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Book XI.

round and attack

(alblast, or alblaster, an engine for

('uharle' =

for the cross-bow or alblast.)

And the nowmber so noyous, þat neghed in hast, and put them to 4732 That the ffrigies floghen and the fild leuyt ; flight.

Turnyt vnto Troy, and the toune entrid.
And þo at fore not to flight, ne of forse were,
The grekes gird hom to grounde with hor grym

swerdes,

4736 And brittenit on the bent, þat abide wold. They then sur

Comyn to the castell, vnclosit it aboute, the castle.

ffoghten with the folke, þat defens made.

Shottyn vp sharply at the shene wallis l'glayue,' a

4740 With glagues ; & gomes girdyn doun toures; broadsword.)

Dryuen vp dartes, gyffen depe woundes.
With alblasteris also amyt full streght,

Whappet in wharles, whellit the pepull. shooting arrows.)

4744 With speris full dispitiously spurnit at the gates, quarrel, an arrow

Dongen on dernly with mony dede hurtes,

In diffens of þe folke, þat affroi made. (' were,' defend.)

But the wallis the[y] were for all the wo yet, The Trojans 4748 And fele of hor fos fellyn with out. stoutly defend themselves; and

ben gone forthe the grekes, graithet engynes, attempt to scale

Batold hom all abrode vmbe the bare walles;

Layn ladders alenght & oloft wonnen. 4752 At yche cornell of be castell was crusshyng of

weppon ;

ffell was the feght þo fuerse men amonge ; Many of them are Mony grekes in þere gremy gird on the hed, ground and killed. Till pai lept of the ladder, light in the dyke,

4756 The brayne out brast & the brethe leuyt;

And monydongen to dethe with dynttes of honde. The Trojans are

The Troiens full tit were tirghit for fight, worn out; and the Greeks press the

Wondit & weré þat þai were noght; escalade, seize the towers, and put

And the grekes in so grete nowmber gedrit hom the men to death.

till, Wonyn on the wallis wightly with ladders, At wyndous on yche syde-wise a wondurfull

nombur,

the Greeks

the walls.

dashed to the

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Book XI.

(fol. 746.)

The castle is then
pillaged and com.
pletely destroyed,

The grete toures þai toke, tirnyt the pepull: 4764 Was no lede opon lyfe þat a lofte stode.

The[y] chefe into chambers & oper chere hallis,
And yche freke, þat þai found, felly pai slogh,

Old men & other, with ournyng to dethe, 4768 Tyll no lede of þat lynage vpon lyfe was.

All the caves in the castell clenely pai sought,
Robbit the Riches & the Rife goodes ;

Prayet & piket þat proffet was in,
4772 And wonnyn it wightly the wallis withoute,

Till all was bare as a bast, to be bigge woghes.
Mynours then mightely the moldes did serche,

Ouertyrnet the toures, & the tore walles
4776 All dusshet into the diche, doll to be-holde;

Betyn doun the buyldynges & brent into erthe,
Tyll the place was playne & out of plite broght;

And hegh Tenydon with tourys tyrnyt all vnder.
4780 When þai hade wasted the won & wonen the gre, i won' =wone, a

dwelling.)
All the tresour thay toke & turnyt to ship.
This fight is the first and firre vs behouus.

156

xijth Boke. How the Grekys sent two Kinges in Message to Kyng Priam

ffor Restitucion of paire harme.

The Greeks rejoice over their victory.

Agamemnon orders all the booty taken at the castle to be brought to him that it may be fairly divided.

(fol. 57 a.)

ROBBET was þis ronke hold & ryuyn to ground; 4784 All the kepars kild vnto cold dethe.

ffull glad were the grekes the godis to fonge, And þat hom happit so hastely the haldes to

distroy.

Mery was the menye & maden gret Joye,
4788 As pai houyt in hauyn holly to gedur.

Then Agamynon graidly, þaire gay Emperour,
Chargit hom as cheften all his choise pepull,

hat any godis hade goten at the gret hold,
4792 ffor to bryng it helyue & no bode make;

And cum wightly þerwith the weghes hom selfe,
To a place þat was playne on þe pure ground.

And pai obeyt his boue. The huernes anon, 4796 Past to the playne bere prince vntill:

Yche gome with his gode þat he gotyn hade. pai comyn forth clenly with clothes & other,

And pight it on a playne in a place faire. 4800 ban the souerain hym seluon soberly deuidet

Tho godes to his gomes, as hym graith thoght,
And depertid the pray to his prise folke.

To the weghes þat hom wan with woundes before, 4804 And put hom in perell, depertid pai were:

He, þat boldist was in batell, the best for to haue.

The boldest in battle gets the best share.

THE COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.

157

Book XII.

Agamemnon calls
the leaders to a
council of war.

When þis duly was done by dom of þe lorde,

The cheftayn full choisly chargit the gret,-
4808 All the kynges of his company & his kyde Dukes,

Erles & all men þat of astate were, -
The secund day suyng or the sun Rose,

To appere in a place pertly hom seluon, 4812 ffor a counsell to carpe & comyn to gedur,

And to speke of hor spede whill the[y] space hade.
When the derk was don & the day sprange;

Gedrit were the grete & to be ground comyn 4816 On a place þat was playne, plenty of Setis ;

Euyn set in a serkyll be soferan before,
And pes in yche place, princes were stille ;

Agamynon, the gouernour, godely did say 4820 These wordis full wisely to his weghes all.

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THE COUNSELL OF AGAMINON AFTER HE

TAKYNG TENYDON.

Our forces are

are not in all the

80 great fame,

“Ye frendes faithfull, þat fuerse ben in armys! “Ye faithful

friends, princes, Princes & prise kynges, preuyt of Astate ! and kings! That are gedrit on the ground, & fro grece comyn.

(fol. 75 b.) 4824 The pouer of our pepull is plainly full hoge, numerous, and,

by the grace of And the fame of our fuersnes fares abrode.

our gods, there The word of ourwerkes thurgh the world springes! world warriors of Is not accountid of kynges, ne kyde men of

armys,
4828 Thurgh the world for to wale so worthy of dedis,

By the grace of our goddes, as grekes are now!
And no pride in our pepull for our prise werkes,

That happis vs to haue þurgh our kynd goddes. 4832 Hom þroly we thanke þan thrive we be bettur,

And put away pride fro our prise hertes ;
ffor it knowen by course & custome to all,

What harmys & vnhap has hastid þurghe pride, evils. 4836 And what cumbraunse & care, in mony kyde

londes.

For this we
thank our gods,
and put away all
pride of heart,
which is the
source of so many

Book XII.

Let us therefore

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Syn it haten thies hegh goddes & hogely withThe gods hate it;

stondyn, it spoils the best plans;

And ay the purpas enpayres with pride is be

gonen,

Hit is wit for to wayue or vs worse happon ;
and proud men in 4840 ffor proude men in price haue playnly no fryndes,
einprize have no
friends,

But euery mon with enuy ertis hom skathe ;
And who-so frend is & felow to þat foule vise,

Myche hate on hym highes & harmys with all,
4844 And makes fos of his frendes & fele þat hym

louys.

Let vs waive now wisely in our werkes all, walk wisely in this undertaking, And nomly in þis note, þat now is in honde, and be ruled by righteousness,

hat no pride fro our purpos put vs abacke; that no fault may be found with us.

4848 And rule vs by rightwisnes in our Ranko dedis,

With a lyue of lewte, þat as a laump shynes,
pat no fawte with vs founden be, ne fylyng of

pride. Ye all know, that

Now wete ye right well, þat all þis wale pepull this great host has

4852 Are comyn to this cost with cumpany grete, misdeeds of

And pursuyt to pis prouynse in purpos to venge Priam.

Of harmys & hegh grem, with hethyng full

mekull,

hat Priam and his pepull hath plainly vs done.

4856 Syn we arofe in þis Rewme in a rad haste, (fol. 76 a.)

We haue ournyt hym with angur, ertid hym l'ournyt, roused, enraged.)

mykill, (' erted, emboldened.)

Yf he were fully our foo forwith this tyme,

To hate vs in hert, now here is our cause.

4860 This wot I full well, þai warnyt are before, Assuredly he is

And haue gedrit of gyngys mony grym batell. forewarned, and has collected great But þai wete not our werkes, ne our wilde fare ; forces; but they know not our

hat we be neghit so negh, ne noy þat is fallyn. movements.

4864 ffor if þai might be so mony, & of mayne strenght, are ready we may We mut bye it full bitterly þe baret we make. pay dearly for our invasion,

bai haue a Cité for sothe, a sure & a noble,

come hither to avenge us for the

If all his forces

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