Автор: JOSEPHINE PRESTON, 1874-1922 PEABODY
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A PLAY IN FOUR ACTS
By JOSEPHINE PRESTON PEABODY
BOSTON and NEW YORK
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press Cambridge
COPYRIGHT, 1909, BY JOSEPHINE PEABODY MARKS
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Published November 1909
LIONEL S. MARKS
Am Dage Johannis et Pauli
War der 26 Junii
Dorch einen piper mit allerlei farve bekledet
Gewesen CXXX kinder verledet binnen Hamelen geboren
To Calvarii bi den koppen verloren
[THE HAMELIN INSCRIPTION]
THE PIPER )
MICHAEL-THE-SWORD-EATER ) Strolling Players
JACOBUS the Burgomeister )
KURT the Syndic )
PETER the Cobbler )
HANS the Butcher )
AXEL the Smith ) Men of Hamelin
MARTIN the Watch )
PETER the Sacristan )
ANSELM, a young priest )
OLD CLAUS, a miser )
TOWN CRIER )
ILSE ) Children
VERONIKA, the wife of Kurt
BARBARA, daughter of Jacobus
WIFE of HANS the Butcher
WIFE of AXEL the Smith
WIFE of MARTIN the Watch
Burghers, nuns, priests, and children
SCENE: HAMELIN ON THE WESER, 1284 A.D.
ACT I. The market-place in Hamelin
ACT II. SCENE I. Inside the 'Hollow-Hill'
SCENE II. The Cross-ways
ACT III. The Cross-ways
ACT IV. The market-place in Hamelin
One week is supposed to elapse between Acts I and II.
Acts II and III occupy one day.
Act IV concerns the following morning.
SCENE: The market-place of Hamelin. Right, the Minster, with
an open shrine (right centre) containing a large sculptured
figure of the Christ. Right, farther front, the house of KURT;
and other narrow house-fronts. Left, the Rathaus, and (down)
the home of JACOBUS. Front, to left and right, are corner-houses
with projecting stories and casement windows. At the centre rear,
a narrow street leads away between houses whose gables all but
It is late summer afternoon, with a holiday crowd. In the open
casements, front (right and left, opposite each other), sit
OLD URSULA and OLD CLAUS, looking on at men and things.
--In the centre of the place now stands a rude wooden Ark with
a tented top: and out of the openings (right and left) appear
the artificial heads of animals, worn by the players inside.
One is a Bear (inhabited by MICHAEL-THE-SWORD-EATER); one is a
large Reynard-the-Fox, later apparent as the PIPER. Close by is
the medieval piece of stage-property known as 'Hell-Mouth,' i.e.
a red painted cave with a jaw-like opening into which a mountebank
dressed in scarlet (CHEAT-THE-DEVIL) is poking 'Lost Souls' with
BARBARA loiters by the tent. VERONIKA, the sad young wife
of KURT, watches from the house steps, left, keeping her
little lame boy, Jan, close beside her.
Shouts of delight greet the end of the show, a Noah's Ark
miracle-play of the rudest; and the Children continue to
scream with joy whenever an Animal looks out of the Ark.
Men and women pay scant attention either to JACOBUS, when he
speaks (himself none too sober)--from his doorstep, prompted
by the frowning KURT,--or yet to ANSELM, the priest, who
stands forth with lifted hands, at the close of the miracle-play.
And you, who heed the colors of this show,
Look to your laughter!--It doth body forth
A Judgment that may take you unaware,--
Sun-struck with mirth, like unto chattering leaves
Some wind of wrath shall scourge to nothingness.
HANS, AXEL, AND OTHERS
And now, good townsmen all,
Seeing we stand delivered and secure
As once yon chosen c