The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version

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11
THE HOSIERS

Moyses exaltans serpentem in deserto, Pharao Rex, viij
Judei admirantes et expectantes.

KING PHARAO¶O peace! I bid that no man pass,
But keep the course that I command;
And take good heed to him that has
Your life all wholly in his hand.
King Pharao my father was,
And led the lordship of this land;
I am his heir, as age will ask,
Ever in his stead to stir and stand.
All Egypt is mine own,
To lead after my law;
I will my might be known
And honoured, as they owe.
Therefore as king I command peace
To all the people of this empire,
That no man put him forth in press
But that will do as we desire.
And of your saws I bid you cease
And list to me your sovereign sire,
That may your comfort most increase,
And as I list take life entire.

I COUNCILLOR My lord, if any were
That would not work your will,
If we wist who they were
Full soon we shall them spill.

KING PHARAO¶ Throughout my kingdom would I ken,
And know them thank that could me tell
If any were so wicked then
That would ought work our force to fell.

2 COUNCILLOR My lord, there are a manner of men
That muster great masteries to tell --

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