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2220 The more the greuaunce is grete & to gref turnys. If we desyre no redresse of dedis before,
We may boldly vs byld with bostis out of Reason. Now, dere fader, in faithe of all my fre brether, 2224 Non is holdyn so highly the harme for to venge, Of my graunsers grefe so gretly as I:
ffor I am Eldest and heire after hym belyue, And the first of vs fyue, as falles by chaunce. 2228 So first will I found his fos for to greue,
And couet it by course, as comys in my hert,
2232 That my graunser with greme gird vnto dethe,
2236 I aske of you O thing, but angurs you noght, — Lettis mene to your mynde at pis mene tyme, And consider to oure cause with a clene wit;
Let oure gate be so gouernet, pat no grem folow, 2240 Ne no torfer betyde, ne no tene after.
Ouer lokes all lures to the last ende,
What wull falle of pe first furthe to pe middis;
2244 And loke to pe last end, what lure may happyn.
Hit is no counsell to encline, ne to calle wise,
2248 What proffet any prowes with a prowde entre,
To begyn any goode, on a ground febill,
And fortune it faile, and haue a fowle ende? Hit is wit for to wayue soche a wilde counsell, 2252 And put of a purpos, þat enpaire might,
Or þat wayueris in wer what shall worthe of;
Licker at þe last end in langore to bide,
2256 A blisfull begynnyng may boldly be said,
And eschew soche a chaunse pat cheuys to
Ye wetyn pis full wele, worshipfull fader! 2264 pat all Auffrike & Europe are vnder pere power,Sittyn to hom subiecte, & mony syde londes, bat fild are all full of fuerse men of Armys;Of Knightes full kene, & cant men of wille, 2268 And of comyns to count out of course mony,
ffull wise men of wer, and war of hor dedys. There are not in Asia, to Ame all the pepull, So fele fightyng folke be a fuerse nowmber, 2272 As the Grekes may gedur & get when hom likes. Hit semes more sertain, sothely, to me,
as more likely to turn to sorrow than to joy.
And to put vs fro pes payne for to thowle? 2284 Sothely your suster sittes vs not so harde,
'That only is a good beginning which hath a fair issue.'
You know full well O father! that all Africa and Europe, and many other lands, are under the power of the Greeks;
(fol. 37 b.)
Yff we wackon vp werre with weghes so fele, That are bigger in batell, boldest in Armys, 2276 Hit may negh vs with noy, but neuer to our ioye. grief, but never to
therefore if we waken up war with them, we may come to
Lakys to our lyving, and likyng we haue
Of Riches full ryfe, of rest at our wille; 2280 ffull stithe of astate, & stondyng at ese.
Why couet we combraunse, or cachyng of harme, Why covet we
Indeed it seems unjust to put us all in peril for
one, who was long ago taken captive.
I carp not thus through
While we may, let us put off a purpose that can lead only to harm."
(fol. 38 a.)
I dread the loss of 2296 ffor lure and for losse of the londe hole;
the whole land,
and of yourself.
"Now, most faithful father! suffer me to speak.
Who shall be afraid, since we are prosperous, have abundance of everything?
'To chaunge for hir choisly the cheuyst of vs here;
Or all so myght Aunter to atter for euer.
To seke pis, in certayn, hit semys not euyn; 2288 And put vs all in perell for pyne for hir one,
bat long sythen was laght & out of lond broght, And mey be drepit with dethe in yeres a few; And all the 30meryng for yeten in yeres A lyte. 2292 Now hoope ye not, hynde fader, ne in hert thinke,
That I carpe thus for cowardys, & be course ferde,
But I doute it for destany, and drede at pe ende,
Bothe of soile & of Septor, soueraynly of you ;—
And chese vs a chaunse pat cheuys to noght.
2300 While we may stithly absteyne, & stond at our ese, Hit is leifull to leue syche lykynges in hele; And put of a purpos of a proude sute,
þat harmes at þe hynder ende & heuy to beire." 2304 When Ector hade answaret & endet his tale, He enclynet the Kyng & closit his mowthe.
THE COUNSELL OF PARIS ALEXAUNDER.
Than parys aprochyt And put hym to say,
I shall put you to purpos and plesauns at ende.
2312 Who might faithfully be ferde, or fortune to
Syne we are put in prosperite & pepull so fele,
With a Cite full sure, and set for the werre ; 2316 With Armure, and all things abill to fight.
PARIS URGES IT.
We might say this for certen, & suppose it in
Syn we are put in prosperite, and pepull so fele,
2320 Therfor, faithfull ffader, fclow your
And yff it like your Aliegiaunce, þat I, your
Be sent from your seluon with sure men of
2328 An aioynet to pis Jorney with iuste men & sure; I am siker, for sothe, it shall vs wele like, Worship to wyn, and our wille haue.
ffor my goddis me grauntid, & of grace lent, 2332 The Grekes for to grefe, & of grem bryng; Confound of hor cuntres, kylle of hor pepull, And the lustist lady in hor lond wyn;
Bryng hur to pis burghe, & no bale suffer, 2336 That be chaunget by chaunse for your choise
And yf ye wilne for to witte how hit worthe
I shall telle you the trewthe how me tyde euyn;
I shall rejoice to be sent on this journey;
for my gods have granted me gra e to vex the Greeks,
and to win the lustiest lady in their land.
THE VISYON OF PARIS.
while I was in a
"Hit is not meuyt of mynde ne mony day past, Not long ago, Syn I was leut in a londe, þat is lefe ynde, Your biddyng to obey, as my blithe ffader. In the season of somer, er the sun rose, 2344 As it come into canser, and be course Entred,
land called Inde, (fol. 38 b.)
I went into the
Till midday we
I beheld a hart
Fast from my
fellows I rode,
On through the
All weary I
Hit fell me on a fryday to fare vppon huntyng.
All went we to wod the wilde for to cacche;
Till mydday and more myght we not fynde,
Euper lede hade I lost, & left me behynde,
under the bright
2360 ffer fro my feres, and no freike herde,
Then I ceased and 2364 Than I sesit of my sute, & softly doun light,
Till I drogh to a derke, and the dere lost.
2368 And dropis as dew or a danke rayne.
I bound my horse
to a bough
then stretched me 2372 And graithed me to grounde as me gode liked,
on the ground
In a shadow of shene tres & of shyre floures,
Beheld to my horse, þat hote was of Rennyng,
That stremys from hym straght, & stert vppon
Ouer hild for pe hete hengyng with leues.
My bow þat was bigge, & my bright qwyuer,
and placing my
bow and quiver
as a pillow, I soon 2376 Arowes and other geire atled I anon,
Pight as a pyllow, put vnder my hede;
And sleghly on slepe I slypped be lyue.