|Performer:||Anonymous [The Wakefield Master]|
|Title:||The Second Shepherds' Play|
|Category:||Records / Screen|
|Other format:||MMF AA DMF AIFF DXD AUD TTA|
The epithet "Wakefield Master" was first applied to this individual by the literary historian Gayley. The Wakefield Master gets his name from the geographic location where he lived, the market-town of Wakefield in Yorkshire. He may have been a highly educated cleric there, or possibly a friar from a nearby monastery at Woodkirk, four miles north of Wakefield. It was once thought that this anonymous author wrote a series of 32 plays (each averaging about 384 lines) called the Towneley Cycle . The best known pageant in the Towneley manuscript is The Second Shepherds' Pageant, a burlesque of the Nativity featuring Mak the sheep stealer and his wife Gill, which more or less explicitly compares a stolen lamb to the Saviour of mankind. The Harrowing of Hell, derived from the apocryphal Acts of Pilate, was a popular part of the York and Wakefield cycles. The dramas of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods were developed out of mystery plays. Spanish mystery plays.
The play has two parts: one comic, and the other serious and pious. The anonymous author, whom scholarship has labeled "The Wakefield Master," opens his Christmas office "in fields" where "certain poor shepherds" keep watch. One shepherd, the rascal Mak, steals a sheep while his companions sleep. Drawing a magic circle so that the sleepers will remain put, he lugs the sheep home to his sharp tongued wife Jill. Without time to kill it and dress it as mutton, they wrap it in baby's clothes and place it in a cradle.
The wakefield second nativity play. Lord! what, these weathers are cold, and I am ill happed; I am near hand-dold, so long have I napped; My legs bend and fold, my fingers are chapped, It is not as I would, for I am all lapped In sorrow. In storms and tempest, Now in the east, now in the west, Woe is him has never rest, Mid day nor morrow.
anonymous Wakefield Master, and his Second Shepherds’ Play is one of the masterpieces of medieval English literature. The morality plays were allegorical dramas depicting the progress of a single character, representing the whole of humankind, from the cradle to the grave and sometimes beyond.
The Second Shepherd’s Play opens with soliloquies from three different shepherds: first Coll, then Gyb, then Daw. Coll feels beaten down by the icy, wet, miserably cold weather that he must endure each night as he watches over the sheep. He’s also beaten down by the wealthy landowners who put him in this position in the first place-when raising sheep became more profitable than farming, the landowners demanded that all their workers become shepherds. The shepherds work long hours in the blistering cold, make very little money, and have no way to stand up to the rich and powerful landowners
The Second Shepherds' Play is a medieval mystery play ultimately focusing upon the birth of Jesus. The Second Shepherds' Play. The Second Shepherds' Play
Published January 13th 2010 by Trafford. The Second Shepherds' Play in Plain and Simple English (Paperback). Published December 11th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback, 114 pages. ISBN: 1505507138 (ISBN13: 9781505507133).
|The Second Shepherds' Play
Written-By – Anonymous [The Wakefield Master]