Robert of Brunne's "Handlyng synne".
Mannyng, Robert, fl. 1288-1338., William, de Wadington, 13th cent., Furnivall, Frederick James, 1825-1910.

þe tenþe poynt of shryfte.

Þe tenþë poynte of shryfte, þys ys:
'Ȝyf þou shalt haue forȝyuënes,
Þy synne naked shalt þou make,
And opunly, hyt forsake.' Page  367
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hyle hem nat with feyrë wurde,
Þat semeþ to gadyr þy synnes to hurde:
yn tyfed*. [tyffede.] wurdys þat slyked are,
Semeþ þy synnes þat þey noȝt were;
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yn swyche wurdys, þe fende ys queynte
To make þy shryftë fals and feynte.
No queyntyse make þou þerynne,
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But sey ryȝt as þou dedyst*. [dest.] þy synne.
þou mayst nat þy synnës wryte,
Yn shryftë þe so to quyte,
Ȝyf þou mayste speke, and haste*. [haue.] space
To fynde a preste yn any place,
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with mouþe to speke, and nat*. [noght.] to hyde,
Elles hyt ys a spyce of pryde:
Seynt Austyn seyþ, algate þy lyue,
'wyþ mouþe opunly, þou þe shryue.'