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Covetousness is the fourth sin,

which is also called

mammon.

It is a sin of the heart, but manifests itself

(86) Inne herte hys þys sennezing',

This sin is in

the heart, And bouute schewep mod

manifesting

itself in borz cheste and mysdoynge

quarrels and

outrages. And wyþ-drawynge of god.

344
(87. iv.)
Coueytyse hys pe ferþe,

Ilych dropesy,
Wanne al þat hys an erbe
To hyre hys al besy.

348
(88)
And hou hy habbep hy uerkþ,

And mannes herte byset,
Fram gode and so þanne name y-kezt
Seruise of mamenet.

352 worship of (89) þaz hy by herte senne,

Zet boute scheweb hy To mochel amang mankenne borz wrang an trychery;

356 (90) borz zeskynge efter gode,

in avarice, pory borz and zemer zelde,

borrowing borw wrechydnesse of mode,

repaying, And neuer more ful-felde.

360 wretchedness (91. v.) De fyfte senne hys sleupe (114)

Of þat man scholde do, Hye brekep god[e] treupe Wyþ god and man also,

(92) Wanne man letep adrylle

intentionally Hat he god zelde schel,

neglects his And for-sluggyþ by wylle

wards God bat scholde men to stel.

and miserable

and insatiable

of mood.

The fifth sin

is Sloth,

364

when a man

duties to

368 345. ferþe, MS. furte.

349-352. See note. 353. þaz, MS. þat. 354. scheweb, MS. scheutþ. 357. MS. zeskynge fram (expuncted) efter. 367. for-sluggyb, MS. -slaggy(corrected N.E.D.).

and man,

(leaf 197, bk.]

372

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376

Gluttony, the
sixth,

and Lechery,
the seventh,
are sins of
the flesh.

380

(93)
Of herte comeþ þes senne,

And schewe[b] boute al-so
Hou hy letteş mankenne
Of þat scholde by do.

(94)
Hyt hys porwe besynesse

pat men for-slewyþ hyt,
And oper wyle þorz zdelnesse
God dede onido for-slyt.

(95. vi. vii.)
Glotonye hys þe syste,

And hys mo ine fleascħ y-do;
And lecherye, pe nyxte,
In flesche hys senne al-so.

(96)
Ac glotonye entycyþ

To lecherye her,
Ase þat hy norysse
Hote brondes pet fere.

(97)
Of glotonyes foure

be boke spekep openlyche :
To meche fode deuoury,
And to lykerouslyche,

(98)
And to freche to fretene

Wanne man hijs tyme heb,
And out of tyme to hetene

hat none siknesse nep.

384

There are
four kinds of
Gluttony :-
1. consuming
too much
food;
2. and too
lickerishly;

388

3. devouring
too greedily
at meal-time;
4. eating be-
tween times,
if one is not
sick.

(115)

392

376. onido, MS. enido (the i's have no stroke).

378. mo, MS. me or ine, of which the following ine may be only a dittograph.

380. in flesche in MS. at the end of the preceding line.
381. entycyb, MS. entypyþ.
383. After norysse}, hote (expuncted). 11. 383–4 probably ought to run

þat hy [also] noryssep

Ase hote brondes bet fer.
385. glotonyes foure, Kölbing's emendation ; MS. glotonye hys four),
389. And, MS, Ando.

390. man, MS. men.

thus :

comes foul

common

(99. vii.)
Of lecherye comeþ wreche,

From

Lechery Foul speche, and foul delyt,

speech, and Commune hordom, spousbreche,

foul delight, Incest, and sodomyt.

396 fornication,

adultery,

incest, and (100)

sodomy. And hys incest wyþ kenne

Incest and

Sodomy pe lecherye so;

defined. And sodomyt hys senne Azens kende y-do.

400 (leaf 138] (101) By-feld beş men in slepe,

Ase glotonye hyt bryngeb;
And ofte hyt dop moni kepe
bat man wakynge penckep.

404
(102)
Ac zef euyl hyt come nauzt.

Dea[a]lyche senne next.
Ac hou hyt fallep y-lome nez.
Ech man nauzt y-wyst.

408
(103)
byse manere sennes seuene,
Ase ze hys here isezep,

heaven,
I-letteß men fram heuene,
And al dedlyche hy beß,

412 and are all

deadly sins, (104) Wanne hy y-þouzt bep oper y-speke, Oper y-don in stat

in thought,

or speech,
Aze pe lawe of god, to breke
be hestes þat he hat.

416
(105)
Of alle be sennes þa[t] per bep

of all sins

they bear pos bereþ þat los ;

the prize, 393. wreche in MS. at the beginning of the following line. 395. spousbreche in MS. at the beginning of next line. 396. sodomyt, t altered from e. 401. slepe, MS. sleau þe; see note. 402, 404. bryngeb : benckey, read brengþ : þeng}. 405–408. I have transcribed these lines as they are written in the MS. 410. 3e, MS. he. 411. 1-letteb, MS. Me letteß.

These seven sins debar men from

whether committed

act.

SHOREHAM

for all others are included in them.

For euerech senne þat me dep
Longeș to some of þos.

420
(106)
And her-by pou myzt, man, y-seo (116)

hou here ende hys sour; Nou loke her-in, pur charite, And make hyt þy myrour.

424 Oretis pro anima domini Willelmi de Schorham, quondam vicarii de chart iuxta ledes, qui composuit istam compilacionem

de septem mortalibus peccatis. Et omni[1 f. 198, bk.) bus dicentibus oracionem 'dominicam cum

salutacione angelica, X1“ dies uenie, a domino Symone, Archiepiscopo cantuarie, conceduntur.

419. deb, MS. dop.

420. pos, MS. þes. 421. And in MS. at the beginning of the following line.

V. [The Five Joys of the Virgin Mary.]

M

all tongues

can bestow upon her.

(1)
Eche hys þat me syngep and redep, (117)

Of hyre þat al mankende gledep
Ibore was here on erthe;

3
And þey alle speke, þat spekep wyd tonge,

Mary is

worth higher Of hyre worschype, and murye sounge,

praise than Zet more he were werthe.

6 on earth (2) þyse aungeles heryep here wyp steuene,

She is Queen

of Heaven, Ase he hys hare quene of heue[ne], And eke hare blysse;

9 Ouer al erbe leuedy hys here,

Lady over all

earth, And þorz-out helle geþ here power,

and powerful

in hell,
Ase he hys emperysse.

12
(3)
Cause of alle þyse dignyte,

because, by

the grace of borz clennesse and humylyte,

God,
Was godes owene grace ;

15
Wer-borz he ber þan heuene kyngt:

the King of Worschype hys worþy ine alle þyng',

Heaven,
In euereche place.

18
(4)
Al þat hys boue and vnder molde,
Hou myzt hyt bote hyt bowe scholde
To hyre owene mede ?

21
Wanne he þat al þys wordle schel welde
To hyre worschipe hys yhelde

worship her For here moder-hede.

24

she bore

who is Himself bound to

as mother.

2. gledeb, MS. gladep.
4. þey = þez.ulle speke, MS. þey I alle speke.
6. he hy; so, too, 11. 8, 12, 16.-werthe, MS. worthe.
10. hys = hy ys ; so, too, 1. 17.

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