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xvij Boke. Off the Counsell of the Grekes tfor the Dethe of Ector / & he iiijt Batell.
(fo. 114 8.)
The Greek leaders
Herkinys now a hondqwile of a hegh cas,
The sternes full stithly starond o lofte;
The ffowles þere fethers foldyn to gedur.
Tore fyres in the tenttes, tendlis olofte;
Kynges & knightes clennest of wit,
In Agamynon gret tent gedrit were all.
With all Soteltie to serche opon sere wise ; 7360 ffor sothely þai saidon, and for sure holdyn,
But þat doghty were dede & his day comyn,
He was fully the fens & the fyn stuff
ffuerse on his foes, fellist of other,
They have no hope of taking the city so long as he lives.
Achilles is chosen to accomplish his death.
and Hector leads out his chosen band.
7368 Achilles by chaunse may chefe to þe worse,
And be dede of his dynttes, but if desteny let.
Then partid the prinsis, and the prise dukes, 7372 Turnyt to bere tenttes & tarit no lengur ;
And Rapit to bere rest, rioll & other.
Greeks take the 7376 All the grekes in hor geire gedrit to feld, field in their best
Were boun on the bent on hor best wise,
(fol. 115 a.) 7380 Euer waker and vnwar, wightist in armys, Past furth with his pepull fro the pure
Cité : ffore euyn to be fild with fuersmen of Troye,
That hym self hade assignet surest of othir. 7384 Eneas afturward with abill men ynow;
Deiphobus, Paris þen put furthe with a proude folke; Troilus, and the
other Trojan Deffebus drogh next with a derfe pepull; leaders follow,
Troiell, the tru knight, with a triet menye, 7388 And other, þat Ector had ordant before,
Suet furth to þe semely, as pai assignet were.
Was Ector, hym aune selfe, with odmen of troye, 7392 As Dares in his dytyng of his dedis tellis.
ffro the Cité, the same day, soght to be fild,
& iij .m. thro men, þriuond in armys, 7396 And v .M. fer, fuersmen & noble.
ben gird thai to-gedur with a grym will !
begun by Paris knightes !
with the Persians Paris, with the perseans, presit in first, 7400 With his bowmen full bold bykrit with the
each with his
Troilus and Æneas rescue him.
Mony woundit tho weghis & wroght vnto dethe,
And harmyt full hogely with pere hard shot. Agamemnon is
Than Agamynon the grete gird into batell ! struck down by
7404 Ector full egerly etlit hym to mete, Hector,
Gird hym Euyn to be grond with a grym hurt:
Halfe dede of pe dynt þere pe duke lay. who is next set on Than Achilles with a choise sword choppit to by Achilles; and has his helmet
But hym seluyn was safe, & his seate helde.
Chefyn to Achilles with choise men ynogh, 7412 Hurlit hym hastely, harmyt hym full mekull,
Bere hym bak of þe bent & his buernes all.
Then Diomede, the derfe kyng, drof to Eneas, Æneas; wounds (fol. 115 0.)
Woundit hym wykkidly, & to be whe saide :him severely ; taunts him;
7416 “Now, welcum I-wysse, for pi wale counsell,
þat in presens of Priam pursuet me to fle!
If þou contynu by course, & cum into batell, 7420 You shall happyn in my handis hardlly not faile,
And be ded of my dyntis for þi dissire old.” hiin.
ben he drof to the duk with a dynt fell,
Vnhorsit hym in hast, had hym to ground.
7424 Ector eftirsons ettlyt on Achilles, Hector rushes on
And greuit hym full gretly with a grym stroke, Achilles ; breaks his helmet;
Alto hurlit his helme, hurt hym full enyll, wounds him severely;
Wold haue takyn hym full tit, but at tene fell but is stunned by 7428 A sad man full sone, pe sun of Theseus, about to capture
Segh Achilles myscheuyt, choppit to Ector:
Ector, for þe stithe stroke stoynyt no thyng, Recovering, he 7132 Gryppit to his gode sword in a grym yre, strikes Diomedes to the ground,
Drof vnto Diomede, þat deryt hym before,
and with a fierce blow unhorses
a blow when
THE BATTLE BECOMES GENERAL.
Greek leaders hasten with their divisions to
7436 Segh Dyomede with a dynt dryuyn to fote, Book XVII. He lyght doun full lyuely leuyt his horse, where he is set
upon by Troilus; And dressit to Dyamede with a derfe chere.
himself bravely. be freke hym defendit with a fyz wyll, 7440 Were hym full wightly, and his woche past. Achilles and Ector angarely faght!
Hector again meet Furse was þe fare po fyn men betwene ;
ben Menelay þe myghti, & monly Vlixes;
Ulysses, and other Neptolon pe nobill, & Nestor pe duk; 7448 Theseus, & Thoax, & mony tryed knight;
assist Achilles; Menestaus be myghty, & modé Girilius; Stelleus, pe stythe kyng, with a sturne wyll;
bes gyrd in o be grekys side with a grym ost. 7452 On the tothir Side fro Troy turnyt in swith, (fol. 116 a.) All þe kyngis, þat were comyn by course of and to resist the
allied kings and þere helpe,
their divisions, With þere batels full big & mony buerne felle,
As honerable Ector hade ordant before. 7456 Hit is wonder to wete of þo weghes þen,
How fell was pe fight of pe fuerse pepull!
And mony derf þat was ded er þe day endit ! 7460 Agamynon þe grete, & his gay brother,
Menelay with mayn macchit hom in fere,
with Paris : The duke for to deire & to dethe bringe. 7464 Menelay hym met with a mayn speire, And woundit hym wickedly, warpit hym wounds him and
dashes him to the
earth. But his armour was od good & angardly picke,
And sauit þat Syre, socurd his lyfe. 7468 Then shamet þe shalke for þe shene Elan, Paris is ashamed. pat he held in his hate fro þe hed kyng.
that had come to assist Hector.
with Carras, and unhorses him.
strikes down the
ben Vlixes & Arest angurdly faght: Ulysses fights
Vlexes gird hym to grond, grippit his horse, strikes him down, 7472 Sent hym by a seruaund sone to his tent. and captures his
Polimytes, pe proud kyng, presit vnto Hupon, Polymetes kills
Wondit hym wickedly, warpit hym to dethe. Hupon. Neoptolemus and
Neptolemus, the noble, nolpit to Archilagon, unhorse each
7476 That both went backward & bult vppon the erthe. other. Polydamas strikes Polidamas to Palomydon presit so fast,
hat he gird hym doun grymly with a grym
Spake to hym spitously, dispisit hym foule ;
7480 ffore with hym fuersly all in fell angur. Stelleus fights
Stelleus, the stithe kyng, stroke vnto Carax,
Hurlet hym of horse, hade hym to ground. Pylamenes
Philmen, the fuerse, with a fell dynt Duke of Athens,
7484 Drof to the derfe duke, doughty of Athens ; and captures his
Hurlit hym doun hedlynges, & his horse toke; (fol. 116 6.)
Raght hym full radly to a rynke of his owne. Philoctetes and
Philoc with felle angur frusshet to Remo, unhorsed : so also 7488 Till bothe welt backward of hor bare sadles.
Theseus, a tore kyng, tachit on Eurialon,
grene. The brothers of
The noble brether naturell naited þere strenght, Hector slay many Greeks,
7492 Mony woundit in wer wroght þo þat day ;
Mony grekes, thurgh hor grefe, on pe ground many kings.
Mony woundit þo worthy of þaire wale kynges. Telamon fights
Telamon, the tore kyng, with a togh speire, with Sarpedon till both fall to the 7496 With the kyng of Capadoys caupit so harde, ground sore wounded.
bat bothe were þai bold men borne to þe grene, Woundit full wickedly in wer of hor lynes :
In the brest of þe batell þere pe buernys lay!
7500 Den Achilles cherfull, & his choise cosyn Achilles and his
Toax, þat other, a tore mon of strenght, upon Hector, and
Ayren vnto Ector angardly sore !
are Theseus and Eurialus.
cousin Thoas fall