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The Towneley Cycle, Play 11 - The Salutation of Elizabeth(SalutaElezabeth)
001 Mary. My lord of heuen, that syttys he,
002 And all thyng seys with ee,
003 The safe, Elezabeth.
004 Elizabeth. Welcom, mary, blyssed blome,
005 Ioyfull am I of thi com
006 To me, from nazareth.
007 Mary. How standys it with you, dame, of qwart?
008 Elizabeth. Well, my doghter and dere hart,
009 As can for myn elde.
010 Mary. To speke with you me thoght full lang,
011 Ffor ye with childe in elde gang,
012 And ye be cald, geld.
013 Elizabeth. Ffull lang shall I the better be,
014 That I may speke my fyll with the,
015 My dere kyns Woman;
016 To wytt how thi freyndys fare,
017 In thi countre where thay ar,
018 Therof tell me thou can,
019 And how thou farys, my dere derlyng.
020 Mary. Well, dame, gramercy youre askyng,
021 Ffor good I wote ye spyr.
022 Elizabeth. And Ioachym, thy fader, at hame,
023 And anna, my nese, and thi dame,
024 How standys it with hym and hir?
025 Mary. Dame, yit ar thay both on lyfe,
026 Both ioachym and anna his wyfe.
027 Elizabeth. Els were my hart full sore.
028 Mary. Dame, god that all may,
029 Yeld, you that ye say,
030 And, blys you therfore.
031 Elizabeth. Blyssed be thou of all women,
032 And the fruyte that I well ken,
033 Within the wombe of the;
034 And this tyme may I blys,
035 That my lordys moder is
036 Comen thus vnto me.
037 Ffor syn that tyme full well I wote,
038 The stevyn of angell voce it smote,
039 And rang now in myn ere;
040 A selcouth thyng is me betyde.
041 The chyld makys Ioy, as any byrd,
042 That I in body bere.
043 And als, mary, blyssed be thou,
044 That stedfastly wold, trow,
045 The wordys of oure heven kyng;
046 Therfor all thyng now shall be kend,
047 That vnto the were sayd or send,
048 By the angell gretyng.
049 Mary. Magnificat anima mea dominum;
050 My saull lufys my lord abuf,
051 And my gost gladys with luf,
052 In god, that is my hele;
053 Ffor he has bene sene agane,
054 The buxumnes of his bane,
055 And kept me madyn lele.
056 Lo, therof what me shall betyde-
057 All nacyons on euery syde,
058 Blyssyd shall me call;
059 Ffor he that is full of myght,
060 Mekyll thyng to me has dyght,
061 His name be blyssed ouer all;
062 And his mercy is also
063 Ffrom kynde to kynde, tyll all tho
064 That ar hym dredand.
065 Myght in his armes he wroght,
066 And dystroed in his thoght,
067 Prowde men and hygh berand.
068 Myghty men furth of sete he dyd,
069 And he hyghtynd in that stede
070 The meke men of hart;
071 The hungre With all good he fyld,
072 And left the rich outt shyld,
073 Thaym to Vnquart.
074 Israell has vnder law,
075 His awne son in his awe,
076 By menys of his mercy;
077 As he told before by name,
078 To oure fader, abraham,
079 And seyd of his body.
080 Elezabeth, myn awnt dere,
081 My lefe I take at you here,
082 Ffor I dwell now full lang.
083 Elizabeth. Wyll thou now go, godys fere?
084 Com kys me, doghter, with good chere,
085 Or thou hens gang;. Ffarewell now, thou frely foode!
086 I pray the be of comforth goode,
087 Ffor thou art full of grace;
088 Grete well all oure kyn of bloode;
089 That lord, that the with grace infude,
090 He saue all in this place.
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