Everyman: A Modern English Version


A Modern English Version 3. The English morality play "Everyman" was printed in but may be much older. It was a popular play in many countries, and there are versions in many other languages--no one really knows which came first.

This modern English version tightens the action and preserves the linguistic playfulness and the philosophical seriousness of the original. Permission is granted for an The English morality play "Everyman" was printed in but may be much older. Permission is granted for any performances of this version of the play. Kindle Edition , 30 pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Everyman , please sign up. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jul 16, Emma rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm finding the rhyming and too modern language very annoying. Will either try an old more original version or the one by Caroline Duffy. This is just irritating. Dakota rated it liked it Jan 07, Linda rated it it was amazing Jan 03, Wayne Ownby rated it it was amazing Jan 01, And as now, God speed thee in thy journey, For from thee I will depart as fast as I may.

Will you forsake me? Yea, by my fay, to God I betake thee. Farewell, good Fellowship ; for this my heart is sore; Adieu for ever, I shall see thee no more. In faith, Everyman , farewell now at the end; For you I will remember that parting is mourning. Shall we thus depart indeed?

Our Lady, help, without any more comfort, Lo, Fellowship forsaketh me in my most need: For help in this world whither shall I resort? Fellowship herebefore with me would merry make; And now little sorrow for me doth he take. It is said, in prosperity men friends may find, Which in adversity be fully unkind. Now whither for succour shall I flee, Sith that Fellowship hath forsaken me?

To my kinsmen I will truly, Praying them to help me in my necessity; I believe that they will do so, For kind will creep where it may not go. I will go say, for yonder I see them go. Where be ye now, my friends and kinsmen? Here be we now at your commandment. Cousin, I pray you show us your intent In any wise, and not spare. Yea, Everyman , and to us declare If ye be disposed to go any whither, For wete you well, we will live and die together. In wealth and woe we will with you hold, For over his kin a man may be bold.

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Gramercy, my friends and kinsmen kind. Now shall I show you the grief of my mind: What account is that which ye must render? That would I know. Of all my works I must show How I have lived and my days spent; Also of ill deeds, that I have used In my time, sith life was me lent; And of all virtues that I have refused.

Therefore I pray you thither with me, To help to make account, for saint charity. Nay, Everyman , I had liefer fast bread and water All this five year and more. Alas, that ever I was bore! For now shall I never be merry If that you forsake me. Ah, sir; what, ye be a merry man!

Everyman: A Modern English Version

Take good heart to you, and make no moan. But as one thing I warn you, by Saint Anne, As for me, ye shall go alone. My Cousin, will you not with me go. Trust not to me, for, so God me speed, I will deceive you in your most need. It availeth not us to tice. Ye shall have my maid with all my heart; She loveth to go to feasts, there to be nice, And to dance, and abroad to start: I will give her leave to help you in that journey, If that you and she may agree.

Now show me the very effect of your mind. Will you go with me, or abide behind? Therefore farewell until another day. How should I be mary or glad? For fair promises to me make, But when I have most need, they me forsake. I am deceived; that maketh me sad Cousin: Cousin Everyman, farewell now, For varily I will not go with you; Also of mine an unready reckoning I have to account; therefore I make tarrying.

Now, God keep thee, for now I go. Ah, Jesus , is all come hereto? Lo, fair words maketh fools feign; They promise and nothing will do certain. My kinsmen promised me faithfully For to abide with me steadfastly, And now fast away do they flee: Even so Fellowship promised me. What friend were best me of to provide? I lose my time here longer to abide. Yet in my mind a thing there is;- All my life I have loved riches; If that my good now help me might, He would make my heart full light. I will speak to him in this distress.

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I lie here in corners, trussed and piled so high, And in chest I am locked so fast, Also sacked in bags, thou mayst see with thine eye, I cannot stir; in packs low I lie. What would ye have, lightly me say. Come hither, Goods , in all the hast thou may, For of counsel I must desire thee.

Sir, and ye in the world have trouble or adversity, That can I help you to remedy shortly. It is another disease that grieveth me; In this world it is not, I tell thee so. I am sent for another way to go, To give a straight account general Before the highest Jupiter of all; And all my life I have had joy and pleasure in thee.

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Therefore I pray thee go with me, For, peradventure, thou mayst before God Almighty My reckoning help to clean and purify; For it is said ever among, That money maketh all right that is wrong. Nay, Everyman , I sing another song, I follow no man in such voyages; For and I went with thee Thou shouldst fare much the worse for me; For because on me thou did set thy hand, Thy reckoning I have made blotted and blind, That thine account thou cannot make truly; And that hast thou for the love of me.

That would grieve me full sore, When I should come to that fearful answer. Up, let us go thither together.

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Nay, not so, I am, to brittle, I may not endure; I will follow no man one foot, be ye sure. Alas, I have thee loved, and had great pleasure All my life-days on good and treasure. That is to thy damnation without lesing, For my love is contrary to the love everlasting. But if thou had loved moderately during, As, to the poor give part of me, Then shouldst thou not in this dolour be, Nor in this great sorrow care. I had wend so. Nay, from this world, not verrily. I had wend otherwise. O false Good , cursed thou be!

Thou traitor to God, that hast deceived me, And caught me in thy snare. Marry, thou brought thyself in care, Whereof I am glad, I must needs laugh, I cannot be sad. But wilt thou not go with me in deed? I pray thee truth to say. No, so God me speed, Therefore farewell, and have good day.

Sir, and ye in the world have trouble or adversity, That can I help you to remedy shortly. Fear not, I will speak for thee. And though it were through the world round, We will not depart for sweet nor sour. Ye would ever bide by me, ye said. Will you go with me, or abide behind? I thank God, now I can walk and go; And am delivered of my sickness and woe. Nay, yet I will not depart from hence depart, Till I see where ye shall be come.

O, to whom shall I make my moan For to go with me in that heavy journey? First Fellowship said he would go with me gone; His words were very pleasant and gay, But afterward he left me alone. Then spake I to my kinsmen all in despair, And also they gave me words fair, They lacked no fair speaking, But all forsake me in the ending. Then went I to my Goods that I loved best, In hope to have comfort, but there had I least; For my Goods sharply did me tell That he bringeth many to hell.

Of whom shall now counsel take? Here I lie cold in the ground; Thy sins hath me sore bound, That I cannot stir. Everyman , I have understanding That ye be summoned account to make Before Messias , of Jerusalem King; And if you do by me that journey what you will I take. Therefore I come to you, my moan to make; I pray you, that ye will go with me. I would full fain, but I cannot stand verily. Why, is there anything on you fall?

Yea, sir, I may thank you of all; If ye had perfectly cheered me, Your book of account now full ready had be. Our Lord Jesus , help me! For one letter here I can not see. There is a blind reckoning in time of distress! Good-Deeds , I pray you, help me in this need, Or else I am forever damned indeed; Therefore help me to make reckoning Before the redeemer of all thing, That king is, and was, and ever shall. Everyman , I am sorry for your fall, And fain would I help you, and I were able.

Good-Deeds , you counsel I pray you give me. That shall I do verily; Though that on my feet I may not go, I have a sister, that shall with you also, Called Knowledge , which shall you abide, To help you make that dreadful reckoning. Everyman , I will go with thee, and be thy guide, In thy most need to go by thy side. In good condition I am now in every thing, And am wholly content with this good thing; Thanked be God my creator. And when he hath brought thee there, Where thou shalt heal thee of thy smart, Then go with your reckoning and your Good-Deeds together For to make you joyful at heart Before the blessed Trinity.

My Good-Deeds , gramercy; I am well content, certainly, With your words sweet. Now we go together lovingly, To Confession , that cleansing river. Lo, this is Confession ; kneel down and ask mercy, For he is in good conceit with God almighty. O glorious fountain that all uncleanness doth clarify, That on me no sin may be seen; I come with Knowledge for my redemption, Repent with hearty and full contrition; For I am commanded a pilgrimage to take, And great accounts before God to make. Now, I pray you, Shrift, mother of salvation, Help my good deeds for my piteous exclamation.

Here shall you receive that scourge of me, Which is penance strong, that ye must endure, To remember thy Saviour was scourged for thee With sharp scourges, and suffered it patiently; So must thou, or thou scape that that painful pilgrimage; Knowledge, keep him in this voyage, And by that time Good-Deeds will be with thee.

But in any wise, be sure of mercy, For your time draweth fast, and ye will saved be; Ask God mercy, and He will grant truly, When with the scourge of penance man doth him bind, The oil of forgiveness then shall he find.

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Thanked be God for his gracious work! For now I will my penance begin; This hath rejoiced and lighted my heart, Though the knots be painful and within.

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Everyman , look your penance that ye fulfil, What pain that ever it to you be, And Knowledge shall give you counsel at will, How your accounts you shall make clearly, Everyman: O eternal God, O heavenly figure, O way of rightwiseness, O goodly vision, Which descended down in a virgin pure Because he would Everyman redeem, Which Adam forfeited by his disobedience: O blessed Godhead, elect and high-divine, Forgive my grievous offence; Here I cry thee mercy in this presence.

Knowledge, give me the scourge of penance; My flesh therewith shall give a quittance; I will now begin, if God give me grace. Everyman , God give you time and space: Thus I bequeath you in the hands of our Savior, Thus may you make your reckoning sure. In the name of the Holy Trinity, My body sore punished shall be: Take this body for the sin of the flesh; Also though delightest to go gay and fresh; And in the way of damnation thou did me brine; Therefore suffer now strokes and punishing.

Now of penance I will wade the water clear, To save me from purgatory, that sharp fire. I thank God, now I can walk and go; And am delivered of my sickness and woe. Therefore with Everyman I will go, and not spare; His good works I will help him to declare.

Everyman: A Modern English Version - Kindle edition by William B. Strickland. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The English morality play "Everyman" was printed in but may be much older . It was a popular play in many countries, and there are versions in many other.

My heart is light, and shall be evermore; Now will I smite faster than I did before. Welcome, my Good - Deeds ; now I hear thy voice, I weep for very sweetness of love. Gentle Knowledge , what do you it call? It is a garment of sorrow: From pain it will you borrow; Contrition it is, That getteth forgiveness; It pleaseth God passing well. Death denies this, but will allow Everyman to find a companion for his journey. Everyman's friend Fellowship promises to go anywhere with him, but when he hears of the true nature of Everyman's journey, he refuses to go.

Everyman then calls on Kindred and Cousin and asks them to go with him, but they both refuse. In particular, Cousin explains a fundamental reason why no people will accompany Everyman: Afterwards, Everyman asks Goods, who will not come: God's judgment will be severe because of the selfishness implied in Goods's presence. Everyman then turns to Good Deeds, who says she would go with him, but she is too weak as Everyman has not loved her in his life.

Good Deeds summons her sister Knowledge to accompany them, and together they go to see Confession. In the presence of Confession, Everyman begs God for forgiveness and repents his sins, punishing himself with a scourge. After his scourging, Everyman is absolved of his sins, and as a result, Good Deeds becomes strong enough to accompany Everyman on his journey with Death. Good Deeds then summons Beauty, Strength, Discretion and Five Wits to join them, and they agree to accompany Everyman as he goes to a priest to take sacrament.

After the sacrament, Everyman tells them where his journey ends, and again they all abandon him — except for Good Deeds. Even Knowledge cannot accompany him after he leaves his physical body, but will stay with him until the time of death. Content at last, Everyman climbs into his grave with Good Deeds at his side and dies, after which they ascend together into heaven, where they are welcomed by an Angel. The play closes as the Doctor enters and explains that in the end, a man will only have his Good Deeds to accompany him beyond the grave.

These productions differed from past performances in that women were cast in the title role, rather than men.