The Brahmins to Alexander. Greek errors. 83
communicacion with Godd, And neuer-þe-less files ȝour kynde
wit advowtries & fornicacions & seruyce of Mawmettis & false
goddis, and many oþer wikkede dedi : ilke a day þis ȝe do.
4 Ƿis ȝe luffe, and þarefore when ȝe ere dede ye sall suffere tour-
mentis wit-owtten nowmer. Ȝe wene þat Godd will be mercyable
vn-to ȝow bi-cause þat ȝe offre hym blode & flesse of dyuerse
besteȝ. Bot we on þe contrarye wyse luffeȝ clennesse bathe of
8 Body & of saule, so þat we mowe hafe after þis lyfe ioy þat
neuer sall hafe ende.
' Ȝee serue noȝte a God þat regneȝ in heuen, Bot ȝe do seruyce
to many false goddis. For als so many membris, als ȝe hafe on
12 ȝowr bodys, als many goddis ȝe wirchipe & serues. For ȝe calle
a man þe lesse werlde, and riȝte as a man here hase many
lymmes, so ȝe say þare are many goddes in heuen. Ȝe say luno
es godd of þe hert, bi-cause he was wonder angry; and Mars ȝe
16 say es godd of þe breste, bi-cause he was prynce of Batells.
Mercury ȝe calle godd of þe tung, bi-cause he was wonder
euloquent in spekyng. Hercules ȝe trowe be godd of þe armes,
Bi-cause he did twelfe passande dedes of armes. Ȝee trowe
20 Bacus be godd of þe throtte, for he fande firste drounkynnesse.
Couetise, ȝe say, es godd of þe lyuer, for he was þe firste lechoure
þat euer was. And ȝe say þat he hase in his hande a byrnand
fyrebrande whare-wit he styrres þe luste of lechery. Cereris
24 ȝe calle godd of þe wambe, bi-cause scho was þe firste Fynder
of wheete. And Venus, be-cause scho was moder of lechery, ȝe
say scho es godd of þe preuee membres of man & woman.
Mynerus, bi-cause scho was fynder of many werkes, ȝe say
28 wisdome risteȝ in her, and þare-fore ȝe call hir godd of þe heued.
And on þis wyse all þe body of man ȝe deuyde in goddes,
& na party þareoffe ȝe lefe in ȝour awen powere. Ne ȝe trowe
noȝte that a godd þat es in heuen made ȝour bodys of noghte.
32 False goddes ȝe wirchipe þat sall brynge ȝow to thralledome
& schame & schenchipe, and to thaym ȝe make sacrafice &
tribute payes. Vn-to Mars ȝe offere a Bare. To Bacus ȝe
offere a gayte; To Iune a pacoke; To Iubiter a Bulle; To
36 Appollo *a swane¹; To Venus a doufe; To Mynerua ane
owle; To Cereris floure; To Mercury hony. And Hercules ȝe
onowren wit floures & grene braunches of treesseȝ. Ƿe temple
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count of all
* Leaf 35-
1 Bottom of leaf 34 swanne, top of leaf 35 swane.
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