The Second Shepherd’s Play

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Angel Character Analysis

The Angel is the heavenly being that appears to the three shepherds, Coll, Gyb, and Daw, between the comic subplot and the religious plot. The Angel sings “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” and explains the details and significance of Christ’s birth. The Angel encourages the shepherds to travel to Bethlehem to see Christ, thus shifting the story from comedy to religious pedagogy.

Angel Quotes in The Second Shepherd’s Play

The The Second Shepherd’s Play quotes below are all either spoken by Angel or refer to Angel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Earthly vs. Spiritual Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Branden Books edition of The Second Shepherd’s Play published in 2011.
Scene 6 Quotes

Rise, herdsmen, rise, for Christ is born / To rend that fiend that Adam had lorn / The Saviour of all, this night is he born. / His behests / To Bethlehem go see / Where lies this baby / In a crib full poorly / Betwixt two beasts.

Related Characters: Angel (speaker), Coll, Gyb, Daw, Christ
Page Number: 6.153-160
Explanation and Analysis:
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Angel Character Timeline in The Second Shepherd’s Play

The timeline below shows where the character Angel appears in The Second Shepherd’s Play. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Scene 6
Earthly vs. Spiritual Theme Icon
Christian Charity Theme Icon
Suffering and Redemption Theme Icon
Song as a Means for Transformation Theme Icon
...onto the grass to sleep when suddenly the skies explode with light and sound. An Angel appears, singing “Gloria in Excelsis Deo.” The Angel urges the shepherds to go to Bethlehem,... (full context)
Earthly vs. Spiritual Theme Icon
Suffering and Redemption Theme Icon
Song as a Means for Transformation Theme Icon
The Angel vanishes as suddenly as it appeared, leaving Coll, Gyb, and Daw to marvel at what... (full context)