The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 401 through 500

Þer by þe cite myȝt se no setlyng wolde rise
     401
Ne no trete of no trewes bot þe toun ȝelde
     402
Or ride on þe romayns for þey han her rede take
     403
Þer britned to be or þe [burghe] wynne
     404
His wynges [brighte wer & brade] boun forto flee Page  23
     405
With belles bordored aboute al of briȝt seluere
     406
Redy whan ouȝte runnen to rynge ful loude
     407
With eche [wap] of a [wynde] þat to þe wynges sprongyn
     408
Ibrytaged aboute þe belfray was þanne
     409
With a tenful tour þat ouer þe toun gawged
     410
Þe b[est] by þe briȝtnesse burnes myȝt knowe
     411
Four myle þer fro so þe feldes schonen
     412
& on eche pomel wer pyȝt penseles hyȝe
     413
Of selke & sendel with seluere ybetyn
     414
Hit glitered as gled fur ful of gold riche
     415
Ouer al þe cite to se as þe sonne bemys
     416
Byfor þe four ȝates he formes to lenge
     417
Sixtene þousand by somme while þe sege lasteþ
     418
Sette ward [to] þe walles þat noȝt awey scaped
     419
Sixe þousand in sercle þe cite alle aboute
     420
Was noȝt while þe nyȝt laste bot nehyng of stedis
     421
Strogelyng in stele wede & stuffyng of helmes Page  24
     422
With armyng of olyfauntes & oþer arwe bestes
     423
Aȝen þe cristen to come with castels on bake
     424
Waspasya[n] in stele wede & his wyes alle
     425
Weren diȝt forþ by day & drowen to þe vale
     426
Of josophat þer jesu crist schal juggen alle þinges
     427
Bigly batayled hym þer to bide[n] þis oþer
     428
Þe fauward titus toke to telle vpon ferste
     429
With six þousand soudiours assyned for þe nones
     430
& mony in þe mydward wer merked to lenge
     431
Þer waspasian was with princes & dukes
     432
& sixtene þousand in þe þridde with a þryuande knyȝt
     433
Sir sabyn of surrie a siker man of armes
     434
Þat prince was of prouynce & michel peple ladde
     435
Fourty hundred in helmes & harnays to schewe
     436
& ten þousand atte tail at þe tentis lafte
     437
Hors & harnays fram harmyng to kepe
     438
By þat bemys on þe burwe blowen ful loude
     439
& baners beden hem forþ now blesse vs our lorde
     440
Þe jewes assembled wer sone & of þe cite come
     441
An hundred þousand on hors with hamberkes atired
     442
Without folke vpon fot at þe four ȝates
     443
Þat preset to þe place with pauyes on hande
     444
Fyf & twenti olyfauntes defensable bestes
     445
With brode castels on bak out of burwe come
     446
& on eche olyfaunte armed men manye
     447
Ay an hundred an hey an hundred withyn
     448
Þo drowen dromedarius doun deuelich þicke
     449
[an] hundred þousand & yheled with harnays of mayle
     450
Eche beste with a big tour þer bold men wer ynne
     451
Twenty told by tale in eche tour euene
     452
Cameles closed in stele comen out þanne
     453
Faste toward þe feld a ferlich nonbr
     454
Busked to batail & on bak hadde
     455
Echon a toret of tre with ten men of armes
     456
Chares ful of chosen charged with wepne
     457
A wonder nonbr þer was who so wite lyste
     458
Many douȝti þat day þat was adradde neuer Page  26
     459
Wer fond fey in þe feld er þat fiȝt endid
     460
An olyfaunt yarmed came out at þe laste
     461
Keuered myd a castel was craftily ywroȝt
     462
A tabernacle in þe tour atyred was riche
     463
Piȝt as a paueloun on pileres of seluere
     464
A which of white seluere wal[w]ynde þer-ynne
     465
On four goions of gold þat hit fram grounde bar
     466
A c[h]osen chayr þerby on charbokeles twelfe
     467
Betyn al with barn[d] gold with brennande sergis
     468
Þe chekes of þe chayr wer cha[r]-bokles fyue
     469
Couered myd a riche cloþe þer cayphas was sette
     470
A plate of pulsched gold was piȝt on his breste
     471
With many preciose perle & pured stones
     472
Lered men of þe lawe þat loude couþe synge
     473
With sawters seten hym by & þe psalmys tolde
     474
Of douȝty david þe kyng & oþer der storijs
     475
Of joseph þe noble jewe & judas þe knyȝt
     476
Cayphas of þe kyst kyppid a rolle
     477
& radde how þe folke ran þroȝ þe re[d]e wa[ters]
     478
Whan pharao & his ferde wer in þe floode drouned
     479
& myche of moyses lawe he mynned þat tyme
     480
Whan þis faiþles folke to þe feld comen
     481
& batayled after þe bent with many burne kene
     482
For baneres þat blased & bestes yarmed
     483
Myȝt no man se þrow þe sonne ne þe cite knowe
     484
Waspasian dyuyseþ þe vale alle aboute
     485
Þat was with baneres ouer[brade] to þe borwe wallis
     486
To barouns & bold men þat hym aboute wer
     487
Seiþ lordlynges aloude lestenyþ my speche
     488
Her nys king noþer knyȝt comen to þis place
     489
Baroun ne burges ne burne þat me folweþ
     490
Þat þe cause of his come nys crist forto venge
     491
Vpon þe faiþles folke þat hym fayntly slowen
     492
Byholdeþ þe heþyng & þe harde woundes
     493
Þe betyng & þe byndyng þat þe body hadde
     494
Lat neuer þis lawles ledis lauȝ at his harmys
     495
Þat bouȝt vs fram bale with blod of his herte Page  28
     496
[i] quyckeclayme þe querels of alle quyk burnes
     497
& clayme of euereche kyng saue of crist one
     498
Þat þis peple to pyne no pite ne hadde
     499
Þat preueþ his passioun who so þe paas redeþ
     500