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the inestimable good things there. About hell, I can tell
you frankly that there is nothing except complete sorrow and
suffering, that is, the most agonizing and the most horrible,
so grievous that there is no equal to it. And yet if all the
sons of Adam were damned, it would not be filled with them,
though they were twice as many and being there having
perils, harm, and perpetual torments. For from the time
when they were condemned there, it is forever, for so long
as God will be who is without end and without beginning,
and they will burn there in eternal fire without hope of any
relief or mercy, nor without any hope of ever having anything
better but everything worse from day to day. Just as it is
that the saved wish for the day of judgment so that they might be
saved and glorified in body and soul, so the damned fear it,
thinking that after that day they will be perpetually tormented
in body and soul. So that before that dreadful day they are not
tormented in body, but they are in soul. I have discussed
this matter briefly so that you may know with certainty that
there is nor will be any good deed that will not be recompensed, nor any

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Marie Richards

original ms. Folio 122v
Walters ms. Folio 127v
BL Royal MS 19 A IX, fols 144r-145r
Caxton, ed. Prior, p 176
Gossuin, ed. Prior, 198

Marie Richards

che que jusques a celui tres espoventable jour ilz ne sont en corps mais en ame: per Prior, this is not in the OF text.

NB there seems to be additional interpolated text, lacking on p 198 of the OF text, but I have not tracked it carefully (yet).