The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 701 through 800

Twey apys at his armes to angren hym mor Page  40
     701
Þat renten þe rawe flesche vpon rede peces
     702
So was he pyned fram prime with persched sides
     703
Tille þe sonne doun souȝt in sommere-tyme
     704
Þe lered men of þe lawe a litel bynyþe
     705
Weren tourmented on a tre topsail walten
     706
Knyt to euerech clerke kene corres twey
     707
Þat alle þe cite myȝt se þe sorow þat þey dryuen
     708
Þe jewes walten ouer þe walles for wo at þat tyme
     709
Seuen hundred slow hem-self for sorow of her clerkes
     710
Somme hent her heer & fram þe hed pulled
     711
& somme [down] for deil dasch[e]de to grounde
     712
Þe kyng lete drawen hem a-doun whan þey dede wer
     713
Bade a bole-fur betyn to brennen þe corses
     714
Kesten cayphas þer-yn & his clerkes twelf
     715
& brenten euereche bon in-to þe browne askes
     716
Suþ went to þe walle on þe wynde syde
     717
& alle a-brod on þe burwe blewen þe powder Page  41
     718
Þer is doust [to] ȝour drynke a du[ke] to hem crieþ
     719
& bade hem bible of þat broþ for þe bischopes soule
     720
Þus ended coursed cayphas & his clerkes alle
     721
Al to-brused myd bestes brent at þe laste
     722
In tokne of tresoun & trey þat he wroȝt
     723
Whan crist þrow his conseil was cacched to deþ
     724
By þat was þe day don dym[m]ed þe skyes
     725
Merked [þe] montayns & mores a-boute
     726
Foules fallen to fote & her feþres r[y]s[t]en
     727
Þe nyȝt-wacche to þe walle & waytes to blowe
     728
Bryȝt fures a-boute betyn a-brode in þe oste
     729
Þe kyng & his consail carpen to-gedr
     730
Chosen chyuentayns out & chiden no mor
     731
Bot charged þe chek-wecche & to chambr wenten
     732
Kynges & knyȝtes to cacchen hem reste
     733
Waspasian lyþ in his logge litel he slepiþ
     734
Bot walwyþ & wyndiþ & waltreþ a-boute Page  42
     735
Ofte tourneþ for tene & on þe toun þynkeþ
     736
Whan schadewes & schir day scheden attwynne
     737
Leuerockes vpon lofte lyften her steuenes
     738
Burnes busken hem out of bedde with bemes loude
     739
Boþe blowyng on bent & on þe burwe walles
     740
Waspasian bounys of bedde busked hym fayr
     741
Fram þe fote to þe fourche in fyne gold cloþes
     742
Suþ putteþ þe prince ouer his pal[l]e[n] wedes
     743
A brynye browded þicke with a brest-plate
     744
[þe] gra[te was] of gray steel & of gold riche
     745
Þer-ouer he casteþ a cote colour[ede] of his armys
     746
A grete girdel of gold with-out ger oþer
     747
Layþ vmbe his lendis with lacchetes ynow
     748
A bryȝt burnesched swerd he belteþ alofte Page  43
     749
Of pur purged gold þe pomel & þe hulte
     750
A brod schynande scheld on scholdir he hongiþ
     751
Bocklyd myd briȝt gold abou[t]e at þe necke
     752
Þe glowes of gray steel þat wer with gold hemmyd
     753
Hauleþ [ouer] harnays & his hors askeþ
     754
Þe gold hewen helme haspeþ he blyue
     755
With viser & with a-vental deuysed for þe nones
     756
A croune of clene gold was closed vpon lofte
     757
Rybaunde vmbe þe rounde helm ful of riche stones
     758
Pyȝt prudely with perles in-to þe pur corners
     759
& so with saphyres sett þe sydes a-boute
     760
He strideþ on a stif stede & strikeþ ouer þe bente
     761
Liȝt as a lyoun wer loused out of cheyne
     762
His segges se[y]en hym alle & echon sayþ to oþer
     763
Þis is a comlich kyng knyȝtes to lede
     764
He boweþ to þe barres or he bide wolde
     765
Betynge on with þe brond on þe bras rynges Page  44
     766
Comeþ caytifes forþ ȝe þat crist slowen
     767
Knoweþ hym for ȝour kyng or ȝe cacche mor
     768
Wayteþ doun fro þe walle what wo is on hande
     769
May ȝe fecche ȝou no fode þoȝ ȝe fey worþe
     770
& þoȝ ȝe waterles wede wynne ȝe noȝt o droppe
     771
Þoȝ ȝe deþ scholde dey daies in ȝour lyue
     772
Þe pale þat i piȝt haue passe hit who myȝt
     773
Þat is so byg on þe bonke & haþ þe burowe closed
     774
Ffourty to fyȝten aȝens fyue hundred
     775
Þoȝ ȝe wer etnes echon in scholde [ȝ]e [tourne]
     776
& more manschyp wer hit ȝit mercy by-seche
     777
Þan metles marr þer no myȝt helpys
     778
Was non þat warpiþ a word bot waytes her poyntes
     779
Ȝif [any] stertis on st[r]ay with stones hem to kylle
     780
Þan wroþ as a wode bore he wendeþ his bridul
     781
Ȝif ȝe as dogges wol dey þe deuel haue þat recche
     782
& or i wende fro þis walle ȝe schul wordes schewe Page  45
     783
& efte spakloker speke or y ȝour speche owene
     784
By þat a jewe josophus þe gentyl clerke
     785
Hadde wroȝt a wonder wyle whan hem water fayled
     786
Made wedes of wolle in wete for to plunge
     787
Water-waschen as þey wer & on þe walle hengen
     788
Þe wedes dropeden doun d[r]yed ȝerne
     789
Rich rises hem fro þe romayns byholden
     790
Wenden wel her wedes hadde wasschyng so ryue
     791
Þat no wye in þe wone water schold fayle
     792
Waspasian þe wile wel ynow knewe
     793
Loude lawȝ[eþ] þer-at & lordlynges byddis
     794
No burne abasched be þoȝ þey þis bost make
     795
Hit beþ bot wyles of werr for water hem fayleþ
     796
Þan was no-þyng bot a newe note to bygynne
     797
Assaylen on eche a side þe cite by halues
     798
Merken myd manglouns ful vn-mete dyntes Page  46
     799
& myche of masouns note þey marden þat tyme
     800