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ANTENOR IN THE GREEK CAMP.
crowd on the walls with olive branches.
sent to treat.
11432 pan pe troiens, full tyte, turnyt to be walles,
With braunches full brode all of bright Olyue, The Trojans
All the ledis on to loke, þat lay in þe feld. 11436 Than the grekes, by agrement, gyffen hom a signe, The Greeks con
By cundeth to come, & carpe what hom liste.
(fol. 174 b.)
from the city,
and is met by 11440 The grekes on the grene greidly hym met:
To Agamynon gay tent gone all in fere,
Agamynon the grete, & the grekes all.
Ulysses are inAssentid full sone all the sad pepull,
structed to treat To trete with Antenor trustid hom þan.
This forward to fulfill faithly thai swere, 11448 Vppon solempne sacrifice, soche as þai vset.
ban the kynges into counsell caghton Antenor,
betray the city, 11452 All the toun þurgh his trayne, & the true kyng, if himself, Æneas, ffor to bete doun & bren vnto the bare erth.
spared. Hym-seluyn to saue and his sib fryndes,
And Eneas al o and all his sute hoole,
This in counsell to kepe fro knowing of other,
agreed upon; and 11460 And knit vp þere couenuunte in couert to hold.
Kyng Taltill pai toke as tristy to seme,
ffor he shuld lightly be leuyt with ledis of troy. 11464 Be-cause of his corage was kelit with age,
He shuld turne to the toun, þo traytours with
their kindred and property, are
The terms are
secrecy is sworn.
Antenor demands the body of
(fol. 175 a.) Penthesilea.
If þai hade wille to be werke, wete hom to say, 11468 With-outyn gawdyn or gyle, glose hit not lengur,
And what godes þai wold gyffe to the gret
Antenor also angardly desyret
Pantasilia, with pyne to put into graue :
ban the traytor vntrew, trust me for sothe,
With Taltillus, þat other þat I told first,
Past vnto Priam, present hor wille,
Priam convokes the people to hear the terms obtained.
The secund day suyng, sayes me the lettur,
, Priam, the prise kyng, prestly comaundit
All the buernes of the burghe, bacheler & other,
And the tale of Antenor vntristy to here,
When þai comyn were to court, comyns & other,
He thoght his falshed to feyne, vndur faire
He said in his sermond, þat sothely the grekes
And how pai depely desyret with a due hert,
Thus sotelly with sothyn he set hom a cas,
ban nemmyt he what noy, the noble men of troy
TERMS OF THE GREEKS ACCEPTED.
the terms pro
With weping & waile, wo to be hold,
“ To abstene of þis stoure & our stithe harmes,
He urges the
Trojans to accept 11504 Soche dole & deire to dryue to an end.”
Of gold, & of godis, & of gay Iuellis, 11508 With stuff to restore for hor stith harmys.
(fol. 175 6.) Wherfore, to qwheme & to white vs of skaithe, and to set about
collecting the Euery buerne in pis burgh, þat is best storit amount of gold,
silver, and grain Of meblys, & money, & of main syluer,
required. 11512 Helpis now hertely pis harme to redresse :
ffor bettur is a buerne by hym sum pes,
And for he kowth not by course come to an end, 11516 All þere wille for to wete at þe wale tyme,
He couet at the kyng, & all the kyd pepull,
With hym-seluyn, for-sothe, on pe same nedis, 11520 All þere wille for to wete & wayne at þe last,
And for þe grete of po grekes shuld no gawde
All the pepull in þat presse, þat the prose herd, The Trojans 11524 Afermyt hit as fyn þat þe freike said.
Eneas after this, euyn with þat other,
consent: Æneas goes with Antenor to the Greeks.
All the councell fro kourtt was clenely depertid. 11528 Priam with pite pan past to his halle,
Myche water he weppit wringyng his handes.
Euer hedyng in hert of the hegh treason, 11532 pat was cast for þe kyng, of his kyde fryndes ;
Priam laments his sad fate.
He must give up all his wealth to the Greeks:
and has no security for his life.
And for the losse and the lure of his leue sons, bat so dawly were ded, and drepit for ay,
So worthy in wer, & so wale knightes. 11536 þat he left was o lyue his lure was so hoge !
“And now is nedfull for noye, pat neghis at
Kepid in hurd, holdyn full long ;
bus in pouert am I pyght, put vnder fote,
And yet this lure were but litle, & our lord wold 11544 þat I might leng in my laund, & my lyf haue.”
Thus Priam with pité playnet hys doole,
He was forset vnfaire to folow þere wille, 11548 pat purpost hom plainly to put hym to dethe.
Elan þat euermore was egur of sorow,
hat noble on a night, þat no man persayuit,
Sho prayet hym pourly with hir pure hert,
And proker hir pes with his prise wordes,
ban ho lowtid the lede, & hir leue toke,
(fol. 176 a.)
Helen pleads with
He undertakes to do so.
With-in the tyme þat I tell, be tru sun of
ANTENOR AND ÆNEAS TREAT WITH THE GREEKS.
Penthesilea to her own land.
to carry out their treason.
11564 Pantasilia, with petie of hir prise maidons.
Hit was ordant of all men by oppon assent,
appointed to take with,
the body of
And laid by hir legis, þat the lond aght.
Æneas depart to 11572 To the grekes on be grene girdyn on swith, the Greek camp,
ffor to trete of hor trayne as traytouris vnlell.
The towne to betray truly þai þoght:
promises to Hai meuit vnto Menelay at the mene tyme ; forgive Helen. 11580 And had graunt of þat grete with a good wille,
All hir gilt to forgiff, and to grace take.
Ulysses are sent 11584 With tho worthy to wend to the wale towno, to Troy along
As in maner of message fro the mayn grekes.
ffor þai wise were of wit, & worthy men bothe. 11588 Dai hopit well the heldur to here of an end,
And the traitur pai trist of a tru pes.
Trojans are 11592 All the pepull to the palis of the prise kyng
called to council Were assemblit full sone, set all aboute.
at the palace. Vlixes full lyvely vp olofte said
Ulysses states the
terms of peace :“ The grekes for hor greme
asken 11596 Gret sommes, for-sothe, to hor sad harmes,
with Antenor and Eneas.