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CHASTISING OF GOD'S CHILDREN

MRJ number: 
128
College classmark: 
E.25

    Paper, 8.25 x 5.5, ff. 71, 26–29 lines to a page.  15th cent., fairly well

written.

    Donor, T. C. S.  Priced 20s.

    Collation: 110  28 - 48 (8 canc.) 512 68 78 812 (wants 11, 12).

    Contents:

         Here is {th}e chapitirs of {th}is buke foluyng qwylk is callyd {th}e chastisyng

              of godes chyldre        .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .    f. 1

         Capitula (xxvii).

         Prol.  In dred of allmyghti god religiouse sister a schort pistil I

              send {y}ow     .          .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .     3

                   -as god wyll gyf me grace.

         Cap. 1  {Th}at haly men, etc.    .         .         .         .         .         .         .         .        .     3b

         Vigilate et orate, etc.  Wakes and prayes {th}t  {y}e fall no{y}t in to

              temptacions, etc.

         Cap. 27 ends 68b: in hys ryghtwyse chastysynge haf mercy on us

              synfull men.  Amen.  Expl. lib.

         3 blank leaves follow.                                              

Supplementary information 

A mystical treatise for female religious, probably composed in the later part of the fourteenth century.  The Northern dialect of this copy is strongly marked.

J. Van Ruysbroeck, (eds Joyce Bazire and Eric Colledge), The chastising of God's children: and the treatise of perfection of the sons of God (Oxford, 1957).

Joyce Bazire, 'The dialects of the MSS of the chastising of God's children', English and Germanic Studies 6 (1957), 64-78.  This MS. is discussed on pp. 65-6; the dialect is Northern.

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