The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 601 through 700

Myȝt no stede doun stap bot on stele wede
     601
Or on burne oþer on beste or on briȝt scheldes
     602
So myche was þe multitude þat on þe molde lafte
     603
Þer so many wer mar[red] mereuail wer ellis
     604
Ȝit wer þe romayns as rest as þey fram rome come
     605
[vnrevyn] eche a renk & noȝt a ryng brosten
     606
Was no poynt perschid of alle her pris armur
     607
So crist his knyȝtes gan kepe tille complyn tyme
     608
An hundred þousand helmes of þe heþen syde
     609
Wer fey fallen in þe felde [þat no freke skapide]
     610
Saue seuen þousand of þe somme þat to þe cite flowen
     611
& wy[nn]en with mychel wo þe walles with-ynne
     612
Ledes lepen to a-non louken þe ȝates
     613
Barren hem bigly with boltes of yren
     614
Brayden vp brigges with brouden chaynes Page  35
     615
& portecolis with pile picchen to grounde
     616
Þei wynnen vp whyȝtly þe walles to kepe
     617
Fr[e]sche vnfonded folke & grete defence made
     618
Tyeþ in-to tourres tonnes ful manye
     619
With grete stones of gret & of gray marble
     620
Kepten kenly with caste þe kernels alofte
     621
Quar[r]en qu[a]rels out with quart[ote]s attonys
     622
Þat oþer folke at þe fote freshly assayled
     623
Tille eche dale with dewe was donked aboute
     624
With-drowen hem fro þe diche dukes & oþer
     625
[for] þe caste was so kene þat come fram þe walles
     626
Comen forþe with þe kyng clene as þey ȝede
     627
W[ant]ed noȝt o wye ne non þat wem hadde
     628
Princes to her pauelouns passen on swyþe
     629
Vnarmen hem as tyt & alle þe nyȝt resten
     630
With wacche vmbe þe walles to many wyes sorowe
     631
Þey wolle noȝt þe heþen her so harmeles be lafte Page  36
     632
Sone as þe rede day ros [o]n þe schye
     633
Bemes blowen anon burnes to aryse
     634
Þe kyng comaundeþ a cry þat comsed was sone
     635
Þe ded bodies on þe bonke barforto make
     636
To spoyle þe spilt folke spar scholde none
     637
Geten girdeles & ger gold & goode stones
     638
Byes broches bryȝt besauntes riche
     639
Helmes hewen of gold hamberkes manye
     640
Kesten ded vpon ded was deil to byholde
     641
Made wide weyes & to þe walles comen
     642
Assembleden at þe cite saut to bygynne
     643
Ffolke ferlich þycke at þe four ȝates
     644
Þey broȝten toures of tre þat þey taken hadde
     645
A-ȝen euereche ȝate ȝarken hem hey
     646
By-gonnnen at þe grettist a garrite to rer
     647
Groded vp fro þe grounde on twelfe grete postes
     648
[it] was wonderlich wide wroȝt vpon hyȝte Page  37
     649
Ffyue hundred in frounte to fiȝten at þe walles
     650
Hardy men vp-on haste hyen at þe grecys
     651
& bygonnnen with bir þe borow to assayle
     652
Quarels flambande of fur flowen out harde
     653
& arwes [vn]arwely with attyr enuenymyd
     654
Taysen at þe toures tachen on þe jewes
     655
Þroȝ kernels cacchen her deþ many kene burnes
     656
Brenten & beten doun þat bilde was wel þycke
     657
Brosten þe britages & þe brode toures
     658
By þat was many bold burne þe burwe to assayle
     659
Þe hole batail boun a-boute þe brode walles
     660
Þat wer byg & brode & bycchet to wynne
     661
Wonder heye to byholde with holwe diches vnder
     662
Heye bonked a-bou[t]e vpon boþe sydes
     663
Riȝt wicked to wynne bot ȝif wyles helpe
     664
Bow-men atte bonke benden her ger
     665
Schoten vp scharply to þe schene walles
     666
With arwes & arblastes & alle þat harme myȝt
     667
To affray þe folke þat defence made Page  38
     668
Þe jewes werien þe walles with wyles ynowe
     669
Hote [p]l[ay]ande picche a-monge þe peple ȝeten
     670
Brenn[a]n[d] leed & brynston barels fulle
     671
Schoten schynande doun riȝt as schyr water
     672
Waspasian wendeþ fram þe walles wariande hem alle
     673
Oþer busked wer boun benden engynes
     674
Kesten at þe kernels & clustred toures
     675
& monye der daies worke dongen to grounde
     676
By þat wriȝtes han wroȝt a wonder stronge pale
     677
Alle aboute þe burwe with bastiles manye
     678
Þat [no freke in myȝt fonde with-owttyn fethyrhames]
     679
[ne] no segge vnder sonne myȝt fram þe cite passe
     680
Suþ dommyn þe diches with þe ded corses
     681
Crammen hit myd karayn þe kirnels vnder
     682
Þat þe stynk of þe steem myȝt strike ouer þe walles
     683
To coþe þe corsed folke þat hem kepe scholde Page  39
     684
Þe cors of þe condit þat comen to [þe] toun
     685
Stoppen euereche a streem þer any str[ande] ȝede
     686
With stockes & stones & stynkande bestes
     687
Þat þey no water myȝt wynne þat weren enclosed
     688
Waspasian tourneþ to his tente with titus & oþer
     689
Commaundeþ consail anon on cayphas to sitte
     690
W[hat] deþ by dome þat he dey scholde
     691
With þe lettered ledes þat þey lauȝte hadde
     692
Domes-men vpon de[y]s demeden swyþe
     693
Þat ech freke wer quyk fleyn þe felles of clene
     694
Þen to be on a bent with blonkes to-drawe
     695
& suþ honget on an hep vpon heye galwes
     696
Þe feet to þe firmament alle folke to byholden
     697
With hony vpon ech [halfe] þe hydeles anoynted
     698
Corres & cattes with claures ful scharpe
     699
Ffour kagge[d] & knyt to cayphases þeyes
     700