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

Þe þryd poynt of þy shryfte,
'Opunly þyn herte vp lyfte:'
So byt God to me and þe,
Þat opunly shal þy shryftë be.
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Salamon to vs seyþ, and*. [seyþ & to us.] kalleþ,
'Seuene tymes on a day þe ryȝtwys man falleþ;'
As oftë þan behoueþ þe ryse,
Ȝyf þou lyue yn ryȝt seruyse.
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Þus seyþ þe clerke seynt Austyne,
Þat was a mayster of dyuyne,*. [deuyn.]
'Ȝyf þou to many prestes atwynne,
Al holyche wylt shryue þy synne,
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Þou shalt fynde grace and forȝyuenes,
And mede to þe, for þy mekenes.'
Þre þyngës mayst þou fynde,
Þat wyl þe oute of synnë bynde;
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Þe fyrst ys, þat þou mayst lere,
And many dyuers samples*. [sample.] here,
Of euery prest, a lessoun,
To knowë þy saluacyoun; [folio 76a]
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Ȝyf þou haue herde of many a-pryse,
þe morë þou canst, of queyntyse.
þe touþer me þenkeþ a gode resoun,
Þat quyteþ þe fro dampnacyoun,
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þe ofter þat þou shewest þy blame,
þe more me þenkeþ þou hast of shame;
þe shame þat þou hast yn þy shewyng,
hyt ys forȝyuenes, to gode endyng.
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Þe þred, ys, þat þe weyl weres,*. [Glossed 'kepeþ' in Oxf.; 'kepyþ' in Harl., by a later hand.]
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Of alle þe prestes þat þe haue shryue,
As longë tyme as euer þey lyue,
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For þey are holdë þar-vn-to;
þe order of prest wyl hyt be so;
þe mo prestës þat for þe prey,
þe sunner*. [soner.] art þou yn gode wey;
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And, at þe day of Iugëment,
To God þey shul make þy present,
þat þou werë clenë shryue,
And þat þey mow be þe forȝyue.
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þo þat þou hast here hyd,
þurgh alle þe werld þey shul be kyd,
And askë domë on þe þere,
þat þou, of hem, neuer shryuë were;
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For allë þyng þat euer ȝyt was,
Shal þe acoupe of þy trespas;
Þe synnë hymself shal forwreye;
Þyn Inwyt, on þe self, þe dome shal leye.