The Towneley plays

The Second Shepherds' Play

Primus Pastor
Lord, what these weders ar cold! / and I am yll happyd;
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I am nere hande dold, / so long haue I nappyd;
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My legys thay fold, / my fyngers ar chappyd,
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It is not as I wold, / for I am al lappyd,
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In sorow.
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In stormes and tempest,
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Now in the eest, now in the west,
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wo is hym has neuer rest
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Myd day nor morow!
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Bot we sely shepardes / that walkys on the moore,
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In fayth we are nere handys / outt of the doore; Page  117
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No wonder as it standys / if we be poore,
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ffor the tylthe of oure landys / lyys falow as the floore,
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As ye ken.
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we ar so hamyd,
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ffor-taxed and ramyd,
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We ar mayde hand tamyd,
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with thyse gentlery men.
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Thus thay refe vs oure rest / oure lady theym wary!
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These men that ar lord fest / thay cause the ploghe tary.
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That men say is for the best / we fynde it contrary;
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Thus ar husbandys opprest / in po[i]nte to myscary,
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On lyfe.
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Thus hold, thay vs hunder,
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Thus thay bryng vs in blonder;
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It were greatte wonder,
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And euer shuld we thryfe.
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ffor may he gett a paynt slefe / or a broche now on dayes,
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wo is hym that hym grefe / or onys agane says!
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Dar noman hym reprefe / what mastry he mays,
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And yit may noman lefe / oone word that he says,
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No letter.
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he can make purveance,
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with boste and bragance,
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And all is thrugh mantenance
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Of men that are gretter.
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Ther shall com a swane / as prowde as a po,
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he must borow my wane / my ploghe also,
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Then I am full fane / to graunt or he go.
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Thus lyf we in payne / Anger, and wo,
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By nyght and day;
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he must haue if he langyd,
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If I shuld, forgang it,
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I were better be hangyd
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Then oones say hym nay.
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It dos me good, as I walk / thus by myn oone,
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Of this warld, for to talk / in maner of mone. Page  118
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To my shepe wyll I stalk / and herkyn anone,
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Ther abyde on a balk / or sytt on a stone
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ffull soyne.
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ffor I trowe, perde,
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trew men if thay be,
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we gett more compane
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Or it be noyne.
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Secundus Pastor
Benste and dominus! / what may this bemeyne?
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why, fares this warld thus / oft haue we not sene?
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lord, thyse weders ar spytus / and the weders full kene.
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And the frostys so hydus / thay water myn eeyne,
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No ly.
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Now in dry, now in wete,
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Now in snaw, now in slete,
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When my shone freys to my fete,
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It is not all esy.
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Bot as far as I ken / or yit as I go,
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we sely wedmen / dre mekyll wo;
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We haue sorow then and then / it fallys oft so;
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Sely capyle, oure hen / both to and fro
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She kakyls;
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Bot begyn she to crok,
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To groyne or [to clo]k,
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Wo is hym is of oure cok,
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ffor he is in the shekyls.
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These men that ar wed / haue not all thare wyll,
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when they ar full hard sted / thay sygh full styll;
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God wayte thay ar led / full hard and full yll;
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In bower nor in bed / thay say noght ther tyll,
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This tyde.
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My parte haue I fun,
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I know my lesson.
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wo is hym that is bun,
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ffor he must abyde. Page  119
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Bot now late in oure lyfys / a meruell to me,
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That I thynk my hart ryfys / sich wonders to see.
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what that destany dryfys / it shuld so be;
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Som men wyll have two wyfys / and som men thre,
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In store;
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Som ar wo that has any,
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Bot so far can I,
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wo is hym that has many,
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ffor he felys sore.
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Bot yong men of wowyng / for god that you boght,
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Be well war of wedyng / and thynk in youre thoght,
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"[had I wyst"] is a thyng / it seruys of noght;
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Mekyll styll mowrnyng / has wedyng home broght,
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And grefys;
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with many a sharp showre,
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ffor thou may cach in an owre
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That shall [savour] fulle sowre
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As long as thou lyffys.
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ffor, as euer red I pystyll / I haue oone to my fere,
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As sharp as a thystyll / as rugh as a brere;
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She is browyd lyke a brystyll / with a sowre loten chere;
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had She oones Wett Hyr Whystyll / She couth Syng full clere
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Hyr pater noster.
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She is as greatt as a whall,
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She has a galon of gall:
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By hym that dyed for vs all,
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I wald I had ryn to I had lost hir.
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Primus Pastor
God looke ouer the raw / ffull defly ye stand.
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Secundus Pastor
yee, the dewill in thi maw / so tariand.
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sagh thou awro of daw? /
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Primus Pastor
yee, on a ley land
hard I hym blaw / he commys here at hand,
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Not far; Page  120
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Stand styll.
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Secundus Pastor
qwhy?
Primus Pastor
ffor he commys, hope I.
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Secundus Pastor
he wyll make vs both a ly
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Bot if we be war.
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Tercius Pastor
Crystys crosse me spede / and sant nycholas!
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Ther of had I nede / it is wars then it was.
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Whoso couthe take hede / and lett the warld pas,
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It is euer in drede / and brekyll as glas,
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And slythys.
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This warld, fowre neuer so,
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With meruels mo and mo,
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Now in weyll, now in wo,
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And all thyng wrythys.
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Was neuer syn noe floode / sich floodys seyn;
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Wyndys and ranys so rude / and stormes so keyn;
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Som stamerd, som stod, / in dowte, as I weyn;
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Now god turne all to good / I say as I mene,
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ffor ponder.
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These floodys so thay drowne,
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Both in feyldys and in towne,
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And berys all downe,
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And that is a wonder.
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We that walk on the nyghtys / oure catell to kepe,
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We se sodan syghtys / when othere men slepe.
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yit me thynk my hart lyghtys / I se shrewys pepe;
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ye ar two all wyghtys / I wyll gyf my shepe
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A turne.
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Bot full yll haue I ment,
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As I walk on this bent,
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I may lyghtly repent,
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My toes if I spurne.
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A, sir, god, you saue / and master myne!
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A drynk fayn wold I haue / and somwhat to dyne.
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Page  121
Primus Pastor
Crystys curs, my knaue / thou art a ledyr hyne!
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Secundus Pastor
What! the boy lyst rave; / abyde vnto syne;
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We haue mayde it.
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yll thryft on thy pate!
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Though the shrew cam late,
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yit is he in state
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To dyne, if he had it.
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Tercius Pastor
Sich seruandys as I / that swettys and swynkys,
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Etys oure brede full dry / and that me forthynkys;
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We ar oft weytt and wery / when master-men wynkys,
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yit commys full lately / both dyners and drynkys,
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Bot nately.
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Both oure dame and oure syre,
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when we haue ryn in the myre,
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Thay can nyp at oure hyre,
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And pay vs full lately.
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Bot here my trouth, master / for the fayr that ye make,
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I shall do therafter / wyrk as I take;
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I shall do a lytyll, sir / and emang euer lake,
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ffor yit lay my soper / neuer on my stomake
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In feyldys.
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Wherto shuld, I threpe?
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with my staf can I lepe,
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And men say "[lyght chepe
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letherly for-yeldys."]
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Primus Pastor
Thou were an yll lad / to ryde on wowyng
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With a man that had / bot lytyll of spendyng.
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Secundus Pastor
Peasse, boy, I bad / no more Iangling,
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Or I shall make the full rad / by the heuen's kyng!
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with thy gawdys;
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wher ar oure shepe, boy, we skorne?
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Tercius Pastor
Sir, this same day at morne
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I thaym left in the corne,
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when thay rang lawdys; Page  122
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Thay haue pasture good / thay can not go wrong.
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Primus Pastor
That is right, by the roode! / thyse nyghtys ar long,
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yit I wold, or we yode / oone gaf vs a song.
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Secundus Pastor
So I thoght as I stode / to myrth vs emong.
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Tercius Pastor
I grauntt.
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Primus Pastor
lett me syng the tenory.
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Secundus Pastor
And I the tryble so hye.
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Tercius Pastor
Then the meyne fallys to me;
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lett se how ye chauntt.
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Mak
Now lord, for thy naymes sevyn / that made both moyn & starnes
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Well mo then I can neuen / thi will, lorde, of me tharnys;
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I am all vneuen / that moves oft my harnes,
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Now Wold god I were in heuen / for there wepe no barnes
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So styll.
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Primus Pastor
Who is that pypys so poore?
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Mak
wold, god ye wyst how I foore!
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lo, a man that walkys on the moore,
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And has not all his wyll!
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Secundus Pastor
Mak, where has thou gon? / tell vs tythyng.
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Tercius Pastor
Is he commen? then ylkon / take hede to his thyng.
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Mak
what! ich be a yoman / I tell you, of the king;
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The self and the same / sond from a greatt lordyng,
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And sich.
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ffy on you! goyth hence
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Out of my presence!
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I must haue reuerence;
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why, who be ich?
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Page  123
Primus Pastor
Why make ye it so qwaynt? / mak, ye do wrang.
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Secundus Pastor
Bot, mak, lyst ye saynt? / I trow that ye lang.
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Tercius Pastor
I trow the shrew can paynt, / the dewyll myght hym hang!
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Mak
Ich shall make complaynt / and make you all to thwang
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At a worde,
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And tell euyn how ye doth.
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Primus Pastor
Bot, Mak, is that sothe?
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Now take outt that sothren tothe,
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And sett in a torde!
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Secundus Pastor
Mak, the dewill in youre ee / a stroke wold, I leyne you.
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Tercius Pastor
Mak, know ye not me? / by god I couthe teyn you.
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Mak
God looke you all thre! / me thoght I had sene you,
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ye ar a fare compane. /
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Primus Pastor
can ye now mene you?
Secundus Pastor
Shrew, Iape!
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Thus late as thou goys,
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what wyll men suppos?
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And thou has an yll noys
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of stelyng of shepe.
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Mak
And I am trew as steyll / all men waytt,
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Bot a sekenes I feyll / that haldys me full haytt,
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My belly farys not weyll / it is out of astate.
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Tercius Pastor
Seldom lyys the dewyll / dede by the gate.
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Mak
Therfor
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full sore am I and yll,
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If I stande stone styll;
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I ete not an nedyll
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Thys moneth and more.
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Page  124
Primus Pastor
how farys thi wyff? by my hoode / how farys sho?
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Mak
lyys walteryng, by the roode / by the fyere, lo!
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And a howse full of brude / she drynkys well to;
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yll spede othere good / that she wyll do!
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Bot so
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Etys as fast as she can,
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And ilk yere that commys to man
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She bryngys furth a lakan,
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And som yeres two.
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Bot were I not more gracyus / and rychere befar,
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I were eten outt of howse / and of harbar;
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Yit is she a fowll dowse / if ye com nar:
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Ther is none that trowse / nor knowys a war,
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Then ken I.
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Now wyll ye se what I profer,
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To gyf all in my cofer
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To morne at next to offer
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hyr hed mas penny.
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Secundus Pastor
I wote so forwakyd / is none in this shyre:
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I wold slepe if I takyd / les to my hyere.
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Tercius Pastor
I am cold, and nakyd / and wold haue a fyere.
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Primus Pastor
I am wery, for-rakyd / and run in the myre.
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wake thou!
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Secundus Pastor
Nay, I wyll lyg downe by,
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ffor I must slepe truly.
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Tercius Pastor
As good a man's son was I
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As any of you.
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Bot, mak, com heder! betwene / shall thou lyg downe.
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Mak
Then myght I lett you bedene / of that ye wold, rowne, Page  125
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No drede.
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ffro my top to my too,
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Manus tuas commendo,
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poncio pilato,
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Cryst crosse me spede!
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Now were tyme for a man / that lakkys what he wold,
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To stalk preuely than / vnto a fold,,
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And neemly to wyrk than / and be not to bold,
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ffor he might aby the bargan / if it were told
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At the endyng.
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Now were tyme for to reyll;
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Bot he nedys good counsell
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That fayn wold, fare weyll,
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And has bot lytyll spendyng.
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Bot abowte you a serkyll / as rownde as a moyn,
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To I haue done that I wyll / tyll that it be noyn,
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That ye lyg stone styll / to that I haue doyne,
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And I shall say thertyll / of good wordys a foyne.
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On hight
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Ouer youre heydys my hand I lyft,
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Outt go youre een, fordo your syght,
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Bot yit I must make better shyft,
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And it be right.
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lord! what thay slepe hard! / that may ye all here;
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was I neuer a shepard / bot now wyll I lere.
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If the flok be skard / yit shall I nyp nere,
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how! drawes hederward! / now mendys oure chere
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ffrom sorow:
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A fatt shepe I dar say,
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A good flese dar I lay,
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Eft whyte when I may,
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Bot this will I borow.
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how, gyll, art thou In? / gett vs some lyght.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Who makys sich dyn / this tyme of the nyght? Page  126
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I am sett for to spyn / I hope not I myght
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Ryse a penny to wyn, / I shrew them on hight!
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So farys
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A huswyff that has bene
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To be rasyd thus betwene:
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here may no note be sene
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ffor sich small charys.
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Mak
Good wyff, open the hek! / seys thou not what I bryng?
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
I may thole the dray the snek. / A, com in, my swetyng!
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Mak
yee, thou thar not rek / of my long standyng.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
By the nakyd nek / art thou lyke for to hyng.
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Mak
Do way:
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I am worthy my mete,
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ffor in a strate can I gett
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More then thay that swynke and swette
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All the long day,
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Thus it fell to my lott / gyll, I had sich grace.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
It were a fowll blott / to be hanged for the case.
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Mak
I haue skapyd, Ielott / oft as hard a glase.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Bot so long goys the pott / to the water, men says,
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At last
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Comys it home broken.
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Mak
well knowe I the token,
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Bot let it neuer be spoken;
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Bot com and help fast.
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I wold, he were slayn / I lyst well ete:
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This twelmothe was I not so fayn / of oone shepe mete.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Com thay or he be slayn/ and here the shepe blete!
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Mak
Then myght I be tane, / that were a cold, swette!
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Go spar
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The gaytt doore.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Yis, Mak,
ffor and thay com at thy bak,
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Mak
Then myght I by, for all the pak,
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The dewill of the war.
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Page  127
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
A good bowrde haue I spied / syn thou can none.
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here shall we hym hyde / to thay be gone;
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In my credyll abyde / lett me alone,
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And I shall lyg besyde / in chylbed, and grone.
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Mak
Thou red;
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And, I shall say thou was lyght
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Of a knaue childe this nyght.
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Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Now well is me day bright,
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That euer was I bred.
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This is a good gyse / and a far cast;
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Yit a woman avyse / helpys at the last.
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I wote neuer who spyse, / agane go thou fast.
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Mak
Bot I com or thay ryse / els blawes a cold, blast!
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I wyll go slepe.
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yit slepys all this meneye,
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And I shall go stalk preuely,
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As it had neuer bene I
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That caryed thare shepe.
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Primus Pastor
Resurrex a mortruis! / haue hald, my hand.
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Iudas carnas dominus! / I may not well stand:
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My foytt slepys, by ihesus / and I water fastand.
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I thoght that we layd vs / full nere yngland.
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Secundus Pastor
A ye!
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lord! what I haue slept weyll;
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As fresh as an eyll,
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As lyght I me feyll
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As leyfe on a tre.
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Tercius Pastor
Benste be here in! / so my [hart?] qwakys,
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My hart is outt of skyn / what so it makys.
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Who makys all this dyn? / so my browes blakys,
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To the dowore wyll I wyn / harke felows, wakys!
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We were fowre:
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se ye awre of mak now?
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Primus Pastor
we were vp or thou.
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Secundus Pastor
Man, I gyf god a vowe,
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yit yede he nawre.
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Page  128
Tercius Pastor
Me thoght he was lapt / in a wolfe skyn.
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Primus Pastor
So are many hapt / now namely within.
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Secundus Pastor
When we had long napt / me thoght with a gyn
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A fatt shepe he trapt / bot he mayde no dyn.
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Tercius Pastor
Be styll:
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Thi dreme makys the woode:
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It is bot fantom, by the roode.
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Primus Pastor
Now god turne all to good,
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If it be his wyll.
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Secundus Pastor
Ryse, mak, for shame! / thou lygys right lang.
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Mak
Now crystys holy name / be vs emang!
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what is this? for sant Iame / I may not well gang!
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I trow I be the same / A! my nek has lygen wrang
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Enoghe;
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Mekill thank, syn yister euen,
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Now, by sant strevyn,
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I was flayd with a swevyn,
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My hart out of sloghe.
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I thoght gyll began to crok / and trauell full sad,
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welner at the fyrst cok / of a yong lad,
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ffor to mend oure flok / then be I neuer glad.
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I haue tow on my rok / more then euer I had.
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A, my heede!
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A house full of yong tharmes,
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The dewill knok outt thare harnes!
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wo is hym has many barnes,
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And therto lytyll brede!
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I must go home, by youre lefe / to gyll as I thoght.
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I pray you looke my slefe / that I steyll noght:
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I am loth you to grefe / or from you take oght.
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Tercius Pastor
Go furth, yll myght thou chefe! / now wold I we soght, Page  129
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This morne,
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That we had all oure store.
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Primus Pastor
Bot I will go before, let vs mete.
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Secundus Pastor
whore?
Tercius Pastor
At the crokyd thorne.
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Mak
Vndo this doore! who is here? / how long shall I stand?
     403
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Who makys sich a bere? / now walk in the Wenyand.
     404
Mak
A, gyll, what chere? / it is I, mak, youre husbande,
     405
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Then may we be here / the dewill in a bande,
     406
Syr gyle;
     407
lo, he commys with a lote
     408
As he were holden in the throte.
     409
I may not syt at my note,
     410
A hand lang while.
     411
Mak
wyll ye here what fare she makys / to gett hir a glose,
     412
And dos noght bot lakys / and clowse hir toose.
     413
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
why, who wanders, who wakys / who commys, who gose?
     414
who brewys, who bakys? / what makys me thus hose?
     415
And than,
     416
It is rewthe to beholde,
     417
Now in hote, now in colde,
     418
ffull wofull is the householde
     419
That wantys a woman.
     420
Bot what ende has thou mayde / with the hyrdys, mak?
     421
Mak
The last worde that thay sayde / when I turnyd my bak,
     422
Thay wold looke that thay hade / thare shepe all the pak.
     423
I hope thay wyll nott be well payde / when thay thare shepe lak,
     424
Perde. Page  130
     425
Bot how so the gam gose,
     426
To me thay wyll suppose,
     427
And make a fowll noyse,
     428
And cry outt apon me.
     429
Bot thou must do as thou hyght /
     430
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
I accorde me thertyll.
I shall swedyll hym right / In my credyll;
     431
If it were a gretter slyght / yit couthe I help tyll.
     432
I wyll lyg downe stright; / com hap me;
     433
Mak
I wyll.
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Behynde.
     434
Com coll and his maroo,
     435
Thay will nyp vs full naroo.
     436
Mak
Bot I may cry out `haroo,'
     437
The shepe if thay fynde.
     438
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
harken ay when thay call / thay will com onone.
     439
Com and make redy all / and syng by thyn oone;
     440
Syng lullay thou shall / for I must grone,
     441
And cry outt by the wall / on mary and Iohn,
     442
ffor sore.
     443
Syng lullay on fast
     444
when thou heris at the last;
     445
And bot I play a fals cast,
     446
Trust me no more.
     447
Tercius Pastor
A, coll, goode morne / why slepys thou nott?
     448
Primus Pastor
Alas, that euer was I borne! / we haue a fowll blott.
     449
A fat wedir haue we lorne. /
     450
Tercius Pastor
mary, godys forbott!
Secundus Pastor
who shuld do vs that skorne? that were a fowll spott.
     451
Primus Pastor
Som shrewe.
     452
I haue soght with my dogys
     453
All horbery shrogys,
     454
And of fefteyn hogys
     455
ffond I bot oone ewe.
     456
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Tercius Pastor
Now trow me, if ye will / by sant thomas of kent,
     457
Ayther mak or gyll / was at that assent.
     458
Primus Pastor
peasse, man, be still! / I sagh when he went;
     459
Thou sklanders hym yll / thou aght to repent,
     460
Goode spede.
     461
Secundus Pastor
Now as euer myght I the,
     462
If I shuld, euyn here de,
     463
I wold say it were he,
     464
That dyd that same dede.
     465
Tercius Pastor
Go we theder, I rede / and ryn on oure feete.
     466
Shall I neuer ete brede / the sothe to I wytt.
     467
Primus Pastor
Nor drynk in my heede / with hym tyll I mete.
     468
Secundus Pastor
I wyll rest in no stede / tyll that I hym grete,
     469
My brothere.
     470
Oone I will hight:
     471
Tyll I se hym in sight
     472
shall I neuer slepe one nyght
     473
Ther I do anothere.
     474
Tercius Pastor
will ye here how thay hak? / oure syre, lyst, croyne.
     475
Primus Pastor
hard I neuer none crak / so clere out of toyne;
     476
Call on hym.
     477
Secundus Pastor
mak! / vndo youre doore soyne.
     478
Mak
Who is that spak, / as it were noyne,
     479
On loft?
     480
Who is that I say?
     481
Tercius Pastor
Goode felowse, were it day.
     482
Mak
As far as ye may,
     483
Good, spekys soft, Page  132
     484
Ouer a seke woman's heede / that is at mayll easse;
     485
I had leuer be dede / or she had any dyseasse.
     486
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Go to an othere stede / I may not well qweasse.
     487
Ich fote that ye trede / goys thorow my nese.
     488
So hee!
     489
Primus Pastor
Tell vs, mak, if ye may,
     490
how fare ye, I say?
     491
Mak
Bot ar ye in this towne to day?
     492
Now how fare ye?
     493
ye haue ryn in the myre / and ar weytt yit:
     494
I shall make you a fyre / if ye will syt.
     495
A nores wold, I hyre / thynk ye on yit,
     496
well qwytt is my hyre / my dreme this is itt,
     497
A seson.
     498
I haue barnes, if ye knew,
     499
well mo then enewe,
     500
Bot we must drynk as we brew,
     501
And that is bot reson.
     502
I wold ye dynyd or ye yode / me thynk that ye swette.
     503
Secundus Pastor
Nay, nawther mendys oure mode / drynke nor mette.
     504
Mak
why, sir, alys you oght bot goode? /
     505
Tercius Pastor
yee, oure shepe that we gett,
Ar stollyn as thay yode / oure los is grette.
     506
Mak
Syrs, drynkys!
     507
had I bene thore,
     508
Som shuld haue boght it full sore.
     509
Primus Pastor
Mary, som men trowes that ye wore,
     510
And that vs forthynkys.
     511
Secundus Pastor
Mak, som men trowys / that it shuld be ye.
     512
Tercius Pastor
Ayther ye or youre spouse / so say we.
     513
Mak
Now if ye haue suspowse / to gill or to me,
     514
Com and rype oure howse / and then may ye se Page  133
     515
who had hir,
     516
If I any shepe fott,
     517
Aythor cow or stott;
     518
And gyll, my wyfe, rose nott
     519
here syn she lade hir.
     520
As I am true and lele / to god here I pray,
     521
That this be the fyrst mele / that I shall ete this day.
     522
Primus Pastor
Mak, as haue I ceyll, / Avyse the, I say;
     523
he lernyd tymely to steyll / that couth not say nay.
     524
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
I swelt!
     525
Outt, thefys, fro my wonys!
     526
ye com to rob vs for the nonys.
     527
Mak
here ye not how she gronys?
     528
youre hartys shuld melt.
     529
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
Outt, thefys, fro my barne! / negh hym not thor.
     530
Mak
wyst ye how she had farne / youre hartys wold be sore.
     531
ye do wrang, I you warne / that thus commys before
     532
To a woman that has farne / bot I say no more.
     533
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
A, my medyll!
     534
I pray to god so mylde,
     535
If euer I you begyld,,
     536
That I ete this chylde
     537
That lygys in this credyll.
     538
Mak
peasse, woman, for godys payn / and cry not so:
     539
Thou spyllys thy brane / and makys me full wo.
     540
Secundus Pastor
I trow oure shepe be slayn / what finde ye two?
     541
Tercius Pastor
All wyrk we in vayn / as well may we go.
     542
Bot hatters,
     543
I can fynde no flesh,
     544
hard nor nesh,
     545
Salt nor fresh,
     546
Bot two tome platers. Page  134
     547
Whik catell bot this / tame nor wylde,
     548
None, as haue I blys / as lowde as he smylde.
     549
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
No, so god me blys / and gyf me Ioy of my chylde!
     550
Primus Pastor
We haue merkyd amys / I hold vs begyld.
     551
Secundus Pastor
Syr don,
     552
Syr, oure lady hym saue!
     553
Is youre chyld a knaue?
     554
Mak
Any lord myght hym haue
     555
This chyld to his son.
     556
when he wakyns he kyppys / that ioy is to se.
     557
Tercius Pastor
In good tyme to hys hyppys / and in cele.
     558
Bot who was his gossyppys / so sone rede?
     559
Mak
So fare fall thare lyppys! /
     560
Primus Pastor
hark now, a le!
Mak
So god thaym thank,
     561
Parkyn, and gybon waller, I say,
     562
And gentill Iohn horne, in good fay,
     563
he made all the garray,
     564
With the greatt shank.
     565
Secundus Pastor
Mak, freyndys will we be / ffor we ar all oone.
     566
Mak
we! now I hald for me / for mendys gett I none.
     567
ffare well all thre / all glad were ye gone.
     568
Tercius Pastor
ffare wordys may ther be / bot luf is ther none
     569
this yere.
     570
Primus Pastor
Gaf ye the chyld, any thyng?
     571
Secundus Pastor
I trow not oone farthyng.
     572
Tercius Pastor
ffast agane will I flyng,
     573
Abyde ye me there.
     574
Mak, take it to no grefe / if I com to thi barne.
     575
Mak
Nay, thou dos me greatt reprefe / and fowll has thou farne.
     576
Tercius Pastor
The child will it not grefe / that lytyll day starne.
     577
Mak, with youre leyfe / let me gyf youre barne, Page  135
     578
Bot sex pence.
     579
Mak
Nay, do way: he slepys.
     580
Tercius Pastor
Me thynk he pepys.
     581
Mak
when he wakyns he wepys.
     582
I pray you go hence.
     583
Tercius Pastor
Gyf me lefe hym to kys / and lyft vp the clowtt.
     584
what the dewill is this? / he has a long snowte.
     585
Primus Pastor
he is merkyd amys / we wate ill abowte.
     586
Secundus Pastor
Ill spon weft, Iwys / ay commys foull owte.
     587
Ay, so!
     588
he is lyke to oure shepe!
     589
Tercius Pastor
how, gyb! may I pepe?
     590
Primus Pastor
I trow, kynde will crepe
     591
where it may not go.
     592
Secundus Pastor
This was a qwantt gawde / and a far cast.
     593
It was a hee frawde. /
     594
Tercius Pastor
yee, syrs, wast.
lett bren this bawde / and bynd hir fast.
     595
A fals skawde / hang at the last;
     596
So shall thou.
     597
wyll ye se how thay swedyll
     598
his foure feytt in the medyll?
     599
Sagh I neuer in a credyll
     600
A hornyd lad or now.
     601
Mak
Peasse byd I: what! / lett be youre fare;
     602
I am he that hym gatt / and yond woman hym bare.
     603
Primus Pastor
What dewill shall he hatt? / Mak, lo god makys ayre.
     604
Secundus Pastor
lett be all that. / now god gyf hym care,
     605
I sagh.
     606
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
A pratty child is he
     607
As syttys on a waman's kne;
     608
A dyllydowne, perde,
     609
To gar a man laghe.
     610
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Tercius Pastor
I know hym by the eere marke / that is a good tokyn.
     611
Mak
I tell you, syrs, hark! / hys noyse was brokyn.
     612
Sythen told, me a clerk / that he was forspokyn.
     613
Primus Pastor
This is a fals wark / I wold, fayn be wrokyn:
     614
Gett wepyn.
     615
Uxor Ejus (Gill)
he was takyn with an elfe,
     616
I saw it myself.
     617
when the clok stroke twelf
     618
was he forshapyn.
     619
Secundus Pastor
ye two ar well feft / sam in a stede.
     620
Tercius Pastor
Syn thay manteyn thare theft / let do thaym to dede.
     621
Mak
If I trespas eft / gyrd of my heede.
     622
with you will I be left. /
     623
Primus Pastor
syrs, do my reede.
ffor this trespas,
     624
we will nawther ban ne flyte,
     625
ffyght nor chyte,
     626
Bot haue done as tyte,
     627
And cast hym in canvas.
     628
lord! what I am sore / in poynt for to bryst.
     629
In fayth I may no more / therfor wyll I ryst.
     630
Secundus Pastor
As a shepe of sevyn skore / he weyd in my fyst.
     631
ffor to slepe ay whore / me thynk that I lyst.
     632
Tercius Pastor
Now I pray you,
     633
lyg downe on this grene.
     634
Primus Pastor
On these thefys yit I mene.
     635
Tercius Pastor
wherto shuld ye tene
     636
So, as I say you?
     637
Angel
Ryse, hyrd men heynd! / for now is he borne
     638
That shall take fro the feynd / that adam had lorne: Page  137
     639
That warloo to sheynd / this nyght is he borne.
     640
God is made youre freynd / now at this morne.
     641
he behestys,
     642
At bedlem go se,
     643
Ther lygys that fre
     644
In a cryb full poorely,
     645
Betwyx two bestys.
     646
Primus Pastor
This was a qwant stevyn / that euer yit I hard.
     647
It is a meruell to neuyn / thus to be skard.
     648
Secundus Pastor
Of godys son of heuyn / he spak vpward.
     649
All the wod on a leuyn / me thoght that he gard
     650
Appere.
     651
Tercius Pastor
he spake of a barne
     652
In bedlem, I you warne.
     653
Primus Pastor
That betokyns yond starne.
     654
let vs seke hym there,
     655
Secundus Pastor
Say, what was his song? / hard ye not how he crakyd it?
     656
Thre brefes to a long. /
     657
Tercius Pastor
yee, mary, he hakt it.
was no crochett wrong / nor no thyng that lakt it.
     658
Primus Pastor
ffor to syng vs emong / right as he knakt it,
     659
I can.
     660
Secundus Pastor
let se how ye croyne.
     661
Can ye bark at the mone?
     662
Tercius Pastor
hold youre tonges, haue done!
     663
Primus Pastor
hark after, than.
     664
Secundus Pastor
To bedlem he bad / that we shuld gang:
     665
I am full fard / that we tary to lang.
     666
Tercius Pastor
Be mery and not sad / of myrth is oure sang,
     667
Euer lastyng glad / to mede may we fang, Page  138
     668
Withoutt noyse.
     669
Primus Pastor
hy we theder for thy;
     670
If we be wete and wery,
     671
To that chyld and that lady
     672
we haue it not to lose.
     673
Secundus Pastor
we fynde by the prophecy- / let be youre dyn-
     674
Of dauid and Isay / and mo then I myn,
     675
Thay prophecyed by clergy / that in a vyrgyn
     676
shuld, he lyght and ly / to slokyn oure syn
     677
And slake it,
     678
Oure kynde from wo;
     679
ffor Isay sayd so,
     680
Cite` virgo
     681
Concipiet a chylde that is nakyd.
     682
Tercius Pastor
ffull glad may we be / and abyde that day
     683
That lufly to se / that all myghtys may.
     684
lord, well were me / for ones and for ay,
     685
Myght I knele on my kne / som word for to say
     686
To that chylde.
     687
Bot the angell sayd,
     688
In a cryb wos he layde;
     689
he was poorly arayd
     690
Both mener and mylde.
     691
Primus Pastor
patryarkes that has bene / and prophetys beforne,
     692
Thay desyryd to haue sene / this chylde that is borne.
     693
Thay ar gone full clene / that haue thay lorne.
     694
We shall se hym, I weyn / or it be morne,
     695
To tokyn.
     696
When I se hym and fele,
     697
Then wote I full weyll
     698
It is true as steyll
     699
That prophetys haue spokyn.
     700
To so poore as we ar / that he wold appere,
     701
ffyrst fynd, and declare / by his messyngere.
     702
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Secundus Pastor
Go we now, let vs fare / the place is vs nere.
     703
Tercius Pastor
I am redy and yare / go we in fere
     704
To that bright.
     705
Lord, if thi wylles be,
     706
we ar lewde all thre,
     707
Thou grauntt vs somkyns gle
     708
To comforth thi wight.
     709
Primus Pastor
hayll, comly and clene! / hayll, yong child!
     710
hayll, maker, as I meyne, / of a madyn so mylde!
     711
Thou has waryd, I weyne / the warlo so wylde;
     712
The fals gyler of teyn / now goys he begylde.
     713
lo, he merys;
     714
lo, he laghys, my swetyng,
     715
A welfare metyng,
     716
I haue holden my hetyng;
     717
haue a bob of cherys.
     718
Secundus Pastor
hayll, sufferan sauyoure! / ffor thou has vs soght:
     719
hayll, frely foyde and floure / that all thyng has wroght!
     720
hayll, full of fauoure / that made all of noght!
     721
hayll! I kneyll and I cowre. / A byrd haue I broght
     722
To my barne.
     723
hayll, lytyll tyne' mop!
     724
of oure crede thou art crop:
     725
I wold drynk on thy cop,
     726
Lytyll day starne.
     727
Tercius Pastor
hayll, derlyng dere / full of godhede!
     728
I pray the be nere / when that I haue nede.
     729
hayll! swete is thy chere! / my hart wold, blede
     730
To se the sytt here / in so poore wede,
     731
With no pennys.
     732
hayll! put furth thy dall!
     733
I bryng the bot a ball:
     734
haue and play the with all,
     735
And go to the tenys.
     736
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Mary
The fader of heuen / god omnypotent.
     737
That sett all on seuen, / his son has he sent.
     738
My name couth he neuen / and lyght or he went.
     739
I conceyuyd hym full euen / thrugh myght as he ment,
     740
And now is he borne.
     741
he kepe you fro wo!
     742
I shall pray hym so;
     743
Tell furth as ye go,
     744
And myn on this morne.
     745
Primus Pastor
ffarewell, lady / so fare to beholde,
     746
with thy childe on thi kne! /
     747
Secundus Pastor
bot he lygys full cold.
lord, well is me / now we go, thou behold,.
     748
Tercius Pastor
ffor sothe all redy / it semys to be told
     749
full oft.
     750
Primus Pastor
what grace we haue fun.
     751
Secundus Pastor
Com furth, now ar we won.
     752
Tercius Pastor
To syng ar we bun:
     753
let take on loft.
     754