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The Testament of Cresseid - Image courtesy of Abbot House
Section 1 :: Stanzas 01 - 10
Section 2 :: Stanzas 11 - 20
Section 3 :: Stanzas 21 - 38
Section 4 :: Stanzas 39 - 49
Section 5 :: Stanzas 50 - 58
Section 6 :: Stanzas 59 - 66
Section 7 :: Stanzas 66 - 76
Section 8 :: Stanzas 77 - 86
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S 50 

 This doolie dreame, this vglye visioundismal
345Brocht to ane end Cresseid fra it awoik.awoke
 And all that Court and conuocatiounassembly
 Vanischit away, than rais scho vp and tuik
 Ane poleist glas, and hir schaddow culd luik:mirror; reflection  (n)
 And quhen scho saw hir face sa deformait
350Gif scho in hart was wa aneuch God wait.If; woeful enough; knows;

S 51 

 Weiping full sair, lo, quhat it is, quod sche,sorely
 With fraward langage for to mufe and steirperverse; rouse; provoke
 Our craibit Goddis,and sa is sene on me.ill-natured
 My blaspheming now haue I bocht full deir,paid for
355All eirdlie Ioy and mirth I set areir.put behind me
 Allace this day, allace, this wofull tyde
 Quhen i began with my Goddis for to Chyde.argue/dispute

S 52 

 Be this was said ane Chyld come fra the hallWhen
 To warne Cresseid the Xupper was reddy,
360First knokkit at the dure, and syne culd call.knocked; then called
 Madame zour father biddis zow cum in hyhaste
 He hes merwell sa lang on grouf ze ly,astonished; grief
 And sayis zour prayers bene to lang sum deill.for too long
 The goddis wait all zour Intent full weill.know

S 53 

365Quod scho fair Chyld ga to my father deir
 And pray him cum to speik with me anone.right away
 And sa he did, and said douchter quhat cheir?how are you?
 Allace (quod scho) father my mirth is gone.
 How sa (quod he) and scho can all exponeexplain
370As I haue tauld the vengeance and the wraiktold; wrath
 For hir trespas, Cupide on hir culd tak.transgression; had taken

S 54 

 He luikit on hir vglye Lipper face,looked; leper  (n)
 The quhylk befor was quhite as Lillie flourwhich; white
 Wringand his handis oftymes he said allaceWringing
375That he had leuit to se that wofull hour,lived
 For he knew weill that thair was na succourhelp  (n)
 To hir seiknes, and that dowblit his paneillness; doubled
 Thus was thair cair aneuch betuix thame twane.sorrow enough

S 55 

 Quhen thay togidder murnit had full lang,mourned
380Quod Cresseid father, I wald not be kend,recognized
 Thairfoir in secreit wyse ze let me gangmanner; go
 Wnto zone hospitall at the tounis end.outskirts of the town  (n)
 And thidder sum meit for Cheritie me sendfood; charity
 To leif vpon, for all mirth in this eirdlive; earth/world
385Is fra me gane, sic is my wickit weird.cruel fate;

S 56 

 Than in ane Mantill and ane bawer hat,beaver hat  (n)
 With Cop and Clapper wonder priuely.in complete secret
 He opnit ane secreit zet, and out thair atgate
 Conuoyit hir, that na man suld espy,Conveyed/Escorted
390Wnto ane Village half ane myle thairby,
 Delyuerit hir in at the Spittaill hous,hospital/leper house
 And daylie sent hir part of his Almous.alms

S 57 

 Sum knew hir weill, & sum had na knawledge
 Of hir becaus scho was sa deformait.deformed
395With bylis blak ouirspred in hir visage,boils
 And hir fair colour faidit and alterait.altered
 Zit thay presumit for hir hie regrait,great anguish
 And still murning, scho was of Nobill kin:
 With better will thairfoir they tuik hir in.

S 58 

400The day passit, and Phebus went to rest,
 The Cloudis blak ouirquhelmit all the sky.covered/engulfed
 God wait gif Cresseid was ane sorrowfull Gest,knows
 Seing that vncouth fair and harbery:wretched food; lodging
 But meit or drink scho dressit hir to lyWithout; prepared/readied herself
405In ane dark Corner of the hous allone.
 And on this wyse weiping, scho maid hir mone.lament  (n)

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