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Ful prevely, whan he this beste hath slain ;
And by the gayler geten hath a barge,
And of his wyves tresor gan hit charge,
And took his wyf, and eek her suster free,
And eek the gayler, and with hem alle three
Is stole awey out of the lond by nighte,
And to the contre of Ennopye him dighte
Ther as he had a frend of his knowinge.
Ther festen they, ther dauncen they and singe;
And in his armes hath this Adriane,
That of the beste hath kept him from his bane;
And gat him ther a newe barge anoon,
And of his contree-folk a ful gret woon,
And taketh his leve, and hoomward saileth he.
And in an yle, amid the wilde see,
Ther as ther dwelte creature noon
Save wilde bestes, and that ful many oon,
He made his ship a-londe for to sette ;
And in that yle half a day he lette,
And seide, that on the lond he moste him reste.
His mariners han doon right as him leste;
And, for to tellen shortly in this cas,
Whan Adriane his wyf a-slepe was,
For that her suster fairer was than she,
He taketh her in his hond, and forth goth he
To shippe, and as a traitour stal his way
Whyl that this Adriane a-slepe lay,
And to his contree-ward he saileth blyve-
A twenty devil way the wind him dryve !
And fond his fader drenched in the see.
Me list no more to speke of him, parde;
Thise false lovers, poison be hir bane !
But I wol turne again to Adriane
2149. F. hath thys beste; rest this beste hath.
250–21 53. F. Tn. B. omit from geten to gayler (owing to repetition of gayler).
2150. So C.; T. has getyn he hath ; A. Th. gotten hath. 2151. So C. T. Th.; A. has he for hit. 2152. So C. T. A. Th.
2155. C. Ennepye; F. Tn. B. Eunopye or Ennopye; T. Ennopy; A. Ennopie ; Th. Enupye. 2160. C. T. A. newe; rest noble. 2161. F. Tn. B. om, ful. 2164. C. dwellede ; B. Th. dwelte ; Tn. A. dwelt; F. T. dwelleth. 2168. F. Tn. B. om. that.
That is with slepe for werinesse atake.
Ful sorwefully her herte may awake.
Allas ! for thee my herte hath now pite !
Right in the dawening awaketh she,
And gropeth in the bedde, and fond right noght. (301)
Allas !' quod she, that ever I was wroght!
I am betrayed !' and her heer to-rente,
And to the stronde bar-fot faste she wente,
And cryed, “Theseus ! myn herte swete!
Wher be ye, that I may nat with yow mete,
And mighte thus with bestes been y-slain ?'
The holwe rokkes answerde her again;
No man she saw, and yit shyned the mone,
And hye upon a rokke she wente sone,
2195 And saw his barge sailing in the see.
(311) Cold wex her herte, and right thus seide she.
Meker than ye finde I the bestes wilde !'
Hadde he nat sinne, that her thus begylde?
She cryed, 'O turne again, for routhe and sinne !
Thy barge hath nat al his meiny inne !'
Her kerchef on a pole up stikked she,
Ascaunce that he sholde hit wel y-see,
And him remembre that she was behinde,
And turne again, and on the stronde her finde ; 2205
But al for noght; his wey he is y-goon.
And doun she fil a-swown upon a stoon ;
And up she rist, and kiste, in al her care,
The steppes of his feet, ther he hath fare,
And to her bedde right thus she speketh tho :-
'Thou bed,' quod she, 'that hast receyved two,
2182. C. atake; rest y-take.
2184. C. now; T. A. gret; rest om. 2186. C. T. graspeth ; A. grapid ; rest gropeth. 2188, C. & al hire her. 2193. F. B. omit this line. 2194. C. shynede; T. shynyd ; A. schyneth ; F. Tn. Th. B. shone.
2199. C. Hadde; T. A. Had; rest Hath. F. Tn. Th. needlessly insert he after that.
2201. F. thy (for his). 2202, 2203. T. omits these lines.
2203. C. Tn. Th. B. Ascaunce ; A. Ascances; F. Aschaunce. C. A. that; rest om. 2206. C. I-gon; A. ygone; T. agone; rest goon (gone).
2207. C. T. A. upon rest on, 2208. C. kyssith; rest kyssed (but read kiste).
2210. C. om, she.
Thou shalt answere of two, and nat of oon !
Wher is thy gretter part away y-goon?
Allas ! wher shal I, wrecched wight, become !
For, thogh so be that ship or boot heer come,
Hoom to my contree dar I nat for drede;
I can my-selven in this cas nat rede !'
What shal I telle more her compleining ?
Hit is so long, hit were an hevy thing.
In her epistle Naso telleth al ;
But shortly to the ende I telle shal.
The goddes have her holpen, for pitee;
And, in the signe of Taurus, men 'may see
The stones of her coroun shyne clere.-
I wol no more speke of this matere ;
But thus this false lover can begyle
His trewe love. The devil quyte him his whyle !
Explicit Legenda Adriane de Athenes.
Incipit Legenda Philomene.
Deus dator formarum.
Thou yiver of the formes, that hast wroght
The faire world, and bare hit in thy thoght
Eternally, or thou thy werk began,
Why madest thou, unto the slaundre of man,
2213. C. thyn ; T. A. thy; rest the. C. I-gon; A. y-gone; rest goon (gone). 2214. C. wreche.
2215. So T.; A. that any bote her come; C. that boot here ne come (wrongly); Tn. F. B. that bote none here come wrongly); see note. 2217. C. myn selue ; F. my selfe (read my selven); rest my self. 2221. C. T. A. I telle ; rest telle I. 2226, 2227. A. omits these lines. 2 2 26. C. T. Th. this false louer; F. Tn. B. these false lovers. 22 27. C. Tn. T. Th. His; F. Hyr; B. Her; but all have him. Perhaps him quyte would give a smoother line.
Title. From F. After which, F. has Deus dator formatorum ; B. has Deus dator formarum.
Or-al be that hit was not thy doing,
As for that fyn to make swiche a thing-
Why suffrest thou that Tereus was bore,
That is in love so fals and so forswore,
That, fro this world up to the firste hevene,
Corrumpeth, whan that folk his name nevene?
And, as to me, so grisly was his dede,
That, whan that I his foule story rede,
Myn eyen wexen foule and sore also;
Yit last the venim of so longe ago,
That hit enfecteth him that wol beholde
The story of Tereus, of which I tolde.
Of Trace was he lord, and kin to Marte,
The cruel god that stant with blody darte;
And wedded had he, with a blisful chere,
King Pandiones faire doghter dere,
That highte Progne, flour of her contree,
Thogh Iuno list nat at the feste be,
Ne Ymeneus, that god of wedding is;
But at the feste redy been, y-wis,
The furies three, with alle hir mortel brond.
The owle al night aboute the balkes wond,
That prophet is of wo and of mischaunce.
This revel, ful of songe and ful of daunce,
Lasteth a fourtenight, or litel lasse.
But, shortly of this story for to passe,
For I am wery of him for to telle,
Five yeer his wyf and he togeder dwelle,
Til on a day she gan so sore longe
To seen her suster, that she saw nat longe,
That for desyr she niste what to seye.
But to her husband gan she for to preye,
2233. C. T. A. fyn; rest fende. 2239. C. A. his; F. Tn. B. this. T. that sorrowfull story. 2241. F. B. laste (error for last); Tn. A. laft (!); C. lestyth ; T. Th. lasteth. 2242. C. T. A. it ; rest om. C. wele; T. wyll ; Add. (12524) woll; rest wolde. 2243. B. Th. Tereus; A. Tireus; C. Therius; T. Thereus ; F. Teseus ; Tn. Theseus !). [Of which I tolde = whom I mentioned (l. 2234).] See next line. 2246. C. T. A. a; rest om. 2249. C. T. A. lyst; Th. lyste ; F. Tn. B. baste (!).
2252, 2253. C. Tn. A. brond, wond; rest bronde, wonde. 2256. A. Lestith ; rest Laste (Last).
For goddes love, that she moste ones goon
Her suster for to seen, and come anoon,
Or elles, but she moste to her wende,
She preyde him, that he wolde after her sende ;
And this was, day by day, al her prayere
With al humblesse of wyfhood, word, and chere.
This Tereus let make his shippes yare,
And into Grece him-self is forth y-fare
Unto his fader in lawe, and gan him preye
To vouche-sauf that, for a month or tweye,
That Philomene, his wyves suster, mighte
On Progne his wyf but ones have a sighte-
* And she shal come to yow again anoon.
Myself with her wol bothe come and goon,
And as myn hertes lyf I wol her kepe.'
This olde Pandion, this king, gan wepe
For tendernesse of herte, for to leve
His doghter goon, and for to yive her leve;
Of al this world he lovede no-thing so;
But at the laste leve hath she to go.
For Philomene, with salte teres eke,
Gan of her fader grace to beseke
To seen her suster, that her longeth so;
And him embraceth with her armes two.
And therwith-al so yong and fair was she
That, whan that Terëus saw her beautee,
And of array that ther was noon her liche,
And yit of bountee was she two so riche,
He caste his fyry herte upon her so
That he wol have her, how so that hit go,
And with his wyles kneled and so preyde,
Til at the laste Pandion thus seyde :-
'Now, sone,' quod he, that art to me so dere,
I thee betake my yonge doghter here,
2277. All but C. T. badly insert I after her. 2282. T. C. loueth. 2285. F. B. Tn. for; rest of.
2286. So F. Tn. Th. B. ; C. T. she loueth so; A. sche loued so. 2287-92. T. omits. 2291. B. bounte; F. bounde (error for bounte); rest beaute (but see l. 2289). A. twys; Th. to; rest two (twoo); see 736. 2294. C. wilis he so fayre hire preyede. 2297 C. T. A. here; rest repeat dere,