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To all the grete of Grece, fro Agamynon & hym,
despatched with 3648 By currouris to yche cost, kynges to warne :
And all agreit to be gate with a gode wille.
With Diomed, a doughti mon & dernist of hond,- Diomedes.
Sone the cause was declaret with a clene wit, 3656 Of the dede, ilke-a-dele, to po derfe kynges;
(fol. 57 b.) Elan fuersly to fecche, and hor fos qwell, 3660 And venge on pere velany & þere vile harme.
And for explait of þere spede, þai spekyn in fere
To be prinse in pat prise and be prese haue; 3664 All the ost for to honour & his hest kepe,
And be gouernett by this grete by grement
And walit hom a wegh by wit, as hom thoght. 3668 To Agamynon þai giffen þe gouernaunce hole, Agamemnon is
ffor worthiest of wit þat worship to haue ; the expedition. And ordant hym Emperour by opyn assent,
With power full playn þe pepull to lede, 3672 And obey to pat bolde his biddyng to wirke.
chosen to lead
THE DROWNYNG OF POLLUX & CASTOR.
Pollux the pert kyng and his pere Castor,
In hope for to hent hir, highit to þe se
The Troiens to take was pere intent euyn,
Castor and Pollux pursue the
A storm bursts over them,
And hor sister to sese, with sailyng þai wend.
Sum tellyn þis tale, & for true holdyn, 3680 þat þai bode not the biddyng of pe buerne
Menelay; But when tithyng was told of hor triet sister, pai fore to þe fome, as I before saide.
But how it tide of þat tale this is tru sothe,3684 To be water pai went, po weghis to gedur,
Paris to pursew with prise men of Armes.
Two dayes by dene, as hom dere felle,
Wex merke as pe mydnight; mengit þe ayre; (fol. 58 a.)
No light but of Laite, þat launchet aboue ;
Thunret full throly; thrappit the windes; (M8. has " sailes.") 3692 Sodenly þo sail[er]es were sorely bestad.
With a ropand rayne rugh was the se.
vр the rughe se on rokkes aboute;
So be bre and the brethe burbelit to gedur, pat hit spirit vp spitiously fyue speire lenght
With walter and wawes, þat þe wynd dryues 3700 All fore as a fyre pe firmament ouer.
With an ugli noise noye for to here, Sails and ropes
Hit sundrit þere sailes & þere sad ropis ;
Cut of þere cables were caget to gedur. ("tylude"=tilde, 3704 All þere takyll was tynt, tylude ouer borde ; )
The nauy wex nakit; noy was on honde.
Dryuen furth on the depe dole to be-holde.
hat was stird with the storme streght out of
warde; The ships are
Rut on a Rocke, rof all to peces. rocks ; Castor
The bordes all to brast, brusshet in the water ;
are torn away.
shattered on the
CASTOR AND POLLUX DROWNED.
Book VIII. and Pollux and all their company perish.
3712 The Dukes were drounet, & oper dere folke.
All the sort þat hom suet sunkyn ground
What worth of po wight in the wilde se ;
Lyuond in the lofte with lordships in heuyn, 3720 Tran[s]late truly into triet ioy.
And poites haue put of po prise brethir,
And set in a seigne pat zodias is callid ; 3724 That demyt is to his day duly with clerkes,
Gemini Aiugget in þere iuste artis.
Two dayes betwene, & dryues no ferre 3728 Mo in his mouyng þen any mone other.
But, what is sothely be said of þo sure brethur,
(fol. 58 d.)
3732 Here Darys in his dyting duly anisys
ffor to telle in his tale pe tulkes of Grece ;
Of the worthiest þere were, to wale hom be nom. 3736 bus he breuyt in his boke of po breme kynges,
ffor he segh hom in sight at sembles full ofte,
And waited hom wele ; for þe wegh thoght 3740 To myn hom in makyng in maner as pai were.
THE SHAPE AND COLOUR OF THE KYNGES OF GRECE.
Agamynon pe gay was of a gode mykull;
Agamemnon was tall, large-limbed, noble, and free.
3744 With lymes full large; light of his will,
Meke as a maiden, mery with all ;
He was witty per with, & wegh hardy,
3748 And of faciund full faire, fre of his speche. Menelaus was of
Menelay the mighty was of meane shap, middle size; bold, daring, and
Noght so large of his lymes as his lefe brother; determined.
In mesure was made of a medull size, 3752 Betwene the large & the litill ; likyng of colour
Auntrus in armys, eger of wer,
A bolde man in batell, & of breme wille. Achilles was a
Achilles the choise was of chere faire, large, burly, broad-shouldered 3756 Likyng & luffly, a large man with all. man, with crisp hair and project
Crispe herit was the kyng, colouret as gold. ing eves. (fol. 59 a.)
Stokyn ene out stepe with a streught loke;
His loke was full louely, when ledys were opyn. 3760 With a brest þat was brode, byg of his shulders;
Grete armys in the gripe, growen full rounde ;
A large man of lenght with limis full brode. Among the
A stythe man in stoure, storest of wille, Greeks he liad no equal in strength 3764 Was no greke on þat grounde of so great strenght,
Ay bowne vnto batell, boldist in armys,
Ay furse on his fos, and to fight Redy. Tantalus, a huge, 3768 Tantelus the tore kyng was a tulke hoge, burly, strong
Borly of brede, & of big strenght; well coloured; and had large
Wele colouret by course, clene of his face, equinted.
Rede roicond in white, as pe Roose fresshe ; 3772 With grete Ene & gray, gleyit a litill ;
Meke of his maners, & manly in werre. Ajax Elius, a
Aiax oelius was outrage grete, very tall, largelimbed man:
Brode of his brest, byg in his armys; given to lying.
3776 A large man of lyms, lengest of stature.
Costius clothyng ay þe kyng weiret;
or in battle.
gray eyes that
THE KINGS OF GREECE.
strong, well-build man, with a
Telamon truly was a tulke full faire, 3780 Blake horit, aboue breghis and other
beautiful; his Serklyt of hom seluyn, semly with all.
black hair in
ringlets over his A Sotell man of
lover of music. And mellit hym with musike & myrthes also. 3784 He was doughty of dedys, derfe of his hond ;
Pompe and proude wordis ay be prinse hated.
of the Greeks; 3788 And falsest in his fare, and full of disseit.
none could equal Vndertaker of treyne, of talkyng but litill,
him in eloquence. Neuer myrth in his mouthe meuyt with tong : Sad of his semblaundes, sober of chere.
(fol. 59 6.) 3792 And of facound fairest with a fre speche,
He hade no make of po men in meuyng of wordye.
doughty was a Stronge of his stature, stithe in his
armys, 3796 Brode in his brest, byg in his shulders,
He was false, With a loke þat was laithe like out of wit. cruel, quarrel
some, lecherous, ffals of his forward, felle of his hond,
A derffe man in dede, dyssirus of batell. 3800 Vnsober with seruaundes, sorofull in hert,
Dredfull in dole for dissait þat he vsit.
And mony harmes hepit for hete of his loue. 3804 Off Duke Nestor to deme, doughty in werre,
Nestor, the brave
and wise, was He was long & large, with lemys full grete. tall, strong, and
well-built; A ffreike þat was fre, and a feire speiker, truthful, trusty,
Wise in his wordys, witté of counsaille ; 3808 Tru of his trowthe, tristy to loue,
Meke of his maners malise to pese ;
But he lengit not long in his lothe hate ; 3812 ffaithfull of frendship to frekys þat he lonyt,
The hertist to helpe of all the high kynges.