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Upon the sterns, what ther ihuld befaile,

Til he was In a marlepit yfalle. 3460

He saw not that. But yet by Seint Thomas

Me rcweth love of Hendy Nicholas:

He stial be rated of his studying,

II that I m*y, by Jefns, hevcn king.

Get me a itaf, that I may underspore 34^5

While that thou, Robin, hcvefl. of the dore:
He shal out os his studying as I gefse.
And-to the chambre dore he gan him crcsse.
His knave was a strong earl for the nones,
A nd by the hafpe he has it of at ones: 34/0

Into the flare the dore fell anon.

This Nicholas fat ay as stille as fion, And ever he gaped upward into the eire.

This carpenter wend he were in despeire, Andhent him:by the shuiders mightily, 3475

And fhoke him hard, and cried fpitoosiy;
What, Nicholas? what, how man ? loke adonn;
Awake, and thinke on Gristes paffioun.
I crouchc thee from elves and from wightes.
Therwith the nightspel said he anon rightea 34S0

.^. 3479.wi?bu.Q Witches; intheTeutonick tf/Vr-froirti*; nut whether they were so called from their wisdom or from their being supposed to be clothed in white la not clear. A widow, in that language, is called a vtit-tirovwCi from the latter circumstance. KUian in v. See Kcyjlcr'j Dissertation tie Mhiieribus FMhliciL, in which, with a great deal of learning and probability, lie has traced the popular notion* of witches and wifclicraft in tlte northern parts of Europe from a very early period. The faculty of fluting upon the water, so zs not to bo On foure halves of the hous abnnte

And on the threswoldof the dote wnhoute:

Jesu Crist atfd Seine Benedict

Jilisse thishous from every wicked wight.

Fro the nightes mare, the wite Pater-noster! 3485

Wher wonest thoa Seint Peters suster?

And at the last this Hendy Nicholas* Can for to fiken fore, arid said, Alas! Shal all the world be lost eft Cone's now?

This carpenter answered, What safest thou? 3490

capable of bciri? drowned, Is ascribed by Pliny to a race of malewitches in Pnntus. Nat. ff{#. I. vii. t. a, " Noh poise rnergi, ne "quidetn vettibus dCfiravatna."

V. 34S0. the iu?htf[d~\ The charm which fdltoiftt, ver. 34^3—6, is so lamely represented in all the mil', that I have lett it a? I found it in the common editions. It might perhaps be a little improved by reading it thus;

Jcsu Crist and Seini Hcncdight
HUto this Ittni* frntn every wight,
Frn the »v;t)lc« mare, Pater-noftcrl
Wherwoncll thou Sclnt Peters sutler?

In ver. z •wicked may be left out upon the authority of ms A. antt others, tt is certainly an unnecessary epithet.——Ver. 3; P.iter-ritf.erviaa ofttn repeated in the middle as well as at the end of charms. ——Ver. 4, instead nfwoncjl some copies met ivemicst. I do not understand how the nightmare came to be

allied to St. Peter. To fay the truth I suspect this charm

to be an interpolation. We have a nightspcl of another form In Gervttf. Tiller. Otia Imper. I. iii. c. 93. See also The Decameron, d. vii. n. i;

Fantafima, Omafima,

Chcdi n.ilte vai,

A coda ritta ci ventsli,

A CiMia ritu te n'an*Irai,&7.

Concerning the nightmare see Kejtfcr, Antiq. Septsnt. p. 497. Palamc 1L P

What ? tlunlce on God, as we do, men that swinke.

This Nicholas answered, Fetch me a drinke; And niter v.ol I speke in privetee Of certain thing that toucheth thee and me: I wol tell it non other man certain. 3495

This carpenter gnth domi and cometh again,
And brought of mighty ale a large quart;
And whan that eche of hem had dronken his part,
This Nicholas his dore fade iliette,
And doun the carpenter by him he sctte, 3500

And saide, John, min hoste lese and dere,
Thou shalt upon thy trouthe swere me here
That to no wight thou shalt my conseil wrey,
For it is Cristes conseil that I say,
And if thou tell it man thou art forlore; 3505

For this vengeance thou shalt have thersore,
That if thou wreyc me thou shalt be wood.
Nay, Crist forbede it for his holy blood,
O'lod tho this sely man: 1 am no labbe,
Me though I say it I n'am not lefe to gabbe. 3510
Say what thou wolt, 1 shal it never telle
To child ne wis, by him that harwed belle.

■jr. 3500. r.clctbbc\ No blab; lallen, Holl. Hasten, Belg. llaferare, Kilian.

■$. ^S'2- hanced kellej Harried, Sax. harrafled, subdued. Our ancestors were very fond of a story of Christ's exploits in his de/census ad inserts, which they called The Harrowiaf of Hf/fc. They took it, with several otliersof the same stamp, from the pospel of Nicodcmus. Tabr. Cod. Afoc. N. T. There is a poem upon this subject in ros. Bod. 16S7; ■

Hi« Jesu Crist heroifcrt hilie
Of hartit fjclles ich wille Idle.

Now, John, (quod Nicholas) I wol not lie,
I have yfounde in min astrologie,
As I have Ioked in the moone bright, • 3515

That now on Monday next, at quarter night,
Shal fall a rain, and that so wild and wood,
That half so gret was never Noes flood:
This world (he said) in lesse than in an houre
Shal all be dreint, so hidous is the stioure: 35,10

Thus Oial mankinde drenche and lese hir lif. ■

This carpenter answerd, Alas my wif! And shal she drenche? alas min Aliluun! For sorwe of this he fell almost adoun, And said, Ut her no remedy in this cas? 3SiS

Why yes, for God, quod Hendy Nicholas;

If thou wolt werken after lore and rede,

Thou maist not werken after thin owtn hede;

For thus faith Salomon, that was iul trewe,

Werke all by conseil, and thou shalt not rewe. 3530

And if thou werken wolt by good couseil

I undertake, withouten mast or seyl,

Yet shal 1 saven hire, and thee and me.

Hast thou not herd how.saved was Noe,

Whan that our Lord had warned him beforne, 3535

That al the world with w^ter fhuld be lornc?

And in the Chester Whitsun-Playes, ms. HarL 1015, the company oscookes, which was to exhibit the 17th pageant, ul the tUfien/us ad i/i/crmit is thus addfLllcd;

Vou cooke* with your carriage fee IMt you Jo J well,
Tn paigcnte sett out ttd biirrou'ingc /./ bill.

Sec alsu P. P. i>.isT. yix. f. 101—3.
*. 3;jS./oi- GetQ PsurDieu, Fr. r ij

Yes (quod this carpenter) ful yore ago.

Haft thou not herd (quod Nicholas) also
The for we of NToe with his icluwiliip,
Or that he mightegtt his wii'to ship/ 3540

Him had be Jcryer- i dare wel undertake,
At thilkc time, than all his wethers blake,

t". 3539- Ykejbnve ofNoe] It will be in vain, I apprehend, to look for this anecdote in Genesis, even in Dr. Kcnnicot's edition. Nicliolas probably quoted it ironi The Mykcrirs, with which the carpenter was better acquainted. The dispute between Noah and his wife upon this occasion makes a consider* abie part of the 3d pageant of The Chester Whitsun-Flaws above-mentioned. Ms. HarL 1013. The following lines wi-J (hew the grounds of her refusal to embark;

Noe. wife, come in, why standee thnu there:'
Tnuw art ever frowan!, that dare J- swerc.
Come in in Goddes halse; tyme it w«c,
For fear lefl that wee drnwne.
Wife. Yea', air, set up your saile,

ArM rowe forth with evil baile,

Fur witliouten aaie faile

I wil ni>t uute of Ihiatounc;

But 1 hAvumy Ruflepesevcrich ones

One /uute fu.tt.cr I will not gone j

They slial not drown by Sr.John,

A..J I may save ther life.

They loved me full well by Christ:

But tiir.u wiU let tnent into toic chist,

£1 lit rowe furtn, Noc, when thuu lilt,

And get thee a newc wife.

At last Sem, with the assistance of hi* brethren, fetches Iter on hoard by force, and upon Noah's welcoming her the give* him

a box on the ear. These Playes are said (perhaps truly) to

have been Sirst written in 1328, but the Hartcfan inf. represents them a* they were to be exhibited in 1600. There h a better copy of the same PI a yes in the Rodt. Lib. F. W. it$t transcribed by one William Bedford 1004; but even in that we sec but small remains of the ori^iual dicliou &od orthography.

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