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that Priam has
evils choose the
a traitor :
Haue in this holde fro barmys to were ;
Any port fforto pas, or to put opyn ;
sechis no socour, ne no sad helpe
Syn 3our sones ar slayn, & zour sure helpes,
Syn vs cheuys this chaunse of a choise febill, Therefore, of two 11280 Þe les euyll forto laite, and leng þer-vppon; less;
Er we degh in this daunger, & to dol passe, make peace with the enemy:
Let vs proffer hom pes & hor prise qwene;
hat myld vnto menelay, as make to restore, 11284 hat myche dere has vs done for hir dede one,
Syn Paris, hire pure loue, is pertid of lyue,
pat hir walt as his wyf, qwil wirdis hym demyt." Amphimachus
Hen Amphimacus fursly vppon fote rose, declares Antenor
11288 A nobill sone naturyll of þe nayt brether,
Wrathit at his wordis, & wightly he saydo
“Qwat hope may we haue of þi helpe now, 11292 pat pi kyng and his cumpany castyn to dissayue ;
bi cité and þi sib-men settis by-hynd,
Now we se be be set on a sliper ground, 11296 Of þi fotyng to faile, and þi faith breke,
And þi nome, þat was nobill, noiet for euer.
ffull hard is þe heryng of þi high wordis, (fol. 172 b.)
And the tale, pat pou tellis, of þi trist feble. that 20,000 men 11300 xxti M. full thro shall in threpe end,
Er hit pas to the plyt þi purpos is in.
But for treason & trayn, trust we non other.”
11304 Eneas efter pis egurly said, they have failed
Refraynit Amphimacus of his frike wille :
shall fall before such advice be followed
in war, and must now try peace.
THE TRAITORS REPROVED BY PRIAM.
“ Agaynes the grekes to go, vs gaynes no more,
Book XXVIII. To no fight in the feld, ne oure fos mete, 11308 Ne to pas of þis place, ne no port opun.
Hit nedis vs another way now for to laite,
them, and replies, 11312 To Eneas & Antenor Egurly said :
that he had never
moved in the “How may ye pus meane you with malis, for matter without shame!
their advice: Youre dedis me dullis, & dos out of hope ; And all coldes my comford, by cause of your
Ne plainly no purpos put vnto ende ;
that Antenor had
been one of the When þi-selfe for Exiona soght into grese, most urgent for
the raid into Made on a message in mene fro vs all,
And come fro þat countre vnto court home, 11324 Thy councell was kenely kyddest of other,
That Paris by purpos shuld pas ouer the se
Sum lady of the londe, & lede into troye. 11328 The cast, ne the couytise, come not of me,
In pes & prosperitie to put me to wer,
And þi curset counsell, þat comburt vs ofte. 11332 And þou, Eneas also, angardly fast,
that Æneas had
been one of the Of all buernes in his burgh byset perfore, most active in
carrying it out: When pou passit with Paris tho parties vnto,
And ertyd hym egurly Elan to bryng, 11336 Hade pou counceld the contrary, & comynd hit (fol. 173 a.)
therefore, their present counsel was the vilest treason; and he would not follow it.
Shuld neuer lady of þat lede vnto þis lond
Thou rises as a rebell to my ranke harmys ! 11340 Syche counsell, as pou kythes, kepe I none of,
bat will lede me to losse, & my lond hoole : Neuer of shame to be shunt when shalke is on
Eneas with envy egurly Rose,
Mony wordis in wrathe warpes full loude :
Æneas replies with much anger:
the council is broken up.
HERE THE KING COUNSELD HIS SON TO SLE ENEAS AND
The grief of
he resolves to cut off the traitors.
The prise kyng Priam was prickit with sorow, 11348 And myche water he weppit of his wale ene ;
ffor he se hit him-seluyn, the sorow was the more, The trayn of po traytours, pat truly were fals.
He purpost hym plainly, for perell to come, 11352 Tho faitours with falsyng to fonge yf he might.
He said to his son, on a sad wise,
“Dere sun, I haue doute pat dethe vs depart, 11356 þat of lyue & of loue are lappit to-gedur!
Syn I am fourmyt þi fader, & pou my fre child,
I wotte hit full wele, thies wicked men bothe 11360 Haue purpost hom plainly to perisshe our londes,
Our cité to sell, & our-selfe alse.
þat þai droppe in the dike pai deghit have for vs. 11364 I haue takon intent po traytours to sle,
Er þai begyle vs with gawdis, & ger vs to degh.
They must fall into the pit they have digged for their king,
Amphimachus is instructed to assassinate th n:
ANTENOR AND NEAS ARE WARNED.
I will pou be wise, & wirke as I bid :
Book XXVIII. 11368 Kepe ye in couert with knightes a few,
(fol. 173 b.) Of ledis, þat vs loues, of lewté to forther; Kacche hom þan kenly, & bryng hom to ground."
He assentid full sone the sagh to perfourme, 11372 And to kepe hit as in councell kenely assurit.
But oftsythes hit is sene, & sum men hath feld,
To þes traytours was told the entent of þe kyng, The traitors are
bai assemblit full sone of assent other, 11380 bat knew of hor cast, & comynt to-gedur. All sweire bai, full swiftly, vpon swete haloues, and resolve to
go to the council Neuer to councell to come, but in cleane armes, with an armed
With a pouer of pepull purpos perfore,
This Eneas, of abell men was angardly grete,
He hade fryndes full fele, fild of all goodis, 11388 And as plentuus of pepull as Priam hym-seluyn.
Antenor also was abill of fryndes,
A Riche mon of Renttes, Relikes ynow, 11392 And fele of affynité, pat folowet hym after. Thies curset of pe case hade comynt with the They had already
engaged to betray grekes,
the city. Hom-seluyn to saue & hor sad fryndes,
Hor renttes, hor Riches, hor relikes also, 11396 ffor daunger, or deire, depely assurit.
Þan the kyng vnto councell comaund hom bothe, Priam calls a
11400 And to dere hom with dethe, yf destany wold.
ban þai comyn to þe kyng with company grete,
Of armyt men all somen, abill to fight. (fol. 174 a.)
This Priam persayuet of the prise hoge, The assassination 11404 And sent to his son to ses at þat tyme. is delayed.
The next day anone, the noble kyng Priam
to appere, To carpe of a councell, & kyth hym hor wit,
11408 And to mell in the mater with his men all. Æneas advises
When thei comyn were to courtte, this curset the citizens to sue for peace :
“Now, sirs, hit is sothely, me semes, for þe best 11412 ffor to proffer hom pes, and purvey perfore."
, ignorant of the
All his citizens, sothely, assentid þerwith, treason, they
ffor þai knew not the caste of the curset chefe.
The kyng to the komyns carpit agayne;
Eneas with Envy egurly saide :-
pe pou no ferre!
sothe!" Priain, finding he Than Priam persayuit all the pepull hertis, eannot prevent the treaty,
And feld well hit fortherit not the freike to
Hym was leuer to the ledis lelly assent,
He said hom full soberly with a sore hert,
I assent for my-selfe, and sadly afferme." 11428 pan þai comynd in the cas, castyn hor wittes,
And with charge of bat choise erend chosyn to treat with the Greeks.
Antenor is chosen