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 Liber. quintus.

(1) (Proem)
Aprochen gan the fatal destyne. [fol. 93a] *. [[Teseide IX. i.]] [ 1]
That Ioues hath in disposicioun.
And to yow angry parcas sustrein iij.
Commytteth to don execucion. [ 4]
ffor which Criseid moste out of the town.
And Troilus shal dwellen forth in pyne.
Til lathesis his thred no lengere twyne. [ 7]
(2) (The Story)
The goldtressed phebus heyght on lofte. *. [[Teseide II. i.]] [ 8]
Thries hadde al with hir bemys cleene.
The snowes melte / and ȝephirus as ofte.
Ibrought ayein the tendre leues greene. [ 11]
Syn þat the sone of Ecuba the queene.
Bigan to loue hir first for wham his sorwe.
was al þat she departe sholde amorwe. [ 14]
(3)
fful redy was at pryme diomede. [ 15]
Criseid vnto the grekis oost to leede.
ffor sorwe of which she felte hir herte bleede.
As she þat nyste what was best to reede. [ 18]
And trewely as men in bookys reede.
Men wiste neuere womman han the care.
Ne was so loth out of a town to fare. [ 21]
(4)
This Troilus withouten reed or lore. [ 22]
As man þat hath hise Ioyes ek forlore.
was waytinge on his lady euere moore.
As she þat was the sothfast crop and more. [ 25]
Of al his lust / or Ioyes hir bifore.
But Troilus now farewel al thy Ioye.
ffor shaltow neuere sen hir eft in Troye. [ 28]
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Soth is þat whil he bood in this manere [ 29]
He gan his wo ful manly for to hide.
That wel vnnethe it sene was in his cheere.
But at the yate ther she sholde out ride. [ 32]
with certein folk he houed hir tabide.
So wo bigon / al wolde he naught him pleyne.
That on his hors vnneth he sat for peyne. [ 35]
(6)
ffor ire he quok / so gan his herte gnawe. [fol. 93b] [ 36]
whan Diomede on his hors gan hym dresse.
And seid vnto hymself this ilke sawe.
Allas quod he thus foul a wrechchednesse. [ 39]
why suffre ich it / why nyl it ich redresse.
were it nat bet atonys for to dye.
Than euere moore in langour thus to drye. [ 42]
(7)
Why nyl .I. make atonys riche and poore. [ 43]
To han Inoght to doone or þat she go.
why nyl I brynge al Troye vpon a roore.
Why nyl I slen this Diomede also. [ 46]
why nyl I rather with a man or two.
Stele hir awey / why wol ich this endure.
why nyl ich helpyn to myn owne cure. [ 49]
(8)
But why he nolde don so fel a dede. [ 50]
That shal I seyn / and why hym liste it spare.
He hadde in herte alweyes a manere drede.
Liste þat Criseide in rumour of this fare. [ 53]
Sholde han ben slayn / lo this was al his care.
And ellis certein as I seide yoore.
He hadde it don withouten wordes moore. [ 56]
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Criseide whan she was redy to ride. [ 57]
fful sorwfully she sighte and seide allas.
But forth she mot for aught þat may bitide.
Ther nys no oother remedy in this cas. [ 60]
And forth she rit ful sorwfullische a pas.
what wonder is though þat hir soore smerte.
whan she forgoth hir owene deere herte. [ 63]
(10)
This Troilus in wise of curtasie. [ 64]
with hauk on honde / and with a huge route.
Of knyghtes / rod and dide hir compaygnye.
Passynge al the valeye fer withoute. [ 67]
And forthere wolde han riden out of doute.
fful fayn / and wo was hym to gon so soone.
But torne he moste / and it was ek to doone. [ 70]
(11)
And right with þat was Antenor Icome. [fol. 94a] [ 71]
Out of the grekes oost / and euery wight.
was of it glade / and seide he was welcome.
And Troilus / al nere his herte light. [ 74]
He peyned hym with al his ful myght.
Hym to withholde of wepynge at the leeste.
And Antenor he kiste and made feest. [ 77]
(12)
And therwithal he moste his leue take. [ 78]
And caste his eye / vpon hir pitously.
And nere he rod his cause for to make.
To take hir by the honde al sobrely. [ 81]
And lord so she gan wepyn tendirly.
And he ful softe and sleyghly gan hir seye.
Now hold your day and doth me nat to deye. [ 84]
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With that his courser torned he aboute. [ 85]
with face pale / and vnto Diomede.
No word he spak ne non of al his route.
Of which the sone of Tideus tooke heede. [ 88]
As he þat koude more than the crede.
In swich a craft / and by the reyne hir hente.
And Troilus to Troye homwarde he wente. [ 91]
(14)
This Diomede þat ledde hir by the bridell. [ 92]
whan þat he saught the folke of Troye aweye.
Thoughte al my labour shal nat ben on ydel.
yif þat I may for somwhat shal I seye. [ 95]
ffor at the worste / it may yit shourt oure weye.
I haue herd seyd ek tymes twyes xij.
He is a fool þat wol foryete hymselue. [ 98]
(15)
But natheles thus thoughte he wel Inoght. [ 99]
That certeinlisch I am aboute naught.
yif þat I speke of loue or make it thought.
ffor douteles yif she haue in hir thought. [ 102]
Hym þat I gesse he may nat ben Ibrought.
So soone awey / but I shal fynde a meene.
That she nat wite as yit shal what I meene. [ 105]
(16)
This Diomede as he þat koude his good. [fol. 94b] [ 106]
whan tyme was / gan fallen forth in speche.
Of this and þat / and axed why she stood.
In swich disese / and gan hir ek biseche. [ 109]
That yif þat he encresce myght or eche.
with any thing / hir ese þat she sholde.
Comaunde it hym / and seide he don it wolde. [ 112]
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ffor trewelisch he swor hir as a knyght. [ 113]
That ther nys thing / with whiche he myght hir plese.
That he nyl don his herte and al his myghte.
To don it / for to don hir herte et ese. [ 116]
And preyde hir she wolde hir sorwe apose.
And seide Iwis we grekys kan haue Ioye.
To 1. [honouren—Troye over erasure.] honowren yow as wel as folk of Troye. 1. [honouren—Troye over erasure.]
(18)
He seide ek thus / I wot yow thinketh straunge. [ 120]
No wonder is / for it is to yow newe.
Tha queyntaunce of thise Troians to chaunge.
ffor folk of Grece þat ye neuere knewe. [ 123]
But wolde neuere god / but yif as trewe.
A grek ye sholde amonge vs al fynde.
As any Troian es / and ek as kynde. [ 126]
(19)
And by the cause I swer yow right lo now. [ 127]
To be your frend and helply to my myght.
And for that moore aquentance ek of yow.
Haue ich had / than another straunger wight. [ 130]
So fro this forth I prey yow day and nyght.
Comandeth me how soore þat me smerte.
To don al þat may like vnto your herte. [ 133]
(20)
And that ye me wolde as youre brother trete. [ 134]
And takith naught / my frendshipe in despit.
And though yowr sorwes ben for thinges grete.
Not I nat why / but of on moore respit. [ 137]
Myn herte hath for tamende it gret delit.
And yif I may yowr harmes nat redresse.
I am right soory / for yowre heuynesse. [ 140]
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ffor though ye Troians with vs grekis wrothe. [fol. 95a] [ 141]
Han long Iben / alwey yit parde.
O. god of loue in soth we seruen bothe.
And for the loue of god my lady fre. [ 144]
whom so ye hate as beth nat wroth with me.
ffor trewely ther kan no wight yow serue.
That half so loth yowre wraththe wolde deserue. [ 147]
(22)
And nere it þat we ben so neyght the tente. [ 148]
Of Kalkas / which þat sen vs bothe may.
I wolde of this yow telle al myn entente.
But this enselid til another day. [ 151]
yif me yowr honde I am and shal be ay.
God help me so whil þat my lyf may dure.
yowre owene abouen euery creature. [ 154]
(23)
Thus seide I neuere or now to woman born. [ 155]
ffor god myn herte as wysly glade so.
I louede neuer womman her biforn.
As paramours ne neuere shal no mo. [ 158]
And fore the loue of god beth naught my fo.
Al kan I naught to yow my lady deere.
Compleyne aright / for I am yit to leere. [ 161]
(24)
And wondreth nanght myn owene lady bryght. [ 162]
Though þat I speke of loue to yow thus blyue.
ffor I haue herde or this of mony a wight.
Hath loued thing he neuer say his lyue. [ 165]
Nor I nam nat of power for to stryue.
Ayeins the god of loue / but hym obeye.
I wol alwey / and mercy I yow preye. [ 168]
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Ther ben so worthy knyghtes in this place. [ 169]
And ye so fair / þat euerich of hem alle.
wol peynen hem to stonden in yowr grace.
But myght me so fair a grace falle. [ 172]
That ye me for yowr seruant wolde calle.
So lowghly ne so trewely yow serue.
Nil non of hem / as I shal til I sterue. [ 175]
(26)
Criseide vnto this purpos lite answerde. [fol. 95b] [ 176]
As she þat was with sorwe oppressed so.
That in effect she naught his tales herde.
But her and ther / now here a word or two. [ 179]
Hir thought hir sorwful herte brast atwo.
ffor whan she gan hir fader fer espie.
wel neygh down of hir hors she gan to sye. [ 182]
(27)
But natheles she thonked Diomede. [ 183]
Of al his trauaile and his good cheere.
And þat hym liste his frendshipe hir to bede.
And she accepteth hit in good manere. [ 186]
And wol do fayn þat is hym lef and deere.
And trusten hym she wolde and wel she myght.
As seide she and from hyr hors shalighte. [ 189]
(28)
Hir fadir hath hir in hise armes nome. [ 190]
And xx tyme he kiste his doughter sweete.
And seide .o. deere doughter myn welcome.
She seide ek she was fayn with hym to meete. [ 193]
And stood forth Muwet / mylde and mansuete.
But here I leue hir with hir fader dwelle.
And forth I wol of Troilus yow telle. [ 196]
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To Troye is come this woful Troilus. [ 197]
In sorwe / abouen alle sorwes smerte.
with feloun look / and face dispitus.
Tho sodeynly down from his horse he sterte. [ 200]
And thorwgh his Paleys with a swollen herte.
To chaumbre wente / of no wight took he heede.
Ne non to hym dar speke a worde for drede. [ 203]
(30)
And there hise sorwes þat he spared hadde. [ 204]
He yaf an issue large and deth he cride.
And in his throwes frenetik and madde.
He corseth Ioue / appollo and ek Cupide. [ 207]
He corset Ceres / Bacus and Cipride.
His burthe / hymself / his fate and ek nature.
And saue his lady euery creature. [ 210]
(31)
To bedde he goth and whieleth there and torneth. [fol. 96a]
In furie / as dostow Ixion in helle.
And in this wyse / he neygh til day soiourneth.
But tho bigan his herte a lite vnswelle. [ 214]
Thorugh teeris which þat gonnen vp to welle.
And pitously he cride vpon Criseide.
And to hymself right thus he spak and seyde. [ 217]
(32)
Where is myn owne lady lef and deere. [ 218]
wher is hir white brest wher is it where.
where ben hir armes and hir eyen cleere.
That yisternyght this tyme with me weere. [ 221]
Now may .I. wepe allone many a teere.
And graspe aboute I may but in this place.
Saue a pilwe I fynde naught tenbrace. [ 224]
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How shal I don whan shal she come ayein. [ 225]
I not allas / why lat ich hir to go.
As wolde god ich hadde as tho ben slayn.
O. herte myn Criseide o swete fo. [ 228]
O. lady myn þat I loue and no mo.
Tho whom for euere mo myn herte I dowe.
Se how I deye / ye nyl me nat rescowe. [ 231]
(34)
Who seth yow now my right lode sterre. [ 232]
who sit or stant right now in yowr presence.
who kan conforten now yowr hertes werre.
Now I am gon whom yiue ye audience. [ 235]
who spekith for me right now in myn absence.
Allas no wight and þat is alle my care.
ffor wel .I. wot as yuele as I ye fare. [ 238]
(35)
How shulde I þus .x. dayes ful endure. [ 239]
whan I the firste nyght haue al this teene.
How shal she don ek sorful creature.
ffor tendrenesse / how shal she ek sustene. [ 242]
Swich wo for me / .o. pitous pale and greene.
Shal ben yowr fresshe wommanlisch face.
ffor longynge / er ye torne into this place. [ 245]
(36)
And whan he fille in any slomberynges. [fol. 96b] [ 246]
Anon bigynne he wolde for to grone.
And dremen of the dredfulleste thinges.
That myght ben / as meete he were allone. [ 249]
In place orible / makynge ay his moone.
Or meten that he was amonges alle.
His enemys / and in hir hondes falle. [ 252]
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And therwithal his body shulde sterte. [ 253]
And with the sterte al sodeynly awake.
And swiche a tremour fele aboute his herte.
That of the feere hys body shulde quake. [ 256]
And therwithal he sholde a noyse make.
And seme as thought he sholde fallen depe.
ffrom heyghe oloft / and thanne he wolde wepe. [ 259]
(38)
And rewen on hymself so pitously. [ 260]
That wondir was to heere his fantasie.
Another tyme he sholde myghtily.
Conforte hymself / and seyn it was folye. [ 263]
So causeles swich drede for to drye.
And eft bygynne his aspre sorwes newe.
That euery man myghte on his sorwe rewe. [ 266]
(39)
Who koude telle aright or ful descryue. [ 267]
His wo / his pleynte / his langour and his pyne.
Naught alle the men þat han or ben on lyue.
Thow redere maist thyself ful wel deuyne. [ 270]
That swich a wo my wit kan nat defyne.
On ydel for to write it sholde .I. swynke.
whan þat my wit is weery it to thynke. [ 273]
(40)
On heuene yit the sterres weren seene. [ 274]
Although ful pale . Iwoxen was the moene.
And whyten gan the Orisonte sheene.
Al estward / as it wont is for to doone. [ 277]
And phebus with his rosy carte soone.
Gan aftir that to dresse hym vp to faare.
whan Troilus hath sent aftir Pandare. [ 280]
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This Pandare that of al the day biforn. [fol. 97a] [ 281]
Ne myghte han comen Troilus to se.
Although he on his hed it hadde Isworn.
ffor with the kyng Priam al day was he. [ 284]
So þat it lay nat in his liberte.
Nowher to gon / but on the morwe he wente.
To Troilus whan þat he for hym sente. [ 287]
(42)
ffor in his herte he koude wel deuyne. [ 288]
That Troilus al nyght for sorwe wook.
And þat he wolde telle hym of his pyne.
This kneught wel Inough withoute book. [ 291]
ffor which to chaumbre streyght the wey he took.
And Troilus tho sobreliche he grette.
And on the bed ful soone he gan hym sette. [ 294]
(43)
Quod Troilus my Pandarus the sorwe. [ 295]
which þat I drie / I may nat longe endure.
I trowe I shal nat lyuen til tomorwe.
ffor which I wolde alweys on auenture. [ 298]
To the deuysen of my sepulture.
The forme / and of my moeble thow dispone.
Right as the semyth beest is for to doone. [ 301]
(44)
But of the fir and flaumbe funerral. [ 302]
In which my body brennen shal to gleede.
And of the feste and pleyes palestral.
At my vigile / I pray the take good heede. [ 305]
That þat be wel / and offre Mars my steede.
My swerd / myn helm / and leeue brother deere.
My swerd to Pallas yif þat shynneth cleere. [ 308]
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The poudre in which myn herte Ibrend shal torne. [ 309]
That preye ich the thow take and it conserue.
In a vessell þat men clepith a vrne.
Of gold / and to my lady þat I serue. [ 312]
ffor loue of whom thus pitousliche I sterue.
So yiue it hire / and do me this plesaunce.
And preye hir kepe it for a remembraunce. [ 315]
(46)
ffor wel I fele by my maladye. [fol. 97b] [ 316]
And by my dremys now and yore ago.
Al certeinly / þat I mot nedes dye.
The owle ek which þat hete Escaphilo. [ 319]
Hath aftir me shright alle these nyghtes two.
And god Mercurie of me now woful wrechche.
The soule gide / and whan the liste it fechche. [ 322]
(47)
Pandare answerde / and seide Troilus. [ 323]
My deere frende as I haue told the yore.
That it is folie for to sorwen thus.
And causeles / for which I kan no moore. [ 326]
But whoso wol nat trowen red ne loore.
I kan nat sen in hym no remedye.
But lat hym wort 1. [t added in later hand.] hen with his fantasie.
(48)
But Troilus I prey the telle me now. [ 330]
yif þat thow trowe / or this þat any wight.
Hath loued paramours as wel as thow.
Ye god wot / and fro many a worthy knyght. [ 333]
Hath hise lady gon a fourtenyght.
And he nat yit made hauel 2. [sic.] del the fare.
what nede is the to maken al this care. [ 336]
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Syn day by day thow maist thyseluen se. [ 337]
That from his loue / or ellis from his wyf.
A man mot twynnen of necessite.
Ye though he loue hir as his owne lif. [ 340]
Yit nyl he with hymself thus maken strif.
ffor wel thow wost my leeue brother deere.
That alwey frendes may nat ben Ifeere. [ 343]
(50)
How don this folk þat sen hir loues wedded. [ 344]
By frendes myght as it bitit ful ofte.
And sen hem in hir spouses bed Ibedded.
God woot they take it wysly fayre and softe. [ 347]
fforwhy good hope halt vp hir herte .o.lofte.
And for they kan a tyme of sorwe endure.
As tyme hem hert a tyme doth hem cure. [ 350]
(51)
So sholdestow endure and laten slyde. [fol. 98a] [ 351]
The tyme and fownd to be glad and lyght.
X dayes nys so longe naught tabide.
And syn she the to comen hath bihight. [ 354]
She nyl hir heste brekyn for no wight.
ffor drede the naught þat she nyl fynden weye.
To come ayein my lif þat dorste I leye. [ 357]
(52)
Thy sweuenes ek and al swich fantasie. [ 358]
Drif out / and lat hem faren to meschaunse.
ffor they proceden of thy malencolye.
That doth the feele in slepe al this penaunce. [ 361]
A straw for alle sweuenes signefiaunce.
God help me so I counte hem naught a beene.
Ther wot no man of right what dremes meene. [ 364]
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ffor prestes of the temple tellen this. [ 365]
That dremys ben the reuelaciouns.
Of goddes / and as wel they telle Iwys.
That they ben infernals illusiouns. [ 368]
And leches seyn þat of complexiouns.
Proceden they / or fast or glotonye.
who wot in soth thus what they signyfie. [ 371]
(54)
Ek oothre seyn þat thorugh impressiouns. [ 372]
As yif a wight hath faste a thing in mynde.
That therof comen swich auisiouns.
And oothre seyn as they in bookys fynde. [ 375]
That aftir tymes of the yer be kynde.
Men dreme / and þat theffect goth by the moone.
But lef no dreme / for it is naught to doone. [ 378]
(55)
Wel worthe of dremes ay thise olde wyues. [ 379]
And trewelisch ek augurie of thise foolis.
ffor fere of which men wenen lese hir lyues.
As rauenes qualin / or shrichyng of thise oules. [ 382]
To trowen on it both fals and foul is.
Allas allas so noble a creature.
As is a man / shal dreden swich ordure. [ 385]
(56)
ffor which with al myn herte .I. the biseche. [fol. 98b] [ 386]
vnto thyself þat al this thow foryiue.
And ris now vp withoute more speche.
And lat vs caste how forth may beste be dryue. [ 389]
This tyme / and ek how fresshly we may lyue.
whan þat she comth / the which shal be right soone.
God help me so thy best is thus to doone. [ 392]
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Ris lat vs speke of lusty lif in Troye. [ 393]
That we han led / and forth the tyme dryue.
And ek of tyme comyng vs reioye.
That bryngen shal oure blisse now so blyue. [ 396]
And langour of thies twyes dayes v.
we shal therwith so foryete oure oppresse.
That vel vnnethe it don shal vs duresse. [ 399]
(58)
This town is ful of lordes alboute. [ 400]
And trewes lasten al this meene while.
Gowe pleye vs in som lusty route.
To sarpedon nat hennes but a Mile. [ 403]
And thus thow shalt the tyme wel bigile.
And dryue it forth vnto þat blisful morwe.
That thow hir se þat cause is of thy sorwe. [ 406]
(59)
Now ris my deere brother Troilus. [ 407]
ffor certis it non honour is to the.
To wepe and in thy bed to Iouken thus.
ffor trewelische of on thyng trust me. [ 410]
yif thow thus ligge a day or two or thre.
The folk wol seyn þat thow for cowardise.
The feynest sik / and þat thow darst nat rise. [ 413]
(60)
This Troilus answerde o brother deere. [ 414]
This knowen folk þat han Isuffered peyne.
That though he wepe and make sorwful cheere.
That felith harm and smert in euery veyne. [ 417]
No wondir is / and though ich euere pleyne.
Or alwey wepe I nam nothing to blame.
Syn I haue lost the cause of al my game. [ 420]
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But syn of fyn force I mot arise. [fol. 99a] [ 421]
I shal arise as soone as euere I may.
And god to whom myn herte I sacrifise.
So sende vs hastely the tenthe day. [ 424]
ffor was ther neuere fowel so fayn of May.
As I shal ben / whan þat she comth to Troye.
That cause is of my torment and my Ioye. [ 427]
(62)
But whider is thy red quod Troilus. [ 428]
That we may pleye vs beste in al this town.
By god my Conseil is quod Pandarus.
To ride and pleye vs with kyng sarpedoun. [ 431]
So longe of this they spaken vp and down.
To Troilus gan at the laste assente.
To rise / and forth to Sarpedoun they wente. [ 434]
(63)
This Sarpedoun as he þat honorable. [ 435]
was euere his lyue / and ful of heygh largesse.
with al þat myghte Iserued ben on table.
That deynte was / al coste it grete richesse. [ 438]
He fedde hym day by day / þat swich noblesse.
As seyden bothe the meste and ek the leste.
was neuere or þat day wist at any feste. [ 441]
(64)
Nor in this world ther is no Instrument. [ 442]
Delicious / thorwgh wynd or touche or corde.
As fer as euery wight hath euere wente.
That tonge telle or herte may recorde. [ 445]
That at the feste it nas wel herd acorde.
Nof ladys ek so fair a compaignye.
On daunce / or tho was neuere er seyn with eye. [ 448]
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But what auaileth this to Troilus. [ 449]
That for his sorwe nothing of it roughte.
ffor euere in oon his herte pietus.
fful bisily Criseide his lady soughte. [ 452]
On hir was euere al that his herte thoughte.
Now this / now that so faste ymagnynge.
That glade Iwys kan hym no festeyinge. [ 455]
(66)
Thise ladys ek / þat at the feste ben. [fol. 99b] [ 458]
Syn þat he saugh his lady was aweye.
It was his sorwe opon hem for to sen.
Or for to heere on Instrument so pleye. [ 459]
ffor she þat of his herte berth the keye.
was absent / lo this was hys fantasie.
That no wight shuld maken melodye. [ 462]
(67)
Nor ther nys houre of al the day or nyght. [ 463]
whan he was there as no wight myght hym heere.
That he ne seide / o lufsom lady bright.
How han ye faren syn þat ye were heere. [ 466]
welcome Iwys myn owene lady deere.
Bur welawey al this nas but a maze.
ffortune his howue intendede bet to glaze. [ 469]
(68)
The lettres ek / þat she of olde tyme. [ 470]
Hadde hym sente / he wolde allone rede.
An hondred sithe / atwixen non and pryme.
Refigurynge hir shap / hir wommanhede. [ 473]
WithInne his herte / and euere word or dede.
That passed was / and thus he drof tanende.
The ferthe day / and thennes wolde he wende. [ 476]
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And seide leue brother Pandarus. [ 477]
Intendestow þat we shal here bleue.
Til Sarpedoun wil forth conieyen vs.
Yit were it fairere / þat we took oure leue. [ 480]
ffor goddes loue / lat vs now soone at eue.
Oure leue take / and homward lat vs torne.
ffor treweliche I nyl nat this soiourne. [ 483]
(70)
Pandare answerde / be we comen hider. [ 484]
To fechchen fyr and rennen hom agayne.
God help me so I kan nat tellen whider.
we myghte gon / yif I shal sothely seyne. [ 487]
Ther any wight is of vs more fayn.
Than Sarpedoun / and yif we hennes hye.
Thus sodeynly / y holde it vileynye. [ 490]
(71)
Syn þat we seyden þat we wolde bleue. [fol. 100a] [ 491]
with hym a wowke / and now thus sodeynly.
The ferthe day to take of hym oure leue.
He wolde wondren on it trewely. [ 494]
Lat vs holde oure purpos fermaly.
And sithen þat we behighten hym to bide.
Hold forward now and after lat vs ride. [ 497]
(72)
Thus Pandarus with alle peyne and wo. [ 498]
Made hym to dwelle / and at the wikes ende.
Of Sarpedon they tooke hire leeue tho.
And on hir wey they spedden hem to wende. [ 501]
Quod Troilus / now lord me grace sende.
That I may fynden at myn home comynge.
Criseide comen / and therwith gan he synge. [ 504]
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Ye haselwode thoughte this Pandare. [ 505]
And to hymself ful softelich he seyde.
God wot refreynden may this hoote faare.
Or Kalkas sende Troilus Criseide. [ 508]
But natheles he Iaped thus and seide.
And swor Iwys his herte hym wel bihighte.
She wolde come as soone as euere she myghte. [ 511]
(74)
Whan they to the Paleys were Icomen. [ 512]
Of Troilus / they down of hors alighte.
And to the chaumbre hir wey than han they nome.
And into tyme þat it gan to nyghte.
They gonne speken of Criseide the brighte.
And after this whan þat hem bothe leste.
They spedde hem fro the soper vnto reste. [ 518]
(75)
O morwe as soone as day bigan to cleere. [ 519]
This Troilus gan of his slep tabreide.
And to Pandarus his owene brother deere.
For loue of god ful pitoushiche 1. [sic] he seyde. [ 522]
Go we sen the Paleys of Criseide.
ffor syn we yit may han no moore feste.
So lat vs sen hir paleys at the leste. [ 525]
(76)
And therwithal his Meigne for to blende. [fol. 100b] [ 526]
A cause he fownd in towne for to go.
And to Criseides hous they gonne wende.
But lord this sely Troilus was wo. [ 529]
Hym thoughte his sorwful herte brast atwo.
ffor whan he saugh hir dores spedred alle.
wel nygh for sorwe adown he gan to falle. [ 532]
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Therwith whan he was war and gan biholde. [ 533]
How shet was euery wyndowe of the place.
As frost hym thoughte his herte gan to colde.
ffor which with a chaunged dedlych 1. [over erasure] pale face.
withoute worde he forthby gan to pace.
And as god wolde he gan so faste ride.
That no wight of his contenaunce espide. [ 539]
(78)
Than seide he thus .O. paleys disolat. [ 540]
O. hous of houses whilom best Ihight.
O. paleys empty and disconsolat.
O. thow lanterne of which queynt is the light. [ 543]
O. Paleys whilom day þat now art nyght.
wel oughtestow to falle and I to dye.
Syn she is went þat wont was vs to gye. [ 546]
(79)
O paleys whilom crowne of houses alle. [ 547]
Enlumyned with sonne of alle blisse.
O. ryng fro which the ruby is out falle.
O. cause of wo þat cause hath ben of lisse. [ 550]
Yit syn I may no bet fayn wolde I kysse.
Thi colde dores / dorst I for this route.
And farewel shryne of which the seynt is oute. [ 553]
(80)
Therwith he caste on Pandarus his eye. [ 554]
with chaunged face . and pitous to byholde.
And whan he myghte his tyme aright espye.
Ay as he rod to Pandarus he tolde. [ 557]
His newe sorwe and ek his Ioyes olde.
So pitously and with so ded an hewe.
That eueri 2. [over erasure] wight myght on his sorwe rewe.
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ffro thennesforth he rideth vp and down. [fol. 101a] [ 561]
And euery thing com hym to remembraunce.
As he rod forby places of the town.
In which he whilom hadde al his plesaunce. [ 564]
Lo yondir saugh ich last my lady daunce.
And in þat temple with hir eyen cleere.
Me kaughte first my righte lady deere. [ 567]
(82)
And yondir haue ich herd ful lustely. [ 568]
My deere herte laughe / and yonder pleye.
Saugh ich hir onys ek ful blisfully.
And yonder oonys to me gan she seye. [ 571]
Now goode sweete loue me wel I preye.
And yond so goodly gan she me biholde.
That to the deth myn herte is to hir holde. [ 574]
(83)
And at that corner in the yonder hous. [ 575]
Herde I myn alderleuest lady deere.
So wommanly with voys melodious.
Syngen so wel / so goodly and so cleere. [ 578]
That in my saule yit me thinketh ich heere.
The blisful sown / and in þat yonder place.
My lady first me took vnto hir grace. [ 581]
(84)
Than thoughte he thus / o blisful lord Cupide. [ 582]
whan I the proces haue in my momorie.
How thow me hast werried on euery side.
Men myghte a book make of hit / lik a storie. [ 585]
what nede is the to seke on me victorie.
Syn I am thyn / and holly at thy wille.
what Ioye 1. [over erasure] hast thow 1. [over erasure] thyn owene folk to spille. [ 588]
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Wel hastow lord Iwroke on me thyn Ire. [ 589]
Thow myghty god and dredful for to greue.
Now mercy lord thow woste wel I desire.
Thy grace / most of alle lustes leeue. [ 592]
And leue and deye I wole in thy bileue.
ffor which I naxe in guerdon but o boone.
That thow Criseide ayein me sende soone. [ 595]
(86)
Destreyne hir herte as faste to retourne. [fol. 101b] [ 596]
As thow dost myn to longen hir to se.
That wot I wel þat she nyl so soiourne.
Now blisful god so cruel thow ne be. [ 599]
Vnto the blood of Troye I preye the.
As Iuno was vnto the blood thebane.
ffor which the folk / of thebes kaught hir bane. [ 602]
(87)
And aftir this he to the yates wente. [ 603]
There as Criseide outrod a ful good pas.
And vp and down ther made he many a wente.
And to hymself ful ofte he seide allas. [ 606]
ffrom hennes rod my blis and my solas.
As wolde blisful god now for his Ioye.
I myghte hir sen ayein come into Troye. [ 609]
(88)
And to the yonder hil I gan hir gide. [ 610]
Allas / and there I took of hir my leue.
And yond I saugh hir to hir fadir ride.
ffor sorwe of which myn herte wol to cleeue. [ 613]
And hider hom I kome whan it was eue.
And here I dwelle out cast from al Ioye.
And shal til I may sen hir eft in Troye. [ 616]
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And of hymself ymagined he ofte. [ 617]
To ben deffet / and pale and waxen lesse.
Than he was wont / and þat men seiden softe.
what may it be / who kan the sothe gesse. [ 620]
why Troilus hath al this heuynesse.
And al this nas but his melencolye.
That he hadde of hymself swich fantasie. [ 623]
(90)
Another tyme / ymaginen he wolde. [ 624]
That euery wight þat wente by the weye.
Hadde of hym routhe / and þat they seyn sholde.
I am right sory Troilus wol deye. [ 627]
And thus he drof a day forth or tweye.
As ye han herd / swich lif gan he lede.
As he þat stood bitwixen hope and drede. [ 630]
(91)
ffor which hym liked in his songes shewe. [fol. 102a] [ 631]
Thencheson of his wo as he best myghte.
And make a song of wordes but a fewe.
Somwhat his woful herte for to lighte. [ 634]
And whan he was from euery mannes sighte.
with softe voys he of his lady deere.
That absent was gan synge as ye may heere. [ 637]
(92) (Troylus's Song for Cressid)
O sterre of which I lost haue al the light. *. [Cantus troili] [ 638]
with herte soore wel aught I to biwaille.
That euere dirk in torment nyght by nyght.
Toward my deth with wynd in steere I saylle. [ 641]
ffor which the tenthe nyght yif þat I faylle.
The gidynge of thy bemes bright an houre.
Mi ship and me caribdis wol deuoure. [ 644]
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This song when he thus songen hadde soone. [ 645]
He fil ayein into hise sikes olde.
And euery nyght / as he was 1. [over erasure] wonte to doone. 1. [over erasure]
He stood the bryght moone to biholde. [ 648]
And al his sorwe he to the moone tolde.
And seide Iwis whan thow art horned newe.
I shal be glad yif al the world be trewe. [ 651]
(94)
I saugh thyne hornes olde by the morwe. [ 652]
whan hennes rood my right lady deere.
That cause is of my torment and my sorwe.
ffor which o bryght latona the cleere. 2. [corr. from cheere] [ 655]
ffor loue of god ren faste aboute thy speere.
ffor whan thyne hornes newe gynne sprynge.
Than shal she come þat 3. [over erasure] may my 3. [over erasure] blisse brynge. [ 658]
(95)
The dayes moore / and lenger euery nyght. [ 659]
Than they ben wont to ben hym thought tho.
And þat sonne wente his cours vnright.
By lengere wey than it was wont to go. [ 662]
And seide Iwis me dredeth euer mo.
The sonnes sone Pheton be on lyue.
And þat his fadir carte amys he dryue. [ 665]
(96)
Vpon the walles faste ek wolde he walke. [fol. 102b] [ 666]
And on the grekys oost he wolde se.
And to hymself right thus he wolde talke.
Lo yonder is myn owene lady fre. [ 669]
Or elles yonder ther the tentes be.
And thennes comth this Eir þat is so swoote.
That in my soule I feele it doth me boote. [ 672]
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And hardely this wynd þat moore and moore. [ 673]
Thus stowndmely encresceth in my face.
Is of my ladis depe sykes soore.
I preue it thus / for in no oother space. [ 676]
Of al this town / saue only in this place.
ffele I no wynd þat souneth so like peyne.
It seyth allas why twynned be we tweyne. [ 679]
(98)
This longe tyme he dryueth forth right thus. [ 680]
Til fully passed was the nynthe nyght.
And ay biside hym was this Pandarus.
That bisily dide al his fulle myght. [ 683]
Hym to conforte / and make his herte light.
Yiuynge hym hope alwey the tenthe morwe.
That she shal come / and stynten al his sorwe. [ 686]
(99)
On þat oother side was Criseide. [ 687]
with wommen fewe among / the grekys stronge
ffor which ful ofte a day allas she seide.
That I was born / wel may myn herte longe. [ 690]
After my deth / for now lyue I to longe.
Allas / and I ne may it nat amende.
ffor now is wors than euere yit I wende. [ 693]
(100)
My fadir nyl for nothyng don me grace. [ 694]
To goon ayein / for naught I kan hym queme.
And yif so be þat I my terme pace.
My Troilus shal in his herte deme. [ 697]
That I am fals / and so it may wel seme.
Thus shal I han vnthank on euery side.
That I was born so welowey the tide. [ 700]
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And yif þat I me putte in Iupartye. [fol. 103a] [ 701]
To stele awey be nyght and it byfalle.
That I be kaught / I shal be holde espie.
Or ellis lo this drede I most of alle. [ 704]
yif in the hondes of som wrechche I falle.
I nam but lost / al be my herte trewe.
Now myghty god / thow on my sorwe rewe. [ 707]
(102)
fful pale Iwaxen was hir bright face. [ 708]
Hir lymes lene / as she þat alle the day.
Stood whan she dorste and lokede on the place.
Wher she was born / and ther she dweld hadde ay. [ 711]
And alle the nyght wepynge allas she lay.
And thus despeired out of alle cure.
She ledde hir lyf this woful creature. [ 714]
(103)
fful ofte a day she syghte ek for destresse. [ 715]
And in hirself she wente ay portreyinge.
Of Troilus / the grete worthynesse.
And alle his goodly wordes recordynge. [ 718]
Syn first that day hir loue bygan to sprynge.
And thus she sette hir woful herte in fyre.
Throwgh Remembraunce / of þat she gan desire. [ 721]
(104)
In al this world ther nys no cruel herte. [ 722]
That hir hadde herd compleynen in hir sorwe.
That nolde han wepen for hir peynes smerte.
So tendrely / she wepte bothe eue and morwe. [ 725]
Hir neded non teeris for to borwe.
And this was yit the worste of al hir peyne.
Ther nys no wight to whome she dorste hir pleyne. [ 728]
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fful rewfully she lokede vpon Troye. [ 729]
Bihold the toures heyghe and ek the walles.
Allas quod she the plesaunce and the Ioye.
The which þat now al torned into galle is. [ 732]
Haue ich had ofte within tho yonder wallis.
O Troilus what dostow now she seide.
Lord wheither thow yit think vpon Criseide. [ 735]
(106)
Allas .I. ne hadde Itrowed on youre loore. [fol. 103b] [ 736]
And went with yow as ye me rede or this.
Than hadde I now nat siked half so soore.
who myght haue seide þat I hadde don amys. [ 739]
To stele awey with swich oon as he is.
But al to late comth the letuarie.
Whan men the cors vnto the graue carie. [ 742]
(107)
To late is now to speke of that matere. [ 743]
Prudence allas / oon of thyn eyen iij.
Me lakked alwey / or þat I com heere.
On tyme Ipassed wel remembred me. [ 746]
And present tyme ek koude ich wel see.
But futur tyme or I was in the snare.
Koude I nat se / þat causeth now my care. [ 749]
(108)
But natheles bitide what bitide. [ 750]
I shal tomorwe at nyght by est or west.
Out of this oost stelen in som maner side.
And gon with Troilus wher as hym leste. [ 753]
This purpos wol I holde and þat is beste.
No fors of wykked tonges Ianglerye.
ffor euere in loue han wrechches had enuye. [ 756]
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ffor woso wol of euery word take hede. [ 757]
Or rulen hym by euery wightes wit.
Ne shal he neuere thryuen out of drede.
ffor þat that som men blamen euere yit. [ 760]
Lo oother maner folk comenden it.
And as for me / for alle swich variaunce.
ffelicite clepe I my suffisaunce. [ 763]
(110)
ffor which withouten any wordes mo. [ 764]
To Troye I wole as for conclusion.
But god it wot or fully monthes two.
She was ful fer fro þat entencioun. [ 767]
ffor bothen Troilus and Troyes town.
Shal knotteles thorwghout hir herte slyde.
ffor she wol take a purpos for tabide. [ 770]
(111)
This Diomede of whom yow telle I gan. [fol. 104a] [ 771]
Goth now with hymseluen arguynge.
with al the sleyght and al þat euere he kan.
How he may best with shortest taryinge. [ 774]
Into his net / Criseides herte brynge.
To this entente he koude neuere fyne.
To ffisshen hir he leyde out hook and lyne. [ 777]
(112)
But natheles wel in his herte he thoughte. [ 778]
That she nas nat withoute a loue in Troye.
ffor neuere sythen he hir thennes broughte.
Ne koude he sen hir laugh and maken Ioye. [ 781]
He nyste how best hir herte for tacoye.
But for to assaye he seide it naught ne greueth.
ffor he þat naught nasayeth naught nacheueth. [ 784]
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Yit seide be to hymself vpon a nyght. [ 785]
Now am I nat a fool þat wot wel how.
Hir wo for loue is of another wight.
And hervpon to gon assay hir now. [ 788]
I may wel wite it nyl nat ben my prow.
ffor wyse folk in bookes it expresse.
Men shal nat wowe a wight in heuynesse. [ 791]
(114)
But whoso myghte wynnen swich a flour. [ 792]
ffrom hym / for whom she morneth nyght and day.
He myghte seyn he were a conquerour.
And right anon as he þat bold was ay. [ 795]
Thought in his herte happe how happe may.
Al sholde I deye .I. wol hir herte seche.
I. shal no moore lese but my speche. [ 798]
(115)
This Diomede as bookys vs declare. [ 799]
was in his nedes prest and corageus.
With styerne voys and myghty lymes square.
Hardy / testif / strong / and chiualrus. [ 802]
Of dedes / lyk his fader Tideus.
And som men seyn he was of tonge large.
And heir 1. [h erased] he was of Calidoyne and arge. [ 805]
(116)
Criseide mene was of hir stature. [fol. 104b] [ 806]
Therto of shap / of face and ek of chere.
Ther myghte be no fayrer creature.
And ofte tyme this was hir manere. [ 809]
To gon Itressed with hir heris clere.
Down by hir coler at hir bak bihynde.
which with a thred of golde she wolde bynde. [ 812]
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And saue hir browes Ioyneden Ifeere. [ 813]
Ther nas no lakke in aught I kan espien.
But for to speken of hir eyen cleere.
Lo trewely they writen þat hir seyen. [ 816]
That Paradys stood formed in hir eyen.
And with riche beauute euere moore.
Strof loue in hir ay / which of hem was moore. [ 819]
(118)
She sobre was ek symple and wys withal. [ 820]
The beste Inorisshed ek / þat myghte be.
And goodlisch of hir speche in general.
Charitable / estalische lusty fre. [ 823]
Ne neuere mo ne lakkede hir pite.
Tendre herted slydynge of corage.
But trewely I kan nat telle hir age. [ 826]
(119)
And Troilus wel waxen was on highte. [ 827]
And complet formed by proporcioun.
So wel þat kynd it naughte amende myghte.
Yong / fressh / strong / and hardy as lyoun. [ 830]
Trewe as stele in ech condicioun.
Oon of the beste entechched creature.
That is or shal whil þat the worlde may dure. [ 833]
(120)
And certeinlisch in storie / it is Ifounde. [ 834]
That Troilus was neuere vnto no wight.
As in his tyme / in no degre seconde.
Endurynge doth þat longeth to a knyght. [ 837]
Al myghte a geant passen hym of myght.
His herte ay with the first and with the beste.
Stood parigal to dor don þat hym leste. [ 840]
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But for to tellen forth of Diomede. [fol. 105a] [ 841]
It fil þat aftir on the tenthe day.
Syn þat Criseide out of the cite yede.
This Diomede as fressh as braunche in may. [ 844]
Com to the tente ther as Kalkas lay.
And feyned hym with kalkas han to doone.
But what he mente I shal yow telle soone. [ 847]
(122)
Criseide at shorte wordes for to telle. [ 848]
welcomed hym and down hym by hir sette.
And he was ethe Inought to maken dwelle.
And aftir this withoute longe lette. [ 851]
The spices and the wyn men forth hem fette.
And forth they speke of this and that Ifeere.
As frendes don / of which som shal ye heere. [ 854]
(123)
He gan first fallen of the werre in speche. [ 855]
Bitwixen hem / and the folk of Troye town.
And of thasege / he gan hir ek biseche.
To telle hym what was hir opynyoun. [ 858]
ffro þat demande he so descendith down.
To axen hir yif þat hir straunge thoughte.
The grekis gise and werkis þat they wroghte. [ 861]
(124)
And why hir fadir tarieth so longe. [ 862]
To wedden hir vnto som worthy wight.
Criseide þat was in hir peynes stronge.
ffor loue of Troilus hir owene knyght. [ 865]
As ferforth as she konnynge hadde or myght.
Answerde hym tho / but as of his entente.
It semed nat she wiste what he mente. [ 868]
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But natheles this ilke Diomede. [ 869]
Gan in hymself asseure and thus he seyde.
yif ich aright haue taken of yow heede.
Me thinkith thus .o. lady my Criseide. [ 872]
That syn .I. first hond on yowr bridel leyde.
Whan ye out come of Troye by the morwe.
Ne koude I neuere sen yow but in sorwe. [ 875]
(126)
Kan I nat seyn what may the cause be. [fol. 105b] [ 876]
But yif for loue of som Troiayn it weere.
The which right soore wolde athinken me.
That ye for any wight þat dwelleth there. [ 879]
Sholden spille a quarter of a tere.
Or pitously yowrseluen so bygile.
ffor dredeles it is nat worth the while. [ 882]
(127)
The folk of Troye as who seith al and some. [ 883]
In prison ben / as ye yowrseluen se.
Ne thenues shal nat oon on lyue come.
ffor al the gold atwixen soone and see. [ 886]
Trusteth wel and vndirstondeth me.
Ther shal nat oon to mercy gon on lyue.
Al were he lord of worldes twyes fyue. [ 889]
(128)
Swich wrech on hem for fecchinge of Eleyne. [ 890]
Ther shal ben take / or þat hennes wende.
That manes whiche goddes ben of peyne.
Shal ben agast þat grekis wol hem shende. [ 893]
And men shal drede vnto the wordes ende.
ffrom hennesforth to rauysshen any queene.
So cruel shal oure wreche on hem be seene. [ 896]
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And but yif Kalkas lede vs with ambages. [ 897]
That is to seyn with double wordes slye.
Swich as men clepe a word with tho visages.
Ye shal wel knowen þat I naught ne lye. [ 900]
And al this thing right sen it with yowr eye.
And þat anon / ye nyl nat trowe how soone.
Now taketh hede / for it is for to doone. [ 903]
(130)
What wene ye yowr wyse fadir wolde. [ 904]
Haue ȝeuen antenor for yow anon.
yif he ne wiste þat the Cite sholde.
Destroyed ben / why nay so mote I gon. [ 907]
He knew ful wel ther shal nat shapen oon.
That Troian is / and for the grete feere.
He durst nat þat 1. [written between the lines.] ye dwelde lengere þere.
(131)
What wol ye moore lufsom lady deere. [fol. 106a] [ 911]
Lat Troye and Troian fro yowre herte pace.
Drif out þat bittre hope and make good cheere.
And clepe ayein the beaute of yowr face. [ 914]
That ye with salte teeris so deface.
ffor Troye is broughte in swich a Iupartye.
That it to saue is now no remedye. [ 917]
(132)
And thinketh wel ye shal in grekis fynde. [ 918]
A moore parfit loue or it be nyght.
Than any Troian is / and moore kynde.
And bet to seruen yow wol don his myght. [ 921]
And yif ye vouchesauf / my lady bright.
I. wol ben he to seruen yow myseluen.
Ye leuere than be kyng of Grecis xij. [ 924]
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And with that worde he gan to waxen red. [ 925]
And in his speche a litel wight he quook.
And caste aside a litel wyght his hed.
And stynte a while / and aftirwarde awook. [ 928]
And sowbrelich on hir he threwgh his look.
And seide I am al be it yow no Ioye.
As gentil man as any wight in Troye. [ 931]
(134)
ffor yif my fadir Tideus he seyde. [ 932]
Ilyued hadde / .Ich hadde ben or this.
Of Calidoygne and arge a kyng Criseide.
And so hope I þat I shal yit Iwys. [ 935]
But he was slayn allas the moore harm is.
Vnhappely at Thebes al to rathe.
Polymyte and many a man to scathe. [ 938]
(135)
But herte myn syn þat I am yowr man. [ 939]
And ben the first of whom .I. seche grace.
To serue yow as hertely as I kan.
And euere shal while I to lyue haue space. [ 942]
So or þat I departe out of this place.
That ye me graunt þat I may tomorwe.
At bettre leiser telle yow my sorwe. [ 945]
(136)
What sholde I telle hise wordes þat he seyde. [fol. 106b] [ 946]
He spak Inought for o day at the meeste.
It preueth wel / he spak so þat Criseide.
Graunted on the morwe at this requeeste. [ 949]
ffor to speken with hym at the leeste.
So þat he nolde speke of swich matere.
And thus she to hym seide as ye may heere. [ 952]
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As she þat hadde hir herte on Troilus. [ 953]
So faste / þat ther may it non arace.
And straungely she spak and seyde thus.
O. Diomede .I. loue þat ilke place. [ 956]
Ther I was born / and Ioues for his grace.
Deliuere it soone of al þat doth it care.
God for thy might so leue it wel to faare. [ 959]
(138)
That grekis wolde hir wraththe on Troye wreke [ 960]
Yif þat they myght .I. knowe it wel Iwys.
But it shal nat bifallen as ye speke.
And god toforn / and forthere of this. [ 963]
I wot my fadir wis and redy is.
And þat he me hath bought as ye me tolde.
So deere / I am the moore vnto hym holde. [ 966]
(139)
That Grekis ben of heyght condicioun. [ 967]
I wot ek wel / but certein men shal fynde.
As worthy folk / withInne Troye towne.
As konnynge / and as parfite and as kynde. [ 970]
As ben bitwixen Orcades and Inde.
And þat ye konne wel yowr lady serue.
I trow it wel / hir thank for to deserue. [ 973]
(140)
But as to speke of loue Iwys she seide. [ 974]
I hadde a lord to whom I wedded was.
The whos myn herte al was / til þat he deide.
And oother loue as help me now Pallas. [ 977]
Ther in myn herte nys / ne neuere was.
And þat ye ben of noble and heygh kynrede.
I haue wel herd it tellen out of drede. [ 980]
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And þat doth me to han so grete a wonder. [fol. 107a] [ 981]
That ye wol scornen any womman so.
Ek god wot loue / and I ben fer asonder.
I am disposed bet so mote I go. [ 984]
Vnto my deth to pleyne and maken wo.
What I shal aftir don can .I. not seye.
But trewelisch as yit me list nat pleye. [ 987]
(142)
Myn herte is now in tribulacioun. [ 988]
And ye in armes bysi day bi day.
Herafter whan ye wonnen han the town.
Paraunter then so it happen may. [ 991]
That whan I se þat I neuere yit say.
Than wol I werke þat I neuere wroghte.
This worde to yow Inough suffisen oughte. [ 994]
(143)
To morwe ek wole .I. speken with yow fayn. [ 995]
So þat ye towchene naught of this matere.
And whan yow liste ye may come here ayein.
And or ye go thus muche I seye yow heere. [ 998]
As help me Pallas with hir heris cleere.
Yif þat I sholde on any greke han routhe.
It sholde be yowreseluen be my trouthe. [ 1001]
(144)
I seyn nat therfore þat I wol yow loue. [ 1002]
Ny sey nat nay but in conclusioun.
I meene wel be god þat sit aboue.
And therwithal she caste hir eyen down. [ 1005]
And gan to sike / and seide .o. Troye town.
Yet bidde I god in quiete and in reste.
I may the sen / or do myn herte breste. [ 1008]
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But in effect and schortly for to seye. [ 1009]
This Diomede al fressly newe / ayein.
Gan pressen on and faste hir mercy preye.
And aftir this the sothe for to seyn. [ 1012]
Hir gloue he took of which he was ful feyn.
And fynaly / whan it was vaxen eue.
And al was wel he roos and took his leue. [ 1015]
(146)
The bryght venus folwede and ay taughte. [fol. 107b] [ 1016]
The wey / ther brode Phebus down alighte.
And Cinthea hir charhors ouerraughte.
To whirle out of the leoun if she myghte. [ 1019]
And signifer hise candeles sheweth brighte.
when þat Criseide vntil hir reste wente.
Inwith hir fadris faire brighte tente. [ 1022]
(147)
Retornynge in hir soule ay vp and down. [ 1023]
The wordes of this sodeyn Diomede.
His grete estat and perel of the town.
And þat she was allone and hadde nede. [ 1026]
Of frendes help / and thus bigan to breede.
The causes why / the soth for to telle.
That she took / fully purpos for to dwelle. [ 1029]
(148)
The morwen come and gostly for to speke. [ 1030]
This diomede is come vnto Criseide.
And shortly list þat ye my tale breke.
So wel he for hymseluen spake and seide [ 1033]
That al hir sikes soore adown he leyde.
And fynaly the sothe for to seyne.
He refte hir of the grete of al hir peyne. [ 1036]
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And aftir this the storie tellith vs. [ 1037]
That she hym yaf the faire baye steede.
The which he onys wan of Troilus.
And ek a broche / and þat was litel nede. [ 1040]
That Troilus was / she yaf this Diomede.
And ek the bet from sorwe hym to releue.
She made hym were a Pencel of hir sleue. [ 1043]
(150)
I fynde ek in stories elliswhere. [ 1044]
whan thorwgh the body hurt was Diomede.
Of Troilus / tho wep she many a teere.
whan þat she saugh hise wyde wowndes blede. [ 1047]
And that she took to kepyn hym good heede.
And for to hele hym of his sores smerte.
Men seyn I not / þat she yaf hym hir herte. [ 1050]
(151)
But trewely the Storie tellith vs. [fol. 108a] [ 1051]
Ther made neuere woman moore wo.
Then she / whan þat she falsed Troilus.
She seide allas for now is clene ago. [ 1054]
My name of trouthe in loue for euermo.
ffor I haue oon the gentileste.
Thas euere was / and on the worthieste. [ 1057]
(152)
Allas of me / vnto the worldes ende. [ 1058]
Shal neither ben Iwriten nor Isonge.
No good wood / for thise bookis wol me shende.
O. rolled shal I ben of mony a tonge. [ 1061]
Thorwghout this world my belle shal be ronge.
And womman most wol hate me of alle.
Allas þat swich a cas me sholde falle. [ 1064]
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They wol seyn in as muche as in me is. [ 1065]
I haue hem don dishonour weylawey.
Al be I nat the firste þat dide amys.
what helpith that to don my blame awey. [ 1068]
But syn I se ther nys no 1. [written between the lines.] bettre wey.
And þat to late it is now for to rewe.
To Diomede algate I wol be trewe. [ 1071]
(154)
But Troilus syn I no bettre may. [ 1072]
And syn þat thus departen ye and .I.
Yit preye I god to yiue yow 2. [written between the lines.] right good day.
As for the gentilest trewely. [ 1075]
That euere I say to seruen feithfully.
And best kan ay his lady honour kepe.
And with þat word she brast anon to wepe. [ 1078]
(155)
And certes yow ne haten shal I neuere. [ 1079]
And frendes loue þat shal ye han of me.
And my good word al sholde I lyuen euere.
And trewelisch I wolde soory be. [ 1082]
ffor to sen yow in aduersite.
And gilteles I wot wel I yow leeue.
And al shal passe and thus take I my leeue. [ 1085]
(156)
But treweliche how longe it was bytweene. [fol. 108b] [ 1086]
That she forsook hym for this Diomede.
Ther nys no auctour tellith it I weene.
Take euery man now to his bookis heede. [ 1089]
He shal no terme fynden out of drede.
ffor though þat he bigan te wowe hir soone.
Er he hir wan yit was ther moore to doone. [ 1092]
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Ne me ne list this sely womman chide. [ 1093]
ffurther than the storye wol deuyse.
Hir name allas is punysshed so wide.
That for hir gilt it ought Inoght suffise. [ 1096]
And yif I myght excuse hir any wyse.
ffor she so soory was for hir vntrowthe.
Iwis .I. wolde excuse hir yit for routhe. [ 1099]
(158)
This Troilus as I byfore haue tolde. [ 1100]
Thus dryueth forth as wel as he has myghte.
But often was his herte hoot and colde.
And namelich þat ilke tenthe nynght. 1. [sic.] [ 1103]
which on the morwen she hadde hym bihighte.
To come ayein / god wot ful litel reste.
Hadde he þat nyght / nothing to slep hym leste. [ 1106]
(159)
The laurer crowned Phebus with his heete. [ 1107]
Gan in his cours ay vpward as he wente.
To warmen of the est See the wawes weete.
And Nisus doughter song with fressh entente. [ 1110]
whan Troilus his Pandare aftir sente.
And on the walles of the town they pleyde.
To loke yif they kan sen ought of Criseide. [ 1113]
(160)
Til it was non they stoden for to se. [ 1114]
who þat ther come / and euery maner wight.
That com fro fer / they seyden it was she.
Til þat they kouden knowen hym aryght. [ 1117]
Now was his herte dul now was it lighte.
And thus biIaped stonden for to staare.
Aboute naught this Troilus and Pandare. [ 1120]
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To Pandarus this Troilus tho seide. [fol. 109a] [ 1121]
ffor aught .I. wot bifor non sikirly.
Into this town ne comth naught Criseide.
She hath Inough to doone hardily. [ 1124]
To twynnen from hir fadir so trow .I.
Hir olde fadir wol yit make hir dyne.
Or þat she go / god yiue his herte pyne. [ 1127]
(162)
Pandare answerd it may wel be certein. [ 1128]
And forthy / lat vs dyne .I. the biseche.
And aftir non / thow maistowe come ayein.
And home they gon without moore speche. [ 1131]
And come ayein / but longe may they seche.
Or they fyndyn þat they aftir cape.
ffortune hem bothe thinketh for to Iape. [ 1134]
(163)
Quod Troilus I se wel now þat she. [ 1135]
Is taried with hir olde fadir so.
That er she come it wel neygh euene be.
Com forth .I. wole vnto the yate go. [ 1138]
Thise porters be vnkonnynge euere mo.
And I wol don hem holden vp the yate.
As naugh ne weere{punctel} although she com late. [ 1141]
(164)
The day goth faste / and aftir þat com eue. [ 1142]
And yit com naugh to Troilus Criseide.
He loketh forth by hegges by tre by greue.
And fer his heuede ouer the walle he leide. [ 1145]
And at the laste he torned hym and seide.
By god I wot hir menyng now Pandare.
Almost Iwis al newe was my care. [ 1148]
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Now douteles this lady kan hir good. [ 1149]
I. wot she meneth riden pryuyly.
I. comende hir wysdom by my hood.
She nil nat maken poeple nycely. [ 1152]
Gaure on hir whan she comth but softely.
By nyght into the town she thinketh ride.
And deere brother think nat longe tabyde. [ 1155]
(166)
We han nat ellis for to doone Iwys. [fol. 109b] [ 1156]
And Pandarus now wiltow trowen me.
Haue hir my trouthe I se hir yond she is.
Heue vp thyn eyen man maistow nat se. [ 1159]
Pandare answerd nay so mot I the.
Al wrong by god what seistow man wher arte.
That I se yond nys but a fare carte. [ 1162]
(167)
Allas thow seist ful sothe quod Troilus. [ 1163]
But hardely it nys nat al for naught.
That in myn herte I now reioysse thus.
It is ayeins som good I haue a thought. [ 1166]
But I not how / but syn þat I was wrought.
Ne felt I swich a confort soth to seye.
She comth to nyght my lif þat dorste I leye. [ 1169]
(168)
Pandare answerde it may ben wel Inough. [ 1170]
And held with hym of alle þat euere he seyde.
But in his herte he thoughte and softely lough.
And to hym ful sobreliche he seide. [ 1173]
ffrom hesel wode ther Ioly robyn pleide.
Shal com al þat that thow abidest heere.
Ye farewel al the snought of ferne yere. [ 1176]
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The wardeyn of the yates gan to calle. [ 1177]
The folk / which þat withoute 1. [with between the lines.] the yates weere.
And bad hem dryuen In hir bestes alle.
Or al the nyght they mosten bleuen there. [ 1180]
And fer in the nyght with many a teere.
This Troilus gan homward for to ride.
ffor wel he seth it helpith naught tabide. [ 1183]
(170)
But natheles he gladede hym in this. [ 1184]
He thoughte he mysacounted had his day.
And seide .I. vndirstonden haue amys.
ffor thilke nyght .I. laste Criseide say. [ 1187]
She seide .I. shal be hir yif þat I may.
Or þat the moone .o. deere herte sweete.
The lyoun passe out of his ariete. [ 1190]
(171)
ffor which she may yit holde hir biheste. [fol. 110a] [ 1191]
And on the morwe vnto the yate he wente.
And vp and down by west and ek by este.
Vpon the wallis made he many a wente. [ 1194]
But al for naught his hope alwey hym blente.
ffor which at nyght in sorwe and sikes soore.
He wente hym hom withouten any moore. [ 1197]
(172)
His hope al clene out of his herte fledde. [ 1198]
He ne hath wheron now lenger for to honge.
But for the peyne hym thoughte his herte bleede.
So were his throwes sharp and wondir stronge. [ 1201]
ffor whan he saugh þat she abood so longe.
He nyste what he Iugen of it myght.
Syn she hath brokyn þat she hym bihight. [ 1204]
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The thridde / ferthe / fifte / sixte day. [ 1205]
After tho dayes x of which I tolde.
Bitwixen hope and drede his herte lay.
Yit somwhat tristynge in hir hestes olde. [ 1208]
But whan he saugh she nolde hir terme holde.
He kan now sen noon oother remedye.
But for to shape hym soone for to dye. [ 1211]
(174)
Therwith the wikked spirit god vs blesse. [ 1212]
which þat men clepith wood Ialousie.
Gan in hym crepe in al his heuynesse.
ffor which bycause he wolde sone dye. [ 1215]
He ne et / ne dronk / for his malencolie.
And ek from euery compaignye he fledde.
This was the lif / þat al this tyme he ledde. [ 1218]
(175)
He so defet was þat no maner of man. [ 1219]
Vnnethe hym myght knowe ther he wente.
So was he leene / and therto pale and wan.
And fieble þat he walkith by potente. [ 1222]
And with his Ire he thus hymseluen shente.
And whoso axed hym wherof hym smerte.
He seide his harm was al aboute his herte. [ 1225]
(176)
Priam ful ofte and ek / his moder deere. [fol. 110b] [ 1226]
His brethen and hise sustren gonne hym freyne.
why he so sorwful was in al hise cheere.
And what thing was the cause of al his peyne. [ 1229]
But al for naught he nolde his cause pleyne.
But seide he felte a greuous maladye.
Aboute his herte / and fayn he wolde dye. [ 1232]
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So on a day he leide hym down to slepe. [ 1233]
And so bifil þat in his slepe he thoughte.
That in a forest faste he welke to wepe.
ffor loue of hir þat hym this peyne wroughte. [ 1236]
And vp and down as he the forest soughte.
Hym mette he say a boor with tuskes grete.
That-slep ayein the bryghte sonnes heete. [ 1239]
(178)
And by this boor faste in hir armes folde. [ 1240]
Lay kissynge ay his lady bright Criseide.
ffor sorwe of which whan he it gan biholde.
And for despite / out of his slep he breide. [ 1243]
And loude he cried on Pandarus and seide.
O. Pandarus now knowe I crop and roote.
I. nam but ded / ther nys no oother boote. [ 1246]
(179)
My lady bright Criseide hath me bitraiede. [ 1247]
In whom I trusted most of any wight.
She elliswhere hath now hir herte apaiede.
The blisful goddes thurght hir grete myght. [ 1250]
Han in my dreme Ishawed it ful right.
Thus in my dreme Criseide haue I biholde.
And al this thing / to Pandarus he tolde. [ 1253]
(180)
O my Criseide allas what subtilite. [ 1254]
what newe lust / what beaute / what science.
what wraththe of Iuste cause han ye te me.
what gilt of me what fel experience. [ 1257]
Hath from me reft / allas thyn aduertence.
O. trust .o. feith .o. depe aseurance.
who hath me reft Criseide al my plesaunce. [ 1260]
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(181)
Allas why let I yow from hennes go. [fol. 111a] [ 1261]
ffor which wel neyght out of my wit I breide.
who shal now trowe on any oothes mo.
God wot I wende. o. lady bright Criseide. [ 1264]
That euery word was gospel þat ye seide.
But who may bet bigile yif hym liste.
Than he on whom men weneth beste to triste. [ 1267]
(182)
What shal .I. don my Pandarus allas. [ 1268]
I fele now so sharp a newe peyne.
Syn þat ther lith no remedy in this cas.
That bet were it I with my hondes tweyne. [ 1271]
Myseluen slow / alwey than thus to pleyne.
ffor thorwgh the deth my wo sholde haue a ende.
Ther euery day with lif myselue I shende. [ 1274]
(183)
Pandare answerd and seide allas the while. [ 1275]
That .I. was born / haue I nat seide or this.
That dremys many a maner man bygile.
And why / for folk expound 1. [originally expounden.] hem amys. [ 1278]
How darstow seyn þat fals thy lady is.
ffor any drem / right for thy owene drede.
Lat be this thought thow kanst no dremys rede. [ 1281]
(184)
Peraunter ther thow dremyst of this boor. [ 1282]
It may so ben þat it may signifie.
Hir fadir which þat olde is and ek hoor.
Ayein the sonne lith vp 2. [sic] point to dye. [ 1285]
And she for sorwe gynnyth wepe and crye.
And kisseth hym ther he lith on the grownde.
Thus sholdestow thy dremys ryght expownde. [ 1288]
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How myghte I than don quod Troilus. [ 1289]
To knowe of this / ye were it neuer so lite.
Now seistow wisly quod this Pandarus.
My red is this / syn thow kanst wel endite. [ 1292]
That hastily a lettre thow hir write.
Thorwgh which thow shalt bryngen it aboute.
To knowe a soth ther thow art in doute. [ 1295]
(186)
And se now why / for this I dar wel seyn. [fol. 111b] [ 1296]
That yif so is þat she vntrewe be.
I kan not trowen she wol write ayein.
And yif she write thow shalt ful soone se. [ 1299]
As wheither she hath any liberte.
To come ayein / or ellis in som clause.
Yif she be let she wol assigne a cause. [ 1302]
(187)
Thow hast nat writen hir syn þat she wente. [ 1303]
Nor she to the / and this I durste leye.
Ther may swich cause ben in hir entente.
That hardely thow wolt thyseluen seye. [ 1306]
That hir abood the beste is for yow tweye.
Now write hir than / and thow shalt feele soone.
A soth of this ther nys no moore to doone. [ 1309]
(188)
Acorded ben to this conclusioun. [ 1310]
And þat anon thise ilke lordes two.
And hastily sit Troilus adown.
And rolleth in his herte to and fro. [ 1313]
How he may beste discryuen hir this wo.
And to Criseide is owene lady deere.
He wrot right thus / and seide as ye shal heere. [ 1316]
Page  276(189) (Troilus's Letter to Criseyde)
Right fresshe flour whos I ben haue and shal. [ 1317]
withouten part of elliswhere seruise. *. [litera Troili]
with herte / body / lif / lust / thought and al.
I. woful wight in euerich humble wyse. [ 1320]
That tonge telle or herte may deuyse.
As ofte as matere occupieth place.
Me recomaunde vnto yowr noble grace. [ 1323]
(190)
Liketh yow to wetyn sweete herte. [ 1324]
As ye wel knowe how longe tyme agon.
That ye me left in aspre peynes smerte.
whan þat ye wente / of which yit boote non. [ 1327]
Haue I non hadde / but euere wors bigon.
ffro day to day am I / and so mot dwelle.
whil it yow list of wele and wo my welle. [ 1330]
(191)
ffor which to yow with dredful herte trewe. [fol. 112a] [ 1331]
I write / as he þat sorwe drifth to write.
My wo / þat euerich houre encrescith newe.
Compleynig as I dar / or kan endite. [ 1334]
And þat it defaced is þat may ye wite.
The teeris which þat fro myn eyen reyne. 1. [MS. þeyne]
That wolden speke yif þat they koude and pleyne. [ 1337]
(192)
Yow first biseche .I. þat yowr eyen cleere. [ 1338]
To loke on this defouled ye nat holde.
And ouere al this þat ye my lady deere.
Wol vouchesauf this lettre to biholde. [ 1341]
And by the cause ek of my cares colde.
That sleth my wit / yif ought amys masterte.
fforyiue it me myn owne sweete herte. [ 1344]
Page  277(193) (Troilus's Letter to Criseyde, continued)
Yif any seruant dorste or oughte of right. [ 1345]
Vpon his lady pitously compleyne.
Than wene .I. þat ich oughte ben þat wight.
Considered this þat ye thise monthes tweyne. [ 1348]
Han taried / ther ye seyden soth to seyne.
But daies x. ye nolde in oost soiourne.
But in two Monthes yit ye nat retorne. [ 1351]
(194)
But for as muche as me mot nedes like. [ 1352]
Al þat yow list / I dar nat pleyne moore.
But humblely with sorwful sykes sike.
Yow write ich myn vnrest sorowes soore. [ 1355]
ffro day to day desiringe euere moore.
To knowen fully yif yowre wille it were.
How ye han ferd / and don whyl ye be there. [ 1358]
(195)
The whos welfare and hele ek god encrese. [ 1359]
In honour swich þat vpward in degree.
It groue alwey / so þat it neuere cesse.
Right as yowre herte ay kan my lady free. [ 1362]
Deuyse I prey to god so mote it be.
And graunte þat ye soone upon me rewe.
Als wisly as in al I am to yow trewe. [ 1365]
(196)
And yif yow liketh knowen of the fare. [fol. 112b] [ 1366]
Of me / whos wo ther may no wit descryue.
I. kan no moore but chiste of euery care.
At writynge of this lettre I was on lyue. [ 1369]
Al redy out of my woful gost to dryue.
which I delaye and holde hym yit in honde.
Vpon the sighte of matere of yowre sonde. [ 1372]
Page  278(197) (Troilus's Letter continued)
Myn eyen two in veyn with whiche .I. see. [ 1373]
Of sorwful teris salt arn woxen wellis.
My song / in pleynte of myn aduersite.
My good in harm myn ese ek woxen helle is. [ 1376]
My Ioye in wo I kan seye yow naught ellis.
But torned is / for which my lif I warie.
Euerych Ioye or ese in his contrarie. [ 1379]
(198)
Which with yowre comynge home ayein to Troye. [ 1380]
ye may redresse / and moore a thousand sithe.
Than euerych hadde / encressen in me Ioye.
ffor was ther neuere herte yit so blithe. [ 1383]
To han hys lif / as I shal ben as swithe.
As I yow see / and though no maner routhe.
Commoue yow / yit thinketh on yowr trouthe. [ 1386]
(199)
And yif so be my gilt hath deth deserued. [ 1387]
Or yif yow list no moore vpon me se.
In guerdon yit of þat I haue yow serued.
Biseche I yow myn hertes lady free. [ 1390]
That hervpon ye wolden writen me.
ffor loue of god / my right lood sterre.
That deth may make an ende vpon my werre. [ 1393]
(200)
Yif oother cause aught do yow for to dwelle. [ 1394]
That with yowr lettre ye me reconforte.
ffor though to me yowr absence is an helle.
with pacience I wol my wo conporte. [ 1397]
And with yowre lettre of hope I wol desporte.
Now writeth sweete / and lat me thus nat pleyne.
with hope or deth delyuereth me fro peyne. [ 1400]
Page  279(201) (Troilus's Letter continued)
Iwis myn owene deere herte trewe. [fol. 113a] [ 1401]
I wot þat whan ye nexte vpon me se.
So lost haue I myn hele and ek myn hewe.
Criseide shal nat konne knowen me. [ 1404]
Iwys myn hertes day my lady free.
So thursteth ay myn herte to biholde.
Yowre beaute / þat my lif vnnethe I holde. [ 1407]
(202)
I sey na moore / al haue .I. for to seye. [ 1408]
To yow / wel moore than I tellen may.
But wheither þat ye do me lyue or deye.
Yit prey I god so yiue yow right good day. [ 1411]
And fareth wel goodly faire fresshe may.
As she þat lif or deth me may comande.
And to yowre trouth ay I me recomande. [ 1414]
(203)
With heele swich þat but ye yiuen me. [ 1415]
The same heele / I shal non heele haue.
In yow lieth whan yow list þat it so be.
The day / on which me clothen shal my graue. [ 1418]
In yow my lif / in yow myght for to saue.
Me from disese / of alle peynes smerte.
And fare now wel myn owene sweete herte. [ 1421]
le vostre T.
[Letter ends.]
(204)
This lettre forth was sent vnto Criseide. [ 1422]
Of which hir answere in effect was this.
Ful pitously she wrot ayein and seide.
That also soone as þat she myght Iwys. [ 1425]
She wolde come / and mende al þat was mys.
And fynaly she wrot and seide hym thanne.
She wolde come / ye but she nyste whanne. [ 1428]
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But in hir lettre made she swiche festes. [ 1429]
That wonder was / and swerth she loueth hym best.
Of which he fond but butmeles bihestes.
But Troilus thow maist now est or west. [ 1432]
Pipe in any yuy lief yif þat the lest.
Thus goth the world god shilde vs fro meschaunce.
And euery wight þat meneth trouthe auaunce. [ 1435]
(206)
Encressen gan the wo fro day to nyght. [fol. 113b] [ 1436]
Of Troilus / for taryinge of Criseide.
And lassen gan his hope and ek his myght.
ffor which al down he in his bed hym leide. [ 1439]
He ne et / ne dronk / ne slep / ne word seide.
Ymagynynge ay þat she was vnkynde.
ffor which wel neygh he wex out of his mynde. [ 1442]
(207)
This drem / of which .I. tolde haue ek byforn. [ 1443]
May neuere come out of his remembraunce.
He thought ay wel he hadde his lady lorn.
And þat that Ioues of hise purueiaunce. [ 1446]
Hym shewed hadde in slep the signefiaunce.
Of hir vntrowthe / and his disauenture.
And that this boor was shewed hym in figure. [ 1449]
(208)
ffor which he for Sibile hys suster sente. [ 1450]
That called was Cassandre ek al aboute.
And al his drem he tolde hir or he stynte.
And hir bisought assoillen hym the doute. [ 1453]
Of the stronge boor with tuskes stoute.
And fynaly withInne a litel stownde.
Cassandre hym gan right thus his drem expownde. [ 1456]
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She gan first smyle / and seide o brother deere. [ 1457]
Yif thow a soth of this desirest knowe.
Thow moste a fewe of olde stories heere.
To purpos how þat fortune ouirthrowe. [ 1460]
Hath lordes olde / thorwgh wiche withIn a trowe.
Thow wel this boor shal knowe and of what kynde.
He comen is / as men in bookes fynde. [ 1463]
(210)
Diane which þat wroth was and in Ire. [ 1464]
ffor grekis nolden don hir sacrifise.
Ne encens vpon hir auter sette afire.
She for þat grekis gonne hir so despise. [ 1467]
wrak hir in a wonder cruel wyse.
ffor with a boor as gret as oxe in stalle.
She made vp frete here corn and vynes alle. [ 1470]
(211)
To sle this boor was al the contre reised. [fol. 114a] [ 1471]
Amonges whiche ther com this boor to se.
A mayde / oon of this world the best Ipreysed.
And Meleagre lord of þat cuntre. [ 1474]
He loued so this fressh mayde fre.
That with his manhod or he wolde stente.
This boor he slought / and hir the hed he sente. [ 1477]
(212)
Of which as olde bookis tellen vs. [ 1478]
Ther ros a contek / and a gret enuye.
And of this lorde descended Tideus.
By lygne / or ellis olde bookis lye. [ 1481]
But how this Meleagre gan to dye.
Thorwgh his modir / wol I yow nat telle.
ffor al to longe it were for to dwelle. [ 1484]
Page  282(213)
She tolde ek how Tideus or she stente. [ 1485]
Vnto the strong Cite of Thebes.
To cleymen kyngdom of the Cite wente.
ffor his felawe daun Polimytes. [ 1488]
Of which the brother daun Ethiocles.
fful wrongfully of Thebes held the strenght.
This told she by proces al by lenghte. [ 1491]
(214)
She tolde ek how Hemonydes asterte. [ 1492]
whan Tideus slough fifty knyghtes stoute.
She tolde ek alle the prophecies by herte.
And how that vij kynges with hir route. [ 1495]
Bisegeden the Cite al aboute.
And of the holy serpent and the welle.
And of the furies al she gan hym telle. [ 1498]
[Argument of the 12 Books of Statius's Thebais.]
Associat profugum tideo primus Polimitem.
Tidea legatum docet insideasque secundus.
Tercius heumoduden canit et vates latitantes.
Quartus habet Reges in euntes prelia septem.
Mox furie lenne quinto narratur et anguis.
Archemori bustum{punctel} sexto ludyque leguntur.
Dat graios thebes et vatem septimus vnbris. 1. [sic]
Octauo cecidit tideus spes vita pelasgis.
Ypomedon nono moritur cum parthonopea.
Fulmine percussus. Decimo cappaneus superatur.
Vndecimo sese perimunt per vulnera fratres.
Argiua fientem narrat duodenus et ignem.
Page  283(215)
Of archimoris burynge and the pleyes. [fol. 111b] [ 1499]
And how Amphiorax fil thorwgh the grownde.
How Tideus was slayn lord of Argeys.
And how ypomedon with blody wownde. [ 1502]
And ek Parthonope in litel stownde.
Ben slayn / and how Cappaneus the proude.
with thonder dynt was slayn þat cride loude. [ 1505]
(216)
She gan ek telle hym how þat aither brother. [ 1506]
Ethiocles / and Polimite also.
At a scarmuche ech of hem slough oother.
And of Argiues wepynge and hir wo. [ 1509]
And how the town was brent she tolde ek tho.
And so descendith down fro gestes olde.
To Diomede / and thus she spak and tolde. [ 1512]
(217)
This ilke boor betokeneth Diomede. [ 1513]
Tideus sone / þat down descended is.
ffro Meleagre / þat made the boor to bleede.
And thy lady wher she be Iwys. [ 1516]
This Diomede hir herte hath and sho his.
wep if thow wolt or lef for out of doute.
This Diomede is Inne and thow art oute. [ 1519]
(218)
Thow seyst nat soth quod he thow sorcerisse. [ 1520]
with al thy fals gost of prophecie.
Thow wenest ben a gret deuynerisse.
Now sestow nat this fool of fantasie. [ 1523]
Peyneth hir on ladyes for to lye.
Awey quod he ther Ioues yiue the sorwe.
Thow shalt ben fals paraunter yit to morwe. [ 1526]
Page  284(219)
Als wel thow myghtest lyen on alceste. [ 1527]
That was of al creature but men lye.
That euere weren kyndest and the beste.
ffor whan hir housband was in Iupartye. [ 1530]
To deye hymself but if she wolde dye.
She ches to dye and ek to gon to helle.
And starf anon / as vs the bookys telle. [ 1533]
(220)
Cassandre goth and he with cruel herte. [fol. 115a] [ 1534]
fforȝat his wo for angre of hir speche.
And from his bed al sodeynly he sterte.
As though al hool hym hadde made a leche. [ 1537]
And day by day he gan enquere and seche.
A soth of this with alle his ful cure.
And thus he drieth forth his auenture. [ 1540]
(221)
ffortune which þat permutacioun. [ 1541]
Of thinges hath / as it is committed.
By purueaunce and disposicioun.
Of heygh Ioue / as regnes shal be flitted. [ 1544]
ffro folk in folk / or whan they shal ben flitted.
Gan pulle awey / the fetheris bryght of Troye.
ffro day to day til they ben bare of Ioye. [ 1547]
(222)
Among al this the fyn of the Parodye. [ 1548]
Of Ector / gan aprochen wonder blyue.
The fate wolde his soule sholde vnbodye.
And shapen hadde a Meene it out to dryue. [ 1551]
Ayein which fate him helpeth not to stryue.
But on a day to fyghten gan he wende.
At which allas he kaughte hys lyues ende. [ 1554]
Page  285(223)
ffor which me thinketh euery maner wyght. [ 1555]
That haunteth armes / oughte to biwaille.
The deth of hym þat was so noble a knyght.
ffor as he drough a kyng by thauentaille. [ 1558]
Vnwar of this / Achilles thorgh the maille.
And thorugh the body gan hym for to ryue.
And thus this worthy knyght was brough of lyue. [ 1561]
(224)
ffor whom as olde bookis tellen vs. [ 1562]
was made swich wo / þat tonge it may nat telle.
And namely the sorwe of Troilus.
That nexte hym was of worthynesse welle. [ 1565]
And in this wo gan Troilus to dwelle.
That what for sorwe and loue and for vnreste.
fful ofte a day he bad his herte breste. [ 1568]
(225)
But natheles though he gan hym despeire. [fol. 113b] [ 1569]
And drede þat his lady was vntrewe.
yit ay on hir his herte gan repeire.
And as this loueris don he sought ay newe. [ 1572]
To gete ayeind Criseide bright of hewe.
And in his herte he wente hir excusynge.
That Kalkas caused al hir taryinge. [ 1575]
(226)
And ofte tyme was in purpos gret. [ 1576]
Hymseluen lik a pilgrym to degise.
To sen hir / but he may nat contrefete.
To ben vnknowe of folk þat weren wise. [ 1579]
Ne fynde excuse aright þat may suffise.
yif he among the grekis knowen weere.
ffor which he wep ful ofte and mony a teere. [ 1582]
Page  286(227)
To hir he wrot yit oft tyme al newe. [ 1583]
fful pitously / he lefte it nat for slouthe.
Bisechinge hir þat syn þat he was trewe.
That she wol come ayein and holde hir trouth. [ 1586]
ffor whieh Criseide vpon a day for routhe.
I take it so towchinge al this matere.
wrot hym ayein and seide as ye may heere. [ 1589]
(228) (Criseyde's Letter to Troilus)
Cupides sone ensaumple of goodlihede. [ 1590]
O. swerd of knyghthede sours of gentilesse. *. [litera Criseidis]
How myght a wight in torment and in drede.
And heleles / yow sende as yit gladnesse. [ 1593]
I herteles .I. sike I in destresse.
Syn ye with me nor I with yow may deele.
Yow neither sende ich herte may ne hele. [ 1596]
(229)
Yowre lettres ful the papir al Ipleynted. [ 1597]
Conceyued hath myn hertes piete.
I haue ek seyn with teeris al depaynded.
yowre lettre and how þat ye requiren me. [ 1600]
To come ayein / which yit ne may nat be.
But why / last þat this lettre fownden weere.
No mencioun ne make I now for feere. [ 1603]
(230)
Greuous to me god wot in yowre vnreste. [fol. 116a] [ 1604]
Yowre haste and þat the goddes ordinance.
It semyth nat ye take it for the beste.
Nor oother thing nys in youre remembrance. [ 1607]
As thinketh me but oonly yowre plesaunce.
But beth nat wrothe and þat I yow biseche.
ffor þat I tarie / is al for wykked speche. [ 1610]
Page  287(231) (Criseyde's Letter continued)
ffor I haue herd wel moore than I wende. [ 1611]
Touchynge vs two / how thinges han Istonde.
which I shal with dissimulynge amende.
And beth nat wroth I haue ek vndirstonde. [ 1614]
how ye ne don but holden me in honde.
But now no fors I kan nat in yow gesse.
But alle trouthe and alle gentilesse. [ 1617]
(232)
Come I wole but yit in swich disioynte. [ 1618]
I stonde as now þat what yer or what day.
That this shal ben / þat kan I naught poynte.
But in effect I preye yow as I may. [ 1621]
Of yowr good word / and of yowr frendshipe ay.
ffor trewely whil þat my lif may dure.
As for a frend ye may in me assure. [ 1624]
(233)
Yit prey ich yow on yuel ye ne take. [ 1625]
That it is short which þat I to yow write.
I dar nat ther 1. [r added by later hand.] I am wel lettres make.
Ny neuere yit koude ek wel endite. [ 1628]
Ek grete effect men write in place lite.
Thentente is al and nat the lettre space.
And fareth now wel god haue yow in his grace. [ 1631]
[Letter ends.]
(234)
This Troilus this lettre thoughte al straunge. [ 1632]
whan he it saugh / and sorwfully he sighte.
Hym thoughte it lik a kalendes of chaunge.
But fynaly he ful ne trowen myghte. [ 1635]
That she ne wolde hym holden þat she highte.
ffor with ful yeuel wil liste hym to leue.
That loueth wel / in swiche cas though hym greue. [ 1638]
Page  288(235)
But natheles men seith þat at the laste. [fol. 110b] [ 1639]
ffor ony thing men shal the sothe se.
And swich a cas bitide and þat as faste.
That Troilus / wel vndirstode þat she. [ 1642]
Nas nat so kynde / as þat hir ought be.
And finaly he now wot out of doute.
That al is lost þat he has ben aboute. [ 1645]
(236)
Stood on a day in his malencolie. [ 1646]
This Troilus and in suspicioun.
Of hir / for whom he wende for to dye.
And so bifel þat thorwghout Troye town. [ 1649]
As was the gise Iborn was vp and down.
A maner cote armure as seith the storie.
Biforn Deiphebe in signe of his victorie. [ 1652]
(237)
The wiche cote as telleth lollius. [ 1653]
Deiphebe it hadde Irent fro Diomede.
The same day / and whan this Troilus.
It saugh / he gan to taken of it heete. [ 1656]
Auysynge of the lengthe and of the brede.
And al the werk / but as he gan biholde.
fful sodeynliche his herte gan to colde. [ 1659]
(238)
As he þat on the coler fond withInne. [ 1660]
A broche / þat he Criseide yaf þat morwe.
That she from Troye moste nedes twynne.
In remembrance of hym and of his sorwe. [ 1663]
And she hym leide ayein hir feith to borwe.
To kepe it ay / but now ful wel he wiste.
Hys lady was no lenger on to triste. [ 1666]
Page  289(239)
He goth hym hom and gan ful soone sende. [ 1667]
ffor Pandarus / and al this newe chaunce.
And of this broche he tolde hym worde and ende.
Compleyinge 1. [sic] of hir hertes variaunce. [ 1670]
Hys longe loue / hys trouthe and his penaunce.
And aftir deth withouten wordes moore.
fful faste he cride his reste hym to restore. [ 1673]
(240)
Than spake he thus .o. lady bright Criseide. [fol. 117a] [ 1674]
wher is yowre feith / and wher is yowre biheste.
wher is yowre loue / wher is yowr trouth he seide.
Of Diomede haue ye now al this feste. [ 1677]
Allas I wolde han trowed at the leste.
That syn ye nolde in trouthe to me stonde.
That ye thus nolde han holden me in honde. [ 1680]
(241)
Who shal now trowe on any oothes mo. [ 1681]
Allas I noldde neuere han wende or this.
That ye Criseide koude han chaunged so.
Ne but I hadde agilt and don amys. [ 1684]
So cruel wende I nat yowre herte Iwis.
To sle me thus / allas yowre name of Trouthe.
Is now fordon and þat is al my routhe. [ 1687]
(242)
Was ther no nother broche yow liste lete. [ 1688]
To feffe with yowre newe loue quod he.
But thilk broch þat I with teeris weete.
yow yaf / as for a remembraunce of me. [ 1691]
Non oother cause allas ne hadden ye.
But for despit and ek for þat ye mente.
Al outrely to shewen yowre entente. [ 1694]
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Thorwgh which I se þat clene out of youre mynde. [ 1695]
Ye han me caste and I ne kan nor may.
ffor al this world / withInne myn herte fynde.
To vnlouen yow a quarter of a day. [ 1698]
In corsed tyme I born was weilaway.
That yow þat don me al this wo endure.
Yit loue I best of any creature. [ 1701]
(244)
Now god quod he me sende yit the grace. [ 1702]
That I may meten with this Diomede.
And trewely yif I haue myght and space.
Yit shal I mak I hope his sides bleede. [ 1705]
O god quod he þat oughtest taken heede.
To furthren trouth / and wronges to punyce.
why nyltow don a vengeance of this vice. [ 1708]
(245)
O Pandare þat in dremis for to triste. [fol. 117b] [ 1709]
Me blamed hath / and wont art ofte vpbreide.
Now maistow sen thyself yif þat the liste.
How trewe is now thy Nece bright Criseide. [ 1712]
In sondre formes god it wot he seide.
The goddes shewen both Ioye and teene.
In slep / and in my drem it is now seene. [ 1715]
(246)
And certeinly withoute moore speche. [ 1716]
ffrom hennesforth as ferforth as I may.
My owene deth in armes wol I seche.
I recheche nat how soone be the day. [ 1719]
But trewely Criseide sweete may.
whom I haue ay with al my myght Iserued.
That ye thus don I ne haue it nat deserued. [ 1722]
Page  291(247)
This Pandarus þat alle this thinges herde. [ 1723]
And wiste wel he seide a soth of this.
He nat a word ayein to hym answerde.
ffor sory of his frendes sorwe he is. [ 1726]
And shamed for his Nece hath don amys.
And stant astoned of thise causes tweye.
As stille as stoon a worde ne koude he seye. [ 1729]
(248)
But at the laste thus he spake and seide. [ 1730]
My brother deere I may the do no moore.
what sholde I seye I hate Iwys Criseide.
God wot I wol hate hir euere moore. [ 1733]
And þat thow me besougtest don of yoore.
Hauynge vnto myn honour ne my reste.
Right no reward I dede al þat the leste. [ 1736]
(249)
Yif .I. dede aught þat myght liken the. [ 1737]
It is me leef and of this tresoun now.
God wot þa it a sorwe is vnto me.
And dredeles for hertes ese of yow. [ 1740]
Right fayn amende it wold 1. [wold—how over erasure.] I wist I how.
And fro this world almyghty god I preye.
Deliuere me soone .I. kan no moore seye. [ 1743]
(250)
Gret was the sorwe and pleynte of Troilus. [fol. 118a] [ 1744]
But forth hir cours fortune ay gan to holde.
Criseide loueth the sone of Tideus.
And Troilus mot wepe in cares colde. [ 1747]
Swich is this world woso it kan biholde.
That in ich estat is litel hertes reste.
God leue vs for to take it for the beest. [ 1750]
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In many cruel bataille out of drede. [ 1751]
Of Troilus / this ilke noble knyght.
As men may in thise olde bookes rede.
was seen his kynyghthod and his grete myght. [ 1754]
And dredeles his Ire day and nyght.
fful cruely the grekis ay aboughte.
And alwey most this Diomede he soughte. [ 1757]
(252)
And ofte tyme I fynde þat they mette. [ 1758]
with blody strokes and with wordes grete.
Assayinge how hir speris weren whette.
And god it wot with many cruel hete. [ 1761]
Gan Troilus vpon his helm to beete.
But natheles fortune it naught ne wolde.
Of oothris hond þat eythir deye sholde. [ 1764]
(253)
And yif I hadde Itaken for to writen. [ 1765]
The armes of thise ilke worthy man.
Thanne wolde I of his batailles enditen.
But forth þat I to writen first bigan. [ 1768]
Of his loue I haue seide as I can.
Hise worthy dedes woso list hem heere.
Red dares / he kun telle hem alle Ifeere. [ 1771]
(254)
Bisechinge euery lady bright of hewe. [ 1772]
And euery gentil woman what she be.
That al be þat Criseide was vntrewe.
That for þat gilt ye be nat wroth with me. [ 1775]
Ye may hir gilt in oother bookis se.
And gladlier .I. wol write yif yow leste.
Penelopes trouthe and good alceste. [ 1778]
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Ny sey nat this al only for thise men. [fol. 118b] [ 1779]
But most for wommen that bitraysed be.
Thorugh fals folk / god yiue hem sorwe amen.
That with hir grete wit and subtilite. [ 1782]
Bi traise yow / and þat commoueth me.
To speke / and in effect yow alle I preye.
Beth war of men and herkeneth what I seye. [ 1785]
(256)
Go litel book / go litel myn Tragedye. [ 1786]
Ther god thy makere yit or þat he dye.
So sende myght to make in som Comedye.
But litel book no makynge thow nenuye. [ 1789]
But subgit be to alle poesie.
And kys the steppes wher as thow sest space.
Virgile / Ouide / Omer / lucan /. and stace. [ 1792]
(257)
And for ther is so gret diuersite. [ 1793]
In Inglisshe / and in writynge of oure tonge.
So prey to god / þat non myswrite the.
Ne the mysmetre for defaute of tonge. [ 1796]
And red wherso thow be or ellis songe.
That thow be vndirstonde god biseche.
But yit to purpos of my rather speche. [ 1799]
(258)
The wrechche as I bigan yow for to seye. [ 1800]
Of Troilus / the grekis boughten deere.
ffor thousandes hise handes maden deye.
As he þat was withouten any peere. [ 1803]
Saue Ector in his tyme as I kan heere.
But weylawey / saue only goddes wille.
fful pitously hym slough the fierse Achille. [ 1806]
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And whan þat he was slayn in this manere. [ 1807]
His lighte goost ful blisfully is went.
Into the holwenesse of the viij speere.
In conuers letynge euerich Element. [ 1810]
And ther he saugh with ful auysement.
The erratyk sterres herknynge Ermonye.
with sounes ful of heuenyssh melodye. [ 1813]
(260)
And down from thennes faste he gan auyse. [fol. 119a] [ 1814]
This litel spot with erthe þat with the se.
Enbraced is / and fully gan despise.
This wrechched world / and held al vanyte. [ 1817]
To respect of the pleyn felicite.
That is in heuene aboue / and at the laste.
Ther he was slayn / his lokynge down he caste. [ 1820]
(261)
And in hymself he lough right at the wo. [ 1821]
Of hem þat wepen for his deth so faste.
And dampned al oure werk / þat folweth so.
The blynde lust / the which ne may nat laste. [ 1824]
And sholden al oure herte on heuene caste.
And forth he wente shortly for to telle.
Ther as Mercurie sortede hym to dwelle. [ 1827]
(262)
Swich fyn hath lo this Troilus for loue. [ 1828]
Swich fyn hath al his grete worthynesse.
Swich fyn hath his estat real aboue.
Swich fyn his lust / swich fyn hath his noblesse. [ 1831]
Swych fyn hath false worldes brutelnesse.
And thus bigan his louynge of Criseide.
As I haue told / and in this wise he deide. [ 1834]
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Incipit Liber. Quintus.

(1) (Proem)
AProchen gan the fatal destyne. [fol. 118b] *. [[Teseide IX. i.]]
That Ioues hath in disposicioun.
And to ȝow Angry Parcas sustren thre.
Committeth to don execucioun. [ 4]
ffor which Criseyde moste oute of the towne.
And Troilus shal dwellen forth in pyne.
Til Lathesis his threde no lenger twyne. [ 7]
(2) (The Story)
The goldtressed Phebus heighe on lofte. [fol. 119a] *. [[Teseide II. i.]]
Thrieȝ hadde al with hise bemes clere.
The snowes molte and ȝepherus as ofte.
Ibroughte aȝeyn the tendre leues grene. [ 11]
Syn that the sone I Troilus of Ecuba the queene.
Bigan to loue hire first for whom his sorwe.
was al that she deperte sholde amorwe. [ 14]
(3)
fful redy was at prime Diomede. [ 15]
Criseyde vnto the grekis oost for to lede.
ffor sorwe of which she felt hire herte blede.
As she that nyste what was best to rede. [ 18]
And trewely as men in bokes rede.
Men wiste neuere womman han the care.
Ne was so loth out of a town to fare. [ 21]
(4)
This Troilus withouten reed or loore. [ 22]
As man that hath hise Ioies ek forlore.
was waytyng on his lady euere more.
As she that was sothefast crop and more. [ 25]
Of al his lust or Ioies heretofore.
But Troilus now far wel al thi Ioie.
ffor shaltow neuere sen hire eft in Troie. [ 28]
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Soth is that while he bood in this manere. [ 29]
He gan his wo ful manly for to hide.
That wel vnnethe it sene was in his chere.
But at the ȝate ther she sholde out ride. [ 32]
with certeyn folk he houed hire tabide.
So wo bigon al wolde he naught hym pleyne.
That on his hors vnnethe he sat for peyne. [ 35]
(6)
ffor Ire he quook so gan his herte gnawe. [ 36]
whan Diomede on hors gan hym dresse.
And seyde to hymself this ilke sawe.
Allas quod he thus foule a wrecchednesse. [ 39]
whi suffre ich it whi nyl ich it redresse.
were it nat bet atones for to dye.
Than euere more in langour thus to crye. [ 42]
(7)
Whi nyl .I. make atones riche and pore. [fol. 119b] [ 43]
To haue Inough to doone er that she go.
why nyl I brynge al Troie vpon a roore.
Whi nyl I slen this Diomede also. [ 46]
why nyl I rather with a man or two.
Stele hire away whi wol I this endure.
whi nyl I helpen to myn owen cure. [ 49]
(8)
But why he nolde don so fel a dede. [ 50]
That shal I seyn and whi hym liste it sparre.
He hadde in herte alweyes a manere drede.
List that Criseyde in rumour of this fare. [ 53]
Sholde han ben slayn lo this was al his care.
And ellis certeyn as I seyde ȝore.
He hadde it don withouten wordes more. [ 56]
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Criseyde whan she redy was to ride. [ 57]
fful sorwfully she sighte and seyde allas.
But forth she moot for aught that may bitide.
And forth she rit ful sorwfully a pas. [ 60]
Ther is non other remedie in this cas.
what wonder is though that hire sore smerte.
whan she forgoth hire owen swete herte. [ 63]
(10)
This Troilus in wise of curteysie. [ 64]
with hauke on honde and with an huge route.
Of knyghtes rood and did hire companye.
Passyng al the valeye fer withoute. [ 67]
And ferther wolde han riden oute of doute.
fful fayn and wo was hym to gon so sone.
But torne he moste and it was ek to done. [ 70]
(11)
And right with that was Antenor ycome. [ 71]
Out of the grekis ooste and euery wight.
was of it glad and seyde he was welcome.
And Troilus al nere his herte light. [ 74]
He peyned hym with al his fulle myght.
Hym to withholde of wepyng atte leeste.
And Antenor he kiste and made feste. [ 77]
(12)
And therwithal he moste his leue take. [fol. 120a] [ 78]
And caste his eye vpon hire pitously.
And neer he roode his cause for to make.
To take hire by the honde al sobrely. [ 81]
And lord so he gan wepen tendrely.
And he ful softe and sleighly gan hire seye.
Now holde ȝoure day and do me nat to deye. [ 84]
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With that his courser torned he aboute. [ 85]
with face pale and vnto Diomede.
No word he spak ne non of al his route.
Of which the sone Diomede of Tideus took hede. [ 88]
As he that koude more than the Crede.
In swich a craft and by the reyne hire hente.
And Troilus to Troie homward he wente. [ 91]
(14)
This Diomede that ledde hire by the bridel. [ 92]
whan that he saugh the folke of Troie aweye.
Thoughte al my labour shal nat ben on ydel.
If that I may for somwhat shal I seye. [ 95]
For at the werste it may ȝet shorte oure weye.
I haue herde seyd ek tymes twelue.
He is a fool that wole forȝete hymselue. [ 98]
(15)
But natheles this thoughte he wel ynough. [ 99]
That certeynlich I am aboute nought.
If that I speke of loue or make it tough.
ffor douteles if she haue in hire thought. [ 102]
Hym that I gesse he may nat ben ybrought.
So soon awey but I shal fynde a meene.
That she naught wite as ȝet shal what I mene. [ 105]
(16)
This Diomede as he that koude his good. [ 106]
whan this was don gan fallen forth in speche.
Of this and that and axed whi she stoode.
In swich disese and gan hire ek biseche. [ 109]
That if that he encresse myghte or eche.
with any thyng hire ese that she sholde.
Comaunde it hym and seyde he don it wolde. [ 112]
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ffor treweliche he swore hire as a knyght. [fol. 120b] [ 113]
That ther nas thyng with which he myghte hire plese.
That he nolde don his peyne al his myghte.
To don it for to don hire herte an ese. [ 116]
And preyde hire she wolde hire sorwe apese.
And seyde Iwis we Grekis kan haue Ioie.
To honouren ȝow as wel as folk of Troie. [ 119]
(18)
He seyde ek thus I woot ȝow thynketh straunge. [ 120]
Ne wonder is for it is to ȝow newe.
Thaquayntaunce of thise Troians to chaunge.
ffor folk of Grece that ȝe neuere knewe. [ 123]
But wold neuere god but if as trewe.
A greke ȝe sholde among vs alle fynde.
As any Troian is and ek as kynde. [ 126]
(19)
An by the cause I swore ȝow right lo now. [ 127]
To ben ȝoure frende and helply to my myght.
And for that more aquayntaunce ek of ȝow.
Haue ich hadde than another straunger wight. [ 130]
So fro this forth I pray ȝow day and nyght.
Comaundeth me how soore that me smerte.
To don al that may like vnto ȝoure herte. [ 133]
(20)
And that ȝe me wolde as ȝoure brother trete. [ 134]
And taketh naught my frenshipe in despite.
And though ȝoure sorwes be for thynges grete.
Not I nat whi but oute of more respite. [ 137]
Myn herte hathe for tamende it grete delite.
And if I may ȝoure harmes nat redresse.
I am right sory for ȝoure heuynesse. [ 140]
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ffor though ȝe Troians with vs grekes wrothe. [ 141]
Han many a day ben alwey ȝet parde.
O. god of loue in soth we seruen bothe.
And for the loue of god my lady fre.
whom so ȝe hate as beth nat wroth with me.
ffor trewely ther kan no wyght ȝow serue.
That half so loth ȝoure wratthe wold disserue. [ 147]
(22)
And nere it that we ben so neigh the tente. [fol. 121a] [ 148]
Of Calcas which that sen vs both may.
I wolde of this ȝow telle al myn entente.
But this enseled til anothir day. [ 151]
Ȝeue me ȝoure honde I am and shal ben ay.
God helpe me so while that my lyf may dure.
Ȝoure owene abouen euery creature. [ 154]
(23)
Thus seyde I neuere er now to womman born. [ 155]
ffor god myn herte as wisly glade so.
I loued neuer womman here biforn.
As paramours ne neuere shal no mo. [ 158]
And for the loue of god beth nat my fo.
Al kan I naught to ȝow my lady deere.
Compleyne aright for I am ȝet to leere. [ 161]
(24)
And wondreth nought myn owen lady bright. [ 162]
Though that I speke of loue to ȝow thus blyue.
ffor I haue herde er this of many a wight.
Hath loued thyng he neuere saigh his lyue. [ 165]
Ek I am nat of power for to stryue.
Aȝeyns the god of loue but hym obeye.
I wole alwey and mercye I ȝow preye. [ 168]
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Ther ben so worthi knyghtes in this place. [ 169]
And ȝe so fayre that euerich of hem alle.
wol peynen hym to stonden in ȝoure grace.
But myght me so faire a grace falle. [ 172]
That ȝe me for ȝoure seruant wolde calle.
So lowely ne so trewely ȝow serue.
Nil non of hem as I shal til I sterue. [ 175]
(26)
Criseyde vnto that purpos lite answerde. [ 176]
As she that was with sorwe oppressed so.
That in effect she naught hise tales herde.
But her and ther now here a word or two. [ 179]
Hire thoughte hire sorwful herte brast atwo.
ffor whan she gan hire fader fer espie.
wel neigh down of hire hors she gan to sye. [ 182]
(27)
But natheles she thonketh Diomede. [fol. 121b] [ 183]
Of alle his trauaile and his good cheere.
And that hym list his frendshipe hire to bede.
And she accepteth it in good manere. [ 186]
And wol do fayn that is hym lief and dere.
And tristen hym she wolde and wel she myght.
As seyde she and from hire hors shalight. [ 189]
(28)
Hire fader hathe hire in hise armes nome. [ 190]
And twenty tyme he kiste his doughter sweete.
And seyde .o. deere doughter myn welcome.
She seyde ek she was fayn with hym to mete. [ 193]
And stood forth muwet milde and mansuete.
But here I leue hire with hire fader dwelle.
And forth I wol of Troilus ȝow telle. [ 196]
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To Troie is come this woful Troilus. [fol. 122a] [ 197]
In sorwe abouen alle sorwes smerte.
with feloun look and face dispitouse.
Tho sodeynly doun from his hors he sterte. [ 200]
And thorugh his paleis with a swollen herte.
To chaumbre he wente of nothyng took he hede.
Ne non to hym dar speke a word for drede. [ 203]
(30)
And ther his sorwes that he spared hadde. [ 204]
He ȝaf an issue large and deth he criede.
And in his throwes frenetik and madde.
He corseth Ioue Appollo and ek Cupide. [ 207]
He corseth Ceres Bacus and Cipride.
His burthe hymself his fate and ek nature.
And saue his lady euery creature. [ 210]
(31)
To bedde he gothe and weyleth ther and torneth. [ 211]
In furie as dothe he in helle.
And in this wise he neigh til day soiorneth.
But tho bigan his herte a lite vnswelle. [ 214]
Thorugh teris which that gounen vp to welle.
And pitously he cryde vpon Criseyde.
And to hymself right thus he spak and seyde. [ 217]
(32)
Wher is myn owene lady lief and deere. [ 218]
wher is hire white brest wher is it where.
wher ben hire armes and hire eyen cleere.
That ȝesternyght this tyme with me were. [ 221]
Now may .I. wepe allone many a teere.
And graspe aboute I may but in this place.
Saue a Pilowe I fynde naught tenbrace. [ 224]
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How shal I do whan shal she come aȝeyn. [ 225]
I not allas whi lete ich hire to go.
As wolde god ich hadde as tho ben sleyn.
O. herte myn Criseyde O swete fo. [ 228]
O. lady myn that I loue and na mo.
To whom for euermo myn herte I dowe.
Se how I dey ȝe nyl me nat rescowe. [ 231]
(34)
Who seth ȝow now my right lode sterre. [fol. 122b] [ 232]
who sit right now or stant in ȝoure presence.
who kan conforten now ȝoure hertes werre.
Now I am gon whome ȝeue ȝe audience. [ 235]
who speketh for me right now in myn absence.
Allas no wight and that is al my care.
ffor wel woot .I. as yuele as I ȝe fare. [ 238]
(35)
How sholde I thus ten dayes ful endure. [ 239]
whan I the firste nyght haue alle this tene.
How shal she don ek sorwful creature.
ffor tendernesse how shal she this sustene. [ 242]
Swich wo for me .o. pitous pale grene.
Shal ben ȝoure fresshe wommanliche face.
ffor langoure er ȝe torne vnto this place. [ 245]
(36)
And whan he fille in any slomberynges. [ 246]
Anon bygynne he sholde for to grone.
And dremen of the dredefulleste thynges.
That myght ben as mete he were allone. [ 249]
In place horrible makyng ay his mone.
Or meten that he was amonges alle.
His enemys and in hire hondes falle. [ 252]
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And therwith al his body sholde sterte. [ 253]
And with the sterte al sodeynliche awake.
And swiche a tremour fele aboute his herte.
That of the fere his body sholde quake. [ 256]
And therwithal he sholde a noyse make.
And seme as though he sholde falle depe.
ffrom heighe olofte and thanne he wolde wepe. [ 259]
(38)
And rewen on hymself so pitously. [ 260]
That wonder was to here his fantasie.
Another tyme he sholde myghtyly.
Conforte hymself 1. [MS. hymself] and seine it was folie. [ 263]
So causeles swich drede for to drye.
And eft bygynne his aspre sorwes newe.
That euery man myght on his sorwes rewe. [ 266]
(39)
Who koude telle aright or ful discryue. [fol. 123a] [ 267]
His wo his pleynt his langoure and in pyne.
Naught alle the men that han or ben on lyue.
Thow redere maist thiself ful wel deuyne. [ 270]
That swich a wo my wit kan nat diffyne.
On ydel for to write it sholde .I. swynke.
whan that my wit is wery it to thynke. [ 273]
(40)
On heuene ȝet the sternes waren seene. [ 274]
Although ful pale . ywoxen was the moone.
And whiten gan the orisente shene.
Al estward as it wont is to doone. [ 277]
And Phebus with his rosy carte soone.
Gan after that to dresse hym vp to fare.
whan Troilus hath sent after Pandare. [ 280]
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This Pandare that of al the day biforn. [ 281]
Ne myghte han comen Troilus to se.
Although he on his hed it hadde sworne.
ffor with the kyng Priam alday was he. [ 284]
So that it lay nought in his libertee.
Nowher to gon but on the morwe he wente.
To Troilus whan that he for hym sente. [ 287]
(42)
ffor in his herte he koude wel deuyne. [ 288]
That Troilus for sorwe al nyght wooke.
And that he wolde telle hym of his pyne.
This knewe he wel ynough withoute booke. [ 291]
ffor which to chaumbre stregh the wey he tooke.
And Troilus tho sobrelich he grette.
And on the 1. [MS. th] bed ful sone he gan hym sette. [ 294]
(43)
My Pandarus quod Troilus the sorwe. [ 295]
which that I drye I may nat longe endure.
I trowe I shal nat lyuen til tomorwe.
ffor which I wolde alweys on auenture. [ 298]
To the deuysen of my sepulture.
The fourme and of my moeble thow dispone.
Right as the semeth best is for to done. [ 301]
(44)
But of the fir and flaumbe funeral. [fol. 123b] [ 302]
In which my body brynnen shal to glede.
And of the feste and pleyes palestral.
At my vigile I prey the tak good hede. [ 305]
That that be wel and offre Mars my steede.
My swerde myn helm and leue brother deere.
My swerde to pallas ȝef that shyneth cleere. [ 308]
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The Poudre in which myn herte ybrend shal torne. [ 309]
That preye I the thow take and it conserue.
In a vessell that men clepeth an vrne.
Of gold and to my lady that I serue. [ 312]
ffor loue of whom thus pitouslich I sterue.
So ȝeue it hire and do me this plesaunce.
To preyen hire to kepe it for a remembraunce. [ 315]
(46)
ffor wele I fele by my maladie. [ 316]
And by my dremes now and ȝore ago.
Al certeynly that I mot nedes dye.
The owle which that hette Escaphilo. [ 319]
Hath after me sright al thise nyghtes two.
And god Mercurye of me now woful wrecche.
The soule gyde and whan the liste it fecche. [ 322]
(47)
Pandare answerde and seyde Troilus. [ 323]
My deere frende as I haue tolde the ȝore.
That it is folye for to sorwen thus.
And causeles for which I kan namore. [ 326]
But whoso wil nought trowen reede ne loore.
I kan nat sen in hym no remedie.
But lat hym worthen with his fantasie. [ 329]
(48)
But Troilus I prey the tel me now. [ 330]
If that thow trowe er this that any wight.
Hath loued paramours as wel as thow.
Ȝe god woot and fro many a worthi knyght. [ 333]
Hath his lady gon a fourtenyght.
And he nat ȝet made haluendel the fare.
what nede is the to maken al this care. [ 336]
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Syn day by day thow maist thiseluen se. [fol. 124a] [ 337]
That from his loue or ellis from his wif.
A man mote twynnen of necessite.
Ȝe though he loue hire as his owene lif. [ 340]
Ȝet nele he with hymself thus maken strif.
ffor wel though woost my leue brother deere.
That alwey frendes may nat ben yfeere. [ 343]
(50)
How don this folk that seen hire loues wedded. [ 344]
By frendes myght as it bitit ful ofte.
And sen hem in hire spouses bed ybedded.
God woot they take it wisly faire and softe. [ 347]
fforwhi good hope halt vp hire herte .o.lofte.
And for they kan a tyme of sorwe endure.
As tyme hem hurt a tyme doth hem cure. [ 350]
(51)
So sholdestow endure and laten slide. [ 351]
The tyme and fonde to ben glad and lighte.
Ten dayes nys so longe nought tabide.
And sen she the to comen hath bihyghte. [ 354]
She nyl hire heste breken for no wighte.
ffor drede the nat that she nyl fynden weye.
To come aȝein my lif that dorste I leye. [ 357]
(52)
Thy swennes ek and al swich fantasie. [ 358]
Drif out and lat hem faren to meschaunce.
ffor they procede of thi malencolie.
That dothe the fele in slepe al this penaunce. [ 361]
A strawe for alle sweuenes signifiaunce.
God helpe me so I counte hem nought a bene.
Ther woot no man aright what dremes mene. [ 364]
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ffor prestes of the temple tellen this. [ 365]
That dremes ben the reuelaciouns.
Of goddes and as wel they telle ywis.
That they ben infernals Illusiouns. [ 368]
And leches seyne that of complexiouns.
Proceden they or fast or glotonye.
who woot in soth thus what thei signifie. [ 371]
(54)
Ek oother seyn that thorugh impressiouns. [fol. 124b] [ 372]
As if a wight hath faste a thyng in mynde.
That therof cometh swiche auysiouns.
And other seyn as they in bokes fynde. [ 375]
That after tymes of the ȝere by kynde.
Men dreme and that theffect goth by the moone.
But leue no dreme for it is nought to doone. [ 378]
(55)
Wel worthe of dremes ay thise olde wiues. [ 379]
And treweliche ek augurye of thise fowles.
ffor fere of which men wenen lese here lyues.
As Rauenes qualyn or shrichyng of thise owles. [ 382]
To trowen on it bothe fals and foul es.
Allas allas so noble a creature.
As is a man shal dreden swiche ordure. [ 385]
(56)
ffor which with al myn herte .I. the biseche. [ 386]
Unto thiself that al this thow forȝyue.
And ris now vp withowten more speche.
And lat vs caste how forth may best be dryue. [ 389]
This tyme and ek how fresshely we may lyue.
whan that she comth the which shal be right soone.
God helpe me so the beste is thus to doone. [ 392]
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Ris lat vs speke of lusty lif in Troie. [ 393]
That we han ledde and forth the tyme dryue.
And ek of tyme comyng vs reioie.
That bryngen shal oure blisse now so blyue. [ 396]
And langour of thise twyes dayes fyue.
we shal therwith so forȝete oure oppresse.
That wel vnneth it don shal vs duresse. [ 399]
(58)
This town is ful of lordes al aboute. [ 400]
And trewes lasten al this mene while.
Go we pleye vs in som lusty route.
To Sarpedoun nat hennes but a myle. [ 403]
And thus thow shalt the tyme wel bygile.
And dryue it forth vnto that blisful morwe.
That thow hire se that cause is of thi sorwe. [ 406]
(59)
Now rise my deere brother Troilus. [fol. 125a] [ 407]
ffor certes it non honour is to the.
To wepe and in thi bedde to Iouken thus.
ffor trewelich of o thyng truste to me. [ 410]
If thow thus ligge a day or two or thre.
The folk wol wene that thow for cowardise.
The feynest sik and that thow darst nat rise. [ 413]
(60)
This Troilus answerde o brother deere. [ 414]
This knowen folk that han ysuffred peyne.
That though he wepe and make sorwful cheere.
That feleth harm and smerte in euery veyne. [ 417]
No wonder is and though ich euere pleyne.
Or alwey wepe I am no thyng to blame.
Syn I haue loste the cause of al my game. [ 420]
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But syn of fyn force I mot arise. [ 421]
I shal arise as soone as euere I may.
And god to whom myn herte I sacrifice.
So sende vs hastely the tenthe day. [ 424]
ffor was ther neuere fowel so fayn of May.
As I shal ben whan that she comth in Troie.
That cause is of my torment and my Ioie. [ 427]
(62)
But whider is thi reed quod Troilus. [ 428]
That we may pleye vs best in al this town.
By god my conseil is quod Pandarus.
To ride and pleye vs with kyng Sarpedoun. [ 431]
So longe of this they speken vp and down.
Til Troilus gan at the laste assente.
To rise and forth to Sarpedoun they wente. [ 434]
(63)
This Sarpedoun as he that honourable. [fol. 125b] [ 435]
was euere his lyue and ful of heigh prowesse.
with al that myghte yserued ben on table.
That deynte was al coste it grete Richesse. [ 438]
He fedde hem day by day that swich noblesse.
As seyden bothe the mooste and ek the leeste.
was neuere ere that day wist at any feste. [ 441]
(64)
Nor in this world ther is non Instrument. [fol. 126a] [ 442]
Delicious thorugh wynde or touche of corde.
As fer as any wight hath euere ywent.
That tonge telle or herte may recorde. [ 445]
That at that feste it nas wel acorde.
Ne of ladys ek so faire a compaignie.
On daunce er tho was neuere Iseye with Ie. [ 448]
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But what auaileth this to Troilus. [ 449]
That for his sorwe nothyng of it roughte.
For euere in on his herte pietous.
fful bisyly Criseyde his lady soughte. [ 452]
On hire was euere al that his herte thoughte.
Now this now that so faste ymagenynge.
That glade Iwis kan hym no festenynge. [ 455]
(66)
Thise ladies ek that at this feste ben. [ 456]
Syn that he saugh his lady was aweye.
It was his sorwe vpon hem for to sen.
Or for to here on Instrumentes to pleye. [ 459]
ffor she that of his herte berth the keye.
was absent lo this was his fantasie.
That no wight sholde maken melodie. [ 462]
(67)
Nor ther nas houre in al the day or nyght. [ 463]
whan he was there as nought myghte hym heere.
That he ne seyde o lufsome lady bryght.
How haue ȝe faren syn that ȝe were there. [ 466]
welcome ywis myn owne lady deere.
But weylaway al this nat but a Maze.
ffortune his howue entended bet to glaze. [ 469]
(68)
The lettres ek that she of olde tyme. [ 470]
Hadde hym ysent he wolde allone rede.
An hondred sithe atwixen noon and prime.
Refiguryng hire shap hire wommanhede. [ 473]
withInne his herte and euery word or dede.
That passed was and thus he drof tanende.
The ferthe day and seyde he wolde wende. [ 476]
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And seyde leue brother Pandarus. [fol. 126b] [ 477]
Intendestow that we shal here bleue.
Til Sarpedoun wol forth congeyen vs.
Ȝet were it fairer we toke oure leue. [ 480]
ffor goddes loue lat vs now soone at eue.
Oure leue take and homward lat vs torne.
ffor treweliche I nyl nat thus soiourne. [ 483]
(70)
Pandare answerde be we comen hider. [ 484]
To fecchen fire and rennen home aȝein.
God help me so I kan nat tellen whider.
we myght gon if I shal sothly seyn. [ 487]
Ther any wight is of vs more feyn.
Than Sarpedoun and if we hennes hye.
Thus sodeynly I holde it vilanye. [ 490]
(71)
Syn that we seyden that we wolde bleue. [ 491]
with hym a wowke and now thus sodeynly.
The ferth day to take of hym owre leue.
He wolde wondren on it trewely. [ 494]
Lat vs holden forth oure purpos fermely.
And syn that ȝe bihighten hym to bide.
Holde forward now and after lat vs ride. [ 497]
(72)
This Pandarus with al peyne and wo. [ 498]
Made hym to dwelle and at the wikes ende.
Of Sarpedoun they toke hire leue tho.
And on hire wey they spedden hem to wende. [ 501]
Quod Troilus now lord me grace sende.
That I may fynde at myn home comyng.
Criseyde comen and therwith gan he syng. [ 504]
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Ȝe haselwode thoughte this Pandare. [ 505]
And to hymself ful softeliche he seyde.
God woot refreyden may this hote fare.
Er Calkas sende Troilus Criseyde. [ 508]
But natheles he Iaped thus and seyde.
And swor ywys his herte hym wel bihighte.
She wolde come as soone as euere she myghte. [ 511]
(74)
Whan they vnto the paleys were ycomen. [fol. 127b] [ 512]
Of Troilus they doun alighte.
And to the chambre hire wey than they nomen.
And into tyme that it gan to nyghte. [ 515]
They spaken of Criseyde the brighte.
And after this whan that hem bothe leste.
They spedde hem fro the soper vnto reste. [ 518]
(75)
On morwe as soone as day bygan to clere. [ 519]
This Troilus gan of his slepe tabrayde.
And to Pandare his owen brother deere.
ffor loue of god ful pitously he sayde. [ 522]
As go we sen the palais of Criseyde.
ffor syn we ȝet may haue namore feste.
So lat vs sen hire paleys atte leeste. [ 525]
(76)
And therwithal his meyne for to blende. [fol. 128a] [ 526]
A cause he fond in town for to go.
And to Criseydes hous they gonnen wende.
But lord this sely Troilus was wo. [ 529]
Hym thoughte his sorwful herte braste atwo.
For whan he saugh hire dores spered alle.
wel neigh for sorwe adoun he gan falle. [ 532]
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Therwith whan he was war and gan biholde. [ 533]
How shet was euery wyndow of the place.
As frost hym thoughte his herte gan to colde.
ffor which with chaunged dellich 1. [sic] pale face.
withouten word he forthby gan to pace.
And as god wholde he gan so faste ride.
That no wight of his contenance espide. [ 539]
(78)
Than seide he thus .o. paleys desolat. [ 540]
O. hous of houses whilom best I hight.
O. paleys empty and disconsolat.
O. thow lanterne of which queynt is the light. [ 543]
O. Paleys whilom day that now art nyght.
wel oughtestow to falle and I to dye.
Syn she is wente that wont was vs to gye. [ 546]
(79)
O Paleis whilom Crowne of paleis alle. [ 547]
Enlumyned with sonne of alle blisse.
O. ryng fro which the rubie is out falle.
O. cause of wo that cause hast ben of lisse. [ 550]
Ȝet syn I may no bet fayn wolde I kisse.
The colde dores dorste I for this route.
And farwel shryne of which the seynt is oute. [ 553]
(80)
Therwith he caste on Pandarus his eye. [ 554]
with chaunged face . and pitous to biholde.
And whan he myghte his tyme aright aspie.
Ay as he roode to Pandarus he tolde. [ 557]
His newe sorwe and ek hise Ioies olde.
So pitously and with so dede an hewe.
That euery wight myghte on his sorwe rewe. [ 560]
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Fro thennesforth he rideth vp and down. [fol. 128b] [ 561]
And euery thyng come hym to remembraunce.
As he rood forby places of the town.
In which he whilom hadde al his plesaunce. [ 564]
Lo ȝonder saugh ich myn owene lady daunce.
And in that temple with hire eyen clere.
Me kaught first my righte lady dere. [ 567]
(82)
And ȝonder haue I herde ful lustyly. [ 568]
My dere herte laugh and ȝonder pleye.
Saugh ich hire ones ek ful blisfully.
And ȝonder ones to me gan she seye. [ 571]
Now goode swete loue me wel I preye.
And ȝond so goodly gan she me biholde.
That to the deth myn herte is to hire holde. [ 574]
(83)
And at that corner in the ȝonder hous. [ 575]
Herde I myn alderleuest lady deere.
So wommanly with vois melodious.
Syngen so wel so goodly and so cleere. [ 578]
That in my soule ȝet me thynketh ich here.
The blisful sown and in that ȝonder place.
My lady first me took vnto hire grace. [ 581]
(84)
Thanne thoughte he thus o blisful lord Cupide. [ 582]
whan I the processe haue in memorie.
How thow me hast wereyed on euery syde.
Men myght a book make of it lik a storie. [ 585]
what nede is the to seke on me victorie.
Syn I am thyn and holly at thi wille.
what Ioie has thow thyn owen folk to spille. [ 588]
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Wel hastow lord ywroke on me thyn Ire. [ 589]
Thow myghty god and dredefull for to greue.
Now mercy lord thow woost wel I desire.
Thi grace moost of alle lustes leeue. [ 592]
And lyue and dye I wol in thy byleue.
ffor which I naxe in guerdoun but a bone.
That thow Criseyde aȝein me sende sone. [ 595]
(86)
Distreyne hire herte as faste to retorne. [fol. 129a] [ 596]
As thow doost myn to longen hire to see.
Than woot I wel that she nyl naught soiorne.
Now blisful lord so cruel thow ne be. [ 599]
Unto the bloode of Troie I prey the.
As Iuno was vnto the blood Thebane.
ffor which the folk of Thebes caughte hire bane. [ 602]
(87)
And after this he to the ȝates wente. [ 603]
Ther as Criseyde out rood a ful good paas.
And vp and down ther made he many a wente.
And to hym self ful ofte he seyde allas. [ 606]
ffro hennes rood my blisse and my solas.
As wolde blisful god now for his Ioie.
I myghte hire sen aȝein come into Troie. [ 609]
(88)
And to the ȝonder hille I gan hire gyde. [ 610]
Allas and ther I took of hire my leue.
And ȝond I saugh hire to hire fader ride.
ffor sorwe of which myn herte shal to cleue. [ 613]
And hider home I com whan it was eue.
And here I dwelle out caste from al Ioie.
And shal til I may sen hire eft in Troie. [ 616]
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And of hymself ymagened he ofte. [ 617]
To ben defet and Pale and waxen lesse.
Than he was wont and that men seyden softe.
what may it be who kan the sothe gesse. [ 620]
whi Troilus hathe al this heuynesse.
And al this nas but his malencolie.
That he hadde of hymself swich fantasie. [ 623]
(90)
Another tyme ymaginen he wolde. [ 624]
That euery wight that wente by the weye.
Hadde of hym routhe and thay seyn sholde.
I am right sory Troilus wol deye. [ 627]
And thus he drof a day ȝet forth or tweye.
As ȝe haue herde swich lif right gan he lede.
As he that stood bitwixen hope and drede. [ 630]
(91)
ffor whiche hym likede in his songes shewe. [fol. 129b] [ 631]
Thenchesoun of his wo as he beste myghte.
And made a songe of wordes but a fewe.
Somwhat his woful herte for to lighte. [ 634]
And whan he was from euery mannes syghte.
with soft vois he of his lady deere.
That absent was gan synge as ȝe may heere. [ 637]
(92) (Troylus's Song for Cressid)
O sterre of which I lost haue al the light. *. [Canticus Troili] [ 638]
with herte soore wel oughte I to biwaille.
That euere derk in torment nyght by nyght.
Toward my deth with wynd in steere I saille. [ 641]
ffor which the tenthe nyght if that I faille.
The gydyng of thi bemes bright an houre.
My shippe and me Carikdis wol deuoure. [ 644]
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This song when he thus songen hadde soone. [ 645]
He fil aȝeyn into hise sikes olde.
And euery nyght as was his wone to doone.
He stood the brighte moone to byholde. [ 648]
And al his sorwe he to the moone tolde.
And seyde ywis whan thow art horned newe.
I shal be glad if al the world be trewe. [ 651]
(94)
I saugh thyn hornes olde ek by the morwe. [ 652]
whan hennes rood my right lady dere.
That cause is of my torment and my sorwe.
ffor which o brighte latona the clere. [ 655]
ffor loue of god ren faste aboute thy spere.
ffor whan thyne hornes newe gynnen sprynge.
Than shal she come that may my blisse brynge. [ 658]
(95)
The dayes moore and lenger euery nyghte. [ 659]
Than they ben wont to ben hym thoughte tho.
And that the sonne went his cours vnrighte.
By lenger weye than it was wont to do. [ 662]
And seyde ywis me dredeth euere mo.
The sonnes sone Pheton be on lyue.
And that his fader carte amys he dryue. [ 665]
(96)
Vpon the walles faste ek wolde he walke. [fol. 130a] [ 666]
And on the grekis oost he wolde se.
And to hymself right thus he wolde talke.
Lo ȝonder is myn owene lady free. [ 669]
Or ellis ȝonder ther tho tentes be.
And thennes comth this Eyre that is so soote.
That in my soule I fele it doth me boote. [ 672]
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And hardily this wynde that more and moore. [ 673]
Thus stoundemele encresseth in my face.
Is of my ladis depe sikes soore.
I preue it thus for in noon othere place. [ 676]
Of al this town saue onliche in this space.
ffele I no wynde that sowneth so like peyne.
It seyth allas whi twynned be we tweyne. [ 679]
(98)
This longe tyme he dryueth forth right thus. [ 680]
Til fully passed was the nynthe nyghte.
And ay bisyde hym was this Pandarus.
That bisily did al his ful myghte. [ 683]
Hym to conforte and make his herte lighte.
Ȝeuyng hym hope alwey the tenthe morwe.
That she shal come and stynten al his sorwe. [ 686]
(99)
Vpon that other syde ek was Criseyde. [fol. 130b] [ 687]
with wommen fewe among the Grekis stronge.
ffor whiche ful ofte a day allas she seyde.
That I was born wel may myn herte longe. [ 690]
After my deth for now lyue I to longe.
Allas and I ne may it nat amende.
ffor now is wors than euere ȝet I wende. [ 693]
(100)
My fader nyl for nothyng do me grace. [ 694]
To gon aȝeyn for naught I kan hym queme.
And if so be that I my terme pace.
My Troilus shal in his herte deme. [ 697]
That I am fals and so it may wel seme.
Thus shal ich haue vnthonke on euery side.
That I was born so weilaway the tide. [ 700]
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And if that I me putte in Iupertie. [ 701]
To stele awey by nyght and it bifalle.
That I be kaught I shal be holde a spie.
Or elles lo this drede I moost of alle. [ 704]
If in the hondes of som wrecche I falle.
I nam but lost al be myn herte trewe.
Now myghty god thow on my sorwe rewe. [ 707]
(102)
fful pale ywexen was hire brighte face. [ 708]
Hire lymes lene as she that al the day.
Stood whan she dorste and loked on the place.
Ther she was born and she dwelt hadde ay. [ 711]
And al the nyght wepyng allas she lay.
And thus despeired out of al cure.
She ladde hire lif this woful creature. [ 714]
(103)
fful ofte a day she sighte ek for destresse. [ 715]
And in hireself she wente ay purtrayng.
Of Troilus the grete worthynesse.
And al his goodly wordes recordyng. [ 718]
Syn first that day hire loue bigan to spring.
And thus she sette hire woful herte afire.
Thorugh remembraunce of that she gan desire. [ 721]
(104)
In al this world ther nys so cruel herte. [fol. 131a] [ 722]
That hire hadde herde compleynen in hire sorwe.
That nolde han wepen for hire peynes smerte.
So tendrely she wepte bothe eue and morwe. [ 725]
Hire neded none teris for to borwe.
And this was ȝet the werste of alle hire peyne.
Ther was no wight to whom she dorste hire pleyne. [ 728]
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fful rowfully she loked vpon Troie. [ 729]
Bihelde the toures heigh and ek the halles.
Allas quod she the plesance and the Ioie.
The which that now al torned into galle es. [ 732]
Haue ich had ofte withInne the ȝonder walles.
O Troilus what dostow now she seyde.
Lord wheyther thow ȝet thenke vpon Criseyde. [ 735]
(106)
Allas .I. ne hadde trowed on ȝoure loore. [ 736]
And went with ȝow as ȝe me redde er this.
Than hadde I now nat siked half so soore.
we myghte haue seyde that I hadde don amys. [ 739]
To stele awey with swich oon as he ys.
But alle to late comth the letwarie.
Whan men the cors to graue carie. [ 742]
(107)
To late is now to speke of that matere. [ 743]
Prudence allas oon of thyne eyen thre.
Me lakked alwey er that I come here.
On tyme ypassed wel remembred me. [ 746]
And present tyme ek koud ich wel Ise.
But future tyme er I was in the snare.
Koude I nat sen that causeth now my care. [ 749]
(108)
But natheles bityde what bityde. [ 750]
I shal to morwe at nyght by est or west.
Out of this oost stele on some manere syde.
And gon with Troilus where as hym lest. [ 753]
This purpos wol ich holde and this is best.
No fors of wikked tonges Ianglerie.
ffor euere on loue han wrecches hadde enuye. [ 756]
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ffor whoso wol of euery word take hede. [fol. 131b] [ 757]
Or reulen hym by euery wightes wit.
Ne shal he neuere thryuen out of drede.
For that that sommen blamen euere ȝit. [ 760]
Lo other manere folk comenden it.
And as for me for al swich variaunce.
ffelicite elepe I my suffisaunce. [ 763]
(110)
ffor which withouten any wordes mo. [ 764]
To Troie I wole as for conclusioun.
But god it wot er fully monthes two.
She was ful fer fro that entencioun. [ 767]
ffor bothe Troilus and Troie town.
Shal knotteles thorughout hire herte slide.
ffor she wol take a purpos for tabyde. [ 770]
(111)
This Diomede of whom ȝow telle I gon. [fol. 132a] [ 771]
Goth now withInne hymself ay arguyng.
with al the slegthe and al that euere he kan.
How he may best with shortest tarying. [ 774]
Into his net Criseydes herte bryng.
To this entent he koude neuere fyne.
To fisshen hire he leyde out hook and lyne. [ 777]
(112)
But natheles wel in his herte he thoughte. [ 778]
That she nas nat withoute a loue in Troie.
ffor euere sythen he hire thennes broughte.
Ne koude he sen hire laughe or maken Ioie. [ 781]
He nyst how best hire herte for tacoye.
But for tasay he seyde naught it ne greueth.
ffor he that naught nasaieth naught nacheueth. [ 784]
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Ȝet seide he to hymself vpon a nyght. [fol. 132b] [ 785]
Now am I nat a fool that woot wel how.
Hire wo for loue is of another wight.
And hereupon to gon assaye hire now. [ 788]
I may wel wit it nyl nat ben my prow.
ffor wise folk in bookes it expresse.
Men shal nat wowe a wight in heuynesse. [ 791]
(114)
But whoso myghte wynnen swich a floure. [ 792]
ffrom hym for whom she morneth nyght and day.
He myghte seyn he were a conqueroure.
And right anon as he that bold was ay. [ 795]
Thoughte in his herte happe how happe may.
Al sholde I dye .I. wol hire herte seche.
I. shal namore lesen but my speche. [ 798]
(115)
This Diomede as bokes vs declare. [ 799]
was in his nedes prest and corageous.
With sterne vois and myghty lymes square.
Hardy testif strong and Chiualerous. [ 802]
Of dedes lik his fader Tideus.
And som men seyn he was of tonge large.
And heir he was of Calydoigne and arge. [ 805]
(116)
Criseyde mene was of hire stature. [ 806]
Therto of shap of face and ek of cheere.
Ther myghte ben no fairere creature.
And ofte tymes this was hire manere. [ 809]
To gon ytressed with hire heres clere.
Doun by hire coler at hire bak byhynde.
which with a thred of gold she wolde bynde. [ 812]
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And saue hire browes Ioyneden yfere. [ 813]
Ther nas no lakke in aught I kan espien.
But for to speken of hire eyen cleere.
Lo trewely they writen that hire syen. [ 816]
That Paradis stood formed in hire eyen.
And with hire riche beaute euere more.
Strof loue in hire ay which of hem was more. [ 819]
(118)
She sobre was ek symple and wys withal. [fol. 133a] [ 820]
The best ynorisshed ek that myghte be.
And goodly of hire speche in general.
Charitable estatlich lusty fre. [ 823]
Ne neuere mo ne lakked hire pite.
Tendre herted slydynge of corage.
But trewely I kan nat telle hire age. [ 826]
(119)
And Troilus wel woxen was in highte. [ 827]
And complet formed by proporcioun.
So wel that kynde it nought amenden myght.
Ȝong fressh strong and hardy as lyoun. [ 830]
Trewe as steel in ich condicioun.
Oon of the beste entecched creature.
That is or shal whil that the world may dure. [ 833]
(120)
And certeynly in storye it is yfounde. [ 834]
That Troilus was neuere vnto no wight.
As in this tyme in no degree secounde.
In duryng don that longeth to a knyght. [ 837]
Al myghte a geant passen hym of myght.
His herte ay with the first and with the beste.
Stood peregal to durre don that hym leste. [ 840]
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But for to tellen forth of Diomede. [ 841]
It fel that after on the tenthe day.
Syn that Criseyde oute of the Citee ȝede.
This Diomede as fressh as braunche in May. [ 844]
Come to the tente ther as Calkas lay.
And feyned hym with Calkas han to doone.
But what he mente I shal ȝow tellen soone. [ 847]
(122)
Criseyde at shorte wordes for to telle. [ 848]
welcomed hym and down hym by hire sette.
And he was ethe ynough to maken dwelle.
And after this withouten longe lette. [ 851]
The spices and the wyne men forth hem fette.
And forth they speke of this and that yfeere.
As frendes don of which som shal ȝe heere. [ 854]
(123)
He gan first fallen of the werre in speche. [fol. 133b] [ 855]
Bitwixen hem and the folk of Troie town.
And of thassege he gan hire ek biseche.
To tellyn hym what was hire opynyoun. [ 858]
ffro that demaunde he so descendeth down.
To axen hire if that hire straunge thoughte.
The grekis gise and werkes that they wroughte. [ 861]
(124)
And whi hire fader tarieth so longe. [ 862]
To wedden hire vnto som worthy wight.
Criseyde that was in hire peynes stronge.
ffor loue of Troilus hire owen knyght. [ 865]
As ferforth as she konnyng hadde or myght.
Answerde hym so but as of his entente.
It semed nat she wiste what he mente. [ 868]
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But natheles this ilk Diomede. [ 869]
Gan in hymself assure and thus he seyde.
If ich a right haue taken of ȝow hede.
Me thynketh thus .o. lady myn Criseyde. [ 872]
That syn .I. first hond on ȝoure bridel leyde.
Whan ȝe out come of Troie by the morwe.
Ne koude I neuere sen ȝow but in sorwe. [ 875]
(126)
Kan I nat seyn what may the cause be. [ 876]
But if for loue of som Troian it were.
The which right sore wolde athynken me.
That ȝe for any wight that dwelleth there. [ 879]
Sholden spille a quarter of a tere.
Or pitously ȝoureseluen so bigile.
For dredeles it is nought worth the while. [ 882]
(127)
The folk of Troie as who seyth alle and some. [ 883]
In prisoun ben as ȝe ȝoureseluen se.
ffor thennes shal nat oon lyue come.
ffor al the gold atwixen sonne and se. [ 886]
Trusteth wel and vnderstondeth me.
Ther shal nat oon to mercy gon on lyue.
Al were he lord of worldes twies fyue. [ 889]
(128)
Swiche wreche on hem for fecchynge of Eleyne. [fol. 134a] [ 890]
Ther shal ben take er that we hennes wende.
That manes whiche that goddes ben of peyne.
Shal ben agast that grekes wol hem shende. [ 893]
And men shul drede vnto the worldes ende.
ffrom hennesforth to rauysshen any queene.
So cruel shal oure wreche on hem be seene. [ 896]
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And but if Calkas lede vs with ambages. [ 897]
That is to seyn with double wordes slye.
Swiche as men clepen a word with two wisages.
Ȝe shal wel knowen that I naught ne he. [ 900]
And al this thynge right sen it with ȝoure eye.
And that anon ȝe nyl nat trowe how sone.
Now taketh hede for it is for to doone. [ 903]
(130)
What wene ȝe ȝoure wise fader wolde. [ 904]
Han ȝeuen Antenor for ȝow anon.
If he ne wiste that the Cite sholde.
Destroied ben whi nay so mote I gon. [ 907]
He knew ful wel ther shal nat scapen oon.
That Trian is and for the grete feere.
He dorst nat ye dwelte lenger there. [ 910]
(131)
What wol ȝe more lufsom lady deere. [ 911]
Lat Troie and Troian fro ȝoure herte pace.
Drif oute that bittre hope and make good cheere.
And clepe aȝeyn the beaute of ȝoure face. [ 914]
That ȝe with salte teris so deface.
ffor Troie is brought in swich a Iupertie.
That it to saue is now no remedie. [ 917]
(132)
And thenketh wel ȝe shal in Grekis fynde. [ 918]
A moore perfit loue er it be nyght.
Than any Troian is and more kynde.
And bet to seruen ȝow wol don his myght. [ 921]
And if ȝe vouchesauf my lady bright.
I. wol ben he to seruen ȝow myselue.
Ȝe leuere than be lord of Greces twelue. [ 924]
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And with that word he gan to waxen rede. [fol. 134 b.]] [ 925]
And in his speche a litel wight he quoke.
And caste asyde a litle wight his hede.
And stynte a while and afterward he woke. [ 928]
And sobreliche on hire he threw his loke.
And seyde I am al be it ȝow no Ioie.
As gentil man as any wight in Troie. [ 931]
(134)
For of 1. [sic] my fader Tideus he seyde. [ 932]
Ilyued hadde ich hadde ben er this.
Of Calydoyne and arge a kyng Criseyde.
And so hope I that I shal ȝet Iwis. [ 935]
But he was slayn allas the more harm is.
Vnhappily at Thebes al to rathe.
Polymyte and many a man to scathe. [ 938]
(135)
But herte myn syn that I am ȝoure man. [ 939]
And ben the first of whom .I. seche grace.
To serue ȝow as hertely as I kan.
And euere shal whil I to lyue haue space. [ 942]
So er that I deperte out of this place.
Ȝe wol me graunte that I may tomorwe.
At bettre leyser tellen ȝow my sorwe. [ 945]
(136)
What sholde I telle his wordes that he seyde. [ 946]
He spak Inough for o day at the meeste.
It preueth wel he spak so tha 2. [sic] Criseyde.
Graunted on the morwe at his requeste. [ 949]
ffor to speken with hym at the leeste.
So that he nolde speke of swiche matere.
And thus to hym she seyde as ȝe mowe here. [ 952]
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As she that hadde hire herte on Troilus. [ 953]
So faste that ther may it non arace.
And strangely she spak and seyde thus.
O. Diomede .I. loue that ilk place. [ 956]
Ther I was born and Ioues for his grace.
Delyuere it soone of alle that doth it care.
God for thy myghte so leue it wel to fare. [ 959]
(138)
That grekis wolde hire wrath on Troie wreke. [fol. 135a] [ 960]
If that they myght .I. knowe it wel Iwis.
But it shal naught byfallen as ȝe speke.
And god toforn and forther ouere this. [ 963]
I woot my fader wys and redy is.
And that he me hath bought as ȝe me tolde.
So deere I am the more vnto hym holde. [ 966]
(139)
That grekis ben of heigh condicioun. [ 967]
I woot ek wel but certeyn men shal fynde.
As worthi folk withInne Troie town.
As konnyng and as perfit and as kynde. [ 970]
As ben bitwixen Orkadas and Inde.
And that ȝe koude wel ȝowre lady serue.
I trowe ek wel hire thank for to deserue. [ 973]
(140)
But as to speke of loue ywis she seyde. [ 974]
I hadde a lord to whom I wedded was.
The whos myn herte al was til that he deyde.
And other loue as help me now pallas. [ 977]
Ther in myn herte nys ne neuere was.
And that ȝe ben of noble and heigh kynrede.
I haue wel herde it tellen oute of drede. [ 980]
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And that doth me to han so grete a wonder. [ 981]
That ȝe wol scornen any womman so.
Ek god woot loue and I ben fer ysonder.
I am disposed bet so mot I go. [ 984]
Unto my deth to pleynen and maken wo.
What I shal after don .I. kan nat seye.
But trewelich as ȝet me list nat pleye. [ 987]
(142)
Myn herte is now in tribulacioun. [ 988]
And ȝe in armes bisy day by day.
Herafter whan ȝe wonnen han the town.
Peraunter so it happen may. [ 991]
That whan I se that I neuere er say.
Than wol I werk that I neuere wroughte.
This word to ȝow ynough suffisen oughte. [ 994]
(143)
To morwe ek wol .I. speken with ȝow fayn. [fol. 135b] [ 995]
So that ȝe touchen naught of this matere.
And whan ȝow list ȝe may come here aȝayn.
And er ȝe gon thus muche I sey ȝow here. [ 998]
As help me pallas with hire heres clere.
If that I sholde of any greke han routhe.
It sholde be ȝoureseluen by my trouthe. [ 1001]
(144)
I say nat therfore that I wol ȝow loue. [ 1002]
Ny say nat nay but in conclusioun.
I mene wel by god that sit aboue.
And therwithal she caste hire eyen down. [ 1005]
And gon to sike and seyde .O. Troie town.
Ȝet bidde I god in quiete and in reste.
I may ȝow sen or do myn herte breste. [ 1008]
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But in effect and shortly for to seye. [ 1009]
This Diomede al fresshly newe aȝeyn.
Gan presen on and faste hire mercy preye.
And after this the sothe for to seyn. [ 1012]
Hire gloue he took of which he was ful feyn.
And finaly whan it was woxen eue.
And al was wel he roos and toke his leue. [ 1015]
(146)
The brighte venus folwede and ay taughte. [ 1016]
The wey ther brede Phebus down alighte.
And Cynthea hire charehors ouerraughte.
To whirle out of the leoun if she myghte. [ 1019]
And signifer hise candels sheweth brighte.
whan that Criseyde vnto hire bedde wente.
Inwith hire fadres faire brighte tente. [ 1022]
(147)
Retornyng in hire soule ay vp and down. [ 1023]
The wordes of this sodeyn Diomede.
His grete estat and perel of the town.
And that she was allone and hadde nede. [ 1026]
Of frendes help and thus bygan to brede.
The cause whi the sothe for to telle.
That she took fully purpos for to dwelle. [ 1029]
(148)
The morwen com and gostly for to speke. [fol. 136a] [ 1030]
This Diomede is come vnto Criseyde.
And shortly list that ȝe my tale breke.
So wel he for hymself spak and seyde. [ 1033]
That alle hire sikes soore adown he leyde.
And finaly the soth for to seyne.
He refte hire of the grete of alle hire peyne. [ 1036]
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And after this the storie telleth vs. [ 1037]
That she hym ȝaf the faire baye stede.
The which he ones wan of Troilus.
And ek a broche and that was litel nede. [ 1040]
That Troilus was she ȝaf this Diomede.
And ek the bet from sorwe hym to releue.
She made hym were a pencel of hire sleue. [ 1043]
(150)
I fynde ek in stories elleswhere. [ 1044]
whan thorugh the body hurt was Diomede.
Of Troilus tho wepte she many a teere.
whan that she saugh hise wyde wowndes blede. [ 1047]
And that she took to kepen hym good hede.
And for to helen hym of his sorwes smerte.
Men seyen I not that she ȝaf hym hire herte. [ 1050]
(151)
But trewely the storie telleth vs. [ 1051]
Ther made neuere woman moore wo.
Than she whan that she falsed Troilus.
She seyde allas for now is clene ago. [ 1054]
My name of trouthe in loue for eueremo.
For I haue falsed oon the gentileste.
That euere was and oon the worthiest. [ 1057]
(152)
Allas of me vnto the worldes ende. [ 1058]
Shal neyther ben ywriten nor ysonge.
No good wood for thise bokes wol me shende.
O. rolled shal I ben on many a tonge. [ 1061]
Thorughoute the world my belle shal be ronge.
And wommen moost wol haten me of alle.
Allas that swich a cas me sholde falle. [ 1064]
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Thei wol seyen in as muche as in me is. [fol. 136b] [ 1065]
I haue hem don dishonour weylaway.
Al be I nat the first that dide amys.
what helpeth that to don my blame awey. [ 1068]
But syn I se ther is no bettre way.
And that to late is now for me to rewe.
To Diomede algate I wol be trewe. [ 1071]
(154)
But Troilus syn I no bettre may. [ 1072]
And syn that thus deperten ȝe and .I.
Ȝet prey I god so ȝeue ȝow right good day.
As for the gentileste trewely. [ 1075]
That euere I say to seruen feythfully.
And beste kan ay his lady honour kepe.
And with that word she braste anon to wepe. [ 1078]
(155)
And certes ȝow ne haten shal I neuere. [ 1079]
And frendes loue that shal ȝe han of me.
And my good word al sholde I lyuen euere.
And trewely I wolde sory be. [ 1082]
fforto seen ȝow in aduersitee.
And gilteles I woot wel I ȝow leue.
But al shal passe and thus take I my leue. [ 1085]
(156)
But trewely how longe it was bytwene. [ 1086]
That she forsoke hym for this Diomede.
Ther is non autour telleth it I wene.
Take euery man now to hise bokes heede. [ 1089]
He shal no terme fynden out of drede.
ffor though that he bigan to wowe hire soone.
Er he hire wan ȝet was ther more to doone. [ 1092]
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Ne me ne list this sely womman chyde. [ 1093]
fforther than the storye wol deuyse.
Hire name allas is punysshed so wide.
That for hire gilte it oughte ynough suffise. [ 1096]
And if I myghte excuse hire any wise.
ffor she so sory was for hire vntrouthe.
Iwis .I. wolde excuse hire ȝet for routhe. [ 1099]
(158)
This Troilus as I byfore haue tolde. [fol. 137b] [ 1100]
Thus driueth forth as wel as he hath myghte.
But oft was his herte hoot and colde.
And namly that ilk nynthe nyghte. [ 1103]
which on the morwe she hadde hym bihighte.
To com aȝeyn god woot ful litel reste.
Hadde he that nyght nothyng to slepe hym leste. [ 1106]
(159)
The laurer crowned Phebus with his heete. [fol. 138a] [ 1107]
Gan in his course ay vpward as he wente.
To warmen of the Est see the wawes weete.
And nysus doughter song with fressh entente. [ 1110]
whan Troilus his Pandare after sente.
And on the walles of the town they pleyde.
To loke if they kan sen aught of Criseyde. [ 1113]
(160)
Tyl it was noon they stoden for to se. [ 1114]
who that ther come and euery mane wight.
That com fro fer they seyden it was she.
Til that thei koude knowen hym aright. [ 1117]
Now was his herte dul now was it light.
And thus byIaped stonden for to stare.
Aboute naught this Troilus and Pandare. [ 1120]
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To Pandarus this Troilus tho seyde. [ 1121]
ffor aught .I. woot byfor noon sikirly.
Into this town ne comth nat here Criseyde.
She hath ynough to doon hardyly. [ 1124]
To wynnen from hire fader so trowe .I.
Hire olde fader wol ȝet make hire dyne.
Er that she go god ȝeue hys herte pyne. [ 1127]
(162)
Pandare answerede it may wel be certeyn. [ 1128]
And forthi lat vs dyne .I. the byseche.
And after noon than maystow come aȝeyn.
And hom they go withoute more speche. [ 1131]
And comen aȝeyn but longe may they seche.
Er that they fynde that they after cape.
ffortune hem bothe thenketh for to Iape. [ 1134]
(163)
Quod Troilus I se wel now that she. [ 1135]
Is taried with hire olde fader so.
That er she come it wol neigh euen be.
Com forth .I. wole vnto the ȝate go. [ 1138]
Thise porters ben vnkonnyng euere mo.
And wol don hem holden vp the ȝate.
As naught ne were although she come late. [ 1141]
(164)
The day goth faste and after that come eue. [fol. 138b] [ 1142]
And ȝet come nought to Troilus Criseyde.
He loketh forth by hegge by tre by greue.
And fer his hede ouere the walle he leyde. [ 1145]
And at the laste he torned hym an seyde.
By good I woot hire menyng now Pandare.
Almoost ywys al new was my care. [ 1148]
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Now douteles this lady kan hire goode. [ 1149]
I. woot she meneth riden pryuely.
I. comende hire wisdome by myn hoode.
She wol nat maken peple nycely. [ 1152]
Gaure on hire whan that she comth but softly.
By nyghte into the town she thenketh ride.
And deere brother thynke not longe tabide. [ 1155]
(166)
We han naught elles for to don ywis. [ 1156]
And Pandarus now woltow trowen me.
Haue here my trouthe I se hire ȝond she is.
Heue vp thyn eyen man maistow nat se. [ 1159]
Pandare answerede nay so mote I the.
Al wronge by god what saistow man where arte.
That I se ȝond nys but a fare carte. [ 1162]
(167)
Allas thow seyst right soth quod Troilus. [ 1163]
But hardily it is naught al for nought.
That in myn herte I now reioysse thus.
It is aȝeyns som good I haue a thought. [ 1166]
Not I nat how but syn that I was wrought.
Ne felte I swich a comfort dar I seye.
She comth to nyght my lif that dorste I leye. [ 1169]
(168)
Pandare answerde it may be wel ynough. [ 1170]
And helde with hym of alle that euere he seyde.
But in his herte he thought and softe lough.
And to hymself ful sobreliche he seyde. [ 1173]
ffrom haselwode there Ioly Robyn pleyde.
Shal come al that thow abidest heere.
Ȝe fare wel al the snough of farnȝere. [ 1176]
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The warden of the ȝates gan to calle. [fol. 139a] [ 1177]
The folk which that withoute the ȝates were.
And bad hem dryuen in hire bestes alle.
Or all the nyght they moste bleuen there. [ 1180]
And fer withInne the nyght with many a teere.
This Troilus gan homward for to ride.
ffor wel he seth it helpeth naught tabide. [ 1183]
(170)
But natheles he gladed hym in this. [ 1184]
He thought he miscounted hadde his day.
And seyde .I. vnderstonde haue al amys.
For thilk nyght .I. last Criseyde say. [ 1187]
She seyde .I. shal ben here if that I may.
Er that the moone .o. deere herte swete.
The leoun passe out of this ariete. [ 1190]
(171)
ffor which she may ȝet holde al hire byheste. [ 1191]
And on the morwe vnto the ȝate he wente.
And vp and down by west and ek by este.
Upon the walles made he many a wente. [ 1194]
But al for nought his hope alwey hym blente.
ffor which at nyght in sorwe and sikes sore.
He wente hyym home withouten any more. [ 1197]
(172)
His hope al clene out of his herte fledde. [ 1198]
He nath wheron now lenger for to honge.
But for the peyne hym thoughte his herte bledde.
So were hise throwes sharpe and wonder stronge. [ 1201]
ffor whan he saugh that she abood so longe.
He nyst what he Iuggen of it myghte.
Syn she hath broken that she hym bihighte. [ 1204]
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The thridde ferth fifte sexte day. [ 1205]
After tho dayes ten of which I tolde.
Bitwixen hope and drede his herte lay.
Ȝet somwhat trustyng on hire hestes olde. [ 1208]
But whan he saugh she nolde hire terme holde.
He kan now sen non other remedie.
But for to shape hym soon for to dye. [ 1211]
(174)
Therwith the wikked spirit god vs blesse. [fol. 139b] [ 1212]
which that men clepeth the woode Ialousie.
Gan in hym crepe in al this heuynesse.
ffor which by cause he wolde soone dyne. [ 1215]
He ne ete ne drank for his malencolye.
And ek from euery compaignye he fledde.
This was the lif that al the tyme he ledde. [ 1218]
(175)
He so defet was that no manere man. [ 1219]
Unneth hym myghte knowen ther he wente.
So was he lene and therto pale and wanne.
And feble that he walketh by potente. [ 1222]
And with his Ire he thus hymselue shente.
And whoso axed hym wherof hym smerte.
He seyde his harm was al aboute his herte. [ 1225]
(176)
Priam ful ofte and ek his moder deere. [ 1226]
Hise bretheren and his sustren gon hym freyne.
whi he sorwful was in al his cheere.
And what thyng was the cause of al his peyne. [ 1229]
But al for naught he nolde his cause pleyne.
But seyde he felte a greuouse maladie.
Aboute his herte and fayn he wolde dye. [ 1232]
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Pandare answerde and seyde allas the whiles. [ 1275]
That .I. was born haue I nat seyde er this.
That dremes many a maner man bigiles.
And whi for folk expounden hem amys. [ 1278]
How darstow seyn that fals thy lady ys.
ffor any dreme right for thyn owene drede.
Lat be this thought thow kanst no dremes rede. [ 1281]
(184)
Peraunter ther thow dremest of this boor. [ 1282]
It may so be that it may signifie.
Hire fader which that old is and ek hoor.
Aȝeyn the sonne lith o poynt to dye. [ 1285]
And she for sorwe gynneth wepe and crie.
And kisseth hym ther he lith on the grounde.
Thus sholdestow thi dreme aright expounde. [ 1288]
Page  275(185)
How myghte I than don quod Troilus. [fol. 110a] [ 1289]
To knowe of this ȝee were it neuere so lite.
Now seystow wisly quod this Pandarus.
My rede is this syn thow kanst wel endite. [ 1292]
That hastily a lettre thow hire write.
Thorugh which thow shalt wel byngyn 1. [sic] it aboute.
To know a soth of that thow art in doute. [ 1295]
(186)
And se now whi for this I dar wel seyn. [ 1296]
That if so is that she vntrewe be.
I kan nat trowen that she wol write aȝeyn.
And if she write thow shalt fulsone yse. [ 1299]
As wheither she hath any liberte.
To come aȝeyn or ellis in som clause.
If she be lette she wol assigne a cause. [ 1302]
(187)
Thow hast nat writen hire syn that she wente. [ 1303]
Nor she to the and this I dorste lay.
Ther may swich cause ben in hire entente.
That hardily thow wolt thiseluen say. [ 1306]
That hire abode the best is for ȝow tway.
Now write hire thanne and thow shalt feele sone.
A soth of al ther is namore to done. [ 1309]
(188)
Acorded ben to this conclusioun. [ 1310]
And that anon thise ilke lordes two.
And hastily sit Troilus adown.
And rolleth in his herte to and fro. [ 1313]
How he may best discryuen hire his wo.
And to Criseyde his owen lady deere.
He wrot right thus and seyde as ȝe may here. [ 1316]
Page  276(189) (Troilus's Letter to Criseyde)
Right fresshe floure whos I ben haue and shal. [ 1317]
withouten parte of elleswhere seruyse. *. [litera Troili]
with herte body lif lust thought and al.
I. woful wyght in euerich humble wise. [ 1320]
That tonge telle or herte may deuyse.
As ofte as matere occupieth place.
Me recomaunde vnto ȝoure noble grace. [ 1323]
(190)
Liketh ȝow to witen swete herte. [fol. 140b] [ 1324]
As ȝe wel knowe how longe tyme agon.
That ȝe me lefte in aspre peynes smerte.
whan that ȝe wente of which boot non. [ 1327]
Haue I non had but euere wors bigon.
ffro day to day am I and so mot dwelle.
while it ȝow list of wel and wo my welle. [ 1330]
(191)
ffor which to ȝow with dredful herte trewe. [ 1331]
I write as he that sorwe drifth to write.
My wo that euerich houre encresseth newe.
Compleynyng as I dar er kan endite. [ 1334]
And that defaced is that may ȝe wite.
The teris whiche that fro myn eyen reyne.
That wolden speke if that they koude and pleyne. [ 1337]
(192)
Ȝow first biseche .I. that ȝoure eyen clere. [ 1338]
To loke on this defouled ȝe nat holde.
And ouere al this that ȝe my lady deere.
Wol vouchesauf this lettre to byholde. [ 1341]
And by the cause ek of my cares colde.
That sleth my wit if aught amys masterte.
fforȝeue it me myn owen swete herte. [ 1344]
Page  277(193) (Troilus's Letter to Criseyde, continued)
If any seruant dorst or oughte of right. [ 1315]
Upon his lady pitously compleyne.
Thanne wene .I. that ich oughte be that wight.
Considered this that ȝe thise monthes tweyne. [ 1348]
Han taried ther ȝe seyden soth to seyne.
But dayes ten ȝe nolde in oost soiourne.
But in two monthes ȝet ȝe nat retourne. [ 1351]
(194)
But for as muche as me moot nedes like. [ 1352]
Al that ȝow liste I dar nat pleyne moore.
But humbly with sorwful sikes sike.
Ȝow write ich myn vnresty sorwes soore. [ 1355]
ffro day to day desiryng euere moore.
To knowen fully if ȝoure wille it weere.
How ȝe han ferde and don while ȝe be theere. [ 1358]
(195)
The whos welfare and hele ek god encresse. [fol. 111a] [ 1359]
In honour swich that vpward in degree.
It grewe alwey so that it neuere cesse.
Right as ȝoure herte ay kan my lady free. [ 1362]
Deuyse I prey to god so moot it be.
And graunte it that ȝe soone vpon me rewe.
As wisly as in al I am ȝow trewe. [ 1365]
(196)
And if ȝow liketh knowen of the fare. [ 1366]
Of me. whos wo ther may no wit discryne.
I. kan namore but chiste of euery care.
At wrytyng of this lettre I was on lyue. [ 1369]
Al redy out my woful gost to dryue.
which I delaye and holde hym ȝet in honde.
Upon the sighte of matere of ȝoure sonde. [ 1372]
Page  278(197) (Troilus's Letter continued)
Myn eyen two in weyn with which .I se. [ 1373]
Of sorwful teris salte arn waxen welles.
My songe in pleynte of myn aduersitee.
My god in harm myn ese ek woxen helle is. [ 1376]
My Ioie in wo I kan sey ȝow naught ellis.
But torned is for which my lif I warie.
Eueriche Ioie or ese in his contrarie. [ 1379]
(198)
Which with ȝoure commyng home aȝeyn to Troie. [ 1380]
Ȝe may redresse and more a thousand sithe.
Than euere ich hadde encressen in me Ioie.
ffor was ther neuere herte ȝet so blithe. [ 1383]
To han his lif as I shal ben as swithe.
As I ȝow se and though no manere routhe.
Commeue ȝow ȝet thynketh on ȝoure trouthe. [ 1386]
(199)
And if so be my gilt hath deth deserued. [ 1387]
Or if ȝow list namore vpon me se.
In guerdoun ȝet of that I haue ȝow serued.
Byseche I ȝow myn owen lady free. [ 1390]
That herevpon ȝe wolden write me.
ffor loue of god my right lode sterre.
There deth may make an ende of al my werre. [ 1393]
(200)
If other cause aught doth ȝow for to dwelle. [fol. 141b] [ 1394]
That with ȝoure lettre ȝe me recomforte.
ffor though to me ȝoure absence is an helle.
with pacience I wol my wo comporte. [ 1397]
And with ȝoure lettre of hope I wol desporte.
Now writeth swete and lat me thus nat pleyne.
with hope or deth deliuereth me fro peyne. [ 1400]
Page  279(201) (Troilus's Letter continued)
Iwis myne owene deere herte trewe. [ 1401]
I woot that whan ȝe next vpon me se.
So loste haue I myn hele and ek myn hewe.
Criseyde shal nought konne knowen me. [ 1404]
Iwys myn hertes day my lady free.
So thursteth ay myn herte to byholde.
Ȝoure beute that my lif vnnethe I holde. [ 1407]
(202)
I say namore al haue .I. for to seye. [ 1408]
To ȝow wel more than I telle may.
But wheither that ȝe do me lyue or deye.
Ȝet praye I god so ȝeue ȝow right good day. [ 1411]
And fareth wel goodly faire fresshe may.
As ȝe that lif or dethe 1. [[an erasure here.]] may me comande.
And to ȝoure trouthe ay me recomande. [ 1414]
(203)
With hele swich that but ȝe ȝeuen me. [ 1415]
The same hele I shal none hele haue.
In ȝow lith whan ȝow liste that it so be.
The day in which me clothen shal my graue. [ 1418]
In in ȝow my lif in ȝow myght for to saue.
Me fro disese of alle peynes smerte.
And far now wel myn owen swete herte. [ 1421]
le vostre T.
[Letter ends.]
(204)
This lettre forth was sent vnto Criseyde. [ 1422]
Of which hire answere in effect was this.
fful pitously she wroot aȝeyn and seyde.
That also sone as that she myghte ywys. [ 1425]
She wolde come and mende al that was mys.
And fynaly she wroot and seyde hym thenne.
She wolde come ȝe but she nyst whenne. [ 1428]
Page  280(205)
But in hire lettre made she swich festes. [fol. 142a] [ 1429]
That wonder was and swerth she loueth hym beste.
Of which he fonde but botmeles bihestes.
But Troilus thow maist now est or west. [ 1432]
Pipe in an Iuy lef if that the lest.
Thus goth the world god shilde vs fro meschaunce.
And euery wight that meneth trouthe auaunce. [ 1435]
(206)
Encressen gan the wo fro day to nyght. [ 1436]
Of Troilus for tarying of Criseyde.
And lessen gan his hope and ek his myght.
ffor which al down he in his bed hym leyde. [ 1439]
He ne eet ne dronk ne slep 1. [MS. sleple] ne worde seyde.
Ymagynyng ay that she was vnkynde.
ffor which wel neigh he wex out of his mynde. [ 1442]
(207)
This dreme of which .I. tolde haue ek byforn. [ 1443]
May neuere come out of his remembraunce.
He thought ay wel he hadde his lady lorn.
And that Ioues of his purueyaunce. [ 1446]
Hym shewed hadde in slepe the signifiaunce.
Of hire vntrouthe and his disauenture.
And that the boor was shewed hym in figure. [ 1449]
(208)
ffor which he for Sibille his suster sente. [ 1450]
That called was Cassandre ek al aboute.
And al his dreme he tolde hire er he stente.
And hire bisoughte assoilen hym the doute. [ 1453]
Of the stronge boor with tuskes stoute.
And fynaly withInne a litel stounde.
Cassandre hym gan right thus his dreme expounde. [ 1456]
Page  281(209)
She gan first smyle and seyde o brother deere. [ 1457]
If thow a soth of this desirest knowe.
Thow most a fewe of olde stories heere.
To purpos how that fortune ouerthrowe. [ 1460]
Hath lordes olde thorugh which withInne a throwe.
Thow wel this boor shalt knowe and of what kynde.
He comen is as men in bokes fynde. [ 1463]
(210)
Diane which that wroth was and in Ire. [fol. 142b] [ 1464]
ffor grekis nolde don hire sacrifice.
Ne encens vpon hire auter sette afire.
She for that grekis gonne hire so despise. [ 1467]
wrak hire in a wonder cruel wise.
ffor with a boor as grete as ox in stalle.
She made vp frete hire cornes and vynes alle. [ 1470]
(211)
To sle this boor was al the contre raysed. [ 1471]
Amonge which ther come this boor to se.
A mayde oon of this world the beste ypreysed.
And Meleagre lord of that contree. [ 1474]
He loued so this fresshe mayden free.
That with his manhod er he wolde stente.
This boor he slough and hire the hed he sente. [ 1477]
(212)
Of which as olde bokes tellen vs. [ 1478]
Ther ros a contek and a grete enuye.
And of this lord descended Tideus.
By ligne or ellis olde bookes lye. [ 1481]
But how this Meleagre gan to dye.
Thorugh his moder wol I naught telle.
ffor al to longe it were to dwelle. [ 1484]
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She tolde ek how Tideus er she stente. [ 1485]
Unto the stronge Citee of Thebes.
To cleymen kyngdome of the Citee wente.
ffor his felaw daun Polymytes. [ 1488]
Of which the brother daun Ethiocles.
fful wrongfully of Thebes held the strengthe.
This tolde she by processe al by lengthe. [ 1491]
(214)
She tolde ek how Hemonydes asterte. [ 1492]
whan Tideus slough fifty knyghtes stoute.
She tolde ek alle the prophecyes by herte.
And how that seuen kynges with hire route. [ 1495]
Bysegeden the Citee al aboute.
And of the holy Serpent and the welle.
And of the furies al she gan hym telle. [ 1498]
[Argument of the 12 Books of Statius's Thebais.]
Associat profugum Tideo primus polymytem. [fol. 143a]
Tidea legatum docet Insidias-que secundus.
Tercius hemoduden canit et vates latitantes.
Quartus habet Reges Ineuntes prelia septem.
Mox furie lenne quinto narratur et anguis. 1. [MS. aguis]
Archymory bustum sexto ludique leguntur.
Dat Grayos Thebes et vatem septimus vmbris.
Octauo cecidit Tideus spes vita pelasgis.
Ypomedon nono moritur cum Parthonopea.
ffulmine percussus. decimo Capaneus superatur.
Undecimo sese perimunt per vulnera fratres.
Argiua flentem narrat duodenus et ignem.
Page  283(215)
Of Archymoris burying and the pleyes. [ 1499]
And how Amphiorax fil thorugh the grounde.
How Tideus was sleyn lord of Argeyes.
And how ypomedoun a litel stounde. [ 1502]
was dreynt and dede Parthonope of wownde.
And also how Capaneus the proude.
with thonder dynt was slayn that cride loude. [ 1505]
(216)
She gan ek telle hym how that eyther brother. [ 1506]
Ethiocles and polymyte also.
At a scarmuche ech of hem slough othere.
And of argyues wepynge and hire wo. [ 1509]
And how the town was brent she tolde ek tho.
And so descendeth down from gestes olde.
To Diomede and thus she spak and tolde. [ 1512]
(217)
This ilke boor bitokneth Diomede. [ 1513]
Tideus sone that down descended is.
ffro Meleagre that made the boor to blede.
And thy lady wherso she be ywis. [ 1516]
This Diomede hire herte hathe and she his.
wepe if thow wolt or lef for out of doute.
This Diomede is Inne and thow art oute. [ 1519]
(218)
Thow seyst nat soth quod he thow sorceresse. [fol. 143b] [ 1520]
with al thy fals goost of prophecye.
Thow wenest ben a grete deuyneresse.
Now sestow nat this fool of fantasie. [ 1523]
Peyneth hire on ladys for to lye.
Awey quod he ther Ioues ȝeue the sorwe.
Thow shalte be fals peraunter ȝet to morwe. [ 1526]
Page  284(219)
As wel thow myghtest lien on alceste. [ 1527]
That was of creatures but men lye.
That euere weren kyndest and the beste.
ffor whan hire housbonde was in Iupertye. [ 1530]
To dye hym self but if she wolde dye.
She ches for hym to dye and gon to helle.
And starf anon as vs the bokes telle. [ 1533]
(220)
Cassandre goth and he with cruel herte. [ 1534]
fforȝat his wo for angre of hire speche.
And from his bedde al sodeynly he sterte.
As though al hool hym hadde ymad aleche. [ 1537]
And day by day he gan enquere and seche.
A sooth of this with al his ful cure.
And thus he drieth forth his auenture. [ 1540]
(221)
ffortune which that permutacioun. [ 1541]
Of thynges hath as it is hire comitted.
Thorugh purueyaunce and disposicioun.
Of heigh Ioue as regnes shal be flitted. [ 1544]
ffro folk in folk ar when they shal be smytted.
Gan pulle awey the fetheres brighte of Troie.
ffro day to day til they ben bare of Ioie. [ 1547]
(222)
Among al this the fyn of the Parodie. [ 1548]
Of Ector gan aprochen wonder blyue.
The fate wolde his soule sholde vnbodye.
And shapen hadde a mene it out to dryue. [ 1551]
Aȝeyns which fate hym helpeth nat to stryue.
But on a day to fighten gan he wende.
At which allas he caught his lyues ende. [ 1554]
Page  285(223)
ffor whiche me thynketh euery manere wight. [fol. 144a] [ 1555]
That haunteth armes oughte to biwaille.
The deth of hym that was so noble a knyght.
ffor as he drough a kyng by thauentaille. [ 1558]
Unwar of this Achilles thorugh the maille.
And thorugh the body gan hym for to ryue.
And thus the worthi knyght was brought of lyue. [ 1561]
(224)
ffor whom as holde bokes tellen vs. [ 1562]
was made swich wo that tonge it may nat telle.
And namely the sorwe of Troilus.
That next hym was of worthynesse welle. [ 1565]
And in this wo gan Troilus to dwelle.
That what for sorwe and loue and vnreste.
fful ofte a day he bad his herte breste. [ 1568]
(225)
But natheles though he gan hym dispaire. [ 1569]
And dradde ay that his lady was vntrewe.
Ȝet ay on hire his herte gan repaire.
And as thise loueres don he soughte ay newe. [ 1572]
To gete aȝeyn Criseyde brighte of hewe.
And in his herte he wente hire excusyng.
That Calkas caused al hire tariyng. [ 1575]
(226)
And ofte tyme he was in purpos grete. [ 1576]
Hymself like a Pilgrym to desgise.
To seen hire but he may nat contrefete.
To ben vnknowen of folk that weren wise. [ 1579]
Ne fynde excuse aright that may suffise.
If he amonge the grekis knowen were.
ffor which he wep ful ofte and many a tere. [ 1582]
Page  286(227)
To hire he wroot ȝet ofte tyme al newe. [ 1583]
fful pitously he lefte it nought for slouthe.
Bisechyng hire syn that he was trewe.
That she wol come aȝeyn and holde hire trouthe. [ 1586]
ffor which Criseyde vpon a day for routhe.
I take it so touchyng this matere.
wrote hym aȝeyn and seyde as ȝe may here. [ 1589]
(228) (Criseyde's Letter to Troilus)
Cupides sone ensample of goodly heede. [fol. 144b] [ 1590]
O. swerde of knyghthode sours of gentilesse. *. [litera Criseyde]
How myght a wight in torment and in drede.
And heleles ȝow sende as ȝet gladnesse. [ 1593]
I herteles .I. sik I in destresse.
Syn ȝe with me nor I with ȝow may dele.
Ȝow neyther sende ich herte may nor hele. [ 1596]
(229)
Ȝoure lettres ful the papir al ypleynted. [ 1597]
Conceyued hath myn hertes pietee.
I haue ek seyn with teris al depeynted.
Ȝoure lettre and how that ȝe requeren me. [ 1600]
To come aȝeyn which ȝet ne may nat be.
But whi list that this lettre founden were.
No mencioun ne make I now for feere. [ 1603]
(230)
Greuouse to me god woot is ȝoure vnreste. [ 1604]
Ȝoure haste and that the goddes ordinaunce.
It semeth nat ȝe take it for the beste.
Nor other thyng nys in ȝoure remembraunce. [ 1607]
As thynketh me but only ȝoure plesaunce.
But beth nat wroth and that I ȝow biseche.
ffor that I tarie is al for wikked speche. [ 1610]
Page  287(231) (Criseyde's Letter continued)
ffor I haue herde wel moore than I wende. [fol. 145a] [ 1611]
Touchyng vs two how thynges han ystonde.
which I shal with dissymelyng amende.
And beth nat wroth I haue ek vnderstonde. [ 1614]
How ȝe ne do but holden me in honde.
But now no force I kan nat in ȝow gesse.
But al trouthe and 1. [MS. and and] alle gentilesse. [ 1617]
(232)
Come I wole but ȝet in swich disioynte. [ 1618]
I stonde as now that what ȝer or what day.
That this shal be that kan I naught apoynte.
But in effecte I pray ȝow as I may. [ 1621]
Of ȝoure good word and of ȝoure frendship ay.
ffor trewely while that my lif may dure.
As for a frend ȝe may in me assure. [ 1624]
(233)
Ȝet preye ich ȝow an yuel ȝe ne take. [ 1625]
That it is short which that I to ȝow write.
I dar nat ther I am wel lettres make.
Ne neuere ȝet koude I wel endite. [ 1628]
Ek grete effect men write in place lite.
Thentente is al and nat lettres space.
And fareth now wel god haue ȝow in his grace [ 1631]
[Letter ends.]
(234)
This Troilus this lettre thoughte al straunge. [fol. 145b] [ 1632]
whan he it saugh and sorwfullich he sighte.
Hym thoughte it lik a kalendes of chaunge.
But fynaly he ful ne trowen myghte. [ 1635]
That she ne wolde hym holden that she hyghte.
For with ful yuel wille list hym to leue.
That loueth wel in swiche cas though hym greue. [ 1638]
Page  288(235)
But natheles men seyen that at the laste. [ 1639]
ffor any thyng men shal the sooth se.
And swich a cas bitidde and as faste.
That Troilus wel vnderstode that she. [ 1642]
Nas nought so kynde as that hire oughte be.
And fynaly he woot now out of doute.
That al is lost that he hath ben aboute. [ 1645]
(236)
Stood on a day in his malencolie. [ 1646]
This Troilus and in suspecioun.
Of hire for whom he wende for to dye.
And so bifel that thorughoute Troye town. [ 1649]
As was the gise Iborn was vp and down.
A manere cote armure as seith the storie.
Byforn Deiphebe in signe of his victorie. [ 1652]
(237)
The whiche cote as telleth Lollius. [fol. 146a] [ 1653]
Deiphebe it hadde rent fro Diomede.
The same day and whan this Troilus.
It saugh he gan to taken of it hede. [ 1656]
Auysyng of the lengthe and of the brede.
And al the werk but as he gan byholde.
fful sodeynly his herte gan to colde. [ 1659]
(238)
As he that on the coler fonde withInne. [ 1660]
A broche that he Criseyde ȝat that morwe.
That she from Troie moste nedes twynne.
In remembraunce of hym and of his sorwe. [ 1663]
And she hym leyde aȝeyn hire feith to borwe.
To kepe it ay but now ful wel he wiste.
His lady nas no lenger on to triste. [ 1666]
Page  289(239)
He goth hym home and gan ful soone sende. [ 1667]
ffor Pandarus and al this newe chaunce.
And of this broche he tolde hym worde and ende.
Compleynyng of hire hertes variaunce. [ 1670]
His longe loue his trouthe and his penaunce.
And after deth withouten wordes moore.
fful faste he cride his reste hym to restore. [ 1673]
(240)
Than spak he thus .o. lady my Criseyde. [ 1674]
where is ȝoure feith and where is ȝoure biheste.
where is ȝoure loue where is ȝoure trouthe he seyde.
Of Diomede haue ȝe now al this feeste. [ 1677]
Allas I wolde han trowed atte leeste.
That syn ȝe nolde in trouthe to me stonde.
That ȝe thus nolde han holden me in honde. [ 1680]
(241)
Who shal now trowe on any othes mo. [ 1681]
Allas I neuere wolde han wende er this.
That ȝe Criseyde koude han chaunged so.
Ne but I hadde agilt and don amys. [ 1684]
So cruel wende I nought ȝoure herte ywis.
To sle me thus allas ȝoure name of trouthe.
Is now fordon and that is al my routhe. [ 1687]
(242)
Was ther non other broche ȝow liste lete. [fol. 116b] [ 1688]
To feffe with ȝoure newe loue quod he.
But thilk broch that I with teris wete.
Ȝow ȝaf as for a remembraunce of me. [ 1691]
Non other cause allas ne hadde ȝe.
But for despit and ek for that ȝe mente.
Al outrely to shewen ȝoure entente. [ 1694]
Page  290(243)
Thorugh which I se that clene out of ȝoure mynde. [ 1695]
Ȝe han me caste and I ne kan nor may.
ffor al this world 1. [MS. word] withInne myn herte fynde.
To vnlouen ȝow a quarter of a day. [ 1698]
In corsed tyme I born was weilaway.
That ȝow that doon me al this wo endure.
Ȝet loue I beste of any creature. [ 1701]
(244)
Now god quod he me sende ȝet the grace. [ 1702]
That I may meten with this Diomede.
And trewely if I haue myght and space.
Ȝet shal I make I hope his sydes blede. [ 1705]
O god quod he that oughtest taken heede.
To fortheren trouthe and wronges to punyce.
whi nyltow don a vengeaunce of this vice. [ 1708]
(245)
O Pandarus that in dremes forto triste. [ 1709]
Me blamed haste and wont art oft vpbreyde.
Now maistow se thiself if that the liste.
How trewe is now thi Nece brighte Criseyde. [ 1712]
In sondry formes god it woot he seyde.
The goddes shewen bothe Ioie and tene.
In slepe and by my dreme it is now sene. [ 1715]
(246)
And certeynly withouten moore speche. [ 1716]
ffrom hennesforth as ferforth as I may.
Myn owen deth in armes wol I seche.
I recche nat how soone be the day. [ 1719]
But trewely Criseyde swete may.
whom I haue ay with al my myghte yserued.
That ȝe thus doon I haue it nat deserued. [ 1722]
Page  291(247)
This Pandarus that al thise thynges herde. [fol. 147a] [ 1723]
And wiste wel he seyde a sothe of this.
He nought a word aȝeyn to hym answerde.
ffor sory of his frende sorwe he is. [ 1726]
And shamed for his Nece hath don amys.
And stante astoned of thise causes tweye.
As stille as ston a word ne kowde he seye. [ 1729]
(248)
But at the laste thus he spak and seyde. [ 1730]
My brother deer I may do the namore.
what sholde I seyen I hate ywys Criseyde.
And god woot I wol hate hire euermore. [ 1733]
And that thow me bisoughtest don of ȝoore.
Hauyng vnto myn honour ne my reste.
Right no rewarde I dide al that the liste. [ 1736]
(249)
If .I. dide aught that myghte liken the. [ 1737]
It is me lief and of this tresoun now.
God woot that it a sorwe is vnto me.
And dredeles for hertes ese of ȝow. [ 1740]
Right fayn I wolde amende it wiste I how.
And fro this world almyghty god I preye.
Deliuere hire soon .I. kan namore seye. [ 1743]
(250)
Grete was the sorwe and pleynte of Troilus. [ 1744]
But forth hire cours fortune ay gan to holde.
Criseyde loueth the sone of Tideus.
And Troilus moot wepe in cares colde. [ 1747]
Swich is this world who so it kan byholde.
In ech estat is litel hertes reste.
God leue vs for to take it for the beste. [ 1750]
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In many cruel bataille oute of drede. [ 1751]
Of Troilus this ilke noble knyght.
As men may in this olde bokes rede.
was seen his knyghtehode and his grete myghte. [ 1754]
And dredeles his Ire day and nyghte.
fful cruwely the grekis ay aboughte.
And alwey moost this Diomede he soughte. [ 1757]
(252)
And ofte tyme I fynde that they mette. [fol. 147b] [ 1758]
with blody strokes and with wordes grete.
Assayinge how hire speres weren whette.
And god it woot with many a cruel hete. [ 1761]
Gan Troilus vpon his helm to bete.
But natheles fortune it naught no wolde.
Of oothers honde that eyther deyen sholde. [ 1764]
(253)
And if I hadde ytaken for to write. [ 1765]
The armes of this ilke worthi man.
Than wolde ich of his batailles endite.
But for that I to writen first bigan. [ 1768]
Of his loue I haue seyde as I kan.
Hise worthi dedes whoso list hem heere.
Rede dares he kan telle hem alle Ifeere. [ 1771]
(254)
Bysechyng euery lady bright of hewe. [fol. 148a] [ 1772]
And euery gentil womman what she be.
That al be that Criseyde was vntrewe.
That for that gilte she be nat wrothe with me. [ 1775]
Ȝe may hire giltes in other bokes se.
And gladlier .I. wol write if ȝow leste.
Penolopes trouthe and good alceste. [ 1778]
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Ne sey nat this al oonly for thise men. [ 1779]
But moost for wommen that bitraised be.
Thorugh fals folk god ȝeue hem sorwe amen.
That with hire grete and sublilite. 1. [sic] [ 1782]
Bytraise ȝow and this commeueth me.
To speke and in effect ȝow alle I preye.
Beth war of men and herkneth what I seye. [ 1785]
(256)
Go litel boke go litel myn tregedye. [ 1786]
Ther god thi makere ȝet er that he dye.
So sende myght to make in some comedye.
But litel book no makyng thow nenvie. [ 1789]
But subgit be to alle Poyesye.
And kis the steppes where as thow seest space.
Uirgile . Ouide . Omer . Lucan . and Stace. [ 1792]
(257)
And for ther is so grete diuersite. [ 1793]
In Englissh and in writyng of oure tonge.
So prey I to god that non myswrite the.
Ne the this mysmetre for defaute of tonge. [ 1796]
And red wherso ȝow be or elles songe.
That thow be vnderstonde god biseche.
But ȝet to purpos of my rather speche. [ 1799]
(258)
The wrath as I bigan ȝow for to seye. [ 1800]
Of Troilus the grekis boughten deere.
For thousandes hise hondes maden deye.
As he that was withouten any peere. [ 1803]
Saue Ector in his tyme as I kan heere.
But weilawey saue only goddes wille.
Despitously hym slough the fierse Achille. [ 1806]
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And whan that he was slayn in this manere. [fol. 118b] [ 1807]
His lighte goost ful blisfully is went.
Up to the holughnesse of the seuenthe spere.
In conuers letyng euerich element. [ 1810]
And ther he saugh with ful auysement.
The erratik sterres herkenyng armonye.
with sownes ful of heuenyssh melodie. [ 1813]
(260)
And down from thennes faste he gan auyse. [ 1814]
This litel spot of erthe that with the se.
Embraced is and fully gan despise.
This wrecched world and held al vanite. [ 1817]
To respect of the pleyn felicite.
That is in heuene aboue and at the laste.
Ther he was slayn his lokyng down he caste. [ 1820]
(261)
And in hymself he lough right at the wo. [ 1821]
Of hem that wepten for his deth so faste.
And dampned al oure werk that foloweth so.
The blynde lust the which that may nat laste. [ 1824]
And sholden al oure herte on heuen caste.
And forth he wente shortly for to telle.
Ther as Mercurye sorted hym to dwelle. [ 1827]
(262)
Swich fyn hath lo this Troilus for loue. [ 1828]
Swiche fyn hath al his grete worthynesse.
Swiche fyn hath his estat real aboue.
Swich fyn his lust swich fyn hath his noblesse. [ 1831]
Swych fyn hath false worldes brotelnesse.
And thus bigan his louyng of Criseyde.
As I haue told and in this wise he deyde. [ 1834]
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[BOOK V.]

(1) (Proem: as the last Stanza of Book IV.)
AProchen̄ gan̄ / the face of destyne [lf. 48] *. [[Teseide IX. i.]]
That Iovys hath / in disposicion̄
And to you Angry / parcas Sustren̄ thre
Commytted to doon execucion̄ [ 4]
For wych Creseyde / mote oute of the tovn̄
And Troilus shal dwelle forthe in peyne
Tyl lathesys hys threde / no lenger twyne [ 7]
Explicit .ij.da pars .V.ti Libri.
(2) (The Story)
THe goldetressed Phebus Hyght on̄ lofte *. [[Teseide II. i.]] [ 8]
Thryes hade / al wyth hys bemes clere
The snowes molte / And Ziphirus as ofte
I-brought a-yen̄ / the tendre leues grene [ 11]
Syn̄ that the sone / of Ecuba the quene
Began loue hir first / for whom̄ hys sorowe
was al that she depart shulde on̄ morowe [ 14]
(3)
Ful Redy was at pryme dyomede [ 15]
Creseide vnto / the grekys hooste to lede
For sorow of wych / she felt hir hert blede
As she that nyst / what was best to Rede [ 18]
And trewly as men̄ in bokes Rede
Men wist neuer woman̄ haue the care
Ne was so lothe / oute of the tovn̄ to fare [ 21]
(4)
Thys Troylus wyth-oute Rede or lore [ 22]
As man̄ that hath / hys Ioyes eke for-lore
was waityng on̄ / hys lady euermore
As she that was / sothfaste Rote and more [ 25]
Of al hys lust / Ioyes eke byfore
But Troilus farwel / now al thy ioye
For shalt thou neuer see hyr efte in Troye [ 28]
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Sothe is whyle he abode in thys manere [ 29]
he gan̄ hys woo / ful manly for to hide
That wel vnneth hit seen̄ was in hys chere
But at the yate / there she shulde oute Ryde [ 32]
wyth certein folk / he houed hir to abide
Soo woobegon̄ / al wolde hym not pleyne
Than on̄ hys hors / vnnethe he sate for peyne [ 35]
(6)
For Ire he quoke / so gan̄ hys hert to gnawe [ 36]
whan̄ Diomede / on̄ hors gan̄ hir distresse
And seide vnto / hym-self thys Ilke sawe
Allas quod he / thus foule a wrecchedinesse [ 39]
Why souffre I hit / why nyl not I hit Redresse
Were it not bette / at onys for to dye
Than̄ euermore / in langour thus to drye [ 42]
(7)
Why nyl I make it / onys Ryche or poure [ 43]
To haue ynogh / to doon̄ or that she goo
why nyl I bringe / al Troye vpon̄ a Rore
Why nyl I slee / thys Dyomede also [ 46]
Why nyl I Rather wyth a man̄ or twoo
Stele hyr awey / why wyl I thus endure
Why nyl I helpe / to myn̄ one cure [ 49]
(8)
But Why he nolde / doo so felle a dede [leaf 48, back] [ 50]
That shal I seyn̄ / and why hym lyst spare
he hade in hert alway a maner drede
lest that Creseide / in Rumour of thys fare [ 53]
Shulde haue be slayn̄ / loo thys was of hys care
And elles certeine as I seyde yore
he hade hit doon̄ / wythoute wordes more [ 56]
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CReseyde whan̄ that / she was Redy to Ryde [ 57]
Ful sorowfully she syght and seyde allas
But forthe she moste / for aught that may betyde
And forthe she went / ryght sobrely a pas [ 60]
Ther is non̄ other Remedy in thy cas
what wonder is / thogh she sore smerte
whan she forgoth / hir one dere herte [ 63]
(10)
Thys Troilus in wise of curtesie [ 64]
wyth hauke on̄ honde / and with a huge Route
Of knygħtes Rode / and did hir companye
Passing Al the wey / fer wyth-oute [ 67]
And further wolde / haue Ryden̄ oute of doute
Ful fayn̄ / and woo was hym to goo so soone
But turne he muste / and eke it was to doone [ 70]
(11)
And Ryght wyth [that] was Antenor I-come [ 71]
Oute of the grekys hoste / and euery wygħt
was of it glade / And seide he was welcome
And Troilus / al ner his hert lyght [ 74]
he peyned hym / wyth al is ful myght
Hym to wyth-olde / fro weping At the leste
And Antenor he kyssed and made feste [ 77]
(12)
And herwythaule / he muste hys leue take [ 78]
And caste hys eye / vpon̄ hyr pitously
And ner he Rode / and gan̄ hym cause make
To take hyr by the hande / al sobrely [ 81]
And lorde soo she can̄ wepe tendrely
And he ful softe / and slyghly gan̄ hir seye
Now holde your day / and doo me not to deye [ 84]
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Wyth thys hys courser / tourned he A-boute [ 85]
with face pale / And vnto Dyomede
No worde he spake / ne non̄ of al hys Route
Of wych the sone of Thydeus toke hede [ 88]
As he that cowde / more than the crede
I swych a crafte / And by the Reyne hir hente
And Troilus homward / to Troye wente [ 91]
(14)
Thys Dyomede that ladde hyr by the brydyl [ 92]
whan that he saught / the folke of Troye away
Thought al my labour / shal not ben̄ in Idel
yf that I may / for somwhat shal I say [ 95]
For At the worst / it may hit short your way
And eke I haue / herde sey tymes twelue
he is A foule / that ay foryeteth hym-selue [ 98]
(15)
But nathlees thys thought he wele ynogħ [ 99]
That certainly / I am but noght
yif that I speke of loue / or make it tough
For douteles yf she haue / in hir thought [ 102]
hym that I gesse / he may not be wrought
So soone Away / but I shal fynde a meen̄
That she nat wit / As yit shal what I meen̄ [ 105]
(16)
Thys Dyomede / as he that cowde hys gode [ 106]
whan tyme was / gan̄ falle forthe in speche
Of thys and that / and axed why she stode
I swyche disese / and gan̄ hir eke beseche [ 109]
That yf that he / encrecen̄ myght or ecche
wyth any thinge / hir ese ande that she wolde
Comande it hym / and seide he doon̄ it wolde [ 112]
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For truly he seyde / And swore hir As A knyght [leaf 49] [ 113]
That ther nas thing / with wych he myght hir plese
That he nyl doon̄ his hert and al his myght
To doon̄ it for to doon̄ hir hert an ese [ 116]
And preyd hir she wolde / hir hert Appese
And seyd ywys / we grekys can̄ haue Ioye
To honour you / as wel as folk of Troye [ 119]
(18)
he seyde eke thus / I wote ye thinke straunge [ 120]
No wonder is / for that is you newe
Thacquayntance of thys Troians to chaunge
For folke of grece / that yit ye neuer knewe [ 123]
But wolde neuer gode / but yif as trewe
A greke a-monge / vs alle ye shulde fynde
As Any Troyan / is and eke as kynde [ 126]
(19)
And by that cause / I swere you Ryght loo now [ 127]
To bee your frynde / and helping to my myght
And for that more / Acquayntance eke of you
haue I hade / than A-nother straunge wyght [ 130]
So fro thys / forth / I pray you day and nyght
Commandeth me how sore that it me smerte
To doon̄ al that / that may lyke to your herte [ 133]
(20)
And that ye me wolde / as your brother trete [ 134]
And takyth not my frensschyp in despite
And though your sorowes / ben̄ for causes grete
Ne wote I not why / but oute of more Respite [ 137]
Myn̄ hert hath tamende it / grete delite
And yf I may / your harmes not Redresse
Than am I sory / for your hevinesse [ 140]
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For though the Troyans / with vs grekys wrothe [ 141]
haue ben̄ many day / alwey yit pardee
O gode of love / in sothe we serven̄ bothe
And for the loue [of] gode my lady free [ 144]
whom soo ye hate / and bethe not wrothe with me
For truly ther can̄ no wyght you serue
That halfe soo lothe / youre wrouthe wolde deserue [ 147]
(22)
And ner it that / we ben̄ so nygħ the tente [ 148]
Of Calcas wych that seyn̄ vs bothe may
I wolde you telle of thys al myn̄ entente
But that enseelled / til a noither day [ 151]
yefe me your hande / I haue and shal ben̄ ay
Gode helpe me soo / while that my lyfe may dure
your owne / abouen̄ any creature [ 154]
(23)
Thys seyde I neuer / or now to woman̄ born̄ [ 155]
For gode myn̄ herte / as / wysly glade soo
I loued neuer woman̄ herbeforn̄
As paramoures / ne neuer shal no moo [ 158]
And for the loue of gode / beth not my foo
Al can̄ I not to you my lady dere
Compleyne a-Ryght for I am yit to lere [ 161]
(24)
And wondryth not 1. [[not overlined later.]] my lady bryght [ 162]
Thogh that I speke of loue / to you thus blyue
For I haue herd / or thys many a wyght
hath loued thing / he neuer saw hys lyue [ 165]
Nor I am not a power for to stryue
A-yenst the gode / of loue but hym to obeye
I wolde alwey / and mercy I you preye [ 168]
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Ther ben̄ so worthy / knyghtes in thys place [ 169]
And ye so faire / that euerich of hem̄ alle
wole peyne hym̄ to stonde in youre grace
But myght me so faire a grace be-falle [ 172]
That ye me for your servant wolde calle
So lowly ne so trewly you to serue
Nyl noon̄ of hem / as I shal tyl I sterue [ 175]
(26)
CReseide vnto that purpos lytel Answerde [leaf 49, back] [ 176]
As she that was / with sorow oppressed soo
That in effect / she nought hys tales herde
But here and there / now here A worde or twoo [ 179]
Hir thought hir sorowful hert / brast on̄ twoo
For whan̄ she gan̄ / hir fadres tent Aspie
whel nyghg dovn̄ / of hir hors she gan̄ to sye [ 182]
(27)
But nathlees / she thanked Dyomede [ 183]
Of al hys trauaille / and hys gode chere
And that hym lyst / hys frendchippe hir to bede
And she Accepted hit in gode manere [ 186]
And wil doo fayn̄ / that hym ys leue an dere
And trusten̄ hym / she wolde for wel she myght
As seide she / and from̄ hir hors shalyght [ 189]
(28)
Hir fadir hath hir / in his Arme nome [ 190]
And twenty tyme / he kyste his doughter swete
And seide O doughter dere / myn̄ welcome
She seide she was / glade with hym to mete [ 193]
And stode forth / mewet And mansuete
But here I leue hir / with hir fadyr dwelle
And forthe I wole / of Troilus you telle [ 196]
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To Troie is comen / wooful Troilus [ 197]
In sorow allone / And sorowes smerte
with felon̄ loke / and face dispotous
Tho sodenily / dovn̄ from his hors he sterte [ 200]
And thugh his paleys / with a folowen herte
To chaumbre went / of no wyght toke he hede
Ne noon̄ to hym / a worde dar speke for drede [ 203]
(30)
And there hys sorowes / that he spared hade [ 204]
He yaue hym yssue / large and dethe he cryede
And in this sorowes / frantyk and made
[Omitted in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]
He cursed teres / bachus and Cupide
hys birth hym selfe / hys face and eke nature
And saue hys lady / euery creature [ 210]
(31)
To bedde he gothe / and weylleth there and turneth [ 211]
In furye as dothe / the Tucius in helle
And he thys wyse / nygħ to day soiourneth
But tho began / hys hert a lite vnswelle [ 214]
Thurgh terys / wych that gan̄ vp to welle
And pitously he cryed vp-on̄ Creseide
And tyl hym-selfe Ryght thus he spake & seide [ 217]
(32)
Where is myn̄ one lady lief and dere [ 218]
where is here white / breste where is it where
where ben̄ hir Armes / And hir eyen̄ clere
That yesterday / thys tyme wyth me were [ 221]
Now may I wepe / allone many a tere
And graspe Aboute I may but in thys place
Saue a pilow / I can̄ not fynde tenbrace [ 224]
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[How schal I done when schal sche come a-yene [ 225]
I note allas why lett I. hir to goo *. [[Addit. MS. 12,044,]] [leaf 94]
As wolde god I had as þo ben slayne
O. herte myne Criseide O swete foo [ 228]
O lady myne þat I loue and no moo
To whome for euermore myne herte I dowe
See howe I deie ȝe me not rescowe] [ 231]
(34)
Whoo seyth you now my Ryghtfull lode-sterre [ 232]
why sitte Ryght now / or stant in your presence
who can̄ conforten̄ / now your hertis werre
Now I am goon̄ / whom̄ yeue ye Audience [ 235]
who speketh for me / Ryght now in myn Absence
Allas noo wyght / And that is al my care
For wel wote I / as euel as I ye fare [ 238]
(35)
How shulde I thus / ten dayes ful endure [ 239]
whan I the first nyght / haue al thys tene
How shal ye / eke sorowful creature
For tendrenesse / how shal ye eke sustene [ 242]
Such [wo] for me o pitous pale and grene
Shal be here fressh womanly face
For longgyng / or that she tourne in-to this place [ 245]
(36)
And whan he fel in Any slombrynges [leaf 50] [ 246]
A-non̄ bygynne / he shulde to grone
And dreme of dredfullest thinges
That myghten̄ / as mete her where allone [ 249]
In place orible / makyng ay thys mone
Or meten that / he was a-monges Alle
hys enemys / in hir hondes like to falle [ 252]
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And therwythalle / hys / body shulde sterte [ 253]
And with a sterte / al sodenily a-wake
And swych a tremour / falle aboute his herte
That wyth the drede / his hert shulde quake [ 256]
And therwythalle he shulde a noyse make
As thogh / he shulde falle depe
From hye on̄ lofte / And than̄ he wolde wepe [ 259]
(38)
And Rewen̄ on̄ hymself so pitously [ 260]
That wonder was / to here hys fantasie
A-nother tyme / he shulde mygħtily
Comfort hym selfe / and seyn̄ it was folye [ 263]
Soo causeles suche drede and woo to drye
And efte began̄ hys Aspres new
That euery wyght / myght on̄ hys sorewes Rewe [ 266]
(39)
Who cowde telle a-Ryght / or ful discryue [ 267]
hys who hys pleynt / his langour and his peyne
Not alle the folkis / that haue or ben̄ a-lyue
Thou Rather maist / thiself ful wel diuine [ 270]
That suche a woo / my witte can̄ not diffine
On̄ ydel to writte / yit shulde I swynke
Syn that my witte / is wery it to thinke [ 273]
(40)
On̄ heuen̄ yit / the sterres werre y-seen̄ [ 274]
Al-though ful pale / y-woxen̄ was the mone
And whiten̄ gan̄ / thorisent shene
Al estwarde / as it wont is to donne [ 277]
And phebus with / hys Rosy carte soone
Gan̄ afftyr that / to dressen̄ hym to fare
whan̄ Troilus hadde sente / after pandare [ 280]
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Thys Pandare that al the day beforn̄ [ 281]
Ne myght han comen̄ / Troilus to see
Al-though that he / on̄ his hede hade sworn̄
For wyth the kynge pryam al day was he [ 284]
Soo that it lay / not in his libertee
Now here to gon̄ / but on̄ the morow he wente
To troilus whan that he for hym sente [ 287]
(42)
For in his herte / he cowde wele diuine [ 288]
That Troilus al nyght / for sorow woke
And that he wolde / telle hym of hys pyne
Thys knewe he wele / ynogh with-oute boke [ 291]
For wycħ to chaumbre / streyght the weye he toke
And Troilus / ful sobrely he grete
And on̄ hys bedde / ful soone he gan̄ hym sette [ 294]
(43)
My pandare quod Troilus the sorow [ 295]
wych that I drye / may not longe endure
I trow I shal not / lyue vnto morow
For wych I wolde / alwey on̄ a-venture [ 298]
To the devisen̄ / of my sepulture
And of my moeble / the fourme thou dispone
Ryght as the semeth / best is for to doone [ 301]
(44)
But of the fire / and flame funeral [ 302]
I wyche my body / brennen shal to glede
And of the festes / and pleys palestrial
At my vigil / I prey the take gode hede [ 305]
That al be wele / and offre mars my stede
My swerde my helme / and leue brother dere
My shelde to Pallas / yeue that shyneth clere [ 308]
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The pouder in Wych my hert I-brent shal turne [lf. 50, bk.]
That prey I the / thou take and it conserue
In a vessel that men̄ / clepith an̄ vrne
Of golde / And to my lady that I serue [ 312]
For loue of whom / thus pitously I sterue
Soo yeue it hir / and Do me thus plesance
To prey hir to kepe / it for a Rememberance [ 315]
(46)
For wele I fele by my maladie [ 316]
And by my dremes now / and yore a-goo
That certeinly / I must nedles dye
The oule eke wych / that hyght Eschaphiloo [ 319]
hath aftyr me shryght / al this nyghtes twoo
And gode mercurie / of me wooful wreche
The soule gyde / And whan the lust it fecche [ 322]
(47)
Pandare Answerd / and seid Troilus [ 323]
My dere frende / as I haue tolde the yore
That it is folye / for to sorowen̄ thus
And causeles / for wych I can̄ nomore [ 326]
But who so nyl not / trowen̄ Rede ne lore
I can not seyn̄ / in hym no Remedie
But let hym worthen̄ / wyth his fantasie [ 329]
(48)
But Troilus I prey the telle me now [ 330]
yif thou trowe or thys / that ony wyght
haue loued paramoures / as wel as thou
Ye gode wote and fro many A worthy knyght [ 333]
hath his lady goon̄ a fourthynyght
And he not yit / made haluendel the fare
what cause hastow / to make al thys care [ 336]
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Syn day by day thou may thy-self see [ 337]
That from̄ hys loue / or elles from̄ hys wyfe
A man mote twynne / of necessite
Ye though he loue hir / as his one lyf [ 340]
Yit nyl he wyth hym self thus make stryfe
For wel thou woste / my leue brother dere
That alwey fryndys / may not be in fere [ 343]
(50)
How doon̄ thys folk that seen̄ hir loues wedded [ 344]
By fryndes myght / as it betyt ful ofte
And seen̄ hem̄ / in hir spouses bed I-beddede
Gode wote they take it / wysly fayr and softe [ 347]
Forwhy gode hope / holt vp hir hert on̄ lofte
And for they konne a tyme / of harde endure
A tyme hem hurt / a tyme doth than̄ hem̄ cure [ 350]
(51)
So sholdestow / endure and lat it slyde [ 351]
The tyme / and fonde to be glade and lyght
Ten dayes nys not / so longe tabyde
And syn she the / to comen̄ hath behyght [ 354]
She nyl hir heste / breken̄ for no wyght
For drede the nought / that she fynde a way
To come a-yen̄ / my lyf that durst I ley [ 357]
(52)
Thy swyuenes eke and al suche fantasie [ 358]
Dryue oute and lat hem̄ fare vnto myschance
For they proceden̄ / of thy malencolye
That dothe the fele / in slepe and suche penaunce [ 361]
A Strawe for a swyuen̄ signifiance
Gode helpe me soo / I counte hem̄ not a ben̄
Ther wote no man̄ a-Ryght / what that they meen̄ [ 364]
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For prestes of the temple tellen̄ thys [ 365]
That dremes ben̄ the Reuelacions
Of goddes and as thay tellen̄ y-wys
That that / they ben infernal illusions [ 368]
And leches seyn̄ / that of complections
Proceden̄ they / or faste / or glotonye
Who wote in sothe / thus what they signifie [ 371]
(54)
EKe other sey / that thurgh inpressiouns [leaf 51] [ 372]
As yf A wyght / haue faste a thinge in mynde
That therof cometh / swycħ a-visiouns
And other sey / as they in bokes fynde [ 375]
That Aftyr tymes / of the yere by kynde
Men̄ dremen̄ / And that the effecte gothe by the mone
But leue no dreme / for nought it is / to doon̄ [ 378]
(55)
Wel worth of dremes / thes wolde wyses [ 379]
As Ravenes qualme / or shrykung of thes oules
And trulych eke Augurye of thys foules
For feer of wych / meen̄ wenen̄ to lese hir wyues [ 382]
To trowen̄ on̄ it bothe / fals and foole is
Allas Allas / so noble A Creature
As is a man̄ / shal drede swycħ ordure [ 385]
(56)
For wych wyth al my hert I the beseche [ 386]
vnto thyself / that al thys thou for-yeue
And Ryse now vp / wythoute more speche
And lat vs cast / how forth may beste be dryne [ 389]
Thys tyme and eke / how fresshly we may lyue
whan that she commeth / the wych shal be Ryght soone
Gode helpe me soo / the best is thus to doone [ 392]
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Rise lat vs speke / of lusty lyf in Troye [ 393]
That whe han̄ ledde / and forthe the tyme dryue
And eke of tyme / commyng vs Reioye
That bringe shal our blisse now so blyue [ 396]
And langour of thys dayes twyes fyue
we shal ther-wyth / further or oppresse
That wel vnnethe / it shal doon̄ vs duresse [ 399]
(58)
Thys tovn̄ is ful / of lordes al aboute [ 400]
And trewes lastith / al thys meene while
Go we pley vs / in som lusty Route
To sarpedon̄ / not hens half a myle [ 403]
And thus thou shalt / the tyme wel bygyle
And dryue it forthe tyl on̄ the blesful morowe
That she shal come / that cause is of thy sorowe [ 406]
(59)
Now ryse my faire brother Troilus [ 407]
For certis it non̄ honouur / it is to the
To wepe and in thy bedde to Iowren thus
And trewlych of oo thing trust thou me [ 410]
yif thou thus ligge / A day or two or thre
The folk wole seyn̄ / that thou for cowardise
The feynest syke / And that thou darst not Ryse [ 413]
(60)
Thys Troilus Answerd / o brother dere [ 414]
This knowen̄ folke / that han endurede peyne
That thogh he wepe / or make a sory chere
That feleth harme / and smert in euery veyne [ 417]
No wonder is / and thogħ *. [[thogħ in margin.]]
Or Alwey wepe / I Am nothing to blame
Syn̄ I haue lost / the cause of alle my game [ 420]
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But sithen̄ of fyn̄ force / I mote A-Ryse [ 421]
I shal a-ryse / as soone as euer I may
And gode to whom / myn̄ hert I sacryfice
So sende vs hastely / the tenteth day [ 424]
For was ther neuer / folkis so fayne of may
As I shal ben̄ / whan̄ that she cometh in Troye
That cause is / of my tourment and my Ioye [ 427]
(62)
But whider is thy Rede / quod Troilus [ 428]
That whe may pley vs / beste in al thys tovn̄
By gode my counseyle is / quod pandarus
To Ryde And pleye vs / wyth kynge Sarpedon̄ [ 431]
So longe they spaken̄ / of thys vp and dovn̄
Tyl At the leste / Troilus gan̄ Assente
To Ryse / and forthe to Sarpedon̄ they wente [ 434]
(63)
Thys Sarpedon̄ / As he that honorable [leaf 51, back] [ 435]
was euer hys lyue / and ful of hygh largesse
with al that myght / y-served be on table
That dente was / al coste it grete Rycchesse [ 438]
he fedde hem / day by day that suche noblenesse
As seiden̄ bothe / the meste And eke the leste
was neuer sayn̄ / or that day At the feste [ 441]
(64)
Nor in thys worlde / is non̄ instrument [ 442]
Delicious thurgh wynde / or touche on̄ corde
As ferre any wyght / hath euery y-went
That tonge telle / or hert may Recorde [ 445]
That At the feste / it nas wel her[d] Accorde
Nof ladyes / eke / so feyre companye
On daunce / or thoo nas neuer seyen̄ with eye [ 448]
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But what availleth / this to Troilus [ 449]
That for his sorow / nothing of hit Rought
For euer in oon̄ / his hert pitous
Ful besely / Creseyde hys lady sought [ 452]
On̄ hir was euer / Al that his hert thoght
Now thys now that / so fast ymagynyng
That glade y-wys / can̄ hym not festynge [ 455]
(66)
T[h]ese ladyes eke / that At the fest ben̄ [ 456]
Syn̄ that he saugh. hys lady was a-way
hit was his sorow / vpon̄ hem̄ for to seen̄
Or for to here / on Instrumentis so to pleye [ 459]
For she that of his hert beryth the keye
was Absente / lo thys was his fantasie
That no wyght / shulde make melodie [ 462]
(67)
Nor there nas houre / in al the day or nyght [ 463]
whan he was there As no man̄ myght hym̄ here
That he ne seyde / O lufsom̄ lady bryght
how han ye han fare / syn̄ that ye wheyr here [ 466]
welcome ywys myn̄ one lady dere
But welaway / al thys nas but a mase
Fortune is owne / intendethe bet to gase [ 469]
(68)
The lettres that she eke / of olde tyme [ 470]
hade hym y-sent / he wolde allone Rede
An hundred sithe / betwyx noone of pryme
Refiguryng hir shappe / on̄ hir womanhede [ 473]
Wythin hys hert / in euery worde And dede
That passed was / And thus he drof tanende
The ferth daye / And thennes wolde he wende [ 476]
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And seide leif brother pandarus [ 417]
Intendestow / that whe shal here bylyue
Tyl Sarpedon̄ / wyl forthe congen̄ vs
Yit were it fayrer / that we toke our leue [ 480]
For goddys loue / lat vs now soone at eve
Oure leue take / and homward let vs turne
For trewly I can̄ not thus soiorne [ 483]
(70)
Pandare answerde be we comen̄ hider [ 484]
To feche fyr / And Renne home ageyn̄
Gode helpe me soo / I can̄ not tellen̄ whider
whe myghten̄ goon̄ / yf I shal sothely seyn̄ [ 487]
There any wyght / is of vs more fayn̄
Than̄ Serpedon̄ / and yf we hennes hie
Thus sodenily / I ho[l]de it vylanye [ 490]
(71)
Syn that we seyd / that we wolde bleue [ 491]
whyth hym A woke / and now thus sodenily
The first day / to take of hym̄ our leue
he wolde wondren̄ on̄ it trewly [ 494]
lat vs holde our purpos fermely
And sithen̄ that he that hyght hym for tabyde
holde forward now / and aftyr lat vs Ryde [ 497]
(72)
Thus Pandare with al peyne and whoo [leaf 52] [ 498]
Made hym to dwelle / and At the wekes ende
Of Sarpedon̄ they toke leue to goo
And on̄ hir weye / thei spedden̄ hem to wende [ 501]
Quod Troilus / now gode me grace sende
That I may fynde At my home commyng
Creseide I-come / And ther-with gan̄ to singe [ 504]
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Ye haliswode / thought y-wys Pandare [ 505]
And to hym selfe / Al softely he seyde
wote gode Refreyde / may al thys hote care
Or Calcas sende / Troilus Creseyde [ 508]
But nathles / he Iapith forthe And pleyde
And swore y-wys / hert hym wel be-hyght
She wolde come / As soone As euer she myght [ 511]
(74)
Whan vn-to they paleys they 1. [[they overlined later.]] were ycomen̄
Of Troilus / tho doun of hors they lyght
And to the chaumbre / her wey han they nomen̄
And vn-to the tyme / hit gan̄ to nyght [ 515]
They speken of Creseyde / the bryght
And afftyr thys / whan that hem bothe liste
They spedden̄ hem̄ / from̄ souper vnto Reste [ 518]
(75)
On morowe As soone / As day began̄ to clere [ 519]
Thys Troilus / gan̄ of his slepe tabreide
And to Pandarus / his one brother dere
For loue of gode / ful pitously he seyde [ 522]
As go we seen̄ the paleys of Creseyde
For syn̄ we may / haue non̄ other feste
Soo lat vs seen̄ / hir paleys At the leste [ 525]
(76)
And therwythalle his meyne for to blende [ 526]
A cause he fonde / in tovn̄ for to goo
And to Creseides hous they gon̄ wende
But lord thys sely Troilus was ful woo [ 529]
[Omitted in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]
For whan̄ he sawe / hir dores spered alle
whel nygh A-dovn̄ / for sorow he gan̄ to falle [ 532]
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And eke whan he / was ware gan̄ be-holde [ 533]
how shitte was euery / wyndow of the place
As frost hym thought / his hert gan̄ to colde
For wych wyth chaunged / dedely pale face [ 536]
wyth-oute worde / he for-by by-gan̄ to pace
And as gode wolde / so faste he gan to ryde
That no wyght / of his contenance Aspiede [ 539]
(78)
Than seyd he thus / o place desolate [ 540]
O hous of houses / whylom best ylyght
O paleys empty / And disconsolate
O thy lanterne / of wych quenchyd is thy lyght [ 543]
O paleys whylom / day that now Art nyght
wel ougħtestow / to falle and I to dye
Syn she is went / that wont was vs to guye [ 546]
(79)
O paleys whylom / crowne of houses alle [ 547]
Enlumynde wyth sonne / of alle blisse
O Rynge fro wych / the Ruby is oute falle
O cause of woo / that cause hast ben̄ of blys [ 550]
Bete syn I may not bet / I wolde yit kysse
Thy colde dores durst I for thys Route
And farewel shryne / of wych the sent is oute [ 553]
(80)
Therwyth he cast / on pandarus hys eye [ 554]
Wyth changede face / And pitous to beholde
Ay as he Rode / to pandarus he tolde [ 557]
And whan̄ he myght hys tyme A-Ryght beholde [ 556]
hys newe sorowes / And eke hys Ioyes olde
So pitously And wyth so dede A hewe
That euery wyght [myght] on̄ his sorowes Rewe [ 560]
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FRo thensforth / he Rydeth vp and dovn̄ [leaf 52, back] [ 561]
And euery thinge / come hym to Remembrance
As he Rode forby / places of tovn
In wyche he whylom / hade hys plesance [ 561]
loo yonder saugħ I last my lady daunce
And [in] that temple / wyth hir eyen̄ clere
Me caught first / my Rygħt lady dere [ 567]
(82)
And yonder haue I herde ful lustyly [ 568]
My dere hert laugħ / and yonder pley
Saw I hir onys / eke ful besely
And yonder onys / eke ful besely [ 571]
Now gode swete / loue me wel I prey
And yonder so godely / gan̄ she me beholde
That to the dethe / my hert is to hyr holde [ 574]
(83)
And at 1. [[At overlined.]] that corner / in the yonder hous [ 575]
herde I myn̄ / Alderleuest lady dere
So womanly / wyth voys melodius
Syngen̄ so wel / so godely And so clere [ 578]
That in my soule / yit thinketh me [I] here
The blysful sovn̄ / And [in] that yonder place
My lady fyrst / me toke vnto hir grace [ 581]
(84)
Than̄ thought he thus / o blisful Cupide [ 582]
what I the proces / haue in my memorye
How thou me hast / weryede euery syde
Men̄ myght A boke make / lyke story [ 585]
what nede is the / to seke on me victorye
Syn̄ I am̄ alwey / At thin one wille
what Ioye hastow / thin one folke to spille [ 588]
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Wel hastow lorde / y-wroke on̄ me thyn̄ Ire [ 589]
Thou myghtful gode / And dredful for to greue
Now mercy lorde / thou wost wyl I desire
Thy grace moost / of alle lustes leef [ 592]
And lyue And dye / I wole in thy beleue
For wyche I ne axe / in guerdon̄ but A boon̄
That thou Creseide / ayen̄ me sende soone [ 595]
(86)
Distreyne hir herte / As fast to Retourne [ 596]
As thou doost myn̄ to longgyn̄ hir to see
Than wote I wele / she nyl not longe soiorne
Now blisful lorde / so cruel thou ne bee [ 599]
Vnto the blode / of Troye I prey the
As Iuvo was / vnto the blode thebane
For wych the folke / of thebes caught hir bane [ 602]
(87)
And afftyr thys he to the yates wente [ 603]
There as Creseyde oute rode a ful gode pas
And vp and dovn̄ there made he many a wente
And to hym self / ful ofte he seyde allas [ 606]
From hennes Rode my blys and my solas
And wolde blysful gode now for hys Ioye
I myght [hir] seen̄ commyng / in-to Troye [ 609]
(88)
And to yonder hille / I gan̄ hir guyde [ 610]
Allas And there I toke of hir my leue
And yonder I sawe hyr to hyr fadyr Ryde
For sorow of wych / my hert wole to-cleve [ 613]
And hyder home I come whant it was eve
And here I dwelle / oute caste from̄ alle Ioye
And shal tyl I may / seen̄ hir efte in Troye [ 616]
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And of hym-self ymagined he ful ofte [ 617]
To ben̄ defect / and pale and waxen̄ lesse
Than̄ he was wont / and that men̄ seyd soft
what may it be / who may the sothe gesse [ 620]
why Troilus / hath al thys hevinesse
And thys nas but hys malyncolye
That he hade of hym-self / suche fantasie [ 623]
(90)
Anoither tyme ymagyn̄ he wolde [leaf 53] [ 624]
That euery wyght that went by the weye
hade of hym Routhe / And that they seyn̄ shulde
I am̄ ryght sory That Troylus wyl dye [ 627]
And thys he drof forthe A day or twey
As ye han herde / such lyf Ryght can̄ he lede
As he that stode / betwyx hope And drede [ 630]
(91)
For wych he lyked in hys songes shewe [ 631]
Thentencion̄ of hys woo / as he best myght
And made A songe / of wordes but a fewe
Somwhat hys wooful / hert for to lyght [ 634]
And whan̄ he was / from̄ euery mannes syght
wyth softe voys / he of hys lady dere
That Absent was gan̄ singe as He may here [ 637]
(92) (Troylus's Song for Cressid)
O sterre of wych / lost haue I the lyght [ 638]
wyth hert sore / wel ought I to be-waille
That euer derke / in tourment nyght by nyght
Towarde my dethe with wynde in stere I saille [ 641]
For wych if that / the tentyth nyght I faille
The guyding of thy bemes bryght an̄ houre
My shippe And me / karybdys wyl deuoure [ 644]
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Thys songe whan̄ he hade songen̄ sone [ 645]
he fil ayen̄ vnto hys sikes olde
And euery nyght as he was wonte to don̄
he stode the bryght mone to beholde [ 648]
And al hys sorow to the mone he tolde
And seyde y-wys / whan̄ thou Art horned newe
I shal be glade / yf al the worlde be trewe [ 651]
(94)
I saugh thyn̄ hornes / olde by the morowe [ 652]
whan hennes Rode my Ryght lady dere
That causes al my tourment And my sorowe
By lenger way / than / it was wont to dooun̄ [ 655]
And seyde ywys me dredith euermor
For whan̄ tyn̄ hornes / new ben̄ sprongen̄
Than̄ shal she come / that may me blisse bringe [ 658]
(95)
The dayes more / and lenger euery nyght [ 659]
Than they be wont to be he thought thoo
And that the sonne went hys cours vnRyght 1. [[vn overlined.]]
By lenger wey than̄ it was wont to doone [ 662]
And seyde ywys me dredyth euer mor
The sonnes sone / pheton̄ be on̄ lyue
And that is fadir cart Amys he dryue [ 665]
(96)
Opon̄ the walles / faste he wolde falke [ 666]
And on̄ the grekys coste / he wolde see
And to hym selfe / Ryght thus he wolde talke
loo yonder is my lady fair and free [ 669]
Or elles yonder / ther thoo tentes bee
And thennes cometh / thys Air that is so sote
That in my soule / I fele dothe me bote [ 672]
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And hardely thys wynde that more and more [ 673]
Thys stoundemele encreceth in my face
Is of my ladyes / depe sykes sore
I preue it thus / for in noon̄ other place [ 676]
Of al thys tovn̄ / sauf oonly in thys space
Fele I no wynde / þat sovneth so lyke peyne
hit seyth Allas / why twynned be we tweyne [ 679]
(98)
Thys longe tyme / he dryueth forth Ryght thus [ 680]
Tyl fully passed / was the nynte nygħt
And ay besyde hym / was thys pandarus
That besely dide al hys myght [ 683]
hym to comfort And make hys hert lyght
Yeving hym hope / Alwey the tentith morowe
That she shal come / And stynte Al hys sorowe [ 686]
(99)
Opon̄ that other syde Was eke Creseyde [leaf 53, back] [ 687]
wyth women fewe A-monge the grekys stronge
For wych ful ofte A day Allas she seyde
That I was born̄ / wel may myn̄ hert longe [ 690]
Afftyr my deth / for now lyfe I to longe
Allas And I ne may / not it Amende
For now is worse / than euer yit I wende [ 693]
(100)
My fadyr wyl / for nothing do me grace [ 694]
To goon̄ A-yen̄ / for nothing I can̄ hym queme
And yf so be / that terme of me passe
My Troilus shalt / in hys hert deme [ 697]
That I am fals / And so it may wel seme
Thus shal I haue vnthank on̄ euery syde
That I was born̄ / so welawey the tyde [ 700]
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And yf that I putte me in Iupartie [ 701]
To stele Away / by nyght And it befalle
That I be caught / I shal ben̄ holde A spie
Or loo thys drede I moost of Alle [ 704]
Yif in the hondes / of som wreche I falle
I nam but lost / Al be myn̄ herte trewe
Now myghty gode / thou on̄ my sorow Rewe [ 707]
(102)
Ful pale y-woxen̄ / was hyr brygħt face [ 708]
hir lymmes lene / As she that Al the day
Stofte 1. [[? MS.]] when̄ she durst / And loked on̄ the place
There she was born̄ / And there she dwelt hade Ay [ 711]
And Al the nygħt / weping Allas she lay
And thus despired / oute of Al Cure
She ledde hyr / lyf thys woful Creature [ 714]
(103)
Ful ofte A day / she sighed for distresse [ 715]
And in hir-self / she went portrayng
Of Troilus / the grete worthinesse
And Alle hys godely / wordes Recordyng [ 718]
Syn̄ first that day / hir loue began̄ to springe
And thus she sette / hir wooful hert Afyre
Thurgħ Rememberance / of that she can̄ desyre [ 721]
(104)
In al thys worlde / nys so cruel herte [ 722]
That hade hir herde / complayn̄ in hir sorowe
That nolde han̄ wepte / for hir peynes smerte
So tendrely / she wepte bothe eve And morowe [ 725]
hir nedith no terys / for to borowe
And thys was yit / the worst of al hir peyne
Ther was no wyght / to whom she durst hir pleyn̄ [ 728]
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For Rewfullych / she loked vpon̄ Troye [ 729]
Be-hielde the toures / hie and eke the hawlys
Allas / quod she the plesance And the Ioye
The wych / that now turned in to galle is [ 732]
haue I hade ofte / wythin the yonder wallys
O Troylus what dostow now she seyde
Lord whetwyx thou / thinke yit vpon̄ Creseyde [ 735]
(106)
Allas I ne hade [trowed] on̄ youre lore [ 736]
And weynt with you / As ye me Redde or thys
Than hade I not now / sighed half so sore
who myght han̄ seyde / that I hade dovn Amys [ 739]
But stele Away / wyth suche oon̄ As he is
But al to late / cometh the letuarye
Whan̄ men̄ the corse vnto the grave carye [ 742]
(107)
To late is now to speke of that matere [ 743]
Prudence Allas / oon̄ of thyn̄ eyen̄ thre
Me lackede Alwey / or that I come here
On tyme passede / wel Remembre I me [ 746]
And present tyme / eke cowde wel I seye
But future tyme / or I was in the snare
Cowde I not seyn̄ / that causeth now my care [ 749]
(108)
But nathles / Betyde What Betyde [leaf 54] [ 750]
I shal tomorow At nyght by est or west
Oute of thys hoste / stele in som̄ manere syde
And wyth Troilus gan̄ goo / As hym were lyste [ 753]
Thys purpos wole I holde / And thys is beste
No force of wycked tonges Iangelorye
For euer in loue / wrecches haue envye [ 756]
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For who so wyl of euery worde take hede [ 757]
Or Reule hym by euery whyghtes witte
Ne shal he neuer thryven̄ oute of drede
For that that som men̄ blamen̄ euer yit [ 760]
loke other manere folke commenden̄ hit
And as for me / for Al suche varyance
Felicite clepe I my soufficiance [ 763]
(110)
For wych with-oute 1. [[oute overlined.]] wordes moo [ 764]
To Troye I wyl as for conclusion̄
But gode it wote / or monethes fully twoo
She was ful ferre / fro that entencion̄ [ 767]
For bothe Troilus / and Troies tovn̄
Shal knotles thurhgħ / oute hir herte slyde
For she wyl take / a purpos for tabyde [ 770]
(111)
Thys Dyomede of hom you I telle gan̄ [ 771]
Gothe now with-ine hym self ay arguyng
wyth al the sleyght and al that euer he can̄
how he may beste / with shortes taryng [ 774]
Into hys nette / Creseides hert brynge
To thys entent / cowde he neuer fyne
To fysshen̄ hyr / he leyde oute hoke and lyne [ 777]
(112)
But nathles / wel in hys hert he thought [ 778]
That she nas not / with-oute a loue in Troye
For euer sithen̄ / that he hir hens brought
Ne cowde he see hir / laugħ ne make Ioye [ 781]
he nyst how beste / hir hert for to Coye
But for to Assaye / he seide it not ne greuyth
For he that noght / assaithe noght acchiveth [ 784]
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Ȝit seyde he to hym selfe vpon̄ a nyght [ 785]
Now am I not a foole / that wote wel how
hyr woo fir loue / is of A noither wyght
And hervpon̄ / to gon̄ Assaye hir newe [ 788]
I may wel witte / it wyl not by my prowe
For wise folk / in bokes it expresse
Men̄ wyl not wow / a wyght in hevinesse [ 791]
(114)
But who-so myght / wynne suche A floure [ 792]
From hym for whom / she mourneth nyght and day
he myght sey / he were A conquerour
And Ryght A-non̄ / As he that bolde was Ay [ 795]
Thought in hys hert / happe what happe may
Al sholde I dey / I wole hire hert seche
I shal no more lese / but myn̄ owne speche [ 798]
(115)
Thys Dyomede / As vs bokes declare [ 799]
was in hys nedys / prest and eke couragyous
With sterne voys / and myghty lymmes square
hardy testyfe / strong and chiualerous [ 802]
Of dedys like / hys fadyr Thideus
And som men̄ seyn̄ / he was of tonge large
And lord he was / of Calidoignne And Arge [ 805]
(116)
CReseyde mene was / of hir stature [ 806]
Therto of shappe / of face and eke of chere
Ther myghte be / no fairer Creature
And ofte tymes / thys was hir manere [ 809]
To goon̄ in-tressede / with hir heres clere
Doune by hir coloure / At hir backe by-hynde
wycħ with a threde / of golde she wolde bynde [ 812]
Page  258(117)
And saue hir browes Ioned in fere [leaf 54, back] [ 813]
Ther was no lake / in ougħt I can̄ aspien̄
But for to speke of hir eyen̄ clere
loo trewly wryten̄ / tho that hyr seyn̄ [ 816]
That paradys stoude fourmed in hyr eyne
And wyth Ryche beute euermore
Stroue loue in hyr Ay wych of hem̄ was more [ 819]
(118)
She sobre was / eke simple and wise withale [ 820]
The best y-norysshid that mygħt bee
And godelicħ in speche al general
Charitable / estalicħ lusty and free [ 823]
Ne neuer moo / ne laked hir pitee
Thendere hertede / slydynge of coryage
But trewly / I can̄ not telle hir Age [ 826]
(119)
And Troilus wel woxen̄ was in heygħt [ 827]
And complet fourmed by proporcion̄
So wel that kynde / it not Amende mygħt
Yonge Fressħ / stronge / hard as a lyon̄ [ 830]
Trewe as stele / in eche condicion̄
Oon̄ of the best / entechede creature
That is or shal / while that world may dure [ 833]
(120)
And certeinly in story it is fonde [ 834]
That Troilus was / neuer to no wygħt
As in hys tyme / in no degre seconde
In duryn̄g doone / that longeth to a knygħt [ 837]
Al myght A Ieant / passe hym of mygħt
his hert Ay with the first And with the beste
Stode paregal to dur hir what hym̄ lyst [ 840]
Page  259(121)
But for to telle fourthe of Dyomede [ 841]
hit fyll that Afftyr / on̄ the tentetħ day
Syn̄ that Creseyde oute of the Citee yede
Thys Dyomede as fressħ as braunche in may [ 844]
Come to the tente / there As Calkas lay
And feyned hym with Calkas / haue to doone
But what he ment / I shal you tellen̄ soone [ 847]
(122)
CReseide at shorte / wordes for to telle [ 848]
welcomed hym / and dovn̄ hym̄ by hir sette
And it was eitħe y-now / to make dwelle
And after thys / wythoute lenger lette [ 851]
The spices and the wyn̄ / men̄ fortħ hym fette
And forth they speken̄ / of thys and that in fere
As frendes doon̄ / of wycħ / som̄ shal ye here [ 854]
(123)
Began̄ first fallen̄ / of the werre in specħe [ 855]
Be-twyxen̄ hem̄ / and folk of Troie tovn̄
And of the tasseiage / he gan̄ hir eke by-seche
To tellen̄ hym̄ / what was hir opinion̄ [ 858]
Fro that demande / he soo descended dovn̄
To Axen̄ hyr / if that hir straunge thougħt
The grekes guyse / And werkes that they wrougħt [ 861]
(124)
And why hir fadyr / taried so longe [ 862]
To wedden̄ hir vnto / som̄ worthy knygħt
Creseide that was / in hir peynes stronge
For loue of Troilus / hir one knygħt [ 865]
As ferfortħ as she / connynge hade or mygħt
Answerd hym tho / but of hys entente
hit semed not / she wist what he mente [ 868]
Page  260(125)
But nathles / thys ilke dyomede [ 869]
Gan̄ in hym selfe / Assure and thus he seyde
yif ycħ a-Rygħt / haue taken̄ of you hede
Me thynketħ / thus lady myn̄ Creseyde [ 872]
That syn̄ I first / honde on̄ your brydel leyde
Whan̄ ye oute come / of Troie by the morowe
Ne cowde I neuer / see you but in sorowe [ 875]
(126)
Can I not Seyn̄ What the cause may bee [leaf 55] [ 876]
But yif for loue / of som̄ Troian̄ it were
The whycħ Rygħt sore wolde a-thynken̄ [me]
That ye for any wygħt / that dwelleth there [ 879]
Shulden̄ spille / a quarter of A tere
Or pitously / your-seluen̄ so begyle
For dredles yt is not / worth the while [ 882]
(127)
The folke of Troie as who seith al and some [ 883]
In̄ pryson̄ bee / As ye your-seluen see
Nor thennes shalt / not A lyue come
For Al the golde / bytwyx londe And see [ 886]
Trustetħ wele / and vndirstondith me
Ther shal [not] oon̄ / to mercy goon̄ on lyue
Al were he lorde / of worldes fyue [ 889]
(128)
Suche wreche on̄ hem̄ / for fecching of Eleyn [ 890]
Ther shal be take / or that we hennes wende
That names / wycħ that goddes ben̄ of peyn̄
Shul ben a-gaste / that grekes wolle hem̄ shende [ 893]
And men̄ shul drede / vnto the worldes ende
From̄ henfortħ to Ranysshen̄ any queyn̄
So cruel shal our wreke / on̄ hem̄ [ben] seen̄ [ 896]
Page  261(129)
And but if Calcas / lede vs by ambages [ 897]
That is to seye / wytħ double wordes sly
Sucħ as men clepen̄ / a word with two visages
Ye shal wel knowe / that I nogħt lye [ 900]
And al thys thinge seen it were your eye
And that a-non̄ / ye nyl not trow how sonne
Now taketħ hede / for it is for to dōōn̄e [ 903]
(130)
What wene ye / your wyse fadyr wolde [ 904]
Han̄ yeuen̄ Antenor / for you anon̄
yif ye ne wiste / that the Citee shulde
Distrowed be / why nay so mote I gon̄ [ 907]
he knowe ful wel / ther not scapen̄ oon̄
That Troian is / And for the grete fere
he durst not ye dwelled / no lenger there [ 910]
(131)
What wole ye more / louesom lady dere [ 911]
let Troy and Troyan̄ / from your hert passe
Dryue oute the bitter hope / and make gode chere
And clepe Ayen̄ / the beaute of your face [ 914]
That ye wytħ salt terys so deface
For Troye is brougħt / in suche a Iupardie
That is to save / is now [no] Remedie [ 917]
(132)
And thenketh wel / ye shul in grekys fynde [ 918]
More parfit loue / or it be nygħt
Than̄ Any Troyan̄ is / and more kynde
And bet to serven̄ you wol doon hys myght [ 921]
And yf ye vouche-saufe / my lady brygħt
I wole be he to serve you my selfe
Ye leuer than̄ be kyng of greces twelue [ 924]
Page  262(133)
And wytħ that worde / he gan to waxen Rede [ 925]
And in hys speche / a litel wygħt he quoke
And cast a-syde / a litel whygħt hys hede
And stynt A while / and aftyrwarde awoke [ 928]
And soubrely / on̄ hir he threw hys loke
And seide I am / al be it you no Ioye
As gentil a mān̄ / as any wygħt in Troye [ 931]
(134)
For [yf] my fadyr Thideus he seyde [ 932]
Y-leued had / I hade y-ben̄ or thys
Of Calidoign̄e / And Arge / a kynge Creseyde
And so hope I / that I shal y[e]t y-wys [ 935]
But he was slayn̄ / the more harme is
Vn-happly / a Thebes al to Rathe
Polymytes / And many a man to scathe [ 938]
(135)
But hert myn̄ / syn̄ that I am̄ your one man̄ [leaf 55, back]
And bethe the first / of whome I seche grace
To serve you as hertely as I can̄
And euer shal while / I to lyue haue space [ 942]
So or that I depart / oute of thys place
That ye me graunte / that I may tomorowe
At bettur leyser / telle you of my sorowe [ 945]
(136)
What shulde I telle / the wordes that he seyde [ 946]
he spake ynougħ / for oo day At the leste
hit preuetħ wele / he spake soo that Creseide
Graunted on̄ the morowe / At hys Requeste [ 949]
For to speke with hym / At the leste
Soo that he nolde / speke of suche matere
And thus she to hym / seyd as ye may here [ 952]
Page  263(137)
As she that hade hir hert on̄ Troilus [ 953]
Soo faste that non̄ mygħt it arrace
And straungely spake she / And seyd thus
O Dyomede I loue that ylke place [ 956]
There I was born̄ / And Ioves for hys grace
Deliuere it soone / of al that dothe it care
Gode for hys mygħt / so leue it wele to fare [ 959]
(138)
That grekes wolde / hir wrathe on̄ Troye wreken̄ [ 960]
yif that they mygħt / I knowe it wele ywys
But it shal not fallen̄ as ye speken̄
And gode to-forn̄ / And further ouer thys [ 963]
I wote my fader / wys And redy is
And that ye haue me bougħt / As ye me tolde
So dere I am̄ the more vnto hym̄ holde [ 966]
(139)
That grekys ben̄ of higħ condicion̄ [ 967]
I wote eke wele / but certeine men̄ shal fynde
As worthy folke / withine Troye tovn̄
As konnyng As parfit / And as kynde [ 970]
As ben̄ betweyn̄ / Orkades and Inde
And that ye cowde / wel your lady serve
I trowe it wele / hir thonke for to deserve [ 973]
(140)
But as to speke of loue ywys she seyde [ 974]
I hadde a lorde / to whome I wedded was
The whos myn̄ hert / Al was tyl that he dyed
And other loue As helpe me now Pallas [ 977]
Ther in my hert nys / ne neuer was
And that ye be / of noble and hygħ kynrede
I haue wel herde it / tellen̄ oute of drede [ 980]
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And that 1. [[that overlined later.]] doth me / to haue so grete wonder
That ye wyl scorn̄ any womman̄ soo
Eke gode wote loue / And I ben fore A-sondre
I am̄ disposed bete / so mote I goo [ 984]
Vnto my dethe / to pleyne / and make woo
What shal I afftyr / doon̄ I can̄ not seyn̄
But trewly as yit / me lysteth not to pley [ 987]
(142)
Myn̄ hert is now / in tribulacion̄ [ 988]
And ye in harmes / besy day by day
herafter whan̄ ye wonnen̄ haue the tovn̄
Paraunter than / it shapen̄ may [ 991]
That whan̄ I see / that I neuer say
Than̄ shal I werke / that I neuer wrougħt
This worde to you / y-nougħ soufficen ought [ 994]
(143)
To morowe eke wyl I speken̄ wyth you fayn̄ [ 995]
So that ye speken̄ / nogħt of thys matere
And whan̄ ye lyst / ye may come here A-gayn̄
And Ar ye goon̄ / thus moche I sey you here [ 998]
As helpe me pallas / with hir erys clere
yf I shulde / of ony greke haue Routhe
It shulde be your-selven̄ by my trouthe [ 1001]
(144)
I sey not therfore / that I wyl you loue [leaf 56] [ 1002]
Ne sey not nay / but in conclusion̄
I meen̄ wel by gode / that sitte a-boue
And therwyth-Al she caste hir eyen̄ dovn̄ [ 1005]
And gan̄ to syke / And seyde O Troye tovn̄
Yit bidde I godde in quiete And in Reste
I may you seen / or doo my hert breste [ 1008]
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But in effect Al shortly to sey [ 1009]
Thys Dyomede as fressħly new a-yon̄
Gan̄ presen̄ on̄ / And fast hir mercy prey
And afftyr thys to sothe afftyr to seyen̄ [ 1012]
hir gloue he toke / of wycħ he was ful fayn̄
And finially / whan̄ it was woxen̄ eve
And al was wele / he Roos and toke hys leue [ 1015]
(146)
The brygħt venus / folowed and ay taugħt [ 1016]
The wey there brode / phebus dovn̄ a-lygħt
And Cinthea / hir chare-hors ouer Rougħt
The whirle oute / the lyon̄ yf she mygħt [ 1019]
And signifer hys candeles / shewyth brygħt
Whan̄ that Creseyde / vnto hir bedde wente
In-wytħ hir fadres brygħt tente [ 1022]
(147)
Retournyng in hir soule vp and dovn̄ [ 1023]
The wordes of thys sodein Dyomede
hys grete estat And peryl of the tovn̄
And that she was / Allone and hade nede [ 1026]
Of frendes helpe / And thus began̄ to brede
The cause why / the sothe for to telle
That she toke purpos / for to dwelle [ 1029]
(148)
The morowe come / and gostely for to speke [ 1030]
Thys Dyomede commen is / vnto Creseyde
And shortly leste ye my tale breke
So wel he for hym selfe / spake and seyde [ 1033]
That Alle hir sykes / sore dovn̄ he leyde
And finially / the sothe for to seyn̄
he Refte hir of the grete / of al hir peyne [ 1036]
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And afftyr thys / the story telleth vs [ 1037]
That she hym yaf / the fayr bay stede
The wych of hym / onys whan Troylus
And eke a broche that was ful lytel nede [ 1040]
That Troilus was / she yaf thys Dyomede
And eke the bette / from̄ sorow hym̄ to Releue
She made hym were / a pensel of hir sleue [ 1043]
(150)
I fynde eke / in the story elles where [ 1044]
whan̄ thurgħ the body / hurt was Dyomede
Of Troilus / tho wepte she many a tere
whan̄ that she sawe / hys wyde woundes blede [ 1047]
And that she toke / to kepen̄ hym gode hede
And for to hele hym / of hys sorowes smerte
Men̄ seyn̄ I not / that she yaf hym hir herte [ 1050]
(151)
But therwytħ the story telleth vs [ 1051]
There made neuer woman more woo
Than̄ she / whan that she falsed Troilus
Quod she Allas / for now is clene A-goo [ 1054]
My name of trouthe / in loue for euermoo
For I haue falsed / oon̄ the gentillest
Thas euer was / And oon̄ the worthiest [ 1057]
(152)
a l las of me / vnto the worldes ende [ 1058]
Shal neither bee / y-wryten̄ nor y-songe
No gode worde / for thys boke wyl me shende
Or Rolled shalle I be on̄ many A tonge [ 1061]
Thurgħ-oute the worlde / my belle shal be Ronge
And wommen wyl hate me moste of alle
Allas that suche A cas shulde me byfalle [ 1064]
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They Wyl seyn̄ / in As moche in me is [leaf 56, back] [ 1065]
I haue hem doon̄ dishonour whelaway
Al be I not the first that dide A-mys
what helpith yit to doon̄ my blame a-wey [ 1068]
But syn I seyn̄ / ther is no bettur away
And to late is now for me to Rewe
*. [[Omitted in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]]
(154)
But Troilus syn I no bettur may [ 1072]
And sithen̄ that thus / departen̄ ye And I
yit prey I gode / so yiete you Rygħt gode day
As for the gentillest trewly [ 1075]
That euer I say / to serven̄ feytħfully
And best can̄ Ay / hys lady honour kepe
And with that worde / she brast vnto wepe [ 1078]
(155)
And certeys you / ne haten̄ shal I neuer [ 1079]
And frendys loue / that shal ye haue of me
And my gode worde / Al shuld I lyue euere
And trewly I wolde sory be [ 1082]
For to seen̄ you in Aduersite
And gylteles / I wote wel I you leue
And al shal passe / And thus make I my leue [ 1085]
(156)
But trewly how longe / it was betwene [ 1086]
That she forsoke hym̄ / for thys Diomede
Ther is non̄ Auctor / telleth it I wene
Take euery man̄ / to hys bokes hede [ 1089]
he shal no terme fynde oute of drede
For thougħ that he began̄ to wowe hir soone
Er he hir wanne / yit was ther more to doone [ 1092]
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Ne me ne lyst / thys sely womman chyde [ 1093]
Further than the story wyl devise
hir name Allas / ys punysshyd so wyde
That of hir gilte / it ougħt y-now suffice [ 1096]
And yf I myght / excusen hir Any wyse
For she so sory was / for hir vntrouthe
I-wys I wolde / excuse hir yit for Routhe [ 1099]
(158)
Thys Troilus as he beforn̄ haue tolde [ 1100]
Thus dryveth forthe / As wel as he had mygħt
But ofte was hys hert colde And hote
And namly that ylke tentyth nygħt [ 1103]
Wycħ in the morow / she hade hym byhygħt
To come a-yen̄ / gode wote ful litel Reste
Hedde he that nyght / nothing slepe hym lyste [ 1106]
(159)
The laurer crovned / phebus with hys hete [ 1107]
Gan in hys cours / vpwarde as he wente
To warmen̄ of the est see / the wawes wete
And Nysus dougħter / songe with ffressħ entent [ 1110]
whan Troilus / hys pandare Aftyr sente
And on̄ the walles / of the tovn̄ the pleyde
To loke yf they / can̄ seen̄ ougħt of Creseide [ 1113]
(160)
Tyl it was noone / they stoden̄ for to see [ 1114]
who that ther come / And euery manere wyght
That come fro fere / they seyden̄ it was she
Tyl that they cowde / Knowen̄ hem arygħt [ 1117]
Now was is hert / double now was it lygħt
And thus beiapede / stoden̄ for to stare
A-boute nought / thys Troylus And Pandare [ 1120]
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To pandare thys Troylus tho seyde [ 1121]
For Augħt I wote / before noone sykerly
In-to thys tovn̄ / ne cometh not Creseyde
She hath ynow to doo sykerly [ 1124]
To wynne fro hyr fadyr so wene I
her olde fadyr / wyl yit make hir dyne
Er that she goo gode yeue hys hert pyne [ 1127]
(162)
Pandare Answerd it may wel be certein [leaf 57] [ 1128]
And for-thy let vs dyne I the beseche
And Afftyr noone / thou maist come A-yen̄
And home they goo / with-oute more speche [ 1131]
And come Ayen̄ / but longe they may seche
Er that they finde / that they Afftyr gape
Fortune hem bothe / thinketh for to Iape [ 1134]
(163)
Quod Troylus I see wel now that see [ 1135]
Is taryed with / hir olde fadyr soo
That er she come / it wyl nygħ even̄ be
Come fortħ I wyl / to the yate goo [ 1138]
Thes porters ben̄ vnkonnynge euermoo
And I wyl doon̄ hem̄ / holde vp the yate
As nogħt ne were / Al-thogħ she come late [ 1141]
(164)
The day gotħ faste / And Aftyrward cometħ eve [ 1142]
And yit cometh not / to Troilus Creseyde
he loketh forth / by hegge by tree And greue
And ferre hys hede / ouer the walle he leyde [ 1145]
And At the laste / he tourned hym And seyde
By gode I wote / hyr menynge quod pandare
Almoste y-wys / Al newe was Al my care [ 1148]
Page  270(165)
Now douteles thys lady can̄ hir gode [ 1149]
I wote she meneth / Ryden̄ pryuely
I commende hir wysdom̄ / by my hode
She wyl not maken̄ / peple nycely [ 1152]
Gaure on̄ hir / whan she cometħ but softely
By nygħt in-to the tovn / she thinketh Ryde
And dere brother / ne thinke longe tabyde [ 1155]
(166)
We haue not ellys / to Doon̄ y-wys [ 1156]
And pandarus / wyltow now trowe me
haue here my trouth / I see hir yonde she is
heue vp thyn eyen̄ / may thou not see [ 1159]
Pandare Answerde / nay so mote I the
Al wronge by gode what seestow man̄ where Arte
That I see yonde / nys but A fayre carte [ 1162]
(167)
Allas thou seyst / ful sothe quod Troilus [ 1163]
But hardely / it is nogħt al for nogħt
That in my hert / I Reiose now thus
hit is a-yenst / som gode I haue A-thougħt [ 1166]
But I not how / but syn̄ that I was wrought
Ne felte I suche / A conforte suth to sey
She cometħ to-nyght / my lyf that durst I ley [ 1169]
(168)
Pandare Answerd / it may be wel y-nougħ [ 1170]
And hiel with hym / of al that euer he seyde
But in hys herte / he thougħt and softe lougħ
And to hym selfe / ful sobrely he seyde [ 1173]
From̄ hasylwode / there Ioly Robbyn̄ pleyde
Shal come al that / thou abidest here
Ye farelwel al the froste of feruere [ 1176]
Page  271(169)
The warden̄ of the yates gan̄ to calle [ 1177]
The folke wycħ that / wyth-oute the yates were
And bade hem dryven̄ / In her bestes Alle
Or al the nyght / the moste beleue there [ 1180]
And fer wyth-in / the nyght with many A tere
Thys Troylus / gan̄ homward for to Ryde
For wele he seyth / it helpitħe not tabyde [ 1183]
(170)
But nathles / he gladded hem̄ in thus [ 1184]
he thougħt he mys accompted had hys day
And seyde I vndyrstonden̄ haue a-mys
For thylke nyght / that I last Creseyde say [ 1187]
She seyde .I. shal be here / yf that I may
Or that the mone / O dere hert swete
The lyon̄ passe / oute of thys Aryete [ 1190]
(171)
For Wycħ she may / yit holde al hyr byeste [leaf 57, back]
And on̄ the morowe / he to the yate Went
And vp And dovn̄ / by west And eke by est
Vpon̄ the walles / made he many a wente [ 1194]
But Al for nougħt / hys hope Alwey hym̄ blente
For wych At nygħt / in sorowes And sykes sore
he wente hym home / with-houten̄ any more [ 1197]
(172)
Hys hope al clene / oute of hys hert fledde [ 1198]
he nathe wherin̄ / now lengur for to longe
But for the peyne hym / thougħt hys hert bledde
So were hys throwes / sharpe And wondur stronge [ 1201]
For whan he saw / that she A-boode so longe
he nyst what he iugen̄ of it mygħt
Syth she hath broken̄ / that she hym behygħt [ 1204]
Page  272(173)
The thryde forthe / fyfte syxte day [ 1205]
Aftyr tho dayes / ten of wych I tolde
Betwyxen̄ hope / And drede hys hert lay
yit somwhat trusten / on̄ hir hestes olde [ 1208]
But whan̄ he sawe / she nolde hir terme holde
he can̄ now seen̄ / noon̄ other Remedie
But for to shape / hym soone for to dye [ 1211]
(174)
Ther-with the wycked spirit gode vs blesse [ 1212]
wyche that men clepe / the wode Ialosie
Gan in hym crepe / in al hys hevinesse
For wych by cause / he wolde soone dye [ 1215]
he ete ne dranke / for hys malyncolye
And eke from̄ euery companye he fledde
Thys was lyf / that al the tyme he leyde [ 1218]
(175)
He so defeit was / that no manere mane [ 1219]
Vnnethe myght hym̄ / knowe there he wente
Soo was he leene / And Also pale and whan̄
And feble that he / walked wyth a potente [ 1222]
And with hys Ire / he thus hym self shente
But who so axede hym / wherof he smerte
he seyde hys harme / was al a-boute his herte [ 1225]
(176)
Pryam ful ofte / And eke hys moder dere [ 1226]
hys brethern̄ And hys sustres / gan̄ hym freyne
Why he sorowful was / in al hys chere
And what thinge was / the cause of al hys peyne [ 1229]
But Al for nougħt / he nolde hys cause pleyne
But seyde he felte / a greuous maladye
A-boute hys hert / And fayne he wolde dye [ 1232]
Page  273(177)
Soo on̄ A day he leyde hym̄ dovn̄ to slepe [ 1233]
And so befelle in his slepe / hym thougħt
That in a forest / faste he welk to wepe
For loue of hyr / that hym thys peyne wrought [ 1236]
And vp And dovn̄ / as he the forest sougħte
hym mette he sawe / A boor with tuskes grete
That slepe Ayen̄ / the brygħt sonnes hete [ 1239]
(178)
And by thys boor / fast in armes folde [ 1240]
lay kyssynge ay / hys lady brygħt Creseyde
For sorow of wych / whan he it gan̄ beholde
And for despite / oute of hys slepe he breyde [ 1243]
And lowde he cryede / on pandarus and seyde
O pandarus now knowe I knope and Rote
I nam but dede / ther nys noon other bote [ 1246]
(179)
My lady bryght / Creseyde hathe me betrayed [ 1247]
In whom I trusted / most of Any wyght
She elles where / hath now hyr hert apayede
The blysful goddes / thurgħ hyr grete mygħt [ 1250]
han in my dreme / y-shewyd it ful Ryght
Thus in my dreme / Creseyde I haue beholde
And al thing / to pandarus he tolde [ 1253]
(180)
O my Creseyde / Allas what subtilitee [leaf 58] [ 1254]
what new lust what new beaute
what wrathe of Iust / cause han ye to me
what gylte of me / what felle experience [ 1257]
hath fro me Rafte / Allas thyn Aduertence
O truste / O feyth / o depe Asurance
who hath me Rafte / Creseyde al my plesance [ 1260]
Page  274(181)
Allas why let I you / from̄ hennes goo [ 1261]
For wych wel nygh / oute of my witte I 1. [[witte I overlined.]] breyde
who shal nowe trowe / on any wothes moo
Gode wote I wende / O lady bryght lady Crescyde [ 1264]
That euery worde / was gospel that ye seyde
But who may bete / begyle if that hym lyste
Than he on̄ whome / men̄ weneth best to truste [ 1267]
(182)
What shal I doon̄ my pandarus Allas [ 1268]
I fele now soo sharpe And newe peyne
Syn that ther lyeth / no Remedye in thys cas
That bete were hit / with myn̄ own̄ hondes tweyn̄ [ 1271]
My self I slougħ / than Alwey thus to pleyne
For thurgh the dethe / my woo shulde haue an̄ ende
That euery day / my self with lyf I shende [ 1274]
(183)
Pandare Answerde And seyde Allas the whyle [ 1275]
That I was born̄ / haue I not seyde or thys
That dremes may a maner man̄ begyle
And why for folke expounen̄ hem̄ Amys [ 1278]
How darstow sey / that fals thy lady is
For any dreme / Rygħt for thyn one drede
let be thus thougħt / thou canst not dremes Rede [ 1281]
(184)
Peraunter there thou dremest of thys boor [ 1282]
hit may so ben̄ / that it may signifie
hir fadyr wycħ / that olde is And eke hore
A-yenst the sonne / lygħt in poynt to dye [ 1285]
And she for sorow / gynneth wepe And crye
And kysseth hym / there he lyetħ on̄ the grovnde
Thus shuldestow / thy dreme A-Ryght expounede [ 1288]
Page  275(185)
How myght I than quod Troilus [ 1289]
To know of thys / ye were it neuer so lyte
Now seystow wysly quod pandarus
My Rede is thys / sith thou canst welɫ endite [ 1292]
That hastely A lettre thou hir wrytte
Thurgh wych thou shalt / bringe it wel A-boute
To know A sooth / of wych thou Art in doute [ 1295]
(186)
And see now why / for thys I dar wel seyn̄ [ 1296]
That if so is / that she vntrew be
I can̄ not trowen̄ / she wyl wryten̄ a-yen̄
And yf she wryte / thou shalt Ryght soon̄ see [ 1299]
As whether she hatħ / any libertee
To come A-yen̄ / or elles in som clause
Yif she be lete / she wole assygne A clause [ 1302]
(187)
Thou hast not wryten̄ hir syn she wente [ 1303]
Nor she to the / and that 2. [[that overlined]] durst I leye
There may suche cause / be in hyr entente
That hardely / thou wylt thy self seye [ 1306]
That hyr abode the best is for you tweye
Now write I hir than̄ And shalt fele soonne
A sothe of al / there nys no more to doone [ 1309]
(188)
Accordede ben̄ to thys conclusion̄ [ 1310]
And that a-non̄ / thes ylke lordes twoo
And hastely / satte Troilus A-doovn̄
And Rolletħ in hys hert to And froo [ 1313]
How he may best / discryven̄ hir hys woo
And to Creseyde / his one lady dere
He wrote Rygħt thus / And seyde as ye may here [ 1316]
Page  276(189) (Troilus's Letter to Criseyde)
Rygħt fressh flour Whos I been̄ haue And shal [leaf 58, back]
Wythouten part / of elles where seruise
wyth hert. body / lyf / lust and al *. [Litera Troili]
I wooful wyght / in euery humble wyse [ 1320]
That tonge telle / or hert may deuyse
As oft as matere / occupieth place
Me recomaunde / vnto your noble grace [ 1323]
(190)
And like it you / to witen̄ swete hert [ 1324]
As ye wel know / how longe tyme a-gon̄
That ye me lefte / in aspre peynes smerte
whan that ye went / of wych yit boote noon̄ [ 1327]
Haue I yit hade / but euer worse begon̄
Fro day to day / I am And so / mote dwelle
while it you list / of wele and woo me welle [ 1330]
(191)
For wych to you / whyth dredful hert trewe [ 1331]
I write as he that sorow dryueth to wryte
My woo that euery houre encrecith newe
Complenynge as I can̄ and dar endite [ 1334]
And that defacede is / that may wite
The terys wycħ / that fro myn̄ eyen̄ tweyn̄
That wolden̄ speke / yf that they cowde and pleyn̄ [ 1337]
(192)
You first beseche / I that your eyen̄ clere [ 1338]
To loke on̄ hys defouled / ye not holde
And ouer al thys / that ye my lady dere
Wyl vouch-saufe / thys lettre to beholde [ 1341]
And by the cause eke / of my cares colde
That sleeth my witte / if aught amys masterte
For-yeue it me myn̄ / owne swete hert [ 1344]
Page  277(193) (Troilus's Letter to Criseyde, continued)
Yif any seruant / durst or augħt A-Rygħt [ 1345]
Vpon̄ hys lady / pitously compleyne
Than wene I that I ougħt be that whyght
Considered thys / that ye thys monethes tweyne [ 1348]
han taryed / there ye seyde sothe to seyne
But dayes ten / ye nolde in host soiourne
But in two monethes / yit ye not Retourne [ 1351]
(194)
And for as moche / as me mote nedys lyke [ 1352]
Alle that you lust / I dar not pleyne more
But humbly / wyth sorowful sykes syke
You write I myn̄ vnresty / sorowes sore [ 1355]
Fro day to day / desiring euermore
To knowen̄ fully / yif your wille it were
how ye han ferde / and don̄ while ye ben̄ there [ 1358]
(195)
The whos welfare and hele eke and encrece [ 1359]
In honour suche / that vpward in the gre
hit grow alwey / soo that it neuer cese
Ryght As your hert / can̄ ay my lady free [ 1362]
Devise I prey gode / so mote it be
And graunt it soone / that ye vpon̄ me Rewe
As wisly as in al / I am vnto you trewe [ 1365]
(196)
And yf it lyke you to know of the fare [ 1366]
Of me whos woo / ther may no wyght discryue
I can̄ no more / but cheste of euery care
At wrytynge of thys lettre I was on̄ lyue [ 1369]
Al Redy oute / my wooful gost to dryue
wyche I delay / and holde hym yit in honde
Vpon the sygħt / of matere of your sonde [ 1372]
Page  278(197) (Troilus's Letter continued)
Myn eyen̄ twoo / in veyne wyth wych I see [ 1373]
Of sorowfulle terys / salte ar woxen̄ welles
My songe my pleynt / of myn̄ aduersite
My good in harme / myn̄ ese eke woxen̄ helle is [ 1376]
My Ioye in who / I can̄ sey you not ellys
But tournede is / for wych my lyf I warye
Euery Ioye / or ese in hys contrarie [ 1379]
(198)
Nych With your commynge / A-yen̄ to Troye [leaf 59] [ 1380]
ye may Redresse And more thousand sithe
Than̄ euer I hade / encrecen̄ in my Ioye
For was ther neuer / her[te] yit so blithe [ 1383]
To haue hys lyf / as I shal ben̄ as swyth
As I you see / And though no manere Routhe
Come in you / yit thenkyth on̄ your trouthe [ 1386]
(199)
And yf so be / my gilt dethe haue deserued [ 1387]
Or yf you lust / no more vp-on̄ me see
In guerdon yit / of that I haue you1 serued 1. [[you overlined; first deserued]]
I Be-seche you / myn̄ one lady free [ 1390]
That thervpon̄ ye wolde write me
For loue of gode / my Ryght lode stere
That dethe may make / an ende of al my were [ 1393]
(200)
Yif other cause / Aught dothe you for to dwelle [ 1394]
That with your lettre / ye me Reconfort
For though to me / your Absence is an helle
wyth pacience y wyl / my woo conforte [ 1397]
And wyth your lettre / of hope I wyl disport
Now writeth swete / And lat me thus not pleyne
wyth hope or dethe / deliuereth me from̄ peyne [ 1400]
Page  279(201) (Troilus's Letter continued)
I-wys myn̄ one dere hert trewe [ 1401]
I wote that whan̄ ye me next see
So lost haue I myn̄ hele And eke myn̄ ewe
Creseyde shal not knowe me [ 1404]
I-wys myn̄ hertis day my lady fre
Soo thrusteth ay my hert to beholde
Your beaute / that vnnethe my lyf I holde [ 1407]
(202)
I sey no more / al haue I for to sey [ 1408]
To you wel more than I tellen̄ may
But whetwyx that ye do me lyue or dey
yit prey I gode / so yeue you Ryght gode day [ 1411]
And fareth wel godely feyr fressh may
As she that lyf / or deth me may commaunde
And to your trouthe / ay I me Recommaunde [ 1414]
(203)
Wyth hele swych / but that ye yeuen̄ me [ 1415]
The same hele / I shal noon̄ hele haue
In you lieth whan ye list that it so be
The day on wyche / me clothen̄ shal my graue [ 1418]
In you my lif / in your myght for to save
Me from̄ disese / of alle peynes smerte
And fare now wele / myn̄ one swete herte [ 1421]
[Letter ends.]
(204)
Thys lettre forth / was sent vnto Creseyde [ 1422]
Of wych hir Answere / in effect was thys
Ful pitously / she wrote A-yen̄ and seyde
That al so sone / As / she myght ywys [ 1425]
She wolde come / And mende that was A-mys
And finially she wrote hym and seyde thanne
She wolde come / ye but she nyst whanne [ 1428]
Page  280(205)
But in hir lettre / made she festes [ 1429]
That wonder was / And swerith she loues hym best
Of wych he fonde / but bottomles behestes
Tut Troilus thou maist / now est or west [ 1432]
Pype in an Ivy lef / yf that the list
Thus gothe the worlde / And shel vs from̄ mischance
And euery wyght / that meneth treuthe Avanche [ 1435]
(206)
Encrecen gan̄ / the woo fro day to nyght [ 1436]
Of Troilus / for taring of Creseyde
And lassen̄ gan̄ hys hope / And eke hys myght
For wych a-doon̄ in hys bedde hym ledde [ 1439]
Ne note ne dranke / ne slepe ne worde ne seyde
Imagenynge ay that she was vnkynde
For wych wel nygh he wex oute of hys mynde [ 1442]
(207)
Thys dreme of wych I haue tolde eke be-forn̄ [leaf 59, back]
May neuer come oute of hys Remeberance
he thynketh Alwey / he hade hys lady lorn̄
And that Ioves of hys purpiance [ 1446]
Hym̄ swede hade in slepe the signifiance
Of hyr vntrouthe / And of hys disaventure
And that the boor was shewed hym in figure [ 1449]
(208)
For wych he for Gibile hys suster sente [ 1450]
That called was Cassandre eke Al aboute
And al hys dreme he tolde hyr Ar he stynte
And hir besoughte / Assoilen hym the doute [ 1453]
Of the stronge boor with hys tuskes stoute
And finially with-in a litel stounde
Cassandre hym gan̄ Ryght thus hys dreme expounde [ 1456]
Page  281(209)
She gan̄ first smyle / And seyd o brother dere [ 1457]
Yif thou a sothe / of thys desirest know
Thou most a few / of olde storyes here
To purpos how that fortune ouer-throwe [ 1460]
[Left out in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.]
Thou wel thys boor / shal know And what kynde
He comen̄ is As men in bokes fynde [ 1463]
(210)
Dyane Wych / that wrouthe And in Ire [ 1464]
For goddes nolde / hir doon̄ sacryfyce
Nencence vpon / hir Atter sette Afyre
She for the grekys gonne hir so despise [ 1467]
wrake Ire in a wonder cruel wyse
For wyth a bore / As grete As oxe in stalle
She made vp frete / hir corn̄ and vynes Alle [ 1470]
(211)
To slee thys boor / was Al the contre Reysed [ 1471]
A-monges wych ther com thys boor to see
A mayde / oon̄ of thys worlde y-preysede
And Meliagre / lord of that contre [ 1474]
he loued soo / thys ffresshe mayde fre
That with hys manhode / or he wolde stynte
Thys boor he slough / And hir the hede he sente [ 1477]
(212)
Of wych / as olde bokes tellen̄ vs [ 1478]
Ther Rose A contek / And grete envie
And of thys lord descended Thydeus
By lygne / And elles olde bokes lye [ 1481]
But how thys Meliagre gan̄ to dye
Thurgh hys moder / wil I not you telle
For Al to longe / it were for to dwelle [ 1484]
Page  282(213)
She tolde eke how Thideus or she stynte [ 1485]
Vnto the stronge Citee of Thebes
To clammen kyngdom̄ of the Citee wente
For hys felawe / Dam polymytes [ 1488]
Of wych the brother / Dam Ethiocles
Ful wrongfully / of Thebes hielde the strengħte
Thys tolde she by proces al by lenghe [ 1491]
(214)
She tolde hym how homonydes asterte [ 1492]
whan Thydeus slough fyfty knyghtes stoute
She tolde eke / alle the prophecies by herte
And how / .vii. knyghtes wyth hir Route [ 1495]
Bysegeden the Cite Al a-boute
And yf the holy / serpent And the welle
And of the furyes alle / she gan̄ hym telle [ 1498]
[Argument of the 12 Books of Statius's Thebais.]
Associat profugum / Thideo primus polimitem
Thydea ligatum / docet insidias-que secundus
Tercius homededen / canit et vates latitantes
Quartus habet Reges / ineuntes prelia septem̄
Mox furie lennie quinto narratur et Anguis
Archemory bustum / sexto ludique leguntur
Dat grayos thebes / et vatem septimus vmbris
Octauo cecidit / Thydeus spes vita phalesgis
ypomedon̄ nono / moritur cum partonepea [leaf 60]
Fulmine percussus / Decimo cappaneus superatur
Vndecimo sese perimunt per vulnera fratres
Argyua flentem narrat duodonus et ignem
Page  283(215)
Of Archymorys / buriynge of the pleys [ 1499]
And how Amphorax / felle thurgh the grounde
How Thideus was slayn̄ / lord of Argyes
And how ypomedon / in litel stounde [ 1502]
was dede And dreynt / parthenope of wounde
And eke how kynge / cappaneus the proude
Wyth thondre dynte / was slayn̄ that cryed lovde [ 1505]
(216)
She gan̄ eke telle hym / how that eyther brother [ 1506]
Ethiocles And polomyte Also
At A scarmyssħ / eche of hem slough other
And of Argyves / weping And hir woo [ 1509]
And how the tovn̄ was brent she tolde eke Also
And so descendeth dovn̄ from̄ gestes olde
To Dyomede / And thus she spake And tolde [ 1512]
(217)
Thys ylke boor / betokeneth Dyomede [ 1513]
Thydeus sone / that descended dovn̄ ys
Fro meliagre / that made the boor to blede
And thy lady where she be Ywys [ 1516]
Thys Dyomede / hir hert [hath] And she hys
wepe yf thou wylt / or lef for oute of doute
Thys Dyomede / Is inne and thou Art oute [ 1519]
(218)
Thou seyst not sothe / quod he thou sorceresse [ 1520]
with al thy fals gost of prophecyes
Thou wenest be a grete diuineresse
Now seest now / thys foole of fantasies [ 1523]
Peyneth hir / on̄ ladyes for to lye
A-wey quod he there Ioues yeue the sorowe
Thou shalt ben̄ fals paraunter yit to morowe [ 1526]
Page  284(219)
Alswel thou myghtest lyen on̄ Alceste [ 1527]
That was creature but men lye
That euer wheren̄ / kyndest and the beste
For whan̄ hir vsbonde / was in Iupartie [ 1530]
To dye hymself / but yf she wolde dye
She chees for hym / to dye and goo to helle
And starf anon̄ / as vs the bokes telle [ 1533]
(220)
Cassandre goth / And he with cruel hert [ 1534]
For-yat hys woo / ffor Angre of hyr speche
And from hys bedde / Al sodeinly he sterte
As thogh / al hool hym hade made a leche [ 1537]
And day by day / he gan̄ enquere And seche
A sothe of thys / with al hys ful cure
And thus he dryveth forthe hys Aventure [ 1540]
(221)
Fortune 1. [[-tune overlined later.]] wych that permutacion̄ [ 1541]
Of thinges hath / as hit is committed
By purpiance / And disposicion̄
Of high Iuves / as Reignes shal be flitted [ 1544]
Fro folk in folk / or whan̄ they shal be smitted
Gan pulle awey / the ffetheres bryght of Troye
From day to day / tyl they be bare of Ioye [ 1547]
(222)
Among al thys / the fyn̄ of the paradoie [ 1548]
Of Ector gan̄ / approchen̄ wonder blyue
The face wolde / hys soule shulde vnbodye
And shapen̄ hade / a meen̄ hit oute to dryue [ 1551]
A-yens wych face hym helpeth not to stryue
But on̄ a day. to fyghten̄ gan̄ he wende
At wych Allas he caught hys lyues ende [ 1554]
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For wych me thynketh euery manere wygħt [ 1555]
That haunteth Armes oughte to be-wayle
The dethe of hym that was so noble a knygħte
For as he drowe / A kynge by the ventaille [leaf 60, back]
Vnware of this / Achilles thurgħt the maille
And thurght the bodi / gan̄ him for to Ryve
And thus this worthy knight was brogħt / of lyue [ 1561]
(224)
For whom as olde bokes tellen̄ vs [ 1562]
Was made suche woo / that tonge it may not telle
And nameli / this sorowfull Troilus
That next hym was / of wurthines the welle [ 1565]
And in this woo / gan̄ troillus to dwelle
That what for sorow / loue and for vnreste
Full ofte a day / he bad his hert breste [ 1568]
(225)
But natheles / thurgh he gan̄ hym dispeir [ 1569]
And dredde that his Lady was vntrewe
Yit ay on hir / his hert gan̄ Repaire
And as thes louer / doon̄ he sough alle newe [ 1572]
To gete ageyn / Creseide bright of hewe
And in his hert / he wente hir excusinge
That Calkas caused / al hir taryinge. [ 1575]
(226)
And often̄ tymes he was in purpos grete [ 1576]
Hym selfe like a pilgrime / to disgise
To seen hir / but he may not contrefete
To be vnknowen̄ / of folke that weren̄ wise [ 1579]
Ne fynde excuse / a-Right that may souffise
Yif he a-monge the grekes knwen̄ were
For whiche he wepte / ful ofte and many a tere [ 1582]
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To hir he wrote / ful ofte tyme al newe [ 1583]
Ful pitousli / he left it for no slouthe
Besechinge hir / that sithen he was trewe
That she wolde come / ayen̄ and holde hir trouthe [ 1586]
For whicħ Creseide / vpon̄ a day for Routhe
I take hit soo / touchinge alle this matere
wrote him ayen̄ / and seide as ye may here [ 1589]
(228) (Criseyde's Letter to Troilus)
Cupides sone / ensample of godelyhede [ 1590]
O. swerd of knyghthode / cours of gentilnesse
Howe myght a wight / in tourment and drede
And heleles / you sende as yit gladnesse [ 1593]
I hertles / I sike I / in distresse
Syn ye withe me / ne I withe you may dele
You neither sen I / hert may nor hele [ 1596]
(229)
Youre lettres full / the papere al I-pleynted [ 1597]
Conceyued hath / my hertis pitee
I haue eke seen̄ / withe terys al depaynted
Þoure lettre / and how that / ye requeren me [ 1600]
To come ayen̄ / which yit ne may not bee
But whi / lest that this lettre yfounde were
No mencion̄ make I now for fere. [ 1603]
(230)
Greuous to me / god wote is your vnreste [ 1604]
Þoure haste / and that the goddes ordinaunce
Hit semeth noght / ye take it for the best
Nor other thinge / is in youre Remembraunce [ 1607]
As thinkithe me / but oonly youre plesaunce
But beth not wroothe . and that I you beseche
For that I tarye / is alle for wikked speche [ 1610]
Page  287(231) (Criseyde's Letter continued)
For I haue herde wel more that I wende [ 1611]
Touchinge vs too / how thinges han̄ I-stonde
Whiche I shaɫɫ / withe dissymelinge amende
And bethe not Wrothe / I haue eke vnderstonde [ 1614]
How ye ne doon̄ / but holden̄ me on honde
But nowe no force / I can̄ not in you gesse
But aɫɫ treuth / and eke aɫɫ gentelnesse [ 1617]
(232)
Come I wilɫ but yit in swicħ disioynt [ 1618]
I stonde as now þat what yere or day
That this shall be / that can I not appoynt
But in effecte / y pray yow as I may [leaf 61]
Of your gode worde / And frendchype ay
For truly while that my lyf may dure
As for a frende / ye may in me Assure [ 1624]
(233)
Yit pray I you / on̄ euyl ye ne take [ 1625]
That it is shorte / wych that I to you wryte
I dar not there I am wel lettres make
Ne neuer yit / cowde I wel endite [ 1628]
Eke grete Affecte / men̄ write in place lite
Then̄ entent is al / And not lettres space
And fareth now wel / god haue you in hys grace. [ 1631]
[Letter ends.]
(234)
Thys Troilus / thys lettre thougħt al straunge [ 1632]
Whan he yt saugh / And sorowfully sygħt
hym thougħt it like / a kalendes of a chaunge
But finially / he fulɫ ne trowen̄ mygħt [ 1635]
That she ne wolde hym holde as she hygħt
For wycħ ffull evyl wyl lyst hym to leve
That louetħ wel / in suche cas thogħ hym greve [ 1638]
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But natles men̄ seyn At the laste [ 1639]
For Any thinge / men̄ shal the sothe see
And suche A cas betyde And that as faste
[Left out in Harl. 1239. No gap for it.] [ 1642]
Nas not so kynde / as that hir ougħt to bee
And finially he wote now oute of doute
That al is loste / that he hath gon̄ A-boute [ 1645]
(236)
Stode on̄ a day / in hys malyncolye [ 1646]
Thys troilus / And in suspecion̄
Of hir for whom̄ / he wende for to dye
And so befelle / that thorogh Troye tovn̄ [ 1649]
As was the gyse / born was vp and dovn̄
A manere Cote Armere as seyth the storye
Beforn̄ Dephebe / in sygne of hys victorye [ 1652]
(237)
The wyche Cote / as telleth lollius [ 1653]
Deiphebus it hade Rente fro Dyomede
The same day / And whan Thys troilus
hit saugħ / he gan̄ to take of hit hede [ 1656]
A-vising of the lengetħ And of the breyde
And al the werke / but as he gan̄ beholde
Ful sodeinly / hys hert gan̄ to colde [ 1659]
(238)
As he that on̄ the coler fonde with-ine [ 1660]
A broche that he / Creseyde yaf that morow
That she from̄ Troye / must nedeles twynne
In Remememberance / of hym And of hys sorow [ 1663]
And she hym leyde / hir feyth to borow
To kepe it ay / but now fulɫ wel he wyst
Hys lady vas no lenger on̄ to truste [ 1666]
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1. [[The usual large Initial letter is omitted here.]] he gothe hym whome and gan̄ ful sone sende [ 1667]
For pandarus / and al thys newe chaunce
And of thys broche / he tolde hym worde and ende
Compleynynge / of hir hertis variance [ 1670]
hys longe loue / hys trouthe And hys penance
And afftyr dethe wyth-oute wordes more
Ful fast he cryede / hys Reste to hym Restore [ 1673]
(240)
Than spake he thus / o lady myn̄ Creseyde [ 1674]
where is your feytħ / And where is your beheste
where is your loue / were is your trouthe he seyde
Of Dyomede / haue ye now al thys feste [ 1677]
Allas I wolde / han̄ trowed atte leste
That sythe he nolde / in trouthe to me stonde
That ye thus nolde / halden̄ me in honde [ 1680]
(241)
Who shal now trowe on̄ any othes moo [ 1681]
Allas I wolde / neuer wened or thys
That ye Creseyde cowde han changede soo
Ne but I hade A-gylte and dovn̄ A-mys [ 1684]
Soo cruel Wende I not your Hert ywys [leaf 61, back]
To slee me thus / allas your name of trouthe
Is now fordovn̄ / and that is al my Routhe [ 1687]
(242)
Was there non̄ other broche / you liste lete [ 1688]
To feffe with your / new loue quod he
But thilke broche / that I with terys Wete
you yaf as for A Rememberance of me [ 1691]
Non̄ other cause / allas ne had ye
But for despite / and eke for that ye mente
Alɫ bitterly to shew / your entente [ 1694]
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Thurgh wycħ I see / that clene oute of your mynde [ 1695]
Ye han me caste / and I ne can̄ nor may
For al thys worlde / with-ine my hert fynde
To vnlouen̄ you / a quarter of a day [ 1698]
In cursed tyme / I born̄ was welaway
That ye that doo me / al this 1. [[this overlines]] world endure
yit loue I beste / of any creature [ 1701]
(244)
Now gode quod he / me sende yit thy grace [ 1702]
That I may mete with thys Dyomede
And trewly yf I may haue mygħt and space
yit shal I make / I hope hys sydes blede [ 1705]
O gode quod he / that oughtest take hede
To further trouthe / And wronges to punyce
Wy nyl thou / doo a Vengeance of thys vice [ 1708]
(245)
O Pandare that in dremes for to truste [ 1709]
Me blamed hast / And wont oft vpbreyde
Now maistow seen̄ / thisel / yf that the liste
how trewe is now thy nece brygħt Creseyde [ 1712]
In sondry fourmes / gode yt wote he seyde
The goddes shewen̄ / bothe Ioye And tene
In slepe / And by my / dreme it is now seene [ 1715]
(246)
And certeinly / with-oute more speche [ 1716]
From̄ henforth / as ferforth as I may
Myn̄ one dethe / in Armes wol I seche
I Recche not how soone / by the day [ 1719]
But trewly / Creseyde swete may
Whom I haue ay / with al my mygħt yseruede
That ye thus doovn̄ / I haue it not deservede [ 1722]
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This pandarus that aɫɫ thes thinges herde [ 1723]
And wyst wel he seyde A sothe of thys
he not a worde / ayen̄ to hym answerde
For sory of hys frendes sorow he is [ 1726]
And shamed / for hys nyce hath doon̄ A-mys
And stant A-stoned / of thes cases tweye
As stylle as ston̄ / a worde ne cowde he seye [ 1729]
(248)
But at the last / thus spake he and seyde [ 1730]
My brother dere / I may doo þe nomore
what sholde I seyn̄ / I hate ywys Creseide
And gode wote I wyl / hate hir euermore [ 1733]
And that thou me / besoughtest of youre
Hauynge vnto my honour and my reste
Ryght no Rewarde / I dide al that the liste [ 1736]
(249)
Yif I dide ougħt / that myght liken̄ the [ 1737]
It is my lief / and of thys treson̄ now
Gode wote that it a sorow is vnto me
And dredles / for hertes ese of you [ 1740]
Ryght fayn̄ I wolde / a-mende wyst I how
And fro thys worlde / almygħty gode I pray
Deliuer hir soone / I can̄ nomore seyn̄ [ 1743]
(250)
Grete was the sorow / And pleynt of Troylus [ 1744]
But forthe hir cours / ay fortune gan̄ to holde
Creseyde loueth / the sone of Thideus
And Troilus mote wepe in cares colde [ 1747]
Suche is the Worlde / Who-so can̄ it beholde [leaf 62]
That in suche thinge / is litel hertis Reste
God leve vs / for to take it for the beste [ 1750]
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In many cruel bataille oute of drede [ 1751]
Of Troilus thus ylke noble knygħte
As men̄ may in thys olde 1. [[olde overlined.]] bokes Rede
Was seen̄ hys knygħthode / And hys grete myght [ 1754]
And dredles hys Ire / day and nygħt
Ful cruelly thy grekys ay a-boughte
And alwey most / thys Dyomede he sougħt [ 1757]
(252)
And ofte tyme I fynde that they mete [ 1758]
With blody strokes / and with wordes grete
Assaing / how hir speres weren̄ whette
And gode wote / with many cruel hete [ 1761]
Gan̄ Troilus vpon̄ / hys helme to bete
But natlees fortune / hit ne wolde
Of others hande / that either dyen̄ shulde [ 1764]
(253)
And yf I hade taken̄ for to write [ 1765]
Tharmes of thys ylke Worthy man̄
Than wolde I of his batailles endite
But for that I to writen̄ first I began̄ [ 1768]
Of hys loue / I haue seyd as I can̄
Hys worthy dedes who-so lust hem̄ here
Rede Dares / he can̄ telle aɫɫ in fere [ 1771]
(254)
Beseching euery lady / bryght of hewe [ 1772]
And euery gentilwoman̄ what she be
That al be it / Creseyde was vntrewe
That for that gilt / ye be not wrothe with me [ 1775]
Ye may hir gilt / in other bokes see
And gladelyer wole I / write yf that ye lyst
Penelopes trouthe and gode Alceste [ 1778]
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Ne sey I not thus / oonly for thys men̄ [ 1779]
But most for women̄ / that betrayed be
Thurgħ fals folk / gode yeue hem̄ sorow Amen̄
That hir grete witte / and subtelte [ 1782]
Betrayeth so you and thus comeuethe me
To speke and in effecte / I you al pray
Beware of men̄ / and herken̄ what I seye [ 1785]
(256)
Goo litel boke my litel Targedye 1. [sic] [ 1786]
There gode thy makere / yit or that he deye
Soo sende mygħt / to make in comedie
Som̄ litel boke / causink noon̄ envie [ 1789]
But subget to 2. [[to overlined.]] be / to al posye
And kysse the stappes / where as thou seest space
Virgile . Ouyde . Omer / Lucan and stace [ 1792]
(257)
And for there is so grete diuersitee [ 1793]
In englissħ / and in writinge of your tonge
So prey to gode / that noon̄ myswrite the
Ne the mysmetre / for defaute of tonge [ 1796]
And Redde whersoo thou bee or elles songe
That thou be vnderstonde / gode I beseche
But yit to purpos / of my Rather speche [ 1799]
(258)
The wrathe / as I be-gan̄ you for to seye [ 1800]
Of Troilus the grekes boughten̄ dere
For thousandes / hys hondes maden̄ dye
As he that was wythouten̄ any pere [ 1803]
Save Ector in hys tyme as I can̄ here
But welaway / wyth-oute goddes wille
Ful pitously / hym slough the fiers Acchille [ 1806]
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1. [[The usual large initial letter is wanting here, and in the margin is nota.]] And whan̄ that he was slayn̄ in thys manere [ 1807]
hys lyght goost ful blisfully wente
Vp to the holownesse / of the seuentħ spere.
In conuers lotyng · euerich element / [ 1810]
And there he saugh with fuɫɫ a-visemente [leaf 62, back]
Therratyk sterres herkenynge hermonye
With sovnes fuɫɫ / of heuenesse melodie [ 1813]
(260)
And dovn̄ fro thennes fast he can̄ Avise [ 1814]
Thys litel spotte of erthe / that with the see
Enbraced is / and fully gan̄ devise
Thys wrechyd worlde And hield al vanite [ 1817]
To Respecte of that pleine felicite
That is in heuen̄ A-boue and at laste
There he was slayn̄ / hys lokynge dovn̄ he caste *. [[Addit. 12,044 ends here.]] [ 1820]
(261)
And hym self lougħ Ryght at the woo [ 1821]
Of hem̄ that wepten̄ / for hys deth so faste
And dam̄pned alle / oure werkes that folowyth soo
The blynde lust / the wycħ may not laste [ 1824]
And shulden̄ al oure hert in heuen̄ caste
And forth he wente / shortly for to telle
There as mercurye / shortetħ hym to dwelle [ 1827]
(262)
Swych fyn̄ hath loo / thys Troilus for loue [ 1828]
Suche fyn̄ hath alle / hys grete worthynesse
Swycħ fyn̄ hatħ hys estat ryal a-boue
Suche fyn̄ hys lust / suche fyn hys noblesse [ 1831]
Swycħ fyn̄ hatħ / worldes brotelnesse
And thus be-gan̄ / hys loving of Creseyde
As I haue tolde / and in thys wyse he dyede [ 1834]