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Date of first known edition, 1631 

[B.M. C. 21., c. 35(6)] 

Probable date of staging, 1589-1594 

Reproduced in Facsimile, 1911 

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The original of this facsimile reprint is in the British Museum, 
Press-mark C. 2 1 , c. 35(6). It is (or rather was) grouped with other 
tracts; but, this reproduction completed, the volume has been sent 
to the binder's for each item to be bound separately. This of course 
will necessitate a new press-mark. Another copy is in the Dyce 
bequest at South Kensington. 

There exists another undated quarto edition, whether an earlier 
one or not is unknown. 

" Fair Em " was not entered on the Stationers' Books, but though 
not published till 1631 the date of staging, according to the title 
page, was between 1589 and 1594, the period of Lord Strangers 

The play has been most definitely ascribed by some scholars to 
Shakespeare, an attribution as definitely denied by others. Amongst 
the former was the late Mr. R. Simpson who, in 1876, with consider 
able acumen and somewhat forceful and well-nigh convincing argu 
ment pointed out that " Fair Em " was a satirical play cleverly 
masked under the guise of romance; also that Shakespeare was 
undoubtedly the author, and that as in " The London Prodigal " 
Robert Greene was the object of attack. The weight of opinion, 
however, while admitting the satire rejects the ascription of author 
ship. The student 'must, however, inform himself on these points by 
direct reference to the original discussions. 

The earliest and only evidence of ascription is found in the well- 
known lettering of the volume "Shakespeare, Vol. i." in the library 
of Charles II., in which " Fair Em " was grouped with " Muce- 
dorus " (see this volume already issued) and " The Merry Devil of 
Edmonton " (now in the press). 

Mr. J. A. Herbert of the MS. Department of the British Museum, 
after comparing this facsimile with the original copy says " it is 
an excellent reproduction. 1 ' 


A Pleafant 




The Millers Daughter of 


With the louc of William the Conquert>r. 

As it was fundty times publiqucly a&cd in the 

Honourable Citie of London, by th right Ho* 

Ifourablc the Lord Straage hij Seruants. 


Princed tor fob* Wright, and arc to be fold at his fliop atch< 
fignc of the Bi Me in Guilt- (pur ftrcct withou; 
New-gate, i 6 3 ! 

A Pleafant ComecSie of faire 

The Millers daughter of Manchcfter. 

With the loue of William 

the Conqucrour. 

A&us primus, ScxBapritm. 
Enter William the Cotqitcrer : ^Marques Lvhck. , with 
Mottninej : LManuilc : Valingford: Avd'Dftke'Dint. 

Mtrquts. T T 7 Hat meanes fairc Britaines mighty Conqueror 

VV Sofuddcnlytocaftawayhisihrrc? 
And all in paflton toforfake the tilt. 

D.ZHrot. My Lord, this triumph we foleanifc here, 
Is of Bieerc loue to your increasing ioyes : 
Only expecting chccrefull lookei for tli. 
What fuddcr. pangs then moues your a-.aiefty, 
To dim the brightneflc of th* d*y with frowncs ? 
5 W. Conqueror* Ah,good my Loftis,mifconftcr not the caufc : 
Atleaft,fufpcc^ not my difplcafed browei - 
I araoroufly do beare to your intent i 
For thanks and all that you can wifh I yeeld. 
But that which makes me bludi and (hame to tell, 
Is caulc why thus T turnc my conquering eyes 
To cowards lookes and beaten fantafai, 

Mountnij. Since weareguihleffe, we thclcflcdifhiay 
To fee this fudden change poflcflc your cheere : 
For if it ifluc from your o wnc conceits, 
Bred by fuggcfUon of fome enuious thoughts: 
Your hjghncfle wifdome may fuppreffcit ftraight- 
Yet tell vs (good my Lord) whatthought it is, 
That thus bercaues you of your late content, 
That fn ad u i fc we may aflift your Grace. 
Or bend our forces to reuiue your fpirits. 

^. Con. Ah Ctyforqucs Lttleckj in thy power it lycj N 
To rid my bofomeofthefe thraled dumps: 
And thcrcforc^good my Lords fprbearc a while, 
That we may parley ofthefc priuatc cares, 

A a WKofc 

The Mtttrs daughter 

Whofc ftrength fubdues m^txwrc than all the world. 

yalingftrd. We eoc and wifli thec priuate conference 
Publikc affc&s in this accuftomed peace. 

Exit all but WtlltAm an 

ftfrliMM.Now MtrqitesmnR a Conqueror at armcs 
Difclofe himfclfe thraid to voarmcd thoughts,. 
And threatned of a fhaddow, yeeld to lull : 
No fooner had m y fparke! ing eyes beheld 
The Barnes of beaucie WaJing on this pcccc, 
Butfuddenly a fence ofmyracle 
Imagined on thy louely Maiftres face, 
Made mec abandon bodily regard, 
And caft all pleafureson my wounded foule : 
Then gentle Marque '/tell me what flic is, 
That thus thou honoured on thy wailike fmcld ; 
And if thy loue and intereft be (uch,. 
As iuft 1 y may giuc place to mint, 
That if it be ;my (bulc with honors wingj 
May fly intothebofomcofmy dcarc. , 

If not,clofc them and floopc into my graue. 

J/4r^*r/.Ifthisbc all renow.ncd Conquerors 
Aduance your drooping fpirits, and rruiue 
The wonted courage ot your Conquering mindty 
For this faire picture painted on my (hield 
Is the true counterfeit of Jouely Blancb 
Princes and daughter to the King oFDantt : 
Whole bean tic an'd exceflc of ornaments 
Ddterues another manner of defence, 
Pompeand high perfon to attend herftate 
Than AfarquesLubcck any way prclcnts :, 
^ Therefore her vertucs I rcfigne ro thec, 
Alreadic fhrind in thy religious bre(f, 
To be aduanccd and honoured to the full. 
* Nor beare I tkis an argument of loue : 
But to rehowne iiutBUncb my Soueraigaec Chiidc, 
Jacucrie place where ibttarmesmay doc it. - . 

*f Mancbtfttr. 

William. Ah Mtrejucs ,thy words bring hcaucnwto nay foule. 
And had I heauen to giuefbr thy reward, 
Thoufhouldft bcthrondein novn worthy place. 
But lee my vttcrmoft wealth fuffice thy worth, . 
Which here I vowe,and to afpire the blifle 
That bangs onquicke archiuementofmy loue, 
Thy (elfc and I will traucll in difguHe, 
To bring this Ladie to our Brittainc Court * 

Marques .l^twilliam but bethinke what may auay!e, 
And let mee clie it'I denlcmy ayde. 

William* Then thus ? The Duke ?>ir*t and ch'Earlc Dimtsk 
Will! leau^fubftitures to rale my Realme, 
Whilcmightic loue forbids my being here, - 
And in the name of Sir Robert s$Widfir x 
Will goe with thcc vntothcDaniflvCourt;- 
Kcepc Wrfl/Ww/ fecrcts ^JMAr^nes\{ thou loue him.' 
Bright SUunck I come, fwcct fortune fauour me^. 
And I will laud thy name eternally r - 

Enter the Millet *nd Em hi 
Miller. Come daughter we moft learnc to fliake off pompc. 
To leaue the ftate that carftbcicemd a Knight, 
And gentleman of no meaoe difcent, 
To vndertakc this homely millers trade : 
Thus muft we maske ro fau? our wretched liucs, 
Threatned by Conqucft ofthis hapleflc He : 
Whoie fad inuafions by the Conqueror,' 
Haue made a number fuch as wcfubicd 
Their geqtlc ncckcs vnto their ftubbbrncyoke, 
Of drudging labour and bale pefantrie. . 
Sir ThomM Goddardnovio\& (joddardis, 
Goddardthc Miller of faire Manchclter. 
Why jfhould not I content me with this ftate? 
As good Sir Edmund Tr*fterd$\A the fhile. 
And thou fweet* muft ftoopc to high eftate. 
Toioyne with mine that thus we may 


Tbt Millers daughter 
Our hirmclcflc Hues, which led in greater port 
Would be an cnuious obicd to our io, 
That fcckc to root all Britaincs Gentrie 
From bearing countenance againft their tyrannic, 

Em. Good Father let my fullrcfolucd thoughts, 
With fctled patience to fupport this chance 
Be fomc poore comfort to your aged (bale : 
For therein rcfti the height of my crtate, 
That you are pirated with thisdcie&ion, . 
And that all toyles my hands may yndertake. 
May feme to workc your worthines content. 

Mtller, Thankes my deere daughter : thcfc thy plcafant words 
Transfer my foule into a fccond heauen : 
And in thy fctled minde, my ioyesconfift, 
My Rate rcuiucd, and I in former plight. 
Although our outward pomp be thus abafcd, 
And thralde to drudging, ftayleflc of the world, 
Let vs rctaine thofe honourable mtndes 
That lately gouerned our fupcrior ftate. 
Wherein true gentric is the only mcanc, 
That makes vs differ from bafe millers borne : 

Though we expect no knightly dclicates, 
Nor thirft in foulc for former foueraigotie. - 
Yet may our mmdcs as highly fcornc to jftoopc 
To bafc dedres of vulgars worldlineflc, 
As if we were in our prcfedcnt way. 
And lonely daughter, fincc thy youthfull ycarcs 
Mud needs admit as young afrc&ions : 
And thatfwcctlouc t npartiail percciucs 
Hcrdainie fubicds through euety part, 
Inchicfc receiue thelc Icflons from my lips, 
The true difcouercrs of a Virgins due 
Now rcquifitCj new thai I know thy minde - 
Something enclinde to fauour M/mHtls lute, 
A gentleman, thy Loucr in protcft : 
And that thou maid not be by loue uccciued^ 



But try His meaning fit for thydeferc, 
In purfuit of all amorous de/ires, 
Regard thine honour. Let not vehement fighcs 
Nor carneft vowes importing ferucnt loucj 
Render thec fubic& to the wrath of luft : 
For that transformed to former fwcet delight,. 
Will bring thy body and thy foule to fliame. 
ChaHe thoughts and modettconucrfations, 
Of proofs to kcepc out all inchaunting vo wcs, 
Vainefighes,forft teares,and pittifull afpefts, 
Are they that make deformed Ladies fairc, 
Pooie wretch, and fiich inticing men, 
That fccke of all but oncly prelcntgrace., 
Shall in pcrfeucrancc ofa Virgins due 
Prefer the moftrcfufcrs to the choycc 
Offiichafoulc as yecldcd what they thought. 
But hoe : where \sTrotter? 

Here enters Trotter the Millers man to them fa4 they 
within c^llto him for their grift. 

Trotter. WHcres Trotter ? why Troteer is here . 
Yfaith, you and your daughter go vp and downc weeping, 
And wamenting and keeping cf a wamentation, 
As whb fhould fay. the Mill would goe with your wamcnting. 

vWi//tfr.How now Trotter ? why complained thou (b ? 

Trotter, Why yonder is a company of yourrg men and maids < 

Kcepc fuch a ftir for their grift , that they would hauc it before 
My rcadic to grtndit .But y faith, I would I coulde 
Breake winde enough backward : you fhould noc tarrie for your 
Grift I warrant you. 

Miller. Content thee Trotter, I will go pacific them. Here he ta. 

Trotter. Iwis you will when Icanno?. Why looke, kcth/a a- 

v L 1/11 n .-ii L y touttnenctk. 

You hau a Mill. Why whats your Mill without mee ? 

Or rather Miftres.what were I without you ? 

m. Nay Trotter, if you fall a chiding, I will giuc you oucr. 

Trotter. I chide you dame to amend you. 
You arc toofiae to be a Millers daughter: 



The Millers cUugbtcr 

For if you fhould but ftoope to take vp the tole difii 
You will haue the crampe in your finger 
At leaft ten weckes after. 

cftft//;r.Ah well faid Trott rr,teach her toplay the. good hufwife 
And thou fliak baue her to thy wife,if thou canftgct her good wiJL 
Trotter. Ah words wherein I fee Matrimonie comeioaden 
With kiflcs to faliuc me : Now let me alone to pick the mill, 
To fill the hopper, to take the tole, to rncnd the failc?, 
Yea, and to make the mill to goc with the verie force of my louc. 

Iff re they mvft c All for tbcirgri 

Trotter. I comc.I comc,y faith now- you (hall hauc your grift 
Or clfc Trotter Will trot and amble himfclfc to death. 

They call him againe* Exit. 

Snter kl*f ofDcnifiMrkt, witkfom* attendant s> BUnchhts 

Maruues Lttbeck* welcome home, 
Welcome braue Knight vnto the Dertntfrks King : 
For Williams fake the noble Norm** Duke^ 
So famous for his fortunes and fucccffr, 
Thatgraceth him with name of Conqueror: 
PJght double welcome mu ft thou be to vs. 

Rob. Wtdf>r. And to my Lord the King (hail I recount 
That for his fake vouchfafe to honour me 
A fimple Knight attendant on his grace. 
King Den. But fay Sir Knight, what may I call your name? 

Robert WinAfor. Robert Winjfor and like your miieftie. 

Ktng *Den. I tellthee Robert, I fo admire the man, 
As that 1 count it hainous guilt in him 
That honours not Duke /tftf/Mj with his heart. 
/W/>.Bid thisftraupger wclcome^good my girle. 

BUncb. Sir, (liould 1 neglect your highnes charge heicin,; 
It might be thought of bate difcourtcfic. 
Welcome Sir Knight to c Dctim*rk$ heartily. 

Robert *. 


fflWjC Thanks gentle Ladie.Lord ^*rf**/i what is flic? 

becks That fame ia B/4 r d aughcer to the King, 
The fubftance of the Shadow that you Taw. 

Rolf. Wintfor. May this be {hee> for whom I oroflthe Sea* > 
lam afharn'd Co think I was fo fond, 
In whom there's nothing that contents my minde, 
111 headjWcrfe fcaturde, vncomly, nothing courtly, 
Swart and ilJ fauouicd, a Colliers (anguine skin. 
I neucr fa w a harder fauour*d Slut. \ 

Loue her ? for what ? I can no whit abide her* 

KingofDcKm#rk* tJWaria**, 1 haue this day recciucd lewis; 
?roni Swthi* t that lets me vnderftandy 
Your ranfome is collecting there withlpecd , 
And fliortly fhall be hither fent to yo 

. Nt that I findc occafion of miflike 

entertanment n your graces court, 
But that I long to fee my natiue home. 

JC/f Den. And reafon haue you Madam for thcjfame : 
Lord WtrtjKcs I commit vnto your charge 
The enteruirmientot Sir Robtrt here, 
Let him remsinc with you within the Court 
In folace and difpor r, to fpend the time* ^ 

"Robert Wind. I thank your highnes, whofe bonndca I remaine* 

Blanch ft ettketh thisftcrttlj *tonc cndftb*ft*l** 
Vnhappic Blanch , wha* ftrange efrc&s are thefc 

- That workes within my thoughts confuted ly? 
That ftiil me thinkcs affc&ion drawes me on 

To take, to like, nay more to loue this knight. 

Robert. Wtnd. A raodeft countenance, no heauie fullcn lookf ; 
Not very f aire, but richly dcckt with fa'uour : 
A fweet face, an exceeding daintte band: 
A body were it framed orwax 

* By all the cunning Artifts of the world 
It could not better be proportioned. 
Lubeck: How now Sir Rtbert ? in a ftudic man ? 

B Heft 

Here 15 no time for contemplation. 

Rottrt fri*Jfir.My Lord there is acertaine odd conceit, 
Which on the Hidden greatly troubles me. 

Lttbsckz How like you Brunch / I partly do pcrcciue 
The little boy hath played the wag with you. 
. Sir T^lm.The more I jook the more I louc to lookc. 
Who fa yes that MATHUM is not faire ? 
lie gage my gauntlet giinil chte cnuioui man, 
Thar dares auow there liueth her compare. 

Lubeckt Sir ^ffov* ju>u rniflakc your counterfeit* 
This is thcXady which you came to fee. 

SirRtHert. Yea ray Lord : She is counterfeit in deed : 
For there rs the fubftance that beft contents me. 

L*t>tck That is my loue. Sir Robert you do wrong me. 

J^rrr.The better for you Sir, flic is yur Louc, 
As for the wrong, I fee not how it gro wes. 

Lnbtck. In fecking that which is anothers right. 

Ribcrt.h* who (hould fay your lone were pr 
That none might lookc vpon herbut your felfe. 

Lubecl^ Thcfe iarrcs becomes not our fanaUiaritie, 
Nor will I ftand on tenes to moucyour patience. 

Rrftrt. Why my lor^m not I of flefh & bloud as well as you ? 
Then giue me leaue to loue as well as you. 

Lttbcck* To louc Sir 'Rjbcrt ? but whom ? not (lie I louc ? - 
Nor ftandi it with the honour of my lUte, 
To brooke corriuaU with me in m y louc. 

T^bert. So Sir, we are thorough for that L. 
Ladies farewell. Lord U&rfK/i will you go ? 
I will findc a time to (peake wirh her I trow ? 

l**bcc\^. With all my heart. Come Ladies wil 

- Enter ^ianuile alone difguic* 

Martui/e.Ah Ent the fu^icclo/my rcftlcflc thoughts, 
The Anuyle whereupon my heart ubch beat, 
Framing thy Oatc to thy defcrt, 
Bull ill this life becomes thy hcaucnly looke, . 
Wherein fwcet lone 3ud vcrruc fits enthroned. 


Bid world, where riches is efteemed aboue them both, 

In whofc bafe eyes nought clfc is bountifull. 

A Kilkrs daughter faies the multitude, 

'Sh:rj tcj not be loued of a gentleman. 

Eu . lee them breath their foules into the ay re : 

Yes will I ftill affccl tliec as my lelfe. 

So thou be conftam in thy plighted vow, 

Bur here comes one,! willliftcn to his talke, 

Enter Valiugford at another dore, difyutftd. 'iff mile ftai 

Vitingfcrd, Goctrittitm Cwqfteryr and fcekc thy loue. ' hiding hi. 
Seekethou a mynion in a forren land 
Wiiilcft I draw backe and court my loue at home, 
ThejMillers daughter of faire Manchefter 
Hath bound my feet to this dclighdbrac foyle : 
AndTrom her eyes do d art fuch golden beaincs, 
That holds my heart in her fubie&ion. 

JW*nnile t He ruminates on my beicued choyce : 
God grant he come not toprcucncmy hope. 
Butheres another, him ylc lifiento. 

Enter Moumtiey difguifedat another dore\ 
L. MfUHtfiej. Nature jniuft, in vtterancc of thy artj 
To grace a pefant wiih a Princes fame : 
Pcfant am f fo <> mif-tcrme my loue 
Although a Millers daughter by her birth : 
Yet may her beautie and her vertucs well fuffice 
To hide the blcmifo of her birth in hell, 
Where neither enuious eyes nor thought can pierce, 
But endleffc darkncflc eucr fmother it. 
Goc Wtlliam Cevqufrormd (eckethy ioue, 
WhUeft I draw backe and court mine o w'nc eke while: 
Decking her body with fuch coftly robes 
As may become her beauties worthincfle, 
That fo thy labours may be laughed to fcornc, 
And (he sbci? feckcft ;n rorraine regions, 
Bedarkned and eclinft when &e arriues, 
By one that I hai^p cnofen ffccrcr home. 

B * . 

The Utters d&ghur 

iJ*. Whit COITWS fee to, to intercept my louc > 
Then hyc thee M*n*ilt to forefta!! (uch foes. * 

Mwntncj. What now Lord ftlitiefird arc you bchiudc ? 
The king had chofcR you to gucwiih fctra. 

Pt/MgforJL So chofc he you, therefore I maruell mud; 
That both of vs (hould linger in this fort. 
What may the king imagine of our flay ? 

/ifaf**fjr..The king may i uftly thiuk we arc toblan.c : 
But 1 irrugin'd I might well befparcd 
And that r*o ochor maii had borne my minde. 
Valmgfirt, The like did I: in frcadihip chcn 
What is the cauic of your vnlookt for ftay ? 

M6*nt*cj t Lord Falingford I tell thce as a 
Louc is the tanle ;vby Ibaue 'ia yea behind. 
PMtiugfnrdc Loic r;y Lord ? of WQOIU ? 
Mountnej j+he millers a? lighter ffT 
Vtlittgford. Sut niay this be ? 
Mottntnisj. Why noi my Lord ? I hope full well you know- 
That louc rcfpetfa no difference of flatc 
So beaucie fcfue to ftir aifc^ion. 

y*Hngjord. But this ir is that makes me wonder moft, 
That you and ! *hould be of one conceit 
In fuch i. Orange Tnlikcly paflton. 

But is that true ? my Lord : I hope you do buticft, . 
, I would I did : then were my gricfc the leflfs. 
Nay ncuer grieue - for ifthe caufc be fuch 
To ieyne our thoughts in fuch a Sympathy : 
All enuie fct afide : let y$ agree 
To yeeld to cithers fortune io this choy ce. 

F*li*gf*rd.CwxeiK &y I, and what fo ere befali, 
Shake hands my Lord-and fortune thriuc at all* . Extunto 

Enter Em 3*dTrotttr the Mi tier swum with 4 ktrekifeon 

hie kcat t **da yrintllinhu hand. 
Et, Trtf.t9. /^here haueyoubeenc? 
Trotter, Where hauc I bccae ? wiiy,\vhatfig^ific$hij ? 
Fnt. A kerchiefe^ doth ic aot ? 

Trotter, What call you this \ j>r*7 ? 
m.l fay it is an Vrlnali. 

Tf#f*r.Th*n ?his is myfticaUy to gkic you to vnderfland 
I kaue beeot ae the Phifmicar&e uouie. 
m. How !pnc fcaft then" beene ficke ? 
TSV/WK. Yfaich,e^n as.l?/^ as.I kaur aotbcene halfc well, 
And thst hath becne aiong smt. 

*. A lo^sffring tii^ic ? rather imagine. (help me. 

Trot* It may be? ic : but the l^hifraicary ttls met that you can 
t. Why,, any tfewg I caq doe for jecousde of thy health 
Be right wcU aiTu j^<i of. 

Tret. 'Im-n giue me yeur hand - 
nv. To wh^e end. 

Trf.That zhe ending ofan old indenture 
is the begitsing of z new bf rgaine. 

m* Wbatbargaine? 

Trr.Thaz you promiiidi HOP any thing to recouer my health; 
w.On that condkk5Ji J giue ?hv* my hand, 
Trot. 4hfwcctw. Ifcrthetj 

EM. How ROW Trot ? your maficrs daughter ? 
5><?r. Yfaith X airnc at the faireft, 
Ah fwect w r frc(h as the flowei- s 
That ha<h power to wound my hart. 
And cafe my fraaK, of me poore thtfefe, 
In prifon boutjd. 

f/w. So all your rime lies on the ground. 
But what memes this > 

Trot. Ah marke the deuife, 

For thcemy loue full ficke I was, in bayard of my life 
Thy ptomilc was to make me whole, and for to be my wife* 
Let mee inioy my h>ue my deei, 
And thou poffcfTe ^y Tretter here. 
Em. But I meant no fuch nwter. 

Trvt. Yes woos but you didj lie gee to our Parfon.Sir lohn^ , 
And he fliaii mum We vp the marriage, out of han^ 
^ .- cotncs OBe c h a t <w jii forbid the Banes, , 

The Miller sdwgbtcr 

Here Bitter t M*nilc tt them* 
Ah Sir you come too late. 

m. GocTrotier, my father calles. 
frctter. Would you bane inc goe in, and leaue you two here ? 

Em, Why,darcft thou not rruft me ? 

Trotter. Yes faith, euen as long as I fee yon. 

km. Goe thy waics 1 pray thee hartily. 

Trotttr* That fame word (hartily) is of great force. 
I will goe : but I pray fir, beware you 
Come not too aecrc thfr wench. Exit Tetter. 

Manuile. I am greatly beholding to you. 
Ah Mfiflres. fometime I mitgh haue faid my loue, 
But time and fortune hath bereaued me of that, 
And I am abie& in ihefc gmiou? eyes 
That with remorfc earft taw into my gricfe, 
May fit and fig h the fbrrowes of my heart, 

Em. In deed my iJMtnHtlc hath fomecaufe to doubc, 
\Vhen fuch a fwaine is riuall in his loue, 

AfAHMile.tib Em, were he the man that caufeth this miftruft, 
I fliouid cfteemc of thce as at th?e-firft. 

w. But is in y loue in earntft all this while? 
t^fanuilt. Eelceue me Esn, ii is not time to ieft 
When others ioycs, what lately I pofleft. 

Em. If touching louc my Mtrtxilc charge me thus ? 
Vnkindly muft 1 take it at his hands, 
For that my conscience cleeres me of offence. 

Mxnnilc. Ah impudent land fhamlcflc in thy il! 4 
That with thy cunning and defraudfull tongue 
Seeks to delude the honed meaning minde: 
W as neucr heard ia t~frlanchtjltr before, 
Of truer loue then hath been betwixt rstwaine : 
And for my yart how I haue hftardcH 
Difplc-ifure-of ray father tnd my friends 
Thy (elfe car* wkn<?. yet notwithftanciing this: 
Two gcnticTin attending &nDHktWtlli*9n 

i I heard them named, 



Oft times refort to Tee and to be feene, 
Walking the ftrectfaft by thy fathers dore, 
Whofe glauncing eyes vp to windowes caft, 
Giues tefties oftheir Maifters amorous hcarc. 
This m is noted and too much talked on v 
Some ice it without miftruft of iH. . 
Others there arc that {cormt if grin thereat, 
And faitbjtheregoestheMillcrsdaughters wooers. 
Ah me, whom chiefly and tnoft of all it doth cortcerac 
To fpcnd my time ID gricfe and vex my foulc, 
To thinkc my loue flhoud be rewarded thus, 
And for thy fake abhorre all women kind, . 
Em. May not a maid looke vpon a man 
Without fufpitious judgement ofthe world ? 

Afanuile. If fight doc moue oftcntc , it is the better not to fee- 
But ,thou didft more vnconftant as thou art, 
For with them thou hadft talke and conference. 
Lm. May not a maid talke with a man without miAruft ? 
Cftf<fmrjY*.Not with fuch men fufpecled amorous. 
Em. I grieue to fee ray t^ftKuiles ieloufic 
<JttAnHile. Ah m, faithful! loucisfulloficloufie, 
So did! loue thec true and faithfully, 
For which -I am rewarded moft vnthankfully. 

Exit in ft ragty Lftf* net Em* . 
And fo away ? what in difplcafuregonc? 
And left me fuch a bitter fwcct to gnaw rpon ? 
Ah ^/4*//r,littlc wotteft thou-, 
How mere this parting goeth to my heart. 
Vncourteous loue whofc followers reaps reward, 
Of hate difdainc, reproach and iufamie, 
The fruit of frantickc, bedlame ielouiie. 

Her centers 

But here comes one of theft fufpuiousmen; 
Witncs my God without defcrt of me : 
For oncly Ufyanui/e honor I in heart : . 
Nor fltall yukindneffc caufc me from him to 

The Millers daughter 

j. For thiigood fortune, Venus be th*: ckftj 
To meet my loue, the irrifti'esfrny hccrr* 
Where time and plac* ciucs Dppormnitie 
A^ full to let her vndcrSand Ky iaue. 
fit wrxes .oEm&?fftr<ti>i*ke htv i>y :ht ha> 
Fairc miftres, unc-j a*^ fortune for||fc v/elU 
Heart you u word. What nuMnetti chi*? 

I am oing hcKi^f^crHs, Sit s 
**m s >f7. Yst ftay (fwwt lout) ?o whom 1 muu difcioic 
The hidden iertcss of louers thoughts, 
Hot doubting buc sc- findc iiich kode remorfc 
Ai naturally you .ire udio*;o ?o. 

m. The Gendeman your friend Sir, 
I hauc nocfeeue hio? ^hisfourj: dy;sat chclcaft. 

AfoMfttKcj. whats chit to mee ? I fpeake not(fvv<^t)ia perfon of 
But for my fc]fc ; whoni ifehat loue dcferue (ray friend, 

To hauc regard being honouiabie iuuc i 
Not bafc airc&i ofioofe li(ciuiou> loue j 
Whom youthhill Wantons play ami dally With : 
But thai Vnitci in honourable bandaof holy rytcs, 
And knits the facred Knot than Gads, ^-n 2* vttttimtf* 

Em What .n?anc you fir to keej* nt here ^ \ong I- 
I cannot vnderftand you by your hgncs , 
"You keepc a prat ling wrth your 'ips 8 
But neucr a word you(pc5kcchs.tT :anheare. 

Afouwy. What is (he drafe? * great ioip 
Yet remedies there are for fuch defe6^io 
Sweet Er, it is no littiegricfc ;o racfej 
Hath wrought perfections rich and admirable. 
Em. Spcakc you to me Siu? 

w* I cannot heare you. 

MoHit&cj. Oh plague of fortune: Oh hell without compare. 
What boots it vs to gaze and not cnioy ? 


of Mancheflcrl 

Em. Fare you Well Sir. Exit E*t. 

cJ^/(MW*<7. Fare well my loue Nay faic well life and all*; 
Could I procure redrcfle for chis infinnitie, 
It might be mcancs fliec would regard my fuit. 
I am acquainted with the Kings Phyfirions : 
Amonglt the which there's one mine honcft friend, 
Seignior Alberto* very learned man, 
His iudgment will I haue to help this ill. 
Ah Ew t fairc Em, if art can make thcc whole : 
He Buy that fenfe for thee, although it cod me dearc, 
But Afountnej : ftay, this may be but deceit, 
A matter faincd onely to delude thee. 
And not vnlikc, perhaps by faliagftnl, . 
He loucs fairc Ewas well as I. 
As well as I Pah no, not halfe fb well. 
Put cafe, yet may he be thine cnemie, 
And giuc hcrcoufifclltoditrcmble thus. 
lie try the eucnt and if it fall out fo , ' 

Fricndfriip farewell : Loue makes me now a foe, fxh JULoHkttteyl 
Enter iMarqftei Lubgckj *n A Mar Una* 

AfariaffA.Trul\ me my Lord, I am forry for your hurt. 
Lubcck. Gramercie Madam : but it is not great : 
Oncly a thruft, prickt with a Rapiers point. 

MM tan a. How grew the quarrell my Lord ? 

'Lubcck.* Sweet Ladie, for thy lake. 
There was this laft night two maskes in one company. 
My fclfe the formoft : The other ftrangers were : (fures, 

Amongft the which, when the Muficke began to found the Mea 
Each Masker made choice of hi Lad ie : 
And one more forward then the reft ftept towards thee : 
Which I perceiuing thcuft him a fid r, and tooke thee my (clfcr 
But this was taken in fo ill part, 

That at my comming out of the coart gate, with iuftling together , 
Ic was my chance to be thruft into the arrne. 
The doer thereof bccaufc he w*s the origtnall caufc of the difordeif 
Atthat inconuenient time, y/as prcfcntly committed^ 

G And 



..Centers Ad if thUtiomJog fan for wanfwrr the matter: 
iir Robert of And I think here he comes.Whtt Sir Robert oftfWyJrhow now? 
sir Robfrt.lfatb my Lord a prifoner:but what ailcs yourarme? 
kj Hurt the hit night b y mifchancc. 

. What, not in the ma$kc at ihe Court gate ? 
. trtft me there. 

Sir o.Wby then my Lord 'I thank you for my nighci lodging. 
Ltthcckj And I youfof my hurt, if it were fo ; 
Keeper a waie,I discharge you of your prifoner. Ew'nhf Kteper. 
Str 1(fl. Lot+MArqittj, you oftcrd rue difgrace to (houlder me. 
Lubcck^ Sir I kne w y<w not ,nd therefore joji muB pardon me , 
And rive nther it might be allciged to me of 
Mccrc draplicitie, to fee another dance with my Miftris 
DifguiiedjarMlI my felfe in prtfcncc : but feeing it 
Wai oar haps to damnific each other vn will jngfy, 
Let vs bo concent wkh our h armef , 
And lay the fault where it Mras^and fo become friends. 

Sir Kofat. Yfai th lam contcat with ray nights lodging 
If you be content with your hurt. 

Ltibecl<* Not content that I haue it, but content 
To forget ho w I came by it. 

Sir Robert. M Lord, hcie comes Ladic BU*ck t \w away. 

Ltthckj With good will, Ladic you will ftay ^ 

Sxit Lttbeckjtnd Sir T^bcrt. 

Mtr'tA**. Midam- 

Bi*Htk. M*ri44,u I am grieued^wiih chy -preftncc ; 
So am I not otfended for thy abfcncc, 
And were itnot abrcach to^rnodeAje, 
Thou flK)uldeft know-before I left rfcec. 

Mart***' How ncare is this humor to rnadncflc, ;'', 
If you hold on as you bcgin,you 
arin t precy ,way to fcolding. 
Bbxcb. To fcold'ng hufwifc ? 
M*ri*n*, Mad am hcrr cones one. 

o/Mtncbefter, ' 

<. There doth indeed. Fellow wouldcftdiou haueany 
Thing with any body here ? 

Mejfcngcr. I haue a letter to dcliucr to the 

"BUwtch. G iue it me. 

Me fen. There m u ft none but (bee hane 

B/annchfittchcth the leiterfrtm hk 
Go to foolifh fellow. 
And therefore to eafc the anger I fuftaine, 
lie be fo bold to open it, whan here? 
Sir Rdtrt greets you well ? 
Your Ma iltrics, his loue, bis life ; Oh amorous mau^ 
How he entertaines his new Maiftrcs ; 
Ami beftowes on **vr^hisoddc friend 
A home night cap to kecpc in ill's wit. 

Jlfuritn*. Madam though you haue difcourtcoufly 
Read my letter, yet I pray you giue it me. 

B&mncb. Then take it there, and there, and there* 
ShttcATesit EtexitBlaxnck. 

CWttrtAn*. How far doth this differ from raodeftic : '1 

Yet will I gather vp the pecces, which bap Jy 
May (he w to me the intent thereof 1 

Though not the meaning* 

' SkcAthcrs vp tktfcectj and itjncs them, 
w ftruant and loue fir ^kenrfWintfor 

ieth fang health and happincflcj 

The name of fir 'Rgl 

Were he the Monarch of the world 

He fhculd not difpoficffc Z-^r^of his loue* 

Therefore I will to the Court, and there if lean 

Cloft to be-freinds with Lad ic Blaunch, 

And thereby keepe Lftfackjny loue for my ftlft : 

And further the La die Blanch in her fute as much as I may 

Icloufiethat fiiarpsthe loucrs fight, 
And makes him conc,cfiuc and confter hi$ intent 

C i 


The Millers daughter 

Hath Co bewitched my loucly cjfa*ui/j fence s, 
That he mifdoubts \\\sEm that loues his foulc, 
He doth fufpctft coiriuab in hislouc : 
Which how vntruc ic is txiudgeiiiy GoJ 
Bucjpow no more : Here commcih falitigftrj : 
Shift him otfnow, aftou halt done the other. Eftr 
V*li*gf. See how Fortune prefects me with the hope I lookt for 

Sm. Who is that > 

J r *lingf. I am V*lingfordi\\y louc and friend* 

m. I cry you mercie Sir : I thought fo by your fpcecb * 

Vtlingf. What tileth thine eyes ? 

Em. Oh blinde Sir,blind,ftrikcn blinde by mifhap on a fudden , 

Valingf. But is rt poffible you (liould be taken OR fuc h a fuddcr.: 
Infortunatc ftlifigjird to be thus croft in thy Joue. 
Faire Em, \ am not a little forric to fee this thy hard hap : 
Yet neuerthekfie, I am acquainted with a learned Phy iitian, 
That will do any thing for ihce at my requeft. 
To htm will I refort, and enquire his iudgrmcnt, 
As concerning the rccouerieoffo excellent a icnce. 

Em. O JL^nl Sir : and of all things I cannot abide Phy fickc : 
The verie name thereof to me is odious, 

Va'liHfford. No ; not the thing will doe ihee fo much good ? 
Sweet Em, hither I came to parley ofloue, 
Hoping to hauc found thce in thy woonted profperitic. xw .- t 
And haue the gods foTnmercifulIy cU waned ray expectation/ 

By dealing fo (initial y with |hec iwect Em f 

m.Goo(\ iir,nomorejt fits not roe 
To haue rcfpect to fuch taine fahtaftcs 
As idle loue prcfcntsmy eares wiihall, 
More reafon I fliould ghoflly felfc, 
To (acted prayers, for this my former finne. 
For which this plague is iuftly fallen vpon me, 
Than to barken to the vanities of loue. 

Ftliiyrfard. Yet fwcct Em accept this icwel at y hand, 
\Vhich fbcfio\\ on jhcc in token of my louc. 

Em. A Jewell fir, what plea&rc can Thane 
la jewels, treafurc, or any worldly thing 
That want my fight that (hould difcerne thereof ? 
Ah fir I muft Icaue you : 
The paine of mine eyes is facxtrearae 
I cannot long ftay in a place.I take my Jeauc. Exit m.. 

Valtngfird. Z,ounds,whac a crofle is this to my conceit ; 
But ^/f*/wW,(earcfc tlfc depth of thudeuife. 
Why may not this bcfairicdfubtihic, 
By Ms*iteyes inucntion,to the intent 
Th$t I fccintf fuch occafion fliould Icaue off my fuif,, 
And not any more perfitl to fohcite her of ioue ? 
He trie the cucnt, if 1 can by any meancs prrceiue 
ThcefFcdl of this deceit to be procured by his meaner, 
Friend Mountr.cj the ope of TS is like to repent our bargain. Exit., 
Enter tJWitritnA and tJMartjUfsLubed^. 

Lttbcck. Ladie, iincc that occafion for ward in our good 
Prefcntcth place and opportunitie : 
Let me inrrcat your woontcd kind confenc 
And frcindly furtherance in a fuit I hauc. 

Marian*. My Lord you know you need not tointrcat,. 
But may command MariAn* to her power 
Be it no impeachment to my honoft fame. , 

Lnbtc\t. Free are my thoughts from fuch baft villanic 
As may in queftion.Ladic, call your name : 
Yet is the matter of fuch confcquencc, 
Standing vpon my honorable credit, 
To be efteelcd with fuch zealc and fccrefie, 
As fliould I fpcakc and faile my expectation 
It would redound greatly to my prejudice. 

J&triaNa.My Lord wherein hath cJWtriatt* giuen you occafioa 
That you fliould miftruft or elfc be iealous of my fccrefie ? 

Lttbeck^MAttAnA^Q not nfifconfter ofrne: 
I not miftruft thee,nor thy fecrefie, 

Nor let my Ioue milconfter my intent,. 

Nor thinke thereof but well and honourable 

C 5 ? Tba* 


The Millers daughter 

'Thus ftands the cafe : ThouknowefHrom England 
Hither came with me m />PirWyr, t nobleman 
Luftic and valiant, brfpringtime of Ws yearcs, 
No ma rucll then though he proue amorous. 

//4r//*4.true my Lord,hcame to fee fairc BUrtfk. 

Jktbetk* No Un*n*rt*, that is -not it. 
His loue to Blotch was then extinct 
When firft he faw thy face 
<Tis chee he loues : yea, thou art onelyibce 
That is maiftris and commander of his thoughts. 

c/i;r4. .Wcllj well, my Lord, Mike you, for fuch drift* 
Put filly Ladies often co theis fliifts, 
Ofttiaue I heard you-fay,AW>u loncd me well: 
-e^, rwocncthcfame, ana Ibelccued vou to. 
.(Jan thtsbefotmdAa^iaa ofgeod faith, 
Thus to diUewbic where you found true loue ? 

Lttfafk. Mark**, I not jJifTcmble on mine honor : 

Nor failes my faith to tkee. But for my friend, 
For princely ff ////4w , tiy whom dsooihak poflcflc 
The title ote^atf and Maicftie, 

Fitting iby loueatd rcrtuesofchy minde, 
For him I fpeakc, for him do \ intrear, 
And with r hy fauour fully do rcfene 
To him thedaime ?ad inrereft ofmy loue. 
Sweet zJIfaritM thea denie mee not. 
, l*oueWiMtam, loue mv friend and honour mee 
Who elfe is deane difnonoured by thy meanes. 

c3/4r//w4, Borne to mifhap, my felfc am onely fliee 

On whosn the Sunne of fortune neuer (hined : 
Sat Planets rulde by retrogarde afpec^, 

, Foretold mine ill in my natiaitic. 

Luttcl^ Sweet Ladie ceafe, let my mtreatic fcruc 
To pacine the pillion ofthy grieft, 
< Wtich well I know proceeds of ardent loue. 
*. But t->nbcckj\ow regards n< 
luen as my life, fo loue I 

$f M.anchcftcr. 


Why ^yoapoftmee to another then? 
e my friend, and ;I do- loue the man. 
Thcn will /^J^fKwTuwfobaieof my loue > 
o as b life M*ri*** he doth loue. 

ake for your fejfc my Lord let him alone. 
Lttbeck* So do 1 Madam, for he and 1 am dne. 
(J*trM*f .Then toning you I do concent you both. 
Lubtc}^ In louing him you (hall content vs both. 
Me, for 1 craue that fauour at your hands : 
He for hopes that comfort at your hand* < 

. Lcaue of my lord, here comes the Ladie BUnch. 

LMecks Hard haptobreake vf of ourtalke fo foone, 
Sweet C/W4^*rf, doc remember me. xit Lubcc^, 

Mtrut**. Thy Lftftriana cannot chufe but remember thee. 

'BUnch. AfArtAM wellmet,you arc yerie forward iti your loue? ' 
MtftMu. M^dam be it m fecret fpoken to yottr fclfc, 
If you will but follow the complot I haue inuented - 
Y6U willoorthink tuc fo forward ; 
As yourielreiriall prouc fortunate. . 

, Madam 'as thu s : It is not ynkno wen to yeir 
That Sir f S^tn ofrriwlfor, 
A man that you do not little effeteine, 
Hath long importuned me of loue : 
But rather then I will be found fa 1 fc 
Or vniuil cochdJMir^/ Lubecki 
I will as did the conftant ladie T enclose, j 
Vfldertake to efFo5lfome great taskc. 
Bfach. What of all thi ? .- 

C^f4T/44iTiie next time thsft ^r T^obert (liall COIHC. 
In his woonted (on to iblicit me with loue, 
LftflNeenieto agree and like of any thing 
That the Kmght iliali dcmaund, fo far forth 
AI h beno impeachment to my chaflitic > : 

lace forto-mcecehc rnttf ^ 

For my conuey ance from the Dtmmtrkf Court : ;^> 

Which determined vpon, he will appoy nt fome certaine time 
For our departure : whereof you hauing intelligence, 
You may foonc fet downc a plot to wcwc the En^lifh Cro wne, 
And then ; 

Blanch. What then? 

Mariana. If Sir. Robert proue a King and you his Queeoc 
How then ? 

Blanch. Were I aflured of the one, as I am perfwadcd 
Of the otherwhere were fome poffibilitic in it* 
But here conies the man. 

Mariana. Madam begon and you (Kail fee 
I will wot ke to your defireand my content. ExitBfatcb. 

William. Con. Lady this is well and happily met, 
Fortune hcthcrto hath becnciny foe, . 

And thoughihaucoit fought to fprekc with you, J - 

Yet ftill hai|e'beenec?oft with fimfter haps. 
I cannot Mad am tell tiouiog tale 
Or court my Maiftrcc with fabulous difcourfes, 
That am a fouFdier fworne to folio warmcs : 
But this I bluntly let you rndcrftand, 
I honour ycm with fiwla religious zcalc 
As may become an honorable minde. /t^tf*" 
NOT may I make nay loue the fiegeofTroy 
That am a ftrangcr in this Countr ie. 
Firft what I am, I kno w you arcteiblued, 
For that my friend hath let you chat Co tnderftand. 
The Afarqitts LH becl^ to whdm I am to bound , 
That whilcft I Hue I count me onelj^his. 

Mariana. Surely you arc behold ing to the Marques, 
For he hath aft ejlmcft>m your ciufc. 

Wi/iiam. And ycclds n>y tacjic thcn^thw requeH 
To grace Duke William gfauous louc ; 

Mariana. My Lord lama pnfoacr^ and hatd it were 
To get me from the Co uit j /s.b^.-r.. 
WtUHm. An cajk MiwritP g y eo from tte Our;. 



If cafe that you will thereto ghie content. 

MitruKsa. Put cafe I fhouid, how would you vfe me then ? 

WilltAm. Hot other wife but well and honorably. 
I hauc at Sea a fliip that doth attend, 
Which fliall forth with conduct rs into England j 
Where when we are, I ftraight will marrlc thce. 
We may not ft ay deliberating long 
Lcaft that fufpuion,enuious of our weak 
Set in a foot to hinder oar pretence. 

LMariaa*. But thii I thinkc were mofl conucnient 
To make my face the better to fcapc vnknownc. 

WilltAm. A good deuife : till then, Far well faire louc. 
' M*ri**a. But this I muft intrett your grace, 
You would not feekby iuft vnlawruUy 
To wrong my chaft determinations. 

f?illiMt, I hold that man moft fliamclefle in his finnc 
Thatfeelces to wrong an hone ft ladies name 
Whom he thinkes worthy of h is ma rriage bed* 

OfjfrirffM. In hope your oath is true, 
I leaue your grace till the appointed time. 

Wittianr.O hippie William, blcflcd in thy lout : 
Moft fortunate in M*ri***es louc : 
Well //^^wcll, this courtefie of thine 
I will requite if God permit me life. JExk* 

Enter V*lingftrAA*diJ*toHiitncyAtt*ofM*&tt fartt, faking 

angerlj each on other with Triers Ar **>**. 
Afo(t*lncj. U4liHgftr4 t {b hardlic I d ifgeft an iniurie 
Thou haft profered me,ts wer't not that I deteft to do what ftad - 
Not with, the honor of my name, 
Thydearh (hould paie thy ranfome of thy fault. 

Vdingford. And Mww/rry, had not my rcucnging wratj^ 
Incenft with more than ordinarie louc 
Bccnc fuch for to dcpriue theeof thy life, 
Thou had ft notltocd t braueinc as thoudocft; wretch as thouarc, 
Wherein hath Vditffard offended clocc ? 

The Millers daughter 

That honourable bond which Ute we did confirmc 

In prclenccof thegods, 

When wirh the Conqueror we arriued here 

For my part hath been kept inviolably 

Till now too much abufed by thy villanie, 

I am inforced to cancell all thofc bands, 

By In t'u.g him which I To well did loue. 

MoHntnt). Subtill thoa art, and cunning in tky fraud, 
Thatgiuing me occafion of offence*, 
Thou pkklt a quarrcll to excufc t hy fhame . 
Why V*H*gford t was Unot enough foithee 
To be a mull twixt me and my loue, 
Butcounfell her to my nofmalldifgrace, 
That when I came to talke with her of loue, 
Shee fhould for me deafe, as raining not to heare ? 

y*lingfortl. But hath ftiee M9**t*<j vfcd thce as thou faycfl ? 

MoMHttitj. Thou kno weft too well fhee hath : 
Wherein thou couldeft not do me greater iniurie. 

V*H*gfrd. Then I perceiue we arc deluded both: 
For when I offered many gifts of Gold and iewels 
To entreat for loue, (bee hath refufed them with a coy difdtinc, 
Alleaging that fhec could not ice the funne. 
The iamc conieflurrd I to be thy drift, 
Thar fayning fo (hee might be rid of mee. 

C^/tfKWw^jThc like did I by tUee.But are not thefe naturallim- 

FdiHgferd.lnaiy conicclure merely counterfeit : (pediments? 
Therefore letsjoyne hands mfricndftip-oncc againc, 
Since that the iarre grew only by conie&ure. 

C3/MW*;;. With all my heart : Yet lets tryethe truth thereof. 

J*"*// >%f. With right good will. We will ftraighr vnto her father, 

And there to learne whether it be fo or no. Exeunt. 

" Enter William 4d Bkncb tbfaittfedfvith * mtskf 

. Come on my loue the comfort of my life : 
DHguifedthus weraayremaine vnknownc, 



Aodget we once to Seas, I force not then, 
We quickly fhall attainc theEnglifti (hore. 

Blanch. But this I vrge you with your former oath 
You fhall not feekc to violate mine honour, 
Vntill our marriage rights be all performed. 

milt Am. Marian*,tetc I fweareto thee by hcauen, 
And by the honour that I bearc to Armci, 
Neuer to fcckc or craue at hands of thec 
The fpoyle of honourable chaftitic 
Vntill we do attaine the Englifli coaft, 
Where thou (halt be my right efpoufed Qiiecne: 

Blanch. In hope your oath proccedcth from your heart, 
. Lets leaue the Court, and bccakc vs to his power 
That gbucmes all things to his mightie will, 
And will reward the iuft with endleflc ioye, 
And plague the bad with raoft extreme annoy, 
Will****. Lady as little CMpriance as we may, 
Lcaft foroc mif-fertunc happen by the way. 

Extt Blanch and William* 
Enttr the Miller t tjtsm**Tr9tter t & Lflf*n*ifa 
Miller. I tell you fir it is no little grccfc to mec, 
You (hould fo hardly conceit of my daughter, 
Whofc honeft report, though I faicic, 
Was neuer blotted with any title of defamation. 

Manitilc. Father Miller jkt repaire of thole gentlemen to you* 
Hath giucn toe great occasion to m tflikr. (houfe, 

Miller. As for thoft gentlemen,! neuer faw in them 
Any cuill intreatie. But fhould they haue profered it, 
Her chafte minde hath proofe enough to preuent it. 

Trotter* Hiole gentlemen are as honeft as cucr Ifaw : 
For y faith one of them gaue me fix pence 
To fetch a quart of Seek. See rnafter here they come. 

Enter Mwntnej *nd yaltn^frrd. 
tjrltllcr. Trotter, CA> ) i, ^ow they are here together, 
He haue this matter throughly debated, Exit Trotter* 

Jl met. We are come to confer Wit' you 
D a 

(in a nutter* 

Tbt Millers daughter 

; with his daughter rather* 
ii'n father, we arc come tb 
Milltr. Geockspcii asjou are ftrangcrs to me, 
Yet by the w? y of coiiriefie you fliaUdemanei 
Any reafonable thing at my hands. 

Af**itilt,VJhx is the matter fo forward i 
They come to era ue his good will ? 

falfn^forJ. It is giuen vs to vridcrftand that your daughter 
Isfudenly become both blinde anddcafe. 

c3////*r. Mary Stood for bid : I haue fcnt for her, in deed 
She bath kept her chamber thi; three diics. 
It were no little griefc to me ifit Should be fo . 

This isi*ottTiudgcment for her trecherie. 
E*t(T Trtttcr /(MjtHf $m. 
rc your wcrus arc two true : 
Set where Trotter comes k? dug of hc<v 
Wnat ayles my Z*t, not blinde I hope^ 

Em. LMoHHtney and y*lt*gfrd bocffogether ? 
And M*nuilc> to whom I haue faithfully vowed my lout ? 
How fuddccly helpc thy fclfe. 

AfoM*t*fj.Tki9 is no dcfembliog i'*ligford. 
V*li*gf9rd. If it be ; if Aunning!y conuiucd of all (ides* 
JBT. Tntttr lend me thy hand , 
And as thou loucft rne keep my counfcll 
And iufiiHc what focuer I fie, and He largely requite the*. 

Trott. Ah f that isas much as to faieyou would tell a monfttous, 
Terrible, horrible,outragiou li^. 
And Ifliall foch it ,npbcrlady. 

Em. My prcfcnt cxtremitie wills me, if thou ioueme TVw/rr f 
Tinner, That fame word louc makes me to doe any thing. 
Km. Tretttr where* mf father ? 

Ht thrifts Em vfrnktrfuhtr. 

Tnttrr. Wjiy whs t a blinde dunce ate you, can you not (ee ? 
He ftandeth right before you, 

m* If this my father ? 
Good father, giue me leaue to fit 

Wherclmaynot be diflurbed , 

Sirfi Ced MSIil^iteot^my^fe nd hetrtng. 

j*/////r. Tc II me IW? ttfW, hoW came <h! s bEndaca. * 
Thy eyes arc Jouely to to6ke" on, 
And yethauc they loft the benefit oft he it fight. 
What a ty-ierc is thssto thy poorc Father? 

Etn. Good father let me not ffarid as an open gailng ftoclcto 
But in a place alone as fits a creature fo miftrable. (euexte one, 

Millar c Trotter, leaci her in, tht vtter outrthrow 
Offkorc ^0^iir^ioyandoely folacc. 

.v// thfUWifler, Trotter and Em* 

Munuilt. Both blinde and dcafe, then 'is (he no wife fer me ; 
And glad am I fo good occafion is hapned~: ' 
Now will I away to ^Manthefer^ 
And leaue thefegentlcmen to their blinde fortune. Extt Mknnilc* 

AfffHntHf-rt Since fortune h ztfptms tpitcfuliy croft our hope, 
Let vs leaue this gicfi and harden after oar King , 
Who is at this day landed at LirfMUS Exit 

/ . ViliHfferd. Goe my I.or^ lie folio w you* 
\Vcll,now Mouittnty is gone 
Il (Uie behind to folkit my Joue ; 
For I imagine that I diaHfind thisbut a fained inucntrou 
Thereby to hauc TS leaue oft*bur fuiti. 

Zwetft. X Well LtfockjNtll, it is not pofftblc 
But you muft be tonfenting. to this a& ; 
>is (his the man fo highly you extold ? 
And play a pare fo hateful! with his friend ? 
Since firn he came with thce into the court 
WfltecnteriAinementand what countenance 
He hath rcceiued, none betfcr kno wes than thour 
. Jf ift rccomptrtcc whereof, he qy itcs me well, 
To flealea war faire JMnriMei my prifoner^ . 
AVhofe ranfome being lately greed ypon, 
4ain deludf d of by thi 

The Millers Jtugbtcr 

Befides, 1 know nor how to anfwerit 

When fhce /hall be demanded home toS wcthrt. 

/,*<r^. My gracious Lord comechirc not I pray 
Worfer of Luieckthin he doth dcicrur: 
Your highnes knowes Afaruo* was my louc, 
Sole paragon and miftres of my thoughts. 
Is it likely Ifhould know of her departure, 
Wherein there is no-man miured more than I? 

Zt*o. That carries reafon Af*rej*es I confefTe. 
Call forth my daughter, yet I am pcrfwaded 
That (hee poore ioulc fufpe&ed not her going : 
For as I heare : (hee like wile loned the man, 
Which he to blame did not at all regard. 

RocJlia. My Lord here iitbcPrinccfle M*ri***: 
' It is your daughter ii conueyed away. 

Zwcno. What, my daughter gQ|i? 
Now (JMarques your villanie breakes foorth. 
This match is of your making, gentle fir : 
And you (hall dearly .know the price thereof. 

L*hck. Knew I thereof, or that there was intent 
In Robert thus to ftealc your highnes daughter 
Let heauens in iuftice prcfewdy ccnfoui.dW. 

ZwcHf.Not all(he proeeMations thou canft vfe, 
Shall faue thy life. Away with him to prifon. 
And minion ,othcr wi fc ic cannot be, 
But you are an agent in thistrecherie. 
I will reucugc it throughly on you both. 
Away with her to prifon. Here* ttufte indeed ? 
My daughter ftolen away ? 
It booicth not thus to di/turbeitt.y felfe, 
But orefently to fend to Englifli Wtllitm, 
To (end me that proud kni^lit of Wimiibr hither, 
Here in rny Court co fuftcr tor his (hanae : 
Or at my plcafurc ro be piinifned there 
Wuha 11^ that Blanch be lent me homcagainc, 
Or I (hall fetch her vnco^/Wyirj coft/ 

Yea, iH<!W///riptt90 if he dcnic her mec ? Exit 

Enter Willt*it*lttH wtth fouldiery. 

ITtllitm. Could any crofle, could any plague be worfc ? 
Could heaucn or hell did both confptte in one 
To afflid my fou!e,inucnt greater fcourge 
Than prcfently Jam rormentcd with? 
Ai) Af. t ri;wA caufe of my lament : 
loy of my heart, and comfort of my life 
For tbee I breath my forrowes in the ayre, 
And tire my fclfe: for filently I figl, 
My forrowes afiRidsmy foale wichequalipaflion. 

SoH/aier. Go to firrah j>ut vp, it is 10 fmall purpofe. 

Wtl/iam. Hence Yillaiocs hnce,da youlay your hands 
Vpon your Soueraigne ? 

Sonlditr. Well fir, we will deale for that, 
Bu; here comes one will rcmcdic all this. 

Sottldier. My Lord, watching this night in the campe, 
We tookc this man, and know not what he is : . 

And in his companie was a gallant dame, - 
A woman faire in out watd me we flicc fcemd, . 
But that her face was mask'd we could not lee 
The grace and fauour of her countenance; 

f lJf march. Tell me good fellow oFwhence and what thou arr. 

Somtticr. Why do vou not anfwer my Lord ? 
He takes (come to anfwer. 

c Dcnt*rch. And takeft thou-fcorne to anfwer my demand > 
Thy proud beh auiour rcry well dcfcruf s 
This mifdcmcanour at the word beconftrucd. 
Why docft thou ncitherkhow, nor haft thoii httrd ? 
That in the abfcnce of the Saxon Duke, 
Dsmtrch is btttfpr cill Subfticutc 
To punifli thofe that fh ill offend the 1 awes. 

WtHi*m. In knowing this, I knowthou arta traytoi^ .. 
A rebel I , and mutf nous confp irator . 
Why &etnarcb, knowcft thou who I*m? v 

The Miller* daughter 

f/J. Pardon my drctd Lord the error of my fence, 
And mifucmeanoi to your princely excellence. 
^/tf. Why 'Z>jM?v : WtSat is thecaufc my fubic<fts are in armes? 

DtmArcb. Free a re my thoughts my dread and gracious Lord 
From treafon to your ftateand common weaie, 
Only reuengemcnt of a prtuate grudge, 
By Lord Dim lately profered me., 
That ft and* not with the honor of my name, 
Iscaufc I hat'c tifembled for my guard 
Some mm in arrnes that nay vwhfUnd his force, 
Whofcfcued malice jyoieth it my life. x 

K'iUitm. Wjicre is lord Dirot ? 

Ite-xarch.ln anaes, my gracious Lord, 
Not pa ft two miles from hence,, 
As credibly I am aftertaiaed. 

Jrillitm. Welcome, let ?s goe, 
I fcarc I (hall find tnytori ofyou both. Exit. 

rV. Indeed /ir k would do terie well 
If you could inrreac your father to come hither : 
But if you thinkc K be coo far, 
I care not much to take h or fe and ride to Mancb oftcr. 
I am fuce my daughter U concent wkk either : 
How fjyeft thou Elmer art thou not ? 

Eler. As you (hall think beft I muft be contented. 

M**iU t WeJI^r,farc well, onlyjhui much, 
I pray make all things in a teadines, 
Either to feme hew or to carry thither with vs. 

Citi***> Asfor that (i^uJte you no care, 
And fo I betake you to your iouraic. 

Bw fafc, whit gentleman is this ? 
*VT/.Gtffoced Citjanigfrt a maa craue a word or two with you? 
Citizen. CiwHbrbid elfc hr, I pray you fpeake your plcafure, - 
gentleman chat parted from you was he not 



OfManchefter, his father liuing Acre of good accountt 

Citizen. Ye* mary is he fit ; why doc you aike ? 
Belike you haue bad fomc acquaintance vyith him. 

Vtlingfird I haue been acquainted in times pa ft, 
But through his double dealing, 
I amgrowen werie of his companie. 
For be it /poken to you : 

He hath been acquainted with a poore millers daughter, 
And diuers times hath promift her marriage* 
But what with hisdelayes and flouts, 
He hath brought her into fuch a taking, 
That I fbare me it will coft her her life. 

C*f,**.Tobe plaine with you fir : 
His faihor and I haue been of old acquaintance, 
Andha motion was made, 
Betweene nty daughter and his fonne, 
Which is now throughly Agreed vpon 
Saue onely the place appoynted for the marriage, 
Whether it Baail be kept here or at Manchester, 
And for no other occafien he is now ridden* 

Aw, What htth he done to you ? 
That you fhould fpeake Co ill of the man. 

V*ti*fftrd' Oh gentlewoman I eric you mercie., 
He is y our husband that (halbc. 

/wr. Ifl knew this to be true ? 
He iV.ould not be rny husband were he neuer fo good: 
And therefore, good father, 
I would dc fire you to take the painei 
To beare this gentleman companic to Mancheftcr 
To know whether this be true or no, 

Citizen. Now truft mcc gentleman hec deales with rnee veric 
Knowing how well I meant to Kim. (hardly^ 

But I care not much to ride to Manchefier 
To know whether his fathers will be - 
He fhould dealt with me fo badly. 

Will it plca/c you fir w go in,wc wiH prcfcntjy take horfe & away. 

E Vttingford* 

The Millers daughter 

V*li*gfork If it pleafc you to g in 
lie follow you prefcnrly. 
Now flull I be reuenged on M**w!f 9 
And by this meanes got ^m to tny wife : 
And therefore I will ftraightto her father* 
And infbrme them both ot ail that is hapncd. 

Exit lrur*nd kcr fitter > 


, the 

y*Hd other *ttcnei**ts. 
K'ittitm. VVhat newei with the Denmark Embaflador > 
c~**4/4<&r.Mary thu$,thc King of Denmark & my Scmeraignc 
Doth fend to know of tbee what it the caufe 
That iniurioufly againfl the law of armes, 
Thou haft ftollen away his onely daughter 
The onely ft ay and comfort of his life. 
Therefore by me he wiHeththee to fend his daughter B/tucb: 
Or elfeforth with he will l.cuy fuch an hoft, 
As foone (hall fetch her in defpite of thce. 

Mlli*m. Embadador., this anfwer I returne thy King. 
He willcth me to fend his daughter BUttch : 
Saying I conuaid her from the D jnifh court, 
That neuer yet did once as think thereof. 
As for his menacing and daunting threats \ 

I nill regard him nor his Damfli power: 
For if he come to fetch her forth my Realmr, 
I will prouidc him fuch t banquet here. 
That he Oi j 11 haue final I caulc co giue me thanks. 
EntbaffAdor. Is thi.syout at.fwcr.rhen ? 
Wtilttm. It is,afid fb brgonr. 

tdor. I grvc : but to y^urr ^. Exit AmbajfUdor* 

t. Dtm--rch> our fubicds earft leuied in ciuill broyles, 

with for to defend thcRealm*-, 
In hope v-vtareot th^t we (Hall finde you true, 
We freely par Jon thi thy late ofrence* 
D (mar eh Mo ft humble thank* I render to your grace. 


Enter the \frhllcr andVdi 

.J/itf.Alasgentlcman.why flioaid you trouble yottr (clfe fomuch, 
Confidcring the imperfections of my daughter, 
Which is able to with-draw the loue of any man from her, 
As alreadic it hath done in her firft choycc. 
Maiftcr iMawtile hath foriaken her, 
And at Chcfter fliall be maricd to a mans daughter of no little 
But if ray daughter knew fo much : (weak?* 

It would goc vcricnecrc her heart I fearc me. 

VAlingf. Father miller : fuch is the entire affeftion to your 
As no raitfbrtune whatfocuer can alter. (daughter 

My fellow Mountney thou feeft gauc quickly ouer, 
But 1 by reafon of my good meaning 
Am not fo iconc to be Changed 
Although I am borne off with (comes and deniall. 

Enter Em t them, 

tMitter. Truft me fir I know not what to faic, 
My daughter is not to be compelled by me, 
But here (he comes herielfe : fbeake to her and fpare not : 
For I newer was troubled with loue matters fo much before* 
mEm. Good Lerdl (hall I neuer be rid of this importunate man 3 
Now mud I diffemblc blindnefle againf . 
Once more for thy fake Mantle thus am I inforced, 
Becaufe I (hall complete my full rcfolued minde to thee, 
'Father where are you ? 

MiUer. Here, fweet Em, anfwer this gentlernaa 
That would fo faine enioy thy loue. 

m Where are you fir? will you neuer leauc 
This idle and vaine purfuit of loue ? 
Ts not England ftorM enough to content you ? 
But you muft ftill trouble the poore 
Contemptible maid of Man chefter. 

Ki/r//. Nonce an content me but the faire maid of Manchcftcr* 

Em. 1 perceiut loue is vainly defcribed, 
Thai being blinde hioifelfe, 

E a Would 

The Miners daughter 

Would haue you like wife doubled with a blindc wife, ^ 

Hauing the benefit of yout eyes, 

Bui ncuher follow himfo much in follie, 

But loue one, in whom you may better delight. 

f^/Mg/vr^ Father Mller, thy daughter fhall hiuc honour 
By granting mec her love : 
I am a Gentleman of king Wlum; Court, 
And no mcanc man in king W*Hi<*w fauour. 

W.lfyou be a Lord fir, as you fay : 
You offer both yourfclfc and roee great wrong : 
Yours,asapparantinliiniti&g your loue .fo vnorderly, 
For which you rafhly endure reprochcment : 
.Mine, ts open and euident, 
When be ing (hut from the vanities of this world, 
You would naue me as an open gazing ftock to all the world: . 
For lull, riot loue leades you into this error : 
But from the one I will keepe me as well as I can, 
And yecld the other to none but to my father, 
As I am bound by dutie. 

fV/*f/W.VVhy faire m* M**uilt hathforfaken thee, 
And mu ft at Chcfter be married, which , 

If I fpcake other wife than true, 
Let thy father fpeake what credibly he hath heard. 

m. But can it be Mvtuilt willdeale fo vnkindly. 
To reward my iuftice with fuch monftrous vngentlenes. 
Haue I d iflcmbled for thy fake ? 
And d tfcft eh ou now thus requite it-? 
In deed thcfc many daies I hauenot iecn him ; 
Which hath made me maruellat his long abtencc, 
But father, are you arTred of the words he fpake, 
Were concerning Mtnuile ? 

Miller. IK footh daughter, now it is forth , 
I mutf feeds continue it. , 

MaMer MAnnile hath forfaken thee , 
And at Chefter muR be married 
To a mans daughter of no little wealth. 



His ovvnc father procures it. 
And therefore I dare credit it, . 
And doe thou beleeue it, 
For truft me daughter it is fa. 

Em. Then good father pardon the iniune, 
That I hauc done to you only caufing your griefe, , 
By ouer-fond affcdling a man fo trorhlcflc. 
And you likcwife fir, I pray hold mee cicufed, 
As I hope this caufc will allow fuficiendy for mcc : : 
My loue iQ^fAnmle, chinking he would requite it, 
Hath made me double with y father and you, 
And many .more bcfidcs, 
Which I will no longer hide from you. 
THat inticing fpceches fhould not beguile mee s 
I JMUC made my fclfc deafe to tny but to him. 
And left any mansperfon ftiould pleafc race more than his, . 
I fiaue diflcmbledthe want of my fight.* 
Both which ftiaddowes of my irrcuocable affections, 
I hauc not fpar'd to confirmc before him. 
My father, and all other amorous folicitcrs: 
Wherewith not made acquainted, I peicc iue 
My true intent hath wrought mineownc forrow 
And fctking by loue to be rgarded, 
Am cutofTwith contcmpc,and dcfpifcd. 

MtU.Tcllmc fweet m t haft thou but fained all this while for 
That hath fo difcourteoufly forfaken thcc. (his looc, 

Em. Credit me father I hauc told you the troth, 
Wherewith I dcfirc you and Lord V*li*tforl nt to be difplcafed 
For ought clfc KhJl faic, 
Let my present gritfe hold me excufcd . 
But may lliuetofeethatvngratefullaian 
Tuftly rewarded for his trecherie, 
Poorc w would think her felfe not a little happie. 
Fauourmy departing atthisinftant, 
For my troubled thought de-fires to meditate alone in fileflcc. 

f, xit *i> 

Th Millers daughter 

y*ltgf. Will not Cm (hew one chcercfull looke on V*!i 
Miller Alas fir, blame her not,you fee flicc hath good caufe, 
Being To handled by this gentleman : 
And fo He leaue yu, and go comfort my poore wench 
As well ai I may. Exit tht Miller. 

Ualingfard. Fare well good father. 

ing ofD**markt ith Rofilie, 
and other Attendants. 

. Rofilto, Is this the place whereas the Duke William 
ihoukl meet mee ? 

Ro/i!tv t It i$, and like your grace. 

Ztv^a.Goecaptaine away, regard the charge Igaue : 
See all our men be martialed tor the fight. 
Difpofc the wards as lately was deuifcd , 
And let rheprifoncrs ynder feuerall gards 
Be kept apart vnt ill you heare from vs. 
Let this fulfice, you know my refolution, 
IWiHutm Duke of Saxon be the man, 
That by his aufwer fent vs } he would (end 
Not words but wounds : not parleis but alarms, 
Mull be decider of this controller fie. 

rti*y with mce, the rei\ begone. Exeunt* 

other Attendants 
William. Allbut*Z)/Mrf h go flicoud you crtof fight, 
For I will goe parley with the Prince my felfe. 

Dsmtrch, Should Zwcr.o by this parley call you forth, 
Vpon intent iniurioufiy to diale : 
This offcrcth toe much opportunities 
Wtfam. No, no, Demareh .that were a breach 
Againft the Law of Armes : therefore begone, 
And leaue vs here alone. Exeunt. 

1 feethat ZVKKO is Barter of his word. 
ie giecteth thce 


of Manchefter. 

Either well or ill/accordrng to thy intent. 
If well thou with to him and Saxonie, 
H e bids thcc friendly welcome as he can : 
If ill thou wifluo him and Saxouie, 
He muft withftand thy malice as he may. 

7v?no. William, for other name and title giue I none 
To hi.ii, who were ht worthie of thole honours 
That Fortune and his predeccflbrs lert, 
I ought by right and humaine courtefic 
To grace his ftyl^with duke of Saxonie. 
But for I finde a bafc degenerate tninde, 
I frame my (peech according to the man, 
And not the ftatethat be vnwotthie holds. 

tfilltam. Herein ZWHO doft ehou abafe thy ftate, 
To breake the peace which by our aunceflers 
Hath heretofore been honourably kept. 
Zweno. And fhould chat peace foreuer haue been kept a 
Had not thy felfc been author of the breach : 
>sfor ftands it with the honour of tr.y ftate, 
Or nature of a father to hi childe, 
That I {hould fo be robbed of my daughter, 
And not vnto the vttnoft of my power 
Keucngr fo intolerable an iniuric. 

Wtllam, is this the colour of your quarrell Zwnt ? 
1 well perceiue the wi(eA men may erre. 
And ihi.fjke you I conucicd away your daughter Bfanfh f- 

Zvtene. art thott fo impudentto deny thou didft 
When rhatthe^proofe thereof is manifeft ; 
. Whar proofc is there ? 
. THinc woe confeffion is fuffiicienr proofe. 
. Did I confc fle I ftole your daughter Blaek ? : 

2>v>e*o. Thou didB confc flc thou hadft a Ladic hence* 

haue and do. 
o. Why that \*&iB/ack my daughter, 

* Nay that was Lfrlarian*, 
V\ r ho wrongfully tho'u dctaiaeft prifoner. 

The AiilUrs ddugb 

Thou docft cniintatne a manifcft vntroth , 
At (lice (lull iuftifie Yto thy teeth. 
Xffi/iff, fetch her and the MATHCS hither. 

. It cannot be I fliould be fo deceiued. 

t I heare thii night anriong the fouldiers, 
That in their watch they tooke t pcnfiue Ladie : 
Who at the appoyntmcnioftheLord 'Dtrot is yetta keeping ? 
What Thee is I know not, 
Oncly thus much I ouer-hard by chance. 

H'tUt*i t And what of this? 

l^t m*y be Bt**ch the King of Denmarkes daughter. 

VVt\ti*m. Ic may be fo : but on my life it is not ; 
Yet Dtmtrch, goe and fetch her ftraight. 

t. Pleafeth your highnes,hercis the Marquesind M*ri*n* 

Zwe*o t See here Dk$ fftlbtm, your competitors, 
That were confenting to my daughters fcape : 
Let them rcfolue you of the truth herein, ' 
And htre I TO w and folcmncly proieft, 
That in thy prefcnce they (hall lofc their heads, 
Vnleflc I beare where as my d aughtsrMs. 

WiUiAm.Q iMtrepes Lftttc^hovi it grieucth rcr, ' 
That for mylakcthou (houldeftindurethcfcbondes. 
Beiudgemy foulethat feelestjie martirdome. 

<JM*rqttcs. DuJ^e VmUm, you know it is for your caute, 
It pleafeth thus the King to mifconceiue o f me, 
And for his plcafure doth me iniurie. 

Snter r D<m*rch with the Ladit Bl#tfb. 
Dt march. May itpleafc yout highnefle. 
Here is the Ladic you fcnt me for. 

t. Away D<m*rch t yv tut tclicft thou me of Ladies ? 



I To deteftthe dealing of their /ex, 

As that I count a louerrftatc to be the bale 

And vildeft flauerie in the world. 

What humors aic theft ? heres a flrange aiteratien 

WtOtm. is this ^/4*c/> or no ? 
You know her, if you fee her I am fure. 

Wt&itHi. Z**o I was deceiucd, yea vtteriy deceiued, 
Yet this is free : this fame is Ladie X/**ch. 
And for mine error, here 1 am content 
To do whatfoeuri Zwcn* fliall (et do wne. 
AH cruel) M*r ><vr4ihus to vfe 
The nun which ioued and honoured thee with his heart. 

M**i***. When firfl I came into you* highncf fc courc^ 
And WKitm often importing me or'loue: 
I diddeifetoet(ethegriefe your daughter d id fuftain : 
Shce (hould mcete Sir w>&*/* masked as 1 it were. 
This put in pxoofc,d id cake fb good etfe^ , 
As yet it feemes his grace is not rcfolucd, 
But it was I which He conueied away. 

^'///.mr. M? this be croc ? It cannot be but true.. 
Was itLad&e Bltnch which I conueied away ? 
Ynconfiant <JM*ri*n* t 
Thus to dcalc with him which meant to thee oought but faith,. 

Blanch. Pardo* deere father my follies that are pafl a 
Wherein I haue negle^cd my dutie 
Which I in reuerence ought to (hew your grace, 
For led by loue I thus hauc goncaftray, 
And new repent the errors I was in. 

Zve*o t Sttnd vp dearc daughter, though thy fault dcfcruts 
For to be punifht in the excremefi fore ; 
Yet loue that coucrs multitude cf fins 
Makes loue in parents winke at childrens faults. 
Sufficcth^/w& thy father loucs thee fo, 
Thy follies part helcnowes^but will not know. 
And here Duke tPHtum take my daughter to thy wife. . 
Eor well I am affurcd fhcc loi'es thee well. 

. A proper coniun&lon : *s who fnouid &y, 
Lately come out of the ftrc, 
I would go? thin f* my felfe into the flame. 
LctMairttcsnicego Saint it where (hrelifl, 
And coyly quaint it vnthdiCemblingface^ 
I hold in fcornc the fooleries that the y vw^ 
I being free will neuei fubie& nay fclfc 
To any fuch as (bee is vnderncatn the funnc. 

ZvrHo. Rcfulcft tbou to take my daughter to thy wife r 
I tell chee Duke, this rafh detiiali 
May br'uig note mn'chicfc on tbeetheo^hou emit avayd . 

H''l!i*m. Conceit hath wrowght fuch gruer all diflike 
Through the falfc dealing tfltftri***, 
That vtterly 1 doe abhor their (ex. 
They are all difloyall. vnconfttnc, all vniuft : 
Who triei a: Ihsue tried, 
And fioc'ct as I haue found, 
Will fay there's no fuch creatures on the ground. 

HUnch. VnconGant Knight, though forne dcfrrue no truft, 
Thers others fa 1th full , louirg, loyal 1, 

En(erttbem'U*liHforJivpith EmtiiAth* MtUff, 

i. How now L. f 4//f/W, what makes chefe women here? 

Here be two women, may it plcafe your grace, 
That are contracted to one man, 
And ate in flrifc whether /Ksll haue him to their husband. 

WiMtm. Stand forth women aod faie, 
To whether of you did he Hrftghie his faith ? 
m. To me forfooth. 
finer. To me my gratious Lord . 

^j^Vfw.Speake ^Manni!e^o whether didftthougiue thy faith? 
LMtnuiff. To faie the troth : this maide had ifirft my loue. 
Eher. Yea AftiHtilt, but there was no wimeffc by. 
. Thy confcknce Mannik is a h 


Elner. Sheehath ftolne a confciencc to ferue her owne turne 
But you are deceiued, y faith he will none of you. 

tJMMMttilt. Indeed, oread Lord, To deere I held her loue, 
'As in the fame I put my whole delight. 
But force impediments which at that inftant hapned , 
Made me for&ke her quite, 
For which I had her fathers frankc confcnt. 
. What were the impediments ? 

Why (lice could neither hcarc nor fee. 
. Now fceedoth both. Mayden how were you cured ? 

Em. Pardon my Lord, lie tell your grace the troth, 
Be it not imputed to me as difcredir. 
I Ibued this Af-mni'rCo much,that ftill me thought 
When he was abfent did prefcnt to mee 
The forme and feature of that countenance . 
Which I did (hrine an Idol in my heart: 
And neucrcouW 1 fee a manme thought 
That equald A**uilc\n my partial! eye. 
Not was there any loue betweene vs lo(^, 
But that I held the fame in high regard, 
Vntill repaire of ibme vnto our houie, 
Of whom my Mxnutle^HKw thusiealous4 
As if he tookc exception I vouch fa fed 
To heare them fpeake*, or fa w them when they came r 
On which I firaight tooke order w ith my (ci/e 
To voydc the fcruple of his conscience, 
By counter fa itng that 1 neither faw nor heard, . 
' Any wayesto rid my hands of them* 
AH this I did to keepe my AfAnttileslout^ 
WV'ch he vnkintlly ieekcsfor to reward. 

M,i*Hift. And did my .wtokeepc her faith with 
Diflemblc f hat (hec neither heard nor fawe. 
Pardon me fweet >,fo* I am onely thine. 

tm. LayorTrhy hand5,di(loyallas thou art, 
Nor (halt thou hauep ofleftlon of my loue, 
That can ft f finely duftthy matters off. 

F a' 

, _ 

The Millsn daughter 

Put caic I had been b!id and could not fee, 

AS efcen limes fuch vifiut ions fallcs 

That pleafeth God which all thingsdoth difpofc : 

Shouldeft thon forfake me in regard of that ? 

I telpher Mtnuili, hadft thou been blinde, 

Or dcafc, or dumbe, or elfe what iropcd imcnts 

Might befall to man, Em would haue loucd, and kept, 

And honoured thee : yea, begg'd if wealth had fail'4 ^ 

For thy releefe. . 

AfaMuii'e. Forgiue mecfwcct **. 

iw. I do forgtuc thee with my heart, 
And will forget thee too if cafe I can : 
But neuer fpeakcco mee, nor feemc to know mcc. 

Mtnttile. Then fare well froft : 
Well fare a wench that will* 
Now Elxer, J am thine owne my girle. 

Elner. Mine Aftnuile f thou neuer {Halt be mine. 
I fo deteft thy villanic, 
That whilefl I Hue I will abhor thy company. 

MsHvitt. T s it come to this ? of late, I had choyce of twainc 
On either fide to haue me to her husband, 
And now am utterly reie&ed of them both. 

I r alt*gford. My Lord this gentleman when time was 
Stood fume-thing in our light, 

And no w I thinke it not aoiifle . 

To laugh at him that Ibmecimc fcorncci at vs. 

7. Concent ray Lord,iftuent the forme. 

1 fee that woraen are not general! cuils, 
is faire : Me thinkes I fee in her, 
A modeft countenance, a heauenly blu/h. 
Zwtm^ rccciuc a reconciled foe, 
Not as thy friend, but as thy fonne in law* 
If fo that thou be thui content. 

ZVHHO, I joy to fee your grace fo traceable, 
Here take my daughter B/*nfh* 



And after my deceafe the&enmf rkCrowne* 
^//ww.Now fir, how (lands the cafe with you? 
t^faw//*. I partly am perfwaded as your grace if. 
My LordjheisbeftaseafechatHicdlethicaft. ' 

Vtlsngfordt Sir, may a man be fo bold 
As to craue a word with you ? 

M*nttiU. Yea two or three : wkat ape they ? 
Vtlitgfarcl. I fay, this maid will have tKee to facjr 
Mo**t. And I fay this & thveof will I lay an hundred pound, 
Vtlingf. And I fay this : whereon I willlay as much. 
M*n*tU. And I fay neither : what fay you to tbat f 
MoMHttiey. Jfthat be true : then are we both deceiued. 
Manttite. Why it is aue,and you are both deceiued. 
tMtrqufj.ln mjoe eyes, this is the proprcft wench. 
Might I aduife chec, take her vnto thy wife. 

, It fecmes to me, flice bath refufed him. 

eres the fpitc. 
. If one rcfufc him, yet may he haue the other* 

. He will aske but her good Will, and all her friends. 
o, Might I aduife thee, let them both alone. 

. Yea, thatsthc c*urfe,aad thereon will I ftand, 
S uch id leloue henceforth I will dete ft. . 

. The foxc will eat no grapes and why ? 
I know full well, becaufe they hang toe hie* 
. And may it be a Millers daughter by her birth ? 
I cannot thinke but (hee is better borne. 

ralitigforJ. Sir Thim** Godd*rdk\$\t this reuercnt man, 
Famed for his vcrtucs and bis good iucccflc : 
Whofc fame hath beenrenowmed through the world. 

Wtliam. Sir Themis (joddtrA welcome to thy Prince, 
And faire, Em, frolAe with thy good father. 
As glad am I to find Sir Themas Gaddard. 
As good Sir^iw*#^7>x/r</onthe planes :- 
Hclike a fhf phev j, and th*u our countrie Miller, 

MtBer.b ^erkin 
Than hoooui k i^s hisfoucraigne. 

F 5 

The Milkrs dtugb 

.But fay Sir 7l6*a*r,<halH giue thy daughter ? 

Miller. Goddtrd and all chat he hath 
Doth reft at the pie i Cure of your Mateftic. 

WR<*m. And what fayes m to iouely Vtlingfird f 
Ittlemd he loued you well, 
That for your fake durft leauc his King. 

Em. Em reflsat the pleaforeof your higlincs ! 
And would I were a wife for his dcfcrr. 


fiere take her, quake her thy efpoufed wife. 
Then goe we in, that preparation may be made* . 
To fee theft nuptials lolemncly performed. 

Exeunt Mil, Sound Grummet **d Trump ftt* 



Fair Em 
Fair Em