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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That þou falle nat yn wanhope.

Haue no wanhope, for no maner of kas;
Be nat lyke Kaym ne Iudas.
Þe werst þarfore, y wylle fyrst grope,
Þat man kalle 'wanhope:'
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Al tymes ys God more*. ['more' omitted.] wroþer with þys
Þan with any oþer þyng*. [synne.] þat ys;
Þyr ys no synne þat men of rede,
Só moche withseyþ þe godhede;
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For wanhope wenyþ þat þe foly
Be more þan*. [þan ys.] Goddës mercy;
And ȝyf þou wene þat synne be more,
Þou wenest þat þe godhede, so moche ne wore,
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Ne had so mochë myȝt hym ynne,
Þat hyt myȝt fórȝyue alle þy synne.
Se how wanhope, man wyl shende
Aȝens þe godhede with-outyn ende!
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Hyt ys no wundyr, þogh he be wroþe;
Hyt aȝenseyþ hys myȝt & hys*. ['hys' omitted.] mercy boþe.
Swych shryfte madë wreched Kaym,
whan he hadde hys broþer slayn;
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'Of God,' he seyd, 'he was nat wurþy,
For hys grete synne, to haue mercy.'
For hys wanhope, þat foule glotoun,
God ȝaue hym hys malysun;
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And alle þo, þat trowe synne may be
Morë þan Goddës pyte. [folio 82a]
And swych shryftë, made Iudas;
He shrouë hym of hys trespas,
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He hadde grete sorowe and contrycyun
Þat he ded hys lorde tresun;
Þer-of he repented hym so gretly,
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he ȝede and hyng hym self ful hy;
He shroue hym with grete répentaunce, Page  387
But of Goddys mercy he hadde none affy|aunce.
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Here mowe ȝe se, þat shryfte and sorowe
Alle only may no man borowe,
But he haue gode hope, whan he ys shryue,
Þat hys synne shal be forȝyue:
Þys shal ȝe beleue, with-outë nay,
Þat, God wyl forȝyue, and may.
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An holy man þys samë spelleþ
Þat of Iudas wanhope telleþ,
'For hys wanhope, God wroþer was,
Þan for hys tresun or ouþer trespas;
Hys wanhope toke he more to grefe,
Þan hys takyng, as a þefe.'
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Ihesu, ful of mercy mylde,
Fro wanhope vs allë shylde,
And graunte vs alle swych 1hope & sted|fast1*. [[1_1 overline: leave out stedfast]] trouþe
þat þy mercy on vs haue rouþe!
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