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ANTENOR IN THE GREEK CAMP.
crowd on the walls with olive branches.
sent to treat.
11432 pan þe 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.) Past at a port to the pale tenttes.
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. 11444 To Dyamed the Duke, & doghty Vlixes, Diomedes and
Ulysses are inAssentid full sone all the sad pepull,
structed to treat
with him. 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,
All affermyt in faith of po faire soueryn,
Kyng Taltill pai toke as tristy to seme,
ffor he sbuld 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 agreed upon; and 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 :
han the traytor vntrew, trust me for sothe,
With Taltillus, pat other þat I told first,
Past vnto Priam, present hor wille,
Priam convokes the people to hear the tering obtained.
The secund day suyng, sayes me the lettur,
All the buernes of the burghe, bacheler & other, 11484 To appere in his presens the profer to make,
And the tale of Antenor vntristy to here,
When þai comyn were to court, comyns & other, 11488 Antenor his tale tombly began.
He thoght his falshed to feyne, yndur faire
wordes, And his cautels to colour vnder coynt speche.
He said in his sermond, þat sothely the grekes 11492 Were of pepull & pouer plaintius mony;
And how pai depely desyret with a due hert,
Thus sotelly with sothyn he set hom a cas, 11496 What fortune might falle vndur fals colour.
Han nemmyt he what noy, the noble men of troy
TERMS OF THE GREEKS ACCEPTED.
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.”
the terms pro
Of gold, & of godis, & of gay Iuellis, 11508 With stuff to restore for hor stith harmys.
(fol. 175 b.) Wherfore, to qwheme & to white vs of skaithe, and to set about
collecting the Euery buerne in þis 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 be 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 þan past to his halle,
Myche water he weppit wringyng his handes.
Euer hedyng in hert of the hegh treason, 11532 bat was cast for be kyng, of his kyde fryndes;
Priam laments his sad fate.
an l has no se
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 bat he left was o lyue his lure was so hoge ! He must give up
“And now is nedfull for noye, þat neghis at all his wealth to the Greeks:
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 curity for his life. 11544 þat I might leng in my laund, & my lyf haue.”
Thus Priam with pité playnet hys doole,
On what wise for to wirke wist not hym-seluyn. (fol. 176 a.)
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, Helen pleads with
Herd tell of the trety was takyn with the grekes.
pat noble on a night, þat no man persayuit,
Sho pruyet hym pourly with hir pure hert,
And proker hir pes with his prise wordes, 11556 pat she might at þat myschefe to mercy be
ban ho lowtid the lede, & hir leue toke,
Antenor to reconcile her to Menelaus.
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,
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,
to carry out their ffor to trete of hor trayne as traytouris vnlell. There met pai po men, þat I mynt first,
bat were grauntid by the grete of the grekes all, 11576 ffor to mell in þe mater, & meue to an end.
The towne to betray truly pai þoght :
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 towne, to Troy along
As in maner of message fro the mayn grekes.
ffor pai wise were of wit, & worthy men bothe. 11588 bai hopit well the heldur to here of an end,
And the traitur þai trist of a tru pes.
Trojans are 11592 All the pepull to the palis of the prise kyng
at the palace. Were assemblit full sone, set all aboute. 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 Æneas.
called to council