The siege of Jerusalem
Anonymous
E. Kölbing and Mabel Day

Lines 801 through 900

Þer-of was josophus war þat myche of werr couþe
     801
& sette on þe walle side sakkes myd chaf
     802
Aȝens þe streyngþe of þe stroke þer þe stones hytte
     803
Þat alle dered noȝt a dyȝs bot grete dy[n] made
     804
Þe romayns runne to a-non & on roddes knytte
     805
Siþes for þe sackes þat selly wer kene
     806
Raȝten to þe ropis rent hem in sonder
     807
Þat alle dasschande doun in-to þe diche flatten
     808
Bot josophus þe gynful her engynes alle
     809
Brente with brennande oyle & myche bale wroȝt
     810
Waspasian wounded was þer wonderlich sore
     811
Þrow þe hard of þe hele with an hande-darte
     812
Þat boot þrow þe bote & þe bone nayled
     813
Of þe frytted fote in þe folis syde
     814
Sone assembled hym to many sadde hundred Page  47
     815
Þat wolden wrecken þe wounde oþer wo habben
     816
Þey bowyn to þe barres bekered ȝerne
     817
Fouȝt riȝt felly foyned with speres
     818
Jo[k]ken jewes þroȝ engynes by þanne
     819
Wer manye bent at þe bonke & to þe burwe þrewen
     820
Þer wer selcouþes sen as segges mowe here
     821
A burne with a balwe-ston was þe brayn cloue
     822
Þe gretter pese of þe panne þe pyble forþ strikeþ
     823
Þat hit flow in-to þe feld a forlong or more
     824
A womman bounden with a barn was on þe body hytte
     825
With þe ston o[f] a staf[-slyng] as þe storyj telleþ
     826
Þat þe barn out brayde fram þe body clene
     827
& was born vp as a bal ouer þe burwe walles
     828
Burnes wer brayned & brosed to deþ
     829
Wymmen wide open walte vnder stones
     830
Frosletes fro þe ferst to þe flor þrylled Page  48
     831
& many toret doun tilte þe temple a-boute
     832
Þe cite had ben seised myd saut at þat tyme
     833
Nad þe folke be so fers þat þe fende serued
     834
Þat kilden on þe cristen & kepten þe walles
     835
With arwes & arblastes & archers manye
     836
With speres & spryngoldes sponnen out hard
     837
Dryuen dartes a-doun ȝeuen depe woundes
     838
Þat manye renke out of rome [by] rest[ing] of þ[e] s[o]nne
     839
Was mychel leuer a leche þan layke myd his ton
     840
Waspasian stynteþ of þe stour steweþ his burnes
     841
Þat wer for-beten & bled vnder bryȝt yren
     842
Tyen to her tentis myd tene þat þey hadde
     843
Al wery of þat werk & wounded ful sore
     844
Helmes & hamberkes hadden of sone
     845
Leches by torche-liȝt loken her hurtes
     846
Waschen woundes with wyn & with wolle stoppen
     847
With oyle & orisoun ordeyned in charme Page  49
     848
Suþ euereche a segge to þe soper ȝede
     849
Þoȝ þey wounded wer was no wo nempned
     850
Bot daunsyng & no deil with dynnyng of pipis
     851
& þe nakerer noyse alle þe nyȝt-tyme
     852
Whan þe derk was doun & þe day spr[o]ngen
     853
Sone after þe sonne sembled þe grete
     854
Comen forþ-with þe kyng conseil to her
     855
Alle þe knyȝthod clene þat for crist werred
     856
Waspasian waiteþ a-wide his wyes byholdeþ
     857
Þat wer frescher to fiȝt þan at þe furst tyme
     858
Prayeþ princes on ernest & alle þe peple after
     859
Þat eche wye of þat werr schold his wille specke
     860
For or þis toun be tak & þis toures heye
     861
Michel tor[fere] & tene vs tides on hande
     862
Þay tourned alle to titus & hym þe tale scheweþ
     863
Of þe cite & þe sege to seyn for hem alle
     864
Þan titus tourneþ hem to & talkyng bygynneþ Page  50
     865
Þus to layke with þis les[e folke] vs lympis þe worse
     866
For þey ben fel[l]e of defence ferce men & noble
     867
& þis toured toun is tenful to wynne
     868
Þe worst wrecche in þe wone may on walle lygge
     869
Strike doun with a ston & stuny many knyȝtes
     870
Whan we schul houe & byholde & litel harme wirche
     871
& ay þe loþe of þe layk liȝt on vs-selue
     872
Now mowe þey ferke no ferr her fode forto wynne
     873
Wolde we stynt of our strif whyle þey her stor ma[r]-den
     874
We scholde with [hunger] hem honte to hoke out of toun
     875
[with-owttyn weme or wounde or any wo ells]
     876
For þer as fayleþ þe fode þer is feynt strengþe
     877
& þer as hunger is hote hertes ben feble
     878
Alle assenteden to þe sawe þat to þe [sege] longed
     879
Apaied as þe prince & þe peple wolde Page  51
     880
To þe kyng wer called constables þanne
     881
Marchals maser[s] men þat he to tristiþ
     882
He chargeþ hem che[f]ly for chaunce þat may falle
     883
With wacche of waled men þe walles to kepe
     884
For we wol hunten at þe hart þis heþes aboute
     885
& hur racches renne a-monge þis rowe bonkes
     886
Ride to þe reuer & rer vp þe foules
     887
Se faucouns fle fole of þe beste
     888
Ech segge to þe solas þat hym-self lyked
     889
Princes out of pauelouns presen on stedes
     890
Torn[ei]en trifflyn & on þe toun wayten
     891
Þis lyf þey ledde longe & [lord] ȝyue vs grace
     892
In rome nero haþ now mychel noye wroȝt
     893
To deþ pyned þe pope & mychel peple quelled
     894
Petr apostlen prince & seint poule [also] Page  52
     895
Senek & þe senatours & alle þe cite fured
     896
His modir & his my[l]de wif murdred to deþe
     897
Combred cristen fele þat on crist leued
     898
Þe romayns resen a-non whan þey þ[i]s rewþe seyen
     899
To quelle þe emperour quyk þat hem vnquemed hadde
     900