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Have God my trouthe, her cause sustene.'
'Good thrift have ye!' quod Eleyne the quona
Quod Pandarus, 'And it your wil be,
'To be avisid by your rede the bettre.'
Deiphebus gan this lettre to unfolde
Now lete hem rede, and turne we anone
'Rys, take with yow your nece Antigone,
Your tyme ysee, takith of hem your leve,
Al innocent of Pandarus entent,
Quod tho Cryseyd, 'Go we, uncle dere
And arme in arme, inward with hym she went,
Avising her wele of her wordis and chere;
And Pandarus, in ernfullest manere,
Saied, 'Al folk, for Goddis love I pray
Styntith right here, and softely yow play.
'Avisith yow what folk be her inne,
And in what plite on is, God him amende!'
And ynwardly thus ful softly begynne :—
'Nece, I conjure, and holy yow defende,
On his half which us soule hath sende,
And in the vertue of corounys tweyne,1
Sle not this man that hath for yow this peyn.
'For on his dele," thenk one whiche he is,
'In tyteryng, and pursute, and delayes,
1 This expression is obscure. Perhaps it means,' In regard for the Eing and Queen, his parents.'
2 That is, 'On his behalf.' The printed editions have,' Fie on Hit devil.'
1 Speght reads cankedort, and explains the word to mean woeful case; but it would appear from the context to signify rather anxiety, perplexity. It may perhaps come from the verb to kink, still used in East Anglia, and meaning to entangle.
2 This introduction is addressed to Venus, who is compared to light. She is called the sun's love, because beloved by Apollo, and Jove's daughter; and is said to adorn the third heaven, because the planet Venus moves in the third sphere, counting that of the moon as one, from the earth.—See Somnium Scipionis, quoted vol. iv. The following address to her is founded upon the Platonic philosophy, which Chaucer knew through Boethius.—See vol. i. p. 184, note; vol. iv. pp. $01-4.
a The expression with vapour eteme is obscure. It may perhaps mean spirit ur inspiration; and the passage might be paraphrased thus: 'Since man, bird, beast, fish, herb, and green tree, feel, by an eternal and invariable inspiration which urges them to love, that God himself loves, and does not forbid his creatures to love/ The loves of plants may be supposed to consist in the desire they evince to blossom and bear fruit.
INCIPIT LIBER TEBTITJS.
Lay al this mene while Troylus
Recordyng his lesson in this manere;
'Ma fey!' thoght he, 'thus wul I sey, and thus;
Thus wole I pleyne unto myn herte dere;
That word is good, and this shal be my chere;
This wole I not foryetyn in no wyse;'
God leve hym werk as he gan devise.
And, lord! so as his herte gan to quappe,
Therwith it semyd as he wept almost,
'Aha! God help,' quod Troylus so rewfully,
'Wher me be wo, O myghty God, thow wost!
Who is ther? I se not trewely.'
'Sir,' quod Cryseyde, 'it is Pandare and I;'
'Ye, swete hert? alas, I may not rise
To knele, and do yow honour in some wise.'
And dressid hym iipward, and she right tho