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Troilus suspects Criseyde's unfaithfullness, but Pandarus urges him not to draw hasty conclusions
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Geoffrey Chaucer (1342 - 1400):
Troilus and Criseyde
Book V, lines 1310-1428: Troilus writes Criseyde a letter and Criseyde writes Troilus a letter in return


1310Acorded been to this conclusioun,
And that anoon, these ilke lordes two;
And hastely sit Troilus adoun,
And rolleth in his herte to and fro,
How he may best discryven hir his wo.
1315And to Criseyde, his owene lady dere,
He wroot right thus, and seyde as ye may here.

`Right fresshe flour, whos I have been and shal,
Withouten part of elleswhere servyse,
With herte, body, lyf, lust, thought, and al;
1320I, woful wight, in everich humble wyse
That tonge telle or herte may devyse,
As ofte as matere occupyeth place,
Me recomaunde unto your noble grace.

`Lyketh it yow to witen, swete herte,
1325As ye wel knowe how longe tyme agoon
That ye me lefte in aspre peynes smerte,
Whan that ye wente, of which yet bote noon
Have I non had, but ever wers bigoon
Fro day to day am I, and so mot dwelle,
1330While it yow list, of wele and wo my welle.

`For which to yow, with dredful herte trewe,
I wryte, as he that sorwe dryfth to write,
My wo, that every houre encreseth newe,
Compleyninge as I dar or can endite.
1335And that defaced is, that may ye wyte
The teres, which that fro myn eyen reyne,
That wolde speke, if that they coude, and pleyne.

`Yow first biseche I, that your eyen clere
To look on this defouled ye not holde;
1340And over al this, that ye, my lady dere,
Wol vouche-sauf this lettre to biholde.
And by the cause eek of my cares colde,
That sleeth my wit, if ought amis me asterte,
Foryeve it me, myn owene swete herte.

1345`If any servant dorste or oughte of right
Upon his lady pitously compleyne,
Than wene I, that ich oughte be that wight,
Considered this, that ye these monthes tweyne
Han taried, ther ye seyden, sooth to seyne,
1350But dayes ten ye nolde in ost sojourne,
But in two monthes yet ye not retourne.

`But for as muche as me mot nedes lyke
Al that yow list, I dar not pleyne more,
But humbely with sorwful sykes syke;
1355Yow wryte ich myn unresty sorwes sore,
Fro day to day desyring ever-more
To knowen fully, if your wil it were,
How ye han ferd and doon, whyl ye be there.

`The whos welfare and hele eek God encresse
1360In honour swich, that upward in degree
It growe alwey, so that it never cesse;
Right as your herte ay can, my lady free,
Devyse, I prey to God so mote it be.
And graunte it that ye sone upon me rewe
1365As wisly as in al I am yow trewe.

`And if yow lyketh knowen of the fare
Of me, whos wo ther may no wight discryve,
I can no more but, cheste of every care,
At wrytinge of this lettre I was on-lyve,
1370Al redy out my woful gost to dryve;
Which I delaye, and holde him yet in honde,
Upon the sight of matere of your sonde.

`Myn eyen two, in veyn with which I see,
Of sorweful teeris salte arn waxen welles;
1375My song, in pleynte of myn adversitee;
My good, in harm; myn ese eek waxen helle is.
My joye, in wo; I can sey yow nought elles,
But turned is, for which my lyf I warie,
Everich joye or ese in his contrarie.

1380`Which with your cominge hoom ayein to Troye
Ye may redresse, and, more a thousand sythe
Than ever ich hadde, encressen in me joye.
For was ther never herte yet so blythe
To han his lyf, as I shal been as swythe
1385As I yow see; and, though no maner routhe
Commeve yow, yet thinketh on your trouthe.

`And if so be my gilt hath deeth deserved,
Or if yow list no more up-on me see,
In guerdon yet of that I have you served,
1390Biseche I yow, myn hertes lady free,
That here-upon ye wolden wryte me,
For love of God, my righte loode-sterre,
Ther deeth may make an ende of al my werre.

`If other cause aught doth yow for to dwelle,
1395That with your lettre ye me recomforte;
For though to me your absence is an helle,
With pacience I wol my wo comporte,
And with your lettre of hope I wol desporte.
Now wryteth, swete, and lat me thus not pleyne;
1400With hope, or deeth, delivereth me fro peyne.

`Ywis, myn owene dere herte trewe,
I woot that, whan ye next upon me see,
So lost have I myn hele and eek myn hewe,
Criseyde shal nought conne knowe me!
1405Ywis, myn hertes day, my lady free,
So thursteth ay myn herte to biholde
Your beautee, that my lyf unnethe I holde.

`I sey no more, al have I for to seye
To you wel more than I telle may;
1410But whether that ye do me live or deye,
Yet pray I God, so yeve yow right good day.
And fareth wel, goodly fayre fresshe may,
As ye that lyf or deeth me may comaunde;
And to your trouthe ay I me recomaunde

1415`With hele swich that, but ye yeven me
The same hele, I shal noon hele have.
In you lyth, whan yow liste that it so be,
The day in which me clothen shal my grave.
In yow my lyf, in yow might for to save
1420Me from disese of alle peynes smerte;
And fare now wel, myn owene swete herte!
              Le vostre T.'

This lettre forth was sent unto Criseyde,
Of which hir answere in effect was this;
Ful pitously she wroot ayein, and seyde,
1425That also sone as that she might, ywis,
She wolde come, and mende al that was mis.
And fynally she wroot and seyde him thanne,
She wolde come, ye, but she niste whenne.





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Troilus' sister explains his dream and tells him that Diomedes is in and he is out
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