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BOOK IV
                    Judas
i
H IT wes upon a Scere-thorsday that ure loverd aros ; Ful milde were the wordes he spec to Judas.
ii i Judas, thou most to Jurselem,
oure mete for to bugge ; Thritti platen of selver
thou bere up othi rugge.
in ' Thou comest fer ithe brode stret,
fer ithe brode strete, Summe of thine tunesmen
ther thou meist i-mete.'
IV
Imette wid is soster,
the swikele wimon : ' Judas, thou were wrthe
me stende the wid ston, For the false prophete
that tou bilevest upon.'
Scere-thorsday] Thursday before Easter, ure loverd] our lord bugge] buy.           platen] plates, i.e. coins, pieces.          nigge]
ridge, back.         tunesmen] townsmen.         Imette] being met.
swikele] treacherous.          wrthe] worthy.         me stende, &c]
men stoned thee.
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