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giant and each had a house as big as any king has
ever had, and each of them had around his castle
forests and rivers, ovens and mills,
fields, gardens, pastures and vineyards, for his
livelihood, and if each had the largest harvest that
anyone could have, a hundred retainers (see note) to serve
him and each of these retainers having twenty
others below him and having a very large manor --
all this could be fully contained within the firmament,
and there would still be enough empty space that
anyone could take some of it to enjoy themselves there, if they
wished. And so we can know well that Our Lord is
very powerful and that it was a very important matter
when he created (see note) from nothing such a noble thing
as the sky and the sun and all the other things that
are in heaven, in the air, on the earth, and it the sea.
Such a lord and such a master should indeed be God,
who makes such noble things, of which we
have a true knowledge, and we should perfectly love Him.
And one may well think that that which is above is very pleasant
and very noble, when that which is below is so thin [find a better word],
for that which is above is a thousand times greater

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 121r
Walters ms. Folio 126r
BL Royal MS 19 A IX fols 142r-143r
Caxton, ed. Prior, pp 174-175
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 196-197

Marie Richards

line 8: maismes: not in DMF but Caxton has "maynyes" which OED glosses as dependants or retainers of a great lord.

Marie Richards

line 17, 20: literally "knew to create" "knows to make"