Doctor declarens dicta prophetarum de nativitate Christi
futura. Maria, Angelus salutans eam, Maria salutans
DOCTOR, ¶Lord God, great marvel this may mean,
How man was made with nought amiss,
And set where he should ever have been
All without bale, biding in bliss;
And how he lost that comfort clean,
And was put out from Paradise,
And since what sorrows sore were seen,
Seen unto him and to all his,
And how they lay long space
In hell lockèd from light,
Till God granted them grace
Of help as he had hight.
Then is it needful for to name
How prophets could God's counsel tell,
As prophet Amos of the same
Taught while he in this life did dwell,
Deus pater disposuit salutem fieri in medio terre, etc.
He saith thus: God the Father in heaven
Ordained in earth mankind to mend;
And to grace it with godhead even,
His Son he said that he should send
To take kind of man's kin
In a maiden full mild.
So was many saved of sin,
And the foul fiend beguiled.
And that the fiend should be so fed
newly mayde, wherof we haue no coppy." This may refer to the whole of the
Prologue, spoken by a "Doctor".