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Ere begynnyth a schort tretys and a comfortabyl · for

synful wrecchys · wher in þei may haue gret solas

and co͒fortcomfort to hem · and vndyrstondyn þeþe hy · & vnspe⸗

cabyl m᷑cymercy of ower souereyn Sauyowr cryst Ihu̅Ihesu

whos name be worschepd and mgnyfyedmagnyfyed wtwyth owten ende ·· þtþat

now in ower days to vs vnworthy deyneth to ex᷑cysenexercysen

hys nobeley & hys goodnesse / · Alle þeþe werkys of ower Sa⸗

viowr ben for ower exampyl & instruccyon And what gcegrace

þtþat he werkyth in any creatur  is ower ꝓfythprofyth yf lak of

charyte be not ower hynderawnce ·[And þ ᷑þer for be þeþe leue

of ower m᷑cyfulmercyful lord cryst Ihu͒Ihesu to þeþe magnyfying of hys

holy name IcIhesu crist· þisþis lytyl tretys · schal tretyn su̅deelsumdeel in ⸗

parcel of hys wonderful werkys ·· how m᷑cyfullymercyfully how be⸗

nȳglynyngly & how charytefully · he meued & stered a synful

caytyf vn to hys love · whech synful caytyf many ȝerꝭȝerys

was in wyl and in pposepurpose · thorw stery͒gsteryng of þeþe holy gost · to

folwyn
oure
savyo savyour · makyng gret behestys of fastyngꝭfastyngys · wyth

many oþ ᷑er dedys of penawns ·· And eu᷑euer sche was turned

a ȝen a bak in tym of temptacyon · lech vn to þe reed ⸗

spyr · whech boweth wtwyth eu᷑yeuery wynd & neu ᷑neuer is stable · les

þan no wynd bloweth ·· vn to þeþe tyme þtþat ower m᷑cyfullemercyfulle

lord · cryst Ihu̅Ihesu · hauyng pety · & co͒passioncompassion of hys hand⸗

werke & hys creatur  tn᷑ydturnyd helth in to sekenesse · ꝓsꝑy⸗prospery⸗

te in to adu᷑syteaduersyte · worshep in to repref & love in to

hatered ·/ thus alle þisþis thyngꝭthyngys tnyngturnyng vp so down ·/ þisþis

creatur whych many ȝerys had gon wyl & eu᷑euer ben

vnstable · was ꝑfythlyperfythly drawen & steryd to entren

þe wey of hy · ꝑfeccyonperfeccyon ·/ whech ꝑfythparfyth wey · cryst ower

Savyowr in hys ꝓpyrpropyr ꝑsoonepersoone examplyd · sadly · he ⸗

trad it · & dewly he went it · be forn ·· Than þisþis crea⸗

tur of whom thys tretys · thorw þe m᷑cymercy of IhuIhesu schal

schewen in ꝑtyparty þe leuyng ·/ towched be þe hand of ower ⸗

















lord wyth grett bodyly sekenesse · wher thorw sche lost reson

& her wyttes a long tym ·· tyl ower lord be grace restoryd

her a geyn · as it schal mor openly be schewed aftyrward ·

Her werdly goodꝭgoodys whech wer plentyuows & abundawnt

at þtþat day · in lytyl whyle after wer ful bareyn & bare ··

/þ⸧þan was pompe & pryde cast down & leyd on syde ·/ þeiþei

þtþat be forn had worshepd her · sythen ful scharply rep᷑uydrepreuyd

her ·/ her kynred & þei that had ben frendꝭfrendys · wer now hyr

most enmys / than sche ꝯsyderyngconsyderyng þis wondf᷑ulwondirful chawn⸗

gyng · Sekyng socosocowr vnd ᷑vndir þe wengꝭwengys of hyr gostly modyr

holy cherch ·· went & obeyd hyr to hyr gostly fadyr ·· Accu⸗

syng hyr self of her mysdedꝭmysdedys · & sythen ded gret bodyly

penawns ··/ and in schort tyme ower m᷑cyfulmercyful lord vy⸗

sytyd þisþis creatur wtwyth plentyuows teerys of ꝯt̍cyoncontricyon

day be day ·· in so mech · þtþat su̅mensummen seyden sche mygth

wepen whan sche wold & slawndered þeþe werk of god ·

Sche was so vsyd to be slawndred & rep᷑uedrepreued ·· to be che⸗

den & rebuked of þe world · for gcegrace & v᷑tuvertu · wtwyth whech

sche was indued · thorw þeþe strength of þeþe holy gost · /

/þtþat it was to her in a man ᷑maner of solas & comfort · wh⸧whan

sche sufferyd any dysese for þe lofe of god · & for þe

grace þtþat god wrowht in hyr ·· ffor eu᷑euer þe mor slawnder

& repref þtþat sche sufferyd · þe mor sche incresyd in gcegrace

& in deuocyon of holy medytacyon · of hy · co̅templa⸗contempla⸗

cyon & of wonderful spechys · & dalyawns ·· whech o owr ·

dalyid
lord spak and dalyid to hyr sowle ·/ techyng hyr how

sche schuld be despysed for hys lofe / how sche schuld

han pacyens · settyng all hyr trost · alle hyr lofe ·· aAnd

alle hyr affeccyon in hym only ·[ Sche knew & vndyr⸗

stod many secret & p᷑uypreuy thyngꝭthyngys · whech schuld beffalle̅beffallen

aft ᷑wardaftirward be inspiracyon of þe holy gost ·/ And often

tymes · whel sche was kept wtwyth swech holy spechys & ⸗















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dalyawns ·/ sche schuld so wepyn & sobbyn þtþat many men wer

gretly a wondyr ·/ for þei wysten ful lytyl how homly ower
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lord was in hyr sowle · ne hyr self cowd neu᷑neuer telle þe ⸗

grace þtþat sche felt it was so heuenly · So hy a bouen hyr

reson & hyr bodyly wyttꝭwyttys ·/ And hyr body so febyl in tym

of þeþe p᷑senspresens of grace · þat sche myth neu᷑neuer exp᷑ssynexpressyn it ·

wyth her word · lych as sche felt it in hyr sowle ·/ Th⸧Than
nota

had þisþis creatur mech drede for illusyons & deceytys

of hyr gostly enmys · þan went sche be þeþe byddyng

of þe holy gost · to many worshepful clerkys ·· bothe ⸗

Archebysshopys & Bysshoppys · docto sdoctowrs of dyuynyte

& Bachelers also · Sche spak also wtwyth many Ankrys

and schewed hem hyr man᷑maner of leuyng · & swech grace

as þe holy gost of hys goodnesse wrowt in hyr mende

and in hyr sowle as her wytt wold ẜuynseruyn hyr to ex⸗

p᷑ssynpressyn it ·/ And þei alle þtþat sche schewed hyr secretꝭsecretys vn to

seyd sche was mech bownde to louen ower lord · for þeþe

grace þtþat he schewyd vn to hyr ·/ And cownseld hyr to

folwyn hyr meuynggꝭmeuynggys & hyr steringgꝭsteringgys · & trustly · be⸗

levyn it weren of þe holy gost & of noon euyl spy⸗

ryt · Su͒meSumme of these worthy & worshepful clerkys

tokyn it in ꝑelperel of ther sowle and as þei wold an⸗

swer to god · þtþat þisþis creatur was inspyred wtwyth þeþe holy

gost · And bodyn hyr þtþat sche schuld don he̅hem wryten

& makyn a Booke · of hyr felyngꝭfelyngys & hir reuelacyons

SSum ꝓferydproferyd hir to wrytyn hyr felyngꝭfelyngys wtwyth her owe̅owen

handys · & sche wold not co̅sentynconsentyn in no wey  for

sche was comawndyd in hir sowle þtþat sche schuld

not wrytyn so soone · & so it was xx · ȝer & mor

noᷓnota ·
XX ȝere
fro þtþat tym þisþis creatur had fyrst felyngꝭfelyngys & reuela⸗

cyons er þ⸧þan sche dede any wryten ·/ Aftyrward ⸗

whan it plesyd ower lord he comawnded hyr & ⸗













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chargyd hir þtþat sche xuld don wryten hyr felyngꝭfelyngys & reuela⸗

cyons & þe forme of her leuyng · þtþat hys goodnesse myth be

knowyn to alle þe world · Than had þe creatur no wryt ᷑wryter

þtþat wold fulfyllyn hyr desyr · ne ȝeue credens to hir felingꝭfelingys ·

/vn to þe tym þtþat a man dwellyng in dewchlond · whech

was an englyschm⸧englyschman in hys byrth & sythen weddyd in

dewchland · & had þer boþe a wyf & a chyld · hauyng/ good

knowlach of þisþis creatur & of hir desyr ·· meued I trost ·

thorw þe holy gost ·/ c⸧cam in to yngland wtwyth hys wyfe &

hys goodꝭgoodys · & dwellyd wtwyth þeþe forseyd creatur · tyl he had

wretyn as mech as sche wold tellyn hym for þeþe tym

þtþat þei wer to gydder ·/ and sythen he deyd · Than was

þer a p᷑stprest whech þisþis creatur had gret affeccyon to · &

so sche comownd wtwyth hym of þisþis mat ᷑mater & browt hym þe

Boke to redyn ·/ þe booke was so euel wretyn þtþat he ⸗

cowd lytyl skyll þ ᷑þer on · for it was neiþ ᷑neiþyr good englysch

ne dewch ·/ ne þe lett ᷑lettyr was not schapyn ne formyd

as oþ ᷑er letters ben · þ ᷑þer for þe p᷑stprest leued fully þ ᷑þer schuld

neu᷑neuyr man redyn it · but it wer special grace ·/ neu᷑neuyr þeþe

lesse he behyte hir þtþat if he cowd redyn it he wolde

copyn it owt & wrytyn it bet ᷑betyr wtwyth good wylle ·/ than was

þ ᷑þer so euel spekyng of þisþis creatur & of hir wepyng · þtþat þeþe

prest durst not for cowardyse speke wtwyth her · but sel⸗

dom ·/ ne not wold wryten as he had be hestyd vn to

þe forseyd creatur & so he voyded & deferryd þe wryty͒gwrytyng

of þisþis boke wel on to a iiii
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ȝer or ellys mor · / not wtwyth

standyng þe creatur cryed often on hym þ ᷑þer for · At þeþe

last he seyd on to hir þtþat he cowd not redyn it wher for

he wold not do it · he wold not he seyd put hym in

ꝑelperel þ ᷑þer of · þan he cownseld hir to gon to a good man

whech had ben mech co͒u᷑sawntconversawnt wtwyth hym þtþat wrot fyrst

þe booke · supposyng þtþat he schuld cun best rede þeþe booke

for he had sum tym red letters of þeþe oþ ᷑er ma̅nysmannys wryty͒gwrytyng















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sent fro be ȝonden þe see · whyl he was in dewchland · And so sche

went to þat man p᷑yngpreyng hym to wrytyn þisþis booke & neu᷑neuer to

be wreyn it as long as sche leued · grawntyng hym a grett

su͒mesumme of good for hys labo labowr · And þisþis good man wrot a bowt

a leef / & ȝet it was lytyl to þe pposepurpose / for he cowd not wel

fare þ ᷑þer wyth ·/ þe boke was so euel sett & so vnresonably w⸗

tyn
wre

tyn
·· Than þeþe p᷑stprest was vexyd in his co͒sciensconsciens for he had be⸗

hestyd hyr to wrytyn þisþis boke · ȝyf he mygth com to þe

redyng þ ᷑þer of ·· & dede not hys part as wel as he mygth a⸗

do ·· And p᷑ydpreyd þisþis creatur to getyn a geyn þe booke yf sche

myth goodly · [þan sche gat a geyn þe book & browt it to

þe p᷑stepreste wtwyth rygth glad cher ·· p᷑yngpreyng hy̅hym to do hys good wyl ·

And sche schuld p᷑yprey to god for hym & pchasynpurchasyn hym gcegrace

to reden it & wrytyn it also ·/ þe p᷑stepreste trustyng in hire

pyersprayers be gan to redyn þisþis booke & it was mych mor esy

as hym thowt þa̅þan it was be forn tym & so he red it ou᷑ouyr

be forn þisþis creatur eu᷑yeuery word · sche su̅sum tym helpyng where

ony difficulte was Thys boke is not wretyn in ordyr

eu᷑yeuery thyng aft ᷑aftyr oþ ᷑er as it wer don ·/ but lych as þe mater

ca̅cam to þe creatur in mend whan it schuld be wretyn ·/ for

it was so long er it was wretyn þtþat sche had for getyn þe

tyme & þe ordyr whan thyngꝭthyngys befellyn ·/ And þ ᷑þer for sche ⸗

dede no þing wryten but þtþat sche knew rygth wel for v᷑yvery

trewth ·· [Whan þe p᷑stprest began fyrst to wryten on þisþis booke

hys eyn myssyd so þtþat he mygth not se to make hys lett ᷑lettyr ·

ne mygth not se to mend hys penne ·· Alle oþ ᷑er thyng he ⸗

mygth se wel a now · he sett a peyr
of
spͨtaclesspectacles on hys nose

& þan wast wel wers þ⸧þan it was be for · · he co͒pleynedcompleyned to þeþe
hale

creatur · of hys dysese ·/ Sche seyd hys enmy had envye at

hys good dede & wold lett hym yf he mygth ·· & bad hy̅hym do as

wel as god wold ȝeue hy̅hym gcegrace & not levyn ·· Wh⸧Whan he ca̅cam a
nota

geyn to hys booke ·· he myth se as wel hy̅hym thowt as eu᷑euer he

dede be for be day lyth & be ca̅delcandel lygth boþeboþe · & for þisþis cause wh⸧whan

he had wrety̅wretyn a · qwayr he addyd a leef þ ᷑þer to · And þa̅þan wrot he

þis ꝓymproym to exp᷑ssynexpressyn mor openly · þ⸧þan doth þeþe next folwyng ⸗

which was wretyn er þa̅þan þisþis · Anno dm̅domini Mlo · CCCC · xxxvi 

















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Schort tretys of a creature sett in grett pompe &

p̍depride of þe world whech sythen was drawyn to ower

lord be gret pou᷑tepouerte sekenes schamis & gret rep᷑uysrepreuys

in many diuers co͒trescontres & places of whech t̍bulacyonstribulacyons su̅sum

schal ben schewed aft ᷑aftyr not in ordyr as it fellyn · but as

þe creatur cowd han mend of hem wh⸧whan it wer wretyn

ffor it was xx · ȝer & mor fro tym þisþis creatur had for⸗

sake þe world · and besyly clef on to ower lord or þisþis boke

was wretyn ·/ not wythstondy̅gwythstondyng þisþis creatur had greet

cownsel for to don wryten hir t̍bulacyonstribulacyons & hir felin⸗

gꝭgys · And a whyte frer ꝓferydproferyd hir to wryte͒wryten frely yf sche

wold · And sche was warnyd in hyr spyrit þtþat sche xuld

not wryte so sone · And many ȝerys aft ᷑aftyr sche was bodyn

in hyr spyrit for to wrytyn · And þ⸧þan ȝet it was wrety͒wretyn

fyrst be a m⸧man whech cowd neiþ ᷑neiþyr wel wryten englysch

ne duch · so it was vn able for to be red but only be

specyal grace · for þ ᷑þer was so mech obloquie & slawndyr

of þisþis creatur · þtþat þ ᷑þer wold fewe men beleue þisþis creatur

And so at þeþe last a p᷑stepreste was sor mevyd for to wrytin

þisþis tretys & he cowd not wel redyn it of a iiii · ȝere

to gedyr & sythen be þe reqͤstrequest of þisþis creatur & co̅pel⸗compel⸗

yng of hys owyn co͒sciensconsciens he asayd a gayn for to

rede it & it was mech mor esy · þ⸧þan it was a for tyme

And so he gan to wryten in þe ȝer of oowr lord a · M ·

CCCC · xxxvi · on þe day next aft ᷑aftyr Mary Maudelyn

aft ᷑aftyr þe informacyon of þisþis creatur  camcapitulum mprimum·

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W
han þisþis creatur was xx ȝer of age or su̅delesumdele

mor Sche was maryed to a worschepful B geysBurgeys
of lyn

and was wtwyth chylde wtwyth in schort tyme as kynde

wolde · And aft ᷑aftyr þat sche had co͒ceyuedconceyued sche was labowrd

with grett accessys tyl þe chyld was born & þan what

for labo labowr sche had in chyldyng & for sekenesse goyng be⸗

forn · sche dysꝑeddyspered of hyr lyfe · weny̅gwenyng sche mygth not

leuyn · And þan sche sent for hyr gostly fadyr ·· for sche ⸗















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had a thyng in conscyens whech sche had neu᷑neuer schewyd be

forn þtþat tyme in alle hyr lyfe ·/ for sche was eu᷑euer lettyd be

hyr enmy þeþe deuel · eu᷑euer mor seyng to hyr whyl sche was

in good heele ·/ hir nedyd no co̅fessyonconfessyon · but don penawns

be hir self a loone & all schuld be for ȝouyn · for god is

m᷑cyfulmercyful i now ·· And þ ᷑þer for þisþis creatur oftyn tymes dede

greet penawns in fastyng bred & watyr & oþ ᷑er dedꝭdedys of al⸗

mes ·· wtwyth devowt p᷑yerspreyers ·· saf sche wold not schewyn it in

co̅fessyonconfessyon ·· And whan sche was any tym seke or dysesyd
noᷓnota

þeþe deuyl seyd in her mende þtþat sche schuld be dampnyd · for

sche was not schreuyn of þtþat defawt ·· Wherfor aft ᷑aftyr þtþat hir

chyld was born · sche not trostyng hir lyfe · sent for hir

gostly fadyr as I · seyd be forn in ful wyl to be schreuyn

of alle hir lyfe tym as ner as sche cowde ·· & whan

sche cam to þe poynt for to seyn þtþat þing whech sche

had so long conselyd · hir co͒fesso confessowr was a lytyl to hastye ·

&
be
gan scharply to vndyrnemyn hir er þ⸧þan sche had ful⸗

ly seyd hir entent · & so sche wold no mor seyn · for nowt

he mygth do ·· And a noon for dreed sche had of da͒pna⸗dampna⸗

cyon on þe to syde · & hys scharp rep᷑uyngrepreuyng on þtþat oþ ᷑er side ··

/þisþis creatur went owt of hir mende & was wondyrlye

vexid & labowryd wtwyth spyritꝭspyritys half ȝer · viii wekys & odde

days ·And in þisþis tyme sche sey as hir thowt deuelys opyn

her mowthys al inflaumyd wtwyth brennyg lowys of fyr · as

þei schuld a swalwyd hyr in · Sum tyme rampyng at hyr

su̅sum tyme thretyng her su⸧sum tym pullyng hyr & haly̅ghalyng hir

boþeboþe nygth & day · duryng þe forseyd tyme ·· And also þeþe deue⸗

lys cryed up on hir wtwyth greet thretyngꝭthretyngys & bodyn hir sche

schuld forsake hir crystendmͣcrystendam hir feyth ·· and denyin hir

god · hys modyr · & alle þe seyntꝭseyntys in heuyn · hyr goode w ᷑⸗wer

kys & alle good v᷑tuesvertues ·· hir fadyr· hyr Modyr · & alle hire

frendys · And so sche dede · Sche slawndred hir husbond

hir frendys and her owyn self · sche spak many a p᷑uowsrepreuows

















worde and many a schrewyd worde sche knew no v᷑tuvertu ne goodnesse

sche desyryd all wykkydnesse lych as þeþe spyrytys temptyd hir · to

sey & do so sche seyd & dede · Sche wold a fordon hir self many

a tym at her steryngꝭsteryngys & a ben damnyd wtwyth hem in helle · & in

to wytnesse þ ᷑þer of · sche bot hir owen hand so vyolently ·· þtþat it

was seen al hir lyfe aft ᷑aftyr ·/ And also sche roof hir skyn on hir

body a ȝen hir hert wtwyth hir nayles spetowsly· for sche had n̅o̅o̅noon

oþ ᷑er instrumentꝭinstrumentys & wers sche wold a don saf sche was bown⸗

dyn & kept wtwyth strength · boþeboþe day & nygth · þtþat sche mygth not

haue hir wylle· & whan sche had long ben labowrd in þesþes

& many oþ ᷑er temptacyons · þat men wend sche schuld neu᷑neuer

a skapyd ne levyd ·· / þan on a tym as sche lay a loone And

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hir kepars wer fro hir · Owyr M᷑cyfulmercyful lord crist Ihu̅Ihesu · eu᷑euer

to be trostyd worshypd be hys name· neu᷑neuer forsakyng hys

ẜuawntseruawnt in tyme of nede aperyd to thys creatur whych

had forsakyn hym · in lyknesse of a man · most semly ·

most bewtyuows · & most amyable · þtþat eu᷑euer mygth be seen ·

wtwyth mannys eye · clad in a mantyl of ppylsylkepurpylsylke· sytty̅gsyttyng up

on hir beddꝭbeddys syde · lokyng vp on hir wtwyth so blyssyd a chere

þtþat sche was strengthyd in alle hir spyritꝭspyritys · Seyd to hir þesþes

wordꝭwordys ·· Dowtyr why hast þow forsakyn me · And I forsoke

neu᷑neuer þe · And a noon as he had seyd þes wordꝭwordys ·· sche saw

v᷑ylyveryly how þe eyr openyd as brygth as ony levyn / & he

stey up in to þe eyr · not rygth hastyli · & qwykly / but

fayr & esly · þat sche mygth wel be holdyn hym in þe

eyr · tyl it was closyd a geyn ·· And a noon þe creature
nota

was stabelyd in hir wyttꝭwyttys & in hir reson as wel as eu᷑euer

sche was be forn ·· And p᷑ydpreyd hir husbond as so soon as

he cam to hir · þtþat sche mygth haue þe keys of þe Botery

to takyn hir mete & drynke as sche had don be forn ·

hyr Maydens & hir kepars cownseld hym he xulde de⸗

lyu᷑lyuyr hir no keys for þei seyd sche wold but ȝeue awey ⸗















5


swech good as þ ᷑þer was for sche wyst not what sche seyde as

þei wende ·/ neu᷑neuer þe lesse hir husbond eu᷑euer hauyng tendyrnes

& co͒passyoncompassyon of hir comawndyd þei xulde delyu᷑delyuyr to hyr

þe keys · And toke hyr mete & drynke as hir bodily stre̅gthstrength

wold ẜuynseruyn hir ·/& knew hir frendꝭfrendys · & hir meny & all oþ ᷑er

þtþat cam to hir to se how owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu cryst had wrowt

hys grace in hir so blyssyd mot he be · þtþat eu᷑euer is ner in

tribulacyon whan men wenyn he wer for fro hem

he is ful nere be hys grace ·· Sythen þisþis creatur dede

alle oþ ᷑er ocupacyons as fel for hir to do wysly & sadly I

now saf sche knew not veryli þe drawt of owyr lord  ·

a
A
nd whan þisþis creatur was þus gracyowsly come͒comen
cam 2mcapitulum 2m

a geyn to hir mende · sche thowt sche was

bowndyn to god & þtþat sche wold ben his ẜuawntseruawnt ·

neu᷑neuyr þe lesse sche wold not leeuyn hir p̍depride ne hir po̅powspompows

aray þat sche had vsyd be for tym · neiþ ᷑neiþer for hyr hus⸗

bond ne for noon oþ ᷑er mannys cownsel ·· And ȝet sche wyst

ful wel · þtþat men seyden hir ful mech velany · for sche

weryd gold pypys on hir hevyd & hir hodys wtwyth þeþe typettꝭtypettys

were daggyd · hir clokys also wer daggyd & leyd wtwyth dyu᷑sdyuers

colowrs be twen þe daggys þat it schuld be þe mor sta⸗

ryng to mennys sygth · and hir self þe mor ben worshepd ·

And whan hir husbond wold speke to hir for to leuyn

hir p̍depride  sche answeryd schrewydly & schortly & seyd / þtþat

sche was comyn of worthy kenred · hym semyd neu᷑neuer for

to a weddyd hir · for hir ffadyr was su̅sum tyme Meyr of

þe town · n · And sythyn he was Alderman of þe hey

gylde of þe T ᷑nyteTrinyte in · N · And þ ᷑þer for sche wold sauyn þeþe

worschyp of hir kynred what so eu᷑euer ony m⸧man seyd ·· Sche

had ful greet envye at hir neybowrs þtþat þei schuld ben

arayd so wel as sche ·· Alle hir desyr was for to be wor⸗

shepd of þe pepul ·/ Sche wold not be war be onys chas⸗

tysyng · ne be co̅tentcontent wtwyth þe goodys þtþat god had sent hire ⸗

















as hir husbond was but eu᷑euer desyryd mor & mor · And than for

pure coveytyse & for to Maynten hir p̍depride · sche
be
gan to brewyn

& was on of þe grettest brewers in þe town N ·· a ·· iii · ȝer or iiii ·

noᷓnota
tyl sche lost mech good · for sche had neu᷑neuer vre þ ᷑þer to ·/ for thow ⸗

sche had neu᷑neuer so good ẜuawntꝭseruawntys & cu͒nyngcunnyng in brewy͒gbrewyng ] ȝet it wold

neu᷑neuer p᷑uynpreuyn wtwyth hem / for whan þe ale was as fayr standyng

vndyr berm as any ma⸧man mygth se ·· Sodenly þe Berm wold

fallyn down þtþat alle þeþe ale was lost · eu᷑yeuery brewy͒gbrewyng aft ᷑aftyr oþer ·

þtþat hir ẜuawntꝭseruawntys weryn a schamyd & wold not dwellyn wtwyth

hir · þan þisþis creatur þowt how god had pu̅
ne
ched
pun
ne
ched
hir be for

tyme · & sche cowd not be war · And now eftsons be lesy̅glesyng

of hir goodꝭgoodys ·· & þ⸧þan sche left & brewyd no mor · And þan
nota

sche askyd hir husbond m᷑cymercy · for sche wold not folwyn

hys cownsel a for tyme · And sche seyd þtþat hir p̍depride and

synne was cause of alle her pu̅schy̅gpunschyng · And sche wold

amend þtþat sche had trespasyd wtwyth good wyl · but ȝet sche ⸗

left not þeþe world al hol ·· ffor now sche be thowt hir of a ⸗

newe huswyfre · Sche had an hors Mille · sche gat hire

tweyn good hors & a man to gryndyn mennys corne

& þus sche trostyd to getyn hir leuyng  [þisþis ꝓvysionprovysion

duryd not longe for in schort tyme aft ᷑aftyr · on · corpꝰcorpus xp͒ixristi

evyn fel þisþis merueyl ·· Thys ma⸧man being in good heele

of body & hys tweyn hors craske & lykand þtþat wel haddyn

drawyn in þe mylle be for tyme ·· As now he toke on

of þisþis hors & put hym in þe Mylle as he had don be for ·

& þisþis hors wold drawe no drawt in þeþe Mylle for no þing

þe man mygth do · þe man was sory & asayd wyth al

hys wyttꝭwyttys · how he schuld don þisþis hors drawyn Su̅Sum tyme

he led hym be þe heed · su͒sum tyme he beet hym · & sum

tyme he chershyd hym And alle avayled not · for he

wold raþer gon bakward þ⸧þan forward · [þ⸧þan þisþis ma⸧man sett

a scharp peyr sporys on hys helys & rood on þeþe hors bak

for to don hym drawyn & it was neu᷑neuer þe bett ᷑better · Whan

þisþis ma⸧man saw it wold be in no wey · þ⸧þan het sett up þisþis hors ⸗















6


a geyn in þe stabyl and ȝafe hym mete & he ete weel &

freschly & sythen he toke þe oþ ᷑er hors & put hym in þeþe Mylle

And lech as hys felaw dede so dede he for he wold not dra⸗

we for any þing þtþat þe man mygth do · And þ⸧þan þisþis man

forsoke hys ẜuyseseruyse & wold no lengar abyden wtwyth þeþe forn⸗

seyd creatur · A noon as it was noysed a bowt þe town

of N · þtþat þ ᷑þer wold neyþ᷑neyþyr man ne best · don ẜuyseseruyse to þe

seyd creatur · þ⸧þan su̅mesumme seyden sche was a Cursyd · SSum

seyden · god toke opyn veniawns up on hir · SSum seyd on

& su̅sum seyd an oþ ᷑er · And su̅sum wyse men whos mende was

mor growndyd in þe lofe of owyr lord · seyd it was þeþe

hey m᷑cymercy of o our lord IuIhesu cryst · clepyd & kallyd hir fro þeþe p̍depride

and vanyte of þe wretthyd world · And þan þisþis creatur seyng

alle þisþis adu᷑sytesaduersytes comyng on eu᷑yeuery syde · thowt it weryn þe

sko gesskowrges of ow owyr lord · þtþat wold chastyse hir for hir synne · [þan
mcemerce

sche askyd god m᷑cymercy & forsoke hir p̍depride hir coueytyse & desyr

þtþat sche had of þeþe worshepys of þe world & dede grett bodyly

penawnce & gan to entyr þe wey of eu᷑euer lestyng lyfe as

schal be seyd aftyr 
cam 3mcapitulum 3m·

o
icihesucrist
O
N a nygth as þisþis creatur lay in hir bedde wyth

hir husbond · sche herd a sownd of Melodye · so

swet & delectable hir þowt · as sche had ben in

paradyse · & þ ᷑þer wyth sche styrt owt of hir bedde & seyd · Alas ·
nota

þat eu᷑euer I dede synne it is ful mery in hevyn · Thys melody

was so swete · þat it passyd alle þe melodye þtþat eu᷑euer myght be

herd in þisþis world · wtwyth owtyn ony co͒ꝑysoncomparyson · & caused þisþis crea⸗

tur wh⸧whan sche herd ony myrth or Melodye aftyrward for to

haue ful plentyuows & habu͒dawnthabundawnt teerys of hy · deuocyon ·

wtwyth greet sobbyngꝭsobbyngys & syhyngꝭsyhyngys · Aft ᷑Aftyr þeþe blysse of heuen [not

dredyng þe schamys & þe spytꝭspytꝭ of þeþe wretchyd world  [&

eu᷑euyr aft ᷑aftyr þisþis drawt sche had in hir mende þeþe myrth & þe ⸗

melodye þtþat was in heuen · so mech þtþat sche cowd not wyl

restreyn hyr self fro þe spekyng þ ᷑þer of  ffor wher sche

was in ony cu͒panyecumpanye sche wold sey oftyn tyme  [it is ⸗

















ful mery in hevyn [& þei þtþat knew hir gou᷑nawncegouernawnce be for tyme

& now herd hir spekyn so mech of þe blysse of heuyn seyd

vn to hir ·· why speke ȝe so of þe m᷑thmerth þat is in heuyn ȝe know

it not & ȝe haue not be þer no mor þ⸧þan we / & wer wroth

wyth hir for sche wold not her no speke of wordly thyngys ·

as þei dedyn · & as sche dede be forn tyme · · And aft ᷑aftyr þis
nota

tyme sche had neu᷑neuer desyr to komown fleschly wtwyth hyre

husbonde ·/ for þe dette of Mat̍monyMatrimony was so abhominabyl

to hir ·· þtþat sche had leu᷑leuar hir thowt
have
etyn or drynkyn þe wose

þe mukke in þe chanel þ⸧þan to co͒sentynconsentyn to any fleschly

comowny͒gcomownyng ·/ saf only for obedyens · & so sche seyd to hir

husbond · I may not deny ȝow my body · but þe lofe of

myn hert & my͒myn affeccyon is drawyn fro alle erdly

creaturys & sett only in god · he wold haue hys wylle

& sche obeyd wtwyth greet wepyng & sorwyng for þtþat sche

mygth not levyn chast ·/ & oftyn tymys þisþis creatur

levyd chast cownseld hir husbond to levyn chast · & seyd

þtþat þei oftyn tymes sche wyst wel had dysplesyd god

be / her inordynat lofe · & þe gret delectacyon þtþat þei

haddyn eyþ᷑eyþyr of hem in vsyng of oþ ᷑er · & now it wer good

þtþat þei schuld be her boþins wylle & co͒sentyngconsentyng of hem

bothyn punschyn & chastysyn hem self wylfully be

absteyny̅gabsteynyng fro her lust of her bodys · [hir husbond seyd

it wer good to don so · but he mygth not ȝett · he xuld

wh⸧whan god wold · And so he vsyd her as he had do be for ·

he wold not spar · And eu᷑euer sche p᷑ydpreyd to god þat sche mygth

levyn chast · & iii · or iiii · ȝer aft ᷑aftyr whan it plesyd ower

lord he made a vow of chastyte as schal be wretyn

aft ᷑aftyr be þe leue of Ihu̅Ihesu · And also aft ᷑aftyr þisþis creatur herd

þisþis heuenly Melody sche dede gret bodyly penawnce · sche

was schreuyn su̅sum tyme twyes or thryes on þe day &

in specyal of þtþat synne whech sche so long had
had
conselyd

& curyd as it is wretyn in þe
be
gynny̅ggynnyng of þe boke · sche ⸗















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ȝaf hir to gret fastyng & to gret waky͒gwakyng sche roos at ii
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tyme of noon And also al þe aft ᷑aftyr noon [& þan was sche sla⸗

wnderyd & rep᷑uydrepreuyd of mech pepul for sche kept so streyt a le⸗

vyng [ þan sche gat hir an hayr of a kylne swech as men

dryen on malt & leyd it in hir kyrtylle as sotyllych & p᷑uy⸗preuy⸗

lich as sche mygth þtþat hir husbond xuld not aspye it ne no ⸗

mor he dede [& ȝet sche lay be hym eu᷑yeuery nygth in his bedde

& weryd þe hayr eu᷑yeuery day ·· & bar chylderyn in þe tyme · [þa̅þan

sche had iii · ȝer of gret labo labowr wtwyth temptacyons · whech sche

bar as mekely as sche cowde · thankyng ower lord of alle

hys ȝeftꝭȝeftys & was as mery wha⸧whan sche was rep᷑uydrepreuyd skornyd

mokyd·
or
Iapyd for ower lordꝭlordys lofe & mych mor mery þ⸧þan sche

was be for tyme in þe worshepys of þe world [for sche

wyst rygth wel sche had synned gretly a ȝens god & was

worthy mor schame & sorwe þ⸧þan ony m⸧man cowd don to

hir · [& dyspite of þe werld was þe rygth way to heuyn

ward sythen cryst hym self ches þtþat way · Alle hys Apostlys ·

Martyres · co͒fessorysconfessorys · & virgynes · and alle þtþat eu᷑euer comyn

to heuyn · passed be þe wey of t̍bulacyontribulacyon · And sche desy⸗

ryd no thyng so mech as heuyn · [þ⸧þan was sche glad in

hir co͒sciensconsciens wh⸧whan sche beleuyd þtþat sche was entryg þeþe wey ·

whech wold leden hir to þe place þat sche most desyred ·

And þisþis creatur had co͒trycioncontrycion & gret co͒punccyoncompunccyon wtwyth

plentyuows teerys and many boystows sobbyngꝭsobbyngys for

hir synnes & for hir vnkyndnesse a geyns hir maker ·

Sche bethowt hir fro hir chyldhod for hir vnkyndnes

as ower lord wold put it in hir mende ful many a ⸗

tyme · And þan sche beheldyng hir owyn wykkednes

sche mygth but sorwyn and wepyn & eu᷑euer p᷑ynpreyn for

M᷑cyMercy & forȝeuenes · [hir wepyng was so plentyuows

and so contwny͒gcontwnyng þat mech pepul wend þtþat sche mygth

wepyn & leuyn wh⸧whan sche wold · And þ ᷑þer for many men ⸗

















seyd sche was a fals ypocryte · & wept for þe world for soco socowr &

for wordly good [& þ⸧þan ful many forsokyn hir þtþat louyd hir be for

whyl sche was in þe world & wold not knowyn hir / & eu᷑euer

sche thankyd god of alle · no thyng desyry̅gdesyryng but M᷑cyMercy and

forȝefnes of synne 

t
cam 4mcapitulum 4m·
T
he fyrst ii · ȝer whan þisþis creatur was þus drawyn to

owyr lord sche had gret q̍eteqwiete of spyryt as for ony

te͒ptacyonstemptacyons ·· sche mygth wel dure to fastyn · it ⸗

greuyd hir not · Sche hatyd þe Ioys of þe world · sche felt

no rebellyon in hyr flesch · sche was strong as hir thowt ·

þtþat sche dred no devylle in helle · for sche dede so gret bodyly

penawnce ·· Sche thowt þtþat sche louyd god mor þ⸧þan he hir

sche was smet wtwyth þe dedly wownd of vy veynglory / & felt

noᷓnota vayn
 glory
/
it not ·· for sche desyryd many tymes þat þeþe crucifix xuld

losyn hys handꝭhandys fro þe crosse & halsyn hir · in tokyn of

lofe  [Ower m᷑cyfulmercyful lord c̍stcrist Ihu̅Ihesu seyng þisþis creaturys p᷑su͒pcyonpresumpcyon

sent hir as is wrete befor · iii · ȝer · of greet ta
e
mptacyon of þeþe

whech on of þe hardest I ppospurpos to wrytyn for exampyl of

hem þtþat com aft ᷑aftyr þtþat þei schuld not trostyn on her owyn self ·

[ne haue no Ioy in hem self · as þisþis creatur had · ffor no drede 

owyr gostly enmy slepyth not but he ful besyly sergyth o owr

co͒plexionscomplexions & owyr dysposycionys · & wher þtþat he fyndyth us

most freel · þ ᷑þer be owyr lordys sufferawns he leyth hys snar ·

whech may no m⸧man skape be hys owyn power ·· And so he

leyd be forn þisþis creatur þe snar of letchery · whan sche

wend þat all fleschly lust had al hol ben qwenchyd in

hir ·· & so long sche was temptyd wtwyth þe syn of letchory

for owt þtþat sche cowd do & ȝet sche was oftyn schrevyn

sche weryd þe hayr & dede gret bodily penawns · & wept

many a bytt ᷑byttyr teer · & p᷑ydpreyd ful oftyn to owyr lord · þtþat he

schuld p᷑ẜuepreserue hir · & kepe hir · þtþat sche schuld not fallyn in

to temptacyon · ffor sche thowt sche had leu᷑leuar ben deed þan

co͒sentynconsentyn þ ᷑þer to [& in al þisþis tyme sche had no lust to comown















8


wyth hir husbond but it was very peynful & horrybyl vn to

hir ·· In þe secunde ȝer of hir temptacyons yt fel so þtþat a man

whech sche louyd wel seyd on to hir on seynt MargaretꝭMargaretys evyn

be for euynsong þtþat for any thyng he wold ly be hir · & haue

hys lust of hys body · & sche xuld not wtstondwythstond hym ·· ffor yf

he mygth not haue hys wyl þtþat tyme he seyd he xuld ellys

haue it a noþ ᷑noþer tyme · sche xuld not chese ·And he dede it
nota

for to p᷑uepreue hir · what sche wold do ·· but sche wend þtþat he had

ment ful ernest as þat tyme · And seyd but lytyl · þ ᷑þer to ·

So they ꝑtydpartyd asondyr as þ⸧þan & wentyn boþen for to here

euensong · for her cherch was of seynt Margaret ·· þisþis wo⸗

man was so labowrd wtwyth þe mannys wordys þtþat sche mygth

not heryn hir euynsong ne sey hir Pat ᷑Pater nost ᷑noster · er thy̅kynthynkyn

ony oþ ᷑er good þowt · but was mor labowrd þ⸧þan eu᷑euer sche was

befor · þe deuyl put in hir mende þtþat god had forsaky̅forsakyn hir ·

[and ellys xuld sche not so ben temptyd ·· She leuyd þeþe deueꝉdeuelys

suasyuons · &
be
gan to co͒sentynconsentyn · for be cause sche cowde

thynkyn no good thowt ·· þ ᷑þer for wend sche þtþat god had forsake

hir · And whan euensong was do ·· sche went to þe man

befor seyd · þtþat he xuld haue hys lust · as sche wend þtþat he

had desired · but he made swech symulacyon · þtþat sche cowd

not knowe hys entent · & so þei ꝑtydpartyd a sondyr for þat

nygth · þisþis creatur was so labowrd & vexyd al þtþat nygth ·

þtþat sche wyst neu᷑neuer what sche mygth do · Sche lay be hir

husbond · & for to comown wtwyth hym it was so abhomy⸗

nabyl on to hir · þtþat sche mygth not duren it · & ȝet was

it leful on to hir · in leful tyme yf sche had wold · but

eu᷑euyr sche was labowrd wtwyth þe oþ ᷑er man for to syn wtwyth hym ·

in as mech as he had spoke to hir ·· At þe last thorw

inoportunyte of temptacyon & k lakkyng of dyscͤcyondyscrecyon ·

sche was ou᷑ouyr ouyr comyn & co̅sentydconsentyd in hir mend & went to

þe Man to wetyn yf he wold þan co̅sentynconsentyn to hire 

















And he seyd he ne wold for al þe good in þisþis world · he had leu᷑leuar ben

hewyn as smal as flesch to þe pott ·· Sche went a way al scha⸗

myd & co̅fusydconfusyd in hir self · Seyng hys stabylnes & hir owyn

Z
vnstabylnes · [þ⸧þan thowt sche of þe grace þtþat god had ȝouyn hire

befor tyme ·· how sche had · ii · ȝer of gret qwyet in sowle · Repen⸗

tawns of hir synne · wtwyth many bytt ᷑byttyr teerys of co͒pu͒ccyoncompunccyon & ꝑfytparfyt

wyl neu᷑neuyr to turne a geyn to hir synne · but raþ ᷑raþar to be deed hir

thowt · & now sche saw how sche had co͒sentydconsentyd in hir wyl for

to don synne · [þ⸧þan fel sche half in dyspeyr · Sche thowt sche

dyspare
wold a ben in helle for þe sorw þtþat sche had · sche thowt sche

was worthy no m᷑cymercy · for hir co̅sentyngconsentyng was so wylfully do

ne neu᷑neuyr worthy to don hym ẜuyseseruyse · for sche was so fals vn

to hym · Neu᷑Neuyr þe lesse sche was schrevyn many tymes · & oftyn ·

/ and dede hir penawns what so eu᷑euyr hir co͒fesso confessowr wold In Ioyne

hir to do · & was gouernd aft ᷑aftyr þe rewelys of þe chirch · þtþat grace ⸗

god ȝafe þisþis creatur blyssyd mot he be / but he wythdrowe not

hir te͒ptacyontemptacyon but raþ ᷑raþar incresyd it as hir thowt · And þ ᷑þer fore

wend sche þtþat he had forsakyn hir · & durst not trostyn to hys

m᷑cymercy · but was labowrd wtwyth horrybyl te̅ptacyonstemptacyons of lettherye

& of dyspeyr · ny al þe next ȝer folwyng · saue owyr lord

of hys mercy · as sche seyd hir self ȝaf hir ech day for þe

most ꝑtyparty · too · owerys of co̅pu͒ccyoncompunccyon for hir synnys · wyth

many bytt ᷑byttyr teerys & sythen sche was labowrd wtwyth te͒ptacyo͒stemptacyons

of dyspeyr · as sche was befor · And was as for fro fely͒gfelyng

of grace as þei þat neu᷑neuyr felt noon · & þtþat mygth sche not ⸗

beryn & þ ᷑þer for al wey sche dyspeyrd · safe for þe tyme þat

sche felt grace hir labowrs wer so wondyrful · þtþat sche cowd

euel far wtwyth hem but eu᷑euyr mornyn & sorwyn as þow god

had forsakyn hir 

t
camcapitulum5m·
T
han on a fryday beforn Crystmes day as þisþis cre⸗

atur knelyng in a chapel of seynt Iohn wtinnewythinne

a cherch of seynt Margrete in N · wept won

dir sore askyng m᷑cymercy & forȝyfnes of hir synnes & hir tres⸗

pas · owyr m᷑cyfulmercyful lord cryst Ihu̅Ihesu blyssyd mot he be  rauysched















9


hir spyryt & seyd on to hir ·· Dowtyr why wepyst þow so sor
nonota

I am comyn to þe Ihu̅Ihesu cryst þtþat deyd on þe crosse suffery͒gsufferyng

bytt ᷑byttyr peynes & passyons for þe · I þe same god forȝefe þeþe

þi synnes to þe vtterest poynt · And þow schalt neu᷑neuer com

in helle ne in pgatoryepurgatorye · but wh⸧whan þow schalt passyn owt

of þisþis world · wyth in þe twynkelyng of an eye þow

schalt haue þeþe blysse of heuyn ·· for I am þeþe same god þtþat

haue browt þi synnes to þi mend & mad þeþe to be schreve

þ ᷑þer of · And I grawt þe co̅trysyoncontrysyon in to þi lyues ende ·· þþer for
 

I bydde þe & comawnd þe boldly · clepe me IcIhesu crist þiþi loue · for
nota

I am þi loue & schal be þi loue wtwyth owtyn ende ·· And dowt ᷑dowtyr þuþu hast

an hayr vp on þi bakke I wyl þuþu do it a way · & I schal ȝiue þeþe

an hayr in þin hert þtþat schal lyke me mych bett ᷑better þ⸧þan alle þe

hayres in þe world · Also my derworthy dowt ᷑dowtyr ·· þuþu must for⸗

sake þtþat þow louyst best in þisþis world & þtþat is etyng of flesch ·

And in stede of þtþat flesch þow schalt etyn my flesch & my

blod þtþat is þe very body of crist in þe sacmentsacrament of þe Awter ·

Thys is my wyl dowt ᷑dowtyr þtþat þow receyue my body eu᷑yeuery sonday

nonota
And I schal flowe so mych grace in þe þat alle þe world

xal m᷑uelynmeruelyn þ ᷑þer of · [þow xalt ben etyn & kgnawyn of þe

pepul of þe world as any Raton kgnawyth þe stokfysch

Drede þe nowt dowt ᷑dowtyr for þow schalt haue þe vyctory of al

þinþin enmys ·· I schal ȝeue þe grace I now to answer eu᷑yeuery

clerke in þe loue of god ·· I swer to þeþe be my mageste þtþat I

schal neu᷑neuer forsakyn þe in wel ne in wo ·· I schal helpyn þe

& kepyn þe þtþat þ ᷑þer schal neu᷑neuer deuyl in helle  parte þeþe fro me

· ne Awngel in heuyn · ne man in erthe ·· ffor deuelys in

helle mow not · ne Awngelys in heuyn wyl not · ne man

in erthe schal not ·· And dowt ᷑dowtyr I wyl þow leue þiþi byddyng ⸗

of many bedys And thynk swych thowtꝭthowtys as I wyl putt

in þi mend · I schal ȝeuyn þe leue to byddyn tyl sex of

þe cloke to sey what þow wyld ·/ þan schalt þow ly stylle

& speke to me be thowt / & I schal ȝefe
to
þe hey Medytacyon

















And very co͒templacyoncontemplacyon ·· & I byd þe gon to þe Ankyr at þe ffrer

p᷑chowrysprechowrys & schew hym my p᷑uyteyspreuyteys & my cownselys whech

M of P/
I schewe to þe And werk aft ᷑aftyr hys cownsel for my spyrit xal

speke in hym to þe  Than þisþis creatur went forth to þeþe Ankyr

as sche was comawndyd · & schewyd hym þeþe reuelacyons

swech as wer schewyd to hir · þ⸧þan þe Ankyr wtwyth gret Reu᷑⸗Reuer

ens & wepyng thanky͒gthankyng god  seyd ·/ Dowt ᷑Dowtyr ȝe sowkyn euy̅euyn

on crystꝭcrystys brest · And ȝe han an ernest peny of heuyn · I

charge ȝow receyueth swech thowtꝭthowtys wh⸧whan god wyl ȝeue he̅hem

as mekely & as deuowtly as ȝe kan · & comyth to me And

tellyth me what þei be · & I schal wtwyth þe leue of ower lord

Ihu̅Ihesu cryst telle ȝow wheþ ᷑wheþyr þei ben of þe holy gost or elꝉellys

of ȝo ȝowr enmy þe deuyl  · visio ·

a
camcapitulum ·6·
A
n oþ ᷑er day þisþis creatur schul ȝeue hir to medy⸗

tacyon as sche was bodyn be for & sche lay

stylle nowt knowyng what sche mygth best

thynke · þ⸧þan sche seyd to ower lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist · Ihu̅Ihesu what

nonota
schal I thynke ·· ower lord Ihu̅Ihesu answeryd to hir mende ·

Dowt ᷑Dowtyr thynke on my modyr for sche is cause of alle þeþe gcegrace

þtþat þow hast · And
þ⸧þan
a noon sche saw seynt Anne gret wtwyth chylde

And þ⸧þan sche p᷑ydpreyd seynt Anne to be hir Mayden & hir ẜuawntseruawnt ·

& anon ower lady was born & þ⸧þan sche besyde hir to take

þe chyld to hir & kepe it tyl it wer twelve ȝer of age

wtwyth good mete & drynke wtwyth fayr whyte clothys & whyte ⸗

kerchys And þ⸧þan sche seyd to þe blyssed chyld ·· lady ȝe schal

be þe modyr of god ·/ the blyssed chyld answeryd & seyd · I

wold I wer worthy to be þe handmayden of hir þat xuld

co̅seiveconseive þe sone of god ·/ þe creatur seyd I pypray ȝow lady ȝyf

þtþat grace falle ȝow forsake not my ẜuycesuyse The blysful chyld

passyd awey for a c᷑teyncerteyn tyme · þe creatur being stylle in

co̅templacyoncontemplacyon And sythen c⸧cam a geyn · And seyd · dowt ᷑dowtyr

now am I be kome þe modyr of god ·/ & þ⸧þan þe creatur fel

down on hir kneys wtwyth gret Reu᷑ensReuerens & gret wepyng ·· And

seyd · I am not worthy lady to do ȝow ẜuyseseruyse/ ȝys dowtyr















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sche seyde folwe þow me · þi ẜuyseseruyse lykyth me wel ·/ þ⸧þan went

sche forth wtwyth owyr lady & wtwyth Iosep · beryng wtwyth hir a potel of

pyment & spycꝭspycys þ ᷑þer to ·/ þan went þei forth to elysabeth seynt

Iohn BaptystꝭBaptystys modir & wh⸧whan þei mettyn to gyder ·/ eyþ ᷑eyþyr of he̅hem

worshepyd oþ ᷑er & so þei wonyd to gedyr wtwyth gret grace · and

gladnesse xii wokꝭwokys · & þ⸧þan seynt Iohn was bor · & owyr lady

toke hym vp fro þe erthe wtwyth al man ᷑maner rev᷑ensreuerens & ȝaf hy̅hym to

hys modyr · Seyng of hym þtþat he schuld be an holy man ·/ and

blyssed hy̅hym · Sythen þei toke her leue eyþ ᷑eyþyr of oþ ᷑er wtwyth co͒passyfcompassyf

terys · And þ⸧þan þe creatur fel down on kneys to seynt Elyȝa⸗

beth & p᷑ydpreyd hir sche wold p᷑yprey for hir to owyr lady þtþat sche mygth

do hir ẜuyseseruyse & plesawns · Dowt ᷑Dowtyr me semyth seyd elysabeth þuþu

dost ryght wel þi deu᷑deuer And þ⸧þan went þe creatur forth wyth

owyr lady to bedlem & pchasydpurchasyd hir herborwe eu᷑yeuery nyght wtwyth

gret reu᷑ensreuerens & owyr lady was receyued wtwyth glad cher · Also

sche beggyd owyr lady fayr whyte clothys & kerchys · for to

swathyn in hir sone whan he wer born · And wh⸧whan Ihu̅Ihesu

was born sche ordeyned beddyng for owyr lady to lyg in

wtwyth hir blyssed sone · And sythen sche beggyd mete for owyr

lady & hir blyssyd chyld Aft ᷑wardAftyrward sche swathyd hym wyth

bytt ᷑byttyr teerys of co̅passyoncompassyon hauyng mend of þe scharp deth

þtþat he schuld suffyr for þe lofe of synful men · Seyng to hym

lord I schal fare fayr wtwyth ȝow I schal not byndyn ȝow soor

I pypray ȝow beth not dysplesyd wtwyth me 
camcapitulum ·7·

a
A
nd aft ᷑aftyr on þe xii day, wh⸧whan · iii · kyngꝭkyngys comyn .

wtwyth her ȝyftys & worschepyd owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist

being in hys moderys lappe ·/ þisþis cͤaturcreatur owyr

ladys hand mayden beheldyng al þe ꝓcesseprocesse in co̅templacyoncontemplacyon

wept wondyr sor · And wh⸧whan sche saw þtþat þei wold take her

leue to gon hom a ȝen in to her cu͒trecuntre ·/ sche mygth not ⸗

suffyre þtþat they schuld go fro þe p᷑senspresens of owyr lord · And

for wondyr þtþat þei wold gon a wey  sche cryed wondyr sore

& soon aft ᷑aftyr cam an Awngel & bad owyr lady & Iosep gon ⸗

















fro þe cuntre ob bedlem in to egypt þan went þisþis creatur forth

wtwyth owyr lady day be day pueyngpurueyng hir herborw wtwyth gret reu᷑ensreuerens

wtwyth many swet thowtꝭthowtys & hy medytacyons & also hy co̅te̅placyonscontemplacyons

su̅tymesumtyme duryng in wepyng ii · owyres & oftyn lengar in þe

mend of owyr lordꝭlordys passyon wtwyth owtyn sesyng ·/ Su̅tymeSumtyme for

hir owyn synne ·/ Su̅tymeSumtyme for þe synne of þe pepyl ·/ Su̅tymeSumtyme

for þe sowlys in pgatorypurgatory ·/ Su̅tymeSumtyme for hem þtþat arn in pou᷑tepouerte

er in any dysese ·/ for sche desyred to comfort he̅hem alle ·/ Su͒Sum

tyme sche wept ful plentevowsly & ful boystowsly · for de⸗

syr of þe blys of heuyn & for sche was so long dyfferryd

þ ᷑þer fro · þ⸧þan þisþis creatur coueyted gretly to be delyueryd owt

of þisþis wretchyd world / ower lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist seyd to hir mende

sche schuld abyden & languren in lofe ·/ for I haue ordey⸗

ned þe to knele be for þeþe Trynyte · for to p᷑yprey for al þeþe world ·

for many hu͒drydhundryd thowsand sowlys schal be sauyd be þi

pyersprayers · And þ ᷑þer for dowt ᷑dowtyr aske what þow wylt / & I xal

grawnt þe thyn askyng ·/ þisþis creatur seyd lord I aske m᷑cymercy

& p᷑seruyngpreseruyng fro eu᷑euyr lestyng da͒pnacyondampnacyon for me & for all

þe world ·/ chastyse us her how þow wylt & in pgatorypurgatory

& kepe us fro dampnacyon for þin hy m᷑cymercy

a
camcapitulum·8·
A
noþ ᷑
A
noþer
tyme as þisþis creatur lay in hir pyerprayer · þe

Modyr of M᷑cyMercy a peryng to hir · seyd ·· A dowt ᷑dowtyr
nota

nonota
blyssyd may þow be · þi sete is mad in heuyn

be for my sonys kne · & whom þow wylt h⸧haue wtwyth þe ·· Th⸧Than

askyd hyr blyssed sone ·· Dowt ᷑Dowtyr whom wylt þow han fe⸗

law wyth þe · My derworthy lord I aske my gostly fadyr

Mayst ᷑Maystyr · R ·· Why askyst
thow
mor hym þ⸧þan thyn owyn fadyr

er þin husbond ·· for I may neu᷑neuyr qwyte hy̅hym þe goodnesse

þtþat he hath don to me /& þe gracyows labowrys þtþat he hath

had a bowt me in heryng of my co̅fessyonconfessyon ·· I grawnt

þe þi desyr of hym ·· & ȝet schal þi fadyr ben sauyd & þi

husbond also & alle þi chylderyn · Th⸧Than þisþis creatur seyd

lord sythen þow hast forȝouyn me my synne · I · make















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þe myn executor of alle þe god werkys þtþat þow werkyst in⸗

me In pyngprayng · in thynkyng · in wepyng · in pylg̍magepylgrimage goyng ·

in fastyng · er in any good word spekyng · [it is fully my

[
wyl · þtþat þow ȝeue Mayst ᷑Maystyr · R · halfyndel to encres of hys

m᷑ytemeryte as yf he dede hem hys owyn self · And þe oþer

haluendel · lord sprede on þi frendꝭfrendys & þi enmys · & on my

[
frendys & my̅myn enmys /· for I wyl haue but þiþi self for my

mede ·· Dowt ᷑Dowtyr I xal be a trew executor to þe & fulfyllyn

all þi wylle / & for þi gret charyte þtþat þow hast to comforty̅comfortyn

þin euen c̍stencristen þuþu schalt haue dubbyl reward in heuyn 

a
A
noþ ᷑
A
noþer
tyme as þisþis creatur pydprayd to god þtþat sche myt
camcapitulum ·9·

leuyn chast be leue of hir husbond Cryst seyd

to hir mende þow must fastyn þeþe fryday boþen
nonota

fro mete & drynke And þow schalt haue þi desyr er whitson⸗

day · for I schal sodeynly sle þin husbonde · [þ⸧þan on þeþe wednys/
the flesshely
lust in

day in estern woke Aft ᷑Aftyr hyr husbond wold haue had know⸗

lach of hir as he was wone be for ·· & wh⸧whan he gan neygh

IcIhesucrist helpe
me 
hir ·· sche seyd IcIhesu crist help me / & he had no power to towche

hir at þtþat tyme · in þtþat wyse ·· ne neu᷑neuyr aft ᷑aftyr wtwyth no fleschly knowy͒gknowyng ·

It be fel on a fryday be for whytson evyn ·· as þisþis creatur

was in a cherch of seynt Margarete at · N · heryng hir

messe ·· sche herd a gret noyse · & a dredful ·sche was sore a

stoyned · for dredyng þe voys of þe pepyl · whech seyd god

schuld take veniawns vp on hir ·· sche knelyd up on hir

kneys heldyng down hir hed · and hir boke in hir hand ·
nota

pyngprayng owyr lord c̍stcrist IhuIhesu for grace & for m᷑cymercy ·· Sodeynly fel

down fro þe heyest party of þe cherch vowte fro vndyr

þe fote of þe sparre on hir hed · & on hir k bakke ·/ a ston

whech weyd · iii · pownd & a schort ende of a tre · weyng

vi · pownd / þat hir thowt hir bakke brakke a sundyr ·

And sche ferd as sche had be deed [a lytyl whyle · soone

aft ᷑aftyr sche cryed Ihu̅Ihesu m᷑cymercy & a noon hir peyn was gon · A

good Man whech hygth Iohn of WyrehmWyreham seyng þisþis wondyr ⸗

















cas & supposyng þtþat sche ben gretly dysesyd cam & pullyd hir be þeþe

sleue & seyd dame how far ȝe · þe creatur al hol & sownd · tha̅than

kyd hym of hys cher & hys charyte mech m᷑ueylyngmerueylyng & gretly

a wonderyd þat sche felt no peyn & had felt so mech · a lytyl

be for · ne xii wekys aft ᷑aftyr sche felt no peyne · þ⸧þan þe spiryt of

god seyd to hir sowle · helde þisþis for a gret Myracle & ȝyf þe ⸗

pepyl wyl not leuyn þisþis I schal werkyn meche mor ·· A wor⸗

schepful docto doctowr of dyuynite wych hygth MaystyrMaystyr Aleyn a whyte

frer heryng of þisþis wondyrful werk inq̍redinqwired of þisþis creature

alle þe forme of þisþis ꝓcesseprocesse ·· he desyryng þe werk of god to

be magnyfyed ·· gat hym þe same ston þat fel up on hir

bakke & way · it · & sythen he gat hym þeþe treys ende þtþat fel

up on hir hed · whech oon of þe kepars of þe cherch had leyd

in þe fyre to bren it · And þisþis worshepful docto doctowr · seyd it was

a gret Myracle · & ower lord was heyly to be magnyfied · for

þe p᷑ẜuyngpreseruyng of þisþis creatur a ȝen þe malyce of hir enmy

And teld it
to
mech pepyl · & mych pepyl magnyfied mech god

in þisþis creatur ·· And also mech pepyl wold not leuyn it · but

raþ ᷑raþar leuyd it was a tokyn of wreth & veniawns þ⸧þan þei

wold leuyn it was any token of M ᷑cyMercy er quemfulnes 
]

s
camcapitulum ·10·
S
One aft ᷑aftyr þisþis creatur was meuyd in hir sowle

to go vysyten certeyn places for gostly helth ·

[in as mech as sche was cured & mygth not

wtwyth owtyn co̅sentyngconsentyng of hir husbond · sche req̍redreqwired hir hus⸗

bond to grawtyn hir leue /· & he fully trostyng it was þeþe

wyl of god · sone co͒sentyngconsentyng þei went to gedyr to swech

place as sche was mevyd · & þan owyr lord cryst Ihu̅Ihesu seyd

to hir · My ẜuawntꝭseruawntys desyryn gretly to se þe · þ⸧þan was sche

wolcomyd & mech mad of in dyuers placꝭplacys ·· Wher for sche

had gret dred of veynglory & mech was a ferde · owyr

Mercyful lord cryst Ihu̅Ihesu worshepd be hys name · seyd to
vane ·S·

hir ·· [drede þe not dowt ᷑dowtyr · I xal take veynglory fro þe · for

þei þtþat worshep þe · þei worshep me ·· þei þtþat despysyn þe · þeiþei

despysen me ·· & I schal chastysen hem þ ᷑þer for ·· I am in þe
















12


and þow in me · And þei þat heryn þe þei heryn þeþe voys of

god ·· Dowt ᷑Dowtyr þ ᷑þer is no so synful m⸧man in erth leuyng yf he wyl

forsake hys synne & don aft ᷑aftyr þiþi cownsel · swech grace as þuþu

behestyst hym · I wyl co͒fermynconfermyn for þi lofe  [þan hir husbo͒dhusbond

& sche went forth to ȝorke & to oþ ᷑er dyuers placꝭplacys

I
I
T befel up on a fryday on Mydsomyr evyn in rygth
camcapitulum ·11·

hot wedyr as þisþis creatur was komy͒gkomyng fro ȝorke ward bery͒gbeyng

a botel wtwyth bere in hir hand · & hir husbond a cake in hys

bosom / he askyd hys wyfe þisþis qwestyon Margery · yf her come

a man wtwyth a swerd & wold smyte of myn hed · les þ⸧þan I schulde

comown kindly wtwyth ȝow as I haue do be for  · seyth me trewth

of ȝo ȝowr co͒sciensconsciens for ȝe sey ȝe wyl not lye · wheþ ᷑wheþyr wold ȝe suffyr

myn hed to be smet of · er ellys · suffyr me to medele wtwyth ȝow

a ȝen as I dede su̅sum tyme ·· Alas ser sche seyd why meue ȝe þisþis

mat ᷑mater & haue we ben chast þisþis viii wekys ·· ffor I wyl wete þeþe

trewth of ȝo ȝowr hert · And þ⸧þan sche seyd wtwyth gret sorwe · fforsoþeforsoþe I had

leu᷑leuar se ȝow be slayn þ⸧þan we schuld turne a ȝen to owyr vncle̅vnclen

nesse · And he seyd a ȝen · ȝe arn no good wife & þ⸧þan sche askyd

hir husbond what was þe cawse þtþat he had not medelyd

wtwyth hir · viii · wekys be for ·· sythen sche lay wtwyth hy̅hym eu᷑yeuery nygth ·

in hys bedde ·· And he seyd he was so made a ferde wh⸧whan he

wold a towchyd hir · þtþat he durst no mor don ·· Now good

ser amend ȝow & aske god mercy ·· for I teld ȝow ner · iii
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·

ȝer sythen þtþat ȝe schuld be slayn sodeynly & now is þisþis þeþe

thryd ȝer · & ȝet I hope I schal han my desyr [ good sere

I pypray ȝow grawnt me þtþat I schal askyn ·· & I schal pypray for ȝow

þtþat ȝe schul be sauyd thorw þe m᷑cymercy of owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu cryst

And ȝe schul haue mor mede in heuyn þ⸧þan ȝyf ȝe weryd

vow
an hayr or an haburgon · I pypray ȝow suffer me to make

a vow of chastyte in what · bysshopys hand þtþat god wele

nay he seyd þat wyl I not grawnt ȝow for now may I

vsyn ȝow wyth owtyn dedly synne · & þ⸧þan mygth I not

so ·· þ⸧þan sche seyd a ȝen · [ȝyf it be þeþe wyl of þeþe holy gost ⸗

















to fulfyllyn þat I haue seyd · I pypray god ȝe mote co͒sentconsent þ ᷑þer to And yf it be

not þe wyl of þe holy gost I pypray god ȝe neu᷑neuer co͒sentconsent þ ᷑þer to / þ⸧þan went þeiþei

forth to brydlyngton ward in rygth hoot wedyr [þe forn seyd creatur

hauyng gret sorwe & gret dred for hyr chastite ·· And as þeiþei cam be

a cros hyr husbond sett hym down vndyr þe cros clepyng hys wyfe

vn to hym & seyng þisþis wordꝭwordys on to hir ·· Margery grawnt me my

desyr & I schal grawnt ȝow ȝo ȝowr desyr ·· My fyrst desyr is þtþat we xal

lyn · stylle to gedyr in o · bed · as we han do be for  [þe secu̅desecunde þtþat ȝe

schal pay my dettꝭdettys er ȝe go to IerIerusalem & þe thrydde · þtþat ȝe schal

etyn & drynkyn wtwyth me on þe fryday as ȝe wer wont to don ·· Nay

ser sche seyd · to breke þe fryday · I wyl neu᷑neuer grawnt ȝow whyl I

leue ·/ Wel he seyd þ⸧þan schal I medyl ȝow a geyn · Sche pydprayd hy̅hym

þtþat he wold ȝeue hir leue to make hyr peryspraerys /· & he grawntyd it

goodlych · þ⸧þan sche knelyd down be syden a cros in þe feld and

p᷑ydpreyd in þisþis man᷑maner wyth gret habu̅dawnshabundawns of teerys · lord god þuþu

knowyst al thyng · þow knowyst what sorwe I haue had to

be chast in my body · to þeþe al þisþis iii · ȝer · & now mygth I han

my wylle & I dar not · for lofe of þe · ffor ȝyf I wold brekyn

þtþat man ᷑maner of fastyng whech þow comawndyst me to kepyn on þeþe

fryday wtwyth owtyn mete or drynk · I xuld now han my desyr

but blyssyd lord þow knowyst · I wyl not co͒t ryencontraryen þiþi wyl · And

mekyl now is my sorwe ·· les þ⸧þan I fynde co͒fortcomfort in þeþe · [Now

blyssed Ihu̅Ihesu make þi wyl knowyn to me vn worthy · þtþat I may

folwyn þ ᷑þer aft ᷑aftyr · & fulfyllyn it wtwyth al my myghtys ·· And þan

owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu cryst wyth gret swetnesse spak to þisþis creatur

[comawndyng hir to gon a ȝen to hir husbond · & pynprayn hym

to grawntyn hir þtþat sche desyred & he xal han þtþat he desyreth ·

ffor my derworthy dowt ᷑dowtyr · þisþis was þe cawse þtþat I bad þe fastyn ·

for þuþu schuldyst þe sonar opteyn & getyn þi desyr · & now

it is grawntyd þe: I wyl no lengar þow fast ·· þ ᷑þer for I byd þeþe

in þe name of Ihu̅Ihesu ete & drynk as thyn husbond doth

[þ⸧þan þisþis creatur tha̅kydthankyd owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu cryst of hys grace &

hys goodness · Sythen ros up & went to hir husbond · seyng ⸗










un to hym





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vn to hym Sere yf it lyke ȝow ȝe schal grawnt me my desyr & ȝe schal

haue ȝo ȝowr desyr ·· Grawntyth me þtþat ȝe schal not komyn in my bed / & I

grawnt ȝow to qwyte ȝo ȝowr dettꝭdettys er I go to IerIerusalem & makyth my body

fre to god · [so þtþat ȝe neu ᷑neuyr make no chalengyng in me to askyn no dett

of Mat̍monyMatrimony ·· aft ᷑aftyr þisþis day whyl ȝe leuyn · & I schal etyn & drynkyn

on þe fryday at ȝo ȝowr byddyng · Than seyd hir husbond a gen to hir
nota

grace
aAs fre mot ȝo ȝowr body ben to god as it hath ben to me Thys cͤaturcreatur

thankyd god gretly · enioyng þtþat sche had hir desyr · p᷑yngpreyng hir husbo͒dhusbond

þtþat þei schuld sey · iii · pat᷑pater nr͒noster · in þeþe worshep of þe t ᷑nytetrinyte · for þeþe gret

grace þtþat he had grawntyd hem · & so they ded knelyng vnd ᷑vndyr a cros ·

& sythen þeiþei etyn & dronkyn to gedyr in gret gladnes of spyryt ·

þisþis was on a fryday on Mydsom᷑Mydsomyr euyn  [þ⸧þan went þeiþei forth to

brydlyngton ward · And also to many oþ ᷑er co̅trescontres & spokyn wyth

goddys ẜuawntꝭseruawntys boþen Ankrys & reclusys & many oþ ᷑er of owyr

lordꝭlordys louerys · wtwyth many worthy clerkys · doctorys of dyuynyte ·

& bachelers also · in many dyuers placꝭplacys ·[ & þisþis creatur to dyuers
noᷓnota dyscrescio̅dyscrescion

of hem schewyd hir felyngꝭfelyngys & hyr co͒templacyonscontemplacyons as sche

was comawndyd for to don · to wetyn yf any disseyt were

in hir felyngys 

t
T
hys creatur was sent of owyr lord to diuers placꝭplacys
camcapitulum ·12·

of relygyon / & among on sche cam to a place of
nonota

Monkys wher sche was rygth wolcom for owyr lordꝭlordys

monke
lofe ·/ saue þ ᷑þer was a Monk whech bar gret offyce in þtþat place des⸗

pysed hir · & set hir at nowt neu᷑neuyr þe lesse sche was sett at mete

wtwyth þe abbot / & many tymes of þe mete sche seyd many good

wordꝭwordys ·· as god wold he̅hem puttyn in hir mende [þe same Monke

whech had so dyspysed hir beyng p᷑sentpresent & many oþ ᷑er to heryng

what sche wold sey ·/ & thorw hir dalyawns hys affeccyon
be
gan

gretly enclyne to hir ward / & gan to haue gret savo savowr in hir wordꝭwordys ·

so þtþat aft ᷑wardaftyrward þeþe forseyd monk cam to hir & seyde sche beyng

in cherch & he also as þtþat tyme · Damsel I her seyn god spekyth

on to þe I pypray þe telle me · wheþ ᷑wheþyr I schal be sauyd or nowt ·· And

in what synnes I haue most dysplesyd god · for I wyl not

leuy̅leuyn þe but þow con telle me my synne · The creatur seyd to ⸗

















· no nota ·
þe Monke [goth to ȝo ȝowr messe & ȝyf I may wepe for ȝow I hope to h⸧han

grace for ȝow ·/ he folwyd hir cownsel & went to hys messe / sche

wept wondyrly for hys synnes ·· Wh⸧Whan messe was endyd þeþe creatur

seyd to owyr lord cryst Ihu̅Ihesu ·· blyssed lord what answer schal I ȝeue

to þisþis man ·/ My derworthy dowt ᷑dowtyr sey in þe name of Ihu̅Ihesu þtþat he

hath synned in letthery  in dyspeyr  & in wordly goodꝭgoodys kepyng ·

A gracyows lord þisþis is hard for me to sey he schal do me mech

schame ·· ȝyf I telle hym any lesyng ·· Drede þeþe not but speke

boldly in my name in þe name of Ihu̅Ihesu · for þei arn no lee⸗

syngꝭsyngys · And þ⸧þan sche seyd a ȝen to owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist · [good lord

schal he be savyd · ȝa seyd owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu · ȝyf he wyl forsaky̅forsakyn

hys synne & don aft ᷑aftyr þi cownsel · Charge hy̅hym þtþat he forsake

hys synne & be schreue þ ᷑þer of / & also hys offyce · þtþat he hath wtwyth

owtyn forth  Th⸧Than c⸧cam þe Monk a ȝen · Margery telle me

my synnes · Sche seyd I pypray ȝow ser askyth not þ ᷑þer aft ᷑aftyr · for I

vndyrtake for ȝo ȝowr sowle · ȝe schal ben savyd · ȝyf ȝe wyl do

aft ᷑aftyr my cownsel ·· forsoþeforsoþe I wyl not leuyn ȝow but ȝyf ȝe telle̅tellen

me my synne · Syr I vndyrstond þtþat ȝe han synned in letchery

in dyspeyr & in kepyng of wordly good · [þ⸧þan stod þeþe monke

stylle · su̅delsumdel a baschyd · & sythen he seyd ·· Wheþ ᷑Wheþyr haue I sy̅nedsynned

wtwyth wyfes er wtwyth sengyl women  [Ser wtwyth wyfes · / þ⸧þan seyd he

schal I be sauyd ·· ȝa syr yf ȝe wyl do aft ᷑aftyr my cownsel · Sor⸗

wyth for ȝo ȝowr synne / & I xal help · ȝow · to sorwyn beth schre⸗

vyn þ ᷑þer of & forsake it wylfully · leuyth þe offyce þtþat ȝe han

with owtyn forth ·/ & god schal ȝeue ȝow gcegrace for my lofe ·

The Monke toke hir be þe hand & led hir in to a fayr hows

of offyce made hir a gret dyn᷑dyner / & sythen ȝaf hyr gold to

p᷑yprey for hym · And so sche toke hir leue at þtþat tyme · Anoþ ᷑Anoþer

tyme wh⸧whan þe creatur c⸧cam a geyn to þeþe same place ·/ þeþe forn⸗

seyd Monke had forsakyn hys offyce at hir cownsel · & was

turnyd fro hys synne & was mad Supp̍owrSuppriowr of þe place

a wel gou᷑nydgouernyd man & wel dysposyd þa̅kydþankyd be god & made þisþis cͤaturcreatur

gret cher & hyly blyssed God / þtþat eu᷑euer he saw hir 















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camcapitulum ·13·

o
O
N a tyme as þisþis creatur was at Cawnt ᷑beryCawntyrbery in þe ⸗

cherch a mong þe Monkys [sche was gretly despysed

& rep᷑uydrepreuyd for cawse sche wept so fast ·· bothyn of þeþe

Monkys & p᷑stysprestys & of Seculer men · ner al
a
day boþeboþe a for noon

& aft ᷑aftyr noon [also In so mech þtþat hyr husbond went away fro

hir as he had not a knowyn hir · & left hir a loon a mong

hem · cheys hir as sche cowde ·· for oþ ᷑er co̅fortcomfort had sche noon

of hym · as þtþat day · So an eld Monk whech had ben tresowrer

wtwyth þe qwen · whyl he was in seculer clothyng · a Riche man ·

& gretly dred of
þe
mech
pepyl · to
ke
hir be þe hand seying vn to hir

what kanst þow seyn of god ·· ser sche seyth I wyl boþeboþe speke

of hy̅hym & heryn of hy̅hym rehersyng þe monk a story of sc̍ptursc᷑ptur ·

The mu͒kemunke seyd I wold
ȝo
þow
wer closyd in an hows of ston þtþat þ ᷑þer

schuld no m⸧man speke wtwyth þe · A ser sche seyd ȝe schuld meynteyn

goddꝭgoddys seruawntꝭseruawntysde · & ȝe arn þeþe fyrst þtþat heldyn a ȝens he̅hem · owyr lord

amend ȝow [þ⸧þan a ȝong Monke seyde to þisþis creatur · eyþ ᷑ey᷑yr þow
nota

hast þe holy gost or ellys þow hast a devyl wtwyth in þe ·· for þtþat þuþu

spekyst her to vs it is holy wrytte And þtþat hast þuþu not of þiself

[þan seyd þisþis creatur · I pypray ȝow ser ȝeue me leue to tellyn ȝow

a tale ·· þ⸧þan þe pepyl seyd to þe Monke ·· late hir sey what sche

wyl · And þ⸧þan sche seyd þ ᷑þer was onys a man þtþat had synned

gretly a ȝens god & wh⸧whan he was schrevyn hys co̅fessowrconfessowr

Inyoined hym in ꝑryparty of penawnce þat he schuld o ȝer hyer

men to chyde hym & rep᷑uynrepreuyn hym for hys synnes · & he xuld

ȝeuen hem sylu᷑syluer for her labowr · & on a day he c⸧cam a mong

many gret men · as now ben her god saue ȝow alle ·· And

stod a mong hem as I do now a mong ȝow · despysyng hym

as ȝe do me ·· þe man lawhyng er smylyng & hauyng good

game at here wordys · þe grettest Mayst ᷑Maystyr of hem seyd to þeþe

Man  Why lawhyst þuþu broþel & art þow gretly despysed ·/ A

ser · I haue a gret cause to lawh · for I haue many days

put sylu᷑syluer owt of my purse · & hyred me̅men to chyde me for

remyssyon of my synne /· & þisþis day I may kepe my sylu᷑syluer in My

















purs I thank ȝow alle · Rygth so I sey to ȝow worshepful serys ·

Whyl I was at hom in myn owyn contre day be day wtwyth gret

wepyng & morny̅gmornyng I sorwyd for I had no schame · skorne · &

despyte · as I was worthy · I thank ȝow alle serys heyly what

fore noon & aft ᷑aftyr noon I haue had resonably þisþis day blyssed

be god þ ᷑þer of · Than sche went owt of þe Monastery þei fol⸗

wyng & crying vp on hir þow xalt be brent fals lollare ·

her is a cartful of thornys redy for þe & a to͒netonne to bren

þeþe wyth · And þe creatur stod wythowtyn þe ȝatys at Cawn⸗

tyrbery for it was in þe euenyng mech pepyl wondery̅gwonderyng

on hir ·· þ⸧þan seyd þe pepyl · tak & bren hir · And þe creatur

stod stylle tremelyng & whakyng ful sor in hir flesch · wtwyth

owtyn ony erdly co͒fortcomfort · & wyst not wher hyr husbond was

be come · [þ⸧þan pydprayd sche in hir hert to owyr lord thynkyng on

þisþis man᷑maner · hedyr cam I lord for þi lofe · blyssed lord help me

& haue m᷑cymercy on me ·· And a non aft ᷑aftyr sche had mad hir pyerꝭprayerys

in hir hert to owyr lord ·· þ ᷑þer komyn tweyn fayr ȝong men

& seyd to hir · Damsel art þow non eretyke ne no loller ·

And sche seyd no Serys I am neyþ ᷑neyþyr eretyke ne loller · þ⸧þan þeiþei

askyd hir wher was hir in · Sche seyd sche wyst neu᷑neuyr in

what strete ·· neu᷑neuyr þe lesse it schuld be at a dewchma̅nysdewchmannys

hows · [þ⸧þan þisþis tweyn ȝong men browgt hir hom to hir

ostel & made hir gret cher · p᷑yngpreyng hir to pypray for hem · &

than ·
þ ᷑þer
fond sche hyr husbond · And mech pepyl in N · had seyd

euyl of hir whyl sche was owte · & slawndryd hir in many

thyngꝭthyngys · þtþat sche schuld a do̅n whyl sche was in þe contre · Th⸧Than

aft ᷑aftyr þisþis sche was in gret rest of sowle a gret whyle · & had

hy co̅templacyoncontemplacyon day be day & many holy spech & dalyaws̅dalyawns

of owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu cryst · boþeboþe a for noon & aft ᷑aftyr noon · wyth

many swet terys of hy deuocyon · so plentyvowsly & ꝯty⸗conty⸗

nualy þtþat it was m᷑uaylemeruayle þtþat hir eyne enduryd er how hir

hert mygth lestyn þtþat it was not co͒sumydconsumyd wtwyth ardowr of
loue



R Medlay
was wo̅twont so to say












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lofe whych was kyndelyd wtwyth þe holy dalyawns of owyr lord
Ihu̅Ihesu

wh⸧whan he seyd to hir · many tymes ·· derworthy dowt ᷑dowtyr lofe þow

[fountain?]
me wtwyth al þin hert for I loue þe with al myn hert & wtwyth al

þeþe mygth of my godhed for þow wer a chosyn sowle wyth

owt begynnyg in my syghte And a peler of holy cherch · My

m᷑cyfulmercyful eyne arn eu᷑euer up on þe It wer vnpossibyl to þe to

suffyr þe scornys & despytes þtþat þow schalt haue ne were

only my grace supportyng þe 
camcapitulum 14

t
T
than thys creatur þowt it was ful mery to be rep᷑vydreprevyd

for goddꝭgoddys lofe [it was to hir gret solas & cowmfort

wh⸧whan sche was chedyn & fletyn for þeþe lofe of Ihu̅Ihesu ·

for rep᷑uyngrepreuyng of synne · for spekyng of vertu · for comowny͒gcomownyng

in sc̍pturscriptur · whech sche lernyd in mownyssermownys · & be comowny͒gcomownyng wtwyth

clerkyꝭclerkys · Sche ymagyned in hir self what deth sche mygth

deyn for crystꝭcrystys sake ·· hyr þow sche wold a be slayn for goddꝭgoddys

lofe · but
for
dred sfor þeþe poynt of deth · & þ ᷑þer for sche ymagyned

hyr self þe most soft deth as hir thowt for dred of inpacy⸗

ens · þtþat was to be bowndyn hyr hed & hir fet to a stokke · &

hir hed to be smet of wtwyth a scharp ex for goddꝭgoddys lofe · þan seyd

owyr lord in hir mende · I thank þe dowt ᷑dowtyr þtþat þow woldyst
suffer deth‸
for

my lofe · for as oftyn as þow thynkyst so þow schalt haue þeþe

same mede in heuyn as þow þuþu suffredyst þe same deth ·· &

ȝet schal no m⸧man sle the ·· ne fyer bren þe · ne watyr drynch

þe ·· ne wynd deryn þeþe ·· for I may not for ȝetyn þe · how þow

art wretyn in myn handys & my fete · it lykyn me wel

þe peynes þtþat I haue sufferyd for þe · I xal neu᷑neuer ben wroth wtwyth

þe · but I xal louyn þe wtwyth owtyn ende · þow al þeþe worlde be

loue
a ȝens þe · drede þe not · for þei cu⸧cun no skyl of þe · I swer to

þi mend & it wer possybyl me to suffyr peyn a geyn as

I haue do be forn · me wer leu᷑leuar to suffyr as mech peyn as

eu᷑euyr I dede for þi sowle alon · raþ ᷑raþar þ⸧þan þow schuldyst ꝑtynpartyn

fro me wtwyth owtyn end · & þ ᷑þer for dowt ᷑dowtyr rygth as þow seyst

þe p᷑stprest take þe chyld at þe funt ston & dyppe it in þeþe wat ᷑watyr

fro & wasch it fro oryginal synne ·· Rygth so xal I wasch þeþe/


















in my p᷑cyowsprecyows blod fro alle þiþi synne ·
↙↙↙
And þow I wythdrawe ⸗

su̅tymesumtyme þe felyng of grace fro þe eyþ᷑eyþyr of spech er of wepy͒gwepyng

drede þe not þ ᷑þer of · for I am an hyd god in þe · þtþat þuþu schuldyst haue

no veynglory & þtþat þuþu schuldyst knowyn wele þow mayst not

han terys ne swych dalyawns · but whan god wyl send he̅hem

þe · for it arn þe fre ȝyftꝭȝyftys of god · wtwyth owtyn þiþi m᷑ytemeryte / & he

may ȝeue hem
to
whom he wyl · & don þe no wrong · And þ᷑þer for

meykly &
pacie̅tlypaciently
take hem mekely & þankyngly · Wh⸧Whan I wyl send hem / & suffyr

pacyently wh⸧whan I wythdrawe hem & seke besyly tyl þow

mayst getyn hem · for terys of co͒puccyoncompuccyon · deuocyon & ꝯpasconpas

syon · arn þe heyest & sekerest · ȝyftys · þtþat I ȝeue in erde And

what schuld I don mor for þe ·· les þ⸧þan I toke þiþi sowle owt
hevy̅hevyn

of þiþi body & put it in heuyn · & þtþat wyl I not ȝet · Neu᷑Neuyr þeþe les
nota

wherso eu᷑euer god is heuyn is · & god is in þiþi sowle & many
nonota

an Awngel is abowte þiþi sowle · to kepe it boþeboþe nygth & day

ffor whan þow gost to chyrch · I go wtwyth þe ·· Wh⸧Whan þuþu syttest at

þiþi mete I sytte wtwyth þe · Wh⸧Whan þow gost to þiþi bed I go wtwyth þe · [&

whan þuþu gost owt of towne I go wtwyth þe · Dowt ᷑Dowtyr þ ᷑þer was neu᷑neuer

chyld so buxom to þe fadyr · as I wyl be to þe · to help þeþe and

kepe þe ·· I far su̅sum tyme wtwyth my grace to þe · As I do wtwyth þteþate sun̅n̅e

ssum tyme þow wetyst wel þe su̅nesunne schynyth al abrod þtþat many

man may se it · & su̅sum tyme it is hyd vndyr a clowde þtþat men

may not se it · & ȝet is þe su͒nesunne neu᷑neuyr þe lesse in hys hete ⸗

ne in hys brytnesse · And rygth so far I be þe & be my chosyn

sowlys · þu
owgh
þu
owgh
it be so þtþat þuþu wepe not alwey at þiþi lyst · my gcegrace

is neu᷑neuyr þe lesse in þe · þ ᷑þer for I p᷑uepreue þtþat þow art a very dowt ᷑dowtyr to

me · & a modyr also · A syster · A wyfe · & A spowse · wytnessy͒gwytnessyng

þeþe gospel wher owyr lord seyth to hys dyscyples · [he þtþat doth

þe wyl of my fadyr in heuyn · he is bothyn modyr broþ ᷑broþyr &

syster · vn to me · Whan þow stodyst to plese me · þ⸧þan art þuþu

A very dowt ᷑dowtyr ·· Wh⸧Whan þuþu wepyst & mornyst for my peyn &

for my passyon · þ⸧þan art þow a very modyr to haue co̅pascompas

syon of hyr chyld · Wh⸧Whan þow wepyst for oþ ᷑er mennys sy͒nessynnes














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and for adu᷑sytesaduersytes · þan art þow a very syster ·· and whan thow

sorwyst for þow art so long fro þeþe blysse of heuyn þ⸧þan art

þuþu a very spowse · & a wyfe · for it longyth to þe wyfe to be

wtwyth hir husbond · & no very Ioy to han · tyl sche come to hys

p᷑senspresens

t
T
hys creatur whan owyr lord
IcIhesu crist
had forȝouyn hir hir ⸗
camcapitulum 15 ·

ạṣ synne · as is wrete̅n be forn · had a desyr to se

þo placꝭplacys wher he was born · & wher he sufferyd

hys passyon · & wher he deyd · wtwyth oþ ᷑er holy placꝭplacys wher he

was in hys lyue · & also aft ᷑aftyr hys Resurrexyon ·· As sche was
nota
pilg ᷑pilgrym
·

in þese desyres owyr lord bad hir in hir mend · ii · ȝer er þ⸧þan sche

went þtþat sche schuld gon to Rome to I᷑Ierusalem & to seynt Iamys ··

ffor sche wold fayn a gon but sche had no good to go · wtwyth & þan

sche seyd to owyr lord · wher schal I han good to go\wtwyth to þes

holy placys · [ower lord seyd a ȝen to hir I · schal send þeþe frendyꝭfrendys

a nowe · in dyu᷑sdyuers co͒treyscontreys of ynglond to help þe ·· And dowt ᷑dowtyr

I xal go wtwyth þe in eu᷑yeuery contre · & ordeyn for þeþe I · l xal ledyn

þe thyder & brynge þe a geyn in safte [& noon englysch

man schal deyn in þe schyp þtþat þow art in / I xal kepe þeþe fro

alle wykked mennys power · And dowt ᷑dowtyr I sey to þeþe I wyl þtþat þuþu

were clothys of whyte & no̅non oþ ᷑er colo colowr · for þuþu xal be̅ben arayd

aft ᷑aftyr my wyl ·· A der lord / yf I go arayd on oþ ᷑er man᷑maner þ⸧þan oþ ᷑er

chast women don I drede þtþat þe pepyl wyl slawndyr me · þeiþei

wyl sey I am an ypocryt & wondryn vp on me · ȝa dowt ᷑dowtyr

þe mor wondryng þtþat þow hast for my lofe ·· þeþe mor þuþu plesyst

me · Than þisþis creatur durst no̅non oþ ᷑er wyse do · þ⸧þan sche was

comawndyd in hir sowle · And so sche went forth wtwyth hir

husbond in to þeþe cu̅trecuntre for he was eu᷑euer a good man & an esy

man to hir · þow þtþat he su̅tymesumtyme for veyn/dred lete hir a lone

for a tyme · ȝet he resortyd eu᷑euer mor a geyn to hir & had

co̅passyoncompassyon of hir · & spak for hir as he durst for dred of þe

pepyl · [but alle oþ ᷑er þat went wtwyth hir forsokyn hir · & ful

falsly þeiþei accusyd hir thorw te͒tacyontemptacyon of þeþe deuyl ·/ of 

















thyngꝭthyngys þat sche was neu᷑neuyr gylty in [& so dede o m⸧man whech sche trostyd

gretly on · & ꝓferydpreferyd hy̅hym self to gon wtwyth hir in to þe contcontre wherþorw

sche was rygth glad · trostyng he wold wel supportyn hir & helpy̅helpyn

hir wh⸧whan sche had nede ·· for he had ben dwellyng long tyme wtwyth

an Ankyr co͒mensowrcommensowr in dyuinyte · & an holy man · & þtþat Ankyr

was þisþis womans co͒fesso confessowr · & so hys ẜuawntseruawnt toke leue be hys

owyn steryng to gon wtwyth þisþis creatur in to þe contcontre · & hir

owyn Mayden went wtwyth hir · also long as þeiþei ferd wel · & no

m⸧man seyd no thyng a geyns hem · but as sone as þeþe pepyl

thorw entysyng of owyr gostly enmy · & be þe sufferawns of

owyr lord · spak a geyn þisþis creatur · for sche wept so sor ·· & seyd

sche was a fals ypocryte · & falsly deceyued þeþe pepyl · & thretyd

hir to be brent  [þ⸧þan þe forseyd m⸧man was holdyn so holy a m⸧man

& þtþat sche trustyd so mech up on · utt᷑lyuttyrly rep᷑uydrepreuyd hir and fowely

despysed hir & wold no forþ ᷑forþer gon wtwyth hir  hir Mayden seyng

dysese on eu᷑yeuery syde · wex boystows a ȝens hir Maystres ·· sche

wold not obeyn ne folwyn hir cownsel · Sche let hir gon

a lone in many good townys · & wold not gon wtwyth hir · And

eu᷑euer hir husbond was redy whan alle oþ ᷑er fayled & went wtwyth

/
hir · wher owyr lord wold sende hir · al lwey trostyng þtþat al was

for þe best · & xuld comyn to good ende · wh⸧whan god wold ·· & at

þisþis tyme he led hir to spekyn wtwyth þeþe Bysshop of lynkoln whech

ByByshop of ly̅co̅elyncone
hygth philyp and a bod · iii · wekys er þei mygth speke wyth

hym [for he was not at hom at hys paleys ·· Wh⸧Whan þeþe Bysshop

was comyn hom & herd seyn how swech a wom⸧woman had abe⸗

dyn hym so long to speke wtwyth hy̅hym · a non he sent for hir in

gret hast · to wetyn hir wylle ·· & þ⸧þan sche cam to hys p᷑senspresens

& salutyd hy̅hym & he derly wolcomyd hir ·· & seyd he had long

desyred to speke wtwyth hir · & he was rygth glad of hir comyng ·

And so sche p ͣ ̅ydprayd hym þtþat sche mygth speke wtwyth hy̅hym in cownsel

& schewyn hy̅hym þe secretꝭsecretys of hir sowle · & he lymyt hir a ⸗

tyme co̅uenyentconuenyent þ ᷑þer to ·· Wh⸧Whan þe tyme c⸧cam · sche schewyd hy͒hym

hyr medytacyons & hy co̅templacyonscontemplacyons · & oþ ᷑er secret thyngꝭthyngys














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boþe of qwyk & of ded ·/ as owyr lord schewyd to hir sowle he was

rygth glad to heryn hem & suffryd hir beny̅glybenyngly to sey what hir lysted

&co̅mendydcommendyd gretly hir felyngꝭfelyngys & hir co͒templacyonscontemplacyons · seyyng þei
+/

wer hy maters & ful deuowt maters · & enspyred of þe holy gost

/ cownselyng hir sadly þtþat hir felyngꝭfelyngys schuld be wretyn & sche
/

seyd þtþat it was not goddꝭgoddys wyl þtþat þei schuld be wretyn so soon

ne þei wer wretyn xx ȝer aft ᷑aftyr & mor · And þ⸧þan sche seyd

ferþermor · My lord yf it lyke ȝow I am comawndyd in my sowle
· vol

þtþat ȝe schal ȝyue me þe mantyl & þe ryng · & clothyn me al ⸗

in whygth clothys · And yf ȝe clothyn me in erth · owyr lord

Ihu̅Ihesu cryst xal clothyn ȝow in heuyn · as I vndyrstond be re⸗

uelacyon · [þ⸧þan þe Bysshop seyd to hir · I wyl fulffyllen ȝo ȝowr

desyr ȝyf ȝo ȝowr husbond wyl co͒sentynconsentyn þ ᷑toþerto · þ⸧þan sche seyd to þe

bysshop · I p᷑yprey ȝow late myn husbond come to ȝo ȝowr p᷑senspresens · & ȝe

xal hery̅heryn what he wyl sey ·· & so hyr husbond cam before þeþe

Bysshop · And þe Bysshop askyd hym · Iohn is it ȝo ȝowr wyl þtþat ȝo ȝowr

wyf xal take þe mantyl & þe ryng & leuyn chast & ȝe boþe͒boþen

ȝa my lord he seyd [& in tokyn þtþat we boþen vowyn to leue ⸗

chast · her I offyr myn handꝭhandys in to ȝowyr · [& he put hys

handys be twen þe bysshoppys handꝭhandys [& þe bysshop dede no⸗

mor to us at þtþat day ·· saue he mad us rygth good cher And

seyd we wer rygth wolcome ·· An oþ ᷑er day þisþis creatur cam
nota

to mete at þe request of þe bysshop · And sche saw hym
· xiii ·

ȝeuyn wtwyth hys handꝭhandys er he set hy̅hym to mete to · xiii · powyr

men · xiii pens & xiii lovys wtwyth oþ ᷑er mete & so he dede eu᷑yeuery

day ·/ þisþis creatur was steryd to hy deuocyon wtwyth þisþis sygth ·

/& ȝaf god p᷑ysyngpreysyng & worshepyng · þtþat he ȝaf þe bysshop gcegrace

to don þesþes good dedys · wtwyth plentyuows wepyng ·· in so mych

þtþat alle þe bysshopys meny wer gretly m᷑veylyngmerveylyng what hyr

eyled · And sythen sche was set to mete wtwyth many worthy

clerkys & p᷑stysprestys & swyers of þeþe bysshoppys · And þeþe bysshop

hym self sent hir ful gentylly of hys owyn mees ·

















þe clerkys askyd þisþis creatur many hard qwestyons · þe wych sche

be þe grace of Ihu̅Ihesu resoluyd · so · þtþat hir answerys lykyd þeþe Bysshop

rygth wel · And þe clerkys had ful gret m᷑uaylmeruayl of hir þtþat sche

answeryd so redyly & p᷑gnawntlypregnawntly · Wh⸧Whan þe bysshop had ety͒etyn

he sent for þisþis creatur in to hys chawmbyr seying to hir ·

[Margery ȝe & ȝo ȝowr husbond spak to me for to ȝyfe ȝow þe

Mantyl & þe ryng for whech cause I haue take my cown⸗

sel · & my cownsel wyl not ȝyf me to ꝓfesseprofesse ȝow in so

synguler a clothyng wtwyth owtyn bett ᷑bettyr avyseme̅tavysement ·· And ȝe sey

be þe gcegrace of god ȝe wyl go to IerIerusalem ·· þ ᷑þer for pythprayth to god

þtþat it may abyden tyl ȝe come fro IerIerusalem þtþat ȝe be bett ᷑bettyr p᷑uydpreuyd

& knowyn · on þe next day þisþis creatur went to chirch &

pydprayd to god wtwyth alle hyr spyritꝭspyritys þtþat sche mygth han knowlach

how sche xuld ben gou᷑ndgouernd in þisþis mat ᷑mater · And what answer

sche mygth gife to þe bysshop ·· Owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist an⸗

sweryd to hir mend
souel
in þisþis man᷑maner ·· Dowt ᷑Dowtyr sey þe bysshop

þtþat he dredyth moreþ schamys of þe world þ⸧þan þe ꝑfytparfyt

lofe of god · Sey hym I xuld as wel han excusyd hym

ȝyf he had fulfyllyd þiþi wyl ·· as I dede þe chyldren of

Isr̅l whan I bad hem borwe þe goodꝭgoodys of þe pepyl of

egypt & gon a wey þ ᷑þer wyth ·· þ ᷑þer for dowt ᷑dowtyr sey hym · þow

he wyl not don it now it xal be don an oþ ᷑er tyme wh⸧whan

god wyl · & so sche dede hir massage to þeþe bysshop of lyn⸗

colne as sche had in comawndment · [þ⸧þan he p᷑ydpreyd hyre

to gon to þe erchsh Archbusshop of Cawnt᷑beryCawntyrbery Arundel

& p᷑ynpreyn hym to grawntyn leue to me Bysshop of lyncoln ·

for to ȝeuyn hir þe mentyl & þe ryng · in as mech as sche

was not of hys dyocyse ·· þisþis cawse he sfeyned thorw cownsel

of hys clerkꝭclerkys for þei louyd not þisþis creatur ·· Sche seyd · ser

I wyl go tyo my lord of cawt᷑berycawtyrbery wtwyth rygth good wyl /for oþ ᷑er

cawsys & materys whech I haue to schewe to hys reu᷑ensreuerens ·

As for þisþis cawse I xal not gon for god wyl not I aske hym














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þ᷑þer aftyr · [þan sche toke hir leue of þe bysshop of lyncolne &

he ȝaf hir xxvi · schelyngys & viii dpens to byen hyr clothy͒gclothyng

wyth & for to p᷑yprey for hym 
camcapitulum 16 ·

t
T
han went þisþis creatur forth to london wtwyth hir husbo͒dhusbond

vn to lambhyth þ ᷑þer þe Erchebisshop lay at þtþat tyme

And as þei comyn in to þe halle at aft ᷑aftyr noon

ther wer many of þe Erchebysshoppys clerkꝭclerkys & oþ ᷑er rekles

men · boþeboþe swyers & ȝemen whech swory̅sworyn many gret isis ·

& spokyn many rekles wordꝭwordys · & þisþis creatur boldly vndyr ⸗

name hem & seyd þei schuld ben dampnyd but þeiþei left

her sweryng & oþ ᷑er synnes þtþat þei vsyd · & wtwyth þat cam forth

a wom⸧woman of þe same town in a pylche & al for schod

þisþis creatur · bannyd hir · & seyd ful cursydly to hir in þisþis man᷑maner

I wold þuþu wer in smythfeld & I wold bery̅beryn a fagot to bren

þe wyth it is pety þtþat þow leuyst · þisþis creatur stod stylle

& answeryd not & hir husbond suffred wtwyth gret peyn / &

was ful sory to heryn hys wyfe so rebukyd ·· Than þe

Erchbusshop sent for þisþis creatur in to hys gardeyn ·

Whan sche cam to hys p᷑senspresens sche salutyd hy̅hym as sche cowd

pyngprayng hym of hys gracyows lordshyp to grawnt hir to

auctoryte of chesyng hyr co͒fesso confessowr ·· & to be howselyd euery

sonday ȝyf god wold dysposen hir þ ᷑þer to vndyr hys lett ᷑lettyr and

hys seel thorw al hys ꝓuynceprouynce · & he grawnt it her ful beny͒glybenyngly

all hir desyr wtwyth owtyn any sylu᷑syluer er gold · [ne he wold latyn

hys clerkꝭclerkys takyn anything for wrytyn ne for seelyng of

þe lett ᷑lettyr · Whan þisþis creatur fond þisþis grace in hys sygth · sche

was wel comfortyd & strengthyd in hir sowle · & so sche

schewyd þisþis worshepful lord hir man᷑maner of leuyng · & swech
dyscresio̅dyscresion

grace as god wrowt in hyr mende & in hir sowle · to wety͒wetyn

what he wold sey þ ᷑þer to ȝyf he fond any defawte eyþ ᷑eyþyr in

hyre co̅te̅placyoncontemplacyon · er in hir wepyng · & sche teld hy̅hym also

þe cawse of hyr wepyng ·· And þe maner of dalya[wns]

















þat owyr lord dalyid to hyr sowle · And he fond no defawt

þ ᷑þer in ·· but ahe pvsydprevsyd hir man᷑maner of leuyng · & was rygth glad ·

þtþat owyr m᷑cyfulmercyful lord cryst Ihu̅Ihesu · schewyd swech grace in

owyr days · blyssed mot he be ·· [þan þisþis creatur boldly

spak to hym for þe correccyon of hys meny ·· seying

wtwyth reu᷑ensreuerens · My lord owyr alderes lord al myty god ⸗

hath not ȝon ȝow ȝowyr benefys · & gret goodꝭgoodys of þe

world · to mayten wtwyth hys tretowrys · & hem þtþat slen hy̅hym

eu᷑yeuery day be gret othys sweryng ·· ȝe schal answer for

hem · les þ⸧þan ȝe correctyn hem · or ellys put he̅hem owt

of ȝo ȝowr ẜuyseseruyse ·· fful beny͒glybenyngly & mekely he suffred hir to

sey hir entent · & ȝaf a fayr Answer · hir supposyng it

xuld ben þe bett ᷑bettyr · & so her dalyawns co͒tynuydcontynuyd tyl ster⸗

rys apperyd in þe fyrmament · [þ⸧þan sche toke hir leue

& hyr husbond also · Sythen þei comyn a ȝen to ⸗

london & many worthy men desyred to heryn hir

dalyawns · & hir comunycacyon for hir co͒munycacommunyca

cion was so mech in þe lofe of god · þtþat þe herars

wer oftyn tyme steryd þ ᷑þer thorw to wepyn ryttȝt sadly

[& so sche had þ ᷑þer rygth gret cher · & hir husbond · be

cawse of hir as long as þei wold abyden in þe

cyte ·· Aft ᷑wardAftyrward þei comyn a geyn to lenne · & þ⸧þan

went þisþis creatur to þe Ankyr at þe frer p᷑chowrysprechowrys

in lenne · & teld hym what cher sche had had · and

how sche had sped whyl sche was in þe contcontre ·· And

he was rygth glad of hir comyng hom · & held it

was gret Myracle hir comyng & hir goyng to & fro

And he seyd to hir I haue herd mych euyl langwage

of ȝow syth ȝe went owt ·· & I haue ben sor cownseld

to leue ȝow & no mor to medyl wtwyth ȝow · & þ ᷑þer is be⸗

hyte me gret frenschepys wtwyth condycyon · yf I leue ȝow ·














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And I answeryd for ȝow þꝰþus · [ȝyf ȝe wer in þe same plyte

þtþat ȝe wer wh⸧whan we partyd a sundyr  I durst wel say · ȝe

wer a good woman ·· a louere of god & hyly inspyred wtwyth

þeþe holy gost · And I wyl not forsake hyr for no lady in

þisþis reme for to speke wtwyth þe lady & leuyn hir· for raþ ᷑raþar

I schuld leue þe lady & speke wtwyth hir · ȝyf I mygth not

don boþen · þ⸧þan I xuld don þe co͒tryecontrarye ·//Rede fyrst
noᷓ̄nota

þeþe xxi chapetr · & þ⸧þan þisþis chapet ᷑chapetyr aft ᷑aftyr þtþat it begy̅nesbegynnes thꝯthus · in þeþe tyme

o
O>
O
N a day long befor þisþis tyme whyl thys c᷑at creatur þeþe vi lefe eft ᷑efter
camcapitulum 17 ·

was beryng chylder & sche was newly delyueryd

of a chyld · owyr lord cryst Ihu̅Ihesu seyd to hir sche

xuld no mor chyldren beryn & þ ᷑þer for he bad hyr gon to

Norwych · & sche seyd ·· A der lord how xal I gon · I am

boþe feynt & feble ·drede þe not · I xal make þe stro͒gstrong

i now ·· I byd þeþe gon to þeþe vykary of seynt Stefenys and
vyk᷑vyker

sey þtþat I gret hym wel · & þtþat he is an hey chosyn sowle

of myn ·· & telle hym he plesyth me mech wtwyth hys p᷑chy͒gprechyng ·

[& · schew hym thy p᷑uytespreuytes & my̅myn cownselys swech as

I schewe þeþe ·· Than sche toke hyr wey to Norwych ward

& cam in to hys cherch · on a thursday · a lytyl be for

noon And þe vykary went vp & down wtwyth a noþ ᷑noþer p᷑stprest

whech was hys gostly fadyr · þtþat leuyd wh⸧whan þisþis boke was

mad · & þisþis creatur was clad in blak clothy̅gclothyng þtþat tyme ·

Sche salutyd þeþe vykary p᷑yngpreyng hym þtþat sche mygth speke

wtwyth hym an owyr or ellys tweyn · owyrs at aft ᷑aftyr none ·

wh⸧whan he had etyn in þe lofe of god ·he lyftyng vp hys

handys & blyssyng hym · seyd ·· benedicite what cowd a woma⸧woman

ocupyn an owyr er tweyn owyrs in þe lofe of ow ᷑owyr lord ·

I xal neu᷑neuer ete mete tyl I wete what ȝe kan sey of owyr

lord god · þe tyme of on owyr ·/ þ⸧þan he sett hym down in

þe chirche · sche syttyng a lytyl be syde schewyd hym all

þe wordꝭwordys whech god had reuelyd to hyr in hyr sowle

















Sythen sche schewyd hym al hyr man᷑maner of levyng · fro hyr chyldhod

as ny as it wolde come to hir mende · how vnkynd sche had ben

a geyn owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist ·· how prowde & veyne sche had ben in

hir aport · how obstynat a geyns þe lawes of god · & how en⸗

vyows a geyn hir euyn c̍stencristen · Sythen wh⸧whan it plesyd owyr

lord c̍stcrist Ihu̅Ihesu how sche was chastysed wtwyth many tribulacyons ·

 
& horrybyl temptacyons · & aft ᷑wardaftyrward how sche was fed and

comfortyd wtwyth holy medytacyons · & specyal in þe mende of

pass
yon
owyr lordꝭlordys passyon · & whyl sche dalyed in þe passyon of

owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist ·· Sche herd so hedows a melodye þtþat sche

mygth not ber it [þan þisþis creatur fel down · as yf sche

had lost hir bodyly strength · & lay stylle a gret whyle ·

desyryng to put it a way · & sche mygth not [þan knew

sche wel be hir feyth þtþat þ ᷑þer was gret Ioye in hevyn · Wher

þe lest poynt of blys wtwyth owtyn any co͒ꝑysoncomparyson passeth al

þe Ioye þat eu᷑euer myt be thowt er felt in þisþis lyfe · Sche

was gretly strengthyd in hir feyth & mor bold to tellyn þe

vykary her felyngꝭfelyngys whech sche had be reuelacyons boþen

of qwyk & of ded & of hys owyn self ·· Sche teld hym

how sum tyme þe ffadyr of hevyn dalyd to hir sowle

as pleynly and as veryly as o frend spekyth to a noþ ᷑noþer be

bodyly spech · SSum tyme þe secu͒desecunde ꝑsonepersone in t ̍nytetrinyte · · su⸧sum

tyme alle thre ꝑsonyspersonys in t ̍nitetrinite & o substawns in god⸗

hede dalyid to hir sowle · & informyd hir in hir feyth ·

loue
& in hys lofe · how sche xuld lofe hym · worshepyn hy͒hym ·

& dredyn hym ·· so excellently ·: þtþat sche herd neu᷑neuer boke · neyþ ᷑neyþ yr

brigytts
·
hyltons boke · ne p̍dispridis boke · ne StimulStimulus amorꝭamoris · ne in⸗

 of · R · ha̅pallhampall
cendiu̅cendium amoris ·
ne no̅non oþ ᷑er þtþat eu᷑euer sche herd redy̅redyn þtþat spak

so hyly of lofe of god · but þtþat sche felt as hyly in wer⸗

kyng in hir sowle · yf sche cowd or ellys mygth a sche ⸗

wyd as sche felt ·· Su̅tymeSumtyme owyr lady spak to hir mend ·

[Sumty]me seynt petyr· Su͒tymeSumtyme seynt powyl [Su͒tymSumtym seynt














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kateryn er what seynt in heuyn sche had deuocyon to a⸗

peryd to hir sowle · & tawt hir how sche xuld louyn owyr lord ·

[& how sche xuld plesyn hym her dalyawns was so swet ·· so

holy & so devowt · þat þisþis creatur myt not oftyn tymes

beryn it but fel down & wrestyd wtwyth hir body & mad won⸗

dyrful cher & contenawns wtwyth boystows sobbyngꝭsobbyngys · & gret
ferve̅tfervent loue

plente of terys · Su̅tymeSumtyme seyng / Ihu̅Ihesu m᷑cymercy) su̅sum tyme I dey )
nota

& þ ᷑þer for mech pepyl slawndryd hir not ·
be
leuyng it was

þe werke of god ·· but þtþat su̅sum euyl spyrit vexid hir in hir

body · er ellys þtþat sche had su̅sum bodyly sekenesse · Notwtstondy͒gNotwythstondyng

þe Rumo Rumowr · & grutchyng of þe pepyl a ȝen hir ·· [þis holy

man vykary of seynt Stefenys chyrch of Norwych ·
fader 

whom god hath exaltyd · & þorw m᷑uelyowsmeruelyows werkꝭwerkys sche ⸗

wyd & p᷑uydpreuyd for holy ·· eu᷑euer held wtwyth hir & supportyd hir a⸗

ȝen hir enmys in to hys powyr · Aft ᷑Aftyr þe tyme þtþat sche

be þe byddyng of god had schewyd hym hir man᷑maner of

gou᷑nawnsgouernawns & leuyng · for he trustly beleuyd þtþat sche was

wel lernyd in þe lawe of god · & indued wtwyth grace of þeþe

holy gost · to whom it longyth to enspyr wher he wyl ·

& þow hys voys be herd it is not wyst of þe werld fro

when/it comyth · er whedyr it goth · Thys holy vykary ·

aft ᷑aftyr þisþis tyme was co͒fesso confessowr · to þisþis creatur al wey wh⸧whan

sche cam to Norwych · & howsyld hir wtwyth hys owyn

handys · & wh⸧whan sche was on a tyme moneschyd to aper

be for certeyn offycerys of þe Bysshop · to Answer to

certeyn Artyculys whech xuld be put a geyn hir be þeþe

steryng of envyows pepyl · þe good vykary p᷑ferryngpreferryng

þe lofe of god be for any schame of þe world · went wtwyth

hir to her hir examynacyon & delyueryd hir fro þe
nota
nonota

malys of hyr enmys ·/ & þ⸧þan was it reuelyd to þisþis creatur
vii ȝere

þtþat þe good vykary xuld leuyn sevyn ȝer aft ᷑aftyr & þ⸧þan he

sculd passyn hens wtwyth gret gcegrace ·· And he dede as sche h[ad]
















 camcapitulum 18 ·

t
T
hys creatur was chargyd & comawndyd in hir sowle þtþat

goyd whyte
frere 
sche schuld go to a whyte frer in þe same Cyte of Norwy ̉Norwych

whech hyte Wyllya⸧Wyllyam Sowthfeld · a good m⸧man and an holy

leuar · to schewyn hym þe grace þtþat god wrowt in hir as sche

had don to þe good vykary be forn · Sche dede as sche was

comawndyd & cam to þe frere on a for noon · & was wtwyth hy͒hym

in a chapel a long tyme · & schewyd hym hir meditacyons ·

& swech as god wrowt in hir sowle · to wetyn yf sche wer

dysceyued be any illusyons or not · Thys good man þe
nota

white frer eu᷑euer whyl sche teld hir felyngꝭfelyngys ·heldyng up hys

handꝭhandys seyd Ihu̅Ihesu M ᷑cyMercy· & grem᷑cygremercy· Syst ᷑Syster he seyd ·dredyth ȝe

not of ȝo ȝowr man᷑maner of leuyng ·for it is þe holy gost werky͒gwerkyng

plentyuowsly hys gcegrace in ȝo ȝowr sowle · [thankyth hy̅hym heyly of

hys goodnes for we alle be bowndyn to þa̅kynþankyn hy̅hym for ȝow

/þat now in owyr days wel inspir hys gcegrace in ȝow ·· to þe ⸗

help & co͒fortcomfort of us alle · whech arn supportyd be ȝo ȝowr p᷑yerspreyers

/& be swech oþ ᷑er as ȝe ben · And we arn p᷑ẜvydpreservyd fro many

myschevys & dysesys whech we schuld sufferyn & worthily

for owyr trespas · nNe wer swech good creaturys a mong

vs · blyssed be al myty god · for hys goodnes · And þ ᷑þer for syst ᷑syster

I cownsel ȝow þtþat ȝe dyspose ȝow to receyuyn þe ȝyftꝭȝyftys of

god as lowly · & mekely · as ȝe kan · & put non obstakyl ne

obieccyon a ȝen þe goodnes of þeþe holy gost · · ffor he may

ȝevyn hys ȝyftꝭȝyftys wher he wyl · & of vnworthy he makyth

worthy ·· of synful he makyth rygtful ·/ hys m᷑cymercy is eu᷑euer redy

vn to vs ·· les þ⸧þan þe fawt be in owyr self ·· for he dwellyth

not in a body soget to syn ·· he fleth al fals feyny͒gfeynyng & fals⸗

hede ·· he askyth of us · a lowe · a meke · & a contryte hert ·

wtwyth a good wyl ·· owyr lord seyth hym self My spyrit schal

restyn vp on a meke man · a co̅trytecontryte m⸧man · & dredyng my

wordꝭwordys ·· Syst ᷑Syster I trost to owyr lord ȝe han þese co͒dicyonscondicyons

eyþ ᷑eyþyr in ȝo ȝowr wyl · or in ȝo ȝowr affeccyon · er ellys in bothyn ·/ & I

[held]e not þtþat owyr lord suffryth hem to be dysceyued endlessly /














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þtþat settyn al here trost in hym & no thyng sekyn ne desyryn
goyd co̅selconsel ·

but hym only · as I hope þat ȝe don · And þ ᷑þer for beleuyth fully

þtþat owyr lord louyth ȝow & werkyth hys gcegrace in ȝow · I p᷑yprey god
vigiles vi
e dess 

incres it · & co͒tinucontinu it · to hys eu᷑euer lestyng worshep for hys m᷑cymercy

The beforn seyd creatur was mech comfortyd boþe in body &

in sowle be þisþis good ma̅nysmannys wordꝭwordys · & gretly strengthyd in hir

feyth · & þ⸧þan sche was bodyn be owyr lord · for to gon to an
dame Jelia̅Jelian

Ankres in þe same Cyte whych hyte dame Ielyan /& so

sche dede & schewyd hir þeþe grace þtþat god put in hir sowle

of co͒pu͒ccyoncompunccyon contricyon swetnesse & deuocyon co͒passyoncompassyon

wtwyth holy meditacyon & hy co͒templacyoncontemplacyon · & ful many

holy spechys & dalyawns · þtþat owyr lord spak to hir sowle ·

And many wondirful reuelacyons whech sche schewyd to þeþe

Ankres to wetyn yf þ ᷑þer wer any deceyte in hem · for þe

Ankres was expert in swech thyngꝭthyngys & good cownsel cowd

ȝeuyn · / þe Ankres hery͒gheryng þeþe m᷑uelyowsmeruelyows goodnes of owyr

lord hyly thankyd god · wtwyth al hir hert · for hys visitacyon

[cownselyng þisþis creatur to be obedyent · to þe wyl of

owyr lord god & fulfyllyn wtwyth al hir mygthys · what

eu᷑euyr he put in hir sowle / yf it wer not a geyn þeþe wor⸗

shep of god & ꝓfyteprofyte of hir euyn c̍stencristen for yf it wer

þ⸧þan it wer nowt þe mevyng of a good spyryte · but

raþ ᷑raþar of an euyl spyrit · [þeþe holy gost meuyth neu᷑neuer a þing
·

a geyn charite ·/ & yf he dede he wer co͒traryowscontraryows to hys

owyn self / for he is al charite · Also he meuyth a sowle

to al chastnesse ·· for chast leuars be clepyd þeþe temple

of þe holy gost · & þe holy gost makyth a sowle stabyl &

stedfast in þe rygth feyth · & þe rygth beleue ·· And a

dubbyl m⸧man in sowle is eu᷑euyr vnstabyl · & vnstedfast in

al hys weys ·· he þtþat is eu᷑euyr mor dowtyng · is lyke to þe

flood of þe see ·· / þe whech is mevyd & born a bowte wtwyth

þe wynd · & þtþat m⸧man is not lyche to receyuen þeþe ȝyftys

of god ·· What creatur þtþat hath þes tokenys he m[uste]

















stedfastlych belevyn þtþat þe holy gost dwellyth in hys sowle · And

mech mor wh⸧whan god visyteth a creatur wtwyth terys of co͒trisyoncontrisyon

deuosyon er co͒passyoncompassyon · he may & owyth to leuyn þtþat þe holy

gost is in hys sowle · · Seynt powyl seyth þtþat þe holy gost

Askyth for vs wtwyth morny͒ggꝭmornynggys & wepyngꝭwepyngys vnspekable · þtþat is to

 
seyn · he makyth vs to askyn & p᷑ynpreyn wtwyth morny͒ggꝭmornynggys & wepy̅gꝭwepyngys

so plentyvowsly · þtþat þe terys may not be nowmeryd Ther

may non euyl spyrit ȝeuyn þesþes tokenys for
SSaint
Ierom seyth

þtþat terys t mentynturmentyn mor þe devylle þ⸧þan don þe peynes

of helle · god & þe deuyl ben eu᷑moreuyrmor co͒t ryowscontraryows · & þei xal

neu᷑neuyr dwellyn to gedyr in on place · & þe devyl hath

no powyr in a mannys sowle · holy wryt seyth þtþat þeþe sowle

of a rytful man is þe sete
seet
of god · & so I trust syst ᷑syster þtþat ȝe

ben · I p᷑yprey god grawnt ȝow ꝑseuerawnsperseuerawns ·· settyth al ȝo ȝowr trust

in god · & feryth not þe langage of þe world · for þeþe mor

despyte schame & repref þtþat ȝe haue in þeþe world þe mor

is ȝo ȝowr meryte in þe sygth of god ·· pacyens is necessary vn

to ȝow · for in þtþat schal ȝe kepyn ȝo ȝowr sowle  [mych was þeþe holy

dalyawns þtþat þe Ankres & þisþis creatur haddyn be comowny͒gcomownyng

in þeþe lofe of owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist many days þtþat þei were

to gedyr ·· Thys creatur schewyd hyr man᷑maner of leuyng to

many a worthy clerke · to worshepful doctorys of divinyte ·

boþe Religiows men & oþ ᷑er of seculer abyte · & þei seyden

þtþat god wrowt gret grace wtwyth hir · & bodyn sche xuld not

ben aferde · þ ᷑þer was no disseyte in hir man ᷑maner of leuyng ··

[þei cownseld hir to be ꝑseuerawntperseuerawnt ·· for here most dred

was þtþat sche xuld t nynturnyn & not kepyn hir ꝑfeccyonperfeccyon · sche

had so many enmys & so mech slawndyr · þtþat hem semyd

sche myte not beryn it wtwyth owtyn gret gcegrace & a mygty

feyth ·· oþ ᷑er whech had no knowlach of hir man᷑maner of gou᷑nawnsgouernawns

saue only be sygth owtforth · er ellys be Iangely̅gIangelyng of oþ ᷑er

personys · ꝑu᷑tyngperuertyng þe dom of trewth · seyd ful euyl of hir

[& cau]syd hir to haue mech enmyte · & mech dysese mor














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þ⸧þan sche xuld haue ellys had · had her euyl la͒gagelangage ne ben 

Neu᷑Neuyr þe lesse þe Ankyr of þe frer p᷑chowrysprechowrys in lenn whech was

p̍ncipalprincipal gostly fadyr to þisþis creatur as is wretyn be forn · toke it

on charge of hys sowle þtþat hir felyngꝭfelyngys wer good & sekyr & þtþat þer

was no disseyt in hem · And he be þe spiryt of ꝓphecyeprophecye teld
nota

hir wh⸧whan sche xuld gon to IerIerusalem ward · sche xuld haue mech

t̍bulacyontribulacyon wtwyth hir mayden · And how owyr lord xuld asayn

hir scharply & p᷑uynpreuyn hir ful streytly ·/ þ⸧þan seyd sche a geyn

A good ser what xal I þ⸧þan do wh⸧whan I am fer fro hom & in

strawnge cu͒treyscuntreys · & my mayden be a ȝens me · þ⸧þan is my

bodily comfort a go · & gostly co͒fortcomfort of any confesso confessowr as ȝe

beth wot I not wher to haue ·· Dowt ᷑Dowtyr drede ȝe nowt · for

owyr lord schal co͒fortcomfort ȝow hys owyn self · hoose co͒fortcomfort

passyth alle oþeris ·/ & whan al ȝo ȝowr frendꝭfrendys han forsakyn ⸗

ȝow owyr lord schal makyn a brokyn bak m⸧man to lede ȝow
brokyn
bak ma̅man

forth wher ȝe wyl be ·· & so it be fel as þe Ankyr had ꝓphe⸗prophe⸗

cyed in eu᷑yeuery poynt · And as I trust xal be wretyn more

pleynly aft ᷑wardaftyrward · Than þisþis creatur in a man᷑maner co͒pleyny͒gcompleynyng

seyd to þe Ankyr ·· Good ser what xal I do · he þtþat is my con⸗

fesso 

fessowr
· in ȝo ȝowr absens is rygth scharp vn to me · he wyl not be ⸗

levyn my felyngꝭfelyngys ·· he settyth nowt by hem · he heldyth hem

but tryfelys & Iapys · & þtþat is a gret peyn vn to me · for I

lofe hym wele · & I wold fawyn folwyn hys cownsel ·· The

Ankyr answeryng a ȝen to hir seyd · it is no wondyr dowt ᷑dowtyr

yf he kan nowt beleuyn in ȝo ȝowr felyngꝭfelyngys so sone · he knowyth

wel ȝe han ben a synful wom⸧woman / & þ ᷑þer for he wenyth þtþat god

wold not ben homly wtwyth ȝow in so schort tyme · aft ᷑aftyr ȝo ȝowr ꝯu᷑syonconuersyon ·

I wold not for al þisþis world ben so scharp to ȝow as he is ·

God for ȝo ȝowr m᷑ytemeryte hath ordeynd hym to be ȝo ȝowr scorge · & faryth

wtwyth ȝow as a smyth wtwyth a fyle þtþat makyth þe yron to be bryte

& cler to þe sygth · whech be forn aperyd rusty dyrke [&]

euyl colowryd ·/ þe mor scharp þtþat he is to ȝow [þe mor]

















clerly schinyth ȝo ȝowr sowle in þe sygth of god / & god hath ordeyned me

to be ȝo ȝowr norych & ȝo ȝowr comfort · beth ȝe lowe & meke & thanke god

boþeboþe of on & of oþ ᷑er · On atyme be forn þisþis creatur went to hir

peryspraerys for to wetyn what answer sche xuld ȝeuyn to þe wedow

/ sche was comawndyd in hir spyryt · to byddyn þe wedow levyn

hir co͒fesso confessowr · þtþat was þtþat tyme · yf sche wold plesyn god · And gon

to þe Ankyr · at þeþe ffrer p᷑chowrysprechowrys in lenn · & schewyn hym

hir lyfe · Whan þisþis creatur dede þisþis massage þe wedow wold

not levyn hir wordys ne hir gostly fadyr neyþ ᷑neyþyr · les þ⸧þan god

wold ȝevyn hir þeþe same grace þtþat he ȝaf þisþis creatur · And sche

chargyd þisþis creatur þtþat sche xuld no mor comyn in hir place

& for þisþis creatur teld hir þtþat sche had to fele lofe of affecyon

to hir gostly fadyr · þ ᷑þer for þe wedow seyde it had ben good to

þisþis creatur þtþat hir lofe & hir affeccyon wer set as hir was ·

[than owyr lord bad þisþis creatur don wryten a lett ᷑lettyr & send it

lettre
hir · A Mayst ᷑Maystyr of dyuynite wrot a lett ᷑lettyr at þe request of þisþis

creatur & sent to þe wedow · wtwyth þese clawsys þtþat folwyn · On

clause was þtþat þe wedow xuld neu᷑neuyr han þe gcegrace þtþat þisþis creatur

had · A noþ ᷑noþer was þow þisþis creatur come neu᷑neuer in hir howse

it plesyd god ryt wel · Owyr lord seyd eftsonys to þisþis creatur

it wer bett ᷑better to hir þ⸧þan al þisþis world & hir lofe wer sett as

thyn is · & I byd þe gon to hir gostly fadyr & telle hym · for

he wyl not belevyn þi wordꝭwordys þei schal be departyd a su̅dyrsundyr

er þ⸧þan he be war · & þei þtþat ben not of hir cownsel xal knowy̅knowyn

it er þ⸧þan ·
he · wheþ ᷑wheþyr he wyl or not ·· lo dowt ᷑dowtyr her mayst þow

se how hard it is to deꝑtyndepartyn a man fro hys owyn wyl ··

/& all þisþis processe was fulfyllyd in trewth · as þe creatur had

seyd be forn · twelue ȝer aft ᷑wardaftyrward þ⸧þan þisþis creatur suffryd

mech tribulacyon & gret heuynesse for sche seyd þese

wordys as owyr lord bad hir sey · & euyr sche encresyd

in þeþe lofe of god & was mor bold þ⸧þan sche was be forn 














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camcapitulum 19 ·

b
B
E forn þisþis creatur went to IerIerusalem owyr lord sent hir

to a worshipful lady þtþat sche xuld spekyn wtwyth hir in

cownsel · & do hys erdaend vn to hir ·· þe lady wold not

speke wtwyth hir les þ⸧þan hir gostly fadyr wer p᷑sentpresent · & sche seyd

sche was wel plesyd & þ⸧þan whan þe ladys gostly fadyr was

comyn þei wentyn in to a chapel al thre to gedyr And

þ⸧þan þisþis creatur seyd wtwyth gret reu᷑ensreuerens & many teerys ·· Madam 

owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist bad me telle ȝow þtþat ȝo ȝowr husbond is in

p gatorypurgatory & þat ȝe schal ben savyd but it schal be long er

ȝe come to hevyn ·· And þ⸧þan þe lady was dysplesyd & seyd

hir husbond was a good m⸧man · sche levyd not þtþat he was in

p gatorypurgatory · hir gostly fadyr held wtwyth þisþis creatur & seyd it ⸗

mygth rygth wel ben so as sche seyd · & co͒fermydconfermyd hir wordꝭwordys

wtwyth many holy talys · And þ⸧þan þisþis lady sent hir dowt ᷑dowtyr wtwyth

many oþ ᷑er meny wtwyth hir  to þe Ankyr whech was p̍ncypalprincypal

confesso confessowr to þisþis creatur · þtþat he schuld forsakyn hir & ellys he

xuld lesyn hir frenshep ·· The Ankyr seyd to þe massangerꝭmassangerys
nota

þtþat he wold not forsakyn þisþis creatur for no m⸧man in erthe ··

for to swech creaturys as wold inq̍yninqwiryn of hy̅hym hir man᷑maner

of gou᷑nawnsgouernawns & how he held of hir · he seyd sche was

goddꝭgoddys owyn ẜuawntseruawnt · And also he seyd sche was þeþe tanakyltabernakyl

of god · And þe Ankyr seyd vn to hir owyn ꝑsonepersone · for to

strengthyn hir in hir feyth ·· þow god toke fro ȝow al teerys

& dalyawns beleuyth neu᷑neuyr þe les þtþat god louyth ȝow / & þat

terꝭys wtwyth
loue ·

ȝe schal be ryt sekyr of hevyn · for þtþat ȝe haue had be for

tyme for teerys wtwyth lofe · is þe grettest ȝeft þtþat god may

ȝevyn in erth ·/ & al men þtþat louyn god owyn to thankyn

hym for ȝow ·· Also þ ᷑þer was a wedow p᷑ydpreyd þisþis creatur to

p᷑ynpreyn for hir husbond · & wete yf he had ony nede of help

& as þisþis creatur p᷑ydpreyd for hym · sche was answeryd þtþat hys

sowle xuld be xxx ȝer in p gatorypurgatory · les þ⸧þan he had bett ᷑bettyr
| ·

frendys in erthe ·· thus sche teld þe wedow & seyd ȝy[f ȝe]

wyl don almes for hym · iii · pownd er · iiii · in m[essys]


















& almes ȝeuyng to powyr folke ȝe schal hyly plesyn god & don þe

sowle gret esse · þeþe wedow toke lytyl hede at hir wordꝭwordys & let it pa⸗

syn forth ·/ þ⸧þan þisþis creatur went to þe Ankyr & teld hym how

sche had felt & he seyd þe felyng was of god & þe dede in þe

self was good þow þe sowle had no nede þ ᷑þer of & cownseld

it xuld be fulfylled ·/ þ⸧þan þisþis creatur teld þisþis mat ᷑mater to hir gostly

fadyr þtþat he xuld speke to þe wedow & so it was long tyme

þtþat þisþis creatur herd no mo of þisþis mat ᷑mater Aft ᷑wardAftyrward owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist

seyd to þisþis creatur · þtþat thyng I bad xuld a be don for þe sowle it

is not don Aske now þi gostly fadyr & so sche dede & he seyd

it was not don sche seyd a ȝen My lord Ihu̅Ihesu c̍stcrist teld me so

rygth now 

o
camcapitulum 20
O
N a day as þisþis creatur was heryng hir messe a ȝong

man and a good p᷑stprest heldyng up þe sacͣ ̅mentsacrament in hys

handꝭhandys ou᷑ouyr hys hed þe sacrament schok & flekeryd

to & fro as a dowe flekeryth wtwyth hir wengꝭwengys / & wh⸧whan he held

up þe chalys wtwyth þe p᷑cyowsprecyows sacmentsacrament þe chalys mevyd to & fro

as it xuld a fallyn owt of hys handys · Whan þe sacre

was don þisþis creatur had gret m᷑ueylemerueyle of þe steryng &

mevyng of þe blyssed sacmentsacrament desyring to se mor sacreys

& lokyng yf it wold don so a ȝen / þ⸧þan seyd owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu

crist to þe creatur · þow xalt no mor sen it in þisþis man᷑maner

þ ᷑þer for thank god þtþat þow hast seyn  [My dowt ᷑dowtyr bryde say me

neu᷑neuyr in þisþis wyse · þ⸧þan seyd þisþis creatur in hir thowt · lord

what betokenyth þisþis ·/ It be tokenyth veniawnce ·/ A good lord

what veniawnce ·/ þ⸧þan seyd owyr lord a ȝen to hir þ ᷑þer xal be

an erdene tel it whom þow wylt in þe name of Ihu̅Ihesu ·/

[ for I telle þe forsoþe rygth as I spak to seynt Bryde · ryte

so I speke to þe dowt ᷑dowtyr / & I telle þe trewly it is trewe eu᷑yeu᷑ery

B
word þtþat is wretyn in · brides boke / & be þe it xal be knowy̅knowyn

for very trewth And þow xalt faryn wel dowt ᷑dowtyr in spyte

of alle thyn enmys ·/ þe mor envye thei han to þeþe for my

[gr]ace · þe bett ᷑bettyr xal I lofe þe / I wer not rygthful god but

[I louy]d þe for I knowe þe bett ᷑bettyr þ⸧þan þow dost þi self ·· What

[þat euyr men] seyn of þe · þow seyst I haue gret paciens · in ⸗














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þe syn of þe pepyl And þow seyst soth but yf þow sey þe

synne of þe pepyl as I do þow xuldyst haue mech more

m᷑vaylemervayle in my pacyens & mech mor sorwe in þe synne

of þe pepyl þ⸧þan þow hast ·/ þ⸧þan þe creatur seyd · Alas der ⸗

worthy lord what xal I do for þe pepyl ·/ Owyr lord answe⸗

ryd it is I now to þe to don as þow dost ·/ þ⸧þan sche p᷑yedpreyed

M ᷑cyfulMercyful lord cr̍stcrist Ihu̅Ihesu in þe is al m᷑cymercy & grace & goodnes ·

haue m᷑cymercy pyte & co͒passyoncompassyon of hem ·· Schew þi m᷑cymercy &

thy goodnes vp on hem / help hem · send hem very co͒tricontri

cyon & late hem neu᷑neuer deyn in her synne ·/ Owyr m᷑cymercy

ful lord seyde / I may no mor dowt ᷑dowtyr of my rytfulnesse

do for hem þ⸧þan I do ·/ I send hem p᷑chyngprechyng & techyng · pesty⸗

lens & bataylys hungyr and famyny̅gfamynyng losse of her goodꝭgoodys

wtwyth gret sekenesse & many oþ ᷑er t ̍bulacyonstribulacyons · & þei wyl

not leuyn my wordꝭwordys · ne þei wyl not knowe my vysitacyon ·

& þ ᷑þer for I xal sey to hem þtþat I made my ẜuawntꝭseruawntys to p᷑yprey

for ȝow & ȝe despysed her werkꝭwerkys & her leuyng 

I
I
N þe tyme þtþat þisþis creatur had reuelacyons owyr lord
camcapitulum 21

seyd to hir / dowt ᷑dowtyr þow art wtwyth childe · sche seyd a ȝen ·

 o>
A lord how xal I þ⸧þan do for kepyng of my chylde ·

/ owir lord seyd · dowt ᷑dowtyr drede þe not I xal ordeyn for an

kepar ·/ lord I am not worthy to heryn þe spekyn & þꝰþus

to comown wtwyth myn husbond ·/ ner þe lesse it is to me

gret peyn & gret dysese ·/ þ ᷑þer for is it no synne to þeþe dowt ᷑dowtyr

for it is to þe raþ ᷑raþar mede & m᷑ytemeryte · & þow xalt haue neu᷑neuer

þe lesse gcegrace / for I wyl þtþat þow bryng me forth mor frwte ·

þ⸧þan seyd þe creatur · lord Ihu̅Ihesu þisþis man᷑maner of leuyng longyth

to thy holy maydens ·/ ȝa dowt ᷑dowtyr trow þow rygth wel þtþat I

lofe wyfes also · And specyal þo wyfꝭwyfys whech woldy̅woldyn levyn

chast ȝyf þei mygtyn haue her wyl & don her besynes

to plesyn me as þow dost ·· ffor þow þe state of mayden⸗
nota

hode be mor ꝑfyteparfyte & mor holy þan þe state of wedew⸗

hode · & þe state of wedewhode mor ꝑfyteparfyte þ⸧þan þe state of

















wedlake · ȝet dowt ᷑dowtyr · I lofe þe as wel as any mayden in þeþe world ·

· þ ᷑þer may no man let me to lofe whom I wele · & as mech as I wyl ·

loue
/ for lofe dowt ᷑dowtyr qwenchith al synne · & þ ᷑þer for · aske of me þeþe ȝyftꝭȝyftys

of lofe · þ ᷑þer is no ȝyft so holy as is þe ȝyft of lofe · ne no þing

to be so mech desyred as lofe ·· for lofe may p᷑chasynpurchasyn what

it can desyren · & þ ᷑þer for dowt ᷑dowtyr · þow mayst no bett ᷑bettyr plesyn

god þ⸧þan co̅tynulycontynuly to thinkyn on hys lofe · Than þisþis creatur

askyd owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu how sche xuld best louyn hym · And

owyr lord seyd haue mende of þi wykydnesse & thynk

on my goodnes [sche seyd a geyn · I am þe most vnworþivnworþi

creatur þtþat eu᷑euyr þow schewedyst gcegrace vn to in erth · A dowt ᷑dowtyr

seyd owyr lord · fere þe nowt I take non hede what a

noᷓ̄nota
 ----------
man hath ben · but I take hede what he wyl ben · Dowt ᷑Dowtyr

þow hast despysed þi self · þ ᷑þer for þow xalt neu᷑neuyr be des⸗

pysed of god · haue mend dowt ᷑dowtyr what Mary Mawdelyn ⸗

was · Mary Eypcyan Seynt powyl · & many oþ ᷑er seyntys

þtþat arn now in hevyn · for of vnworthy I make worthy

/& of synful I make rytful / & so haue I mad þeþe worthy

to me · · [onys louyd & eu᷑moreuyrmor lovyd wtwyth me þ ᷑þer is no seynt

in heuyn þtþat þow wylt speke wyth · but he xal com to þe þeþe·

Whom þtþat god louyth · þei louyn · Wh⸧Whan þuþu plesyst god þow

plesyst hys modyr · & al þe seyntꝭseyntys in heuyn · Dowt ᷑Dowtyr I

take wytnesse of my modyr · of alle þe Awngelys in

heuyn · & of alle þe seyntꝭseyntys in hevyn · þtþat I loue þe wtwyth all

nota
myn hert · & I may not forbgertyn þi lofe ·· Owyr lord seyd

þ⸧þan to hys blysful modyr · blyssed modyr telle ȝe my dowt ᷑dowtyr

of þe gretnesse of loue · I haue vn to hir · Than þisþis creat ᷑creatur

lay stylle al in wepyng & sobbyng · as hir hert xuld a

brostyn for þe swetnesse of spech þtþat owyr lord spak on

to hir sowle ·· A swythe aft ᷑aftyr · þe qwen of m᷑cymercy goddys

modyr · dalyed to þe sowle of þisþis creatur · seying · My der ⸗

worthy dowt ᷑dowtyr · I bryng þe sekyr tydyngꝭtydyngys wytnessyng my

swet sone Ihu̅Ihesu · wtwyth alle Awngelys & alle seyntꝭseyntys in heuyn

whech louyn þe ful hily ··
Dowt ᷑
Dowtyr · I am thy modyr · þi lady ⸗·














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and thy maystres · for to teche þe in al wyse · how þuþu schalt

plese god best ·· Sche tawt þisþis creatur & informyd hir so ⸗·

wondyrfully · þtþat sche was abaschyd to speke it or telle it to

any · þe maters wer so hy & so holy saf only to þe Ankyr ·

whech was hir p̍ncypalprincypal co͒fesso confessowr · for he cowde most skyl

in swech thyngꝭthyngys · & he chargyd þisþis mater be v᷑tuvertu of obe⸗

dyens to tellyn hym what þtþat eu᷑euer sche felt & so sche dede 

a
A
S þisþis creatur lay in co͒templacyoncontemplacyon for wepy͒gwepyng
camcapitulum 22

nonota
totꝰtotus
in hir spiryt sche seyde to owyr lord Ihu̅Ihesu cryst ·

A lord Maydenys dawnsyn now m᷑ylymeryly in heuyn

[xal not I don so · for be cawse I am no mayden · lakk of may⸗

denhed is to me now gret sorwe · Me thynkyth I wolde

I had ben slayn whan I was takyn fro þe funt ston · þtþat

I xuld neu᷑neuer a dysplesyd þeþe · & þ⸧þan xuldyst þuþu blyssed lorde

an had my maydenhed wtwyth owtyn ende · A der god I haue not

lovyd þe alle þeþe days of my lyue · & þtþat sor þ᷑þerwyth me · I haue

ronnyn a wey fro þe · & þow hast ronnyn aft ᷑aftyr me · wold fal⸗

lyn in dyspeyr & þuþu woldyst not suffer me · A dowt ᷑dowtyr how
nota

oftyn tymes haue I teld þe þtþat thy synnes arn forȝoue

þe · & þtþat we ben onyd
in loue
to gedyr
wtwyth owtyn ende /· þuþu art to

me a synguler i lofe dowt ᷑dowtyr · & þ ᷑þer for I behote þeþe · þuþu · schalt

haue a synguler gcegrace in hevyn · dowtyr & I be hest Iþtþat I shal

come to þin ende at þi deyng · wtwyth my blyssed modyr &

myn holy Awngelys · & twelve apostelys · Seynt kat᷑ynekateryne ·

seynt Margarete · Seynt Mary Mawdelyn · & many oþer

seyntꝭseyntys þtþat ben in hevyn · whech ȝevyn gret worshep to me ·

for þe gcegrace · þtþat I ȝeue to þe
thy
god & þi lord Ihu̅Ihesu ·/ þow þart drede

no grevows peynes in þiþi deyng · for þuþu xalt haue thy

desyre · þtþat is to haue mor mynde of my passyon · þ⸧þan on

þin owyn peyne ·· [þuþu xalt not dredyn þe devyl of helle ·

for he hath no powyr in þeþe · he dredyth þe mor þ⸧þan thow

dost hym · he is wroth wtwyth þeþe · for þuþu turmentyst hym mor ·

wtwyth þi wepyng · þ⸧þan doth al þe fyer in helle ·· þuþu wynnyst

many sowlys fro hym wtwyth þi wepyng · &
I haue be hygth

















þe þtþat þuþu xuldyst noon oþ ᷑er pgatorypurgatory han þan slawndyr & speche of þeþe

world ·/ for I haue chastysed þe my self as I wolde be many gret

dredꝭdredys & t mentiisturmentiis þtþat þuþu hast had · wyth euyl spyritꝭspyritys boþin slepy͒gslepyng

& wakyng many ȝerys · & þ ᷑þer for [& þ ᷑þer for I schal p᷑ẜuynpreseruyn þe at

 [?]
 [?]
þin ende · thorw my m᷑cymercy · þat þei schal no powyr haue ou᷑ouyr þe

neyþ ᷑neyþyr in body ne in sowle ·· it is gret gcegrace & myracle þtþat þuþu hast

thy bodyly wyttꝭwyttys for þe vexacyon þtþat þuþu hast had wtwyth hem a for

tyme ·· I haue also dowt ᷑dowtyr chastised þe wtwyth þe drede of my ⸗

godhede · & many tymes haue I feryd þeþe wtwyth gret tempestꝭtempestys of

wyndꝭwyndys · þtþat þuþu wendyst veniawns xuld a fallyn on þeþe for synne ·

I haue p᷑uydpreuyd þe be many t ̍bulacyonstribulacyons · many gret heuynes ·

& many grevows sekenes · in so mech · þtþat þuþu hast ben a noyted

for deed / & al thorw my gcegrace hast þuþu skapyd · þ ᷑þer for drede þe

nowt dowt ᷑dowtyr for wtwyth my̅myn owyn handꝭhandys whech wer nayled to

þe crosse I xal take þi sowle fro þi body · wtwyth gret myrthe

& melodye · wtwyth swet smellys & good odowrys · & offyr it to

my fadyr in heuyn þ ᷑þer þuþu xalt se hym face to face · wonyng

wtwyth hym wtwyth owtyn ende ·· Dowt᷑Dowtyr þuþu xalt be ryte wolcome to

my fadyr & to my modyr & to alle my seyntꝭseyntys in hevyn

for þuþu hast ȝouyn hem drynkyn ful many tymes · wtwyth teerys

of thyn eyne · alle myn holy seyntꝭseyntys xal enioyen of þiþi comy͒gcomyng

hom ·· þuþu xalt be fulfyllyd of al man᷑maner lofe þtþat þuþu coueytyst ·/ þ⸧þan

xalt þuþu blysse þeþe tyme þtþat þuþu wer wrowte · & þeþe body þtþat þeþe hath dere

bowte ·· he xal Ioyen in þeþe & þuþu in hym wtwyth owtyn ende ·· Dowt ᷑Dowtyr

I be hoste þe · þeþe same gcegrace · þtþat I be hyte seynt kateryne seynt

noᷓ̄nota
Margarete · seynt · barbara · & seynt Powle · in so mech þat

what creatur in erth vn to þeþe day of dom · aske þeþe any

bone & beleuyth þtþat god louyth þeþe he xal haue is hys bone ·

& er ellys a bett ᷑better thing · þþer for & þei þtþat beleuyn þtþat god louyth

 [?] shal ben
 
þe · þei xal ben blyssed wtwyth owtyn ende ·· The sowlys in pgapurga

tory xal Ioyn in þi comyng hom · for þei knowyn wel þtþat god

louyth þeþe specyaly & men in erth schal Ioyn in god for þe ··



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for he xal werkyn meche gcegrace for þe · And makyn al þe world to kno⸗

wyn þtþat god louyth þe [þuþu hast be despysed for my lofe · & þ ᷑þer for þuþu
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xalt be worshepyd for my lofe ·· Dowt ᷑</