[After the death of Lazarus, Satan sends his servant Luxuria (or Lechery) down to make a victim of the vulnerable and mourning Mary Magdalen, Lazarus' daughter, and turn her to prostitution.]
SATAN. Heyly word, worthyest of a-bowndans! In hast we must a conseyll take; Ye must aply yow with all your afryauns, A woman of worshep ower servant to make.
[After Luxuria sucessfully wins Mary over into prostitution, an angel of the Lord approaches her in her sleep.]
GOOD ANGYLL. Woman, woman, why art thou so onstabyll? Ful bytterly thys blysse it wol be bowth; Why art thou ayens God so verbyll? Wy thynkes thou nat God made the of nowth? In syn and sorow thou art browth, Fleschly lust is to ye full delectabyll; Salve for thi sowle must be sowth, And leve thi werkes wayn and veryabyll. Remembyr, woman, for thi pore pryde, How thi sowle xal lyyn in helle fyr! A! remembyr how sorowful itt is to abyde Withowtyn eynd in angur and ire! Remember the on mercy, make thi sowle clyr! I am the gost of goodnesse that so wold ye gydde.
MARY. A! how the speryt of goodnesse hat promtyt me this tyde, And temtyd me with tytyll of trew perfythnesse. Alas! how betternesse in my hert doth abyde! I am woddyd with werkes of gret dystresse, A! how pynsynesse potyt me to oppresse, That I have synndon every side. O lord! wo xall put me from this peynfulnesse? A! woo xall to mercy be my gostly gyde? I xal porsue the prophett, wherso he be, For he is the welle of perfyth charyte; Be the oyle of mercy he xal me relyff. With swete bawmys I wyl seken hym this syth, And sadly folow his lordshep in eche degre.
[Consequent to Mary's plea, and ending the first act, the seven sins are cast out of her, her father (in this version, her brother in the Bible) is raised from the dead, and Christ heals some lepers.]