The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 1 through 100

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In Tiberyus tyme þe trewe emperour
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Sir Sesar hym sulf seysed in Rome
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Whyle Pylat was prouost vnder þat prince riche
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& Iewen iustice also in Judeus londis
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Herodes vnder his emperie as heritage wolde
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Kyng of Galile ycalled whan þat Crist deyed
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Þey Sesar sakles wer þat oft synne hatide
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Þrow Pylat pyned he was & put on þe rode
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A pyler pyȝt was doun vpon þe playn erþe
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His body bonden þer to beten with scourgis
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Whyppes of quyrboyle by-wente his white sides
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Til he al on rede blode ran as rayn [i]n þe strete
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Suþ stoked hym on a stole with styf Mannes hondis
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Blyndfelled hym as a be & boffetis hym raȝte Page  2
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Ȝif þou be prophete of pris prophecie þey sayde
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Whiche [beryn] her aboute bolled þe laste
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A þrange þornen croune was þraste on his hed
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Vmbe-casten hym with a cry & on a croys slowen
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For al þe harme þat he hadde hasted he noȝt
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On hem þe vyleny to venge þat his veynys brosten
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Bot ay taried ouer þe tyme ȝif þey tourne wolde
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Ȝaf hem space þat hym spilide þey hit spedde lyte
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Forty wynter as y fynde & no fewer ȝyrys
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Or princes presed in hem þat hym to pyne wroȝt
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Til hit tydde on a tyme þat Tytus of Rome
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Þat alle Gascoyne gate & Gyan þe noble
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Whyle noye noyet hym in Neroes tyme
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He hadde a malady vn-meke a-myd[dis] þe face
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Þe lyppe lyþ on a lumpe lyuered on þe cheke
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So a canker vnclene hit cloched to gedres
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Also his fader of flesche is ferly bytide
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A biker of waspen bees bredde on his nose Page  3
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Hyued vpon his hed he hadde hem of ȝouþe
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And Waspasian was caled þe waspene bees after
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Was neuer syknes sorer þan þis sir þoled
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For in a liter he lay laser at Rome
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Out of Galace was gon to glade hym a stounde
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For in þat cuþe he was kyng þey he car þolede
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Nas þer no leche vpon lyue þis lordes couþ helpe
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Ne no grace growyng to gayne her grym sores
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Now was þer on N[a]than Neymes sone of Grec[e]
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Þat souȝt oft ouer þe se fram cyte to oþer
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Knewe contreys fele kyngdomes manye
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& was a marener myche & marchaunt boþe
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Sensceus out of Surye sent hym to Rome
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To þe athel Emperour an eraunde fram þe Jewes
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Caled Nero by name þat hym to noye wroȝt
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Of his tribute to telle þat þey withtake wolde
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Nathan toward Nero nome on his way
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Ouer þe Grekys grounde myd þe grym yþes Page  4
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An heye setteþ þe sayl ouer þe [salte] water
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& with a dromound on þe deep drof on faste
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Þe wolco[n] wanned anon & þe water skeweþ
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Cloudes clateren gon as þey cleue wolde
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Þe racke myd a rede wynde roos on þe myddel
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& sone sette on þe se out of þe souþ syde
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Blewe on þe brode se bolned vp harde
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Nathannys naue a-non on [þe] norþ dryueþ
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So þe wedour & þe wynd on þe water metyn
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Þat alle hurtled on an hepe þat þe helm ȝemyd
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Nathan flatte for ferde & ful vnder hacchys
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Lete þe wedour & þe wynde worþe as hit lyked
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Þe schip scher vpon schore schot froward Rome
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Toward vncouþ costes keuereþ þe yþes
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Rapis vnradly vmbe ragged tourres
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Þe brode sail at o brayd to-bresteþ a twynne
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Þat on ende of þe sschip was ay toward heuen Page  5
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Þat oþer doun in þe deep as alle drenche wolde
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Ouer wilde wawes he wende as alle walte scholde
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St[a]rke stremes þrow yn stormes & wyndes
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With mychel langour atte laste as our lord wolde
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Alle was born at a by[rre] to Burdewes hauene
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By þat wer bernes atte banke barouns & knyȝtes
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& [citezeins] of þe syȝt selcouþ [hem] þoȝt
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Þat euer barge oþer bot or berne vpon lyue
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Vnpersched passed hadde þe peryles wer so many
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Þey token hym to Titus for he þe tonge couþe
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& he [hem] fraynes how fer þe flode hadde yferked
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Sir out of Surre he seide y am come
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To Nero sondis-man sent þe [seygnour] of Rome
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Ffram Sensceus his seriant with certayn leteres
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Þat is iustise & iuge of Jewen lawe
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Me wer leuer at þat londe le[ngede] þat y wer
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Þan alle þe gold oþer good þat euer god made
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Þe kyng in to conseyl calleþ hym sone Page  6
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& saide Canste þou any cur or craft vpon erþe
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To softe þe grete sore þat sitteþ on my cheke
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& y schal þe redly rewarde & to Rome sende
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Nathan nyckes hym with nay sayde he non couþe
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Bot wer þou kyng in þat kuþþe þer þat Crist deyed
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Þer is a worlich wif a womman ful clene
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Þat haþ softyng & salue for eche sore out
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Telle me tyt quoþ Titus & þe schal tyde better
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What medecyn is most þat þat may vseþ
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Wheþer gommes oþer graces or any goode drenches
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Oþer chauntementes or charmes y charge þe to say
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Nay non of þo quoþ Nathan bot now wole y [telle]
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Þer was a lede in our londe while he lif hadde
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Preued for a prophete þrow preysed dedes
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& born in Bethleem one by of a burde schene
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