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she then gives to destroy venom and fire :
and a ring with
and a large roll which he must read:
Toke hit hym full tyte & tolde hym these
bat no poison enpaire might, þe power is soche :
He shulde slyde forth sleghly & vnslayn worthe.
And in Cicill forsothe sene was it first :
Whan he to cartage come vnknowen with sight.
hat was comly by crafte a clerke for to rede;
And grete all his goddes with a good chere;
As with sacrifice to shew & seruice to goddes,
þat he might worthely it welde, & away beire.
Thus enfourmet ho þat fre of pe fete euyn,
and a glass containing liquor to be cast into the mouths of the monsters.
(fol. 15 a.)
He then takes leave of Medea.
And þen lacches his leue & his loue kyst, 812 Past furth priuely and þat pert leuyt,
company and goes to ineet detes.
Enon lurkys to his loge, & laide hym to slepe.
Brightis all the burghe and the brode valis; 816 Meuyt ouer the mounteyns men to beholde.
Jason feynit with fare as he hade fast sleppit,
With Ercules and oper mo of his aune men, 820 He sues furth on þe soile to Chethes the kyng,
In company of kynges and oper clene burnes.
permission to Wold ye graunt me your grase goodly to wende, depart. I wold boune me to batell, and take my bare
aunter, 828 Yon worthy wethir to wyn, & your wille be."
THE COUNSELL OF CHETES TO JASON.
Æetes advises Jason to abandon the enterprise :
The Kyng þan full curtesly karpes agayne :
I am ferd, by my faith, of þi frele yowth, 832 þat hit lede pe to losse and þi lyffe tyne,
And me harme for to haue of thy hegh wille,
Derfore ffrynd, by my faith, vppon faire wise, 836 I counsell þe in kyrt, kaire to þi londe,
And put of his purpos, for perille þat may folowe." but finding him
“Sir I hade counsaill in pis case er I come here, (fol. 156.) 840 And ye shall boldly be blameles, þof me bale
bat I wilne of my wit & wilfull desyre.”
844 And ouer goddes be graunt grace of þi hele."
He lowted the lege kyng, & his leue toke,
Jason seeks the island where the fleece is kept.
Medea, in terror during his absence, bewails her love.
In an yle þat was negh pe noble kynges sete, 848 This clene flese was inclosede all with clere water,
Euon a forlong þerfro, & fully nomore.
Bowes euyn to pe banke & a bote fonde,
ffore to be fer syde, noght aferd was :
Armur & all thing atlet before,
And past furth prudly his pray for to wyn.
Lest þe ffyre shuld hym fere of þe fuerse bestes, 860 bat was blasound of brunston with a brem lowo.
Sho went vp wightly by a walle syde
ffor to loke on hir luffe, longyng in hert.
Sho brast out bright water at hir brode een.
“A! Jason my ioye & my gentill knight,
And for zenernes for-zete þat þe zeme shuld;
Neuer pe comly to kysse, ne clippe in myn armys. 872 Now full pristly I pray to my prise goddes,
hat I may see thee come sounde to pis sale enys, And me comford of thy coursse, kepe I no more."
When the knight was comyn into be cliffe ferre, 876 He waites vmbe hym wightly, & was ware sone
Of þe orible oxin, vgsome to see,
(fol. 16 a.) Jason gets his first view of the oxen that guard the golden fleece.
HOW JASON WON THE FLEECE.
bat no buerne might abide but he brent were ; 880 Hit gird from the grym with so gret hete.
HOW JASON WAN THE FFLESE OF GOLDE.
and reads the
spear are burnt.
He casts the
The tokyn hym taght was of a tru maiden
himself; sets the 884 Bothe the face and pe fete, & all þe fore perte. sacred image;
His noble ymage at his necke for neghyng of fyre, roll.
ffore evyn to be fight with þo felle bestes.
and And Jason for all po Japes hade nere his ioy lost,
Hade his licour ben to laite, þat þe lede caght, 892 And caste it be course into the core hete :
liquor and the Hit stake vp the stith lippes as stiffe bounden, As pai chaltrede were choisly with chenys of closed.
pat abatede the breme hete, brent it no more. 896 All cold it became & the course helde,
Bothe of ymur & aire, after I-wise.
the horns : they Of þe balefull bestes, & hom aboute ladde ; meekly submit to
the yoke, and 900 pai were made als meke as maistur behouet, plough up a
And as bowande to be bowes as any bestes might.
Pight hom into ploghe, pilde vp the vrthe, 904 Braid vp bygly all a brode ffeld : And all the gayre of the ground bere be gome (fol. 16 6.)
leuyt. Drow euyn to the dragon, dressit hym to fight, He attacks the
flerce dragon, As And he gird him agayne with a grym noyse:
him with flaine 908 Mony slecynges vnslogh throughe hys slote yode. And noise.
As pe welkyn shold walt, a wonderfull noyse
it rushes towards Book III.
With a smorther & a smoke smult through his
pat all blasit the bent on a breme lowe;
He straght fro hym stremes all of styth venym. 916 The freike was a-ferd of þat felle beste,
And raght to his Ryng in a rad haste,
All dropet the dule as he degh wold.
Is erdand in Jud, as Isoder sais :
bere is no derffe dragon, ne no du edder,
May loke on pe light, but he his lyffe tyne.
And drepit the dragon to the dethe negh.
Dange on the deuyll with a derffe wille,
Past out in the place pyne to be-holde.
With dynttes full dregh, till he to dethe paste, 936 And he Enfecte the ffirmament with his felle
Vnioynis the Jamnys þat iuste were to-gedur: 940 Gyrd out the grete tethe, grippet hom sone,
Sew hom in the soile or he sesse wold.
With a sword he deals it some dreadful wounds,
then cuts off its head, and sows the teeth.
(fol. 17 a.)
They start up armed knights, who fight till