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do so, see what
Iff yow do pus in dede, hit doghis the bettur:
will befall you!" Of harme in a hond qwhile highand the to! 5004 Thou bes ded for þe dede dernly þi selfe ;
All þi pepull be perisshit & put out of lyue;
Betyn and brent doun vnto bare askes; 5008 The Rewme burgh Riden, robbed þi goodis,
Set vnder seruage & sorow for euer !”
THE ONSWARE OF PRIAM TO VLEXES.
the cause of all
When Priam persayuit had all his proude wordes,
He onswared Vlixes vne vponone, 5012 Withouten counsell of knightes or any kyde Priam replied :
lordis. ffull soberly he said all in sad speche, “ Me meruells full mekill of your mayne þrete, * I marvel at your
threat, and at And angers me full euyll your angard desyre,
your demand for
satisfaction; 5016 When ye couet by course, with vnkynd fare,
seeing that ye are Satisfaccioun to be sent fro my selfe
this trouble. Syn ye are cause of bis care, & curstly haue don.
My souerayn ye slogh, & my sybbe fryndes; 5020 My folke put into pyne, pild all my Rewme ;
Moche disseese ye me did, no redresse made.
And fele of my ffryndes into fer londes, 5024 In hordam & harlatry vnhyndly to lye ;
Not keppit hir kyndly, as a kynges doughter,
And menen me with manas Amendes to bede! 5028 I wold sothely, my Selfyn, sittyn with the harme (fol. 78 b.)
Of the dethe & the dole of my dere fader, For myself, I
the loss of my And on message I made a mon of myn owne, 5032 Antinor I ordant þat erende to wende,
would have borne
father; and I sent Antenor to you,
forgive all injuries, if you would restore iny sister.
And sent for my Sustor, sothely, to you ;
to hym, 5036 All the wise how it was ye wetyn your selfe.
Hit is knowen to your kynges & comyn with all,
Ye dishonoured my legate and despised my name.
I will not now yield to your demand because of a wild threat.
Be it known to
5040 Here is plainly no place in þis plit now,
Your wille for to wirke for no wild threte.
To oppresse me with power, ne my plas take, 5044 Ne my godis to gripe agaynes my wille.
I will Agamynon hit wete, & his weghes all,
die ! And ye,so rebell and roide with your rugh speche, Wynnes yow now wightly for woche of my
While I se you in certain I sourde full of yre, 5052 And bolne at þe brest all for bale angre !”
THE WORDES OF DIAMED TO PRIAM.
When the worthy hade his wordes warpit to end,
And said to bat suffrayn sittyng agayne :
And þou vnsaght of þi sight sothely of vs two,
noy be bou neuer, & pin ene opon, 5060 Syn the grekes on the ground are of so gret
(fol. 79 a.)
And if your
Borrow be so full
And pou faithly shall fynd, in a felle haste,
The weghes to wound & warpe vnto dethe. 5064 And if pou sothely of sorow set be so full,
ffor two buernes all bare & of body nakyd,
Toqwhiche pouer, playnly, þou proues no strenght, your bursting 5068 Ne no suertie, may saue fro þere sid harmys."
Mony knightes in the courte, þat by the kyng an army.”
Enraged by the
knights of the 5072 And drogh taward Diamede to dere hym anon,
ffor to britton pat buerne for his bolde speche.
breast may save yon from the harms of such
court threaten to kill him.
THE WORDES OF PRIAM AGAYN.
“A wise man
who has done
Priam þen presit vp fro his proude sete,
Priam prevents Bade hom blym of hor brathe or hor bare lyues, 5076 bat no gome shuld hym greue with no grym
Syn the wit of no wise man shuld walt into yre, should not be
Ne be fuerse on a fole, þat foutly hath wroght; angry with a fool, 5080 ffor it falles to a fole his foly to shew,
So is it wit, a wiseman his wordis to listyn,5084 Laghe at it lightly and let it ouer pas ;
ffor in speche may men spie the speker to know,
much before any 5088 Or any messanger were mysdon, or marrit with messenger were
injured within my hond Within my courtte, or my cumpany, for any
I would suffer
court, or in my company.
Therefore compose yourselves, and do him no injury."
ffor lightly a litil thyng, a lose may be tynt,
And a fame be defoulede, & fatid for euer ; 5092 Derfore set you
full And non proffer, apon payne, to prese hym no
(fol. 79 b.)
THE WORDES OF ENEAS TO DIAMEDE.
Æne:Ls, who sat next the king, then angrily said:
“ Sir King! a
You would doom me to death for such bold words; and any one, except your Majesty, who should dare to speak so, ought to die.
5096 And Eneas efterward etlid to say,
hat sete by the souerayne, non sothely betwene,Breke out full boldely all in breme wordis,
And spake full dispitously with a sprete felle : 5100 “Sir kyng, it sittes not, sothely, for right,
A fole to be fauoret folili to speke.
Hit is skille for his skorne, þat he scathe thole, 5104 And not cherist, hut chastist, by charge of his foly.
I might sothely so say, here syttyng yow by,
hat right wold & reason by rewle of my-seluyn. 5108 And, saue your magiste so mykell, þat men will
obey, He, þat warpes thies wordes in his wild foly, Shuld degh, for his derfenes, by domys of right; hat so dispitously hath spoken in spit of your
And angert vs all angardly sore,
I bid þerfore barly, þat he bove herchyn,
If he faine will foly for a fyn wit,
I therefore comunand him to leave this place on pain of his life.”
desire to thank
you as a
TH(E) ON SWARE OF DIAMEDE TO ENEAS.
said :5120 “You, frynde, with þi fare, what freike so pou be, "Friend, I I wote, by your wordes, pou ert no wise juge ; thee for thy
friendship and But I deply dissyre in dedis to come,
To thanke the of þi thret and þi þro wordis. (fol. 80 a.)
that the king is bat kepis the for counsell clene for hym seluyn, silly, who keeps 5128 þat well con his worship wisshe hym to saue,
To prevent strife, 5132 And wysely he waynet all his wild yre,
Ulysses then þat he nomore in þe mater shuld mene at þut addressed the
king. tyme. And to Priam (the) price kyng prestly he said:- (MS. has " to ") “Kyng, we haue clenly consaiued þi wille.
“We clearly 5136 To Agamynon agayne we go with our onsware,
All þi saghes, for-søthe, þat souerain to telle !"
Lepyn on lightly, launchet on hor way, 5140 Gone to be grekes in a grete hast;
Diomedes ride Lighten at bere logges, leuyn bere horses,
with all haste to And ferdon on fote fairly to-gedur;
the tent of
Againemnon anel Into the Emperours awne tent entrid belyue, 5144 Ther all the grete were gedrit Agamynon before
And toldyn all tomly, as hom tide hade,
Thai hade meruell full mekyll in hor mynd all, 5148 Of his authwart onswares, þat hym arghet no
The council determine to prosecute the war,