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Book XXXV.

Orestes in grief and shame vows vengeance on Pyrrhus.

(fol. 2090.)

Pyrrhus goes to Delphos to give thanks to Apollo for enabling him to revenge his father's death.

Andromache, then with child to Pyrrhus, and her son Laomedon are left behind in the palace.

Schamyt with pe schalke, that schent of his wife, 13700 And so dernely hym did dere & dispit.

He had playnly no power Pirrus to harme,
To his reme forto ride & reue hym þe qwene;

But he cast hym by course, if a case fell,
13704 To venge of his vilany & his vile schame.

pen Pirrus by purpos prestly con wend
Into delphon a day, as þe dule bad,

In honour of apolyn, þat abill to seche,
13708 And worchip with wyn, as a wale god,

With sacrifice solemne & othir sere halows,
ffor offens of his fadur, þat felli was slayne

With Paris, pe pert knyght, as preuyt is before. 13712 In aparell of prise, on a proud wyse,

He dight hym to delphon with dukis & othir.
In his palais of prise prudly he leuyt

Worthi Ectors wif, þat þe whe had,
13716 Andromoca, in drede, and her dere son

Lamydon pe litill, þat ho left neuer,
And ho boundyn with barne with be bold Pirrus:

And Ermonia be myld maynly was ther, 13720 bat he had weddit to wyue, & in wrong held.

Wen Pirrus was past, þis proud in hir yre,
A mon vnto Menelay myghtily sende,

Bad hym turne vnto tessail in a tore hast,
13724 Andromaca to dere, & to deth put;

ffor Pirrus of þat pert was pristly enamurt,
He had no daynté with dalianse his doghter to

loue.

He whe, at þe wordis of his wale doghter,
13728 Turnet vnto tessale with a tore ffare.

He wold haue britnet pe burd with a bare sword,
And schunt for no schame, but hit schope faire.

Andromaca, for drede of þe derf kyng,
13732 Lamy.lon hir litill sun laght in hir armes,

Hyghet out of halle into hegh strete,

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THE DEATH OF PYRRHUS.

449

Book XXXV.

Made an ugsom noyse, þat noyet þe pepull,

With wepyng and waile wo to beholde. 13736 pe folk, for be fray, fel to paire armur,

Cayrit after he kyng in a cant hast.
ben fled he for fere, fell to his schip;
Past to his prouyns, of purpos he sailet.

the people rise
in arms and
drive him away.

(fol. 210 a.)

THE DETIIE OF PIRRUS, BY ORESTES SLAYNE.

Peleus and
Thetis take

13740 Orestes full radly of the Renke herd,

Orestes with an

armed band goes hat Pirrus by purpos was past into delphon: to Delphos and

slays Pyrrhus. He assemblit of soudiors mony sad hundrith,

And met hym with mayn in the mekill Ile : 13744 There Pirrus with payne he put vnto dethe,

Slogh hym full sleghly, & slange hym to ground,
And britnet þat bold with a bigge sword.
Then Pirrus the proude was pute vnto graue,

He then goes to

Thessaly for his 13748 Orestes by right raght to his wife,

wife, Hermione. And led furth the lady to his lond hom. Pelleus full prestly and his pure qwene,

Tetid, full tite tokyn Andromaca, 13752 Hir litill sonne Lamydon leddon hir with. Andromache to

Molossis, where Hai turnet out of tessaile for torfer of other, she gives birth

to Achillides. To melapsa þat menye mevyt to-gedur,

Was a Cité full sure, þere soiornet þai long, 13756 Till the lady was deliver of a loue sone.

Andromaca pat dere pat duly conceyuit
Of Pirrus the prise kyng, as his pure wife.

The child with chere men Achilides was cald. 13760 Wex & wele threvan in winturs a few,

The corone & the kyngdome kyndly he gaffe
To Lamydon the lord, þat was his leue brother, Laomedon be-

comes king of The abill sone of Ector, heire vnto Troy, Thessaly. 13764 And in Thessaile he was takyn for a tru kyng.

Thus Achillis achevit his awne choyse frendes,
Thurgh his prokuryng prestly all the pure of the captive

Trojans.
Troiens,

Achillides procures the freedom

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þat the grekes hade getton at the great toune, 13768 Were deliuert yche lede, & lause at hor willne.

And thus hit turnyt, as I tell, in a tyme short,
Now is Lamydon lord, & the laund hase,

Bothe the corone & the kyth, and a kyng noble 13772 Of Tessaile truly, þere the toyle rose,

pat by Eritage of Auncetry ayre vnto troy. Here the prosses of Pyrrus I putto an end, Of other maters to mene, þat in mynd falles.

HERE YE A MERUAYLE OF A LADY BY NYGRAMANSY.

Of Troilus,
Achilles, and
Memnon.

13776 When Troylus, the tru knight, was turnyt to

ground By Achilles, as chaunsct of þat choise kyng, As ye fynd may before in the- & xx boke,

The mighty kyng Menon mainly Achilles 13780 Gird to be ground with a grym hurt,

hat the Myrmydons þaire maistur masit pai

toke,
And bare to his bastell on a brode shelde,

As for ded of þe dynt, dressit to lye.
13784 pan hit happont in a hond qwile this hed kyng

be slayne, By the myrmydons vnmonly murtherit to dethe, Whose body, as the boke sais, was beriet in the

toune

By Troiellus truly in a toumbe riche.
13788 This Menon the mighty hade a mayn suster,

The fairest on fold þat any folke knew;
Ho soght to þe Cité sythen hur one,

To the toumbe of þat tried truly ho yode, 13792 Toke the bones of hir brother, as the boke sais,

Closit hom full clanly in a clere vessell,
All glyssonond of gold & of gay stonys;

Evyne ymyddes all men, meruell to se,
13796 Waynyt vp to the welkyn, as a wan clowde,

How the sister of
Memnon came to
Troy, collected
his remains in a
gorgeous vessel,
and then
vanished.

A MARVEL OF NECROMANCY.

451

And neuer apperit to the pepull in pat place Book XXXV.

efte.
The folke, for þat ferly, faithly hur holdyn

A Goddes full glorius, for grace þat hir fell, 13800 Or a doghter, pay demyt, of a due god.

So thies gentillis a-iugget, & for iuste held ?

452

(fol. 211 a.)

The xxxbj Boke: Of the Dethe of Flixes By

his Son.

Ulysses in a
vision beholds a
lady of surpassing
beauty.

He eagerly
desires to
embrace her:
she shuns him;
then returns and
declares the
awful penalty he
would incur,

As Vlixes the lorde lay for to slepe,

With-outyn noise on a night in his naked bed, 13804 He was drecchit in a dreame, & in dred broght,

hat all chaunget his chere & his choise hert. He segh an ymage full noble & of a new shap,

ffaire of ffeturs & fresshe, of a fre woman, 13808 Or ellis a goddes full gay, as the gome poght.

He dessyrit full depely þat depe forto hondle,
And þat bright for to bras in his big armes ;

But hym thught þat ho þroly þrappit away,
13812 And o fer fro the freike foundit to kepe.

To þat noble, onone, ho neghit agayne,
And spird at hym specially what he speike woli.
“I wold dele with pe damysell,” þe duke to hir

saide,
13816 “ To know the full kyndly, as my clene luff.”

han the lady to Vlixes, as pe lede þoght,
Said hym full sone, all in sad wordes ;-

“Now full hard & vnhappy is þi hegh lust, 13820 þat þou couetus vnkyndly to couple with me:

Hit is nedfull, with noye, onone aftur þis,
The tone dauly be ded, by domys of right."

ban hit semyt to be souerain, þat þe sure lady 13824 Had a glaive, a full grym, grippit in honde;

Ulysses then observes a drawn sword in her

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