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At this point the play breaks off, unfinished, the мs. appearing to have lost four leaves. It seems highly probable that the end would have carried us on to the Temptation and Fall of Man.
First we have a play called The Annunciation, of which the whole introductory portion-where God decrees and plans the Redemption-is well worth quoting, but of which we have unfortunately room for but a few lines: GOD speaks.
The next two articles must be taken together for illustration-" And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who
The other play from which we shall equality of these poems. The whole of quote concerning our Lord's Incarna- its first part consists of a conversation of tion and birth is a notable instance of the most earthly and disedifying nature what has been said above about the in--forcibly recalling Milton's
Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep,
-among some shepherds, containing
he was a poet and a humorist (taking humor in its truest and deepest sense), whether he knew it himself or not, as well as an ardent believer.
This play is called in the "Towneley
"THE ADORATION OF THE SHEPHERDS."
My Mother mild, now change thy cheer,
The sorrow's sharp I suffer here;
Take there John unto thy child,
Mankind must needs be bought.
Such life, forsooth, I led, that scarcely may
To give thee, man, thy meed.