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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 be
holde, 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. Allas, the woo, constreynt, and eke the mone That Proigne upon bir dombe suster maketh! In armes everych of hem other taketh ; 2380 And thus I lat hem in her sorwe dwelle.
The remnant ys no charge 2 for to telle, For this is al and somme,
thus was she served, That harm agylte 8 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 my brother, But hit so be that he may have another.
Explicit Legenda Philomene.
1 Time. Consequence. : Committed
PHYLLIS AND DEMOPHOÖN.
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; This Demophon come saylyng in the see Towarde Athenes to hys paleys large. With hym come many a shippe and mony a
barge Ful of folke, of whiche ful many oon Ys wounded sore, and seke, and woo begoon, And they han at a sege longe ylayne. Byhynde him come a wynde and eke a rayne, That shofe SO sore hys salle myghte not stonde.
2411 Hym were lever than al the worlde a-londe, So hunteth hym the tempest to and fro ! So derke hyt was, he kouthe no-wher go, And with a wawe brusten was hys stere.8
1. Cf. Matt. vii. 16. · The legend of Phillis follows pretty closely Ovid's story in the Heroides, epistle ii. 8 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, 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.
Unneth ? 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 hy's grace myghte bene, And make in that londe somme chevissaunce, '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 Rhodopeya · hym for to reste. Whan he may walke, hym thoght hit was the
beste Unto the contree to seken for socoure. Men knewe hym welle and dide hym honoure; For at Athenes duke and lorde was hee, 244 As Theseus hys fader hath ybe, That in hys tyme was grete of renoun, 1 Wrath. Scarcely. : Negotiation. • A mountain in Thraca
No man so grete in al hys regioun;
Thys honourable quene doth him chere, 2451
Ye have wel herde of Theseus the gyse, In the betraysyng of faire Adriane, That of hir pitee kepte hym fro hys bane. 2460 At shorte wordes, ryght so Demophone, The same way, the same path hath gone, That did his false fader Theseus. For unto Phillis hath he sworne thus, To wedden hir, and hir his trouthe plyghte, And piked of hyr al the good he myghte, Whan he was hole and sounde, and had hys
reste, And doth with Phillis what-so that him leste, As wel kouthe 1, gif that me leste soo, Tellen al hys doynges, to and fro. 2470 He sayede to hys contree moste him sayle, 1 Nature
For ther he wolde hire weddyng apparaylle
trayede. But firste wrote she to hym,' and faste hym
prayede He wolde come and delyver hir of peyne, As I reherse shal oo worde or tweyne. Me lyste nat vouch-safe on him to swynke,? 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,“ upon yow mot compleyne,
1 Her letter is in the Heroides. 2 Labor. 8 Little. Rhodopeian hostess, Phyllis," is Ovid's form of expression.