صور الصفحة
النشر الإلكتروني

Book IV.

In times past,

always victorious.

Laomedon, the

cause of their coming, and of all that may follow.

The treasures of
Troy will prove

an abundant


1100 Hit was neuer herd, as I hope, sith heuyn was o loft, In any coste where ye come but ye were clene


And happet the herre hond to haue at pe last.
Lamydon, þat is lord, has vs ledde hedur,

1104 ffor to wreke vs of wrathe, & pe wegh harme :
hat is the cause of the course pat we come hidur.
And syn our goddes haue vs graunt pe ground for

to haue,

Hit is spede-full to speike of our spede fur, 1108 And of gouernaunce graithe at our gret nede, ffor to fillyn our fare & our fos harme;

Hald all our hestes, harmles our-seluyn ;

The tresour to take pat to Troy longes,

1112 þat us abides in the burgh & we be better haue.
Hit is knowen in cuntres & costis o fer,

hat the tresour of Troy is of tyme olde,
Out of nowmber to nem & nedefull to vs;

1116 Iff vs fallus in fight pe fairer at ende,

We shall haue riches full riffe & red gold ynogh
Our ffyne shippes to fille and our fraght make:
Now fraist we before how fairest wille be,

1120 And speike for our spede while we space haue."

Hercules proposes to attack before

daybreak, in two bands:

(fol. 20 a.)

that Telamon


Then Ercules the Avntrus onswarid Anon,-
"Sothely, Sir kyng, ye haue said well,
Wise wordes I-wis & of wit noble;

1124 Iff it be worship & wit wisdom to shewe,
Hit [is] sothely more soueran to see it in werke.
I will say for myself, sauyng a bettur,
As me thinkes full throly with-outyn threp more.
1128 Let us dres for our dede er þe day springe,

And thrugh lemys of light pe lond vs perseyue:
Part we vs pertly pe pupull in two,
In the ton shall be Telamon, pat is a tore kyng,


1132 With all the fere pat hym folowes, furse men of


Book IV.

and Peleus command the

And 30 sothely your-selfe, pat soueran are here, one; and that

With your company clene as ye come hider.
Jason full iustly aioynet to my-seluon,

1136 With a soume of soudiours assignet vs with,
Draw furthe in the derke er pe day springe,
Wyn us to be wallis, wacche pere vndur,
Vmset all the Citie er pe sun rise;

1140 Lurke vnder leuys logget with vines
Till tithaundes in toune be told to pe kyng,
Of our come to pis coste, and pe case wist.
He will aray hym full rad with a route noble,
1144 And shape hym to our shippes with his shene

Vnwar of our werkes wete vs not pere.

hat oper part of our pupull put we in thre; Nestor with a nombur of noble men all, 1148 ffare shall before the forward to lede:

Castor with his company come next after,
Pollux with his pupull pursu on the laste.
These batels on the banke abide now here,
1152 ffeght with hym fuersly and his fell pupull;
The Citie to sese in þe same tyme,

We shall found by my feith, or ellis fay worthe:
So may we sonyst the souerain distrye.

1156 To werke on this wise and our wille haue,
I hope it shall happon in a hond w[h]ile.”
Hit likit well be lordes pat pe lede said,
And plainly the pupull purpast perfore.
1160 Then Telamon full tyte with a triet pupull,
Pelleus with a power, & pe prise Ercules,
Jason full iustly and Joly knightes moo,

With all the here þat þei hade highet belyue,

1164 Armet at all peces abull to fight;

Wonen vp wynly vppon wale horses,


they, along with Jason and himself and their soldiers, should form an ambush under the city


while the other band, under Nestor, Castor, and Pollux, should wait near the ships to engage the


The council adopt

the plan, and prepare to execute it.

(fol. 20 b.)

Book IV.

The two bands are arranged:

the ambuscade

is set.

At sunrise
Laomedon is

informed that

the Greeks have landed and are in

battle array.

He summons his troops and

prepares to meet the enemy.

The Greeks under
Nestor are the

first to meet the

(fol. 21 a.)


Silen to the Citie softly and faire ;

Lurkyt vnder lefe-sals loget with vines, Busket vndur bankes on bourders with-oute. pes oper batels at the banke abidyng full stille, The kyng for to kepe and pere course holde. And whiles þese renkes pus rest pan rises pe sun, 1172 Bredis with his beames all þe brode vales. Hit was noiset anon þat a noumbur hoge

Of Grekes were gedret & pe grounde hade.
When pe kyng hade knowyng he comaund

1176 þat the Citye samyn were assemblet In haste,
Iche buerne on his best wise batell to yelde.
Comyn to be kyng in companies grete,
Mony stithe man in stoure on stedis enarmyt,
1180 All redy for pe rode Arayet for the werre.

The kyng depertid his pupull, put hom in twyn,
In batels on his best wise for boldyng hym-seluyn.
Vnwar of þe weghes pat by the walles lay,
1184 (He knew not the caste of pe curste pepull,
Ne dred no dissait þat hym derit after,)

He busket to pe banke with a bolde chere,

With his freikes in filde to pe fight on pe playne. 1188 pe Grekes hymn agayne with a grym ffare, ffaryn to be fight with a frike wille.

Duke Nestor anon, nobli arayed,

Countres the kyng with a cant pupull :

1192 Bothe batels on bent brusshet to-gedur;

With stithe strokes and store, strong men of


Shildes throgh shote shalkes to dethe;

Speires vnto sprottes sprongen ouer hedes,

1196 So fuerse was the frusshe when þai first met.
All dynnet þe dyn the dales Aboute,

When helmes and hard stele hurlet to-gedur;
Knightes cast doune to pe cold vrthe.


Book IV.


Many perish on

both sides.

1200 Sum swalt in a swym with-outen sware more,
Mony perysshet in þe plase er pe prise endit.
The Troiens were tydé, & tid pere pe bettur,
And the grekes on pe ground were greatly as- The Greeks fall


1204 pen Castor the kyng comys vpponone,

Restoris hom with strenght pat distroyet were. ben þe crie wax kene, crusshyng of wepyns, And the fight so felle of pe fresshe knightes, 1208 be Troiens were torne tynte of þere folkes.

Lamydon, þat hom led, as a lion fore,

Bare don mony bolde & brittonede to dethe;
Mony kilde the kyng to be cold vrthe,

1212 Mony woundit we from his weppont paste.
So fuersly he fore with his felle dynttes,
þat þe Grekes with gremy geuyn hym way.
ben Pollux aperit with pepull ynogh,

1216 Brusshit into batell & moche bale wroght;
Alse wode of his wit as pe wild ffyre,

Mony bolde buerne on þe bent the bold king

Mony turnyt with tene topsayles ouer,

1220 þat hurlet to be hard vrthe & pere horse leuyt.

Lamydon at the laste lokit besyde,

Segh his folke so fare & his fos kene,

ffor wothe of pe worse & of weirdis feble,

1224 He with-drogh hym A draght & a dyn made, Gedrit all his gynge And his grounde held. Duke Nestor Anon nemly persayuit

into confusion:

are restored by Castor.

The Trojans are sore pressed: Laomedon rushes to their aid: the Greeks give way.

Pollux brings up fresh troops and does much damage.

(MS. has

(fol. 21 b.)

Nestor resolves

to attack

hat he was prinse of pe pepull & pe power led, Laomedon.

1228 He left all his ledis & a launse caght,

Launches euyn to Lamydon with a light wille.

be king consayuit his come, keppit hym

Ricchis his reynys & th Reenke metys:

1232 Girden to-gedur with pere grete speires.

They meet, and
Laomedon pierces

Book IV.

the shield of Nestor; the

spear is shivered,

and he is hurled to the ground.

Nestor, unhorsed

by a young knight Sedar, is at the

mercy of


The rescue.

(fol. 22 a.)

Castor, seeing

Nestor wounded, rushes upon


The king share thrugh his shild with pe sharpe ende,

And the rod all-to roofe right to his honde;

The Duke had dyed of pe dynt doutles anon, 1236 But the souerayn hym-seluon was surly enarmyt, And the kyng with the caupe caste to pe ground, With a warchand wounde thurgh his wedis all. He feynyt not for pe fall ne pe felle hurtte, 1240 But stert vp stithly, straght out a swerde And flange at the freike with a ffyn wille. A 3onge knight and a 3epe, 3yneris of hert, High[t] Sedar for sothe, suet to pe Duke 1244 With a bir on þe brest, þat backeward he 30de, And fuersly of his foole fell to be grounde. he king fayne of pe falle and pe freke segh, And bare to be bolde with a bigge sworde. 1248 The bourder of his basnet brestes in sonder, And videt the viser with a vile dynt,

Gaffe hym a great wounde in his grete face.

He hade slayne hymn slighly for sleght pat he


1252 But a gret nowmbur of Grekes gedrit hym vmbe,
And put hym fro purpas pof þai payn þolit:
pai hurlet hym fro horse fete & of hond toke,
Set hym in his sadill þof he vnsound were.
1256 Castor the king conceyuit beliue,

That Nestor with noy was nolpit to ground,
He Richet his Reynes and his roile stroke,
Suet vnto Sedar with a sore wepyn,
1260 To deyre hym with a dynt for pe Dukes sake.
And er he come to the king, so his course fell,
One caupet with hym kenely, a cosyn of Sedars,
And set hym a sad dynt, Secorda he high[t]:
His shafte all-to sheuerit the shalke was unhurt,
And Castor in the caupyng the knight euyll


« السابقةمتابعة »