The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 301 through 400

Þey setten vpon eche side surrie withyn
     301
Brente ay at þe bak & [all] bar laften
     302
Was noȝt bot roryng & r[u]th in alle þe riche tounnes
     303
& red laschyng lye alle þe londe ouer
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Token toun & tour teldes ful fele
     305
Brosten ȝates of brass & many borwe wonnen
     306
Holy þe heþen here hewyn to grounde
     307
Boþ in bent & in borwe þat abide wolde
     308
Þe jewes to ierusalem þ[ere] josephus dwelde
     309
Flowen as þe foule doþ þat faucoun wolde strike
     310
A cite vnder syon sett was ful noble
     311
With many toret & tour þat toun to defende Page  18
     312
Princes & prelates & poreil of þe londe
     313
Clerkes & comens of contrees aboute
     314
Wer schacked to þat cite sacrifice to make
     315
At paske tyme as preched hem prestes of þe lawe
     316
Many swykel at þe sweng to þe swerd ȝede
     317
For penyes passed non þoȝ he pay wolde
     318
Bot diden alle to þe deþe & drowen hem after
     319
With engynes to jerusalem þer jewes wer þykke
     320
Þey sette sadly a sege þe cite alle aboute
     321
Piȝten pauelouns doun of pallen webbes
     322
With ropis of riche silk raysen vp swyþe
     323
Grete tentis as a toun of torke[is] cloþys
     324
Choppyn ouer þe cheuentayns with charboklis four
     325
A gay egle of gold on a gilde appul
     326
With grete dragouns grym alle in gold wroȝte
     327
Lyk to lyouns also lyande þervnder
     328
Paled & paynted þe paueloun was vmbe
     329
Stoked ful of storijs strayned myd armys
     330
Of quaynte colour to know kerneld alofte
     331
An hundred stondyng on stage in þat stede one Page  19
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Toured with torettes was þe tente þanne
     333
Suþ britaged aboute briȝt to byholde
     334
Er alle þe sege was sette ȝit of þe cite comyn
     335
Messengeres wer made fram maistres of þe lawe
     336
To þe chef cheuentayn þey chosen her wey
     337
Deden mekly by mouþe her message attonys
     338
Sayen þe cite haþ [vs] sent to serche ȝour wille
     339
To here þe cause of ȝour comyng [& what] ȝe coueyte wolde
     340
Waspasian no word to þe wyes schewed
     341
Bot sendeþ sondismen aȝen twelf siker knyȝtes
     342
[gert hem greithely] to go & þe gomes telle
     343
Þat alle þe cause of her com[e] was crist forto venge
     344
Sayþ y bidde hem be boun bishopes & oþer
     345
Tomorow or [mydday] [alle modur-nakyd]
     346
Vp her ȝates to ȝelde with ȝerdes an hande
     347
Eche whiȝt in a white scherte & no wede ellys
     348
Jewyse for iesu crist by juggement to take
     349
& make hem come þat iesu crist þroȝ conseil bytrayede Page  20
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Or y to þe walles schal wende & walten alle ouere
     351
Schal no ston vpon ston stonde by y passe
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Þis sondismen sadly to þe cite ȝede
     353
Þer þe lordes of þe londe lent weren alle
     354
Tit tolden her tale & wonder towe made
     355
Of crist & of cayphas & how þey come scholde
     356
& when þe knyȝtes of crist carpyn bygonn
     357
Þe jewes token alle twelf without tale mor
     358
Her hondis bounden at her bak with borden stauys
     359
And of flocken her fa[x] & her fair berdis
     360
Made hem naked as a nedel to þe neþer houe
     361
Her visages blecken with bleche & al þe body after
     362
Suþ knyt with a corde to eche knyȝtes swer
     363
A chese & charged hem her chyuentayn to ber
     364
Sayþ vnbuxum we beþ his biddyng to ȝete
     365
Ne noȝt dreden his dom his deþ haue we atled
     366
He schal vs fynde in þe felde ne no ferr seke
     367
Tomorowe pryme or hit passe & so ȝour prince telliþ
     368
Þe burnes busken out of burwe bounden alle twelf Page  21
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Aȝen message to make fram þe maister jewes
     370
Was neuer waspasian so wroþe as whan þe wyes come
     371
Þat wer scorned & schende vpon schame wyse
     372
Þis knyȝtes byfor þe kyng vpon knees fallen
     373
& tolden þe tale as hit tid hadde
     374
Of þy manace ne þy myȝt þey make bot lyte
     375
Þus ben we tourned of our tyre in tokne of þe soþe
     376
& bounden for our bolde speche þe batail þey willeþ
     377
Tomorowe prime or hit passe þey put hit no ferre
     378
Hit schal be satled on þy-self þe same þat þou atlest
     379
Þus han þey certifiet þe [to saye] & sende þe þis cheses
     380
Wode wedande wroþ waspasian was þanne
     381
Layde wecche to þe walle & warned in haste
     382
Þat alle maner of men in þe morowe scholde
     383
Be sone after þe sonne assembled in þe felde
     384
He streyȝt up a standard in a stour wyse
     385
Bild as a belfray bretful of wepne
     386
Whan oȝt fauted in þe folke þat to þe feld longed
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Atte þe belfray to be botnyng to fynde Page  22
     388
A dragoun was dressed drawyn a lofte
     389
Wyde gapande of gold gomes to swelwe
     390
With arwes armed in þe mouþe & also he hadde
     391
A fauch[ou]n vnder his feet with four kene bladdys
     392
Þerof þe poyntes wer piȝt in partyis four
     393
Of þis wlonfulle wor[l]de þer þei werr fondyn
     394
In forbesyn to þe folke þis fauchoun hengeþ
     395
Þat þey hadde wonnen with [werre] al þe world riche
     396
A bal of brennande gold þe beste was on sette
     397
His taille trayled þer aboute þat tourne scholde he neuere
     398
Whan he was lifte vp[his liche] þer þe lord werred
     399
Bot ay lokande on þe londe tille þat al lauȝte wer
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