PEDIGREE: There was at least one printing of this Morality Play in 1512, by Wynken de Worde (see below).
SYNOPSIS: The personification being struggled over in this play is named Frewyll (Free Will). On one side is Pyte , Contemplacyon, and Perseru(v)erance, and on the other are Imagynacyon (self-described as a friend of “lawyers and all who like lies” (Furnivall, p.120. Also, no comment…), Frewyll’s companion upon their entrance, and Hickscorner himself. Hickscorner describes his travels, and a large ship from Ireland full of virtues / virtuous people, which had come to grief, while he safely transported a ship full of bad people / vices safely to England where they planned to stay forever. There are long speeches about the contemporary decay of morals, and a lost fight and confinement for Pity, before the tide turns.
AVAILABILITY: The University of Maine at Machia graciously hosts a website called From Stage To Page, which has text transcriptions of a number of medieval and Renaissance dramas. Hickscorner is here:
Internet Archive also has a facsimile reproduction of Wynken de Worde’s 1512 printing of the play (reproduced 1908)