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to hunt with

Fast from my
fellows I rode,
and soon left them

Hit fell me on a fryday to fare vppon huntyng. I went into the

With myrthe in the mornyng & mony other wood on a Friday

pepull, my people.

All went we to wod the wilde for to cacche;

2348 And laburt full long, laytyng Aboute. Till midday we

Till mydday and more myght we not fynde, found nothing: but when even

ffor to wyn as for waithe in þat wode brode ; song was past,

Tyll hit entrid to euyn, & euynsong was past.

2352 Then it fell me by fortune, fer on a playne, I beheld a hart

As I beheld þurgh a holte, a hert for to se, feeding on a plain all alone.

bat pastured on a playn pertly hym one:

And I cast me be course to cum hym before. 2356 ffast fro my felowes & fuersly I rode,

Euper lede hade I lost, & left me behynde, all behind.

And swaruyt out swiftly, might no swayne folo. On through the

So I wilt in the wod and the wilde holtis,
wood I worked
till I came to a 2360 ffer fro my feres, and no freike herde,
dusky place and
lost the deer.

Till I drogh to a derke, and the dere lost.
He prong into picke wodes, þester with in,

ffor thornes and tres I tynt hym belyue. Then I ceased and 2364 Than I sesit of my sute, & softly doun light,

Beheld to my horse, þat hote was of Rennyng,
All swoty for swyme and his swift course,
That stremys from hym straght, & stert vppon

be erthe,

2368 And dropis as dew or a danke rayne. All weary I


I wex and wyll of my gate,
became; and
seizing the reins,

And raght to my reyne, richet o lenght, I bound my horse

Bound vp my blonke to a bogh euyn ; to a bough:then stretched me 2372 And graithed me to grounde as me gode liked, on the ground under the bright

In a shadow of shene tres & of shyre floures, trees;

Quer hild for þe hete hengyng with leues. and placing my

My bow þat was bigge, & my bright qwyuer, bow and quiver as a pillow, I soon 2376 Arowes and other geire atled I anon, fell asleep. Pight as a pyllow, put vnder my hede;

; And sleghly on slepe I slypped be lyue.






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before thee with

are stad in a
strije, which
you are to decide.

cast among them.

I drow into a dreme, & dreghly me thought 2380 That mercury the mykill God, in þe mene tyme, Mercury and the Thre goddes hade gotten goyng hym bye,

three goddesses, That come in his company clere to beholde :

(fol. 39 a.) Venus the worthy, þat wemen ay plesyn; Venus, Pallas,

and Juno, stood 2384 And Palades, with pure wit þat passes all other; before me.

And Jono, a iustis of ioyes in erthe.
These ladis he lefte a litill besyde,
And sothely hym seluyn said me thies wordes. That Mercury

spoke thus :2388 “To the, Paris, I appere with pre prise goddes, Paris ! I appear That are stad in a strife here stondyng besyde ; these three

goddesses, that And haue put hom full plainly in þi pure wit,

To deme as be dere thinke & þai in dede holde, 2392 When treuthe is determynet & tried by the.

Thus it be fell hom by fortune, faire as I telle :
As þai sate in hor solas samyn at a fest,

As they sat at a

feast, an apple of An appull of a new shap, þat neuer man hade sene, a new shape was 2396 Coyntly by crafte was cast hom amonge.

Hit was made of a mater meruell to shew,
With grete letturs of Grece grauyn þere vmbe.

The inscription To rede it by reson rankes might se, 2400 That the fairest of þo fele shull þat fe haue :

And duly this dome haue pai done o þi selfe,
And put on þi person hor pese for to make.
The is hight for to haue highly by me,

such they promise 2404 A mede of po mighty to mend the with All,

As in rewarde for to ricche of hir þat right has :
That ye faithfully shall falle & not faile of.
Yf pou Juge it to Jono, this ioye shall þou If you adjudge it

to Juno, you shall haue, 2408 To be mightiest on molde, & most of all other :

This ho grauntis ye to gyffe of hir good wille.
And if pou put it to Palades, as for your prise If to Pallas ;-

toisest of toit,' Thou shalbe wisest of wit—this wete pou for


bore that the fairest should have it.

You must make their peace; and

as your reward.

becoine the
mightiest on


thou shalt be the

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If to Venus ; thou shalt have the fairest lady in Greece.

I cannot

naked and all

2412 And know all the conyng, þat kyndly is for men.

Iff pou deme it in dede duly to Venus,
Hit shall falle the, to fortune, pe fairest of Grice

To haue and to holde, to bi hegh mede.'
2416 When mercury hade menyt this mater to ende,

And graunt me pise gyftis hit gladit my hert. I answered ;

I onswaret hym esely euyn vponon :determine, unless

• This dome is in dowte to demyng of me, I see them (fol. 89 6.) 2420 The certayn to say, but I hom segh naked ;

And waited hom wele, þo worthy togedur, together.'

The bodies aboute with my bright Ene.

Than shuld I full sone say, as me thought,

2424 And telle you the truthe, & tary no lengur.' Mercury said ;

Then mercury with mowthe bus menyt agayne;• Be it as you desire.'

• Be it done euyn in dede as þi dissire is.' And all stood

Than nakuet anon full naitly were all, naked before me.

2428 And broght to me bare :- I blusshet hom on.

I waited hom witterly, as me wele thoght,
All feturs in fere of þo fre ladys.

Hit semit me for certayn, & for sothe dom, Truly, Venus was 2432 Hat Venus the vertuus was verely the fairest, the fairest, and I

Most excelent of other, and onest to wale : apple.

And I duli, be dom, demyt hir the appull.

And ho fayn of þat faire, & frely me het 2436 That the mede shuld be myne, but mercury saide.

ben wightly þai went. I wackonet with þat, And grippet my gayre & my gate helde.

Now, howpe ze not hertely, þat þis hegh goddes I am certain, 2440 Will faithly fulfille paire forward to ende? that, if I am sent into Greece,

I am certen and sure, be I sent forthe, I shall bring

The brightiest lady to bryng of po brode londys. brightest lady of

Now, meke fader and mylde ! þis message to do, 2444 Ye deme your dere son, & dresse me perfore :

Hit shall glade you full godely agaynes your

gret anger, And fille you with faynhed, in faithe I you hete."

awarded her the

Then I awoke.

home the

that land."



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When he told hade his tale tomly to the ende, 2448 He enclinet the kyng, and Carpit no more.


" Dear father! suffer me to say If the result of each deed were

who would under

considered how

be sown.

Then Deffebus drogh negh, dressit hym to say, — (Deiphobus.)
Com before the Kyng, & Carpit on highe:

All soberly, for sothe, & sylens he hade.
2452 “Now, dere fader yppon dese, & our due Kynge !

Suffers your son to say at this tyme :-
And pe dome of yche dede were demyt before,
To grepe at þe begynnyng, what may grow after; known before-

hand, 2456 To serche it full suerly, and se to be ende,

With due deleberacion for doutis of Angur;
Who shuld hastely on hond an heuy charge take?

(fol. 40 a.) And he cast be course what shuld come after,

take any heavy

charge ? 2460 Shuld neuer purpos vnperisshit be putto A yssu ;

Ne neuer no man no note to no end bryng.
Iff tylmen toke tent what shuld tynt worth,

If husbandmen
Of sede þat is sawen, be sesyng of briddes, much seed the

birds destroy, 2464 Shuld neuer corne for care be caste vppon erthe : none should ever

Ne neuer dede shuld be done but drese furth to

noght. Therfore, fader, it is fairest, þat ye a flete ordan, Therefore, father,

send forth a fleet, With a nauy full nobill, bis note to begynne ;

and give Paris 2468 Puttis it to Parys, & let hym passe furthe,

As he said you hym seluyn, is sothely the best :
No pure man may pertly preue it for other.
And if it happon hym to haue any hynde lacly, and if he win any

noble lady 2472 Or any worthy to wyn & Away lede, Hit may chese you, be chaunse, to chaunge hir you may choose

to exchange her agayne,

for your sister," Your suster to sese and in sound wyn,

þat our fame so defoules, & is in filthe holdyn.” 2476 When Deffebus hade done, he dressit hym to

By leue of the lordes, þat liket his wordes.

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wild ire!

found that



Then Elinus, eftesones, (was Eldist of birthe
After Deffebus, by destyny) he drest hym to

2480 Come before the kyng, declarit his wit,

And warpet these wordes, as ye wete shall. “Ah! comely

“A! comly kyng coronid, þat þis kith aw! king, work not unwisely in your

Lot no blyndnes you blenke, ne your blisse faide, 2484 Vnwisely to wirke in your wilde yre.


. I know me so konyng in the clene Artis, By the gift of

Thurgh gifte of god, & your goode fyndyng, God, I know all that will happen: hat I wot all the wordys, & the wilde Angres, and you have

2488 þat be course are to come, & the cause why.
all my prophecies
have come to

Your seluyn sothely asayet haue before,
I told you neuer tale in tymo þat is past,


faithfully haue found it fore as I said. (fol. 406.) 2192 Therfore, putte of this purpos; Let Paris not go

On no wise in this world, for woo þat may

I say you for certen, & it so worthe,

That Paris be put furthe his purpos to holde,

2496 Gird vp into Grese, & any grem wirke; Else this city

This Cite full solempne sesit be þen,

With the Grekes to ground gird vnder fote, destroyed, &c.

And we exiled for euer : this Aunter shall

falle. Abstain, then,

2500 Abstene pen stithly, þat no stoure happon,

bat drawghes to our dethe, vndoyng for euer.

Soche bargens are bytter, þat hafe a bare end. lest ye le over

Turne your entent, lest it tyde after, whelmed with woe; you and 2504 pat ye be drepit with dole, and done out of your sons slain; and Hecuba, your

wife, left in

And Ecuba, your owne wife, angur to pole;
Your sones vnsoberly slayne in the place.

All thies cases shall come, I know it full wele, 2508 Yi Paris pas furth, as purpos is takon.

Put off this purpose : on no wise let Paris go on this venture.

shall be taken by the Greeks, and


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