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Ego principium Alpha et O in altissimis habito / In thee…
The Norwich Play of the Creation of Eve — seventy-eight lines in rhyme royal
Subjects: Eve, creation of; mystery plays
Versification: — seven-line — ababbcc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Norwich, Norfolk Record Office Case 21, shelf f, no. 68, no. 68, ff. 1-5v
First Lines:
Ego principium Alpha & oo in altissimis habito
In þe hevenly Empery I am resydent
Yt ys not semely for man sine adjutorio…
Last Lines:
…together lett us synge & lett our hartes reioyse
& gloryfye owr God wyth mynde powre & voyse
Note: Eighteenth-century transcript of the lost Grocers’ Book; after Adam and Eve (i.e., on f. 2) the note, ‘nb these last 2 lines set to musick twice over and again for a chorus of 4 pts’ (f. 2)
Attributed Title: Grocers Book (f. 1); The Story of þe creacion of Eve & þe expellyng of Adam & Eve out of Paradyce (f. 1); The Storye of þe Temptacion of man in Paradyce being therin placyd & þe expellynge of man & woman from thence newely renvid & accordynge vnto þe Skripture begon this yere 1565 Anno 7 Eliz (f. 3)
Editions:
Waterhouse, Osborn, ed. The Non-Cycle Mystery Plays. EETS e.s. 104 (1909): 8-18 (1553 and 1565 versions).
Fitch, Robert. “Norwich Pageants: The Grocers’ Play.” Norfolk Archaeology 5 (1859): 8-31; rpt. Norwich, 1856: (1565 version only).
Manly, John Matthews. Specimens of the Pre-Shakspearean Drama. 2 vols. Boston: Ginn, 1897: 1.1.
Adams, Joseph Quincy. Chief Pre-Shakespearean Dramas. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1924: 88-93.
Davis, Norman, ed. Non-Cycle Plays and Fragments. EETS s.s. 1 (1970): 8, 11.