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The Towneley Cycle, Play 1 - The Creation
001 God. Ego sum alpha et o,
002 I am the first, the last also,
003 Oone god in mageste;
004 Meruelus, of myght most,
005 Ffader, & son, & holy goost,
006 On god in trinyte.
007 I am without begynnyng,
008 My godhede hath none endyng,
009 I am god in trone;
010 Oone god in persons thre,
011 Which may neuer twynnyd be,
012 Ffor I am god alone.
013 All maner thyng is in my thoght,
014 Withoutten me ther may be noght,
015 Ffor all is in my sight;
016 Hit shall be done after my will,
017 That I haue thoght I shall fulfill
018 And manteyn with my myght.
019 At the begynnyng of oure dede
020 Make we heuen & erth, on brede,
021 And lyghtys fayre to se,
022 Ffor it is good, to be so;
023 Darknes from light we parte on two,
024 In tyme to serue and be.
025 Darknes we call the nyght,
026 And lith also the bright,
027 It shall be as I say;
028 After my will this is furth broght,
029 Euen and morne both ar thay wroght,
030 And thus is maid a day.
031 In medys the water, bi oure assent,
032 Be now maide the firmament,
033 And parte ather from othere,
034 Water aboue, I-wis;
035 Euen and morne maide is this
036 A day, [so was] the tothere.
037 Waters, that so wyde ben spred,
038 Be gedered to geder in to one stede,
039 That dry the erth may seym;
040 That at is dry the erth shall be,
041 The waters also I call the see;
042 This warke to me is queme.
043 Out of the erth herbys shal spryng,
044 Trees to florish and frute furth bryng,
045 Thare kynde that it be kyd.
046 This is done after my will;
047 Even & morn maide is ther till
048 A day, this is the thryd.
049 Son & moyne set in the heuen,
050 With starnes, & the planettys seuen,
051 To stand in thare degre;
052 The son to serue the day lyght,
053 The moyne also to serue the nyght;
054 The fourte day shall this be.
055 The water to norish the fysh swymand,
056 The erth to norish bestys crepeand,
057 That fly or go may.
058 Multiplye in erth, and be
059 In my blyssyng, wax now ye;
060 This is the fyft day.
061 Cherubim. Oure lord god in trynyte,
062 Myrth and lovyng be to the,
063 Myrth and lovyng ouer al thyng;
064 Ffor thou has made, with thi bidyng,
065 Heuen, & erth, and all that is,
066 And giffen vs Ioy that neuer shall mys.
067 Lord, thou art full mych of myght,
068 That has maide lucifer so bright;
069 We loue the, lord, bright ar we,
070 Bot none of vs so bright as he:
071 He may well hight lucifere,
072 Ffor lufly light that he doth bere.
073 He is so lufly and so bright
074 It is grete ioy to se that sight;
075 We lofe the, lord, with all oure thoght,
076 That sich thyng can make of noght.
077 Lucifer. Certys, it is a semely sight,
078 Syn that we ar all angels bright,
079 And euer in blis to be;
080 If that ye will behold, me right,
081 This mastre longys to me.
082 I am so fare and bright,
083 Of me commys all this light,
084 This gam and all this gle;
085 Agans my grete myght
086 May [no]thyng stand [ne] be.
087 And ye well me behold
088 I am a thowsand fold,
089 Brighter then is the son;
090 My strengthe may not be told,
091 My myght may no thyng kon;
092 In heuen, therfor, wit I wold,
093 Above me who shuld won.
094 Ffor I am lord of blis,
095 Ouer all this warld, I-wis,
096 My myrth is most of all;
097 The[r]for my will is this,
098 Master ye shall me call.
099 And ye shall se, full sone onone,
100 How that me semys to sit in trone
101 As kyng of blis;
102 I am so semely, blode & bone,
103 My sete shall be ther as was his.
104 Say, felows, how semys now me
105 To sit in seyte of trynyte?
106 I am so bright of ich a lym
107 I trow me seme as well as hym.
108 Angelus Malus @. Thou art so fayre vnto my syght,
109 Thou semys well to sytt on hight;
110 So thynke me that thou doyse.
111 Angelus Bonus @. I rede ye leyfe that vanys royse,
112 Ffor that seyte may non angell seme
113 So well as hym that all shall deme.
114 Angelus Bonus @. I reyde ye sese of that ye sayn,
115 Ffor well I wote ye carpe in vayne;
116 Hit semyd hym neuer, ne neuer shall,
117 So well as hym that has maide all.
118 Angelus Malus @. Now, and bi oght that I can witt,
119 He semys full well theron to sytt;
120 He is so fayre, withoutten les,
121 He semys full well to sytt on des.
122 Therfor, felow, hold thi peasse,
123 And vmbithynke the what thou saysse.
124 He semys as well to sytt there
125 As god hymself, if he were here.
126 Lucifer. Leyf felow, thynk the not so?
127 Angelus Malus @. Yee, god wote, so dos othere mo.
128 Angelus Bonus @. Nay, forsoth, so thynk not vs.
129 Lucifer. Now, therof a leke what rekys vs?
130 Syn I my self am so bright
131 Therfor will I take a flyght.
132 Demon @. Alas, alas, and wele-wo!
133 Lucifer, whi fell thou so?
134 We, that were angels so fare,
135 And sat so hie aboue the ayere,
136 Now ar we waxen blak as any coyll,
137 And vgly, tatyrd as a foyll.
138 What alyd the, lucifer, to fall?
139 Was thou not farist of angels all?
140 Brightist, and best, & most of luf
141 With god hym self, that syttys aboyf?
142 Thou has maide [neyn,] there was [ten,]
143 Thou art foull comyn from thi kyn;
144 Thou art fallen, that was the teynd,
145 Ffrom an angell to a feynd.
146 Thou has vs doyn a vyle dispyte,
147 And broght thi self to sorow and sitt.
148 Alas, ther is noght els to say
149 Bot we ar tynt for now and ay.
150 Demon @. Alas, the ioy that we were In
151 Haue we lost, for oure syn.
152 Alas, that euer cam pride in thought,
153 Ffor it has broght vs all to noght.
154 We were in myrth and Ioy enoghe
155 When lucifer to pride drogh.
156 Alas, we may warrie wikkyd pride,
157 So may ye all that standys be side;
158 We held, with hym ther he saide leasse,
159 And therfor haue we all vnpeasse.
160 Alas, alas, oure Ioye is tynt,
161 We mon haue payne that neuer shall stynt.
162 God. Erthly bestys, that may crepe and go,
163 Bryng ye furth and wax ye mo,
164 I se that it is good;
165 Now make we man to oure liknes,
166 That shall be keper of more & les,
167 Of fowles and fysh in flood.
168 Spreyte of life I in the blaw,
169 Good and ill both shall thou knaw;
170 Rise vp, and stand bi me.
171 All that is in water or land,
172 It shall bow vnto thi hand,
173 And sufferan shall thou be;
174 I gif the witt, I gif the strenght,
175 Of all thou sees, of brede & lengthe;
176 Thou shall be wonder wise.
177 Myrth and Ioy to haue at will,
178 All thi likyng to fulfill,
179 And dwell in paradise.
180 This I make thi wonnyng playce,
181 Ffull of myrth and of solace,
182 And I seasse the therin.
183 It is not good to be alone,
184 To walk here in this worthely wone,
185 In all this welthly wyn;
186 Therfor, a rib I from the take,
187 Therof shall be [maide] thi make,
188 And be to thi helpyng.
189 Ye both to gouerne that here is,
190 And euer more to be in blis,
191 Ye wax in my blissyng.
192 Ye shall have Ioye & blis therin,
193 Whils ye will kepe you out of syn,
194 I say without[ten] lese.
195 Ryse vp, myn angell cherubyn,
196 Take and leyd theym both in,
197 And leyf them there in peasse.
198 Heris thou adam, and eue thi wife,
199 I forbede you the tre of life,
200 And I commaund, that it be gat,
201 Take which ye will, bot negh not that.
202 Adam, if thou breke my rede,
203 Thou shall dye a dulfull dede.
204 Cherubim. Oure lord, oure god, thi will be done;
205 I shall go with theym full sone.
206 Ffor soth, my lord, I shall not sted
207 Till I haue theym theder led.
208 We thank the, lord, with full good chere,
209 That has maide man to be oure feere.
210 Com furth, adam, I shall the leyd;
211 Take tent to me, I shall the reyd.
212 I rede the thynk how thou art wroght,
213 And luf my lord, in all thi thoght,
214 That has maide the thrugh his will,
215 Angels ordir to fulfill.
216 Many thyngys he has the giffen,
217 And maide the master of all that liffen;
218 He has forbed, the bot a tre;
219 Look that thou let it be,
220 Ffor if thou breke his commaundment,
221 Thou skapys not bot thou be shent.
222 Weynd here in to paradise,
223 And luke now that ye be wyse,
224 And kepe you well, for I must go
225 Vnto my lord, ther I cam fro.
226 Adam. Almyghty lord, I thank it the
227 That is, and was, and shall be,
228 Of thi luf and of thi grace,
229 Ffor now is here a mery place;
230 Eue, my felow, how thynk the this?
231 Eue. A stede me thynk of Ioye and blis,
232 That god has giffen to the and me;
233 Withoutten ende blissyd be he.
234 Adam. Eue, felow, abide me thore,
235 Ffor I will go to viset more,
236 To se what trees that here been;
237 Here ar well moo then we have seen,
238 Gresys, and othere small floures,
239 That smell full swete, of seyr coloures.
240 Eue. Gladly, sir, I will full fayne;
241 When ye haue sene theym, com agane.
242 Adam. Bot luke well, eue, my wife,
243 That thou negh not the tree of life;
244 Ffor if thou do he bese ill paide;
245 Then be we tynt, as he has saide.
246 Eue. Go furth and play the all aboute,
247 I shall not negh it while thou art oute;
248 Ffor be thou sekyr I were full loth
249 Ffor any thyng that he were wroth.
250 Lucifer. Who wend euer this tyme haue seyn?
251 We, that in sich myrth haue beyn,
252 That we shuld suffre so mych wo?
253 Who wold euer trow it shuld be so?
254 [Ten] orders in heuen were
255 Of angels, that had offyce sere;
256 Of ich order, in thare degre,
257 The [teynd] parte fell downe with me;
258 Ffor thay held with me that tyde,
259 And mantenyd me in my pride;
260 Bot herkyns, felows, what I say-
261 The Ioy that we haue lost for ay,
262 God has maide man with his hend,
263 To haue that blis withoutten end,
264 The neyn ordre to fulfill,
265 That after vs left, sich is his will.
266 And now ar thay in paradise;
267 Bot thens thay shall, if we be wise.
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