The best course…

The Buggre Alle This Bible was also noteworthy for having twenty-seven verses in the third chapter of Genesis, instead of the more usual twenty-four:
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
25 And the Lord spake unto the Angel that guarded the eastern gate, saying Where is the flaming sword which was given unto thee?
26 And the Angel said, I had it here only a moment ago, I must have put it down some where, forget my own head next.
27 And the Lord did not ask him again.

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The Angel in the York cycle’s Expulsion play seems rather stern as he drives the weeping Adam and Eve out of the garden. However, there is one ambiguous line that makes me wonder…

Adam, haue þis, luke howe ye thynke,
And tille withalle þi meete and drinke
For euermore.
(li. 58-60)

(Adam, have this. Look how you think;
And toil for all your food and drink
For evermore.)

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Eventually Crawly said, “Didn’t you have a flaming sword?”


…The italics are Good Omens passages, if you haven’t guessed already.