The Resurrection of the Lord

Peasse, I warne you, woldys in wytt!1
And standys on syde or els go sytt,2
ffor here ar men that go not yit,3
And lordys of me[kill] myght;4
We thynk to abyde, and not to flytt,5
I tell you euery wight.6
Spare youre spech, ye brodels bold,7
And sesse youre cry till I haue told,8
What that my worship wold,9
here in thise wonys;10
whoso that wyghtly nold,11
ffull hy bese hanged his bonys.12
wote ye not that I am pilate,13
That satt apon the Iustyce late,14
At caluarie where I was att15
This day at morne?16
I am he, that great state,17
That lad has all to-torne.18
Now sen that lothly losell is thus ded,19
I haue great ioy in my manhede,20
Therfor wold, I in ilk sted,21
It were tayn hede,22
If any felowse felow his red,23
Or more his law wold lede.24
ffor and I knew it, cruelly25
his lyfe bees lost, and that shortly,26
that he were better hyng ful hy27
On galow tre;28
Therfor ye prelatys shuld, aspy29
If any sich be.30
As I am man of myghtys most,31
If ther be any that blow sich bost,32
with tormentys keyn bese he indost33
ffor euermore;34
The devill to hell shall harry hys goost,35
Bot I say nomore.36
Sir, ye thar nothyng be dredand,37
ffor centurio, I vnderstand,38
youre knyght is left abydand39
Right ther behynde;40
We left hym ther, for man most wyse,41
If any rybaldys wold oght ryse,42
To sesse theym to the next assyse,43
And then forto make ende.44
A, blyssyd lord adonay,45
what may this meruell sygnyfy46
That here was shewyd so openly47
vnto oure sight,48
When the rightwys man can dy49
that ihesus hight?50
heuen it shoke abone,51
Of shynyng blan both son and moyne,52
And dede men also rose vp sone,53
Outt of thare grafe;54
And stones in wall anone55
In sonder brast and clafe.56
Ther was seen many a full sodan sight,57
Oure prynces, for sothe, dyd nothyng right,58
And so I saide to theym on hight,59
As it is trew,60
That he was most of myght,61
The son of god, ihesu.62
ffowlys in the ayer and fish in floode,63
That day changid thare mode,64
when that he was rent on rode,65
That lord veray;66
ffull well thay vnderstode67
That he was slayn that day.68
Therfor right as I meyn / to theym fast will I ryde,
To wyt withoutten weyn / what they will say this tyde
Of this enfray;71
I will no longer abyde72
bot fast ride on my way.73
God saue you, syrs, on euery syde!74
Worship and welth in warld so wyde!75
Centurio, welcom this tyde,76
Oure comly knyght!77
God graunt you grace well forto gyde,78
And rewll you right.79
Centurio, welcom, draw nere hand!80
Tell vs son tythyngys here emang,81
ffor ye haue gone thrughoutt oure land,82
ye know ilk dele.83
Sir, I drede me ye haue done wrang84
And wonder yll.85
wonder yll? I pray the why?86
declare that to this company.87
So shall I, sir, full securly,88
with all my mayn;89
The rightwys man, I meyn, hym by90
that ye haue slayn.91
Centurio, sese of sich saw;92
ye ar a greatt man of oure law,93
And if we shuld any wytnes draw,94
To vs excuse,95
To mayntene vs euermore ye aw,96
And noght refuse.97
To mayntene trowth is well worthy;98
I saide when I sagh hym dy,99
That it was godys son almyghty,100
That hang thore;101
So say I yit and abydys therby,102
ffor euermore.103
yee, sir, sich resons may ye rew,104
Thou shuld not neuen sich notes new,105
Bot thou couth any tokyns trew,106
vntill vs tell.107
Sich wonderfull case neuer ere ye knew108
As then befell.109
we pray the tell vs, of what thyng?110
Of elymentys, both old, and ying,111
In thare manere maide greatt mowrnyng,112
In ilka stede;113
Thay knew by contenaunce that thare kyng114
was done to dede.115
The son for wo it waxed all wan,116
The moyn and starnes of shynyng blan,117
And erth it tremlyd as a man118
Began to speke;119
The stone, that neuer was styrryd or than,120
In sonder brast and breke;121
And dede men rose vp bodely, both greatt and small.
Centurio, bewar with all!123
ye wote the clerkys the clyppys it call124
Sich sodan sight;125
That son and moyne a seson shall126
lak of thare light.127
Sir, and if that dede men ryse vp bodely,128
That may be done thrugh socery,129
Therfor nothyng we sett therby,130
that be thou bast.131
Sir, that I saw truly,132
That shall I euermore trast.133
Not for that ilk warke that ye dyd wyrke,134
Not oonly for the son wex myrke,135
Bot how the vayll rofe in the kyrke,136
ffayn wyt I wold.137
A, sich tayles full sone wold make vs yrke,138
if thay were told.139
harlot! wherto commys thou vs emang140
with sich lesyngys vs to fang?141
Weynd furth! hy myght thou hang,142
Vyle fatur!143
Weynd furth in the Wenyande,144
And hold styll thy clattur.145
Sirs, sen ye set not by my saw, / haues now good day!
God lene you grace to knaw / the sothe all way.147
with draw the fast, sen thou the dredys,148
ffor we shall well mayntene oure dedys.149
Sich wonderfull resons as now redys150
were neuer beforne,151
To neuen this note nomore vs nedys,152
nawder euen nor morne,153
Bot forto be war of more were154
That afterward myght do vs dere,155
Therfor, sir, whils ye ar here156
vs all emang,157
Avyse you of thise sawes sere158
how thay will stand.159
ffor ihesus saide full openly160
Vnto the men that yode hym by,161
A thyng that grevys all Iury,162
And right so may,163
That he shuld, ryse vp bodely164
within the thryde day.165
If it be so, as myght I spede,166
The latter dede is more to drede167
Then was the fyrst, if we take hede168
And tend therto;169
Avyse you, sir, for it is nede,170
the best to do.171
Sir, neuer the les if he saide so,172
he hase no myght to ryse and go,173
Bot his dyscypyls steyll his cors vs fro174
And bere away;175
That were till vs, and othere mo,176
A fowll enfray.177
Then wold the pepyll say euerilkon178
That he were rysen hym self alon,179
Therfor ordan to kepe that stone180
with knyghtys heynd,181
To thise thre dayes be commen and gone182
And broght till ende.183
Now, certys sir, full well ye say,184
And for this ilk poynt to puruay185
I shall, if that I may;186
he shall not ryse,187
Nor none shall wyn hym thens away188
of nokyns wyse.189
Sir knyghtys, that ar of dedys dughty,190
And chosen for chefe of cheualry,191
As I may me in you affy,192
By day and nyght,193
ye go and kepe ihesu body194
with all youre myght;195
And for thyng that be may,196
kepe hym well vnto the thryd day,197
That no tratur steyll his cors you fray,198
Out of that sted;199
ffor if ther do, truly I say,200
ye shall be dede.201
Primus Miles
yis, sir pilate, in certan,202
we shall hym kepe with all oure mayn;203
Ther shall no tratur with no trayn204
Steyll hym vs fro;205
Sir knyghtys, take gere that best may gayn,206
And let vs go.207
Secundus Miles
yis, certys, we are all redy bowne,208
we shall hym kepe till youre renowne;209
On euery syde lett vs sytt downe,210
we all in fere;211
And I shall fownde to crak his crowne212
whoso commys here.213
Primus Miles
who shuld be where, fayn wold I wytt.214
Secundus Miles
Euen on this syde wyll I sytt.215
Tercius Miles
And I shall fownde his feete to flytt.216
Quartus Miles
we ther shrew ther!217
Now by mahowne, fayn wold I wytt218
who durst com here219
This cors with treson forto take,220
ffor if it were the burnand drake221
Of me styfly he gatt a strake,222
haue here my hand;223
To thise thre dayes be past,224
This cors I dar warand.225
Erthly man, that I haue wroght,226
wightly wake, and slepe thou noght!227
with bytter bayll I haue the boght,228
To make the fre;229
Into this dongeon depe I soght230
And all for luf of the.231
Behold how dere I wold the by!232
My woundys ar weytt and all blody;233
The, synfull man, full dere boght I234
With tray and teyn;235
Thou fyle the noght eft for-thy,236
Now art thou cleyn.237
Clene haue I mayde the, synfull man,238
With wo and wandreth I the wan,239
ffrom harte and syde the blood out ran,240
Sich was my pyne;241
Thou must me luf that thus gaf than242
My lyfe for thyne.243
Thou synfull man that by me gase,244
Tytt vnto me thou turne thi face;245
Behold, my body, in ilka place246
how it was dight;247
All to-rent and all to-shentt,248
Man, for thy plight.249
With cordes enewe and ropys toghe250
The Iues fell my lymmes out-drogh,251
ffor that I was not mete enoghe252
vnto the bore;253
with hard stowndys thise depe woundys254
Tholyd I thefore.255
A crowne of thorne, that is so kene,256
Thay set apon my hede for tene,257
Two thefys hang thai me betwene,258
All for dyspyte;259
This payn ilk dele thou shall wyt wele,260
May I the wyte.261
Behald my shankes and my knees,262
Myn armes and my thees;263
Behold me well, looke what thou sees,264
Bot sorow and pyne;265
Thus was I spylt, man, for thi gylt,266
And not for myne.267
And yit more vnderstand thou shall;268
In stede of drynk thay gaf me gall,269
Asell thay menged it withall,270
The Iues fell;271
The payn I haue, tholyd I to saue272
Mans saull from hell.273
Behold, my body how Iues it dang274
with knottys of whyppys and scorges strang;275
As stremes of well the bloode out sprang276
On euery syde;277
knottes where thay hyt, well may thou wytt,278
Maide woundys wyde.279
And therfor thou shall vnderstand280
In body, heed, feete, and hand,281
ffour hundreth woundys and fyue thowsand282
here may thou se;283
And therto neyn were delt full euen284
ffor luf of the.285
Behold, on me noght els is lefte,286
And or that thou were fro me refte,287
All thise paynes wold I thole efte288
And for the dy;289
here may thou se that I luf the,290
Man, faythfully.291
Sen I for luf, man, boght the dere,292
As thou thi self the sothe sees here,293
I pray the hartely, with good chere,294
luf me agane;295
That it lyked me that I for the296
tholyd all this payn.297
If thou thy lyfe in syn haue led,298
Mercy to ask be not adred;299
The leste drope I for the bled300
Myght clens the soyn,301
All the syn the warld with in302
If thou had done.303
I was well wrother with Iudas304
ffor that he wold not ask me no grace,305
Then I was for his trespas306
That he me sold;307
I was redy to shew mercy,308
Aske none he wold.309
lo how I hold myn armes on brede,310
The to saue ay redy mayde;311
That I great luf ay to the had,312
well may thou knaw!313
Som luf agane I wold, full fayn314
Thou wold me shaw.315
Bot luf noght els aske I of the,316
And that thou fownde fast syn to fle;317
pyne the to lyf in charyte318
Both nyght and day;319
Then in my blys that neuer shall mys320
Thou shall dwell ay.321
ffor I am veray prynce of peasse,322
And synnes seyr I may releasse,323
And whoso will of synnes seasse324
And mercy cry,325
I grauntt theym here a measse326
In brede, myn awne body.327
[That ilk veray brede of lyfe328
Becommys my fleshe in wordys fyfe;329
who so it resaues in syn or stryfe330
Bese dede for euer;331
And whoso it takys in rightwys lyfe332
Dy shall he neuer.]333
Maria Magdalene
Alas! to dy with doyll am I dyght!334
In warld was neuer a wofuller wight,335
I drope, I dare, for seyng of sight336
That I can se;337
My lord, that mekill was of myght,338
Is ded, fro me.339
Alas! that I shuld se hys pyne,340
Or that I shuld, his lyfe tyne,341
ffor to ich sore he was medecyne342
And boytte of all;343
help and hold, to euer ilk hyne344
To hym wold call.345
Maria Jacobi
Alas! how stand I on my feete346
when I thynk on his woundys wete!347
Ihesus, that was on luf so swete,348
And neuer dyd yll,349
Is dede and grafen vnder the grete,350
withoutten skyll.351
Maria Salome
withoutten skyll thise Iues ilkon352
That lufly lord thay haue hym slone,353
And trespas dyd he neuer none,354
In nokyn sted.355
To whom shall we now make oure mone?356
Oure lord is ded.357
Maria Magdalene
Sen he is ded, my systers dere,358
weynd we will with full good chere.359
with oure anoyntmentys fare and clere360
That we haue broght,361
ffor to anoyntt his woundys sere,362
That Iues hym wroght.363
Maria Jacobus
Go we then, my systers fre,364
ffor sore me longis his cors to see,365
Bot I wote neuer how best may be;366
help haue we none,367
And which shall of vs systers thre368
remefe the stone?369
Maria Salome
That do we not bot we were mo,370
ffor it is hogh and heuy also.371
Maria Magdalene
Systers, we thar no farther go372
Ne make mowrnyng;373
I se two syt where we weynd to,374
In whyte clothyng.375
Maria Jacobi
Certys, the sothe is not to hyde,376
The graue stone is put besyde.377
Maria Salome
Certys, for thyng that may betyde,378
Now will we weynde379
To late the luf, and with hym byde,380
that was oure freynde.381
Primus Angelus
ye mowrnyng women in youre thoght,382
here in this place whome haue ye soght?383
Maria Magdalene
Ihesu that vnto ded was broght,384
Oure lord so fre.385
Secundus angelus
Certys, women, here is he noght;386
Com nere and se.387
Primus Angelus
he is not here, the sothe to say,388
The place is voyde ther in he lay;389
The sudary here se ye may390
was on hym layde;391
he is rysen and gone his way,392
As he you sayde.393
Secundus angelus
Euen as he saide so done has he,394
he is rysen thrugh his pauste;395
he shalbe fon in galale,396
In fleshe and fell;397
To his dyscypyls now weynd ye,398
And thus thaym tell.399
Maria Magdalene
My systers fre, sen it is so,400
That he is resyn the deth thus fro,401
As saide till vs thise angels two,402
Oure lord and leche,403
As ye haue hard, where that ye go404
Loke that ye preche.405
Maria Jacobi
As we haue hard so shall we say;406
Mare, oure syster, haue good day!407
Maria Magdalene
Now veray god, as he well may,408
Man most of myght,409
he wysh you, systers, well in youre way,410
And rewle you right.411
Alas, what shall now worth on me?412
My catyf hart wyll breke in thre413
when that I thynk on that ilk bodye414
how it was spylt;415
Thrugh feete and handys nalyd was he416
Withoutten gylt.417
withoutten gylt then was he tayn,418
That lufly lord, thay haue hym slayn,419
And tryspas dyd he neuer nane,420
Ne yit no mys421
It was my gylt he was fortayn,422
And nothing his.423
how myght I, bot I lufyd that swete424
That for me suffred woundys wete,425
Sythen to be grafen vnder the grete,426
Sich kyndnes kythe;427
Ther is nothyng till that we mete428
may make me blythe.429
Primus Miles
Outt, alas! what shall I say?430
where is the cors that here in lay?431
Secundus Miles
what alys the man? he is away432
That we shuld tent!433
Primus Miles
Ryse vp and se.434
Secundus Miles
harrow! thefe! for ay
I cownte vs shent!435
Tercius Miles
what devyll alys you two436
sich nose and cry thus forto may?437
Secundus Miles
ffor he is gone.438
Tercius Miles
Alas, wha?439
Secundus Miles
he that here lay.440
Tercius Miles
harrow! devill! how swa gat he away?441
Quartus Miles
what, is he thus-gatys from vs went,442
The fals tratur that here was lentt,443
That we truly to tent444
had vndertane?445
Certanly I tell vs shent446
holly ilkane.447
Primus Miles
Alas, what shall I do this day448
Sen this tratur is won away?449
And safely, syrs, I dar well say450
he rose alon.451
Secundus Miles
wytt sir pilate of this enfray452
we mon be slone.453
Quartus Miles
wote ye well he rose in dede?454
Secundus Miles
I sagh myself when that he yede.455
Primus Miles
when that he styrryd out of the steed456
None couth it ken.457
Quartus Miles
Alas, hard hap was on my hede458
emang all men.459
Tercius Miles
ye, bot wyt sir pilate of this dede,460
That we were slepand when he yede,461
we mon forfett, withoutten drede,462
All that we haue.463
Quartus Miles
we must make lees, for that is nede,464
Oure self to saue.465
Primus Miles
That red I well, so myght I go.466
Secundus Miles
And I assent therto also.467
Tercius Miles
A thowsand shall I assay, and mo,468
well armed ilkon,469
Com and toke his cors vs fro,470
had vs here slone.471
Quartus Miles
Nay, certys, I hold ther none so good472
As say the sothe right as it stude,473
how that he rose with mayn and mode,474
And went his way;475
To sir pilate, if he be wode,476
Thus dar I say.477
Primus Miles
why, and dar thou to sir pilate go478
with thise tythyngys, and tell hym so?479
Secundus Miles
So red I that we do also,480
we dy bot oones.481
Tercius Miles
Now he that wroght vs all this wo482
wo worth his bones!483
Quartus Miles
Go we sam, sir knyghtys heynd,484
Sen we shall to sir pilate weynd,485
I trow that we shall parte no freynd,486
Or that we pas.487
Primus Miles
Now and I shall tell ilka word till ende,488
right as it was.489
Sir pilate, prynce withoutten peyr,490
Sir Cayphas and Anna both in fere,491
And all the lordys aboute you there,492
To neuen by name;493
Mahowne you saue on sydys sere494
ffro syn and shame.495
ye ar welcom, oure knyghtys so keyn,496
A mekill myrth now may we meyn,497
Bot tell vs som talkyng vs betwene,498
How ye haue wroght.499
Primus Miles
Oure walkyng, lord, withoutten wene,500
Is worth to noght.501
To noght? alas, seasse of sich saw.502
Secundus Miles
The prophete ihesu, that ye well knaw,503
Is rysen, and went fro vs on raw,504
with mayn and myght.505
Therfor the devill the all to-draw,506
vyle recrayd knyght!507
what! combred cowardys I you call!508
lett ye hym pas fro you all?509
Tercius Miles
Sir, ther was none that durst do bot small510
when that he yede.511
Quartus Miles
we were so ferde we can d,owne fall,512
And qwoke for drede.513
Primus Miles
we were so rad, euerilkon,514
when that he put besyde the stone,515
we quoke for ferd, and durst styr none,516
And sore we were abast.517
whi, bot rose he bi hym self alone?518
Secundus Miles
ye, lord, that be ye trast,519
we hard neuer on euyn ne morne,520
Nor yit oure faders vs beforne,521
Sich melody, myd-day ne morne,522
As was maide thore.523
Alas, then ar oure lawes forlorne524
ffor euer more!525
A, devill! what shall now worth of this?526
This warld farys with quantys;527
I pray you, Cayphas, ye vs wys528
Of this enfray.529
Sir, and I couth oght by my clergys,530
ffayn wold I say.531
To say the best for sothe I shall;532
It shalbe profett for vs all,533
yond knyghtys behovys thare wordys agane call,534
how he is myst;535
we wold not, for thyng that myght befall,536
That no man wyst:537
And therfor of youre curtessie538
Gyf theym a rewarde for-thy.539
Of this counsell well paide am I,540
It shalbe thus.541
Sir knyghtys, that ar of dedys doghty,542
Take tent till vs;543
herkyns now how ye shall say,544
where so ye go by nyght or day;545
Ten thowsand men of good aray546
Cam you vntill,547
And thefyshly toke his cors you fray548
Agans youre will.549
loke ye say thus in euery land,550
And therto on this couande551
Ten thowsand pounds haue in youre hande552
To youre rewarde;553
And my frenship, I vnderstande,554
Shall not be sparde;555
Bot loke ye say as we haue kende.556
Primus Miles
yis, sir, as mahowne me mende,557
In ilk contree where so we lende558
By nyght or day,559
where so we go, where so we weynd,560
Thus shall we say.561
The blyssyng of mahowne be with you nyght and day!562
Maria Magdalene
Say me, garthymere, I the pray,563
If thou bare oght my lord away;564
Tell me the sothe, say me not nay,565
where that he lyys,566
And I shall remeue hym if I may,567
On any kyn wyse.568
woman, why wepys thou? be styll!569
whome sekys thou? say me thy wyll,570
And nyk me not with nay.571
Maria Magdalene
ffor my lord I lyke full yll;572
The stede thou bare his body tyll573
Tell me I the pray;574
And I shall if I may / his body bere with me,575
Vnto myn endyng day / the better shuld I be.576
woman, woman, turn thi thoght!577
wyt thou well I hyd hym noght,578
Then bare hym nawre with me;579
Go seke, loke if thou fynde hym oght.580
Maria Magdalene
In fayth I haue hym soght,581
Bot nawre he will fond, be.582
why, what was he to the / In sothfastnes to say?583
Maria Magdalene
A! he was to me / no longer dwell I may.584
Mary, thou sekys thy god, and that am I.585
Maria Magdalene
Rabony, my lord so dere!586
Now am I hole that thou art here,587
Suffer me to negh the nere,588
And kys thi feete;589
Myght I do so, so well me were,590
ffor thou art swete.591
Nay, mary, neghe thou not me,592
ffor to my fader, tell I the,593
yit stevynd I noght;594
Tell my brethere I shall be595
Before theym all in trynyte596
whose will that I haue wroght.597
To peasse now ar thay boght / that prysond, were in pyne,
wherfor thou thank in thoght / god, thi lord and myne
Mary thou shall weynde me fro,600
Myn erand shall thou grathly go,601
In no fowndyng thou fall;602
To my dyscypyls say thou so,603
That wilsom ar and lappyd in wo,604
That I thaym socoure shall.605
By name peter thou call / and say that I shall be606
Before hym and theym all / my self in galyle.607
Maria Magdalene
lord, I shall make my vyage608
to tell theym hastely;609
ffro thay here that message610
thay will be all mery.611
This lord was slayn, alas for-thy,612
ffalsly spylt, noman wyst why,613
whore he dyd mys;614
Bot with hym spake I bodely,615
ffor-thi commen is my blys.616
Mi blys is commen, my care is gone,617
That lufly haue I mett alone;618
I am as blyth in bloode and bone619
As euer was wight;620
Now is he resyn that ere was slone,621
Mi hart is light.622
I am as light as leyfe on tre,623
ffor ioyfull sight that I can se,624
ffor well I wote that it was he625
My lord ihesu;626
he that betrayde that fre627
sore may he rew.628
To galyle now will I fare,629
And his dyscyples cach from care;630
I wote that thay will mowrne no mare,631
Commyn is thare blys;632
That worthi childe that mary bare633
he amende youre mys.634

2016 Nov 11  15:38:41