Troilus and Criseyde: Book II

Original Text: 
Possibly adapted from Robert Kilburn Root, ed., The Book of Troilus and Criseyde (Princeton University Press, 1926). PR 1895 .R6 Robarts Library. Possibly also W. W. Skeat, ed., The Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, 2nd edn. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1899-1900): II.
From Book II
599But streght in-to hire closet wente anon,
600And set hire doun as stylle as any ston,
601And every word gan up and doun to wynde,
602That he hadde seyd, as it com hire to mynde;
604Right for the newe cas; but whan that she
606Of peril, why she ought afered be,
607For man may love, of possibilite,
610But as she sat allone and thoughte thus,
612And men cryde in the strete, "Se, Troilus
613Hath right now put to flighte the Grekes route!"
616For thorugh this strete he moot to paleys ryde;
617"For other wey is fro the yate noon
619With that com he and al his folk anoon
620An esy pas rydynge, in routes tweyne,
622For which, men seyn, may nought distourbed be
623That shal bityden of necessitee.
624This Troilus sat on his baye steede,
625Al armed, save his hed, ful richely,
626And wownded was his hors, and gan to blede,
628But swych a knyghtly sighte, trewely,
629As was on hym was nought, withouten faille,
630To loke on Mars, that god is of bataille.
631So lik a man of armes and a knyght
632He was to seen, fulfilled of heigh prowesse;
633For bothe he hadde a body and a myght
634To doon that thing, as wel as hardynesse;
635And eek to seen hym in his gere hym dresse,
637It was an heven up-on hym for to see.
640His sheld to-dasshed was with swerdes and maces,
641In which men myghte many an arwe fynde
643And ay the peple cryde, "Here cometh oure joye,
644And, next his brother, holder up of Troye!"
646Whan he the peple up-on hym herde cryen,
647That to byholde it was a noble game,
648How sobreliche he caste doun his ÿen.
650And leet it so softe yn hir herte synke,
652For of hire owen thought she wex al reed,
653Remembryng hire right thus, "Lo, this is he
658Whil he and all the peple forby paste.
660With-inne hir thought his excellent prowesse,
662His wit, his shap, and eek his gentillesse;
667"This was a sodeyn love; how myght it be
668That she so lightly loved Troilus
669Right for the firste syghte; ye, pardé?"
673For I sey nought that she so sodeynly
675To like him first, and I have told yow whi;
676And after that, his manhod and his pyne
677Made love with-inne hire herte for to myne,
679He gat hire love, and in no sodeyn wyse.


596] Troilus, overcome by love, has confided in his friend Pandarus, Criseyde's uncle. The latter has visited Criseyde at her house and urged her to accept Troilus as a lover. Back to Line
597] wel bygon. Happy. Cf. woe-begone. Back to Line
598] stente. Stinted, stopped, delayed. Back to Line
603] somdel. Somewhat. Back to Line
605] Was ful avysed. Had fully considered.
tho. Then. Back to Line
608] to-breste. Burst in pieces. Back to Line
609] but-if hir leste. Unless it please her. Back to Line
611] Ascry. Alarm.
scarmuch. Skirmish. Back to Line
614] meyni. Household. Back to Line
615] latis. Lattice. Root and Robinson read yatis (gates), Oxford and Globe eds. latis. Though found in only one MS. the latter seems more appropriate here. Back to Line
618] ther. Where. Back to Line
621] As was his good fortune. Back to Line
627] a pas. (At) a foot-pace. Back to Line
636] weldy. Active. Back to Line
638] to-hewen. Cut through. Back to Line
639] lyssew. Woven cord. Back to Line
642] thiried. Pierced.
nerf. Sinew.
rynde. Outer surface. Back to Line
645] Wex reed. Turned red. Back to Line
649] chereAppearance. Back to Line
651] Who yaf me drunken Who has given me a love-potion? Back to Line
654] moot be, deed. Must die. Back to Line
655] But. Unless. Back to Line
656] for pure ashamed. For very shame. Back to Line
657] as faste. As fast as possible. Back to Line
659] caste. Consider, Back to Line
661] estat. Rank. Back to Line
663] for. Because. Back to Line
664] routhe. Pity. Back to Line
665] to sleen twich oon. To slay such a one. Back to Line
666] envious. Malicious (person). Back to Line
670] mote he never ythé! May he never thrive! Back to Line
671] nede. Of necessity. Back to Line
672] drede. Doubt. Back to Line
674] yaf. Gave. Back to Line
678] by proces. By the course of time and events. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
Caxton's edition.
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.9; RPO 1996-2000.