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Altenglisch / Old English

Apollonius of Tyre (a part thereof)

See also: The Seafarer

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Ins Neuenglische übersetzt von Igor Fux und Matthias Kasimir

A translation by Igor Fux and Matthias Kasimir

*** means that we have not been sure about this at the time and since then never had time to check again :-) hints welcome!

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1 Truly, when the king's daughter saw that Apollonius was so well educated in all
good arts/ disciplines that her heart entered his love.

4 Then after the end of the meal the maid said to the king: "Dear father, a little
earlier you have allowed me that I may give Apollonius that what I wanted of your
gold treasure."

9 Archestrates, the king, said to her: "Give him what you want."

11 Then she went out swiftly and happily and said: "Teacher Apollonius, I give you
with my father's accord/ leave two hundred pounds (weight) of gold and four
hundred pounds (weight) of silver and the larger part of the precious garments/
armor and twenty male servants (servant men).

16 And then she spoke thus to the servant men: "Bear these things with you that I
promised to Apollonius, my teacher, and lay them into a room before my friends."

20 This was then done according to the order of the princess, and all men praised
her gift which they saw.

23 Then truly the meal ended, then all men arose and greeted the king and the
princess and bade them to be/ remain healthy and went home.

27 Also similarly Apollonius said: "You good king, mercyful to the poor, and you
princess, loving the lore,  may you (both) be/ remain healthy."

30 He looked to the servant men, who the girl had given him, and said to them: Take
those things with you, which the princess gave me, and let us go and seek our
guesthouse so that we can rest.

35 Then the girl was afraid that afterwards she would not see Apollonius as quickly
as she wanted and went to her father and said: "You good king, do you like it well
that Apollonius who has been made rich by us, goes away thus and evil men come
and rob him?"

41 The king said: "You spoke well. Order to find a place for him, where he (himself)
can most adequately/ comfortably rest."

43 Then the girl did as she was told, and Apollonius was given/ received a house he
had been shown, and (he) went in thanking God, who did not withhold from him
royal honour/ respect and consolation.

48 But the girl had a restless night enkindled with love to the words and the songs
which she (had) heard from Apollonius and she did not wait any longer but left/
went right away before the break of dawn and sat down in front of her father's bed.

54 Then the king said: "Dear daughter, why are you awake/ up so early?"

55 The girl said: "The advantages woke me which I heard yesterday."

57 Now I ask you therefore that you will entrust me to our guest Apollonius for the

59 Then the king was very happy/ blisful and ordered Apollonius to be called/
fetched and spoke to him: "My daughter desires that she be able to learn from you
the execllent lore that you know, and if you will be obedient in this matter I swear to
you by the power of my kingdom that that which you might lose at sea I will
reimburse you at land.

67 Then when Apollonius heard that, he began to teach the maiden and he taught
her as well as he himself had learned.

70 It happened therafter within a few days that Archestrates the king held
Appollonius hand in hand and so they went out on their cities' streets.  Then
subsequently three learned and noble men who had a long time earlier desired the
king's daughter came towards them. Then all three with one voice greeted the king.

78 Then the King smiled and looked at them and spoke thus: "What is this, that you
greet me with one voice?"

81 Then one of them answerd and said: "We formerly asked for your daughter and
you have teased us frequently with deferment (you tortured us with delaying).
Therefore we came together here today. We are citizens of your city of noble birth
(we are born). Now we ask you that you choose the one of us three whom you want
to have as your son-in-law."

88 Then the king spoke: "You have by no means chosen a good time. My daughter is
now very busy with her studies, but to avoid that (lest) I do console you more often,
write your names and dowry in a letter. Then I will send the letters to my daughter
so that she herself might choose whom of you she wants.

95 Then the young men did so and the king took the letters and sealed them with
his ring and gave them to Apollonius speaking: "You take (the letters), teacher
Apollonius, if it does not bother you (so it not mispleases you), and bring (the
letters) to your female student."

100 Then Apollonius took the letters and went to the royal hall. When the girl saw
Apollonius she spoke thus: "Teacher, why do you walk alone (one)?"

104 Apollonius said: "My lady/ madam, don't be (an) angry (woman), take these
letters which your father sent and read (them)."

107 The girl took (them) and read the names of the three young men but she did not
find the name (on there) which she wanted. When she had read the letters, she
looked at Apollonius and said: "Teacher, does it not hurt you, if I thus choose a

*** 113 Apollonius said: "No, but I am happier that you are able through the
education that you got from me, to give a written account about which of them you
want. My will is that you choose the man that you (yourself) want."

118 The girl said: "Woe, teacher, if you loved me, you would moan about this." After
these words with confidence of the heart she wrote another letter, sealed it and gave
it to Apollonius.

123 Apollonius brought the letter out on the street and gave it to the king. That
letter was thus written: "You good king and my beloved father, now that your
mercyfulness allows me to choose myself, which man I want, I say to you truly: I
want the shipwrecked man. If you wonder, how such a bashful woman has written so
shameless, then you shall know ***, that I have through wax, which knows no
shame, proclaimed, what I because of shame could not say.

134 As the king had read that letter, he did not know, which shipwrecked (man) she
meant. He looked at the three men (knights) and said: "Who of you is shipwrecked?"

138 Then one of them, his name was Ardalius, said: "I am shipwrecked." The other
answered him and said: "Shut up. Sickness shall slay you, that you might be neither
hale nor healty. With me you have learned science, and you have never come outside
the city's gate (fram me ***). Where have you been shipwrecked?"

144 When the king coud not find out, who of them was shipwrecked, he looked at
Apollonius and said: "Apollonius, you take this letter and read it. Maybe you know
what I don't know, you who was present (at the time of writing?).

149 Then Apollonius took the letter and read it, and as soon as he saw that he was
loved by the girl all of his face reddened. When the king saw that he took Apollonius'
hand and he led him a little away from the men (knights) and said: "Do you know
that shipwrecked man?"

155 Apollonius said: "You good king, if this is your will, I know him."

157 When the king saw, that Apollonius was coated all over in rosy red, then he
understood the text and said thus to him: "Rejoice, rejoice, Apollonius, because what
my daughter wants, that I (also) want. Truely, in these matters, nothing happens
without god's will.

163 Archestrates looked at the three knights and said: "It is true, as I said to you
before, that you did not come at a good time to ask for my daughter, but if she
might make herself free from her teacher, then I will send a message to you."  Then
they went home with this answer ...

(lm 2k11-03-11).