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King Thoas is assailed by the brothers of Hector, in revenge for the death of Cassibelan,
(fol. 108 a.)
but succeeds in rescuing Thoas.
Humerius wounds Hector with an arrow,
He hade lelly ben lost & of lyue done,
The Duke of
Ne hade pe derfe Duke of Athens drawen hym to
his aid; is sorely 6972 With fuerse men in fight, & fell to be stoure.
wounded by Paris,
To Qwintilion the quem he qwithit a dynt, Woundit hym wickidly, warpit hym to ground, Dressit hym with dere to dele with another. 6976 pen Paris, pe prise knight, with a pile sharp,
Rut hym in thurgh þe rybbis with a roid wond, bat pe duk for pe dynt derit hym but a littell. Toax in þe toile out of tene broght,
Hector, in a rage, cleaves him to the saddle.
Toax pat tyme purght the toile rode,
bat Cassibilan had kyld, the kyngis son of Troy: 6960 He fell of pe frigies with his fuerse dynttes, And myche wo with his weppon wroght at þe tyme.
Cassibilan kynd brether pen pe kyng segh,
And gird hym euyn to be ground in a gret Ire.
6968 The haspes of his helme were hurlit in sonder;
All bare was the buerne aboue on his hed.
6980 Wan hym wightly away wondit full sore.
THE DETH OF HUMERIUS BY ECTOR SLAYN.
As Ector rod thurgh þe rout with his roid dyntes,
6984 ffrunt hym euyn in þe fase with a fyn arow.
He bend neuer bow more, ne no buerne hurt,
THE TROJANS RE-ENFORCED.
But was ded of þe dynt er he doun lyght. ben hastid on heterly, & a horne blew. 6992 vij .M. said grekys semblit hym vmbe. To Ector full egerly with enuy pai drogh, fforto lache pe led, or of lyue brynge, And he were hym full wightly, wondit full mony. 6996 Mony derf to pe deth of his dyntis 3ode! hen he bounet fro batell, & pe bent leuyt, Issit out of pe ost angarely fast;
ffore euyn to his fader in a furse hast,
7000 Bad hym socore hom sone with his sure knightes; of the bravest
knights, and returns to the
ffurse men, & fel, & of fyn strenkyth.
7004 hai gyrd to be grekys & myche grem wroght, Slogh hom doun sleghly in þe slade moue. Ector and Aiax auntrid to mete:
With fyn spers in þe frount frochit togedur, 7008 þat aythir bakward was borne to pe bare erthe. Menelaus, a myghti out of mayn Troi,
With his wepyn he wondit, & warpit to deth.
7012 Slogh Moles pe myghty, a mon out of Oreb,
Slogh a grete of þe grekes, þat was a grym syre.
7020 Tachet vpon Thelamon, & tenfully woundit.
Presit to Protheus & put hym to grond.
So all pe noble brether naturyll of pe naite kynge, 7024 Priam sons, pe prise kynges prestly pai foghten,
At the blast of a horn 7000 Greeks surround Hector.
Hector and Ajax meet.
(fol. 108 b.)
Celidonus, a son
Madon strikes out
Famen strikes Prothenor to the earth.
Anglas presses Mnestheus, and is severely wounded.
And mony buerne in pe batell broght vnto ground.
To Menestaus mightyly, pe maistur of Attens,
Anoper brother of po bold to pe buerne rode,
would have slain 7040 Throly the pre men thronght hym aboute,
Mnestheus had not Theuter come to the rescue.
The bold for to britton or to burghe lede;
Hector slays a thousand
cuts down Memnon:
and is wounded by Mnestheus.
But manly he macchit hom with his mayn strokes,
[——and anon he was succoured by the king Theuter. But Hector then assayled them both, and without fault they had not escaped, had not Ajax the strong and valiant knight haue come to the reskue with a thousand knights, that he had in his company. Then came on the King of Perse with fiue thousand knights, that Paris lead; and so did all the other Troyans, and made the Greeks recule, and goe back by force. Dares writeth in his Boke, how that Hector slew a thousand knights, onely in this assault.
Among all other things, Hector encountred the King Menon before a Tent, and said to him: "ha, euill traitour, that thou lettest me to take the armes of Patroclus:" and then he smote him so great a stroke that he fell downe to the ground. And after Hector alighted downe, and smote off his head, and would haue taken his armes from him: but Menesteus letted him, and smote upon Hector ouerthwart, by such force that he gaue him a great wound, and went then his way without more tarrying, doubting the fury of Hector. Then Hector went out of the throng and bound up his wound, that it bled no more; and after went in againe into the prease, and slew in his comming many Greekes. And Dares sayth, that after he had bound up his wound, he slew the same day a thousand Knights, and there was none had courage to auenge him
+ Fol. 109 is awanting in MS. See Note.
OF HIM THAT NOTES NOT HIS TIME.
against him, or defend himselfe, but he put them all to flight; and the Troyans entred into their Tents, and pilled and robbed them, and tooke all the best that they could finde.] Guido di Colonna: (from The Ancient Historie of The Destruction of Troy. Sixth Ed. London, 1636.)
Garmentes full gay all of grete furris, 7044 Bright beidis & Brasse broght pai with-all, And voidet all as victors avauntage to haue; And euyn laiked as hom list, lettid hom noght. hat was duly the day & desteny wold,
7048 hat for euer hade ben ende Angur to voide;
But wirdis, þat is wicked, waitis hir avauntage, 7052 With ffortune so felle, pat is of fer cast.
All pat desteny with dole has demyt to falle,
The Greeks are put to flight, and their tents are pillaged.
(fol. 110 a. Marked 109 in MS.)
The Trojans divide the spoils.
On this day the
And þai wonen paire wille neuer the werre aftur, had consented.
OFF HYM AT NOTES NOT HIS TYME WHEN GOD HASE
7056 And Ector of all men euyll hit dissayuet,
Hector might have saved his people, his country, and
And all his fos in the fight felly distroyet,
7060 Doutles pat day, withouten deire aftur,
7064 ffor to tary on his tyme, when hym tydes faire, And put of a purpos, pat empaires after,
Or pat draghes to dethe, and deres at þe ende. He pat tas not his tyme, when pe tyde askes, 7068 But lettes it deuly ouerdryve with delling to opportunity,
He that improves not his
must not blame his fortune when evil betalls.
On that day
(fol. 110 b.) might have vanquished them:
but unfortunately Telamon-Ajax encountered him.
Hector recognizes him as his cousingerman.
Rejoiced at the meeting, he raises his visor, and invites Ajax to visit his
cousins in Troy.
Ajax excuses himself for the time, but begs Hector to show that his love for him is real, by
Wite not his wirdis, pof hym woo happyn!
And he pat kepis not kyndly the course of his heale,
But sodanly forsakes pat sent is of god,
Hit shalbe gricchit hym pat grace in his grete
So happit hit here to pis hed prinse,
That holly the herhond hade at his wille, 7076 And haue vttred his Enmyes angur þat tyme;
His worship haue wonyn, & his wille hade;
7080 þat the sun of Exiona, pat was his sib mon,
hat cald was be course of the kynges syde,
7084 That a mon was of might & of mayn strenght,
He auntrid hym to Ector ernystly with fight.
And said to pat semly all in sad wordis,
He denyet hym anon with a nait wille;
His ledis for to leue hym list not as pen.
7100 Iff he louyt hym, as he let to leue for pe tyme,