The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 1101 through 1200

After [þay] touche of trewe to trete with þe lord
     1101
Bot Titus graunteþ noȝt for gile þat þe gomes þenke
     1102
For he is wise þat is war or hym wo hape
     1103
& with falsede a-fer is fairest to dele
     1104
To worchyn vnder þe wal w[a]yes þey casten
     1105
Whan Tytus nold no trewe to þe toun graunte
     1106
With mynours & masouns myne þey bygonne
     1107
Grobben faste [i]n þe grounde & god ȝyue vs joye
     1108
As Tytus after [on] a tyme vmbe þe toun r[i]deþ
     1109
Wyþ sixty speres of þe sege segges a fewe Page  65
     1110
Alle outwith þe ost out of a kaue
     1111
Vp a buschment brake alle of briȝt hedis
     1112
Fyf hundred fiȝtyng men fellen hem aboute
     1113
In jepouns & jambers Jewes þey wer
     1114
Hadde wroȝt hem a wey & þe wal myned
     1115
& Titus tourneþ hem to without tale mor
     1116
Schaftes schedred wer sone & scheldes yþrelled
     1117
[And many schalke thurghe schotte with þe scharpe ende]
     1118
Brunyes & briȝt wede blody by-runne
     1119
& many segge at þat saute souȝte to þe grounde
     1120
Hacchen vpon hard steel with an herty wylle
     1121
Þat fur out flowe as of flynt stonys
     1122
Of þe helm & þe hed hewen at-tonys
     1123
Þe stompe vnder stede feet in þe steel leueþ
     1124
Þe ȝong duk Domycian of þe dyn herde
     1125
And issed out of þe ost with eȝte hundred speres Page  66
     1126
Ffel on þe fals folke vmbe-feldes hem sone
     1127
As bestes bretnes hem alle & haþ his broþer holpen
     1128
Þan Titus toward his tentis tourneþ hym sone
     1129
Makeþ mynour[s] & men þe myne to stoppe
     1130
After profreþ pes for pyte þat he hadde
     1131
Whan he wist of her wo þat wer withyn stoken
     1132
Bot Jon þe jenfulle þat þe Jewes ladde
     1133
An oþer Symond of his assent forsoke þe profre
     1134
Sayn leuer in þis lif lengen hem wer
     1135
Þan any renke out of Rome [re]joycid her sorowe
     1136
Sale in þe cite was cesed with þanne
     1137
Was noȝt for besauntes to bye þat men bite myȝt
     1138
For a ferþyng-worþ of fode floryns an hundred
     1139
Princes profren in þe toun to pay in þe fuste
     1140
Bot alle was boteles bale f[or] who so bred hadde
     1141
Nold a goet haue [g]ouen for goode vpon [erþ]e
     1142
Wymmen falwed faste & her face chaungen Page  67
     1143
Ffeynte & fallen doun þat so fair wer
     1144
S[ome] swallen as swyn som swart wexen
     1145
Som lene on to loke as la[n]terne-hornes
     1146
Þe morayne was so myche þat no man couþe telle
     1147
Wher to burie in þe burwe þe bodies þat wer ded
     1148
Bot wenten with hem to þe walle & walten [hem o]uere
     1149
In-to þe depe of þe diche þe ded doun fallen
     1150
Whan Titus told was þe tale to trewe god he vouched
     1151
Þat [he] hadde profred hem pes & grete pite hadde
     1152
Þo praied he Josophus to preche þe peple [to en-forme]
     1153
[For] to saue hemself & þe cite ȝelde
     1154
Bot Jon forsoke þe sawe so for to wyrche
     1155
With Symond þat oþer segge þat þe cyte ladde
     1156
Myche peple for þe prechyng at þe posterne ȝatis
     1157
Tyen out of þe toun & Tytus bysecheþ Page  68
     1158
To for[g]yue hem þe gult þat þey to god wroȝt
     1159
& he graunteþ hem grace & gaylers bytauȝt
     1160
Bot whan þey metten with mete vnmyȝty þey wer
     1161
Any fode to defye so faynt was her strengþe
     1162
Fful þe gottes of gold eche gome hadde
     1163
Lest fomen fongen hem schold her floreyns þey eten
     1164
Whan hit was broȝt vp abrode & þe bourd aspyed
     1165
[Wiþou]ten leue of þat lord ledes hem slowen
     1166
[G]oren euereche a gome & þe gold taken
     1167
Ffayn[ere] of þe floreyns [þan of] þe frekes alle
     1168
Ay wer þe ȝates vn[ȝ]et tille two ȝeres ende
     1169
So longe þey [s]ouȝt hit by sege or þey þe [cite] hadde
     1170
Eleuen hundred þousand Jewes in þe mene whyle
     1171
Swalten while þe sweng last by swerd & by hunger
     1172
Now Titus conseil haþ take þe toun to assayle
     1173
To wynne hit on eche [wise] of warwolues handes Page  69
     1174
Neuer pyte ne pees profre hem more
     1175
Ne gome þat he gete may to no grace taken
     1176
[þei] armen hem as tyt alle for þe werr
     1177
Tyen euen to þe toun with trompis & pypys
     1178
With nakerers & grete noyce neȝen þe walles
     1179
Þer many styf man & stour stondiþ alofte
     1180
Sir Sabyn of Surrye on a syde ȝede
     1181
Þe ȝong duke Domycian drow to an oþer
     1182
XV þousand [fiȝtynge] men eche freke hadde
     1183
With many maner of engyne & mynours ynowe
     1184
Tytus at þe toun ȝate with ten þousand helmes
     1185
Merkeþ mynour[s] at þe wal wher þey myne scholde
     1186
On ech side for þe assaute setteþ engynes
     1187
& bold-brayned men in belfrayes heye
     1188
Was noȝt bot dyn & dyt as alle deye scholde
     1189
So eche lyuande lyf layeþ on oþer Page  70
     1190
At eche kernel was cry & quasschyng of wepne
     1191
& many burne atte brayd brayned to deþ
     1192
Sir Sabyn of Surrye whyle þe saute laste
     1193
Leyþ a ladder to þe wal & alofte clymyþ
     1194
Wendeþ wyȝtly þeron þoȝ hym wo happned
     1195
& vp stondiþ for ston[es] or for steel gere
     1196
Syx he slow on þe wal sir Sabyn alone
     1197
Þe seueþ hitteþ on hym an vnhende dynte
     1198
Þat þe brayn out brast at boþ nose-þrylles
     1199
& Sabyn ded of þe dynt in-to þe diche falleþ
     1200