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That every harme, that any man
Hath hadde syth the worlde began, too
Befalle him thereof, or he sterve,
And graunt he mote hit ful deserve,
Loo, with suche a conclusioun,
As had of his avisioun
Cresus, that was kynge of Lyde,
That high upon a gebet dide.
This prayer shal he have of me;
I am no bet in charitye.
Now herkeneth, as I have yow seyde, What that I met or I abreyde.1 no
Of Decembre the tenthe day,
But as I slepte, me mette I was
1 Waked. 1 Holy body, i saint (Fr. eorft saint). * Stoat
And moo curiouse portreytures,
And queynt maner of figures
Of olde werke, then 1 I sawgh ever.
But certeynly I nyste never
Wher that I was, but wel wyste I,
Hyt was of Venus redely, 130
This temple; for in portreyture,
I sawgh anoon ryght hir figure
Naked fletynge2 in a see.
And also on hir hede, parde,
Hir rose garlonde white and rede,
And hir combe to kembe hyr hede,
Hir dowves, and daun Cupido,
Hir blynde sone, and Vulcano,
That in his face was ful broune.
But as I romed up and doune, 140
First sawgh I the destruccioun
• Than. 'Floating. * Laviniurn. Cf. Virgil's Mntid, I. i Cf. Canterbury Tales, 1. 14,0*5.
With his false forswerynge,
And aftir this was grave, allas!
And next that sawgh I how Venus, Whan that she sawgh the castel brende, Doune fro the hevene gan descende, And bad hir sone Eneas flee; And how he fled, and how that he Escaped was from al the pres, And tooke his fader, Anchises, And bare hym on his bakke away, Cryinge " Allas, and welaway!" 170 The whiche Anchises in hys honde Bare the goddesse 1 of the londe, Thilke that unbrende were.
And I saugh next in al hys fere, How Creusa, daun Eneas wife, Which that he lovede as hys lyfe, And hir yonge sone Iulo2 Vnd eke Askanius also, Hedden eke with drery chere, That hyt was pitee for to here; 180 And in a forest as they wente,
1 Deities. * lulus, called a>so Ascauiu
At a turnynge of a wente,1
How Creusa was yloste, allas!
That dede, not2 I how she was;
How he hir soughte, and how hir goste
Bad hym to flee the Grekes oste,
And seyde he most unto Itayle,
As was hys destanye, sauns faille,
That hyt was pitee for to here,
When hir spirite gan appere,* 190
The wordes that she to hym seyde,
And for to kepe hir sone hym preyde.
Ther sawgh I grave eke how he,
Ther saugh \ the, crewel Juno,
Ther saugh I suche tempeste aryse,
1 Way. s Dead, know not. * The shade of Creusa appeared to /Eneas. 4 Household. * Mad. 6 Drown. 7 Man and woman o* koy and girl
THE JOURNEY OF vENEAS. 9
That every herte myght agryse,1 2io
Ther saugh I graven eke withalle,
Ther saugh I Joves Venus kysse,
Ther saugh I how the tempest stente, And how with alle pyne he wente, And prevely toke arryvage * In the contree of Cartage; And on the morwe how that he And a knyghte highte Achate, Mette with Venus that day, Goynge in a queynt array, ^.s she hadde ben an hunteresse, With wynde blowynge upon hir tresse ;* 2jo How Eneas gan hym to pleyne,6 Whan that he knewe hir, of his peyne; And how his shippes dreynte were, Or elles lost, he nyste where; How she gan hym comforte thoo, And bad hym to Cartage goo, And ther he shulde his folke fynde, That in the see were lefte behynde.
1 Shudder. 'Aloud. < Came to shore. • Cf. Mntid, I |i»
120. 5 Complain.