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and put them to flight.
They then surround and attack the castle.
('glayue,' a broadsword.)
alblaster, an engine for
('wharle' = quarrel, an arrow for the cross-bow or alblast.)
The Trojans stoutly defend themselves; and the Greeks attempt to scale the walls.
Many of them are dashed to the ground and killed.
The Trojans are worn out; and the Greeks press the escalade, seize the towers, and put the men to death.
And the nowmber so noyous, pat neghed in hast, 4732 That the ffrigies floghen and the fild leuyt; Turnyt vnto Troy, and the toune entrid.
And po at fore not to flight, ne of forse were, The grekes gird hom to grounde with hor grym swerdes,
4736 And brittenit on the bent, þat abide wold.
But the wallis the[y] were for all the wo yet, 4748 And fele of hor fos fellyn with out.
þen gone forthe the grekes, graithet engynes, Batold hom all abrode vmbe the bare walles; Layn ladders alenght & oloft wonnen.
4752 At yche cornell of pe castell was crusshyng of
ffell was the feght po fuerse men amonge; Mony grekes in pere gremy gird on the hed,
Till pai lept of the ladder, light in the dyke, 4756 The brayne out brast & the brethe leuyt;
And mony dongen to dethe with dynttes of honde.
4760 And the grekes in so grete nowmber gedrit hom
Wonyn on the wallis wightly with ladders,
At wyndous on yche syde-wise a wonderfull
CAPTURED AND DESTROYED.
The grete toures pai toke, tirnyt the pepull: 4764 Was no lede opon lyfe pat a lofte stode.
The[y] chefe into chambers & oper chere hallis,
4768 Tyll no lede of pat lynage vpon lyfe was.
(fol. 74 b.)
The castle is then pillaged and completely destroyed,
Prayet & piket pat proffet was in,
4772 And wonnyn it wightly the wallis withoute,
4776 All dusshet into the diche, doll to be-holde;
4780 When pai hade wasted the won & wonen the gre, 'won,'=wone, a
All the tresour thay toke & turnyt to ship.
This fight is the first and firre vs behouus.
The Greeks rejoice over their victory.
booty taken at the
The boldest in battle gets the best share.
xijth Boke. How the Grekys sent two Kinges in Message to Kyng Priam ffor Restitucion of paire harme.
ROBBET was pis ronke hold & ryuyn to ground; 4784 All the kepars kild vnto cold dethe.
ffull glad were the grekes the godis to fonge, And þat hom happit so hastely the haldes to distroy.
Mery was the menye & maden gret Joye, 4788 As pai houyt in hauyn holly to gedur.
Then Agamynon graidly, paire gay Emperour, Chargit hom as cheften all his choise pepull, bat any godis hade goten at the gret hold, 4792 ffor to bryng it helyue & no bode make;
And cum wightly perwith the weghes hom selfe, To a place þat was playne on pe pure ground. And pai obeyt his boue. The buernes anon, 4796 Past to the playne pere prince vntill: Yche gome with his gode pat he gotyn hade. þai comyn forth clenly with clothes & other, And pight it on a playne in a place faire. 4800 pan the souerain hym seluon soberly deuidet Tho godes to his gomes, as hym graith thoght, And depertid the pray to his prise folke. To the weghes pat hom wan with woundes before, 4804 And put hom in perell, depertid þai were:
He, pat boldist was in batell, the best for to haue.
THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
When pis duly was done by dom of þe lorde, The cheftayn full choisly chargit the gret,4808 All the kynges of his company & his kyde Dukes, Erles & all men pat of astate were,—
The secund day suyng or the sun Rose, To appere in a place pertly hom seluon, 4812 ffor a counsell to carpe & comyn to gedur,
And to speke of hor spede whill the[y] space hade.
Gedrit were the grete & to pe ground comyn 4816 On a place þat was playne, plenty of Setis ; Euyn set in a serkyll þe soferan before,
And pes in yche place, princes were stille; Agamynon, the gouernour, godely did say 4820 These wordis full wisely to his weghes all.
THE COUNSELL OF AGAMINON AFTER DE
"Ye frendes faithfull, pat fuerse ben in armys!
4824 The pouer of our pepull is plainly full hoge,
Agamemnon calls the leaders to a council of war.
"Ye faithful friends, princes, and kings!
(fol. 75 b.) Our forces are numerous, and, by the grace of our gods, there are not in all the
world warriors of so great fame.
4828 Thurgh the world for to wale so worthy of dedis,
And put away pride fro our prise hertes;
thank our gods,
What harmys & vnhap has hastid þurghe pride, evils. 4836 And what cumbraunse & care, in mony kyde
The gods hate it;
it spoils the best
Ye all know, that
this great host has come hither to avenge us for the misdeeds of Priam.
and proud men in 4840 ffor proude men in price haue playnly no fryndes,
einprize have no friends.
(fol. 76 a.) (ournyt, roused, enraged.)
Assuredly he is
Syn it haten thies hegh goddes & hogely withstondyn,
And ay the purpas enpayres with pride is be
Let us therefore walk wisely in
Let vs waive now wisely in our werkes all,
this undertaking, and be ruled by righteousness,
And nomly in þis note, pat now is in honde, hat no pride fro our purpos put vs abacke;
that no fault may 4848 And rule vs by rightwisnes in our Ranke dedis,
be found with us.
Hit is wit for to wayue or vs worse happon;
But euery mon with enuy ertis hom skathe;
Myche hate on hym highes & harmys with all, 4844 And makes fos of his frendes & fele pat hym
With a lyue of lewte, þat as a laump shynes,
hat no fawte with vs founden be, ne fylyng of
Now wete ye right well, þat all þis wale pepull
hat Priam and his pepull hath plainly vs done. 4856 Syn we arofe in pis Rewme in a rad haste, We haue ournyt hym with angur, ertid hym mykill,
Yf he were fully our foo forwith this tyme, To hate vs in hert, now here is our cause. 4860 This wot I full well, pai warnyt are before, And haue gedrit of gyngys mony grym batell. But pai wete not our werkes, ne our wilde fare; hat we be neghit so negh, ne noy pat is fallyn. 4864 ffor if þai might be so mony, & of mayne strenght,
We mut bye it full bitterly pe baret we make. pai haue a Cité for sothe, a sure & a noble,