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COUNSEL OF AGAMEMNON.
before we pass hence.
there is abundance of every kind of
and to forward
If ye deme it in dede, Dukes and other,
for a supply
Of corne, & of catell, & mony kyd Rewme ;
victual ; let us
send wise and Worthy to wale, & wise of hor dedis,
trusty men with 6180 To trie of the trewist, & turne into ship, a suitable guard,
And set furth to the se with soudiours ynow, provisions,
And make puruiaunce plentie, while prese lastis,
be required.” ffor to stall our astate and our strenght hold.”
When þis counsell was kyd, he carpis no ferr, 5188 Was alowet with the lordis, & all þe ledis after. The proposal is
accepted, and By assent of po souerains, & sithen of all,
Telephus are Achilles was chosyn chefe of þis erend;
And Thelephus, þat tother, ton to his fere,
Þes assignet for þe se, with soudiours ynogh, With sritible
Bail for Messana.
In þat yle was onest, an honerable kyng,
pat his countre in kuit hade keppit full longe,
He hade fightyng folke fele of his owne,
Sum sain it for sothe, and for sure holdyn,
Sicily, and also
Messana, from a Ay abundand of blisse, & bret full of vitaill, city of that namu
in the island; And menyt was with men Messan to nome;
ffor a cité in the same lond so gat was cald, 5208 Bild on a banke at a brode hạuyn,
chosen for the purpose.
men and a strong
Some say this island was called
which was so
ffull longe, & large, louely with all,
pat comen for corne to contres aboute ;
hat past fro the port to prouyns o fer.
þat the Cité was so calld by a sure kyng,
And callid it Messan be mowthe, in mynd of
(fol. 81 b.)
Achilles and Telephus, with 3000 knights and many ships, arrive at the harbour.
But Dares, in his dyting, dewly noght tellus
Of the Cité, for sothe, ne the selfe lond;
hat was geynde to grece, pen the grete yle,
Into this prouynce past þo pepull to-gedur,
With thre thowsand tristé all of þro knightes,
pat hit into hauyn, houyt not longe,
But bounet to be bonke po buernys anon. The king of
Then the kyng of be cuntre, with cumpany grete oppose them with 5232 Of fell fightyng folke, þat on fote were,
Past to be port, þere the prinse lay. battle ensues.
The grekys, þat were gedrit & to grounde comyn,
With fele folke vppon fote, þat hom fray wold.
In defense of be folke, þai fuersly were armyt,
Bigge was the batell opon bothe haluys,
Messana comes to
a great army; and a furious
THE KING OPPOSES ITS LANDING.
Greeks were unable to
enemies, who were three times their number,
He strikes the king to the
Mony fallyn were fey of þe fell grekes,
sides, but the 5244 bof the grekes were grym & of grete myght,
bai hade no strenght to withstonde pe striff of withstand their
here the grekes hade grymly ben gird vnto dethe,
his dedis. He shot thurgh the sheltrone & shent of hor ?fol. 82 a.)
rushes to the fray knightes
and kills many of Mony doughty were ded thurgh dynt of his hond. the bravest men. All þat warnyt hym þe way he warpet to
And flang at hym fuersly with a fyne swerde;
He was wode of his wit, wild as a lione,
when Telephus That Teutra with torfer shuld tynt haue his liff.
on his shield, He stert vnder the stroke with a store shild,
and begs Achilles
to spare the king. 5264 And keppit by course the caupe of his sword ;
And Achilles the choise kyng cherly he prayit,
That woundit was wickedly to be wale dethe ;-
ben to Thelaphus, pe tore kyng, tomly can say ;-
“Why spare the This
syre for to saue, þat is our sad enmy;
kill him with a
starts under the stroke, receives it
one who has caused this war?
him be first to
"Once I came
And harmyt vs hogely with his hond one. Since he was
Syn be boldly with bate bis baret began, first to begin, let
Gode faithe will he first fall in his turne.” 5276 ben Thelaphus tomly talkyt agayne :
“ He was a frynde to my fader, & a fyn louer, Worshippit hym on allwise & his will did.
Hit felle me, be fortune, forwith pis tyme, into this country a stranger, and 5280 Into this coste for to come, vnknowen my selfe; (fol. 82 b.)
And he worship me worthely, & his weghes all. he showed me great kindness :
With giftes full gay & of his gode mekyll, it would grieve
Assignet me soueraines, sure men ynogh. me to see him put to death." 5284 Hit sothely with sorow sounys
hert, To se þat doughty be dede & don out of lyue.”
ben Achilles to þat chere choisly can say : "Do with him
“ Take hym here tyt, & tent as ye list, then as you
And wirke with þat worthy, as ye wele likes.”
So the batell was barly broght to an end.
At whose prayer, full prestly, þo prise men two 5296 Wentte with þat worthy vnto his won riche,
Receyuit with reuerence & renke of astate,
And all daintethes hom dight dere for þe nonyst.
5300 When few dayes faren were pe fre kyng Teutra his wounds; and as death drew
Wex weike of his wound & widrit to dethe:
ffellit full fast of his fyn strenght, Telephus.
Se his dethe on hym drogh dressit hym þerfore. 5304 He sent after, sothely, þe souerain Achilles,
And Thelaphe, þat tothir, vnto his owne
chaumbur. When þai comen to be kyng, þo curtes to-gedur, ben fond þai þat fre febill in his bed
Thus the battle was brought to an
was carried home on a litter,
He sank under
near, he sent for Achilles and
of death he
“I am now
is myn end
5308 All in point for to pas with paynes of dethe.
Then Teutra þo triet men tretid o bis wise :- When at the point
drawing to my Done are my dayes, I draw to an end ;
end, and there is
no heir to whoin And non eire of myn own neuer yet I hade,
I may leave my 5316 bat I my londes might leue, lyuely to kepe,
That I getton haue & gate with moche gret (fol. 83 a.)
for the help of othir,
bravest of my Most doughty of dedis, dreghist in armys, knights. And the strongest in stoure, þat euer on stede
He was þi fader so fuerse, þat me faithe eght,
In hast me to helpe with his hede strenght,
occupied my And I vncertayn, for-sothe, to sese it on lyue. lands, and all But he sothely, hym-selfe, of his sad strenght,
bands, put them 5332 Thurgh hardynes of hond & helpe of hym one,
to flight, and
seemed to be lost,
delivered the Lund from their sway.