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In times past,
cause of their coming, and of all that may follow.
The treasures of
1100 Hit was neuer herd, as I hope, sith heuyn was o loft, In any coste where ye come but ye were clene
And happet the herre hond to haue at pe last.
1104 ffor to wreke vs of wrathe, & pe wegh harme :
Hit is spede-full to speike of our spede fur, 1108 And of gouernaunce graithe at our gret nede, ffor to fillyn our fare & our fos harme;
Hald all our hestes, harmles our-seluyn ;
The tresour to take pat to Troy longes,
1112 þat us abides in the burgh & we be better haue.
hat the tresour of Troy is of tyme olde,
1116 Iff vs fallus in fight pe fairer at ende,
We shall haue riches full riffe & red gold ynogh
1120 And speike for our spede while we space haue."
Hercules proposes to attack before
daybreak, in two bands:
(fol. 20 a.)
Then Ercules the Avntrus onswarid Anon,-
1124 Iff it be worship & wit wisdom to shewe,
And thrugh lemys of light pe lond vs perseyue:
PREPARATIONS FOR BATTLE.
1132 With all the fere pat hym folowes, furse men of
and Peleus command the
And 30 sothely your-selfe, pat soueran are here, one; and that
With your company clene as ye come hider.
1136 With a soume of soudiours assignet vs with,
1140 Lurke vnder leuys logget with vines
Vnwar of our werkes wete vs not pere.
hat oper part of our pupull put we in thre; Nestor with a nombur of noble men all, 1148 ffare shall before the forward to lede:
Castor with his company come next after,
We shall found by my feith, or ellis fay worthe:
1156 To werke on this wise and our wille haue,
With all the here þat þei hade highet belyue,
1164 Armet at all peces abull to fight;
Wonen vp wynly vppon wale horses,
they, along with Jason and himself and their soldiers, should form an ambush under the city
while the other band, under Nestor, Castor, and Pollux, should wait near the ships to engage the
The council adopt
the plan, and prepare to execute it.
(fol. 20 b.)
The two bands are arranged:
the Greeks have landed and are in
He summons his troops and
prepares to meet the enemy.
The Greeks under
first to meet the
(fol. 21 a.)
Silen to the Citie softly and faire ;
Lurkyt vnder lefe-sals loget with vines, Busket vndur bankes on bourders with-oute. pes oper batels at the banke abidyng full stille, The kyng for to kepe and pere course holde. And whiles þese renkes pus rest pan rises pe sun, 1172 Bredis with his beames all þe brode vales. Hit was noiset anon þat a noumbur hoge
Of Grekes were gedret & pe grounde hade.
1176 þat the Citye samyn were assemblet In haste,
The kyng depertid his pupull, put hom in twyn,
He busket to pe banke with a bolde chere,
With his freikes in filde to pe fight on pe playne. 1188 pe Grekes hymn agayne with a grym ffare, ffaryn to be fight with a frike wille.
Duke Nestor anon, nobli arayed,
Countres the kyng with a cant pupull :
1192 Bothe batels on bent brusshet to-gedur;
With stithe strokes and store, strong men of
Shildes throgh shote shalkes to dethe;
Speires vnto sprottes sprongen ouer hedes,
1196 So fuerse was the frusshe when þai first met.
When helmes and hard stele hurlet to-gedur;
LAOMEDON ENCOUNTERS NESTOR.
Many perish on
1200 Sum swalt in a swym with-outen sware more,
1204 pen Castor the kyng comys vpponone,
Restoris hom with strenght pat distroyet were. ben þe crie wax kene, crusshyng of wepyns, And the fight so felle of pe fresshe knightes, 1208 be Troiens were torne tynte of þere folkes.
Lamydon, þat hom led, as a lion fore,
Bare don mony bolde & brittonede to dethe;
1212 Mony woundit we from his weppont paste.
1216 Brusshit into batell & moche bale wroght;
Mony bolde buerne on þe bent the bold king
Mony turnyt with tene topsayles ouer,
1220 þat hurlet to be hard vrthe & pere horse leuyt.
Lamydon at the laste lokit besyde,
Segh his folke so fare & his fos kene,
ffor wothe of pe worse & of weirdis feble,
1224 He with-drogh hym A draght & a dyn made, Gedrit all his gynge And his grounde held. Duke Nestor Anon nemly persayuit
are restored by Castor.
The Trojans are sore pressed: Laomedon rushes to their aid: the Greeks give way.
Pollux brings up fresh troops and does much damage.
(fol. 21 b.)
hat he was prinse of pe pepull & pe power led, Laomedon.
1228 He left all his ledis & a launse caght,
Launches euyn to Lamydon with a light wille.
be king consayuit his come, keppit hym
Ricchis his reynys & th Reenke metys:
1232 Girden to-gedur with pere grete speires.
They meet, and
the shield of Nestor; the
spear is shivered,
and he is hurled to the ground.
by a young knight Sedar, is at the
(fol. 22 a.)
Nestor wounded, rushes upon
The king share thrugh his shild with pe sharpe ende,
And the rod all-to roofe right to his honde;
The Duke had dyed of pe dynt doutles anon, 1236 But the souerayn hym-seluon was surly enarmyt, And the kyng with the caupe caste to pe ground, With a warchand wounde thurgh his wedis all. He feynyt not for pe fall ne pe felle hurtte, 1240 But stert vp stithly, straght out a swerde And flange at the freike with a ffyn wille. A 3onge knight and a 3epe, 3yneris of hert, High[t] Sedar for sothe, suet to pe Duke 1244 With a bir on þe brest, þat backeward he 30de, And fuersly of his foole fell to be grounde. he king fayne of pe falle and pe freke segh, And bare to be bolde with a bigge sworde. 1248 The bourder of his basnet brestes in sonder, And videt the viser with a vile dynt,
Gaffe hym a great wounde in his grete face.
He hade slayne hymn slighly for sleght pat he
1252 But a gret nowmbur of Grekes gedrit hym vmbe,
That Nestor with noy was nolpit to ground,