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Salome: It is not trewe, it may nevyr be,

that bothe be clene I can not beleve;
a maydes mylke never man dyde se,
ne woman bere chylde withowte grett greve.

[86b] I shal nevyr trowe it but I it preve,

with hand towchynge but I assay;
in my conscience it may nevyr cleve
that sche hath chylde and is a may.

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Maria: zow for to put clene out of dowth,

towch with your hand and wele asay,
wysely ransake and trye the trewthe owth,
whethyr I be fowlyd or a clene may.

hic tangit Salomee Maria, et cum arescit manus eius uluerando, et quasi fiendo dicit:

Salomee: Alas! Alas! and weleaway!

ffor my grett dowth and fals beleve,
myne hand is ded and drye as claye,
my fals vntrost hath wrought myscheve.

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260

Alas! the tyme that I was born!
thus to offende agens goddys myght!
myn handys power is now all lorn,
styff as a stykke, and may now[ght] plyght,
ffor I dede tempte this mayde so bryght,
and holde agens here pure clennes ;
in grett myscheff now am I pyght,
Alas! alas ! for my lewdnes.

258) MS has full form

240] MS has full forms them, thus thus 260 nowght] nowth MS

265

0! lord of myght, thu knowyst the trowth,
that I haue evyr had dred of the.
On every power whyght evyr I haue rowthe,
and zove hem almes for loue of the.
Bothe wyff and wedowe that askyght for the,
and frendles chyldryn that haddyn gret nede,
I dude them cure and all for the,
and toke no rewarde of them nor mede.

270

[87]

275

Now as a wrecch, ffor fals beleve
that I showyed in temptynge this mayde,
my hand is ded and doth me greve.

Alas! that evyr I here assayde!
Angelus : woman, thi sorwe to haue delayde

wurchep that childe that ther is born:
towch the clothis ther he is layde,
ffor he shal saue all that is lorn.

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Salomee : O! gloryous chylde and kynge of blysse!

I aske zow mercy for my trespace,
I knowlege my synne, I demyd amys,
O! blyssyd babe, grawnt me sum grace!
Of zow, mayde, also here in this place,
I aske mercy, knelynge on kne!
moste holy mayde, grawnt me solace,
Sum wurde of comforte sey now to me.

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Maria: As goddys aungel to zow dede telle,

my chylde is medycyn ffor every sor; towch his clothis, be my cowncelle, zoure hand ful sone he wyl restor.

hic Salomee tangit fimbriam Chr(ist)i, dicens :

269, 270, 271, 272 ) MS has full forms the, and, them, the, them after 292 Christi ] Xři MS

295

Salomee: A! now blyssyd be this chylde euermore!

the sone of god forsothe he is.
[he] hath helyd myn hand that was forlore,

thorwe ffals beleve and demynge amys. [87b] In every place I shal telle this,

Of a clene mayde that god is born,
and in oure lyknes god now clad is,
mankend to saue that was forlorn;
his modyr a mayde as sche was beforn,
natt fowle polutyd as other women be,
but fayr and fresche as rose on thorn,
lely wyte, clene with pure virginyte.

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305

Of this blyssyd babe my leve now do I take,
and also of zow, hyz modyr of blysse :
Of this grett meracle more knowlege to make

I shal go telle it in iche place, i-wys.
Maria : ffare wel, good dame, and god zour way wysse!

In all your jurnay god be zour spede !
and of his hyz mercy that lord so zow blysse
that ze nevyr offende more in word, thought, nor

dede.

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zelomy: And I also do take my leve here

of all this blyssyd good company,
praynge your grace bothe fere and nere
on us to spede zour endles mercy.

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Joseph: The blyssyng of that lord, that is most myghty,

mote sprede on zow in every place!
Of all zour enmyes to haue the victory,
God, that best may, grawnt zow his grace! Amen!

320

295 he omit MS H

313, 317 ] MS has full forms and, the

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(PLAY] 16. [THE SHEPHERDS' PLAY.] [88] Angelus ad pastores dicit Gl(or)ia in excelsis deo. (382)

blank) Ang(e)l(u)s : Joye to god that sytt in hevyn,

and pes to man on erthe grownde !
A chylde is born benethe the levyn,
thurwe hym many ffolke shul be vnbownde.
Sacramentys ther shul be vij
wonnyn thorwe that childys wounde,
Therfore I synge a joyful stevene,
the flowre of frenchep now is founde!
God that wonyght on hy3
he is gloryed mannys gost to wynne,
he hath sent salue to mannys synne,
pes is comyn to mannys kynne

thorwe goddys hyze wysdam, I say.
jus pastor: Maunfras, Maunfras, felawe myn!

I saw a grett lyght with shene shyne,
zit saw I nevyr so mervely syne
Shapyn upon the skyes.
It is bryghtere than the sunne bem;
It comyth ryght ouer all this rem;
Evyn above bedleem

I saw it brenne thryes.
ijus pastor : Thu art my brother boosras,

I haue beholdyn the same pas,
I trowe it is tokenynge of gras
that shynynge shewyght beforn.

[89 a] Gloria ] Glia MS 1 Angelus) Angls MS 6 thorwe] thowe original reading of MS 7 MS has full form therfore 13 hyge wysdam I say ) two other readings crossed out and illegible in MS 15 shene) corrected in MS by breme and bryght; H reads bryght 22, 30 ) MS has full forms Thu, thow

H

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Balaam spak in p(ro)phesye,
a lyght shuld shyne upon the skye
whan a sone of a mayd marye
in bedleem were i-born.

zo iijus pastor: thow I make lytyl noyse,

I am an herde that hattyht Moyse;
I herde carpynge of a creyse
Of Moyses in his lawe.
Of a mayd a barne born
on a tre he shulde be torn,
delyver folkys that arn forlorn,
The chylde shulde be slawe.

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įus pastor: Balaam spak in p(ro)phecie,

out of jacob shuld shyne a skye,
many ffolke he shulde bye
with his bryght blood.
Be that bryght blod that he shulde blede
he shal us brynge fro the develys drede,
as a duke most dowty in dede,
thorwe his deth on rode.

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ijus pastor: Amos spak with mylde methe:

A frute swettere than bawmys brethe,
his deth shuld slen oure sowlys deth,
and drawe us all from helle.

Therfore such lyght goth beforn [89 blin tokyn that the childe is born

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26, 38 prophesye ) pphesye MS 30 noyse ) noyse of this H following a late substitution in the MS 31 herde) herdeman and hattyht mose ) hattyht sayyng amyce H following late hand in MS 32 carpynge of a creyse ) spekyng of a chyld of blys H following late hand in MS

34 barne born] child shuld be borne H and late hand in MS

37] MS has full form The 47, 49, 50 ] MS has full forms than, and, therfore

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