Alexander and the Macedonians.
heyne wham ye wilt that be oure emperour efter yow.' And [side note =] him for Perdicas for their king. Alexander ansuerd & sayde, ' A, A, my dere knyghtis,' quoth he, ' when I am dede whaym so ye wilt chese, be your emperour 4 efter mee.' And thay ansuerde, ' Lord,' quoth thay, ' we beseke yowe that ye wilt graunt vs Perdic to be oure Emperour.' ' I vouche wele saffe,' quoth Alexander, ' that Perdic be your Emperour. Gers hym come be-fore mee.' 1And when he was [side note = ] He gives 8 comen by-fore hym he gaffe hym the kyngdome* of Macedoyne [side note = ] * Leaf 48 bk. wit the Emperourchipe. And he gaffe hym also Rosan for to be [side note = ] Perdicas Macedonia and the Emperorship, and also Roxana as wife. his wyffe, and prayed hym that he walde be gude & gentilt tilt hir. And than he kyssede alt the lordey & the knyghtis of [side note = ] He kisses all the Macedonian Lords. 12 Macedoyne ilkane after other, and sighed and weped wonder sare. Thare was than so grete dole & wepynge, that it was lyke a thonere. For men Supposey that noyte allanly men made Sorow for the dede of so worthy ane Emperour, Bot also the son 16 and alt the other planetis and elementes ware troubled.
2A prynce of Macedoyne stode nere Alexander bedd that highte Seleucus, & wit grete dole & wepynge he sayd: ' A, A, [side note = ] Seleucus grieves by Alexander's bedside that they shall have no good leader. thou wirchipfult emperour,' quoth he, ' what salt we do when thou 20 ert dede. Philippe thi fader gouerned vs wele & alte oure rewme, Bot the gentilnes & the largesse of the na tunge may telt.' And than Alexander sett hym vp in his bedd and gaffe hym selfe a grete flappe on the cheke and by-gan for to wepe riyte 24 bitterly, and in the langage of Macedoyne, he sayde on this wyse :
'Fult waa es me vnhappy wreche,' quoth he, ' that euer I was [side note = ] Alexander bewails his fate that Macedonia shall dwindle with his death. borne to man. For now Alexander dyes and Macedoyne salt waxe ay lesse & lesse and emenische day bi day.' Than alt the Macedoynes wit an hye voyce and bitter wepynge sayd vn-tilt hym : ' Better it ware tilt vs,' quoth thay, ' for to dy wit the than for to se the dy in oure presence. For wele we wate that, efter [side note = ] All the Macedonians say it were better to die with him. the dede of the, the kyngdom of Macedoyne es vndone for euere. 32 Allas oure wirchipfult Alexander, why lefes thou vs here and wendey away be thyn ane, withowten thi Macedoynes ? ' Than kyng Alexander alway sighand & wepand said vn-to tham : ' A, A, my dere Macedoynes,' quoth he, ' fra this tym forwarde 36 salt neuer yowr name hafe lordchipe ouer the Barbarenes.' And [side note = ] The grief of the Macedonians. than the Macedoynes cryed and sayde : ' O wirchipfult lorde,' quoth
[footnote = ] 1 Three lines with red capital A, and smaller a in the margin beside. [footnote = ] 2 Four lines with red capital A, and small a in the margin beside.
The death and burial of Alexander.
Alexander sends rich gifts to the Temple of Apollo in Athens and. makes order for the em balming of his body.
* Leaf 49.
funeral of Alexander.
His burial and
The de scription of Alexander.
The years of his life and his •warlike deeds.
J^ay, ' f)ou ledcT vs iii-to Perse, Arraby, and Jnde, and vn-to the werldej ende, and in-to what cuntree ])at )?e liste wende; why, lorde, flee^ Ipou now fra vs 1 Lede vs wit the whedir so pon gase/ pan) kyng Alexander sent to J>e templee of Appollo in) 4 Athenes many riche iowels, and on pe same wyse titt all oper temples. And J^an) he commanded' ]?at when) he ware dede, J?ay schulde enoynte his body and embawme it wit riche oynementes, pe whilke kepis menes bodys in graues wet-owtten) corupcioufi). 8 pan) he badde Tholomett^ pat he scholde [take] a c besantes of golde, & pare-off gere make hym a tombe in Alexander. And onane * as he had commanded hym fjus, one-seeand J^arn) att, he swelt. And f»an) his prynce^ lifte vp his body, and didapon) his 12 clethyng of astate and putt a riche coron) on) his heued, and sett hym in pe emperoi^rs chayer, pe whilke twelue prynce^ drewe wit J^aire breste^ fra Babiloyne tilt Alexander. Tholo meus went alway bi-fore pe chayere wepande & sayande one ]:>is 16 wyse : 'Fult waa es me, My lor dC Alexander, waa es me. For in att thi lyfe slew po\i neuer so many men) as pou. dose nowe after J)i dede.* Alt Alexanders knyghtis also weped & made grete dole & sayde on) )?is wyse : ' Waa es vs wreches ! whatt schall wee 20 now do after j^e dede of oure lorde Alexander 1 Whedir salt we now gaa or whate party e may we now chese ? Whare schalt we now get any helpe till oure lyfelade 1 ' One ]:>is wyse pay went wepand after Alexander, till J^ay come till pe citee of 24 Alexander. And Jjare p&y beryed hym in a towmbe J>at was ri^te hye and wonder curyouslye wroghte. pis tombe was alt of fyne golde sett futt of precyous stanes, and on) ]:>at toumbe J^er was sett xxx y mages of golde wonder craftily made. 28
^ Alexander was a man) hot of a comoiD stature, wit a lange nekke, Faire eghne & glad, his chekes ruddy, and alt pe reme nant of his lymmes ware faire & semely & lyke vn-tilt a lorde. He ouercome alt men) & neuer was ouercomen). The lenthe 32 of his lyffe was xxxij ^ere, twa & thritty ^ere & seuen) monethes. Fra pe twentyd 5ere of his biithe he gaffe hym to werre, and in twelue ;ere he coriquered alt pe werlde, and made subiect un-tilt hym alkyn) nacyonws. Seuen) monethes he ristede hym. He was 3^ borne on pe vij kt of January, and dyed on) pe vij kl of August.
^ Large red capital A.
He byggicT also in his lyfe xij grete citee^ f>at hider-to-vvardej '''The twelve''' bene enhabyt, and fis are j^aire names. Firste Alexander Ipat fj^^t he^ ^^^ es called? yprysilicas, f e secuwd Alexander es called" Bepyporitm, ^^^^^* 4 )?e thrid? Alexander es callede Sitliia, pe ferthe Alexander es called" Bicontristi, ]?e fifte Alexa??c/er es called" perauctoiD, fe sext Alexar2<f^r es called? BuctiphaloiD, pe seuent es called" vnder pe ryuer of Tygre, pe aghtend'New Babiloyne, pe nyend'Aptreadam), 8 pe tend" Messagetes, pe elleuend? Ypsyacon), pe twelfed" es called Egipt.
Explicit vita Alexandry magni conquestoris. Here ende5 pe lyf of gret Alexander conquerour of all J?e 12 worlde.