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that Priam has
now no means
to prevent them, nor hope of
Haue in this holde fro harmys to were ; 11272 Ne so derfe of oure dedis on dayes fro now, Any port fforto pas, or to put opyn;
Ne 30W sechis no socour, ne no sad helpe
Of no lede vppon lyue fro no lond straunge; 11276 Ne no conford to cache of no kyngis once. Syn 3our sones ar slayn, & 3our sure helpes, And 3our pupull all perichit vnto pale deth; Syn vs cheuys this chaunse of a choise febill,
Therefore, of two 11280 pe les euyll forto laite, and leng þer-vppon;
evils choose the
make peace with
Amphimachus declares Antenor a traitor:
(fol. 172 b.)
that 20,000 men shall fall before such advice be followed.
Eneas declares they have failed in war, and must now try peace.
Er we degh in this daunger, & to dol passe,
11288 A nobill sone naturyll of þe nayt brether,
To pe traytur full tit, all in tru wyse :—
pat pou loue schuld with lewté, and pi lyf spend?
Now we se pe be set on a sliper ground, 11296 Of pi fotyng to faile, and pi faith breke,
And þi nome, pat was nobill, noiet for euer. ffull hard is þe heryng of þi high wordis, And the tale, pat pou tellis, of pi trist feble. 11300 xxti M. full thro shall in threpe end, Er hit pas to the plyt þi purpos is in. ffor no luff hit is, lelly, pou lappis thies tales, But for treason & trayn, trust we non other." 11304 Eneas efter pis egurly said,
Refraynit Amphimacus of his frike wille :
THE TRAITORS REPROVED BY PRIAM.
Agaynes the grekes to go, vs gaynes no more,
11312 To Eneas & Antenor Egurly said :
Priam reproves them, and replies, that he had never moved in the
"How may ye pus meane you with malis, for matter without
Youre dedis me dullis, & dos out of hope;
And all coldes my comford, by cause of your
11316 Syn I did neuer dede, duly to tell,
Ne plainly no purpos put vnto ende;
Ne neuer comynd in pis case vnknowing to
And ay wroght by your wittes, witnes your
11320 Truly, Antenor, þes tales you knowes:
When pi-selfe for Exiona soght into grese,
And come fro pat countre vnto court home,
Of all buernes in pis burgh byset perfore,
11336 Hade pou counceld the contrary, & comynd hit
that Antenor had been one of the most urgent for the raid into Greece:
that Eneas had been one of the most active in carrying it out:
(fol. 173 a.)
therefore, their present counsel was the vilest
treason; and he would not follow
with much anger:
the council is broken up.
Shuld neuer lady of pat lede vnto pis lond
And now, after the dethe & deire of my dere
Thou rises as a rebell to my ranke harmys! 11340 Syche counsell, as pou kythes, kepe I none of, hat will lede me to losse, & my lond hoole :
Neuer of shame to be shunt when shalke is on
Eneas with envy egurly Rose,
11344 And kantly to pe kyng karpis agayne;
Mony wordis in wrathe warpes full loude :
The grief of
he resolves to cut off the traitors.
They must fall into the pit they have digged for their king.
Amphimachus is instructed to assassinate them:
HERE THE KYNG COUNSELD HIS SON TO SLE ENEAS AND
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,
Amphymake, the fre þat hym faith aght :"Dere sun, I haue doute pat dethe vs depart, 11356 pat of lyue & of loue are lappit to-gedur!
Syn I am fourmyt pi fader, & pou my fre child, Let us suffer our-self with sufferaunce of goddes. 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.
Hit is nedefull for noy, þat neghis on hond,
Er þai begyle vs with gawdis, & ger vs to degh.
ANTENOR AND ENEAS ARE WARNED.
I will pou be wise, & wirke as I bid:
In yche company is comynly a claterer of
11376 pat no councell can kepe, ne no close talis.
(fol. 173 b.)
To pes traytours was told the entent of pe kyng, The traitors are
hai assemblit full sone of assent other,
11380 þat knew of hor cast, & comynt to-gedur.
All sweire pai, full swiftly, vpon swete haloues, and resolve to
Neuer to councell to come, but in cleane armes,
11384 If euer the souerain hym-self sent for hom efte.
11388 And as plentuus of pepull as Priam hym-seluyn.
Large of aliaunce, louet within:
A Riche mon of Renttes, Relikes ynow,
11392 And fele of affynité, pat folowet hym after.
go to the council with an armed
Thies curset of pe case hade comynt with the They had already
Hom-seluyn to saue & hor sad fryndes,
Hor renttes, hor Riches, hor relikes also,
11396 ffor daunger, or deire, depely assurit.
engaged to betray
Pan the kyng vnto councell comaund hom bothe, Priam calls a
Το appere in his presens pat purpos to end,
ffor to trete of a trew qwill the tyme hade,
(fol. 174 a.)
11400 And to dere hom with dethe, yf destany wold.
Of armyt men all somen, abill to fight.
The assassination 11404 And sent to his son to ses at þat tyme.
the citizens to sue for peace:
ignorant of the treason, they
Priam, finding he eannot prevent the treaty, submits.
Antenor is chosen
to treat with the Greeks.
The next day anone, the noble kyng Priam
To carpe of a councell, & kyth hym hor wit, 11408 And to mell in the mater with his men all. When thei comyn were to courtte, this curset
fferkit vppon fote and to pe folke said :— "Now, sirs, hit is sothely, me semes, for pe best 11412 ffor to proffer hom pes, and purvey perfore." All his citizens, sothely, assentid perwith,
ffor pai knew not the caste of the curset chefe. The kyng to the komyns carpit agayne; 11416 To put of pat purpos he paynet hym sore. Eneas with Envy egurly saide :
"Sir kyng, of this case carpe pou no ferre!
We wull treate of a trew, I tell the for sothe, 11420 Whether pou will, or pou wilnot, wit pou forsothe!"
Than Priam persayuit all the pepull hertis,
And feld well hit fortherit not the freike to
Hym was leuer to the ledis lelly assent,
11424 Than grucche pere agayne, & greue hym þe farre.
I assent for my-selfe, and sadly afferme."
As grettist by agrement, with the grekes to trete,