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off the dead body;
but Ægiale is told that Diomedes slew him in order to
possess the whole kingdom.
Because of this
He lands at
who, knowing that Diomedes had aided in his brother Telemon's death, seeks to slay him; but he makes his escape.
Demophoon and Acamas are exiled by their wives.
DIOMEDES AND EGIALE.
Hade hym fro horse fet with helpe of his
And myche water, I-wis, weppit perfore.
This was clerely the cause of pat knightes dethe,
þan hir brother ho best louet of buernes olyue.
12816 ffor tithinges hor tolde were of hir tru brother,
(Naulus the noble, by his naite sun)
Ho assemblit hir suremen in a sad oste,
12820 And warnet hom wightly the mater to kepe,
And Diamede on pe depe dryue from pe lond.
All will of his wone his werdis to laite.
12824 And Sythen, vnto Salerne he soght on his way,
12828 That Dyamede, the Duke, had dernly conspiret
Demaphus the du kyng, & dughty Athamas,
pan come pai to Cartage, with care at pere
DEMOPHOON AND ACAMAS.
12836 There the noble Duke Nestor naitly hom toke, And welcomyt tho worthy on a wise faire, With all hor company clene, as pere kyd ffrynd. There purpost po prise men, with a prowde oste, 12840 Thaire owne londes to lacche, & the ledes qwell: But the noble Duke Nestor onon to hom who instructs
them how to recover their kingdoms.
"" Ames you of malice but a mene qwile; Sendis fro youre-seluyn to your syde londis; 12844 Tretis hom truly all with tried wordes;
Hetis hom hertely to haue all hor hert wille,
12848 So hit happit po hynd in a hond qwile,
To com to hor kyngdomes & hor kyth home,
12852 Eneas, pat afterward auntred to leng
In Troy for a tyme, as I told haue,
His gold & his godis to gedur into ship,
And his fraght on the flode fully to make,
12856 Ofte faght þat freike & folke of the Cité, With Enmys enerdand in ylis aboute.
When the toun was takon & turnyt to ground,
12860 There come out of castels & of cloise townes
12864 Eneas pan afturwarde egurly counseld,
pere no lengur,
bat pe pepull by purpos prestly shuld send
(fol. 196 a.) They are
He counsels the
Syn he was banysshed fro the burgh, & bode for Diomedes, to
assist them and
to become their king.
(fol, 196 b.)
Diomedes comes to Troy.
Along with Æneas he musters the
Trojans and attacks the banditti.
After seven days they are all cut down or scattered.
Æneas departs from Troy with his father Anchises, and all his wealth.
12868 To fight with hor fo-men & forther pe lond.
Sendon for the sure kyng in a sad hast,
Where the fre might be foundyn, & fet hym to
12872 And he come to pat cuntre with a cant wille.
bat were helples & hard stad, & pere hede lost, bat Eneas was also euyn in the toune,
pai faght in the ffild with pere fuerse enmyes. Dyamed full dughtilé did with his hondes,
Many are killed
And mony britnet on the bent of hor breme fos:
in battle, and
many are hanged. 12884 Mony toke he þat tyme and to toune led,
And hongit hom in hast vpon high galowes. The fyfte day of pe fight so fuersly he wroght, bat no buerne was so bold his birre to withstond,
12876 Noght faryn with his flete, ne the flode takyn. pan þai busket to batell, po bold men in fere, Armet at all pes, with abell to werre,
hat were left vppon lyue, logget within. 12880 Seuyn days, sothely, sais me the lettur,
12888 But all fled of the feld, & fongit were many ; And ay hongit po harlottes, as pai hent were, Bothe on galous full grym, & on gret trees, hat none left were on lyue in the lond sone. 12892 Owther captains of castels, or kepars of tounes, Herd suche hardship happyn to falle
Of freikes vnfayre, that fore to pe Cité,
And all the costes full clene keppit hom away,
12896 And neuer did hom no deyre, ne no dole after.
Whan Ené hade all thing ordant at wille,
His Shippes on the shyre water shot full of
Relikes full ryfe, & myche red gold,
DIOMEDES AND EGIALE RECONCILED.
12900 With Anchises his choise (fader) chefe into
And halit furth hastely to be high see,
As hym demyt was by dome by dukes before.
12904 Ne, what cost, ne cuntre, come vnto laund.
At the last, as our lord wold, he light into At length he
settles in Italy.
After in Itaile, as aunter be-fell,
Tegh vnto Tuskan, & turnyt to londe.
(fol. 197 a.)
12908 Now what worthe of þat whe, & his wale For an account of
his voyages, trials, and adventures, consult the Eneid of Virgil.
ffro he Tuskan had takyn, tellis hit not here. Of his wonderfull werkes who wilnes to know, Go loke at the lede, pat his lyfe wroght. 12912 Virgell, full verely, pos vertus can tell, In a boke pat buerne of þat bold made,
pat Enyodos, with noble men, is to nome cald.
ffor Dyamede pe derfe, þat was hir du lorde :
12928 And his Arguens also, all were pai fayn.
Other kings, similarly exiled,
Ægiale is told how Diomedes has succeeded at Troy.
She dreads his vengeance, and consults with her knights.
Diomedes is invited to return home.
Their cities are adorned and fortified with the spoils of Troy.
THE EXILED KINGS RETURN.
12932 And were welcom, I-wis, to wyuis & all.