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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THREE MORE PARALLEL TEXTS OF CHAUCER'S TROILUS AND CRISEYDE FROM MS. L1 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, M.A., TRIN. HALL, CAMBRIDGE HON. DR. PHIL. BERLIN

WITH A NOTE ON CHAUCER'S BORROWINGS FROM BENOÎT DE SAINTE-MORE BY G. C. MACAULAY, M.A., TRIN. COLL. CAMBRIDGE

[Title page for First Series Nos. LXXXVII and LXXXVIII]

PUBLISHED FOR THE CHAUCER SOCIETY BY KEGAN PAUL, TRENCH, TRÜBNER & CO., LIMITED, BROADWAY HOUSE, LUDGATE HILL, E.C. AND BY HUMPHREY MILFORD, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, AMEN CORNER, LONDON, E.C., AND IN NEW YORK

1894-1895

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Chaucer's Troilus.

[St. John's College, Cambridge, L. 1.]

(1) (Proem.)
THe dowble sorowe of Troilus to tellen. [fol. 1a] [ 1]
That was the kyng Priamus son of Troye.
In lowynge how his auentures fellen.
ffro wo to wele and after out of Ioye. [ 4]
My purpos is / or that I parte fro ye.
Theisphone thow help me for tendite.
Thise woful vers that wepen as I write. [ 7]
(2) (Invocation.)
To the clepe I thow goddesse of torment. [ 8]
Thow cruel furye sorwynge euere in peyne.
Help me þat am the sorwful Instrument.
That helpith louers as I kan to pleyne. [ 11]
ffor wel it sit the sothe for to seyne.
A woful wight to han a drery fere.
And to a sorwful tale a sory chere. [ 14]
(3)
ffor I þat god of loues seruantȝ serue. [ 15]
Ne dar to loue for myn vnliklynesse.
Preien for sped al sholde .I. ther for sterue.
Se fer am I from his help in dirknesse. [ 18]
But natheles yif this may don gladnesse.
Vn to any louer and his cause auaile.
Haue he my thonk / and myn be this trauaile. [ 21]
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But ye louers þat bathen in gladnesse. [ 22]
yif any drope of pite in yow be.
Remembreth yow on passed heuynesse.
That ye han felt / and on the aduersite. [ 25]
Of other folk / and thinketh how þat ye.
Han felt þat loue dorste yow displese.
Or ye han wonne hym with to gret an ese. [ 28]
(5)
And preyeth for hem þat ben in the cas. [ 29]
Of Troilus. as ye may after heere.
That loue hem brynge in heuenne to solas.
And eke for me preyeth to god so deere. [ 32]
That I haue myght to schewe in som manere.
Swich peyne and wo as loues folk endure.
In Troilus vnsely auenture. [ 35]
(6)
And biddeth ek for hem þat ben desespeyred. [fol. 1b] [ 36]
In loue / þat neuer nil recouered be.
And ek for hem þat falsly ben apeyred.
Thorw wikkyd tonges / be it he or she. [ 39]
Thus biddeth god for his benygnete.
So graunte hem soone out of þis world to pace.
That ben despeyred out of loues grace. [ 42]
(7)
And biddeth ek for hem þat ben at ese. [ 43]
That god hem graunte ay good perseueraunce.
And sende hem myght hir ladys so to plese.
That it to loue be worschipp and plesaunce. [ 46]
ffor so hope I my soule best auaunce.
To preye for hem þat loues seruantȝ be.
And write hir wo and lyue in charite. [ 49]
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And for to haue of hem compassioun. [ 50]
As thogh I weere hir owne brother deere.
Now herkneth with a good entencioun.
ffor now wol I gon streyght to my matere. [ 53]
In which ye may the double sorwes heere.
Of Troilus in louynge of Criseide.
And how þat she for sook hym or she deyde. [ 56]
(9) (Story.)
IT is wel wist how þat the grekys stronge. [ 57]
In armes with a thowsand shipes wente.
To Troyewardes and the cite longe.
Assegeden / wel x yer or they stente. [ 60]
And in diuerse wyse and oon entente.
The Rauyssynge to wreken of Eleyne.
By Parys don / they wroughten al hir peyne. [ 63]
(10)
Now fil it so þat in the town ther was. [ 64]
Dwellynge a lord of gret auctorite.
A gret deuyn þat cleped was calcas.
That in science so expert was þat he. [ 67]
Knew wel þat Troye sholde destroied be.
By answere of his god þat hight thus.
Dann phebus or Appollo delphicus. [ 70]
(11)
So when þat kalcas knew by calculynge. [fol. 2a] [ 71]
And ek by answere of this Appollo.
That grekys sholden swich a poeple brynge.
Thorw which þat Troye most be for do. [ 74]
He caste onon out of the town to go.
ffor wel wist he by sort þat Troye sholde.
Destroyed ben / ye wolde who so nolde. [ 77]
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ffor which for to departen softely. [ 78]
Took purpos ful this for knowynge wyse.
And to þe grekys oost ful pryuyly.
He stal anon and they in curteys wyse. [ 81]
Hym deden bothen worschipe and seruyse.
In trust þat he hath konnynge hem to reede.
In euery peril which þat is to drede. [ 84]
(13)
The noyse vp ros whan it was first espied. [ 85]
Thorw al the town / and generaly was spoken.
That kalcas traytour fled was and alied.
Wyth hem of grece and casten to ben wroken. [ 88]
On hym þat falsly hadde his feyth so broken.
And seyden he and al his kyn at ones.
Ben worthi for to brennen fel and bones. [ 91]
(14)
Now hadde calcas left in þis meschaunce. [ 92]
Al vnwist of this fals and wykked dede.
His dowghtir which þat was in grete penaunce.
ffor of hir lif sho was ful soore in drede. [ 95]
As sho þat nyste what was beste to rede.
ffor bothe a wydewe was she and alone.
Of any frende to whome she dorste hire mone. [ 98]
(15)
Criseide was this lady name al ryght. [ 99]
As to my dom in al Troyes Citee.
Nas non so fair for passyng euery wyght.
So angelik was hire natif beaute. [ 102]
That lik a thyng inmortale semed she.
As is an heuenyssh parfite creature.
That down were sent in scornynge of nature. [ 105]
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This lady which þat herde al day at ere. [fol. 2b] [ 106]
Hir fadris shame / his falsnesse and treson.
wel neygh out of hir wit for sorwe and fere.
In widewis habit blak of samyt broun. [ 109]
On knees she fil biforn Ector adown.
with pitous vois / and tendirly wepynge.
Hys mercy bad hir siluen excusynge. [ 112]
(17)
Now was this Ector pitous of nature. [ 113]
And saw þat she was sorwfully bigone.
And þat she was so fair a creature.
Of his goodnesse he gladede hir anone. [ 116]
And seide / lat yowre fadres treison agone.
fforth with meschaunce / and ye yowre self in Ioye.
Dwelleth with vs whil ȝow good list in Troye. [ 119]
(18)
And al thonour þat men may don yow haue. [ 120]
As ferforth as yowr fadir dwelled heere.
Ye shol han / and yowr body shal men saue.
As fer as I may aught enquere and heere. [ 123]
And she hym thanked with ful humble cheere.
And oftir wolde and it had ben his wille.
And tooke hire leue and hom and held hir stille. [ 126]
(19)
And in hir hous she abood wyth swich meyne. [ 127]
As til hir honour nede was to holde.
And whil she was dwellynge in þat Cite.
Kepte hir astate / and bothe of yonge and olde. [ 130]
fful wel beloued / and wel men of hir tolde.
But wheithir þat sche children hadde or non.
I rede it nat / ther for I late it gon. [ 133]
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The thinges fellen as they don of were. [ 134]
By twixen hem of Troye and grekes ofte.
ffor som day boghten thei of Troye it dere.
And eft þe grekes fownden no thing softe. [ 137]
The folk of Troye / and thus fortune on lofte.
And wonder ofte 1. [The original words erased, under eft is written by a later hand.] gan hem whielen bothe.
Aftir hir cours / ay whil þat thei were wrothe.
(21)
But how this town com to destruccion. [fol. 3a] [ 141]
Ne falleth naught to purpos me to telle.
ffor it were heere a long disgression.
ffro my matere and yow to long to dwelle. [ 144]
But the troian gestes as they felle.
In omer / or in dares / or in dite.
who so þat kan may rede hem as they write. [ 147]
(22)
But though þat grekes hem of Troye shetten. [ 148]
And hir Cite bysegede al a boute.
Hir olde vsage nolde they nat letten.
As for to honoure hir goddes ful deuoute. [ 151]
But aldermost in honour out of doute.
They hadde a relik / het palladion.
That was hire trust a bouen euerychon. [ 154]
(23)
And so bifil whan comen was þe tyme. [ 155]
Of aperil / when clothed is þe mede.
with newe grene of lusty veer the pryme.
And swote smellen floures whyte and reede. [ 158]
In sondry wises shewed as I reede.
The folk of Troye hir obseruaunces olde.
Palladions feste for to holde. [ 161]
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And to þe temple in al hire beste wise. [ 162]
In general ther wente mony a wyght.
To herknen of Palladion seruyse.
And namely so mony a lusty knyght. [ 165]
So mony a lady fressh and mayden bryght.
fful wel arayed bothe þe meste and þe leste.
Ye bothe for the seson and the feeste. [ 168]
(25)
A mong this oother folk was Criseida. [ 169]
In widwes habit blak / but natheles.
Right as our first letter is now an .a.
In beaute first so stood she makeles. [ 172]
Hir goodly lokynge gladede al þe prees.
Nas neuir yit seyn thing / to ben preysed derre.
Nor vnder kloude blake / so bright a sterre. [ 175]
(26)
As was Criseyde as folk seyde euerychone. [fol. 3b] [ 176]
That hir beholden in hir blake wede.
And yit she stood ful lowe and stil alone.
Byhyndyn oother folk in litel brede. [ 179]
And ney þe dore. ay vndir shames drede.
Symple of atir and debonar of chere.
with ful assured lokynge and manere. [ 182]
(27)
This Troilus as he was wont to gide. [ 183]
His yonge knyghtees ladde hem vp and down.
In thilke large temple on euery syde.
Biholdyng ay the ladyes of þe town. [ 186]
Now her now ther for no deuocion.
Hadde he to non / to reuen hym his reste.
But gan to preyse and lakken whom him leste. [ 189]
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And in his walke full faste he gan to wayten. [ 190]
yif knyght or squier of his compaygnye.
Gan for to sike / or lete hise eyen bayten.
On any woman þat he koude espye. [ 193]
He wolde smyle and holden it folie.
And seye hym thus / god wote she slepth ful softe.
ffor loue of the / whan thow tornest ful ofte. [ 196]
(29)
I haue herd told pardieux of yowr lyuynge. [ 197]
Ye loueris / and yowr lewed obseruaunces.
And which a labour folk han in wynnynge.
Of loue / and in the kepynge which doutaunces. [ 200]
And whan yowr praye is lost wo and penanaunces.
O. verray fooles nyce and blynde ben ye.
Ther nys nat oon kan war by oother be. [ 203]
(30)
And with þat word he gan caste vp the browe. [ 204]
Ascances lo / is this nat wisly spoken.
At which the god of loue gan loken rowe.
Right for despite / and shop for to ben wroken. [ 207]
And kidde anon his bowe nas nat broken.
ffor sodeynly he hitte hym at the fulle.
And yit as proud a pecok kan he pulle. [ 210]
(31)
O blynde world .o. blynde entencion. [fol. 4a] [ 211]
How often falleth alle theffect contraire.
Of surquidrie and foule presumpcion.
ffor kaught is proud and kaught is debonaire. [ 214]
This Troilus is cloumben on the staire.
And litil weneth þat he mot descenden.
But alday faileth thing þat fooles wenden. [ 217]
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As proud bayard gynneth for to skippe. [ 218]
Out of the wey so priketh him his corn.
Til he a lassh haue of þe longe whippe.
Than thinketh he thought I praunce al beforn. [ 221]
ffirst in the trais ful fat and newe shorn.
Yit am I but an hors and horses lawe.
I mot endure and with my feeres drawe. [ 224]
(33)
So ferde it by this fierse and proud knyght. [ 225]
Thought he a worthi kynges sone were.
And wende no thing hadde had swich myght.
Ayein his wil þat sholde his herte stiere [ 228]
yit with a look his herte wax a feere.
That he þat now was most in pride aboue.
wax sodeynly most subget vn to loue. [ 231]
(34)
ffor thi ensaumple taketh of this man. [ 232]
Ye wise / proude / and worthy folkes alle.
To scornen loue / which that so sone kan.
The fredom of yowre hertes to hym thralle. [ 235]
ffor euere it was / and euere it shal be falle
That loue is he þat al thynge may byndde.
ffor may no man for do þe lawe of kynde. [ 238]
(35)
That this be sothe hath prouede and doth yit. [ 239]
ffor this trow I ye knowen al or some.
Men reden nat þat folk han gretter wit.
Than they þat kan ben meste with loue Inome. [ 242]
And strangest folk ben ther with ouercome.
The worthyeste and gretteeste of degree.
This was and is and yit men shal it se. [ 245]
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And treweliche it sit wel to ben so. [fol. 4b] [ 246]
ffor alderwiseste han therwith ben plesed.
And they þat haue ben aldermoste in wo.
with loue haue ben conforted most and esed. [ 249]
And oft it hath þe cruel herte apesed.
And worthi folk / maad worthier of name.
And causeth most to dreden vice and shame. [ 252]
(37)
Now sith it may nat goodly ben withstonde. [ 253]
And is a thing so vertuous in kynde.
Refuseth nat to loue for to be bonde.
Syn as hym seluen list he may yow bynde. [ 256]
The yerde is bet þat bowen wol and wynde.
Than that þat brest / and therfor .I. yow reede.
To folwen loue / þat yow so wel kan leede. [ 259]
(38)
But for to tellen forth in special. [ 260]
As of this kynges sone of which I tolde.
And leten oother thing collaterall.
Of hym thenke I my tale forth to holde. [ 263]
Bothe of his Ioyes / and of his cares coolde.
And al his werk / as touchyng this matere.
ffor I it gan I wil ther to refere. [ 266]
(39)
With in þe temple he wente hym forth pleyinge. [ 267]
This Troilus of euery wyght aboute.
On this lady / and now on that lokynge.
wher so she were of towne or of with oute. [ 270]
And vp on cas byfil þat thorw a route.
His eye percede / and so depe it wente.
Til on Criseyde it smot / and ther it stente. [ 273]
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And sodeynly he wax ther with astoned. [ 274]
And gan hir bet beholde in thrifty wyse.
O mercy god thoughte he wher hastow woned.
That art so fair and goodly to deuyse. [ 277]
Ther with his herte gan to sprede and ryse.
And softe siked lest men myght hym heere.
And caughte ayein his first pleying cheere. [ 280]
(41)
She nas nat with the leeste of hir stature [fol. 5a] [ 281]
But al hir lymes so wele answerynge.
weeren to wommanhod / þat creature.
Nas neuere lasse mannyssh in semynge. [ 284]
And ek the pure wise of hir mouynge.
Shewed wel þat men myght in hir gesse.
Honour / estat and wommanly noblesse. [ 287]
(42)
To Troilus right wonder wele with alle. [ 288]
Gan for to lyke hir moeuynge and hir cheere.
which somdel deignous was / for she let falle.
Hir look / a lite aside / in swiche manere. [ 291]
Ascaunces what may I nat stonden heere.
And after þat hir lokynge gan she lyghte.
That neuere thought hym sen so good a syghte. [ 294]
(43)
And of hir look in hym ther gan to quyken. [ 295]
So gret desire / and swiche affeccioun.
That in his hertes botine gan to stiken.
Of hir / his fix and dep inpressioun. [ 298]
And though he erst had poured vp and downe.
He was tho glade hise hornes in to shrynke.
Vnnethes wiste he how to loke or wynke. [ 301]
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Lo he þat leet hym seluen so konnynge. [ 302]
And scorned hem þat loues peynes dryen.
was ful vnwar þat loue hadde his dwellynge.
with in the subtil stremes of hir eyne. [ 305]
That sodeynly hym thought he felte deyen.
Right with hir look the spirit of his herte.
Blissed be loue þat kan thus folk conuerte. [ 308]
(45)
She this in blak likynge to troilus. [ 309]
Ouer al thing / he stood for to biholde.
Ne his desir / ne wher for he stood thus.
He neyther chere made ne word tolde. [ 312]
But fram a fer his manere for to holde.
On oother thing som tyme his look he caste.
And eft on hir / whil þat seruyse laste. [ 315]
(46)
And aftir this nat fullische al a whaped. [fol. 5b] [ 316]
Out of the temple al esiliche he wente.
Repentyng hym þat he hadde euere I Iaped.
Of loues folk. lest fully the descente. [ 319]
Of scorn / fille on hym self. but whate he mente.
Lest it weere wist on ony maner side.
Hys wo he gan dissimulen and hide. [ 322]
(47)
Whan he was fro the temple thus departed. [ 323]
He streyght anon vnto the paleys torneth.
Right with hir look thorw shoten and thorw darted.
Al feyneth he in lust þat he soiorneth. [ 326]
And al hys cheere and speche also he borneth.
And ay of loues seruantȝ euery while.
Hym selfe to wrye at hem he gan to smyle. [ 329]
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And seyde lord so ye lyue al in leste. [ 330]
Ye loueris / for the konnyngeste of yow.
That seruyth most ententiflische and best.
Hym tit as often harme ther of as prow. [ 333]
Yowr hire is quyt ageyn / ye god woot how.
Naught wel / for wel / but scorn for good seruyse.
In fayth yowre ordre is ruled in good wyse. [ 336]
(49)
In noun certeyne ben alle yowre obseruaunces. [ 337]
But it a fewe sely poyntes be.
Ne no thing axketh so gret attendaunces.
As doth youre lay and that knowe alle ye. [ 340]
But þat is nat the worste as mote .I. the.
But tolde I yow the werste poynte I leeue.
Al seyde I sothe ye wolden at me greue. [ 343]
(50)
But tak this þat the loueris ofte escue. [ 344]
Or elles don of good entencioun.
fful ofte thy lady wol it mys construe.
And deme it harm by hir opynioun. [ 347]
And yit yif she for oother enchesoun.
Be wrothe than shaltow han a groyn anon.
Lorde wel is hym that may ben of yow oon. [ 350]
(51)
But for al this whan þat he say his tyme. [fol. 6a] [ 351]
He helde his pees / non oother boot hym gaynede.
ffor loue be gan hise fetheres so to lyme.
That wel vnnethe vntil his folk he faynede. [ 354]
That oother bisie nedes hym destreynede.
ffor wo was hym that what to don he nyste.
But bad his folk to gon wher þat hem liste. [ 357]
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And whan that he in chaumbre was allone. [ 358]
He down vp on his beddes feet hym sette.
And first he gan to sike and efte to grone.
And thought ay so on hir with outen lette. [ 361]
That as he sat and wook his spirit mette.
That he hir saugh / and temple / and al the wise.
Right of hir looke / and gan it newe auyse. [ 364]
(53)
Thus gan he make a mirrour of his mynde. [ 365]
In which he say al holly hir figure.
And þat he wel koude in his herte fynde.
It was to hym a right good auenture. [ 368]
To loue swich oon / and yif he dede his cure.
To seruen hir / yit myght he falle in grace.
Or ellis for oon of hir seruantȝ pace. [ 371]
(54)
Imaginynge that trauaylle nor grame. [ 372]
Ne myght for so goodly oon be lorne.
As she / ne hym for his desir no shame.
Al weere it wist / but in pris and vp borne. [ 375]
Of al loueris wel moore than byforne.
Thus argumented he in begynnynge.
Ful vnauysed of his wo commynge. [ 378]
(55)
Thus tooke he purpos loues craft to suwe. [ 379]
And thought he wolde wirkyn pryuyly.
ffirste to hiden his desir in muwe.
ffrom euery wight I born al outerly. [ 382]
But he myghte oght recouered ben ther by.
Remembryng hym / þat loue to wide I blowe.
Yelt bitter fruyt / though swete seed be sowe. [ 385]
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And ouere al this muchel moore he thought. [fol. 6b] [ 386]
what for to speke / and what to holden inne.
And what to arten hir to loue he soghte.
And on a song anon ryght to begynne. [ 389]
And gan loud on his sorwe for to wynne.
For with good hope he gan fullysche assente.
Criscide for to loue and naught repente. [ 392]
(57)
And of his song nat only the sentence. [ 393]
As writ myn auctour called lollius.
But pleynly saue our tonges difference.
I dar wel say in al þat Troilus. [ 396]
Seyde in his song / loo euery worde right thus.
As .I. shal seyn / and who so list it heere.
Lo next this verse ye may it fynden heere. [ 399]
(58) (Troilus's Song, from Petrarch's 88th Sonnet.)
Yif no loue is o god what fele .I. so. [ 400]
And yif loue is / what thing and which is he.
yif loue be good / from whennes comth my wo.
yif it be wilke a wonder thinketh me. [ 403]
whenne euery torment and aduersite.
That comth of hym may to me sauory thinke.
ffor ay thurst I the moore þat ich it drynke. [ 406]
(59) (From Petrarch.)
And yif þat at myn owne lust I brenne. [ 407]
ffrom whennes comyth my waylynge and my pleynte.
yif harme agree me I wher to pleyne I thenne.
I noot. / ne whi vnwery þat I feynte. [ 410]
O quyke deth / o swete harm so queynte.
How may of the in me swich quantite.
But yif that I consente þat it be. [ 413]
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And yif þat I consente .I. wrongfully. [ 414]
Compleyne .I.-wis thus possed to and fro.
Al steereles with Inne a boot am .I.
A mydde the see betwixen wyndes two. [ 417]
That in contrarie stonden euer mo.
Allas what is this wondir maladie.
ffor hete of cold / for colde of hete I dye. [ 420]
(End of Troilus's Song from Petrarch's 88th Sonnet.)
(61)
And to the god of loue thus seyde he. [fol. 7a] [ 421]
with pitous vois / .a. lord now yowres is.
Mi spirit which þat aught youres be.
Yow thanke I lord þat han me brought to this. [ 424]
But wheither goddesse or womman .I.-wis.
She be I not / which þat ye do me serue.
But as hir man .I. wol ay lyue and sterue. [ 427]
(62)
ye stonden in hir eyen myghtyly. [ 428]
As in a plase vnto your vertu digne.
wherfore lorde yif my seruyse or .I.
May liken yow / so beth to me benyngne. [ 431]
ffor myn estat roial here I resigne.
In to hir hand / and with ful humble cheere.
By come hir man as to my lady deere. [ 434]
(63)
In hym ne deynede sparen blood real. [ 435]
The fir of loue / the wher fro god me blesse.
Ne hym forbar in no degree for al.
Hys vertu or his excellent prowesse. [ 438]
But held hym als his thral lowe in destresse.
And brende hym so in sondry wisse ay newe.
That sexty tyme a day he lost his hewe. [ 441]
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So mochel day fro day his owne thought. [ 442]
ffor lust to hir / gan quyken and encresce.
That euerych oother charge he sette at nought.
fforthy ful ofte his hoote fir to cesse. [ 445]
To sen hir goodly look / he gan to preese.
ffor ther by to ben esed wel he wende.
And ay the neer he was the moore he brende. [ 448]
(65)
ffor ay the neer the fir the hotter is. [ 449]
This trow I knoweth al this compaignye.
But wer he fer or neer I dar say this.
By nyght or day for wisdom or folye. [ 452]
His herte which þat is his brestes ye.
Was ay on hir þat fayrer was to seene.
Than euere weere Eleyne or Polyxene. [ 455]
(66)
Ek of the day ther passed naught an houre. [fol. 7b] [ 456]
That to hym self a thousande tyme he seyde.
Good goodly to whom serue I laboure.
As I best kan. now wold god Criseyde. [ 459]
Ye wolden on me rewe or þat I deyde.
My dere herte allas myn heele and hewe.
And lif is lost but ye wol on me rewe. [ 462]
(67)
Alle oothre dredes weeryn from hym fleedde. [ 463]
Bothe of thassege and hys sauacioun.
Ne in his desir non oothre fownes bredde.
But argumentȝ to his conclusioun. [ 466]
That she on hym wold han compassioun.
And he to ben hir man whil he may dure.
Lo here is lif and from the deth his cure. [ 469]
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The sharpe shoures felle of armes proue. [ 470]
That Ector or hise oother brethren deden.
Ne maade hym oonly ther for oonys moeue.
And yit was he wher so men wente or ryden. [ 473]
ffownde on the beste / and langest tyme abyden.
Ther peril was / and dede ek swich trauaile.
In armes that to thynk it was maruayle. [ 476]
(69)
But for non hate he to the grekys hadde. [ 477]
Ne also for the rescous of the town.
Ne made hym thus in armes for to madde.
But oonly lo / for this conclusioun. [ 480]
To liken hir the bet for his renoun.
ffro day to day in armes so he spedde.
That the grekys as the deth hym dredde. [ 483]
(70)
And fro this forth tho refte hym loue hys slepe. [ 484]
And made his mete his foo / and ek hys sorwe.
Gan multiplie / þat wo so took kepe.
It shewede in his hewe on eue and morwe. [ 487]
Therfore a title he gan hym for to borwe.
Of oother siknesse / list men of hym wende.
That the hoote fir of loue hym brende. [ 490]
(71)
And seyde he hadde a feuer and ferde amys. [fol. 8a] [ 491]
But how it was certeyne I kan nat seye.
yif þat his lady vnderstood nat this.
Or feynede hir she nyst / oon of the tweye. [ 494]
But wele rede I þat by no maner weye.
Ne semede it as þat she of hym roughte.
Or of his peyne. or what so euere he thoughte. [ 497]
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But than felte this Troilus swich wo. [ 498]
That he was wele ney wode / for ay his drede.
was this. þat she som wight hadde loued so.
That neuer of hym she wolde haue taken hede. [ 501]
ffor þat cause hym thought he felte his herte bleede.
Ne of his wo ne durste he nat bygynne.
To tellen hir / for al this worlde to wynne. [ 504]
(73)
But when he hadde a space from his care. [ 505]
Thus to hym self ful ofte he gan to pleyne.
He seyde o fool now artow in the snare.
That whilom Iapedest at loues peyne. [ 508]
Now artow hente now gnawgh thy owne cheyne.
Thow weere ay wont ich louer to reprehende.
Of thing fro which thow kanst the naught defende. [ 511]
(74)
What wol now euery louer seyne of the. [ 512]
Yif this be wist / but euere in thyn absence.
Laughen in scorn and seyn lo ther goth he.
That is the man of the gret sapience. [ 515]
That held vs loueris lest in reuerence.
Now thonked god he may gon in the daunce.
Of hem that loue list febly for tauaunce. [ 518]
(75)
But .o. thow woful Troilus god wolde. [ 519]
Sith thow most louen thorw thy destyne.
That thow byset weere on swich on þat sholde.
Know al thy wo al lakked hir pite. [ 522]
But also cold in loue towardes the.
Thy lady is as frost in wynter moone.
And thow for don / as snowgh in fir is soone. [ 525]
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God wold I weere aryued in the port. [fol. 8b] [ 526]
Of deth / to which my sorwe wol me leede.
A lord to me it weere a gret confort.
Than weere I quyt of languyssynge in drede. [ 529]
ffor be my hidde sorwe I blowe on breede.
I shal be Iaped ben a thousand tyme.
More than þat fool of whos folye men ryme. [ 532]
(77)
But now help god / and þe swete for whom. [ 533]
In pleyne kaught / þe neuer wyght so faste.
O mercy der herte / and help me from.
The deth / for I whil þat my lif may laste. [ 536]
More than my self wol loue yow to my laste.
And with som frendly look / gladdeth me sweete.
Thogh neuere no thing more ye me byhete. [ 539]
(78)
Thise wordes and ful mony another to. [ 540]
He spak and callede euere in his compleynte.
Hir name / for to tellen hir his wo.
Til noy that he in salte teeris dreynte. [ 543]
Al was for naught she harde nat his pleynte.
And whan þat he bethought on þat folye.
A thousand fold his wo gan to multiplye. [ 546]
(79)
By waylynge in his chaumbre thus allone. [ 547]
A frende of his þat called was Pandare.
Come oonys in vnwar and herde hym grone.
And saw his frende in swiche destresse and care. [ 550]
Allas quod he who causeth al this fare.
O mercy god what vnhap may this meene.
Han now thus sone grekys made yow leene. [ 553]
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Or hastow som remors of conscience. [ 554]
And art now falle in som deuocioun.
And waylest for thy synne and thyn offence.
And hast for ferde kaught attricioun. [ 557]
God saue hem þat byseged han oure town.
That so konne leye oure Iolyte on presse.
And brynge oure lusty folk to holynesse. [ 560]
(81)
Thise wordes seyde he for the nones alle. [fol. 9a] [ 561]
That with swich thing / he myght hym angry maken.
And with an angir don his sorwe falle.
As for the tyme / and his corage awaken. [ 564]
But wel wist he as fer as tonges spaken.
Ther nas no man of gretter hardynesse.
Than he / no more desirede worthynesse. [ 567]
(82)
That cas quod Troilus or what auenture. [ 568]
Hath gyded the to sen me languyssynge.
That am refus of euery creture.
But for the loue of god at my preyinge. [ 571]
Go henne away / for certes my deyinge.
wol the disese and I mot nedes deye.
Therfor go wey / ther nys no more to seye. [ 574]
(83)
But yif thow weene I be thus sik for drede. [ 575]
It is naught so / and therfor scorn nought.
Ther is a nother thing / .I. take of hede.
wel more than aught þat grekys han yit wroght. [ 578]
which cause is of my deth for sorwe and thought.
But thogh þat I now telle it the ne leste.
Be thow naught wrothe I hide it for the beste. [ 581]
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This pandar þat wel neyght malt for wo and routhe. [ 582]
fful often seyde allas what may this be.
Now frende quod he if euere loue or trouthe.
Hath ben or this / bytwix the and me. [ 585]
Ne do thow neuer swich a cruelte.
To hiden fro thi frende so gret a care.
wostow nat wel þat it am I Pandare. [ 588]
(85)
I wol parten with the al thi peyne. [ 589]
Yif it be so I do the no dyscomforte. *. [[Over erasure.]]
As it is frendes ryght soth for to seyne.
To entreparten wo as glad desporte. [ 592]
I haue and shal for trewe or fals report.
In wrong / and ryght I loued the al my lyue
Hyd nat thy wo fro me but tel it blyue. [ 595]
(86)
Than gan this sorwful Troilus to sike. [fol. 9b] [ 596]
And seide hym thus / god leeue it be my beste.
To telle it the / for sith it may the like.
Yit wol I telle it the thought myn herte breste. [ 599]
And wel wot I thow mayst do me no reste.
But list thow deme / I triste naught to the.
Now herke frende for thus it stant with me. [ 602]
(87)
Loue ayeins the which who so defendeth. [ 603]
Hym seluen most hym alderlest auayleth.
with desespeire so sorwfull me offendeth.
That streyght vnto the deth myn herte fayleth. [ 606]
Therto desire so brennyngly me assayleth.
That to be slayne it weere a grettere Ioye.
To me / than kyng of grece ben and Troye. [ 609]
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Suffiseth this my ful frende pandare. [ 610]
That I haue seyde for now wostow my wo.
And for the loue of god my coold care.
So hid it wel / .I. told neuere to mo. [ 613]
ffor harmys myghten folwen mo than two.
Yif it weere wist / but be thow in gladnesse.
And lat me sterue vnknowe of my destresse. [ 616]
(89)
How hastow thus vnkyndlisch and longe. [ 617]
Hid this fro me / thow fool quod Pandarus.
Paraunter thow mayst aftir swich oon longe.
That myn auys anon may helpen vs. [ 620]
This weere a wonder thing quod Troilus.
Thow koudest neuere in loue thi seluen wisse.
How deuel maystow bryngen me to blisse.' [ 623]
(90)
Ye Troilus now herke quod Pandare. [ 624]
Though .I. be nyce it happeth often so.
That oon þat exces doth ful Iuele fare.
By good conseil kan kepe his frende therfro. [ 627]
I haue my seluen seyne a blynd man go.
Ther as he fel þat koude loken wyde.
A fool may ek a wisman kyde. [ 630]
(91)
A wheston is no keruynge Instrument. [fol. 10a] [ 631]
But yet it maketh sharpe keruynge toolis.
And ther thow wost þat I haue aught myswente.
Eschew thow þat / for swich thing / to the scole is. [ 634]
Thus often wise men ben war be foolis.
Yif thow so do thy wite is wele by wared.
By his contrarie is euery thyng declared. [ 637]
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ffor how myght euer swettnesse han ben knowe. [ 638]
To hym þat neuere tastede bitternesse.
Ne no man wote what gladnesse is I trowe.
That neuere was in sorwe / or som destresse. [ 641]
Ek white be blak / by shame ek worthynesse.
Ech set by oother / mor for oother semyth.
As men may sen and so the wise it demyth. [ 644]
(93)
Syn thus of two contraries is oo loore. [ 645]
I þat haue in loue so ofte assayed.
Greuaunces oughte konne / and wel the moore.
Conseylen the of þat thow art amayed. [ 648]
And ek the noughte nat ben yuele apayed.
Though I desire / with the for to bere.
Thyn heuy charge / it shal the lasse dere. [ 651]
(94)
I wot wel þat it fareth thus by me. [ 652]
As to thy brother Parys an hierdesse,
which þat Icleped was Oenone.
wrot in a compleynte of hir heuynesse. [ 655]
Ye say the lettre þat she wrot I gesse.
Nay neuere yit I-wys quod Troilus.
Now quod Pandare herkeneth it was thus. [ 658]
(95) (Oenone's Letter to Paris. 1 st.)
Phebus þat first fonde art of medycyne. [ 659]
Quod she / and kouth in euery wightes care.
Remede and reed / by herbes he knewgh fyne.
Yit to hym self / his konnyng was ful bare. [ 662]
ffor loue hadde hym so bounden in the snare.
Al for the doughter of kyng Amete.
That al hys craft ne koude hise sorwes beete. [ 665]
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Ryght so far .I. vnhappely for me. [fol. 10b] [ 666]
I loue oon best / and þat me smerteth soore.
And yit paraunter kan I reden the.
And nat my self / reprocue me na moore. [ 669]
I haue no cause I woot wel for to soore.
As doth a hauk / þat listeth for to pley.
But to thyn help yit som what kan I seye. [ 672]
(97)
And of o thing right siker maystow be. [ 673]
That certein for to deyen in the peyne.
That I shal neuere mo discoueren the.
Ne by my trouthe I kepe nat restreyne. [ 676]
The fro thi loue / theygh þat it weere Eleyne.
That is thy brother wif / if ich it wiste.
Be what she be and loue hir as the liste. [ 679]
(98)
Therfor as frende fullich in me assure. [ 680]
And tel me plat now what is tenchesoun.
And fynaly cause of wo / þat ye endure.
ffor douteth no thing myn entencoun. [ 683]
Nis nat to yow of reprehensioun.
To speke as now / for no wight may byreue.
A man to loue / til that hym list to leue. [ 686]
(99)
And witeth wele þat bothe two ben vices. [ 687]
Mistrusten alle / or elles alle leue.
But wele I wote / ye (sic) mene of it no vice is.
ffor for to trusten som wight is a preue. [ 690]
Of trouthe / and forthi wold I fayn remeue.
Thy wronge conceyte. and do þe som wight triste.
Thy wo to telle / and tel me yif the liste. [ 693]
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The wise seith wo hym þat is allone. [ 694]
ffor and he falle / he hath non helpe to ryse.
And sith thow hast a felowe tel thy moone.
ffor this nys nat certeyne the nexte wyse. [ 697]
To wynnen loue / as techen vs the wyse.
To wolow and wepe as Niobe the quyene.
whos teeris yit in marbel ben Iseene. [ 700]
(101)
Lat be thi wepyng and thi drerynesse. [fol. 11a] [ 701]
And lat vs lissen wo with oother speche.
So may thi woful tyme seme lesse.
Delite nat in wo thi wo to seche. [ 704]
As don thise fooles þat hir sorwes eche.
with sorwe / whan they han mysauenture.
And listen naught / to seche hem oother cure. [ 707]
(102)
Men seyne to wrecche is consolacioun. [ 708]
To haue another felawe in his peyne.
That oughte wel ben oure opynioun.
ffor bothen thow and I of loue we pleyne. [ 711]
So ful of sorow am I soth for to seyne.
That certeynly no moore harde grace.
May sitte on me / for whi ther is no spase. [ 714]
(103)
Yif god wile thow art nat agast of me. [ 715]
List I wolde of thy lady the bygile.
Thow woost thy self whome þat I loue parde.
As I best kan / gon sithen longe while. [ 718]
And sith thow wost I do it for no gile.
And seist I am he that thow trustest moost.
Tel me somewhat sith al my wo thow woost. [ 721]
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Yit Troilus for al this no worde seyde. [ 722]
But longe he lay as stille as he ded were.
And aftir this with sikynge he abreyde.
And to Pandarus vois he lente his ere. [ 725]
And vp hys eyen caste he þat in feere.
was Pandarus. list þat in frenesye.
He sholde falle / or ellis soone dye. [ 728]
(105)
And cryde awake ful wonderlisch and sharpe. [ 729]
what slombrestow as in a litargie.
Or artow like an asse to the harpe.
That herith sown whan men the strenghes plye. [ 732]
But in his mynde of þat no melodye.
May synken / hym to gladen for that he.
So dul is / of his bestialite. [ 735]
(106)
And with that Pandare of his wordes stente. [fol. 11b] [ 736]
And Trolus yit hym no worde answerde.
ffor why to tellen was nat his entente.
To neuer no man / for whom þat he so ferde. [ 739]
ffor it is seyde men maketh ofte a yerde.
with which the maker is hym self Ibeeten.
In sondry manere as thise wise treten. [ 742]
(107)
And namelisch in his conseil tellynge. [ 743]
That toucheth loue / þat ought ben secree.
ffor of hym self / it wole Inought out sprynge.
But yif þat it the bet gouerned be. [ 746]
Ek som tyme it is a craft to seme flee.
ffor thing / which in effect men honten faste.
Al this gan Troilus in his herte caste. [ 749]
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But neuertheles / whan he hadde herd hym crye. [ 750]
Awake / he gan to siken wonder soore.
And seyde / frende thought þat I stille lye.
I nam nat deef / now pees and crye no moore. [ 753]
ffor I haue herde thy wordes and thy loore.
But suffre me my meschief to bywalen.
ffor thy prouerbes / may me naught auaylen. [ 756]
(109)
ffor oother cure kanstow non for me. [ 757]
Ek I nil nat be cured I wol deye.
what knowe I of the queene Niobe.
Lat be thyne olde ensaumples I the preye. [ 760]
No quod Pandarus ther for I saye.
Swich is delite of folis to beweepe.
Hir wo / but seken boote they ne kepe. [ 763]
(110)
Now knowe I yt (sic) ther resoun in the faylleth. [ 764]
But tel me if I wist what she weere.
ffor whom þat the al this mysaunter ayleth.
Dorst thow þat I tolde in hir ere. [ 767]
Thy wo / sith thow darst naught for feere.
And hir bysought / on the to han som routhe.
why nay quod he by god and bi my trouthe. [ 770]
(111)
What nat as bisily quod Pandarus. [fol. 12a] [ 771]
As though myn owne lif laye on this nede.
No certes brother quod this Troilus.
And why / for that thow sholdest neuer spede. [ 774]
wostow þat wel / ye þat is out of drede.
Quod Troilus / for al þat euere þe konne.
She nyl to no swich wrechche as I ben wonne. [ 777]
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Quod Pandarus allas what may this be. [ 778]
That thow dispeirede art thus causeles.
what lyueth naught thi lady bendiste.
How wostow so þat thow art graceles. [ 781]
Swich euyl is nat alwey bootoles.
why put nat inpossible thus thy cure.
Sith thing / to come is ofte in auenture. [ 784]
(113)
I graunte wel þat thow endurest woo. [ 785]
As sharp as doth he ticius in helle.
whos stomak fowghles tyren euere mo.
That heghten voltouris as bookes telle. [ 788]
But I may nat endure that thow dwelle.
In so vnskylful an opynyoun.
That of thy wo is no curacioun. [ 791]
(114)
But oones nyltow for thy cowarde herte. [ 792]
And for thyn Ire and foolissħ willfulnesse.
ffor wantrust / tellen of thy sorwes smerte.
Ne to thyn owen help don bysynesse. [ 795]
As moche as speke a resoun moore or lesse.
Bot list as he þat lest of nothing reche.
what womman koude loue swiche a wrechche. [ 798]
(115)
What may she demen oother of thy deth. [ 799]
Yif thow thus deye / and she not whi it is.
But þat for feere is yolden vp thi brethe.
For grekys han byseged vs I wis. [ 802]
Lorde which a thonk shaltow han of this.
Thus wol she seyn and al the town at onys.
The wrechch is ded / the deuyl haue his bonys. [ 805]
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Thow mayst allone here wepe and crye and knele. [fol. 12b] [ 806]
But loue a womman that she woot it noughte.
And she wol quyte it that thow shalt nat feele.
Vnknowe vnkist / and lost þat is vnsought. [ 809]
what many a man hath loue ful deere Ibought.
Twenty wynter þat his lady wiste.
That neuere yit his lady mouth he kiste. [ 812]
(117)
What sholde he therfor falle in despayre. [ 813]
Or be recreaunte for his owne teene.
Or slen hym self / al be his lady faire.
Nay. nay. but euere in oon be fressch and grene. [ 816]
To serue and loue his deere hertees queene.
And think it is a guerdoun hir to serue.
A thousand fold moor than he kan desserue. [ 819]
(118)
And of that word / took hede Troilus. [ 820]
And thoughte anon what folye he was Inne.
And how that soth hym seide Pandarus.
That for to sleyne hym self myght he nat wynne. [ 823]
But bothe don vnmanhed and a synne.
And of his deth his lady naught to wite.
ffor of his wo god woot she knewgh ful lite. [ 826]
(119)
And with that thought he gan ful soore sike. [ 827]
And seide allas what is me best to do.
To whom Pandare answerde yif the like.
The best is þat thow telle me thi woo. [ 830]
And haue my trouthe but thow fynde it so.
I be thi boote / or þat I be ful longe.
To pieces do me drawe and sithen honge. [ 833]
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Ye so seystow quod Troilus tho allas. [ 834]
But god woot it is naught þe rather so.
fful hard weere it to helpen in this cas.
ffor wel fynde I þat fortune is my foo. [ 837]
Ne alle the men þat ryden konne or go.
May of hir cruel whiel the harm withstonde.
ffor as hir list she pleyth with fre and bonde. [ 840]
(121)
Quod Pandarus than blamestow fortune. [fol. 13a] [ 841]
ffor thow art wroth / ye now at erst I se.
wostow nat wel þat fortune ys comune.
To euery manere wight in som degree. [ 844]
And yit thow hast this confort lo parde.
That as hir Ioyes moten ouer gone.
So mote hir sorwes passen euerychone. [ 847]
(122)
ffor yif hir whiel stynt any thing to torne. [ 848]
Than cessed she fortune anon to be.
Now sith hir whel be no wey may soiorne.
what wostow yif hir mutabilite. [ 851]
Right as thy seluen list wil don be the.
Or that she be nat fer fro thyn helpynge.
Paraunter thow hast cause for to synge. [ 854]
(123)
And therfore wostow what I the byseche. [ 855]
Lat be thy wo and tornynge to the gronde.
ffor who so list haue helpyng of his leche.
To hym byhoueth first vnwre his wonde. [ 858]
To Cerberus in helle / ay be I bownde.
were it for my suster al thy sorwe.
By my wil she sholde al be thyne to morwe. [ 861]
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Look vp I seye and telle me what sche is. [ 862]
Anon / that I may gon aboute thy nede.
Knowe ich hir ought / for my loue tel me this.
Than wolde I hopen rather for to spede. [ 865]
Tho gan the veyne of Troilus to blede.
ffor he was hit / and wex al rede for shame.
A ha quod Pandare her bygynneth game. [ 868]
(125)
And with that word he gan hym for to shake. [ 869]
And seyde thef / thow shalt hir name telle.
But tho gan sely Troilus for to quake.
As thowgh men sholde han lad hym in to helle. [ 872]
And seyde allas of al my wo the welle.
Than is my sweete foo called Criseyde.
And wel ney with the word for fere he deyde. [ 875]
(126)
And whan that Pandare harde hir name neuene. [fol. 13b] [ 876]
Lord he was glad / and seyde frende so dere.
Now fare aright for Ioues name in heuene.
Loue hath byset the wel / be of good chere. [ 879]
ffor of good name wisdom and manere.
She hath Inought / and ek of gentilesse.
Yf she be fayre thow wost thy self I gesse. [ 882]
(127)
Ny neuere say a moore bountenous. [ 883]
Of hir astat / ne gladdere ne of speche.
A frendlier / na moore gracious.
ffor to do wel / ne lasse hadde nede to seche. [ 886]
what for to don / and al this bet to eche.
In honour to as fayr as she may strechche.
A kynges herte semyth by hirs a wrechche. [ 889]
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[*. [[This stanza is scritten in the margin in a later hand.]] And for thy look of good comfort thou be
for certainly þe first poynt is this
of noble courage, and well ordaine the
to han peace within himself Iwis
so oughtest þou for nought but good it is
to loven well and in a worthy place
men ought not clepe it happe but grace]
(129)
And also think / and therwith glade the. [ 897]
That sith thy lady vertuous is al.
So folweth it þat ther is som pite.
Amonges al this oothre in general. [ 900]
And forthi / see þat thow in special.
Requere nat / þat is ayein hir name.
ffor vertu strechchet nat hym self to shame. [ 903]
(130)
But wel is me þat euere I was born. [ 904]
That thow byset art in so good a place.
ffor by my trouthe in loue I durst haue sworn.
The sholde neuere in loue han tid thus fayre a grace. [ 907]
And wostowe whi / for thow was wont to chace.
At loue in scorn./ and for despit hym calle.
Seint ydiot lord of this fooles alle. [ 910]
(131)
How often hase thow made thy nyce Iapes. [ 911]
And seyde þat loues seruantz euerychone.
Of nycete ben verray goddes apes.
And som wolden muchche hir mete allone. [ 914]
Ligging a bedde and make hem for to grone.
And som thow seydest hadde a blaunche feuere.
And preidest god he sholde neuer keuere. [ 917]
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And som of hem toke on hem for the colde. [fol. 14a] [ 918]
More than Inogh / so seidestow ful ofte.
And som han feyned ofte tyme and tolde.
How þat they waken whan they slepen softe. [ 921]
And thus they wolde han brought hem self alofte.
And natheles weere vndir at the laste.
Thus seidestow and Iapedest ful faste. [ 924]
(133)
Yit seidestow þat for the more part. [ 925]
Thise loueris wolde speke in general.
And thoughten þat it was a sekir art.
ffor faylyng / for tasayen ouer al. [ 928]
Now may I Iape of the if þat I shale.
But natheles thowgh þat I sholde deye.
That thow art non of tho I durste seye. [ 931]
(134)
Now bet thy breste and say to god of loue. [ 932]
Thy grace lord / for now I me repente.
Yif I mysspak / for now my self I loue.
Thus seye with alle thy herte in good entente. [ 935]
Quod Troilus a lord I me consente.
And preye to the my Iapes thow foryiue.
And I shal neuere more whil I leue. [ 938]
(135)
Thow seyst wel quod Pandarus and now I hope. [ 939]
That thow thi goddes wrathe hast al apesed.
And sithen thow hast wopen mony a drope.
And seyd swich thing wherwith thy god is plesed. [ 942]
Now wold neuere god but thow weere esed.
And think wele she of whome rist al thy wo.
Herafter may thy confort ben also. [ 945]
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ffor thilke grownde þat berth the wiedes wikke. [ 946]
Berth ek thise holsom herbes / as ful ofte.
Next the foule nethel rough and thikke.
The rose wexeth / swete / and smothe and softe. [ 949]
And next the valeye is the hil olofte.
And next the dirke nyght the gladde morwe.
And also Ioye is next the fyn of sorwe. [ 952]
(137)
Now look þat a tempre be thy bridell. [fol. 14b] [ 953]
And for the beste ay suffre to the tide.
Or ellis al oure labour is in ydell.
He hasteth wel þat wisly kan abide. [ 956]
Be diligent and trewe and ay wel hide.
Be lusty / fre perseuere / in thy seruyse.
And al is wel yif thow worke in this wyse. [ 959]
(138)
But he that parted is in euery plase. [ 960]
Is nowher hool / as writen clerkes wyse.
what wonder is though swich oon hafe no grace.
Ek wostow how it fareth of som seruyse. [ 963]
As plaunte a tre / or herbe in sondry wyse.
And on the morwen pulle it vp as blyue.
No wonder is though it may neuer thryue. [ 966]
(139)
And sith þat god of loue hath the bistowed. [ 967]
In place digne / vnto thy worthynesse.
Stonde faste / for to good port hastow rowed.
And of thy self for any heuynesse. [ 970]
Hope alwey wele / for but yif drerynesse.
Or ouer haste / oure bothe labour shende.
I hope of this to maken a good ende. [ 973]
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And wostow why I am the lasse afered. [ 974]
Of this matere with my nece trete.
ffor this haue I herd seyd of wyse lered.
was neuer man nor womman yit bygete. [ 977]
That was vnapt to suffre loues hete.
Celestial / or ellis loue of kynde.
ffor thi som grace I hope in hir to fynde. [ 980]
(141)
And for to spek of hir in special. [ 981]
Hir beaute to bythynken and hir yowthe.
It sit hir naught to ben celestial.
As yit / yif þat hir liste bothe and kouthe. [ 984]
But trewely it sate hir wel right nowthe.
A worthy knyght to louen and cherice.
And but she do I holde it for a vice. [ 987]
(142)
Wherfor I am and wol be ay redy. [fol. 15a] [ 988]
To peyne me to don yow this seruyse.
ffor bothe yow to plese this hope I.
Hereaftirwarde / for ye ben bothe wyse. [ 991]
And konne a conseil kepe in swich a wyse.
That no man shal the wiser of it be.
And so we may ben gladed al thre. [ 994]
(143)
Now by my trouthe I haue right now of the. [ 995]
A good conceyte / in my wit as I gesse.
And what it is I wol now þat thow se.
I thenke. sith þat loue of his goodnesse. [ 998]
Hath þe conuerted / out of wikkednesse.
That thow shalt ben / the best post I leeue.
Of al his lay / and moost his foos ay greue. [ 1001]
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Ensaumple whi / se now yhe grete clerkes. [ 1002]
That erren aldermoost ayein a lawe.
And ben conuerted from hir wikked werkys.
Thorwe grace of god / þat list hem to hym drawe. [ 1005]
Thanne ern they folk / þat han most god in awe.
And strengest feithed ben I vndirstonnde.
And konne an errour alderbest withstonde. [ 1008]
(145)
Whan Troilus had herde Pandare assented. [ 1009]
To ben his help in louynge of Cryseide.
wax of his wo / as who sey vnturmented.
But hotter wex his loue / and thanne he seyde. [ 1012]
with sobre chere / although his herte pleyde.
Now blisful venus helpe or that I sterue.
Of the Pandare I nowe som thank deserue. [ 1015]
(146)
But deere frende how shal my wo be lesse. [ 1016]
Til this be don / and good ek telle me this.
How woltow seyne of me and my destresse.
Lest she be wroth / this drede I moost Iwys. [ 1019]
Or nil nat heere / or trowen how it is.
Al this drede I / and ek for the manere.
Of the hir em she nyl no swich thyng heere. [ 1022]
(147)
Quod Pandarus / thow hast a ful grete care. [fol. 15b] [ 1023]
Lest þat the cherl may falle out of the moone.
why lorde I hate of the / the nyce fare.
why entermette of that thow hast to doone. [ 1026]
ffor goddes loue I bidde the a boone.
So lat malone. and it shal be thy beste.
whi frende quod he now do right as the leste. [ 1029]
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But herke Pandare o worde for I nolde. [ 1030]
That thow in me wendest so gret folye.
That to my lady I desiren sholde.
That toucheth harm / or any vilenye. [ 1033]
ffor dredeles me weere leuere dye.
Than she of me aught ellis vndirstoode.
But þat that myghte sownen into goode. [ 1036]
(149)
Tho lowgh this Pandare and anon answerde. [ 1037]
And I thi borugh / for no wight doth but so.
I roughte nat thought þat she stoode and herde.
How þat thow seyst / but farwel I wol go. [ 1040]
A dieu / be glad / god spede vs bothe two.
yif me þis labour and this besynesse.
And of my spede be thyne al þat swetneesse. [ 1043]
(150)
Tho troilus gan down on knees to falle. [ 1044]
And Pandarus in his armes hente faste.
And seyde / now fy on the grekis alle.
yit parde god shal helpe vs at the laste. [ 1047]
And dredeles yif þat my lif may laste.
And god to forn lo som of hem shal smerte.
And yit mathinketh this auaunt masterte. [ 1050]
(151)
Now Pandarus I kan no moore seye. [ 1051]
But thow wis / thow woost / thow maist / thow art al.
My lif my deth / hool in thyn honde I leye.
Help now quod he / yis by my trouth I shal. [ 1054]
God yelde the frende / and this in special.
Quod Troilus þat thow me recomaunde.
Til hir that may me to the deth comaunde. [ 1057]
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This Pandarus tho desirous to serue. [fol. 16a] [ 1058]
His ful frende / tho seyde in this manere.
ffarwel / and thenk I wol thi thonk deserue.
Haue her my trouth / and þat thow shalt wel heere. [ 1061]
And wente his wey thinkyng on this matere.
And how he best myght hir beseche of grace.
And fynde a tyme therto and a place. [ 1064]
(153)
ffor euery wight þat hath a hous to fownde. [ 1065]
Ne renneth naught the werke for to begynne.
with rakel honde but he wol bide a stonde.
And sende his hertes lyne out for withInne. [ 1068]
Aldirfirst his purpos for to wynne.
Al this Pandare in his herte thought.
And caste his werke wel wisly or he wrought. [ 1071]
(154)
But Troilus lay tho no lenger downe. [ 1072]
But vp anon vpon his steede bay.
And in the felde he pleyed the lyon.
who was that greke that with hym mette a day. [ 1075]
And in town his maner tho forth ay.
So goodly was / and gat hym so in grace.
That ech hym loued that loked on his face. [ 1078]
(155)
ffor he bycome the frendliest wight. [ 1079]
The gentileste / and ek the moost fre.
The thriftiest / and oon the best knyght.
That in his tyme was or myght be. [ 1082]
Dede were his Iapes and his cruelte.
His hye port / and his manere estraunge.
And ech of tho gan for a vertu chaunge. [ 1085]
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Now let vs stynte of Troilus a stownde. [ 1086]
That fareth lik a man þat hurt is soore.
And is somdel of akyng of his wowde.
Ilessed wel / but heled no del moore. [ 1089]
And as an esy pacient the loore.
Abit / of hym that goth aboute his cure.
And thus he drieth forth his auenture. [ 1092]
Explicit liber primus.
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[MS. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 61.]

(1) (Proem.)
THe double sorwe of Troilus to tellen. [fol. 1a] [ 1]
That was the kyng Priamus sone of Troye.
In louynge how his auentures fellen.
ffro wo to wele and after out of Ioie. [ 4]
My purpos is er that I parte froye.
Thesiphone thow help me for tendite.
Thise woful vers that wepen as I write. [ 7]
(2) (Invocation.)
To the clepe I thow goddesse of torment. [ 8]
Thow cruwel furie sorwynge euere yn peyne.
Help me that am the sorwful Instrument.
That helpeth loueres as I kan to pleyne. [ 11]
ffor wel sit it the sothe for to seyne.
A woful wight to han a drery feere.
And to a sorwful tale a sory chere. [ 14]
(3)
ffor I that god of loues seruantȝ serue. [ 15]
Ne dar to loue for myn vnliklynesse.
Preyen for speed al sholde .I. ther fore sterue.
So fer am I from his help in derknesse. [ 18]
But natheles if this may don gladnesse.
To any louere and his cause auaille.
Haue he my thonk and myn be this trauaille. [ 21]
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But ȝe loueres that bathen in gladnesse. [ 22]
If any drope of pyte in ȝow be.
Remembreth ȝow on passed heuynesse.
That ȝe han felt. and on the aduersite. [ 25]
Of othere folk. and thynketh how that ȝe.
Han felt that loue dorste ȝow displese.
Or ȝe han wonne hym with to grete an ese. [ 28]
(5)
And preieth for hem that ben in the cas. [ 29]
Of Troilus. as ȝe may after here.
That loue hem brynge in heuene to solas.
And ek for me preieth to god so dere. [ 32]
That I haue myght to shewe in som manere.
Swiche peyne and wo. as loues. folk endure.
In Troilus vnsely auenture. [ 35]
(6)
And biddeth ek for hem that ben desespeired. [fol. 1b] [ 36]
In loue that neuere nyl recouered be.
And ek for hem that falsly ben apeired.
Thorugh wikked tonges be it he or she. [ 39]
Thus biddeth god for his benignite.
To graunte hem soone owt of this world to pace.
That ben desespeired out of loues grace. [ 42]
(7)
And biddeth ek for hem that ben at ese. [ 43]
That god hem graunte ay good perseueraunce.
And send hem myght hire ladies so to plese.
That it to loue be worship and plesaunce. [ 46]
ffor so hope I my sowle best auaunce.
To prey for hem that loues seruauntȝ be.
And write hire wo and lyue in charite. [ 49]
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And for to haue of hem compassioun. [ 50]
As though I were hire owne brother dere.
Now herkneth with a good entencioun.
ffor now wil I gon streght to my matere. [ 53]
In which ȝe may the double sorwes here.
Of Troilus in louynge of Criseyde.
And how that she forsook hym er she deyde. [ 56]
(9) (Story.)
YT is wel wist how that the grekes stronge. [fol. 3a]
In armes with a thousand shippes wente.
To Troiewardes and the Cite longe.
Assegeden neigh ten ȝer er they stente. [ 60]
In diuerse wise and in oon entente.
The rauysshyng to wreken of Eleyne.
By Paris doun they wroughten al hir peyne. [ 63]
(10)
Now fel it so that in the town ther was. [ 64]
Dwellynge a lord of gret auctorite.
A gret deuyn that clepid was Calkas.
That in science so expert was that he. [ 67]
Knewe wel that Troie sholde destroied be.
By answere of his god that highte thus.
Dann Phebus or Appollo Delphicus. [ 70]
(11)
So whan this Calkas knewe by calkulynge. [ 71]
And ek by answer of this Appollo.
That grekes sholden swich a peple brynge.
Thorugh which that Troie moste ben for do. [ 74]
He caste anon oute of the town to go.
ffor wel wiste he by sort that Troye sholde.
Destroyed ben ȝe wolde who so nolde. [ 77]
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ffor which for to departen softely. [ 78]
Took purpos ful in this for knowynge wise.
And to the grekes oost ful pryuely.
He stal anon and they in curteys wise. [ 81]
Hym diden bothe worship an seruyce.
In trust that he hath konnynge hem to rede.
In euery peril which that is to drede [ 84]
(13)
The noise vp ros whan it was first aspied. [ 85]
Thorugh al the town and generaly was spoken.
That Calkas traitour fals fled was and allied.
With hem of Grece and casten to be wroken. [ 88]
On hym that falsly hadde his feith so broken.
And seyden he and al his kyn atones.
Ben worthi to be brent felle and bones. [ 91]
(14)
Now hadde Calkas lost in this meschaunce. [fol. 3b] [ 92]
Al vnwist of this false and wikked dede.
His doughter which that was in gret penaunce.
ffor of hire lif she was ful sore in drede. [ 95]
As she that nyst what was best to rede.
ffor bothe a widewe was she and allone.
Of any frend to whom she dorste hir mone. [ 98]
(15)
Criseyde was this lady name a right [fol. 4a] [ 99]
As to my doom in al Troies Cite.
Nas non so fair for passynge euery wight.
So aungelik was hir natif beaute. [ 102]
That lik a thing inmortal semed she.
As doth an heuenyssh perfit creature.
That down were sent in scornynge of nature. [ 105]
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This lady which that alday herd at ere. [ 106]
Hire fadres shame his falsnesse and tresoun.
wel neigh out of hir wit for sorwe and fere.
In widewes habet large of Samyt broun. [ 109]
On knees she fil biforn Ector a down.
with pitous vois and tendrely wepynge.
His mercy bad hir seluen excusynge. [ 112]
(17)
Now was this Ector pitous of nature. [ 113]
And saugh that she was sorwfully bigon.
And that she was so faire a creature.
Of his goodnesse he gladede hire anon. [ 116]
And seyde lat ȝoure fadres treson gon.
fforth with meschaunce and ȝe ȝoure self in Ioie.
Dwelleth with vs whil ȝow good list in Troie. [ 119]
(18)
And al thonour that men may don ȝow haue. [ 120]
As ferforth as ȝoure fader dwelled here.
Ȝe shul haue and ȝoure body shal men saue.
As fer as I may ought enquere or here. [ 123]
And she hym thonked with ful humble chere.
And ofter wolde and it hadde ben his wille.
and took hire leue and hom and held hir stille. [ 126]
(19)
And in hire hous she abood with swich meyne. [ 127]
As til hire honour nede was to holde.
And whil she was dwellynge in that Cite.
Kepte hir estat. and both of ȝonge and olde. [ 130]
fful wel biloued and wel men of hir tolde.
But wheither that she children hadde or noon.
I rede it naught ther fore I late it goon. [ 133]
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The thynges fellen as they don of werre. [fol. 4b] [ 134]
Bitwixen hem of Troie and grekes ofte.
ffor som day boughten they of Troie it derre.
And eft the grekes founden no thing softe. [ 137]
The folk of Troie and thus fortune on lofte.
Now vp now down gan hem to whilen bothe.
Aftir hir cours ay whil that thei were wrothe. [ 140]
(21)
But how this town com to destruccion. [fol. 5a] [ 141]
Ne falleth naught to purpos me to telle.
ffor it were a long disgression.
ffro my matere and ȝow to long to dwelle. [ 144]
But the Troian gestes as they felle.
In omer or in dares or in dite.
who so that kan may reden hem as they write. [ 147]
(22)
But though that grekes hem of Troie shetten. [ 148]
And hir Cite biseged al aboute.
Hire olde vsage nolde they nat letten.
As for to honour hir goddes ful deuoute. [ 151]
But aldirmost in honour out of doute.
Thei hadde a relik heet Palladion.
That was hire trist abouen euerichon. [ 154]
(23)
And so bifel whan comen was the tyme. [ 155]
Of aperil whan clothed is the mede.
with newe grene of lusty veer the pryme.
And swote smellen floures white and rede. [ 158]
In sondry wises shewed as I rede.
The folk of Troie hire obseruaunces olde.
Palladions feste for to holde. [ 161]
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And to the temple in al hir beste wise. [ 162]
In general ther went many a wight.
To herknen of Palladion the seruyce.
And namely so many a lusty knyght. [ 165]
So many a lady fressh and mayden bright.
fful wel arayed both moeste meyne and leste.
ȝe both for the seson and the feste. [ 168]
(25)
Among thise othere folk was Criseyda. [ 169]
In widewes habit but natheles.
Right as oure first lettre is now an .A.
In beaute first so stood she makeles. [ 172]
Hire goodly lokyng gladed al the prees.
Nas neuere ȝet seyn thyng to ben preysed derre.
Nor vnder cloude blak so bright a sterre. [ 175]
(26)
As was Criseyde as folk euerichone. [fol. 5b] [ 176]
That hir behelden in hir blake wede.
And ȝet she stood ful lowe and stille allone.
Byhynden other folk in litel brede. [ 179]
And neiȝ the dore ay vndre shames drede.
Simple of atire and debonaire of chere.
with ful assured lokyng and manere. [ 182]
(27)
This Troilus as he was wonte to gide. [fol. 6a] [ 183]
His ȝonge knyghtes lad hem vp and down.
In thilke large temple on euery side.
By holding ay the laddies of the town. [ 186]
Now here now there for no deuocion.
Hadde he to non to reuen hym his reste.
But gan to preisen and lakken whom hym leste. [ 189]
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And in his walke ful faste he gan to wayten. [ 190]
If knyght or squyer of his compaignie.
Gan for to syke or lete his eighen baiten.
Or any womman that he koude espye. [ 193]
He wolde smyle and halden it folye.
And seyde hym thus god woot she slepeth softe.
ffor loue of the whan thow turnest ful ofte. [ 196]
(29)
I haue herd tolde perdieux of ȝoure lyuynge. [ 197]
Ȝe loueres and ȝoure obseruaunces.
And which a labour folk han in wynnyng.
Of loue and in kepyng which doutaunces. [ 200]
And whan ȝoure prey is lost woo and penaunces.
O. veray fooles nyce and blynde be ȝe.
Ther nys 1. [[n (nys) erased.]] nat on kan war by other be. [ 203]
(30)
And with that worde he gan caste vp the browe. [ 204]
Ascaunces loo is this naught wisely spoken.
At which the god of loue gan loken rowe.
Right for despit. and shope for to ben wroken. [ 207]
He kidde a non his bowe nas naught broken.
ffor sodeynly he hitte hym atte fulle.
And ȝet as proude a pekok kan he pulle. [ 210]
(31)
O blynde worlde .o. blynde entencioun. [ 211]
How often falleth al the effect contraire.
Of surquiderie and foule presumpcioun
ffor kaught is proud and kauȝt is debonaire. [ 214]
This Troilus is clomben on the staire.
And litel weneth that he moot descenden.
But al day faileth thing that fooles wenden. [ 217]
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As proude bayard gynneth for to skippe. [fol. 6b] [ 218]
Out of the weye so pryketh hym his corn.
Til he a lasshe haue of the longe whippe.
Than thynketh he though I praunce al byforn. [ 221]
ffirst in the trays ful fat and new shorne.
Ȝet am I but an hors and horses lawe.
I moot endure and with my feres drawe. [ 224]
(33)
So ferde it by this fierse and proude knyght. [fol. 7a] [ 225]
Though he a worthy kynges sone were.
And wende no thing hadde had swiche myghte.
Aȝeyns his wille that shuld his herte stere [ 228]
Ȝet with a look his herte wax a fere.
That he that now was moost in pride aboue.
wax sodeynly moost subgit vnto loue. [ 231]
(34)
fforthy ensample taketh of this man. [ 232]
Ȝe wise proude and worthi folkes alle.
To seruen loue which so soon kanne.
The fredom of ȝoure hertes to hym thralle. [ 235]
ffor euere it was and euere it shal by falle.
That loue is he that alle thing may bynde.
ffor may no man for don the lawe of kynde. [ 238]
(35)
That this be soth hath preued and doth ȝet. [ 239]
ffor this trowe I ȝe knowen alle or some.
Men reden nat that folk han gretter witte.
Than they that han be moste with loue ynome. [ 242]
And strengest folk bien ther with ouercome.
The worthiest and grettest of degree.
This was and is and ȝet men shalle it see. [ 245]
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And trewelich it set wel to be so. [ 246]
ffor alderwisest han ther with ben plesed.
And they that han ben aldermost in wo.
with loue han ben comforted moost and esed. [ 249]
And ofte it hath the cruel herte apesed.
And worthi folk maad worthier of name.
And causeth moost to dreden vice and shame. [ 252]
(37)
And sith it may nat goodly ben with stonde. [ 253]
And is a thing so vertuouse in kynde.
Refuseth nat to loue for to ben bonde.
Syn as hym seluen liste he may ȝow blynde. [ 256]
Tho ȝerde is bet that bowen 1. [The n is erased in CCC.] wole and wynde.
Than that that brest and therfore .I. ȝow rede.
To folowen hym that so wele kan ȝow lede. [ 259]
(38)
But for to tellen forth in special. [fol. 8a] [ 260]
Of this kynges sone of which I tolde.
And leten other thinges collateral.
Of hym thenke I my tale forth to holde. [ 263]
Bothe of his Ioie and of his cares colde.
And al his werk as touching this matere.
ffor I it gan I wol therto refere. [ 266]
(39)
With Inne the temple he wente hym forth pleyinge. [ 267]
This Troilus of euery wight aboute.
On this lady and now on that lokynge.
where so she were of town or with oute. [ 270]
And vp on cas bifelle that thorugh a route.
His sighte procede and so depe it wente.
Til on Criseyde it smote and ther it stente. [ 273]
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And sodeynly he wax ther with astoned. [ 274]
And gan hir bet biholde in thrifty wise.
O mercy god thoughte he wher hastow woned.
That art so feyre and goodly to deuise. [ 277]
Therwith his herte gan to sprede and rise.
And softe sighed lest men myghte hym here.
And cauȝt aȝeyn his firste pleyinge chere. [ 280]
(41)
She nas nat with the leste of hire stature. [ 281]
But alle hire lymes so wel answerynge.
weren to wommanhode that creature.
was neuere lasse mannyssh in semynge. [ 284]
And ek the pure wise of hire meuynge.
Shewed wel that man myght in hire gesse.
Honour estat and wommanly noblesse. [ 287]
(42)
To Troilus right wonder wel with alle. [ 288]
Gan for to like hire meuynge and hire chere.
which somdel deignous was for she lete falle.
Hire look a lite a side in swich manere. [ 291]
Ascaunces what may I nat stonden here.
And after that hir lokynge gan she lighte.
That neuere thoughte hym seen so good a syghte. [ 294]
(43)
And of hire look in him ther gan to quyken. [fol. 8b] [ 295]
So grete desire and such affeccioun.
Than in his herte botme gan to stiken.
Of hir his fixe and depe impressioun. [ 298]
And though he erst hadde poured vp and down.
He was tho glad his hornes in to shrinke.
Unnethes wiste he how to loke or wynke. [ 301]
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Lo he that leet hym seluen so konnynge. [ 302]
And scorned hem that loues peynes dryen.
was ful vnwar that loue hadde his dwellynge.
with Inne the subtile stremes of hur eighen. [ 305]
That sodeynly hym thoughte he felte deyen.
Right with hire look the spirit in his herte.
Blissed be loue that kan thus folke conuerte. [ 308]
(45)
She this in blak likynge to Troilus. [fol. 9a] [ 309]
Ouer al thing he stood for to biholde.
Ne his desire ne wherfore he stood thus.
He neither cher made ne worde tolde. [ 312]
But fram a fer his manere for to holde.
On other thinges his look som tyme he caste.
And ofte on hire while that seruyse laste. [ 315]
(46)
And after this nat fullich al awhaped. [ 316]
Oute of the temple al esilich he wente.
Repentynge hym that he hadde euere I iaped.
Of loues folk. lest fully the descente. [ 319]
Of scorne fille on hym self. but what he mente.
Lest it were wist on any manere syde.
His woo he gan dissimulen 1. [MS. dissimilen.] and hide. [ 322]
(47)
Whan he was fro the temple thus deperted. [ 323]
He streght anon vnto his paleys torneth.
Right with hire look thorugh shoten and thorugh darted.
Al feyneth he in lust that he soiourneth. [ 326]
And alle his chere and speche also he borneth.
And ay of loue seruantȝ euery while.
Hym self to wrey at hem he gan to smyle. [ 329]
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And seyde lord so ȝe lyue al in lest. [ 330]
Ȝe loueres for the konnyngeste of ȝow.
That seruen most ententiflich and best.
Hym tit as often harm ther of as prowe. [ 333]
Ȝoure hire is quyt aȝeyn ȝe god woot howe.
Nought wel for wel. but scorne for good seruyse.
In feith ȝoure ordre is piled in good wise. [ 336]
(49)
In veyn certeyn ben alle ȝoure obseruaunces. [ 337]
But if it a sely fewe pointes be.
Ne no thing asketh so gret attendaunces.
As doth ȝoure lay and that knowe alle ȝe. [ 340]
But that is nat the worste as mote .I. the.
But tolde I ȝow the worste point I leue.
Al seyde I soth ȝe wolden at me greue. [ 343]
(50)
But take this that ȝe loueres ofte eschuwe. [fol. 9b] [ 344]
Or elles doon of good entencioun.
fful ofte thi lady wol it mys construwe.
And deme it harm in hire oppynyoun. [ 347]
And ȝet if she for other enchesoun.
Be wroth than shaltow haue a groyne a non.
Lord wele is hym that may of ȝow ben oon. [ 350]
(51)
But for al this whan that he say his tyme. [fol. 10a] [ 351]
He held his pees non other boote hym gaygned.
for loue bigan his fetheres so to lyme.
That wel vnnethe vn til his folk he fayned. [ 354]
That other besy nedes hym destrayned.
ffor wo was hym that what to doon hym nyst.
But bad his folk to gon wher that hem liste. [ 357]
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And whan that he in the chambre was allone. [ 358]
He doun vp on his beddes feet hym sette.
And first he gan to sike and efte to grone.
And thought ay on hire so with outen lette. [ 361]
That as he satte and wooke his spirit mette.
That he hire sauȝ and temple and alle the wise.
Right of hire look and gan it newe a vise. [ 364]
(53)
Thus gan he make a mirour of his mynde. [ 365]
In which he saugh al holy hire figure.
And that he wel koude in his herte fynde.
It was to hym a right good auenture. [ 368]
To loue swich oon and if he dede his cure.
To seruen hir ȝet myghte he falle in grace.
Or ellis for oon of hire seruantȝ pace. [ 371]
(54)
Imagenynge that trauaille nor grace. [ 372]
Ne myghte for so goodly oon be lorne.
As she. ne hym for his desire ne shame.
Al were it wist but in pris and vp born. [ 375]
Of alle louers wel more than biforn.
Thus argumented he in his gynnynge.
fful vnauysed of his woo comynge. [ 378]
(55)
Thus took he purpos loues crafte to suwe. [ 379]
And thoughte he wolde werken pryuely.
ffirst to hiden his desire in muwe.
ffrom euery wight yborn al outrely. [ 382]
But he myghte ought recouered be therby.
Remembryng hym that loue to wide yblowe.
Ȝeldeth bittre fruyt though swete seed be sowe. [ 385]
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And ouere al this ȝet muchel more he thoughte. [fol. 11a] [ 386]
What for to speke and what to holden Inne.
And what to arten hire to loue he soughte.
And on a songe a non right to bygynne. [ 389]
And gan loude on his sorwe for to wynne.
ffor with good hope he gan fully assente.
Criseyde for to loue and nought repente. [ 392]
(57)
And of his songe naught only the sentence. 1. [MS. setence] [ 393]
As writ myn auctour called Lollius.
But pleinly saue oure tonges difference.
I dar wel seyn in al that Troilus. [ 396]
Seyde in his songe loo euery word right thus.
As .I. shal seyn. and who so list it here.
Loo next this vers he may it fynde here. [ 399]
(58) (Troilus's Song, from Petrarch's 88th Sonnet.)
If no loue is o god what fele .I. so. *. [Cantieus Troili.] [ 400]
And if loue is. what thinge and which is he.
If loue be good from whennes commeth my woo.
If it be wikke a wonder thynketh me. [ 403]
whenne euery torment and aduersite.
that cometh of hym may to me sauory thinke.
ffor ay thrust I the more that ich it drynke. [ 406]
(59) (From Petrarch.)
And if that at myn owen lust I brenne. [ 407]
ffrom whennes cometh my waillynge and my pleynte.
If harme a gree me wherto pleyne I thenne.
I noot. ne whi vnwery that I feynte. [ 410]
O quik deth o swete harme so queynte.
How may of the in me swich quantite.
But if that I consente that it be. [ 413]
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And if that I consente .I. wrongfully. [ 414]
Compleyne .I. wis thus possed to and fro.
Al sterlees with Inne a boot am .I.
Amydde the see bitwixen wyndes two. [ 417]
That Inne contrarie stonden euere mo.
Allas what is this wondre maladie.
ffor hote of colde for colde of hote I dye. [ 420]
(End of Troilus's Song from Petrarch's 88th Sonnet.)
(61)
And to the god of loue thus seyde he. [fol. 11b] [ 421]
with pitouse voise .o. lord now ȝoures is.
My spirit which that oughte ȝoures be.
Ȝow thanke I lord that han me broughte to this. [ 424]
But wheither goddesse or womman .I. wis.
She be I note which that ȝe do me serue.
But as hire man .I. wol ay lyue and sterue. [ 427]
(62)
Ȝe stonden in hir eighen myghtily. [fol. 12a] [ 428]
As in a place vnto ȝoure vertue digne.
wherfore lord if my seruice or .I.
May liken ȝow so beth to me benigne. [ 431]
ffor myn estat roial I here resigne.
In to hire honde and with ful humble chere.
Bi come hir man as to my lady dere. [ 434]
(63)
In hym ne deyned spare bloode roiale. [ 435]
The fyre of loue wherfro god me blisse.
Ne him forbar in no degree for alle.
His vertue or his excellent prowesse. [ 438]
But hilde hym as his thralle lowe in destresse.
And bringe hym so in soundry wise ay newe.
That sexti tyme a day he loste his hewe. [ 441]
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So muche day by day his owene thought. [ 442]
ffor lust to hire gan quiken and encresse.
That euery other charge he sett at noughte.
fforthi ful ofte his hote fire to cesse. [ 445]
To sen hire goodly loke he gan to presse.
ffor ther by to ben esed wel he wende.
And ay the ner he was the more he brende. [ 448]
(65)
ffor ay the ner the fire the hatter is. [ 449]
This trowe I knoweth al this compaignye.
But were he fer or ner I dar sey this.
By nyght or day for wisdome or folye [ 452]
His herte which that is bresteȝ eighe.
was ay on hire that fairer was to sene.
Than euere were Eleyne or Polixene. [ 455]
(66)
Ek of the day ther passed nouȝt an houre. [ 456]
That to hym self a thousand tyme he seyde.
God goodly to whom serue I laboure.
As I best kan. now wolde god Criseyde. [ 459]
Ȝe wolden on me rewe er that I deyde.
My dere herte allas myn hele and hewe.
And lif is lost but ȝe wol on me rewe. [ 462]
(67)
Alle other dredres weren from him fledde. [fol. 12b] [ 463]
Both of thassege and his sauacioun.
Nyn him desire noon other fewnes bredde.
But argumentes to his conclusioun. [ 466]
That she of him wolde han compassioun.
And he to ben hire man while he may dure.
Lo here his lif and from the deth his cure. [ 469]
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The sharpe shoures fil of armes preue. [fol. 13a] [ 470]
That Ector or his other brother diden.
Ne made hym only ther fore ones meue.
And ȝet was he where so men wente or riden. [ 473]
ffounde on the beste and longest tyme abiden.
Ther peril was and dide ek swich trauaille.
In armes that to thenke it was merucille. [ 476]
(69)
But for non hate he to the grekes hadde. [ 477]
Ne also for the rescouse of the towne.
Ne made hym thus in armes for to madde.
But only lo for this conclusioun. [ 480]
To liken hire the bet for his renoun.
ffro day to day in armes so he spedde.
That the grekes as the deth him dredde. [ 483]
(70)
And fro this forth tho refte hym loue his slepe. [ 484]
And made his mete his foo 1. [Between the lines in a different hand.] and ek his sorwe.
Gan multiplie that who so tok kepe.
It shewed in his hewe both eue and morwe. [ 487]
Thefor a title he gan him for to borwe.
Of other siknesse lest men of hym wende.
That the hote fire of loue hym brende. [ 490]
(71)
And seyde he hadde a feuere and ferd amys. [ 491]
But how it was serteyn kan I nat seye.
If that his lady vnderstood nat this.
Or feynede hire she nyste on of the tweye. [ 494]
But wel I rede that by no manere wey.
Ne semed it that she of hym roughte.
Or of his peyne. or what so euere he thoughte. [ 497]
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But thanne felte this Troilus swich wo. [ 498]
That he was wel neigh wood for ay his drede.
was this. that she som wight hadde loued so.
That neuere of hym she wolde han taken hede. [ 501]
ffor which hym thoughte he felte his herte blede.
Ne of his wo ne dorste he nat bygynne.
To tellen hir. for al this worlde to wynne. [ 504]
(73)
But whan he hadde a space from his care. [fol. 13b] [ 505]
Thus to hym self ful ofte he gan pleyne.
He seyde o fool now artow in the snare.
That whilom Iapedest at loues peyne. [ 508]
Now artow hente gnaw thin owen cheyne.
Thow were ay wonte eche louere reprehende.
Of thing fro which thow kanst the nat defende. [ 511]
(74)
What wol now euery louere seyn of the. [fol. 14a] [ 512]
If this be wist but euere in thin absence.
Laughen in scorne and seyn loo ther goth he.
That is the man of so grete sapience. [ 515]
And held vs loueres leest in reuerence.
Now thanked god he may gon in the daunce.
Of hem that loue list fiebli for to auaunce. [ 518]
(75)
But .o. thow woful Troilus god wolde. [ 519]
Sith thow most louen thorugh thi destine.
That thow beset were on swich oon that sholde.
Know al thi wo al lakked hir pitee. [ 522]
But also colde in loue towardes the.
Thi lady is as frost in wynter moone.
And thow fordon as snow in fire is soone. [ 525]
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God wold I were aryued in the porte. [ 526]
Of deth to which my sorwe wol me lede.
A lord to me it were a grete comforte.
Than were I quyte of languisshyng in drede. [ 529]
ffor by myn hidde sorwe I blowe on brede.
I shal by Iaped ben a thousand tyme.
More than that folk of whos folie men ryme. [ 532]
(77)
But now help god and the swete for whome. [ 533]
I pleyne. I. kaught the neuere wight so faste.
O mercy dere herte and help me from.
The deth. for I while that my lyf may laste. [ 536]
More than my self wole loue ȝow to my laste.
And with som frendly loke gladeth me swete.
Though neuere more thing ȝe me heete. [ 539]
(78)
Thise wordes and ful manye an other to. [ 540]
He spak and called euere in his compleynte.
Hire name. for to tellen hire is wo.
Til neiȝ that he in the salte teres dreynte. [ 543]
Al was for nought she herde nat his pleynte.
And whan that he bythought on that folie.
A thousand folde his wo gan multiplie. [ 546]
(79)
By wayling in his chambre thus alle one. [fol. 11b] [ 547]
A frend of his that called was Pandare.
Com oones in vnwar and herd hym groone.
And say his frende in swich destresse and care. [ 550]
Allas quod he who causeth al this fare.
O mercy god what vnhap may this meene.
Han now thus soone grekes maad ȝow leene. [ 553]
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Or hastow some remors of conscience. [fol. 15a] [ 554]
And art now falle in deuocioun.
And wailest for thi synne and thin offence.
And hast for fered caught attricioun. [ 557]
God saue hem that biseged han oure towne.
That so kan leye oure Iolite on presse.
And bringe oure losty folk to holynesse. [ 560]
(81)
This wordes seyde he for the nones alle. [ 561]
That with swich thinge he myght hym angry maken.
And with angre don his wo to falle.
As for the tyme and his corage awaken. [ 564]
But wel he wist after as tonges spaken.
Ther nas a man of gretter hardinesse.
Thanne he ne more desired worthinesse. [ 567]
(82)
What cas quod Troilus and what auenture. [ 568]
Hath gided the to sen me lange wisshinge.
That am refus of euery creature.
But for the loue of god at my preyinge. [ 571]
Go hennes awey for certes my deyinge.
wol the disese and I mot nedes deye.
Therfore go wey ther is na more to seye. [ 574]
(83)
But if thow wene I be thus sik for drede. [ 575]
It is naught so and therfore scorne nouȝt.
Ther is a nother thing .I. take of hede.
wel more than aught the grekes han ȝet wrought. [ 578]
which cause is of my deth for sorowe and thought.
But though that I now telle it the no leste.
Be thow nauȝt wroth I hide it for the beste. [ 581]
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This Pandare that neigh malt wo and routhe. [ 582]
fful ofte seyde allas what this be.
Now frend quod he if euere loue or trouthe.
Hath ben or is bitwixen the and me. [ 585]
Ne do thow neuere swich a crueltee
To hiden fro thi frende so grete a care.
wistow nauȝt wele that it am I Pandare. [ 588]
(85)
I wol parten with the alle thi peyne. [fol. 15b] [ 589]
If it be so I do the no comforte.
As it is frendes right soth for to seyne.
To entreparten wo as glad desporte. [ 592]
I haue and shal for trewe or fals report.
In wronge and right I loued the al my lyue
Hid nat thi wo fro me but telle it bilyue. [ 595]
(86)
Than gan this sorwful Troylus to syke. [fol. 16a] [ 596]
And seide hym thus god leue it be my beste.
To telle it the for sith it may the like.
Ȝet wol I telle it though myn herte breste. [ 599]
And wel woot I thow mayst do me no reste.
But leste thow do me I truste nat to the.
Now herke frende for thus it stant with me. [ 602]
(87)
Loue aȝeins the which wo so defendeth. [ 603]
Hym seluen most hym alderlest auaylleth.
with disespeyre so sorwfulli me offendeth.
That streight vnto the deth myn herte failleth. [ 606]
Therto desire so brynnyngly me assailleth
That to ben slayn it were a gretter Ioie.
To me than kyng of grece ben and Troye. [ 609]
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Suffiseth this my fulle frende Pandare. [ 610]
That I haue seyde for now wostow my wo.
And for the loue of god my cole care.
So hide it wel .I. tolde it neuere to mo. [ 613]
ffor harmes myghten fallen mo than two.
If it were wist but be thow in gladnesse.
And lat me sterue vnknowe of my destresse. [ 616]
(89)
How hastow thus vnkyndly and longe. [ 617]
Hid this fro me. thow fole quod Pandarus.
Peraunter thow myghte after swich oon longe.
That myn auys anoon may helpen vs. [ 620]
This were a wonder thing quod Troilus.
Thow koudest neuere in loue thi seluen wisse.
How deuel maistow brynge me to blisse. [ 623]
(90)
Ȝe Troilus now herke quod Pandare. [ 624]
Though .I. be nyce it happeth often so.
That oon that excesse doth ful yuele fare.
By good counseil kan kepe his frende ther fro. [ 627]
I haue my self ek seyn a blynde man goo.
Ther as he felle that couth loken wide.
A fool may ek a wiseman oft gide. [ 630]
(91)
A wheston is no keruyng instrument. [fol. 16b] [ 631]
But ȝet it maketh sharpe keruyng tolis.
And there thow woost that I haue auȝt myswent.
Eschuwe thow that. for swich to the scole is. [ 634]
Thus often wise men ben war by foolys.
If thow do so thi wit is wel bewared
By his contrarie is euery thyng declared. [ 637]
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for how myghte euere swetnesse nan ben knowe. [ 638]
To him that neuere tasted bitternesse.
Ne no man may ben Inly glad I trowe.
That neuere was in sorwe or som destresse. [ 641]
Eke with by blak by shame ek worthinesse.
Ech set by other more for other semeth.
As men may se and so the wyse it demeth. [ 644]
(93)
Sith thus of contraries is o lore. [fol. 17a] [ 645]
I that haue in loue so ofte assayed.
Greuances oughte konne and wel the more.
Counseillen the of that thow art amayed. [ 648]
Ek the ne aughte nat ben yuel appayed.
Though I desyre with the for to bere.
Thyn heuy charge it shal the lasse dere. [ 651]
(94)
I woot wel that it fareth thus be me. [ 652]
As to thi brother Paris and herdesse.
with 1. [(sie)] that Icleped was Oenone.
wrote in a compleynte of hir heuynesse. [ 655]
Ȝee say the lettre that she wrote I gesse.
Nay neuere ȝet ywys quod Troilus.
Now quod Pandare herkne it was thus. [ 658]
(95) (Oenone's Letter to Paris. 1 st.)
Phebus that first fand art of medicyne. [ 659]
Quod she. and couthe in euery wightes care.
Remedye and rede by herbes she knewe fyne.
Ȝet to hym self his konnyng was ful bare. [ 662]
ffor loue hadde hym so bounden in a snare.
Al for the doughter of the kyng amete.
That alle his crafte ne koude his sorwes bete. [ 665]
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Right so fare .I. vnhapply for me. [ 666]
I loue one best and that me smerteth sore.
And ȝet peraunter kan I redden the.
And nat my selue repreue me na more. [ 669]
I haue no cause I woot wel for to sore.
As doth an hauke that listeth for to pleye.
But to thin helpe ȝet somwhat kan I seye. [ 672]
(97)
And of o thyng right siker maistow be. [ 673]
That certein for to dyen in the peyne.
That I shal neuere mo discoueren the.
Ne by my trouthe I kepe nat restreyne. [ 676]
The fro thi loue theigh that it were Eleyn.
That is thi brother wif if ich it wiste.
Be what she be and loue hire as the liste. [ 679]
(98)
Therfore as frende fullich in me asseure. [fol. 17b] [ 680]
But telle me plat what is theuchesoun.
And finaly cause of wo that the endure.
ffor douteth no thyng myn entencioun. [ 683]
Nis nat to ȝow of reprehencioun
To speke as now for no wight may byreue.
A man to loue tyl that hym list to leue. [ 686]
(99)
And witteth wel that both two ben vices. [ 687]
Mistrusten alle or elles alle leue.
But wel I woot ȝe menen of it no vice es.
ffor to trusten som whight is a preue. [ 690]
Of trouth. and forthi wol I fayne remeue.
Thi wronge conseyte. and do the som wyght triste.
Thi wo to teel He. and tme if the liste. [ 693]
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The wise seith wo hym that is allone. [fol. 18a] [ 694]
ffor and he falle he hath non helpe to ryse.
And sith thow hast a felawe tel thi mone.
ffor this nys naught certein the nexte wyse. [ 697]
To wynnen loue as techen vs the wyse.
To walwe and wepe as Nyobe the queene.
whos teres ȝet in marble ben yseene. [ 700]
(101)
Lat be thy wepyng and thi drerynesse. [ 701]
And lat vs lissen wo with oother speche.
So may thy woful tyme seme lesse.
Delyte nat in wo thi for to seche. [ 704]
As don thise foles that hire sorwes eche.
with sorwe whan thei han mysauenture.
And listen naught to seche hem other cure. [ 707]
(102)
Men seyn to wrecche is consolacioun. [ 708]
To haue another felawe in hys peyne.
That owghte wel ben oure opynyoun.
ffor bothen thow and I of loue we pleyne. [ 711]
So ful of sorwe am I soth for to seyne.
That certeinly namore harde grace.
May sitte on me. for why ther is no space. [ 714]
(103)
If god wol thow art nat agast of me. [ 715]
Lest I wolde of thi lady the bygyle.
Thow woost thy self whom that I loue parde.
As I beste kan. gon sithen longe while. [ 718]
And sith thow woost I do it for no wyle.
And sith I am he that thow trusteth mooste.
Telle me somwhat syn al my wo thow wooste. [ 721]
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Ȝet Troilus for al this no worde seyde. [ 722]
But longe he ley as stylle as he dede were.
And after this with sikynge he abreyde.
And to Pandarus vois he lente his ere. [ 725]
And vp hise eighen caste that in feere.
was Pandarus. lest that he in frenesie.
Sholde falle or elles soone dye. [ 728]
(105)
And cryde awake ful wonderlich and sharpe. [fol. 18b] [ 729]
what slombrestow as in a litargie.
Or artow lik an asse to the harpe.
That hereth sown whan men the strynges pleye. [ 732]
But in his mynde of that no melodie.
May sinken hym to gladen for that he.
So dul ys of his bestialite. [ 735]
(106)
And with that Pandare of his wordes stente. [ 736]
And Troilus ȝet hym no thyng answerde.
ffor why to tellen nas nat his entente.
To neuere no man for whom that he so ferde. [ 739]
ffor it is seyde man maketh ofte a ȝerde.
with which the maker is hym self ybeten.
In sondry manere as thise wyse treten. [ 742]
(107)
And namlich in his counseil tellyng. [fol. 19a] [ 743]
That toucheth loue that ought ben secree.
ffor of him self it wol ynough oute sprynge.
But if that it the bet couered be. [ 746]
Ek som tyme it is a crafte to seme fle.
ffro thyng whyche in effect men hunte faste.
Al this gan Troilus in his herte caste. [ 749]
Page  28(108)
But natheles whan he hadde herde hym crye. [ 750]
Awake{punctel} he gan to syken wonder soore.
And seyde frende though that I stylle lye.
I am nat deef now pees and crye namore. [ 753]
ffor I haue herd thi wordes and thi lore.
But suffre me my meschief bywaille.
ffor thi prouerbes may me naught auaille. [ 756]
(109)
Nor other cure kanstow non for me. [ 757]
Ek I nyl nat ben cured I wol deye.
what knowe I of the queene Nyobe.
Lat be thyne olde ensaumples I the preye. [ 760]
No quod Pandarus therfore I seye.
Swyche is delite of foles to bywepe.
Hire wo. but seken bote they ne kepe. [ 763]
(110)
Now knowe I that ther reson in the failleth. [ 764]
But telle me if I wiste what she were.
ffor whom that the al this mysauenture ailleth.
Dorste thow that I tolde in hire ere. [ 767]
Thi wo. sith thow darst naught thi self for feere.
And hire bysoughte on the to han som routhe.
why nay quod he by god and by my trouthe. [ 770]
(111)
What nat as bisyly quod Pandarus. [ 771]
As though myn owene lyf lay on this nede.
No certes brother quod Troilus.
And whi for that thow scholdest neuere spede. [ 774]
wostow that wel ȝe that is out of drede.
Quod Troilus for al that the konne.
She nyl to noon swich wrecche as I ben wonne. [ 777]
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Quod Pandarus allas what may this be. [fol. 19b] [ 778]
That thow dispeired art thus causeles.
what lyueth nat thi lady bendiste.
How wostow so that thow art graceles. [ 781]
Swich yuel is nat alwey bootles.
why put nat impossible thus thi cure.
Syn thyng to come is oft in auenture. [ 784]
(113)
I graunte wel that thow endurest wo. [ 785]
As sharp as dothe he Ticius in helle.
whos stomak foughles tiren euere moo.
That hightyn volturie as bokes telle. [ 788]
But I may nat endure that thow dwelle.
In so vnskilful an oppynyoun.
That of thi wo is no curacioun. [ 791]
(114)
But oones nyltow for thy coward herte. [fol. 20a] [ 792]
And for thyn Ire and folissh wilfulnesse.
ffor wantrust tellen of thy sorwes smerte.
Ne to thyn owen help don bysynesse. [ 795]
As muche as speke a resoun moore or lesse.
But list as he that lest of no thyng recche.
what womman koude louen swich a wrecche. [ 798]
(115)
What may she demem oother of thy deeth. [ 799]
If thow thus deye and she not why it is.
But that for feere is ȝolden vp thy breth.
ffor grekes han biseged vs I wys. [ 802]
Lord which a thonke than shaltow han of this.
Thus wol she seyn and al the town attones.
The wrecche is ded the deuel haue his bones. [ 805]
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Thow mayst allone here wepe and crye and knele. [ 806]
But loue a womman that she woot it nought.
And she wol quyte that thow shalt nat fele.
Unknow vnkist and lost that is vnsoughte. [ 809]
what may a man hath loue ful deere ybought.
Twenty wynter that his lady wiste.
That neuere ȝet his lady mouth kiste. [ 812]
(117)
What sholde he therfore fallen in dispayre. [ 813]
Or be recreant for his owne tene.
Or slen hym self al be his lady faire.
Nay. nay. but euere in oon be fresshe and grene. [ 816]
To serue and loue his deer hertes queene.
And thynk it is a guerdon hire to serue.
A thousand fold moore than he kan deserue. [ 819]
(118)
Of that word took hede Troilus. [ 820]
And thoughte a non what folie he was Inne.
And how that sothe hym seyde Pandarus.
That for to slen hym self myght he nat wynne. [ 823]
But bothe don vnmanhod and synne.
And of his deth his lady naught to wite.
ffor of his wo god woote she knewe ful lite. [ 826]
(119)
And with that thought he gan ful sore syke. [fol. 20b] [ 827]
And seyde allas what is me beste to do.
To whom Pandare answerde if the like.
The beste is that thow telle me al thi wo. [ 830]
And haue my trouthe but thow it fynde so,
I be thi boote er that it be ful longe.
To pieces do me drawe and sithen honge. [ 833]
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Ȝe so thow seyst quod Troilus tho allas. [ 834]
But god woot it is naught the rather so.
fful hard were it to helpen in this cas.
ffor wel fynde I that fortune is my fo. [ 837]
Ne al the men that riden konne or go.
May of hire cruel whiel the harme withstonde.
ffor as hire list she pleyeth with free and bonde. [ 840]
(121)
Quod Pandarus than blamestow fortune. [fol. 21a] [ 841]
ffor thow art wroth ȝe now at erst I see.
woost thow nat wel that fortune is comune.
To eueri manere wight in som degree. [ 844]
And ȝet thow hast this comfort lo perde.
That as hire Ioies moten ouergone.
So mote hire sorwes passen euerechone. [ 847]
(122)
ffor if hire whiel stynte any thyng to torne. [ 848]
Than cessed she fortune anon to be.
Now sith hire whiel by no way may soiourne.
what woostow if hire mutabilite. [ 851]
Right as thy seluen list wol don by the.
Or that she be naught fer fro thyn helpynge
Paraunter thow haste cause for to synge. [ 854]
(123)
And therfore wostow what I the biseche. [ 855]
Lat be thy wo and tornyng to the grounde.
ffor who so list haue helyng of his leche.
To hym byhoueth first vnwre his wownde. [ 858]
1. [This line omitted in CCC MS.] To Cerberus yn helle ay be I bounde.
were it for my suster al thy sorwe.
By my wil she sholde al be thyn to morwe. [ 861]
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Look vp I seye and telle me what she is. [ 862]
Anon that I may gon aboute thy nede.
Knewe ich hire aught for my loue telle me this.
Thanne wolde I hopen rather for to spede. [ 865]
Tho gan the veyne of Troilus to blede.
ffor he was hit and wax al reed for shame.
A ha quod Pandare here bygynneth game. [ 868]
(125)
And with that word he gan hym for to shake. [ 869]
And seyde thef thow shalt hyre name telle.
But tho gan sely Troilus for to quake.
As though men sholde han led hym in to helle. [ 872]
And seyde allas of al my wo the welle.
Thanne is my swete fo called Criseyde.
And wel neigh with þe word for feere he deide. [ 875]
(126)
And whann that Pandare herde hire name neuene. [fol. 21b]
Lord he was glad and seyde frende so deere.
Now fare aright for Ioues name in heuene.
Loue hath byset the wel be of good cheere. [ 879]
ffor of good name and wisdome and manere.
She hath ynough and ek of gentilesse.
If she be fayre thow woost thy self I gesse. [ 882]
(127)
Ne neuere saugh a more bountevous. [ 883]
Of hire estat. na gladder. ne of speche.
A frendlyer na more gracious.
ffor to do wel ne lasse hadde nede seche. [ 886]
what for to don and al this bette to eche.
In honour to as fer as she may strecche.
A kynges herte semeth by hyrs a wrecche. [ 889]
Page  33(128) *. [[Thynne 1532, Fol. C. lxxv.]]
[And for thy loke of good comforte thou be *. [[ed. 1542, Fol. clxxii.]
For certainly the first poynt is this *. [[certaynly fyrst thys]
Of noble corage / and wele ordayne the *. [[well]
A man to haue peace with him selfe ywis *. [[wyth hym ywys]
So oughtest thou / for nought but good it is *. [[, for /]
To louen wel / and in a worthy place
The ought nat clepe it happe / but grace] *. [[not , for /]]*. [[This stanza not in Caxton or Pynson.]]
(129)
And also thynk and therwith glade the. [fol. 22a] [ 897]
That sith thy lady vertuous is al.
So foloweth it that there is som pitee.
Amonges alle thise other in general. [ 900]
And forthi se that thow in speciale.
Requere naught that is aȝeyns hyre name.
ffor vertue streccheth naught hym self to shame. [ 903]
(130)
But wel is me that euere that I was borne. [ 904]
That thow biset art in so good a place.
ffor by my trouthe in loue I dorste haue sworne.
The sholde neuere han tid thus fayre a grace. [ 907]
And wostow why for thow were wonte to chace.
At loue in scorn. and for despit hem calle.
Seynt Idyot lord of thise foles alle. [ 910]
(131)
How often hastow maad thi nyce Iapes. [ 911]
And seyde that loues seruantz euerichone.
Of nycete ben verray goddes apes.
And some wolde mucche hire mete allone. [ 914]
Liggyng a bedde and make hem for to grone.
And som thow seydest hadde a blaunche feuere.
And preydest god he sholde neuere keuere. [ 917]
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And som of hem took on hym for the colde. [ 918]
More than ynough so seydestow ful ofte.
And som han feyned ofte tyme and tolde.
How that they waken whan that thei slepen softe. [ 921]
And thus they wolde han brought hem self alofte.
And natheles were vnder at the laste.
Thus seydestow and Iapedest ful faste. [ 924]
(133)
Ȝet seydestow that for the moore parte. [ 925]
Thise loueres wolden speke in general.
And thoughten that it was a siker arte.
ffor fallyng for tassain ouere al. [ 928]
Now may I Iape of the if that I shal.
But natheles though that I sholde deye.
That thow art non of tho I dorste say. [ 931]
(134)
Now bet thi breste and sey to god of loue. [fol. 22b] [ 932]
Thy grace lord for now I me repente.
If I myspak for now my self I loue.
Thus sey with al thyn herte in good entente. [ 935]
Quod Troilus a lord I me consente.
And preye to the my Iapes thow forȝiue.
And I shal neuere more whyle I liue. [ 938]
(135)
Thow seist wel quod Pandarus and now I hope. [ 939]
That thow the goddes wrathe hast al apesed.
And sithen thow haste wopen many a drope.
And seyde swych thyng wherwith thi god is plesed. [ 942]
Now wolde neuere god but thow were esed.
And thynk wel she of whom rist al thi wo.
Hereafter may thy comfort be also. [ 945]
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ffor thilke grownde that bereth the wedes wikke. [fol. 23a]
Bereth ek thise holsom herbes as ful ofte.
Next the foule netle rough and thikke.
The rose waxeth swoote and smothe and softe. [ 949]
And nexte the valeye is the hulle olofte.
And next the derk nyght the glade morwe.
And also Ioie is next the fyn of sorwe. [ 952]
(137)
Now loke that a tempre be thi bridel. [ 953]
And for the beste ay suffre to the tyde.
Or elles al oure laboure is on ydel.
He hasteth wel that wisely kan abyde. [ 956]
Be diligent and trewe and ay wel hide.
Be lusty fre perseuere in thy seruyse.
And al is wel if thow werke in this wyse. [ 959]
(138)
But he that deperted is in eueri place. [ 960]
Is nowher hole as writen clerkes wyse.
what wonder is though swich oon haue grace.
Ek wostow how it fareth of som seruice. [ 963]
As plaunte a tree of herbe in sondry wyse.
And on the morwe pulle it as blyue.
No wonder is thought it may neuere thryue. [ 966]
(139)
And sith that god of loue hath the bistowed. [ 967]
In place digne vnto thi worthinesse.
Stonde faste for to good porte hastow rowed.
And of thi self for any heuynesse. [ 970]
Hope alwey wel for but if drerinesse.
Or ouere haste oure bothe labour shende.
I hope of this to maken a goode ende. [ 973]
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And wostow why I am the lasse afered. [ 974]
Of this matere with my Nece trete.
ffor this haue I herde seyde of wyse lered.
was neuere man or womman ȝet bigete. [ 977]
That was vnapte to suffren lyues hete.
Celestial. or elles loue of kynde.
fforthy som grace I hope in hire fynde. [ 980]
(141)
And for to speke of hire in specyal. [fol. 23b] [ 981]
Hire beaute to bithynken and hire youthe.
It sit it naught to ben celestial.
As ȝet though that hire liste bothe and kowthe. [ 984]
But trewely it sate hire wel right nowthe.
A worthi knyght to louen and cherice.
And but she do I holde it for a vice. [ 987]
(142)
Wherfore I am and wol ben ay redy. [ 988]
To peyne me to do ȝow this seruyse.
ffor bothe ȝow to plese thus hope I.
Herafterward for ȝe ben both wyse. [ 991]
And konne it counseil kepe in swych a wyse.
That no man schal the wiser of it be.
And so we may ben gladed al thre. [ 994]
(143)
And by my trouthe I haue right now of the. [fol. 24a] [ 995]
A good conceyte in my wit as I gesse.
And what it is I wol now that thow se.
I thenk. sith that loue of his goodnesse. [ 998]
Hath the conuerted out of wikkednesse.
That thow shalt ben the best post I leue.
Of al his lay and moost his foos to greue. [ 1001]
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Ensample why se now thise wise clerkes. [ 1002]
That erren aldermost aȝeyn a lawe.
And ben conuerted from hire wikked werkes.
Thorugh grace of god that list hem to hym drawe. [ 1005]
Thanne arn thise folk that han moost god in awe.
And strengest feythed ben I vndirstonde.
And konne an errowre alderbest withstonde. [ 1008]
(145)
Whan Troilus hadde herde Pandare assented. [ 1009]
To ben his help in louyng of Cryseyde.
Weex of his wo as who seith vntormented.
But hotter weex his loue and thus he seyde. [ 1012]
with sobre chere although his herte pleyde.
Now blisful venus help er that I sterue.
Of the Pandare I mowe som thank deserue. [ 1015]
(146)
But deere frende how shal my wo be lesse. [ 1016]
Til this be doon and good ek telle me this.
How wiltow seyn of me and my destresse.
Lest she be wrothe this drede I moost ywys. [ 1019]
Or nyl nat here or trowen how it is.
Alle this drede I. and eke for the manere.
Of the hire Em she nyl no swich thyng here. [ 1022]
(147)
Quod Pandarus thow hast a ful grete care. [ 1023]
Lest that the Cherl may falle oute of the moone.
Whi lord I hate of the thi nyce fare.
Whi entremete of that thow hast to doone. [ 1026]
ffor goddes loue I bidde the a boone.
So lat malone. and it shal be thi beste.
whi frende quod he now do right as the leste. [ 1029]
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But herk Pandare o word for I nolde. [fol. 24b] [ 1030]
That thow in me wendest so grete folie.
That to my lady I desiren sholde.
That toucheth harm or any vilenye. [ 1033]
ffor dredeles me were leuere dye.
Than she of me aught elles vnderstode.
But that that myghte sownen in to goode. [ 1036]
(149)
Tho lough this Pandare and anon answerde. [ 1037]
And I thi borugh fy no wight doth but so.
I roughte naught though that she stood and herde.
How that thow seist. but farewel I wol go. [ 1040]
A dieu be glad god spede vs bothe two.
Ȝef me this labour and this bisynesse.
And of my spede be thyn al that swetnesse. [ 1043]
(150)
Tho Troilus gan doun on knees to falle. [fol. 25a] [ 1044]
And Pandare in his armes hente faste.
And seyde now fy on the Grekes alle.
Ȝet Pandare god shal helpe vs atte laste. [ 1047]
And dredelees if that my lyf may laste.
And god to forn lo som of hem shal smerte.
And ȝet mathenketh that this auant me sterte. [ 1050]
(151)
Now Pandare I kan na more seye. [ 1051]
But thow wis thow woost thow maist thow ar al.
My lif my deth hole in thyn honde I leye.
Help now quod he ȝis is my trowthe I shal. [ 1054]
God ȝelde the frend and this in special.
Quod Troilus that thow me recomande.
To hire that to the deth me may comande. [ 1057]
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This Pandarus tho desirous to serue. [ 1058]
His fulle frende than seyde in this manere.
ffarwell and thenk I wol thi thank deserue.
Haue here my trowthe and that thow shalt wele here.
And went his wey thenkyng on this matere.
and how he best myghte hire biseche of grace.
And fynde a tyme therto and a place. [ 1064]
(153)
ffor eueri wight that hath an hous to founde. [ 1065]
Ne reynneth naught the werk for to bygynne.
with rakel hond but he wol bide a stounde.
And sende his hertes line out fro withInne. [ 1068]
Aldirfirst his purpos for to wynne.
Al this Pandare in his herte thoughte.
And caste his werk ful wisely or he wroughte. [ 1071]
(154)
But Troilus lay tho no lenger down. [ 1072]
But vp a non vpon his stede bay.
And in the feld he pleyde tho leoun.
who was that greke that with hym mette a day. [ 1075]
And in the town his manere tho forth ay.
Soo goodly was and gat hym so in grace.
That ecch hym loued that loked on his face. [ 1078]
(155)
ffor he bicome the frendliest wight. [fol. 25b] [ 1079]
The gentilest and ek the moost fre.
The thriftiest and oon the best knyght.
That in his tyme was or myght be. [ 1082]
Dede were his Iapes and his cruelte.
His heigh port and his manere estraunge.
And ecche of tho gan for a vertue chaunge. [ 1085]
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Now lat vs stynte of Troilus a stounde. [ 1086]
That fareth like a man that hurte is soore.
And is som deel of akyngge of his wownde.
Ylissed wel but heeled no deel moore. [ 1089]
And as an esy pacyent the loore.
Abit of hym that gooth aboute his cure.
And thus he dryeth forth his auenture. [ 1092]
Explicit liber primus.
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[Harleian 1239.]

(1) (Proem.)
THe double sorow of Troilus to telle [leaf 1] [ 1]
That was tho kynge Pryames sone of Troye
In lofyng how hys Auentures ffelle
Fro woo to wele and after owte of Ioye [ 4]
My purpos is or that I parte ȝow froye
Thesiphone thow helpe me to endite
Thes woofuɫɫ wers that wepen as I write [ 7]
(2) (Invocation.)
To the clepe I thow goddes of torment [ 8]
Thow cruel furye sorowyng euer in peyne
Helpe me that am that sorowful Instrument
That helpes louers as I can for to pleyne [ 11]
For wele sittes hit tho sothe for to seyne
A woofuɫɫ wyght to haue a drery fere
And to a sorowfuɫɫ tale a sory chere [ 14]
(3)
For I that god of love seruauntes serue [ 15]
Ne dar not to love for myne vnliklynesse
Preyen for spede aɫɫ schulde .I. therfore sterue
So ferre am I frome his helpe in derknnesse [ 18]
Botte natheles if thys may do gladnesse
To any lover and hys cause availe
Haue he thy þanke and myne be this travaile [ 21]
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Bot ye loueres that bathen in gladnesse [ 22]
Ȝif ony drope of pitee in ȝow bee
Remembretħ ȝow on passed heuynesse
That ȝe haue felte and of thaduersite [ 25]
Of other folke and thynketh how that ye
Haue felte that loue durst ȝow displese
Or ȝe haue wonne hym with to grete an ese [ 28]
(5)
And prayes for hem that been in the cas [ 29]
Of troilus as ȝe may her-after here
That loue hem bryng in heuen to solas
And eke prayes to god that is so dere [ 32]
That I haue myght schewe in some manere
Suche peyne and woo as loues folke endure
In Troilus vncely aventure [ 35]
(6)
And biddes hem that been dispeyred [ 36]
In loue that neuer wyll recouered be
And eke for hem that falsly been appered
Thorogh wykked tonges be hyt he or sche [ 39]
Thus byddes god for his benignite
So grawnte hem sone owte of þis worlde to pace
That been despered owte of loues grace [ 42]
(7)
And eke byddeth for hem that been at ese [ 43]
That god hem grawnte aye gode perseuerawnce
And sende hem myght here ladyes so to plese
That it to loue bee worschipp and plesawnce [ 46]
For so hope I my sowle beste to avawnce
To prey for hem that loues seruantes bee
And wryte here woo and lyue in charite [ 49]
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And for to haue on hem compassioun [ 50]
As though I were here owne brother dere
Now herkeneth with a gode intencioun
For nowe wyle I go streight to my matere [ 53]
In whiche ȝe schuɫɫ the double sorowes here
Of Troilus in louyng of Creseyde
And how that sche forsoke hym or sche deyde [ 56]
(9) (Story.)
IT ys wele wyst how that the grekes stronge [ 57]
In armes with a thowsand schyppes wente
To Troyewardes and tho Citee longe
Assegeden well ten ȝere or they stynte [ 60]
And in diuerse wyse and oone entente
Tho Ravischyng to wreken of Eleyne
By Paris done they wroghten al hir peyne [ 63]
(10)
Now feɫɫ hit soo that in the towne there was [leaf 1, back] [ 64]
Dwellyng a lorde of grete auctorite
A grete divine that cleped was Calcas
That in science soo expert was that he [ 67]
Knew weɫɫ that Troye schulde destroied bee
By answere of hys god that hyght thus
Dame Phebus or Apollo Delphicus [ 70]
(11)
Soo whane that Calkas knewe by calkelyng [ 71]
And eke by answer of this Apollo
That grekes schulde suche a peple bryng
Thorogh whiche that Troie most bee for-doo [ 74]
He cast a-non owte of the towne to goo
For wele wyst he by sorte that Troye schulde
Destroyed bee ȝee wolde who-so nolde [ 77]
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For whiche for to depart schortly [ 78]
Toke purpos ffuɫɫ this forknowyng wise
And to the grekes hoste fuɫɫ priuely
He stale anon and they in curteys wise [ 81]
Hym diden bothe worschip and seruise
In tryst that he has knowyng hem to rede
In euery parell whiche that was to drede [ 84]
(13)
The noyce vp rose whan it was fyrst aspied [ 85]
Thorogh all the towne and openly was spokyn
That Calkas traytowre was fledde and allied
With hem of grece and casten to be wrokyn [ 88]
On hym that falsly had his feyth so brokyn
And seyden he and aɫɫ his kynne att onys
Ben worthy for to brenne felle and bonys [ 91]
(14)
Now had this Calkas loft in þis myschawnce [ 92]
Al vnwist of the false and wikked dede
His doughter whiche that was in grete penawnce
For of her lyf sche was ful ofte in drede [ 95]
As sche nyst what was best to rede
For bothe a widowe was sche and allone
Of ony frende to whome she durst her mone [ 98]
(15)
Creseide was this lady name al ryght [ 99]
As to my dome in al Troies citee
Vas noone so fayre for-passyng euery wight
So angelik was her face 1. [[face later]] her natif beaute [ 102]
That lyke a thinge Immortal semed sche
As Is an heuenlyche parfite creature
That downe were sent in scornyng of nature [ 105]
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This lady whiche that alday herde at eere [ 106]
Her fadres schame. his falsnes and tresoun
Wel nygh owte of her witte for sorow and fere
In widowes habite blak of Samyte browne [ 109]
On knees she felle before Ector a downe
with pitous voys and tendrely wepyng
His mercy badde herself excusyng [ 112]
(17)
Now was this Ector pitows of nature [ 113]
And seyth that sche was so sorowfully begone
And that sche was so feyre a creature
Of his gudnes he gladed her annone. [ 116]
And seide lete ȝowre fadres treson̄ gon
Forthe with myschance and ȝe ȝowre self in Ioye
Dwellith with vs while ȝow gode lyst in Trye [ 119]
(18)
And alle tho honowre that men may do ȝow haue [ 120]
Als ferforthe as ȝowre fader dwelled here
Ȝe shul haue and ȝowre body schal men saue
As far as I may augħt enquere and here [ 123]
And sche hym thankith with ful humbly chere
And ofter wolde and hit had ben his wylle
And toke her leue and home and helde her stylle [ 126]
(19)
And in her hows sche abode with suche mene [leaf 2] [ 127]
As tyl her honowre nede was to be holde
And while sche was dwellyng in the Cite
Kept here estate and bothe of ȝonge and olde [ 130]
Ful wel beloued and wel men of her tolde
But whether that sche children had or noone
I rede it not therfore I lat it gone [ 133]
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The thynges fellen as the do of werre [ 134]
Betwix hem of Troie and grekes ofte
For som day bothe they of Troie at derre
And eft the grekes fonde nothyng softe [ 137]
The folke of Troie and thus fortune on lofte
And vnder eft gan hem to wele bothe
Aftur her cowrse aye while they weren wrothe [ 140]
(21)
But how this towne come to distruccion̄ [ 141]
Ne falleth noght to purpos me to telle
For it were here a longe disgression̄
ffor my matere and ȝow longe to dwelle [ 144]
But the Troian Iestes as they felle
In Omere or in Dares or in Dite
who-so that can̄ may rede hem as thye write [ 147]
(22)
But though that grekes hem of Troie schotten [ 148]
And her Cite beseged al a-bowte
Her olde vsage nolde they noght letten
As for to honowre her goddes ful devoute [ 151]
But aldermoste in honowre oute of doute
Thei hade a relyk hight Palladion
That was her trust abouen euerychone [ 154]
(23)
And so befell whan comen was the tyme [ 155]
Of April whan clothed is the mede
with newe grene of lusty were the prime
And swete smellen flowres white and rede [ 158]
In sondry wyse schewed as I ȝow rede
The folke of Troie her obseruaunce olde
Palladions feste for to holde [ 161]
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And to the temple in al her best wise [ 162]
In general there went many a wyght
To herken of Palladions seruise
And namely so many a lusty knyght [ 165]
So many a mayden fresche and lady dere
Ful wel arayed bothe tho moste and leste
Ȝee bothe for the seson and the feste [ 168]
(25)
Amonge these other folke was Creseida [ 169]
In widowes habite blake but natheles
Right as owre fyrst lettre is now an A
In bewte furst so stode sche makeles [ 172]
Here godely lokyng gladed al the prece
Was neuer seyn thyng to been preised derre
Ne vnder clowd blake so bright a sterre [ 175]
(26)
As was Creseide as folke seyd euerychone [ 176]
That her behelden in here blak wede
And ȝit sche stode ful stylle an lowe allone
Behynde othere folke in lytel brede [ 179]
And nygh tho dore aye vnder schames drede
Symple of attire and debonaire of chere
with ful assured lokyng and manere [ 182]
(27)
This Troilus as he was wonte to gyde [ 183]
His ȝonge knyghtes lade hem vpe and downe
In thilk large temple on euery syde
Beholdyng aye tho ladyes of the towne [ 186]
Nowe here now there for no deuocion̄
Had he to none to reven hym his reste
Bot gan to prese and lake whom hym lyste [ 189]
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And in his walke ful fast he gan to wayten [leaf 2, back] [ 190]
If knyght or squier of his companye
Gan for to sike or lat his eyen bayten
On any woman that he cowde aspye [ 193]
He wolde smyle and holde hit a folye
And sey hym thus god wote sche slepes softe
For loue of the whan thow turnest ful ofte [ 196]
(29)
I haue herde telde pardieux of ȝowre lyvyng [ 197]
Ȝe louers and ȝowre lewde obseruance
And whiche a labour folke haue in wynnyng
Of loue and in tho keping of doutance [ 200]
And whane ȝowre pray is loste woo and penance
O veray foles nyce and blynde been ȝee
Ther ys not oone can war by other bee [ 203]
(30)
And with that worde he gan caste vpe his browe [ 204]
Ascawnce loo is not this wele spoken
At whiche the god of loue gan loken rowe
Right for despite and hope for to be wroken [ 207]
He kydde a-noon his bowe was not tobroken
ffor sodeinly he hit hym atte the fulle
And ȝit as prowde a pecok gan he pulle [ 210]
(31)
O. blynde worlde o blynde entencion̄ [ 211]
How often falles al tho effecte contraire
Of surquidry and fowle presumpsion̄
For caught is proude and caught is debonaire [ 214]
This troilus is clomben on tho staire
And litel wenes that he mot descenden̄
But alday failleth thyng that foles wenden̄ [ 217]
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As prowde bayarde gynnys for to skyppe [ 218]
Owte of the waye so prikketh hym his corne
Tyl he a lasche haue of tho longe whippe
Thane thenkith he though I prawnce al be-forne [ 221]
Fyrst in the trays ful fatte and new schorn
ȝit am I bot an horse and horses lawe
I most endure and with my ferys drawe [ 224]
(33)
So farde hit by this ferse and prwde knyght [ 225]
Though he a worthy kyng sone were
And wende nothyng had hade suche myght
A-ȝen his wille that schulde his hert stere [ 228]
Ȝitte with a loke his herte wax on fire
That he that nowe was moste in pride a-boue
Wax sodeynly moste subget vn-to loue [ 231]
(34)
For-thy ensample taketh of his man̄ [ 232]
Ȝe wise prowde and worthy folkes alle
To scorne loue whiche that so soone can̄
Tho fredom of ȝowre hertys to hym thralle [ 235]
For euer yt was and euer his schal befalle
That loue ys he that al thyng may bynde
For may no man fordoo the lawe of kynde [ 238]
(35)
That this be sothe has proued and dothe ȝit [ 239]
For this trow I ȝe knowen alle or some
Men reden nat that folke haue gretter wit
Thene they that haue ben most wyth loue I-nome [ 242]
And strengest folke therwith been ouercome
Tho worthiest and grettest of degree
This was and is and ȝit men schal hit see [ 245]
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And truly it sitte wel to be soo [ 246]
For alderwisest haue therwith been plesed
And they that haue been aldermoste in woo
With loue haue ben comforted moste and esed [ 249]
And ofte it has tho cruel herte appesed
And worthy folke made worthier of name
And causes moste to drede vice and schame [ 252]
(37)
Now sithen it may not godely be withstonde [leaf 3] [ 253]
And is a thyng so vertuows in kynde
Refuses not to loue for to be bownde
Syn as hym self lyst he may ȝow bynde [ 256]
Tho ȝerde is bette that bowe wolde and wynde
Than that. that brest and therfor I ȝow reede
To folowe loue that ȝow so wele can leede [ 259]
(38)
But for to telle forthe in speciall [ 260]
As of this kynges sone of whiche I tolde
And lette other thynges Collaturall
Of hym thynke I. my tale forthe to holde [ 263]
Bothe of his Ioye and of his care colde
And al his werke as towchyng this matere
For I be-gan hit. I wyl therto refere [ 266]
(39)
With-ynne the temple he went hym forthe pleyng [ 267]
This Troilus of euery wight a-bowte
On this lady and nowe on that lokyng
Whether so sche were of towne or of with-owte [ 270]
And vpon cas befeɫɫ that thorogh a rowte
His eye perced and so depe it went
That on Creseide it smote and there it stynte [ 273]
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And sodeinly he wax therwith astoned [ 274]
And gan her bettur beholde in thrifty wise
O mercy god thought he where hastow wonned
That art so fayre and godely to devise [ 277]
Therwith his hert began to sprede and rise
And softly syke lest men myght hym here
And caught ayen his first pleying chere [ 280]
(41)
Sche was not with the leste of her stature [ 281]
But alle her lymmes so wele answeryng
Weren to wommanhode þat Creature
Nas neuer lasse mannysche in semyng [ 284]
And eke the pure wise of her moevyng
Schewed wele tha[t] men myght in her gesse
Honowre estate and womanly noblesse [ 287]
(42)
Tho Troilus right wonder wele with alle [ 288]
Gan for to lyke her moeuyng and her chere
Whiche somdel deignous was for sche lete falle
Her loke a-side in suyche manere [ 291]
Ascawnce what may I not stonden here
And after that her lokyng gan sche lyght
That neuer thoght hym seen so gode a sight [ 294]
(43)
And of her loke in hym ther gan to quycken [ 295]
So grete desire and suyche affeccion̄
That in his hertys botom it gan to stycken
Of hir his fixe and depe Impression̄ [ 298]
And thogh he erst hade poured vp and downe
He was tho gladde his hornes in to schrynke
Vnnethes wiste he how to loke or wynke [ 301]
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Loo he that lette hym self so konnyng [ 302]
And scorned hem that loues peynes dryen
was ful vnware that loue had his dwellyng
with-ynne tho subtil stremes of here eyen [ 305]
That sodeinly hym thoght he felt dyen
Right with hir loke tho spirit of his herte
Blessed be loue that thus can folke conuerte [ 308]
(45)
Sche this in blake lykyng to Troilus [ 309]
Ouer al thynge he stode for to beholde
Ne his desire ne wherfore he stode thus
He nether chere made ne worde tolde [ 312]
But from aferre his manere for to holde
On other thynges some tyme his loke he caste
And eft on hire while that tho serues laste [ 315]
(46)
And after this nat fulliche al awhaped [leaf 3, back] [ 316]
Owte of tho temple al esely he wente
Repentyng hym that euery he had Iaped
Of loues folke lest fully tho discente [ 319]
Of scorn fell on hym self bot what he mente
Lest hit were wist on any maner syde
His woo he gan dissimelyn̄ and hyde [ 322]
(47)
Whan he was fro tho temple thus departed [ 323]
He streight a-non vnto the paleis turneth
Right with her loke thorogh schot and thorogh darted
Al feyneth he in lust that he soiorneth [ 326]
And al his chere and speche also he bourneth
And aye of loues seruantes euery while
Hym-self to wrye at hem he gan̄ to smyle [ 329]
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And seid lord soo ȝe lyue alle in lyst [ 330]
Ȝe louers for the konnyngest of ȝow
That serues moste ententyfly and best
Hym tyt as ofte harme therof as prow [ 333]
Ȝowre hire is quyt a-ȝein. ȝe god wote how
Not wel for wel. bot scorne for gude servise
In feith ȝowre ordre is reuled in gode wyse [ 336]
(49)
In non certayn been alle ȝowre obseruance [ 337]
But hit a fewe cely poyntes bee
Nor nothing axeth so grete attendance
As dothe ȝowe lay and that knowe alle ȝe [ 340]
But that is not the warste as mote I the
But tolde I ȝow, tho warste poynt I leue
Al seid I sothe ȝe wolden at me greue [ 343]
(50)
But take this that ȝe louers oft escheue [ 344]
Or elles doon hit of gude entencion̄
Ful ofte thy lady wyl hit mys construe
And deme hit harme by here opynion̄ [ 347]
And ȝit if sche for other encheson̄
Be worthi than schal thow haue a grone a-non
Lorde wele is hym that may of ȝow been oon [ 350]
(51)
But for al this whan that he sawe his tyme [ 351]
He helde his pees noon other bote hym gayned
For loue began̄ his fethures so to lyme
That wel vnneth vntil his folke he feyned [ 354]
That other besy nedes hym distrened
For woo was hym that what to doo he nyst
But badde his folke to gon where that hem lyst [ 357]
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And whan that he in chambre was a-lone [ 358]
He downe vpon̄ his beddes fete hym sette
And first he gan to syke and eft to grone
And thoght aye soo on her withowten lette [ 361]
That as he satte and woke his spirit mette
That he hir sawe and temple and al tho wise
Right of her loke and gan hit newe a-vyse [ 364]
(53)
Thus gan he make a mirrowr of his mynde [ 365]
In whiche he saw al holly her figure
And that he cowde wel in his hert fynde
It was to hym a right gude a-venture [ 368]
To loue suche oon and if he dide his cure
To serue her ȝit myght he falle in g[r]ace
Or elles for oon of hir seruaunce pace [ 371]
(54)
Imaginyng that trauaile ne grace [ 372]
Ne myght for so godely oon lorne
As sche ne hym for his desire noo schame
Al were hit wist but in pris and vp borne [ 375]
Of alle louers wel more than be-forne
Thus argumented he yn his ginnyng
Ful vnavised of his woo comyng [ 378]
(55)
Thus took he purpos loues craft to sewe *. [[2 leaves, 36 stanzas, lines 379-630, missing from Harl. 1239. Sup∣plied from Addit. 12,044,]] [lf. 7-9.]
And thought he werkyn wolde preuyly
First he hid his desir in mewe
From euery wight I-born al ouerly 1. [[ouerly later.]] [ 382]
But he myght aught recouered ben ther-by
Remembryng hym þat loue to wide I-blowe
Ȝelt bittir fruyt though swete seed be sowe [ 385]
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¶ And ouyr al þis ȝit moche more he thought [ 386]
what for to spede and what for to holden ynne
And what to arten what to loue he sought
And on a song / anoon right to be-gynne [ 389]
And gan loude on his sorwe for to wynne
For with good hope he gan fully assent
Creseid for to loue and nought repent [ 392]
(57)
¶ And of this song nought only the sentence [ 393]
As writ myn auctor called lollius
But pleynly saue oure tonge difference
I dar wel seyn in al þat Troilus [ 396]
Seide in his song loo euery word right thus
As I shal seyn and who so lust it here
Loo next this vers he may [it] fynden here [ 399]
(58) (Troilus's Song, from Petrarch's 88th Sonnet.)
¶ If no loue is o god what fele y so [ 400]
And ȝif loue is what thyng and wheche is he
Ȝif loue be good fro whennes cometh my wo
Ȝif it be wykke a wondir thyngeth me [ 403]
whan euery torment and aduersite
That cometh of it may to my sauour thynke
For ay thrist I þe more þat I drynke [ 406]
(59) (From Petrarch.)
¶ And ȝif þat [at] myn owyne lust [I] brenne [ 407]
From whenues cometh my pleynyng and myn pleynt
Þif harm agreue me wher-to pleyne I thenne
I not ne whi vn-wery þat I feynt [ 410]
O quyk deth o swet harm so queynte
How may of the / on me suche quantyte
But if þat I consente þat it be [ 413]
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¶ And ȝif that I consente I wrongfully [ 414]
Compleyne y-wys thus possed to and fro
Al stereles witħ-Inne a bot am I
A-myd þe see be-twix wyndes too [ 417]
That in Contrary stonden euere moo
Allas what is this wonder maladye
For hete of cold / for cold of hete I deye [ 420]
(End of Troilus's Song from Petrarch's 88th Sonnet.)
(61) *. [[leaf 6, 10 stanzas, in before leaf 7 in Addit. 12,044.]]
And to the god of loue / thus seide he [leaf 6] [ 421]
with petous vois o lord now ȝoures is
Mi spirit wheche that / augħt ȝoures be
Ȝow thanke I lord that han me brouħt to this [ 424]
But whedir goddes or womman I-wys
She be / I nougħt wheche that ȝe do me serue
But as hir man I wolde ay leue and sterue [ 427]
(62)
¶ Ȝe stonden in hir eyen mygħtily [ 428]
As in a place vn-to ȝou verri digne
Wherfore lorde ȝif my seruyse or .I.
May liken ȝow so betħ to me benyngne [ 431]
For myn estat Roial here I resigne
In-to here hand and witħ [ful] humble chere
By-come hir man as to my lady dere [ 434]
(63)
¶ In hym ne deignetħ spare blood Roial [ 435]
The fire of loue fro þe wheche god me blesse
Ne hym for-barred in no degre for alle
His vertu or his excellent prowesse [ 438]
But hold hym as his thralle lowe in distresse
And brent hym so in sondri wise ay newe
That sixti tyme a day he lost his hewe [ 441]
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So moche day be day his owyn thougħt [ 442]
For lust of hir gan quyken and encrece
That euerycħ othir charge he sette at nougħt
For-thi ful ofte his hoot fir to sece [ 445]
To sen hir goodly look he gan to prece
For therbi to ben esid wel he wende
And ay the nere he was the more he brendo [ 448]
(65)
¶ For ay þe nere the fere the hattere is [ 449]
This trowe I ./ knowitħ al this companye
But were he fer or nere / I dar sey this
Be nygħt or day / for wisdom or folie [ 452]
His herte wheche that is his brestis ye
Was ay on hire that fairere was to sene
Than euere was Eleyne or Pollixene [ 455]
(66)
¶ Eke of the day þar passid nougħ[t] half an hour [lf. 6, bk.]
That to hym self he A thousand tyme seide
God goodly to whom I serue and labour
As I best can now wolde gode Creseide [ 459]
Ȝe wolde on me rewe or that I deide
My dere herte Allas myn hele and myn hewe
And myn lif is lost but ȝe wole on me rewe [ 462]
(67)
¶ Alle other dedis weren from hym fledde [ 463]
Bothe of thassege and his sauacion
Ne in him desir noon othir fownes bredde
But argumentes to his conclusion̄ [ 466]
That she of hym wolde haue compassion̄
And he to ben hir man while he may dure
Lo here is lif and from the detħ is cure [ 469]
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¶ The sharpe shoures fel of armes preve [ 470]
That Ector or his othir bretheren deden
Ne make hym ones therfore to meve
And ȝit was he where men wentyn and reden [ 473]
Founden oon the best and lengest tyme a-biden
There perile was and eek dede succħ trauaile
In Armes that to thynke it was meruaile [ 476]
(69)
¶ But for oon hate he to the Grekes hadde [ 477]
Ne also for the rescous of the toun
Ne made hym thus in armes for to madde
But only loo for this conclusioun [ 480]
To liken hire the bette for his renoun
From day to day in armes so he spedde
That the grekes as detħ hym dredde [ 483]
(70)
¶ And from this fortħ tho reft hym loue his slepe [ 484]
And made hym mete his Foo And ek his sorwe
Gan multeplie that who-so toke kepe
It shewed in his hewe bothe eue and morwe [ 487]
Therfore a litel he gan hym to borwe
Of othir seknesse lest men of hym wende
That the hote fire of loue hym for-brende [ 490]
(71)
¶ And seide he hadde a feuere and ferde amys [leaf 8] [ 491]
But how it was serteyn I can nougħt seye
Ȝif that his ladi vndirstood nougħt this
Or feyned hire she nyst oon of the tweye [ 494]
But wel y rede that be no manere weye
Ne semed it that she on hym rougħt
Nor of his peyne or what so euere he thought [ 497]
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¶ But han felt this Troilus swiche woo [ 498]
That he was wol nygħt wood for ay his drede
Was this that she some wigħt hadde loued soo
That neuer of hym thougħt haue taken hede [ 501]
For wheche hym thougħt he felt his herte blede
Nor of his woo ne durst he nat be-gynne
To tellyn hir for al this world to wynne [ 504]
(73)
¶ But he hadde a space from his care [ 505]
Thus to hym self / ful ofte he gan to pleyne
He seide o foole now art þow in the snare
That whilom Iappedest at loues peyne [ 508]
Now art þow hent now gnawe þyn owyn cheyne
Thow were ay wont eche louere reprehende
Of thyng fro wheche thow canst the not defende [ 511]
(74)
¶ What wole now euery louere seyn of thee [ 512]
Ȝif this be wist but euere in þyn absence
laugħen in Scorne and seyn lo there gotħ hee
That is þe man of so gret sapience [ 515]
That helde vs louyers leest in reuerence
Now thanked be god he may gon in þe daunce
Of hem that loue lest febly for tenaunce [ 518]
(75)
¶ But o thow woful troylus god wolde [ 519]
Sithen þow most louen thorgħ thi destenye
That thow bisette were on swyche on þat sholde
Knowe al thi woo al lakked hir petee [ 522]
But also cold in lovue towardes thee
Thi lady is as frost in wynter mone
And thow for-doon as snowe in fir is soone [ 525]
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¶ God wolde y were arryued in the port [leaf 8, back] [ 526]
Of deth̄ to wh[i]che my sorewes wole me lede
A lord to me it were a gret confort
Thanne were I quyt of langusshyng in drede [ 529]
For be myn hed sorwe I blowe on brede
I xal be Iaped be a thousand tyme
More than that folk of whos foly men ryme [ 532]
(77)
¶ But now helpe god and she swete for whom [ 533]
Pleyne I caugh̄t neuer wigh̄t so faste
O mercy dere herte and helpe from
The deth̄ for I wole that my lyf laste [ 536]
More than my self I wole loue ȝow to my last
And with̄ somme frendly look gladeth̄ me swete
Though̄ neuer mor thyng ȝe me be-hete [ 539]
(78)
¶ These wordes and ful many an othir to [ 540]
He spak and called euere in his compleynt
Hire name for to tellyn hir his wo
Til nygh̄ þat he in salte teres dreynt [ 543]
Al was for nough̄t she herde not his pleynt
And whanne þat he by-though̄t on that folye
A thousand fold his wo gan multeplye [ 546]
(79)
¶ By walkyng in his chambre thus a-lone [ 547]
A frend of his that called was pandare
Cam onys Inne on-war and herd hym grone
And sigh̄ his frend in suech̄ distresse and care [ 550]
Allas quod he ho causeth̄ al this fare
O mercy god what on-happe may this mene
Han now þus sone grekes mad ȝow lene [ 553]
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¶ Or hastow some remors of consyence [ 554]
And art now falle in som deuocioun
And wailest for thy senne and thyn offence
And hast for ferd caugh̄t attricioun [ 557]
God saue hem þat be-seged han our toun
That so can leyn our Iolite on presse
And bryng oure / lusty folk to holynesse [ 560]
(81)
¶ These wordes seyde he for the nones alle [leaf 9] [ 561]
That with suych̄ thyng / he mygh̄t hym angry maken
And with mavgry don his wo to falle
As for the tyme and his corage awaken [ 564]
But wel he wyste as fer as tonges spaken
Ther nas a man of grettere hardynesse
Than he / ne more desired worthynesse [ 567]
(82)
¶ What cas quod Troylus or what auenture [ 568]
Hath gided the / to sen my langwysnesse
That am the refuse of euery creature
But for the loue of god / at my preynge [ 571]
Go hens awey / for certis my deyynge
Whil the d[i]sese and I mot / nede deye
Ther-fore go wey / there ne is no mor to seye [ 574]
(83)
¶ But ȝif thou wene I be þus seke for drede [ 575]
It is nough̄t so and þerfore scorne me nough̄t
Ther is an other thyng / I take of hede
Wel more than augh̄t / that Grekes han it wrough̄t [ 578]
Wheche cause is of my deth̄ / for sorwe and though̄t
But though̄ þat I. / nowe tell it the in lest
Be thou naugh̄t wroth̄ I hid it for the best [ 581]
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¶ This Pandar that nygħ malt for woo and routhe [ 582]
Ful ofte seide allas what may this be
Now frende quod he / ȝif euere loue or trouthe
Hatħ ben or ys / be-twix the and me [ 585]
Ne do thow neuere / sweche a cruelte
To hiden fro thi frend / so gret a care
Wostow not wel / that I am Pandare [ 588]
(85)
¶ I wole parten witħ the / al thi peyne [ 589]
Ȝif it be so / I do the no counfort
As it is frendes rigħt / sotħ for to seyn
To entre partyng woo / as glad disport [ 592]
I haue and shal for trewe or fals report
In wrong and rigħt I loued the al my lyve
Hide not ȝour woo from me / but telle it blyve [ 595]
(86)
¶ Than gan this sorful Troylus to syke [leaf 9, back] [ 596]
And seide hym thus god leue it be my beste
To telle it thee for sitħ it may the lyke
Ȝit wole I telle it thougħ myn herte breste [ 599]
But wel wot I thou mast don me no reste
But lest þou deme I trist[e] not to the
Now herkene frend for þus it stant witħ me [ 602]
(87)
¶ Loue ayens þe wheche who-so defendetħ [ 603]
Hym seluyn moost / hym seluyn aldirlest auayletħ
Witħ despeir so soreweful me offendetħ
That streigħt on-to detħ myn herte failletħ [ 606]
Þer-to desir so brennyngly me assailetħ
That to ben slayn it were a grettere Ioye
To me than kyng of Grece ben and of troye [ 609]
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¶ Suffisetħ this my frend Pandare [ 610]
That I haue seid for now wostow my wo
And for the loue of god my colde care
So hide it wel I told it neuere to mo [ 613]
For harmes mygħt folewen mo than to
Ȝif it were wist but be þow in gladnesse
And let me sterue vn-knowe of my distresse [ 616]
(89)
¶ Hougħ hastow thus vnkendely and long [ 617]
Hid this fro me thou fool quod Pandarus
Par auenture thow mygħt aftir siche on long
That myn avys a-noon may helpen vs [ 620]
Þis were a wundyre thyng quod Troylus
Thow coudest neuere in loue þi seluyn wisse
How mygħt þow bryng me to blisse [ 623]
(90)
¶ Thow Troilus now herken quod Pandare [ 624]
Þow I be nyce it happetħ often so
That on that exces doon ful euyl fare
By good counseɫɫ can kepe his frend ther-fro [ 627]
I haue my self seen eek a blynd man go
There as [he] fel that coude loken wyde
A fool may eke a wyseman ofte gyde [ 630]
(91)
A wheston is noo Kerving Instrument *. [[Harl. 1239,]] [leaf 4.] [ 631]
Bot ȝit hit makes scharpe keruyng toles
And there thou wost that I haue aught myswent
Escheue thou that for suche thing to the scole is [ 634]
Thus ought wyse men be war be folys
If thou so do thi wit is wel bewared
By his contrarie is euery thing declared [ 637]
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For how myght euer swetnes haue be knowe [ 638]
To hym that neuer tasted bitternesse
Ne no man may be Inly gladde I trowe
That neuer was in sorow or som destresse [ 641]
Eke white by blak by schame eke worthinesse
Iche sette by other more for other semeth
As men may se and so the wise it demeth [ 644]
(93)
Syn this of too contraries is wo lore [ 645]
I that haue in loue so ofte assaied
Greuances ought knowe and wel the more
Conseillen the of that thow art a-mayed [ 648]
And eke the aught not ben yuel a-ppayed
Thogh I desire with the for to bere
Thyn heuy charge hit schal the lesse dere [ 651]
(94)
I wot wel that it fareth thus by me [ 652]
As to thy brother Parys an hierdesse
Which that I-cleped was Cenone
Wrote in a compleynte of hire heuynesse [ 655]
Ȝe say tho lettre that she wrote I gesse
Nay neuer ȝit ywys quod Troilus
Now herkeneth quod Pandare it was thus [ 658]
(95) (Oenone's Letter to Paris. 1 st.)
Phebus that first fonde art of medicine [ 659]
Quod sche and cowde in euery wightes care
Remedie and rede by herbes he knew fine
Ȝit to hym self his konnyng was ful bare [ 662]
For loue had hym so bownden in a snare
Al for the doughter of kyng Amete
That al his crafte ne cowde his sorowes bete [ 665]
Page  25(96)
Right so fare I vnhappily for me [ 666]
I loue oon best and that me smarteth sore
And ȝit paranter can I reden the
And not my self reproue me no more [ 669]
I haue no cause I wote wel for to sore
As dothe an hauke that lysteth for to playe
But to thyn helpe somwhat can I saye [ 672]
(97)
And of wo thing right siker maystow be [ 673]
That certeyne for to dye in the peyne
That I schal neuer to moo discouer the
Ne by my trouthe I kepe not restreyne [ 676]
The fro thi loue thogh that it were Eleyne
That is thi brother wyf if I it wyste
Be what sche be and loue her as the lyste [ 679]
(98)
Therfore as frende fullyche in me assure [ 680]
And telle me plat now what is thencheson̄
And finaly cause of wo that ȝe endure
For dowtes nothing myn entencion̄ [ 683]
Is not to yow of reprehencion̄
To speke as now for no wight may be-reve
A man to loue til hym lyst to leve [ 686]
(99)
And wittes wel bothe too been vices [ 687]
Mystrist alle or elles alle be-leve
But wel I wote the meene of hit no vice is
For to trusten sum man it is a proeue [ 690]
Of trouthe and for-thy wolde I fayne remoeve
Thy wronge conceite and do the som wight truste
Thy woo to telle and telle me ȝif the lyste [ 693]
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The wise seith woo hym that is allone [leaf 4, back] [ 694]
For and he falle he has no helpe to rise
And sitħ thou hast a felow telle thy mone
For this is not certeyne the next vice [ 697]
To wynnen loue as techen vs tho wise
To walow and wepe as nybo tho quene
whos terys ȝit marble ben ysene [ 700]
(101)
Lat be thi wepyng and thy drerinesse [ 701]
And lat vs lessen woo with otheres speche
So may thy woful tyme seme lesse
Delite not in woo þi woo seche [ 704]
As done thes foles that hir sorowes eche
With sorowe when thay haue mysauenture
And lyst not to sechen other cure [ 707]
(102)
Men seyen to wreche is consolacion̄ [ 708]
To haue a-nother felow in his peyne
That ought wel ben owre oppynion̄
For bothe thou and I of loue we pleyne [ 711]
So ful of sorow am I sothe for to seyne
That certenly nomore harde grace
May sitte on me for-why ther is no space. [ 714]
(103)
If god wil thou art not a-gaste of me [ 715]
Lest I wolde of thy lady the begile
Thou wottyst thi-self whom that I loue parde
As I best can gon̄ sithen longe while [ 718]
And sithen thou wottist I do hit for no gyle
And seyst I am he whom thou tristest most
Telle me somwhat syn̄ al my woo thou wost [ 721]
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Ȝit Troilus for al this no worde seide [ 722]
But longe he lay as stylle as he dede were
And after this with sikyng he a-breyde
And to Pandarus voys he lent his ere [ 725]
And vp his eyen cast he that in fere
Was Pandarus lest that in a frenesie
He schulde falle or elles sone dye [ 728]
(105)
And cryed awake ful wonderly and scharpe [ 729]
what slombrestow as yn a litargie
Or artow lyke an asse to the harpe
That herys sone whane men the strynges pley [ 732]
Bot in his mynde of that no melodie
May synke in hym to gladen for that he
So dulle is of his bestialite [ 735]
(106)
And with that pandare of his wordes stynte [ 736]
And Troilus ȝit hym nothing answered
For-thi to tellen was not his entente
To neuer man̄ for whom he so farde [ 739]
For it is seide men maken oft a ȝarde
With whiche tho maker is hym self beten̄
In sondry manere as tho wise treten̄ [ 742]
(107)
And namely in his cownsel tellynge [ 743]
That touches loue that ought to been secree
For of hym self it wyl noght owte springe
Bo[t] if that hit tho better gouerned bee [ 746]
Eke somtyme it is craft to seme flee
ffor thing which in effecte men hunte faste
Alle this gan Troilus in his herte caste [ 749]
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But neuer the les whan he had herde hym crye [ 750]
A-wake. he gan to syke wonder sore
And seid frende thogh that I stylle lye
I am not defe now pes and crye no more [ 753]
For I haue harde thy prouerbes and thi lore
Bot suffre me my myschef to bewayllen
For thi prouerbes may me not a-vaillen [ 756]
(109)
Nor other cure canstow noon for me [leaf 5] [ 757]
Eke I wil not be cured I wil dye
What know I of the quene Nyobe
Let be thyn olde paroles I the praye [ 760]
No quod Pandare therfore I seye
Suche is delite of foles to be-wepe
Her woo but to seke bote thay ne kepe [ 763]
(110)
Now know I that reson in the feileth [ 764]
Bot telle me if I wist what sche were
For whom that al the this mysauenture ailleth
Dorst thou that I tolde her in hir ere [ 767]
Thy woo sithen thow derst not thi-self for fere
And hir besoght on the to haue som routhe
Why nay quod he by god and by my trouthe [ 770]
(111)
What not as bisely quod Pandarus [ 771]
As though myn owne lyf lay on this nede
No certes brother quod this Troilus
And why for that thou schuldest neuer spede [ 774]
Wostow that well. ȝe that is owte of drede
Quod Troilus for al that euer ȝe konne
Sche nyl to noon suche wrecche as I be wonne [ 777]
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Quod Pandarus allas what may this be [ 778]
That thou dispered art thus causeles
what lyves not thy lady benedicite
How wostow soo that thou arte graceles [ 781]
Suche evel is not alwey boteles
Whi putte not Impossible thus thi cure
Syn thing to come is oft in a-venture [ 784]
(113)
I graunte wel that thou endurest woo [ 785]
As scharpe as dothe tho ticius in helle
Whos stomak foules tyren euer moo
That higħten vultures as bokes telle [ 788]
But I may not endure that thou dwelle
In so vnskilfull an opinion̄
That of thi woo is no curacion̄ [ 791]
(114)
But onys nyltow for thi coward hert [ 792]
And for thyn Ire and foly wilfulnes
For wantrust tellen of thy sorowes smart
Ne to thyn owne helpe doo besinesse [ 795]
As moche as speke a reson more or lesse
Bo[t] lyest as he that lyst of nothing recche
What woman̄ cowde loue suche a wrecche [ 798]
(115)
What may sche deme other of thy dethe [ 799]
If thou thus dye and sche not why hit is
Bot that for fere is ȝelden vp thy brethe
For grekes han beseged hus Iwis [ 802]
Lord what a thonke schalt thou haue of this
Thus wil sche sey and al tho town at onys
Tho wrecche is dede tho devil haue his bones [ 805]
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Thou mayst allone here wepe erye and knele [ 806]
But loue a womman that sche wote it noght
And sche wil quyte the that thou schalt not fele
Vnknow vnkyst and lost that is not sowght [ 809]
What many a man̄ hathe loue ful dere bowght
Twenty wintur that his lady wist
That neuer ȝit his ladyes mothe he kyst [ 812]
(117)
What schulde he therfore falle in dispeer [ 813]
Or be recreant for his owne tene
Or slee hym self al be his lady faire
Nay nay but euer in oon be fresche and grene [ 816]
To serue and loue his dere hertys quene
And thynke it is a guerdon̄ hir to serue
A thousand folde more then he can deserue [ 819]
(118)
And of that worde toke hede Troilus [leaf 5, back] [ 820]
And thoght a-non what foly he was Inne
And how that sothe hym seid Pandarus
That for to slee hym self myght he not wynne [ 823]
But bothe do vnmanhode and a synne
And of his dethe his lady not to wyte
For of his woo god wote sche knew ful lyte [ 826]
(119)
And with that thoght he gan ful sore syke [ 827]
And seide allas what is me best to doo
To whom Pandere answered if the lyke
Tho best is that thou telle me al thi woo [ 830]
And haue my trouthe bot thou fynde it soo
I be thy bote or that I be ful longe
To peces do me drawe and sithen honge [ 833]
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Ȝee so seys thow quod Troilus tho allas [ 834]
But god wote it is not tho rather soo
Ful hard were hit to helpe in this cas
For wel fynde I that fortune is my foo [ 837]
Ne alle tho folke that ride can or goo
May of hir cruel wele tho harme withstonde
For as her list sche pleys with free and bonde [ 840]
(121)
Quod Pandarus than blamestow fortune [ 841]
For thou art worthe ȝee now at erst I see
Wotyst not thou wel that fortune is comune
To euery maner wigħt in som degree [ 844]
And ȝit thou hast this comfort loo parde
That as her ioyes mosten ouer gon̄
So mote here sorowes passen euery-chon̄ [ 847]
(122)
For ȝif her whele stynt any thing to tourne [ 848]
Than cesed sche fortune a-non to bee
Now sitħ her whele by no wey may soiourne
What wostow ȝif her mutabilite [ 851]
Right as thiself lyst wole done by the
Or that sche be not fer fro thin helpyng
Perantur thou hast cause for to syng [ 854]
(123)
And therfore mostow whate I the beseche [ 855]
Lat be thy woo and tornyng to the grounde
For who-so list haue helyng of his leche
To hym bihoues first vnwry his wounde [ 858]
To cerberus in helle aye be I bounde
were hit for my sister all thy sorow
Be my wille sche scholde be thyn to morow [ 861]
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Loke vp I say and telle me what sche is [ 862]
A-non that I may goo aboute thy nede
Know I her ought for my loue telle me this
Than wolde I hope the rather for to spede [ 865]
To gan the veyne of Troilus to spede
For he was hitte and waxid al rede for schame
A ha quod pandare here beginnes game [ 868]
(125)
And with that worde he gan hy[m] for to schake [ 869]
And seide thef thou schalt her name telle
But then gan cely Troilus for to quake
As thogh men schulde haue ledde hym in to helle [ 872]
And seide allas of al my woo the welle
Then is my swete foo called Creseide
And welnygh with the worde for fere he deide [ 875]
(126)
And whan that Pandare herde her name neuen [ 876]
Lord he was glade and seid frend so dere
Now fare a-right for Ioves name in heuene
Loue hathe besette the wel be of gode chere [ 879]
For of gode name wisdom and manere
Sche has I-nogh and eke of gentilnesse
If sche be faire thou wost thy-self I gesse [ 882]
(127)
Ne neuer saw a more bountevous [leaf 6] [ 883]
Of hir estate ne gladder ne of speche
A frendelier ne a more gracious
Forto doo wel ne lasse had ned to seche [ 886]
what forto done and al this bette to eche
In honowre to as far as sche may streche
A kynges hert semes by her a wreche
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[And for-thi / looke of good confort that thou be *. [[Harl. 2392,]] [lf. 16, bk.]
for certenli / the firste poynt is this
of noble corage / thou ordeyne the
to haue pes / witħ thi seluen I-wis [ 893]
so ouhtest thou / for noght but good it is
to louyn weel / & in a worthi place
Men auħt not to clepe it hap / but grace] [ 896]
(129)
And also thinke and ther-with glade the [ 897]
That sithen thi lady vertuous is al
So folowith hit that there is som pitte
A-monges alle these other in general [ 900]
And for-thy se that thou in special
Requyre not that is a-ȝens her name
For vertu streccheth not hym self to schame [ 903]
(130)
1. [[Addit. 12,044,not in Harl. 1239.]] [lf. 13, bk.] [¶ But wel is me / that euere that I was borne [ 904]
Þat thow bisette art / in so good a place
For my trouthe / in loue I durst haue sworne
The shuldest neuere / a tyd / thus faire a grace [ 907]
And wostow why / for thow were wond to chace
At loue in scorne / and for despite hym calle
Seynt Idiot / lorde of these fooles alle [ 910]
(131)
¶ How often hastow made / thy nece Iapes [ 911]
And seyde / that loues seruauntes euerychone
Of nycete / ben verry goddes Apes
Lyggyng a bedde / and make hem for to grone [ 914]
And somme wold meche / he meten al-on
And somme thow seidist / hadde a blaunche feuere
And preidest god / he shulde neuere keuere [ 917]
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[¶ And somme of hem / took on hym for the colde *. [[Addit. 12,044,]] [lf. 14]
More þanne I-now / so seydest þou ful ofte
And somme han feyned oftyn tyme / and tolde
How þat þey waken / whanne thei slepen softe [ 921]
And thus they wolde haue brougħt hem self a-lofte
And nathelees / were vndir at the laste
Thus seidest þou / and Impedist ful faste [ 924]
(133)
¶ Ȝyt seidest thow / that þe more part [ 925]
These loueres / wolde spekyn / in generaɫɫ
And thougħten that is / was a sekir art
For faylyng / for tassayen ouer aɫɫ [ 928]
Now may I Iape of the / ȝif þat y shaɫɫ
But natheles / thougħ þat I sholde deye
That þou art noon of thoo / I dar wel seye [ 931]
(134)
¶ Now bete thi brest / and sey to god of loue [ 932]
Thy grace lorde / for now y me repent
Ȝif I mysspak / for now my self I loue
Þus sey witħ al thyn herte / in good entent [ 935]
Quod Troylus / a lord I me repent
And prey to the / my Iapes thow for-ȝeue
And I schal neuere-more / whil I leue [ 938]
(135)
¶ Thow seist wel quod Pandarus / and now I hope [ 939]
That thow þi goddes wratthe hast al apesed
And syn thow hast wepyn / many a drope
And seide sweche thynk / wher-with þi god is plesed [ 942]
Wolde now neuere god / but þou were esed
And thynk wel she / of whom a-rist al þi wo
Here-aftir / may thi confort be also [ 945]
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[¶ For thilke ground / that bereth the weedes wykke [ 946]
Beretħ ek these blosmes / herbes as ful ofte *. [[Addit. 12,044]]
Next the foule netle / rougħ and þikke
The rose wexit sote. / smothe and softe [ 949]
And next þe valeye / is þe hiɫɫ a-lofte
And next the derke nygħt / .the glad morwe
And also Ioye is next / the fyn of sorwe [ 952]
(137)
¶ Now loke that / atempre be thy brydeɫɫ *. [[Addit. 12,044,]] [lf. 14, bk.]
And for the best / ay suffre to that tyde
Or ellis al labour / is on ydeɫɫ
He hastetħ wel / that wysely can a-byde [ 956]
Be diligent and trew / and ay wel hyde
Be lusty free / perseuere in thi seruyse
And al is wel / ȝif þou werche in this wyse [ 959]
(138)
¶ But he þat departid is / in euery place [ 960]
Is nougħ where hool / as wrytyn clerkys wyse
What wondir is / thougħ suyche on haue no grace
Eke wostow / how. it fareth of som seruyse [ 963]
As plant / a tre / or herbe in sondry wyse
And on the morwe / pul it be-liue
No wondir is / thougħ it may not thryue [ 966]
(139)
¶ And syn that god of loue / hatħ the be-stowed [ 967]
In place digne / on to þi wurthynesse
Stond fast for to good port hast þou rowed
And of thy self / for ony heuynesse [ 970]
Hope al-wey wel / for but ȝif drerynesse
Or honure hast oure bothis labour shende
I hope of this / to make a good ende] *. [[Addit. 12,044 bit ends.]]
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And wotys thou not why I am the lesse a-ferde *. [[Harl. 1239,]] [leaf 6.] [ 974]
Of this matere with my nece to trete
For this haue I ofte herde sey and lerede
Was neuer man̄ nor woman̄ ȝit begete [ 977]
That was vnate to souffren loues hete
Celestyal or elles loue of kynde
For-thi som grace I hope in hir to fynde [ 980]
(141)
And for to speke of her in special [ 981]
Hir bewte to bethenk and hir ȝouthe
It sitte her noght to be celestial
As ȝit thogh that hir lyst bothe and couthe [ 984]
Bot truly it sitte hir wel right vouthe
A worthy knyght to loue and cherise
And bot sche doo I holde hit for a vice [ 987]
(142)
THerfore I am and wil be al redy [ 988]
To peyn me to do ȝow this servise
For bothe ȝow to plese this hope I
Herafterward for ȝe be bothe wise [ 991]
And can hit conseile kepe in suche wise
That no man̄ schal tho wiser of hit be
And so we may be glade alle thre [ 994]
(143)
And be my trouthe I haue right now of the [ 995]
A gude conseit in my witte as I gesse
And what it is I wil now that thou se
I thinke that sithe loue of his godenesse [ 998]
Has the conuerted oute of wikkednesse
That thou schalt be tho best post I weue
Of alle his laye and moste his foos greue [ 1001]
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Ensample why se now thees grete clerkes [ 1002]
That aldermoste a-ȝen lawe
Han ben conuerted from her wicked werkes
Thorogh grace of god that lyst hem to hym drawe [ 1005]
Than ar thoo folke that can moste gode in lawe
And strengest feithed as I vnderstonde
And konne an erroure alderbest withstonde [ 1008]
(145)
WHan Troilus had herd Pandare assented [ 1009]
To be his helpe in louyng of Creseide
Wax of his woo as who seis vnturmented
Bot hotter wax his loue and than he seide [ 1012]
With soure chere al-thoght his hert pleide
Now blestful Venus helpe or that I sterve
Of the Pandare I may som thanke deserue [ 1015]
(146)
But dere frende how schal my woo be lesse [ 1016]
Til this be done and gud eke telle me this
How wiltow sey of me and my distresse
Lest sche be wrothe this drede I most yvis [ 1019]
Or wil not here ne trowe what it is
Allas this drede I and eke for the manere
Of the hyre Eeme sche wil no suche thing here [ 1022]
(147)
QVod Pandarus thou hast a ful grete care [leaf 6, back] [ 1023]
Lest at the Churle falle owte of the mone
Why lord I hate of the thi nyce fare
Why entremete of that thou hast to done [ 1026]
For goddes loue I bidde the a bone
So lat me a-lone and hit schal be thi beste
Why frende quod he now do right as the lyste [ 1029]
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But herke Pandare wo worde for I nolde [ 1030]
That thou wendest in me so grete folye
That to my lady I desire schulde
That towcheth harme or ony vilanye [ 1033]
For dredeles me were leuer to dye
Then sche of me ought elles vnderstode
But that that myght sowne vnto gode [ 1036]
(149)
THenne lougħ Pandare and a-non answerede [ 1037]
And I thy borogh. fy no wight dos bot soo
I rought not thogh that sche stode and herde
How that thou seist but fare-wel I wil goo [ 1040]
A dieu be glad god spede vs bothe too
Ȝeve me this laboure and this besinesse
And of my spede be thine al the swetnesse [ 1043]
(150)
THo Troilus gan dovn on knees to falle [ 1044]
And Pandare in his armes hent faste
And seide now fy on tho grekes alle
Ȝit parde god schal helpe at the laste [ 1047]
And dredeles if that my lyf may laste
And god to-forne loo som of hem schal smerte
And ȝit me thinkes that this avant may sterte [ 1050]
(151)
Now Pandarus I can no more seye [ 1051]
But thou wise. thou wost. thou mayst. thou arte aɫɫ
My lif my dethe hole in thy honde I leye
Helpe now quod he. ȝis by my trouthe I schal [ 1054]
God ȝelde the frende as this in special
Quod Troilus that thou me recommaunde
Tyl hir that may me to the dethe commaunde [ 1057]
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THis Pandarus tho desyrus to serue [ 1058]
His ful frende tho seid in this manere
Fare-wel and that I wil thy thanke deserue
Haue her my trouthe and that thou schalt wel here [ 1061]
And went his weye thinkyng on this matere
And how he beste myght her beseche of grace
And fynde a leyser therto and a space [ 1064]
(153)
For euery wight that has a hous to fovnde [ 1065]
Ne renneth not tho warke for to begynne
With rakel honde but he wil byde a stounde
And sette hertis lyne oute fro with-Inne [ 1068]
Alderfirst his purpos for to wynne
Al this Pandare in his hert thought
And caste his werke ful wisely or he wrought [ 1071]
(154)
BVt Troilus lay then no lenger downe [ 1072]
Bot vp a-non vpon his stede bay
And in tho felde he pleyde tho lyone
Woo was tho greke that met with hym that day [ 1075]
And in tho towne his manere to fore ay
So godely was and gate hym so in grace
That eche hym loued that loked in his face [ 1078]
(155)
For he be-come tho frendelist wight [ 1079]
Tho gentillest and eke tho moste free
Tho thryftiest and won the beste knyght
That in his tyme was or myght bee [ 1082]
Dede were his Iapes and his cruelte
His higħ porte and his manere straunge
And eche of hem gan to a vertu chaunge [ 1085]
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Now Lat vs Stynt of Troilus a Stovnde [leaf 7] [ 1086]
That fares like a man̄ that hurt is sore
And is somdel aking of his wovnde
I-blessed wel but heled no del more [ 1089]
And as an esy pacient the lore
Abitte of hym that goth a-boute his cure.
And thus he dries forthe his a-venture [ 1092]
[End of Book I: no gap in MS.]
Incipit prohemium secundi libri.
(1) (Proem.)
But of thise blake wawes for to sayle. [fol. 16b] [ 1]
O wynde o wynde the weder gynneth cleere.
ffor in this se the boot hath swich trauaile.
Of my comynge þat vnneth I it steere. [ 4]
This se clepe I the tempestous matere.
Of desespoir that Troilus was inne.
But now of hope the kalendes bygynne. [ 7]
(2) (Inuocacio.)
O lady myn that called art Cleo. [ 8]
Thow be my speede from this forth and my muse.
To ryme wel this book til I haue do.
Me nedeth heere no oother art to vse. [ 11]
fforwhi to euery louer I me excuse.
That of no sentement I this endite.
But out of latyn into my tonge it write. [ 14]
(3)
Wherfore .I. nyl haue neyther thonke ne blame. [ 15]
Of al this werke but prey ȝow mekely.
Disblameth me yif any worde be lame.
ffor as myn auctour seide so seye .I. [ 18]
Ek though I spake of loue vnfeelyngly.
No wondir is / for it nothinge of new is.
A blynde wight kan nat Iugen wel in hewis. [ 21]
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I knowe eke þat in forme of speche is chaunge. [ 22]
withinne a thowsand yer and wordes tho.
That hadden pris / now wonder nyce and straunge.
Vs thinketh hem / and yit they spake hem so. [ 25]
And spedde als wel in loue as men now do.
Ek for to wynnen loue in sondry ages.
In sondry londes sondry ben vsages. [ 28]
(5)
And forthy yif it happe in any wyse. [ 29]
That here be any louere in this plase
That herkneth as the story can deuyse.
How Troilus com til his lady grace. [ 32]
And thenketh / so nolde I nat loue purchase.
Or wondreth on his speche or his doinge.
I not / but it is me no wondrynge. [ 35]
(6)
ffor euery wight wiche that to Rome wente. [fol. 17a] [ 36]
Halt nat oo path nor alwey o manere.
Ek in som londe wer al þe game schente.
yif that men ferde in loue as men don heere. [ 39]
As thus / in opyn doing / or in chere.
In visitynge / in forme / or seyde hir sawes.
fforthi men seyn ech contre hath his lawes. [ 42]
(7)
Ek scarsly ben ther in this plase iij. [ 43]
That in loue seyde lik / and don in al.
ffor to thi purpos this may like the.
And the right naught / yit al is seyd or shal. [ 46]
Ek som men graue in tree som in ston wal.
As it bitit / but syn I haue bygonne.
Myn auctour shal I folwen if I konne. [ 49]
Explicit prohemium secundi libri.
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Incipit liber secundus.
(8)
IN may that moder is of Monthes glade. [ 50]
That fresshe floures blewe / and white and rede.
Ben quyke agayn þat wynter dede made.
And ful of bawme / is fletynge euery mede. [ 53]
whan Phebus doth his bryght bemes sprede.
Right in the white bole it so betidde.
As I shal synge on mayes day the thridde. [ 56]
(9)
That Pandarus for al hyse wyse speche. [ 57]
ffelte eek his parte of loues shotes keene.
That koude he neuere so wele of louyng preche.
It made his hew a day ful ofte grene. [ 60]
So shope it that hym fele þat day a teene.
In loue / for weche for wo to bede he wente.
And maade ar it was day ful mony a wente. [ 63]
(10)
The swalowe proigne with a sorwfull lay. [fol. 17b] [ 64]
whan morwen come / gan make hir waymentynge.
why she forschapen was / and euere lay.
Pandare a bedde / half in a slomberynge. [ 67]
Til she so neght hym made hir cheterynge.
How Tereux gan forth hir suster take.
That with the noyse of hir he gan awake. [ 70]
(11)
And gan to calle and drissed hym vp to rise. [ 71]
Remembryng hym his erand was to doone.
ffro Troilus and ek his grete emprise.
And caste and knewgh in good plit was the moone. [ 74]
To dou viage / and took his wey ful soone.
Vnto his neces Paleys ther biside.
Now Ianus god of entre thow hym gyde. [ 77]
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Whan he was come vnto hise nece plase. [ 78]
wher is my lady to hir folk / quod he.
And they hym tolde / and he forth in gan pace.
And fonde two oother ladies sete and she. [ 81]
withInne a paued parlour / and they thre.
Herden a mayden reden hem the geste.
Of the sege of thebes whil hem leste. [ 84]
(13)
Quod Pandarus madame god yow se. [ 85]
with al your book / and al the compaignye.
Ey vncle now welcome Iwys quod she.
And vp she ros / and by the hond in hye. [ 88]
She took hym faste / and seyde this nyght thrye.
To goode mote it torne / of yow I mette.
And with þat worde she down on bench hym sette. [ 91]
(14)
ye nece ye shal faren wel the bet. [ 92]
If god while al this yer quod pandarus.
Bot I am soory þat I haue yow lete.
To herken of yowr book / ye preisen thus. [ 95]
ffor goddes loue what seith it tel it vs.
Is it of loue / o som good ye me leere.
Vncle quod she yowr maistresse is nat heere. [ 98]
(15)
With þat they gonnen laughe and tho she seyde. [fol. 18a] [ 99]
Thise romaunce is of thebes þat we rede.
And we han herde how the kyng layus deyde.
Thorw Edippus his sone and al þat deede. [ 102]
And her we stynten at this letteres rede.
How the bysshop as the book can telle.
Amphiorax fil thorw the grownde to helle. [ 105]
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Quod Pandarus al thise knowe I my selue. [ 106]
And al thassege of thebes and the care
ffor herof ben ther maked bookes xij.
But lat be this / and tel me how ye fare. [ 109]
Do wey yowr wympel and shewe yowre face bare.
Do wey yowr booke / rys vp and lyt vs daunce.
And lat vs don to may som obseruaunce. [ 112]
(17)
I god forbede quod she be ye mad. [ 113]
Is þat a widwes lif so god yow saue.
By god ye maken me right sore adrad.
Ye beth so wilde it semeth as ye raue. [ 116]
It sate me wel bet ay in caue.
To bidde and rede on holy seintes lyues.
Lat maydens gon to daunce and yonge wyues. [ 119]
(18)
As euere thryue I quod this Pandarus. [ 120]
Yit koude I telle a thing / to do yow pleye.
Now vncle deere quod she telle it vs.
ffor goddes loue is than the sege aweye. [ 123]
I am of Grekys fered so that I deye.
Nay nay quod he as euere mote I thryue.
It is a thing / wel bet than swich fyue. [ 126]
(19)
Ye holy god quod she what thing is that. [ 127]
what bet than swiche fyue .I. nay Iwis.
ffor al this worlde ne kan I rede what.
It sholde ben / som Iape I trow is this. [ 130]
And but your seluen telle vs what it is.
My wit is for tarede it al to leene.
As helpe me god I not what ye meene. [ 133]
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And I yowr borwgh ne neuere shal quod he [fol. 18b] [ 134]
This thing be tolde to yow so mote I thryue.
And whi so vncle myn whi so quod she.
By God quod he þat wol I telle as blyue. [ 137]
ffor prouder womman is ther non o lyue.
And ye it wist in al the town of Troye.
I Iape naught / so euere haue I Ioye. [ 140]
(21)
Tho gan she wondren more than byforn. [ 141]
A thousand folde / and down hir eyen caste.
ffor neuere sith the tyme þat she was born.
To knowe thing desired she so faste. [ 144]
And with a sik / she seyde hym at the laste.
Now vncle myn I nil yow nat displese.
Nor axen moore þat may do yow disese. [ 147]
(22)
So after this with many wordes glade. [ 148]
And frendly talis and with mery cheere.
Of þis and þat they pleyde and gonnen wade.
In many a vnkouth glade and depe matere. [ 151]
As frendes don / whan they be met I feere.
Til she gan axen hym how Ector ferde.
That was the townes wal and grekys yerde. [ 154]
(23)
fful wel I thonk it god quod Pandarus. [ 155]
Saue in his harm he hath a litel wownde.
And ek his fressch brother Troilus.
The wise worthy Ector þe secounde. [ 158]
In whom al vertu list abounde.
As alle trouth and alle gentilnesse.
wysdom / honour / fredam and worthynesse. [ 161]
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In good feith Em quod she that liketh me. [ 162]
They faren wel / god saue hem both two.
ffor trewlische I holde it grete deynte.
A kynges son in armes wel to do. [ 165]
And be of good condicions therto.
ffor gret power and moral vertu heere.
Is silde I seye in o person I feere. [ 168]
(25)
In good feith that is soth quod Pandarus. [fol. 19a] [ 169]
But by my trouthe the kyng hath sones tweye.
That is to meene Ector and troilus.
That certeinly though þat I sholde deye. [ 172]
They ben as voide of vices dar I seye.
As any men þat lyue vndir the sonne.
Hir myght is wide I knowe / and what they konne. [ 175]
(26)
Of Ector nedeth no thing for to telle. [ 176]
In al this worlde ther nys a bettre knyght.
Than he that is of worthynesse welle.
And he wel mor vertu hath than myght. [ 179]
This knoweth many a wys and worthy wyght.
The same pris of Troilus I seye.
So helpe me god I knowe nat swiche tweye. [ 182]
(27)
By god quod she of Ector þat is soth. [ 183]
Of Troilus the same thing trow .I.
ffor dredeles men telleth þat he doth.
In armes / day by day so worthily. [ 186]
And bereth hym her at home so gentilly.
To euery wight / þat al pris hath he.
Of hem þat me were leuest preised be. [ 189]
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Ye seye right soth Iwys quod Pandarus. [ 190]
ffor yistirday who so hadde with hym ben.
Myght han wondred vpon Troilus.
ffor neuere yit so thikke a swarm of ben. [ 193]
No fleigh / as grekis for hym gonne flen.
And thorw the feld in euery wightes Ere.
Ther nas no crye / but Troilus is there. [ 196]
(29)
Now her now ther he hunted hem so faste. [ 197]
Ther nas but grekys bloode and Troilus.
Now hym he hurte / and hym al doun he caste.
Ay wher he wente it was arayed thus. [ 200]
He was hir deth and sheld and lif for vs.
That as that day ther durste non withstonde.
whil þat he held his blody swerde in honde. [ 203]
(30)
Therto he is the frendliest man. [fol. 19b] [ 204]
Of gret astat / þat euere I say my lyue.
And wher hym list best felashipe kan.
To which as hym thinketh able for to thryue. [ 207]
And with þat worde tho Pandarus as blyue.
He took his leue and seyd .I. wol gon henne,
Nay blame haf I my vncle quod she þenne. [ 210]
(31)
What aileth yow to be thus weery soone. [ 211]
And namelisch of wommen wol ye so.
Nay sitteth down by god I haue to don.
with yow to spek of wisdom or ye go. [ 214]
And euery wight þat was aboute hem tho.
That herde that / gan fer away to stonde.
whil they two hadde al this matere on honde. [ 217]
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Whan þat hir tale al brought was to an ende. [ 218]
Of hir estat / and of hir gouernaunce.
Quod Pandarus now is tyme to wende.
But yit ariseth I seye lat vs daunce. [ 221]
And cast yowr widwes habit to meschaunce.
what list yow thus yowr self to disfigure.
Sith yow is tide so glade an auenture. [ 224]
(33)
A wel bythought for loue of god quod she. [ 225]
Shal I nat witen what ye mene of this.
No this thing / axeth leiser tho quod he.
And ek me wolde muche greue Iwys. [ 228]
If I it tolde and ye it toke amys.
yit were it bet my tonge for to stille.
Than seye a soth þat weere ayein yowr wille. [ 231]
(34)
ffor nece by the goddesse Mynerue. [ 232]
And Iupiter þat maketh the thonder rynge.
And by the blisful venus that I serue.
ye ben the womman in this world lyuynge. [ 235]
withouten paramours to my whitynge.
That I best loue and lothest am to greue.
And þat ye witen wel yowr self I leeue. [ 238]
(35)
Iwis my vncle quod she graunt mercy. [fol. 20a] [ 239]
Yowr frendshipe haue I fownden euere yit.
I am to na man holden trewely.
So muche as yow and haue so litel quyt. [ 242]
And with the grace of god emforth my wit.
As in my gilt I shal yow neuere offende.
And yif I haue or this I wol amende. [ 245]
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But for the loue of god I yow biseche. [ 246]
As ye beu he that I loue moost and triste.
Lat be to me yowr friende maner speche.
And sey to me yowr nece what yow liste. [ 249]
And with that word hir vncle anon hir kiste.
And seyde gladly leue nece dere.
Tak it for good / that I shal sey yow here. [ 252]
(37)
With that she gan hir look down for to caste. [ 253]
And Pandarus to koughe gan a lite.
And seyd nece alwey to at the laste.
How so it be þat som men hem delite. [ 256]
with subtil art hir talis for tendite.
Yit for al that in hir entencoun.
Hir tale is al for some conclusyoun. [ 259]
(38)
And sithen thende is euery talis strengthe. [ 260]
And this matere is so byhouely.
what shal I peynte or drawen it on lengthe.
To yow þat ben my frende so feithfully. [ 263]
And with that worde he gan right inwardly.
Byholden hir / and loken on hir face.
And seyde / on swiche a Mirour god grace. [ 266]
(39)
Than thought he thus if I my tale endite. [ 267]
Aught harde / or make a proces any while.
She shal no sauour han therin but lite.
And trowe I wolde hir in my wil bigile. [ 270]
ffor tendre wittes wenen al be wile.
Wher as they kan nat pleynlisch vndirstonde.
fforthy hir wit to seruen wol I fonde. [ 273]
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And loked on hir in a bisy wise. [fol. 20b] [ 274]
And she was war þat he bihelde hir so.
And seyde lorde so faste ye mauyse.
Sey ye me neuere or now / what sey ye no. [ 277]
Yis yis quod he / and bet wol ar I go.
But be my trouthe I thoughte now yif ye.
Be fortunat / for now men shal it se. [ 280]
(41)
ffor to euery wight som goodly auenture. [ 281]
Som tyme is shape / if he it kan receyuen.
And if þat he wol tak of it no cure.
whan it comth / but wilfullisch it weynen. [ 284]
Lo neyther cas ne fortune hym deceyuen.
But right his owne slouthe and wrechednesse.
And swich a wight / is for to blame I gesse. [ 287]
(42)
Good aventure o bele nece haue ye. [ 288]
fful lightly fownden and ye konne it take.
And for the loue of god and ek for me.
Cach it anon / list auenture slake. [ 291]
what sholde I lenger proces of it make.
Yif me yowre hond / for in this world is non.
yif þat yow list a wight so wel bygone. [ 294]
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And sith I speke of good entencoun. [ 295]
As .I. to yow haue tolde wel her biforn.
And loue as wel your honour and renoun.
As creature in al this worlde Iborn. [ 298]
By alle the oothes þat I haue to yow sworn.
And ye be wroth therfore or wene I lye.
Ne shal I neuere se yow eft with eye. [ 301]
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Beth naught a gast ne quakith naught wherto. [ 302]
Ne chaungeth naught for fere so yowre hewe.
ffor hardely the werste of this is do.
And though my tale as now be to yow newe. [ 305]
Yit trist alwey ye shal me fynde trewe.
And were it thing / þat me thought vnsittynge.
To yow wolde I non swiche talis brynge. [ 308]
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Now my good Em for goddes loue I praye. [fol. 21a] [ 309]
Quod she come of / and telle me what it is.
ffor bothe I am agast what ye wol seye.
And ek me longeth it to wit Iwys. [ 312]
ffor wheither it be wel or be amys.
Sey on / lat me nat in this fere dwelle.
So wil I don / now herkeneth I shal telle. [ 315]
(46)
Now nece myn the kynges dere sone. [ 316]
The good wise worthy fresshe and fre.
which alwey for to do wel is his wone.
The noble Troilus so loueth the. [ 319]
That but ye helpe it wil his bane be.
Lo here is al what sholde I moore seye.
Do what yow list to mak hym liue or deye. [ 322]
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But yf ye late hym deyen I wol steruen. [ 323]
Haue here my trouth nece I nyl nat lyen.
Al sholde I with this knyfe myn throte keruen.
with þat the theeris brust out of his eyne [ 326]
And seyde / yif þat ye do vs bothe dyen.
Thus giltiles / than han ye fysshed faire.
what mende ye if that we bothe apaire. [ 329]
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Allas he which þat is my lord so deere. [ 330]
That trewe man / þat noble gentil knyght.
That naught desireth but yowr frendly cheere.
I se hym deyen ther he goth vpright. [ 333]
And hasteth hym with al his ful myght.
ffor to be slayn if his fortune assente.
Allas that god yow swich a beaute sente. [ 336]
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If it be so þat ye so cruel be. [ 337]
That of his deth ye listeth nat to reche.
That is so trewe and worthi as we se.
Na more than of a Iaper or a wreche. [ 340]
yif ye be swich yowr beaute may not streche.
To make amendes / of so cruel a dede.
Auysement is good byfore the nede. [ 343]
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Wo worth the faire gemme vertules. [fol. 21b] [ 344]
wo worth þat herbe also þat doth no boote.
wo worth þat beaute þat is routheles.
wo worth þat wight þat tret ich vndir foote. [ 347]
And ye þat ben of beaute crop and roote.
And therwithal in yow ne be no routhe.
Than is it harm that 1. ['that' is written between the lines.] ye lyuen be my trouthe. [ 350]
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And also thenk wel þat it is no gaude. [ 351]
ffor me were leuere thow and I and he.
were hanged / than I shold ben his baude.
Als hye as men myght on vs al se. [ 354]
Ich am thy em the shame were to me.
As wele as the / yif þat I sholde assente.
Thorw myn abit / þat he thyn honour schente. [ 357]
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Now vndirstond for I yow naught requere. [ 358]
To bynden yow to hym thorw no byheste.
But oonly þat ye mak hym bettre cheere.
Than ye haue don or this and moore feste. [ 361]
So þat his lif be sauyd at the leste.
This al and som and pleynly oure entente.
God help me so I neuere oother mente. [ 364]
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Lo this requeste is nat but skile Iwys. [ 365]
Ne doute of resoun parde is ther non.
I sette the worst þat ye drede this.
Men wolde wondren sen hym come and gon. [ 368]
Ther ayeins answere I thus anon.
That euery wight but he be fool of kynde.
wol deme it loue of frendshipe in his mynde. [ 371]
(54)
What who wil demen though he se a man. [ 372]
To temple gon / þat he thymages eteth.
Thenk ek / how wel and wisly þat he kan.
Gouern hym self / þat he no thyng foryeteth. [ 375]
That wher he comth / he pris and thonk hym geteth.
And ek therto he shal come her so selde.
what force wher it / though al þe town behelde. [ 378]
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Swich loue of frendes regneth al this town. [fol. 22a] [ 379]
And wry yow in that mantel euer mo.
And god so wys be my sauacioun.
As I haue seyde yowr beste is for to do. [ 382]
But good nece alwey to stynte is wo.
So lat yowr daunger sucred ben a lite.
That of his deth ye be nat for to wite. [ 385]
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Criseide which þat herde hym in this wyse. [ 386]
Thoughte I shal feelen what he mene Iwys.
Now Em quod she what wolde ye deuyse.
what is yowr rede I sholde don of this. [ 389]
That is wel seyde quod he / certein best is.
That ye hym loue ayein for his louynge.
As loue for loue is skylful guerdonynge. [ 392]
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Thenk ek / how helde wasteth euery houre. [ 393]
In ech of yow a partye of beaute.
And therfor or that age the deuoure.
Go loue / for olde / ther wil no wight of the. [ 396]
Lat this prouerbe a loore vnto yow be.
To lat war / quod beaute whan it paste.
And elde daunteth daunger at the laste. [ 399]
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The kynges fool is wont to crien loude. [ 400]
whan hym thinketh a womman berth hir hye.
So longe mote ye lyue and alle proude.
To crowes feet growe vndir yowr eye. [ 403]
And sende yow than a Mirour in to prye.
In weche that ye may se yowr face a morwe.
I bidde wysshe yow no moore sorwe. [ 406]
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With this he stynte and caste adown the hede. [ 407]
And she bygan to breste a wep anon.
And seide allas for wo whi nere I dede.
ffor of this worlde the feith is al agon. [ 410]
Allas what sholden straunge to me don.
whan he that for my beste frende I wende.
Ret me to loue / and shold it me defende. [ 413]
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Allas I wolde han trusted douteles. [fol. 22b] [ 414]
That yif that I thorwe my disauenture.
Hadde outher loued hym or Achilles.
Ector / or any mannes creature. [ 417]
Ye nolde han had no mercy ne mesure.
On me / but alwey had me in repreue.
This fals worlde allas who may it leue. [ 420]
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What is this al the Ioye / and al the feste. [ 421]
Is this yowr rede / is this my blisful cas.
Is this the verray mede of youre byheste.
Is al this peynted proces seyde allas. [ 424]
Right for this fyn o lady myn pallas.
Thow in this dredful cas for me purueye.
ffor so astoned am I þat I dye. [ 427]
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With that she gan ful sorwfully to sike. [ 428]
A may it be no bet quod Pandarus.
By god I shal no moore come her this wike.
And god to forn / þat am mystrusted thus. [ 431]
I se wele þat ye sette lite of vs.
Or of our deth / allas I woful wrechche.
Myght he yit lyue of me were naught to rechche. [ 434]
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O cruel god .o. despitouse Marte. [ 435]
O furiis thre of helle on yow I crye.
So lat me neuere out of this hous departe.
yif þat I mente harm or vilenye. [ 438]
But sith I se my lorde moot nedes dye.
And .I. with hym / here I me shryue and seye.
That wikkedly ye don vs both dye. [ 441]
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But sith it liketh yow that .I. be ded. [ 442]
By neptimus 1. [sic.] þat god is of the se.
ffro this forth shal I neuere ete brede.
Til I myn owen herte blood may se. [ 445]
ffor certein I wol deye als sone as he.
And vp he stirte and on his weye he raughte.
Til she agayn hym by the lappe kaughte. [ 448]
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Criseida which þat wel neght starf for fere. [fol. 23a] [ 449]
So as sche was the ferfulleste wight.
That myght be / and herde ek with hir ere.
And saugh the sorwful ernest of the knyght. [ 452]
And in his preyer ek non vnright.
And for the harm ek þat myght falle moore.
She gan to rew / and drede hir wonder soore. [ 455]
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And thought thus / vnhappes fallen thikke. [ 456]
Alday for loue / and in such maner cas.
As men ben cruel in hemself and wikke.
And yif this man sle her hymself allas. [ 459]
In my presence / it nyl be no solas.
what men wolde of it deme I can nat seye.
It nedeth me ful sleyghly for to pleye. [ 462]
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And with a sorwful sik she seyde thrye. [ 463]
A lorde what me is tid sory chaunce.
ffor myn estat / lith in Iupartye.
And ek myn Emes lif is in balaunce. [ 466]
But natheles with goddes gouernaunce.
I shal so don / myn honour shal I kepe.
And ek his lif / and stynte for to wepe. [ 469]
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Of harmes two the lesse is for to chese. [ 470]
Yit haue I leuere maken hym good chere.
In honour / than myn Emes lif to leese.
ye seyn / ye nothing ellis me requere. [ 473]
No wis quod he myn owne nece deere.
Now wel quod she and I wol do my peyne.
I shal myn herte ayein my lust constreyne. [ 476]
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But þat .I. nyl naught holden hym in honde. [ 477]
No loue a man ne kan I naght ne may.
Ayeins mi wille / but ellis whil I fonde.
Myn honour sauf / plese hym fro day to day. [ 480]
Ther to nolde I nat oonys haue seyde nay.
But þat I drede as in my fantasye.
But cesse cause ay cesseth maladye. [ 483]
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But here I make a protestacioun. [fol. 23b] [ 484]
That in this proces if ye depper go.
That certeynly for no sauacioun.
Of yow / though þat ye steruen bothe two. [ 487]
Thogh al the worlde on o day be my fo.
Ne shal I neuere of hym han oother routhe.
I graunte wel quod Pandare be my trowthe. [ 490]
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But may I trust wel to yow quod he. [ 491]
That of this thing / þat ye han hight me heere.
Ye wol it holden trewely vnto me.
Ye douteles quod she my vncle deere. [ 494]
Ne þat I shal han cause in this matere.
Quod he to pleyne. or ofter yow to preche.
why no parde / what nedeth moore speche. [ 497]
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Tho fille they in oother tales glade. [ 498]
Til at the laste / a good Em quod she tho.
ffor loue of god weche þat vs bothe made.
Tel me how first ye wisten of his wo. [ 501]
woot non of it but ye / he seyde no.
kan he wel speke of loue quod she I prey.
Tel me / for I the bet me shal purueye. [ 504]
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Tho Pandarus a litel gan to smyle. [ 505]
And seyde by my trouthe I shal yow telle.
This oother day / nat gon ful longe while.
with in the Paleys gardyn by a welle. [ 508]
Gan he and I wel half a day to dwelle.
Right for to speken of a ordenaunce.
How we the grekis myghten disauaunce. [ 511]
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Sone aftir þat bygonne we to lepe. [ 512]
And casten with oure dartes to and fro.
Til at the laste he seyde he wolde slepe.
And on the gres adoun he leyde hym tho. [ 515]
And I afer / gan for to romen to and fro.
Til þat I herde as þat I welk allone.
How he bygan ful wofully to gronne. [ 518]
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Tho gan I stalke hym softely behynde. [fol. 21a] [ 519]
And sikirly the sothe for to seyne.
As I kan clepe ayein now to my mynde.
Right thus to loue he gan hym for to pleyne. [ 522]
He seyde lorde haue routhe on my peyne.
Al haue I ben rebell in myn entente.
Now. mea culpa. lorde I me repente. [ 525]
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O god that at disposicioun. [ 526]
Ledest the fyn by iuste purueyaunce.
Of euery wight / my lough confessioun.
Accepte in gre / and sende me swich penaunce. [ 529]
As liketh the / but from disesperaunce.
Þat may my goste departe awey fro the.
Thow be my shelde for thy benygnete. [ 532]
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For certes lord so soore hath sche me wownded. [ 533]
That stood in blak with lokynge of hir eyne.
That to myn hertes botme it is Isounded.
Thorugh which I woot that I moot nedes dyen. [ 536]
This is the worste I dar me naught bywryen.
And wel the hatter ben the gledes rede.
That men hem vren with ashen pale and deede. [ 539]
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With that he smot the hed adown anon. [ 540]
And gan to muttre I nat what trewely.
And I with that gan stille awey to gon.
And let therof as no thing wist hadde I. [ 543]
And com ageyn a non / and stoode hym by.
And seide awake ye slepen al to longe.
It semyth nat that loue doth yow longe. [ 546]
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That slepyn so that no man may yow wake. [ 547]
who sey euere or this so dul a man.
Ye frend quod he do ye yowr hedes ake.
ffor loue / and lat me lyuen as I kan. [ 550]
But though þat he for loue was pale and wan.
yit made he tho as fressch a contenaunce.
As though he sulde haue led the newe daunce. [ 553]
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This passed forth / til now this oother day. [fol. 24b] [ 554]
It fil þat I com romynge al allone.
Into his chaumbre / and fond how that he lay.
Vpon his bed / but man so soore groone. [ 557]
Ne herde I neuere / and what þat was his moone
Ne wiste I nat / for as I was comynge.
Al sodeynly he left his compleynnyge. [ 560]
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Of which I took / som what suspecioun. [ 561]
And ner I com / and fond he wepid soore.
And god wis be my sauacioun.
As neuere of thing / hadde I no routhe moore. [ 564]
ffor neyther with eggyng ne with no loore.
Vnnethes myght 1. [MS. mynght] I fro the deth hym kepe.
That yit fele I myn herte for hym wepe. [ 567]
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And god wot þat neuere sith I was born. [ 568]
was I so besy no man for to preche.
Ne neuere was to wyght so depe Isworn.
Or he me tolde who myght ben his leche. [ 571]
But now to yow rehersen al his speche.
Or alle his woful wordes for to sowne.
Ne bid me naught / but ye wol se me swoune. [ 574]
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But for to saue his lif and elles nought. [ 575]
And to non harm of yow thus am I dryuen.
And for the loue of god þat vs hath wrought.
Swich cheere hym doth þat he and I may lyuen. [ 578]
Now haue I plat to yow myn herte Ishryuen.
And sith ye woote þat myn entente is clene.
Tak hede therof for I no yuel meene. [ 581]
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And right good thrifte I prey to god haue ye. [ 582]
That haue swich oon Icaught withoute net.
And ye be wys / as ye be fair to se.
wel in the rynge thanne is thi ruby set. [ 585]
Ther wher neuere two so wele mette.
whan ye ben his alhoole as he is yowre.
Ther myghty god graunt vs se that oure. [ 588]
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Nay therof spak I naught a ha quod she. [fol. 25a] [ 589]
As help me god ye shenden euery dele.
A mercy deere nece anon quod he.
what so I spak / I mente nat but wele. [ 592]
By Mars the god þat helmed is of stele.
Now be nat wroth my blood my nece deere.
Now wel quod she / foryeuen be hit heere. [ 595]
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With this he took his leue and home he wente. [ 596]
And lord so he was glad and wel bigon.
Criseide a roos / no lengere she ne stente.
But streght into hir closet went anon. [ 599]
And sette hir down as stille as any stoon.
And euery worde gan vp and down to wynde.
That he had seid / as it com hir to mynde. [ 602]
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And was somdel astoned in hir thought. [ 603]
Right for the newe cas / but whanne þat she.
was ful avysed / tho fond she right nought.
Of peril / whi she ought afered be. [ 606]
ffor man may loue of possibilite.
A womman so / his herte may to breste.
And she nat loue ayein / but yif hir liste. [ 609]
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But as she sat allone and thought thus. [ 610]
Ascry aroos at scarmuch al withoute.
And men criden in the strete se Troilus.
Hath right now put to flight the grekis route. [ 613]
with þat gan al hir meyne for to shoute.
A go we se / caste vp the yates wydde.
ffor thorw this strete he mot to Paleys ryde. [ 616]
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ffor oother wey is ther fro the yate non. [ 617]
Of Dardanus ther opyn is the cheynne.
with þat com he and al his fook anon.
An esy pace ryding in routes tweyne. [ 620]
Right as his happe day soth to seyne.
ffor weche men seith may nat distorbed be.
That shal bitiden of necessite / [ 623]
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This Troilus sat on his baye stede. [fol. 25b] [ 624]
Al armed saue his hede ful richely.
And wownded was his hors and gan to bleede.
On which he rode a pace ful softely. [ 627]
But swich a knyghtly sight trewely.
As was on hym / was nat with oute faille.
To loke on Mars þat god is of bataille. [ 630]
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So lik a man of armes and a knyght. [ 631]
He was to sen / fulfild of heygh prowesse.
ffor bothe he hadde a body and a myght.
To don þat thing / as well as hardynesse. [ 634]
And eke to sen hym in his gere hym dresse.
So fressh / so yong / so worthy semed he.
It was a heuene vpon hym for to se. [ 637]
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Hise helm to hewen was in twenty places. [ 638]
That by a tesseu heng / his bak byhynde.
His sheld to dasshed was with swerdes and maces.
In weche men myghtyn many a arwe fynde. [ 641]
That thrilled had horn and nerf and rynde.
And ay the peple cried her comth oure Ioye.
And next his brother. holder vp of Troye. [ 644]
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ffor whech he wax litel red for shame. [ 645]
whan he the poeple vpon hym herde crien.
That to beholde it was a noble game.
How sowbreliche he caste doun hise eyen. [ 648]
Criseida gan al hise cheere espien.
And let so softe in hir herte synke.
That to hir self she seyde who yaf me drynke. [ 651]
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ffor of hir owne thought she wax al rede. [ 652]
Remembrynge hir right thus / lo this is he.
Swich as my vncle swerth he moot be ded.
But I on hym have mercy and pete. [ 655]
And with that worde / for pure asshamed she.
Gan in hir hed to pulle and þat as faste.
whil he and al the poeple for by paste. [ 658]
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And gan to caste and rollen vp and down. [fol. 26a] [ 659]
withinne hir thought his excellent prowesse.
And his estat / and also his renon.
His wit / his shap / and ek his gentilesse. [ 662]
But most hir fauour was for his destresse.
was al for hir / and thought it was a routhe.
To slen swich on yif þat he mente trouthe. [ 665]
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Now myght som enuyous Iangle thus. [ 666]
Thise was a sodeyne loue how myght it be.
That she so lightly loued Troilus.
Right for the first sight / ye parde. [ 669]
Now who so seyde so / mot he neuere Ithe.
ffor euery thing a gygnynge hath it nede.
Or al be wrought withouten any drede. [ 672]
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ffor I sey nat that sche so sodeynly. [ 673]
Yaf hym hir loue / but þat she gan enclyne.
To lik hym first / and I haue tolde yow why.
And after that his manhed and his pyne. [ 676]
Made loue within hir for to myne.
ffor which by proces and by good seruyse.
He gat hir loue / and in no sodeyn wyse. [ 679]
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And also blisful venus wel arrayed. [ 680]
Sat in hir seuenthe hous of heuene tho.
Disposed wele / and with aspectes payed.
To helpyn sely Troilus of his wo. [ 683]
And soth to seyn she nas not al a foo.
To Troilus in his Natiuite.
God wot þat wel the sonner spede he. [ 686]
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Now lat vs stynte of Troilus a trowe. [ 687]
That rideth forth / and let vs torne faste.
Vnto Criseide / þat heng hir hed ful lowe.
Ther as she sat allone / and gan to caste. [ 690]
where on she wolde apoynte hir at the laste.
yif it so weere hir Em ne wolde cesse.
ffor Troilus vpon hir for to presse. [ 693]
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A lorde so she gan in hir herte arguwe. [fol 26b] [ 694]
In this matere / of which I haue yow tolde.
And what to don best were and what eschuwe.
That plited she ful ofte in many folde. [ 697]
Now was hir herte warm now was it colde.
And what she thought som what shal I write.
As to myn auctour listeth for to tendite. [ 700]
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She thought first þat Troilus persone. [ 701]
She knew by sight / and ek his gentilesse
And also thought it nere naught to doone.
To graunt hym loue / yit ffor his worthynesse. [ 704]
It were honour with pleye and with gladnesse.
In honeste with swiche a lorde to deele.
ffor myn estat / and also for his hele. [ 707]
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Ek wel wot I my kynges sone is he. [ 708]
And sithen he haþ to seen me swich delite.
Yif I wolde outrely his sight fle.
Paraunter he myght haue me in despit. [ 711]
Thorw which I myghte stonde in worse plit.
Now were I wis me hate to purchace.
withoute nede / ther I may stonde in grace. [ 714]
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In euery thing I woot ther lith mesure. [ 715]
ffor though a man for bede dronkenesse.
He naught forbed þat euery creature.
Be drynkeles / for alwey as I gesse. [ 718]
Ek sith I woot for me is his destresse.
I aught nat for þat thing hym despise.
yif it be so he meneth in good wyse. [ 721]
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And ek .I. knowe of lange tyme agon. [ 722]
Hise thewes goode / and þat he nys nat nyce.
Nauauntour seith men cleyn he is non.
To wis is he to don so gret a vice. [ 725]
Ne also I nyl hym neuere so cherice.
That he may make a uant be iuste cause.
He shal me neuere bynde in swich a clause. [ 728]
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Now sette a cas the hardeste is Iwys. [fol. 27a] [ 729]
Men myghten demen þat he loueth me.
what dishonour to myn estat is this.
May ich hym lette of that / whi nay parde. [ 732]
I knowe also and alday here and se.
Men louen a wommen al biside hir leue.
And whan hem list no lengere lat hem leue. [ 735]
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Ek wot I wel he worthy is to haue. [ 736]
Of wommen in this world the thriftyeste.
As ferforth as she may hir honour saue.
ffor out and out he is the worthyeste. [ 739]
Saue oonly Ector which þat is the beste.
And yit his lif lith al now in my cure.
But swich is loue and ek myn auenture. [ 742]
(107)
Ne me to loue a wonder is it naught. [ 743]
ffor wel wot I my self so god me spede.
Al wolde I þat no man wist of my thought.
I am oon of the fayreste out of drede. [ 746]
And goodlyest / who so taketh hede.
And so men seyn in al the town of Troye.
what wonder is thogh he of me haue Ioye. [ 749]
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I am myn owen womman wel at ese. [ 750]
I thank it god / as of myn estat.
Right yong / and stonde vnteyd in lusty leese.
withouten Ialousie or swich debate. [ 753]
Shal non housband sey to me chek mate.
ffor either they ben ful of Ialousie.
Or maisterful / or louen nouelrye. [ 756]
(109)
What shal .I. don to what fyne lyue I thus. [ 757]
Shal I nat louen in cas be þat me liste.
What pardieux I am nat Religius.
And thought þat I myn herte sette at reste. [ 760]
vnwist / of hym / þat is þe worthyeste.
And kepe alwey my honour and myn name.
By alle right it may do me no schame. [ 763]
(110)
But right as whan the sonne shyneth brighte. [fol. 27b] [ 764]
In March þat chaungeth ofte tyme his face.
And that a cloude is put with wynd to flighte.
whech ouersprat the sonne as for a space. [ 767]
A cloudy thought gan thorw hir soule pace.
That ouerspradde hir brighte thoughtes alle.
So þat for fere almost she gan to falle. [ 770]
(111)
That thought was this allas sith I am fre. [ 771]
Sholde I now loue and put in Iupartye.
My sikernesse / and thrallen liberte.
Allas how durst I thynk that folye. [ 774]
May I nat wel by oother folk espie.
Hir dridful Ioye / hir constreynte and hir peyne.
Ther loueth non that she nath wex to pleyne. [ 777]
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ffor loue is yit the moste stormy lif. [ 778]
Right of hym self / þat euere was bigonne.
ffor euere som mystrust or nyce stryf.
Ther is in loue / som cloude is ouer þat sonne. [ 781]
Therto we wrechyd wemmen. nothing konne.
whan vs is wo / but wepe and sitte and thynke.
Oure wreche is this oure owne wo to drynke. [ 784]
(113)
Also thise wikked tonges ben so preste. [ 785]
To speke vs harm / ek men ben so vntrewe.
That right anon as cessed is hir liste.
So cesseth loue / and forth to loue a newe. [ 788]
But harm Idon / is don whoso it rewe.
ffor thogh thise men for loue hem first to rende.
fful sharp bygynnynge{punctel} breketh ofte at ende. [ 791]
(114)
How ofte tyme may men rede and sen. [ 792]
The tresoun þat to wommen hath be do.
To what fyn is swich loue I kan nat sen.
Or whar becomth it whan it is ago. [ 795]
Ther is no wight þat woot I trowe so.
wher it becomth / lo no wight on it sporneth.
That erst was no thing / into nought it torneth. [ 798]
(115)
How bisy if I loue ek moste I be. [fol. 28a] [ 799]
To plesen hem þat Iangle of loue and dremen.
And coye hem þat they seyn no harm of me.
ffor though ther be no cause yit they semen. [ 802]
Al by for harm þat foolk hir frendes quemen.
And who may stoppen euery wikked tonge.
Or soun of belles whil þat they be ronge. [ 805]
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And after that hir thought began to cleere. [ 806]
And seide / he which þat nothing vndirtaketh.
No thing acheueth / be hym loth or dere.
And with another though hir herte quaketh. [ 809]
Than slepith hope / and after drede awaketh.
Now hote / now cold / but thus bytwix tweye.
She rist hir vp and wente for to pleye. [ 812]
(117)
And doun the stayre anon right tho she wente. [ 813]
Into hir gardyn / with hir neces thre.
And vp and down they maden many a wente.
fflexippe / and she Tarbe and antigonee. [ 816]
To pleyne þat it Ioye was to se.
And oother of hir wommen a grete route.
Hir folwed in the gardyn al aboute. [ 819]
(118)
This yerd was large and railed al thaleyes. [ 820]
And shadwed wel with blosmy bowes grene.
Ibenched newe and sonded al the weyes.
In which she walketh arm in arm bytweyne. [ 823]
Til at the last Antigone the shene.
Gan on a Troian lay to syngen cleere.
That it a heuene was hir vois to here. [ 826]
(119) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 1.)
Sho seyde .O. loue to whom I haue and shal. [ 827]
Ben humble / subgit / trew in myn entente.
As I best can to whom lord yiue I al.
ffor euere mo myn hertes lust to rente. [ 830]
ffor neuere yit thy grace no wight sente.
So blisful cause / as me / my lif to leede.
In al Ioye and seurte out of drede. [ 833]
Page  70(120) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 2.)
The blisful god hath me so wel biset. [fol. 28b] [ 834]
In loue Iwys / þat al that berith lif.
Imagenen ne koude how to be bet.
ffor lord with outen Ialousie and strif. [ 837]
I loue oon which is most ententif.
To seruen wel / vnweery or vnfeyned.
That euer was / and lest with harm destreyned. [ 840]
(121)
As he that is the welle of worthynesse. [ 841]
Of treuth ground Mirour of goodlyhede.
Of wit appollo / stoon of secrenesse.
Of vertu roote / of lust fynder and hede. [ 844]
Thorw weche is alle sorwe fro me dede.
Iwis I loue hym best / so doth he me.
Now good thrifte haue he wherso þat he be. [ 847]
(122)
Whom shold I thonken but yow god of loue. [ 848]
Of al this blisse / in which to bathe Igynne.
And thonked be thow lord for that I loue.
This is the right lyf þat I am Inne. [ 851]
To flemen alle manere vice and synne.
This doth me so to vertue for tentende.
That day by day I in my wil amende. [ 854]
(123)
And who so seith þat for to loue is vice. [ 855]
Or thraldom / thogh he feele in it destresse.
He outher is enuyous or right nyce.
Or is vnmyghty / for his sherewednesse. [ 858]
To loue / lo wech maner folk I gesse.
Defamen loue / as nothing of hym knowe.
They speken but they benten neuere his bowe. [ 861]
Page  71(124) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 6.)
What is the sonne wors of kynde right. [ 862]
Though that a man for feblesse of hise eyen.
May nat endure / on hym to se for bright.
Or loue the wors though wrechches on it cryen. [ 865]
No wele is worth / þat may no sorwe dryen.
And forthi who þat hath a hed of verre.
ffor caste of stones wer hym in the werre. [ 868]
(125)
But I with alle myn herte and al my myght. [fol. 29a] [ 869]
As I haue seide / wol loue vnto my laste.
Mi deere herte / and al myn owene knyght.
In weche myn herte grouen is so faste. [ 872]
And his in me / þat it shal euere laste.
Al drede I first to loue hym to begynne.
Now wot I wele ther is no perel Inne. [ 875]
[End of Antigone's Song of Love.]
(126)
And of hir song / right with that worde she stente. [ 876]
And therwithal / now nece quod Criseide.
who made this songe now with so good entente.
Antigone anon answerde and seide. [ 879]
Madame Iwis the goodliest Mayde.
Of grete estat in al the town of Troye.
And let hir lif in most honour and Ioye. [ 882]
(127)
fforsoth so it semeth by hyr song [ 883]
Quod tho Criseide / and gan therwith to sike.
And seid lord is ther swiche blisse amonge.
This loueris / as þei konne faire endite. [ 886]
Yis wis quod fresshe Antigone the white.
ffor al the folk þat han or ben on lyue.
Ne konne wel the blisse of loue discryue. [ 889]
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But wene ye þat euery wrechche woot. [ 890]
The parfit blisse of loue / whi nay Iwys.
They wenen al be loue yif oon be hoot.
Do wey / do wey they wot no thing of this. [ 893]
Men mosten axe at seintes yif it is
Aught fair in heuene / why for they kanu telle.
And axeth fendes / is it foul in helle. [ 896]
(129)
Criseida no thing therto hir answerede. [ 897]
But seide Iwis it wol be nyght as faste.
But euery worde which þat she of hir herde.
She gan to prenten in hir herte faste. [ 900]
And ay gan hir lasse for tagaste.
Than it dide erst / and synken in hir herte.
That she wax somwhat able to conuerte. [ 903]
(130)
The dayes honour and the heuenes eye. [fol. 20b] [ 904]
The nyghtes fo / al this clepe I the sonne.
Gan westren faste / and downwarde for to wrye.
As he þat hadde his dayes cours Ironne. [ 907]
And white thinges gan to waxen donne.
ffor lakke of light / and sterres for tapere.
That she and al hir folk in wente I fere. [ 910]
(131)
So when it liked hir to gon to reste. [ 911]
And voided weren / tho þat voiden oughte.
She seyde þat to slepen wel hir liste.
Hir wommen sone vnto hir bed hir broughte. [ 914]
whan al was hust tho lay sho stille and thoughte.
Of al this thing / the manere and the wise.
Reherse it nedeth naught / for ye ben wise. [ 917]
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A nyghtyngale vpon a cedre grene. [ 918]
Under the chamber walle ther as she lay.
fful loude song ayein the moone sheene.
Paraunter in his briddes wise a lay. [ 921]
Of loue / weche þat made his herte gay.
Hym herkened she so long in good entente.
That at the laste the dede slepe hir hente. [ 924]
(133)
And as she slep anon right ther hir mette. [ 925]
How that an Egle fethered white as boon.
Vnder hir breste his longe clowes sette.
And out hir herte rente and that anon. [ 928]
And dide his herte into hir brest to gon.
Of whech she naught agroos ne no thing smerte.
And forth he fleght with herte left for herte. [ 931]
(134)
Now lat hir slepe / and we oure tales holde. [ 932]
Of Troilus / þat is to Paleys riden.
ffro the scarmuch of the. whiche I tolde.
And in his chambre sit and hath abiden. [ 935]
Til two or thre of his messages yeden.
ffor Pandarus / and soughten hym so faste.
Til they hym fownde and brought hym at the laste. [ 938]
(135)
This Pandarus com lepynge in at ones. [fol. 30a] [ 939]
And seyde thus / who hath ben wel Ibeete.
To day / with swerdes. and with slynke stones.
But Troilus / þat hath caught hym a hete. [ 942]
And gan to Iape and seyde lord ye sweete.
But ris and lat vs soupe and go to reste.
And he answerde / do we as the leste. [ 945]
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With al the haste goodly that they myght. [ 946]
They spedde hem fro the soper and to bedde.
And euery wight out at the dore hym dyght.
And where hym liste vpon his wey him spede. [ 949]
But Troilus þat thought his herte bleede.
ffor wo / til þat he herde som tidynge.
He seide / frend shal I now wepe or synge. [ 952]
(137)
Quod Pandarus be stille and lat me slepe. [ 953]
And don thi hood thy nedes spedde be.
And chese yif thow wolt daunce or synge or lepe.
At short wordes thow shalt truste in me. [ 956]
Sire my nece wol don wel be the.
And loue the best / by god and by my trouthe.
But lakke of pursuyt make it in thy slouthe. [ 959]
(138)
ffor thus ferforth I haue I thy werke bygonne. [ 960]
ffro day to day til this day by the morwe.
Hir loue of frendshipe haue I to the wonne.
And therto hath she leyd hir feith to borwe. [ 963]
Algate a foot is hameled of thy sorwe.
what shold I long sermoun of it holde.
As ye han herde bifore / al he hym tolde. [ 966]
(139)
But right as floures thorw cold of nyghte. [ 967]
Iclosed / stoupen on hir stalkes lowe.
Redressen hem ayein the sonne bright.
And spreden in hir kynde cours by rowe. [ 970]
Right so gan tho hise eyen vp to throwe.
This Troilus / and seyd o venus dere.
Thy myght thi grace / Iheried be it heere. [ 973]
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And vnto Pandare he held vp bothe his hondes. [fol. 30b]
And seide lord al thyn be þat I haue.
ffor I am hool / al brosten ben my bondes.
A thousand Troyes whoso þat me yaue. [ 977]
Ech after oother god so my soule saue.
Ne myghten me so gladen / lo my herte.
It spredith so for Ioye / it wol to sterte. [ 980]
(141)
But lord how shal I don how shal I leuen. [ 981]
whan shal I next my dere herte se.
How shal this longe tyme awey be dryuen.
Til that thow be ayein at hir fro me. [ 984]
Thow maist answere abid / but he.
That hongeth by the neke soth to seyne.
In grete disese abideth for the peyne. [ 987]
(142)
Al esily now for the loue of Marte. [ 988]
Quod Pandarus / for euery thing hath tyme.
So longe abid til þat the nyght departe.
ffor also seker as thow list her by me. [ 991]
And god to forn I wol be ther at prime.
And for thi werke som what as I shal seye.
Or on som oother wight this charge leye. [ 994]
(143)
ffor parde god wot I haue euere yit. [ 995]
Be redy the to serue / and to this nyght.
Haue I nat feyned / but emforth my wit.
Don al thi lust / and shal with al my myght. [ 998]
Do now as I shal seyn / and fare aright.
And if thow nylt / wit al thi self thi care. /
On me is naught along thyn yuel fare. [ 1001]
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I wot wel þat thow wisere art than .I. [ 1002]
A thousand fold but yif .I. were as thow.
God helpe me so / as I woold outrely.
Of my owne hond write her right now. [ 1005]
A lettre in weche I wolde hir tellen how.
I ferde amys and hir biseche of routhe.
Now help thiself and leeue it naught for slouthe. [ 1008]
(145)
And I my self shal therwith to hir gon. [fol. 31a] [ 1009]
And whan thow wost I am with hir there.
worth vpon a courcer right anon.
Ye hardely right in the best geere. [ 1012]
And rid forth by the place as naught ne weere.
And thow shalt fynde vs if I may sittynge.
At som wyndowe into the strete lokynge. [ 1015]
(146)
And yif the list than maistow vs salue. [ 1016]
And vpon me make thy contenaunce.
But by thy lif be war þat thow eschue.
To tarien aught / god shelde vs fro meschaunce. [ 1019]
Rid forth thy wey / and hold thi gouernaunce.
And we wol spek of the somwhat I trowe.
Whan thow art gon / to don thyne eris glowe. [ 1022]
(147)
Towehyng thi lettre thow art wis Inogh. [ 1023]
I wot thow nylt it clerkissly endite.
As make it with argumentȝ togh.
Ne scryueynyssliche ne craftiliche thow wryte. [ 1026]
Beblotte it with thi teeris ek a lite.
And yif thow write a goodly word al softe.
Though it be good reherce it naught to ofte. [ 1029]
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ffor though the best harper vpon lyue. [ 1030]
wolde on the best sonned Ioly harpe.
That euere was / with al his fyngers fyue.
Touch ay o strenge / or a werble harpe. [ 1033]
were his nayles poynted neuere so sharpe.
It sholde maken euery wight to dulle.
To here his glee / and of his strokes fulle. [ 1036]
(149)
Ne Iompre ek no discordaunt thing Ifeere. [ 1037]
As thus / to vsen termes of sik fisik.
In loues termes holde of thi matere.
The forme alwey / and do þat it be lik. [ 1040]
ffor if a peyntour wolde peynte a pik.
with asses fet and heuede it as a ape.
It cordeth naught / so uere it but a Iape. [ 1043]
(150)
This conseil liked wel Troilus. [fol. 31b] [ 1044]
But as a dred louer he seyd this.
Allas. my dere brother Pandarus.
I am ashamed for to write Iwys. [ 1047]
Lest of myn Innocence I seide amys.
Or that she nold it for despit reseyue.
Than were I dede / ther myght it nothing weyue. [ 1050]
(151)
To that Pandare answerde yif the lest. [ 1051]
Do þat I seye / and lat me therwith gon.
ffor by þat lorde þat formed est and west.
I hope of it to brynge answere anon. [ 1054]
Right of hir hond / and yif that thow nylt non.
Lat ben ./ and sory mote he ben his lyue.
Ayeins thy lust þat helpith the to thryue. [ 1057]
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Quod Troilus depardieux ich assente. [ 1058]
Sith þat the list / I wol arise and write.
And blisful god prey ich with good entente.
The viage / and the lettre I shal endite. [ 1061]
So spede it / and thow Minerua the white.
Yif thow me wit my lettre to deuyse.
And sette hym doun / and wrote right in this wyse. [ 1064]
(153) (Troilus's Letter.)
ffirst he gan hir his right lady calle. [ 1065]
His hertes lif his lust / his sorwes leche.
Hise blisse / and ek thise oother termes alle.
That in swich cas the loueris alle seche. [ 1068]
And in ful humble wise as in his speche.
He gan hym recomande vnto hir grace.
To telle al how it axeth muchel space. [ 1071]
(154)
And after this ful lowly he hir preyde. [ 1072]
To be nat wroth / thogh he of his folye.
So hrady was to hir to write and seide.
That loue it made / or ellis moste he dye. [ 1075]
And pitously gan mercy for to crye.
And after þat he seide and leygh ful loude.
Hym seluen was litel worth and lesse he koude. [ 1078]
(155)
And that she wolde han his konnyng excused. [fol. 32a] [ 1079]
That litel was / and ek he dredde hir so.
And his vnworthynesse he ay acused.
And aftir that than gan he telle his wo. [ 1082]
But þat was endles for ay and o.
And how he wolde in trowth alwey hym holde.
And redde it ouer and gan the lettre folde. [ 1085]
(End of Troilus's Letter.)
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And with his salte teeris gan he bathe. [ 1086]
The ruby in his signet and it sette.
Vpon the wax deliuerliche and rathe.
Therwith a thowsand tymes or he lette. [ 1089]
He kiste tho the lettre þat he shette.
And seide Iwis a blisful destyne.
The shapen is / my lady shal the se. [ 1092]
(157)
This Pandare vp therwith and þat bytyme. [ 1093]
On morwe / and to his neces Paleys sterte.
And seide slepe ye yit / and it is pryme.
And gan to Iape and seide thus / myn herte. [ 1096]
So fressh it is though loue do it smerte.
I may nat slepyn neuere a Mayes morwe.
I haue a Ioly wo a lusty sorwe. [ 1099]
(158)
Criseid whan þat she hir vncle herde. [ 1100]
with dredful herte and desirous to heere.
The cause of his comynge / thus answerde.
Now by yowr fey myn vncle quod she deere. [ 1103]
what maner wyndes gideth yow now heere.
Tel vs yowr Ioly wo and yowr penaunce.
How ferforth be ye put in loues daunce. [ 1106]
(159)
By god quod he I hopp alwey byhende. [ 1107]
And she to laught / it thought hir herte brest.
Quod Pandarus lok alwey þat ye fynde.
Game in mi hood / but herkneth yif yow list. [ 1110]
Ther is right now come into town a gest.
A grek / espie and telleth newe thinges.
For whi come I to telle yow tidynges. [ 1113]
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Into the gardyn go we and ye shal heere. [fol. 32b] [ 1114]
Al pryuyly of this / a longe sermon.
with that they wenten arm in arm Ifeere.
Into the gardyn fro the chaumber down. [ 1117]
And whan þat he so far was / þat þe soun.
Of þat he spak ther no man heren myghte.
He seide hir thus / and out the letter plighte. [ 1120]
(161)
Lo he that is al holly yowres free. [ 1121]
Hym recomandeth loughly to yowr grace.
And sente yow this lettre her by me.
Auyseth yow on it whan ye haue space. [ 1124]
And of som goodly answere yow purchace.
Or help me god so pleynly for to seyne.
He may nat longe lyuen for the peyne. [ 1127]
(162)
fful dredfully tho gan she stonden stille. [ 1128]
And took it naught / but al hir humble cheere.
Gan for to chaunge / and seide script ne bille.
ffor loue of god / þat toucheth swich matere. [ 1131]
Ne brynge me non / and also vncle deere.
To myn estat / haue moore rewarde I prey.
Than to his lust / what shold I moore seye. [ 1134]
(163)
And lokith now yif this be resonable. [ 1135]
And lettith naught for fauour ne for slouthe.
To seyn a soth / now were it couenable.
To myn estat / by god and by yowr trouthe. [ 1138]
To takyn it / or to han of hym routhe.
In harmynge of my self or in repreue.
Ber it ayein for hym þat ye on leue. [ 1141]
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This Pandarus gan on hir for to stare. [ 1142]
And seide now is this þe most wonder.
That 1. [sic.] euery I 2. [later hand.] say / lat be this nyce fare.
To dethe mote I smyten be with thonder. [ 1145]
If for the Cite which þat stondeth yonder.
To yow a lettre wolde I brynge or take.
To harm of yow / what list yow thus to make. [ 1148]
(165)
But thus ye faren wele neygh alle and some. [fol. 33a] [ 1149]
That he þat most desireth yow to serue.
Of hym ye rechche lest where he bycome.
And whether þat he lyue or ellis sterue. [ 1152]
But for al that / þat euere I may deserue.
Refuseth it nat quod he and hente hir faste.
And in hir bosom down the lettre he thraste. [ 1155]
(166)
And seide hir cast it awey anon. [ 1156]
That folk may seyn / and gauren on vs tweye.
Quod she I kan abide til they be gon.
And gan to smyle / and seyde hym Em I preye. [ 1159]
Swich answere as yow list yowr self purueye.
ffor trewely I nyl no letter write.
No than wol I quod he so ye endite. [ 1162]
(167)
Therwith she lough and seide go we dyne. [ 1163]
And Pandare gan at hym self to Iape faste.
And seide Nece I haue so grete a pyne.
ffor loue that euerich oother day I faste. [ 1166]
And gan hise beste Iapes forth to caste.
And made hir so to laughe at his folye.
That she for laughter wende for to dye. [ 1169]
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And whan þat she was comen into halle. [ 1170]
Now Em quod she we wol go dyne anon.
And gan som of hir woumen for to calle.
And streight into hir chaumbre gan she gon. [ 1173]
But of hir bisynesse this was oon.
Amonges oother thinges out of drede.
fful pryuyly this lettre for to rede. [ 1176]
(169)
Auysed worde by worde in euery lyne. [ 1177]
And fond no lakke / she thought he koude good.
And vp it putte / and wente hir Inne to dyne.
But Pandarus þat in a studye stode. [ 1180]
Er he was war she tok hym by the hood.
And seide ye were kaught or that ye wiste.
I vouche saue quod he do what yow liste. [ 1183]
(170)
Tho wesshen they and sette hem down & ete. [fol. 33 b.]] [ 1184]
And after non ful sleyghly this Pandarus.
Gan drawe hym to the wyndowe next the strete.
And seyde Nece who hath arayed thus. [ 1187]
The yonder hous þat stonden afor yin vs.
which hous quod she . and gan for to byholde.
And knewe it wele / and whos it was hym tolde. [ 1190]
(171)
And fillen forth in speche of thinges smale. [ 1191]
And saten in the wyndowe bothe theyne.
whan Pandarus saugh tyme to his tale.
And say wel þat hir folk wer al aweye. [ 1194]
Now nece myn tel on quod he I seye.
How liketh yow the lettre þat ye woot.
Kan he theron / for by my trouthe I not. [ 1197]
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Therwith al rosy hewed tho wax she. [ 1198]
And gan to home / and seide so I trowe.
Aquyte wel for goddes loue quod he.
My self to medes wol the lettre sowe. [ 1201]
And held his hondes vp / and fel on knowe.
Now good Nece be it neuere so lite.
Yif me the labour it to sowe and plite. [ 1204]
(173)
Ye for I kan so write quod she tho. [ 1205]
And ek I not what I sholde hym seye.
Nay Nece quod Pandare sey nat so.
Yit at the leste thonketh hym I preye. [ 1208]
Of his good wil / o doth hym nat to deye.
Now for the loue of god my nece deere.
Refuseth nat at this tid my preyere. [ 1211]
(174)
Depardeeux quod she god leue al be wel. [ 1212]
God help me so this is the first lettre.
That euere I wrote / ye al or any del.
And into a closet for to auyse hir bettre. [ 1215]
She went allone / and gan hir herte vnfettre.
Out of desdaignes prison but a lite.
And sette hir down / and gan a lettre write. [ 1218]
(175)
Of which to telle in schort is myn entente. [fol. 34a] [ 1219]
The effect / as fer / as I kan vndirstonde.
She thonked hym of al þat he wel mente.
Towardes hir / but holdein hym in honde. [ 1222]
She nolde naught / ne mak hir seluen bonde.
In loue / but as his suster hym to plese.
She wolde ay fayn to don his herte an ese. [ 1225]
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She shette it and to Pandare in gan gon. [ 1226]
Ther as he sat and loked into strete.
And down she sette hir by hym on a stoon.
Of Iaspre / vpon a quyssen gold Ibeete. [ 1229]
And seide as wisly help me god the grete.
I neuere ded a thing with more peyne.
Than writen this to which ye me constreyne. [ 1232]
(177)
And took it hym / he thonked hir and seyde. [ 1233]
God wot of thing ful ofte loth bygonne.
Comth ende good and nece myn Criseide.
That ye to hym of hard now ben Iwonne. [ 1236]
Oughte he be glad / by god and yonder sonne.
ffor why men seith impressions lighte.
fful lightly ben ay redy to the flighte. [ 1239]
(178)
But ye han pleid the tirant neght to lange. [ 1240]
And hard was it yowr herte for to graue.
Now stynt ye lenger on it honge.
Al wolden ye the forme of daunger saue. [ 1243]
But hasteth yow to don hym Ioye haue.
ffor trusteth wel to longe Idon hardnesse.
Causeth despit ful ofte for destresse. [ 1246]
(179)
And right as they declamed this matere. [ 1247]
Lo Troilus right at the stretes ende.
Com ridynge with his tente somme Ifeere.
Al softely / and thidarward gan bende. [ 1250]
Ther as they sete as was hys wey to wende.
To paleis ward / and Pandare hym espied.
And seide nece / se who comth her ride. [ 1253]
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O fle nat in he seith vs I suppose. [fol. 34b] [ 1254]
Lest he may thinken þat ye hym eschuwe.
Nay nay quod she / and wex as rede as rose.
with that he gan hir humblely saluwe. [ 1257]
with dredful cheere and eft hise hewes muwe.
And vp his look debonairly he caste.
And bekked on Pandare / and forth he paste. [ 1260]
(181)
God wot yif he sat on his hors arighte. [ 1261]
Or goodly was byseyn þat ilk day.
God wote wher he was lik a manly knyght.
what sholde .I. drecche or telle of his array. [ 1264]
Criseide which þat al thes thinges say.
To telle in schort / hir liked al in 1. [in partly erased and I written over it.] feere.
His persone / his array / his look / his cheere. [ 1267]
(182)
His goodly manere and his gentilesse. [ 1268]
So wel / þat neuere sith þat she was born.
Ne hadde she swich routhe of hise destresse.
And how so she hath hard ben her byforn. [ 1271]
To god hope she hath nowe kaught a thorn.
She shal nat pulle it out this next wyke.
God sende mo swiche thornes on to pyke. [ 1274]
(183)
Pandare which þat stood hir faste by. [ 1275]
ffelte Iren hoot / and he bygan to smyte.
And seyde Nece I prey yow hertely.
Tel me / that I shal axen yow a lite. [ 1278]
A womman þat were of his deth to white.
withoute his gilt but for hir lakke of routhe.
were it wel don / quod she nay be my trouthe. [ 1281]
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God help me so quod he ye sey me soth. [ 1282]
Ye felen wel yowr self þat I nat lye.
Lo yond he rid / ye quod she so he doth.
wel quod Pandare as I haue told yow thrye. [ 1285]
Lat be yowr nyce shame and yowr folye.
And speke with hym in esynge of his herte.
Lat nycete nat do yow bothe smerte. [ 1288]
(185)
But thareon was to heuen and to doone. [fol. 35a] [ 1289]
Considered al thing it may nat be.
And whi / for speche and it weere to soone.
To graunt hym yit so grete a liberte. [ 1292]
ffor pleynly hir entente as seyde she.
was for to loue hym vnwist if she myghte.
And guerdon hym with no thing / but with syghte. [ 1295]
(186)
But Pandarus thought it shal nat be so. [ 1296]
Yif þat I may / this nyce opynioun.
Schal nat ben holden fully yeres two.
what sholde I make of this a longe sermoun. [ 1299]
He moste assente on that conclusioun.
As for the tyme and when þat was eue.
And al was wel he roos and tooke his leue. [ 1302]
(187)
And on his wey ful faste homwarde he spedde. [ 1303]
And right for Ioye he felte his herte daunce.
And Troilus he fonde allone abeedde.
That lay as don the loueris in a traunce. [ 1306]
By twyxen hope and derke desesperaunce.
But Pandarus right at his in comynge.
He song / as who seyþ sumwhat I brynge. [ 1309]
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And seide who is in his bede so soone. [ 1310]
Iburied thus / it am I thi frende quod he.
who Troilus / nay help me so the moone.
Quod Pandarus / thow shalt arise and se. [ 1313]
A charme / þat was right now sent to the.
The whech þat kan heelen the of thi accesse.
So þat thow do forth with thy bysynesse. [ 1316]
(189)
Ye thorugh the myght of god quod Troilus. [ 1317]
And Pandarus gan hym the lettre take.
And seide parde god hath helpen vs.
Haue heere a light and look / on al this blaake. [ 1320]
lorde ofte gan the herte glade and quake.
Of Troilus / whil þat he gan it reede.
So as the wordes yaue hym hope and drede. [ 1323]
(190)
But fynaly he took al for the beeste. [fol. 35b] [ 1324]
That she hym wrot / for somwhat he beheld.
On which hym thought he myghte his herte reste.
Al couered she the wordes vndir sheld. [ 1327]
Thus to the moore worthy parte he held.
That what for hope and Pandarus byheste.
Hise grete wo / foryede he at the leeste. [ 1330]
(191)
But as we may al day oure seluen se. [ 1331]
Thorugh moore wode or col the moore fir.
Right so encresseth hope of what it be.
Therwith ful ofte encressith ek desir. [ 1334]
Or as an Ook comth of a litel spir.
So thorugh this lettre which þat she hym sende.
Encressen kan desir of weche he brende. [ 1337]
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Therfor I sey alwey þat day and nyght. [ 1338]
This Troilus gan to desiren moore.
Than he dede erst / thorugh hope / and dede his myght.
To presson on / as by Pandarus loore. [ 1341]
And writen to hir of hise sorwes soore.
ffro day to day / he let it nat refreyde.
That by Pandare he som wrot or seyde. [ 1344]
(193)
And did also hise oother obseruaunces. [ 1345]
That til a louere longeth in this caas.
And after þat hise dees torned on chaunces.
So was he outher glad or seide allas. [ 1348]
And held after hise gistes ay his paas.
And aftir swich answeres as he hadde.
So weere / hise dayes sory outher gladde. [ 1351]
(194)
But to Pandarus alwey was hise recours. [ 1352]
And pitously gan ay vnto hym pleyne.
And hym bysoughte of reed som socours.
And Pandarus þat sey his wood peyne. [ 1355]
wex wel ney ded for routhe the soth to seyne.
And bisyly with al hise herte easte.
Som of hise wo to sleen and þat as faste. [ 1358]
(195)
And seyde lorde and frende and brother deere. [fol. 36a] [ 1359]
God woot þat thy disese doth me wo.
But woldist þou stynten al thise woful cheere.
And by my trouthe or it be dayes two. [ 1362]
And god to forn / yit shal I shape it so.
That thow shalt com into a certein plase.
Ther as thow maist thy seluen prey hir of grace. [ 1365]
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And certeinly I not yif thow it woost. [ 1366]
But tho that ben expert in loue it seye.
It is oon of the thinges forthereth moost.
A man to haue a leyser for to preye. [ 1369]
And siker place is wo for to bywreye.
ffor in good herte it moot sum routhe impresse.
To heere and se the giltlesse in destresse. [ 1372]
(197)
Paraunter thinkestow thogh it be so. [ 1373]
That kynde wolde hir don for to bygynne.
To han a manere routhe vpon my wo.
Seith daunger thow shal me neuere wynne. [ 1376]
So rewlith her / hir hertes goost with Inne.
That thoght she bende yit she stant on roote.
What in effect is this vnto my boote. [ 1379]
(198)
Think her ayeins whan that the sturdy ook. [ 1380]
On which men hakketh ofte for the nones.
Receyued hath the happy fallynge strooke.
The grete sweyght makith it come al at ones. [ 1383]
As doon thise Rokkys or thise mylne stoones.
ffor swifter cours comth thing / þat is of wighte.
whan it descendith than done thinges lighte. [ 1386]
(199)
But reed þat boweth don for euery blaast. [ 1387]
fful lightly cesse wynd it wol arise.
But so wil nat an ook whan it is caste.
It nedeth me nat longe the forbise. [ 1390]
Men shal reioyssen of a grete Emprise.
Acheued wel and stant withouten doute.
Al han men ben the lenger ther aboute. [ 1393]
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But Troilus now telle me yif the lest, [fol. 36b] [ 1394]
A thing which þat I schal now axen the.
which is thy brother þat thow louest best.
As in thi verrey hertes pryuyte. [ 1397]
Iwis my brother deiphebus quod he.
Quod Pandarus / ar houres twyes xii.
He shal the ese vnwist of it hym selue. [ 1400]
(201)
Now lat malone and werken as I may. [ 1401]
Quod he / and to deiphebus wente he tho.
which hadde his lord and gret frend ben ay.
Saue Troilus no man he loued so. [ 1404]
To telle in short withouten wordes mo.
Quod Pandarus I prey yow þat ye be.
ffrende to a cause which þat touchet me. [ 1407]
(202)
Yis parde quod deiphebus wel thow woost. [ 1408]
In alle þat euere I may and god to fore.
Al nere it but for man I loue moost.
Mi brother Troilus but sey wherefore. [ 1411]
It is / for sith the day þat I was bore.
I nas / ne neuere mo to ben I thynke.
Ayeins a thing þat myght the forthynke. [ 1414]
(203)
Pandare hym gan to thank and to hym seyde [ 1415]
Lo sire I haue a lady in this town.
That is my Nece and called is Criseide.
which som men wolden do oppressioun. [ 1418]
And wrongfully han hir possessioun.
wherfore I of yowr lordshipe I yow biseche.
To ben oure frend / withouten moore speche. [ 1421]
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Deiphebus hym answerd o is nat this [ 1422]
That thow spekist of to me thus straungely.
Criseida my frend he seyd yis.
Than nedeth quod deiphebus hardely. [ 1425]
No moore of this for trusteth it wel þat I.
wol ben hir chaumpioun with spore and yerde.
I roughte nat thoght alle hir foos it herde. [ 1428]
(205)
But telle me how / thow woost of this matere. [fol. 37a]
It myght best auaillen now lat se.
Quod Pandarus yif ye my lorde so deere.
wolden as now do this honour to me. [ 1432]
And preyen hir to morwe. lo þat she.
Come vnto yow / hir pleyntes to deuyse.
Hir aduersarie wolde of it agrise. [ 1435]
(206)
And yif I moore dorste prey as now. [ 1436]
And chargen yow to han so grete trauaille.
To han som of yowr bretheren her with yow.
That myghten in hir cause bet auaille. [ 1439]
Than woot I wel she myghte neuere faylle.
ffor to ben holpen / what at yowr instaunce.
what with hir oothre frendes gouernaunce. [ 1442]
(207)
Deiphebus which þat comen was of kynde. [ 1443]
To alle honour and boonte to consente.
Answerde it shal be don and I kan fynde.
Yit gretter help to this in myn entente. [ 1446]
what wiltow seyne yif for Eleyne I sente.
To speke of this / I trow it be the beste.
ffor she may leden Parys as hir leste. [ 1449]
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Of Ector which þat is my lord my brother. [ 1450]
It nedeth prey hym frend to be.
ffor I haue herde hym o tyme and ek other.
Speken of Criseide swich honour þat he. [ 1453]
May seyn no bet / swich hap to hym hath she.
It nedeth naught hise helpis moore craue.
He shal be swich right as we wol hym haue. [ 1456]
(209)
Speke thow thyself also to Troilus. [ 1457]
On my byhalue and prey hym with vs dyne.
Sire al this shal be don quod Pandarus.
And took his leeue. and neuere gan to fyne. [ 1460]
But to his Neces hous as streyght as lyne.
He come./ and fond hir fro the mete arise.
And sat hym down. and spak right in this wise. [ 1463]
(210)
He seyde o verray god. so haue I ronne. [fol. 37b] [ 1464]
Lo Nece se ye nat how I sweete.
I not whar ye the moore thonk me konne.
Be ye nat war how false Poliphete. [ 1467]
Is now aboute eftsoones for to pleete.
And brynge on yow aduocacies newe.
I no quod she / and chaunged al hir hewe. [ 1470]
(211)
What is he moore aboute me to drechche. [ 1471]
And don me wronge what shal I doun allas.
Yit of hym self ryght nothinge wolde I rechche.
Nere it for antenor and eneas. [ 1474]
That ben hise frendes in swich maner cas.
But for the loue of god my vncle deere.
No fors of that / lat hym haue al Ifeere. [ 1477]
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Withouten þat I haue Inogh for vs. [ 1478]
Nay quod Pandare / it shal nothing ben so.
ffor I haue ben right now at deiphebus.
At Ector / and myn oothre lordes mo. [ 1481]
And shortly / maked ech of hem his fo.
That by my thrift / he shal it neuere wynne.
ffor aught he kan / whan þat so he bigynne. [ 1484]
(213)
And as they casten what was best to doone. [ 1485]
Deiphebus of his owene curtasye.
Com hir to preye in his propre persone.
To holde hym on the morwe compaignye. [ 1488]
At dyner / which she nolde nat denye.
But goodly gan to his preyere obeye.
He thonked hir / and wente vpon his weye. [ 1491]
(214)
Whan this was done this Pandare vp anon. [ 1492]
To tellen in short / and forth he gan to wende.
To Troilus as stille as any stoone.
And al this thing / he tolde hym worde and ende. [ 1495]
And how þat he Deiphbus gan to blende.
And seide hym / now is tyme yif þat thow konne.
To bere the wel to morwe and al is wonne. [ 1498]
(215)
Now speke / now prey / and pitously compleyne. [fol. 38a]
Let nat for nyce / shame or drede or slouthe.
Som tyme a man mot telle his owene peyne.
Bileue it / and she shal han on the routhe. [ 1502]
Thow shalt be saued by thi feyth in trouthe.
But wel wot I þat thow art now in drede.
And what it is I leye I kan arede. [ 1505]
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Thow thinkest now how shal I don al this. [ 1506]
ffor by my teres mosten folk espie
That for hir loue is þat I fare amys.
yit hadde I leuere vnwist for sorwe dye. [ 1509]
Now think nat so / for thow doost gret folye.
ffor I right now haue fownden o manere.
Of slyght / for to coueren al thy cheere. [ 1512]
(217)
Thow shalt gon ouer nyght and þat bylyue. [ 1513]
Vnto deiphebus hous as the to pleye.
Thy maladye awey the bet to dryue.
ffor why thow semest syk soth for to seye. [ 1516]
Soone aftir þat down in the bed the leye.
And sey thow maist no lenger vp endure.
And lye right ther and byd thyn auenture. [ 1519]
(218)
Sey þat thi feuere is wont the for to take. [ 1520]
The same tyme and lasten to o morwe.
And lat see now how wele thow kanst it make.
ffor parde sik is he þat is in sorwe. [ 1523]
Go now farwel and venus her to borwe.
I hope and thow this purpos holde ferme.
Thi grace she shal the fully ther conferme. [ 1526]
(219)
Quod Troilus Iwys thow nedeles. [ 1527]
Conseillest me / þat siklich I me feyne.
ffor I am sik in ernest douteles.
So þat wel nygh I sterue for the peyne. [ 1530]
Quod Pandarus thow shalt the bettre pleyne.
And hast the lasse ned to countrefete.
ffor hym men demyth hoot þat men seen sweete. [ 1533]
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Lo hold the at thy triste cloose and .I. [fol. 38b] [ 1534]
Shal wel the deer vnto thy bowe dryue.
Therwith he took his leue al softely.
And Troilus to Paleis wente blyue. [ 1537]
So glad ne was he neuere al his lyue.
And to Pandarus reed gan alle assente.
And to deiphebus hous at nyght he wente. [ 1540]
(221)
What nedeth yow tellen alle the cheere. [ 1541]
That deiphebus vnto his brother maade.
Or his accesse / or his siklich manere.
How men gan hym with clothes for to laade. [ 1544]
Whan he was leyd / and how men wolde hym glaade.
But al for naught / he helde forth ay the wyse.
That ye han herde Pandare or this deuyse. [ 1547]
(222)
But certeyn is or Troilus hym leyde. [ 1548]
Deiphebus hadde preyd hym ouer nyght.
To ben good frend and helpyng to Criseide.
God woot þat he graunted anon ryght. [ 1551]
To ben hir ful frende with al his myght.
But swich a need was it to preye hym thenne.
As for to bidde a wood man for to renne. [ 1544]
(223)
The morwen com and neghen gan the tyme. [ 1555]
Of meltid. þat the fayre Queene Eleyne.
Shoop hir to ben an houre after the pryme.
with deiphebus / to whome she nolde feyne. [ 1558]
But as is suster hoomly soth to seyne.
She com to dyner in hir pleyne entente.
But god and Pandare wist al what this mente. [ 1561]
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Com ek Criseide al Innocent of this. [ 1562]
Antigone hir suster tarbe also.
But fle we now prolixite best is.
ffor loue of god and lat vs faste go. [ 1565]
Right to the effect withooten taalis mo.
why al this folk assemblede in this place.
And lat vs of hir saluynges pace. [ 1568]
(225)
Grete honour dede hym deiphebus certeyne. [fol. 39a] [ 1569]
And fedde hym wel with alle þat myght like.
But euermo allas was his refreyne.
My goode brother Troilus the sike. [ 1572]
Lyth yit / and therwithal he gan to sike.
And aftir þat he peynede hym to glaade.
Hem as he myght / and cheere good he maade. [ 1575]
(226)
Compleynede ek Eleyne of his siknesse. [ 1576]
So feythfully / it pite was to heere.
And euery wight gan wexen for accesse.
A leche anon / and seyde in this manere. [ 1579]
Men curen folk / this charme I wol the leere.
But ther sat oon / al liste hir nat to teche.
That thoughte / best koude I yit ben his leche. [ 1582]
(227)
After compleynte hym gonnen they to preyse. [ 1583]
As folk don yit whan som wight hath bygonne.
To preyse a man / and vp with pris hym reise.
A thousand foold yit hiere thanne the sonne. [ 1586]
He is þat kan / þat fewe lordes konne.
And Pandarus of þat they wolde afferme.
He naughte forgat hir preysynge to conferme. [ 1589]
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Herde alwey this Criseide wel Inogh. [ 1590]
And euery worde gan to notifie.
ffor which with sobre chere hir herte lough.
ffor who is it þat nolde hir glorifie. [ 1593]
To mowen swich a knyght to lyue or dye.
But alle passe I lest ye to longe dwelle.
But for o fyn is al that euere I telle. [ 1596]
(229)
The tyme com fro dyner for to rise. [ 1597]
And as hem oughte arisen euerychone.
And gonne a while of this and that deuyse.
But Pandarus brak al this speche anon. [ 1600]
And seyde to deiphebus wol ye gon.
Yif it yowr wille be as I yow preyde.
To speke her of the nedes of Criseide. [ 1603]
(230)
Eleyne the which þat by the hond hir helde. [fol. 39b] [ 1604]
Took first the taale / and seyde go we blyue.
And goodly on Criseide she byhelde.
And seide Iouis lat hym neuere thryue. [ 1607]
That doth yow harm and bryng hym soone of lyue.
And yeue me sorwe / but he shal it rewe.
Yif þat I may / and al folk be trewe. [ 1610]
(231)
Tel thow thy Neces cas quod deiphebus. [ 1611]
To Pandarus / for thow kanst best it telle.
My lordes and my ladyes it stant thus.
what sholde I lenger quod he do yow dwelle. [ 1614]
He ronge hem out a proces lik a belle.
Vnto hir foo / þat hight Poliphete.
So heynous þat men myghte on it spete. [ 1617]
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Answerde of this ech worse of hem than oother. [ 1618]
And Poliphete they gonnen thus to warien.
An honged be swich were he my brother.
And so he shal / for it ne may nat varien. [ 1621]
what sholde I lenger in this tale tarien.
Pleynlich al atonys they hir highten.
To be hir frend in al þat euere þai myghtyn. [ 1624]
(233)
Spak thanne Eleyne and seide Pandarus. [ 1625]
woot ought my lord my brother this matere.
I mene Ector / or woot it Troilus.
He seyde ye / but wol ye now me heere. [ 1628]
Me thinkith this sith þat Troilus is heere.
It were good yif þat ye wolde assente.
She told hir self hym al this or she wente. [ 1631]
(234)
ffor he wol haue the moore hir grief at herte. [ 1632]
By cause lo þat she a lady is.
And by yowr leeue / I wol but in right sterte.
And do yow wite and þat anon Iwys. [ 1635]
Yif þat he slepe / or wile aught heere of this.
And in he lepe and seyde hym in his eere.
God haue thy soule Ibrought haue I thy beere. [ 1638]
(235)
To smyle of this gan tho Troilus. [fol. 40a] [ 1639]
And Pandarus with outen rekenynge.
Out wente anon to eleyne and deiphebus.
And seide hem / so ther be no taryinge. [ 1642]
Ne moore prees / he wol wel þat ye brynge.
Criseide my lady þat is here.
And as he may endure he wol heere. [ 1645]
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But wel ye woot the chaumbre nys but lite. [ 1646]
And fewe folk may lightly make it warm.
Now loketh ye for I wol han no wite.
To brynge in prees þat myght don hym harme. [ 1649]
Or hym disesen for my bettre arm.
wher it be bet she abide til eft soonys.
Now lokith ye þat knowen what to don is. [ 1652]
(237)
I sey for me best is as I kan knowe. [ 1653]
That no wight in ne wende but we tweye.
But it were I for I kan in a throwe.
Reherse hir cas vnlik þat she kan seye. [ 1656]
And aftir this she made hym oonys preye.
To ben good lord in short and tak hir leeue.
This may nat muchel of his ese hym reue. [ 1659]
(238)
And ek for she is straunge he wol forbere. [ 1660]
His ese. which þat hym thar nat for yow.
Ek oother thing / þat touchet naught to here.
He wol yow telle / I wot it wel ryght now. [ 1663]
That secret is / and for the towns prow.
And they þat knowen nothing of his entente.
withouten moore / to Troilus in they wente. [ 1666]
Eleyne in al hir goodly softe wyse. [ 1667]
Gan hym salue / and wommanly to pleye.
And seide I wis ye mote algate arise.
Now faire brother be al hool I preye. [ 1670]
And gan hir arm right ouer his sholder leye.
And hym with al hir wytte to reconforte.
As she best koude she gan hym desporte. [ 1673]
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So after this quod she we yow byseke. [fol. 40b] [ 1674]
My deere brother deiphebus and .I.
ffor loue of god / and so doth Pandare eke.
To ben good lord and frend right hertly. [ 1677]
Vnto Criseide which þat certeynly.
Receyueth wrong / as woot wel her Pandare.
That can hir cas wel bet than I declare. [ 1680]
(241)
This Pandarus gan newe his tonge affile. [ 1681]
And al hir cas reherse and þat anon.
whan it was seide sone after in a while.
Quod Troilus as soone as I may gon. [ 1684]
I wol right fayn with al my myght ben oon.
Haue god my trouthe hir cause to sustene.
Good thrift haue ye quod Elena the Queene. [ 1687]
(242)
Quod Pandarus yif it yowr wille be. [ 1688]
That she may take hir leeue or þat she go.
O ellis God forbede tho quod he.
Yif þat ye vouch sauf for to do so. [ 1691]
And with þat word quod Troilus ye two.
Deiphebus and my suster lief and deere.
To yow haue I to speke of o matere. [ 1694]
(243)
To ben auysed by yowr reed the bettre. [ 1695]
And fond as hap was at his beddes hed.
The copye of a tretys and a lettre.
That Ector hadde hym sent to axen reed. [ 1698]
Yif swich a man war worthy to ben ded.
wot I nat who / but in a grislich wyse.
He preyde hem faste / on it auyse. [ 1701]
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Deiphebus gan this lettre vnfolde. [ 1702]
In ernest gret{punctel} so dede Eleyne the Queene.
And romynge outward fast it gonne byholde.
Downward a steyre / and in an herber grene. [ 1705]
This ilke thing / they redden hem bytwyne.
And largely the mountenaunce of a houre.
They gonne on it to reden and to poure. [ 1708]
(245)
Now lat hem rede and torn we anon. [fol. 41a] [ 1709]
To Pandarus / þat gan ful faste prye.
That al was wel / and out he gan to gon.
Into the grette chaumbre and þat in hye. [ 1712]
And seyde / god saue al this compaignye.
Com Nece myn my lady Queene Eleyne.
Abideth yow / and ek my lordes tweyne. [ 1715]
(246)
Rys take with yow youre Nece Antigone. [ 1716]
Or whom yow list / or no fors hardily.
The lasse presse the bet com forth with me.
And loketh þat ye thonken humblely. [ 1719]
Hem al thre / and whan ye may goodly.
Yowr tyme se / takith of hem yowr leeue.
List we to longe his restes hym byreeue. [ 1722]
(247)
Al Innocent of Pandarus entente. [ 1723]
Quod tho Criseide go we vncle deere.
And arm in arm Inward with hym she wente.
Auysed wel hir wordes and hir cheere. [ 1726]
And Pandarus in ernesful manere.
Seide al folk / for goddes loue I preye.
Stynteth right heere and softely ye pleye. [ 1729]
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Auyseth yow what folk ben hir withInne. [ 1730]
And in what plit oon is god hym amende.
And inward thus ful softely bygynne.
O Nece I coniure and heyly yow defende. [ 1733]
Of his half / þat soule vs alle sende.
And in vertue of Coronnes tweyne.
Sle nat this man þat hath for yow this peyne. [ 1736]
(249)
Fy on the deuyl think which oon he is. [ 1737]
And in what plit he lith com of anon.
Think al swich taried tid but lost it nyis.
That wol ye both. seyn whan ye ben oon. [ 1740]
Secoundly ther yit dyuynyth non.
Vpon yow two / com of now yif ye konne.
whil folk is blent / lo al the tyme is wonne. [ 1743]
(250)
In titerynge and pursuyte and delayes. [fol. 41b] [ 1744]
The folk deuyne at waggynge of a stre.
That thogh ye wolde han after myrle dayes.
Than dar ye naught and why / for she and she. [ 1747]
Spak swich a word / thus loked he and he.
Las tyme Ilost / .I. dar naught with yow deele.
Com of therfore and bringeth hym to heele. [ 1750]
(251)
But now to yow ye loueris þat ben heere. [ 1751]
was Troilus nat in a kankedort.
That lay and myghte whisprynge of hem heere.
And thought o lord right now rennyth my sort. [ 1754]
ffully to deye / or han a non confort.
And was the first tyme he shulde hir preye.
Of loue / .a. myghty god what shal he seye. [ 1757]
Explicit liber secundus.
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Incipit prohemmium secundi Libri.
(1) (Proem.)
Owt of thise blake wawes for to saylle. [fol. 26a] [ 1]
O wynde o wynde the weder gynneth clere.
ffor in this see the bote hath swych trauaylle.
Of my commyng that vnneth I it steere. [ 4]
this see clepe I the tempestous matere.
Of disepeir that Troilus was Inne.
But now of hope the kalendes bygynne. [ 7]
(2) (Invocation.)
O lady myn that called art Cleo. [ 8]
Thow be my speed fro this forth and my Muse.
To ryme wel this book til I haue do.
Me nedeth here noon othere art to vse. [ 11]
fforwhi to euery louere I me excuse.
That of no sentement I this endite.
But out of latyn in my tonge it write. [ 14]
(3)
Wherfore .I. nyl haue neither thank ne blame. [ 15]
Of al this werk but prey ȝow mekely.
Disomblameth me if any word be lame.
ffor as myn autour seyde so sey .I. [ 18]
Ek though I speeke of loue vnfelyngly.
No wondre is for it no thyng of newe is.
A blynde man kan nat Iuggen wel in hewis. [ 21]
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Ȝe knowe ek that in fourme of speche is chaunge. [ 22]
withInne a thousand ȝeer and wordes tho.
That hadden pris. now wonder nyce and straunge.
Us thenketh hem and ȝet thei spake hem so. [ 25]
And spedde as wel in loue as men now do.
Ek for to wynnen loue in sondry ages.
In sondry londes sondry ben vsages. [ 28]
(5)
And forthi if it happe in any wyse. [ 29]
That here be any louere in this place.
That herkneth as the storie wel deuise.
How Troilus comme to his lady grace. [ 32]
And thenketh so nold I nat loue purchace.
Or wondreth on his speche or his doynge.
I noot but it is me wondryng. [ 35]
(6)
ffor euery wight which that to rome wente. [fol. 26b] [ 36]
Halt nat o path or alwey o manere.
Ek in som lond were al the game shente.
If that they ferde in loue as men don here. [ 39]
As thus in opyn doyng or in chere.
In visityng in forme or seyde hire sawes.
fforthi men seyn ecche contree hath hise lawes. [ 42]
(7)
Ek scarsly ben ther in this place thre. [ 43]
That haue in loue seide like an don in al.
fforto thi purpos this may liken the.
And the right nought ȝet al is seide or schal. [ 46]
Ek som men graue in tree som in stone wal.
As it bitit. but syn I haue bigonne.
Myn autour shal I folwen if I konne. [ 49]
Explicit prohemmium secundi Libri.
Incipit liber secundus.
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IN may that moder is of monthes glade. [fol. 27a] [ 50]
That fresshe floures blew and white and rede.
Ben quike agayn that wynter dede made.
And ful of bawme is fletyng euery mede. [ 53]
whan Phebus doth his bryght bemes sprede.
Right in the white bole it so bitidde.
As I shal synge on Mayes day the thrydde. [ 56]
(9)
That Pandarus for al his wise speche. [ 57]
ffelt ek his parte of loues shotes keene.
That koude he neuere so wel of louyng preche.
It made his hewe a day ful ofte greene. [ 60]
So shope it hym fil that day a teene.
In loue for which in wo to bedde he wente.
And made er it was day ful many a wente. [ 63]
(10)
The swalowe proigne with a sorowful lay. [ 64]
whan morwen come gan make hire waymentyng.
whi she forshapen was and euer lay.
Pandare a bedde half in a slombryng. [ 67]
Til she so neigh hym made hire cheteryng.
How Tireux gan forth hire suster take.
That with the noyse of hire he gan awake. [ 70]
(11)
And gan to calle and dresse hym vp to ryse. [ 71]
Remembryng hym his erand was to doone.
ffrom Troilus and ek his grete emprise.
And caste and knewe in good plite was the moone. [ 74]
To doon viage and took his weye ful soone.
Vnto his Neces Palays ther biside.
Now Ianus god of entree thow hym gyde. [ 77]
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Whan he was come vnto his Neces place. [ 78]
wher is my lady to hire folk quod he.
And they hym tolde. and he forth In gan pace.
And fonde two othere ladys sete and she. [ 81]
withInne a paued perlour and they thre.
Herden a mayden reden hem the geeste.
Of the siege of Thebes while hem leste. [ 84]
(13)
Quod Pandarus ma dame god ȝow see. [fol. 27b] [ 85]
with al ȝoure fayre book and al the faire compaignie.
Ey vncle myn welcome Iwys quod she.
And vp she roos and by the hond in hye. [ 88]
Sho took hym faste and seyde this nyght thrie.
To good mot it turne of ȝow I mette.
And with that word she doun on benche hym sette. [ 91]
(14)
Ȝe Nece ȝee shal faren wel the bette. [ 92]
If god wol al this ȝeere quod Pandarus.
But I am sory that I haue ȝow lette.
To herken of ȝoure book ȝe preysen thus. [ 95]
ffor goddes loue what seith it telle it vs.
Is it of loue o som good ȝe me leere.
U[n]cle quod she ȝoure Maistresse is nat here. [ 98]
(15)
With that thei gonnen laughe and tho she seyde. [fol. 28a]
This romaunce is of Thebes that we rede.
And we han herde how that kynge layus deyde.
Thorugh Edippus his sone and al that dede. [ 102]
And here we stynten atte this lettres rede.
How the bisshop as the book kan telle.
Amphiorax fil thorugh the ground to helle. [ 105]
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Quod Pandarus al this knowe I my selue. [ 106]
And alle thassege of Thebes and the care.
ffor herof ben ther maked bookes twelue.
But lat be this and telle me how ȝe fare. [ 109]
Do wey ȝoure barbe and shewe ȝoure face bare.
Do wey ȝoure book rys vp and lat vs daunce.
And lat vs don to May som obseruance. [ 112]
(17)
I god forbede quod she be ȝe madde. [ 113]
Is that a widewes lif so god ȝow saue.
By god ȝe maken me ryght soore adradde.
Ȝe ben so wylde it semeth as ȝe raue. [ 116]
It satte me wel bette ay in a Caue.
To bidde and rede on hely seyntes lyues.
Lat maydens gon to daunce and ȝonge wyues. [ 119]
(18)
As euere thrif I quod this Pandarus. [ 120]
Ȝet koude I telle a thyng to doon ȝow pleye.
Now Uncle deere quod she telle it vs.
ffor goddes loue is than thassege aweye. [ 123]
I am of Grekes so fered that I deye.
Nay nay quod he as euere mote I thryue.
It is a thing wel bet thanne swyche fyue. [ 126]
(19)
Ȝe holy god quod she what thyng is that. [ 127]
what bet than swych fyue .I. nay ywys.
ffor al this world ne kan I reden what.
It sholde ben som Iape I trowe is this. [ 130]
And but ȝoure seluen telle vs what is is. (sic.)
My wit is for tarede it al to leene.
As help me god I not nat what ȝe meene. [ 133]
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And I ȝoure borugh ne neuere shal for me. [fol. 28b] [ 134]
This thynge be tolde to ȝow as mote I thryue.
And whi so vncle myn whi so quod she.
By God quod he that wol I telle as blyue. [ 137]
ffor prudder womman is ther noon on lyue.
And ȝe it wist in al the town of Troye.
I iape nought as euere haue I Ioye. [ 140]
(21)
Tho gan sche wondren moore than biforne. [ 141]
A thousand fold. and down hire eyghen caste.
ffor neuere sith the tyme that she was borne.
To knowe thyng desired she so faste. [ 144]
And with a syke she seyde hym atte laste.
Now Uncle myn I nyl ȝow nought displese.
Nor axen mere that may do ȝow disese. [ 147]
(22)
So after this with many wordes glade. [fol. 29a] [ 148]
And frendly tales and with merie chiere.
Of this and that they pleide and gonnen wade.
In many an vnkoouthe gladde and depe matere. [ 151]
As frendes doon whan thei ben mette y fere.
Tyl she gan axen hym how Ector ferde.
That was the townes wal and grekes ȝerde. [ 154]
(23)
fful wel I thonk it god quod Pandarus. [ 155]
Saue in his arme he hath a litel wownde.
And ek his fresshe brother Troilus.
The wise worthi Ector the secounde. [ 158]
In whom that alle vertue list habounde.
As alle trouth and alle gentilesse.
wisedom honour fredom and worthinesse. [ 161]
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In good feith Em quod she that liketh me. [ 162]
Thei faren wel god saue hem bothe two.
ffor trewelich I holde it grete deynte.
A kynges soone in armes wel to do. [ 165]
And ben of goode condiciouns therto.
ffor grete power and morale vertue here.
In selde yseyn in o persone y fere. [ 168]
(25)
In good faith that is soth quod Pandarus. [ 169]
But by my trouthe the kyng hath sones tweye.
That is to men Ector and Troilus.
That certeynly though that I sholde deye. [ 172]
Thei ben as voide of vices dar I seye.
As any men that lyuen vndre the sonne.
Hire myght is wyde I knowe and what they konue. [ 175]
(26)
Of Ector nedeth it namore for to telle. [ 176]
In al this world ther nys a bettre knyght.
Than he that is of worthynesse welle.
And he wel moore vertue hathe than myght. [ 179]
This knoweth many a wise and worthi wight.
The same pris of Troilus I seye.
God help me so I knowe nat swiche tweye. [ 182]
(27)
By god quod she of Ector that is sooth. [fol. 29b] [ 183]
Of Troilus the same thyng trowe .I.
ffor dredeles men tellen that he doth.
In armes day by day so worthily. [ 186]
And bereth hym here atte home so gentily.
To euen wight that alle pris hathe he.
Of hem that me were leuest preysed be. [ 189]
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Ȝe sey right sooth ywys quod Pandarus. [ 190]
ffor ȝesterday who so hadde with hym ben.
He myghte han wondred vpon Troilus
ffor neuere ȝet so thikke a swarm of been. [ 193]
Ne fleigh as Grekes for hym gonne fleen.
And thorugh the feld in eueri wightes eere.
Ther nas no cry but Troilus is there. [ 196]
(29)
Now here now ther he hunted hem so faste. [fol. 30a] [ 197]
Ther nas but Grekes blood and Troilus.
Now hem he hurte and hem alle down he caste.
Ay wher he wente it was arayed thus. [ 200]
He was hur deth and sheld and lif for vs.
That as that day ther dorste non witstonde.
whil that he held his blody swerd in honde. [ 203]
(30)
Therto he is the frendliest man. [ 204]
Of grete estat that euere I saugh my lyue.
And wher hym lest best felawship kan.
To swich as hym thynketh able for to thryue. [ 207]
And with that word tho Pandarus as blyue.
He took his leue and seyde .I. wol gon henne.
Nay blame haue I myn Uncle quod she thenne [ 210]
(31)
What aileth ȝow to be thus wery soone. [ 211]
Aud namlich of wommen wol ȝe so.
Nay sitteth down by god I haue to doone.
with ȝow to speke of wisdom er ȝe go. [ 214]
And eueri wight that was aboute hem tho.
That herd that gan fer awey to stonde.
whil they two hadde al that hem liste in honde. [ 217]
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Whan that hire tale alle brought was to an ende. [ 218]
Of hire estat and of hire gouernaunce.
Quod Pandarus now is tyme I wende.
But ȝet I say ariseth lat vs daunce. [ 221]
And cast ȝoure widewes habit to mischaunce.
what list ȝow thus ȝoure self to disfigure.
Sith thow is tid thus faire an auenture. [ 224]
(33)
A wel bithought for loue of god quod she. [ 225]
Shal I nat witen what ȝe meene of this.
No this thing axeth leyser tho quod he.
And eke me wolde muche greue Iwys. [ 228]
If .I. it tolde and ȝe it toke amys.
Ȝet were it bet my tonge for to stille.
Then seye a soth that were aȝeyns ȝoure wille. [ 231]
(34)
ffor Nece by the goddesse Mynerue. [fol. 20b] [ 232]
And Iupiter that maketh the thondre rynge.
And by the blisful venus that I serue.
Ȝe ben the womman in this world lyuyng. [ 235]
withouten paramour to my wyttyng.
That I best loue and lothest am to greue.
And that ȝe weten wel ȝoure self I leue. [ 238]
(35)
Iwis vncle quod she grant mercy. [ 239]
Ȝoure frendshipe haue I founden euere ȝit.
I am to no man holden trewely.
So muche as ȝow and haue so litel quyt. [ 242]
And with the grace of god emforth my wit.
As in my gylte I shall ȝow neuere offende.
And if I haue er this I wol amende. [ 245]
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But for the loue of god I ȝow biseche. [fol. 31a] [ 246]
As ȝe ben he that I loue mooste and triste.
Lat be to me ȝoure frende manere speche.
And sey to me ȝoure Nece what ȝow liste. [ 249]
And with that word hire uncle anoon hire kiste.
And seyde gladly leue Nece dere.
Tak it for good that I shal sey ȝow here. [ 252]
(37)
With that she gan hire eighen down to caste. [ 253]
And Pandarus to coghe gan a lite.
And seyde Nece alwey lo to the laste.
How so it be that som men hem delite. [ 256]
with subtyl art hire tales for to endite.
ȝet for al that in hire entencioun.
Hire tale is al for som conclusioun. [ 259]
(38)
And sith thende is euery tales strengthe. [ 260]
And this matere is so bihouely.
what sholde I poynte or drawen it on lengthe.
To ȝow that ben my frend so feythfully. [ 263]
And with that word he gan right Inwardly.
Byholden hire and loken on hire face
And seyde on swiche a Mirour goode grace. [ 266]
(39)
Than thought he thus if I my tale endite. [ 267]
Aught harde or make a processe any whyle.
She shal no sauour haue therIn but lite.
And trowe I wolde hire in my wille bigyle. [ 270]
ffor tendre wittes wenen al be wyle.
There as thei kan nought pleynly vnderstonde.
fforthi hire wit to seruen wol I fonde. [ 273]
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And loked on hire in a bysi wyse. [ 274]
And she was ware that he byhelde hire so.
And seyde lord so fast ȝe mauise.
Sey ȝe me neuere er now what sey ȝe no. [ 277]
Ȝif ȝys quod he and bet wole er I go.
But be my trouthe I thought now if ȝe.
Be fortunat. for now men shal it se. [ 280]
(41)
ffor euery wight som goodly auenture. [fol. 31b] [ 281]
Som tyme is shape if he it kan receyuen.
But if he wol take of it no cure.
whan that it commeth but wilfully it weynen. [ 284]
Lo neyther cas ne fortune hym deceyuen.
But ryght his verray slouthe and wrecchednesse.
And swiche a wight is for to blame I gesse. [ 287]
(42)
Good auenture o beele Nece haue ȝe. [ 288]
fful lightly founden and ȝe konne it take.
And for the loue of god and ek of me.
Cache it anon lest auenture slake. [ 291]
what sholde I lenger processe of it make.
Ȝif me ȝoure honde for in this world is noon.
If that thow list a wight so wel bygon. [ 294]
(43)
And sith I speke of good entencioun. [fol. 32a] [ 295]
As .I. to ȝow haue told wel here byforn.
And loue as wel ȝoure honour and renoun.
As creature in al this world yborn. [ 298]
By alle tho othes that I haue ȝow sworn.
And ȝe be wrooth therfore or wene I lye.
Ne shal I neuere sen ȝow eft with eye. [ 301]
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Beth naught agast ne quaketh naught wherto. [ 302]
Ne chaungeth naught for feere so ȝoure hewe.
ffor hardely þe werst of this is do.
And though my tale as now be to ȝow newe. [ 305]
Ȝet trist alwey ȝe shal me fynde trewe.
And were it thyng that me thoughte vnsittyng.
To ȝow wolde I no swiche tales brynge. [ 308]
(45)
And good Em for goddes loue I preye. [ 309]
Quod she come of and telle me what it is.
For both I am agast what ȝe wol seye.
And ek me longeth it to wite ywys. [ 312]
ffor whethir it be wel or be amys.
Say on lat me nat in this feere dwelle.
So wol I doon now herkeneth I shal telle. [ 315]
(46)
Now Nece myn the kynges deere sone. [ 316]
The good wis worthi fresshe and free.
which alwey for to don wel is his wone.
The noble Troilus so loueth the. [ 319]
That but ȝe helpe it wol his bane be.
Lo here is alle what sholde I moore sey.
Doth what ȝow lest to make hym lyue or dey. [ 322]
(47)
But if ȝe late hym deye I wol sterue. [ 323]
Haue here my trouthe Nece I nyl nat lyen.
Al sholde I with this knyf my throte kerue.
with that the teris breste oute of his eighen. [ 326]
And seide if that ȝe don vs bothe dyen.
Thus giltles than haue ȝe fisshed fayre.
what mende ȝe though that we booth appaire. [ 329]
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Allas he which that is my lord so deere. [fol. 32b] [ 330]
That trewe man that noble gentil knyght.
That naught desireth but ȝoure frendly cheere.
I se hym deyen ther he goth vpryght. [ 333]
And hasteth hym with al his ful myght.
ffor to ben slayn if his fortune assente.
Allas that god ȝow swich a beaute sente. [ 336]
(49)
If it be so that ȝe so cruel be. [ 337]
That of his deth ȝow list nought to recche.
That is so trewe and worthi as ȝe se.
Namoore than of a Iaper or a wrecche. [ 340]
If ȝe be swich ȝoure beaute may nat strecche.
To make amendes of so cruel a dede.
Auysement is good byfore the nede. [ 343]
(50)
Wo worth the faire gemme vertuelees. [fol. 33a] [ 344]
wo worth that herbe also that dooth no boote.
wo worth that beaute that is routheeles.
wo worth that wight that tret eche vndir foote. [ 347]
And ȝe that ben of beaute crop and roote.
If therwith al in yow be no routhe.
Than is it harme ȝe lyuen by my trouthe. [ 350]
(51)
And also think wel that this is no gaude. [ 351]
ffor me were leuere thow and I and he.
were hanged than I sholde ben his baude.
As heigh as men myghte on vs alle ysee [ 354]
I am thyn Em the shame were to me.
As wel as the if that I sholde assente.
Thorugh myn abbet that he thyn honour shente. [ 357]
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Now vnderstonde for I ȝow nought requere. [ 358]
To bynde ȝow to hym thorugh no byheste.
But only that ȝe make hym bettre chiere.
Than ȝe han doon er this and moore feste. [ 361]
So that his lif be saued atte leeste.
This al and somme and pleynly oure entente.
God help me so I neuere other mente. [ 364]
(53)
Lo this requeste is naught but skylle ywys. [ 365]
Ne doute of reson pardee is ther noon.
I sette the worste that ȝe dredden this.
Men wolde wondren sen hym com or goon. [ 368]
There aȝeins answere I thus anoon.
That euery wight but he be fool of kynde.
wol deme it loue of frendshipe in his mynde. [ 371]
(54)
What who wold demen though he se a man. [ 372]
To temple go that he thymages eteth.
Thenk ek how wel and wisely that he kan.
Gouerne hym self that he nothyng forȝeteth. [ 375]
That where he commeth he pris and thank hym geteth.
And ek therto he shal comme here so selde.
what force were it though al the town byhelde. [ 378]
(55)
Swych loue of frendes regneth al this towne. [fol. 33b] [ 379]
And wre ȝow in that mantel euere moo.
And god so wys be my sauacioun.
As I haue seyde ȝoure beste is to do soo. [ 382]
But alwey good Nece to stynte his woo.
So lat ȝoure daunger sucred ben a lite.
That of his deth ȝe be naught for to wite. [ 385]
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Criseyde which that herde hym in this wise. [ 386]
Thought I shal felen what he meneth ywis
Now Em quod she what wolde ȝe deuise.
what is ȝoure rede I sholde don of this. [ 389]
That is wele seyde quod he certein best is.
That ȝe hym loue aȝeyn for his louynge.
As loue for loue is skilful guerdonynge. [ 392]
(57)
Thenk ek how elde wasteth euery houre. [fol. 34a] [ 393]
In eche of ȝow a partie of beautee.
And therfore er that age the deuoure.
Go loue. for olde ther wol no wight of the. [ 396]
Lat this prouerbe a loore vnto ȝow be.
To late ywar quod beaute whan it paste.
And elde daunteth daunger at the laste. [ 399]
(58)
The kynges fool is wont to crien loude. [ 400]
whan that hym thinketh a womman berth hire heighe.
So longe mote ȝe lyue and alle proude.
Til crowes feet be growen vnder ȝoure eighe. [ 403]
And sende ȝow than a myrour in to prye.
In which that ȝe may se ȝoure face a morwe.
Nece I bidde wisshe ȝow namore sorwe. [ 406]
(59)
With this he stynte and caste adown the hede. [ 407]
And she began to breste a wepe anoon.
And seyde allas for wo why nere I deede.
ffor of this world the feyth is al agoon. [ 410]
Allas what sholden straunge to me doon.
when he that for my beste frende I wende.
Ret me to loue and sholde it me defende. [ 413]
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Allas I wolde han trusted douteles. [ 414]
That if that I thorugh my disauenteur.
Hadde loued outher hym or achilles.
Ector or any mannes creature. [ 417]
Ȝe nolde han hadde no mercy ne mesure.
On me. but alwey had me in repreue.
That false worlde allas who may it leue. [ 420]
(61)
What is this al the Ioye and alle the feste. [ 421]
Is this ȝoure reed is this my blisful cas.
Is this the verray mede of ȝoure byheeste.
Is al this paynted proces seyd allas. [ 424]
Right for this fy o lady myn pallas.
Thow in this dredeful cas purueye.
ffor so astoned am I that I deye. [ 427]
(62)
Wyth that she gan ful sorwfully to syke. [fol. 31b] [ 428]
A may it be no bet quod Pandarus.
By god I shal namore com here this wyke.
And god aforn that am mystrusted thus. [ 431]
I se ful wel that ȝe sette lite of vs.
Or of oure deth. allas I woful wrecche.
Might he ȝet lyue of me is nought to recche. [ 434]
(63)
O cruel god .o. dispitous Marte. [ 435]
O furies thre of helle on ȝow I crye.
So lat me neuere out of this hous departe.
If that I mente harm or any vilenye. [ 438]
But sith I se my lord mot nedes dye.
And .I. with hym here I me shryue and seye.
That wikkedly ȝe don vs bothe deye. [ 441]
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But sith it liketh ȝow that .I. be dede. [fol. 35a] [ 442]
By Neptimus1. [sic.] that god is of the see.
ffro this forth shal I neuere eten brede.
Til I myn owen herte blood may see. [ 445]
ffor certeyn I wol deye as soone as he.
And vp he sterte and on his wey he raughte.
Til she agayn hym by the lappe kaughte. [ 448]
(65)
Criseyde which that wel neigh starf for feere. [ 449]
So as she was the ferfulleste wighte.
That myghte be and herde ek with hire ere.
And saugh the soruful ernest of the knyght. [ 452]
And in his preier ek saugh noon vnryght.
And for the harm that myghte ek fallen moore.
She gan to rewe and dredde hire wonder soore. [ 455]
(66)
And thoughte thus vnhappes fallen thikke. [ 456]
Alday for loue and in swyche manere cas.
As men ben cruel in hemself and wikke.
And if this man sle here hymself allas. [ 459]
In my presence it wol be no solace.
what men wolde of hit deme I kan nat seye.
It nedeth me ful sleigly for to pleie. [ 462]
(67)
And with a sorowful sike she sayde thrie. [ 463]
A lord what me is tid a sory chaunce.
ffor myn estat lith now in Iupartie.
And ek myn Emes lif is in balaunce. [ 466]
But Natheles with goddes gouernaunce.
I shal so doon myn honour shal I kepe.
And ek his lif and stynte for to wepe. [ 469]
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Of harmes two the lesse is for to chese. [ 470]
Ȝet haue I leuere maken hym good chere.
In honour than myn Emes lyf to lese.
ȝe seyn. ȝe nothyng elles me requere. [ 473]
No wis quod he myn owen Nece dere.
Now wel quod she and I wol doon myn peyne.
I shal myn herte aȝeins my luste constreyne. [ 476]
(69)
But that .I. nyl nat halden hym in honde. [fol. 35b] [ 477]
Ne loue a man ne kan I naught ne may.
Aȝeins my wyl but elles wol I fonde.
Myn honour sauf plesen hym fro day to day. [ 480]
Therto nolde I nat ones han seyde nay.
But that I dredde as in my fantasye.
But cesse cause ay cesseth maladie. [ 483]
(70)
And here I make a protestacioun. [ 484]
That in this proces if ȝe depper go.
That certeynly for no saluacioun.
Of ȝoure thought that ȝe steruen bothe two. [ 487]
Though al the world on a day be my fo.
Ne shal I neuere of hym han other routhe.
I graunte wel quod Pandare by my trowthe. [ 490]
(71)
But may I truste wel therto quod he. [fol. 36a] [ 491]
That of this thyng that ȝe han highte me here.
Ȝe wole it holden trewely vnto me.
Ȝe doutelees quod she myn vncle deere. [ 494]
Ne that I shal han cause in this matere.
Quod he to pleyn. or after ȝow to preche.
why no perde what nedeth moore speche. [ 497]
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Tho fellen they in other tales glade. [ 498]
Tyl at the laste O good Em quod she tho.
ffor his loue which that vs bothe made.
Tel me how first ȝe wisten of his wo. [ 501]
woot noon of it but ȝe he seyde no.
Kan he wel speke of loue quod she I preye
Tel me for I the bet me shal purueye. [ 504]
(73)
Tho Pandarus a litel gan to smyle. [ 505]
And seyde by my trouthe I shal ȝow telle.
This other day naught gon ful longe while.
In with the paleis gardyn by a welle. [ 508]
Gan he and I wel half a day to dwelle.
Right for to speken of an ordinaunce.
How we the grekes myghten disauaunce. [ 511]
(74)
Soon after that bigonne we to lepe. [ 512]
And casten with oure dartes to and fro.
Tyl at the laste he seyde he wolde slepe.
And on the gres adoun he leyde hym tho. [ 515]
And I therafter gan romen to and fro.
Til that I herde as that I welk alone.
How he bigan ful wofully to grone. [ 518]
(75)
Tho gan I stalke hym softly byhynde. [ 519]
And sikirly the sooth for to seyne.
As I kan clepe aȝein now to my mynde.
Right thus to loue he gan hym for to pleyne. [ 522]
He seyde lord haue routhe vpon my peyne.
Al haue I ben rebell in myn entente.
Now. mea culpa. lord I me repente. [ 525]
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O god that at thi disposicioun [fol. 36b] [ 526]
Ledest the fyn by Iuste purueiaunce.
Of euery wight my lowe confessioun.
Accepte in gree and sende me swich penaunce. [ 529]
As liketh the but from disesperaunce.
That may my goost departe awey fro the.
Thow be my sheld for thi benignite. [ 532]
(77)
ffor certes lord so soore hathe she me wounded. [ 533]
That stood in blak with lokyng of hire eyen.
That to myn hertes botme it is ysounded.
Thorugh which I woot that I moot nedes deyen. [ 536]
This is the werste I dar me nat bywreyen.
And wel the hotter ben the gledes rede.
That men hem wrien with asshen pale and dede. [ 539]
(78)
With that he smote his hede down anon. [fol. 37a] [ 540]
And gan to motre I noot what trewely.
And I with that gan stille awey to goon.
And leet therof as no thinge wist had I. [ 543]
And com aȝein anon and stood hym by.
And seyde awake ȝe slepen al to longe.
It semeth nat that loue doth ȝow longe. [ 546]
(79)
That slepen so that no man may ȝow wake. [ 547]
who sey euere or this so dul a man.
Ȝe frend quod he do ȝe ȝoure hedes ake.
ffor loue and lat me lyuen as I kanne. [ 550]
But though that he for wo was pale and wanne.
Ȝet made he tho as fresshe a countenaunce.
As though he sholde haue led the new daunce. [ 553]
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This passed forth til now this other day. [ 554]
It felte that I com romyng al allone.
Into his chaumbre and fonde how that he lay.
Vpon his bed but man so soore grone. [ 557]
Ne herde I neuere and what that was his mone.
Ne wist I nought for as I was commyng
Al sodeynly he lefte his complaynyng. [ 560]
(81)
Of which I took somwat suspecioun. [ 561]
And ner I com and fonde he wepte soore.
And god so wys be my sauacioun.
As neuere of thyng hadde I no routhe moore. [ 564]
ffor neither with engyne ne with no loore.
Unnethes myghte I fro the deth hym kepe.
That ȝet fele I myn herte for hym wepe. [ 567]
(82)
And god woot neuere sith that I was borne. [ 568]
was I so besy no man for to preche.
Ne neuere was to wight so depe Isworn.
Er he me told who myghte ben his leche. [ 571]
But now to ȝow rehercen al his speche.
Or all his woful wordes for to sowne.
Ne bid me naught but ȝe wol se me swowne. [ 574]
(83)
But for to saue his lif and elles nought. [fol. 37b] [ 575]
And to noon harm of ȝow thus am I dryuen.
And for the loue of god that vs hath wrought.
Swiche cheer hym dooth that he and I may lyuen. [ 578]
Now haue I plat to ȝow myn herte shryuen.
And sith ȝe woot that myn entent is cleen.
Take heede therof for I non yuel meen. [ 581]
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And right good thrifte I prey to god haue ȝe. [ 582]
That han swich oon ykaught withouten net.
And be ȝe wis as ȝe be faire to see.
wel in the rynge than is the rubie set. [ 585]
Ther were neuere two so wel ymet.
whan ȝe ben his al hool as he is ȝoure.
Ther myghty god graunte vs see that houre. [ 588]
(85)
Nay therof spak I nought ha ha quod 1. [MS. quo] she. [fol. 38a] [ 589]
As helpe me god ȝe shenden euery deel.
O mercy dere Nece anon quod he.
what so I spak I mente naught but wel. [ 592]
By Mars the god that helmed is of steel.
Now beth naught wrothe my blood my Nece dere.
Now wel quod she forȝeuen be it here. [ 595]
(86)
With this he took his leue and home he wente. [ 596]
And lord he was glad and wel bygon.
Criseyde aros no lenger she no stente.
But streght into hire closet wente anon. [ 599]
And set hire doun as stylle as any ston.
And euery word gan vp and down to wynde.
That he had seyde as it come hire to mynde. [ 602]
(87)
And was somdel astoned in hire thoughte. [ 603]
Right for the newe cas but whan that she.
was ful auysed tho fonde she right noughte.
Of peril why she ought afered be. [ 606]
ffor man may loue of possibilite.
A womman so his herte may to breste.
And she naught loue aȝein but if hire liste. [ 609]
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But as she sat allone and thought thus. [ 610]
Ascry aros at scarmuch al withoute.
And men criden in the strete se Troilus.
Hath right now put to flighte the grekes route. [ 613]
with that gan al hire meigne for to shoute.
A go we se. caste vp the ȝates wyde.
For thorwgh this strete he moot to paleys ride. [ 616]
(89)
ffor other wey is to the ȝate noon. [ 617]
Of Dardanus there opyn is the cheyne.
with that comme he and al his folk anoon.
An esy pas rydyng in routes tweyne. [ 620]
Right as his happy was sooth to seyne.
ffor which men seyn may nought destroubed be.
That shal bityden of necessitee. [ 623]
(90)
This Troilus sat on his baye steede. [fol. 38b] [ 624]
Al armed saue his hede ful richely.
And wownded was his hors and gan to blede.
On which he rood a pas ful softely. [ 627]
But swich a knyghtly sighte trewely.
As was on hym was nought withouten faille.
To loke on Mars that god is of bataille. [ 630]
(91)
So lik a man of armes and a knyght. [ 631]
He was to seen fulfilled of heigh prowesse.
ffor bothe he hadde a body and a myght.
To don that thing as wel as hardynesse. [ 634]
And ek to seen hym in his gere hym dresse.
So fresshe so ȝong so weldy semed he.
It was an heuen vpon hym for to see. [ 637]
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His helme to hewen was in twenty places. [fol. 39a] [ 638]
That by a tyssew heng his bak byhynde.
His sheeld to dasshed was with swerdes and maces.
In which men myght many an arwe fynde. [ 641]
That thirled hadde horn and nerf and rynde.
And ay the peple cryde here cometh oure Ioye.
And next his brother. holder vp of troye. [ 644]
(93)
ffor which he wex a litel reed for shame. [ 645]
whan he the peple vpon hym herd cryen.
That to byholde it was a noble game.
How sobrelich he caste down his eyen. [ 648]
Criseyda gan al his chere aspien.
And leet so softe in hire herte synken.
That to hire self she seyde who ȝaf me drynken. [ 651]
(94)
ffor of hire owen thought she wex al reed. [ 652]
Remembryng hire right thus lo this is he.
which that myn vncle swerith he moot be deed.
But I on hym haue mercy and pitee. [ 655]
And with that thought for pure ashamed she.
Gan in hire hede to pulle and that as faste.
whil he and alle the peple forby paste. [ 658]
(95)
And gan to caste and rollen vp and down. [ 659]
with Inne hire thought his excellent prowesse.
And his estat and also his renown.
His wit his shap and ek his gentilesse. [ 662]
But moost hire fauour was for his distresse.
was al for hire and thought it was a routhe.
To sleen swich oon if that he mente trouthe. [ 665]
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Now myghte som envious Iangle thus. [ 666]
This was a sodeyn loue how myght it be.
That she so lightly loued Troilus.
Right for the first syght ȝe parde. [ 669]
Now who seith so mote he neuere ythe.
ffor euery thyng a gynnyng hath it nede.
Er al be wrought withowten any drede. [ 672]
(97)
ffor I sey nought that she so sodeynly. [fol. 39b] [ 673]
Ȝaf hym hire loue but that she gan enclyne.
To like hym first and I haue told ȝow whi.
And after that his manhode and his pyne. [ 676]
Made loue withInne hire for to myne.
ffor which by processe and by good seruyse.
He gat hire loue and in no sodeyn wyse. [ 679]
(98)
And also blisful venus wel arrayed. [ 680]
Sat in hire seuenthe hous of heuene tho.
Disposed wel and with aspectes payed.
To helpe sely Troilus of his woo. [ 683]
And soth to seyne she nas not al a foo.
To Troilus in his natiuitee.
God woot that wel the sonner spedde he. [ 686]
(99)
Now lat vs stynte of Troilus a throwe. [fol. 40a] [ 687]
That rideth forth and lat vs torne faste.
Unto Criseyde that heng hire hed ful lowe.
Ther as she sat allone. and gan to caste. [ 690]
where on she wolde apoynte hire atte laste.
If it so were hire Em ne wolde cesse.
ffor Troilus vpon hire for to presse. [ 693]
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And lord so she gan in hire thoughte argue. [ 694]
In this matere. of which I haue ȝow tolde.
And what to doone best were and what eschewe.
That plited she ful ofte in many folde. [ 697]
Now was hire herte warm now was it colde.
And what she thoughte somwhat shal I write.
As to myn autour listeth for tendite. [ 700]
(101)
She thought wel that Troilus persone. [ 701]
She knew by syghte and ek his gentilesse.
And thus she seyde al were it nat to doone.
To graunte hym loue that for his worthynesse. [ 704]
It were honour with pleye and with gladnesse.
In honestee with swich a lord to deele.
ffor myn estate and also for his heele. [ 707]
(102)
Ek wel woot I my kynges sone is he. [ 708]
And sith he hath to se me swiche delite.
If I wolde outreliche his sighte flee.
Peraunter he myghte haue me in dispite. [ 711]
Thorugh whicche I myghte stonde in worse plite.
Now were I wis me hate purchace.
withouten nede ther I may stonde in grace. [ 714]
(103)
In euery thyng I woot there lith mesure. [ 715]
ffor though a man forbede dronkenesse.
He naught forbet that euery creature.
Be drynkeles for alwey as I gesse. [ 718]
Ek sith I woot for me is his destresse.
I ne aughte naught for that thing hym despise.
Sith it is so he meneth in good wyse. [ 721]
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And eke .I. knowe of longe tyme agon. [fol. 40b] [ 722]
His thewes goode and that he is nat nyce.
Nauantour seith men certein is he noon.
To wise is he to doon so grete a vice. [ 725]
Ne als I nyl hym neuere so cherice.
That he may make a vaunt by Iuste cause.
He shal me neuere bynde in swiche a clause. [ 728]
(105)
Now sette a caas the hardest is ywys. [ 729]
Men myghten demen that he loueth me.
what dishonour were it vnto me this.
May iche hym lette of that why nay parde. [ 732]
I knowe also and alday heere and se.
Men louen wommen al biside hire leue.
And whan hem leste namore lat hem byleue. [ 735]
(106)
I thenk ek how he able is for to haue. [fol. 41a] [ 736]
Of al this ilk noble towne the thriftieste.
To ben his loue so she hire honour saue.
ffor oute and oute he is the worthieste. [ 739]
Saue only Ector which that is the beste.
And ȝet his lif al lith now in my cure.
But swich is loue and ek myn auenture. [ 742]
(107)
Ne me to loue a wonder is it nought. [ 743]
ffor wel woote I my self so god me spede.
Al wolde I that noon wiste of this thought.
I am oon the faireste out of drede. [ 746]
And goodlieste who that taketh hede.
And so men seyn in al the town of Troie.
what wonder is though he of me haue Ioye. [ 749]
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I am myn owene womman wel atte ese. [ 750]
I thank it god as after myn estate.
Right ȝonge and stonde vnteyde in lusty leese.
withouten Ialousie or swiche debate. [ 753]
Shal noon housbond seyn to me chek mate.
ffor either they ben ful of Ialousie.
Or maisterfull or louen nouellerie. [ 756]
(109)
What shal .I. doon to what fyn lyue I thus. [ 757]
Shal I nat loue in cas if that me leste.
What pardeux I am naught religious.
And though that I myn herte sette at reste. [ 760]
Upon this knyght that is the worthieste.
And kepe alwey myn honour and my name.
By alle right it may do me no shame. [ 763]
(110)
But right as when the sonne shyneth bright. [ 764]
In marche that chaungeth ofte tyme his face.
And that a cloude is put with wynde to flight.
which ouersperat the sonne as for a space. [ 767]
A cloudy thought gan thorugh hire soule pace.
That ouerspradde hire brighte thoughtes alle.
So that for feere almoste she gan to falle. [ 770]
(111)
That thought was this allas syn I am free. [fol. 41b] [ 771]
Sholde I now loue and put in Iupertie.
My sikernesse and thrallen libertee.
Allas how dorst I thenken that folie. [ 774]
May I naught wel in other folk aspie.
Hire dredfull Ioye hire constreinte and hire peyne.
Ther loueth noon that she nath wey to pleyne. [ 777]
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ffor loue is ȝet the moost stormy lyf. [ 778]
Right of hym self that euere was bigonne.
ffor euere som mystrust and Nice strif.
Ther is in loue som cloude is ouere that sonne. [ 781]
Therto we wrecched wommen. nothing konne.
whan vs is wo but wepe and sitte and thinke.
Oure wrecche is this oure owen wo to drynke. [ 784]
(113)
Also this wikked tonges ben so preste. [fol. 42a] [ 785]
To speke vs harme ek men ben so vntrewe.
That right anon as cessed is hire leste.
So cesseth loue and forth to loue a newe. [ 788]
But harm ydoon is doon whoso it rewe.
ffor though thise men for loue hem first to rende.
fful sharp bygynnyg{punctel} breketh ofte at ende. [ 791]
(114)
How ofte tyme hath it yknowen be. [ 792]
The tresoun that to wommen hath ben do.
To what fyn is swich loue I kan nat see.
Or wher bycommeth it whan that it is ago. [ 795]
Ther is no wight that woot I trowe so.
where it bycommeth lo no wight on it sporneth.
That erst was no thing in to nought it torneth. [ 798]
(115)
How bisy if I loue ek most I be. [ 799]
To plesen hem that Iangle of loue and dremen.
And coye hem they seye noon harme of me.
ffor though ther be no cause ȝet hem semen. [ 802]
Al be for harm that folk hire frendes quemen.
And who may stoppen euery wikked tonge.
Or sown of belles whil that thei ben ronge. [ 805]
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And after that hire thought gan for to clere. [ 806]
And seide he which that nothing vndertaketh.
No thyng nacheueth be hym looth or deere.
And with an other thought hire herte quaketh. [ 809]
Than slepeth hope and after drede awaketh.
Now hoot now colde but thus bitwixen tweye.
She rist hire vp and wente here for to pleye. [ 812]
(117)
Adown the steyre anon right tho she wente. [ 813]
Into the garden with hire Neces thre.
And vp and down ther made many a wente.
fflexippe she Tharbe and antigone. [ 816]
To pleyen that it Ioye was to see.
And other of hire wommen a grete route.
Hire foloweden in the garden al abowte. [ 819]
(118)
This ȝerde was large and rayled alle thales. [fol. 42b] [ 820]
And shadewed wel with blosum bowes grene.
And benched newe and sonded alle the weyes.
In which she walketh arm in arm bitwene. [ 823]
Til atte the laste antigone the shene.
Gan on a Troian songe to singen cleere.
That it an heuen was hire vois to here. [ 826]
(119) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 1.)
She seyde .O. loue to whom I haue and shal. [ 827]
Ben humble subgit trewe in myn entente.
As I best kan to ȝow lord ȝeue ich al.
ffor euere mo myn hertes luste to rente. [ 830]
ffor neuere ȝet thi grace no wight sente.
So blisful cause. as me my lif to lede.
In alle Ioie and seurete oute of drede. [ 833]
Page  70(120) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 2.)
Ȝe blisful god han me so wel byset. [fol. 43a] [ 834]
In loue Iwys that al that bereth lif.
ymagynen ne kouthen how to be bette.
ffor lord withouten Ialousie or strif. [ 837]
I loue on which that moost is ententif.
To seruen wel vnweri or vnfeyned.
That euere was and leest with harm desteyned. [ 840]
(121)
As he that is the welle of worthynesse. [ 841]
Of trouthe grownde Mirour of goodlichede.
Of wit apollo stoon of sikernesse.
Of vertue roote of lust fynder and hede. [ 844]
Thorugh which is alle sorwe fro me dede.
Iwis I loue hym beste so doth he me.
Now good thrifte haue he wherso that he be. [ 847]
(122)
Whom shulde I thanken but ȝow god of loue. [ 848]
Of alle this blisse in which to bathe I gynne.
And thanked be ȝe lord for that I lyue.
This is the right lif that I am Inne. [ 851]
To flemen al manere vice and synne.
This dooth me so to vertue for tendende.
That day by day I in my wille amende. [ 854]
(123)
And who seith that for to loue is vice. [ 855]
Or thraldom though he feele in it destresse.
He outher is enuyous or right nyce.
Or is vnmyghty for his shrewednesse. [ 858]
To louen. for swhich manere folk I gesse.
Defamen loue. as nothing of it knewe.
Thei speken but thei benten neuere his bowe. [ 861]
Page  71(124) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 6.)
What is the sonne wers of kynde right. [ 862]
Though that a man for feeblesse of his eighen.
May nought endure on it to see for bright.
Or loue the wers though wrecches on it crien. [ 865]
No wel is worth that may no sorwe dryen.
And forthi who that hath an hed of verre.
ffro caste of stones war hym in the werre. [ 868]
(125)
But I with al myn herte and al my myghte. [fol. 43b] [ 869]
As I haue seyde wol loue vnto my laste.
My deer herte and al myn owen knyghte.
In which myn herte growen is so faste. [ 872]
And his in me. that it shal euere laste.
Al dredde I first to loue hym to bigynne.
Now woot I wel ther is no peril Inne. [ 875]
[End of Antigone's Song of Love.]
(126)
And of hir song right with that word she stente. [ 876]
And therwithal now Nece quod Cryseyde.
who made this songe now with so good entente.
Antygone answerde anoon and seyde. [ 879]
Madame-Iwys the goodlieste Mayde.
Of gret estat in al the town of Troye.
And let hire lif in moste honour and Ioye. [ 882]
(127)
fforsothe so it semeth by hire songe. [fol. 44a] [ 883]
Quod tho Criseyde and gan therwith to sike.
And seyde lord is ther swych blisse amonge.
Thise loueres as they kan faire endite. [ 886]
Ȝe wis quod fresshe antigone the white.
ffor alle the folk that han or ben on lyue.
Ne konne wel the blisse of loue discryue. [ 889]
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But wene ȝe that euery wrecche woot. [ 890]
The parfite blisse of loue why nay Iwys.
They wenen all be loue if oon be hoot.
Do wey do wey they woot no thyng of this. [ 893]
Men moste axe at seyntes if it is.
Aught faire in heuene why for they kan telle.
And axen fendes is it foule in helle. [ 896]
(129)
Criseyde vnto that purpos naught answerde. [ 897]
But seyde ywys it wille be nyght as faste.
But euery word which that she of hire herde.
She gan to prenten in hire herte faste. [ 900]
And ay gan loue lasse hire for tagaste.
Than it dide erst and synken in hire herte.
That she wex somwhat able to conuerte. [ 903]
(130)
The dayes honour and the heuenes heye. [ 904]
The nyghtes foo al this clepe I the sonne.
Gan westren faste and downward for to wrye.
As he that hadde his dayes cours yronne. [ 907]
And white thynges wexen dymme and donne.
ffor lakke of lyght and sterres for tapere.
That she and alle hire folk In went yfeere. [ 910]
(131)
So whan it liked hire to go to reste. [ 911]
And voided weren thei that voiden oughte.
She seyde that to slepen wel hire leste.
Hire wommen soon til hire bedde hire broughte. [ 914]
whan al was hust than lay she stille and thoughte.
Of al this thing the manere and the wise.
Reherce it nedeth nought for ȝe ben wise. [ 917]
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A nyghtyngale vpon a Cedir grene. [fol. 11b] [ 918]
Under the chambre wal ther as she ley.
fful loude songe aȝein the moone shene.
Peraunter in his briddes wise a lay. [ 921]
Of loue that made hire herte fressh and gay.
That herkned she so longe in good entente.
That at the laste the dede slepe hire hente. [ 924]
(133)
And as she slep anon right tho hire mette. [ 925]
How that an Egle fethered whit as bon.
Under hire brest his longe clawes sette.
And oute hire herte he rente and that anone. [ 928]
And dide his herte into hire brest to gone.
Of which she nought agroos ne nothyng smerte.
And forth he fleigh with herte lefte for herte. [ 931]
(134)
Now lat hire slepe and we oure tales holde. [fol. 45a] [ 932]
Of Troilus that is to paleis riden.
ffro the scarmuch of the which I tolde.
And in his chaumbre sit and hath abiden. [ 935]
Til two or thre of his messages ȝeden.
ffor Pandarus and soughten hym ful faste.
Til they hym founde and broughte hym at the laste. [ 938]
(135)
This Pandarus come lepyng In attones. [ 939]
And seyde thus who hath ben wel Ibete.
To day with swerdes. and with slyng stones.
But Troilus that hath caught hym an hete. [ 942]
And gan to Iape and seyde lord so ȝe swete.
But ris and lat vs soupe and go to reste.
And he answerd hym do we as the leste. [ 945]
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With alle the haste goodly that they myghte. [ 946]
They spedde hem fro the soper vnto bedde.
And euery wight out at the dore hym dyght.
And where hym liste vpon his wey he spedde. [ 949]
But Troilus thoughte his herte bledde.
ffor wo til that he herde som tydyng.
He seyde frend shal I now wepe or syng. [ 952]
(137)
Quod Pandarus ly stylle and lat me slepe. [ 953]
And don thyn hood thy nedes spedde be.
And chese if thow wolt synge or daunce or lepe.
At shorte wordes thow shal trowen me. [ 956]
Sire my Nece wol do wel by the.
And loue the best by god and by my trouthe.
But lakke of pursuyt make it in thi slouthe. [ 959]
(138)
ffor thus farford I haue thi werk bigonne. [ 960]
ffro day to day til this day by the morwe.
Hire loue of frendshipe haue I to the wonne.
And also hath she leyde hire feyth to borwe. [ 963]
Algate a foot is hameled of thi sorwe.
what sholde I lenger sermon of it holde.
As ȝe han herde byfore and al he hym tolde. [ 966]
(139)
But right as floures thorugh the colde of nyght. [fol. 45b]
Iclosed stoupen on hire stalk lowe.
Redressen hem aȝein the sonne bright.
And spreden on hire kynde cours by rowe. [ 970]
Right so gan the his eighen vp to throwe.
This Troilus and seyde O venus deere.
Thi myght thi grace yheried be it here. [ 973]
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And to Pandare he held vp bothe his hondes. [ 974]
And seyde lord al thyn be that I haue.
ffor I am hool and brosten ben myn bondes.
A thousand Troyens who so þat me ȝaue. [ 977]
Ech after other god so wys me saue.
Ne myghte me so gladen. lo myn herte.
It spredeth so for Ioie it wol to sterte. [ 980]
(141)
But lord how shal I doon how shal I lyuen. [fol. 16a] [ 981]
whan shal I next my decre herte see.
How shal this longe tyme awey be dryuen.
Til that thow be aȝein at hire fro me. [ 984]
Thow maist answer abide abide but he.
That hangeth by the nekke soth to seyne.
In grete disese abideth for the peyne. [ 987]
(142)
Al esily now for the loue of Marte. [ 988]
Quod Pandarus for euery thing hath tyme.
So longe abid til that the nyght departe.
ffor also siker as thow list here by me. [ 991]
And god to forn I wyl be ther at pryme.
And for thi werk som what as I shal seye.
Or on som other wight this charge leye. [ 994]
(143)
ffor pardee god woot I haue euere ȝit. [ 995]
But redy the to serue and to this nyght.
Haue I naught fayned but euenforth my wit.
Done al thi lust and shal with al my myght. [ 998]
Do now as I shal seyn and fare aright.
And if thow nylt wite al thi self thi care.
On me is nought alonge thyn yuel fare. [ 1001]
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I woot wel that thow wiser art than .I. [ 1002]
A thousand fold but if .I. were as thow.
God help me so as I wolde outrely.
Of myn owen honde write hire right now. [ 1005]
A lettre in which I wolde hire tellen how.
I ferd amys and hire biseche of routhe.
Now help thi self and leue it nought for slouthe. [ 1008]
(145)
And I my self wol therwith to hire gon. [ 1009]
And whan thow woost that I am with hire there.
worth thow vpon a Courser right anon.
Ȝe hardily right in thi beste gere. [ 1012]
And ryde forth by the place as nought it were.
And thow shal fynde vs if I may sittyng.
At som wyndow into the strete lokyng. [ 1015]
(146)
And if the list than may thow vs salue. [fol. 46b] [ 1016]
And vpon me make thow thi countenaunce.
But by thi lif be war and faste eschue.
To tarien ought god shilde vs fro meschaunce. [ 1019]
Ride forth thi wey and holde thi gouernaunce.
And we shal speek of the somwhat I trowe.
Whan thow art gon to don thyn eris glowe. [ 1022]
(147)
Towchyng thi lettre though art wys ynough. [ 1023]
I woot thow nylt it dygneliche endite.
As make it with thise argumentes tough.
Ne scryuenyssh or craftly thow it write. [ 1026]
Biblotte it with thi teris ek a lite.
And if thow write a goodly word al softe.
Though it be good reherce it nought to ofte. [ 1029]
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ffor though the beste harpour vpon lyue. [fol. 47a] [ 1030]
Wolde on the beste sowned Ioly harpe.
That euere was with alle his fyngres fyue.
Touche ay o stryng or ay o werbul harpe. [ 1033]
wer his nayles poynted neuere so sharpe.
It sholde maken euery wight to dulle.
To here his glee and of his strokes fulle. [ 1036]
(149)
Ne Iompre ek no disconcordant thyng yfeere. [ 1037]
As thus to vsen termes of Phisik.
In loues termes hold of thi matere.
The forme alwey and do that it be lik. [ 1040]
ffor if a peyntour wolde peynte a pyk.
with asses feet and hedde it as an ape.
It cordeth naught so uere it but a Iape. [ 1043]
(150)
This counseil liked wel vnto Troilus. [ 1044]
But as a dredful louere he seyde this.
Allas. my deere brother Pandarus.
I am ashamed for to write ywys. [ 1047]
Lest of myn Innocence I seyde amys.
Or that she nolde it for despit receyue.
Than were I ded ther myght il nothyng weyue. [ 1050]
(151)
To that Pandare answerid if the leste. [ 1051]
Do that I seye and lat me therwith gon.
ffor by that lord that formede est and weste.
I hope of it to brynge answere anon. [ 1054]
Of hire honde and if that thow nylt noon.
Lat be. and sory mote he ben his lyue.
Aȝeins thi lust that helpeth the to thryue. [ 1057]
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Quod Troilus depardeux ich assente. [ 1058]
Sith that the liste I wil arise and write.
And blisful god prey ich with good entente.
The viage and the lettre I shal endite. [ 1061]
So spede it. and thow Minerua the white.
yif thow me wit my lettre to deuyse.
And sette hym down and wrote right in this wyse. [ 1064]
(153) (Troilus's Letter.)
ffirst he gan hire his right lady calle. [fol. 47b] [ 1065]
His hertes lif his lust his sorwes leche.
His blisse. and ek thise other termes alle.
That in swich cas thise loueres alle seche. [ 1068]
And in ful humble wise as in his speche.
He gan hym recomaunde vnto hire grace.
To telle alle how it axeth muchel space. [ 1071]
(154)
And after this ful lowely he hire preyde. [ 1072]
To be nought wroth theigh he of his folie.
So hardy was to hire to write and seyde.
That loue it made or elles most he die. [ 1075]
And pitousli gan mereye for to crye.
And after that he seyde and leigh ful loude.
Hym self was litel worth and lasse he koude. [ 1078]
(155)
And that she sholde han his konnyng excused. [fol. 48a]
That litel was and ek he dredde hire soo.
And his vnworthynesse ay he excused.
And after that than gan he telle his woo. [ 1082]
But that was endeles with outen hoo.
And seyde he wolde in trouth alwey hym holde.
And radde it ouer and gan the lettre folde. [ 1085]
(End of Troilus's Letter.)
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And with hise salte teris gan he bathe. [ 1086]
The rubie in his signet and it sette.
Vpon the wex deliuerliche and rathe.
Therwith a thousand tymes er he lette. [ 1089]
He kiste tho the lettre that he shette.
And seyde lettre a blisful destine.
The shapyn is my lady shal the see. [ 1092]
(157)
This Pandare toke the lettre and that by tyme. [ 1093]
A morwe and to his Neces paleis sterte.
And faste he swore that it was passed prime.
And gan to Iape and seyde ywys myn herte. [ 1096]
So fresshe it is although it sore smerte.
I may naught slepe neuere a mayes morwe.
I haue a Ioly wo and a lusty sorwe. [ 1099]
(158)
Criseyde whan that she hire vncle herde, [ 1100]
with dredful herte and desirous to here.
The cause of his commyng thus answerde.
Now by ȝoure fey myn vncle quod she dere. [ 1103]
what manere wyndes gydeth ȝow now here.
Tel vs ȝoure Ioly wo and ȝoure penaunce.
How ferforth be ȝe put in loues daunce. [ 1106]
(159)
By god quod he I hope alwey byhynde. [ 1107]
And she to laughe it thought hire herte brest.
Quod Pandarus loke alwey ȝe fynde.
Game in myn hood but herkneth if ȝow lest. [ 1110]
Ther is right now come into town a gest.
A greek espie and telleth newe thinges.
ffor which I come telle ȝow newe tydynges. [ 1113]
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Into the gardyn go we and ȝe shal here. [fol. 48b] [ 1114]
Al pryuely of this a longe sermoun.
with that they wenten arm in arm yfecre.
Into the gardyn from the chaumbre down. [ 1117]
And whan that he so fer was that the sown.
Of that he spak. no man heren myghte.
He seyde hire thus and out the lettre plighte. [ 1120]
(161)
Lo he that is alle holy ȝoures free. [ 1121]
Hym recomaundeth lowely to ȝoure grace.
And sente ȝow this lettre here by me.
Auyseth ȝow on it whan ȝe han space. [ 1124]
And of som goodly answere ȝow purchace.
Or helpe me god so pleynly for to seyn.
He may nat longe lyuen for his peyne. [ 1127]
(162)
fful dredfully tho gan she stonden stylle. [fol. 49a] [ 1128]
And took it naught but al hire humble chere.
Gan for to chaunge and seyde scrit ne bille.
ffor loue of god that toucheth swich matere. [ 1131]
Ne brynge me noon. and also vncle deere.
To myn estat haue more rewarde I preye.
Than to his lust what sholde I more sey. [ 1134]
(163)
And loketh now if this be resonable. [ 1135]
And letteth nought for fauour ne for slouthe.
To seyn a sooth now were it couenable.
To myn estat by god and by ȝoure trouthe. [ 1138]
To taken it or to han of hym routhe.
In harmyng of my self or in repreue.
Ber it aȝein for hym that ȝe on leue. [ 1141]
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This Pandarus gan on hire for to stare. [ 1142]
And seyde now is this the grettest wondre.
That euere I seigh lat be this nyce fare.
To deth mot I smyten be with thondre [ 1145]
If for the Citee whiche that stondeth ȝondre.
wold I a lettre vnto ȝow brynge or take.
To harm of ȝow what list ȝow thus it make. [ 1148]
(165)
But thus ȝe faren wel neigh alle and some. [ 1149]
That he that moste desireth ȝow to serue.
Of hym ȝe recche leest wher he bycome.
And whethir that he lyue or elles sterue. [ 1152]
But for al that that euer I may deserue.
Refuse naught quod he and hente hire faste.
And in hire bosom the lettre down he thraste. [ 1155]
(166)
And seyde hire now cast it awey anon. [ 1156]
That folk may seen and gauren on vs tweye.
Quod she I kan abyde til they be gon.
And gan to smyle and seyde hym Em I preye. [ 1159]
Swiche answere as ȝow list ȝoure self purueye.
ffor trewely I nyl no lettre write.
No than wol I quod he so ȝe endite. [ 1162]
(167)
Therwith she loughe and seyde go we dyne. [fol. 49b] [ 1163]
And he gan at hym self to Iape faste.
And seyde Nece I haue so grete a pyne.
ffor loue that euerich other day I faste. [ 1166]
And gan his beste Iapes forth to caste.
And made hire so to laughe at his folye.
That she for laughter wende for to dye. [ 1169]
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And whan that she was comen into halle. [ 1170]
Now Em quod she we wol go dyne anon.
And gan some of hire wommen to hire calle.
And streght into hire chambre gan she gon. [ 1173]
But of hire besynesses this was on.
Amonges othere thynges out of drede.
fful pryuely this lettre for to rede. [ 1176]
(169)
Auysed word by word in euery lyne. [fol. 50a] [ 1177]
And fonde no lakke she thoughte he koude good.
And vp it putte and wente hire In to dyne.
But Pandarus that in a studye stood. [ 1180]
Er he was war she took by the hood.
And seyde ȝe were caught er that ȝe wist.
I vouche sauf quod he do what ȝou list. [ 1183]
(170)
Tho wesshen they and sette hem down and ete. [ 1184]
And after Noon ful sleighly Pandarus.
Gan drawe hym to the wyndowe next the strete.
And seyde Nece who hath araied thus. [ 1187]
The ȝonder hous that stant aforȝeyn vs.
which hous quod she. and gan for to byholde.
And knewe it wel and whos it was hym tolde. [ 1190]
(171)
And fillen forth in speche of thynges smale. [ 1191]
And seten in the windowe bothe tweye.
whan Pandarus saugh tyme vnto his tale.
And saugh wel that hire folk weren alle aweye. [ 1194]
Now Nece myn tel on quod he I seye.
How liketh ȝow the lettre that ȝe woot.
Kan he theron for by my trouthe I noot. [ 1197]
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Therwith al rosy hewed tho wex she. [ 1198]
And gan to homme and seyde so I trowe.
Aquite hym wel for goddes loue quod he.
My self to medes wol the lettre sowe. [ 1201]
And held hise hondes vp and sat on knowe.
Now good Nece be it neuere so lite.
Ȝif me the labour it to sowe and plite. [ 1204]
(173)
Ȝe for I kan so writen quod she tho. [ 1205]
And ek I noot what I sholde to hym seye.
Nay Nece quod Pandare sey nat so.
Ȝet at the lceste thonketh hym I preye. [ 1208]
Of his good wille and doth hym nat to deye.
Now for the loue of me my Nece deere.
Refuseth nat at this tyme my prayere. [ 1211]
(174)
Depardieux quod she god leue al be wel. [fol. 50b] [ 1212]
God help me so this is the first lettre.
That euere I wroot ȝe al or any del.
And into a closet for tauise hire bettre. [ 1215]
She wente allone and gan hire herte vnfettre.
Out of desdaynes prison but a lite.
And sette hire down and gan a lettre write. [ 1218]
(175)
Of which to telle in short is myn entente. [ 1219]
Theffect as fer as I kan vnderstonde.
She thanked hym of al that he wel mente.
Towardes hire but holden hym in honde. [ 1222]
She nold nought ne make hire seluen bonde.
In loue. but as his suster hym to plese.
She wolde fayne to doon his herte an ese. [ 1225]
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She shette it and into Pandare gan goon. [fol. 51a] [ 1226]
Ther as he satte and loked into Strete.
And down she sette hire by hym on a stoon.
Of Iaspre. vpon a quysshyn gold ybete. [ 1229]
And seyde as wisly help me god the grete.
I neuere dide thing with more peyne.
Than writen this to whiche ȝe me constreyne. [ 1232]
(177)
And took it hym he thonked hire and seyde. [ 1233]
God woot of thyng ful often looth bygonne.
Comth ende good and Nece myn Criseyde.
That ȝe to hym of harde now ben ywonne. [ 1236]
Oughte he be glad by god and ȝonder sonne.
ffor whi men seith Impressiouns lighte.
fful lightly ben ay redy to the flighte. [ 1239]
(178)
But ȝe han played tirant neigh to longe. [ 1240]
And harde was it ȝoure herte for to graue.
Now stynte that ȝe no lenger on it honge.
Al wolde ȝe the forme of daunger saue. [ 1243]
But hasteth ȝow to doon hym Ioye haue.
ffor trusteth wel to longe ydoon hardynesse.
Causeth despit ful often for destresse. [ 1246]
(179)
And right as they declamed this matere. [ 1247]
Lo Troilus right at the stretes ende.
Come rydyng with his tenthe somme yfere.
Al softly and thiderward gan bende. [ 1250]
Ther as they sete as was his way to wende.
To paleis ward and Pandarus hym aspide.
And seyde Nece I see who comth here ride. [ 1253]
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O fle naught In he seeth vs I suppose. [ 1254]
Lest he may thynken that ȝe hym eschewe.
Nay nay quod she and wex as rede as rose.
with that he gan hire humbly to salewe. [ 1257]
with dredful chere and oft his hewes muwe.
A up his look debonairly he caste.
And bekkend on Pandare and forth he paste. [ 1260]
(181)
God woot if he sat on his hors aright. [fol. 51b] [ 1261]
Or goodly was biseyn that ilke day.
God woot whothir he was lik a manly knyght.
what sholde .I. drecche or telle of his aray. [ 1264]
Criseyde whiche that alle thise thynges say.
To telle in short hire liked al in fere.
His person his aray his look his chere. [ 1267]
(182)
His goodly manere and his gentilesse. [ 1268]
So wel that neuere sith that she was born.
Ne hadde she swych routh of his destresse.
And how that she hathe harde ben here byforn. [ 1271]
To god hope I she hath now kaught a thorn.
She shal nat pulle it out this nexte wyke.
God sende mo swich thornes on to pike. [ 1274]
(183)
Pandare which that stood hire fasteby. [fol. 52a] [ 1275]
ffelte Iren hoot and he bygan to smyte.
And seyde Nece I pray ȝow hertely.
Telle me that I shal axen ȝow a lite. [ 1278]
A womman that were of his deth to wite.
withouten his gilt but for hire lakked routhe.
were it wel doon quod she nay by my trouthe. [ 1281]
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God help me so quod he ȝe sey me soth. [ 1282]
Ȝe felen wel ȝoure self that I nought lye.
Lo ȝonde he rit quod she ȝe so he doth.
wel quod Pandare as I haue tolde ȝow thrie. [ 1285]
Lat be ȝoure nyce shame and ȝoure folie.
And spek with hym in esyng of his herte.
Lat nycite nat do ȝow bothe smerte. [ 1288]
(185)
But theron was to heuen and to doone. [ 1289]
Considered al thing it may nat be.
And whi for shame and it were ek to soone.
To graunten hym so grete a libertee. [ 1292]
ffor pleynly hire entente as seyde she.
was for to loue hym vnwist if she myghte.
And guerdon hym with nothing but with sighte. [ 1295]
(186)
But Pandarus thought it shal nought be so. [ 1296]
Ȝif that I may this nyce opynyoun.
Shal nought be holden fully ȝeres two.
what sholde I make of this a longe sermoun. [ 1299]
He moste assente on that conclusioun.
As for the tyme and whan that it was eue.
And al was wel he roos and toke his leue. [ 1302]
(187)
And on his wey ful faste hamward he spedde. [ 1303]
And right for Ioye he felte his herte daunce.
And Troilus he fonde allon abedde.
That lay as do thise louers in a traunce. [ 1306]
Bitwixen hope and derk disesperaunce.
But Pandarus right at his In commynge.
He songe as who seyth somwhat I brynge. [ 1309]
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And seyde who is in his bedde so soone. [fol. 52b] [ 1310]
Iburied thus It am I frende quod he.
who Troilus nay help me so the moone.
Quod Pandarus thow shalt rise and see. [ 1313]
A charme that was sent right now to the.
The which kan helen the of thyn accesse.
If thow do forth with al thi bisynesse. [ 1316]
(189)
Ȝe thorugh the myght of god quod Troilus. [ 1317]
And Pandarus gan hym the lettre take.
And seyde parde god hathe holpen vs.
Haue here a light and loke on al this blake. [ 1320]
But ofte gan the herte glade and quake.
Of Troilus whil that he gan it rede.
So as the wordes ȝaue hym hope or drede. [ 1323]
(190)
But finaly he took al for the beste. [fol. 53a] [ 1324]
That she hym wroot for somwhat he byhelde.
On which hym thoughte he myghte his herte reste.
Al couered she tho wordes vnder shelde. [ 1327]
Thus to the more worthi part he helde.
That what for hope and Pandarus byheste.
His grete wo forȝede he at the leste. [ 1330]
(191)
But as we may alday oure seluen see. [ 1331]
Thorugh more wode or col the more fire.
Right so encrees of hope of what it be.
Therwith ful ofte encresseth ek desire. [ 1334]
Or as an ook comth of a litel spire.
So thorugh this lettre which that she hym sente.
Encrescen gan desir of which he brente. [ 1337]
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Wherfore I seye alwey that day and nyght. [ 1338]
This Troilus gan to desiren moore.
Thanne he did arst thorugh hope and did his myght.
To preessen on as by Pandarus loore. [ 1341]
And writen to hire of his sorwes soore.
ffro day to day he leet it nought refreyde.
That by Pandare he wroot somwhat or seyde. [ 1344]
(193)
And dide also other obseruaunces. [ 1345]
That til a louere longeth in this cas.
And after that thise dees torned on chaunces.
So was he outher glad or seyde allas. [ 1348]
And held after his gostes ay his pas.
And after swiche answeres as he hadde.
So were his dayes sory outher gladde. [ 1351]
(194)
But to Pandare alwey was his recours. [ 1352]
And pitously gan ay tyl hym to pleyne.
And hym bisoughte of reed and som socours.
And Pandarus that sey his woode peyne. [ 1355]
wex wel neigh ded for routhe sooth to seyne.
And bisily with al his herte caste.
Som of his wo to slen and that as faste. [ 1358]
(195)
And seyde lord and frend and brother dere. [fol. 53b] [ 1359]
God woot that thi disese doth me wo.
But wiltow stynten and al this woful cheere.
And by my trouthe er it be dayes two. [ 1362]
And god to forn ȝet shal I shape it so.
That thow shalt comme into a certeyn place.
There as thow mayst thi self hire preye of grace. [ 1365]
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And certeynly I noot if thow it woost. [ 1366]
But tho that ben expert in loue it seye.
It is oon of the thynges forthereth most.
A man to han a layser for to preye. [ 1369]
And siker place his wo for to bywreye.
ffor in good herte it mot som routhe impresse.
To here and see the giltlees in distresse. [ 1372]
(197)
Peraunter thynkestow though it be so. [fol. 54a] [ 1373]
That kynde wolde don hire to bygynne.
To haue a manere vpon my woo.
Seyth daunger nay thow shalt me neuere wynne. [ 1376]
So reulith hire hir hertes gost withInne.
That though she bende ȝeet she stant on roote.
That in effect is this vnto my boote. [ 1379]
(198)
Thenk here aȝeins whan that the stordy ook. [ 1380]
On which men hakketh ofte for the nones.
Receyued hath the happy fallyng strook.
The greet sweigh doth it to come al at ones. [ 1383]
As don thise rokkes or thise Milnestones.
ffor swifter cours comth thyng that is of wighte.
whan it descendeth than don thynges lighte. [ 1386]
(199)
And reed that boweth down for euery blast. [ 1387]
fful lightly cesse wynd it wol aryse.
But so nyl nought an ook whan it is caste.
It nedeth me nought the longe to forbise. [ 1390]
Men shal reioissen of a grete empryse.
Acheued wel and stant withouten doute.
Al han men ben the lenger ther aboute. [ 1393]
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But Troilus ȝet telle me if the lest. [ 1394]
A thing now which that I shal axen the.
which is thi brother that thow louest best.
As in thi verray hertes priuetee. [ 1397]
Iwis my brother Deiphebus quod he.
Now quod Pandare ere houres twyes twelue.
He shal the ese vnwist of hymselue. [ 1400]
(201)
Now lat malone and werken as I may. [ 1401]
Quod he. and to Deiphebus wente he tho.
which hadde his lord and grete frend ben ay.
Saue Troilus no man he loued so. [ 1404]
To telle in shorte withouten wordes mo.
Quod Pandarus I pray ȝow that ȝe be.
ffrend to a cause whiche that toucheth me. [ 1407]
(202)
Ȝis perde quod Deiphebus wel thow woost. [fol. 54b] [ 1408]
In al that euere I may and god to fore.
Al nere it but for man I loue moost.
My brother Troilus but sey wherfore. [ 1411]
It is for sith that day that I was bore.
I nas ne neuere mo to ben I thynke.
Aȝeins a thing that myghte the forthynke. [ 1414]
(203)
Pandare gan hym thanke and to hym seyde. [ 1415]
Lo sire I haue a lady in this town.
That is my Nece and called is Criseyde.
which some men wolden don oppressioun. [ 1418]
And wrongfully han hire possessioun.
wherfore I of ȝoure lordship ȝow biseche.
To ben oure frend withouten more speche. [ 1421]
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Deiphebus hym answerde o is nat this. [fol. 55a] [ 1422]
That thow spekest of to me thus straungely.
Criseyda my frende he seyde this.
Than nedeth quod Deiphebus hardyly. [ 1425]
Namore to speke for trusteth wel that I.
wol be hire champioun with spore and ȝerde.
I roughte nought though alle hire foos it herde. [ 1428]
(205)
But telle me thow that woost al this matere. [ 1429]
How I myght best auaylen now lat se.
Quod Pandarus if ȝe my lord so dere.
wolden as now do this honour to me. [ 1432]
To preyen hire tomorwe. lo that she.
Com vnto ȝow hire pleyntes to deuise.
Hire aduersaries wolde of it agrise. [ 1435]
(206)
And ȝif I more dorste prey ȝow as now. [ 1436]
And chargen ȝow to han so grete trauaille.
To han som of ȝoure bretheren here with ȝow.
That myghten to hire cause bet auaille. [ 1439]
Than wot I wel she myght neuere faille.
ffor to ben holpen what at ȝoure Instaunce.
what with hire other frendes gouernaunce. [ 1442]
(207)
Deiphebus which that comen was of kynde. [ 1443]
To alle honour and bounte to consente,
Answerd it shal be don and I kan fynde.
Ȝet grettere help to this in myn entente. [ 1446]
what wiltow seyn if I for Eleyne sente.
To speke of this I trowe it be the beste.
ffor she may leden Paris as hire list. [ 1449]
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Of Ector which that is my lord my brother. [ 1450]
It nedeth naught to preye hym frend to be.
ffor I haue herd hym o tyme and ek oother.
Speke of Cryseyde swich honour that he. [ 1453]
May seyn no bet swhich hap to hym hath she.
It nedeth naught his helpes for to craue.
He shal be swich right as we wol hym haue. [ 1456]
(209)
Speke thow thiself also to Troilus. [fol. 55b] [ 1457]
On my byhalue and prey hym with vs dyne.
Syre al this shal be don quod Pandarus.
And took his leue. and neuere gan to fyne. [ 1460]
But to his Neces hous as streyght as lyne.
He come and fond hire fro the mete arise.
And sette hym down. and spak right in this wise. [ 1463]
(210)
He seide o verray god. so haue I ronne. [ 1464]
Lo Nece myn se ȝe nought how I swete.
I not wheither ȝe the more thank me konne.
Be ȝe naught war how false Poliphete. [ 1467]
Is now aboute eftsones for to plete.
And brynge on ȝow aduocacies newe.
I no quod she and chaunged al hire hewe. [ 1470]
(211)
What is he more aboute me to drecche. [fol. 56a] [ 1471]
And don me wrong what shal I doon allas.
Ȝet of hym self nothing ne wolde I recche.
Ner it for Antenor and Eneas. [ 1474]
That ben his frendes in swiche manere cas.
But for the loue of god myn vncle deere.
Ne fors of that lat hym han al yfeere. [ 1477]
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Withouten that I haue ynough for vs. [ 1478]
Nay quod Pandare it shal nothing be so.
ffor I haue ben right now at Deiphebus.
At Ector and myn oother lordes moo. [ 1481]
And shortly maked eche of hem his foo.
That by my thrift he shal it neuere wynne.
ffor aught he kan whan that so he bygynne. [ 1484]
(213)
And as thei casten what was best to doone. [ 1485]
Deiphebus of his owen curteisie.
Come hire to preye in his propre persone.
To holde hym on the morwe compaignie. [ 1488]
At dyner. which she nolde nought denye.
But goodly gan to his preier obeye.
He thonked hire and went vpon his weye. [ 1491]
(214)
Whan this was don this Pandare vp anon. [ 1492]
To telle in short and forth gan for to wende.
To Troilus as stille as any ston.
And al this thyng he tolde hym worde and ende. [ 1495]
And how that he Deiphebus gan to blende.
And seyde hym now is tyme if that thow konne.
To bere the wel tomorwe and al is wonne. [ 1498]
(215)
Now spek now prey now pitously compleigne. [ 1499]
Lat nought for nyce shame or drede or slouthe
Som tyme a man mot telle his owen peyne.
Bileue it and she shal han on the routhe. [ 1502]
Thow shalt be saued by thi feyth in trouthe.
But wel woot I thow art nowe in drede.
And what it is I leye I kan arede. [ 1505]
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Thow thynkest now how sholde I don al this. [fol. 56b] [ 1506]
ffor by my cheres mosten folk aspie.
That for hire loue is that I fare amys.
Ȝet hadde I leuere vnwist for sorwe dye. [ 1509]
Now thynk nat so for thow dost grete folie.
ffor I right now haue founden o manere.
Of sleyghte. forto coueren al thi cheere. [ 1512]
(217)
Thow shalt gon ouer nyght and that blyue. [ 1513]
Unto Deiphebus hous as the to pleye.
Thi maladie awey the bet to dryue.
ffor whi thow semest sik soth for to seye. [ 1516]
And after that down in thi bed the leye.
And sey thow mayst no lenger vp endure.
And lie right there and bide thyn auenture. [ 1519]
(218)
Sey that thi feure is wont the for to take. [fol. 57a] [ 1520]
The same tyme and lasten til a morwe.
And lat se now how wel thow kanst it make.
ffor perde sik is he that is in sorwe. [ 1523]
Go now farwel and venus here to borwe.
I hope and thow this purpos halde ferme.
Thi grace she shal fully ther conferme. [ 1526]
(219)
Quod Troilus Iwis thow nedeles. [ 1527]
Conseilest me that siklich I me feyne.
ffor I am sik in ernest douteles.
So that wel neigh I sterue for the peyne. [ 1530]
Quod Pandarus thow shalt the bettre pleyne.
And haste the lasse nede to countrefete.
ffor hym men demen hoot that men seen swete. [ 1533]
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Lo halde the at thi triste cloos and .I. [ 1534]
Shal wel the deer vnto thi bowe dryue.
Therwith he took his leue al softly.
And Troilus to paleis wente blyue. [ 1537]
So glad ne was he neuere in al his lyue.
And to Pandarus reed gan al assente.
And to Deiphebus hous at nyght he wente. [ 1540]
(221)
What nedeth ȝow to tellen al the cheere. [ 1541]
That Deiphebus vnto his brother made.
Or his accesse or his sikliche manere.
How men gan hym with clothes for to lade. [ 1544]
Whan he was leyde and how men wolde hym glade.
But al for nought he held forth ay the wyse.
That ȝe han herd Pandare er this deuyse. [ 1547]
(222)
But certayn is er Troilus hym leyde. [ 1548]
Deiphebus had hym preied ouer nyght.
To ben a frend and helpyng to Criseyde.
God woot that he it graunted anon right. [ 1551]
To ben hire fulle frend with al his myght.
But swiche a nede was to preye hym thenne.
As for to bidde a wood man for to renne. [ 1554]
(223)
The morwen come and neighen gan the tyme. [fol. 57b] [ 1555]
Of meeltide that the faire queene Eleyne.
Shapte hire to ben an houre after the prime.
with Deiphebus to whom she nolde feyne. [ 1558]
But as his suster homly soth to seyne.
She come to dyner in hire pleyne entente.
But god and Pandare wist al what this mente. [ 1561]
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Com ek Criseyde al Innocent of this. [ 1562]
Antigone hire suster Tarbe also.
But fle we now prolixitee best is.
ffor loue of god and lat vs faste go. [ 1565]
Right to theffect withouten tales mo.
whi al this folk assembled in this place.
And lat vs of hire saluynges pace. [ 1568]
(225)
Grete honour did hem Deiphebus certeyn. [fol. 58a] [ 1569]
And fedde hem wel with al that myghte like.
But euere mo allas was his refreyn.
My good brother Troilus the syke. [ 1572]
Lith yet and therwith gan to sike.
And after that he peyned hym to glade.
Hem as he myghte and cheere good he made. [ 1575]
(226)
Compleyned ek Eleyne of his siknesse. [ 1576]
So feythfully that pite was to here.
And euery wight gan waxen for accesse.
A leche anon and seyde in this manere. [ 1579]
Men curen folk this charme I wol ȝow leere.
But ther sat on al list hire nought to teche.
That thoughte best koude I ȝet ben his leche. [ 1582]
(227)
After compleynte hym gonnen they to preyse. [ 1583]
As folk don that whan som wight hath bygonne.
To preise a man. and with pris hym reise.
A thousand fold ȝet heigher than the sonne. [ 1586]
He is he kan that fewe lordes konne.
And Pandarus of that they wolde afferme.
He naughte forgate hire preisynge to conferme. [ 1589]
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Herde al this thyng Criseyde wel Inough. [ 1590]
And euery word gan for to notifie.
ffor which with sobre cheere hire herte lough.
ffor who is that ne wolde hire glorifie. [ 1593]
To mowen swich a knyght don lyue or dye.
But al passe I list ȝe to longe dwelle.
ffor for o fyn is al that euere I telle. [ 1596]
(229)
The tyme come fro dyner for to ryse. [ 1597]
And as hem aughte arisen euerichone.
And gonne a while of this and that deuise.
But Pandarus brak al that speche anone. [ 1600]
And seide to Deiphebus wol ȝe gone.
If ȝoure wille be as I ȝow preyde.
To speke here of the nedes of Criseyde. [ 1603]
(230)
Eleyne which that by the hond hire helde. [fol. 58b] [ 1604]
Took first the tale and seyde go we blyue.
And goodly on Criseyde she bihelde.
And seyde Ioues lat hym neuere thryue. [ 1607]
That doth ȝow harm and brynge hym soone of lyue.
And ȝeue me sorwe but he shal it rewe.
If that I may and alle folk be trewe. [ 1610]
(231)
Telle thow thi Neces cas quod Deiphebus. [ 1611]
To Pandarus for thow kanst best it telle.
My lordes and my ladys it stant thus.
what sholde I lenger do ȝow duelle. [ 1614]
He ronge hem oute a processe lik a belle.
Upon hire foo that hight Poliphete.
So heynous that men myghte on it spete. [ 1617]
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Answerde of this eche werse of hem than other. [fol. 59a]
And Poliphete they gonnen thus to warien.
Anhonged by swich oon were he my brother.
And so he shal for it ne may nought varien. [ 1621]
what shold I lenger in this tale tarien.
Pleynliche alle at ones they hire highten.
To ben hire helpe in al that euere they myghten. [ 1624]
(233)
Spak than Eleyne and seyde Pandarus. [ 1625]
woot ought my lord my brother this matere.
I meene Ector or woot it Troilus.
He seyde ȝe but wolle ȝe now me here. [ 1628]
Me thynketh this sith that Troilus is here.
It were good. if that ȝe wolde assente.
She tolde hire self hym al this er she wente. [ 1631]
(234)
ffor he wol haue the more hir grief at herte. [ 1632]
By cause lo that she a lady is.
And by ȝoure leue I wol but in right sterte.
And do ȝow wyte and that anon Iwys. [ 1635]
If that he slepe. or wol ought here of this.
And in he lepte and seyde hym in his ere.
God haue thi soule Ibrought haue I thi beere. [ 1638]
(235)
To smylen of this gan tho Troilus. [ 1639]
And Pandarus withouten rekenyng.
Out wente anon to Eleyne and Deiphebus.
And seyde hem so ther be no tarying. [ 1642]
Ne moore prees he wol wel that ȝe bryng.
Criseyda my lady that is here.
And as he may enduren he wol here. [ 1645]
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But wel ȝe woot the chaumbre is but lite. [ 1646]
And few folk may lightly make it warme.
Now loketh ȝe for I wol haue no wite.
To brynge in prees that myghte don hym harme. [ 1649]
Or hym disesen for my bettre arme.
wher it be bet she bide til eft sonys.
Now loketh ȝe that knowen what to doon is. [ 1652]
(237)
I sey for me best is as I kan knowe. [fol. 59b] [ 1653]
That no wight in ne wente but ȝe tweye.
But it were I for I kan in a throwe.
Reherce hire cas vnlik that she kan seye. [ 1656]
And after this she may hym ones preye.
To ben good lord in shorte and take hire leue.
This may nought michel of his ese hym reue. [ 1659]
(238)
And ek for she is straunge he wol forbere. [ 1660]
His ese. which that hym thar nought for ȝow.
Ek oother thing that toucheth nought to here.
He wol me telle I woot it wel right now. [ 1663]
That secrete is. and for the townes prow.
And they that nothyng knewe of this entente.
withouten more to Troilus In they wente. [ 1666]
(239)
Eleyne in al hire goodly softe wyse. [fol. 60a] [ 1667]
Gan hym salue and wommanly to pleye.
And seyde Iwys ȝe moste alweies arise.
Now faire brother beth al hool I preye. [ 1670]
And gan hire arm right ouer his shulder leye.
And hym with al hire wit to reconforte.
As she best koude she gan hym to disporte. [ 1673]
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So after this quod she we ȝow biseke. [ 1674]
My deere brother Deiphebus and .I.
ffor loue of god and so doth Pandare eke.
To ben good lord and frende right hertely. [ 1677]
Unto Criseyde which that certeynly.
Receyueth wronge as woot weel here Pandare.
That kan hire cas wel bet than I declare. [ 1680]
(241)
This Pandarus gan newe his tong affile. [ 1681]
And al hire cas reherce and that anon.
whan it was seyde soone after in a while.
Quod Troilus as sone as I may gon. [ 1684]
I wol right fayn with al my myght ben oon.
Haue god my trouthe hire cause to sustene.
Good thrift haue ȝe quod Eleyne the queene. [ 1687]
(242)
Quod Pandarus and it ȝoure wille be. [ 1688]
That she may take hire leue er that she go.
O elles god forbede it tho quod he.
If she voucheth sauf for to do so. [ 1691]
And with that word quod Troilus ȝe two.
Deiphebus and my suster lief and deere.
To ȝow haue I to speke of o matere. [ 1694]
(243)
To ben auysed by ȝoure reed the bettre. [ 1695]
And fond as hap was at his beddes hede.
The copie of a tretys and a lettre.
That Ector hadde hym sente to axen rede. [ 1698]
If swych a man was worthi to ben dede.
woot I nought who but in a grisely wise.
He preyde hem anon on it auyse. [ 1701]
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Deiphebus gan this lettre for tonfolde [fol. 60b] [ 1702]
In ernest greet{punctel} so did Eleyne the queene.
And romyng outward faste it gonne byholde.
Downward a steire into an herber greene. [ 1705]
This ilk thing they redden hem bitwene.
And largely the mountance of an houre.
Thei gonne on it to reden and to poure. [ 1708]
(245)
Now lat hem rede and torne we anon. [ 1709]
To Pandarus that gan ful faste prye.
That al was wel and out he gan to gon.
Into the grete chaumbre and that in hye. [ 1712]
And seyde god saue al this compaynye.
Come Nece myn my lady queene Eleyne.
Abideth ȝow and ek my lordes tweyne. [ 1715]
(246)
Rys take with ȝow ȝoure Nece Antigone. [fol. 61a] [ 1716]
Or whom ȝow list or no force hardyly.
The lesse prees the bet com forth with me.
And loke that ȝe thonken humblely. [ 1719]
Hem alle thre and whan ȝe may goodly.
Ȝoure tyme se taketh of hem ȝoure leeue.
Lest we to longe hise restes hym byreeue. [ 1722]
(247)
Al Innocent of Pandarus entente. [ 1723]
Quod tho Criseyde go we vncle deere.
And arm in arm Inward with hym she wente.
Auysed wel hire wordes and hire cheere. [ 1726]
And Pandarus in ernest ful manere.
Seyde alle folk for godes loue I preye.
Stynteth right here and softly ȝow pleye. [ 1729]
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Aviseth ȝow what folk ben hire withInne. [ 1730]
And in what plite oon is god hym amende.
And Inward thus ful softly bygynne.
Nece I coniure and heigly ȝow defende. [ 1733]
On his half which that soule vs alle sende.
And in the vertue of corones tweyne.
Sle naught this man that hath for ȝow this peyne. [ 1736]
(249)
ffy on the deuel thynk which on he is. [ 1737]
And in what plite he lith com of anon.
Thynk al swich taried tyde but lost it nys.
That wol ȝe bothe. seyn whan ȝe ben oon. [ 1740]
Secoundely ther ȝet deuyneth noon.
Upon ȝow two come of now if ȝe konne.
while folk is blent lo al the tyme is wonne. [ 1743]
(250)
In titeryng and pursuyte and delayes. [ 1744]
The folk deuynen at waggyng of a stree.
And though ȝe wolde han after Mirye dayes.
Than dar ȝe naught and whi for she and she. [ 1747]
Spak swych a worde thus loked he and he.
Las tyme Iloste .I. dar nought with ȝow dele.
Com of therfore and bryngeth hym to hele. [ 1750]
(251)
But now to ȝow ȝe loueres that ben here. [fol. 61b] [ 1751]
was Troilus nought in a kankedort.
That lay and myghte whisprynge of hem here.
And thoughte o lord right now rynneth my sorte. [ 1754]
ffully to deye or han anon comfort.
And was the firste tyme he shulde hire preye.
Of loue .o. myghty god what shal he seye. [ 1757]
Explicit Secundus liber.
Page  40

[BOOK II.]

(1) (Proem)
Owte of thes blake waves forto saille [ 1]
O wynde o wynde. tho weder gynnes clere
For in this see tho bote hathe suche trauaille
Of my konnyng that vnnethe I it stere [ 4]
This see clepe I tempestious matere
Of dispere that Troilus was Inne
But now of hope the kalendes bygynne [ 7]
(2) (Invocation)
O Lady myne that cleped art Eleo [ 8]
Thou be my spede fro this forthe and my muse
To ryme wel this boke til I haue doo
Me nedis here noon other art to vse [ 11]
For-why to euery louer I me excuse
That of no sentement I this endite
But oute of latyn̄ in my tonge it write [ 14]
(3)
WHerfore I wil haue nether thanke ne blame [ 15]
Of al this warke but pray ȝow mekely
Disblames me if any worde be lame
For as myne auctor seys so sey I [ 18]
Eke thogh I speke of loue vnfelyngly
No wonder is for hit nothing of new ys
A blynde knygħt can not wel Iuge in hewys [ 21]
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I knowe eke that in forme of speche is chaunge [ 22]
Wit-ynne a thowsand ȝere and wordes thoo
That hadden pris now wonder nyce and straunge
Hus thinkethe hem and ȝit they spake hem soo [ 25]
And spedde als wel in loue as men now doo
Eke for to wynne loue in sondry ages
In sondry landes sondry been vsage[s] [ 28]
(5)
And for-thy ȝif hit happe in ony wise [ 29]
That here be ony louer in this place
That herkens as tho story gan devise
How Troilus kam to his lady grace [ 32]
And thinkes so nolde I not loue purchace
Or wondres on his speche or his doynge
I not bot it is to me noo wonderynge [ 35]
(6)
For euery wight that to Rome wente [ 36]
Hald not wo patħ nor wo wey wo manere
Eke in som londe were al tho game schente
If that men̄ ferde in loue as men̄ done here [ 39]
As thus in open doyng or in chere
In visityng in forme or seid in sawes
For-thy men̄ seyn̄ eche contre has his lawes [ 42]
(7)
EKe scarsely be ther in this place thre [ 43]
That han in loue seid like and done al
For to thy purpose this may licken the
And the right noght ȝit al is seide or schal [ 46]
Eke som men graue in tre som in ston wal
As hit betydes sithen it is begonne
Myn auctor schal I folowe if I konne [ 49]
[End of Proem.]
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IN may that moder is of monethes glade [ 50]
That fresche flowres bleve white and rede
Be quyk agayne that wynter dede made
And ful of bawme is fletyng euery made [ 53]
Whan Phebus dos his bright bemes sprede
Right in the white bole hit so betidde
As I schal synge on mayes day tho thirde [ 56]
(9)
THat Pandarus for al his vise speche [leaf 7, back] [ 57]
Felt eke his part of loues schotes kene
That cowde he neuer so wel of louyng preche
It made hewe a day ful ofte grene [ 60]
So schope hit hym that day to falle a tene
In loue for whiche in woo to bedde he wente
And made or hit were day ful many a wente [ 63]
(10)
THe swalowe proigned with a sorowful lay [ 64]
Whan moro kam gan make her wementyng
Why sche forschapen was and eue[r] lay
Pandare in bede half in a slomberyng [ 67]
Til sche so nygh hym made her chiteryng
How Terous gan forthe her suster take
That with tho noyce of her he gan to wake [ 70]
(11)
ANd gan to calle and dresse hym to rise [ 71]
Remembring hym his erand was to done
Frome Troilus and eke his grete emprise
And cast and knew in gude plite was tho mone [ 74]
To do viage and toke his wey ful sone
Vn-to his neces Paleys there beside
Now Ianus god of entre thou hym gyde [ 77]
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WHan he was come vnto his nece place [ 78]
Where is my lady to here folke quod he
And they hym tolde and he forthe in gan pace
And fonde too other ladyes sette and sche [ 81]
Wiht-ynne a paved parlour and they thre
Herden a mayde rede hem tho geste
Of the sege of Thebes while hem lyst [ 84]
(13)
Quod Pandare madame god ȝoiw saue & se [ 85]
With al ȝowre boke and al the companye
Ey vncle now welcome y-wis quod sche
And vpe sche ros and by tho honde in hie [ 88]
Sche toke hym faste and seide this nyghtes thre
To gode mote hit torne of ȝou I mette
And with that worde sche dovne on benche hym sette [ 91]
(14)
Ȝe nece ȝe schal fare wel tho bette [ 92]
If god wil al this ȝere quod Pandarus
Bot I am sory that I haue ȝou lette
To herken of this boke ȝe preise thus [ 95]
For goddes loue what seys hit telle it vs
Is hit of loue o som gode ȝe may lere
Vncle quod sche ȝowre maistresse is not here [ 98]
(15)
With that they gan laugh and sche seide [ 99]
This romans is of Thebes that we rede
And we han herde how that kyng Layus dyde
Thorugh Edippus his sone and al his dede [ 102]
And here we stynt at thes lettres red
How tho bischope as the boke gan telle
Amphiorax fel thorugh the grounde to helle [ 105]
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Quod Pandarus al this know I my self [ 106]
Of al thassege of Thebes and tho care
For therof been ther maked bokes twelf
But lat be this and telle me how ȝe fare [ 109]
Doo wey ȝoure wymple schewe ȝowre face bare
Doo wey ȝowre boke rise vp and lette vs daunce
And lat vs doo to may som obseruance [ 112]
(17)
I god forbede quod sche be ȝe madde [ 113]
Is that a widowes lyf so god ȝou saue
Be god ȝe make me right sore a-dradde
Ȝe be so wilde it semethe that ȝe raue [ 116]
It sat me wel bette ay ben in a caue
To bydde and rede on holy sainte lyues
Let maydenes goo to daunce and ȝonge wiues [ 119]
(18)
As euer thryve I quod Pandarus [leaf 8] [ 120]
Ȝit cowde I telle a thing to doo pleye
Now vncle dere quod sche telle it vs
For godes loue is than tho sege a-weye [ 123]
I am of grekes ferde so that I dye
Nay nay quod he as euer mote I thriue
It is a thing wel bette than suche fyue [ 126]
(19)
Ȝe holy god quod sche what thing is that [ 127]
What bette than suche fyve nay ywis
For al this worlde ne can I rede what
It schulde be som Iape I trowe it is [ 130]
And bot ȝowre seluen telle vs what hit ys
My witte is for tared hit to lene
As holpe me god I not nat what ȝe mene [ 133]
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And I ȝowre borow ne neuer schal quod he [ 134]
This thing be tolde to ȝow so mote I thryue
And why so vncle myne why so quod sche
Be god quod he that I wil telle as blyue [ 137]
For prudder woman̄ ys ther non on lyue
And ȝe it wiste in al tho towne of Troie
I iape not so euer haue I ioie [ 140]
(21)
Then gan sche wonder more then be-fore [ 141]
A thousande folde and dovne her eyen caste
For neuer sythen tho tyme that sche was bore
To knowe thing desired sche so faste [ 144]
And with a syke sche seide hym atte tho laste
Now vncle myne I wil ȝow not displese
Nor axen that. that may do ȝow disese [ 147]
(22)
So after this with many wordes glade [ 148]
And frenly tales and mery chere
Of this and that they pleyden and gone wade
In many an vnkouthe glade and depe matere [ 151]
As frendes done whan thay ben mette in fere
Til sche be-gan̄ axen hym how Ector farde
That was tho wal of Troie and grekes ȝarde [ 154]
(23)
Ful wel I thanke it god quod Pandarus [ 155]
Saue in his arme he has a lityl wounde
And eke his fr[e]sche brother Troilus
Tho wyse worthy Ector tho seconde [ 158]
In whom that euery vertu lyste habounde
As al trouthe and al worthinesse
Wisdom honoure fredom and gentylnesse [ 161]
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In gode sethe eme that lykes me [ 162]
They faren wel god saue hem bothe too
For truly I holde hit grete deynte
A kynges son in armes wel to doo [ 165]
And be of goode condicions ther-to
For grete power and moral vertu here
Is seldom seyn in oo persone in fere [ 168]
(25)
In gode fethe that ys sothe quod Pandarus [ 169]
Bo by trouthe the kyng has sones twene
That is to mene Ector and Troilus
That sarteinly though that I schulde dye [ 172]
They be as voide of vice dar I seye
As any men̄ that lyue vnder tho sonne
Her myght ys wyde knowe and what they konne. [ 175]
(26)
Of Ector nedith nothing for to telle [ 176]
In al this worlde is not a bettur knyght
Thenne he that is of worthines welle
And he wel more vertu has thenne myght [ 179]
This knowis many a wise and worthy wight
Tho same pris of Troilus I saye
God helpe me I knowe not suche tweye [ 182]
(27)
By god quod Sche of Ector that Is Sothe [leaf 8, back] [ 183]
Of Troilus tho same thinge trow I
For dredeles men tellen that he dothe
In armes day by day so worthily [ 186]
And beris hym here at home so gentelly
To euery wight that al price hase he
Of hem that me were leuest preised be [ 189]
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Ȝe sey right sothe quod Pandarus [ 190]
For ȝisterday who-so had with hym been
Might haue wondred vppon Tr[o]ilus
For neuer ȝit so thikke a swarme of been̄ [ 193]
Ne flight as grekes fro hym gonne fleen̄
And thorogh tho felde in euery wightis ere
Ther nas no crye but Troilus is there [ 196]
(29)
Now here now there he huntted hem so faste [ 197]
Ther vas bot grekes blode and Troilus
Now hem he hurte and hom al downe he caste
Aye where he wente it was araied thus [ 200]
He was here dethe and schelde and lyf of hus
That as that day ther durst noon hym with-stonde
While that he helde his blody swerde in honde [ 203]
(30)
THer-to he is tho frendelyest man̄ [ 204]
Of grete estate that euer I sawe my lyue
And where hym lyste beste felischp kan
To suche as hym thinkes alle for to thriue [ 207]
And with that worde then Pandarus as bliue
Toke of hem leue and seid he wolde go henne
Nay blame haue I myn vncle quod sche thenne [ 210]
(31)
WHat eylleth ȝou to be thus wery soone [ 211]
And namely of wommen wil ȝe see
Nay sittes downe be god I haue to doone
With ȝow to speke of wisdom or ȝe goo [ 214]
And euery wight that was a-bowte hem too
That herde that gan far a-way to stande
While they too had al that hem lyst on hande [ 217]
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WHan that her tale al brought was to an ende [ 218]
Of her estate and of here gouernance
Quod Pandarus now is it tyme I wende
But ȝit I seye arise and lette vs daunce [ 221]
And caste ȝoure widoues habite to myschaunce
what lyst ȝou thus ȝoure self to disfigure
Sithyn ȝow is tyd so gladde an auenture [ 224]
(33)
A wel bethoght for loue of god quod sche [ 225]
Schal I not witte what ȝe mene of this
No this thing axes leyser quod he
And eke me wolde myche greue ywis [ 228]
If I it tolde and ȝe hit toke a-mys
Ȝit were it bettur my tonge for to stylle
Than sey a sothe that were a-ȝenst ȝowre wille [ 231]
(34)
For nece by tho goddes Mynerve [ 232]
And Iupiter that makes tho thondryng
And by tho blisful Venus that I serve
Ȝe be tho womman in this worlde lyuyng [ 235]
With-owten paramours to my wuttyng
That I best loue and lothest am to greue
And ȝe that witten wel ȝoure self I leue [ 238]
(35)
I-wis vncle quod sche graunt mercy [ 239]
Ȝoure frendschipp haue I fonde euer ȝit
I am to no man holden truly
So myche as ȝow and haue so litel quyt [ 242]
And with tho grace of god enforthe my witte
As in my gilt I schal ȝou neuer offende
And if I haue or this I wil a-mende [ 245]
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Bvt for the Loue of god I ȝou Beseche [leaf 9] [ 246]
As ȝe ben he that I most loue and truste
Lat be to me this freinde maner spece
And sey to me ȝoure nece what ȝe lyste [ 249]
And with that worde her vncle a-non her kyste
And seyde gladly leue nece dere
Take hit for gode that I schal sey ȝou here [ 252]
(37)
With that sche gan her loke doun caste [ 253]
And Pandarus to coughe gan a lyte
And seyd nece alwey lo to tho laste
How-so hit be that som men hem delite [ 256]
With subtil arte her talis to endyte
Ȝit for al that in her entencion̄
Her tale is al for som conclusion̄ [ 259]
(38)
And sithen tho end is euery tales strenghe [ 260]
And this matere is so behouely
What schulde I peynte or draw it on lenghe
To ȝou that ben my frende so feithfully [ 263]
And with that worde he gan right Inwardly
Beholde hir and loke in hir face
And seide o suche a myrrour gode grace [ 266]
(39)
Than thoght he thus if I my tale endite [ 267]
Aught harde or make a proces any while
Sche schal no fauoure haue ther-ynne but lyte
And trowe I wolde her in my wille begile [ 270]
For tendre wittes wenen al be wyle
Where as they konne not pleinely vnderstonde
For-thy her witte to serue wolde I fonde [ 273]
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And loked on her in a besy wise [ 274]
And sche was ware that he bihelde her soo
And seide lord so fast ȝe me a-vise
Sawe ȝe me neuer or nowe sey ȝe noo [ 277]
Ȝis ȝis quod he and bettur wil or I goo
Bot be my trouthe I thought now if ȝe
Be fortunate for nowe men schal hit se [ 280]
(41)
FOr to euery wight som godely aventure [ 281]
Som tyme is schape if he can hit receyuen
And if that he wil take of hit no cure
Whan that hit commes bot wilfully hit weyuen [ 284]
Loo neyther cas ne fortune hym deceuen
But right his owne slouthe and werecchednesse
And suche a wight is for to blame I gesse [ 287]
(42)
Gode a-venture o bele nece haue ȝe [ 288]
Ful lyghtly founde and ȝe konne hit take
And for tho loue of a god and eke of me
Katche it a-non lest a-uenture slake [ 291]
What schoulde I lenger proces to ȝow make
Gif me ȝoure hande for in this worlde is noone
If that ȝou lyst a wight so wel be-goone [ 294]
(43)
And sithen I speke of gode entencion̄ [ 295]
As I to ȝou haue tolde here be-forone
And loue as wel ȝowre honoure and renoun
As creature in al this worlde borne [ 298]
By alle tho othes that I haue ȝow sworne
And ȝe be wrothe therfore or wene I lye
Ne schal I neuer se ȝou eft with eye [ 301]
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Bethe not a-gast ne quake not wherto [ 302]
Ne changes not for fere so ȝoure hewe
For herdely tho warst of this is doo
And thogh my tale as now be to ȝou newe [ 305]
Ȝit tryst alwey ȝe schal fynde me trewe
And were it thing that me thought vnsittyng
To ȝow wolde I no suche tales bryng [ 308]
(45)
Now my gode Eme For goddes Loue I prey [leaf 9, back] [ 309]
Quod sche come of and telle me what hit is
For both I am a-gast what ȝe wil sey
And eke hit me longes to witte ywis [ 312]
For whether it be wel or be amys
Sey on let me not in this fere dwelle
So wil I do now herken I schal telle [ 315]
(46)
NOw nece myn̄ tho kynges dere sone [ 316]
Tho gode wise worthy freche and free
Whiche for to do wel al-wey is his wone
Tho noble Troilus so loues the [ 319]
That bot ȝe helpe it wil is bane be
Loo here is al what schulde I more seye
Doo what ȝow lyst to make hym lyue or dye [ 322]
(47)
And if ȝe lat hym dye I wil sterue [ 323]
Haue here my troughe nece I wil not lyen
Al schulde I with this knyf my hert kerue
With that tho terys brest oute at his eyne [ 326]
And seide if ȝe do vs both dyene
Thus gilteles thane haue ȝe fysched fere
What mendes it ȝou though that we bothe apayre [ 329]
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ALlas he that is my lorde so dere [ 330]
That trewe man that noble gentil knyght
That noght desires bot ȝowre frendely chere
I se hym dye there he gos vpright [ 333]
And hastes hym with al his ful myght
For to be slayne yf fortune wolde assente
Allas that god ȝou suche a beaut[e] sente [ 336]
(49)
Ȝif hit be so that ȝe so cruel be [ 337]
That of his dethe ȝe lyst not to recche
That is so trewe and worthy as we se
No more thenne of a Iaper or a wreche [ 340]
If ȝe be suche ȝour bewtee may not strecche
To make mendes of so cruel dede
Avisement is gode be-fore tho nede [ 343]
(50)
Woo worthe tho faire gemme vertules [ 344]
Woo worthe that herbe also that dos no bote
Woo worthe that bewte that is routheles
Woo worthe that wight that tredes eche thing vnder fote
And ȝe that ben so bewte crope and rote [ 348]
Ȝif therwith-al in ȝou ther be no bote
Than is hit harme that ȝe lyuo by my trouthe [ 350]
(51)
And also thinke wel that this is no gaude [ 351]
For me were leuer thou and I and he
Were hanged than I schulde be his baude
As hie as men̄ myght on vs alle see [ 354]
I am thyn Eme tho schame vere to me
Als wel as to the if that I schulde assent
Thorogh myn abette that thyn honoure wer schent [ 357]
Page  53(52)
Now vnderstonde for I ȝou not require [ 358]
To bynde ȝow to hym thorogh no be-heste
Bot only that ȝe make hym bettur chere
Than ȝe haue done or this and more feste [ 361]
So that his lyf be saued atte tho leeste
This al and som and pleynly owre entent
God helpe me so I ner other ment [ 364]
(53)
Loo this request is not bot siche ywis [ 365]
Ne doute of reson parde is ther non
I swete tho warste that ȝe dredden this is
Men wolde wonder to se hym come and goo [ 368]
There a-ȝenys answer I thus a-non
That euery wight bot he be fole of kynde
Will deme hit loue of frendschippe in his myndo [ 371]
(54)
WHat who wil deme thogh He se a man̄ [leaf 10] [ 372]
To temple go that he tho ymages eteth
Thinke eke how wel and wisely that he can̄
Gouerne hym self that he no thing forgeteth [ 375]
That where he comes he pris and thanke hym getith
And eke therto he schal come here so seelde
What fors were hit if al tho towne beheelde [ 378]
(55)
Suche loue of frendys regneth al this towne [ 379]
And wry ȝou in that mantel euermoo
And god so wis be my sauacione
As I haue seid ȝoure best ys so to doo [ 382]
But gode nece alwey to stynt his woo
So lat ȝoure daunger sugred be a lite
That of his dethe ȝe be not for to wite [ 385]
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Creseide which that herde hym in this wise [ 386]
Thoght I schal fele what ȝe mene of this
Now eme quod sche what wolde ȝe deuise
What is ȝoure rede I schal don of this [ 389]
That is wel seide certeine quod he best is
That ȝe loue hym a-ȝen for his louyng
As loue for loue skilful guerdonyng [ 392]
(57)
THinke eke how elde wasteth euery hovre [ 393]
In eche of ȝou a party of bewte
And therfore or age the deuoure
Goo loue for olde ther wil no wight of the [ 396]
Lat this prouerbe a lore vn-to ȝou be
To late yware quod bewte whan it paste
And elde daunted daunger atte the laste [ 399]
(58)
THo kynges fole is wont to crye lowde [ 400]
Whan that hym thynkes a womman beris hir hye
So longe mote ȝe lyue and alle proude
Til crowes fete ben waxen vnder ȝowre eye [ 403]
And sende ȝou thenne a myrrour in to prye
In whiche that ȝe may see ȝoure face on morowe
I bidde wische ȝow no more sorowe [ 406]
(59)
With that he stynt and caste doune the hede [ 407]
And sche began to breste on and wepe a-non
And seide allas for woo why wer I not dede
For of this worlde tho fethe is al gon̄ [ 410]
Allas what schuld a strange vn-to mee doon̄
Whan he that for my beste frende I wende
Redes me to loue and schulde hit me defende [ 413]
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ALLas I wolde haue trusted dovteles [ 414]
That if I thorogh my disauenture
Had loued other hym or Achilles
Ector or any mannes creature [ 417]
Ȝe wolde haue had no mercy nor mesure
On me bot alway had me in reproue
This fals wolde allas who may hit leue [ 420]
(61)
WHat is this al tho Ioie and al tho feste [ 421]
Is this ȝowre rede is this my blestful cas
Is this tho veray mede of beheste
Is al this paynted proces seide allas [ 424]
Right for this fyne O lady myn pallas
Thou in this dredeful cas for me purueye
For so stonyed am I that I deye [ 427]
(62)
With that sche gan ful sorowfully to syke [ 428]
A may it be no betur quod Pandarus
By god I schal no more com here this weke
And god be-fore that am mystrusted thus [ 431]
I se wel that ȝe sette lytel of hus
Or of oure dethe allas I woful wreche
Might he ȝit leue of me were not to recche [ 434]
(63)
O Cruel dethe o dispitous Marte [leaf 10, back] [ 435]
O furyes thre of helle on ȝou I crye
So lat me neuer oute of this hous departe
If that I ment harme or vilanye [ 438]
Bot sithen I see my lorde most nedes dye
And I with hym here I me schryue and seye
That wikkedly ȝe done hus bothe deye [ 441]
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But sithen it likes ȝou that I be dede [ 442]
By neptunus that god is of tho see
From this forthe schal I neuer ete brede
Tyl I myne owne herte blode see [ 445]
For certeyne I wil dye als sone as he
And vpe stert and on his way he raught
Tyl sche a-gayne hym by tho lappe caught [ 448]
(65)
Creseide whiche that welnygh starued for fere [ 449]
So as sche was the ferfulleste wight
That myght be and herd eke with hir ere
And saw tho sorowful ernest of tho knyght [ 452]
And in his prayers eke sawe non vnright
And for tho herme that myght eke falle more
Sche gan to rewe and drede hir wonder sore [ 455]
(66)
And thought thus vnhappes fallen thykke [ 456]
Alday for loue and in suche manere cas
As men ben cruel in hemself and wykke
And if this man slee here hym self allas [ 459]
In my presence it wil be no solas
What men wolde of hit deme I can not seye
Hit nedes me ful slighly for to playe [ 462]
(67)
And with a sorowful sike sche seide thrys [ 463]
A lorde what me is tyd a sory chaunce
For myne estate lyes in a Iupartys
And eke myne Emes lyf as in balaunce [ 466]
But neuer tho les with gode gouernaunce
I schal so do myne honoure schal I kepe
And eke his lyf and stynt for to wepe [ 469]
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Of harmes too the lesse is for to chese [ 470]
Ȝit had I leuer make hym gude chere
In honour thenne myne Emes lyf to lese
Ȝe seyn̄ that nothing elles ȝe me require [ 473]
No ywis quod he myn̄ owne nece dere
Now wel quod sche and I wil do my peyne
I schal myn herte a-ȝeyne my luste constreyne [ 476]
(69)
But that I wil not holde hym in honde [ 477]
Ne loue a man̄ ne can I not ne may
A-ȝens my wille bot elles wil I fonde
Myn honour saue plese hym fro day to day [ 480]
Therto nolde I nott ones haue seide nay
Bot that I drede as in my fantasie
But cesse cause ceseth maladie [ 483]
(70)
But here I make a protestacion̄ [ 484]
That in this proces if ȝe depper goo
That certenly for no saluacion
Of ȝou thogh that ȝe sterue bothe too [ 487]
Thogh al tho worlde in o day be my foo
Ne schal I neuer of hym haue other routhe
I graunte wel quod Pander be my trouthe [ 490]
(71)
Bot may I tryst wel to ȝou quod he [ 491]
That of this thing that ȝe haue heght me here
Ȝe wil hit holde truly vnto me
Ȝee doutles quod sche myn̄ vncle dere [ 494]
Nor that I schal haue cause in this matere
Quod he to pleyne or ofter ȝou to preche
Why no parde what nedes more speche [ 497]
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THen fellen they in other talkes that were glade [leaf 11] [ 498]
Til at tho laste o gude Eme quod sche thoo
For his loue that hus bothe made
Telle me how fyrst ȝe wisten of his woo [ 501]
Wote noone of hit bot ȝe he seid noo
Kan he wel speke of loue quod sche I preye
Telle me for I tho bette schal me purueye [ 504]
(73)
THenne Pandarus a lytel gan to smyle [ 505]
And seide by my trouthe I schal ȝou telle
This other day not gone ful longe while
With-ynne tho pales garden by a welle [ 508]
Gan he and I wel half a day to dwelle
Right for to speke of an ordinaunce
How we tho grekes myght disauaunce [ 511]
(74)
Sone after that be-gan he to lepe [ 512]
And casten with our dartes to and froo
Til atte tho laste he seide he wolde slepe
And on tho grece downe he leyd hym thoo [ 515]
And I aftur gan romen to and froo
Til that I harde as that I welke allone
He be-gan ful wofully to grone [ 518]
(75)
THan gan I stalke hym softly behinde [ 519]
And sikerly tho sothe for to seyene
As I can̄ clepe aȝene now to my mynde
Right thus to loue he gan hym fore to pleyne [ 522]
Lorde haue routhe vpon̄ my peyne
Al haue I ben rebelle in myne entente
Now mea culpa lorde I me repente [ 525]
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O god that at thy disposicion̄ [ 526]
Ledest tho fyn̄ by Iust puruiaunce
Of euery wight my low confession̄
Accepte in gree and sende me suche penaunce [ 529]
As likes the but from disesperaunce
That may my goste departe a-way fro the
Thou be my schelde for thy benignite [ 532]
(77)
For certes lorde so sore has sche me wondede [ 533]
That stode in blake with lokyng of hir eyen
That to my hertes bothome it is soundede
Thorough whicħ I wot I moste nedes deyen [ 536]
This is tho worste I der me not bewryen
And wel the hatter ben tho gledes rede
That men̄ hem wryen with asches pale and dede [ 539]
(78)
With that he smote his hede a-doune a-non̄ [ 540]
And gan to mottre I not what truly
And I with that gan̄ stille a-way to gon̄
And lette ther-of as nothing wiste had I [ 543]
And kome a-geyn a-non and stode hym by
And seide a-wake ȝe slepen al to longe
Hit semes not that loue dos ȝou to longe [ 546]
(79)
THat slepen so that no man may ȝou wake [ 547]
Who sawe euer or this so dulle a man̄
Ȝee frende quod he thogħ ȝoure hedes ake
For loue and lat me lyuen as I can̄ [ 550]
But thogh that he for woo was pale and wan̄
Ȝit made he there as fresche a countenaunce
As thogh he schulde haue ledde tho newe daunce [ 553]
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THis passed forthe til nowe this other day [ 554]
It fel that I come romyng al allone
In-to his chambre and fonde how that he lay
Vp-on his bedde but man so sore grone [ 557]
Ne herde I neuer and what was his mone
Ne wiste I noght for as I was commyng
Al sodeinly he lofte his compleynyng [ 560]
(81)
OF whiche I toke somwhat Suspecion̄ [leaf 11, back] [ 561]
And ner I come and founde he weped sore
And god so wys by my sauacion̄
As neuer of thing had I no routhe more [ 564]
For neither with engyne ne with lore
Vnnethes myght I fro dethe hym kepe
That ȝit I fele myn herte for hym wepe [ 567]
(82)
And god wote neuer sithen that I was born̄ [ 568]
Was I so besy a man for to preche
Ne neuer was to wight so depe sworn̄
Or he me tolde who myght be his leche [ 571]
But now to ȝou reherce al this speche
Or alle his woful wordes for to sowne
Ne bidde me noght bot ȝe wil se me swoune [ 574]
(83)
But for to saue his lyf and elles noght [ 575]
And to noon of ȝour harme thus am I dryuen
And for tho loue of god that hus has wrought
Suche chere hym dothe that he and I may lyuen [ 578]
Now haue I plat to ȝou my herte schryuen
And sithen ȝe wote that myn entent ys clene
Take hede therof for I non euel mene [ 581]
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And right gode thryft I prey to god haue ȝe [ 582]
That haue suche oon caught with-owten nette
And be tho wise as ȝe be faire to see
Wel is in tho rynge that Rubie is sette [ 585]
Were neuer too so wel y-mette
Whan ȝe ben his al hole and he is ȝoures
That myghty god vs graunte to se that houres [ 588]
(85)
Nay therof spake I nott a ha quod sche [ 589]
As helpe me god ȝe schenden euery dele
A mercy dere nece a-non quod he
What-so I spake I ment nat but wele [ 592]
By Mars the god that helmed is with stele
Now be not wrothe my blode my nece dere
Now wel quod sche for-ȝeuen be it here [ 595]
(86)
With this he toke his leue and whome he went [ 596]
A lorde so he was glade and wel begon̄
Creseide aros no lengar wolde sche stynt
Bot streight in to hir closet went a-noon̄ [ 599]
And sette hir doune as stylle as any ston̄
And euery word gan̄ vpe and doune to wynde
That he had seide as hit come her to mynde [ 602]
(87)
And was somdele astonyd in her thoght [ 603]
Right for tho new cas but whan that sche
Was ful auised then fonde sche Right noght
Of parill why sche ought a-ferde bee [ 606]
For man̄ may loue of possibilite
A woman so his herte may to-breste
And sche not to loue a-ȝen bot if her lyste [ 609]
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But as sche satte allone and thoght thus [ 610]
Ascrye aros at scarmysche al with-owte
And men cryed in tho strete see Troilus
Has now putte to flight tho grekes rowte [ 613]
With that gan alle there men for to schoute
A goo we see cast vpe the ȝates wyde
For thorogh this strete he moste to paleys ryde [ 616]
(89)
For other way is fro tho ȝate noon̄ [ 617]
Of dardanus there open̄ is the cheyne
With that come he and alle his folke a-noon̄
An esy pace ridyng in rowtes towene [ 620]
Right as his happy day was sothe to seyne
Fro whiche men seyn may not distourbed bee
That schal be-tyde of necessitee [ 623]
(90)
THis Troilus Satte Vpon His Bay Stede [leaf 12] [ 624]
Al armed saue his hede ful richely
And wounded was his hors and gan to blede
On whiche he rod a pace ful softly [ 627]
But suche a knyghtly sight truly
As was on hym was not with-owten faille
To loke on Mars that god is of bataille [ 630]
(91)
So like a man̄ of armes and a knyght [ 631]
He was to seen fulfilled of high prowesse
For bothe he had a body and a myght
To do a thing as wel as herdinesse [ 634]
And eke to seen hym in his gere to dresse
So fresche so ȝonge so worthy semed hee
Hit was a heuen vpon hym to see [ 637]
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His helme to-beton was in twenty places [ 638]
That by a tissue hing his bake behynde
His schelde to-dasched was with swerde and maces
In whiche men myghten many an arow fynde [ 641]
That thirled had nerf horne and rynde
And euer tho peple cried here comes owre Ioie
Next his brother halder vpe of Troie [ 644]
(93)
For whiche he wax a rede for schame [ 645]
Whan he tho peple vpon hym herde cryen
That to beholde hym it was noble game
How soberly he caste downe his eyen [ 648]
Creseide gan al his chere aspien
And lete it so soft in her herte synken
That to her self sche seid who gaf me drynken [ 651]
(94)
For of her owne thoght sche wax al rede [ 652]
Remembring hyr right thus lo this is he
Whiche that myn vncle sweres he mote be dede
Bot I on hym haue mercy and pitte [ 655]
And with that thoght for pure aschamed sche
Gan in her hede to pulle and that as faste
While he and alle tho peple forby paste [ 658]
(95)
And gan to caste and rollen vp and doune [ 659]
With-ynne her thoght his excellent prowesse
And his estate and also his renoune
His witte his schappe and eke his gentylnesse [ 662]
Bo moste his fauoure was for his distresse
Was al for here and thoght it was a routhe
To slee suche on if that he mente bot trouthe [ 665]
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Now myght som envious Iangle thus [ 666]
That was a sodeyn loue how myght it bee
That sche so lightly loued Troilus
Right for tho first sight ȝe parde [ 669]
Now who so seide soo mote he neuer the
For euery thing a gynnyng has hit nede
Or al be wroght with-outen any drede [ 672]
(97)
For I sey not that sche so sodenly [ 673]
Gaf hym her loue bot that sche gan encline
To lyke hym first and I haue tolde ȝou why
And after that his manhede and his pyne [ 676]
Made loue with-ynne her harte for to myne
For whiche by proces and by gude seruise
He gate her loue and in no sodeyne wise [ 679]
(98)
And also blestfuɫɫ venus wel arayed [ 680]
Sat in hire seuenth hous of heuen tho
Disposed wel and with aspectes paied
To helpen sely Troilus of his woo [ 683]
And sothe sey sche was not al a foo
To Troilus in his natiuite
God wote that wel tho sonner spedde he [ 686]
(99)
Now lat vs stynt of Troilus a Throwe [leaf 12, back] [ 687]
That rides forthe 1. [[MS. forthe forthe]] and lat vs turne faste
Vnto Creseide that hyng her hed ful lowe
There as sche sat allone and gan to caste [ 690]
Where there that sche wolde appointe her atte tho laste
If it so were her Eme ne wolde sese
For Troilus vpon her for to prese [ 693]
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And lord so sche gan̄ in her herte argue [ 694]
In this matere of whiche I haue ȝow tolde
And what to do best were and what escheue
That plited sche ful oft in many a folde [ 697]
Now was her harte warme now was it colde
And what sche thoght somwhat schal I write
As to myn auctor lysteth to endite [ 700]
(101)
Sche thought wel that Troilus persone [ 701]
Sche knew by sight and eke his gentilnesse
And thus sche seide al were it not to do
To graunte hym loue ȝit for his worthinesse [ 704]
It were honour with pleye and with gladnesse
In honeste with suche a lorde to dele
For myn estate and also for his hele [ 707]
(102)
EKe wel wot I my kynges sone is he [ 708]
And sithen he has to se me suche delite
If I wolde vtturly his sight flee
Paraunter he myght haue in dispite [ 711]
Thorogh whiche I myght stonde in worse plite
Now were I wise me hate to purchace
With-outen nede there I may stonde in grace [ 714]
(103)
In euery thing I wot there lyes mesure [ 715]
For thogh a man̄ forbede dronkennesse
He not forbedes that euery creature
Be drynkeles for alway I gesse [ 718]
And sithen I wote for me is his distresse
I aught not for that thing hym dispise
Sithen it is soo he menes in gode wise [ 721]
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And eke I knowe of longe tyme a-goon [ 722]
His thewes gode and that he is not nyce
Navantour seith men certein he nys noon
To wise is he to do so grete a vice [ 725]
Ne als I nyl hym neuer so cherice
That he may make a vant by Iust cause
He schal me neuer bynde in suche a clause [ 728]
(105)
Now sette a cas the herdeste is ywis [ 729]
Men myghten deme that he loues me
What dishonour wer it vnto me this
May I hym lette of that why nay parde [ 732]
I know also and al day here and see
Men loue wommen al beside her leue
And whan hem lyst no more lat hem leue [ 735]
(106)
I thynk eke how he able is forto haue [ 736]
Of al this noble towne the thriftiest
To be his loue so sche her honour saue
For owte of dowte he is the worthiest [ 739]
Saue oonly Ector with that he is the best
And ȝit his lyf now lyes al my cure
But suche is loue and eke myn a-venture [ 742]
(107)
Ne me to loue a wonder is hit noght [ 743]
For wel I wote my self so god me spede
Al wolde I that no man̄ wiste of this thoght
I am oon tho feirest oute of drede [ 746]
And godelyst who so takes hede
And so men seyn̄ in al the tovne of Troie
What wonder is thogh he of me haue Ioie. [ 749]
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I Am myne owne Womman wel at ese [leaf 13] [ 750]
I thanke it god as after myn̄ estate
Right ȝonge and stonde vntyed in lusty lese
With-owte Iolousie or suche debate [ 753]
Schal no housbonde sey to me chek mate
For ether they be ful of Ialousie
Or maisterful or louen nouuelrie [ 756]
(109)
WHat schal I doo to what fyn lyue I thus [ 757]
Schal I not loue in cas ȝif that me lyste
What parde I am not religious
And thogh that I myn̄ herte sette at reste [ 760]
Vpon this knyght that is tho worthieste
And kepe away myn̄ honour and myn̄ name
By al right it may do me no schame [ 763]
(110)
But right as whan the sonne schines bright [ 764]
In marche that oft tyme chaunges his face
And that a clowde is putte with wynde to flight
Which ouer-sparth tho sonne as for a space [ 767]
A cloudy thoght gan thorogh her herte pace
That ouer-spredde her bright thoghtes alle
So that for fere almost sche gan to falle [ 770]
(111)
THat thoght was this allas sithen I am free [ 771]
Schulde I now loue and putte in Iupartie
My sikernesse and thrallen libertee
Allas how dorste I thenke that folye [ 774]
May I not wel in other folke espie
Her dredeful Ioye her constreint and her peyne
Ther loues noon that sche ne has wey to pleyne [ 777]
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For loue is ȝit the moste stormy lyf [ 778]
Right of hym self that euer was begonne
For euer some mystrust or nyce stryf
Ther is in loue some cloude is ouer that sonne [ 781]
Therto we wrecche wommen nothing konne
Whan hus is woo but wepe and sitte and thinke
Owre wreche is this owre owne wo we drynke [ 784]
(113)
ALso thes wicked tonges ben so preste [ 785]
To speke vs harme eke men be so vntrewe
That right a-noon as cessed is her luste
So ceses loue and forthe to loue a newe [ 788]
But harme y-doon is doon̄ who-so it rewe
For thogh thes men for loue hem first to-rende
Ful scharpe begynnyng brekes oft at ende [ 791]
(114)
How often tyme has hit I-knowen been [ 792]
Tho treson tha[t] to wommen has be doo
To what fyne is suche loue I can̄ not seen
Or where becomes hit whan hit is goo [ 795]
Ther is no wight that wote I trowe soo
Where it becomes loo no wight on hit sporneth
That erst was no thing in-to noght it tourneth [ 798]
(115)
How besy if I loue eke most I bee [ 799]
To plese hem that Iangle of loue and dremen
And toye hem that they sey no harme of me
For thogh ther be no cause ȝit hem semen [ 802]
Al be for harme that folke her frendes quemen
And who may stoppen euery wicked tonge
Or sowme of belles whenne that they ben ronge [ 805]
Page  69(116)
And after that her thoght gan to clere [ 806]
And seide he which that nothing vndertaketh
No thing acheves by hym lothe or dere
And with an other thoght herte quaketh [ 809]
Thenne slepes hope and after drede a-waketh
Now hote now colde bot thus be-twix twene
Sche rises vp and went her for to pleyne [ 812]
(117)
Adoune the Stayer a-non right there 1. [[MS. therere]] sche wente [leaf 13, back]
In-to tho gardyne with her neces thre
And vp and dovn the made many a wente
Floxippe and sche Tarbe and Antigone [ 816]
To pleyen that it Ioye was to see
And other of her wommen a grete rowte
Her folowed in the gardyn al a-bowte [ 819]
(118)
THis ȝerde was large and rayled alle tho aleys [ 820]
And schadoued wel with blosmed bowes grene
I-benched wel and sanded new atte tho weyes
In which sche walked arme in arme be-twene [ 823]
Til at tho laste Antigone the schene
Gan on a trochan songe to singe clere
That it a heuen was her voce to here [ 826]
(119) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 1.)
Sche seide o loue to whome I haue and schal [ 827]
Ben humble subget trewe in myn entente
As I best can̄ to ȝow lorde ȝeue yche aɫɫ
For euer mo my hertes loue to-rente [ 830]
For neuer ȝit thy grace no wight sente
So blisful cause has me my lyf to lede
In al Ioie and seurte oute of drede [ 833]
Page  70(120) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 2.)
Ȝe blisfull god han me so wel besette [ 834]
In loue ywis that al that beris lyf
Ymagen me coude how to be bette
For lord with-outen Ialousie or strif [ 837]
I loue oon which that is moste ententif
Te serue wel vnwery and vnfeyned
That euer was and leste with herme distrened [ 840]
(121)
As he that is the welle of worthinesse [ 841]
Of trougthe grounde myrrour̄ of godelyhed
Of witte Appollo stone of sikernesse
Of vertue rote of lust fynder and hed [ 844]
Thorogh whiche is al my sorow fro me dede
Ywis I loue hym best so dos he me
Now gode thryfte haue he where-so that he be [ 847]
(122)
WHome schulde I thanke bot ȝou god of loue [ 848]
Of al this blisse in whicħ I bathe begynne
And thanked be ȝe lord for that I loue
This is the right lyf that I am ynne [ 851]
To flemen alle maner vice and synne
This dos me so to vertu for to entende
That day by day in my wille I amende [ 854]
(123)
And who that seis that for to loue is wice [ 855]
Or thraldam thoght he fele in hit distresse
He other is envious or elles right nyce
Or is vnmyghty for his schrewdnesse [ 858]
To loue for suche manere folke I gesse
Diffamen loue as nothing of it knowe
They speken but thay bent neuer his bowe [ 861]
Page  71(124) (Antigone's Song of Love. St. 6.)
What is the sonne wars of kynde right [ 862]
Thogh that a man̄ for feblesse of his eyen
May not endure on hit to seen for bright
Or loue the warse though wrecches on hit cryen [ 865]
No wele is worthe that may no sorow dryen
And for-thy he that has an hede of verre
Fro caste of stones war hym in tho werre [ 868]
(125)
But I with al my herte and al my myght [ 869]
As I haue seid wil loue vnto my laste
My dere herte and al myn owne knyght
In whicħe myn̄ herte growen is so faste [ 872]
And his in me that it schal neuer laste
Al drede I first to loue hym to begynne
Now wote I wel ther is no peril Inne [ 875]
[End of Antigone's Song of Love.]
(126)
And of Her song Right With that worde Sche Stynt [leaf 14]
And therwith-al now nece quod Creseide
Who made this songe now with so gode entent
Antigone answerede anon and seide [ 879]
Madam ywis the godeliest mayde
Of grete estate in al the towne of troie
And lette her lyf in moste honour and Ioie [ 882]
(127)
For-sothe soo it semes by her songe [ 883]
Quod thenne Creseide an gan therwith to sike
And seide lorde is there suche blisse a-monge
Thes louers as they can̄ faire endite [ 886]
Ȝee ywis quod fresche Antigone the white
For alle the folke that han or ben a-lyue
Ne cowde wel the blisse of loue discryue [ 889]
Page  72(128)
But wene ȝe that euery wrecche wote [ 890]
Tho parfite Llysse of loue nay ywis
They wenen al be loue thoghe oon be hote
Do wey do wey they wot no thing of this [ 893]
Men mosten aske at saintes ȝit it is
Aught faire in heuen why for thay can̄ telle
And askes fendes is it foule in helle. [ 896]
(129)
Creseide vnto that purpos not answered [ 897]
But seide ywis it wil be nyght als faste
But euery worde whiche that sche of hir' hard
Sche gan to prente in hir' harte faste [ 900]
And aye gan̄ loue hir lesse to-agaste
Than it dide erst and synken in hir' herte
That sche vax somwhat able to conuerte [ 903]
(130)
THo dayes honnour' and the heuens eye [ 904]
Tho nyghtes foo al this clepe I tho sonne
Gan westren fast and douneward for to wrye
As he that had his dayes course y-ronne [ 907]
And white thynges wexen dymme and donne
For lacke of lyght and sterres for to appere
That sche and alle here folke went ynue in fere [ 910]
(131)
So whenne it lyked hir' to go to reste [ 911]
And voided weren thoo that voiden ought
Sche seide that to slepe wel hir' lyste
Her wommen sone in to her bede hir' brought [ 914]
Whan al wa[s] hust thenne lay sche stylle and thought
Of al this thing the manere and the wise
Reherse it nedes not for ȝe ben wise [ 917]
Page  73(132)
A Nightyngale vpon a sedre grene [ 918]
Vnder tho chambre wal there that sche lay
Ful lowde sange a-ȝen the mone schene
Paraunter in his byrdes wise a lay [ 921]
Of loue that made herte fresche and gay
That herkened sche so longe in gode entent
That at tho last the dede slepe her hent [ 924]
(133)
And as sche slepe a-non right tho her mette [ 925]
How that an egle federed white as bon̄
Vnder her breste hys longe clawes sette
And oute her harte he rente and that a-non̄ [ 928]
And dide his herte in to her breste to gon̄
Of whiche sche noght agroos ne nothing smerte
And forthe he flegh with herte loft for herte [ 931]
(134)
Now lete her slepe and we owre tale holde [ 932]
Of Troilus that is to palys riden
For tho scarmysche of tho whiche I tolde
And in his chambre sitte and has a-biden [ 935]
Til too or there of his messages ȝeden
For Pandarus and soughten hym so faste
Til they hym fonde and brought hym at tho last [ 938]
(135)
This Pandarus come leping in at oones [leaf 14 back] [ 939]
And seid thus who has ben wel y-bette
To-day with swerdes and with slynge stones
But Troilus that has goten hym an hete [ 942]
And gan to Iape and seide lorde ȝe swete
But rise and lat vs soupe and go to reste
And he answered hym go we where the liste [ 945]
Page  74(136)
With al the haste godely that they myght [ 946]
They spedde hem to tho souper and to bedde
And euery wight with-owte the dore hem dight
And where hem lyst vpon̄ here wey hem spedde [ 949]
But Troilus that thoght his herte bledde
For wo til that he herde som tydynge
He seid frende schal I now wepe or synge [ 952]
(137)
Quod Pandarus be stille and lat me slepe [ 953]
And don̄ thy hode thy nedes spedde bee
And chese if thou wilt synge daunce or lepe
At schort wordes thou schalt trust in me [ 956]
Sir my nece wil do wel by the
And loue the beste by god and by my trouthe
But lake of poursuite make in thy slouthe [ 959]
(138)
For thus ferforthe I haue thy werk begonne [ 960]
Fro day to day tyl this day be tho morowe
Hir loue and frenschipe haue I to the wonne
And therto has sche leyd her feith to borow [ 963]
Algate a fote is hameled of thy sorow
What scholde I lenger sermon of hit holde
As ȝe haue herde before he al hym tolde [ 966]
(139)
But right as floures thorog the colde of nyght [ 967]
Closed stoupen on her stalke lowe
Redressen hem a-ȝen the sonne bryght
And spreden on her kynde course by rowe [ 970]
Right so gan tho his eyen vpe to throwe
This Troilus and seide o venus dere
Thy myght thy grace y-heried be hit here [ 973]
Page  75(140)
And to Pander he hielde vp bothe his handes [ 974]
And seid lord al thyn be that I haue
For I am hole and brasten been my bandes
A thousand Troies who-so that me ȝaue [ 977]
Eche after other god so me wisse and saue
Ne myght me so glade loo myn herte
Hit spredes so for Ioye it wil oute-sterte [ 980]
(141)
But lord how schal I do how schal I lyuen [ 981]
Whan schal I next my dere hert see
How schal this longe tyme a-way be dryuen
Til that thou be a-ȝen at her fro me [ 984]
Thou maist answere a-byde a-vide but he
That hanges by tho nekke sothe to seyne
In grete disese abides for tho peyne [ 987]
(142)
Al esely now for tho loue of marte [ 988]
Quod Pandarus for euery thing has tyme
So longe a-biede til that tho nyght departe
For al so siker as thou lyest here by me [ 991]
And god be-fore I wil be there atte prime
And for thy warke somwhat as I schal saye
Or on som other wight this charge leye [ 994]
(143)
For parde god wote I haue euere ȝit [ 995]
Been redy the to serue and to this nyght
Haue I not fayned but eneforthe my witte
Doon al thy luste and schal with al my myght [ 998]
Doo now as I schal sey and fare a-right
And ȝif thou nylt. wite al thy self thy care
On me is noght a-longe thyn euyl fare [ 1001]
Page  76(144)
I Wote wel that thou Wisar art than I [leaf 15] [ 1002]
A thousand folde but if I were as thou
God helpe me soo as I wolde vtterly
Right of myn owne honde write her right now [ 1005]
A lettre in whiche I wolde her telle how
I ferde a-mysse and beseche of routhe
Now helpe thyself and leue it for no slouthe [ 1008]
(145)
And I myself schal ther-with to her gon̄ [ 1009]
And whan thou wottest that I am with hir there
Lepe thou vpon̄ a courser right a-non̄
Ȝe hardily right in thy beste gere [ 1012]
And ride forthe by tho place as noght were
And thou schalt fynde vs if I may sittyng
At som wyndow in-to tho strete lokyng [ 1015]
(146)
And if the lyst thenne maist thou vs salue [ 1016]
And vppon me make thy countenance
But by thy lyf be war and fast escheue
To tary ought god schilde hus fro myschance [ 1019]
Ryde forthe thy wey and holde thy gouernance
And we schal speke of the somwhat as I trowe
Whan̄ thou art gone to do thyn eres glowe [ 1022]
(147)
Touching thy lettre thou arte wise ynough [ 1023]
I wote thou nylt it deyneliche endite
As make it with thes argumentis tough
Ne scryuenysch or craftely thow write [ 1026]
Biblotte it with thy terys eke a lite
And thogh thou write a godely worde al softe
If it be gode reherse hit noght to ofte [ 1029]
Page  77(148)
For though tho best harpe vp-on lyue [ 1030]
Wolde on tho beste souned Ioly harpe
That euer was with alle his fyngres fyue
Touche ay oo streng or aye oo warble harpe. [ 1033]
Where is nayles / poynted neuer so sharpe *. [[At this line of the MS. a different handwriting begins.]]
Hit shulde make. euery whyght to dulle
To here is glec. and of his strokes fulle [ 1036]
(149)
Ne Iompre eke. no discordant thing in fere [ 1037]
Al thus to vsen. termes of phisyk
In loues termes. holde of thy matere
The fourme alway. and do that it be lyke [ 1040]
For yif a payntur wolde peynt a pyke
wyth asses fete. and hede it as an ape.
It cordytħ not. soo where it but a Iape [ 1043]
(150)
THis conseil liked wel vn-to Troilus [ 1044]
But as a dredful. louer he seid this
Allas my dere brother Pandarus
I am a-shamed. for to writte y-wys [ 1047]
Lest of myn Innocence I seid amys
Or that she nold it /. for despite Receyue
Than wer I dede. there mygħt nothing it weyue [ 1050]
(151)
To that Pandare. answerde yif the liste [ 1051]
Doo that I sey. and lat me therwytħ goon̄
And by that that lorde. fourmetħ est and west
I hope of it. to bring bring / an answere a-noon̄ [ 1054]
Of hir honde. and yif that thou nylt noon̄
lat be and sory mote he ben his lyue
A-yens thy lust. that helpetħ the to thrive [ 1057]
Page  78(152)
Quod Troilus. depardieux I assent [ 1058]
Syth that the list. I wole a-ryse and wrytte
And blessful gode. I prey wyth gode entent
The viage and the lettre I shal endite [ 1061]
Soo spede it wele. and tho Minerva the white
Yif thou me wytte. my lettre to devise
And sette hym doun̄. and wrote 1. [[MS. wrohote]] Ryghit in this wyse
(153) (Troilus's Letter.)
First He gan Her His Lady calle [leaf 15, back] [ 1065]
His hertis lyf / his lust. his sorowes leche
His blisse. and eke this other termes alle
That / in suche cause. thes louers alle seche [ 1068]
And in ful humble wyse. as in his speche
He gan hym. Recommande vn-to hir grace
To telle al how. it axetħ moche space [ 1071]
(154)
And afftyr this. he lowly he hir preide [ 1072]
To be not wrothe. thogħ he of his folye
So hardy was. to hir to write and seide
That loue it made. and elles must he dye [ 1075]
And pitously. gan mercy for to crye
And afftir that /. he seid and lied lowde
hym self was litel wrotħe. and lesse he cowde [ 1078]
(155)
And that she sholde. han his commynge excused [ 1079]
That litel was. and eke he drede hir soo
And his wrothnes. ay he excused
And afftyr that. gan he to calle his woo [ 1082]
But that was endeles. wythouten̄ hoo
and seid he wolde. alwey in trouthe hym holde
and Rede it ouer. and gan the lettre folde [ 1085]
(End of Troilus's Letter.)
Page  79(156)
And wyth his salte. teres gan 1. [[MS. gan teres]] he bathe [ 1086]
The ruby in his signet. and it sette
Vpon̄ the wex. deliuerliche and rathe
Therwytħ a thousand. tymes or he lette [ 1089]
He kyssed the lettre. that he shette
And seid lettre. O blesful destince
The shapen is. my lady shal the see [ 1092]
(157)
This Pandarus. toke and that be tyme [ 1093]
A morowe and to his. neces pales sterte
And faste he swore. that it was passed prime
And gan to Iape. and seid Y-Wys myn herte [ 1096]
So fresscħ it is. al-thogħ it sore smerte
I mey neuer slepe. a mays morowe
I haue a Ioly woo. a lusty sorow [ 1099]
(158)
Creseide whan that. she hir vncle herde [ 1100]
Wytħ dredful herte. and disirous to here
The cause of his commynge. thus answerde
Now be your fey. myn vncle quod she dere [ 1103]
Whate maner wyndes. gydetħ you now here
Telle vs your Ioly woo. and your penaunce
How ferfortħ be ye. putte in loues davnce [ 1106]
(159)
By gode quod he. I hope alwey be-hynde [ 1107]
And she to laugħ. it thougħt hir hert brest
Quod Pandarus / loke alwey. that ye fynde
Game in myn hode. but herkeneth yf you list [ 1110]
Ther is Rygħt comen now. in-to tovne a geste
A greke espie. and telleth new tithinges
For wycħe I come. to bringe you tydinges [ 1113]
Page  80(160)
In-to the garden̄. goo we and he shal here [ 1114]
Al priuely of this. a longe sermoun
Wytħ that they went /. arme in arme y-fere
In-to the garden. from the chambre dovn̄ [ 1117]
And whan that he. so ferre was / that the sovn̄
Of that he spake. noman heren mygħt
He seide her thus /. and oute the lettre plygħt [ 1120]
(161)
LOo he that is. al holy yours free [ 1121]
Hym Recommandith. lowly to your grace
And sent / you this lettre. here be me
A-visetħ you on hit. whan he han space [ 1124]
And of som godely. answere you purchace
Or helpe me gode. so pleinely for to seyn̄
He may not longe. lyven for his peyne [ 1127]
(162)
And dredfully. tho gan she stonde stille [leaf 16] [ 1128]
And toke nogħt. but al hir humble chere
Gan̄ for to change. and seid scrit ne bille
For loue of gode. that touchetħ suche matere [ 1131]
Ne bringe me none. and also vncle dere
To myn estat. haue more Rewarde I preye
Than to his lust. what sholde I more seye [ 1134]
(163)
And loketħ now. yif this be Resonable [ 1135]
And let nogħt. for fauour ne for slouthe
To seyn̄ a sothe. now were it conuenable
To myn̄ estat. by gode and by your trouthe [ 1138]
To taken hit /. or to han on hym routhe
In harmyng of my-self / or in repreve
Bere it a-yen̄. for hym that ye on̄ leve [ 1141]
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This Pandarus. gan on̄ hir for to stare [ 1142]
And seide now is this. the grettest wonder
That euer I saw. let be this nece fare
To dethe mote I smyten̄ been̄ wytħ thonder [ 1145]
yif for the Cite wych that stondith yonder
Wolde I a lettre. vn-to you bringe or take
To harme of you. what lust ye thus it make [ 1148]
(165)
But thus ye faren. wel nygħt alle and some [ 1149]
That ye that must / desireth you to serue
Of hym to recche lest /. where he be-come
And whedere that he. lyue or ellys sterue [ 1152]
But for al that / that I may deserue
Refusitħ it not /. quod he and hent / hert faste
And in hir bosom. the lettre dovn he thriste [ 1155]
(166)
And seide her now. caste it alwey a-noon̄ [ 1156]
That folke may see. and gavren on vs twey
Quod she I can̄. a-bide til they be goon̄
And gan to smyle. and seyd Eme I prey [ 1159]
Suche answere as you lyst. your self purvey
For truly I nyl no lettre wryte
No than wyl I. quod he so ye endite [ 1162]
(167)
Therwytħ sho lougħ. and seid go we dyne [ 1163]
And he gan at hym-self. to Iapyn faste
And seyde nece. I haue so gret a pyne
For loue. that euery day other day fast [ 1166]
And gan̄ his beste. Iapes forth to caste
And made hir soo. to laugħ at his folye
That she for laughter. wende for to dye [ 1169]
Page  82(168)
And whan that she was comen̄ in-to the halle [ 1170]
Now Eme quod she. we wyl goo dyne a-non̄
And gan̄ som of hir women̄ to hir calle
And streigħt in-to hir chambre gan̄ she gan̄ [ 1173]
But of hir besines. this was oon
A-monges other thinges. oute of drede
Ful priuely. this lettre for to Rede [ 1176]
(169)
Avysed worde by worde. in euery lyne [ 1177]
And fonde no lake. she thougħt he cowde his gode
And vp it putte. and went hir in to dyne
But Pandarus / that in a stody stode [ 1180]
Er he was ware. she toke hym by the hode
And seid ye were caught. er ye wyst
I vouche sauf quod he. doo what ye lyst [ 1183]
(170)
Tho wysshen they. and sette hem dovn̄ to mete [ 1184]
And aftyr noon̄. ful slyghly pandarus
And gan̄ drawe hym to the wyndowe nexte the strete
And seid Nece. who hatħ a-rayde thus [ 1187]
The yonder hous / that stant a-for yen̄ vs
Wycħ hous quod she. and gan̄ for to be-holde
And knew it wele. and whos it was hym̄ tolde [ 1190]
(171)
And Fellen Forth. in speche of thinges Smale [leaf 16, back]
And setten in the. wyndow bothe twey
Whan Pandarus saugh. tyme vn-to his tale
And saugh wel. that her folke were a-weye [ 1194]
Now nece myn̄. quod he telle on̄ I sey
How liketh you. the lettre that ye wote
Kan he ther-on̄. for by my trouthe I note [ 1197]
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Therwyth al Rosy hewede tho wax she [ 1198]
And gan̄ to homme. and seid so I troye
A-quyte hym wel. for goddes loue quod he
My-self to medes. wole the lettre sowe [ 1201]
And helde his handis vp and satte on̄ knowe
Now gode nece. be ye neuer so lite
yeue me the labour. hit to sowe and plite [ 1204]
(173)
Yee for I can̄ soo. wryten̄ quod she tho [ 1205]
And eke I note. what I shulde to hym seye
Nay nece quod pandare. sey not soo
yit at the leste. thanketh hym I prey [ 1208]
Of his gode wylle. and do-the hym not to dye
Now for the loue. of me my nece dere
Refusitħ not. at this tyme my prayere [ 1211]
(174)
Bepardieux quod she. god leue al be wele [ 1212]
God helpe me soo. this is the first lettre
That euer I wrote ye al or any deel
And in-to a closet. for to a-vise hir bettur [ 1215]
She went a-non̄. and gan̄ hir hert vnfettur
Oute of disdeydens. put a lite
And sette hir dovn̄. and a lettre wryte [ 1218]
(175)
Of qwych to telle. in short myn̄ entent [ 1219]
Theffect as fer. as I can̄ vndirstonde
She thanked hym. of al that he wel mente
Towardis hire but holden̄ hym in honde [ 1222]
She wolde noght. ne hir self bonde
In loue but as his suster hym to plese
She wolde fayn̄. to doon̄ his hert an̄ ese [ 1225]
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She shitte it. and in to Pandarus gan̄ gon̄ [ 1226]
There as he satte. and loked in-to the strete
And dovn̄ she sette hir. be hym̄ on̄ a ston̄
Of Iasper on a quessyhon̄ golde y-bete [ 1229]
And seid as wysly. helpe me gode the grete
I neuer did a thing. wyth more peyne
Than wryten this. to wyche ye me constreyne [ 1232]
(177)
And toke it hym / he thonked hir and seide [ 1233]
Gode wote of thing /. ful lothe ofte be-gonne
Cometh ende gode. and nece myn̄ Creseide
That ye to hym. of harde now ben y-wonne [ 1236]
He ought be glade. by gode and yonder sonne
For why men̄ seyn̄. Impressyons ligħt
Ful lightly ben̄. ay Redy to the flyght [ 1239]
(178)
But ye han̄ pleide. the Tirant ny to longe [ 1240]
And harde was it. your hert for to graue
Now stynt that ye. no lenger on̄ hit honge
Al wolde ye the fourme. of davnger save [ 1243]
And hastyth you. to doon̄ hym Ioye haue
For trusteth wel to longe y-dovn̄ hardnesse
Causeth despite. ful ofte for distresse [ 1246]
(179)
And Rigħt as they declared this matere [ 1247]
Loo Troilus Rigħt at the stretes ende
Come Riding. wyth his tenteth some y fere
Al softly and thitherwarde gan̄ bende [ 1250]
There as they satte as whey his was to wende
To paleys warde. and Pandarus hym espiede
And seide nece. y sec who cometh here Ride [ 1253]
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O Fleith note In. He seyth. vs I Suppose [leaf 17] [ 1254]
lest he may thinke. that ye hym estue
Nay nay. quod she. and wax as Rede as Rose
Wyth that he gan hir humble to salue [ 1257]
Wyth dredful chere. and ofte his hewes newe
And vp his looke. debonairely he caste
And bekked on̄ pandare. and forthe he paste [ 1260]
(181)
Gode wot yif he. sat on̄ his hors aryght [ 1261]
Or godely was besen. that ilke day
Gode wote where he was. lyke a manly knygħt
What shulde I drecche. or telle of his aray [ 1264]
Creseide wyche. that al this thinges say
To telle in shorte. hir liked al in fere
his persone his aray. his loke his chere [ 1267]
(182)
His godely manere. and his gentilnesse [ 1268]
So wel that neuer sith. that she was born̄
Ne hade she suche Routhe. of his distresse
And how that she. hath ben harde herbeforn̄ [ 1271]
To gode hope I. she hayth caught a thorn̄
She shall not pulle it. oute this nexte wyke
Gode sende moo. suche thornes on̄ to pyke [ 1274]
(183)
Pandare wych. that stode hir faste by [ 1275]
Felt Iren̄ hote. and he be-gan̄ to smyte
And seid Nece I pray you hartely
Telle me that I shal axen̄ you a lite [ 1278]
A woman that were of his dethe to wytte
Wythouten̄ his gilte. but for her lake of routhe
Were it wel doon̄. quod she nay nay by my trouthe [ 1281]
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God helpe me soo. quod he ye sey me southe [ 1282]
ye felen̄ wel your self /. that I not lye
loo yonde he rydith. quod she so he dothe
Wele quod Pandare. as I haue tolde you thrye [ 1285]
lat be your nyce. shame and your folye
And speke wyth hym. in esyng of his hert
lat nycete not doo. you bothe smerte [ 1288]
(185)
But theron̄ was to heuen̄ And to drone [ 1289]
Considered al thing. it may not be
And why for shame. and eke it were to soone
To graunten̄ hym̄. so grete a liberte [ 1292]
For pleinly al hir entent. as seid she
was to loue hym. vnwyst yf she mygħt
And guerdon̄ hym̄. wyth nothing but wyth sygħt [ 1295]
(186)
But pandarus thought it shal not be soo [ 1296]
yif that I may. this nyce opinion̄
Shal not ben̄ holden̄. fully yer[e]s two
What shulde I make. of this a longe sermon̄ [ 1299]
he must assent. on̄ that conclusion̄
As for the tyme. and whan̄ that it was eve
And al was wele. he ros and toke is leue [ 1302]
(187)
And on̄ his wey. ful fast homward he spedde [ 1303]
And rygħt for Ioye. he felt his hert[e] davnce
And Troilus he fonde. allone a-bedde
That lay as doon. as thes louers in a traunce [ 1306]
Be-twyxen hope. and derke disesperance
But Pandarus. rygħt at his commyng
he songe. as who seith. som-what I bringe [ 1309]
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And seide. who is in his bedde so soone [ 1310]
I-buryed thus. it am I. frende quod he
Who Troilus. nay helpe me soo the mone
Quod pandarus. thou shalt a-ryse and see [ 1313]
A charme that was. now rygħt send to the
The wyche can̄ helen̄. the of thyn accesse
Yif thou doo forth. wyth al thy besinesse [ 1316]
(189)
Yee thurgħ the myght of gode quod Troilus [lf. 17, bk.] [ 1317]
And pandarus. gan hym the lettre take
And seid pardieux. god hath holpen vs
Haue here a lygħt. and loke on̄ this blake [ 1320]
But ofte gan̄ the hert. to glade and quake
Of Troilus. whille that he gan̄ it Rede
Soo as the wordes. yaue hym hope and drede [ 1323]
(190)
*. [[The usual colourd initial letter is omitted here.]] but finially he toke. al for the beste
That she hym wrote. for somwhat he behelde
On̄ wycħ he thought. he myght his hert[e] Reste
Al couerde she. the wordes vnder shelde [ 1327]
Thus to the more worthy part he helde
That what for hope. and pandarus byheste
His grete whoo. foryede he atte leste [ 1330]
(191)
But as whe may. al day your self see [ 1331]
Thurgħ more wode. or cole the more fyre
Rygħt so encres of hope. of what it bee
Therewyth ful ofte. encrecyth eke desire [ 1334]
Or as an̄ ook. comyth of a litel spire
Soo thurgħ this lettre. wych that she hym sende
Encrecen̄ kan̄. desire of wyche he brende [ 1337]
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1. [[The usual colourd initial letter is omitted here.]] wherfore I sey alway that day and nygħt
This troilus gan̄ to desiren̄ more
Than̄ he did erst. thurgħ hope and did his mygħt
To presen hir oon̄. as pandarus lore [ 1341]
And wryten̄ to hire. of his sorowes sore
Fro day to day he lette it not refreide
That by pandare. he wrot somwhat or seide [ 1344]
(193)
And did also his other obseruances [ 1345]
That til a louer. longeth in this cas
And afftyr this dees fellen̄ on̄ chances
So whas he other glade. or seide allas [ 1348]
And hielde afftyr. his gestes ay his pas
And afftir suche answers as he hade
Soo were his dees. sory or gladde [ 1351]
(194)
1. [[The usual colourd initial letter is omitted here.]] but to pandare alwey was Recours [ 1352]
And pitously. gan̄ ay to hym to pleyne
And hym bysought /. of Rede and som socoure
And pandarus. that seigħt his wode peyne [ 1355]
Wax wel nygħ dede. for routh sothe to seyne
And besily wyth alle his hert[e] caste
Som̄ of his woo. to sleen̄ and that as faste [ 1358]
(195)
And seid lorde and frende. and brother dere [ 1359]
Gode wote 1. [[th overlined.]] that thy disese. doothe me woo
But wyltow styntyn̄. al this wooful chere
And by my trouthe. or hit be dayes twoo [ 1362]
And to-forn̄. yit shal I it shape soo
That thou shalt come in to a certeine place
There as thou maist. pray hir thi self of grace [ 1365]
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1. [[The usual large initial letter is omitted here.]] and certeinly I note yif thou it wost
But thoo that ben̄. expert in loue it sey
It is oon̄ of the thinges. that further moost
A man̄ to haue. a leser for to prey [ 1369]
And a siker place. his woo for̄ to bewrey
For in gode hert. it mot som routhe impresse
To here and see. the giltles in distresse [ 1372]
(197)
Paranter thinkestow. thogħ it be soo [ 1373]
That kynde wolde. doon̄ hir to be-gynne
To han̄ a manere. Routhe vp-on̄ the woo
Seyth daunger nay. thou shalt me neuer wynne [ 1376]
So rulytħ hir. her hertis goste wythinne
That thogħ she bent. yit she stant on̄ Rote
What in effect. is this vn-to thy boote [ 1379]
(198)
THenke here a-geyns. Whan that sturdy ooke [leaf 18] [ 1380]
On wych men̄ hakke. ofte for the noons
Receuyd hathe. the happy fallyng stroke
The grete sweyght. dothe it come al at oones [ 1383]
As doon̄ the Rokkes. and this mylstones
For swyftetur cours. cometh thing that is of weight
Whan̄ it descendeth. than̄ doon̄ thes thinges ligħt [ 1386]
(199)
But Reede that blowytħ doon̄. wytħ euery wynde [ 1387]
Ful lygħtly cesse wynde. it wole aryse
But soo wyl not an̄ hooke. whan it is caste
Hit nedith me not. the longe to forvise [ 1390]
Men shal reiosen. of a grete emprise
Acheued wel. and stant wyth-outen̄ doute
Al haue men̄ been. the lenger theraboute [ 1393]
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But. Troilus yit telle me yf the liste [ 1394]
A thing. now qwych. I schal axe the
Wych is thy brother. that thou louest beste
As in thy veray hertis. priuetee [ 1397]
y-wys my dere brother. Deiphebus quod he
Now quod pandare. or houres twyes twelue
he shal the ese. vnwyst of hit hym selfue [ 1400]
(201)
Now lat malone . and werken̄ as I may [ 1401]
Quod he . and to Depheibus went he tho
whicħ hade his lorde . and grete frynde ben̄ ay
Saue Troilus no man̄ . he loued soo [ 1404]
To tellen in short / . wythouten̄ wordes moo
Quod pandarus . I prey you that ye be [ 1407]
(202)
Yis parde quod Dephebus wel thou wost [ 1408]
In al that euer I may . and gode to-forn̄
Al ner it but . for man̄ I loue most
My brother Troilus . but sey me wherfore [ 1411]
Hit is . for sitħ the day that I was bore
I nas ne neuer . moo to ben I thenke
Ayeins a thinge . that myght the forthenke [ 1414]
(203)
Pandare gan̄ hym thanke . and to hym seide [ 1415]
Loo sir . I haue a lady in this tovn̄
That is my Nece . and calle is Creseide
Wycħ som̄ men̄ wolde doovn oppression [ 1418]
And wrongfully . han̄ her possession
Wherfore of your lordshippe . I you beseche
To been oure frynde . wytħouten more speche [ 1421]
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Deiphebus hym answerde. o is not this [ 1422]
That thou spakest of. to me this strangely
Creseide my frende . pandare he seid sir yis
Than neditħ. quod dephebus hardely [ 1425]
No more to speke . for trustetħ wel that I
Wole ben her Champion̄ . wyth spere and yerde
I Rought not . thogħ al her foos it herde [ 1428]
(205)
But telle me thou . that wost al this matere [ 1429]
how myght I best . a-vaillen now lat see
Quod pandarus yif / . ye my lorde soo dere
wolden as now . doo this honour to me [ 1432]
To prayen her to-morow . loo that she
Com vnto you . her pleintes to devise
her Aduersaries wolden of hit agrise [ 1435]
(206)
And yf that more . I durst pray you as now [ 1436]
And chargen you . to haue so grete trauaille
To han̄ som of your brethern here with you
That myghten to her cause. bette a-vaille [ 1439]
Than wote I wel . she mygħt neuer faille
For to ben holpen̄ . what at your instaunce
what wyth here othere . fryndis gouernaunce [ 1442]
(207)
Dephebus qwyche that comen̄ was of / kynde [lf. 18, bk.] [ 1443]
To al honour and bounte . to consente.
Answerde it shal be don̄ . and I kan̄ fynde
yit grete helpe . to this in myn̄ entente [ 1446]
What wyltow sey . yif I for Elen sent
To speke of this . I trowe it be the beste
For she may leden . Parys as her lyste [ 1449]
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Of Ector wyche. that is my lorde my brother [ 1450]
hit nedith noght. to prey hym frende to be
For I haue herde hym. oo tyme and eke other
Speke of Creside suche honour that he [ 1453]
May sey no bette. suche happe to hym hath she
hit nedith nogħt. his helpes for to craue
he shal be. suche Ryght as we wole hym haue [ 1456]
(209)
Speke thou thiself / Also to Troilus [ 1457]
On my by-halue. and prey hym with vs dyne
Syr al this shal be doon̄ quod Pandarus
And toke his leue. and neuer gan̄ to fyne [ 1460]
But vn to his neces hous. as streght as lyne
He come and fonde her. fro the mete a-rise
And sette hym dovn̄. and spak Ryght in this wyse [ 1463]
(210)
He seide O veray god. so haue I Ronne [ 1464]
Loo nece myn̄. see ye not how I swete
I not whether ye me the more thonke konne
Be ye noght ware. how fals poliphete [ 1467]
Is now a-boute. efte sones for to plete
And bringe on̄ you. aduocacies newe
I no quod she. and changed al her hewe [ 1470]
(211)
What is he more a-boute me to drecche [ 1471]
And doon̄ me wronge. what shal I doon̄ allas
yit for my selfe. nothing nolde I recche
Nere it for Antenor and Eneas [ 1474]
That ben̄ his frendes in suche maner cas
But for the loue of gode myn̄ vncle dere
No fors for that. lat hym haue al in fere [ 1477]
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Wythouten̄ that I haue y-nogħ for vs [ 1478]
Nay quod Pandare. it shal nothinge be soo
For I haue ben̄ Ryght now at deiphebus
And Ector and myn other lordes moo [ 1481]
And shortly maked. eche of hem̄ his foo
That by my thryft. he shal it neuer wynne
For aught he gan̄. whan so that he begynne [ 1484]
(213)
And as they easten̄ what was beste to doon̄ [ 1485]
Deiphebus of his one curtesie
Come hir to praye. in his propre persone
To holden hym on the morow companye [ 1488]
At dyner. wych she wolde not denye
But godely gan̄ tyl is praire obeye
he thonked her. and went vpon̄ his weye [ 1491]
(214)
Whan this was doon̄. this Pandarus vp a-non̄ [ 1492]
To telle in short. ande forthe he gan to wende
To troilus as stylle as any ston̄
And al this thinge. he tolde hym worde and ende [ 1495]
And how that he. Deiphebus gan to blende
And seide hym̄ now. is tyme yif thou konne
To bere the wele. tomorow. and al is wonne [ 1498]
(215)
Now speke now pray. now pitously compleyne [ 1499]
let not for nyce shame. or drede or slouthe
Som tyme a man̄. mot telle his one peyne
Byleve it. and she shal han on̄ the Routhe [ 1502]
Thou shal be sauede. by thy feythe and trouthe
But wel wote I. that thou arte now in drede
And what it is. I ley I kan̄ a-rede [ 1505]
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THou thinkest now. How Shulde I doon̄ al this [leaf 19]
For by my cheres. must folke espie
That ffor hir loue. is that I fare a-mys
yit hade I leuer. vnwyst for sorow dye [ 1509]
Now thinke not soo. for thou doost grete folye
For ryght now. I haue fonde oo manere
Of sleight. for to eoueren al thy chere [ 1512]
(217)
Thou shalt goon̄ ouer nyght bylyve [ 1513]
vn-to Dephebus hous. as the to pleye
Thy malady a-wey. the bette to dryue
For why thou semest. syke sothe to seye [ 1516]
And afftyr that. dovn̄ in thy bedde the leye
And sey thou maist. no lengur vp endure
And lye there Ryght. and byde thyn a-venture [ 1519]
(218)
Sey that thy feuere. is wonte the for to take [ 1520]
The same tyme. and lasten tyl a morowe
And lat see now. how wel thou kanst it make
For pardy syke is he. that is in sorowe [ 1523]
Goo now farwel. and Venus here to borowe
I hope and thou. this purpos holde ferme
Thy grace she shal. fully there conferme [ 1526]
(219)
Qvod Troilus y-wys thou ned[e]les [ 1527]
Conseillest me. that sykelych y me feyne
For I am syke in ernest douteles
So that wel nygh. [I] sterve for the peyne [ 1530]
Quod Pandarus thou shalt the bettur pleyne
And haste the lesse. nede to counterfete
For hym men̄ demen̄ hote. that men seen swete [ 1533]
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Loo holde the at thy tryst clos And I [ 1534]
Shal wel the dere. vnto thy bowe dryue
Therwyth he toke. his leue al softly
And Troilus to paleys. went blyve [ 1537]
So glade ne was he. neuer in al his lyue
And to pandarus rede. gan̄ al assente
And in-to Deiphebus. hous at nyght he wente [ 1540]
(221)
What nedyth you. to tellen̄ al the chere [ 1541]
That deiphebus. vnto his brother made
Or his accesse. or his sykelych manere
how men̄ gan̄ hym̄. wyth clothes for to lade [ 1544]
Whan̄ he was leyde. and how men̄ wolde hym̄ glade
But al for noght. he helde forthe the wyse
That ye han̄ herde. Pandare er this devise [ 1547]
(222)
But Certein is or Troilus hym̄ leyde [ 1548]
Deiphebus hade y-prayde hym ouer nyght
To bene a frende. and helping to Creseide
Gode wote that he grauntede anon̄ Ryght [ 1551]
To bene here frynde. wyth al his ful myght
But suche a nede. was to prey hym̄ thenne
As for to bidde. a wode man̄ for to Renne [ 1554]
(223)
The morow come. and nyghyn gan̄ the tyme [ 1555]
Of meltyde. that the feir quene Eleyne
Shope her to been. an̄ hour affter pryme
Wyth deiphebus. to whom̄ she nolde not feyne [ 1558]
But as his suster. homely sothe to seyne
She come to dyner. in her pleyne entente
But gode and pandare. Wyst al what this mente [ 1561]
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Come Creseide eke. al innocent of this [ 1562]
Ant-igone. hir suster Tharbe also
But flee we now. prolixite best is
For loue of gode. and lat vs streigħt / goo [ 1565]
Ryght to theffecte. wythoute tales moo
Why al this folke. assembled in this place
And late vs of hir saluynges pace [ 1568]
(225)
Grete Honour Did hem Deiphebus certeine [leaf 19, back] [ 1569]
And fede hem wel. wyth al that myght lyke
But euermor. allas was his Refreine
My gode brother Troilus the syke [ 1572]
lyeth yit. and therwyth-al he gan̄ to syke
And afftyr that. he peyned hym to glade
hem as he mygħt. and gode chere made [ 1575]
(226)
Compleyned eke. Eleyne of his syknes [ 1576]
So feithfully. þat pites was to here
And euery wyght gan̄. wexen for accesse
A leche a-non̄. and seid in this manere [ 1579]
Men curen folke. this charme I wole you lere
But there satte oon̄. al lyst she noght to teche
That thogħ best. cowder I yit been̄ his leche [ 1582]
(227)
After compleynt. hym gonnen̄ they to preise [ 1583]
As folke doon̄ yit. whan̄ som wyght has be-gonne
To preise a man̄ and wyth prys hym Reise
A thousand folde. yit higher than̄ the sonne [ 1586]
He is. he can̄ that fewe folkes konne
And Pandarus. of that they wolde afferme
he naught for-gat. her preisyng to conferme [ 1589]
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Herd al this thing. Creseide wel y-nogħ [ 1590]
And euery worde. gan̄ for to notifie
For wych. wyth sobre chere hir hert[e] lougħ
For who is that. ne wolde hir glorifie [ 1593]
To mowen suche a knyght dovn̄ lyue or dye
But al passe I. lest ye to longe dwelle
For. for oo fyn̄. is al that euer I telle [ 1596]
(229)
The tyme come. fro dyner for to Ryse [ 1597]
And as hem̄ ougħt. aryson̄ euerichon̄
And gonne a whyle. of this and that devise
But pandarus. brake al this speche a-non̄ [ 1600]
And seid to deiphebus. wole ye gon̄
yif your wyl be. as I you preide
To speke here of nedes Creseide [ 1603]
(230)
Eleyne wych. that by the 1. [[the is overlined in the MS.]] hande hir hielde
Toke first the tale. and seide go we blyue
And godely on̄ Creseide. she byhielde
And seide Ioves. let hym̄ neuer thryve [ 1607]
That douthe you harme. And brynge hym̄ sone of lyue
And yif me sorow. but he shal it Rewe
yif that I may. And al folke be trewe [ 1610]
(231)
Telle thou thy neces cas quod dephebus [ 1611]
To Pandarus. for thou canste it / best it telle
My lordes. and my ladyes it stant thus
What sholde I lenger. quod he doo dwelle [ 1614]
he ronge hem oute. a proces lyke a belle
Vpon̄ hir foo. that higħt Poliphete
So heynous. that men̄ myght on̄ it spete [ 1617]
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Answerde of this. eche worse of hem then other [ 1618]
And Poliphete. they gonnen̄ thus to warien̄
And honged be sucħe on̄. where he my brother
And so he shal. for hit ne may noght varien̄ [ 1621]
What shulde I lenger. in this tale tarien
Pleinlych al at oones. they hir behighten̄
To been̄ hir helpe. in al that euer they mygħten̄ [ 1624]
(233)
Spake than Eleyne. and seide pandarus [ 1625]
Wote not my lorde. my brother this matere
I meen Ector. or wote it Troilus
he seide ye. but wole ye now me here [ 1628]
Me thinketh thus. sith that Troilus is here
It were gode. yif that ye wolde assent
She tolde hym̄ her self. al this er she wente [ 1631]
(234)
For He wole Haue. hir gref. the more at the herte [leaf 20]
Be cause loo. that she lady is
And by your leue. I wole but Rygħt in sterte
And do you wytte. and that a-non̄ y-wys [ 1635]
yif that he slepe. or wole ought here of this
And in he lepte. and seide hym in his ere
Gode haue thy soule. I-brought haue I thy bere [ 1638]
(235)
To smyle of this. tho gan̄ Troilus [ 1639]
And Pandarus wythouten̄ Rekennyng
Oute wente a-non̄. to Eleyne and deiphebus
And seid hem. so ther be no taryng [ 1642]
Ne more prees. he wole wel that ye bringe
Creseide my lady. that is here
And as he may. enduren̄ he wole here [ 1645]
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1. [[The usual colourd initial is omitted here.]] but wel wote I the chambre is but lyte
And fewe. folke may make it lyghtly warme
Now loketh ye. for I wole haue no wyte
To bringe in prees. þat myghten doon̄ hym harme [ 1649]
Or hym disesen for myn̄ better Arme
Where it be bettur. she byde tyl eft soones
Now loketh ye. that knowen what to don̄ is [ 1652]
(237)
I sey for me best is. as I kan̄ knowe [ 1653]
That no wyght In. went but ye tweye
But it where I. for I can in a throwe
Reherse hir cause. vnlike that she can̄ seye [ 1656]
And afftyr this she may hym oones preye
To ben gode lorde. in short and take hir leue
This may not mochel. of his ese hym reue [ 1659]
(238)
1and eke for she. is straunge he wole for-bere [ 1660]
his ese. wych that. hym thar not for you
Eke other thing. that touchet not to here
That secrete is. and for the tovnes prowe [ 1663]
he wole you telle I wote it wel ryght now
And they that nothing knew of his entent
wyth-outen̄ more. to Troilus in they wente [ 1666]
(239)
Eleyne in al her godely softly wyse [ 1667]
Gan hym salue. and womanly to pleye
And seid alweys. ye wyst ye must a-ryse
Now fair brother. beth al hole I preye [ 1670]
And gan̄ her arme. Rygħt ouer his shulder leye
And hym wyth al her wytte. to Reconforte
As she best couthe. she gan̄ hym to disporte [ 1673]
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1. [[The usual colourd initial is omitted here.]] so afftyr this quod she we yow be-seche
My dere brother. Deiphebus and .I.
For loue of gode. and so dothe pandare eke
To ben gode lorde. and frynde Ryght hertely [ 1677]
Vn-to Creseide. wych that certeinly
Receuith wronge. as wote wel here pandare
That can̄ here cause. bette than̄ I declare [ 1680]
(241)
This Pandarus. gan̄ new his tonge affile [ 1681]
And al her cas. Reherse. and that a-noon̄
Whan̄ it was seide soone afftyr in a while
Quod Troilus. as sone as I may gon̄ [ 1684]
I wole ryght fayn̄. wyth al my myght be oon̄
haue gode my trouthe. hir cause to susteyne
Gode thryft haue ye. quod Eleyne the quene [ 1687]
(242)
1quod Pandarus and it your wylle be [ 1688]
That she may take. hir leve er that she goo
Or ellys gode for-bede it quod he
yif that she vouche sauf. for to do soo [ 1691]
And wyth that worde. quod Troilus ye two
Deiphebus and my suster leve and dere
To you haue I. to speke of oo matere [ 1694]
(243)
To Ben a-vised by your Rede the Bettur [leaf 20, back] [ 1695]
And fonde as hape was at his beddis hede
The copie of a tretis. and a lettre
That Ector had hym sent to axen Rede [ 1698]
yif suche a man̄ was worthy for be dede
Wote I not who. but in a grisly wyse
he preide hem a-non̄. on̄ hit a-vise [ 1701]
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Deiphebus gan̄ the lettre for to vnfolde [ 1702]
In ernest grete. so did Eleyne the quene
And Romyng faste. hit gonne to be-holde
Dovnward a steyr. in-to an̄ herber grene [ 1705]
This ilke thinge. they Redden̄ hem be-tweyn̄
And largely. the mountenance of an̄ houre
They gonne on̄ it. to Reden̄ and to poure [ 1708]
(245)
Now lat hem Rede. and tourne we a-non̄ [ 1709]
To pandarus. that gan̄ ful faste prye
That al was wel. and oute he gan̄ to gon̄
In-to the grete chambre. that in hye [ 1712]
And seid gode saue. al this Companye
Come nece myn̄. my lady quene Elene
A-bydeth you. so dothe my lordes tweyne [ 1715]
(246)
Rys. take wyth you. youre Nece Antigone [ 1716]
Or whom you lust. or no fors hardely
The lesse pres the bette. come forthe wyth me
And loke that. thonken̄ humbly [ 1719]
hem Al thre. and whan̄ ye may godely
your tyme y-see. taketħ of hem̄ your leve
lest we to longe. his restes hym byreve [ 1722]
(247)
Al innocent of pandarus entent [ 1723]
Quod tho Creseide. goo we vncle dere
And arme in Arme. inward wyth hym she went
A-vised wel. hire wordes and hire chere [ 1726]
And pandarus in ernestful manere
Seid al folke. for goddes loue I prey
Styntetħ ryght here. and softly you pleye [ 1729]
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Aviseth you what folke . ben here wytħ-inne [ 1730]
And in what plyte . oon̄ is gode hym̄ amende
And inward thus . ful softly he gan̄ be-gynne
Nece I coniure you . and hygly you defende [ 1733]
On his by-halue . that soule vs al sende
And in the vertu of the corownes tweyne
Sle not this man̄ that hath for̄ you this peyne [ 1736]
(249)
Fy on̄ the 1. [[the overlined]] devil wycħ on̄ his he [ 1737]
And in what plyte . he lyeth com̄ of a-non̄
Thenke of suche taried . tide but lost is
That wole ye seyn̄ . bothe whan̄ ye been̄ oon̄ [ 1740]
Secondly . there yit deyuenytħ noon̄
Vpon̄ you two . come of now yif ye konne
while folke is blent . loo al the tyme is wonne [ 1743]
(250)
In tyteryng poursuyte and dylayes [ 1744]
The folke devyne . and waggen̄ at a stre
And thogh ye wolde . han aftyr̄ mery dayes
Than̄ dare ye nogħt . and why for she and she [ 1747]
Spake suche a worde . thus loked he and he
last tyme y-lost . I dare not wyth hym dele
Come of therfore . and bringhet hym̄ to hele [ 1750]
(251)
But now to you . ye louers that ben̄ here [ 1751]
Whas Troilus not in a kankedort
That lay and myght . wysperyng of hem̄ here
And thogħt. O lorde. Ryght now renneth my sort [ 1754]
Fully to deye . or han̄ a-non̄ comfort
And whas the first . tyme he shulde hire preye
Of loue .O mygħty . gode What shal he seye [ 1757]
[End of Book II.]
Page  103
Incipit prohemium tercii libri.
(1)
O blisful light of which the bemes cleerc. [ 1]
Adorneth al the thridde heuene faire.
O sonnes lief o Ioues doughter deere.
Plesaunce of loue o goodly debonayre. [ 4]
In gentil hertes ay redy to repaire.
O verray cause of heele and of gladnesse.
Iheried be thi myght and thy goodnesse. [ 7]
(2)
In heuene and helle and salte see. [ 8]
Is felt thy myght / yif þat I whil decerne.
As man brid / best / fisshe / herbe / and greene tree.
The feele in tymes with vapour eterne. [ 11]
God loueth and to loue wol nat werne.
And in this world no lyues creature.
withouten loue is worth or may endure. [ 14]
(3)
The Iouys first to thikke effectes glaade. [fol. 42a] [ 15]
Thorugh which þat thinges lyuen al and be.
Commoeueden and amoreux hem maade.
On mortal thing / and as yow lyst ay ye. [ 18]
Yeue hym in loue ay ese or aduersite.
And in a thousand formes down hym sente.
ffor loue in erthe / and whom yow list he hente. [ 21]
(4)
The fierse Mars apaisen of his ire. [ 22]
And as yow list ye maken hertes digne.
Algates hem þat ye wol sette a fire.
They dreden shame / and vices they resigne. [ 25]
Ye don hem curteys ben ffresh and benygne.
And heyghe and lowe after a wyght entendith.
The Ioyes þat he hath / yowr myght it sendith. [ 28]
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Ye holden regne and hous in vnite. [ 29]
Ye sothfaste cause of frendship ben also.
Ye know al thikke couered qualite.
Of thinges which þat folkes wondre on so.
whan they kan naught construe how it may Io.
She louyth hym / or whi he louyth here.
Al why this ffissh and naught þat cometh to were. [ 35]
(6)
Ye folk a lawe han set in vniuerse. [ 36]
And this knowe I by hem þat louerys be.
That who so stryueth with yow hath the werse.
Now lady bright for thy benygnyte. [ 39]
At reuerence of hem þat seruen the.
whos clerk I am so teche me to deuyse.
Som Ioye of that is felt in thy seruyse. [ 42]
(7)
Ye in my naked herte sentement. [ 43]
In hielde / and do me shewe of thy swetnesse.
Caliope thi voys be now present.
ffor now is need / sestow nat my destresse. [ 46]
How þat I mot telle a non right the gladnesse.
Of Troilus to venus heryinge.
To which gladnesse / who nede hath god hym brynge. [ 49]
Explicit prohemium. tercii libri.
Incipit liber. tercius.
(8)
LAy al this meene while Troilus. [fol. 42b] [ 50]
Recordynge his lessoun in this manere.
May fey thought he thus wole I sey and thus.
That word is good / and this shal be my cheere.
Thus wol I pleyne vnto my lady deere.
This nyl I nat foryeten in no wyse.
God leue hym werken as he kan deuyse. [ 56]
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And lord so þat his herte gan to quappe. [ 57]
Herynge hir com / and sor for to sike.
And Pandarus þat ledde hir by the lappe.
Com neer / and gan in at the curteyne pike. [ 60]
And seide god do boote on alle syke.
Se who is heere yow comen to visite.
Lo heere is she yt is yowr deth to wite. [ 63]
(10)
Therwith it semede as he wepte almoost. [ 64]
ha.a.a. quod Troilus so reufully.
wher me be wo / almyghte god thow woost.
who is al there / I se naught trewly. [ 67]
Sire quod Criseide / it is Pandare and .I.
Ye swete herte alas I may nat ryse.
To knele / and do yow honour in som wyse. [ 70]
(11)
And dressed hym vpward and she right tho. [ 71]
Gan bothe hir handes softe vpon hym leye.
O for the loue of god / do ye nat so.
To me quod she / I what is this to seye. [ 74]
Sire comen am I to ȝow for causes tweye.
ffirst yow to thonke / and of youre lorship eke.
Continuance I wolde yow byseke. [ 77]
(12)
This Troilus þat herde this lady preye. [ 78]
Of lordshipe hym / wex neythir quyke ne dede.
Ne myghte a word for shame to hir seye.
Althogh men shulde smyten of his hede. [ 81]
But lord so he wax sodeynlich reede.
And sire his lessoun þat he wende konne.
To preyen hir was thorght his wit Ironne. [ 84]
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Criseide al this aspied wel Inogh. [fol. 43a] [ 85]
ffor she was wys and loued hym neuere the lasse.
Al nere he malapert or made it togh.
Or was to bold to synge a fool a masse. [ 88]
But whan his shame gan somwhat to passe.
Hise wordes as I may my rymes holde.
I wol yow telle as touchen bookes oolde. [ 91]
(14)
In chaunged voys right for his verrey drede. [ 92]
which voys ek quook / and therto his manere.
Goodly abayst and now his hewes reede.
Now pale / vnto Criseide his lady dere. [ 95]
with look down caste / and humble yold cheere.
Lo thalderfirste worde þat hym asterte.
was twyes mercy mercy swete herte. [ 98]
(15)
And stynte a while / and whan he myght out brynge. [ 99]
The nexte worde was god woot for I haue.
As ferforthlisch as I haue hadde konnynge.
Ben yowres al / god so my soule saue. [ 102]
And shal til þat I woful wight be graue.
And thogh I dar ne kan vnto yow pleyne.
Iwys I suffre nat the lasse peyne. [ 105]
(16)
Thus muche as now .o. wommanlich wyf. [ 106]
I may out brynge / and yif this yow displese.
That shal I wreke vpon myn owne lyf.
Right soon I trowe / and do yowr herte an ese. [ 109]
yif with my deth yowre wreththe may apese.
ffor sithen ye han herd me somwhat seye.
Now rechche I neuere how soon þat I deye. [ 112]
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Therwith his manly sorwe to byholde. [ 113]
It myght haue maade a herte of stoon to rewe.
And Pandare wepe as he to watir wolde.
And Poked euere his nece newe and newe. [ 116]
And seide wo bigon ben hertes trewe.
ffor loue of god make of this thing a ende.
Or sle vs bothe atonys or we wende. [ 119]
(18)
I what quod she by god and by my trouthe. [fol. 43b] [ 120]
I not nat what ye wilne þat I seye.
I what quod he þat ye han on hym routhe.
ffor goddes loue / and doth hym nat to deye. [ 123]
Now thame thus quod she I wolde hym preye.
To telle me the fyn of his entente.
Yit wiste I neuere wel what þat he mente. [ 126]
(19)
What that I meene .o. swete herte dere. [ 127]
Quod Troilus .o. goodly fressh free.
That with the stremys of yowr eyen cleere.
Ye wolden frendly somtyme on me see. [ 130]
And thanne agreen þat I ben he.
withouten braunche of vice in any wyse.
In trouthe alwey / to don yow my seruyse. [ 133]
(20)
As to my lady right and chief resort. [ 134]
With al my wit and alle my diligence.
And I to han right as yow list confort.
Vnder your yerde egal to myn offence. [ 137]
As deth / yif þat I breke your defence.
And þat yow deigne me so muche honoure.
Me to comanden aught in any houre. [ 140]
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And I ben yowr verray humble trewe. [ 141]
Secret / and in my peynes pacient.
And euere mo desiren fresshly newe.
To serue / and ben ay Ilyke diligent. [ 144]
And with good herte al holly yowr talent.
Receyuen wel / how soore þat me smerte.
Lo this mene I my owen swete herte. [ 147]
(22)
Quod Pandarus lo here an hard requeste. [ 148]
And resonable a lady for to werne.
Now Nece myn by Natal Iouis feeste.
were .I. a god ye shulden sterue as yerne. [ 151]
That heren wel this man wil no thing yerne.
But yowr honour / and sen hym almost sterue.
And ben so loth to suffren hym yow serue. [ 154]
(23)
With that she gan hir eyen on hym caste. [fol. 44a] [ 155]
fful esiliche / and ful debonairly.
Auysing hir and hied nat to faste.
with neuere a word / but seyde hym sobrely. [ 158]
Myn honour sauf I wel wel trewely.
But in swich forme / as ye gan now devyse.
Receyuen hym fully to my seruyse. [ 161]
(24)
Bysechynge hym for goddes loue þat he. [ 162]
wolde in honour of trowthe and gentilesse.
As I wel meene / ek meene wel to me.
And my honour with wit and bisinesse. [ 165]
Ay kepe / and yif I may don hym gladnesse.
ffrom hennes forth / Iwis I nyl nat feyne.
Now beth al hool / no lenger ye ne pleyne. [ 168]
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But natheles this warne .I. yow quod she. [ 169]
A kynges son / althogh ye ben Iwys.
Ye shal no moore haue souereignete.
Of me in loue þan right in that cas is. [ 172]
Ny nyl forbere / yif þat ye don amys.
To wreththe yow / and whil þat ye me serue.
Cheryce yow / right aftir ye deserue. [ 175]
(26)
And shortly deere herte and al my knyght. [ 176]
Beth glad / and draweth yow to lustynesse.
And I shal trewly with al my ful myghte.
Yowre bitter torn into swetnesse. [ 179]
If .I. be she þat may do yow gladnesse.
For euery wo ye shul recouere a blisse.
And hym in armes toke and gan hym kisse. [ 182]
(27)
ffyl Pandarus on knees and vp hise eyen. [ 183]
To heuen threugh / and held hise hondes hye.
O mortal god quod he þat maist nat dyen.
Cupide I meene / of þis maist glorifie. [ 186]
And venus thowe maist maken melodye.
withouten hond me semyth þat in towne.
ffor this miracle Ich heere ech belle sowne. [ 189]
(28)
But ho no more as now of this matere. [fol. 44b] [ 190]
ffor why this folk wol comen vp anon.
That haue the lettre red lo I hem heere.
But I conIure the Criseide and oon. [ 193]
And two the Troilus whan thow maist gon.
That at myn hous ye ben at my warnynge.
ffor I ful wel shal shape yowre comynge. [ 196]
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And esith ther yowre hertes right Inogh. [ 197]
And lat se which of yow shal bere the belle.
To speke of loue aright / therwith he lough.
ffor ther haue ye a leiser for to telle. [ 200]
Quod Troilus how longe swal I dwelle.
Or this be don./ quod he whan thow maist rise.
This thing shal be right as thow wolt deuyse. [ 203]
(30)
With that Eleyne and also deiphebus. [ 204]
Tho comen vpward right at the steyres ende.
And lord so tho gan gronen Troilus.
His brother and his sister for to blende. [ 207]
Quod Pandarus it tyme is þat we wende.
Take Nece myn yowr leue at al thre.
And let hem speke and cometh forth with me. [ 210]
(31)
She took hir leeue at hem ful thriftely. [ 211]
As she wel koude / and they hir reuerence.
Vnto the fulle deden hardely.
And speken wonder wel in hir absence. [ 214]
Of hir in preysynge of hir excellence.
Hir gouernaunce / hir wit / and hir manere.
Comendeden / it Ioye was to heere. [ 217]
(32)
Now lat hir wende vnto hir owen plase. [ 218]
And torne we to Troilus ayein.
That gan ful lightly of the lettre pace.
That Deiphebus hadde in the gardyn seyn. [ 221]
And of Eleyne / and hym he wolde fayn.
Delyuered ben / and seide þat hym leste.
To slepe / and after talis han reste. [ 224]
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Eleyne hym kyste and took hir leue blyue. [fol. 45a] [ 225]
Deiphebus ek./ and hom wente euery wight.
And Pandarus as faste as he may dryue.
To Troilus tho com as lyne right. [ 228]
And on a paylet al þat gladde nyght.
By Troilus he lay with blisful cheere.
To tale / and wel was hem they were Ifeere. [ 231]
(34)
Whan euery wight was voyded but they two. [ 232]
And al the dores weren faste Ishette.
To telle in short withoute wordes mo.
This Pandarus withouten any lette. [ 235]
Vp roos / and on his beddes side hym sette.
And gan to speken in a sobre wyse.
To Troilus as I shal yow deuyse. [ 238]
(35)
Myn alderleuest lord and broothre deere. [ 239]
God woot and thow þat it sat me so soore.
when I the say so languyssynge to yere.
ffor loue / of which thi wo wax alwey moore. [ 242]
That I with al my myght and al my loore.
Haue euere sithen do my bisynesse.
To bringe the to Ioye out of destresse. [ 245]
(36)
And haue it brought to swich plit as twow woost. [ 246]
So þat thorw me thow stondest now in weye.
To faren wel / I sey it for no boost.
And wostow why / for shame it is to seye. [ 249]
For the haue I bigonne a gamen pleye.
which þat I neuere don shal eft for oother.
Althogh he were a thowsand fold my brother. [ 252]
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That is to seyn / for the am I bicomen. [ 253]
Bytwixen game and ernest swich a meene.
As maken wommen vnto men to comen.
Thow woost thi seluen what I wolde meene. [ 256]
ffor the haue I myn Nece of vices cleene.
So fully maad thy gentilesse triste.
That al shal ben right as thy seluen liste. [ 259]
(38)
But god þat al woot take I to witnesse. [fol. 45b] [ 260]
That neuere I this for coueitise wroughte.
But only tabregge þat destresse.
ffor which wel neygh thow deydest as me thoughte. [ 263]
But goode brother do now as the oughte.
ffor goddes loue / and kepe hir out of blame.
Sith thow art wys so kepe alwey hir name. [ 266]
(39)
For wel thow woost the name yit of here. [ 267]
Amonge the people. as who sey halwed is.
ffor neuere was ther wight I dar wel swere.
That euere wiste þat she dede amys. [ 270]
But wo is me þat I þat cause al this.
May thenken þat she is my Nece deere.
And I hir Em and traytour ek Ifeere. [ 273]
(40)
And were it wiste þat I thorugh myn engyn. [ 274]
Hadde in my Nece Iput this fantasie.
To don thi lust and hoolly to ben thyn.
whi al þe peeple walde vpon it crie. [ 277]
And seyn þat the worste trecherye.
Dide in this cas / þat euere was bigonne.
And she fordon / and thow right naught Iwonne. [ 280]
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Wherfor or I wol further gon a paas. [ 281]
The preyen ich eft althogh thow shuldest dye.
That priuyte go with vs in this caas.
That is to seyn / þat thow vs neuere wreye. [ 284]
And be noght wroth thoght I the often preye.
To holden secre / swich an heigh matere.
ffor skilfull is thow woost wele my prayere. [ 287]
(42)
And thynke what wo ther hath bitid or this. [ 288]
ffor makynge of auauntes as men reede.
And what meschaunce in this world yit ther is.
ffor day to day right for þat wikked deede. [ 291]
ffor which this wyse clerkys þat been deede.
han writen or this as men yit teche vs yonge.
That first vertu is to kepe tonge. [ 294]
(43)
And nere it þat .I. wilne as now tabregge. [fol. 46a] [ 295]
Defusioun of speche / .I. koude almoost.
A thousand olde stories the alegge.
Of womman lost. thorugh fals and foolis boost. [ 298]
Prouerbes kanst thy selue Inowe and woost.
Ayeins þat vice / for to ben a labbe.
Thogh men soth seide as often as they gabbe. [ 301]
(44)
O tonge allas so often her byforn. [ 302]
Hath maade ful many lady bryght of hewe.
Seyd waylowey þat day þat I was born.
And many a maydes sorwe for to newe. [ 305]
And for the more part al is vntrewe.
That men of boste yelpe / and it were broght to preue.
Of kynde non auauntour is to leeue. [ 308]
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Auauntour and a liere al is oon. [ 309]
As thus I pose a womman graunteth me.
Hir loue / and seyth þat oother 1. [the r in a later hand.] wol she non.
And I am sworn to holden it secree. [ 312]
And aftir .I. go telle it two or thre.
I. wis .I. am auauntour / at the leeste.
And liere / for I breke my byheeste. [ 315]
(46) (Much alterd in Caxton.)
Now looke thanne / yif they ben aught to blame. [ 316]
Swich manere folk / what shal I clepe hem what.
That hem auaunte of wemen and by name.
That neuere yit be hight them this ne that. [ 319]
No knewe hem moore than myn olde hat.
No wonder is so god me sende heele.
Theygh wommen dreden with vs men to deele. [ 322]
(47)
I sey nat this for no mystrust of yow. [ 323]
Ne for no wisman / but for foolis nyce.
And for the harm þat in the world is now.
As wel for folye ofte as for malice. [ 326]
ffor wel wot I in wyse folk þat vice.
No womman drat / yif she be wel auysed.
ffor wise ben / by foolis harm chastised. [ 329]
(48)
But now to purpos leve brother deere. [fol. 46b] [ 330]
Haue al this thyng / þat I haue in mynde.
And kepe the cloos / and be now of good cheere.
ffor at thi day thow shal me trewe fynde. [ 333]
I shal thy proces sette in swich a kynde.
And god toforn / þat it shal the suffise.
ffor it shal ben right as thow wolt deuyse. [ 336]
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ffor wel I woot thow menest wel parde. [ 337]
Therfore I dar this fully vndirtake.
Thow woost ek / what thi lady grauntede the.
And day is set the chartres vp to make. [ 340]
Haue now good nyght / I may no lenger wake.
And bid for me sith thow art now in blisse.
That god me sende deth or soone lesse. [ 343]
(50)
Who myghte tellen half the Ioye or feeste. [ 344]
whiche at the soule of Troilus tho felte.
Herynge theffect of Pandarus byheste.
His olde wo þat made his herte swelte. [ 347]
Gan tho for Ioye wasten and to melte.
And al the richesse of his sikes sore.
Atones fledde / he felte of hem no moore. [ 350]
(51)
But right so as thise holtes and thise hayis. [ 351]
That han in wynter dede ben and drye.
Reuesten hem in grene whan þat may is.
whan euery lusti listeth best to pleye. [ 354]
Right in that selue wise soth to seye.
wax sodeynly his herte ful of Ioye.
That gladdere was ther neuere man in Troye. [ 357]
(52)
And gan his look on Pandarus vp caste. [ 358]
fful sobrely / and frendly for to se.
And seide frend in aperel the laste.
As wele the woost yif it remembre the. [ 361]
How neygh the deth for wo thow fownde me.
And how thow dedest al thy bysynesse.
To knowe of me the cause of my destresse. [ 364]
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Thow woost how long þat ich forbar to seye. [fol. 47a] [ 365]
To the that art the man þat I beste triste.
And peril non was it to the bywreye.
That wiste I wele / but telle me yif the liste. [ 368]
Sith I so loth was þat thy self it wyste.
How dorste I mo tellen of this matere.
That quake now / and no man may vs heere. [ 371]
(54)
But natheles by þat god I the swere. [ 372]
That as hym list may al this worlde gouerne.
And yif I lye / achilles with his spere.
Myn herte cleue / al were my lif eterne. [ 375]
As I am mortal. yif I late and yerne.
wolde it bywreye / or dorste. or sholde konne.
ffor al the good þat god maad vndir sonne. [ 378]
(55)
That rather wolde I dye and determyne. [ 379]
As thinketh me now stokked in prison.
In wrechednesse / in filthe and in vermyne.
Captif to cruel kyng Agamenon. [ 382]
And this in al the templis of this town.
Vpon the goddes alle I wol the swere.
To morwe day / yif þat it liketh þe 1. [þe inserted by another hand.] here. [ 385]
(56)
And þat thow haste so muche Idon for me. [ 386]
That I ne may it neuere mo deserue.
This knowe ich wel / al myght I now for the.
A thousand tymes on a morwe sterue. [ 389]
.I. kan no more but I wol the serue.
Right as thy sclaue whider so thow wende.
For euere mo vnto my lyues ende. [ 392]
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But here with al myn herte I the byseche. [ 393]
That neuere in me thow deme swich folye.
As I shal seyn / me thoughte by thy speche.
Þat this which thow doost me for compaignye. [ 396]
I sholde wene it were a bauderye.
I am nat wood al if I lewed be.
It is nat oon þat woot I wele parde. [ 399]
(58)
But he þat goth for golde or for Richesse. [fol. 47b] [ 400]
On swich messages / calle hym what the liste.
And this þat þow doost kalle it gentilesse.
Compassioun and feliship and triste. [ 403]
Depart it so / for wide where is wiste.
How þat ther is diuersite required.
Bytwixen thinges / like as I haue lered. [ 406]
(59)
And þat knowe I think nat ne weene. [ 407]
That this seruys a shame be or Iape.
I haue my faire suster Polixene.
Cassandre / Eleyne. or any of the frape. [ 410]
Be she neuere so faire or wel Ishape.
Telle me which thow wilt of euerychone.
To han for thyn / and lat me thanne allone. [ 413]
(60)
But sith thow haste Idon me þis seruyse. [ 414]
My lif to saue and for no hope of meede.
So for the loue of god this grete Emprise.
Parforme it out / for now is most nede. [ 417]
ffor heygh and logh withouten any drede.
I wol alwey thyne hestes al kepe.
Haue now good nyght / and lat vs bothe slepe. [ 420]
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Thus held hym ich of oother wel apayed. [ 421]
That al the worlde ne myght it bet amende.
And on the morwe whan they were arayed.
Ech to his owene nedes gan entende. [ 424]
But Troilus thoght as the fir he brende.
ffor sharp desir of hope and of plesaunce.
He naught forgat his wyse gouernaunce. [ 427]
(62)
But in hym self with manhod gan restreyne. [ 428]
Eche rakel dede / and ech vnbridled cheere.
That al tho / þat lyuen soth to seyne.
Ne shold han wist by word or by manere. [ 431]
what þat he mente as touchynge this matere.
ffrom euery wight as fer as is the cloude.
He was so wel dissimulen he koude. [ 434]
(63)
And al this while which þat I yow denyse. [fol. 18a] [ 435]
This was his lyf with alle his fulle myght.
By day he was in martes heygh seruyse.
This is to seyn. in armes as a knyght. [ 438]
And for the moore part the longe nyght.
He lay and thought how þat he myght serue.
Hys lady best / hir thonk for to deserue. [ 441]
(64)
I nyl nat seyn that thogh he laye softe. [ 442]
That in his thoght he was somwhat disesed.
And þat he torned on his pilwes ofte.
And wolde of that he myssed han ben esed. [ 445]
But in swich cas men ben naught alwey plesed.
ffor aught I wot no more than was he.
That kan I deme of possibilite. [ 448]
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And certein is to purpos for to go. [ 449]
This mene while as writen is in geste.
He say his lady som tyme and also.
She with hym spake whan þat he dorste or leste. [ 452]
And by hir bothe auys as was the beste.
Apointeden ful warly in this nede.
In euery thing how they wolden procede. [ 455]
(66)
But it was spoken in so short a wyse. [ 456]
In swych awayit alwey and in swich feere.
List any wight deuynen or deuyse.
wolde on this thing./ or to it leye an cere. [ 459]
That al this world. so lef to hem ne weere.
As cupide wolde hem a space sende.
To maken of hir speche aright a ende. [ 462]
(67) *. [[Caxton leaves out St. 67-71.]]
But thilke litel þat they spake or wroghte. [ 463]
Hise wise gost took ay of al swich heede.
It semed hir he wiste what she thoghte.
withouten word / so þat ther was no nede. [ 466]
To bidde hym aught to don or aught forbede.
ffor which hir thoght þat loue al come it late.
Of alle Ioye hadde opned hir the yate. [ 469]
(68)
And shortly of this proces for to pace. [fol. 48b] [ 470]
So wel his werk and wordes he bisette.
That he so ful stood in his lady grace.
That twenty thousand tymes or she lette. [ 473]
She thonked god she euere with hym mette.
So koude he hym gouerne in swich seruyse.
That al the world ne myght it bet deuyse. [ 476]
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ffor why hym 1. [him inserted in a later hand.] fond she so discret in al. [ 477]
So secret / and of swich obeisaunce.
That wel she felte he was to hir a wal.
Of steel / and sheld from euery displeisaunce. [ 480]
That to ben in his good gouernaunce.
So wise he was / she was no moore afered.
I meene as fer / as oughte ben requered. [ 483]
(70)
And Pandarus to quyk alwey this fir. [ 484]
was euere ylike prest and diligent.
To ese his frend was set al his desir.
He shof ay on / he to and fro was sent. [ 487]
He lettres bare whan Troilus was absente.
That neuere wight as in his frendes nede.
Ne bar hym bet to don his frend to spede. [ 490]
(71)
But now paraunter som man wayten wolde. [ 491]
That euery word / or look / or sonde / or cheere.
Of Troilus / þat I rehersen sholde.
In al this while vnto his lady dere. [ 494]
I trowe it were a long thing for to heere.
Or of what wight þat stant in swich disioynte.
His wordes alle / or euery look to poynte. [ 497]
(72)
ffor sothe I haue nat herd it don or this. [ 498]
In story non / ne no man here ich wene.
And thogh I wolde I koude nat Iwys.
ffor ther was som Epistel hem bitwene. [ 501]
That wolde as seyth my auctour wel contene.
An hondred vers of which hym liste nat write.
How sholde I than a lyne of hit endite. [ 504]
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But to the grete effect than seye I thus. [fol. 49a] [ 505]
That stondynge in concorde and in quyete.
Thise ilk two Criseide and Troilus.
As I haue seyd / and in this tyme swete. [ 508]
Saue only ofte myghte they nat meete.
Ne leiser han hir speche to fullfille.
That it bifell right as I shal yow telle. [ 511]
(74)
That Pandarus which alwey dede his myghte. [ 512]
Right for the fyn þat I shal speke of heere.
And for to bryngen to his hous som nyghte.
His faire Nece and Troilus Ifeere. [ 515]
Where as at leiser al this heygh matere.
Touchynge hir loue were at the fulle vp bownde.
Hadde as hym thought a tyme to it fownde. [ 518]
(75)
ffor he with gret deliberacioun. [ 519]
Hadde euery thing / þat herto myght auaille.
fforncast / and put in execucioun.
And neyther left for cost ne for trauaille. [ 522]
Come if hem list hem sholde no thing faille.
And for to ben in aught espied ther.
That thoughte he wel and impossibil weere. [ 525]
(76)
Dredeles it cleere was in the wynde. [ 526]
Of euery pie / of euery lette game.
Thus al is wel / for al this worlde is blynde.
In this matere / bothe wild and tame. [ 529]
This tymber is al redy vp to frame.
Vs lakkith naught / but that we weton wolde.
A certein houre / in which she comen sholde. [ 532]
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And Troilus þat al this purueaunce. [ 533]
Knewgh at the fulle and wayted on it ay.
Hadde here vpon eke / maad his ordenaunce.
And fownde his cause / and therto al the aray. [ 536]
That yif þat he was myssed / nyght or day.
Ther while he was abouten this seruyse.
That he was gon to don his sacrefise. [ 539]
(78)
And moste at swich a temple allone wake. [fol. 49b] [ 540]
Answered of appollo for to be.
And first to sen the holy laurer quake.
Or þat apollo spake out of the tree. [ 543]
To telle hym whan þat grekis sholden flee.
And forthy lette hym no man god forbede.
But prey appollo þat he wolde hym spede. [ 546]
(79)
Now is ther litel moore for to doone. [ 547]
But Pandare vp and shortly for to seyne.
Right soone vpon the chaungyng of the moone.
whan lightles is the world a nyght or tweyne. [ 550]
And þat the wolkne shope hym for to reyne.
He streyght a morwe vnto his Nece wente.
Ye han wel herde the fyn of his entente. [ 553]
(80)
Whan he was there he gan anon to pleye. [ 554]
As he was wont / and at hym self to Iape.
And fynalich he swor and gan hir seye.
By this and þat / she sholde hym naught escape. [ 557]
Ne make hym lenger after hir to kape.
But certeynly she moste by hir leeue.
Com soupyn in his hous with hym at eue. [ 560]
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At which she logh and gan hir faste excusen. [ 561]
And seyde / it reyneth. lo how sholde I gon.
Lat be quod he / ne stonde nat thus to musen.
This mot be don / ye shol be there anon. [ 564]
So at the laste herof they fille at oon.
Or elles softe he swor hir in hir eere.
He wolde neuere come ther she weere. [ 567]
(82)
And she agayne gan to hym for to rowne. [ 568]
And axed hem / yif Troilus was there.
He swor hir nay / for he was out of towne.
And seide Nece I pose that he were. [ 571]
Ye thorste neuere han the moore feere.
ffor rather than men sholde hym ther espie.
Me were leuer a thousand foolde dye. [ 574]
(83)
Nat liste myn Auctour fully to declare. [fol. 50a] [ 575]
what þat she thoght whan he seyde so.
That Troilus was out of towne Ifaare.
As yif he seid soth therof or no. [ 578]
But þat she graunted with hym for to go.
Withoute a wayt syn þat he hir bisoughte.
And as his Nece obeyed as hir oughte. [ 581]
(84)
But natheles yit gan she hym biseche. [ 582]
Al theygh with hym to gon it was no fere.
ffor to be war of gosissh poeples speche.
That dremen thinges which þat neuere were. [ 585]
And wel auyse hem whom he broughte there.
And seide hym Em. syn I most on yow triste.
Loke al be wel / for I do þat yow liste. [ 588]
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He swor hir this by stokkys and by stoones. [ 589]
And by the goddes þat in heuen dwelle.
Or ellis were hym leuere fel and boones.
with Pluto kyng as depe bein in helle. [ 592]
As Tantalus / what shold I longe telle.
whan al was wele he roos and took his leeue.
And she to soper com whan it was eue. [ 595]
(86)
With a certein of hir owne men. [ 596]
And with hir fair Nece Antigone.
And oother of hir wommen ix or x.
But who was glad now. who as trowen ye. [ 599]
But Troilus / þat stod and myght it se.
Thorwe out a litel wyndowe in a stuwe.
Ther he byshet / syn mydnyght was in muwe. [ 602]
(87)
Vnwist of euery wight but of Pandare. [ 603]
But now to purpos whan þat she was come.
with alle Ioye and al frendes fare.
Hir Em anon in armes hath hir nome. [ 606]
And after to the soper alle and some.
whan tyme was to soper they hem sette.
God woot ther was no deynte for to fette. [ 609]
(88)
And after soper gonnen they to ryse. [fol. 50b] [ 610]
At ese wel with hertes frissh and glade.
And wel was hym þat koude best deuyse.
To liken hir. or þat hir laughen made. [ 613]
He song / she pleyde. he tolde tale of wade.
But at the laste as euery thing hath ende.
She toke hir leue. and nedes wolde wende. [ 616]
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But .o. fortune executrice of wierdes. [ 617]
O. Influences of thise heuenes hye.
Soth is þat vndir god ye ben oure hierdes.
Thogh to vs beestes ben the causes wrye. [ 620]
This mene I now for she gan homward hye.
But execut was al biside hir leeue.
The goddes wil / for which she moste bleue. [ 623]
(90)
The bente moone with hir hornes paale. [ 624]
Saturne and Ioue in cancro Ioyned weere.
That swich a reyn from heuene gan avale.
That euere I maner womman þat was theere. [ 627]
Hadde of þat smoky reyn a varrey feere.
At which Pandare tho logh and seide thenne.
Now were it tyme a lady to gon henne. [ 630]
(91)
But good Nece yif I myghte euere plese. [ 631]
Yow any thing / than prey ich yow quod he.
To don myn herte as now so grete an ese.
As for to dwele hir al this nyght with me. [ 634]
ffor Nece this yowre owen hous parde.
Now by my trowthe / I sey it nat a game.
To wende as now / to me it weere a shame. [ 637]
(92)
Criseide which þat koude as muche good. [ 638]
As half a world / took hede of this preyere.
And syn it roon / and al was on a flood.
She thought as good chepe may I dwellen here. [ 641]
And graunte it gladly with a frendes cheere.
And haue a thank / as grucche and thanne abide.
ffor hom to gon / it may nat wel bitide. [ 644]
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I wol quod she my vncle leef and deere. [fol. 51a] [ 645]
Syn þat yow list it skile is to be so.
I am right gladde with yow dwellen heere.
I seyde but a game I wold go. [ 648]
Iwys grannt mercy Nece quod he tho.
were it a game or no / soth for to telle.
Now am I glad syn þat ye wol dwelle. [ 651]
(94)
Thus al is wel / but þo bygan aryght. [ 652]
The newe daunce / and al the feste agayne.
But Pandarus if goodly hadde hee *. [[see in later hand over erasure.]] myghte.
He wolde han hied hir to bedde fayne. [ 655]
And seyde lorde this is a huge rayne.
This were a wedir for to slepyn Inne.
And that I rede vs soone to bigynne. [ 658]
(95)
And Nece woot ye where I shal yow leye. [ 659]
For þat we shal nat liggen for asonder.
And for ye nether shullen dar I seye.
Heeren noyse of reynes nor of thonder. [ 662]
By god right in my lite closet yonder.
And I wol in þat outter house allone.
Ben wardeyn of yow wommen euerychone. [ 665]
(96)
And in this myddel chaumbre that ye se. [ 666]
Shal yowre wommen slepyn wel and softe.
And al withInne shal yowr seluen be.
And yif ye liggen wel to nyght com ofte. [ 669]
But carith nought what wedir is o lofte.
The wyn anon / and whan so that yow liste.
Than is it tyme for to gon to reste. [ 672]
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Ther was no moore / but heraftir soone. [ 673]
They voyde dronke / and trauers drawe anon.
Gan euery wight þat hadde nat to doone.
Moore in the place / out of the chaumbre gon. [ 676]
And alweye in this meene while it ron.
And blewgh therwith so wonderliche loude.
That wel neygh no man heeren oother koude. [ 679]
(98)
Tho Pandarus hir em right as hym oughte. [fol. 51b]
with womman swich as were hir most aboute.
fful glade vnto hir beddesside hir brought.
And took his leeue./ and gan ful lowe lowte. [ 683]
And seide / her at this closet dore withoute.
Right ouerthwart yowre wommen liggen alle.
That whom yow list of hem ye may hir calle. [ 686]
(99)
So whan þat she was in the closet leyde. [ 687]
And alle hir wommen forth by ordinaunce.
A bedde weren / ther as I haue seyd.
There was no moore to skippen ne to traunce. [ 690]
But beden gon to bedde with meschaunce.
yif any man was steryng any where.
And lat hem slepyn þat in bedde weere. [ 693]
(100)
But Pandarus þat wel koude ech a del. [ 694]
The olde daunce / and euery poynt therInue.
whan þat he sey þat al thing was wele.
He thought he wolde vpon his werke bygynne. [ 697]
And gan the stewe dore al softe vnpynne.
And stille as stoone withouten lenger lette.
By Troilus adown right he hym sette. [ 700]
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And shortly to the poynt right for to gon. [ 701]
Of al this thing he tolde hym worde and ende.
And seide mak the redy right anon.
ffor thow shal into heuen blisse wende. [ 704]
Now seint venus thow me grace sende.
Quod Troilus. for neuere yit no nede.
Hadde ich or now./ 1. [ne hal in later hand over erasure.] ne haluendel the drede. [ 707]
(102)
Quod Pandarus ne dred the neuer a del. [ 708]
ffor it shal ben right as thow wolt desire.
So thryue I this nyght shal I mak it wel.
Or casten al the gruel in the fire. [ 711]
Yit blisful venus this nyght thow me inspire.
Quod Troilus / as wis as .I. the serue.
And euere bet and bet shal til I sterue. [ 714]
(103)
An yif ich hadde o venus ful of myrthe. [fol. 52a] [ 715]
Aspectis badde. of Mars or of saturne.
Or thow combust / or lete were in my burthe.
Thy fader pray ich al that harm desturne. [ 718]
Of grace / and þat I glad ayein may turne.
ffor loue of hym thow louedest in the shawe.
I meene Adon þat with the boor was slawe. [ 721]
(104)
O Ioue ek for the loue of fayre Europe. [ 722]
The which in forme of bole awey thow fette.
Now help .o. mars thow with thi blody cope.
ffor loue of Cipris thow me naught ne lette. [ 725]
O phebus think whan Dane hir seluen shette.
Vnder the barke / and laurer wax for drede.
Yit for hir loue .o. help now at this nede. [ 728]
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Mercurie for the loue of hierse eke. [ 729]
ffor which pallas was with aglauros wrothe.
Now helpe / and ek diane I the biseke.
That this viagge be nat to the loth. [ 732]
O fatal sustren / wiche or any cloth.
Me shapyn was / my destyne me sponne.
So helpith to this werke þat is bigonne. [ 735]
(106)
Quod Pandarus thow wrechched Mouses herte. [ 736]
Artow agast so / þat she wil the bite.
why don this furred cloke vpon thy sherte.
And folowe me / for I wol han the wyte. [ 739]
But bid and lat me gon biforn a lite.
And with that word he gan vndo a trappe.
And Troilus he broughte in by the lappe. [ 742]
(107)
The stierne wynd so loude gan it route. [ 743]
That no wyght oother noyse myght heere.
And they þat leyen at the dore withoute.
fful sikirly they slepten alle Ifeere. [ 746]
And Pandarus with a ful sobre cheere.
Goth to the dore anon withoute lette.
Ther as they leye /. and softelisch it shette. [ 749]
(108)
And as he come ayeinward pryuyly. [fol. 52b] [ 750]
His Nece awook / and asked who goth there.
My deere Nece quod he it am .I.
Ne wondreth naught ne haue of it no feere. [ 753]
And nere he com / and seyde hir in hir erere.
No word for loue of god I yow biseche.
Lat no wight rise and heeren of oure speche. [ 756]
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What which wey be ye comen bendiste. [ 757]
Quod she / and how thus vnwist of hem alle.
Here at this lite trappe dore quod he.
Quod tho Criseide / lat me som wight calle. [ 760]
I god forbede þat it shulde falle.
Quod Pandarus / þat ye swich folie wroughte.
They myght demen þat they neuere er thoughte. [ 763]
(110)
It nys nat good a slepynge hownde to wake. [ 764]
Ne yiue a wight a cause to deuyne.
Yowre wommen slepyn alle I vndirtake.
So þat for hem the house men myght myne. [ 767]
And slepyn wollen til the sonne shyne.
And whanne my tale Ibrought is to a ende.
Vnwist right as I cam so wole I wende. [ 770]
(111)
Now Nece myn ye shal wel vndirstonde. [ 771]
Quod he / so as ye wommen demen alle.
That for to holden longe a man in honde.
And hym hir lief and deere herte calle. [ 774]
And maken hym at howue aboue a calle.
I meene as loue a nother in this meene while.
Sche doth hir self a shame and hym a gile. [ 777]
(112)
Now wherby þat I telle yow alle this. [ 778]
Ye woot yowr self as wele as any wyght.
How þat yowr loue all fully graunted is.
To Troilus the worthieste knyght. [ 781]
Oon of this world / and therto trouthe Iplyght.
That but it were on hym alonge / ye nolde.
Hym neuer falsen while ye lyuen sholde. [ 784]
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Now stant it thus þat syn I fro yow wente. [fol. 53a] [ 785]
This Troilus right platly for to seyn.
Is thorwgh a goter by a pryue wente.
Into my chaumbre come in al this reyne. [ 788]
Vnwist of euery manere wight certeyn.
Saue of my selue as wisly haue I Ioye.
And by þat feyth I shal Pryam of Troye. [ 791]
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And he is come in swich peyne and destresse. [ 792]
That but he be al fully wood by this.
He sodeynly moot falle into woodnesse.