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JASON RETURNS TO ETES.
are overcome and Jason obtains the
944 Delt dynttes full derffe, geuyn depe woundes. These balefull brether batell so longe,
they destroy each Till none left was alyue ne o lofte stode. Now thies charmys & enchauntementtes are
cheuit to noght,
The exin left on þe lond vnneth lyfe in,
golden fleece. 952 He glydis forthe gladly to the golde flese,
Wynnes to the wethir, wroght hym to dethe,
Thonkes gretly his goddis þut hym grace lent 956 The flese for to fonge and no fay worthe.
Jason was ioly, hade Juels ynogh,
Stird ouer the streame streght to þe lond, 960 bere he found all his feris fayne of his werke ; Jason joins his
companions, and Ercules and oper þat euer were abyding,
Æetes, bat fayne were to fonge þat freike vppon lyue.
Jason with ioy and his ioly ffellowes
And he as wee full of worship welcomed hom all who pretends to
Hade no deynté of the dede but dere at his hert, 968 Ne of ryches so Riall þat the Renke hade :
He assignet hym a sete by hym-selfe euyen.
zet merueld hym more how Mars was distroyed,
(fol. 17 b.)
Medea rejoices Was Joyfull of Jason, Aioynit hym to,
Kyst hym full curtesly, and of his come fayne, safety. 976 By þat semly he sate as hir syre bade,
Ho prayet hym priuely all with pert wordes,
they all return to
that Jason has returned in
Jason proposes to depart immediately. Medea pleads for delay.
And he hir graunted pat gate with a good wille. 980 When it turnyt to þe tyme as I told ere,
He bowes to hir bed bere he ben hade,
In Solas on soche wise as hom-selfe thoght,
ffor to fare on þe fome into fer londes ;
ben leuyt þai the lond and no leue toke,
With þe maiden Medea & myche oper goodes, pai turne into Tessaile with-outen tale more,
Hit vp into a havyn all the hepe samyn.
bat Jason of his Jorney Joifully hade sped,
They steal away by night.
Jason and Hercules cherish vindictive feelings towards Laomedon, son of Ilus, king of Troy.
996 Jason of his Jorney was ioyfull ynoghe,
hat he hade fongit þe flese & pe fresshe gold; He hedit not the hestes ne the hegh othes,
Ne he keppid no couenaund to be kynd maydon. 1000 But a Sourdyng with sourgrem sanke in his hert,
And a lourekand lust to Lamydon the kyng :
hai comynd in the case, cast hom þerfore,
Of dyshoner he did and his derfe wordes,
the grettyst of Grise gremyt þerat;
And heghly to helpe heghtyn þai all, 1008 As I shall telle you the treuthe truly hereaftur.
(fol. 18 a.)
All charge of þis chaunse, chefe how it will,
He sped hym vnto spart, sparit he noght, 1012 bat a cuntre is cald of be coste of Rome.
Tow brether full bold abidyng þer-in,
And Pollux, þe proude, pristly þat other. 1016 As poyetis han put, plainly po two
Were getyn by a gode on a grete lady,
And a suster to be same, sothly, was Elyn, 1020 Getyn of þe same god in a goode tyme.
To these kynges he come & his cause tolde,
Suet forth to (Salame) in a sad haste,
One Telamon trewly, as pe text sayse,
A bold man in batell & byg in his Rewme.
He goes to
The fleets of the allies of Hercules
1032 With mony bold men in batell and biggest in
To Pelleus pertly þen past he agayne, (fol. 186.)
Assemblid of Soudiours a full sadde pepull,
Of the tidiest of Tessaile, tore men of strenght. Peleus, king of Thessaly, and to 1036
ben to Philon pe freike ferkit in haste, Nestor, king of Pylus, who
To a Duke þat was derffe & doughti of honde, promise to
Nestor, A noble man naitest in werre,
pat hade louyt hymn of long, & his lefe frynde; 1040 He hight hym full hertely þat he haue sholde
ffertheryng to his fight with a fre wille.
To Pelleus pristly, þat puruiaunce hade made 1044 Of twenty shippes full shene, shot on pe depe,
All redy to the Roode of pe roghe ythes,
ben comyn thies kynges fro þer kyth evyn, meet at Thessaly; 1048
Saylyng full sound with seasonable wyndes ;
At Tessaile full tyte turnyt into havyn, year when the sun enters Aries,
ffor to fare to bere ffoos with a ffryke wille. they set sail for
pus it tyd as I telle pe tyme of pe yere, Troy.
1052 be sun in his sercle was set vppon high,
Entrid into Aries vnder a signe,
Stormes were still, þe sternes full clere ,
Bowes in bright holtes buriont full faire ;
Swoghyng of swete ayre, Swalyng of briddes;
Colord by course as paire kynd askit.
The season full softe of þe salt water,
and at the season of the
(fol. 19 a.)
and lie at anchor
Thies kynges, with knightes in companies grete, 1068 Past fro port, pulled vp þere sailes,
Were borne to be brode se & the banke leuyt;
arrive at Sigeuin, 1072 Of the terage of Troy & turnyt into hauyn,
till morning. pat sothly was said Segeas to nome. By thies rialles aryven were, to rest was pe
And neghed to pe night, noy was be more : 1076 Kaste ancres full kene into þe (cold) water,
Wen the derke was done & the day sprange, 1080 And lightid o lofte ledis to beholde, The Grekys in hor geyre graithid hom to banke, The Greeks land,
pitch their tents, Launchid vp lightly lordis and other.
and set guards
before Laomedon The kyng had no knawlache, þat the kith aght, is aware of their 1084 Of the folke so furse þat hym affray wold,
ffor-þi vnkeppit were pe costes all þe kythe ouer.
Armur and all thinge euyn as hom liked : 1088 Tild vp þere tentis tomly and faire,
Skairen out skoute-wacche for skeltyng of harme,
To appere in his presens, princes and dukys.
And were set all samyn þe souerain before.
wordes,— Sais, “Ye noblist of nome þut neuer man The counsel of
adouted, The worde of your werkes & your wight dedis, And the prise of your prowes passes o fer ! (fol. 190.)
Peleus summons a council of war to meet in his tent.