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THE WORSHIP OF APOLLO.
(fol. 67 a.)
The sun and the moon sprang from Delos,
To reckon by row, þe rodys is the moste.
With wallis vp wroght, wyn to beholde,
And fro þat soile, for sothe, the sun first aperit,
berfore gentils aiugget, & for iuste held,
hat lede in þere langage lyuely can call
And Ediana, also, pai amyt hit to nome.
Ortigia, ouer all honouret with grekes.
In this Temple was a tor ymage, all of triet gold,
bof it defe were & doumbe, dede as a ston,
With errour vnable þat erst hom began,
Of þe Godhed giffen, þat grew from the sun,
ffor lacke of beleue pai light into errour,
With worship on all wise as weghis vppon lyue ; "Rends" deceive
bat entrid into ymagis euer for dissayet,
Thurgh falshede of fyndes pe folke to dissayue,
(fol. 67 b.)
4296 Of þe fyndyng of false goddes, & the foule vse;
How sprittis in hom spake to qwho þat spirre
And how fowle þat þai faylit at the ferre end. Through the
Throgh the glorious gyfte of goddes son of heuyn, glorious gift of
4300 That come to our kynde throgh cleane Christ all idolatry will pass away.
Maydon, (MS. has "pes.")
All maumentre in myddelerthe myrtlit to peses
And wastid away þurgh wit of hym one, ("gabs not," —
As the gospell of God, þat gabbis not, says. lies not.)
4304 When Heraude in Anger atlede to sle
Cryste þurgh his curstnes, as pe clause tellus,
An angell anon neghed to Jasep, (" in Colo.")
Sent fro þe souerayn þat in Celé dwelles,
When Criste in þat contre come with his dame, came into Egypt the false gods
The false goddes in fere fell to þe ground;
All Symylacres for sothe soghten to ground. 4316 bat was a tokyn, he tellus, fro tyme of his come,
bat sacrifice shuld sese vnto ser goddis. The Jews held
hus the Jewes aiugen, & for iust holdyn, that Ishmael was the first who made
hat ysmaiell, of all men erst hom, began idols; and the
4320 Maumettes to make of moldes & clay. Gentiles, that it
And the gentils aiuggen Justly anoper',
pat folke are fourmyt faithly to gentils. But no one in
4324 ffor no law in hor lede list hom to holde, particular is to be blamed; for all
But folowit þere foule wille as fyndis hom taght; men are naturally given to idolatry. Nawther cercumsiset sothely in sort with the
Ne comyn with cristenmen, ne on Criste leuyn;
And nauther law ne belefe lenton hom to.
OFF BEALL THE GOD & BELSABUB.
(fol. 68 a.)
4332 On Delus, a derfe Kyng þat deghit in eld,
Or Belus, as þe boke says, (bothe were his namys)
Ninus, son of
Delus, or Belus, 4336 He brought hym to berynes on his best wise,
As be-come for a kyng, closit hym faire
duly honour and mynd,
father, erected a 4340 An ymage a noble anon gert he make,
golden image of All grauyn of gold, & of good stonys,
life size; and Vne of mesure & mykyll, of his myld fader. people to worship
it as a god.
To all the pepull of his prouyns, as a prise god.
And so the fligur of his fader was falsly honouryt,
called it Baal; 4356 Sum beall, sum belus, sum bell pe god,
some, Belus; Sum belphegor, & belsabub, as hom best likes.
entered into this
some, Bel the
The sun was called Apollo, and was so worshipped in Delos.
Then the chief planets were called Venus and Mercury ;
(fol. 68 6.) and the moon was called Diana.
In ensample of þat same sithyn other folke
And þe sun the saidon sothely a god,
hat is honouret in the yle, þat I of telle,
And þan Venus the worthy is worshippit with
ben mercury, a mighty god, is most in honour, 4368 þat þai saidon was sun sothely to Jobiter.
Then the mone was most made for to please,
And pus in costes & cuntreis of pe cursit gentils, 4372 Þai sought with sacrifice vnto sere goddes.
In Egipt was honourt Ysum as god,
The men of Mawsom most honret ymbane,
At Rome pai Reuerenst vppon riche wise
At attens all folke aykewardly worshippid
At pauy, a pure god the pepull cald Venus ;
On Volcaun þai worshippit on þere wise most. 4384 At Vaxor þe vayn pepull voidly honourit
Bachian, a bale fynde, as a blist god.
Appollyn was honourit, as I here said.
Thai made mowmettes of mold in mynd of hor
goddes, And honourit ouer all thyng as þere belefe askit.
the angels his
set Christ above all.
God set Lucifer
Thus þurgh falshed of be fendes þe folke was
Of whose falshede & fourme in his first makyng
(But þe fader, þat first fourmyt all thinge,- God, who made 4396 Both the ayre, & Element, & Angells in heuyn, ministering
(Ps. ciii. 20, 21.)
(Ps. civ. 4, 5.) 4400 And set hom in seruice hym seluyn to honour. (fol. 69 a.)
But on the oddist of other ordant our lord,
Of whom the proffet of prise plainly can say,
Ne no pert tre in peradise apperith to hym, (Ezek. xxxi. 8, 9.)
highest of the 4408 þat mony legions his light launchet aboue.
through pride he Thurgh his fairhede as fast he felle into pride, When he said of hym selfe his sete he wold make high estate :
ffull noble in þe north, þat non shuld be here 4412 Like to be lord, þat the light made ;
Euynyng in all thing euyn with hym selfe,
and many legions 4416 Mony legion þere light vnto laithe fendes
With lucifer, þat lyuet in delites aboue,
Thus the gospell of God of pat grym tellis,4420 'I segh satan hym selfe slippe out of heuyn, (Luke x. 18.)
As þe leuenynges light, þat laches to ground.'
Leviathan. And lost has his lykyng, þat lyuyaton is cald. (Is. xxvii. 1.) 4424 And for the case is vnknowen be course to be
fell from that
fell with him.
Satan is called