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Again Hector and
Achilles is borne down, and barely escapes capture.
again fights with Hector;
and is sorely wounded,
and smite each other to the ground.
with a sword
bursts the helmet
of Troilus, who
kills Diomedes' horse.
7244 And shot purgh pere sheltrons, shent of pe pepull.
7248 pat his speire alto sprottes sprent hom betwene,
And he hurlet doun hedstoupis to be hard erthe.
But he was put fro his purpos with prese of the
7252 And reskewet full radly by renkes of his owne, Achilles highit in hast, and on horse wan,
And auntred vppon Ector a full od dynt.
But in his sadell full sound pe souerain hym held.
þat the fas in the fell hast femyt on blode.
7264 Auther doutles had deghit of po derfe knightes;
7268 ben Diomede the derfe drogh into batell,
With mony grekes full grym of a gret will;
7272 That aither backward was borne & on bent lay;
But Diomede full dernly dressit vp first,
And wightly for all the woo wan on his horse; Swynget out a sword, swappit at pat other; 7276 Sundret the sercle of his sure helme.
þat other freke vpon fote, purgh his fyn strenght,
TROILUS CAPTURED AND RESCUED.
Diomedes dere horse vnto dethe broght. And so the freikes on fote foghton to-gedur! 7280 But the grekes paire gay kynge getyn appoloft, Again they are
(fol. 113 b.)
mounted and fight together.
And the Troiens pat tother on a tried stede. ben foght pai in fere with pere felle swordes, And delt mony dynttes, po doughty in fere. 7284 But Diomede in daunger duly hym toke,
And turnyt with the Troien tomly away,
rescued by the
But he was tarriet with the Troiens, & tenit full
7288 And wernit of his wille, pof hym wo thoght; His pray fro hym puld, & his pepull slayn. Then to batell was boune bold Menelaus, Hurlit in hastely with a hoge folke. 7292 Withoutyn tarying o pe tother side titly cam Menelaus and
Battle between the forces of
With mony triet knight of Troie, & the toile
So bycceret pe batells vppon bothe haluys,
7296 Mony doughty pat day deghit in the fild,
Mony wofully woundit, & wappid to ground! There was crie of kenmen, crussing of wepyn, All the bent of po buernes blody beronnen! 7300 Ector euermore egerly foght,
Breke of pere batell, britnet pere knightes, Mekyll greuit the grekes with his grete strenght, And kild all to kold dethe, pat countrid hym with. 7304 There come launchand o pe lond a lyuely yong
Now made at the note, & nomet Boethes.
He auntrid hym to Ector euyn at the tyme,
Hector makes havoc among the Greeks.
A young knight, Boetes, engages with him; and is cloven to the navel.
Prothenor unhorses Hector; but is soon after
cut in two.
Prothenor, collects the Greeks, and charges on the Trojans.
DEATH OF ARCHILOCHUS AND PROTHENOR.
The Greeks break and flee to
7308 Carve hym euyn fro the creste cleane to pe nauell, hat he gird vnto ground & the gost yalde;
And sesit hys sure horse & a seruand betaght.
THE DETHE OF ARCHILACUS THE KYNG, BY ECTOR SLAYN.
7312 Se his cosyn so kild & cast to pe dethe,
Wold venge o pat velany in a vile hast,
He merkit hym in mydward the mydell in two, bat he felle to pe flat erthe, flote he no lengur. Achilles pan auerthward pis auntre beheld,
Achilles, enraged 7328 How Prothenor was perysshet, his aune pure
at the death of
THE DETHE OF PROTHENOR, BY ECTOR SLAYN.
Prothenor, a pert knight, preset hym ner,
Was horset in hast, hent to his sword,
He angurt hym full euyll, & egerd hym with,
7332 Of po kynges, þat were kild, & oper kene mony,
THE GREEKS FLEE TO THEIR TENTS.
Turnyt to pere tenttes, pe troiens hom aftur, 7340 Slogh hom in the slade, slang hom to ground; Woundit hom wikkidly, walt hom of horse. bus neghet hom with noye, till pe night come; Left hom for late, launchet to towne ;
7344 Entrid in all somyn, euyn at hor wille;
ffore to pere Innes, & pus the fight endit!
their tents. The Trojans pursue, and cut them down.
Night ends the
(fol. 114 b.)
The Greek leaders
They have no hope of taking the city so long as he lives.
xvij Boke. Off the Counsell of the Grekes ffor the Bethe of Ector / & pe iiiju Batell.
Herkinys now a hondqwile of a hegh cas,
7348 When the day ouer drogh, & the derk entrid, The sternes full stithly starond o lofte;
All merknet the mountens & mores aboute;
All the gret of the grekes gedrit hom somyn.
7356 Dukes & derffe Erles droghen to counsell,
He was fully the fens & the fyn stuff
7364 Of all the tulkes of Troy, pat hom tene wroght;
ffuerse on his foes, fellist of other,
And dethe to the derfe grekes delt hym aboute.