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that he shall die if he depart not immediately."
He then bails for
and goes to the court of Nestor.
But loke þat no lettyng ger þe lenge here,
ffor and þou do pou shalt degh, deme pe non oper.” 1940 Qwen Antenor pis aunter angerly herd,
He turnyt hym tyte with outen tale more,
Wound vp full wightly all his wale Ancres,
Braid vp a brode saile, hade brethe at his wille, ffore enon to Philon with his feris all :
Aroue þere full radly, rest in a hauyn,
As legate and lege from his lord comyn.
His charge full choise, chefe how he might,
Nestor anone noyet þere with,
He frothet for folle, and his face chaunget;
And louret on þe lede with a laithe chere,
He states his message as he best could.
Nestor foaining with rage, answers,
THE ONSWARE OF NESTOR TO ANTENOR.
* Fool and servant of the devil, how dare you come into my presence with such words.
(fol. 33 a.)
“ Thou sot with vnsell, seruand of o þe werst ! How durst þou so dernly pis dede vndertake,
To appere in my presens with so proude wordes, 1964 pat myn eris shuld negh the noise of bi speche?
But for noy of my nobilte & my nome gret,
In spite of your king, I should
drag you with horses over the hard stones, and hang you like a dog."
To be hurlet with horses vpon hard stones,
Brittonet þi body into bare qwarters, 1972 And caste ynto curres as caren to ete.
Sile furth of my sight in a sad haste :
bou shalt haue þat I hete & bou hence worth.” 1976 Antenor arghet with austerne wordes,
Hade doute of the Duke & of his dethe fere,
He highit full hastely & of his hond past; 1980 Shoke euyn into ship, & the shalke leuyt.
A stithe man to the stere hade, & a stoute wynde,
Autenor, afraid of his life, tled to his ship.
With a stout breeze he set sail.
The wind becomes furious ;-mist, dark aess, rain and hall, thunder and lightning
The sen flows on heaps like hills.
A TEMPAST ON HE SEE.
A myst & a merkenes was meruell to se;
Thonret full throly with a thicke haile; 1988 With a leuenyng light as a low fyre,
Blaset all the brode see as it bren wold.
Rose vppon rockes as any ranke hylles.
All was like to be lost, þat no lond hade.
As qwo clymbe at a clyffe, or a clent hille,1996 Eft dump in the depe as all drowne wolde.
Was no stightlyng with stere, ne no stithe ropes,
But all the buernes in the bote, as hom best liked, al on board cry 2000 Besoght vnto sainttes & to sere goddes ;
to Baints and gods. With knelyng & crie to pere kynd halowes, And with solempne sacrifice to seke pai awowet.
up and down,
For three days they struggle with the storin.
On the fourth day
The sailors repair damages and take heurt.
pre dayes broly þai prappit with stormys, 2004 Euer in point for to perysshe in the pale strenys;
With daunger and drede duret vnder hacche, ffor wete of þe waghes þat wastis ouer hed.
The furthe day fell all be fuerse wyndes,
The se wex sober and pe sun clere,
All calme it be come, comferd pe pepull.
Atyrit the tacle, tokyn þere herte ;
Euyn turnit to Troy, taried no lenger;
Lepyn vp to be lond, leuyn þere ship.
Soghten to sainttes & to sere goddys,
Holding on their course they soon arrive at Troy.
When their vows are paid, Antenor goes to the palace of Priam,
and all the
When þai hade melit with pere mowmettes &
made pere offrond,
Antenor Amyt after anone
Among Lordys full light & oper les peopull,
þat hym happint with hele hit vnto londe.
And be lordes of pe lond, with his lefe children,
And rekont by row all þere rogh speche ;-
Antenor relates the several answers of
RESULT OF THE EMBASSY.
had heard his
2036 With the fere and the fare of his fell chere;
When the kyng hade consayuit all his clere tale, When the king 2040 And þe Authwart answeres, hym angert full sore, story,
That his message was manast o po men all,
And of his suster sorili set out of hope, 2044 Neuer to haue hir at home, pen his hert chaunget, he determines to
And put hym in purpas no pease for to make. with his enemies.
make no peace
Here begynnes the Sext Boke: How Kyng Priam toke counsell to Werre on be Grekys.
Now Priam persayuit all þese proude wordes, 2048 The greme of þe Grekys, and be gret yre,
How þai maintene pere malis with manas &
hir euer,Ne redresse for þe dethe of his dere fader, 2052 Ne to harmes þat he hade was no hede takyn;
Soche a sorow & a sourgreme sanke in his hert,
More frike to be fight, feller of wille.
ffor to send of his sonnes & oper sibbe fryndes,
Priam becomes more revengeful, and purposes to send his sons with a great army to harass the Greeks.
2060 But say me, sir kyng, what set in þi hede;-
What wrixlit þi wit & þi wille chaunget;
To put pe to purpas, þat pynet be after. 2064 What meuyt the with malis to myn on þi harme,
And to cacche soche a connse, to combir þi
('connse' = comse, a beginning.)