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HECTOR RALLIES THEM.
Wold haue takon the talle kyng, & to toun led: Book XXI.
Bare hym bak to pe bent, & the buerne deghit.
Than kaght þai the corse of pe kynges son,
8588 When Ector herd of pat hynde vnhappely was
pan fraynit þat fre, who pe freike sloghe.
"Achilles the choise kyng," oon chaunsit to say, "ffell hym in fight & fele of oure knightes!" 8592 Ector, wode of his wit for woo of his brother, Haspit on his helme, & his horse toke; Went out wightly, vnwetyng his fader. Two Dukes full derne, he to dethe broght, And manly with mayn mellit with other; Kyld downe knightes, karve hom in sonder. Mony wondet the weghe, & to woo caste; Britnet hom on bent, and on bake put. 8600 The grekes, for his greffe, girdyn hym fro,
8584 But hom worthe to be worse, wete ye for sothe, Paris and his And soghtyn to the Citie in a sad hast!
brothers protect the rear,
Then the Troiens full tyte to the toune floghen,
8604 Gird evyn to the grekes, and hor ground toke ;
ffoghten full felly, and hor fos harmyt.
(fol. 133 a.) Telamon pursues the Trojans :
and carry off the body of their brother.
Hector enraged by his brother's death, rushes to the fight unknown to his father:
the Greeks in
Thay knew hym full kyndly be caupe of his before him.
come to his aid, and recover their ground.
Hector cuts down a guard of
200 Greeks, and
And the grekes in his grem gird he to dethe,—
Had meruell full mekyll, macchet hym to Ector,
8616 Ector wrathit hym with, and the wegh hit,
bat so mony of paire men were marrid by hym,
Achilles perceives 8620 He hopit but if happely þat hardy were slayne,
that the Greeks
þat neuer greke shuld haue grace the ground for
Leocides attacks Hector, and is felled to the earth.
(fol. 133 b.)
and plans how to accomplish that end.
Polidamas, the pert, was presset so fast, hat he was wonen in wer, & away led: 8608 Than Ector in yre Egerly faght,
Ne neuer Troye for to take, terme of hor lyue. He bethoght hym full thicke in his thro hert, 8624 And all soteltie soght, serchit his wit,
On all wise in this world, þat werke for to end,
hat was chere to Achilles, cherisit with loue,
A mon he was of More Ynde, mighty of godes,
8636 The dethe of þat Duke he dight hym to venge.
To Ector full egurly he etlit anon :
Ector keppit the kyng er he caupe might,
Drof at hym with a dart, & pe Duke hit. 8640 Hit was keruond & kene, & the kyng hurt,
And woundit hym wickedly thurght the waist
bat he sesit of his sute, soght he no ferre.
THE DETHE OF ECTOR, BY ACHILLES TRAYTURLY SLAYN.
Achilles for the chop cherit hym not litle,
As Ector faght in the fild fell of the grekes,
He caupit with a kyng, caght hym anon; Puld hym, as a prisoner of prise for to wyn, 8652 With strenght thurgh the stoure, as the story
TREACHEROUSLY SLAYS HIM.
Thurgh the body with the bit of the bright end, 8660 That he gird to pe ground, & the gost yald. This Sedymon segh, þat soght out of Troy : Evyn wode for þat worthy was of lyue done, He cheuet to Achilles with a chop felle, hat he braid to the bent with a brem wound; And for ded of pat dynt the Duke pere hym leuit. The Myrmaidons, his men, paire maistur can take, Bere hym on his brode sheld to his big tent, 8668 There left hym as lyueles, laid hym besyde: But yet deghit not the Duke, pof hym dere tholit.
Achilles binds up
and goes to
(fol. 134 a.)
His sheld on his shulders shot was behynd,
To weld hym more winly þat worthy to lede.
steals upon him,
Hector, with his
Achilles is struck
The Trojans lose heart, and flee to the city.
The body of Hector is brought to Troy.
The grief and despair of the people.
(fol. 134 b.)
Some, even, lose their reason.
Then the Troiens with tene turnyt them backe, Soghten to pe Citie with sorow in hert, 8672 Entrid all somyn angardly fast,
And the body of the bold prinse broghtyn hom with.
When the corse of pat comly comyn was to
Miche dole & dyn was dole [for] to here,
8676 With Sobbyng pro the Cité, & Syling of teris, With gawlyng & grete the grettist among.
All the Citiesyns, for sothe, for sorow of the
Miche water pai weppit, wringyng of hond: 8680 The dit & the dyn was dole to be-hold!
All the wemen of wit thurgh the wale toune, Wyfes, & wedowes, & worshipfull maidnes, Within houses & hallis hard was pere chere. 8684 Wyth myche dole vppon dayes & on derke nightes,
Sum walt into wodenes, & of wit past :
The petie & the playnt was pyn for to here!
8688 pai had no hope of pere heale, ne pere hede
All hor trust þan was tynt, truly þai said,
Thurgh the dethe of pat dere, & done out of
"Alasse, the losse and the lure of oure lefe
8692 Now sesit be oure Citie with oure sad fos;
THE GRIEF OF PRIAM AND HIS FAMILY.
The body of pat bold was broght to his fader, With all the kynges full clene, & pe kid Dukes. With myche care & crie pai comyn hym with, 8700 Rent of pere riche clothes, ryuyn pere chekes, And setton hym full sorily þat souerain before. When Priam, the prise kyng, on the prinse loked,
Suche a sorow full sodenly sanke in his hert, 8704 þat he fainted for feble fell on his corse In a swone & a swogh, as he swelt wold. He was ded, as to deme, pat day mony tymes, ffor the dole & the deire of his dere sone.
Ne hade the buerne from the body bigly ben
He hade doutles be dede, & his day comyn.
Miche bale hade his brether, and his blithe
Hom hade leuer then the lond out of lyue be. 8712 What of Ecuba the honerable, pat was his aune
Of po ledis þat hym louyt, no lettur might tell!
Ne be keppit thurgh kynd for vnclene ayre.
The body of
The sorow pat ho suffert were solly to here;
& the dole of Andromaca, þat was his dere wife, and of
Hit were tore any tunge tell hit with mouthe!
The grief of
Priam and his
(fol. 135 a.)