Everyman :
A. C. Cawley

Scene 13

Beaute.
Here at your wyll we be all redy.
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What wolde ye that we shold do?
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Good Dedes.
That ye wolde with Eueryman go,
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And help hym in his pylgrymage.
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Aduyse you / wyll ye with him or not in that vyage?
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Strength.
We wyll brynge hym all thyder,
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To his helpe and comforte / ye may byleue me.
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Dyscrecion.
So wyll we go with hym all togyder.
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Eueryman.
Almyghty God, loued may thou be!
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I gyue the laude that I haue hyder brought
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Strength, Dyscrecyon, Beaute, & V. Wyttes. Lacke I nought.
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And my Good Dedes, with Knowlege clere,
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All be in company at my wyll here.
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I desyre no more to my besynes.
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Strengthe.
And I, Strength, wyll gy you stande in dystres,
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Though thou wolde in batayle fyght on the grounde.
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V. Wyttes.
And though it were thrugh the worlde rounde,
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We wyll not departe for swete ne soure.
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Beaute.
No more wyll I vnto dethes houre,
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What so euer therof befall.
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Dyscrecion.
Eueryman, aduyse you fyrst of all;
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Go with a good aduysement and delyberacyon.
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We all gyue you vertuous monycyon
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That all shall be well.
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Eueryman.
My frendes, harken what I wyll tell:
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I praye God rewarde you in his heuenly spere.
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Now herken, all that be here,
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For I wyll make my testament
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Here before you all present:
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In almes / halfe my good I wyll gyue with my handes twayne
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In the way of charyte with good entent,
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And the other halfe styll shall remayne
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In queth, to be retourned there it ought to be.
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This I do in despyte of the fende of hell,
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To go quyte out of his perell
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Euer after and this daye.
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Knowlege.
Eueryman, herken what I saye:
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Go to Presthode, I you aduyse,
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And receyue of hym in ony wyse
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The holy sacrament and oyntement togyder.
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Than shortly se ye tourne agayne hyder;
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We wyll all abyde you here.
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V. Wwyttes.
Ye, Eueryman, hye you that ye redy were.
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There is no Emperour, Kynge, Duke, ne Baron,
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That of God hath commycyon
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As hath the leest preest in the worlde beynge;
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For of the blessyd sacraments pure and benygne
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He bereth the keyes, and therof hath the cure
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For mannes recempcyon — it is euer sure —
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Gaue vs out of his herte with grete pyne.
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Here in this transytory lyfe, for the and me,
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The blessyd sacraments vii. there be:
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Baptym, confyrmacyon, with preesthode good,
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And the sacrament of Goddes precyous flesshe & blod,
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Maryage, the holy extreme vnccyon, and penaunce.
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These seuen be good to haue in remembraunce,
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Gracyous sacraments of hye deuynyte.
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Eueryman.
Fayne wolde I receyue that holy body,
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And mekely to my ghostly fader I wyll go.
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V. Wyttes.
Eueryman, that is the best that ye can do.
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God wyll you to saluacyon brynge,
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For preesthode excedeth all other thynge:
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To vs holy scrypture they do teche,
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And conuerteth man fro synne, heuen to reche;
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God hath to them more power gyuen
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Than to ony aungell that is in heuen.
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With v. wordes he may consecrate,
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Goddes body in flesshe and blode to make,
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And handeleth his Maker bytwene his handes.
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The preest byndeth and vnbyndeth all bandes,
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Bothe in erthe and in heuen.
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Thou mynystres all the sacramentes seuen;
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Though we kysse thy fete, thou were worthy.
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Thou arte surgyon that cureth synne deedly;
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No remedy we fynde vnder God
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But all onely preesthode.
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Eueryman, God gaue preest that dygnyte,
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And setteth them in his stede amonge vs to be;
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Thus be they aboue aungelles in degree.
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Knowlege.
If preestes be good, it is so, suerly.
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But whan Iesu hanged on the crosse with grete smarte,
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There he gaue out of his blessyd herte
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The seuen sacraments in grete tourment; Page  23
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He solde them not to vs, that Lorde omnypotent.
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Therfore Saynt Peter the apostell dothe saye
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That Iesus curse hath all they
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Whiche God theyr Sauyour do by or sell,
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Or they for ony money do take or tell.
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Synfull preestes gyueth the synners example bad:
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Theyr chyldren sytteth by other mennes fyres, I haue harde;
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And some haunteth womens company
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With vnclene lyfe, as lustes of lechery.
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These be with synne made blynde.
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V. Wyttes.
I trust to God no suche may we fynde;
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Therfore let vs preesthode honour,
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And folowe theyr doctryne for our soules socoure.
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We be theyr shepe, and they shepeherdes be
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By whome we all be kepte in suerte.
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Peas! For yonder I se Eueryman come,
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Which hath made true satysfaccyon.
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Good Dedes.
Me thyhnke it is he in ded.
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Eueryman.
Now Iesu be your alder spede!
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I haue receyued the sacrament for my redempycon,
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And than myne extreme vnccyon.
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Blessyd be all they that counseyled me to take it!
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And now, frendes, let vs go with-out longer respyte.
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I thanke God that ye haue taryed so longe.
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Now set eche of you on this rodde your honde,
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And shortely folowe me.
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I go before there I wolde be. God be our gyde!
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Strength.
Eueryman, we wyll not fro you go
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Tyll ye haue done this vyage longe.
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Dyscrecion.
I, Dyscrecyon, wyll byde by you also.
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Knowlege.
And though this pylgrymage be neuer so stronge,
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I wyll neuer parte you fro.
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Strength.
Eueryman, I wyll be as sure by the
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As euer I dyde by Iudas Machabee.
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Eueryman.
Alas, I am so faynt I may not stande;
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My lymmes vnder me do folde.
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Frendes, let vs not tourne agayne to this lande,
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Not for all the worldes golde;
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For in to this caue must I crepe
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And tourne to erth, and there to slepe.
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Beaute.
What, in to this graue? Alas!
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Eueryman.
Ye, there shall ye consume, more and lesse. [signature C.ii]
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Beaute.
And what, sholde I smoder here?
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Eueryman.
Ye, by my fayth, and neuer more appere.
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In this worlde lyue no more we shall,
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But in heuen before the hyest Lorde of all.
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Beaute.
I crosse out all this. / Adewe, by Saynt Iohan!
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I take my tappe in my lappe and am gone.
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Eueryman.
What, Beaute, whyder wyll ye?
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Beaute.
Peas! I am defe. I loke not behynde me,
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Not & thou wolde gyue me all the golde in thy chest.
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