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Ego sum alpha et omega
The Towneley, or Wakefield, Cycle of Mystery Plays — thirty-two plays in various rhyme schemes
Title(s): Towneley plays
Subjects: mystery plays
Versification: — thirteen — ababababcdddc
Macaronic: Latin



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 1 [olim Towneley Hall], ff. 1-132
First Lines:
EGo sum alpha et o
I am the first the last also…
Last Lines:
…A fayrer child from tope to too
Man neuer se ayre
Note: Preceding first line, ‘IN dei nomine Amen Assit principio sancta maria meo Wakefelde’ (f. 1). For other eds. of individual plays, see Lumiansky and Mills (1974), 1581.
Attributed Title: …the Playes of Chester 1600 (f. 1)
Editions:
Gordon, James. The Towneley Mysteries. Surtees Society 3 (1836).
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard, ed. Ludus Coventriae. London: for the Shakespeare Society, 1841.
England, George, and Alfred William Pollard, eds. The Towneley Plays EETS e.s. 71 (1897); repr. 1973.
Cawley, Arthur C., ed. The Wakefield Pageants in the Towneley Cycle. Manchester: Manchester UP, 1958: (plays 2, 3, 12, 13, 16, 20.