[Spellyans] ‘Pound’ in Cornish

nicholas williams njawilliams at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 08:14:20 GMT 2009

kyns y vn teller yn beys
dev kendoner yth ege
the vn dettor me a grys
an nyl thotho a delle
pymp cans dyner monyys
ha hanter cans y gyle
y's gavas thethe keffrys

[Once somewhere in the world
there were two debtors
owing to the same creditor.
One of them owed 500 pence
and the other 50 pence.
He forgave them both equally]
PC 501-07.

This is based on St Luke 7: 41-42:
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:
the one owed five hundred pence,
and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both.

Though the author of Passio Christi almost certainly knew the passage  
from the Vulgate:

duo debitores erant cuidam feneratori
unus debebat denarios quingentos
alius quinquaginta
non habentibus illis unde redderent donavit utrisque.


On 7 Jan 2009, at 07:55, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> I think there's a line in one of the Miracle Plays about someone  
> owing the sum of 500 dynar.

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