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{donston 82}
is abbei hadde al ins pes : fram wam he was longe •
Wiþ þe kyng he was swiþe wel : ⁊ was al is conseler •
Muche me spac of is godnesse : wide ver ⁊ ner •
Hit byuel þat þe biscop : of wurcester was ded •
{Dunston B. of Worc.}
Þe kyng ⁊ þe erchebiscop ode : þer of nome her red •
þe holi abbod seyn dunston : biscop hi made þere •
To make him herre in godes lawe : is wille þei it nere
Somme ecste of þe erchebiscop : of kanterbure sire ode •
War uore he him biscop made : ⁊ is gret were so gode •
Vor he schal quaþ þis godemon : after me her be •
Erchebiscop of kanterbure : ⁊ þat me schal ise •
Wat wostou þis oþer sede : þu specst folliche iwis •
Nostou nammore þen þi vot : up god al it is •
Mi leue frend quaþ þis godemon : ȝe ne dore me blame noȝt •
Wel ichot wat our lord crist : In my mouþ haþ ibroȝt •
As ho seyþ of þulke þinge : þat he haþ me ised •
Telle ic may þei it biualle : after þat ic am ded •
Biscop he was of londone : seyn dunston seyþe also
Of londone ⁊ wycestre : he huld boþe two
Hit biuel þat þe erchebiscop of canterbure was ded •
Þe pope ⁊ þe kyng Edgar : þerof of nome hor red •
Imade þe gode seyn dunston : erchebiscop þer •e {Dunst. B. of Cant.}
Godemen þat him iknewe : wel glade þer of were
Cristendom of engelond : to good stat he drouȝ
þe riȝtes of holi chirche : he huld up uaste Inouȝ •
He fourmede þoru al engelond : þat ech person scholde chese •
To witi him fram lecherie chast : oþer is church lese •
Seyn aþelwold was þulke tyme : biscop of wurcestre wynchestre
seyn oswold þe godemon : biscop of wurcestre •
Þis twei biscopes ⁊ seyn dunston : were al at one rede
edgar þe gode kyng : to do þis gode dede •
Þis þre biscopes wende aboute : þoru al engelonde •
ech luþer person caste out : hem ne miȝte non at stonde •
Hor chirchen ⁊ hor oþer good : clanlich hem bynome •
bisette it on godemen : þoru þe popes grant of rome •
Eiȝte ⁊ fourti abbeies : of monekes ⁊ of nonne • {48 Abbeis built.}
Of þe tresour hi rerede in engelond : of persons so iwonne •
so it was wel bet biset : þen it was er on strewen •
Vor wenne gode maistres beþ : som godnesse hi wolleþ scewen •

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