Of the creation of Adam, the firste man. Capitulum quartum.
ADAM the firste man, yformede of the slycche of the erthe, in the felde Damascene with owte Paradise, in the vjthe day of the worlde, and translate in to Paradise, was deiecte for synne, doen that same day, from Paradise after none. And so Adam felle from the state of innocency to the state of miserye, from the hie place to a lawe place, from liȝhte to darkenese, from inhabitacion to exile, from frute to weipenge, from ioy to peyne, from luffe to hate, from swetenesse vn to bytternesse, from prosperite to penaunce, from healethe to infirmite, from grace to blame, from familiarite to offense. Page 221, vol.2Methodius. Adam gate Cayn and Calmana his suster in the xvthe yere of his age; also in the xvthe yere after that, whiche is the xxxti yere of his age, he gate Abel and Delbora his sustyr, but Abel sleyne, Adam and Eve wailede his dethe by an c. yere folowenge. ℞. And, after men of Hebrewe, Adam gate Seth in the c. and xxxti yere of his age, and lyffede after viijc. yere. But, after the lxxti interpretatores and after Isidorus, Ethi. libro quinto, Adam was of ijc. and xxxti yere in age afore the natiuite of Seth, seyenge Adam to haue lyvede after vijc. yere. And soe hade Adam in age ixc. yere and xxxti, whiche dyenge was [folio 83a] buriede in Ebron, that is callede Cariatharbe, whiche sownd|ethe a iiij. cite, that is to say, of iiij. patriarkes whiche were beriede there, Adam, Abraham, Ysaac, and Iacob. Seth, beenge of a c. and v. yere in age, gate Enos, and lyvede after viijc. yere: but after the lxxti interpretatores, Seth, beenge of cc. and v. yere, gate Enos, lyvenge after vijc. and also vij. yere. Enos of xc. yere gate Cainan, lyvenge after dccc. and xv. yere. But after the lxxti inter|pretatores, Page 223, vol.2 Enos of c. and xc. yere to haue geten Cainan, and to haue lyffede afterwarde vijc. and xv. This Enos is seyde to haue callede to helpe specially and firste the name of Godde; for, as men of Ebrewe say, he made firste ymages to þe honor of God, to excite the slawthe of the memory of man in to the lawde of God. Cainan beenge of lxxti yere gate Malaleel, and lyvede after viijc. and xlti yere; but the lxxti interpretatores adde an c. yere afore lxxti, and after thei withdrawe an c. yere. Malaleel of lx. and v. yere gate Iareth, and lyvede after viijc. and xxxti yere; but the lxxti interpretatores putte an c. yere afore lx. and v. yere, and take after that an c. yere away. Iareth of an clxij. yere gate Enoch, and lyvede after viijc. yere; and the lxxti interpretatores acorde with other in that. Enoch of lx. and v. yere gate Matussale, and lyvede after iijc. yere, and walkede with God, and was translate; but the lxxti interpre|tatores putte an c. yere to lxv. This Enoch founde somme letters firste and did write bookes, as Iudas thapostle rehersethe in Canonica sua; in the daies of whom mony men suppose Adam to haue diede. And lyke as the vijthe in Page 225, vol.2 the generacion of Cayn, whiche was Lamech, was moste wyckede in his generacion, soe in lyke wise Enoch, the viithe from Adam, was moste goode. Matussale of c.lxxx. and vij. yere gate Lamech, lyvenge after vijc. and ij. yere, that is to the grete floode of Noe, and noo longer, after the trewe tradicion; by xiiij. yeres, as somme men putte: but he diede in the ixc. yere lx. and ix., in whiche yere the grete floode began. Lamech of a c.lxxxij. yere gate Noe, and lyvede afterwarde d.xc. and v. yere.