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From Thracia came Pirus, the king, with many men; and a Duke (Acanas) with 1000 men and 100 knights.
From Pæonia came king Pyræchmes and his cousin Stupex with 3000 men.
Out of Trasy þere como be tru kyng, with a
Philon the fuerse, with fele men of armys,
And a Duke þat was derfe & of dede felle,
And a hundrith hole all of his knightes.
And a Duke, þat was derfe, & his dere cosyn, bat stithe was & store, & Stupex he heght,
With pre thowsaund þristé, prepond in werre. 5476 ffor his kyngdom was clene clustrit with hilles,
All merkyd with mounteyns, & with mayn
hylles, And no playne in no place, ne plentie of vales,
bere auntrid hom oft aunsware to haue 5480 Of mowmenttes in þe merke, þurghe might of þe
fynd, pat with gomes of be ground, goddes were cald, And mony meruell to mete, & mysshapon bestes.
Out of Beyten broght bold men two, 5484 bat were kynges in the coste, and also kyd
brether,On Boetes, pat was bigge, & his brother Ephistrus. And in hor company come knightes a thowsaund.
That is out in the orient the vtmast syde :
Out of Pafflegon,-þat pight is in the playn est,
And so ferre out of folke, pat no freke sese,– 5492 Come the richest renke, þat reigned in Erthe,
On philmene, a freke full of fyn gold,
þat fonden are in Evfraton & þe flode Tyger, 5496 þat passyn out of peradis þurghe the playn
Froin Bithynia came Boetes and his brother Epistophus with 1000 knights.
(fol. 85 ).)
From Paphlagonia came Pylæmenes, the richest of all kings.
AND THEIR COMPANIES.
many Dukes and Earls, and 3000
He broght to be burghe, all of bold knightes,
He brought to
the city 2000 Iche shalke hade a shild shapyn of tre,
warriors, with 5500 Wele leddrit o lofte, lemond of gold,
gold and precious Pight full of prise stonys vmbe the pure sydes. Stones. This Philmen, bis fre, was a fuerse man of shape,
Of largenes & lenght no lesse þen a giaund. 5504 Of More Ynde come Merion, a mighty kyng alse, From Æthiopia
With Perses, a proude kyng, and a pert knight, and Porses with
From Tyre came 5512 And Archillacus also, þat was his aune son,
With knightes in hor company, clene men a 1000 knights.
of Agestra came 5516 bat Agestra, pe ground geuyn is to nome. two kings with
(Of po kynges, þat I carpe, know I no nomes ; 200 knights. ffor in pis boke, of þo bold, brenyt are none)
pai broght to be burghe, buernes a thowsaund, 5520 And two hundrith by tale, all of triet knightes. There come of a kyngdome, callid is Delissur,
kingdom of Of an yle be-zonde Amysones, an abill mon of
(fol. 86 a.) wit,-
came Epistaphus A discrete man of dedis, dryuen into age,
with 1000 men ; 5524 And a sad mon of sciens in the seuyn artis,
Epistaphus, to preue, was his pure nome:
And an archer an ugly, þat neuer mon hade sene. and “A 5528 He was made as a mon fro pe myddell vp, archer,'
half-man, And fro the yll by-neithe, vne an abill horse, half-borse.
From the island
1000 men and
His body was covered with thick hair; and his eyes 'flammet as the fire.'
And couert as a capull, all the corse ouer,
ffro pe hed to be hele, herit full thicke.
fferfull of fase, & hade a felle loke,
Mony woundit þat wegh & warpit to dethe, 5536 ffor he was boumon of the best, & bold of his
dedis. The now mbur of bes noble men, þat I nemmyt
haue, bat come with thes kynges and other kyde Dukes,
Withoute Priams pouer of his prise rewme, 5540 Were thretty thowsaund þro knightes þriuond
The number of Priam’s allies was 32,000.
And two, for to tell, þat to þe toune soght,
ffor to comford þat kyng & his cause forþer. Never since the
Syn þe world was wroght, & weghis þerin, world began had such an army been 5544 Was neucr red in no Romans, ne in ronke bokes, brought together.
So fele fightyng folke in hor fuerse yowthe,
Of tried men & trusty, þat to Troy come. While on the side 5548 And of the grekes, þat were gedrit in a grym ost, of the Greeks, there was the
Of knighthede to count þere was the clene very flower of knighthood.
floure, ffor to wale þurghe the world, as be writ tellis.
Wo so staris on þis story, or stodis þerin, 5552 Take hede on pe harmys & the hard lures !
What mighty were marrit, & martrid to dethe ;
Of kynges, & knightes, & oper kyde Dukes, (fol. 86 o.)
That þaire lyues here lost for a light cause !
Soche sklaundur & skorne, þat skathis to mony;
xiiij Bok. How the Grekys sailet from Tenydon to Besege the Cite of Troy: And of
stronge fight at be Ariuaill.
Before the fleet left Tenedos, Palamedes sailed into harbour with
him for such
DRESSE will I duly to dem of my werkes, 5560 How thai wenton to werre, tho worthy to-gedur.
Er þai turnyt fro Tenydon, & token þe se,
That was Naulus son þe noble, & his next aire, — 30 ships. 5564 With xxxti shippes full shene, shot full of
The kings reprove hat were heuy to hym for houyng so longe 5568 With anger at Attens, þere all were assemblit;
he had been kept And he excuset the skathe, but he skape might, at Athens through ffor sore sickenes & sad, þat hym selfe polet. His Palomydon was pert mon, & prise of his
dedis, 5572 He was grete with the Grekes, & godely honourit;
ffor he was most full of men, & mighty of
And of Riches full Rife, & rankist of knightes. 5576 Þai prayet þat prinse, all þo prise kynges,
To be close in hor cause for his clene wit,
be true to their All thonkid hym po thristé, þroly to-gedur.
(fol. 87 a.)
The Chiefs then
5580 Then the grete of the Grekes gone into counsell,
How þai best might in batell pe burgh to
assaile. And þen þai purpast hom plainly, in the pure
ffor to dresse for þat dede, er þa day sprange. 5584 But the ffreikes were ferd of hor fre shippes,
ffor to caire by the coste, & knew not the waches; Or to remeve fro rode for rokkes in þe se,
Or to wyn to be walles, wachid, hom thoght, 5588 ffor los of hor lyues and hor lefe knightes :
And so þai put of þat purpas, & past to another.
It is now a year since we came to
THE COUNSELL OF DYAMEDE TO STIRRE TO HE CITE.
When all counsels were kyde and carpit to end, They then
Hai didyn after Dyamede, & demyt hit pe best, adopted the plan of Diomedes, who 5592 Hat said hom full sadly all in softe wordes : said,
“Ye worthy to wale, wonder me thinke, “Ye worthies!
Of our dedis so dull why we dure here !
Now is zepely a yere yarket to end, this land,
5596 Syn we light in this lond & logget our seluyn,
And neuer dressid, ne drogh, to no dede ferre;
ffor to turne vnto Troy, ne on þe toun loke.
5600 What dede haue we don, or dryuen to an end; have we done, or how much
Or þe farrer in our fare fortherit our seluyn ? our end ?
But ertid our Enmys, & angert hom noght; We have only
Made hom wiser of werre, ware of our dedys, 5604 And by compas to caste to conquere vs all.
We sothely haue sene, & our selfe knowen,
Syn we come to his coste & cairet no ferre, here, the Trojans
The Troiens haue atiret hom with myche tor have greatly strengthened
5608 Daire Cité to saue, and hom selfe alse,
With new wallis vp wroght, water before,
and what deed
nearer are we to
made our enemies wiser in war.
Since we cane