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for though in thee bee god verey,
and commen agaynst kynde,
If I may any fynde.
[Scene 8) Joseph ad obstetrices.
Weomen, god you save and see,
with child, and tyme is nere.
I shall paye you right here.
wee will doe all that ever wee maye,
are not in this cyttye.
by gode helpe, or hit bee day,
and that thow shalt well see.
475 and commen ) a-commen H Wh 477 and ) as H Wh after 479 Joseph ad obstetrices ) omit H ad ] omit Wh 482 into ) to
483 nere) nye W 484 helpes) helpe Wr. 486 mot] moche B 488 Tebell ] Tebell a midwief B 490 well ) omit W 492 Salome ] Salome the other midwyffe B awaye ] the waye H B Wh
493 by gode) with Gods HB Wh
too middwives, for the manere,
tyll that hit be daye.
but god will worke of his powere
Tunc paululum acqui(e)scunt.
for preeved is thy postee!
Tunc stella apparebit. Joseph: Lord, welcome, sweete Jesu,
thy name thow haddest or I thee knew;
that thow arte a cleane maye.
496 hart) omit h, sweete harte w brought ] after have' in H 497 too] II H B Wh 500 they ] the D Wr. 502 lefe life H h Dm., leiffe Wr. lyffys B 503 aye ] ever W acquiescunt) acquicscunt D, acquiescant H 506 full ) much HB Wh
508 payne) penance H non] before 'felte' HB Wh
510 hee is ) is he H this ) my H B Wh 511 gode ] Gods H B Wh thow ] you H
maye) maist B 514 worde is) wordes H B Wh 517 lawe) saw H
nowe man's joy beginns to new,
and noye to passe awaye. Maria: Lord, blessed most thow bee that simple borne art, as I see,
[39 a] to preeve the divell of his postee
commen thow arte to-daye, diuersorye is non for thee, therefore thy sweete bodye free in this cratch shall lye with lee,
and lapped abowt with haye. Tebell: A! dere lord, heaven kinge,
that this is a marvelous thinge!
a fayre sonne shee hasse one.
Soe wiste I never none.
for that is false in good faye,
and chyld withowt man.
Tunc Salome tentabit tangere Mariam in sexu secreto, et
statim arentur manus eius, et clamando dicit: 518 beginns ) beginneth Wr. 519 noye ] ioye Wh
521 art] is B 523 thow arte ) art thou B 524 diuersorye ] fyne clothes W, fyne lynnen h 527 and ) all B, and be Wh 539 and chyla ) and had child H B 541 cleane ] a cleane H B after 541 ] no MS. indicates omission of a line. 542 it ] omit h Dm.
after 542 Tunc Salome etc. ) : in sexu ) scpu Wr. arentur ) arenent H, arement B h Dm., arescent Wr. manus ] manibus h dicit ] dicat Wr.
Alas! alas! alas! alas!
that feelinge none have I.
to suffer such anoye!
Tunc apparet stella, et veniet angelus (dicens) ut sequitur : (Angelus): Woman, beseech this childe of grace,
that hee forgive thee the trespasse,
holpen thow may bee.
and mende them, leeve thow mee. Salome: Ah! sweete child, I aske mercye,
for thy mother's love, Marye,
sweete childe, forgive yt me!
and thow, lord, thow art hee!
543 and 544 ] written as one line in H, as are 545 and 546, 547 and 548, 549 and 550. 544 evyll ] sorye H B Wh 545 hande] handes H B Wh 547 noweomit Wh
548 godde] Gods HB Wh 549 tonight) this night h 550 anoye) a noye H B Wh
after 550 dicens) omit D 551 Angelus ] omit D woman) wemen Wr. beseech ] before B 552 the ] thy HBWh 553 ere ] ever W 554 may bee) shalbe W 555 now) after 'thou' in B h, after 'myracle' in W 556 Gode] Godes H B Wh 561 wretchedlye wickedly h 564 sickerlye seckeretlye Dm. 566 first thow) omit W, now B
freere Bartholemewe, in good mannere,
as played is you beforne.
that Jesus Christ was borne.
that wonder was witterlye.
that temple was worthye.
a silver bell hanginge,
god of Rome right as a kinge.
567 all ) omit HB 568 freere] Free Wr. 571 and ) an B Wh. myracles ) myracle B Wh 573 ilke ) same Wh 577 soe) such Wh
580 perlye) perye H B, pearle W, 581 thryd ) the thirde W 584 sett there ) ther set B Wh there ) omit H 585 on) omit B 588 name ] names B W gode too ) gods both two H B Wh
589 was ) wa B, omit Wh middest) myddes H B h Dm., medeste Wr. of tho) altho H 590 Rome right) renowne H.