rathest

rathest

(ˈreɪðɪst)
adv
obsolete soonest, earliest
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"O brother myn, what wo, what hevynes, What dedly sorwe thus inly may oppres Your knyghtly hert or trouble youre manhede, More furiously ywis than it is nede; For though that right requered outerly Yow for to sorwe and had cause why, Yet, me semeth, by juste providence Ye schulde lightly dissymble youre offence: Sith eche wiseman in his adversite Schulde feyne cher and kepen in secre The inward wo that bynt hym in distresse, Be manly force rathest ther compesse The sperit of ire and malencolie, Where the peple it sonest myght espie...
I am so trobilled in my mende wyth your materes, that thei be so delayd and take no better conclusion, and wyth pe ontrowth pat is in seruauntes now a days but if per maysteres take better heed to per handes, that such thynges as I wuld rathest remembre I sonest for-gete.