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The Towneley Cycle, Play 5 - Isaac
001 Isaac. Com nere son and kys me,
002 That I may feyle the smell of the.
003 The smell of my son is lyke
004 To a feld with flouris, or hony bike.
005 Where art thou, Esaw, my son?
006 Jacob. Here, fader, and askis youre benyson.
007 Isaac. The blyssyng my fader gaf to me,
008 God of heuen & I gif the;
009 God gif the plente grete,
010 Of wyne, of oyll, and of whete;
011 And graunt thi childre all
012 To worship the, both grete and small;
013 Who so the blyssys, blyssed be he;
014 Who so the waris, wared be he.
015 Now has thou my grete blyssyng,
016 Loue the shall all thyne ofspryng;
017 Go now wheder thou has to go.
018 Jacob. Graunt mercy, sir, I will do so.
019 Esau. Haue, ete, fader, of myn huntyng,
020 And gif me sythen your blyssyng.
021 Isaac. Who is that?
022 Esau. I, youre son
023 Esaw, bryngis you venyson.
024 Isaac. Who was that was right now here,
025 And broght me bruet of a dere?
026 I ete well, and blyssyd hym;
027 And he is blyssyd, ich a lym.
028 Esau. Alas! I may grete and sob.
029 Isaac. Thou art begylyd thrugh iacob,
030 That is thyne awne german brother.
031 Esau. Haue ye kepyd me none other
032 Blyssyng then ye set hym one?
033 Isaac. Sich another haue I none;
034 Bot god gif the to thyn handband,
035 The dew of heuen & frute of land;
036 Other then this can I not say.
037 Esau. Now, alas, and walo-way!
038 May I with that tratoure mete,
039 My faders dayes shall com with grete,
040 And my moders also;
041 May I hym mete, I shall hym slo.
042 Rebecca. Isaac it were my deth
043 If Iacob weddeth in kynd of heth;
044 I will send hym to aran,
045 There my brothere dwellys, laban;
046 And there may he serue in peasse
047 Till his brother's wrath will seasse.
048 Why shuld, I apon a day
049 Loyse both my sonnes? better nay.
050 Isaac. Thou says soth, wife; call hym heder,
051 And let vs tell hym where & wheder
052 That he may fle esaw,
053 That vs both hetis bale to brew.
054 Rebecca. Iacob, son! thi fader & I
055 Wold, speke with the; com, stand, vs by!
056 Out of contry must thou fle,
057 That Esaw slo not the.
058 Jacob. Whederward, shuld, I go, dame?
059 Rebecca. To mesopotameam;
060 To my brothere, and thyn eme,
061 That dwellys besyde Iordan streme;
062 And ther may thou with hym won,
063 To Esaw, myne other son,
064 Fforget, and all his wrath be dede.
065 Jacob. I will go, fader, at youre rede.
066 Isaac. Yei, son, do as thi moder says;
067 Com kys vs both, & weynd thi ways.
068 Jacob. Haue good day, sir and dame!
069 Isaac. God sheld, the, son, from syn and shame!
070 Rebecca. And gif the grace, good man to be,
071 And send me glad tythygis to the.
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