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Priam a prise towmbe prestly gart make,
With solenité & Sacrifice suche as þai vsit : 9616 Couert hom clanly, closet hom to-gedur.
(fol. 148 b.)
Myche tene in the tenttes with tulkes was Mourning of the
With dynnyng & dole for dethe of hor lord.
hai broght hym to berynes, po buernes onon,
9624 Syn Palomydon pe prise put was to dethe.
Agamemnon is again chosen to command the Greeks.
The battle is resumed 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 he Cite.
9628 The Secund day suyng, sais me the lyne,
All boun vnto batell on hor best wyse,
Mony gyrd to pe ground and to grym deth ;
But thrappit full throly, thryngyng thurgh
Till the bloberond blode blend with the rayn.
With a company cleane of cant men of armys. 9648 The freike was so fuerse, & fell of his dynttes, There was no buerne on the bent his birre to
THE GREEKS DRIVEN TO THEIR TENTS.
But fled hom in fere, ferd of hor dethe,
Turnit to pere tenttes, tenyt full euyll,
9652 Thurgh the rug, & the rayn, þat raiked aboue, All wery for wete, & for wan strokes ;
And ay the troiens with tene tyrnyn hom doun, the Trojans
9656 Dang hom to dethe in the dym water,
pursue and cut them down: but the storm
compels them to desist and return
Pursewit hom with pyne vnto pere pure tenttes, to the city.
9660 Soght vnto the Citie soberly & faire,
And entrid full easely, euyn as hom liked.
The next day full naitly, the noble men of Next day the
ffore euyn to be fight, & the fild toke;
9664 And the grekes hom agayne, with a grym fare
9668 Swyngyng out swerdes, swappyn on helmys,
9672 With a folke, þat was felle, fightyng men all.
þat no buerne vpon bent his buffettes might
Mony knyghtes he kyld, comyns by-dene : 9676 Barons of the best, and of the bold vrles,
Deghit pat day with dynt of his weppyn.
9680 And aither syde, after sun, soght to pere holde.
Then vij dayes euyn þai semblit in pe felde,
battle is renewed;
Troilus makes havoc among the Greeks.
(fol. 149 .)
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on the war, and now withdrawn from it.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 pen hit greuit the grekes of the gret murthe,
The corses, as caryn, corit hom with stynke,
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 bery,
And to frete hom with fyre, pat were fey
9692 Hit was grauntid agayn by grement with-in,
Within the tyme of the tru, as pe trety says,
9696 Nestor, the noble duke, another-Vlyxes-
Prayond hom full prestly by po prise kynges,
ffor to buske hym to batell, & po buernes helpe 9700 In offence of hor fos, and hor fuerse socour, Thurgh might of his monhode & his mayn strenght.
When pai comyn to þe kyng, to kyde men in fere, He welcomyt po worthy with a wille faire, 9704 And solast hom somyn syttyng with hym.
The first of po fre, þat 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?
(fol. 150 a.)
9716 Syn hit happis vs suche harmes to haue now, They relate the
Oure kynges bein kylde, and our kyd dukes;
9720 Oure barges brent vnto bare askes,
And other harmes full hoge hent in a whyle?
9724 pat vs hap shuld the herhond haue of our fos,
That all the Troiens trust truly was in.
And now Deffibus is dede, deires no more,
9728 pat furse was in fight, and oure folk sloght;
So (happeth) paire hope is in hard deth,
disasters that have befallen the Greeks;
and how much
they had hoped
to win by his aid.
Since he has won so great renown,
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 þe bright again to the war.
And oft reskewet oure renkes, or pai ruth polit; If hit like you now, lell sir, lyft vp your hertte, 9736 Mayntene youre manhode & your men helpe, ffaris into fight your folke to releue,
hat 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 To wyn vs oure worship, & our wille haue :