The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 501 through 600

Hit nediþ noȝt at þis note of nero to mynde
     501
Ne to trete of no trewe for tribute þat he askeþ
     502
Þat querel y quikcleyme [qweþer] he ne wilneþ
     503
Of þis rebel to rome bot resoun to haue
     504
Bot mor þing in our mynde myneþ [vs] today
     505
Þat by resoun to rome þe regnance fallyþ
     506
Boþe þe myȝt & þe mayn [&] mais[trie] on e[rþe]
     507
& lord[chipe] of eche londe þat liþe vnder heuen
     508
Lat neuer þis faiþles folke with fiȝt vs wynne
     509
Hors ne harnays bot þey hit hard byen
     510
Plate ne pesan ne pendauntes ende
     511
While any lyme may laste or we þe lif haue
     512
For þei ben feyn[t] at þe fiȝt fals of byleue
     513
& wel wenen at a wap alle þe wo[r]ld quelle Page  29
     514
Noþer grounded on god ne on no grace tristen
     515
Bot alle in st[erynne]s of stour & in strengþ one
     516
& we ben diȝt today driȝten to serue
     517
Hey heuen kyng [take] hede to his owne
     518
Þe ledes louten hym alle & aloude sayde
     519
Today þat fleþe any fote þe fende haue his soule
     520
Bemes blowen anon blonkes to neȝeȝ
     521
Stedis stampen in þe felde stif steil vnder
     522
Stiþe men in stiropys striden alofte
     523
Knyȝtes croysen hemself cacchen her helmys
     524
With loude clarioun cry & alle kyn pypys
     525
Tymbris & tabourris tonelande loude
     526
Ȝeuen a schillande schout schrynken þe jewes
     527
As womman [welter solde in swounn] whan hir þe water neȝeþ
     528
Lacchen launces anon lepyn to-gedris Page  30
     529
As fur out of flynt ston ferde hem bytwene
     530
Doust drof vpon lofte dymedyn alle aboute
     531
As þonder & þicke rayn þrowolande in skyes
     532
[þei] beren burnes þrow brosten launces
     533
Knyȝtes crosschen doun to þe cold erþe
     534
Ffouȝt faste in þe felde & ay þe fals vnder
     535
Doun swowande [one] swelt with out swar more
     536
Tytus tourneþ hym to tolles of þe beste
     537
Forjustes þe jolieste with joyn[yng] of werr
     538
Suþ with a briȝt bronde he betiþ on harde
     539
Tille þe brayn & þe blod on þe bent ornen
     540
Souȝt þroȝ an oþer side with a sore wepne
     541
Bet on þe broun stele while þe bladde laste
     542
An hey breydeþ þe brond & as a bore lokeþ
     543
How hetterly doun hente who so wolde
     544
Alle briȝtned þe bent as bemys of sonne
     545
Of þe gilden ger & þe goode stones Page  31
     546
Ffor schyueryng of sche[l]des & schynyng of helmes
     547
Hit ferde as alle þe firmament vpon a fur wer
     548
Waspasian in þe vale þe fanward by-holdeþ
     549
How þe heþyn her heldiþ to grounde
     550
Cam with a fair ferde þe fals men to mete
     551
As greued griffouns girden in samen
     552
Spakly her speres on sprotes þay ȝeden
     553
Scheldes as schidwod on scholdres tocleuen
     554
Schoken out of schepes þat scharpe w[ere] ygrounde
     555
& mallen metel þroȝ vnmylt hertes
     556
Hewen on þe heþen hurtlen togedr
     557
Forschorne gilt schroud sch[o]dered burne[s]
     558
Baches woxen ablode aboute in þe vale
     559
& goutes fram gold wede as goteres þey runne
     560
Sir sabyn setteþ hym vp whan hit so ȝede
     561
Rideþ myd þe rereward & alle þe route folweþ Page  32
     562
Kenely þe castels came to assayle
     563
Þat þe bestes on her bake out of burwe ladden
     564
Atles on þe olyfauntes þat orible wer
     565
Girdiþ out þe guttes with grounden speres
     566
R[o]ppis rispen forþ þat redles an hundred
     567
Scholde be busy to burie þat on a bent lafte
     568
Castels clateren doun cameles brosten
     569
Dromedaries to þe deþ drowen ful swyþe
     570
Þe blode fomed hem fro in þe flasches aboute
     571
Þ[at] knedepe in þe dale dascheden stedes
     572
Þe burnes in þe bretages þat aboue wer
     573
For þe doust & þe dyn as alle doun ȝede
     574
Al forstoppette in stele storteblynde wexen
     575
Whan hurdiȝs & hard erþe hurtled togedre
     576
& vnder dromedaries doun diȝten hem sone
     577
Was non left vpon lyue þat a lofte standeþ
     578
Saue [ane] olepy olyfaunt at þe grete ȝate
     579
Þeras cayphas þe clerke in castel rideþ Page  33
     580
He say þe wrake on hem wende & away tourneþ
     581
With twelf maystres made of moyses lawe
     582
An hundred helmed men hien hem after
     583
Er þey of castel myȝt come cauȝten hem alle
     584
Bounden þe bischup on bycchyd wyse
     585
Þat þe blode out barst eche band vnder
     586
& broȝten [to] þe [berfraye] alle [þo] bew clerkes
     587
Þer þe standard stode & stadded hem þer
     588
Þe beste & þe britage & alle þe briȝt ger
     589
Chair & chaundelers & charbokel stones
     590
Þe rolles þat þey redden [on] & alle þe riche bokes
     591
Þey broȝte myd þe bischup þou hym bale þouȝte
     592
Anon þe feyþles folke fayleden herte
     593
Tourned toward þe toun & tytus hem after
     594
Ffe[l]de of þe fals ferde in þe felde lefte
     595
An hundred in her helmes myd his honde one
     596
Þe fals jewes in þe felde fallen so þicke
     597
As hail froward heuen hepe ouer oþer Page  34
     598
So was þe bent ouerbrad blody byrunne
     599
With ded bodies aboute alle þe brod vale
     600