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Paris and Helen.
Priam casts Cassandra into prison.
(fol. 55 b.)
But, had they heeded her warnings Troy would have remained.
3504 Hope ye Parys, playn þefte vnponysshet wilbe,
Myschaunse & euyll chefe pi childur shalbe!
The smoke & smorther, pat smytes to dethe, 3512 Qwyle ye lawfully lefe may & your lyf haue;
poche dole ho dregh with mony depe terys!"
And neuer sesit of saghis & sorowful wordys.
A stithe house of stone,-to still hir of noise.
Troy hade bene truly out of tene yet;
And pere fortune full felle faire ouer-paste,
pat all the world hade warnyng of pere wo
And euer mynde wulbe made of paire myshap,
Eght Boke. Of the Counsell of the Grekys fior Recoueryng of Elayne.
3532 Sone after pis saute, sothely to telle,
bat 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 pere noie naitly ouer all. Vnto Menelay, the mene tyme, mowthly was foray of the told
Menelaus is advised of the
Of the rape vnrightwis of his Riche qwene, 3540 And he stythely astonyt stroke into sorowe. 3it present at pilé with the proude Duke, The pité of his pepull pricket hym so sore; 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
bat he luffit so lelly no lesse pen hym seluyn; 3548 Thes harmes so heterly hepit in his mynde
With sorow so sodainly, pat his sight failet; ffainted for febull, and felle to pe ground. In a swyme & a swogh, as he swelt wold. 3552 When he past of his payne & his pale hete, And resort to hym selfe & his sight gate,
He plainted full pitiously, was pyn for to here,
(fol. 56 a.) He falls to the ground in a
His grief for
Nestor comes to comfort him.
With a great company of knights, &c.
he conducts him home and sends for Agamemnon,
Of the harmes & the hethyng hym happont to thole.
3556 And for his worshipfull wife, that hym worst
bat faren was ouer the fome, & hir fame loste; And other freikes shuld fonge in a fer londe With pat semly to solas, hit sate in his hert. 3560 And of delites full dere, pat dight were at
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 pat he tholet. Vnto Nestor anon þis naytly was tolde,
Of pe mornyng & myscheffe to Menelay was
Vnto pat worthy he went wisly anon,
3568 With sorow for þat syre & sylyng of teris.
Of knightes & cant men, cairyt him with
By a message on molde pat he mekyll triste;
THE COUNSELL OF AGAMYNON TO MENELAY.
3584 When agamynon the grete the greuaunce behelde,
THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
And the bale of his brother, pus the buerne
"Why dreghis pou pis dole, & deris þi seluyn? "Why endure this Lefe of pis Langore, as my lefe brother, 3588 pat puttes pe to payne and peires þi sight.
If þu has cause for to care for vnkynde werkes,
3596 And engendres paire ioy all his iuste sorow.
ffayne euer feire chere in þi felle anger.
Whan sorow is most sad, set all at litle;
3600 pi sorow & pi sikyng set all at noght.
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 pat opressit not with payne his prinsepall
ffor a sorow þat is sene on a sib frynde,
Mas pe mournyng more of men þat hym luffes: sad, and foes
Ne ouersettes not his saule with sorow full hoge.
And pere as sikyng & sorow slees the within, 3612 bat pe harme pat pou has, and hethyng with all,
Pas noght vnponisshed for pité ne other,
But pe dedes pat vs deirus be full dere boght.
And in maters pat meuys pe with might for to
There is no worship in weping, ne in wan teres;
3604 With pi swerde is to swinke & not with swym By your sword,
and not by tears, this work must
at least conceal your grief.
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 ;
Kill the people, and raze the city to the ground.
And Paris shall
be hanged as a felon.
To this end let us
3616 And wreke pe on weghis þat þe wrathed hase. Yow know pat our kyngdomes are of clene strenght,
And we haue felowes full fele pat vs faith owe, To wreike vs of wrathe & our wronge ricche. 3620 All Grece, for pis grefe, with pere grete ostis, Wilbe redy to ryse with a ranke pepull ;Euery kyng for to cum with knightes enarmyt, 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;
And if hit tyde vs our tentis tild on pere londe, Hit shalbe hevi & harde, & happi vnlike, 3628 þat any frigies vs fere, or to flete dryue;
But it happon hom harder in a hond while, And the dernyst be dede with dynte of our hondes.
paire pepull & hor power to pyne as vs liste, 3632 Troy and þe tresoure take at our wille,
Bete downe the bildynges to pe bare erthe.
Hit is sothely to sese of sorow in mynde,
And to all the kynges by course, pat knowen are in Grece,
Dukes by dene, & other derfe Erles,
3640 Let vs send to hom salus solemli by letre,
Praiand hom prestly with all our pure hertis,
And dyshonour and daunger done to our
3644 When Agamynon the graithe hade geuen þus
Menela mightily made for to write