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hasty man, lest
like a spark
unnoticed among ashes, it waken up a dreadful
shall be the cause of much
woe to many
lands, and all on
While she was in bondage, Troy
was built and destroyed;
(fol. 25 a.)
and many kings, knights, and
people killed on her account.
May feston as a fyre with a fuerse lowe, 1428 Of a sparke unaspied, spred vnder askys, May feston vp fyre to mony freike sorow; So lurkes with lordes of a light wrathe, hat 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,
mynnes no malis þat is of mynd past; As yt happes here harme for to come,
1436 And wreke to be wroght for wordes a few; Soche a kyng to be kylde, A cuntre distroyed, ffele folke forfaren with a ffeble ende.
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 pe lorde was of lyue broght, 1444 for he grethit with pe Grekys pat on his ground lay;
So pis Maidon shalbe mater of full mekull
And mony londes to lure þat euer ho lyffe hade.
1448 pat drawes in a dede hate in a derke wille,
1456 þat was meruelously [made], & mekell to shew,
And mony kynges were kyld & knightes perfore.
1460 Now I turne for to telle, whill I tyme haue.
OFF KING PRYAM & HIS CHILDREN.
This Lamydon, þat was lord, hade a lefe son,
When his father
away in a far land waging war with rebels.
A pert man þat was prinse, & priam he hight; slain, Priam was
To riche hym of Rebelles pat of pe rewine held;
1468 And to wyn it with werre, went þere a whilė
1472 By þat same hade he sonnes, semly men all,
1476 Ector was oldist & heire to hym seluyn;
1484 The fourth was a philosoffer, a fyne man of lore,
In pe Syense full sad of pe seuyn Artes.
1488 That mykell worship wan, witnes ye of story.
bat Eneas afterward Elit to wed,
1492 pat spokyn is of specially in our spede after,
After takyng of þe toune how hym tid pen.
By his wife Hecuba he had five sons and three daughters.
His sons were,
Paris, or Alexander, a famous archer.
(fol. 25 b.)
The daughters were, Creusa,
wife of Æneas,
Book IV. 1496 Cassandra was cald, clennest of wytte,
Cassandra, a prophetess,
þat Enformet was faire of þe fre artis,
And hade knowyng by course of pe clere sternys.
and Polyxena, the 1500 Polexena the pert, prise of all other;
Priam had thirty sous and other
Of hir ffeturs & fairhed is ferly to telle,
Alse noble for þe nonyst as nature cold deuyse
1504 This prise kyng Priam hade of pert childer,
þat he gate in his gamen, goode men of Armys, And felle men in fight, as we shall fynd after. 1508 Now I turne to my tale & tary here a while.
Here beginnys the Fyfte Boke: Of the Foundyng of New Troye and of the Qwerell of Kyng Priam for his flader dethe.
(fol. 26 a.) As Priam lay
Now as pis kyng vmbe the Castell lay closit abute, With his folke all in fere & his fyn childur, He was enformyt of pe fare & of his fader dethe; 1512 How his towne was takon and tirnyt to grounde; before the castle His Suster sesyd and soght into syde londis; His knightes downe kylde vnto cold vrthe. Soche sikyng and sorow sanke in his hert,
1516 With pyté and complaint pyne for to here, He toke vp his tentes & the towne leuyt,
Teght hom vnto Troy with tene þat he hade,
he was informed about the destruction of
Troy, and at once returned home.
Segh the buyldynges brent & beton to ground. The ruins of the
1520 Soche wo for þat werke pan þe wegh thowlit,
1524 pen he sesit of sychen & his sorow voidet,
1532 Mynors of marbull ston & mony oper thinges.
city overwhelmed him with sorrow.
But after three days he resolves to build a greater and stronger city.
The new city,
built in the name of Neptune,
was three days journey in circumference.
(fol. 26 h.)
The walls were
20 cubits high,
Sone he raght vpon rowme, rid vp þe dykis,
And byld vp a bygge towne of pe bare vrthe, 1536 In the nome of Neptune þat was a noble god.
THE DISCRIPCION OF TROYE.
This Cite was sothely, to serche it aboute, pre iorneys full iointly to ioyne hom by dayes: Was neuer sython vnder son Cite so large, 1540 Ne neuer before, as we fynd, fourmyt in vrthe, Nonso luffly on to loke in any lond oute. The walles vp wroght, wonder to se,
With grippes full grete was þe ground takon
Of the walle for to wete to pe wale top,
built of marble of 1548 pat of marbill was most fro pe myddes vp,
from the middle upward.
In the walls there were six gates,
Of diuers colours to ken craftely wroght.
hat were shene for to shew & of shap noble, Mony toures vp tild þe toune to defende,
1552 Wroght vp with the walle as þe werke rose, One negh to Anoper nobly deuyset.
Large on to loke, louely of shap,
In the Sercle of the Cite were sex faire zates,
1556 ffor entre & yssue & ease of pe pepull.
The furst and the fairest fourmet was Dardan,
1560 With grete toures vmb-tilde & torettis aboute,
Of beste and babery breme to be holde,
1564 Bost out of pe best pe byg toures vmbe.
With depe dikes and derke doubull of water.