The Towneley plays

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The Resurrection of the Lord

Pilate
Peasse, I warne you, woldys in wytt! Line 1 And standys on syde or els go sytt, Line 2 ffor here ar men that go not yit, Line 3 And lordys of me[kill] myght; Line 4 We thynk to abyde, and not to flytt, Line 5 I tell you euery wight. Line 6 Spare youre spech, ye brodels bold,, Line 7 And sesse youre cry till I haue told, Line 8 What that my worship wold,, Line 9 here in thise wonys; Line 10 whoso that wyghtly nold, Line 11 ffull hy bese hanged his bonys. Line 12 wote ye not that I am pilate, Line 13 That satt apon the Iustyce late, Line 14 At caluarie where I was att Line 15 This day at morne? Line 16 I am he, that great state, Line 17 That lad has all to-torne. Line 18 Now sen that lothly losell is thus ded, Line 19 I haue great ioy in my manhede, Line 20 Therfor wold, I in ilk sted, Line 21 It were tayn hede, Line 22 If any felowse felow his red, Line 23 Or more his law wold lede. Line 24

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Line 24 ffor and I knew it, cruelly Line 25 his lyfe bees lost, and that shortly, Line 26 that he were better hyng ful hy Line 27 On galow tre; Line 28 Therfor ye prelatys shuld, aspy Line 29 If any sich be. Line 30 As I am man of myghtys most, Line 31 If ther be any that blow sich bost, Line 32 with tormentys keyn bese he indost Line 33 ffor euermore; Line 34 The devill to hell shall harry hys goost, Line 35 Bot I say nomore. Line 36
Caiaphas
Sir, ye thar nothyng be dredand, Line 37 ffor centurio, I vnderstand, Line 38 youre knyght is left abydand Line 39 Right ther behynde; Line 40 We left hym ther, for man most wyse, Line 41 If any rybaldys wold oght ryse, Line 42 To sesse theym to the next assyse, Line 43 And then forto make ende. Line 44
Centurion
A, blyssyd lord adonay, Line 45 what may this meruell sygnyfy Line 46 That here was shewyd so openly Line 47 vnto oure sight, Line 48 When the rightwys man can dy Line 49 that ihesus hight? Line 50 heuen it shoke abone, Line 51 Of shynyng blan both son and moyne, Line 52 And dede men also rose vp sone, Line 53 Outt of thare grafe; Line 54 And stones in wall anone Line 55 In sonder brast and clafe. Line 56

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Line 56 Ther was seen many a full sodan sight, Line 57 Oure prynces, for sothe, dyd nothyng right, Line 58 And so I saide to theym on hight, Line 59 As it is trew, Line 60 That he was most of myght, Line 61 The son of god, ihesu. Line 62 ffowlys in the ayer and fish in floode, Line 63 That day changid thare mode, Line 64 when that he was rent on rode, Line 65 That lord veray; Line 66 ffull well thay vnderstode Line 67 That he was slayn that day. Line 68 Therfor right as I meyn / to theym fast will I ryde, Line 69 To wyt withoutten weyn / what they will say this tyde Line 70 Of this enfray; Line 71 I will no longer abyde Line 72 bot fast ride on my way. Line 73 God saue you, syrs, on euery syde! Line 74 Worship and welth in warld so wyde! Line 75
Pilate
Centurio, welcom this tyde, Line 76 Oure comly knyght! Line 77
Centurion
God graunt you grace well forto gyde, Line 78 And rewll you right. Line 79
Pilate
Centurio, welcom, draw nere hand! Line 80 Tell vs son tythyngys here emang, Line 81 ffor ye haue gone thrughoutt oure land, Line 82 ye know ilk dele. Line 83
Centurion
Sir, I drede me ye haue done wrang Line 84 And wonder yll. Line 85
Caiaphas
wonder yll? I pray the why? Line 86 declare that to this company. Line 87
Centurion
So shall I, sir, full securly, Line 88 with all my mayn; Line 89 The rightwys man, I meyn, hym by Line 90 that ye haue slayn. Line 91

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Pilate
Centurio, sese of sich saw; Line 92 ye ar a greatt man of oure law, Line 93 And if we shuld any wytnes draw, Line 94 To vs excuse, Line 95 To mayntene vs euermore ye aw, Line 96 And noght refuse. Line 97
Centurion
To mayntene trowth is well worthy; Line 98 I saide when I sagh hym dy, Line 99 That it was godys son almyghty, Line 100 That hang thore; Line 101 So say I yit and abydys therby, Line 102 ffor euermore. Line 103
Anna
yee, sir, sich resons may ye rew, Line 104 Thou shuld not neuen sich notes new, Line 105 Bot thou couth any tokyns trew, Line 106 vntill vs tell. Line 107
Centurion
Sich wonderfull case neuer ere ye knew Line 108 As then befell. Line 109
Caiaphas
we pray the tell vs, of what thyng? Line 110
Centurion
Of elymentys, both old, and ying, Line 111 In thare manere maide greatt mowrnyng, Line 112 In ilka stede; Line 113 Thay knew by contenaunce that thare kyng Line 114 was done to dede. Line 115 The son for wo it waxed all wan, Line 116 The moyn and starnes of shynyng blan, Line 117 And erth it tremlyd as a man Line 118 Began to speke; Line 119 The stone, that neuer was styrryd or than, Line 120 In sonder brast and breke; Line 121 And dede men rose vp bodely, both greatt and small. Line 122
Pilate
Centurio, bewar with all! Line 123 ye wote the clerkys the clyppys it call Line 124

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Line 124 Sich sodan sight; Line 125 That son and moyne a seson shall Line 126 lak of thare light. Line 127
Caiaphas
Sir, and if that dede men ryse vp bodely, Line 128 That may be done thrugh socery, Line 129 Therfor nothyng we sett therby, Line 130 that be thou bast. Line 131
Centurion
Sir, that I saw truly, Line 132 That shall I euermore trast. Line 133 Not for that ilk warke that ye dyd wyrke, Line 134 Not oonly for the son wex myrke, Line 135 Bot how the vayll rofe in the kyrke, Line 136 ffayn wyt I wold. Line 137
Pilate
A, sich tayles full sone wold make vs yrke, Line 138 if thay were told. Line 139 harlot! wherto commys thou vs emang Line 140 with sich lesyngys vs to fang? Line 141 Weynd furth! hy myght thou hang, Line 142 Vyle fatur! Line 143
Caiaphas
Weynd furth in the Wenyande, Line 144 And hold styll thy clattur. Line 145
Centurion
Sirs, sen ye set not by my saw, / haues now good day! Line 146 God lene you grace to knaw / the sothe all way. Line 147
Anna
with draw the fast, sen thou the dredys, Line 148 ffor we shall well mayntene oure dedys. Line 149
Pilate
Sich wonderfull resons as now redys Line 150 were neuer beforne, Line 151
Caiaphas
To neuen this note nomore vs nedys, Line 152 nawder euen nor morne, Line 153 Bot forto be war of more were Line 154 That afterward myght do vs dere, Line 155 Therfor, sir, whils ye ar here Line 156

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Line 156 vs all emang, Line 157 Avyse you of thise sawes sere Line 158 how thay will stand. Line 159 ffor ihesus saide full openly Line 160 Vnto the men that yode hym by, Line 161 A thyng that grevys all Iury, Line 162 And right so may, Line 163 That he shuld, ryse vp bodely Line 164 within the thryde day. Line 165 If it be so, as myght I spede, Line 166 The latter dede is more to drede Line 167 Then was the fyrst, if we take hede Line 168 And tend therto; Line 169 Avyse you, sir, for it is nede, Line 170 the best to do. Line 171
Anna
Sir, neuer the les if he saide so, Line 172 he hase no myght to ryse and go, Line 173 Bot his dyscypyls steyll his cors vs fro Line 174 And bere away; Line 175 That were till vs, and othere mo, Line 176 A fowll enfray. Line 177 Then wold the pepyll say euerilkon Line 178 That he were rysen hym self alon, Line 179 Therfor ordan to kepe that stone Line 180 with knyghtys heynd, Line 181 To thise thre dayes be commen and gone Line 182 And broght till ende. Line 183
Pilate
Now, certys sir, full well ye say, Line 184 And for this ilk poynt to puruay Line 185 I shall, if that I may; Line 186 he shall not ryse, Line 187 Nor none shall wyn hym thens away Line 188 of nokyns wyse. Line 189

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Line 189 Sir knyghtys, that ar of dedys dughty, Line 190 And chosen for chefe of cheualry, Line 191 As I may me in you affy, Line 192 By day and nyght, Line 193 ye go and kepe ihesu body Line 194 with all youre myght; Line 195 And for thyng that be may, Line 196 kepe hym well vnto the thryd day, Line 197 That no tratur steyll his cors you fray, Line 198 Out of that sted; Line 199 ffor if ther do, truly I say, Line 200 ye shall be dede. Line 201
Primus Miles
yis, sir pilate, in certan, Line 202 we shall hym kepe with all oure mayn; Line 203 Ther shall no tratur with no trayn Line 204 Steyll hym vs fro; Line 205 Sir knyghtys, take gere that best may gayn, Line 206 And let vs go. Line 207
Secundus Miles
yis, certys, we are all redy bowne, Line 208 we shall hym kepe till youre renowne; Line 209 On euery syde lett vs sytt downe, Line 210 we all in fere; Line 211 And I shall fownde to crak his crowne Line 212 whoso commys here. Line 213
Primus Miles
who shuld be where, fayn wold I wytt. Line 214
Secundus Miles
Euen on this syde wyll I sytt. Line 215
Tercius Miles
And I shall fownde his feete to flytt. Line 216
Quartus Miles
we ther shrew ther! Line 217 Now by mahowne, fayn wold I wytt Line 218 who durst com here Line 219 This cors with treson forto take, Line 220 ffor if it were the burnand drake Line 221 Of me styfly he gatt a strake, Line 222

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Line 222 haue here my hand; Line 223 To thise thre dayes be past, Line 224 This cors I dar warand. Line 225
Jesus
Erthly man, that I haue wroght, Line 226 wightly wake, and slepe thou noght! Line 227 with bytter bayll I haue the boght, Line 228 To make the fre; Line 229 Into this dongeon depe I soght Line 230 And all for luf of the. Line 231 Behold how dere I wold the by! Line 232 My woundys ar weytt and all blody; Line 233 The, synfull man, full dere boght I Line 234 With tray and teyn; Line 235 Thou fyle the noght eft for-thy, Line 236 Now art thou cleyn. Line 237 Clene haue I mayde the, synfull man, Line 238 With wo and wandreth I the wan, Line 239 ffrom harte and syde the blood out ran, Line 240 Sich was my pyne; Line 241 Thou must me luf that thus gaf than Line 242 My lyfe for thyne. Line 243 Thou synfull man that by me gase, Line 244 Tytt vnto me thou turne thi face; Line 245 Behold, my body, in ilka place Line 246 how it was dight; Line 247 All to-rent and all to-shentt, Line 248 Man, for thy plight. Line 249 With cordes enewe and ropys toghe Line 250 The Iues fell my lymmes out-drogh, Line 251 ffor that I was not mete enoghe Line 252 vnto the bore; Line 253 with hard stowndys thise depe woundys Line 254 Tholyd I thefore. Line 255

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Line 255 A crowne of thorne, that is so kene, Line 256 Thay set apon my hede for tene, Line 257 Two thefys hang thai me betwene, Line 258 All for dyspyte; Line 259 This payn ilk dele thou shall wyt wele, Line 260 May I the wyte. Line 261 Behald my shankes and my knees, Line 262 Myn armes and my thees; Line 263 Behold me well, looke what thou sees, Line 264 Bot sorow and pyne; Line 265 Thus was I spylt, man, for thi gylt, Line 266 And not for myne. Line 267 And yit more vnderstand thou shall; Line 268 In stede of drynk thay gaf me gall, Line 269 Asell thay menged it withall, Line 270 The Iues fell; Line 271 The payn I haue, tholyd I to saue Line 272 Mans saull from hell. Line 273 Behold, my body how Iues it dang Line 274 with knottys of whyppys and scorges strang; Line 275 As stremes of well the bloode out sprang Line 276 On euery syde; Line 277 knottes where thay hyt, well may thou wytt, Line 278 Maide woundys wyde. Line 279 And therfor thou shall vnderstand Line 280 In body, heed, feete, and hand, Line 281 ffour hundreth woundys and fyue thowsand Line 282 here may thou se; Line 283 And therto neyn were delt full euen Line 284 ffor luf of the. Line 285 Behold, on me noght els is lefte, Line 286 And or that thou were fro me refte, Line 287 All thise paynes wold I thole efte Line 288

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Line 288 And for the dy; Line 289 here may thou se that I luf the, Line 290 Man, faythfully. Line 291 Sen I for luf, man, boght the dere, Line 292 As thou thi self the sothe sees here, Line 293 I pray the hartely, with good chere, Line 294 luf me agane; Line 295 That it lyked me that I for the Line 296 tholyd all this payn. Line 297 If thou thy lyfe in syn haue led, Line 298 Mercy to ask be not adred; Line 299 The leste drope I for the bled Line 300 Myght clens the soyn, Line 301 All the syn the warld with in Line 302 If thou had done. Line 303 I was well wrother with Iudas Line 304 ffor that he wold not ask me no grace, Line 305 Then I was for his trespas Line 306 That he me sold; Line 307 I was redy to shew mercy, Line 308 Aske none he wold,. Line 309 lo how I hold myn armes on brede, Line 310 The to saue ay redy mayde; Line 311 That I great luf ay to the had, Line 312 well may thou knaw! Line 313 Som luf agane I wold, full fayn Line 314 Thou wold me shaw. Line 315 Bot luf noght els aske I of the, Line 316 And that thou fownde fast syn to fle; Line 317 pyne the to lyf in charyte Line 318 Both nyght and day; Line 319 Then in my blys that neuer shall mys Line 320 Thou shall dwell ay. Line 321

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Line 321 ffor I am veray prynce of peasse, Line 322 And synnes seyr I may releasse, Line 323 And whoso will of synnes seasse Line 324 And mercy cry, Line 325 I grauntt theym here a measse Line 326 In brede, myn awne body. Line 327 [That ilk veray brede of lyfe Line 328 Becommys my fleshe in wordys fyfe; Line 329 who so it resaues in syn or stryfe Line 330 Bese dede for euer; Line 331 And whoso it takys in rightwys lyfe Line 332 Dy shall he neuer.] Line 333
Maria Magdalene
Alas! to dy with doyll am I dyght! Line 334 In warld was neuer a wofuller wight, Line 335 I drope, I dare, for seyng of sight Line 336 That I can se; Line 337 My lord, that mekill was of myght, Line 338 Is ded, fro me. Line 339 Alas! that I shuld se hys pyne, Line 340 Or that I shuld, his lyfe tyne, Line 341 ffor to ich sore he was medecyne Line 342 And boytte of all; Line 343 help and hold, to euer ilk hyne Line 344 To hym wold call. Line 345
Maria Jacobi
Alas! how stand I on my feete Line 346 when I thynk on his woundys wete! Line 347 Ihesus, that was on luf so swete, Line 348 And neuer dyd yll, Line 349 Is dede and grafen vnder the grete, Line 350 withoutten skyll. Line 351
Maria Salome
withoutten skyll thise Iues ilkon Line 352 That lufly lord thay haue hym slone, Line 353 And trespas dyd he neuer none, Line 354

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Line 354 In nokyn sted,; Line 355 To whom shall we now make oure mone? Line 356 Oure lord is ded. Line 357
Maria Magdalene
Sen he is ded, my systers dere, Line 358 weynd we will with full good chere. Line 359 with oure anoyntmentys fare and clere Line 360 That we haue broght, Line 361 ffor to anoyntt his woundys sere, Line 362 That Iues hym wroght. Line 363
Maria Jacobus
Go we then, my systers fre, Line 364 ffor sore me longis his cors to see, Line 365 Bot I wote neuer how best may be; Line 366 help haue we none, Line 367 And which shall of vs systers thre Line 368 remefe the stone? Line 369
Maria Salome
That do we not bot we were mo, Line 370 ffor it is hogh and heuy also. Line 371
Maria Magdalene
Systers, we thar no farther go Line 372 Ne make mowrnyng; Line 373 I se two syt where we weynd to, Line 374 In whyte clothyng. Line 375
Maria Jacobi
Certys, the sothe is not to hyde, Line 376 The graue stone is put besyde. Line 377
Maria Salome
Certys, for thyng that may betyde, Line 378 Now will we weynde Line 379 To late the luf, and with hym byde, Line 380 that was oure freynde. Line 381
Primus Angelus
ye mowrnyng women in youre thoght, Line 382 here in this place whome haue ye soght? Line 383
Maria Magdalene
Ihesu that vnto ded was broght, Line 384 Oure lord so fre. Line 385
Secundus angelus
Certys, women, here is he noght; Line 386 Com nere and se. Line 387

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Primus Angelus
he is not here, the sothe to say, Line 388 The place is voyde ther in he lay; Line 389 The sudary here se ye may Line 390 was on hym layde; Line 391 he is rysen and gone his way, Line 392 As he you sayde. Line 393
Secundus angelus
Euen as he saide so done has he, Line 394 he is rysen thrugh his pauste; Line 395 he shalbe fon in galale, Line 396 In fleshe and fell; Line 397 To his dyscypyls now weynd ye, Line 398 And thus thaym tell. Line 399
Maria Magdalene
My systers fre, sen it is so, Line 400 That he is resyn the deth thus fro, Line 401 As saide till vs thise angels two, Line 402 Oure lord and leche, Line 403 As ye haue hard, where that ye go Line 404 Loke that ye preche. Line 405
Maria Jacobi
As we haue hard so shall we say; Line 406 Mare, oure syster, haue good day! Line 407
Maria Magdalene
Now veray god, as he well may, Line 408 Man most of myght, Line 409 he wysh you, systers, well in youre way, Line 410 And rewle you right. Line 411 Alas, what shall now worth on me? Line 412 My catyf hart wyll breke in thre Line 413 when that I thynk on that ilk bodye Line 414 how it was spylt; Line 415 Thrugh feete and handys nalyd was he Line 416 Withoutten gylt. Line 417 withoutten gylt then was he tayn, Line 418 That lufly lord, thay haue hym slayn, Line 419 And tryspas dyd he neuer nane, Line 420

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Line 420 Ne yit no mys Line 421 It was my gylt he was fortayn, Line 422 And nothing his. Line 423 how myght I, bot I lufyd that swete Line 424 That for me suffred woundys wete, Line 425 Sythen to be grafen vnder the grete, Line 426 Sich kyndnes kythe; Line 427 Ther is nothyng till that we mete Line 428 may make me blythe. Line 429
Primus Miles
Outt, alas! what shall I say? Line 430 where is the cors that here in lay? Line 431
Secundus Miles
what alys the man? he is away Line 432 That we shuld tent! Line 433
Primus Miles
Ryse vp and se. Line 434
Secundus Miles
harrow! thefe! for ay I cownte vs shent! Line 435
Tercius Miles
what devyll alys you two Line 436 sich nose and cry thus forto may? Line 437
Secundus Miles
ffor he is gone. Line 438
Tercius Miles
Alas, wha? Line 439
Secundus Miles
he that here lay. Line 440
Tercius Miles
harrow! devill! how swa gat he away? Line 441
Quartus Miles
what, is he thus-gatys from vs went, Line 442 The fals tratur that here was lentt, Line 443 That we truly to tent Line 444 had vndertane? Line 445 Certanly I tell vs shent Line 446 holly ilkane. Line 447
Primus Miles
Alas, what shall I do this day Line 448 Sen this tratur is won away? Line 449 And safely, syrs, I dar well say Line 450 he rose alon. Line 451
Secundus Miles
wytt sir pilate of this enfray Line 452 we mon be slone. Line 453

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Quartus Miles
wote ye well he rose in dede? Line 454
Secundus Miles
I sagh myself when that he yede. Line 455
Primus Miles
when that he styrryd out of the steed Line 456 None couth it ken. Line 457
Quartus Miles
Alas, hard hap was on my hede Line 458 emang all men. Line 459
Tercius Miles
ye, bot wyt sir pilate of this dede, Line 460 That we were slepand when he yede, Line 461 we mon forfett, withoutten drede, Line 462 All that we haue. Line 463
Quartus Miles
we must make lees, for that is nede, Line 464 Oure self to saue. Line 465
Primus Miles
That red I well, so myght I go. Line 466
Secundus Miles
And I assent therto also. Line 467
Tercius Miles
A thowsand shall I assay, and mo, Line 468 well armed ilkon, Line 469 Com and toke his cors vs fro, Line 470 had vs here slone. Line 471
Quartus Miles
Nay, certys, I hold ther none so good Line 472 As say the sothe right as it stude, Line 473 how that he rose with mayn and mode, Line 474 And went his way; Line 475 To sir pilate, if he be wode, Line 476 Thus dar I say. Line 477
Primus Miles
why, and dar thou to sir pilate go Line 478 with thise tythyngys, and tell hym so? Line 479
Secundus Miles
So red I that we do also, Line 480 we dy bot oones. Line 481
Tercius Miles
Now he that wroght vs all this wo Line 482 wo worth his bones! Line 483
Quartus Miles
Go we sam, sir knyghtys heynd,, Line 484 Sen we shall to sir pilate weynd, Line 485 I trow that we shall parte no freynd, Line 486

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Line 486 Or that we pas. Line 487
Primus Miles
Now and I shall tell ilka word till ende, Line 488 right as it was. Line 489 Sir pilate, prynce withoutten peyr, Line 490 Sir Cayphas and Anna both in fere, Line 491 And all the lordys aboute you there, Line 492 To neuen by name; Line 493 Mahowne you saue on sydys sere Line 494 ffro syn and shame. Line 495
Pilate
ye ar welcom, oure knyghtys so keyn, Line 496 A mekill myrth now may we meyn, Line 497 Bot tell vs som talkyng vs betwene, Line 498 How ye haue wroght. Line 499
Primus Miles
Oure walkyng, lord, withoutten wene, Line 500 Is worth to noght. Line 501
Caiaphas
To noght? alas, seasse of sich saw. Line 502
Secundus Miles
The prophete ihesu, that ye well knaw, Line 503 Is rysen, and went fro vs on raw, Line 504 with mayn and myght. Line 505
Pilate
Therfor the devill the all to-draw, Line 506 vyle recrayd knyght! Line 507 what! combred cowardys I you call! Line 508 lett ye hym pas fro you all? Line 509
Tercius Miles
Sir, ther was none that durst do bot small Line 510 when that he yede. Line 511
Quartus Miles
we were so ferde we can d,owne fall, Line 512 And qwoke for drede. Line 513
Primus Miles
we were so rad, euerilkon, Line 514 when that he put besyde the stone, Line 515 we quoke for ferd, and durst styr none, Line 516 And sore we were abast. Line 517
Pilate
whi, bot rose he bi hym self alone? Line 518
Secundus Miles
ye, lord, that be ye trast, Line 519

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Line 519 we hard neuer on euyn ne morne, Line 520 Nor yit oure faders vs beforne, Line 521 Sich melody, myd-day ne morne, Line 522 As was maide thore. Line 523
Pilate
Alas, then ar oure lawes forlorne Line 524 ffor euer more! Line 525 A, devill! what shall now worth of this? Line 526 This warld farys with quantys; Line 527 I pray you, Cayphas, ye vs wys Line 528 Of this enfray. Line 529
Caiaphas
Sir, and I couth oght by my clergys, Line 530 ffayn wold I say. Line 531
Anna
To say the best for sothe I shall; Line 532 It shalbe profett for vs all, Line 533 yond knyghtys behovys thare wordys agane call, Line 534 how he is myst; Line 535 we wold not, for thyng that myght befall, Line 536 That no man wyst: Line 537 And therfor of youre curtessie Line 538 Gyf theym a rewarde for-thy. Line 539
Pilate
Of this counsell well paide am I, Line 540 It shalbe thus. Line 541 Sir knyghtys, that ar of dedys doghty, Line 542 Take tent till vs; Line 543 herkyns now how ye shall say, Line 544 where so ye go by nyght or day; Line 545 Ten thowsand men of good aray Line 546 Cam you vntill, Line 547 And thefyshly toke his cors you fray Line 548 Agans youre will. Line 549 loke ye say thus in euery land, Line 550 And therto on this couande Line 551 Ten thowsand pounds haue in youre hande Line 552

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Line 552 To youre rewarde; Line 553 And my frenship, I vnderstande, Line 554 Shall not be sparde; Line 555 Bot loke ye say as we haue kende. Line 556
Primus Miles
yis, sir, as mahowne me mende, Line 557 In ilk contree where so we lende Line 558 By nyght or day, Line 559 where so we go, where so we weynd, Line 560 Thus shall we say. Line 561
Pilate
The blyssyng of mahowne be with you nyght and day! Line 562
Maria Magdalene
Say me, garthymere, I the pray, Line 563 If thou bare oght my lord away; Line 564 Tell me the sothe, say me not nay, Line 565 where that he lyys, Line 566 And I shall remeue hym if I may, Line 567 On any kyn wyse. Line 568
Jesus
woman, why wepys thou? be styll! Line 569 whome sekys thou? say me thy wyll, Line 570 And nyk me not with nay. Line 571
Maria Magdalene
ffor my lord I lyke full yll; Line 572 The stede thou bare his body tyll Line 573 Tell me I the pray; Line 574 And I shall if I may / his body bere with me, Line 575 Vnto myn endyng day / the better shuld I be. Line 576
Jesus
woman, woman, turn thi thoght! Line 577 wyt thou well I hyd hym noght, Line 578 Then bare hym nawre with me; Line 579 Go seke, loke if thou fynde hym oght. Line 580
Maria Magdalene
In fayth I haue hym soght, Line 581 Bot nawre he will fond, be. Line 582
Jesus
why, what was he to the / In sothfastnes to say? Line 583
Maria Magdalene
A! he was to me / no longer dwell I may. Line 584
Jesus
Mary, thou sekys thy god, and that am I. Line 585

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Maria Magdalene
Rabony, my lord so dere! Line 586 Now am I hole that thou art here, Line 587 Suffer me to negh the nere, Line 588 And kys thi feete; Line 589 Myght I do so, so well me were, Line 590 ffor thou art swete. Line 591
Jesus
Nay, mary, neghe thou not me, Line 592 ffor to my fader, tell I the, Line 593 yit stevynd I noght; Line 594 Tell my brethere I shall be Line 595 Before theym all in trynyte Line 596 whose will that I haue wroght. Line 597 To peasse now ar thay boght / that prysond, were in pyne, Line 598 wherfor thou thank in thoght / god, thi lord and myne Line 599 Mary thou shall weynde me fro, Line 600 Myn erand shall thou grathly go, Line 601 In no fowndyng thou fall; Line 602 To my dyscypyls say thou so, Line 603 That wilsom ar and lappyd in wo, Line 604 That I thaym socoure shall. Line 605 By name peter thou call / and say that I shall be Line 606 Before hym and theym all / my self in galyle. Line 607
Maria Magdalene
lord, I shall make my vyage Line 608 to tell theym hastely; Line 609 ffro thay here that message Line 610 thay will be all mery. Line 611 This lord was slayn, alas for-thy, Line 612 ffalsly spylt, noman wyst why, Line 613 whore he dyd mys; Line 614 Bot with hym spake I bodely, Line 615 ffor-thi commen is my blys. Line 616 Mi blys is commen, my care is gone, Line 617 That lufly haue I mett alone; Line 618 I am as blyth in bloode and bone Line 619

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Line 619 As euer was wight; Line 620 Now is he resyn that ere was slone, Line 621 Mi hart is light. Line 622 I am as light as leyfe on tre, Line 623 ffor ioyfull sight that I can se, Line 624 ffor well I wote that it was he Line 625 My lord ihesu; Line 626 he that betrayde that fre Line 627 sore may he rew. Line 628 To galyle now will I fare, Line 629 And his dyscyples cach from care; Line 630 I wote that thay will mowrne no mare, Line 631 Commyn is thare blys; Line 632 That worthi childe that mary bare Line 633 he amende youre mys. Line 634
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