By David Mills, R. M. Lumiansky
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The blessing of my benignity I give to my first operation. For craft nor for cunning, cast never comprehension; exalt you not too excellent into high exaltation. Look that you tend righteously, for hence I will be wending. The world, that is both void and vain, I form in the formation, with a dungeon of darkness, which never shall have ending. This work is now well wrought by my divine formation. Hell made creation This work is well done, that is so clean and clear. As I you made of nought, my blessing I give you here.
In "The Rogers' Description of the Chester Plays," Leeds Studies in English 7 (1974): 63–94, he defends the Breviary descriptions against objections by other scholars, including Salter. Its organising themes are the cycle's structural unity, its strategy of affective relationship with the audience, and the theoretical models which determine its shape; these themes are pursued by means of a serial commentary upon the cycle which incorporates sensitive and perceptive critical comments. Essays by diverse hands, based on a series of public lectures given at the University of Leeds in 1973 in connection with a production of the cycle and covering the cycle's history, its pageantwaggons, players, music and costumes, have been brought together by David Mills in Staging the Chester Cycle (Leeds Texts and Monographs 6, Leeds, 1985).
255 Thy wit it was as well as mine, of that pride that we did show; and now been here in Hellfire till the day of doom that beams shall blow. " mood Full soon I shall change your cheer. For your foul pride, to Hell you shall! sinned against more near stop made way sought out for us take cheat; doings sorrow and woe for ever we are when trumpets shall sound move Page 23 but lie here like two fiends black. that ever we did forget so, that Lord's love to lose that dis us make. 1ST DEVIL 266 270 275 2ND DEVIL 280 And therefore I shall for his sake show Mankind great envy.