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Achilles is chosen to accomplish his death.
Greeks take the field in their best array ;
and Hector leads out his chosen band.
7368 Achilles by chaunse may chefe to be worse,
And be dede of his dynttes, but if desteny let.
Then partid the prinsis, and the prise dukes, 7372 Turnyt to þere tenttes & tarit no lengur ;
And Rapit to pere rest, rioll & other.
The derke ouer-done, and pe day sprange, Next day the 7376 All the grekes in hor geire gedrit to feld,
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 :
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,
own division. 7388 And other, þat Ector had ordant before,
Suet furth to þe semely, as þai 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, priuond 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 perscans, presit in first, 7400 With his bowmen full bold bykrit with the
each with his
who is next set on
has his helmet broken,
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 Hector,
7404 Ector full egerly etlit hym to mete,
Gird hym Euyn to be grond with a grym hurt :
Than Achilles with a choise sword choppit to by Achilles; and
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. Diomedes attacks
Then Diomede, the derfe kyng, drof to Eneas, Æneas; wounds (fol. 115 b.)
Woundit hym wykkidly, & to þe whe saide : him severely; taunts him;
7416 “Now, welcum l-wysse, for þi 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 hardly not faile,
And be ded of my dyntis for pi dissire old.” blow unhorses him.
Þen he drof to the duk with a dynt fell,
Vnhorsit hym in hast, had hym to ground. 7424 Ector eftirsons ettlyt on Achilles,
And greuit hym full gretly with a grym stroke, Achilles ; breaks his helmet;
Alto hurlit his helme, hurt hym full euyll, severely;
Wold haue takyn hym full tit, but at tene fell but is stunned by 7428 A sad man full sone, be sun of Theseus, about to capture
Segh Achilles myscheuyt, choppit to Ector:
Ector, for þe stithe stroke stoynyt no thyng, Recovering, le 7432 Gryppit to his gode sword in a grym yre, to the ground,
Drof vnto Diomede, þat deryt hym before,
and with a fierce
Hoctor rushes on
a blow when
THE BATTLE BECOMES GENERAL.
where he is set upon by Troilus ; but defends himself bravely.
Greek leaders hasten with their divisions to
7436 Segh Dyomede with a dynt dryuyn to fote,
He lyght doun full lyuely leuyt his horse,
he freke hym defendit with a fyn wyll,
Hector again meet Furse was þe fare po fyn men betwene;
With batels full byg, þat on bent met.
Ulysses, and other Neptolon þe 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 þe grekys side with a grym ost. 7152 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 ! 7469 Agamynon þe grete, & his gay brother,
Menelay with mayn macchit hom in fere,
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 doun ; But his armour was od good & angardly picke,
Ind sauit þat Syre, socurd his lyfe. 7468 Then shamet þe shalke for þe shene Elan, bat he held in his hate fro be hed kyng.
that had come to assist Hector.
Menelans engages with Paris :
with Adrastus ;
Archilochus unhorse each other.
strikes down the Duke of Athens,
pen Vlixes & Arest angurdly faght: Ulysses fights
Vlexes gird hym to grond, grippit his horse,
Polimytes, pe proud kyng, presit vnto Ilupon,
Wondit hym wickedly, warpit hym to dethe.
Neptolemus, the noble, nolpit to Archilagon,
7476 That both went backward & bult vppon the erthe. Polydamas strikes Polidamas to Palomydon presit so fast,
bat 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, with Carras, and
Hurlet hym of horse, hade hym to ground. Pylæmenes
Philmen, the fuerse, with a fell dynt
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.
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,
The noble brether naturell naited pere strenght, Hector slay many Greeks,
7492 Mony woundit in wer wroght po þat day; many kings.
Mony grekes, thurgh hor grefe, on þe ground
Mony woundit po worthy of paire wale kynges. Telamon fights
Telamon, the tore kyng, with a togh speire, with Sarpedon till
7496 With the kyng of Capadoys caupit so harde, ground sore
hat bothe were þai bold men borne to be grene,
In the brest of be batell þere pe buernys lay!
Toax, þat other, a tore mon of strenght, upon Hector, and
Ayren vnto Ector angardly sore !
are Theseus and Eurialus.
The brothers of
both fall to the
Achilles and his cousin Thoas fall
With the strenght of hor stroke, & hor store fare, Book XVII. 7504 The helme of his hede pai hurlit to peces ; wound him in
the head : Woundit hym wickedly with wepon aboue, bat þe Rinels of red blode ran doun his chekes. Hector in a rage
strikes at Thoas But Ector in angur aykeward he stroke,
and cuts off half 7508 Tachit vpon Toax, toke hym in the face,
He hade of þe halfe nase to pe hard chekes;
come to Hector's aboute,
aid; kill many 7512 Socurd hym full sone with þaire sad helpis.
Thoas, and Mony grekes þai gird doun with pere grym fare! wound Telamon. Kyng Toax pai toke, & to toun led;
Telamon, þat tore kyng, so tenfully wondit,
buernes to his tent,
Menelay with malys meuyt hym to Paris,
Menelaus with a
(fol. 117 a.)
But leches full lyuely lokid his wound ;
Bond it full bigly on hor best wise.
had his wound To venge on his velany & his vile harme ;
dressed, again Presit vnto Paris with a prise speire,
attacks Paris. Wold haue hurt hym full hidusly, or had hym
to ground. 7532 But Eneas come ouerthwert, as aunters befelle, Æneas separates