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origin with the English Story-book, and it is worthy of remark that in the Poem Rus is made to travel through the air to England where he possesses the king's daughter. The Kinder und Haus Marchen of Messrs. Grimm likewise contains two tales,* iDe0 &eufela ruaeioK 58ruBer, and Der Ztutd (Srunrocft, which probably take their origin from the same source.
• Vol. 2, pp. 84 and 89.
HOW HE CAME TO
A HOUSE OF RELIGION TO SEEKE SERVICE, AND
BEING ENTERTAINED BY THE PRIOUR, WAS
FIRST MADE UNDER COOKE.
BEING FULL OF
PLEASANT MIRTH AND DELIGHT
IMPRINTED AT LONDON BY EDW. ALL-DE, DWELLING NEERE CHRIST-CHURCH.
A PLEASANT HISTORY, HOW A DEVILL- (NAMED
RUSH) CAME TO A RELIGIOUS HOUSE, TO
SEEKE A SERVICE.
There was sometime beyond the sea edified and founded a certaine house and cloister of religious men, which house was founded at a great forrests side, for to maintaine the service of almighty God, and daily to pray for their benefactors and founders, and for the salvation of their owne soules: which place by reason of their founders and well disposed people (which gave unto it largely of their goods and possessions) increased in riches, and every man had gold and silver at their will, and also of meate and drinke they had great plenty: in so much that they were so well at ease and had so much, that they wist not what to doe they were so full of wantonnesse, whereby the service of Almighty God was not well maintained among them: for oftentimes they said neither Mattins nor Evensong: and through their great negligence they forgat cleane the charge that they were bound to when they entred into their religion, and they jived more like beasts without reason, then like men of good and holy conversation: for they haunted harlots and lived viciously, and the goods that was given them by good and well disposed people, they spent in unthriftinesse and rybauldry. And when the great prince of devils which are the patrones of all vices understood of the great misrule and vile living of these religious men: consulted to keepe them still in that state, and worse if it might be. And these be the names of the devils.
Belphegor who was Prince of Gluttony, Asmodeus Prince of Lechery, and Belzebub Prince of Ernie, with many other divels assembled together, which reioyced for the misorder of these religious men. And as they were all assembled together with one accord: they chose a divell to goe and dwell among these religious men, for to maintaine them the longer in their ungracious living, which divell was put in rayment like an earthly creature, and went to a religious house, and there he stood at the gate a certaine space all alone with an heavie countenance. Then within a while after the Priour came unto the gate and espied Rush the young man standing there all alone. Anon he said unto him, what dost thou here, and what wouldest thou have. The young man with great reverence answered and said: Sir, I am a poore young man, and am out of service, and faine would have a raaister. And sir if it please you to have me, I shall doe you diligent service, and shall doe so well that you and all your brethren and covent shall be glad of me, for I shall keepe so well your secrets, that I trust to obtaine at all times your good love and favour, and all theirs also.
And when the Priour had heard his words, he was