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austin ·

Hy made þe signe of þe croize · oþer armis nadde hy non.
Vor to do þis bataile · ⁊ ouir come hore fon.
¶A croize of sulfur wiþ þe forme · of god hy lete arere.
And instude of baner · byuore hom þerre hy berre.
And ȝeode voþ wel baldeliche · as hardi kniȝtis ⁊ gode.
And siwede hore swete baner · wiþ þe fourme of þe rode.
¶Hy gunne to singe hore letanie · vor prou of þe londe.
Þat ourre louird hom sende grace · hore prechinge to vndirstonde.
Þe kinge hy grette swiþe vair · þo þat hy to him come.
And sede hore erande þat hy broȝte · fram þe court of rome.
¶And prechid hom of cristindom · ⁊ of ourre louirdis lawe.
Þat godir hele him ⁊ alle is · wolde he þer to drawe.
Hy bi hete him þe ioye of heuene · þat so riche was ⁊ is.
Þat he ssholde terne atir þis lif · to þulke ioye ⁊ blis.
¶And be þer wyþoute ende · wiþ god þat ous boȝte.
Þe kinge stod þo he ihurde þis · as þei he werre inþoȝte
Swiþe valse þinge hit is he sede · þat ȝeo by hotiþ me.
Werre ic siker þat hit werre soþ · don ich wolde aftir þe.
¶Ac yne concentin noȝt þer to · vor it is ȝut so inewe.
As ichabbe more vndirȝete · werre þis message be trewe.
Ac vor ȝe þus ytraueilid buþ · fram so verrene londe.
And vor mine gode as ȝe seggeþ · ⁊ doþ me vndirstonde.
¶Greiu nolle ich ou noȝt · ac wel vairre be ȝou do.
And vndiruonge ⁊ vinde ȝou eke þat ȝeo habbiþ neode þer to.
And ic granti alle eke · þat wolliþ to ȝou terne.
Gode leue ich ȝeue eche mon · ynelle noman werne.
¶Þis was atte verste me þenchiþ · god by gunnynge.
Þer aftir was þe beterre hope · to come to god endinge.
Seint austin ⁊ alle is · aswiþe vairre wonienge.
Þe kinge ȝaf inþe toun of douer · to don in is prechinge.
¶Seint Austin ⁊ is felawes · by gunne to prechi vaste.
So þat sone þat gode wer · to hom hore herte caste.
Vor to terne to cristindom · ⁊ so lenge so mo.
So þat alle þat volke aboute com · so þikke so it miȝt go.
¶So þat hore dede so wide sone · þat to þekinge com.
So vairre miraclis þat hy dude as hy prechid cristindom.
Þe kinge wende ⁊ yhurde hore prechinge · hit þoȝt him wel god.
To longe he sede ichabbe ybe · ar ich þis vndirstod.
¶He turne him to cristindom · ⁊ let him baptisi anon.
And bileuid on Ihesu crist · ⁊ is men echon.

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