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BITS FROM COOKS. THE MIRACLB f<AY. Itt pMfaoe to Professor Charles Mill Gayl«y^ •fhe Star of Bethlehem: a Miracle Play of tb ktirkf," which the author has reconstructed fM8 be Towneley and other Old English eyelet of tile felrtnunth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, embodies 10 much wen-condensed information ooa- Mining the miracle plays of our forefathers thai leaders who have but little time to devote to Weondite subjects will be glad to ha* ) the follow lie quotations placed before them 1 At frst these plays existed as units, each com. iBemorating some episode in the life of Christ of rii the saints, or som« important fragment of Ol. Vaatament history. But gradually they coalepcSw at this place and that into a cycle (or sequence of taywhere from five to fifty dramatic composition*} aoverinjL in one survey the whole of sacreo histery anl prophecy, as told in Scripture and in ecclesiastical legend, from the Fall of the Ang«??s the Day of Judgment. In England the verms of these cycles are found, even before the Gorman conquest, i:i dramatic trope'- or paraphrase* Df the sacr&'i narrative, presented y the clergy it connection with the gervt.y. Later tbe&i efforts at histrionic, and there fort* more vivid, Jiresentation of Scriptural Jbssom ^radiml'y lapsed from the Latin mto the Etglish tonglH". ana frote the church to the churchyard 01 the village green, and from the clerical to the lay actor—awl they found in the process ever warni^rw'cani!' with tbl people of the town. During the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries the trade* mnions of those days—the craft.- < r g ¡; ilds of centre? like Chester, York, "oveutry. i-lwikld, Dublin Digby, Beverley, and ialf x hundrtd more—adopted the cycles and presented chem, each in u.t owr way, but in their totality .ind in chronologic*; sequence, in connection with the great lpstivals of the Christian year. Each guild was wont b» let on a wheeled p'al i'r.rm or "Iageant" scaffold end the waggons bearing ihc teener}' and pit.yert Ciade the circuit if the Hhnl, stopping the suceets. liJve repetition of the pei lorn ance at duly appointed stations, whore efx-ctajfr/irs in hng^ conco-jro 1 eto*' W 1M to h* wl,t-tt) Ooti. till or*.

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