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PREPARATIONS FOR BATTLE.
1132 With all the fere pat hym folowes, furse men of
and Peleus command the
3e sothely your-selfe, þat soueran are here, one; and that With your company clene as ye come hider. Jason full iustly aioynet to my-seluon, 1136 With a soume of soudiours assignet vs with, Draw furthe in the derke er þe day springe, Wyn us to be wallis, wacche pere vndur, Vmset all the Citie er þe sun rise;
they, along with Jason and himself and their soldiers, should form an ambush under the city walls,
1140 Lurke vnder leuys logget with vines
Till tithaundes in toune be told to þe kyng,
1144 And shape hym to our shippes with his shene
Vnwar of our werkes wete vs not pere.
bat oper part of our pupull put we in thre; Nestor with a nombur of noble men all, 1148 ffare shall before the forward to lede:
Castor with his company come next after,
1152 ffeght with hym fuersly and his fell pupull;
We shall found by my feith, or ellis fay worthe:
1156 To werke on this wise and our wille haue,
I hope it shall happon in a hond w[h]ile."
1164 Armet at all peces abull to fight;
Wonen vp wynly vppon wale horses,
while the other band, under Nestor, Castor, and Pollux, should wait near the ships to engage the enemy.
The council adopt
the plan, and
(fol. 20 b.)
The two bands
are arranged: the ambuscade is set.
At sunrise Laomedon is informed that
the Greeks have landed and are in battle array.
He summons his troops and
prepares to meet the enemy.
The Greeks under
first to meet the
(fol. 21 a.)
Silen to the Citie softly and faire;
Lurkyt vnder lefe-sals loget with vines,
1168 Busket vndur bankes on bourders with-oute.
pes oper batels at the banke abidyng full stille,
Of Grekes were gedret & pe grounde hade.
When pe kyng hade knowyng he comaund
1176 pat the Citye samyn were assemblet In haste,
The kyng depertid his pupull, put hom in twyn,
Ne dred no dissait þat hym derit after,)
With stithe strokes and store, strong men of
Shildes throgh shote shalkes to dethe;
1196 So fuerse was the frusshe when pai first met.
All dynnet þe dyn the dales Aboute,
When helmes and hard stele hurlet to-gedur;
LAOMEDON ENCOUNTERS NESTOR.
1200 Sum swalt in a swym with-outen sware more,
1204 pen Castor the kyng comys vpponone,
Mony perysshet in pe plase er pe prise endit.
Restoris hom with strenght pat distroyet were. ben be crie wax kene, crusshyng of wepyns, And the fight so felle of pe fresshe knightes, 1208 þe Troiens were torne tynte of pere folkes. Lamydon, þat hom led, as a lion fore,
Bare don mony bolde & brittonede to dethe; Mony kilde the kyng to be cold vrthe, 1212 Mony woundit we from his weppont paste. So fuersly he fore with his felle dynttes, bat pe Grekes with gremy geuyn hym way. ben Pollux aperit with pepull ynogh,
1216 Brusshit into batell & moche bale wroght; Alse wode of his wit as pe wild ffyre,
Mony bolde buerne on pe bent the bold king
Launches euyn to Lamydon with a light wille.
Ricchis his reynys & th Reenke metys: 1232 Girden to-gedur with pere grete speires.
Many perish on both sides.
are restored by Castor.
Mony turnyt with tene topsayles ouer,
1220 pat hurlet to be hard vrthe & pere horse leuyt. Lamydon at the laste lokit besyde,
Segh his folke so fare & his fos kene,
ffor wothe of þe worse & of weirdis feble, 1224 He with-drogh hym A draght & a dyn made, Gedrit all his gynge And his grounde held. Duke Nestor Anon nemly persayuit hat he was prinse of pe pepull & pe power led, Laomedon.
Nestor resolves to attack
1228 He left all his ledis & a launse caght,
(fol. 21 b.)
They meet, and
the shield of
Nestor; the spear is shivered,
and he is hurled to the ground.
Nestor, unhorsed by a young knight Sedar, is at the mercy of Laomedon.
(fol. 22 a.) Castor, seeing
rushes upon Sedar.
The king share thrugh his shild with pe sharpe
And the rod all-to roofe right to his honde;
1244 With a bir on pe brest, pat backeward he 3ode,
And fuersly of his foole fell to be grounde. be king fayne of pe falle and pe freke segh, And bare to be bolde with a bigge sworde. 1248 The bourder of his basnet brestes in sonder,
And videt the viser with a vile dynt,
Gaffe hym a great wounde in his grete face.
He hade slayne hym slighly for sleght pat he
1252 But a gret nowmbur of Grekes gedrit hym vmbe,
That Nestor with noy was nolpit to ground,
1260 To deyre hym with a dynt for pe Dukes sake.
And Castor in the caupyng the knight euyll
A Sore dynt in the syde at the same coursse.
1272 Bare hym ouer backeward to pe bare vrthe.
With seuyn hundrithe sad men assemblit hym
CASTOR AND POLLUX.
1280 Horsit hym in haste, halpe hym olofte;
ffrochit into pe frount & a fray made;
Bere backeward the batell & his brother toke,
And pollux with a proude wille prickit to an-
One Eliatus, a lede, and hym o liue broght.
The kynges son of Cartage & a knight noble,
Pité of pat pert knight persit his hert,
ffor to dere for the dethe of his dere cosy. pen the Troiens full tite tariet no lengur, Gird euyn to the Grekes with a grym fare; 1296 Slogh hom downe sleghly & slaunge hom to
Sedar fights with Castor, and wounds him.
Pollux with seven hundred men
comes to the rescue.
(fol. 22 b.)
The Trojans are rallied, and drive the Greeks to their ships.