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GOD Ego sum alpha et oo, primus at novissimus. It is my will it should be so; it is, it was, it shall be thus. 5 I am great God gracious, which never had beginning. The whole food of parents is set in mea essentia. 13, precedes plays 2 and 24 and links the beginning and end of the cycle to the beginning and end of time. Page 15 10 15 20 25 30 35 which never shall be twinning, Peerless patron imperial and Patris sapientia. My beams be all beatitude; all bliss is in my building. All mirth lieth in mansuetude, cum Dei potentia.

In which sort we purpose this Whitsuntide our pageants into three parts to divide. , the period before the Reformation. " Page 7 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 Now, you worshipful Tanners, that of custom old The Fall of Lucifer did authority truly set out! fine costume Some writers a­warrant your matter; therefore be bold lustily to play the same to all the rout.  Your show let be! Good speech, fine players, with apparel comely! The good, simple Waterleaders and Drawers of Dee, see that in all points your Ark be prepared.

The Birth of Christshall all see in that stage. " 90–91 Octavian does not, in our play, object to Sibyl's words. vividly Page 8 the author telleth his author; then take it in sport. 100 105 110 115 The appearing Angel and Star upon Christ's birth, The Shepherds, poor, of base and low degree, you Painters and Glaziers, deck out with all mirth and see that "Gloria in Excelsis" be sung merrily. " joy And you worthy Merchant­vintners, that now have plenty of wine, amplify the story of those Wise Kings Three that through Herod's land and realm, by the star that did shine, sought the sight of the Saviour that then born should be.

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