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Troilus defeats the Greeks and Criseyde watches his triumphal procession
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Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 - 1400):
Troilus and Criseyde
Book II, lines 645-686: Criseyde falls in love with Troilus


645For which he wex a litel reed for shame,
Whan he the peple upon him herde cryen,
That to biholde it was a noble game,
How sobreliche he caste doun his yen.
Criseyde gan al his chere aspyen,
650And leet so softe it in hir herte sinke,
That to hir-self she seyde, `Who yaf me drinke?'

For of hir owene thought she wex al reed,
Remembringe hir right thus, `Lo, this is he
Which that myn uncle swereth he moot be deed,
655But I on him have mercy and pitee;'
And with that thought, for pure a-shamed, she
Gan in hir heed to pulle, and that as faste,
Whyl he and al the peple for-by paste,

And gan to caste and rollen up and doun
660Withinne hir thought his excellent prowesse,
And his estat, and also his renoun,
His wit, his shap, and eek his gentillesse;
But most hir favour was, for his distresse
Was al for hir, and thoughte it was a routhe
665To sleen swich oon, if that he mente trouthe.

Now mighte som envyous jangle thus,
`This was a sodeyn love; how mighte it be
That she so lightly lovede Troilus
Right for the firste sighte; ye, pardee?'
670Now who-so seyth so, mote he never thee!
For every thing, a ginning hath it nede
Er al be wrought, with-outen any drede.

For I sey nought that she so sodeynly
Yaf him hir love, but that she gan enclyne
675To lyke him first, and I have told yow why;
And after that, his manhod and his pyne
Made love withinne hir for to myne,
For which, by proces and by good servyse,
He gat hir love, and in no sodeyn wyse.

680And also blisful Venus, wel arayed,
Sat in hir seventhe hous of hevene tho,
Disposed wel, and with aspectes payed,
To helpen sely Troilus of his wo.
And, sooth to seyn, she nas not al a fo
685To Troilus in his nativitee;
God woot that wel the soner spedde he.





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