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Book XI.

where there was a strong castle,

And all the shalkes to ship with the shene godes,

The fleet then bai past fro þat port with pillage pai hade,

sails to Tenedor, 4700 And turnyt vnto tenydon, taryt no lengur.

Here arof all the rowte with þere Ranke shippes,
Cast ancres with cables þat kene were of byt;

Let sailes doune slide ; slippit into botes ;
4704 ffestnet with fuerse Ropis the flete in þe hauyn;
And buskit vnto banke, the boldist ay

first. At this tenydon truly was a tried castell, Wele wroght for the werre with walles full well garrisoned

and supplied. stronge ; 4708 Evyn fild full of folke, fuerse men & noble,

And Riches full Rife, Ranke men with in ;
Wele viteld, I-wisse, for winturs ynoghe.

(Hit was sothely but sex myle fro the Cité euyn, 4712 As I told haue tomly in a tale here before.)

The folke in þat fuerse hold were ferde of hom

selfe,
Arait hom full radly, right to the werre.
In defense of hor fos, þat on flete lay,

The Trojans turn 4716 Wenton out wightly wale men of armys,

against the And bateld hom on the banke as hom best thught. Greeks, who had When the Grekes were gethurt & to ground

out to defend their castle

now landed.

comen,

a

A fierce battle ensues, and many fall on both sides;

Mony fightyng folke in a fuerse nowmbur, 4720 The pepull with hor power put hom agayne,

And foght with hom felly, pof þai few were.
Bold was pat biker opon bothe haluys.

Mony deid by-dene of the derfe grekes; 4724 And Troiens with tеne tynt of hor pepull,

But not so fele at þe first as of the ferre side.
The Grekes full greatly greuyt þerat,

but the Greeks,

enraged at their Oppresset hom with payne & preset þereafter; loss, and encour.

aged by the 4728 ffought full felly, and fele were pere þai slayne : arrival of fresh

bands, press the Of the Troiens pat tyme tynt were pe mo. Trojans, The fresshe was so felle of the furse grekes,

(fol. 74 a.)

Book XI.

round and attack the castle.

(alblast, or alblaster, an engine for

(* wharle' =

for the cross-bow

And the nowmber so noyous, pat neghed in hast, and put them to 4732 That the ffrigies floghen and the fild leuyt; flight.

Turnyt vnto Troy, and the toune entrid.
And þo at fore not to flight, ne of forse were,
The grekes gird hom to grounde with hor grym

swerdes,

4736 And brittenit on the bent, þat abide wold. They then sur

Comyn to the castell, vnclosit it aboute,
ffoghten with the folke, bat defens made.

Shottyn vp sharply at the shene wallis ("glayue,' a

4740 With glayues ; & gomes girdyn doun toures; broadsword.)

Dryuen vp dartes, gyffen depe woundes.
With alblasteris also amyt full streght,

Whappet in wharles, whellit the pepull. shooting arrows.)

4744 With speris full dispitiously spurnit at the yates, quarrel, an arrow

Dongen on dernly with mony dede hurtes, or alblast.)

In diffens of þe folke, þat affroi made. (' were,' defend.)

But the wallis the[y] were for all the wo yet, The Trojans 4748 And fele of hor fos fellyn with out. stoutly defend themselves; and

ben gone forthe the grekes, graithet engynes, attempt to scale

Batold hom all abrode vmbe the bare walles ;

Layn ladders alenght & oloft wonnen. 4752 At yche cornell of pe castell was crusshyng of

weppon ;

ffell was the feght þo fuerse men amonge ; Many of them are Mony grekes in þere gremy gird on the hed, ground and killed.

Till þai lept of the ladder, light in the dyke, 4756 The brayne out brast & the brethe leuyt;

And mony dongen to dethe withdynttes of honde. The Trojans are

The Troiens full tit were tirghit for fight, worn out; and the Greeks press the

Wondit & weré þat þai were noght; escalade, seize the towers, and put 4760 And the grekes in so grete nowmber gedrit hom the men to death.

the Greeks

the walls.

dashed to the

till,

Wonyn on the wallis wightly with ladders,
At wyndous on yche syde-wise a wondurfull

nombur,

CAPTURED AND DESTROYED.

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The grete toures pai toke, timnyt the pepull : 4764 Was no lede opon lyfe þat a lofte stode.

The[y] chefe into chambers & oper chere hallis,
And yche freke, þat þai found, felly pai slogh, (fol. 740;

Old men & other, with ournyng to dethe, 4768 Tyll no lede of þat lynage vpon lyfe was.

All the caves in the castell clenely pai sought,
Robbit the Riches & the Rife goodes ;

The castle is then

pillaged and com Prayet & piket þat proffet was in,

pletely destroyed, 4772 And wonnyn it wightly the wallis withoute,

Till all was bare as a bast, to be bigge woghes.
Mynours then mightely the moldes did serche,

Ouertyrnet the toures, & the tore walles 4776 All dusshet into the diche, doll to be-holde;

Betyn doun the buyldynges & brent into erthe,
Tyll the place was playne & out of plite broght;

And hegh Tenydon with tourys tyrnyt all vnder. 4780 When þai hade wasted the won & wonen the gre, " von;' =wono. a

dwelling.)
All the tresour thay toke & turnyt to ship.
This fight is the first and firre vs behouus.

xijth Boke. How the Grekys sent two Kinges in Message to Kyng Priam

ffor Restitucion of paire harme.

The Greeks rejoice over their victory

Agamemnon orders all the booty taken at the castle to be brought to him that it may be fairly divided.

(fol. 57 a.)

ROBBET was pis ronke hold & ryuyn to ground ; 4784 All the kepars kild vnto cold dethe.

ffull glad were the grekes the godis to fonge, And þat hom happit so hastely the haldes to

distroy.

Mery was the menye & maden gret Joye,
4788 As þai houyt in hauyn holly to gedur.

Then Agamynon graidly, þaire gay Emperour,
Chargit hom as cheften all his choise pepull,

bat any godis hade goten at the gret hold,
4792 ffor to bryng it helyue & no bode make;

And cum wightly þerwith the weghes hom selfe,
To a place þat was playne on þe pure ground.

And þai obeyt his boue. The buernes anon, 4796 Past to the playne þere prince vntill:

Yche gome with his gode þat he gotyn hade. bai comyn forth clenly with clothes & other,

And pight it on a playne in a place faire. 4800 Han the souerain hym seluon soberly deuidet

Tho godes to his gomes, as hym graith thoght,
And depertid the pray to his prise folke.

To the weghes þat hom wan with woundes before, 4804 And put hom in perell, depertid pai were:

He, þat boldist was in batell, the best for to haue.

The boldest in battle gets the best sliare.

THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.

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Agamemnon calls the leaders to a council of war.

When þis duly was done by dom of þe lorde,
The cheftayn full choisly chargit the gret,-
All the kynges of his company & his kyde Dukes,
Erles & all men þat of astate were, —
The secund day suyng or the sun Rose,

To appere in a place pertly hom seluon, 4812 ffor a counsell to carpe & comyn to gedur,

And to speke of hor spede whill the[y] space hade.
When the derk was don & the day sprange ;

Gedrit were the grete & to pe ground comyn 4816 On a place þat was playne, plenty of Setis ;

Euyn set in a serkyll be soferan before,
And pes in yche place, princes were stille ;

Agamynon, the gouernour, godely did say 4820 These wordis full wisely to his weghes all.

THE COUNSELL OF AGAMINON AFTER HE

TAKYNG TENYDON.

Our forces are numerous, and, by the grace of

“Ye frendes faithfull, þat fuerse ben in armys! “Ye faithful

friends, princes, Princes & prise kynges, preuyt of Astate ! and kings! That are gedrit on the ground, & fro grece comyn.

(fol. 75 b.) 4824 The pouer of our pepull is plainly full hoge, And the fame of our fuersnes fares abrode.

our gods, there

are not in all the The word of our werkes thurgh the world springes ! world warriors of Is not accountid of kynges, ne kyde men of so great fame.

armys,
4828 Thurgh the world for to wale so worthy of dedis,

By the grace of our goddes, as grekes are now!
And no pride in our pepull for our prise werkes,

That happis vs to haue þurgh our kynd goddes. 4832 Hom þroly we thanke þan thrive we pe bettur, For this we

thank our gods, And put away pride fro our prise hertes ; and put away all

pride of heart, ffor it knowen by course & custome to all, which is the

source of so many What harmys & vnhap has hastid þurghe pride, evils. 4836 And what cumbraunse & care, in mony kyde

londes.

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