158 "My deere love," quod she, "O my daun John,
195 This gentil monk answerde in this manere:
This gentle monk answered in this manner:
196 "Now trewely, myn owene lady deere,
"Now truly, my own dear lady,
197 I have," quod he, "on yow so greet a routhe
I have," he said, "on you such great pity
198 That I yow swere, and plighte yow my trouthe,
That I swear to you, and pledge you my word,
199 That whan youre housbonde is to Flaundres fare,
That when your husband is gone to Flanders,
200 I wol delyvere yow out of this care;
I will deliver you out of this care;
201 For I wol brynge yow an hundred frankes."
For I will bring you a hundred franks."
202 And with that word he caughte hire by the flankes,
And with that word he caught her by the flanks,
203 And hire embraceth harde, and kiste hire ofte.
And embraces her hard, and kissed her often.
204 "Gooth now youre wey," quod he, "al stille and softe,
"Go now your way," he said, "all still and quietly,
205 And lat us dyne as soone as that ye may;
And let us dine as soon as you can;
206 For by my chilyndre it is pryme of day.
For by my sundial it is almost noon.
207 Gooth now, and beeth as trewe as I shal be."
Go now, and be as true as I shall be."
208 "Now elles God forbede, sire," quod she;
"Now God forbid (anything) else, sir," she said;
209 And forth she gooth as jolif as a pye,
And forth she goes as jolly as a magpie,
210 And bad the cookes that they sholde hem hye,
And ordered the cooks that they should hasten,
211 So that men myghte dyne, and that anon.
So that people could dine, and that quickly.
212 Up to hir housbonde is this wyf ygon,
Up to her husband this wife is gone,
213 And knokketh at his countour boldely.
And boldly knocks at his counting-house door.
214 "Quy la?" quod he. "Peter! it am I,"
"Who is there?" he said. "By Saint Peter! it's me,"
215 Quod she; "What, sire, how longe wol ye faste?
Said she; "What, sir! how long will you fast?
216 How longe tyme wol ye rekene and caste
How long a time will you reckon and calculate
217 Youre sommes, and youre bookes, and youre thynges?
Your sums, and your books, and your business matters?
218 The devel have part on alle swiche rekenynges!
The devil take all such reckonings!
219 Ye have ynough, pardee, of Goddes sonde;
You have enough, by God, of God's gifts;
220 Com doun to-day, and lat youre bagges stonde.
Come down to-day, and let your moneybags be.
221 Ne be ye nat ashamed that daun John
Are you not ashamed that Don John
222 Shal fasting al this day alenge goon?
Must go fasting all this day long?
223 What, lat us heere a messe, and go we dyne."
What! let us hear a mass and go dine."
224 "Wyf," quod this man, "litel kanstow devyne
"Wife," this man said, "little canst thou guess
225 The curious bisynesse that we have.
The worrisome preoccupations that we have.
226 For of us chapmen, also God me save,
For of us merchants, as God may save me,
227 And by that lord that clepid is Seint Yve,
And by that lord that is called Saint Yve,
228 Scarsly amonges twelve tweye shul thryve
Scarcely amongst twelve shall two thrive
229 Continuelly, lastynge unto oure age.
Continually, surviving unto our age.
230 We may wel make chiere and good visage,
We may well seem cheerful and put on a good face,
231 And dryve forth the world as it may be,
And endure the world as it may be,
232 And kepen oure estaat in pryvetee,
And keep our condition private,
233 Til we be deed, or elles that we pleye
Until we are dead, or else we go on
234 A pilgrymage, or goon out of the weye.
A pilgrimage, or go out of the way (in hiding).
235 And therfore have I greet necessitee
And therefore I have great need
236 Upon this queynte world t' avyse me,
To plan carefully upon this tricky world,
237 For everemoore we moote stonde in drede
For always we must stand in fear
238 Of hap and fortune in oure chapmanhede.
Of chance and fortune in our business dealings.
239 "To Flaundres wol I go to-morwe at day,
"I will go to Flanders tomorrow at daylight,
240 And come agayn, as soone as evere I may.
And come back again, as soon as ever I can.
241 For which, my deere wyf, I thee biseke,
For which, my dear wife, I beseech thee,
242 As be to every wight buxom and meke,
Be to every creature humble and meek,
243 And for to kepe oure good be curious,
And be diligent to guard our possessions,
244 And honestly governe wel oure hous.
And properly govern our house well.
245 Thou hast ynough, in every maner wise,
Thou hast enough, in every sort of way,
246 That to a thrifty houshold may suffise.
That may suffice to a prosperous household.
247 Thee lakketh noon array ne no vitaille;
You lack no supplies nor victuals;
248 Of silver in thy purs shaltow nat faille."
Thou shalt not lack silver in thy purse ."
249 And with that word his countour-dore he shette,
And with that word he shut his counting house-door,
250 And doun he gooth, no lenger wolde he lette.
And down he goes, no longer would he delay.
251 But hastily a messe was ther seyd,
But hastily a mass was there said,
252 And spedily the tables were yleyd,
And speedily the tables were laid,
253 And to the dyner faste they hem spedde,
And quickly they sped to the dinner,
254 And richely this monk the chapman fedde.
And richly the merchant fed this monk.
255 At after-dyner daun John sobrely
At after-dinner Don John soberly
256 This chapman took apart, and prively
Took aside this merchant, and privately
257 He seyde hym thus: "Cosyn, it standeth so,
He said to him thus: "Cousin, it stands so,
258 That wel I se to Brugges wol ye go.
That I see well to Bruges you will go.
259 God and Seint Austyn spede yow and gyde!
God and Saint Augustine speed and guide you!
260 I prey yow, cosyn, wisely that ye ryde.
I pray you, cousin, that you ride carefully.
261 Governeth yow also of youre diete
Govern yourself also in your diet
262 Atemprely, and namely in this hete.
Moderately, and especially in this heat.
263 Bitwix us two nedeth no strange fare;
Between us two there need be no elaborate courtesies;
264 Farewel, cosyn; God shilde yow fro care!
Farewell, cousin; God protect you from trouble!
265 And if that any thyng by day or nyght,
And if there be any thing by day or night,
266 If it lye in my power and my myght,
If it lie in my power and my might,
267 That ye me wol comande in any wyse,
That you will ask of me in any way,
268 It shal be doon right as ye wol devyse.
It shall be done exactly as you will specify.
269 "O thyng, er that ye goon, if it may be,
"One thing, before you go, if it may be,
270 I wolde prey yow: for to lene me
I would pray of you: to lend me
271 An hundred frankes, for a wyke or tweye,
A hundred franks, for a week or two,
272 For certein beestes that I moste beye,
For a certain number of beasts that I must buy,
273 To stoore with a place that is oures.
With which to stock a place that is ours.
274 God helpe me so, I wolde it were youres!
So help me God, I would it were yours!
275 I shal nat faille surely of my day,
I surely shall not fail to repay you on the day it is due,
276 Nat for a thousand frankes, a mile way.
Not for a thousand franks, by so much as twenty minutes.
277 But lat this thyng be secree, I yow preye,
But let this thing be secret, I pray you,
278 For yet to-nyght thise beestes moot I beye.
For yet to-night I must buy these beasts.
279 And fare now wel, myn owene cosyn deere;
And now fare well, my own dear cousin;
280 Graunt mercy of youre cost and of youre cheere."
Many thanks for your expenditures and for your hospitality."
281 This noble marchant gentilly anon
This noble merchant courteously straightway
282 Answerde and seyde, "O cosyn myn, daun John,
Answered and said, "Oh my cousin, Don John,
283 Now sikerly this is a smal requeste.
Now surely this is a small request.
284 My gold is youres, whan that it yow leste,
My gold is yours, whenever it pleases you,
285 And nat oonly my gold, but my chaffare.
And not only my gold, but my merchandise.
286 Take what yow list; God shilde that ye spare.
Take what you please; God forbid that you stint.
287 "But o thyng is, ye knowe it wel ynogh
"But there is one thing, you know it well enough
288 Of chapmen, that hir moneie is hir plogh.
About merchants, that their money is their plough.
289 We may creaunce whil we have a name,
We may borrow while we have a good name,
290 But goldlees for to be, it is no game.
But to be without gold, it is no joke.
291 Paye it agayn whan it lith in youre ese;
Pay it back when it is convenient for you;
292 After my myght ful fayn wolde I yow plese."
According to my power, I would be very glad to please you."
293 Thise hundred frankes he fette forth anon,
These hundred franks he fetched forth quickly,
294 And prively he took hem to daun John.
And privately he gave them to Don John.
295 No wight in al this world wiste of this loone
No creature in all this world knew of this loan
296 Savynge this marchant and daun John allone.
Except for this merchant and Don John alone.
297 They drynke, and speke, and rome a while and pleye,
They drink, and speak, and stroll about a while and amuse themselves,
298 Til that daun John rideth to his abbeye.
Until Don John rides to his abbey.
299 The morwe cam, and forth this marchant rideth
The morning came, and forth this merchant rides
300 To Flaundres-ward; his prentys wel hym gydeth
To Flanders; his apprentice guides him well
301 Til he came into Brugges murily.
Until he came merrily into Bruges.
302 Now gooth this marchant faste and bisily
Now goes this merchant quickly and busily
303 Aboute his nede, and byeth and creaunceth.
About his business, and buys and obtains credit.
304 He neither pleyeth at the dees ne daunceth,
He neither plays at the dice nor dances,
305 But as a marchaunt, shortly for to telle,
But as a merchant (should), shortly to tell,
306 He let his lyf, and there I lete hym dwelle.
He led his life, and there I let him dwell.
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