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Jason proposes to depart immediately. Medea pleads for delay.
And he hir graunted þat gate with a good wille. 980 When it turnyt to þe tyme as I told ere,
He bowes to hir bed bere he ben hade,
In Solas on soche wise as hom-selfe thoght,
ffor to fare on pe fome into fer londes ;
ben leuyt þai the lond and no leue toke,
With pe maiden Medea & myche oper goodes, pai turne into Tessaile with-outen tale more,
Hit vp into a havyn all the hepe samyn.
bat Jason of his Jorney Joifully hade sped,
They steal away by night.
996 Jason of his Jorney was ioyfull ynoghe,
bat he hade fongit þe flese & pe fresshe gold; He hedit not the hestes ne the hegh othes,
Ne he keppid no couenaund to be kynd maydon. 1000 But a Sourdyng with sourgrem sanke in his hert,
And a lourekand lust to Lamydon the kyng:
bai comynd in the case, cast hom perfore,
Of dyshoner he did and his derfe wordes,
And heghly to helpe heghtyn þai all,
(fol. 18 a.)
Here begynneth Þe tfourth boke.
Ercules and Iason.
Hercules determines to make war with Troy, and seeks the assistance of Castor and Pollux.
(Helena, sister of Pollux.)
All charge of pis chaunse, chefe how it will,
He sped hym vnto spart, sparit he noght, 1012 bat a cuntre is cald of þe coste of Rome.
Tow brether full bold abidyng þer-in,
And Pollux, þe proude, pristly þat other. 1016 As poyetis han put, plainly po two
Were getyn by a gode on a grete lady,
And a suster to be same, sothly, was Elyn, 1020 Getyn of þe same god in a goode tyme.
To these kynges he come & his cause tolde,
Suet forth to (Salame) in a sad haste,
One Telamon trewly, as pe text sayse,
A bold man in batell & byg in his Rewme.
He goes to
Thie fleets of the allies of Hercules
mony bold men in batell and biggest in
To Pelleus pertly pen past he agayne, (fol. 18 b.)
Assemblid of Soudiours a full sadde pepull,
Of the tidiest of Tessaile, tore men of strenght. Peleus, king of Thessaly, and to 1036 pen to Philon be freike ferkit in haste, Nestor, king of
To a Duke þat was derffe & doughti of honde, Pylus, who promise to
Nestor, A noble man naitest in werre,
þat hade louyt hymn of long, & his lefe frynde ; 1040 He hight hym full hertely pat he haue sholde
sfertheryng to his fight with a fre wille.
To Pelleus pristly, þat puruiaunce hade made 1044 Of twenty shippes full shene, shot on pe depe,
All redy to the Roode of þe roghe ythes,
ben comyn thies kynges fro þer kyth evyn, meet at Thessaly; 1048 Saylyng full sound with seasonable wyndes;
At Tessaile full tyte turnyt into havyn, year when the sun entery Aries,
ffor to fare to bere ffoos with a ffryke wille. they set sail for
hus it tyd as I telle þe tyme of þe yere, Troy,
1052 he sun in his sercle was set vppon high,
Entrid into Aries vnder a signe,
He cloudes wax clere, clensit the ayre;
Stormes were still, þe sternes full clere ,
Bowes in bright holtes buriont full faire ;
Swoghyng of swete ayre, Swalyng of briddes ;
Colord by course as þaire kynd askit.
The season full softe of þe salt water,
and at the season of the
(fol. 19 a.)
Thies kynges, with knightes in companies greto, 1068 Past fro port, pulled vp þere sailes,
Were borne to be brode se & the banke leuyt;
arrive at Sigeum, 1072 Of the terage of Troy & turnyt into hauyn, and lie at anchor
till morning. bat sothly was said Segeas to nome. By thies rialles aryven were, to rest was þe
And neghed to be night, noy was be more :
Wen the derke was done & the day sprange, 1080 And lightid o lofte ledis to beholde, The Grekys in hor geyre graithid hom to banke, 'The Greeks land,
pitch their tents, Launchid vp lightly lordis and other.
and set guards
before Laomedon The kyng had no knawlache, þat the kith aght, is aware of their 1084 of the folke so furse þat hym affray wold,
ffor-hi vnkeppit were pe costes all þe kythe ouer.
horses & hernes of maile, Armur and all thinge euyn as hom liked : 1088 Tild vp þere tentis tomly and faire,
Skairen out skoute-wacche for skeltyng of harme,
Er the sun vp soght with his softe beames, 1092 Pelleus full prestly the peopull did warne
a council of war To appere in his presens, princes and dukys. With-out tarying to his tent tytly pai yode,
And were set all samyn þe souerain before. 1096 When the peopull were pesit he proffert þes
to meet in his tent.
In times past, always victorious,
Laomedon, the cause of their coming, and of all that may follow.
1100 Hit was neuer herd, as I hope, sith heuyn was o lost,
In any coste where ye come but ye were clene
victorius, And happet the herre hond to haue at þe last.
Lamydon, þat is lord, has vs ledde hedur, 1104 ffor to wreke vs of wrathe, & pe wegh harme :
hat is the cause of the course þat we come hidur. And syn our goddes haue vs graunt pe ground for
Hit is spede-full to speike of our spede fur, 1108 And of gouernaunce graithe at our gret nede,
ffor to fillyn our fare & our fos harme ;
The tresour to take þat to Troy longes,
Hit is knowen in cuntres & costis o fer,
Out of nowmber to nem & pedefull to vs;
We shall haue riches full riffe & red gold ynogh
Now fmist we before how fairest wille be,
The treasures of Troy will prove an abundant spoil.
Then Ercules the Avntrus onswarid Anon,-
Wise wordes I-wis & of wit noble;
Hit [is] sothely more soueran to see it in werke.
As me thinkes full throly with-outyn threp more. 1128 Let us dres for our dede er þe day springe,
And thrugh lemys of light þe lond vs perseyue :
(fol. 20 a.)