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

Stanzas 91 through 100

This Troilus gan with tho wordes quyken,
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And seyde, "frend, graunt mercy, ich assente.
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But certeynly thow maist nat so me priken,
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Ne peyne non ne may me so tormente,
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That for no cas it is nat myn entente,
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At shorte wordes, though I deyen sholde,
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To rauysshe hire, but if hire self it wolde."
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"Whi so mene I," quod Pandare, "al this day.
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But telle me thanne, hastow hire wil assayed,
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That sorwest thus?" and he answerde hym, "nay."
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"Wherof artow," quod Pandare," thanne amayed --
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That nost nat that she wol ben yuele appayed --
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To rauysshe hire, syn thow hast nought ben there,
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But if that Ioue tolde it in thyn ere?
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"fforthi ris vp as nought ne were anon,
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And wasshe thi face and to the kyng thow wende,
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Or he may wondren whider thow art goon.
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Thow most with wisdom hym and othere blende,
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Or vp-on cas he may after the sende
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Er thow be war; and shortly, brother deere,
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Be glad, and lat me werke in this matere.
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"ffor I shal shape it so that sikerly
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Thow shalt this nyght som tyme, in som manere,
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Com speken with thi lady pryuely,
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And by hire wordes ek as by hire cheere
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Thow shalt ful sone aperceyue and wel here
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Al hire entente, and in this cas the beste;
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And fare now wel, for in this point I reste."
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The swifte fame, which that false thynges
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Egal reporteth lik the thynges trewe,
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Was thorugh-out Troye y-fled with preste wynges
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ffro man to man and made this tale al newe,
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How Calkas doughter with hire brighte hewe,
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At parlement with-outen wordes more
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Y-graunted was in chaunge of Antenore.
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The whiche tale anon right as Criseyde
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Hadde herd, she which that of hire fader roughte,
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As in this cas, right nought, ne whan he deyde,
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fful bisily to Iupiter bisoughte
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Ȝeue hem meschaunce that this tretis broughte;
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But shortly, lest thise tales sothe were,
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She dorst at no wight asken it for fere,
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As she that hadde hire herte and al hire mynde
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On Troilus i-set so wonder faste,
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That al this world ne myghte hire loue vnbynde,
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Ne Troilus out of hire herte caste;
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She wol ben his while that hire lif may laste.
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And thus she brenneth both in loue and drede,
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So that she nyste what was best to reede.
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But as men seen in towne and al aboute
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That wommen vsen frendes to visite,
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So to Criseyde of wommen com a route
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ffor pitous ioie and wenden hire delite;
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And with hire tales deere ynough a myte,
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Thise wommen which that in the Cite dwelle,
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They sette hem down and seyde as I shall telle.
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Quod first that oon, "I am glad, trewely,
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By-cause of ȝow that shal ȝoure fader see.',
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Another seyde, "ywis, so nam nat I,
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ffor al to litel hath she with vs be."
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Quod tho the thridde, "I hope, ywis, that she
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Shal bryngen vs the pees on euery syde,
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That, whan she goth, almyghty god hire gide."
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Tho wordes and tho wommanysshe thynges,
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She herde hem right as though she thennes were;
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ffor, god it woot, hire herte on othir thyng is:
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Al-though the body sat among hem there,
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Hire aduertence is alwey elles-where;
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ffor Troilus ful faste hire soule soughte;
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With-outen word on hym alwey she thoughte.
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