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THE RAVISHING OF HELEN.
and we are too
3148 And is fuerser of folke by a felle nowmber,
will not give
few to compel 3152 Or any Cité to sese by a sawte now,
bere pepull are so plaintiose, & placis of
Vs may falle here by fortune a fulfaire gifte,
rich temple, And the grettist of Grise gedrit þerin,
noblest ladies of As of wemen to wale, worthy & nobill,
the land are
now at worship: 3160 And prise of his prouynse are in yond proude one of them
is the lovely wife yle.
The grettist of grese and a gai qwhene. 3164 Yf we take this full tite, & tary no lengur,
Bothe pepull & pilage, & put into ship,
And godis full grete of gold & of syluer ;
Bassons of bright gold, & oper brode vessell,
(fol. 50 b.) Yf ye deme it to do be deuyse of you all, Hit sittes, me semes, sone in the night
We arme vs at all peces, & aunter þere on 3176 The temple to take and all the triet ladys. Let us seize it
and the ladies, Golde and oper goodes gripe it by dene,
the gold and And shote into our shippes, shake on our way: jewels, and, abovo
And Elan of all thing we aunter vs to take. 3180 Yf we þat luffy may lacche & lede vnto troy,
carry off all
Priam, our prise kyng, may prestly suppose
To melle in pis mater, or to meue ferre ?
Yf we put vs to pillage, er we pyne pole.”
ffele of be folke febull it thughten;
And assentid to his saw, & suet his rede.
And all things examynt, so aunter befell,
And the mone in the merke myghtely shone,
3196 As come it by course, & cast a gret light. They arm and
bai armyt hom at all peces abill to werre; proceed to the
To the tempull full tite token þere gate, temple, which they surround.
Prayen & piken all the pure godes;
Sesit & slogh, slongen to ground;
And all the company clene closit hom within. Paris seizes Helen 3204 Parys ben presit to be proude qwene, and carries her to his ship.
And sesit hir sone, as hir assent was ; (fol. 51 a.)
Led hir furth lyuely, lefte hir in shippe
Vnder sight of sure men set hir to kepe:
To rob of þe Riches, and Renkes to helpe.
Hoge noise for þe nonest in night for to here; 3212 Lelly of the ladies, þat leuer were degh
han be led out of lande, lowde was pe noise. (MS, bas 'uppon
The noise vpponone neghit to be Eris
THE RAVISHING OF HELEN.
3216 That the tempull was taken & tulkes perin,
And sum þat were slayne & slungen to ground.
Distracte were pai stithly, & stonyt by dene, 3220 And braid to bere bright gere, buskit hom furthe :
The soudiours by assent soghten to þe tempull. Soldiers to the
bat enfourmet were of fyght, & the fet couthe; 3224 bai turnyt to the troiens, tarit hom longe,
ffoghten with hom felly, frusshit hom abake;
Prisoners to pike, & the pray lyuer. 3228 ffell was be fight þo fuerse men betwene,
Mony derfe pere deghit, & dungen to ground;
victorious pursue And greuit the Grekes gretly with strokys; them to their 3232 Oppressit hom with pyne, put hom to flight,
ffolowed hom fuersly, felle hom with swerdys,
The Trojans return to their ships ;
(fol. 51 6.)
collect their spoil; and set sail.
Then turnyt the Troiens, tariet no lengur, 3236 And went vnto water with þere wale godys :
Lefte noght vnlaght þat lykyng was in.
hai shot into shippe: the sheltrun to-gedur, 3240 bat fild were with folke & fyne gold to wale,
Sesit vp þere sailes, set hom to wyndes.
Aght dayes be-dene & the derke nightes,
Hit hom into hauyn, as hom hap shope,
Tenydon, and tomly tariet þere in;
They arrive at
Paris sends a message to the king.
these pert deeds," calls the nobles to
There arofe all the Rowte & restid a whyle,
And sent to his souerain in a sad haste,
The messanger maynly meuyt to the kyng
As hym seluyn hade sene, þat sothely was pere. Priam, “ proud of 3260 Pryam was proude of these pert dedis, —
The fainest freike in faithe pat on fote yode, a feast,
And gedrit with gamyn the grettist of Troye,
And sum of the Citizens assemblit with all ;
3264 ffestid hom faire frely with hym, (MS. has "hym") And tolde hom pose tythinges tomly to end :
All maden þai mery & mekyll ioye haden.
As Parys and his pepull were in hor pride samyn, 3268 At Tenydon pat tyme talkyng to gedur,
Hit Auntrid þat Elan, with other of hir lede hat were takon in the tempull, as I tolde first,
Were sorowfull sobbyng with syling of Teres ; (fol. 52 a.) 3272 All tourniet with tеne, tremblit in hert,
Wailyng & weping, wringyng of hondys.
And said in hir sikyng with a softe speche :3276 “A! my husband full hynd, & my hede brother !
My Doughter, my Derlynge, & my dere rewme !
Helen and her ladies bewail their fate.
bus bemournet full mekull & no meite toke, 3280 But with care & complaint,-comford away.
Parys hade pyté hir payne for to se,
On þat lady, his loue, with langour & wo.
comfort her; but 3284 And menyt hir in maner hir mournyng to voide; in vain.
Yet sesit not hir sorow for solas of hym.
Paris greuit at þat grete & gird out in yre; 3288 Saide hir full soberly sittyng these wordes “What lyffe is þis, lady, to lede on bis wise ? He then chides
her for such Noght sesyng of sorow, & sobbyng vnfaire grief.
On dayes to Endure, with drouping on nightes. 3292 Who sothely might suffer þe sorow þat þou
With care & with complaint comynly ay :
Thus tourment with tеne, & tides non end,
And enpaires thy person, & proffettes no more?”
THE WORDES BETWENE PARYS & ELAN AT TENYDON
IN THE CASTELL.
In faithe the burde fell of falling of terys. —
“ And þou drunkyn hade dewly as mony du sopis, 3300 As shottes of shire water has shot fro pin ene, Thou faithfully were fillid vnto pi faire swyre.
("suryre," the Therfore, lady, & it like you, lighten your chere;
Comford you kyndly, kacches sum rest; 3304 ffor in this riall Reme of my riche fader,
(fol. 62 b.) Ne faute shall ye ffynde, ne your fre buernes. Tho truly þat are takon and temyn to you,
("lem yn to you,"
that belong to Shalbe plesit with plenty at bere playne wille, your suite.) 3308 And haue riches full ryfe: red ye non oper. And ye sothely, your selfe, souerain of all,
How great and Shalbe worshipped worthely & your wille haue, will be.
And honouret of all men as your astate shuld; 3312 To be gouernet in your grettenes, most godely