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By leue of the lord þat pe lond aght. After custome to kepe as the Kyng set, 380 Chethes full soberly & with sad wordes,
Has grauntid godely pat he go shuld,
With all deintes on dese put were dere holden;
388 The Kyng was full curtais, calt on a maiden,
Bede his doughter come downe & his dere heire,
All the cause of his come to Calcos was pan: ffor the flammond fles pat fele had desyrid, He hade wille for to wyn & away lede,
And kyndly hade conyng in the clene artis : 400 pere was no filisofers so fyn found in pat lond, Might approche to put precious apoint of her wit.
THE CRAFTE OF MEDEA.
Of nygramansi ynogh to note when she liket, And all the fetes full faire in a few yeres. 404 Wyndis at hir wille to wakyn in the aire,
Gret showres to shede & shynyng agayne,
And the light make les as hir lefe thought;
THE CRAFT OF MEDEA.
To clere Sune into Clippis & the cloudes dym;
And the course agayne calle into clere youthe.
416 All thies Japes ho enioynit as Gentils beleued, All thies maistres & mo she made in hir tyme, Als put is in poisé and prikkit be Ouyd,
bat feynit in his fablis & other fele stories. 420 Hit ys lelly not like, ne oure belefe askys,
bat suche ferlies shuld fall in a frale woman ;
And ilke a planet hase put in a plaine course, 424 pat turnys as pere tyme comys, trist ye non other.
As he formed hom first flitton þai neuer ;
Ne the clere Sune neuer clippit out of course yet, But whan Criste on the crosse for our care deghit; 428 Than it lost hade the light as our lord wold, Erthe dymmed by dene, ded men Roose, The gret tempull top terned to ground. This Medea the maiden, pat I mynt first, 432 pat gay was in garmentes & of good chere,
and Ovid sung; but such power is impossible in a frail woman, and belongs only to God.
The bright sun was never eclipsed
out of course but
when Christ died "for our care."
And als wemen haue wille in þere wilde youthe,
This gentill by Jason ioinet was to sit,
(fol. 9 a.) Medea richly
beside Jason, as the king commands.
As be comaundement in courtte of hir kynd fader. dressed sits Hit is wonder of the wit of this wise kyng, 440 Wold assent to pat sytting pat hym sewet after, And his doughter to dresse in daunger of loue, To sit with pat semely in solas at þe meite. Syn wemen are wilfull & pere wit chaunges,
When Medea is set between her father and Jason she blushes for shame. With fear and longing she glances at each, till,
quite overcome with love, she can neither eat nor drink.
(fol. 9 b.)
But she keeps it close in her heart, and speaks thus with herself:
"I would yon worthy had wed me! At board and bel I were blessed.
And so likrus of loue in likyng of yowthe, bis vnwarnes of wit wrixlis hys mynd. What forthers pi fare and pi false goddes, And Mars the mighty þat þu mykill trist? 448 Agayne pe wyles of wemen to wer is no bote.
THE SODEN HOTE LOUE OF MEDEA.
When this mylde in hir maner was at þe meite
Betwene hir fader and pe freke, þat I first ment,
Hir Ene as a trendull turned full rounde,
And sethyn on pat semely with a sad wille;
And she light on pat lede with a loue egh ;
The sight of pat semely sanke in hir herte,
464 And hir talent was taken for tastyng of wyne.
Soche likyng of loue lappit hir with in,
That euyn full was þat fre and no fode touchet
That no wegh pat hir waited wist of hir thought;
472 "I wold yonder worthy weddit me hade,
So hardy, so hynd in hall for to se,
476 So luffly, so lykyng with lapping in armys;
MEDEA IN LOVE WITH JASON.
As pai wylne to be woghit pere worship to saue. Mony burdys bene broght to paire bare dethe, 484 þat wondyn for wonderfful paire wille for to
488 Be leue of pe lordes and pe ledys all.
Whan pe fest and þe fare was faren to the ende,
The Knightes at the Kyng cachyn pere leue,
Medea the mylde, þat I ment first,
ffor to bring it aboute & hir bale voide.
Thus sho drof forth hir dayes in hir depe thoght,
500 Till it fell hir by fortune, as I fynd here,
Medea retires to her own chamber,
and in a longing
of love seeks to compass her desire.
(fol. 10 a.)
On a day, as the Dukes were ouer des set,
One day, as the
cominuning, Eetes bids her come and sit by the knights to
Chethes for pat semly sent into chamber, 504 Bade his doughter come doune to hir dere fader: solace them.
And sho obeit his bone, & of boure come
She sits beside Jason; and while the company are eagerly listening to Hercules, the lovers are left to themselves.
Medea excuses herself to Jason for speaking to him so freely.
(fol. 10 b.)
Such courtesy is due to him as a stranger.
And he assignet hir a seite, pat hir-selfe liket,
And he welcomed þat worthy as he well kouthe:
ffor to mele with pat maidyn & hir mode here. 516 The Kyng with other knightes hade comford to
Ercules of armes, & auntres to telle
Of chiualry & chaunce, pat cheuyt hym before, þat no lede was lelly po louers betwene,
520 But þai might say by hom-self all pere sad wille.
With a compas of clennes to colour hir speche. 524 In sauyng hir-seluen and serche of his wille, "Now frynd," quod pat faire, "as ye bene fre holden,
The woman was war þat no wegh herd,
And vnder shadow of shame shewid forth hir
Will ye suffer me to say, and the sothe telle?
Of sum fre pat hym faith awe, & pe fete knoweth ;
And be chaunce may chere hym & cheue to pe
I wot ssir, ye are wight & a wegh nobill,