The Heremyte’s Preyer
Nowthe hit stoode
that alle oure lond
that we doon looken upon with love
dide hyde beneathe the sea;
and alle the nobles of this reaume
dide noot yet seen dawnyng of day.
And alle that tyme, no mannes
had worde nor speche
nor walked upon the lond,
but alle stoode silent and unknowen.
And hit ypassed that londe
and mannes bothe dide comen to bee
for Goddes sake,
and alle the names mannes spaken dide preyse
this makyng, thise grete werkes.
So strenge dide they beren Him love
that they coude no thyng doon, noot seyen,
withouten thynken of Hym; so Strenge
as was this love, so goodlich dide mannes alle staye.
Yet hit comen to passe and to soone we knowen
that we dide straye and love noot thise Godde and Makyre,
And too soone oure speche, so ful of preyse
and preyer biforn, we fill with lyes
and flaterynge for gayne, and too soone
we dide desteyned this Goddes’ makynge;
Nowthe oure sorowe comen to laten,
and we lackken herte to maken oure giltes
to brent or bittre; and alle manneskynde
han lost thir wey.
Wote welle whate I do seyne:
this Godde and Makere loves thee well
so must thou Him and His Creation,
for only thus will thou be Strenge inne Goodnesse :
and it is beste to be fore goode
and hate the evylle that we doon
as alle mennes must knowne.
Yete I thinke He will love us
nathelesse, for alle the evylle which we doe,
if we turne from badde to goode.
I made this song in heremytes cave,
cannot this worlde abyde namoore,
but only lyke litel birdes song
soune in otheres eares,
biforn the lond ones mo
in silence dimmes,
no word, nor speche,
to soune His preyse,
Michael Landsman taught high school English in New York City for most of his career. He’s a NYC native and presently lives in the Bronx. He’s in the final stages of writing his first novel. Mr. Landsman’s short story “The Great Machine” was published in the Scarlet Leaf Review in August 2016, the Indiana Voice Journal in October 2016 and Potluck Mag in December 2016.