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{¶ Saynt Dunstan }
¶ Hit bifel þe Erchbisshop  of Canterbury was ded
Þe Pope and þe kyng Edgar  þerof token her rede
And made þe godemon Dunstan  Erchbisshop þere
And all þat knewe his condicioun  ful glad þerof þai were
¶ Þe Cristendome of Englond  to gode astate he broȝt
And helde vp holy chirche rightes  boþe in dede 7 þoȝt
He ordeyned þurȝ all Englond  þat persones shulden chese
To kepe hem chaste frm leccherye  or her chirche to lese
Saynt Athelwold was þat tyme  bisshop of wircestre
And saynt Oswald þe gode mon  bisshop of wynchestre
Þese two bisshopes with saynt Dunstan  were all at oon rede
And Edgar þe gode kyng  to mayntene hem as hede
¶ Þese þre bisshopes ȝede about  þurȝ out Englond
Of liþer persones þai toke chirches  ne myȝt þer non with stond
Her chirches ⁊ her oþer godes  clenly þis þre nome
And ȝaf hem oþer gode men  by graunte of þe pope of Rome
Xlviij Abbayes of monkes and of Nonnen
Þai wroȝt in Englond with þe tresour  þat was of persones wonnen
So þat hit was mych better sette  þen it was ere on shrewes
For þere as gode men þe maystre han  men vsen gode þewes
¶ Gode were þese þre bisshopes  þat in þe tyme were þo
Þe better was Englond þen for hem  ⁊ shal be euermo
Dure lord ȝaf saynt Dunstan  in erþe so fayre grace
Þat it bifel on atyme  he was in a priuy place
His fader ⁊ his moder boþe  apertly he segh
After þat þai ded were  in þe blisse of heuen on hegh
Wel grete love oure him kid  as he him shewed þere
So myche of his priuyte  whyle he on lyve were
¶ As he lay anoþer tyme  in his reste anyȝt
He segh þe ioye of heuen  ⁊ þe place wel briȝt
Angels he herde synge also  a Murye songe þerynne
As men done ȝett in chirche  þer masse shal bigynne
Kyreleyson kyreleyson  was þat Murye songe
Þis holy mon þat herde al þis  ne þoȝt hit no þinge longe
Wel aȝt he to heuen come  at his endyng day
While þat he on lyf was  so mych of heuen saye
Harpe he loved wonder wele  þerof he couþe ynogh

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Saynt Dunstan
Hit bifel þe Archbyshop of Cantbury was deð
Þe Pope and þe kyns Edgar: þof token her rede
And made þe godemon Dunstan: Archbishop þo
And all þat knew his condiaen: ful glad þerof þai wer
Þe oftendome of Englond: to gode astate he broȝt
And holde up holy chirche rghtes: boþo in dede 7 þoȝt
he ordeyned þur aff Englond: þat ?sones shulden ?chese
To kepe hem chasto frō ?lenhemþe: oȝ her chirche to lese
Saynt Athelwold was þat tyme: byshop of ?Wiratre
And saynt Olwald þe gode mon: byshop of Wynchester
Þese wo byshopes wat saynt Dunstan: wer all at conrede
And war þe gode kyns: to mayntene he as hode
Þese þre byshopes ȝode about: þur out Englond
Of liþer ?psones þai toke chirches: ne myȝt þer non wat stond
her chirches 7 her oþer godes: dendy þis þer nome
?alnð ȝaf hem oþer gode men: by ?guute of þe pope of Rome
glory Abbayes of monkes and of ?sronnen
Þai wroȝt in Englond wat þe tresor: þat was of ?psones wonen.
So þat hit was mych bett sette: þen it was ere on shrewes
Foȝ þer as gode men þe mayste han: men usen gode þews
Do wer þese þer byshopes: þat in þo tyme wer þo.
Þo better was Englond þon for hem: 7 shal be enimo
Dure loȝd ȝaf saynt Dunstan: in erþe so fayr ?gre
Þat it bifel on atyme: he was in apny place
his fader 7 his moder boþe: apertly he sest
After þat þai ded wer: in þe blisse of henen on hest
Wel grete love our hi kid: as he hi shewed þo
So myche of his pnyte: Whyle he on lyve wer
As he lay anoþer tyme: in his reste anyȝt
he sest þo ioye of henen: 7 þe place wel brȝt
Angels he herde synge also: a murþe songe þyre
As men done ȝett in chirche: þer masse shal bigyne
Kyret kyret: was þat a murþe songe
Þis holy mon þat herde al þis: ne þoȝt hit no þise longe
wol aȝt he to henen come: at his endyng day
Whyle þat he onlys was: so mych of henen saþe
Harpe he loved wonder wele: þerof he conþe ynogh