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"THE SAYLLES COMETH NAT." 17S
Over the terme sette betwix us tweyne,
That ye ne holden forwarde,1 as ye seyde.
Your anker, which ye in oure haven leyde, 2500
Hyght2 us that ye wolde comen out of doute,
Or that the mone ones went aboute;
But tymes foure the mone hath hid hir face
Syn that thylke day ye wente fro this place \
And foure tymes lyghte the worlde ageyn.
But for al that, yet I shal soothly seyn,
Yet hath the streme of Sithon * nat i-broght
From Athenes the shippe; yet come hit noght.
And yf that ye the terme rekne wolde,
As I or other trewe lovers sholde, 2510
I pleyne nat, God wot! beforne my day."
But al hir letter writen I ne may
By ordre, for hit were to me a charge;
Hir letter was ryght longe, and therto large.
But here and there in ryme I have hyt layde,
There as me thoghte that she hath wel sayde.
She seyde, "The saylles cometh nat ageyn, Ne to the worde there nys no fey 4 certeyn; But I wote why ye come nat," quod she; "For I was of my love to yow so fre. 2521 And of the goddys that ye han forswore, That hire vengeaunce fal on yow therfore, Ye be nat sufnsaunt to bere the peyne. To much trusted I, wel may I seyne, Upon youre lynage and youre faire tonge,
1 Promise. Cf. Canterbury Tales, I. *29. 'Promised. 'Sithoi m an ancient name of Thrace. Ovid says "Sithonian waves," — waves that beat upon the shores of Thrace. * Faith
And on youre teres falsely out-wronge.
That hyt be nowe the gretest prise of alle,
"' Lo, this is he, that with his Jlaterye Betrayed hath, and doon Mr vilanye, 254c That was his trewe love in thoghte and dede.'
"But sothely of 00 poynt yet may they rede, That ye ben lyke youre fader, as in this; For he begiled Adriane, ywis, With suche an arte, and suche soteltee, As thou thy selven haste begiled me. As in that poynt, althogh hit be nat feire, Thou folwest hym certeyn, and art his eyre. But syn thus synfully ye me begile, My body mote ye seen, within a while, 255a Ryght in the havene of Athenes fletynge,* Withouten sepulture and buryinge, Though ye ben harder then is any stone."
1 Innocent. 1 Floating.
And whan this letter was forthe sent anone. And knyw how brotel1 and how fals he was, She for dispeyre fordidde hir-self, allas! Suche sorowe hath she for he beset2 hire so! Be war, ye wymmen, of youre sotile fo I Syns yet this day men may ensample se, And as in love trusteth no man but me. 2560
Explicit Legenda Phillis.
Incipit Legenda Ypermystre.
In Grece whilom weren brethren twoo
Among hys sones alle there was oon,
That other brother called was Egiste,4 That was in love as fals as ever hym lyste. 2570 \nd many a doghtre gate he in hys lyfe; Of which he gate upon his ryghte wife A doughter dere, and did hyt for to calle Ypermystra, yongest of hem alle. The whiche childe, of hir natyvite, To alle goode thewes6 borne was she,
1 Unsteady. * Treated. 'Danaus. The letter of Hypermnestra Id Lynceus or Lynus is the fourteenth epistle in Ovid? HtroitUt ^gyptus. 'Qualities.
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As lykede to the goddes or she was borne,
The VVirdes,1 that we clepen destanye,
But natheles, as heven gan thoo turne, To badde aspectes hath she of Saturne,* That made hir to dye in prisoun. And I shal after make mensioun Of Danoo and Egistis also. And thogh so be that they were brethren twoo, For thilke tyme nas spared no lynage, 2601 Hyt lyketh hem to maken mariage Betwix Ypermestra and hym Lyno, And casten suche a day hyt shal be so, And ful acorded was hit wittirly.6
1 Fates. * Sails. • See vol. i., Introduction; "Astrologies, p, evii. * Cf. Canterbury Tales* 1, 2453, * Certainly.
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The array ys wroght, the tyme ys faste by,
The torches brennen, and the lampes bryghte,
"My rygte doghter, tresoure of myn herte,
1 Prepared. • Cf. Cintcrbtry Tabs, L 1566 and Troylus and fryuyde, iii. 733.