Three more parallel texts of Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde from ms. LI in St. John's college, Cambridge; ms. no. 61 in Corpus Christi college, Cambridge, and the Harleian ms. 1239 in the British museum; put forth by F.J. Furnivall ... with a note on Chaucer's borrowings from Benoît de Sainte-More by G.C. Macaulay ....
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400., Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910., Macaulay, G. C. (George Campbell), 1852-1915., Benoît, de Sainte-More, active 12th century.
(1) (Proem)
BVt a Litel Welaway the Whyle [ 1]
Lastitħ swych a Ioye y-thanked be fortune
That semest trewest whan she wyl bygyle
And gan̄ foles. soo her songe entune [ 4]
That she hem blent / traitour comune
And whan a wyght is from̄ the whele y-throwe
Than̄ laugheth she / and makyth hym̄ mowe [ 7]
(2)
From̄ Troilus she gan̄ hir bright face [ 8]
A-wey to wrye and toke of hym̄ no hede
But cast hym̄ clene oute of hys lady grace
And on̄ hyr whele. she sette vp diomede [ 11]
For wych Ryght now my hert gynneth blede
And now my penne. Allas. with wych I wryte
Quakyth for drede. of that y must endite [ 14]
(3)
For how Creseide Troilus forsoke [ 15]
Or at the lest. how that she was vnkynde
Mote hens been̄ fortħ / matere of my boke
As wryten̄ folke. thoro wych it is in mynde [ 18]
Allas that thay shulde. euer cause fynde
To speke hyr harme. and yf they on̄ hyr lye
I-wys hem seluen shulde haue the vylanye [ 21]
(4)
O ye herynes in thys doughters thre [ 22]
That endles. compleynynge euer in peyne
Mygera. Alece. and eke Thesiphone
Thou cruel gode. eke fadur to quereyne [ 25]
Thys fyfte and laste boke. me helpytħ to dyffyne
So that the loos of lyf. and loue in fere
Of Troilus be fully s[he]wed Rygħt here [ 28]
Lv̄t (or Lr̄t) Sic explicit Liber quartus.