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.

47 [Clement.] [folio 141]

SEint Clement was I-bore at Rome : I-furn bi olde dawe.
Of þe hexte men he was i-come : þa[t] weren in þulke lawe.
his Moder hiet Macidiane : his fader Faustinian.
Twei breþren he hadde, eldore þane he : heore namen ich telle kan :
Þat on hiet Faust, þat oþur Faustyn : twynnes boþe huy were;
Fader and moder weren glade of heom : þat heom bi-ȝete and bere.
Swiþe fair womman heore Moder*. [added later.] was : þe faireste þat Men wuste;
hire louerd heo louede treweliche— : non-oþur of heom men nuste. Page  323
For hire fair-hede hire louerdes broþer : fondede with al*. [overlined.] is miȝte
To bringue hire in fole loue : bi daiȝe and eke bi nyȝte.
Þis guode womman was*. [MS. wast] studefast : he nolde nouȝt don is wille;
Ake euere Ansuerede him fayre i-nov : and bar hire faire and stille.
he of-souȝte hire so swiþe : þat no pais heo nadde.
heo nust[e] ȝwat was hire beste red : ake sore of him heo dradde,
And þouȝte ȝif heo tolde hire louerd fore : þat he wolde beo wroth
And þe more hatie is broþer— : þat were hire swiþe loth.
heo þouȝte hou heo miȝte on take : þat heo ane ȝwyle nere
Ovt of is siȝte in oþur stude : þat heo fur-ȝite were.
heo hire bi-þouȝte of one quoyntise : þat to hire louerd heo seide.*. [MS. leide?]
A niȝt In hire bed heo bi-gan to sike : ase þei heo of slepe a-breyde :
"A, sire," heo seide, "merci, þin ore! : ich am in grete drede :
An hard metingue me hath i-mat : I-not ȝwat me is to rede :
Me þouȝte þat on of ovre godes : cam here bi-fore þe
And hiet me greiþi hastifueliche : mine twei sones and me
And wiende with hem and wonie : feor In an oþur londe,
For-to ich oþur*. [MS. oþur oþur] heste hadde : of him oþur is sonde;
And bote ȝif ich sone dude so : he swor with grete oþe,
To luþere deþe he wolde do : us and ore children boþe.
Þare-fore, sire, bi-þench þe wel : ȝwat þar-of þov wolt rede :
For bote it beo sone ido : for-soþe we beoth dede."
Þis guode Man*. [overlined.] lai in grete care : And þene deth sore he dradde,
bi-þouȝte him strete In swuche neode : þene beste red he radde :
"Dame," he seide, "ȝwane it is so : to schilden us fram care
Þov schalt nime þine twei sones : a[n] to*. [MS. ato] Atenes fare.
Þov schalt habbe with þe men I-nowe : And tresor al-so.
Þov schalt, ȝwane þou þudere comest : þine sones to lore do,
Þat huy leornien of clergie. : and ȝwan ore god þe sent tokningue
For-to comen hom a-ȝein : þov schalt heom with þe bringue."
Glad was þo þis guode wijf : of þat leoue rede.
heo greiþede hire and wende forth : ase hire louerd sede :
heo gan hire twei sones : toward atenes lede.
Ake seint clement athom with is fader : bi-lefde, for ȝong-hede,
For he was onneþes fif ȝer old : and for þat he scholde beo
his fader solas, and*. [al. om.] for he nadde : bote childrene þreo.— Page  324
Þo þis guode wijf was forth i-went : and hire louerdes broþer it wuste
Þat hire louede in fole loue : no red þar-of he nuste;
¶ For wrathþe to is broþur he seide : "sire, hov geth þis?
Is þi wijf fram þe I-went? : heo is strong hore, i-wis.
heo haueth me wel longue i-loued : ne*. [r. no] leng hele ich ne may,
And to bringue me in fole dede : heo fonde[de]*. [MS. fonde] niȝt and day;
Onneþe ich me miȝte with hire wite : for, siker, i-nolde it do,
For sunne, ne for þe loue of þe : ne for mi treovnesse al-so.
Anon so heo it onder-ȝat : þat i-nolde don hire wille,
On of þine hynene heo louede : In folie wel stille,
Þat hath bi hire wel ofte i-leie. : ake, þat þov it ne onder-ȝete,
heo þouȝte hov heo miȝte with him beo— : for heo nolde him nouȝt lete :
Þare-fore heo þouȝte ane feolle wrench : of wommanes kuynde lore,
And is i-go with hire copiner : þov ne sixt hire nonmore.
For ofte men seggez, and soth it is : þat þis wommen beoth
Feolle and false, and þat*. [al. om.] me for-þinchez : þat we þe soþe i-seoth."
Sori was þis guode Man : þo he heorde þis,
Þat his wijf, þat he louede muche : scholde so don a-mis,
Ant þat heo was so fram him i-went : and þat heo ne bi-lefde bi-hinde
his sones, þat him so leoue weren : ne he nuste ȝware heom finde.
After he wolde habbe i-went : ake he ne dorste for care
Of cleme[n]te, is ȝongue sone : laste he scholde for-fare.*. [al. 2 vv. more.]—
Forth wende þis wijf with hire sones : ase god hire wolde sende.
In scipe heo dude hire in þe se : in-to an oþur londe to wende. [folio 142]
A-midde þe se a-ȝein ane roche : þat schip bi-gan to glide,
Þat it alto-drof, and huy fullen out : euer-ech in is side.
A wawe þare cam of þe se : þoru ore louerdes sonde,
And caste þis guode wijf al quik : a-non-riȝt to þe londe.
A-non so heo was up i-cast : and to hire riȝte witte cam,
And miste hire twei leoue sones : gret deol to hire heo nam;
Into þe se heo wolde habbe i-lope : hire-seolf for-to a-drenche,
Ȝif it nadde i-beo for grete hope : of þing þat heo gan þenche :
Þat þe se wolde some tyme : hire sones to londe caste—
For men seggez heo wole ech ded þing : weorpen up atþe laste;
hadde heo enes heore bodies i-seiȝe : hire þouȝte þat heo ne rouȝte. Page  325
Wide and longue heo ȝeode a-boute : and heore bodies souȝte.
Þo heo ne miȝte heom finde : heo ȝal and weop ful sore,
heo drovȝ of hire tressene and caste a-wei : for heo ne hopede to heom nonmore,
hire hondene heo wrong and to-gnovȝ : þat flesch, riȝt to þe bone,
And al-to-gnovȝ þe senewes : and made ful sori mone.
heo orn ase heo witles were : a-boute in-to al þe londe.
Wimmen*. [MS. wumnen] hadden of hire gret revþe : þat heo to*. [al. om.]-gnov so hire honde,
And fondeden ȝeorne to conforti hire : ake huy alle ne miȝten make
Þat heo wolde into hire heorte : ani gladnesse take.
Into a wommanes hous heo cam : þat longue was bedrede,
Þat gret revþe hadde þo heo i-heorde : hire so weope and grede :
heo confortede hire, ȝwat so heo miȝte : and made hire bi-leue
with hire aldai, with glad semblaunt : for-to it was neiȝ eue.
So heo confortede þis guode wijf : þat heo bi-lefte þare at*. [at superscr.] Inne,
Mid*. [MS. And, al. And mid] weorke of hire hondene : hire liflode for*. [al. gan]-to winne,
With spinningue and with sevwyngue : þat heo wel couþe do;
Þare-with heo fedde hire swiþe wel : and hire ostesse al-so.
Sone þare-after þe senewes : of hire hondene bi-gonne to schrinke,
For heo heom hadde er so for-gnawe— : þat heo ne miȝte non-more swinke;
So þat heo ne miȝte i-welde : noþur Arm ne honde
to pulte enes mete to hire mouth : ase hit was godes sonde.
Þat deol þat heo made [þo] : no tongue it telle may.
"Alas," heo seide, "þus longue i-leoued : and þat ich euere a-bod þis day!
For more sorewe þane me is on : neuere womman ne hadde.
Þe Ioye of mi louerd furst i for-les : for sunne þat ich dradde,
And bi-lefde clement mi ȝongue : þat me was so leof, i-wis;
And sethþe les mine tweie sones in þe se : þat weren al mi blis;
And al one fram mine freond : þus feor in one-couþe londe
Mit deol and soruwe ich habbe i-leoued : þoruȝ swunch of mine honde :
Novþe mine hondene me beoth bi-nome : þat I-ne may heom enes wawe.
Alas, þus longue in care i-leoued : þat i-nere i-brouȝt of lijf-dawe!" Page  326
Þat deol þat heo made : revþe it was to telle;
Ofte heo was ope þe pointe : hire-sulf for-to a-quelle.
[folio 142b] Fram dore to dore hire mete heo bad : and with þat he miȝte I-winne,
heo fedde hire-sulf and hire hostesse : ȝwane heo cam to hire Inne.—
HIre louerd athom aftur hire : of-longet was wel sore,
And sente men to sechen hire : ake huy ne comen a-ȝein nonmore.
Oþere he sente into al þat lond : and þo huy hadden longue i-souȝt,
huy comen a-ȝein and tolden him : þat huy ne miȝten hire finde nouȝt.
Þo gan he Clement, is ȝongue sone : In-to guode warde take,
And wend him-sulf into al þat lond : forto sechen is make.
he ne cam neuer-eft hom a-ȝein— : wel wide he hire souȝte,
And ȝeode a-boute and bad is mete : þat of is lijf he ne rouȝte.
¶ Twenti ȝer he bad is mete : and is wijf ȝeot wel mo.
he ful into feblesse of elde : þat vnneþe he miȝte go.*. [al. 2 vv. more.]
Seint clement, þis ȝongue child : to clergie was i-do;
he i-werth sone a gret clerk : quoynte and guod al-so.
Þoruȝ his clergie him þouȝte : þat heore lawe nas nauȝt:
he wilnede muche to wyten of god : ȝif ani man him hadde i-tauȝt.
HIt bi-feol þat seint Barnabe : Into Rome cam,
And clement hyne heorde a day : prechi of cristinedom:
So þat of þis holie Apostle : he lette him cristni a-non,
And bi-cam þe beste prechur : þat miȝte on eorþe gon.
he heorde telle of seint peter : þat In þe londe of Iudee was:
Are he to him were I-come : glad ne bliþe he nas:
he bi-cam is o desciple : and a-boute with him wende
For-to prechie cristine-dom : þoruȝ wit þat god him sende.
Symon Magus, þe luþere Man : ȝeode in Ane oþur londe,
To prechi aȝein Cristinedom : þoruȝ þe deoueles sonde.
Tweie desciples he hadde with him : þat, þo huy onder-ȝete
Þe falshede þat with him was : huy gonne him sone for-lete;
To seint peter huy wenden a-non : and his desciples bi-come.
glad was seint peter of heom : and þonkede god i-lome.
SEint Clement tolde a day : to seint peter wel stille
hov hit of is freond bi-feol : as it was godes wille,
And al-hov is Moder ȝeode a-wei : with is breþren tweie, Page  327
Þat he wende þat huy a-dronke weren : oþur i-storue bi þe weie,
And hov is fader wende to sechen heom : þo he ne saiȝ oþur red;
And [he]*. [om.] wende þat he were a-dreint : oþur for deole ded;
And hov frendles he was op i-brouȝt : Into*. [al. & to] swyche lore.
Þo seint peter i-heorde þis : he gan to weope sore.—
Ase seint petur ȝeode a dai : prechinde ouer lond,
Ane womman, þat him þouȝte gent and freo : In grete miseise he fond,
Ȝware heo ȝeode and bad hire mete. : he Axede hire a-non
Ȝwy heo ne miȝte hire mete I-winne : and ȝwy heo wolde so gon.
ÞIs womman seide, "swuch day was : Ich couþe minne mete I|winne,
Ake nouþe mine hondene me beoth bi-nome : þat Ine may sevwy ne spinne.
More sorewe þane me is on : neuere nas i-founde;
Alas þat ich nadde me a-dreint : a-wei, þat ilke stounde!" [folio 143]
¶ "Womman," seide seint peter þo : "folliche þov dest telle:
For þe Man þat him-seolfue a-slowe : his soule scholde into helle."
"Sire," heo seide, "wuste ich þe soþe : þat soulene libbe scholde
After þusse liue, I-nolde bi-leue : þat me-seolf a-quelle i-nolde,
Þat Ich miȝte one stounde : mine sones i-seo;
I-ne rouȝte sethþe, þei ich scholde : euer-eft in helle beo.
For mi louerd and mi*. [overlined.] ȝongore sone : ich*. [MS. þat ich] bi-lefte at rome
And wende forth with mine tweie sones : ake þo we in þe se come,
Þat schip brak, and mine leoue sones : ne miȝten neuereft beo i|founde;
Ake me heo caste to londe al quik : allas þulke stounde!
Ine mai for feblesse wende a-ȝein : ne Ine habbe no man þat me lede,
And not ȝweþer mi louerd and mi ȝongue sone : beon quike oþur dede."
"Clement," seide seint peter : "þat min o desciple nouþe is,
Seith þat is fader and is moder : þis cas bi-feollen,*. [al. bifel] i-wis."
Þis womman feol a-don i-swowe : þo heo i-heorde þis.
Þo heo a-ros, heo cride ȝeorne : and weop for Ioie and blis,
And seide, "sire, þat is mi sone. : tech me ȝware he beo!
Ine wilne mi lijf no leng to habbe : bote þat ich him enes i-seo." Page  328
Seint peter seide, "cum forth with me : to him ichulle þe lede.
Ake ne beo þov nouȝt a-knowe to him : erore þane ich þe rede."
he nam þis wommane bi þe hond : and to hire sone hire brouȝte.
Þo seint Clement i-saiȝ him lede ane womman : vuel bi him he þouȝte,
And seide, "nouþe In þine olde liue : woltþou with wommane beo?"
So wroth he was þat vnneþe he wolde : toward him bi-seo.
¶ Þis guode wijf stod bi hire sone : heo ne miȝte for-bere non-more,
heo bi-cluppte him faste and custe a-non : for Ioye heo weop ful sore.
hire hondene þat hire weren bi-nome : anon-riȝt hole huy were,
For Ioye, and for grete vertue : of þe holie men þere.
SEint Clement was wroth with hire : for heo bi-clupte him and custe,*. [MS. clupte]
And in grete wrathþe hire pulte a-wei : and to þe grounde upriȝt þruste.
"Clement," seide seint peter þo : "darstþov þine moder pulte?
Þov cri hire Merci and lat þe schriue : for þine foule gulte!"
"Louerd," seide seint cleme[n]t [þo] : "ȝweþur þis mi moder beo?
Louerd, i-hered beo þi miȝte : þat ich moste þis day i-seo!"
To is moder he ful a-doun : and bi-clupte hire and custe.
Welle, þe Ioye þat þare was : þo eiþur of oþur wuste!
Þis wyf seide, "leoue sone, þin ore : ȝweþur þi fader a-liue beo?"
"Certes, moder," he seide, "i-not : Ine wene neuer-eft him i-seo.
Twenti ȝer it is ago : þat he After þe i-wende,
Þat neuer-eft Ine heorde word of him : ne he ne cam ne sende."
Þis guode wyf bi-gan to weope sore : ake natheles for blisse
Of hire sone þat heo hadde I-founde : hire seoruwe heo gan to lisse.
Euere stoden bi seint peter : his oþere desciples tweie
Þat fram symon Magus weren i-come to him : and ȝeorne bi|heolden beie;
huy i-heorden hou þis guode wyf tolde : to clemente, hire sone, þere, [folio 143b]
hov hire tweie leoue sones : in þe se a-dreinte were.
Þo huy hadden þis tale i-heord : huy weren swiþe glad,
For Ioye huy stoden ase þei huy weren : witlese oþur*. [orig.and] a-mad. Page  329
"louerd," huy seiden, "ȝweþer þis beo soth : þat we i-heorez nouþe telle,
oþur us þinchez ase in metingue : oþur in manere of spelle?"
"hit is soth," seint peter seide : "oþur me þinchez ȝe beoth wode."
huy nusten ȝweþur to beon stille oþur speke : bote ase gydie men huy stode.
¶ "Louerd," huy seiden, "here is ore Moder : þat a-dreint was ase we wende,
I-hered he beo þat hire hath to liue i-brouȝt : And þat hire to us sende!
And þis is Clement, ore ȝongue broþur : þat longue hath i-beo ore fere;
Nuste we neuere er ȝwat he was : are þoruȝ godes grace nouþe here."
Louerd, þe Ioye þat þe[re] was : And þat manie Miȝten i-seo,
bi-twene þe guode wyf and hire sones : þe swete breþren þreo!
ÞIs guode wyf axede hire tweye sones : hov huy to liue come.
"Dame," huy seiden, "ase god it wolde : a bord of þe schype we nome
And þar-on we hienguen, and hit bar us forth : into þe se wel wide.
Marineres us token into heore schipe : ase we floten heom bi-side.
Are huy us hadden to londe i-brouȝt : huy nolden neuere a-fine.
To Ane holie wydewe huy solden us : þat hiet dame Iustine;
Þat us lokede nesche I-novȝ : as þei we hire sones were,
And, god ȝielde it hire! of clergie : heo liet us sone lere.
So þat we beoth nouþe godes desciples : and with his Apostle here.
Ore broþur clement we knoweth nouþe furst : þat ȝare hath i-beon ore fere.
And nouþe we beoth here to-gadere come : we mowen i-seo godes miȝte,
Þat euere wole mannes ȝwyle ȝelde : þat seruez him with riȝte."
Ech man wot wel þat þis I-heorth : þey we ne seggen it i-lome,
gret Ioye bi-twene heom alle was : þo huy to-gadere come.
¶ þis guode wyf heom tolde of hire hostesse : þat Innede hire bi nyȝte,
Þat heo was a guod womman and was bedrade : ȝif huy hire hele miȝten. Page  330
SEint petre hire let fette : and þoruȝ ore louerdes grace
Made hire hol, bi-fore al þat folk : anon in þulke place.—
Ase seint petre prechede a day : he seide in his prechingue
Þat, ho-so seruede ore louerd wel : scholde habbe guod endingue.
¶ Þo stod þare op a swiþe old man : his lockes weren ful hore;
pouere and stoupinde and miseise. : he bi-gan to siken sore.
"gret revþe," he seide, "ich habbe of eov : þat ȝe bi-trayez men so;
Ech man bi-fallez ase his ȝwate is : ȝwat-so he euere do.
¶ For þei a man swyncke and crie on god : and bidde ȝeorne is bede,
him schal bi-falle, guod oþur vuel : ase it is him i-queþe.
Þei mani man beo wis and euere swynke : he ne may neuere bate;
And þei manie don vuele and euere folie : ȝeot he hath guod ȝwate."
¶ Seint petre hiet þe þreo breþren : þat is desciples were,
Despuyti aȝein þis olde man : of þat he tolde þere.
huy stoden and heore [r]esones*. [orig. oresones] seiden : þat ech man scholde a-fongue
After þat he wurche wolde : And elles it were with wrongue; [folio 144]
"For, ho-so nath no guod, ne swinke nele : ne of porueance beo,
Ȝwat-so-euere man beo Iqueþe : he ne may it neuere fleo;*. [r. i-þeo]
And [ho]-so is wys to winne guod : and wel it witie can,
Ȝwat-so-euere is ȝwate beo : he worth riche man.
For ore louerd wole here and elles-ȝware : ȝelden ane mannes seruise
After þat he him-seolf wurche wole : ake aftur ȝwate in none wise."
GRet clerk was þis olde Man : he desputede wel faste
A-ȝein þe þreo breþren with gret reson. : þat playt wel longue laste.
Seint Clement was grettest clerk : þare-fore atþenende
Maister he was, þoruȝ grace : þat ore louerd him wolde sende.
Atþe laste þis olde Man : bi-gan to sike and grone,
And seid[e], "wel, icholde i-leue : ower resones ech-one,
Ȝif I-ne hadde to muche i-fondet : of þinge þat geth bi ȝwate.
Alas þulke soruful tyme : for mi confort cometh to late!
Riche man ich was elles-ȝware : þei ich beo nouþe a wrechche here;
Ich hadde þreo ȝoungue children : and a guod wif þat was mi fere.
Mine tweie sones heo ladde awei : þo we heom hadden al bi-swonke :
Ine heorde neuereft word of heom : Ich wot huy beoth a-dronke.
Alle myne freond and al mi guod : Ich bi-lefte me bi-hynde Page  331
And habbe here i-walke in onkovþe londe : ȝif ich heom miȝte i-fynde.
Mi ȝongeste child ich bi-lefte athom : Ich wene þat he beo ded.
Worse ȝwate nadde neuere man : Inot ȝwat is mi red.
And ich am,*. [overlined.]þare no man me ne knoweth : mid miseise ouer-come;
honguer and chele hath myne leomes : and elde, me bi-nome.
Seggez ov-sulf ȝif ȝe euere I-heorden : Ani so deolful cas!
ho is þat ne may i-leue : þat luþur ȝwate it nas?"
¶ Þo þis þreo breþren hore fader i-knewen : þoruȝ þat he hadde i-sed,
Sturten huy wolden and cussen him. : ake seint petre heom for-bed,
And seide, "ȝif ich bringue bi-fore þe i-hole : þine children and þi wijf,
Woltþov for-hote þine mis-bi-leue : and a-mendi þi lijf
And i-leue þat þing*. [MS. þing þat]comez ase god wole : and no-þing after ȝwate?"
"Ȝe, sire," seide þis olde man : "Ake þat worth so wel late.
Also ase it neuere ne worth : þat ich i-seo heom alle,
And*. [al. om.]so ne worth hit neuere þat muche þing : nele bi ȝwate falle."
¶ "Lo," seide seint petre þo : "þis beoth þine sones þreo,
Þat, for-to bringue þe in godes lawe : plaidiez aȝein þe."
Þo þis olde Man i-heorde þis : his limes him bere nolde,
huy nescheden ase doth wex a-ȝein þe fuyre : And ful a-don on þe molde;
he lai al cold with-oute breþe : ase þei he no lyf nadde.
his [sones] him clupten a[n]d custen him : sore huy weopen and gradde;
huy beren him a-boute and bleowen on him : ȝif huy him miȝten in stat bringue.
Longue it was are heo miȝten : i-seo of liue : Ani riȝt tokningue.
Þo is stat him was i-come : he axede a-non-riȝt þere
hov huy weren a-liue forth i-brouȝt : so freondlese ase huy were.
Euerech tolde in his wise : ore swete louerdes miȝte, [folio 144b]
Þat he on heom i-schewed hadde : ho-so onder-stode þe riȝte.
Ase huy tolden of heore lijf : euerech in his side,
Þis guode wif orn ase heo were wilde : and swiþe loude heo cride:
"Ȝware is mi louerd? ȝware is mi spouse? : schewez him me a-non!"
huy bi-clupten heom and fullen a-doun : a fote ne miȝten huy gon. Page  332
More Ioye ne miȝte beo i-seiȝe : bi none mannes liue,
Þane was, þo huy to-gadere comen : a-mong heom alle fiue.
here we mouwen alle i-seo : ore swete louerdes miȝte,
Þat euere atþenende he wole ȝelde : þe manne þat him seruez with riȝte.—
HIt bi-ful þat þe Aumperour : ouer-al sende is sonde,
Symon Magus, þe luþere man : to sechen him into al þe londe,
For-to sleen him, ho-so him miȝte I-finde : al for his luþer-hede.
And þo symon Magus i-heorde þar-of : he was in grete drede.
On feolonie he þouȝte for wrathþe : of þe breþren tweie,
Faust and Faustin, þat weren with him : and departed fram him beiȝe.
bi hore fader he cam a day : ase þe deuel him gan lere,
And caste on him is owene fourme : ase þei it him-sulf were,
Þoruȝ is foul enchauntement— : ho-so þene olde manne i-seiȝe,
wenden þat symon magus it were. : þare was þe deuel to sleiȝe,
For þe Ioye þat his sones hadden : of him þare in one stounde;
And for he scholde beon for him a-slawe : ȝif he miȝte beon i-founde.
For euere þe deuel, and alle his : of feolonie doth þenche;
Ake atþe laste huy worþeth bi-traid : with heore feolle wrenche.
¶ Symon Magus wende a-wei*. [orig. aȝen] : þo al þis i-don was.
Þis guode [man] ȝeode forth to is children : he nuste nouȝt of þat cas :
he cam and wolde gret Ioye make : with heom and with is wiue.
huy spatten on him, euerechone : and heten him a-wei wel bliue,
For he was þe deueles lyme : huy nolden nouȝt with him dele,
Ake bote he þe sonere fram heom ȝeode : him to wroþer hele.
" Alas," seide þis olde Man : "Mine leoue*. [overlined.] children þreo,
Ȝwi wolle ȝe ouwer fader þus pulte and bete? : nelle ȝe me nonmore i-seo?"
"Nay," seiden þis breþren þreo : "þov nart ore fader nouȝt,
Þov art symon Magus, godes trichor. : to deþe þov worst i-brouȝt;
Ȝif þe Aumperores [men] þe mouwen finde : þat wide þe habbez i-souȝt,
Þov worst to-drawe ase þe deueles lime : for falshede þat þou hast i|wrouȝt."
¶ "Louerd, merci," seide þis olde man : "ȝwodere may ich nouþe iwende, Page  333
Nouþe mi wijf ne mine sones me nellez i-knowe : o dai to þenende?
Mest wrechche ich am of alle men : nouþe Ine habbe freond non
bote heom, and huy me wollez a-sle. : ȝwodere may ich nouþe gon?"
¶ Symon Magus þare-at-fore : in Auntioche ase*. [al. om.] he wende,
And seint petre bi-fore al þat folk : with lesingues foule he schende;
he seide þat he man-quellare was : and wichche, and eke for-swore :
Þat folk a-waytede him for-to sle : In Auntyoche þare-fore.
¶ Seint petre þis onder-ȝat : he wolde beon a-wreke, he þouȝte.
he cam to þis seli oldeman : þat him wel longue souȝte; [folio 145]
"beo stille," he seide, "and do Aftur me : and soffre a luytel þrowe,
And Ichulle makien þat þi wijf : and þine sones : þe schullen sone i-knowe.
Þov schalt gon In-to Auntioche : þare symon Magus was,
Ase he me desclaundret hath : and segge of þis ilke cas
In his name, ase ech man weneth : þat þov he him-sulue beo,
And segge þat hit lesingue is : þat þov seidest op-on me,
And line al-so þine owene Mouth : as þei it beo in his name,
And þat hit was al les þat þov seidest : to bringue me in luþer fame,
And þat þov art þarof repentaunt : sori, and swiþe wel I-schriue,
Of þe lesingue þat þov bi me seidest : and bide heom it þe for-ȝyue."
ÞIs olde Man ȝeode him forth : In-to Auntioche a-non,
And ȝede a-boute to Mani a stude : þare symon hadde I-gon;
"Guode Men," he seide, "ȝif ich habbe i-told : bi seint petre eni|þing
bote guod and gret trewenesse : for-soþe, it is lesing;
here bi-foren eov euerech-one : ich lixni minne owene Mouth.
For he is treowe and studefast : and is guodnesse is wide couth.
For-to saui al þat lond : ore louerd him hath i-sent :
bi-lieueth and wurcheth aftur him : oþur ȝe beoth alle I-schent!
For ȝe eov-seolf and Al eower guod : þoruȝ ore louerdes wreche
hit schal for-fare, bote ȝe don : ase he eov wole lere ant teche.
Ȝif ich euere-eft more am so : in þe deoueles weorke I-brouȝt
Þat Ich ani-þing oþur bi him segge : ne leuez me þar-of nouȝt,
Ake doth me*. [overlined.] schame and betez me : ant bringuez me of dawe,
Ase men schullen a strong liare : and man of false lawe."
¶ Þare-Aftur-ward he cam to seint petre : and he is leomen riȝte Page  334
And brouȝte him a-ȝein to is owene fourme : al þoruȝ godes miȝte.
Þo was þere gret Ioye bi-tweone [is sones]*. [om.] : and him and eke is wiue,
þo huy weren in riȝte fourme : to-gadere alle fiue.
Euere is strengore ore swete louerd : þane þe deuel atþende!
And symon Magus-is tricherie : op-on him-sulf it gan i-wiende.
Al*. [al. for] Auntioche wel gret loue : opon seint petre caste,
And sore heom longuede after him : and leten him seche faste.
¶ Seint Petre cam to Auntioche : ase he hadde er I-lome :
Men and wommen of þe lond : wel glade a-boute him come,
And Anoureden him suyþe muche : ase ane prince of godes lawe
And Ase heore maister and heore louerd— : huy weren of him wel fawe;
In riche chayre huy setten him : and knevlede him bi-fore,
And beden wel ȝeorne him wardi heom : and techen, þat heore soulene neren for-lore.
¶ Þis was a-seint petres day : þat comez in feuerer,
Þat for þe honour of þulke dede : men helewiez feor and ner.
Þo þis dede was al I-don : and seint petre þannes i-wend,
Symon Magus hyede þudere : and heold him foule I-schend.
bi-fore al þis folk he cam : "Muche wonder me þinchez," he sede,
"Þat ich ouwer soule-bote here-bi-fore : and to eouwer guod gan eov rede,
Þat ȝe ne flouwen petre, þane trichour : þat he a-mong eov ne come; [folio 145b]
And nouȝt one ne*. [al. ȝe] Anoreden him : ake wit grete nobleie him nome
And an heiȝ in chaire*. [MS. in chaire In chaire] setten him : ase he eouwer crist were.
Fleoth fram him, ȝif ȝe wollez i-sauede beon : and doth ase ich eov lere!"
¶ Þo al þat folk i-heorde þis : for wrathþe heo weren neiȝ wode;
"False trichour," huy seiden, "þis oþur day : bi-fore us here þov stode
And seidest þat he was treowe and guod : and þat we after him do scholde,
And seist nouþe þat he is luþer and fals! : þi ȝwile worth sone i-ȝolde,"
huy sturten forth and beoten þis foule þeof : þat he was neiȝ a-slawe; Page  335
Nadde he þe revlocur i-cried on heom : hey*. [r. huy] wolden him habbe to-drawe.
Ase he miȝte, he crep a-wei : with many a luþur strok.
Þare he him-seolf, ase euerech swyke doth : him-seolf he bi-swok!
Seint petre ȝeode to rome : with his desciple þreo.
he wuste þat is tyme was neiȝ : þat he Imartred scholde beo :
Seint Clement al bi is daye : he made him pope at rome,
Þat he guode ȝeme after him : to holie churche nome.
¶ Þo seint petre I-martred was : seint clement him bi-souȝte :*. [al. biþouȝte vv. 401-4 are corrupted.]
Ȝif he bi-lefte pope forth : ase þat folk him bi-souȝte,
Þat no*. [al. om.] pope ne*. [al. om.] miȝte aftur him : Ane oþurne pope make,
Ȝwam so huy wolden, þoruȝ heore wille : oþur for*. [on the margin.] eni mede take;
Þat he him bad for godes loue : þat no pope bi is daye
Non oþur pope ne scholde maken so : holie churche to bi-traye;*. [vv. 403-4 added.]
For a wardein of holie churche : þoruȝ is godnesse man schal take,
Þat*. [al. om.; r. and?] nouȝt, ase it were bi heritage : þat o freond þat oþur make.
he tok up is dignete : for al þat man him bad,
And seint lyn, þat was a guod man : was pope in his stude Imad.
After seint lynes daye : alle þe men wolde
Seint clemente habbe pope Imad : ake for no-þing ȝeot he nolde;
Se[int]*. [MS. Se] Clete huy maden pope þo. : ake after is daiȝe a-non
Þat folk heold seint clement faste : huy nolden him nouȝt for-gon;
hAlflingue with strencþe huy maden him pope. : and þo hit cam þar-to,
he fondede to paye euer-ech Man : riche and pouere al-so.
he honourede more þe pouere Men : þane he dude þe riche,
to helpe more is*. [al. þe] soule þane is*. [al. þe] bodi— : for huy ne beot nouȝt Iliche.
Sisyme, þe Iustise of þe lond : hadde a swiþe guod wijf,
Þat þoruȝ se[int] cleme[n]t I-cristned was : for-to amendi hire lijf.
Ȝwane heo miȝte, fram hire louerd [heo stole] : al with-oute fiere.
A day, ase*. [on the margin.] heo wolde to churche gon : he siwede hire wel swiþe.*. [2 vv. om.]
Sone so heo to churche cam : and hire hovse-bonde onder-ȝat,*. [MS. it onder-ȝat]
A-drad heo was, and hudde hire : in one [derne] stude heo sat.
Þo seint clement seide is oresun : and is clerkes amen seide,
Þe Iustise i-werth boþe def and blind. : wel loude he gan to grede :
"Ȝware beo ȝe nouþe, mine men? : ovt ȝe moten me lede,
For Ine mai mi-seolf I-seo ne heore. : ȝwat mai ich to-rede? Page  336
cometh forth to me euerechone : and out heonnes ȝe me leden!"*. [vv. 426-7 al. om.]
his Men sturten forth And nomen him op : huy swatten alle for drede. [folio 146]
huy beren him al-a-boute þe churche : huy ne miȝten þe dore finde :
Ȝwane huy wenden atþe dore to beo : þanne weren huy feor bi-hinde.
Sore was þis guode wijf a-drad : þo heo i-saiȝ heom so fare :
heo Axede ȝwat hire louerd were— : for no leng ne miȝte heo spare.
huy seiden, "for he wolde*. [orig. huy wolden] I-seon and I-heore : oþur þane to him bi-come,
bi-come he is blijnd and def : here in þe churche of Rome."
Þis guode wijf bad ore louerd ȝeorne : þat huy mosten þannes ovt wende :
Þo founden þis men þe dore a-non : and wenden out atþenende.
Þis guode wijf bad Clement ȝeorne : to hire louerd come
And amendi him þoruȝ godes grace : of is limes, þat him weren bi-nome.
¶ Seint clement and þis guode wijf to þis luþere man gonne teo :
huy founden him loki swiþe brode : and no-þing ne miȝte i-seo.*. [vv. 439-40 al. om.]
Seint clement bad ore louerd for him : and þo he i-don hadde,
his heoringue and is siȝt him cam a-ȝein. : ake neuere þonk he ne hadde.
For a-non so he i-saiȝ seint clement stonde : bi is wiue, he wende
And seide þat he hadde bi hire i-leie : and þare-fore he him a-blende.
Þis guode wijf ȝeode into hire preuetez : and Iesu crist [bad] wel faste
Þat hire louerd þoruȝ is grace : in-to betere bi-leue him caste.
SEint petre fram heouene : to hire a-liȝte a-doun
And s[e]ide, hire louerd scholde i-saued beo : þoruȝ hire oresun;
"For seint powel seide *. [MS. seide seide; al. For me saiþ] þat a luþer man : scholde i-saued beo
Þoruȝ guodnesse of a godwomman : And so it worth bi him and þe."
Þis guode wyf eode to hire louerd : and prechede him of cristine-dom :
So þat he þoruȝ godes grace : in-to guode bi-leue he com.
he liet him cristni sone a-non : and al is may[n]e þere,
Þre hondret men and tweolue : with him i-cristnede were.
¶ TraIan, þe luþere Amperour : herof he heorde speke :
he swor he wolde for his Iustise : of seint clement beo a-wreke. Page  337
he comaundede Mamertyn : þat was an oþur Iustise,
Þat he scholde maken clement þe pope : to don heom*. [al. om.] sacrefise
Oþur maken him out of londe fleme— : þat he ne lete it nouȝt,
Laste heore lawe and heore godes weren : þoruȝ him to grounde i-brouȝt.
¶ Þis Iustise wende þo wiþ*. [MS. þouȝ] gret power : And seint clement he nom;*. [orig. nam]
And for he nolde don heore godes*. [h. g. al. om.] sacrefise : he ȝaf him an oþur dom :
Þat he scholde beon out of londe i-driue : into wildernesse.
Ase a þeof he was i-harlet forth : in wel fyl destresse.
Þo he into wildernesse cam : to þousende he fond þere
Of cristine Men, þat hadden þer : longue i-woned for fere,
Laste þe Aumperoures men : In torment heom hadden i-brouȝt;
And huy for drede of strongue deþe : weren in feble þouȝt.—
For manie men bi þulke daie : for drede of þulke þingue
Ase bestes huy leoueden in wildernesse : þo cristinedom bi-gan furst springue.—
Wel glade weren þis guode men : þo huy seint clement i-seiȝe :
heo ȝeoden a-ȝein him and þonkeden god : weopinde with heore eie.
huy maden seint clement heore Maister þere : pope ase he was. [folio 146b]
Þare nas non þat in studefast lijf : for him a-mendet ne was.
Water huy nadden neiȝ heom non : bi six Mile wei wel longue,
Al heore drinke huy fetten þare : in weiȝe swiþe stronge.
Seint clement [bad] ore louerd crist : ȝif hit is wille were,
Þat he holpe is trewe couent : and sende heom watur þere.
he i-saiȝ a lomb stonde and marki : with is riȝt fot ane stude :
he i-saiȝ þat hit ore louerd was : to don þat he hadde i-bede.
¶ Seint clement ȝeode and smot in þulke stude : as þat lomb markede er :
Þare sprong a welle fair and guod— : wel gret Ioye was þer.
Þis Miracle was widen i-cud : fif hondret men þare-fore
bi-comen cristine and blesseden þe time : þat seint clement was i-bore.
Þo ȝede he forþere a-mong þe men : and so fair Miracle wrouȝte,
Swiþe muche folk to guode bi-leue : and to Iesu crist he brouȝte.
Fyf hondred of Maumates : to grounde he brouȝte þere;
And sixti churche and fiftene : in heore studes he liet a-rere. Page  338
So þat traIan þe Aumperour : her-of heorde telle :
Ane duyk of gret power he sende þudere : þane guode man for|to quelle.
Þis duyk him nam and liet to*. [overlined.] him binde : grete*. [orig. and gr.] stones wel faste,
And ladden him feor in-to þe deope se : and riȝt a-midde him caste.
Welle, muche was þe deol : þat is desciples for him made!
In-to þe se huy ornen to sechen him : ase feor ase huy dorsten wade.
Þo huy ne miȝten neiȝ him come : ore louerd wel ȝeorne huy beade*. [r. bade]
to ȝiuen heom a siȝt of seint clement : þe more to beon glade.
Ase huy seten opon þe .se : and crieden on him wel faste and ȝeorne,
Þe .se. wel swiftliche hire with-dravȝ*. [al. wiþdrouȝ] : and with gret eyr In gan eorne :
So þat with-inne þe deope .se : þreo grete Milene and more
A swiþe fair wei and druye þare was : i-here[d] beo godes ore!
Þis guode men bi þis faire wei : In-to þe .se. gonne to wende :
Ane churche hui founden, of Marbre i-maud : riȝt atþe weies ende.
With-Inne þe churche huy founden ane cofre : of seluer and of golde
And þarinne seint clementes bodi : ase ore louer[d] it wolde.
Welle, louerd, muche was þe Ioye : þat þis guode Men inne were,
For þe faire Miracle of seint clement : þat huy founden þere!
huy beden heore beden ȝwat-so huy wolden : and wenden aȝen at|þenende :
euere orn þe se after heom wel faste : at heore helene bi-hinde,
For-to heo cam to hire riȝte stude : and þare heo gan atstonde.
Þis guode men serueden god þe bet : and þonke[den] ȝeorne is sonde.
Longue þer-aftur it bi-feol : þoruȝ ore louerdes heste,
fram ȝer to ȝere seue dawes : at seint clementes festes
þat þe se ire wolde so with-drawe : and makie ane wei wel druye
To þe holie chapele of seint clement : þat no watur ne scholde man a-nuye;
Þat ech Man alle þe seuen dawes : al druye wende and clene,
For-to honouri þat holie bodi : ase it bi-feol eche ȝere ene;
And Anon-riȝt þe se wende a-ȝein : with watur and with slyme
[folio 147] After þe eiȝte dawes, and heold him so : for-to an oþur ȝer þat tyme.
Awommon cam*. [MS. cam cam] þudere at one tyme : and a child þat was hire sone, Page  339
For-to A-novri þat swete bodi : as it was mannes wone.
hit feol at*. [MS. þat] þe endingue : of þe seueþe daiȝe
þat þe se cam eorne & rotte ȝeorne : ase þat child a-slepe laye.
Þat folk, þat þare was bi-leued : bi-gonne ateorne faste;
Þis womman louede hire lyf al-so : þat heo nas nouȝt þe laste.
Þo heo was to londe i-come : and hire sone*. [overlined.] mid hire nadde,
Muche was þe deol þat heo made : loude heo weop and gradde.
gredinde heo orn and longue souȝte : a-boute bi þe se-side,
Ȝif þe .se. him hadde up i-cast— : heo souȝte a-boute wel wide.
Þo heo ne miȝte him nouȝwere i-finde : weopinde hom heo wende,
And bad seint clement, of hire childe : þat he sum gladnesse hire sende.
heo bi-lefte al þe ȝer : in gret sor and in care.
Anoþur ȝer at seint clementes tid : þuder-ward heo wolde fare.*. [al. was ȝare]
To þe chapele ȝeorne heo orn : þo þe se was In i-weved :*. [orig. i-wend]
hIre*. [MS. Ire; h added.] sone heo fond in þulke stude : þare heo hine hadde bi-leued.
Sone þis womman nam him up : and wende þat he*. [MS. heo] ded were.
Þat child, ase þei it woke of slepe : Axede ȝwat heo wolde þere.
Þis womman for Ioie gradde loude : þat folk a-boute hire wende,
And þonkeden god with grete Ioye : þat swuche miracle him sende.
huy axeden hov he hadde so longue i-leued : And ȝif he were ouȝt i-dreiȝt.
"hit nis novȝt longue," þat child seide : "ake to sone ȝe me*. [MS. me me] habbez a-weiȝt;
Softe and swote i habbe*. [MS. ȝe habbez] i-slepe : onneþe me þinchez o nyȝt.
Moste ich lengore habbe i-leiȝe : me hadde i-beo wel i-diȝt."
With gret Ioye huy ladden þis child hom. : þis miracle was couth wel wide.
Mani fair Miracle seint clement dude : bi þe sees sides.
¶ þe se with-drovȝ hire wel mani a ȝer : to maken men druye i-wende;
And þulke miracle for mannes [sunne] : bi-lefde sethþe atþen ende.
Þo Men founden þis holie ȝwuchche : In a fair place stonde
with þis holie bodi a-boue þe se : al on druye londe;
Muche folk with fair procession : þis holie bodi nome
And ladden it forth with gret honour : to þe churche of rome.
Þare is nouþe seint clementes churche : I-mad with quoynte gynne. Page  340
god ȝiue us part of þulke Ioyȝe : þat seint clement is inne.