Boece – Book 1

By Geoffrey Chaucer

Bo1 m1 1 Allas! I wepynge, am constreyned to bygynnen
Bo1 m1 2 vers of sorwful matere, that whilom in florysschyng
Bo1 m1 3 studie made delitable ditees. For
Bo1 m1 4 lo, rendynge muses of poetes enditen to me
Bo1 m1 5 thynges to ben writen, and drery vers of wretchidnesse
Bo1 m1 6 weten my face with verray teres. At
Bo1 m1 7 the leeste, no drede ne myghte overcomen
Bo1 m1 8 tho muses, that thei ne were felawes, and folwyden
Bo1 m1 9 my wey (that is to seyn, whan
Bo1 m1 10 I was exiled). They that weren glorie of
Bo1 m1 11 my youthe, whilom weleful and grene,
Bo1 m1 12 conforten nowe the sorwful wyerdes of me, olde
Bo1 m1 13 man. For eelde is comyn unwarly uppon me,
Bo1 m1 14 hasted by the harmes that Y have, and sorwe
Bo1 m1 15 hath comandid his age to ben in me. Heeris hore
Bo1 m1 16 arn schad overtymeliche upon myn heved, and
Bo1 m1 17 the slakke skyn trembleth of myn emptid body.
Bo1 m1 18 Thilke deth of men is weleful that ne comyth
Bo1 m1 19 noght in yeeris that ben swete, but
Bo1 m1 20 cometh to wrecches often yclepid. Allas,
Bo1 m1 21 allas! With how deef an ere deth, cruwel,
Bo1 m1 22 turneth awey fro wrecches and nayteth to
Bo1 m1 23 closen wepynge eien. Whil Fortune, unfeithful,
Bo1 m1 24 favourede me with lyghte goodes, the sorwful
Bo1 m1 25 houre (that is to seyn, the deth) hadde almoost
Bo1 m1 26 dreynt myn heved. But now, for Fortune
Bo1 m1 27 cloudy hath chaunged hir deceyvable
Bo1 m1 28 chere to meward, myn unpietous lif draweth
Bo1 m1 29 along unagreable duellynges in me. O ye,
Bo1 m1 30 my frendes, what or wherto avaunted ye
Bo1 m1 31 me to be weleful? For he that hath fallen stood
Bo1 m1 32 noght in stedefast degre.
Bo1 p1 1 In the mene while that I, stille, recordede
Bo1 p1 2 these thynges with myself and merkid my weply
Bo1 p1 3 compleynte with office of poyntel, I saw,
Bo1 p1 4 stondynge aboven the heghte of myn heved, a
Bo1 p1 5 womman of ful greet reverence by semblaunt,
Bo1 p1 6 hir eien brennynge and cleer-seynge over the
Bo1 p1 7 comune myghte of men; with a lifly colour
Bo1 p1 8 and with swich vigour and strengthe that it ne
Bo1 p1 9 myghte nat ben emptid, al were it so
Bo1 p1 10 that sche was ful of so greet age that men
Bo1 p1 11 ne wolden nat trowen in no manere that
Bo1 p1 12 sche were of our elde. The stature of hire was
Bo1 p1 13 of a doutous jugement, for somtyme sche constreyned
Bo1 p1 14 and schronk hirselven lik to the comune
Bo1 p1 15 mesure of men, and somtyme it semede
Bo1 p1 16 that sche touchede the hevene with the heghte
Bo1 p1 17 of here heved. And whan sche hef hir heved
Bo1 p1 18 heyere, sche percede the selve hevene so that
Bo1 p1 19 the sighte of men lokynge was in ydel.
Bo1 p1 20 Hir clothes weren makid of right delye
Bo1 p1 21 thredes and subtil craft of perdurable matere;
Bo1 p1 22 the whiche clothes sche hadde woven with
Bo1 p1 23 hir owene handes, as I knew wel aftir by hirselve
Bo1 p1 24 declarynge and schewynge to me. The
Bo1 p1 25 beaute [of] the whiche clothes a derknesse of a
Bo1 p1 26 forleten and despised elde hadde duskid and
Bo1 p1 27 dirked, as it is wont to dirken besmokede
Bo1 p1 28 ymages. In the nethereste hem or bordure of
Bo1 p1 29 thise clothes, men redden ywoven in a
Bo1 p1 30 Grekissch P (that signifieth the lif actif);
Bo1 p1 31 and aboven that lettre, in the heieste
Bo1 p1 32 bordure, a Grekyssh T (that signifieth the lif
Bo1 p1 33 contemplatif). And bytwixen thise two lettres
Bo1 p1 34 ther were seyn degrees nobly ywrought in
Bo1 p1 35 manere of laddres, by whiche degrees men
Bo1 p1 36 myghten clymben fro the nethereste lettre to the
Bo1 p1 37 uppereste. Natheles handes of some men hadden
Bo1 p1 38 korve that cloth by violence and by
Bo1 p1 39 strengthe, and everich man of hem hadde
Bo1 p1 40 boren awey swiche peces as he myghte
Bo1 p1 41 geten. And forsothe this forseide womman bar
Bo1 p1 42 smale bokis in hir right hand, and in hir left hand
Bo1 p1 43 sche bar a ceptre.
Bo1 p1 44 And whan she saughe thise poetical muses
Bo1 p1 45 aprochen aboute my bed and enditynge wordes
Bo1 p1 46 to my wepynges, sche was a litil amoeved, and
Bo1 p1 47 glowede with cruel eighen. “Who,” quat sche,
Bo1 p1 48 “hath suffred aprochen to this sike man thise
Bo1 p1 49 comune strompettis of swich a place that
Bo1 p1 50 men clepen the theatre? The whiche nat
Bo1 p1 51 oonly ne asswagen noght his sorwes with
Bo1 p1 52 none remedies, but thei wolden fedyn and
Bo1 p1 53 noryssen hym with sweete venym. Forsothe
Bo1 p1 54 thise ben tho that with thornes and prikkynges
Bo1 p1 55 of talentz or affeccions, whiche that ne bien
Bo1 p1 56 nothyng fructifyenge nor profitable, destroyen
Bo1 p1 57 the corn plentyvous of fruytes of resoun. For
Bo1 p1 58 thei holden hertes of men in usage, but thei
Bo1 p1 59 delyvre noght folk fro maladye. But yif ye
Bo1 p1 60 muses hadden withdrawen fro me with
Bo1 p1 61 youre flateries any unkunnynge and unprofitable
Bo1 p1 62 man, as men ben wont to fynde
Bo1 p1 63 comonly among the peple, I wolde wene suffre
Bo1 p1 64 the lasse grevosly; forwhi, in swych an unprofitable
Bo1 p1 65 man, myne ententes weren nothyng
Bo1 p1 66 endamaged. But ye withdrawen me this man,
Bo1 p1 67 that hath ben noryssed in the studies or scoles of
Bo1 p1 68 Eliaticis and Achademycis in Grece. But goth
Bo1 p1 69 now rather awey, ye mermaydenes, whiche
Bo1 p1 70 that ben swete til it be at the laste, and
Bo1 p1 71 suffreth this man to ben cured and heeled
Bo1 p1 72 by myne muses (that is to seyn, by noteful
Bo1 p1 73 sciences).”
Bo1 p1 74 And thus this companye of muses, iblamed,
Bo1 p1 75 casten wrothly the chere dounward to the erthe,
Bo1 p1 76 and, schewynge by rednesse hir schame, thei
Bo1 p1 77 passeden sorwfully the thresschefold. And I, of
Bo1 p1 78 whom the sighte, ploungid in teeres, was dirked
Bo1 p1 79 so that Y ne myghte noght knowen what
Bo1 p1 80 that womman was of so imperial auctorite,
Bo1 p1 81 I wax al abayssched and astoned, and caste
Bo1 p1 82 my syghte doun to the erthe, and bygan stille for
Bo1 p1 83 to abide what sche woolde doon aftirward. Tho
Bo1 p1 84 com sche ner and sette her doun uppon the
Bo1 p1 85 uttereste corner of my bed; and sche, byholdynge
Bo1 p1 86 my chere that was cast to the erthe
Bo1 p1 87 hevy and grevous of wepynge, compleynede
Bo1 p1 88 with thise wordis that I schal seyn the perturbacion thought.
Bo1 p1 1 “Allas! How the thought of this man, dreynt
Bo1 m2 2 in overthrowynge depnesse, dulleth and forleteth
Bo1 m2 3 his propre clernesse, myntynge to gon into
Bo1 m2 4 foreyne dirknesses as ofte as his anoyos
Bo1 m2 5 bysynes waxeth withoute mesure, that is
Bo1 m2 6 dryven with werldly wyndes. This man, that
Bo1 m2 7 whilom was fre, to whom the hevene was
Bo1 m2 8 opyn and knowen, and was wont to gon in
Bo1 m2 9 hevenliche pathes, and saughe the lyghtnesse
Bo1 m2 10 of the rede sonne, and saughe the
Bo1 m2 11 sterres of the coolde mone, and whiche
Bo1 m2 12 sterre in hevene useth wandrynge recourses
Bo1 m2 13 iflyt by diverse speeris — this man, overcomere,
Bo1 m2 14 hadde comprehendid al this by nombre (of
Bo1 m2 15 acontynge in astronomye). And, over this, he
Bo1 m2 16 was wont to seken the causes whennes the sounynge
Bo1 m2 17 wyndes moeven and bysien the smothe
Bo1 m2 18 watir of the see; and what spirit turneth the
Bo1 m2 19 stable hevene; and why the sterre ariseth
Bo1 m2 20 out of the rede est, to fallen in the westrene
Bo1 m2 21 wawes; and what attemprith the lusty
Bo1 m2 22 houres of the firste somer sesoun, that highteth
Bo1 m2 23 and apparaileth the erthe with rosene
Bo1 m2 24 floures; and who maketh that plentyvous
Bo1 m2 25 autumpne in fulle [yere] fletith with hevy
Bo1 m2 26 grapes. And eek this man was wont to tellen
Bo1 m2 27 the diverse causes of nature that weren yhidd.
Bo1 m2 28 Allas! Now lyth he emptid of lyght of his
Bo1 m2 29 thoght, and his nekke is pressyd with hevy
Bo1 m2 30 cheynes, and bereth his chere enclyned
Bo1 m2 31 adoun for the grete weyghte, and is constreyned
Bo1 m2 32 to loken on the fool erthe!”
Bo1 p2 1 “But tyme is now,” quod sche, “of medicyne
Bo1 p2 2 more than of compleynte.” Forsothe thanne
Bo1 p2 3 sche, entendynge to meward with al the lookynge
Bo1 p2 4 of hir eien, seyde: “Art nat thou he,”
Bo1 p2 5 quod sche, “that whilom, norissched with my
Bo1 p2 6 melk and fostred with myne metes, were escaped
Bo1 p2 7 and comyn to corage of a parfit man?
Bo1 p2 8 Certes I yaf the swiche armures that, yif thou
Bo1 p2 9 thiselve ne haddest first cast hem awey,
Bo1 p2 10 they schulden han defended the in sekernesse
Bo1 p2 11 that mai nat ben overcomyn. Knowestow
Bo1 p2 12 me nat? Why arttow stille? Is it for
Bo1 p2 13 schame or for astonynge? It were me levere
Bo1 p2 14 that it were for schame, but it semeth me that
Bo1 p2 15 astonynge hath oppresside the.” And whan sche
Bo1 p2 16 say me nat oonly stille but withouten office
Bo1 p2 17 of tunge and al dowmbe, sche leyde hir hand
Bo1 p2 18 sooftly uppon my breest and seide: “Here nys
Bo1 p2 19 no peril,” quod sche; “he is fallen into a
Bo1 p2 20 litargye, whiche that is a comune seknesse
Bo1 p2 21 to hertes that been desceyved. He hath a
Bo1 p2 22 litil foryeten hymselve, but certes he schal
Bo1 p2 23 lightly remembren hymself yif so be that he
Bo1 p2 24 hath knowen me or now; and that he may so
Bo1 p2 25 doon, I will wipe a litil his eien that ben
Bo1 p2 26 dirked by the cloude of mortel thynges.” Thise
Bo1 p2 27 woordes seide sche, and with the lappe of hir
Bo1 p2 28 garnement yplited in a frownce sche dryede
Bo1 p2 29 myn eien, that weren fulle of the wawes of wepynges.
Bo1 m3 1 Thus, whan that nyght was discussed and
Bo1 m3 2 chased awey, dirknesses forleten me, and to
Bo1 m3 3 myn eien repeyred ayen hir firste strengthe.
Bo1 m3 4 And ryght by ensaumple as the sonne is hydd
Bo1 m3 5 whan the sterres ben clustred (that is to seyn,
Bo1 m3 6 whan sterres ben covered with cloudes) by
Bo1 m3 7 a swyft wynd that hyghte Chorus, and that
Bo1 m3 8 the firmament stant dirked with wete plowngy
Bo1 m3 9 cloudes; and that the sterres nat apeeren
Bo1 m3 10 upon hevene, so that the nyght semeth
Bo1 m3 11 sprad upon erthe: yif thanne the wynde that
Bo1 m3 12 hyghte Boreas, isent out of the kaves of the
Bo1 m3 13 cuntre of Trace, betith this nyght (that is to
Bo1 m3 14 seyn, chaseth it awey) and discovereth the
Bo1 m3 15 closed day, thanne schyneth Phebus ischaken
Bo1 m3 16 with sodeyn light and smyteth with his beemes
Bo1 m3 17 in merveylynge eien.
Bo1 p3 1 Ryght so, and noon other wise, the cloudes
Bo1 p3 2 of sorwe dissolved and doon awey, I took hevene,
Bo1 p3 3 and resceyved mynde to knowe the face
Bo1 p3 4 of my fisycien; so that [whan] [that] I sette myne
Bo1 p3 5 eien on hir and fastned my lookynge, I byholde
Bo1 p3 6 my noryce, Philosophie, in whoos houses I
Bo1 p3 7 hadde conversed and hauntyd fro my youthe;
Bo1 p3 8 and I seide thus: “O thou maystresse of alle
Bo1 p3 9 vertues, descended from the sovereyne
Bo1 p3 10 sete, whi arttow comen into this solitarie
Bo1 p3 11 place of myn exil? Artow comen for thou
Bo1 p3 12 art maad coupable with me of false blames?”
Bo1 p3 13 “O,” quod sche, “my nory, schulde I forsake
Bo1 p3 14 the now, and schulde I nat parten with the by
Bo1 p3 15 comune travaile the charge that thow hast
Bo1 p3 16 suffred for envye of my name? Certes it nere nat
Bo1 p3 17 leveful ne syttynge thyng to Philosophie to leten
Bo1 p3 18 withouten companye the weye of hym that is
Bo1 p3 19 innocent. Schulde I thanne redowte my
Bo1 p3 20 blame and agrysen as though ther were
Bo1 p3 21 byfallen a newe thyng? For trowestow that
Bo1 p3 22 Philosophie be now alderferst assailed in periles
Bo1 p3 23 by folk of wykkide maneris? Have I noght
Bo1 p3 24 stryven with ful greet strif in old tyme, byfor the
Bo1 p3 25 age of my Plato, ayens the foolhardynesse
Bo1 p3 26 of folye? And eek, the same Plato lyvynge, his
Bo1 p3 27 mayster Socrates desserved victorie of unryghtful
Bo1 p3 28 deth in my presence. The heritage of
Bo1 p3 29 the whiche Socrates (the heritage is to
Bo1 p3 30 seyn the doctryne of the whiche Socrates
Bo1 p3 31 in his opinyoun of felicite, that I clepe
Bo1 p3 32 welefulnesse) whan that the peple of Epycuriens
Bo1 p3 33 and Stoyciens and manye othere enforceden
Bo1 p3 34 hem to gon ravyssche everyche man for his part
Bo1 p3 35 (that is to seyn, that everych of hem wolde
Bo1 p3 36 drawen to the deffense of his opinyoun the
Bo1 p3 37 wordes of Socrates), they as in partye of hir
Bo1 p3 38 preye todrowen me, cryinge and debatyng
Bo1 p3 39 ther-ayens, and korven and torente my
Bo1 p3 40 clothes that I hadde woven with myn
Bo1 p3 41 handes; and with tho cloutes that thei
Bo1 p3 42 hadden arased out of my clothes thei wenten
Bo1 p3 43 awey wenynge that I hadde gon with hem every
Bo1 p3 44 del. In whiche Epycuriens and Stoyciens for as
Bo1 p3 45 myche as ther semede some traces or steppes of
Bo1 p3 46 myn abyte, the folie of men wenynge tho
Bo1 p3 47 Epycuryens and Stoyciens my familiers pervertede
Bo1 p3 48 some thurw the errour of the wikkide
Bo1 p3 49 or unkunnynge multitude of hem.
Bo1 p3 50 (This is to seyn, that for they semeden
Bo1 p3 51 philosophres thei weren pursuyed to the
Bo1 p3 52 deth and slayn.)
Bo1 p3 53 “So yif thou ne hast noght knowen the
Bo1 p3 54 exilynge of Anaxogore, ne the empoisonynge of
Bo1 p3 55 Socrates, ne the turmentz of Zeno, for they
Bo1 p3 56 weren straungiers, yit myghtestow han knowen
Bo1 p3 57 the Senecciens and the Canyos and the Soranas,
Bo1 p3 58 of whiche folk the renoun is neyther over-oold
Bo1 p3 59 ne unsollempne. The whiche men nothyng
Bo1 p3 60 elles ne broght hem to the deeth but oonly
Bo1 p3 61 for thei weren enformyd of myne maneris,
Bo1 p3 62 and semyde moost unlyk to the studies of
Bo1 p3 63 wykkid folk. And forthi thou oughtest noght to
Bo1 p3 64 wondren thoughe that I, in the byttere see of this
Bo1 p3 65 lif, be fordryven with tempestes blowynge
Bo1 p3 66 aboute, in the whiche this is my moste purpoos,
Bo1 p3 67 that is to seyn to displesen to wikkide men. Of
Bo1 p3 68 whiche schrewes al be the oost nevere so greet,
Bo1 p3 69 it es to despise; for it nys nat governyd with
Bo1 p3 70 no ledere (of resoun), but it es ravyssched
Bo1 p3 71 oonly by fleetynge errour folyly and
Bo1 p3 72 lyghtly; and yif they somtyme, makynge an oost
Bo1 p3 73 ayens us, assayle us as strengere, our ledere
Bo1 p3 74 draweth togidre his richesses into his tour, and
Bo1 p3 75 they ben ententyf aboute sarpleris or sachelis,
Bo1 p3 76 unprofitable for to taken. But we that ben heghe
Bo1 p3 77 above, syker fro alle tumolte and wood noyse,
Bo1 p3 78 warnstoryd and enclosed in swiche a palys
Bo1 p3 79 whider as that chaterynge or anoyinge
Bo1 p3 80 folye ne may nat atayne, we scorne swyche
Bo1 p3 81 ravyneres and henteres of fouleste thynges.
Bo1 m4 1 “Whoso it be that is cleer of vertue, sad and
Bo1 m4 2 wel ordynat of lyvynge, that hath put under
Bo1 m4 3 fote the proude wierdes, and loketh upryght
Bo1 m4 4 upon either fortune, he may holden his chere
Bo1 m4 5 undesconfited. The rage ne the manaces of the
Bo1 m4 6 see, commoevynge or chasynge upward hete
Bo1 m4 7 fro the botme, ne schal nat moeve that man.
Bo1 m4 8 Ne the unstable mowntaigne that highte Visevus,
Bo1 m4 9 that writhith out thurw his brokene
Bo1 m4 10 chemeneyes smokynge fieres, ne the wey of
Bo1 m4 11 thonderleit, that is wont to smyten hye
Bo1 m4 12 toures, ne schal nat moeve that man. Wharto
Bo1 m4 13 thanne, o wrecches, drede ye tirauntz that ben
Bo1 m4 14 wode and felenous withouten ony strengthe?
Bo1 m4 15 Hope aftir no thyng, ne drede nat; and so
Bo1 m4 16 schaltow desarmen the ire of thilke unmyghty
Bo1 m4 17 tiraunt. But whoso that, qwakynge, dredeth
Bo1 m4 18 or desireth thyng that nys noght stable of his
Bo1 m4 19 ryght, that man that so dooth hath cast
Bo1 m4 20 awey his scheeld, and is remoeved from
Bo1 m4 21 his place, and enlaceth hym in the cheyne
Bo1 m4 22 with whiche he mai ben drawen.
Bo1 p4 1 “Felistow,” quod sche, “thise thynges, and
Bo1 p4 2 entren thei aughte in thy corage? Artow like
Bo1 p4 3 an asse to the harpe? Why wepistow, why
Bo1 p4 4 spillestow teeris? Yif thou abidest after helpe
Bo1 p4 5 of thi leche, the byhoveth discovre thy
Bo1 p4 6 wownde.”
Bo1 p4 7 Tho I, that hadde gaderyd strengthe in my
Bo1 p4 8 corage, answeride and seide: “And nedeth it
Bo1 p4 9 yit,” quod I, “of rehersynge or of ammonicioun?
Bo1 p4 10 And scheweth it nat ynoghe by
Bo1 p4 11 hymselve the scharpnesse of Fortune, that
Bo1 p4 12 waxeth wood ayens me? Ne moeveth it nat
Bo1 p4 13 the to seen the face or the manere of this place?
Bo1 p4 14 Is this the librarye which that thou haddest
Bo1 p4 15 chosen for a ryght certein sege to the in myn
Bo1 p4 16 hous, there as thow disputedest ofte with me
Bo1 p4 17 of the sciences of thynges touchynge dyvinyte
Bo1 p4 18 and mankynde? Was thanne myn habit
Bo1 p4 19 swiche as it is now? Was my face or my
Bo1 p4 20 chere swyche as now whan I soghte with
Bo1 p4 21 the the secretis of nature, whan thow enformedest
Bo1 p4 22 my maneris and the resoun of al my
Bo1 p4 23 lif to the ensaumple of the ordre of hevene? Is
Bo1 p4 24 noght this the gerdouns that I referre to the, to
Bo1 p4 25 whom I have ben obeisaunt?
Bo1 p4 26 “Certes thou confermedest by the mouth of
Bo1 p4 27 Plato this sentence, that is to seyn that comune
Bo1 p4 28 thynges or comunalites weren blisful yif they
Bo1 p4 29 that hadden studied al fully to wysdom
Bo1 p4 30 governeden thilke thynges; or elles yif it so
Bo1 p4 31 befille that the governours of comunalites
Bo1 p4 32 studieden to geten wysdom. Thou seidest eek by
Bo1 p4 33 the mouth of the same Plato that it was a
Bo1 p4 34 necessarie cause wise men to taken and desire
Bo1 p4 35 the governance of comune thynges, for that the
Bo1 p4 36 governementz of cites, ilefte in the handes of
Bo1 p4 37 felonous turmentours citezeens, ne schulde
Bo1 p4 38 noght bryngen in pestilence ande destruccioun
Bo1 p4 39 to good folk. And therfore I, folwynge
Bo1 p4 40 thilke auctorite, desired to putten forth in
Bo1 p4 41 execucion and in acte of comune administracioun
Bo1 p4 42 thilk thynges that I hadde lernyd
Bo1 p4 43 of the among my secre restyng-whiles.
Bo1 p4 44 “Thow and God, that putte the in the
Bo1 p4 45 thoughtes of wise folk, ben knowynge with me
Bo1 p4 46 that nothyng ne brought me to maistrie or
Bo1 p4 47 dignyte but the comune studie of alle goodnesse.
Bo1 p4 48 And therof cometh it that bytwixen
Bo1 p4 49 wikkid folk and me han ben grevous
Bo1 p4 50 discordes, that ne myghte nat ben relessed
Bo1 p4 51 by preyeris; for this liberte hath the fredom
Bo1 p4 52 of conscience, that the wraththe of more myghty
Bo1 p4 53 folk hath alwey ben despised of me for savacioun
Bo1 p4 54 of right. How ofte have I resisted and withstonden
Bo1 p4 55 thilke man that highte Connigaste, that
Bo1 p4 56 made alwey assawtes ayens the propre fortunes
Bo1 p4 57 of pore feble folk! How ofte eek have I put of
Bo1 p4 58 or cast out hym Trygwille, provoste of the
Bo1 p4 59 kyngis hous, bothe of the wronges that he
Bo1 p4 60 hadde bygunne to doon, and ek fully
Bo1 p4 61 performed! How ofte have I covered and
Bo1 p4 62 defended by the auctorite of me put ayens perils
Bo1 p4 63 (that is to seyn, put myn auctorite in peril for)
Bo1 p4 64 the wrecche pore folk, that the covetise of
Bo1 p4 65 straungiers unpunyschid tormentyde alwey with
Bo1 p4 66 myseses and grevances out of nombre! Nevere
Bo1 p4 67 man ne drow me yit fro right to wrong. Whan
Bo1 p4 68 I say the fortunes and the richesses of the peple
Bo1 p4 69 of the provinces ben harmed or amenuced
Bo1 p4 70 outher be pryve ravynes or by comune
Bo1 p4 71 tributz or cariages, as sory was I as they
Bo1 p4 72 that suffriden the harm. (Glosa. Whan that
Bo1 p4 73 Theodoric, the kyng of Gothes, in a dere yeer,
Bo1 p4 74 hadde his gerneeris ful of corn, and comaundede
Bo1 p4 75 that no man schulde byen no coorn til
Bo1 p4 76 his corn were soold, and that at a grevous dere
Bo1 p4 77 prys, Boece withstood that ordenaunce and
Bo1 p4 78 overcome it, knowynge al this the kyng hymselve.
Bo1 p4 79 Coempcioun is to seyn comune
Bo1 p4 80 achat or beyinge togidre, that were establissed
Bo1 p4 81 upon the peple by swich a
Bo1 p4 82 manere imposicioun, as whoso boughte a
Bo1 p4 83 busschel corn, he most yyve the kyng the fyfte
Bo1 p4 84 part.) Textus. Whan it was in the sowre hungry
Bo1 p4 85 tyme, ther was establissed or cryed grevous and
Bo1 p4 86 unplitable coempcioun, that men sayen wel it
Bo1 p4 87 schulde gretly tormenten and endamagen al the
Bo1 p4 88 provynce of Campayne, I took stryf ayens the
Bo1 p4 89 provost of the pretorie for comune profit;
Bo1 p4 90 and, the kyng knowynge of it, Y overcom
Bo1 p4 91 it, so that the coempcioun ne was nat axid
Bo1 p4 92 ne took effect. Paulyn, a conseiller of Rome, the
Bo1 p4 93 richesses of the whiche Paulyn the howndes of
Bo1 p4 94 the paleys (that is to seyn, the officeres) wolden
Bo1 p4 95 han devoured by hope and covetyse, yit drowe
Bo1 p4 96 I hym out of the jowes of hem that gapeden. And
Bo1 p4 97 for as moche as the peyne of the accusacioun
Bo1 p4 98 ajugid byforn ne schulde noght sodeynli henten
Bo1 p4 99 ne punyssche wrongfully Albyn, a
Bo1 p4 100 conseiller of Rome, I putte me ayens the
Bo1 p4 101 hates and indignacions of the accusour
Bo1 p4 102 Cyprian. Is it nat thanne inoghe isene that I have
Bo1 p4 103 purchaced grete discordes ayens myself? But I
Bo1 p4 104 oughte be the more asseured ayens alle othere
Bo1 p4 105 folk, that for the love of rightwisnesse I ne
Bo1 p4 106 reservede nevere nothyng to myselve to hemward
Bo1 p4 107 of the kyngis halle, by whiche I were the
Bo1 p4 108 more syker. But thurw tho same accusours accusynge
Bo1 p4 109 I am condempned.
Bo1 p4 110 “Of the nombre of whiche accusours,
Bo1 p4 111 oon Basilius, that whilom was chased out of
Bo1 p4 112 the kyngis servyse, is now compelled in accusynge
Bo1 p4 113 of my name for nede of foreyne moneye.
Bo1 p4 114 Also Opilion and Gaudencius han accused me,
Bo1 p4 115 al be it so that the justise regal hadde whilom
Bo1 p4 116 demed hem bothe to gon into exil for hir trecheries
Bo1 p4 117 and frawdes withouten nombre, to whiche
Bo1 p4 118 juggement they nolden nat obeye, but defendeden
Bo1 p4 119 hem by the sikernesse of holi
Bo1 p4 120 houses (that is to seyn, fledden into
Bo1 p4 121 seyntewarie); and whan this was aperceyved
Bo1 p4 122 to the kyng, he comandide that, but they
Bo1 p4 123 voydide the cite of Ravenne by certeyn day
Bo1 p4 124 assigned, that men scholde marken hem on the
Bo1 p4 125 forheved with an hoot iren and chasen hem out
Bo1 p4 126 of towne. Now what thyng semyth myghte ben
Bo1 p4 127 likned to this cruelte? For certes thilke same day
Bo1 p4 128 was resceyved the accusynge of myn name by
Bo1 p4 129 thilke same accusours. What may ben seyd
Bo1 p4 130 herto? Hath my studie and my kunnynge
Bo1 p4 131 disserved thus? Or elles the forseyde
Bo1 p4 132 dampnacioun of me — made that hem ryghtfulle
Bo1 p4 133 accusours or no? Was noght Fortune
Bo1 p4 134 aschamed of this? Certes, al hadde noght
Bo1 p4 135 Fortune ben aschamed that innocence was
Bo1 p4 136 accused, yit oughte sche han hadde schame of
Bo1 p4 137 the fylthe of myn accusours.
Bo1 p4 138 “But axestow in somme of what gylt I am
Bo1 p4 139 accused? Men seyn that I wolde saven
Bo1 p4 140 the companye of the senatours. And
Bo1 p4 141 desirestow to heren in what manere? I am
Bo1 p4 142 accused that I schulde han disturbed the
Bo1 p4 143 accusour to beren lettres, by whiche he scholde
Bo1 p4 144 han maked the senatours gylty ayens the kynges
Bo1 p4 145 real majeste. O Maystresse, what demestow of
Bo1 p4 146 this? Schal I forsake this blame, that Y ne be no
Bo1 p4 147 schame to the? Certes I have wolde it (that is to
Bo1 p4 148 seyn, the savacioun of the senat), ne I schal
Bo1 p4 149 nevere letten to wilne it. And that I
Bo1 p4 150 confesse and am aknowe; but the entente of
Bo1 p4 151 the accusour to ben distorbed schal cese.
Bo1 p4 152 For schal I clepe it thanne a felonye or a synne
Bo1 p4 153 that I have desired the savacioun of the ordre of
Bo1 p4 154 the senat? And certes yit hadde thilke same senat
Bo1 p4 155 don by me thurw hir decretz and hir jugementz
Bo1 p4 156 as thoughe it were a synne and a felonye (that
Bo1 p4 157 is to seyn, to wilne the savacioun of hem). But
Bo1 p4 158 folye, that lyeth alwey to hymselve, may noght
Bo1 p4 159 chaunge the merite of thynges, ne I trowe
Bo1 p4 160 nat by the jugement of Socrates that it were
Bo1 p4 161 leveful to me to hide the sothe ne assente
Bo1 p4 162 to lesynges.
Bo1 p4 163 “But certes, how so evere it be of this, I putte
Bo1 p4 164 it to gessen or prisen to the jugement of the and
Bo1 p4 165 of wys folk. Of whiche thyng al the ordenaunce
Bo1 p4 166 and the sothe, for as moche as folk that been to
Bo1 p4 167 comen aftir our dayes schullen knowen it, I have
Bo1 p4 168 put it in scripture and in remembraunce. For
Bo1 p4 169 touchynge the lettres falsly maked, by
Bo1 p4 170 whiche lettres I am accused to han hoped
Bo1 p4 171 the fredom of Rome, what aperteneth me
Bo1 p4 172 to speken therof? Of whiche lettres the fraude
Bo1 p4 173 hadde ben schewed apertely, yif I hadde had
Bo1 p4 174 liberte for to han used and ben at the confessioun
Bo1 p4 175 of myn accusours, the whiche thyng in
Bo1 p4 176 alle nedes hath greet strengthe. For what other
Bo1 p4 177 fredom mai men hopen? Certes I wolde that som
Bo1 p4 178 other fredom myghte ben hoped; I wolde
Bo1 p4 179 thanne han answeryd by the wordys of a
Bo1 p4 180 man that hyghte Canyus. For whan he was
Bo1 p4 181 accused by Gaius Cesar, Germaynes sone,
Bo1 p4 182 that he was knowynge and consentynge of a
Bo1 p4 183 conjuracioun ymaked ayens hym, this Canyus
Bo1 p4 184 answeride thus: ‘Yif I hadde wyst it, thou
Bo1 p4 185 haddest noght wyst it.’
Bo1 p4 186 “In whiche thyng sorwe hath noght so dullid
Bo1 p4 187 my wyt that I pleyne oonly that schrewed folk
Bo1 p4 188 apparailen felonyes ayens vertu; but I wondre
Bo1 p4 189 gretly how that thei may performe thynges
Bo1 p4 190 that thei han hoped for to doon. Forwhy to
Bo1 p4 191 wylne schrewydnesse — that cometh peraventure
Bo1 p4 192 of our defaute; but it is lyk a monstre
Bo1 p4 193 and a merveyle how that, in the presente
Bo1 p4 194 sight of God, may ben acheved and performed
Bo1 p4 195 swiche thynges as every felonous man
Bo1 p4 196 hath conceyved in his thoght ayens innocentz.
Bo1 p4 197 For whiche thynge oon of thy familiers
Bo1 p4 198 noght unskilfully axed thus: ‘Yif God
Bo1 p4 199 is, whennes comen wikkide thyngis? And
Bo1 p4 200 yif God ne is, whennes comen gode
Bo1 p4 201 thynges?’ But al hadde it ben leveful that
Bo1 p4 202 felonous folk, that now desiren the blood and
Bo1 p4 203 the deeth of alle gode men and ek of al the senat,
Bo1 p4 204 han wilned to gon destroyen me, whom they han
Bo1 p4 205 seyn alwey bataylen and defenden gode men
Bo1 p4 206 and eek al the senat, yit hadde I nought
Bo1 p4 207 disservyd of the faderes (that is to seyn, of
Bo1 p4 208 the senatours) that they schulden wilne my
Bo1 p4 209 destruccioun.
Bo1 p4 210 “Thow remembrest wel, as I gesse, that
Bo1 p4 211 whan I wolde doon or seyn any thyng,
Bo1 p4 212 thow thiselve alwey present reuledest me. [And]
Bo1 p4 213 [wel] [thow] [remembrest] at the cite of Verone,
Bo1 p4 214 whan that the kyng, gredy of comune slaughtre,
Bo1 p4 215 caste hym to transporten upon al the ordre of the
Bo1 p4 216 senat the gilt of his real majeste, of the whiche
Bo1 p4 217 gilt that Albyn was accused, with how gret
Bo1 p4 218 sykernesse of peril to me defended I al the senat!
Bo1 p4 219 Thow woost wel that I sey sooth, ne
Bo1 p4 220 I n’ avawntede me nevere in preysynge
Bo1 p4 221 of myselve. For alwey whan any wyght
Bo1 p4 222 resceyveth precious renoun in avauntynge
Bo1 p4 223 hymselve of his werkes, he amenuseth the secre
Bo1 p4 224 of his conscience. But now thow mayst wel seen
Bo1 p4 225 to what eende I am comen for myn innocence;
Bo1 p4 226 I resceyve peyne of fals felonye for guerdoun of
Bo1 p4 227 verrai vertue. And what opene confessioun of
Bo1 p4 228 felonye hadde evere juges so accordaunt in
Bo1 p4 229 cruelte (that is to seyn, as myn accusynge
Bo1 p4 230 hath. that either errour of mannys wit, or
Bo1 p4 231 elles condicion of fortune, that is uncerteyn
Bo1 p4 232 to alle mortel folk, ne submyttede some of hem
Bo1 p4 233 (that is to seyn, that it ne enclynede som juge
Bo1 p4 234 to have pite or compassioun)? For althoughe I
Bo1 p4 235 hadde ben accused that I wolde brenne holi
Bo1 p4 236 houses and straungle preestis with wykkid
Bo1 p4 237 sweerd, or that I hadde greythed deth to alle
Bo1 p4 238 gode men, algates the sentence scholde han
Bo1 p4 239 punysshed me present, confessed or convict.
Bo1 p4 240 But now I am remuwed fro the cite of
Bo1 p4 241 Rome almest fyve hundred thowsand paas,
Bo1 p4 242 I am withoute deffense dampnyd to proscripcion
Bo1 p4 243 and to the deth for the studie and
Bo1 p4 244 bountes that I have doon to the senat. But, O,
Bo1 p4 245 wel ben thei wurthy of meryte (as who seith,
Bo1 p4 246 nay), ther myghte nevere yit noon of hem ben
Bo1 p4 247 convicte of swiche a blame as myn is. Of whiche
Bo1 p4 248 trespas myne accusours sayen ful wel the
Bo1 p4 249 dignete; the whiche dignyte, for thei
Bo1 p4 250 wolden derken it with medlynge of some
Bo1 p4 251 felonye, they bare me on hande and lieden
Bo1 p4 252 that I hadde pollut and defouled my conscience
Bo1 p4 253 with sacrilegie for covetise of dignyte. And
Bo1 p4 254 certes thou thiselve, that art plaunted in me,
Bo1 p4 255 chacedest out of the sege of my corage alle
Bo1 p4 256 covetise of mortel thynges, ne sacrilege ne
Bo1 p4 257 hadde no leve to han a place in me byforn
Bo1 p4 258 thyne eien. For thow droppiddest every day
Bo1 p4 259 in myn eris and in my thought thilke
Bo1 p4 260 comaundement of Pictagoras, that is to
Bo1 p4 261 seyn, men schal serven to God and noght
Bo1 p4 262 to goddes. Ne it was noght convenient ne no
Bo1 p4 263 nede to taken help of the fouleste spiritz — I,
Bo1 p4 264 that thow hast ordeyned and set in swiche
Bo1 p4 265 excellence, that thou makedest me lyk to God.
Bo1 p4 266 And over this, the right clene secre chaumbre of
Bo1 p4 267 myn hous (that is to seyn, my wif), and the
Bo1 p4 268 companye of myne honeste freendes, and
Bo1 p4 269 my wyves fadir, as wel holi as worthy to
Bo1 p4 270 ben reverenced thurw his owene dedes,
Bo1 p4 271 defenden me fro alle suspecioun of swiche
Bo1 p4 272 blame. But O malice! For they that accusen me
Bo1 p4 273 taken of the, Philosophie, feith of so greet
Bo1 p4 274 blame, for they trowen that I have had affinyte
Bo1 p4 275 to malefice or enchauntement, bycause that I am
Bo1 p4 276 replenysshid and fulfild with thy techynges, and
Bo1 p4 277 enformed of thi maneris. And thus it suffiseth nat
Bo1 p4 278 oonly that thi reverence ne avayle me nat, but yif
Bo1 p4 279 that thow of thy free wil rather be
Bo1 p4 280 blemessched with myne offencioun.
Bo1 p4 281 “But certes, to the harmes that I have,
Bo1 p4 282 ther bytideth yit this encrees of harm, that the
Bo1 p4 283 gessynge and the jugement of moche folk ne
Bo1 p4 284 loken nothyng to the desertes of thynges, but
Bo1 p4 285 oonly to the aventure of fortune; and jugen
Bo1 p4 286 that oonly swiche thynges ben purveied of
Bo1 p4 287 God, whiche that temporel welefulnesse
Bo1 p4 288 commendeth. (Glose. As thus: that yif a
Bo1 p4 289 wyght have prosperite, he is a good man
Bo1 p4 290 and worthy to han that prosperite; and
Bo1 p4 291 whoso hath adversite, he is a wikkid
Bo1 p4 292 man, and God hath forsake hym, and he is
Bo1 p4 293 worthy to han that adversite. This is the
Bo1 p4 294 opinyoun of some folk.) Textus. And therof
Bo1 p4 295 cometh that good gessynge, first of alle thynge,
Bo1 p4 296 forsaketh wrecches. Certes it greveth me to
Bo1 p4 297 thynke ryght now the diverse sentences that the
Bo1 p4 298 peple seith of me. And thus moche I seie, that
Bo1 p4 299 the laste charge of contrarious fortune is
Bo1 p4 300 this: that whan eny blame is leid upon a
Bo1 p4 301 caytif, men wenen that he hath desservyd
Bo1 p4 302 that he suffreth. And I, that am put awey fro
Bo1 p4 303 gode men, and despoyled of dignytes, and
Bo1 p4 304 defouled of myn name by gessynge, have
Bo1 p4 305 suffride torment for my gode dedes. Certes me
Bo1 p4 306 semyth that I se the felonous covynes of wykkid
Bo1 p4 307 men habounden in joye and in gladnesse; and I
Bo1 p4 308 se that every lorel schapeth hym to fynde out
Bo1 p4 309 newe fraudes for to accuse good folk; and
Bo1 p4 310 I se that goode men [lien] overthrowen for
Bo1 p4 311 drede of my peril, and every luxurious
Bo1 p4 312 turmentour dar doon alle felonye unpunysschyd,
Bo1 p4 313 and ben excited therto by yiftes; and
Bo1 p4 314 innocentz ne ben noght oonly despoiled of
Bo1 p4 315 sikernesse, but of defense; and therfore me lyst manere:
Bo1 m5 1 “O thow makere of the wheel that bereth
Bo1 m5 2 the sterres, whiche that art festnyd to thi perdurable
Bo1 m5 3 chayer, and turnest the hevene with a
Bo1 m5 4 ravysschynge sweighe, and constreynest the
Bo1 m5 5 sterres to suffren thi lawe; so that the moone
Bo1 m5 6 somtyme, schynynge with hir fulle hornes metynge
Bo1 m5 7 with alle the beemes of the sonne hir
Bo1 m5 8 brothir, hideth the sterres that ben lasse; and
Bo1 m5 9 somtyme, whan the moone pale with hir
Bo1 m5 10 derke hornes aprocheth the sonne, leeseth
Bo1 m5 11 hir lyghtes; and that the eve sterre, Hesperus,
Bo1 m5 12 whiche that in the first tyme of the nyght
Bo1 m5 13 bryngeth forth hir colde arysynges, cometh eft
Bo1 m5 14 ayen hir used cours, and is pale by the morwe
Bo1 m5 15 at rysynge of the sonne, and is thanne clepid
Bo1 m5 16 Lucyfer! Thow restreynest the day by schortere
Bo1 m5 17 duellynge in the tyme of coold wynter that
Bo1 m5 18 maketh the leeves falle. Thow devydest the
Bo1 m5 19 swyfte tydes of the nyght, whan the hote
Bo1 m5 20 somer is comen. Thy myghte attempreth
Bo1 m5 21 the variauntz sesouns of the yer, so that
Bo1 m5 22 Zephirus, the debonere wynd, bryngeth ayen
Bo1 m5 23 in the first somer sesoun the leeves that the
Bo1 m5 24 wynd that hyghte Boreas hath reft awey in
Bo1 m5 25 autumpne (that is to seie, in the laste ende of
Bo1 m5 26 somer); and the seedes that the sterre that
Bo1 m5 27 highte Arcturus saugh ben waxen heye cornes
Bo1 m5 28 whan the sterre Syrius eschaufeth hem. Ther
Bo1 m5 29 nys no thyng unbounde from his olde lawe,
Bo1 m5 30 ne forleteth the werk of his propre estat.
Bo1 m5 31 “O thou governour, governynge alle
Bo1 m5 32 thynges by certein ende, whi refusestow oonly
Bo1 m5 33 to governe the werkes of men by duwe manere?
Bo1 m5 34 Why suffrestow that slydynge Fortune turneth
Bo1 m5 35 so grete enterchaungynges of thynges? So
Bo1 m5 36 that anoyous peyne, that scholde duweliche
Bo1 m5 37 punysche felons, punysscheth innocentz; and
Bo1 m5 38 folk of wikkide maneres sitten in heie chayeres;
Bo1 m5 39 and anoyinge folk treden, and that unrightfully,
Bo1 m5 40 on the nekkes of holi men; and
Bo1 m5 41 vertu, cleer and schynynge naturely, is
Bo1 m5 42 hidde in derke derknesses; and the rightful man
Bo1 m5 43 bereth the blame and the peyne of the feloun; ne
Bo1 m5 44 the forswerynge ne the fraude covered and
Bo1 m5 45 kembd with a false colour, ne anoieth nat to
Bo1 m5 46 schrewes? The whiche schrewes, whan hem list
Bo1 m5 47 to usen hir strengthe, they rejoyssen hem to
Bo1 m5 48 putten undir hem the sovereyne kynges, whiche
Bo1 m5 49 that peple withouten nombre dreden. O
Bo1 m5 50 thou, what so evere thou be that knyttest
Bo1 m5 51 alle boondes of thynges, loke on thise
Bo1 m5 52 wrecchide erthes. We men, that ben noght a foul
Bo1 m5 53 partie, but a fair partie of so greet a werk, we
Bo1 m5 54 ben turmented in this see of fortune. Thow
Bo1 m5 55 governour, withdraughe and restreyne the
Bo1 m5 56 ravysschynge flodes, and fastne and ferme thise
Bo1 m5 57 erthes stable with thilke boond by whiche thou
Bo1 m5 58 governest the hevene that is so large.”
Bo1 p5 1 Whan I hadde with a contynuel sorwe
Bo1 p5 2 sobbyd or borken out thise thynges, sche, with
Bo1 p5 3 hir cheere pesible and nothyng amoeved with
Bo1 p5 4 my compleyntes, seide thus: “Whan I saugh
Bo1 p5 5 the,” quod sche, “sorwful and wepynge, I
Bo1 p5 6 wiste anoon that thow were a wrecche and
Bo1 p5 7 exiled; but I wyste nevere how fer thyn exil
Bo1 p5 8 was yif thy tale ne hadde schewid it me. But
Bo1 p5 9 certes, al be thow fer fro thy cuntre, thou
Bo1 p5 10 n’ art nat put out of it, but thow hast fayled
Bo1 p5 11 of thi weye and gon amys. And yif thou
Bo1 p5 12 hast levere for to wene that thow be put out
Bo1 p5 13 of thy cuntre, thanne hastow put out thyselve
Bo1 p5 14 rather than ony other wyght hath. For no
Bo1 p5 15 wyght but thyselve ne myghte nevere han doon
Bo1 p5 16 that to the. For yif thow remembre of what
Bo1 p5 17 cuntre thow art born, it nys nat governed by
Bo1 p5 18 emperoures, ne by governement of multitude,
Bo1 p5 19 as weren the cuntrees of hem of Atthenes;
Bo1 p5 20 but o lord and o kyng, and that is God, that
Bo1 p5 21 is lord of thi cuntre, whiche that rejoisseth
Bo1 p5 22 hym of the duellynge of his citezeens, and nat
Bo1 p5 23 for to putten hem in exil; of the whiche lord
Bo1 p5 24 it is a sovereyn fredom to ben governed by the
Bo1 p5 25 brydel of hym and obeye to his justice. Hastow
Bo1 p5 26 foryeten thilke ryghte oolde lawe of thi citee, in
Bo1 p5 27 the whiche cite it es ordeyned and establysschid
Bo1 p5 28 that what wyght that hath levere
Bo1 p5 29 founden therin his sete or his hous than
Bo1 p5 30 elleswhere, he may nat ben exiled by no
Bo1 p5 31 ryght fro that place? For whoso that is
Bo1 p5 32 contened inwith the palys and the clos of
Bo1 p5 33 thilke cite, ther nys no drede that he mai deserve
Bo1 p5 34 to ben exiled; but who that leteth the
Bo1 p5 35 wil for to enhabyten there, he forleteth also
Bo1 p5 36 to deserve to ben citezen of thilke cite. So that
Bo1 p5 37 I seie that the face of this place ne moeveth
Bo1 p5 38 me noght so mochel as thyn owene face, ne
Bo1 p5 39 I ne axe nat rather the walles of thy librarye,
Bo1 p5 40 apparayled and wrought with yvory
Bo1 p5 41 and with glas, than after the sete of thi
Bo1 p5 42 thought, in whiche I put noght whilom bookes,
Bo1 p5 43 but I putte that that maketh bokes wurthy
Bo1 p5 44 of prys or precyous, that is to seyn the sentence
Bo1 p5 45 of my bookes.
Bo1 p5 46 “And certeynly of thy dessertes bystowed in
Bo1 p5 47 comune good thow hast seyd soth, but after the
Bo1 p5 48 multitude of thy gode dedes thou hast seyd
Bo1 p5 49 fewe. And of the honestete or of the falsnesse
Bo1 p5 50 of thynges that ben opposed ayens
Bo1 p5 51 the, thow hast remembred thynges that ben
Bo1 p5 52 knowen to alle folk. And of the felonyes and
Bo1 p5 53 fraudes of thyn accusours, it semeth the have
Bo1 p5 54 touched it for sothe ryghtfully and schortly, al
Bo1 p5 55 myghten tho same thynges betere and more
Bo1 p5 56 plentevously ben couth in the mouth of the
Bo1 p5 57 peple that knoweth al this. Thow hast eek
Bo1 p5 58 blamed gretly and compleyned of the wrongdede
Bo1 p5 59 of the senat, and thow hast sorwyd
Bo1 p5 60 for my blame, and thow hast wepen for
Bo1 p5 61 the damage of thi renoun that is apayred;
Bo1 p5 62 and thi laste sorwe eschaufede ayens Fortune,
Bo1 p5 63 and compleyndest that guerdouns ne ben nat
Bo1 p5 64 eveneliche yolden to the dessertes of folk. And
Bo1 p5 65 in the lattre eende of thy wode muse, thow
Bo1 p5 66 preydest that thilke pees that governeth the
Bo1 p5 67 hevene schulde governe the erthe.
Bo1 p5 68 “But for that many [turbacions] of affeccions
Bo1 p5 69 han assailed the, and sorwe and ire and
Bo1 p5 70 wepynge todrawen the diversely, as thou
Bo1 p5 71 art now feble of thought, myghtyere remedies
Bo1 p5 72 ne schullen noght yit touchen the. For
Bo1 p5 73 wyche we wol usen somdel lyghtere medicynes,
Bo1 p5 74 so that thilke passiouns that ben waxen hard in
Bo1 p5 75 swellynge by perturbacions flowynge into thy
Bo1 p5 76 thought, mowen waxen esy and softe to resceyven
Bo1 p5 77 the strengthe of a more myghty and
Bo1 p5 78 more egre medicyne, by an esyere touchynge.
Bo1 m6 1 “Whan that the hevy sterre of the Cancre
Bo1 m6 2 eschaufeth by the bemes of Phebus (that is to
Bo1 m6 3 seyn, whan that Phebus the sonne is in the
Bo1 m6 4 sygne of the Cancre), whoso yeveth thanne
Bo1 m6 5 largely his seedes to the feeldes that refusen
Bo1 m6 6 to resceyven hem, lat hym gon, begiled of trust
Bo1 m6 7 that he hadde to his corn, to accornes of okes.
Bo1 m6 8 Yif thow wolt gadere vyolettes, ne go thow
Bo1 m6 9 nat to the purpre wode whan the feeld,
Bo1 m6 10 chirkynge, agryseth of cold by the felnesse
Bo1 m6 11 of the wynd that hyghte Aquilon. Yif thou
Bo1 m6 12 desirest or wolt usen grapes, ne seek thou nat
Bo1 m6 13 with a glotonos hand to streyne and presse the
Bo1 m6 14 stalkes of the vyne in the first somer sesoun;
Bo1 m6 15 for Bachus, the god of wyn, hath rather yyven
Bo1 m6 16 his yiftes to autumpne (the lattere ende of
Bo1 m6 17 somer). God tokneth and assigneth the tymes,
Bo1 m6 18 ablynge hem to hir propre offices, ne he ne suffreth
Bo1 m6 19 nat the stowndes whiche that hymself
Bo1 m6 20 hath devyded and constreyned to ben
Bo1 m6 21 imedled togidre. And forthy he that forleteth
Bo1 m6 22 certein ordenaunce of doynge by overthrowynge
Bo1 m6 23 wey, he hath no glad issue or ende of his
Bo1 m6 24 werkes.
Bo1 p6 1 “First wiltow suffre me to touche and assaye
Bo1 p6 2 th’ estaat of thi thought by a fewe demaundes,
Bo1 p6 3 so that I may understande what be the manere
Bo1 p6 4 of thi curacioun?”
Bo1 p6 5 “Axe me,” quod I, “at thi wille what thou
Bo1 p6 6 wolt, and I schal answere.” Tho seyde sche
Bo1 p6 7 thus: “Whethir wenestow,” quod sche, “that
Bo1 p6 8 this world be governed by foolyssche happes
Bo1 p6 9 and fortunows, or elles wenestow that ther
Bo1 p6 10 be inne it ony governement of resoun?”
Bo1 p6 11 “Certes,” quod I, “I ne trowe nat in no
Bo1 p6 12 manere that so certeyn thynges schulden be
Bo1 p6 13 moeved by fortunows [folie]; but I woot wel
Bo1 p6 14 that God, makere and maister, is governour of
Bo1 p6 15 his werk, ne nevere nas yit day that myghte
Bo1 p6 16 putte me out of the sothnesse of that sentence.”
Bo1 p6 17 “So it is,” quod sche, “for the same thyng
Bo1 p6 18 songe thow a litil herebyforn, and bywayledest
Bo1 p6 19 and byweptest, that oonly men weren
Bo1 p6 20 put out of the cure of God; for of alle othere
Bo1 p6 21 thynges thou ne doutedest the nat that they
Bo1 p6 22 nere governed by resoun. But owgh! I wondre
Bo1 p6 23 gretly, certes, whi that thou art sik, syn that
Bo1 p6 24 thow art put in so holsome a sentence. But lat
Bo1 p6 25 us seken deppere; I conjecte that ther lakketh
Bo1 p6 26 Y not what. But sey me this: syn that thow
Bo1 p6 27 ne doutest noght that this world be governed
Bo1 p6 28 by God, with whiche governayles takestow
Bo1 p6 29 heede that it is governed?”
Bo1 p6 30 “Unnethes,” quod I, “knowe I the sentence
Bo1 p6 31 of thy questioun, so that I ne may
Bo1 p6 32 nat yit answeren to thy demandes.”
Bo1 p6 33 “I nas nat desseyved,” quod sche, “that ther
Bo1 p6 34 ne faileth somwhat, by whiche the maladye of
Bo1 p6 35 perturbacion is crept into thi thought, so as
Bo1 p6 36 [by] the strengthe of the palys chynynge
Bo1 p6 37 [and] open. But sey me this: remembrestow
Bo1 p6 38 what is the ende of thynges, and whider that
Bo1 p6 39 the entencion of alle kende tendeth?”
Bo1 p6 40 “I have herd tolde it somtyme,” quod I,
Bo1 p6 41 “but drerynesse hath dulled my memorie.”
Bo1 p6 42 “Certes,” quod sche, “thou wost wel whennes
Bo1 p6 43 that alle thynges bien comen and proceded?”
Bo1 p6 44 “I woot wel,” quod I, and answerede that
Bo1 p6 45 God is bygynnynge of al.
Bo1 p6 46 “And how may this be,” quod sche, “that,
Bo1 p6 47 syn thow knowest the bygynnynge of thynges,
Bo1 p6 48 that thow ne knowest nat what is the eende
Bo1 p6 49 of thynges? But swiche ben the customes
Bo1 p6 50 of perturbaciouns, and this power they han,
Bo1 p6 51 that they mai moeve a man from his place
Bo1 p6 52 (that is to seyn, fro the stabelnesse and perfeccion
Bo1 p6 53 of his knowynge); but certes, thei mai nat
Bo1 p6 54 al arrace hym, ne aliene hym in al. But I wolde
Bo1 p6 55 that thou woldest answere to this: Remembrestow
Bo1 p6 56 that thow art a man?”
Bo1 p6 57 Boece. “Whi schulde I nat remembren that?”
Bo1 p6 58 quod I.
Bo1 p6 59 Philosophie. “Maystow noght telle me
Bo1 p6 60 thanne,” quod sche, “what thyng is a man?”
Bo1 p6 61 “Axestow me nat,” quod I, “whethir
Bo1 p6 62 that I [woot wel that I] be a resonable mortel
Bo1 p6 63 beste? I woot wel, and I confesse wel that I am
Bo1 p6 64 it.”
Bo1 p6 65 “Wystestow nevere yit that thow were ony
Bo1 p6 66 othir thyng?” quod sche.
Bo1 p6 67 “No,” quod I.
Bo1 p6 68 “Now woot I,” quod sche, “other cause of thi
Bo1 p6 69 maladye, and that ryght greet: thow hast
Bo1 p6 70 left for to knowen thyselve what thou art.
Bo1 p6 71 Thurw whiche I have pleynly fownde the
Bo1 p6 72 cause of thi maladye, or elles the entree of
Bo1 p6 73 recoverynge of thyn hele. For-why, for thow art
Bo1 p6 74 confunded with foryetynge of thiself, forthi
Bo1 p6 75 sorwestow that thow art exiled [and] [despoyled]
Bo1 p6 76 of thy propre goodes; and for thow ne woost
Bo1 p6 77 what is the eende of thynges, forthy demestow
Bo1 p6 78 that felonus and wikkide men ben myghty and
Bo1 p6 79 weleful; and for thow hast foryeten by
Bo1 p6 80 whiche governementz the werld is governed,
Bo1 p6 81 forthy weenestow that thise mutacions
Bo1 p6 82 of fortunes fleten withouten governour.
Bo1 p6 83 Thise ben grete causes, noght oonly to
Bo1 p6 84 maladye, but certes gret causes to deth. But I
Bo1 p6 85 thanke the auctour and the makere of hele, that
Bo1 p6 86 nature hath nat al forleten the. I have gret
Bo1 p6 87 noryssynges of thyn hele, and that is, the sothe
Bo1 p6 88 sentence of governance of the werld, that thou
Bo1 p6 89 bylevest that the governynge of it nis nat
Bo1 p6 90 subgit ne underput to the folye of thise
Bo1 p6 91 happes aventurous, but to the resoun of
Bo1 p6 92 God. And therfore doute the nothing, for of this
Bo1 p6 93 litel spark thine heet of liif schal shine.
Bo1 p6 94 “But for as moche as it is nat tyme yet of
Bo1 p6 95 fastere remedies, and the nature of thoughtes
Bo1 p6 96 desceyved is this, that, as ofte as they casten awey
Bo1 p6 97 sothe opynyouns, they clothen hem in false
Bo1 p6 98 opynyouns, of the whiche false opynyouns the
Bo1 p6 99 derknesse of perturbacion waxeth up, that
Bo1 p6 100 confowndeth the verray insyghte — [that]
Bo1 p6 101 derknesse schal I assaie somwhat to maken
Bo1 p6 102 thynne and wayk by lyghte and meneliche
Bo1 p6 103 remedies; so that, aftir that the derknesse of
Bo1 p6 104 desceyvynge desyrynges is doon away, thow
Bo1 p6 105 mowe knowe the schynynge of verraye light.
Bo1 m7 1 “The sterres, covred with blake cloudes, ne
Bo1 m7 2 owen yeten adoun no lyght. Yif the truble
Bo1 m7 3 wynd that hyghte Auster, turnynge and walwynge
Bo1 m7 4 the see, edleth the heete (that is to
Bo1 m7 5 seyn, the boylynge up fro the bote), the
Bo1 m7 6 wawes, that whilo weren clere as glas and
Bo1 m7 7 lyk to the fayre bryghte dayes, withstande
Bo1 m7 8 anon the syghtes of en by the filthe and
Bo1 m7 9 ordure that is resolved. And the fleetynge
Bo1 m7 10 stree, that royleth doun diversely fro heye
Bo1 m7 11 ontaygnes, is areestid and resisted ofte
Bo1 m7 12 tye by the encountrynge of a stoon that is
Bo1 m7 13 departed and fallen fro soe roche. And forthy,
Bo1 m7 14 yif thou wolt loken and deen soth with cleer
Bo1 m7 15 lyght, and hoolden the weye with a ryght path,
Bo1 m7 16 weyve thow joie, dryf fro the drede, flee thow
Bo1 m7 17 hope, ne lat no sorwe aproche (that is to seyn,
Bo1 m7 18 lat non of thise foure passiouns overcoen the
Bo1 m7 19 or blenden the). For cloudy and derk is
Bo1 m7 20 thilke thoght, and bownde with bridelis,
Bo1 m7 21 where as thise thynges reignen.”