The ancient Cornish drama, ed. and tr. by E. Norris

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Page 507 - Romanes vetus Comedia. For representing it, they raise an earthen amphitheatre in some open field, having the Diameter of his enclosed playne some 40 or 50 foot. The Country people flock from all sides, many miles off to hear and see it; for they have therein devils and devices, to delight as well the eye as the eare...
Page 451 - The maner of these playes weare: every company had his pagiant or parte, which pagiants weare a high scafolde with 2. rowmes — a higher and a lower — upon 4 wheeles. In the lower they apparelled themselves; and in the higher rowme they played, beinge all open on the tope that all behoulders mighte heare and see them.
Page 451 - ... the players conne not their parts without booke, but are prompted by one called the ordinary, who followeth at their back with the book in his hand, and telleth them softly what they must pronounce aloud.
Page 454 - ... of the general history of the Creation, the Fall, and the Redemption of man, however it might be marred occasionally by passages of lighter or even of ludicrous character. The mighty gathering of people from many miles round, hardly showing like a crowd in that extended region, where nothing ever grows to limit the view on any side, with their booths or tents, absolutely necessary when so many people had to remain three days on the spot, would give a character to the assembly probably more like...
Page 440 - ... MS. Rag henna gorthyn neffra Jesus neb agan pernas. The Creation is printed somewhat more correctly, and the average number of errors is not more than 20 in a page. The Dramas in these volumes have never till now been printed, probably because no version of them was known to be in existence. tural Dramas in English, French, and Latin represented in the middle ages, and of which several collections have been printed under the name of Mysteries in recent times. We find the same absence of originality,...
Page 451 - In his time they even played in regular amphitheatres, and the account he gives is well worth extracting, as it affords a vivid picture by one who was in all probability an eye-witness, nearly three centuries ago.
Page 450 - ... acted with mighty state and reverence by the friars of this house, had theaters for the several! scenes, very large and high, placed upon wheels, and drawn to all the eminent parts of the city, for the better advantage of spectators: and contain'd the story of the New Testament, composed into old English Eithme, as appeareth by an ancient MS.
Page 451 - Abay gates, and when the first pagiante was played, it was wheeled to the highe crosse before the mayor, and so to every streete, and soe every streete had a pagiant playinge before them at one time, till all the pagiantes for the daye appoynted weare played, and when one pagiant was neere ended, worde was broughte from streete to streete, that soe...
Page 453 - Penwith; now somewhat disfigured by the injudicious repairs of late years, but by the remains it seems to have been a work of more than usual labour, and correctness It was an exact circle of 126 feet...
Page 477 - For the Chanel of the Entre hath be space of ii. Myles ynto the Land xiiii. Fadum of Depes, wich communely ys cawllyd Caryk Rood by cawse yt ys a sure Herboro for the greatest Shyppes that travayle be the Ocean. At the Entre of the Haven lyith a blynd Roke covered at ful See, nerer the West...

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