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CASTOR AND POLLUX.
A Sore dynt in the syde at the same coursse.
1268 Carue euyn at Castor with a kene sworde,
be shilde away share vnto the shyre necke,
1272 Bare hym ouer backeward to pe bare vrthe.
ffrochit into pe frount & a fray made;
Bere backeward the batell & his brother toke,
1280 Horsit hym in haste, halpe hym olofte;
One Eliatus, a lede, and hym o liue broght.
The kynges son of Cartage & a knight noble, 1284 Aliet vnto Lamydon by his lefe suster,
Cosyn to the kyng, & he his kyde Em,
Pité of pat pert knight persit his hert,
hat the shire water shot ouer his shene chekys.
1288 Myche woo hade pe wegh for pe wale knight, And assemblit his sad men on a soppe hole,
With a horne pat he hade, in a hond while,
ffor to dere for the dethe of his dere cosy.
Gird euyn to the Grekes with a grym fare;
1296 Slogh hom downe sleghly & slaunge hom to
Sedar fights with Castor, and wounds him.
Pollux with seven hundred men
comes to the rescue.
(Alyattes, king of Lydia.)
(fol. 22 b.)
The Trojans are rallied, and drive the Greeks to their ships.
informed that the
Greeks are masters of the
Sad at heart, he assembles his
men and returns to the city.
He is attacked in front by the ambuscale, and in rear by the band from the ships.
(fol. 23 a.)
terror into the hearts of the
Wondit of pe wightist, warpide hom vnder;
1300 pere Lamydon þem leuyt, for a lede come
With tithynges fro the towne told to the kyng; One Dotes, with dyntes pat dedly was wondyt, Said the Citie was sesit & sad men pere-in, 1304 Of our fos full fell, fuerse men in Armys,
A grete nowmber of Grekis, & pe goodes takyn. be kyng for pat care coldit at his hert,
And siket full sore with sylyng of teris,
1316 He blusshed ouer backeward to pe brode see,
He was astonyet full stithly to be stad so,
1320 Betwene the batels on bent & so bare leuyt,
Pricket furthe into prise and full playne made,
DEATH OF LAOMEDON.
1332 Gird gomes vnto grounde with vngayn strokes,
1336 Non so derffe to endure a dynt of his hond,
THE DETH OF LAMYDON BY ERCULES.
Tyll he come to pe kyng in a kene yre,
1340 Grippit hym grymly, gird of his hede,
brew it into pronge of his pro pepull;
1344 Sesit was the Citie, socour non pere,
baire fomen so felle, and so few other,
The Grekes gird hom to grounde & to grym
Of the dite & pe dyn was dole to be-holde. 1348 The Troiens with tene turnyt pe bake,
ffleddon in fere and pe filde leuyt,
Ouer hilles & hethes into holte woddes,
hat left were on lyue with mony laithe hurtes,
1352 When the Grekys hade the gre & the grounde
THE TAKYNG OF PE TOWNE.
Thai soght into the Cité vpon sere haluys,
1356 Childer full choise and of chere febill,
Wyth olde ffolke vnfere ferly to see.
All tight to be tempull of pere tore goddes, ffor drede of the dethe, & myche dynne made. 1360 Mony wyues, for woo, of pere wit past,
He falls upon Laomedon; kills him, and throws his head into the crowd of Trojans.
The city is taken, and the Trojans flee to the woods.
As the Greeks
crowd into the city, the Trojans
(fol. 23 b.)
old and young, rush to the temple for safety,
and in their haste
leave all their goods behind.
The city is plundered and destroyed.
The people are killed or taken captive.
Hesione, daughter of Laomedon, is given to Telamon, who was the first to enter the city.
And pere barnes on brest bere In þere armes,
Maydons for mornyng haue þere mynde loste, 1364 (Soche payne of a pepull was pitie to be-holde) Hurlet out of houses, and no hede toke
Of golde ne of garmenttes, ne of goode stonys;
1368 Gemys ne gewellis, ne no ioly vessell,
Geton girduls full gay, mony good stonys;
Wele wantid no wegh wale what hom liste. A monyth on pis maner meuyt no ferre, 1376 But soughton vp the Cité vpon sere haluys, Grippit vp the grounde, girdyn doun þe wallys, Prowde pales of prise puttyn to grounde; Brent vp the byggynges & full bare maden; 1380 The temple ouer-turnyt, tokon pe folke,
Dydden all to the dethe & for ne drede lettyd;
Sesit hom sone in seruage to holde.
EXIONA, THE KINGES DOUGHTER LAMYDON.
When the pales was put doun of þe prise kyng,
Betoke hir to Telamon, for he the towne entrid,
But caitif unclene, for thy curst dede!
DEPARTURE OF THE GREEKS.
Syn the fortune felle þat faire into honde,
hat was cumly and clene and a kinges doughter, 1396 pou shuld have holdyn þat hynd, had hir þi-selfe, Weddit with worship and to wife holdyn.
whose hands she
fell, should have
wedded her, and saved her from the degradation
And pou so doggetly has done in pi derfe hate, to which Telamon
prast hir vnder praldam with pi pro hert,
1400 To a kyng þat is curst, of vnclene lyfe,
ffor to lede in his lechery all his lyfe after.
Myche greuaunce shall groo & a gronnd hate; 1404 Wer wakyn & wo for þi wickede dede,
Mony boldes for þat bright in batell be kylde. When the toune was ouertyrnyt, takyn þe godys, be Grekes to pe gray water gyrdyn belyue; 1408 Shottyn into shippes all þe shene godis,
subjected her: much war and
woe might thus
Launchet furthe lightly & the lond passit, Girdon ouer the grym waghes into grece samyn. All pere lordes were light þat þai lyffe hade, 1412 ffayne of pere fortune & pere fine relikes, Didyn sacrifice solempne vnto sere goddes. All pere Rewmes wax riche, hade relikes ynowe, And long tyme with hom last & pere lefe children, their children for
1416 When the Cité was sesit, as I said ere,
And Lamydon the lege kyng out of lyfe broght,
Set vnder seruage, sorow for euer,
1420 The kynges doughter caght & out of kythe led,
Se now the sorow þat þere suet after;
1424 Light harmes Let ouer-passe, Lap noght in yre
A word þat is wrappid, and in wrath holdyn,
which enrich their realms and
many years; but at length bring war and woe.
(fol. 24 b.)
Heed not the
angry word of a