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10188 Thai told hym full tyte, the troiens with forse Gird doun the grekes, & the ground wan;

Takyn þere tenttes, turnyt hom vnder;

Oppressit hom with payn & with pale strokes ; 10192 And pai no pouer hade plainly to put hom abake. "And 3e, that hopyn in hele here for to leng, Sekir of your selfe, & no sore pole!

Hit shall hap you to haue in a hond while, 10196 ffyfty thowsaund fell folke out of Troy,

To take you with tene & tirne you to ground.
Mony of your Mirmydons marrit for euer :

Thai haue no forse hom to fend, þaire fos are so


10200 Withouten socour of suremen þai sothely bene


Achilles for angur angardly swat;

So hatnet his hert in a hote yre,

be loue of his lady pan left was behynd, 10204 Welt into wodnes, wan to his armys,

Strode on a stith horse, stroke into batell.
He fore with his fos in his felle angur,

As a wolfe in his wodenes with wethurs in fold:

10208 He hurlit of helmys, hedis within,

Rent thurgh ribbis, russhit vnfaire :

Tenyt so the troiens with his tore weppon,

That pe bent was on blode blent with the erthe, 10212 ffor britnyng of buernes with his bright sword. pan Troiell with tene the tourfer beheld, Knew well the kyng by caupe of his hond, Reiches his Reynis & his roile strykes,

10216 Caires to pe kyng with a kant wille.

The kyng met hym with mayn, macchit hym


Derf dynttes pai delt po doghty betwene,

With paire fawchons fell, femyt of blode.

10220 Troiell carue at the kyng with a kene sword,


Book XXVI.

Enraged by the

slaughter of his soldiers, he forgets his lady love;

(fol. 157 a.) mounts his horse; and rushes upon the Trojans.

Combat between
Achilles and
Troilus: both are

Book XXVI.

Night ends the battle.

Priam is grieved that Achilles has broken his pledge.

(fol. 157 b.) Polyxena too is disappointed.

to kill Troilus.

Woundit hym wickedly in wer of his lyf, hat he was led to the loge, laid as for dede, But he langurd with lechyng long tyme after. 10224 Troiell in the toile truly was hurt,

But not so dedly his dynttes deiret as Achilles. Thus pai bykirt on the bent till the bare night, pan left þai for late, lordis and other, 10228 Turnyt vnto towne & the toile leuyt.

HERE FAGHT HAI XXTI DAYES TO-GEDUR. Xxti dayes by dene with dynttes in feld, pan mett þai with mayn, & mony were kild: hat neuer restid po Renkes fro Risyng of sun, 10232 Of pat noyus note, till þe night come.

pan Priam the prise kyng hade payn at his hert,

ffor Achilles by chaunse hade chaungit his wille,

And breme was in batell his buernes to qwelle.
10236 He blamyt full bitturly pan his blithe qwene,
þat euer he tentit hir tale for trifles of hym.
He said þat his suranse sothely was fals,
And done for dissait, demit he non other.
10240 Polexena the pert hade pyne in hir thoght,
ffor ho purpost plainly in hir pure hert,

Hym to husband haue hade, and hir hap shope.
In Sex monys, at the most, pe mighty Achilles
10244 Was hole of his hurt he hade in the feld,
Of Troiell in the toile, as I told haue;
Bothe sound & saf, set for to fight.

pan hatnet his hert in a hote yre:

Achilles resolves 10248 To Troiell with tene, pat turnit hym vnder, And woundit hym wickedly, pes wordes said; "Doutles with dynttes he deghes of my hond, And er he fare out of fight haue a fowle end."





10252 When hit turnyt to pe tyme torfer shuld rise,

Tho mighty on mold metton to fight,

With thaire batels full breme, bret full of pepull;

And mony bold were pere britnet vpon both


Book XXVI.

his knights how to capture Troilus.

10256 Achilles the c[h]oise kyng chargit his knightes, Achilles instructs Er þai busket to batell for baret on erthe, þat þai holly on a hepe held hom to-gedur,

And mynd of no mater for myschef ne othir, 10260 Saue Troiell to take with torfer þat day;

Prese hym with pyne in parties aboute;
Cacche hym fro company, close hym within,

In myddes his mirmydons þat mighty to hold; 10264 Stuff hym with strenght þat he ne stir might, But hym-self hym to sle sleghly with hond.

When he meuyt his men pis malis to wirke,
He fore to be fight with his felle knightes:

10268 All his mirmydons mightely meuit hym after,
And put hym in prise his purpos to hold.
pan Troiell full tidely turnyt into batell,
With a folke þat was fell, fuerse of assaute,
10272 Hardy men of hond, hede knightes all,
And wonderfully wroght on hor wale fos.
Troiell the tru, with his triet strenght,

(fol. 158 a.)

The Greeks are driven back.

So britnet with his brond, & brisit the grekes,
10276 þat þai foundyt to flight for ferd of hym one,
And lefton the lond, pof hom lothe thught.
Then the Mirmydons mightely meuit in hole,
Two thowsaund by tale, as taght hom Achilles. rally them.

10280 His comaundement to kepe kaston hom þen,
And assemblit on a sop sadly to-gedur.

The Troiens with tene pai tirnyt to ground,

Kyld of hor knightes & comyns full mony;

The Myrmidons coming forward,

Book XXVI.

10284 Wet hom with woundis, warpit hom doune,

And myche baret on bent to pe buernes did.
pan the grekes agayne getton the feld;
ffell was the fight foynyng of speires.

Many fall on both 10288 Miche harme, in þat hete, happit to falle


The Myrmidons surround Troilus;

he defends himself bravely.

Achilles slays him:

(MS. has "mend.")

binds the dead body to his

(fol. 158 b.) horse's tail; and drags it through the field.

Homer is reproved for

representing Achilles as the

noblest of knights.

On aither parte with pyne, pat put were to


The Mirmydons hade mynd of pe mayne troiell, And laited hym on the laund as the lede faght; 10292 The compast the knight, closit hym within, On yche syde vppon hepes hastely strikon: But mony of po Mirmydons pe mayn knight slogh,

& woundit hom wofully a wondurfull noumber. 10296 pai hurlit of his helme, hade hit to ground, Harmyt the hode, þat was of hard maile; Rofe hit full Roidly, rent hit in peses,

þat all bare was the buerne aboue on his crowne; 10300 Yet he fendit hym fuersly, fele of hom kild, And gird hom to ground, þat greuyt hom most. Than Achilles with angur come angardly fast, Segh the hathell all to-hurlit, & his hede bare, 10304 And no helpe of his hynd (men) hastid him to. With a fauchon felle he flange at the knight, Slough him full slawthly with sleght of his hond, And hade of [his] hede vndur horse fete.

10308 He light doun lyuely, leuit hym not so,
ffestnyt hym vp fuersely, by his fete euyn,
Hard by the here of his horse tayle,
And hurlit hym with hethyng þurgh þe hoole


10312 Thow Omer, pat oft-tymes openly writis

Of pat buerne in þi boke, as best of his hondes,
Or wegh pat is worshipfull, & wight of his dedis,
He comendith hym kyndly as a knight noble;


10316 How be reason, or right, or rewle, may pou


To deme hym so doghty in dedis of armys?
And nomly in þis note, so noblely pou sayes,
Thurgh strenght of his strokes, stroyet he hase
10320 Two Ectors eger, & to end broght :-

The prinse of pat prouynse, pat no pere hade,
And Troiell the triet knight, his owne tru

One, the strongist in stoure, pat on stede rode.

10324 Lelly pi lesynges pou lappis full faire,


Book XXVI.

His partiality accounted for by

Thurgh affection & faithe pou fest with the his descent.

As pou said by pi-selfe, þurgh sibradyn first, Thou was aliet to pat lynage, as by lyne olde, 10328 Or ellis wodenes be wrixlet, & pi wit failet,

And no reason by rewle pat Renke to comend.
Ne fell he not first with his fals trayne,
Honerable Ector, oddist of knightes,

10332 The strongest in stoure pat euer on stede rode :
þat mon hade no make of might in his lyue,
Ne so worthy in world, wist I neuer sithen.

When he caght hade a kyng, as come hym by

10336 And to pull hym of prese paynit hym fast,
With all besenes aboute & his brest naked,
His shild on his shulders shot was behynd,
He hedut no hathell, ne no harme thoght,

10340 Saue the kyng to his company clenly to bryng.
Hade the prinse of his purpos persayuet before,
He hade keppit hym full cantly, cawpit with

hym so,

þat þe grekes shuld haue greuyt, & pe gre lost. 10344 And troiell, the tru knight, trayturly he slogh, Noght purgh stowrenes of strokes, ne with

strenght one;

(“sibradyn”sibreda, kindred, relationship.)

Did not Achilles slay Hector treacherously?

And did he not

slay Troilus when

he was sur

rounded and exhausted?

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