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Hispalis, in (his)
(Is. xxvii. 1.)
(Ps. lxxiv. 13, 14.) (fol. 69 b.)
In the "Life of St Brandon" he is called a water adder, which the saint saw in the sea.
This Leviathan went to Paradise
to tempt our first father.
He appeared as a maiden, and as a spirit, spake in
her or he
assumed the body
of an adder, and
deceived our first parents.
Here sumwhat I say, er I sew ferre.
4428 'A Roid beste vnreasonable, pat no Rule holdes.'
So sethe in the sauter the Salme to the end.
There his warloghe, I wis, a water eddur is cald,
Closet pere be comaundement of his clene maker,
his lyuyatan, leder of all thies laithe fyndes,
4448 And put hym to peradise pristly anon
To tempt hom with trayn, þat trist of non euyll,
Hade a face vne fourmet as a fre maydon,
Or barly toke body of þat bold eddur,
And so with falshede & faire our faders dissayuit, And all pere successours sorily sent vnto pyne. 4456 Of pis mater of mawmentry nomore at this tyme : pis sufficis forsothe. Ses we now here,
APOLLO TO ACHILLES.
And turne to our tale & take pere we lefte.
Thus be dissayt of the deuyll, as I declaret haue,
4460 This appollo apperit to pepull full ofte
In Delphon, or Delos, dem as ye list.
Achilles and Patroclus arrive at Delos, and
proceed to the
To pis appollo, pe pure god, þat pepull honouret, temple of Apollo,
Thies kynges by course comyn anon,
4464 þat messengers were made fro pe maisters of
And turnyt into tempull fro pere tore shippis.
4468 Than entrid pai with honour, & offerond made,
And pen Appollo apperith with a priue voise
THE ANSWARE OF APPOLLO TO ACHYLLES.
"Achilles Achilles ! [attle] to pe Grekes, 4476 Sew to the same þat þou art sent fro ;
Tell hom for truth, þat hom tyde shall
(fol. 70 a.)
Having made great offerings to the god, they inquire regarding the result of their undertaking.
[MS. has 'a litle'] "Achilles ! Achilles! return and tell the Greeks that they must sail to Troy There they have
And mony batels on bent with buernes to thole. many battles to
4480 And the tent yere truly, tell hom for sothe,
bere worship to wyn, & pere wille haue; All the Cité to sese, and the syde londis; Kyng Priam to pyne, & his pure wife; 4484 All his sonnes to sle with sleght of your honde;
baire Riches to Robbe, & pere Rife goodis;
And no lede for to lyue, but pat hom selfe
When Achilles this chaunse choisely hade herd, 4488 He was glad of pe graunt, and the god answared ;
fight, but in the tenth year they shall conquer, and have every
thing at their
And er he turnyt fro the temple, thus hit tid
A tulke out of Troy, testor aune sone,
hat was a bisshop of the burghe, & a buerne wise, 4492 (Calcas, by course, was his kyd nome)
A Sad man of siens, sought to be temple,
To haue answare at Appollin what aunter shuld
Of the tulkes of. Troy and the triet pepull.
Praiond hym full prestly, as a pure god,
To warne hym full wightly what wirdis shuld happyn:
And pus gatis to the gome pen the god saide.
THE ONSWARE OF APPOLLO TO CALCAS, BYSSHOP OF TROY. "Calcas! Calcas ! cair yow not home,
Ne turne neuer to Troy, for tene pat may falle;
The fairer of pat fight vnto the ferre end;
Till pai haue wonen hor will wete pou for
Calchas then goes 4512 And when Calcas with comyng hade kyndly
to Achilles in the
become friends, and Achilles
promises to reward him
þat Achilles the choise was in the chere temple, He wentto þat worthy his wille for to shewe; And euyn told hym by tale as hym tide hade.
ACHILLES RETURNS TO THE GREEKS.
4516 And felle of affynite, and fryndes be-come,
Achilles with chere cherisshed hym full mekull, And hight hym hoge thinge to haue at his wille. bus went pay to water, pose wise men to gedur, 4520 Cacched in cables & pere kene ancres,
Sesit vp pere sailes, & in sound Rowet,
Past ouer the pale stremys & no payne tholet.
4524 po shene out of shippe shake into botes,
Houit to pe bonke, the Bysshop hym with;
Achilles to the choise men all the chaunse tolde,
The answare of Appolyn what aunter shuld
How hom grauntid was the gre by the goddes
4532 And how Calcas, the contrary, cachit of hym, That fro Priam was put to haue a pure onsware; And how in batell hym bydon was abide with the grekes,
Till Troy all takyn were, & tirnet to ground. 4536 When thies tythinges told were tomly to end, All the grekes were glad, & pere god panked; And for ioy of pat iornay aioynet a fest,
As a high day to holde, & halowet it all
The messengers then set sail and return to Athens, where Calchas is introduced to Agamemnon.
(fol. 71 a.)
the answer of
Apollo to himself
and to Calchas.
The Greeks rejoice, and the day is kept as a feast and thanksgiving to their
4540 With worship to wale goddis on paire wise did. gods.
And of the Bisshop po buernes beldid were pen;
Thai cherisshed hym choisly, all po chere Calchas is fèted kynges,
With Riches & Rewardes raght hym ynogh,
And heghten hertely pere hestis to kepe.
When all their rejoicings were ended, the nobles are summoned to a council in the tent of
Calchas came with
(fol. 71 b.)
When all were
silent he spoke
and Earls have
you not brought your forces
The xi Boke. How the Grekys sailet fro
EVERY wegh, pat will wete of pere werke more,
4548 Listen a litle, & leng here a while :
Let vs karpe of thies kynges or we cayre ferre. When thies worthy hade worshipped all pere wale goddes,
And the day with deuocioun dryuen to pe end, 4552 The secund day suyng somyn were pe grete In Agamynons gay tent; gedrit for sothe, fforto speke of hor spede, whille pai space hade. This Calcas in company com with Achilles 4556 And Patroclus the pure kyng into the proude
pai hailset þat hynde & hertely hym welcommyt, And sithen to sit all somyn þai yode
Among po kynges in company, as paire course
When all the pepull were pesit, pe presens full
Calcas to the kynges carpes thies wordes :-
hat are aioynet to pis Journey with ioynyng