The Talents (play)

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The Talents or Processus Talentorum, is a play from the Middle English recitals The Towneley Plays (ca. 1460).[1][2]

This play contains an early example of macaronic English-Latin verse, spoken by the character Pontius Pilate:

Stynt, I say! gyf men place
quia sum dominus dominorum!
he that agans me says
rapietur lux oculorum;
Therfor gyf ye me space
ne tendam vim brachiorum,
And then get ye no grace
contestor Iura polorum,
Caueatis; Rewle I the Iure,
Maxime pure,
Towne quoque rure,
Me paueatis.
Stemate regali
kyng atus gate me of pila;
Tramite legali
Am I ordand to reyn upon Iuda,
Nomine wlgari
pownce pilate, that may ye well say,
Qui bene wlt fari
shuld call me fownder of all lay.


  1. ^ NeCastro, Gerard (2007). The Towneley Cycle, Play 24 - The Talents (Processus Talentorum). From Stage to Page - Medieval and Renaissance Drama. Online version dated 2007-10-22, accessed on 2009-06-25.
  2. ^ The Oxford Text Archive, The Towneley plays. Item 1397.