Everyman – PCC Performing Arts Center

By | September 7, 2019

[applause] ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ MESSENGER: Because thy
neighbors by thee surround Turn thy talking devices off to
silence all sound… For that I shall pause And now please you, do heed
what cometh next Let us be the ones who send or
read “text”. I pray you all give your
audience, And hear this matter
with reverence, By figure a
moral play “The Summoning of Everyman”
called it is, That of our lives and ending
shows how transitory we be all
day. This matter is wondrous
precious, But the intent of it
is more gracious, And sweet to bear away. The
story saith, “Man, in the
beginning, Look well, and take good heed
to the ending, Be you never so gay! Ye think sin in the beginning
full sweet, Which in the end causeth thy
soul to weep, When the body lieth in clay.” ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ ♪♪♪ MESSENGER: Here shall you see
how Fellowship and Jollity, Both Strength, Pleasure, and
Beauty, Will fade from thee as flower
in May. For ye shall hear, how our
heaven king Calleth Everyman to a general
reckoning: Give audience, and hear what he
doth say. GOD: I perceive here in my
majesty, How that all creatures be to me
unkind, Living without dread in worldly
prosperity: Everyman liveth so after his
own pleasure, And yet of their life they be
nothing sure: I see the more that I them
forbear The worse they be from year to
year; I proffered the people great
multitude of mercy, And few there be that asketh it
heartily; They be so cumbered with
worldly riches, That needs on them I must do
justice, On Everyman living without fear. Where art thou, Death, thou
mighty messenger? [thunder] DEATH: Almighty God, I am here
at your will, Your commandment
to fulfill. GOD: Go thou to Everyman, And
show him in my name A pilgrimage he must on him
take, Which he in no wise may
escape; DEATH: Lord, I will in the
world go run over all, And cruelly outsearch both
great and small; Every man will I beset that
liveth beastly Out of God’s
laws, and dreadeth not folly: He that loveth riches I will
strike with my dart, His sight to blind, and from
heaven to depart, Lo, yonder I see Everyman
walking; Full little he
thinketh on my coming; His mind is on fleshly lusts
and his treasure, And great
pain it shall cause him to
endure Before the Lord Heaven King. DEATH: Everyman, stand still;
whither art thou going Thus
gaily? Hast thou thy Maker forget? EVERYMAN: Why askst thou?
Wouldest thou wait? DEATH: Yea, sir, I will show
you; In great haste I am sent
to thee From God out of his majesty. EVERYMAN: What, sent to me? DEATH: Yea, certainly. Though
thou have forget him here, He thinketh on thee in the
heavenly sphere. EVERYMAN: What desireth God of
me? DEATH: On thee thou must take a
long journey: Therefore thy book of count
with thee thou bring; For turn again thou cannot by
no way, And look thou be sure
of thy reckoning: For before God thou shalt
answer, and show Thy many bad
deeds and good but a few; How thou hast spent thy life,
and in what wise, Before the
chief lord of paradise. EVERYMAN: Full unready I am
such reckoning to give. I know thee not: what messenger
art thou? DEATH: I am Death, that no man
dreadeth. For every man I rest
and no man spareth; For it is God’s commandment,
That all to me should be
obedient. EVERYMAN: O Death, thou comest
when I had thee least in mind; In thy power it lieth me to
save, Yet of my good will I
give thee, if ye will be kind, Yea, great wealth of mine shalt
thou have, And defer this
matter till another day. DEATH: Everyman, it may not be,
by no way; I set not by gold, silver, nor
riches, Not by pope, emperor,
king, nor princes. But my custom is clean
contrary. I give thee no
respite: come hence, and not
tarry. EVERYMAN: Alas, shall I have no
longer respite? I may say Death
giveth no warning: To think on thee, it maketh my
heart sick, For all unready is
my book of reckoning. But twelve year and I might
have abiding, My counting book
I would make so clear, That my reckoning I should not
need to fear. Wherefore, Death, I pray thee,
for God’s mercy, Spare me till
I be provided of remedy. DEATH: Thee availeth not to
cry, weep, and pray: But haste thee lightly that you
were gone the journey, And prove thy friends if thou
can. For, wete thou well, the
tide abideth no man. EVERYMAN: Shall I have no
company from this vale
terrestrial Of mine acquaintance that way
me to lead? DEATH: Yea, if any be so hardy,
That would go with thee and
bear thee company. Everyman, thou art mad; thou
hast thy wits five, And here on earth will not
amend thy life, For suddenly I
do come. EVERYMAN: O wretched caitiff,
whither shall I flee, That I might scape this endless
sorrow! Now, gentle Death,
spare me till to-morrow, That I may amend me With good
advisement. DEATH: Nay, thereto I will not
consent, Nor no man will I respite, But
to the heart suddenly I shall
smite Without any advisement. And now
out of thy sight I will me hie; See thou make thee ready
shortly, For thou mayst say
this is the day That no man living may scape
away. EVERYMAN: Alas, I may well weep
with sighs deep; Now have I no manner of company
To help me in my journey, and
me to keep; And also my writing is full
unready. How shall I do now for
to excuse me? The time passeth; Lord, help
that all wrought; For though I
mourn it availeth nought. The day passeth, and is almost
a-go; I know not well what for
to do. To whom were I best my
complaint to make? What, and I
to Fellowship thereof spake, And showed him of this sudden
affliction? For in him is all
mine affection; I see him yonder, certainly; I
trust that he will bear me
company; Therefore to him will I speak
to ease my sorrow. Well met, good Fellowship, and
good morrow! FELLOWSHIP: Everyman, good
morrow by this day. Sir, why lookest thou so
piteously? If any thing be amiss, I pray
thee, me say, That I may help
to remedy. EVERYMAN: Yea, good Fellowship,
yea, I am in great jeopardy. FELLOWSHIP: My true friend,
show to me your mind; I will not forsake thee, unto
my life’s end, In the way of
good company. EVERYMAN: That was well spoken,
and lovingly. FELLOWSHIP: Sir, I must needs
know your heaviness; I have pity to see you in any
distress; If any have you wronged ye
shall revenged be, Though I on
the ground be slain for thee, Though that I know before that
I should die. EVERYMAN: If I my heart should
to you break, And then you to turn your mind
from me, And would not me comfort, when
you hear me speak, Then should
I ten times sorrier be. FELLOWSHIP: Sir, I say as I
will do in deed. EVERYMAN: Then be you a good
friend at need: I have found
you true here before. FELLOWSHIP: And so ye shall
evermore; For, in faith, and
thou go to Hell, I will not forsake thee by the
way! EVERYMAN: Ye speak like a good
friend; I believe you well; I shall deserve it, and I may. FELLOWSHIP: I speak of no
deserving, by this day. For he that will say and
nothing do Is not worthy with good company
to go; Therefore show me the grief of
your mind, As to your friend most loving
and kind. EVERYMAN: I shall show you how
it is; Commanded I am to go a
journey, A long way, hard and dangerous,
And give a strait count without
delay Before the high judge Adonai.
Wherefore I pray you, bear me
company, As ye have promised, in this
journey. FELLOWSHIP: That is matter
indeed! Promise is duty, But, and I should take such a
voyage on me, I know it well,
it should be to my pain: Also it make me afeard,
certain. But let us take
counsel here as well as we can, For your words would fear a
strong man. EVERYMAN: Why, ye said, If I
had need, Ye would me never
forsake, quick nor dead, Though it were to hell truly. FELLOWSHIP: So I said,
certainly, But such pleasures
be set aside, thee sooth to
say: And also, if we took such a
journey, When should we come
again? EVERYMAN: Nay, never again till
the day of doom. FELLOWSHIP: In faith, then will
not I come there! Who hath you
these tidings brought? EVERYMAN: Indeed, Death was
with me here. FELLOWSHIP: Now, by God that
all hath bought, If Death were the messenger,
For no man that is living to-day I will not go that loath
journey, Not for the father
that begat me! And yet if thou wilt eat, and
drink, and make good cheer, I would not forsake you, while
the day is clear, Trust me
verily! EVERYMAN: Yea, thereto ye would
be ready; To go to mirth, solace, and
play, Your mind will sooner
apply Than to bear me company in my
long journey. FELLOWSHIP: Now, in good faith,
I will not that way. But and thou wilt murder, or
any man kill, In that I will
help thee with a good will! EVERYMAN: Oh that is a simple
advice indeed! Gentle fellow, help me in my
necessity; We have loved long, and now I
need, And now, gentle Fellowship,
remember me. FELLOWSHIP: Whether ye have
loved me or no, by Saint John,
I will not with thee go. And as now, God speed thee in
thy journey, For from thee I
will depart as fast as I may. EVERYMAN: Whither away,
Fellowship? Will you forsake me? FELLOWSHIP: Yea, by my fay, to
God I betake thee. EVERYMAN: Farewell, good
Fellowship; for this my heart
is sore; Adieu for ever, I shall see
thee no more. FELLOWSHIP: In faith, Everyman,
farewell now at the end; For you I will remember that
parting is mourning. EVERYMAN: Alack! Shall we thus
depart indeed? Lo, Fellowship forsaketh me in
my most need: It is said, in prosperity men
friends may find, Which in
adversity be full 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,
I will go say, for yonder I see
them go. Where be ye now, my friends and
kinsmen? KINDRED: Here be we now at your
commandment. Cousin, I pray you show us your
intent in any wise, and not
spare. COUSIN: Yea, Everyman, and to
us declare If ye be disposed to go any
whither, For wete you well, we
will live and die together. KINDRED: In wealth and woe we
will with you hold, For over his kin a man may be
bold. EVERYMAN: Great thanks, my
friends and kinsmen kind. Now shall I show you the grief
of my mind: I was commanded by
a messenger, That is a high king’s chief
officer; He bade me go a
pilgrimage to my pain, And I know well I shall never
come again; Also I must give a
reckoning straight, For I have a great enemy, that
hath me in wait, Which
intendeth me for to hinder. KINDRED: What account is that
which ye must render? That
would I know. EVERYMAN: 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
go thither with me, To help to make mine account,
for saint charity. COUSIN: What, to go thither? Is
that the matter? Nay, Everyman, I had liefer
fast bread and water All this
five year and more. EVERYMAN: Alas, that ever I was
bore! For now shall I never be merry
If that you forsake me. KINDRED: Ah, sir; what, ye be a
merry man! Take good heart to you, and
make no moan. But one thing I warn you, by
Saint Anne, As for me, ye shall
go alone. EVERYMAN: My Cousin, will you
not with me go? COUSIN: No, by our Lady; I have
the cramp in my toe. EVERYMAN: Now show me the very
effect of your mind. Will you go with me, or abide
behind? KINDRED: Abide behind? yea,
that I will and I may! Therefore farewell until
another day. EVERYMAN: How should I be,
merry 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 verily I will
not go with you; Also of mine own an unready
reckoning I have to account;
therefore I make tarrying. Now, God keep thee, for now I
go. EVERYMAN: Ah, Jesus, is all
come hereto? My kinsmen promised me
faithfully For to abide with me
steadfastly, And now fast away do they flee:
Even so Fellowship promised me. 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. Where art thou, my
Goods and riches? GOODS: Who calleth me?
Everyman? What haste thou hast! I lie here in corners, trussed
and piled so high, And in
chests 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. EVERYMAN: Come hither Good, in
all the haste thou may, for of
counsel I must desire thee. GOODS: Sir, and ye in the world
have trouble or adversity, That can I help you to remedy
shortly. EVERYMAN: 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
judge of all; And all my life I have had joy
and pleasure in thee. Therefore
I pray thee go with me, For it is said ever among, That
money maketh all right that is
wrong. GOODS: 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 mind, Thy reckoning I have
made blotted and blind, That thine account thou cannot
make truly; And that hast thou
for the love of me. EVERYMAN: That would grieve me
full sore, When I should come
to that fearful answer. Up, let us go thither together. GOODS: Nay, not so, I am too
brittle, I may not endure; I will follow no man one foot,
be ye sure. EVERYMAN: Alas, I have thee
loved, and had great pleasure All my life-days on good and
treasure. GOODS: Nay, Everyman, I say no;
As for a while I was lent thee, A season thou hast had me in
prosperity; My condition is man’s soul to
kill; If I save one, a thousand
I do spill; Weenest thou that I will follow
thee? Nay, from this world, not
verily. Therefore to thy soul Good is a
thief; For when thou art dead,
this is my guise Another to deceive in the same
wise, As I have done thee, and
all to his soul’s reprief. EVERYMAN: O false Good, cursed
thou be! Thou traitor to God, that hast
deceived me, And caught me in
thy snare. GOODS: Marry, thou brought
thyself in care, Whereof I am
glad, I must needs laugh, I cannot be
sad. EVERYMAN: Ah, Good, thou hast
had long my heartly love; I gave thee that which should
be the Lords above. But wilt thou not go with me in
deed? I pray thee truth to say. GOODS: No, so God me speed,
Therefore farewell, and have
good day. EVERYMAN: O, to whom shall I
make my moan For to go with me
in that heavy journey? First Fellowship said he would
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 into
hell. Then of myself I was
ashamed, And so I am worthy to be
blamed; Thus may I well myself
hate. Of whom shall I now counsel
take? I think that I shall never
speed Till that I go to my
Good-Deed, But alas, she is so weak, That
she can neither go nor speak; Yet will I venture on her now.
My Good-Deeds, where be you? GOOD-DEEDS: Here I lie cold in
the ground; Thy sins hath me sore bound,
That I cannot stir. EVERYMAN: O, Good-Deeds, I
stand in fear; I must you pray of counsel, For
help now should come right well. GOOD-DEEDS: Everyman, I have
understanding That ye be summoned account to
make before Messias, of
Jerusalem King; And you do by me that journey
what you will I take. EVERYMAN: Therefore I come to
you, my moan to make; I pray you, that ye will go
with me. GOOD-DEEDS: I would full fain,
but I cannot stand verily. EVERYMAN: Why, is there
anything on you fall? GOOD-DEEDS: Yea, sir, I may
thank you of all; If ye had
perfectly cheered me, Your book of account now full
ready had be. Look, the books of your works
and deeds eke; Oh, see how they
lie under the feet, To your soul’s heaviness. EVERYMAN: Our Lord Jesus, help
me! For one letter here I can
not see. GOOD-DEEDS: There is a blind
reckoning in time of distress! EVERYMAN: Good-Deeds, I pray
you, help me in this need, Or else I am for ever damned
indeed; Therefore help me to
make reckoning Before the redeemer of all
thing, that king is, and was,
and ever shall. GOOD-DEEDS: Everyman, I am
sorry of your fall, And fain would I help you, and
I were able. EVERYMAN: Good-Deeds, your
counsel I pray you give me. GOOD-DEEDS: That shall I do
verily; Though that on my feet
I may not go, I have a brother, that shall
with you also, called
Knowledge, which shall with you
abide, To help you to make that
dreadful reckoning. KNOWLEDGE: Everyman, I will go
with thee, and be thy guide, In thy most need to go by thy
side. EVERYMAN: In good condition I
am now in every thing, And am wholly content with this
good thing; Thanked be God my
Creator. GOOD-DEEDS: And when he hath
brought thee there, Where thou shalt heal thee of
thy smart, Then go you with your reckoning
and your Good-Deeds together For to make you joyful at heart
before the blessed Trinity. EVERYMAN: My Good-Deeds,
gramercy; I am well content,
certainly, with your words
sweet. KNOWLEDGE: Now go we together
lovingly, to Confession, that
cleansing river. EVERYMAN: For joy I weep; I
would we were there; But, I pray you, give me
cognition where dwelleth that
holy man, Confession. KNOWLEDGE: In the house of
salvation: We shall find him in
that place, That shall us comfort by God’s
grace. Lo, this is Confession; kneel
down and ask mercy, For he is in good conceit with
God almighty. EVERYMAN: O glorious fountain
that all uncleanness doth
clarify, Wash from me the spots of vices
unclean, That on me no sin may
be seen; Now, I pray you, Shrift, mother
of salvation, Help my good
deeds for my piteous
exclamation. CONFESSION: I know your sorrow
well, Everyman; Because with Knowledge ye come
to me, I will you comfort as
well as I can, And a precious jewel I will
give thee, called penance, wise
voider of adversity; Therewith shall your body
chastised be, With abstinence and
perseverance in God’s service: 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 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. EVERYMAN: 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
hard within. KNOWLEDGE: 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 ye shall make clearly. EVERYMAN: O eternal God, O
heavenly figure, Forgive my
grievous offence; Hear my clamorous complaint,
though it late be; Knowledge, give me the scourge
of penance; My flesh therewith
shall give a quittance: I will now begin, if God give
me grace. KNOWLEDGE: Everyman, God give
you time and space: Thus I bequeath you in the
hands of our Saviour, Thus may you make your
reckoning sure. EVERYMAN: In the name of the
Holy Trinity, My body sore
punished shall be: Take this body for the sin of
the flesh; Also thou delightest
to go gay and fresh, And in the way of damnation
thou did me bring; Therefore suffer now strokes
and punishing. Now of penance I will wade the
water clear, To save me from
purgatory, that sharp fire. GOOD-DEEDS: 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. KNOWLEDGE: Now, Everyman, be
merry and glad; Your Good-Deeds cometh now; ye
may not be sad; Now is your Good-Deeds whole
and sound, Going upright upon
the ground. EVERYMAN: My heart is light,
and shall be evermore; Now will I smite faster than I
did before. GOOD-DEEDS: Everyman, pilgrim,
my special friend, Blessed be
thou without end; For thee is prepared the
eternal glory. Ye have me made
whole and sound, Therefore I will bide by thee
in every stound. EVERYMAN: Welcome, my
Good-Deeds; now I hear thy
voice, I weep for very sweetness of
love. KNOWLEDGE: Be no more sad, but
ever rejoice, God seeth thy living in his
throne above; Put on this
garment to thy behove, Which is wet with your tears,
Or else before God you may it
miss, When you to your journey’s end
come shall. EVERYMAN: Gentle Knowledge,
what do you it call? KNOWLEDGE: It is a garment of
sorrow: From pain it will you
borrow; Contrition it is, That getteth
forgiveness; It pleaseth God
passing well. GOOD-DEEDS: Everyman, will you
wear it for your heal? EVERYMAN: Now blessed be Jesu,
Mary’s Son! For now have I on
true contrition. And let us go now without
tarrying; Good-Deeds, have we
clear our reckoning? GOOD-DEEDS: Yea, indeed I have
it here. EVERYMAN: Then I trust we need
not fear; Now, friends, let us
not part in twain. KNOWLEDGE: Nay, Everyman, that
will we not, certain. GOOD-DEEDS: Yet must thou lead
with thee Three persons of
great might. EVERYMAN: Who should they be? GOOD-DEEDS: Discretion and
Strength they hight, And thy
Beauty may not abide behind. KNOWLEDGE: Also ye must call to
mind your Five-wits as for your
counsellors. GOOD-DEEDS: You must have them
ready at all hours. EVERYMAN: How shall I get them
hither? KNOWLEDGE: You must call them
all together, And they will
hear you incontinent. EVERYMAN: My friends, come
hither and be present Discretion, Strength, my
Five-wits, and Beauty. BEAUTY: Here at your will we be
all ready. What will ye that we
should do? GOOD-DEEDS: That ye would with
Everyman go, And help him in his pilgrimage,
Advise you, will ye with him or
not in that voyage? STRENGTH: We will bring him all
thither, To his help and comfort, ye may
believe me. DISCRETION: So will we go with
him all together. EVERYMAN: Almighty God, loved
thou be, I give thee laud that I have
hither brought Strength, Discretion, Beauty,
and Five-wits; lack I nought; And my Good-Deeds, with
Knowledge clear, All be in my company at my will
here; I desire no more to my business. STRENGTH: And I, Strength, will
by you stand in distress, Though thou would in battle
fight on the ground. FIVE-WITS: And though it were
through the world round, We
will not depart for sweet nor
sour. BEAUTY: No more will I unto
death’s hour, Whatsoever
thereof befall. DISCRETION: Everyman, advise
you first of all; Go with a good advisement and
deliberation; We all give you virtuous
monition that all shall be well. EVERYMAN: My friends, hearken
what I will tell: I pray God reward you in his
heavenly sphere. Now hearken,
all that be here, For I will make my testament
Here before you all present. In alms half my good I will
give with my hands twain In the way of charity, with
good intent, And the other half
still shall remain In quiet to be returned there
it ought to be. This I do in
despite of the fiend of hell To go quite out of his peril
ever after and this day. KNOWLEDGE: Everyman, hearken
what I say; Go to priesthood, I you advise,
And receive of him in any wise The holy sacrament and ointment
together; Then shortly see ye
turn again hither; We will all abide you here. FIVE-WITS #1: Yea, Everyman,
hie you that ye ready were, There is no emperor, king,
duke, ne baron, That of God hath commission, As
hath the least priest in the
world being; FIVE-WITS #2:For of the blessed
sacraments pure and benign, He beareth the keys and thereof
hath the cure For man’s redemption, it is
ever sure; FIVE-WITS #3: Which God for our
soul’s medicine Gave us out of his heart with
great pine; Here in this transitory life,
for thee and me The blessed sacraments seven
there be, FIVE-WITS #4: Baptism,
confirmation, with priesthood
good, And the sacrament of God’s
precious flesh and blood, Marriage, the holy extreme
unction, and penance; FIVE-WITS (ALL 5): These seven
be good to have in remembrance, Gracious sacraments of high
divinity. EVERYMAN: Fain would I receive
that holy body And meekly to my ghostly father
I will go. FIVE-WITS #5: Everyman, that is
the best that ye can do: God will you to salvation bring, FIVE-WITS #5: Peace, for yonder
I see Everyman come, Which hath made true
satisfaction. GOOD-DEEDS: Methinketh it is he
indeed. EVERYMAN: And now, friends, let
us go without longer respite; I thank God that ye have
tarried so long. Now set each of you on this rod
your hand, And shortly follow
me: I go before, there I would be;
God be our guide. STRENGTH: Everyman, we will not
from you go, Till ye have gone this voyage
long. DISCRETION: I, Discretion, will
bide by you also. KNOWLEDGE: And though this
pilgrimage be never so strong,
I will never part you fro. EVERYMAN: Alas, I am so faint I
may not stand, My limbs under
me do fold; Friends, let us not turn again
to this land, Not for all the
world’s gold, For into this cave must I creep
and turn to the earth and there
to sleep. BEAUTY: What, into this grave?
Alas! EVERYMAN: Yea, there shall you
consume more and less. BEAUTY: And what, should I
smother here? EVERYMAN: Yea, by my faith, and
never more appear. In this world live no more we
shall, But in heaven before the
highest Lord of all. BEAUTY: I cross out all this;
adieu by Saint John; I take my cap in my lap and am
gone. EVERYMAN: What, Beauty, whither
will ye? BEAUTY: Peace, I am deaf; I
look not behind me, Not and thou would give me all
the gold in thy chest. EVERYMAN: Alas, whereto may I
trust? Beauty goeth fast away hie; She
promised with me to live and
die. STRENGTH: Everyman, I will thee
also forsake and deny; Thy game
liketh me not at all. EVERYMAN: Why, then ye will
forsake me all. Sweet Strength,
tarry a little space. STRENGTH: Nay, sir, by the rood
of grace I will hie me from
thee fast, Though thou weep till thy heart
brast. EVERYMAN: Ye would ever bide by
me, ye said. STRENGTH: Yea, I have you far
enough conveyed; Ye be old enough, I understand,
your pilgrimage to take on
hand; repent me that I hither
came. EVERYMAN: Strength, you to
displease I am to blame; Will
you break promise that is debt? STRENGTH: In faith, I care not;
Thou art but a fool to complain, You spend your speech and waste
your brain; Go thrust thee into
the ground. EVERYMAN: I had wend surer I
should you have found. He that trusteth in his
Strength, She him deceiveth at
the length. Both Strength and Beauty
forsaketh me, Yet they promised
me fair and lovingly. DISCRETION: Everyman, I will
after Strength be gone, As for
me I will leave you alone. EVERYMAN: Why, Discretion, will
ye forsake me? DISCRETION: Yea, I will go from
thee, for when Strength goeth
before I follow after evermore. EVERYMAN: Yet, I pray thee, for
the love of the Trinity, look
in my grave once piteously. DISCRETION: Nay, so nigh will I
not come. Farewell, every one! EVERYMAN: O all thing faileth,
save God alone; Beauty,
Strength, and Discretion; For when Death bloweth his
blast, They all run from me
full fast. FIVE-WITS #1 & 2: Everyman, my
leave now of thee I take; FIVE-WITS #3 & 5: I will follow
the other, FIVE-WITS #4: …for here I
thee forsake. EVERYMAN: O Jesu, help, all
hath forsaken me! GOOD-DEEDS: Nay, Everyman, I
will bide with thee, I will not
forsake thee indeed; Thou shalt find me a good
friend at need. EVERYMAN: Good-Deeds; now may I
true friends see; They have forsaken me every
one; I loved them better than
my Good-Deeds alone. Knowledge, will ye forsake me
also? KNOWLEDGE: Yea, Everyman, when
ye to death do go: But not yet for no manner of
danger. EVERYMAN: Gramercy, Knowledge,
with all my heart. KNOWLEDGE: Nay, yet I will not
from hence depart, Till I see
where ye shall be come. EVERYMAN: Methinketh, alas,
that I must be gone, To make my reckoning and my
debts pay, For I see my time is
nigh spent away. Take example, all ye that this
do hear or see, How they that I
loved best do forsake me, Except my Good-Deeds that
bideth truly. Have mercy on me,
God most mighty; GOOD-DEEDS: Fear not, I will
speak for thee. EVERYMAN: Here I cry God mercy. GOOD-DEEDS: Short our end, and
minish our pain; Let us go and
never come again. EVERYMAN: Into thy hands, Lord,
my soul I commend; Receive it,
Lord, that it be not lost; KNOWLEDGE: Now hath he suffered
that we all shall endure; The Good-Deeds shall make all
sure. Now hath he made ending;
Methinketh that I hear angels
sing And make great joy and melody,
Where Everyman’s soul received
shall be. DEATH/ANGEL: Come, excellent
elect spouse to Jesu: Hereabove thou shalt go because
of thy singular virtue: Now the soul is taken the body
fro; Thy reckoning is
crystal-clear. Now shalt thou into the
heavenly sphere, Unto the which
all ye shall come That liveth well before the day
of doom. This moral men may have in
mind; Ye hearers, take it of
worth, old and young, And forsake pride, for he
deceiveth you in the end, And remember Beauty, Five-wits,
Strength, and Discretion, They all at the last do
Everyman forsake, Save his
Good-Deeds, there doth he take. For after death amends may no
man make, For then mercy and
pity do him forsake. If his reckoning be not clear
when he do come, God will say
ite maledicti in ignem æternum. And he that hath his account
whole and sound, High in heaven
he shall be crowned; Unto which place God bring us
all thither, that we may live
body and soul together. [applause] ♪♪♪

66 thoughts on “Everyman – PCC Performing Arts Center

  1. Mike M. 542 Post author

    I don't recall Andrew's laugh as "Goods" sounding that creep from backstage. of course what do I know I could only smell things… jk jk

  2. Anthony Plassaras Post author

    It was always creepy. It shows up in my dreams occasionally to this day still.

  3. Agitating Skeleton Post author

    thumbs up if you're here from mr beaulne's class

  4. Tony Streeter Post author

    Watching this helped me to visualize the reading. Thanks!!!

  5. Ahmad M.Younus Post author

    Excellent performance of the play, Bravo!

  6. D34dlySpork Post author

    Watching this helped me to visualize the reading! And by that I mean, I just didn't want to read it so I looked it up here.

  7. gabrielgv0619 Post author

    tough to take death seriously here, unless that was the intent.

  8. Dianne Weinand Post author

    Thank you for sharing this very innovative and insightful performance.

  9. Rachel Schmidt Post author

    I'm not sure why, but a lot of the original content of the play is missing. I actually, I think I know why…

  10. SA_Dude Post author

    very well, i have the script for it while im watching. its almost word for word

  11. Malindu Batheegama ™ Post author

    This is my favorite literature lesson. This is the best lesson to our life. indeed this is a morality play.This is a literature lesson in Sri Lanka

  12. Sanjukta B Post author

    In costumes ,background music and strange stage-props,the present production of "Everyman" takes us back to the darkness of medieval age.But as the internal message of Everyman is,it is universal,-appealing to all the ages and all the places of the world.Thereby appealing today as well.Indeed Gooddeed remains as the only real friend and rescuer of mankind (Everyman).Fellowship, Friends and Kinsmen only follow man in happier times,only to abandon him in crisis.

  13. Shakeela Edwards Post author

    Almost word for word. Very well played !!

  14. Cary Gray Post author

    HA! Same here! Now… who can I get to write my paper? LOL!

  15. Umar Mashoor Post author

    By watching this one can get a clear idea about the drama than reading.

  16. kiara mitchell Post author

    I feel like this adaptation, which is a good adaptation for modern audiences, ruins the periodic integrity of the play. I'd rather see this done with little to no props in an informal setting. Still good, though. Just not the way I imagine this play.

  17. Juliet Clark Post author

    I liked the interpretation – suitably simple with the puppets reinforcing the allegorical nature of the play. The production would have been enhanced if a greater variety of ages had been represented by 'Everyman'.
    Thanks for sharing it.

  18. Olentzaro Post author

    When I read this I hadn't considered more than one actor playing Everyman, but considering what Everyman represents I must admit it does seem appropriate. Well done.

  19. asianbarbie1 Post author

    i really liked this i am studying christopher marlowe docter faustus and was reading about morality plays and everyman was mentioned so i came here on youtube to check it out throughly enjoyed it.

  20. Djole Kosic Post author

    The second "Everyman" (actress) was best by far. Liked the puppets and the atmosphere, too.

  21. Carlos Cordero Post author

    He don't know how to play drums booooooooo

  22. Caleb Dalby Post author

    i love all thes high school students who apparently have the ability to judge acting and plot so perfectly… comment sections… ugh

  23. madringking1119 Post author

    Struggling to understand this. have to do a group project on it

  24. madringking1119 Post author

    basically from what i'm understanding. It Doesn't matter how much Strength, Beauty, Knowledge, among other things that you possess. As long you're a good person. You're good deeds will follow you into heaven

  25. Martina Dragojevic Post author

    The actors for Death and Goods were done exceptionally well with just the right intonations, pauses, and body language! However, this poem is not about the indomitable human spirit but rather our desperate need for a savior found in the atonement of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to clothe us with His righteousness so that we can come into the presence of Almighty God, our Creator, and be with Him for all eternity. It's about God's grace that is granted to us in response to our act of contrition and penance–a repentance and turning away from our confidence in the flesh (superficial attributes) that were mentioned: Beauty, Strength, Discretion, and Five-Wits because they are illusive and don't last long. Also, Good-Deeds was only made strong AFTER Everyman's confession, which implies the prerequisite to organically produce good works, that is not (generally speaking) our automatic response in life. The natural thing for us to do is always be looking out for #1. We can do good works but that alone will not get us into heaven. The sum of them will pale in comparison to Jesus' perfect sacrifice. We have to have a change of heart first and humbly accept what Jesus did for us and our needs will be satisfied.

  26. daris paulino Post author

    This was Awesome! Now I have to write an Essay. Thanks!

  27. Erin Fischer Post author

    It's not that I think it's a bad production but nothing has put me to sleep faster

  28. Kevin Nguyen Post author

    This is not my favorite crap. The main characters are always yelling and know of no other words other than …"thou" …thy.
    the costumes suck. I was asleep with in the first 5 minutes. … I have never been so annoyed with a performance in my life before. …. I only watched it because of school.

  29. Jashaél Post author

    Reading the play can be a little boring, so I had my tutee watch this while we read and discussed the play. Made things a LOT easier and faster.

    Very interesting design and transitions. Was a little skeptical of the parts that were left out; good job nevertheless.

  30. Turyagumanawe kennedy Post author

    I directed this play at university and also acted. It is a shame to see such crap like this. No urgency and tension in the acting.Even the casting is lacking. No fear evoked. Bruno Bakahika would also trash this too.

  31. Gametron13 Post author

    I know why a lot of you are here, so I'll spare you the trouble:

    Video starts at 5:40

  32. Shevan gomis Post author

    Those figures are gonna give me nightmares for days

  33. Tyler Baumgartner Post author

    Is that jake roper? the actor in the beginning?

  34. yosister aly Post author

    I have to do this bc i dont wanna fail theater and i didnt want to read so i watched it instead

  35. Courtney Shaine Post author

    Uh…so yeah. The story itself seems interesting to me. The cast and acting however is slouchy and half-way asleep through their performances. There is no real urgency or character to the scene. Get some coffee in them!

  36. Onion Oxford Post author

    1. Which century was this play written?

    The 15th

    2. What is the messenger’s role in this play?

    A narrator

    3. What country was Everyman born in?


    4. What kind of play is this?

    Morality Play

    5. Who does the messenger talk to at the beginning of the play?

    The audience

    6. What book is referenced by the messenger?

    The Bible

    7. Who created man, according to this play?


    8. How was the world when it was first created?


    9. Who created sin, according to this play?


    10. Why does Everyman have to face God?

    He must face his reckoning

  37. Kaylee Danielle Post author

    we competed at districts performing this as a one act last week and we made it to state! out of 9 schools! i play god !


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