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Saul at heart, he assembles his men and returns to the city.
Wondit of þe wightist, warpide hom vnder;
With tithynges fro the towne told to the kyng;
Said the Citie was sesit & sad men þere-in,
A grete nowmber of Grekis, & pe goodes takyn. he kyng for þat care coldit at his hert,
And siket full sore with sylyng of teris,
Assemblit his sad men on a sop holle,
Soght to pe Citie on soppes to-gedur
The kyng in his comyng kest vp his egh,
Prickand full prest vppon proude stedys. 1316 He blusshed ouer backeward to pe brode see,
Se the Grekys come girdand with a grym noise, þat fled were before & þe fild leuyt.
He was astonyet full stithly to be stad so, 1320 Betwene the batels on bent & so bare leuyt,
Vmfoldyng with his fos þat he ne fle might. hen to batell on bent þai busket anon,
A felle fight & a fuerse fell hom betwene.
The Grekes were grym, of a grete nowmber,
The Troiens full tyte were tyrnyt to þe grounde 1328 With batell on bothe halfes, blody beronyn,
Wyde woundes & wete of hor wale dyntes.
He is attacked in front by the ambuscaite, and in rear by the bani from the slips.
(f«1. 23 a.)
Hercules strikes terror into the hearts of the Trojans.
1332 Gird gomes vnto grounde with vngayn strokes,
Bere the batell a-bake, mony buerne qwellid.
All shodurt as shepe shont of his way,
ffor all loste pe lyfe þat þe lede touchet.
THE DETH OF LAMYDON BY ERCULES.
Tyll he come to be kyng in a kene yre,
'Dang hym derffly don in a ded hate, 1340 Grippit hym grymly, gird of his hede,
brew it into pronge of his pro pepull;
When þaire kyng was kylt, hom be course felle. 1344 Sesit was the Citie, socour non pere,
haire fomen so felle, and so few other,
Of the dite & be dyn was dole to be-holde. 1348 The Troiens with tеne turnyt þe bake,
ffleddon in fere and þe filde leuyt,
þat left were on lyue with mony laithe hurtes, 1352 When the Grekys hade the gre & the grounde
As the Greeks crowd into the city, the Trojans
TAKYNG OF HE TOWNE.
Wyth olde ffolke vnfere ferly to see.
ffor drede of the dethe, & myche dynne made. 1360 Mony wyues, for woo, of þere wit past,
(fol. 23 6.) old and young, rush to the temple for safety,
and in their haste leave all their goods behind.
The city is plundered and destroyed.
And þere barnes on brest bere In þere armes,
Maydons for mornyng haue pere mynde loste, 1364 (Soche payne of a pepull was pitie to be-holde)
Hurlet out of houses, and no hede toke
ffongit no florence, ne no fyn pesys,
But all left in hor loges & lurkit away.
Prayen and pyken mony priuey chambur,
Geton girduls full gay, mony good stonys;
A monyth on þis maner meuyt no ferre,
Grippit vp the grounde, girdyn doun pe wallys,
Brent vp the byggynges & full bare maden;
Dydden all to the dethe & for ne drede lettyd;
Madens full mony & of mete Age,
The people are killed or taken captive.
EXIONA, THE KINGES DOUGHTER LAMYDON.
When the pales was put doun of be prise kyng, Hesione, daughter Hai fonde per a fre faire to be-holde, of Laomedon, is given to Telamon, Euyn of his owne doughter Exiona was callid. who was the first to enter the city. 1388 Bannet worthe the bale tyme þat ho borne was,
ffor the care þat þere come because of hir one. Ercules egerly euyn vponone
Betoke hir to Telamon, for he the towne entrid, (fol. 24 a.) 1392 In reward as by right for his ranke wille.
But caitif unclene, for thy curst dede!
DEPARTURE OF THE GREEKS.
whose hands she
wedded her, and
Syn the fortune felle þat faire into honde,
hat was cumly and clene and a kinges doughter, Hercules, into 1396 Þou shuld have holdyn þat hynd, had hir þi-selfe, fell, should have
Weddit with worship and to wife holdyn.
subjected her: hrast hir vnder þraldam with bi pro hert,
much war and 1400 To a kyng þat is curst, of vnclene lyfe,
woe might thus ffor to lede in his lechery all his lyfe after. prevented. Thurgh vnhappe of þat hynde, þat þou a hore
Mony boldes for þat bright in batell be kylde.
depart from Troy, 1408 Shottyn into shippes all þe shene godis, and rejoice over
All þere lordes were light þat þai lyffe hade, 1412 ffayne of þere fortune & þere fine relikes,
Didyn sacrifice solempne vnto sere goddes.
many years; but 1416 When the Cité was sesit, as I said ere,
at length bring
war and woe. And Lamydon the lege kyng out of lyfe broght, Wemyn & wale children vnto wo put,
Set vnder seruage, sorow for euer,
And in horedam holdyn, harme was þe more.
And yche wegh þat is wise & of wit stable, 1424 Light harmes Let ouer-passe, Lap noght in yre (fol. 24 6.)
ffor foly þat may falle of a felle hert.
their realms and
A word þat is wrappid, and in wrath holdyn,
Heed not the angry word of a
hasty man, lest like a spark unnoticed among ashes, it waken up a dreadful blaze.
May feston as a fyre with a fuerse lowe,
May feston vp fyre to mony freike sorow ;
þat growes into gronnd harme, greuys full sore. 1432 (Happye) is þe here In no hate lengis,
Ne letis bele in his brest wherof bale rises,
As yt happes here harme for to come,
Soche a kyng to be kylde, A cuntre distroyed,
Gyf an end hade ben now, & neuer noyet efter, 1440 Bothe of lure & of los, & oure lorde wolde,
Hit was euyn bot a venture of Angur to come,
Right as Lamydon þe lorde was of lyue broght, 1444 ffor he grethit with þe Grekys þat on his ground
lay; So þis Maidon shalbe mater of ful mekull
harme, And mony londes to lure þat euer ho lyffe hade.
Lo, how fortune is felle & of fer caste, 1448 pat drawes in a dede hate in a derke wille,
And of a litill hath likyng a low for to kyndull, hat hepis into harme in a hond while !
By pis mater I meane what myschefe befell, 1452 Here no cause was to ken but vnkynd wordes.
And while þis Lady was on lyffe in a lond fer,
Grete Troy was vp tild with mony toures ymbe, 1456 Þat was meruelously [made), & mekell to shew,
And Sesyt was sython & to sorow broght,
What ledys were lost & of lyue done,
While she was in bondage, Troy was built and destroyed;
(fol. 25 a.)
and many kings, knights, and people killed on her account.