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Thys knave anoon unto the queene hym dyghte, 2370
And toke hit hir, and al the maner tolde.
And whanne that Proigne hath this thing beholde,
No worde she spake for sorwe and eke for rage
But feyned hyr to goon on pilgrymage
To Bachus temple. And in a lytel stounde 1
Hire dombe suster syttyng hath she founde
Wepynge in the castel hir-self allone.
Alias, the woo, constreynt, and eke the mone
That Proigne upon hir dombe suster maketh!
In armes everych of hem other taketh; 238c
And thus I lat hem in her sorwe dwelle.
The remnant ys no charge2 for to telle, For this is al and somme, — thus was she served,
That harm agylte * ne deservede
Unto thys cruelle man, that she of wyste.
Ye may be war of men gif that yow lyste*.
For al be that he wol not for the shame
Doon as Tereus, to lese hys name,
Ne serve yow as a morderere or a knave, 2389
Ful lytel while shul ye trewe hym have, —
That wol I seyne, al were he nowe iny brother, —
But hit so be that he may have another.
Explicit Legenda Philomene.
• Time. • Consequence. • Committed.
PHYLLIS AND DEMOPHOON. 171
Incipit Legenda Phillis.
By preve, as wel as by auctorite,
But for thys ende I speke thys as now,
Distroyed ys of Troye the citee;
Ful of folke, of whiche ful many oon
1 Cf. Matt. vii. 16. 1 The legend of Phillis follows pretty clouh Ovid*s story in the Heroides, epistle ii. s Rudder.
Hys shippe was rent so lowe, in suche manere, That carpentere koude hit nat amende.
The see by nyght as any torche brende For wode,1 and posseth hym up and doune; Til Neptunus hath of hym compassyoun, 2420 And Thetis, Chorus, Triton, and they alle, And maden him upon a londe to falle, Wherof that Phillis lady was and quene, Lycurgus doghtre, fayrer on to sene Than is the floure ageyn the bryghte sonne.
Unneth2 ys Demophoon to londe ywonne, Wayke and eke wery, and his folke forpyned Of werynesse, and also enfamyned, And to the dethe he was almoste ydreven. Hys wise folke counseyle han hym geven, 2430 To seken helpe and socour of the quene, And loken what hys grace myghte bene, And make in that londe somme chevissaunce,1 To kepen hym fro woo and fro myschaunce. For seke he was, and almoste at the dethe; Unnethe myght he speke, or drawe brethe; And lyeth in Rhodopeya4 hym for to reste.
Whan he may walke, hym thoght hit was the beste
Unto the contree to seken for socoure.
1 Wrath. '.Scarcely. * Negotiation. 4 A mountain in Thrac*
No man so grete in al hys regioun;
Thys honourable quene doth him chere, 2451
Ye have wel herde of Theseus the gyse,4
And doth with Phillis what-so that him leste,
'Nature 'Wont. Surfeited. * WUe.
For ther he wolde hire weddyng apparaylle
But firste wrote she to hym,1 and faste hym prayede
He wolde come and delyver hir of peyne,
As I reherse shal 00 worde or tweyne.
Me lyste nat vouch-safe on him to swynke,2
Dispenden on hym a penne ful of ynke, 2490
For fals in love was he, ryght as hys syre;
The Devel set hire soules both on a fire!
But of the letter of Phillis wol I wryte
A worde or tweyne, althogh hit he but lyte.*
"Thyn hostesse," quod she, " O Demophoone, Thy Phillis, which that is so woo begone, Of Rhodopey,4 upon yow mot compleyne,
1 Her letter is in the Heroides. 1 Labor. 'Little. • "Thj Rhodopeian hostess, Phyllis," is Ovid's form of expression.