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Maistur in magesté, maker of Alle,
Endles and on, euer to last!
Now, god, of pi grace graunt me pi helpe,
4 And wysshe me with wyt pis werke for to end! Off aunters ben olde of aunsetris nobill,
And slydyn vppon shlepe by slomeryng of Age:
Of stithe men in stoure strongest in armes, 8 And wisest in wer to wale in hor tyme,
hat ben drepit with deth & pere day paste,
(fol. 2 a.) Invocation.
Of the noble deeds of our ancestors,
and of the stout
and wise in war,
true stories have been all but
Sothe stories ben stoken vp, & straught out of forgotten; while
12 And swolowet into swym by swiftenes of
Ffor new pat ben now, next at our hond,
Sum tru for to traist, triet in pe ende,
But olde stories of stithe pat astate helde,
of those of more modern times, recorded in books "for boldyng of hertes,
some are true and some are false.
Each desires to learn what he likes best.
But old stories of renowned deeds
recorded by men who witnessed them may delight some who never saw them.
The Poet declares his subject and
the authors from whom he has drawn his information.
(fol. 2 b.)
Homer, who is
not to be trusted, tells how the
gods fought like men, and
other such trifles.
Guido de Colonna
is the author of
Be writyng of wees þat wist it in dede, 24 With sight for to serche, of hom pat suet after, To ken all the crafte how pe case felle,
By lokyng of letturs pat lefte were of olde.
Now ow of Troy forto telle is myn entent euyn, 28 Of the stoure & pe stryfe when it distroyet was. hof fele yeres ben faren syn þe fight endid,
And it meuyt out of mynd, myn hit I thinke Alss wise men haue writen the wordes before, 32 Left it in latyn for lernyng of vs.
But sum poyetis full prist þat put hom perto,
And made more of þat mater þan hom maister
36 Sum lokyt ouer litle and lympit of the sothe. Amonges pat menye,-to myn hym be nome,— Homer was holden haithill of dedis.
Qwiles his dayes enduret, derrist of other
40 pat with the Grekys was gret & of grice comyn. He feynet myche fals was neuer before wroght, And traiet pe truth, trust ye non other.
Of his trifuls to telle I haue no tome nowe,
How goddes foght in the filde, folke as pai were,
hat was clanly compilet with a clerk wise,
And euper sawte & assemely see with pere een. Thai wrote all þe werkes wroght at þat tyme, In letturs of pere langage, as þai lernede hade : 60 Dares and Dytes were duly pere namys.
Dites full dere was dew to the Grekys,
A lede of pat lond & loged hom with: The tothyr was a Tulke out of Troy selfe, 64 Dares, pat duly the dedys be-helde.
Aither breuyt in a boke on pere best wise,
68 The whiche bokes barely bothe as þai were,
A Romayn ouerraght & right hom hym-seluyn, That Cornelius was cald to his kynde name. He translated it into latyn for likyng to here, 72 But he shope it so short pat no shalke might Haue knowlage by course how pe case felle; ffor he brought it so breff, and so bare leuyt, þat no lede might have likyng to loke perappon,
76 Till pis Gydo it gate, as hym grace felle,
And declaret it more clere & on clene wise.
which is compiled
from the works of
Dares and Dictys the historians.
(fol. 3 a.)
Dares, who was present at the deeds which he recorded, wrote his history of the Trojan war in Greek.
Cornelius Nepos translated it into Latin, but so briefly that the work had to be amended by
In this shall faithfully be founden to the fer In this history
dedes by dene as pai done were ;
80 How be groundes first grew, & pe grete hate,
Bothe of torfer and tene pat hom tide aftur.
there is a faithful account of the
deeds as they
progress of the war; of the Kings, Dukes, and Earls who fought on either side;
And here fynde shall ye faire of þe felle peopull, of the origin and What kynges pere come of costes aboute : 84 Of Dukes full doughty, and of derffe Erles, That assemblid to pe citie pat sawte to defend : Of pe grekys pat were gedret how gret was pe
How mony knightes pere come & kynges enarmed,
And what Dukes thedur droghe for dedis of
What Shippes pere were shene, & shalkes with in,
of the ships and barges that were brought from Greece; of the
battles that were fought, and
those who fell in battle; of the truces and
(fol. 3 b.) treasons that took place; in short, of every event from first to last.
Bothe of barges & buernes pat broght were fro
And all the batels on bent pe buernes betwene. 92 What Duke þat was dede throughe dyntes of
Who ffallen was in ffylde, & how it fore aftur : Bothe of truse & trayne pe truthe shall þu here, And all the ferlies pat fell vnto the ferre ende. 96 ffro this prologe I passe & part me per with, ffrayne will I fer and fraist of þere werkes, Meue to my mater and make here an ende.
Here begynnes the first Boke. How Kyng
In Tessaile hit tyde as thus in tyme olde, 100 A prouynce appropret aperte to Rome, An yle enabit nobli and wele
With a maner of men, mermydons called:
There was a kyng in pat coste pat pe kithe ought, 104 A noble man for pe nonest is namet Pelleus.
That worthy hade a wyfe walit hym-seluon, The truthe for to telle, Tetyda she heght: bes gret in pere gamyn gate hom betwene, 108 Achilles by chaunce chiualrous in armes.
(More of thies Myrmydons mell I not now,
112 At þe prayer of a prinse pat peopull hade lost.)
Hade a broper of birthe born or hym-seluyn,
Endured his dayes drowpyaite in age,
As Ovid openly in Eydos tellus,
124 How Medea the maiden made hym all new,