The Creation of Earth and Fall of Man (GT)

Now heaven is made for the angels’ sake.1
The first day and the first night;
The second day water I make,
The welkin also full fair and bright;
The third day, I part water from earth,
Tree and every growing thing,
Both herb and flower of sweet smelling;7
The third day is made by my working.
Now make I the day that shall be the fourth.
Sun and moon and stars also,10
The fourth day I make together.
The fifth day: worm and fish that swim and go,
Birds and beasts, both wild and tame.
The sixth day, my work I do
And make the man, Adam by name. Adam appears
In earthly paradise without woe16
I grant thee to live in, unless thou do sin.
Flesh of thy Flesh, and bone of thy bone:18
Adam, here is thy wife and make. Eve appears
Both fish and fowls that swim and go20
To each of them a name thou take.
Both tree and fruit and beasts each one,
Red and white, both bright and black —
Thou give them names by thyself alone,
Herbs and grass, both beets and bracken.
Thy wife thou give name also.26
Look that ye not cease
Your fruit to increase —
That there may be a throng
Me worship for to do.
Now come forth, Adam, to paradise!31
There shalt thou have all manner things:
Both flesh and fish and fruit of price,
All shall be buxom at thy bidding.
Here is pepper, peony, and sweet liquorice —
Take them all at thy liking —
Both apple and pear and gentle rice.37
But touch not this tree that is of knowledge.
All-thing, save this, for thee is wrought.
Here is all-thing that thee should please.
All ready made unto thine ease.
Eat not this fruit nor me displease,
For then thou diest - thou ’scapest not.43
Now have I made all-thing of nought,44
Heaven and earth, fowl and beast.
To all-thing that my hand hath wrought,
I grant my blessing that ever shall last.
My way to heaven is ready south:
Of working I will the seventh day rest.
And all my creatures that be about,50
My blessing ye have both east and west,
Of working the seventh day, you cease.
And all they that cease of labouring hear:
The seventh day, withouten doubt,
All worship me in good manner —
They shall in heaven have endless Peace.56
Adam, go forth and be prince in place,57
For to heaven I speed my way.
Thy wits well look thou chase,
And goodly govern thee as I say. God retires
Holy Father, blessed thou be,61
For I may walk in wealth enow.
I find dates great plenty,
And many full fruits fill every bough.
All this wealth is given to me
And to my wife that on me smiles.
I have no need to touch yon tree67
Against my Lord’s will to work now —
I am a good gardener.
Every fruit of rich and pleasure
I may gather with glee and game.
To break that bond I were to blame
That my Lord bade me keep here.73
We may be both blithe and glad,74
Our Lord’s commandment to fulfill
With full fruits be we fair fed,
Wondrously sweet and never one ill.
Every tree with fruit is spread
Of them to take as pleases us to.
Our wit were weak and downright bad80
To forfeit against Our Lord’s will
In any wise.
In this garden I will go see
All the flowers of fair beauty
Hail, fair wife and comely dame!85
This fruit to eat I thee counsel.
Take this apple and eat this same!
This fruit is best as I thee tell.
That apple to eat I were to blame,89
From joy Our Lord would us expel!
We should die and be put out with shame
In joy of paradise nevermore to dwell
God himself this said!
What day of that fruit we eat.
With these words, God did us threat95
That we should die, our life to let.
Therefore, I am afraid.
Of this apple — if ye will bite —98
Even as God is, so shall ye be!
Wise of knowing — as I you plight —
Like onto God in all degree!
Sun and moon and stars bright,
Fish and fowl, both shore and sea,103
At your bidding both day and night:
All-thing shall be in your power.
Ye shall be God’s peer!
Take this apple in thine hand,
And to bite thereof, try thou.
Take another to thine husband;109
Thereof have thou no dread.
So wise as God is in his great main111
And equal in knowing fain would I be.
Eat this apple, and in certain,113
That I am true soon shalt thou see! She eats
To my husband with heart full fain,115
This apple I bear as thou advise.
This fruit to eat, I shall assay.
So Wise as God is — if we may be —
And God’s peer in might.
To my husband I walk my way
And of this apple I shall assay121
To make him to eat — if that I may —
And of this fruit to bite. Eve takes the apple to Adam
My seemly spouse and good husband,124
Listen to me, sir, I you pray:
Take this fair apple all in your hand,
Thereof a morsel bite and assay.
To eat this apple, look that ye try:
God’s equal to be alway.
All his wisdom to understand,130
And God’s peer to be for aye,
All-thing for to make,
Both fish and fowl, sea and sand,
Bird and beast, water and land.
This apple thou take out of my hand —
A bite thereof thou take.136
I dare not touch thine hand for dread137
Of Our Lord God omnipotent!
If I should work after thy rede,
Of God, Our Maker, I should be shent!
If that we do this sinful deed,
We shall be dead by God’s judgement!
Out of thine hand, with hasty speed,143
Cast out that apple anon present
For fear of God’s threat!
Of this apple, if thou wilt bite,146
God’s peer thou shalt become.
So Wise of knowing — I thee swear —
This fruit if thou wilt eat.
If we it eat, ourselves we kill!150
As God us told, we should be dead
To eat that fruit and my life to spill.
I dare not do after thy rede!
A fair angel thus said me to:154
“To eat that apple, take never no dread.
So wise as God in heaven’s hill,
Thou shalt soon be in little time;
Therefore, this fruit thou eat.”
Of God’s wisdom for to learn,159
And in knowing to be his peer,
Of thy hand I take it here
And shall soon taste this meat. He eats
Alas! Alas, for this false deed!163
My fleshly friend, my foe I find.
Shameful sin doth us undo:
I see us naked before and behind —
Our Lord’s word would we not dread.
Therefore, we be now caitiffs unkind!
Our poor privities for to hide —169
Some fig leaves fain would I find,
For to hide our shame.
Woman, lay this leaf on thy privity!
And with this leaf I shall hide me.
Great shame it is, us naked to see
Our Lord God thus to anger!175
Alas, that ever that speech was spoken176
That the false angel said unto me.
Alas, our Maker’s bidding is broken,
For I have touched his own dear tree.
Our fleshly eyes be all unlocken,
Naked for sin, ourselves we see.
That cursed apple that we have eaten182
To death hath brought my spouse and me.
Right grievous is our sin
Of mickle shame now do we know!
Alas, that ever this apple was grown
To dreadful death, now be we thrown
In pain us ever to pin.188
Adam, that with my hands I made,189
Where art thou now? What hast thou wrought?
Ah, Lord, for sin our flowers do fade!191
I hear thy voice, but I see thee nought.
Adam, why hast thou sinned so soon,193
Thus hastily to break my boon?
And I made thee master under moon,
Truly of every tree.
One tree, I kept for my own:
Life and death therein I know.
Thy sin from life now thee hath thrown,199
From death thou mayst not flee.
Lord, I have wrought against thy will!201
I spared not myself to spill.
The woman that thou gave to me —
She brought me thereto.
It was her counsel and her rede:
She bade me do the same deed.
I walk as worm withouten weed,207
With neither cloak nor shoe.
Woman, that art this man’s wife,209
Why hast thou stirred up this woe and strife?
Now ye be from your fair life
And are doomed for to die.
Unwise woman, say me why
That thou hast done this foul folly?
And I made thee a great lady215
In paradise for to play.
Lord, when thou went from this place,217
A worm with an angel’s face —
He swore we would be full of grace,
The fruit if that we eat.
I did his bidding, alas, alas!
Now be we bound in death’s snare.
I suppose it was Satan223
To pain he has us put.
Thou worm — with thy wicked wiles —225
Thy false fables, They be full thick.
Why hast thou put death’s prick
In Adam and his wife?
Though they both my bidding have broken,
Yet you shall not be rescued.
In hell’s lodge thou shalt be locked231
And never more take life.
I shall thee say wherefore and why233
I did them all this felony,
For I am full of great envy
Of wrath and wicked hate
That man should live under the sky,
Whereas sometime dwelled I.
And now I am cast to Hell’s sty239
Straight out at heaven gate.
Adam, for thou that apple bit241
Against my bidding well I wot,
Go tell thy mate: with swink and sweat
Unto thy lives’ end,
Go naked, hungry, and barefoot;
Eat both herbs, grass, and root.
Thy bale hath none other relief,247
As wretches through world thou must wend.
Woman, thou sought this sinning249
And bade him break my bidding.
Therefore, thou shalt be the underling,
To man’s bidding bend.
What he bids thee, do thou that thing,
And bear thy children with great groaning,
In danger and in death dreading255
Into thy life’s end.
Thou wicked worm, full of pride,257
Foul envy sit by thy side.
Upon thy gut thou shalt glide,
As worm wicked in nature.
Till a maiden in middle earth be born —
Thou fiend, I warn thee beforn —
Through her thy head shall be torn.263
On your belly away you wend.
At thy bidding, foul I fall.265
I creep home to my stinking stall.
Hell’s pit and heaven’s hall
Shall do as thou command.
I fall down here a foul freak.
For this fall I ’gin to quake —
With a fart my breech I break —271
My sorrow comes full soon.
For your sin that ye have done,273
Out of this bliss soon shall ye go.
In earthly labour to live in woe
And sorrow thee shall atone.
For your sin and misdoing,
An angel, with a sword burning,
Out of this joy he shall you ding.279
Your wealth away is past.

God retires and an angel with a flaming sword puts Adam and Eve out of Paradise

Ye wretches unkind and right unwise:281
Out of this joy hie you in haste,
With flaming sword from paradise
To pain I ban you, of care to taste.
Your mirth is turned to care-full sighs;
Your wealth with sin away is waste.
For your false deed of sinful guise,287
This bliss I shut you from right fast.
Herein come ye no more
Till a child of a maid be born
And upon the rood rent and torn
To save all that ye have forlorn,
Your wealth for to restore.293
Alas, alas, and welaway,294
That ever touched I the tree!
I wend as wretch in desolate way
In black bushes my bower shall be.
In paradise is plenty of play:
Fair fruits in right great plenty —
The gates be shut with God’s key.300
My husband is lost because of me.
Dear spouse, now thou go on.
Now stumble we on stalk and stone,
My wit away is from me gone!
Wring unto my neck bone
With hardness of thine hand!306
Wife, thy wit is not worth a straw!307
Dear woman, turn thy thought.
I will not slay flesh of my flesh.
For of my flesh, thy flesh was wrought.
Our hap was hard; our wit was weak
To paradise when we were brought.
My weeping shall last long and sore313
Brief pleasure shall be long bought.314
No more tell thou that tale:
For if I should slay my wife,
I slay myself withouten knife
In hell’s lodging to lead my life
With woe in weeping dale.
But let us walk forth into the land:320
With right great labour our food to find,
With delving and digging with my hand;
Our suffering and pain to mend.
And wife, to spin now must thou try,
Our naked bodies in cloth to wind
Till some comfort of God’s messenger326
With grace relieve our sorrowful minds.
Now come, go we hence, wife.
Alas, that ever we wrought this sin!329
Our bodily sustenance for to win
Ye must delve, and I shall spin,
In care to lead our life.

2020 Dec 13  20:52:35