Everyman :
A. C. Cawley

Scene 5

Eueryman.
Eueryman.
Why askest thou?
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Woldest thou wete?
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Dethe.
Ye, syr. I wyll shewe you:
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In grete hast I am sende to the
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Fro God out of his mageste.
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Eueryman.
What, sente to me?
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Dethe.
Ye, certaynly.
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Thoughe thou haue forgete hym here,
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He thynketh on the in the heuenly spere,
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As, or we departe, thou shalte knowe.
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Eueryman.
What desyreth God of me?
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Dethe.
That shall I shewe the:
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A rekenynge he wyll nedes haue
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Without ony lenger respyte.
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Eueryman.
To gyue a rekenynge longer layser I craue;
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This blynde mater troubleth my wytte.
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Dethe.
On the thou must take a long iourney;
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Therfore thy boke of counte with the thou brynge,
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For tourne agayne thou can not by no waye.
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And loke thou be sure of thy rekenynge,
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For before God thou shalte answere, and shewe
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Thy many badde dedes, and good but a fewe;
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How thou hast spente thy lyfe, and in what wyse,
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Before the chefe Lorde of paradyse.
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Haue ado that thou were in that waye,
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For wete thou well thou shalte make none attournay.
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Eueryman.
Full vnredy I am suche rekenynge to gyue.
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I knowe the not. What messenger arte thou?
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Dethe.
I am Dethe that no man dredeth—
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For euery man I reste — and no man spareth;
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For it is Goddes commaundement
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That all to me sholde be obedyent.
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Eueryman.
O Deth, thou comest whan I had the leest in mynde!
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In thy power it lyeth me to saue;
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Yet of my good wyl I gyue the, yf thou wyl be kynde —
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Ye, a thousande pounde shalte thou haue —
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And dyfferre this mater tyll an other daye.
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Dethe.
Eueryman, it may not be by no waye.
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I set not by golde, syluer, nor rychesse,
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Ne by pope / emperour / kynge / duke, ne prynces;
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For, and I wolde receyue gyftes grete,
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All the worlde I myght gete;
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But my custome is clene contrary.
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I gyue the no respyte. Come hens, and not tary!
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Eueryman.
Alas, shall I haue no lenger respyte?
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I may saye Deth gyueth no warnynge!
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To thynke on the, it maketh my herte seke,
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For all vnredy is my boke of rekenynge.
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But xii. yere and I myght haue a-bydynge,
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My countynge-boke I wolde make so clere
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That my rekenynge I sholde not nede to fere.
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Wherfore, Deth, I praye the, for Goddes mercy,
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Spare me tyll I be prouyded of remedy.
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Dethe.
The auayleth not to crye, wepe, and praye;
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But hast the lyghtly that thou were gone that iournaye,
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And preue thy frendes yf thou can.
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For wete thou well the tyde abydeth no man,
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And in the worlde eche lyuynge creature
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For Adams synne must dye of nature.
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Eueryman.
Dethe, yf I sholde this pylgrymage take,
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And my rekenynge suerly make,
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Shewe me, for saynt charyte,
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Sholde I not come agayne shortly?
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Dethe.
No, Eueryman; and thou be ones there,
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Thou mayst neuer more come here,
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Trust me veryly.
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Eueryman.
O gracyous God in the hye sete celestyall,
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Haue mercy on me in this moost nede!
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Shall I haue no company fro this vale terestryall
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Of myne acqueyntaunce, that way me to lede?
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Dethe.
Ye, yf ony be so hardy
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That wolde go with the and bere the company.
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Hye the that thou were gone to Goddes magnyfycence,
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Thy rekenynge to gyue before his presence.
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What, wenest thou thy lyue is gyuen the,
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And thy worldely gooddes also?
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Eueryman.
I had wende so, veryle.
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Dethe.
Nay, nay, it was but lende the;
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For as soone as thou arte go,
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Another a whyle shall haue it, and than go ther-fro,
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Euen as thou hast done.
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Eueryman, thou arte made! Thou hast thy wyttes fyue,
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And here on erthe wyll not amende thy lyue;
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For sodeynly I do come.
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Eueryman.
O wretched caytyfe, wheder shall I flee,
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That I myght scape this endles sorowe?
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Now, gentyll Deth, spare me tyll to-morowe,
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That I may amende me
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With good aduysement.
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Dethe.
Naye, therto I wyll not consent,
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Nor no man wyll I respyte;
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But to the herte sodeynly I shall smyte
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Without ony aduysement.
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And now out of thy syght I wyll me hy.
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Se thou make the redy shortely,
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For thou mayst saye this is the daye
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That no man lyuynge may scape a-way.
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Eueryman.
Alas, I may well wepe with syghes depe!
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Now haue I no maner of company
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To help me in my iourney, and me to kepe;
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And also my wrytynge is full vnredy.
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How shall I do now for to exscuse me?
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I wolde to God I had neuer be gete!
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To my soule a full grete profyte it had be,
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For now I fere paynes huge and grete.
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The tyme passeth. Lorde, helpe, that all wrought!
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For though I mourne, it auayleth nought.
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The day passeth and is almoost ago;
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I wote not well what for to do.
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To whome were I best my complaynt to make?
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What and I to Felawshyp therof spake,
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And shewed hym of this sodeyne chaunce?
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For in hym is all muyne affyaunce;
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We haue in the worlde so many a daye
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Be good frendes in sporte and playe.
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I se hym yonder, certaynely.
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I trust that he wyll bere me company;
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Therfore to hym wyll I speke to ese my sorowe.
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Well mette, Good Felawshyp, and good morowe!
Felawshyp speketh.
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Felawship.
Eueryman, good morowe, by this daye!
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Syr, why lokest thou so pyteously?
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If ony thynge be a-mysse, I praye the me saye,
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That I may helpe to remedy.
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Eueryman.
Ye, good Felawshyp, ye,
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I am in greate ieoparde.
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Felawship.
My true frende, shewe to me your mynde.
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I wyll not forsake the to my lyues ende,
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In the waye of good company.
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Eueryman.
That was well spoken and louyngly.
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Felawshyp.
Syr, I must nedes knowe your heuynesse;
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I haue pyte to se you in ony dystresse.
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If ony haue you wronged, ye shall reuenged be,
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Thoughe I on the grounde be slayne for the, [signature B.i]
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Though that I knowe before that I sholde dye.
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Eueryman.
Veryly, Felawshyp, gramercy.
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Felawship.
Tusshe! by thy thankes I set not a strawe.
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Shewe me your grefe, and saye no more.
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Eueryman.
If I my herte sholde to you breke,
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And than you to tourne your mynde fro me
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And wolde not me comforte whan ye here me speke,
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Than sholde I ten tymes soryer be.
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Felawship.
Syr, I saye as I wyll do in dede.
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Eueryman.
Than be you a good frende at nede.
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I haue founde you true here-before.
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Felawship.
And so ye shall euermore;
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For, in fayth, and thou go to hell,
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I wyll not forsake the by the waye.
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Eueryman.
Ye speke lyke a good frende; I byleue you well
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I shall deserue it, and I maye.
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Felawship.
I speke of no deseruynge, by this daye!
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For he that wyll saye, and nothynge do,
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Is not worthy with good company to go;
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Therfore shewe me the grefe of your mynde,
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As to your frende moost louynge and kynde.
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Eueryman.
I shall shewe you how it is:
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Commaunded I am to go a iournaye,
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A longe waye harde and daungerous,
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And gyue a strayte counte, without delaye,
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Before the hye Iuge, Adonay.
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Wherfore, I pray you, bere me company,
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As ye haue promysed, in this iournaye.
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Felawship.
That is mater in dede! Promyse is duty;
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But, and I sholde take suche a vyage on me,
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I knowe it well, it sholde be to my payne;
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Also it maketh me aferde, certayne.
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But let vs take counsell here as well as we can,
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For your wordes wolde fere a stronge man.
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Eueryman.
Why, ye sayd yf I had nede
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Ye wolde me neuer forsake, quycke ne deed,
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Thoughe it were to hell, truely.
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Felawship.
So I sayd, certaynely,
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But suche pleasures be set a-syde, the sothe to saye;
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And also, yf we toke suche a iournaye,
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Whan sholde we agayne come?
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Eueryman.
Naye, neuer agayne tyll the daye of dome.
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Felawship.
In fayth, than wyll not I come there!
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Who hath you these tydynges brought?
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Eueryman.
In dede, Deth was with me here.
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Felawshyp.
Now, by God that all hathe bought,
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If Deth were the messenger,
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For no man that is lyuynge to-daye
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I wyll not go that lothe iournaye —
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Not for the fader that bygate me!
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Eueryman.
Ye promysed other wyse, parde.
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Felawship.
I wote well I sayd so, truely;
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And yet, yf thou wylte ete & drynke & make good chere,
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Or haunt to women the lusty company,
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I wolde not forsake you whyle the daye is clere,
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Trust me veryly.
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Eueryman.
Ye, therto ye wolde be redy!
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To go to myrthe, solas, and playe
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Your mynde wyll soner apply,
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Than to bere me company in my longe iournaye.
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Felawship.
Now, in good fayth, I wyll not that waye;
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But and thou wyll murder, or ony man kyll,
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In that I wyll helpe the with a good wyll.
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Eueryman.
O, that is a symple aduyse in dede. [signature B.ii]
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Gentyll felawe, helpe me in my necessyte!
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We haue loued longe, and now I nede;
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And now, gentyll Felawshyp, remembre me.
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Felawship.
Wheder ye haue loued me or no,
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By Saynt Iohan I wyll not with the go!
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Eueryman.
Yet, I pray the, take the labour & do so moche for me
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To brynge me forwarde, for saynt charyte,
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And comforte me tyll I come without the towne.
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Felawship.
Nay, and thou wolde gyue me a newe gowne,
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I wyll not a fote with the go;
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But, and thou had taryed, I wolde not haue lefte the so.
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And as now God spede the in thy iournaye,
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For from the I wyll departe as fast as I maye.
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Eueryman.
Wheder a-waye, Felawshyp? Wyll thou forsake me?
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Felawship.
Ye, by my faye! To God I be-take the.
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Eueryman.
Farewell, good Felawshyp! For the my herte is sore.
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A-dewe for euer! I shall se the no more.
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Felawship.
In fayth, Eueryman, fare well now at the endynge!
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For you I wyll remembre that partynge is mournynge.
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Eueryman.
A-lacke, shall wee thus departe in ded —
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A, Lady, helpe! — without ony more comforte?
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Lo, Felawshyp forsaketh me in my moost nede.
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For helpe in this worlde wheder shall I resorte?
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Felawshyp here-before with me wolde mery make,
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And now lytell sorowe for me dooth he take.
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It is sayd, 'In prosperyte men frendes may fynde,
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Whiche in aduersyte be full vnkynde.'
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Now wheder for socoure shall I flee,
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Syth that Felawshyp hath forsaken me?
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To my kynnesmen I wyll, truely,
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Prayenge them to helpe me in my necessyte.
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I byleue that they wyll do so,
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For kynde wyll crepe where it may not go.
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I wyll go saye, for yonder I se them.
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Where be ye now, my frendes and kynnesmen?
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