Everyman :
A. C. Cawley

Scene 6

Kynrede.
Here be we now at your commaundement.
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Cosyn, I praye you shewe vs your entent
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In ony wyse, and not spare.
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Cosyn.
Ye, Eueryman, and to vs declare
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If ye be dysposed to go ony-whyder;
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For, wete you well, we wyll lyue and dye to-gyder.
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Kynrede.
In welth and wo we wyll with you holde,
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For ouer his kynne a man may be bolde.
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Eueryman.
Gramercy, my frendes and kynnesmen kynde.
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Now shall I shewe you the grefe of my mynde:
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I was commaunded by a messenger,
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That is a hye kynges chefe offycer.
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He bad me go a pylgrymage, to my payne,
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And I knowe well I shall neuer come agayne.
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Also I must gyue a rekenynge strayte,
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For I haue a grete enemy that hath me in wayte,
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Whiche entendeth me for to hynder.
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Kynrede.
What a-counte is that whiche ye must render?
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That wolde I knowe.
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Eueryman.
Of all my workes I must shewe
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How I haue lyued and my dayes spent;
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Also of yll dedes that I haue vsed
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In my tyme, syth lyfe was me lent;
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And of all vertues that I haue refused.
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Therfore, I praye you, go thyder with me
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To helpe to make myn accounte, for saynt charyte.
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Cosyn.
What, to go thyder? Is that the mater?
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Nay, Eueryman, I had leuer fast brede and water
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All this fyue yere and more. [signature B.iii]
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Eueryman.
Alas, that euer I was bore!
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For now shall I neuer be mery,
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If that you forsake me.
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Kynrede.
A, syr, what ye be a mery man!
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Take good herte to you, and make no mone.
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But one thynge I warne you, by Saynt Anne —
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As for me, ye shall go alone.
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Eueryman.
My Cosyn, wyll you not with me go?
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Cosyn.
No, by our Lady! I haue the crampe in my to.
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Trust not to me; for, so God me spede,
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I wyll deceyue you in your moost nede.
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Kynrede.
It auayleth not vs to tyse.
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Ye shall haue my mayde with all my herte;
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She loueth to go to feestes, there to be nyse,
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And to daunce, and a-brode to sterte.
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I wyll gyue her leue to helpe you in that iourney,
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If that you and she may a-gree.
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Eueryman.
Now shewe me the very effecte of your mynde:
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Wyll you go with me, or abyde be-hynde?
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Kynrede.
Abyde behynde? / Ye, that wyll I, and I maye!
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Therfore farewell tyll another daye.
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Eueryman.
Howe sholde I be mery or gladde?
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For fayre promyses men to me make,
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But whan I haue moost nede they me forsake.
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I am deceyued; that maketh me sadde.
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Cosyn.
Cosyn Eueryman, farewell now,
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For veryly I wyll not go with you.
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Also of myne owne an vnredy rekenynge
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I haue to accounte; therfore I make taryenge.
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Now God kepe the, for now I go.
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