For so astonyed and asweved Was every vertu in my heved
, What with his sours and with my drede, That al my felynge gan to dede, For-whi hit was to gret affray.
The adventurous Romans arrived on the shores around AD59but it was the Scandinavian settlers who named the town,Bierce Heved, the headland of birch tree.
After the Romans it was the turn of William the Conqueror's earls, who took over the town in the aftermath of 1066 andBierce Heved was recognised for its ferry point, seen as the safest passage across the Mersey to Liverpool.
According to the writer of Part I, 'miraclis pleyinge' is a disorderly activity that 'reversith discipline' (116), encourages lechery, debate, 'bodily mirthe,' and gluttony (118-22) while 'it suffrith not a man to beholden enterly the yerde of God over his heved
, but makith to thenken on alle siche thingis that Crist by the dedis of his passion badde us to forgeten.
Lady Philosophy "semede that sche touchede the hevene with the heghte of here heved
" (I.15-17), and thus is associated with eternity and the good.
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