The Towneley plays

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The Towneley plays
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The Pilgrims

Cleophas
Almyghty god, ihesu! ihesu Line 1 That borne was of a madyn fre, Line 2 Thou was a lord and prophete trew, Line 3 whyls thou had lyfe on lyfe to be Line 4 Emangys thise men; Line 5 yll was thou ded, so wo is me Line 6 that I it ken! Line 7

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Line 7 I ken it well that thou was slayn Line 8 Oonly for me and all mankynde; Line 9 Therto thise Iues were full bayn. Line 10 Alas! why was thou, man, so blynde Line 11 Thi lord to slo? Line 12 On hym why wold thou haue no mynde, Line 13 bot bett hym blo? Line 14 Blo thou bett hym bare / his brest thou maide all blak, Line 15 his woundes all wete thay ware / Alas, withoutten lak! Line 16
Lucas
That lord, alas, that leche / that was so meke and mylde, Line 17 So well that couth vs preche / with syn was neuer fylde; Line 18 he was full bayn to preche / vs all from warkes wylde, Line 19 his ded it will me drech, / ffor thay hym so begylde Line 20 This day; Line 21 Alas, why dyd thay so Line 22 To tug hym to and fro? Line 23 ffrom hym wold thay not go Line 24 To his lyfe was away. Line 25
Cleophas
Thise cursyd Iues, euer worth thaym wo! Line 26 Oure lord, oure master, to ded gart go, Line 27 All sakles thay gart hym slo Line 28 Apon the rode, Line 29 And forto bete his body blo Line 30 Thay thoght full good. Line 31
Lucas
Thou says full sothe, thay dyd hym payn, Line 32 And therto were thay euer fayn. Line 33 Thay wold no leyf or he was slayn Line 34 And done to ded; Line 35 ffor-thi we mowrne with mode and mayn, Line 36 with rufull red. Line 37
Cleophas
yee, rufully may we it rew, Line 38 ffor hym that was so good and trew, Line 39 That thrugh the falshede of a Iew Line 40

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Line 40 was thus betrayd; Line 41 Therfor oure sorow is euer new, Line 42 Oure ioy is layd. Line 43
Lucas
Certys, it was a wonder thyng Line 44 That thay wold for no tokynyng, Line 45 Ne yit for his techyng, Line 46 Trast in that trew; Line 47 Thay myght haue sene in his doyng Line 48 full great vertu. Line 49
Cleophas
ffor all that thay to hym can say Line 50 he answard neuer with yee, ne nay, Line 51 Bot as a lam meke was he ay, Line 52 ffor all thare threte; Line 53 he spake neuer, by nyght ne day, Line 54 No wordes greatte. Line 55
Lucas
All if he wor withoutten plight, Line 56 Vnto the ded yit thay hym dight; Line 57 If he had neuer so mekill myght Line 58 he suffred all; Line 59 he stud as still, that bright, Line 60 As stone in wall. Line 61
Cleophas
Alas, for doyll! what was thare skyll Line 62 That precyous lord so forto spill? Line 63 And he seruyd neuer none yll Line 64 In worde, ne dede; Line 65 Bot prayd for theym his fader till Line 66 To ded when that he yede. Line 67
Lucas
When I thynk on his passyon, Line 68 And on his moder how she can swoyn, Line 69 To dy nere am I bowne, Line 70 ffor sorow I sagh hir make; Line 71 Vnder the crosse when she fell downe, Line 72 ffor hir son sake. Line 73

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Cleophas
Me thynk my hart is full of wo Line 74 when I sagh hym to ded go; Line 75 Th[e] wekyd Iues thay were so thro Line 76 To wyrk hym woghe, Line 77 his fare body thay maide full blo Line 78 with strokes enoghe. Line 79
Lucas
Me thynk my hart droppys all in bloode Line 80 when I sagh hym hyng on the roode, Line 81 And askyd a drynk, with full mylde mode, Line 82 Right than in hy; Line 83 Asell and gall, that was not good, Line 84 Thay broght hym then truly. Line 85
Cleophas
was neuer man in no-kyns steede Line 86 That suffred half so greatt mysdede Line 87 As he, to ded or that he yede, Line 88 Ne yit the care; Line 89 ffor-thi full carefull is my red Line 90 where soeuer I fare. Line 91
Lucas
where so I fare he is my mynde, Line 92 Bot when I thynk on hym so kynde, Line 93 how sore gyltles that he was pyynde Line 94 Apon a tre, Line 95 Vnethes may I hold, my mynde, Line 96 So sore myslykys me. Line 97
Jesus
Pylgrymes, whi make ye this mone, Line 98 And walk so rufully by the way? Line 99 haue ye youre gates vngrathly gone? Line 100 Or what you alys to me ye say. Line 101 what wordes ar you two emange, Line 102 That ye here so sadly gang? Line 103 To here theym eft full sore I lang, Line 104

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Line 104 here of yow two; Line 105 It semys ye ar in sorow strang, Line 106 here as ye go. Line 107
Cleophas
what way, for shame, man, has thou tayn Line 108 That thou wote not of this affray? Line 109 Thow art a man by the alane, Line 110 Thow may not pleasse me to my pay. Line 111
Jesus
I pray you, if it be youre will, Line 112 Those Wordys ye wold, reherse me tyll; Line 113 ye ar all heuy and lykys yll Line 114 here in this way; Line 115 If ye will now shew me youre [wyll] Line 116 I wold you pray. Line 117
Lucas
Art thou a pilgreme thi self alone, Line 118 walkand in contry bi thyn oone, Line 119 And wote not what is commen and gone Line 120 within few dayes? Line 121 Me thynk thou shuld make mone, Line 122 And wepe here in thi wayes. Line 123
Jesus
whi, what is done can ye me say Line 124 In this land this ylk day? Line 125 Is ther fallen any affray Line 126 In land awre whare? Line 127 If ye can, me tell I you pray, Line 128 Or that I farthere fare. Line 129
Cleophas
why, knowys thou not what thyng is done Line 130 here at Ierusalem thus sone, Line 131 Thrugh wykyd Iues, withoutten hone, Line 132 And noght lang syn? Line 133 flor the trewe prophete make we this mone, Line 134 And for his pyne. Line 135
Lucas
yee for ihesu of nazarene, Line 136 That was a prophete true and clene, Line 137 In word, in wark, full meke, I wene, Line 138

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Line 138 And that fonde we; Line 139 And so has he full long bene, Line 140 As mot I the, Line 141 To god and to the people bath; Line 142 Therfor thise daies he has takyn skath, Line 143 Vnto the ded, withoutten hagh, Line 144 Thise Iues hym dight; Line 145 ffor-thi for hym thus walk we wrath Line 146 By day and nyght. Line 147
Cleophas
Thise wykyd Iues trayed hym with gyle Line 148 To thare high preestys within a whyle, Line 149 And to thare prynces thay can hym fyle, Line 150 withoutten drede; Line 151 Apon a crosse, noght hens a myle, Line 152 To ded he yede. Line 153
Lucas
we trowyd that it was he truly Line 154 his awne lyfe agane shuld by, Line 155 As it is told in prophecy Line 156 Of Cristys doyng; Line 157 And, certys, thay will neuer ly Line 158 ffor noykyns thyng. Line 159 ffro he was of the crosse tayn Line 160 he was layde full sone agane Line 161 In a graue, vnder a stane, Line 162 And that we saw; Line 163 wheder he be rysen and gane Line 164 yit we ne knaw. Line 165
Jesus
Pilgremes, in speche ye are full awth, Line 166 That shall I well declare you why, Line 167 ye haue it hart, and that is rawth, Line 168 ye can no better stand therby, Line 169 Thyng that ye here; Line 170 And prophetys told it openly Line 171 On good manere. Line 172

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Line 172 Thay saide a childe there shuld be borne Line 173 To by mankynde combryd in care; Line 174 Thus saide dauid here beforne Line 175 And othere prophetys wyse of lare, Line 176 And daniell; Line 177 Som saide he ded shuld be, Line 178 And ly in erth by dayes thre, Line 179 And sithen, thrugh his pauste, Line 180 Ryse vp in flesh and fell. Line 181
Cleophas
Now, sir, for sothe, as god me saue, Line 182 women has flayed vs in oure thoght; Line 183 Thay saide that thay were at his graue, Line 184 And in that sted, thay faunde hym noght, Line 185 Bot saide a light Line 186 Com downe with angels, and vp hym broght Line 187 Ther in thare sight. Line 188 we wold not trow theym for nothyng, Line 189 If thay were ther in the mornyng, Line 190 we saide thay knew not his rysyng Line 191 when it shuld be; Line 192 Bot som of vs, without dwellyng, Line 193 wentt theder to se. Line 194
Lucas
yee, som of vs, sir, haue beyn thare, Line 195 And faunde it as the women saide, Line 196 Out of that sted that cors was fare, Line 197 And also the graue stone put besyde, Line 198 we se with ee; Line 199 The teres outt of myn ees can glyde, Line 200 ffor doyll I dre. Line 201
Jesus
ye foyles, ye ar not stabyll! Line 202 where is youre witt, I say? Line 203 wilsom of hart ye ar vnabyll Line 204 And outt of the right way, Line 205

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Line 205 ffor to trow it is no fabyll Line 206 that at is fallen this same day. Line 207 he wyst, when he sat at his tabill, Line 208 that Iudas shuld, hym sone betray. Line 209 Me thynk you all vntrist to trow, Line 210 both in mode and mayn, Line 211 All that the prophetys told to you Line 212 before, it is no trane. Line 213 Told, not thay what wyse and how Line 214 That cryst shuld suffre payn? Line 215 And so to his paske bow Line 216 To entre till his ioy agane. Line 217 Take tent to moyses and othere mo, Line 218 that were prophetys trew and good; Line 219 Thay saide ihesus to ded, shuld go, Line 220 And pynde be on roode; Line 221 Thrugh the Iues he maide full blo, Line 222 his woundys rynyng on red blode; Line 223 Sithen shuld he ryse and furth go Line 224 before, right as he yode. Line 225 Crist behovid to suffre this, Line 226 fforsothe, right as I say, Line 227 And sithen enter into his blys Line 228 vnto his fader for ay, Line 229 Euer to won with hym and his, Line 230 where euer is gam and play; Line 231 Of that myrth shall he neuer mys Line 232 ffro he weynde hens away. Line 233
Cleophas
Now, sir, we thank it full oft sythes, Line 234 the commyng of you heder; Line 235 To vs so kyndly kythes Line 236 the prophecy all to geder. Line 237
Jesus
By leyff now, sirs, for I must weynde, Line 238 ffor I haue far of my iornay. Line 239
Lucas
Now, sir, we pray you, as oure freynde, Line 240

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Line 240 All nyght to abyde for charite, Line 241 And take youre r[est]; Line 242 At morne more prest then may ye be Line 243 to go full prest. Line 244
Cleophas
Sir, we you pray, for godys sake, Line 245 This nyght penance with vs to take, Line 246 With sich chere as we can make, Line 247 And that we pray; Line 248 we may no farthere walk ne wake, Line 249 Gone is the day. Line 250
Lucas
Dwell with vs, sir, if ye myght, Line 251 ffor now it waxes to the nyght, Line 252 The day is gone that was so bright, Line 253 No far thou shall; Line 254 Mete and drynk, sir, we you hight Line 255 ffor thi good tale. Line 256
Jesus
I thank you both, for sothe, in fere, Line 257 At this tyme I ne may dwell here, Line 258 I haue to walk in wayes sere, Line 259 where I haue hight; Line 260 I may not be, withoutten were, Line 261 With you all nyght. Line 262
Cleophas
Now, as myght I lyf in qwarte, Line 263 At this tyme will we not parte, Line 264 Bot if that thou can more of arte Line 265 Or yit of lare; Line 266 Vnto this cyte, with good harte, Line 267 Now let vs fare. Line 268
Lucas
Thou art a pilgreme, as we ar, Line 269 This nyght shall thou fare as we fare, Line 270 Be it les or be it mare Line 271 Thou shall assay; Line 272 Then to-morne thou make the yare Line 273 To weynde thi Way. Line 274

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Jesus
ffreyndys, forto fulfill youre will Line 275 I will abyde with you awhyle. Line 276
Cleophas
Sir, ye ar welcom, as is skyll, Line 277 To sich as we haue, bi sant gyle. Line 278
Lucas
Now ar we here at this towne, Line 279 I red that we go sytt vs downe, Line 280 And forto sowpe we make vs bowne, Line 281 Now of oure fode; Line 282 we haue enogh, sir, bi my crowne, Line 283 Of godys goode. Line 284
Cleophas
lo, here a borde and clothe laide, Line 285 And breed, theron, all redy graide; Line 286 Sit we downe, we shalbe paide, Line 287 And make good chere; Line 288 It is but penaunce, as we saide, Line 289 That we haue here. Line 290
Lucas
wemmow! where is this man becom, Line 291 Right here that sat betwix vs two? Line 292 he brake the breed and laide vs som; Line 293 how myght he hens now fro vs go Line 294 At his awne lyst? Line 295 It was oure lorde, I trow right so, Line 296 And we not wyst. Line 297
Cleophas
When went he hens, whedir, and how, Line 298 What I ne wote in warld so wyde, Line 299 ffor had I wyten, I make a vowe, Line 300 he shuld haue byden, what so betyde; Line 301 Bot it were ihesus that with vs was, Line 302 Selcowth me thynke, the sothe to say, Line 303

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Line 303 Thus preualy from vs to pas, Line 304 I wist neuer when he went away. Line 305 we were full blynde, euer alas! Line 306 I tell vs now begylde for ay, Line 307 ffor spech and bewte that he has Line 308 Man myght hym knaw this day. Line 309
Lucas
A, dere god, what may this be? Line 310 Right now was he here by me; Line 311 Now is this greatt vanyte, Line 312 he is away; Line 313 We ar begylyd, by my lewte, Line 314 So may we say. Line 315
Cleophas
where was oure hart, where was oure thoght, Line 316 So far on gate as he vs broght, Line 317 knawlege of hym that we had noght Line 318 In all that tyme? Line 319 So was he lyke, bi hym me wroght, Line 320 Till oon pylgryme. Line 321
Lucas
Dere god, why couth we hym not knawe? Line 322 so openly all on a raw Line 323 The tayles that he can till vs shaw, Line 324 By oone and oon; Line 325 And now from vs within a thraw Line 326 Thus sone is gone. Line 327
Cleophas
I had no knawlege it was he, Line 328 Bot for he brake this brede in thre, Line 329 And delt it here to the and me Line 330 With his awne hande; Line 331 When he passyd, hence we myght not se, Line 332 here syttande. Line 333
Lucas
Wee ar to blame, yee, veramente, Line 334 That we toke no better tente Line 335 whils we bi the way wente Line 336

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Line 336 With hym that stownd,; Line 337 knowlege of hym we myght haue hentt, Line 338 Syttyng on grownd,. Line 339
Cleophas
ffro he toke breede full well I wyst, Line 340 And brake it here with his awne fyste, Line 341 And laide it vs at his awne lyst, Line 342 As we it hent; Line 343 I knew hym then, and sone it kyst Line 344 with good, intente. Line 345
Lucas
That we hym knew wist he well enogh, Line 346 Therfor all sone he hym with-drogh, Line 347 ffro he saw that we hym knogh, Line 348 with in this sted; Line 349 I haue ferly what way and how Line 350 Away that he shuld glyde. Line 351
Cleophas
Alas, we war full myrk in thoght, Line 352 bot we were both full will of red,; Line 353 Man, for shame whi held, thou noght Line 354 when he on borde brake vs this breede? Line 355 he soght the prophecy more and les Line 356 And told it vs right in this sted,, Line 357 how that he hym self was Line 358 With wykid Iues broght to ded,, Line 359 And more; Line 360 we will go seke that kyng Line 361 That suffred woundes sore. Line 362
Lucas
Ryse, go we hence from this place, Line 363 To Ierusalem take we the pace, Line 364 And tell oure brethere all the case, Line 365 I red right thus; Line 366 ffrom ded, to lyfe when that he rase Line 367 he apperyd till vs. Line 368

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Cleophas
At Ierusalem I vnderstande, Line 369 Ther hope I that they be dwelland, Line 370 In that countre and in that land Line 371 We shall theym mete. Line 372 Weynd we furth, I dar warand,, Line 373 Right in the strete. Line 374
Lucas
let vs not tary ne mare, Line 375 Bot on oure feete fast lett vs fare; Line 376 I hope we shall be cachid fro care Line 377 ffull sone, Iwys; Line 378 That blyssid childe that marie bare Line 379 Grauntt you his blys. Line 380
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