The Towneley plays

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The Towneley plays
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London ; New York: Published for the Early English Text Society by the Oxford University Press
[1966]
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"The Towneley plays." In the digital collection Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse. https://name.umdl.umich.edu/Towneley. University of Michigan Library Digital Collections. Accessed July 16, 2024.

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The Salutation of Elizabeth

Mary
My lord of heuen, that syttys he, Line 1 And all thyng seys with ee, Line 2 The safe, Elezabeth. Line 3
Elizabeth
Welcom, mary, blyssed blome, Line 4 Ioyfull am I of thi com Line 5 To me, from nazareth. Line 6
Mary
how standys it with you, dame, of qwart? Line 7
Elizabeth
well, my doghter and dere hart, Line 8 As can for myn elde. Line 9
Mary
To speke with you me thoght full lang, Line 10 ffor ye with childe in elde gang, Line 11 And ye be cald, geld,. Line 12
Elizabeth
ffull lang shall I the better be, Line 13 That I may speke my fyll with the, Line 14 My dere kyns Woman; Line 15 To wytt how thi freyndys fare, Line 16 In thi countre where thay ar, Line 17 Therof tell me thou can, Line 18

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Line 18 And how thou farys, my dere derlyng. Line 19
Mary
Well, dame, gramercy youre askyng, Line 20 ffor good I wote ye spyr. Line 21
Elizabeth
And Ioachym, thy fader, at hame, Line 22 And anna, my nese, and thi dame, Line 23 how standys it with hym and hir? Line 24
Mary
Dame, yit ar thay both on lyfe, Line 25 Both ioachym and anna his wyfe. Line 26
Elizabeth
Els were my hart full sore. Line 27
Mary
Dame, god that all may, Line 28 yeld, you that ye say, Line 29 And, blys you therfore. Line 30
Elizabeth
Blyssed be thou of all women, Line 31 And the fruyte that I well ken, Line 32 Within the wombe of the; Line 33 And this tyme may I blys, Line 34 That my lordys moder is Line 35 Comen thus vnto me. Line 36 ffor syn that tyme full well I wote, Line 37 The stevyn of angell voce it smote, Line 38 And rang now in myn ere; Line 39 A selcouth thyng is me betyde. Line 40 The chyld makys Ioy, as any byrd, Line 41 That I in body bere. Line 42 And als, mary, blyssed be thou, Line 43 That stedfastly wold, trow, Line 44 The wordys of oure heven kyng; Line 45 Therfor all thyng now shall be kend, Line 46 That vnto the were sayd or send, Line 47 By the angell gretyng. Line 48
Mary
Magnificat anima mea dominum; My saull lufys my lord abuf, Line 49 And my gost gladys with luf, Line 50

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Line 50 In god, that is my hele; Line 51 ffor he has bene sene agane, Line 52 The buxumnes of his bane, Line 53 And kept me madyn lele. Line 54 Lo, therof what me shall betyde- Line 55 All nacyons on euery syde, Line 56 Blyssyd shall me call; Line 57 ffor he that is full of myght, Line 58 Mekyll thyng to me has dyght, Line 59 his name be blyssed ouer all; Line 60 And his mercy is also Line 61 ffrom kynde to kynde, tyll all tho Line 62 That ar hym dredand. Line 63 Myght in his armes he wroght, Line 64 And dystroed in his thoght, Line 65 Prowde men and hygh berand,. Line 66 Myghty men furth of sete he dyd, Line 67 And he hyghtynd in that stede Line 68 The meke men of hart; Line 69 The hungre With all good he fyld, Line 70 And left the rich outt shyld, Line 71 Thaym to Vnquart. Line 72 Israell has vnder law, Line 73 his awne son in his awe, Line 74 By menys of his mercy; Line 75 As he told before by name, Line 76 To oure fader, abraham, Line 77 And seyd of his body. Line 78 Elezabeth, myn awnt dere, Line 79 My lefe I take at you here, Line 80 ffor I dwell now full lang. Line 81
Elizabeth
wyll thou now go, godys fere? Line 82 Com kys me, doghter, with good chere, Line 83 or thou hens gang; Line 84

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Line 84 ffarewell now, thou frely foode! Line 85 I pray the be of comforth goode, Line 86 ffor thou art full of grace; Line 87 Grete well all oure kyn of bloode; Line 88 That lord, that the with grace infude, Line 89 he saue all in this place. Line 90
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