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AMAZONIA AND THE AMAZONS.
In April, May, and June, the women visited
Withouten mon, owther make, to medill hom Book XXVII.
And well enformet of the fete, pat to fight longit.
a province where 10816 ffull of all frute, and fode of the best,
only men dwelt, Wond þere no wemen, ne no wegh ellis, But men on þat mold, & mony pai were.
Now the maner was most of po mylde wemen, 10820 Thre mones with mirthe po men for to viset;
Euermore in Auerill auntrid hom so,
There to leng with hor louys in lykyng a while. 10824 Oft in wanton werkes wex pai with childe,
And sithen of solas soghton to pere londes.
If hit a woman were, with worship hit keppit, 10828 And fostred hit furthe vppon faire wise ;
And if þat sam had a sun of hir selfe borne,
Thre yere thristely throngen to end,
Thus tide hit þat tyme, as I telle of,
Boldest in batell, best of hor hondes,-
(fol. 166 a.) 10840 ffor his prowes of prise, and his pert dedis,
And for wightist in wer of þis world þen.
If the child was female it was kept; but if male, it was sent to the father,
Penthesilea brings Amazons to assist Priam.
to allow her to
Of grekes þat were gedrit to þe great troyo, 10844 Priam to oppresse,
pure londes; And ho come for þat cause, þat kyng for to helpe, With hir maidons full myld, mightily in armys,
A thowsaund full þro, þrepand in wer. 10848 for loue of þat lede, þat was of lyue past,
To pe Cité ho soght with hur sute hoole,
Noght knowing the case of þe kyd prinse, Her grief on
bat the doghty was dede & drepid for ay. hearing that Hector was slain. 10852 Whan þat worthy hit wist of his wale dethe,
Myche sorow & sykyng sanke in hir hert,
This lady at the last lefte of hir sorow,
10856 And prayt vnto Priam all with pure wordes, She prays Priam
His buernes vnto batell bainly to ordan, lead the Trojanis. And pull vp a port, let hom passe furthe.
Sho purpost hir plainly with hir pure maidons, 10860 The grekes to greue, & she grace hade,
In fight for to fele of hir fell dynttes,
han Priam his prise men prestly comaundit,
Encas also, abill of dedis, their companies,
Polidamas the pert, with a prise batell,
With Pantasilia the pure prestly to wend.
And all fore to be fight in a frunt hole.
And with launses on the laund lepyn to-gedur. A flerce battle 10872 Breme was the broche in the brest þan! Menelaus is
Pantasilia so presit proud Menelaus, unhorsed by the Queen.
hat ho gird hym to ground with a grym dynt.
The horse of þat hathell hent ho belyue, (fol. 166 6.) 10876 And raght by the Reynes to a ranke maiden.
Dyomede the derfe drofe to þe qwene,
With a course of his caple, and a kene speire. Penthesilea,
THE GREEKS ARE DRIVEN BACK.
hat mighty hym met with a mayn stroke, 10880 Hat he bend in the backe to pe bare sadell,
Vnneth held hym on horse for harme þat he
And betoke [hit] full tite to a triet maiden. 10884 Telamon with tеne turnyt to be lady,
To venge of hir velany, & voide hym of harme. ground;
And ho keppit the kyng, kest hym to ground, 10888 Till his head with the hard yerthe hurlit full
She hurls Telamon to the
So faght þat freike with hur fyne strenght,
hat Telamon ho toke, & turnyt away.
Negh wode of his wit for þe wale kyng ; 10896 So he fore pere in fight with his fell strokes,
pat the lede fro the ladis lawse away past.
Criet on hir company with a cant wille ; 10900 Assemblit hir sorte on a sad hepe,
And so fuersly pai faght with the felle grekes,
hat all fell to be flight, & the feld leuyt. 10904 The wemyn, as the went, welt hom to ground,
With swappis of hor swordes swelt mony
To the side of the sea, or pai sesse wold. 10908 There the grekes with grem
had the gre lost, And endit for ener, cuyn at þat tyme,
The Greeks break
The prowess of Diomedes savea the Greeks from destruction.
(fol. 167 a.)
The Amazons and Trojans return to the city.
Hade not Dyomede with dynttes done with
So wondurly well at the watur side.
All left þai for late & lackyng of Sun.
Soghtyn to the Cite with hor sute hole,
pan Priam was proude, & prestly beleuyt
The joy and hope of Priam.
HIERE FAGIT HAI TWO MONETHES.
Duly yche day delton þai strokes, Menelaus returns 10924 Till Menelay the mene tyme hade the mere past with Neoptolemus
To Lycomede, pe lell kyng, & the lede broght,Pyrrhus.
Neptolon the noble, next to Achilles.
He was sun to pat same, as I said ere, 10928 þat is Pirrus in proses propurly cald.
Two nomys had pat noble, þat I neuynt hauo,
Knowen in his cuntre, kyndly by aither. Joy of the Greeks When he come to þe cost þere be kynges lay, and Myrmidons :
10932 Hym welcomyt tho worthy, as a wegh noble;
And the mirmydons mighty, for maistur hym
toke, Were glad of þe gome, & gretly honouryt. The grekes fayne of þat freike, and with a frunt
light, Neoptolemus is 10936 Retaynit hym with Reuerence, po Riche men all, knighted,
And honeret hym by ordinaunce with order of
REJOICING OF THE GREEKS.
Gird hym full graidly with a gay sworde, 10940 Bad hym nait hit nemly, and noy of his fos,
And dere for the dethe of his dere fader.
And all the harneis hoole of þat hed kyng.
Serten dayes by-dene, duly to hold;
And all glad were po grete of pe gome pan.
and receives the tent and armour of his father,
(fol. 167 b.)
THE XXII & XXIII BATELL OF THE CITE.
Pyrrhus jousts with Polydamas;
When hit drogh to be day, the Dukes with-oute
Busket vnto batell, and the burgh alse. 10952 Tho mighty with mayn metton in the ffeld,
And girdon to-gedur on a grym wise.
In the honerable armys of his avne fader. 10956 Polidamas he preset with a prise swerd,
With sleght for to sle, & slyng vnto ground;
Of Phylmen, the fuerse kyng, fendit hym wele. 10960 Pirrus, that proud kyng, presit so fast,
þat he gird hym to ground of his gret horse.
As by witnes in wer, & away lede : 10964 But the Pafigons prudly put hym agayn,
Thaire lord to deliuer with his lyf hoole.
bat bai caght not the kyng, þof pai care polit. 10968 Pantasilia come pertly with hir pure maidnes,
Brusshet into batell with a breme fare.
unhorses, and captures Pylæmenes.
The rescue of
Penthesilea and her Amazons rush upon the Myrinidons.