صور الصفحة
PDF

And at the milie dore eke they toke hjr cake

Of half a bushel flour ful wel ybake. 4319

Thus is the proude miUer wel ybette,
A'ul hath yloil the grinding of the whete,
And paid sot the souper every del
Of Alein and of John that bete him wel;
His wit is fwived and his doughter als; 4315

Lo, swjche it is a miller to be sals:
And therfore this proverb is sayd ful soth,
Him thar not winnen wel that evil doth;
A gilour shal himself begiled be;
And God, that siteth hie in magestee, 43 JO

Save all this compagnie grct and smile.
Thus have I quit the miller in my Tale.

; ^ THE COKES PROLOGUE.

1 He Coke of London", while the'Reve spake,
For joye (him thought) he clawed him on the bak:
Aha (quod he) for Cristcs paflion, •• 43*J

This miller had a sharpeconcl»fion
Upon this argument of herbergage.
Wel sayde Salomon in hislangage
Ne bring not every man into thin hous,
For herberwing by night is perilous. 433°

t-. 4318. Him tbar war] I-have restored this old word upon the authority of the best mss. in this and other places. See ver. 5911,5918,6947,17301. It is derived from the Sax. tbearjian* nec<Jset balvre, and is generally used as an impersonal. Him behoveth not to ivinne or acquire yood that doth evil.** 1 have ventured to substitute ivimu instead of tlie common reading ivenc, of which I could make no sense. Ms. B. $, reads, He may nouthtwi/n«.

Wei ought a man avised for to be

Whom that he brought into his privetee.

I pray to God so yeve me sorwe and care

If ever, sithen I highte Hodge of Ware,

Herd I a miller bet ysette a-werk; 4335

He had a jape of malice in the deik.

But God forbede that we stinten here, And therfore if ye vouchen sauf to here A Tale of me that am a poure man, I wol you tell as welts ever I can 434^

A litel jape that fell in our citee.

Our Hoik answerd and sayde, I grant it thee: Now tell on, Roger, and loke that it be good, For many a pastee hast thou letten blood. And many a Jacke of Dover hast thou sold 4345 That hath been twies hot and twies cold: Of many a pilgrim haft thou C'ristes curse, For of thy persdee yet fare they the werse,

>\ 434T. a f.i.le os Dover] Tile gcncMl purport of this phrase is sufficiently explained in rlie following line, but the particular meaning. I have not been able to inveltigate.

ir. 4-^.cslby perselee} An old Boke of Kokery, which I have consulted upon this occasion, inf. Hurl. 4016, has a receipt for •* pole or capon farced," but it does not mention parfeley; it only fay* in general terms, '* Take yolkes of eycron (egges) •• hard yfodde and hew hem finale with the heroes—and cade ** therto pouder of ginger peper canell and salt and grapes in '« tymeof yerc." ^-Jliave lately met with another {I suppose the true' receipt for Hulling a goose, in ml'. H.irl. »70- It begins—'* Take/xTff/'/and swyni* grece or fewet os a iliepe *' and parboyle hem," cV.

That they han eten in thy stoble goes,

For in thy (hop goth many a flic loos. 435<*

Now tell on, gcntil Roger by thy name,

But yet I pray thee be not wroth for game;

A nian may fay ful soth in game and play.

Thou saystsul soth, quod Roger, by my fay;
But soth play quadespcl, as the Fleming saifh, 43SS
And therforc, Herry Bailly, by thy faith
I5e thou not wroth, or we departen here,
-Though that my Tale be of an hollelere:
But natheies, I wol not telle it yet,
But er we part ywis thou shalt be quit. 4360

And therwithal he lough and made chere,
And sayd his Tale, as ye fliul after here.

THE COKES TALE.

A Prentis whilom dwelt in our citee,

And of a craft of vituillers was he:

Gaillard he was as goldfinch in the fhawe, 4365

Broune as a bery, a propre short felawe,

With lokkes blake kembed ful fetifly:

Daucen he eoude so wel and jolily

is. 43JS./HI* play quaiicspel] As this is said to have been a Flemilh proverb I have inserted Jpcl from mss. AJk. I, 2, instead of the common reading play. Sp:l. in Teut. is Indus, as qaaJi or ijuaid is malm. Sir John Harrington, in his Apolog'c of Poetrie, quotesan old laying of the fame import, Sotb baiu-Je is no hourdc.

The Cotes Talc] The description of an unthrifty prentice given to dice, women, and wine, wasting thereby his master's goods, and purchasing to himself Newgate. The most part of this Tale is lost, pr never finished by the Author.

That he was cleped Perkin Revelour:

He was as ful of love and paramour 43 7*

As is the hive sal of hnny swete;

Wei was the wenche with him mighte mete.

At every bridale would he sing and hoppe;
He loved bet the taverne than the fhoppe;
Forwhan therany riding was in Chepe 4J7J

Out of the fhoppe thider wold he lepe,
And til that he had all the sight yfein, *
And danced wel, he wold not come agein;
And.gadred him a meinie of his fort
To hoppe and sing, and maken l'wiche disport; 43 8«
And ther they sctttn fleven for to mete
To plain at the dis in fwiche a stretc;
For in the Toun ne was ther no prentis
That fairer coude caste a pair of dis
Than Perkin coude, and therto he was fre 4385
Of his dispence, in place of privetee;
That fond his maister wel in his chaffare, 1
For often time he fond his box ful bate.

For sothly a prentis, a revelour, "1 hat haunteth dis, riot and paramour, 43°»

His maister slial it in his (hoppe ahie,
Al have he no part of the minstralcie;
For theft and riot they ben convertible,
Al can they play on giterne or ribible.

*• AMS- ridins-in CbefO There were sometimes justs In CheapMe. Hollhif. v. H. p. 34^- But perhaps any proeduol, jnav be meant. MIT. AJk. I, x, read revel.

*. 4377. Ami till And is added.

%. 43?+. tbcytW So mt. C.; all tie reu read be,

Revel and trouth, as in a low degree, 5395

They ben ful wroth all day, as men may fee.

Thisjoly prentis with his maister abode,
Til he was neigh out of his prentishode, .

Al were he snibbed bothc erly and late,
And somtime lad with revel to Newgate: 44CO

But at the last his maister him bethought,
Upon a day whan he his paper sought,
Of a proverbe that faith this fame word,
Wei bet is roten appel out of hord
Than that it rote alle the remenant: 440;

So fareth it by a riotous servant;
It is wel lasse harm to let him pace
Than he shende all the servants in the place:
Therfore his maister yaf him a quitance,
And bad him go, with sorwe and with meschance.
And thus this joly prentis had his leve: 4411

Now let him riot all the night or leve.

And for ther n'is no these without a louke
That helpeth.him to wasten and to fouke
Of that he briben can or borwe may, 44 T5

Anon he sent his bed and his array
Unto a compereofhisowen fort
That loved dis, and riot, and disport,
And had a wif that held for contenance
A shoppe, and swived for hire sustenance. 4420

■fr. 4413. a loule\ A receiver to a thief, Sp. SL This explanation, I believe, isa mere fancy, but 1 have nothing better to propose.

« السابقةمتابعة »