From Stage to Page - Medieval and Renaissance Drama

The Cambridge Prologue

001 Oez, seygnur, oez, oez!
002 Escoutez tant cum wus poez!'
003 Escutez ben, pur uostre honur,
004 Le ban de nostre enperrur.
005 Aset luy deuez grenur feyz
006 Ke nul autre, par ma ley.
007 Fetes place e tene'us coy,
008 E si entendet ben a moy.
009 S'il i a nul que noyse face,
010 V que entre en cete place
011 Pur nostre iu ren desturber,
012 Prendre le frun saunz demorrer
013 E jucer ley[n]s en la prisun.
014 Ja quit n'ert pur nul ransun
015 Que ci ne seyt mut haut pendu,
016 V suuiaus nun muit ben batu.
017 Fey ke io doy a mun seygnur,
018 C'est Ia ban l'enpereur;
019 E pus que c'est sun comandement,
020 Fet serra mut ignelement.
021 Si m'ait Mahun, io n'ay regard
022 Que nul me turne de coard.

023 Nu sittet stille and herkint' alle,
024 þat hur no mis ping ev bifaile;
025 And sittet rume and wel atwo
026 þat men mo3t among ev go.
027 Jey þqt beut igadert fale,
028 Ne makiet na3t to lude tale-
029 Hit uer ev bot muchel scame
030 For to lette hure game,
031 And ek I scuerie bi this day
032 And bi Mahun and bi his lay,
033 If ani his so hardi man
034 þat stille ber him ne can,
035 þ'amperur hat þat men awonge
036 And so uyt him men anhonge,
037 Bot hit bu child other vitles man7
038 þat nones mannes wit ne can.
039 And 3et he hat men sal him binde
040 And hym bete and sore swenge.
041 So ich mote heuer Mahun soe,
042 Ais ich sege eu so it sal bu.
043 3et tes lordes pays ich grede;
044 Nu sittet stille, bi mine rede! Amen.

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