The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version

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38
THE CARPENTERES

Jesus resurgens de sepulcro, quatuor milites armati, et tres
Marie lamentantes. Pilatus, Cayphas et Anna. Juvenis
sedens ad sepulcrum indutus albo, loquens mulieribus.

PILATE¶Lordings, listen now unto me.
I command you in each degree,
As deemster chief in this country,
For counsel known,
At my bidding you ought to be
And bend each one.
And Sir Cayphas, chief of clergy,
Of your counsel late here on high,
By our assent since he did die --
Jesus -- this day,
That we maintain and stand thereby,
That work all way.

CAYPHAS¶Yes, sir; we shall maintain that deed;
By law it was done and agreed
You know yourself -- of doubt's no need --
As well as we.
His sayings now are on his head,
And aye shall be.

ANNAS¶The people, sir, in this same stead
Before you spoke with a whole head,
That he was worthy to be dead,
And thereto sware.
Since all was ruled by righteous rede,
Name it no more.

PILATE¶To name I think it needful thing.
Since he was had to burying,
Heard we neither of old nor young
Tidings between.

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