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DESCRIPTION OF TROY.
were a rich
houses; the walls were of inarble
(fol. 27 a.)
The streets were
and open, and had covered side walks.
Within the Citie, for sothe, semly to ken, 1568 Grete palis of prise, plenty of houses,
Within the city Wele bild all aboute on the best wise.
palace and many The werst walle for to wale, þere any wegh
straight, broad, 1576 By the sydes for sothe of sotell deuyse,
Was archet full Abilly for aylyng of shoures,
Weghis into walke for wetyng of rayn. 1580 There were stallis by be strete stondyng for There were stalls peopull,
of every kind. Werkmen into won, and paire wares shewe, Bothe to selle and to se as paim selfe lyked,
Of all be craftes to ken as pere course askit: 1584 Goldsmythes, Glouers, Girdillers noble;
Sadlers, souters, Semsteris fyn ;
Wrightes, websters, walkers of clothe;
Belmakers, bokebynders, brasiers fyn;
Parnters, painters, pynners also;
fferrers, flecchours, fele men of Crafte;
Sporiors, Spicers, Spynners of clothe; 1596 Cokes, condlers, coriours of ledur;
Carpentours, cotelers, coucheours fyn;
The river Xanthus flowed through the city, under the houses.
(fol. 27 b.)
In imitation of Troy, Rome was built on a riverthe Tiber.
With all maister men þat on molde dwellis,
Thurgh myddis pe mekill toune meuyt a water,
ffor solas of the Cite þat suet hom to.
Gosshet through Godardys & other grete vautes, 1608 And clensit by course all be clene Cite
Of filth and of feum, throughe fletyng by nethe.
Rome on a Riuer rially was set,
vpon Tiber after Troy like. Priam caused all
Priamus pertly the peopull ylkon, his people to settle in Troy.
þat longit to his lond & logit O fer,
And fild it with folke fuerse was be nowmber,
In þat Cite for sothe, as saith vs the story, Many gaines were 1620 Mony gaumes were begonnen þe grete for to solas. invented there, such as chess,
The chekker was choisly þere chosen pe first, draughts, dice,
The draghtes, the dyse, and oper dregh gaumes. backyainmou, magic, and May
Soche soteltie þai soght to solas hom with;
And in the moneth of may mekill þai vsit,
Somur qwenes, and qwaintans, & oper qwaint
gaumes, 1628 There foundyn was first, & yet ben forthe haunted.
THE MAKYNG OF YLION.
Priam by purpos a pales gert make
THE PALACE OF PRIAM.
Book V. Priam caused a splendid palace to be built for himself, and called it Ilion,
(fol. 28 a.)
Its towers were seen from all parts of the province.
Within the Cite full Solempne of a sete riall,
Louely and large to logge in hym seluyn, 1632 ffull worthely wroght & by wit caste,
And euyn at his etlyng Ylion was cald ;
Enyn round as a ryng richely wroght,1636 ffyue hundrith fete fully the heght:
Withoute, toures full tore torret aboue,
pat the clowdes hom clede in vnclene ayre. 1640 In þe heghest to houe and beholde ouer,
All the lond for to loke when hym lefe thought.
With mekyll solas to se in mony syde londis : 1644 Of crafty colours to know, all in course set,
Made all of marbyll with mason deuyse,
In cornols by course clustret o lofte.
Shapyn full shene all of shyre stones,
Pight into pilers prudly to shewe
Within this palis of prise was a proude halle,
Painted full prudly with pure gold ouer, 1656 Drapred by dene with a dese riall.
There were bordis full bright aboute in þat sale,
Gret vp fro pe ground vppon gray marbill. 1660 With a flore þat was fret all of fyne stones,
Pauyt prudly all with proude colours,
It had beautifully wrought windows of carved crystal, set within pillars.
The palace hall was overlaid with gold, draped with a royal dais: it had tables of cedar-wood, set on marble
The floor was of mosalc work.
hall was a raised
And a tabill atyret, all of triet yuer, At one end of the
Bourdurt about all with bright Aumbur, platform for the
hat smelt is & smethe, smellis full swete, king: a table of ivory, bordered 1668 With taste for to touche the tabull aboute. with amber, and
ffor the souerayn hym selfe was a sete rioll, (fol. 28 b.)
Pight full of perrieris & of proude gemys,
Atyret with a tabernacle of Eyntayill fyn. ut the other end 1672 At the tother hede of be halle was, hegh vppolofte, was an altar set with precious
A wonderfull werke weghes to beholde ; stones and pearls.
With preciose stones of price & perlles ynogh,
An auter enournet in nome of a god,
Twenty pase vp pight all of pure cristall,
Vne oppon pe Auter was amyt to stond
1680 An ymage full noble in þe nome of god,
ffyftene cubettes by course all of clene lenght,
Of Jubiter þe iust god, þat þe ioy weldis,
In sauyng his Citie and hym selfe alse;
On the altar stood
When the city was completed, Priain began to think of his past misfortunes.
THE CONSELL FOR THE RESTITUCION OF HE GREKES.
Qwhen this Citie was set & full sure made,
Then meuyt to his mynde, as yt most nede,
With mekyll pepull of prise & proude men of
All abundaunt in blisse blent with his folke, 1696 Dat wele wantid no wegh, ne worship in vrthe.
PRIAM RECOUNTS HIS MISFORTUNES.
council of the
Þan a sorow full sodenly sanke in his hert,
How þe Grekes hym greuyt and to ground put,
(fol. 29 a.) Then he somond all þe Cite vppon sere haluys, He called a To a counsell to come for a cause hegh,
whole city. 1704 And his wille for to wete as hom wele aght.
When the grete were gedurt & po graithe all,
Saue Ector,—was oute, as aunter befelle,
Assignet by his souerayne & certen hym with,
When þe souerayne was set in a sete rioll, 1712 As become for a kyng in counsell with lordes; All pese vmbe pe plase, pepull were stille, Bilence having
been gained, the Be comaundement of pe kyng, as be come well ; king opened his
subject. ben he menyt of pe mater all with mylde wordes, 1716 And touchet his entent, as I telle shall. “Now lordys of my lond & other lefe pepull,
Priam's speech to
the council; he Hit is knowen to his court and oper kyd fryndes, recalls to mind. Of pe harmys þat we haue, & þe hoge lose;
had inflicted on 1720 That the Grekes in horgremy vs to grefe broght,- the country.
Bothe to me & to myne mykull vnright,
How our faders before falsly were slayne, 1724 And
suster Exiona in seruage is holdyn, þat is comen of soche kyn, coldes my
hert Your susters for sothe & oper sik fryndes,
Wyues & wale children, pai away led, 1728 bat ben set vnder seruage & sorow for ay.
And our Cite for sothe, þat sum tyme was here,
Our golde & our godys gripped in hond; 1732 Robbet our riches, our renttes distroyet;
the harm and loss that the Greeks