See also:English poem in
See also:dialogue, dating from the end of the 13th century . It is written in the East Midland dialect, and is generally cited as the earliest dramatic
See also:work of any kind preserved in the language, though it was in reality probably intended for recitation rather than performance . It is closely allied to the kind of poem known as a debat, and the opening words—" Alle herkneth to me nou A strif wille I tellen ou Of Jesu and of Satan "—seem to indicate that the piece was delivered by a single performer . The subject—the descent of Christ into Hades to succour the souls of the just, as related in the apocryphal
See also:gospel of Nicodemus—is introduced in a kind of prologue; then follows the dispute between " Dominus " and " Satan " at the
See also:gate of
See also:Hell; the gatekeeper runs away, and the just are set
See also:free, while
See also:Eve, Habraham,
See also:David, Johannes and Moyses do homage to the deliverer . The poem Showing tooth mechanism of
See also:harrow . ends with a
See also:short prayer: "
See also:God, for his moder lone Let ous never thider come." Metrically, the poem is characterized by frequent alliteration imposed upon the rhymed octosyllabic
See also:couplet Welcome, louerd, god of londe Godes
See also:sone and godes sonde (ii . 149-15o) . The piece is obviously connected with the
See also:Easter cycle of liturgical drama, and the subject is treated in the
See also:York and
See also:Townley plays .
OF 1ST EARL DUDLEY RYDER HARROWBY (1762–1847)
HARRY THE MINSTREL, or BLIND HARRY (fl. 1470-1492)
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