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A LEADER IS CHOSEN.
To all the grete of Grece, fro Agamynon & hym,
Was Achilles, a choise kyng & cheuallrus in Achilles.
3652 And Patroculus the proude, a prise mon of werre; Patroclus.
With Diomed, a doughti mon & dernist of hond,
3660 And venge on pere velany & pere vile harme.
And be gouernett by this grete by grement
ben by assent of pose souerans somyn, þai yode And walit hom a wegh by wit, as hom thoght. 3668 To Agamynon þai giffen þe gouernaunce hole, ffor worthiest of wit þat worship to haue e; And ordant hym Emperour by opyn assent, With power full playn þe pepull to lede, 3672 And obey to pat bolde his biddyng to wirke.
(fol. 57 b.)
Agamemnon is chosen to lead the expedition.
THE DROWNYNG OF POLLUX & CASTOR.
3676 With a nauy full noble anon by hom seluyn ;- Trojans.
The Troiens to take was pere intent euyn,
Castor and Pollux pursue the
A storm bursts over them.
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3688 When the heuyn in hast hepit with cloudis,
(MS. has "sailes.") 3692 Sodenly po sail[er]es were sorely bestad.
Sails and ropes
are torn away.
And hor sister to sese, with sailyng þai wend.
3680 þat þai bode not the biddyng of pe buerne
The ships are shattered on the rocks; Castor
But when tithyng was told of hor triet sister,
But how it tide of þat tale this is tru sothe,—
3696 As hilles hit hepit in a hond while.
So pe bre and the brethe burbelit to gedur,
Hit sundrit þere sailes & pere sad ropis ;
("tylude"=tilde, 3704 All pere takyll was tynt, tylude ouer borde;
The nauy wex nakit; noy was on honde.
The shippis with shire wynd shodert in twyn,
Dryuen furth on the depe dole to be-holde.
3708 The two brether were abidyng bothe in a shippe,
hat was stird with the storme streght out of
Rut on a Rocke, rof all to peces.
The bordes all to brast, brusshet in the water;
3712 The Dukes were drounet, & oper dere folke.
3716 Ne non certayn cold say, ne for sothe telle, What worth of po wight in the wilde se; The gentils aiuges hom two iuste goddis, Lyuond in the lofte with lordships in heuyn, 3720 Tran[s]late truly into triet ioy.
And poites haue put of po prise brethir, þat þai Rauichit were radly into pe red ayre, And set in a seigne pat zodias is callid; 3724 That demyt is to pis day duly with clerkes,
Gemini Aiugget in pere iuste artis.
ffor the sun vnder zodias settis hym to leng
CASTOR AND POLLUX DROWNED.
Here Darys in his dyting duly auisys
Of pere shap for to shew and pere shene colour,
THE SHAPE AND COLOUR OF THE KYNGES OF GRECE.
Agamynon þe gay was of a gode mykull;
He was store man of strenght, stoutest in armes,
and Pollux and
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Agamemnon was tall, large-limbed, noble, and free.
Menelaus was of middle size; bold, daring, and
Achilles was a large, burly, broad-shouldered man, with crisp hair and projecting eyes.
(fol. 59 a.)
man, was well coloured; and had large gray eyes that squinted.
Ajax Elius, a
very tall, largelimbed man: given to lying.
3744 With lymes full large; light of his will,
He was witty þer with, & wegh hardy,
3748 And of faciund full faire, fre of his speche.
Noght so large of his lymes as his lefe brother;
3752 Betwene the large & the litill; likyng of colour
A bolde man in batell, & of breme wille.
Crispe herit was the kyng, colouret as gold.
3760 With a brest þat was brode, byg of his shulders;
Grete armys in the gripe, growen full rounde;
A large man of lenght with limis full brode.
equal in strength 3764 Was no greke on þat grounde of so great strenght,
or in battle.
Ay bowne vnto batell, boldist in armys,
Ay furse on his fos, and to fight Redy.
Tantalus, a huge, 3768 Tantelus the tore kyng was a tulke hoge,
Borly of brede, & of big strenght;
Wele colouret by course, clene of his face,
Rede roicond in white, as pe Roose fresshe;
3756 Likyng & luffly, a large man with all.
3772 With grete Ene & gray, gleyit a litill ;
Meke of his maners, & manly in werre.
Brode of his brest, byg in his armys;
3776 A large man of lyms, lengest of stature.
Costius clothyng ay þe kyng weiret;
Noght lowrand with laithe chere lese for to
Telamon truly was a tulke full faire, 3780 Blake horit, aboue breghis and other Serklyt of hom seluyn, semly with all.
A Sotell man of song with mony sere notys, And mellit hym with musike & myrthes also. 3784 He was doughty of dedys, derfe of his hond;
THE KINGS OF GREECE.
Vndertaker of treyne, of talkyng but litill,
Pompe and proude wordis ay pe prinse hated. Ulexes the lefe kyng was loueliest of other, He was the fairest by ferre of all the felle grekes, fairest, the falsest 3788 And falsest in his fare, and full of disseit.
Ulysses, the loveliest, the
of the Greeks; none could equal him in eloquence.
A derffe man in dede, dyssirus of batell.
And mony harmes hepit for hete of his loue. 3804 Off Duke Nestor to deme, doughty in werre,
He was long & large, with lemys full grete. A ffreike þat was fre, and a feire speiker, Wise in his wordys, witté of counsaille; 3808 Tru of his trowthe, tristy to loue,
Meke of his maners malise to pese;
Telamon the beautiful; his black hair in ringlets over his brow; a great lover of music.
(fol. 59 b.)
Diomedes the doughty was a strong, well-buil man, with a scowling look. He was false, cruel, quarrelsome, lecherous, and deceitful.
Nestor, the brave and wise, was
tall, strong, and well-built; truthful, trusty, and faithful.