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FOR THE SECOND BATTLE.
Brynge pe to bale for pi bold dedys;
bat pou couet be-curse to caire into woche, And ouer fer on pi fose fare by pi seluyn ! 6124 I pray pe full prestli, with all my pure saule, bat pou kepe pi corse, for case pat may fall, And fare not with foli oure fos for to glade, Ne wirk not vnwyly in þi wilde dedis,
6128 þat þi manhod be marte thurgh pi mysrewle; But bere pe in batell as a buerne wyse,
6132 Go furthe now with fortune, þat þe fayre
Our goddis the gouerne, & soche grace leue, bat pou the victorie wyn, thi worship to saue, And to pis Citie in sound þi seluyn may come." 6136 Than Troilus tomly talket agayne :
lest your enemies
þat þi fose thurgh pi foli pe faynen not worthe,
Go forth then,
lead you to
Of fell fightyng men full pre thowsaund,
All of knightes full kene, kyddest in armys,
And seven hundreth besyde, all of sure knightes, 6152 Vnder ledyng of a lord in Larrys was kyng,—
I beseech you, do not act rashly or foolishly,
(fol. 95 b.) May our gods guide you; give you the victory; and bring you back in safety." Troilus replied:"Doubt not, dear Sir, for by the grace of our gods I shall ever strive
"Dere sir, of my dedis doute no thing!
With grase of our goddes, in our gate furthe,
6140 And my lord, pat is lell, my lust shalbe ay!"
And so he fore to his fos with a fyne wille!
6148 The furthe batell in the burghe the bold knight The fourth
battalion, of 3700 brave knights, he assigns to Hippothous, king of Larissa,
a massive, tall
man, and a
(fol. 96 a.)
To this battalion
Ardelaus, and his 6160 pat come with the same kyng fro his kythe riche,
And was doughty of his dedis, derf on a stede. bes laughten pere leue at pe lefe prince, And gone to pe grekes with a grym chere, 6164 Soghten the same yate softly to gedur;
The men of this division were tall and massivealmost giants.
And on Damake, by-dene, þat was dere brother,
The fifth battalion 6168 The ffyfte batell of bold men, þat the buerne
is assigned to
He ordant on Oysom, the honerable kyng,
The sixth battalion, composed of men from Pæonia, was
headed by their kings and Seripes.
They were all
archers, and wore neither helm nor hauberk.
Hupon the hoge, a hegh mon of stature, And in batell full big, bold of his hondes; Dissyrus was the Duke in dedes of armys, 6156 Of all the Troiens, to tell, torest in fight,
Saue Ector the honerable, oddist of knightes.
6172 bes Oysoms all were od men of strenght,
And all pere colouris to ken was of clene yalow, With-outen difference to deme dubbit perin: 6176 All luttyn the lord & pere leue toke,
And foren onon to be fild paire fos to assaile.
6180 The pepull of Poyem, with pere pure kynges,
And Seripes, a sad Duke of the same lond, hat were fond to the fight, fell of hor dedis. Vnarmyt were pai all, aunter was the more,6184 No helmys, ne hawberghes, ne no hard shildes,
Bowmen of the best, po buernes were all,
Well enfourmet of pe fete, & hade fyne takell:
FOR THE SECOND BATTLE.
Mony woundis pai wroght, wete ye for sothe, 6188 Bothe on horse & on here harmyt full mekull. By ordinaunce of Ector, pes odmen to lede, Was Deffibus demyt of his dere brother: ben þai lacchen pere leue at the lord euyn, 6192 fforen to the fild with a fyn will.
To pes bowmen bold, pat of burgh went,
6196 Vnder care of two kynges, pat pai come with:
With all the gomes of Agresta, gode men & abill.
And the whelis full wheme, all of white aumber. 6204 Couert with a cloth all of clene gold,
A gret nowmber for the nonest, noble knightes under the
Dubbit full of diamondis, & oper dere stones, fframet ouer fresshly with frettes of perle. Two dromoudarys drowe hit, dressit perfore, 6208 And led it furth lyuely with light men of armys, Vne full for the fight, & fuerse men & nobill.
With the kynges in company comaund the
His aune brother full bold, barly to wend,
6212 þat hym fell on his fader side a fighter full
Nowther lut he þe lord, ne no leue toke,
But kaires fourthe with the kyng & his course
Book XV. fearful destruction on man and horse.
To this division Deiphobus was attached.
A large number
of noble knights
(fol. 96 b.) of Pylæus and Esdras.
This Pylæus had a splendid ivory chariot with wheels of white amber.
It was covered with a cloth of gold set with diamonds and pearls; and drawn by two dromedaries.
The Seuynt, þat assignet was the souerain before, To the seventh 6216 Was auntrus Eneas, abill of person;
In his company clene, the knightes of the lond, chief knights of
the city, and a
division of the commons under Euphemus.
To the eighth
battalion under Xerxes, king of Persia, Paris
(fol. 97 a.)
Hector warns him not to fight
till he should be
near at hand to assist him.
The last battalion
Mounted on his famous charger Galathea he went
to take leave of
the king, his father.
With fele fightyng folke of the fuerse comyns,
6220 þat were gouernet by a gome, þat was graith
A fyne squier & a fuerse,-Eufemius he hight;
The Eghtid Batell in the burgh, pat the buerne
6224 Vnder Serces for-sothe, the souerain of Percé,
And his brother of blud, þat he best loued.
6228 And said hym full soberly, all in soft wordes,
"Sir, your comaundement to kepe, I cast me for-
With all the might, þat I may, at þis mene
He lut hym full lelly, & his leue toke,
6236 And past furth with his pepull to pe playn fild.
And fyue thowsaund fuerse, all of fyn knightes,
ffor to fare to be fight with paire fre prinse.
pat Galathe, with gomys gyuen was to nome,
Armyt well at [all] peces, as I er said,
PRIAM IS TO GUARD THE CITY.
He caires furth to pe kyng & his kynd fader, Lowtis euyn to pe lord, & on lowde saide :6252 "Dere fader, full faire, & my fre kyng!
Ye shall haue in a here of hend men a thous-
All of knightes full kene, & kid men of armys,
6256 Abidis here at the border, buske ye no fer!
If any stert vpon stray, strike hym to dethe,
6260 I haue messangers with me, made for þe nonest,
hat our fos with no faulshed in pe fyght tyme,
62-68 Sese not our Cité, our seluyn to pyne,
Ne rob not our ryches, ne our ryf godys.
6272 As stuf of our strenkyth, yf we stond hard!"
Bowing to him
(fol. 97 b.) I have detailed messengers who are to communicate between us, and to inform you of our hap.
Beware of ambuscades, lest the enemy thus attempt to seize the city while the battle rages.
Guard well the walls; and be
And a post for all perellis youre pepull to saue, ready to aid us
if we be hard pressed."
ben Priam to be prinse prestly onswart :—
6276 But in stuf of þi strenkyght, & þi stythe arme; proposed: for
on you only, after our gods, do I rely!
In þi wyt, and pi warnes, & pi wyght dedys, With pi gouernanse graythe, & pi gode rewle! perfore, prestly I pray to oure pure sanctys, 6280 þat þai saue þe in sound, sent to þi hele; Kepe þe fro cumbranse, & fro cold dethe ; And leue me pi lyf in lykyng to se!" So pe lede toke leue, lut to hys fader,
Priam replied:— "Dear son, all shall be done as
May our pure saints preserve thee!"