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goes to meet
Enon lurkys to his loge, & laide hym to slepe.
Brightis all the burghe and the brode valis; 816 Meuyt ouer the mounteyns men to beholde.
Jason feynit with fare as he hade fast sleppit,
company and With Ercules and oper mo of his aune men, 820 He sues furth on þe soile to Chethes the kyng,
In company of kynges and oper clene burnes.
permission to Wold ye graunt me your grase goodly to wende, depart. I wold boune me to batell, and take my bare
aunter, 828 Yon worthy wethir to wyn, & your wille be.”
THE COUNSELL OF CHETES TO JASON.
Jason to abandon
the enterprise : I am ferd, by my faith, of þi frele yowth, 832 þat hit lede pe to losse and þi lyffe tyne,
And me harme for to haue of thy hegh wille,
berfore ffrynd, by my faith, vppon faire wise, 836 I counsell be in kyrt, kaire to þi londe, And put of his purpos, for perille þat may folowe.” but finding him
carpes to the kyng, conyngly he said, proceed,
Sir I hade counsaill in pis case er I come here, (fol. 15 b.) 840 And ye shall boldly be blameles, þof me bale
bat I wilne of my wit & wilfull desyre.”
And ouer goddes þe graunt grace of þi hele."
Jason seeks the island where the fleece is kept.
Medea, in terror during his absence, bewails her love.
n an yle þat was negh þe noble kyngrs sete, 848 This clene flese was inclosede all with clere water,
Euon a forlong perfro, & fully nomore.
Bowes enyn to be banke & a bote fonde,
ffore to pe fer syde, noght aferd was:
Armur & all thing atlet before,
And past furth prudly his pray for to wyn.
Lest þe ffyre shuld hym fere of þe fuerse bestes, 860 bat was blasound of brunston with a brem lowe.
Sho went vp wightly by a walle syde
ffor to loke on hir luffe, longyng in hert.
Sho brast out bright water at hir brode een.
"A! Jason my ioye & my gentill knight,
And for zenernes for-zete þat þe zeme shuld;
Neuer þe comly to kysse, ne clippe in myn armys. 872 Now full pristly I pray to my prise goddes,
þat I may see thee come sounde to pis sale enys, And me comford of thy coursse, kepe I no more."
When the knight was comyn into pe cliffe ferre, 876 IIe waites vmbe hym wightly, & was ware sone
Of þe orible oxin, vgsome to see,
(fol. 16 a.) Jason gets his first view of the oxen that guard the golden fleece.
HOW JASON WON THE FLEECE.
hat no buerne might abide but he brent were ; 880 Hit gird from the grym with so gret hete.
HOW JASON WAN THE FFLESE OF GOLDE.
and reads the
spear are burnt.
He casts the
The tokyn hym taght was of a tru maiden
himself; sets the 884 Bothe the face and pe fete, & all þe fore perte. sacred image;
His noble ymage at his necke for neghyng of fyre, roll,
ffore evyn to be fight with þo felle bestes. 888 So þe fuerse by-flamede all with fyre hote,
pai brent vp his brode shilde & his bigge speire ; His shield and And Jason for all po Japes hade nere his ioy lost,
Hade his licour ben to laite, þat þe lede caght, 892 And caste it be course into the core hete :
liquor and the Hit stake vp the stith lippes as stiffe bounden, lips of the As pai chaltrede were choisly with chenys of closed.
Bothe of ymur & aire, after I-wise.
the horns : they Of þe balefull bestes, & hom aboute ladde; meekly submit to
the yoke, and 900 Þai were made als meke as maistur behouet, plough up a
And as bowande to be bowes as any bestes might.
Pight hom into ploghe, pilde vp the vrthe, 904 Braid vp bygly all a brode ffeld : And all the gayre of the ground þere be gome (fol. 16 b.)
leuyt. Drow euyn to the dragon, dressit hym to fight, He attacks the
And he gird him agayne with a grym noyse : it rushes towards 908 Mony slecynges vnslogh throughe hys slote yode. and noise.
As þe welkyn shold walt, a wonderfull noyse
fierce dragon, as
him with flaine
With smorther & a smoko smult through his
þat all blasit the bent on a breme lowe;
He straght fro hym stremes all of styth venym. 916 The freike was a-ferd of þat felle beste,
And raght to his Ryng in a rad haste,
All dropet the dule as he degh wold.
Is erdand in Juds, as Isoder sais :
Here is no derffe dragon, ne no du edder,
May loke on þe light, but he his lyffe tyne.
And drepit the dragon to the dethe negh.
Dange on the deuyll with a derffe wille,
Past out in the place pyne to be-holde.
With dynttes full dregh, till he to dethe paste, 936 And he Enfecte the firmament with his felle
Vnioynis the Jamnys put iuste were to-gedur: 940 Gyrd out the grete tethe, grippet hom sone,
Sew hom in the soile or he sesse wold.
With a sword he deals it some dreadful wounds,
then cuts off its head, and sows the teeth.
(fol. 17 a.)
They start up armed knights, who fight till
JASON RETURNS TO ÆETES.
All the dangers are overcome and Jason obtains the
944 Delt dynttes full derffe, geuyn depe woundes. These balefull brether batell so longe,
they destroy each Till none left was alyue ne o lofte stode. Now thies charmys & enchauntementtes are
cheuit to naght,
The exin left on pe lond vnneth lyfe in,
golden fleece. 952 He glydis forthe gladly to the golde fflese,
Wynnes to the wethir, wroght hym to dethe,
Thonkes gretly his goddis þut hym grace lent 956 The flese for to fonge and no fay worthe.
Jason was ioly, hade Juels ynogh,
Stird ouer the streame streght to be lond, 960 bere he found all his feris fayne of his werke; Jason joins his
companions, and Ercules and oper þat euer were abyding,
they all return to
Æetes, þat fayne were to fonge þat freike vppon lyue.
Jason with ioy and his ioly ffellowes
And he as wee full of worship welcomed hom all who pretends to
Hade no deynté of the dede but dere at his hert, 968 Ne of ryches so Riall þat the Renke hade :
He assignet hym a sete by hym-selfe euyen.
zet merueld hym more how Mars was distroyed,
Medea rejoices Was Joyfull of Jason, Aloynit hym to,
that Jason has Kyst hym full curtesly, and of his come fayne.