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A storre man of strenght & of stuerne will,
She pities Jason,
I haue pittye of your person & your pert face, And 3enernes of 30wthe, pat 30mers in my hert, assist him to win 544 pat causes me with counsell to caste for your
the golden fleece,
And put you in plite your purpos to wyn,
Both the whethir & pe wolle a-way for to lede,
TH[E] ONSUARE OF JASON TO MEDEA.
He onswared hir onesty opynond his hert,—
I thanke you a thowsaund tymes in my thro
556 þat ye kythe me suche kyndnes withouten cause
560 Than saide pat semely to be sure knyght,
if he will do as she desires.
The keping in case is vnknowen to yowe,
And the truthe of the tale vntold to your ere?
564 The perlouse pointtes pat passe you behoues,
And here I put me full plainly in your pure and submits to her
·་ pure will."
To do with me, damsell, as your desyre thynke,
Jason thanks her a thousand times,
(fol. 11 a.)
"Sir, wete ye not the wochis pat this wethir Unless he is
thoroughly acquainted with all the difficulties
to overcome, she advises him to abandon the enterprise.
Jason rejects such advice were he to follow it he would for ever be accounted a coward.
(MS. has "ylke a")
(fol. 11 b.)
Medea, on finding
Hit is vnlike any lede with his liffe pas,
And ye may strive with no stuerne but of your
568 Wo shuld pas out of perell fro po proude exin,
572 There is no gome vnder gode, þat hym greue may.
576 Wirkes as a wise man, & your wille chaunge,
TH[E] ONSUARE OF JASON TO MEDEA.
The wegh at hir wordes wrathit a litill,
I hope ye found me to fere & my faith breike;
I wole put me to perell and my payne thole, Do my deuer yf I dar, & for no dethe wonde. ffor yche wise man of wit, þat wilfully hetis 592 Any dede for to do, and dernly avowes,
Shuld chose hym by chaunce to chaunge out of lyue,
Ere he fayne any faintes & be fals holdyn."
Medea full myldly vnto pe mon said :
596 "It is playnly your purpos to put you to dethe,
600 I will shunt for no shame of my shene fader,
604 But in dede for to do, as I desyre wille."
"Moste worshipfull woman, wisest on erthe,
What-euer ye deme me to do, & my days laste, Jason accepts I hete you full highly with hert to fulfille, 608 And your wille for to wirke: wittenes our goddes."
ben Medea with mowthe motys þus agayne:66 And ye wede me with worship & to wiffe holde, If he will wed Lede me with likyng into your lond home; 612 No gatis me begyle, ne to grem brynge,
her, she will help
I hete you full hertely, pat I you helpe shall
I haue only pat aunter of all þat are quycke,
"Ah! this glorius gyste & this grete mede, hete me so hyndly to haue at my wille ! (Your-selfe, pat is sothely the semliest on lyue, And þe fresshist and fairest fed vpon erthe; -624 As the Roose in his Radness is Richest of floures,
him determined, promises to aid him on one condition.
(fol. 12 a.)
promises to fulfil all her desires.
In the moneth of May when medowes are grene,
As wyfe for to wede in worship and Joye:
Medea was mery at this mene graunt,
And to pat souerayn full soberly said o this wise:
"ffrynd, I am ffayne of þis faire heste,
640 And wele I hoope pu will holde pat pu here said : More suerty, for sothe, yet I sue fore;—
Yow swiftly shall sweire vppon swete goddes, This couenaunt to kepe & for no case chaunge. 644 But this tyme is so tore & we no tome haue,
We will seasse till, now sone, the sun be at rest,
And yche lede, as hym list, lullit on slepe.
648 I wull send to you sone by a sure maydon:
Bes wakond and warly; wyn to my chamber, here swiftly to sweire vpon swete (haloghes), All this forward to fulfill ye fest with your hond: 652 So may ye surely & sounde to my-selfe come, With daliaunce to dele as your dere wyffe.
I will you faithfully enforme how ye fare shall,
656 All your gate and your gouernaunse graidly to
The Knight was curtas, & kendly he said :— "Most louesom lady, your lykyng be done! As ye wilne for to wirke & your wille folowe, 660 In dede be it done, as ye deuysede haue." The lady with loutyng pen hir leue tase, ffirst at hir fadir and other fre buernes,
Past to hir priue chamber: & here a pas endis.