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and Peleus command the
Jason and him.
while the other
1132 With all the fere þat hym folowes, furse men of
they, along with With your company clene as ye come hider.
self and their Jason full iustly aioynet to my-seluon,
form an ambush 1136 With a soume of soudiours assignet vs with,
under the city Draw furthe in the derke er þe day springe,
walls, Wyn us to be wallis, wacche pere vndur,
Vmset all the Citie er þe sun rise ; 1140 Lurke vnder leuys logget with vines
Till tithaundes in toune be told to be kyng,
He will aray lym full rad with a route noble, 1144 And shape hym to our shippes with his shene
band, under pat o per part of our pupull put we in thre;
Nestor, Castor, Nestor with a nombur of noble men all,
should wait near 1148 ffare shall before the forward to lede:
the ships to Castor with his company come next after, Pollux with his pupull pursu on the laste.
These batels on the banke abide now here, 1152 ffeght with hym fuersly and his fell pupull;
The Citie to sese in pe same tyme,
So may we sonyst the souerain distrye. 1156 To werke on this wise and our wille haue,
I hope it shall happon in a hond w[h]ile."
the plan, and And plainly the pupull purpast perfore.
prepare to 1160 Then Telamon full tyte with a triet pupull,
Pelleus with a power, & pe prise Ercules,
(fol. 200.) With all the here þat þei hade highet belyue, 1164 Armet at all peces abull to fight;
Wonen vp wynly vppon wale horses,
The two bands are arranged: the ambuscade is set.
He suininong his troops and prepares to meet the enemy.
Silen to the Citie softly and faire;
Lurkyt vnder lefe-sals loget with vines,
Þes oper batels at the banke abidyng full stille,
And whiles þese renkes þus rest þan rises þe sun, 1172 Bredis with his beames all be brode vales.
Hit was noiset anon þat a noumbur hoge
Iche buerne on his best wise batell to yelde.
Mony stithe man in stoure on stedis enarmyt, 1180 All redy for þe rode Arayet for the werre.
The kyng depertid his pupull, put hom in twyn,
Vnwar of þe weghes pat by the walles lay,
Ne dred no dissait þat hym derit after,)
With his freikes in filde to be fight on be playne. 1188 be Grekes hym agayne with a grym ffare,
ffaryn to be fight with a frike wille.
Countres the kyng with a cant pupull :
With stithe strokes and store, strong men of
Speires vnto sprottes sprongen ouer hedes,
All dynnet pe dyn the dales Aboute,
The Greeks under
(fol. 21 a.)
into confusion :
Laomedon rushes to their aid:
1200 Sum swalt in a swym with-outen sware more,
Mony perysshet in pe plase er þe prise endit. Many perish on
are restored by Restoris hom with strenght þat distroyet were. ben be crie wax kene, crusshyng of wepyns,
And the fight so felle of pe fresshe knightes, 1208 Þe Troiens were torne tynte of þere folkes. The Trojans are
sore pressed : Lamydon, þat hom led, as a lion fore, Bare don mony bolde & brittonede to dethe;
the Greeks give Mony kilde the kyng to be cold vrthe, 1212 Mony woundit we from his weppont paste.
So fuersly he fore with his felle dynttes,
Pollux brings up
fresh troops and 1216 Brusshit into batell & moche bale wroght;
Lamydon at the laste lokit besyde,
ffor wothe of þe worse & of weirdis feble, 1224 He with-drogh hym A draght & a dyn made, (fol. 21 b.)
Gedrit all his gynge And his grounde held.
bat he was prinse of þe pepull & þe power led, Laomedon. 1228 He left all his ledis & a launse caght,
Launches euyn to Lamydon with a light wille.
They meet, and
Laomedon pierces 1232 Girden to-gedur with pere grete speires.
Nestor resolves to attack
the shield of
Nestor, unhorsed by a young knight Sedar, is at the mercy of Laomedon.
The king share thrugh his shild with þe sharpe
ende, And the rod all-to roofe right to his honde ;
The Duke had dyed of þe dynt doutles anon, 1236 But the souerayn hym-seluon was surly enarmyt,
And the kyng with the caupe caste to pe ground,
He feynyt not for pe fall ne pe felle hurtte,
And flange at the freike with a ffyn wille.
High[t] Sedar for sothe, suet to pe Duke
And fuersly of his foole fell to be grounde.
And bare to be bolde with a bigge sworde.
And videt the viser with a vile dynt,
And put hym fro purpas pof pai payn polit: pai hurlet hym fro horse fete & of hond toke,
Set hym in his sadill þof he vnsound were.
That Nestor with noy was nolpit to ground,
Suet ynto Sedar with a sore wepyn,
And er he come to the king, so his course fell,
And set hym a sad dynt, Secorda he high(t): 1264 His shafte all-to sheuerit the shalke was unhurt,
And Castor in the caupyng the knight euyll
(fol. 22 a.) Castor, seeing Nestor wounded, rushes upon Sedar.
A Sore dynt in the syde at the same coursse.
Sedar fights with
Castor, and 1268 Carue euyn at Castor with a kene sworde,
be shilde away share vnto the shyre necke,
When pe freke was fallen & on foote light,
Zald hym not zet for zynernes of hert. 1276 han pollux full pertly aprochet in hast
Pollux with seven
hundred men With seuyn hundrithe sad men assemblit hym comes to the
Bere backeward the batell & his brother toke, 1280 Horsit hym in haste, halpe hym olofte ;
And pollux with a proude wille prickit to an
oper, One Eliatus, a lede, and hym o liue broght. (Alyattes, king
Cosyn to the kyng, & he his kyde Em,
þat the shire water shot ouer his shene chekys. 1288 Myche woo hade pe wegh for be wale knight,
And assemblit his sad men on a soppe hole,
(Seuyn thousand be sowme all of sure knightes,) (fol. 22 d.) 1292 And charget hom chefely for chaunse vppon
vrthe, ffor to dere for the detbe of his dere cosyl. ben the Troiens full tite tariet no lengur, The Trojans are
rallied, and drive Gird euyn to the Grekes with a grymn fare ;
their ships. 1296 Slogh hom downe sleghly & slaunge hom to
the Greeks to