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996 Jason of his Jorney was ioyfull ynoghe,
And he hir graunted pat gate with a good wille.
But Medea mouet hym a moneth to lenge.
þat he hade fongit pe flese & pe fresshe gold;
pai comynd in the case, cast hom perfore,
Here begynneth be ffourth boke.
All charge of þis chaunse, chefe how it will,
He sped hym vnto spart, sparit he noght, 1012 pat a cuntre is cald of pe coste of Rome. Tow brether full bold abidyng þer-in, Bothe kynges of þe kythe, Caster was one, And Pollux, pe proude, pristly pat other. 1016 As poyetis han put, plainly po two
Were getyn by a gode on a grete lady, be fairest of ffeturs pat euer on fote yode: And a suster to be same, sothly, was Elyn, 1020 Getyn of þe same god in a goode tyme.
To these kynges he come & his cause tolde,
1024 ben he lacches his leue and pai lordes ponkit, Suet forth to (Salame) in a sad haste,
bat gouernet was in gryse by a gome noble,One Telamon trewly, as þe text sayse, 1028 þat was kyng in the coste & pe coron hade,— A bold man in batell & byg in his Rewme. Ercules of helpe hym hertely besoght, And he grauntid to goo with a good wille,
Hercules determines to make war with Troy, and seeks the assistance of Castor and Pollux.
(Helena, sister of Pollux.)
He goes to
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1032 With mony bold men in batell and biggest in Armes.
To Pelleus pertly pen past he agayne,
Assemblid of Soudiours a full sadde pepull,
To a Duke þat was derffe & doughti of honde,
bat hade louyt hym of long, & his lefe frynde; 1040 He hight hym full hertely þat he haue sholde ffertheryng to his fight with a fre wille.
ben leues pe lede & of lond paste
To Pelleus pristly, pat puruiaunce hade made
1044 Of twenty shippes full shene, shot on pe depe, All redy to the Roode of pe roghe ythes,
With mony barons full bold & buernes per-in.
The fleets of the allies of Hercules
ben comyn thies kynges fro per kyth evyn,
meet at Thessaly; 1048 Saylyng full sound with seasonable wyndes;
and at the season of the year when the
sun enters Aries, they set sail for Troy.
At Tessaile full tyte turnyt into havyn,
ffor to fare to pere ffoos with a ffryke wille.
1052 pe sun in his sercle was set vppon high,
And euyn like of a lenght þe light & pe derke. he cloudes wax clere, clensit the ayre; 1056 Wynter away, watris were calme;
Stormes were still, pe sternes full clere,
Bowes in bright holtes buriont full faire ;
Swoghyng of swete ayre, Swalyng of briddes ;
1064 At Mid Aprille, the mone when myrthes begyn,
The season full softe of þe salt water,
And the bremnes abated of the brode ythes,
Thies kynges, with knightes in companies grete, 1068 Past fro port, pulled vp þere sailes,
Were borne to pe brode se & the banke leuyt; Sailed fourthe soberly with seasonable windes Till pai comen [to] the cost, as pe course felle, 1072 Of the terage of Troy & turnyt into hauyn,
þat sothly was said Segeas to nome.
By thies rialles aryven were, to rest was pe
And neghed to be night, noy was þe more: 1076 Kaste ancres full kene into pe (cold) water,
Cogges with cablis cachyn to londe,
And lay so on lone the long night ouer.
Wen the derke was done & the day sprange,
1080 And lightid o lofte ledis to beholde,
1084 Of the folke so furse pat hym affray wold,
ffor-pi vnkeppit were pe costes all þe kythe ouer.
Skairen out skoute-wacche for skeltyng of harme,
Er the sun vp soght with his softe beames, 1092 Pelleus full prestly the peopull did warne
To appere in his presens, princes and dukys.
pitch their tents,
The Grekys in hor geyre graithid hom to banke, The Greeks land,
and set guards
The worde of your werkes & your wight dedis,
At sunset they arrive at Sigeum, and lie at anchor till morning.
a council of war to meet in his tent.
Sais, "Ye noblist of nome pat neuer man The counsel of
In times past, always victorious.
cause of their coming, and of all that may follow.
The treasures of Troy will prove an abundant
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1100 Hit was neuer herd, as I hope, sith heuyn was o loft,
And happet the herre hond to haue at þe last.
1104 ffor to wreke vs of wrathe, & pe wegh harme :
hat is the cause of the course þat we come hidur.
Hit is spede-full to speike of our spede fur,
1112 þat us abides in the burgh & we þe better haue.
hat the tresour of Troy is of tyme olde,
Out of nowmber to nem & nedefull to vs;
Iff vs fallus in fight þe fairer at ende,
We shall haue riches full riffe & red gold ynogh
1120 And speike for our spede while we space haue.”
Then Ercules the Avntrus onswarid Anon,-
1124 Iff it be worship & wit wisdom to shewe,
Hit [is] sothely more soueran to see it in werke.
As me thinkes full throly with-outyn threp more.
And thrugh lemys of light þe lond vs perseyue:
In the ton shall be Telamon, pat is a tore kyng,