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that he shall die if he depart not immediately."
He then sails for
and goes to the
court of Nestor.
He states his message as he best could.
Nestor foaming with rage, answers,
"Fool and servant of the devil, how dare you come into my presence with such words.
(fol. 33 a.)
In spite of your king, I should
But loke pat no lettyng ger pe lenge here,
He turnyt hym tyte with outen tale more,
Braid vp a brode saile, hade brethe at his wille,
Aroue pere full radly, rest in a hauyn,
1948 here Nestor the noble Duke was negh at his
With a company clene in his close halle.
1952 He mekyt to pat mighty, and with mowthe said
His charge full choise, chefe how he might,
Euyn fairly by fourme, as I firste said.
1956 And walt at his wordes into wode yre;
He frothet for folle, and his face chaunget;
THE ONSWARE OF NESTOR TO ANTENOR.
"Thou sot with vnsell, seruand of o þe werst! How durst pou so dernly pis dede vndertake, To appere in my presens with so proude wordes, 1964 pat myn eris shuld negh the noise of þi speche? But for noy of my nobilte & my nome gret,
I shuld tere out þi tunge and þi tethe euyn,
And chop purghe pi chekes for chateryng so high :
1968 Spede the to spille in spite of þi kynge,—
To be hurlet with horses vpon hard stones,
Hade doute of the Duke & of his dethe fere,
A stithe man to the stere hade, & a stoute wynde,
A STORM AT SEA.
A TEMPAST ON HE SEE.
There a tempest hom toke on pe torres hegh :1984 A rak and a royde wynde rose in hor saile, A myst & a merkenes was meruell to se; With a routond rayn ruthe to be holde, 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.
With knelyng & crie to pere kynd halowes,
drag you with horses over the hard stones, and hang you like a dog."
Autenor, afraid of his life, fled to his ship.
With a stout breeze he set sail.
The wind becomes furious;-mist, dark less, rain and hal, thunder and lightning.
The sea flows on heaps like hills.
The ship shoots up and down.
(fol. $3 b.)
All on board cry to saints and gods.
pre dayes proly pai prappit with stormys,
they struggle with 2004 Euer in point for to perysshe in the pale stremys;
With daunger and drede duret vnder hacche, ffor wete of þe waghes þat wastis ouer hed. The furthe day fell all be fuerse wyndes,
2008 And the wodenes of waghes wightly with droghe;
On the fourth day the sea waxes sober."
The sailors repair damages and take heart.
Holding on their course they soon arrive at Troy.
When their vows are paid, Antenor goes to the palace of Priam,
and all the courtiers rejoice
at his safe arrival.
Antenor relates the several answers of
The se wex sober and pe sun clere,
All calme it be come, comferd þe pepull.
2012 þai kairen to be cordis, knitten vp þe saile,
Kachyn on kyndly, & paire course held;
2016 Past into port, proude of pere lyues ;
Lepyn vp to be lond, leuyn þere ship.
Euper buerne all bare, on pere best wise,
2020 As pai heghly hade het in þe hegh stormes.
When pai hade melit with pere mowmettes &
Perfourmet pere pilgramage, prayers and all,
2024 To the palis of prise of priam the kyng,
And pe lordes of pe lond, with his lefe children,
And rekont by row all pere rogh speche ;
2032 The proude wordis & pe prise of Pelleus the
The tene & the torfor of Telamon after;
The Reprofe and prise of Pollux & Castor; noy and þe new grem of Nestor the Duke,
RESULT OF THE EMBASSY.
2036 With the fere and the fare of his fell chere;
(fol. 34 a.)
As it was said to hym selfe, euyn with sad wordes.
And reproued with prise in pere proude yre;
2044 Neuer to haue hir at home, pen his hert chaunget, he determines to
And put hym in purpas no pease for to make.
make no peace with his enemies.
Now wackons vp werre as ye shall note after.
When the king
had heard his
Priam becomes more revengeful, and purposes to send his sons with a great army to harass the Greeks.
"Tell me truly,
to undertake such
(connse' comse, a beginning.)
Here begynnes the Sext Boke: How Kyng Priam toke counsell to Werre on he Grekys.
Now Priam persayuit all þese proude wordes, 2048 The greme of pe Grekys, and þe gret yre,
How þai maintene pere malis with manas & pride;
Uncertain of his Sister for seyng Ne redresse for pe dethe of his dere fader,2052 Ne to harmes pat he hade was no hede takyn;
Soche a sorow & a sourgreme sanke in his hert,
2056 pan he purpost plainly with a proude ost,
2060 But say me, sir kyng, what set in þi hede;—
What wrixlit þi wit & pi wille chaunget;
Or what happont thee so hastely with hardnes
To put pe to purpas, þat pynet pe after.
2064 What meuyt the with malis to myn on þi harme,
And to cacche soche a connse, to combir pi