Crux, duo latrones crucifixi, JESUS suspensus in cruce inter
eos, Maria mater Jesu, Johannes, Maria, Jacobus et
Salome, Longeus cum lancea, servus cum spongea,
Pilatus, Anna, Cayphas, Centurio, Josep [ab Arimathia]
et Nichodemus, deponentes eum in sepulcro.
¶See, seignors, and see what I say;
Take tent to my talking entire.
Avoid all this din here this day,
And fall to my friendship all here.
Sir PILATE, a prince without peer
My name is full fitly to call,
And doomsman full worthy of fear
Of most gentle Jewry of all
Who makes oppression
Or does transgression,
By my discretion
Shall be doomed duly to die.
To die shall I doom them indeed,
Those rebels that rule them unright.
Whoso to yon hill will take heed
May see there the sooth in his sight,
How doleful to death they are dight
That list not our laws for to hear.
Lo, thus by my main and my might
The churls shall I chastise and cheer
Each felon false gang
By neck shall hang;
On the cross shall be knit for to know.