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THE ANSWER OF CASTOR AND POLLUX.
Achaia to visit
the terms of
1904 Come to Acaxon þere Castor was lord,
Book V. And Pollux þe proude, þat was his pure
brothir: Bothe reynit in þat Rem, as I red first.
To be courtte of þe kyng come he beliue, 1908 His message for to make, as I mynt haue. He arrives at their
court, salutes He salut po semly all with sad wordys,
them, and relates And told furth of his tale, taried no longur, Priam's message.
Of the dole and the dethe of his dere fader, 1912 How be rewme was robbet, redurs ynow,
His Sister þat was sesit, his Cite distroyet;
ffor to lede to his londe vppon lyue home. 1916 All priamus purpos plainly he told,
Of his message by mowthe as I mynt ere.
He onswared hym honestly with onryng a litill;1920 “ Now frynde, vppon faithe and at sad wordes,
We purpost neuer plainly Priam to wrathe,
" That Laomedon
having forced Did hething and harme to our hede Rewmes ; them to war, they We wrekit vs with woundis & pe wegh slogh, aged his country.
Did our lykyng in his londe as vs leue thoght. 1928 Qwerfore vs qwemes noght now his qwaint
slew him and ray
1932 He loues pe full litull, lede, as me think,
To make pe pis message for to mele here :
Ne thy lyfe was not lefe ne lusty, it semys, 1936 When pou entrid our Ile pis erende to beire.
That his master loves him little, since he sent him on such a mes. sage:
(fol. 82 b.)
that he shall die if he depart not immediately."
He then sails for
and goes to the court of Nestur.
But loke þat no lettyng ger þe lenge here,
ffor and pou do pou shalt degh, deme pe non oper." 1940 Qwen Antenor pis aunter angerly herd,
He turnyt hym tyte with outen tale more,
Wound vp full wightly all his wale Ancres,
Braid vp a brode saile, hade brethe at his wille, ffore enon to Philon with his feris all :
Aroue þere full radly, rest in a hauyn,
As legate and lege from his lord comyn.
His charge full choise, chefe how he might,
Nestor anone noyet þere with,
He frothet for folle, and his face chaunget;
And louret on þe lede with a laithe chere,
He states his mes sage as he best could.
Nestor foaining with rage, answers,
THE ONSWARE OF NESTOR TO ANTENOR.
"Fool and servant of the devil, how dare you come into iny presence with such words.
(fol. 33 a.)
“ Thou sot with vnsell, seruand of o þe werst ! How durst þou so dernly pis dede vndertake,
To appere in my presens with so proude wordes, 1964 þat myn eris shuld negh the noise of pi speche?
But for noy of my nobilte & my nome gret,
In spite of your king, I should
To be hurlet with horses vpon hard stones,
drag you with And drawen as a dog & to dethe broght :- horses over the Brittonet pi body into bare qwarters,
hard stones, and
hang you like a 1972 And caste vnto curres as caren to ete.
bou shalt haue þat I hete & bou hence worth." 1976 Antenor arghet with austerne wordes,
Autenor, afraid of
his life, fed to his Hade doute of the Duke & of his dethe fere, skip Left the tyrand in his tene hade, turnyt hym to fle.
He highit full hastely & of his hond past ; 1980 Shoke euyn into ship, & the shalke leuyt.
A stithe man to the stere hade, & a stoute wynde,
With a stout breeze he set sail.
The wind becomes
The sea flows on
A TEMPAST ON HE SEE. There a tempest hom toke on þe torres hegh :1984 A rak and a royde wynde rose in hor saile,
furious ;-mist, A myst & a merkenes was meruell to se;
dark ress, rain and
hail, thunder and With a routond rayn ruthe to be holde,
Blaset all the brode see as it bren wold.
heaps like hills. Rose vppon rockes as any ranke hylles. 1992 So wode were the waghes & þe wilde ythes,
All was like to be lost, þat no lond hade.
up and down. As qwo clymbe at a clyffe, or a clent hille,– 1996 Eft dump in the depe as all drowne wolde.
Was no stightlyng with stere, ne no stithe ropes,
to saints and gods.. 2000 Besoght vnto sainttes & to sere goddes ;
With knelyng & crie to pere kynd halowes,
For three day's they struggle with the storm.
On the fourth day
The sailors repair dainages and take heurt.
hre dayes þroly þai prappit with stormys, 2004 Euer in point for to perysshe in the pale stremys;
With daunger and drede duret vnder hacche, ffor wete of þe waghes þat wastis ouer hed.
The furthe day fell all be fuerse wyndes,
The se wex sober and þe sun clere,
All calme it be come, comferd be pepull.
Atyrit the tacle, tokyn þere herte;
Euyn turnit to Troy, taried no lenger;
Lepyn vp to be lond, leuyn þere ship.
Soghten to sainttes & to sere goddys,
Holding on their course they soon arrive at Troy.
When their vows are paid, Antenor goes to the palace of Priam,
and all the courtiers rejoice at his safe arrival.
When þai hade melit with þere mowmettes &
made pere offrond,
Antenor Amyt after anone
Among Lordys full light & oper les peopull,
bat hym happint with hele hit vnto londe.
And be lordes of be lond, with his lefe children,
And rekont by row all þere rogh speche ;-
Antenor relates the several answers of
RESULT OF THE EMBASSY.
had heard his
2036 With the fere and the fare of his fell chere;
And all þe manas of po men he with mowthe (fol. 34 a.)
When the kyng hade consayuit all his clere tale, When the king 2040 And þe Authwart answeres, hym angert full sore, story,
That his message was manast o po men all,
And of his suster sorili set out of hope, 2044 Neuer to haue hir at home, ben his hert chaunget, he determines to
make no peace And put hym in purpas no pease for to make. with his enemies. Now wackons vp werre as ye shall note after.