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Now is mede the mayde  and nomo of hem alle
With Bedelles and Baillifs  brought bifore the kynge
The kyng kalled a clerk  ne can y nought hys name
To take mede the maide  and make hire at ese
I schal a-saye hire my-silf  and sothely appose
What man vpon molde  that here were leuest
And yf sche werschewerche be wytt  and my wyl folwe
I wele for-ȝyue hire this gilt  so me ........god helpe
Curtesly the clerk thanne  as the kyng highte
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Tok mede by the Middel  and broughte hire in-to chambre
and ther was Mirthe and Minstralcie  mede to plese
They that wonen in westmynserewestmyns[t]ere  worschepeden hem alle
Ientileche with ioye  the Iustices some
Buskeden hem to the boure  ther the buyrde dwelled
To conforten hire kyndely  by clergyes leue
and seiden morne thou nought  ne make thou no sorwe
for we wil wisse the kyng  and thy wey schape
To be wedded at thy wille  and where the lef liketheHm2.3.18: The last graph is ill-formed and might have equally well been transcribed as a <t>.
For al concyence cast  or craft as y trowe
Mildeliche mede thanne  mercieHm2.3.20: This reading occurs only in Hm2, but note that Hm has the correct reading after an erasure. hem kryde
Of here gret goodnesse  and ȝaf hem echone
Coupes of clene gold  and cuppes of seluer
Rynges with rubies  and rychesses manye
The leste man of here meigne  a Motoun of gold
Thanne laughte thei leue  thes lordes at Mete
With that comen clerkes  and conforteden hire the same
And beden hire be blithe  for we ben thyn owne
For to werche thy wille  the while thy lyf lasteth
Hendely sche thanne  bihighte hem the same
To louen hem lely  and lordes to make
and in the constorie at court  do callen hire names
Schal no lewednesse lette  the lede that y louyeHm2.3.32: An otiose curl appears above the last two characters.
That he ne worth ferst auauntsed  for y am be-knowen
Ther kunynge clerkes  schulle clokke be-hynde
Thanne come ther a confessour  coped as a frere
To Mede the Maiden  he menedHm2.3.36: The reading may well be meued. This ambiguous reading is shared only by Hm and W. Most of the better beta manuscripts and alpha have he mellud. thise wordes
and seide ful softely  in schryfte as yt were
Though lewed men and lered  hadde leyen by the bothe
and falsHm2.3.39: Hm2HmF alone have fals. Most beta witnesses read falsnesse, and R has falshede. hadde Fouled the  al thys fyfty wynter
I schal assoile the my-sylf  for a seem of whete
and be thi bedeman  and bere wel thy message
among knyghtes and klerkes  concyence to serue
Than Mede for hire mysdedes  to that man kneled
and schref hire of hire schrewednesse  schamelesse y trowe
Tolde hym a tale  and tok hym a noble
for to ben hire Bedeman  and hire brocours als
Thanne he soiled hire sone  and sethen he seidenseide
we han a windowe in worchynge  wil sytte ...?...
Woldest thow glase that gable  and grauen ...?...Hm2.3.48-49: The ends of both lines have been thoroughly erased and are illegible.
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Ful siker schulde thy soule be  heuene to haue
wiste i that quod that womman  y wolde nought spare
for to be ȝoure frend frere  and faile ȝow neuere
while ȝe louen lordes  that lecherye haunten
And lacken nought ladies  that louen wel the same
It is a frealte of fleisch  ȝe fyndeth it in bokes
A comyn cours of kynde  wherof we comyn alle
who may skapen that sclaundre  the skathe is sone amendid
It is a synne of that seuene  sonest relessed
God haue mercy quod mede  on men that yt haunten
And i schal kouere ȝoure cherche  and ȝoure cloistre make
And ȝoure wowes whiten  and wyndowes glasen
Do peynte and portraie  and paie for the makynge
That euery siegge schal seie  y am suster off ȝoure hous
And god to alle goode folk  such grauyng defendeth
To writen in wyndowes  of here wel dedis
InaduentureIn aduenture pride be peynted there  and pompe of the world
For crist knoweth thi concyense  and thi kynde wille
And thi cost and thi couettise  and wo the catel aughte
For-thi i lere ȝow lordes  leueth such werkes
To writen in wyndowes  of ȝoure wel dedes
Or to greden after goddes men  whan ȝe delen doles
InaduentureIn aduenture ȝe hauen ȝoure hire here  and ȝoure heuene als
Nesciat sinistra manus  quid faciat dextra