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Book XXX. he had brought much gold to the treasury;
and had added many provinces to Greece;
and by himself
Troy was taken.
(fol. 186 b.)
never aided us
in battle; he is
strong only in
With all pe gold & pe gode of his gay fadur. 12188 All þes meblis & mo, thurgh myght of my-selfe, I wan vs in were thurgh my wight arme,
bat has socourd vs with solas in oure sad
he fell kyng of Frigie I ferkid of lyue, 12192 And mony othir myghti men of astate.
I haue aproprid to oure partis prouyns besyde, With my labur full longe, and my lel wyt. be Tore rem of Targason, & tyde Arundyna; 12196 Cepesyn I sesit, & pe sid Larris;
And othir prouyns & plasis of pertis of Troy. Thurgh my wightnes, I-wysse, & worthi Achilles, We haue wonen in were pe worchip with hond; 12200 And getyn to pe grekis pis ground with oure help.
This Vlixes, pat vtwith aunterit hym neuer
falsehood, flattery, 12204 And callis hym the cavse of cacchyng þis toune.
We might have won Troy by arms, and had glory:
we have taken
it by treason, and are covered with shame."
But with treason & trauntis of his vntreu fare
There we the toune shuld haue tane with our
12208 And haue wonyn hit in wer with worship oure
All oure lose hase he lost thurgh his lither dedis, ffor to take hit by treason & trantis of hym.
Thurgh the craft of pat cursed, knighthode may shame
12212 And wary all oure workes to the worldes end." Thies wordes he warpit po worthy before,
And pan sesit he of his saw, & set hym to ground.
FOR THE PALLADIUM.
Then answard Vlixes, & vtterit his speche,
12216 Wrothe at the wegh, in his wille feble,
Said the Citie was sesit, & the sad pepull,
But thurgh his wiles of wer, & his wight dedis, 12220 With his gouernaunce graithe, & his gret helpe, All the Cité, for-sothe, & the sure knightes
Hade sitton here full sound, & hor selfe keppit.
12224 Was neuer Paladian, the pure god, puld fro þe
Ne the grekes had hit getten for gode vpon erth.
Ulysses denies the claim of Telamon.
I hade knowlache, by crafte, of his clene vertue, He insists that
it was by his skill and device the
12228 We were vnsiker of oure-selfe the Cité to wyn, Palladium was Or to deire hit in dede the dayes of oure lyue; And I comynd in the case with my clene wit, With the troiens to treate for takyng þerof; 12232 And so wan vs oure worship, & oure will bothe."
Than Thelamon, be tore kyng, tenfully spake Grete wordes & (greme), all in grym yre : And he proly with prong wil preppit agayn, 12236 Till pai hatid in hert, as any hed fos.
ben Thelamon truly told hym on hight, bat other duly schuld degh for his derf wordis. Hit was tretid pat tyme, po tore kynges bothe 12240 Schuld lynge in hor leuté, & light on a dome Of Agamynon pe grete, & his gay brothirMenelay þe mighty, as a mene frend.
þes duly schuld dem po dukis by ryght,
12244 Qwiche wegh þe wale god is worthi to haue. ben spekyn þai specially for sped of po two,
Telamon replies in great wrath,
(fol. 187 a.) (MS. has "grene")
and threatens him with death.
They are to abide by the decision of Agamemnon and Menelaus,
the Palladium to Ulysses; but they favoured
him because he
had saved Helen from death.
All the other kings think
Telamon should have it.
they keep together and
surround themselves with knights.
And ordant Vlixes more abill per-fore,
And worthy at his will to weld hit for ay:
12248 (ffor pe kyng, with his cast & his coynt speche, Honourable Elan of angur delyueryt
ffro Thelamon in tene & othir tore kynges, þat demyt hir to deth on dayes before.) 12252 pen Thelamon was tenfull, & turnyt into yre, ffor pis god, by po grete, was grauntid vlixes Aganys reson and right, as the Renke thught: Syn all the kynges, by course, of the clene grekes 12256 Had demyt hit by dome duly to Thelamon, Saue barly po brether, þat I aboue said. Thus Thelamon for tene, in his tore angur, Mony wordys out warpit to po wale dukes, 12260 And manast hom mightily as his mayn fos. Because of the kyng & his kyd hate,
pai keppit hom in company with knightes
Tho brether full bigly with bold men ynow,
On pe secund day, sothely, er þe sun rose,
Telamon is found 12268 The tall kyng Thelamon, tellis the lyne,
in bed murdered.
(fol. 187 b.) Agamemnon and Ulysses are
suspected to have caused it.
Pyrrhus charges them with the
Was founden bare in his bed, britnet to dethe,
The noy of pat noble was noyset thurgh the ost, 12272 And mykell dole for pat duke doutles was made. To Agamynon gomys geuyn the wite ;
And Vlixes by ordinanse, all men saiden,
Gert the duke to be dede, (thus demyt tho lordes)
12276 And his lyf to be lost thurgh hor lethur dedis. Pirrus hade pité of the pure kyng:
(He louit hym full lelly, as his lefe brother.)
ULYSSES STEALS AWAY FROM THE GREEKS.
Myche manast tho men in the mene tyme,
12280 ffor the dethe of pat dughty, as his dede fos.
Vlixes douted his dethe, & dred hym full sore; Ulysses steals
With his men, in the merke, for the more harme.
12284 Paladian the pure, he put for to kepe
away by night:
and leaves the Palladium with
With Dyamed the derfe, pat was his dere Diomedes.
And halit on full hard vnto the hegh Sea.
pan Pirrus with pité gert put into fyre,
12288 The body to bren of the buerne Thelamon: Consumet the course vnto cleane askys,
Pyrrhus causes the body of Telamon to be burnt:
And graithit hom full graithly in a gay vessell, collects the ashes
All glissonaund of gold & of good stones; 12292 And so cariet the corse into his kith hom.
Agamynon the gret, & his gode brother,-
12296 Of Pirrus, full prest, þat purpost hom skathe.
12300 And the grete of pe grekes with gyftes honouryt.
in a golden urn, and carries them to his own country.
Antenor reconciles Pyrrhus, Agamemnon, and Menelaus.
THE EXILE OF ENEAS AND ANTENOR.
The grete of pe grekes gedrit into counsell,
The Greeks in council condemn Eneas to banishment,
Said the traitour vntrew hade his trowth broken; for having
12304 ffor Pollexena the pert he put into hidlis, Thurgh whom Achilles, pe choise kyng, chansit
There pai demet pe duke, as by du right,
All his londes to lose, & launche out of towne.
(fol. 188 a.) Eneas earnestly
12308 He prayet hom full pitusly, with his pore hert, pleads for the
ffor to graunt hym to gyffe, of hor gode wille,
ships with which Paris made his raid into Greece.
four months are allowed to fit
hat Paris with past into the pure yle
ffawre mones, at the most, the men for to lenge,
Eneas plans how 12320 Eneas with anger was angardly heny
he may cause
Antenor to be banished from Troy.
With Antenor the traytor, vntrew of his werke ; ffor his dedis he was duly dryvon fro troy, Thurgh the lady þat the lede lugget of pe toure. 12324 He cast hym full cointly, & compast in hert, How to bryng hit aboute with his bare wit, To ert hym on exile euer of the londe.
Eneas egurly after onone
He assembles the 12328 Assemblit in the Cité the sure men of troy,
urges them to
choose as king,
one who can
govern and protect them.
(fol. 188 b.)
All pat left were on lyue, lengand pat tyme.
He said hom full soberly, all on soft wise :—
12332 pat yow is happit so hard, & your hede lost,
In case yow to comforth, & counsell with-all.
Syn I banysshed am barly, pis burgh for to leue,
12344 Put you in prison, pyne you to dethe.