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THE KINGS OF GREECE.
Telamon truly was a tulke full faire, 3780 Blake horit, aboue breghis and other
Serklyt of hom seluyn, semly with all.
A Sotell man of song with mony sere notys,
And mellit hym with musike & myrthes also. 3784 He was doughty of dedys, derfe of his hond;
Pompe and proude wordis ay be prinse hated.
Telamon the beautiful; his black hair in ringlets over his brow; a great lover of music.
Ulysses, the loveliest, the
He was the fairest by ferre of all the felle grekes, fairest, the falsest
3788 And falsest in his fare, and full of disseit.
A derffe man in dede, dyssirus of batell.
And mony harmes hepit for hete of his loue. 3804 Off Duke Nestor to deme, doughty in werre, He was long & large, with lemys full grete. A ffreike þat was fre, and a feire speiker, Wise in his wordys, witté of counsaille; 3808 Tru of his trowthe, tristy to loue,
Meke of his maners malise to pese;
And if he walte into wrathe, wode as a lyon,
3812 ffaithfull of frendship to frekys þat he louyt,
of the Greeks; none could equal him in eloquence.
(fol. 59 b.)
Diomedes the doughty was a strong, well-buil man, with a scowling look. He was false, cruel, quarrelsome, lecherous, and deceitful.
Nestor, the brave and wise, was tall, strong, and well-built; truthful, trusty, and faithful.
warrior of fine
mould and fair
noble, a tall, staid
man, with hard,
Semely for sothe, & of Syse faire.
3816 Doughty of dedis, derfe of his hondes,
A store man of stature, stabill of chere.
hair; large gray 3820 His here was hard blake, on his hede stode.
eyes and grim;
(fol. 60 a.)
Podalirius, huge, fat, and "plooked" as a porker; his feet had burden enough to "fe ke hym aboute."
Machaon, brother of Podalirius, was of mean stature, proud and presumptuous.
Grete Ene and gray, with a grym loke.
His shulders were shapon of a clene brede.
ffor to comyn in a case hade a clere wit.
3828 Palomydon the pure, he was prinse faire ;
Naulus son þe nobill kyng, & his next childe.
3832 Noght borely ne brode, but as hym best semyt.
3836 Curtas & kynde, curious of honde.
So bolnet was his body, pat burthen hade ynoghe 3840 The fete of pat freke to ferke hym aboute,
Or stond vppo streght for his strong charge.
Noght to long ne to litle, lusty to se,
Proude & presumptius, prouyt of wille,
THE KING AND PRINCES OF TROY.
Dares in his dytyng duly pus tellus,
pat for the helpe of these hende, & hertely of
Of Perse come the proude kyng with pepull full The king of Persia
And a company of knightes comly to se, bat tellis his Atyre & his triet strenght. He was large, & long, & of lene shap, 3856 With a face somwhat fat, fellist of colour. The here of þat hathell was huet as pe fire, Bothe o berde & aboue all of bright rede.
Of the tulkes of Troy telle we now ferre,
As breuyt is in boke and aboue set,
3864 A large man & a longe, liuely & small.
A faire man in feturs & hade of furse steuyn.
Delited to the deuer on dayes be tyme.
3868 Noght ferfull, ne furse, faueret full wele,
3872 He wold herkon full hertely in his high wit.
with a great band of soldiers and
a company of knights.
Of the Trojan leaders.
(fol. 60 b.) Priam the king was a tall, noble, active man, of fair feature and commanding voice.
Was neuer kyng vnder cloude his knightes more Never was a king
Ne gretter of giftes to his goode men,
Ne lellier louyt ledys of his aune,
3876 Ne with Riches so Rife rewardet his pepull.
Of all his sones for sothe, pat semely were
Non was so noble, ne of nait strenght,
As Ector, pe eldist, & aire to hym seluyn. 3880 He was truly in his tyme tristiest of other
more beloved by
his knights, &c.
The noblest and bravest of his sons was Hector.
He stuttered a
Massive and tall,
his equal: he was so ready, so good, and so powerful.
(fol. 61 a.)
Paris, a pert knight with silken, glossy hair,
was a famous archer and bunter.
third son and
very much alike
THE PRINCES OF TROY.
bat leuit in any londe, & a litle he stotid.
This prinse with his pure strenght plainly auer
All Auntres in Armys, þat he euer raght :
3884 Non so stuerne þat withstode a stroke of his
He was massy & mekull, made for pe nonest,
So graithe, ne so good, ne of so gret myght.
He spake neuer dispituosly, ne spiset no man ; Ne warpit neuer worde of wrang with his mowthe.
Ne sagh, þat was vnsemond, slipped hym fro, 3892 But ay meke as a maydon, & mylde of his speche. Neuer hatfull to hym to hygh into batell,
Neuer wery of pat werke, ne of wegh fferde,
He swat neuer for pat swynke, ne in swayme
3896 Was neuer red in no Romanse of Renke vpon erthe
So well louyt with all ledys, pat in his lond
Parys was pure faire, and a pert knighte;
Here huet on his hede as haspis of silke,
3900 And in sighkyng it shone as the shyre golde. He was bowman O pe best, bolde with a speire, A wilde man to wale, wode on his fos; ffull siker at asaye, & a sad knight, 3904 Of hunters he was hede, & hauntyd it ofte. Deffebus was doughty & derfe of his hond, The prid son of pe sute, & his sure brother Elenus, the eldist euyn after hym.
po freikes were fourmet of feturs [a]like,
TROILUS AND ENEAS.
The ton fro pe tother was tore for to ken 3912 In sight at þat sodan, somyn & pai were.
The fourme of po freikes was, faithfully to se,
ffull massely made, & of mayn strenght; 3924 And yet hoger of hert & of her wille,
He demenyt well his maners, & be mesure wroght.
and in form both were very like their father.
The one was
a tried knight, the other, a 'sotele man of syense.'
Troilus was tall,
amorous, yet mannerly and measured.
(fol. 61 b.)
almost equal to Hector.
In strenght ne in stryfe pere strokes were delte, In battle he was
Was no yong man so 3epe, ne zenerus of dedis,
Wise in his werkes, & of wordys sober,
A man full of mekenes & mery of his chere.
Eneas the eager, broad-chested but
ättle; he was
skilful, wise, learned, and meek;
had fine bright eyes slightly asquint, and was
the richest man in
Of all the tulkes of Troy, to telle pem by name, Troy.