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They land and go
to the temple of Venus,
whose chief festival was then being held by the people.
Paris joins a
(fol. 46 a.)
2848 Caste ancres full kene with cables to grounde; ffestonit the flete, as hom fayre thoght;
Buskys into botys, were borne to þe lond,
To solas hom a season, as hom selfe liked;
2852 And waited vppon hor wirdes for wynnyng of
In Sythera, for sothe, was a solempne tempull,
Of Venus, I wis, þat worthy was holdyn,
2856 And enabit of old þere auntres were sene.
2860 pat Venus the worthy worshippit for god,
And most honouret of other with onesté pere.
2864 Thus tyd hit pat tyme, as I telle wille,
hat the principall & prise fest of pere pure goddys Was holdyn po high dayes with hom þat þere dwelt ;
And other folke vpon fer fell thedur thicke,
2868 With mykull prese of pepull of prouynce aboute,
Soght to pat solenité sacrifis to make.
Worthy wemen to wale, wete ye forsothe,
hat prist are of pilgrymes to pas ouer lond 2872 To waite after wondres, & wilfull desyre
More Janglyng of Japes pen any Juste werkes, And for solas & sight þen sacrifice to do. When parys persayuit had the pepull anon, 2876 He cacchis a compony clenely arayed,
And to the tempull full tyte toke he þe gate.
On a side he hym set, as semyt for a straungior, 2880 In prayers full prist the pepull beheld.
HELEN LONGS TO SEE PARIS.
He offert onestly in honour of Venus,
2884 ffor solempnite of sacrifice in sight of pe pepull.
Paris was pure faire, & plesaund in sight,
That of shap for to shew was shene to beholde,
A store man & a stoute, full stithe hym be semyt;
2888 Wemen waited hym well, hade wondur of He is admired
and loved by the
Ich on fraynet at his fere pe frekys to know,
And o sithen it was said, & for sothe tolde,
Exiona sothely he soght for to haue,
That Telamon hade takon & with tene held, And set vnder seruage pat hom sore greuyt. 2904 This speche furth sprede & sprange vppo ferre, Ouer all into yles, so aunter befelle,
Into the Eres of Elan hit entrid belyue.
He offers "a
The prishede of parys was praisit so mekyll, 2908 With ferly of his fairnes, & his fre buernes,
Sho was lappit in longyng þat louely to se,
2912 With a likyng full light in loue for to falle,
That hetys into hertys and hurtes sone after;
All wonder and
The shamelessness of women,
and what it ends in.
Fie on him, who first led such fashions!
(fol. 47 a.)
2916 This ho tolde hir entent, as pe tyme asket,
Hit is wondur to wit of wemen dissyre,
2932 With Sossyngs, & Soteite, Settyng of cases,
Of yonge men & yenerus, þat yurnes to gaumes
2940 Gers maidnes be mart, mariage for done; Brynges wyues into wondur paire worship to
And ertes ay to euyll ende & ernyst by the last. Throgh whiche treason betydes, & ternys vmqwhile
2944 Bolde men to batell and biker with hond:
bat draghes vnto dethe, & deris full mony.
Therfore saintes to seche and to sere halowes, And turne vnto Templis atyrit with pride, hof it be laifull to ladys and oper les wemen, 3et it ledis vnto laithnes and vnlefe werkes; And shotis into shame as shene has ben ofte. But pou Elan, þat haldyn was hede of all ladys, 2952 And the fairest of feturs formyt in erthe,
What wrixlit þi wit & pi wille chaunget,
In absens of þi souerayne, for saghes of pepull,
hat might faire haue refraynit with pi fre wille;
Hade pou holdyn þe at home, hedit pin astate, 2960 And not cayret fro court pere company was gedurt, To waite aftur wondurs for a worde light.
And, ouer all, pere onesty attell to saue,
Ne a woman, I wis, þat wisely will gouerne,
Hit were sittyng for sothe, & semly for wemen,
paire houses to haunt & holde hom with in;
women to abide at home, and strive to preserve
2964 Kepe hom from company & comonyng of folke; their honour.
2972 To pas fro pi palis & pi priuey chamber,
And seche to Sytheria with solempne Avowe;
bat straunge, þat was stoute & stare hym vppon; 2976 So pou light in vnlefulnes, pat lefully semyt,
Thou dissyret full depely, dame Elan, þi seluon But, dame Helen,
Thurgh pi Licrus lust þat Lurkit in pi hert. ffor pe sight of pat semely, sotheli, was venum, bat enfecte pi faire loue to pe fairist of Grise, 2980 And mony Greke with grem vnto grounde
But thou, Helen, first of all ladies, what evil spirit possessed thee, &c.
of worshipping at Cythera, you sought to see Paris:
(fol. 47 b.)
what disasters followed.
Servants and horses are made ready for the pilgrimage to Cythera.
Tidings of her arrival reach Paris:
he enters the
The lady full louely was lifte vppon on,
2996 And glod on full gayly, pe gaynist to the bonke.
And were set ouer soundly into the same yle
Right with a Rother, and Rayket to bonke.
At the temple she 3000 In hir atire to be tempull tomly ho yode,
offers gold and precious stones.
here onestly sho offert, honourt hir goddes
and is entranced with her beauty.
All the frigies vnfaire vnder fight endit.
Sho assemblid hir seruandes with a sad wille, 2984 Hade hom radly arayed for pe rode furth ; Bryng horses to grounde and hernes anon, To seche to Sitheria for solempne avowe; And Venus to worship, as hir wele awe, 2988 As ho heghly hade het for helping before. This Sitheria, for sothe, from þe same yle Of Menelay þe mighty was but a mene spas, And he souerain hym selfe & pe soile aght. 2992 Tite, with outyn tariyng, atirit were all, Horses in haste & to hond brought;
With giftes of golde & of gode stones;
3004 Ho segh not pat semly, pen set hir to ground
He araiet hym full riolly with a route noble,