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THE SEVENTEENTH BATTLE.
The grekes out gird þere grem for to venge,
And the Troiens full tyte, on the tother halue: 9888 ffull mekill was the murthe, & meruell to here! The derf kyng Dyomede, þat doghty was ay, ffore with his fos as a fuerse lyon:
Mony britnet the buerne of the bold troiens; 9892 Mony lede out of lyue with his launse broght. Troiell pat torfer titly beheld,
Kayres euyn to the kyng, þat he knew well,
9896 He tachit on the tulke with a tore dynt,
And he keppit the caupe with a kant wille.
Halfe-lyueles along on the laund felle,
9904 Of Bresaid, the bright, with his breme wordes.
The shalke on his sheld shoke to his tent,
Troiell keppit the kyng with a kant wille,
9916 The men of þat mighty paire maistur can take,
9920 Segh his weghis be woundit, & pe worse haue:
He cald hym a company of knightes full noble,
Diomedes cuts down the Trojans right and left.
Troilus dashes on him;
shivers a lance on
The Greeks raise him on his shield, and carry him to his tent.
Menelaus, to avenge the death of Diomedes, attacks Troilus:
but is dashed to the earth.
a company comes to the rescue;
And fell to the frigies fuersly anon,
Greuit hom full gretly, and to ground broght:
kills and wounds 9924 Woundit hom wickedly warppit hom doun,
but is severely wounded by Troilus.
(fol. 153 a.)
A truce for six months is granted by Priam.
During the truce,
Having no hope of obtaining Troilus, she
And myche harme with his hond happit to do.
Gird hym to ground, & greuit him euill;
9928 Woundyt hym wickedly, but no woth in,
hat he light on the laund, pof hym lothe were. pan he hasted to horse thurgh helpe of his knightes,
ffore out of fight, and his folke hoole; 9932 ffor the day ouer drogh, dymmet the skewis, And all the buernes of the burgh busket to rest. Than to Priam, pe prise kyng, prestly pai sent ffor a tru to be taken with treatyng of mowthe: 9936 Sex monethes, and no more, po mighty dessyret, All parties in pes for to put ouer :
Of pis þe kyng and his councell carpit to-gedur. By assent of his seniours, & sum of his knightes, 9940 Hit was grauntid agayn, & grete men asurit; And sum lacked the lede for pe long graunt.
In tyme of the tru, as tretis þe boke, Breisaid the burd, vnbidyn of hir fader, ffull duly to Dyamede dressit to wend, þat abode in his bed of his bale wound : Oft tymes in the tru ho to his tent yode, To comford the kyng in his cold angur. 9948 Yet wist ho full well, pe wound pat he hade, Betid hym of Troiell, þat was hir tru luff. Oft ho waivet hir wit & hir wille chaunget, And meuyt hir mynd, as maydons done yet. 9952 Ho trust neuer with Troiell, terme of hir lyue, To mell with in mariage, ne more of hir lust. Ho purpost hir plainly, with all hir pure hert, With Dyamede to dele, & do all his wille;
ACHILLES STILL LAPT IN LOVE.
9956 Neuer the grete for to grutche, ne the greke
All his lust & his lykyng, as hyme lefe thught:
And all 30meryng for-yeton of hir yore dedes.
9960 Agamynon the gret, and the good Nestor,
And he welcomyt po worthy on a wise faire,
(MS. has "chose.") Agamemnon and Nestor again plead with Achilles to assist the Greeks.
He still refuses
9964 With full speciall speche pai spake to pe kyng,
To Agamynon the gret, growen of old,
He hight hym full hertely to haue at his wille
9972 pan he pankit hym picke in his pro hert,
Toke leue at the lord, lengit no more,
OF XVIIJ AND þE XIX BATELL.
When the dayes were don of the du pes,
9976 Agamynon with his grekes graithed to feld.
to join them, but
to send his Myrmidons.
(fol. 153 b.)
The truce is ended, and the Greeks take the field. The
All the Mirmydons men were mightyly arayed, Myrmidons of
By charge of Achilles, pat was pere cheffe lord.
9980 As dropis of dew droppyng of Rede,
In hor colours to ken all ouer care wise,
As Remyng with Ruthe by right of hor hede,
9984 So pai lutton paire lord & pere leue toke,
Achilles accompany them.
The Duke of
Athens is borne
down by Troilus.
Night ends the battle.
Thoas is captured:
(fol. 154 a.) but is soon
rescued by the Myrmidons.
Troilus is sur rounded by the Myrmidons.
pan þe Troiens with tene tachit on þe grekes, 9988 And oppressid hom with payn, put hom to
The Duke of Attens full derf, doghty of hond, ffaght with hom felly, & hor foes noyet.
Troiell the tru knight turnyt to be Duke,
9992 And bare hym ouer backeward, he bult on þe erth;
Gird to pe grekes, & myche grem wroght;
Mard of pe Mirmyden with his mayn strenght; Woundit hom wickedly, walt hom of horse; 9996 Myche harmyt the hede men with his hond one. Thus pai laiket o pe laund the long day ouer, Till the sun in his sercle set vndernethe:
Then perted the pepull, presit to pere hold, 10000 And loget the long night till the larke sang.
The secund [day] suyng, sais me the lyne,
But the Mirmydons with mayn met on hom sone, 10008 Refte hom the Renke with a roide fare; Hent hym of hondes, hade hym at ese,
And alto hurlit po hedmen, harmyt hom euyll. pan come Troiell ffull tyte with a tore weppyn, 10012 Mony of po Mirmydons maynet for euer;
Hew hom doun heterly, hade hom to ground; With mony hidious hurt harmyt hom mekill. pai presit vmbe the prise knight prestly onon, 10016 And the horse of þat hathell hewen to dethe; Wold haue fongit the freike with hor fyne
And haue led the lede the lystis vnto.
pan Paris the prise knight preset in swithe, 10020 With his noble brethir naturell, nait men of werr. Paris and his
pai met on the Mirmydons, macchit hom hard,
On Swargadon þai slogh, a sure mon of armys,
The noblest of pe naturell, þat noiet hom all. 10032 Troiell weppit for woo with watur of his ene, And brochit in bremely his brother to venge;
With Parys, the prise knight, & proud men of
Mony warchond wound wroght at pat tyme.
10040 Thai segh the troiens so tore & tentymys moo;
But assemblit on a sop sadly to-gedur,
And ay droghen o dregh, as hom deirit lest.
10044 On nowise in this world weir hom pai might;
And Diomede the doughtie, pat duly was hole, All gird in full grymly with a gret pepull, 10052 Restorit the stith fight stuernly agayn.
brothers to the
Troilus and Paris avenge the death of their brother.
(fol. 154 b.)
Agamemnon and Menelaus succour the Greeks: