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156 THE WANTON WIPE OF BATH.
" No sinner enters in this place," 85
Quoth Mary Magdalen then; " 'Twere ill for you, fair mistress mild,"
She answered her again.
" You for your honesty," quoth she,
" Had once been ston'd to death, so
Had not our Saviour Christ come by,
And written on the earth.
" It was not by your occupation
You are become divine; I hope my soul, by Christ's passion, 95
Shall be as safe as thine."
Then rose the good apostle Paul;
Unto this wife he cried, " Except thou shake thy sins away,
Thou here shalt be denied." 100
" Remember, Paul, what thou hast done
All thro' a lewd desire, How thou didst persecute God's church
With wrath as hot as fire."
Then up starts Peter at the last, 10s
And to the gate he hies; " Fond fool," quoth he, " knock not so fast;
Thou weariest Christ with cries."
" Peter," said she, " content thyself,
For mercy may be won; no