He That Should Come

He That Should Come

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In this first of her plays for religious broadcasting, a nativity play, Dorothy L. Sayers wanted to convince listeners of the truth that Christ was born into our deeply problematic world, in his case, in territory overrun by an army of occupation. Although framed as it were by the voices of the three 'wise men' asking whether the birth of a particular child could possibly fulfil their desires, the focus of the play is on the conflict of opinion (about roads, taxes, and so forth) expressed by those in the courtyard of the inn at Bethlehem. Joseph is given a most significant role, and it is the shepherds whose gifts are presented when the Holy Family is revealed.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 He That Should Come A Nativity in One Act By Sayers, Dorothy L. Copyright©1939 by Sayers, Dorothy L. ISBN 13: 978-1-61097-022-8 Publication date 8/1/2011 Previously published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1939
Dedîcaed o e Doroy L. Sayers Socîey a as generousy sponsored e producîon o îs  serîes edîîon
For more înormaîon abou e DLS Socîey pease urn o e as page o îs book
ïnroducîon o e 2011 Serîes Edîîon
On e occasîon o e repubîcaîon o some o Doroy Leîg Sayers’ pays, we pay rîbue o a mos remarkabe person: a îer-ary enrepreneur o no mean order, a ay eoogîan în an age wen î was amos unînkabe or a woman o be acknowedged as a eoogîan, a înker wo pîoneered new ways o engagîng audîences wî cenra Crîsîan dogmas as reearsed în e Curc’s creeds. he Ina lowerîng o er work was conneced wî er redîscovery o Dane’sDiviNe COmedY, wîc sîmuaed er o produce some o er Ines work, încudîng e pay se personay oug was er very bes. Se dîd no se ou o be a wrîer o ‘reîgîous’ drama, bu er experîence o îe roug a raumaîc era o European îsory, ogeer wî er specîa aens, made suc drama par o er egacy o us. Born în 1893 a e aî-end o e Vîcorîan era, Doroy was e ony cîd o we-educaed parens. Se was bapîsed în Crîs Curc, Oxord, (Dîocesan Caedra as we as Coege Cape) were er aer, an ordaîned cergyman o e Curc o Engand, was Headmaser o e scoo wîc educaed e boys wo sang în e coîr. ïn 1897 er aer acceped a Crîs Curc îvîng în e ‘Fens’ (draîned, edgeess armand) abou sîxeen mîes rom Cambrîdge, and ogeer wî er moer, a serîes o governesses and a brîe experîence o scoo rom age Iteen, se receîved an exceen educaîon wîc suîed er parîcuar aens. Se emerged îno aduood odîng o
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a number o srong convîcîons, one o wîc was abou e împorance o vîgorous and cear înkîng and speakîng abou Crîsîan dogma, enîvenîng e rea and varîed exîsences o uman beîngs în a eîr compexîy. Enry o Somervîe Coege, Oxord în 1912 paced DLS among a very avoured ew în e Brîaîn o er day, oug prîvîege seered no one rom e mîserîes o Word War 1 as some o er eary pubîsed poery reveas. ïn any even, er ‘Hymn în Conempaîon o Sudden Dea’ (1916) ranscends îs orîgîns în warîme, oug was o come îno îs own especîay în e appaîng era o aerîa bombîng o cîvîîans în e new orrors o Word War . hîs îs o cenra împorance or e caedra pay wrîen or LîcIed, as we sa see. So ar as Word War ï îs concerned, DLS’ deecîve Icîon relecs someîng o e word o e survîvors and e be-reaved, and we noe ere a se never îsoaed erse rom e socîa and poîîca srugges o er day. Some o er sensîîvîîes are dîspayed în e deveopmen o er porraî o er arîso-craîc seu, Peer Wîmsey. He srugges wî ‘se-sock’ and e memory o avîng ad o gîve orders wîc sen so many o eîr deas, and as a seu e îs responsîbe oo or oer deas în a counry wîc sî enorced capîa punîsmen. A prîorîy or DLS o course was o Ind ways o earnîng er own îvîng, wîs aso negoîaîng a serîes o ove-reaîonsîps amongs e somewa probemaîc seecîon o avaîabe men o er socîa cass and educaîon pos-1918. A man wo was no ‘marrîageabe’ became e aer o er son, er ony cîd, and
1 ïn e seecîon Hone, R.E.(ed)POetrY Of DOrOtY L. SàYers,Doroy L. Sayers Socîey, Swavesey, Cambrîdge, , pp.-; and în Loades, A. (ed) DOrOtY L. SàYers. SpiritUàl WritiNgs,SPCK, London, , pp.-1 rom er Opus .
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se sîmpy ad o earn money o suppor Anony, broug up as e was by a rused rîend beore e came o know Doroy as îs bîr-moer raer an as îs ‘adopîve’ moer. ïn 1926 DLS marrîed în a Regîsry Oice a dîvorced war-veeran, ‘Mac’, wose cîdren rom îs Irs marrîage dîd no îve wî îm. Lîe was ar rom easy, wa wî e poîîca and economîc egacy o Word War ï o conend wî, and e ack o seer poîîca wî o make canges or e genera good. Few coud vîew e possîbîîy o ye anoer major conlîc wî oer an e graves mîsgîvîngs. Ye î became împeraîve o desroy e ‘hîrd Reîc’ wî e consequences or e sape o pos-war Europe emergîng în e aer par o DLS’ îeîme. Se conrîb-ued vîgorousy o e înkîng abou e uure wîc needed o be underaken o brîng abou cange bo or e majorîy o e Brîîs popuaîon and or înernaîona reaîonsîps, no eas ose wî deeaed counrîes. Her deecîve Icîon was by no means a rîvîa dîsracîon rom ese împoran asks, or în î se expressed some o er mos passîonaey ed convîc-îons. For cenra o Crîsîan aî îs unequîvoca commîmen o ru and jusîce, wîou ese beîng îdenîIed as specîIcay Crîsîan în er noves. hus wen on oneymoon wî Harrîe (BUsmàN’s HONeYmOON(1937) se and Peer ogeer ace e ac ey canno pîck and coose, a ey mus ave e ru no maer wo sufers, and a noîng ese maers. hîs wî resu în a dea senence or e murderer, and anoer agonîsîng nîg or Peer as e waîs or e eîg a.m. momen o e execuîon, and wo knows wa consequences or oers învoved, owever margînay. Human jusîce and e pursuî o ru wî never be sîmpe, and e aterma unpredîcabe, ardy ree o ambîguîy and even o a measure o înjusîce. As Peer says, ‘ï ereisa God or a judgemen – wa nex? Wa ave we done?’
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God and judgemen were precîsey o become e ocus o er aenîon wen DLS was caug up îno e orbî o Canerbury Caedra and îs Fesîva o Musîc and Drama. ï was e ‘drama’ o be assocîaed wî e Fesîva wîc made î excepîona or îs day, gîven e ong-sandîng suspîcîon o e pre-Reormaîon radîîons o eare and îurgy amos wîped ou by ceraîn kînds o Proesanîsm. Canerbury ap-pened o ave as îs Dean G.K.A. Be, durîng e perîod wen îs Caper (governîng body) came o înk î was îme o caenge a suspîcîon. Havîng în 1927 ounded e Frîends o Canerbury Caedra (an înîîaîve o be oowed în many oer caedras) e ound îmse wî an ay în e person o Margare Babîngon, wo became e Frîends’ Seward e oowîng year. Caper and Frîends made possîbe pays specîay commîssîoned o be perormed on e caedra premîses, conînuîng even ater Be as become Bîsop o Cîceser în 1929. Be remaîns împoran or undersand-îng DLS’ perspecîve on e cos o e Aîed vîcory în Word War ïï sînce e became a passîonae crîîc o some aspecs o e governmen’s conduc o e war as an Epîscopa member o e Upper House o Parîamen (e ‘Lords’). Bo beore and ater Be’s îme as Dean, e pays commîssîoned or Canerbury Caedra were by a very dîs-înguîsed îneage o wrîers, wî T.S. Eîo’sMUrder iN te Càtedràl(1935) avîng a mos proound împac, gîven a î was wrîen or e Caedra în wîc homas a` Becke ad been done o dea. ï aso remînded audîences o e possîbî-îy o conînuîng conlîc beween monarc/governmen and
2. Jasper, R.C.D.GeOrge Bell: BisOp Of Cicester,OUP, London, . See aso Pîckerîng, K.Dràmà iN te Càtedràl. he CàNterbUrY Festivàl PlàYs 1928-1948Curcman Pubîsîng, Worîng, .
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