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(fol. 27 b.)
built on a riverthe Tiber.
With all maister men þat on molde dwellis, 1600 Onestly enabit in entris Aboute.
Thurgh myddis pe mekill toune meuyt a water, The river Xanthus And disseuert pe Cite, pat Xanthus hight. flowed through the city, under
There were bild by the bankes of be brode
ffor solas of the Cite pat suet hom to.
Gosshet through Godardys & other grete vautes, 1608 And clensit by course all be clene Cite
Of filth and of feum, throughe fletyng by nethe. In imitation of
In Ensample of this Cite, sothely to telle, Troy, Rome was
Rome on a Riuer rially was set, 1612 Enabit by Eneas after full longe,
Tild vpon Tiber after Troy like. Prlam caused all
Priamus pertly the peopull ylkon, his people to settle in Troy.
pat longit to his lond & logit O fer,
And fild it with folke fuerse was pe nowmber,
In þat Cite for sothe, as saith vs the story, Many games wero 1620 Mony gaumes were begonnen þe grete for to solas. invented there such as chess,
The chekker was choisly pere chosen be first, draughts, dice,
The draghtes, the dyse, and oper dregh gaumes. backgammon, magic, and May
Soche soteltie pai soght to solas hom with ;
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
Priam caused &
to be built for himself, and called it Ilion.
Its towers were
Within the Cite full Solempne of a sete riall,
Book V. Louely and large to logge in hym seluyn,
splendid palace 1632 ffull worthely wroght & by wit caste,
And euyn at his etlyng Ylion was cald ;
Euyn round as a ryng richely wroght,1636 ffyue hundrith fete fully the heght :Withoute, toures full tore torret aboue,
(fol. 28 a.) Dat were of heght so hoge, as I here fynde,
bat the clowdes hom clede in vnclene ayre. 1640 In þe heghest to houe and beholde ouer,
All the lond for to loke when hym lefe thought.
seen from all parts With mekyll solas to se in mony syde londis :
of the province. 1644 Of crafty colours to know, all in course set,
Made all of marbyll with mason deuyse,
In cornols by course clustret o lofte.
It had beautifully
wrought windows Shapyn full shene all of shyre stones,
of carved crystal,
set within pillars. Caruen in Cristall by crafte of Entaile,
Pight into pilers prudly to shewe 1652 The bases & bourdurs all of bright perle.
Within this palis of prise was a proude halle, The palace hall bat large was of lenght & louely to shewe, gold, draped with
a royal dais: it Painted full prudly with pure gold ouer,
cedar-wood, set 1656 Drapred by dene with a dese riall.
There were bordis full bright aboute in þat sale,
Gret vp fro pe ground vppon gray marbill. 1660 With a flore þat was fret all of fyne stones,
The fluor was of
was overlaid with
had tables of
1664 Was a grounde vp graid with gresis of Marbill,
At one end of the hall was a raised platform for the king; a table of Ivory, bordered with amber, and a throne.
was an altar set
And a tabill atyret, all of triet yuer,
bat smelt is & smethe, smellis full swete,
ffor the souerayn hym selfe was a sete rioll, (fol. 28 6.)
Pight full of perrieris & of proude gemys,
Atyret with a tabernacle of Eyntayill fyn. at the other end 1672 At the tother hede of þe halle was, hegh vppolofte, with precious
A wonderfull werke weghes to beholde; stones and pearls.
With preciose stones of price & perlles ynogh,
An auter enournet in nome of a god, 1676 Goond vp by a grese all of goode stones,
Twenty pase vp pight all of pure cristall,
hat were shynyng full shene shalkes to deuyse. On the altar stood
Vne oppon pe Auter was amyt to stond an image of pure gold set with
1680 An ymage full noble in þe nome of god, diamonds.
ffyftene cubettes by course all of clene lenght,
Of Jubiter pe iust god, þat pe ioy weldis,
In sauyng his Citie and hym selfe alse;
When the city was completed, Priaun began to think of his past misfortunes.
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
All abundaunt in blisse blent with his folke, 1696 Dat wele wantid no wegh, ne worship in vrthe.
ban a sorow full sodenly sanke in his hert,
How þe Grekes hym greuyt and to ground put,
(fol. 29 a.) Then he somond all þe Cite vppon sere haluys, He called a
To a counsell to come for a cause hegh, 1704 And his wille for to wete as hom wele aght.
When the grete were gedurt & þo graithe all,
Saue Ector,—was oute, as aunter befelle,
Assignet by his souerayne & certen hym with,
When þe souerayne was set in a sete rioll, 1712 As become for a kyng in counsell with lordes; All pese vmbe pe plase, pepull were stille, Bilence having
been gained, the Be comaundement of þe kyng, as be come well ; king opened his
subject. Den he menyt of pe mater all with mylde wordes, 1716 And touchet his entent, as I telle shall.— “Now lordys of my lond & other lefe pepull,
Priam's speech to
the council; he Hit is knowen to his court and oper kyd fryndes, recalls to mind Of þe harmys þat we haue, & be hoge lose ;
had inflicted on 1720 That the Greker in horgremy vs to grefe broght,- the country.
Bothe to me & to myne mykull vnright,
How our faders before falsly were slayne, 1724 And my suster Exiona in seruage is holdyn,
bat is comen of soche kyn, coldes my
Wyues & wale children, pai away led, 1728 bat ben set vnder seruage & sorow for
Our golde & our godys gripped in hond; 1732 Robbet our riches, our renttes distroyet;
the harm and long that the Greeks
To redress these wrongs by their advice and aid
and the time suits.
Token all our tresoures, trussit into grise ; (fol. 296.)
Kyld all oure kynnesmen into colde dethe ;
And other wrongis vs wroght & to wo put. 1736 Thes redurse to riche by rede of you
all, Hit were sittyng, me semys, & to sue fore. seems right and
We haue a Cite full sure, & sad pepull in;
Well wroght for the werre, wallis full high ;
Mony knightes full kant, & kyd men of Armys.
Clothes full comly, and other clene Juellis ;
1744 Armur and all thing abill perfore.
Well viteld, I wis, for wynturs ynow;
With a liaunse full large of other lege kyngis, 1748 þat we to helpe vs may haue in a hond whyle:
And now tyme, by my trauthe, to take it on hond,
But the fortune of feghters may be fell chaunse, war might be Against them, and 1752 And siker were to sit and solas vs here: to enjoy them
But be harme and the hethyng of my kynd suster, selves at home.
bat is set vnder seruage, & in syn holdyn,
Greuys me so gretly & my greme ekys, 1756 Dat it reuys me my rest & my right hele.
But it likis you lordis, at a lite wordys, Aend a message to Thus gate to begyn er we goo ferre ; the Greeks, asking
bat I send for my suster on a softe wise bis sister, and to
1760 To be Grekes, for to goo with a goode wille quarrels.
And restore withoutyn strife into pis stide home,
To qwit claym all querels, & be qweme fryndes. 1764 Of all our dures þai vs did & daunger for euer,
All account and Enuy after to voide,
When the souerain hade said, ben sesit he here, 1768 And it liket well the lordys & þe ledis all :
But the fortune of
it would be safer
If the council think so, he will
them to restore
The council agree to the messa