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must not blame his fortune when evil befalls.
Wite not his wirdis, þof hym woo happyn!
But sodanly forsakes þat sent is of god, 7072 Hit shalbe gricchit hym þat grace in his grete
nede. On that day
So happit hit here to pis hed prinse, great Hector had the better of
Honerable Ector, oddist of knightes, his enemies, and (fol. 110 b.)
That holly the herhond hade at his wille, might have
7076 And haue vttred his Enmyes angur þat tyme ; vanquished them;
His worship haue wonyn, & his wille hade;
And all his fos in the filde fuersly ouer-comyn. but unfortunately Then it cheuyt þus by chaunse of þat choise Telamon-Ajax encountered him,
And Telamon, þe triet kyng, þat was his true
Telamonius Aiax truly to nome,
He auntrid hym to Ector ernystly with fight.
The stoure was full stithe of bo stuerne knightes! Hector recognizes As þai fughtyn in fere with pere felle swerdis, him as his cousin
7088 Hit auntrid þat Ector, be ame of his speche, german.
Knew hym for his cousyn comyn of his Aunt,
And syb to hym-selfe, sewyng of blode. Rejoiced at the
He was glad of the gome, & o goode chere meeting, he raises his visor,
7092 Voidet his viser, auentid hym seluyn, and invites Ajax
And said to bat semly all in sad wordis, to visit his cousing in Troy.
Prayond hym prestly, as his pure frynd,
Turne vnto Troy & talke with his cosyns,.
7096 His honerable Em, & other of his ffryndes. Ajax excuses
He denyet hym anon with a nait wille ; himself for the
His ledis for to leue hym list not as þen. time, but begs Hector to show
But he prayet the prinse with his pure hert, that his love for him is real, by 7100 Iff he louyt hym, as he let to leue for pe tyme,
THE TROJANS ARE WITHDRAWN.
them to retire
þat þe troiens in hor tenttes shuld tene hom no
putting an end to
the battle. Ne dere hom with dinttes whille pat day last,
Ne folow hom no furre, ne felle of hor pepull. 7104 ben vnhappely hys hest he hastid to do, Hector grants the
request; and, pat angart hym after angardly sore,
forces, commands Turnyt hym to tene & all the tit Rewme.
within the city. With the tuk of a trump, all his tore knightes 7108 He assemblit full sone, & sad men of armys,
And comaundit hom kyndly, kynges & all,
And mene hym no more, ne hor men kylle. (Pol. 111 a.) 7112 The Troiens þaire tore shippis hade turnyt on The Trojans had ffyre,
Greek ships and Wold haue brent hom barly, botis & other;
consumed them, Haue grippit the goodis, & the gomes qwellet,
And no lede vpon lyue left in þe fild.
bai were assemblit full sone, & myche sorow hade,
the Trojans enter Entrid with angur, and to þere Innes 3ode.
the city, 7120 Thus curstly þat knighthode for a cause light,
Voidet pere victory for vanité of speche,
But þurgh domys of destany dreuyt to noght, 7124 And ay worth vnto werre, as ye shall wete aftur.
set fire to the
had Hector not recalled them,
Sad and angry,
xbj Boke. Of a Trew Takyn two Monethes:
And of the thrid Batell,
In the morning the Trojans arm to assail the Greeks.
(fol. 111 6.)
Wen fortun wyth fell angur feftis on hond, ffull tid in hire tene turnys he be qwell !
Wen þes ffounet folk were faryn to toune,
After settyng of þe Sun þai Seyn to be zates,
Iche Rink to paire rest Richit hom seluyn,
Wen þe day vp drogh, & pe dym voidit,
That were hoole and vnhurt hastid to ffild,
To fare to be fight þere fos to distroy,
But the grekes, in the gray day, graidly did send. 7140 A message full myldly to be maistur of Troy,
Of a true for to trete of a tyme short,-
Hit was grauntid agayn of po grete all ;
Then the grekes were glad, gedrit þere folke,
But the Greeks demand a truce for two months :
which is granted.
The Greeks collect their dead :
and some are burned.
He causes the bodies of Patroclus and Protesilaus tc be laid in gorgeous tombs.
Thai gird into graves þe grettist of astate, 7148 And beriet hom bairly on hor best wise.
some are buried, All the Remnond and Roke radly pai broght, And brent vp the bodies vnto bare askis,
Consumet the corses for vnclene aire, 7152 As the custome was comynly in cuntres of grece. Achilles, the choise kyng, was of chere febill, Achilles bewails
the death of ffor Patroclus, his pere, þat put was to dethe:
Myche weping & wo, waylyng of teris,
He araiet for þat Rioll, all of Riche stones,
There closet he the kyng vppon cleane wise, 7160 With Sacrifice and solempnite vnto sere goddes;
And Prothessalon, the pert kyng, put in another,
And Merion, the mighty, into mold put
vsit. All the Troiens, on the tother side, while the The Trojans tru last,
attend to their Helit þere hurt men þurgh helpis of leches.
By two monethes were myldly mouit to end, 7168 Iche freike was fyn hole of þere fell hurttes.
Care hade the kyng for Cassibilon his son,
ffull tendurly with teris tynt myche watur, 7172 And mournet full mekull, for he be mon louyt. Cassibelan, who is In Venus temple be worthy, in a wale toumbe
Temple of Venus.
Sho brast out in a birre, & to be bold said :-
Priam mourns for his son
buried in the
Cassandra bewails the sad fate of the Book XVI.
urges them to
the Greeks or worse will befall them.
By Priam's order she is shut up in prison.
7180 With care for to come, & cum brans to all ?
Why proffer ye not pes, or ye payne thole,
This Cité and þe soile be sesit you fro,
Modris þere myld childer with mournyng behold,
Elan was neuer honour auenant so mykell,
to be martrid for malice of hir!
When the kyng had consayuit Cassandra noise, 7192 He comaundet hir be caght, & closit full hard : In a stithe house of ston stake hir
vр There ho lengit full longe, as pe lyue says. Palomydon, the proud kyng, prise of the
Agamynon the grete was of no gre chere
More syttyn he saide hym seluyn to haue, 7200 As Richer of Renttes, & Riollier of astate;
Held hym for no hede, ne wold his hest kepe, ffor he Chargyt was for no cheftain, ne chosyn
by hym Ne of xxxti other pro kynges, þat þriuond were
Palamedeg murmurs against Agamemnon;
and thinks that he himself is more worthy to be commander.
(fol. 112 b.)
7204 Was non assentyd to þat souerain sothely but
thre, Without ordinaunce of other only or assent : But of þat mater was meuit nomore at þat
Agamemnon arrays the Greeks
When the tyne was ourtyrnyt, and þe tru vp, 7208 Agamynon be grekys gedrit in þe fild,