The Fifteen Joys of Marriage


STC 15258
Ringler 15258 and TP 1647 ('Somer passed ...'). An anonymous translation of _Les quinze joyes de mariage_ by Antoine de La Sale, ptd. 1480-90 (Ringler). The copytext concludes on L8v, after the '13th Joy'. An earlier edition, also ptd. by de Worde c. 1507 (STC 15257.5), has signatures C4-5 only. UMI microfilm reel 774.

The fyftene Ioyes of maryage
London: [Wynkyn de Worde],1509.

Variant source 1: W. de Worde, c. 1507 (STC 15257.5) [C4-5 only]

Composition Date: ante c. 1507.

drawe ='translate'; see OED s.v. draw v, 19Crature is a possible spelling of creature, but in this text the word is regularly spelled 'creature' (6x).pl[e]ased: plased is a possible form, but is found only here in this text.Although the emendation is called for here, thynge (=think) is used twice below as a rhyme-word.kempster ='wool-comber'ypocras: =hippocras, 'spiced wine'While sodoynly (=suddenly) is a possible form, the usual spelling in this text is sodaynly.alye: =ally, 'kin, relatives'[s]ende: letter brokeneglentere: = eglatere, 'eglantine'; see OED s.v. eglentere n Ioye of maryage.
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The fyftene Ioyes of maryage.

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SOmer passed / and wynter well begone
The dayes shorte / the darke nyghtes longe
Haue taken season / and bryghtnes of the sonne bryghtnes] brynghtnes 1509
Is lytell sene / and small byrdes songe
5 Seldon is herde / in feldes or wodes ronge
All strength and ve[r]tue / of trees and herbes sote vertue] ventue 1509
Dyscendynge be / from croppe in-to the rote

And euery creature by course of kynde
For socoure draweth to that countre and place
10 Where for a tyme / they may purchace and fynde
Conforte and rest / abydynge after grace
That clere Appolo with bryghtnes of his face
Wyll sende / whan lusty ver shall come to towne
And gyue the grounde / of grene a goodly gowne

15 And Flora goddesse bothe of whyte and grene
Her mantell large / ouer all the erthe shall sprede
Shewynge her-selfe / apparayled lyke a quene
As well in feldes / wodes / as in mede
Hauynge so ryche a croune vpon her hede
20 The whiche of floures / shall be so fayre and bryght
That all the worlde / shall take therof a lyght

So now it is / of late I was desyred
Out of the [f]renche to drawe a lytell boke frenche] trenche 1509drawe ='translate'; see OED s.v. draw v, 19

Of .xv. Ioyes / of whiche though I were hyred
25 I can not tell / and yet I vndertoke
This entrepryse / with a full pyteous loke
Remembrynge well / the case that [I] stode in I] 1509 omits
Lyuynge in hope / this wynter to begyn

Some Ioyes to fynde that be in maryage
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30 For in my youth / yet neuer acquayntaunce
Had of them but now in myn olde aege
I trust my-selfe / to forther and auaunce
If that in me / there lacke no suffysaunce
Whiche may dyspleasyr / clerely set a_parte
35 I wante but all / that longeth to that arte

Yet wyll I speke / though I may do no more
Fully purposynge / in all these Ioyes to trete
Accordynge to my purpose made tofore
All-be-it so / I can not well forgete
40 The payne / trauayle / besynes and hete
That some men haue after they wedded be
Because theyr wyues / want humylyte

Who shall I pray / to helpe me to endyte
Cupyde or Uenus / whiche haue me in dysdayne
45 And for my feblenes / in grete dyspyte
For yeres passed / may not retorne agayne
Now may I speke / and shewe in wordes playne
Whan youth is gone / and comen is stoupynge age
Then worldly Ioyes / must go on pylgrymage

50 If I sholde praye / vnto ymeneus
The god of weddynge / to helpe me in this charge
Then wyll he bydde me go to Morp[h]eus Morpheus] Morpleus 1509
The god of slepe / for he hath wayes large
Whiche with his rodde of leed dooth stere his barge
55 To brynge forthe age / vnto his slepy caue
Pray hym of rest / and nothynge elles craue

I knowe ryght well / it is but vanyte
All worldly Ioye / medled with bytternes
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Therfore these fayned goddes I lete them be
60 And me betake to god / whose stedfastnes
May neuer fayle / neyther his sothfastnes
Besechynge hym / that for his moders sake
He wyll me teche [t]his lytell boke to make this] his 1509

And with good-wyll I shall me soone apply
65 This treatyse out of frenche to translate
of .xv. Ioyes / and yf I myght therby
Purchace but one / my-selfe though it be late
I wolde be gladde / for olde paynes I hate
Trustynge to Ioye / now somwhat in myn aege
70 As dooth a byrde that syngeth in a cage

Now to th'effecte of this translacyon
With grete desyre shortly w[y]ll I procede wyll] well 1509
But speke I must / by protestacyon
Touchynge this mater / or elles gode forbede
75 Whome I beseche lowely to be my spede
Praynge also / eche other maner wyght
Take no dyspleasure with my wordes lyght

Here endeth the prologue of the translatoure.

And the prohemye of the auctour begynneth.
MYn auctour wryteth in this prohemye
That many men / haue trauayled here-tofore
To shewe by reason and auctoryte
That it is grete wytte / and wysdome more
5 For euery maner wyght / of woman bore
To lyue in fraunchyse / at his lyberte
Than seruaunt to hym-selfe / and thrall to be

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Without constraynt / but of his neclygence
His wyll to folowe / and his vnclene delyte
10 As lusty folke in theyr adolescence
Haue suche desyre / and so grete appetyte
On Uenus brydle / for to champe and byte
Tyll they with loue be stryken to the herte
Wherby full oft[ /] they suffre paynes smerte full oft /] full / oft 1509

15 Unto whose reason / and opynyon
It may be sayd / and answered thus agayne
Man hath no good wytte ne entencyo[n]
In his yonge tyme / whan nature dooth cons[t]rayne constrayne] conssrayne 1509
Sauynge in Ioyes / and delytes vayne
20 Of this frayle worlde vnsure and transytory
None other thynge is in his memory

As thus whan men in youth couragyous
With fre-wyll endewed and lustynes
Of theyr desyre / and mynde outragyous
25 Withouten nede / but of theyr folysshenes
Frome wele to wo / frome Ioye to heuynes
Conuey them-selfe / from all theyr lyberte
Nothynge content with theyr felycyte

For where-as they may frely ryde or go
30 And at theyr choyse / dysporte them ouer-all
I you ensure these yonge-men wyll not so
Whan they leest wene / than sodanly they fall
And vnconstrayned make theyr bodyes thrall
Lyke to a wyght that in-to pryson depe
35 Without cause / all hastely dooth crepe

So do they oft for lacke of kyndely wytte
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And whan they be within this pryson strayte
The gayler cometh and fast the dore dooth shytte
Whiche is of yren stronge / and in a wayte wayte ='a state of watchfulnes or expectation'; see OED s.v. wait n, 4
40 He lyeth oft / for drede that thrugh desayte
By nyght or day some sholde escape out
Ryght besyly he pryeth all about

He barreth dores / and maketh sure all the lockes
The stronge boltes / the fettres and the chayne
45 He sercheth well / the holes and the stockes
That wo be they / that lyeth in the payne
And out therof / they shall not go agayne
But euer endure / in wepynge care and sorowe
For good ne prayer / shall them neuer borowe

50 And specyally men may call hym assoted
Ferre frome reason / of wysdome desolate
That thus his tyme mysse_vsed hath and doted
Whan he had herde / suche prysoners but late
Wepynge waylynge / and with them-selfe debate
55 Lyenge in pryson / as he hath passed by
And put hym-selfe therin so folysshely

This auctour sayth / by-cause mankynde delyteth
Alway to haue fraunchyse and lyberte
Without the whiche / nature of man dyspyteth
60 Ryght thus in playne wordes speketh he
That many lordes grete / the whiche haue be
And lordshyppes haue be loste and ouerthrowe
For takynge fredomes frome theyr subgets lowe

He sheweth eke in maner semblable
65 That grete cytees / with many an-other toune
And comyn people of mynde vnreasonable
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Haue ben dystroyed / and sodaynly cast doune
Agaynst theyr prynces / takynge opynyon
Desyrynge fredomes / mo than here-tofore
70 Theyr elders had / and thus they haue be lore

By reason wherof / batayles grete and werre
Haue ben / and many folkes also slay[n]e
Syth Ihesus deyed / was neuer thynge bought derre
Whan poore subgettes on foly wyll [at]tayne attayne] pretayne 1509
75 Agaynst theyr prynce / or elles theyr souerayne
To moue maters / not beynge obedy[ent] obedyent] obedynge 1509
Suche by the lawe ben execute and shent

Somtyme the noble realme and men of Fraunce
Exempte were / and vtterly made fre
80 By theyr grete / prowes and valyaunce
Of the emperours / of Rome the cyte
As of trybutes / for whiche batayles haue be
Betwene them / and the Romayns longe ago
In whiche dayes I fynde it happed so

85 Upon a tyme / for cause that they ne were
Of fraunce in puyssaunce / able to withstonde
The grete army and the myghty powere
Of an emperour entred in theyr londe
But for-as-moche / as they ne wolde be bonde
90 Them were leuer go from that regyon
Than to remayne vnder subgeccyon

Seruynge this emperour / and trybute pay
So of hygh courage / and theyr grete nobles
All sodaynly / these nobles wente away
95 Conquerynge countrees / suche was theyr worthynes
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And afterwarde retorned neuertheles
Home to theyr lande / in grete prospery[t]e prospery[t]e: letter broken
Whiche they tyll now haue holde in lyberte

Unto theyr owne vse / prouffyte and auayle prouffyte: =profit
100 Wherfore folkes of many a nacyon
Lyuynge in seruage / constreyned with trauayle
Desyred to haue theyr habytacyon
In fraunce / and there vnder domynacyon
To lyue in wele / lyberte / and rest
105 Wherby it grewe / somtyme the noblest

Realme of the worlde / that knowen were or founde.
Moost fayre in buyldynge / and inhabyte best
The whiche in treasure / and scyence dyde habounde
Then for-asmoche / as they be fre at leest
110 Prudent in fayth / in lyuynge holyest
They sholde theyr subgets / in fraunchyse kepe and vse
After theyr lawe / and neuer to refuse

Ageynst all trouthe / and inconuenyent
It is certayne / and nothynge charytable
115 God knoweth well / the lorde omnypotent
A man to haue / a custome reasonable
Onely for hym-selfe / ryght prouffytable
And for his neyghboure / vse it other-wyse
Suche vsage sholde / all well-dysposed men dyspyse

120 Herof it groweth that lyberte is lost
In people voyde / of reason and scyence
And thus vyces and synnes reygneth most
Some gyue to vertues lytell reuerence
Wherin to god / do they ryght grete offence
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125 The comyn-wele / in generalyte
All men sholde loue of perfyte charyte

Why it is thus / a man may reason make
Who loueth not his wele pertyculerly
Hath but a lytell wytte I vndertake
130 Whan he may haue a prouffyte syngulerly
Hurtynge none other creature therby
And wyll not helpe hym-selfe whan he [s]o may [s]o: letter broken
But wylfully dooth cast his grace away

A fole is he / that wyttynge wyll go
135 In-to a caue / a dyche / or elles a pytte
Whiche is aboue / bothe narowe and strayte also
And all within / full wyde and depe it is
So that whan he therin / is fall and shytte
Out may he not / for there he must abyde
140 As wylde bestes do in forestes syde

Trapped and taken / ryght so this cr[e]ature creature] crature 1509Crature is a possible spelling of creature, but in this text the word is regularly spelled 'creature' (6x).

In lyke wyse / thrugh his owne neclygence
Is in the dyche / where-as he must endure
Lyke as these bestes / whiche gladly wolde go thens
145 Sekynge the wayes with all theyr delygence
Out to auoyde / but so it wyll not be
Tyme is not then / forth of the dyche to fle

Thus one may say / and therupon conclude
By suche as in-to maryage be brought
150 And herupon to make a symylytude
Unto the fysshe whiche hath his pasture sought pasture ='food'
And in a lepe / that is of twygges wrought
Is take / and out can not escape ne twynne twynne ='escape'; see OED s.v. twin v1, 2b
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But euer dwell / and tary styll therinne

155 The fysshe that swymmeth in the ryuer clere
As it shall fall hym ofte by aduenture
To rayle aboute / in places here and there rayle ='wander, roam'; see OED s.v. rail v5
Fyndeth this lepe / the whiche withoute mesure
Beholdeth he with all his besy cure
160 And he therin / the fysshes and the bayte
Dooth se / supposynge well in his consayte

They be in Ioye and pleasure at theyr lust
And all aboute the lepe he gooth rounde
With grete desyre / hauynge a veray trust
165 To come to them / and whan that he hath founde
The entre / in he gooth gladde and Iocounde
And to the shynynge bayte / he hyeth faste
Wherof anone / he taketh his repaste

To go agayne / he thynketh but a Iape
170 Forthe of the lepe / assaynge besyly
A way to fynde / how he therout may scape
And thens departe / to other company
He boreth with his byll all hastely byll ='snout'; see OED s.v. bill n2, 2
His besynes / and laboure is in waste
175 Abyde a whyle / he shall for all his haste

Therin to dwell in wo and heuynes
And where-as he hath demed certaynly
Afore to haue had Ioye / and lustynes
There shall he passe his tyme ryght heuely
180 By men it falleth thus moost comenly
That put them in-to maryage all-day
Experyence wyll wytnesse as I say

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Though it so be / that folkes se before
These wedded men / within the lepe enclosed
185 In poynt to droune and drenche / yet not therfore
Wyll they forbere / ne tyll they be innosed innosed ='choked (with a bone)'; see OED s.v. enose v
As houndes be of bones / it is supposed
There is not one / by other can be ware
Tyll they be take / and holden in the snare

190 Thus what by foly / fortune or destene
A man may se the people euery day
Demeane themselfe / forsakynge lyberte
And shortely after that repenteth they
Desyrynge it to haue / but they ne may
195 At ony tyme / vnto suche grace attayne
And all to late / for them is to complayne

Moche more herof / myn auctoure dooth declare
In his prologue / or that he wyll begyn
To shewe these .xv. Ioyes / but I must spare
200 By losse of tyme / there is nothynge to wynne
But pouerte / vnthryftynes / and synne
Wherfore in wordes rude to make an ende
And of these Ioyes to wryte now I entende

Some men do call these Ioyes sorowes grete
205 But yet they take them well in pacyence
For of necessyte they must forgete
The care / trouble / forowe / payne and offence
The whiche they suffre at the reuerence at the reuerence of ='for the sake of'
Of theyr wyues / whiche they may not forsake
210 And though they oft / mysse_vse theyr eloquence
Lytell regarde therto a man sholde take

¶Here endeth the proheme of the auctour.
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And here begynneth the fyrst Ioye of maryage

THe fyrst Ioy of maryage is this
As whan a man of tender yeres is
Flourynge in youth / pleasaunt fresshe and gay
Then in this worlde / nothynge may hym dysmay.
5 Ne other mynde / desyre nor appetyte
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Conforte / lykynge / pleasure / Ioye / ne delyte
Hath he except / how he may tye his poyntes
To cause his hose / to syt well on his Ioyntes
And make his vysage / and his lymmes fayre
10 He brussheth oft his goune / and other gayre
His hede he combeth smothe ryght as hym lyketh
Wherof the heres / pruneth he and pyketh pyketh ='picks', a collateral form of the verb
And maketh hym as clenly as he can
That folke may say / there gooth a goodly man
15 So wyll he synge / daunce / and balades make
And vpon hym / mo entrepryses take
That he can do / or may atchyeue perchaunce atchyeue: =achieve
Thynkynge therby / hym-selfe so to enhaunce
The fayrest creature / that he can espye
20 He wyll beholde / with ryght a lusty eye
As vysynge well / where he suche one may fynde vysynge ='regarding closely, observing'; see OED s.v. vise v, 5. There may be a case for emending 'as vysynge' to advysynge or avysynge, 'considering' (see OED s.v. advise v, 3).
A Ioly[u]et accordynge to his mynde Ioly[u]et= 'gay or pretty little creature'; see OED s.v. jolyvet n
And whan he hath her fast in his demayne
Ioyous he is / ryght mery / gladde and fayne
25 For paraduenture so the case may stande
That by his faders / or his moders lande
Or by theyr other goodes he may mayntene
His Ioly[u]ets / and go ryght well besene
Lyuynge in rest and ease habundauntly
30 Beholdynge other folkes certaynly
In-to the bonde of maryage ybrought
Than in his mynde he casteth and his thought
Lyke as the fysshe behelde the lepe / so he
Demeth / these wedded men in blysse be
35 Hauynge the bayte / and pasture at theyr wyll
Wherof they may / theyr appetyte fulfyll
Ryght well he seeth the bea[ut]e of theyr wyues beaute] beatute 1509
Supposynge that they haue so mery lyues
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With them so well appoynted and arayed
40 For whiche the sely husbande hath not payed
It may so be percase / at many season
Some folke wyll say / and shewe this man by reason
That so her owne fader / or her moder
Her hath arayed / and demeth he none oder
45 And so this yonge-man / torneth hym aboute
The lepe / wherin of wedded a route
Enclosed be / and thenne he dooth enquere
Of maryage / a lytell here and there
Soone here-vpon / aryseth suche a wynde
50 And smoke / that he therof is made so blynde
That he vnware / in-to the lepe is cast
Wherin he shall be kepte and holden fast
And where-as he was wonte in tyme afore
To synge and daunce / that may well be forbore
55 Of poyntes byenge / purses / or thynges lyke
Herof shall he not nede / whyles he may pyke
Upon the bayte / tyll he therof be full
His besynes may cause hym to be dull
Now Ioyeth he a whyle / and hym delyteth
60 To do pleasaunce / ryght well he hym acquyteth
Newly so entred / in-to the foresayd gin
And for a tyme nothynge dysmayed therin
Supposynge out to go / but there yet styll
He must abyde / and dwell maugre his wyll
65 And to repent / there is no tyme ne houre
For with the swete mete / the sauces soure
Contynuaunce wyll cause hym to assay
Syth he can not escape by ony way
And for to put his wyfe in suche degre
70 As appertayneth of necessyte
It hym behoueth honeste to saue
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And [s]o may be / his wyfe an herte may haue so] lo 1509
Ryght good / desyrynge to be fresshe and gay
For peraduenture / she this other day
75 Was at a feest / where she dyde well aduyse
Women of her degre / all otherwyse
Than she / appoynted / clothed / and arayde
Within her mynde / than to her-selfe she sayde
That by her byrthe / she ought as well as they
80 To be apparayled and in as good arey
So she compaceth / castynge in her mynd.
The day and houre / out craftely to fynde
To her good-man / this mater to declare
But her entent to shewe / yet wyll she spare
85 Tyll she with hym / at nyght be gone to bedde
For there these wyues trust well to be spedde
Of suche petycyons / as they requyre
Accordynge to theyr wylles and desyre
Whan that this wyfe / in bedde is layde thus
90 Sadly she sayth / for loue of cryst_Ihesus
Syr lete me be in rest / for euyll at ease
I am / and he whiche gladly wolde her please
Answereth and sayth / tell me wherfore it is
That greueth you / she sayth grete cause ywys
95 Haue I / for ye care nothynge what I saye
Or shewe to you / in ernest or in playe
He sayeth than / why speke ye in suche a wyse
By god and all his sayntes in paradyse
She sayth / no myster it is that ye it knewe
100 For whan I speke to you but wordes fewe
Lytell accompt therof or rekenynge
Ye make certayne / demynge for other thynge
Suche wordes I haue / and yet it is not so
Whiche causeth me / oft-tymes to be wo
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105 Truly sayth he ye shall tell your dysease
Than answereth she / syr syth it may you please
Forsothe I shall you tell / this is the cas
This other daye at suche a feest I was
The whiche in trouth / me pl[e]ased nothynge wele pleased] plased 1509pl[e]ased: plased is a possible form, but is found only here in this text.

110 And wherfore I shall tell you euery-dele
Whan I there was / I thynke it veryly
There was no wyfe arayed soo symply
Though she were neuer of soo lowe degre
As I was than / ye may byleue well me
115 How-be-it syr / surely I saye not this
For praysynge of my-selfe / but soo it is
I thanke god of his mercy and grace thanke] thaynke 1509
That I am comen / of as good a place
As ony gentylwoman that was there
120 I me reporte / to suche as knowen where reporte ='appeal'; see OED s.v. report v, 6
My lygnage and myn ancestres but late lygnage: =lineage
Abydynge were / and for myn owne estate
This saye I not / sauynge I am ashamed
That ye or elles / my kynne shall be defamed
125 Nothynge care I / of clothynge what I haue
So that alwaye / your honour ye may saue
And than sayth he / in what estate were they
At thylke feest / now tell me I you praye
Now by my trouth / syth ye wyll knowe algate
130 She sayth / there was not one in her estate
Egall to me / but she a newe gowne had
And was than better besene and clad
Of what clothe were / these gownes sayth he
Of scarlet fyne / of grene or perce sayth she perce ='blue, bluish-grey (material)'; see OED s.v. perse 2
135 Furred ryght wele / with menyuer or gray
With traynes longe / and sleues large / so they
Had eke of rede / or grene / all gyrdelles good
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Hangynge vnto the grounde / and by the rode
Theyr gownes were made of the newest gyse
140 And of the best maner / one coude deuyse
But there had I vpon my weddynge-gowne
Well ouer-worne / and of the olde facyon
Whiche ouer-lytell / and to shorte for me
Is waxen as ye may perceyue and se
145 For I am growen more / syth it was made
Than at my maryage / whan I it hade
For whan I gyuen was to you alone
I was but yonge and lytell of persone
And so moche wasted am I now for payne
150 Whiche I of late haue had / that in certayne
I seme now wele a moder for to be
To her that myght be moder vnto me
And in good fayth so sore asshamed was I
Whan that I was amonge this company
155 That I ne coude ne durste make countenaunce
And yet had I more payne and dyspleasaunce
Whan that a lady there / of suche a place
Afore them all wolde saye vnto my face
Gre[t]e shame it was my clothes were so bad Gre[t]e: letter broken
160 And wondred why that I no better had
For whiche they toke to me but lytell hede
Unneth they turne them wolde / so god me spede
Towarde me / saue of theyr gentylnesse
Of very pyte and of lowelynesse
165 The good-man than her husbande answered tho
Ye knowe ryght wele that we haue moche to do
Wherfore my loue now herken what I saye
Remembre ye the same tyme and the daye
Whan in-to maryage we entred were
170 Plente of money / plate or other gere
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We had but small / ryght wele herof ye knowe
For whiche your-selfe ye may suppose and trowe
That it [b]ehoueth vs now for to bye behoueth] hehoueth 1509
Beddes and other thynges hastelye
175 And at this tyme syluer ne golde in store
Lytell [h]aue we how-be-it ferthermore [h]aue: letter broken
Yet must we bye / for wynnynge and encres
Kyne and other catelles neuertheles
In suche a place / for our prouysyon
180 Also this other daye there fell adown
The pygnon of our hous / for couerture pygnon ='battlement, pinnacle, or gable'; see OED s.vv. pinion n2, pignon n2, cop n, 1a (1611)
It lacketh / wherfore dame I you assure
Made must it be in haast of very nede
And also other maters for to spede
185 I haue / for whiche grete money shall I spende
Or I may brynge my werkes to an ende
And ouer this certes within shorte space
Unto th'assyse holden at suche a place
For me to go it is well necessary
190 Bycause of suche a plee I may not tarye
That for your londe I haue to pursue there
Of whiche as yet I may saye this and swere
I haue had lytell prouffyte or auayle
But spende my goodes / laboure and trauayle
195 A syr she sayd / now wote I well that ye
None other-wyse can speke but repreue me
Of my landes / this may I not abyde
And in her bedde / vnto that other syde
All hastely she turneth with a grone
200 Sayenge / for goddes loue let me alone
For neuer shall I speke to you agayne
What deuyll sayth this man why do ye playne
And are so wroth / without cause resonable
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I am not syr / she sayth / ne yet culpable
205 Though ye but lytell had / whan ye me toke
For dyuers to me spake / that I forsoke
Of .xx. places / whiche wolde noo good craue
So that they myght onely my body haue
In maryage withouten golde or rente
210 My person was to them suffycyente
But so it was / that ye ofte came and wente
And many a messenger vnto me sente
By suche s[u]btyll maner crafte and mene
So that all other I refused clene
215 And had noo wyll / ony to haue but yow
For whiche grete blame and maulgre haue I now maulgre: =maugre, 'ill-will'
Bothe of my lorde / my fader be ye sure
And of my moder / out of all mesure mesure] mesures 1509
Wherof I may haue hate and grete dysdayne
220 And syr this questyon I aske agayne
If ony woman / at this sayd feest there
In suche a wyse cladde or arayed were
As I beynge to me / in lyke estate
Nay syr not one / I was infortunate
225 Thyder to come / for by saynt Iohan I saye
The symplest gownes / that they gaue awaye
Unto theyr chamberers / were better cloth
Than is the gowne / whiche on my body goth
On [s]ondayes / or on the holy-daye [s]ondayes: letter broken
230 So wote I not herof / what is to saye
Moche people good out of this worlde departe
Wherof grete domage is / but for my parte
I saye / yf god were pleased I sholde decesse
To you it wolde be lytell heuynesse
235 For noo dyspleasure / wolde ye for me take
But hastely gete you an-other make
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By god sayth he / that is nothynge well sayd
Suche symple wordes / myght aparte be layd
For there is nothynge that I for you do
240 But wele ye ought to take regarde therto
Turne you to me / and what thynge ye lyke best
I shall perfourme / for goddes sake let me rest
Sayth she / now sothly nothynge a[yl]eth me ayleth] alyeth 1509
And wolde our lorde / that in lyke caas were ye
245 But neuer shall ye touche me after this
No shall sayth he / no syr she sayth ywys
To make all wele / than thynketh he and sayth
If I were deed I knowe it by my fayth
Unto an-other / soone wolde ye maryed be
250 Nay syr by hym that dyed on a tree
Touchynge suche pleasure as I vnto this daye
Haue had in maryage / I swere and saye
Durynge my lyfe / that neuer mouth of man
Shall touche to myn / and she to wepe began
255 Sayenge these wordes / to god I make auow
If that I knewe to lyue here after yow
I sholde so deale / that I afore wolde go
The teeres fell downe fro her eyen two
Thus he demaundeth her with wordes fayre
260 All-be-it soo / she thynketh the contrayre
The good-man demeth than / he is all eased
But yet agayne / in mynde is he dyspleased
Supposynge / that of nature she is colde
Of body chast / and deale with no man wolde
265 Also he troweth that she hym loueth wele
Thus he in herte is eased euery-dele
Bycause he seeth her som-what wepe afore
He trusteth that she loueth hym the more
Wherof he hath a pyteous herte and mynde
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270 And can not be in rest tyll that he fynde
The wayes how he may her content and ease
All that he can / he dooth her for to please
In dyuers wyse / with laboure and trauayle
But all for nought / it may nothynge auayle
275 For she alwaye awayteth for to pyke
Upon the stroke that she afore dyde stryke
That is to saye / a newe gowne wolde she haue
The whiche for cruell stomocke nolde she craue
She passeth tyme / and no good wyll she do
280 But at suche houre as she was not wonte to
Up-ryseth she / and after all that daye
A cursed angry chere maketh she alwaye
And not one fayre worde than wyll she speke
So in her breste the malyce dooth she steke steke ='shut up, enclose'; see OED s.v. steek v1, 1
285 Soone after this cometh the seconde nyght
That she to bedde must go as [it is] ryght it is] is it 1509
With her good-man / and whan that she is layde
In bedde / than he whiche is not wele apayde
Beholdeth wele loketh and taketh kepe
290 On her to knowe / whether that she wake or slepe
He wele aduyseth yf her armes bothe
Be couered wele and surely with the clothe
And heleth them yf nede or mayster be mayster ='necessity'; see OED s.v. mister n1, 8
Wherwith anone suche countenaunce maketh she
295 As thoughe she were out of her slepe awaked
Slepe ye sayth he / I thought ye had ben naked
Nay syr she sayd / what be ye not appeased
Sayth he / no syr myn herte is lytell eased
Syghynge sayth she I thanke god of his sounde sounde ='divine dispensation or ordinance'; see OED s.v. sand n1,1
300 I haue y[n]oughe to lyue vpon the grounde
By god sayth he / dame we shall haue ynowe
Of worldly goodes / and nere to her he drowe
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Sayenge I haue bethought me of a thynge
Ye shall be at my cosynnes weddynge
305 And ye shall haue ordeyned as goodly gere
For you as ony gentylwoma[n] there
Certes she sayth / all-thoughe ye saye the best
Of all this yere / I wyll go to no feest
Now by my fayth he sayth but yet ye shall
310 And what ye wyll demaunde haue gowne and all
What I demaunde she sayth / that is ryght nought
For syr so god me helpe that all hath wrought
I aske not to be Ioly for enuy
Gladde wolde I be forsothe yf neuer I
315 Out of your hous but vnto chyrche sholde passe
Maytns to here euensonge and masse
I saye it not ne yet no-wayes seche
Sauynge onely for suche vngoodly speche
As was amonges other whiche I knewe
320 By my gossyp / whome I fynde euer trewe
For she the wordes harde all openly
The whiche she shewed me full secretely
Than thynketh moche this poore newe-wedded man
And in his mynde to compace he began
325 Consyderynge in what caas that he stode
A newe husholde hauynge lytell gode
And moche to do he had by many a waye
Not purueyed wele grete sommes to paye
And fyfty scutes or syxty for this gowne
330 He must bestowe / and shortly laye it downe
And in his thought / cast a cheuysaunce
For there may be none other waye ne chaunce
But that this gowne nedely must be had
Wherwith and other gere she shall be clad
335 For he perceyued hath / by his aduyse
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His wyfe a woman is / bothe good and wyse
He thanketh god / the lorde of heuen-blysse
So fayre a Iuell / to gyue hym as she is
From one syde to an-other / he turneth ofte
340 In bedde he slepeth not though he lye softe
And it may happen soo / his wyfe this seeth
Whiche subtyll is / and she within her teeth
Wyll laughe / whan that she knoweth his conceyte
Whome she hath ouercome / with her deceyte
345 After this nyght / whan comen is the morowe
Aryseth vp this good-man full of sorowe
All ouercome with syghes / that he hath take
The nyght afore / for his good-wyues sake
And in auenture to the market gothe
350 With pawne or credence / for to by the clothe credence ='a document giving claim to credit'; see OED s.v. credence n, 4
And straytly vnto marchauntes he hym byndeth
Or elles to them suche Iuelles as he fyndeth
Whether they be of syluer / or of golde
Whiche he somtyme had / of his fader olde
355 Then sell[et]h he / or elles .x. pounde or more selleth] sellteh 1509
Of rente in mortgage layeth he therfore
Shortly this man / dooth so his maters spede
That he hath all suche thynges as in that nede
Wherwith he cometh home all spedyly
360 And to haue thanke he demeth veryly
She s[ey]nge this / made semblaunt hym before seynge] syenge 1509
As though suche cost myght well haue ben forbore
And that nothynge / she sette by gowne ne gayre
That he home brought with hym for her repayre
365 Cursynge all them with tonge / and not with thought
That fyrst so grete estate and porte vp-brought
And whan she knewe that thynge was sure she sayd
To her good-man and hym besought and prayed
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He neuer sholde reproue her of the daye
370 That she had made hym spende for her araye
His money or his goodes / and neuermore
Her to rebuke / or elles vmbrayde therfore vmbrayde ='upbraid'; see OED s.v. umbraid v
For by the gowne set I nothynge she sayth
So that I may me kepe frome colde in fayth
375 And alway haue one peny in my purse
Whiche wyll suffyse to me though it were worse
Anone was made this gowne / and eke an hood
Also a gyrdell whiche was ryche and good
And now are comen the termes and the houres
380 Whan that he must content his credytoures
And this poore-man not able is to paye
Bycause his golde and syluer ben awaye
And lenger wyll they not forbere this man
But execute in all the haast they can
385 They curse on hym / and she the same perceyueth
And therof all the circumstaunce conceyueth
And perauenture afore this curse procede
Or elles after the lawe dooth hym forbede
In chyrche to be / wherfore his company
390 Men wyll eschewe and grudge all-vtterly
Hauynge dysdayne with hym to drynke and ete
And he but lytell hath and none can gete
Of money out of daunger hym to brynge daunger ='liability'; see OED s.v. danger n, 4
God wote what Ioye he hath in his lyuynge
395 His wyfe goth cryenge in the hous aboute
Wherwith a noyse she maketh and a showte
And thus she sayth / ha cursed be the houre
That I was euer in my moders boure
Forth brought or borne / alas it had not happed
400 That in the cloth / wherin I was fyrst lapped
I had be buryed / for neuer so grete shame
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Betydde to ony woman ne dyffame
As to me and my kynne / now shall be layd
Alas I laboure sore / and fast she sayd
405 And all the laboure besynesse and cost
That I haue done of many a daye is lost
In twenty places or moo I had be maryed
If I so wolde / but lyke a fole I taryed
For where I myght grete honour and auayle
410 Haue had / and rychesse / therof now I fayle
I knowe how that theyr wyues be bysene
That wolde haue maryed me / whiche doth me [tene] tene] 1509 omits
And therfore haue I heuynesse and wo
That deth the lyfe nyll take my body fro
415 Thus she complayneth her withouten care
Of her husbande / or how the good-man fare
For hooly she hath sette her mynde vpon
Her owne estate / and shortely she is gon
Unto this maryage / and where she sholde
420 Haue thought vpon her husbande she ne wolde
But to this poore-man putteth all the wyte
Lyke as an hors that can bothe playne and byte
This woman dooth / and she is cause of all
For she this man hath made so bestyall
425 Somwhat for sorowe / or elles-wyse by playe
That well-nygh wasted is his wytte awaye
So that he wyll not vnderstonde ne knowe
That she is in defaute / wyll he not trowe
And though he se the maters euydent
430 Yet of necessytee he is content
But of the thought and sorowes to enquere
It is but waast / syth ye the causes here
Of this man whiche can neyther rest ne slepe
That thynketh euery houre and taketh kepe
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435 How that he may in ease this woman sette
And fynde some remedy to paye his dette
But yet is he more angry for his wyfe angry ='troubled, grieved'; see OED s.v. angry adj., 2
Whiche curseth hym / than all that other stryfe
Thus soroweth he / in pouertee downe fall
440 And frome that payne recouer neuer shall
Prycked he is / but smarte can he none fele
That all is Ioye / to hym it semeth wele
Thus is this man within the lepe yclosed
And parauenture so he is dysposed
445 That he nothynge therof dooth hym repent
For yf that he out of the same were hent
Soone wolde he go agayne in-to that gynne
And all his payne and woo newly begynne
Yet sholde he neuer be in soo good cas
450 As he hath ben afore he maryed was
And there this poore-man shall vse his lyfe
Endynge his dayes in wretchednes and stryfe

¶Thus endeth the fyrst Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynnes the seconde Ioye of maryage.
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AS for the seconde Ioye of maryage
It is whan that this wyfe of her courage
455 Feleth that she so rychely is arayed
In suche a wyse as here-tofore is sayd
And knoweth well ynough that she is fayre
Than wyll she go frome home to take the ayre
To many feestes and assembles eke
460 And also holy sayntes for to seke
On dyuers pylgrymages wyll she go
All-though the husbande be not pleased so
Her Iourney enterpryseth she to ryde
With her cosyon and gossyppes at a tyde cosyon: =cousin, here and twice below
465 And specyally for her kynnesmannes sake
Her pylg[rymage] deuoutly wyll she take pylg[rymage]: letters illegible
And perauenture yet it may soo be
That this man is as nyghe kynne vnto [m]e
As vnto her / but soo hym for to call
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470 Wonte and accustomed is she ouer-all
It may be thought for some entent or cause
She calleth hym soo / but ther I leue a clause clause ='close, conclusion'; see OED s.v. clause n, 3
Her moder than seynge her besynesse
Cometh somtyme to this man I gesse
475 And as a woman can begynne to clatter
She say[t]h his herte to tycle and flatter say[t]h: letter broken
This foresayd man / her cosyn is of blode
For her to go with suche a company is good
And other-whyle the husbande is lothe
480 That she sholde go / sayth sadly by his othe
How he none horses hath ne other thynge
Her to conuey to feest or gaderynge
Than shall the gossyp or her cosyn saye
I am ryght lothe by god and by this daye
485 To go / for myn hous so god me spede
Moche thynge haue I to do of very nede
And were it not honour to you and me
Speke wolde I not as now so mote I the
For syr soo god me helpe I knowe it wele
490 Your wyfe to go is pleased neuer-a_dele
She is a woman leest that loueth waast
Of ony lyuynge / for euer she dooth haast
Homewarde whan she at ony place is oute
For your expence and charge she hath suche doute
495 So this good-man / whos wysdome is to seche
And sore abused with theyr flaterynge speche
Demaundeth who goth in this c[o]mpany company] campany 1509
Of men and other / and she sayth certaynly
My cosyon and my godfader also
500 My god-moder / and many an-other mo
Your moder-in-lawe / whiche is your wyues moder
My good cosyn your wyfe / and dyuers other
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Also the wyues of suche a place in-dede
And your cosyn and hers haue ye no drede
505 Other there be mo / dwellynge in your strete
I dare well saye this company is mete
A kynges doughter for to be amonge
And be ye sure she wyll not tarye longe
Soo is this sely man on honoure sette
510 That in no wyse wyll he this vyage lette
And perauenture she that thus dooth speke
Shall haue a gowne or other thynges to breke
The mater that the persone may be playd persone ='character, part'; see OED s.v. person n, 1
And thus it falleth ofte as it is sayd
515 He sayth this company is good and fayre
But she moche hath to do / and grete repayre
At home how-be-it / for to goo as than
She hath a lycence gyuen by this man
Whiche to her sayth / beware how by the dayes
520 Ye be demeaned trauaylynge on your wayes
Also take hede at nyght ye lodge you sure
And god you kepe frome euyll auenture
The good-wyfe than / whiche doth perceyue and here
That she hath leue / maketh countenaunce and chere
525 At home for to abyde yet had she leuer
Than forth to ryde / and from her home dysseuer
She sayth my loue this tyme no cause haue I
Out for to goo with suche a company
I praye you that I may not goo this season
530 Her cosyn than was nyghe herynge that reason
Answered and sayd / what cosyn ye shall goo
Your gentyll husband wyll that it be soo
The good-man than a lytell abacke doth drawe
And thus he sayth vnto his moder-in-lawe
535 Ne were it for the trust I haue in yow
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She sholde not go / this make I god auow The 1507 fragment begins at this point.
Ha my good-sone she sayth by heuen-kynge good-sone ='son-in-law'; see OED s.vv. good-son, good adj., D.2.b
That made this worlde / and euery other thynge
Ye may as surely and withouten drede
540 Suffre her to go as for to saye your crede
Thus they departe and on theyr waye be gone
And as they go / these wordes than sayth one
Unto an-other he hath some Ialousye
It semeth wele he dredeth Ieopardye
545 Thus is he mocked by these womens arte
For now come galauntes forth on euery parte
Whiche at the feest afore by auenture
This foresayd werke haue made and put in vre
And there awaytynge ben vpon theyr nede
550 For to conclude and so forth to procede
But how this wyfe now fested is and serued
For loue of her good-man all vndeserued
And god wote how she doth herselfe applye
To reuell daunce / and for to synge on hye
555 Also she maketh good and mery chere
But god wote how she prayseth her bedfere
The husbande lefte at home whyle she is oute
And seeth herselfe so praysed amonge the route
Certes these galauntes than her do aduyse
560 And se she is apparaylled in suche wyse
Perceyuynge well her chere and countenaunce
Shortely to he[r] eche one hym doth auaunce her] hex 1509, her 1507
One profreth moche / an-o[t]her offreth more an-o[t]her: letter broken
Harde is to me the cause to tell wherfore
565 The Ioly chere the praty trotte and pace
With the demeanynge of a womans face demeanynge ='demeanour'; see OED s.v. demeaning vbl. n, 2
Wyll gyue these louers cause and hardynesse
To sewe for grace vnto theyr worthynesse
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One to her wordes gracyous dooth saye
570 An-other cometh as nygh her as he may An other] And other 1509, An other 1507
And setteth his fote a_lofte on hers playne
Eke by the honde quyckly he doth her strayne strayne ='clasp, squeeze'; see OED s.v. strain v1, 3
Also an-other his loke casteth a_syde
Full pyteously and sharpely for a tyde
575 An-other than vnto her dooth presente
A dyamonde ryght fayre and oryente
Or elles a ryche rubye with a rynge
Whiche she receyueth with some other thynge
By whiche thynges may she well vnderstande
580 Of theyr entent / and fele it with her hande
If she haue ony reason brayne or wyt
And other-whyles by fortune happeth it
That frome her chayre alyght wyll she adown
To doo some werkes of deuocyon
585 Or vnto Uenus to doo sacrefyse
But how can I not saye ne in what wyse
This sely man at home in poore degree
Is made and brought vnto necessytee
For thylke estate that his wyfe doth pretende
590 The mater thus hath dryuen to an ende
And made her go to gaderynges and feestes
Amonge a wycked company of gestes
For vnto her they yolden be in trust
To haue theyr pleasures appetytes and lust
595 Upon none other thynge do they aweyte
But how they may doo this poore-man deceyte
The stroke wherof he hath without escape
Whiche comynly is called but a Iape
So he is causer of his propre shame
600 None other wyght therof is for to blame
And thus it happeth by contynuaunce
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That what by sygnes speche or countenaunce
Trouth of the thynge wherof he was in doute
All openly reported is aboute
605 Wherby he falleth Ialouse in a rage
Out of the whiche there is no wyght so sage
That hym can moue / for who that feruently
Of woman feleth the cruell malady
There is no medycyne that may hym cure
610 The sekenesse is so sharpe without mesure
Than wyll he bete her bytterly and curse
Wherby the werkes maketh he moche worse werkes ='troubles'; see OED s.v. work n, 6
For chastyce can he not by daye ne nyght
His wyfe but by his betynge maketh lyght
615 And hote the loue bytw[e]ne her and her frende bytwene] bytwne 1509, bytwene 1507
Thus dryueth he the mater to an ende
And soo he other-whyles fortune may
One of her lymmes breke or kytte a_way
Wherby his castell or his pyle he loseth
620 Than as a mased beest he hym dysposyth
Withouten care and all he setteth at nought
Thus hath he founde the payne whiche he hath sought
And neuer after wyll she loue hym more
Bycause that he hath beten her so sore
625 But for to passe the tyme and make a shewe
And of fayre wordes speketh she but fewe
There this poore-man in turment payne and wo
Lyueth and yet he thynketh not so
And all these sorowes / he for Ioyes doth take
630 Soo in the lepe he is I vndertake
Enclosed depe / and yf he were withoute
Yet shortely wolde he in withouten doute
There vseth he his lyfe in paynes alwayes paynes] payne 1507
And wretchedly / thus endeth he his dayes

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Thus endeth the seconde Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynneth the thyrde Ioye of maryage.

635 ANother Ioye whiche named is the thrydde
Of maryage in no wyse may be hydde
The whiche I purpose shortely to d[e]clare declare] dclare 1509, declare 1507
Accordynge to myn auctour and not spare
The whiche is whan man in youth doth wedde
640 A yonge mayde / and whan they bothe in bedde
Haue had theyr pleasures largely and desyre
And well aswaged is the brennynge fyre
The hoot heruest is well ouerblowe heruest ='autumn'; see OED s.v. harvest n, 1; ouerblowe ='past'; see OED s.v. overblow v1, 2
As it with me and other is I trowe
645 Soone after this her bely doth aryse The 1507 fragment breaks off here.
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And waxeth grete / as is the comyn gyse
Wherof the husbande alwaye hath the name
And perauenture he nothynge to blame
Is of the dede / for so it happeth ofte
650 As some men saye in preuy counseyll softe
And therat meryly wyll laughe or hum
But this is de secret[i]s mulierum secretis] secretes 1509
The husbande than in-to suche thought doth fall
And turmentes that he ronne and trotte shall
655 To gete the wyfe all she shall nede
Forth on his Iourney swyftely doth he spede
And yf he tryppe or stomble by the waye
He may fall in the myre by nyght or daye
And grete auenture shall be yf he brynge
660 Uytaylles that may be good to her lykynge
All-thoughe he hath done neuer so grete payne
Whyles he was out / tyll he came home agayne
And ofte it happeth so that for suche mete
As comynly she vsed hath to ete
665 Bothe lust and appetyte from her do pas
Bycause her stomacke is not as it was
Than she desyreth to haue thynges straunge
And noueltees her dyete for to chaunge dyete] dyerte 1509
For whiche this poore-man must trotte on fote
670 Or elles ryde there is none other bote
Bothe nyght and daye / to gete where he may fynde
Suche delycates as may content her mynde
And in this turment seuen yeres and more
Is this good-man / and yet she euermore
675 Nothynge wyll do but playe the wanton so
That therof pyte hath this husbande tho
Whiche of the hous alwaye the charge doth bere
And se all thynges well-ordred euery-where
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Erly to ryse / and late to goo to bedde
680 He must and se all maters be well spede
And on his husholde / after suche estate
As he is of remembreth he algate
Now dooth the tyme approche of trauaylynge
And she a chylde in-to the worlde shall brynge
685 God-faders than in haast / god-moders eke
As she wyll ordre / besyly to seke
He hath grete thought and out-goth in an hete
The nourysses and gossyppes for to gete
Whiche must her kepe of chylde whyle she lyeth in
690 What tyme his double sorowe dooth begyn
For so they drynke the wyne in euery houre
As in-to olde botes one dyde it poure
Now lyenge in her trauayle payne and wo
This wyfe auoweth twenty waye and mo
695 On pylgrymage to go for her good spede
To be put out of her grete payne and drede
This poore-man auoweth eke for to ryde
Unto all-halowes / and now on euery syde
The gossyppes come / and this good-man must gete
700 Suche vytayles as they may well drynke and ete
So that they may in suche a wyse be eased
As they shall holde them well content and pleased
This done / the wyfe and gossyppes talke togyder
And fast they carye in for drede of weder
705 All-be-it soo / this good-man hath the payne
That trauayle must in wynde snowe hayle or rayne
And whan he is forth passed on his waye
One of the gossyppes wyll these wordes saye
Alas my gossyp whiche now is withoute
710 An harde fytte hath / that am I out of doute fytte ='position of hardship or danger'; see OED s.v. fit n2, 2
A foule and euyll weder now it is
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No force an-other sayth so haue I blysse
He is ryght wele at ease / and so be we
But yf it fortune soo / somtyme that he
715 Fayle of suche thynge as were vnto theyr paye
One of the gossyppes to the wyfe shall saye
Gossyp I meruayle moche / and so dooth all
This felawshyp / that it so is befall
And we haue wonder what it may amount
720 That your husbande doth make so lytell count
Of you or of your yonge chylde here in trouthe
A gentyll herte wolde pyte haue and routhe
Beholde it wele / conceyue what he wolde do
Yf ye had chyldren fyue or syxe yet mo
725 It doth appere he l[o]u[e]th you but lyte loueth] leuoth 1509
Wherof bothe ye and we may haue dyspyte
Consydred where ye lust hym for to take Consydred ='considering'
He hath more honoure truely for your sake
Than euer ony of his lygnage bore
730 Haue had in dayes passed here-tofore
By god I saye / that is our lorde Ihesus
Rather than my husbande serued me thus
I had well leuer / eyther he were deed
Or elles that he none eye had in his heed
735 Than sayth an-other / gossyp fynde some bote
Let not this man thus cast you vnderfote
For he shall doo to you whan ye be layde
As moche agayne or more / now haue I sayde
An-other sayth / my cosyon I meruayle
740 Ye take no more regarde to your auayle
Consydred / ye be wyse of good lygnage
And he not lyke to you / though maryage
Hath coupled you and all men hygh and lowe
How ye hym suffre vnderstonde and knowe
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745 And he doth you so grete domage alwaye
Than doth the wyfe answere agayne and saye
Truely my dere gossyppes what is the best
To do as in this caas so haue I rest
Nothynge knowe I ne wayes fynde I can
750 To helpe my-selfe he is so euyll man
An euyll man he is / one of them sayth
But I shall tell you truely by my fayth
My gossyppes that be here / they knowe well whan
I was fyrst maryed to myn husbande than
755 Men sayd he was so dyuers of his wyll dyuers ='cruel, perverse'; see OED s.v. divers adj., 2
That it was wonder but he wolde me kyll
By god my gossyp though he so were named
I thanke our lorde he is now ryght wele tamed
For he had leuer fall and breke his arme
760 Than me to do dyspleasure hurte or harme
But fyrst whan we togyder maryed were
To speke than he began with angry chere
And for to stryke as dooth a carlysshe mon carlysshe ='churlish'; see OED s.v. carlish adj.
But by the sacrament of god anon
765 Fast with my tethe I toke the brydell so
That he me bette no more but tymes two
Wherin he played the very fole and more
For after was I moche wors than before
And he hath tolde my gossyp sykerly
770 That he in me coude put no remedy
Now may I speke and do all that I wyll
And be it ryght or wronge vntrouth or skyll
Alwaye with me the last worde shall remayne
So whan he speketh I chekke hym vp agayne
775 There is no game lyke it / whiche is to playe
With players and put besynesse a_waye
For gossyp neuer man yet was so harde
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I you e[n]sure but yf he be answarde
Well by his wyfe she shall soone make hym fre
780 And debonarye / yf that she wytty be debonarye: =debonary, an altered form of debonair
An-other sayth my cosyn be well ware
Ye speke to hym / and for no drede ye spare
Whan he cometh home / and saye the best ye can
And in this wyse / gouerned is this man
785 Than drynke they fast and saye saynt Iohnn to borowe
And take theyr leue vnto the nexte morowe
What tyme agayne they wyll retourne to se
The maner all / how she shall gouerned be
But whan this poore-man cometh home agayne
790 With vytaylles and with other thynge certayne
And seeth there is grete waast made in his hous
Of go[o]des and he is inly couetous goodes] goddes 1509
Than [f]alleth he [in] heuynesse and payne falleth] salleth 1509; in] 1509 omits
For thought that hym doth by the herte constrayne
795 An houre or two by nyght he doth aryue
For he hath comen ferre to se his wyue
And for to vnderstonde yet ferthermore
How that she dooth / he coueyteth ryght sore
Whether she be hole / or how it with her is
800 In ony wyse to knowe wyll he not mys
One nyght frome home he dare not lodge withoute
Of his expence he hath suche fere and doute
In-to his hous with Ioye entred is he
And all his seruauntes there in theyr degre
805 Instructed be and taught in suche a wyse
Lyke as the good-wyfe lyst afore deuyse
For elles though neuer so good and true were thay
They sholde not tarye there well halfe a daye
Now he demaundeth how the good-wyfe doth
810 And therof wyll he vnderstonde the soth
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Than sayth her chamberer whiche dooth her kepe
Syr she is very seke and may not slepe
Syth ye departed hens ete myght she not
But lytell she amended is god wot
815 Than is this man all sorowfull and sadde
Whiche hath ben wette with reyne and harde-bestadde
For oftentyme by hym and other moo
Parauenture it may well happen soo
That he is faynte and his hors at assaye
820 For he hath passed by an euyll waye
And they percas of all the daye afore
Haue neyther dronke ne eten lasse ne more
And yet wyll not this poore-man ete a bytte
Tyll tyme that he may vnderstonde and wytte
825 How his wyfe dooth / and than the chamberere chamberere] chambrerere 1509
Olde matrones / and the nouryse drawen nere
And seruauntes whiche enfourmed ben how they
After theyr charge shall them demeane alwey
They shewe theyr personages as they were wroth
830 Than wyll not he abyde / but vp he goth
In-to the chambre / comynge her agayne
And at his entre / softely she dooth playne
Upon the bedde afore her leneth he
Sayenge my best byloued how do ye
835 Ryght seke she sayth my lorde / and than he there
Demaundeth how in what a wyse and where
My loue sayth she / ye knowe well that of late
I am made feble / and in poore estate
Than answereth he to her as in this wyse
840 Haue ye not ordeyned so that some colyse colyse: =cullis, 'broth'; see OED s.v. cullis n1
Of a fatte capon for you may be made
Now syr so god me helpe / ryght so I hadde
She sayth of late / but they it can not make
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In fayth quod he loue I shall vndertake
845 To make you one full well and holsomly
The whiche shall no man touche but ye and I
And ye shall ete it for the loue of me
She sayth my loue I wyll well it so be
This good-man than goth to the coke in hast
850 He stampeth fast and ordeyned her repast
Fast chydeth he / and sayth they be but bestes
For they can dyght no metes at requestes
Than hastely he dooth this soupynge bere soupynge ='broth'; see OED s.v. supping vbl. n1, 2
Unto this wyfe / and whan he cometh there
855 With prayer he enforceth her to take
Somwhat therof and ete well for his sake
And so she dooth and sayth syr good it is
But so was not that they haue made or this
For it was nothynge worth a symple fle
860 And with that worde frome her departeth he
To souper / and adowne he dooth hym sette
And therupon the vytaylles be forth fette
None of the delycates that gossyppes ete
The daye afore / whiche were not for hym mete
865 Not perauenture of the messes chefe
He had but of the fragmentes and relefe
Wherof the olde wyues haue take theyr fyll
And god wote in what wyse they dranke theyrtyll
Thus was this wery man at souper fedde
870 Wherwith he is content and goth to bedde
All sobrely with heuynesse and sorowe
And whan that comen is the nexte morowe
Unto his wyfe he gooth / and in this wyse
He sayth / my loue tyme is ye awake and ryse
875 And go to masse for we so moche do spende
That all our money nygh is at an ende
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This cost is grete / we may not bere out it
And she answereth / a syr it is not yet
No-whyle syth I was layde / and so grete payne
880 I haue that yet I can not well sustayne
Myselfe / but now I wote it and byleue
Ye thyn[k]e it longe / and sore it doth you greue thynke] thynge 1509Although the emendation is called for here, thynge (=think) is used twice below as a rhyme-word.

That I ne laboure in the hous agayne
In suche a wyse as though I sholde be slayne
885 I vnderstonde it is your mynde and wyll
That i[n] this wyse I sholde my-selfe do kyll
Alas I se in tyme to come that I
Ryght moche shall haue to suffre certaynly
If that I sholde haue .x. or .xii. yet mo
890 Chyldren but god defende that it be so
For yf it myght hym please I wolde be gladde
That neuer one after this tyme I hadde
And please it to god that I more chylde haue neuer
But his commaundement be perfourmed euer
895 In me and all his wyll lowly obeyd
Ha sayd this man / alas what haue ye sayd
Ye mone yourselfe without cause or encheson
For I dare saye and make it good by re[a]son reason] reoson 1509
Was neuer poore-man yet of myn estate
900 That suffre[d] hath soo moche as I of late suffred] suffre 1509
Frome hens-forth-[o]n it shall me lyke and please on] in 1509
That whan ye wyll ye aryse or take your ease
Than sayth she thus / my counseyll is that one
Go streyght vnto my gossyppes all anone
905 And saye to them they come no more to me
For I am euyll-dysposed in certaynte
My loue sayth he they shall come and haue all
Suche thynges as may them please in specyall
Syr than sayth she / no more let me be styll
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910 And do ye all thynges as it is your wyll
Than cometh a matrone with a wryngled face wryngled: =wrinkled, although this spelling variant is not recorded in OED s.v. wrinkled adj. (cf. thynge: =think)
An olde ke[m]pster with whome is lytell grace kempster] kepster 1509kempster ='wool-comber'

And to the good-man out her mynde doth breke
Pease syr she sayth / no mo suche wordes speke
915 For to a woman that is voyde of brayne
And feble / and so tender in certayne
Grete peryll is to speke so in her payne
And therwithall she draweth the courtayne
So doth this man lyue sorowfully alwayes
920 And wretchedly so shall he ende his dayes

¶Here endeth the thyrde Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynneth the fourth Ioye of maryage.

THe fourth Ioye of maryage to tell
Is as to go frome purgatorye to hell
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For it is whan he whiche hath maryed be
Kepynge an housholde after his degre
925 Where he hath dwelled styll .viii. yeres euen
And hath of yonge chyldren sy[x]e or seuen syxe] syre 1509
Passynge full many an euyll nyght and daye
Unhappely as ye haue herde me saye
Wherof he hath had many an euyll ende
930 Thus is his youth gretely made colde and spende
And it were tyme for hym sore to repente
If that he coude / as synners sholde in lente
But of his hous whiche he must kepe algate
He is soo inly wery and soo mate
935 That what-someuer the wyfe wyll speke or do
Nought careth he / ne taketh hede therto
For he as harde and dull is as an asse
Whiche for no prycke ne sporre wyll faster passe
This poore-man doughters hath yet one or twayne
940 The whiche may fortune wolde be maryed fayne
They redy be and on the houre they tarye
Awaytynge fast who wyll come them to marye
They be in Ioye / and it may happen so
The man is poore / and lyueth in care and wo
945 Nygh moneyles / and hath no grete substaunce
For maryage to make his cheuysaunce
Also vnto his sones he must bye
His doughters and his other small meynye
Doublettes hosyn kyrtels and vytayle
950 And many an-other thynge withouten fayle
His sayd doughters he must repayre and kepe
All honestely and gaye / elles wyll they wepe
And for thre thynges this nedely must be done
One is bycause they may be asked sone
955 Of dyuers galauntes dwellynge them aboute
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An-other is withouten ony doute
All were it so that this good-man ne wolde
Yet so to be / for nothynge it ne sholde
For-why the wyfe hath passed the same waye
960 And she ne wyll it suffre by this daye
Also there is an-other reason why
Bycause they haue good myndes and hertes hye
And are accustomed to be fresshe and gay
For otherwyse wyll they not be ne may
965 And in auenture yf they otherwyse
Entred were / anone they wolde practyse
To haue theyr Ioly[u]ettes / for helpe and ease
But there an ende / of that I holde my pease
So is this man on euery parte dysmayd
970 These charges berynge / as afore is sayd
And perauenture soo he is bestadde
That symplely and poorely he is cladde
Of whiche araye yet careth he nothynge
So he may haue a passe-tyme and lyuynge passe-tyme ='occupation'; see OED s.v. pastime n, 1
975 And this suffyseth well to hym alwaye
As to the fysshe doth in the lepe to playe
Whyles he may haue a tyme and suffraunce
Therin to lyue and languysshe [in] penaunce in] ni 1509
And yet therby abbredged ben his dayes
980 So fareth it by suche a man alwayes
The whiche in-to the lepe of housholdynge
Is put where he shall suffre suche turmentynge
As I haue sayd / and other innumerable
And thus he seeth these thynges so chargeable
985 That all he sette at nought soo he lyue may
As doth an hors morfounded by the waye morfounded ='benumbed with cold'
Whiche none accompte doth set by sporre ne thynge
That may to hym be done in trauaylynge
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This notwithstondynge / wheder he wyll or not
990 Forth hym behoueth for to goo and trot
To gouerne londe and lyuelode whiche is his lyuelode: =livelihood
Ryght after suche estate as he of is
And perauenture he hath horses twayne
The whiche be lene and poore for lacke of grayne
995 And it soo fortune may he hath but one
Or yet not one / but forth he gooth anone
And .xx. myle or fourty from his place
He trauaylleth / within a lytell space
Unto the parlyament / or to th'assyse
1000 Where he hath for to sewe in dyuers wyse
For suche a cause / as other thynges amonge
Hath ben dependant in the lawe there longe
A payre of botes well of thre yeres olde
Or foure he hath to kepe his legges frome colde
1005 The whiche full ofte haue mended ben alowe
Ryght craftely for drede it sholde be knowe
So that parte whiche was somtyme on the kne
Amyddes the shynne must nedely vsed be
Full ofte they chaunged haue theyr former face
1010 And that hath brought them from aboue so bace
A rustye payre of sporres he hath eke
Wherof one of the rowelles be to seke
Also of .x. yeres olde he hath a gowne
Not of the newest gyse ne facyowne
1015 The whiche for drede that he sholde it appere appere: =appair, 'impair'
Excepte on hygh feestes he nolde it were
Or elles whan he frome home sholde go or ryde
All other tymes it was layde clene a_syde
The cause why it was of so olde a shappe
1020 May be for soo it fallen is by happe
That gownes be made all in a newe gyse
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But this to hym dooth well ynoughe suffyse
And in his wayes yf that he se or here
Ony Instrumentes or playes ay they answere
1025 As semeth hym by sow[n]ynge in his ere sownynge] sowynge 1509
Of his housholde bycause his mynde is there
He lyues harde and poorely by the wayes
So do his horses / and his page alwayes
Whiche page is all to_ragged and to_rent
1030 As pluto was that rode to parlyament
Upon his syde a rustye sworde and bad
He ware the whiche his mayster goten had
In flaunders at a bataylle / also he
Those bowges caryed that were wonte to be bowges ='bags'; see OED s.v. bouge n1,1
1035 Ofte vsed to conueye bothe nygh and farre
His legge-harneys alwayes in tyme of warre
S[h]ortely to speke / he doth all that he may Shortely] Sortely 1509
With lytell cost to trauayle by the waye
For he at home ynough hath for to spende
1040 Also these aduocates to hym offende offende ='assail'; see OED s.v. offend v, 5
Sergeauntes gryffyers / and suche a companye gryffyers ='registrars, clerks, notaries'; see OED s.v. greffier n,1
So largely take of hym that he doth hye
Homewarde as fast as he his hors can dryue
And perauenture whan he cometh to his wyue
1045 It is nygh the mornynge as the nyght
And whan he is at home he dooth alyght
Where he noo souper fynde can ne espye
Bycause his wyfe and other companye
Unto theyr beddes were gone som-what afore
1050 Or he came home / but he dare saye no more
But taketh all in pacyence and gree
For here-vnto accustomed hath he be
And yf it happe that he come in good houre
Wery and sadde with trauayle and laboure
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1055 Pensyfe heuy / and of his charges greued
Supposynge to be welcomed and releued
How-be-it many tymes he hath had
And he doth thynke ryght euyll chere and bad
The good-wyfe chydeth than and clappeth fast
1060 As though a tempest were or thonder-blast
Within the hous / and yf that this good-man
Lyst to commaunde / or bydde his seruauntes than
To gete hym ony-thynge that he wolde haue
There is not in his hous so lewde a knaue
1065 That maketh accompte therby ne wyll obey
So by theyr dame afore taught ben all they
Wherfore to speke he loseth tyme and payne
But she therwith be pleased in certayne
And yf his ladde in ony wyse demande
1070 Mete for hym-selfe / or for his hors prouande
He shall be checked and rebuked so
That he shall not dare speke suche wordes mo
Also this poore-man that is soo sage
Wyll make no noyse for hym ne for his page
1075 But taketh all in pacyence and sayth
Dame ye do well / and yours in good fayth
Therwith she answereth hym all hastely
Ye haue more lost and spent now folyly folyly ='foolishly'; see OED s.v. follily adv.
Than ye wyll wynne of all these yeres twaye
1080 I tolde you late in twenty deuylles waye
Ye sholde haue made our henhous close or now
A martron eten hath this tell I yow martron: =marten
Thre of myn olde hennes ye shall perceyue
What harme we haue therby / thus ye deceyue
1085 By god I knowe yf ye may lyue your age
Ye shall be poorest man of your lygnage
Fayre dame sayth he no mo suche wordes saye
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I haue ynough / and so shall haue alway
Our lorde I thanke / and yf it do hym please
1090 I am content / and thynke me well at ease
For of my kynred there ben full ryght good men
In your kynred / ha se now / sayth she then
By saynt Mary / I knowe not where they be
And at the leest I coude them neuer se
1095 Dame by my fayth he sayth / some be ryght gode
Of my lygnage / I wolde ye vnderstode
The whiche be worthe as moche or more than ye
What they / she sayth / be they lyke vnto me
Ye dame sayth he / nay syr by god sayth she
1100 I tell you well your dedes were but small
Without my frendes helpe in especyall
Now fayre dame / for goddes loue sayth he
Haue pacyence / and lete suche wordes be
Certes she sayth / yf that my frendes were here
1105 And you suche wordes had / they wolde answere suche] suche / 1509
You well ynough / then he the mater feres
Leest it by her / sholde come vnto theyr eres
Wherfore to kepe all thynges in pacyence
No more sayth he / but resteth with sylence
1110 And here-with-all / begynneth for to wepe
A lytell chylde / that can not go but crepe
And she anone / a rodde taketh in her hande
And in dyspyte / of this good poore husbande
More than for other cause or chastysynge
1115 Upon the buttockes / she dooth it bete and dynge
This lytell babe / and than he sayth no more
Bete it fayre dame / and waxeth wrothe therfore
And she begynneth for to chyde and crye
In all the deuylles names of hell on hye
1120 To gouerne them / she sayth ye haue no payne
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They cost you nought / but I haue cause to playne
For alway vpon them I must attende
God gyue it shamefull deth / and euyll ende
Ha fayre dame sayth he / that is foule sayd
1125 With that the nouryce shortely dooth out-brayde
And sayth a syr / full lytell do ye knowe
The sorowe that here is amonge vs I trowe
And what payne that it were to you / yf ye
Sholde kepe and nourysshe them so as do we
1130 Now by my trouth / than sayth the chamberere
It is grete shame to you syr / wyll ye here /
For whan that you come home / we sholde be fayne
Of your comynge / but ye make noyse and playne
And all your hous / ye set in grete debate
1135 This man seynge this / and therwith is chekmate
How he on euery syde is prycked sore
And he can gete no remedy therfore
All wery gooth he souperles to bedde
And yf he soupe / god wote how he is fedde
1140 Or eased / after he to slepe dooth lye
And hereth all the nyght his chyldren crye
For wytyngly the nouryce and the moder
Do let them crye / they wyll it be none other
In grete dyspyte of hym whiche all the nyght
1145 Dooth passe in sorowe / vnto the dayes-lyght
All these tourmentes / he for Ioye dooth holde
For-why / none otherwyse he lyue ne wolde
Therfore he is / and alway shall abyde
In sorowe thought / and care on euery syde
1150 And wretchydly his dayes in payne and wo
He shall endure / and make an ende ryght so

¶Here endeth the fourth Ioye of maryage.

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¶Here begynneth the fyfth Ioye of maryage.

OF mar[ya]ge for to declare or wryte maryage] marayge 1509
The fyfth Ioye / now god wolde I were quyte
So lytell fruyte or pleasure stante therin
1155 That I am wery [h]alfe or I begyn halfe] falfe 1509
Whiche is whan that the good-man whiche is maryed
Longe-tyme in trauayle hath / and wo taryed
And many a payne endured hath before
Whose youth is gretely ouer-drawen therfore ouer-drawen ='passed away'; see OED s.v. overdraw v, 2
1160 And he is veray wery faynte and mate
But by auenture it may so be algate
He hath a wyfe more greter of lygnage
Then he / and eke more yonger of her aege
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The whiche be two grete and doutfull thynges
1165 To medle with / and namely in weddynges
For better none can do hym-selfe to waste
Than in these twayne / to lappe or put in haste
His body / and well vnderstonde it why
For two repungnaunce / they be truely repungnaunce: =repugnance, 'contradictions'' see OED s.v. repugnance n, 1
1170 Wherfore agayne nature it were and ryght agayne] agaynge 1509
They sholde accorde by daye or elles nyght
And other-whyles so is that he and she
Some chylde may haue / or elles that none there be
This not-withstandynge she is nothynge sette
1175 To payne / for-why / the good-man wyll not lette
But she be kepte in pleasure ease and wele
Wherfore he traueyleth / and dooth euery-dele
Whiche is to mayntene suche a Ioly state
And costyous / as she wyll kepe algate
1180 And yf she wolde haue thynge that there is not
That she may haue it / he wyll go or trote
For she wyll not make lower ne empeyre
Her lygnage by her dyete ne her geyre
The husbande taketh all this for honoure
1185 And thanketh god entyerly of that houre
In whiche he of his grace / her hath hym sent
So what she dooth or sayth he is content
And often-tyme it happeth at a tyde
Whan they begyn / to vercyfy or chyde vercyfy = 'argue', a jocular sense not recorded in OED s.v. versify v
1190 She sayth to hym by maner of manace
Ye knowe ryght well / of what an house or place
I comen am / and was not gyuen to the
A drabble or elles a dreuyll for to be drabble ='a dirty person'?, perhaps with suggestions of drab, 'slattern'. Only one, late, instance of drabble in this sense is recorded in OED s.v. drabble n (1789), but see s.v. drabble v, 'to muddy', for earlier forms. Dreuyll ='drudge, a servant doing menial work'; see OED s.v. drivel n1,1
She sayth as soone / as I wyll sende or wryte
1195 Unto my kynne and frendes of this dyspyte
Anone they wyll come hyder for to se
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How I do here / and therfore dare not he
For ony cause / ones touche her with his hande
With staffe ne stycke / for all his goodes and lande
1200 Though [s]he with mouthe / grete wordes hath ysayd. she] he 1509
As styll he is / and muet as a mayde
In bondage grete / me-semeth that he is
And so it may well be that she or this
Had by her frendes maryed ben aforne
1205 Unto a rycher man / and better borne
Than he / and in a hygher state be sette
If that in her had ben no faute ne lette
But for there was before some lytell Iape
That in her yought fortuned for to scape yought: =youth, although the usual spelling in this text is youth(e)
1210 To cole her thryst / as dyuers folkes well trowe thryst: =thirst
She had not elles ben maryed hafe so lowe hafe: =half, although the usual spelling in this text is halfe
Wherof the husbande had no knowlegynge
Or perauenture he hath herde some-thynge
But this good-man / of suche fayth and beleue
1215 Is made / that this thynge lytell dooth hym greue
For he hath herde it sayde / and sworne or then sworne] soworne 1509
Of many folkes / and of ryght good men
That all suche cursed langage was contryued
Agaynst his wyfe / and he the same beleued
1220 They saye it is bostynges and auauntes
Made by the meanes of Ioly fr[e]sshe galauntes fresshe] frsshe 1509
And other sklaundrers that speketh shame
Of women good / and falsely them defame
Whan they togyders in the stretes walke
1225 Thus of good men and women wyll they talke
What tyme that they nothynge may elles do
Unthryftely thus speke they euer mo
Wherin god wote / grete synne do they and wronges
In suche vngoodly wyse to vse theyr tonges
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1230 And yf so be this wyfe beholde and se
Her husbande beynge in so lowe degre
That he all Ioye hath lefte / dysporte and playe
Thynkynge to make a cheuysaunce some waye
Upon her lande / or elles it may befall
1235 Of cheuysaunce he hath ynough at all
And is a very nygarde / and a chynche chynche='niggard, miser'; see OED s.v. chinch n2
That wyll not frely spende / but spare and pynche
The whiche no pleasaunt thynge is to the wyfe
That purposeth to lyue a lusty lyfe
1240 Bycause that she in seasons of the yere
Wyll haue these noueltees / though they be dere
As well in vytayle / gounes as atyre
G[yr]dels and other thynges at her desyre Gyrdels] Grydels 1509
Lyke as she seeth her felawes vse and were
1245 At feestes and daunces euery-where
There-as her cosyns / and her gossyppes be
And with an-other man / that alwayes she
Useth to call her cosyn euermo
And peraduenture yet he is not so
1250 Also somtymes well it fortune may
That for the grete pleasures ease and play
She hath / and seeth in many a sundry wyse
Dysdayne her husbande she wyll and dyspyse
And make a frende / suche as she wyll desyre
1255 Her h[u]sbande then / in water or in fyre husbande] hasbande 1509
May lye / for she wyll loue hym neuermore
Som folke wolde deme she were to blame therfore
But ye must take the mater otherwyse
For all is longe vpon his couytyse
1260 And he is sadde / and in perplexyte
But she is lyght / and in prosperyte
Not entred into thought ne negardy
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She is but yonge / and so she wyll apply
Her youthe in pleasure / lustes and delyte
1265 Aege is not mete vnto her appetyte
So louynge is she / to her loue and kynde
That to suche place / as she demeth hym to fynde
Ofte wyll she take / her Iourney forthe and walke
Or secretely / and softly forthe wyll she stalke
1270 Unto her frende / that lusty is and fresshe
For veray loue her lymmes to refresshe
And it may happen many tymes that she
Sauynge her worshyp / seldon may hym se
Then for to speke her good name and honoure
1275 Her messenger she sendeth at an houre
That he shall come / and se her hastely
The whiche is done ryght well and honestly
Soone after this / whan comen is the nyght
And this good-man and she withouten lyght
1280 Be layde in bedde / and he somwhat wolde play
With her / whose mynde is with her frende a_way
This gentyll galaunt / whome of .viii. days and mo
She hath not seen / and yet it may be so
That on the morowe he wyll come for his wage
1285 All hote and hasty / hongry in a rage
For perauenture he hath suche a tatche tatche ='bad habit'?, 'distinctive quality'? '(means of) attachment'? See OED s.vv. tache n1, 2, 3, tache n2, 1c
That he hath morned sore / and keped watche
Bothe in the gardyns / also in the strete
And they ne myght yet of longe-tymes mete
1290 Ne speke togyder / but on the morowe whan
This man shall come / he wyll be hasty than
His appetyte and honger to aswage
Grete and wonder is / to speke of his courage
And it may fortune otherwyse I trowe
1295 That they haue had leyser ynough to knowe
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And [d]o suche pleasure / as a man may thynke do] so 1509
But I dare neyther speke ne loke but wynke
Myn auctour wryteth / but so wyll not I
That she demeaneth her ryght wantonly
1300 He sayth an hondred thynges she can make
That toucheth loue / for her good frendes sake toucheth] toucheteth 1509
And many a token wyll she shewe and sygne
Of loue / the whiche I can not well deuyne loue /] loue / / 1509
She maketh eke melancolyes amonge melancolyes ='expressions of tender or pensive sadness'; see OED s.v. melancholy n, 3d
1305 Whiche to her husbande made she not of longe
Also her loue dooth besynes and payne
To do her pleasure / as he can agayne
So many praty Iapes he wyll begyn
That she grete Ioye / and conforte hath therin
1310 And those suche maner Iapes ben or playe
That wedded men can not / ne wyll assaye
And yf the[y] can / afore or that they wedde they] the 1509
Those they forbere / and set at nought in bedde
Wherfore to shewe it to a wyfe or teche
1315 The whiche more able is to rede or preche
Then for to lerne percase moche more than he
The good-wyfe can in her necessyte
Therfore he wyll not teche her in that guyse
For she / than he more connynge is and wyse
1320 Now whan this wyfe / her loue hath at her wyll
And they haue tyme / and leaser to fulfyll
Theyr appetytes / suche Ioyes as they shewe
To_gyder / men haue herde of but a fewe
For there no wyght is / that can tell or saye
1325 The pleasure that haue ben betwene them twaye
And so she hath had suche dysporte and spede
That nothynge prayseth she her husbandes dede
After the whiche pleasures / Ioye and game
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As grete delyte / and pleasure taketh the dame
1330 Of her good-man / as one that tasteth wyne
Whiche hath reboyled / and wyll neuer fyne reboyled 'fermented a second time'; see OED s.v. reboil v1, 1. Fyne ='become clear or pure' ; see OED s.v. fine v3, 2
After he hath dronke good wyne or ypocras ypocras] yopocras 1509ypocras: =hippocras, 'spiced wine'

And otherwhyle yet / thus may stande the case
A drynker good whiche hath a feruent thyrste
1335 And drynketh small and musty wynes fyrste
He thynketh them good ynough / his thyrst so grete
Is / and the dryenes of his mouthe and hete
But after he therof hath dronke his fyll
He fyndeth a cursed tarage and an yll tarage ='taste, flavour'; see OED s.v. tarage n1
1340 And yf that he sholde drawe agayne and taste
Yet though he myght / he nolde vnto it haste
But in defaute of better w[y]ne it were wyne] wene 1509
Ryght so knowe ye that this good-wyfe dooth here
The whiche her louer / alway hath at nede
1345 At her desyres / suche maters for to spede
And taketh a taste somtyme at request
Of her husbande / for lacke of her good gest
To passe the tyme and dryue the nyght a_waye
But otherwhyle / whan he hath luste to playe
1350 And she not so / she sayth lete me be styll
Abyde / and towardes mornynge do your wyll
Nay certes dame / so wyll I not sayth he
Wherfore I pray you / torne you vnto me
Nay loue she sayth / by god and by saynt Ma[ry]e Marye] Mayre 1509
1355 Ye shall do me grete pleasure for to tarye
Unto the morowe / and then he torneth awaye
And dare not touche her ne no mo wordes saye
So all the nyght / he lyeth styll in rest
And slepeth metely well at her request
1360 Then this good-wyfe / that on her loue dooth thynge
Not carynge whyder her husbande flete or synge The rhyme-words in this couplet, thynge (=think) and synge (=sink), are perhaps cast in this form for humorous effect; but see below, where thynge (=think) and drynke are made to rhyme.
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Entendeth for to se vpon the morne
Her owne loue / whome she hath longe forborne
Sayth to her-selfe / for she is not alone
1365 My husbande shall not yet touche my persone
Tomorowe / and therfore erly she arose
A[n]d lefte her husbande / routynge in the nose routynge ='snoring'; see OED s.v rout v1
And maketh suche a countenaunce as she
A houswyfe good / and houssholder sholde be
1370 And peraduenture the husbande is in bedde
Whyles that his wyfes m[a]ters is well spedde
By her good loue / and she hath her desyre
And he content is / with his wage and hyre
Thus all that day / she is so well apayde
1375 That neyther seruaunt nedeth she ne mayde
In euery place / so ordreth she the house
And skyppeth aboute / as q[u]yckely as a [m]ouse
She clappeth to the doores and the wykket
And is as mery as it were a crykket
1380 And somtyme it may fortune other-wyse
Whan that she wyll not frome her bedde a_ryse
But lyke a wanton or nycet play nycet ='a wanton girl'; see OED s.v. nysot n
Then wyll she playne / a lytell afore the day
And this good-man dooth aske her what she eyleth
1385 In trouthe she sayth / I thynke my herte me feyleth
Within my syde / I haue so grete a payne
And in my bely whiche do me sore constrayne
That it is meruayle / but as Cryst me saue
I deme syr that the same sykenes I haue
1390 The whiche wonte was afore-tyme me to take
And namely whan I ouermoche dyde wake
Torne you to me sayth he I you requyre
By god sayth she / I am as hote as fyre
For this nyght haue I had so sore a fytte
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1395 That lytell haue I slepte / or nothynge yet
Then this good-man her clepeth with his arme
And feleth well that she is very warme
He sayth then / trouth now saye ye certaynly
But she hath other maner malady
1400 Of feuers / than that she wyll tell or shewe
For peraduenture / this false wyle shrewe
Thought that she was with her loue in her dreme
Whiche made the swetynge frome her body streme
Then this good-man / her felynge in this hete
1405 Dooth couer her frome wynde / lest that the swete
Sholde inwarde passe / all sodaynly or drynke drynke ='be absorbed'? This sense is not recorded in OED s.v. drink v1.
Whiche were a peryllous thynge as he dooth thynge thynge: =think
To her sayth he / dame kepe you well and sure
Lye styll in bedde / whyle your swete dooth endure
1410 And I shall cause suche werkes to be doone
As nedefull is / and vp he ryseth soone
Perchaunce withouten fyre or candell-lyght
Some-what afore the day / within the nyght
And whan he so is vp all hastely
1415 He maketh a fyre for her / whiche easely
Lyeth in her bedde / and laugheth by her-selfe
That in the derke / he walketh lyke an elfe
An-other tyme / yf this good-man play wolde
With her / as I here-tofore haue tolde
1420 She well excuseth her / in suche a wyse
Full ofte / as ye haue herde me late deuyse
To scape away / euer wyll she fynde a mene
For she his dede / not prayseth worthe a bene
And yet hath he / gret besynes ywysse
1425 At many a tyme / her for to coll and kysse
But god wote how she is eased therfore
If she be suche one / as is sayd tofore
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Unto this man / the good-wyfe wyll say thus
I wolde that it myght please our lorde Ihesus
1430 Ye neuermore sholde doo / ne yet assay
Suche thynges as ye or this haue herde me say
Ye sholde forbere / and how what wolde [ye] not ye] yet 1509
Do it your-selfe sayth he / nay god it wot
Sayth she / for yf that ye suche thynge wolde spare
1435 Bothe ye and I sholde moche the better fare
If I had knowen this or ye dyde me wedde
I neuer wolde haue gone vnto mannes bedde
What saye ye dame / now speketh this good-man
For what encheson dyde ye mary than
1440 I note quod she / but whan I was a mayde note: =ne wote
So as my fader and my moder sayde
I dyde / and thought she spake suche wordes waste
Yet peraduenture afore she toke a taste
What thynge is this to say / the good-man sayth
1445 I founde you neuer afore this by my fayth
To say the trouthe in your entencyon
But alway fast in this opynyon
I wote not by my soule she sayth my loue
This knoweth well the myghty lorde aboue
1450 Ne were it not / for your pleasure alone
Now neuer wolde I do it by saynt Ihone
This man well eased is / as god it wolde
And to hym-selfe he sayth / my wyfe is colde
Wherof he maketh none accompte ne tale
1455 And peraduenture she is whyte or pale
Of nature feble / and complexcyon
But he hath her / in his subieccyon
And her he clepeth / and he kysseth so
That all his pleasure / hath he or she go
1460 And this good-wyfe / whiche for the tyme is there
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Thynketh on other thynges and elles-where
She wolde she were / and god wote heuely
Is she content / but well and womanly
She kepeth her [s]kyll / and dooth hym as moche good skyll] kyll 1509
1465 As cast a stone agaynst a pyece of wood
For helpe hym-selfe / can he not ne socoure
And she nothynge is gladde of his laboure
How-be-it other dyde ryght well afore
And she asyde turneth her chere therfore
1470 A lytell / for that tyme / so stant the cas
For this is not / the good wyne ypocras
Whiche she afore at other tymes had
This dooth her sore anoye / for it is bad
My loue she sayth / ye make me all a fole
1475 Better it were for you vpon a stole
To sytte / and of suche besynes you rest
This good-man whiche all taketh for the best
Kepeth hym as well / and derely as he may
That he of longe-tyme wyll by no way
1480 Do her dyspleasure / trespace or offence
The payne he dooth endure with pacyence
He doubteth [s]ore the good-wyfe to dysplease [s]ore: letter broken
And so he resteth / somwhat for his ease
For he beleueth well / that of the game
1485 Nothynge she wolde / in ony wyse attaine
So putteth he hym-selfe in suche dotage
That he supposeth well it were domage
To her complexyon she is so lowe
And symple eke suche wordes for to knowe
1490 Bycause percase / that lately of her hewe
She is dyscoloured in a maner newe
Wherfore the mater better he beleueth
And it may fortune after thus it preueth
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That this good-wyfe a goune or other thynge
1495 Of her husbande wolde haue to her lykynge
She knoweth well by his condycyon
Whan tyme is best to make a mocyon
Aduysynge in her mynde hym to begyle
To haue all her desyre / and on this wyle
1500 Remembreth she / that whan they and no mo
In chambre be / and it dooth fortune so
That they in pleasures and delytes be
And in her mynde / she dooth perceyue and se
That he with some-thynge wolde haue to do
1505 Then wyll she put her good-wyll ther-vnto
And to make hym suche dalyaunce and chere
That it is meruaylous to tell or here
For-why / a woman lerned in that arte
A thousande thynges newe vpon her parte
1510 Can do / to make good chere and dalyaunce
To whome she lust / suche is the guyse of fraunce
So in this dede the good-man is well eased
For he is not accustomed to be pleased
With so good maner chere / and contenaunce
1515 She clepeth hym with all the cyrcumstaunce
And on the vysage / kysseth she hym ofte
Where-as she lyketh / with her lyppes softe
Then this good-man in this maner dooth say
I deme ye wyll aske some-thynge by my fay
1520 Of me / and she sayth nay my frende as now
Nothynge but make good chere I craue of yow
For yf it pleased god / I wolde deuyse
To haue none other Ioye ne paradyse
Than euermore bytwene your armes twayne
1525 To be / wherby exyled were my payne
Truely my loue / and also god me saue
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None other blysse wolde I desyre to haue
For my mouthe touched not ne neuer shall
No mannes mouthe / but yours in specyall
1530 Sauynge your cosyns and myn / well may ye wyt.
And not but whan ye lyst to commaunde it
Syr I beleue so gracyous and swete
There is no man as ye / ne to me mete
My loue sayth he / yf it a squyre were
1535 I wolde beleue you for to be your fere
By god she sayth / whan ones I dyde you se By] By / 1509
Ferre of / the same syght so rauyshed me
And yet I dyde you but beholde a lyte
Than ye had all myn herte / loue and delyte
1540 I wolde haue had none other by my choys
Though it had ben the dolphyn of vyennoys
I thynke almyghty god / wyll it so be
That I shall lyue with you / and you with me
For-why / my fader and my moder bothe
1545 Dyspleased were with me / and wonder wrothe
Bycause to haue suche one I nolde accorde
But neuer wolde I by our blyssed lorde
Though that one wolde haue slayne me with a knyfe
Yet thought I euer for to be your wyfe
1550 And I ne knowe what thynge that this may be
Sauynge I thynke it is our destyne
Than dooth this man his pleasure as hym lyketh
And she is yelden therwithall and pyketh
A countenaunce and sayth / now wote ye what
1555 I wyll demaunde / my loue refuse not that
To promyse me I you beseche and pray
The good-man sayth / I wyll it not denay
Yf that it be suche thynge as I may do
Ryght well dysposed wyll I be therto
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1560 My loue she sayth / the wyfe of suche a man
A furred goune with myneuers had on
This other daye / and yf that I durst craue
I wolde praye you / that suche one I may haue
Syr by my soule / for pryde or for enuy
1565 I saye it not / ne for to be Ioly
But for-by_cause syr / that I thynke ye be
As able as her husbande to kepe me
And of more su[b]staunce / yf I sholde not lye substaunce] sustaunce 1509
To maynteyne me / bothe well and honestlye
1570 And she is not to make comparyson
That knowe ye well / as vnto my person
Ne syr yet to haue honoure / pray[s]e or laude prayse] praye 1509
I saye it not for gyle / deceyte / ne fraude
But for this woman hath so grete a pryde
1575 I wolde be gladde that she layde it asyde
And for none other thynge so haue I blys
Than this good-man / whiche perauenture is
A grete nygarde / thynketh in his entente
That she of gounes hath suffycyente
1580 And so a whyle he resteth in a thought
And sayth my loue yf that it be well sought
Haue ye not gounes ynowe you to suffyse
Of dyuers sortes furred in goodly wyse
Yes syr she sayth / for yf I but a goune
1585 Had and no mo / though it were a russet broune
I wolde not recke / and yet it were grete shame
Than sayth this man / now care ye not good dame
Now lete them speke / and talke ynough with sorowe
For we of them / nothynge do begge ne borowe
1590 By god ye saye the trouthe / but wyll ye here
I am not lyke vnto a chamberere
Of theyrs / and not so well cladde ne besene
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As is my syster / ne as other bene
And yet of yeres / more olde I am than she
1595 Whiche is a foule / and an euyll thynge to se
Then peraduenture / wyll this man consent
That shortely she shall haue all her entent
And what she wyll desyre in suche a rage
Whiche vnto hym / is nothynge but domage
1600 For whan that her demaunde / and her request
She hath / for to be fresshe than is she prest
To go where feestes / and these daunces be
Wherof no maner prouffyte geteth he
Peraduenture she shall her dresse and paynt
1605 And haue so lytell vertue and restraynt
That she in suche vnthryfty wyse shall preue
And neuer man suppose wolde ne beleue
And yf this gowne her please not / wyll ye knowe
She hath an-other loue / ye may well trowe
1610 Whiche peraduenture hath no ryches grete
And is a galaunt fresshe / and can not gete
More than to holde / and may[n]tene his degre mayntene] maytene 1509
And therfore soone / aduyse herselfe dooth she
Upon an-other galaunt / stoute and gay
1615 The whiche a dyamounde this other day
Whan that she was / at suche a maner feste
Unto her wolde haue gyuen as a geste geste: =jest, 'notable deed'? See OED s.v. jest n1
And sent vnto her / by her chamberere
Well twenty scutes / in his best manere
1620 Or thyrty / but so soone she ne them toke
How-be-it / she gaue a goodly loke
All-though she gretely / dyde refuse as than
Wherby suche comforte / toke this gentylman
That he spake to her chamberere agayne
1625 Whome he met goynge / towarde a fountayne
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Or elles-where / and to her thus he sayde
O Iane my veray loue / come hyder mayde
I haue to speke some thynges with you now
Well syr sayth she / whan that it pleaseth you
1630 Good Iane he sayth / ye knowe ryght well the loue
That I vnto your maystresse haue / aboue
All other creatures / now I you pray
Tell me yf ye haue herde her of me say
Ony wordes / syr by my fayth sayth she
1635 Nothynge certayne / but good and honeste
And she wolde you none euyll / hurte ne harme
With that he taketh her softely by the arme
Saynge good Iane my loue remembre me
That I to her may recommaunded be
1640 And in good faythe here a goune I you gyue
With all my herte / and seruyce whyle I lyue
Now certes sayth the chamberere agayne
That redy is to take the goune and fayne
Whiche he to her presenteth as I say
1645 Syr I wyll not receyue it by no way
By god sayth he fayre Iane / but yet ye shall
It is god wote / a symple gyfte at all
And then he sayth vnto the chamberere
I pray you that to_morowe I may here
1650 Some newes of you / and thus god be your guyde
Fare-well syth ye / no lenger may abyde
Than to her maystres streyght she gooth / and sayth
Folkes haue I founde / in good poynt by my fayth
What be they sayth her maystresse / tell me now
1655 The same it is / the whiche ryght well ye know
And he as yet / is in good cas and plyte
For he is taken / with the feuers whyte
In suche a wyse / that what is best to do
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He knoweth not / loue dooth constrayne hym so
1660 The wyfe sayth than / a goodly man he is
And gracyous / ye say full sothe ywys
The chamberere than sayth for in my dayes
Suche one I neuer knewe at all assayes
He is moost fayre full ryche / and well yshape
1665 Moost true of loue withouten deceyte or Iape
And he can do ynough / his loue to please
A lady myght / with hym be well at ease
O Iane she sayth / by god I can not haue
No suche thynges of myn husbande as I craue
1670 And yet yf he me hate / he playeth the fole
For we shall brynge hym / in-to an-other scole
By god my Iane / I haue so loued longe
This gentylman / though I haue kepte my tonge
That to none other / coude I gyue myn herte
1675 So am I take / that I can not asterte
And this grete foly is / by god aboue
For ony woman thus to sette her loue
On ony man / that in this worlde is here
And I shall tell you why / Iane wyll ye here
1680 For whan these men / on women lordes be
All sod[a]ynly in moost necessyte sodaynly] sodoynly 1509While sodoynly (=suddenly) is a possible form, the usual spelling in this text is sodaynly.

Causeles the[y] wyll forsake them and betraye they] theo 1509
And therof make / a tryfle or playe
Then cometh this galaunt or that other parte
1685 And to the chamberere he speketh a_parte
Saynge in this maner / with handes vp
Togyder Ioyned / close as ony cup
My fayre loue Iane / ryght humbly I you pray
Tha[t] ye wyll do / and helpe all that ye may Tha[t]: letter broken
1690 So that my werke ye well achyeue and spede
And I shall neuer fayle you at your nede
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So ye my maystresse / shall be euermo
Then answereth she / and sayth yf I myght so
Syr for your loue / I wolde speke what I myght
1695 B[u]t neuer medled I by day ne nyght
Of thynges suche / alas my loue sayth he
What shall I do / for goddes loue counceyle me
By god she sayth / best is for you to speke
Your-selfe / and vnto her your stomacke breke
1700 All well to poynte / the mater comen is
For of her husbande / hath she late or this
A goune desyred / onely but of clothe
Whiche he denayed her / and she is wrothe
I counceyle you / to_morowe that ye be
1705 Tymely at chyrche / where-as ye may her se
And whan it happeth you / with her to mete
So as it lyketh you / ye may her grete
There may ye shewe / your mater and entent
And suche as ye wyll / gyue to her present
1710 All-be-it so / that she it wyll not take
Yet more she wyll you prayse I vndertake
Your largesse and your bounte shall she se
Alas my loue / me leuer were that she
Take it that I wyll gyue her / than refuse
1715 Now syr sayth Iane / she wyll make her excuse
But I shall say you / what thynge ye shall do
After that ye / haue offred her vnto
That thynge the whiche / ye wolde her gyue in-dede
And she refuse it / than your cause to spedde
1720 Delyuer it to me / and at the lest
To cause her take it / I shall do my best
For I anone / can knowe her mynde and fele fele ='sense, understanding, knowledge'; see OED s.v. feel n, 2b
Now truely gentyll Iane / ye say ryght wele
Then gooth the chamberere / in Crystes name
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1725 And whan she cometh home / she sayth madame
A longe tyme it is / yf it you please
Or that some folke be brought to hertes-ease
And who is that good Iane / tell me anone
Ywys m[a]dame / ye knowe the same mon madame] medame 1509
1730 What do away / I pray you tell me how
It is fayre Iane / what tydynge with you now
Certes madame / he wyll not fayle to_morowe
In chyrche to speke with you / and all his sorowe
Unto you wyll he shewe / so as he can
1735 Ye may be sure / he is a gentylman
But well and wysely / gouerne you alway
And make it straunge / so as ye goodly may
Not ouer-moche of straungenes ne dysdayne
Use may ye not / but so betwene twayne
1740 Demeane yo[u] womanly / in hope that grace
Therof shall growe within a lytell space
Upon the morowe this wyfe gooth to kyrke
As whan a thynge shall be / nedes must it wyrke
So dooth this galaunt / whiche thre houres and more
1745 In good deuocyon god wote afore
Passeth the tyme / and draweth to a place
Where he the holy-water / in her face
May cast / and for to kepe all-thynge frome shame
He vnto other women dooth the same
1750 The whiche with her / be present than and there
And they thanken hym in theyr best maner
But this poore-man / wolde do them more seruyce
If he so myght / and dooth hym well aduyse
That this good-wyfe / styll resteth in her sete
1755 Lyuynge in hope / some grace of her to gete
And sayth his bedes demeanynge hym with-all
As swetely as an ymage in a wall
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And god wote / she is dressed proprely
After her power / whiche he well dooth espy
1760 Beholdynge how she kneleth in her pewe
So well apparayled / with so fresshe a hewe
And vnto her / anone he draweth nere
Where at theyr leyser / they do speke in fere
But nothynge wyll she say / but herkeneth styll
1765 Unto the tyme / that he hath spoken his wyll
Ne nothynge of hym / then wyll she receyue
But so she answereth hym / that he perceyue
May well / that she hym loueth peramoure peramoure: =paramour, 'amorously'
And that she dredeth not / but dyshonoure
1770 Wherof he is well eased / and ago ago ='departed'; see OED s.v. ago v, 3
Frome her / and frome the chamberere also
And so he walketh forthe his stacyon
Then entren they in-to collacyon
That is to wete / the maystresse and her mayde
1775 Remembrynge well / suche wordes as were sayd
And shortely / so conclude vpon theyr dede
How that theyr werke / they may perfourme and spede
And then the chamberere sayth secretely
Madame I knowe well / he hath grete enuy
1780 To speke to me but I wyll to hym say
That ye nothynge for hym / by ony way
Wyll do / and therfore wrothe I wyll me make
For pure pyte / the whiche I on hym take
And I shall to hym say / our syre is out
1785 So he at nyght may come withouten doute
Into your chambre secretely I trowe
I shall hym let / as though ye dyde not knowe
And I shall shewe as I were wrothe / wherfore
He shall you pray / well better and th[e] more th[e]: letter illegible
1790 And syth he afterwarde / shall lenger tary
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The same thynge I wyll do brynge and cary
Whiche he wolde gyue you / for I knowe that he
To_morowe wyll delyuer it to me
And I to hym shall say / so god me saue
1795 That ye it neyther / wyll receyue ne haue
And whan it happeth shall / that after soone
The proces and the actes be well doone
Wherfore the goune / he gyueth you in rewarde
The whiche afore he put in-to my warde
1800 Then ye therfore / shall chyde me fast and blame
Afore hym / saynge / damoysell fye for shame
Wherfore dyde ye / this thynge with you retayne
Why wolde not ye delyuer it agayne
But how-someuer it come to passe / knowe ye
1805 That I shall put all-thynge in certaynte
For some there be that haue ryght many a wyle
Wherby innumerable they begyle
Of women good / and neuer can be styll
Now Iane / frome this daye forwarde do your wyll
1810 Forthe gooth this galaunt than / and so dooth mete
The chamberere / somdele without the strete
And asketh her / what newes she hath brought
Of her maystresse / by god sayth she ryght nought
I haue her founde / so daungerous and straunge
1815 That sore I drede shame wyll make her to chaunge
But for-because I medled haue so ferre
Thynkynge no tyme is / lenger to deferre
This mater / I shall say you what is best
That ye may do / to brynge your mynde in rest
1820 Thyder shall ye go this nyght to werke and spede
Your maters / and yet haue I so grete drede
That she wyll to her hus[b]ande me accuse husbande] husande 1509
Or to her frendes / but I thynke and muse
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That yf she wyll receyue / suche thynges as ye
1825 To her wolde gyue / your dede soone spedde shall be
And yet by god / I shall proue and assay
To cause her take it shortely yf I may
For well it is / at poynt to brynge aboute
The mater / for her husbande ryden out
1830 Is now / and hath denyed her vtterly
A goune / wherof she hath so grete enuy
That it is meruayle / and this galaunt tho
Twenty scutes / or thyrty / elles mo
Delyuereth vnto her / and Iane sayth than
1835 By god ye be an honourable man
But well ye se / how I aduyse me
And yet I drede that troubled shall I be
For neuer dyde I thus / for man or now
As I for you haue done / I make auowe
1840 And wyll ye knowe / how grete daungere that I
Haue put me in / and I shall tell you why
For yf so be / that knowen were one worde
That ony-thynge I sholde do by our lorde
Herin / I sholde haue euer suche a blame
1845 That euer after / myght I loke for shame euer] neuer 1509
But for-bycause I truste you perfytely
I shall me put / in this grete Ieoperdy
Knowynge that she / you loueth well at all
And that our syre is out / wherfore ye shall
1850 This same nyght / come fayre and honestly
Unto her chambre / and I secretely
Wyll let you in / for neyther barre ne locke
Shall cause you eyther / for to call or knocke
And thus at .xii. houres within the nyght
1855 Ye must walke in the derke withouten lyght
For that tyme sadly / dooth she slepe alway
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And there is but a lytell chylde in fay
To her in bedde than shall ye go and lye
For I can se / none other remedy
1860 And peraduenture your dede shall be good
Now whan a man / all naked is by the rode
In bedde with her / that naked is and bare
A full grete thynge it is and she vnware
And whan she seeth none other choys ne rede
1865 As styll she lyeth then / as she were dede
So sore she dredeth shame and vylany
That in the derke she may not se to crye
For though she answere straungely on the day
At suche a sodayne countre she ne may countre ='encounter'; see OED s.v. counter n1
1870 O Iane my loue / this gentyll galaunt sayth
I neuer shall haue peny by my fayth
But ye therof that one halfe and well more
Shall haue alway / so wele ye do therfore
Whan nyght shall come the galaunt gothe a_pace
1875 As Iane hym hath / aduysed to the place place] pleace 1509
And she vnto her maystresse secretely
Hath shewed all the processe manerly
And whan this galaunt comen is and crepte
In-to the bedde / she letteth as she slepte letteth ='waits, holds back'? See OED s.v. let v2, 2
1880 This galaunt there / her shortely doth embras
Then starteth she and sayth / who is there alas
My loue sayth he / no more for it is I
A by the sacrament of god I crye
She sayth it shall not come to passe yet so
1885 And thynketh for to call / on Iane whiche tho
No worde to her agayne answerde or sayd
Ha now I se it wele / I am betrayed
Myn auctor sayth / the[y] fyght togyder bothe they] the 1509
In dyuers wyse / and she is passynge wrothe
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1890 And fast she panteth / bothe for fere and yre
Wh[ic]he is as angrye / as the brennynge fyre Whiche] Whcihe 1509
And sore abasshed of this rekenynge
Ye may well knowe / it is a pyteous thynge
A woman onely whan she lacketh helpe
1895 No more of strength is then a lytell whelpe
But yf it had not ben for drede of shame
More hyghe she wold haue cryed in goddes name
Then she dyde than but all was for the best
That she to saue her honoure so dyde rest
1900 Was neuer fythyll / shalmeulx / pype ne rote fythyll: =fiddle; shalmeulx: =shawm
That better dyde accorde in euery note
Of musyk / or in gemetrye then they gemetrye: =geometry
Whiche enterpryse / gode tyme agayne to play
Thus for the husbande that tyme beynge o[u]te
1905 Ryght well to poynt the werke they brynge aboute
Now hath this wyfe the gowne that was denayed
By her good-man / and she is wele apayed
And for-bycause he nolde it to her gyue
It shall cost hym full dere yf she may lyue
1910 All-be-it so that he in tymes afore
Wele more then it was w[or]the hath payed therfore worthe] wrothe 1509
And this good-wyfe / all thynges to excuse
And bycause no wyght herof sholde muse
Her moder wyll she cause with dylygence
1915 This goune to gyue her in his presence
All [d]oubtes to auoyde that he may haue doubtes] boubtes 1509
Thus honestly she can her worshyp saue
And she her moder maketh to byleue
That this clothe she hath bought as she can preu[e] preu[e]: letter illegible
1920 Of those lytell thynges whiche she solde
Wherof her husbande yet she neuer tolde
So he therof dothe vnderstonde no dele
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Or parauenture he may knowe it wele
And so it happeth ofte with her and mo
1925 After this goune another cometh also
That is to wyte / a newe thynge must be had
For her that she / may honestly be clad
Also of gyrdels harneysed two or thre
Of syluer-gylte / elles angry wyll she be
1930 Or other thynges / wherof her husbande than
Wyll be as sore dyspleased as he can
The whiche is veray melancolyous
Or lyke to Naball auarycyous
As I haue sayd afore / and he dothe doubte
1935 Or narowly he pryeth [a]nd loketh oute
So that he wele perceyue[d] hathe some-thynge perceyued] perceyue 1509
Wherin he toke no pleasure nor lykynge
Or vnto hym it hathe be tolde or shewed
O[f] her good loue / this galaunt all beshrewed Of] Or 1509
1940 By some fast frende of his this hath he knowen
For at longe rennynge out it shall be blowen
Then entreteth he in rage of Ialousy
And putteth hym in-to an agony
Anone he maketh semblaunt to go oute
1945 And cometh at nyght / starynge all aboute
Full sodaynly supposynge in his mynde
Oute of araye some folkes to fynde
The whiche is not so easely to be done
Then hydeth he hym in his chambre sone
1950 And by auenture / some-thynge dothe espye
Wherfore he chydeth and she can wele replye
She feleth that she wylye is and sage
And that she comen is of good lygnage
This sely man remembreth hym agayne
1955 Of his frendes how they haue spoken playne
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So they in ryot and grete debate
And sorowe and care / shall rest vpon his pate
For Ioyes shall he neuer haue in-dede
Fro that tyme forth / but euer gnawe and fede
1960 On heuynesse / and euer amonge alye alye] a lye 1509alye: =ally, 'kin, relatives'

Shall cast be in the vysage prately cast: ='set'(?), although OED s.vv. cast v, cast ppl. adj. do not record this sense; prately: =prettily, 'considerably; see OED s.v. prettily adv., 3
His cheuysaunce / shall lessen sodaynly
Also his pore body shall be drye
So shall he cesse of werkes and besynesse
1965 And neuer lyue in wele nor lustynesse
Thus closed in the lepe / abyde shall he
These paynes takynge for prosperyte
For yf that he this lepe were not within
Yet neuer wolde he / tary rest ne blynne
1970 Unto the tyme that he therto myght crepe
And put hym-selfe in-to the same more depe
Thus he ne wolde that otherwyse he were
Ryght so this poore-man / as ye may here
Shall euer languysshe in captyuyte
1975 And depe within the lepe shall barred be
So wretche[d]ly his dayes shall he ende wretchedly] wretchely 1509
Fro suche auenture god vs all defende

¶Here endeth the fyfth Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynneth the syxte Ioye of maryage.
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THe syxte Ioye of maryage it is so
That he whiche was wedded longe ago
1980 Endured hath the trauayles / and the payne
As I afore haue sayd / all or certayne
Of them / and hath a wyfe especyall
Dyuers of her condycyons at all
A veray subtyll fal[s]e and wyle shrewe false] falfe 1509
1985 She is / as I here-after shall you shewe
Cautelous wylfull / and eke malycyous Cautelous ='deceitful, wily'
Frowarde / wanton / nyce and dysdaynous
And her husbande a good man is and playne
The whiche her loueth well / and she agayne
1990 Loueth hym I trowe / wherfore alway he
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So as he may by possybylyte
Dothe vnto her / all pleasures that he can
For she of body is a good woman
How-be-it holly her entencyon
1995 Is sette so fast and her oppynyon
That euer by some crafte or subtyllyte
Fayle wyll she not to haue the soueraynte
And of her husbande werkes wyll she knowe
Wheder he of his degree be hyghe or lowe
2000 So wyll she medle ofte answere and speke
Yf myster be / and many maters breke
Suche is of her the dysposycyon
And after nature the condycyon
Of all wyues / what husbandes so they haue
2005 Or at leest / the maystrye wyll they craue
For tho this wyfe be wele and wante ryȜt nought
Yet euer wyll she set her mynde and thought
To brynge her husbande / into wo and care
And make hym thynke and muse / euyll fare
2010 And otherwhyles it may fortune so
That he and she in chambre and no mo
Be all the nyght and som-what of the daye
In theyr delytes Ioye dysporte and playe
And they togyder kysse and make good che[re] che[re]: letters illegible
2015 But he aryseth fyrst that theyr dynere
May redy be / and also he must thynke
O[n] other thynges mo then mete and drynke On] Oo 1509
The hous aboute and whan tyme is to dyne
He calleth her but she wyll not enclyne
2020 Unto his speche but sendeth downe anone
Her lytell chylde or of her seruauntes one
Whiche vnto hym then shall these wordes saye
Syr in good fayth she wyl not dyne to_daye
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Wele sayth the good-man / go agayne in hast
2025 And byd her come anone to this repast
Then gothe the seruaunt or the chylde and sayth
My mayster byddeth you come now by my fayth
To dyner sone for he wyll nothynge eate
Tyll ye be come and set with hym at mete
2030 Go say to hym I wyll not dyne sayth she
Upon whiche answere streyght to her gothe he
And sayth to her what ayleth you my dere
She speketh not / wherfore he draweth nere
And sayth what chere my loue and is dysmayde
2035 How-be-it he hath sene suche pagentes playde
Afore that tyme / but for request ne worde
That can be sayd she nyll go to the borde
But playe ryght so / and perchaunce in no wyse
Wyll dyne that day for thynge he can deuyse
2040 Another tyme / vnder her arme a_syde
He ledeth her as thoughe she were a bryde
And they to dyner go / but colde is all
The vytaylles on the table grete and small
For so longe hath she [c]aused them to tarye caused] saused 1509
2045 Thus often-tymes wyll she do contra[ry]e contrarye] contrayre 1509
To reason / and suche countenaunce and chere
With maners wyll she make at her dynere
That no-thynge wyll she ete / ne bytte
For whiche so dull and mate he is of wytte
2050 And lyke a mased beest for wele the more
He loueth her / and hath her dere therfore
For suche melancolyes she dothe hym gyue
In thought and heuynesse to cause hym lyue
Wherin ryght wele she dothe and cunnyngly
2055 Syth he wyll suffre it so curteysly
For-why a woman for to gete the grace
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Of hym whome she hath bounden in her lace
Hath not to do / syth that he loueth her wele
With herte / body / mynde and euery-dele
2060 And dooth her all the pleasures that he may
Her nedeth not / with suche one for to play
But she must set her thought holy to gete
The loue of hy[m] / the whiche her doo[t]h foryete doo[t]h: letter broken; foryete: =forget
And by her setteth / none accompte ne tale
2065 She sholde assay to make suche one auale
Unto her hande by chere and countenaunce
By pleasaunt speche / with all the cyrcumstaunce
A fayre dede / she thynketh to haue wrought
Whan she her husbande / in-to care hath brought
2070 It happeth otherwhyle this man gooth out
Her werkes / and his besynes about
And whan he homewarde dooth retorne agayne
With hym he bryngeth of his frendes twayne
In-to his hous / bycause he hath to do
2075 With them / or elles ryght well it may be so
That they of hym haue perfyte cognysaunce
Or elles they be of his acquayntaunce
Whan he without is / as is sayd before
His yoman or his page / he sendeth afore
2080 Unto his wyfe / and prayeth her hertely
For to make redy / well and honestly
The houses all about / and other thynge houses= 'sets of rooms (occupied by one tenant or family)'? See OED s.v. house n1, 1b
For suche frendes as he wolde with hym brynge
Bycause to them / he gretely is beholde
2085 Also he prayeth her hastely that she wolde
Ordayne vytayles to make them well at ease
For what he can / he wyll do them to please
And he with them percase hath for to do
Now gooth this messenger his wyfe vnto
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2090 And salueth her and sayth / madame truely salueth ='salutes'; see OED s.v. salue v
My mayster cometh / and in his company
Two of his frendes / men of good estate
For to be lodged here this nyght algate
Wherfore he prayeth you ryght specyally
2095 To se the souper dyght be / and redy
And she dooth answere saynge / what haue I
And do with feestes / or of his company with] with / 1509
Why cometh he not hym-selfe to se it dyght
I wote not sayeth the seruau[n]te by thys lyght
2100 But thus to say / he hath commaunded me
Tho[u] arte accursed knaue by god / sayth she
This felawe than holdeth his peas anone
And she in-to a chambre is agone
Suche one she is / whiche dooth none otherwyse
2105 And wors is / she hath a praty guyse
For all the seruauntes here and there about
Bothe one and other / shortely she sendeth out she] she / 1509
And ouer this / yf chamberere there be
Or of her doughters / one / or two / or thre
2110 The whiche at home abyde / be taught how they
Unto the good-man of the house shall say
Whan he cometh home / and now he comen is
And calleth vpon a doughter fyrst of his
Or elles a chamberere / and sayth is all
2115 Thynges redy made / the whiche we nede shall
In fayth she sayth / my maystresse is full seke
Your seruauntes and your meyny be to seke
And certaynly as yet / nothynge is done
Wherwith the good-man waxeth angry soone
2120 How-be-it / bothe his frendes forth-withall
He bryngeth them curteysly in-to the hall
Or in-to other places elles-where
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As they be of estate / and fyndeth there
Nothynge redy for to make them gladde Nothynge] Nothynges 1509
2125 It is no nede to aske / yf he be sadde
For perauenture his frendes whiche he brought
Perceyue ryght wele enpryntynge in theyr thought
That where he sente his seruaunt or his page
Afore vnto his wyfe on his massage massage: =message
2130 They myght wele thynke that his commaundement
Was not so sure as acte of parl[ya]ment parlyament] parlayment 1509
This good-man then dothe call his folkes on hye
But none of them he fynde can nor espye
Excepte a pore knaue or elles a mayde
2135 That nought can do / and then he in a brayde
Gothe to his wyues chambre sodaynly
And [to her] speketh hygh and hastely to her] her to 1509
Wherfore haue ye not done I you demaunde
As by my messagere I dyde comaunde
2140 A syr she sayth so many thynges ye
Commaunde / that by the holy trynyte
One shall not vnderstande ne knowe wele how
What for to do / o saynt Mary now
Then sayth this man / clawynge fast his hede
2145 Now of this worlde / the moost vngodely dede
And euyll haue ye done and vncurteysly
Se here the folkes / that I moost specyally
Am bounde vnto / how may I do therto
Sayth she / what wolde ye syr that I sholde do
2150 Now with your cosyns moche to do haue we
It sheweth wele an vnwyse man be ye
Do as ye wyll after your guyse for I
Care not therof a rysshe / nor yet a fly
Fayre dame sayth he I you demaunde wherfore
2155 Ye haue sente out / your seruauntes here-tofore
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Knewe I quod she / that ye suche besynesse
Had [t]ake[n] on hande / how-be-it neuerthelesse taken] dakeu 1509
She sente them forthe / in dyspyte wyttyngly
Of this good-man / afore all by and by
2160 Then he the whiche wyll suffre and obeye
Unto her faute / dothe no mo wordes saye
But fro her gothe with care and heuy chere
For parauenture suche his gestes were
That he had leuer / an hondreth scutes and more
2165 Haue spente but she / nothynge dothe care therfore
She hath hym sene and knoweth he wyll not byte
And that afore he was not wonte to smyte
Shortly to speke he torneth hym aboute
And of his folkes gadreth in a route
2170 Suche as he fyndeth and dothe the best he can
Towelles of werke he demaundeth than Towelles of werke ='ornamented table-napkins'; see OED s.vv. towel n, 1a, work n, 15
Fayre / fyne / whyte and other naperye-ware
Of dyapre and byddeth that they none spare dyapre: =diaper, 'the name of a textile fabric'; see OED s.v. diaper n, 1
And table-clothes or they to souper go
2175 But of the good-wyfe / he is answerde so
Towaylles she sayth ryght good and fyne there be Towaylles: =towels
And for moche better men / in theyr degre
Then be these folkes / and of as good a place
They gete none other as euer haue I grace
2180 These other clothes in vessels ben to stepe
As wasshynge-tubbes / layed in the water depe
How-be-it for the towaylles I say not this
For erly haue I lost the kayes ywys
Of the dores / se how the chamberere
2185 Dothe seke them besyly bothe here and there
And of the bedde she torneth to and fro
The strawe / also the good-wyfe thus sayth tho
I wote not what I haue done of late so bad
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My wytte and eke my heed is made so madde
2190 With besynes / and mased is my brayne
That where for to renne / I ne wote certayne
Truely sayth he /I am begyled wele
The coffres shall I breke now euery-dele
A fayre thynge do ye than / the good-wyfe sayth
2195 And I shall tary with you by my fayth
I wolde ye had them all in pyeces broken
So that they neuer sholde be shytte ne loken
Suche thynge somtyme a man may do in haste
That afterwarde he shall repent the waste
2200 Than how to do / he knoweth not what is best
But for all this / he is in peas and rest
Supposynge that she sheweth hym the trouthe
And forth-with-all / without ony slouthe
Unto the table go they for to suppe
2205 Of fresshe pypes / then to fyll the cuppe pypes ='wine-casks'; see OED s.v. pipe n2, 2
Grete nede it were for wyne wherof they spende
Gooth lowe / and draweth fast vnto an ende
And it as now / is neyther good ne able
Well for to serue these gentylmen at table
2210 And though that he byd one for to go
He geteth none / bycause she wyll not so
And as for these fruyte or other thynge
At his commaundement / or elles byddynge
None can be had / for yf he wyll them haue
2215 Unto his neyghboure he must sende his knaue
Afore the table his page and theyrs stande
And them amonge they compte and vnderstande
Seynge the wyues cursed loke and chere
They say by_cause our maysters comen ben here
2220 The wyfe is wrothe but after souper then
Tyme dooth approche that these good gentylmen
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Shall go to bedde / and this man dothe entrete
His wyfe for shetes whyte / but he can gete
None good ne fyne / bycause erly that day
2225 Afore the good-wyfe lost hath euery kay
Hedshetes wolde he haue / and pylowes whyte
And she them kepeth frome his ghestes quyte ghestes: =guests
In comen shetes so all that nyght they ly
But erly in the mornynge hastely
2230 These frendes aryse / and homwarde them auaunce
Whiche haue wele knowen the wyues countenaunce
Theyr pages by the waye haue comynynge
Wherof the mannes page made rekenynge
To them afore and laughen by the way
2235 Nothynge content the whiche togyder say
They wyll not theder come agayne of longe
Suche comenynge these pages haue amonge
Better had ben this good-man to haue lost
Moche of his good then to haue ben theyr host
2240 And so to brynge them theder to his shame
Wherof the wyfe all holly was to blame
The same morowe / I meruayle moche sayth he
Unto his wyfe / o benedycyte
Of your maners / for-why I knowe not how
2245 I shall demeane or gouerne me with yow demeane ='conduct (myself)'; see OED s.v. demean v1, 1
A[u]e maria / with me is moche to do
She sayth. I nourysshe chekyns duckes pygges also
And euermore I laboure and I spynne
And do all that I may some-thynge to wynne
2250 Yet can I not one houre haue on the day
Of rest ne ease / and ye trauayle alway
Aboute nothynge / but euer wast and spende
And of our goodes destroye and make an ende
Upon suche men with whiche I nothynge haue
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2255 To do / thus ye wyll neyther gete ne saue
With them sayth he / yes these good men be they
That bothe vs helpe / anoye or hyndre may
Then sadly he remembreth in his mynde
How that his wyfe so gentyll is and kynde
2260 That whan a galaunt cometh he dothe thynke
Anone she wyll cause hym to ete and drynke
And vpon hym no good thynge shall be spared
Wherfore to her hath [he] sayd and declared he] 1509 omits
That he wyll not this galaunt come more there
2265 And thervppon he byddeth her forbere
To drawe hym to her hous / for he nothynge
There hath to do / and she sayth I shall brynge
Hym whan me lust and cause him to come ynne
Wherwith gret noyse bytwene them doth begynne
2270 The good-man angrye then these wordes sayth
Wherin he sheweth wele the fole he playeth
Now by the sacrament of god yf I
After this tyme can fynde or elles espye
He with you speke / I shall make you more wrothe
2275 Then euer ye were / all be you leue or lothe
Now by my fayth she sayth nothynge I recke
All-thoughe he were hye hanged by the necke
B[u]t now I se ryght wele / it is full sothe
A good woman the whiche no synnes dothe
2280 Shall haue as moche reproue / and more dyffame
Then she that whiche dothe wyckednes attayne
She sayth yf that I suche a woman were
Whiche dyde her gouerne euyll in manere
I had no nede then for to be dysmayde
2285 For moche better she had done she sayde
Then I now do / and thus he and the wyue
Togyder make a noyse / and so they stryue
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This in auenture / by the malyce grete This: =thus
Of hym or her / in suche a fume and hete
2290 They fall / that they wyll not togyder ly
Of longe-tymes in this melancoly
And that it is / that she desyreth sore sore] sores 1509
For this squyer / of whome he spake afore
Shall perauenture come within the nyght
2295 In at the backe dore out of his syght
Or elles clyme in at a wyndowe hye
And to the wyues bed go secretely
Not for to synne / ne do her hurte ne harme
But in her good-mannes stede to kepe her warme
2300 For of her bodye she was good and trewe
As it is sayd afore / or elles of_newe
Myn auctor varyeth somwhat in his tale
And taketh a k[u]kko for the nyghtyngale
After all this the thynge is well appeased
2305 And for-bycause the good-wyfe shall be pleased
This good-man dothe begynne her for to flatre
And she can suffre hym to speke and clatre
For euer wolde a woman flatred be
And lyghtly / troweth it in certaynte
2310 Yf it in praysynge be of her godenesse godenesse: =goodness
Of beaute bounte / or of gentylnesse or of] or of / 1509
Thus passeth he the tyme tyll at the laste
His wyfe he fyndeth somtyme spekynge faste
Unto this forsayd squyre in his place
2315 Or in the chyrche / or elles-where as she was
At suche a feest and in-to Ialousye
He entreth in his mynde / more feruentlye
Then euer a_dayes afore he dyde
By meane wherof so now it is betyde
2320 Of worldly Ioye he dothe hymselfe defayte defayte ='deprive'; see OED s.v. defeat v, 7b
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And entreth in-to thought and awayte thought] the thought 1509
He lyeth and requereth subtylly requereth ='seeks'? See OED s.v. require v, 9
Her to espye or take with some foly
Wherin he playeth the very fole alwaye
2325 Bycause the noble herte of man ne maye
Ne ought of womens werkes to enquere
For yf he sholde / the faute knowe and here
Ones of his wyfe / he myght fall in suche plyte
That medecyne neuer sholde hym hele ne quyte
2330 And then his shame / he sercheth in his mynde
Enquerynge fast and he the same doth fynde
Good reason is that he endure therby
The shame whiche he afore sought besyly
As in this case I counte hym cast-away
2335 And lost / for on his body and goodes alway
Grete peryll renneth and aege cometh hym vpon
So is he folysshe lyke a beestly man
In euery-thynge by reason of the play
And he within the lepe I dare well say
2340 Yclosed is / in sorowe and heuynesse
Whiche he doth take / for Ioye and gladnesse
Seynge that he / ne wolde but it were so
Thus shall he dwell in paynes euermo
And so shall ende his dayes wretchydly
2345 Syth he wyll fynde / none other remedy

¶Here endeth the .vi. Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynneth the .vii. Ioye of maryage
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THe .vii. Ioye of maryage to knowe
Is as I fynde it wryten on the rowe
Whan that somtyme / the man whiche maryed is
Hathe founde a wyfe / as I haue sayd or this
2350 Whiche is a felowe good / at euery season
And neuer wyll refuse nor forsake reason
Whan it is profered her / but knowe ye may
Thoughe she be good / as ye haue herde me say
And of her body chast or otherwyse
2355 Yet euer hathe she suche maner guyse
The whiche a rule is named generall
In maryage and vsed ouerall
For euery wyfe byleueth verayly
And holdeth this oppynyon stedfastly
2360 That her husbande the weykest creature
And moost wretche is and leest werke may endure. werke ='trouble, affliction'
As in regarde / vnto the secrete crafte
Of all other whiche in the worlde be lafte lafte: =left
And so it happeth ofte / and hathe ben sene
2365 That whan a yonge lusty man and grene
Dothe marye hym vnto a good true mayde
And they theyr pleasures take and be apayde
In suche a wyse that maruayle is to here
And take all that he may within a yere
2370 Of theyr dysporte / or elles in two or thre
Or mo in dyuers wyse so may it be
Wherby theyr youthe is greatly waxen colde
But yet the good-wyfe by an hundreth-folde
Her wasteth not so moche / as dothe the man
2375 In no maner for she so wysely can
Her body kepe / fro besynesse and payne
With laboure wyll she not herselfe constrayne
Nor yet with pensyfnesse to saye the sothe
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With care ne sorowe / so as the good-man dothe
2380 And though they dyde but play / and make solace
Yet wolde she not waste in so shorte a space
As her good-man dothe in this secrete playe
Wherwith then he / she bettre may awaye
But trouthe it is / whan women chyldre bere
2385 And they be grete / lyuynge in drede and fere
Whan they drawe nere theyr tyme of chyldes-byrthe
They suffre peynes grete withouten myrthe
Myn auctor sayth that it is to accounte
To mannes peyne / the whiche all dothe surmounte
2390 He sayth the husbande[s] peynes be wele more husbandes] husbande 1509
The whiche must thynke / and care all thynges fore
Aboute his housholde / as he hathe to do
He suffreth anger trouble peyne and wo
But of the sorowe / and the anguysshe grete
2395 Of chyldes-byrthe / all dothe he clene forgete
How-be-it many wordes dooth he speke
Whiche in his brest he myght well shyt and steke
For I wyll not those wordes put in ryme
But holde my tongue / and speke whan it is tyme
2400 He sayth these husbandes besy be to gete
But wyues do no good / but drynke and ete
And after this it falleth saunce-fayle
That for suche thoughtes / labours and trauayle
The husbande gretely wasted is and spent
2405 Wherfore his mynde he setteth and entent
Some elles-where / applyenge not the game
More then of custome / for to please our dame
And also yf he wolde the fayte assay fayte: =feat
For lacke of power / perchaunce he ne may
2410 Perfourme his appetyte / desyre and wyll
Wherfore as in that cace / he holdeth hym styll
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But this good-wyfe / yet leueth not the crafte
Her luste / ne courage be not her byrafte
As hotte she is as euer she was before
2415 And so it is that he may do no more
Thenne for-be_cause / her lyueree / and her fee
Of her delytes dayly mynysshed be
Whiche she was wont to haue of her good-mon
In noyse ryot bothe they falle anone
2420 Lyke as her leuere / mynyssheth lyte and lyte leuere: = livery, 'provision, allowance'
They so begynne to gren as they wolde byte
And though this lyuere / wyll her not suffyce
Yet euyll dothe she not / for she is wyse
But she ne leueth of deme / that he
2425 In power is / moche wors thenne other be
And she the more bel[e]ueth it by reason beleueth] belueth 1509
Because afore she neuer in her season
Non other man / but hym onely assayed
Of whome she neyther was content ne payed
2430 And he to her was in_suffycyente
Without her lyuere ofte she came and wente
And yet by reason / and the ordynaunce
of holy chirche / it is a suffysaunce
One man vnto one woman to be knyt
2435 But other-whyle / the wyfe wyll Ieoparde it
For to assaye of other / two or thre
Yf they so symple as her husbande be symple ='weak, feeble'; see OED s.v. simple adj., 7a
And thenne she whiche / that crafte so dare assaye
Parauenture beleueth it alwaye
2440 More certaynly thenne she hathe done afore
And suche a felawe taketh she therfore
That of the crafte / the whiche she dothe begynne
But yf it be for drede / she may not blynne
Or elles / with plente / she be satysfyed
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2445 She wyll not be content / ne pacyfyed
For whan this felawe cometh happyly
He is enfamyned wherfore meruaylously enfamyned: =enfamined, 'starved of sex'? Such a sense is not recorded in OED s.v. enfamine.
Dothe he / and she her husbande thynketh on
Reputynge hym / a veray semple mon
2450 And of ryght lytell power she byleueth
The better for so surely she it preueth The phrase 'better for' is probably an anticipatory error (see line 2453).
For suche thynges as somtyme cometh by stelthe
Is better for a sykely wyues helthe
Then suche as she at home hathe but a lyte
2455 Hauynge therto no lust nor appetyte
And thus she is in fast byleue and sure
Experyence alwaye dothe her assure
And sometyme so fortuneth it that she
Another gossyp / whiche hathe maryed be
2460 And knoweth reason / whan it is to her shewed
Good in her maners beynge and wele thewed
The whiche byleueth eke that her husbande
As dothe that other / for she can vnderstande
And parauenture she hathe taken assaye
2465 Of other mo as ye haue herde me saye
Wherof wele gretter is the werke and dede
Then of the good-man hauynge lytell mede
Whiche gyueth not hym-selfe to so grete payne
For-why he knoweth wele / that for certayne
2470 Nyghe hym alwaye good plente shall he fynde
But knowe ye wele / that many me[n] by kynde
Use contrary to this that women do
For surely they byleuen euermo
What maner women so they haue and wedde
2475 They be moost wyse / and best for them in bedde
Of all other / but this rule otherwhyle
Do fayle / and that is by deceyte and gyle
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Amonge rybauldes lyuynge in despeyre
To whome no wytte ne reason dothe repayre
2480 Ofte it is sene / that maryed men wyll prayse
The maners of theyr wyues and vpreyse
And euery vertue whiche they in them fynde vertue] verture 1509
They shewe supposynge / surely in theyr mynde
That better women / be there none then they
2485 Ne lyke to them none can be founde they saye
In goodnesse ferre all other they excede
Suche appetyte to them haue they at nede
Thus dothe myn auctor speke of wedded men
And forth-withall thus he declereth then
2490 Saynge / that gladly ofte it hathe ben sene
Than whan a woman / hathe a wydowe bene
Then shortely to another wyll she marye
And otherwhyles she nyll abyde ne tarye
A moneth but she wyll her wedde agayne
2495 For to assaye and proue in certayne
Yf that another of his power be
So symple in his werkes as was he
The whiche out of this worlde of late is past
And thus in wedlocke she is bounden fast
2500 Wherin she kepeth neyther trouthe ne fayth
But wasteth folyly myn auctor sayth
Loseth and gyueth moche goodes awaye
For whiche her husbande many a wery daye
Hath had in l[a]boure / or that they haue ben goten laboure] loboure 1509
2505 After his degree / but all hathe she forgoten
By many maner wayes dothe she spende
As well vpon her lemman / or her frende
As olde baudes / and on her confessour
A frere-prechour / or elles a lymatour
2510 Whiche yerely hathe of her a pensyon
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For she of hym hathe absolucyon
Suche folkes haue grete power of the pope
For to absoyle / enserche / and for to grope grope ='make examination of, probe (the conscience, etc.)'; see OED s.v. grope v, 4c
The conscyence of wydowes and of wyues
2515 And them to teche how they shall lede theyr lyues
This man her husbande on the other syde
As warely / as he can dothe hym gyde
Withouten grete expence or elles coste
And casteth accompte / what he hath wonne or loste
2520 Of marchaundyses / after suche degree
As he is of / and shortly fyndeth he
That in his godes he gothe faste abakke
And knoweth well ynough there is grete lakke
Thenne he to syghe / and sorowe dothe begynne
2525 And whan that he / his compter is withynne compter ='counting-house'? See OED s.v. counter n3, 5
Unto his wyfe / the whiche he loueth more
Thenne that he dothe hym-selfe he speketh therfore
And thus he sayth myn owne loue verayment
I knowe not how our goodes be waste or spent
2530 Or where they be become I can not telle
Golde or syluer wherwith / we bye and selle
Wyne corne / and other marchaundyse
And yet alwaye I take hede and aduyse
The beest wyse that I can loke or espye beest: =best
2535 And haue to euery-thynge / as good an eye
As is possyble vnto me to haue
Oure goodes for to gouerne rule and saue
So that one gowne / that good is for my corce
I dare not haue / A syr she sayth no force
2540 And whan that he is / in a secrete place
Unto his wyfe he speketh / this percase
Truely / but late it hathe be shewed to me
Some wordes whiche dyspleasaunt to me be
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By god my loue ryght so it dooth appere
2545 For of longe-tyme ye haue made euyll chere
She sayth / I haue ben sore affrayed and dradde
That ye some hurte or heuynesse haue hadde
Or that some of your frendes had ben past
To god / or had ben kepte in pryson fast
2550 With englysshe-men / ytake at some affray
Nay nothynge so / but moche wors than ye do say
It is / Aue maria sayth she than
If it please you / tell me good gentylman
What thynge it is / fayne wolde I that I knewe
2555 Certes sayth he / my faythfull frende and true
Hath shewed me / that suche one maynteneth yow
And other thynges he hath sayd ynow
Then she begynneth for to crosse and blis
And many meruayles maketh she of this
2560 Demurely she begynneth for to smyle
My loue she sayth / m[a]ke no wors chere a_whyle
Of all my synnes / as quyte I wolde I were
And eke towarde almyghty god as clere
As I of hym am / and she therwithall
2565 Her handes lyfteth / and letteth them fall
Upon her heed / and sayth myn owne herte dere
By this all-onely wyll I not now swere
But to the deuyll gyue I all at ones
Under my handes / all-be-it flesshe and bones
2570 If euer mannes mouthe yet touched myne
Except your mouthe / your kynnesmen and cosyne
And neuer but at your commaundement
The whiche ye knowe was but in good entent
Fy / fy sayth she / what maner is it
2575 I am ryght gladde that ye do me to wit
I doubted it had ben some other thynge
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But now I knowe from whens cometh this lesynge
And all these wordes vnto you shewed of_newe
But for what cause wolde god that ye knewe
2580 He hathe it sayd to you for by my fayth
Ryght sore abass[h]ed wolde ye be she sayth abasshed] abassed 1509
For so moche as he maketh hym your good frende
But I ryght well am eased in my mynde
For he awaked hathe / the slepynge catte
2585 My loue sayth he now tell me what is that
Syr care ye not therof she sayth but lyte
An-other tyme I shall do you to wyte
Truely sayth he I wyll knowe it anone
By god my loue ye be an hasty mon hasty] hastly 1509
2590 She sayth I was ryght wrothe be_cause that ye
Made hym to come so ofte for to be
Within youre hous / but I forb[o]re to saye forbore] forbere 1509
Be_cause that ye loued hym so well alwaye
Tell me sayth he / certes my loue as now
2595 She sayth no nede it is to tell it you
I praye you she[we] it me so as it is shewe] she 1509
He sayth. And she thenne swetely dothe hym kysse
And clyp saynge my dere loue and myn lorde
Ha that false traytour whiche make wolde dyscorde
2600 Bytwexte vs tweyne / and do you euyll or gryfe
God gyue hym veray vengeaunce and myschyefe
Tell me my loue sayth he / what maner wyght
He is that thus wolde do / and what he hyght
Now in good fayth my lorde whome I loue beste
2605 Aboue all thynges that in this worlde do reste
That false traytour and that sclaunderour
Hathe prayed me to be his paramoure
The whiche ye trust and louen so entyer
This hathe he ben aboute more thenne two yere
2610 But I alwayes haue hym full well refused
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With grete payne / and maners that I vsed
And whan he came in-to your hous ye thought
It for your loue had ben / but it was nought your] your your 1509
For with his false flatterynge wordes gay
2615 He came for no cause / but you to betray
Ne neuer ceased he tyll tyme that I
Say[d th]at I wolde tell you it certaynly Sayd that] Sayhd tat 1509
Nothynge herof to me was charge ne cure
For of my-selfe alway was I so sure
2620 And though I suche vnthryfty maners hate
Yet wolde I not make noyse wrathe ne debate
Betwene you thus and hym / me-thought no nede
It was / bycause I kepte hym from the dede
Alas there was no faute in hym truely
2625 For to haue done you shame and velony
A saynt Mary sayth the good-man tho
He is a traytoure that I trusted so
For neuer had I of hym ony doute
By god she sayth / yf he come in and oute
2630 And that I knowe that he dooth with you speke
Or dele then vp / our housholde may we breke
For after that I shall none with you holde
If ye so do / for syluer ne for golde
She sayth / in fayth ye nede not me to garde
2635 I am suffycyent myselfe to warde
If it please god / I wyll not now begyn
Agaynst his lawes to do / or vse a synne
With handes Ioyned / to god almyght I pray
That fyre frome heuen aboue descende may
2640 And brenne my body all to nought and spyl
Well rather than I sholde be in suche wyll
Then she clepeth hym in her armes twaye
And sayth my lorde / herken what I saye
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Ouer-false I were / yf I sholde euyll do
2645 To you that be so fayre and good therto
For what I wyll / my loue ye wyll the same
But yf I loued you well I were to blame
I wyll that ye so god me saue and mende
Your hous frome hym forbede wolde and defende
2650 With whome your frende / me falsely hath accused
And you deceyued thus / and sore abused
How-be-it frely do I gyue or sell
My soule vnto the foulest fende of hell
If euer he to me spake lesse or more
2655 But notwithstandynge yet by cryst therfore
I wyll not that he come in place where I
Shall happen for to be in company
Than she to wepe began ryght tenderly
And this good-man appeased her spedely
2660 Promysynge her with othes grete that he
Wolde kepe and holde all thynges whiche that she
Afore had sayd / excepte he nolde defende
This felawe frome his house / and there an ende
All-be-it in his herte with some remors
2665 He shall be charged sore / but yet no force
For so it happeth in conclusyon
That suche dyspleasure and deuysyon
Betwene hym and his frende herof dooth fall
That he the gretest ennemy of all
2670 To hym shall be / the whiche for loue hym tolde
Hath all the trouthe / whome he beleue ne wolde
So this good-man a veray beest is made
Suche Ioyes of the husholde he hath had
And in the lepe he is yclosed depe
2675 Out of the whiche he shall not lyghtly crepe
And this good-wyfe moche better in her guyse
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Shall do / then euer she dyde or coude deuyse
And neuer man of her shall tell hym thynge
For he wyll not beleue suche rekenynge
2680 And he the whiche this velony hath done
The best beloued frende shall be then sone
That he shall haue / and thus aege hym vpon
Shortely dooth fall / and pouerte anone
Wherwith perchaunce so sore he may be greued
2685 That neuer after shall he be releued
Suche is the pleasure / whiche this man hath founde
Within the lepe / and yet folkes on the grounde
Wyll speke to hym after theyr fantasy
One sayth of hym / thus as he passeth by
2690 He is good Iohan / an-other maketh a shewe
With his fynger / an-other vnthryfty shrewe
Sayth that it is grete domage for to se
This sely man in suche perplexyte
An-other sayth / no force of hym in fay
2695 It is nothynge but good ryght of the play play ='sexual activity'?
So lyueth he / with payne in pacyence
And all these sorowes dooth hym none offence
The whiche for Ioyes alwaye taketh he
Bycause he wyll that it none other be
2700 So shall he euermore dwell in dystres
And ende his dayes in payne and wretchednes

¶Here endeth the seuenth Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynneth the eyght Ioye of maryage.
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UNto the .viii. Ioye syth I must go
Of maryage / knowe ye that it is so
As whan a man suche meane hath founde and skyft skyft ='artifice'; see OED s.v. skift n1
2705 Thus he vnware in-to the lepe is l[y]ft lyft] left 1509
Wherin he hath had grete felycyte
Takynge his pleasures / yeres two or thre
And hath so besy ben to repe and sowe
That well the hote heruest is ouerblowe
2710 Then other mennes werke wyll he assay
No man at base ne barres may sporte alway base ne barres ='the game of "prisoner's base" or "chevy"'; see OED s.vv. base n2 ; prisoner's bars, base; bar n1, 17
And peraduenture he hath had greuaunce
Ynough of trouble / and of dyspleasaunce
Wherof enfebled gretely than is he
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2715 So that regarde taketh he none to fle
Perchaunce his wyfe / hath chyldren thre or mo
And grete with chylde agayne she gooth also
But she more seke is or this chylde be borne
Than she of all these other was beforne
2720 Wherfore the good-man is in thought and drede
To gete her suche thynge as she must haue nede
But this good-man / dooth his auowes make
To dyuers holy sayntes for her sake
And also she auoweth in that houre
2725 Unto our blessyd lady of Rochemadoure
So happeth it / as god wyll after this
And saynt Mary that she delyuered is
Of suche a fayre chylde and goodly thynge
As myght be well the sone vnto a kynge
2730 She lyeth longe in bed / now in this wyse
The gossyppes to her come / as is the guyse
And maketh [a riote / and mery syttynge] vp a riote / and mery syttynge] arete / andtt mery syynge 1509
Where besely gooth rounde about the cup
And so it falleth she hath two or thre
2735 Gossyppes / the whiche abyde with her / and be
Within the house to rule merely
With her / and gossyp in her company
And so shall peraduenture be that they
May talke of tryf[f]les / whiche I wyll not say tryffles] tryftles 1509
2740 And more goodes spende they in suche wyse
Then for to fynde the housholde wolde suffyse
The newe tyme approcheth her / and she
Is puryfyed with solempnyte
Unto the feldes then / to roue and playe
2745 She and her gossyppes take the ryde-waye ryde-waye ='bridle-path'
Where-as they speke to go on pylgrymage
And fast they entrepryse for theyr vyage
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For what thynge so the husbande hath to do
They care nothynge / ne haue regarde therto
2750 Then this good-wyfe of whome we speke of now
Sayth to her gossyppes I wote neuer how
I may haue lycence to performe this dede
And they her answere saynge haue no drede
Good gentyll gossyp / for we haue no doubte
2755 But ye shall brynge your purpose well aboute
And we shall go and vs dysporte togyder
Whan god w[y]ll [s]ende tyme and merye weder wyll] well 1509[s]ende: letter broken

Now haue they entreprysed as I saye
This forsayd vyage and departe awaye
2760 One frome an-other a myle two or more
And thenne this wyfe of whome we spake afore
Cometh to her hous. And whan she draweth nere
Unto her housbande she maketh euyll chere
And he is lately comen frome the towne
2765 Or elles frome other werkes and setteth downe
And her demaundeth how it with her is
Ha syr sayth she I am ryght wrothe ywys
Our lytell chylde is euyll at ease and seke
Wherof the good-man is as angrye eke
2770 And sorowfull and cometh it to see
Whan he it seeth / the teres falle in his eye
For pure pytye / and thenne cometh nyght vpon
And whan they be in secrete place allone
The wyfe begynneth for to sygh and saye
2775 Truely my loue ye me forgete alwaye
And how sayth he thynke ye not on sayth she
Whan that I was in grete infyrmyte
Of our yonge chylde / and that I made auowe
Unto our lady of rochemadoure / and nowe
2780 Therof it semeth ye take lytell hede
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O god he sayth / my loue ye knowe what nede
Ther is / and how moche that I haue to do
Good syr she sayth. I put case it be so
Yet neuer shall I be at ease ne gladde
2785 By god tyll I this pylgrymage haue made
And by my fayth because we do not seke
These sayntes therfore is oure chylde so seke
My loue sayth he god knoweth well your good-wyll
And myn also. Ha syr she sayth be styll
2790 For certaynly yf it please god and you
I wyll accordynge vnto myn auowe
Go with my cosyns and my gossyppes als
Unto our lady I wyll not be fals
Then this good-man the mater myndeth sore
2795 And peraduenture hath not all in store
That to this vyage sholde be requysyte
Accordynge to his wyfes appetyte
Now is he brought to suche encombraunce
That nedely must he make a cheuysaunce must he] must he must he 1509
2800 Of horses / and perchaunce for them shall paye
A certayne hyre to trauayle by the waye
After suche porte / estate or elles degre
As he is / and it behoueth that she
A newe gowne haue to ryde in honestly
2805 And peraduenture in that company
A gentyll galaunt is the whiche shall do
With ryght good-wyll some seruyce her vnto
Also this good-man percase with her gothe
On pylgrymage all be he neuer so wrothe
2810 Yf he so do / moche better were that tyde
For hym at home to tary or abyde
Alway so sore she wyll hym ch[y]de or chekke ch[y]de: letter illegible
That he shall bere the stones vpon his nekke
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And neuer can she be content ne fayne
2815 But whan that he hath hurte myschefe or payne
Now in that Iourney / as she sytteth softe
Upon the horse she her complayneth ofte
Anone she sayth / one styrope is to longe
An-other is to shorte and lacketh a thonge
2820 Also she sayth / her horse dooth trotte to sore
And eke to harde / and she is seke therfore
Then frome her horse she must alyght anone
And she agayne shall sette be hym vpon
This good-man then / for he shall not be ydle
2825 Ouer suche a brydge / must lede her by the brydle
Or elles a peryllous path / or a narowe way
And whan they come be frome this Iourney
If he therby haue had wele or dysporte
That it of her longe / she wyll reporte
2830 And yf that ony losse / or euyll fall
She chydeth and sayth / on hym it is longe all
So thus and otherwyse his goodes waste
His housholde eke / and his expence in haste
Then mynysshed be / and she sayth hym beforne
2835 How by his chyldren whiche that she hath borne
She gretly wasted is / and this man so
Yclosed is within the lepe also
In sorowes grete / and paynes sharpe and sore
And taketh them for Ioyes euermore
2840 In whiche alway he shall be and remayne
And wretchedly his dayes ende in payne

¶Here endeth the eyght Ioye of maryage

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¶Here begynneth the nynth Ioye of maryage.

THe nynthe Ioye of maryage is when
One of these yonge lusty and fresshe men
Is put in-to the pryson or the lepe
2845 Of husbandry and can not go ne lepe
Out of the same / and grete pleasure hath hadde
Whiche newely hath be founde in dayes gladde
And peraduenture euyll is his wyfe
As many be / wherby aryseth stryfe
2850 And he a man is of good gouernaunce
The whiche none euyll suffre wyll perchaunce
How-be-it dyuers argumentes haue bene
And otherwhyles strokes them betwene
So in suche warre / well thyrty [yeres] or more yeres] 1509 omits
2855 They haue contynued / and ye may knowe therfore
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He hath had moche to suffre and sustayne
For so may be that he hath had certayne
Grete parte of sorowes / and aduersytees
The whiche afore be sayd / in theyr degrees
2860 And many other suche as ben conteyned
Here-after in this lytell boke vnfayned
But neuerthelesse / he dooth remayne alway
Uyctoryous / what-euer she do or say
And hath not ben in shame and velony
2865 Though moche to suffre he hath had therby
And for to thynke vpon bycause that he
Perchau[n]ce hath doughters fayre / wel two or thre Perchaunce] Perchauce 1509
Whiche wysely he hath maryed here and there
To put them out of Ieoperdy and fere
2870 So happeth it that in a lytell space
Suche fortune hath this sely man and grace
That for the euyll nyghtes and the dayes
And colde whiche he hath taken many wayes
A cheuysaunce to make / this man dooth fall
2875 In sekenes of the goute / then forth-withall
Or elles for aege / he is vnweldy so
That he can neyther vp-aryse ne go
And whan that he is set in suche a place
As he shall in remayne his lyfes space
2880 In euyll maner tourned is the chaunce
For than the warre is ended and dystaunce dystaunce ='discord, dissension'; see OED s.v. distance n, 1
And wors it is for dyuers tymes a daye
Of veray hate she wyll vnto hym saye
She is ryght well assured in certayne
2885 How for his synnes / he hath all that payne
And one may thynke / whan she afore hym is
Thus wyll he to her say / my loue ywys
Ye be the thynge that I owe best to loue
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Of all the worlde / excepte our lorde aboue
2890 And ye also of dutye ben ybounde
To loue me moost of all that lyue on grounde
But wyte ye well / my loue that it is so
Some thynges be / that folkes vnto me do do] dos 1509
Wherwith I am not well contente sayth he
2895 Ye knowe of ryght I am and so shall be
The lorde and mayster of this house whyles I
May lyue / but yet folkes do not lyke truely
To me / for yf that I a poore-man were
Whiche sholde go fetche his brede bothe ferre and nere
2900 Men wolde not do to me as is done now
And ye my loue may vnderstanden how
That I haue done grete payne and dylygence
To make a cheuysaunce for our expence
Your doynges to sustayne / and your estate
2905 And all our chyldren whiche to me of late
Behaue them-selfe full symply as ye se
Ha what wolde ye that one sholde do sayth she
To you is doone the best we can or may
And ye wote not what we demaunde or say
2910 Now sayth this man / holde your peas good dame
And kepe your tonge in rest for worldly shame
The sone also to hym dooth speke and rayle
So what this good-man sayth may not auayle
And thus she and the sone departe hym fro
2915 His herytage emperynge euermo
And for the good-man / no prouysyon
Is made / and thus they in conclusyon
Agre and make accorde bytwene them bothe
That neuer creature / whiche cometh or gothe
2920 Shall with hym speke / and then the sone anon
The gouernaunce presume wyll hym vpon
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And take the rule more than he dyde afore
And well content his moder is therfore
For she so dooth supporte hym and may[n]tene mayntene] maytene 1509
2925 Also they make well euery man to wene
That he is fall in-to a frenesy
Or is retorned to his Infancy
Thus vnto euery wyght sayth she and he
And this good-man must take it all in gre
2930 For other remedy none may be hadde
Amonge them so harde he is bestadde
And as to me I well beleue certayne
This is one of the gretest erthely payne
And sorowe / that on the grounde a man may fele
2935 Thus this good-man his penaunce dooth ryght wele
And so shall be in mornynge euermore
Endynge his dayes wretchedly and sore
Cursynge the tyme that in the lepe he came
To be enclosed / and in this wyse made tame

¶Here endeth the nynth Ioye of maryage.

¶Here beg[y]nneth
begynneth] begnneth 1509
the tenth Ioye of maryage.
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2940 THe tenthe Ioye of maryage to wyte
Is as I fynde it in a boke ywryte
Whan that he whiche in-to the lepe is brought
Bycause that he hath sene so as he thought
Other fysshes them baynynge in the same baynynge ='bathing'; see OED s.v. bain v
2945 Whiche to his demynge / had a mery game
And so he trauayled hath tyll tyme he
In-to the lepe hath founde the ryght entre
And one may say that he by subtylte
Made was to come / in-to that gynne and be
2950 Of maryage / lyke as a fouler olde
These byrdes taketh in the wynter colde
With other byrdes whiche he afore hath had
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And for that feate hathe them well taught and made /
And bereth them about vpon his backe
2955 Within his panyer or elles a sacke
Whiche with a threde be teyed by the fote
For to remayne there is none other bote
Moche eased were these poore byrdes yf they
Myght be at lyberte and fle away
2960 As other do frome a ryuer or a dyke
Unto an-other where they myght fede / and pyke
Of euery maner vytayle / for them mete
Whan other se these byrdes by the fete
Yteyed fast / they haste vnto the gynne
2965 And sodaynly they be taken therin
But yf it be some wyle byrdes that haue
Experyence them to preserue and saue
Frome suche daungere / and wysely can beware
Surely to kepe them frome the nette or snare
2970 For they in tyme afore haue herde and sene
Of other byrdes whiche in that case haue bene
This notwithstandynge they that w[e]dded are wedded] wydded 1509
Of whiche we shewe the passe-tyme and declare
Haue them aduysed of this crafte / and they
2975 But lytell euyll thought in it alway
Or elles percase without aduyse in haste
In-to the gynne one hath his body caste
Where-as in Ioyes demed he to tary
Neuerthelesse / he fyndeth the contrary
2980 And otherwhyles it may fortune so
That for suche thynges as shewed are them to
By totelers or flatterers that vse totelers ='whisperers, gossips'; see OED s.v. tuteler n
To cause d[i]scorde / and falsely folke acc[u]se discorde] descorde 1509
The wyfe shall neuer-more for erthely thynge
2985 Her husbande loue / vnto her last endynge
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Then wyll she saye vnto her moder thus
Or to [her] cosyn / by our lorde Ihesus her] our 1509
Whan I with hym in bedde am layde adoune
His flesshe it stynketh lyke a caryoune
2990 And he to her shall neuer pl[ea]sure do pleasure] plaesure 1509
Ne loue / but euer lyue in malyce so
And ofte it happeth / many men that he
In suche estate / of hyghe and lowe degre
And women bothe yet wyll they not lyue chaste
2995 But ease them-selfe by other meanes in haste
And whan that she a whyle hath ben away
With her good loue / for to dysporte and play
And largely hath her parte had of the game
Then her to kepe frome velony and shame
3000 Some of her frendes good / wyll she entrete
Peace with her moder shortely for to gete
The whiche by coloure / and craftely can saye
That she within her house hath ben alwaye
The poore doughter pryuely is gone
3005 For she so sore her dredde / that her good-mon
Wolde her haue bet / as he hath doone or than
Wherfore vnto her moders house she ranne
And he hathe wonder where that she may be
But so it was that afterwardes he
3010 Within her moders house / soone dooth her fynde
To whome he speketh with an hasty mynde
What deuyll brought the hyder / and for why
Departed thou frome home so sodaynly
Syr by our lorde she sayth / for drede that ye
3015 Withouten cause / sore wolde haue stryken me
Then sayth the moder / certes me were leuer
That ye sone / and my doughter sholde dysseu[er] dysseuer] dysseu 1509
And that ye leue her here with me to kepe
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Then for to bete her alway tyll she wepe
3020 For I knowe well / my doughter hath not done
Defaute to you / but ye be angry sone
Beholde this mater / loke theron and se
If she of euyll gouernaunce had be
She had be lost / but ye may se here
3025 Frome shame and mysrule for to kepe her clere
Streyght vnto me she came / for she ne had
None other helpe / wherof ye may be glad
And she by ryght / her may repente and rewe
That she to you / hath ben so kynde and trwe trwe: =true
3030 And it may fortune otherwhyles that they
Demaunde to be departed by some wey
Wherfore the husbande dooth accuse the wyfe
And she agayne / as sharpe as swerde or knyfe
Unto the husbande quyckely dooth the same
3035 Ye may be sure / her tonge shall not be lame
So are they in the lepe / and wolde be out
But so it may not be withouten doute
It is no tyme them to repente / for-why
Then is none other way ne remedy
3040 Afore the lawe / faste do they plede theyr cause
And by theyr aduocates shewe many a clause
But otherwhyle allegge they no cause why
They sholde haue theyr entente so hastely
Than sayth the Iuge ryght playnly in Iugement
3045 Unto them thus by good aduysement
The lawe it wyll that ye togyder holde
In company your lyues and housholde
And here-vnto the Iuge them dooth aduyse
But so to do / yet be they not so wyse
3050 For-why / suche goodes as they hadde afore
They haue mysse_vsed euyll spente and lore
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And yet they be not werye but endure
In theyr oppynyons stydfaste and sure While stydfaste is a possible form, the commoner spelling stedfast occurs twice in this text.
So mokke and skorne them folkes ferre and nere
3055 Whiche of the mater / vnderstande or here
And other-whyles / causes reasonnable
One dooth alledge / and thynges acceptable
For whiche the Iuge departeth them a_sondre
All-be-it so that folkes vpon it wondre
3060 Thenne one of them or other folysshely
Wyll vse them-selfe in lyuynge vycyousely
Some-tyme the woman gothe fro t[ow]ne to towne towne] twone 1509
And in-to the mennys chambres vp and downe
Where she her pleasures taketh of the game
3065 And parauenture he wyll do the same
Supposynge they ben at theyr lyberte
Out of the lepe of maryage and free
But yet be they in wors cas thenne before
And thus this man hym wasteth more and more
3070 Of what astate so-euer that he be astate: =estate
And in the same maner / wasteth she
For neuer after maye they wedde agayne
Durynge theyr lyues by the lawes playne
Of fraunce but yet in englonde other-wyse
3075 They vse and haue a custome and a gyse
Whiche is an-other for to take and wedde
Man or woman / where best they can be spedde
Men thynke in fraunce / suche shamed be for euer
As in that wyse contynue and perse[uer] perseuer] perserue 1509
3080 And namely yf they be of hyghe parentage
Borne or descended / fro a good lynage
For parauenture a galaunt openly
Within his hous shall kepe her shame_fully
So shall he be within the lepe adowne
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3085 In sorowe care and l[a]mentacyon lamentacyon] lementacyon 1509
Where he alwaye in paynes and dystresse
Shall lyue and ende his dayes in wretchednesse

¶Here endeth the .x. Ioye of maryage

¶Here begynneth the .xi. Ioye of maryage

THe .xi. Ioye of maryage to saye
Is whan a yonge lusty man and gaye
3090 A gentyll ioly galaunt wyll go oute
For his dysporte / the countrees hym aboute
Into ryght many places all the yere
And in especyall he wyll go where
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These ladyes and the gentylwomen be
3095 After th'estate condycyon or degree
That he is of / and for that he is yonge
And amerous / he preceth them amonge preceth: =presses
No charge hathe he of ony other thynge
So that he may contynue his lyuynge
3100 In pleasures whiche by nyghtes and by dayes
Ryght many profres maketh and assayes
And yf it fortune so that he may fynde
A lady or a gentylwoman kynde
With whome he hathe some-thynge to do or say
3105 His mynde and wyll applyeth he alway
And dothe his best / her for to please and serue
To that entente he may her grace deserue
And somtyme cometh he in suche place
Where-as a mayde he fyndeth fayre of face
3110 And parauenture not so grete is he
Of lygnage / ne of noble as is she
And for that she so goodly is and fayre
These supplyauntes somtyme to her repayre
And them amonge one is that dothe entrete
3115 Her for to haue / and profereth gyftes grete
Whome she but lyte refuseth or denyeth
For euery gentylwoman her applyeth
The whiche debonayre is and hathe pyte
Compassyon to haue in that degree
3120 On suche as them / humbly beseche and praye
In goodly wyse / they ought not to denaye
Yf theyr petycyon be resonnable
Withouten vylonye / a[nd hon]ourable a[nd hon]ourable: letters illegible
Torne we agayne to this fayre damoysell
3125 That of her maners somwhat I may tell
Of her conceytes and dysposycyon
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Whiche by constraynt or elles oppressyone
Of suche a poore felowe is forlayne forlayne ='deprived of (her) chastity'; see OED s.v. forlain ppl. a, 1
And neuer shall she fynde ne gete agayne
3130 That she hathe lost / for where she was a mayde
So hathe this homely felowe her betrayde homely ='familiar, intimate'; see OED s.v. homely adj., 2
That she is grete with chylde / the whiche her dame
Perceyueth wele / for she knoweth of the gam[e] gam[e]: letter illegible
And in that crafte she wylye is and f[a]lse false] felse 1509
3135 For so it fortune may / that she hathe alse
Somtyme ben / in lyke condycyon
The better can she fynde prouysyon
And neuer shall this felowe touche her more
Nor come to her as he was wonte before
3140 The wyfe this mater wyll / so rule and gyde
This counseyll kepynge closse on euery syde closse: =close
All thynges muste be taken as they be
Of reason / wysedome / and necessyte
This poore damoseyll with chylde / is grete
3145 Which of conceyuynge / hathe the tyme foryete
For of herselfe knoweth she but lyte
How she was brought in-to suche case and plyte
And she nothynge knoweth of that arte nothynge] nothynges 1509
Ne what it is she toke so lytell parte
3150 But yf it please our lorde god she shall knowe
How sedes groweth after they be sowe
The moder auyseth wele and seeth her hewe
Whiche knoweth the olde testament and newe
And calleth her in-to a secrete place
3155 She sayth come hyder with an euyll grace
Haue I not sayd to the afore this houre
That thou hast lost thy worshyp and honoure
To do as thou hast done thus folyly
But whan a thynge is done what remedye
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3160 That thou arte grete with chylde I knowe it wele /
Tell me the trouthe and drede the neuer-a_dele
Now fayre moder I wote not as ye saye
To tell you trouthe wheder it be so or naye
Then sayth the moder / it semeth me alwaye
3165 Whan that the morowe cometh euery daye
I here the coughe / and pytously forbrake forbrake ='retch, vomit'? See OED s.v. brake v6, 'to spue, vomit'
And dyuers other countenaunces make
Now truely so it is she sayth madame
Ha sayth her moder holde thy pease for shame
3170 Thou arte with chylde / tell it not all aboute
Ne to none erthely persone breke it out
And alwaye take a good respecte and hede
To do as I the shall commaunde and bede
Madame so shall I do in euery-thynge
3175 And lowely you obeye / and your byddynge
The moder then sayth to her doughter tho
Hast thou not sene so often come and go
In-to our hous suche a yonge squyer ofte
And she sayth yes madame with wordes softe
3180 Now then aduyse the wele for in certayne
To_morowe heder wyll he come agayne
Then take good hede that thou make hym good chere
In godly wyse and in thy best manere
And whan that other gentylmen and me
3185 Thou seest togyder talke / then cast an eye
On hym alwaye / and this good moder so
Her doughter techeth wele how she shall do
Also I the commaunde and charge yf he
Of ony maner thynges speke to the
3190 Herken hym wele / and answere curteysly
And swetely rule thy speche and manerly
And yf he speke of loue / or thynges lyke
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Thenne otherwhyles softely gyue a syke
And thanke hym hertyly / but say ywys
3195 Thou knowest not yet / what maner thynge loue is
Ne it to lerne / thou wylte not the apply
Rule and demeane the well and womanly
And golde or syluer yf he proffre the
Thenne take it not in hast / but herken me
3200 Yf he the proffre Iuell crosse or rynge
Gyrdell bracelet owche or other thynge
Refuse it gracyouesely / but at the last
Yf he it often offre the and fast
Receyue it thenne / in goodly wyse and take
3205 For loue of hym / saynge that for his sake
Thou wyll it kepe / thy[n]kynge no vyllonye thynkynge] thykynge 1509
Shame ne deceyte / that shall ensue therby ensue] ensuye 1509
And whan he taketh leue of the to go
Thenne hym demaunde or he departe the fro
3210 Yf one shall see hym hastyly agayne
Wherof say that / thou wolde be glad and fayne
H[e]re is this galaunt come whiche shall be cast Here] Htre 1509
Ynto the lepe / and therin holden fast
For-why the dame wyll cause hym for to wedde
3215 Her doughter sone / and with her do to bedde
Yf that she can by ony caste or wyle caste] carste 1509
This galaunt she porposeth to be_gyle
For he moche hathe / of herytage and rent
And is / but symple and an Innocent
3220 Now cometh he this damoysell to see
In hast for ouer-wele at ease is he
Ryght many galauntes bent haue theyr engyn[e] engyn[e]: letter illegible
To take this damoysell / and vndermyne vndermyne ='persuade or win over by subtle means'; see OED s.v. undermine v, 5
The lady taketh a squyer by the hande
3225 Or elles a knyght and other sytte or stande
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Whiche Ioyeously togyder talke and rayle
This galaunt eke draweth to the damoysayle
And by the hande he dothe her take and holde
Sayenge fayre damoysell good god it wolde
3230 That ye my thought wele knewe and vnderstode
And how may I she sayth for any gode
Knowe it / but yf ye wyll it to me saye
What do ye thynke suche thynges as ye ne may
Telle me / nay by my fayth I wolde that ye
3235 Knewe it so that It were not sayd by me
Truely she sayth and laugheth pratyly
Ye telle a thynge to me / so meruaylousely
Whiche to be done it is as / in_possyble
As for to cause an horse walke in_vysyble
3240 Yf it had lyked you this g[a]launt sayth galaunt] glaunt 1509
And no dyspleasyr taken in good fayth
I wolde haue playnely shewed you my thought
Now syr sayth she telle on and spare it nought
So moche of you knowe I that by the rode
3245 Ye wyll not say / ne shewe thynge / but all gode
Maystresse he sayth / ye knowe ryght welle that I
Am but a poore gentylman for-why
I wote I am vnworthy / and vnable
To be youre loue / or with you compaygnable
3250 For ye be gentyll fayre and gracyouse
And of all vertues full and beauteuouse beauteuouse: =beauteous
And yf it pleased you to do to me
Suche honour that your louer I myght be
I durst ma[k]e myn avaunt that with good-wylle make] maste 1509
3255 I sholde do all the pleasyrs you vntylle
That any man / by possybylyte
May to his lady do in soueraynte
I shall you serue / and eke your honour kepe
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More thenne myn owne whether ye wake or slepe
3260 Graunt mercy syr thenne sayth this damoysell
But for the loue of god speke neueradell
Of suche thynges vnto me after this
For I knowe not what maner thynge loue is
Ne yet I wyll not lerne it ferthermore
3265 For it is not doctryne ne the lore
The whiche my moder hathe me taught alwaye
Thenne sayth this squyer damoysell in fay
My fayre lady of whome ye speke is good
But I wolde not yet that she vnderstode
3270 Suche thynges as be sayd be_twexte vs twaye
A syr she sayth yf you I haue herde saye
This other daye / that ye sholde maryed be
Wherof I maruayle and ye come to me
And speke suche ydell wordes / and thenne he
3275 Sayth damoysell O benedycyte
Now by my faythe yf that it please yowe
I shall neuer other wedde I make auowe
Whyle that I lyue / so that ye wyll me take
As for youre seruaunt and I vndertake
3280 That with my seruyce ye shall be contente
What wolde ye haue me deshonoured and shente
She sayth / nay yet me leuer were to dye
Sayth he / thenne for to do you vyllonye
For godes loue be styll and speke no more godes] goodes 1509
3285 Herof and I shall tell you syr wherfore
Yf that / my moder it perceyue or wytte my] my / 1509
I shall destroyed be I knowe wele it
And parauenture the moder maketh a sygne
That of her spekynge she shall cesse and fyne
3290 And thenne this galaunt gyueth her a rynge
Under her hande or elles some other thynge
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Saynge to her / fayre lady I you pray
Take this and kepe it / for my loue alway
Certes sayth she I wyll not take no
3295 Alas my loue he sayth / why saye ye so
I pray you hertely / and in her hande
He putteth it agayne so as they stande
And she it taketh and sayth / this I receyue
To haue your loue as you may well perceyue
3300 Without thought of thynge / but all honoure
I take wytenesse vnto my sauyoure
The lady of that house thus speketh then
In curteyse wyse vnto the gentyll-men
To_morowe must I go with goddes grace
3305 Unto a blyssed lady of suche a place
On pylgrymage to suche a toune here-by
Truely madame they say / ryght vertuously
And well ye speke / and forth-withall they go
To souper / and this galaunt euermo
3310 Anenst this damoysell is put or set
That he to her may talke withouten let
And she so well can make her personage
In suche a wyse / that he halfe in a rage
With loue is take of her that was so bryght
3315 And beauteuous as semed to his syght
The morowe cometh this company must ryde
On pylgrymage / and lenger not abyde
And all men say they can not se ne fynde
An horse amonge them all that bereth behynde
3320 Excepte this galauntes horse there by saynt loy
Wherof grete pleasure taketh he and Ioy
For one the damoysell behynde his backe
Dooth sette vpon his horse / and he no lacke
Fyndeth therin / and she clyppeth hym fast
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3325 To holde her on the horse / that he ne cast
Her doune / and god wote therwith he is eased
As an hauke whiche hathe an heron seased
Now draweth he nyghe the lepe withouten bote
They do this foresayd vyage god it wote
3330 With perfyte mynde / and good entencyon
And home retorne / as made is mencyon
Where merely / they set them doune to mete
With suche vytayles as they can fynde and gete
And after mete the lady fayre and well
3335 Gooth to her chambre / and this damoysell
To whome she sayth / whan thou spekest with this man
Say vnto hym as sadly as thou can
That there is one / whiche spoken hath to the
Of maryage but thou ne wylte accorded be
3340 As yet / and yf he offre the to take
Thanke hym / and say that he must meanes make
To me / and put the mater to my wyll
And that I do therin thou shalte fulfyll
On my behalfe / and say that there is none
3345 Lyuynge in this worlde I excepte not one
That thou louest halfe so wele in certaynte
As hym / so as may stande with honeste
And all they after walketh twayne and twayne
Togyder arme in arme to the gardeyne
3350 Where-as amonge the herbes / and the floures
They smell and taste the holsom swete odoures
And playenge take the floures by the stalke
Whiche to theyr nose they put so as they walk[e] walk[e]: letter illegible
One taketh a gelofer or vyolere gelofer: =gillyflower; vyolere: perhaps a nonce-form of violet
3355 An-other plucketh of the eglentere eglentere] englentere 1509eglentere: = eglatere, 'eglantine'; see OED s.v. eglentere n

And euery one of them as they espye
Take herbe or floure after theyr fantasye
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This galaunt squyre with the doughter gothe
And telleth her euery-thynge / but she is wrothe
3360 Alas she sayth / speke no more so for I
Shall yf ye do / forsake your company
What wolde ye do me-semeth ye suppose
To cause me / myn honoure for to lose
Haue ye not herde of late dayes ysayde
3365 That one to mary me hath spoke and prayde
Now by my soule he sayth I can not blame
Hym / though to mary you / he wolde attame attame ='undertake'; see OED s.v. attame v, 4
But I thynke that of myn habylyte
I am as good in value as is he
3370 And eke as able / seruyce you to do
As is the man of whome that ye speke so
Now by my fayth she sayth than with a syke
I wolde that he were to your persone lyke
Graunt mercy fayre damoysell he sayth
3375 For of your grete curteysy in fayth
Well more than I am worthy / ye me prayse
But ye myn honoure gretely may vp-rayse
Yf ye wolde take me as your man to grace
To do you seruyce all my lyues space
3380 And she sayth syr graunt mercy therwithall
This must be spoken in especyall
Unto my fader sadly and my moder
And to my kynne / and frendes dyuers oder
Than sayth he thus / yf I myght knowe that they
3385 Sholde be content / I wold bothe speke and prey
A syr she sayth / beware that ye ne saye
That ye to me haue spoken by ony way
For rather wolde I suffre dethe than ye
Sholde ony wordes shewe of preuyte
3390 That hathe be sayd in ony maner wyse
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Bytwene vs twayne / nay that is not my guyse
Sayth he / whiche to the moder speketh soone
And as god wolde in suche poynte was the moone
Whan he vnto the moder made request
3395 That he all his desyre had at the leest
For she and other haue them trouthes plyght
And peraduenture caused them at nyght
Togyder / for to lye in bedde and slepe
Now is this poore squyre plonged depe
3400 Within the lepe / and spedely they make
The weddynge / for this gentylwomans sake
And hastely they do this mater spede
Bycause her frendes haue grete doute and drede
Leste ony let may come in this matere
3405 For in the wynde the weder was clere
The nyght is come after they be wedde
This damoysell with man must go to bedde
And knowe ye wele / the olde wyle dame
Wyll teche her doughter / somwhat of the game
3410 How she ryght maydenly shall her demeane
As though she were an holy vyrgyn cleane
Myn auctour sayth her moder dooth her teche
That whan her husbande wyll vnto her reche
She shall for drede tremble / quake and crye
3415 And hym withstande / and how that she shall lye
In many maner wyse as sholde a mayde
Upon the nyght whan she fyrst is assayde
Also the moder dooth her well enfourme
How she shall her demeane / and in what fourme
3420 Whan that this galaunt her wolde enforce or stryke
Also sodaynly than shall she sterte and syke
As though she w[e]re cast in colde water depe were] wrre 1509
Up to the brestes / also she shall wepe
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But in conclusyon as to the dede
3425 She playneth metely wele whan she must nede
And yet the fader and the moder bothe
For loue and pyte angry be and wrothe
Whiche that they haue vpon theyr doughter yonge
Supposynge that this man hath doone her wronge
3430 And causes them in presence to be brought
Now hath this squyre founde that he hath sought
Here may ye se one of the gretest payne
For she whiche with a ladde hath ben forlayne
Or monethes thre may passe and come aboute
3435 Shall haue a baby lapped in a cloute
Of tymes a_go then Ioyes and pleasaunce
To heuynes be tourned and penaunce
And peraduenture he shall her after bete
And manace curse and chyde with wordes grete
3440 And neuer after shall good housholde kepe
So in the lepe he put is for to stepe
And out therof he neuer shall departe
Of sorowe and heuynes he shall haue parte
And euer-more abyde shall in dystres
3445 Endynge his dayes in care and wretchednes

¶Here endeth the enleue[n]th
enleuenth] enleueth 1509

¶Here begynneth the twelfth Ioye of maryage.
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THe twelfth Ioye of maryage for to say
Is whan a yonge-man by many a day
In suche a maner comen hath and gone
That he in-to the lepe hath founde anone
3450 The streyght entre / and also ferthermore
He hath her founde whome he demaunded sore
And he some other myght percas haue had
But for no-thynge he wolde / and he is glad
Of this / for as hym semeth he hath sete
3455 His loue so wele / that no man coude do bete
And that he was so happy her to fynde
Whiche so good is / and mete vnto his mynde
And peraduenture suche a man is he
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As by her councell wyll well ruled be
3460 So that whan ony wyght hath for to do
With hym / he sayth I shall go speke vnto
The good-wyfe of our house / and yf she wyll
It shall be doone / and yf so be she nyll
In no wyse shall the mater take effecte
3465 As pleaseth her she wyll graunt or reiecte
And here it cometh to the poynte anone
I put the case he be a gentylmon
And that his prynce an army do prepare
With whiche he is commaunded for to fare
3470 Then yf the wyfe it wyll forthe shall he go
And yf she do replye / he shall not so
Unto the wyfe / thus may he say perchaunce
My loue I must me spedely auaunce
Streyght to the kynges army well arayed
3475 And she shall say syr / be ye not afrayed
What wyll ye go and cause you to be slayne
How sholde we do yf ye come not agayne
Ye thynke but lyte what shall become of me
And in good poynt / than sholde your chyldren be
3480 But shortely for to speke / yf it her please
He shall go forthe / and somtyme for her ease
Of hym the hous she can delyuer clene
Whan that her lyketh best / here what I mene
For whyder it pleaseth her hym out to sende
3485 He shall go quyckely forthe / and there an ende
Unto suche sayntes as she auowe hath made
Whiche to perfourme for her he wyll be glade
And whyder that it be wynde / snowe hayle or rayne
Upon her byddynge shall he go certayne
3490 And so may be a galaunt herynge this
The whiche her lemman or her louer is
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And knoweth the entres of the house about
Well vnderstandynge that this man is out
Desyrynge with her for to speke and talke
3495 Withouten taryenge wyll to her walke
For lenger in no wyse may he abyde
But on the nyght / whan come is the tyde
In-to her house he entreth secretely
And where-as the good-man was wonte to ly
3500 This homely galaunt boldely lyeth hym doune
Whiche hath god wote a grete deuocyon
For to accomplysshe his desyres and wyll
And this good-wyfe her kepeth close and styll
The whiche dysdeyneth for to crye or call
3505 Ryght well in pacyence she taketh all
For whan some woman seeth a man dooth take
Grete payne and labour onely for her sake
Of pyte neuer wyll she hym refuse
And though that she sholde deye he shall her vse
3510 She hath a bowe that by her standeth bent
And he artyllery that must be spent
It happeth ofte he in the house abydeth
And in a corner preuyly hym hydeth
Whan that a lytell dogge dooth at hym bay
3515 And yf the good-man / what is that wyll say
The wyfe wyll answere / syr it is a ratte
That he dooth barke / or elles at the catte
For ofte-tymes afore he hath doone so
Thus wyll she say with many wordes mo
3520 So shortly for to speke this man is trapped
And in the lepe he closed is and lapped
She maketh hym the chyldren for to bere
Whan they wolde play / and dady here and there dady ='toddle'; see OED s.v. dade v
Also she causeth hym to take and holde
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3525 Her spyndell and the thredes to vnfolde
Upon the saterday / whan she dooth rele rele: =reel, 'to wind thread on a reel'; see OED s.v. reel v2, 1
And she wyll chyde yf he do not wele
Now hath he founde a thynge whiche he hath sought
And vpon hym newly dooth fall a thought
3530 For warre begynneth in that regyon
And euery man vnto the strongest toune
Wyll drawe that he can fynde to saue his lyfe
But he at home abyde must with his wyfe
And may not leue her wherfore he perchaunce
3535 Is take prysoner / and grete fynaunce
Then must he pay / or elles in pryson dwell
This can this man of care and sorowe tell This: =thus?
Whiche in his husholde-kepynge he hath founde
For nyght and day he must trotte on the grounde
3540 Uytayles to gete / or for some other nede
And shortly for to say so dooth he spede
That his poore body neuer shall haue rest
Unto the tyme he put be in his chest
Then falleth he in sykenes and in aege
3545 Wherby with hym is past lust and courage
Well lesse than pray[s]ed shall he be alway praysed] prayed 1509
And lyke a foule couer be cast away foule couer ='wrapper'?
Whiche is not w[or]the to occupy that crafte worthe] wrothe 1509
So is all Ioye and pleasure hym beraft
3550 The wyfe hath doughters two or thre or mo
Whiche wolde be maryed / and they be not so
Wherfore they prayse this good-man but a lyte
But haue hym in dysdayne / and grete dyspyte
In-to the goute he falleth seke and sore
3555 And helpe hymselfe so shall he neuer-more
For euyll paynes suche as he hath had
Whiche with his wyfe / hath thus ben ouerlad
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Than may this poore-man his synnes wepe
Within the lepe / where he is closed depe
3560 Out of the whiche he neuer shall departe
But styll remayne / and euer take his parte
Of Ioyes suche as be in maryage
Whiche he from youth hath founde vnto his aege
And yet hym fallen is more heuynesse
3565 For he ne dare cause for to synge a messe
Ne make his last wyll and testament
But yf his wyfe ther-vnto wyll consent
For he to her so buxome is and bonde
That body and soule he putteth in her hande
3570 Thus vsyth he his lyfe in languysshynge
Alway / and eke a sorowfull endynge
He shall sustayne and wretchedly his dayes
This man shall ende withouten myrth or playes
And all is the cause of his good-wyfe
3575 That causeth hym so to be caytyfe

¶Here endeth the twelfth Ioye of maryage.

¶Here begynneth the .xiii. Ioye of maryage
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THe .xiii. Ioye of maryage is so
That whan that he whiche wedde is also
Within the lepe hathe ben and dwelled there
With his good-wyfe well syxe or seuen yere
3580 Or elles peraduenture more or lesse
The certaynte wherof I do but gesse
And demeth he is sure by his aduyse
That he hath founde a woman good and wyse
With whome he rested hath in grete pleasaunce
3585 And he a gentylman may be perchaunce
Whiche for to gete hym worshyp and honoure
Wolde put hym forthe / to do his best deuoure
Then to his wyfe he wyll declare and say
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My loue I must ryde out on my Iourney
3590 To suche a londe nyghe to the realme of fraunce
Where I may wynne grete fame and valyaunce
And she therwith ofte wolde hym clyppe and kys
Wepynge and syghynge / and say O what is thys
Alas my loue wyll ye departe so soone
3595 Leuynge me here with all this charge to doone
And in no wyse ye vnderstande certayne
If ones or neuer ye shall come home agayne
Bothe nyght and daye she dooth vpon her syde
All that she can to cause hym to abyde
3600 My loue sayth he. I must of veray nede
This Iourney take on me how so I spede
Or elles shall I lese / bothe the fees and wage
All that I haue and eke myn herytage
The whiche I holde / and with goddes grace
3605 I shall come home agayne in lytell space
And in aduenture he gooth ouer the se
With suche a prynce or in a grete arme
To gete hym honoure / or for chyualry
So of this wyfe than taketh he congye
3610 Whiche maketh all the dole that one can make
At suche departynge for her husbandes sake
For yf he be suche one as loueth honour
There is no wyfe loue ne peramour
That frome the dede of armes may hym holde
3615 If he an hardy persone be and bolde
Turne we agayne to this noble man anone
The whiche vpon his vyage forthe is gone
And vnto god he recommaundeth all
His wyfe and his chyldren in especyall
3620 It happeth that he ouer the see gooth clere
And where his ennemyes are he draweth nere
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His fortune may so by aduenture vary
That yeres thre or foure he shall out-tary
How he is deed the wyfe than hath herde say
3625 Wherof she maketh sorowes nyght and day
So grete that for to here it is meruayle
But alway may she not so wepe and wayle
For blyssed be god / she dooth appece at last appece: =appease, 'calm (herself)'
And so it happeth that she is maryed fast
3630 Unto an-other man / and dooth forgete
Her olde husbande / and all the Ioyes grete
And loue / that she vnto hym bare in her mynde
Here may ye se / that she can torne and wynde
For now the solace and the pleasures olde
3635 And feruent loue with her be waxen colde
Whiche to her husbande she was wonte to make
And reason why / for she a newe hath take
The folkes then / suche as afore haue sene
The maner of the delynge them bytwene
3640 Sayth that this newe man she loueth more
Than that she dyde her husbande here-tofore
But so it is as fortune dooth constrayne
Her other husbande cometh home agayne
Whiche olde and feble growen is to se
3645 For alway at his pleasure was not he
And whan he to his countree draweth nere
Of newes hastely he dooth enquere
Bothe of his wyfe / and of his chyldren all
Grete doute he hath / how it is with them all
3650 Supposynge they be deed or elles greued
Some otherwyse whiche he wolde were releued
And prayeth god them for to saue and kepe
Full pytously well nye in poynte to wepe
And it may happen well in the same houre
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3655 That this man prayed deuoutly [for socoure] for socoure] foro socure 1509
He whiche the wyfe so wedded late agayne
Enbraceth her fast in his armes twayne
Than hereth he how that they maryed were
But how he pleased is suche newes to here
3660 I trowe the sorowe of Abraham and the payne
Was not so grete / whiche his sone sholde haue slayne
Ne yet the sorowe of Iacob and his sone
To his were lyke / ne none vnder the sonne
For Tantalus whiche cheyned lyeth in hell
3665 Can not of greter payne and sorowe tell
Than this poore-man whiche dooth hym-selfe so cast
In suche a sorowe as shall endure and last
Perpetuelly / whiche he shall not recure
Ne yet forgete / but in the same endure
3670 And other-whyle the chyldren haue grete shame
To se theyr moder / brought in suche defame
And neuer shall they mary one ne other
Of many a yere / for mysrule of the mother
It fortune may / somtyme that in batayle
3675 As it dooth oft / some man dooth not preuayle
But at a skarmysshe / slayne is cruelly
Or in a felde myn auctour sayth / for-why
Ofte happeth it / that he whiche hath the ryght
Shall vaynquysshed be / or elles put vnto flyght
3680 I put case that this man gooth to his wyfe
And in his yre wyll make debate and stryfe
With her and with her husbande wedded newe
Now what a vengeaunce herof may ensewe
He cometh home with swerdes sharpe and bryght
3685 And peraduenture late within the nyght
Whiche fyndeth them togyder bothe in bedde
Than swereth he by the blode that Ihesus bledde
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They shall be slayne withouten ony remedy
And they aryse bothe all hastely
3690 Afore that he the doores can vp-breke
And ryght pyteously to hym dooth speke
Alas my loue she sayth / what do ye now
I wende ye had ben deed I make auow
By many a man it hath ben shewed and sayd
3695 That ye were slayne and in your graue ylayde
But for that I wolde knowe the certaynte
I was vnmaryed more than yeres thre
And suche a sorowe made I nyght and day
That all my wytte and reason fyll away
3700 Helples I was / longe-tyme in wo and care
And god it wote full euyll dyde I fare
That ye were deed / eche man sayd out of doute
And I ne coude well brynge the worlde aboute
Wherfore my frendes aduysed me to mary
3705 And so I dyde / for what cause sholde I tary
Ye neuer sente me worde / how that ye dyde
But ye alway your counceyle fro me hyde
And as this wyly woman stode and talked
The newly wedded husbande / softely stalked
3710 And toke a bowe in hande / and dyde it bende
And boldly sayd / he wolde his place defende
Than sayd the wyfe vnto her husbandes bothe
Good gentyll syrs / yf ye wolde not be wrothe
But well agre / I trust you bothe to please
3715 My-selfe / and you at euery tyme well ease
The olde husbande thus knowynge of theyr dede
Departeth sodaynly for he must nede
With shame ynough / and hasteth hym away
And they within the house fast laugh and play
3720 And after this so seke he is and sadde
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That he within a whyle is waxen madde
Wherfore I say / he that may fortune so
As dyde this man whiche wolde for honour go
The way in-to the lepe of maryage
3725 Streyght hath he founde as byrde into the cage
How-be-it he afore was not so wyse
Of so grete Ieoperdyes to take aduyse
So shall he lede his lyfe and hym enable
To be a fole / and mete to bere the bable
3730 And at the last in paynes greuously
He shall his dayes ende / and wretchedly

¶Here endeth the .xiii. Ioye of maryage.