The Annunciation

Sythen I haue mayde all thyng of noght,1
And Adam with my handis hath wroght,2
Lyke to myn ymage, att my devyse,3
And gyffen hym Ioy in paradyse,4
To won therin, as that I wend,5
To that he dyd that I defend;6
Then I hym put out of that place,7
Bot yit, I myn, I hight hym grace8
Oyll of mercy I can hym heyt,9
And tyme also his bayll to beytt.10
ffor he has boght his syn full sore,11
Thise fyfe thowsand yeris and more,12
ffyrst in erthe and sythen in hell;13
Bot long therin shall he not dwell.14
Outt of payn he shall be boght,15
I wyll not tyne that I haue wroght.16
I wyll make redempcyon,17
As I hyght for my person,18
All wyth reson and with right,19
Both thrugh mercy and thrugh myght.20
he shall not, therfor, ay be spylt,21
ffor he was wrangwysly begylt;22
he shall out of preson pas,23
ffor that he begyled was24
Thrugh the edder, and his wyfe;25
Thay gart hym towch the tree of lyfe,26
And ete the frute that I forbed,27
And he was dampned for that dede.28
Ryghtwysnes wyll we make;29
I wyll that my son manhede take,30
ffor reson wyll that ther be thre,31
A man, a madyn, and a tre:32
Man for man, tre for tre,33
Madyn for madyn; thus shal it be.34
My son shall in a madyn light,35
Agans the feynd of hell to fight;36
wythouten wem, os son thrugh glas,37
And she madyn as she was.38
Both god and man shall he be,39
And she moder and madyn fre.40
To abraham I am in dett41
To safe hym and his gett;42
And I wyll that all prophecye43
Be fulfyllyd here by me;44
ffor I am lord and lech of heyle,45
My prophetys shall be funden leyle;46
As moyses sayd, and Isay,47
Kyng dauid, and Ieromy,48
Abacuk, and daniell,49
Sybyll sage, that sayde ay well,50
And myne othere prophetis all,51
As thay haue [said] it shall befall.52
Ryse vp, gabriell, and weynd53
vnto a madyn that is heynd,54
To nazareth in galilee,55
Ther she dwellys in that cytee.56
To that vyrgyn and to that spouse,57
To a man of dauid house,58
Ioseph also he is namyd by,59
And the madyn name mary.60
Angell must to mary go,61
ffor the feynd was eue fo;62
he was foule and layth to syght,63
And thou art angell fayr and bright;64
And hayls that madyn, my lemman,65
As heyndly as thou can.66
Of my behalf thou shall hyr grete,67
I haue hyr chosen, that madyn swete,68
She shall conceyf my derlyng,69
Thrugh thy word and hyr heryng.70
In hyr body wyll I lyght,71
That is to me clenly dyght;72
She shall of hyr body bere73
God and man wythouten dere.74
She shall be blyssyd wythouten ende;75
Grayth the gabriell, and weynd.76
hayll, mary, gracyouse!77
hayll, madyn and godis spouse!78
Vnto the I lowte;79
Of all vyrgyns thou art qwene,80
That euer was, or shall be seyn,81
wythouten dowte.82
hayll, mary, and well thou be!83
My lord of heuen is wyth the,84
wythouten end;85
hayll, woman most of mede!86
Goodly lady, haue thou no drede,87
That I commend;88
ffor thou has fonden all thyn oone,89
The grace of god, that was out gone,90
ffor adam plyght.91
This is the grace that the betydys,92
Thou shall conceyue within thi sydys93
A chyld of myght.94
When he is comen, that thi son,95
he shall take cyrcumsycyon,96
Call hym ihesum.97
Mightfull man shall be he that,98
And godys son shall he hat,99
By his day com.100
My lord also shall gyf hym tyll101
hys fader sete, dauid, at wyll,102
Therin to sytt:103
he shall be kyng in Iacob kyn,104
hys kyngdom shall neuer blyn,105
lady, well thou wytt.106
What is thi name?107
gabriell; godys strengthe and his angell,108
That comys to the.109
fferly gretyng thou me gretys;110
A child to bere thou me hetys,111
how shuld, it be?112
I cam neuer by man’s syde,113
Bot has avowed my madynhede,114
ffrom fleshly gett.115
Therfor I wote not how116
That this be brokyn, as a vow117
That I haue hett;118
Neuer the les, well I wote,119
To wyrk thi word and hold, thi hote120
Mightfull god is;121
Bot I ne wote of what manere,122
Therfor I pray the, messyngere,123
That thou me wysh.124
lady, this is the preuate;125
The holy gost shall light in the,126
And his vertue,127
he shall vmshade and fulfyll128
That thi madynhede shall neuer spyll,129
Bot ay be new.130
The child that thou shall bere, madame,131
Shall godys son be callid by name;132
And se, mary,133
Elesabeth, thi Cosyn, that is cald, geld,134
She has conceyffed a son in elde,135
Of zacary;136
And this is, who wyll late,137
The sext moneth of hyr conceytate,138
That geld, is cald.139
No word, lady, that I the bryng,140
Is vnmyghtfull to heuen kyng,141
Bot all shall hald.142
I lofe my lord all weldand,143
I am his madyn at his hand,144
And in his wold.145
I trow bodword that thou me bryng,146
Be done to me in all thyng,147
As thou has told.148
Mary, madyn heynd,149
me behovys to weynd,150
my leyf at the I take.151
ffar to my freynd,152
Who the can send,153
ffor mankynde sake.154
All-myghty god, what may this be!155
Of mary my wyfe meruels me,156
Alas, what has she wroght?157
A, hyr body is grete and she with childe!158
ffor me was she neuer fylyd,159
Therfor myin is it noght.160
I irke full sore with my lyfe,161
That euer I wed so yong a wyfe,162
That bargan may I ban;163
To me it was a carefull dede,164
I myght well wyt that yowthede165
wold, haue lykyng of man166
I am old, sothly to say,167
passed, I am all preuay play,168
The gams fro me ar gane.169
It is ill cowpled, of youth and elde;170
I wote well, for I am vnwelde,171
som othere has she tane.172
she is with chyld, I wote neuer how,173
Now, who wold, any woman trow?174
Certys, no man that can any goode;175
I wote not in the warld, what I shuld, do,176
Bot now then wyll I weynd hyr to,177
And wytt who owe that foode.178
hayll, mary, and well ye be!179
why, bot woman, what chere with the?180
The better, sir, for you.181
So wold, I, woman, that ye wore;182
Bot certys, mary, I rew full sore183
It standys so with the now.184
Bot of a thyng frayn the I shall,185
who owe this child, thou gose with all?186
Syr, ye, and god of heuen.187
Myne, mary? do way thi dyn;188
That I shuld, oght haue parte therin189
Thou nedys it not to neuen;190
wherto neuyns thou me therto?191
I had neuer with the to do,192
how shuld it then be myne?193
whos is that chyld, so god the spede?194
Syr, godys and yowrs, with outen drede.195
That word, had, thou to tyne,196
ffor it is right full far me fro,197
And I forthynkys thou has done so198
Thise ill dedys bedene;199
And if thou speke thi self to spyll,200
It is full sore agans my wyll,201
If better myght haue bene.202
At godys wyll, Ioseph, must it be,203
ffor certanly bot god and ye204
I know none othere man;205
ffor fleshly was I neuer fylyd.206
how shuld thou thus then be with chyld?207
Excuse the well thou can;208
I blame the not, so god me saue,209
woman maners if that thou haue,210
Bot certys I say the this,211
well wote thou, and so do I,212
Thi body fames the openly,213
That thou has done amys.214
yee, god he knowys all my doyng.215
we! now, this is a wonder thyng,216
I can noght say therto;217
Bot in my hart I haue greatt care,218
And ay the longer mare and mare;219
ffor doyll what shall I do?220
Godys and myn she says it is;221
I wyll not fader it, she says amys;222
ffor shame yit shuld, she let,223
To excuse hir velany by me;224
with hir I thynk no longer be,225
I rew that euer we met.226
And how we met ye shall wyt sone;227
Men vse yong chyldren for to done228
In temple for to lere;229
Soo dyd thay hir, to she wex more230
Then othere madyns wyse of lore;231
then byshopes sayd to hir,232
"Mary, the behowfys to take233
Som yong man to be thi make,234
As thou seys other haue,235
In the temple which thou wyll neuen;"236
And she sayd, none, bot god of heuen,237
To hym she had hir tane;238
She wold none othere for any sagh;239
Thay sayd she must, it was the lagh,240
She was of age thertill.241
To the temple thay somond old and ying,242
All of Iuda ofspryng,243
The law for to fulfill.244
Thay gaf ich man a white wand,245
And bad vs bere them in oure hande,246
To offre with good intent;247
Thay offerd thare yerdys vp in that tyde,248
ffor I was old, I stode be syde,249
I wyst not what thay ment;250
Thay lakyd, oone, thay sayde in hy,251
All had offerd, thay sayd, bot I,252
ffor I ay withdrogh me.253
ffurth with my wande thay mayd, me com,254
In my hand, it floryshed with blome;255
Then sayde thay all to me,256
"If thou be old, meruell not the,257
ffor god of heuen thus ordans he,258
Thi wand shewys openly;259
It florishes so, withouten nay,260
That the behovys wed mary the may;"261
A sory man then was I;262
I was full sory in my thoght,263
I sayde for old I myght noght264
hir haue neuer the wheder;265
I was vnlykely to hir so yong,266
Thay sayde ther helpyd, none excusyng,267
And wed vs thus togeder.268
when I all thus had wed hir thare,269
we and my madyns home can fare,270
That kyngys doghters were;271
All wroght thay sylk to fynd them on,272
Marie wroght purpyll, the oder none273
bot othere colers sere.274
I left thaym in good peasse wenyd I,275
Into the contre I went on hy,276
My craft to vse with mayn;277
To gett oure lyfyng I must nede,278
On marie I prayd them take good hede,279
To that I cam agane.280
Neyn monethes was I fro that myld,;281
when I cam home she was with chyld.282
Alas, I sayd, for shame!283
I askyd ther women who that had done,284
And thay me sayde an angell sone,285
syn that I went from hame;286
An angell spake with that wyght,287
And no man els, bi day nor nyght,288
"sir, therof be ye bold".289
Thay excusyd hir thus sothly,290
To make hir clene of hir foly,291
And babyshed, me that was old.292
Shuld, an angell this dede haue wroght?293
Sich excusyng helpys noght,294
ffor no craft that thay can;295
A heuenly thyng, for sothe, is he,296
And she is erthly; this may not be,297
It is som othere man.298
Certys, I forthynk sore of hir dede,299
Bot it is long of yowth-hede,300
All sich wanton playes;301
ffor yong women wyll nedys play them302
with yong men, if old, forsake them,303
Thus it is sene always.304
Bot marie and I playd neuer so sam,305
Neuer togeder we vsid, that gam,306
I cam hir neuer so nere;307
she is as clene as cristall clyfe308
ffor me, and shalbe whyls I lyf,309
The law wyll it be so.310
And then am I cause of hir dede,311
ffor thi then can I now no rede,312
Alas, what I am wo!313
And sothly, if it so befall,314
Godys son that she be with all,315
If sich grace myght betyde,316
I wote well that I am not he,317
which that is worthi to be318
That blyssed, body besyde,319
Nor yit to be in company;320
To wyldernes I will for thi321
Enfors me for to fare;322
And neuer longer with hir dele,323
Bot stylly shall I from hir stele,324
That mete shall we no mare.325
Do wa, Ioseph, and mend thy thoght,326
I warne the well, and weynd thou noght,327
To wyldernes so wylde;328
Turne home to thi spouse agane,329
look thou deme in hir no trane,330
ffor she was neuer ffylde.331
wyte thou no wyrkyng of Werkys wast,332
She hase consauyd the holy gast,333
And she shall bere godys son;334
ffor thy with hir, in thi degre,335
Meke and buxom looke thou be,336
And with hir dwell and won.337
A, lord, I lofe the all alon,338
That vowches safe that I be oone339
To tent that chyld so ying;340
I that thus haue vngrathly gone,341
And vntruly taken apon342
Mary, that dere darlyng.343
I rewe full sore that I haue sayde,344
And of hir byrdyng hir vpbrade,345
And she not gylty is;346
ffor thy to hir now Wyll I weynde,347
And pray hir for to be my freynde,348
And aske hir forgyfnes.349
A, mary, wyfe, what chere?350
The better, sir, that ye ar here;351
Thus long where haue ye lent?352
Certys, walkyd aboute, lyke a fon,353
That wrangwysly hase taken apon;354
I wyst neuer What I ment;355
Bot I wote well, my lemman fre,356
I haue trespast to god and the;357
fforgyf me, I the pray.358
Now all that euer ye sayde me to,359
God forgyf you, and I do,360
With all the myght I may.361
Gramercy, mary, thi good wyll362
So kyndly forgyfys that I sayde yll,363
When I can the vpbrade;364
Bot well is hym hase sich a fode,365
A, meke wyf, withouten goode,366
he may well hold, hym payde.367
A, what I am light as lynde!368
he that may both lowse and bynde,369
And euery mys amend,370
leyn me grace, powere, and myght,371
My wyfe and hir swete yong wight372
To kepe, to my lyfys ende.373

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