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CHAPTER IV
FIFTEENTH CENTURY - THE PEOPLE'S CENTURY

Again, when the angels appear to the shepherds to sing of peace on earth, one of the shepherds says, " I can sing it as well as he, if you will help; " and he tries to imitate the heavenly song.
The makers of the mystery plays knew as well as the writers of homilies that if the attention of the people was to be retained, there must be amusement as well as instruction, and therefore they did not hesitate to introduce comical scenes. The antics of Satan were made to provide a vast amount of amusement ; and even more respectable scriptural characters were impressed into the service of making fun to gratify the demands of the spectators. After Noah has built his ark, he requests his wife to come into it, but she objects. Noah ought not to have worked on that ark one hundred years before telling her what he was doing, she says ; at any rate, she must go home to pack her belongings ; she does not believe it will rain long, and if it does, she will not be saved without her cousins and her friends. She is finally persuaded to enter the ark. At last the door is closed, and Noah might well offer up a prayer of gratitude or sing a hymn of praise for the safety of himself and his family ; but, instead, he proceeds to give most prosaic directions to his sons to take good care of the cattle, and to his daughters-in-law to be sure to feed the fowls.
With all their crudeness, these plays are often gentle and sympathetic. Joseph watches over Mary most lovingly. " My daughter," he tenderly calls her. At the crucifixion John's words of comfort to the sorrowing mother are very touching. " My heart is gladder than gladness itself," says Mary Magdalene at the resurrection. Such were

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