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Boeotia, with 32 ships.
The allies of the
ffyfté shippes fyn, full of folke all,
Of Deymon duly, his owne dere londe.
4124 Kyng Sapmon for sothe soght fro þat hauyn,
With alsmony abill shippes auntrid hym seluyn, pat Capidoise cald is, the cuntre so hat. Theorius, a tryet kyng, toke fro his Rewme,
4128 And broght of his brode londe, pat Boisa is
Two & thretty thried shippes prast full of pepull. And when thies souerauns were somyn, sothely to telle,
Of kynges full kene, & of kyde Dukes, 4132 The sowme for to set was sexty & nene.
The nowmber of the noble shippes, pat to pe note yode,
ffor to telle hom by tale, was truly a thowsaund Twa hundrethe & twenty, & twelue o pe last, 4136 Without Palomydon pe proude, pat preset hom
With a nauy full noble ;-Nawlus son the grete. When thes graidly were gedret, & gird into hauyn,
ben come pai to counsell, as I shall kythe after.
Tent Boke. How the Grekes sent vnto
4140 Lenge we a little with lykyng, to telle
How thies kynges with hor knightes carpyn to
When all were at Attens, aunter befell,
Agamynon the gret gedrit in fere,
While the fleet lay at Athens, Agamemnon assembled the
4144 Into a place þat was playne without the leaders to a
There Setis for po souerans Sothely was maked,
4148 When all set were in sercle pe souerayn aboute,
These wordes he warpid po worthy vnto :-
What fighting folke yche freike has!
Who sothely hath sene soche a pepull ere?
Neuer wegh, as I wene, syn þe world stode,
(fol. 65 a.)
4160 Se at a Semly soche a sight hoole
princes! who, with your hosts, have joined this expedition, look around you!
Never has there
been such a fleet assembled; never such hosts of warriors, young and old!
Surely they are blinded with rage
Ne of one purpas in a place pepull so fele ;
4164 So mony yong men & 3epe, zenerus of wille;
So od men in armys, & egur
To fare in a furde our fos to distroy.
bai are blyndit with baret & with bare sorow,
who have roused 4168 þat wackons vp werre, & wrathus vs in hert,
us to war.
Or stiris vs with strenght vpon stuerne wise. ffor in this semly for sothe, soche men I know A hundrith, pat with hondes our harmys might wreike,
(fol. 65 b.)
The purpose of this expedition is known to all.
4172 Perfourme our purpos, and put it to end,
Hit sittes vs full sore to suffer on lyue.
4180 Hit menys vs with monhede pat malis to venge,
And Aunter vs in armys our Enmyes to greue; With strenght for to stryve & strokes to dele, The Troiens to tene pat trespas haue done. 4184 All somyn by Assent, with a sad wille Το of our velany & our vile greme. venge And pat is rightwise & reasonable to riche vs perto; ffirst, to Refrayne the fame pat men speikes,
Honour must be upheld, and
disgrace must be 4188 And wipe of our wranges, & wirdis vs done;
It is to take vengeance on the
Trojans for the villany they have wrought.
Of kynges in a company, & of kyde Dukes,
So pat Troiens fro pis tyme take not on honde
To aspye vs with spite in no spede efte.
hat all þe weghes of þe world be warnit by hom,
4192 And pat no tale may be told in tyme for to come,
Ne witnes in writyng by weghes herafter,
hat any lord of our londe shuld lacche soche a
Vnwrokyn with wondis: þat weghes may
Ne we, þat are so worthy & wight men ynogh,
And of strenght so stern stondyng in one,
4204 The pouer of our pepull, & our playn strenght?
THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
Ne mynd not þes men of pe mykyll harme, That a sone of our folke before hom has done, 4212 When lamydon was lord & þe lond eght,
That was fader to the freike that offens mas;
4216 And fele of his folke fongit on lyue,
Led into our londys, pat lengis þer zet,
That fyuetymes fewer before home has done.
that posterity may not hold us in dishonour.
Who so bold, or so foolish, as to defy the might of
(fol. 66 a.) such an alliance ?
None but the
who have had already a specimen of our power and our vengeance.
They know us
Ere we pass
All assent to the proposal.
inquire of Apollo 4232 Duly to Delphon deuoutly to wende,
at Delphos what
will be the result
of our expedition."
Achilles and Patroclus are sent to Delphos.
They set sail without delay.
Not Delphos, but
To withstond vs with strenght & stroy of our pupyll,
4228 And paire cuntre to kepe with cumpany grete.
Er we passe fro pis port, or pull vp our saylys,
To the yle pere Appolyn erdis with in,
In hast forto herkyn of po hend goddes,
4236 Of þis mater þat vs meuys, & mo of our dedys. his is clerely my counsell; conceyuis hit all." When the souerayn hade said, he sesit anone. Of hor willes to wete, po worthy by dene,
4240 Bothe kynges, & knightes, & other kyde Dukes, All assentid hom sone, pat his saw herd.
This message to make po mighty deuyset
Achilles the cheualrous, by pere choise wittes, 4244 And Patroculus the proude, his pere for to be.
ffor proffet of po prinses and hor prise folke,
hai were demyt vnto Delphon this dede to performe
Of pere noyus note, & an onsware to haue,
4248 With offeryng at appolyn, if aunter might falle,
With out tarying, full tite pai turnyt into hauyn,
4252 And saylet furth soberly as hom selfe lyket;
4256 With a serkle of the se pat soght pere aboute,
Not Delphon but Delos sum demyt hit to het, hat is the myddis & pe most of mony smalle yles, Set in a sercle þe same place vibe,
4260 As pai are fourmet with the flode : fyfté & thre,