« السابقةمتابعة »
THE GRIEF OF PRIAM AND HIS FAMILY,
The body of þat bold was broght to his fader,
leaders 8700 Rent of þere riche clothes, ryuyn þere chekes,
accompany it, And setton hym full sorily þat souerain before. with loud
wailing. When Priam, the prise kyng, on the prinse
Suche a sorow full sodenly sanke in his hert, 8704 Dat he fainted for feble fell on his corse In a swone & a swogh, as he swelt wold. The grief of
Priam and his He was ded, as to deme, þat day mony tymes, family,
ffor the dole & the deire of his dere sone.
Hom hade leuer then the lond out of lyue be. 8712 What of Ecuba the honerable, þat was his aune
tongue can tell. 8716 & the sobbyng & the sorow, þat sought hir
within, Hit were tore any tunge tell hit with mouthe! (fol. 155 a.) The dole for þat doghty of his dere fryndes,
Of wepyng, & wayle, & wryngyng of hondes, 8720 Clamur & crie, crakkyng of fyngurs,
Of po ledis þat hym louyt, no lettur might tell !
Most follow by fourme the freeltie of man : 8724 Hit may not long vpon loft ly vncorruppit,
Ne be keppit thurgh kynd for vnclene ayre.
with wise masters Maistu full mony, & men þat were wise. how they might
8728 He fraynet at þo fre, with a fyn wille, keep the body of
How the korse might be keppit in his kynd Hector without corruption, and
holl, without sepulture.
ffresshe, vndefacede, & in fyne hew,
As a lede vpon lyue, likyng to se;
Then po maisturs gert make a meruelous toumbe,
At the prayer of Priam, of a prise werke, 8736 Beside Tiberian, þat in Troy was a triet yate,
ffoundit full faire fele yeres past. They erect a
There set was full solenly besyde the high rich tabernacle on four pillars
aulter, of gold,
A tabernacle triet & tristyly wroght,
Like ymages were all, abill of shap, images of angels,
Lokend full lyuely as any light angels,
ffro aboue to pe base bright to be-hold, 8744 With full corius korse, & craftely grauen.
Hit was atiryt vmb the top all with triet stones,
Of all kyndes to ken, þat clerkes cold denyse. and gleaming
Hai lemet so light, þat ledes might se with precious 8748 Aboute midnyght merke as with
3; And on dayes to deme, as by due sight, As beamys of bright sun, þat braunchis olofte,
This tabernacle tristy was tyrit on hegh, 8752 Vpon cristall full clere, clustrit with greses, As a gate fro the ground to the gay
herse : hat weghes might walke & waite þerapon.
Aboue on bis bright, as the boke sayes, tabernacle they set a great image 8756 Thos maisturs gert make a meruelous ymage, of gold,
All grauen of gold, a gret & a longe, representing
Amyt after Ector, abill of shap, Hector menacing
With a noble sword & a nait naked in his honil, a naked sword.
8760 Vp holdand on high as he þat wold stryke :
Turnyt to the tenttes of the torr grekes,
(fol. 135 6.)
the Greeks with
arrange it that
fine ointment to
head, and flow
With a lyuely loke, ledis to be-hold:
The same fawchon full fell, þat þe freke bere, 8764 bat had greuit mony grekes, & to ground broght,
Hit was burnisshed full bright & of blade kene;
body of Hector 8768 Was full solemly set in a seate vnder,
tabernacle; and Ymydward the mayne towmbe with maistres
it might seem deuyse.
to be still alive. All the feturs of þat fre, fresshe to be-hold,
Iche lede on to loke, lemys & other 8772 All set for to se, saue the fete one,
In soche apparell full pure, as the prince vsit.
A hole þurgh his herne-pon hertely by craft; They cause a 8776 There-in put was a pipe, with a prise oyntment drop into the
Of bavme & of balsamom, þat brethede full swete, all over the body
Conseruatours by craft, þat cointly were made. 8780 The bavme burghe his brayn all on brod ran,
And the forhed before fresshly within ;
And so be craft & by course come to his chekes, 8784 Goyng to his gomys and the ground of his tethe, (fol. 136 a.)
þat keppit hom be crafte all in clene vertue.
hero are kept mekyll,
fresh and life8788 And grew fro the ground, þat gomys might
Thurgh the goters of his gorge, & the grete pype, 8792 To the brest of the buerne and the bare shulders;
the face and
So also the arms and hands,
legs and feet.
They set round the body four lamps of gold, whose fire could never be extinguished.
And past so by proces to his prise armys,
Euer folowand the fell to be fyngur endys.
And keppit hom full cleane in hor kynd hew, þat as a lede vpon lyue to loke on þai ware.
Den hit sewit furth soberly, & sanke fro aboue, 8800 By the lyndes of the lede, to the leell theghes,
Passond by poris into þe pure legges ;
In whiche fete pere was formyt fresshly another, 8804 ffull of bawme þat was bright, & of brethe noble.
Thus keppit was this corse of the clene prinse,
hat gay were & grete, all of gold fyne ;
pat no watur þen wete in world might hom let, 8812 Ne the light make lesse ne the low fade.
When this taburnacle atyrit was tally to end,
Vmbe the borders aboue, þat no buerne entrid, 8816 With a dore þat was derne, all for dere fryndes
ffor to loke on þat lede, when hom lefe þought, Or þat soght hym to se in his sete holl.
Then Priam, the prise kyng, puruait to leng 8820 Mony seruondis full solemne in the same
temple, Of prestes to pray, and pure men of lyffe, With worship to wale goddis, & wakyng on
He gafe Renttes full Rife, & myche Ranke godis, 8824 All þo ledis on to lyf, þat longit perto,
Bothe prestes and prise clerkes prudly to fynd.
(fol. 136 1).)
To this temple Priam appoints many priests, and rich endowments.
THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
THE COUNSAILL OF AGAMINON AFTER THE DETHE OF
Agamemnon proposes to his
Hector's death :
When Ector done was to dethe, & his day past,
By ordinaunce of the Emperoure, þat after hom
sent. Thus he spake for his spede his specials vnto :"Now fryndes, in faith, vs is faire happont, captains that
they should thank 8832 And þroly, me thinke, we thanke shuld oure their gods for
ffor, while the lede was on lyf, & his lymes holl, 8836 We hade hertely no hope here for to spede,
Yonder toun for to take, ne tene hom within,
so many of the by nome,
Greeks and their 8840 Prothesselon, Patroculus, & Policene alse;
Myrion the mighty, & the mayn Sedymon ;
Alphenor the fuerse flung he to dethe; 8844 Archillagon the choise choppit to ground;
Domen the doughty, & derf Polexenas;
Polipheten, a prise mon, he put out of lyue ; 8848 Letabion on the laund þere left he for ded;
And mony grete of our grekes he to ground
broght. Syn he be destany is dede, what dem þar vs ellus, And now that he
is dead, Troy and But the Citie to sese, & slyng it to ground; the Trojans will
be easily taken. 8852 All the pepull to pyne put, and dethe at oure (fol. 137 a.)