Several lines later, probably picking up on the Paradiso canto just before the one used earlier, the speaker again defines the Virgin as both "mooder
" and daughter: "Thow Cristes mooder
, doghter deere of Anne
The performance is the final stage of the plan: "On Cristes mooder set was his entente" [His plan was fixed on Christ's Mother] (VII: 550).
The swetnesse his herte pereed so Of Cristes mooder that to hire to preye, He kan nat stynte of syngyng by the weye (VII: 555-557).
The convent eek lay on the pavement Wepynge, and herying Cristes mooder
deere, And after that they ryse.
Neither Virginius nor Virginia seem particularly guilty of wandering about, in a simple sense; in fact, the narrator makes it clear that she does not wander about alone, but like the Virgin Mary is accompanied to the "temple, with hire mooder
I trowe that to a norice in this cas It had been hard this reuthe for to se; Wel myghte a mooder
thanne han cryd "allas
The covent eek lay on the pavement Wepyng, and herying Cristes mooder
deere, And after that they ryse, and forth been went, And tooken awey this martir from his beere.
Fader," she seyde, "thy wrecched child Custance, Thy yonge daughter fostred up so softe, And ye, my mooder
, my soverayn plesance Over alle thyng, out-taken Crist on-lofte, Custance youre child hire recomandeth ofte Unto youre grace, for I shall to Surrye, Ne shal I nevere seen yow moore with ye.
710): And how that ignorance be mooder
of alle harme, certes, negligence is the norice.
Now both the representative of the diabolical hierarchy and officer of the court, the demon asks the widow again to authenticate her oath: "`Now, Mabely, myne owene mooder
deere, / Is this youre wyl in ernest that ye seye?