The text for the performance is extracts from The Play of Everyman
– a medieval morality play.
The end is coming!
I waste my time.
What friends were the best of me to bring?
There’s something on my mind.
Goods and Riches!
All my life I have you loved!
But where are you now?
Who called me? Everyman?
I lie here in corners, I’m sacked in bags
bound and piled so high I cannot move.
Now tell me what do you want?
Goods! Come here!
As quick as you can.
If you are in trouble and pain
I can help you, right away.
I’ve been sent on a dangerous way to go
Before the high Lord
I have my book of life to show.
All my life I have found pleasure in you
I beg you to come on my journey too.
They’ve said it ever among
that money makes all right that is wrong
If I went with you
The worse for your sake
I made your book impossible to read
For you have too much love of me!
Let us go together!
If you had loved me moderately
and shared with the poor a part of me
Then you wouldn’t find yourself in this pain
My interest is a man’s soul to kill;
If I save one, a thousand do I spill
I didn’t think is was like that!
Goods is a thief of your soul.
I was only lent to you for a while.
How badly I was fooled!
All because misusing my time.
I gave you what was meant for the Lord above!
Now, will you not come with me?
Good luck on your journey!
I am Death!
I fear no man.
All men I will arrest,
not a single one goes free.
For it is the universal law
that you all should be
obedient to me!
you come when I have you least in mind.
take anything I own, Here’s a thousand pound!
and put this off for another day!
I don’t care about your riches,
silver and gold.
You may be Pope, King, duke or prince
It changes nothing!
Give me more time!
It’s no good crying and begging!
If I go on this journey
and make my book of life ready to show
Can I then come back here, soon?
Once you are there
You may never come back again.
Can I bring those,
who followed me through life, so far?
If any will come with you, yes!
Give me one more day!
Then I may be better prepared.
No, it is not possible!
I let no man go free I told you so.
I’ll hurry on my way.
Get ready for that journey!
For this is the day
From which no living man can get away!