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S. Albon und Amphabel, ein Legendenepos in 3 Büchern von Lydgate, nach der Editio von S. Albans 1534 Edirt. Von Dr. Carl Horstmann

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AT.BON UNI) AMPHABKL. 
(BUCH III.) 
186 
To his tobe they returned, | with herl 
& my nd effectual, 
Redoublyng theyr prayer)w///i humble 
deuocion, 
For the great tryumphe ) and vtter 
subiection 
That thenmyes of god | had susteyned 
that day, 
1345 Exhortyng the people | to laude god 
and praye. 
And mekely on theyr knees | with 
all dew reuerence 
Vncouered the tombe, | where the 
corps lay: 
There founde the reliques, in state 
and essence 
All though he had layne ther many 
a longe day. 
‘350 And of the same reliques they toke 
no parte away; 
But of therth all blody saint Germane 
toke a porcion, 
To here aboute with hym, of feruent 
deuotion. 
And forthesame in full recompence, 
A cophyn enclosed with relyques 
many one 
>355 Of all thapostels | and martyrs with 
reuerence 
Whiche he gathered in places where 
he had gone, 
‘ There he them offered to blessed 
saynt Albon, 
For a perpctuall memory of that his 
acte and dede 
And to all pylgryms to haue rewarde 
and mede. 
>3&> Than departed Germayne and his 
felowe Lupus 
In to theyr owne countres, there to 
remayne. 
Within foure yeres after | agayne it 
happened thus: 
Newly to sprynge | theresyes of pe- 
lagyane. 
Than the clergy sent of newe for 
saynt Germayne; 
1365 Who hastely graunted to come and 
discusse 
All doutes, associate 1 with holy 
Seuerus. 
Who breuely confounded and 
brought to vtterance 
All theretykes to theyr shame and 
confusyon. 
That done, they retourned agayne 
into Fraunce, 
1370 The people delyuered from deuyllys 
she illusion; — 
Albeit shortely after | theyr former 
abusyon 
Returned theyr myndes and brought 
in appostacy, 
Theyr god forgettyng to laude and 
magnifie. 
And all that was done by the gre 
uous occasyon 
1375 Of the furyous saxons | and theyr 
pagan ryte; 
For after that they had in (t)his lade 
made inuasion, 
Chur(c)hes and clergy they distroyed 
quite, 
To adnull Christis lawe was all theyr 
delyte 
And compell the christen to theyr 
false ydolatry — 
1380 In suche miserable lyfc was all theyr 
felicite. 
Thus by them all this region in 
maner pcmerted 
From Christis fayth, | and holy saynt 
Albon, 
The chapell and tombe decayed and 
subuerted — 
Token or knowlege there was lefte 
none — 
1385 Deuotion and prayer forgotten and 
gone: 
Tyll god of his goodnes and mercy- 
full pitie 
Wold reuele his sayntes ) to the laude 
of his deite. 
Thus duryng this tyme, thre hundred 
yere & mo, 
The hertes of the people, | all derke 
& obumbrate, 
1390 From the fayth of Christ was clerely 
lost and go, 
Worshyppyng ydols of power adny- 
chilate —
	        
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