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of the suspicions he had previously harboured, and asks pardon of the Divinity for the same.
Under the head denominated, De la Nativité de Jésus, (Of the Birth of Jesus), the Almighty, foreseeing the moment when his Son shall come into the world, depatches his angels to attend upon Mary during that night, who is made to express herself in the following terms:
O! doulx Dieu, de moi te souvienne,
Le fruit de mon ventre reçoy.
Pas requerir ne me devés,
Je suis creature,
Ce servit laydure,
Sans qui rien ne puis, &c.
Hic est Filius meus dilectus,
In quo mihi bene complacui.
Qui bien me plaist, ma plaisance est en luy, &c. During the representation of the fourth day, after Jesus is crucified on the stage, under the head, La quarte Parolle de Jesus en Croix, Christ is thus made to express himself;—
Hely, hely, lama zabatani:
Another mystery of equal consequence with the foregoing, --was Le Mistere des Actes des Apostres (Mystery of the Acts of the Apostles); partly composed by Arnoul Greban, a canon of Mans, and born at Compiegne in 1450. Simon Greban, native of the same place, a monk of Saint Richier in Ponthieu, and brother to the former, being also secretary of Charles duke of Anjou, earl of Maine, and a doctor of theology, living under Charles VII., completed the manuscript which Arnoul had left unfinished. This mystery was first performed at Bourges in 1536, and continued for the space of forty days; which plays, says Jean Chaumau, in his history of Berri, “ were less labourious, never having before been divided into acts and scenes, or so well and excellently plaid by grave men who knew well by signs and gesticulations to feign the personages they represented, insomuch so, that the spectators judged the matter to be true and not feigned; the theatre consisting of two stories, surpassing every thing in solemnity, covered above with a spread curtain to protect the audience from the intemperance and ardor of the sun, being excellently painted in gold and azure, and other rich colours, impossible to be by words expressed."
This mystery was afterwards represented at various periods at Mans, Angers, Tours, and Paris. In this piece, God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the twelve apostles, &c. are introduced; it was published in black letter in 1541, occupying two folio volumes, the first containing five, and the second four books.
On the entrance of the duke of Bedford, regent of France, into Paris, on the eighth of September, 1424, Le
Mistere du Vieil Testament et du Nouvel (The Mystery of
Le Mistere depuis la Conception de Notre Dame jusque
Le Mistere de la Sainte Hostie (The Mystery of the
Lisez ce fait, grand et petit,
De l'Autel le tres Saint Sacrement.
to fetch the knife wherewith the false Jew had dissected the flesh of our Lord, and from thence it was carried with the holy cross and other relics, to Saint Catherine du Val of the students; and this procession was performed, because great hope was entertained that a peace would be concluded between the kings of France and of England.
In 1491, appeared a mystery entitled, Vengeance de la Mort de Notre Seigneur Jesus Christ, et Destruction de la Ville de Jerusalem par l'Empereur Vespasian et Titus ; (Mystery of Vengeance for the Death of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Destruction of the City of Jerusalem by the Emperors Vespasian and Titus;) written in verse, and performed before Charles VIII. In this piece figured all the sacred personages of Scripture.
Le Mistere de la Passion de Saint George (The Mystery of the Passion of Saint George), was performed in the hotel of Belle, by the Parisians, during the festival of the Pentecost, which occurred upon the last day of May, in order that they might show their love to the king of England, his queen, and the nobles of the said country.
In 1478, La Patience de Job (The Patience of Job), was represented by forty-nine persons; and, The Assumption of the glorious Virgin Mary, by thirty-eight performers.
Le Mistere du Vieil Testament (Mystery of the Old Testament), was printed about 1500, occupying one thick volume in folio, and contains no less than twentythree mysteries.
In the first, God creates heaven; the angels precipitate