THE CAPPEMAKERS ETC. (The PLUMMERS, PATENMAKERS, POUCHEMAKERS, and BOTELLERS
Jesus, duo apostoli, mulier deprehensa in adulterio, iiij Judei accusantes eam.
1 JEW ¶Leap forth; let us no longer stand,
But smartly let our gear be arrayed.
This filly that we with folly found,
Let's haste fast that she be afraid.
2 JEW ¶We will bear witness and warrant
How we roused her all unarrayed,
Against the laws of this our land,
Where she was with her leman laid.
1 JEW ¶Yea, and he a wedded man;
That was a wicked sin.
2 JEW ¶That bargain shall she ban
With bale when we begin.
1 JEW ¶Ah, false stud-mare and stinking stray,
How durst thou steal so still away,
To do so vile adultery,
That is so greatly against our law?
2 JEW ¶Her bawdry shall she dearly buy;
For as we saw, so shall we say;
And also her working is worthy
That she be doomed to death this day.
1 JEW ¶The masters of the law
Are here even at our hand.
2 JEW ¶Go we, rehearse by row
Her faults as we them found.
1 JEW ¶God save you, masters mickle of main,
That clerkship great and counsel can.
3 JEW ¶Welcome, friends; but tell me again,