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29.of kingis. Thre thingis ben, that goon wel, and the fourthe

30 thing, that goith richeli. A lioun, strongeste of beestis, schal

31 not drede at the meetyng of ony man ; a cok gird the leendis,

32 and a ram, and noon is that schal a3enstonde him. He that


apperith a fool, afdr that he is reisid an hi3 ; for if he hadde
i3 vndurstonde, he hadde sett hond on his mouth. Forsotlic
he that thristith strongli teetis, to drawe out mylk, thristitli
out botere; and he that smytith greetli, drawilh out blood;
and he that stirith iris, bringith forth discordis.


I The wordis of Lamuel, the king ; the visioun bi which

J his modir tau^te hym. What my derlyng ? what the derl-

;, yng of my wombe ? what the derlyng of my desiris ? 3yue

thou not thi catel to wymmen, and thi richessis to do awei

4 kyngis. A ! Lamuel, nyle thou jiue wyn to kingis ; for no

5 pryuete is, where drunkenesse regneth. Lest perauenture
thei drynke, and for^ete domes,, and chaunge the cause of

6 the sones of a pore man. 3yue ^e sidur to hem that

7 morenen, and wyn to hem that ben of bitter soule. Drinke
thei, and for3ete thei her nedinesse ; and thenke thei no

s more on her sorewe. Opene thi mouth for a doumb man, and

(J opene thi mouth for the causes of alle sones that passen

forth. Deme thou that that is iust, and deme thou a nedi

loman and a pore man. Who schal fynde a stronge wom-

11 man? the prijs of her is fer, and fro the laste endis. The
herte of hir hosebond tristith in hir; and sche schal not

1 2 haue nede to spuylis. Sche schal ^elde to hym good, and

13 not yuel, in alle the dales of hir lijf Sche sou3te wolle
1 4 and flex; and wrou3te bi the counsel of hir hondis. Sche

is maad as the schip of a marchaunt, that berith his breed
15 fro fer. And sche roos bi ny3t, and 3af prey to hir mey-
i6neals, and meds to hir handmaidis. Sche bihelde a feeld,

and bou3te it; of the fruyt of hir hondis sche plauntide

1 7 a vyner. Sche girde hir leendis with strengthe, and made

18 strong hir arm. Sche taastide, and si3, that hir marcliaundic


was good; hir lanterne schal not be quenchid in the ni3t.
iQSche putte hir hondis to stronge thingis, and hir fyngris
;!o token the spyndil. Sche openyde hir hond to a nedi man,
2 1 and stretchide forth hir hondis to a pore man. Sche schal

not drede for hir hous of the cooldis of snow ; for alle hir
2 1 meyneals ben clothid with double clothis. Sche made to

23 hir a ray cloth ; bijs and purpur is the cloth of hir. Hir
hosebonde is noble in the jatis, whanne he sittith with the

24 senatours of erthe. Sche made lynnun cloth, and selde ;

25 and 5af a girdil to a Chananei. Strengthe and fairnesse
is the clothing of hir ; and sche schal lei^e in the laste dai.

26 Sche openyde hir mouth to wisdom ; and the lawe of merci
21 is in hir tunge. Sche bihelde the pathis of hir hous; and

28 sche eet not breed idili. Hir sones risiden, and prechiden

29 hir moost blessid ; hir hosebonde roos, and preiside hir. Many

30 dou^tris gaderiden richessis ; thou passidist alle. Fair-
nesse is disseiuable grace, and veyn; thilke womman, that

31 dredith the Lord, schal be preisid. 37"^ 5^ ^o hir of the
fruyt of hir hondis ; and hir werkis preise hir in the ^atis.


Cap. I.

1 The wordis of Ecclesiastes, sone of Dauid, the kyng of

2 Jerusalem. The vanyte of vanytees, seide Ecclesiastes; the

3 vanyte of vanytees, and alle thingis ben vanite. What hath
a man more of alle his trauel, bi which he traueilith vndur

4 the sunne.'' Generacioun passith awei, and generacioun

5 cometh ; but the erthe stondith with-outen ende. The



siinne risith, and goilh doun, and turncth a^cn to his place ;

6 and there it risith a^en, and cumpassith bi the south, and
turneth a5en to the north. The spirit cumpassynge alie
tliingis goith in cumpas, and turneth a^en in to hisc cerclis.

7 Alle tloodis entren in to the see, and the see fletitli not
ouer //ic mar Zeis sii of God ; the floodis turnen a^en to the

8 place fro whennus tho comcn forth, that tho flowe eft. Alle
thingis be7i hard ; a man may not declare tho thingis bi
word; the i3e is not fillid bi si3t, nether the eere is fillid

9 bi hering. What is that thing that was, that that schal
come? What is that thing that is maad, that that schal

10 be maad? No thing vndir the sunne is newe, nether ony
man may seie, Lo ! this thing is newe ; for now it ^ede

1 1 bifore in worldis, that weren bifore vs. INIynde of the for-
mere thingis is not, but sotheli nether thenkyng of tho
thingis, that schulen come afterward, schal be at hem that

1 2 schulen come in the last tyme. I Ecclesiastes was king

13 of Israel in Jerusalem; and Y purposide in my soule to
seke and enserche wiseli of alle thingis, that ben maad
vndur the sunne. God 5af this werste ocupacioun to the
sones of men, that thei schulden be ocupied therynne.

14 1 si3 alle thingis that ben maad vndur the sunne, and lo !

15 alle thingis hen vanyte and turment of spirit. Wei ward
men ben amendid of hard; and the noumbre of foolis is

16 greet with-outen ende. I spak in myn herte, and Y seide,
Lo ! Y am made greet, and Y passide in wisdom alle men,
that weren bifore me in Jerusalem ; and my soule si3 many

17 thingis wiseH, and Y lernede. And Y ^af myn herte, that
Y schulde knowe prudence and doctryn, and errours and
foli. And Y knew that in these thingis also was trauel and

18 turment of spirit; for in myche wisdom is myche indig-
nacioun, and he that encressith kunnyng, encreessith also


Cap. II.

1 Therfor Y seide in myn herte, Y schal go, and Y schal
flowe in delicis, and Y schal vse goodis ; and Y si3 also

2 that this was vanyte. And lei3yng Y arrettide errour, and

3 Y seide to ioye, What art thou disseyued in veyn ? I thou5te
in myn herte to withdrawe my fleisch fro wyn, that Y schulde
lede ouer my soule to wisdom, and that Y schulde eschewe
foli, dl Y schulde se, what w^ere profitable to the sones of
men ; in which dede the noumbre of dales of her lijf vndur

4 the sunne is nedeful. Y magnefiede my werkis, Y bildide

5 housis to me, and Y plaundde vynes ; Y made 5erdis and
orcherdis, and Y settide tho with the trees of al kynde ;

6 and Y made cisternes of watris, for to watre the wode of

7 trees growynge. I hadde in possessioun seruauntis and
handmaidis ; and Y hadde myche meynee, and droues of
grete beestis, and grete flockis of scheep, ouer alle men

s that weren bifore me in Jerusalem. Y gaderide togidere
to me siluer and gold, and the castels of kingis and of
prouyncis ; Y made to me syngeris and syngeressis, and
delicis of the sones of men, and cuppis and vessels in

9 seruyce, to helde out wynes ; and Y passide in richessis
alle men, that weren bifor me in Jerusalem. Also wisdom
lodwellide stabli with me, and alle thingis whiche myn i3en
desiriden, Y denyede not to hem; nether Y refreynede
myn herte, that ne it vside al lust, and delitide it silf in
these thingis whiche I hadde maad redi; and Y demyde

1 1 this my part, if Y vside my trauel. And whanne Y hadde
turned me to alle werkis whiche myn hondys hadden maad,
and to the trauels in whiche Y hadde swet in veyn, Y si^
in alle thingis vanyte and turment of the soule, and that

1 2 no thing vndir sunne dwellith stabH. I passide to biholde
wisdom, errours, and foli; F seide, What is a man, that he


13 may sue the king, his maker? And Y si^, that wisdom
5ede so mych bifor foH, as miche as li^t is dyuerse fro

i4derknessis. The i^en of a \vijs man hen in his heed, a fool
goith in derknessis ; and Y lernede, that o perisching was

) 5 of euer either. And Y seide in myn herte, If o deth schal
be bothe of the fool and of me, what profitith it to me,
that Y 5af more bisynesse to wisdom? And Y spak with

16 my soule, and perseyuede, that this also was vanyte. For
mynde of a wijs man schal not be, in lijk maner as nether
of a fool with-outen ende, and tymes to comynge schulen
hile alle thingis togidere with for^etyng ; a lerned man dieth

1 7 in lijk maner and an vnlerned man. And therfor it anoiede
me of my lijf, seynge that alle thingis vndur sunne ben
yuele, and that alle thingis ben vanyte and torment of

iSthe spirit. Eft Y curside al my bisynesse, bi which Y

Kjtrauelide moost studiousli vndur sunne, and Y schal haue

an eir after me, whom Y knowe not, whether he schal be

wijs ether a fool ; and he schal be lord in my trauels, for

whiche Y swatte greetli, and was bisi ; and is ony thing

20 so veyn? Wherfor Y ceesside, and myn herte forsook for

.i to trauele ferthere vnder sunne. For-whi w^hanne another

man trauelith in wisdom, and techyng, and bisynesse, he

leeueth thingis getun to an idel man ; and therfor this is

22 vanyte, and greet yuel. For-whi what schal it profite to
a man of al his trauel, and turment of spirit, bi which he

23 was turmentid vndur sunne? Alle hise daies ben ful of
sorewis and meschefs, and bi nyjt he restith not in soule ;

24 and whether this is not vanyte. Whether it is not betere
to ete and drynke, and to schewe to hise soule goodis of

2-^ hise trauels ? and this thing is of the bond of God. Who
schal deuoure so, and schal flowe in dclicis, as Y didc?

26 God 3af wisdom, and kunnyng, and gladnesse to a good
man in his si3t ; but he jaf turment, and superflu bisynesse


to a synnere, that he encreesse, and gadere togidere, and
5yue to hym that plesith God ; but also this is vanyte, and
veyn bisynesse of soule.

Cap. III.

1 Alle thingis han tyme, and alle thingis vndur sunne

2 passen bi her spaces. Tyme of birthe, and time of diyng ;
tyme to plaunte, and tyme to drawe vp that that is plauntid.

3 Tyme to sle, and tyme to make hool ; tyme to distrie, and

4 tyme to bilde. Tyme to wepe, and tyme to lei3e ; tyme to

5 biweile, and tyme to daunse. Tyme to scatere stoonys, and
tyme to gadere togidere; tyme to colle, and tyme to be fer

6 fro collyngis. Tyme to wynne, and tyme to leese ; tyme to

7 kepe, and tyme to caste awei. Tyme to kitte, and tyme to

8 sewe togidere ; tyme to be stille, and tyme to speke. Tyme
of loue, and tyme of hatrede ; tyme of bate!, and tyme of

9, 10 pees. What hath a man more of his trauel.? I si3 the
turment, which God ^af to the sones of men, that thei be

1 1 occupied therynne. God made alle thingis good in her
tyme, and ^af the world to disputyng of hem, that a man
fynde not the werk which God hath wrou^t fro the bigynnyng

[2 til in to the ende. And Y knew that no thing was betere /o
a man, no-but to be glad, and to do good iverkis in his lijf.

i^For-whi ech man that etith and drinkith, and seeth good of

14 his trauel ; this is the ^ifte of God. I haue lerned that alle
werkis, whiche God maad, lasten stidfastli til in to with-outen
ende ; we moun not adde ony thing to tho, nether take awei

1 5 fro tho thingis, whiche God made, that he be dred. That
thing that is maad, dwellilh perfitli ; tho thingis that schulen
come, weren bifore; and God restorith that, that is goon.

16 I si5 vndur sunne vnfeithfulnesse in the place of doom; and

17 wickidnesse in the place of ri^tfulnesse. And Y seide in
myn herte, The Lord schal deme a iust man, and an vnfeithful


iSman; and the tyme of ech thing schal be ihannc. I seido in
myn herte of the sones of men, that God schulde preue hem,

19 and schewe that thei ben lijk vnresonahle beestis. Therfor
oon is the perisching of man and of beestis, and euene con-
dicioun is of euer eithir ; as a man dieth, so and tho beestis
dien ; alle beestis brethen in lijk maner, and a man hath no

20 thing more than a beeste. Alle thingis ben suget to vanyte,
and alle thingis goen to o place ; tho ben maad of erthe, and

: I tho turnen a^en togidere in to erthe. - Who knowith, if the
spirit of the sones of Adam stieth vpward, and if the spirit of

22 beestis goith dounward? And Y perseyuede that no thing is
betere, than that a man be glad in his werk, and that this be
his part ; for who schal brynge h}Tn, that he knowe thingis
that schulen come after hym?

Cap. IV.

I I TURNEDE me to othere thingis, and Y si3 fals chalengis,

that ben don vndur the sunne, and the teeris of innocentis,

and no man coumfortour ; and that thei forsakun of the help

2. of alle men, moun not a5enstonde the violence of hem. And

}, Y preiside more deed men than lyuynge men ; and Y demyde

hym, that was not borun 5it, and si3 not the yuels that ben

4 don vndur the sunne, to he blisfulere than eucr eithir. Eft Y
bihelde alle the trauelis of men, and bisynesses ; and Y per-
seyuede that tho ben opyn to the enuye of nei^bore ; and

5 therfor in this is vanyte, and superflu bisynesse. A fool
foldith togidere hise hondis, and etith hise fleischis, and seith,

6 Betere is an handful with reste, than euer either hondful with

7 trauel and turment of soule. I bihelde and foond also

8 another vanytee vndir the sunne ; oon is, and he hath not
a secounde ; not a sone, not a brother ; and netheles he
ceesith not for to trauele, nether hise i3en ben fillid with



richessis ; nether he bithenkith, and seith, To whom trauele

Y, and disseyue my soule in goodis ? In this also is vanyte,

9 and the worste turment. Therfor it is betere, that tweyne

be togidere than con ; for thei han profile of her felouschipe.

10 If oon fallith doun, he schal be vndurset of the tothere ; wo
to hym that is aloone, for whanne he fallith, he hath noon

1 1 reisynge him. And if tweyne slepen, thei schulen be nurschid

1 2 togidere ; hou schal oon be maad hoot ? And if ony man
hath maistri a^ens oon, tweyne a5en-stonden hym ; a thre-

13 folde corde is brokun of hard. A pore man and wijs is
betere than an eld kyng and fool, that kan not bifore-se in to

i4tyme to comynge. For sum tyme a man goith out bothe fro
prysoun and chaynes to a rewme ; and anothir borun in to a

15 rewme is wastid bi nedynesse. I si3 alle men lyuynge that
goen vndur the sunne, with the secounde 5ong wexynge man,

T 6 that schal rise for hym. The noumbre of puple, of alle that
weren bifore hym, is greet with-outen mesure, and thei that
schulen come aftirward, schulen not be glad in hym; but

17 also this is vanyte and turment of the spirit. (V). Thou that
entrist in to the hous of God, kepe thi foot, and nei3e thou
for to here; for-whi myche betere is obedience than the

1 sacrifices of foolis, that witen not what yuel thei don. Speke
thou not ony thing folily, nether thin herte be swift to brynge
forth a word bifore God ; for God is in heuene, and thou art

2 on erthe, therfor thi wordis be fewe. Dremes suen many

3 bisynessis, and foli schal be foundun in many wordis. If
thou hast avowid ony thing to God, tarie thou not to ^elde ;
for an vnfeithful and fonned biheest displesith hym ; but

4 3elde thou what euer thing thou hast avowid ; and it is myche
betere to make not a vowe, than aftir a vowe to ^elde not

.^bihcestis. 3yue thou not thi mouth, that thou make thi
fleisch to do synne; nether seie thou bifor an aungel, No
puruyaunce is; lest perauenture the Lord be wrooth on thi


6 wordis, and distruye alle the werkis of thin hondis. Where
hen many dremes, l^en ful many vanytees, and wordis wiih-

7 out noumbre ; but drede thou God. If thou seest false
chalengis of nedi men, and violent domes, and that ri3tful-
nesse is distried in the prouynce, wondre thou nol on this
(loyng ; for another is hi3ere than an hi^ man, and also

s othere men ben more hi^e aboue these men ; and ferlher-
more the kyng of al erthe comaundith to the seruaunt.

Cap. V (V, continued^.

An auerouse man schal not be fillid of monei ; and he

that loueth richessis schal not take fruytis of tho ; and ther-
ic for this is vanyte. Where ben many richessis, also many

men ben, that eten tho ; and what profitith it to the haldere,
1 1 no-but that he seeth richessis with hise i3en .? Slepe is

swete to hym that worchith, whether he etith litil ether

myche; but the fulnesse of a ryche man sufTrilh not hym
1 : 10 slepe. Also anothir sijknesse is ful yuel, which Y sij

vndur the sunne ; richessis hen kept in to the yuel of her
I.: lord. For thei perischen in the worste turment ; he gen-
1 4 dride a sone, that schal be in si^uereyn nedynesse. As he

3ede nakid out of his modris wombe, so he schal turne ajen ;

and he schal take awei with hym no thing of his trauel.
i^Outirli it is a wretchid sijknesse; as he cam, so he schal

turne a^en. What therfor profitith it to hym, that he tra-
i'^iuelide in to the wynde .? In alle the daies of his lijf he eet

in derknessis, and in many bisinessis, and in nedynesse, and
ijsorewe. Therfor this semyde good to me, that a man ete,

and drynke, and vse gladnesse of his trauel, in which he

trauelide vndir the sunne, in the noumbre of daies of his
• 8 lijf, which God ^af to hym ; and this is his part. And to ech

man, to whom God 3af richessis, and catel, and 3af power to

s 2


hym to cte of tho, and to vse his part, and to be glad of his
lytrauel; this is the 5ifte of God. For he schal not bithenke
miche on the daies of his lijf, for God ocupieth his herte with

Cap. VI.

I Also another yuel is, which Y si^ vndur the sunne; and

i certis il is oft vsid anentis men. A man is, to whom God

5af richessis, and catel, and onour ; and no thing failith to his

soule of alle thingis which he desirith ; and God ^yueth not

power to hym, that he ete therof, but a straunge man shal

3 deuoure it. This is vanyte, and a greet wretchidnesse. If
a man gendrith an hundrid fre sones, and lyueth many 5eris,
and hath many daies of age, and his soule vsith not the
goodis of his catel, and wantith biriyng ; Y pronounce of

4 this man, that a deed borun child is betere than he. For he
cometh in veyn, and goith to derknessis ; and his name schal

5 be don awei bi for^etyng. He si^ not the sunne, nether
6 knew dyuersyte of good and of yuel; also thou^ he lyueth

twei thousynde 5eeris, and vsith not goodis ; whether alle

7 thingis hasten not to o place .? Al the trauel of a man is
in his mouth, but the soule of hym schal not be fillid with

8 goodis. What hath a wijs man more than a fool .? and what
9 hath a pore vian, no but that he go thidur, M'here is lijf.? It

is betere to se that, that thou coueitist, than to desire that,

that thou knowist not; but also this is vanyte, and presump-

ocioun of spirit. The name of hym that schal come, is clepid

now, and it is knowun, that he is a man, and he mai not

I stryue in doom a^ens a strongere than hym silf. Wordis

1 ben ful manye, and han myche vanyte in dispuytinge. What

nede is it to a man to seke grettere thingis than hym silf;

sithen he knowith not, what schal bifalle to hym in his lijf, in

the noumbre of daies of his pilgrimage, and in the tyme that


passith as schadowe ? ether who may schewe to hym, what
thing vndur sunne schal come aflir hym ?

Cap. VII.

2 A GOOD name is betere than preciouse oynementis ; and

3 the dai of deth is betere than the dai of birthe. It is betere
to go to the hous of morenyng, than to the hous of a feeste ;
for in that hous of morcfiyjig the ende of alle men is moneslid,

4 and a man lyuynge thenkith, what is to comynge. Yre is
betere than lei3yng ; for the soule of a trespassour is amendid

5 bi the heuynesse of cheer. The herte of wise men is where
6sorewe is; and the herte of fooHs is where gladnesse is. It

is betere to be repreued of a wijs man, than to be disseyued
7 bi the flateryng of foolis ; for as the sown of thornes
s brennynge vndur a pot, so is the lei5yng of a fool. But also

this is vanyte. Fals chalenge disturblith a wijs man, and it
ij schal leese the strengthe of his herte. Forsothe the ende

of preyer is betere than the bigynnyng. A pacicnt man is
] o betere than a proud man. Be thou not swift to be wrooth ;
1 1 for ire restith in the bosum of a fool. Seie thou not, What

gessist thou is of cause, that the formere tymes weren betere
1 1 than ben now ? for-whi siche axyng is fonned. Forsothe

w^isdom with richessis is more profitable, and profitilh more
i.s to men seynge the sunne. For as wisdom defendith, so

mone}- defaidith ? but lernyng and wisdom hath this more,

14 that tho 3yuen lijf to her weldere. Biholde thou the werkis
of God, that no man may amende hym, whom God hath

1 5 dispisid. In a good day vse thou goodis, and bifore eschewe
thou an yuel day ; for God made so this dai as that dai, that

16 a man fynde not iust playnyngis a3ens hym. Also Y si3
these thingis in the dales of my natyuyte ; a iust man
perischith in his ri3tfulnesse, and a wickid man lyueth myche


1 7 tyme in his malice. Nyle thou be iust myche, nether vndiir-

stonde thou more than is nedeful ; lest thou be astonyed.

I >^ Do thou not wickidli myche, and nyle thou be a fool ; lest

iQ thou die in a tyme not thin. It is good, that thou susteyne

a iust man; but also withdrawe thou not thin hond from

hym ; for he that dredith God, is not necligent of ony thing.

JO Wisdom hath coumfortid a wise man, ouer ten pryncis of

J 1 a citee. Forsothe no iust man is in erthe, that doith good,

12 and synneth not. But also 3yue thou not thin herte to alle

wordis, that ben seid ; lest perauenture thou here thi seruaunt

23 cursynge thee ; for thi conscience woot, that also thou hast

24 cursid ofte othere men. I asayede alle thingis in wisdom ;
Y seide, I schal be maad wijs, and it jede awei ferthere fro

25 me, myche more than it was ; and the depthe is h^, who

26 schal fynde it } I cumpasside alle thingis in my soule, to
kunne, and biholde, and seke wisdom and resoun, and to
knowe the wickidnesse of a fool, and the errour of vnprudent

27 men. And Y foond a womman bitterere than deth, which is
the snare of hunteris, and hir herte is a net, and hir hondis
ben boondis ; he that plesith God schal ascape hir, but he

28 that is a synnere, schal be takun of hir. Lo ! Y foond this,
seide Ecclesiastes, oon and other, that Y schulde fynde

29 resoun, which my soule sekith ^it ; and Y foond not. I
foond o man of a thousynde ; Y foond not a womman of

30 alle. I foond this oonli, that God made a man ri^tful; and
he medlide hym silf with questiouns with-out noumbre.

1 (VIII). Who is siche as a wijs man ? and who knowith the
expownyng of a word ? The wisdom of a man schyneth
in his cheer ; and the myjtieste schal chaunge his face.

Cap. VIII (VIII, continued).

2 I KEPE the mouth of the kyng, and the comaundementis

3 and sweryngis of God. Haste thou not to go awei fro his


face, and dwelle Uiou not in yucl work. For he schal do al

4 thing, that he wole ; and his word is ful of power, and no

5 man mai seie to hym, Whi doist thou so ? He that kcpith
the comaundement 0/ God in this lijf, schal not feele ony
thing of yuel ; the herte of a wijs man vndurstondilh tyme

6 and answer. Tyme and cesoun is to ech werk ; and myche

7 turment is of a man, for he knowith not thingis passid, and
^ he mai not knowe bi ony messanger thingis to comynge. It

is not in the power of man to forbede the spirit, nethir he
hath power in the dai of deth, nethir he is suffrid to haue
reste, whanne the batel nei5eth ; nethir wickidnesse schal
9 saue a wickid man. I bihelde alle thes thingis, and Y 3af
myn herte in alle werkis, that ben don vndur the sunne.

10 Sum tyme a man is lord of a man, to his yuel. Y sij wickid
men biryed, which, whanne thei lyueden 3it, weren in hooli
place ; and thei weren preisid in the citee, as men of iust

1 1 werkis ; but also this is vanyte. Forsothe for the sentence
is not brou^t forth soone a^ens yuele men, the sones of men

1 2 doon yuels with-outen ony drede. Netheles of that, that
a synnere doith yuel an hundrid sithis, and is suffrid bi
pacience, Y knew that good schal be to men dredynge God,

13 that reuerensen his face. Good be not to the wickid man,
nethir hise daies be maad longe ; but passe thei as schadewe,

14 that dreden not the face of the Lord. Also another vanyte
is, which is don on erthe. lust men ben, to whiche yuels
comen, as if thei diden the werkis of wickid men; and
wickid men ben, that ben so sikur, as if thei han the dedis

15 of iust men; but Y deme also this moost veyn. Therfor
Y preysid gladnesse, that no good was to a man vndur the
sunne, no-but to etc, and drynke, and to be ioiful ; and that
he schulde here awei with hym silf oneli this of his trauel, in
the daies of his lijf, whiche God 3af to hym vndur the sunne.

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