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Medea longs for night.
(fol. 13 a.)
She sends a widow to guide Jason to her chamber.
Third Boke: how Medea enformed Lason to get the Mese of Golde.
Here tellus pe tale, woso tentis after,
How the wethir was wonen, & away borne
The grete goldyn flese with a greke noble,
668 Thurghe wyles of [a] woman, þat þe wegh louet. Whan Medea the maidon, pat I mynt have,
Was chosyn into chamber, & on hir charge thoght, Of hir Janglyng with Jason & hir iuste wordys, 672 Hit neght to pe night & the none past:
Sone the day ouerdroghe & the derke entrid,
676 Waynet up a window, the welkyn beheld,
When the dregh was don of pe derke night, hat all sad were on slepe, seruond & other. 680 flayn was pat fre and forper ho went, Waknet vp a wydow, þat hir with dwellit, And sent to pat semly, as ho said first. He busket from his bede & pe burde folowid, 684 Till he come thurghe a cloyster to a clene halle,
pere Medea the mylde met hym hir one,
And with myrthe at pere metyng mowthet to
pen suet pai with solas into a sure chamber.
JASON PROMISES TO WED MEDEA.
688 The old wedo on hir way wendys belyue,
692 pan she brought forth be bold to hir bedde syde
She went from þat worthy into a wale chambur,
Of Joue, pat gentillis held for a iust god,
pan wightly thies wordes to pat worthy ho
704 All pe forward to fulfille, pat ye first made,
Medea brings an
“Here I aske you hertely þat ye may het here, and asks Jason to
swear that he will
fulfil all his
And I heghly shall holde, I het you before."
But vnfaithfull freke, with pi fals cast, bat such a lady belirt with pi lechur dedes, 716 bat put hur so plainly þi power vnto,
All þi wille for to wirke, pi worship to saue:
(fol. 13 b.)
On the falsity
720 Soche a maiden to mar pat pe most louet,
When the soile & pe Septur was sothely hur
And þe tresure she toke vntruly for thee; 724 Auntrede hir to Exile euer for þi sake;
Wan þe thy worship & wilfull desire :
With shame may pou shunt fro pi shire othes,
Wete for pi werke pat pe shall wo happyn,
And myschefe full mekill, pou art mansworne: pou failes not in faith of a fowle end.
736 And pow Medea so mad, what myndes had pou
Syn pou wist thurgh wit werdis to come,
What seruit it your sciense of pe scuon artes,
That pou sogh not your sorow, þat thee suet after? 740 But pou sothely may say pat your sight failed,
And pow loket not large, for lust þat þe blyndit.
744 ffor hit ssis pe power of any pure mon,
All pe course for to know, pat is to cum after:
748 When he swiftly hade sworne to pat swete
bai entrid full evyn into an Inner chamber,
MEDEA INSTRUCTS JASON.
752 pai solast hom samyn, as hom-seluon liket, With venus werkes, þat hom well pleasid: bat sorily dessauis, & men to sorow bringes.
Whan þe day vp droghe & the dym voidet, 756 Thus Jason full ioyfull to pat gentill said :"Hit is best þat we buske & of bede rise, Lest þe day vs be-daghe & our dedes knowen, And we founden in fere & oure fame loste; 760 And I vnformet in faith how I fare shall, Of my dedes to do, as ye me dere heght. Iff þe any thing have amyt abill me to,
bat pe me faithfully informe, & let me fare
761 My deuer for to do & my deth voide;
hat I might lede pe with luff into my londe home,
768 "A! my lord & my loue, more lefe pan my
776 An ymage full nobill, þat he naite shulde,
I have mynde of youre mater most of all other:
772 Ryse we now full radly, rest here no longer,
The burd bowet from pe bede, broght hym in Medea brings to
him a charmed image, and bids him wear it next his heart.
(fol. 14 b.)
bat qwaint was & qwem, all of white siluer,
Hit was wroght all by wit & wiles to helpe,
Sho bade hym kepe it full close on his clene
An oyntment þat was noble, anon she hym set, A noble ointment
she then gives to destroy venom and fire:
and a ring with
and a large roll which he must read:
and a glass containing liquor to be cast into the mouths of the monsters.
(fol. 15 a.)
He then takes leave of Medea,
Toke hit hym full tyte & tolde hym these wordes:
"This strongly distroy shall be strenght of pe
And fade all the ffyr and pe furse lowe."
Than ho raught hym a ring with a riche stone, hat no poison enpaire might, pe power is soche: 788 And if it borne were in batell on his bare flesshe, He shulde slyde forth sleghly & vnslayn worthe. Achates it calde is with clene men of wit, And in Cicill forsothe sene was it first:
792 Eneas it name & in note hade,
Whan he to cartage come vnknowen with sight. And pan ho broght hym a bref all of brode letres, hat was comly by crafte a clerke for to rede; 796 And enformyt him fayre how he fare shuld,
When he [h]is deuer hade done & drow to pe whethir,
ffor to knele on his knes to the cold erth, And grete all his goddes with a good chere; 800 And the rolle for to rede or he rest thry,
As with sacrifice to shew & seruice to goddes, þat hym grauntede of grace pat gifte for to haue, hat he might worthely it welde, & away beire. 804 And pan sho gafe hym a glasse with a good
And bade whan he buskyt to the bolde Exin,
808 Ne neuer dere hym a dyse with no dede efte.
And pen lacches his leue & his loue kyst, 812 Past furth priuely and pat pert leuyt,