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Hector rushes on Menelaus, and tries to capture him: the Greeks prevent him.
And so went he to wer wilfully hym selfe, 7536 bat wist well the wale kyng, þat waited hym so,
To haue slayn hym full sleghly with sleght of
Send hym to be Cité for the same cause,
ben Ector come egurly, euyn vpon-one,
That he lcuit the lede, launchit aboute,
ffrusshit þurgh the frount, fell hom to dethe! 7548 Thurghe the pouer of be prince, & his pert
The Greeks are put to fight : night ends the battle,
Xblijt Boke of the tfyuet Batell in the ffelde.
Priam determines that his army shall rest for one
As hit happit of þes hynd, herkyn a while ! (fol. 1176.)
Thes kynges and knightes, kid men of arms, 7556 Were assemblit full sone in hor sure wedis. The Trojans are
arrayed; but Then Priam full plainly purpos hade takon, That no freike to be fight shold fare out of toun,
But yche renke take his rest right as hym liked. day. 7560 And of maters to mene in þe mene tyme, The kyng sent for his sons and souerains of He sends for
Hector, Æneas, Troy,
Paris, Troilus, Ector, & Eneas, and Alexsaunder Paris,
Polydamas : Troilus þe tru knight, tristy of hond, 7564 Deffebus pe doughty, & derfe Palidamas.
When the knightes were comyn, þus the kyng
“Wot ye not worthy, þe wale kyng Toax
Is put in our pouer, our prison within,
And with his pouer hath preset oure pepull to sle,
ffor his hardines here, & his hegh malis, 7572 He shold be done to be dethe by domys of right, - and proposes to
To be hangit in hast, or his hede tyne :
put Thoas to death,
that such would
In return for
The[n] answard Eneas casely agayne :-
Syche a chaunse for to chefe choisly of you,
Syne he is gret of degre, groundit of old,
Ye haue ledis, þat ye loue, & lightly may happyn
Of your sons to be sesit, or sum sib other: noble Trojan to
hen the grekes for grem in hor grete yre, death : it might be one of Priam's 7584 Wold dight hym to dethe, your dole to increse.
Hit might sothely be siche on, as your self
Therfore, sothely me semeth, sauyng your wille,
Hit is bettur þis bold kyng in the burgh hold. be kept as a prisoner for
He may be chaungit by chaunse for sum choise exchange.
And the lure be pe les þen the lyfe tyne." (fol. 118 a.) 7592 Ector to Eneas egerly assentid,
And confermyt his counsell in cas for þe best ;
And lowet the lede for his leue speche. Priam answered,
Then Priam to pe purpos prestly can say :would deem them 7596 “If we leue hym on lyue, & the lede kepe,
Oure fomen, in faith, for faint will vs deme; kept as they had
And hold vs vnhardy oure harmys to venge! proposed.
But, neuertheles, as you list, of þat lord wirke; 7600 And, as yo counsell in the cas, I comaund be
When this speche was sped, speke þai no fferre. Æneas, Troilus,
Eneas to Elan Etlit to wend,
To se hir in sight, and solas þat fre.
And went in full wightly into a wide halle.
To this coursel
that the Greeks
cowards : but he would command that Troas be
and Antenor go
bewail their sad
account themselves fools for having engaged in this war.
A great storm of thunder and rain
7608 There segh þai þat semly, & with soft wordys,
Comford hur kyndly with carpyng of mowthe.
ffor the tene, þat hom tyde, & tynyng of pepull, fates ; und 7612 Made myche murmur & menit hom sore,
As folis, þat folily hade faren fro home
Myche gold & goodes vngraidly dispendit,
Hit was like, by the lest, as oure lord wold 7624 With water haue wastid all be world efte:
So kene was þe course of the cold shoures !
bat wacknet so wodely, walt ouer the logges ; 7628 Ouertyrnit the tenttes, teghit vp the ropes; (fol. 1180.)
to pieces, or And alto rafet & rent all the riche clothes. When the derke ouerdrogh, & þe dym voidet,
The stourme wex still, stablit the course ; 7632 The sun in his sercle sette vpo
All clerit the course, clensit the aire;
the Greeks array Bounet vnto batell, and to bent droghe ! 7636 Achilles, of all men auntrid hym first,
euyn to the fild with a felle pepull :
The tents of the
themselves for battle.
Agamynon the grete,[&] Þe goode dukeof Athens. Achilles slays tne 7640 With the kyng of Larris full cantly caupit king of Larissa.
Achilles, þat he droffe hym to dethe with the dynt of a
speire. Hector slays
Antoneus on Ector full egerly met, Anthoneus.
But, er he past fro the prinse, he was pale ded. Diomedes slays 7644 Then Diomede, the derfe kyng, deghit out of lyue Antiphus.
Xantipus, þe same tyme, þat was a sure kyny.
Epistafus pe pert was propurly þat one,
Vppon Ector ernistly pos egir men set.
As a ribold with reueray in his Roide speche, 7652 Sythen spurnit hymdispitously with a speire felle;
But he hurt not þat hynd, ne hade hym to ground;
Tedius set upon
THE DETHE OF EPHISTAFUS BY ECTOR SLAYNE.
the death of
Ector, wrathed at his wordis, waynit at the kyng, 7656 Dat he gird to be ground and the gost yald :
Hen warpid he þes wordis in his wild hate :"Since you love
“ffor þou of flytyng was fuerse with frekes vppon fiting so well; go, flite on the
Go dresse pe to dedmen, & dyn þere a while." Tedius summons 7660 This, Tedius the tothir full tomly beheld. knights to arenge
Gret pytie with payne persit his hert; Epistrophus.
ffor the dethe of þat dere doublit his sorow. (fol. 119 a)
He cald of his knightes of clene men a thowsaund, 7664 That all hastid to þat hend hertly & mo.
He bade hom full boldly, for bale vpon erthe,
On his broder bale dethe baldly to venge,
And laited aftur þe lede with a light wille ;