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She site beside Jason; and while the company are eagerly listening to Hercules, the lovers are left to themselves,
508 And he assignet hir a seite, þat hir-selfe liket,
With chere for cherys the chiualrus Knightes,
His comaundment to kepe sho hir course held, 512 And Joynet by Jason iustly to sit;
And he welcomed þat worthy as he well kouthe:
ffor to mele with þat maidyn & hir mode here. 516 The Kyng with other knightes hade comford to
speike Ercules of armes, & auntres to telle Of chiualry & chaunce, þat cheuyt hym before,
pat no lede was lelly po louers betwene, 520 But pai might say by hom-self all þere sad wille.
Medea excuses herself to Jason for speaking to him so freely.
The woman was war þat no wegh herd,
, holden, Will ye suffer me to say, and the sothe telle ? Voidis me noght of vitius, [ne] vilaus of tunge ; Ne deme no dishonesty in your derfe hert, Hof I put me pus pertly my purpos to shewe. Hit sittes, me semeth, to a sure knyghte,
bat ayres into vnkoth lond auntres to seche, 532 To be counseld in case to comfford hym-seluyn,
Of sum fre þat hym faith awe, & pe fete knoweth;
Auntrus in armes, & able of person;
(fol. 10 b.)
Such courtesy is due to him as a stranger.
and promises to
A storre man of strenght & of stuerne will,
Book II. That wilnes for to wyn this wethur of gold, 540 And puttes you to perell in pointis of armes,
And likly for litle your lyffe for to tyne.
the golden fleece, 544 þat causes me with counsell to caste for your
Both the whethir & þe wolle a-way for to lede, 548 On a forward before, þat ze me faith make,
if he will
TH[E] ONSUARE OF JASON TO MEDEA.
Jason was full ioly of hir iuste wordys, 552 And þat comly can clip in his close armes.
He onswared hir onesty opynond his hert,-
why; And here I put me full plainly in your pure and submits to her
Jason thanks her a thousand times,
To do with me, damsell, as your desyre thynke,
(fol. 11 a.) 560 Than saide þat semely to be sure knyght,“Sir, wete ye not the wochis þat this wethir Unless he
acquainted with The keping in case is vnknowen to yowe,
And the truthe of the tale vntold to your ere? 564 The perlouse pointtes þat passe you behoues,
all the difficulties he has
to overcoine, she advises hiin to abandon the enterprise.
Hit is vnlike any lede with his liffe pas,
pat with flamys of fyre han so furse hete ?
Or þat dragon so derfe, as þe deuyll felle?
And if ye highly haue het in your hote yowthic,
Bet turne your entent, & betyme leue;
ffor þere is doutles no dede but be dethe tholc.”
TH[E] ONSUARE OF JASON TO MEDEA.
And Swiftly to þat swete swagit his yre.
And if destyny me demys, hit is dere welcum 584 Or it were knowen in my contry & costis aboute,
That I faintly shuld fle and pe fight leue ;
Me were leuer here lefe & my life tyne,
I wole put me to perell and my payne thole,
my deuer yf I dar, & for no dethe wonde.
ffor yche wise man of wit, þat wilfully hetis
Jason rejects such
(MS. has“ ylke a")
(fol. 11 b.)
Medea, on finding
Vedea full myldly vnto pe mon said :
him on one
596 “It is playnly your purpos to put you to dethe, With suche fyndes to fight till ye fay worthe: him determined,
promises to aid I haue pitie full playn of your proude wille, And I shall fonge you to forther, & my faith
Ne no hede to my heale, þat I thee helpe shall;
“Moste worshipfull woman, wisest on erthe,
I hete you full highly with hert to fulfille,
him to get the
ben Medea with mowthe motys þus agayne :-
her, she will help Lede me with likyng into your lond home;
fleece, and to 612 No gatis me begyle, ne to grem brynge,
overcome all his
And withstond all the stoure þat it strait yemys; 616 Ouercome hom by crafte, and no care thole.
I haue only þat aunter of all þat are quycke,
(fol. 12 a.) And hir keping by crafte out of cours bryng."
all her desires.
620 “AL! this glorius gyste & this grete mede, Jason praises
Medea, and That ye hete me so hyndly to haue at my wille ! promises to full (Your-selfe, þat is sothely the semliest on lyue,
And be fresshist and fairest fed vpon erthe ; 624 As the Roose in his Radness is Richest of floures,
He counts himself unworthy of such offers,
In the moneth of May when medowes are grene,
And help me to haue þat I hidur seche;
I wot me vnworthy his wirdis to ffall.
And so gracius a gyste, þat me is graunt here, 632 He might faithly for-fonnet be a fole holdyn.
Wherfore I beqwethe me to your qweme spouse,
As wyfe for to wede in worship and Joye:
Medea rejoices on account of her success :
Medea was mery at this mene graunt,
but Jason must come to her chamber at midnight, to confirm his promise with an
(fol. 12 b.) oath: after which she will perform
“ffrynd, I am ffayne of pis faire heste,
More suerty, for sothe, yet I sue fore;-
This couenaunt to kepe & for no case chaunge. 644 But this tyme is so tore & we no tome haue,
We will seasse till, now sone, the sun be at rest,
And yche lede, as hym list, lullit on slepe.
Bes wakond and warly; wyn to my chamber,
. 652 So may ye surely & sounde to my-selfe come,
With daliaunce to dele as your dere wyffe.
Your worship to wyn and pe wethur haue :