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

þe eleuenþe poynt of shryfte.

þe elleuenþe poynt shul we*. [we shul.] knowe,
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'To þy prest þou bere þe lowe,
Blelyche yn*. [þy.] penaunce for to do
Alle þat he ioyneþ þe vnto.'
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Þou shalt make no fals delay,
Penaunce to takë at þy pay;
Hyt ys sloghnes and feyntés
To take penaunce at þy dyuys;
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For þy synne, þe ryȝt penaunce
Shal be þe prestës ordynaunce:
Þus seyþ þe clerk, seynt Austyn,
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"Þe prestes mercy, þou do þe ynne;
Þe prest ys crystys vycarye;
Do þe alle yn hys mercy." Page  368
Ȝyf þe prest be of any resun,
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He wote weyl what shal be doun; [folio 78b]
he wote what penaunce þe falleþ*. [falþ.] to haue,
And what þy state ys, and what hyt wyl craue.
And, þus þou wost weyl at gesse,
Ȝyf þou were now yn a sykenes,
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And*. [al.] wuldest þou do, for to lyue,
Alle þat þy leche wulde þe ȝyue;
To þy soule, do þe samë wyse,
Þy penaunce, as þe prest seyse.
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Many aȝens þe prest þey kaste,
Þat þey mowe noþer bydde ne faste,
But ȝyf þey algate penaunce*. [penaunce O, om. H.] shul do,
Þan þay seye hyt behoueþ be so;
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No þyng aftyr hys dedys ylle,
But algate at hys ownë wylle.
wenest þou so to come to heuene,
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with lyghte penaunce as þou wylt neuene?
But y warne þe of þys cas;
Þarto ys many a streytë pas.
Þe manhede of God wulde noȝt
Haue heuene, but hyt were boȝt.
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what wenest þou haue hyt for so lytyl here,
whan God and man boȝt hyt so dere?
By heuene with þy penaunce,
Or, ellës-where, kepe harder chaunce.
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