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ACHILLES RUSHES TO BATTLE.
Enraged by the slaughter of his soldiers, he forgets his lady love;
10188 Thai told hym full tyte, the troiens with forse
Gird doun the grekes, & the ground wan;
Oppressit hom with payn & with pale strokes ; 10192 And þai no pouer hade plainly to put hom abake.
“ And ze, that hopyn in hele here for to leng,
Hit shall hap you to haue in a hond while, 10196 ffyfty thowsaund fell folke out of Troy,
To take you with tеne & tirne you to ground.
Strode on a stith horse, stroke into batell.
As a wolfe in his wodenes with wethurs in fold : 10208 He hurlit of helmys, hedis within,
Rent thurgh ribbis, russhit vnfaire :
That be bent was on blode blent with the erthe, 10212 ffor britnyng of buernes with his bright sword.
pan Troiell with tеne the tourfer beheld,
Reiches his Reynis & his roile strykes, 10216 Caires to be kyng with a kant wille.
The kyng met hym with mayn, macchit hym
With paire fawchons fell, femyt of blode. 10220 Troiell carue at the kyng with a kene sword,
(fol. 157 a.) mounts his horse; and rushes upon the Trojans.
Woundit hym wickedly in wer of his lyf,
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.
ban left þai for late, lordis and other,
Night ends the battle.
HERE FAGHT HAI XX" DAYES TO-GEDUR.
were kild: pat neuer restid po Renkes fro Risyng of sun,
10232 Of þat noyus note, till be night come. Priam is grieved
han Priam the prise kyng hade payn at his that Achilles has broken his
ffor Achilles by chaunse hade chaungit his
And breme was in batell his buernes to qwelle. 10236 He blamyt full bitturly pan his blithe qwene,
bat euer he tentit hir tale for trifles of hym.
He said þat his suranse sothely was fals, (fol. 157 b.)
And done for dissait, demit he non other. Polyxena too is 10240 Polexena the pert hade pyne in hir thoght, disappointed.
ffor ho purpost plainly in hir pure hert,
In Sex monys, at the most, þe mighty Achilles 10244 Was hole of his hurt he hade in the feld,
Of Troiell in the toile, as I told haue;
Han hatnet his hert in a hote yre :
And woundit hym wickedly, bes wordes said;
to kill Troilas.
TREACHERY OF ACHILLES.
THE DETHE OF TROILUS, BY ACHILLES TRAYTURLY SLAYNE
IN THE XXJ BATELL.
10252 When hit turnyt to be tyme torfer shuld rise,
Tho mighty on mold metton to fight,
halues. 10256 Achilles the c[h]oise kyng chargit his knighter, Achilles instructs
his knights how Er þai busket to batell for baret on erthe, to capture 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;
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.
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.
With a folke þat was fell, fuerse of assaute, 10272 Hardy men of hond, hede knightes all,
And wondurfully wroght on hor wale fos.
(fol, 158 a.) So britnet with his brond, & brisit the grekes, 10276 bat pai foundyt to flight for ferd of hym one,
And lefton the lond, pof hom lothe thught.
coming forward, 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 Greeks are driven back.
he defends him.
10284 Wet hom with woundis, warpit hom doune,
And myche baret on bent to be buernes did. han 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
On aither parte with pyne, þat put were to
dethe. The Myrmidons
The Mirmydons hade mynd of pe mayne troiell, Troilus;
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 :
& woundit hom wofully a wondurfull noumber.
10296 bai hurlit of his helme, hade hit to ground, self bravely.
Harmyt the hode, þat was of hard maile;
bat 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. Achilles slays
Than Achilles with angur come angardly fast,
Segh the hathell all to-hurlit, & his hede bare, (MS. has
10304 And no helpe of his hynd (men) hastid him to. “mend.")
With a fauchon felle he flange at the knight,
And hade of [his] hede vndur horse fete.
ffestryt hym vp fuersely, by his fete euyn, body to his (fol. 158 b.)
Hard by the here of his horse tayle, horse's tail; and drags it
And hurlit hym with hethyng þurgh þe hoole through the
binds the dead
Homer is reproved for representing Achilles as the noblest of knights.
10312 Thow Omer, þat oft-tymes openly writis
Of þat buerne in pi boke, as best of his hondes,
HOMER NOT TRUSTWORTHY.
10316 How be reason, or right, or rewle, may bou
Thurgh strenght of his strokes, stroyet he haso 10320 Two Ectors eger, & to end broght :
The prinse of þat prouynse, þat no pere hade,
One, the strongist in stoure, pat on stede rode. 10324 Lelly þi lesynges bou lappis full faire,
accounted for by Thurgh affection & faithe pou fest with the his descent.
grekes ; As pou said by bi-selfe, þurgh sibradyn first, ("sibradyn"=
sibreda, kindred, Thou was aliet to pat lynage, as by lyne olde, relationship.) 10328 Or ellis wodenes be wrixlet, & þi wit failet,
And no reason by rewle þat Renke to comend.
Did not Achilles
slay Hector Honerable Ector, oddist of knightes,
treacherously? 10332 The strongest in stoure þat euer on stede rode :
pat mon hade no make of might in his lyue,
With all besenes aboute & his brest naked,
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,
pat pe grekes shuld haue greuyt, & be gre lost. 10344 And troiell, the tru knight, trayturly he slogh, And did he not
slay Troilus when Noght þurgh stowrenes of strokes, ne with he was sur
rounded and strenght one;