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OFF KING PRYAM & HIS CHILDREN.
When his father
away in far land waging war with rebels,
By his wife Hecuba he had five sons and three
His sons were,
This Lamydon, þat was lord, hade a lefe son,
A man witty & wise, wight, wildist in Armes. 1464 Hit felle hym [by] fortune at his fader dethe,
He was faryn to fight in a fer londe,
To cache a castell þat was kene holdyn,
With his houshold hole, & here þat he walt.
daughters. 1472 By þat same hade he sonnes, semly men all,
ffyue þat were faire & fuerse men of armes,
Of his sonnes to say or I sew ferre,
And most is in mynd for his mykyll strenght.
Alexander, a Or Alisaunder ewther was his other name ; 1480 He was fairest of be freikes & a fyne archer,
A bowman of þe best & a buerne wise.
Deiphobus, 1484 The fourth was a philosoffer, a fyne man of lore, Helenus, a
In þe Syense full sad of þe seuyn Artes.
Was Troylus the true, tristy in wer,
Of his Deghter by dene, þat were dere holdyn,
wife of Æneas, 1492 bat spokyn is of specially in our spede after,
And Virgill of his werkes writis also,
(fol. 25 b.)
and Troi us.
The daughters were, Creusa,
Cassandra, a prophetess,
1496 Cassandra was cald, clennest of wytte,
Hat Enformet was faire of þe fre artis,
The last of pos lefe children was a lysse faire, and Polyxena, the 1500 Polexena the pert, prise of all other ;
Of hir ffeturs & fairhed is ferly to telle,
Bothe of color & clennes, to declare all.
Thretty sonnes besydes, als other wemen, daughters, by
bat he gate in his gamen, goode men of Armys,
And felle men in fight, as we shall fynd after. 1508 Now I turne to my tale & tary here a while.
Here beginnys the Fyfte Boke: Of the Foundyng of New Troye and of the Qwerell
of kyng Priam ffor his ffader dethe.
(fol. 26 a.) As Priam lay
he was informed about the destruction of Troy, and at once
him with sorrow.
Now as pis kyng vmbe the Castell lay closit abute,
He was enformyt of pe fare & of his fader dethe; 1512 How his towne was takon and tirnyt to grounde; before the castle
His Suster sesyd and soght into syde londis;
returned home. . Soche sikyng and sorow sanke in his hert, 1516 With pyté and complaint pyne for to here,
He toke vp his tentes & the towne leuyt,
The ruins of the
city overwhelmed 1520 Soche wo for þat werke pan þe wegh thowlit,
hat all his wongys were wete for weping of teres,
And drowpet of dole as he degh wold. 1524 pen he sesit of sychen & his sorow voidet, Mendit his mode & his mynd stablit,
days he resolves Toke councell in the case & his care leuyt. to build a greater
aud stronger city. The styfe towne to Restore & so strong make, 1528 ffor daunger and drede of enny derfe enmys,
Gate masons full mony, þat mykull fete couthe;
Qwariours qweme, qwaint men of wit ;
But after three
The new city, built in the namo of Neptune,
Sone he raght vpon rowme, rid vp pe dykis,
the soile pere pe Citie was, And byld vp a bygge towne of þe bare vrthe, In the nome of Neptune þat was a noble god.
THE DISCRIPCION OF TROYE.
was three days journey in circumference.
This Cite was sothely, to serche it aboute,
(ol. 26 b.)
The walls were 20 cubits high,
built of marble of 1548 different colours from the middle upward.
In the walls there were six gates,
called Dardan, Tricerda, Thetas, Trojana, Anchinordes, and Hylias, surrounded by towers.
Within the city were a rich palace and many
(fol. 27 a.)
The streets were
and open, and bad covered side walks.
too for worknien
Within the Citie, for sothe, semly to ken, 1568 Grete palis of prise, plenty of houses, Wele bild all aboute on the best wise.
houses; the walls The werst walle for to wale, þere any wegh were of marble
straight, broad, 1576 By the sydes for sothe of sotell deuyse,
Was archet full Abilly for aylyng of shoures,
Weghis into walke for wetyng of rayn. 1580 There were stallis by be strete stondyng for There were stalls peopull,
of every kind. Werkmen into won, and paire wares shewe, Bothe to selle and to se as paim selfe lyked,
Of all þe craftes to ken as þere course askit :1584 Goldsmythes, Glouers, Girdillers noble;
Sadlers, souters, Semsteris fyn;
Wrightes, websters, walkers of clothe;
Belmakers, bokebynders, brasiers fyn;
Parnters, painters, pynners also;
fferrers, flecchours, fele men of Crafte ;
Sporiors, Spicers, Spynners of clothe; 1596 Cokes, condlers, coriours of ledur;
Carpentours, cotelers, coucheours fyn;