The early South-English legendary ; or, Lives of saints. I. Ms. Laud, 108, in the Bodleian library. Edited by Carl Horstmann.
Horstmann, Carl, b. 1851.

36 Vita sancti Brendani, Abbatis de Hybernia.

SEint brendan, þe holi man : was here of ovre londe.
Monek he was of harde liue : as ich me under-stonde,
Of fastingue and oþur penaunce i-nov : and Abbot he was þere
Of a þousend Monekes : þat alle under him were.
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hit bi-feol in a day : as ore louerdes wille was,
Þat beryn,*. [al. barint] an oþur Abbot : to him cam bi cas.
Seint brendan him bi-souȝte anon : him don onder-stonde
Ant tellen him ȝwat he hadde i-seiȝe : a-boute in oþur londe.
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Þis guode man, þo he i-heorde þis : sichingues he made i-nowe
Ant in grete þouȝte bi-gan for-to weope : and fel a-doun i-suowe.
bi-twene his armes seint brendan : þis holie man op nam
& custe him faste, & cride on him : al for-to is wit him cam;
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"Fader," he seide, "par charite : oþur red þov most take;
hidere þou come for ovre solas : and nouȝt suych deol to make.
tel us ȝwat þou hast i-seiȝe : a-boute as þou hast i-wend
In þe .se. of Occean : as ore louerd þe hath i-send."
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Nou is þe .se. [of] Occean : grettest and mest al-so:
heo goth a-boute al þe world : and alle oþere cometh þer-to.
So þat berin, þis olde man : riȝt of is heorte grounde
Al weopinde he hem tolde : ȝwat he hadde i-founde.
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he seide, he*. [al. ic] hadde a wel guod sone : and Mernok was is name,
"A Monek he was, as we beoth : and man of grete fame;
his heorte him ȝaf for-to wende : in-to a priue stude and stille, [folio 104b]
Þare he miȝte beo al one : to a-serui godes wille.
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So þat bi mine wille he wende : ase ich it telle ov,
to an yle fer in þe se : þat delitable was i-nov,
bi-side þe Montayne of stones : þat is couth wel wide.
Þe Monek likede þare wel : and longue gan þare a-bide,
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And hadde þare under him : Monekes mani on.
Þo ich heorde tellen þat : þuder-ward ich gan gon.
So þat in auision : ore suete louerd him sende,
Þat a-ȝen me, are ich to him come : þre Iorneies he wende. Page  221
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And in a schip we duden us sone : and Astward euere kenden
In þe .se. of Occean : as ore louerd is grace us sende.
toward þe est so fer we wenden : þat we comen ate laste
In suyþe þuyster stude : and clouden us ouer-caste;
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Al ane tide of þe daye : we weren in deorkhede.
Ate laste ore suete louerd : forþere us gan lede.
So þat we i-seiȝen a newe lond : þuder-ward ore schip drov;
briȝttore it þouȝte þane þe sonne : Ioye þare was i-nov,
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Of treon and herbes, þikke j-novȝ : bi-set in eche side,
And of suete preciouse stones : þat briȝtte schynen and wide;
Euerech herbe was ful of floures : and ech treo was ful of fruyt;
bote it were in heuene : nas neuere more duyt.
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Þare-Inne with Ioye and blisse I-novȝ : longue we duden i-wende;
Ȝeot us þouȝte luytel ȝwyle : ne miȝte we finde non ende
So þat we comen to a watur : cler and briȝt I-novȝ,
þat euere fram-ward þe est : toward þe west it drovȝ.
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We stoden and bi-heolden a-boute : for we ne miȝten ouer i-wende:
Þare cam to us a ȝong ȝomman : swiþe fair and hende,
And welcomede us euerech-one : wel mildeliche and swete;
he nemnede euerech is riȝtte name : and faire gan us grete,
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And seide þat we ouȝten*. [al. ȝe aȝte] Ihesu crist : þonki suyþe wel with riȝte
'Þat schewez eov is priuete : and al-so of is miȝte.
Þis is þat lond þat he wole : ȝuyt are þe worldes ende
[his dernelinges an erþe ȝyue : ȝ hyder he schal*. [heo scholle, on the margin.] wende.*. [This verse added by a later hand in the text and on the mar|gin.]]
Þis lond is half in þusse half : ase ȝe i-seoz wel wide,
And bi-ȝeonde þe watere haluen-del : al bi þat oþur side—
Þat watur ne mowe ȝe passi nouȝt : þat oþur del to seo.
For*. [al. om.] here ȝe habbez al a ȝer : meteles i-beo,
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Þat ȝe ne eten ne dronken : ne slepen nouȝt with eyȝe,
Ne chele ne hete ne greuede ev nouȝt : noþur lowe ne heiȝe.
Þis*. [al. For þis] is ore louerdes priue stude : and þoruȝ him it is þus liȝt;
Þare-fore it is [her] euere day : and neuere-more niȝt.
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ȝif Adam a-ȝein godes heste : ne hadde no-þing mis-do,
here-Inne he hadde ȝuyt i-beo : and is of-sprung al-so.
Ȝe ne mowen no leng here bi-leue : a-ȝen ȝe moten fare;*. [[Here 2 fol. are torn out in the MS. I supply the gap from MS. Harl. 2277.]]Page  222
[Þeȝ hit ne þenche ȝou bote a while : ȝe habbeþ ibeo her ȝare.' [Harl. 2277 folio 42b]
Þat so*. [al. So þat] he brouȝte ous in oure schip : & faire his leue nom;
& þo*. [MS. þe] we were hamward in þe see : we nuste whar he bi-com—
Aȝe-ward he wende aȝen oure wille : þat of-þoȝte ous sore ynouȝ.
Aȝen to þis oþer monekes : þis schip wel euene drouȝ.
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¶ Þis monekes vrne aȝen ous : þo hi ous miȝte iseo,
& sori were & wroþe ynouȝ : þat we hadde so longe ibeo.
we seide hem þat we hadde ibeo : in gret ioye & feste,
Bifore þe ȝates of parays : in þe lond of biheste,
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Þat oure suete louerd haþ bihote : hem þat he loueþ her,
Þer is euere dai & neuere niȝt : & euere liȝt suyþe cler.
¶ 'Certes,' quaþ þis monekes : 'þis we mowe iseo
Bi þe suete smyl of ȝou : þat ȝe habbeþ þer ibeo.' "—
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¶ Þo seint Brendan ihurde þis : he þoȝte & stod stille;
[he þoȝte fondi more her-of : ȝif it were godes wille.]*. [This verse, om. in H., is taken from Ashm.]
he wende aboute his monekes : & tuelue out he nom,
Þat he triste to mest of alle : whan eni neode him com.
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Þuse he nom in consail : & in priueite [hem] sede:
["I þenche do a priue þing : þer-of ȝe mote me rede,
To seche þat lond of biheste : ȝif god wolde ous þuder lede.]*. [These 2 v. om. in H.]
Siggeþ what ȝoure consail is : to do such a dede."
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"Leoue fader," quaþ þis oþere : "oure wille we habbeþ forsake,
¶ Oure freond & al oure oþer god : & clanliche to þe itake:
& whan al oure dede is on þe : & þu wolt þat hit beo,
we schulle bliþeliche wiþ þe wende : godes grace to seo."
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So þat hi faste fourti dawes : & gret penance dude also,
& bede ȝurne oure louerdes grace : þulke veyage to do.
hi leten hem diȝte a gret schip : & aboue hit albi*. [MS. abbi]-caste
wiþ bole-huden stronge ynou : ynailed þerto faste,
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& siþþe ipiched al abou[t]e : þat þe water [in] necome. [Harl. 2277 folio 43]
hi wende to here breþeren : & wel faire here leue nome,
And siþþe in oure louerdes name : to schipe wende anon;
here breþeren þat bihynde were : sori were echon.
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& þo hi were in þe schip : after þer come go*. [al. om.] tuo
& bede faste þat hi moste : þane wei mid hem go.
"Ȝe mowe wel," quaþ seint brendan : "ac ȝoure on schal atta[n] ende
Repenti er he come aȝe : & al quic to helle wende."
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Þider*. [al. vorþ him] wende þis holi man : whoder oure louerd hem sende;
& þis tuei monekes þat come last : also wiþ hem wende.
¶ In þe grete see of occian : forþ hi rewe faste,
& triste alto oure louerdes grace : & noþing nere agaste. Page  223
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Þe see drof here schip after wil : þe wynd was gret ynouȝ;
As þe wynd hem drof est forþ : wel euene þe schip him drouȝ,
Euene aȝe þat þe sonne ariseþ : a-midsomeres day—
Nou nuste non of hem whar he was : ne no lond he nesay.
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Euene forþriȝt fourti dayes : þe wynd hem drof faste:
So þat hi seȝe in þe norþside : a gret ylle*. [r. yle] atte laste,
Of harde roche & gret ynou : in þe see wel heȝe;
Þreo dayes hi wende þer-aboute : er hi miȝte come þer-neȝe.
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¶ A lute hauene hi*. [MS. he] fonde þo : alond hi wende þere;
hi wende alond as maskede*. [al. masid] men : hi nuste whar hi were.
Þer com go a wel fair hound : as hit were hem to here;
At seint Brendanes fet he ful adoun : & makede him faire chere.
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¶ "Beau freres," quaþ seint brendan : "ȝe neþore noþing drede:
Ich wot þis is a messager : þe riȝte wei ous to lede."
Þis hound ladde þis holi man : to an halle, fair ynouȝ,
Gret & starc & suyþe noble : euene in he drouȝ.
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Þis monekes fonde in þis halle : bord & cloþ isprad,
& bred & fisch þer-vppe ynouȝ— : þer nas non þat nas glad.
hi sete adoun & ete faste— : for hem luste wel þerto.
Beddes þer were, al ȝare ymaked : er here soper were ido:
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After here soper to bedde hi wende : to resten hem, as þe wise.
Þo hi hadde alle islepe ynouȝ : sone hi gonne arise,
& wende to here schip : as hi hadde er ibeo.
In þe see wel longe hi were : er hi miȝte lond iseo.
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¶ Þo hi seȝe*. [r. seȝe hi] as bi þoþer side : an ylle fair ynouȝ,
Grene & [wiþ] wel fair lese. : þiderward here schip drouȝ.
Þo hi come on þis faire lond : & bihulde aboute wide, [Harl. 2277 folio 43b]
Þe faireste scheep þat miȝte beo : hi seȝe in eche side;
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A scheep was grettere þan an oxe : whittere ne miȝte non beo.
Gret ioye hi hadde in here hurte : þat hi miȝte þis iseo.
Þer com*. [al. þo com þer] go a wel fair man : & grette hem wiþ faire chere,
& seide, "ȝe beoþ hider icome : þer ȝe neuere nere.
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¶ Þis is icliped þe lond of scheep : for scheep wel faire her beoþ,
Mochele & white & grete ynouȝ : as ȝe aldai iseoþ;
Fairere hi beoþ þan ȝoure scheep : & grettere vnyliche,
For murie weder is her ynouȝ : & lese suyþe riche.
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her nis neuere wynter non : for her nis non*. [al. ne non hei] ifounde,
Ac hi eteþ þerbes nue : as hi springeþ of þe g[ro]unde.
Ne me ne gadereþ noȝt of here mulc : þat hi scholde þe worse beo;
¶ For þis þing, & meni oþer : þe bet hi mowe iþeo.
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To a stede ȝe schulle hunne wende : þurf oure louerdes grace, Page  224
Þat is foweles parays : a wel ioyful place :
Þer ȝe schulle þis ester beo : & þis wit-sonedai also.
Wendeþ forþ a-godes name : þat þis veyage were ido!"
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SEint Brendan & his breþeren : to schipe wende anon,
& rue forþ faste in þe see : wiþ tempest meni on.
So þat hi seȝe in anoþer side : an ylle gret ynouȝ.
here schip þurf godes grace : þiderwardes drouȝ.
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Þo hit cam almest þerto : vpe þe roche hit gan ride,
Þat hit ne miȝte noȝt to þe yle come : ac bileuede biside.
Þis monekes wende*. [al. wode] vp to þis yle : ac seint brendan noȝt.
Þis monekes gonne makie here mete : of þat hi hadde ibroȝt :
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hi makede fur & soden hem fisch : in a caudroun faste.
Er þis fisch were isode [I-nouȝ] : somdel hi were agaste :
For þo þis fur was þurf-hot : þe yle quakede anon
& wiþ gret eir hupte al vp— : þis monekes dradde echon,
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[& þe wei toward hor schip : ech after oþer nom,
God leuest hem þoȝte he was : þat sonest þuder com.]*. [om. in H.]
hi bihulde hou þe yle : in þe see wende faste
& as a quic þing hupte vp & doun : & þat fur fram him caste;
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he suam more þan tuei myle : while þis fur ilaste.
Þe monekes iseȝe þe fur wel longe : & were sore agaste :
hi cride ȝurne on seint brendan : what þe wonder were.
"Beoþ stille," quaþ þis gode man : "for noȝt ȝe nabbe*. [al. habbeþ] fere.
Ȝe weneþ þat hit beo an yle : ac ȝe þencheþ amis :
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hit is a fisch of þis grete see : þe gretteste þat þer is.
Iastoni he is icleped : & fondeþ niȝt & dai [Harl. 2277 folio 44]
To pulte his tail in his mouþ : ac for gretnisse he nemai."—
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Forþ hi rue in þe see : euene west wel faste,
Þreo dayes, er hi seȝe lond : hi were somdel a-gaste.
¶ Þo seȝen hi a wel fair lond : of floures þikke ynouȝ—
wel glade hi were þo hi seȝe : þat here schip þider drouȝ.
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In þis faire lond hi wende : lengere þan ic telle :
So þat hi fonde in a place : a suyþe noble welle.
Bi þe welle stod a treo : brod & round ynouȝ;
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Foweles white & faire ynouȝ : were in euerech*. [al. so þicke were in ech] bouȝ,
Þat vneþe eni leef : hi miȝte þeron iseo—
Þer was ioye & blisse ynouȝ : to lokie on suche o treo.
¶ Seint Brendan for ioye wep : & sat adoun akneo
And bad oure louerd schowi him : what such a cas miȝte beo.
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Þo fleȝ þer vp alute fowel : þo he gan to fleo,*. [al. & toward him gan te]
As a fiþele his wynges furde : þo he to him-ward gan teo.*. [al. þo he gan to fleo]Page  225
Murie[re] Instrument neuere nas : þan*. [MS. þat] his wyngen were!
he bihuld seint brendan : wiþ wel faire chere.
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"Ich hote [þe,]" seide seint brendan : "if þu ert messager,
Þat þu sigge me what [þu] ert : & what ȝe doþ her."
Þeȝ hit þoȝte aȝe cunde : þis fowel ansuerede anon :
"We were," he seide "sum-tyme was : angles in heuene echon.
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As*. [r. ac sone so] sone as we were ymaked : oure maister was so prout,
Lucefer, for his fairhede : þat he ful sone out,
& mid him also meni on : as here dede was;
¶ & we fulle also a-doun : ac for no synne hit nas,
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for*. [MS. Ac for] noþing þat we assentede : to his foule vnriȝt,
Bote soulement forto schewe : oure louerdes suete*. [al. suete louerdes] miȝt.
Ne we ne beoþ her in pyne non : ac in ioye ynouȝ we beoþ,
And somdel oure suete louerdes : miȝte we seoþ.
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& bi þe vrþe we fleoþ : & bi þe lifte also,
As gode angles, & liþere ek : riȝt is for-to do,
Þe gode [for]-to do men god : þe liþer liþere makieþ.
¶ & sonedai, þat is dai of rest : such forme we takeþ :*. [MS. makeþ]
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Þe forme of suche white foweles : as þu miȝt iseo,
[&] honureþ god þat ous makede : her on þis brode treo.
Tuelf-monþ hit [is] ipassed nou : þat ȝe gonne out wende,
& alle þis six ȝer ȝe schulle fare : er ȝe schulle*. [al. om.] bringe ȝoure wille to ende;
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For whan ȝe habbeþ iwend soue ȝer : oure louerd wole ȝou sende [Harl. 2277 folio 44b]
A siȝt þat ȝe habbeþ longe isoȝt : anon after þe soue ȝeres ende.
Eche ȝer ȝe schulle her mid ous : holde ester-feste,
As ȝe nou doþ, forte ȝe come : to þe lond of biheste"—
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Nou was hit an ester-day : þat al þis was ido.
¶ þe fowel nom his leue of hem : & to his felawes wende þo.
Þe foweles, þo hit eue*. [al. time] was : bigonne here euesong—
Muriere song nemiȝte beo : þeȝ god silf were among.
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Þe monekes wende to bedde & slepe : þo soper was ido;
& þo hit was tyme of matyns : hi arise þerto.
¶ Þe foweles sunge ek here matyns : wel riȝt, þo hit was tyme,
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& of þe sauter seide þe*. [al. om.] uers : & siþþe also*. [MS. alto] prime,
& vnderne siþþe, & middai : & afterwardes non,
& eche tyde songen of þe dai : as cristene men scholde don.
Þis monekes were in þe lond : eiȝte wyke also,
Forto alþe feste of ester : & of witsonedai were ido.
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¶ Þo com atte trinite : þis gode man to hem þer
Þat spac wiþ hem in þe lond of scheep : & ladde aboute er : Page  226
he chargede here schip suyþe wel : mid mete & drinke ynouȝ,
& nom his leue wel hendeliche : & aȝeward drouȝ.
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¶ Þo seint brendan was in his schip : & his breþeren also,
Þis fowel, þat spac wiþ hem er : wel sone com hem to;
he seide, "ȝe habbeþ her wiþ ous : þis heȝe feste ibeo;
Gret trauayl ȝou is to come : er ȝe eftsone lond iseo.
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Ȝe schulleþ after soue monþes : iseo a wel fair yle.
Þat abbey is icliped : þat is hunne meni a myle;
Ȝe schulleþ beo mid holie men : þis myde-wynter þere.
Ȝoure ester ȝe schulle holde þer : as ȝe dude to-ȝere :
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Vpe þe grete fisches rugge : þer þi monekes were in-fere,
& ȝoure ester [be] mid ous : riȝt as ȝe nou were."
Seint brendan a-godes name : & his breþeren echon,
In þe grete see of occian : forþ wende anon.
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Þe wynd hem harlede vp & doun : in peryls meni on.
So weri hi were of here lyue : þat hi nuste whoder gon.
Four monþes hi were*. [al. wende] in þe see : in þis grete turment,]*. [[Here L. goes on again.]]
Þat huy ne yseiȝen no-þing bote þe se : ant þe firmament. [folio 105]
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Þo huy yseiȝen*. [al. seie hi] fer fram heom : ane yle ase þei it were;
heo criden faste on Ihesu crist : þat huy mosten a-riuie þere.
Ȝeot after þat seint Brendan : þis yle furst y-seiȝ,*. [MS. saiȝ]
Fourti dawes heo wenden in þe se : er huy comen þere neiȝ,
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Þat heom þouȝte heore lif was heom loz. : þe Monekes weren a-gaste,
heo criden ȝeorne on Ihesu crist : and is help heo beden faste.
A luytel hauene and swyþe streit : huy founden atþe laste,
Þat vnneþes heore schip miȝte þerinne come : Aunker*. [MS. Annker] for-to caste
Þis Monekes wenden a-lond þo : wel longue heom þouȝte er.
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huy bi-heolden al-a-boute : murie heom þouȝte þer.
Þo yseiȝen heo twey faire wellene : þat on was suyþe cler,
And sumdel wori and þicke þat oþer was. : þe Monekes ȝeoden ner,
to drinken of þat faire welle. : seint Brendan it i-seiȝ,
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And seide, "with-oute leue of oþur men : ne come ȝe nouȝt þere neiȝ,
Of olde men þat here-inne beoz : al þoruȝ godes wille*. [al. for mid gode wille];
For*. [om.] heo wollez party þar-of mid us : and þare-fore beoz ȝeot stille."
A fair old man and swiþe hor : a-ȝein heom þere cam gon;
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he wel-comede heom faire i-novȝ : and seint Brendan he custe a-non,
And ladde heom forth with him : bi a wel fair wei Page  227
A-boute in many a murie stude : and sethþe in-to on Abbey.
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Seint Brendan bi-heold a-boute : and axede ȝwat it were,
And ȝwat-manere men weren þare-inne : and ho þare*. [al. om.] woneden þere.
Stille was þis olde man : and ne ȝaf him none Answere.
Þo cam þere gon a fair couent : and ane croyz bi-fore heom bere,
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With taperes in eyþur side— : Monekes it weren ech-on,
And yreuested faire and in queor-copes : a-ȝein heom huy comen gon,
With procession faire i-nouȝ. : þe Abbod bi-hinde com,
And wel faire custe seint Brendan : and bi þe hond him nom.
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he ladde him and is monekus : in-to a noble halle,
And setten*. [al. sette] heom a-doun alle on a rewe : and wuchs heore fet alle;
Of þe worie welle heore fet he wuchs : þat huy er i-seiȝe.
In-to þe freytore he ladde heom þo : and sette heom wel heiȝe,
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I-medlede with heore*. [al. his] owene couent. : and þo heo weren alle i-sete,
Þare cam on and seruede : and brouȝte heom alle mete :
And ane wel faire ȝwite lof : he sette bi-twene to & to,
Ȝwite moren, ase it of herbes were : bi-fore heom he sette al-so—
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Swettore mete ne miȝte non beo : huy ne knewen it nouȝt on;
Of þe clere welle þat huy er i-seiȝen : þe Monekes dronke ech-on.
"beoz nouþe glade," þe Abbot seide : "and drinkez nouþe i-novȝ
In charite of þulke welle : þat ȝe wolden er with wouȝ—
     288
Betere it is drinke in charite : ȝwan it is ov i-brouȝt,
Þane ȝe it þeofliche nomen : ase ȝe hadden i-þouȝt.
Þis bred þat we eteth of : we nuten of ȝwan it is :
An straunge man eche daye it bringuth : In-to ovre celere, i-wis,
     292
We nutez nouȝt bote ope godes grace : wanne it is ibrouȝt—
For ho-so trust to ihesu crist : him ne schal failly nouȝt. [folio 105b]
We beoz foure-ant-twenti freres : and ȝwane we beoz i-sete,
twelf ȝwite Miches*. [al. suche loues] men brynguth us : eche daye to ore mete;
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Ate feste of eche hali-daye; and ȝwan it sonen-day is,
Foure-and-twenti loues us comieth : so þat euerech man hath his;
Þat euerech frere of þat him leuez : witiez to is soper.
I-doublet it worth nouþe for ov : ase ȝe i-seoth wel her :
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Al*. [al. vor al] ore couent nis nouȝt here : ake muche*. [al. muchedel] it hath vn-ete.
So þat ore louerd þoruȝ is grace : sent us alle mete. Page  228
Fram seint paterikes Abbeye*. [al. dai : & seint ailbi also] : þat in yrlonde is al-so,
Four-score ȝer we habbez i-beon here : þat no man ne cam us to;
     304
euere-eft ore louerd þoruȝ is grace : I-fed us hath ech-on.
And þis weder is euere murie i-nouȝ : syknesse here nis non.
And ȝwane we schullen ore seruise don : ore louerd sent us liȝt;
Ore taperes ne beoz no-þe lasse : þei huy brenne day and nyȝt."
     308
heo a-risen op and wenden to churche : þo heo hadden yȝete :
And twelf oþere freres heo i-metten : Inward to þe mete.
"hov is þis?" quath seint Brendan : "ȝwy neren þeose nouȝt with us?"
"Leoue fader," quath þe Abbot : "nede it mot beo þus;
     312
Þer ne mouwen bote foure-and-twenti Monekes : in ore freitore beon ido,
And ȝwane ȝe weren þare-inne with us : þeos ne miȝten nouȝt al-so.
Þe ȝwile we singuth euesong : heo schullen sitte and ete,
     315
And heore euesong huy schullen syngue : ȝwane heo habbez i-ȝet[e]."
Seint brendan bi-heold þat weued : him þouȝte þat hit was al,
weued and chaliz and Cruettes : þoruȝ-out cler cristal.
Seue taperes weren in þe queor : for þare ne weren non mo,
And foure-and-twenti segene : þat Monekes scholden to—
     320
For þare weren foure-and-twenti Monekes : and euerech hadde his;
And þe Abbodes sege was : a-midde þe queor, i-wis.
Seint Brendan axede þe Abbode : "do seiȝe me, leue broþur,
hov holde ȝe so silence : þat neuer on ne spekez with oþur?"
     324
"Ore louerd it wot," þe Abbot seide : "þat*. [al. om.] we habbez here i-beo
Four score ȝer in swuche lyue : ase ȝe mowen here i-seo,
And þare nas neuere a-mong us alle : yspeke in none wise
Are þis tyme non oþur word : bote ore louerdes seruise;
     328
Ne we neren neuer-eft in feblesse : ne sike of us nouȝt on."
Seint brendan, þo he i-heorde þis : for Ioyȝe he weop a-non.
"Leoue fader," he seide : "mote we bi-leue here?"
     331
"Þov wost wel," þe Abbot seide : "ȝe ne mowen in none manere.
Ne haueth ore louerd i-schewed ov wel : ȝwat ȝe schullen do?
Come þov schalt to yrlonde i-wis : and þine twelf breþren al-so;
And fram þe to þe yle of Ankres : þe þreotteoþe schal i-wende,
Þe fourteoþe al quic to helle : and beon þare with-outen ende." Page  229
     336
Þo cam*. [orig. com] þare-In a fuyri Arewe : at a fenestre a-non,
Ase þei heo fram heouene come : and þe taperes tende ech-on, [folio 106]
And flevȝ out a-ȝein ase heo cam In : bi þulke fenestre þere.
Þe taperes barnden longue Inov : and no-þe lasse huy nere.
     340
"Louerd crist," quath seint brendan : "Ich wondri In mi þouȝt
houȝ þis taperes bernez þus : and ne waniez nouȝt."
"Ne hastþou," quath þe Abbod : "In þe olde lawe i-founde
hov Moyses say A þorn berne : fram þe toppe to þe grounde,
     344
Þe More þat þe þorn barnde : þe grenore þe leues were?
Ne wenestþou nouȝt þat ore louerd beo : ase miȝti here as þere?"—
Þeos Monekes weren to-gadere : for-to Midewynter was al i-do,
For-to after twelfte-day : are huy departeden a-to.
     348
Anon to seint hyllaries day : seint Brendan forth i-wende
With is Monekus in þe se : þoruȝ grace þat god heom sende.
huy floten op and doun in soruwe I-novȝ : þe se heom caste heiȝe;
Fram þulke tyme forto in leinte : no lond huy ne i-seiȝe.
     352
So þat a-boute palme-sonenday : heo bi-heolden a-boute faste :
heom þouȝte heo i-seiȝen swiþe fer : ase a cloude ate laste.
Þis Monekes hadden wonder þar-of : ȝwat þe cloude were.
"beoth stille," seide seint brendan : "ȝe habbez i-beon þere :
     356
Þare is ore procuratour : þat muche guod us hath i-do
In [þe] foulene parays : and In þe lond of schep al-so."
So þat heore schip ate laste : to þat yle drouȝ—
A-schereþores-day huy comen þudere : in gret trauaile inouȝ.
     360
Þis procuratour heom cam aȝein : and welcomede heom a-non,
Ant custe seint brendanes fet : and þe Monekes echon;
And sette heom sethþe to þe soper : for þe day it wolde so,
And sethþe he wuchs hore fet alle : þe maunde for-to do.
     364
huy heolden þare heore maunde— : and þare heo gounnen bi-leue
A-gode friday al þe longue day : for-to an ester eue.
An ester eue heore procuratour : bad heom heore schip take
And heore resurrection : opon þe fisches rugge make,
     368
And aftur heore resurrection : he bad heom euene teo
to þe foulene parays : ase heo hadden er i-beo.
Þis holie men wenden forth : and ore louerdes grace nome,
Þat*. [al. so þat] to þis grete fischse : þulke daye huy come, Page  230
     372
Þat houede ase it were a lond. : heore caudron heo founden þere
Ase heo it bi-leften opon is rugge : in þat oþere ȝere.
Louerd crist, þat swch a best : scholde houi so stille
And soffri men op-on him gon : and don al heore wille!
     376
Þis Monekes op-on þe fisches rugge : bi-leften al þe nyȝt,
And songuen matynes and euesong : and sethþe, þo it was liȝt,
Op-on is rugge huy sounguen : heore massene echon;*. [MS. echone]
And euere*. [MS. eueuere] houede þis muche fichs : stille so eny ston.
Þo heore resurrection was : with gret honour i-do
     381
And þis Monekus hadden i-songue : heore Massene al-so,
A-boute onderne of þe daye : to þe schipe huy heom nome, [folio 106b]
And to þe foulene parays : þat ilke day huy come.
     384
Þo þis foules i-seiȝen heom come : huy gonne singue ech-one
Aȝenest heom with gret melodie : ase it were for þenone.
Þe foul þat spac with [heom] er : a-ȝein hem*. [orig. him] sone he drouȝ—
þe drem of is winguene murie was— : he welcomede heom faire ynouȝ.
     388
"Ȝe Auȝten," he seide, "ore louerd crist : þonky mid þe beste,
Þat porueiez ou þeos four studes : to habben on ouwer reste :
With ouwer guode procratour : ouwer maunde for-to do,
And sethþe ouwer resurrection : ope þe fisches rugge al-so,
     392
And sethþe with us þis eiȝte wokes : a-non to witsonen-day,
And fram Mide-winter to candele-masse : In þe yle of Abbey.*. [MS. Aylbey]
In þe se [of] Occean : in gret peril ȝe schullen i-wende
In trauail al þat oþur tyme : for-to þe seuen ȝeres ende :
     396
And sethþe þat lond of bi-heste : god wole þat ȝe i-seon,
And fourti [dawes] sethþe þar-inne : In ioyȝe ȝe schullen beon.
And to þe contreye þat ȝe beoz of : sethþe ȝe schullen i-wende
With-oute trauail al aisieliche : and þare ower lif ende."
     400
Þis holi men bi-lefden þare : for-to þe trinite :
heore procratour to hem cam : and*. [al. þat] was euere in plente,
he brouȝte heom mete and drinke i-nouȝ : ase he hadde er i-do,
And chargede heore schip þere-with : and let heom wenden so.
     404
Þis holie men wenden forth : ase god heom wolde sende—
For godes grace was with heom : þe betere huy miȝten wenden.—
Al-so huy wenden In a tyme : In strong tempeste j-nouȝ,*. [Pissis mala.]Page  231
A gret fisch huy seiȝen and grislich : after þe schipe he drouȝ;
     408
brenninde fom out of is mouth : after heom he caste,
Þat water was herre þane heore schip : bi-fore heom at eche blaste;
he cam wolchi after ase an hous : and porsiwede heom so faste;
     411
So*. [al. so faste] he schef with is breostene : þe Monekes weren a-gaste,
And criden ȝeorne on seint brendan : and on ore louerd al-so.
After heore schip so swyþe he schef : þat he cam al-mest þer-to.
And þo he heom hadde al-mest ouer-take : [&] huy ne tolden nouȝt of hore liue,
An oþur fisch out of þe west : þare cam swymme bliue,
     416
he gan i-mete þis luþere fisch : and smot to him faste,
Þat he for-clef is foule bouk : in þre partyes atþe laste;
Þat ilke*. [al. & þane] wey þat he cam er : wel euene a-ȝein he drouȝ.
Þis monekes þonkeden iesu crist : and weren [gladde]*. [added later; al. ioyful] ynouȝ.—
     420
Longue*. [al. So longe] wenden þis gode men : in þe se forth so,
Þat huy weren of-hongred sore : and heore mete was al i-do.
*. [Auis paradisi.]Þo cam þare fleo a luytel foul : and brouȝte a gret bouȝ
Fol of grapus swyþe rede : and euene to heom he drouȝ.*. [A v. om.: þis grapes he tok s. brendan : þis gode man som|del louȝ.]
Þare-bi heo liueden fourtene niȝt : and hadden mete i-nouȝ.
Þo þis grapes weren i-don alle : of-hongrede huy weren sore :
     426
bi þone side huy i-seiȝen an yle : and mete þar-inne more.
Þe yle was ful of faire treon : and so ful was euerech bouȝ [folio 107]
Of swuche grapes ase huy hadden er : þat on þe grounde it drouȝ.
Seint brendan wende op of þis schip : þe grapes he nam faste
     430
And bar into þe schipe, to libbe þer-bi : þat fourti dawes it*. [al. i-laste] laste.—
Sone þare cam a gryp fleoinde : after heom in þe se
And a-saillede heom in heore schip : and fondede heom to sle.
     433
Þis Monekes criden deolfolliche : and tolden luyte of heore lyue.
Þo iseiȝen huy come þat luytel foul : toward hem wel bliue
Þat heom*. [al. om.] in foulene parays : so ofte heom hadde irad.
Þo seint brendan i-saiȝ him*. [MS. heom] come : he nas nouȝt a luytel glad.
     437
Þis luytel [foul]*. [added later.] smot to þis gryp : and nam is dunt so heiȝe
And at þe furste dunte : he smot out eyþur eyȝen;
Sone he a-slouȝ þis luþere best : þat he fel doun in-to þe se—
     440
Þing þat god wole habbe i-wust : ne schal it no wiȝt*. [orig. man, al. þing] sle.—
Þis holie Men wenden in þe se : a-boute here and þere : Page  232
In on of þe four studes : þe heyȝe festes huy were.
In a seint peteres day : gret feste huy maden with heore tounge
     444
And swiþe murie of seint peter : In þe se huy sounge.
In a stude of þe se : so cler þe se huy founde,
A-boute heo i-seiȝen in eche side : clerliche to þe grounde :
heom þouȝte þe ground was on eche half*. [al. iheled was] : with fisch al on hepe.
Þis Monekes beden seint brendan : þat he softe speke,
     449
So þat he ne a-weiȝte nouȝt þe fisches : laste huy heore schip breke.
Alle þe fisches leiȝen stille : ase þei heo weren a-slepe.*. [This v. follows after 448 in the other MSS.]
"beo ȝe a-ferde?" quath seint brendan : "ȝwarof beo ȝe a-drad?
     452
Opon þe maisteres rugge of alle fisches : ȝe habbez i-beon wel glad
And fuyr i-maked op-on is rugge : and doth fram ȝere to ȝere!"
Þis holie Man þe luddere song : for þes ones*. [al. þen one] ase þei it were.
Þe fisches sturten op with þis song : ase þei huy a-woken a-slepe,
And comen a-boute þis monekes : alle to one hepe;
     457
So þicke huy floten bi eche side : no water man ne i-seiȝ,*. [MS. sạeiȝ]
And bi-setten þat schip al-a-boute : Ake no water*. [al. ac hi] ne cam þare neiȝ.
So þicke huy weren a-boute þis schip : And euere syweden it so,
     460
Þe ȝwyle brendan is Masse song : for-to heo was al ido;
And þo þe Masse was al*. [MS. all] ido : ech fisch wende in is ende—
Muche ȝwounder man may i-seo : þat wide wole i-wende.—
Þe wynd was boþe strong and stif : and drof heore schip so faste;
Al-so feor ase heo miȝten seue-nyȝt wenden : þat clere water i-laste,
þat heo iseiȝen in þe se : ase clerliche ase huy miȝten a-londe—
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gret wonder hadden þis gode Men : and þonkeden godes sonde.
Þo cam sone a souþerne wynd : and northþe-ward drof heom faste;
Riȝt euene with heom he was : and eiȝte dawes he laste.
     469
Þo i-seiȝen huy feor in þe north : a lond deork i-nouȝ,
Smoke stynkinde foule*. [al. smokie as it smythes were] : and þuder-ward heore schip drouȝ.
Þo i-heorden heo gret blowynge : of manie beolies þere
     472
And gret betynge and noyse i-nouȝ : þondre ase þei it were. [folio 107b]
þo was brendan sori j-nouȝ : and blessede him wel faste.
Þo cam þare out a luþer wyȝt : ful Atelich ate laste,
Þoru-out swart and brenninde— : ope heom is eiȝene he caste
     476
And tornede him anon a-ȝen— : þis Monekes weren a-gaste. Page  233
Þat luþere wiȝt ȝaf a cri : þat Men miȝten i-heore him wide.
Þo come þare out swuche schrewes mo : þicke on eche side,
     479
With tongen*. [orig. tongene] and with hameres : brenninde mani on;
Op-on þe watere heo ornen faste*. [al. To þe brimme h. o. of þe se] : After þat schip ech-on.
þo huy ne miȝten þare-neiȝ come : huy gounnen to ȝeolle faste,
heore hameres al brenninde : after þis men huy casten,
     483
Þat men ne miȝten no-þing bote fuyr : noþer iseo ne huyre;*. [MS. hẹuyre]
Þe se was brenninde al-a-brod : ase þei heo were a-fuyre.
euer-ech caste is owel op oþur : and some huy þrewen an heiȝ,
huy þrewen alle a-boute þat schip : ake non ne cam þare-neiȝ.
     487
Ate laste heo torneden alle aȝein : þo huy ne spedden nouȝt þere,
And al þat lond þouȝte of heom : a-fuyre ase þei it were,
And al þe se þare a-boute : barnde and smokede faste—
Strong was þe stunch and þe smoke : and longe, i-wis, it laste.
     491
Þo þe smoke*. [al. monekes] was sum-del feor : þat heo ne iseiȝen non more,
Ȝeot heo i-heorden heore ȝeollinge : þe þeoues weopen sore.
"hou þinchez ou," quath brendan : "was þis a murie pas?
     494
We nellez non-more come þare-neiȝ— : þat on ende of helle it was,
And þe feondes hopeden suyþe wel : habbe i-haued a wel god cas;
Ake i-hered beo swete ihesu crist : huy casten Aumbes as!"—
     497
Þe souþerne wind laste ȝuyt : and ȝuyt drof heom forth.
So þat huy i-seiȝen ane hul : wel feor in þe north,
glowinde and brenninde smoke : gret stunch so was þere;
     500
Þe leiȝe stod op an heiȝ : ase þei it a wal were;
Ȝif þare was muche in þat oþur stude : þare was ȝeot wel more.
On of þe monekes þo bi-gan : to weope and ȝeollen sore :
For is tyme was þo i-come : he ne miȝte no leng bi-leue.
     504
he hupte out of þat schip : and amidde þe se he gan weue
And orn faste op-on þe watere : to-ward þat ilke fuyre.
he cride ȝeorne and ȝal deolfulliche : þat gret deol it was to huyre;
"Alas," he seide, "mi wrechche lijf! : for nou i seo min ende.
     508
In ioye ich habbe with ou i-beo : ake i-ne may nouȝt aȝen wende.
A-corsed beo þat me bar : and þe tyme þat ich was i-bore,
And þe fader þat me bi-ȝat! : for ich am nouþe for-lore."
Þe feondes comen him a-ȝein : and nomen þat wrechche faste
     512
And defouleden him stronge Inouȝ : and a-midde þe fuyre him caste. Page  234
Þo fond he soth þat seint brendan : seide, þo he out wende :
him failede grace, hou-so it was : his sunnes for-to a-mende.—
So faste barnde þe Montayne : þat no-þing huy ne i-seiȝe,
     516
Þe ȝuyt heo weren feor þare-fram : no-þing bote leyȝe.
Þo tornede þe wynd in-to þe North : and drof heom south-ward faste, [folio 108]
In þulke side stronge Inouȝ : þat seuen-Niȝt fulle he laste.
So longe huy wenden euene south : þat huy i-seiȝen at þen ende*. [Judas.]
     520
One harde roche In þe se : and þe se þare-ouer wende;
Þare-ouer þe se caste i-lome : and ofte he was bar.
Ant þo heo comen þe roche neiȝ : of a gost heo weren i-war :
heo i-seiȝe on-ouewarde þe roche sitte : ȝwane þe se with-drouȝ,
     524
A wrechche gost, naked and bar : in stronge meseise j-nouȝ;
A-boue him was a cloth i-tild*. [al. teid] : with tweie tonguene faste,
to is chin tilde þe neoþer ende— : þe wynd it wide caste,
Þat euere ȝwane þat water him with-drouȝ : þat cloth, þat heng heiȝe,
     528
beot him,*. [al. om.] ase þe wynd him blevȝ : þat wrechche gost*. [al. om.] in þen eiȝe;
Þe wawes of þe se beoten also : bi-fore and bi-hynde—
A ȝeomerore gost þane he was : ne miȝte no man finde.
Seint Brendan him bad a-godes name : telle ȝwat he were
     532
And ȝwat he hadde ore louerd mis-don : and ȝwi he sete þere.
"Ich am," he seide, "a deolful gost : ich hote wrechche Iudas,
Þat ore louerd for panewes solde : and on eorþe with him was.
Þis nis nouȝt mi riȝte stude : ake ore louerd doth me grace
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to habben mi parays : here in þis place,
For no guodnesse þat ich dude : bote ore louerdes ore.
I-ne habbe nouȝt so muche pine : þat ich nere wurþe more.
For in þe brennynde hulle : þat ech of eov i-saiȝ,
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Mi riȝte is to brennen Inne : boþe nyȝt and dayȝ;
Þare ich was þis ȝeondere daiȝ : þo ower broþer þudere cam
And was into pine i-lad : and þare hadde is dom.
Þare-fore helle was so glad*. [orig. gled] : and makede so grete leiȝe,
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For þat he was þudere i-come : and so neiȝ him*. [al. þat ȝe so ver] i-seiȝe—
So huy doz ȝwane ani soule : is formest þudere i-come.
Þoruȝ godes heiȝe milce : þare-fram ich am i-nome :
For here ich am euer-ech sonenday : and fram saterdayȝes eue Page  235
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For-to euen-song tyme þane sonenday : here i schal bi-leue;
Ant at Midewinter al-so : for-to twelfte-dai beo ido,
Ant fram þe bi-guynninge of estur : þat ȝwit-sonenday come, al-so,
Ant al-so at ore lauedi festes— : so ful of milce heo is;
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Ake alle oþure tymene : In helle ich am, i-wis,
With pilatus. ant with heoroudus : and al-so with*. [al. Anne and] cayphas—
A-corsed beo þe tyme : þat ich i-boren was!
Ich bidde þe for þe loue of god : fonde on alle wise
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For-to bi-leuen*. [al. þat ich bileue] here al þis*. [al. niȝt] : þat þe sonne a-rise,
And þat ȝe wyten me fram þe feondes : þat sone comieth aftur me."
Seint Brendan seide, "þoruȝ godes grace : we schullen schilde þe.
tel me nouþe ȝwat is þat cloth : þat so heiȝe hanguth her*. [orig. here]."
"Þo ich was on eorþe : and godes panewes ber,
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Þis cloth ich ȝaf a musel : and min owene it nas nouȝt,
For it was with ore louerdes panes : ant mine felawes i-bouȝt. [folio 108b]
Ant for ich it ȝaf for godes loue : nouþe it is me bi-fore—
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So luyte ne schal man for him do : þat schulle beo i-lore.
For it was of oþur mannes : ase ich me under-stod,
Þei it hangy bi-fore me : it doth me more harm þane guod :
In mine eiȝene it bat sore : ant doth hem harm i-nouȝ."—
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Man mai i-seo ȝwuch it is : to ȝyuen oþur mannes þing with wouȝ;
As wollez manie of þis riche men : with onriȝte al day take
Of pouere men here ant þer : and almesse þar-of make.
Þat heo doth for godes loue : ne schal nouȝt beo for-ȝite,
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Ake to pine it heom turne schal : ant þat huy schullen i-wite!—
"Þe tonguene al-so," quath Iudas : "þat ȝe so heiȝe i-seoth,
tweye preostes ich ȝaf on eorþe : and þare-fore here heo beoth—
For man schal clanliche ech þing finde : þat he doth for is loue.
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Þe ston þat ich op-on sitte : and makez me sitte a-boue,
In one weiȝe ich hyne fond : þare non neode nas no ston :
In a fenni dich ich it caste : þat men miȝten þare-ouer gon.
Fewe goddedes ich haue i-don : of ȝwan ich nouþe may telle;
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Nis non so luyte þat man ne may fynde : in heuene oþur in helle."
Þo it was .eue. þe sonenday : þe feondes comen blaste,
For-to leden to helle þat sori gost— : huy weopen ant ȝollen faste. Page  236
"Wend heonne," heo seiden, "þou gode*. [al. godes] man : þou nast nouȝt here to done;
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Lat us habbe ore felawe : ant to helle leden him sone :
For we ne dorren ore mayster i-seo : are we him*. [MS. him him] habben i-brouȝt.
Þou wend fram him, for it is tyme : and ne lete us nouȝt!"
"Ich ne lette ov nouȝt," quath seint brendan : "to don ouwer mester,
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Ake doth ore louerd iesu crist : þat is of more pouwer."
"hou darst þou," þe feon[des] seide : "bi-fore him nemme is name?
Ne bi-trayde he him and solde him al-so : to deþe with grete schame?"
Seint Brendan seide, "in his name : ich hote ov, ase ich may,
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Þat ȝe ne derien him to-nyȝt : are to-morewe þat hit beo day."
Reuliche þe feondes ȝollen þo : ant hamward gonne fleo.
Iudas þonkede reufolliche : þat it was deol to seo.
A-morewe, a-non so þat it was day : þe feondes comen blaste.
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Grysliche heo ȝollen ant weopen : ant gonnen to chide faste.
"A-wey," huy seiden, "gode man! : a-corsed beo þe stounde
Þat þou come here us so neiȝ : and þat we þe here founde :
Ore Maister us haueth i-pyned : bitterliche al þis nyȝt
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Ant swyþe strongue, for we ne brouȝten : with us þis sorie wiȝt.
Ake we wollez þeos six dawes : doubli al is wo
And so we wollez a-wreken us : for on him-sulf it schal go!"
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Þat wrechche gost quakede þo : þat reuþe it was to seo oþur telle.
Þe fendes nomen þo þis gost : ant ladden in-to helle;
Ant seint Brendan hem for-bed : In ore louerdes name
Þat heo ne scholden for þat nyȝt : don him þe more schame.—
Seint Brendan and is Monekus : In þe se forth wende [folio 109]
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Þre dawes euene south : ase ore louerd hem grace*. [al. om.] sende.
Þe feorþe dai heo i-seiȝen ane yle : albi souþe an heiȝ.
Seint Brendan siȝte sore : þo he þat [yle] i-seiȝ.
"Powel þe heremite : is in þe yle þat ich i-seo,
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here he haueth with-oute mete : fourti ȝer i-beo."
Þo heo comen to þis yle : heo wenden in ech-on.
Þis heremite, þat was so old man : a-ȝein hem cam a-non.
his her tilde doun to is fet : of berde and of heued,
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and helede is bodi al-a-boute— : riȝt nouȝt þare nas bar bi-leued; Page  237
None oþur cloþes nadde he on : is limes weren al hore.
Brendan stod and bi-heold : and weop swiþe sore,*. [A v. om.: Alas, he sede, ichabbe so ȝare: in stude of monek ibe,]
"And nouþe In liue of Aungele : ane man ich i-seo."
"beo stille," quath þe hermite : "for god doth wel bi þe;
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For he schewez þe more þane ani oþur : of is priuete.
For a Monek liuez muche : bi swunche of mannes*. [al. is owe] honde,
Ant þou liuest bi godes grace : ant þoruȝ is owene sonde.
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In þe Abbeye of seint paterich : Monek ich was, i-wis
And of is churche a wardein : þare is purgatorie is.
A day þare cam a man to me : ich eschte him ȝwat he were.
he seide, 'ich am þin Abbot : ne haue of me no fere.'
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'Non oþur man þane seint paterik : min Abbot nis,' ich sede.
'Ich it am,' quath he a-ȝein : 'ne haue of me no drede.
to-morewe,' he seide, 'ȝwane it is day : to þe se þou most i-wende :
Al-ȝare þou schalt finde a schip : þat god þe wole sende;
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Ant do þe forth in þe se : in þine schipe wide :
hit wole þe lede to þe stude : þare þou schalt a-bide.'
Sone morewe ich oup a-ros : to don is holie bone :
And þo ich cam to þe se : þat schip ich fond wel sone.
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Mid me ich bad*. [r. let] þat schip i-worþe : wel euene forth it wende.
Þe seuenþe dai to þis yle : ore louerd me hydere sende.
Þo ich was out of þat schip : þane wei a-non ich*. [al. aȝen it] nam
Riȝt euene þoruȝ godes grace : so þat ich*. [al. riȝt as it] hidere cam.
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Elinge ich ȝeode here al one : confort nad-ich non :
So þat on is hindore fet : An .Otur. þare cam gon,
Bi-twene is forþere fet he brouȝte : a fuyr-Ire ant a ston,
Þare-with to smite me fuyr : and fisch he brouȝte sethþe guod won.
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Þis [otur] wende sone a-ȝein. : ich makede me fuyr faste
Ant seth me fisch a-godes name— : þre dayes it i-laste.
So þat euere þene þridde day : þis .Otur. to me drouȝ
And brouȝte me mete, þat ich hadde : þre dawes þar-on i-nouȝ.
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Watur of þis harde stone : þoruȝ ore louerdes sonde
Þare sprong out of eche daye*. [al. ech sonedai] : to drinke and wasche min honde.
Þis welle bi-gan furst hire to schewen : þat þou miȝt i-seo,
here*. [al. þo] ich hadde*. [MS. habbe] þritti winter : In swuche liue i-beo;*. [both vv. are transp. in other MS.]Page  238
bi þis welle ich habbe I-leoued : fourti ȝer and on,
And fifti ȝer ich was old : are ich gan hidere gon; [folio 109b]
So þat of an hondred ȝer : and twenti ȝer þare-to
Ich am nouþe bi þis time— : ore louerd is wille bi me do.
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And mi deth ich a-bide here : ȝwane god it wole sende,
Ȝwanne mi louerd wole þat ich come to him : and of þis world i-wende.
Ake nim with þe of þis watur : þat þou hast neode to,
And wiend þe forth in þe se : for þi wei nis nouȝt al i-do.
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For þou schalt ȝeot in þe se : fourti dawes fare,
And þanne þou schalt þine Ester holde : ase þou hast i-don are,
And fram þanne þou schalt wiende forth : to þe londe of bi-heste
And þare þou schalt fourti dawes : bi-leuen atþe leste,
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And to þin owene londe aȝein : þou schalt wiende so."
Þis guode men with deol i-nouȝ : þus de-parteden a-two.—
Þis holie men wenden hem forth : in tempeste*. [al. in þe se] wel faste,
Fourti dawes euene south : þe ȝwile þat leinte i-laste.
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to heore guode procratour : an ester eue huy come.
With heom he made ioie i-nouȝ : ase he dude er i-lome.
he ladde heom to þis grete fisch. : þudere huy comen an eue;
Þe Ester niȝt for-to a-moruwe : þare huy gounne bi-leue;
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Þare huy songuen heore matynes : and heore masse al-so.
Þe fisch bi-gan to meouen him : þo þe masse was al i-do,
And bar þis Monekes forth with him : And swam swiþe faste
In þe se wel stuyrneliche— : þe monekes weren a-gaste.
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A wonder þing it was to seo : ho-so it hadde i-seiȝe,
A so gret best a-boute wiende : ase it were a gret contreie!
Riȝt to foulene parais : þis monekes he ladde ech-on,
And sette heom up hole and sounde : and wende a-ȝein a-non.
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Þis monekes, þo huy þudere comen : wel glade and bliþe huy were.
For-to aftur þe trinite : huy bi-lefden þere.
For heore guode procuratour : þulke tyme brouȝte heom mete and drink i-nouȝ,
Ase he hadde er ido— : into heore schip he it drouȝ,
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And al-so he wende forth with heom : ȝwodere-so god heom sende.
Riȝt euene toward þe est : fourti dayes huy wende. Page  239
Þo þe fourti daiȝes weren a-gon : hit gan to hauli faste;
A wel deork mijst þare com al-so : þat swiþe longue i-laste.
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"beoth glade," seide þis procuratour : "and makiez grete feste,
For ichot wel þat ȝe beoth : in*. [al. nei] þe londe of bi-heste."
Þo huy comen out of þis Mijst : and miȝten a-boute i-seo,
In*. [al. vnder] þe faireste lond huy weren : þat euere miȝte beo.
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So cler and so liȝt it was : þat Ioye þare was I-nouȝ;
Treon þare weren fulle of fruyt : wel þicke euer-ech bouȝ.
Þicke it was i-set with treon : þe treon wel faire were,*. [al. & þe treon þicke bere]
Þe Applene weren ripe inouȝ : riȝt ase it heruest were.
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Fourti dawes in þis londe : a-boute huy gounne i-wiende,
In none half huy ne miȝten finde : of þis lond non ende. [folio 110]
hit was euere-more day : heom þouȝte, and neuere-more nyȝt,
huy ne founden in none stude : neuere so muche liȝt;
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Þe eyr was euere in o stat : naþur to hot ne to cold—
Ȝwat [ioie] huy þere founden : ne may neuere beon i-told.
So þat huy comen to a fair watur. : huy nolden nouȝt ouer i-wiende.*. [A v. om.: Ac ouer hi miȝte þe lond ise : vair wiþ-outen ende.]
Þo cam to heom a ȝonglich man : swiþe fair and hiende,
     704
Fairore ne miȝte neuere non beo : ase god him gan þare*. [MS. þure] siende.
he wel-comede euerech bi is name : and custe heom ech-on,
Faire he honourede seint Brendan : and on is hond him nam a-non.
"Lo," he seide, "here þe lond : þat ȝe habbez i-souȝt so wide.
     708
For ore louerd nele nouȝt : þat ȝe here-Inne longue þus a-bide,
Ake ȝe schullen in þe se : is priuetez i-seo,*. [These vv. are corrupt.]
Chargiez ower schip with of þis fruyt : for ȝe ne mouwen no leng here beo."
to seint Brendan he seide And spak : þis ȝounge man fair and hende :*. [This v. al. om.]
     712
"Þou most to þin owene lond : a-ȝeinward a-non i-wiende :
For þou schalt sone out of þis world : þi lijf is neiȝ atþende.
Þis watur þat ȝe here i-seoth : delez þis world a-two;
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Þeos half ou þinchez fair i-novȝ : and bi-ȝeonde half al-so.
Ȝe ne mouwen nouȝt comen a-ȝend*. [MS. ȝende] half : for it*. [is] nis nouȝt riȝt.
Ake þis fruyt is euere i-liche ripe : and þis lond i-liche briȝt.
And ȝwane ore louerd eche-manere men : to him haueth i-drawe Page  240
And ȝwane alle-manere men knowez him : and vnder-stondez is lawe,
Þat lond he wole þanne schewe : toward þe worldes ende
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heom þat beth to him i-core : are huy heonnes i-wiende."
Seint Brendan a[n]d is Monekes : of þis fruyt token faste,
And of preciouse stones al-so : and into hore schipe it caste;
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And faire and wel heore leue nomen : þo al þis was i-do,
And with wop and sor and deol i-nov : departeden a-two;
And wenden hamward in þe se : ase ore louerd heom sende.
Wel sonere, ich wot, hom huy come : þane huy outward wende.
     728
heore breþren, þo huy comen hom : Ioyfule weren i-nouȝ.
Seint Brendan, þe holie man : sone to deþe drouȝ—
For neueref[t] aftur þulke tyme : of þe world he ne rouȝte,
Bote as a man of an oþur worlde : and ase he were in þouȝte—
     732
And deide sone in yrlaunde : aftur þulke stounde.
Mani fair miracle men habbez sethþe : for him þare i-founde;
And a fair Abbeie þare is a-re[r]d : ase is bodi was i-do.
God bringue us to þulke Ioye : þat is soule wende to. AmeN.*. [[Fol. 110 b is left vacant.]]
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