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Here begynnes the Sext Boke: How Kyng Priam toke counsell to Werre on pe Grekys.
Now Priam persayuit all þese proude wordes, 2048 The greme of þe Grekys, and be gret yre,
How þai maintene bere malis with manas &
euer,Ne redresse for þe dethe of his dere fader,2052 Ne to harmes þat he hade was no hede takyn;
Soche a sorow & a sourgreme sanke in his hert,
More frike to pe fight, feller of wille.
ffor to send of his sonnes & oper sibbe fryndes,
felle; To wreke hym of wrathe & his wrong
Priam becomes more revengeful, and purposes to send his sons with a great army to harass the Greeks.
“ Tell me truly,
2060 But say me, sir kyng, what set in þi hede;
What wrixlit þi wit & þi wille chaunget;
To put þe to purpas, þat pynet be after. 2064 What meuyt the with malis to myn on þi harme,
And to cacche soche a connse, to combir þi
('connse' = comse, a beginning.)
• He that stands high should not
With daunger and drede of a dede hate,
“The injury was 2068 Dat wold zepely haue bene forzeton in yeres a few, light and long
And neuer menit with mowthe but þurgh mishap.
“You have forgot
the proverbs : 2072 “ He þat girdis with grete yre his grem for to Vengeance often
brings greater venge, Ofte shapis hym to shote into shame ferre, With hoge harmes to haue, & his hert sarre.”
Hit is siker, for sothe, and a sagh comyn,2076 “He þat stalworthly stondes, stir not too swithe,
Lest he faile of his fotyng and a falle haue;" stir too quickly.' ffor he þat set is full sad on a soile euyn,
And pight has his place on a playn ground,
Ne be lost þurgh his lip to be low erthe.
But Priam, when ffor to heuyn on þi harme in a hegh yre; determined to
exalt yourself, 2084 And þi fall was so fuerse with so fele other. and you lost all."
Thy Cité and pi soile sesit of þi hond;
Thi lege men lost, and of lyue done.
ges matir to men mony day after, fforto speke of þi spede, & with spell herkyn
Of þi lure and þi losse for a high wille.
All in coursse how it come I will carpe ferre,
He that is low needs fear no fall.'
in a rage, you
Now to my story
Priam by purpos a perlament assignet, 2096 And gedrit all be grete in his grym yre :
Euyn into ylion pai entrid by dene,
Priam calls a parliament of his lords,
2100 Then carpes the kyng and his cause tellus, (fol. 35 a.)
Why the metyng was made at þe mene tyme :
ffor to serche of be sounde & to say ferre. His speech;
• Now," quod the souerain, as your assent was, sent to the Greeks 2104 The man þat with message meuyt fro vs all, by your advice has returned,
By assent of my selfe, & sythen of þe lordes,
He is comyn to þis courtte, as ye know wele; and you know the
And þe Authwart answares þut Auntrid hym treatment and the answers they gave
þere, 2108 Ys knowen to þis company be course of his tale. Thai hede not the hething, ne pe harde
greme, Ne the wronges pai wroght, ne wille to amend;
But with sklaunder and skorne to skather agayn, 2112 In þere pompe and þere pride & pere pure
angur. Our goddes with grace get vs þerfro ! pat neuer vs happon so hard with hom to be spit.
God will noght, y wis, our wirdis enpaire, 2116 Soche dedis to redresse & our dethe voide. Let vs purpos a power pas
grese,-army into Greece
Stir furthe with strenght, stroy of þere londes,— country, and to
Get get my sister, or
suster agayne, or sum grete other, some other great 2120 And wreke we full wele of weghes full nobill. lady instead. We have a strong
We are bigger in batell, haue a burghe stronge, city,
Wele wallit for þe werre, watris aboute,
ffew folke to defende fro a fuerse ost;
2124 And are knightes in our cuntre kyddist in Armys, knights, many men, and abund
ffell men to fight a full fuerse nowmber ;ance of supplies ;
Wele viteld, y wis, for wintors ynow,
Stuff of al maner store þat vs strenght may:
Help vppon yche hond highond vs to.
By assent of youre selfe, & ye so wille,
2132 ffor to purvey a pepull pruddest of werre, (fol. 35 1.)
And gird furthe into grese with a gret batell :
Let us send an
to waste the
and the time suits well.
THE COUNSEL ACCEPTED.
can be obtained,
Pas into pere prouyus, pray in hor londys,
We may crush
them before help 2136 Er any batell be boune, hom to bale worthe,
And our state to restore with strokes of hond.
chance of war; That the Grekes vs greuyt, & to ground broght; 2144 ffor ofte sith hit is sene, and in sere londes, for often the conThat a victor of a victe is vilé ouercomyn : come by the
conquered." So I hope hit shall here with helpe of our
queror is over
QWEN the kyng had his counsell declaret to the council adopt
the proposal, the ende, 2148 Hit likit all the legis þat the lorde said ;
And affirmet it fast with pere fre wille,
and Priam, glad at 2152 Donket hom þroly, prappit no lengur;
ffull glad of the graunt with a great joye,
Myche comforth he caght of þaire kynd speche:2156 And bus pertid pe persons & presset to þere
heart, thanks them.
OFF COUNSELL OF THE KINGES CHILDREN.
consults with his
When the pepull was depertid & the presse The council
having been disvoidet,
missed, the king Saue the kyng and þe courtte with his clene court and family.
ban Ector was one, as aunter befelle,
fader. His sons standing 2164
And when þe sons all somyn were the Syre round him, Priam
Euyn stondyng full still, as paire astate askyt,
carpes the kyng to his clene childur,
2168 Sobbyng and sikyng, Syling of terys.(fol. 36 a.) “Do not the
“Now synkes not in your sowle pe sorow of wrongs of your house sink into
The seruage of Exina, þat is in syn holdyn,
so mighty on molde & of mayne
strenght? It will be the
Hit is lure of our lyues, and we let sholde shame of our life
ffor to wreke vs of wrathe for any wegh oute. if we do not avenge them,
2176 And ye þat are zepe knightes, & in yowthe alse,
Shuld highly take hede in hert for to venge
your soul ?
It grieves me,
And my wille for to wirke, as ye
Hit shuld come you by course, as of kynd childer,
And thou, Hector,
Ector the eldist, and heire to my selfe,-