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3 a fonned man, and enuye sleeth a litil child. Y si; a fool

4 with stidefast rote, and Y curside his feirnesse anoon. Hise
sones schulen be maad fer fro helthe, and thei schulen be
defoulid in the 3ate, and noon schal be that schal delyuere

5 hem. Whos ripe corn an hungri man schal ete, and an
armed man schal rauysche hym, and thei, that thirsten,

6 schulen drynke hise richessis. No thing is doon in erthe



JOB, V. 7

with out cause, and sorewe schal not go out of the erthe.
7, S A man is borun to labour, and a brid to flijt. Wherfor

Y schal biseche the Lord, and Y schal sette my speche to
9 my God. That makith grete thingis, and that moun not

be sou3t out, and wondurful thingis with out noumbre.

10 Which 5yueth reyn on the face of erthe, and moistith alle

1 1 thingis with watris. Which settith meke men an hi^, and

1 2 reisith with helthe hem that morenen. Which distrieth the
thou5tis of yuel willid men, that her hondis moun not fille

i3tho thingis that thei bigunnen. Which takith cautelouse

men in the felnesse of hem, and distrieth the counsel of

i4schrewis. Bi dai thei schulen renne in to derknessis, and

15 as in ny5t so thei schulen grope in myddai. Certis God
schal make saaf a nedi man fro the swerd of her mouth,
and a pore man fro the bond of the violent, ethi'r raiiynoiir.

16 And hope schal be to a nedi man, but wickidnesse schal
ijdrawe togidere his mouth. Blessid is the man, which is

chastisid of the Lord; therfor repreue thou not the blam-
iSyng of the Lord. For he woundith, and doith medicyn ;

19 he smytith, and hise hondis schulen make hool. In sixe
tribulaciouns he schal delyuere thee, and in the seuenthe

20 tribulacioun yuel schal not touche thee. In hungur he schal
delyuere thee fro deeth, and in batel fro the power of swerd.

21 Thou schalt be hid fro the scourge of tunge, and thou schalt
not drede myseiste, ethir wretchidnesse, whanne it cometh.

22 In distriyng inaad of enemy es and in hungur thou schalt lei^e,

23 and thou schalt not drede the beestis of erthe. But thi
couenaunt schal be with the stonys of erthe, and beestis of

24 erthe schulen be pesible to thee. And thou schalt wite,
that thi tabernacle hath pees, and thou visitynge thi fairnesse

25 schalt not do synne. And thou schalt wite also, that thi
seed schal be many fold, and thi generacioun schal be as

26 an erbe of erthe. In abundaunce thou schalt go in to the



8 JOB, VI.

->7sepulcre, as an heep of wheete is borun in his tyme. Lo !
this is so, as we han 50113! ; which thing herd, trete thou in
minde.

Cap. VI.

1,2 FoRsoTHE Joob answeride, and seide, Y wolde, that my
synnes, bi whiche Y desseruede ire, and the wretchidnesse

3 which Y suffre, weren peisid in a balaunce. As the grauel
of the see, this wretchidnesse schulde appere greuousere;

4 wherfor and my wordis ben ful of sorewe. For the arowis
of the Lord ben in me, the indignacioun of whiche drynkith
vp my spirit ; and the dredis of the Lord fi5ten a5ens me.

5 Whether a feeld asse schal rore, whanne he hath gras ?
Ethir whether an oxe schal lowe, whanne he stondith byfor

6 a ful cratche ? Ether whethir a thing vnsauery may be etun,
which is not maad sauery bi salt ? Ether whether ony man
may taaste a thing, which tastid bryngith deeth .? For whi

7 to an hungri soule, jhe, bittir thingis semen to be swete ;
tho thingis whiche my soule nolde touche bifore, ben now

Smy meetis for angwisch. Who ^yueth, that myn axyng
9 come ; and that God 5yue to me that, that Y abide ? And

he that bigan, al to-breke me; releesse he his hond, and
lokitte me doun? And this be coumfort to me, that he tur-

mente me with sorewe, and spare not, and that Y a^enseie

1 1 not the wordis of the hooli. For whi, what is my strengthe,
that Y suffre ? ethir which is myn ende, that Y do pacientli ?

1 2 Nethir my strengthe is the strengthe of stoonus, nether my
j.^fleisch is of bras. Lo ! noon help is to me in me; also my
i4meyneal frendis 3eden awey fro me. He that takith awei
ismerci fro his frend, forsakith the drede of the Lord. My

britheren passiden me, as a stronde doi//i, that passith rusch-
i6yngli in grete valeis. Snow schal come on hem, that dreden
1 7 frost. In the tyme wherynne thei ben scaterid, thei schulen



JOB, VII. 9

perlsche; and as thei ben hoote, thei schulen be vnknyt
iSfro her place. The pathis of her steppis ben wlappid ; thei
19 schulen go in veyn, and schulen perische. Biholde 56 the

pathis of Theman, and the weies of Saba; and abide 50
JO a litil. Thei ben schent, for Y hopide ; and thei camen til

2 1 to me, and thei ben hilid with schame. Now ^e ben comun,

22 and now 56 seen my wounde, and dreden. Whether Y seide,
Brynge ^e to me, and ^iue 56 of 50ure catel to me ? ethir,

j^Delyuere ^e me fro the bond of enemy, and rauysche 50

J 4 me fro the bond of stronge men? Teche ^e me, and Y

schal be stille; and if in hap Y vnknew ony thing, teche

25 ^e me. Whi ban 56 depraued the wordis of trewthe .? sithen

26 noon is of 50U, that may repreue me. 3^ maken redi spechis
oneli for to blame, and ^e bryngen forth wordis in to wynde.

27 5e fallen in on a fadirles child, and enforsen to peruerte

28 50ure frend. Netheles fille 5e that, that ^e ban bigunne;

29 3yue 56 the eere, and se 56, whether Y lie. Y biseche, an-
swere 56 with out strijf, and speke ^e, and deme ^e that, that

30 is iust. And 56 schulen not fynde wickidnesse in my tunge,
nethir foli schal sowne in my chekis.



Cap. VII.

1 KNY3TH0D is lijf of man on erthe, and his daies ben as

2 the daies of an hired man. As an hert desireth schadowe,

3 and as an hirede man abideth the ende of his werk ; so and
Y hadde voide monethis, and Y noumbrede trauailous ni3tes

4 to me. If Y schal slepe, Y schal seie, Whanne schal Y
rise.? and eft Y schal abide the euentid, and Y schal be

5 filHd with sorewis til to derknessis. Mi fleisch is clothid
with rot, and filthis of dust; my skyn driede vp, and is

6 drawun togidere. My daies passiden swiftliere thannc a
web is kit doun of a webstere ; and tho daies ben wastid



lO JOB, VIII.

7 with outen ony hope. God, haue thou mynde, for my lijf
is wynde, and myn i^e schal not turne a5en, that it se goodis.

8 Nethir the si3t of man schal biholde me ; but thin i5en ben

9 in me, and Y schal not be m deedli lijf. As a cloude is
wastid, and passith, so he that goith doun to helle, schal

10 not stie; nether schal turne a3en more in to his hows,

1 1 and his place schal no more knowe hym. Wherfor and

Y schal not spare my mouth ; Y schal speke in the tribula-
cioun of my spirit, Y schal talke togidere with the bitter-

i2nesse of my soule. Whether Y am the see, ethir a whal,

13 for thou hast cumpassid me with prisoun? If Y seie. My
bed schal coumfort me, and Y schal be releeuyd, spekynge

14 with me in my bed; thou schalt make me aferd bi dremys,
and thou schalt schake me with orrour, ethir hidousnesse, bi

15 si^tis. Wherfor my soule chees hangyng, and my boonys
\6cheesidefi deth. Y dispeiride, now Y schal no more lyue ;
17 Lord, spare thou me, for my dales ben nou^t. What is

a man, for thou magnifiest hym? ether what settist thou
18 thin herte toward hym? Thou visitist hym eerly, and sud-
ipeynli thou preuest hym. Hou long sparist thou not me,

20 nether suffrist me, that Y swolowe my spotele? Y haue
synned ; A ! thou kepere of men, what schal Y do to thee ?
Whi hast thou set me contrarie to thee, and Y am maad

21 greuouse to my silf ? Whi doist thou not awei my sinne,
and whi takist thou not awei my wickidnesse ? Lo ! now

Y schal slepe in dust, and if thou sekist me eerli, Y schal
not abide.

Cap. VIII.

1, 2 SoTHELi Baldath Suytes answeride, and seide, Hou longe
schalt thou speke siche thingis ? The spirit of the word of

3thi mouth is manyfold. Whether God supplauntith, ethir
disseyueth, doom, and whether Almyjti God distrieth that, that



IT

4 is iust? ^he^ thou^ thi sones synneden a^ens hym, and he

5 lefte hem in the hond of her wickidnesse ; netheles, if thou
6risist eerli to God, and bisechist Almy5ti God, if thou goist

clene and ri3tful, anoon he schal wake fulli to thee, and schal

7 make pesible the dwellyng place of thi ry5tfuhiesse ; in so
miche that thi formere thingis weren litil, and that thi laste

8 thingis be multiplied greetli? For whi, axe thou the formere
generacioun, and seke thou diligentli the mynde of fadris.

9 For we ben men of 3istirdai, and kunnen not ; for oure daies

10 ben as schadewe on the erthe. And thei schulen teche thee,
thei schulen speke to thee, and of her herte thei schulen bring

1 1 forth spechis. Whether a rusche may lyue with out moys-
i2ture? ethir a spier may wexe with out watir ? Whanne it is

5it in the flour, nethir is takun with hond, it wexeth drie bifor
i3alle erbis. So the weies of alio men, that for5eten God; and

1 4 the hope of an ypocrite schal perische. His cowardise schal

15 not plese hym, and his trist sc/ial he as a web of yreyns. He
schal leene, ether reste, on his hows, and it schal not stonde ; he

16 schal vndursette it, and it schal not rise togidere. The rusche
semeth moist, bifor that the sunne come ; and in the risyng

17 of the sunne the seed therof schal go out. Rootis therof
schulen be maad thicke on an heep of stoonys, and it schal

18 dwelle among stoonys. If a man drawith it out of his place,
his place schal denye it, and schal seie, Y knowe thee not.

iQ For this is the gladnesse of his weie, that eft othere ruschis

20 springe out of the erthe. Forsothe God schal not caste a wei

21 a symple man, nethir schal dresse hond to wickid men; til
thi mouth be fillid with lei5tir, and thi lippis with hertli song.

22 Thei that haten thee schulen be clothid with schenschip ; and
the tabernacle of wickid men schal not stonde.



13 JOB, IX.



Cap. IX.



1, 2 JooB answeride, and seide, Vcrili Y woot, that it is so, and
that a man comparisound to God schal not be maad iust.

3 If he wole stryue with God, he may not answere to God oon

4 for a thousynde. He is wiys in herte, and strong in myjt ;

5 who a^enstood hym, and hadde pees ? Which bar hillis fro
o place to anothir, and thei wisten not ; whiche he distriede

6 in his strong veniaunce. Which stirith the erthe fro his
place, and the pilers therof schulen be schakun togidere.

7 W^hich comaundith to the sunne, and it risith not ; and he

8 closith the sterris, as vndiir a signet. Which aloone stretchith

9 forth heuenes, and goith on the wawis of the see. Which
makith Ariture, and Orionas, and Hiadas, //m/ is, seuene ster-

-ioris, and the innere thingis of the south. Which makith grete
thingis, and that moun not be sou3t out, and wondurful

J 1 thingis, of whiche is noon noumbre. If he cometh to me,
that IS, hi his grace, Y schal not se hym ; if he goith awey,
thai is, in withdrawynge his grace, Y schal not vndurstonde.

12 If he axith sodeynli, who schal answere to hym? etliir who

J 3 may seie to hym, Whi doist thou so.? God is he, whos
wraththe no man may withstonde ; and vndur whom thei ben

i4bowid, that beren the world. Hou greet am Y, that Y

15 answere to hym, and speke bi my wordis with hym? Which
also schal not answere, thou^ Y haue ony thing iust ; but Y

16 schal biseche my iuge. And whanne he hath herd me in-
wardli clepynge, Y bileue not, that he hath herd my vois.

1 7 For in a whirlewynd he schal al to-brcke me, and he schal
iSmultiplie my woundis, 5he, without cause. He grauntith not,

that my spirit haue reste, and he fillith me with bittirnesses.

19 If strengthe is sou3t, he is moost strong; if equyte of doom

o is soiqt, no man dar jelde witnessynge for me. If Y wole



JOB, X, 13

make me iust, my mouth schal dampne me ; if Y schal schewe

2 1 me innocent, he schal preue me a schrewe. 5^ie, thou3 Y am
symple, my soule schal not knowe this same thing ; and it

22 schal anoye me of my lijf. O thing is, which Y spak, he
schal waste h' deth also the innocent and wickid man. If he

23 betith, sle he onys, and lei^e he not of the peynes of innocent

24 men. The erthe is ^ouun in to the hondis of the wickid ; he
hilith the face of iugis ; that if he is not, who therfor is .?

2-^ Mi daies weren swiftere than a corour ; thei fledden, and sien

26 not good. Thei passiden as schippis berynge applis, as an

2 7egle fleynge to mete. Whanne Y seie, Y schal not speke

so ; Y chaunge my face, and Y am turmentid with sorewe.

28 Y drede alle my werkis, witynge that thou woldist not spare

29 the trespassour. SotheH if Y am also thus wickid, whi haue

30 Y trauelid in veyn } Thou5 Y am waischun as with watris of
snow, and thou^ myn hondis schynen as moost cleene,

3inetheles thou schalt dippe me in filthis, and my clothis, that

32 z>, werkis, schulen holde me abhomynable. Trewli Y schal
not answere a man, which is lijk me; nether that may be

33 herd euenli with me in doom. Noon is, that may repreue
34euer eithir, and sette his hond in bothe. Do he awei his
2,}i 5erde fro me, and his drede make not me aferd. Y schal

speke, and Y schal not drede hym ; for Y may not answere
dredynge.

Cap. X.

1 Yt anoieth my soule of my lijf; Y schal lete my spcche

2 a5ens me, Y schal speke in the bitternesse of my soule. Y
schal seie to God, Nyle thou condempne me; schewe thou

3 to me, whi thou demest me so. Whether it semeth good to
thee, if thou falsli chalengist and opprcssist me, the werk of
thin hondis ; and if thou helpist the counsel of wickid men ?

4 Whethir fleischli i5en ben to thee, ethir, as a man seeth, also



14 JOB, X.

5 thou schalt se ? Whether thi dales beji as the daies of man,
() and thi ^eeris ben as mannus tymes ; that thou enquere my
7 wickidncsse, and enserche my synne ? And wite, that Y

haue do no wickid thing ; sithen no man is, that may delyuere
s fro thin hond ? Thin hondis han maad me, and han formed

me al in cumpas; and thou castist me doun so sodeynli.
9 Y preye, haue thou mynde, that thou madist me as cley, and

I o schalt brynge me a^en in to dust. Whether thou hast not

mylkid me as my Ik, and hast cruddid me togidere as cheese ?

I I Thou clothidist me with skyn and fleisch ; thou hast ioyned

12 me togidere with boonys and senewis. Thou hast ^oue lijf

13 and mercy to me, and thi visiting hath kept my spirit. Thou5
thou helist these thingis in thin herte, netheles Y woot, that

1 4 thou hast mynde of alle thingis. If Y dide synne, and thou
sparidist me at an our ; whi suffrist thou not me to be cleene

15 of my wickidnesse .? And if Y was wickid, wo is to me ; and
if Y was lust, Y fillid with turment and wretchidnesse schal

16 not reise the heed. And if Y reise the heed for pride, thou
schalt take me as a iionesse; and thou turnest a5en, and

1 7 turmentist me wondirli. Thou gaderist in store thi witnessis
a^ens me, and thou multipliest thin yre, that is, veniaimce,

i8a3ens me; and peynes holden kny^thod in miC. Whi hast
thou led me out of the wombe } And Y wolde, that Y were

iQwastid, lest an i3e schulde se me. That Y hadde be, as if Y
were not, and were translatid, eihir borufi ouer, fro the wombe

.'oto the sepulcre. Whether the fewnesse of my, daies schal not
be endid in schort ? Therfor suffre thou me, that Y biweile

21 a litil my sorewe, bifor that Y go, and turne not a3en, to the
derk lond, and hilid with the derknesse of deth, to the lond of

22 wrecchidnesse and of derknessis ; where is schadewe of deeth,
and noon ordre, but euerlastynge hidousnesse dwellith.



JOB, XI. 15



Cap. XL

1 FoRSOTHE Sophar Naamathites answeride, and seide,
J Whether he, that spekith many thingis, schal not also

here ? ether whethir a man ful of wordis schal be maad iust ?
;, Schulen men be stille to thee aloone ; whanne thou hast

scorned othere men, schalt thou not be ouercomun of ony

4 man ? For thou seidist, My word is cleene, and Y am cleene

5 in thi si3t. And Y wolde, that God spak with thee, and

6 openyde hise lippis to thee ; to schewe to thee the priuetees
of wisdom, and that his lawe is manyfold, and thou schuldist
vndurstonde, that thou art requirid of hym to paie myche lesse

7 thingis, than thi wickidnesse disserueth. In hap thou schalt
comprehende the steppis of God, and thou schalt fynde

SAlmy^ti God til to perfeccioun. He is hi3ere than heuene,
and what schalt thou do ? he is deppere than helle, and

9 wherof schalt thou knowe ? His mesure is lengere than

loerthe, and brodere than the see. If he distrieth alle thingis,

ethir dryueth streitli in to oon, who schal a^enseie hym ?

1 1 Ethir who may seie to hym, Whi doest thou so ? For he
knowith the vanyte of men ; and whether he seynge bylioldit?i

12 not wickidnesse? A veyn man is reisid in to pride; and
i3gessith hym silf borun fre, as the colt of a wilde asse. But

thou hast maad stidefast thin herte, and hast sprcd abrood

14 thin hondis to hym. If thou doest awei fro thee the wickid-
nesse, which is in thin bond, and vnri3tfulnesse dwellith not

15 in thi tabernacle, thanne thou schalt mowe reise thi face with
out wem, and thou schalt be stidefast, and thou schalt not

iGdrede. And thou schalt for3ete wretchidnesse, and thou

17 schalt not thenke of it, as of watris that han passid. And

as myddai schynynge it schal reise to thee at euentid : and

whanne thou gessist thee wastid, thou schalt rise vp as the



1 6 JOB, KIT,

18 dai-sterre. And thou schalt haue trist, while hope schal be

19 set forth to thee; and thou biried schalt slepe sikurli. Thou
schalt reste, and noon schal be that schal make thee aferd ;

20 and ful many men schulen biseche thi face. But the i3en of
wickid men schulen faile ; and socour schal perische fro hem,
and the hope of hem schal be abhominacyioun of soule.

Cap. XII.

1, 2 SoTHELi Joob answeride, and seide, Therfor ben ^e men

3 aloone, that wisdom dwelle with 50U ? And to me is an herte,
as and to 50U5 and Y am not lowere than ^e ; for who

4 knowith not these thingis, whiche ^e knowen ? He that is
scorned of his frend, as Y am, schal inwardli clepe God, and
God schal here hym ; for the symplenesse of a iust man is

5 scorned. A laumpe is dispisid at the •thou3tis of riche men,

6 and /he laiimpe is maad redi to a tyme ordeyned. The
tabernaclis of robberis ben plenteuouse, ether ful of goodis ;
and boldli thei terren God to wraththe, whanne he hath ^oue

7 alle thingis in to her hondis. No wondur, ax thou beestis,
and iho schulen teche thee ; and axe thou volatilis of the eir,

8 and tho schulen schewe to thee. Speke thou to the erthe,
and it schal answere thee ; and the fischis of the see schulen

9 telle tho thingis. Who knowith not that the hond of the

10 Lord made alle these thingis } In whos hond the soule is of
ech lyuynge thing, and the spirit, that is, resonahle soule, of

1 1 ech fleisch of man. Whether the eere demeth not wordis,

12 and the chekis of the etere demcn sauour.? Wisdom is in

13 elde men, and prudence is in myche tyme. Wisdom and
strengthe is at God; he hath counsel and vndurstondyng.

14 If he distrieth, no man is that bildith; if he schittith in a

15 man, noon is that openith. If he holdith togidere watris,
alle thingis schulen be maad drie; if he sendith out tho



JOB, XIII. 17

i6watris, tho schulen distrie the erthe. Strengthe and wisdom
is at God; he knowith bothe hym that disseyueth and hym

17 that is disseyued. And he bryngith conselours in to a
fonned eende, and iugis in to wondryng, e/hir astonying.

18 He vnbindith the girdil of kyngis, and girdith her reynes

19 with a coorde. He ledith her prestis with out glorie, and

20 he disseyueth the principal men, ethir counscloiirs ; and he
chaungith the Hppis of sothefast men, and takith awei

21 the doctrine of elde men. He schedith out dispisyng on

22 princes, and releeueth hem, that weren oppressid. Which
schewilh depe thingis fro derknessis ; and bryngith forth in

23 to li5t the schadewe of deeth. Which multipHeth folkis, and
leesith hem, and restorith hem destried in to the hool.

24 Which chaungith the herte of princes of the puple of erthe ;
and disseyueth hem, that thei go in veyn out of the weie.

25 Thei schulen grope, as in derknessis, and not in li^t ; and he
schal make hem to erre as drunken men.



Cap. XIII.

1 Lo ! myn i^e si3 alle thingis, and myn eere herde ; and Y

2 vndurstood alle thingis. Euene with ^oure kunnyng also Y

3 kan, and Y am not lowere than 56. But netheles Y schal
speke to Almy3ti God, and Y coueite to dispute with God ;

4 and firste Y schewe 50U makeris of leesyng, and louyeris of

5 weyward techyngis. And Y wolde that 56 weren stille, that

6 5e weren gessid to be wise men. Therfor here 5e my chas-

7 tisyngis ; and perseyue ^e the doom of my lippis. Whether
God hath nede to 50ure leesyng, that 5e speke gilis for hym }

8 Whether 3e taken his face, and enforsen to deme for God }

9 Ethir it schal plese hym, fro whom no thing mai be hid ^
Whether he as a man schal be disseyued with 50ure fals-

10 nessis ? He schal repreue 30U ; for 5e taken his face iu

c



1 8 JOB, XIV.

iihiddlis. Anoon as he schal stire hym, he schal disturble
1 2 50U ; and his drede schal falle on 50U. 3oure mynde schal

be comparisound to aische; and ^oure nollis schulen be
isdryuun in to clei. Be 5e stille a litil, that Y speke, what
Hcuer thing the mynde hath schewid to me. Whi to-rende

Y my fleischis with my teeth, and here my lijf in myn

15 hondis ? ^he, thou5 God sleeth me, Y schal hope in hym ;

16 netheles Y schal preue my weies in his si5t. And he schal
be my sauyour ; for whi ech ypocrite schal not come in his

1 7 si^t. Here ^e my word, and perseyue ^e with eeris derke

18 and harde figuratif spechis. Yf Y schal be demed, Y woot

19 that Y schal be foundun iust. Who is he that is demed with

20 me ? Come he ; whi am Y stille, and am wastid ? Do thou
not to me twei thingis oneH ; and thanne Y schal not be hid

21 fro thi face. Make thin hond fer fro me; and thi drede

22 make not me aferd. Clepe thou me, and Y schal answere
thee ; ethir certis Y schal speke, and thou schalt answere

23 me. Hou grete synnes and wickidnessis haue Y ? Schewe

24 thou to me my felonyes, and trespassis. Whi hidist thou

25 thi face, and demest me thin enemy ? Thou schewist thi
my5t a^ens a leef, which is rauyschid with the wynd ; and

26 thou pursuest drye stobil. For thou writist bitternessis a5ens
me ; and wolt waste me with the synnes of my 3ong wex-

27 ynge age. Thou hast set my foot in a stok, and thou hast
kept alle my pathis ; and thou hast biholde the steppis of

28 my feet. And Y schal be wastid as rot, and as a cloth,
which is etun of a mou^te.

Cap. XIV.

1 A MAN z's borun of a womman, and lyueth schort tyme,

2 and is fillid with many wretchidnessis. Which goith out,
and is defoulid as a flour ; and fleeth as schadewe, and



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3 dwellith neuere perfitli in the same staat. And gessist thou
it worthi to opene thin i3en on siche a man ; and to brynge

4 hym in to doom with thee ? Who may make a man clene
conseyued of vnclene seed ? Whether not thou, which art

5 aloone ? The daies of man ben schorte, the noumbre of his
monethis is at thee ; thou hast set, ethir ordeyfied, hise termes,

6 whiche moun not be passid. Therfor go thou awey fro hym
a litil, thai is, by ivithdrawyng ofbodililijf, that he haue reste ;
til the vieede coueitid come, and his dai is as the dai of an

7 hirid man. A tree hath hope, if it is kit doun ; and eft it wexith

8 greene, and hise braunches spreden forth. If the roote therof
is eeld in the erthe, and the stok therof is ny5 deed in dust ;

9 it schal buriowne at the odour of watir, and it schal make
loheer, as whanne it was plauntid first. But whanne a man is

deed, and maad nakid, and wastid ; Y preye, where is he }
1 1 As if watris goen awei fro the see, and a ryuer maad voide
] 2 wexe drie, so a man, whanne he hath slept, that is, deed, he

schal not rise a^en, til heuene be brokun, that is, be maad

newe ; he schal not wake, nether he schal ryse togidere fro
13 his sleep. Who 5iueth this to me, that thou defende me in

helle, and that thou hide me, til thi greet veniaunce passe ;

and thou sette to me a tyme, in which thou haue mynde on
14 me? Gessist thou, whethir a deed man schal lyue a5en ?

In alle the daies, in whiche Y holde kny5thod, now Y abide,

15 til my chaungyng come. Thou schalt clepe me, and Y schal
answere thee ; thou schalt dresse the ri5t half, that is, blis, to

16 the werk of thin hondis. Sotheli thou hast noumbrid my

17 steppis ; but spare thou my synnes. Thou hast seelid as in
a bagge my trespassis, but thou hast curid my wickidnesse.

18 An hil fallynge droppith doun, and a rooche of stoon is
i9borun ouer fro his place. Watris maken stoonys holowe,



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