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OFF KING PRYAM & HIS CHILDREN.
When his father
This Lamydon, þat was lord, hade a lefe son,
away in a far land waging war with rebels.
He was faryn to fight in a fer londe,
To riche hym of Rebelles pat of pe rewine held;
And to wyn it with werre, went pere a while
1472 By pat same hade he sonnes, semly men all,
1476 Ector was oldist & heire to hym seluyn;
By his wife Hecuba he had five sons and three daughters.
And most is in mynd for his mykyll strenght.
The prid was a pro knight, privand in Armys,
Of his Deghter by dene, pat were dere holdyn,
1492 þat spokyn is of specially in our spede after,
And Virgill of his werkes writis also,
His sons were,
Paris, or Alexander, a famous archer.
(fol. 25 b.)
The daughters were, Creusa, wife of Eneas,
Book IV. 1496 Cassandra was cald, clennest of wytte,
and Polyxena, the 1500 Polexena the pert, prise of all other;
Alse noble for pe nonyst as nature cold deuyse
1504 This prise kyng Priam hade of pert childer,
þat he gate in his gamen, goode men of Armys, And felle men in fight, as we shall fynd after. 1508 Now I turne to my tale & tary here a while.
Here beginnys the Fyfte Boke: Of the Foundyng of New Troye and of the Awerell of Kyng Priam for his flader dethe.
Now as pis kyng vmbe the Castell lay closit abute,
(fol. 26 a.) As Priam lay
He was enformyt of pe fare & of his fader dethe; 1512 How his towne was takon and tirnyt to grounde; before the castle
he was informed about the destruction of Troy, and at once returned home.
His Suster sesyd and soght into syde londis; His knightes downe kylde vnto cold vrthe. Soche sikyng and sorow sanke in his hert, 1516 With pyté and complaint pyne for to here,
He toke vp his tentes & the towne leuyt, Teght hom vnto Troy with tene pat he hade, Segh the buyldynges brent & beton to ground. 1520 Soche wo for þat werke pan þe wegh thowlit, hat all his wongys were wete for weping of teres, Thre dayes proly, with thriccing of hondys, And drowpet of dole as he degh wold.
1524 pen he sesit of sychen & his sorow voidet, Mendit his mode & his mynd stablit,
Toke councell in the case & his care leuyt.
The styfe towne to Restore & so strong make,
1528 ffor daunger and drede of enny derfe enmys,
The ruins of the city overwhelmed him with sorrow.
But after three days he resolves to build a greater and stronger city.
The new city,
built in the name
was three days
(fol. 26 h.)
The walls were
In the walls there
built of marble of 1548 pat of marbill was most fro pe myddes vp,
Of diuers colours to ken craftely wroght.
Sone he raght vpon rowme, rid vp þe dykis,
THE DISCRIPCION OF TROYE.
This Cite was sothely, to serche it aboute,
pre iorneys full iointly to ioyne hom by dayes:
1540 Ne neuer before, as we fynd, fourmyt in vrthe,
With grippes full grete was pe ground takon
Of the walle for to wete to pe wale top,
xx Cubettes be coursse accounttid full euyn,
hat were shene for to shew & of shap noble,
1552 Wroght vp with the walle as þe werke rose,
Large on to loke, louely of shap,
In the Sercle of the Cite were sex faire 3ates,
The furst and the fairest fourmet was Dardan,
Of beste and babery breme to be holde,
1564 Bost out of þe best pe byg toures vibe.
With depe dikes and derke doubull of water.
DESCRIPTION OF TROY.
Within the Citie, for sothe, semly to ken, 1568 Grete palis of prise, plenty of houses,
Wele bild all aboute on the best wise.
Was faurty cubettes by coursse, to count fro the
1572 And all of marbill was made with meruellus
Of lions & Libardes & other laithe wormes.
1576 By the sydes for sothe of sotell deuyse,
Werkmen into won, and paire wares shewe,
Of all pe craftes to ken as pere course askit :— 1584 Goldsmythes, Glouers, Girdillers noble ;
Sadlers, souters, Semsteris fyn;
Taliours, Telers, Turners of vesselles ;
1588 Armurers, Arowsmythis with Axes of werre;
Belmakers, bokebynders, brasiers fyn;
Marchandes, Monymakers, Mongers of fyche;
fferrers, flecchours, fele men of Crafte;
Was archet full Abilly for aylyng of shoures,
1580 There were stallis by pe strete stondyng for There were stalls
too for workmen
of every kind.
Within the city
(fol. 27 a.)
The streets were straight, broad, and open, and had covered side walks.