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THE ROUTHE FOR SUCHE UNTROUTHE. I 5
What that she wrote or that she dyde; 380
But, weleaway! the harme, the routhe,
Loo, Demophon, duke of Athenys,1
Eke lo how fals and reccheles
And Jason to Isiphile; 400
And eft Jason to Medea;
Ercules to Dyanira;
For he left her for Iole,
That made hym cache his dethe, parde.
How fals eke was he, Theseus;
1 Trouble. * The following examples of untr le lovers are taken from the HeroiiUs, epistles it., iii., v., vi, uc, x-f zL * Pass. Neck. 6 Ariadne.
The devel be hys soules bane!
For had he lawghed, had he loured,
He moste have be devoured, 410
Yf Adriane ne had ybe.
And, for she had of hym pite,
She made hym fro the dethe escape,
And he made hir a ful fals jape;
For aftir this, withyn a while.
He lefte hir slepynge in an ile,
Deserte allone, ryght in the se,
And stale away, and lete hir be;
And tooke hir suster Phedra thoo
With him, and gan to shippe goo. 420
And yet he had yswore to here,
On alle that evere he myghte swere,
That so she saved hym hys lyfe,
He wolde have take hir to hys wife,
For she desirede nothing ellis,
In certeyne, as the booke tellis.
But to excusen Eneas
Thoo sawgh I grave how that to Itayie
1 j&neid, iv. 252, etc. * The helmsman, Palinurus, was deceived by Somnus, and cast into the sea, the stern being broken off, before reaching the rocks of the Sirens. sEuet'd, v., e"*
"CYBILE AND ENEAS." IJ
Which that the stere, or he toke kepe.
And also sawgh I how Cybile1
Tho sawgh I grave al the aryvayle That Eneas had in Itayle; And with kynge Latyne hys tretee, And alle the batayles that hee Was at hymselfe, and eke hys knyghtis, Or he had al ywonne hys ryghtis; And how he Turnus * reft his lyfe, And wanne Labina6 to his wife; And alle the mervelouse signals Of the goddys celestials; 460 How mawgree Juno, Eneas For al hir sleight and hir compas, Acheved alle his aventure;
1 The Sibyl of Cumse. i&tuid, vi. • Claudius Claudianus wrote, in tb* fourth century, De Rafitu Proserpina. • Cf. Inftrw, 'K'_£ of the Rutuliani sEntid, x. 76, 616; xii. 926. 6 Lavinia, laaghter of Latinos.
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For Jupiter tooke of hym cure,1
When I had seene al this syghte
When I oute at the dores came, 480 I faste aboute me behelde. Then sawgh I but a large felde, As fer as that I myghte see, Withouten toune, or house, or tree, Or bussh, or gras, or eryd * londe; For al the felde nas but sonde, As smale as man may se yet lye In the desert of Lybye; Ne no maner creature,
That ys yformed be nature, 490 Ne sawghe me to rede or wisse.6
1 Care. * Eaw. * Anywhere. 4 Plowed. 'To advise 01 In torn.
"0 Criste," thought I, "that art in blysse,
Fro fantome and illusioun
Thoo was I war at the laste,
Now herkeneth every maner man,
1 Cf. Purgatorio, ix. 19; also Metamorphosei, x. i«. Gany. medes was carried off by Jove in the form of an eagle. * Lines 504'D7 are not in tile MSS. * Happy * CI. ParUmtnt 0/Pottles, 1. 31