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and the erthe is wastid litil and litil bi waischyng awey of
watir ; and therfor thou schalt leese men in lijk maner.

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20 JOB, XV.

'20 Thou madist a man strong a litil, that he schulde passe with
outen ende ; thou schalt chaunge his face, and schalt sende

21 hym out. Whether hise sones ben noble, ether vnnoble,

22 he schal not vndurstonde. Netheles his fleisch, while he
lyueth, schal haue sorewe, and his soule schal morne on hym
silf.

Cap. XV.

1, 2 FoRSOTHE Eliphat Themanytes answeride, and seide, Whe-
ther a wise man schal answere, as spekynge a5ens the wynd,

3 and schal fille his stomac with brennyng, that is, ire ? For
thou repreuest hym bi wordis, which is not lijk thee, and

4 thou spekist that, that spedith not to thee. As myche as is
in thee, thou hast avoidid drede ; and thou hast take awey

5 preyeris bifor God. For wickidnesse hath tau^t thi mouth,

6 and thou suest the tunge of blasfemeris. Thi tunge, and
not Y, schal condempne thee, and thi lippis schulen answere

7 thee. Whether thou art borun the firste man, and art formed

8 bifor alle little hillis .? Whether thou herdist the counsel of

9 God, and his wisdom is lower than thou ? What thing
knowist thou, whiche we knowen not ? What thing vndur-

10 stondist thou, whiche we witen not ? Bothe wise men and

1 1 elde, myche eldre than thi fadris, ben among vs. Whether
it is greet, that God coumforte thee ? But thi schrewid

1 2 wordis forbeden this. What reisith thin herte thee, and thou

1 3 as thenkynge grete thingis hast i3en astonyed? What boln-
eth thi spirit a^ens God, that thou brynge forth of thi mouth

i4siche wordis.'' What is a man, that he be with out wem,
1 5 and that he borun of a womman appere iust ? Lo ! noon

among hise seyntis is vnchaungable, and heuenes ben not
i6cleene in his si3t. How myche more a man abhomynable
J 7 and vnprofitable, that drynkith wickidnesse as water ? I schal

schewe to theC; here thou me; Y schal telle to thee that,



JOB, XV. di

18 that Y si5. Wise men knoulechen, and hiden not her fadris.

19 To whiche aloone the erthe is 50uun, and an alien schal not

20 passe bi hem. A wickid man is proud in alia hise daies;
and the noumbre of hise ^eeris and of his tirauntrie is vncer-

21 teyn. The sown of drede is euere in hise eeris, and whanne
J 2 pees is, he supposith euere tresouns. He bileueth not that

he may turne a^en fro derknessis to li^t; and biholdith

:3 aboute on ech side a swerd. Whanne he stirith hym to seke

breed, he woot, that the dai of derknessis is maad redi in

24 his bond. Tribulacioun schal make hym aferd, and an-
gwisch schal cumpas hym, as a kyng which is maad redi to

25 batel. For he helde forth his bond a^ens God, and he was

26 maad strong a^ens Almy5ti God. He ran with neck reisid
.'7 a3ens God, and he was armed with fat nol. Fatnesse, //la/ ts,

pride comyng forth of temporal aboimdaunce, hilide his face,
that is, the k?ioivyng of vndurstondyng, and outward fatnesse

28 hangith doun of his sidis. He schal dwelle in desolat citees,
and in deseert, ethir forsakun, housis, that ben turned in to

29 biriels. He schal not be maad riche, nether his catel schal
dwelle stidefastli ; nether he schal sende his roote in the

30 erthe, nether he schal go awei fro derknessis. Flawme schal
make drie hise braunchis, and he schal be takun a wey bi

31 the spirit of his mouth. Bileue he not veynli disseyued bi

32 errour, that he schal be a3enbou5t bi ony prijs. Bifor that
hise daies ben fillid, he schal perische, and hise hondis

33 schulen wexe drye ; he schal be hirt as a vyne in the firste
flour of his grape, and as an olyue tre castinge awei his

34 flour. For the gaderyng togidere of an ipocrite is bareyn,
and fier schal deuoure the tabernaclis of hem, that taken

35 ^iftis wilfuli. He conseyuede sorewe, and childide wickid -
nesse, and his -svombe makith redi tretcheries.



22 3^07?, XVI.



Cap. XVI.

1,2 FoRSOTHE Joob answeride, and seide, Y herde ofte siche
3 thingis ; alle 56 ben heuy coumfortouris. Whether wordis

ful of wynd schulen haue an ende ? ether ony thing is
4diseseful to thee, if thou spekist? Also Y my^te speke

thingis lijk to 50U, and Y wolde, that 30ure soule were for

5 my soule ; and Y wolde coumfort 50U by wordis, and Y

6 wolde moue myn heed on 50U ; Y wolde make 50U stronge
bi my mouth, and V ivolde moue lippis as sparynge 50U.

7 But what schal Y do } If Y speke, my sorewe restith not ;

8 and if Y am stille, it goith not awei fro me. But now my
sorewe hath oppressid me, and alle my lymes ben dryuun

9 in to nou5t. My ryuelyngis seien witnessyng a3ens me, and
a fals spekere is reisid a3ens my face, and a3enseith me.

10 He gaderide togidere his woodnesse in me, and he ma-
naasside me, and gnastide a3ens me with his teeth ; myn

1 1 enemye bihelde me with ferdful i3en. Thei openyden her
mouthis on me, and thei seiden schenschip, and smytiden

1 2 my cheke ; and thei ben fillid with my peynes. God hath
closid me togidere at the wickid, and hath 30ue me to the

i3hondis of wickid men. Y thilke riche man and famouse
sum tyme, am al to-brokun sudeynli ; he helde my nol ;

14 he hath broke me, and hath set me as in to a signe. He
hath cumpasside me with hise speris, he woundide togidere
my leendis; he sparide not, and schedde out myn entrails

15 in to the erthe. He beet me with wounde on wounde ;

16 he as a giaunt felde in on me. Y sewide togidere a sak

1 7 on my skyn ; and Y hilide my fleisch with aische. My
face bolnyde of wepynge, and myn i3eliddis wexiden derke.

18 Y suffride these thingis with out wickidnesse of myn bond,

19 that iSj werk, whanne Y hadde cleene preieris to God. Erthe,



JOB, XVII. 23

hile thou not my blood, and my cry fynde not in thee a

20 place of hidyng. For, lo ! my witnesse is in heuene ; and

2 1 the knowere of my conscience is in hije places. A ! my
2 2frendis, ful of wordis, myn i5e droppith to God. And Y

wolde, that a man were demed so with God, as the sone
23 of man is demed with his felowe. For lo ! schorte 3eeris
passen, and Y go a path, bi which Y schal not turne a^en.

Cap. XVII.

1 Mi spirit schal be maad feble ; my dales schulen be maad

2 schort, and oneH the sepulcre is left to me. Y have not

3 synned, and myn i3e dwellith in bittirnessis. Lord, delyuere
thou me, and sette thou me bisidis thee ; and the bond of

4 ech fi^te a5ens me. Thou hast maad the herte of hem fer
fro doctryn, ethir knowyjtg of ireiithe ; therfor thei schulen

5 not be enhaunsid. He bihetith prey to felowis, and the
6i5en of hise sones schulen faile. He hath set as in to a

prouerbe of the comyn puple, and his saumple bifor hem.

7 Myn i3e dasewide at indignacioun ; and my membris ben

8 dryuun as in to nou^t. lust men schulen wondre on this
thing ; and an innocent schal be reisid a^ens an ypocrite.

9 And a iust man schal holde his weie, and he schal adde
10 strengthe to clene hondis. Therfor alle 3e be conuertid,

and come 36 ; and Y schal not fynde in 30U ony wiys man.
I r ]\Iy daies ben passid ; my thon3tis ben scaterid, turment-
i2ynge myn herte. Tho han turned the ny3t in to day; and

13 eft aftir derknessis hope li3t. If Y susteyne, ether suffre
pacientli, helle is myn hous ; and Y haue arayede my bed

14 in derknessis. Y seide to rot, Thou art my fadur; and

15 to wormes, 3^ ^^n my modir and my sister. Therfor where

16 is now myn abidyng.? and who biholdith my pacience? Alle
my thingis schulen go doun in to deppeste helle; gessist
thou, whether reste schal be to me, nameli there.



JOB, XV III.



Cap. XVIII.

1,2 FoRSOTHE Baldach Suythes answeride, and seide, Til to
what ende schalt thou booste with wordis? Vndurstonde

3 thou first, and so speke we. Whi ben we arettid as beestis,

4 and han we be foule bifor thee ? What leesist thou thi soule
in thi woodnes ? Whether the erthe schal be forsakun for
thee, and hard stoonys schulen be borun ouer fro her place ?

5 Whethir the li^t of a wickid man schal not be quenchid ;

6 and the flawme of his fier schal not schyne ? Li3t schal
wexe derke in his tabernacle; and the lanterne, which is

7 on hym, schal be quenchid. The steppis of his vertu
schulen be maad streit; and his counsel schal caste hym

8 doun. For he hath sent hise feet in to a net ; and he
9goith in the meschis thereof His foot schal be holdun

lo with a snare ; and thirst schal brenne out a5ens hym. The
foot trappe of hym is hid in the erthe, and his snare on
lithe path. Dredis schulen make hym aferd on ech side,
1 2 and schulen biwlappe hise feet. His strengthe be maad
i3feble bi hungur 3 and pouert asaile hise ribbis. Deuoure
it the fairnesse of his skyn ; the firste gendrid deth waste
1 4 hise armes. His trist be takun awei fro his tabernacle;

1 5 and perischyng, as a kyng, aboue trede on hym. The
felowis of hym that is not, dwelle in his tabernacle ; brymston

16 be spreynt in his tabernacle. The rootis of hym be maad
drie bynethe ; sotheli his ripe corn be al to-brokun aboue.

1 7 His mynde perische fro the erthe ; and his name be not
) 8 maad solempne in stretis. He schal put hym out fro li3t

in to derknessis; and he schal bere hym ouer fro the
19 world. Nethir his seed nether kynrede schal be in his
2opuple, nether ony relifs in hise cuntreis. The laste men

schulen wondre in hise dales ; and hidousnesse schal asaile



JOB, XIX. 25

21 the firste men. Therfor these ben the tabernaclis of a
wickid man ; and this is the place of hym, that knowith
not God.

Cap. XIX.

1, 2 FoRSOTHE Joob answeride, and seide, Hou long turmente

3 3e my soule, and al to-breken me with wordis ? Lo ! ten
sithis 56 schenden me, and 56 ben not aschamed, oppres-

4 synge me. Forsothe and if Y koude not, myn vnkynnyng

5 schal be with me. And ^e ben reisid a3ens me, and re-
6preuen me with my schenschipis. Nameli now vndurstonde

36, that God hath turmentid me not h\ euene doom, and
7 hath cumpassid me with hise betyngis. Lo ! Y suffrynge

violence schal crye, and no man schal here ; Y schal crye
Sioude, and noon is that demeth. He bisette aboute my

path, and Y may not go ; and he settide derknessis in my
9weie. He hath spuyHd me of my glorye, and hath take

10 awey the coroun fro myn heed. He hath distried me on
ech side, and Y perischide; and he hath take awei myn

1 1 hope, as fro a tree puliid vp bi the roote. His stronge
veniaunce was wrooth a5ens me ; and he hadde me so as

1 2 his enemye. Hise theues camen togidere, and maden to
hem a wei bi me ; and bisegiden my tabernacle in cumpas.

13 He made fer my britheren fro me ; and my knowun as
i4ahens 3eden awei fro me. My nei3boris forsoken me; and

15 thei that knewen me han for5ete me. The tenauntis of myn
hows, and myn handmaydis hadden me as a straunger ; and

16 Y was as a pilgrym bifor her i3en. Y clepide my seruaunt,
and he answeride not to me ; with myn owne mouth Y

i7preiede hym. ]\Iy wijf wlatide my breeth ; and Y preiede

iSthe sones of my wombe. Also foolis dispisiden me; and

whanne Y was goon awei fro hem, thei bacbitiden me.

19 Thei, that weren my counselouris sum tyme, hadden al>



26 JOB, XX.

homynacioun of me ; and he, whom Y louede moost, was

20 aduersarie to me. Whanne fleischis weren wastid, my boon
cleuyde to my skyn ; and oneli lippis ben left aboute my

21 teeth. Haue 56 merci on me, haue 3e merci on me, nameli,
5e my frendis; for the hond of the Lord hath touchid me.

22 Whi pm^suen ^e me, as God piirsiieih ; and b^n fiUid with
23 my fleischis? Who 3yueth to me, that my wordis be writun?

24 Who 3yueth to me, that tho be writun in a book with an
yrun poyntil, ethir with a plate of leed ; ethir with a chisel

25 be graimn in a flynt.? For Y woot, that myn a3enbiere

26 lyueth, and in the laste dai Y schal rise fro the erthe ; and
eft Y schal be cumpassid with my skyn, and in my fleisch

27 Y schal se God, my sauyour. Whom Y my silf schal se,
and myn i3en schulen biholde, and not an other man. This

28 myn hope is kept in my bosum. Whi therfor seien je now,
Pursue we hym, and fynde we the roote of a word a5ens

29 hym ? Therfor fie 36 fro the face of the svverd ; for the
swerd is the vengere of wickidnessis, and wite 3e, that doom
schal be.

Cap. XX.

1, 2 FoRSOTHE Sophar Naamathites answeride, and seide, Ther-
for my thou5tis dyuerse comen oon aftir anothir; and the

3mynde is rauyischid in to dyuerse thingis. Y schal here
the techyng, bi which thou repreuest me; and the spirit

4 of myn vndurstondyng schal answere me. Y woot this fro

5 the bigynnyng, sithen man was set on erthe, that the preis-
yng of wickid men is schort, and the ioie of an ypocrite

6 is at the licnesse of a poynt. Thou3 his pride stieth in to

7 heuene, and his heed touchith the cloudis, he schal be lost
in the ende, as a dunghil; and, thei that sien hym, schulen

8 seie, Where is he .? As a dreem fleynge awei he schal not

9 be foundun ; he schal passe as a ny3tis si3t. The i3e that



3^07?, XX. 27

si3 hym schal not se; and his place schal no more biholde

10 him. Hise sones schulen be al to-brokun with nedynesse ;

1 1 and hise hon^is schulen 5elde to hym his sorewe. Hise
boonys schulen be fillid with the vices of his 3ong wexynge

12 age; and schulen slepe with hym in dust. For whanne yuel
IS was swete in his mouth, he hidde it vndur his tunge. He

schal spare it, and schal not forsake it; and schal hide in
14 his throte. His breed in his wombe schal be turned in to
i5galle of snakis withynne. He schal spue out the richessis,

whiche he deuouride ; and God schal drawe tho ritchessis
16 out of his wombe. He schal souke the heed of snakis;

1 7 and the tunge of an addre schal sle hym. Se he not the
stremys of the flood of the stronde, of hony, and of botere.

18 He schal suffre peyne for alle thingis whiche he hath do,
netheles he schal not be wastid; aftir the multitude of his

19 fyndyngis, so and he schal suffre. For he brake, and made
nakid the hows of a pore man ; he rauyschide, and bildide

20 it not. And his wombe was not fillid ; and whanne he hath

2 1 that, that he couetide, he may not holde in possessioun. No
thing lefte of his mete ; and therfor no thing schal dwelle

22 of his goodis. Whanne he is fillid, he schal be maad streit;
he schal be hoot, and alle sorewe schal falle in on hym.

23 Y wolde, that his wombe be fillid, that he sende out in to
hym the ire of his strong veniaunce, and reyne his batel

24 on hym. He schal fie yrun armuris, and he schal falle in

25 to a brasun boowe. Led out, and goynge out of his schethe,
and schynynge, ether smytinge with leit, in to his bittirnesse ;

id ou'ibXQ fendis schulen go, and schulen come on hym. Alle
derknessis ben hid in hise priuytees ; fier, which is not
teendid, schal deuoure hym ; he schal be turmentid left in

27 his tabernacle. Heuenes schulen schewe his wickidnesse;

28 and erthe schal rise togidere a3ens hym. The seed of his
hows schal be opyn; it schal be drawun doun in the dai



28 JOB, XXI.

29 of the strong veniaunce of the Lord. This is the part of
a wickid man, which part is "^oimn of God, and the eritage
of hise wordis of the Lord.

Cap. XXI.
1, 2 FoRSOTHE Joob answeride, and seide, Y preye, here ^e

3 my wordis, and do 56 penaunce. Suffre 3e me, that Y
speke ; and lei5e 5e aftir my wordis, if it schal seme worthi.

4 Whether my disputyng is a^ens man, that skilfuli Y owe

5 not to be sori ? Perseyue ^e me, and be 5e astonyed ; and

6 sette 3e fyngur on 50ure mouth. And whanne Y bithenke,

7 Y drede, and tremblyng schakith my fleisch. Whi therfor
lyuen wickid men? Thei ben enhamisid, and coumfortid

8 with richessis. Her seed dwellith bifor hem ; the cumpeny
of kynesmen, and of sones of sones divellith in her si^t.

9 Her housis ben sikur, and pesible ; and the ^erde of God
icis not on hem. The cow of hem conseyuede, and caluede

not a deed calf ; the cow caluyde, and is not priued of hir

1 1 calf. Her litle children goen out as flockis ; and her 5onge

1 2 children maken fulli ioye with pleies. Thei holden tympan,

13 and harpe; and ioien at the soun of orgun. Thei leden
in goodis her dales; and in a point thei goen doun to

i4hellis. Whiche men seiden to God, Go thou awei fro us;
J 5 we nylen the kunnyng of thi weies. Who is Almi^ti

God, that we serue him? and what profitith it to vs, if
16 we preien him? Netheles for her goodis ben not in her

hond, that is, power, the counsel of wickid men be fer
1 7 fro me. Hou ofte schal the lanterne of wickid men be

quenchid, and flowing schal come on hem, and God schal
iSdeparte the sorewis of his stronge veniaunce? Thei schulen

be as chaffis bifor the face of the wynd ; and as a deed
19 sparcle, whiche the whirlewynd scaterith abrood. God schal

kepe the sorewe of the fadir to hise sones ; and whanne he



JOB, XXII. 29

20 hath 5oldun, thanne he schal wite. Hise i^en schulen se
her sleyng ; and he schal drynke of the stronge veniaunce

21 of Almy^ti God. For whi what perteyneth it to hym of
his hows aftir hym, thou5 the noumbre of his monethis

22 be half takun awey? Whether ony man schal teche God
2.:;kunnyng, which demeth hem that ben hi3e? Thi?, ytcel man

dieth strong and hool, riche and blessful, that is, myrie.

24 Hise entrails ben ful of fatnesse ; and hise boonys ben

25 moistid with merowis. Sotheli anothir ivickid man dieth
in the bittirnesse of his soule, and wdth outen ony richessis.

26 And netheles thei schulen slepe togidere in dust, and wormes

27 schulen hile hem. Certis Y knowe ^oure wickid thou5tis,

28 and sentensis a5ens me. For 5e seien, Where is the hows
of the prince.? and where ben the tabernaclis of wickid

29 men ? Axe ^e ech of the weie-goeris ; and 5e schulen

30 knowe, that he vndurstondith these same thingis, that an
yuel man schal be kept in to the dai of perdicioun, and

31 schal be led to the dai of woodnesse. Who schal repreue
hise weies bifor hym ? and who schal 5elde to hym tho

32 thingis, whiche he hath doon? He schal be led to the
sepulcris ; and he schal wake in the heep of deed men,

il He was swete to the stoonys, ether fillhis, of helle ; and
drawith ech man aftir hym, and vnnoumbrable men bifor

34 him. Hou therfor coumforten 5e me in veyn, sithen ^oure
answeris ben schewid to repugne to treuthe ?



Cap. XXII.

1 FoRSOTHE Eliphat Themanytes answeride, and seide,

2 Whether a man, 5he, whanne he is of perfit kunnyng, mai

3 be comparisound to God .? What profitith it to God, if
thou art iust.? ethir what schalt thou ^yuc to hym, if thi

4lijf is without wem ? Whether he schal drede, and schal



30 JOB, XXII.

5 repreue thee, and schal come with thee in to doom, and
not for thi ful myche malice, and thi wickidnessis with out

6 noumbre, //lese peynes bifeldeii iustli to thee ? For thou hast
take awei with out cause the wed of thi britheren ; and

7 hast spuyhd nakid men of clothis. Thou 5auest not watir
to the feynt man; and thou withdrowist breed fro the

Shungri man. In the strengthe of thin arm thou haddist

the lond in possessioun; and thou moost my3ti heldist it.

9 Thou leftist widewis voide ; and al to-brakist the schuldris

10 of fadirles children. Therfor thou art cumpassid with snaris ;

11 and sodeyn drede disturblith thee. And thou gessidist, that
thou schuldist not se derknessis ; and that thou schuldist
not be oppressid with the fersnesse of watris fiowyng.

1 2 Whether thou thenkist, that God is hi3ere than heuene,

13 and is enhaunsid aboue the coppe of sterris t And thou
seist, What sotheli knowith God.? and, He demeth as bi

i4derknesse. A cloude is his hidyng place, and he biholdith

not oure thingis, and he goith aboute the herris of heuene.

15 Whether thou coueitist to kepe the path of worldis, which

i6wickid men han ofte go? Whiche weren takun awei bifor

her tyme, and the flood distriede the foundement of hem.

1 7 Whiche seiden to God, Go thou awei fro vs ; and as if

18 Almy5ti God may do no thing, thei gessiden hym, whanne
he hadde fillid her housis with goodis; the sentence of

19 whiche men be fer fro me. lust men schulen se, and schulen

20 be glad ; and an innocent man schal scorne hem. Whether
the reisyng of hem is not kit doun, and fier schal deuoure

2 1 the relifs of hem .? Therfor assente thou to God, and haue
thou pees ; and bi these thingis thou schalt haue best fruytis.

22 Take thou the lawe of his mouth, and sette thou hise wordis

23 in thin herte. If thou turnest a5en to Almy^ti God, thou
schalt be bildid; and thou schalt make wickidnesse fer fro

24 thi tabernacle. He schal jyue a flynt for erthe, and goldun



JOB, XXIII. 31

25 strondis for a flynt. And Almy^ti God schal be a5ens thin
enemyes ; and siluer schal be gaderid togidere to tliee.

26Thanne on Almy^ti God thou schalt flowe with delicis;

-'/and thou schalt reise thi face to God. Thou schalt preye
hym, and he schal here thee ; and thou schalt 5elde thi

28 vowis. Thou schalt deme a thing, and it schal come to

29 thee ; and ly5t schal schyne in thi weies. For he that is
mekid, schal be in glorie ; and he that bowith doun hise

3oi5en, schal be saued. An innocent schal be saued; sotheli
he schal be saued in the clennesse of hise hondis.



Cap. XXIII.

1, 2 Sotheli Joob answeride, and seide, Now also my word
is in bitternesse, and the bond of my wounde is agreggid

3 on my weilyng. Who 3yueth to me, that Y knowe, and

4 fynde hym, and come til to his trone ? Y schal sette doom
bifor hym, and Y schal fille my mouth with blamyngis;

5 that Y kunne the wordis, which he schal answere to me,

6 and that Y vnderstonde, what he schal speke to me. Y nyle,
that he stryue with me bi greet strengthe, nether oppresse

7 me with the heuynesse of his greetnesse. Sette he forth
equite a^ens me, and my doom come perfitli to victorie.

S If Y go to the eest, God apperith not ; if V go to the west,

9 Y schal not vndurstonde hym ; if Y go to the left side, what

schal Y do ? Y schal not take hym ; if Y turne me to the

iori3t side, Y schal not se hym. But he knowith my weie,

and he schal preue me as gold, that passith thorou^ fier.

1 1 My foot suede hise steppis ; Y kepte his weie, and Y bowide

1 2 not awey fro it. Y ^ede not awei fro the comaundementis
of hise lippis ; and Y hidde in my bosum the wordis of his

13 mouth. For he is aloone,'and no man may turne awei hise
thou^tis; and what euer thing he wolde, his wille dide this



3a JOB^ XXIV.

1 4 thing. Whanne he hath fillid his wille in me, also many

i5 0there lijk thingis ben redi to hym. And therfor Y am dis-

turblid of his face, and Y biholdynge hym am anguyschid

16 for drede. God hath maad neische myn herte, and Almy^ti

17 God hath distuibhd me. For Y perischide not for derk-
nessis neijynge ; nethir myist hihde my face.

Cap. XXIV.

1 Tymes ben not hid fro Almy5ti God ; sotheli thei that knowen

2 hym, knowen not hise daies. Othere men turneden ouer
the termes 0/ nei^boris erilage, thei token awei flockis, and

3 fedden tho. Thei driueden awei the asse of fadirlesse chil-

4 dren, and token awei the cow of a widewe for a wed. Thei
distrieden the weie of pore men, and thei oppressiden to-

5 gidere the mylde men of erthe. Othere men as wielde assis
in deseert goon out to her werk ; and thei waken to prey,

6 and bifor maken redy breed to her children. Thei kitten
doun a feeld not hern, and thei gaderen grapis of his

7 vyner, whom thei han oppressid bi violence. Thei leeuen
men nakid, and taken awei the clothis, to whiche meji is

8 noon hiling in coold ; whiche 7?ie?i the reynes of munteyns
weeten, and thei han noon hilyng, and biclippen stoonys.

9 Thei diden violence, and robbiden fadirles and modirles
children ; and thei spuyliden, ether robbiden, the comynte of

10 pore men. Thei token awey eeris of corn fro nakid men,

11 and goynge with out cloth, and fro hungry men. Thei
weren hid in myddai among the heepis of tho men, that

i2thirsten, whanne the presses ben trodun. Thei maden men
of citees to weile, and the soulis of woundid men schulen
crye ; and God suffrith it not to go awei vnpunyschid.

13 Thei weren rebel to li5t ; thei knewen not the weyes therof,

14 nether thei turneden a3en bi the pathis therof A mansleere



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risith ful eerli, and sleeth a nedi man, and a pore man ;
15 sotheli bi ny^t he schal be as a ny^t theef. The i5e of

avouter kepith derknesse, and seith, An y5e schal not se
16 me; and he schal hile his face. Thei mynen housis in

derknessis, as thei seiden togidere to hem silf in the dai ;
17 and thei knewen not li^t. If the morewtid apperith sudeynli,

thei demen the schadewe of deth ; and so thei goon in derk-
iSnessis as in li^t. He is vnstablere than the face of the

water; his part in erthe be cursid, and go he not bi the



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