Mummers Play
 

HERE IS THE SCRIPT OF THE MIDGELY PACE EGG PLAY. THE ROLE OF SLASHER IS THE SAME AS "BOLD STRIKER" ( which you may have read elsewhere ). 

NOTE: THIS IS THE REVISED VERISON FROM DELLA NOT THE ONE ORIGINALLY POSTED ON THE SITE

An example of how its performed can be seen here

 

 

THE NODIAL MUMMERS PACE EGG PLAY

 

Cast:

 

FOOL

ST GEORGE

BOLD SLASHER

DOCTOR

PRICE OF PARADISE (BLACK PRINCE)

OLD TOSSIP

 

 

 

Fool

Stir up the fire, and strike a light

,
And see these jolly boys act to-night

.
If you don't believe me, what I say

,
Step in, St George, and clear the way.

 

St George

I am St. George, who from old England sprung,


Many bloody deeds and wonders have I done;


I've practised many a victorious thing,


My famous name throughout the world doth ring,


I followed a fair lady up to the castle gate,


Wherein I put the doors to fate;


In Caliph's gates she lay fifteen years or more,


Then I resolved to unbar the door,


Where a great giant almost struck me dead

,
But by my valour I cut off his head.


I've searched the world all round and round

,
But one to equal me I never found.

 

 

 

Bold Slasher

I am a valiant soldier,

 and Slasher is my name,


With sword and buckler by my side

 I hope to win the game.


And for to fight with me

I see thou art not able

,
So with my trusty broad-sword

 I soon will thee disable.

 

Saint George

Disable! Disable! it lies not in thy power,


For with my glittering sword and spear

 I soon will thee devour.


Stand off! Slasher! let no more be said

,
For if I draw my sword I'm sure to break thy head?

 

Bold Slasher

How canst thou break my head?


Since it is made of iron

,
And my body's made of steel,


My hand and feet of knuckle bone,


I challenge thee to field.

 

{They Fight.}

 

Bold Slasher

Pardon.

 

St George

There is no pardon.
Fight and die.

Now Bold Slasher's dead and gone and what becomes of me?


His body is dead,

his blood is shed,

and there his body lies.


He challenged me to fight and why should I deny't.


I struck his doublet into ten parts and sent 'em over the sea,


I sent 'em over the sea to Jamaica to make mince pies,


Mince pies hot and mince pies cold,


mince pies in addition nine days old

.
Oh Doctor, Doctor

,
if there yet be a travelling doctor in this town


I'll have one if it takes me over a thousand pound.

 

 

{Enter Doctor}

Doctor

Here am I !

Fool

Are you the Doctor?

Doctor

Yes, that you may plainly see,
by my art and activity.

Fool

By the cap of your leg and knee?

Doctor

No you blockhead, by my art & activity

Fool

What is your fee to cure this man?

Doctor

Ten pounds is my fee

:
but Jack, if thou be an honest man,
\

I'll only take five of thee.

Fool

You'll be very cunning if you get any of me {aside.}

Well how far have you travelled in Doctrineship?.

Doctor

From Italy, Sicily, Germany, France and Spain,


Three times to the world and back again.

Fool

No further?

Doctor

Yes, sir, a great deal further.

Fool

How much further?

Doctor

From the fireside upstairs and back again.

fool

What can you cure?

Doctor

All sorts.

Fool

What 's all sorts?

Doctor

The itch, the pitch, the pox, the palsy and the gout,


the pains within and the pains without;


if a man gets nineteen devils in his skull,


I'll cast twenty of them out.


I've in my pockets

 crutches for lame ducks,


spectacles for blind humble bees,


packsaddles and panniers for grasshoppers,


plaisters for broken-backed mice

;
I cured the devil of a nang-nail, almost 55 yards long

,
surely I can cure this poor man :


Here Jack, take a little out of my bottle,


and let it run down thy throttle ;


if thou be not quite slain,


rise Jack and fight again.

 

{Slasher rises.}

 

Slasher

O my back.!

Fool

What's amiss with thy back?

Slasher

My back is wounded,


And my heart is confounded,


Such a terrible job was never seen before.


To be struck out of seven senses into four score

,
The like was never seen in old England before.

 

Prince of Paradise

I am Black Prince of Paradine, born of high renown ;


Soon I will fetch St. George's courage down!


Before St. George shall be received by me,


St. George shall die to all eternity.

 

Saint George

Stand off, thou black Moroccon dog

Or by my sword thou'st die ;


I'll stiffen thy body full of pellets,


And make thy buttons fly..}

 

Prince of Paradise

Draw out thy sword and slay.


Pull out thy purse and pay,


For I will have recompense,


Before I go away.

 

[Fights and dies]

 

Saint George

Now Prince of Paradine is dead,


And all his joys entirely fled,


Take him and give him to the flies

,
Let him no more come near my eyes.

 

Old Tossip

Oh the next that steps in

 is old Tossip you see:


He's a gallant old man you will now agree

.
He wears a pig-tail:

 can't you see how it cocks ?


And he spends all his time in drinking old ale.

 

All sing.}

All

Ladies and Gentlemen, sit by the fire,


Put your hand in your pockets, it is all we desire.


Put your hand in your pockets and pull out your purse


And give us a trifle, you'll not be much worse

.
Fol-de-riddle-day. Fol-de-rol.
Fol-de-riddle-dol-dee