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Priam a prise towmbe prestly gart make,
9616 Conert hom clanly, closet hom to-gedur.
With dynnyng & dole for dethe of hor lord.
9624 Syn Palomydon pe prise put was to dethe.
(fol. 148 b.)
Myche tene in the tenttes with tulkes was Mourning of the
Agamemnon is again chosen to command the Greeks.
The battle is resuined great slaughter on both sides.
A great storm of rain bursts over the field.
(fol. 149 a.)
The Greeks are driven back to their tents:
xxiiij Boke: of the xiiij and xv Batell of þe Cite.
The Secund day suyng, sais me the lyne, he Troiens full tymli tokyn þe feld; All boun vnto batell on hor best wyse, And pe grekis home agayn gyrdyn with yre. 9632 Brem was pe batell vpon both haluys!
Mony gyrd to pe ground and to grym deth; Mony stoute pere was storuen vnder stel wedis; And mony britnet on bent, & blody by-ronnen! 9636 That day was full derke, dymmyt with cloudes, With a Ropand Rayne rut fro the skewes; A myste & a merkenes in mountains aboute, All donkyt the dales with the dym showris. 9640 Yet the ledis on the land left not perfore, But thrappit full throly, thryngyng thurgh sheldis,
Till the bloberond blode blend with the rayn.
Then Troiell, full tite, turnyt vnto batell
9648 The freike was so fuerse, & fell of his dynttes,
THE GREEKS DRIVEN TO THEIR TENTS.
But fled hom in fere, ferd of hor dethe,
9656 Dang hom to dethe in the dym water,
And ay the troiens with tene tyrnyn hom doun, the Trojans
pursue and cut
Pursewit hom with pyne vnto pere pure tenttes,
9660 Soght vnto the Citie soberly & faire,
And entrid full easely, euyn as hom liked.
ffore euyn to be fight, & the fild toke;
9664 And the grekes hom agayne, with a grym fare
9672 With a folke, pat was felle, fightyng men all.
Mony knyghtes he kyld, comyns by-dene :
The next day full naitly, the noble men of Next day the
battle is renewed;
Troilus makes havoc among the Greeks.
The battle rages for seven days.
The Greeks, oppressed with the stench of the dead bodies,
demand a truce
for two months.
They reprove him for having urged on the war, and now withdrawn from it.
And yche day was pere dede mony derfe
9684 ben hit greuit the grekes of the gret murthe, Of the bodies on bent brethit full euyll;
The corses, as caryn, corit hom with stynke, ffor the murthe was so mykull in þe meane
9688 pan to Priam, the prise kyng, prestly the sent ffor a tru to be takon of a tyme short,
Two monythes, & no more, paire men for to
9692 Hit was gruntid agayn by grement with-in, And affirmyt with faith the frekes betwene.
And to frete hom with fyre, þat were fey worthen.
Within the tyme of the tru, as pe trety says,
Prayond hon full prestly by po prise kynges,
When pai comyn to be kyng, to kyde men in fere, He welcomyt po worthy with a wille faire, And solast hom somyn syttyng with hym. The first of po fre, fat to pe freike said, Was Vlyxes, the lord, with his lythe wordes :"Ne was hit not your wille, & your weghes all, 9708 With other kynges in company, & kyde men of
ffro our prouyns to passe, and our prise londes, With a pouer full preste on Priam to venge;
ULYSSES PLEADS WITH ACHILLES.
His body to britton, & his burgh take; 9712 All his stid to distroy, and his stith holdis? What will is pere waknet in your wild hert, Or what puttes you in plite pis purpos to leue, To enclyne to be contrary, & no cause haue, 9716 Syn hit happis vs suche harmes to haue now, They relate the
disasters that have befallen the Greeks;
And oft reskewet oure renkes, or pai ruth polit;
9736 Mayntene youre manhode & your men helpe,
bat with-outyn helpe of your hond happis the
Therfore hent vp your hert & your high wille, 9740 Meue you with monhode to mar of your fos; To wyn vs oure worship, & our wille haue:
Oure kynges bein kylde, and our kyd dukes;
And other harmes full hoge hent in a whyle?
9724 þat vs hap shuld the herhond haue of our fos,
And now Deffibus is dede, deires no more,
9728 pat furse was in fight, and oure folk sloght;
And febill in hor fight, faynt in hor hertis.
Since he has won
9732 And oure folke has defendit with 30ur fyn they urge him to
maintain it: and to rouse himself
With pe blode of 30ur brest thurgh be bright again to the war.
(fol. 150 a.)
and how much
they had hoped
to win by his aid.