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thou me; if Y spak wickidnesse, Y schal no more adde.

33 Whether God axith that wickidnesse of thee, for it displeside
thee.? For thou hast bigunne to speke, and not Y; that

34 if thou knowist ony thing betere, speke thou. ]\Ien vndur-

35 stondynge, speke to me ; and a wise man, here me. For-
sothe Joob spak folili, and hise wordis sownen not techyng.

36 My fadir, be Joob preuede til to the ende ; ceesse thou not

37 fro the man of wickidnesse, that addith blasfemye ouer hise
synnes. Be he constreyned among vs in the meene tyme;
and thanne bi hise wordis stire he God to the doom.



JOB^ XXXV, XXXVI, 47



Cap. XXXV.

1, 2 Therfor Helyu spak eft these thingis, Whethir tin thoujt
semeth euene, liher rr^iful, to thee, that thou schuldist seie,

3 Y am ri5tfulere than God ? For thou seidist, That, that is
good, plesith not thee ; ethir what profitith it to thee, if Y do

4 synne ? Therfor Y schal answere to thi wordis, and to thi

5 frendis with thee. Se thou, and biholde heuene, and biholde

6 thou the eir, that God is hi5ere than thou. If thou synnest
ayns hym, what schalt thou anoye hym .? and if thi wickid-

7 nessis ben multipHed, what schalt thou do a3ens hym ? Cerlis
if thou doist iustli, what schalt thou ^yue to hym ; ether

8 what schal he take of thin bond ? Thi wickidnesse schal
anoie a man, which is lijk thee ; and thi ri^tfulnesse schal

9 helpe the sone of a man. Thei schulen cry for the mul-
titude of fals chalengeris, and thei schulen weile for the

10 violence of the arm of tirauntis. And Joob seide not,
Where is God, that made me, and that 5af songis in the

1 1 ny5t } Which God techith vs aboue the beestis of erthe,

1 2 and he schal teche vs aboue the briddis of heuene. There
thei schulen crye, and God schal not here, for the pride

13 of yuele men. For God schal not here with out cause,

1 4 and Almy5ti God schal biholde the causis of ech man. 3he,
whanne thou seist, He biholdith not; be thou demed bifor

15 hym, and abide thou hym. For now he bryngith not in

1 6 his strong veniaunce, nether vengith greetli felonye. Therfor
Joob openith his mouth in veyn, and multiplieth wordis with
out kunnyng.

Cap. XXXVI.

I, 2 Also Helyu addide, and spak these thingis, Suffre thou
me a litil, and Y schal schewe to thee ; for 3it Y haue that,



48 JOB, XXXVI.

3 that Y schal speke for God. Y schal reherse my kunnyng;
fro the bigynnyng ; and Y schal preue my worchere iust.

4 For verili my wordis ben with out leesyng, and perfit kun-

5 nyng schal 1)0 preiied to thee. God castith not awei my5ti

6 men, sithen he is my^ti; but he saueth not wickid men,

7 and he ^yueth dom to pore men. He takith not awei hise
i3en fro a iust man ; and he settith kyngis in seete with

8 out ende, and thei ben reisid there. And if thei ben in

9 chaynes, and ben boundun with the roopis of pouert, he
schal shewe to hem her werkis, and her grete trespassis ;

10 for thei weren violent, e/hir raiienours. Also he schal opene

her eere, that he chastise; and he schal speke, that thei

iiturne a^en fro wickidnesse. If thei heren, and kepen, thei

12 schulen fille her dales in good, and her 5eris in glorie. Sotheli
if thei heren not, thei schulen passe bi swerd, and thei

13 schulen be wastid in foli. Feyneris and false men sliren
the ire of God ; and thei schulen not crye, whanne thei

14 ben boundun. The soule of hem schal die in tempest;
and the lijf of hem among men of wymmens condiciouns.

15 He schal delyuere -a pore man fro his angwisch; and he

16 schal opene the eere of hym in tribulacioun. Therfor he
schal saue thee fro the streit mouth of the broddeste tri-
bulaciotm, and not hauynge a foundement vndur it; sotheli

1 7 the rest of thi table schal be ful of fatnesse. Thi cause
is demed as the cause of a wickid man ; forsothe thou schalt

iSresseyue thi cause and doom. Therfor ire ouercome thee

not, that thou oppresse ony man ; and the multitude of

iQ^ifus bowe thee not. Putte doun thi greetnesse with out

tribulacioun, and pulk doun alle stronge men bi strengthe.

2oDilaie thou not ny5t, that puplis stie for hem. Be thou

2 1 war, that thou bowe not to wickidnesse; for thou hast

2 2bigunne to sue this ivickidnesse aftir wretchidnesse. Lo !

God is hi3 in his strengthe, and noon is lijk hym among



3^07?, XXXVII, 49

23 the 5yueris of lawe. Who mai seke out the weies of God ?

ethir who dar seie to hym, Thou hast wrou^t wickidnesse?

j4Haue thou mynde, that thou knowist not his werk, of

25 whom men sungun. Alle men seen God ; ech man bi-

26 holdith afer. Lo ! God is greet, ouercomynge oure kun-
nyng; the noumbre of hise ^eeris is with out noumbre.

_' 7 Which takith awei the droi)is of reyn ; and schedith out

28 reynes at the hcnesse of flood5atis, whiche comen doun of

29 the cloudis, that hilen alle thingis aboue. If he wole stretche

30 forthe cloudis as his tente, and leite with his h^t fro aboue,

31 he schal bile, ^he, the herris of the see. For bi these thingis
he demeth puplis, and 3yueth mete to many deedli men.

Cap. XXXVII.

32 In hondis he hidith li^t; and comaundith it, that it come

33 eft. He tellith of it to his freend, that it is his possessioun ;

1 and that he may stie to it. ]\lyn herte dredde of this thing,

2 and is moued out of his place. It schal here an heryng
in the feerdfulnesse of his vois, and a sown comynge forth

3 of his mouth. He biholdith ouere alle heuenes ; and his

4 li3t is ouere the termes of erthe. Sown schal rore aftir hym,
he schal thundre with the vois of his greetnesse ; and it

5 schal not be sou^t out, whanne his vois is herd. God schal
thundre in his vois wondurfulli, that makith grete thingis

6 and that moun not be sou^t out. Which comaundith to
the snow to come doun on erthe, and to the reynes of

7 wijntir, and to the reynes of his strengthe. Which markith
in the bond of alle men, that alle men knowe her werkis.

S An vnresonable beeste schal go in to his denne, and schal

9 dwelle in his caue, elhir derke place. Tempestis schulen go

10 out fro the ynnere thingis, and coold fro Arturus. Whanne

God makith blowyng, frost wexith togidere; and eft ful

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50 JOB, XXXVIII,

1 1 brood watris ben sched out. Whete desirith cloudis, and

] 2 cloudis spreeden abrood her li3t. Whiche cloudes cumpassen

alle thingis bi cumpas, whidur euere the wil of the gouernour

ledith tho, to al thing which he comaundith to tho on the

1 3 face of the world ; whether in o lynage, ethir in his lond,
ether in what euer place of his merci he comaundith tho

14 to be foundun. Joob, herkene thou these thingis; stonde

15 thou, and biholde the meruels of God. Whethir thou woost,
whanne God comaundide to the reynes, that tho schulen

i6schewe the li^t of hise cloudis? Whether thou knowist the

1 7 grete weies of cloudis, and perfit kunnyngis ? Whether thi
cloothis ben not hoote, whanne the erthe is blowun with

18 the south? In hap thou madist with hym heuenes, which
i9moost sad ben foundid, as of bras. Schewe thou to vs,

what we schulen seie to hym ; for we ben wlappid in derk-
2onessis. Who schal telle to hym, what thingis Y speke?

2 1 3he, if he spekith, a man schal be deuourid. And now men
seen not li5t; the eir schal be maad thicke sudenli in to

22 cloudis, and wynd passynge schal dryue awei tho. Gold

23 schal come fro the north, and ferdful preisyng of God. For
we moun not fynde him worthili ; he is greet in strengthe,
and in doom, and in ri5tfulnesse, and may not be teld out.

24 Therfor men schulen drede hym ; and alle men, that semen
to hem silf to be wise, schulen not be hardi to biholde.

Cap. XXXVIII.

1 FoRSOTHE the Lord answeride fro the whirlewynd to Joob,

2 and seide, Who is this man, wlappynge sentences with vn-

3 wise wordis ? Girde thou as a man thi leendis ; Y schal

4 axe thee, and answere thou to me. Where were thou,
whanne Y settide the foundementis of erthe ? schewe thou

5 to me, if thou hast vndurstondyng. Who settide mesures



JOB, XXXVIII. 51

therof, if thou knowist? etbir who stretchide forth a lyne

6 theronne ? On what thing ben the foundementis therof
maad fast? ether who sente doun the corner-stoon therof,

7 whanne the morew sterris herieden me togidere, and alle

8 the sones of God sungun ioyfuli ? Who closide togidere the
see with doris, whanne it brak out comynge forth as of the

9 wombe ? Whanne Y settide a cloude the hilyng therof, and
Y wlappide it with derknesse, as with clothis of 5ong childbed.

10 Y cumpasside it with my termes, and Y settide a barre, and

1 1 doris ; and Y seide, Til hidur thou schalt come, and thou
schalt not go forth ferthere; and here thou schalt breke

12 togidere thi bolnynge wawis. Whethir aftir thi birthe thou
comaundist to the bigynnyng of dai, and schewidist to the

I.:; morewtid his place ? Whethir thou heldist schakynge togidere

the laste partis of erthe, and schakedist awei wickid men

i4therfro? A seeling schal be restorid as cley, and it schal

i5Stonde as a cloth. The li^t of wickid men schal be takun

i6awey fro hem, and an hi3 arm schal be brokun. Whethir

thou entridist in to the depthe of the see, and walkidist in

1 7 the laste partis of the occian? Whether the 5atis of deeth

18 ben openyd to thee, and siest thou the derk doris.? Whethir

thou hast biholde the brede of erthe .? Schewe thou to me,

19 if thou knowist alle thingis, in what weie the lijt dwellith,

20 and which is the place of derknesse ; that thou lede ech
thing to hise termes, and thou vndurstonde the w^eies of

21 his hows. Wistist thou thanne, that thou schuldist be borun,

22 and knew thou the noumbre of thi dales.? Whethir thou
entridist in to the tresours of snow, ether biheldist thou the

23 tresours of hail .? whiche thingis Y made redy in to the
tyme of an enemy, in to the dai of fi3tyng and of batel.

24 Bi what weie is the li^t spred abrood, heete is departid on

25 erthe 1 Who jaf cours to the strongeste rcyn, and weie of

26 the thundur sownynge .? That it schulde reyne on the erthe

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52 JOB, XXXIX.

with out man in desert, where noon of deedli men dwellith ?

27 That it schulde fille a lond with out weie and desolat, and

28 schulde brynge forth greene eerbis ? Who is fadir of reyn,

29 ether who gendride the dropis of deew? Of whos wombe

30 5ede out iys, and who gendride frost fro heuene? Watris
ben maad hard in the licnesse of stoon, and the ouer part

3 [ of occian is streyned togidere. Whether thou schalt mowe
ioyne togidere schynynge sterris Pliades, ethir thou schalt

,32 mowe distrie the cumpas of Arturis? W^hether thou bryng-
ist forth Lucifer, thai is, dai-ster^'e, in his tyme, and makist

33 euene-sterre to rise on the sones of erthe ? Whether thou
knowist the ordre of heuene, and schalt sette the resoun

34 therof in erthe ? Whethir thou schalt reise thi vois in to a

35 cloude, and the fersnesse of watris schal hile thee? Whethir
thou schalt sende leitis, and tbo schulen go, and tho schulen

36 turne a5en, and schulen seie to thee, We ben present ? Who
puttide wisdoom in the entrailis of man, ethir who 5af vn-

37 durstondyng to the cok ? Who schal telle out the resoun
of heuenes, and who schal make acordyng of heuene to

38 sleep ? Whanne dust was foundid in the erthe, and clottis

39 weren ioyned togidere ? Whether thou schalt take prey to

40 the lionesse, and schalt fille the soulis of hir whelpis, whanne

41 tho liggen in caues, and aspien in dennes? Who makith
redi for the crowe his mete, whanne hise briddis crien to
God, and wandren aboute, for tho han not meetis ?

Cap. XXXIX.

1 Whethir thou knowist the tyme of birthe of wielde geet
in stoonys, ethir hast thou aspied hyndis bryngynge forth

2 calues ? Hast thou noumbrid the monethis of her conseyuyng,

3 and hast thou knowe the tyme of her caluyng.? Tho ben

4 bowid to the calf, and calueu ; and senden out roryngis. Her



JOB, XXXIX. 53

calues ben departid, and goen to pasture ; tho goen out, and

5 turnen not a^en to tho hyndis. Who let go the wielde asse

6 fre, and who loside the boondis of hym ? To whom Y haue
50ue an hows in wildirnesse, and the tabernacles of hym in

7 the lond of saltnesse. He dispisith the multitude of citee ; he
S herith not the cry of an axcre. He lokith aboute the hillis of
9 his lesewe, and he sekith alle greene thingis. Whether an

vnycorn schal wilne serue thee, ethir schal dwelle at thi
locratche? Whether thou schalt bynde the vnicorn with thi

chayne, for to ere, ethir schal he breke the clottis of valeis
1 1 aftir thee ? Whether thou schalt haue trist in his grete
I .' strengthe, and schalt thou leeue to hym thi traueils ? Whether

thou schalt bileue to hym, that he schal ^elde seed to thee,
I.:; and schal gadere togidere thi cornfloor? The fethere of an

14 0striche is lijk the fetheris of a gerfawcun, and of an hauk ;
which osirige forsakith hise eirun in the erthe, in hap thou schalt

15 make tho hoot in the dust. He for^etith, that a foot tredith

1 6 tho, ethir that a beeste of the feeld al to-brekith iho. He is
maad hard to hise briddis, as if thei ben not hise; he tra-

1 7 ueilide in veyn, while no drede constreynede. For God haih
priued hym fro wisdom, and 3af not vnderstondyng to hym.

]S Whanne tyme is, he reisith the wengis an hi5 ; he scorneth

19 the hors, and his ridere. Whether thou schalt ^yue strengthe
to an hors, ether schal 5yue neiyng aboute his necke ?

20 Whether thou schalt reyse hym as locustis ? The glorie of

21 hise nosethirlis is drede. He diggith erthe with the foot, he

22 fulli ioieth booldli ; he goith a5ens armed men. He dispisith

23 ferdflilnesse, and he ^yueth not stide to swerd. An arowe-
caas schal sowne on hym ; a spere and scheeld schal florische.

24 He is hoot, and gnastith, and swolewith the erthe ; and he

25 arettith not that the crie of the trumpe sowneth. Whanne he
herith a clarioun, he seith, Joie ! he smellith batel afer ; the

26 excityng of duykis, and the 3ellyng of the oost. Whether an



54 JOB, XL.

hauk spredinge abrood hise wyngis to the south, bigynneth
2; to haue fetheris bi thi wisdom? Whether an egle schal be

reisid at thi comaundement, and schal sette his nest in hi^
28 places? He dwellith in stoonys, and he dwellith in flyntis

brokun bifor, and in rochis, to whiche me may not nei^e.

29 Fro thennus he biholdith mete, and hise i^en loken fro fer.

30 Hise briddis souken blood, and where euere a careyn is,
3ianoon he is present. And the Lord addide, and spak to

32 Joob, Whether he, that stryueth with God, schal haue rest so
li3tli ? Sotheli he, that repreueth God, owith for to answere

33 to hym. Forsothe Joob answeride to the Lord, and seide,

34 What may Y answere, which haue spoke li^tli? Y schal

35 putte myn hond on my mouth. Y spak o thing, which thing
Y wold, that Y hadde not seid ; and Y spak anothir thing, to
which Y schal no more adde.



Cap. XL.

1 Forsothe the Lord answeride to Joob fro the whirlewynd,

2 and seide, Girde thou as a man thi leendis, and Y schal axe

3 thee, and schewe thou to me. Whether thou schalt make
voide my doom, and schalt condempne me, that thou be

4 maad iust ? And if thou hast an arm, as God hath, and if
thou thundrist with lijk vois, take thou fairnesse aboute thee,

5 and be thou reisid an hi^, and be thou gloriouse, and be thou
6clothid in faire clothis. Distrie thou proude men in thi

woodnesse, and biholde thou, and make lowe ech bostere.

7 Biholde thou alle proude men, and schende thou hem ; and

8 al to-breke thou wickid men in her place. Hide thou hem
in dust togidere, and drenche doun her faces in to a diche.

9 And Y schal knowleche, that thi ri^t hond may saue thee.

10 Lo ! behemot, whom Y made with thee, schal as an oxe ete

11 hey. His strengthe is in hise leendis, and his vertu is in the



JOB, XLI. S^

1 2 nawle of his wombe. He streyneth his tail as a cedre ; the

13 senewis of his stones of gendrure ben foldid togidere. Hise
boonys bcfi as the pipis of bras ; the gristil of hym is as plalis

14 of yrun. He is the bigynnyng of the weies of God ; he, that

15 made hym, schal sette his swerd lo hym. HilUs beren eerbis
to this behemot ; alle the beestis of the feeld pleien there.

16 He slepith vndur schadewe, in the pryuete of rehed, in moiste

17 places. Schadewis hilen his schadewe; the salewis of the
iS ryuer cumpassen hym. He schal soupe vp the flood, and he

schal not wondre ; he hath trist, that Jordan schal flowe in to

19 his mouth. He schal take hem bi the i3en of hym, as bi an
hook ; and bi scharpe schaftis he schal perse hise nosethirlis.

20 Whether thou schalt mowe drawe out leuyathan with an

2 1 hook, and schalt bynde with a roop his tunge ? Whethir
thou schalt putte a ryng in hise nosethirlis, ethir schalt perse

2 2hyse cheke with an hook? Whether he schal mulliplie
preieris to thee, ether schal speke softe thingis to thee }

23 Whether he schal make couenaunt with thee, and thou schalt

24 take him a seruaunt euerlastinge ? Whether thou schalt
scorne hym as a brid, ethir schalt bynde hym to thin hand-

25maidis.? Schulen frendis kerue hym, schulen marchauntis
2f) departe hym ? Whether thou schalt fiUe nettis with his skyn,

27 and a leep of fischis with his heed.? Schalt thou putte thin
bond on hym .? haue thou mynde of the batel, and adde no

28 more to speke. Lo ! his hope schal disseyue hym; and in
the si3t of alle men he schal be cast doun.

Cap. XLI.

1 I NOT as cruel schal reise hym ; for who may a^enstonde

2 my face } And who ^af to me bifore, that Y 5elde to hym .?

3 Alle thingis, that ben vndur heuene, ben myne. Y schal not

4 spare hym for my^ti wordis, and maad faire to biseche. Who
schal schewe the face of his clothing, and who schal entre in



^6 JOB, XLI.

5 to the myddis of his mouth ? Who schal opene the 5atis of

6 his cheer ? ferdfulnesse is bi the cumpas of hise teeth. His
bodi IS as ^otun scheldys of bras, and ioyned togidere with

7 scaHs ouerleiynge hem silf. Oon is ioyned to another ; and

8 sotheh brething goith not thorou^ tho. Oon schal cleue to
anothir, and tho holdynge hem silf schulen not be departid.

9 His fnesynge is as schynynge of fier, and hise i5en den as

10 i5elidis of the morewtid. Laumpis comen forth of his mouth,

1 1 as trees of fier, that ben kyndlid. Smoke cometh forth of

12 hise nosethirlis, as of a pot set on the fier and boilynge. His
breeth makith colis to brenne, and flawme goith out of his

i.s mouth. Strengthe schal dwelle in his necke, and nedynesse
J 4 schal go bifor his face. The membris of hise fleischis Sen

cleuynge togidere to hem silf; God schal sende floodis a^ens
ishym, and tho schulen not be borun to an other place. His

herte schal be maad hard as a stoon ; and it schal be streyned

1 6 togidere as the anefeld of a smith. Whanne he schal be
takun awei, aungels schulen drede ; and thei aferd schulen be

1 7 purgid. Whanne swerd takith hym, it may not stonde, nethir
i8 spere, nether haburioun. For he schal arette irun as chaffis,

19 and bras as rotun tre. A man archere schal not dryue hym
awei; stoonys of a slynge ben turned in to stobil to hym.

20 He schal arette an hamer as stobil ; and he schal scorne a

21 florischynge spere. The beemys of the sunne schulen be
vndur hym; and he schal strewe to hym silf gold as cley.

22 He schal make the depe se to buyle as a pot; and he schal
2 3putte, as whanne oynementis buylen. A path schal schyne

afur hym ; he schal gesse the greet occian as wexynge eld.
24 No power is on erthe, that schal be comparisound to hym;
25 which is maad, that he schulde drede noon. He seeth al hi5

thing ; he is kyng ouer alle the sones of pride.



JOB, XLII. 57



Cap. XLII.



1, 2 FoRSOTHE Joob answeride to the Lord, and seide, Y
woot, that thou maist alle thingis, and no thou5t is hid fro

;, thee. Who is this, that hehth counsel with out kunnyng?
Therfor Y spak vnwiseli, and tho thingis that passiden ouer

4 mesure my kunnyng. Here thou, and Y schal speke ; Y

3 schal axe thee, and answere thou to me. Bi heryng of eere

6 Y herde thee, but now myn i^e seeth thee. Therfor Y re-
preue me, and do penaunce in deed sparcle and aische.

7 Forsothe aftir that the Lord spak these wordis to Joob, he
seide to Eliphat Themanytes, My stronge veniaunce is wrooth
a5ens thee, and a^ens thi twey frendis ; for ^e spaken not

8 bifor me ri5tful thing, as my seruaunt Joob dide. Therfor
take 5e to 50U seuene bolis, and seuene rammes ; and go ^e
to my seruaunt Joob, and ofFre ^q brent sacrifice for 50U.
Forsothe Joob, my seruaunt, schal preie for 30U ; Y schal
resseyue his face, that foU be not arettid to 30U ; for 56
spaken not bifor me ri5tful thing, as my seruaunt Joob dide.

9 Therfor Eliphat Themanytes, and Baldach Suythes, and
Sophar Naamathites, 3eden, and diden, as the Lord hedde
spoke to hem ; and the Lord resseyuede the face of Joob.

[oAlso the Lord was conuertid to the penaunce of Joob,
whanne he preiede for hise frendis. And the Lord addide

1 1 alle thingis double, whiche euere weren of Joob. Sotheli
alle hise britheren, and alle hise sistris, and alle that knewen
hym bifore, camen to hym ; and thei eeten breed with hym
in his hows, and moueden the heed on hym ; and thei
coumfortiden hym of al the yuel, which the Lord hadde
brou^t in on hym ; and thei ^auen to hym ech man o scheep,

i-and o goldun eere-ring. Forsothe the Lord blesside the
laste thingis of Joob, more than the bigynnyng of hym ;
and fouretene thousynde of scheep weren maad to hym.



58 PSALMS, I.

and sixe thousinde of camels, and a thousynde ^ockis of

i3 0xis, and a thousynde femal assis. And he hadde seuene

sones, and thre dou5tris ; and he clepide the name of o

dou^tir Dai, and the name of the secomide dou^tir Cassia,

and the name of the thridde dou3tir An horn of wymmens

i4 0ynement. Sotheli no wymmen weren foundun so faire in

al erthe, as the dou^tris of Joob ; and her fadir 5af eritage

15 to hem among her britheren. Forsothe Joob lyuede aftir

these betyngis an hundrid and fourti 3eer, and si^ hise sones,

and the sones of hise sones, til to the fourthe generacioun ;

and he was deed eld, and ful of daies.



P S A L M S.

Psalm I.

The firs te salm.

1 Blessid is the man, that 5ede not in the councel of wickid
men ; and stood not in the wefe of synneris, and sat not

2 in the chaier of pestilence. But his wille is in the lawe of
the Lord; and he schal bithenke in the lawe of hym dai

3 and ny5t. And he schal be as a tree, which is plauntid
bisidis the rennyngis of watris ; which ire schal 3yue his fruyt
in his tyme. And his leef schal not falle doun ; and alle
thingis which euere he schal do schulen haue prosperite.

4 Not so wickid rnen, not so ; but thei ben as dust, which the

5 wynd castith awei fro the face of erthe. Therfor wickid
men risen not a^en in doom ; nethir synneres in the councel

6 of iust men. For the Lord knowith the weie of iust men:
and the weie of wickid men schal perische.



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Psalm II.
T/^e sccoimde salm.

1 Whi gnastiden with teeth hethene men; and puplis

2 thou^ten veyn thingis ? The kyngis of erthe stoden togidere ;
and princes camen togidere a^ens the Lord, and ajens his

3 Crist ? Breke we the bondis of hem ; and cast we awei the

4 50k of hem fro vs. He that dwellith in heuenes schal scorne
; hem ; and the Lord schal bimowe hem. Thanne he schal

speke to hem in his ire ; and he schal disturble hem in his

6 stronge veniaunce. Forsothe Y am maad of hym a kyng

7 on Syon, his hooH hil ; prechynge his comaundement. The
Lord seide to me^ Thou art my sone ; Y haue gendrid thee

5 to-dai. Axe thou of me, and Y schal 3yue to thee hethene
men thin eritage ; and thi possessioun the termes of erthe.

Thou schalt gouerne hem in an yrun 5erde ; and thou schalt

10 breke hem as the vessel of a pottere. And now, ^e kyngis,

1 1 vndurstonde ; 3e that demen the erthe, be lerud. Serue ^e
the Lord with drede; and make 5e ful ioye to hym with

1 2 tremblyng. Take ^e lore ; lest the Lord be wrooth sumtyme,

13 and lest 36 perischen fio iust waie. Whanne his ire brenneth
out in schort tyme ; blessed ben alle thei, that tristen in hym.

Psalm IIL

1 The title of the thridde salm. The salm of Dauid, whanne

hefleddefro the face of Absolon, his sone.

2, 3 Lord, whi ben thei multiplied that disturblen me % many

men rysen a5ens me. Many men seien of my soule, Noon

4helthe is to hym in his God. But thou, Lord, art myn

5 vptakere ; my glorye, and enhaunsyng myn heed. With
my vois Y criede to the Lord ; and he herde me fro his

6 hooli hil. I slepte, and was quenchid, and Y roos vp ; for



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7 the Lord resseyuede me. I schal not drede thousyndis of
puple cumpassynge me ; Lord, rise thou vp ; my God, make



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