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And frunt hym in þe fase a full fel wond, 6924 pat pe blod out brast, & on his brest lyght.

be lede, for þat laith dynt, leuyt not hys horse,
But sound in his sadill, he his sete held,
Turnyt vnto Troilus, pat hym tenyt had,

Book XV.


and receives a similar wound in return.

6928 And wondyt hym wickydly in hys wale fase.
ben þe troiens full tite had turnyt pe bak,
Had not honerable Ector, & his aune brethir,
Deffibus pe doughti, & pe derf Troilus,
6932 And pe nobill brethir naturill, pat naitli withstod. brothers rallied

All þe day, with outyn doute, to pis du tyme,
Ector was Euermore Eger in fyght:

His aune batell full breme vppon bent leuyt,

6936 Hym selfe liuely o pe launde launchit aboute. ben he segh pat pe soume of pe saide grekys,

The Trojans would now have

fled, had not Hector and his


Hector, observing that the Greeks

Were pe stithir in þe stoure, & strongur of pupull: were stronger

He bounet to his batell, bode he no lengur,

6940 bat fayn were in fere of paire fre prinse,

þat þai had hym at hond & in holl qwert.
Then the lord to his ledis vpon lond said :-
"Now, bold men in batell, buske ye to fight,
6944 Haue mynd of pe malis, & the mykell harme,
bat vs wold happon to haue in a hond while,
And the grekes may vs gripe, & to ground bryng!
Therfore, feris, bes fell, fraistes your strenght,
6948 Let your hertes be hoole, hold you to-gedur!
Bes frike on your fos, fell of your dynttes,
Settes hom full sadly, sekir for to hit

With all pe might & pe mayn of your mekill

6952 pen he led hom forth lyuely by a law vale,
Raiked in full radly on pe right side,

There deghit mony derfe of pe due grekes; Miche slaght in pat slade of po slegh knightes. 6956 Hit is wonder to wete of pe wode stoure, What knightes were kild vnto cold dethe!

and more numerous than the Trojans, dashes off to his own division,

(fol. 107 b.)

and incites them to make a desperate charge on their enemies.

Book XV.

King Thoas is assailed by the brothers of Hector, in

revenge for the

death of Cassibelan.

The Duke of

Athens comes to

Toax pat tyme purght the toile rode,

bat Cassibilan had kyld, the kyngis son of Troy: 6960 He fell of pe frigies with his fuerse dynttes, And myche wo with his weppon wroght at þe


Cassibilan kynd brether pen þe kyng segh,
Wonyn to be wegh in hor wode hate,
6964 Vmset hym full sone in a sop hole,

And gird hym euyn to pe ground in a gret Ire.
Brokyn was the blade of his bright swerd,

Hade no wepyn hym to weire fro pere wild

6968 The haspes of his helme were hurlit in sonder; All bare was the buerne aboue on his hed.

He hade lelly ben lost & of lyue done,

Ne hade pe derfe Duke of Athens drawen hym to

his aid; is sorely 6972 With fuerse men in fight, & fell to be stoure.

wounded by


(fol. 108 a.)

but succeeds in rescuing Thoas,

To Qwintilion the quem he qwithit a dynt, Woundit hym wickidly, warpit hym to ground, Dressit hym with dere to dele with another. 6976 ben Paris, pe prise knight, with a pile sharp, Rut hym in thurgh þe rybbis with a roid wond, þat þe duk for pe dynt derit hym but a littell. Toax in pe toile out of tene broght,

6980 Wan hym wightly away wondit full sore.

Humerius wounds

Hector with an arrow,

Hector, in a rage, cleaves him to the saddle.


As Ector rod thurgh þe rout with his roid dyntes, Miche greuanse and grem to be grekys dyd, Humerius pe mighty, with a mayn bow, 6984 ffrunt hym euyn in þe fase with a fyn arow. be worthi at pe wond wrathit hym sore, ffore euyn to be freke with a fyn sworde; þe hathill o þe hede in his hote angur, 6988 And rent hym doun roidly ryght to be sadill: He bend neuer bow more, ne no buerne hurt,



But was ded of pe dynt er he doun lyght.
ben hastid on heterly, & a horne blew.

6992 vij .M. said grekys semblit hym vmbe.
To Ector full egerly with enuy pai drogh,
fforto lache pe led, or of lyue brynge,

And he were hym full wightly, wondit full mony.

6996 Mony derf to pe deth of his dyntis 3ode!

hen he bounet fro batell, & pe bent leuyt,

Issit out of pe ost angarely fast;

ffore euyn to his fader in a furse hast,

Book XV.


At the blast of a horn 7000 Greeks surround Hector.

Dashing from
out the host, he
goes to his father;
obtains 8000

7000 Bad hym socore hom sone with his sure knightes; of the bravest And he fore to pe fyght with a fryke wyll,

knights, and returns to the

With pre pousond pro knyghtis prong into Greeks.


ffurse men, & fel, & of fyn strenkyth.

7004 þai gyrd to pe grekys & myche grem wroght, Slogh hom doun sleghly in þe slade moue. Ector and Aiax auntrid to mete:

With fyn spers in þe frount frochit togedur, 7008 pat aythir bakward was borne to pe bare erthe. Menelaus, a myghti out of mayn Troi,

With his wepyn he wondit, & warpit to deth.
Selidonas, a son of pe self Priam,

7012 Slogh Moles pe myghty, a mon out of Oreb,
hat to Toax, þe tore kyng, was a tru cosyn.
Madon, a myghty kyng,-pe Medion was cald
Of pe grekys full gret, he gaf soche a dynt,
7016 bat bothe his Ene out brast & on bent light.
Serdill, anoper son of the same kyngis,
Slogh a grete of pe grekes, þat was a grym syre.
Margariton, a mighty of po mayn brether,

7020 Tachet vpon Thelamon, & tenfully woundit.
Famen, a fuerse of po fell children,

Presit to Protheus & put hym to grond.

So all be noble brether naturyll of pe naite kynge, 7024 Priam sons, pe prise kynges prestly pai foghten,

Hector and Ajax meet.

(fol. 108 b.)

Celidonus, a son
of Priam, slays
Moles, cousin to

Madon strikes out
the eyes of a
noted Greek.

Famen strikes Prothenor to the earth.

Book XV.

Anglas presses Mnestheus, and is severely


His brother
Dyanor in revenge


another brother comes to his aid; and the three would have slain Mnestheus had not Theuter come to the rescue.

Hector slays a thousand knights:

cuts down Memnon:

and is wounded by Mnestheus.

And mony buerne in þe batell broght vnto ground.
Anglas, the able kyng, antrus of dede,
To Menestaus mightyly, pe maistur of Attens,
7028 He gird with a gret speire, greuit hym sore;
And the duke with a dynt derit hym agayn,

hat the viser & the ventaile voidet hym fro:
The noble kyng in the nase hade an euyll wound.
7032 Then Dianior the doughty, þat þe dede segh,
How his brother on the bent was blody beronyn,
He merkit to Menestaus with a mayn dynt,
hat he hurlit fro his horse to be hard erthe;
7036 But the Renke vp rose with a rad wille,
And foght vpo fote as a freke noble.
Anoper brother of po bold to pe buerne rode,
And foght with hym felly as he on fote was:
7040 Throly the pre men thronght hym aboute,
The bold for to britton or to burghe lede;

But manly he macchit hom with his mayn


[--and anon he was succoured by the king Theuter. But Hector then assayled them both, and without fault they had not escaped, had not Ajax the strong and valiant knight haue come to the reskue with a thousand knights, that he had in his company. Then came on the King of Perse with fiue thousand knights, that Paris lead; and so did all the other Troyans, and made the Greeks recule, and goe back by force. Dares writeth in his Boke, how that Hector slew a thousand knights, onely in this assault.

Among all other things, Hector encountred the King Menon before a Tent, and said to him: "ha, euill traitour, that thou lettest me to take the armes of Patroclus:" and then he smote him so great a stroke that he fell downe to the ground. And after Hector alighted downe, and smote off his head, and would haue taken his armes from him: but Menesteus letted him, and smote upon Hector ouerthwart, by such force that he gaue him a great wound, and went then his way without more tarrying, doubting the fury of Hector. Then Hector went out of the throng and bound up his wound, that it bled no more; and after went in againe into the prease, and slew in his comming many Greekes. And Dares sayth, that after he had bound up his wound, he slew the same day a thousand Knights, and there was none had courage to auenge him Fol. 109 is awanting in MS. See Note.


against him, or defend himselfe, but he put them all to flight; and the Troyans entred into their Tents, and pilled and robbed them, and tooke all the best that they could finde.] Guido di Colonna: (from The Ancient Historie of The Destruction of Troy. Sixth Ed. London, 1636.)

Garmentes full gay all of grete furris,

7044 Bright beidis & Brasse broght þai with-all,
And voidet all as victors avauntage to haue;
And euyn laiked as hom list, lettid hom noght.
hat was duly the day & desteny wold,

7048 pat for euer hade ben ende Angur to voide;

Book XV.


The Greeks are

put to flight, and their tents are pillaged.

(fol. 110 a. Marked 109 in


The Trojans divide the spoils.

On this day the Trojans might have had the

victory, if fortune

And þai wonen paire wille neuer the werre aftur, had consented.
Ne neuer greke hom haue greuyt ne to grem


But wirdis, þat is wicked, waitis hir avantage, 7052 With ffortune so felle, þat is of fer cast.

All þat desteny with dole has demyt to falle,
Ay puttes of pe purpos, pat it enpaire shuld,
And ay ertes to be end ordant before.



7056 And Ector of all men euyll hit dissayuet,
þat his pepull, and his prouyns, & his pure hele,
Might soundly haue sauit with his sad strenght;
And all his fos in the fight felly distroyet,

7060 Doutles pat day, withouten deire aftur,
And all perels ouer put plainly for euer.
Hit is lelly not louable in no lede oute,

Of no wise mon to wale, when wirdes has

7064 ffor to tary on his tyme, when hym tydes faire,

And put of a purpos, pat empaires after,

Hector might have saved his

people, his himself; and

country, and

crushed his

Or þat draghes to dethe, and deres at pe ende. He pat tas not his tyme, when pe tyde askes, 7068 But lettes it deuly ouerdryve with delling to opportunity,

He that improves not his


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