The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 1201 through 1300

Þan Tytus wepyþ for wo & warieþ þe tyme
     1201
Syþ he þe lede haþ lost þat he loue scholde
     1202
Ffor now is a duke ded þe douȝtiest y trowe
     1203
Þat euer stede bystrode or any steel wered
     1204
Tytus on þe same side setteþ an engyne
     1205
A sowe wroȝt for þe werr & to þe wal dryueþ Page  71
     1206
Þat alle ouerwalte þer he went & wyes an hundred
     1207
Wer ded of þat dynt & in þe diche lyȝten
     1208
Þan Tytus heueþ vp þe honde & heuen kyng þonkeþ
     1209
Þat þey þe dukes deþ han so der bouȝte
     1210
Page  25
Þe Jewes praien þe pees þis was þe paske-euene
     1211
& þe comelich kyng þe keyes out rauȝten
     1212
Nay traytours quoþ Tytus now take hem ȝourselfen
     1213
Ffor schal no ward on ȝour wal vs þe way lette
     1214
We han geten vs a gate a[g]en ȝour wille
     1215
Þat schal be satled sour on ȝour sory kynde
     1216
Or þe ȝates wer ȝolden þre ȝer byfore
     1217
Ouer þe cyte wer seyn selcouþe þynges
     1218
A bryȝt bren[n]yng swerd ouer þe burwe henged
     1219
Without hond oþer helpe saue [of] heuen one
     1220
Armed men in þe ayer vpon ost-wyse
     1221
Ouer þe cyte wer seyn sundrede tymes Page  72
     1222
A calf aȝen kynde calued in þe temple
     1223
& eued an ewe-lombe at [þe] offryng-tyme
     1224
A wye on þe wal cried wonder heye
     1225
Voys fram est & fram west & fram þe four wyndis
     1226
& sayd Wo wo wo worþ on ȝou boþe
     1227
Jerusalem þe Jewen toun & þe joly temple
     1228
Ȝif sayþ þe wye on þe walle o word mor
     1229
Wo to þis worldly wone & wo to my-selue
     1230
& deyd whan he don hadde þrow dynt of [a] slynge
     1231
& haplich was had away how wyst I neuere
     1232
& þan þey deuysed hem & vengaunce hit helde
     1233
& wyten her wo þe wronge þat þey wroȝte
     1234
Whan þey brutned in þe burwe þe byschup seint Jame
     1235
Noȝt wolde acounte hit for Crist þe car þat þey hadde
     1236
Bot vp ȝeden her ȝates [þey] ȝelden hem alle
     1237
Without brunee & briȝt wede in her bar chertes Page  73
     1238
fram none tille þe merke nyȝt neuer ne cesed
     1239
Bot man after man mercy bysouȝt
     1240
Tytus into þe toun takeþ his way
     1241
Myȝt no man st[e]ken [i]n þe stret for stynke of ded corses
     1242
Þe peple in þe pauyment was pite to byholde
     1243
Þat we enfamy[n]ed for defaute whan hem fode wanted
     1244
Was noȝt on ladies lafte bot þe lene bones
     1245
Þat wer fleschy byfor & fayr on to loke
     1246
Burges with balies as barels or þat tyme
     1247
No gretter þan a grehounde to grype on þe medil
     1248
Tytus tarieþ noȝt for þat bot to þe temple wendiþ
     1249
Þat was rayled þe roof with rebies grete
     1250
With perles & peritotes alle þe place ferde
     1251
As glowande gledfur þat on gold st[r]ikeþ
     1252
Þe dores ful of dyemauntes dryuen wer þicke
     1253
& made merueylous lye with margeri perles Page  74
     1254
Derst no candel be [ky]nde whan clerkes scholde rise
     1255
So wer þey lemaunde lyȝt & as a lampe schonen
     1256
Þe Romayns wayten on þe werke warien þe tyme
     1257
Þat euer so precious a place scholde persche for her synne
     1258
Out þe tresour to take Tytus commaundyþ
     1259
Doun bete þe bilde brenne hit in-to grounde
     1260
Þer was plente in þe place of precious stonys
     1261
Grete gaddes of gold who-so grype lyste
     1262
Platis pecis of peys pulsched vessel
     1263
Bassynes of brend gold & oþer bryȝt ger
     1264
Pelours masly made of metals fele
     1265
In cop[r]e craftly cast & in clene seluere
     1266
Peynted [with] pur gold alle þe place was ouer
     1267
Þe Romayns renten hem doun & to Rome ledyn
     1268
Whan þey þe cyte han souȝt vpon þe same wyse Page  75
     1269
Telle couþe no tonge þe tresours þat þei þer foundn
     1270
Jewels for joly men je[mewes] riche
     1271
Ffloreyns of [fyne] gold no freke wanted
     1272
Riche pelour & pane princes to wer
     1273
Besantes bies of gold broches & rynges
     1274
Clene cloþes of selke many carte-fulle
     1275
Wele wanteþ no wye bot wale[þ] what hym lykeþ
     1276
Now masouns & mynours han þe molde souȝte
     1277
With pykeyse & ponsone persched þe walles
     1278
Hewen þrow hard ston hadde hem to grounde
     1279
Þat alle derkned þe diche for doust of þe pouder
     1280
So þey wrouȝten at þe wal alle þe woke-tyme
     1281
Tille alle þe cyte was serched & souȝt al aboute
     1282
Maden wast at [a] wappe þer þe walle stode
     1283
Boþe in temple & in tour alle þe toun ouer
     1284
Nas no ston in þe stede stondande alofte
     1285
Morter ne m[o]de walle bot alle to mulle fallen Page  76
     1286
Noþer tymbr ne tre temple ne oþer
     1287
Bot doun betyn & brent into blake erþe
     1288
& whan þe temple was ouertourned Tytus commaundys
     1289
In plowes to putte & alle þe place erye
     1290
Suþ sow hit with salt & seide þis wordes
     1291
Now is þis stalwourþe stede distroied for euere
     1292
Tytus suþ sett hym on a sete riche
     1293
As juge Jewes to jugge justise hym-self
     1294
Criour[s] callen hem forþ as hy þat Crist slowen
     1295
& beden Pilat apere þat prouost was þanne
     1296
Pilat proffriþ hym forþ apered at þe bar
     1297
& he frayneþ þe freke alle with fair wordis
     1298
Whan Crist of dawe was don & to þe deþ ȝede
     1299
Of þe he[þ]yng þat he hadde & þe hard woundis
     1300