The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 901 through 1100 (lines 998-1097 missing)

Þey pressed to his paleys porayle & oþer
     901
To br[it]ten þe bold kyng in his burwe riche
     902
Þe cite & þe senatours assented hem boþe
     903
Non oþer dede was to doun þey han his dome ȝolden
     904
Þan flowe þat freke frendles alone
     905
Out at a pore posterne & alle þe peple folwed
     906
With a tronchoun of tre toke he no more
     907
Of alle þe glowande gold þat he on grounde hadde
     908
On þat tronchoun with his teþ he toggeþ & byteþ
     909
Tille hit was piked at þe poynt as a pokes ende
     910
Þan abideþ þat burne & biterlych spekeþ
     911
To alle þe wyes þat þer wer wordes aloude
     912
Tourneþ traytours aȝen schal neuer þe tale rise Page  53
     913
Of no karl by þe coppe how he his kyng quelde
     914
Hym-self he strykeþ myd þat staf streȝt to þe hert
     915
Þat þe colke to-clef & þe kyng deyed
     916
Six monþe after & no mor þis myschef bytydde
     917
Þat waspasian was went to werry on þe jewes
     918
Four mettyn myle out of rome to mynde for euere
     919
Þat erst was emperour of alle þus ended in sorow
     920
Þe grete to-gedres þan [gete] hem an-oþer
     921
On gabba a gome þat mychel grem hadde
     922
Þroȝ othis l[ucy]us a lord þat hym longe hated
     923
& at þe last þat lord out of lyf hym broȝt
     924
Amydde þe market of rome þe[y] mette to-gedres
     925
Othis falliþ hym fey ȝaf hym fale woundes
     926
Þat four monþes & [no] mor hadde mayntened þe croune
     927
& þo deyed þe duke & þe diademe lefte
     928
& whan þat gabba was gon & to grounde broȝt
     929
Othis entriþ on ernest & emperour was made Page  54
     930
Þe man in his maieste was monþes bot þre
     931
Þan he ȝeldeþ sathanas þe soule & hym-self quelled
     932
Þe romayns risen vp a renk rome for to kepe
     933
A knyȝt þat vitel was calde & hym þe croune rauȝte
     934
Bot for sir sabyns sake a segge þat was noble
     935
Waspasian broþer of blode [þat] he brytned hadde
     936
Waspasian vpon vitel to vengen his broþer
     937
S[en]t out of surrie segges to rome
     938
Þat [a]s naked as an nedul þe newe emperour
     939
For sir sabyns sake alle þe cite drowe hym
     940
Suþ gored þe gome þat his guttes alle
     941
As a bowe[l]ed beste in-to his breche felle
     942
Doun ȝer[m]ande he ȝede & ȝeldeþ þe soule
     943
& [þey] kayȝt þe cors & kast in-to tybre
     944
Seuen monþes þis [segge] hadde septre on hande
     945
& þus loste he þe lyf for his luþer dedes
     946
An oþer segge was to seke þat septre schold haue Page  55
     947
For alle þis grete ben gon & neuer agayn tournen
     948
Now of þe cite & of þe sege wolle y sey mor
     949
How þis comelich kyng þat for crist werreþ
     950
Haþ holden yn þe heþen men þis oþer half wynter
     951
Þat neuer burne was so bold þe burwe for to passe
     952
As he to dyner on a day with dukes was sette
     953
Comen renkes fram rome rapande swyþe
     954
In bruneys & in bryȝt wede with bodeworde newe
     955
Louten alle to þe lord letres hym rauȝten
     956
Sayn comelich kyng þe knyȝthod of rome
     957
Þroȝ þe senatours assent & alle þe cite ellis
     958
Han chosen þe her chyuentayn her chef lord to worþe
     959
And riche emperour of rome þus redeþ þis letres
     960
Þe lord vnlappeþ þe lef þis letres byholdeþ
     961
Ouer-lokeþ ech a lyne to þe last ende
     962
Bordes born wer doun & þe burne riseþ
     963
Calleþ consail a-non & kyþeþ þis speche Page  56
     964
Ȝe ben burnes of my blod þat y best wolde
     965
My sone is next to my-self & oþer sib manye
     966
Sir sabyn of surrie a segge þat y triste
     967
& oþer frendes fele þat me fayþ owen
     968
Now is me bodeword of blys broȝt froward rome
     969
To be lord ouer þat lond as þis letres spekeþ
     970
Sir sabyn of surrie sey þe by-houyþ
     971
How y myȝt sauy my-self & i so wroȝt
     972
Ffor y haue heylych heyȝt her forto lenge
     973
[tille] me þe ȝates ben ȝet & ȝolden þe keyes
     974
[and] i þis toured [t]oun ha[ue] taken at wille
     975
& suþ houshed on hem þat þis hold kepyn
     976
Brosten & betyn doun þis britages heye
     977
Þat neuer ston in þat stede stond vpon oþer
     978
Kyþe þ[i] consail sir knyȝt þis kyng to hym sayde
     979
For y wol worche by þy witt ȝif worschip may folowe Page  57
     980
Þan seiþ sir sabyn a-non semelich lord
     981
We ben wyes þe with þy worschup to furþer
     982
Of longe tyme bylafte & ledes þyn owen
     983
Þat we doun is þy dede may no man demen elles
     984
Þe dom demed was þer who so doþ by anoþer
     985
Schal be soferayn hym-self sein in þe werke
     986
For as fers is þe freke atte ferr ende
     987
Þat of fleis þe fel as he þat foot holdeþ
     988
Bytake tytus þy sone þis toun for to kepe
     989
& to þe douȝti duke domyssian his broþer
     990
Her i holde vp myn honde myd hem for to lenge
     991
With alle þe here þat i haue while my herte lasteþ
     992
& þou schalt ride to rome & receyue þe croune
     993
In honour emperour to be as þyn eure schapiþ
     994
So may þy couenaunt be kept þat þou to crist made
     995
Þy-self dest þat þy soudiours by þyn assent worchen
     996
Þan with a liouns lote he lifte vp þe eyen *. [ Lines 998-1097 are missing ]Page  64
     997
To voiden alle by vile deþ þat vitelys destruyed
     1098
Wymmen & weyke folke þat weren of olde age
     1099
Myȝt noȝt stonde in stede bot her stor mardyn
     1100