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THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
Well wallit to wale, with water aboute; 4868 And perfore sothly I say, hit semis vnto vs, hai are feler of folke, & fuerser by the halfe, With more plenty of pepull, & pe province hor
And yche freike is þere frynd to filsom pere spede. 4872 bis I say not, for sothe, supposyng in hert
Hit has fallyn vnto fele men, fer in tymes past,
bat of our dede shuld be doute,-I dem it not so. through doubt of
nor do I deem it impossible to take
Ne I put not vnpossible 30n place for to take, And all pere folke in fight with forse to distroy; and destroy the 4876 Ne the Cité to sese and serche within,
city but that we
And all the toures of the toun tumbell to ground; discretion.
And keppit no counsell, ne no clene rule, 4884 But put hom with pride a purpos vnto,
Hit rapit to repentaunse & mony ranke harmys.
4896 Done his dissyre, deiret not our seluyn,
The harme & the hardgrem, þat highet vs after,
This assembly knows that Priam sent a message to us lately, and asked us only to send back his sister Hesione; and that, like fools, we answered him with scorn.
Noght leng sithen but late, a lede of his owne 4888 Made on a message vnto our menes londis,
ffor his sustor Exiona to send hym agayne:
4892 Answarth hym awterwart with angur & skorne, ill-naturedly,
Had we but
Hade we herkont hym hyndly, hedit his wille, listened to his
request, the harms and sorrow that followed would not have befallen
(fol. 76 b.)
And, what fortune shall befall us, no one can tell.
Therefore, sirs, if you wish to avoid all the perils of war, and to save our people,
let us send a message to Priam, and promise to grant him Hesione if he will send back Helen and the rest of our people; and redress the wrongs done to us by Paris.
(fol. 77 a.) The Trojans will be accounted fools; but never one will blame us.
Ne we, pat are wonyn ouer the wale streames, bat worthy to wyn with weppon in fight, Hade not faren so far our fos to distroy, 4904 Ne so long fro our londes lengit away.
And, what fall shalbe fortune, no freke can vs telle :
Wethur worship or wo: wete we not all?
4908 Yf ye deme it be don, & in dede holde,
To put of all perells & our pepull saue;
All chaunse to exchewe, & cheue vs the bettur
4912 þat we may saile hom in sound & our sute haue;
And redresse vs the domage, þat he don has By Paris his proude son, in our prise londis. If þat souerayne accept this sothly with hert, 4920 And do it in dede, as our dissyre wille,
We may wend hom with worship & our wille
And saue so our seluyn & our sute hole;
4924 And if Priam with pride this purpos refuse,
Two frendes haue fully to fight in our cause:
(MS. has ruder.')
On is right, þat vs riches for rape of our godes;
that we proffer to 4928 Thurgh the world shall it wend our werke at
exercise of our
Ay the mo, pat our mesure maynly may here,
4932 Ne excusit of skathe & sklaunder of pride,
To macche vs with monhede & might of our selfe,
ULYSSES AND DIOMEDES SENT TO PRIAM.
And wyn hom in wer with weppon in fight. Neuer buerne will vs blame, ne ban for our dede, 4936 Ne wegh will vs wite to pe worldes end. Ses now, your seluyn, my saghis vnto, And deuys of pis dede as you dere think." When the souerain hade said, pen sesit he here, 4940 And mony of po mighty menyt þer agayn, Noght semond, pai said, ne sittyng to do; And part of pat pepull prouyt hit for wit; And o sithin, all samyn assentid perto. 4944 Two chere men pai chese on pis choise erend,(Onest & abell Vlexes was one,
And Dyamede, pe derfe kyng demyt þat other)-
4948 Stiden vpon stithe horse stird to the Cité,
Lightyn at the low, leftyn paire horses,
4952 Gone vp by the greses all of gray marbill, Hit into the halle of the high kynge.
Hade meruell full mekull of pat mayne place,
4960 The bole was of bright gold, bret to pe myddes, Largior pen a lawriall & lengur with all,
(xij cubettes by course all of clene heght) hat fourmyt was full faire to be fre boghes. 4964 The brede of his bowes borly to se,
Large and longe, (light as the sun)
ffro the dese to the dorse doblit on brede
And the sydys, by a sercle of þe same hall.
'Devise now as ye think best."
The council is divided; some condemn, and some approve the proposal. At last all accept it, and Ulysses and Diomede are sent as messengers to Priam.
They arrive at the palace and pass into the hall.
They are astonished at the greatness of the city; its walls and towers, &c.
But they are more astonished by a tree of gold, set in the centre
of the great hall.
It was twelve cubits high, and finely formed.
(fol. 77 b.) The boughs spread from the dais to the doors, and from wall to wall.
Some of the branches are of gold, and some
of silver ; with leaves of the same. The buds and
fruit are of many kinds, and shimmer among
the leaves like precious stones.
long chambers, till they reach the
one where Priam
was seated among his lords.
They make no obeisance, and sit down before the king.
(MS. has "Sais")
"Agamemnon asks you to restore Helen in safety,
(fol. 78 a.)
and to make
the harms done
by your son Paris.
With leuys full luffly, light of þe same; With burions aboue bright to be holde; 4972 And frut on yt fourmyt fairest of shap,
Of mony kynd þat was kuyt, knagged aboue, hat shemert as shire as any shene stonys. Long abodyn thies buernes in the bright hall, 4976 Or pai comyn to the kyng by course for to
Led were po lordes pro mony long chaumburs,
And past into a proude chaumbur pere Priam
4980 Among lordes of his londe & ledis of his owne.
ben auntred Vlexes and his erund said,
THE WORDES OF VLIXES TO THE KYNG PRIAM.
"Sir Priam! thof we prise not þi person to
4988 Ne worship the as worthy, no wonder pou haue ;
Hase made vs as messengers at this mene tyme,—
He biddes the full barly the bright qwene Elan,
And stifly restore o the stithe harmys;
5000 That you pild in his prouynse by Paris þi son.
PRIAM TO ULYSSES.
Of harme in a hond qwhile highand the to!
Iff yow do pus in dede, hit doghis the bettur:
do so, see what
5008 The Rewme purgh Riden, robbed pi goodis, Set vnder seruage & sorow for euer!”
ffull soberly he said all in sad speche,
"Me meruells full mekill of your mayne prete, And angers me full euyll your angard desyre, 5016 When ye couet by course, with vnkynd fare, Satisfaccioun to be sent fro my selfe euyn,
THE ONSWARE OF PRIAM TO VLEXES.
When Priam persayuit had all his proude wordes,
5012 Withouten counsell of knightes or any kyde Priam replied:
Syn ye are cause of þis care, & curstly haue don.
5020 My folke put into pyne, pild all my Rewme;
Not keppit hir kyndly, as a kynges doughter,
And on message I made a mon of myn owne,
5032 Antinor I ordant pat erende to wende,
"I marvel at your threat, and at your demand for satisfaction; seeing that ye are the cause of all this trouble.
(fol. 78 b.)
For myself, I would have borne the loss of my father; and I sent Antenor to you, promising to