1023 With al the poeple long and brod, 1025 The king and queen e sorw e mad e, 1028 And thus betwen the wel and wo 1029 To schip he goth, his wif with child e, 1030 The which was ever e meke and myld e 1031 And wold e noght departe him fro, 1032 Such lov e was betwen hem tuo. 1033 Lichorida for hire offic e 1035 To wend e with this yong e wif, 1037 Withinne a time, as it betidd e, 1038 Whan thei were in the see amidd e, 1040 The storm aros, the wynd es loud e 1041 Thei blewen many a dredful blast, 1043 The derk e nyht the sonne hath under, 1044 Ther was a gret tempeste of thunder: 1045 The mone and ek the sterr es both e 1046 In blak e cloud es thei hem cloth e, 1048 This yong e ladi wepte and crid e, 1049 To whom no confort myhte avail e; 1050 Of child e sche began travail e, 1051 Wher sche lay in a caban clos: 1052 Hire woful lord fro hire aros, 1053 And that was longe er eny morw e, 1054 So that in anguisse and in sorw e 1055 Sche was deliver ed al be nyht e 1056 And ded in every mannes syht e; 1057 Bot nath eles for al this wo 1058 A maid e child was bor e tho. 1059 Appolinus whan he this knew, 1061 That noman wiste in him no lif. 1062 And whanne he wok, he seide, "Ha, wif, 1065 Why schal I live, and thou schalt dy e? 1066 Ha, thou fortune, I thee deffi e, 1067 Nou hast thou do to me thi werst e. 1068 Ha, hert e, why ne wolt thou berst e, 1069 That forth with hire I myht e pass e? 1070 Mi pein es weren wel the lass e." 1071 In such wepinge and in such cry 1072 His ded e wif, which lay him by, 1074 Was nevere man that sih ne wist e 1077 He fell swounende, as he that soght e 1079 Unto the godd es alle abov e 1080 With many a pitous word of lov e; 1081 Bot such e word es as tho wer e 1082 Yit herd e nevere mannes er e, 1083 Bot only thilk e whiche he seid e. 1084 The maister schipman cam and preid e 1085 With othr e suche as be therinn e, 1087 Ayein the deth, bot thei him red e, 1088 He be wel war and tak hied e, 1090 Receiv e mai no creatur e 1091 Withinne himself as forto hold e, 1092 The which is ded: forthi thei wold e, 1093 As thei conseilen al about e, 1094 The ded e body casten out e. 1095 For betre it is, thei seiden all e, 1096 That it of hir e so befall e, 1099 And knew here conseil that was trew e, 1100 Began ayein his sorw e new e 1101 With pitous herte, and thus to sei e: 1102 "It is al reson that ye prei e. 1103 I am," quod he, "bot on al on e, 1104 So wolde I noght for mi person e 1105 There fell e such adversité. 1106 Bot whan it mai no betr e be, 1107 Doth thann e thus upon my word, 1108 Let make a cofr e strong of bord, 1109 That it be ferm with led and pich." 1110 Anon was mad a cofr e sich, 1111 Al redy broght unto his hond; 1112 And whanne he sih and redy fond 1114 The ded e bodi was besow ed 1115 In cloth of gold and leid therinn e. 1116 And for he wolde unto hir winn e 1117 Upon som cooste a sepultur e, 1119 Of gold he leid e somm es gret e 1121 Forth with a lettre, and seid e thus: 1122 "I, king of Tyr Appollinus, 1124 That hiere and se this lettr e writ e, 1126 Hier lith a king es doghter ded: 1127 And who that happeth hir to find e, 1128 For charité tak in his mynd e, 1130 With this tr esor, which he schal hav e." 1131 Thus whan the lettr e was full spok e, 1135 And stoppen it be such a wei e, 1139 Of that the corps schal wel aryv e, 1140 Thei caste it over bord als blyv e. 1141 The schip forth on the waw es went e; 1142 The prince hath chang ed his entent e, 1143 And seith he wol noght come at Tyr 1148 The schipman which behind e stiereth 1151 Bot now to mi matiere ayein, 1152 To telle as old e bok es sein, 1153 This dede corps of which ye know e 1155 Now hier, now ther, til at e last e 1157 The cofre and al that was therinn e. 1158 Of gret merveil e now beginn e 1159 Mai hier e who that sitteth still e; 1160 That God wol sav e mai noght spill e. 1161 Riht as the corps was throwe alond e, 1162 Ther cam walkende upon the strond e 1163 A worthi clerc, a surgi en, 1164 And ek a gret phisici en, 1165 Of al that lond the wisest on, 1167 Ther were of his discipl es som e. 1168 This maister to the cofre is com e, 1171 And goth himselv e forth withal. 1173 They comen hom and tari e noght; 1174 This cofre is into chambr e broght, 1175 Which that thei find e fast e stok e, 1177 Thei loken in, where as thei found e 1178 A bodi ded, which was bewound e 1179 In cloth of gold, as I seide er, 1180 The tresor ek thei founden ther 1183 Unsowed was the bodi son e, 1184 And he, which knew what is to don e, 1185 This nobl e clerk, with all e hast e 1189 He soghte and fond a signe of lif. 1190 With that this worthi king es wif 1192 And maden fyr es al about e; 1193 Thei leide hire on a couch e soft e, 1194 And with a scheet e warm ed oft e 1195 Hire cold e brest began to het e, 1197 This maister hath hire every joignt 1198 With certein oile and balsme enoignt, 1199 And putte a liquour in hire mouth, 1207 Where is my lord, what world is this?" 1208 As sche that wot noght hou it is. 1210 Ansuerde anon upon hire spech e 1211 And seith, "Ma dam e, yee ben hier e, 1212 Where yee be sauf, as yee schal hier e 1213 Hierafterward; forthi as nou 1215 For trusteth wel without e fail e, 1216 Ther is nothing which schal you fail e, Notes 1021] A poem in eight books first completed in 1390, revised in the following year, and again revised in the 16th year of Richard II, June 1392-June 1393. Extant in about forty MSS. of the late 14th and the 15th centuries, and printed by Caxton in 1483. Confessio Amantis is a collection of over one hundred stories illustrative of the vices and virtues. The poet, as a lover, confesses his shortcomings to Genius, the priest of Venus, who absolves him and relates tales suitable to counteract each type of sin. The tale of Apollonius of Tyre is the principal tale of the final book. The play of Pericles, Prince of Tyre (partly by Shakespeare) is based principally on Gower's version, and Gower himself appears as the "presenter", or speaker of the prologues.
Having been shipwrecked in Pentapolis, Apollonius, exiled prince of Tyre, has married the king's daughter and subsequently is recalled to Tyre.
Back to Line 1022] betok. Gave out. He announced before God and the whole land. Back to Line 1060] a swoune. In a swoon. overthrew. Was overthrown, fell over. Back to Line 1076] evere among. Every little while, at intervals. lich. Dead body. Back to Line 1086] And say that he may in no way avoid death unless they advise him: let him be very alert and take heed that ... Back to Line 1089] The see . . . casten oute. The sea will not receive a dead body but will cast it ashore. Therefore if the dead body remains in the ship, the ship will be cast ashore and wrecked. Back to Line 1118] in aventure. In case (any one should find her). Back to Line 1120] A great amount of property (in the form) of jewels. Back to Line 1138] good believe of that. Good belief in the supposition that. Back to Line 1144] As thanne. At that particular time (the as helps to emphasize thanne). Back to Line 1145] Tharse. Tarsus. Apollonius had saved this city from famine before he was shipwrecked at Pentapolis. Back to Line 1206] Cf. Shakespeare's Pericles, III.ii.106: O dear Diana, Where am I? Where's my lord? What world is this? Back to Line 1217] do. Done. She becomes a priestess in the service of Diana at Ephesus, but is ultimately reunited to her husband and daughter. Back to Line