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Qui loquitur tur piloquium · is Luciferes And rauhte30 with his ragemon31 · ringes hyne.
and broches. Bidders' and beggers . faste aboute eoden, Thus ye giveth oure32 gold glotonye to Til heor bagges and heor belies
helpen, bretful ycrammed;"
And leveth hit to losels33 · that lecherie Feyneden hem for heore foode foughten haunten.34 atte ale;
Weore the bisschop y-blessed and worth In glotonye, God wot,.
gon heo6 to
His seel shulde not be sent to deceyve And ryseth up with ribaudye? . this rober
the peple. dess knaves;
Ac37 hit' is not bi36 the bisschop that Sleep and sleuthe. suwetho hem evere. 45
the boye precheth; Pilgrimes and palmers. plihten hem Bote37 the parisch prest and he · parten togederes
the selver For to sechell Seint Jame' and seintes at That the poraille38 of the parisch · schold Roome;
have yif thei nere.39 Wenten forth in heore wey' with mony
wyse tales, And hadden leve to lyen · al heore lyf aftir.
NOAH'S FLOOD I fond there freres all the foure ordres, 55
THE WATERLEADERS AND DRAWERS Prechinge the peple · for profyt of heore
First God, sitting in some high place, or in Glosynge13 the Gospel · as hem14 good
clouds, if it can be done, speaks to Noah, liketh,14
standing with all his family outside the For covetysels of copes · construeth 16 hit
ark. ille: For monyet7 of this maistres. mowen 18 GOD. I, God, that all the world have clothen hem at lyking, 19
wrought, For moneye20 and heore marchaundie21 . Heaven and earth, and all of nought, meeten oft togedere.
60 I see my people in deed and thought
Are foully set in sin.
My spirit shall not remain in any man Ther prechede a pardoner · as22 he a That through fleshly liking is my fone, 40 prest were,
But till six score years be gone, And brought forthe a bulle · with bis
To look if they will blynne. schopes seles, And seide that himself mighte · asoylen23 Man that I made I will destroy, hem alle
Beast, man, and fowl that fly, Of falsnesse and fastinge · and of vowes
For on earth they do me annoy, y-broken.
The folk that are thereon; The lewede24 men leved25 him wel · and It harms me so hurtfully, lyked his wordes,
The malice now that does multiply, And comen up knelynge · and cusseden 26 That sore it grieveth me inwardly 15 his bulle;
That ever I made man.
70 He bonchede27 hem with his brevet28 . and blered heore eiyen,
Therefore, Noah, my servant free,
That righteous man art, as I see, berzars.
3 crammed. 4 shammed. "at the • they. 7 ribaldry.
A ship soon thou shalt make thee these robber
10 plighted. Of trees dry and light; 13 bellies. 13 interpreting. 14 as it pleased them.
30 reached, got.
31 bull. 18 as they please.
34 practise. 21 merchandise. 22 as if. 23 shrive.
36 all the fault of. 14 ignorant. * believed.
38 poor people.
39 if it were not for them. 17 banged.
is letter of indulgence.
1 many money
35 ears. 37 but.
i be not slack. * destroy.
2 take. 5 vex
9 stick. 12 wet weather
Seven days be yet coming,
Mankind for to annoy:
SHEM'S WIFE. Yet more beasts are in this
180 i skunk.
1 counsel. more.
HAM'S WIFE. And here are fowls, less and
more: Herons, cranes, and bittour, Swans, peacocks; and them before
Meat for this weather.
Ham. Shall we all fetch her in?
For of this flood I am in doubt.5
JAPHET'S WIFE. Here are cocks, kites, The Good Gossips. (They sing.) crows,
185 | The flood comes in full fleeting fast, 225 Rooks, ravens, many rows;
On every side it spreadeth full far; Ducks, curlews: whoever knows
For fear of drowning I am aghast, Each one in his kind?
Good gossip, let us draw near. And here are doves, ducks, drakes, And let us drink ere we depart, Redshanks, running through the lakes; 190 For oftentimes we have done so; And each fowl that language makes For at a draught thou drink'st a quart, In this ship men may find.
And so will I do, ere I go.
Then let Noah shut the window of the ark,
and let them, remaining within for a short time, sing the psalm “Save me, O God;" then let Noah open the window and look around.
2 for God's sake.
Now forty days are fully gone.
Beasts and all that can ily
Out anon they shall hie,
295 And if this fowl come not again, It is a sign, sooth to sayne,
Noah. Lord, I thank thee, through thy That dry it is on hill or plain,
might, And God hath done some grace.
Thy bidding shall be done in hight,
And as fast as I may dight Then let him send out the raven, and taking I will do thee honor, a dove in his hands, let him speak. And to thee offer sacrifice.
Therefore comes in all wise, Ah, Lord, wherever this raven be, 265
For of these beasts that be his
Offer I will this store.
Then coming out of the ark with all his Thou wilt turn again to me,
family Noah shall take his animals
and fowls and make an offering, and For of all fowls that may fly,
sacrifice. Thou art most meek and hend.2
Lord God in majesty,
305 shall be on the ship another dove bearing Where all was lost, safe to be, an olive branch in her mouth, which
Therefore now I am bowne, someone shall let down from the mast My wife, my children, my company, by a cord into Noah's hand, and
With sacrifice to honor thee, afterwards let Noah speak.
With beasts, fowls, as thou mayst see, 310
Which I offer here right soon.
God. Noah, to me thou art full able, 5 By this sight I may well say
And thy sacrifice acceptable, This flood begins to cease:
For I have found thee true and stable;
275 My sweet dove to me brought has
On thee must I now mind.
315 A branch of olive from some place;
Curse earth will I no more This betokeneth God has done us some
For man's sin that grieves me sore,
For of youth man full yore grace, And is a sign of peace.
Has been inclined to sin. Ah, Lord, honored may thou be! 280
You shall now grow and multiply, All earth dries now, I
And earth again you shall edify; see, But yet till thou commandest me,
Each beast and fowl that may fly Hence will I not hie.
Shall be afraid of you; All this water is away;
And fish in sea that may flytte? Therefore as soon as I may,
Shall sustain you, I you behite;8 325 Sacrifice I shall do in fay3
To eat of them do not let, To thee devoutly.
That clean be you may know. God. Noah, take thy wife anon,
Whereas you have eaten before
Grass and roots since you And thy children every one;
Of clean beasts, less and more, Out of the ship thou shalt gone
290 And they all with thee;
I give you leave to eat; 4 haste.