The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version

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THE POTTERES

Maria, duo angeli, xi apostoli, et spiritus sanctus descendens super eos, et iiij Judei admirantes.

PETER¶Brethren, take tent unto my steven;
Then shall ye stably understand.
Our Master dear is hence to heaven,
To rest there on his Father's right hand,
And we are left alive, eleven,
To learn his laws truly in land.
Ere we begin, we must be even,
Else were our works not to warrant.
For perfect number it is none,
Eleven only to be here;
Twelve may be asunder ta'en
And severed into many a share.

Nobis precepit minus predicare populo et testifcare quia prope est judex vivorum et mortuorum.

Our Lord commanded more and less
To rule us rightly after his rede;
He bade us preach and bear witness
That he should doom both quick and dead.
To him all prophets prove express,
All those that trust in his godhead,
Of sins they shall have forgiveness;
And so shall we say plain indeed.
And since we on this wise
Shall his counsel descry,
It needs we us advise
That we say not severally.

JOHN¶Often he said that we should wend
In all this world his will to work,

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