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She runs to the king,
But fate is
to its own
Ho ros pan full radly, & ran to be 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 pat wise was of wit, & wist it be-fore
Thurgh craft of hir conyng & course of þesternys, 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;
But I may sothely say, & for sure holde,2712 Hade the counsell ben kept of the knight Ector, (fol. 48 6.)
been heeded, And the Ernyst speche Eftward of Elinus the
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.
cily, &c. But no man tentes to tene er pe tyme come,
Ne ferd is for fortune till it falle to. 2720 And þof hit chaunses to chefe pat men charge
litill, To grow
into gronnd harme & greuys full sore; When the tene is be tyde, & turnys to be werst,
Men demyn hit for destyny, & for due holdyn; 2724 And takon yt to bat entent: & here a tale endes.
But had all the warnings
have been a noble
Here begynnes the Seuynt Boke : how Parys went into Grese for Elan.
Spite, that is for ever bent on mischief, rules uncontrolled in passionate hearts.
("' yades" = Hyades.)
In the month of May, when meadows are green, &c.
Envy, þat Euermore ertis to skathe,
This forward was festynit with a felle wille, 2728 And all the purpos plainly with pouer to wende.
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 þe fildes aboute; 2736 Burions of bowes brethit full swete,
fflorisshet full faire ; frutes were kuyt;
Hit was likyng in Laundys ledys to waike; 2740 Parys the pert knight, And his pure brother,
Comyn vnto courtte with company grete,
The pruddist of payone, prise men of honde. 2744 Shippes were shot furth on the shyre water,
All boune on the brode see, with botys amonge.
(fol. 44 a.) Paris and his brother come to court with 3000 knights.
Ships are shot furth,
to the nuinber of twenty-two, well victualled and manned.
he states the
2748 Stithe shippes & stoure stuffet with vitell,
(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 hur best wise in hor bright wedis.
And pai grauntid the grete with a glad chere,
are to go with 2760 That were purpast to pas on the pale stremys, Paris appear
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 ; 2768 To venge of our velany, & our vile grem
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.) Wetys hit all wele : with outen any cause 2776 pat pe dayens you derit, & to drede broght; (Danai, Greeks.)
And for Redur & ranke harme of ynright dedis,
And wreke vs of wrathe & 2780 I bid you now barly with besines at all, therefore, do all
in your power to hat yo set you most souerainly my suster to gete. accomplish it. Now is tyme most tore to tente pere aboute,
All your wants shall be supplied.
Paris shall be
And to aunter on our Enmys with armes in werre,
And mene vs with monhode maistry to wyn.
Or any case to you come comford to haue,
And if it falle you be fortune to forther your
Ye haue shall my helpe & my hole strenght,
bat all the dayens vs doute shall for our derfo
Prinse of pis pouer Parys shalbe,
And Deffebus, my dere son, I dem hym þe next;
Of Antenor, & Eneas, & other full noble,
When the Kyng hade declarit all his clene wille,
Paris with pyne, & his pure brother,
Shot into ship with shene men of Armys;
Brode sailes vp braid ; bonkis þai leuyt.
And Venus the worthy, þat hom well plesit,
Tyll þai comyn of the cost of Caucleda in spase :-
Gayn ynto Grese on pe gray water,
When the king had ended, the host take ship.
They set sail.
They reach the
(fol. 45 a.)
They make for
Menelaus passes the fleet on his way to Pylos,
He was brother
and husband of Helen,
She was sister of
2816 Ay boun to the banke, when hom best thoght,
ffor to light on be 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 Pirej To solas hym a season, & soiourne with the Duke. This Menelay, þat I mene, the mighty before,
of Agamemnon, 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,
hat 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