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ANTENOR ELECTED KING.

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to send for

make him their

Æneas strives to crush him,

Tite for Antenor truly to send ;

Make hym kyng of pis kith by comyn assent, He advises them 12348 ffor to kepe you fro care with a cleane wit; Antenor, and

In this lond for to lyue lengyng to-gedur, king.
Your fos to offend, & fylsyn your lyues."
All liked the lede for his lefe counsell,

They accept his

counsel, and 12352 pai soght thurgh the Cité, & sent for Antenor; appoint Antenor.

And he come to be comyns with a cant wille.
Eneas with anger, after belyue,

Wold haue dungyn hym to deth, & deiret pe fals, 12356 ffor he was bigger in the burgh, boldir of kyn,

Of ledys vppon lyue, lelly, þen he.
ban ros pai full radly, all the ronke pepull,
Somyn on a sop soghtyn to Eneas,

The Trojans

plead with 12360 ffor to sese of his sute, & his sad yre:

stir up a new war. Syn hom happit so hard in hast þer before, With hor fos to be felly ferkit to dethe, hat no deire, ne no dethe, shuld dull hom

with-in 12364 To stir with no stryue, ne stroy hom no more.

Æneas not to

no one could

Thies wordis to be weghis warpit Eneas :-
“There is no lede vpon lyue may so long suffer Æneas declares
Soche a traytor for tene, þat treason hase suffer such a

traitor to live. wroght, 12368 And fowle with his falsyng hase feblit vs all,

In dole to endure the dayes of oure lyue.
With his gyle & his gawdis, the gay Pollexena,

bat was comyn of our kyng, & a cleane maidon, 12372 He made to be martrid þurgh malice of hym :

And I, þat am outlawhit for euer of þis lond,
ffro frendes & felowes, þat me faith ow;
þat wold haue leuyt here my lyue in langour

& woo,

12376 And haue counceld the comyns in hor case feble,

Thus am flemyt to flight thurgh his false caste."

(fol. 189 a.)

and determine to exile Antenor.

attacked and

Book XXX. Than the comyns toke counsell, knightes & The Trojans consult together,

other,

And the traytor Antenor from the towne flemyt, 12380 Neuer the Cité to se, ne his sute after ;

And grauntid hym his gode & gate by a tyme. Antenor with a

Antenor full tite þan turnyt to ship, great company sets sail from

With riches full Rife, & Relikes ynow; Troy.

12384 Shot on the shyre waghes shalkes full mony,

And sogħt furth on the se with the softe windes. They are

Tho pure men with payne on the pale sea, plundered by

Met with a menye, & mart of hom fele; pirates.

12388 Robbet þaire Riches, & refte of þere godes,

And myche torfer & tene tide of þaire hondes. ffro tho ledis at the last lawsit þai were,

With sorow & sad fight sailit away, They reach Gela, 12392 Till they come to the coste of a cleane yle, in Sicily, where Tetides is

bat Gelanda aioynet was to the iust nome. king.

There was a kyng in þe cost, þat the kith aght,

Hight Thetides truly, tellis the writ,
12396 þat his prouyns & pepull peasably keppit

Mony wintur I-wis, & in wele leuyt.
There Antenor truly turnyt to lond

With a few of his feres, as fell hym by chaunse, 12400 On a plentious place, pleasaund to se

There fildis were faire, fresshe watur in,
And woddes to wale with wellis full clere.

There aboue on the bonke he bild vp a towne, city;

12404 By leue of the lord, þat the lond oght,

With Riches full Rife & Relikes of troy,
hat he broght in his barge to the bare yle.

han he wroght vp a walle wightly abowte, with walls; and

12408 With toures full tore the towne to defend.

pai cald hit a coynt nome, comyns & all,
Menelon, by mouthe, mighty & other.
When hit knowen was the case with comyns of

troy,

Antenor founds &

surrounds it

names it Melana.

THE GREEKS CONSULT CASSANDRA.

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and Antenor

to Tetides.

12412 Of the plentius plase & plesaund of lyue,

Mony weghes thedur went, & wond in the toune, It thrives well ;
And Replenisshed the place & the playn londis. becomes second

The kyng was full curtas, þat þe kith aght, (fol. 1896.) 12416 Myche louyt he the lede & the lell pepull.

ffor the wit of the wegh, & his wale dedis,
He was chosyn with þat choise chevest of councell,
And wele louit with the ledis of the lond all.

wails the loss of all her kindred.

12420 Now turne wyll I tite, & take pere I leuyt,

To the grekes agayne in the gret toune.
Cassandra the clere, the kynges owne doughter, Cassandra be-

bat abode in the burgh with bale at hir hert, 12424 Hir modur & hir myld Suster mertrid to dethe,

Myche water ho weppit, wailyng in sorow :
Hit was ruth any renke, þat Rioll to se!

When ho sesit o sicken, & sorow abated, 12428 The kynges into councell callit hir þan, To spir of hor spede, spekyn hir to:

regarding their Þan purpast þai plainly to pas out of londe.

The maidon to tho mighty menerly saide, 12432 Hom shuld happon full hard in a hond while : They will pass

through many Agamynon the grete shuld grymly be slayn perils, and

Agamemnon will With meneye of þat mighty, þat he most louet; be slain.

And othir fuersly be flemyt, & fallyn into angur. 12436 All happit hom to haue as the hynd saide,

As I shall tell you full tite, & tary not long.

The Greeks
consult her

return to Greece.

This Thelamon I told of, þat trayturly was slayn,

Two sonnes of hym-selfe, sothely he hade, 12440 þat he wan on his wyfes, as be writ sais.

The first of þo fre faithly was cald
Emynent the mighty, with men þat hym knew,

Of Claustra the clere qwene, clennest of other : 1 2444 Antissas þat tothir, tellis the story,

Ethimyssa his make to the mon bere.

(Soe Note.)

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DEPARTURE OF AGAMEMNON AND MENELAUS.

Book XXX.

Thies were gyuen to the gouernaunce of a gay

kyng,

Heght Teucra, full tru, as the tale shewes,
12448 Tho noble to norisshe in hor nait yowthe,

Till pai waxen were of wit & of wight dedis,
And abill vntill armys, as pere astate wolde.

(fol. 190 a.) Agamemnon and Menelaus advise the Greeks to return home.

The Greeks will not be advised by them :

Then Agamynon the grete & his gay brothir 12452 Asket leue at the lordes & the lege kynges,

ffor to wende to the watur in hor wale shippes, And turne out of troy & the toune leue;

But the grekes to po grete grauntid hit noght, 12456 ffor pai hadon hom in hate & in hert straunge,

ffor the dethe and the deire of the duke Thelamon, Syn Vlixes with vtteraunse auntrid to flight.

Yet bai grauntid po grete the gate to the sea, 12460 And abide on the buernes in hor big shippes

Till all barges were boune & buernes within
And draghen furth to the depe as hom due thoght.

but allow them
to depart, if they
please, while
the whole fleet
is making ready.

The xxxj Boke: Of the Passage of the

Grekys ffro Troy.

birds had ceased

and clouded

Hyt fell thus by fortune, be fairest of þe yere 12464 Was past to the point of the pale wintur ; Heruest, with the heite & the high sun,

Autumn was

becoming colder; Was comyn into colde with a course low; Trees, thurgh tempestes, tynde hade pere leues; trees had lost

their leaves, and 12468 And briddes abatid of hor brem songe ;

to sing; The wynde of the west wackenet aboue,

westerly winds, Blowyng full bremly o the brode ythes;

skies, with mist, The clere aire ouercast with cloudys full thicke, Avods, told that 12472 With mystes full merke mynget with showres; winter was near,

flodes were felle thurgh fallyng of Rayne,
And wintur vp wacknet with his wete aire. (fol. 190 b.)
The gret nauy of the grekes & the gay kynges, when the fleet

was ready to sail. 12476 Were put in a purpos to pas fro the toune. Sore longit po lordis hor londys to se,

Longing for

home, and And dissiret full depely, doutyng no wedur; suspecting not

the approaching bai counted no course of the cold stormys,

perils, 12480 Ne the perellis to passe of the pale windes.

Hit happit hom full hard in a hond qwile,
And mony of bo mighty to misse of hor purpos.

Thus tho lordes in hor longyng laghton þe watur, 12484 Shotton into ship mong shene knightes,

they set sail with With the tresowre of þe toune, pai token before, of Troy. Relikes full Rife, & miche ranke godes.

all the treasures

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