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(fol. 159 a.)
Truly, if any
been in him, he
could not have
treated Troilus as
But a M. pro knightes prong hym aboute,
10348 And shamfully a shent mon he shope to the
There he found no defens, ne fightyng agayne ;
But as a ded mon to deme, þat deiret no wight.
10360 Or gentilnes iugget iustly his werkes,
When Paris persayuit the plit of his brother,
Grief and mourn 10364 How he was dolfully ded, and drawen in the ost, ing for Troilus:
Ofte he swonet for swym, as he swelt wold;
And myche dole was pat day, pe Duke to behold.
10368 ffor the body of pat bold with baret was slayne,
But the grekes were so grym, þai gird hom abake,
10372 The mighty kyng Menon mikill sorow hade; ffor pe dethe of pat dere with dole at his hert,
He chefe to Achilles with a chere felle
And warpit pes wordis in a wild yre :— 10376 "Thou traytor vntru, þat trust was in neuer, ffor shame may pou shunt, as shent of all knightes!
THE BODY OF TROILUS.
How found pou þat filthe in pi fals wille, Of so dogget a dede in pi derf hert, 10380 So worshipfull a wegh, & worthiest of blode, hat is comyn of a kyng, the clennest on lyue, To tegh as a traytor, and traile vpon þe erthe, And hurle at þi horse taile in hethyng of vs?
10384 Leue me now lelly all þi lyfe after,
Neuer kepis pu pi corse out of cold angur.”
fol. 159 b.)
ben þe kyng at hym caupit with a kene speire, hurls at him with
Hurt hym full hidusly, harmyt hym sore,
10388 pat bisi was þe buerne to bide in his sadill,
Or olofte for to lenge in his large sete.
ben he swange out a sword swicly with pat, Hurlit thurgh þe helme, hade hym to ground: 10392 With a wound þat was wikkid walt of his horse, Half lyueles on the laund light vnder fote. ben pe troiens with tene tokyn pe body
Of Troiell, pe tru knight, & to toun led.
10396 be Mirmydons paire maistur, masit on pe grene,
Horsit hym in haste, hade hym a lofte.
10400 And he fore to pe fight with a fell wyll,
And he keppit hym full kenly: pai caupit to-
Menon was myghtier, & met on hym so,
10404 þat he greuit pe greke, and geue hym þe worse.
ben þe batels come bigli vppon bothe haluys,
Sundrit hom sone, þai soghtyn in twyn.
he day wex dym, droupit pe sun,
10408 be lyght wex lasse, and pe laik endit:
Soghtyn to the sité, & sum to pe tentis,
And logget pe long nyght, layd hom to rest.
then with a
The body of Troilus is recovered.
Achilles recovers, and again fights with Memnon.
Night ends the battle.
10412 Bateld on bent as hom best likid.
ffell was pe fight po fomen betwene,
And mony derf per was ded er þe daie past!
be vij day sothly, saise me the lyne,
Achilles instructs 10416 Achilles thurgh chaunse was cherit of his wond.
engage him till
he come up.
(fol. 160 a.)
steals upon him and cuts him down.
He could not
have slain him single-handed.
King Menon to mare with Malys he poght,
And bounyt into batell with his buernes all. He meuyt to his Mirmydons in maner before, 10420 pe kyng to vmbcast, & close hym with-in; Asaile hym on yche side, til hym selfe come His vilany to venge, and his vile hurt.
ben þe stour was full stithe, sturne men were slayn ;
10424 Buernes on pe bent blody be-ronen;
And mony hathill, in pat hete, of his horse fell.
THE DETHE OF MENON DE KYNG, BY ACHILLES VNMON
Achilles hym chefe to pe choise Menon,
10428 pe dentis of po derfe derit hom so,
þat ayther light on pe laund, leuyt paire horse; Swange out swordys, swappit togedur;
And ffelli on fote fughtyn þai bothe.
10432 pe Mirmydons to Menon myghtily pronge,
Ne no rynk hym to rescow, but his ronk fos.
Schuld haue killit pis kyng with his clen
DESPAIR OF THE TROJANS.
Syn Menon with myght hade marrit hym ofte, bat ffro pe hede to pe hele pe hote blode ran : 10444 And he likkir be lost pen to lyue after.
perfore ses of pi saghis, pou sore homer,
þat writis of hym worchip, þat worthy is non; Neuer kyld no kyng, ne no knight 3et, 10448 pat a-countid was kene, but with cast treson: And if treson with trumen be told as for worchip, ben is pat lede worthe lose for his lichir dedis.
Menelay with myght meuyt in þen,
10452 Diamed pe dughti, and derf Telamonius :
þes gird in full grymli with a grete ost,
10456 ffull mony were marrit, & maymyt for euer !
(fol. 160 b.)
Theire fos on hom folowet, fell hom full thicke, 10460 Hew on with hard stele, hurt of hom þan, And mony kild on þe cliffe vnto cold dethe. bai wan in wightly, warpit to be yates, Barrit hom full bigly with boltes of yerne; 10464 Braid vp the brigges in a breme hast: The tothir to the tenttes turnyt agayne. pan was sorow in the Cité, sobbyng of teres, With Priam the prise kyng, & his pure wyfe; Trojans.
10468 Wailyng of wemen, weping of knightes,
ffor the losse and the lure of pe lele childer,
Deffibus the doghty, & the derf Troilus :
10472 Now dem pai no dede but the dethe pole ! pan Priam, the prise kyng, prestly did send To Agamynon the gret, for graunt of a tru: And he assentid full sone, asurit with hond, 10476 And affirmyt hit fast with a fyne othe.
The grief and dismay of the
a truce; which is granted.
Within the tyme of þe true, for troiell was made
ffor Menon, the mighty, was made pere another, 10480 And the corse of pat cleane close[t] perein.
Hecuba plans how to slay Achilles.
She consults with Paris,
(fol. 161 a.)
and advises that he be slain, as he had slain her
She proposes to
THE DETHE OF ACHILLES IN THE TEMPLE, BY PARIS
Within the tyme of pe tru, as the trety sayes,
ffor the dethe of hir dere sonnes moche dole hade,
On all wise in this world be worthy for to sle,
10492 þat falsly in fight are fellit by Achilles.
Dang hym to dede; & the derfe troilus,
He has sere men send, and sadly me prayed,
A sonnd will I send by a sad frynd,
On all wise in this world warn hym fro me, 10508 To Appollo pure temple pertly to come,