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And knew the falsehed of the vice,
He said he wolde do justice.
And first he let the prestes take,
And for they shulde it nought forsake
He put hem into question.
But they of the suggestion
Ne couthe nought a word refuse,
But for they wold hem self excuse
The blame upon the duke they laide.
But there ayein the counseil faide,
That they be nought excused so,
For he is one and they be two
And two have more wit than one,
So thilke excusement was none.
And over that was said hem eke,
That whan men wolden vertue seke
Men shulden it in the prestes finde,
Their ordre is of so high a kinde,
That they be divisers of the wey.
Forthy if any man forswey
Through hem, they be nought excusable,
And thus by lawe resonable
Among the wise juges there
The prestes bothe dampned were,
So that the prive trechery
Hid under false ypocrisie
Was thanne all openlich Thewed,
That many a man hem hath beshrewed.
And whan the prestes weren dede,
The temple of thilk horrible dede

They thoughten purge and thilke ymage
Whose cause was the pelrinage
They drowen out and also faste
Fer into Tiber they it caste,
Where the river it hath defied.
And thus the temple purified
They have of thilke horrible sinne,
Which was that time do therinne.
Of this point such was the divise.
But of the duke was otherwise,
For he with love was bestad,
His dome was nought so harde lad.
For love put reson awey
And can nought se the righte wey.
And by this cause he was respited,
So that the deth him was acquited,
But for all that he was exiled
For he his love had so beguiled,
That he shall never come ayeine.
For he that is to trouth unpleine
He may nought failen of vengeaunce
And eke to take remembraunce
Of that ypocrisie hath wrought.
On other half men shulde nought
To lightly leve all that they here,
But thanne fhulde a wiseman stere
The ship, whan suche windes blowe,
For first though they beginne lowe,
At ende they be nought mevable,
But all to-broken mast and cable,

So that the ship with sodain blast
Whan men leste wene is overcast.
As now full ofte a man may se,
And of old time how it hath be
I finde a great experience,
Wherof to take an evidence
Good is and to beware also

Of the perill er him be woo. Hic ulterius ponit Of hem that ben so derk withinne exemplum de illa eciam ypocrisia, que At Troie also if we beginne, inter virum et virum decipiens periculofit. Ypocrisie it hath betraied. fima confiftit, et nar. For whan the Grekes had all affaied rat, qualiter Greci in obsidione civitatis And founde that by no bataile Troie, cum ipsam vi apprehendere nulla. Ne by no siege it might availe tenus potuerunt, fal.

Troi- The town to winne through prowesse, anis pacem ut dicunt pro perpetuo ftatue- This vice feigned of fimplesse bant et super hoc Th.

min. Through Neight of Calcas and of Crise re, groffionis de ere It wan by such a maner wise. fabricatum ad sacrifi- 1 W candum in templo An horse of brass they let do forge Minerve confingen

Of suche entaile, of suche a forge,
tatis ypocrisi dictam
civitatem intrarunt That in this world was never man
et ipsam cum inha-
bitantibus gladio et That such an other werk began.
igne comminuentes The crafty werkeman Epius
pro perpetuo penitus
devastarunt.

It made, and for to telle thus,
The Grekes that thoughten to beguile
The king of Troie in thilke while
With Antenor and with Enee,
That were bothe of the citee
And of the counseil the wisest,
The richest and the mightiest,

In prive place so they trete
With fair beheste and yeftes grete
Of gold, that they hem have engined
To-gider and whan they be covined,
They feignen for to make pees,
And under that yet netheless
They shopen the destruction
Bothe of the king and of the town.
And thus the false pees was take
Of hem of Grece and undertake,
And therupon they founde a way,
Where strengthe might nought away,
That sleighte shulde helpe thanne.
And of an inche a large spanne
By colour of the pees they made
And tolden how they were glade
Of that they stoden in accorde,
And for it shall ben of recorde
Unto the king the Gregois faiden
By way of love and thus they praiden,
As they that wolden his thank deserve,
A sacrifice unto Minerve
The pees to kepe in good entent
They must offre, or that they went.
The king counseiled in the cas
By Antenor and Eneas
Therto hath yoven his assent.
So was the pleine trouthe blent
Through counterfeit ypocrisie.
Of that they shulden sacrifie

The Grekes under the holinesse Anone with alle besinesse Here hors of brass let faire dight, Which was to sene a wonder sight. For it was trapped of him selve And had of smale wheles twelve, Upon the whiche men inowe With craft toward the town it drowe And goth glistrend ayein the sonne. Tho was there joie inough begonne, For Troie in great devocion Came also with procession Ayein this noble facrifice With great honour, and in this wise Unto the gates they it broughte, But of here entre whan they foughte The gates weren all to smale. And therupon was many a tale. But for the worship of Minerve, To whom they comen for to serve, They of the town which understood That all this thing was done for good For pees, wherof that they ben glade, The gates that Neptunus made A thousand winter ther to-fore They have anone to-broke and tore, The stronge walles down they bete, So that into the large strete This horse with great solempnite Was brought withinne the cite,

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