Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde
Geoffrey Chaucer
B.A. Windeatt

Stanzas 71 through 80

["If thow hast had in loue ay yet myschaunce,
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And kanst it not out of thyn herte dryue,
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I that leuede yn lust and in plesaunce
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With here as muche as creature on lyue,
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How sholde I that foryete and that so blyue?
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O where hastow ben hid so longe in muwe,
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That kanst so wel and formely arguwe?
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"Nay, nay, god wot, nought worth is al thi red,
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ffor which, for what that euere may by-falle,
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With-outen wordes mo I wol be ded.
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O deth that endere art of sorwes alle,
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Com now syn I so ofte after the calle;
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ffor sely is that deth, soth for to seyne,
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That ofte ycleped cometh and endeth peyne.
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"Wel wot I, whil my lyf was in quyete,
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Er thow me slowe I wolde haue yeuen hire;
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But now thi comynge is to me so swete
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That in this world I no thing so desire:
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O deth, syn with this sorwe I am a-fyre,
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Thou other do me anoon yn teris drenche,
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Or with thi colde strok myn hete quenche.
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"Syn that thow sleest so fele in sondry wyse
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A-yens hire wil vnpreyed day and nyght,
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Do me at my requeste this seruice:
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Delyuere now the world, so dostow right,
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Of me that am the wofulleste wyght
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That euere was; for tyme is that I sterue,
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Syn in this world of right nought may I serue."
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This Troylus in teris gan distille,
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As licour out of a lambyc ful faste;
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And Pandarus gan holde his tunge stille,
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And to the ground his eyen doun he caste;
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But natheles, thus thought he at the laste:
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"What, parde, rather than my felawe deye,
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Yet shal I som-what more vn-to hym seye."
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And seyde, "frend, syn thow hast swych distresse,
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And syn the list myn argumentz to blame,
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Why nylt thi seluen helpen don redresse,
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And with thy manhod letten al this grame?
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Go rauysshe here ne kanstow not for shame?
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And other lat here out of towne fare,
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Or hold here stille and leue thi nyce fare.]
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"Artow in Troie and hast non hardymente
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To take a womman which that loueth the,
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And wolde hire seluen ben of thyn assente?
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Now is nat this a nyce vanitee?
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Ris vp anon and lat this wepyng be,
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And kith thow art a man, for in this houre
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I wol ben ded or she shal bleuen oure."
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To this answerde hym Troilus ful softe
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And seyde, "perde, leue brother deere,
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Al this haue I my self ȝet thought ful ofte,
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And more thyng than thow deuysest here.
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But whi this thing is laft thow shalt wel here,
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And whan thow me hast ȝeue an audience,
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I her-after maystow telle al thi sentence.
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"ffirst, syn thow woost this town hath al this werre
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ffor rauysshyng of wommen so by myght,
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It sholde nought be suffred me to erre,
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As it stant now, ne don so gret vnright:
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I sholde han also blame of euery wight,
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My fadres graunt if that I so with-stoode,
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Syn she is chaunged for the townes goode.
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"I haue ek thought, so it were hire assent,
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To axe hire at my fader of his grace;
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Than thynke I this were hire accusement,
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Syn wel I woot I may hire nought purchace:
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ffor syn my fader in so heigh a place
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As parlement hath hire eschaunge enseled,
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He nyl for me his lettre be repeled.
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