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With daunger and drede of a dede hate, ffor a lure pat was light & of long tyme; 2068 þat wold 3epely haue bene forzeton in yeres a few, light and long
(fol. 345.) "The injury was
And neuer menit with mowthe but purgh mishap.
And oft happes to hit qwo so hede tas :-
"You have forgot
brings greater shame.'
Ofte shapis hym to shote into shame ferre, With hoge harmes to haue, & his hert sarre." Hit is siker, for sothe, and a sagh comyn,— "He pat stalworthly stondes, stir not too swithe, Lest he faile of his fotyng and a falle haue;" ffor he pat set is full sad on a soile euyn, And pight has his place on a playn ground, 2080 Hym þar not hede to be hurt with no hegh falle, Ne be lost purgh his lip to be low erthe.
But pou put þe, priam, to so proude Aunter, ffor to heuyn on þi harme in a hegh yre; 2084 And þi fall was so fuerse with so fele other. Thy Cité and pi soile sesit of þi hond; Thow dungen to dethe, and pi dere sonse ;Thi lege men lost, and of lyue done.
'He that stands high should not stir too quickly.'
'He that is low needs fear no fall.'
But Priam, when in a rage, you determined to exalt yourself, and you lost all."
2088 Thurgh vnwarnes of wit pat pi wirdis cast,
2092 Now what felle pe be fortune, & pi fre pepull,
Priam by purpos a perlament assignet,
Now to my
Priam calls a parliament of his lords.
Book VI. (fol. 35 a.)
2100 Then carpes the kyng and his cause tellus,
Why the metyng was made at þe mene tyme: ffor to serche of pe sounde & to say ferre.
"Now," quod the souerain, as your assent was,
sent to the Greeks 2104 The man þat with message meuyt fro vs all,
by your advice
By assent of my selfe, & sythen of pe lordes,
He is comyn to pis courtte, as ye know wele; And pe Authwart answares pat Auntrid hym pere,
2108 Ys knowen to pis company be course of his tale. Thai hede not the hething, ne pe harde greme,
Ne the wronges pai wroght, ne wille to amend; But with sklaunder and skorne to skather agayn, 2112 In pere pompe and pere pride & pere pure
and you know the treatment and the answers they gave him.
Let us send an army into Greece
We have a strong city,
Let vs purpos a power pas into grese,-
to waste the
Stir furthe with strenght, stroy of pere londes,—'
country, and to
get my sister, or
some other great 2120 And wreke we full wele of weghes full nobill.
We are bigger in batell, haue a burghe stronge,
Wele wallit for þe werre, watris aboute,
ffew folke to defende fro a fuerse ost;
2124 And are knightes in our cuntre kyddist in Armys,
ffell men to fight a full fuerse nowmber;—
Stuff of al maner store þat vs strenght may :
most famous knights, many men, and abund
ance of supplies;
and the time suits well.
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Our goddes with grace get vs perfro!
þat neuer vs happon so hard with hom to be spit. God will noght, y wis, our wirdis enpaire,
2116 Soche dedis to redresse & our dethe voide.
2128 We full of defense, & no faute, haue
And now sothly it sittes vs, as semith to me,
And gird furthe into grese with a gret batell:
THE COUNSEL ACCEPTED.
Pas into pere prouyns, pray in hor londys,
2136 Er any batell be boune, hom to bale worthe,
2148 Hit likit all the legis þat the lorde said;
And affirmet it fast with pere fre wille,
To proue with pere persons & paire pure goodes.
2152 ponket hom proly, prappit no lengur ;
ffull glad of the graunt with a great joye,
Myche comforth he caght of paire kynd speche:2156 And pus pertid þe persons & presset to pere
We may crush them before help can be obtained.
WEN the kyng had his counsell declaret to The council adopt
Fear not the chance of war;
for often the conqueror is overcome by the conquered."
and Priam, glad at heart, thanks
OFF COUNSELL OF THE KINGES CHILDREN.
When the pepull was depertid & the presse The council
having been dis
missed, the king consults with his
Saue the kyng and pe courtte with his clene court and family.
hat he wan on his wiffe, as ye wist ere,
2160 And other sonnes vpon syde all with faire
ban Ector was one, as aunter befelle,
ffro the parties of payeme present at home,
By comaundement of pe kyng þat was his kynd fader.
His sons standing 2164 And when pe sons all somyn were the Syre
round him, Priam
(fol. 36 a.)
"Do not the
It will be the
shame of our life
if we do not
It grieves me,
And thou, Hector,
pursew to my
Euyn stondyng full still, as paire astate askyt,
"Now synkes not in your sowle pe sorow of
And the dulfull dethe of your dere fryndes,
The seruage of Exina, þat is in syn holdyn, 2172 And hade in horedam for hethyng of vs ;
And we so mighty on molde & of mayne strenght?
Hit is lure of our lyues, and we let sholde
ffor to wreke vs of wrathe for any wegh oute. 2176 And ye þat are 3epe knightes, & in yowthe alse,
Shuld highly take hede in hert for to venge
The slaght of pe souerayne, þat was my sure
And my wille for to wirke, as ye wele aw.
2180 pat greuys me full gretly, & to ground bringes,
Hit shuld come you by course, as of kynd childer,
And part-taker of my payne with prickyng in
2184 And pou my son, for sothe, sonest of other.
Ector the eldist, and heire to my selfe,-
Boldest in batell, and best of pi hondes ;-
Pursew to my purpos, present myn astate;
And soche tyrandes to tame, pat vs tene wirkes. With hardynes of hond, & with hole might, 2196 Ger hom bowe as a berslet & pi blithe seche.
This burthen pou beire shall, bigger þen I, 2200 Wightur in werre, and of wale strenght, Lusty and likyng, and of lite yeres, Mighty and monfull, maistris to wirke.
And I, ournand in elde with arghnes in hert, 2204 My floures bene fallen, & my frike age,
I graunt thee pe gouernaunse of pis gret mode, And shake it on þi shulders, shape pe perfore." THE ONSUARE AND THE COUNSELL OF ECTOR TO PRIAM HIS FFADER.
When Priam hade his prologe preched to ende, 2208 Ector hym answarede esely and faire,
With wordys full wise vnto his wale kyng,
2212 Hit is kendly by course & custome of men,
I Aioyne thee this iorney with ioy for to take,
I commit this
thou shalt bear the burden of it!"
2216 Take harme, other hethyng, or hurtys vnzoldyn,
Of any erdyng in erthe euenyng to vs,
Hit were shortly a shame & a shire greme.
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"Most worshipful father! men who have any hardship, or cause for shame, seek
And if we, who
are worthy, take
an insult from any
equal on earth, it