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

The fyfueþ*. [fyfþe.] grace þat shryfte ȝyueþ.

Ȝyt þyr ys a feyrë ȝyfte
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Þat vs*. [vus.] purcháceþ þe grace of shryfte;
hyt makeþ vs*. [vus.] lefe, þere we were loþe,
hyt peseþ God whan he ys wroþe.
wroþë shul we neuer hym make,
But hyt were for synnë sake;
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Ȝyue þou þe shryue, and mercy cry,
God forȝyueþ all þy foly.
weyl oȝt we loue*. [to loue.] hym as lorde and syre,
Þat wyl so sone forȝyue hys yre;
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Þarfore seyþ seynt Bernard,
Þat noun, to shryfte, be slogh ne hard.
Haue þou mekenes with répentaunce,
And hope yn shryfte gode áffyaunce,
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How þou hast myȝt merueylusly
Ouer God, and hyse þat are hym by,
And ouercomest hym gracyously,
Þat noun may wynnë with maystry; Page  377
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For allë þyng, for drede hym douteþ,
And to hys domë, alle þyng louteþ.
Shryfte, þou art of grete vertu,
And purchacest to vs grete pru;
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For whan þou comst byfore þe kyng,
Forgyuënes ys þyn askyng;
And þat yche kyng loueþ þe so wel,
Þat he forȝyueþ þe euery deyl.
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Shryfte, þou art Goddes messangere;
Þou makyst synful, aungelys pere;
Þou purchasest vs, pes*. [pees.] and gryþ;
So seyþ to vs þe prophete Dauyd:*. [dauyþ.]
whan he was yn synnë shent,
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And dampnable yn Iugëment,
A wurde he seyde to þe prophete,
"Y haue synned; y wyl of lete."
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Natan þe prophete forȝaue hys synne
whan he seyd þat he wulde blynne. [folio 80b]
Þe glose here-on seyþ redyly,
'he þat shryueþ hym parfytely,
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Asswyþë, for þat shryfte,
He haþ forȝyuenes, of Goddys ȝyfte.'
He þat þenkeþ for to be shryue,
And hope hyt ys to be forȝyue,
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Ȝyf hyt so be þat he with-drawe
Hys mys-dede, for Goddys awe,
Þan may y, ful weyl proue
Þat þe prophete Dauyd seyde aboue:
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Þus he seyd yn hys lyue,
"Y haue þoȝtë me to shryue,
And God forȝauë me, as sone,
Alle þe synnes þat y haue*. [hade.] done."
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Yn*. [See French, l. 8885-86.] þe byble men fynde þese þynges,
Yn a boke þat ys of kynges.