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AND THEIR COMPANIES.
shields ornamented with
many Dukes and
He broght to be burghe, all of bold knightes,
the city 2000 Iche shalke hade a shild shapyn of tre,
warriors, with 5500 Wele leddrit o lofte, lemond of gold,
gold and precious Pight full of prise stonys vmbe the
pure sydes. This Philmen, þis fre, was a fuerse man of shape,
Of largenes & lenght no lesse ben a giaund. 5504 Of More Ynde come Merion, a mighty kyng alse, From Æthiopia
With Perses, a proude kyng, and a pert knight, and Perses with
From Tyre came 5512 And Archillacus also, þat was his aune son,
With knightes in hor company, clene men a 1000 knights.
Two kynges þere come of a clene yle, 5516 þat Agestra, þe ground geuyn is to nome. two kings with
1000 men and (Of po kynges, þat I carpe, know I no nomes ;
200 knights. ffor in þis boke, of þo bold, brenyt are none)
pai broght to be burghe, buernes a thowsaund, 5520 And two hundrith by tale, all of trict knightes. There come of a kyngdome, callid is Delissur,
kingdom of Of an yle be-zonde Amysones, an abill mon of Delissur
(fol. 80 a.) wit,-
came Epistaphus A discrete man of dedis, dryuen into ago, 5524 And a sad mon of sciens in the seuyn artis,
Epistaphus, to preue, was his pure nome:
And an archer an ugly, þat neuer mon hade sene.
archer,' And fro the nauyll hy-neithe, vne an abill horse, half-horse.
From the island of Agestra came
with 1000 inen;
His body was covered with thick hair; and his eyes 'flammet as the fire.'
And couert as a capull, all the corse ouer,
ffro pe hed to be hele, herit full thicke.
fferfull of fase, & hade a felle loke,
Mony woundit þat wegh & warpit to dethe, 5536 ffor he was boumon of the best, & bold of his
dedis. The nowmbur of þes noble men, þat I nemmyt
haue, hat come with thcs kynges and other kyde Dukes,
Withoute Priams pouer of his prise rewme, 5540 Were thretty thowsaund pro knightes priuond
The number of Priam's allies was 32,000.
And two, for to tell, þat to þe toune soght,
ffor to comford pat kyng & his cause forþer. Never since tho
Syn þe world was wroght, & weghis perin, world began had such an army been 5544 Was neuer red in no Romans, ne in ronke bokes, brought together.
So fele fightyng folke in hor fuerse yowthe,
Of tried men & trusty, þat to Troy come. While on the side 5518 And of the grekes, þat were gedrit in a grym ost, of the Greeks, there was the
Of knighthede to count þere was the clene very flower of knighthood.
floure, ffor to wale þurghe the world, as þe writ tellis.
Wo so staris on pis story, or stodis þerin, 5552 Take hede on be harmys & the hard lures !
What mighty were marrit, & martrid to dethe ;-
Of kynges, & knightes, & oper kyde Dukes, (fol. 86 6.)
That þaire lyues here lost for a light cause !
Soche sklaundur & skorne, þat skathis to mony;
xiiij Bok. How the Grekys sailet from Tenydon to Besege the Cite of Troy: And of
stronge fight at be Ariuaill.
Before the fleet left Tenedos, Palamedes sailed into harbour with
him for such delay :
DRESSE will I duly to dem of my werkes, 5560 How thai wenton to werre, tho worthy to-gedur.
Er þai turnyt fro Tenydon, & token þe se,
That was Naulus son þe noble, & his next aire, — 30 ships. 5564 With xxxti shippes full shene, shot full of
The kings reprove þat were heuy to hym for houyng so longe 6568 With anger at Attens, þere all were assemblit;
he had been kept And he excuset the skathe, þat he skape might, at Athens through ffor sore sickenes & sad, þat hym selfe polet. his Palomydon was pert mon, & prise of his
dedis, 5572 He was grete with the Grekes, & godely honourit;
ffor he was most full of men, & mighty of
And of Riches full Rife, & rankist of knightes. 5576 bai prayet þat prinse, all po prise kynges,
To be close in hor cause for his clene wit,
be true to their cause,
(fol. 87 a.)
The Chiefs then
5580 Then the grete of the Grekes gone into counsell,
How þai best might in batell þe burgh to
assaile. And þen þai purpast hom plainly, in the pure
ffor to dresse for pat dede, er þa day sprange. 5584 But the ffreikes were ferd of hor fre shippes,
ffor to caire by the coste, & knew not the waches; Or to remeve fro rode for rokkes in þe se,
Or to wyn to þe walles, wachid, hom thoght, 5588 ffor los of hor lyues and hor lefe knightes :
And so þai put of þat purpas, & past to another.
“ Ye worthies!
and what deed
THE COUNSELL OF DYANEDE TO STIRRE TO HE CITE.
When all counsels were kyde and carpit to end, They then
Hai didyn after Dyamede, & demyt hit þe best, adopted the plan of Diomedes, who 5592 Þat said hom full sadly all in softe wordes :said,
“Ye worthy to wale, wonder me thinke,
Of our dedis so dull why we dure here ! It is now a year since we came to
Now is zepely a yere yarket to end, this land,
5596 Syn we light in this lond & logget our seluyn,
And neuer dressid, ne drogh, to no dede ferre;
ffor to turne vnto Troy, ne on þe toun loke.
5600 What dede haue we don, or dryuen to an end; have we done, or how much
Or þe farrer in our fare fortherit our seluyn?
But ertid our Enmys, & angert hom noght; We have only
Made hom wiser of werre, ware of our dedlys, 5604 And by compas to caste to conquere vs all.
We sothely haue sene, & our selfe knowen,
Syn we come to bis coste & cairet no ferre, here, the Trojans have greatly
The Troiens haue atiret hom with myche tor strengthened
With new wallis vp wroght, water before,
nearer are we to our end ?
made our enemies wiser in war.
Since we cane
TIIE COUNSEL OP DIOMEDES.
Had we sailed
have won it
And other wilis of werre wroght for our sake, 5612 That may hast vs to harme, & hindur our spede
(fol.87 b.) With all fare þat may forthir, & filsyn our
Or with note for to noye now at þis tyme : 5616 And ay the ferrer þat we fay our fare opon The longer we.
delay the more longe,
are we procuring
our own ruin The more we procure our payne & our pure
straight to the 5620 In our course as we came, & cast vs perfore, city, we might
We shuld lightlier haue laght po lond at our casily;
dede, 5624 Or any lede to be lost, or hor lyue tyne. Now are the war of our werkes, wetyn vs at but they are now
prepared for us. hond, Vs will gayne mykell greme er we ground haue : And
ay the ser þat we sit our sore be pe harder. 5628 Therfore, sothely me semys, yf ye so wille,
Therefore, if ye
so will, let us be þat we dresse to dede when þe day ready at day
Iche wegh in his wede, as hym well likes, 5632 All boune vnto batell on his best wise. Row forthe in a rape right to the banke,
Row right to the
shore, and take Tit vnto Troy, tary no lengur;
up our position. And monly with might meve vnto londe, 5636 The ground for to get, gayuis vs non other.
If the Troiens with tеne turne for to fight, If the Trojans
from all sides. strokes ;
attack us we can