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Geoffrey Chaucer - Troilus and Criseyde 1 Troilus and Criseyde. Geoffrey Chaucer Book I To tell the double sorrow in his love that Troilus, Son of King Priam of Troy, had, how his lot passed from woe to joy and afterwards to woe again, this is my purpose before I part from you. 5 Tisiphone, help me to compose these dolorous verses, that drop like tears from my pen; to you I call, goddess of anguish, cruel Fury, ever sorrowing in pain; help me, the sorrowful instrument, that as well as I can help lovers to wail. For a dreary comrade is fitting to a woeful creature; and a sorry manner, to a sorrowful history. For I, the servant of Love’s servants, dare not beg Love to assist me, though I may die, so unpleasing am I, so far in the dark distance from him. But if my verse may bring gladness to any lover and assist him with his lady, may the labor go to me and the thanks to Love. 21 But you lovers who bathe in bliss, if there is any drop of pity in you, remember your own past heaviness, and other people’s adversity, and think how you too have felt Love’s displeasure (or you have won him too easily), and pray for those who are in the case of Troilus, as you shall hear, that Love may bring them to the heaven of fruition; and pray also for me to dear God that I may have strength to show in Troilus’ luckless lot some of the pain and woe as Love’s people endure. And pray also for those who are in despair and may never be healed, and for those who are hurt by slanderous tongues, pray God of His mercy to grant them soon to pass out of this world that are in despair of Love’s grace. And pray also for those in joy, that God may grant them always good continuance and might do so to please their ladies that it may be honor and pleasure to Love’s deity. 46 For so I hope best to profit my soul, praying for Love’s servants, writing their woe and living in charity, and having pity of them as if I were their own brother. Now listen with good will, for now I go straight to my matter, where you may hear the double sorrows of Troilus’ love for Criseyde, and how she forsook him before she died. 56 It is well known how the valiant Greeks went armed toward Troy in a thousand ships, besieged the city nearly ten years, and wrought all their harm in diverse ways with only one intention, to avenge the ravishment of Helen done by Paris. Now it happened that there dwelt in the town a lord of great authority, a great seer named Calchas, so expert in wisdom through the replies of his god, Lord Phoebus, or Delphic Apollo, that he knew in advance that Troy must be destroyed. So when this Calchas knew by reckoning and by answer of Apollo as well that the Greeks should bring such a force as should overthrow the city, he laid his plan to leave it quickly; for well he knew by divination that Troy should be destroyed. For this reason this prophetic sage fully intended to depart in secret, and stole away stealthily to the Greeks’ host, and they in courteous fashion received him worshipfully and humbly,
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