Sammlung altenglischer legenden, grösstentheils zum ersten male hrsg. von C. Horstmann.
Horstmann, Carl, b. 1851., Jacobus, de Voragine, ca. 1229-1298.
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II. Einzellegenden.
1. Kindheit Jesu.*. [Das Ms. schreibt wt für wyth oder wyt (t steht häufig st. th), þt für þat, þs für þis, stets þu und meist ȝu für þou, ȝou (ȝou 41), qþ für qwaþ, qn für qwan, Jhū für Jhesu (vgl. die Reime Jhū vertu 563, Jhū blu 595, Jhū prow 663, doch scheint es V. 25 in Jhesum aufzulösen); öfter sind Vocale obengeschrieben, ohne Abkürzung zu bezeichnen, so bei þe, þi, þo, ebenso zuweilen s, wie in was, as, hys. — V. 1-192 s. ebenso (aber mit vielfach verderbtem Texte) die 2. Version V. 1-210.]
Ad artem tingtoris Ibat.
Þan seyd Jhesu to Marye:
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"Off diuers craftes I wyl say,
Of craft þat is of gret maystrye,
I xal done alle men to pay".
Onto a lyster hee komyn sone,
Wt hym komenant for to make:*. [Ms. komenaut.]
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Hee weryn acordyd ryth anone,
Þe dyere was glad for Jhesu sake.
Jhesu dede hys maystrys wylle,
A better seruant he had neuer none,
For neuer he let thyng spylle,
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Al was wel þat he gan don. Page  109
So it befel, as I ȝow say:
Hys mayster had preyere
For to dynyn on a day,
He and hys wyf in fere.
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Clothys hadde þei, for soþe to say,
To dyȝyn boþe fayre & clere —
Fyner cloth to mannys pay
Was non in þat mestere.
And qwan he went, he bad Jhesu
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Þe clothys fynly dye,
Scharlet, morre, grene & blu,
"Iche cloth after þat I seye".
Jhesu anone a fyr gan make,
And went hym fort for to plye.*. [Ms. plye st. pleye.]
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Hys mayster saw hym be þe lake,
Jhesu & oþer chyldryn tweye.
Þe wyf seyd: "ȝonder hys our wrake,*. [hys=is mit unorgan. h.]
I se hem wt myn eye,*. [hem st. hym.]
He hat not done þat þou bode hym make.
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Ryth it is þat he abye".
Jhesu hem seþ & hom hym dyth:
And alle þe clothys were qwyte,
And þe fyr brynnyng bryth.
þat mayster began to flyte.
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Jhesu toke þe clothys Ichon
And in to þe led he hem kast.
Þe mayster seyd: "I am vndone!
þou xalt abyin in hast".
A brond he tok vp wt hys hond,
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Jhesu for to smyte,
To throwyn þe brond wold he not wond:
Of Jhesu it faylyd lyte.
Þe brond bar lef & blosomyd anon
And sporng, þer it gan falle.*. [Ms. sporng st. sprong.]
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Þe mayster it sey & dred hym sone,
Mercy to hym gan he kalle.
And euerry cloth had hys hu,
Ryth as it xuld haue,
Scarlet, morre, grene & bleu,
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No betere myth men kraue.
Jhesu forȝaf hym, I ȝow say,
And fro hym he gan wende.
Carpenterys craft he wol say,
Þerto he gan lende.
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