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All daintes to you dight, þat are dere holdyn,
ben onswared Elan easely agayne,
“I wot, sir, witterly, will I or noght,
Syn weikenes of wemen may not wele stryve, 3324 Ne haue no might tawardes men maistries to
Helen replies :
"Full well I know I must subinit to your will," &c.
And nomely in an unkythe lond nedys hom so.
goddis Haue put you to þis prouynse pyne for to thole ;
He leads her into 3336
(fol. 53 a.) " Your gods have not sent you here as a punishment;
double of the
3344 And let you be led vnto this lond hydur,
Book VII. pat suche a chaunge shuld you chefe to a choise
Noght abundonet in blis ne blithe in your hert? 3348 Trowe ye not Troy is tore of all godis,
for Troy has As plaintiouse in yche place as be prouynse of delights and
gallantries of Achaia, At is doublit of delitis & druris at all?
gallantry.) Ne trawes not, tru lady, þat I take wolde 3352 Thy ladyship to losse, ne in lust holde.
Thou shalt haue riches more Rife, & Ranker of
And more likandly lyf & þi lust haue,
And I, more
powerful than Hen hym þat þou hade and held for þi lorde, him you had,
Wyuly to weld ; & I the wed shall, 3360 To lede with pi lyf as a leale spouse.
This I purpos me plainly in pleasauns of goddes,
And so lede be with likyng to my lyues end. 3364 Suppos not þi seluyn, ne for sothe holde,
pof pou left haue a litle lond lightly at home,
shall bow to thy bat obey þe shall bainly, & bow to pi wille.
Ne for þe mysse of þi maister make pou no sorow, 3372 That neuer yet of nobley An euenyng to ine, Ne of dedis so doughti þe dayes in his lyue,
to be compared Ne so luffly to a lady with lokyng at egh. nobility and
doughty deeds. And I in longing am Laght & Lappit full soro (fol. 53 b.) 3376 With hete of þi hegh loue, þat my
shall wed thee.
Sorrow not for a master who is not
with me in
Dry your tears, and be comforted by me."
And of hym, þat þou hopis most hertely be louys,
Ses now of scrowe, sobur þi chere,
Mene pe to myrthe, & mournyng for-sake,
" Who could restrain their tears, &c.
Than answared þat honerable onestly agayne :-
pat prestly were pricket with paynes so fele,
3388 And with sorow ouerset sothely as I ? But since it must
hit now bes non other nomly of me, be, I shall do so"
I shall appres me with pyne your prayer to here;
ben ho sesit of sykyng, sobirt hir chere,
When þat semely was sesit & sorow for-yetyn, Paris leaves her. 3396 The lorde toke leue with full lowe speche,
And went fro þat worthy his weghis vntill. At supper he
When yt seyit to Sopertyme he seruyt hir well
With all daintes on dese & drynkes ynow, 3400 And cherisshed hir full choisly with chere of
hym seluyn. Next day,
When the derke was done, & the day comyn, splendidly arrayed,
Parys full pristly with preciouse araye,
Worshippit þat worthy in wedys full riche,
bat Priam hade purueit & to be place sent.
THE PROGRESS TO TROY.
mounted on a palfrey,
with a gorgeous
conducts her to the court of Priam.
To a palfray of prise full prudly arayet ; 3408 Set hir in a sadill serklyt with golde,
ffret ouer with fyne perle fresshist of hew,
Other tulkes, þat were takyn, atiret were alse (fol. 54 a.) 3412 Hastely on horses, as hor astate askit,
and surrounded A company clene of knightes hom with ;
company, Paris And Paris full priste on a proude stede,
Deffebus dight on a dere horse, 3416 Antenor, Eneas, all other grete, Polidamas be pert, & payones ynow,
(Paeonians.) All arayet in a Rowte ryden to be qwene ;
Worshippit þat worthy & wenton all samyn. 3420 Turnet fro tenydon, taryt no lengur,
Soberly a soft pas samyn þai rode,
And er þai comyn to courte bis cumpany faire, 3424 Priam full prudly with mony pert knightes,
Priam and his
knights come To welcom to pat worthy went on pere gate, forth to welcome And fonget full feire all hir fre buernes.
To be lady, þat lege kyng, with a light wille, 3428 Past full pertly all with prise wordys;
Obeit þat bright all with blithe chere;
And somyn to pe Cité softly þai rode. 3432 At the burghe were abyding withoute the brode At the gates of
the city the zate
her with music, Gret plenty of pepull,—all the place full,
dances. So mony on molde was meruell to se;
With synging, & solas, and sitals amonge ; 3436 With myrthes of mynstralsy, musike with all ;
Daunsyng of Damsele, Dynnyng of trumpys,
HERE HE DO TIDE !
Priam, the prise kyng, prestly down light,
3440 And was first vpon fote of all of his fresshe
knightes. and leads her
He raght to the reynes of þe riche qwene, palfrey into the city, and on to
And led furth þat louely long vpon fote, his palace.
Softe into þe Cité hym seluyn with honde (fol. 54 6.) 3444 On a worshipfull wyse, with mony wegh noble,
Vnto the palaies of price, pere pepull full fele;
Vp into ylion with honour ynogh;
bere seruaundes full subiecte assingnet hir to : And noblay ynogh, was nothyng to laite.
In the Cité forsothe was solempnite made, Rejoicings in the 3452 With myrthes, & melody, & mony gret feste, city.
ffor ioy of þis iornay and pis gentill lady;
With his felowes in fere, fayne was þe pepull,
3456 And lyuys in hor lykyng þe long night ouer. On the second day The secund day suyng, sais me the lyne, after, Paris and All the grete were gedret, as hom grase
felle : in the temple of Apollo.
Paris with pride and his prise lady,
Here made was þat mariage with myrthes ynow,
Helen are married
The citizens are feasted for eight days,
And double fest þat day derely was holdyn, 3464 With all þe reuell & riolté þat Renkes couthe
deuise, bat enduret by-dene with daintes at wille, Aght dayes ouer all after the dede. When Cassandra hade knowyng how þe case
She brast out in a birre, bale to be-holde.