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et Helenus go
to his temple;
and let other men,
that are able, try
Why, father, are
glad, and con-
The court then
When all had
(fol. 41 b.)
(MS. 'sororow') 2552 But it syt hom so sore, þat þai sorrow euer." When Troilus hade told, & his tale endit,
bat a foole shuld be forwise soche ferlies to know. 2540 If Elinus be argh, & ournes for ferde,
Let hym tegh to be tempull, talke with his goddes,
Deuyne seruice to do, and fro drede kepe; And let other men Aunter, abill perfore, 2544 ffor to shunt vs of shame, shend of our foos,
And venge vs of velany & of vile gremy.
All well for þe werre, with wight men ynogh :
Hit blithet all the buernes, pat aboute stode,
Of his wit, & his wille, & wordes full bolde;
2556 And confermyt his counsell by comyn assent.
Than comaund the kyng the courtte for to ryse;
2560 Maden all mery, menyt þere speche.
THE ORDINA UNSE FOR PARIS INTO GRESE.
When etyn hade all men & at ese bene,
The kyng syttyng hym selfe, & his sete helde:
2564 He comaund for to cum of his kynd sons.
ffor to wete of his wille; & pe wegh saide :-
THE EXPEDITION OF PARIS PROPOSED.
Doughty of dede, derfe men in Armys. Assemble you soudiours, sure men & nobill, 2572 Shapyn in shene ger, with shippis to wynde, The Grekys to greue, & in grem brynge."
ban þai lacchyn hor leue,-lowton hor kyng,Cayren forthe to pe coste, & hor course helde. 2576 Assemblit soudiours anon, mony sad hundrith; orders.
And lengit while þem list, pe lond was pere owne.
When he his sons herde, he somond his lordes 2580 And all the knightes to come, & clene men of
To appere in his presens a purpos to take.
When pe souerain was set with sere lordes vmbe, Then carpes the kyng his knightes vntill. 2584 "Now, lordes of my lond, & lege pepull !
The case is well knowen to your clene mynde, How þe Grekes vs greuit, & to ground broght, And put vs, with hor pride, to pouerte full low. 2588 of our souerans & sib men seruondis to be,
They set sail and execute their
On the second day
He states to them the cruelties of the Greeks;
Ay hengis in my hert þe hethyng I thole;
Antenor to aske hir, & Angur no more.
Now woundys shalbe wroght, weghes to sorow,
I haue purpast Parys with prise men ynow, 2600 Into Grese for to go, & hom to greme; Kylle of hor knightes, knocke hom to dethe; Grype of hor godes, and agayne wyn. Hit chefe hym by chaunce to get som choise seize some lady
plunder the Greeks; and to
who may be
his grief and anxiety regarding his sister;
his message by Antenor, and the result;
how he purposes to send an expedition under Paris,
(fol. 42 a.) to kill and
Book VI. exchanged for Hesione.
If they confirm his purpose, he
will carry it out:
but if they oppose it, he will go no farther.
Protheus, son of Eusebius the philosopher, then addressed the king.
"Ah, noble king! simple though I be, give heed to my statement,
which you will find to be true.
2604 Or sum woman to wyn, þat worthy is holdyn,
That may chefe by chaunse chaunge for Exiné.
2608 This I will þat ye wete, & your wille shewe ;-
And pursue on my purpos plainly to ende.
pof pai touche me with tene, all these tore harmes,
2616 And as wise men witnes, & in writ shewes,
bat at longis to lenge on a lell comyns,
Shuld propurly be a-preuyt by the pepull hole."
THE COUNSELL OF PROTHEUS.
When tale of the trew was triet to pe ende,
pat, Ouyd in old tyme oponly tellus,
Had all the crafte & conyng in his clere wit,
To the kyng in the court carpis thies wordes :-
And suffers me to say, Symple pof I be;
2632 Let mene to your maiesty pe mynde of my
2636 Hit is knowen to you kynd lord & your court
That my fader was a philisofer, & of fele yeres,-
And fully was enformet of fortune deuyse, 2640 What be course was to cum of care & of ioye.
Ofte he said me for sothe, & for sure tolde,
hat if Parys with a pepull past into Grese,
2644 An wan pere a wife & away led,
2648 With the Grekes in hor grefe ; & pis ground lost.
And wirke after wit, þat worship may folow: 2652 Syn wordys of wise hen is no wit to dispise. And nomely in þis note, pat noise not your selfe, Ne hurttes not your hegh Astate, ne no harme dos;
be destroyed, &c.
bat grete Troye shuld be tane, & tyrnyt to ground, great Troy should
And persiueraunse of purpos may quit you to lure, 2656 Your landys to lose, & langur for euer.
Why couet ye be course to cum out of ese,—
Wherfore, wheme kyng! for what þat may come, Wherefore, dear
Bothe in daunger and drede, & may dryfe of? 2660 Absteyne you stithly, pat no stoure fall;
And endure furthe your dayes at your dere ese,
Withouten heuynes or harme. Hedis to pat, 2664 And puttis of þat purpos; let paris not wend ; Let anoper do pat note, if hit nede shall.
This is my counsell, sir kyng, carpe I no fer." At Protheus profesi þe pepull made noise, 2668 Myche Rumur & rud speche at his red sonne ;
My father was a
He told me often, that if Paris passed into
Why leave ease and rest for robbery and perils ?
Put off that
The people mock
at the prophecy of Protheus ;
and affirm that Paris pass into Greece.
(fol. 43 a.)
"Ah! noble Troy what destruction is at hand, &c.
Ah! unhappy king, what sufferings, &c.
And thou, O queen, &c.!
Why put not Paris from his purpose?"
His olde fader fantasi þai filet in hert,
And repugnet po pointtes with a proude wille; As, lord, gyffe pai leuyt hade for lure pat come after,
2672 Hit might, by fortune, haue failet of pat foule
But it was desteynid by dome, & for due holdyn
THE SOROW OF CASSANDRA THE KYNGYS DOUGHTER.
2676 Hit come to Cassandra, þat was the kynges doughter,
That, be counsell of the kyng & comyns assent,
2680 All in sikyng & sorow, with syling of teris,
Ho brast out with a birre from hir bale hert,
2684 With a carefull crie carping ho sayde:
"A! nobill Troye, pe noy pat neghis ye at hond! What vnhappe & hardship hapnes the to!
All pi toures & tildes shalbe tyrnyt vnder; 2688 And thy buyldyng betyn to pe bare erthe.
A! vnhappy hegh kyng, what hardship is to the !
2692 What defense has pou done to our dere goddes
The angur thee is, Ecuba, entrond on honde!
þat all þi sons shall pou se slayn with pin ene.
2696 Why puttes pou not Parys his purpos to leue ?
That shall be cause of suche care, þat wull come after."