God Creates Adam and Eve
Cardmakers, The (medieval English guild), “God Creates Adam and Eve,” a __-minute 14th-century verse mystery play in Middle English,
• original manuscript in British Museum, London, England;
• also, in The York Play: A Facsimile of British Library MS Additional 35290: Together with a Facsimile of the Ordo Paginarum Section of the A/Y Memorandum Book, with an introduction by Richard Beadle and Peter Meredith, and a note on the music by Richard Rastall, Leeds texts and monographs, Medieval Drama Facsimiles series, 7 (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England: University of Leeds, School of English, 1983), LCCN 84-221144 r96;
• also, in York Plays: The Plays Performed by the Crafts or Mysteries of York on the Day of Corpus Christi in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries, edited by Lucy Toulmin Smith (1838-1911) (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1885), LCCN 01-19069;
• also, in The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version, edited by John Stanley Purvis (1890-____) (London: S. P. C. K., 1957), LCCN 57-59008;
• also, in York Plays: The Plays Performed by the Crafts or Mysteries of York on the Day of Corpus Christi in the 14th, 15th, and 16th Centuries, from the manuscript in the library of Lord Ashburnham, edited with introduction and glossary by Lucy Toulmin Smith (1838-1911) (New York: Russell & Russell, Inc., Publishers, 1963), LCCN 63-15180;
• also, in The York Cycle of Mystery Plays: A Complete Version, [edited] by the Reverend J. S. Purvis (aka John Stanley, 1890-____), 1st paperback edition (London: S. P. C. K., 1978), ISBN 028103673X;
• also, in York Mystery Plays: A Selection in Modern Spelling, edited by Richard Beadle and Pamela M. King (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), ISBN 0192824376.
• Research should include Early Theatre 3 (2000), Special Volume: The York Cycle Then and Now (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: McMaster University Press, 2000), ISSN 1206-9078, firstname.lastname@example.org, for valuable aids to study and production.
• Also, research could include Gerald Byron Kinneavy’s A Concordance to The York Plays, with a textual introduction by Richard Beadle, Garland Reference Library of the Humanities series, vol. 626 (New York: Garland, 1986), ISBN 0824086562.
• Also, research could include Two Medieval Mystery Plays from the York Cycle, 1994, 50 minutes, VC #3753, Films for the Humanities, presentations of The Carpenters’ Play, The Resurrection, and The Winedrawers’ Play, Hortulanus, as they were performed on Pageant wagons during the 1992 York Festival, available from Sound & Moving Image Library, 125 Scott Library, York University, 4700 Keele Street, North York, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada, email@example.com, telephone 416-736-2100, extension 33324, fax 416-736-5838.—Films & Video Recordings on Theatre . . . , http://www.info.library.yorku.ca/depts/smil/filmographies/theatre2.htm, accessed August 13, 2001.
Bible, Book of Genesis, Christian drama, cycles, fourteenth century, Middle English, miracle play, mystery play, Old Testament, York.
York Cycle, Play 3A, God Creates Adam and Eve, The Cardmakers 001 Deus. In heuyn and erthe duly bedene / 002 Of v days werke, euyn onto ende, / 003 I haue complete by curssis clene; / 004 Methynke the space of thame well spende. / 005 In heuyn er angels fayre and brighte, / 006 Sternes and planetis ther curssis to ga, / 007 þe mone seruis onto the nyght / 008 The son to lyghte the day alswa. / 009 In erthe is treys and gres to springe, / 010 Bestis and foulys, bothe gret and smalle, / 011 Fyschis in flode, all othyr thyng / 012 Thryffe and haue my blyssyng all. / 013 Thys werke is wroght now at my will, / 014 But yoet can I here no best see / 015 þat acordys be kynde and skyll, / 016 And for my werke myght worschippe me. / 017 For perfytt werke ne ware it nane / 018 But ought ware made that myght it yoeme, / 019 For loue mad I this warlde alane, / 020 þerfor my loffe sall in it seme. / 021 To kepe this warlde, bothe mare and lesse, / 022 A skylfull best thane will I make / 023 Eftyr my schape and my lyknes, / 024 The wilke sall worschipe to me take. / 025 Off the symplest part of erthe that is here / 026 I sall make man, and for this skylle: / 027 For to abate hys hauttande chere, / 028 Bothe his gret pride and other ille; / 029 And also for to haue in mynde / 030 How simpyll he is at hys makyng, / 031 For als febyll I sall hym fynde / 032 Qwen he is dede at his endyng. / 033 For this reson and skyll alane / 034 I sall make man lyke onto me. / 035 Ryse vp, thou erthe, in blode and bane, / 036 In schape of man, I commaunde the. / 037 A female sall thou haue to fere, / 038 Her sall I make of thi lyft rybe, / 039 Alane so sall thou nough be here / 040 Withoutyn faythefull frende and sybe. / 041 Takys now here the gast of lyffe / 042 And ressayue bothe yooure saules of me; / 043 þis femall take thou to thi wyffe, / 044 Adam and Eue yoour names sall be. / 045 Adam. A, lorde, full mekyll is thi mighte / 046 And that is sene in ilke a syde, / 047 For now his here a ioyfull syght / 048 To se this worlde so lange and wyde. / 049 Mony diueris thyngis now here es, / 050 Off bestis and foulis bathe wylde and tame; / 051 3et is nan made to thi liknes / 052 But we alone-A, louyd by thi name. / 053 Eue. To swylke a lorde in all degré / 054 Be euirmore lastande louynge, / 055 þat tyll vs swylke a dyngnité / 056 Has gyffyne before all othyr thynge; / 057 And selcouth thyngis may we se here / 058 Of this ilke warld so lange and brade, / 059 With bestis and fowlis so many and sere; / 060 Blessid be he that hase us made. / 061 Adam. A, blyssid lorde, now at thi wille / 062 Syne we er wroght, wochesaff to telle / 063 And also say vs two vntyll / 064 Qwate we sall do and whare to dewell? / 065 Deus. For this skyl made I yoow this day, / 066 My name to worschip ay-whare; / 067 Louys me, forthi, and louys me ay / 068 For my makyng, I axke no mare. / 069 Bothe wys and witty sall thou be, / 070 Als man that I haue made of noght; / 071 Lordschipe in erthe than graunt I the, / 072 All thynge to serue the that I haue wroght. / 073 In paradyse sall yoe same wone, / 074 Of erthely thyng get yoe no nede, / 075 Ille and gude both sall yoe kone, / 076 I sall yoou lerne yooure lyue to lede. / 077 Adam. A, lorde, sene we sall do no thyng / 078 But louffe the for thi gret gudnesse, / 079 We sall ay bay to thi biddyng / 080 And fulfyll it, both more and less. / 081 Eue. His syng sene he has on vs sett / 082 Beforne all othir thyng certayne, / 083 Hym for to loue we sall noght lett / 084 And worschip hym with myght and mayne. / 085 God. At heuyne and erth first I begane / 086 And vj days wroght or I walde ryst; / 087 My warke is endyde now at mane, / 088 All lykes me will, but this is best. / 089 My blyssyng haue thai ever and ay. / 090 The seueynt day sall my restyng be, / 091 þus wille I sese, sothely to say, / 092 Of my doying in this degré / 093 To blys I sall yoow bryng, / 094 Comys forth, yoe tow, with me; / 095 3e sall lyffe in lykyng- / 096 My blyssyng wyth yoow be. Amen.”—http://www.umm.maine.edu/faculty/necastro/drama/york/play_03.txt, accessed September 7, 2006.