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meet nygh soden, than this ylonde be- were aungels in heven, but whan our gan to move; wherof the monkes were mayster Lucyfer fell down into hell for aferde, and Aledde anone to the shyppe, his hygh pryde, we fell with hym for and lefte the fyre and meet behynde our offences, some hyther, and some them, and mervayled sore of the mov- lower, after the qualyté of theyr tresyng. And saynt Brandon comforted pace; and by cause our trespace is but them, and sayd that it was a grete fisshe lytell, therfore our Lorde hath set us named Jasconye, whiche laboureth nyght here out of all pyane in full grete joye and daye to put his tayle in his mouth, and myrth, after his pleasynge, here to but for gretnes he may not. And than serve hym on this tree in the best anone they sayled west thre dayes and maner that we can. The Sonday is thre nyghtes or they sawe ony londe, a day of rest fro all worldly occuwherfore they were ryght hevy. But pacyon, and, therfore, that daye all we soone after, as God wold, they sawe a be made as whyte as ony snow, for to fayre ylonde, full of foures, herbes, prayse our Lorde in the best wyse we and trees, wherof they thanked God may.” And than this byrde sayd to of his good grace, and anone they went saynt Brandon, “ It is xij. monethes on londe. And whan they had gone past that ye departed fro your abbey, longe in this, they founde a full fayre and in the vij. yere hereafter ye shall well, and therby stode a fayre tree, se the place that ye desyre to come, full of bowes, and on every bough sate and all this vij. yere ye shal kepe your a fayre byrde, and they sate so thycke Eester here with us every yere, and in on the tree that unneth ony lefe of the the ende of the vij. yere ye shal come tree myght be seen, the nombre of into the Londe of Byhest.” And this them was so grete, and they songe so was on Eester daye that the byrde sayd meryly that it was an hevenly noyse to these wordes to saynt Brandon. And here. Wherfore saynt Brandon kneled than this fowle flewe agayn to his down on his knees, and wepte for joye, felawes that sate on the tree. And and made his prayers devoutly unto our than all the byrdes began to synge Lord God to knowe what these byrdes evensonge so meryly, that it was an ment. And than anone one of the hevenly noyse to here; and after soupbyrdes fledde fro the tree to saynt Bran- er saynt Brandon and his felawes wente don, and he with flykerynge of his to bedde, and slepte well, and on the wynges made a full mery noyse lyke a morowe they arose betymes, and than fydle, that hym semed he herde never those byrdes began matyns, pryme, so joyfull a melodye. And than saynt and houres, and all suche service as Brandon commaunded the byrde to tell Chrysten men use to synge. .... hym the cause why they sate so thycke And seven dayes they sayled alwaye on the tree, and sange so meryly. And in that clere water. And than there than the byrde sayd, “Somtyme we came a south wynde and drove the shyppe north-warde, where as they where they sawe an hyll all on fyre, sawe an ylonde full derke and full of and a foule smoke and stenche comyng stenche and smoke; and there they from thens, and the fyre stode on eche herde grete blowynge and blastyng of syde of the hyll lyke a wall all brenbelowes, but they myght se no thynge, nynge. And than one of his monkes but herde grete thondrynge, wherof began to crye and wepe ful sore, and they were sore aferde and blyssed them sayd that his ende was comen, and ofte. And soone after there came one that he might abyde no lenger in the stertynge out all brennynge in fyre, shyppe, and anone he lepte out of and stared full gastly on them with the shyppe into the see, and than he grete staryng eyen, of whome the cryed and rored full pyteously, cursmonkes were agast, and at his depart- ynge the tyme that he was borne, and yng from them he made the horryblest also fader and moder that bygate him, crye that myght be herde. And soone by cause they sawe no better to his corthere came a grete nombre of fendes reccyon in his yonge age, “ for now and assayled them with hokes and I must go to perpetual payne.” And brennynge yren malles, whiche ranne than the sayenge of saynt Brandon was on the water, folowyng fast theyr veryfyed that he sayd to hym whan he shyppe, in suche wyse that it semed entred into the shyppe. Therfore it all the see to be on a fyre ; but by the is good a man to do penaunce and forwyll of God they had no power to sake synne, for the houre of deth is hurte ne to greve them, ne theyr incertayne. shyppe. Wherfore the fendes began And than anone the wynde turned to rore and crye, and threwe theyr into the north, and drove the shyppe hokes and malles at them. And they into the south, whiche sayled vij. dayes than were sore aferde, and prayed to contynually ; and they came to a grete God for comforte and helpe; for they rocke standynge in the see, and theron sawe the fendes all about the shyppe, sate a naked man in full grete mysery and them semed that all the ylonde and payne ; for the wawes of the see and the see to be on a fyre. And with had so beten his body that all the a sorowfull crye all the fendes depart- flesshe was gone of, and nothynge lefte ed fro them and returned to the place but synewes and bare bones. And that they came fro. And than saynt whan the wawes were gone, there was Brandon tolde to them that this was a a canvas that henge over his heed parte of hell, and therfore he charged whiche bette his body full sore with them to be stedfast in the fayth, for the blowynge of the wynde; and also they shold yet se many a dredefull there were two oxe tongues and a grete place or they came home agayne. stone that he sate on, whiche dyd hym And than came the south wynde and full grete ease. And than saynt Brandrove them ferther into the north, don charged hym to tell hym what he was. And he sayd, “ My name is Ju- this stone that I syt on laye somtyme das, that solde our Lorde Jesu Chryst in a desolate place where it eased no for xxx. pens, whiche sytteth here man; and I toke it thens and layd it moche wretchedly, how be it I am in a foule waye, where it dyd moche worthy to be in the gretest payne that ease to them that went by that waye, is ; but our Lorde is so mercyfull that and therfore it easeth me now; for he hath rewarded me better than I every good dede shall be rewarded, have deserved, for of ryght my place and every evyll dede shal be punis in the brennynge hell; but I am ysshed.” And the Sondaye agaynst here but certayne tymes of the yere, even there came a grete multitude of that is, fro Chrystmasse to twelfth daye, fendes blastyng and rorynge, and badde and fro Eester tyll Whytsontyde be saynt Brandon go thens, that they past, and every feestfull daye of our myght have theyr servaunt Judas, “ for lady, and every Saterdaye at noone tyll we dare not come in the presence of Sonday that evensonge be done ; but our mayster, but yf we brynge hym to all other tymes I lye styll in hell in ful hell with us.” And saynt Brandon brennynge fyre with Pylate, Herode, sayd, “ I lette not you do your maysand Cayphas; therfore accursed be the ters commaundement, but by the powtyme that ever I knewe them.” And er of our Lorde Jesu Chryst I charge than Judas prayed saynt Brandon to you to leve hym this nyght tyll to abyde styll there all that nyght, and morow.” “How darest thou helpe that he wolde kepe hym there styll hym that so solde his mayster for that the fendes sholde not fetche hym xxx. pens to the Jewes, and caused to hell. And he sayd, “ With Goddes hym also to dye the moost shamefull helpe thou shalt abyde here all this deth upon the crosse ? ” And than nyght.” And than he asked Judas saynt Brandon charged the fendes by what cloth that was that henge over his passyon that they sholde not noy his heed. And he sayd it was a cloth hym that nyght. And than the fendes that he gave unto a lepre, whiche was went theyr way rorynge and cryenge bought with the money that he stale towarde hell to theyr mayster, the grete fro our Lorde whan he bare his purse, devyll. And than Judas thanked saynt “ wherfore it dothe to me grete payne Brandon so rewfully that it was pité now in betyng my face with the blow- to se, and on the morowe the fendes ynge of the wynde ; and these two came with an horryble noyse, sayenge oxe tongues that hange here above me, that they had that nyght suffred grete I gave them somtyme to two preestes payne bycause they brought not Judas, to praye for me. I bought them with and sayd that he shold suffre double myne owne money, and therfore they payne the sixe dayes folowynge. And ease me, by cause the fysshes of the see they toke thạn Judas tremblynge for knawe on them and spare me. And fere with them to payne.

VOL. I.

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ICELANDIC VISION.

From the Poetic Edda. Tr. by Wright, St. Patrick's Purgatory, p. 177.

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