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HECTOR AND ACUILLES.
ander the command of Achilles, Diomedes, Menelaus, and Mnestheus.
Hector arrays the Trojans, and gives Troilus command of the first division,
Armyt at all peses abill to fyght,
Achilles the choise chargit to batell,
Monelay the mighty meuit with the prid;
bus ordant were all men angardly mony, 7216 In batels full big all boune to be werre,
ffaire yche furde folowand on other,
Ector, on the other side, egor hym selfe, 7220 Dressit for be dede, deuydyt his pepull.
Troiell, the tru knight, betakon was the first,
Other batels full bigge, with bold men to ride, 7224 He araiet full Riolly by rede of hym seluyn.
Then the prinse with his power past to the lond,
He met hom full monly with his mayn dynttes, 7228 And gird hom to ground & to grym dethe.
Ector to Achilles amyt hym sone,
And he keppit hym kenely, and coupid to-gedur, 7232 That bothe went bakward & on bent lay.
But Ector the honerable erst was on fote,
Broke þurgh batels, britnet the grekes, 7236 Kyld mony knightes, kest hom to ground.
Mony hurlet to pe hard erthe & þere horse leuyt;
So he hurlit hom on hepis with his hard dinttes, 7240 Till he was blody of þe buernes, & his bright
Hector and Achilles meet in battle: both are unhorsed.
Hector remounts, and leares Achilles on the ground.
(fol. 113 a.)
Again Hector and
Achilles is borne down, and barely escapes capture.
Again fights with
and is sorely wounded.
7244 And shot þurgh þere sheltrons, shent of þe pepull.
pen auntred it eftsones þat Ector hym met,
And aither lede full lyuely lachit vpon other, 7248 þat his speire alto sprottes sprent hom betwene,
And he hurlet doun hedstoupis to be hard erthe.
Achilles highit in hast, and on horse wan,
He hit on his helme with a heuy sword,
But in his sadell full sound pe souerain hym held.
He choppit to Achilles with a chere felle;
bat the fas in the fell hast femyt on blode.
Hade it last but a litle on þe laund so,
But other batels full big vppon bothe haluys,
With mony grekes full grym of a gret will ;
Boldly tho buernes bickryn to-gedur,
But Diomede full dernly dressit vp first,
Swynget out a sword, swappit at þat other;
hat other freke vpon fote, þurgh his fyn strenght,
and smite each other to the ground. Diomedes remounts, and with a sword bursts the helmet of Troilus, who kills Diomedes' borse.
TROILUS CAPTURED AND RESCUED.
Diomedes dere horse vnto dethe broght.
And so the freikes on fote foghton to-gedur! (fol. 113 b.) 7280 But the grekes þaire gay kynge getyn appoloft, Again they are
And the Troiens pat tother on a tried stede. fight together. ben foght þai in fere with pere felle swordes,
And delt mony dynttes, po doughty in fere. 7284 But Diomede in daunger duly hym toke, And turnyt with the Troien tomly away,
captured by Wold haue broght furth the buerne to his big Diomedes, and
rescued by the
His pray fro hym puld, & his pepull slayn.
the forces of 7292 Withoutyn tarying o þe tother side titly cam Menelaus and
Mony wofully woundit, & wappid to ground !
All the bent of po buernes blody beronnen! 7300 Ector euermore egerly foght,
Breke of bere batell, britnet þere knightes,
And kild all to kold dethe, þat countrid hym with. 7304 There come launchand o þe lond a lyuely yong
Hector makes havoc among the Greeks.
Boétes, engages with him; and is cloven to the navel.
DEATH OF ARCHILOCHUS AND PROTHENOR.
7308 Carve hym euyn fro the creste cleane to be nauell,
bat he gird vnto ground & the gost yalde; And sesit hys sure horse & a seruand betaght.
Archilochus, to avenge the death of his cousin Boëtes, rushes on Hector, and is cloven down.
(fol. 114 a.)
THE DETHE OF ARCHILACUS THE KYNG, BY ECTOR SLAYN.
Archilacus, a choise kyng & cheftain of grece, 7312 Se his cosyn so kild & cast to be dethe,
Wold venge o þat velany in a vile hast,
The Prinse hym persayuit & preset hym agayn; 7316 With the bit of his blade he bobbit hym so,
Thurgh the might of þe mon & þe mayn strenght,
at the death of his cousin
THE DETHE OF PROTHENOR, BY ECTOR SLAYN.
Prothenor, a pert knight, preset hym ner,
Vnhorsit hym heturly, er he hede toke.
Was horset in hast, hent to his sword,
He merkit hym in mydward the mydell in two, hat he felle to be flat erthe, flote he no lengur.
Achilles þan auerth ward bis auntre beheld, Achilles, enraged 7328 How Prothenor was perysshet, his aune pure
cosyn : Prothenor,
He angurt hym full euyll, & egerd hym with, Greeks, and charges on the
ffor the dethe of þe dere his dole was þe more. Trojans.
ben he gedrit the grekes with a grete yre : 7332 Of po kynges, þat were kild, & oper kene mony,
Wold haue vengit of be velany, & pe vile harme. ben preset pai full prudly, & pynet hom selfe.
The Troiens hom tenyt and tyrnit to dethe; 7336 Wet hom with woundes, warpit hom doun ;
Greuit hom full gretly, gird hom abacke.
THE GREEKS FLEE TO THEIR TENTS.
their tents. The Trojans pursue, and cut them down.
Turnyt to bere tenttes, pe troiens hom aftur, 7340 Slogh hom in the slade, slang hom to ground;
Woundit hom wikkidly, walt hom of horse.
Left hom for late, launchet to towne; 7344 Entrid in all somyn, euyn at hor wille ;
ffore to þere Innes, & pus the fight endit !
Night ends the battle.