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AND THEIR COMPANIES.
He broght to pe burghe, all of bold knightes,
Pight full of prise stonys vmbe the pure sydes. This Philmen, pis fre, was a fuerse man of shape, Of largenes & lenght no lesse pen a giaund. 5504 Of More Ynde come Merion, a mighty kyng alse, With Perses, a proude kyng, and a pert knight, With Dukes full doughty, and derfe Erles mo, pat subiect were sothely to be same Perses, 5508 With pre thowsaund pro knightes, prepond in
And Symagon, sothely, com with the same kyng, bat was mighty & monfull Merions brother. Out of Tire come Theseus, tristé of hond, 5512 And Archillacus also, þat was his aune son,
He was cosyn, by course, to the kyng Priam.
5516 pat Agestra, pe ground geuyn is to nome.
(Of po kynges, pat I carpe, know I no nomes; ffor in pis boke, of po bold, breuyt are none) pai broght to be burghe, buernes a thowsaund, 5520 And two hundrith by tale, all of triet knightes. There come of a kyngdome, callid is Delissur, Of an yle be-3onde Amysones, an abill mon of wit,-
He brought to the city 2000 warriors, with shields
ornamented with gold and precious stones.
and Perses with
many Dukes and Earls, and 3000 kni ts.
From Tyre came
With knightes in hor company, clene men a 1000 knights. thowsaund :
From the island of Agestra came two kings with 1000 men and 200 knights.
(fol. 86 a.) came Epistaphus with 1000 men;
A discrete man of dedis, dryuen into age,
And an archer an ugly, pat neuer mon hade sene. and A
His body was
covered with thick hair; and his
eyes 'flammet as the fire.'
The number of Priam's allies was 32,000.
And couert as a capull, all the corse ouer,
The nowmbur of þes noble men, þat I nemmyt
bat come with thes kynges and other kyde Dukes, Withoute Priams pouer of his prise rewme, 5540 Were thretty thowsaund pro knightes priuond
(fol. 86 b.)
Never since the
While on the side 5548 of the Greeks,
there was the very flower of knighthood.
And two, for to tell, pat to pe toune soght,
ffor to wale purge the world, as pe writ tellis. Wo so staris on pis story, or stodis perin, Take hede on pe harmys & the hard lures! What mighty were marrit, & martrid to dethe ;Of kynges, & knightes, & oper kyde Dukes, That paire lyues here lost for a light cause! 5556 Hit is heghly to haue, & of hert dryue
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 þe Ariuaill.
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, Palomydon, the proude kyng, presit into hauyn,That was Naulus son pe noble, & his next aire,5564 With xxxti shippes full shene, shot full of
ffull onest & abill of his owne lond.
At wose come all the kynges kyndly were fayn,
5568 With anger at Attens, pere all were assemblit;
Before the fleet left Tenedos,
5572 He was grete with the Grekes, & godely honourit; ffor he was most full of men, & mighty of londes,
Bothe of fuersnes of fight & of fre counsell,
And of Riches full Rife, & rankist of knightes.
5576 bai prayet pat prinse, all po prise kynges,
To be close in hor cause for his clene wit,
into harbour with
The kings reprove him for such
he had been kept
And he excuset the skathe, pat he skape might, at Athens through
And he grauntid full godely all with glad chere. He promises to
be true to their
(fol. 87 a.)
The Chiefs then propose to attack the city during
the night but
all are afraid, and the plan is dropped.
It is now a year
since we came to
and what deed have we done, or how much nearer are we to our end?
We have only made our enemies wiser in war.
Since we came here, the Trojans have greatly strengthened themselves.
5580 Then the grete of the Grekes gone into counsell, How pai best might in batell pe burgh to
THE COUNSELL OF DYAMEDE TO STIRRE TO BE CITE.
When all counsels were kyde and carpit to end, bai didyn after Dyamede, & demyt hit pe best,
They then adopted the plan
of Diomedes, who 5592 pat said hom full sadly all in softe wordes :—
"Ye worthy to wale, wonder me thinke,
Of our dedis so dull why we dure here!
5596 Syn we light in this lond & logget our seluyn,
And neuer dressid, ne drogh, to no dede ferre ;
5600 What dede haue we don, or dryuen to an end;
And pen pai purpast hom plainly, in the pure night
ffor to dresse for þat 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 be walles, wachid, hom thoght, 5588 ffor los of hor lyues and hor lefe knightes:
And so pai put of pat purpas, & past to another.
5608 paire Cité to saue, and hom selfe alse,
THE COUNSEL OF DIOMEDES.
And other wilis of werre wroght for our sake, 5612 That may hast vs to harme, & hindur our spede With all fare pat may forthir, & filsyn our
bai holdyn vs vnhardy hom for to negh,
Or with note for to noye now at pis tyme:
The more we procure our payne & our pure
5616 And ay the ferrer þat we fay our fare opon The longer we
delay the more
are we procuring our own ruin
his I hope in my hert & holly beleue,
Hade we sailit all somyn to pe Cité euyn, 5620 In our course as we came, & cast vs perfore,
Or any we hade ben warre, wonen of ship
Withouten hurt other harme to haue in the
5624 Or any lede to be lost, or hor lyue tyne.
Had we sailed straight to the city, we might have won it
We shuld lightlier haue laght pe lond at our easily;
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, hat we dresse to our
Now are the war of our werkes, wetyn vs at but they are now
prepared for us.
All redy to rode, aray for our shippes,
(fol. 87 b.)
Therefore, if ye so will, let us be
dede when pe 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,
And monly with might meve vnto londe, 5636 The ground for to get, gaynis vs non other.
If the Troiens with tene turne for to fight,
Row right to the shore, and take up our position.
If the Trojans attack us we can rush upon them from all sides.