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wound him in the head :
strikes at Thoas
come to Hector's aid; kill many Greeks, capture
With the strenght of hor stroke, & hor store fare, 7504 The helme of his hede þai hurlit to peces;
Woundit hym wickedly with wepon aboue,
and cuts off half 7508 Tachit vpon Toax, toke hym in the face,
He hade of pe halfe nase to pe hard chekes ;
Thoas, and Mony grekes þai gird doun with pere grym fare! wound Telamon, Kyng Toax þai toke, & to toun led;
Telamon, þat tore kyng, so tenfully wondit, 7516 bat he was borne on his brode sheld with
buernes to his tent,
Menelay with malys meuyt hym to Paris, 7520 be freke forto felle fondit at all ;
But Paris, with a prise arow put into Venum,
But leches full lyuely lokid his wound;
Bond full bigly on hor best wise. 7528 And Menelay with malis meuit vnto batell, Menelaus having To venge on his velany & his vile harme ;
dressed, again Presit vnto Paris with a prise speire, Wold haue hurt hym full hidusly, or had hym
to ground. 7532 But Eneas come ouerthwert, as aunters befelle, Æneas separates
had his wound
Hector rushes on Menelaus, and tries to capture him: the Greeks prevent him.
And so went he to wer wilfully hym selfe, 7536 pat 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 leuit the lede, launchit aboute,
ffrusshit þurgh the frount, fell hom to dethe ! 7548 Thurghe the pouer of pe prince, & his pert
knightes, ben fled all in fere, & the fild leuit; Turnit to þere tenttes with tеne at bere hertis.
Thai sesit of þe sute, pe sun was to rest, 7552 And turnyt to be toune, taried no lengur !
The Greeks are put to fight : night ends the battle.
xviijt Boke of the tfyuet Batell in the ffelde.
As hit happit of pes 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, shall rest for one
that his army 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 pe tru knight, tristy of hond, 7564 Deffebus pe doughty, & derfe Palidamas.
When the knightes were comyn, þus the kyng
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
that such would be a wicked deed.
In return for
The[n] answard Eneas easely 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 which, the Greeks might put some
Of your sons to be sesit, or sum sib other : noble Trojan to
ben 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
nold ffor mykill of pis medill erthe þat myschefe to se:
Therfore, sothely me semeth, sauyng your wille, That he should 7588 Hit is bettur þis bold kyng in the burgh hold. be kept as a prisoner for
be chaungit by chaunse for sum choise exchange.
And the lure be þe 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; that Thoas be
And hold vs vnhardy oure harmys to venge ! kept as they had 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, and Antenor go to comfort Helen. To se hir in sight, and solas þat fre.
7604 He toke with hym Troilus & trusty Antenor,
And went in full wightly into a wide halle.
To this coursel
that the Greeks
cowards : but he would command
bewail their sad
account themselves fools
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 ; and 7612 Made myche murmur & menit hom sore,
for having As folis, þat folily hade faren fro home
engaged in this To put hom in perell to perysshe pere lyues ;
Myche gold & goodes vngraidly dispendit,
Hit was like, by the lest, as oure lord wold 7624 With water haue wastid all þe world efte:
So kene was pe course of the cold shoures !
þat 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, & pe dym voidet,
The stourme wex still, stablit the course; 7632 The sun in his sercle sette vpo lofte;
All clerit the course, clensit the aire ;
the Greeks array Bounet vnto batell, and to bent droghe ! themselves for
battle. 7636 Achilles, of all men auntrid hym first,
ffore euyn to the fild with a felle pepull :
The tents of the