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[PAGI) The xvjth boke: of a trew takyn two monythes, & of the inja batell
 The xvijth boke: of the counsell of the grekes for the deth of Ector, & the iiijth batell
 The xviijth boke: of the fyuet batell in the feld
 The sixth boke: of the sext batell
 The xxth boke: of the vijth batell & skyrmychis lastyng xxx dayes betwene the towne & the tenttes
 The xxjth boke: of the viij batell, and of the drem of Ector wyf
 The xxij boke: of the Elleuynt batell of the Cité
(292) The xxiij boke: of the xij and the xiij batell
 The xxiiij boke: of the xiiij and the xyth batell of the Cité ...  The xxv boke: of the sextene, seyuentene, the eglitene, and the xix batell
 The xxvj boke: of the xx batell of the Cité
 The xxvij boke: of the xxj batell of the Cité of Troy  The xxviij boke: off the councell of Eneas & Antenor of treson of the Cité
 The xxix boke: off the takyng of the toune & the deth of Kyng Priam
 The xxx boke: of the stryfe of Thelamon & Vlyxes, & of the
deth of Thelamon, with the exile of Eneas & Antenor  The xxxj boke: of the passage of the grekes fro Troy  The xxxij boke: of the lesyng that was made to Kyng Nawle,
& of the dethe of his son Palamydon : the dethe of Aga-
 The xxxiij boke: how Orest toke venionse for his fader dethe  The xxxiiij boke: how hit happit Vlixes aftur the sege  The xxxv boke: of P; is, & his passyng ffro Troy, & of his cronyng, & of his deth
·  The xxxvj boke, & the last : of the dethe of Vlixes by his son.
Whiche endis in the story wł the nome of the knight þe
of the noble deeds
and of the stout
been all but
Maistur in magesté, maker of Alle,
(fol. 2 a.) Endles and on, euer to last !
Now, god, of þi grace graunt me þi helpe, 4 And wysshe me with wyt þis werke for to end ! Off aunters ben olde of aunsetris nobill,
of our ancestors, And slydyn vppon shlepe by slomeryng of Age: Of stithe men in stoure strongest in armes,
and wise in war, 8 And wisest in wer to wale in hor tyme,
bat ben drepit with deth & pere day paste,
modern times, Breuyt into bokes for boldyng of hertes ;
"for boldyng of On lusti to loke with lightnes of wille, 16 Cheuyt throughe chaunce & chaungyng of
Yche wegh as he will warys his tyme,
But olde stories of stithe pat astate helde,
of those of more
recorded in books
some are true and some are false.
Each desires to learn what he likes best.
But old stories of renowned deeds
recorded by men who witnessed them may delight some who never saw them.
Be writyng of wees þat wist it in dede,
The Poet declares his subject and the authors from whom he has drawn his information.
ow of Troy forto telle is myn entent euyn, Of the stoure & þe stryfe when it distroyet was. pof fele yeres ben faren syn þe fight endid, And it meuyt out of mynd, myn hit I thinke
Alss wise men haue writen the wordes before, 32 Left it in latyn for lernyng of vs.
But sum poyetis full prist þat put hom þerto,
Homer, who is not to be trusted, tells how the
gods fought like men, and
other such trifles,
36 Sum lokyt ouer litle and lympit of the sothe.
Amonges pat menye,-to myn hym be nome, -
Qwiles his dayes enduret, derrist of other
He feynet myche fals was neuer before wroght,
Of his trifuls to telle I haue no tome nowe,
How goddes foght in the filde, folke as pai were,
That poyetis of prise have preuyt vntrew :
Virgill þe virtuus, verrit for nobill,
But þe truth for to telle & þe text euyn
hat was clanly compilet with a clerk wise,
And wist all þe werks by weghes he hade,
Guido de Colonna is the author of the following story,
from the works of
deeds which he
translated it into
work had to he amended by Guido.
And euper sawte & assemely see with pere een. which is compiled
In letturs of bere langage, as pai lernede hade : 60 Dares and Dytes were duly þere namys.
Dares and Dictys
(fol. S a.) The tothyr was a Tulke out of Troy selfe, 64 Dares, þat duly the dedys be helde.
Dares, who was
present at the Aither breuyt in a boke on pere best wise,
recor-led, wrote That sithen at a cité somyn were founden
his history of the
Trojan war in After at Atthenes as aunter befell ; 68 The whiche bokes barely bothe as þai were,
A Romayn ouerraght & right hom hym-seluyn,
briefly that the 72 But he shope it so short þat no shalke might
Haue knowlage by course how þe case felle ;
bat no lede might have likyny to loke þerappon, 76 Till þis Gydo it gate, as hym grace felle,
And declaret it more clere & on clene wise.
deeds as they All þe dedes by dene as þai done were ;
were done; 80 How þe groundes first grew, & þe grete hate,
Bothe of torfer and tene þat hom tide aftur.
war; of the Kings, 84" Of Dukes full doughty, and of derffe Erles, ? (
who fought on That assemblid to be citie þat sawte to defend : Of þe grekys þat were gedret how gret was þe
nowinber, How monyknightes pere come & kynges enarmed, 88 And what Dukes thedur droghe for dedis of
there is a faitlıful account of the
progress of the
Dukes, and Early
What Shippes þere were shene, & shalkes with in,
of the ships and
(fol. 3 6.) treasons that took place; in short, of every event from first to last.
Bothe of barges & buernes þut broght were fro
grese : And all the batels on bent pe buernes betwene. 92 What Duke þat was dede throughe dyntes of
hond, Who ffallen was in ffylde, & how it fore aftur : Bothe of truse & trayne þe truthe shall þu here,
And all the ferlies þat fell vnto the ferre ende. 96 ffro this prologe I passe & part me per with,
ffrayne will I fer and fraist of þere werkes,