ORIGO MUNDI

[Extracted from Norris' The Ancient Cornish Drama (1859), vol. 1, pp. 1-220, the English translation only.]

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The Temptation—Cain and Abel—Birth of Seth
Death of Adam—Noah—Abraham—Moses and Pharaoh
David—Bathsheba—Solomon—Maximilla.

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HERE BEGINNETH THE DRAMA

BEGINNING OF THE WORLD.

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GOD THE FATHER.

The Father of Heaven I am called,
The Creator of all things that are made;
One and three we are in truth,
The Father, and the Son, and the Spirit;
And this day I desire 5
By my grace to begin the world.
I say, Heaven and Earth,
Be they created by my judgment.

Now when heaven is made to us,
And filled with bright angels, 10
We will create -the earth,
Like as we are three and one.
The Father, and the Son, and the Spirit;
Very royal, sure and certainly.
These are wrought, 15
As we ourselves would.

On the second day I will,
Make the sky called heaven;
For it appears to me to be good,
All that was made on the first day. 20
Let the sky be above all things.
To cover all that is created,
To keep the rain above.
That it may be dropped on the face of earth.

On the third day I make a separation 25
Between the sea and the lands,
And I command in the earth
That trees and plants grow;
Let every tree grow from its stem,
Bearing its fruit and its leaves, 30
And let the plants against summer,
Produce seed in gardens.

On the fourth, be made perfect,
To all the earth bright lights,
And their names they shall be 35
The sun, and the moon, and the stars;
I place them over the trees,
In the midst of the sky above;
The moon in night, the sun in day,
That they may give their shining lights. 40

On the fifth day I will,
That be made by my power,
Beasts, fishes, and birds,
Earth and sea to fill,
For the time shall arrive 45
That these shall be improved by them,
To them I command,
That they encrease and live long.

Here God comes down from the upper stage, and God says:—[Here Lucifer from heaven appears on the stage.]

To day it is the sixth day
Since I began to work, 50
That I made heaven, sea, land, and trees,
Beasts, fishes, lights;
Obedient to me they shall be,
As much as is in them made.
The son of man of clay perfectly 55
I will him to be created.

Here let him make Adam, and God says:—

As we are one and three,
Father and Son in Trinity,
We make thee, man, of clay,
Like to our face, presently. 60
We breathe into thy body,
A spirit that thou mayest live,
And the life when thou losest it.
To the earth thou shalt turn again.

Adam, stand up in glory, 65
And turn to flesh and to blood;
Think I have wrought thee of earth.
Like to me from the head to the feet.
All that is in land and in sea,
Over them have power; 70
In this world to bring offspring,
Thou shalt live till thou be grey.

Adam, as I am the God of grace,
To be a keeper I grant to thee,
Over paradise I send thee; 75
But do thou remember one thing:
Above all fruit, herbs, and seed.
Which are therein, it hath grown,
But of the fruit there is not permission;
It is named the tree of knowledge. 80

If thou eat of that.
Which is named the tree of knowledge,
Out of this place thou shalt go.
And shalt die the death.

ADAM.

O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 85
Worship to thy sweet body always;
Me create fair and bright,
Thou hast done me, very like to thee.

To govern my life,
The will of my mind is enough. 90
Very great is my want to me,
Of the true help-mate ordained.

GOD THE FATHER.

It is not good, very certainly,
That a man should be alone,
Without a fellow or a help-mate. 95
Go, lie on the earth clean,
And sleep, nor ever stand up,
Until a help-mate be made.

And Adam shall sleep: here God makes Eve, and shall lead her to Adam, and he shall take her by his hands; and God the Father says:

Forthwith from one of thy ribs,
I make to thee an equal. 100
Every hour to help thee;
Adam, behold her here;
Do thou give a name to her,
To take her for thy equal.

EVE.

Lord, God of heaven, the Father, 105
As thou art full of grace,
For ever be worshipped,
As thou hast done much of regard.
By creating me like to thee.
One God thou art, and persons three. 110

ADAM.

Father thou hast brought to me,
Bone of my flesh and body, it was,
Meet that she be my companion;
I name her Virago;
The Father God be worshipped 115
Who has appointed her to me for my benefit.

GOD THE FATHER.

Adam, behold the fishes,
The birds of heaven, and the beasts,
Equally in land and in sea;
Give to them their names, 120
They will come at thy command,
But do not mistake them in any sort.

ADAM.

I name cow, and bull,
And horse, it is a beast without equal,
For the son of man to help himself; 125
Goat, steer, stag,
Sheep, from my words,
To take their names.

Now I name goose and fowl,
I hold them birds without equal 130
For food of man on the earth;
Duck, peacock, pigeon, partridge,
Swan, kite, crows, and the eagle,
Further by me are named.

I give names to the fishes, 135
Porpoises, salmons, congers.
All to me obedient they shall be;
Ling and cod,
A fish from me shall not escape,
If I honour God perfectly. 140

GOD THE FATHER

For that all is fair and good,
In six days all that is created.

Bless them we will;
Let it be called the seventh day.
This is a day of rest 145
To every man that may be saved;
In declaration of that
We will rest forthwith.

Then God the Father shall go to heaven; and afterwards the Devil, like a serpent, speaks to Eve in the tree of knowledge, and he says wickedly to Eve:—

THE SERPENT OR DEVIL.

Eve, why dost thou not come near,
To speak with me and talk? 150
One thing which I know, if thou knewest it,
It would amuse thee;
For ever thou wouldst laugh,
For joy and for mirth;
As thou earnest into the world, 155
To heaven thou wouldst ascend.

EVE.

What thing can that be?
Tell me directly.

DEVIL.

Eve, I cannot speak,
For fear thou shouldst accuse me. 160

EVE.

Because I am a woman.
Thou mayest make it known to me;
Because of any thing I would not
Ever accuse thee.

DEVIL.

From heaven I come now 165
Sweet Eve, to better thy condition;
The fruit of the tree of knowledge
Eat, never make a difficulty.

EVE.

Hasten hence quickly;
Speak not another word to me; 170
I have no wish to eat of its fruit,
Through the prohibition of our dear Lord.

DEVIL.

O woman, thou art a fool.
That thou believest not my words.
If thou didst eat, thou and thy husband, 175
Of the tree and its fruits,
Ye should be of a surety,
In that hour like gods,
Eve, come near, take it.
For I do not tell thee a lie. 180

EVE.

He who made me and my husband,
He did forbid us,
That we should not eat the fruit,
Nor go near to the tree.

DEVIL.

I know how it was with him; 185
Because it is a tree of grace,
Of its fruit whoever eats,
Will know the counsel of the Father.
There is not a thing in the country round,
Which he will not know how to discover. 190
It is a great folly in him.
If he leaves that same fruit.

EVE.

I am outside [puzzled] thinking,
What I may do.
As to plucking the apple, 195
For fear of being deceived by thee.

DEVIL.

Pluck it at my risk,
Without delay quickly have done it;
And also make to thy husband.
That he may eat of it. 200

EVE.

Bend the tree towards the ground,
That I may reach them.

DEVIL.

I will do so, but come on the spot:
Gather it and go thy way.

Then she shall gather the apple, and carry it to Adam; and Eve says:—

Adam, reach me thy hand: 205
Take that from me.
Quietly without blowing thy horn,
Eat it immediately.

ADAM.

Speak to me, thou woman.
Where didst thou gather the fruit? 210
Was it of that same sort,
Which was forbidden to us?

EVE.

When I was walking about,
I heard on one side,
An angel beginning to sing 215
Above me on the tree,
He did advise me,
That I should gather fruit from it;
Greater than God we should be,
Nor be troubled for ever. 220

ADAM.

Oh! out upon thee, wicked woman,
That thou listenedst to him:
For he was an evil bird,
Whom thou didst hear singing,
And will bring us to sorrow, 225
Unless we do refrain.
Let every one think on the end of it,
How it can end.

EVE.

Peace! the angel preached,
Of the tree and of its virtues, 230
Of its fruit he who should eat,
Would be like a god.

ADAM.

I will not believe thee,
Nor thy vain words;
Let us pray that we may be servants. 235
To our Lord without equal.
For he who made us of clay,
Gave us prohibitions.
That we should not eat the fruit,
Of the tree, without fail. 240

EVE.

Since thou wilt not believe,
Thou shalt lose my love.
Ever whilst thou livest,
Here thou shalt not see me again.

ADAM.

Eve, rather than thou be angry, 245
I will do all as thou wishest.
Bring it me immediately.
And I will eat it.

And when he eats of the apple, and sees that he is naked, and says with a groan:—

Oh, woe, woe, I have sinned.
And have broken the prohibition. 250
evil graceless woman,
Surely thou hast deceived me without pity:
Our bodies are become naked;
Let us cover ourselves with leaves.
1 know truly, God the Father, 255
A sorry woman hath angered.

[Adam hides himself in Paradise.]

Then God the Father shall come to Adam, and he says to him:—

GOD THE FATHER.

Adam, Adam, what art thou doing?
Why dost thou not come to welcome me?

ADAM.

Because I was naked, without a cloth,
I went to hide before thee. 260

GOD THE FATHER.

Who disclosed to thee,
That body, feet, and arms are naked?
But the fruit of grace, it was not for thee,
To go to eat it without sin.

ADAM.

To me you gave a wife, 265
She is all to blame,
Who plucked the fair apple,
And brought it me to taste.

GOD THE FATHER.

Because thou hearkenedst to her.
And to act beyond my prohibition, 270
I will assuredly curse,
The earth in thy evil deed.
In thy sweat labour to eat,
Thou shalt, even to thy end,
Thorn and briars growing, 275
Until it be that death be.

Eve, why didst thou,
Deceive thy husband without mercy,
By plucking the apple,
After I had forbidden it to thee? 280
Thou hast done evil verily,
And hast brought him to much sorrow,
When thou madest him eat,
And taste the fruit of the tree.

[Here let the Devil be present.]

EVE.

O wise Father in thy light, 285
The serpent hath deceived me.
Her falsehood I believed,
Ever she hath held me.
If I plucked it, she said,
Like a god I should be. 290
If it was evil that she did,
Kill her with thy sword.

GOD THE FATHER.

Because thou hast hearkened to her,
And deceived thy faithful spouse.
Ever obedient to her husband 295
I ordain woman to be.
May her affliction be increased.
For breaking my commandment,
Nor without great labour indeed,
Shall ever children be to her. 300

[He speaks to the Serpent.]

Thou devil, answer me.
Why didst thou deceive her pitilessly,
By tempting her to pluck,
The fruit against my prohibition?

DEVIL.

I will tell you the fact; 305
Because they had great happiness,
And I was always burning.
For this I tempted them,
To sin, so that "alas" may be,
Their song like as mine. 310

GOD THE FATHER.

Now be thou accursed,
Very truly above all the beasts,
Which go on the face of the earth.
And ever shall there be enmity,
Between thy offspring 315
And the offspring of the woman always.
Here ye do not remain.

Go outside immediately;
You have lost my joy,
Which I gave you in Paradise. 320
Nor must thou allege,
That thou art punished because of thy wife;
Because thou hearkenedst to her,
A thousand mother's sons shall be damned.

ADAM.

Father, God, in thy light, 325
Grant to thy workmanship, I pray thee,
Some of the oil of mercy.

GOD THE FATHER.

Adam, in the end of the world,
I will grant the oil of mercy to thee.
And to Eve thy wife. 330

And then God ascends to heaven, and says to the Cherub:

Cherub, take a sword,
Hasten down to Paradise;
You will find two persons there:
Put them outside immediately.
Very hard it shall be for them, 335
And for what has been done.
That they did the evil transgression,
Surely they will lament the time.

CHERUB.

To Paradise soon I go,
To do all the will of thy judgment; 340
If I find the people there.
Outside they shall be put.

[Here the cherub goes down.]

Adam, go out of the country,
Towards another land, to live:
Thou thyself to dig, 345
Thy wife with thee to spin.
For that ye have angered the Father,
To ye shall be full repentance:
Haste through the door.
For here ye do not stay. 350

[The Cherub remains in Paradise.]

[Here Adam and Eve depart from Paradise.]

ADAM.

Alas ! that I have seen the time,
When I made my Lord angry,
When I acted against his command,
I lost my fair portion.
I know not what I shall be now; 355
There is not for me clothes, shelter, nor house:
My heart all in pieces,
For grief will break.

Away from my joy and my delight,
I must go in poverty through the land; 360
For want of clothes and shelter,
Well nigh perishing with cold;
Nor know from trouble,
Whether we be in field or in wood.
My heart is weak and empty 365
By my taking and having food.

Eve, take thy distaff.
To spin clothes for us,
And I go with all my strength,
To begin to dig in the ground. 370

And he shall dig, and the earth cries: and again he shall dig, and the earth cries:—

Great wonder is surely to me;
The earth will not let me break it,
That I may raise corn:
Nor can I go on, in truth.
I pray to thee, high Lord, 375
That thou' wilt give leave to the earth,
That it allow me before I die,
To seek for myself food in it.

[Here God the Father comes down.]

GOD THE FATHER.

Adam, permission shall be forthwith,
To cut full the length of thy spade. 380
I command thee, O earth,
Allow Adam to open thee.

ADAM.

O sire, perfect God,
Little is this for us.
All that comes, in one day 385
I and my wife will eat.

GOD THE FATHER.

Then take two lengths of it.
For thee and thy wife to have.

ADAM.

Lord, this is too little,
If we do any children produce. 390

GOD THE FATHER.

As need is to thee to take more.
Take three lengths of thy spade;
Athwart measure three breadths,
And take care not to do falsely.

ADAM.

Wise Lord, all that ground, 395
If I have three lengths of my spade,
Me, and my wife, and my little child.
It will be hard to support.
If more come, it will not be enough,
They will faint with hunger. 400
In that time, for very sorrow.
Bitter tears I shall shed.

GOD THE FATHER.

Go, take all thou wilt,
Adam, of the world all around;
It shall be indeed for thee, 405
And that which comes out of thee.

ADAM.

O Father of Heaven, thanks;
Be thy dear body worshipped.
Eve, power over the world.
Full permission there is to me. 410

EVE.

Fair is our lot, my husband.
That leave is granted to us,
From the best Father, God,
To dig and to sow;
With distaff immediately 415
I will spin clothes.

GOD THE FATHER.

Evil is to me that I have made man.
Altogether like to my face;
By listening to a woman,
He has quite lost the place. 420
Which my right hand had made,
To keep it if he had the grace.
When he acted against my prohibition,
Very grievously he provoked me.
Adam, of all thy tillage, 425
Leave the tenth part to me,
Still to remain waste.
And with good heart, without ill-will,
Put upon Mount Tabor,
To burn it in honour to me. 430

ADAM.

Lord, thy will shall be done;
More if thou wish to take,
Truly, it shall be burnt,
To fulfil the desire of thy mind.
There is none equal to thee in the world; 435
Full of grace thou art, perfectly.

[Here God the Father shall pass on to heaven.]

Cain and Abel, my sons.
Go, sacrifice forthwith,
In the mount to the Father of Heaven.
And all your true tithe 440
To him take care to offer.
And burn it, as he hath enjoined.

CAIN.

O father, wise, I will go.
Lord of heaven, give me good work,
In all the acts that I do. 445
Sweet Abel, come away,
To worship the very good Lord,
As our father has enjoined us.

[Cain retires.]

ABEL.

My brother, very gladly,
I will go with thee to the mount; 450
But before going, my dear father.
Give me thy perfect blessing.
For my request is,
To receive thy word of love.
Thy blessing is most delightful to me, 455
And the blessing of my mother likewise.

ADAM.

My blessing shall ever be on thee.
Equally by night and by day;
And all that is in the world be thine.

EVE.

The blessing of thy mother likewise 460
Be ever on thee, I pray,
Amen, so be it.

ABEL.

My blessing on you also:
Give me your blessings.
O God, now fair is my lot, 465
Being blessed without deceit.

Then with those four rites (?) let him go to the altar, walking on the stage; and God says:—

CAIN.

Abel, where hast thou been so long?
Thou oughtest not to be slow,
Going to the sacrifice.

ABEL.

Cain, I stopped only a space, 470
Receiving the blessing of my mother,
And the blessing of my father likewise.

CAIN.

By my faith a great folly,
It is to go to burn a thing,
Which a man can live upon. 475
What worship is it to God
That the tythe be burnt to coal ashes on the stones?

ABEL.

Sweet Cain, think of thy soul;
Because of the Father God of heaven, 480
Do his commands.
To us there is nothing grievous,
Since it surely is his will
To burn it without fail.

CAIN.

Now you, Abel, do that; 485
I will never do so.
I have thought of doing a thing,
To keep it against summer.

ABEL.

Surely thou art foolish and mad.
If thou do not as I say, 490
Thou wilt have sad torment
In the region of hell, as I believe.
God has given to us the nine parts,
To live upon it certainly.
By his full grace and his mercy. 495
Now, why not leave him.
To take his tenth without complaint.
And burn it, since he will.

[Here all shall come upon the stage.]

And then let Cain offer a part of the tithes, that he may keep another part of the tithes; and Cain says:—

CAIN.

To say the truth,
I will not offer 500
All my tithe certainly.
O Father God, full of pity.
Take, receive from me
My tithe and my offering pure.
And God look at my offering, 505
And take to thee my tithe;
For if thou do not, I will
Take it home with me again.

ABEL.

Father God, high Lord,
I worship thee with all my strength, 510
Li my heart very seriously.
And I will offer to thee presently
Together all my true tithe.
To burn it in honour of thee.

GOD THE FATHER.

Because Abel's tithe is true, 515
He shall find in the end
Unfailing joy ever,
In my land and rest.

CAIN.

Whereas will God not make account
Of me, nor thrive 520
The bit which I do will not,
And at all times an article of Abel's
Will thrive a thousand times better,
Abel shall pay for that.

ABEL.

My sweet brother, come home; 525
There is a great heaviness
Falling on my heart;
Whatever it be, by my Father.
The Father who created me
To my offering may he acknowledge favour; 530
And when I shall pass away
From the world, may he bring me to his land.

CAIN.

Sweet Abel, do not mind all this.
For all things will be good,
By the help of our God, 535
The best Lord of heaven.
Go before, as thou lovest me.
In the name of God above;
That thou mayest never thrive,
Take this on the jawbone. 540

Then he shall strike him on the head, and he shall die; and Lucifer says:—

LUCIFER.

Beelzebub and Satan,
Go hence with great speed.
As ye love me, your god;
And bring home the youth.
That he may sing "alas" 545
Ever in black darkness.

SATAN.

Our lord Lucifer,
We will bring him to thee without danger
Very joyfully;
In requital to his father Adam, 550
He shall never have a bit
Of fair light.

[They shall go to Abel.]

BEELZEBUB.

Our will is to take thee,
To go now to our country.
And to torment, like us; 555
Abel, thou shalt dwell ever.
Notwithstanding all thy true tithe,
In great darkness, without joy.

SATAN.

Come with him home speedily
To our lord Lucifer: 560
I will sing the counter note.
And thou shalt sing descant with me.

BEELZEBUB.

Hail, sire ! lord Lucifer,
I have fetched home to thee
The son of Adam, the false hypocrite, 565
That he may dwell with us.

LUCIFER.

Abel, because of thy dear offering,
Thou shalt be ever with us;
And devils without number
Always howhng at thee. 570

Then God the Father shall come to the earth; he speaks with Cain; and God the Father says:—

GOD THE FATHER.

Cain, speak, where is Abel,
Thy brother, my faithful servant?
Why is he not with thee?

CAIN.

He to whom thou gavest him to keep.
Ask that of him; 575
What time was I his keeper?
A voice calls.

GOD THE FATHER.

Behold the blood of dead Abel,
Thy brother, now calling
From the ground to me every where.
Cursed ever be thou, 580
And all the earth thou possessest
Is cursed in thy deed.
It shall [not] produce fruit good for ever.
Nor green to the end of the world.
I give my curse to thee, 585
The curse of my angels also.

CAIN.

Thy voice, Lord, I hear.
But thy face I do not see.
Surely for my relief.
Alas ! I know that: 590
My sin to be much greater.
Than the mercy of God.
Now wretched I am, and empty.
Very truly above all men of the world:
I cannot tell why 595
By all I may not be slain.

GOD THE FATHER.

Cain, it shall not be so;
For if a man do kill thee,
He shall get it seven times as much
Of pains on the face of this world, 600
If any evil is done thee;
For I will mark thee
In the world, that no man slay thee.
Always good works,
Happy as many as do them. 605

[Here God ascends to heaven.]

Then Cain shall come to Adam his father; and Adam, says:—

ADAM.

My son, where is thy brother gone;
Why is he not come home with thee?

CAIN.

About him if thou thinkest,
Ask of his keeper.

ADAM.

O, curses on thy deed; 610
Thou hast killed him by my truth;
And he so dear to us:
My curse on thee ever.
Alas ! that is lost
Sweet Abel, my son most dear. 615
That I had never been created!
From me he has purchased evil.
That Cain had never been born!
That there is vengeance for this thing.
Wrought by a woman! 620
Alas! that I ever saw Eve!

There is a God yet living,
Who is Lord above all things;
I will never lie down
Hereafter with the body of Eve. 625

EVE.

Alas! that I ever listened
So readily to my enemy;
So much evil is falling,
Both late and early;
There is cause to me to weep 630
Really tears of blood, without doubt.
Unhappy will be all living.
Suffering much sorrow.

GOD THE FATHER.

Seraph, to Adam go.
And enjoin him to he, 635
By my commands,
Again with Eve his wife;
And he shall beget
A good son without fail.

SERAPH.

Lord, I will do thy will, 640
As it becomes me in every place;
And will soon go even to him,
To the world, to advise him.

And then he shall go to Adam; and he says to him:—

Adam, the Father God, most good.
Hath commanded thee to lie 645
With thy dear spouse Eve;
To have a child to serve thee.

ADAM.

Since the Father so wills.
Need it is to do it;
God wills, for the best 650
So I trust it shall be done.
Come, my companion, Eve,
Lie in the bed at length;
The command of God, above all things.
Need is that it be fulfilled. 655
Now there are gone by
Some two hundred years;
I have not had to do with thee,
In flesh nor in blood, without a lie.

EVE.

Since the God of heaven wills it, 660
Need it is to follow his will,
Whatever it be.
By the grace of the very good Lord
We shall produce a good child,
To serve us. 665

ADAM.

In the name of God the Father,
So be it done to us.
To the Father God we pray
That he send his grace to us.
And then let him go away a little while from her.
And again he shall come to her.

EVE.

Adam, we may be assured 670
The thing will come at last.
There is a child born to me,
By the will of the Father, God also.
Blessed be the time
That the agreement was made, 675
What name shall he be called?
Tell me, on thy faith.

ADAM.

Seth shall be his just name.
The Father of heaven beloved.
Give him grace to serve him. 680
I will go to dig,
To sustain life to us;
To labour is needful.

Here Adam shall go to his bride.

O dear God, I am weary.
Gladly I would see once 685
The time to depart.
Strong are the roots of the briars,
That my arms are broken.
Tearing up many of them.
Seth, my son, I will send 690
To the gate of Paradise forthwith,
To the Cherub, the guardian.
Ask of him if there will be for me
Oil of mercy at the last,
From the Father, the God of grace. 695

SETH.

O father dear, at thy command,
I will go to him immediately.
But what shall I ask?
I do not know the way to my errand.

ADAM.

Say, I being near, 700
To my life's end, I pray him
To say the truth
To thee of the oil of mercy,
Which was promised to me
By the Father, of his pity, 705
When I was driven
By the angel in very earnest,
I and my wife for doing folly,
Driven together we were,
Quickly out of Paradise. 710

Follow the prints of my feet, burnt;
No grass nor flower in the world grows
In that same road, where I went.
And we coming from that place,
I and thy mother surely also; 715
Thou wilt see the tokens.
Though thou see much light.
Fear not, it will not be other than good.

SETH.

I will do very joyfully
Thy errand even to the end. 720
O father, dear heart,
I will not stop longer;
I pray thee bless me
Before I go, without fail.

ADAM.

Go thy way, my son, 725
And ever he my blessing on thee.
Do thy errand surely.
Before thou come back, I pray thee.

SETH.

O father, have no fear.
Forthwith I will go. 730
The God of heaven, through his mercy,
I pray to help us.

And then he shall go to Paradise; [and the Cherub says:—]

CHERUB.

Seth, what is thy errand,
That thou wouldst come so long a way?
Tell me soon. 735

SETH.

O angel, I will tell thee:
My father is old and weary,
He would not wish to live longer;
And through me he prayed thee
To tell the truth 740
Of the oil promised to him
Of mercy in the last day.

CHERUB.

Within the gate put thy head,
And behold it all, nor fear,
Whatever thou seest. 745
And look on all sides;
Examine well every particular;
Search out every thing diligently.

SETH.

Very joyfully I will do it;
I am glad to have permission 750
To know what is there.
To tell it to my father.

[And he looks, and turns round, saying:—]

Fair field is this;
Unhappy he who lost the country:
But the tree, it is to me 755
A great wonder that it is dry.
But I believe that it is dry,
And all made bare, for the sin
Which my father and mother sinned.
Like the prints of their feet, 760
They are all dry, like herbs.
Alas, that the morsel was eaten.

CHERUB.

O, Seth, thou art come
Within the gate of Paradise;
Tell me what thou sawest. 765

SETH.

All the beauty that I saw
The tongue of no man in the world can
Tell it ever.
Of good fruit, and fair flowers,
Minstrels and sweet song, 770
A fountain bright as silver;
And four springs, large indeed.
Flowing from it.
That there is a desire to look at them.
In it there is a tree, 775
High with many boughs;
But they are all bare, without leaves.
And around it, bark
There was none, from the stem to the head.
All its boughs are bare. 780
And at the bottom, when I looked,
I saw its roots
Even into hell descending,
In midst of great darkness.
And its branches growing up, 785
Even to heaven high in light;
And it was without bark altogether,
Both the head and the boughs.

CHERUB.

Look yet again within,
And all else thou shalt see 790
Before that thou come from it.

SETH.

I am happy that I have permission;
I will go to the gate immediately,
That I may see further good.

[He goes, and looks, and returns.]

CHERUB.

Dost thou see more now 795
Than what there was just now?

SETH.

There is a serpent in the tree;
An ugly beast, without fail.

CHERUB.

Go yet the third time to it.
And look better at the tree. 800
Look, what you can see in it.
Besides roots and branches.

[Again he goes up.]

SETH.

Cherub, angel of the God of grace.
In the tree I saw,
High up on the branches, 805
A little child newly born;
And he was swathed in cloths,
And bound fast with napkins.

CHERUB.

The Son of God it was whom thou sawest,
Like a little child swathed. 810
He will redeem Adam, thy father.
With his flesh and blood too.
When the time is come,
And thy mother, and all the good people.
He is the oil of mercy, 815
Which was promised to thy father;
Through his death, clearly.
All the world will be saved.

SETH.

Blessed ever be he:
God, now I am happy; 820
Knowing the truth all plainly,
I will go from thee.

CHERUB.

Take three kernels of the apple.
Which Adam, thy father, ate.
When he dies, put them, without fail, 825
Between his teeth and his tongue.
From them thou wilt see
Three trees grow presently;
For he will not live more than three days
After thou reachest home. 830

SETH.

Blessed be thou every day;
I honour thee ever very truly:
My father will be very joyful.
If he soon passes from life.

And then he shall come to his father [Adam, and he says to him;]—

O father dear, I have seen 835
In Paradise the fountain of grace;
And by it a tree,
Tall, with many boughs;
And in the middle of its branches
A child swathed with napkins. 840
That is the oil of mercy
Which was promised to thee
By the Father God of heaven.
And the angel told me,
When three days are gone, 845
Thou will give up thy soul.

ADAM.

Dear Lord, much worship to thee,
For long enough is my life:
Take my soul to thee.
Joyful that for me is vanquished 850
The labour and sorrow of the world:
Very long I have served him.
O son, concealment avails nought,
The thing which is coming shall be seen.
I am become old and wondrous weak; 855
My end is arrived:
The Father God, Lord above,
May he put me to rest;
My soul, and my body to the ground.
Amen, I pray, all quiet. 860

And then Adam shall die; and Seth says:—

SETH.

Sad, woe, alas! alas!
That Adam, my father, is dead.
With his body he produced me;
Like as he was a just man,
In the earth I will dig 865
A hole, that he may be covered in it;

[Seth makes a grave and buries Adam.]
Here Seth puts three kernels of the apple into Adam's mouth; and Seth says:—

And make it long and deep for him:
Very evil sorrow it is for me.
To bury him so immediately.

[Here he shall put the kernels into Adam's mouth.]

The three grains into his mouth 870
I will put them without fail,
Like as it was enjoined to me.
The will of God is this:
That these kernels be put,
When this life be passed away, 875

Into his mouth be put.
The Father of heaven surely without fail,
Made him like to himself:
When he plucked the apple
The Lord was angry. 880

LUCIFER.

Aha! Beelzebub, aha!
You see a good purchase
Now obtained;
Notwithstanding all the bounty of Adam,
To us here in a trice 885
He shall be brought.

SATAN.

I will bring the fellow soon,
Ever to lie
With us in darkness.
Beelzebub, as thou lovest me, 890
Hasten quickly to help me,
Bringing of the foul villain.

[Here they go down.]

BEELZEBUB.

I will help thee to bring him,
To hell like as we are,
On the back of a fox or mastiff. 895
Notwithstanding all thy faith and thy blessing,
With us shall be thy throne,
In trouble for ever.

[Here he shall take the soul, and carry it to hell.]

SATAN.

Adam, thou wast proud
When thou wast in Paradise, 900
Like a rogue, my lord.
And for that, forthwith
We will carry thee, till the end of the world
In pains to lie.

BEELZEBUB.

Hail ! my lord, in thy seat. 905
See brought to thee home.
By us, the great villain.
The foul Adam would desire
To conquer us always;
Now he is our fellow. 910

LUCIFER.

My blessing on ye at all time,
So well ye have done my bidding,
Quickly in every place.
Put the false bird
With Abel forthwith 915
To dwell.

Here heginneth of Noah and the ark; and God says:—

GOD THE FATHER.

Evil is with me to have made man.
Altogether like myself, certainly.
By listening to a woman,
Clean he has lost the place, 920
Which my right hand had made.
When he acted against my prohibition,
Out of happy Paradise,
The angel soon put him.
My spirit shall not dwell always 925
In the body of any son of man in the world.
And reason there is, and why.
That he is made of soft flesh.
There is no man to serve me.
Trusty and true, I believe, 930
In all the world, but Noah,
And his wife, and his children also.

Then God the Father shall come to Noah; and he says:—

GOD THE FATHER.

Stand up Noah, my dear servant,
Come to walk with me a while.
And I will tell thee, 935
Between ourselves, things privately.

NOAH.

O Father, God on high,
Blessed be thou ever.
For with thee in every place
I am ready to act. 940

GOD THE FATHER.

Noah, very full is the world
Now of hypocrisy,
That the end is come:
In it of flesh, every one
With such great sin is fetid, 945
I cannot spare any longer,
Without bringing a flood of great duration
Over all surely except thee.
Therefore hasten, go, make
A ship of smooth planks, 950
And in it many dwellings,
Rooms they shall be called.
Without and within, well
Be it staunched with pitch.
And three hundred cubits good 955
The ship shall be in length;
And half a hundred cubits
Also thou shalt make its width.
In height I wish it
To be made thirty cubits. 960
On the hinder part a door in
Thou shalt make; it is called a port.
Beams through it thou shall nail
Across, that it may not be opened.

NOAH.

Lord, as thou wilt, 965
Surely I will make the ship.
What is the need for us
To have such labour?
Since thou wilt kill every one
Who is on the face of the world, 970
Save only my people and me,
Kill us with them as well.

GOD THE FATHER.

Noah, for thy great goodness,
Thou shalt live ever in my favour.
Take thy wife and thy children, 975
And put their wives with them;
Of every sort of beast in the land,
Put two of them with thee;
Of all kinds of good birds,
Take care to put two in thy ark; 980
For I will bring a great flood,
That it cover all the face of the earth:
That all men who are in the world
May be drowned before the flood is gone.
The spirit of life in it 985
Never more shall be seen.
Do as I teach thee;
When it is done, I will come to thee.
Of all sorts of species,
Males and females also, 990
Thou shalt put them
In thy ark within.
All manner of food in this world,
Which ought to be eaten
By man and beast, as well, 995
In thy ship thou shalt have.

Then let God the Father pass into heaven; and Noah says:—

NOAH.

Wise Lord, thy injunctions,
Need is to me to do them.
I go, without denials.
To work about it. 1000

Then Noah shall go to his wife; and Noah says to her:—

NOAH.

Reach me my axe quickly,
My auger and my hammers;
I will go hence,
To do my errands.

NOAH'S WIFE.

Master, I will do it directly; 1005
To the beloved Father in heaven,
All work in this world
Which we do, be it agreeable.

Then he shall go to build his ship, and Noah says:—

NOAH.

O, dear God, I am weary.
Cutting oak sticks; 1010
There is never rest to me.
So bruised are my limbs.
Gladly I would see the day
Which it is enjoined me to reach,
Lord, on thee he love; 1015
Miserable is he who angereth thee.

And then God the Father shall come to Noah; and he says to him:—

GOD THE FATHER.

Now, Noah, go into thy ark,
Thou and all within thy house;
Because thou servest me fully.
My peace be with thee for ever. 1020
Of all beasts take forthwith
Males and females, really,
Of all the birds flying.
Be careful to take a couple.
To save seed from them; 1025
For a week after this
Forty days I will allow
Rain to fall from above.
So many men as are in the land,
Any thing in the world living, 1030
Save thee alone and thy children,
With the flood I am about to kill.

NOAH.

Father, blessed as thou art,
Thy commands I will do.
I will go hence 1035
To my wife and children, in haste.

[Noah says to his wife;]—

O spouse, without fail.
Sons and daughters likewise.
By the will of the beloved Father,
There is a strong ship ordained; 1040
Let us hasten quickly to it;
For a flood comes upon the earth,
That in it all men will be.
And all beasts drowned together.

WIFE.

O master dear, I will do 1045
Every thing like as thou wishest.
Let us come all to the ark quickly,
That we be not drowned by the flood.

SHEM.

As it is commanded to us,
I will put them into the ark, 1050
Beasts and birds also;
And let Ham bring food without fail.

HAM.

See the load of food on my back;
Let Japhet bring another load;
Because of the Father, let us hasten; 1055
For fear I am well nigh quite blind.

JAPHET.

Here is with me a good bundle
Of hay and corn mixed;
All the beasts which are here.
Shall find food enough twelve months. 1060

Then let all go in, men and cattle; and Noah says:—

NOAH.

In the name of the best Father,
Let us come in immediately;
Our ark, from above,
With rain it will be covered.
Horses, cattle, pigs, and sheep, 1065
Bring within forthwith;
But the blessed birds,
They fly quickly and readily.
Father, as we are thy work,
Made of clay and mire, 1070
Be to us strength and help.
For to thee ever we pray.

SHEM.

I will now cover
The top of the ark with a cloth,
And this will keep, 1075
That the rain may not come in.

HAM.

In the name of God, be he praised,
Cover what we call our grave;
Here there is coming
A fierce shower, on my faith. 1080

JAPHET.

See a shower, really without ceasing;
Man cannot bear it if it drops long.
Great streams cover the earth,
Thickening with much violence.

NOAH.

Through favour of heaven, our Father 1085
Will stop it ere it be very long;
Our ark hath floated,
May it save us, exalted Lord.

GOD THE FATHER.

Dead is every thing that there was
The spirit of life in it. 1090
I will soon command
To the rain that it do no more.
Let the fierce flood withdraw:
I command it forthwith,
To its former place let it go again, 1095
That Noah may till the ground.

NOAH.

The rain is clean gone away,
And the water, I believe, abated;
It is good to send out a crow,
If it be dry ground over the world. 1100

SHEM.

I will send it from us.
It will not come again, I believe;
If it finds carrion, certainly,
It will always stay upon it.

And then he shall send out a raven, and it returned no more.

NOAH.

Truly thou hast told me, 1105
To look for that raven;
It is upon great carrion,
Eating fast without pity.
The dove with blue eyes,
Liberate her outside; 1110
A more faithful bird, by the Father,
I cannot say where there is.

SHEM.

I will liberate her
Soon, father dear,
And she will see, 1115
If there be dry land in any place.

And then he shall send out the dove, which shall immediately return to the ship, and he taken in.

HAM.

I will let her go
Outside, in the Father's name.
Now go, and look well
If there be dry land in any country. 1120

[Here the dove comes, bringing a branch of olive in her mouth.]

JAPHET.

She is come, and there is
In her beak a branch of green olive;
I will take her
Inside the ark with great speed.

NOAH.

The Father God be worshipped, 1125
We are much bound to love him;
Now the floods are abated.
When the trees are drying,
My sons, I pray you,
Send outside yet a third; 1130
If it finds dry ground, I believe
It will not return to us again.

JAPHET.

Like as thou wilt, father,
I will do thy commands.
Sweet blue-eyed dove, 1135
Go, fly over much country.
Dry land in field or in meadow
If truly thou find without deceit,
In it take good care to seek
Food for thy breakfast and for thy dinner. 1140

And he shall send another dove, which shall return, bringing a branch of olive in her mouth.

SHEM.

Not one near nor far,
I see her not flying over;
She has certainly found
The earth dried in some place.

NOAH.

In the name of the Father on high, 1145
The ark let us uncover.
That the weather is dry and fair,
It is incumbent on us to thank God.
And then let them uncover the ship; and Noah
Worship and thanks be to thee, O Father,
Dried is the face of the earth; 1150
There are not in field nor in meadow,
Men living, except us, I believe.

HIS WIFE.

Let God do his will and his pleasure,
Whatever be in his judgment.
Very truly his power is great, 1155
In heaven and in earth likewise.

Then God the Father shall come to Noah; and, standing on the stage, says:—

GOD THE FATHER.

Noah, I command thee,
Go out of thy ark immediately,
Thy wife and thy children also;
Birds, beasts, and reptiles, 1160
Increase, fill the earth.
As before ; every son of the breast,
That ye may be maintained.
Go, and till field and plain.

NOAH.

Thy will in every place, 1165
O high Lord, I will do;
Out of the ark soon,
I, and my wife, and my children will go.
In honour of God, be he praised.
Let us make an altar fair and good, 1170
That we may sacrifice
To him upon that same.

HAM.

In atonement of sins,
To make an altar would surely be good.
And to him our bullocks 1175
Sacrifice upon it.

JAPHET.

A fairer altar in any place
A man could not see.
Than as is with us, without doubt,
Over Mount Calvary. 1180

[Here an altar is made ready, and let God the Father stand near it.]

NOAH.

Tithe of all our birds,
Beasts also as well,
I will offer upon it,
In worship to the best Father.

HIS WIFE.

I will offer a cow, 1185
Forthwith upon that altar,
His favour that he may send to us,
The Father God who hath made all things.

SHEM.

A dove with me there is;
In honour of God I will 1190
On the altar put it.

HIS WIFE.

One pheasant fat and good,
To the very good Father God of heaven,
I will offer, without delay.

HAM.

A fair goose forthwith I will offer 1195
To God upon my knees.
And put it upon his altar.

HIS WIFE.

God, all this is due to you;
I will offer a good duck
In worship to the dear Father God, 1200

JAPHET.

To the Father God in great honour,
Upon his altar I will put
A partridge fair and tender.

HIS WIFE.

In honour to him, without fail,
I will offer immediately another, 1205
And a good capon, on my faith.

And then God the Father shall come to Noah; and he says to him;—

GOD THE FATHER.

Noah, for love to thee,
I will never take
Heavy vengeance on all the world.
Nor destroy all by flood. 1210
Increase, fill also
The face of the earth, O men, again.
Over birds, beasts, always
Power shall be over them.
As many beasts as are on earth, 1215
Birds and fishes also,
Are obedient to you, very truly,
And their meat, to you ordained;
I command you not to eat
Flesh with blood to the end of the world. 1220
Go, cultivate for a long term;
No rest be to you at any time.

NOAH.

What avails it to us to cultivate.
If thou be angry with man, without a lie.
When all is laboured by us, 1225
Our work will be failing.
By heavy vengeance on the world,
Thou wilt make all dead.
As well it is, in my opinion,
To die before the evil sorrow comes. 1230

GOD THE FATHER.

Noah, for love to thee,
I will make a good promise to thee;
Full vengeance on the whole world
I will not take ever.

NOAH.

Promises made by the mighty, 1235
Are no law to them;
Though they be broken in anger,
I am unable to resist.

GOD THE FATHER.

I will not break for ever
The agreement which is now made 1240
Between me and the race of man;
For ever it shall be.

In record there is a faithful sign:—

My bow shall be set.
Up in the midst of the sky, 1245
That it may not be broken.
That shall be a good sign,
Of the agreement which is made, without fail.
If ever I should wish upon this world
To cast vengeance or flood, 1250
I will immediately look at that.
And of the covenant shall be remembrance.
By flood I will not ever
Destroy mankind wild nor tame.

And then he goes away from, him; and Noah says:—

NOAH.

Lord, as thou art above every thing, 1255
Thy order shall be done.
To till I will go.
And my wife and my children also.

Here Abraham shall walk about; and afterwards he says:—

ABRAHAM.

I will go to the temple,
And will worship God there, 1260
As it is incumbent on me.
He is Lord of heaven and earth,
And that I surely believe
With full heart, very earnestly.

[Here he comes down.]

GOD THE FATHER.

Abraham, Abraham, hasten 1265
Do, and come to me soon,
To fulfil the wish of my mind.
It is necessary for thee to do
A little while hence.
As I shall truly tell thee. 1270

ABRAHAM.

I am come to thy will;
Lord, remember, in the end of days,
My soul.
Tell me what I shall do;
I will do it now, immediately in this time, 1275
In very seriousness.

GOD THE FATHER.

My will, if thou wilt
Fulfil it, without hesitation,
Thy son Isaac, whom thou lovest.
It is necessary for thee to offer him 1280
Upon the mountain which I shall shew
To thee, as I say.
I will never cease from remembering thee.
If thou sacrifice him to me.

[Here God goes up to heaven.]

ABRAHAM.

Dear Lord, the sacrifice 1285
Shall be done to the wish of thy mind;
My son Isaac offered
He shall be on the mountain;
I will put him upon the altar,
And burn him with fire wood. 1290
I refuse not in any manner
To do all thy will.

[Here he shall come to his son.]

My son Isaac, to me need is
To God to make a sacrifice,
As he is Lord of earth and heaven. 1295
Take fire-wood for me;
With rope let it be bound,
And on thy back carry it.

ISAAC.

Behold, here is wood,
And fast it is bound by me, 1300
Very truly, O father.
Let us go hence immediately
Unto the mountain, which is ordained
By the God of grace.

ABRAHAM.

Fire and sword are with me, 1305
Now prepared;
Let us go hence,  to offer
The sacrifice.

ISAAC.

My father of me, a wonder really
There is to me now. 1310

ABRAHAM.

My dearest son, what wilt thou
Ask of me?

ISAAC.

Behold here certainly,
Wood by me to make a fire
Carried to the place. 1315
Where is the offering, O father,
Which shall be burnt to the God of grace
For worshipping him?

ABRAHAM.

God will send to us from heaven;
According to his will, 1320
My son, it will be done certainly.
I will upon the altar
Put now the wood.
To burn the sacrifice.

[Here he puts the wood upon the altar.]

I tell thee, my son, 1325
God hath commanded me
That thou be offered
To him upon the altar.

ISAAC.

If it be his will,
I will not offend him; 1330
If I am to die at this time.
Death I will take it.

ABRAHAM.

Go up upon the wood,
And there lie along.
That thou mayest be burned. 1335
O, sweet son, I am grieved.
My heart is wondrous sick;
As I say to thee,
Offend God I will not.
Because of any man on the earth. 1340

ISAAC.

Be now of good comfort;
If the will of God is so,
I will take
Death certainly upon me.
O sweet father, all beloved, 1345
Tie my hands and my legs
With a rope, fast knots.
That I may not stand up.
If I be not bound now,
Whatever offence against thee, 1350
When I should feel the fire smart.
Perhaps I should flee.
O father dear, all beloved.
My pains will be cruel
Before being burnt to ashes: 1355
O God, keep my soul.

ABRAHAM.

O my dear son, do not complain,
God will help thee. [remembrance;
He is a God of grace, he will not cease from thy
The term is near. 1360
Now in haste, I will bind thee fast;
In a short time,
With my sword, surely thee kill
Soon I will.

Here Gabriel comes down, and shall come to Abraham; and he holds his sword.

GABRIEL.

Abraham, Abraham, immediately hearken 1365
Now to my words.
Which I will declare to thee.

ABRAHAM.

Who art thou, talking so high?
Speak to me clearly.
As thou lovest me, I pray thee. 1370

GABRIEL.

Abraham, I say to thee.
An angel from heaven I am sent
To preserve that be not killed
Thy son Isaac, who is thy joy.
Very truly, God knows 1375
All the wish of thy heart;
For this, withdraw immediately
From him, in earnest.

ABRAHAM.

O God dear, be thou worshipped;
That my son is saved to me, 1380
My heart is surely healed;
There is not any Lord, save thee.
In worship to him here,
I will offer this same sheep:
In stead of Isaac I will put it 1385
Upon the altar to burn.

ISAAC.

Fire to the wood I put quickly;
I will blow it.
O God of heaven, hear our voice,
As I pray thee. 1390

ABRAHAM.

The sacrifice to God is made.
Let us come home.
My son Isaac, at once come forth,
Do follow me.

Here Moses comes and speaks; and let God the Father stand before him.

MOSES.

There is a wonder to me of one thing 1395
Which now I see:
The bush is on fire,
But is not burning.
I will go to see,
And shall know, before withdrawing 1400
From it, all the case:
A strange thing it is to me.

GOD THE FATHER.

Moses, Moses, stand there.
Not near, come not, no further,
For I will not; from thee 1405
Take off thy shoes quickly;
Stand on blessed ground
Thou dost, as I tell thee.
And I am the God of thy fathers,
Abraham, Isaac, surely, without a lie, 1410
And Jacob likewise.

MOSES.

I cannot look in thy face
For the light: there is not grace to me
To look on thee a while.

GOD THE FATHER.

In Egypt trouble has arisen; 1415
My people, greatly aggrieved
By Pharaoh, who is accursed,
Are to me crying.
For the labour that is upon them;
They cannot help themselves, 1420
Need is to thee to go there,
Even to Egypt to Pharaoh,
And say, I warn him
That he never oppress
My people who dwell there, 1425
For fear of mischief befalling him.
Thou shalt after this
Bring the people thence,
To a land which produces
Fulness of milk and honey also. 1430
I will not that they be
Any longer there in misery;
As I tell thee, Moses,
After [by] thee they shall be ruled.

MOSES.

Lord, they will not believe, 1435
Nor hear my voice of me.
Notwithstanding that I speak to them.
And people small, and people great.
Will say, God has not declared to me:
They will never believe it. 1440

GOD THE FATHER.

Speak on thy faith, in a short time;
What boldest thou in thy hand now?
Say, Moses.

MOSES.

A rod of wood I do hold.
Thou art a chieftain, and God to us, 1445
Fully I believe.

GOD THE FATHER.

Cast the rod all entirely,
On the ground quickly:
Thou shalt see, sure perfectly,
A fair miracle done. 1450

MOSES.

God of grace, it is a serpent;
I saw it going; fear is upon me;
I tremble.

GOD THE FATHER.

By the tail take it up; 1455
In thy hand, without a word,  hold it thyself,
I tell thee.

MOSES.

O Lord dear, I will take it
Up immediately:
This rod into its natural form
Is turned again. 1460

GOD THE FATHER.

Keep this rod well,
And no one shall do thee harm;
And my grace I now give to thee.
As long as it is in thy power.
Thou shalt never be overcome 1465
By evil thing in the world.
Bear no fear ever, nor be sad,
For I will be with thee, ready
To help thee in every place.
Go hence immediately, 1470
And do all as I have said.
And grace I give thee.

MOSES.

To Egypt I go immediately,
To fulfil the will of thy mind,
Lord of grace. 1475
Happy is he that is born.
To be able to do thee service;
Out of his memory he does not leave him.

[Here God ascends to heaven.]
Here king Pharaoh shall walk about; and afterwards Moses says:—

MOSES.

O thou man, king Pharaoh,
God has sent me to thee, 1480
To ask, why are by thee
His people punished so cruelly,
Which are dwelling within thy land:
He wonders at it from thee.

PHARAOH.

What is that same God, 1485
That need should be to me now
To hear all his voice?
I certainly do not know him;
The people of Israel I will not allow,
That I put them not to hard work. 1490

AARON.

And God has commanded thee,
That his people be all permitted
To make sacrifice to him.
As he is very powerful.
If thou wilt prevent them, 1495
That they may not faithfully serve him,
I say at this time,
Hard vengeance will fall on thee.

PHARAOH.

Out upon ye, two knaves!
Why do you reprove me, 1500
And I here in my hall?
They shall be kept hard.
As long as they are in my kingdom;
For ye are naught but two vagabonds.

MOSES.

Wilt thou not obey 1505
Thy God who made thee,
And who made heaven and the world?
Need it is that thou believe in him.
And fully trust in earnest,
Else thou shalt not be saved. 1510

PHARAOH.

Thou seemest crazed.
And in folly lost.
Because of the God whom thou mentionest;
His people shall not be spared,
Down they shall be kept, 1515
By night and by day also.
And I will hold hard, that there be not
Any man of them, surely.
To make sacrifice to God.
If he does, if it be discovered, 1520
Soon destroyed he shall be.
And to death quickly put.

AARON.

Thou wilt not hear the dear God,
But go to hardness:
Thy heart is very hard. 1525
If thou dost not mend thyself,
He will severely punish thee,
That thou wilt say, "Oh! alas!"

PHARAOH.

Out upon thee, rogue, blockhead!
Immediately out of my sight, quickly, 1530
Nor stay in my court.
If I find thee, by Jove,
I will kill thee before morning
With my hands, surely.

[Moses walks on the stage.]

MOSES.

Never will this same man 1535
Turn to God above.
Because of word said.

AARON.

We cannot do any thing for him,
Evil will fall upon him
Certainly, and in a short time. 1540

FIRST MESSENGER.

Joy to the flower of the world!
A great misfortune has occurred,
And fallen on thy people.
They cannot be numbered,
The people who are dead, in truth: 1545
The God of Israel is not pleased.

PHARAOH.

Oh! oh! oh! alas! alas!
To have occurred in my land.
Evil like this fallen.
Tell me, before thou goest, 1550
In what place is Moses,
And in what coast is he dwelling.

FIRST MESSENGER.

Among the children of Israel,
Teaching the law of God the High,
He is to them day and night. 1555
He is making a sacrifice.
And his people also,
To that same God, with a loud noise.
The water and the corn are poisoned,
So that many of the men are destroyed, 1560
And beasts, certainly, in thy land.
Their God is not pleased
With thee, since thou art punished.
Thou and thy people so severely.

PHARAOH.

Alas, now what shall I do? 1565
Gentle counsellor, I pray thee
To give me good advice.
My heart is wondrous sick.
That such an evil is fallen
In my kingdom at this time. 1570

COUNSELLOR.

If thou wilt be at ease.
Need is to thee to put Moses
And Aaron out of thy country.
And their people all with them.
The women and the children 1575
Be outside exiled.
Nor return one in the world,
To live here ever.

PHARAOH.

My blessing on thee, counsellor;
Do according to thee, without danger,
I will soon,
Truly, I will go
To speak surely to Moses,
Also Aaron.

[Here Pharaoh goes down.]

Moses, I command thee, 1585
And to Aaron likewise,
That ye go out of my country;
Men, women, and children,
Here shall not he left.
As I tell you the case. 1590
Let every man take with him
His things, all that he can,
Burdens on their back.
Among my people I will not
Any longer acknowledge you; 1595
Go hence to another land.

MOSES.

Thou wilt not to the people of God
Allow peace to us on any side,
Whilst we dwell in this land.
Thou shalt be punished very severely, 1600
For thy evil in a short time.
By the Lord of heaven above.

AARON.

Need it is to go out of this land;
There is no staying any longer,
As it appears to us, here 1605
We are not left in peace.

MOSES.

O God of heaven, I pray thee
With full heart, help us,
That no villainy may be to us
By Pharaoh, who is accursed. 1610

FIRST MAN. [CALEB.]

Men, women, and children.
Who are come here.
And their things carried with them.
More than a hundred thousand in number.
They shall pass without danger, 1615
Who are worshipping our dear God.

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

There is with me a burden very good.
On my back, sure.
God of heaven, hear our voice,
Keep us in thy care. 1620

MOSES.

To the Lord of heaven ye are bound.
Let us go hence to the Red Sea,
Men, women, and children;
To the land which to thy ancestors
Is given by the loved God 1625
To us there to be inhabited.

[He mounts a horse.]

PHARAOH.

Gone Moses and his people
Out of my land they are, it seems;
Very truly, upon my soul,
I will follow them, 1630
And together kill them.
Before I return home.

FIRST SOLDIER.

Diligently you must hasten,
Before that they pass
The Red Sea, sure. 1635

[Here Gabriel comes down.]

They are forward, far gone.
As I tell the truth to you;
Now be prudent.

PHARAOH.

Let us go hence, knights.
Also likewise squires, 1640
After them let us haste.
I will kill them,
I will not spare one;
They shall be dead before morning.

FIRST MAN. [CALEB.]

Moses, I will tell thee, 1645
Thou hast done wrong in this time,
To bring us out of Egypt:
We shall never be able to cross
This sea, upon my soul:
There is not any mercy for us. 1650

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

Coming is sir Pharaoh,
And a great host truly with him.
As I say to you.
Alas, now, what shall we do?
Dead we shall be, every head, 1655
There is no escape for us.

MOSES.

Do not distrust the God of heaven.
For he will hear your voice;
Put your trust in his grace.
As I say to you, 1660
He will fight for us;
Leave off lamentations.

GABRIEL.

God has commanded thee, Moses,
To take thy rod
And smite the sea with it. 1665
The water will open wide.
That thou mayst go well,
Thou and ail thy people, through it.

MOSES.

Worship to thee, O God of grace,
Since thou hast sent thy messenger 1670
To keep us before Pharaoh.
I say to you, O good men.
Little and great also,
Now all follow me.

[He smites the sea.]

In the name of God, thou fair sea, 1675
I strike thee with my rod;
Open wide a path for us,
That we may go to the land
Which is ordained for us perfectly.
By the Lord of heaven, really. 1680

SECOND SOLDIER.

As I say. Lord, to thee,
Moses far is gone
Into the sea, as it seems to me;
Forth quickly going,
The water striking wide 1685
Every moment before him.

A SQUIRE.

All his people, they are
Following him every one;
And the sea on every side, to them
Standing like two walls. 1690
They are kept within the enclosure,
And water will certainly never drown them.

PHARAOH.

I will follow them,
To put them to death.
Small and great too. 1695
I certainly will not leave
Any one of them to live.
Whatever the case may be.
Oh, sad, alas! alas!
The great sea is fallen upon us, 1700
We shall be quite drowned.
The God of Moses hath done this;
There is no living any longer.
We are altogether destroyed.

SQUIRE.

Alas! sad, we are drowned, 1705
We shall not escape.
Evil now has fallen upon us;
There is no living.

And Moses and Aaron shall come, and sing hallelujah; and Moses shall say:—

MOSES.

I will make a village,
And build myself a mansion, 1710
In it ever to live.
Since king Pharaoh is
Drowned, and all his host with him,
We shall have peace to live.

CALEB, [first MAN.]

Sweet Moses, we will raise 1715
For us a house, a while to dwell;
For we may make a tent,
Waiting to be sheltered.

JOSHUA, [second MAN.]

Behold here a good one
Intended for us ready; 1720
Now bless us
Before it is inhabited.

MOSES.

The blessing of the Father be on thee,
And may it always preserve thee,
For ever at rest; 1725
And his grace may he grant to you.
Ever to bow down before him.
At the beginning and at the end.

[He goes up on a mountain.]

I see three gay rods,
Nor have I seen fairer, on my faith, 1730
Since I was born.
In truth, the three rods
Are a declaration and token
Of the three persons in Trinity.
I will cut them, 1735
Whatever may happen,
And carry them with me into the house.
That there be worship to God the Father.

[He cuts the rods.]

AARON.

Blessed are these rods.
For the savour is surely very good 1740
Coming from them;
From all the herbs of the world.
Such sweet smelling, I believe.
Will not come for ever.

MOSES.

Blessed be the Father, 1745
Who would shew to us
Rods in which is so much grace,
Full of virtue always.
From them grace is so great,
I will wrap them, 1750
With very great care,
In fine linen and in silk.

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

Sad that ever I was born,
Out of my mother's womb brought,
Or ever sucked the breast. 1755
By an adder I am stung,
And altogether poisoned
From foot to the heart.

MOSES.

If thou wilt certainly believe
That there is not a god but one, 1760
In whom thou oughtest to believe,
Thou shalt be healed from the foot to the head,
By virtue of the three rods.
As soon as thou shalt touch them.

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

I believe in God the Father; 1765
And I pray thee, in charity,
Moses, as thou art a good man,
Heal me by thy pity.

MOSES.

Kiss them immediately.
In the name of the Father of heaven, 1770
Three persons one God named,
And he will surely assuage thy pain.

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

God, now I am happy,
Surely, since he hath healed me;
To worship him is incumbent on thee, 1775
So quickly when he hears thy voice.

FIRST MAN. [CALEB.]

Alas, Moses! Oh, sad, sad,
Spit on I am by a black toad.
And blown by his venom,
Sleeping down in the moor; 1780
I am burned from the nape to the forehead;
In charity help me.

MOSES.

The God of heaven will hear thy voice,
But take care that thou do believe
Now in the Father who made heaven, 1785
Earth, and sea, and man of clay.

FIRST MAN. [CALEB.]

Truly, if he will lessen my pain,
I shall be bound to him;
Other Lord than him
I will not worship for ever. 1790

MOSES.

Kiss now the rods,
On the part of the blessed Father,
And they will surely
From all disease heal thee.

FIRST MAN. [CALEB.]

Lord, blessed art thou, 1795
As thou art God without sin;
Healed are my limbs,
All of the poison, and my disease.

[Here God the Father comes down.]

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

Moses, if thou art a faithful prophet,
Need is to thee, certainly, 1800
To give us water to drink;
If thou dost not, without fail,
Many of the people will die.
And that would be a pity.

MOSES.

The Father of heaven, by his grace, 1805
Will send you your desire;
For his servants in some place
Will bring forth a fountain of pardon.

SECOND MAN. [JOSHUA.]

Thy God dissembles with us too much.
We have not one bit of meat or drink: 1810
Therefore I swear to thee,
To worship the blessed Jove.

MOSES.

Sweet Aaron, what counsel
Givest thou to me for my judgment,
At the noise of the wicked people: 1815
For if a beverage be not found.
Certainly they will turn,
And worship evil gods.

AARON.

I say, my brother.
We will go to pray, 1820
Soon to the dear Lord,
As he is full of mercy;
That he may give, in some place.
Water to them to drink,
That they may in no manner. 1825
Find cause to disbelieve.

MOSES.

O brother, my blessing on thee.
For thy counsel is very good.
Help, quickly, I pray thee.
My prayers above all things: 1830
O Father, God, in thy light.
Hear the call of this people:
That they may be refreshed, the water
Of life do give to them.

[Here he prays in the mount.]

AARON.

Let them not be able to find cause 1835
To make a complaint, nor a sound
Against thee, blessed Father;
But when they are quite refreshed.
They will certainly reject
Their false gods. 1840

GOD THE FATHER.

Moses, take thy rod,
And thou, and thy brother Aaron,
In presence of the wicked people.
Strike with it twice the stone,
And a brook, a fountain, will gush, 1845
If thou break it, without fail;
That men and beasts may be able.
And all who wish, to drink;
That the wicked may see
My frequent help to them, 1850

MOSES.

O Father, dear, blessed God,
It is not possible too much to worship thee,
For at all times thy work
Is good, and great thy compassion.
very false disbelievers, 1855
Evil are your ways;
Ye believe not with full heart
The Father to be God unequalled.
When we can between ourselves
Bring water from the sharp flint stone, 1860
Through the grace of the Father on high,
True God in his works.

And he shall strike the rock with his rod, and the water shall come out.

CALEB.

Moses, surely I have sinned.
And for this I cry,
Mercy of God our Father, 1865
That he may pardon my sins.

GOD THE FATHER.

Because ye knew not my name.
And because of the trifling
Of Israel, unbelievers,
Thou shalt not bring them, certainly, 1870
To the land where thy forefathers went,
Thou, nor thy brother Aaron.

MOSES.

My dear Lord of wise heart,
Who then will lead them to it.
If I nor Aaron do not 1875
Conduct them ever?

GOD THE FATHER.

All those are yet living,
Not any man shall go ever
Of these same to the holy land,
Except Caleb and Joshua; 1880
Because they would worship
False gods against belief.

[Here God ascends to heaven.]

MOSES.

I know well now
There is no longer living for me;
Come is the term 1885
Of my life, surely, in this world;
I will go to plant
These three rods in the ground:
Unhappy he who worships Jove,
And angers God above. 1890

[Here Moses plants the rods in Mount Thabor.]

In worship to the Father of heaven
I do plant ye;
And dwell ye in his ordinance;
Take root and grow again.
Dear Lord God, hear my voice, 1895
And bring me to bliss;
And receive my spirit to thee,
In manus tuas Domine.
And then Moses shall die.

And king David shall come on the stage; and he shall walk about.

KING DAVID.

After talk and work,
The custom is good 1900
To take food and drink,
And rest after that.
Butler, haste, without stop,
Bring me the best wine;
Need to sleep is come upon me, 1905
Drowsiness is in my head.

BUTLER.

My dear lord, be not angry,
Soon as the word, I come to you.
In every place where I may be wanted,
Soon, without danger, I shall be ready. 1910
Parlez, vous-etes seigneur mien,
For any better drink of wine
Goes not into your mouth.
In this country there is no better wine,
For this is fine liquor; 1915
Drink it, my lord without equal.

KING DAVID.

Blessing follow thee, butler!
The drink is good and clear,
By God the Father,
I will now sleep; 1920
Sleep is heavy on me
Wondrous greatly.

COUNSELLOR.

Go, lie down, my lord.
That you may be covered
With rich clothes, as it becomes 1925
A king of dignity.

GOD THE FATHER.

Gabriel, hasten presently,
To Jerusalem go;
Say to king David,
He will find in Arabia, 1930
In Mount Tabor, rods
Which Moses planted, without doubt.
He will take them to Jerusalem,
For there will be a son in Bethlehem
Born to redeem the world. 1935
And of them a cross shall be made.
To crucify Christ my dear son:
Who worships him, happy his lot.

GABRIEL.

Father, as thou art full of grace,
I will do all, as thou wilt, 1940
Thy command in every place.
As it becomes me, without denial.

And then he shall come to king David, he being alone; and Gabriel says:—

David, to Arabia go,
To Mount Tabor, presently;
Take thence three rods, 1945
Which Moses did plant,
And bring them with thee home
To Jerusalem quite.
There will be need of them
To crucify the Son of man, truly. 1950
When it is requisite, a day will come
To make a cross out of them.

Then the king waking up, says, looking about:—

KING DAVID.

Lord, you say well;
1 have seen in my dream
Before me a bright angel; 1955
He ordered me to bring
From Mount Tabor the rods of grace.
That salvation may be to me through them.
My messenger, bring my courser,
To ride: 1960
All men of my house, come with me.
Nobles and commons.

MESSENGER.

My lord, by God's day.
Ready is the gay steed.
Also the yellow courser; 1965
Likewise hackney and palfrey
Are in noble array;
Lord, when thou wilt, mount.

KING DAVID.

Messenger, my blessing on thee!
I will immediately 1970
Ride, presently, even to it.
In the right road to it that we may go,
That we may be led, we pray
The Father God, full of mercy.

[Here let king David come down.]

In the name of God the Father 1975
Of heaven, I will mount.
And his Spirit
Set a guard over my soul.
Then he shall ride.
Blessed be the time
When the angel warned me; 1980
Behold me, we are come
To the mount, without hindrance
Alight, every son of the breast;
See the rods before us,
Growing green. 1985
In high honour to our great God,
The rods of grace, from the earth
I will cut them.

COUNSELLOR.

These are rods of grace,
For you have not smelt in any place 1990
Savour like this ever.
God is in this place,
I now know it well.
Since their breath is so sweet.

KING DAVID.

Blow minstrels and tabours; 1995
Three hundred harps and trumpets;
Dulcimer, fiddle, viol, and psaltery;
Shawms, lutes, and kettle drums;
Organs, also cymbals,
Recorders, and symphony. 2000

[To the others.]

Now let all mount.
In the name of the Father, dear God,
And hasten to the side of home.
Knight and squire likewise.

A BLIND MAN.

Dear Lord, help me 2005
With thy rods in some way;
Blind I am, I cannot see;
Bless me with them, without danger.

A LAME MAN.

To me also, the maimed,
Give power to go firmly, 2010
And I will believe perfectly
That they are rods of great grace.

A DEAF MAN.

To the deaf man who does not hear any thing,
Dear king, by the grace of the Father,
If the rods shall be help to me, 2015
I give the more thanks to God.

KING DAVID.

I will cure you, every one,
If you will believe, perfectly,
To be cured by the grace of the rods.
In the name of the Father, and Son, 2020
And Holy Ghost,
You shall now be cured.

BLIND MAN.

O Father, be blessed,
Now we are all cured
Of our diseases, sure, without doubt. 2025
Worship to the Father God of heaven,
Now he has heard our voice;
Those are incomparable rods.

KING DAVID.
[Here let him alight from horseback.]

Now alright all;
But before going to the palace, 2030
Speak to me, my company.
Where shall these rods be planted.
That they may be most honoured.
And may grow best?

COUNSELLOR.

While I am considering, 2035
Leave them on a green plot,
These three to he;
And appoint guards
To watch them diligently,
Under great penalty, to keep them. 2040

KING DAVID.

On my faith that is fine advice:
Butler, I command thee
And thy companion, that ye watch them.
That they be not in any manner
Removed to another place, 2045
On pain of drawing and hanging.
For I will sleep a little
Ever before eating;
Tired I am of much work,
I will rest, really. 2050

MESSENGER.

I will keep them with great honour,
That there be no strong man in this world,
Though he be king or emperor.
May take them from this place.

BUTLER.

Emperor, nor king of the land, 2055
Nor soldan, though he be so great,
May remove them.
In spite of his eyes,
I will keep the rods of grace
In Jerusalem ever. 2060

MESSENGER.

Companion, lie on one side,
And watch continually, and listen.
Forwards and sideways:
If any fellow comes and steals
The rods from us secretly, 2065
All shame it will be to our class.

BUTLER.

He shall not steal, by my belt,
Though he be ever so great a braggart,
Or so big of his body.
Sleep on thy belly and rest; 2070
If thou wilt have a handmaid,
I will soon bring thee to her.

Then the king, waking from sleep, shall go to the rods; and he says:—

KING DAVID.

I have rested softly;
Sweet is the morning sleep.
Honoured be God the Father 2075
In his work always.
From him if I have grace,
I will go to plant
The rods with great care.
In some fair and clean place. 2080

SECOND MESSENGER.

Dear lord, very good is thy judgment;
A wondrous thing has happened;
This night surely, these same rods,
In the earth they are all rooted,
And the three joined in one: 2085
Rise up, come away.

KING DAVID.

Worship to the Father, Lord of heaven,
Of my full heart I pray;
For full powerful is he,
And in all work wonderful. 2090

[He shall go to the rods.]

In the place where they are they shall stand,
Through him since they are planted.
Unhappy he who does not do his will,
He shall find it much sorrow.
That it may be in honour to the tree, 2095
I will that a garland be made
Of silver, around it,
To know what may be its length.

BUTLER.

Here is one ready for you,
Made of silver pure and fine; 2100
I will put it round it,
That it may be known truly,
And seen in a year long,
To what length it may grow.

And king David says to Bathsheba [washing her dress in the stream]:—

KING DAVID.

Damsel, on thy gentleness, 2105
Shew me how to love thee;
For never have I seen
A woman who pleases me better,
Yet in any place.
I give thee my palace, hall, and chamber; 2110
I will be thy husband;
Together we will live always.

BATHSHEBA.

My dear loved lord,
King thou art over all the world.
It would be a pleasure 2115
With me, to do the will of thy mind,
If I can without hazard,
And fear of my being persecuted.
If the villain knew,
Immediately I should be killed. 2120

[Let Bathsheba go home with king David.]

KING DAVID.

Bathsheba, flower of all the world,
Certainly, for thy love,
Sir Uriah shall be put to death;
I swear it to thee by my truth.
For all my love always 2125
To thee shall be truly ever.
Thou shalt be my wife,
And I will live with thee.

BATHSHEBA.

I cannot deny thee,
Now every thing to grant 2130
From me what thou askest.
My sweet Lord, kill all,
Else he will spit at me
If he shall hear of our sport.

KING DAVID.

My dear beloved heart, 2135
God made a rose, flower of her sex,
He shall be, without fail,
Dead for thy love.

KING DAVID.

Uriah, my best knight,
I would pray thee, 2140
To take with thee a host well armed.
To fight, as thou lovest me.
A great enemy is to me,
Over my land doing violence.
I cannot ride, 2145
There is a disease in my body.

URIAH.

Dear sir lord, as thou wishest,
I will do at once, without refusal,
All in my power ever.
And as I am a trusty knight, 2150
Never will I come from the place
Until I take that fellow.

KING DAVID.

O, Uriah, thou art excellent,
I love thee much, on my peril,
For thy answer is fair. 2155
Take care to be forth in advance,
That thou be not held a coward.
Nor fearful of any man.

URIAH.

My lord, I swear it to thee.
By the order I have received, 2160
No man shall prove me of cowardice,
For I will be the first
To give a blow on the journey.
And to do my duty.
Farewell, my best lord, 2165
I will not stay longer;
Bless me before I go, I pray thee.

KING DAVID.

My blessing on thee ever;
My messenger goes with thee,
And my butler also, armed. 2170

URIAH.

I must speak, really,
To my wife before going from home.
If I should go without speaking to her,
She would break her heart.

[He speaks to Bathsheba.]

Bathsheba, my sweet of me, 2175
Need is to me to labour
At a battle, certainly.
But very soon it will be ended.

[Here Uriah is prepared and armed.]

BATHSHEBA.

Do not you go, on my soul,
From me ever, 2180
My heart is separating
When I hear you talk so.
My lord, by my truth,
I will break my neck, crack;
If you go away from home, 2185
Never will I taste bread.

URIAH.

Bathsheba, my faithful wife.
It is necessary to do immediately
The will of our sovereign lord.
I cannot longer stay; 2190
I will kiss thee;
And pray with me very earnestly.

[She goes up, and exits.]

[Here Uriah comes down.]

BATHSHEBA.

Oh! alas! that I was born!
With sorrow I am filled,
Behind thee, my sweet lord. 2195

But always that thou return,
I will pray with thee;
And that will be pleasing.

[Here Gabriel comes down.]

URIAH.

I pray thee now, messenger.
Carry my banner valiantly, 2200
As thou wishest to be rewarded.
And thou also, butler,
I pray thee to be bold,
Like a good horseman armed.

[Here he mounts a horse.]

MESSENGER.

I tell thee, Uriah, 2205
Bear no doubt of me,
Certainly, ever.
For there is no reason to bear doubt,
I tell you,
Upon my soul. 2210
And then they shall ride out of the stage.

And afterwards the messenger comes, and says to David the king:—

My lord, hail to thee!
Behold me come
Again home.
But sir Uriah is killed.
And thy butler also, 2215
Unfortunately for them.

KING DAVID.

Alas! sir Uriah is dead;
Tell me, as thou lovest me,
When death reached him,
And how he was killed; 2220
For he was stout and proud,
And felt himself a strong man.

MESSENGER.

He is dead, by God's day;
He wished to do a deed,
And he gave sharp strokes; 2225
But a horseman slew him.
And soon drove him to the earth,
And hacked him to pieces.

Then the angel shall come to king David, and ask him a question; and he says:—

GABRIEL.

Answer me, thou mighty king:
A man may possess a hundred sheep, 2230
And his neighbour only one;
If he steal it from him.
What punishment is due to him?
Tell me the truth, certainly.

KING DAVID.

I will answer thee at once; 2235
Certainly there is no hindrance.
By truth surely judgment should fall
On him to suffer to be killed.
Very positively,
Whoever has acted 2240
In that way,
Death is due to his body.

GABRIEL.

In that way thou hast acted,
And from Uriah hast taken
His one wife, David, certainly. 2245
And to thee there are
Wives enough and plenty;
Suffer thy judgment thyself.

KING DAVID.

Lord, pardon to my soul;
Alas ! that I have done sin 2250
With the body of the wicked woman.
O God, have mercy upon me,
According to thy grace and thy pity;
Let not my punishment be to the end.

KING DAVID.

My sweet adviser, I pray thee, 2255
Teach me a penitential hymn
For my sins; what shall I do,
That I have angered thee, sweet Father?

COUNSELLOR.

For the amendment of thy sins,
Order to be made a brilliant temple, 2260
Great and ample.
Let there be brought masons plenty,
Also warned the people of the city,
Every one.

KING DAVID.

Blessing of the Father God be on thee, 2265
For surely, as appears to me,
Very truly this is good advice.
Therefore, without fail,
Every thing after thy counsels
In future I will do. 2270

[King David goes up.]

Messenger, my fair servant,
Come to me soon as the word,
To fulfil the wish of my mind.

MESSENGER.

By God the Father, my dear Lord,
Ever in all places 2275
I am quite ready for thee.

KING DAVID.

Messenger, go, command
All the masons in the city,
That they come here to-morrow,
On pain of hanging and drawing; 2280
To make a wall of noble stones.
And of lime, in the midst of the town.
In honour of God I will
In this place build a temple.

MESSENGER.

Lord, thy will I will do, 2285
As it behoves me, above all things,
All to my power in every place.
I will not stay longer;
Farewell my best lord.
For I will make haste. 2290

KING DAVID.

Well thou fare, messenger,
For a messenger thou art, without danger.
There is not a fault in thee seen.
Before going, drink a draught of spiced wine,
And thou more nimbly sure wilt go 2295
In my errand, I believe.

MESSENGER.

Hear, listen to me all
Masons of the city, every head;
Take care to be to-morrow
Working in the middle of the city, 2300
On pain of hanging and drawing,
About the temple, without deceit.

And he shall come again to the king; and he says to him:—

My lord, joy to thee!
The masons all are warned.
Great and small; 2305
And to me they have answered
They will be to-morrow ready,
Every one.

KING DAVID.

Messenger, for thy service
I will reward thee; 2310
Carnsew and Trehembys,
Make of them a charter for thyself.

MESSENGER.

Thanks, lord of judgment.
For thy gifts are always good; 2315
Thou art courteous above the people of the world.
Giving me a gift like this.

FIRST MASON.

Thou boy, prepare lime and clay.
Building stones, trucks, and wedges;
And I will hasten within,
Erecting the walls. 2320

SECOND MASON.

They were begun by me
Long ago with scaffolding;
Unless you make haste every one,
You will have bad blows.

KING DAVID.

Counsellor, let us go and see, 2325
Immediately to the workmen;
If they do not work well
Punishment shall come to them.

[Here he goes down.]

COUNSELLOR.

Sire, sweet lord, of much grace,
There are working for you 2330
All the chief workmen of the land
Who can be mentioned.

[Let God he on the stage.]

GOD THE FATHER.

David, thou shalt not make me a house.
Certainly, ever.
To be a man-killer is grievous; 2335
Thou hast destroyed, verily,
The likeness to my face,
Uriah, who was a trusty knight.

KING DAVID.

Lord, now who shall
Fully build all thy house? 2340

GOD THE FATHER.

Solomon, thy son most dear.
He shall fully build it, verily.

[Here God goes up.]

KING DAVID.

Now I know, truly.
My term to be arrived:
I have lived a long time. 2345

[David shall go to the Select.]

Lords, I pray you,
Crown Solomon my son.
And for your king hold him
While you live in this world.
Like me, honour him, 2350
For God has declared him to you,
And that is his will.

MESSENGER.

Lord, thy wish I will do,
As it behoves me in all things,
Notwithstanding every thing that may be. 2355
What is God's will, thus
Otherwise than you, ever
We do not consider, so mote I go.

KING DAVID.

Dear God, praise to him, will not permit
Me to live any longer 2360
Here with you, certainly.
God, in thy hands
I leave my soul;
Preserve it from terrors.
And then king David shall die.

COUNSELLOR.

Oh ! alas ! to be dead 2365
Our lord without equal!
Let us go and put his body in the grave;
And let us pray for his soul,
That God, full of pity, may
Carry him to him to his kingdom. 2370

And he shall hurry him, and carry the body under some tent, and shall go to Solomon; and the messenger says:—

MESSENGER.

Let us go to fetch Solomon,
And put him in his throne,
Like a king in his seat;
That he may be crowned,
Like as it was to us enjoined 2375
By his father before passing away.

[Here Solomon shall walk about.]

COUNSELLOR.

Hail to thee, Solomon,
Come with us quick to the throne
Of thy father David;
For chosen thou art, a king to us, 2380
And crowned in a short time.
Surely, thou shalt be.

Here Solomon shall walk about if he likes.

KING SOLOMON.

In great joy, lords.
Thanks to you for the honour
Which you wish to do me. 2385
If I be living a year,
I will repay it to you, by my head,
Whoever may object.

[Here Solomon goes down.]

MESSENGER.

Solomon, now go into thy palace,
For thou shalt be ruler, 2390
Soon king crowned:
Sit in thy seat also,
Which thy father David possessed,
For he has left it to thee.

[Here he should enter.]

KING SOLOMON.

Sirs, thanks also; 2395
If I live, you shall be
My chief private guards:
And to you, by my crown,
I will give you Bosvene,
Lostwitheil, and Lanerchy. 2400

King Solomon shall walk about here; and afterwards Solomon says:—

Messenger, gentle messenger,
As thou art my servant without guile,
Come forth, as thou lovest me.

MESSENGER.

My dear lord Solomon,
Because of labour nor sorrow, 2405
I will never fail you.

KING SOLOMON.

Go, command the city
That they come here soon.
On pain of their being destroyed:
Masons and carpenters, 2410
Stone-cutters, tilers,
That the temple may be fully built.

MESSENGER.

Sire lord, by St. Gylmyn,
I will do thy command,
All entirely; 2415
And will warn the architects.
That they come to thee to-morrow,
In every head.

[Here he shall come in.]

Oyez, now, oyez, likewise
Hear ye, nobles and commons; 2420
The king commands
To all the carpenters,
Masons, also tilers,
That they be with him in the morning.
Here to build the temple 2425
Which his father did begin;
For he will, without a stop,
Fulfil the work of his father.

[He shall return home.]

My dear lord, I have been
Into the city, urgently calling 2430
The architects to come to thee
To-morrow very surely.

KING SOLOMON.

My blessing on thee, Gryffyn,
Thou art out of breath in coming;
If thou find no mead nor wine, 2435
Go to the fountain to drink.
I will go to see
My workmen soon,
And command them quickly
To do fair and secure work. 2440

FIRST CARPENTER.

Here is a fair tree for rafters,
And straight its sides,
Large and rounded its lower end;
Out of its slender top, and its branches,
I will cut beams, 2445
And fair laths and joists.

KING SOLOMON.

God speed, workmen!
You work very diligently,
As it appears to me;
Good walls with lime and clay, 2450
And a strong top upon them.
You do erect.

FIRST MASON.

Sir, I tell thee,
Now are the walls fully done,
Accurately straight, by my faith. 2455
Very truly, I will be for them.
Nor shall any man find a fault in them,
In any wall by this day.

KING SOLOMON.

Right well said, sweet comrade,
Thy work delights me well. 2460
Two good bodies ye are, truly.
And because your work is fair,
I will give you the parish of Vuthek,
And the Carrak Ruan, with its land.

SECOND MASON.

And largesse and thanks; 2465
We may be very merry,
For getting a gift such as that.
Now there are not masters
In this country, truly, save us,
Of masons in this land. 2470

SECOND CARPENTER.

Comrades, let us try the rafters,
If they be straight to the walls.
That one may even them
With joists, laths, beams.
And cover them with planks, 2475
That it may be a pleasure to look at them.

FIRST CARPENTER.

We will try any thing,
And help me, comrades.
Putting the timber up.
That one may make them even. 2480
In the midst of the house, need is
To have a strong beam, that it be not weak.

SECOND CARPENTER.

By God's fast, well said.
This timber is made even.
And straight to the walls. 2485
Tilers, every fellow,
Cover the temple, without stopping.
That the rain come not to the rafters.

KING SOLOMON.

Certainly, workmen
Others than ye shall not cover it, 2490
For subtle ye are in every art.
But tell me, seriously,
A tree for the beam where shall we find,
Which may be straight as a shaft.

FIRST CARPENTER.

By my faith, in all the woods 2495
There is not a beam, without a lie.
Good for any thing, surely, for it,
Nor in this country in any place;
But one tree with garlands
Of silver about it. 2500

KING SOLOMON.

Much trouble would be to you
To cut that, by my truth,
Unless no other can be found.
In honour of God, praise to him.
Go to cut it, without stoppage, 2505
And measure it faithfully.

SECOND CARPENTER.

I will measure it well enough,
Don't have fear of that.
My sweet lord, God knows.
With straight square and scant line, 2510
That it be not longer, I undertake.
Nor shorter in any way.

FIRST CARPENTER.

See it well measured;
No man in the world measures it better.
I will cut it exactly here, 2515
And adjust it with all thy strength.

SECOND CARPENTER.

The exactness, on thy head.
So true thou boldest to the line
Before cutting on the tree;
Too short it is by a cubit. 2520

FIRST CARPENTER.

Reach to the ground, I pray thee,
Soon it shall be remedied,
I will soon join it well:
To be angry with me, thou needst not.
Now, certainly, it is the right length; 2525
Let us adjust it soon to its place.

SECOND CARPENTER.

The devil may adjust thee to his maw,
He cannot the beam to its place;
Too long it is by a cubit.
In the just middle cut the joint, 2530
And if it be not straight,
I know not what I may say.

FIRST CARPENTER.

We will cut it as thou sayest;
That is the middle, on my faith,
By every mark in this world. 2535
Here, straight between the two,
I will cut it, by the Lord God,
And no more, surely, ever.

SECOND CARPENTER.

Let us raise it, in God's name.
Upright; now it is too short, 2540
A good cubit, in truth.
The exact is this;
Let us come to the king to declare
The beam will not come to the square.

FIRST CARPENTER.

My lord king Solomon, 2545
Here is much of wonders
By this same beam wrought;
At one hand it is too long,
By another it is too short, truly,
Though it is so carefully measured. 2550

KING SOLOMON.

Since it is so,
I command you to put it,
With great honour, forthwith,
In the temple to lie;
And take care all to worship it, 2555
On pain that you be killed.

KING SOLOMON.

And ye, gentle carpenters,
Seek in my forests
A tree for a beam, without hole or fault,
Be it made by you, without deceit. 2560

SECOND CARPENTER.

I know where there is one.
Cut, and all shaped clean,
If it be a proper length for us.

FIRST CARPENTER.

For God's sake, let us come away,
To bring it, certain, to the city, 2565
That it may be measured.

SECOND CARPENTER.

See it lying;
I have measured it
For this same work twice.

FIRST CARPENTER.

On our back it will come 2570
To the town, to put it in its place;
For very good it is for the work.

SECOND CARPENTER.

Let us put the tree in its place;
Dear God, send me the grace,
That that may stand. 2575

FIRST CARPENTER.

We may not get, upon my truth,
A straighter tree in any place.
Nor for this place any better.

SECOND CARPENTER.

Let us go and say forthwith
To our lord Solomon, 2580
That the temple is quite done.

[To king Solomon.]

Hail, my lord, on thy throne!
The temple is done without noise;
Our wages we ask thee.

KING SOLOMON.

Blessing of the Father be on you! 2585
You shall have, by God's faith.
Your payment, surely;
Together all the field of Bohellan,
And the wood of Penryn, wholly,
I give them now to you; 2590
And all the water courses.
The island and Arwinnick,
Tregenver, and Kegelhk,
Make of them a charter to you.

FIRST CARPENTER.

Thanks, lord, unequalled, 2595
We may be proud enough;
Never have men received, without doubt,
Gifts so good, by my head.

KING SOLOMON.

I will now ordain
A priest, my privy seal, 2600
To be bishop in the temple;
The law to maintain,
To sing the service to God,
Consecrate him forthwith I will.

The counsellor shall he bishop; and he says:—

COUNSELLOR.

Sire, lord, God reward thee, 2605
Going to give to me
Great dignity like that.
It is worth while to serve thee faithfully;
Thy servants advancing,
None is like thee in this world. 2610

[Here the counsellor puts on the clerical dress.]

KING SOLOMON.

It hath been thought of, on my truth.
For a long time, to advance thee
To the first benefice I have.
To a bishop I will consecrate thee;
Take thy mitre forthwith, 2615
And be faithful in thy service.

[Here he gives the mitre to the bishop.]

BISHOP.

Since thou wilt have it thus,
I will receive it
In worship to the Father of heaven.
If God will, for the best 2620
I will say in the temple
Service to him forthwith.

[Here the bishop goes down, and may cross over to the temple.]

In honour to God the Father,
Be said all praise,
I command forthwith; 2625
And after that we will drink
Every one round a draught of wine.
To comfort his heart.

[And then they shall pray, and speak low, as if saying prayers;
and Maximilla shall come into the temple, and she sits upon a stove;
and her clothes are set on fire by the stove; and she cries out, saying;]—

MAXIMILLA.

O Father God, through thy mercy,
Send a cure to me 2630
For my disease with which I am afflicted.
Oh! oh! oh! alas! sad!
My clothes are blazing
From the wood of Christ, I believe.
My dear Lord Christ Jesus, 2635
God of heaven, through thy virtue,
Assuage the power of the flame and fire;
As by thy body redeemed was
Adam, and likewise Eve,
And placed in heaven with song. 2640

BISHOP.

What vengeance to thee, O fool's head.
Where hast thou heard God called Christ
By a man in this world born?
I have the law of Moses,
And in all that same 2645
His name is not written.
We say not there is any other God
But the Father of heaven above;
And thou, jade girl, his head
Thou makest a god to thee thyself. 2650
Hanging be to me, by the gods.
If ever thou get away from us,
Until thou expiate it as a felon.
And clean recant all thy talk.

MAXIMILLA.

I will not recant, foolish bishop; 2655
For the three rods, really,
Were by David planted.
And he joined them into one.
As a good type, certainly,
Of the three persons in Trinity. 2660

[Here the bishop goes up to his seat.]

[One is the Father of heaven,
Another, Christ his one Son,
Who shall be born of a virgin,
And the Holy Ghost is the third;
Three and one, dwelling 2665
In one Godhead, I believe.]

BISHOP.

Out upon thee! O most vile scout;
Without doubt a stout witch.
Since thou art so ready for the tree.
Nigh for sorrow I am full wud. 2670
Thou knave for God's blood,
Give me counsel like a man.

CROZIER-BEARER.

I counsel thee, without a trial
(My telling is no fable)
If thou wilt put her to death, 2675
Order thy people to beat her
With stones, nor ever stop
Until she be dead quite.

BISHOP.

By God's faith, well said;
Vous etes bon, si Dieu m'aide, 2680
And a prudent man of thy counsels.
Executioners, great and small,
Come forth every one
Now in my necessities.

FIRST EXECUTIONER.

Hail, my lord, stout and gay, 2685
Sweat is on my forehead, by this day,
To you hastening.
Tell me anon, I thee pray,
What shall I do? If 1 may,
I will do it, on my soul. 2690

BISHOP.

Go, drag the wretched woman,
Who is making false gods,
Out of our temple;
And with stones beat her
Until she be dead; 2695
Never do ye stop.

SECOND EXECUTIONER.

We will not stop, by God's soul;
For it is on our design,
To strike hard until we be weary.
Come out, in the devil's name, 2700
Thou shall really never escape;
Thou shalt be quite dead.

THIRD EXECUTIONER.

Soon let me strike.
With mallet, a terrible blow
To the vile strumpet on the forehead, 2705
That she may never eat.
But stink and rot
Like train-oil or salt-marsh mud.

FOURTH EXECUTIONER.

I will smite her with a bludgeon;
Never was a stroke which could 2710
Give a blow so hard.
As I will strike her under the chin;
Flesh and skin also,
That it shall be full of bruises.

FIRST EXECUTIONER.

I will give with much accuracy 2715
Soon now great strokes.
Very exactly on the breast in front;
Until she fall upon the earth
And bruise her, in fierce pain,
As small as malt dust. 2720

MAXIMILLA.

Lord Jesus Christ of heaven.
Have mercy on my soul.
As I am for thee tormented.
Because once I called on thee.
I am killed very certainly; 2725
Forgive me my sins, I pray thee.

SECOND EXECUTIONER.

Do ye hear, comrades,
How the vile strumpet is
Calling on the thing not existing?
She would wish to strive 2730
With the bishop, and delude him
To worship new gods.

THIRD EXECUTIONER.

And for that, on the jaw
To smite her the will is to me,
And bruise her limbs. 2735
O very jade, dirt, daughter of evil,
Thou shalt die, surely, quite.
Notwithstanding thy God or his power.

FOURTH EXECUTIONER.

Of his power I value not a puff;
In spite of his father and his mother, 2740
The jade shall be killed.
A bad chance shall soon be thine;
Thy bones all, every bit.
With my blows shall be bruised.

[Here Maximilla dies.]

FIRST EXECUTIONER.

Rest ye, fine fellows, 2745
For dead is the jade
By my blows a long time past;
And the blood of her heart is run out.
Let us go to declare immediately
To our bishop as it is done. 2750

SECOND EXECUTIONER.

O silence, comrade, I pray thee;
I do not believe, for the world.
That the strumpet is yet dead.
Ever before going hence.
Give a blow to her I will, 2755
With gravel stones very sharply.

THIRD EXECUTIONER.

Hail, sir bishop, beloved,
Now is the jade dead,
At length she is lying.
Although suffering death, 2760
She did not retract her words.
At first nor at last.

BISHOP.

Because that she was not obedient,
Her reward is gone with her.
And she is served as she ought. 2765
Because of your labour you shall receive
Bohellan and Bosaneth;
Go at once and possess them,
Before it be night.
I will give 2770
To you these places,
And all Chennary of the Close.

FOURTH EXECUTIONER.

And largesse, courteous bishop,
And largesse, let every one call;
Largesse together, say ye. 2775
It is always worth while to serve well.
Truly a bishop like this.
For gentle he is, as you see.

BISHOP.

Come away, thou Gebal,
Carry the tree outside with a will, 2780
And let Amalek help thee.
And cast it, dragging and dragging,
Into Bethsaida very completely.
As is pit Cafalek.

[Here he carries the wood to Bethsaida.]

GEBAL.

Presently it shall be carried; 2785
Amalek, may you be hanged,
Take it up at once by one end.

AMALEK.

Let us come with it immediately;
And let us run with great strength,
And into the water put the tree. 2790

[A messenger comes to the bishop.]

MESSENGER.

Sweet lord, not avails any thing
The pit which you have made, certainly.
But rather dishonour to thee.
For I am come back to say.
When they went to the place, 2795
That the sick were healed by it.
Mayest thou come back from thy blame,
And that wonderful thing,
Mayest thou drag it to the temple;
And may much favour be to it. 2800

BISHOP.

There is no hurry for that;
I know yet a good counsel
For me to do, by this day.
There is no bridge over the water of Cedron.
I will at once order 2805
Men to drag it to that place,
That it may be put across it;
And its virtue will be lessened
By the dirt, without fail.
Carry the tree quickly, 2810
Over the water of Cedron to be a bridge,
Thou Amalek and Gebal.

AMALEK.

Gebal, thy neck be hanged!
If thou wilt immediately carry
The one end to the water of Cedron, 2815
I will seize the other very sharp:
Sorrow in his body choaks him,
Nor is his heart glad.

[Here he brings back the wood from Bethsaida over the water of Cedron.]

GEBAL.

It is no wonder if sorrow be in me,
Carrying the tree about, 2820
And not any wages will be for us.
Bring it, confusion be to thee;
Now we are oppressed with it,
And our limbs are very weary.

KING SOLOMON.

O, good people, you have seen 2825
How God the Father created
Heaven and earth after his judgment.
After that he would create
Adam and Eve, through his grace;
He made them like, surely also, 2830
To him, indeed.
All the world he gave to them,
That they might in it live,
And their children afterwards
Who should come from them. 2835
His blessing to you wholly,
Men and women likewise.
Children,
The play is now ended.
And to see the Passion 2840
Of Jesus without delay,
Which Christ suffered for us,
To-morrow come in time;
And go all home.
In the name of the Father; minstrels, I pray, 2845
Pipe immediately.

Deus pater LXXVII
Adam XXXIX
eua XVII
Serpens VIII
cherubin XI
caym XII
abel VIII
lucifer IV
sathanas IV
belsebuc IV
seraphin II
seth XXI
noe XXI
uxor noe VII
sem VI
uxor ejus I
cam V
uxor ejus I
iafet VI
uxor ejus I
abraham XIV
ysac VII
gabriel VIII
moyses XXXIII
pharao XIV
aron VII
nuncius XXIIII
consultor IX
Is homo V
IIs homo VII
Is miles I
IIs miles I
armiger II
calef II
iosue I
rex dauid XXXVI
pincerna V
cecus II
claudus I
surdus I
barsabe IV
vrias VI
Is cimiterius II
Is cimiterius II
rex salamon XV
Is carpentarius XI
IIs carpentarius X
episcopus XI
maximilla IV
crociarius I
Is tortor III
IIs tortor III
IIIs tortor III
IVs tortor III
gebal II
amalac II

In the above list, the numerals after the names appear to designate the number of speeches made by each person. I do not know the meaning of the following Diagram, unless it be a rude representation of the stage or amphitheatre on which the drama was exhibited; shewing the locality of heaven and hell, and the places where some of the chief actors remained when not actually engaged in repeating their parts.