Resurrexio Domini nostri. Notes. Sketch of Cornish grammar. Ancient Cornish vocabulary. Appendix. Names of places

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Edwin Norris
The University Press, 1859 - Cornish drama
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Page 511 - 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 453 - In the lower they apparelled themselves, and in the higher rowme they played, beinge all open on the tope, that all behoulders might heare and see them. The places where they played them was in every streete.
Page 456 - ... 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 453 - Country people flock from all sides, many miles off, to hear & see it ; for they haue therein, deuils and deuices, to delight as well the eye as the eare ; the players conne not their parts without booke, but are prompted by one called the Ordinary, who followeth at their back with the booke in his hand, and telleth them softly what they must pronounce aloud.
Page 442 - ... drama of the Christian faith. To us, who can measure the effect of such scenes only by the impression which they would now produce upon ourselves, these exhibitions can seem but unspeakably profane; they were not profane when tendered in simplicity, and received as they were given. They were no more profane than those quaint monastic illuminations which formed the germ of Italian art; and as out of the illuminations arose those paintings which remain unapproached and unapproachable in their excellence,...
Page 454 - ... was accordingly lessoned beforehand by the Ordinary that he must say after him. His turn came. Quoth the Ordinary, ' Goe forth, man, and show thyself.
Page 452 - ... being 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. intituled Ludus Corforii Christi, or Ludus Conventrlae. I have been told...
Page 453 - ... and see them. The places where they played them was in every streete. They begane first at the 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 they...
Page 453 - ... all the streetes have their pagiantes afore them all at one time playeinge togeather ; to se w'ch playes was great resorte, and also scafoldes and stages made in the streetes in those places where they determined to playe their pagiantes.
Page 454 - Oh, says the fellow softly in his ear, ' you mar all the play ;' and with this his passion the actor makes the audience in like sort acquainted. Hereon the prompter falls to...

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