THE SPURRIERS AND
Doctores, Jesus puer sedens in Templo in medio eorum,
interrogans eos et respondens eis, iiij Judei, Maria et
Josep, querentes eum et invenientes in Templo.
JOSEPH¶ Mary, of mirths may we begin,
And truly tell betwixt us two,
Of solemn sights that we have seen
In that city where we come fro.
MARY¶Certes, Joseph, ye will not ween
What mirths within my heart I make,
Since that our son has with us been,
And seen those solemn sights also.
JOSEPH¶Horneward I rede we hie,
With all the might we may,
Because of company
That will wend in our way.
For good fellowship have we found,
And age henceforward shall we find.
MARY¶Ah sir! Where is our seemly son?
I trow our wits be waste as wind.
Alas! In bale thus am I gone.
What ails us both to be so blind?
To go overfast we have begun,
And left that lovely lad behind.
JOSEPH¶Nay, Mary, mend thy cheer,
For sure, when all is done,
He comes with folk full near,
And will overtake us soon.
MARY¶Overtake us soon? Sir, surely nay;
Such gabbings may not me beguile,