The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version

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THE TANNOURS

Deus pater omnipotens creans et formans celos angelos et archangelos Luciferum et angelos qui cum eo ceciderunt in infernum.1

GOD ¶Ego sum alpha et O, Vita, Via,
Veritas, Primus et Novissimus.
I am gracious and great, God without a beginning;
I am maker unmade, and all might is in me.
I am life and way unto weal winning;
I am foremost and first; as I bid shall it be.
My blessing in joy shall be blending,
And falls from harm to be hiding;
My body in bliss aye abiding,
Unending without any ending.
Since I am maker unmade, and most high in might,
And aye shall be endless, and nought is but I,
Unto my dignity dear shall duly be dight
A place full of plenty, at my pleasure to ply.
And therewith as I will I have wrought
Many divers doings amain,
Which my work shall duly contain,
And all shall be made even of nought.
But only the worthy work of my will
In my spirit shall inspire the might of me;
And in the first fitly my thoughts to fulfil,
At hand in my blessing I bid that here be
A bliss all-protecting about me.
In the which bliss I bid that be here
Nine orders of angels full clear,
In love everlasting to lout me.

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The Latin descriptions, at the head of each play, give the list of characters from the "Ordo Paginarium ludi Corporis Christi" of A.D. 1415, as recorded in the oldest City Memorandum Book.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Contents 5
  • Foreword 7
  • 1 - The Tannours 15
  • 2 - The Playsterers 20
  • 3 - The Cardmakers 25
  • 4 - The Fullers 28
  • 5 - The Cowpers 31
  • 6 - The Armourers 36
  • 7 - The Gaunters (glovers) 41
  • 8 - The Shipwrightes 45
  • 9 - The Fysshers And Marynars 49
  • 10 - The Parcemyners And Bokebynders 58
  • 11 - The Hosiers 68
  • 12 - The Spicers 79
  • 13 - The Pewterers And Founders 86
  • 14 - The Tille Thekers 94
  • 15 - The Chaundelers 99
  • 16 - The Masons 103
  • 18 - The Marshals 114
  • 41 - The Hatmakers, Masons and Laborers 120
  • 19 - The Girdlers and Nailers 132
  • 20 - The Spurriers And Lorimers 140
  • 21 - The Barbours 148
  • 22 - The Lokk Smythys 153
  • 23 - The Curriers 159
  • 24 - The Cappemakers Etc. (the Plummers, Patenmakers, Pouchemakers, and Botellers 166
  • 25 - The Skynners 172
  • 26 - The Cutlers 186
  • 27 - The Baksteres 196
  • 28 - The Cordwaners 201
  • 29 - The Bowers and Flecchers 210
  • 30 - The Tapiters And Couchers 221
  • 31 - The Lytsteres 236
  • 32 - The Cukes And Waterleders 248
  • 33 - The Tyllemakers Later, Mylners, Ropers, Seveours, Turnours, Hayresters, and Bollers 259
  • 34 - The Shermen 273
  • 35 - The Pynners, Latoners, Payntours 282
  • 36 - The Butchers 290
  • 37 - The Saddlers 301
  • 38 - The Carpenteres 312
  • 39 - The Wynedrawers 324
  • 40 - The Sledmen 328
  • 42 - The Escreven Ers 334
  • 43 - The Tailoures 340
  • 44 - The Potteres 348
  • 45 - The Drapers 354
  • 46 - The Wevers of Wollen 360
  • 47 - The Osteleres 368
  • 48 - The Merceres 373
  • 49 - The Innholders 383
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