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Paris and Helen.
Priam casts Cassandra into prison.
3504 Hope ye Parys, playn befte vnponysshet wilbe,
Withouten sorow & sourgrem sewyng þerafter;
A! Elan, vnhappy, hardist of chaunse !
Myschaunse & euyll chefe pi childur shalbe !
The smoke & smorther, þat smytes to dethe, 3512 Qwyle ye lawfully lefe may & your lyf haue;
poche dole ho dregh with mony depe terys !' With pyté & complaint, þat pyne was to here,
hat Priam out of pes put ay anone, 3516 And neuer sesit of saghis & sorowfull wordys.
The kyng þen comaund to cacche hir belyue, (fol. 55 b.)
And fetur hir fast in a fre prisoune,
A stithe house of stone,-to still hir of noise. 3520 Hit said was for sothe, ho sate pere full longe,
And suffert moche sorow for hir sothe tales. hus kept the kyng vnkyndly his doughter ;
ffor hir tales of truthe teghit her in yernes. But, had they 5324 But, hade pai herkont þat hynde, & in hert heeded her warn. ings Troy would
keppit, have remained.
Troy hade bene truly out of tene'yet ;
Enduryng till domysday for doole þat þere was.
Eght Boke. Of the Counsell of the Grekys
fior Recoueryng of Elayne.
Menelaus is advised of the
3532 Sone after his saute, sothely to telle,
hat the Troiens in the Temple tokyn þe qwene,
Er þai tenydon hade takon & turnyt into hauyn, 3536 The speche of hom sprange & spred into Grise,
And gret noise of þere noie naitly ouer all.
Of the rape vnrightwis of his Riche qwene, 3540 And he stythely astonyt stroke into sorowe.
Zit present at pilé with the proude Duke, (Pylus.)
The murther of his men & his mylde qwene, 3544 The robbyng of his Riches & his riall temple,
Of his subiectes sesit, in seruage to dwelle
hat he luffit so lelly no lesse pen hym seluyn; 3548 Thes harmes so heterly hepit in his mynde
With sorow so sodainly, þat his sight failet;
(fol. 56 a.) In a swyme & a swogh, as he swelt wold. ground in a 3552 When he past of his payne & his pale hete,
And resort to hym selfe & his sight gate,
He falls to the
His grief for
Nestor comes to comfort him,
Of the harmes & the hethyng hym Lappont to
thole. 3556 And for his worshipfull wife, that hym worst
liket, hat faren was ouer the fome, & hir fame loste; And other freikes shuld fonge in a fer londe
With þat semly to solas, hit sate in his hert. 3560 And of delites full dere, þat dight were at
home, Lest hir lackit suche lustis in a londe straunge, poche mones he made & mournyng ynoghe,
With wailyng & weping, wo for to here; 3564 þat it neght to non end pe noie þat he tholet.
Vnto Nestor anon þis naytly was tolde,
Vnto þat worthy he went wisly anon,
He comford þat kyng with his clene speche,
ben hyet he with haste home to his rewme.
Of knightes & cant men, cairyt him with
And by assent of hym sone sent for his brother, 3576 Agamynon þe graithe, in a gret haste,
By a message on molde þut he mekyll triste;
As he þat was helply and highest of other.
hat all highit in haste, houyt no lengur;
With a great
THE COUNSELL OF AGAMYNON TO MENELAY.
3584 When agamynon the grete the greuaunce behelde,
THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
at least conceal your grief.
Our sorrow makes friends
And the bale of his brother, bus the buerne
saide : "Why dreghis pou þis dole, & deris þi seluyn? "Why endure this
misery? Lefe of his Langore, as my lefe brother,
(fol. 56 b.) 3588 pat puttes þe to payne and peires þi sight.
has cause for to care for vnkynde werkes,
Hit were wit, as I wene, to were it ffro noise, 3592 And fro knowyng of comyns & of course
opun ; ffor a sorow þat is sene on a sib frynde, Mas þe mournyng more of men þut hym luffes: sad, and foes
ffayne euer feire chere in þi felle anger.
Lete of it lightly, pat no lede wete, 3600 bi sorow & þi sikyng set all at noght.
And in maters þat meuys þe with might for to
But desyre și redresse all with derfe strokis : 3604 With þi swerde is to swinke & not with swym By your sword,
and not by tears, thoghtes. ffor in sorow may be sene who is sad wise ; ffull propurly to preue in his pale angre,
When hym comys by course contrary thinges ;3608 He þat opressit not with payne his prinsepall
Pas noght vnponisshed for pité ne other,
this work must be done.
Book VIII. Our kingdoms are strong; and we have many allies.
All Greece will rise to our aid.
(fol. 57 a.)
With a fleet we shall pass to Troy ;
3616 And wreke þe on weghis þat þe wrathed hase.
Yow know þat our kyngdomes are of clene
strenght, And we haue felowes full fele þat vs faith owe,
To wreike vs of wrathe & our wronge ricche. 3620 All Grece, for his grefe, with pere grete ostis,
Wilbe redy to ryse with a ranke pepull ;-
ffull stoutly with strenght to stir on our fos. 3624 With a nauy full nobill, naite for þe werre,
We shall tyre vs to Troy tomly to gedur;
Hit shalbe hevi & harde, & happi vnlike,
But it happon hom harder in a hond while,
þaire pepull & hor power to pyne as vs liste, 3632 Troy and be tresoure take at our wille,
Bete downe the bildynges to be bare erthe.
Iff hit happe vs to hent, hongit shalbe
Hit is sothely to sese of sorow in mynde,
Dukes by dene, & other derfe Erles,
Praiand hom prestly with all our pure hertis,
Kill the people, and raze the city to the ground.
And Paris shall be hanged as a felon,
To this end let us
3644 When Agamynon the graithe hade geuen þus