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Here Begynnes the xxxiij Boke: How Oreste toke vengianse for his fader dethe.
(fol. 197 b.)
Agamynons hawne sone abill of zeris, bat ydumius the dere kyng only had keppit ffor ferd of his fos, þat his fader slogh, 12940 Engestus with Iapis shulde Iuge hym to assist him to
Orestes, son of
Was waxen full wele & wight of his dedis.
And forther by foure, fuerse of his strenght.
12944 pan honered hym pat od kyng with ordur of
Gaf hym of his gold, & his gay stedis,
And hight hym of helpe with a hede pepull.
12948 To ffilsyn hym with folke his fo to dystroy,
His cuntre to kouer, & his kid rewme,
And to deire for the dethe of his dere fader. The kyng grauntid agayne with a gode wille. 12952 A thowsaund pro knightes, prepond in wer, He assignet for hym-selfe to his sad helpe: And so luffet was the lede in the lond pan, bat as mony able men after was grauntid. 12956 pan Orestes full rad with his ronke knightes,
Come to the Croeze, the cuntre within
kingdom, and to avenge the murder of his father.
The king grants him a thousand brave knights: and his own influence raises another thousand.
Forensis, an enemy of Ægisthus, offers to assist Orestes, and to bring three hundred knights with him.
(fol. 198 a.)
In the month of
Orestes, Forensis, and their forces move upon Mycenae, and besiege it.
Apollo had promised that Orestes should succeed and should put his mother to death.
Orestes, on learning that Ægisthus nad
gone to procure aid, lays an
He was neghbur full negh to pe noble yle, 12960 There Agamynon the gode gouernaunce hade; And was Enmy full euyn to Engest with-all,
And held wer with pat wegh winturs full mony. This Forenses with fyne will faithfully prayet, 12964 þat he might ryde with pat Orest & his ranke
To Ioyne with Engest for his vniust werkes, With pre hundrith prifty, all of pr[i]ed knightes : And he priftely, with pro hert, panket the kyng. 12968 And so busket the bold fro the burgh sone.
Hit was the moneth of May when mirthes begyn;
The Sun turnyt into tauro, taried þere vnder; Medos & mountains mynget with floures; 12972 Greues wex grene, & the ground swete; Nightgalis with notes newit pere songe,
And shene briddes in shawes shriked full lowde.
hat no buerne of the burgh durst to bent come:
12984 þat he his fomen shuld fell & his folke wyn,
Of Bachelers & bowmen the burgh to defend.
What way þat he went, as weghes hym told. 12992 He purpast hym priuely in pathes to lye.
OF HIS FATHER, AGAMEMNON.
Knightes, at his comyng to kacche hym olyue, bat mekill were of might, & of his men qwelle. ambush to The Cité he assailet with a sewte ofte, 12996 pat the folke to defend failet o sythes.
capture him as he returns.
Thai werit of pere werke pe wallis to kepe,
With all his company clene of kyd men of
He comaundit his knightes for keping the yatis, ffor Repaire at the port, or presyng the yatis. 13004 He past to the palas of his prise ffader,
There caght he Clunestra, þat closit was in.
And all the Rebellis full rad rappit to dethe,
The Cité for to socour with his sad help.
13012 Noght warre of the weghes, þat waited his
After fifteen days' siege the city is taken.
(fol. 198 b.) Clytemnestra is imprisoned and the rebels are put to death.
On the day the city was taken, Ægisthus attempts to succour it.
Past furth thurgh the pase with his proude
A busshement of bold men breke hym vpon;
He is captured
by the ambush
of Orestes, and his knights are
Clytemnestra is brought to
The secund day suyng, sone in the morne, Orestes his renkes radly comaundet, Bare to the barre bryng hym his moder, 13020 Hir hondes bounden at hir backe bigly with Orestes naked ropes. Than he went to þat worthy in his wode yre, And the pappis of the pure puld fro hir brest With a knyfe þat was kene, cast hom away;
with her hands bound behind her back.
He cuts off her breasts, and kills her with a sword:
then commands her body to be cast out as carrion.
Ægisthus is stripped naked, drawn through the city, and then hanged along with the other traitors.
Thus did Orestes avenge the death of his father,the good and great Agamem
(fol. 199 a.)
He is told of his brother's death, and of the murder of Clytemnestra.
The nobles of
Crete crowd to the city to see Helen.
DEATH OF CLYTEMNESTRA AND EGISTHUS.
13024 And with the swing of a swerd swappit hir to
He comaund the corse cacche vp onone,
Till the flesshe of þat faire was fret of the bones,
13032 Nakid thro the noble toune onone to be drawen,
þat vnhappely for horedam hastyd to sle Agamynon the goode, the grettist of kynges, 13040 And most worthy to wale while the world last. ffor ho keppit not hir klennes with a cloise hert, Thus fell hir by fortune to haue a foule end.
HOW MENELAY WAS WROTHE FFOR THE DETHE OF
When Menelay the mighty & his men all
ffor whom the grekes so grymly were to ground broght.
So Eger were all men Elan to se,
THE TRIAL OF ORESTES THE MATRICIDE.
ffor to waite on þat worthy went þai belyuc. 13056 Then the Seniour full sone, with seasonable From Crete
Menelaus sails to Mycenae to Orestes, whose cruel deeds, he said, should exclude him from holding his kingdom.
Cairet fro Crete with his clene nauy,
Meuit vnto Mecayne with his men all,
ffor the murthe of his moder, he martired so foule. 13064 pan the grettist of grese were gedirt perfore, Bothe of kynges full clene, & of kid dukes, To Attens, pat abill toune, angardly mony,
The kings and nobles of Greece assemble at Athens, and
ffor to meue of pat mater, & make pere an end. decide that
Orestes should be
13068 Then prinses full prest, and the pure kinges,
Saydon Orestes be right shuld render his londes, And be exiled for euermore, as orible of dede, bat so doggetly had done to his dere moder. 13072 þan alleggit the lede to the leue prinses,
All the dere þat he did vnduly to hir, Was barly by biddyng of his bright goddes, þat enformet hym before of the fete euyn. 13076 The Duke of Attens full derffe dressit to say, ffor the right of Orestes radly he proffert
To proue with his person & his pure strenght,
13080 bat he had right to his rewme, & no renke ellis ;
And all the dedis he dyd were done vppon
13084 The right to derayne with the ranke duke.
(fol. 199 b.)
Orestes declares he acted as his gods had commanded.
The Duke of
Evyn wroght by the wille of hor wale goddes:
There was no buerne with pat bold the batell No one dares to take,
to accept the
wager, and Orestes is acquitted, and acknowledged as