William Langland's The vision of Piers Plowman
William Langland

Passus 20

Thanne as I wente by the way, whan I was thus awaked,
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Hevy chered I yede, and elenge in herte;
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For I ne wiste wher to ete ne at what place,
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And it neghed neigh the noon, and with Nede I mette,
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That afrounted me foule and faitour me called.
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"Coudestow noght excuse thee, as dide the kyng and othere--
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That thow toke to thy bilyve, to clothes and to sustenaunce,
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Was by techynge and by tellynge of Spiritus Temperancie,
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And that thow nome na moore than nede thee taughte,
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And nede ne hath no lawe, ne nevere shal falle in dette
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For thre thynges he taketh his lif for to save?--
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That is, mete whan men hym werneth, and he no moneye weldeth,
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Ne wight noon wol ben his borugh, ne wed hath noon to legge;
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And he ca[cch]e in that caas and come therto by sleighte, Page  252
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He synneth noght, soothliche, that so wynneth his foode.
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And though he come so to a clooth, and kan no bettre chevyssaunce,
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Nede anoon righte nymeth hym under maynprise.
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And if hym list for to lape, the lawe of kynde wolde
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That he dronke at ech dych, er he [deide for thurst].
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So Nede, at gret nede, may nymen as for his owene,
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Withouten conseil of Conscience or Cardynale Vertues--
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So that he sewe and save Spiritus Temperancie.
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"For is no vertue bi fer to Spiritus Temperancie--
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Neither Spiritus Iusticie ne Spiritus Fortitudinis.
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For Spiritus Fortitudinis forfeteth ful ofte:
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He shal do moore than mesure many tyme and ofte,
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And bete men over bittre, and som body to litel,
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And greve men gretter than good feith it wolde.
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"And Spiritus Iusticie shal juggen, wole he, nel he,
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After the kynges counseil and the comune like.
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And Spiritus Prudencie in many a point shal faille
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Of that he weneth wolde falle if his wit ne weere.
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Wenynge is no wysdom, ne wys ymaginacion:
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Homo proponit et Deus disponit--
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[God] governeth alle goode vertues;
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And Nede is next hym, for anoon he meketh
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And as lowe as a lomb, for lakkyng that hym nedeth;
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For nede maketh nede fele nedes lowe-herted.
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Philosophres forsoke welthe for thei wolde be nedy,
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And woneden wel elengely and wolde noght be riche.
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"And God al his grete joye goostliche he lefte,
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And cam and took mankynde and bicam nedy."
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So he was nedy, as seith the Book, in manye sondry places,
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That he seide in his some on the selve roode,
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"'the Fox and fowel may fle to hole and crepe, Page  253
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And the fissh hath fyn to flete with to reste,
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Ther nede hath ynome me, that I moot nede abide
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And suffre sorwes ful soure, that shal to joye torne.''
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Forthi be noght abasshed to bide and to be nedy,
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Sith he that wroghte al the world was wilfulliche nedy,
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Ne nevere noon so nedy ne poverer deide.'
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Whan Nede hadde undernome rne thus, anoon I fil aslepe,
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And mette ful merveillously that in mannes forme
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Antecrist cam thanne, and al the crop of truthe
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Torned it [tid] up-so-doun, and overtilte the roote,
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And made fals sprynge and sprede and spede mennes nedes.
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In ech a contree ther he cam he kutte awey truthe.
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And gerte gile growe there as he a god weere.
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Freres folwede that fend, for he gaf hem copes,
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And religiouse reverenced hym and rongen hir belles,
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And al the covent cam to welcome that tyraunt,
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And alle hise as wel as hym--save oonly fooles;
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Whiche fooles were wel gladdere to deye
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Than to lyve lenger sith Leute was so rebuked,
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And a fals fend Antecrist over alle folk regnede.
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And that were rnylde men and holye, that no meschief dradden,
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Defyed alle falsnesse and folk that it usede;
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And what kyng that hem conforted, knowynge h[ir] gile,
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They cursed, and hir conseil--were it clerk or lewed.
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Antecrist hadde thus soone hundredes at his baner,
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And Pride bar it bare boldely aboute,
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With a lord that lyveth after likyng of body,
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That cam ayein Conscience, that kepere was and gyour
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Over kynde Cristene and Cardynale Vertues.
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"I conseille,' quod Conscience tho, "cometh with me, ye fooles,
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Into Unite Holy Chirche, and holde we us there.
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And crye we to Kynde that he come and defende us
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Fooles fro thise fendes lymes, for Piers love the Plowman.
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And crye we on al the comune that thei come to Unitee,
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And there abide and bikere ayeins Beliales children.' Page  254
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Kynde Conscience tho herde, and cam out of the planetes,
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And sente forth his forreyours -- feveres and fluxes,
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Coughes and cardiacles, crampes and toothaches,
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Rewmes and radegundes and roynouse scalles,
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Biles and bocches and brennynge agues,
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Frenesies and foule yveles--forageres of Kynde
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Hadde ypriked and prayed polles of peple;
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Largeliche a legion lees hir lif soone.
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There was " Harrow!' and " Help! Here cometh Kynde,
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With Deeth that is dredful, to undo us alle!'
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The lord that lyved after lust tho aloud cryde
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After Confort, a knyght, to come and bere his baner.
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"Alarme! Alarme!' quod that lord, "ech lif kepe his owene!'
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Thanne mette thise men, er mynstrals myghte pipe,
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And er heraudes of armes hadden discryved lordes,
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Elde the hoore; he was in the vauntwarde,
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And bar the baner bifore Deeth--bi right he it cleymede.
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Kynde cam after hym, with many kene soores,
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As pokkes and pestilences--and muche peple shente;
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So Kynde thorugh corrupcions kilde ful manye,
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Deeth cam dryvynge after and al to duste passhed
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Kynges and knyghtes, kaysers and popes.
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Lered ne lewed, he lefte no man stonde
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That he hitte evene, that evere stired after.
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Manye a lovely lady and [hir] lemmans knyghtes
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Swowned and swelted for sorwe of Dethes dyntes.
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Conscience of his curteisie to Kynde he bisoughte
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To cesse and suffre, and see wher thei wo1de
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Leve Pride pryvely and be parfite Cristene.
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And Kynde cessede tho, to se the peple amende.
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Fortune gan flatere thanne tho fewe that were alyve,
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And bihighte hem long lif--and lecherie h
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Amonges alle manere men, wedded and unwedded, Page  255
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And gaderede a greet hoost al agayn Conscience.
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"This Lecherie leide on with laughynge chiere
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And with pryvee speche and peyntede wordes,
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And armede hym in ydelnesse and in heigh berynge.
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He bar a bowe in his hand and manye brode arewes,
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Weren fethered with fair biheste and many a fals truthe.
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With untidy tales he tened ful ofte
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Conscience and his compaignye, of Holy Kirke the techeris.
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Thanne cam Coveitise and caste how he myghte
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Overcome Conscience and Cardinale Vertues,
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And armed hym in avarice and hungriliche lyvede.
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His wepne was al wiles, to wynnen and to hiden;
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With glosynges and with gabbynges he giled the peple.
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Symonye hym s[ue]de to assaille Conscience,
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And preched to the peple, and prelates thei hem maden
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To holden with Antecrist, hir temporaltees to save;
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And cam to the kynges counseille as a kene baroun,
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And kneled to Conscience in Court afore hem alle,
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And garte Good Feith flee and Fals to abide;
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And boldeliche bar adoun with many a bright noble
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Muche of the wit and wisdom of Westmynstre Halle.
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He jogged til a justice and justed in his eere,
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And overtilte al his truthe with "Tak this up amendement.'
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And to the Arches in haste he yede anoon after,
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And tornede Cyvyle into Symonye, and siththe he took the Official:
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For a menever mantel he made lele matrymoyne
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Departen er deeth cam, and a devors shapte.
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"Allas!' quod Conscience, and cryde tho, "wolde Crist of his grace
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That Coveitise were Cristene, that is so kene to fighte,
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And boold and bidynge the while his bagge lasteth!'
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And thanne lough Lyf, and leet daggen hise clothes, Page  256
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And armed hym in haste in harlotes wordes,
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And heeld Holynesse a jape and Hendenesse a wastour,
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And leet Leautee a cherl and Lyere a fre man;
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Conscience and counseil, he counted it folye.
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Thus relyede Lif for a litel fortune,
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And priked forth with Pride--preiseth he no vertue,
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Ne careth noght how Kynde slow, and shal come at the laste
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And kille alle erthely creature save Conscience oone.
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Lyf lepte aside and laughte hym a lemman.
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"Heele and I,' quod he, "and heighnesse of herte
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Shal do thee noght drede neither deeth ne elde.
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And to foryyte sorwe and yyve noght of synne."
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This likede Lif and his lemman Fortune,
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And geten in hir glorie a gadelyng at the laste,
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Oon that muche wo wroughte, Sleuthe was his name.
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Sleuthe wax wonder yerne and soone was of age,
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And wedded oon Wanhope, a wenche of the stuwes.
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Hir sire was a sysour that nevere swoor truthe---
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Oon Tomme Two-tonge, atteynt at ech a queste.
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This Sleuthe was war of werre, and a slynge made.
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And threw drede of dispair a dozeyne myle aboute.
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For care Conscience tho cryde upon Elde,
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And bad hym fonde to fighte and afere Wanhope.
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And Elde hente good hope, and hastiliche he shifte hym,
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And wayved awey Wanhope and with Lif he fighteth.
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And Lif fleigh for feere to Phisik after helpe,
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And bisoughte hym of socour, and of his salve hadde,
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And gaf hym gold good woon that gladede his herte--
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And thei gyven hym ageyn a glazene howve.
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Lyf leeved that lechecraft lette sholde Elde,
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And dryven awey deeth with dyas and drogges.
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And Elde auntred hym on Lyf--and at the laste he hitte
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A phisicien with a furred hood, that he fel in a palsie,
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And there dyed that doctour er thre dayes after.
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"Now I se,' seide Lif, "that surgerie ne phisik Page  257
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May noght a myte availle to medle ayein Elde.'
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And in hope of his heele good herte he hente
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And rood so to Revel, a riche place and a murye--
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The compaignye of confort men cleped it som tyme--
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And Elde anoon after hym, and over myn heed yede,
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And made me balled bifore and bare on the croune:
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So harde he yede over myn heed it wol be sene evere.
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"Sire yvele ytaught Elde!' quod I, "unhende go with the!
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Sith whanne was the wey over menne heddes?
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Haddestow be hende,' quod I, "thow woldest have asked leeve!'
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"Ye--leve, lurdeyn?' quod he, and leyde on me with age,
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And hitte me under the ere--unnethe may ich here.
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Helbuffetted me aboute the mouth and bette out my wangteeth,
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And gyved me in goutes--I may noght goon at large.
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And of the wo that I was inne my wif hadde ruthe,
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And wisshed wel witterly that I were in hevene.
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For the lyme that she loved me fore, and leef was to feele--
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On nyghtes, namely, whan we naked weere--
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I ne myghte in no manere maken it at hir wille,
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So Elde and he[o] hadden it forbeten.
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And as I seet in this sorwe, I saugh how Kynde passede,
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And deeth drogh neigh me--for drede gan I quake,
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And cryde to Kynde, "Out of care me brynge!
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Lo! how Elde the hoore hath me biseye:
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Awreke me if youre wille be, for I wolde ben hennes!
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"If thow wolt be wroken, wend into Unitee,
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And hold thee there evere, til I sende for thee;
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And loke thow konne som craft er thow come thennes.'
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"Counseille me, Kynde,' quod I, "what craft be best to lerne?'
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"Lerne to love,' quod Kynde, "and leef alle othere.'
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"How shal I come to catel so, toclothe me and to feede?'
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"And thow love lelly, lakke shal thee nevere
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Weede ne worldly mete, while thi lif lasteth.' Page  258
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And there by conseil of Kynde I comsed to rome
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Thorugh Contricion and Confession til I cam to Unitee.
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And there was Conscience conestable Cristene to save,
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And bisegede soo[r]ly with sevene grete geaunts
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That with Antecrist helden harde ayein Conscience.
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Sleuthe with his slynge an hard saut he made.
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Proude preestes coome with hym--pange an hundred
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In paltokes and pyked shoes and pisseris longe knyves
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Coomen ayein Conscience--with Coveitise thei helden.
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"By the Marie!' quod a mansed preest, was of the march of Irlonde,
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"I counte na moore Conscience, by so I cacche silver,
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Than I do to drynke a draughte of good ale!'
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And so seiden sixty of the same contree,
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And shotten ayein with shot, many a sheef of othes,
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And brode hoked arwes--Goddes herte and hise nayles--
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And hadden almoost Unitee and holynesse adown.
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Conscience cryede, " Help, Clergie. or ellis I falle
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Thorugh inparfite preestes and prelates of Holy Chirche!
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Freres herden hym crye, and comen hym to helpe--
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Ac for thei kouthe noght wel hir craft, Conscience forsook hem.
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Nede neghede tho neer, and Conscience he tolde
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That thei come for coveitise to have cure of soules.
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"And for thei are povere, paraventure, for patrymoyne hem failleth,
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Thei wol flatere, to fare wel, folk that ben riche.
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And sithen thei chosen chele and cheitiftee, poverte--
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Lat hem chewe as thei chose, and charge hem with no cure!
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For lomere he lyeth, that liflode moot begge,
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Than he that laboureth for liflode and leneth it beggeres.
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And sithen freres forsoke the felicite of erthe, Page  259
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Lat hem be as beggeris, or lyve by aungeles foode!'
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Conscience of this counseil tho comsede for to laughe,
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And curteisliche conforted hem and called in alle freres,
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And seide, Sires, soothly welcome be ye alle
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To Unitee and Holy Chirche--ac o thyng I yow preye:
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Holdeth yow in unitee, and haveth noon envye
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To lered ne to lewed, but lyveth after youre reule.
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And I wol be youre borugh, ye shal have breed and clothes
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And othere necessaries ynowe--yow shal no thyng lakke,
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With that ye leve logik and lerneth for to lovye.
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For love lafte thei lordshipe, bothe lond and scole--
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Frere Fraunceys and Domynyk--for love to be holye.
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"And if ye coveite cure, Kynde wol yow telle
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That in mesure God made alle manere thynges,
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And sette it at a certein and at a siker nombre,
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And nempnede hem names newe, and noumbrede the sterres:
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Qui numerat multitudinem stellarum et omnibus eis &c.
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"Kynges and knyghtes, that kepen and defenden,
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Han officers under hem, and ech of hem a certein.
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And if thei wage men to werre, thei write hem in noumbre;
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Wol no tresorere taken hem wages, travaille thei never so soore,
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[But thei ben nempned in the noumbre of hem that ben ywaged].
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Alle othere in bataille ben yholde brybours--
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Pylours and pykeharneys, in ech a parisshe ycursed.
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" Monkes and moniales and alle men of religion--
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Hir ordre and hir reu1e wole to han a certein noumbre;
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Of lewed and of lered the lawe wole and asketh
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A certein for a certein--save oonliche of freres! Page  260
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Forthi,' quod Conscience, "by Crist! kynde wit me telleth
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It is wikked to wage yow--ye wexen out of noumbre!
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Hevene hath evene noumbre, and helle is withoute noumbre;
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Forthi I wolde witterly that ye were in the registre
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And youre noumbre under notarie sygne, and neither mo ne lasse!'
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Envye herde this and heet freres go to scole
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And lerne logyk and lawe--and ek contemplacion--
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And preche men of Plato, and preve it by Seneca
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That alle thynges under hevene oughte to ben in cornune.
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He lyeth, as I leve, that to the lewed so precheth:
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For God made to men a lawe and Moyses it taughte--
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Non concupisces rem proximi tui.
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And yvele is this yholde in parisshes of Engelonde;
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For persons and parissh preestes, that sholde the peple shryve,
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Ben curatours called to knowe and to hele.
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Alle that ben hir parisshens penaunces enjoigne,
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And ben ashamed in hir shrift; ac shame maketh hem wende
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And fleen to the freres---as fals folk to Westmynstre,
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That borweth, and bereth it thider, and thanne biddeth frendes
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Yerne of foryifnesse or lenger yeres leve.
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Ac while he is in Westmynstre he wol be bifore
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And maken hym murie with oother menne goodes.
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And so it fareth with muche folk that to freres shryveth;
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As sisours and executours--thei shul yyve the freres Page  261
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A parcel to preye for hem, and [purchace] hem mur[th]e
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With the remenaunt that othere [renkes] biswonke,
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And suffre the dede in dette to the day of doome.
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Envye herfore hatede Conscience,
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And freres to philosophie he fond hem to scole,
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The while Coveitise and Unkyndenesse Conscience assaillede.
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In Unitee Holy Chirche Conscience held hym,
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And made Pees porter to pynne the yates
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Of alle taletelleris and titeleris in ydel.
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Ypocrisie and h[ii] an hard saut thei made.
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Ypocrisie at the yate harde gan fighte,
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And woundede wel wikkedly many a wise techere
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That with Conscience acordede and Cardynale Vertues.
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Conscience called a leche, that coude wel shryve,
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To go salve tho that sike were and thorugh synne ywounded.
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Shrift shoop sharp salve, and made men do penaunce
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For hire mysdedes that thei wroght hadde,
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And that Piers [pardon] were ypayed, redde quod debes.
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Some liked noght this leche, and lettres thei sente,
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If any surgien were in the sege that softer koude plastre.
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Sire Leef-to-lyve-in-lecherie lay there and gronede;
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For fastynge of a Fryday he ferde as he wolde deye:
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"Ther is a surgien in this sege that softe kan handle,
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And moore of phisik bi fer, and fairer he plastreth--
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Oon Frere Flaterere, is phisicien and surgien.'
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Quod Contricion to Conscience, "Do hym come to Unitee;
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For here is many a man hurt thorugh Ypocrisye.'
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"We han no nede,' quod Conscience, "I woot no bettre leche
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Than person or parissh preest, penitauncer or bisshop--
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Save Piers the Plowman, that hath power over alle,
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I may wel suffre,' seide Conscience, "syn ye desiren,
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That Frere Flaterere be fet and phisike yow sike.'
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The frere herof herde and hiede faste
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To a lord for a lettre, leve to have to curen
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As a curatour he were, and cam with his lettre
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Boldely to the bisshop, and his brief hadde,
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In contrees ther he coome, confessions to here--
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And cam there Conseience was, and knokked at the yate.
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Pees unpynned it, was porter of Unitee,
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And in haste askede what his wille were.
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"In faith,' quod this frere, "for profit and for helthe
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Carpe I wolde with Contricion, and therfore cam I hider,'
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"He is sik,' seide Pees, "and so are manye othere;
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Ypocrisie hath hurt hem--ful hard is if thei kevere.'
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"I am a surgien,' seide the frere, "and salves can make.
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Conscience knoweth me wel and what I kan do bothe.'
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"I praye thee,' quod Pees tho, "er thow passe ferther,
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What hattestow? I praye thee, hele noght thi name.'
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"Certes,' seide his felawe, " Sire Penetrans-domos.'
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"Ye? Go thi gate!' quod Pees, "by God, for al thi phisik,
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But thow konne any craft, thow comest nought herinne!
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I knew swich oon ones, noght eighte wynter passed,
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Coom in thus ycoped at a court there I dwelde,
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And was my lordes leche--and my ladies bothe.
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And at the laste this lymytour, tho my lord was oute,
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He salvede so oure wommen til some were with childe.'
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Hende-Speche heet Pees tho, " Opene the yates.
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Lat in the frere and his felawe, and make hem fair cheere.
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He may se and here here, so may bifalle,
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That Lif thorugh his loore shal leve coveitise,
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And be adrad of deeth and withdrawe hym fram pryde,
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And acorde with Conseience and kisse hir either oother.'
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Thus thorugh Hende-Speche entred the frere,
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And cam in to Conseience and curteisly hym grette.
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" Thow art welcome,' quod Conscience, "kanstow heele sike?
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Here is Contricion,' quod Conscience, "my cosyn, ywounded.
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Conforte hym,' quod Conscience, "and take kepe to hise soores.
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And lat hem ligge overlonge and looth is to chaunge hem;
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Fro Lenten to Lenten he lat his plastres bite.'
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"That is overlonge!' quod this lymytour, " I leve--I shal amende it'--
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And gooth, gropeth Contricion, and gaf hym a plastre
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Of "A pryvee paiement, and I shal praye for yow,
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And for al [hem] that ye ben holden to, al my lif tyme,
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And make yow [and] my Lady in masse and in matyns
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As freres of oure fraternytee for a litel silver.'
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Thus he gooth and gadereth, and gloseth there he shryveth--
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Til Contricion hadde clene foryeten to crye and to wepe,
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And wake for hise wikked werkes as he was wont to doone.
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For confort of his confessour contricion he lafte,
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That is the soverayneste salve for alle[s]kynnes synnes.
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Sleuth seigh that, and so dide Pryde,
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And comen with a kene wille Conscience to assaille.
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Conseience cryed eft [Clergie come] helpe hym,
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And [bad] Contricion [come] to kepe the yate.
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" He lith adreynt,' seide Pees, "and so do manye othere;
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The frere with his phisyk this folk hath enchaunted,
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And plastred hem so esily [that hii] drede no synne!'
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"By Crist!' quod Conscience tho, " I wole bicome a pilgrym,
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And walken as wide as the world lasteth,
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To seken Piers the Plowman, that Pryde myghte destruye,
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And that freres hadde a fyndyng, that for nede flateren
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And countrepledeth me, Conscience. Now Kynde me avenge,
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And sende me hap and heele, til I have Piers the P1owman!'
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And siththe he gradde after Grace, til I gan awake.
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