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CAPTURE OF MENELAUS.
8268 Euyll masit of the mynt, & the mayn stroke,
Thow dowtles shall dye with dynt of my hond."
Depertid the prinse & the prise kyng.
So he greuit the Grekes, and gird hom abacke,
And cobbyt full kantly, kaghten the fild.
And gird hym to ground of his grete horse.
8292 Of Sedymon, the same kyng þat þe syre felle,
Bere hym backe to the bent of his big stede,
8300 Sent hym by a seruaund, or he ses wold,
Hector threatens to slay him at the next encounter.
Troilus with his followers separate the combatants.
(fol. 128 b.)
The Greeks are driven back. Menelaus comes to their rescue.
Troilus, with the aid of Sedymon, captures Menelaus.
Diomedes smites Troilus to the earth:
seizes his horse: and sends it to Briseis,
praying her to
hold him as her lover.
Briseis receives the present with joy; and says, she may not hate one, who loves her so well,
(fol. 129 a.)
The Greeks, again driven to their tents, are rallied by Agamemnon.
Polydamas succours the
drive the Greeks
within their lines.
8304 With a stroke, in the stoure, of his stithe arme.— Prayaund her prestly, with all his pure hert, bat hir seruaund were sadly set in hir mynd, Dyamed, the derf kyng, in daunger of loue.
8308 pen the seruond, full sone, with the same horse, Went to the woman fro the wale kyng,
And the palfray of prise present hir to.
Ho receyuit hym with Reuerence, & to pe Renke said :
"To pi lord, þat me loues, lelly pou telle,
I may not hate hym, by heuyn, þat me in hert
ffro the maidon, with his message he meuyt anon,
With Swym vnder swerd swalton full mony! 8320 Ne hade Agamynon the gret oste gird in anon, The fight in the fild hade ben fynisshed for
The whiche fro Troiell he toke, & turnet hym besyde,
Than Restoret was the stithe batell stuernly agayn!
The grekes full grymly girdon out swithe, 8324 Harmet hom hogely in a hond while. Polidamas, the pert knight, presit in þen, With a batell full breme, britnet the grekes; ffaght with hom felly, frunt hom abacke; 8328 Droff hom vnto dykes with dynttes of sword. Then Diamede the doughty duly beheld,
Segh pe freke in his felnes his folk so distroy.
DIOMEDES AND ACHILLES WOUNDED.
That bothe the hathell and his horse hurlit to
Dyamed was derit with a depe hurt,
Euill frusshet with the fall, & on feld lay. 8336 Polidamas the prise horse presit vnto,
Raght to be Reyne, and the Roile toke; Broght hym full bainly to pe bold Troiell, hat was fightand on fote in pe felle stoure. 8340 The triet knight Troiell titly wan vp,
As fayne of the foale, as a freke might.
8344 And he keppit the kyng with a kant wille,
8348 pen Ector come auerthwert, as aunter befell,
HERE ECTOR KYLDE A THOWSAUND.
8352 Thus Dares of his dedis duly vs tellus,
8356 There Achilles with choppes chaunset so hard, With myche wo he hym werit in wothe of his
Then the night come anon, neghit with merke,
8360 ffro the batell on bothe halues busket anon
Diomedes is hurled to tho earth by Polydamas, who seizes his horse,
and brings it to Troilus, as he is fighting on foot.
Troilus hurls Achilles to the ground.
Hector ruslies to the fray.
A thowsaund, full throly, he prang to pe dethe,
All the knightes full kant, þat keppit Achilles,— The knights that To haue wonen to þat worthy, so wodely he Achilles are cut fore!
(fol. 129 b.)
Night comes down; the battle ends.
Skirmishing for thirty days.
Six of Priam's sons are slain;
and Hector is wounded in the face.
the Greeks consent.
And Ector wondit, I-wis, in his wale face. ben Priam, the prise kyng, prestly can sende To Agamynon the grete, gomys of his awne,
Priam demands a 8372 ffor a trew to be takon of a tyme short,—
truce for six
Sex moneth & no more,-his men for to rest: hat the Grekes hym grauntid,.grucchet þai noght. Hit was festenit with faithe, & with fyn othes, 8376 On bothe halues to hold holly assentid, Withouten fight or affray to the fer end.
During the truce Hector recovered from his wounds.
He lay in the great hall of Ilion,
(fol. 130 a.) which had gorgeous pillars;
a floor wrought with crystal; and strong fair walls.
("Hyernes"= hyrons, corners.) In each corner was a pillar of
han thretty dayes proly þei prappit in feld, And mony bold in the bekur were on bent leuit! 8364 Mony doughty were ded of the derfe Troiens, But mo were pere marrit of pe mayne grekes. With-in thies dayes, with dole, was to dethe broght Sex sonnes, for sothe, of the sure kynges,
8368 Of the noble brother naturill,-pat nait were in
Er pes dayes were done, the doughty prinse
Was hole of his hurtes purgh helpe of a leche. 8380 In a halle, pat was hoge, pere pe hend lay, In honerable Ylion, eset hym a qwile,
Of whiche fairched & fourme, the fynest clerke
Tellys in his trety, vppon trew wise.
8384 Hit was pight vp with pilers all of pure stones,
Rowchet all with cristall, clere as the sonne.
8388 With stones full stoute, stithest of vertue.
ffaire pillers were pere proude, all of pure coper,
Wonderfully wroght weghis to be-hold, With gematry Justly aioynet to gedur; Miche soteltie, for-sothe, settyng of notes, 8396 Crafte þat was coynt, knawyng of tymes, And other faynet fare & fantasy olde! Within the tyme of the tru, the triet kyng Priam, Priam buries His noble sonnes naturell naitly gert bery,
his sons, each in
With hor brether, in the burgh, on his best wise:
HERE PAI FFAGHT TWELUE DAYES TO-GEDUR.
8404 Than faght þai in feld felly to gedur, Twelue dayes, be-dene, dole to be-holde!
ffull myche was the murthe of po mayn knightes,
8412 And droppit to dethe on dayes full thicke.
8120 And affermyt hit fast: and here a ffyt endes.
The truce is ended: fighting is resumed.
Because of the great heat, a pestilence breaks out; many of the Greeks die in the fields.
Agamemnon desires a truce for 30 days:
which is granted.
(fol. 130 b.)