¶ Here foloweth the Interpretacyon of the names of goddys and goddesses as is rehersed in this treatyse folowyng as Poetes wryte.

is as moche to sey as the Sonne
is the same or ellys God of syght
Shewer of dremes
God of helle
Iuge of helle
Porter of helle
the wynde or God of the Eyre
Goddesse of wode and Chace
the Mone or Goddesse of wateres
Goddesse of the morowe or the spryn­ge of the daye
God of batayll
God of wysdome
Goddesse of rychesse
God of colde
Goddesse of corne
God of loue
Goddesse of wysdome
The varyaūt Goddesse
God of shepardis
Goddesse of frute
God of the see
Goddesse of the batayll or of harueste
God of wyne
God of langage
Goddesse of loue
Goddesse of debate and stryfe
¶Here endeth the Interpretacy on of the names of Goddys and Goddesses as is rehersed in the tretyse folowyng as poetes wryte.
WHan Phebus in the crabbe had nere his cours ronne
And toward the Leon his Iourney gan take
To loke on Pyctagoras spere I had bgonne
Syttyng all solytary allone besyde a lake
Musyng on a maneer how that I myght make
Reason and sensualyte in one to accorde
But I coude not bryng about that monacorde
For longe er I myght slepe me gan oppresse
Soo ponderously I coude make none obstacle
In myne hede was fall suche an heuynesse
I was fayne to drawe to myne habytacle
To rowne with a pylow me semyd best tryacle
Soo leyde I me downe my dyssease to releue
Anone cam in Morpleus & toke me by the sleue
And as I soo laye halfe in a traunse
Twene slepyng and wakyng he bad me aryse
For he sayd I must yeue attendaunce
To the grete Courte of Mynos the Iustyse
Me nought auayled ayene hym to sylogyse
For hit is oft sayd by hem that yet lyues
He must nedes go that the deuell dryues
Whan I see noo better▪ but I must go
[Page]I sayd I was redy at his cōmaundement
wheder that he wolde me lede to or fro
Soo vp I arose and forth with hym went
Tyll he had me brought to the parlyament
where Pluto sate and kepte his estate
And with hym Mynos the Iuge desperate
But as we thyderwarde went by the waye
I hym besought his name me to tell
Morpleus he sayd thou me call maye
A syr sayd I than where doo ye dwell
In heuen or to erthe eyther ellys in hell
Nay he sayd myn abydyng moost comonly
Is in a lytyll corner called fantasy
And as soone as he these wordes had sayd
Cerberus the porter of hell with his cheyne
Brought theder Colus in ragges euyll arayd
Agayn whom Neptunꝰ & Dyana dyd cōpleyne
Sayeng thus O Mynos thou Iuge souereyne
Gyue thy cruell Iugemēt ayen this traytour so
That we may haue cause to preyse thy lord Pluto
Then was there made a proclamacyon
In Plutoos name cōmaunded sylence
Vpon the payne of strayte correccyon
That Dyana & Neptunꝰ might haue audyence
To declare her greef of the grete offence
[Page]To theym do by Colus wheron they cōpleyned
And to begynne Dyana was constreyned
whiche thus began as ye shall here
Sayeng in this wyse. O thou lord Pluto
with thy Inge Mynos syttyng with the in fere
Execute youre fury vpon Colus so
Accordyng to the offence that he to me hath do
That I haue noo cause forther to apele
whiche yf I do shall not be for your wele
Remembre fyrste how I a goddesse pure
Ouer all desertes. forestes and chaces
Haue take the guydyng and vnder my cure
This traytour Colus hath many of my places
Destroyed with his blastes & dayly me manaces
where ony wood is he shall make it pleyne
If he to his lyberte maye resorte ageyne
The gretest trees that ony man may fynde
In forest to shade the deere for her comfort
He breketh hē asondre or rendeth hē rote & rynde
Oute of the erthe this is his dysport
Soo that the deere shall haue noo resort
within short tyme to noo maner shade
where thorugh the game is lykly to fade
whiche to myn name a reproche synguler
[Page]Sholde be for euer whyle the worlde last
And to all the goddis an hyghe dyspleser
To see the game soo dystroyed by his blast
wherfore a remedye puruey in hast
And lete hym be punysshed after his offence
Consyder the cryme. and yeue your sentence
And whan thus Dyana had made her cōpleynt
To Mynos the Iuge in Plutoos presence
Came forth Neptunꝰ with vysage pale & feyne
Desyryng of fauour to haue audyence
Sayeng thus Pluto to thy magnyfycence
I shall reherse what this creature
Colus hath done me out of mesure
Thou knowest well that I haue the charge
Ouer all the see. and therof god I am
Noo shyp maye sayle. keruell boot nor barge
Grete karyke. nor hulke with ony lyuyng man
But yf he haue my saue conduyte than
who me offendeth within my Iurysdiccyon
O weth to submyt hym to my correccyon
But in asmekyll as hit is now soo
That ye hym here haue as your prysonere
I shall you shewe. my compleynt loo
wherfore I praye you that ye wyll hit here
And lete hym not escape out of your daungere
[Page]Tyll he haue made full seethe and recompence
For hurt of my name thrugh this grete offence
Fyrste to begynne. this Colus hath ofte
Made me to retourne my course agayn nature
with his grete blastys whan he hath be a lofte
And charged me to labour ferre out of mesure
That it was grete meruayle how I myght en­dure
The com of my swete wyll it testyfye
That on the see bankes lythe beten full hye
Secondly where as my nature is
Both to ebbe & flowe and so my course to kepe
Ofte of myne entente hath he made me mys
where as I sholde haue fylled dykes depe
At a full water I myght not theder crepe
Before my season came to retourne ageyne
And than went I faster than I wolde certeyne
Thus he hath me dryuen ayen myn entent
And contrary to my course naturall
where I shold haue be he made me be absent
To my grete dyshonoure & in especyall
Do thyng he vsed that worst was of all
For where as I my sauegarde graunted
Ay in that cost he comonly haunted
Of verrey pure malyce and of sylfe wyll
[Page]Theym to dystroye in dyspyte of me
To whome I promysed both in good and yll
To be her protectour in all aduersyte
That to theym sholde fall vpon the see
And euen sodeynly er they coude beware
with a sodeyn pyry he lapped hem in care
And full ofte syth with his boystous blast
Er they myght be ware. he drofe hȳ on ye sande
And otherwhyle he brake toop seyle & mast
whiche caused theȳ to perysshe er they cam to lā de
Then cursed they ye tyme yt euer they me fāde
Thus among the people lost is myn name
And soo by his labour put I am to shame
Consyder this mater and ponder my cause
Tendre my compleynt as rygour requyreth
Shewe forth your sentence with a breef clause
I may not long tarye the tyme fast expyreth
The offence is grete wherfore hit desyreth
The more greuous payne and hasty Iugement
For offence done wylfully wyll none auysement
And whā ye god Pluto a whyle had hȳ be thought
He rowned w [...] Mynos to know what was to do
Then he sayd openly loke thou fayle nought
Thy sentence to yeue without fauour so
Lyke as thou hast herd the causes meuyd the to
[Page]And so euenly dele twene these partyes tweyn
That none of hem haue case on ye other cōpleyn
Then sayd Mynos full Indyfferently
To Dyana & Neptunus. is there ony more
That ye wyll declare agayn hym openly
Nay in dede they sayd we kepe none in store
we haue sayd ynough to punysshe hym fore
If ye in this mater be not parcyall
Remembre your name was wonte to be egall
well than sayd Mynos now let vs here
what this boystous Colus for hymselfe can saye
For here Prima facie. to vs dooth apere
That he hath offended noo man can say naye
wherfore thou Colus without more delaye
Shape vs an answere to thyne accusement
And ellys I muste procede vpon thy Iugement
And euen as Colus was on warde to haue sayd
For his excuse. came in a messengere
Fro god Apollo. to Pluto and hym prayd
On his behalfe that he withoute daungere
wolde to hym come & bryng with hym in fere
Dyana and Neptunus vnto his banket
And yf they dysdeyned hymselfe he wold hē f [...]
Moreouer he sayd to the god Apollo
[Page]Desyred to haue respyte of the Iugement
Of Colus bothe of Mynos and Pluto
So Dyana & Neptunus were therwith content
And yf they were dysposed to assent
That he myght come vnto his presence
He hit desyred to know his offence
what sey ye herto sayd Pluto to hem tweyn
wyll ye bothe assente that hit shall be thus
ye sayd the goddesse for my parte certeyn
And I also sayde this Neptunus
I am well pleased quod this Colus
And whan they had a whyle thꝰ togyder spoke
Pluto commaunded the courte to be broke
And than togeder went they in fere
Pluto and Neptunus ledyng the goddesse
whome folowed Cerberus with his prysonere
And alder laste with grete heuynesse
Came I and Morpleus to the forteresse
Of the god Appollo vnto his banket
where many goddys and goddesses met
whan Apollo see that they were come
He was ryght glad and prayed hem to syt
Nay sayd Dyana this is all and some
ye shall me pardone I shall not syt yet
I shall fyrste knowe why Colus abyte
[Page]And what execucyon shall on hym be do
For his offence. well sayd Apollo
Madame ye shall haue all youre pleysere
Syth that hit wyll none otherwyse be
But fyrste I you praye let me the mater here
why he is brought in this perplexite
well sayd Pluto. that shall ye soone se
And gan to declare euen by and by
Bothe her complayntes ordynatly
And whan Apollo had herde the reporte
Of Pluto in a maner smylyng he sayde
I see well Colus. thou haste small comforte
Thy selfe to excuse thou mayste be dysmayde
To here soo grete complayntis ayene the layde
That notwithstondyng yf thou can sey ought
For thyne one wele. sey and tary nought
Forsothe sayd Colus yf I had respyte
Her to an answere cowde I counterfete
But to haue her grace more is my delyte
wherfore I praye you all for me entrete
That I may by your request her good grace gete
And what payne or greef ye for me prouyde
withoute ony grutchyng I shall hit abyde
Loo good Madame sayd god Apollo
[Page]what maye he doo more but sew to your grace
Beholde how the teeres from his eyen go
Hit is satysfaccyon halfe for his trespace
Now gloryous goddesse shewe your pyteous face
To this poore prysoner at my request
All we for your honour thynke thus is best
And yf hit lyke you to doo in this wyse
And to foryeue hym clerely his offence
One thyng suerly I wyll you promyse
If he ofte rebelle and make resystence
Or dysobey vnto your sentence
For euery tree that he maketh fall
Out of the erthe. an hundred aryse shall
Soo that your game shall not dyscrease
For lacke of shade I dare vndertake
well syr Apollo sayd she than wyll I cease
Of all my rancour and mercy with you make
And than god Neptunus of his mater spake
Sayeng thꝰ Apollo though Dyana hym relese
Yet shall he sue to me to haue his pese
A sayd Apollo ye wende I had foryete
you for my lady Dyana the goddesse
Nay thynke not soo. for I wyll you entrete
As well as hyr without long processe
wyll ye agree that Phebus your maystresse
[Page]Maye haue the guydyng of your varyaunce
I shall abyde quod he. her ordynaunce
well than quod Apollo. I praye you goddis all
And goddesses eke that be here present
That ye companably wyll a boorde fall
Nay than sayd Othea. hit is not conuenyent
A dew ordre in euery place is expedyent
To be had wherfore ye may not let
To be your owne marchall at your own bāket
And whan Apollo see hit wolde none other be
He called to hym Aurora the goddesse
And sayd though ye wepe yet shall ye before me
Ay kepe your course and put your selfe in presse
Soo he her set fyrst at his owne messe
with her moyst clothes with teres all be spreynt
The medewes in may shew therof her cōpleynt
Next her sat Mars myghty god and stronge
with a flamme of fyre enuyrounde all aboute
A crown of yron on his hede a spere in his hōde
Hit semyd by his chere as he wold haue fought
And next vnto hym as I perceue mought
Sate the goddesse Dyana in a mantell fyne
Of black sylke purfyly with poudryd hermyne
Lyke as he had take the mantell and the ryng▪
[Page]And next vnto hyr arayed royally
Sate the god Iupyter in his demenyng
Full sad and wyse he semed sykerly
A crowne of tynne stood on his hede
And that I recorde of all phylosophres
That lytyll store of Coyne kepe in her cofres
Ioynes to hym in syttyng next there was
The goddesse Iuno full rychely beseene
In a sercote that shone as bryght as glas
Of goldsmytthes werke wt spāgles wrought be dene
Of royal rychesse wāted she none I wene
And next by her sate the god Saturne
That oft sythe causeth many one to morne
But he was clad. me thought straungely
For of frost and snowe was all his aray
In his honde he helde a fawchon all blody
Hit semyd by his chere as he wold make a fray
A bawdryk of Isykles aboute his neck gay
He had. and aboue an hyghe on his hede
Couchyd wt hayle stones he wered a crowne of lede
And next in ordre was set by his syde
Ceres the goddesse in a garmente
Of sacke clothe made with sleues large & wyde
Embrowdered with sheues and sykelys bente
Of all maner greynes she sealyd the patente
[Page]In token that she was the goddesse of corne
Olde Poetes say she bereth the heruest horne
Then was there set the god Cupydo
All fresshe and galaunt and costly in aray
with ouches and rynges he was beset so
The paleys therof shone as though bit had be day
A kerchyfe of plesaūce stode ouer his helme ay
The goddesse Ceres he loked in the face
And with one arme he hyr dyde enbrace
Next to C [...]do in order by and by
Of worldly wysdome sate the forteresse
Called Othea chref grounde of polycy
Rewler of knyghthode of prudence the goddesse
Clad all in purpure was she more and lesse
Saaf on her hede a crowne there stood
Cowchyd with perles oryent fyne and good
And next to her was god Pluto set
with a derke myst enuyronde all aboute
His clothyng was made of a smoky net
His colour was bothe within and withoute
Foule derke and dymme his eyen grete & stoute
Of fyre and sulphure all his odour wase
That wo was me whyle I behelde his face
Fortune the goddesse with her party face
[Page]was vnto Pluto next in ordre set
Varyaunt she was ay in short space
Her whele was redy to tourne without let
Her gowne was of gawdy grene chamelet
Chaungeable of sondry dyuerse coloures
To the condycyons accordyng of her shoures
And by her sate though he vnworthy were
The rewde god Pan of sheperdys the gyde
Clad in russet frcse and breched lyke a bere
with a grete tarboxe hangyng by his syde
A shepecrook in his hōde he spared for no pryde
And at his feete lay a prykeryd curre
He rateled in the throte as he had the murre
Isys the goddesse bare hym company
For at the table next she sat by his syde
In a close kyrtell enbrowdered curyously
with braunches and leues brood large & wyde
Grene as ony grasse in the somer tyde
Of all maner frute she had the gouernaūce
Of sauours odoryferous was her su [...]ynaūce
Next her than was god Neptunus set
He sauored lyke a fyssher of hym I spake before
Hit semed by his clothes as they had be wet
About hȳ in his gyrdelstede hyng fysshes many a score
Of his straūge aray merueyled I sore
[Page]A shyp with a toppe and sayle was his crest
Me thought he was gayly dysgysed at that fest
Than toke Mynerue the goddesse her sete
Ioyntly to Neptunus all in curas clad
Gaūclettis on her hōdis & sabatoūs on her fete
She loked euer about as though she had be mad
An hamer and a sythe on her hede she had
She wered two bokelers one by her syde
That other ye wote were this was all her pryde
Than cam the god Bachꝰ & by her set hȳ downe
Holdyng in his honde a cup full of wyne
Of grene vyne leues he wered a Ioly crowne
He was clad in clustres of grapes good & fyne
A garland of yuy he chose for his sygne
On his hede he had. a thredebare kendall hood
A gymlot and a fauset therupon stood
Next hym sate Phebus with her colour pale
Fat she was of face but of complexion feynt
She sayd she reuled Neptunꝰ & made hȳ to auale
And ones in ye moneth wt Phebꝰ was she meynt
Also ne were she. Ceres were ateynt
Thus she sat & tolde the myght of her nature
And on her hede she wered a crowne of syluer pure
Ioyntly to her Marcuryus toke his see
[Page]As came to his course wytnesse the zodyake
He had a gylden tonge as fyll for his degree
In eloquence of langage he passed all the pake
For in his talkyng noman coude fynde lake
A boxe with quyksyluer he had in his honde
Multyplyers knowe hit well in euery londe
By hym sate dam Venꝰ with colour crystallyne
whoos long here shone as wyre of golde bryght
Cryspe was her skyne her eyen columbyne
Rauysshed myn herte her chere was soo lyght
Patronesse of pleasaūce be named wel se myght
A smocke was her wede garnysshed curyously
But aboue all other she had a wanton ey
On her hede she wered a rede coper crowne
A nosegay she had made full pleasauntly
Betwene her & Aurora. Apollo set hym downe
with his beames bryght he shone so feruently
That he therwith gladyd all the company
A crowne of pure golde was on his hede set
In sygne yt he was mayster & lord of yt banket
Thus was the table set rounde aboute
with goddis & goddesses as I haue you tolde
Awaytyng on the boorde was a grete route
Of sage phylosophers & poetes many folde
There was sad Sychero and Arystotyll olde
[Page]Tholome Dorothe with Dyogenes
Plato Messehala and wyse Socrates
Sortes & Saphyrus with hermes stood behȳde
Auycen and Autroys with hem were in fere
Galyen & Ypocras that physyk haue in mynde
with helpe of Esculapyon toward hē drow nere
Virgyle Orace Ouyd and Omere
Euclyde and Alberte yaue her attendaunce
To doo the goddys and goddesses pleasaunce
Whore berded Orpheus was there wt his harpe
And as a poete musykall made he melody
Other mȳstral had they non safe Pan gā to carpe
Of his leud bagpyp̄ whiche causid yt cōpany
To lawe yet many mother were yf I shold notly
Some yonge some olde bothe better and werse
But mo of her names can I not reherse
Of all maner deyntees there was habundaūce
Of metys & drynkes foyson plenteuous
In came Dyscorde to haue made varyaūce
But there was no rome to set her in that hous
The goddys remembred the scysme odyous
Among the three goddesses yt he had wrought
At the fest of Peleus wherfore they thought
They wolde not with her dele in auenture
[Page]Lest she theym brought to some inconuenyent
She seyng this was wrothe out of mesure
And in yt grete wrathe out of the paleys went
Sayeng to hyr selfe yt chere sholde they repent
And anone with Attropos happed she to mete
As he had ben a goost cam in wyndyng shete
She toke hȳ by the honde & rowned in his eare
And tolde hym of the banket yt was so delycate
How she was receyued & what chere she had there
And how euery god sate in his estate
Is it thus qd Attropos what in ye deuyllis date
well he sayde I see well how the game gothe
Ones yet for your sake shall I make hē wrothe
And whan she had hym all togyder tolde
From her he departed and of her toke his leue
Sayeng yt for her sake his way take he wolde
In to the paleys his maters to meue
And er he thens went he trowed hem to greue
with suche tydynges as he sholde hem tell
Soo forth in he went and spake wordes fell
whan he came in the presence of the goddys all
As he had be wood he loked hym aboute
His shete from his body downe he let fall
And on a rewde maner he saluted all the route
with a bolde voys carpyng wordes stoute
[Page]But he spake all holow as hit had be one
Had spoke in a nother world yt had wo begone
He stood forth boldly with grym contenaunce
Sayeng on this wyse as ye shall here
All ye grete goddys yeue attendaunce
Vnto my wordes without all daungere
Remembre how ye made me your offycere
All tho with my dart fynally to chastyse
That you dysobeyed or wolde your law dispyse
And for the more suerte ye sealed my patent
Gyuyng me full power soo to occupy
wherto I haue enployed myn entent
And that can dame Nature well testyfy
If she be examyned she wyll hit not deny
For whan she forsaketh ony creature
I am ay redy to take hym to my cure
Thus haue I deuly with all my dylygence
Executed the offyce of olde antyquyte
To me by you graūted by your comon sentence
For I spared none hyghe nor lowe degre
Soo that on my parte noo defaute hath be
For as soone as ony to me cōmytted wase
I smote hym to ye hert he had none other grase
Ector of Troy for all his chyualry
[Page]Alexander the grete & myghty conquerour
Iulyus Cesar with all his company
Dauyd nor Iosue nor worthy Artour
Charles the noble that was so grete of honour
Nor Iudas Machabee for all his trewe hert
Nor Godfery of Boleyn coude me not astert
Nabugodonozor for all his grete pryde
Nor the kyng of Egypte cruell Pharao
Iason ne Hercules wente they neuer so wyde
Cosdras Hanyball nor gentyll Sypyo
Cyrus Achylles nor many a nother mo
For teyre or foule gat of me noo grace
But all be at ye last. I sesed hem with my mace
Thus hauy brought euery creature
To an ende bothe man fysshe foule and beste
And euery other thyng in whome dame nature
Hath ony Iurysdyccyon eyther moost or leste
Excepte oonly one in whome your beheste
Is to me broke for ye me promysed
That my myght of non shold haue be dispysed
wherof the coūtrary dare I well auowe
Is trewe for one there is that wyll not apply
Vnto my correccyon nor in nowyse bowe
To the dynt of my dart for dole nor desteny
what comfort he hath nor the cause why
[Page]That he so rebelleth I can not thynke of ryght
But yf ye haue hȳ graūted your alders safecō ­dyghe
And yf ye so haue than do ye not as goddys
For a goddys wrytyng may not reuersyd be
If it sholde I wolde not yeue two pesecoddys
For graūt of your patent of offyce nere of fee
wherfore in this mater do me equytee
Accordyng to my patent. for tyll this be doo
ye haue nomore my seruyce nor my good wyl loo
And whan all the goddys had Attropos hered
As they had be wood they brayde vp attones
And sayd they wold not rest tyll he were cōque­red
Taken & destroyed body blood & bones
And yt they swere grete othes for the nones
Her lawe to dyspyce that was so malapert
They sayd he shold be taught for to be so pert
well sayd Apollo yf he on erthe bee
with my brennyng chare I shall hym confoūde
In feyth quod Neptunus & yf he kepe the see
He may be full sure. he shall soone be drownde
A syr sayd Mars this haue we well fownde
That ony dysobeyed oure godly precept
we may well thynke we haue to longe slept
But neuerthelesse where I may hym fynde
[Page]with thūdre & lyghtnyng about I shal hȳ chase
And I quod Saturnus before and behynde
with my bytter colde shall shew hȳ harde grase
well sayd Mercuryus yf I may see his fase
For euer of his speche I shall hym depryue
Soo that hym were better be dede than a lyue
ye quod Othea yet maye he well be
In the ayre where he wyll & axe you no leue
wherfore my counseyll is that all we
May entreate Neptunꝰ his rancour to foryeue
And then I doute not Colus wyll hȳ myscheue
Soo may ye be sure he shall you not escape
And elles of all your angre wyll he make but aiape
But for to tell you how Colus was brought
In daunger of Pluto yet had I forgete
wherfore on this mater forther wyll I nought
Procede tyll I therof haue knowleche you lete
Hit fell on a daye the weder was wete
And Colus thought he wolde on his desporte
Goo to reioyse his spyrytes and comforte
He thought he wold see what was in ye groūde
And in a krauers forthe he gan hym dresse
A drowthe had the erthe late before foūde
That caused it to chyne & krauy more & lesse
Sodeynly by weet constrayned by duresse
[Page]was the groūde to close his superfycyall face
Soo strayte that to scape Colus had noo space
This seyng Colus he styll within abode
Sekyng where he myght haue gone oute fer ornere
Anone he was alpyed & one to Plutorode
And tolde hȳ how Colꝰ was in his daūgere
Then sayd he to Cerberus fet me yt prysonere
Tyll I haue hym seen let hym not go at large
As thou wylt answer of hym I yeue the charge
Thus was this Colus take prysoner
Than happed hit soo that the same day
Pluto had prefixed for a grete mater
Mynos to syt in his roob of Ray
wherfore Cerberus toke the next way
And led hym to the place where the court shalbe
wheder as I tolde you Morpleus brought me
Soo thyder came Dyana caryed in a carre
To make her compleynt as I tolde you all
And so dyd Neptunꝰ yt doth both make & marre
walewyng with his wawes & tōblyng as a ball
Her maters they meuyd fall what may befall
There was the fyrst syght yt euer I theym sawe
And yf I neuer do efte I recke not a strawe
But now to my mater to retourne agayne
[Page]And to begynne. newe where I left
whan all the goddis had done her besy payne
They wey to contryue how he sholde be reft
Of his lyfe that Attropos had noo cause eft
To cōplayn than Phebus stert vpon her fete
And sayd I praye you let me speke a worde yete
Othea meneth well to sey on this wyse
But al to entrete Neptunꝰ I hope shal not nede
Me semeth I aloue durst take that enterpryse
Er I am begyled or elles I shall spede
How say ye Neptunus shall I do this dede
wyll ye your rancour sease at my request
Madame quod he reule me as ye lyketh best
Gramercy sayd she of your good wyll
That it pleaseth you to shewe me that fauour
wherfore the goddys hygh pleasure to fulfyll
Performe my desyre. & leue all olde rancour
For our alders wele & sauyng of our honour
Agayn this Colus that ye long haue had
Hit is done quo [...] he forsoth than am I glad
Sayd he now than Colus be yu to vs trew
Kepe well the eyr and our grete rebell
May we than soone euer to vs subdew
yes and that quod Colus shall ye here tell
Nowhere in the eyre shall he rest nor dwell
[Page]If he doo therof put me in the faute
with my bytter blastes. soo shall I hym asaute
what sayd the god Pluto what is his name
That thus presumeth agayn vs to rebell
Vertue quod Attropes yt haue he mykyll shame
He is neuer confounded. thus of hym here I tell
A sayd this Pluto. in dede I know hym well
He hathe be euer myne vtter enemy
wherfore this mater agayne hym take wyll I
For all the baytys that ye for hym haue layde
without myne helpe be not worthe a peere
For though ye all the coūtrarye had sayde
Yet wold he brede ryght nygh your althrys eere
No maner of thyng can hym hurt nor deere
Saue oonly one a sone of my bastarde
whoos name is vyce he kepeth my vawarde
wherfore you Cerberus now I the dyscharge
Of Colus. and wyll that thou hyder fette
My dere sone Vyce & say that I hym charge
That he to me come withoute ony lette
Armed all poyntes. for a daye is sette
That he with vertue for all the goddys sake
In our defence. must on hym batayll take
Forth then went Cerberus with his fyry cheyne
[Page]And brought theder Vyce as he cōmaūden was
Agayne noble Vertue that batayll to dereygne
On a glydyng serpent rydyng a grete pas
Formyd lyke a dragon scalyd harde as glas
whoos mouth flammed fyer without fayll
wynges had hit serpentyne and a long tayll
Armed was Vyce all in cure boyle
Harde as ony horne blacker fer than soot
An vngoodly sorte folowed hym parde
Of vnhappy capteyns of myscheyf cropp̄ & root
Pryde was the fyrst. y next hym rood god woot
On a roryng lyon. next whom came Enuye
Syttyng on a wolfe he had a scornfull ey
wrathe bestrode a wylde bore & next hȳ ganryde
In his honde he bare a bloody naked swerde
Next whom cam Couetyse yt gooth so fer & wyde
Rydyng on a Olyfaunt as he had ben aferde
After whom rood Gloteny with his fat berde
Syttyng on a bere with his grete bely
And next hym on a goot folowed Lechery
Slouthe was soo slepy. he came all behynde
On a dull asse a full wery pase
Thyse were the capteyns yt Vyce coude fynde
Best to set his felde and folowe on the chase
As for pety Capteyns many moo there wase
[Page]As sacrylege symony and dyssymulacyon
Manslaughter mordre theft and extorcyon
Arrogaunce presumpcyon with contumacy
Contempcyon contempt and Inobedyence
Malyce frowardnes grete Ielacy
woodnesse hate stryfe and Impacyence
Vnkyndnesse opp̄ssyon with wofull neclygence
Murmour myscheef falshood and detraccyon
Vsury periury lye and adulacyon
wronge rauyne sturdy vyolence
False Iugement with obstynacy
Dysceyte dronkenes and Improuydence
Boldnes in yll with foule and rybaudy
Fornycacyon Incest and auoutry
Vnshamefastnes with prodygalyte
Blaspheme vaynglory and worldly vanyte
Agnoraunce dyffydence with Ipocrysy
Scysme rancour debate and offense
Heresy errour with ydolatry
New fangylnesse and sotyll false pretense
Inordynat desyre of worldly excellense
Feyned pouerte with apostasy
Dysclaunder scorne and vnkynde Ielousy
Hoordome bawdry false mayntenaunce
[Page]Treason abusyon. and pety brybry
Vsurpacyon with horrybly vengeaunce
Came alder laste of that company
All these pety capteyns folowed by and by
Shewyng theymselfe in the paleyse wyde
And sayd they were redy that batayll to abyde
Iolynesse set the comons in araye
without the paleyse on a fayre felde
But there was an oost for to make a fraye
I crowe suche a nother neuer man behelde
Many was the wepyn among hē yt they welde
what people they were yt came to that dysporte
I shall you declare of many a sondry sorte
There were bosters hraghers and brybores
Praters fasers strechers and wrythers
Shamefull shakerles soleyn shaueldores
Oppressours of people and myghty crakers
Mayntenours of quarelles horryble lyers
Theues traytours with false heretykes
Charmers sorcerers and many scysmatykes
Preuy symonyakes with false vsurers
Multyplyers coyn wasshers and clyppers
wronge vsurpers with grete extorcyoners
Bacbyters glosers and fayre flaterers
Malycyous murmurers with grete claterers
[Page]Tregetours triphelers feyners of tales
Lastyuous lurdeyns and pykers of males
Rowners vagaboundys forgers and lesynges
Robbers reuers rauenouse ryfelers
Choppers of chyrches fynders of tydynges
Marrers of maters and monye makers
Stalkers by nyght with euesdroppers
Fyghters brawlers brekers of lofedayes
Getters chyders causers of frayes
Ty [...]yuylles tyrauntes with tormentoures
Cursed apostatis relygyous dyssymulers
Closshers carders with comon hasardoures
Tyburne coloppys and pursekytters
Pylary knyghtes double tollyng myllers
Gay Ioly tapsters with hostelers of the stewes
Hoores and bawdes that many bale brewes
Bolde blasphemers with false ypocrytes
Brothellers brokers abhomynable swerers
Dryuelles dastardes dyspysers of ryghtes
Homycydes poyseners and comon morderers
Skoldes caytyffes comberouse clappers
Ydolatres enchauntours with false renegates
Sotyll ambydextres and sekers of debates
Pseudo prophetes false sodemytes
[Page]Quesmers of childern with fornycatours
wetewoldis that suffre synne in her syghtes
Auouterers and abhomynable auauntours
Of synne gret clappers & makers of clamours
Vnthrystes & vnlustes came also to that game
with luskes & loselles yt myght not thryue for sha me
These were the comons came thyder yt day
Redy bowne in batayll Vertue to abyde
Apollo theym beholdyng began for to say
To the goddis & goddesses beyng there y tyde
Me semeth conuenyent an herowde to ryde
To Vertue & byd hȳ to batayll make hȳ bone
Hymselfe to defende forsothe hit shall be soue
And let hym not be sodeyuly take
All dyspurueyde or than he beware
For than sholde our dyshonour awake
If he were cowardly take in a snare
Be quod Vyce for that haue I noo care
I wyll auauntage take where I may
That heryng Morpleus pryuely stale away
And went to warne Vertue of all this afray
And bad hym awake & make hymselfe strong
For he was lyke to endure that day
A grete mortall shoure er hit were euesong
with Vyce wherfore he bade hym not long
[Page]Tary to sende after more socour
If he dede hit sholde tourne hym to dolour
And brefely the mater to hym he declared
Lyke as ye haue herde begynnyng and ende
well quod Vertue he shall not be spared
To the felde I wyll wende how it wende
But gramercy Morpleꝰ myn owne dere frend [...]
Of your trewe herte & feythfull entent
That ye in this mater to me warde haue ment
This done Morpleus departed away
Fro Vertue to the paleys retournyng agayn
None hym aspyed that I dar well say
In whiche tyme Vertue dyde his besy payn
People to reyse his quarell to mentayn
ymagynacyon was his messengere
He went to warne people bothe fer & nere
And bad hem come in all the haste they myght
For to strengthe Vertue for without fayll
He sayd he sholde haue longe or it were nyght
with Vyce to do a myghty strong batayll
Of vngracyoꝰ gastes he bryngeth a long tayll
wherfore it behoueth to helpe at this nede
And after this shall Vertue rewarde your mede
whan ymagyuacyon had gone his cyrcuyte
[Page]To Vertues frendys thus all aboute
within shorte tyme many men of myghte
Gadered to Vertue in all that they moute
They hym comforted & bad hym put no doute
His vtter enmy Vyce to ouerthrowe
Though he wt hȳ brought neuer so gret arowe
And whan Vertue see the sustaūce of his oost
He prayed all the comons to the felde hem hy
with her pety capteyns both leste and moost
And with his capteynes sholde folow redely
For he sayd he knew well yt Vyce was full ny
And who myght fyrst of ye felde recouer ye centre
wolde kepe out yt other he shold not easely entre
Than sent he forth baptyme to the felde before
And prayed hym hertely hit to ouerse
That nomaner trayne nor caltrop therin wore
To noy nor hurt hym nor his meyne
And whan he thyder came he began to se
How Vyce his purseuaunt cryme orygynall
was entred before and had seased vp all
But as soone as herof baptyme had a syght
He fled fast away & left the felde allone
And anone Baptyme entred with his myght
Serchyng al about where this cryme had gone
But the felde was clene defaute fonde he none
[Page]Than came Vertue after with his grete oost
And his myghty capytayns both lest & moost
But to enforme you how he thyder cam
And what maner capiteyns he to ye feld brought
Hymselfe sekerly was the fyrst man
Of all his grete boost y thyderwarde sought
Syttyng in a chare yt rychely was wrought
with golde and peerles & gemmes precyous
Crowned with laurer as lord vyctoryous
Foure doubty knyghtes about the chare went
At euery corner one hit for to gyde
And conuey accordyng to Vertue his entent
At the fyrst corner was ryghtwysnesse yt tyde
Prudence at the seconde was set to abyde
At the thryd strength ye fourth kept temperaūce
These the chare gyded to Vertue his pleasaūce
Next to the chare seuen capteyns there roode
Echone after other in ordre by and by
Humylyte was the fyrst a lambe he bestroode
with contenaūce demure he rood full soberly
A fawcon gentyll stood on his helme on hy
And next after hym came there charyte
Rydyng on a tygre as fyll to his degre
Roody as a roose ay he kept his chere
[Page]On his helme on hyghe a pellycan he bare
Next whom cam pacyēce yt no where hath no pere
On a camell rydyng as voyde of all care
A fenix on his helm stood so forth gan he fare
who next hym folowed but lyberalyte
Syttyng on a dromedary yt was both good & fre
On his helme for his crest he bare on ospray
And next after hym folowed abstynence
Rydyng on an herte was trapure and gay
He semed a lorde of ryght grete excellence
A popyniay was his crest he was of gret dyffēce
Next hym folowed chastyte on an vnycorne
Armed at all poyntes behynde and beforne
A tortyldoue he bare on hyghe for his crest
Than came good besynesse last of tho seuen
Rydyng on a panter a sondry coloured best
Gloryously beseen as he had come from heuen
A crane on his hede stood his crest for to steuen
All these. vii. capteyns had standardis of pryce
Eche of hem accordyng after his deuyse
Many pety capteyns after these went
As trew feyth and hope mercy pease & pyte
Ryght trouth mekenesse with good entent
Goodnes concorde and parfyte vnyte
Honest trewe loue with symplycyte
[Page]Prayer fastyng preuy almysdede
Ioyned with the artycles of the crede
Confessyon contrycyon and satysfaccyon
with sorow for synne and grete repentaunce
Foryeuenesse of trespas with good dysposycyon
Resystence of wrong performyng of penaunce
Holy deuocyon with good contynuaunce
Preesthode theym folowed with the sacvamētis
And sadnesse also with the cōmaundementis
Suffraunce in trouble with Innocensy
Clennesse contynence and virgynyte
Kyndenesse reuerence with curtesy
Contente & pleased with pyteous pouerte
Entendyng well mynystryng equyte
Twene ryght & wrong hole Indyfferency
And laboryng the seruyce of god to multyply
Refuse of rychesse & worldly vaynglory
Perfeccyon with parfyte contemplacyon
Relygyon professyon well kept in memory
Verrey drede of god with holy predycacyon
Celestyall sapyence with goostly Inspyracyon
Grace was the guyde of all this gret meyny
whome folowed konnyng with his genealogy
That is to say Gramer and Sophystry
[Page]Phylosophy naturall Logyke & Rethoryke
Arsmetryke Geometry with Astronomye
Canon and Cyuyle melodyous Musyke
Nobell Theologye and corporall Physyke
Moralyzacyon of holy scrypture
Profounde Poetry and drawyng of pycture
These folowed konnyng & thyder with hȳ cam
with many one moo offryng her seruyce
To Vertu at y nede but notwithstondyng than
Some he refused and sayd in nowyse
They sholde with hym go & as I coude auyse
These were her names fyrst Nygromancy
Geomansy Magyke and Glotony
Adryomancy Ornomancy with Pyromancy
Fysenomy also and Pawmestry
And all her sequelys yf I shall not ly
Yet konnyng prayed Vertue he wold not deny
Theym for to know nor dysdayne with his ey
On hem to loke wherto Vertue graunted
How be it in his werres he wold not they haūted
Soo had they konnyng lyghtly to departe
From Vertue his felde and they seyng this
By comon assent hyred theym a carte
And made hem be caryed towarde Vyce I wys
Fro thens forthe to serue hȳ they wold not mys
[Page]Full lothe they were to be maysterles
In stede of the better the worse there they ches
But forth to relese all the remenaunt
Of pety capteyns that with Vertue were
Moderate dyete and wysdome auenaunt
Euen wyght & mesure ware of cōtagyous gere
Lothe to offende and louyng ay to lere
worshyp and profyt with myrthe in manere
These pety captayns with Vertue were in fere
Comons hem folowed a grete multytude
But in come pyson to that other syde
I trow there was not brefely to conclude
The .x. man that batayll to abyde
yet neuerthelesse I shall not fro you hyde
what maner people they were & of what secte
As nere as my wyt therto wyll me dyrecte
There were notable and famous doctours
Example yeuers of lyuyng gracyous
Perpetuell prestes and dyscrete confessours
Of holy scrypture declarers fructuous
Rebukers of synne & myschyues odyous
Fysshers of soules & louers of clennes
Dyspysers of vayne and worldly ryches
Peasyble prelates Iustycyall gouernours
[Page]Founders of chirches with mercyfull peeres
Roformers of wrong of her progenytours
On paynfull poore pyteous compassyoneres
well menyng merchaūces with trew artifyceres
Virgyns pure and also Innocentes
Holy matrones with chaste contynentes
Pylgryms & palmers with trew laborers
Holy heremytes goddys solycytours
Monasteryall monkes & well dysposed freres
Chanons and nonnes teythfull professours
Of worldly people trewe coniugatours
Louers of cryste confounders of yll
And all that to godwarde yeue her good wyll
Mayntenours of ryght verrey penytentis
Dystroyers of errour causers of vnyte
Trew actyfe lyuers that set her ententis
The dedes to performe of mercy and pyte
Contemplatyfe people that desyre to be
Solytary seruauntes vnto god allone
Rather thā to haboūde in rychesses euerychone
These with many mo than I reherse can
were come thyder redy that batayll to abyde
And take suche parte as fyll to Vertue than
Vyce to ouercome they hoped for all his pryde
All though that he had more people on his syde
[Page]For the men that Vertue had were full sure
To trust on at nede & konnyng in armure
Macrocosme was the name of the felde
where this grete batayll was set for to be
In the myddes therof stode cōscyence & behelde
whiche of hem sholde be brought to captyuyte
Of that noble tryumphe Iuge wolde he be
Synderesys sate hȳ within closed as in a parke
with his tables in his hōde her dedes to marke
To come in to the felde were hygh wayes fyue
Free to both partyes large brood and wyde
Vertu wold not tary but hyghed hȳ thyd blyue
Leste he were by vyce deceyued at that tyde
Longe out of the felde lothe he was to abyde
In auenture that he out of hit were not kept
For than wolde he haue thought he had to long slept
In this mene tyme whyle Vertu thus prouyded
For hym & his people the felde for to wynne
He charged euery man by grace to be guyded
And all that euer myght the felde to entre ynne
In all that season wente orygynall synne
To lete Vyce know how baptym with his oost
Had entred Macrocosme & serched euery coost
A sayd vyce than I see well hit is tyme
[Page]Baners to dysplay & standardes to auaūce
All moost to longe haddest thou taryed cryme
To let vs haue knowlege of this purueaūce
yet I trow I shall lerne hem a new daūce
where fore I cōmaunde you all without delay
Toward the felde draw in all the hast ye may
Than sayd ye god Pluto yt all men myght here
Vyce I the charge as thou wylt eschew
Our heuyous Indygnacyon yu draw not arere
But put the forth boldly to ouerthrow Vertew
In feyth quoth Attropos & I shall after sew
For yf he escape your hondys this day
I tell you my seruyce haue lost for ay
Forth than rode Vyce with all his hole strength
On his stede serpentyne as I tolde you before
The oost yt hym folowed was of a gret length
Amōg whō were penoūs & gnytors many a score
But as he wēt thedward I shall tell you more
Of his pety captayns he made many a knynht
For they shold not fle but manly with hȳ fyght
He doubled falshode with dyssymulacyon
Symony vsure wrong and rybawdy
Malyce deceyte lye without extorcyon
Periury dyffydence and apostasy
with boldnesse in yll to bere hem company
[Page]These .xiiii. knyngtes made Vyce that day
To wȳne theyr spores they sayd they wold asay
In lyke wyse Vertue doubled on his syde
Of his pety capteyns other fourtene
whiche made her auowe with hym to abyde
Her spores wold they wȳne yt day it shold be sene
These were her names yf it be as I wene
Feythe hope and mercy trouthe & also ryght
with resystence of wrong a full hardy wyght
Confessyon contrycyon with satysfaccyon
Verrey drede of god performyng of penaunce
Perfeccyon konnyng and good dysposycyon
And all knyt to Vertue they were by allyaunce
wherfore to hym they made assuraunce
That felde to kepe as longe as they myght
And in his quarell agayne Vyce to fyght
The lord of Macrocosme and rewler of yt fee
was called frewyll chaunger of the chaunse
To whome Vertue sent embassatours three
Reson dyscresyon & good remēbraūse
And prayed hȳ be fauorable his honoure to en­haūse
For but he had his fauour at yt poynt of nede
He stood in gret doute he coude not lightly spede
In lyke wyse Vyce embassatours thre
[Page]For his party vnto Frewyll sent
Temptacyon foly and sensualyte
Prayng hym of fauour that he wolde assent
To hym as he wolde at his cōmaundement
Haue hym eftsones whan he lyst to call
On hym for ony thyng yt afterward myght fall
Answere yaue he none to neyther party
Saue oonly he sayd the batayll wolde he se
To wete whiche of hem shold haue the vyctory
Hit hyng in his balaūce the ambyguyte
He sayd he wolde not restrayne his lyberte
whan he come where sorow sholde awake
Than it shold be know what part he wyll take
whan Vertu & Vyce be her ambassatours
Knew of this answere they stood in gret doute
Neutheles they sayd they wold ēdure tho shours
And make an ende shortly of yt they wēt aboute
Soo forth came Vyce with all his grete route
Er he came at the felde he sent yet pryuely
Sensualyte before in maner of a spy
whiche sewe the felde with his vnkynde seede
That caused Vertue after mykyll woo to feele
For therof grewe nought but all oonly weede
whiche made the grounde as sleper as an yele
He went ayene to Vyce & tolde hym euery dele
[Page]How he had done and bad hym come away
For he had so purueyde yt Vyce shold haue ye day
Soo as hit happed at the felde they mete
Frewyll Vertue and Vyce as trypartyte
Saaf Vertue a lytyll before the felde had gete
And ellis his auaūtage forsoth had be full lyght
Not for then encombred so was neuer wyght
As Vertu & his men were with the ranke wede
That in the felde grew of sensualytees sede
But as soone as Vyce of Vertue had a syght
He gan swage gonnes as he had be wode
That heryng Vertue cōmaunded euery wyght
To pauyse hym vnder the sygne of the rode
And bad hē not drede. but kepe styll where they stode
It was but a shour shold soone cōfoūde
wherfore he cōmaūded theym stande & kepe her groūde
And whan Vyce cam nerer to the felde
He called sore for bowes & bad hem shote fast
But Vertu & his meyny bare of with the shelde
Of the blessyd Trynyte ay tyll shot was past
And whā shot was done Vyce cam forth at last
Purposyng the felde with assaute to wyn
But v (er)tu kept it long he myght not ent (er) theryn
All that tyme Frewyll stood & hym bethought
[Page]To whiche he myght leue & what part he wold take
At last sensualyte had hȳ so fer brought
That he sayd playnly he dtu wold forsake
And in Vyce his quarell all his power make
Iwys quoth reason that is not for the beste
Noforse sayd frewyll I wyll do as my lyste
Vertue was full heuy when he see frewyll
Take part with Vyce but yet neuerthelesse
He dyde that he myght the felde to kepe styll
Tyll Vyce with frewyll so sore gan hȳ oppresse
That he was constrayned clerely by duresse
A lytyll tyne abacke to make abew retret
All thyng consydered hit was the best feet
Fyrst to remembre how Vyces parte was
Ten ayene one strenger by lyklynesse
And than how frewyll was with hym alas
whoo coude deme Vertue but in heuynesse
Moreouer to thynke how that slyper grasse
That of sensualyte his vnkynde seede grew
Vnder foote in standyng encombred Vertew
yet notwithstondyng Vertue his men all
Nobelly theym bare and faught myghtyly
How be it y sleper grasse made many of hē fall
And from thense in maner departe sodeynly
That seyng Vyce his oost began to shout & cry
[Page]And sayd on in Pluto name on & all is oure
For this daye shall Vyce be made a cōqueroure
Thus Vertu was by myght of Vyce & Frewyll
Dreuen out of the felde it was the more pyte
How be hit yet Baptyme kept his groūde styll
And with hym abode feythe hope & vnyte
And konnyng also with comons a gret meyne
Confessyon contrycyon were redy at her honde
And satysfaccyon Vyce to withstonde
But all the tyme whyle Vertue was away
A myghty conflycte kept they wt Vyce his route
And yet neuerthelesse for all yt grete affray
Hope stood vp ryght & feythe wolde neuerloute
And euermore sayd Baptym syres put no doute
Vertue shall retourne & haue his entente
This felde shall be our & elles let me be shent de
And whyle these pety capteyns susteyned thꝰ ye fel
with Vertu his reward came good ꝑseueraūce
An hogy myghty hoost & whan he behelde
How Vertu hym withdrew he toke dysplesaūce
And whā he to hȳ cam he said ye shal your chaūce
Take as it falleth wherfore retorne ye must
Yet ones for your sake with Vyce shall I Iust
Alas that euer ye sholde leese thus your honour
[Page]And therwith also the hyghe perpetuell crowne
whiche is for you kept in the celestyall tour
wherfore be ye called Crystis champyone
How is it that ye haue noo compassyone
On baptyme feyth & hope konnyng & vnyte
That stand so harde bestad & fyght as ye may see
All the tresour erthely vnder the fyrmament
That euer was made of goddys creacyon
To reward theym euenly were not equyualent
For her noble labour in his afflyccyon
wherfore take vpon you your Iurisdyccyon
Rescu yonder knyghtes & recontynu fyght
And elles a dew your crowne for all your grete myght
with these & suche wordes as I haue you tolde
By good perseueraunce vttred in this wyse
Vertue hym remembred & gan to wexe bolde
And sayd yeue trew knyghtis to rescu I auyse
Let vs no lenger tary from this entrepryse
Agayn to the felde soo Vertue retourned
That caused hē be mery yt long afore had mor­ned
Auaunt baner qd he in the name of Ihesu
And with yt his people set vp a gret shoute
And cryed with a loude voyce a Vertu a Vertu
Then began Vyce his hoost for to loke aboute
But I trow ꝑseueraūce was not long withoute
[Page]He bathed his swerd in his foos blood
The boldest of hem all not ones hȳ withstood
Constaūce hym folowed & brought hȳ his spere
But when ꝑseueraūce saw Vyce on his stede
Noman coude hym let tyll he came there
For to byd hym ryde I trow it was no nede
All Vertu his oost prayed for his good spede
Agayn Vyce he rode with his gret shaft
And hym ouerthrew for all his sotyll craft
That seyng Frewyll came to conscyence
And gan hym to repente yt he with hym had be
Prayeng hym of coūsell for his grete offence
That he agayn Vertu had made his arme
what was best to doo to humylyte
Qd conscyence must yu go so he hym thyder sent
Dysguysed yt he were not knowen as he went
And whan he thyder came humylyte hym toke
A token & bad hym go to confessyon
And shew hym his mater with a pyteous loke
whiche done he hym sent to contrycyon
And fro thensforthe to satysfaccyon
Thus fro poost to pyler was he made to daūce
And at the last he went forthe to penaūce
But now for to tell you whē vyce was outhrow
[Page]A grete part of his oost about hym gan resorte
But he was so febyll yt he coude noman know
And whan they see yt they knew no comforte
But caryed hym a way be a preuy porte
And as they hym caryed dyspeyre with hȳ met
with Vyce his rewarde he cam theym for to fet
Then came there downe goodly ladyes tweyn
From the hyghe heuen aboue the fyrmament
And sayd the gret Alpha & Oo moost souereyn
For that nobell tryumphe had hem thyder sent
One of hem to dryue Vyce to grete torment
with a fyry strong yt she bare in her hande
And so he dede dyspere & all his hole bande
The name of this lady was called Prestyence
She neuer left Vyce ne none yt wolde hȳ folow
Tyll they were cōmytted by ye dyuyne sentence
All to payne perpetuell & Infynyte sorow
Rightwysnes went to se yt nomā shold hē borow
Thꝰ all entreted sharpely were they tyll Cerberꝰ
Had hem beshut within his gates tenebrus
And all y whyle y Prestyence wt her scorge smert
To rewarde Vyce gan her thus occupy
with all his hole bende after her desert
That other gloryoꝰ lady yt cam fro heuē on hy
Hauyng in her honde the palme of vyctory
[Page]Came downe to Vertue & toke hym to y p̄sent
Sayeng thus that Alpha & Oo hath hym sent
And as ferre as I a ryght coude vnderstonde
That ladyes name was Predestynacyon
Vertue & his hoost she blessyd with her honde
And in heuen graunted hem habytacyon
where to eche of hem reserued was a crown
She sayd in token that they enherytours
Of the glory were & gracyous conquerours
whiche done the ladyes ayene togyder met
And towarde heuen vp they gan to sty
Embraced in armes as they had be knet
Togyder with a gyrdell but soo sodeynly
As they were vanysshed saw I neuer thȳg wt ey
And anone Vertue with all his company
Knelyd downe & thanked god of that vyctory
Yet had I foryete when Vyce was ouerthrowe
To haue tolde you how many of Vyce his oost
Gan to seke pease & darked downe full lowe
And besought mercy what so euer hit cost
To be her mene to Vertu ellis they were but lost
And some in lyke wyse to feyth & hope sought
what to do for pease they sayd they ne rought
Some also to baptyme sewed to be her mene
[Page]Som to one som to other as they hē gete myȝt
But all to confessyon went to make hem clene
And as they cam to cōscyēce he theȳ bad go lyȝt
Er than olde Attropos of hem had a syght
For yf he so theym toke lost they were for euer
He sayd Vyce to forsake is better late thā neuer
Some eke for socour drew to cyrcūcysyon
But by hym coude they gete but small fauour
For he in yt company was had but in derysyon
Neuerthelesse to feyth he bad hem go labour
Prayeng theȳ for olde acqueyntāce theȳ socour
well qd feth for his sake I shall do yt I may do
But fyrst for the best way baptyme go ye to
For by hym soonest shall ye recouer grace
whiche shall to Vertue bryng you by processe
wherfore in ony wyse loke ye make good face
And let noman know of your heuynesse
So they were by baptȳ brought out of dystresse
Tourned all to Vertue & when this was done
Vertue cōmaūded Frewyll before hym come
To whom thus he sayd I haue grete meruayll
ye durst be so bolde Vyces parte to take
who bad you do so & yaue you that coūsayll
Iustly vnto that ye shall me preuy make
Then sayd Frewyll & swemfully spake
[Page]Knelyng on his knee with a chere benygne
I pray you syr let pyte your e [...]res to me enclyne
And I shall you tell the verrey sothe of all
How it was & who made me that waye drawe
Forsothe Sensualyte his ꝓpre name they call
A sayd reason then I knowe well yt felawe
wylde he is & wanton of me stant hȳ none awe
Is he so qd Vertue well he shall be taught
As a player sholde to drawe a nother draught
And with yt came sadnesse with his sobre chere
Bryngyng sensualyte beyng full of thought
And sayd that he had take hym prysonere
A welcome sayd Vertue now haue I yt I sought
Blessyd be yt good lord as yu wolde is it nought
why art yu so wanton & wylde he sayd for shame
Er yu go at large yu shalt be made more tame worde
But stande a part a whyle tyll I haue spoke a
with Frewyll a lytyll & then shalt yu know
what shalbe thy fynaūce & then he sayd in borde
Vnto Frewyll the ben of your bowe
Begynneth to slake but suche as ye haue sowe
Must ye nedes repe there is none other way
Not withstondyng yt let se what ye can say
what is your habylyte me to recompense
[Page]For the grete harme that ye to me haue do
Forsothe sayd Frewyll in open audyence
But oonly Macrocosme more haue I not lo
Take y yf it please you I wyll yt hit be so
If I may vnderstande ye be my good lorde
In dede sayd Vertue to that wyll I acorde
Then made Vertue Reason his lyeftenaūt
And yaue hȳ a gret charge Macrocosme to kepe
That done Sensualyte yelde hym recreaūt
And began for to angre bytterly to wepe
For he demed surely his sorow shold not slepe
Then made Vertue Frewyll bayll vnd Reason
The felde for to occupy to his behoue ye season
And then sayd Vertue to Sensualyte
Thou shalt be rewarded for thy besynesse
Vnder this fourme all fragylyte
Shalt thou forsake bothe more & lesse
And vnd the guydyng shalt thou be of sadnesse
All though hit somwhat be agayn thy hert
Thy Iugement is yeuen thou shalt it not astert
And euen with that came in dame Nature
Sayeng thus to Vertue syr ye do me wrong
By duresse & constraynt to put this creature
Gentyll Sensualyte yt hath me serued long
Clerely from his lyberte & set hym among
[Page]Theym that loue hym not to be her vndlowte
As it were a cast awaye or a shoo clowte
And parde ye know well a rewle haue I must
within Macrocosme forsoth I saye not nay
Qd Vertu but sensualyte shall not ꝑforme your lust
Lyke as he hath do before this yf I may
Therfro hym restrayn sadnesse shall assay
How be it ye shall haue your hole lyberte
within Macrocosme as ye haue had fre
And whan Vertue had to Nature sayd thus
A lytyll tyne his ey castyng hym besyde
He see in a corner standyng Morpleus
That hym before warned of the verryly tyde
A syres sayd Vertue yet we must abyde
Here is a frende of oure may not be foryete
After his deserte we shall hym entreate
Morpleus sayd Vertue I thanke you hertely
For your trewe herte & your grete laboure
That ye lyst to come to me soo redely
when ye vnderstood the comyng of ye shoure
I thanke god & you of sauyng of myn honour
whefore this preuylege now to you I graūt
That within Macrocosme ye shall haue youre haūt
And of fyue posternes the keyes shall ye kepe
[Page]Lettyng in & out at hem whome ye lyst
As long as in Macrocosme your fad wyll crepe
Blere whos ey ye wyll hardly with your myst
And kepe your werkes close there as in a chyst
Saaf I wolde desyre you spare Pollucyon
For no thyng may me plese yt souneth to corrupcyon
And whā he had thꝰ sayd ye keyes he hȳ toke
And toward his castell with his peopell went
Byddyng reason take good hede & about loke
That sensualyte by Nature were not shent
Kepe hym short he sayd tyll his lust be spent
For better were a chylde to be vnbore
Than let hym haue the wyll & for euer be lore
And whā olde Attropos had seen & herde al this
How Vertue had opteyned astonyed as he stood
He sayd to hymselfe somwhat there is amys
I trow well my patent be not all good
And ran to the paleys as he had be wood
Sayeng to the goddys I see ye do but iape
After a worthy whew haue ye made me gape
How a deuyll way sholde I Vertue ouerthrow
when he dredeth not all your hole route
How cā ye make good your patēt wold I know
Hit is to Impossyble to bryng that aboute
For stryke hym may I not yt is out of doute
[Page]A good Attropos sayd god Apollo
An answere conuenyent shalt thou haue herto
The wordes of thy patent dare I well say
Stretche to no ferther but were dame Nature
Hath Iurysdiccyon there to haue thy way
And largesse to stryke as longeth to thy cure
And as for Vertue he is no creature
Vnder the predycament conteyned of quantyte
wherfore his destruccyon longeth not to the
A ha sayd Attropos then I see well
That all ye goddys be but counterfete
For oo God there is that can euerydell
Tourne as hym lyst bothe drye & whete
In to whoos seruyce I shall assay to gete
And yf I may ones to his seruyce come
youre names shall be put to oblyuyone
Thus went Attropos fro the paleys wrooth
But in the mene tyme whyle yt he there was
Glydyng by the paleys resydyuacyon gooth
Towarde Macrocosme with a peynted fase
Clad lyke a pylgryme walkyng a grete pase
In the forme as he had ben a man of ynde
He wende haue made reson & sadnesse both blȳde
With sensualyte was he soone aqueynted
[Page]To whome he declared his mater pryuely
yet he was espyed for all his face peynted
Then reson hy cōmaūded pyke hȳ thēs lightly
For his ease qd sadnesse so coūseyll hym wyll I
Soo was sensualyte ay kepte vnder foote
That to resydyuacyon myght he doo no boote
Then went he to Nature & asked her auyse
His entent to opteyne what was best to doo
She sayd euer syth Vertu of Vyce wan ye pryse
Reason with sadnesse hath rewled the felde soo
That I & sensualyte may lytyll for the doo
For I may noo more but oonly kepe my cours
And yet is sensualyte strenger kept & wours
Thꝰ herȳg resydiuacōn fro thēs he went ageyn
Full of thought & sorow yt he myght not spede
Than reson & sadnesse toke wedehokes tweyn
And all wylde wātones out of ye felde gan wede
With all the slyper grasse yt grewe of the sede
That sensualyte before therin sew
And fro thens forth kept it clene for Vertew
Than began new grasse in the felde to spryng
All vnlyke yt other of colour fayr & bryght
But then I aspyed a meruelous thyng
For the groūde of ye felde gan wex hore & whyte
I coude not conceyue how that be myght
[Page]Tyll I was enformed & taught it to know
But where Vertue occupyeth muste nedes well grow
yet in the mene tyme while the felde thus grew
And reson with sadnesse therof had gouernaūce
Many a preuy messenger thyder sent Vertew
To know yf it were guyded to his plesaūce
Now prayer eft fastyng & often tyme penaūce
And whan he myght goo pryuely almesdede
And bad hȳ to his power helpe where he se nede
whyle y felde thus rewled reson with sadnesse
Maugre dame Nature for al her carnall myght
Came thyder Attropos voyde of all gladnesse
wrapped in his shete & axed yf ony wyght
Coude wysshe hym the wey to the lord of lyght
Or ellis where men myght fynde ryghwysnesse
Forsothe sayd reasan I trow as I gesse
At Vertue his castell ye may soone hym fynde
If ye lyst the labour thyder to take
And there shall ye knowe yf ye be not blynde
The next wey to the lord of lyght I vndertake
So thyder went Attropos petycyon to make
To ryghtwysnesse prayeng that he myght
Be take in to the seruyce of the lorde of lyght
what sayd ryghtwysnesse yu olde dotyng foole
[Page]whome hast thou serued syth the worlde began
But oonly hym where hast yu go to scoole
whether art yu double or elles the same man
That thou were fyrst a syr sayd he than
I praye you hertely holde me excused
I am olde & febell my wyttes are dysused
well sayd ryghtwysnes for as moche as thow
knowest not thy mayst thy name shal I chaūge
Dethe shalt yu be called from hens forward now
Among all the people that shall be had straūge
But whan yu begynnest to make thy chalaūge
Dredde shalt thou be where so thou become
And to noo creature shalt thou be welcome
And as for theym whome thou dedest serue
For as moche as they presume on hem to take
That hygh name of god they shall as they de­serue
Therfore be rewarded I dare vndtake
with payn ꝑpetuell among fendes blake
And her names shall be put to oblyuyon
Among men but it be in derysyon
A ha sayd Attropos now begȳne I wex glad
That I shall thus auenged of hem be
Syth they so long tyme haue made me so mad
yee qd ryghtwysnesse here what I say to the
The lorde of lyght sent the worde by me
[Page]That in Macrocosine sesyne shalt thou take
wherfore thy darte redy loke thou make
And as soone as Vertue that vnderstood
He sayd he was pleased that it sholde soo be
And euen forthwith he cōmaunded preesthood
To make hym redy the felde for to se
So thyder went preesthode with benygnyte
Conueyentg thyder the blessyd sacrament
Of Eukaryst but fyrst were thyder sent
Confessyon contrycyon and satysfaccyon
Sorow for synne and grete repentaunce
Holy deuocyon with good dysposycyon
All these thyder came and also penaunce
As her dewte was to make purueaunce
Agayn the comyng of that blessyd lorde
Feyth hope & charyte therto were acorde
Reason with sadnesse dyde his dylygence
To clense the felde within and without
And whan they se the bodely presence
Of that holy Eukaryst lowly gan they lout
So was that lorde receyued out of dout
with all humble chere debonayre & benygne
Lykly to his pleasure it was a grete sygne
Then came to the felde the mynyster fynall
[Page]Called holy vnccyon with a crysmatory
The fyue hye wayes in especyall
Therof he anoynted & made hit sanctuary
whome tolowed deth whiche wolde not cary
His feruent power there to put in vre
As he was cōmaūded graūtyng dame Nature
He toke his darte called his mortall laūce
And bent his stroke towarde the feldes herte
That seyng preesthode bad good remenbraūce
Towarde the felde tourne hym & aduerte
For except hym all vertues thense must sterte
And euen with that dethe there sesyne toke
And then all the company clerely hit forsoke
And as soone as dethe thus had sesyne take
The colour of the felde was chaūged sodeynly
The grasse therin seere as though it had be bake
And the fyue hygh wayes were mured vpon hy
That fro thensforward none entre shold therby
The posternes were also without lette
Bothe inwarde & outwarde fyne fast shette
whiche done sodeynly deth vanysshed away
And Vertu exalted was aboue the fyrmament
where he coke the crowne of glory yt is ay
Preparate by Alpha & oo omnypotent
The swete frute of macrocosme thyd (er) wt hē wēt
[Page]And on all this mater as I stood musyng thus
Agayn fro the felde to me came Morpleus
Sayeng thꝰ what chere how lyketh y this fyght
Haste thou seen ynough or wyll thou see more
Nay syr I sayd my trouthe I you plyght
This is suffycyente yf I knew wherfore
This was to me shewed for theroft he lore
Coueyte I to haue yf I gete myght
Folow me quod he and haue thy delyght
Soo I hym folowed tyll he had me brought
To a foresquare herber walled round aboute
Loo qd Morpleꝰ here mayst thou yt thou sought
Fynde yf thou wyll I put the out of doute
A lytyll whyle we stood [...]yll there withoute
Tyll wytte chyef porter of that herber gate
Requyred by stodye lete vs in there ate
But whan I came in I meruayled gretly
Of that I behelde & herde there reporte
For fyrst in a chayre apparaylled royally
There sate dam doctryne her childern to exorte
And about her was many a sondry sorte
Some wyllyng to lerne dyuerse scyence
And some for to haue perfyte intellygence
Crowned she was lyke an Emperesse
[Page]with .iii. crownes standyng on her hede on hy
All thyng about her an Infynyte processe
were to declare I tell you certaynly
Neuerthelesse some in mynde therof haue I
whiche I shall to you as god wyll yeue me grace
As I sawe & herde tell in short space
Fast by Doctryne on that one syde
As I remembre sate holy Texte
That opened his mouthe to the people wyde
But not in comparyson to Glose yt sate nexte
Moralyzacyon with a cloke contexte
Sate & Scrypture was scrybe to theym all
He sate ay wrytyng of that that sholde fall
These were tho that I there knewe
By no maner waye of olde acqueyntaūce
But as I before saw theym with Vertewe
Company in felde & hauyng dalyaūce
And as I thus stood halfe in a traūce
whyle they were occupyed in her besynesse
Aboute the walles myn ey gan I dresse
where I behelde the meruaylous story
That euer I yet sawe in ony pycture
For on tho walles was made memory
Syngulerly of euery creature
That there had byn bothe forme & stature
[Page]whoos names reherse I wyll as I can
Bryng theym to mynde in ordre euery man
Fyrst to begynne there was in portrature
Adam & Eue holdyng an appell rounde
Noe in a shyp & Abraham hauyng sure
A flyntstone in his honde & Isaac lay bounde
On an hyghe moūte Iacob slepyng sounde
And a long ladder stood hym besyde
Ioseph in a Cysterne was also there yt tyde
Next whom stood Moyses with his tables two
Aaron & Vrre his armes supportyng
Ely in a brennyng chare was there also
And Elyze stood clad in an hermytis clothyng
Dauyd with an harpe & a stone slyng
Isaye Ieremy and Ezechyell
And closed with lyons holy Danyell
Abacuc Mychee with Malachy
And Ionas out of a whales body comyng
Samuell in a Temple & holy zachary
Besyde an aulter all blody standyng
Ozee with Iudyth stood there conspyryng
The dethe of Oloferne & Salamon also
A childe with his swerde dyuydyng in two
Many moo ꝓphetis certaynly there were
[Page]whoos names now come not to my mynde
Melchysedech also aspyed I there
Brede & wyne offryng as fyll to his kynde
Ioachym and Anna stood all behynde
Embraced in armes to the golden gate
And holy Iohan baptyst in a desert sate
And now cometh to my remembraūce
I am auysed I sawe Sodechy
And Amos also with sobre countenaūce
Standyng with her faces towarde Sophony
Neemye & Esdras bare hem company
The holy man Iob as an Impotent
Then folowed in pycture with Thoby pacyent
These with many moo on that one syde
Of that grene herber portrayed were
A sayd Morpleus a lytyll tyme abyde
Tourne thy face where thy backe was ere
And beholde well what thou seest there
Than I me tourned as he me badde
with hert stedfast & countenaūce sadde
where I saw Peter with his keyes stonde
Poule with a swerde Iames also
with a scalop & Thomas holdyng in his honde
A spere & Phylyp aproched hym to
Iames the lesse next hem in pycture lo
[Page]Stood with Barthylmew which was all flayn
Symon & Thadee shewed how they were flayn
Mathy & Barnabe drawyng lottys stode
Next whome was Marke a lyon hym by
His book holdyng & Mathew in his mode
Resemblyd an Angell with wynges gloryously
Luke had a calfe to holde his book on hy
And Iohan with a cuppe & palme in his honde
An Egle bare his book thus saw I hem stonde
Gregory & Ierome Austyne & Ambrose
with pylyons on her hedes stood lyke doctours
Bernarde with Anselme and as I suppose
Thomas of alquyne & Domynyk confessours
Benet & Hew relygyous gouernours
Martyne & Iohan with bysshoppes tweyne
were there also & Crysostome certeyne
Behynde all these was worshypfull Bede
All behynde & next hym stood Orygene
Hydyng his face as he of his dede
Had hem a shamed ye woot what I mene
For of errour was he not all clene
And on that syde stood there last of all
The noble prophetyssa Sybyll men her call
Let me remembre now I you pray
[Page]My barayne is soo thynne I deme in myn hert
Some of the feleshyp that I there say
In all this whyle haue I ouerstert
A benedycyte none ere coude I aduert
To thynke on Andrew the apostle wt his crosse
whome to forgete were a grete losse
Many one moo were peynted on that walle
whos names now come not to my remēbraūce
But these I marked in especyall
And moo coude I tell in contynuaūce
Of tyme but forthe to shewe you the substaūce
Of this mater in the myddes of that herbere
Sate Doctryne coloured as ony crystall clere
Crowned as I tolde you late here before
whoos apparayll was worthe tresour Infynyte
All erthely rychesse counte I noo more
To that in comparyson valewyng then a myte
Ouer her hede honyd a culuer fayre & whyte
Out of whoos byll proceded a grete leme
Downewarde to Doctryne lyke a sonne beme
The wordes of Doctryne yaue grete redolence
In swetnes of sauour to her dyscyples all
Hit ferre exceded myrre and frankensence
Or ony other tree spyce or ellys gall
And whā she me aspyed anone she gan me call
[Page]And cōmaūded Morpleꝰ yt he shold brȳg me nere
For she wolde me shewe the effecte of my desyre
She sayd I know the cause of thy comyng
Is to vnderstonde be myn enformacyon
Sensybly the mater of Morpleus his shewyng
As he hath the ledde aboute in vysyon
wherfore now I apply thy naturall reason
Vnto my wordes & er thou hens wende
Thou shalt hit know begynnyng and ende
Fyrst where Colus to Pluto was brought
By his owne neclygence taken prysonere
within the erthe for he to ferre sought
Sygnyfyed is nomore be that matere
But oonly to shewe the how it dooth apere
That welthe vnbrydeled dayly at thyne ey
Encreaseth mysrewle and ofte causeth foly
For lyke as Colus beyng at his large
Streyted hymselfe thrugh his owne lewdenesse
For he wolde deele where he had no charge
Ryght soo wantons by her wyldenesse
Ofte sythe bryng hymselfe in dystresse
Be cause they somtyme to largely deele
what may wors be suffred than ouermykell weele
By Mynos the Iuge of hell desperate
[Page]May be vnderstonde goddys ryghtwysnes
That to euery wyght his payne deputate
Assygneth acordyng to his wyckednes
wherfore he is called Iuge of cruelnes
And as for Dyana & Neptunus compleynt
Fygured may be fooles reason feynt
For lyke as they made her suggestyon
To haue me Colus from cours of his kynde
whiche was Impossyble to bryng to correccyon
For euermore his lyberte haue wyll the wynde
In lyke wyse fooles otherwhyle be blynde
wenyng to subdew with her one honde
That is ouermykell for all an hole londe
But what foloweth therof that shall yu here
when they were come to the bankete
The grete Apollo with his sad chere
Soo fayre & curtously gan theym entrete
That he made her beerdys on the new gete
Loo what wysdome dooth to a foole
wherfore are children put to scoole
Ofte is it seen with sobre contenaunce
That wyse men fooles ouercome ay
Tornyng as hem lyst & all her varyaunce
Chaunge from ernest in to mery play
what were they bothe amendeth that day
[Page]when they were dreuen to her wyttes ende
were they not fayne to graūt to be his frende
Ryght soo fooles when they haue done
All that they can than he they fayne
Gyue vp her mater to oblyuyone
without rewarde they haue nomore brayne
And yet full ofte hath hit be sayne
when they it haue foryete & set at nought
That they full dere haue afterwarde it bought
And as for all tho that represent
To be called goddys at that banket
Resemble false ydollys but to this entent
was Morpleus cōmaunded thyder the to fet
That thou sholdest know the maner & the get
Of the paynym lawe and of her byleue
How false ydolatry ledeth hem by the sleue
For soone vppon the worldys creacyon
when Adam and Eue had broke the precept
whiche clerkes call the tyme of deuyacyon
The worldly people in paynym law slept
Tyll moyses vnd god the tables of stone kept
In whiche tyme Poetes feyned many a fable
To dyscrete Reason ryght acceptable
And to the entent that they sholde sounde
[Page]To the [...]eres of hem the more pleasantly
That theȳ sholde rede or here they yaue theȳ a groūd
And addid names vnto theȳ naturally
Of whom they spake & callid hē goddis hy
Some for the strength & myght of her nature
And some for her sotyll wytty coniecture
By nature thus as the seuen planettes
Haue her propre names by Astronomeres
But goddys were they called by olde Poetes
For her gret feruency of werkyng in her speres
Experyence preueth this at all yeres
And for as other that goddys called be
For sotyll wytte that shall I teche the
How they by that hyghe name of god cam
In this sayd tyme the people was so rude
That what maner creature man or woman
Loude ony newelte contryue and conclude
For the comon wele all the multytude
Of the comon people a god sholde hym call
Or a goddesse after hit was fall
Of the same thyng that was so newe founde
As Ceres for she the crafte of tythe fonde
wherby more plentouously corne dyd habounde
The people her called thrugh out euery londe
Goddesse of corne wenyng in her honde
[Page]Had layn all power of cornes habundaūce
Thus were ye Paynems deceyued by ignoraūce
In lyke maner Isys was called the goddesse
Of frute for she tyrst made it multyply
By the name of gryffyng & soo by processe
The name of Pan gan to deyfy
For he fyrst founde the mene shepe to guy
Some toke it also by her condycyon
As Pluto Fortune and suche other doon
Thus all that Poetes put vnder couerture
Of fable the rurall people hit toke
Properly as acte refusyng the fygure
whiche errour some of hem neuer forsoke
Ofte a false myrour deceyueth a mannes loke
As thou mayst dayly pryue at thyne ey
Thus were the paynyms deceyued generally
That seyng the dedely enemy of mankynde
By his power permyssyue entred the ymagys
within the Temples to make the peple blynde
In her ydolatry standyng on hyghe stagys
In somoche whoo vsed daūgerous passagys
Ony maner way by water or be londe
when hyd his sacryfyce his answere redy fonde
Thus duryng the tyme of deuyacyon
[Page]From Adam to Moyses was ydolatry
Thorugh the worlde vsed in comon opynyon
These were the goddys that thou there sy
And as for the a wayters that stood hem by
They polytyke Phylosophers & Poetes were
whiche feyned the fables yt I speke of here
Then seased the tyme of deuyacyon
when Moyses receyued that tables of stone
Entryng the tyme of reuocacyon
On the mounte of Synay stondyng allone
God yaue hym myght ayene all his fone
And then began the olde testament
whiche to the people by Moyses was sent
And that tyme dured the Incarnacyon
Ot Cryste and then began it to sese
For then came the tyme of reconcylyacyon
Of man to god I tell the doutlese
when the sone of man put hym in prese
wylfully to suffre dethe for mankynde
In holy scrypture this mayst thou fynde
This Reconcylyacyon was the tyme of grace
when foūded was the chirche vpon y fayre stone
And to holy Peter the keye delyuered was
Of heuen then hell dyspoyled was anone
Thus was mankynde delyuered from his font
[Page]And then began the newe testament
That the crysten people beleue in present
whiche .iii. tymes a sondry dyuyded
Mayst thou here see yf thou lyst beholde
The fyrst behynde the in pycture in prouyded
The seconde of the lyft honde shew ꝓphet olde
The .iii. on the ryght honde here it is to y tolde
Thus hast thou in vysyon the verrey fygure
Of these .iii. tymes here shewed in purtrayture
That is to say fyrst of deuyacyon
From Adam to Moyses recordyng scripture
Seconde fro Moyses to the Incarnacyon
Of Cryst kepeth reuocacyons cure
And as for the thryd thou mayst be verrey sure
wyll dure from thens to the worldes ende
But now the .iiii. must thou haue in mynde
whiche is callid ꝓperly the tyme of pylgremage
After some & some named it otherwyse
And call hit the tyme of daūgerous passage
And some tyme of werre that fully hit dyspyse
But what so it be named I wyll the auyse
Remembre it well and prynte it in thy mynde
wherof the fygure mayst thou me behynde
And elles remembre thyselfe in thyne herte
[Page]How Vyce & Vertue dayly theym occupy
In maner one of hem hym to peruerte
Another to bryng hym to endeles glory
Thus they contynue fyght for the vyctory
Hit is no nede herof to tell the more
For in this short vysyon yu hast seen it before
And as for Attropos greuous compleynt
Vnto the goddys betokeneth noo more
But oonly to shew the how frendely constreynt
On a stedfast herte weyeth full sore
Good wyll requyreth good wyll ayene therfore
Dyscorde to Dethe hathe ay byn a frende
For Dyscorde bryngeth many to her ende
wherfore Dethe thought he wolde auenged be
On his frendes quarell yf that he myghte
For her gret vnkyndnesse in somoche as she
was among hem all had so in despyte
And at that banket made of soo lyte
whiche caused hym among hē to cast in a bone
That foūde theȳ gnawyng ynough euerychone
Thus ofte is seen oo frende for a nother
wyll say & doo and some tyme maters feyne
And also kynnysmen a cosyne or a brother
wyll for his aly er he haue cause compleyne
And where that he loueth doo his besy peyne
[Page]His frendes mater as his owne to take
whiche oft sythe causeth mochyll sorow awake
Be hit ryght or wrong he chargeth not a myte
As towarde that poynt he taketh lytyll hede
So that he may haue his frowarde appetyte
Performed he careth not how his soule spede
Of God or Deuyll haue suche lytyll drede
How be it one there is that lord is of all
whiche to euery wyght at last rewarde shall
And as for ye batayl betwene Vyce & Vertu holde
Soo playnly appereth to the inwardly
To make exposycyon therof new or olde
were but superfluyte there fore refuse hit I
In man shall thou fynde yt werre kept dayly
Lyke as yu hast seen it fowtyne before thy face
The pycture me behynd sheweth it in lytyll space
And as for Macrocosme it is nomore to say
But the lesse worlde to the comon entent
whiche applyed is to man both nyght & day
Soo is man the felde to whiche all were sent
On bothe partyes & they that thyder went
Sygnyfye nomore but after the condycyon
Of euery manes opynyon
And as for the noble knyght Perseueraunce
[Page]whiche gate the felde when it was almost gone
Betokeneth nomere but the contynuaunce
Of vertuous lyuyng tyll dethe hath ouergone
who soo wyll doo rewarded is anone
As Vertue was with the crowne on hy
whiche is noo more but euerlastyng glory
And as for Prestyence & Predestynacyon
That eche of hem rewarded after his desert
Is to vnderstonde nomore but dampnacyon
To vycyous people is the verrey scourge smert
Rewarde for they fro Vertue wolde peruert
And endelesse Ioye is to hem that be electe
Rewarded & to all that folow the same secte
And as for the keyes of the posternes fyue
whiche were to Morpleꝰ rewarded for his labour
Sygnyfye not elles but whyle man is on lyue
His fyue inwarde wyttes shall be euery hour
In his slepe occupyed in hele & in langour
with fantasyes tryfels Illusyons & dremes
whiche Poetes call Morpleus stremes
And as for Resydyuacyon is nomore to say
But after Confessyon tornyng ayene to synne
whiche to euery man retorneth sanuz delay
To vycyous lyuyng agayn hym to wynne
whyle ony man lyueth wyll it neuer blynne
[Page]That cursed conclusyon for to bryng aboute
But Reason with Sadnes kepe it styll oute
Here hast thou properly the verrey sentence
Herde now declared of this vysyon
The pycture also yeueth clere intellygence
Therof beholden with good dyscresyon
Loke well aboute and take consyderasyon
As I haue declared whether hit soo be
A syr quoth Morpleus what tolde I the
Hast thou not now thyne hertes desyre
Loke on you wall yonder before
And all that tyme stood I in a wyre
whiche way fyrst myn hert wolde yeue more
To loke in a stody stood I therfore
Neuerthelesse at last as Morpleus me badde
I loked forwarde with contenaunce sadde
where I behelde in portrayture
The maner of the felde euen as it was
Shewed me before & euery creature
On bothe sydes beyng drawyng in small space
Soo curyously in soo lytyll a compace
In all this worlde was neuer thyng wrought
Hit were Impossyble in erthe to be thought
And when I had long beholde that pycture
[Page]what qd Morpleus how longe shalte thou loke
Daryng as a dastard on you portrayture
Come of for shame thy wytte stante a croke
I heryng that myn herte to me toke
Towarde the fourthe wall tornyng my vysage
where I sawe Poetes & Phylosophers sage
Many one moo than at the banket
Scrued the goddes as I layde before
Som were made standyng & som in chayris set
Som lokyng on bokis as they had stodyed sore
Som drawyng almenakis & in her hondis bore
Astyrlabes takyng the altytude of the sonne
Among whome Dyogenes sate in a tonne
And as I was lokyng on that fourthe wall
Of Dyogenes beholdyng the ymage
Sodeynly Doctryne began me to call
And bad me tourne towarde hyr my vysage
And soo then I dyde with humble corage
what thynkest yu she sayd hast yu not thentent
yet of these foure walles what they represent
The pycture on the fyrst yt standeth at my bake
Sheweth the ye present tyme of pylgremage
Of whiche before I vnto the spake
whiche is the tyme of daūgerous passage
The seconde dyscrettly agayne my vysage
[Page]The tyme expresseth of Deuyacyon
whyle paynyme lawe had the domynacyon
The thryd wall standyng on my lyfte honde
The tyme representeth of Reuocacyon
And the fourthe standyng on my ryght honde
Determyneth the tyme of Reconsylyacyon
This is the effecte of thy vysyon
wherfore the nedeth nomore theron to muse
Hit were but veyne thy wyttes to dysuse
But duryng the tyme of Reconsylyacyon
Thy tyme of pylgremage loke well yu spende
And then well gracyous Predestynacyon
Bryng the to glory at thy last ende
And euen with that came to my mynde
My fyrst conclusyon that I was aboute
To haue dreuen er slepe made me to loute
That is to say how Sensualyte
wt Reason to acorde myght be brought aboute
whiche caused me to knele downe on my kne
And beseke Doctryne determyne that doute
Do lord god sayd Doctryne canst yu not withoute
Me that conclusyon bryng to an ende
Ferre is fro the wytte & ferther good mende
And euen with that Dethe gan appere
[Page]Shewyng hymselfe as though that he wolde
His darte haue occupyed within that herbere
But there was none for hym yong nor olde
Saue oonly I Doctryne hym tolde
And when I herde hyr with hym comon thus
I me withdrew behynde Morpleus
Dredyng full sore leest he with his dart
Thorugh Doctrynes wordes ony entresse
In me wolde haue had or claymed ony part
whiche sholde haue caused me grete heuynesse
within whiche tyme & short processe
Came thyder Reason and Sensualyte
A quoth Doctryne ryght welcome be ye
Hit is not long sythe we of you spake
Ye must er ye goo determyne a doute
And euen with that she the mater brake
To theym & tolde hit euery where aboute
I wolde haue be thens yf I had moute
For fere I loked as blake as a cole
I wolde haue cropen in a mouse hole
what quoth Doctryne where is he now
That meued this mater straunge & dyffuse
He is a cowarde I make myn auow
He hyded his hede his mocyon to refuse
Blame hym not qd Reason alway yt to vse
[Page]when he seeth Dethe soo nere at his honde
Yet is his part hym to withstonde
Or at the leste way elles fro hym flee
As longe as he may who dooth otherwyse
Is an ydeote quoth Sensualytee
who dredeth not Dethe wyse men hym dyspyse
what sayd Doctryne how long hathe this gyse
Be holden & vsed thus a twixe you tweyne
ye were not wonte to acorde certeyne
yes quoth Reason in this poynt alway
To euery man haue we yeuen our counsayll
Dethe for to flee as long as they may
Al though we otherwyse haue done our trauayll
Eche other to represse yet withoute fayll
In that poynt oonly dyscordeth we neuer
Thus condescended therin be we for euer
A ha sayd Doctryne then is the conclusyon
Clerely determyned of the gret doute
That here was meuyd & halfe in derysyon
She me then called & bade me loke oute
Come forthe she sayd & feere not this route
And euen with that Reason & Sensualyte
And Dethe fro thens were vanysshed all thre
Then loked I forthe as Doctryne me badde
[Page]when Dethe was gone me thought I was bolde
To shewe myselfe but yet was I sadde
Me thought my doute was not as I wolde
Clerely and openly declared & tolde
Hit sowned to me as a parable
Derke as a myste or a fayned fable
And Doctryne my conceyte gan espy
wherfore sayd she standest thou soo styll
wherin is thy thought art thou in stody
Of thy questyon hast thou not thy fyll
To the declared tell me thy wyll
Herdest thou not Reason & Sensualyte
Declared thy doubte here before the
For sothe quoth I. I herde what they sayde
But neuerthelesse my wytte is so thynne
And also of Dethe I was so afrayde
That hit is out where hit went ynne
And so that mater can I not wynne
without your helpe & benyuolence
Therof to expresse the verray sentence
well quoth Doctryne then yeue attendaunce
Vnto my wordes & thou shalt here
Openly declared the concordaunce
At wene Sensualyte & Reason in fere
If thou take hede hit clerely dooth apere
[Page]How they were knette in one opynyon
Bothe agayn Dethe helde contradyccyon
whiche concordaunce nomore syguyfyeth
To playne vnderstandyng but in euery mane
Bothe Sensualyte & Reason applyeth
Rather Dethe to flee then with hit to be tane
Loo in that poynt accorde they holly thane
And in all other they clerely dyscorde
Thus is trewly set thy doubtfull monacorde
I heryng that kneled on my kne
And thanked her lowly for her dyscyplyne
That she wouchesafe of her benygnyce
Of tho gret doubtes me to enlumyne
well was she worthy to be called Doctryne
If it had be nomore but for the solucyon
Of my demaunde & of this straunge vysyon
And as I with myne hede began for to bow
As me well ought to do her reuerence
She thens departed I can not tell how
But within a moment gone was she thens
Then sayd Morpleus let vs go hens
what sholde we here tarye lengere
Hast thou not herde a generall answere
To all thy maters that thou lyst to meue
[Page]My tyme draweth nere that I must rest
And euen therwith he toke me by the sleue
And sayd goo we hens for that sholde I best
As good is ynough as a grete fest
Thou hast seen ynough holde the content
And euen with yt forthe with hym I went
Tyll he had me brought agene to my bedde
where he me founde and then pryuely
He stale awaye I coude not vnderstande
where he became but sodeynly
As he came he went I tell you veryly
whiche done fro slepe I gan to awake
My body all in swet began for to shake
For drede of the syght that I had sene
wenyng to me all had be trew
Actuelly done where I had bene
That batayll holde twene Vyce & Vertew
But when I see hit. hit was but a whew
A dreme a fantasy & a thyng of nought
To study theron I had nomore thought
Tyll at the last I gan me bethynke
For what cause shewed was this vysyon
I knew not wherfore I toke pen & ynke
And paper therof to make mencyon
In wrytyng takyng consyderacyon
[Page]That noo defaute were founde in me
wheron accused I ought for to be
For slouthe that I had left hit vntolde
Neyther by mouthe nor in remembraūce
Put it in wrytyng where thorugh manyfolde
wayes of accusacōn myght torne me to greuaū ­ce
All this I sawe as I lay in a traūce
But wheder it was with myne ey bodely
Or not in certayn god knoweth & not I
That to dyscerne I purpose not to dele
Soo large by my wyll it longeth not to me
were hit dreme or vysyon for your owne wele
All that shall hit rede here rad or se
Take therof the best & let the worst be
Try out the corne clene from the chaff
And then may ye say ye haue a sure staff
To stande by at nede yf ye wyll it holde
And walke by the way of Vertue his lore
But alwey beware be ye yong or olde
That your Frewyll ay to Vertue more
Apply than to Vyce the easyer may be bore
The burden of the felde that ye dayly fyght
Agayn your. iii. enemyes for all her gret myght
That is to say the Deuyll & the Flesshe
[Page]And also the worlde with his glosyng chere
whiche on you loketh euer newe & fresshe
But he is not as he dooth apere
Loke ye kepe you ay out of his daungere
And soo the vyctory shall ye obteyne
Vyce fro you exyled & Vertue in you reyne
And then shall ye haue the tryūphall guerdon
That god reserued to euery creature
Aboue in his celestyall mansyon
Ioye & blysse infynyte eternally to endure
wherof we say we wolde fayne be sure
But the way thyderwarde to holde be we lothe
That oft sythe causeth ye good lord to be wrothe
And by our deserte our habytacyon chaūgeth
Fro Ioye to payne & woo perpetuelly
From his gloryous syght thus he vs estraūgeth
For our vycyous lyuyng thorugh our owne foly
wherfore let vs praye to that lorde of glory
whyle we in erthe be y he wyll yeue vs grace
So vs here to guyde that we may haue a place
Accordyng to oure Regeneracyon
with heuenly spyrytes his name to mahnyfy
whiche downe descendeth for oure redempcyon
Offryng hymselfe on the crosse to his fad on hy
Now benygne Ihesu that boren was of Mary
[Page]All that to this vysyon haue gyuē her audyence
Graunte eternall Ioye after thy last sentence


¶ Here endeth a lytyll Tratyse named Le assemble de dyeus

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