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And sent for my Sustor, sothely, to you ;
Ye dishonoured my legate and despised my name.
Here is plainly no place in þis plit now,
hyndryt; But I wond for my worship as wetheruns shuld
die ! And ye,so rebell and roide with your rugh speche, Wynnes yow now wightly for woche of my
sight! While I se you in certain I sourde full of yre, And bolne at þe brest all for bale angre
THE WORDES OF DIAMED TO PRIAM,
When the worthy hade his wordes warpit to end,
And said to pat suffrayn sittyng agayne :
And pou vnsaght of þi sight sothely of vs two,
Withouten noy be bou neuer, & pin ene opon, 5060 Syn the grekes on the ground are of so gret
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sorrow be so full on account
And pou faithly shall fynd, in a felle haste,
The weghes to wound & warpe vnto dethe. 5064 And if pou sothely of sorow set be so full,
And if your ffor two buernes all bare & of body nakyd,
of two unarmed I hope your bolnyng with brest, & your brethe leue
men, I hope Toqwhiche pouer, playnly, pou proues no strenght, your bursting 5068 Ne no suertie, may saue fro þere sid harmys."
Mony knightes in the courte, þat by the kyng an army."
Enraged by the
speech of Warpit out wordes full swice at the kyng, Diomedes, the
knights of the 5072 And drogh taward Diamede to dere hym anon, court threaten to
ffor to britton þat buerne for his bolde speche.
breast may save you from the harins of such
THE WORDES OF PRIAM AGAYN,
Priam prevents thens.
“ A wise man
who has done
Priam þen presit vp fro his proude sete,
Bade hom blym of hor brathe or hor bare lyues, 5076 hat no gome shuld hym greue with no grym
Syn the wit of no wise man shuld walt into yre, should not be
Ne be fuerse on a fole, þat foutly hath wroght; angry with a fool, 5080 ffor it falles to a fole his foly to shew,
So is it wit, a wiseman his wordis to listyn,5084 Laghe at it lightly and let it ouer pas ;
ffor in speche may men spie the speker to know,
much before any 5088 Or any messanger were mysdon, or marrit with messenger were hond
injured within my Within my courtte, or my cumpany, for any
I would suffer
court, or in my coinpany.
Therefore compose your selves, and do him no injury."
ffor lightly a litil thyng, a lose may be tynt,
And a fame be defoulede, & fatid for euer ;
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THE WORDES OF ENEAS TO DIAMEDE.
Æneas, who sat 5096 And Eneas efterward etlid to say,-
pat sete by the souerayne, non sothely betwene,said :
Breke out full boldely all in breme wordis,
And spake full dispitously with a sprete felle :“Sir King! a 5100 “Sir kyng, it sittes not, sothely, for right, fool must not be favoured to speak
A fole to be fauoret folili to speke. folly.
But wo vnwisely with wordis walis his speche,
IIit is skille for his skorne, þat he scathe thole,
5104 And not cherist, hut chastist, by charge of his foly. You would doon
I might sothely so say, here syttyng yow by, me to death for such bold words;
hat ye wold deme to dethe for my derfe wordes, and any one, except your
pat right wold & reason by rewle of my-seluyn. Majesty, who
5108 should dare to
And, saue your magiste so mykell, þat men will
He, þat warpes thies wordes in his wild foly,
And angert vs all angardly sore,
With presumpcoun & prise of his proude hert. I therefore
I bid perfore barly, þat he bove herchyn,
If he faine will foly for a fyn wit,
desire to thank
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you as a
TH[E] ONSWARE OF DIAMEDE TO ENEAS.
said :5120 “You, frynde, with þi fare, what freike so pou be, "Friend, I I wote, by your wordes, pou ert no wise juge ; thee for thy
friendship and But I deply dissyre in dedis to come,
To thanke the of þi thret and þi þro wordis.
bat kepis the for counsell clene for hym seluyn, silly, who keeps 5128 þat well con his worship wisshe hym to saue,
And rede hym to redurs, þat rixles to shame !"
The derfe wordis of Diamede dullit with speche; 5132 And wysely he waynet all his wild yre,
To prevent strife, þat he nomore in þe mater shuld mene at þat addressed the
king. tyme. And to Priam [the] price kyng prestly he said:- (MS. has " to ") “Kyng, we haue clenly consaiued bi wille.
“We clearly 5136 To Agamynon agayne we go with our onsware,
All bi saghes, for-sothe, þat souerain to telle !”
Lepyn on lightly, launchet on hor way, 5140 Gone to pe grekes in a grete hast;
Agamemnon and Into the Emperours awne tent entrid belyue, 5144 Ther all the grete were gedrit Agamynon before
And toldyn all tomly, as hom tide hade,
Thai hade meruell full mekyll in hor mynd all, 5148 Of his authwart onswares, þat hym arghet no
Diomedes ride with all haste to the tent of
Then þo Kynges in counsell castyn hom anon,
The council determine to prosecute the war.
xiij Boke. How the Grekys sent Achilles and Thelefon for vitaill for the Ost into
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While the Greeks
5152 Kyngys and knyghtes and other kyde Dukes,
All the soucrayns hade selly, as I said ere,
Than gedrit were the grekes on a ground faire, 5156 Besyde tenydon truly, to talke of hor dedis.
Ordant by the emperour opunly to holde
“Noble sirs, in this note hit nedis vs to haue 5164 ffode till our folke, the formast of other,
bat no hongur vs happyn to harme in our werre, While our buernes in batell abiden here stille :
hat we faint not in fight, ne feble of strenght. 5168 And mykyll is the mete so mony bus haue,
If we shall proffet with proues, or any fose wyn: ffor þere as failes the fode, faint is the pepull;
And þere hongur is hote, hertis ben febill. 5172 Derfore, highly in hast, I hold for þe best,
"No sirs ! First of all, we must have fool for our soldiers;
and to supply
Therefore, let us