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The river Xanthus
(fol. 27 b.)
In imitation of
Priam caused all
his people to
With all maister men pat on molde dwellis, 1600 Onestly enabit in entris Aboute.
Thurgh myddis þe mekill toune meuyt a water,
1604 Mylnes full mony, made for to grynde,
Of filth and of feum, throughe fletyng by nethe.
1612 Enabit by Eneas after full longe,
And fild it with folke fuerse was þe nowmber,
Many games were 1620 Mony gaumes were begonnen pe grete for to solas.
The chekker was choisly pere chosen pe first,
And in the moneth of may mekill þai vsit,
Somur qwenes, and qwaintans, & oper qwaint
gaumes, 1628 There foundyn was first, & yet ben forthe haunted.
THE MAKYNG OF YLION.
Priam by purpos a pales gert make
Within the Cite full Solempne of a sete riall, Louely and large to logge in hym seluyn, 1632 ffull worthely wroght & by wit caste,
THE PALACE OF PRIAM.
And euyn at his etlyng Ylion was cald ;
Withoute, toures full tore torret aboue, bat were of heght so hoge, as I here fynde, þat the clowdes hom clede in vnclene ayre. 1640 In pe heghest to houe and beholde ouer,
All the lond for to loke when hym lefe thought.
With mekyll solas to se in mony syde londis: 1644 Of crafty colours to know, all in course set,
Made all of marbyll with mason deuyse,
1652 The bases & bourdurs all of bright perle.
Within this palis of prise was a proude halle,
There were bordis full bright aboute in þat sale,
Gret vp fro pe ground vppon gray marbill.
Made after musycke, men on to loke.
In the cheffe of pe choise halle, chosen for pe
1664 Was a grounde vp graid with gresis of Marbill,
Priam caused a splendid palace to be built for himself, and called it Ilion.
(fol. 28 a.)
Its towers were seen from all parts of the province.
It had beautifully wrought windows of carved crystal, set within pillars.
The palace hall was overlaid with gold, draped with a royal dais; it had tables of cedar-wood, set on marble.
The floor was of mosaic work.
At one end of the
(fol. 28 b.)
with precious stones and pearls.
ffor the souerayn hym selfe was a sete rioll,
At the other end 1672 At the tother hede of pe halle was, hegh vppolofte,
was an altar set
A wonderfull werke weghes to beholde;
On the altar stood
an image of pure gold set with diamonds.
THE PALACE HALL.
When the city was completed, Priam began to think of his past misfortunes.
And a tabill atyret, all of triet yuer, Bourdurt about all with bright Aumbur, þat smelt is & smethe, smellis full swete, 1668 With taste for to touche the tabull aboute.
With preciose stones of price & perlles ynogh,
1676 Goond vp by a grese all of goode stones,
hat were shynyng full shene shalkes to deuyse.
ffyftene cubettes by course all of clene lenght,
1684 þat with lemys of light as a lamp shone :—
THE CONSELL FOR THE RESTITUCION OF DE GREKES.
Qwhen this Citie was set & full sure made,
Then meuyt to his mynde, as yt most nede,
With mekyll pepull of prise & proude men of
Riches full ryfe & relikes ynow;
All abundaunt in blisse blent with his folke,
1696 bat wele wantid no wegh, ne worship in vrthe.
PRIAM RECOUNTS HIS MISFORTUNES.
pan a sorow full sodenly sanke in his hert, A Remorec of maters, þat hym mys lyket; How þe Grekes hym greuyt and to ground put, 1700 His fader & his fryndis ferkit out of lyue,
(fol. 29 a.)
And his suster into seruage, þat hym sore noyet.
council of the
1704 And his wille for to wete as hom wele aght.
When the grete were gedurt & po graithe all, With his semly sonnes, þat hym sate next, Saue Ector, was oute, as aunter befelle, 1708 In a countre by coursse pat of pe coron helde, Assignet by his souerayne & certen hym with, ffor play or for purpos :-pas we perfro.
When pe souerayne was set in a sete rioll, 1712 As become for a kyng in counsell with lordes;
And our Cite for sothe, pat sum tyme was here,
Silence having been gained, the
All pese vmbe pe plase, pepull were stille, Be comaundement of pe kyng, as be come well; king opened his ben he menyt of þe mater all with mylde wordes, 1716 And touchet his entent, as I telle shall.
Our golde & our godys gripped in hond; 1732 Robbet our riches, our renttes distroyet;
Of his sons, only
Priam's speech to
"Now lordys of my lond & other lefe pepull,
Of pe harmys þat we haue, & pe hoge lose;
the harm and loss that the Greeks had inflicted on
1720 That the Grekes in horgremy vs to grefe broght, the country.
Bothe to me & to myne mykull vnright,
And to yow & also yours 30meryng for euer.
1724 And my suster Exiona in seruage is holdyn,
hat is comen of soche kyn, coldes my hert;
1728 pat ben set vnder seruage & sorow for ay.
(fol. 29 b.)
To redress these wrongs by their advice and aid seems right and proper.
They have the
and the time
to enjoy them
selves at home.
If the council
But the fortune of
war might be
against them, and 1752 And siker were to sit and solas vs here:
it would be safer
The council agree
Token all our tresoures, trussit into grise;
Mony knightes full kant, & kyd men of Armys.
Well viteld, I wis, for wynturs ynow;
To mene vs with manhode & our mys wreke.
But the fortune of feghters may be fell chaunse,
But be harme and the hethyng of my kynd suster,
1756 þat it reuys me my rest & my right hele.
1760 To pe Grekes, for to goo with a goode wille
And restore withoutyn strife into pis stide home,
To qwit claym all querels, & be qweme fryndes. 1764 Of all our dures pai vs did & daunger for euer, All account and Enuy after to voide,
Neuer to deire for pat dede pe dayes in our lyue."
When the souerain hade said, pen sesit he here, 1768 And it liket well the lordys & pe ledis all: