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Wonderfully wroght weghis to be-hold,
Miche soteltie, for-sothe, settyng of notes, 8396 Crafte þat was coynt, knawyng of tymes,
And other faynet fare & fantasy olde!
His noble sonnes naturell naitly gert bery,
Eure son by hym selfe, sais me the lyne,
his sons, each in 8 separate tomb.
HERE DAI FFAGHT TWELUE DAYES TO-GEDUR.
The truce is ended : fighting is resumed,
When the sex monethes were meuit of þe mene
Twelue dayes, be-dene, dole to be-holde!
On bothe sydes, for-sothe, sayes me the lyne ; 8408 And myche blode on the bent of tho bold leuyt.
Than the hete was so hoge, harmyt the grekes, Because of the
Thai fore out to the fildes, fellyn to ground, 8412 And droppit to dethe on dayes full thicke.
ffor þat Agamynon, by grement, graidly did send
Thretty dayes to endure, & no deire wirke. 30 days: 8416 Hit was grauntid þat grete, by grement with-in which is granted.
Of Priam, & [the] prinse, & the prise all
great heat, a pestilence heaks out; many of tlie Greeks die in the fields.
Agamemnon desires a truce 101
(fol. 130 b.)
The xxj Boke. Of the viij Batell : And of
the Dreme of Ector wyffe.
During the last night of the truce,
Andromacha dreams that Hector will be slain on the next duy.
Lengye here at a litill, lystyn my wordes,
Of Andromaca drem I dresse me to telle,
As pis burde was in bed with hir blythe lorde, 8428 And slippit vpon slepe, slomeryng a while,
Sho was affrayet full foule with a fuerse dreme,
At hir wakonyng ho wist, as the writ sayes,
He shuld doutles be dede, & drepit for euer !
Miche water ho weppit, and wackont the prince. 8436 As þai bothe were in bed, pe burd to hym saide,
And told hym by tale, as her tyde hade.
ffor drede of hir drem, & deire þat might fallo, 8440 On nowise in thys world the walles to passe,
ffor to bowne vnto batell, ne of burghe wend. han the worthy at his wife wrathet a litle,
And blamyt the burde for hir bold speche. 8444 Hit was vnfittyng, he said, a sad man of wit,
She prays him not to go to battle.
says, it is silly to
Any dremys to drede, or deme hom for trew,
And belirten yche lede, þat leuys þerapon. 8448 When the day vp droghe, & the derke voidet,
The burd bownet fro bed, & of boure past :
All ho told hom in tale, as her tyde hade, 8452 Besechis the souerain, with sy kyng in hert,
Hir lord for to let, for lure þat might happyn:
Andromacha pleads with Priam and Hecuba to prevent Hector going to that fight.
When the sun vp set with his softe beames, 8156 All the batels of the burghe bownet to feld, The Trojans take
the field, led by Ordant of Ector efter his deuyse.
Deiphobus, and Troiell, the triet knyght, toke the feld sone ;
Then Paris full prest put hyin next aftur. 8460 Deffebus drogh furth with a derfe pepull;
Eneas afturward auntred to feld.
the allied kings. 8464 And Philmen, the freke, with a felle batell.
Then all the kynges by course, þat comyn were
Passit furth fro Priam to þe playn feld, 8468 With leue of þe lord, þat the lond aght.
Then Priam to be prinse prestly can send,
On nowise in this world, for worship or other. 8472 Therat Ector was angry, & angardly wrothe,
Repreuet the prinses with a pale face :
Withouten leue of the lord, þat hymn let wold, 8176 To his seruondes he saide in a sad haste,
servants to bring To bryng hym his bright geire, bownet to feld, his armour; and And arayed for the rode with a ronke wille.
Hector is angry :
(fol. 131 b.)
takes her infant in her arms, and falls at Hector's fect.
him to stay.
Hector refuses :
Than his wif was war of his wille sone, 8480 Myche watur ho weppit, wailyng for sorow.
Two sonnes hade þat semly, with the sure
Astionac also, þat after was borne,
8484 þat were bothe at the brest of the bright norse, Andromacha
Noght put fro the pappe to no prise fode.
To the fote of þat fre fell ho belyue :
With myche wepyng & woo þes wordes ho said:
“A! my lord, & it like yow at this lefe tyme, She pleads with
my sake sober youre wille : 8492 Put of youre purpos, preses no fer,
ffor all the loue in our lyue, þat light vs
And sho braid with the barne to þe bare erthe, she clasps his 8496 Vmbfoldyt his fete, felle vnto swone.
And when ho wacknet of wo, thies wordes ho
said : “If ye no mercy haue on me, for mysse þat I
thole, Haue pité on youre pure sonnes, þat mone payne
thole! Again she pleads 8500 To be done to be dethe with hor dere moder,
Or be shot out with shame fro youre shene
Pight vnder pouert and penaunce to lyue !"
8504 Then his moder the myld qwene, & his meke sisters, and Helen, fall at his
Cassandra the clene, & clere Polexena,
feet and swoons.
with him to stay.
HECTOR AND ANDROMACHA.
Hector will not
forth to battle.
8508 Prayond the prinse (pitie was to se) To put of his pale wedis, & his pale entre ; pleading that he
abide in the city And abyde in the burgh to the bare night. till night. He hade no ruthe of hor remyng, ne pe rank (fol. 132 a.)
teris, 8512 Ne be prayer of po prise persit not his hert;
yield. He goes But past furth prudly his purpos to hold, And bounet toward batell, bode he no lengur.
ben Andromoca for dol drogh out of wit, 8516 Vne fore as a fole, fonnet at all ; Past vnto Priam, þe prinsis aune fadur,
in despair rushes With a rufull rore rent of hir clothis; Rafit þe red chekis roidly with hond,
Tearing her face 8520 And þe hore of hir hede heterly pullit !
So þat ffre with hir face fore at þe tyme,
Ho was vnkyndly to knaw of hir kyd frendis. 8524 So disfigurt of face & febill of hew,
To pe fete of þe fre kyng fel ho belyue,
heseeching him ffor to high to þat hynd, & hold hym within,
within the city. 8528 bat he fore not to fight, ne the fild toke !
Than Priam in pure hast preset to horse,
Ouertoke hym full tyte, taried hym þan, 8532 Raght to the reynes of his riche bridell:
Vne wrothe in his wille weppit full sore,
By all hor goddes so gret, & greuyng of hym, 8536 bat he fare shuld ne ferre, ne the feld entre.
At the last, þurgh the likyng of his lege kyng, With great
Past euyn to his palais, & the place entrid. 8540 He wold put of no plate of his prise armur,
account put off But abode in the burgh ir. his bright wedis.
she falls at his feet,
to detain Hector
Priam overtakes Hector: cominands and entreats him to desist.
but will, on no