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(without typos) from the publisher. 1831. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... 155 THE WIDKIRK, CHESTER, AND COVENTRY MIRACLE-PLAYS. THE
PROCLAMATION OF THE PLAYS. The Widkirk Miracle-plays are without
any introductory matter. The Chester Whitsun-plays are preceded by
a kind of proclamation (called ' the Banes, '), which was made by
certain Vexillators in various parts of the city on St. George's
day, before the commencement of the performances. It goes through
the subjects of the whole series, and attributes the authorship to
' Don Rondall, a monk of Chester Abbey, ' and excuses the
introduction of' some things, not warranted by any writ, ' on the
ground that it was done' to make sport, ' and to 'glad the
hearers.' The following stanza seems to prove that ' the Banes'
were written not long after the completion of the Reformation*. '
As all that shall see them shall most welcome be, * Soe all that
here them, wee moste humblie praye, ' Not to compare this matter or
storie DEGREES * Harl. MS., No. 1944, is a copy of Archdeacon
Rogers's collections regarding Chester, which contains a curious
addition to this introduc' With the age or tyme wherin we
presentlye staye, ' But in the tyme of ignorance wherin we did
straye: ' Then doe I compare, that this lande through out, ' Non
had the like, nor the like dose sett out.' The Chester-plays began
on Whit-monday, and continued until Wednesday. By a similar
proclamation, which also details the subjects of all the plays in
the volume called Ludus Coventrice, it appears, that the plays
began on Sunday, at six in the morning; and that they were acted at
other places besides Coventry, is to be concluded from the fact,
that the letter N is placed for the Nomen of the town, which was to
be filled up, as occasion required, by the person making the
proclamation. It is addressed to ' gentles and yeomanry, ' and
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||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
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