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

The eyȝtþe*. [eyghteþe.] poynt of shryfte.

The eyghtþe poynt of þe twelue,
'Þy shryfte shal be alle of þy selue,'
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Of þyn ownë proper dede,
And bewreye none ouþer, y þe forbede.
Þyn ownë foly þou shalt seye,
And none ouþer body bewreye.
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Dauyd seyþ yn þe sautere
Þese wurdes, þurgh Goddys powere,—
he spekeþ 2as weyl to lerned as to lewed,2*. [2_2 to lernede as weyl as lewede.]—
"Myn owne lyfe, lorde, y haue þe shewed;
None ouþer mannes y wyl dyscrye,
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For þat were boþe synne and vyleynye."
Ȝyue gode tent, to þys poynt,
Þou prest þat art a-noynt!
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Ȝyf a man telle þe hys synne,
And a-noþer be menged þer-ynne,—
As ȝyf hyt were yn lecherye,
Or hylp to sle, or robborye,
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For þese may nat a man weyl do
Alone, but ouþer be þar-vnto,—
Aske aftyr none ouþer name,
But lestene wyl hys ownë blame;
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For ȝyf þou any ouþer man namest, Page  363
Y dar weyl seye þou hym dyffamest;
hyt ys grete synne to hym and þe
To aske or telle þat shulde nat be;
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hyt ys bakbytyng, and no shryfte;
hyt ys a spyce of euyl þryfte.
Þou lewed man, y forbede þe weyl,
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Þogh þe prest aske, bewreye þou no deyl;
Bewreyë weyl þyn ownë dede,
But none ouþer, y þe forbede.
y tolde langer yn myn auys, [folio 77b]
Loke algate þy preste be wys.
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Do nat as þe pharysu,
Preydë God aȝens hys pru;
He ȝede to þe cherche with a man
Þat men calle a publycan,—
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A publycan ys, yn oure sawe,
A synful man, oute of þe lawe;
Þys pharysu ys to mene 'byfore,'
As forby alle, and fro ouþer shore,—
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Þys pharysu bygan to prey,
And seyd, as a shrewe shulde sey,
"Lordë, þanked mote þou be,*. [See French, lines 10111-15.]
y am nat, as y ouþer se,
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Coueytous, ne lecherous of flesshe,
And nat as he, þys publycan, ys:
Euery woke y fastë twys,
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And ȝyue my tyþes of rychë prys."
Loke how he made hys auauntement
Of þat gode þat God hadde hym sent;
ȝe, syre, on a wykked wyse,
Oþer men for tó despyce;
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hys owne godenes, coude he nat sey,
But algate ouþer, behoueþ*. [behouede.] hym wreye.
Besydë stode þe pupblycan,*. [publykan.]
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And knew*. [knegh.] hym self a wykked man, Page  364
And durst nat loke to God vpward,
But knokked on hys brest ful harde,
And seyd with herte ful drefully,
"Lorde, þou haue on me mercy!"
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Þe þublycan had mochë þanke;
Þe pharysu, byfore God he stanke.
Þus seyþ þe gospel, þat we alle knowe,
"who so makeþ hym hygh, he shal be lowe;
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And, who loghyþ*. [who so logheþ.] hym yn skylle,
Gode heghnes he shal come tylle."
Some, whan þey here shryfte*. [shryfte O, synne H.] bygynne,
he shal hepe on God hys synne,
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And seyþ algate, 'he ne may noȝt [folio 77b:2]
kepe hym, but synne be wroȝt.'
And some sey, whan þey do euyl,
Hyt was algate þurgh þe deuyl;
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And some sey, as y haue herde,
'A! syre! so synneþ alle þe werlde.'
Of þy self, shal nat be seyd;
On þe, shal alle þe blame be leyd;
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God blameþ þe for þy mysdede,
why seyst þou þan, 'þe behoueþ nede?'*. [hyt behoueþ be nede.]
Ne no fende may but temptë þe;
Þe dede shal alle þyn ownë be;
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Ne at þe worlde mayst þou noȝt kest;
Do þy self weyl, hyt ys þe best;
Here mayst þou se wyþ godë skyl,
Alle hyt ys at þyn ownë wyl.
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