The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 201 through 300

Þat tyme peter was pope & preched in rome
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Þe lawe & þe lore þat our byleue askeþ
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Folowed faste on þe folke & to þe fayþ tourned
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& crist wroȝt for þat wye wondres ynow
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Þer of waspasian was war þat þe waspys hadde
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Sone sendeþ hym to & þe soþe tolde
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Of crist & þe kerchef þat keuered þe sike
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As nathan neymes sone seide þat [was to nero] come
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Þan to consayl was called þe knyȝtes of rome
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& assenteden sone to sende messages
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Twenti knyȝtes wer cud þe ker[ch]yf to fecche
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& asked trewes of þe emperour þat erand to done
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Ac without tribute or trewes tenfulle wyes
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Þe knyȝtes with þe kerchef comen ful blyue
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Þe pope ȝaf pardoun to hem þat passed þer aȝens
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With processioun & pres princes & dukes
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& whan þe womman was war þat þe wede owede
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[of] seint peter þe pope ȝo platte to þe grounde
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Vmbefelde his fete & to þe freke saide
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Of þis kerchef & my cors þe kepyng y þe take Page  13
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Þan bygan þe burne biterly to wepe
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For þe doylful deþ of his der mayster
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& longe stode in þe stede or he stynte myȝt
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Whan he vnclosed þe cloþe þat cristes body touched
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Þe wede fram þe womman [he] warpe atte laste
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Receyued hit myd reuerence & rennande teris
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Out of þe place myd pres þey passed on swyþe
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& ay held hit on hey þat alle byhold myȝt
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Þan twelf barouns bolde þe emperour bade wende
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& þe pope departe fram þe pople faste
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Veronyk & þe vail waspasian þey broȝt
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& seint peter þe pope presented boþe
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Bot a ferly byfelle forþ myd hem alle
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In her temple bytidde tenful þynges
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Þe mahound & þe mametes tomortled to peces
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& al tocrased as þe cloþ þroȝ þe kirke passed
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Into þe palice with þe printe þan þe pope ȝede
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Knyȝtes kepten þe cloþe & on knees fallen
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A flauour flambeþ þer fro þey felleden hit alle Page  14
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Was neuer odour ne eyr vpon erþe swetter
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Þe kerchef clansed hit self & so cler wexed
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Myȝt no lede on hit loke for liȝt þat hit schewed
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As hit aproched to þe prince he put vp his hed
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For comfort of þe cloþ he cried wel loude
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Lo lordlynges her þe lyknesse of crist
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Of whom my botnyng y bidde for his bitter woundis
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Þan was wepyng & wo & wryngyng of hondis
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With loude dyn & dit for doil of hym one
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Þe pope availed þe vaile & his visage touched
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Þe body suþ al aboute blessed hit þrye
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Þe waspys wenten away & alle þe wo after
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Þat er lasar was longe lyȝtter was neuere
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Þan was pypyng & play his pyne was awey
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Þey ȝelden grace to god þis two grete lordes
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Þe kerchef arieþ fram alle & in þe eyr hangyþ
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Þat þe symple myȝt hit se in to soper tyme
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Þe veronycle after veronyk waspasian hit called Page  15
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Garde hit gayly agysen in gold & in seluere
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Ȝit is þe visage in þe vail as veronyk hym broȝt
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Þe romaynes at rome a relyk hit holden
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Þis whyle nero hadde noye & non nyȝtes reste
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For his tribute was [tynt] as nathan told hadde
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He commaundiþ knyȝtes to come consail to holde
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Erles & alle men þe emperour aboute
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Assembled þe senatours sone vpon haste
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To iugge who jewes myȝt best vpon þe jewys take
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& alle demeden by dome þo dukes to wende
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Þat wer cured þrow crist þat þey on croys slowen
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Þat on waspasian was of þe wyes twey
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Þat þe trauail vndertoke & titus an oþer
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A bold burne on a blonke & of his body comyn
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No ferþer sib to hymself bot his sone der
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Crouned kynges boþe & mychel crist loued
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Þat hadde hem [g]euen of his grace & her grem stroyed Page  16
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Moste þei hadde hit in hert her hestes to kepe
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& her forwardis to fulfille þat þei byfor made
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Þan was rotlyng in rome robbyng of brynnyes
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Schewyng of scharpe [stele] scheldes ydressed
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Lauȝte leue at þat lord leften his sygne
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A grete dragoun of gold & alle þe [g]yng folwed
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By þat schippis wer schred yschot on þe depe
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Takled & atired on talterande yþes
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Ffresch water & wyn wounden yn faste
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& stof of alle maner store þat hem strengþe scholde
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Þer wer floynes a flot farcostes many
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Cogges & crayers ycasteled alle
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Galees of grete streyngþe with golden fanes
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[þe brede] on þe brod se aboute four myle
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Þey tyȝten vp tal-sail whan þe tide asked
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Hadde byr at þe bake & þe bonke lefte
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Souȝte ouer þe se with soudeours manye
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& [ioyned in to] port jaf in judeis londys Page  17
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Suree cesaris londe þou may seken euer
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Ful mychel wo m[o]n be wroȝte in þy [w]lonk tounes
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Cytees vnder s[yon] now is ȝour sorow uppe
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Þe deþ of þe dereworþ crist der schal be ȝolden
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Now is bethleem þy bost ybroȝt to an ende
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Jerusalem & ierico forjuggyd wrecchys
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Schal neuer kyng of ȝour kynde with croune be ynoyntid
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Ne jewe for jesu sake [i]ouke in ȝou more
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