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Hector then bows to his father, and passes forth to battle.
He was the bravest, the wisest, the strongest in battle.
(fol. 98 a.)
Though the last to leave the city, he was foremost in the fight.
From the walls, the honourable women of Troy, with the king's daughters, watch the departure of the troops.
Helen, too, was there, thoughtful, sad, and desponding.
Agamemnon divided his army into 26 battalions.
Patroclus led the first battalion, which was composed of his own men, and
those of Achilles,
Past furthe to hys pepull, & hys pas held.
Hys armys were auenond, abill to fyght;
hof Ector pe honerable had ordant hys folke, And bateld hom bygly, on hys best wyse; 6308 Vnder gouernanse graythe, all hys grym ost In rewle and aray redy to fyght.
Agamynon hys grekys graythyt to feld :
Twenty batels full bold of byg men of armys, 6312 And sex other besyde, all of sure knyghtys. Patroclus, pe proud kyng, put to be first,
With all pe folke, pat hym folowet, and fele other moo.
Achylles choise men cheuyt hym with;
who was suffering
from his wounds. 6316 Hym-selfe fore to no fyght for hys fel wondys,
But lay in hys loge, lechit hys sores.
AGAMEMNON ARRAYS THE GREEKS.
his patroclus, pe proud kyng, was full pure ryche,
6320 Wel manert & meke, myghti of pupull.
Achylles, pe choise kyng, cherist hym mekill,
Wise men in wer, wight of hor dedes.
And qwat so tendit to pe totheris was all.
The secund batell, forsothe, assignet was pen
knights, and the Athenians under
6328 With pre thousond pro knyghtis, prepond in Mnestheus, was
led by Merion.
And Menestaus the mighty, with his men of
To Atholapo, a tore kyng, takyn was the prid, And Philmene, his faire son, fre in his hond, 6332 With all the company clene of comaynes Ascalaphus and
The third battalion was under the command of
And Selidis, for sothe, soght in his honde, 6344 With all the here, pat he hade, highet hym
(fol. 98 b.)
The ffourthe batell in feld, he fourmet to leng With Archelaus, a lede lyuely in armys, 6336 And Prothenor, a prise kyng, with his pepull Prothenor:
The fourth was assigned to Arcesilaus and
In the same was Segurda, with sad men & noble. The fyfte, þat was fourmit of po fuerse batell, Was Menelay the mighty, with his men all, 6340 With the pepull of his prouynse, & his pert
The Sext of pat sort, pat soght to be fild,
Was kyng bysshop the bold, with his buernes king,
The fifth was led by Menelaus.
The sixth was led by the bishop
The seventh was led by Telamon, who had under him Theseus, Amphimachus, Diores, and Polisarius.
The eighth was led by Thoas.
The eleventh was
led by Nestor, and the twelfth by Henex.
(fol. 99 a.)
was led by Ulysses;
Arestes; and the
fifteenth by Eumelus.
The sixteenth was led by
The nineteenth was led by Gumplius; the twentieth by Polypoetes; and the twenty-first by Amphimachus.
The ninth was led
by Ajax Oileus;
and the tenth by 6356 Was Aiax Oelius, with od men to wale.
The twentysecond was led by
The Seuent of the soum, þat I said ere,
And on Domys, the doghty, doutid in fild,
The ix of the nowmber, to nem pom full euyn,
And Philoc, the fell kyng, fore with the tenth.
6360 The xij vnthwyuond, pat twyet not in fight,
Was Maumbert mayn son, mightfull Henex.
6364 The xiiij to þe fight fore with Arestes.
Humelius, the hasty, highit with the fyftene. Protessalous proud son presit with the sextene, ffor to dere for the dethe of his dere fader. 6368 Polidarius, the porknell, and his pere Machaon,
Suet with the xvij, sad men & noble.
The riche kyng of the Rodes raiked with
With fell men in fight to the fild past,
6372 The xix of the nowmbur a nobill mon toke,
One Gumplius a gome, pat mony grekes led.
hat of Larris was lord & a lege kyng.
THE SECOND BATTLE.
Dyomede, the derfe kyng, and doughty Celernis. 6380 Eneus, the nobill kyng, pat neghit fro Sypris, With xxiij priuond, pronge to the playne. Procholus, a prise kyng, presit with another. Now xxiiij fully are faren to pe batell.
6384 Cupenor, a cant man, come with the next,The xxv fully, all of fyn knightes.
The xxvj of the soume, pat I said first,
Of bold batels & bigge, pat to bent come, 6388 Led Agamynon the grete, with grekes full mony, And fore euyn to pe fight, & the fild toke.
When the batell on bothe haluys were to bent
ffor to fight in the fild, all po fuerse pepull, 6392 Ector the auntrus, ablist of knightes,
Was the first in the fild, pat to fight entrid, Toke his horse with his helis, hastid before, Gird euon to pe grekes with a grete yre, 6396 ffrusshet to the forward, felly anon.
He shot prough the shild & the shene maile, To be ynmast of his armur, angardly fast; Hit neghit to be nakid, but no noy did. 6404 Ector for pat od dynt, ournyt in hert,
Wode for the wap, as a wild lyon;
His speire into sprottes sprongyn was before,
6408 Carve euyn at the kyng & pe crest hit,
Slit hym full slighly to be slote euyn,
bat he dusshet, of pe dynt, dede to pe ground.
Diomedes: the twenty-third by Eneus (Guneus); and the twentyfourth by Procholus.
The twenty-fifth was led by Agapenor; and the twenty-sixth by Agamemnon.
THE DETH OF PATROCLUS, BY ECTOR SLAYN.
Patroclus persayuit, pat the pepull led, þat was formast in fight with a felle speire. He auntrid vpon Ector, atlit hym a dynt, 6400 With all the forse of his fole & his fuerse arme; through shield
Patroclus saw him dash towards the Greeks, and rushing on him with a great spear, pierced
and mail; still Hector was unhurt.
(fol. 99 b.)
Hector was the first to begin the battle.
Hector dismounts and attempts to
despoil the king of his armour.
(fol. 100 a.)
Merion, with his
They drive him back, and try to capture his horse; but he baffles them.
In a rage he makes towards Merion, and is
THE FFOLY DESYRE OF ECTOR.
When the kyng was kyld, cast to be grene,
6412 His shene armys to shew shone in the filde.
The gay armur to get of the gode hew,
And come to be kyng, pere the corse lay,
"Nay, warloghe wolfe, in pi wode hongur,
hat neuer of forray art full, with pi foule vse,
A C thousaund on horse highand pe to,
6432 And put þe fro purpos, þi payn to encres!"
6436 And mony strokes, in pat stoure, po stithe men
Till þe knight, vndur knappis, vppon knes fell.
Was on hys wight horse, for wepyn or other.
Was no led might hym let, pof hom lothe were.