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Geoffrey Chaucer - Troilus and Criseyde 1 Troilus and Criseyde. Geoffrey Chaucer Book II Here Begins The Prologue To The Second Book. O wind, O wind, the weather begins to clear, and carry our sail out of these black waves. For in this sea my boat labors so that my brain scarce can guide it. This sea I call the tempestuous despair that Troilus had been in, but now begin the first day of hope. O lady, my Clio 1 , be my Muse and my aid from this point on to rhyme well this book until I have done it! I need here no other art but yours. 10 And so I excuse myself to every lover; for I compose this out of no strained sentiment of my own, but move it out of Latin into my own tongue. And so for all this work I desire neither thanks nor censure, but I pray you meekly not to blame me if any word might be lame, for just as my author 2 said, I say the same. And though I speak of love without due feeling, it is no wonder, for it is nothing new; a blind man cannot judge colors well. 21 You know too that in a thousand years there is a change in the forms of speech, and words which then were valuable seem to us now wondrously trivial and strange; yet they spoke them so, and they prospered as well in love then as men do now. And in various ages and various lands, there have been various customs to win love. 28 And therefore if it should happen that any lover in this place would like to hear how the story describes Troilus’ coming into his lady’s favor, and thinks, “I would not procure love in that way,” or wonders at his speech or his doings, I do not know how it may be, but to me it is no wonder. Every person who goes to Rome does not go by the same road or the same means. In some lands all the sport would be spoiled if men in love acted as men do here, as, for instance, in public conduct or appearance, in formal visiting, or in speaking their speeches. Therefore people say each country has its own laws. And even in this place there are scarcely three who have spoken and acted quite alike in 1 Clio. The Muse of History. 2 Author. His source. love; this way may please one man, and that may please another. 44 Yet there is nothing that may not have been said by one or another, just as one may choose to engrave in a tree, and another in a stone wall, as it may happen. But since I have begun, I will go on and follow my author as well as I can. 49 Here Ends The Prologue To The Second Book. Here Begins The Second Book. In May, the mother of glad months, when fresh flowers that winter killed come to life again, blue and white and red, and balmy breaths float over every meadow, when Phoebus 3 from the white Bull 4 lavishes his bright beams, it so happens, as I shall sing, on the third day of May, that Pandarus too, for all his wise speech, felt his share of love’s sharp arrows that, should he ever preach about love, often made his hue entirely green. 60 That day a reverse in love happened to him, for which he went to bed in woe and tossed and turned continually before
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 3543 taught by Professor Baharding during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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