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A

ryght profytable treatyse

compendiously drawen out of many

and dyvers wrytynges

of holy men


by
Thomas Betson

Printed in Caxton's house
by Wynkyn de Worde
about 1500


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Cambridge
at the University Press

1905


The tract here reprinted is one of twenty-six formerly bound together in
a remarkable volume (AB. 4. 58) which was presented to the University in
1715 by King George the First together with the rest of the Library of
John Moore, Bishop of Ely.

The name of the author is only known from the colophon. It will be seen
from the facsimile that the fourth letter of the name is not certainly
an s. Herbert (p. 204) on the information of W. Cole gives the name as
Betton: but it seems probable that we are right in reading it as Betson.
Mr Bernard W. Henderson, who has very kindly examined the copy in the
Library of Exeter College, Oxford, and Mr F. Madan, to whom he has shown
it, are decidedly of opinion that the letter is a blurred s.

The date of printing is fixed by competent authorities as 1500, on the
evidence of the states of the printer's mark and of the cut of the
Crucifixion.

FRANCIS JENKINSON


This facsimile has been taken from the original in the Library of the
University of Cambridge.

I certify that I have printed 250 copies only of this facsimile, that
the impressions have been rubbed off the plates and the negatives
destroyed.

P. DUJARDIN

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¶ Here begynneth a ryght profytable treatyse cõpendiously drawen
out of many & dyuers wrytynges of holy men / to dyspose men to be
vertuously occupyed in theyr myndes & prayers. And declared the
Pater noster. Aue. & Credo. in our moder tonge with many other
deuoute prayers in lyke wyse medefull to religyous people as to
the laye people with many other moost holsomest Instruccyons / as
here after it shall folowe.

¶ The famous doctour Iohan gerson Chaûceler of Parys / takynge his
groûde of holy scrypture. & accordynge with all other doctours
sayth thus.


[Illuminated O]

Oure moost mercyfull fa[der] lord god knowyng our freelte &
redynes to all s[yn]nes. is euer redy duryng this wretched &
mortall lyf / by many & dyuers ways to forgyue vs our trespace
/ & to graûte & gyue vs his grace / yf so be that truly we ordeyne
vnto hym these treuthes folowynge sayd & done with all our herte.
The fyrst / thou shalt saye. Blessyd lorde I knowleche [that] I
haue synned ayenst thy goodnes thus and thus Rehersynge thy
synnes. And I am dyspleaseth therwith by reason of the whiche I
do penaunce & wyll do. For I knowe well that I haue greued the &
broken thy cõmaûdementes. In the whiche thou only ought to be
worshypped. The seconde saye this treuthe. Good lorde I haue good
purpose & desyre with thyn helpe to be ryght ware herafter that I
fall not in to synne / & I entende to flee the occasions after
[the] possibilyte of my power. The thyrde is this. Mercyful
lorde I haue a good wyll to make an hole confessyon of all my
synnes whan place & tyme cõuenient may be had acordynge to thy
cõmaûdement & all holy chirche. These thre treuthes who soeuer
sayth [with] his herte vnfaynyngly in what place [that] euer it be
/ he may be sure [that] he is in [the] state of helth & grace & he
shal haue euer lastynge lyf though he had done all the synnes of
the worlde. And yf he decessed [with]out ony other confession for
lacke of a preest. as slepyng sodayn deth he sholde be saue
suffrynge afore harde payne of purgatory / wherfor it is a good
coûsel [that] euery crysten man ones or twyes a daye erly or late
/ or els at lest on holy dayes examyne his conscyence & remêbre yf
he may [with] al his herte vnfayn[yn]gly say these thre treuthes /
& yf he do he may be sure [that] he is in [the] state of grace.
And yf he may not. but is in wyll to synne ayen & to haue his
delectacion [with] dede / & wyll not flee the occasyons of mortall
synnes & so drowned wyl not aryse. as vsurers. fals marchaûts or
[that] desyren vengeaûce [with] suche other suche may be certayne
[that] the pope may not assoyle them Not for thy holsom coûsell
is [that] suche praye & gyue almesse & do other good dedes after
theyr power [that] god the father may lyghten theyr hertes. & the
sooner torne them to goodnes. Amen.


¶ This Pater noster / taught our lorde his dyscyples / and all
people by his gospell.

Fader our that art in heuens / halowed be thy name. Thy kyngdom
come to [the]. Thy wyll be do as in heuen so in erthe. Our eche
dayly brede gyue vs to daye. And forgyue vs our dettes ryght as
we forgyue to our dettours. And lede vs not in to temptacyon. But
delyuer vs from euyll Amen / that is to saye. So be it.


¶ This is the Aue maria / that Gabryell sayd salutynge our blessyd
lady / & it is the gospell.

Heyll Mary full of grace / the lorde is with the / blessyd be thou
amonge wymen / & blessyd be the fruyte of thy wombe Ihesus. Amen.


¶ These ben the artycles of our Crede / and oure byleue / that who
is baptysed and trusteth in hem shall be saued.

I byleue in god fa[der] almyghty shaper of heuen & erthe. And in
Ihesu cryste his oonly sone our lorde / the whiche is conceyued of
the holy goost / borne of Mary the mayde / suffred payne & passyon
vn[der] Ponce Pylate. Crucefyed / deed / & buryed / he lyghted
downe to helles. The .iij. daye he arose frõ deth to lyue. He
flyed vp in to heuens. He sytteth at the ryght syde of god the
fa[der] almyghty From thens he is to come to deme both quycke &
deed. I trowe in [the] holy goost / holy chirche vnyuersall /
comunynge of sayntes / forgyuenes of synnes ayen rysynge of
flesshe / & euerlastynge lyf. Amen.

Hope is truste by the mercy of god to be saued. And it standeth in
the grace of our lorde & our good werkes. ¶ Charyte is the ende &
the perfeccion of all the cõmaûdementes of god / and it standeth
in the loue of god aboue all thynges / & thy neyghbour as thy self


¶ These ben the seuen vertues ayenst the seuen vyces.

¶ Mekenes ayenst pryde.

¶ As in boostynge / despysynge / scornynge / hyghe herte / fayrnes
/ connynge / strengthe / vertue / pryde of kynne / vayne glory /
dispyte of other / ypocresy.

¶ Pacyence ayenst Wrathe.

¶ As fyghtynge / chydynge / hurtyng / betyng / warryeng / cursynge
/ grutchynge / desyre of vengeaûce cruelnes &c.

¶ Charyte ayenst Enuye.

¶ As gladde of an other euyll fare / & to be heuy & sory of theyr
welfare / bacbytynge / sowynge of dyscorde / scornynge / and suche
other.

¶ Largenes ayenst Couetyse & Auaryce.

¶ In wynnynge / in byenge / in sellynge / in met[yn]ge / in
waynge / gyle / trechery / sacrylege / symony / vsury / theeft /
receyu[yn]ge of stolen goodes / wronge withholdynge of ony dute to
the the chirche &c.

¶ Good occupacyon ayenst Slouth.

¶ As ydelnes / delyte in slepe / neclygent to cõne [the] lawes of
god / vnlusty to [the] seruyce of god / myspendynge of tyme /
dyspayre / wanhope & suche other.

¶ Abstynence ayenst Glotony.

¶ As in moche etynge & drynkynge / brekynge of faste / desyrynge
of delycate metes & drynkes &c.

¶ These ben the fyue goostly wyttes. Mynde / reason / wyll /
ymagynacyon / vnderstandynge.

¶ These ben the fyue bodely wyttes. Herynge seynge / smellynge /
tastynge / and touchynge.

¶ Chastyte ayenst Lechery.

¶ As in thought / wyll / werke / in syght / in felyng in
[pro]uokyng / or synne ayenst kynde [with] many other ¶ The .vij.
goostly dedes of mercy. Teche / coûsel chastyte / comforte /
forgyue / suffre / & praye for thy enemyes. ¶ The .vij. bodely
dedes of mercy. Fede the hongry / gyue drynke to the thursty /
clothe the naked / herborowe the herbourles / comforte the seke /
vysyte prysoners / burye the deed.

¶ These folowynge ben the .vij. gyftes of the holy goost / that
euery man sholde desyre to haue and kepe. Wysdome / counsell /
knowynge / pyte / vnderstandynge / strength / and drede of god.

¶ These folowynge be the .iiij. cardynall vertues

¶ Temperaûce. Is a meane betwix to moche & to lytell / & it
standeth in takynge suffycyently [that] nedeth & in refusyng
[that] is to moche or to lytel vtterly

¶ Ryghtwysnes / is a paynge of a dute to eche th[yn]ge [that]
it duly longeth vnto / as to god praysyng & thãkyng / to thy
neyghbour loue & charyte / & to thyself besynes to fulfyl goddes
wyl & his cõmaûdement[es]

¶ Prudence or Wysdome. Is a vertue [that] departeth good from
euyll / & it standeth in chesynge good & refusynge euyll.

¶ Strength maketh ony myghty and hardy to do grete thynges for
the loue of god & in suffrynge pacyently aduersyte / and mekely
takynge prosperyte.

¶ These ben the .vij. sacrementes of holy cherche Baptysme /
wedloke / the sacrament of [the] awter / cõfirmacõn / ordre /
penaûce / & the last enoyntynge.

¶ Here folowen the .x. cõmaûdement[es] ¶ Worshyp no fals god. In
whiche is forboden wytchecrafte / enchaûtement[es] / mawmentry /
redyng of dremes / & al mysbyleue & such other. ¶ Take not his
name in vayn. In which is forboden all heresyes / forsweryng of
all mysmenyng / vnworshyp of god / tak[yn]ge his name î vayn &
other. ¶ Halowe [the] holydays herynge deuoutly thy seruyce /
kepyng [the] out of dedely s[yn]ne / & visyte [the] poore / &
helpe to acorde them [that] ben at debate & suche other. ¶ Worshyp
thy fa[der] & thy moder. God thy fa[der] holy chirche thy mo[der]
/ thy goostly fa[der]s / thy flesshly fader & mo[der] / & people
of age / & prelates of holy chirche. ¶ Slee no man [with] hande
smytynge / nor [with] thy mouth in bacbytyng with herte cursynge
/ ne wyll ony euyll or vengeaûce. ¶ Do no lechery. In this is
forboden all spousebreche [with] bodely dede or goostly / & all
wylfull polucõns or prouokynge to [the] same. ¶ Do no theeft. as
î stelyng / wronge getyng / trechery / oker / dysherytage of
heyres.wronge amercymêt[es]. fals mesure wrong purchasyng ¶ Bere
no fals wytnes / in this is forboden fals byenge / bacbytyng /
fals accusyng and all such other. ¶ Desyre not thy neyghbours wyf.
In this is not only forboden the dede doyng but also the desyre &
wyll of herte. ¶ Desyre not thy neyghbours thynge / as house /
londe / beest / seruaunt nor ony thynge that is his.

¶ These .vij. thynges folowynge sholde we haue euer in our mynde.

The synnes [that] we dayly do. The short tyme that we shall abyde
here. The vncertayne of the daye of our deth. The vnstablenes &
fraylte of vs. The strayte & ferefull Iugement of god. The bytter
& vnspekable paynes ordeyned for synnes. The euerlastynge losse of
eternall glorye.

¶ Here foloweth a short remêbraûce for confessyon to al peple /
& in especyal to al religious folke.

Seldom shalt [thou] fynde tyme in all the yere in whiche [thou]
shalt not haue cause to shryue the of some of these folowynge /
that is to wete of hasty or neclygence saynge [the] seruyce of
god / or of lesynge of tyme / or els of vayne thought or of vndue
reuerence to god or to our lady or his saynt or to [the] other
[that] ben thy souerayns. Or in forgetynge god & his dayly
benefayt. & not thankyng h[ym] for his creacion & his redempcõn.
& [that] he gaf the [that] mynde to dyspose the better than other
ben [with] suche other. And also not thankynge h[ym] for thy dayly
sustenaunce / clothynge & helth of thy body & for remissyon of thy
synnes / for thyn enherytaûce of heuen [with] other Innumerable.
Also remêbre thy wode wordes or noysom / or els fals Iugementes in
thy mynde / or fals suspycõn. Also of ony mouynge to wrath or to
vayne heuynes or vayne gladnes. Also serche in thy mynde yf [thou]
haue well spended [the] daye & nyght without synne / as yf [thou]
haue prayed or rede to lytell with suche other. Also yf [thou]
haue past thy boûdes in wordes or in etynge or drynkynge /
slepynge or laughynge with suche other. Also remembre how [thou]
haste kepte the maundementes of thy souerayne / chastyte / pouerte
/ sylence in places & houres accordynge as [thou] art called for
to do. Also yf ony persone in worde sygne or dede [thou] haste
offended & gyuen ony cause or occasyon of greuaûce. Remembre also
yf [thou] hast ouerskypped in the seruyce of god ony wordes /
verses / or ony Inclynacyons & suche other. And of the wauerynge
of thy mynde / thyn eyen / & other vnmanerly behauyour of all thy
body. Also of thy vnhonest & noysom thoughtes / that [thou] sholde
miyghtly resyst not taryenge with them by thy wyll. Serche also yf
[thou] haue grutched for mete or drynke or other necessaryes for
bycause they were not gyue to the after thy pleasyr. Loke also yf
[thou] haue synned in moche takynge of mete & drynke / or ony
other necessaryes more than nede requyred &c.


¶ Saynt Bernarde to a newe begynner in relygyon.

Yf [thou] entende to please god & woldest obteyne grace to fulfyll
the same two thyng[es] ben to the necessary. Fyrst thou must
withdrawe thy mynde from all transytory & erthely thynges as who
saye [thou] carest as lytell for them as there were none suche
thynges. The seconde is [that] [thou] gyue thyself to god / that
[thou] saye nor do ony thynge / but that only that [thou] verely
byleuest sholde please god And in this wyse folowynge [thou] mayst
gete grace for the fyrst. In all thynges counte thyself vyle &
symple / and as nothynge in regarde of vertue / & byleue all other
to be good & better than thyself / & so shalt thou moost please
god. What soeuer [thou] here or see of ony relygyous persone or of
ony other good persones / thynke alwaye that all is done & sayd
for good entent though they seme [the] contrary / for oft man by
suspycyon is begyled. Dysplease no creature / & vtter no langage
to laude of thyself / though it were to thy moost famylyer &
beloued felowe / studye euer more to kepe more preuy thy vertue
than thy vyce / speke neuer euyll of ony man or woman though it be
neuer so true / & open it not without it be in confessyon & [that]
whan [thou] can not elles shewe clerely thyn owne confessyon. Be
more gladde to gyue thyn eere whan ony man is praysed / than whan
ony persone is dyspraysed / Whan [thou] spekest haue fewe wordes /
true / & sadde & euer of god / yf ony worldely persone speke
[with] [the] and purpose or vtter vayne wordes / as soone as
[thou] mayst breke out of suche comunycacõn & talkynge & talke
of god & of his vertues / or elles departe & gyue [the] to some
goodly & goostly occupacõn. What soeuer befall the or ony other of
thy frendes gyue no charge of it / yf it be prosperyte reioyse not
therof / yf it be trouble or aduersyte be not sory for it. But
take or acompte all suche thyngs as nought & euer prayse & thanke
god / gyue charge as moche as [thou] mayst to [the] wele &
prosperyte of thy soule flee places of moche speche as moche as
[thou] canst. For it is moche bet[ter] one to kepe his tonge than
to speke. After complyn speke no worde tyl the masse be done the
next daye folowynge without a grete cause requyre. Whan [thou]
seest ony thynge [that] dyspleaseth the / see yf the faute be in
thyself & than haue compassyon / yf it be not / thynke that it may
be & so lete all thynges be to the as it were in a glasse to see
thyself. Grutche not ayenst ony persone without thou see that
[thou] may profyte what soeuer cause [thou] haue. Afferme neyther
denye nothyng ouerthwartly / but lete thy nay or ye or thy doubte
be powdred euer with salt / that is to saye / lete hem be spokan
with discrecion & pacyence. Be euermore ware of mockynge & of
scornynge. Yf [thou] be lyght of contenaûce see it be but selde /
haue thy comunicacion but [with] fewe persones & shortly behaue
thyself so in all thy sayenge that [thou] speke not rather in a
doubte than men sholde take auctoryte or groûde of thy sayenge.
The seconde [thou] mayst obteyne in this wyse. Gyue thyself with
grete deuocyon to praye & lete thyn herte agree with [that] [thou]
sayest both daye & nyght. Remembre also dylygentely that thou
ymagyne the state of them / in whose remembraûce [thou] makest thy
prayer. These thre haue alwaye in thy mynde / what [thou] were /
what [thou] art / & what [thou] shalt be. By reason of thy body /
[thou] were foule slyme of the erthe / & now thy body is the hous
of fylte & derte / & herafter it shall be wormes mete. Also
ymagyne [the] paynes of them [that] ben in helle & how that payne
shall neuer haue ende / & how they suffre all these paynes for a
lytell delectacõn & pleasyr in synne. Also ymagyne the Ioye of
paradyse / & how that shal neuer be fynysshed & how shortly and
soone it may be goten. Than thynke what sorowe & waylynge may be
to them [that] for so lytell a thynge here haue lost so grete Ioye
contynuell. And whan [thou] hast ony thynge that doth dysplease
the / or elles [thou] dredest to haue it / thynke & yf [thou] were
in helle [thou] sholdest haue that / & all that [thou] woldest not
haue / & so shalt [thou] suffre all thynge for crystus sake & his
loue. Also whan [thou] hast ony thynge that pleaseth the / or
elles that [thou] desyrest to haue / thynke & yf thou were in
paradyse [thou] sholdest haue it & all other thynges that thou
woldest desyre. Also whan there falleth ony fest of ony saynt
thynke on h[ym] what payne he suffred here for goddes sake & how
shorte his payne was. Than thynke how greate Ioye he hath in heuen
for that whiche is euerlastynge. And soo thou mayst thynke that
the trybulacion or tourmentynge of the good men is soone gone. And
in lyke wyse the Ioye of euyll men fadeth anone. but good men with
theyr trybulacyon here geteth eternall glorye. And euyll men with
theyr ouermoche Ioye here geteth euerlastynge payne. Furthermore
whan [thou] art accombred [with] slouth & lackest deuocõn / take
this wrytynge & ymagyne dilygently all these thynges rehersed.
Than thynke of the tyme [that] [thou] lesest in vayne ydelnes / &
thynke [that] they that ben in helle wolde gyue all the worlde for
so moche tyme to redeme theyr synnes yf they myght haue it. Whan
[thou] hast ony trouble / thynke that they [that] ben in paradyse
shall neuer haue suche trouble. And whan [thou] hast ony
spirytuell consolacyon or comforte / thynke [that] they that ben
in helle shall euer lacke that. Whan thou goost to bedde or to thy
rest / thynke what [thou] hast thought / what [thou] hast sayd /
what [thou] hast done that daye. And how prouffytable [thou] haste
spende thy tyme / the whiche was gyuen the to spende it vertuously
/ to obteyne euerlastynge lyf. Yf [thou] haue spended it well /
gyue praysynge to god. And yf [thou] haue spended it euyll / wepe
& be sory for it. And the next daye yf thou may / dyfferre not to
be confessed. Yf [thou] haue sayd or done ony thynge that greueth
thy conscyence sore / ete no mete vntyll [thou] be shryuen &
[thou] mayst. Now for a conclusyon / ymagyne in thy mynde two
cytees / one full of trouble & mysery whiche is helle / an other
full of Ioye and comforte whiche is paradyse. And how to one of
these two ye must nedes come. Than thynke in thyself what thynge
sholde cause the to do euyll / or what thynge sholde drawe the fro
god. And I trowe [thou] shalt fynde none suche. I am certayne yf
thou kepe well all these [that] ben wryten here. The holy goost
wyll be with the & teche [the] to kepe them parfytly. Wherfore
kepe well all these preceptes & cõmaûdementes & leue none behynde.
Rede them twyes in the weke / on wensdaye & saterdaye. And as
[thou] fyndest thou hast done as it is wryten. Gyue praysynge to
god / whiche is euer pyteous & mercyfull in worlde withouten ende
Amen.


¶ A deuoute prayer for relygyous people / or for theym that entre
in to relygyon. Remembrynge the termes / and to do theym in dede.

Ihesu my maker & sauyour to thy wyll and ordynaûce I commytte me
euery houre. Besechynge the entyerly for grace & mercy / so that
I may be one of them that shall be saued. Teche me good lorde thy
commaundementes to fulfylle / and to do that I come fore /
eschewynge all euyll. Gyue me grace to loue the and to drede the
aboue all thynge. Remembrynge thy grete benefettes / and euer to
gyue the thankynge. And to kepe euer charyte / obedyence /
pacyence / sylence / with humylyte / demynge euer the best / saye
well / telle the trouthe / and neuer to lye. Lothe to offende /
sory for my synne / and to helpe whan nede is / & to serue the
euer deuoutly with mekenes to haue mede. Of [the] trespaces of
other to haue compassyon / [with] good coûsell example & frendely
consolacyon / & to do after good prechynge & holy saynt[es] lyues
/ kepynge my tonge & conscyence clene & to flee bacbytyng &
stryues / & to gyue none occasyon of greuaûce neuer grutchyng /
& flee ydelnes / & to praye for the deed & quycke alwaye be my
besynes Takynge hede to my charges / & do to them with good wyll
/ gladde to be correcte of eche creature / & to leue myn owne wyll.
And euer to be ware to excuse my s[yn]ne / & to trust in myn owne
wytte. Remêbrynge [that] I come to relygyon for to do penaûce for
synne / & repugne ayenst it / & to crye for mercy to the Ihesu &
to thy moder Mary. In whome I trust & shall serue / & neuer for to
varye Amen.

[*V*] ¶ D[omin]e fiat voluntas tua.

[*R*] ¶ Sicut in celo et in terra.

[Sidenote: Oratio]

Acciones n[ostra]s quesum[us] d[omin]e aspirando [pre]ueni et
adiuuando [pro]sequere. vt cûcta n[ostra] operatio a te sem[per]
incipiat. et [per] te cepta finia[tur]. Per [christu]m d[ominu]m
nostrû Amen.


¶ This prayer folowynge is good for them that vnderstande not
theyr seruyce in latyne. in syngynge. or sayenge. or that lacke
deuocyon in tyme of theyr sayd seruyce. and wolde haue it.

Blessyd Ihesu cryst our lorde god & sauyour whiche I knowe well
come in to this worlde not for them that were Iuste & ryghtfull /
but for synners to redeme them by thy deth & shedyng of thy
precyous blood. Now mercyfull & pyteous. lord Iesu cryste forgyue
me & haue mercy of me after thy grete mercyes / & for thy crosse
& bytter passyon. For I am a synner / & haue greuously erred &
offended the. Not for thy swete Ihesu. I byleue in the / & neuer
denyed the nor shall. Attende & beholde good lorde Iesu my fayth &
Intencyon / the vertue of the wordes of holy prayers [that] I
haue sayd / songe / or shall / & beholde not myn Inhabylyte &
Ignoraunce. Wauerynge of mynde & neclygence. But graût of thy
grete goodnes / that the prayers [with] all other good dedes done
by me / or to be done may gracyously profyte me. And them that I
am bounde to praye for / or that haue nede of prayer / Whether
they be lyuynge or deed / to thencreace of thy mercyes laude &
glorye & worshyp of thy blessyd moder Mary & all sayntes Amen.


¶ Thankynges to our lord god for his dayly gyftes & benefaytes /
& is called. Deo gracias.

Almighty & euerlastynge lorde god Ihesu cryst. I worshyp the. I
gloryfye the. I thanke the now & euer shall for the makynge of me
to thy symylytude / gyuynge to me with angelles wytte / reason &
vnderstandynge / and haste redemed me with grete paynes vnto deth
/ shedynge thy precyous blood plenteuously for me / & dayly
defendest me frõ myn enemyes goostly & bodely / preseruynge me to
this tyme by thy grace / both slepyng & wakynge from dyuers
perylles & dethys that other hath fallen in & perysshed. And ouer
these [thou] hast endowed me with thyn holy cõmaundementes & newe
lawes of grace & pyte / with holy sacramentes of the chirche.
And moost in especyall gyuynge vs thy blessyd body & blood for
destruccion of our synnes encreace of vertue & grace / and
synguler comforte to all that ben on lyue and deed. And besydes
these thou hast ordeyned angelles / & all other thy creatures
bothe of heuen & erthe / as sonne and mone / fysshe & foule /
beest and fruyte / with all other Innumerable to serue me. And to
the entente that I sholde loue & serue agayne with all myn herte
deuoutly. And also hast pyteously suffred me whan I haue synned.
Not takynge me thenne to thy strayte Iugement to my dampnacyon


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