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Ho ros pan full radly, & ran to be kyng. With teris don trickelyng of hir tore ene, 2700 And a sembland full soure, sorow to be holde,
FATE MUST BE FULFILLED.
give up his
She prayet hym full pitously his purpos to leue. and prays him to
But I may sothely say, & for sure holde,— 2712 Hade the counsell ben kept of the knight Ector,
And the Ernyst speche Eftward of Elinus the
Turnys all entent, þat hym tary wold;
Cassandras care considret with all,
With the prophesy of Protheus put into hertys, 2716 Troy with pi toures hade bene a toune noble,
And wond in his weile to the worldes ende.
And pof hit chaunses to chefe pat men charge
To grow into gronnd harme & greuys full sore;
She runs to the king,
But fate is unyielding, and turns everything to its own purpose.
But had all the warnings
(fol. 43 b.) been heeded,
Troy would still have been a noble city, &c.
Spite, that is for ever bent on
In the month of May, when meadows are green, &c.
(fol. 44 a.) Paris and his brother come to court with 3000 knights.
Ships are shot forth,
to the number
of twenty-two, well victualled and manned,
Here begynnes the Seuynt Boke : how Parys went into Grese for Elan.
Envy, þat Euermore ertis to skathe,
This forward was festynit with a felle wille,
When sit was [the] Sun þese signes betwene,
2732 And the planet of pliades, with his playn course,
Into taure was turnyt as the tyme asket.
In the moneth of May, when medoes bene grene, And all florisshet with floures pe fildes aboute; 2736 Burions of bowes brethit full swete,
fflorisshet full faire; frutes were kuyt;
Comyn vnto courtte with company grete,
Of thre thowsaund pro knightes, priuand in
The pruddist of payone, prise men of honde.
2748 Stithe shippes & stoure stuffet with vitell,
The kyng comaund to come, & cald hym anon,
Bade hom buske & be boun & no bode make,
2760 That were purpast to pas on the pale stremys,
With a Sembland full sad, er he ses wold :—
he states the
2764 Ne mony wordes to warpe, for it is well knowen. expedition.
And harme with your hond, þat our hede slogh; 2768 To venge of our velany, & our vile grem
And hardlaike we hade of hom in þis londe :
With all your mightes to mene, & most to
On hom þat hir holdis, & vs harme dyd.
2780 I bid you now barly with besines at all,
The king calls
commands them to make ready to go with Paris immediately.
The people who are to go with Paris appear before the king:
"To get my sister Hesione out of bondage is your chief work:
(fol. 44 b.)
therefore, do all in your power to
hat ye set you most souerainly my suster to gete. accomplish it. Now is tyme most tore to tente pere aboute,
All your wants shall be supplied.
Paris shall be leader of this expedition; Deiphobus, next in command, with such nobles as Antenor, Eneas, &c."
When the king had ended, the
host take ship.
They set sail.
They reach the
(fol. 45 a.)
They make for
the island of
And to aunter on our Enmys with armes in werre,
Or any case to you come comford to haue, 2788 To be suppoueld by selfe & my sad helpe.
And if it falle you be fortune to forther your wille,
My Syster to sese, or any sure lady,
Ye haue shall my helpe & my hole strenght, 2792 To pas with a power to paire playne londys,
hat all the dayens vs doute shall for our derfe strokes,
And be war vs to wrathe to pe worldes end.
2796 And leder of these ledys & the lefe pepull;
And Deffebus, my dere son, I dem hym þe next;
When the Kyng hade declarit all his clene wille,
2804 Toke leue at þere lege with loutyng & teris;
2808 With Jono, the Juste god Joynet to be see,
Tyll þai comyn of the cost of Caucleda in spase:2812 of the regione of Rene, & rode pere in havyn.
Gayn vnto Grese on þe gray water,
By the Regions of Rene rode pai ferre,
ARRIVAL AT CYTHERA.
Ay boun to the banke, when hom best thoght,
2828 I shall telle you, when I tyme haue, tomly her
Ho was suster for sothe, as I said ere,
To Pollux the pert kyng, & his pere Castor,
þat soiournet the same tyme at the Cite Emscor,
2832 As legis in hor owne londes, a louely hom with, Ermonia, a Maydon þat þai moche louyt,
A doghter full dere of dame Elan the quene.
2836 And meuyt fro pere metyng at the mene tyme. Nawther company by course hade Kennyng of other,
But past to þere purpos & no prise made, And sailet vpon syde vnto sere costys. 2840 Parys and his pepull past by the stremys,
Hadyn wynd at hor wille, & the wedur calme,
Sytrinos forsothe, with Sailers to nome.
(MS. has Pire)
When the Grekes se the grete nauy, pai girdon The Greeks keep
away from the
He was brother
She was sister of