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(Is. xxvii. 1.)
(fol. 69 b.)
In the “Life of St Brandon ”he is called a water adder, which the saint saw in the sea,
Here sumwhat I say, er I sew ferre.
bat bemoth in Ebrew ys opunly to say,—
And for þe fende was so fals & full of dissait,
Wroght hym to a worme in wildurnes like, 4432 Writhen, as the writte sayes, like a wilde Eddur.
And for grettnes of þat Grym in his grete filthe,
In his song of the sawter þere he sais pus,
fourmet': So sethe in the sauter the Salme to the end. And loke of lyuyaton in the lyffe of saynt
There his warloghe, I wis, a water eddur is cald, 4440 þat þis saint þere seghe in the se occiane,
ffull large and long of a lawe depnes.
maundement of his clene maker,
To our fader the first fellé in Envy,
To tempt hom with trayn, þat trist of non euyll,
And all þere successours sorily sent vnto pyne. 4456 Of þis mater of mawmentry nomore at this tyme:
bis sufficis forsothe. Ses we now here,
He appeared as a maiden, and as a spirit, spake in her : or he assumed the body of an adder, and by falsehood deceived our first parents.
And turne to our tale & take bere we lefte.
Achilles and 4460 This appollo apperit to pepull full ofte
Patroclus arrive In Delphon, or Delos, dem as ye list.
at Delos, and
proceed to the To his appollo, þe pure god, þat pepull honouret, temple of Apollo.
Thies kynges by course comyn anon,
pat serued þat Synagod to the sory fyndes,
great offerings to Did pere deuocioun as hom dere thought,
the god, they
inquire regarding And frayned at the fynd how þai fare shuld,
undertaking. 4472 Of þaire Journay, full Justly, a Juggement to
the result of their
THE ANSWARE OF APPOLLO TO ACHYLLES.
" Achilles ! Achilles ! return and tell the
“Achilles ! Achilles ! [attle] to be Grekes, (MS, has 'a litle') 4476 Sew to the same þat þou art sent fro; Tell hom for truth, þat hom tyde shall
Greeks that they
must sail to Troy In sounde for to saile somyn vnto Troy,
There they have And mony batels on bent with buernos to thole. many battles to
fight, but in the 4480 And the tent yere truly, tell hom for sothe,
tenth year they bere worship to wyn, & þere wille haue;
and have every
thing at their All the Cité to sese, and the syde londis ;
Kyng Priam to pyne, & his pure wife;
þaire Riches to Robbe, & pere Rife goodis ;
When Achilles this chaunse choisely hade herd, 4488 He was glad of þe graunt, and the god answared ;
And er he turnyt fro the temple, thus hit tid
þat was a bisshop of the burghe, & a buerne wise, 4492 (Calcas, by course, was his kyd nome)
A Sad man of siens, sought to be temple,
He meuyt to the mowmentes with his mayne
giftes, Praiond hym full prestly, as a pure god, To warne hym full wightly what wirdis shuld
happyn : 4500
And þus gatis to the gome pen the god saide.
(fol. 70 b.)
THE ONSWARE OF APPOLLO TO CALCAS, BYSSHOP OF TROY. * Calchas!
“ Calcas ! Calcas ! cair yow not home,
Ne turne neuer to Troy, for tene þat may falle ;
But go with the grekes into the gret nauy,– the Greeks, and
4504 With Achilles the choise kyng chose on þe way. part not from them till Troy is
Part neuer fro þat pepull, ne the prise leue, taken."
ffor it is grauntid of goddis the grekes for to
The fairer of þat fight vnto the ferre end ;
And your graithnes may gretly the grekes auaile,
persayuit become friends,
hat Achilles the choise was in the chere temple, promises to reward him
He wentto þat worthy his wille for to shewe ; richly.
And euyn told hymn by tale as hym tide hade.
ACHILLES RETURNS TO THE GREEKS.
The messengers then set sail and return to Athens, where Calchas is introduced to Agamemnon,
4516 And felle of affynite, and fryndes be-come,
Achilles with chere cherisshed hym full mekull,
bus went þay to water, þose wise men to gedur, 4520 Cacched in cables & þere kene ancres,
Sesit vp þere sailes, & in sound Rowet,
Entret into Attens, þere po oste lay,
Houit to be bonke, the Bysshop hym with;
Bothe Dukes & derfe Erles droghen to gedur, 4528 That were blithe of bat bisshop, þat þai broght
hade. Achilles to the choise men all the chaunse tolde, Achilles relatos The answare of Appolyn what aunter shuld Apollo to himself
and to Calchas. happon; How hom grauntid was the gre by the goddes
(fol. 71 a.)
the answer of
4532 And how Calcas, the contrary, cachit of hym,
That fro Priam was put to haue a pure onsware ;
Till Troy all takyn were, & tirnet to ground. 4536 When thies tythinges told were tomly to end,
All the grekes were gladl, & þere god panked ;
As a high day to holde, & halowet it all
And of the Bisshop þo buernes beldid were þen;
and rewarded. kynges,
With Riches & Rewardes raght hym ynogh, 4544 And heghten hertely þere hestis to kepe.
han þai solast hom somyn, as hom selfe liked,
The Greeks rejoice, and the day is kept as a feast and thanksgiving to their
The xi Boke. How the Grekys sailet fro
Attens to Troy.
When all their rejoicings were ended, the nobles are summoned to & council in the tent of Agamemnon.
Calchas came with
EVERY wegh, þat will wete of þere werke more, 4548 Listen a litle, & leng here a while :
Let vs karpe of thies kynges or we cayre ferre.
And the day with deuocioun dryuen to be end, 4552 The secund day suyng somyn were pe grete
In Agamynons gay tent; gedrit for sothe,
This Calcas in company com with Achilles
tente. hai hailset þat hynde & hertely hym welcommyt, And sithen to sit all somyn þai yode Among po kynges in company, as þaire course
felle. 4560 When all the pepull were pesit, þe presens full
still, Calcas to the kynges carpes thies wordes :“Ye noble men of nome, þat to note wendyn
In þis company clene ! kynges & Dukes, 4564 Erles & other men onest of astate,
þat are aioynet to pis Journey with ioynyng
(fol. 71 b.)
When all were