The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version

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19
THE GIRDLERS AND NAILERS

Herodes precipiens pueros occidi, iiij milites cum lanceis,
duo consiliarii Regis, et iiij mulieres deflentes occisionem
puerorum suorum.

HEROD¶Peace, fair sirs about,
On pain of limb and land.
Stint of your stevens stout,
And still as stones here stand,
And my speaking record.
Ye ought to dread and doubt,
And learn you low to lout
To me your lovely lord.
Ye ought in field and town
To bow to my bidding
With reverence and renown,
As falls for such a king.
The lordliest alive
Who is not ready found,
By almighty Mahound,
To death I shall him drive.
So bold look no man be
For to ask help nor shield
But of Mahound and me,
That have this world to wield,
To maintain us so well;
For well of wealth are we,
And my chief help is he.
Hereto what can you tell?

I COUNCILLOR ¶Lord, what you like to do,
All folks will be full fain
To take intent thereto,
And none grudge there again;

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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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