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the which (that) never (hade) beginninge,
ne never shal ended bee. Octavyanus : Sybbyll, I pray thee specially,
by sign thow would me certyfye,
to raigne hee shal beginne.
his signes when I see verelye,
one mankynde hee will mynne.
Well I wott for soth, I-wys, 365
that god will bring mankinde to blys,
and send from heaven, leeves well this, 367
his sonne, our savyour.
and be our Conquerour.)
to greatest god of might.
and shew it in your sight. 354 that) shal D hade hase DHBh 355 ended bee ) endinge have W, endinge be h 356 specially | especiallye Wh 360 Sybyll speake tho ] omit H B Wh Syr ) yea Wh 362 when ) then B 363 mynne) wynne B 364 for ] and Wr. 366 leves ) leve Wr. 367 a, b, c, d ) omit D. 367c overcome to overcome w, and overcome h countise ) Coyntoice HB 369 non ] not HB Wh 370 I will ] will I HBW 372 to ) in Wh 374 anon) omit Wh, after you'B
Tunc orat sibilla
dicat preco alta voce: Preco: Peace I byd kinge and knight,
men and weomen, and eych wight,
stonde styll, both stronge and stoute !
of all this world (aboute).
385 men and women, leeve you mee,
and all that beo therin.
fullye of all (mankyn).
poore men's weale ys ever in were.
that trybute I muste paye.
to gett all that hee maye. after 375, st. dir. ) in margin H
379 stonde] stall B styll ] stiffe Wr. stronge) still Wr. stiffe Dm. H B stoute) stronge Wh
381 should be] shalbe h 383 aboute) above D 385 eke) each H 389 pences) pence H B Wh 391 mankyn) mankynd DHB Wh 393 weale) so Wr., waile H B h Dm. 394 bosters ] bostles H 396 age , ayde h.
with this axe that I beare,
I have wonnen my meate.
with these what I might gett.
The angell to mee towlde:
and makes mee more bowlde.
that were a wonders wronge. 420 Preco : Good man, I warne thee, in good faye,
to Bethlem to take the waye
if that thow bee to longe.
Marye, sister, now hye wee!
that there shalbe soulde,
401 percer ) perces D naugere) maugere B 402 and ] axe HB, and a h, a W 404 riche ) omit Wh 407 these ] this B W what] that H 408 of] omit D h, now HB W 412 shold ] omit Wh 418 my] by my Wh 419 wonders ] wonderous B Wh 423 that] omit W
the silver of him, soe mote I thee,
for therto wee bine howlde.
Some men I see glad and merye,
wherfore so ever yt bee.
be glad that sight to see.
(38 a] the commen people, as thow seest here,
are glad as they well maye,
for to abyde this daye.
through Christ at his comminge. 429 that ] this H
431 bine] be Wr. after 431 ] (tunc Ioseph ligabit bovem ad caudam asinæ, et colliget Maryam super Asinam, et cum ad stabulam pervenerit, dicat Maria) H
434 syghinge all sickinge W
436 Gode] Gods H B Wh sonne) sonne came D H B Wh 437 is commen) comon is B 439 ) that sight full gladlie for to see B 440 gode] Gods HB Wh 442 as] that H 443 they ) the Wr. 444 seede) blood seede H
446 therfore] wherfore W they) the D Wr. joyen ) joye W 450 they] it H, the Wr. passed passes H Dm. h, passeth Wr., haue passed B of ] of their H
ffor they shall have noe grace to knowe
therefore they bine mourninge.
Joseph: Marye, suster, sooth to saye,
harbour I hope gett wee ne may,
occupye this cyttye. 460
Therefore wee muste, in good faye,
show him here will he.
for I hope my tyme bee neere;
Tunc Joseph accipiet Mariam in brachia sua.
Joseph: Come to me, my sweete dere,
the treasure off heaven, withowten were,
Tunc statuet Maria inter bovem et asinam.
Marye, sister, I will assaye
to gett too middwives, yf I maye, 452 shall ) should B they ) the Wr. 455 bine) be H B Wh they ) the Wr.
457 wee] yf we B ne) nay H, non Wh, (in h before gett), omit B
459 occupye) do occupye Wh cyttye plase W 460 therfore) wherfore Wr. 463 he] I B 464 downe ) downe then H B leefe) life H B h Dm., leffe Wr. fere] dere B, in fere H 465 bee ) is H after 467 Tunc Joseph etc.) after 470 in H 473 too ] II HB Wh