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For four days all goes well;
but on the fifth, the wind rises,
the sky darkens; thunder rolls;
(fol. 191 a.) and lightning flashes over the whole heavens.
The storm raises billows
tosses the ships
from crest to
crest, and scatters them.
The waves dash over-board, and sweep all before them.
The ships of
are burnt by
The ships of Oilens Ajax, thirty-two in number, are also lost.
Clere was the course of the cold flodis, 12488 And the firmament faire as fell for the wintur. Thai past on the pale se, puld vp hor sailes, Hadyn bir at þere backe, and the bonke leuyt. ffoure dayes by-dene, & hor du nyghtis,
12492 ffull soundly pai sailed with seasonable windes. The fyft day fuersly, fell at the none,
Sodonly the softe winde vnsoberly blew ; A myste & a merkenes myngit to-gedur; 12496 A thoner and a thicke rayne prublet in the skewes,
With an ugsom noise, noy for to here;
All flasshet in a ffire the firmament ouer;
Was no light but a laite, þat launchit aboue; 12500 Hit skirmyt in the skewes with a skyre low,
Thurgh the claterand clowdes clos to the heuyn,
Stith was the storme, stird all the shippes,
Depertid the pepull, pyne to be-hold,
12516 Were brent in the bre with the breme lowe
Of the leymond laite, þat launchit fro heuyn:
Oelius Aiax, as aunter befelle,
12520 Was stad in the storme with the stith windes,
With his shippes full shene and the shire godes:
THE DESTRUCTION OF AJAX' FLEET.
Thrifty and priuaund, thretty and two
There were brent on the buerne with the breme
Mighty Myner[v]a, of malis full grete,
Cassandra the cleane out of hir cloise temple.
12524 And all the freikes in the flode floterand aboue.
In the Slober & the sluche slongyn to londe,
(fol. 191 b.) Next morning
pare sum of his sort, þat soght were to lond,
If hit fell (hym) by fortune the flodes to passe. 12536 pan found þai the freike in the fome lye,
And comford hym kyndly, as pere kyd lord:
Minerva avenged, because Telamon dragged Cassandra from her temple.
12548 Now of kynges, & knightes, & othir kyd dukes,
I will tell how hom tyde, while I tyme haue;
Ajax himself is washed ashore, almost dead.
Often, for the sin of one, many are
þat all a company is cumbrit for a cursed shrewe. punished.
At this time there lived in Greece a king called Nauplius, rich and powerful.
(fol. 192 a.)
He had two sons with the Greeks at Troy.
The elder was
The xxxij Boke: Of the Eesyng þat was made to Kyng Nawle; and of dethe of his son Palomydon,
12552 Thys ylke tyme of the toile, tellis the story, There wont a kyng on the coste, in a cuntre of grece,
By the bourdurs aboute, bret full of rokkes.
And fuerse men in fight, fell of hor dynttes.
and the younger, 12568 And the yonger of yeres yepely was calde
Othe with all men, abill of dedis.
Hight Naulus to nome, an old man of age. He hade londes full long, & of leue brede, 12556 And the grettist of Grise, of gronnde & of pepull. After a syde of the sea, sothely to telle, Was a-party a prouynse, pight full of hilles, With roches full rogh, ragget with stones, 12560 At the full of the flode flet all aboue,
Palomydon the pure, a prise mon of armys, With a nauy full noble fro Naulus his ffader, 12572 Past with a pepull prowde of aray,
And turnyt vnto Tenydon, as I told haue.
THE LESING MADE TO NAUPLIUS.
Ordant hym Emperour by opon assent, 12576 And Agamynon degrated of his degre pan, þat charget was for cheftan of po chere all. pan Palomydon with Paris put was to dethe With the birre of his bow, as I aboue rede, 12580 (But ay ledis with lesyng louys to noy,
In baret to bring, & buernis to hyndur:
some one told
bat Palomydon, his prise son, put was to dethe Vntruly by treason of his trist fryndes, And noght in batell on bent as a buerne noble. order of Ulysses. 12588 Thai said Diamede the Duke hade don hym of
had been slain treacherously by his friend Diomedes, at the
By ordinaunse of Vlixes, to vtterauns for euer.
12592 Thai said Agamynon with gawdes, & pe gay That Agamem
Menelay with malis, & mighty Vlixes,
Thies ffoure in hor falshode had forget a lie, And writen hit in wordes by pere will all. 12596 The tenure to telle truly was pis ;
'pat Palomydon the pure had purpost an end,
bat no whe shuld hit wete till hom wo happit; 12600 ffor a gobet of gold, to gripe of pe Cité,
All the Grekes to be-gyle, & to ground bring.
To a buerne on the bent, in batell was slayne.
12604 pan Vlixes the lord,' licherly pai saide,
And of gold he hym gaf a full grete soume,
This letter they
'Preset to a pure mon of Palamydon the kyng, to place a sum
of money (the sum stated in the letter)
(fol. 192 b.)
under the pillow of Palamedes.
The servant did 80:
and was slain by Ulysses, lest he should tell
of the treason.
The letter was found on the dead knight, and read to the
at once went to
(fol. 193 a.)
charged him with treason.
He asserted his innocence, and demanded the ordeal of combat.
No one dared to accept it, and he was assoiled.'
THE LESING MADE TO NAUPLIUS.
12608 þat he wold bogh to the bed of the bold kyng,
Presit to be pelow, & put hit euyn under.
And said, all duly was done as the Duke bad.
þat he no talis shuld tell of treson was cast.
ben þe letters on þe laund, to pe led boundyn, 12620 Were foundyn with a freke of þe fyn grekis, And red to be rynkis, as pe roll saide,
Of pe cast by pe kyng, & knawen with all.
12628 Vne the selfe and the same sowmet before,
With batell on bent, barly hym-seluon,
To trye out the truthe with his trist hond,
On what buerne so was bold pe batell to take.
12636 And when no freike was furse to fight with hym
Of all the grekes so grym thurgh the gret oste,
And the folke with his flatery falsly dissayuit.'