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This is sothe, þat I say, sir, with your leue :
Then he bowet the buerne & busket to syt, 2512 Seyit furth with sory chere, and his sete toke. When the kyng hade consayuit of his clere wit, The king was
confounded, and And his wordys full wise, all his wille chaunget; sat musing;
He was stonyt full stille & in a stody sate, 2516 And ferd of þe felle wordes, þat þe freike saide. All the buernes aboute abasshet per with,
shocked; Be cause of the kyng, þere countenaunse failed :
Was no wee þat a worde warpit þat tyme, 2520 But all stodyn full stille : astoneide pai were
ffor þe wordys of wit, þat þe wegh tolde;
and stood still, silent and astonished.
THE COUNSELL OF TROYLUS.
Than Troilus full tyte talkes with mowthe, 2524 Dat was be yongist of yeris, & a zepe knight,
Brake Sylense belyue, and abrode saide
name, why so
troubled and lost?
moved by a mad
priest who knows 2528 And meuyt so mykell, for a mad priste,
no knighthood That neuer colde of no knighthode, but in a
but scolding in
fferd be for fight, and O fer shun it,
Delight him in
drink and other Set hym to solas, as hym selfe likes. Who may
tell it for tru, or trust haue perin, 2536 bat any gome shuld be graithe of our goddes
a fleet be made
manned: and the
bat a foole shuld be forwise soche ferlies to know.
2540 If Elinus be argh, & ournes for ferde, that a fool should be forevise.'
Let hym tegh to be tempull, talke with his Let Helenus go to his temple;
Deuyne seruice to do, and fro drede kepe; und let other men,
And let other men Aunter, abill perfore, that are able, try to wipe out our 2544 ffor to shunt vs of shame, shend of our foos, shame,
And venge vs of velany & of vile gremy. Why, father, are Why fader, in faith, are yo so fer troublet you so troubled at his words?
At his wordys of waste, & his wit febill ? Command that 2548 Comaund, sir kyng, þat a clene nauy ready, and fully
Be redy to rode on þe rugh see,
All well for be werre, with wight men ynogh :
more, (MS. ' sororow") 2552 But it syt hom so sore, þat þai sorrow euer."
When Troilus hade told, & his tale endit, ended, all felt glad, and con
Hit blithet all the buernes, pat aboute stode,
Of his wit, & his wille, & wordes full bolde ; 2556 And confermyt his counsell by comyn assent.
Than comaund the kyng the courtte for to ryse; rose : the king and
Askit water wightly, wentton (to] meyte. lords with joy go to meat.
Bothe hym selfe and his sonnes, with sere lordes
us no more."
firmed his counsel.
The court then
his sons and the
THE ORDIN A UNSE FOR PARIS INTO GRESE.
When all had partaken, the king calls
(fol. 41 b.) his sons.
When etyn hade all men & at ese bene,
The kyng syttyng hym selfe, & his sete helde : 2564 He comaund for to cum of his kynd sons.
Parys apperit, pert Deffebus alse,
into Payone pere prise knightes dwellis,
He cominissions them to raise an army in Paeonia.
THE EXPEDITION OF PARIS PROPOSED.
after, he summons
the cruelties of
Doughty of dede, derfe men in Armys.
Assemble you soudiours, sure men & nobill, 2572 Shapyn in shene ger, with shippis to wynde,
The Grekys to greue, & in grem brynge.”
They set sail and 2576 Assemblit soudiours anon, mony sad hundrith; orders.
And lengit while þem list, þe lond was þere owne.
On the second day
knights, &c. 2580 And all the knightes to come, & clene men of
He states to them Then carpes the kyng his knightes vntill. 2584 “Now, lordes of my lond, & lege pepull !
And put vs, with hor pride, to pouerte full low. 2588 Of our souerans & sib men seruondis to be,
his grief and Ay hengis in my hert þe hethyng I thole;
meuys into mynd, & mekill me noyes ; 2592 And I sothely haue sent, as ye see all,
his message by
Antenor, and Antenor to aske hir, & Angur no more.
the result; He hade not of hom but hethyng & skorne,
Grete wordis & gref, & moche grym þrete; 2596 bat doublis my dole, & to dethe bryngis.
Now woundys shalbe wroght, weghes to sorow,
how he purposes I haue purpast Parys with prise men ynow, 2600 Into Grese for to go, & hom to greme;
expedition under Kylle of hor knightes, knocke hom to dethe ; (fol. 42 a.) Grype of hor godes, and agayne wyn.
Greeks; chefe hym by chaunce to get som choise
to send an
to kill and
seize some lady
who may be lady,
exchanged for Hesione.
I they confirm his purpose, he will carry it out: but if they oppose it, he will go no farther.
2604 Or sum woman to wyn, þat worthy is holdyn,
Bryng to this burghe, (& other brode godes,
may chefe by chaunse chaunge for Exiné. 2608 This I will þat ye wete, & your wille shewe ;
If ye deme it in dede, pus I do will;
And if ye list it be lefte, let me wete sone,
Hof pai touche me with tеne, all these tore harmes,
ffor it Angurt hom all, & out of ese brought : 2616 And as wise men witnes, & in writ shewes,
pat at longis to lenge on a lell comyns,
Protheus, son of Eusebius the philosopher, then addressed the king.
THE COUNSELL OF PROTHEUS.
hen tale of the trew was triet to be ende, 2620 And silens on yche syde sittyng full stille,
A stuerne of po stithe were stondyng aboute,
Dat was sothely the son of soueran Ewsebij,
pat, Ouyd in old tyme oponly tellus,
pat pictagoras the pure god possessiant was of. 2628 This protheus pertly put hym to say,
To the kyng in the court carpis thies wordes :-
And suffers me to say, Symple pof I be ;
"Ah, noble king! simple though I be, give heed to my statement,
which you will find to be true.
who knew every turn of fortune that should come.
that if Paris
2636 Hit is knowen to you kynd lord & your court
My father was a
philosopher, To the nowmber of nene skowre, & his nome (fol. 42 b.)
And fully was enformet of fortune deuyse, 2640 What be course was to cum of care & of ioye. Ofte he said me for sothe, & for sure tolde,
He told me often, bat if Parys with a pepull past into Grese, passed into
Greece, &c. In purpas to pray, or profet to gete, 2644 An wan pere a wife & away led, þat grete Troye shuld be tane, & tyrnyt to ground, great Troy should
be destroyed, &c. And all the buyldynges brent into bare askys :
Your selfe & your sons sothely be dede, 2648 With the Grekes in hor grefe; & þis ground lost. Wherfore, wheme kyng! for what þat may come, Wherefore, dear
king, beware! Let your lordship lystyn with a loue ere,
And wirke after wit, þat worship may folow: 2652 Syn wordys of wise men is no wit to dispise.
And nomely in pis note, þat noise not your selfe,
And persiueraunse of purpos may quit you to lure,
and rest for
perils Bothe in daunger and drede, & may dryfe of ? 2660 Absteyne you stithly, þat no stoure fall; And endure furthe your daye your
dere ese, In lykyng to lyue, & your ledis all,
Withouten heuynes or harme. Hedis to pat, 2664 And puttis of þat purpos; let paris not wend ;
expedition. Let Let anoþer do þat note, if hit nede shall. This is my counsell, sir kyng, carpe I no fer."
that mischief, At Protheus profesi pe pepull made noise, 2668 Myche Rumur rud speche at his red sonne; The people mock
Put of that
not Paris go. Let another do
if it must be."