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Jason, son of Aeson, seeks his father's throne.
By crafte þat she kouth of hir coint artys.
Hade a son of hym-selfe semly to wale,
A faire man of feturs, & fellist in armys,
This Jason for his gentris was ioyfull till all, 132 Well louit with þe lordes & the londe hole;
All worshipped put worthy inwones aboute,
And he as bainly obeyede to the buerne his Eme, 136 As þof his syre hade the soile & septure to yeme.
Pelleus persayuit the people anone,
Of Tessaile, as truthe wold, to be trew kyng.
ffull egurly with enuy, & euer hym bethoght, 144 With a course of vnkyndnes he caste in his
thoghte, The freike vpon faire wise ferke out of lyue, And he no daunger nor deire for þat dede haue.
He bethoght hym full thicke in his throo hert, 148 And in his wit was he ware of a wyle sone,
Of a fame þat fer in fele kynges londes,
Out in the Orient Orible to here,
Was (an) aunter in a nyle þat I nem shall,
There was a wonderfull wethur weghes to be-holde, 156 With a flese þat was fyne, flamond of gold ;
And þe Kyng of þat coste callid was by name
Pelias devises the
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Where and how the golden fleece vas kept.
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HOW THE FLEECE WAS GUARDEN,
He was mighty on molde & mekull goode hade, 160 His pride well ouerput, past into elde.
Æetes, king of
guarded by two By too oxen oribull on for to loke,
oxen and a fiery
dragon. And a derfe dragon drede to be-holde.
These balfull bestes were, as be boke tellus, 168 ffull flaumond of fyre with fuastyng of logh,
That girde thurgh ther gorge with a grete hete
ffor the birre it abide, but he brente were. 172 And wo this wethur shuld wyn bude wirke as Whoever would
win the fleece must seize the oxen, enter them in the yoke and
He must then
tear out his teeth and sow them like seed.
The teeth will turn into armed
fight till they
Ayre euyn to pe Oxen, entre hom in yoke,
Aftur ayre vp the erthe on ardagh wise.
quell the dragon; Girde out the grete teth of the grym best, And alse sede in þe season sowe it on þe erthe,
Than a ferlyfull frute shall he fynde after : 180 The tethe shall turne tite ynto knightes Armyt at all pescs, able to were
knights, who will Thai to falle vpon fight as fomen belyne,
destroy each With depe woundes and derfe till all be dede other.
euyn. 184 All thes perels to passe
with-outen payne other, That the flese wold focche & ferke yt away.
(fol.5 a ) Of this wonderfull wethur for to here more,
Why it kept was by craft on so count wyse ; 188 Hit was said oft sythes and for sothe holden, Why the Meere
That Chethes the same Kyng had a som hoge guarded. Aetes
was so carefully
thus kept it.
had a great sum of money hid in the earth, and
192 And for to get of this gold & the grete sommys,
ffor couetous þere come knightes full ofte,
This Pelleus with pyne printed in hert
Gar Jason with any gyn the iorney vndertake:
ffor to tyse hym perto, if it tyde might,
And þe way for to wylne with wilfull desyre. 204 He cast hym full cointly be cause of this thyng,
In a Cité be-syde to somyn a fest,
Thre dayes to endure with daintes ynogh.
ffor to mele of this mater, þat he in mynde hade : He cald Jason in his Japis with a Joly wille. Before the baronage at ther burde thus pe
buerne said, 212 "Cosyn, it is knowen þat I am Kyng here, And mekyll comfordes me the crowne of this
kyde realme; But more it Joyes me, Jason, of þi just werkes,
bat so mighty & meke & manly art holdyn : 216 Now þi fame shall go fer & þu furse holdyn,
And all prouyns & pertes þi pes shall desyre.
Thy selfe to be sene and in suche fame,
Whyle you rixlis in this Reame no riot we drede,
Hit wold sothely me set as souerayne in Joye, 224 If our goddes wold graunt þat þu grace hade,
he entices him to
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THE REWARDS PROMISED.
The rewards proinised if he should be successful.
That the fllese þat is ffreshe flamond of gold
And þat wold doutles be done & no dere In, 228 Wold pu afforce pe perfore and pe fight take,
Be of gouernance graithe & of good wille.
Thou shall arayit be full ryolle with a route noble 232 Of my Baronage bolde & my best wise.
I shall spare for no spence & þu spede wele,
Thou shalt haue holly my hert & my helpe alse, 236 And be lappid in my luffe all my lyffe after.
bu may be glad for to get such a good name,
Leve pis for lell, me list it perfourme,
I will fayne þe [no] faintis vnder faith wordes.
And haue pe Crowne to kepe of pis Kyd Realme; 244 And while I liffe in this londe, no less þan my
When Pelleus his proses hade puplishit on Jason undertakes
Jason was Joly of his Juste wordes,
And mony stythe of astate stonding aboute. 252 He hedit not the harme þat in his hert lurkyt, -Ne the ffalshed he faynit vnder faire wordes ;
He drede no dissayet of his dere vnele,
But hooped full hertely it come of hegh loue. 256 Þen he trist hym full tyte in his tried strenght,
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and has no sugpicion of harm, falsehood, or deceit on the part of his uncle,
Thurghe hardynes of hond hopit to spede ;
Ne the kynges couetous cast not before :
And all thies fferlyes to fraist he fursly awouet.
He therefore accepts the undertaking with heartinese.
Pelleus of the proffer was proude at his hert,
And glad of þe graunt before the grete lordys ; 264 He ertid to an end egurly fast,
pat no tarying shuld tyde ouer a tyme set; And pet fortune vnderfonges þat he feile shall,
And will put hym fro purpos þat he presys after. 268 He consydret þat Calcos was closet in an yle, bat no creature might keuer for course of the
see, But with ship þat shapon were for þe shyre
And Argus þat after was abill of his crafte,
, 276 hat after hym awne selfe Argon was cald.
Sum sayn full sure & for sothe holdyn,
bat euer saile was on set vpon salt water,
N ow ordant was althing onestly pere,
Tryed men þat were taken of tessayle rewme,
Many noble men join the expedition, chief of whom is
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