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ULYSSES CHARGED WITH STEALING IT.
bat the kyng, þurgh his comyng, by craft hade
Paladian, the pure god, pertly away;
And the troiens betrautid with his triet wit. 11768 A! God of pis ground, who graidly may trist Any lede on to leng, as for lele true,
11772 This poynt is not prynted in proces þat are
Who can be
Syn this prest pus priset the pepull to dissayue, to his country?
Hit lenges not so long tho ledis within,
To be cumbrid with couetous, by custome of old,
11780 Couetous men comynly are cald aftur right,
A temple to the tyrand, þat tises to syn.
There is no sin so
11776 There is no greuaunce so grete vndur god one,
The Trojans are told that it was stolen by him.
And the carcas full clanly kowchit on þe auter.
11792 The first was to fele, no fyre wold be light,
HEN THE GOLDE was all gotyn, & the grete The gold, silver,
and wheat are
hat assait was full sothely of sere men full ofte:
hat hit fest was on fyre, & flappit out onone 11796 Vnto smorther & smoke, and no smethe low,
stored in the temple of
Of qwhete, & of qwhite syluer, qwemly to-gedur, Minerva, 11784 Into Myner mykell temple maynly was broght,
And put vnto pure men till payment were made;
First, the altar fire is ten times quenched.
(fol. 179 b.)
ffor all the craft þat þai kowthe, & the coynt sleght.
The secund, for-sothe, I said you before,
Second, an eagle screaming wildly swoops down
When the bestis were britnet & broght to pe auter,
entrails, and bears
them away to the 11800 With the entrell euermore euyn vppo lofte,
ships of the Greeks.
The Trojans, amazed and terrified, seek
counsel of Cassandra.
temple was defiled with the
blood of Achilles,
and they must fetch fire from his tomb.
The second omen reveals that the city is betrayed to the Greeks.
Come an Erne, þat was Eger, euer on a crye,
Light downe lyuely fro the low ayre,
the bowels, & bere hom away,
11804 And showvet to the shippes of the shene grekes. The troiens merueld full mekyll of pe mayne
11816 To the corse of þat kyng in his cleane towmbe,
Light pere a lowe lyuely with honde,
ffecche pere your ffyre, & festyn on þe auter, And pat bren wull full bright in the brode temple."
(Prugh through, 11820 Than passid the pepull to the pure prugh:
a stone coffin, a tomb.)
All stonyed þai stode, starond aboute.
Thai wist þere goddes were greuit with a gret
11808 And wrothe at the werkes, but wist þai no cause. Cassandra to councell, pen call pai belyue,
To haue a dom of þat dede, if the dere kowthe.
The first signe, ho hom sayd, sothely was this: 11812 þat Appollo, the pure god, was put into wrathe,
ffor tene of his temple was trasit with blode
Of Achilles the choise, pat chaunsit to be slayne:
bat mys to amend, is maistur ye go
As kend hom Cassandra þai kyndlit a fire.
Of the secund, for sothe, ho saide o this wise:"This towne is betrayed, trist ye non other,
11824 And grauntid to the grekes by gomys of your
Calcas the curset, pat comynt with the grekes,
OF CALCAS AND THE BRAZEN HORSE.
When he wist of thies wondres, thies wordes he
11828 "Yonder towne wilbe takon in a tyme short." pan the grekes hom graithet to a gret Sacrifice, Thurgh biddyng of the bisshop & a bold prist, In honour of Appolyne angardly thicke.*
[Amongst these things, Calcas and Crisis the Priest, counselled
When the great horse was fully made, and the thousand knights therein, by the counsell of Crisis, they prayed the King Pryamus, that he would suffer this horse to enter into the city, and that it might be set in the Temple of Pallas, forasmuch as they said, that they had made it in the honour of Pallas, for a Vowe that they made for restitution of the Palladium, which they had caused to be taken out of the same Temple.
Among these things, the Princes that were yet within Troy, when they saw that the King had so shamefully treated with the Greekes, they went away out of Troy, and oke their men with them, and the King Phylomenus led no more but two hundred and fifty men, and threescore maydens of Amazones, that were left of a thousand that came thither with the Queen Penthasilia, and carryed the body of her with them, and trauelled so long till they came to their owne Country.
* Fol. 180 is awanting in MS. See Note.
Calcas makes the same statement to the Greeks
Calcas and Crisis
desire that Priam will allow it to be
set near the temple of Pallas.
The allies of
that Priam is in
enemy, depart from the city. The Amazons, carrying with
them the body of their Queen, are led home by Pylæmenes.
The Greeks and Trojans meet to ratify the treaty.
(fol. 181 a.)
The Greeks swear to keep the treaty faithfully:
then Priam and his knights swear.
They all promise to do so.
The xxix Boke: Off the takyng of the toune, and the deth of Kyng Priam.
Thus the grete of the grekes grymly þai sware
Sweryn all swiftly, & no swyke thoghtyn:
Priam delivers up 11840 pan honerable Elan þat abill deliuert,
Helen, and pleads
Comendyng þat clere all with cloise wordes,
bat no harmys þat hend shuld haue of hir lord. 11844 Thai heght hym full hyndly his hestes to kepe,
And his desyre for to do, po dukes ychon.
The grekes for-gete noght of the grete trayne,
Then came the day that the Greeks should sweare the peace fainedly vpon the plaine field vpon the Sanctuaries. King Priamus issued out of the City and his people, and sware there each party to hold the peace firmely from thenceforth on and Diomedes swore first to the Greeks after, when they had broken the peace that they had treated with Anthenor of that thing that they concluded after, and therefore they maintayned that they were not forsworne by that colour,] *
11832 But in prouerbe hit is put with prise men of wit, 'Who pat sweyres to be swike, he forsworne worthes.'
* Guido di Colonna: from The Ancient Historie of The Destruction of Troy. Sixth Ed. London, 1635.
PRIAM CONCLUDES THE TREATY.
Prayd to Priam for a gret vow,
11848 ffor to hale in a horse hastely of bras,
Palades to ples with, er þai passe furth,
They ask Priam
temple of Pallas.
This couet po kynges, & the cause made
11852 ffor the palladian thai pullit of pe pure temple, þat þai Sayle might in sound, & hor sute hoole, Lest the goddes in greme gert hom to lose
Bothe hor flete & hor folke with a felle storme. 11856 Priam, at þis prayer, aperit not sone,
Ne grauntid not the grekes pat the gret 3ernet.
And Antenor also, the abill kyng to:
Bothe obreade & aboue brekyn the yates,
Tyll hit might entur at ease, euyn as hom list.
Eneas and Antenor urge him to grant the request.
11860 "Hit is due to be done, & doutles," pai saide, "The sight is full solemne, the Cité to haue Ay lastond to long, þat ledis may knowe
bat soche acord was here knyt with kynges for
11864 The kyng affirmet the faitours, & no fraud Priam consents:
paire dessire for to do demyt onone.
han payet kyng Priam all the pure sowmes Of gold, & of gay syluer, & of goode whete: 11868 All þai shot into ship on pe shire water,
And made hom Redy to Rode on pe rough
he then pays over to the Greeks the amounts of gold, silver, and wheat.
All the grekes hom gedrit, the grettist & other,
11876 pan the warpit downe the walle, & the wale Part of the wall
is pulled down to admit it:
(fol. 181 b.) With great ceremony the horse is drawn to the walls of Troy.