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Joseph That semyth evyl, I am afrayd,
Su(m) other man the had in hande, hens sythe that I went.
Thy wombe is gret, it gynnyth to ryse, than hast thu begownne a synfull gyse. telle me now in what wyse
thyself thu ast thus schent.
Ow, dame! what thinge menyth this?
Maria: The fadyr of hevyn and ze it is,
Other fadyr hath he non;
I dede nevyr forfete with man i-wys, Wherfore I p(ra)y gow amende zour mon; this childe is goddys and gour.
Joseph Goddys childe! thu lyist, in fay!
But git I sey, Mary, whoos childe is this?
Joseph: za, za, all olde men to me take tent,
28 sum] sû MS
25, 30, 31, 33, 34] MS has full forms: that, Thy, than, thy, this 33 thinge] yinge MS 35 ryght] ryth MS H 41 pray] py MS 42, 45, 47] MS has full forms this, and, this
"olde cokwold, thi bowe is bent
Alas, dame, why dedyst thu so?
Maria: Alas, good spowse, why sey ze thus ?
It is no man but swete Ih(es)us,
he wyll be clad in flesch and blood,
Sephor: ffor sothe, the aungell thus seyd he,
that goddys sone in trynite
ffor mannys sake a man wolde be,
to save that is forlorn.
Joseph: An aungell! allas! alas! fy for shame!
to puttyn an aungel in so gret blame!
It was sum boy began this game,
and ze geve hym now an aungel name,
that evyr this game betydde!
80 A! dame, what thought haddyst thu? here may all men this proverbe trow, that many a man doth bete the bow, another man hath the brydde.
[68b] Maria: A! gracyous god in hefne trone,
comforte my spowse in this hard case!
60, 62] MS has full forms the, thus 62 so] crossed out in MS 67 Sephor] H does not follow MS in giving the following speech to Sephor, but makes her name a vocative, thus making Mary address her. 72 so] to MS H 79] MS has full form this
mercyful god, amend his mone, as I dede nevyr so gret trespas! Joseph: lo! lo! seres, what told I zow? that it was not for my prow
a wyff to take me to,
an[d] that is wel sene now,
to the busshop I wole it telle, that he the lawe may here do, with stonys here to qwelle.
Nay, nay, gett god fforbede
but if I wyst wol qwy.
I knew never in here, so god me spede, tokyn of thynge in word nor dede,
that towchyd velany.
nevyr the les what for thy? thow she be meke and mylde, withowth mannys company she myght not be with childe.
But I ensure myn was it nevyr.
and nevyr come in here company.
99 vengeabyl] vegeabyl MS H
110] MS has full form than
109] MS has full form 114 an] & MS,
and gett many bettyr than I [69 a] za hath ben made cokolde.
Now alas! whedyr shal I gone?
I wot nevyr whedyr nor to what place,
no comforte may I have here;
Maria: God, that in my body art sesyd,
ffor vnknowlage he is desesyd,
and therfore help that he were esyd,
that he myght knowe the ful perfyght. ffor I haue levyr abyde respyt,
to kepe thi sone in priuite,
Deus: Descende, I sey, myn aungelle,
such as my wyl is.
byd hym with mary abyde and dwelle,
that she is with, i-wys.
116] MS has full form than 125 on me e] onime MS
124 taryed] traryed H
wedyr as thi wyl is,
to go bothe fer and hynde.
Joseph Joseph! thu wepyst sh[ry]le, ffro thi wyff why comyst thu owte? Joseph Good sere, lete me wepe my fylle, go forthe thi way and lete me nowght. Angelus: In thi wepynge thu dost ryght ylle, agens god thu hast myswrought. Go chere thi wyff with herty wylle,
and chawnge thi chere, amende thi thought, Sche is a ful clene may.
I telle the god wyl of here be born,
and sche clene mayd, as she was beforn,
of thi gret comforte I thank the,
wold nevyr a done trespace;
for she is ful of grace.
I know wel I haue myswrought,
I walke to my pore place,
and aske forgyfnes, I haue mysthought.
Now is the tyme sen at eye,
at it was spoke by prophesye;
I thank the, god that syttys on hye, with hert, wyl, and mende
that evyr thu woldyst me bynde,
to wedde mary to my wyff,
147 shrylle] shyrlle MS 173 prophesye] pphesye MS
161] MS has full form the