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FATE MUST BE FULFILLED.
She runs to the
But fate is
to its own
But had all the
Ho ros þan full radly, & ran to þe kyng.
With teris don trickelyng of hir tore ene, 2700 And a sembland full soure, sorow to be holde, She prayet hym full pitously his purpos to leue. and prays him to
give up his As ho þat wise was of wit, & wist it be-fore
Thurgh craft of hir conyng & course of þe sternys, 2704 She said hym full sadly with sorowfull wordys,
All shuld turne hym to tene, & pe towne lose.
unyielding, and Hastis to vnhappe, having no rewarde;
turns everything 2708 Ordans an yssew, euyn as hym lyst;
Turnys all entent, þat hym tary wold;
warnings 2712 Hade the counsell ben kept of the knight Ector, (fol. 43 6.)
With the prophesy of Protheus put into hertys, 2716 Troy with pi toures hade bene a toune noble, Troy would still And wond in his weile to the worldes ende.
city, &c. But no man tentes to tene er þe tyme come,
Ne ferd is for fortune till it falle to.
full sore ;
Men demyn hit for destyny, & for due holdyn; 2724 And takon yt to þat entent: & here a tale endes.
have been a noble
Here begynnes the Seuynt Boke : how Parys went into Grese for Elan.
Spite, that is for
In the month of May, when meadows are green, &c.
Envy, þat Euermore ertis to skathe,
This forward was festynit with a felle wille,
Hit betid pus in tyme, as I telle shall,
Entred in yades, efter as it fell ;
Into taure was turnyt as the tyme asket.
And all florisshet with floures pe fildes aboute;
fflorisshet full faire ; frutes were kuyt;
Hit was likyng in Laundys ledys to waike;
Comyn vnto courtte with company grete,
The pruddist of payone, prise men of honde.
All boune on the brode see, with botys amonge.
(fol. 14 a.) Paris and his brother come to court with 3000 knights.
Ships are shot
to the number
he states the
2748 Stithe shippes & stoure stuffet with vitell,
All full vpon flote with fyne pepull in.
The king calls
Antenor, Æneas, Antenor alstite, and Aunteros Eneas,
(son of Antenor): 2752 And Polidamos prist,-a full pert knight,
Antenor Aune son, aldist of yeris;
to make ready to To pas furthe with parys & hor prise knightes, go with Paris
immediately. 2756 Bowne on hor best wise in hor bright wedis.
And þai grauntid the grete with a glad chere,
are to go with 2760 That were purpast to pas on the pale stremys,
before the king:And wightly thies wordes warpit hom to, With a Sembland full sad, er he ses wold :“ Hit nedys not now our noyes to telle,
purpose of the 2764 Ne mony wordes to warpe, for it is well knowen. expedition.
All wete ye my wille why ye wend shall,
And harme with your hond, þat our hede slogh ;
And hardlaike we hade of hom in þis londe :
"To get my sister My Sister Exiona fro seruage to brynge.
Hesione out of
bondage is your 2772 That shalbe choisly your charge: chefe & ye may chief work :With all your mightes to mene, & most to
(fol. 44 b.)
And for Redur & ranke harme of vnright dedis,
And wreke vs of wrathe & wranges before.
in your power to þat ye set you most souerainly my suster to gete. accomplish it. Now is tyme most tore to tente pere aboute,
such nobles as
And to aunter on our Enmys with armes in werre, 2784 Our Knighthode to Kythe, & our clene strenght;
And mene vs with monhode maistry to wyn.
Wetis all wele : & you wont oght, All your wants shall be supplied.
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
Ye haue shall my helpe & my hole strenght, 2792 To pas with a power to þaire playne londys,
Hat all the dayens vs doute shall for our derfe
And be war vs to wrathe to þe worldes end. Paris shall be
Prinse of þis pouer Parys shalbe, leader of this expedition;
2796 And leder of these ledys & the lefe pepull ; Deiphobus, next in command, with And Deffebus, my dere son, I dem hym þe next;
With counsell & comford of clene men of wit,Antenor, Æneas,
Of Antenor, & Eneas, & other full noble,
2800 bat fare shall in fere & feliship to gedur." When the king
When the Kyng hade declarit all his clene wille, had ended, the host take ship.
Than entrid the oste evyn into shippe.
Paris with pyne, & his pure brother, 2804 Toke leue at þere lege with loutyng & teris;
Shot into ship with shene men of Armys;
Lauset loupis fro the le ; lachyn in Ancres; They set sail.
Brode sailes vp braid ; bonkis þai leuyt.
And Venus the worthy, þat hom well plesit,
soundly with seasonable
wyndes, They reach the Cyclades.
Tyll þai comyn of the cost of Caucleda in spase: (fol. 45 a.)
2812 Of the regione of Rene, & rode þere in havyn. They make for
Gayn vnto Grese on þe gray water,
· By the Regions of Rene rode pai ferre,
the island of Rhenea,
Menelaus passes the fleet on his way to Pylos.
He was brother of Agamemnon, and husband of Helen.
2816 Ay boun to the banke, when hom best thoght,
ffor to light on pe londe, & leng on hor ese.
Monolay for to mete, the mightiest of Grese, 2820 Come sayland by syde & the see held ; Purpost vnto Pyle by prayer of Nestor,
(MS. has Pire) To solas hym a season, & soiourne with the Duke.
This Menelay, þat I mene, the mighty before, 2824 To Agamenon the graithe was a gay brother;
And had weddit, I wis, & to wif held
Of hir feirehede & feturs is ferly to here,
She was sister of
Castor and Pollux. To Pollux the pert kyng, & his pere Castor,
bat 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,--
Nawther company by course hade Kennyng of
And sailet vpon syde vnto sere costys. 2840 Parys and his pepull past by the stremys, Hadyn wynd at hor wille, & the wedur calme, favourable winds,
reach Cythera, And sailet to Sithera, and set into hauyn;
(fol. 45 b.)
away from the fleet.
Paris and his company, with