Everyman :
A. C. Cawley

Scene 12

Confessyon.
I knowe your sorowe well, Eueryman.
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Bycause with Knowlege ye come to me,
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I wyll you comforte as well as I can.
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And a precyous iewell I wyll gyue the,
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Called penaunce, voyder of aduersyte;
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Therwith shall your body chastysed be,
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With abstynence & perseueraunce in Goddes seruyture.
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Here shall you receyue that scourge of me,
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Whiche is penaunce stronge that ye must endure,
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To remembre thy Sauyour was scourged for the
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With sharpe scourges, and suffred it pacyently;
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So must thou or thou scape that paynful pylgrymage.
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Knowlege, kepe hym in this vyage,
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And by that tyme Good Dedes wyll be with the.
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But in ony wyse be seker of mercy,
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For your tyme draweth fast; and ye wyll saued be,
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Aske God mercy, and he wyll graunte truely.
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Whan with the scourge of penaunce man doth hym bynde,
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The oyle of forgyuenes than shall he fynde.
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Eueryman.
Thanked be God for his gracyous werke!
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For now I wyll my penaunce begyn.
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This hath reioysed and lyghted my herte,
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Though the knottes by paynful and harde, within.
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Knowlege.
Eueryman, loke your penaunce that ye fulfyll,
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What payne that euer it to you be;
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And Knowlege shall gyue you counseyll at wyll
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How your accounte ye shall make clerely.
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Eueryman.
O eternall God / O heuenly fygure,
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O way of ryghtwysnes / O goodly vysyon,
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Whiche dyscended downe in a vyrgyn pure
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Bycause he wolde euery man redeme,
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Which Adam forfayted by his dysobedyence:
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O blessyd God-heed, electe and hye deuyne,
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Forgyue me my greuous offence!
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Here I crye the mercy in this presence.
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O ghostly treasure, O raunsomer and redemer,
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Of all the worlde hope and conduyter,
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Myrrour of ioye, foundatour of mercy,
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Whiche enlumyneth heuen and erth therby,
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Here my clamorous complaynt, though it late be,
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Receyue my prayers vnworthy in this heuy lyfe!
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Though I be a synner moost abhomynable,
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Yet let my name be wryten in Moyses table.
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O Mary, praye to the Maker of all thynge,
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Me for to helpe at my endynge;
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And saue me from the power of my enemy,
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For Deth assayleth me strongly.
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And, Lady, that I may by meane of thy prayer
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Of your Sones glory to be partynere,
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By the meanes of his passyon, I it craue;
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I besech you helpe my soule to saue.
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Knowlege, gyue me the scourge of penaunce;
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My flesshe therwith shall gyue acqueyntaunce.
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I wyll now begyn yf God gyue me grace.
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Knowlege.
Eueryman, God gyue you tyme and space!
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Thus I bequeth you in the handes of our Sauyour;
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Now may you make your rekenynge sure.
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Eueryman.
In the name of the Holy Trynyte,
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My body sore punysshed shall be:
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Take this, body, for the synne of the flesshe!
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Also thou delytest to go gay and fresshe,
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And in the way of dampnacyon thou dyd me brynge;
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Therfore suffre now strokes of punysshynge.
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Now of penaunce I wyll wade the water clere,
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To saue me from Purgatory, that sharpe fyre.
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Goode Dedes.
I thanke God, now I can walke and go,
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And am delyuered of my sykenesse and wo.
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Therfore with Eueryman I wyll go, and not spare;
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His good workes I wyll helpe hym to declare.
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Knowlege.
Now, Eueryman, be mery and glad!
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Your Good Dedes cometh now; ye may not be sad.
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Now is your Good Dedes hole and sounde,
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Goynge vpryght vpon the grounde.
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Eueryman.
My herte is lyght, and shal be euermore;
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Now wyll I smyte faster than I dyde before.
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Good Dedes.
Eueryman, pylgryme, my specyall frende,
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Blessyd be thou without ende!
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For the is preparate the eternall glory.
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Ye haue me made hole and sounde,
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Therfore I wyll byde by the in euery stounde.
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Eueryman.
Welcome, my Good Dedes! Now I here thy voyce
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I wepe for very swetenes of loue.
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Knowlege.
Be no more sad, but euer reioyce;
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God seeth thy lyuynge in his trone aboue.
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Put on this garment to thy behoue,
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Whiche is wette with your teres,
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Or elles before God you may it mysse,
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Whan ye to your iourneys ende come shall.
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Eueryman.
Gentyll Knowlege, what do ye it call?
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Knowlege.
It is a garment of sorowe;
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Fro payne it wyll you borowe.
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Contrycyon it is
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That getteth forgyuenes;
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He pleaseth God passynge well.
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Good Dedes.
Eueryman, wyll you were it for your hele?
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Eueryman.
Now blessyde be Iesu, Maryes sone,
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For now haue I on true contrycyon;
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And lette vs go now without taryenge.
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Good Dedes, haue we clere our rekenynge?
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Good Dedes.
Ye, in dede, I haue it here.
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Eueryman.
Than I trust we nede not fere.
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Now, frendes, let vs not parte in twayne.
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Knowlege.
Nay, Eueryman, that wyll we not, certayne.
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Good Dedes.
Yet must thou lede with the
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Thre persones of grete myght.
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Eueryman.
Who sholde they be?
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Good Dedes.
Dyscrecyon and Strength they hyght,
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And thy Beaute may not abyde behynde.
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Knowlege.
Also ye must call to mynde
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Your Fyue Wyttes as for your counseylours.
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Good Dedes.
You must haue them redy at all houres.
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Eueryman.
Howe shall I gette them hyder?
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Knowlege.
You must call them all togyder,
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And they wyll here you in-contynent.
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Eueryman.
My frendes, come hyder and be present,
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Dyscrecyon, Strengthe, my Fyue Wyttes, and Beaute.
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