-put thy fantasie
*. [[Line 276 is omitted in MS. Harl. 1239. No blank is left.]]
Why al þe worlde wolde vpon hit crie [ 277]
And seyen that I the warst trecherye
Did in thys cas that euer was be-gonne
And she fordonne And thou Rygħt nogħt y-wonne [ 280]
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Wherfore ar I wole ferther goon a paas [ 281]
Yit eft I the besyche and fully seye
That pryuyte goo wyth vs in this cas
That is to seyn that thou vs neuer wrye [ 284]
And be not wrogħt thogħ I the ofte preye
To holden secree suche an higħ matere
For skilful is thou wost wel my prayer *. [[1 blank line in MS.]] [ 287]
(42)
And thynke what woo ther hath by-tyd er thys [ 288]
For makyng of a-vauntes as men Rede
And that myschance in this worlde yit ther is
Fro day to day Rygħt for that wycked dede [ 291]
For wych thes wyse clerkes that bene dede
Han euer thys prouerbe to vs yonge
That þe ffyrst vertu is. to kepe his tonge [ 294]
(43)
And ner that it I wyl as now tabbregge [leaf 23, back] [ 295]
Diffusion̄ of speche .I. cowde Almost
A thousand olde storyes the a-lege
Of wommen̄ lost. thorogh false and fools boost [ 298]
Prouerbes cast thi selfe y-now And wost
A-geins that vice for to ben A labbe
Al seyde men̄ sothe. as often̄ As thai gabbe [ 301]
(44)
O tonge allas. so often herebeforn̄ [ 302]
Hastow made many a lady bryght of hewe
Seyd welaway the day that I was born̄
And many a maydens sorow for to new [ 305]
And for the more part al is vntrewe
That men of yelpe and it were brogħt to preue
Of kynde noon a-vauntour is to leue [ 308]
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A vauntour And a lyer al is oon̄ [ 309]
As thus I poose . a womman graunte me
Hyr loue . and seytht other wyl she non̄
And I am sworn̄ to holden it secree [ 312]
And aftyr I goo telle it two or thre
I-wys I am vauntour at the leste
And a lyer for I breke my heste [ 315]
(46) (Much alterd in Caxton.)
Now loke thenne yf they be aught to blame [ 316]
Swycħ maner folke what shaɫ I calle hem what
That hem a-vaunte of wommen and by name
There thai behight hem neuer this ne that [ 319]
Ne knowe hem more . than myn olde hatte
No wondyr ys so . gode me sende hele
Thogħ women̄ drede . wytħ vs men̄ to dele [ 322]
(47)
I say not thys . for no mystrust of ȝou [ 323]
Ne for no wyse man̄. but for folys nyce
And for the harme . that in this world is now
As wel for folye . oft as for malice [ 326]
For wel wot I . in wyse folke that vice
No woman̄ drat yf she be wel a-visede
For wyse men̄ been by folys harme chastised [ 329]
(48)
But now to purpos . leue brother dere [ 330]
Haue this thing . that I haue seyde in mynde
And kepe the clos . and be now of gode chere
For at thi day . thou shalt me trewe fynde [ 333]
I shal thi proces sette . in suche A kynde
And god toforn̄. that it shal the suffyce
For it shal been . Rygħt as thou wylt devise [ 336]
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For wel wote I thou menest wel parde [ 337]
Ther-for I dare this fully vndyr-take
Thou wost eke what. thi ladi graunted the
And day is sette . the charters vp to make [ 340]
Haue now gode nygħt I may no lengur wake
And bidde for me . syn thou Art now in blisse
That gode me sende dethe or soone lysse [ 343]
(50)
Who mygħt tellen half the Ioye or feste [ 344]
Wyche that the soule . of Troylus tho felte
Herynge the effecte of Pandarus byheste
His olde woo . that made his herte swelte [ 347]
Gan tho for Ioye to wasten̄ and to melte
And aɫɫ the rychesse . of his sykes sore
At oones fledde . he felte of hem no more [ 350]
(51)
Ryght so As thes holtes And thes hayes [ 351]
That han in wynter . dede byn̄ And drye
Revesten̄ hem . in grene whan that may is
Whan euery lusty lustetħ best pleye [ 354]
Ryght in that sewe . wyse sothe to say
Wax sodeinlycħ his hert[e] ful of Ioye
That gladder was . ther neuer man̄ in Troye [ 357]
(52)
And gan His Loke on Pandarus to caste [leaf 24] [ 358]
Fuɫ souburly And frendly on̄ to see
And seyd frynd in Apryl the laste
As wel thou wost yf it remembre the [ 361]
How mygħt the dethe . for wo thou fonde me
And how thou didest Al thi besinesse
To know of me . the cause of my dystresse [ 364]
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Thou wost how longe .I hit for-bare to sey [ 365]
To the that Art. the man that I most truste
And peryl was it non . to the to be-wrey
That wyst I wel but telle it yf the lyst [ 368]
Syth I so lotħ was . that thi self it wyst
How durst I moo tellen of thys matere
That quake now . And no wygħt may vs here [ 371]
(54)
But natheles by that god I the swere [ 372]
That as hym lyst may Al this worlde gouerne
And yf I lye Achilles with his spere
Myn hert cleue al ware my lyue eterne [ 375]
As I am mortal yif I lete or yerne
Wolde it by-wrye or drust or shulde konne
For Alɫ the gode . that gode made vndyre sonne [ 378]
(55)
That Radyr dye I wolde and determine [ 379]
As thinketh me . now stocked in pryson̄
In wrechednes . in fylthe And in wermyne
Captyf to cruel kynge Agamenōn̄ [ 382]
And thus in alle the temples of this tovn̄
Vpon the goddes Alle I wolde the swere
To morow day yf that the lyketħ here [ 385]
(56)
And that thou hast . y-doon so moche for me [ 386]
That I neuermore it may deserue
This know I wel . Al myght I now for the
A thousand tymes on A morow sterve [ 389]
I kan no more but that I wol the serue
Ryght As thou sclave whider so thou wende
For euermore vn-to my lyues ende [ 392]
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But here with al myn hert I the be-syche [ 393]
That neuer in me . thou deme such folye
As I shal seyn . my thougħt by thy speche
That this wycħ . thou me doust for companye [ 396]
I shuld wene . it wer a bauderye
Y Am nowght wode . al yf I lewde be
It is not so . that wote I wyl pardee [ 399]
(58)
But he that gothe for golde or for Ryghtchesse [ 400]
On suche message calle hym what the lyst
And thys that thou doest calle it gentylnesse
Compassyon of ffellysshyp And trist [ 403]
Depart it soo for wyde wher is wyst
How ther is diuersite required
Be-twyxen thinges lyke as I haue lered [ 406]
(59)
And that thou knowe . I thinke not ne wene [ 407]
That this seruise A shame or be Iape
I haue my fayre Sustyr Pollexene
Cassandre Eleyne or ony of the frape [ 410]
Be she nende so fayr or wele y-shape
Telle me wych . thou wylt of euerychone
To han for thyn . And lat me thenne A-lonne [ 413]
(60)
But sytħ thou hast don me this seruise [ 414]
My lyue to saue And for non̄ hope of mede
So for the loue of gode this grete impryse
Parfourme it oute for now is most nede [ 417]
For hygħ and low with-outen̄ drede
I wole Alway thyn hestes kepe
Haue now gode nygħt . And lat vs Alle slepe [ 420]
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THus Hielde hym eche of other wel apayed [lf. 24, bk.] [ 421]
That alle the worlde . ne mygħt it bet Amende
And on the morow . when they wher A-reyd
Eche to his one . nedes gan entende [ 424]
But Troylus thogħt as the fyre he brent
For sharpe desyre . of hope & of plesaunce
He nought for-gate . his gode gouernaunce [ 427]
(62)
But in hymself wyth manhode gan Restreyne [ 428]
Eche racle dede . And eche vnbrideled chere
That Alle . tho that lyuen̄ certeyne
Ne sholde an wyste . by worde or by manere [ 431]
What that he mente . as touching this matere
From euery whyght as fer as is the clowde
He whas . so wele dissemilen he cowde [ 434]
(63)
And alle the wyle . wyche that I you devise [ 435]
This whas his lyue . whytħ alɫ his myght
By day he whas . in martes hygħ seruise
That is to sey in Armes as a knyght [ 438]
And for the more part . the longe nyght.
He lay and thogħt . how that myght serue
Hys lady best hire thonke for to deserue [ 441]
(64)
Wyl I not swere Al-thogħ he lay softe [ 442]
That in his thoght he was sumwhat dysesed
Ne that he turnytħ . on his pyllous ofte
And wolde of that he myssed haue ben essed [ 445]
But in suche cas . men ben not Al-wey plesed
For augħt I wote . namore than whas he
This kan I deme . of possibilite [ 448]
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But certeyn is to purpos for to goo [ 449]
That in this while . As wrytten is in geste
He saugħ his lady . somtym And Also
She wytħ hym spake whan that she durst & liste [ 452]
And by her broder A-vyce As whas the best
Appointed ful warly in this nede
So as thay durst . how þat they wolde procede [ 455]
(66)
But it was spokyn . in so short A wyse [ 456]
In sucħ a-wayte And in sucħ fere
Lest any whygħt deuynen or deuise
Wolde of hem two . or to hit leye A nere [ 459]
That al the world so lief to hem ne were
As that Cupide / wolde hem grace sende
To make of hire Porpos Rygħt an ende [ 462]
(67) *. [[Caxton leaves out St. 67-71. Harl. 1293 (lf. 24, bk.) and 2932 (lf. 59, bk.) have em.]]
But tillȝ . litel that thai spake or wrogħt [ 463]
His wyse gost toke ay of Al swycħ hiede
Hire semed hit . he wyst what she tougħt
Wyth-outen̄ worde so . that it was no nede [ 466]
To bidde hym augħt to doo or ougħt for-bede
For wyche she thouȝgħt . that loue al come it late
Of al Ioye . hade opened hir the yate [ 469]
(68)
And shortly of this proces for to passe [ 470]
So wel his werke . and wordes he bysette
That he so ful stode in his lady grace
That twenty thousand tymes or she lette [ 473]
She thonked gode . she euer wyth hym mette
So kowde he hym gouerne in suche seruise
That Alle the worlde ne cowde it bot A-vyse [ 476]
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For why sho fonde hym so discret in al [ 477]
So secret and of suche of obeyssance
That wel she felte . he was to hir a wal
Of stele And shelde from euery dysplesance [ 480]
That to be in hys gouernance gode
So wyse he was she nas namore afered
I meen as fer . as ougħt ben Required [ 483]
(70)
And Pandarus to quyl-ke alway the Fyre [leaf 25] [ 484]
Was euer y-lyke prest And diligent
To ese his frende was sette al his dysyr
He shoof ay on̄ he too And fro was sent [ 487]
He lettres bare whan Troylus was Absent
That neuer man as in his frendys nede
Ne bare hym bet than he wytħ-outen̄ drede [ 490]
(71)
But now p[ar]aunter . som men wayten wolde [ 491]
That euery worde . or soonde looke or chere
Of Troylus . that I Rehersen sholde
In al thys whyle vn-to his lady dere [ 494]
I trowe it were . A longe thinke for to hyre
Or of what whyght that stant in syche dysyointe
Hys wordes alle euery loke to poynte [ 497]
(72)
For southe I haue not herde it doon or this [ 498]
In story noon . ne no man here I weyne
And thogħ I wolde . y cowde not y-wys
For ther was som epistil hem by-twene [ 501]
That wolde as seyth myn Auctor wel contene
Nygħ halfe this boke . of wycħ hym lyst nat wrytte
How shulde I than of hit a lyne endite [ 504]
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But to the grete effecte than sey I thus [ 505]
That stondyng in concorde And quiete
Thes ylke two Creseyde and Troylus
As I haue tolde . And in this tyme swete [ 508]
Saue oonly often mygħt they not meete
Ne leyser haue hir speches to fulfille
That byfel hit Rygħt as I shal you telle [ 511]
(74)
This Pandarus that euer did his mygħt [ 512]
Ryght for the fyn that I shal telle here
As for to bringe to his hous som nygħt
Hys fayre Nyce and Troylus infere [ 515]
Where as at leyser al this hygħ matere
Touching hir loue . were at the ful vp bounde
hade oute of doute . a tyme of hit y-founde [ 518]
(75)
For he wytħ gret deliberacion [ 519]
had euery thing that therto myght a-vaylle
Forncast and putte in execucion
And neyther lefte . for coste ne for trauaille [ 522]
Come hif hym list . hem shulde no thing faille
And for to ben . in aught espied there
That wyst he wel an Impossible it were [ 525]
(76)
And dredles it clere was in the wynde [ 526]
Of euery pye . and euery let game
Now al his wel . for al the worlde his blynde
In this matere bothe wylde and tame [ 529]
This tymbre is al Redi vp to frame
Vs lakketħ not but that we weten wolde
A certeyn houre . in wyche she come sholde [ 532]
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And Troylus that al this purviance [ 533]
Knewe at the ful. and wayted on it ay
Had hervpon eke made grete ordinance
And fonde his cause ther-to. and his aray [ 536]
And yf that he where myssed nyght or day
Ther while he was a-bouten this seruise
That he was goon. to doon his sacryfice [ 539]
(78)
And most at suche a temple wake allone [ 540]
Answerd of Appollo for to be
An fyrst to see the holy laurer quake
Er that Appollo spake oute of tree [ 543]
To telle hym nexte. whan grekes shulde flee
And for-thy let hym no man god forbede
But pray Appollo. that he helpe in this nede [ 546]
(79)
Now is ther lityl more to Doon [leaf 25, back] [ 547]
But pandare vp And shortly to seyn
Ryght sone vpon the changging of the mone
Whan lygħtles is the worlde A nyght or twene [ 550]
And that the welken shope hym for to Reyne
And streyght A morowe vnto his nece wente
Ye haue wel herde the fyn of his entente [ 553]
(80)
When he was come. he gan A-non to pleye [ 554]
As he was wont. And of hym self to Iape
And finially he swore And gan hir seye
By this And that. she shulde hym not scape [ 557]
Ne lenger hym doon after hir to gape
But certeinly she must by hyr leve
Come soupen in his house wytħ hym at eve [ 560]
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At wyche she lought And gan hir fast excuse [ 561]
And seyd it Reineth. loo how shulde I goon
Lat be quod he ne stande not thus to muse
This moot be doon. ye shal be there A-noon [ 564]
So At the last her-of they fylt at oon
Or ellys softe. he swore hire in hir ere
He shulde comen neuer ther as she were [ 567]
(82)
Sone Aftyr this. she to hym gan Rowne [ 568]
And axed hym. yif Troylus where there
He swore hir nay fore he was oute of toūn̄e
And seyd nece I pose that he where there [ 571]
You thurst han neuer more fere
For rather than myght hym ther espye
Me wher leuer A thousand folde to dye [ 574]
(83)
Now lyst myn Auctor fully to declare [ 575]
What that she tought. whan he seyd soo
That Troylus whas oute of she tovne y-fare
And yf he seyd soutħ therof or noo [ 578]
But that wythoute a-wayte wytħ hym to goo
She graunted hym syth he hyr that be-sought
And As his Nece. obeyd as hyr ought [ 581]
(84)
But natheles yit gan she hym be-syche [ 582]
Al-though wyth hym to gon it were no fere
For to be whare of gosisshe peples speche
That dremen thinges whicħ that neuer were [ 585]
And whel A-vyse hym. whom he brought there
And seyd hym Eme syn I most on you trust
loke al be whel. And doo now As you lust [ 588]
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He swore here yis . by stokkes And by stones [ 589]
And by the goddes . that in heuen̄ dwellen̄
Or ellys wher hym leuer felle And bones
Wytħ pluto kying as depe ben in helle [ 592]
As Tantalus what sholde I more telle
whan he whas wel . he Roos And toke his leue
And she to souper . come whan it whas eve [ 595]
(86)
Wyth a certayn of hyr one men̄ [ 596]
And wytħ hyr fayr Nece Antigone
And other of hir fayr wommen .ix. or ten̄
But who whas gladde . now as trow ye [ 599]
But Troylus that stode . And myght it see
Thurgħ-oute a litel wyndow in a stewe
Ther he by-shette sy[n] mydnyght was in mewe [ 602]
(87)
Vnwyst of euery wyght but of Pandare [ 603]
But to the point . now whan she whas comen
Wytħ Alle Ioye And Alle frendys fare
Hire Eme A-non̄ in harmes hatħ he nome [ 606]
And aftyr to the soupeyr Alle And some
Whan tyme whas ful softe they hym sette
Gode wote ther whas no deynte for to fette [ 609]
(88)
And afftyr souper gonnen thei to Ryse [leaf 26] [ 610]
At ese wel wytħ hertes Fressħ And glade
And wel was hym that best cowde a-vyse
To liken hir or that hir laughen made [ 613]
He songe she pleyde he tolde A tale of wade
But at the last as euery thinge hathe ende
She toke hir leue . And nedes wolde she wende [ 616]
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But O fortune executrice of wyerdes [ 617]
O influence of the euyn hye
Sothe is that vndir god ye ben our hierdes
Thought ben to vs best is ben the causes wrye [ 620]
This meene I now for she gan now homward hie
But execute was Al beside hir leve
The goddes wylle . for wych she most beleue [ 623]
(90)
The bent mone . wyth hir hornes pale [ 624]
Saturne And Iove in cancro Ioned were
That suche A Rayne fro heuen gan a-vale
That euery manere woman that was there [ 627]
hadde of the smoky Reyne a verray ferre
At qwycħ Pandare tho lought & seyd thenne
Now were it tyme a lady to gonne henne [ 630]
(91)
But gud Nece if I myght euer plese [ 631]
you any thing . than pray I quod he
To doon̄ myn hert . as now so grete an ese
As for to dwelle . here al nygħt with me [ 634]
For why this is . youre one hous pardee
And by my trougħt . I sey it not a game
To wende as now / it where a shame [ 637]
(92)
Creseyde wycħ that gowde as moche gowde [ 638]
As halfe a worlde toke hede of his prayere
And sitħ it Roon And All was on̄ a flode
She thougħt A gode chepe may I dwelle here [ 641]
And graunted it gladly with a frendis chere
And haue a thonke . as gruche . thenne a-byde
For home to gonne . it may not wel betyde [ 644]
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I wole quod she myn̄ vncle lief and dere [ 645]
Syn that you lyst. it skylle is to be soo
I am Ryght gladde. wytħ you to dwelle here
I seyde but a game. I wolde goo [ 648]
y-wys graunted mercy. nece quod he tho
were it a game. nor southe for to tellen̄
Now am I gladde. syn that you lust to dwellen̄ [ 651]
(94)
Thus al is wel. but tho be-gan a-Ryght [ 652]
The newe Ioye and alle þe feste a-gein
But Pandarus. if godely had he mygħt
He wolde han hied hir to bedde fayn̄ [ 655]
And seyd lord this. is an huge Rayn̄
This were a wheder to slepen̄ inne
And that I Rede vs sone to be-gynne [ 658]
(95)
And Nece woot ye where I wold you leye [ 659]
For that ye shal not liggen fer a-sonder
And for ye neither. shullen dar̄ I seye
Here noyse of Raynes ne of thonder [ 662]
By god rygħt in my litil closet yonder
And I wolde in that vtter̄ hous allone
Be wardeyn̄ ouer your wommen̄ euerychone [ 665]
(96)
And in this mydil chambre that ye see [ 666]
Shal your̄ wommen slepen̄ wel & softe
And there I seyd shal your seluen̄ bee
And yf ye ligge wel to nygħt come ofte [ 669]
And caretħ not what wheder̄ is a-lofte
To wyn̄ a-non̄. And whan so that you liste
Than is it tyme for̄ to gon̄ to Rest [ 672]
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Ther is namore but herafter soone [leaf 26, back] [ 673]
Thei dranke voyded and trauars drewe anon̄
Gan euery wyght that had not to do
More in the place out of the chambre gon̄ [ 676]
And euermore so sternliche it Roon̄
And blewe der-wyth. so wondirlich lowde
That wel nygh noman̄ heren other̄ cowde [ 679]
(98)
Tho pandarus hir Eme Ryght as hym ougħte [ 680]
wytħ women̄ suche as was her most a-boute
Ful glade vn-to her beddes syde hir brought
And toke his leue And gane ful lowe lowte [ 683]
And seyd her at the closet dore wytħ-owte
Rytħ ouerthwart your wommen̄ lyggen alle
That whom ye lust of hem ye may calle [ 686]
(99)
Soo whan that she was in the closed lede [ 687]
And alle hir̄ wommen̄ forth by ordinance
A bedde weren ther as I haue seyde
There was no more to skippen ne to daunce [ 690]
But bidden to goo to bedde wytħ myschaunce
yif any wygħt were stiring any where
And lat hem slepe. that a-bedde were [ 693]
(100)
But Pandarus that wel cowde eche a del [ 694]
The olde daunce and euery point ther[i]nne
Whan þat he sawgħ that alle þing whas wel
He thought he wolde vp-on̄ his werk beginne [ 697]
And gan the stew dore al softe vn-pynne
And stille as stone wyth-outen lenger lette
And down by Troilus dovn Ryght he hym sette [ 700]
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And shortly to the point Ryght for to gon̄ [ 701]
Of al this werk he tolde hym worde and ende
And seyd make the Redy Ryght A-non̄
For to shat in-to heuene blisse wende [ 704]
Now blesful Venus /. thou me grace sende
Quod Troylus for neuer yit noo nede
had I er now. ne haluendel the drede [ 707]
(102)
Quod Pandarus ne drede the neuer a dele [ 708]
For it shal by Ryght as thou lyst desire
So thryvn I this nygħt shal I make it wel
Or casten al the gruel in the fyre [ 711]
Yit blesful Venus this myght thou me Enspire
Quod Troylus. as wys as I the serue
And euer bet And bet shal tyl I sterue [ 714]
(103)
And yf had O Venus ful of myght [ 715]
Aspectes bade. of mars or of saturne
Or thou combust. or let wer in my byrth
Thy ffadyr pray al thilke harme disturne [ 718]
Of grace And that I glade ayen my turne
For loue of hym thou louedest in the shawe
Y meen Adon̄. that wytħ the bore was slawe [ 721]
(104)
O Iove for the loue of fayr Europe [ 722]
The qwyche in fourme of bole Awey thou fette
Now helpe O Mars thou wytħ thy blody cope
For loue of Cyphres thou me naught ne lette [ 725]
O phebus. thinke whan dane her seluen̄ shete
Vnder the barke of laurer wexe for-drede
Yit for hir. O helpe now at this nede. [ 728]
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Mercurie for the loue of hierse eke [ 729]
For qwycħ pallas was wyth aglauros wrougħt
Now helpe eke diane I the besyche
That this viage be not to the lougħt [ 732]
O fatal sustren. qwycħ or Any clothe
Me shapen was my desteyne me sponne
So helpetħ to this werke that is be-gonne [ 735]
(106)
Qvod pandarus thou Wreched mouses Herte [leaf 27] [ 736]
Ar-tow a-gast. so that she wole the byte
[Omitted in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]
And folow me for I woll han the wytte [ 739]
But A-byde And let me gon̄ by-for a lite
And wyth that worde he gan̄ vn-don̄ a trappe
And Troylus he brought in by the lappe [ 742]
(107)
The steirne wynde so lowde gan to Rowte [ 743]
That no wyght other noyse myght here
And thei lat leyn. at the dore wyth-oute
Ful sikerly. thei slepten al in fere [ 746]
And pandarus with a ful soubre chere
Gothe to the dore A-non̄ with-outen̄ lette
There as they lay. And softly hit shette [ 749]
(108)
And as he come a-yen̄ward pryuely [ 750]
His Nece a-woke. And asked ho goth dere
My dere nece quod he it am I
Ne wonder notħ. ne haue it no fere [ 753]
And ner he come. and seyd her in here ere
No word for loue of god I you beseche
Lat no wygħt Rysen to here of oure speche [ 756]
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What wycħ way be ye come benedicite [ 757]
Quod she and how vnwyst of hem alle
Here at this secre trappe dore quod he
Quod tho Creseyde. lat me som wyght calle [ 760]
I gode forbede that it shulde falle
Quod Pandarus that ye suche folye wrougħt
Thei myght deme þing that thei neuer thougħt [ 763]
(110)
Hit is not gode A sleping hounde to wake [ 764]
And a yeue a wyght cause to devyne
Your' wommen slepen alle I vndyr-take
And slepen̄ wole tyl that sonne shynne [ 768]
So that for them the hous men̄ mygħt myne [ 767]
And whan my tale y-brought is to A nende
Vn-wyst Ryght as I come so wyl I wende [ 770]
(111)
Now nece myn. ye shul wel vndir-stonde [ 771]
Quod he so as ye women̄ demen̄ alle
That for to holde longe a man in hande
And hym hir loue. and dere hert calle [ 774]
And maken hym. an hove a-boue a calle
I meen̄ as loue. a nother in this meen while
She dothe hir selfe a shame And hym begyle [ 777]
(112)
Now wherby that I telle you Alle this [ 778]
ye wote your selfe as wol as any wygħt
how that your loue al fully graunted is
To Troilus the worthiest knyght [ 781]
On of the worlde. and ther-to trought y-plygħt
That but it were on̄ hym a-longe ye wolde
hym neuer falsen while that ye lyven sholde [ 784]
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Now stant it thus that sytħ I fro you went [ 785]
This troilus Ryght platly for to seyn̄
Is thorougħ A goter by a pryue went
In-to my chambre comen̄ in al this reyn̄ [ 788]
Vn-wyst of euery maner wyght certeyn̄
Saue of my self. as wis haue I loye
And by the feytħ. I shal pryam of Troye [ 791]
(114)
And he is come in syche peyne And distresse [ 792]
That but he be as fully wode by this
So sodenily mot falle in-to A wodnesse
But yif ye helpe. And cause why is this [ 795]
he seid hym-self tolde is of a frende of his
how þat he shulde louen̄ oon̄ atte horaste
For sorogħ of wycħ this nygħt shal ben his laste [ 798]
(115)
CReseide Wyoħ that this Wonder Herde [leaf 27, back] [ 799]
Gan sodenily a-boute her herte colde
And wyth a syke. she sorowfully Answerde
Allas I wolde haue wende wo tales tolde [ 802]
My dere hert wolde me not holde
So lyghtly fals Allas conceytys wronge
what harme thei doone for now lyve I to longe [ 805]
(116)
HOraste Allas. And falsen Troylus [ 806]
I knowe hym nowgħt. gode helpe me quod she
Allas qwat wycked spirit tolde hym thus
Now certes Eme to-morow and I hym see [ 809]
I shal therof. as fully excusen me
And euery did womman̄ yif hym lyke
And wytħ that worde she gan ful sore syke [ 812]
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O gode quod she. so wordly selynesse [ 813]
wyche clerkes callen fals felicite
y-medlid wyth many a bitternesse
Ful Anguysshous that is god wote quod she [ 816]
Condicion̄ of veyne prosperite
For eyther Ioyes comen not in fere
Or ellys no wyght hath hem alwey here [ 819]
(118)
O brotel wele of mannes Ioye vnstable [ 820]
wytħ what that thou be or how thou play
Eyther ha whote that thou Ioye arte muable
Or woot it not. it moot ben oon of twey [ 823]
Now yf he wotte it nogħt how may he seye
That he hath verray Ioye and selynesse
That is of ignoraunce ay in derkenesse [ 826]
(119)
Now yif he woot that Ioye is transitorie [ 827]
As euery Ioye of wordly thing moot flee
Than euery tyme he that hath in memorie
The drede of lesing. makytħ hym that he [ 830]
May in no parfite selynesse bee
And yif to lese his Ioye he sette a myte
Than semetħ it that Ioie is wortħ for lite [ 833]
(120)
Wherfore I wole diffyne in this manere [ 834]
That truly for aught I can espie
There is no verray wele in this world here
But O thou wycked serpent Ialousie [ 837]
Thou misbeleved envyous folye
Why hastow made Troilus to me vntriste
That neuer yit a-gilte hym that I wyste [ 840]
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Quod Pandarus this fallen is the cas [ 841]
Why vncle myn̄ quod she whoo tolde hym thus
Why douthe my dere hert thus allas
Ye whot ye nece myn quod he what is [ 844]
I hope al shal be wel that is-amys
For ye may quenche al this if that ye list
And dothe rygħt so. I holde it for the best [ 847]
(122)
SO shal I do to-morow y-wys quod she [ 848]
And gode to-forne. so that it shal suffice
To-morow quod he allas that where a faire
Nay nay it may not stonde in this wyse [ 851]
For Nece myn̄ thus writen̄ clerkes wyse
That peril is wyth drechyn̄g in y-drawe
Nay swycħ a-bodes ben not wortħ an hawe [ 854]
(123)
Nece al thinge hatħ tyme I dar a-vowe [ 855]
For whan a chambre a-fire is or an halle
Wel more is nede hit sodeinly Rescow
Than to disputen̄ And axe a-monges alle [ 858]
how is this candele In the strawe falle
A benedicite a-monges alle this fare
The harme is doon̄ and fare wel felde-fare [ 861]
(124)
And nece myn ne take Hit to no gryef [leaf 28] [ 862]
yif ye hym souffre al this nygħt in this woo
Gode helpe me soo he hade hym neuer lief
That dar I sey now ther is but we too [ 865]
But wel I wote. that ye wyl not do soo
Ye been to wysen̄ to doon̄ so grete folye
To putte his lyfe al nyght in iupardie [ 868]
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Hadde I hym neuer lyef by godde I wene [ 869]
ye hadde neuer þing quod she so lyef
Now by my thryft / quod he that shal be seen
For syn ye make this ensample by me [ 872]
yf I wolde hym al nygħt in sorow see
For Al the tresoure in the tovne of Troye
I pray gode I neuer moot haue Ioye [ 875]
(126)
Now loke ye that bene his loue [ 876]
Shul putte his lyfe al nyght in [Iu]partie
For thing of noght now by that god a-boue
Not oonly this delay cometh of folie [ 879]
But of malice if that I shal not lye
what platly And yf ye souffre hym in distresse
Ye neither bounte. doon̄ ne gentilnesse [ 882]
(127)
Quod tho Creseide wyl ye do o thinge [ 883]
And ye therwyth. shal stynt Al his desesse
haue here and bereth hym this blew rynge
For ther is no thing myght bettur hym plese [ 886]
Saue I my self ne more his hert appesse
And sey my dere hert that his sorow
Is causeles that shal be seen to-morowe [ 889]
(128)
A Ring quod he hasilwode shaken [ 890]
Ye nece myne that Ring mote haue a stone
That mygħt dede men̄ a-lyue maken
And suche a ringe trow I that ye haue non̄ [ 893]
Dyscrecion̄ ys oute of your hede y-gon̄
That fele I now quod he and that is routhe
O tyme l-lost. wel maistow cursen slouthe [ 896]
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Wote ye not wel. that noble and hie corage [ 897]
Ne soroutħ not ne styntetħ eke for lite
But yf a foule were in Ialouse rage
I nolde setten. At his sorow a myte [ 900]
But fefe hym wyth a fewe wordes white
A-noither dai whan that ye myght hym fynde
But this thinge. stant al in A-nother kynde [ 903]
(130)
This so gentil and so tendre of herte [ 904]
That wytħ his dethe he wole his sorowes werke
For trusteth wele how sorow that hym smert
he wole to you no Ialous wordes speke [ 907]
And for-thy nece er that his hert breke
So speke your selfe to hym of this matere
For wytħ a worde ye may his hert stere [ 910]
(131)
Now haue I tolde what peril that he is ine [ 911]
And his commynge vnwyst of euery wyght
Ne parde harme may ther noon be ther-in
I wole my selfe be wyth you al this nygħt [ 914]
Ye know eke how he is your one knyght
And that by Rygħt ye most vpon̄ hym trust
And I al prest to fecche hym whan ye lust [ 917]
(132)
This accident so pitous whas to here [ 918]
And eke so like a sothe at prime face
And troylus hir knyght to hir so dere
his priue commynge and eke siker place [ 921]
That thogħt that she did hym as thanne grace
Considered al thinges as they stode
No wonder nas syn she did al for gode [ 924]
Page  136(133)
CReseide Answerde as Wysly god at Reste [leaf 28, back] [ 925]
My soule bringe as me is for hym woo
And Eme y-wys fayn wolde I do the best
Yf I had grace for to do soo [ 928]
But wether that ye dwelle or for hym goo
I am til god me bettur mynde sende
At dulcarnon̄ Rygħt at my wyttes ende *. [id est fuga miserorum.]
(134)
Qvod pandarus ye Nece wole ye here [ 932]
Dulcarnon̄ is called flemynge of wrecches
hit semeth hard for wrecches wole not lere
For verray slouthe or othere wylful tacches [ 935]
This seid by hem that be not worthe two fecches
But ye be wyse and that ye han̄ on̄ hande
Nis neiter skylful ne hard to wythstonde [ 938]
(135)
Than Eme quod she. dothe her-of as ye lyst [ 939]
But or he come I wyl vp fyrst a-rise
And for the loue of god. syn̄ al my triste
Is on you two And ye ben bothe wyse [ 942]
So werketħ now. in so discrete a wyse
That I honour may haue and he plesaunce
For I ham here al in your gouernaunce [ 945]
(136)
That is wele seide quod he my nece dere [ 946]
There gode thryft on that wyse gentil herte
But liggetħ stille and takyth hym Ryght here
hit nedytħ not no ferther for hym sterte [ 949]
And eche of you ese other sorowes smerte
For the loue of gode and venus I the herie
For sone hope I. we shul be al merye [ 952]
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[¶ This Troylus ful sone on knes him sette *. [[Addit. 12,044,]] [lf. 54]
Ful sobirly rigħt be here beddes heed
And his beste wyse his lady grette
But lord so she wex sodeynly reed [ 956]
Ne thougħ men shulde smyte of hir heed
She coude nougħt / a word a rigħt outbryng
So sodeynly for his sodeyn comyng] [ 959]
(138)
But Pandarus that so wel koude fele [ 960]
In euery thing to play a-non̄ be-gan̄
And seyd nece how this lord can knele
Now for your trouthe se this gentil man̄ [ 963]
And wyth that worde. he for a qwessyon̄ Ran̄
And seid knelyth now while that you liste
There gode your hertes bringe sone to Reste [ 966]
(139)
Kan I nougħt sey for she bad hym not ryse [ 967]
yif sorow it putte oute of Remembrance
Or ellis that she toke it in the wyse
Of dewte as for his obseruance [ 970]
But wyle I fynde she did hym this plesaunce
That she hym kyssed thougħ she syked sore
And bade hym sitte a-dovn̄ wyth̄outen̄ more [ 973]
(140)
Quod Pandarus now wole ye wele be-gynne [ 974]
Now dothe hym sette. gode nece dere
vpon̄ your beddys syde al there wytħ-inne
That eche of you the better may other here [ 977]
And wytħ that worde he drowe hym to the fyre
And toke a lyght ande fonde his countenaunce
As for to loke vpon̄ an olde Romaunce [ 980]
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Creseide that was Troylus lady Rygħt [ 981]
And clere stode vpon̄ a grounde of sykernesse
Al thought she hir seruaunt and hir knyght
Ne sholde of trouthe noon̄ vnrygħt in hir gesse [ 984]
yit natheles considered his distresse
And that is in cause of suche folye
Thus to hym spake she of his Ialousie [ 987]
(142)
Loo hert myn as wolde the excellence [ 988]
Of loue a-geyn the wycħ that noman̄ may
Ne ougħte eke godly maken resistence
And eke by-cause I felte wel and say [ 991]
Youre grete trouthe and seruise euery day
And that your hert al myn̄ was sothe to seyn̄
This drof me to Rewe vp-on̄ your peyn̄ [ 994]
(143)
And your godnesse haue I euer fonde yit [leaf 29] [ 995]
Of wych my dere hert And al my knyngħt
I thanke yit you as fer as I haue wytte
Al kan I not as moche as it were ryght [ 998]
And I henforth my konnynge And my myght
Haue And Ay shal how sore that me smerte
Ben to you trewe. and hoole wytħ al my herte [ 1001]
(144)
And dredles that shal be fonde at preue [ 1002]
But herte myn what al this is to seyn
Schal wel be tolde so that ye nought you greue
Though I to you Rygħt on your selfe compleyn [ 1005]
For ther-wytħ mene I finially the peyne
That shal your herte and myn̄ in heuinesse
Fully to sleen. and euery wrong Redresse [ 1008]
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My gode hert myn̄. not I for why ne how [ 1009]
That Ialousy. allas that wykked wyuere
Thus causeles. is cropen in-to you
The harme of wycħ I wolde fayne delyuere [ 1012]
Allas that he al hoole. or of hym slyuer
Shulde haue is refute in so digne a place
There Iove hym soone oute of youre herte arace [ 1015]
(146)
But o thou Iove. o Auctor of nature [ 1016]
Is this an honour to thy deite
That folke vngylty. souffren hir Iniure
And who that gyltyf is. al quyte gothe he [ 1019]
O were it lyefful for to pleyne on the
That vndeserued. souffrest Ialousye
Of that I wolde. vpon̄ the peyne and crie [ 1022]
(147)
Eke al my who. is this that folke now vsen̄ [ 1023]
To seyn ryght thus. that Ialousye is love
And wolden a busshel of women al excusen
For that oo greyne of love is in it shove [ 1026]
But that wote higħ Iove that sitte a-boue
yif it be lyker loue. or hate or grame
And afftyr that it ought to bere hir name [ 1029]
(148)
But certeyn southe. som maner Ialousie [ 1030]
Is excusable. more than some y-wys
As whan cause is. and some syche fantasie
wytħ pytye so wel Repressed is [ 1033]
That it vnneth dothe or seyth a-mys
But godly drynketh vp al is distresse
And that excuse. I for gentilnesse [ 1036]
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And some ful of furie is and dispite [ 1037]
That hit sourmontetħ his oppression̄
But herte myn ye be not in that plyte
That I thanke god. for wycħ your passion̄ [ 1040]
I wole not calle it but illusion̄
Of habundaunce of loue [and bysy cure 1. [[Not in Harl. 1239.]]]
That dothe your herte this dissese endure [ 1043]
(150)
Of qwych I am Ryght sory but not wrothe [ 1044]
But for my deuoir and your hertes Reste
where so you lyst. by ordal or by othe
By sorte. or in what wyse so that you lyst [ 1047]
For the loue of gode lete preue it for the best
And yif I be gylty. doon me dye
Allas what I more doon or seye [ 1050]
(151)
Wythe that a fewe bryght terys newe [ 1051]
Oute of hir eyne fillen and thus she saide
Now god thou wost. in thought ne dede vntrewe
To troilus was neuer yit Creseide [ 1054]
Wytħ that hir hede. dovn in the bedde she lede
And wytħ the shete. It wryed and syked sore
And hield hir pes no worde spake she no more [ 1057]
(152)
But now Helpe god to quenche al this sorow [leaf 29, back]
So hope I that. he shal for he best may
For I haue seyn. of a ful mysty morow
Follow ful ofte. a mery somers day [ 1061]
And afftyr wynter foloyth grene may
For men seyn al day. and Rede eke in storys
That aftyr sharpe schoures ben victories [ 1064]
Page  141(153) *. [[Caxton leaves out St. 153-160. Harl. 1239 (leaf 29, bk.) & 2392 (leaf 71, back) have em.]]
This Troilus whan he. hir wordes herde [ 1065]
Haue ye no care. hym lust not for to slepe
For it thought hym no stroykes of ayrde
To here or see. his lady Creseyde wepe [ 1068]
But wel he felt a-boute his hert crepe
For euery tere wycħ. that Creseyde asterte
The crampe of dethe. to strayn hym to the herte [ 1071]
(154)
And in his mynde. he gan the tyme a-curse [ 1072]
That euer he come there or that he was borne
For now is wyke. turned in-to worse
And al the labour. that he hath don̄ be-forn̄ [ 1075]
He went it lost. he thogħt it nas but lorn̄
O pandarus thogħt. he allas the while
Seruyth of noght. soo whelaway the while [ 1078]
(155)
And thus wyth-al he hyng a-doun his hede [ 1079]
And felle on kneys. and sorowfully he seyde
What myght he sey. he nas but dede
For wrothe whas she. that shulde his sorowes [lyghte 1. [[Not in Harl. 1230.]]]
But natheles. whan that he speke myght [ 1083]
Than seyde he thus gode whote that of his game
whan al is wyste. than am I not to blame [ 1085]
(156)
Therwyth the sorow so in his herte shette [ 1086]
That from his eyen fel ther not a tere
But euery spirit. his vigour in knytte
As they astoned. or oppressed were [ 1089]
The felyng of his sorow or of his feere
Or of ougħt ellys fledde was oute of tovne
And sodenily. dovne he fyl in sovne [ 1092]
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This was no litel sorow for to see [ 1093]
For al was hussħt. And Pandarus vp as fast
O nece pes. or we be lost quod he
Beth not a-gast. but alwey at the last [ 1096]
For this or that. he hym in-to the bedde cast
And seyd thef this is a mannys hert
And of he Rente. al to his bare sherte [ 1099]
(158)
And seyd nece. but ye helpe vs now [ 1100]
y-wys your owne Troylus is lorn̄
Allas so wolde I and I wyst how
Ful fayn̄ quod she. Allas that I was born̄ [ 1103]
Ye Nece wole ye pulle oute the thorn̄
That styketh in his hert quod Pandare
Sey al foryeuen. And stynt al this fare [ 1106]
(159)
Ye that to me. quod she ful leuere were [ 1107]
Than al the gode. the sonne a-boute gothe
And ther-wyth-al she swore hym in his ere
y-wys my dere herte. I am not wrothe [ 1110]
Haue here my trouhetħ. And many other̄ othe
Now speke wyth me. for it am I Creseyde
But al for noght. yit myght he not a-breyde [ 1113]
(160)
Therewyth his pounce. and pames of his hondes [ 1114]
They gan to frote. and eke his temples twene
And to delyuer hym. fro bitter bondes
She ofte hym kyssed. and shortly for to seyn [ 1117]
hym to Rouoke. she did al hir payne
So at the laste. he gan̄ his brethe drawe
And of his sowne. sone aftyr̄ to A-dawe [ 1120]
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And gane bettur mynde and Reson̄ to hym take [leaf 30] [ 1121]
But wonder sore he was a-bayst y-wys
And wyth a syke he gan bet a-wake
And seyd O mercy. god what thing is this [ 1124]
why do ye wyth your seluen thus A-mys
Quod tho Creseyde. is this a mannys game
what Troylus wyl ye doo thus for shame [ 1127]
(162)
And therwytħ-al hir harme on hym she lede [ 1128]
And al foryaf. and ofte tyme hym kyste
he thonked hir. and to hir spake and seyd
As fyl to purpos. for his hertes Reste [ 1131]
And she to that answerde as hir lyste
And wyth hir godely wordes hym to the disporte
She gan̄ and ofte his sorowes to comforte [ 1134]
(163)
Quod Pandarus for augħt I can̄ espien̄ [ 1135]
This lyght and I serue here of nogħt
Lyght is not gode for seke mennys eyen
But for the loue of gode syn that ye be brougħt [ 1138]
In this gude plyte. lat now no heuy thogħt
Be hangyn̄ in the hertes of you tweye
And bare his candel. vnto the Chemeneye [ 1141]
(164)
Sone aftyr this. thogħt it no nede were [ 1142]
whan she suche othes. as hir lyste devyse
Hade taken of hym. hyr thogħt tho no feere
Ne cause eke noon thennes to bydde hym Ryse [ 1145]
Yit lasse thing than othes may suffyse
In many a cas. for euery wight I gesse
That loueth wele. menetħ but gentylnesse [ 1148]
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But in effecte. she wolde wete a-non̄ [ 1149]
Of what man̄. and eke and also why
He Ialousie was. sithe he cause noon̄
And eke the signe. why he toke it by [ 1152]
Thus bade she hym to telle hir besyly
Or ellys certeine she bare hym on honde
That it was doon̄ for malice hir to fonde [ 1155]
(166)
Wythouten more. shortly for to seyn [ 1156]
he most obeye. vn-to his lady heste
And for the lesse harme he most feyne
He seid whan that she whas at suche a feste [ 1159]
She myght on hym. haue lokede at the leste
Note I note what al derith now a Risshen
As he that nedith. muste a cause fysshen [ 1162]
(167)
Creseyde answerd. swete al were it soo [ 1163]
what harme whas. I noon euyl meene
For by that gode that 1. [[that overlined later.]] bought vs bothe two
In al thing is myn entent clene [ 1166]
Swych Argumentis be not worth a bene
wyl ye the childes Ialousie countrefete
Now were it worthy that ye were y-bete [ 1169]
(168)
Tho Troylus gan̄ sorowfully to syke [ 1170]
Lest she were wrothe. hym thogħt his hert died
And seyd allas vpon̄ my sorowes syke
Haue mercy my swete herte Creseide [ 1173]
And yf in the wordes that I seyd
Be any wronge I wole no more trespase
Doo what you lust I am al in your grace [ 1176]
Page  145(169)
Creseid Answerde of gilt mysericorde [ 1177]
This is to sey . that I foryeue al this
And euere more on this nyght you Recorde
And bethe wele ware . ye do no more A-mys [ 1180]
Nay dere hert myn quod he y-wys
And now quod she syn [I] haue doon̄ you smerte
Foryeue it me myn owne dere herte [ 1183]
(170)
This Troilus wyth Blisse of that Supprised [leaf 30, back] [ 1184]
Putte al in goddes hande. as he that mente
Nothing but wel and sodenily a-vised
He hir in harmes / fast to hym hente [ 1187]
And pandarus wyth a ful gode entente
leyde hym to slepe. and seyd yf ye be wyse
Soneth not now . lest moo folke a-ryse [ 1190]
(171)
What mygħt or may . the sely lark sey [ 1191]
whan the sparhake . hathe it in his fote
I can no more. but of this tweye
To whome this tale. sucre be or sote [ 1194]
Thogh that I tarye. a yere som tyme I moote
Afftyr myn auctor. tel of hir gladnesse
As wel as I haue . doon̄ tele her hevinesse [ 1197]
(172)
Creseide thus felte that she was y-take [ 1198]
As wryten clerkes in hir bokes olde
Ryght as an aspen leef . she gan to quake
whan she hym felte . in hir armes folde [ 1201]
And Troylus . al hole of cares colde
Gan thanken tho . the brygħt goddes seven
Thus thorogħ sondry peyns . bringe folke to heuen [ 1204]
Page  146(173)
This troylus in armes gan her strayn [ 1205]
And seyd O swete as euer mot I gon
Now be ye caugħt. now is ther but we tweyn
Now yeldytħ you. for other bote is non̄ [ 1208]
To that Creseide / answerd thus a-non
Ne had or now. my swete hert dere
Ben yolden y-wys. I nad not now ben here [ 1211]
(174)
O sothe is seide. that heled for to bee [ 1212]
As of a feuer. or other grete sikenes
Men must drynken. as men now alday see
Ful bitter drynke. and for to haue gladnes [ 1215]
Men drynken ofte peyne. and grete distresse
I meen it here. as for this aventure
That thurgħ a peyne. hatħ fonde now is cure [ 1218]
(175)
And now swete Nece. now semetħ more swete [ 1219]
That bitternesse. assaide was to-forn̄
For oute of woo / in blisse now they flete
Noon suche they felte. sith that they wer born̄ [ 1222]
Now is this bette. than bothe to be lorn
For the loue of gode. take euery woman hede
To werken thus. whan it comyth to the nede [ 1225]
(176)
Creseide al quite from euery drede or teene [ 1226]
As she that Ioust cause. hadde hym to truste
Made hym suche fest. that Ioie it was to seen
whan she his trouthe. and clene entent wyste [ 1229]
And as a-boute a tree wyth many a twyste
Be-trente and wryth. the sote wodebynde
Gan eche of hem. other in armes wynde [ 1232]
Page  147(177)
And as the new a-bassed Nigħtingale [ 1233]
That stinteth first whan she beginneth to synge
Whan that she beryth any hierde tale
Or in the hegge any wyght steryng [ 1236]
And aftir siker. dothe hir voyce out Ringe
Ryght so Creseide / whan hir drede stynte
Opened hir hert. and tolde al hir entente [ 1239]
(178)
And Ryght as he. that saw his dethe shapen [ 1240]
And die must in augħt that he gan gesse
And sodenily Rescous dothe hym escapen
And from his dethe / is brogħt in sykernesse [ 1243]
For this worlde. in swycħ present gladnesse
Is Troilus / and hath his lady swete
Wyth worse happe. gode let vs neuer mete [ 1246]
(179)
Hir Armes Smale. Hir streight Backe and Softe [ 1247]
hir sides longe flesshly smothe and white
he gan to stroke. And gode thrifte bade ful ofte
hir snow white throgħt. hir brestes Rounde and lite [ 1250]
Thus in this heuen̄. he gan̄ hym delite
And therwyth Al. A thousande tymes hir kyste
That what to doon̄ for Ioye vnnethe he wyste [ 1253]
(180)
Than̄ seide he thus .o lyf of charite [ 1254]
Thy moder eke. Athera the swete
After thy selfe. heried next be she
Venus meen I. þe welwylly planete [ 1257]
And next you. ymenus the grete
For neuer man̄ whas to you goddes more holde
Than I that he ye han̄ broght from cares colde [ 1260]
Page  148(181)
Benigne loue . thou holy bonde of thinges [ 1261]
who-so wyl grace . and lyst the not honour
loo his desir wyl flee . wyth-outen̄ wynges
And noldestow . of bounte hym socoure [ 1264]
That serven best . and moste alwey laboure
yit where al lost . that dar I wel sey certeys
But yif thy grace . passe oure desertes [ 1267]
(182)
And for-yeue me . that cowde lest deserue [ 1268]
Of hem that noumbrede been̄ vnto thy grace
hast holpen̄ . there I lykly whas to sterue
And me bystowede . in so higħ a place [ 1271]
That ilke boundes . may no blisse passe
I can̄ nomore but laude & Reuerence
Be to thy bounte . And to thy excellence [ 1274]
(183)
And therwythaule . Creseide a-non̄ he kyste [ 1275]
Of qwych certein she felt no disesse
And thus seide he . wolde gode I wyste
Myn̄ hert swete . how I you myght plese [ 1278]
What man̄ quod he . whas euer thus at ese
As I on̄ home . the fairst and the beste
That euer I saw . deynetħ hir hert to Reste [ 1281]
(184)
Here may meen seen that mercy passith rigħt [ 1282]
The experience of this . is felte in me
That am vnworthy . vn-to you lady brigħt
But hert myn̄ . of your benignite [ 1285]
So thinketħ . thougħ I vnworthy bee
yit must nedes . a-mende in som wyse
Right thurgħ the vertue . of your seruise [ 1288]
Page  149(185)
And for the loue of gode . my lady dere [ 1289]
Sith gode hatħ wrought me you to serue
As thus he wyll . how that ye be my stere
To doo me lyve . if that ye lust or sterve [ 1292]
So techith me . how that I may deserve
your thonke . so that [. . . . . no gap]
[no gap . . . . ] do you displesance [ 1295]
(186)
For certes . fresshe womanlich wyf [ 1296]
This dar I seyn̄ . that trouhte And diligence
That shal ye fynde in me al my lift
Ne I wole not certein breke your defense [ 1299]
And yf I doo . presente or in absence
For loue of gode . lat sle me with that dede
yif that it like . vnto your womanhede [ 1302]
(187)
I-wys quod she . myn̄ owne hertis truste [ 1303]
My grounde of ese . and al myn̄ hert dere
Granmercy for on̄ you . is al my truste
But let vs falle . a-way fro this matere [ 1306]
For this soufficetħ wyche that seide is here
And at oo worde . wyth-oute repentaunce
welcome my knygħt my pes . my soufficiance [ 1309]
(188)
Of her delite . or Ioyes oon̄ of the leste [leaf 31, back] [ 1310]
where impossible . to my wytte to say
But Iugeth ye that haue been at the feste
In suche gladnesse . yif that hem lust to pley [ 1313]
I can̄ no more . but thus . this ilke twey
That nygħt by-twyx . drede and sikernesse
They felte in loue / the grete worthinesse [ 1316]
Page  150(189)
O blisful nygħt. of hem̄ so longe ysought [ 1317]
How blithe vnto hem bothe to you were
why nade I. suche oon̄. wyth my soule bought
ye or the leste Ioye. that was there [ 1320]
A-wey thou foule. daunger and thou fere
And let hem. in this heven̄ blisse dwelle
That so higħ is. that no man̄ can̄ it telle [leaf 31 bk, st. 2] *. [[St. 190-1 are made 201-2 in Harl. MS. 1239, St. John's MS., and Caxton's text. Harl. 2392 (lf. 75, bk.), Addit. 12,044 (lf. 59, bk.), and Corpus 61 have em here.]] [ 1323]
(190)
But how al thogħ. I can̄ not alle [leaf 32, 4th stanza] [ 1324]
As can̄ myn̄ auctor. of his excellence
yit haue I seide. and god to-forn̄ shal
In euery thing. the grete of his sentence [ 1327]
And yif that I that loue Reuerence
haue ony thing /. in ėched for the beste
Doth therwythaule. Ryght as your self lyste [ 1330]
(191)
For my wordes here. and euery parte [leaf 32, 5th stanza] [ 1331]
I speke hem alle vnder correction̄
Of you that felyng. haue in loues arte
And putte hem̄. hole in your discrecion̄ [ 1334]
Tencrece. or make dimunucion̄
Of my langage. and that I you beseche
But now to purpos. of my Rather speche [ 1337]
(192)
This ilke two. that been̄ in arme lefte [leaf 31 bk, stanza 3] [ 1338]
So lothe to hem. a-sonder gone it were
That eche from. other wende be byrefte
Or ellys loo. this was hir moste fere [ 1341]
lest al this thinges. but dremes were
For wycħ ful ofte. eche of hem seide o swete
Clippe I you thus or elles I hit mete [ 1344]
Page  151(193)
And lorde so he gan godely on̄ her see [ 1345]
That euer his eye. blent from hir face
And seide o dere hert / may it bee
That this be sothe. that ye be in this place [ 1348]
Yee hert myn̄. gode thonke I of his grace
Quod tho Creseide. and therwytħ-al hym kyste
That were is spirit. was for Ioye he nyste [ 1351]
(194)
This troilus ful ofte hir eyen twoo [ 1352]
Gan for to kysse. and seid o eyen̄ clere
hit were ye. that wroughten me this whoo
Ye humble nettes. of my lady dere [ 1355]
Thogħ ther be mercy. wryten̄ in your chere
Gode wote that tixite. ful harde is sothe to fynde
How cowde ye me. wyth-outen̄ bonde bynde [ 1358]
(195)
Therwytħ he gan̄ hir faste in armes take [ 1359]
And wel a thousand tymes. gan̄ he sike
Noo suche sorowful sikes. as men̄ make
For sorwe. or elles whan that folke been̄ sike [ 1362]
But esy sikes. suche as been̄ to like
that sweyd his affection̄ wythinne
Of wych sykes. cowde he not blynne [ 1365]
(196)
Sone affter this spake they of sundry thinges [ 1366]
And fel to purpos. of her 1. [[her overlined later.]] a-venture
And pleying. enchaunged hir ringes
Of wych I can̄ not telle no scripture [ 1369]
But wel I wote. a broche golde and asure
Creseide hym yafe. and stake it on̄ his sherte [ 1372]
In wych a rubye. was sette like an̄ herte [ 1371]
Page  152(197)
Lorde trowe ye. a couetours wreche [ 1373]
That blametħ loue. and halt of hit despite
That of the peynes. that he gan moke 1. [[? MS. moker]] and teche
was euer rigħt yit. yeue hym suche delite [ 1376]
As in loue. a poynt in som plite
Nay doutles. for as gode me saue
So parfit Ioye. may no negarde haue [ 1379]
(198)
They wyl sey yis. but lorde so they lye [ 1380]
Thoo besy wreches. ful of who and drede
The[y] clepen̄ loue. a wodenesse for folye
But it shal fal hem. as I shal a-Rede [ 1383]
They shal for-goo. the white and eke the Rede
And lyue in who. there gode yeue hem̄ mysschance
And euery louer. in his trouthe avance [ 1386]
(199)
[¶ As wolde god the wrecches that despise *. [[Addit. 12,044,]] [lf. 60]
Seruyse of loue / hadde erys also longe
As hadde Mida for his coueytise
And þerto dronken hadde / as hoot and as stronge [ 1390]
As Crassus dede / for his affectes wronge
To techen hem / þat þei ben in the vice
And loueres naugħt / al-thougħ þei helde hem nyce] [ 1393]
(200)
This ilke two of wyche I you seye [leaf 32] [ 1394]
whan̄ that hir hertes / bothe assured were
Than gonne they. to speke and pleye
And eke reherson̄. how and when and where [ 1397]
They knew hem first. but euer in woo and feere
That passed was. but al their besinesse
I-thonked gode. was tourned to gladnesse [ 1400]
Page  153(201)
And euer more whan̄ that they fille to speke [ 1401]
Of any woo. of suche. a tyme y-gonne
Wytħ kyssyng / al that tale shulde breke
And fallen̄ in a new Ioye a-non̄ [ 1404]
And diden al hir mygħt. sith they were oon̄
For to Recouuere blisse and been̄ at ese
And passed woo / wyth Ioye countrepese [ 1407]
(202)
Reson̄ wyl not. that I speke of slepe [ 1408]
For it acorditħ not. to my matere
Gode woote they toke / of that ful litel kepe
But leste 1. [[? MS. leste]] this nygħt. that was to hem so dere [ 1411]
Ne shulde in vayne / escape in no manere
hit was bysette. in Ioye and besinesse.
Of al that sovneth in-to gentilnesse [ 1414]
(203) *. [[Stanzas 190 (But how al-thogh) and 191 (For my wordes here) follow here in Harl. 1239 and the St. John's MS.]]
Whan that the Cok comune Astrologer [ 1415]
Gan on̄ his brest. bete. and afftyr crowe
And lucifer the dayes messanger
Gan for to rise. and oute her stremes throwe [ 1418]
And estward Roos. to hym that cowde it knowe
Fortuna maior. that a-noon̄ Creseide
wyth hert sore. to Troilus thus seide [ 1421]
(204)
Myn hertis lyf / my trust and my plesaunce [ 1422]
That I was born̄. allas what me is woo
That day of vs. must make disseueraunce
For tyme it is. to Ryse and hens goo [ 1425]
Or elles I am. but lost for euermoo
O nyght allas. why nylt thou houer vs houe
As longe whan Almena. lay by Ioue [ 1428]
Page  154(205)
O blake nygħt. as folke in bokes rede [ 1429]
That shapen art. by gode this worlde to hide
At certein tymes. wyth thy blake wede
That vnder that. men myght in Rest a-bide [ 1432]
wele outen̄ bestes. to pleyn and folke to chide
That dere as day. wolde vs with labour breste
That thou thus fleest. and deynetħ vs to Reste [ 1435]
(206)
Thou doost allas. to shortly thyn̄ office [ 1436]
Thou Rakel nyght. there gode maker of kynde
For thou soo dovnwarde. hastest of malice
The course. and to our emysperie bynde [ 1439]
That neuer moo. vnder the grounde thou wynde
For thurgħ thy Rakel hying oute of Troie
haue I for-gon̄. thus hastely my Ioye [ 1442]
(207)
THis troilus. that wyth tho wordes felte [leaf 32, back] [ 1443]
As thought hym tho. for pitous distresse
The blody teres. from his hert melte
As he that neuer. yit suche heuinesse [ 1446]
Assaide hade. oute of so grete gladnesse
Gan̄ therwythalle Creseide. his lady dere
In Armes streyne. and seid in thus manere [ 1449]
(208)
O cruel day. accuser of the Ioye [ 1450]
That loue and nygħt. haue stolen and fast wryen̄
Accursed bee. thy commyng in-to troye
For euery bore. hath oon̄. of thy bryght eyen̄ [ 1453]
Envioous day. what lust the so tespien
what hastow lost. what sekestow in this place
So gode the ligħt. quenche for his grace [ 1456]
Page  155(209)
Allas what haue. thes louers the agilte [ 1457]
Dispitous day. thyn̄ [be the] peyne of helle
For many a louere. hastow sleen̄ and wylte
Thy pourynge. in wyl nowher lat hem dwelle [ 1460]
what proferest thou. thy lyght here for to selle
Goo selle hit hem. that smale. seles graue
we wyl the nougħt. vs nedith no day haue [ 1463]
(210)
And eke the same. tyme than wolde he chide [ 1464]
And seide o foole. wyl may men̄ the despise
That hast al nyght. the dawnynge by thy syde
And souffrest hir. so soone vp fro the rise [ 1467]
For to dissesen louers. in this wyse
what holde Inne thy hede. there thou and eke thy morowe
And pray to gode soo. yeue you bothe sorowe [ 1470]
(211)
Therwyth ful sore. he siked and thus seide [ 1471]
My lady Rygħt. and of me wele and woo
The verray Rote .o godely myn̄ Creseide
And shal I Rise. allas and shal I soo [ 1474]
Now fele I that. myn̄ hert moot a-two
For how shulde I. my lyfe an houre saue
Sith that wytħ you. is al the lyf I haue [ 1477]
(212)
What shal I do. for certeys I not how [ 1478]
Ne whan̄ allas. I may the tyme see
That in this place. I may be efte with you
And of my lyf. gode wote how that shal bee [ 1481]
Syn that desire Right now so streynetħ me
That I am dede. a-non̄ but I Recourne
how shul I longe. allas fro you soiourne [ 1484]
Page  156(213)
But natheles myn̄ owne lady bryght [ 1485]
yit where it soo. that I wyst vutterly
That I your owne seruant. and your knygħt
Where in your herte. shitte as fermely [ 1488]
As ye in myn̄. the wych thing trewly
Me leuer were. than these worldes tweyne
Yit shulde I bet endure my peyne [ 1491]
(214)
To that Creseide answerde thus a-non̄ [ 1492]
And wyth a sike. she seide hert dere
The game y-wys. so forforthe is goon̄
That erst shal phebus. falle fro his spere [ 1495]
And euery Egle. be the hawkes fere
And euery Roche. oute of his place sterte
Or troilus oute. of Creseides hert [ 1498]
(215)
Ȝee be so depe. wyth-inne my hert [ 1499]
Al-thougħ I wolde. tourne of my thought
As wysly. verray gode. my soule saue
To dye in the peyne. I cowde nought [ 1502]
And for the loue of gode. that vs hath wrought
lat in your brayne other fantasie
So crepe that hit. cause me to dye [ 1505]
(216)
And that ye me Wolde. haue as faste in mynde [leaf 33] [ 1506]
As I haue you. that cowde I you besyche
And yf I wyst. sothely that to fynde
Gode mygħt not a poynt my Ioyes eche [ 1509]
But hert myn̄. wythouten more speche
Be to me trewe. or elles were it routhe
For I am thyn. by gode and by my trouthe [ 1512]
Page  157(217)
Betħ glade for-thy. and lyfe in sikernesse [ 1513]
Thus seide I neuer. or now. ne shal to moo
And yf to you. it were a grete gladnesse
To tourne a-yen̄. soone afftyr that ye goo [ 1516]
As ffayne wolde I. as ye that it were soo
As wysly gode. myn̄ hert bringe at Reste
And hym in armes. toke and ofte kyste [ 1519]
(218)
Ayeine his wylle. sith it mot nedes bee [ 1520]
This Troilus vp Ros. and fast hym cledde
And in his armes toke his lady free
An hundred tymes. and on̄ his wey hym spedde [ 1523]
And wyth suche voyce. as thogħ his hert bledde
he seide faireth wele. dere hert swete
There gode vs graunte. sounde and sauf to mete [ 1526]
(219)
To wycħe no worde. for sorow she answerde [ 1527]
So sore gan̄ his partynge. her distreyne
And Troilus vn-to his paleys ferde
And woo-be-gon̄. as she was sothe to seyne [ 1530]
So harde hym wronge. of sharpe desire the peyne
For to been efte. there he was in plesaunce
That hit may neuer. oute of his Rememberance [ 1533]
(220)
Retourned to his paleys Royal soone [ 1534]
he softe in-to his bedde gan̄ slynke
To slepe longe. as he was wont to doone
But al for nygħt. he may lye wel and wynke [ 1537]
But slepe ne may ther. in his hert synke
Thinking how she. for whome desire hym̄ brende
A thousande tyme. was wortħ more than he wende [ 1540]
Page  158(221)
And in his thougħt gan̄ vp and dovn̄ to wynde [ 1541]
The leest poynt . that to hym was plesaunce [ [1544]]
And fermelycħ . impressynge in his mynde
The leste point . that to hym was plesaunce [ 1544]
And verray . of ilke Remembraunce
Desir al new . hym brende and lust to brede
Gan̄ more than̄ erst . and yit toke he noon̄ heede [ 1547]
(222)
Creseide also . Rygħt in the selfe wyse [ 1548]
Of Troilus . gan̄ in hir hert shitte
his worthinesse . his lust his dedes wyse
his gentilnesse . and how she with hym mette [ 1551]
Thankinge loue . he so wel hir by-sette
Disiringe efte . to haue hyr hert dere
In suche a plyte . she durst make hym̄ chere [ 1554]
(223)
Pandare a morowen̄ . wyche that comen̄ was [ 1555]
Vn-to his Nece . and gan̄ her faire grete
Seide al this nygħt . so Reyned it allas
That al my drede is . that ye my nece swete [ 1558]
haue litel leyser . hade to slepe and mete
Al nygħt quod he . hath Reyn̄ so doon̄ me wake
That som of vs. for gode his hede may ake [ 1561]
(224)
And ner he come . and seide how stant it now [ 1562]
This bright morowe. Nece how can̄ ye fare
Creseide answerde . neuer the bete for you
Fox that ye bee . gode yeue you harde care [ 1565]
Gode helpe me soo . ye causede al this fare
Thogħ I quod she . for alle youre wordes whyte
who-so seytħ you . knowytħ you ful lite [ 1568]
Page  159(225)
Wytħ that She gan̄ . hir Face For to wryen̄ [lf. 33, bk.] [ 1569]
wyth the shete . and wax for shame al Rede
And pandarus . gan vndyr for to pryen̄
And seide nece . if that I shal be dede [ 1572]
haue here a swerde / . and smyte of my hede
wyth that his harme . al sodenily he thruste
Vnder hir neke . and at the last hir kyste [ 1575]
(226)
I passe al that . wych nedith not to seyn̄ [ 1576]
What gode foryaue . his dethe and she also
For-yaue / and with hir vncle gan̄ to pleyen̄
For other cause . was ther noon̄ but soo [ 1579]
But of this thinge . Rygħt to the effecte to goo
whan tyme was . home to hir house she wente
And pandarus . hath holy hir entent [ 1582]
(227)
Now tourne we a-geyne to Troilus [ 1583]
That Resteles . ful longe . a bedde lay
And pryuely sent . after Pandarus
To hym to come . in al haste he may [ 1586]
he come a-noon̄ . not oones seid he nay
And Troilus ful sikerly . he grete
And dovn̄ vp-on̄ his beddes hede hym sette [ 1589]
(228)
This Troilus wyth al the effection̄ [ 1590]
Of frendes loue . that hertes mowe devise
To pandarus . on̄ knees felle a-dovn̄
And or that he . wolde of the place a-Rise [ 1593]
he gan̄ hum̄ thonken̄ . in his best wyse
A thousand tyme . and gan̄ [t]he day blisse
That he was born̄ . to bringe hym̄ fro distresse [ 1596]
Page  160(229)
And seide o frende . of frendes alder best [ 1597]
That euer was . the sothe for to telle
Thou haste in heuen̄ . my soule brought to Reste
From conciton̄ . the fyrye flode of helle [ 1600]
That thogħ I myght a thousande tymes selle
Vpon̄ a day . my lyf in thy seruise
he moght not a mote in tha souffice [ 1603]
(230)
The sonne with that aɫɫ the worlde may see *. [[A fresh handwriting begins here.]]
Seygħ neuer my lyfe yet der I say
So Inly faire and godeli is sche
Whos I am and schaɫɫ tiɫɫ þat I deye [ 1607]
Than that I am heers may iche bodei seye
That thanked bee the heygh worthynesse
Of loue and eke and eke thei kynde besinesse [ 1610]
(231)
This hastow me no litiɫɫ thinge yeve [ 1611]
For wiche to the obliged be for aye
My life for wher for througħ thyne helpe I liue
Or els dede had I been̄ many a day [ 1614]
And with that worde downe in his bedde he lay
And Panderus fuɫɫ soberly him herde
Tiɫɫ aɫɫ was sayde and thus him answerd [ 1617]
(232)
My dere frende yef I have doon̄ for the [ 1618]
In any caas god wote it is me lyfe
And am as gladde as may of hit bee
God helpe me so but take itt not on greefe [ 1621]
For the love of god be ware of this myscheffe
That there as thou art brought now yin þi blisse
And thou thei selfe cause hit not to mysse [ 1624]
Page  161(233)
For O fortune scharpe aduersite *. [[l. 1-4, Boethiue and Dante.]] [ 1625]
The worst kynde of fortune is this
A man to have be in prosperite
And hit remembryng whan it Passid is [ 1628]
Thou art wysse I-nough there-fore do not amys
Be not rakyɫɫ thogh that thou sitte warme
For ief thou bee serten it woɫɫ the harme [ 1631]
(234)
Thou art at ese And Holde the nowe there-yn [leaf 34] [ 1632]
For also soure as rede is euery fire
As grette crafte is to kepe weɫɫ as wynne
Bridiɫɫ aɫɫwey weɫɫ thei speche and thei desir [ 1635]
For worldly ioye hange not but by a wyre
That preuyth weɫɫ itt brekit aɫɫ day so ofte
For-thei nede is to pley with hit softe [ 1638]
(235)
Quod troylus I hope and god be-forn̄ [ 1639]
Mi dere frende I hope me so to bere
That my gilt ther schaɫɫ no thing be lorn̄
Ne I wiɫɫ rakle as for to wrathin here [ 1642]
Hit nedith not thus mantene ofte to stere
For wistow myn̄ hert weɫɫ Pandare
Bi god of thus thou wolst lituɫɫ care [ 1645]
(236)
Tho gan he teɫɫ hym selfe of his gladde nyght [ 1646]
And where-of his hart drede and howe
And saide frende as I am trewe knytħ
And by that feithe I shaɫɫ to god & you [ 1649]
I had hit neuer halfe so hote as nowe
And ay the more desire bidteħ
To love here best the more hit me delitetħ [ 1652]
Page  162(237)
I not my selfe wisly what it is [ 1653]
But nowe I fele a newe qualite
Ye aɫɫ a-nodur than I dide or this
Pander answered and saide thus þat he [ 1656]
That ons may in heven̄ blisse be
He felith othir wayis der I lay
Than thilke tyme he herde furst of hit sai [ 1659]
(238)
This is o Worde for aɫɫ this Troyllus [ 1660]
Was neuer fuɫɫ to speke of this mater
and for to present vp to Pandarus
The bountte of his ladi dere [ 1663]
[Omitted in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]
His tale was euer spanne newe to be-gynne
Till that nyght parted hem A-twynne [ 1666]
(239)
Soone aftur this for that fortune wolde [ 1667]
I-come was the blisfuɫɫ tyme swete
That troyllus was warnid that he shulde
There he was erst Creysed his ladi mete [ 1670]
For whiche he felte for yoie is hert flete
and feithfully can̄ aɫɫ the goddis herye
And lette se nowe ieff he can be merye [ 1673]
(240)
And holdn̄ was the forme & aɫɫ the wise [ 1674]
Of heire comyng. & his aɫɫ-so
As wast erst wiche neded not deuise
But playnli to the fecte for to go [ 1677]
In yoie and seurte Panderus hem two
A-bedde browght when hem bothe liste
And thus they be in quiette and in reste [ 1680]
Page  163(241)
Nath nedith to you seth thei be mette [ 1681]
To Axe of me yef thei blithe were
Ief erst was weɫɫ tho was bette
A thousant folde this nede not to enquere [ 1684]
A-goo was euery sorowe and fere
And botħ I-wis thei hadde & so thei wentte
As moche yoye as tonge coude teɫɫ or sende [ 1687]
(242)
This is no litiɫɫ thyng for to sei [ 1688]
This passit euery witte to deuise
For eche of hem can othur lust Areye
Felicite the wiche that this clerkis wise [ 1691]
Comenden soo ne may not here souffise
This Ioie may not writtyn be with ynke
This passith aɫɫ that aney hert may thynke [ 1694]
(243)
But crueɫɫ dai so well-a-way the stounde [ 1695]
Gan for to Proche as bi Syngnis knewe [leaf 34, back]
For wiche hem thougħt thei felt dethis wonde
So woo was them that Changing was there hewe [ 1698]
And dai thei can̄ dispisin newe
Callyng hit traytour enuyous & worse
And bitturly the dais light thei coursse [ 1701]
(244)
Quod troylus alas nowe I ware [ 1702]
That Pireys swifte stede thre
Whiche that drawun forthe the sonnis chare
haue gon̄ som̄ bi-path in dispite of me [ 1705]
That makith it sone dai for to be
And for the sone him hastith for to Rise
Ne shaɫɫ I neuer do him sacrifis [ 1708]
Page  164(245)
But nedus dai depart he must sone [ 1709]
And whan here sp[e]che donne was & hir scher
Thei tweyne a-none as thei be wont to donne
And settyn tyme of metyng efte in fere [ 1712]
And maney a nyght the wrought yn this maner
And thus fortune in a tyme ledde in Ioye
Creseide and eke this kyngis sone of Troye [ 1715]
(246)
In sufficiaunt in blisse & in singinges [ 1716]
Tis Troilus gan aɫɫ his life lede
He spendith Ioustith and makith festinges
ye yeuith frely and ofte changit wedis [ 1719]
And hielde a-boute hym ay with-outh drede
A worde of folke as com hym weɫɫ of kynde
The fairist & the best that he coude fynde [ 1722]
(247)
That suche A voice of hym was & a steuen̄ 1. [[? MS. stonen̄]]
Throught aɫɫ the worlde of honoure & largesse
That it vp ronge in-to the yeate of heuen̄
And as in love he was in souche gladnes [ 1726]
That in his herte he demd as I gesse
That there is louer in this worlde at ese
So weɫɫ as he and thus can loue hym Plese [ 1729]
(248)
The godely hede or beuate wiche that kynde [ 1730]
In any othir ladi had I-sette
Can not the mountaunce of a knot on-binde
A-boute his hert of Cressettis nette [ 1733]
He was so narowe machid and knette
That it vndur in any maner side
That nil not be for aught that may be-tide [ 1736]
Page  165(249)
And bi the honde ful ofte he wolde take [ 1737]
This Pandarus and in-to garden lede
And suche a fest and Proces make
hym of Creyseide and of hir womanhede [ 1740]
& of hir beute with-outh drede
hit was an heuen̄ his worde to here
And than he wolde singe in this maner [ 1743]
(250) (Troilus's Song of Love, 1; adapted from Boethius.)
Love that on̄ see and of erthe goueraunce [ 1744]
Loue that his hestis hath in heuen̄ heye
Loue that with a holesome alliaunce
halt peples Ioynyd as hym lust hem gye [ 1747]
Loue that kennyth lawe of companye
And couples doth in vertu to dweɫɫ
*. [[Omitted in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]] [ 1750]
(251) (Troilus's Song. 2.)
That þe worlde with feyth wiche þat is stabuɫɫ [ 1751]
Diuerseth soe his stoundis concordyng
That elementȝ that byn discordabuɫɫ
Holdith A-boute perpetueɫɫ doyng [ 1754]
That phebus mote forthe his rosi dai brynge
And that the mone hath lordeschipe ouer the *. [[nyghtes]]
Aɫɫ this dothe loue y-heride be his myghtes [ 1757]
(252) (Troilus's Song. 3.)
That that the see þat gredi is to flowyng [ 1758]
Constreynyth to a serten ende soo 1. [[Leaf 34 bk. of Harl. 1239 ends with lines 1758-9, and leaf 35 begins with the same in the former hand, and with a few differences in the spelling:—"That that the See / that gredy ys to flowyn Constreyneth to a certein ende soo."]]
his flodes that so fersly they ne grevyn̄ [leaf 35] *. [[in the old hand again.]]
To drenchen erthe and euer more moo [ 1761]
And yif that loue. ouguħt hys brydyl goo
Al that loueth / a-sonder shal lepe
And lost were aɫɫ / that loue holt now to kepe [ 1764]
Page  166(253) (Troilus's Song. 4.)
So wolde gode that Auctor is of kynde [ 1765]
That with hys bonde. lowe of hys vertu lyst
To cheryssone hertes. and alle fast bynde
That from̄ hys bonde they wey no wygħt oute wyste [ 1768]
And hertes tolde hem. wolde I that he twyste
To make hem loue / and that hem̄ lyst ay Rewe
On̄ hertes and kepe hem̄ that ben̄ trewe [ 1771]
(254)
In alle nedes. for the tovnes werre [ 1772]
he was and ay. the fyrst in armes dygħt
And certeinly but yif that bokes erre
Save Ector most in drede of any wygħt [ 1775]
And thys encreyse of hardynesse and mygħt
Com hym of loue. hys lady thonke to wynne
That haltred hatħ. hys sprite with-ynne [ 1778]
(255) [Caxton puts St. 255 after 259. Harl. 1239 has it here.]
In tyme of trew. on̄ haukynge wolde he Ryde [ 1779]
Or ellys hunte boor. beere or lyoun
The smale bestes. lete he goo besyde
And whaan that he / com Rydynge in-to tovne [ 1782]
Full ofte hys lady. From̄ a wyndow dovne
As fressħ as faucoun. cometh oute of mewe
Ful gladly was. hym Redy to salewe [ 1785]
(256)
And moste of vertu and loue was hys speche [ 1786]
And in despite. hade he al wrechydnesse
And doutles no nede. was hym beseche
To honour hem̄ that hade worthinesse [ 1789]
And hesen̄ hem that were in distresse
And glade was he. yif any wyght wel ferde
That louer was whan he it wyst or herde [ 1792]
Page  167(257)
For sothe to seyne. he lost helde euery wyght [ 1793]
But yif he were in loues. hygħ seruise
I meen̄ folke that oughtene it be be Rygħt
And ouer aɫɫ thys so wel he cowde devise [ 1796]
Of sentement and in-to vncoutħ wyse
Al hys aray. that euery louer thougħte
That al was wel what-soo he seide or wrogħt [ 1799]
(258)
Al-tho he be come of blode Ryal [ 1800]
hym lyst at pryde not for to chase
Benigne he was to eche in general
For wych he gat hym thonke in euery place [ 1803]
This wolde loue / y-heryed by hys grace
That Pryde Envie Ire And auarice
he gan to fle / and euery other vice [ 1806]
(259)
Thou lady bryght / the doughter of dyon̄ [ 1807]
Thy blynde and wynged sone eke daine 1. [[Or dame]] Cupide
your sustrene nyne2. [[MS. ix.]] eke that at Elykone
In hil parnaso listene for tabide [ 1810]
That ye dus ferre haue dyned me to gyde
I cane no more. but syth that ye wyl wende
Ye heried be. for ay wyth-oute ende [ 1813]
(260)
Thurgħ you haue I seide fully in my songe [ 1814]
The effecte and Ioye of Troylus seruise
Al be that ther was. som̄ disese amonge
As to myne Auctor listeth to devise [ 1817]
My fierde booke ende. this wyse
And Troilus in luste and quiete
Is wyth Creseide hys one lady swete [ 1820]
Explicit Liber iiijtus [leaf 35, back]