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that Priam has now no means
to prevent them, nor hope of
Amphimachus declares Antenor a traitor:
Therefore, of two 11280 be les euyll forto laite, and leng þer-vppon;
evils choose the
make peace with the enemy.
Er we degh in this daunger, & to dol passe, Let vs proffer hom pes & hor prise qwene; þat myld vnto menelay, as make to restore, 11284 pat myche dere has vs done for hir dede one,
(fol. 172 b.)
that 20,000 men shall fall before such advice be followed.
they have failed in war, and must now try peace.
Haue in this holde fro harmys to were;
Syn 3our sones ar slayn, & 3our sure helpes,
Syn Paris, hire pure loue, is pertid of lyue, þat hir walt as his wyf, qwil wirdis hym demyt." ben Amphimacus fursly vppon fote rose, 11288 A nobill sone naturyll of þe nayt brether, Wrathit at his wordis, & wightly he sayde To pe traytur full tit, all in tru wyse :— "Qwat hope may we haue of pi helpe now,
11292 þat þi kyng and his cumpany castyn to dissayue ;
bi cité and pi sib-men settis by-hynd,
pat pou loue schuld with lewté, and þi lyf
Now we se pe be set on a sliper ground, 11296 Of pi fotyng to faile, and pi faith breke,
And þi nome, þat was nobill, noiet for euer. ffull hard is pe heryng of þi high wordis, And the tale, pat pou tellis, of þi trist feble. 11300 xxti M. full thro shall in threpe end,
Er hit pas to the plyt þi purpos is in. ffor no luff hit is, lelly, pou lappis thies tales, But for treason & trayn, trust we non other." 11304 Eneas efter pis egurly said,
Refraynit Amphimacus of his frike wille:
THE TRAITORS REPROVED BY PRIAM.
"Agaynes the grekes to go, vs gaynes no more, To no fight in the feld, ne oure fos mete, 11308 Ne to pas of pis place, ne no port opun.
Hit nedis vs another way now for to laite, And proffer hom pes oure pepull to saue.” The kyng at his karping cast was in Ire, 11312 To Eneas & Antenor Egurly said :
11316 Syn I did neuer dede, duly to tell,
Ne plainly no purpos put vnto ende;
Ne neuer comynd in þis case vnknowing to
Priam reproves them, and replies, that he had never moved in the
"How may ye pus meane you with malis, for matter without
Youre dedis me dullis, & dos out of hope;
And all coldes my comford, by cause of your
And ay wroght by your wittes, witnes your-
11320 Truly, Antenor, þes tales you knowes : When pi-selfe for Exiona soght into grese, Made on a message in mene fro vs all,
And come fro pat countre vnto court home, 11324 Thy councell was kenely kyddest of other, That Paris by purpos shuld pas ouer the se The grekes to greue, and get if he might Sum lady of the londe, & lede into troye. 11328 The cast, ne the couytise, come not of me,
In pes & prosperitie to put me to wer,
Of all buernes in pis burgh byset perfore,
11336 Hade pou counceld the contrary, & comynd hit
that Antenor had been one of the most urgent for the raid into Greece:
that Æneas had been one of the most active in carrying it out:
(fol. 173 a.)
therefore, their present counsel was the vilest treason; and would not follow it.
Æneas replies with much
the council is
The grief of
he resolves to cut off the traitors.
They must fall into the pit they have digged for their king.
Amphimachus is instructed to assassinate them:
Shuld neuer lady of pat lede vnto pis lond
And now, after the dethe & deire of
Thou rises as a rebell to my ranke harmys! 11340 Syche counsell, as pou kythes, kepe I none of, hat will lede me to losse, & my lond hoole : Neuer of shame to be shunt when shalke is on lyue."
Eneas with envy egurly Rose,
11344 And kantly to pe kyng karpis agayne;
Mony wordis in wrathe warpes full loude:
HERE THE KYNG COUNSELD HIS SON TO SLE ENEAS AND
The prise kyng Priam was prickit with sorow,
Syn I am fourmyt pi fader, & pou my fre child, Let us suffer our-self with sufferaunce of goddes. I wotte hit full wele, thies wicked men bothe 11360 Haue purpost hom plainly to perisshe our londes, Our cité to sell, & our-selfe alse.
Hit is nedefull for noy, pat neghis on hond,
þat þai droppe in the dike pai deghit have for vs. 11364 I haue takon intent po traytours to sle,
Er þai begyle vs with gawdis, & ger vs to degh.
ANTENOR AND ENEAS ARE WARNED.
I will pou be wise, & wirke as I bid:
In yche company is comynly a claterer of
11376 pat no councell can kepe, ne no close talis.
11380 pat knew of hor cast, & comynt to-gedur.
To pes traytours was told the entent of pe kyng, The traitors are
11384 If euer the souerain hym-self sent for hom efte.
Antenor also was abill of fryndes,
All sweire pai, full swiftly, vpon swete haloues, and resolve to
go to the council
A Riche mon of Renttes, Relikes ynow,
11392 And fele of affynité, þat folowet hym after.
(fol. 173 b.)
Hom-seluyn to saue & hor sad fryndes,
Hor renttes, hor Riches, hor relikes also,
11396 ffor daunger, or deire, depely assurit.
Thies curset of pe case hade comynt with the They had already
engaged to betray
Pan the kyng vnto councell comaund hom bothe, Priam calls a
To appere in his presens pat purpos to end,
Eneas advises the citizens to
sue for peace:
(fol. 174 a.)
The assassination 11404 And sent to his son to ses at þat tyme.
The next day anone, the noble kyng Priam
To carpe of a councell, & kyth hym hor wit, 11408 And to mell in the mater with his men all.
When thei comyn were to courtte, this curset
ignorant of the treason, they assent.
Priam, finding he cannot prevent the treaty, submits.
Antenor is chosen to treat with the Greeks.
11400 And to dere hom with dethe, yf destany wold.
fferkit vppon fote and to pe folke said :— "Now, sirs, hit is sothely, me semes, for þe best 11412 ffor to proffer hom pes, and purvey perfore." All his citizens, sothely, assentid perwith,
ffor þai knew not the caste of the curset chefe. The kyng to the komyns carpit agayne;
11416 To put of pat purpos he paynet hym sore.
"Sir kyng, of this case carpe pou no ferre! We wull treate of a trew, I tell the for sothe,
11420 Whether pou will, or pou wilnot, wit pou forsothe!"
Than Priam persayuit all the pepull hertis,
And feld well hit fortherit not the freike to
Hym was leuer to the ledis lelly assent,
11424 Than grucche pere agayne, & greue hym pe farre.
11428 pan þai comynd in the cas, castyn hor wittes, And with charge of pat choise erend chosyn Antenor,
As grettist by agrement, with the grekes to trete,