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Diores from Bæotia, with 32 ships.
The allies of the
ffyfté shippes fyn, full of folke all,
Of Deymon duly, his owne dere londe. 4124 Kyng Sapmon for sothe soght fro þat hauyn,
With alsmony abill shippes auntrid hym seluyn, hat Capidoise cald is, the cuntre so hat.
Theorius, a tryet kyng, toke fro his Rewme, 4128 And broght of his brode londe, þat Boisa is
callid, Two & thretty thried shippes þrast full of pepull. And when thies souerauns were somyn, sothely
Of kynges full kene, & of kyde Dukes, 4132 The sowme for to set was sexty & nene.
The nowmber of the noble shippes, þat to be
note yode, ffor to telle hom by tale, was truly a thowsaund
Twa hundrethe & twenty, & twelue o þe last, 4136 Without Palomydon be proude, bat preset hom
after With a nauy full noble ;-Nawlus son the grete. When thes graidly were gedret, & gird into
hauyn, ben come pai to counsell, as I shall kythe after.
Tent Boke. How the Grekes sent ynto
(fol. 65 a.)
While the fleet lay at Athens, Agamemnon
leaders to a council.
4140 Lenge we a little with lykyng, to telle
How thies kynges with hor knightes carpyn to
Agamynon the gret gedrit in fere,
Bothe Erles & almen after bere astate.
And silence on yche syde the serkyll within,
princes ! who, bat with pouer of pepull presit are hider, with your hosts,
have joined this And aioynt to his Jorney Justly to-gedur,
expedition, look Considirs to this company & the clene strenght,
around you! 4156 What bolde ye haue broght into his brode
Neuer wegh, as I wene, syn þe world stode,
Never has there
been such a fleet assembled; never such hosts of warriors, young and old
us to war,
Of kynges in a company, & of kyde Dukes,
Ne of one purpas in a place pepull so fele; 4164 So mony yong men & zepe, zenerus of wille ;
So od men in armys, egur to fight,
To fare in a furde our fos to distroy. Surely they are
hai are blyndit with baret & with bare sorow, blinded with rage who have roused 4168 þat wackons vp werre, & wrathus vs in hert,
Or stiris vs with strenght vpon stuerne wise.
hat we so mony and so mighty are meuyt to do. The purpose of
Ye weton all full wele pe worthy ben here, this expedition is known to all.
Of daunger & desese is don to our londis ;
Our fryndys defelet, and fonget our godys.
Hit sittes vs full sore to suffer on lyue.
And Aunter vs in armys our Enmyes to greue ;
The Troiens to tene þat trespas have done.
To venge of our velany & our vile greme.
ffirst, to Refrayne the fame pat men speikes, upheld, and disgrace must be 4188 And wipe of our wranges, & wirdis vs done ; avenged;
So þat Troiens fro bis tyme take not on honde
hat all þe weghes of þe world be warnit by hom, 4192 And þat no tale may be told in tyme for to come,
Ne witnes in writyng by weghes herafter,
It is to take
Honour must be
THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
Vnwrokyn with wondis : þat weghes may
(fol. 66 a.) such an alliance ?
None but tho
4196 Ne we, þat are so worthy & wight men ynogh,
Shall not slely let slide, ne slip out of mynde,
may not hold us Dyssehonour of our dedys, & dem vs for fehle.
in dishonour. 4200 Syn we now bene of noble men in nowmber
so fele, And of strenght so stern stondyng in one, Who is now so qweme or qwaint of his wit, Who so bold, or
60 foolish, as to That couthe mesure our might, or with mouthe defy the might of
Who so hardy durst hede, or on hond take
That was fader to the freike that offens mas;
Sesit his sit, slong it to ground,
Led into our londys, þat lengis þer zet,
berfore, sotly hyt semys not surfetus harde
well, and they are pai wetyn full wele pe wyllys of vs here,
certain to have all
Sum helpe for to haue, hast hom þay wyll,
who have had
power and our vengeance.
Ere we pass
All assent to the
To withstond vs with strenght & stroy of our
pupyll, 4228 And þaire cuntre to kepe with cumpany grete.
Derfor, sotly me semys, & yow so lyke,
Er we passe fro bis port, or pull vp our saylys, hence, let us (fol. 66 6.)
That we make vs a message of men of astate, inquire of Apollo 4232 Duly to Delphon deuoutly to wende, at Delphos what will be the result
To the yle pere Appolyn erdis with in, of our expedition.”
In hast forto herkyn of po hend goddes,
What shall falle vs by ffortune, er we ferre pas, 4236 Of pis mater þat vs meuys, & mo of our dedys.
his is clerely my counsell ; conceyuis hit all." When the souerayn hade said, he sesit anone.
Of hor willes to wete, po worthy by dene, 4240 Bothe kynges, & knightes, & other kyde Dukes,
All assentid hom sone, þat his saw herd. proposal.
This message to make po mighty deuyset
Achilles the cheualrous, by pere choise wittes, sent to Delphos.
4244 And Patroculus the proude, his pere for to be.
ffor proffet of po prinses and hor prise folke,
Of þere noyus note, & an onsware to haue, 4248 With offeryng at appolyn, if aunter might falle,
Worship to wyn and wreke on hor fos. They set sail
With out tarying, full tite pai turnyt into hauyn, without delay.
Achilles full chere and his choise felow, 4252 And saylet furth soberly as hom selfe lyket;
Hade wedur at þere wille, & the water calme,
Vmclosit with a course of the colde ythes,
4256 With a serkle of the se þat soght þere aboute, Not Delphos, but
Not Delphon but Delos sum demyt hit to het, hat is the myddis & þe most of mony smalle yles,
Set in a sercle þe same place vabe, 4260 As þai are fourmet with the floue : fyfté & thre,