Commes now, brethere, and go With me;1
We Will pas furth vntill Iude,2
To betany will we Weynde,3
To vyset lazare that is oure freynde.4
Gladly I wold, we with hym speke,5
I tell you sothely he is seke.6
I red, not that ye thider go,7
The Iues halden you for thare fo;8
I red ye com not in that stede,9
ffor if ye do then be ye dede.10
Master, trist thou [not] on the Iue,11
ffor many day sen thou thaym knewe,12
And last tyme that we were thore13
We wenyd till haue bene ded, therfor.14
When we were last in that contre,15
This othere day, both thou and we,16
We wenyd that thou ther shuld haue bene slayn;17
Will thou now go thider agane?18
herkyn, breder, and takys kepe;19
lazare oure freynde is fallyn on slepe;20
The way till hym now will we take,21
To styr that knyght and gar hym wake.22
Sir, me thynke it were the best23
To let hym slepe and take his rest;24
And kepe that no man com hym hend,25
ffor if he slepe then mon he mend.26
I say to you, With outten fayll,27
No kepyng may till hym availl,28
Ne slepe may stand hym in no stede,29
I say you sekerly he is dede;30
Therfor I say you now at last31
leyfe this speche and go we fast.32
Sir, What so euer ye bid vs do33
We assent vs well ther to;34
I hope to god ye shall not fynde35
None of vs shall lefe behynde;36
ffor any parell that may befall37
Weynde we With oure master all.38
help me, lorde, and gif me red!39
lazare my broder now is dede,40
That was to the both lefe and dere;41
he had not dyed had thou bene here.42
Martha, martha, thou may be fayn,43
Thi brothere shall rise and lif agayn.44
lorde, I wote that he shall ryse45
And com before the good iustyce;46
ffor at the dredfull day of dome47
There mon ye kepe hym at his come,48
To loke What dome ye Will hym gif;49
Then mon he rise, then mon he lyf.50
I Warne you, both man and wyfe,51
That I am rysyng, and I am life;52
And Whoso truly trowys in me,53
That I was euer and ay shall be,54
Oone thyng I shall hym gif,55
Though he be dede yit shall he lif.56
say thou, Woman, trowys thou this?57
yee, for sothe, my lorde of blys,58
Ellys were I greatly to mysprase,59
ffor all is sothe-fast that thou says.60
Go tell thi sister mawdlayn61
That I com, ye may be fayn.62
Sister, lefe this sorowful bande,63
Oure lorde commys here at hand,64
And his apostyls with hym also.65
A, for godys luf let me go!66
Blissid, be he that sende me grace,67
That I may se the in this place.68
lorde, mekill sorow may men se69
Of my sister here and me;70
We ar heuy as any lede,71
ffor our broder that thus is dede.72
had thou bene here and on hym sene,73
dede for sothe had he not bene.74
hider to you commen we ar75
To make you comforth of youre care,76
Bot loke no fayntyse ne no slawth77
Bryng you oute of stedfast trawthe,78
Then shall I hold, you that I saide.79
lo, where haue ye his body laide?80
lorde, if it be thi Will,81
I hope be this he sauers ill,82
ffor it is now the ferth day gone83
sen he Was laide vnder yonde stone.84
I told, the right now ther thou stode85
that thi trawth shuld, ay be goode,86
And if thou may that fulfill87
All bees done right at thi will.88
ffader, I pray the that thou rase89
lazare that was thi hyne,90
And bryng hym oute of his mysese91
And oute of hell pyne.92
When I the pray thou says all wayse93
Mi will is sich as thyne,94
Therfor Will we now eke his dayse,95
To me thou will inclyne.96
Com furth, lazare, and stand vs by,97
In erth shall thou no langere ly;98
Take and lawse hym foote and hande,99
And from his throte take the bande,100
And the sudary take hym fro,101
And all that gere, and let hym go.102
lorde, that all thyng maide of noght,103
louyng be to thee,104
That sich Wonder here has Wroght,105
Gretter may none be.106
When I was dede to hell I soght,107
And thou, thrugh thi pauste,108
Rasid me vp and thens me broght,109
Behold, and ye may se.110
Ther is none so styf on stede,111
Ne none so prowde in prese,112
Ne none so dughty in his dede,113
Ne none so dere on deese,114
No kyng, no knyght, no Wight in wede,115
ffrom dede haue maide hym seese,116
Ne flesh he was wonte to fede,117
It shall be Wormes mese.118
youre dede is Wormes coke,119
youre myrroure here ye loke,120
And let me be youre boke,121
youre sampill take by me;122
ffro dede you cleke in cloke,123
sich shall ye all be.124
Ilkon in sich aray / With dede thai shall be dight,
And closid colde in clay / Wheder he be kyng or knyght
ffor all his garmentes gay / that semely were in sight,
his flesh shall frete away / With many a wofull wight.
Then wofully sich wightys129
Shall gnawe thise gay knyghtys,130
Thare lunges and thare lightys,131
Thare harte shall frete in sonder;132
Thise masters most of myghtys133
Thus shall thai be broght vnder.134
Vnder the erthe ye shall / thus carefully then cowche;
The royfe of youre hall / youre nakyd nose shall towche;
Nawther great ne small / To you will knele ne crowche;
A shete shall be youre pall / sich todys shall be youre nowche;
Todys shall you dere,139
ffeyndys will you fere,140
youre flesh that fare was here141
Thus rufully shall rote;142
In stede of fare colore143
sich bandys shall bynde youre throte.144
youre rud that was so red / youre lyre the lylly lyke,
Then shall be wan as led / and stynke as dog in dyke;
Wormes shall in you brede / as bees dos in the byke,
And ees out of youre hede / Thus-gate shall paddokys pyke;
To pike you ar preste149
Many vncomly beest,150
Thus thai shall make a feste151
Of youre flesh and youre blode.152
ffor you then sorows leste153
The moste has of youre goode.154
youre goodys ye shall forsake / If ye be neuer so lothe,
And nothing With you take / Bot sich a wyndyng clothe;
youre Wife sorow shall slake / youre chylder also both,
vnnes youre mynnyng make / If ye be neuer so wrothe;
Thai myn you with nothyng159
That may be youre helpyng,160
Nawther in mes syngyng,161
Ne yit with almus dede;162
Therfor in youre leuyng163
Be wise and take good hede.164
Take hede for you to dele / Whils ye ar on life,165
Trust neuer freyndys frele / Nawthere of childe then wife;
ffor sectures ar not lele / Then for youre good Will stryfe;
To by youre saules hele / There may no man thaym shrife.
To shrife no man thaym may,169
After youre endyng day,170
youre saull for to glad,171
youre sectures will swere nay,172
And say ye aght more then ye had.173
Amende the, man, Whils thou may,174
let neuer no myrthe fordo thi mynde;175
Thynke thou on the dredefull day176
When god shall deme all mankynde.177
Thynke thou farys as dothe the wynde;178
This warlde is wast & will away;179
Man, haue this in thi mynde,180
And amende the Whils that thou may.181
Amende the, man, whils thou art here,182
Agane thou go an othere gate;183
When thou art dede and laide on bere,184
Wyt thou well thou bees to late;185
ffor if all the goode that euer thou gate186
Were delt for the after thi day,187
In heuen it wolde not mende thi state,188
fforthi amende the Whils thou may.189
If thou be right ryall in rente,190
As is the stede standyng in stall,191
In thi harte knowe and thynke192
That thai ar goddys goodys all.193
he myght haue maide the poore and small194
As he that beggys fro day to day;195
Wit thou well acountys gif thou shall,196
Therfore amende the whils thou may.197
And if I myght with you dwell198
To tell you all my tyme,199
ffull mekill cowthe I tell200
That I haue harde and sene,201
Of many a great meruell,202
sich as ye wolde not wene,203
In the paynes of hell204
There as I haue bene.205
Bene I haue in wo,206
Therfor kepe you ther fro;207
Whilst ye lif do so208
If ye will dwell with hym209
That can gar you thus go,210
And hele you lith and lym.211
he is a lorde of grace,212
Vmthynke you in this case,213
And pray hym, full of myght,214
he kepe you in this place215
And haue you in his sight.216

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