Old English homilies and homiletic treatises (Sawles warde, and Pe wohunge of Ure Lauerd: Ureisuns of Ure Louerd and of Ure Lefdi, &c.) of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
Morris, Richard, ed. 1833-1894., Morris, Richard, ed. 1833-1894, Old English homilies of the twelfth century.

XXVIII. HER BIGINEÐ: SAWLES WARDE.*. [Bodleian MS. 34, collated with Royal MS. 17 A. 27.]

Si sciret paterfamilias qua hora fur uenturus esset; vigilaret utique et non sineret perfodi domum suam. Ure lauerd i þe godspel teacheð us þurh abisne. hu we ahen wearliche to biwiten us seoluen wið þe unwiht of helle. ant wið his wrenches*. [MS. wern|ches.]. ȝef þes lauerd*. [þe huse|bonde.] wiste he seið. hwenne ant hwuch*. [i hwuch.] time. þe þeof walde cume to his hus; he walde wakien. ne nalde he nawt þolien þe þeof forte breoken hire. Þis hus þe ure lauerð spekeð of; is seolf þe mon inwið þe monnes wit. I þis hus. is þe huse lauerd. ant te fulitohe wif; mei beon wil ihaten. þat ga þe hus efter hire; ha diht hit al to wundre. bute wit ase lauerd chasti hire þe betere. ant bi neome hire muchel of*. [ofte of.] þat ha walde. ant tah walde al hire hird folhin hire ouer al; gef wit ne forbude ham. for alle hit*. [ha.] beoð untohene. ant rechelese hinen; bute ȝef he ham rihte. Ant hwucche beoð þeos hinen; Summe beoð wið vten. ant summe wið in nen. þeo*. [þeos.] wið vten beoð. þe monnes fif wittes. Sihðe. ant herunge. smechunge. ant smeallunge. ant euch limes felunge. þeos beoð hinen vnder wit. as under huse Page  247 lauerd. ant hwer. se he is ȝemeles; nis hare nan þe ne feareð ofte untoheliche. ant gulteð ilome. oðer ifol semblant; oder in vuel dede. In wið beoð his hinen. in se moni mislich þonc to cwemen wel þe husewif; aȝein godes wille. ant swerieð somet reaðliche. þat efter hire hit schal [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 76b] gan. þah we hit ne here nawt; we*. [omitted.] mahen ifelen*. [MS. iþþlen.] hare nurhð*. [nurð.]. ant hare untohe bere. a þet hit*. [wit.] cume forð. ant ba wið eie. ant wið luue tuhte ham þe betere. Ne bið neauer his hus for þeos hinen wel iwist. for hwon þat he slepe. oðer ohwider*. [ohwider fare.] from hame. þat is hwen mon forȝet his wit. ant let ham iwurðen. ah ne bihoueð hit nawt. þat tis hus beo irobbet. for þer is inne þe tre[sur] þat godd ȝef him seolf fore. þat is monnes sawle. forte breoke þis hus efter þis tresor. þat godd bohte mid his deað. ant lette lif o rode; is moni þeof a buten ba bi dei ant bi niht. vnseheliche gasttes wið alle unwreaste þeawes. ant aȝein euch god þeaw. þe biwiteð iþis hus godes deore castel*. [chatel.]. vnder wittes wissunge þat is huse lauerd. is eauer hire unþeaw forte sechen in ȝong abute þe wahes to a murðrin hire þrinne. þat heaued þrof is þe feont. þe meistreð ham alle aȝeines him ant his keis. þe husebonde þat is wit. warneð his hus þus. vre lauerd haueð ileanett him froure*. [fowre.] of his dehtren. þat beoð to vnderstonden þe fowr heaued þeawes. þe earste is warschipe icleopet. ant te oþer is ihaten gastelich strengðe. ant te þridde is meað. rihtwisnesse þe feorðe. Wit þe husbonde godes cunestable cleopeð war [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 77a] schipe forð. ant makið hire durewart. þe war|liche loki hwam ha leote in ant ut. ant of feor bihalde alle þe cuminde. hwuch beo wurðe inȝong to habben; oðer beon bistek|en þrute. Strengðe stont nest hire. þat ȝef ei wule in; war|schipes*. [omitted.] vn þonkes. warni strengðe fore. þat is hire suster; ant heo hit ut warpe. þe þridde suster þat is meað. hire he makeð meistre ouer his willesfule hirð*. [hinen.] þat we ear of speken. þat ha leare ham mete*. [me ðe.]. þat me*. [omitted.] meosure hat. þe middel of twa uueles*. [þing.]. for þat is þeaw in euch stude ant tuht forte halden. ant hateð ham alle þat nan of ham aȝein hire; nohwer wid vnmeoð; ne ga ouer mete. þe feorðe suster rihtwisnesse. sit on hest as deme*. [demere.]. ant beateð þeo þe aȝulteð. ant cruneð þeo þe wel doð. ant demeð euchan his dom efter his rihte. for dret*. [dred.] of hire nimeð his*. [þis.]Page  249 hirð euch*. [omitted.] efter þat he is warde to*. [omitted.] witene*. [omitted.]. þe ehnen hare. þe muð his. þe earen hare. þe hondon hare. ant euch*. [euchan.] alswa*. [al swa as.] of þe oþre wit*. [wið Þ wit.] þat onont him ne schal nan un-þeaw cumen iN. As þis is ido þus. ant is al stille þrinne; warschipe þat áá is waker is offearet lest sum for truste him. ant feole o slepe. ant forȝeme his warde. ant send ham. in a sonde. þat ha wel cnaweð. of feorren icumen. forte offearen þeo þe beoð [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 77b] ouer hardi. ant þeo þe ȝeme|lese beoð; halden ham wakere. he is underuon in. ant swiðe bihalden of ham alle. for lonc he is. ant leane*. [feier has been erased before leane.]. ant his leor deaðlich. ant blac ant elheowet. ant euch her þuncheð þat stont in his heaued up*. [euh er in his heauet þuncheð þat stont up.]; warschipe hat him tellen*. [to telle.] biuoren*. [biuoren ham.] hwet he beo ant hweonene he comme ant hwet he þer seche. Ne mei ich he seið. nohwer speoken. bute ich habbe god lust; lustnið me þenne. fearlac ich hatte. ant am deaðes sonde. ant deaðes munegunge ant am icumen biuore hire to warnin ow of hire cume. warschipe þat best con bisetten hire wordes. ant ec hire werkes; spekeð for ham alle. ant freineð hweonene he cume. ant hwuch hird ha leade. fearlac hire ontswereð. Ich nat nawt þe time; for ha ne seide hit me nawt ah eauer lokið hwenne. for hire wune is to cumen bi stale ferliche ant un|mundlunge hwen me least weneð. of hire hird þat tu easkest Ich þe ondswerie. ha lihteð hwer se ha eauer kimeð wið a þusent deoflen. ant euch an bereð a gret boc al of sunnen iwriten wið swarte smeale leattres. ant an unrude raketehe gled read of fure. forte binden ant to drahen in to in warde helle. hwuch se he mei preoouin þurh his boc þat is on euch sunne enbre [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 78a] uedt*. [ibreuet.]. þat he wið wil. oðer wið word. oðer wið werc. wrahtte in al his lif siðe. bute þat he haueð i-bet earþon wið soð schrift. ant wið*. [oðer.] deadbote. ant warschipe hire easkeð. Hweonene*. [hweonne.] cumest tu*. [MS. to.] fearlac deaðes*. [þu deaðes.] munegunge. Ich cume he seið of helle. Of helle ha seið warschipe. ant hauest tu isehen helle; ȝe seið fearlac witerliche. ofte. ant ilome. Nu seið þenne warschipe for þi trowðe treoweliche tele us hwuch is helle. ant hwet tu hauest isehen þrin. ant ich he seið fearlac omi trewðe bluðeliche. nawt tah efter þat hit is. for þat ne mei na tunge tellen*. [omitted.]. ah efter þat ich mei ant con; þer towart ich chulle readien*. [rodien.]. Helle is [wid] wið Page  251 ute met. ant deop wið ute grunde. ful of brune uneuenlich*. [unwerilich.]. for ne mei nan eorðlich fur euenin þer towart. ful of stench unþole|lich. for ne mahte in eorðe na cwic þinge hit þolien. ful of sorhe untalelich. for ne mei na muð for wrecchedom ne for wa; rikenin hit*. [omitted.] ne tellen. Se*. [so.] þicke is þrinne þe þosternesse; þat me*. [omitted.] hire mei grapin. for þat fur. ne ȝeueð na liht. ah blent ham þe ehnen. þe þer beoð wið a smorðrinde smoke smeche forcuðest. ant tah iþat ilke swarte þeosternesse swarte þinges ha iseoð as deoflen þat ham meallið ant derueð áá ant dreccheð wið alles cunnes pinen. ant iteilede draken grisliche ase*. [as þe.] deoflen þe forswolheð ham ihal. ant speoweð ham [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 78b] eft ut biuoren ant bihinden. oðer hwile torendeð ham ant to cheoweð ham euch greot. ant heo eft iwurðeð hal. to a swuch bale bute bote. as ha ear weren. ant ful wel ha i seoð ham to grisle ant to grure. ant to echen hare pine. þe laðe helle wurmes. tadden ant froggen. þe freoteð ham ut te ehnen. ant te nease. gristles. ant snikeð in. ant ut neddren. ant eauraskes*. [eaureskes.]. nawt ilich þeose her; ah*. [an.] hundret siðe grisluker et muð. ant et earen. ed ehnen. ant ed neauele. ant ed te breoste holke as meaðen*. [me deð.] iforrotet flesch eauergete þickest. þer is remunge*. [MS. ren|ninge.] iþe brune. ant toðes hechelunge iþe snawi weattres. ferliche ha flutteð from þe heate; in*. [omitted.] to þe chele. Ne*. [omitted.] neauer nuten ha of þeos twa; hweðer ham þuncheð wurse. for eiðer is unþolelich. ant iþis ferliche mong þe leatere þurh þe earre derueð þe mare. þat fur ham forbearneð al to colen calde. þat pich ham forwalleð aðet ha beon for mealte. ant eft acwikieð*. [acwick|eneð.] anan to drehen al þat ilke; ant muchedeale wurse á wið uten ende. Ant tis ilke unhope is ham meast pine. þat nan naueð neauer mare hope*. [omitted.] of*. [omitted.] nan a couerunge. Ah*. [ah aa.] aren sikere of euch uuel to þurh leasten iwa from world in to worlde áá on echnesse. Euch aþrusmeð oðer. ant euch is oðres pine. Ant euchan heateð oðer. ant him seoluen as [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 79a] þe blake deouel. ant eauer se ha i þis world luueden ham mare; se ha þer heatieð ham swiðere. ant eiðer curseð oðer. ant fret of þe oðres earen*. [oderes earm. earen.]. ant te*. [omitted.] nease alswa. Ich habbe bigunne to*. [forto.] tellen of þing þat ich ne mahte nawt bringe to eni ende. þah ich hefde a þusent tungen of stele ant talde aðet ha weren alle forwerede. Ah þencheð nu her*. [hwer.] þurh hwuch þe measte Page  253 pine beo; for þe leaste pine is se heard þat hefde a mon i slein ba mi feader. ant mi moder ant al þe*. [omitted.] ende of*. [omitted.] mi cun. ant i do me seoluen al þe scheome ant te hearm þat cwic mon mahte þolien. ant ich isehe þes mon i þe ilke*. [omitted.] leaste pine. þat ich*. [omitted.] iseh in helle; Ich walde ȝef hit mahte beon. þolien a þusent deaðes to a rudden him ut þrof. swa is þe sihðe grislich ant reowðful to bihalden. for*. [omitted.] þah neauer nere nan oðer pine bute to i seon eauer þe unseli gastes. ant hare grisliche schape. biseon on hare grimfule. ant grurefule nebbes. ant heren hare rarunge. ant hu ha wið hokeres edwiteð ant up breideð euch an his sunnen. þis*. [wið.] schenðlac ant te grure of ham were unimete pine; ant hure þolien ant a beoren hare unirude*. [unrude.] duntes wið mealles istelet. ant wið hare eawles gled reade hare dustlunges. as þah hit were a pilche clut euchan towart oðer imisliche pinen. O helle deaðes hus. wununge of wanunge. of grure ant of granunge. heatel [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 79b] ham. ant heard wan. of alle wontreaðes. buri of bale. ant bold of eauer euch bitternesse*. [bold eauer euch bitter|nesse is of.]. þu laðest lont of alle. þu dorc stude ifullet of alle dreorinesses. Ich cwakie of grisle*. [grissen.]. ant of grure. ant euch ban schokeð*. [sorheð.] me. ant euch her me rueð*. [runeð (or ruueð).] up of*. [for.] þi munegunge. for nis þer na steuene bituhhe þe fordemde bute wumme. ant wa is me. and wa beo þe. ant wa beo þe. wa ha ȝeieð. ant wa ha habbeð ne of al þat eauer wa is; ne schal ham neauer wontin. þe swuch wununge of earneð. for ei hwilinde blisse her o þisse worlde; wel were him ȝef*. [omitted.] þat he neauer ibore nere. bi þis ȝe mahen sumdel witen hwuch is helle. for i wis ich habbe þrin isehen a þusent siðe wurse. ant from þeonne kimeð deað wið a þusent deoflen hiderwart as ich seide. ant ich*. [omitted.] com þus quoð fearlac forte warnin ow fore; ant tellen ow þeos*. [o is blotted or erased.] tidinges. Nv lauerd godd quoð warschipe wardi us ant werie. ant rihte us. ant reade hwet us beo to donne. ant we beon þe*. [omitted.] warre ant wakere to witen us on euch half under godes wengen. ȝef we wel werieð ant witeð ure hus ant godes deore tresor þat he haueð bitaht us; cume deað hwen he wule*. [ha eauer wule.] Ne þurue we nowðer beon of dred for hire. ne for helle. for ure deað bið deore godd ant in-ȝong in to heouene. of þeos fikelinde world; ne of hire false*. [fahe.] blisse: ne neome we neauer ȝeme. for al þat is on eorðe. Page  255 nis bute as a schadewe; for al wurðeð*. [wurcheð.] [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 80a] to noht bute þat deore tresor godes deorewurðe feh þat is us. bitaht to witene. Ich habbe þeruore sar care for ich iseo seið warschipe hu þe unwhiht wið his ferd ase liun iburst. ȝeað*. [geð.] abuten ure hus sechinde*. [sechinde in Ȝong.] ȝeorn|liche hu he hit forswolhe. ant tis ich mei seið warschipe warnin ow of his lað ant for his wrenches. ah ich ne mei nawt aȝeines his strengðe. Do nu quoð strengðe. warschipe suster þat te limpet to þe ant warne us of his wiheles. for*. [from for to nawiht omitted.] of al his strengðe ne drede we nawiht. for nis his strengðe noht wurð bute hwer se he ifindeð eðeliche. ant wake unwarnede of treowe bileaue. þe apostle seið. Etstont. þen feont. ant he flið anan riht. schulde we þenne fleon him; ȝenis godd ure scheld. ant alle beoð ure wepnen of his deore grace. ant godd is on*. [on ont.] ure half. ant stont bi us ifehte. ȝef he schute towart me wið weole ant wunne of þe world. wið este of flesches lustes. of þulliche nesche wepnen ich mahte carien summes weis. ah ne mei me na þing heardes offearen. ne nowcin. ne na wone*. [MS. wode.] falsi min heorte ne wursi mi bileaue towart him þat ȝeueð me alle mine strengðen. For ba me ah. quoð meað. ant for heart*. [hard.] of nowcin. ant for wone of wunne dreden. ant carien for moni for to muchel heard of wa þat he dreheð. forȝet ure lauerd. ant ma þah for nesche ant for flesches licunge for [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 80b] ȝemeð ham ofte. bituhhen heard ant nesche. bituhhe wa of þis world ant to muche wunne. bituhhe muchel ant lutel is in euch worldlich þing þe middel wei ȝuldene. ȝef we hire haldeð þenne gawe sikerliche ne þerf us nowðer for deað ne for deouel dreden. hwet se beo of heardes ne drede ich nawiht nesches for ne mei na wunne. ne na flesches licunge ne*. [ne of.] licomlich este bringe me ouer þe midel of mesure. ant of mete. Riht|wissnesse spekeð nu. Mi suster ha seið warschipe þe haueð wit. ant schad bituhhe god. ant uuel. ant wat hwet is in euch þing to cheosen ant to schunien; readeð us ant leareð forte ȝeme lutel alle fallinde þing. ant witen warliche þeo þe schulen á lesten. ant seið as ha soð seið þat þurh unweotenesse*. [unwit|nesse.] ne mei ha nawt sunegin. ant tah nis nawt siker of þe unwihtes strengde as þeo þe halt hire wac þah ha beo muche wurð. ant*. [to.] ure alre ehnen demeð hire unmihti onont hire seoluen to etstonden wið his. Page  257 turnes ant deð ase þe wise. Mi suster strengðe is swiðe bald. ant seið þat*. [þat ha.] nawiht heardes ne mei hire offearen. ah þah ha ne trust nawt on hire ahne wepnen; ah deð o godes grace ant þat ich demi riht ant wisdom to donne. Mi þridde suster meað spekeð of þe middel sti. bituhhe riht ant luft þat lut cunnen halden. [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 81a] ant seið i nesche ha is bald. ant heard mei hire offearen. ant for þi ne ȝelpeð ha of na sikernesse ant deð as þe wise. Mi meoster is to do riht forte demen ant*. [to don riht ant riht fon ant demen.] ich deme me seolf þat ich þurh me ne do hit nawt; for al þat god is of godd þat we her habbeð. Nu is riht þenne þat we demen us seolf eauer unmihtie to werien ant to witen us oðer ei god to halden wið ute godes helpe. Þe rihtwise godd wule þat we demen us seolf eðeliche ant lahe. Ne beo we neauer swucche; for þenne demeð he us muche wurð. ant gode ant halt for his dehtren. for þah mi forme suster war beo of euch uuel. ant min oðer strong beo to ȝeines euch nowcin; ant mi þridde meaðful in alles cunnes estes; ant ich do riht ant deme. bute we wið al þis milde beon ant meoke; ant halden us wake. godd mei mid rihte fordemen us of al þis þurh ure prude. ant for þi is riht dom þet we al ure god þonkin him ane. Wiit þe husebonde godes cunestable hereð alle hare sahen ant þonkeð god ȝeorne wið swiðe glead heorte of se riche lane as beoð þeos sustren his fowr dehtren þat he haueð ileanet him on helpe forte wite wel ant werien his castel. ant godes deorewurðe feh. þat is biloke þrinne. Þe willesfule husewif halt hire al stille. ant*. [þa] al þat hird þat ha wes i wunet to dreaien*. [dreien.] efter hire; turneð [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 81b] ham treowliliche to wit hare lauerd. ant to þeos fowr sustren. Vmben ane stunde spekeð eft warschipe. ant seið ich iseo a sonde cumen swide gledd icheret. feier ant freolich ant leofliche aturnet. let him in seið wit ȝef godd wule he bringeð us gleade tidinges. ant þat us were muche neod. for fearlac deaðes sonde haueð wið his; offearet us swiðe mid alle. warschipe let him in. ant he gret wit þen lauerd. ant al þat*. [his.] hird seoðen. wið lahhinde chere. ant ha ȝeldeð him his gretunge. ant beoð alle ilihtet ant igleadet ham þuncheð of his on-sihðe. for al þat hus schineð. ant schimmeð of his leome. he easkeð ham*. [omitted.] ȝef ham biluueð to heren him ane hwile. ȝe quoð ha rihtwisnesse. Page  259 wel us biluueð hit. ant wel is riht þat we þe liðeliche lustnin. Hercnið nu þenne he seið. ant ȝeornliche understondeð. [I]ch am murðes sonde. ant munegunge*. [munege.] of eche lif. ant liues luue i haten ant cume riht from heouene þat ich habbe isehen nu ant ofte ear þe blisse þat na monnes tunge ne mei of tellen. þe iblescede godd iseh ow offruhte. ant sumdel drupnin*. [durcnin.] of þat fearlac talde of deað. ant of helle. ant sende me to gleadien ow. nawt for þi þat hit ne beo al soð þat he seide. ant þat schulen alle uuele fondin. ant ifinden. Ah ȝe wið þe fulst of godd ne þurue na þing dreden for he sit on [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 82a] heh þat is ow on helpe. ant is al wealdent þat haueð ow to witene. A seið warschipe welcume liues. luue. ant for þe luue of godd seolf ȝef þu eauer sehe him; tele us sumhwet of him. ant of his eche blisse. ȝe iseoð quod liues luue; Murhdes sonde. Ich habbe isehen him ofte nawt tah alswa as he is; for aȝein þe brihtnesse ant te liht of his leor. þe sunne gleam is dosc. ant þuncheð aschadewe*. [þuncheð dosc. ant as aschadewe.]. ant for þi ne mahte ich nawt aȝein þe leome of his wlite lokin ne bihalden; bute þurh a schene schawere*. [schadewe.] bituhhe me ant him þat schilde mine ehnen. Swa ich habbe ofte isehen þe*. [him. þe.] hali þrumnesse*. [or þrun|nesse.]. feader ant sune. ant hali gast. þreo an unto-dealet. ah lutle hwile ich mahte þolie þe leome. ah summes weis ich mahte bi|halden ure lauerd ihesu crist godes sune þat bohte us o rode. Hu he sit blisful*. [wunderful.] on his feader riht half þat is al wealdent rixleð i þat eche*. [riche.] lif bute linnunge. se unimete feier; þat te engles ne beoð neauer ful on him to bihalden. ant ȝet ich iseh etscene*. [Ȝet is eðsene.] þe studen of his wunden. ant hu he schaweð ham his feader to cuðen hu he luuede us ant hu he wes buhsum to him þe sende him swa to alesen us ant bisecheð him a for moncunnes heale. Efter him ich iseh on heh ouer alle heouenliche þe eadi meiden his*. [ant.] moder marie i-nempnet sitten in [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 82b] a trone se swiðe briht wid ȝimmes i-stirret. ant hire wlite se weoleful*. [meinful.]. þat euch eorðlich liht; is þeoster þe[r] o ȝeines. þear ich iseh as ha bit hire deore wurðe sune se ȝeornliche. ant se inwardliche for þeo þat hire seruið. ant he hire ȝetteð blideliche al þat ha bi secheð. Þet liht þa ich ne mahte lengre þolien*. [na mare of hire iþolien.]; Ich biseh to þe engles ant to þe archangles ant to þe oðre; þe beoð buuen ham. iblescede*. [iblesce.]Page  261 gastes þe beoð a biuore godd ant seruið him eauer. ant singeð a unwerȝeð. Nihe wordes þer beoð. ah*. [ant.] hu ha beoð i-ordret ant sunderliche isette. þe an buue þe oðre. ant euchanes meoster were long to tellen. Se muche murhðe ich hefde on hare on sihðe; þat ne mahte ich longe hwile elles hwider lokin. Efter ham ich iseh towart te patriarches. ant te prophetes þe makied swuch murhðe þat ha aren nuðe i þat ilke lont of blisse þat ha hefden of feor igret ear*. [igreiðet.] on eorðe ant seoð nu al þat isoðet. þat ha hefden longe ear icwiddet of ure lauerd as he hefde ischawed ham igastelich sihðe. Ich iseh þe apostles poure*. [þat poure weren.]. ant lah on eorðe. ifullet ant biȝoten al of unimete blisse sitten i trones. ant al under hare uet þat heh is i þe worlde. ȝarowe forte demen i þe dei of dome kinges ant keiseres. ant alle cunreadnes*. [cunredes.] of alle cunnes ledenes. [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 83a] Ich biheolt te Martyrs. ant hare unimete murhðe þe þoleden her pinen. ant deað for ure lauerd. ant liht|liche talden to alles cunnes neowcins. ant eorðliche tintreohen aȝeines þe blisse þat godd in hare heorte schawede ham to cumene. Efter ham ich biheolt þe cunfessurs hird þe liueden igod lif. ant haliche deiden. þe schineð as doð steorren iþe eche blissen. ant seoð*. [iseoð.] godd in his wlite þat haueð alle teares iwipet of hare ehnen. Ich iseh þat schene. ant þat brihte ferreden of þe eadi meidnes ilikest towart engles. ant feolohlukest wið ham blissin ant gleadien. þe libbinde iflesche ouergað flesches lahe ant ouercumeð cunde þe leadeð heouenlich lif in eorðe as ha wunieð hare murhðe. ant hare blisse. þe feierlec of hare wlite. þe swetnesse of hare song; ne mei na tunge tellen. Alle ha singeð þe*. [from þe to singen omit|ted.] þer beoð. Ah hare song ne mahe nane buten heo singen. Se swote smal ham folheð hwider se ha wendeð. þat me mahte libben aa bi þe swot|nesse. hwam se heo bisecheð fore; is sikerliche iborhen. for aȝein hare bisocnen; godd him seolf ariseð þat alle þe oðre halhen*. [he walden.] sittende ihereð. Swiðe wel quoð warschipe likeð us þat tu seist. Ah nu þu hauest se wel iseið of euch a*. [euchan to.] setnesse; of þe seli sunder-lepes sumhwet sei us nu hwuch blisse is to alle iliche meane; ant liues luue hire ondswereð. [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 83b] Þe imeane blisse is seouenfald. lengðe of lif. wit. ant luue. ant of þe luue a gleadunge. wið-ute met murie. loft song. ant lihtschipe. ant sikernesse. is Page  263 þe seoueðe. þah ich þis seið warschipe sumdel understonde; þu most unwreo þis witerluker ant openin to þeos oðre. ant hit schal beon seið liues luue warschipe as þu wilnest. Ha liuieð á in awlite. þat is brihtre seoueualð. ant schenre þen þe sunne. ant eauer in a strengðe to don buten euch swinc al þat ha wulleð. ant eauer mare in a steal in al þat eauer god is wið ute wonunge. wið uten euch þing þat mahe hearmin*. [hearm.] oðer eilin. in al þat eauer is. softe oðer swote. ant hare lif is godes sihðe. ant godes . . . . . *. [a word erased here in MS.] cnawlechunge as ure lauerd seide. þat is quod he*. [he seið.] eche lif to seon ant cnawen sod godd. ant him þat he sende ihesu crist ure lauerd to ure alesnesse ant beoð for þi ilich him iþe ilke wlite þat he is. for ha seoð him as he is. nebbe to nebbe. Ha beoð se wise þat ha witen alle godes reades. his runes ant his domes*. [godes runes. ant his reades.] þe derne beoð. ant deopre þen eni sea dingle. ha seoð igodd alle þing. ant witen of al þat is ant wes ant eauer schal iwurden. hwet hit beo. hwi. ant hwerto ant hwer of hit bigunne*. [biginne.]. Ha luuieð god wið ute met. for þat ha understondeð hu he haueð bi ham idon þurh his muchele godlec ant hwet ha ahen his deorewurde milce to ȝelden. ant euch an luueð oðer ase muchel as him seoluen. Se gleade ha beoð of godd; þat al is hare blisse. se muchel [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 84a] þat ne mei hit munne na muð. ne spealie na speche for þi þat euchan luueð oðer as him seoluen. Euchan haueð of odres god ase muche murhðe as of his ahne*. [as him seoluen.]. bi þis ȝe mahen seon ant witen. þat euchan haueð sunderlepes ase feole glead|schipes; as ha beod monie alle. ant euch of þe ilke gleadschipes is*. [beoð.] to eauer euch an ase muche gleadunge; as his ahne sunderliche. ȝet ouer al þis. hwen euchan luueð godd mare þen him seoluen. ant þen alle þe odre; mare he gleadeð of godd wið uten ei et|lunge*. [ei eilung.] þen of his ahne gleadunge. ant of alle þe oðres. Neomeð nu þenne ȝeme ȝef neauer anes heorte ne mei in hire [und]*. [MS. torn.] eruon hire ahne gleadunge sunderliche [iseide. so unim] ete muchel is þe*. [þen.] anlepi blisse. þat ha nimeð i[n] hi[re] þus monie. ant þus muchele. for þi seide ure lauerd to þeo þe him hefden ic|wemet. Intra in gaudium. et cetera. Ga quoð he in to þi lauerdes blisse*. [hus.]. þu most al gan þrin. ant al beon bigotten þrin for in þe ne mei hit nanesweis*. [o nane wise.] neomen in. her of ha herieð godd ant singeð Page  265 á un werget eauer iliche lusti in þis loft songes. as hit iwriten is. Beati qui habitant. et cetera. Eadi beoð þeo lauerd. þe iþin*. [in þis.] hus wunieð ha schulen herien þe from [worlde into worlde]. Ha beoð alle ase li[hte ant as swifte as þe sunne] gleam þe sc[heot from est into west. ase þin] [Bodleian MS. 34 folio 84b] ehe-lid tuneð ant openeð for hwer se eauer þe gast wule þe bodi is anan riht wið ute lettunge. for ne mei ham na þing aȝeines etstonden. for euch an is al*. [as.] mihti to don al þat he wule. ȝe makie to cwakien heouene ba ant eorðe wið his an finger. Sikere ha beoð of al þis of þulli lif. of þulli wit. of þulli luue ant*. [a.] gleadunge þrof. ant of þulli blisse. þat hit ne me neauer mare lutlin ne wursin. ne neome nan ende. þis lutle ich habbe iseid of þat ich iseh in heouene ah nower neh ne neh ich al. ne þat ȝet þat ich [iseh. ne] ne con ich half*. [al.] tellen. Witer|[liche quoð] warschipe. wel we understondeð þat tu hauest ibeo þear ant soð hauest iseid trof. efter þi sihðe. ant wel is him þat is war. ant bisið him hu he mahe beast halden his hus þat godes tresor is in aȝeines godes unwine þe weorreð þer towart a wið unþeawes. for þet. schal bringen him þider as he schal. al þis þat tu hauest ispeken of an*. [ant.] hundret siðe mare of blisse buten euch bale*. [wið uten balesið.] folhin ant ifinden. Quoð strengðe hwen hit swa is; hwet mei tweamen us from godd ant hald[en us þeonne. ih] am siker ine godd. [þat ne schal lif ne deð; ne wa] ne wunne nowðer [to dealen us ant his luue. ah al þis] us haueð igarc*. [Bodl. MS.] [ket ȝèf we as treowe tresures witeð wel his tresor þat is bitaht us to halden. as we schulen ful wel under his wengen. Warpeð ut quoð warschipe; farlac ure fa. nis nawt riht þat an hus halde þeos tweien. for þer as murðes sonde is; ant soð luue of eche lif. farlac is fleme. nu ut quoð strenðe farlac ne schaltu na lengere leuen in ure ende. nu quoð ich seide for god al þat ich seide. ant þah hit muri nere nes na lessere mi tale þen wes murhðes sondes ne unbihefre to ow. þah hit ne beo so licwurðe ne icweme. Eiðer of ow haueð his stunde to speokene. ne nis incker noðres tale to schunien in his time. þu warnest of wa. he telleð of wunne. muche neod is þat me ow ba ȝeornliche hercni. Flute nu farlac þah. hwil liues luue is herinne. ant þole wið efne heorte þe dom of rihtwisnesse. for þu schal[t]. ful bliðeliche beon Page  267 under-fon in as ofte as liues luue stinteð*. [MS. stutteð.] forto spekene. Nv is wil þat husewif al stille. þat er wes so willesful. Al ituht efter wittes wissunge þat is husebonde. ant Al þat hird halt him stille. þat wes i-wunet to beon fulitohen ant don efter wil hare lefdi. Ant nawt efter wit; lustneð nu his lare. ant fondeð euer euchan efter þat him limpeð to. þurh þeos twa sonden. þat ha i-herd habbeð. ant þat fowr sustren lerden þruppe for euch unþeawes inȝong his warde te witene. ant te warden treowliche. Þvs ah mon te þenchen ofte Ant ilome. Ant wið þulliche þohtes awec|chen his heorte. þe islep of ȝemeles for-ȝet hire sawle heale. efter þeos twa sonden. From helle sihðe biseon; to þe blisse of heouene. To habben farlac of þat an; luue toward þat oðer. ant leaden him ant hinen. þat beoð his limen alle. nawt efter wil þe untohe lefdi ant his lust leareð. ah efter þat wit wule þat is husebonde tuhten ant teachen þat wit ga euer biuore ant teache wil efter him. to al þat he dihteð ant demeð to donne. ant wið þe fowr sustren; þer fore þe fowr heued þeawes. War|schipe. Strencðe in godd. Ant Með. Ant Rihtwisnesse. witen godes treosor þat is his ahne sawle. iþe hus of þe bodi; from þe þeof of helle. þulli þoht makeð mon te fleon alle unþeawes ant ontent his heorte toward þe blisse of heouene. þat ure lauerd ȝeue us þurh his hali milce þat wið þe feder. ant e sune ant e hali gast rixleð in þreo had á buten ende. AMEN.

Par seinte charite biddeð a pater noster for iohan þat þeos boc wrat.

Hwa se þis writ haueð ired.
Ant crist him haueð swa isped.
Ich bidde par seinte charite.
Þet ȝe bidden ofte for me.
Aa pater noster. ant aue marie.
Þet ich mote þat lif her drehen.
Ant ure lauerd wel icwemen.
I Mi ȝuheðe ant in min elde.
Þet ich mote ihesu crist mi sawle ȝelden.]
AMEN.