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THE TROJANS ARE WITHDRAWN.
bat pe troiens in hor tenttes shuld tene hom no
Ne dere hom with dinttes whille pat day last, Ne folow hom no furre, ne felle of hor pepull. 7104 ben vnhappely hys hest he hastid to do,
þat angart hym after angardly sore,
With the tuk of a trump, all his tore knightes
(fol. 111 a.)
Wold haue brent hom barly, botis & other;
set fire to the
7116 But at the biddyng of pe bold, pat pe buernes led,
7120 Thus curstly pat knighthode for a cause light, Voidet pere victory for vanité of speche,
pat neuer auntrid hom aftur so ably to wyn;
But þurgh domys of destany dreuyt to noght, 7124 And ay worth vnto werre, as ye shall wete aftur.
putting an end to
Hector grants the
Sad and angry,
In the morning the Trojans arm to assail the Greeks.
(fol. 111 b.)
But the Greeks demand a truce for two months:
which is granted.
The Greeks collect their dead:
rvj Boke. Of a Trew Takyn two Monethes: And of the thrid Batell.
Wen pes ffounet folk were faryn to toune,
After settyng of pe Sun pai Seyn to pe zates, Braidyn vp þaire briggis, barrit hom fast; Iche Rink to paire rest Richit hom seluyn, 7132 And esit hom all nyght after paire deuyse.
Wen þe day vp drogh, & þe dym voidit,
But the grekes, in the gray day, graidly did send.
DURING THE TRUCE.
Thai gird into graves þe grettist of astate, 7148 And beriet hom bairly on hor best wise.
All the Remnond and Roke radly pai broght,
7152 As the custome was comynly in cuntres of grece.
He araiet for pat Rioll, all of Riche stones,
7164 With soche worshipfull werkes, as þe weghis
Helit pere hurt men þurgh helpis of leches.
7176 Weping and woo, þat þe weghis made,
some are buried, and some are burned.
All the Troiens, on the tother side, while the The Trojans
attend to their
Sho brast out in a birre, & to pe bold said :-
Achilles bewails the death of Patroclus.
He causes the bodies of Patroclus and Protesilaus to be laid in gorgeous tombs.
7168 Iche freike was fyn hole of pere fell hurttes.
Care hade the kyng for Cassibilon his son,
(fol. 112 a.)
ffor he was noblist & next of his naite children, ffull tendurly with teris tynt myche watur, 7172 And mournet full mekull, for he þe mon louyt. Cassibelan, who is
Priam mourns for his son
buried in the
In Venus temple þe worthy, in a wale toumbe
Cassandra bewails the sad fate of the Trojans, and
urges them to make peace with
the Greeks or worse will befall them.
By Priam's order she is shut up in prison.
murmurs against Agamemnon;
and thinks that he himself is more worthy to be commander.
(fol. 112 b.)
Agamemnon arrays the Greeks
7180 With care for to come, & cumbrans to all?
7184 Ouertyrnet with tene, temple and oper;
Modris pere myld childer with mournyng behold,
Made murmur full mekyll in the mene tyme,
To beire the charge as cheftan of po choise
More syttyn he saide hym seluyn to haue,
Ne of xxxti other pro kynges, pat priuond were
7204 Was non assentyd to pat souerain sothely but thre,
Without ordinaunce of other only or assent: But of pat mater was meuit nomore at pat tyme.
When the tyme was ourtyrnyt, and pe tru vp, 7208 Agamynon þe grekys gedrit in þe fild,
Armyt at all peses abill to fyght,
Troiell, the tru knight, betakon was the first,
Ector to Achilles amyt hym sone,
hat he knew well be course was his kene fo; And he keppit hym kenely, and coupid to-gedur, 7232 That bothe went bakward & on bent lay. But Ector the honerable erst was on fote, Lepe on a light horse, leuyt Achilles, Breke purgh batels, britnet the grekes,
7236 Kyld mony knightes, kest hom to ground. Mony hurlet to pe hard erthe & pere horse leuyt; Mony woundit wegh fro his wepyn past!
HECTOR AND ACHILLES.
So he hurlit hom on hepis with his hard dinttes, 7240 Till he was blody of pe buernes, & his bright
Achilles also afterward rose,
Hit on his horse, hurlit into fight,
Mony Troiens ouertyrnyt, tumblit to dethe,
Hector arrays the Trojans, and gives Troilus command of the first division.
Hector and Achilles meet in battle: both are unhorsed.
Hector remounts, and leaves Achilles on the ground.
(fol. 113 a.)