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who was unarmed,
to be led into the city.
Hector rushes on Menelaus, and tries to capture him: the Greeks prevent him.
The Grecks are put to flight: night ends the battle.
And so went he to wer wilfully hym selfe,
7536 þat wist well the wale kyng, þat waited hym so,
To haue slayn hym full sleghly with sleght of
Eneas eftir, with abill knightes mony,
Send hym to pe Cité for the same cause, 7540 ffor marryng of Menelay at þe mene tyme. ben Ector come egurly, euyn vpon-one,
Merkit hym to Menelay, the mon for to take;
7544 And put hym fro purpos with a prese hoge,
Gird doun of pe grekes grymly with strokes, ffrusshit þurgh the frount, fell hom to dethe! 7548 Thurghe the pouer of pe prince, & his pert
ben fled all in fere, & the fild leuit;
Turnit to pere tenttes with tene at þere hertis.
7552 And turnyt to be toune, taried no lengur!
xviijt Boke of the ffyuet Batell in the ffelde.
As hit happit of þes hynd, herkyn a while! When the derke was don & the day sprang, Thes kynges and knightes, kid men of arms, 7556 Were assemblit full sone in hor sure wedis.
Then Priam full plainly purpos hade takon,
But yche renke take his rest right as hym liked.
7560 And of maters to mene in þe mene tyme,
7564 Deffebus pe doughty, & derfe Palidamas.
(fol. 117 b.)
The kyng sent for his sons and souerains of He sends for
Ector, & Eneas, and Alexsaunder Paris,
When the knightes were comyn, þus the kyng
The Trojans are arrayed; but Priam determines that his army
shall rest for one
"Wot ye not worthy, pe wale kyng Toax
7568 pat myche harme with his hond happont to do,
And with his pouer hath preset oure pepull to sle,
ffor his hardines here, & his hegh malis,
7572 He shold be done to pe dethe by domys of right, and proposes to
put Thoas to
To be hangit in hast, or his hede tyne :
The[n] answard Eneas easely agayne:
Eneas answered, 7576 "Lord, with your leue, þat were a laithe dede!
that such would
be a wicked deed.
Syche a chaunse for to chefe choisly of you,
The noise of your nobilté were noyet for euer!
7580 And mony syb to hym selfe of souerans & other,
Ye haue ledis, þat ye loue, & lightly may happyn
In return for which, the Greeks
Of your sons to be sesit, or sum sib other:
might put some
noble Trojan to death: it might
hen the grekes for grem in hor grete yre,
be one of Priam's 7584 Wold dight hym to dethe, your dole to increse.
Hit might sothely be siche on, as your self
That he should be kept as a prisoner for exchange.
(fol. 118 a.)
To this coursel
that Thoas be kept as they had proposed.
and Antenor go
to comfort Helen.
ffor mykill of þis medill erthe pat myschefe to se: Therfore, sothely me semeth, sauyng your wille, 7588 Hit is bettur þis bold kyng in the burgh hold. may be chaungit by chaunse for sum choise other,
hat is takon of Troy, if hit tyde so;
And the lure be pe les pen the lyfe tyne." 7592 Ector to Eneas egerly assentid,
Then Priam to be purpos prestly can say :
that the Greeks
would deem them 7596 "If we leue hym on lyue, & the lede kepe,
cowards but he would command
Oure fomen, in faith, for faint will vs deme;
And hold vs vnhardy oure harmys to venge! But, neuertheles, as you list, of pat lord wirke; 7600 And, as yo counsell in the cas, I comaund be
When this speche was sped, speke pai no fferre.
And confermyt his counsell in cas for þe best;
To se hir in sight, and solas þat fre.
7604 He toke with hym Troilus & trusty Antenor,
And went in full wightly into a wide halle.
A THUNDER STORM.
7608 There segh þai pat semly, & with soft wordys,
To put hom in perell to perysshe pere lyues;
And might haue lengit in hor lond, & pe lak
The same night was a note, noyet hom all ;-
7620 Ouershotyng with shoures thurgh pere shene
As neuer water fro the welkyn hade waynit
The flode was so felle, with fallyng of Rayn, Hit was like, by the lest, as oure lord wold 7624 With water haue wastid all þe world efte:
So kene was pe course of the cold shoures! And more greuit the grekes by pe grym windes, bat wacknet so wodely, walt ouer the logges; 7628 Ouertyrnit the tenttes, teghit vp the ropes; And alto rafet & rent all the riche clothes. When the derke ouerdrogh, & pe dym voidet, The stourme wex still, stablit the course; The sun in his sercle sette vpo lofte e; All clerit the course, clensit the aire; The grekes hor geire grippit anone, Bounet vnto batell, and to bent droghe! 7636 Achilles, of all men auntrid hym first, ffore euyn to the fild with a felle pepull: Then Diomede the doughty, & derfe Menelaus,
bewail their sad
account themselves fools for having engaged in this
A great storm of thunder and rain comes down, with fierce winds.
The tents of the Greeks are torn (fol. 118 b.) to pieces, or overturned.
Next morning the Greeks array themselves for battle.
Agamynon the grete, [&] pe goode duke of Athens.
Achilles slays the 7640 With the kyng of Larris full cantly caupit king of Larissa.
hat he droffe hym to dethe with the dynt of a
'Since you love fliting so well; go, flite on the dead!'
Tedius summons a thousand knights to avenge the death of Epistrophus.
(fol. 119 a)
Eagerly they follow Hector over the field,
Antoneus on Ector full egerly met,
But, er he past fro the prinse, he was pale ded. 7644 Then Diomede, the derfe kyng, deghit out of lyue
Xantipus, pe same tyme, þat was a sure kyng.
Two kynges pere come, þat were kyde brether,—
7648 And Tedius, pat tothir,-tydé men bothe:
THE DETHE OF EPHISTAFUS BY ECTOR SLAYNE.
Ector, wrathed at his wordis, waynit at the kyng, 7656 þat he gird to þe ground and the gost yald:
ben warpid he pes wordis in his wild hate :-
Go dresse pe to dedmen, & dyn þere a while.” 7660 This, Tedius the tothir full tomly beheld.
Gret pytie with payne persit his hert;
ffor the dethe of þat dere doublit his sorow.
He bade hom full boldly, for bale vpon erthe,
And laited aftur þe lede with a light wille;