Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1918/Piers the Plowman
FOR trewthe telleth that loue • is triacle of hevene;
May no synne be on him sene • that useth that spise,
And alle his werkes he wrouȝte • with loue as him liste;
And lered it Moises for the levest thing • and moste like to heuene,
And also the plante of pees • moste precious of vertues.
For hevene myghte noughte holden it • it was so hevy of hym-self,
Tyle it hadde of the erthe • yeten his fylle,
And what it haved of this folde • flesshe and blode taken,
Was neuere leef upon lynde • lighter ther-after,
And portatyf and persant • as the poynt of a nedle,
That myghte non armure it lette • ne none heigh walles.
For-thi is love leder • of the lordes folke of hevene,
And a mene, as the maire is • bitwene the kyng and the comune,
Right so is love a ledere • and the lawe shapeth
Upon man for his mysdedes • the merciment he taxeth.
And for to knowe it kyndely • it comseth bi myght,
And in the herte, there is the hevede • and the heigh welle.
- triacle] sovereign remedy.
- as him liste] as seemed good to him (Christ).
- lered] taught.
- levest] most pleasing.
- yeten] eaten.
- lynde] lime tree
- portatyf] quick-moving.
- lette] prevent.
- mene] mediator
- merciment] fine.
- kyndely] properly.