Monk and usurer

Monk and usurer
Guy Marchant, Monk and usurer

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Death to the monk

 

Dethe to the Monk

VespasianDethe to the Monk Death.
LansdowneDethe to the Monk Monialis
TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Monk
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Monk
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Monk
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Monk
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Monk
 

Sire monke also / with ȝowre blake abite

SeldenSire monke also/ with ȝowre ȝoure blake abite habite
VespasianSire monke also/ with ȝowre Though ye be clothed in clothes blake abite
LansdowneSire monke also/ with ȝowre Thouh ye be barbid/ & claad in clothis blake abite
TottelSire monke also/ with ȝowre blake abite your blacke habite,
Dugdale-1658Sire monke also/ with ȝowre blake abite your black habite
Dugdale-monasticonSire monke also/ with ȝowre blake abite your black habite
Dugdale-1718Sire monke also/ with ȝowre blake abite your black habite,
Dugdale-1818Sire monke also/ with ȝowre blake abite your black habite
 

Ȝe mai no lenger / holde here soioure

VespasianȜe mai no lenger/ holde here soioure And chastely reseved the mantill and þe ring;
LansdowneȜe mai no lenger/ holde here soioure Chastly receyued/ the mantil & the ryng
Dugdale-1718Ȝe mai no lenger/ here holde here soioure
 

Ther is no thinge / that mai ȝow here respite

VespasianTher is no thinge/ that Ye mai ȝow here respite the coursse of nature not foresake,
LansdowneTher is no thinge/ that Ye mai ȝow here respite nat the cours/ of nature for sake
TottelTher is no thinge/ nothyng that mai ȝow you here respite
Dugdale-1658Ther is no thinge/ nothing that mai ȝow you here respite
Dugdale-monasticonTher is no thinge/ nothing that mai ȝow you here respite
Dugdale-1718Ther is no thinge/ nothing that mai ȝow you here respite
Dugdale-1818Ther is no thinge/ nothing that mai ȝow you here respite
 

Aȝeyn my myght / ȝow for to do socoure

SeldenAȝeyn my myght/ myȝt/ ȝow for to do socoure
VespasianAȝeyn Come, daunce with other now at my myght/ ȝow for to do socoure commyng.
LansdowneAȝeyn To daunce with othir/ now at my myght/ ȝow for to do socoure comyng
TottelAȝeyn Agein my myght/ ȝow you for to do socoure succour;
Dugdale-1658Aȝeyn Agein my myght/ ȝow you for to do socoure succour,
Dugdale-monasticonAȝeyn Agein my myght/ ȝow you for to do socoure succour.
Dugdale-1718Aȝeyn Agein my myght/ ȝow you for to do socoure succour.
Dugdale-1818Aȝeyn Agein my myght/ ȝow you for to do socoure succour.
 

Ȝe mote accounte / towchyng ȝowre laboure

SeldenȜe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre touching ȝoure laboure
VespasianȜe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre laboure In this world here is no abidinge,
LansdowneȜe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre laboure In this world/ is non abidyng
TottelȜe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre accompt[e] touchyng your laboure
Dugdale-1658Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre accompt touching your laboure
Dugdale-monasticonȜe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre accompt touching your laboure
Dugdale-1718Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre accompt touching your laboure
Dugdale-1818Ȝe mote accounte/ towchyng ȝowre accompt touching your laboure
 

How ȝe haue spente hit / in dede worde & thowght

SeldenHow ȝe haue spente hit/ it/ in dede worde & thowght þouȝt
VespasianHow ȝe haue spente hit/ in dede worde & thowght Nether of mayden, widow, nor wiffe,
LansdowneHow ȝe haue spente hit/ in dede worde & thowght Nouthir of maide/ widewe nor wiff
TottelHow ȝe haue spente hit/ spend it, in dede worde & thowght thought.
Dugdale-1658How ȝe haue spente hit/ spend it in dede worde & thowght thought
Dugdale-monasticonHow ȝe haue spente hit/ spend it in dede worde & thowght thought
Dugdale-1718How ȝe you haue spente hit/ s pend in dede worde & thowght and
Dugdale-1818How ȝe haue spente hit/ spend it in dede worde & thowght thought.
 

To erthe and asshes / turneth eueri floure

VespasianTo erthe and asshes/ turneth eueri floure As ye may se clerely by writing;
LansdowneTo erthe and asshes/ turneth eueri floure As ye may seen/ heer cleerly bi wrytyng
TottelTo erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri floure
Dugdale-1658To erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri floure
Dugdale-monasticonTo erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri floure
Dugdale-1718To erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri floure
Dugdale-1818To erthe earth and asshes/ turneth eueri floure
 

The life of man / is but a thynge of nowght.

SeldenThe life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nouȝt
VespasianThe life of man/ For against death is but a thynge of nowght. founde no preservitiffe.
LansdowneThe life of man/ That a geyns deth/ is but a thynge of nowght. founde no preseruatiff.
TottelThe life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nought.
Dugdale-1658The life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nought.
Dugdale-monasticonThe life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nought.
Dugdale-1718The life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nought.
Dugdale-1818The life of man/ is but a thynge of nowght. nought.

The monk

 

The Monk answereth

SeldenThe Monk answereth answerith
VespasianThe Monk answereth Chastitie virginitie.
LansdowneThe Monk answereth Responsum
TottelThe Monk answereth maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Monk answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Monk answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Monk answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Monk answereth maketh aunswer.
 

I had leuere / in [the] cloystre be

VespasianI had leuere/ in [the] cloystre be It helps not to stryve against nature,
LansdowneI had leuere/ in [the] cloystre be It helpith nat/ to stryve a geyn nature
TottelI had leuere/ leauer in [the] cloystre cloyster be
Dugdale-1658I had leuere/ leaver in [the] cloystre cloyster be
Dugdale-monasticonI had leuere/ leaver in [the] cloystre cloyster be
Dugdale-1718I had leuere/ in [the] cloystre Cloyster be
Dugdale-1818I had leuere/ leaver in [the] cloystre cloyster be
 

Atte my boke / and studie my seruice

VespasianAtte my boke/ and studie my seruice Namely when death beginnith to assayle;
LansdowneAtte my boke/ and studie my seruice Namely whan deth/ bi gynneth tassaile
 

Whiche is a place / contemplatif to se

SeldenWhiche Wiche is a place/ contemplatif to se
VespasianWhiche is a place/ contemplatif to se Wherefor I counsall every creature,
LansdowneWhiche is a place/ contemplatif to se Wher fore I counseill euery creature
 

But I haue spente / my life in many vise

SeldenBut I haue spente/ my life in many vise vice
VespasianBut I haue spente/ my life in many vise To be redy against this fell battall.
LansdowneBut I haue spente/ my life in many vise To been redy/ a geyn this fel batayle
TottelBut I haue spente/ my life in many vise mony wyse,
Dugdale-1658But I haue spente/ my life in many vise mony wise,
Dugdale-monasticonBut I haue spente/ my life in many vise mony wise,
Dugdale-1718But I haue spente/ my life in many vise mony wise,
Dugdale-1818But I haue spente/ my life in many vise mony wise,
 

Liche as a fole / dissolute and nyce

VespasianLiche as a fole/ dissolute and nyce Vertu ys surer then other plaite or mayle,
LansdowneLiche as a fole/ dissolute and nyce Vertu is sewrer/ than othir plate or maile
TottelLiche Like as a fole/ dissolute and nyce
Dugdale-1658Liche Like as a fole/ dissolute and nyce
Dugdale-monasticonLiche Like as a fole/ dissolute and nyce
Dugdale-1718Liche Like as a fole/ dissolute and nyce
Dugdale-1818Liche Like as a fole/ dissolute and nyce
 

God of his merci / graunte me repentaunce

VespasianGod of his merci/ graunte me repentaunce Nothing may help more at such a nede;
LansdowneGod of his merci/ graunte me repentaunce Also no thyng/ may helpe [more] at sich a nede
 

Be chere owtewarde / harde to deuyce

SeldenBe By chere owtewarde/ outwarde/ harde (is) to deuyce deuise
VespasianThen to Be chere owtewarde/ harde to deuyce proved by diligent acquitaille,
LansdowneBe chere owtewarde/ harde Than to deuyce provide/ a sur acquytaile
TottelBe By chere owtewarde/ outward harde is to deuyce deuise,
Dugdale-1658Be By chere owtewarde/ outward harde is to deuyce devise
Dugdale-monasticonBe By chere owtewarde/ outward harde is to deuyce devise
Dugdale-1718Be By chere owtewarde/ outward harde is to deuyce devise
Dugdale-1818Be By chere owtewarde/ outward harde is to deuyce devise
 

Al ben not meri / whiche that men seen daunce.

SeldenAl ben be not meri/ whiche wich that men seen se daunce.
VespasianAl ben not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce. With hand of almes to love god & drede.
LansdowneAl ben not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce. With the hand of almesse/ to love god & drede.
TottelAl ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen daunce.
Dugdale-1658Al ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen see daunce.
Dugdale-monasticonAl ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen see daunce.
Dugdale-1718Al ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen see daunce.
Dugdale-1818Al ben be not meri/ whiche that men seen see daunce.

Death to the usurer

 

Dethe to the Vsurere

TottelDethe Death speaketh to the Vsurere
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death speaketh to the Vsurere
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death speaketh to the Vsurere
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death speaketh to the Vsurere
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death speaketh to the Vsurere
 

Thow vserere loke vp & be-holde

SeldenThow vserere Thou vsurer/ loke vp & be holde biholde
TottelThow vserere THOU Vsurer, loke vp & be holde beholde,
Dugdale-1658Thow vserere THou Usurer loke vp & be holde behold,
Dugdale-monasticonThow vserere THou Usurer loke vp & be holde behold,
Dugdale-1718Thow vserere Thou Usurer loke vp & be holde behold,
Dugdale-1818Thow vserere Thou Usurer loke vp & be holde behold,
 

Un to wynnynge / thow settest al thi peyne

SeldenUn to wynnynge/ thow settest wynnygne/ þou settist al thi peyne
TottelUn to Unto wynnynge/ thow that settest al thi peyne payne,
Dugdale-1658Un to Unto thy wynnynge/ thow thou settest al aye thi peyne paine
Dugdale-monasticonUn to Unto thy wynnynge/ thow thou settest al ay thi peyne paine
Dugdale-1718Un to Unto thy wynnynge/ thow thou settest al ay thi peyne paine,
Dugdale-1818Un to Unto thy wynnynge/ thow thou settest al ay thi peyne paine,
 

Whose couetise / wexeth neuer colde

SeldenWhose couetise/ wexeth wexiþ neuer colde
TottelWhose couetise/ wexeth waxeth neuer colde
Dugdale-1658Whose couetise/ wexeth neuer waxeth colde
Dugdale-monasticonWhose couetise/ wexeth neuer waxeth colde
Dugdale-1718Whose couetise/ wexeth neuer waxeth colde
Dugdale-1818Whose couetise/ wexeth neuer waxeth colde
 

Thi gredi thruste / so sore the dothe constreyne

TottelThi gredi thruste/ so sore the dothe constreyne constraine.
Dugdale-1658Thi gredi thruste/ so sore doth the dothe constreyne
Dugdale-monasticonThi gredi thruste/ so sore doth the dothe constreyne
Dugdale-1718Thi gredi thruste/ so sore doth the dothe constreyne
Dugdale-1818Thi gredi thruste/ so sore doth the dothe constreyne
 

But thow shalt neuer / thi desire atteyne

SeldenBut thow þou shalt neuer/ thi desire atteyne
TottelBut thow thou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne attayne,
Dugdale-1658But thow thou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne attayne,
Dugdale-monasticonBut thow thou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne attaine,
Dugdale-1718But thow thou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne attaine,
Dugdale-1818But thow thou shalt neuer/ to thi desire atteyne attaine,
 

Suche an etik / thyn herte frete shal

TottelSuche an etik/ thyn herte frete heart[e] freten shal
Dugdale-1658Suche an etik/ thyn herte frete Etick thy heart freten shal
Dugdale-monasticonSuche an etik/ thyn herte frete Etick thy heart freten shal
Dugdale-1718Suche an etik/ thyn herte frete Etick thy heart freten shal
Dugdale-1818Suche an etik/ thyn herte frete Etick thy heart freten shal
 

That but of pite / God his honde refreyne

SeldenThat but of pite/ God his honde hande refreyne
TottelBut That but of pite/ pitie God his honde refreyne refraine,
Dugdale-1658But That but of pite/ pity God his honde refreyne refraine
Dugdale-monasticonBut That but of pite/ pity God his honde refreyne refraine
Dugdale-1718But That but of pite/ pity God his honde refreyne refraine
Dugdale-1818But That but of pite/ pity God his honde refreyne refraine
 

Oo parilous stroke / shal make the lese al.

SeldenOo parilous perillous stroke/ shal make the lese al.
TottelOo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal make the lese losen al.
Dugdale-1658Oo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal will make the lese losen al.
Dugdale-monasticonOo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal will make the lese losen al.
Dugdale-1718Oo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal will make the lese loosen al.
Dugdale-1818Oo parilous One perilous stroke/ shal will make the lese losen al.

The usurer

 

The Vsurere answereth

SeldenThe Vsurere answereth answerith
TottelThe Vsurere answereth maketh aunswere.
Dugdale-1658The Vsurere answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Vsurere answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1718The Vsurere answereth maketh aunswer.
Dugdale-1818The Vsurere answereth maketh aunswer.
 

Now me behoueth / sodeynly to dey

SeldenNow me behoueth/ bihoueth/ sodeynly to dey
TottelNow me behoueth/ sodeynly to dey dye,
Dugdale-1658Now me behoueth/ sodeynly to dey dye,
Dugdale-monasticonNow me behoueth/ sodeynly to dey dye,
Dugdale-1718Now me behoueth/ sodeynly to dey dye,
Dugdale-1818Now me behoueth/ sodeynly to dey dye,
 

Whiche is to me / grete peyne & grete greuaunce

SeldenWhiche Wiche is to me/ grete peyne & grete greuaunce
TottelWhiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete eke greuaunce
Dugdale-1658Whiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete eke greuaunce
Dugdale-monasticonWhiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete eke greuaunce
Dugdale-1718Whiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete eke greuaunce
Dugdale-1818Whiche is to me/ grete peyne great paine & grete eke greuaunce
 

Socowre to fynde / I see no maner weie

SeldenSocowre Socour to fynde/ I see no maner weie
TottelSocowre Succour to fynde/ I see no maner weie way
Dugdale-1658Socowre Succour to fynde/ I see no maner weie way,
Dugdale-monasticonSocowre Succour to fynde/ I see no maner weie way,
Dugdale-1718Socowre Succour to fynde/ I see no maner weie way,
Dugdale-1818Socowre Succour to fynde/ I see no maner weie way,
 

Of golde ne siluer / be no cheuisshaunce

SeldenOf golde ne siluer/ be by no cheuisshaunce chevesaunce
TottelOf golde ne nor siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce by none cheuisance;
Dugdale-1658Of golde ne nor siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce by none chevisance.
Dugdale-monasticonOf golde ne nor siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce by none chevisance.
Dugdale-1718Of golde ne nor siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce by none chevisance.
Dugdale-1818Of golde ne nor siluer/ be no cheuisshaunce by none chevisance.
 

Dethe thrugh his haste / a-bitte no puruiaunce

SeldenDethe thrugh þoruȝ his haste/ a bitte abit no puruiaunce purveaunce
TottelDethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purueiance
Dugdale-1658Dethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purveiance
Dugdale-monasticonDethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purveiance
Dugdale-1718Dethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purveiance:
Dugdale-1818Dethe thrugh Death through his haste/ a bitte abideth no puruiaunce purveiance
 

Of folkes blynde / that can not loke welle

TottelOf folkes blynde/ that can not nought loke welle
Dugdale-1658Of folkes blynde/ that can not nought loke welle
Dugdale-monasticonOf folkes blynde/ that can not nought loke welle
Dugdale-1718Of folkes blynde/ that can not nought loke welle
Dugdale-1818Of folkes blynde/ that can not nought loke welle
 

Ful ofte happeth / be kynde or fatal chaunce

SeldenFul ofte happeth/ be happith/ by kynde or fatal chaunce
TottelFul ofte happeth/ be by kynde or of fatal chaunce
Dugdale-1658Ful ofte happeth/ be by kynde or of fatal chaunce
Dugdale-monasticonFul ofte happeth/ be by kynde or of fatal chaunce
Dugdale-1718Ful ofte happeth/ be by kynde or of fatal chaunce
Dugdale-1818Ful ofte happeth/ be by kynde or of fatal chaunce
 

Somme haue feyre yȝen / that seen neuer adele.

SeldenSomme haue feyre yȝen/ faire eyȝen/ that seen see neuer adele. a dele
TottelSomme haue feyre yȝen/ fayre eyen that seen neuer adele.
Dugdale-1658Somme haue feyre yȝen/ fayre eyen that seen see neuer adele.
Dugdale-monasticonSomme haue feyre yȝen/ fayre eyen that seen see neuer adele.
Dugdale-1718Somme haue feyre yȝen/ fayre eyen that seen see neuer adele.
Dugdale-1818Somme haue feyre yȝen/ fayre eyen that seen see neuer adele.

The poor man

 

SeldenThe pore man to þe vsurere
TottelThe Poore Man boroweth of the Usurer.
Dugdale-1658The poor man borroweth of the Usurer.
Dugdale-monasticonThe Poor Man borroweth of the Usurer.
Dugdale-1718The poor man borroweth of the Usurer,
Dugdale-1818The Poor Man borroweth of the Usurer.
 

Usure to god / is ful grete offence

TottelUsure VSURER to god/ is ful grete great offence
Dugdale-1658Usure VSurer to god/ is ful grete great offence
Dugdale-monasticonUsure VSurer to god/ is ful grete great offence
Dugdale-1718Usure Usurer to god/ is ful grete great offence
Dugdale-1818Usure Vsurer to god/ is ful grete great offence
 

And in his sight / a grete abusioun

SeldenAnd in his sight/ siȝt/ a grete abusioun
TottelAnd in his sight/ a grete abusioun great abusion;
Dugdale-1658And in his sight/ a grete abusioun great abusion,
Dugdale-monasticonAnd in his sight/ a grete abusioun great abusion,
Dugdale-1718And in his sight/ a grete abusioun great abusion,
Dugdale-1818And in his sight/ a grete abusioun great abusion,
 

The pore borweth / par cas for Indigence

SeldenThe pore borweth/ borwith/ par cas for Indigence
TottelThe pore borweth/ par cas boroweth percase for Indigence
Dugdale-1658The pore borweth/ par cas borroweth percase for Indigence
Dugdale-monasticonThe pore borweth/ par cas borroweth percase for Indigence
Dugdale-1718The pore borweth/ par borroweth per cas for of Indigence
Dugdale-1818The pore borweth/ par cas borroweth percase for Indigence
 

The riche lent / be fals collucioun

SeldenThe riche lent/ be by fals collucioun
TottelThe riche lent/ be by fals collucioun collusion,
Dugdale-1658The riche lent/ be by fals collucioun collusion
Dugdale-monasticonThe riche lent/ be by fals collucioun collusion.
Dugdale-1718The riche lent/ be for fals collucioun collusion;
Dugdale-1818The riche lent/ be lend by fals collucioun collusion,
 

Onli for lucre / in his entencioun

TottelOnli Onely for lucre/ in his entencioun entencion.
Dugdale-1658Onli Onely for lucre/ in his entencioun intencion.
Dugdale-monasticonOnli Onely for lucre/ in his entencioun intention.
Dugdale-1718Onli for lucre/ in his entencioun intention,
Dugdale-1818Onli Onely for lucre/ in his entencioun intention.
 

Dethe shal hem bothe / to accomptes fette

SeldenDethe shal hem bothe/ to accomptes acountes fette
TottelDethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes accoumptes fette
Dugdale-1658Dethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes fette
Dugdale-monasticonDethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes fette
Dugdale-1718Dethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes fette set,
Dugdale-1818Dethe Death shal hem bothe/ to accomptes fette
 

To make rekennynge / be computacioun

SeldenTo make rekennynge/ be by computacioun
TottelTo make rekennynge/ be computacioun reconing by computacion:
Dugdale-1658To make rekennynge/ be computacioun reckoning by computacion,
Dugdale-monasticonTo make rekennynge/ be computacioun reckoning by computation,
Dugdale-1718To make rekennynge/ be computacioun reckoning by computation
Dugdale-1818To make rekennynge/ be computacioun reckoning by computation,
 

No man is quytte / that is be-hynde of dette.

SeldenNo man is quytte/ that is be hynde bihinde of dette.
TottelNo man is quytte/ that is be hynde behynd of dette.
Dugdale-1658No, No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behind of dette.
Dugdale-monasticonNo, No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behind of dette.
Dugdale-1718No, No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behind of dette. debte.
Dugdale-1818No, No man is quytte/ that is be hynde behind of dette.

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