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thi blysful sone so nere to fynde,
Alas! what hap now was this !
mercy! I haue seyd al amys.
gour swete feet now lete me kys.
my mowthe ze may kys, i-wys,
and welcom onto me.
gramercy, myn hert, my love, my lyff ;
A! mary, mary, wel thu be!
goddys sone of myght!
thow that thu haue good ryght,
I knowlage I haue don amys,
ffor to be thin husbonde;
to serve the at foot and hande.
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and thi chylde bothe to vndyrstonde,
the holy matere of your concepcion.
ther cam an aunge, hyght Gabryell,
thus god in me wyl byde and dwelle.
that euer, mary, I was weddyd to the. Maria: it was the werk of god, as I zow telle,
now blyssyd be that lord, so purveyd for me!
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[PLAY] 13. [THE VISITATION.)
Maria: Butt, husbond of oo thynge I pray zow most
mekely,I haue knowyng that oure cosyn Elyzabeth with
childe is,that it plese zow to go to here hastyly, If owught we my[ght] comforte here it were to me
blys. 5 Joseph: A! goddys sake! is she with childe? sche!
than wole here husbond, zakarye, be mery.
now go we forthe than in goddys name.
this jurny, I pray zow, let us go fast,
now in this jurny god mote us spede !
et sic t(ra)nsient clir)ca placeam.
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Contemplacion : Sovereynes, vndyrstondyth that kynge
davyd here ordeyned ffoure and twenty prestys of grett devocion, in the temple of god, aftere here let apere, thei weryd clepyd summi sacerdotes, for here min
istracion, and on was prynce of prestys, havynge d[omi)na
cyon; amonge whiche was an old prest clepyd zakarye, and he had an old woman to his wyff, of holy
conversacion, whiche hysght] Elizabeth, that nevyr had childe, 30
In hese mynistracion, the howre of incense,
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Joseph: A! A! wyf, in feyth I am wery,
therfore I wole sytt downe and rest me ryght here. lo! wyff, here is the hous of zakarye,
wole ze I clepe Elyzabeth to zow to apere? [72 a] Maria : Nay, husbond, and it plese zow I shal go ner.
now the blyssyd trynite be in this hous!
ze grow grett. A! my god, how ze be gracyous ! Elizabeth: Anon as I herd of zow this holy gretynge,
mekest mayden and the modyr of god, mary,
Maria : To the preysynge of god, cosyn, this seyd
must be: Whan I sat in my lytyl hous, onto god praynge,
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