Bishop and Nobleman

Bishop and nobleman
Guy Marchant, Bishop and esquire

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Death to the bishop

 

Dethe to the Bysshoppe

VespasianDethe Detah speketh to the Bysshoppe
LansdowneDethe to the Bysshoppe Episcopus
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Bysshoppe
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Bysshoppe
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Bysshoppe
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Bysshoppe
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Bysshoppe
 

Mi lorde Sire Bisshop / with ȝowre mitre & crose

SeldenMi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre ȝoure mitre & crose
VespasianMi lorde Sire Come nere, ye Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre your miter & crose
LansdowneMi lorde Com ner Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre your myteer & crose
TottelMi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre miter & crose
Dugdale-1658Mi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre Miter & crose
Dugdale-monasticonMi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre Miter & crose
Dugdale-1718Mi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre Miter & crose
Dugdale-1818Mi lorde Sire Bisshop/ with ȝowre mitre Miter & crose
 

For al ȝowre riches / sotheli I ensure

SeldenFor al ȝowre ȝoure riches/ sotheli sothly I ensure
VespasianFor al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli I ensure you insure,
LansdowneFor al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soth I yow ensure
TottelFor al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soothlye I ensure
Dugdale-1658For al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soothly I ensure
Dugdale-monasticonFor al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soothly I ensure
Dugdale-1718For al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soothly I ensure
Dugdale-1818For al ȝowre your riches/ sotheli soothly I ensure
 

For al ȝowre tresowre / so longe kepte in clos

SeldenFor al ȝowre tresowre/ ȝoure tresour/ so longe kepte in clos
VespasianFor And al ȝowre tresowre/ so your treasure, longe kepte keped in clos
LansdowneFor al ȝowre tresowre/ your tresour/ so longe kepte in clos
TottelFor al ȝowre tresowre/ your treasour so longe kepte in clos
Dugdale-1658For al ȝowre tresowre/ so longe your treasure kepte in clos
Dugdale-monasticonFor al ȝowre tresowre/ so longe your treasure kepte in clos
Dugdale-1718For al ȝowre tresowre/ so longe your treasure kepte in clos
Dugdale-1818For al ȝowre tresowre/ so longe your treasure kepte in clos
 

Ȝowre worldli godes / & godes of nature

SeldenȜowre Ȝoure worldli godes/ & godes of nature
VespasianȜowre Youre worldli godes/ & godes of nature
LansdowneȜowre worldli godes/ Your wordly goodis/ & godes goodis of nature
TottelȜowre Your worldli godes/ & godes of nature
Dugdale-1658Ȝowre Your worldli godes/ & godes of nature
Dugdale-monasticonȜowre Your worldli godes/ & godes of nature
Dugdale-1718Ȝowre Your worldli godes/ & godes of nature
Dugdale-1818Ȝowre Your worldli godes/ & godes of nature
 

And of ȝowre shepe / the gostli dredeful cure

SeldenAnd of ȝowre ȝoure shepe/ the dredly gostli dredeful cure
VespasianAnd of ȝowre shepe/ the youre gostli dredeful & dredfull cure
LansdowneAnd of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreedful cure
TottelAnd of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli ghostly dredeful cure
Dugdale-1658And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreadfull ghostly cure
Dugdale-monasticonAnd of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreadfull ghostly cure
Dugdale-1718And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreadfull ghostly cure
Dugdale-1818And of ȝowre your shepe/ the gostli dredeful dreadfull ghostly cure
 

With charge comytted / to ȝowre † prelacie

SeldenWith charge comytted/ committid/ to ȝowre ȝoure prelacie
VespasianWith charge comytted/ to ȝowre youre prelacie
LansdowneWith charge comytted/ to ȝowre your prelacie
TottelWith charge comytted/ to ȝowre your prelacie
Dugdale-1658With charge comytted/ to ȝowre your prelacie
Dugdale-monasticonWith charge comytted/ to ȝowre your prelacie
Dugdale-1718With charge comytted/ to ȝowre your prelacie
Dugdale-1818With charge comytted/ to ȝowre your prelacie
 

For to accounte / ȝe shul be browȝt to lure

SeldenFor to accounte/ ȝe shul be browȝt brouȝte to lure
VespasianFor to accounte/ ȝe shul you shall be browȝt brought to lure
LansdowneFor to accounte/ ȝe shul shal be browȝt brouht to lure
TottelFor to accounte/ accoumpt ȝe shul shal be browȝt brought to lure
Dugdale-1658For to accounte/ accompt ȝe shul shall be browȝt brought to lure
Dugdale-monasticonFor to accounte/ accompt ȝe shul shall be browȝt brought to lure
Dugdale-1718For to accounte/ accompt ȝe shul shall be browȝt brought to lure
Dugdale-1818For to accounte/ accompt ȝe shul shall be browȝt brought to lure
 

No wight is sure / that clymbeth ouer hye.

SeldenNo wight wiȝt is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye.
VespasianNo wight is sure/ that clymbeth clymeth ouer hye.
LansdowneNo wight wiht is sure/ seur/ that clymbeth ouer hye. clymbith on hih.
Dugdale-1658No wight is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye. high.
Dugdale-monasticonNo wight is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye. high.
Dugdale-1718No wight is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye. high.
Dugdale-1818No wight is sure/ that clymbeth ouer hye. high.

The bishop

 

The Bysshop answereth

SeldenThe Bysshop answereth answeriþ
VespasianThe Bysshop answereth
LansdowneThe Bysshop answereth Responsum
TottelThe Bysshop answereth maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Bysshop answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Bysshop answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Bysshop answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Bysshop answereth maketh aunswer.
 

Mi herte trewly / is nowether glad ne meri

SeldenMi herte trewly/ truly/ is nowether nouþer glad ne meri myrie
VespasianMi herte trewly/ is nowether glad ne meri Of thes thinges I am nothing faine,
LansdowneMi herte trewly/ is nowether Of these tidynges/ I am no thyng glad ne meri
TottelMi herte trewly/ MINE heart truely is nowether nother glad ne meri
Dugdale-1658Mi herte trewly/ MIne heart truly is nowether nother glad ne meri
Dugdale-monasticonMi herte trewly/ MIne heart truly is nowether nother glad ne meri
Dugdale-1718Mi herte trewly/ Mine heart truly is nowether nother glad ne meri
Dugdale-1818Mi herte trewly/ Mine heart truly is nowether nother glad ne meri
 

Of sodeyne tidinges / whiche that ȝe bringe

SeldenOf sodeyne tidinges/ whiche wiche that ȝe bringe
VespasianOf sodeyne tidinges/ whiche that ȝe dethe to me so sodenly doth bringe
LansdowneOf sodeyne tidinges/ whiche that ȝe deth to me/ so sodeynly doth bringe
TottelOf sodeyne tidinges/ whiche that ȝe [me] bringe
 

Mi festes turned / in to simple ferie

SeldenMi festes fest is turned/ in to a simple ferie
VespasianIt maketh Mi festes turned/ in faice & countenaunce all to simple ferie dayn,
LansdowneIt makith Mi festes turned/ in to simple ferie face/ & countenaunce ful saad
TottelMi festes feast is turned/ in to vnto a simple ferie
Dugdale-1658Mi festes feast is turned/ in to into simple ferie
Dugdale-monasticonMi festes feast is turned/ in to into simple ferie
Dugdale-1718Mi festes feast is turned/ in to into simple ferie
Dugdale-1818Mi festes feast is turned/ in to into simple ferie
 

That for discomforte / me liste no thyng synge

VespasianThat for discomforte/ miscomforte me liste no thyng not for to synge
LansdowneThat for discomforte/ me liste no thyng to synge
TottelThat for discomforte/ me liste no thyng nothyng [to] synge
Dugdale-1658That for discomforte/ me liste no thyng nothing synge
Dugdale-monasticonThat for discomforte/ me liste no thyng nothing synge
Dugdale-1718That for discomforte/ me liste no thyng nothing synge
Dugdale-1818That for discomforte/ me liste no thyng nothing synge
 

The worlde contrarie / now to me In werkynge

SeldenThe worlde contrarie/ now vn to me In werkynge workyng
VespasianThe worlde contrarie/ now to Thy worde controyes me In werkynge writing,
LansdowneThe worlde contrarie/ now to me In werkynge
TottelThe worlde contrarie/ now to me In my* werkynge
Dugdale-1658The worlde contrarie/ now contraries to me now In werkynge working
Dugdale-monasticonThe worlde contrarie/ now contraries to me now In werkynge working
Dugdale-1718The worlde contrarie/ contraries me now to me In werkynge working
Dugdale-1818The worlde contrarie/ now contraries to me now In werkynge working,
 

That al folkes / can so disherite

VespasianThat Which al folkes/ estattes can so disherite sodenly disright;
LansdowneThat Which al folkes/ estatis/ can so disherite
TottelThat Which al folkes/ estates* can so disherite
 

He that al with-halte / allas atte owre partynge

SeldenHe that al with halte/ withhalt/ allas atte owre oure partynge
VespasianHe that & al with halte/ holdeth allas atte owre one partynge
LansdowneHe that al with halte/ allas atte owre partynge And needis we must/ on to our departyng
TottelHe that al with halte/ allas atte owre our partynge
Dugdale-1658He that al with halte/ allas atte owre our partynge
Dugdale-monasticonHe that al with halte/ allas atte owre our partynge
Dugdale-1718He that al with halte/ allas atte owre our partynge
Dugdale-1818He that al with halte/ allas atte owre our partynge
 

And al shal passe / safe oneli owre merite.

SeldenAnd al shal passe/ safe oneli owre saue only oure merite.
VespasianAnd al shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only oure merite.
LansdowneAnd al shal passe/ safe oneli owre save oonly our merite.
TottelAnd al shal passe/ safe saue oneli owre our merite.
Dugdale-1658And al thing shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only our merite.
Dugdale-monasticonAnd al thing shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only our merite.
Dugdale-1718And al thing shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only our merite.
Dugdale-1818And al thing shal passe/ safe oneli owre save only our merite.

Death to the nobleman

 

Dethe to the Squyere

VespasianDethe Death speaketh to the Squyere knight or squire
LansdowneDethe to the Squyere Miles & Armiger
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Squyere
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Squyere Squire.
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Squyere Squire.
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Squyere Squire,
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Squyere Squire.
 

Come † forthe Sire Squyer / right fressh of ȝowre arai

SeldenCome forthe Sire Squyer/ right riȝt fressh of ȝowre ȝoure arai
VespasianCome forthe Sire Squyer/ Knight or squire, right fressh of ȝowre in your arai
LansdowneCome forthe Sire Squyer/ right Knyht or scwyer/ riht fressh of ȝowre your arai
TottelCome COMMETH forthe Sire Squyer/ right fressh of ȝowre your arai
Dugdale-1658Come forthe Sire Squyer/ Squire right fressh of ȝowre your arai
Dugdale-monasticonCome forthe Sire Squyer/ Squire right fressh of ȝowre your arai
Dugdale-1718Come forthe Sire Squyer/ Squire right fressh of ȝowre your arai
Dugdale-1818Come forthe Sire Squyer/ Squire right fressh of ȝowre your arai
 

That can of daunces / al the newe gyse

VespasianThat can Thou canst of daunces/ al the newe gyse guysse;
LansdowneThat can of daunces/ daunses al the newe gyse
TottelThat can conne of daunces/ al the newe gyse guise,
Dugdale-1658That can conne of daunces/ al the newe gyse guise,
Dugdale-monasticonThat can con of daunces/ al the newe gyse guise,
Dugdale-1718That can con of daunces/ al the newe gyse guise,
Dugdale-1818That can con of daunces/ al the newe gyse guise,
 

Thowȝ ȝe bare armes / fressh horsed ȝisterdai

SeldenThowȝ Thouȝ ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed ȝisterdai
VespasianThowȝ ȝe bare Thoughe þou baire armes/ fressh & well horsed ȝisterdai yester day,
LansdowneThowȝ Thouh ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed wele horsid ȝisterdai
TottelThowȝ Thoghe ȝe bare armes/ fressh horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,*
Dugdale-1658Thowȝ If ȝe bare armes/ fressh harnes freshly horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,
Dugdale-monasticonThowȝ If ȝe bare armes/ fressh bate harnes freshly horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,
Dugdale-1718Thowȝ If ȝe bare armes/ fressh bate harnes freshly horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,
Dugdale-1818Thowȝ If ȝe bare armes/ fressh bate harnes freshly horsed ȝisterdai yesterday,
 

With spere & shelde / atte ȝowre vncouthe deuyse

SeldenWith spere & shelde/ atte ȝowre vncouthe ȝoure vnkouþe deuyse
VespasianWith spere speare & shelde/ atte ȝowre vncouthe your deuyse
LansdowneWith spere & shelde/ atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
TottelWith spere & shelde/ shielde atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
Dugdale-1658With spere & shelde/ shield atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
Dugdale-monasticonWith spere & shelde/ shield atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
Dugdale-1718With spere & shelde/ shield atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
Dugdale-1818With spere & shelde/ shield atte ȝowre your vncouthe deuyse
 

And t[o]ke on ȝow / so many hye Emprise

VespasianAnd t[o]ke on ȝow/ so loke vpon you many hye Emprise a strong interprysse.
LansdowneAnd t[o]ke on upon ȝow/ so many hye strange Emprise
TottelAnd t[o]ke on ȝow/ you so many hye high Emprise
Dugdale-1658And t[o]ke on ȝow/ you so many hye high Emprise
Dugdale-monasticonAnd t[o]ke on ȝow/ you so many hye high Emprise
Dugdale-1718And t[o]ke on ȝow/ you so many hye high Emprise
Dugdale-1818And t[o]ke on ȝow/ you so many hye high Emprise
 

Daunceth with vs / hit wille no better be

SeldenDaunceth with vs/ hit it wille no better bettir be
VespasianDaunceth Stand with vs/ hit hus, yt wille no better other be
LansdowneDaunceth Dansith with vs/ hit wille it wole no better bettir be
TottelDaunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit it wille no better be
Dugdale-1658Daunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit it wille no better be
Dugdale-monasticonDaunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit it wille no better be
Dugdale-1718Daunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit it wille no better be
Dugdale-1818Daunceth Daunseth with vs/ hit it wille no better be
 

Ther is no sokoure / in no maner wise

SeldenTher is no sokoure/ socour/ in no maner wise
VespasianTher is no sokoure/ succoure in no this maner of wise
LansdowneTher is no sokoure/ socour/ in no maner wise
TottelTher is no sokoure/ succour in no maner wise
Dugdale-1658Ther is no sokoure/ succour in no maner wise
Dugdale-monasticonTher is no sokoure/ succour in no maner wise
Dugdale-1718Ther is no sokoure/ succour in no maner wise
Dugdale-1818Ther is no sokoure/ succour in no maner wise
 

For no man mai / fro dethes stroke fle.

VespasianFor no man mai/ fro dethes from deth stroke fle.
LansdowneFor no man mai/ fro dethes stroke from dethis power fle.
TottelFor no man mai/ fro dethes Deathes stroke fle.
Dugdale-1658For no man mai/ fro dethes deaths stroke fle.
Dugdale-monasticonFor no man mai/ fro dethes deaths stroke fle.
Dugdale-1718For no man mai/ fro dethes Death's stroke fle.
Dugdale-1818For no man mai/ fro dethes deaths stroke fle.

The nobleman

 

The Squyere answereth

SeldenThe Squyere answereth aunswerith
VespasianThe Squyere answereth Knight or squire
LansdowneThe Squyere answereth Responsum
TottelThe Squyere answereth maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Squyere answereth Squire maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Squyere answereth Squire maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Squyere answereth Squire maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Squyere answereth Squire maketh aunswer.
 

Sitthen that dethe / me holdeth in his lace

SeldenSitthen that dethe/ me holdeth holdith in his lace
VespasianSitthen that dethe/ Seth death holdeth me holdeth in his lace laicce,
LansdowneSitthen Sith that dethe/ me holdeth holdith in his lace
TottelSitthen SITHENS that dethe/ Death me holdeth in his lace lase,
Dugdale-1658Sitthen SIthence that dethe/ death holdeth me holdeth in his lace lase,
Dugdale-monasticonSitthen SIthence that dethe/ death holdeth me holdeth in his lace lase,
Dugdale-1718Sitthen Sithence that dethe/ death holdeth me holdeth in his lace lase,
Dugdale-1818Sitthen Sithence that dethe/ death holdeth me holdeth in his lace lase,
 

Ȝitte shal I speke / oo worde or I pace

SeldenȜitte Ȝet shal I speke/ oo worde or I pace pase
VespasianȜitte Yet shal I speke/ oo on worde or er I pace passe
LansdowneȜitte shal I speke/ oo a worde or I pace
TottelȜitte Yet shal I speke/ speake oo worde or that* I pace passe:
Dugdale-1658Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ speak oo worde or ere I pace passe.
Dugdale-monasticonȜitte Yet shal I speke/ speak oo worde or ere I pace passe.
Dugdale-1718Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ speak oo worde or ere I pace passe,
Dugdale-1818Ȝitte Yet shal I speke/ speak oo worde or ere I pace passe,
 

Adieu al myrthe / adieu [now ] al solace

SeldenAdieu A dieu al myrthe/ adieu a dieu [now ] al
VespasianAdieu A dew al myrthe/ adieu [now a dew ] al solaice,
TottelAdieu Adue al myrthe/ adieu adue [now ] al
Dugdale-1658Adieu Adue al myrthe/ adieu adue [now ] al
Dugdale-monasticonAdieu Adue al myrthe/ adieu adue [now ] al
Dugdale-1718Adieu Adue al myrthe/ adieu adue [now ] al
Dugdale-1818Adieu Adue al myrthe/ adieu adue [now ] al
 

Adieu my ladyes / somme-tyme so fressh of face

SeldenAdieu A dieu my ladyes/ somme tyme somtime so fressh of face
VespasianAdieu A dew my ladyes/ somme tyme ladie whilon so fressh of face faice;
TottelAdieu Adue my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
Dugdale-1658Adieu Adue my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
Dugdale-monasticonAdieu Adue my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
Dugdale-1718Adieu Adue my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
Dugdale-1818Adieu Adue my ladyes/ somme tyme whilom so fressh of face
 

Adieu beaute / plesaun[ce] & solace

SeldenAdieu beaute/ A dieu beute/ plesaun[ce] & solace
VespasianAdieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] & solace A dew bewtye that lasteth a smale spaice,
LansdowneAdieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] & solace that lastith but short space
TottelAdieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] Adue beautie, pleasaunce, & al solace
Dugdale-1658Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] Adue beauty, pleasaunce, & all solace
Dugdale-monasticonAdieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] Adue beauty, pleasaunce, & all solace
Dugdale-1718Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] Adue beauty, pleasaunce, & all solace
Dugdale-1818Adieu beaute/ plesaun[ce] Adue beauty, pleasaunce, & all solace
 

Of dethes chaunge / eueri dai is pryme

VespasianOf dethes deathes chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
LansdowneOf dethes dethis chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
TottelOf dethes Deathes chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
Dugdale-1658Of dethes deaths chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
Dugdale-monasticonOf dethes deaths chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
Dugdale-1718Of dethes deaths chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
Dugdale-1818Of dethes deaths chaunge/ eueri dai is pryme
 

Thynketh [o]n ȝowre sowles / or that deth manace

SeldenThynketh [o]n ȝowre sowles/ ȝoure soules/ or that deth manace
VespasianThynketh Thinke [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that poore soules er deth manace you agasse,
LansdowneThynketh Thynk [o]n ȝowre sowles/ your sowlis/ or that deth manace
TottelThynketh Thinke [o]n ȝowre sowles/ your soules or that deth Death manace
Dugdale-1658Thynketh Think [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that deth your souls ere the death manace
Dugdale-monasticonThynketh Think [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that deth your souls ere the death manace
Dugdale-1718Thynketh Think [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that deth your Souls ere the death manace
Dugdale-1818Thynketh Think [o]n ȝowre sowles/ or that deth your souls ere the death manace
 

For al shal rote / & no man wote what tyme.

VespasianFor al shal rote/ & no man wote what tyme.
Dugdale-1718For al shal that rote/ & no man wote what tyme.

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