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CASSANDRA AND POLYXENA.
was tall and
(fol. 62 b.)
An delited hir deply in dedis of charité.
Andromache, Andromaca, auenonde abill of person,
wife of Hector, Worthy Ector wyfe, was a we faire.
stately, 3984 Long body hade the burdde, bright of hir colour, with bright clear
eyes, ruddy Ho was mesurably made, as be mylke white. cheeks and lips,
and golden hair. Hir ene flamyng fresshe, as any fyne stones.
Rud as pe Roose roikede in hir chekes. 3988 Hir lippes were louely littid with rede.
Gilde hores hade þat gay, godely to se.
And all hir dedis full duly done by a mesure. 3992 Cassandra the clere was a Clene Maydon,
Priam, was of Womonly wroght, waike of hir colour,
seemly size and
mould, but pale, Godely of gouernaunce, and gleyit a litle. and squinted a 3996 Of wemen werkes wilnet ho none,
Most was hir mynde hir maidonhede to kepe.
By artys of astronomy, & ame of hir wit, -
Polyxena was by Of feturs & fourme the fairest on lyue ;
Ne no wegh has wit ne wordys perfore,
But truly I telle as pe text sais,
Her beauty bamles
all description. To wale þurgh the world of wemen bydene, Alse noble for pe nonest as natur cold deuyso,
To paint in yche place thurgh his pure study, 4012 (bat errit not in anythyng of abilté þer,
Saue he demyt hir dedly, when hir day come.)
To pat abundaunse of bewte ho was best norisshed. 4016 Witté to wale, wantid no thewes ;
She was well skilled in astronoiny.
far the fairest of Priam's
Thus Dares represents those noted ones of Greece and Troy:
Voidet all vanities, & virtus dissyret.
Of þese freikes in fere, þat I before tolde ;
Of Dukes by-dene, þat were dere holden ;
well þe persons,
Of these nomly to neuyn, & nobill men other,
And telle how hom tyde, whill I tyme haue.-4028 Stir fuorth to our story, & stynt here a while.
(fol. 63 a.)
and now to our story of what befell them.
Neynt Boke. Of the Nowmber of Shippes
and the Nauy of the Grekes.
Winter was now past,
Comyn was by course þat the cold wyntur
ffrostes were faren, and the fell cold ; 4032 The slippond slete slidon of the ground ;
filodys were fallyn into furse vales,
Wyndis wastid away, warmyt the ayre ; 1036 The rede beames aboue blusshet with hete; Ver entrid full euyn, eger with all.
and Spring had
opened, The sun in his serkyll set in þe last,
Passyng fro pisshes vnder playn course; 4040 ffeueryere faryn with his fuerse windes
At the metyng of Marche with his mayn droghte.
and the great Entrid into Attens, euyn at hor wille ; 4044 And holly in hauyn þere houyt þai to-gedur,
ffor to rest in pe Rode & hor rede take.
Or þat stares vpon stories, & stirs in bokys,
(fol. 63 6.) 4052 Of the worthy þere were, thus be write sais :
navy of the Greeks entered the harbour of Athens.
Agamemnon had 100 ships;
Menelaus from Sparta had 60 ships.
Ascalaphus and his brother Jalmenus with 30 ships.
Agamynon the gret, was gide of hom all,
Menelay the mighty, þat was his mete brother,
Out of boyse was þere brought with bold men
And Protheno, a prise kyng, prestly þat other. 4064 In hor company come clene shippes fyfté,
With abill men of armys, auntrus in fight.
Ascalaphus, a skathilduke & skant mon in wer, 4068 And Helminus, a hede vrle, hadyn to-gedur
Thretty shippes full shene o pe shire water,
Ephistaphus, a pert kyng & prinse out of focce, 4072 And Tedius þat tothir, þat was his trew felowe:
ffyfty shippes in fere folowet hom two,
Telamon, the tore kyng, tide for to haue
And of the Cité of Salame, þut suyt hym aster,
And Erles also, with mony gret lordis.
Amphimakus also, auntrus in wer;
Nestor, the nobill Duke, þat was an old man, 4084 ffore out of Phylon with fyfti gret shippes.
Toax fro toylé, þat was a true kyng,
Epistrophus, king of Phocis,
hialine her Tedius, with 50 ships.
Telamon, king of
(fol. 64 a) Thons from Atolia,
AND THEIR SQUADRONS.
ffyfte shippes in fere to the mete broght.
with 50 ships
Ajax Oilous, with 4088 Thretty shippes full thriste throng into hauyn ; 8o ships, and 6
And sex of a sort þat suyt hym after.
Amphimacus from hai come out of Calydon with a clene pepull ; Calydon, with
80 ships. 4092 And foure scoure fyne shippes to the flete broght. Out of Trasy þere turnet triet Vlexes the kyng, Ulysses froin
Thracia, with With fyfty, in a furthe, all of fuerse vesell. 50 ships. Duke Melios the mighty met in a hauyn,
Pheræ, with 11 4096 And soght fro his Cité sothely of Pygre,
slips. With Eleron od shippes abill to werre. Poterhas & Protesselon, po proude Dukes twoo, Podarces and bai fecchid out of Philace, þat was þere fre londe, Phylace, with 50
ships, 4100 ffyfté shippes in fere, & fore vnto Attens.
Machaon & Polidus, pris kynges bothe,
with 50 ships. ffifté slippes full shene strode fro pe depe. Kyng Thelephus tomly toke from his hauyn, Telephus, king of
Mysia, with 12 Twelue shippes well shapon, & shalkes within, ships. 4108 of his Rewme noght Riche, Rodan was cald. (Rhodes) Rufirus the ryche raght fro his Rewme,
Sicyon, with pat Sicham was said sothely to nome;
I shall neme you þere nomes now, er I pas :-
Amphimachus bay were lordes of a londe pere ledis in dwelt, from Elis, with
40 ships. That were bioustious of beiryng, byg men with all, (fol. 64 b.) Enerdond by hor one, & Elyda hit hight. pai broght to the Brym XL bigge shippes. Polibethes, a proud kyng, pert of his dedis, Polyportes, with
11 ships. 4120 He broght to the brym barges eleivan,
Prothylus, or Prothylus, a pert kyng, put on the water 50 ships.