The beauty of this construct lies, as it does at the epi-center of the "Pardoner's Tale," in the word that is not there, the Middle English wummon with "man" within it, just as Mary held Christ within her womb (see Was signe of thin unwemmed
maidenhede , with unwemmed
, "unstained," punned as "one [word] woman" that was "made in Hele," or Hellas, and recalling the central word resygne.
Cecilia and Valerian are now committed, as the angel tells them, to keep the crowns they have just been given "'with body clene and with unwemmed
[spotless, undefiled] thought'" (225-6).