Bodleian Library Laud misc. 108

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Seint Dunston was of enguelonde : i come of guode more miracle ore louerd dude for him : þe ȝuyt he was unbore for þo he was in his moder wombe : In a candel masse day þat folk was muche at churche : ase hit to þe tyme lay As huy stoden alle with heore liȝt : riȝt also men stondeth ȝuit nou heore liȝt queincte ouer al : þat no mon nuste hou here þat liȝt barnde swiþe wel : and here it was al oute þat folk stod al in gret wonder : and weren in grete doute And bi speken ech to oþur : in ȝwuche mane it were þat it queinte so sodeinliche : al þat liȝt þat huy bere Also huy stoden and þar of speken : in gret wonder ech on Seint Dunstones moder taper : a fuyre werth a non þat heo huld in hire hond : heo nuste ȝwannes it cam þat folk stod and þat bi huld : and gret wonder þar of it nam No man nuste fro ȝwannes it cam : bote þoru ore louerdes grace þarof huy tenden alle heore liȝt : þat weren in þe place

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Ȝwat was þat : þat ore louerd crist : fram heouene þat liȝt sende And þat folk þat þare stod aboute : heore caperes þar of tende Bote þat of þulke holi child : þat was in hire wombe þere Al enguelond scholde beo iliȝt : bet þane hit euer er were ¶þo þis child was ibore : his freond nomen þer to hede huy leten hit do to Glastingburi : to norische and to fede And to techen him his bi leue also : his pater noster and crede þat child wax and wel iþeuȝ : ase it moste nede to the world he nam hiyte ȝeme : for to alle godnesse he drouȝ ech man þat heorde of him speke : hadde of him ioye inovȝ þo he couþe mannes wit : to his uncle he gan go þe Erchbischop of caunterburi : Aldelm þat was þo with him he maude ioye inovȝ : and euere þe leng þe more þo he iseiȝ of his guodnesse : and of his wise lore for gret deinte þat he hadde of him : he dude him sone bringue to þe prince of Engelonde : Aþelston þe kyngue þe king him maude ioye inouȝ : and grauntede al his bone of ȝwat þing þat he wolde him bidde : ȝif it were to done Seint Dunston him bad ane place : þare he was forth ibrouȝt In þe toun of Glastingburi : þat he ne wernde him nouȝt þe king grauntede him is bone anon : and after him also Edmund is brother þo he was king : and in his power ido to Glastingburi he wende sone : þe guode man seint Dunston þo bothe þe kingues ȝeue him leue : Eadmund and Athelston A fair Abbeye he let þare arere : ase men iseoth þare ȝuyt stonde Of blake monekes þat was arerd : þe furste of Enguelonde for ech Abbeie of Enguelonde : þat of blake monekes is Of þe hous of Glastingburi : furst sprong and cam iwis him sulf he nam þe Abite þere : and monek formest bi cam Sone he was Abbot of þe hous : and gret couent to him nam he makede þare godes seruise : studefast and stable inovȝ þat couent þat þare inne was : to alle guodnesse drouȝ þis holi Abbod seint Dunston : hadde gret power With þe king Eadmund þo he was king : he was is conseiller After þe king Eadmundes deþe : a guode ȝwyle it was a gon þat Edwyne is sone was king imaud : ake nouȝt riȝt sone after a non þis Edwyne hadde ful vuel red : and þare aftur he drovȝ with seint Dunston he was wroth : and with wel gret wovȝ Of his Abbeye he drof him out : and dude him schame inovȝ þe more schame þat he him dude : þe more þe guode man lovȝ he let driue him out of Enguelonde : and let crien him fleme þis guode man wende out wel glad : ne tok he none ȝeme to þe Abbeie of seint Amaunt : bi ȝeonde se he drouȝ And soriornede þare longue : and ladde guod lijf inovȝ þo þe king Edwyne was ded : Edgar þat was is broþer
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After him was king Imaud : for he was ner þane ani oþur Swyþe guod man he bi cam : and louede wel holi churche And ech man þat him to guode radde : aftur him he gan wurche

¶Men tolden him of seint Dunston : þat is broþer drof out of londe with vnriȝtht for is guodnesse : and he bi gan him vnderstonde After him he sende anon : þat he come aȝen sone And with him bi leue is conseiler : of þat he hadde to done Seint Dunston cam hom aȝen : and faire was vnderfongue And hadde his Abbeye al in pays : fram ȝwuche he hadde ibeo longue Swyþe wel he was with þe king : and al his conseiller men speken muche of his guodnesse : wel wide feor and ner h It bi fel þat þe Bischop : of wyrecestre was ded þe kyng and þe Erchebischop Eode : þar of nomen heore red And þeue holie Abbod seint Dunston : Bischop huy maden þere for he scholde beo herre in godes lawe : þei it aȝein is wille were Some men axeden at þe Erchebischope : of Caunterburi sire Ode Ȝware fore þat he him Bischop maude : and ȝwy his graces weren so guode for he schal seide þis guode man : aftur me here bee Erchebischop of Caunterburi : and þat men schullen isee Ȝwat wostþou þis oþere seiden : þou spext folliche iwis þou nost non more þane þi fot : opon god al it is mine leue frend seide þis holie man : ȝe ne dorre me blamie nouȝt for ich wot wel ȝwat ore louerd crist : in mi mouth hath ibrouȝt And ho so with seith ouȝt of þulke þinge : þat ich eov habbe i sed þe soþe he mai seo ȝif he liueth : after þat ich am ded bischop he was of londone : seint Dunston sethþe also of londone and of wyrecestre : and heold boþe to hit bi fel þat þe Erchebischop : of Caunterburi was ded þe pope and þe king Edgar : þar of nomen heore red And mauden þane guode man Seint Dunstan : Erchebischop þere Guode men þat him iknewen : wel glade þar of were þe cristindom of Enguelonde : to guod stat he drovȝ And þe riȝtes of holi churche : he heold up faste inovȝ he fourmede þoruȝ al enguelond : þat ech person scholde cheose To witien him chaste fram lecherie : oþur his churche leose Seint Athelwold was þulke tyme : Bischop of winchestre And Oswold þe guode man : bischop of wurecestre þeos twei Bischopes with seint Dunston : weren al at one rede And Edgar þe guode king : to done þat guode dede þeos þreo Bischopes wenden a boute : þoruȝ al Enguelonde And euerech luþer person casten out : heom ne miȝhte non atstonde heore churchene and heore oþer guod : clanliche heom bi nome And bi setten as on guode men : þoruȝ þe popes graunt of rome Eyȝhte an fourti Abbeies : of monekes and of nonnes Ofþat tresur huy arerden in Enguelonde : þat of persones was so i wonne

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