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An delited hir deply in dedis of charité.
And all hir dedis full duly done by a mesure.
4008 Ho was of bewte aboue all borne in hir tyme,
CASSANDRA AND POLYXENA.
Ho was mesurably made, as pe mylke white.
To wale purgh the world of wemen bydene,
Saue he demyt hir dedly, when hir day come.)
4016 Witté to wale, wantid no thewes ;
(fol. 62 b.) Cassandra, daughter of Priam, was of seemly size and mould, but pale, and squinted a little.
She was well
Polyxena was by
Her beauty baffles
Thus Dares represents those noted ones of
Greece and Troy:
(fol. 63 a.)
and now to our story of what befell them.
Voidet all vanities, & virtus dissyret.
Of pese freikes in fere, pat I before tolde;
Of Dukes by-dene, þat were dere holden;
hat he hade comyng with in company, & knew
4024 As the worthiest to wale & wildest in Armys. Of these nomly to neuyn, & nobill men other, How þai bere hom in batell, I buske me to say; And telle how hom tyde, whill I tyme haue.-4028 Stir fuorth to our story, & stynt here a while.
Neynt Boke. Of the Nowmber of Shippes and the Nauy of the Grekes.
was by course pat the cold wyntur
The sun in his serkyll set in pe last, Passyng fro pisshes vnder playn course; 4040 ffeueryere faryn with his fuerse windes
At the metyng of Marche with his mayn droghte.
4044 And holly in hauyn þere houyt þai to-gedur,
4048 pat syn the firmament was fourmed, & folke
Syche a Nauy was neuer of nowmber to-gedur;
Winter was now
and Spring had opened,
and the great navy of the Greeks entered the harbour of Athens.
Never had such a
(fol. 63 b.)
Agamemnon had 100 ships;
Menelaus from Sparta had 60 ships.
Boeotia and king Protheus had 50 ships.
Ascalaphus and his brother Jalmenus with 30 ships.
king of Phocis, pui his brother Tedius, with
Telamon, king of
Nestor from Pyles, with 50 ships.
(fol. 64 a) Thoas from Ætolia,
Agamynon the gret, was gide of hom all,
4056 Pight full of pepull & mony prise knight.
Menelay the mighty, þat was his mete brother,
4060 And sped hym fro spart his awne spilte Rewme.
Archisalus was an, auntrus in werre,
And Protheno, a prise kyng, prestly pat other. 4064 In hor company come clene shippes fyfté, With abill men of armys, auntrus in fight. per suet of Siche semly men two,—
Ascalaphus, a skathilduke & skant mon in wer, 4068 And Helminus, a hede vrle, hadyn to-gedur
Thretty shippes full shene o þe shire water,
Ephistaphus, a pert kyng & prinse out of focce,
4072 And Tedius pat tothir, þat was his trew felowe: ffyfty shippes in fere folowet hom two,
With a company of knightes cast for the wer.
4076 ffyfty shippes full faire of his fuerse Rewme;
4080 The Duke of Teucor, to telle truly, was þere;
Donori, the derfe Erle, & doughty Theseus.
Nestor, the nobill Duke, þat was an old man,
4084 ffore out of Phylon with fyfti gret shippes.
Toax fro toylé, þat was a true kyng,
AND THEIR SQUADRONS.
ffyfte shippes in fere to the fflete broght.
Aiax œlius, aunterous in werre,
Thretty shippes full thriste throng into hauyn;
Thracia, with 50 ships.
Polibos, a proude kyng, & his pere Amphimake,- Polybetes and bai come out of Calydon with a clene pepull; And foure scoure fyne shippes to the flete broght. Out of Trasy pere turnet triet Vlexes the kyng, Ulysses from With fyfty, in a furthe, all of fuerse vesell. Duke Melios the mighty met in a hauyn, And soght fro his Cité sothely of Pygre, With Elenon od shippes abill to werre. Poterhas & Protesselon, po proude Dukes twoo, pai fecchid out of Philace, þat was pere fre londe, 4100 ffyfté shippes in fere, & fore vnto Attens. Machaon & Polidus, pris kynges bothe, Turnyt out of Trision, & triet shippes broght Two & thretty full thryuond, & prong into prise. Out of Phithes, pe faire Cité folowet Achilles, ffifté shippes full shene strode fro pe depe. Kyng Thelephus tomly toke from his hauyn,
Twelue shippes well shapon, & shalkes within, ships. 4108 of his Rewme noght Riche, Rodan was cald. Rufirus the ryche raght fro his Rewme, þat Sicham was said sothely to nome;
And fyfté shippes full shene folowet hym after. 4112 Two Dukes full derke droghen in fere,
I shall neme you pere nomes now, er I pas :Antius & Amphimake, auntirous in werre. bay were lordes of a londe pere ledis in dwelt, That were bioustious of beiryng, byg men with all, Enerdond by hor one, & Elyda hit hight. bai broght to the Brym XL bigge shippes. Polibethes, a proud kyng, pert of his dedis, 4120 He broght to the brym barges eleivan, Prothylus, a pert kyng, put on the water
with 50 ships Ajax Oileus, with 80 ships, and 6 others.
Calydon, with 80 ships.
Eumelus from Phere, with 11 ships.
Achilles fron Phthiotis, with 50 ships.
Telephus, king of
Euryalus from Sicyon, with 50 ships.
Antiphus and Amphimachus from Elis, with 40 ships.
(fol. 64 b.)
Polypotes, with 11 ships. Prothylus, or Prothous, with 50 ships.