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I am gracious and great God withouten beginning
The York Plays — in various stanzaic patterns including 6-line stanzas (aaabab).
Note: Ringler Jr. (1992) notes ten stanzas added to end, TM 60.
Title(s): The York Plays
Subjects: mystery plays



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: London, British Library Addit. 35290 [olim Ashburnham 137], ff. 4-252v
First Lines:
I am gracyus and grete god with outyn begynnyng
I am makere vnmade all mighte es in me…
Last Lines:
…Tibi data potestas ande plenall influence
Thou ert my sonne
Note: MS refoliated; listed in Brown and Robbins (1943) as starting on f. 2; preceded by heading for first play, “The Barkers,” and two lines of Latin: “Ego Sum Alpha & O Vita via Veritas primus & nouissimus” (f. 4).
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Peter Meredith. “Introduction.” The York Plays. A Facsimile of British Library MS Additional 35290 together with A Facsimile of the Ordo Paginarum section of the A/Y Memorandum Book. Leeds Texts and Monographs. Medieval Drama Facsimiles 7. Leeds: University of Leeds, School of English, 1983.
Editions:
Smith, Lucy Toulmin, ed. York Plays. Oxford: Clarendon, 1885.
Purvis, John Stanley, ed. The York Cycle of Mystery Plays. London: CK, 1957: (modernized; and many editions of separate plays, for which see Mill and Lindenbaum (1975), 1577).
2.Source: York, City Archives, York AC 104/G1 [olim Sykes; post Yorkshire Philosophical Society], ff. 1-4v
First Lines:
Alas the woo þat we are wroght
Had neuer no men so mekyll thowght
Sens þat oure lord to deth was browght
With Jewys ffell…
Last Lines:
…And my blissyng I gyve you her
And this menye
Note: Play 42, Scriveners, only; ‘Skryveners’ on outside cover with names of players in left margin next to beginning of speeches.
Facsimiles:
Beadle, Richard, and Peter Meredith. “Introduction.” The York Plays. A Facsimile of British Library MS Additional 35290 together with A Facsimile of the Ordo Paginarum section of the A/Y Memorandum Book. Leeds Texts and Monographs. Medieval Drama Facsimiles 7. Leeds: University of Leeds, School of English, 1983.
Editions:
Croft, John, ed. Excerpta Antiqua. York: W. Blanchard, 1797: 105.
Collier, John Payne, ed. “The Scryveners’ play: The incredulity of St. Thomas.” The Camden Miscellany, IV. Camden Society o.s. 73 (1859): 3-18).
Combe, William. The History and Antiquities of the City of York. 3 vols. York: Ward, 1785; anonymous: 2.128-32.
Halliwell-Phillipps, James Orchard. The Yorkshire Anthology. London, 1851: 198-204.
Turner, Joseph Horsfall, ed. Yorkshire Anthology. Bingley: Harrison, 1901: 39-43.
Cawley, Arthur C. “The Sykes MS of the York Scriveners’ Play.” Leeds Studies in English 7 cum 8 (1952): 45-80, plus plate facing 45: 74-80.