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[PLAY] 11. [THE INCARNATION.] [58b]
[Scene 1: The Council in Heaven. Contemplacion : ffowre thowsand sex undryd foure zeres,
I telle, man ffor his offens and ffowle foly hath loyn zeres in the peynes of helle, and were wurthy to ly therin endlesly ; But thanne shulde perysche zour grete mercy. good Lord, have on man pyte ; haue mende of the prayour seyd by Ysaielete mercy meke thi hyest magestewolde God thu woldyst breke thi hefne myghtye and com down here into erth, and levyn zeres thre and threttye, thyn famy sch]t ffolke with thi fode to fede. To staunche th[eir] th[yrjst lete thi syde blede, ffor erst wole not be mad redempcion. Cum vesyte vs in this tyme of nede ; of thi careful creatures, Lord, haue compassyon. A! woo to vs wrecchis, if wrecchis be, ffor God hath addyd ssorwe to sorwe. I prey the, Lord, thi sowlys com se, how thei ly and sobbe for syknes and sorwe; with thi blyssyd blood ffrom balys hem borwe, thy careful creaturys cryenge in captyvyte,
1 geres] omit K
5 and 12) MS has full forms thanne and thyn. 12 famyscht] famyt MS H 13 their thi MS H thyrst | thryst MS H
17 if ] crossed out and that substituted in MS, that H 20 for syknes and sorwe] crossed out and bothe eve and morwe substituted in MS H, but see note on source of ll. 17-18 21 balys ] babys H 22] MS has full form thy
A! tary not, gracious Lord, tyl it be to-morwe!
25 A! q(uod Jeremye, who shal gyff wellys to myn
to se oure bretheryn in so longe peynes ? (59a here myschevys amende may thi meche myght! As grett as the se, Lord, was Adamys contryssyon
man is comeryd in synne. I crye to thi syght:
Virtutes : Lord, plesyth it thin hyz domynacion
on man that thu made to haue pyte. 35 Patryarchys and p(ro)phetys han made supply
ffor man to thin hy mageste
The aungel, Lord, thu made so gloryous,
man repented, and he in his obstynacye doth dwelle. 45 hese grett males, good Lord, repelle,
and take man onto thi grace;
25 and 35 ) MS has contractions qd and pphetys 25 eynes ] eynos MS, corrected by later hand 36 preyeres ) pyeres MS the MS has full form 46 onto] on to MS H
Pater: PROPTER MISERIAM INOPUM,
NUNC EXURGAM. ET GEMITUM PAUPERUM ffor the wretchydnes of the nedy, and the porys lamentacion, now shal I ryse that am Almyghty. tyme is come of reconsyliacion. my p(ro)phetys with prayers haue made suppli- [59 b]
cacion; my contryte creaturys crye all for comforte; all myn aungellys in hefne, withowte cessacion, 55 they crye that grace to man myght exorte.
Veritas : Lord, I am thi dowtere Trewthe,
thu wilt se I be not lore.
Thy trewthe, Lord, shall leste withowtyn ende,
Mi(sericordi)a: O Fadyr of mercy, and God of com
forte! that counselle us in eche trybulacion,
53 prophetys ) pphetys 56, 59, 60 ) MS has full forms they, thyn, the 73 Misericordia ) mia MS
75 lete zour dowtere, mercy, to zow resorte,
and on man that is myschevyd haue compassyon ; hym grevyth fful gretly his transgressyon.
all hefne and erthe crye ffor mercy;
Trewthe sseyth she hath evyr be, than
thi love, man, no lengere lete hym kepe.
ze know wel I am your systere, Ryghtwysnes.
it is seyd, ze know wel this of me, 200 that the ryghtwysnes of God hath no diffynicion.
Therfore late this be oure conclusyon: he that sore synnyd ly stylle in sorwe; he may nevyr make a seyth be resone, whoo myght thanne thens hym borwe? 79 ther] thi MS H
81 Trewthe ] Threwthe MS H 84, 85, 86 ) MS has full forms than, thu, than. 85 misericordia ) mia MS ipso ] ipo MS 93, 101, 104 ) MS has full forms therfore, thanne, thens.