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Pandarus tries to comfort Troilus
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Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 - 1400):
Troilus and Criseyde
Book I, lines 680-721: Pandarus urges Troilus to tell him what is wrong


680`Therfore, as freend fullich in me assure,
And tel me plat what is thyn enchesoun,
And final cause of wo that ye endure;
For douteth nothing, myn entencioun
Nis nought to yow of reprehencioun,
685To speke as now, for no wight may bireve
A man to love, til that him list to leve.

`And witeth wel, that bothe two ben vyces,
Mistrusten alle, or elles alle leve;
But wel I woot, the mene of it no vyce is,
690For to trusten sum wight is a preve
Of trouthe, and forthy wolde I fayn remeve
Thy wrong conseyte, and do thee som wight triste,
Thy wo to telle; and tel me, if thee liste.

`The wyse seyth, "Wo him that is allone,
695For, and he falle, he hath noon help to ryse;"
And sith thou hast a felawe, tel thy mone;
For this nis not, certeyn, the nexte wyse
To winnen love, as techen us the wyse,
To walwe and wepe as Niobe the quene,
700Whos teeres yet in marbel been ysene.

`Lat be thy weping and thi drerinesse,
And lat us lissen wo with other speche;
So may thy woful tyme seme lesse.
Delyte not in wo thy wo to seche,
705As doon thise foles that hir sorwes eche
With sorwe, whan they han misaventure,
And listen nought to seche hem other cure.

`Men seyn, "To wrecche is consolacioun
To have another felawe in his peyne;"
710That oughte wel ben our opinioun,
For, bothe thou and I, of love we pleyne;
So ful of sorwe am I, sooth for to seyne,
That certeynly no more harde grace
May sitte on me, for-why ther is no space.

715`If God wole thou art not agast of me,
Lest I wolde of thy lady thee bigyle,
Thow wost thyself whom that I love, pardee,
As I best can, gon sithen longe whyle.
And sith thou wost I do it for no wyle,
720And sith I am he that thou tristest most,
Tel me sumwhat, syn al my wo thou wost.'





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Pandarus tells Troilus he has to reveal his love instead of killing himself
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