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THE WANTON WIFE OF BATH. 157
I never did deny my Christ As thou thyself hast done."'
When as our Saviour Christ heard this,
With heavenly angels bright, He comes unto this sinful soul, us
Who trembled at his sight.
Of him for mercy she did crave;
Quoth he, " Thou hast refused My proffer'd grace and mercy both,
And much my name abused." 120
" Sore have I sinn'd, O Lord," she said,
" And spent my time in vain ; But bring me, like a wand'ring sheep,
Into thy fold again.
" O Lord my God, I will amend 125
My former wicked vice ; The thief for one poor silly word
Past into Paradise."
" My laws and my commandments,"
Saith Christ, " were known to thee; iao
, But of the same, in any wise, Not yet one word did ye."
"I grant the same, O Lord," quoth she;
" Most lewdly did I live; But yet the loving father did 135
His prodigal son forgive."