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THE FIRST EDITION OF SHAKESPEARE. 



THE WORKS 



OF 



WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, 

IN REDUCED F AC SI MIL 

FROM THE FAMOUS FIRST FOLIO EDITION OF 

| 

1623. 

WITH AN INTRODUCTION 

BY J. O. HALLIWELL-PHILLIPPS. 




NEW YORK: 

FUNK & WAGNALLS, PUBLISHERS, 18 & 20 ASTOR PLACE. 

1887. 



ffl r l 



REPLACING 




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P R EF A C E. 

TT may be safely asserted, without fear of the 
writer being accused of exaggeration, that 
the First Folio Edition of Shakespeare is the 
most interesting and valuable book in the whole 
range of English literature. There is no work in 
that literature at all approaching near to it in 
critical value. When it is mentioned that this 
volume is the sole authority for the texts of such 
masterpieces as the Tempest, Macbeth, Twelfth 
Night, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, Julius 
Cczsar, Timon of Athens, Antony and Cleopatra, 
Cymbeline, As You Like It, and The Winter s 
Tale were the rest of the book waste-paper, 
enough will have been said to confirm its unrival- 
led importance. And its value increases every 
day, for day by day it is more clearly ascertained 
that many of the subtler meanings of passages in 
the works of Shakespeare depend upon minute 
indications and peculiarities which are alone to be 
traced in the original printed text. 

A few of the dramas in the First Folio were 
possibly edited from Shakespeare's original manu- 
scripts. This may be conjectured to have been 
probably the case with some of the author's latest 



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vi PREFACE. 



productions, single copies of which might have 
sufficed for some years for the necessities of the 
theatres ; but there can be no doubt that most of 
the autographs of the plays had been lost some 
time before the writer's decease, many possibly 
having been destroyed by the fire at the Globe 
Theatre in the year 1613. The editors of the 
Folio, however, boldly assert that they " have 
published them as where before you were abused 
with divers stolen and surreptitious copies, maim- 
ed and deformed by the frauds and stealths of in- 
jurious impostors that exposed them, even those 
are now offered to your view cured and perfect of 
their limbs, and all the rest absolute in their num- 
bers as he conceived them ; who, as he was a 
happy imitator of nature, was a most gentle ex- 
presser of it ; his mind and hand went together, 
and what he thought he uttered with that easiness 
that we have scarce received from him a blot in 
his papers." This evidently is meant to imply 
that the whole of the volume was carefully edited 
from the author's manuscripts, whereas it is certain 
that in several instances Heminge and Condell 
used printed copies of the old quarto editions, in 
which were certain manuscript alterations, some 
pf the latter being valuable, but others the re- 



PREFACE. 



vn 



verse. Home Tooke, indeed, inconsiderately fol- 
lowed by numerous others, goes so far as to say 
that " the First Folio is the only edition worth re- 
garding ; " adding, " it is much to be wished that 
an edition of Shakespeare were given literatim 
according to the First Folio, which is now be- 
come so scarce and dear that few persons can 
obtain it ; for, by the presumptuous license of the 
dwarfish commentators, we risk the loss of Shake- 
speare's genuine text which that Folio assuredly 
contains, notwithstanding some few slight errors 
of the press." Home Tooke was not so well read 
as were the commentators, none of whom could 
have exhibited such an entire ignorance of the 
value of the Quartos. Every one, however, who 
has really studied the question, must admit that 
his opinion is correct in regard to no inconsider- 
able portion of the Folio volume, and that, even 
in those cases in which the texts of the Quartos 
are on the whole to be preferred, no student of 
Shakespeare could possibly dispense with inces- 
sant references to the collective edition. The 
value of the First Folio is so unequivocal, that 
there is no necessity for its wildest partizan to re- 
sort to exaggeration. 

The reader will more readily understand the 



viii PREFACE. 



purport of these observations, if we add a list of 
the plays in the order in which they are here 
printed, with observations on the relative author- 
ities of the texts. It will, of course, be under- 
stood that the mention of the circumstance of any 
drama in this volume being a first edition, con- 
veys also the fact that it is the only authoritative 
text: i. The Tempest. First edition. Per- 
haps edited from the author's own manuscript, 
which we know was not amongst those destroyed 
in the fire at the Globe Theatre. 2. The Two 
Gentlemen of Verona. First edition. 3. The 
Merry Wives of Windsor. First edition of the 
play in its complete state. A surreptitious quarto 
appeared in 1602, but it is merely an imperfect 
copy of the author's first sketch of the comedy. 
4. Measure for Measure. First edition. 5. Com- 
edy of Errors. First edition. 6. Much Ado 
About Nothing. Printed from a quarto' edition 
which appeared in 1600, with a few omissions 
and variations. 7. Loves Labour s Lost. Print- 
ed from a quarto edition published in 1598, with 
a few alterations of slight consequence. 8. A 
Midsummer Night's Dream. Printed from Rob- 
erts's quarto edition of 1 600. 9. The Merchant 
of Venice. Printed fromr Heyes's quarto of 1600, 



PREFACE. ix 



with a number of variations and corrections. 10. 
As You Like It. First edition, n. The Tam- 
ing of the Shrew. First edition. 12. All's Well 
that Ends Well. First edition. 13. Twelfth 
Night. First edition. 14. The Winter s Tale. 
First edition. 15. King John. First edition. 
1 6. Richard the Second. Mainly printed from 
the quarto edition of 1615. 17. First Part of 
Henry the Fourth. Chiefly taken from the 
quarto edition of 1613. 18. Second Part of 
Henry the Fourth. There was a quarto edition 
issued in 1600, but the editors of the Folio appear 
to have used a manuscript playhouse transcript 
of the comedy. 19. Henry the Fifth. First 
complete edition. The earlier quartos were sur- 
reptitiously printed, and are very imperfect. 20. 
First Part of Henry the Sixth. First edition. 
This play could not have been written by Shake- 
speare, though he may possibly have added a few 
touches to it. 21. The Second Part of Henry 
the Sixth. First edition. It is an alteration of 
an older play called the " First part of the Con- 
tention betwixt the Two Famous Houses of York 
and Lancaster, with the Death of the good Duke 
Humphrey," 1594- 22. The Third Part of 
Henry the Sixth. First edition. It is an altera- 



PREFACE. 



tion of the " True Tragedy of Richard Duke of 
York, and the Death of good King Henry the 
Sixth, with the whole Contention between the 
two Houses, Lancaster and York," 1595. 23. 
Richard the Third. Edited from a playhouse 
copy of the quarto edition of 1602, which must, 
however, have had numerous manuscript altera- 
tions and additions. 24. Henry the Eighth. 
First edition. 25. Troilus and Cressida. Print- 
ed from the quarto of 1609, with certain omissions 
and some valuable additions. 26. Coriolanus. 
First edition. 27. Titus Andronicus. Edited 
from a playhouse transcript. It is nearly impossi- 
ble to believe that this drama could have been 
written by Shakespeare, and I rather incline to 
conjecture that the editors of the First Folio in- 
serted the older .play on the subject, first printed 
in 1594, through either mistake or ignorance, 
knowing that Shakespeare had written a drama 
on the same theme, and finding no other version of 
it in their collection of plays. 28. Romeo and 
Juliet. Edited from a playhouse copy of the 
quarto edition of 1609. 29. Timon of Athens. 
First edition. 30. Julius Ccesar. First edition. 
31. Macbeth. First edition. 32. Hamlet. Edit- 
ed from a playhouse transcript. 33. King Lear. 



PREFACE. 



Edited from a playhouse transcript, certainly not 
from the author's manuscript. 34. Othello. Edit- 
ed from a playhouse transcript. 35. Antony 
and Cleopatra. First edition. 36. Cymbeline. 
First edition. 

The First Folio was originally issued at the 
selling price of twenty shillings. The present 
average value of a perfect copy is ^500, and one 
very fine example in the possession of Lady Bur- 
dett-Coutts cost that lady, at the Daniel sale, no 
less a sum than ^714. There is no doubt that these 
prices will be largely exceeded in the future. It 
is scarcely necessary to say that the volume has 
been for generations the almost exclusive prop- 
erty of wealthy collectors, and a sealed book to 
the generality of readers and students. By the 
aid of modern science it is now placed in a con- 
veniently reduced form within the reach of all. It 
is not of course pretended that any facsimile of 
any old book will in all cases of minute research 
entirely supersede the necessity of a reference to 
copies of the ancient impression, but for all usual 
practical objects of study this cheap reproduction 
will place its owner on a level with the envied 
possessors of the far-famed original. 

J. O. HALLIWELL-PHILLIPPS, 



SHAKESPEARE 

THE FIRST FOLIO. 

[1623.] 
A Reduced Facsimile. 



To the Reader. 

This Figure, that thou here feeft put, 

It was for gentle Shakefpeare cut ; 
Wherein the Grauer had a ftrife 

with Nature, toout-doothelife : 
O,could he but hauedra wne his wit 

Aswellin brafle, ashe hath hit 
Hisface t the Print would thenfurpafTe 

All, that was euer writ in brafTe. 
But, fince he cannot, Reader, Jooke 

Nocon his Pifture, but his Booke. 

B.I. 



MR. WILLIAM 

SHAKESPEARES 

COMEDIES, 
HISTORIES, & 
TRAGEDIES. 

Publifhed according to the True Originall Copies. 




L 5V *D 

Printed by Ifaac laggard, and Ed. Blounc. \6^^f 




TO THE MOST NOBLE 

AND 

INCOMPARABLE PAIRE 

OF BRETHREN. 

WILLIAM 

Earleof Pembroke, <3cc. Lord Chamberlaine to the 
Kjngs moft Excellent ^Maie{ly. 

AND 

PHILIP 

Earle of Montgomery, &c, Gentleman of his Maieftks 

Bed-Chamber. .Both Knights of the moft Noble Order 

of the Garter and our fingular good 

LORDS, 



Right Honourable, 




Hiljlneftudie to be thankful in our particular for 
tkemany fduors vse haue receiwc/fromjour L.L 
we arefalne-, 'upon the ill fortune t to mingle^ 
mojldiuerfe things that can bce,fearc f 



and 'ra/bneffe rajhnejje in the enterprise, and 
feare of the fuccejje. For, when we valew the places jour H.H. 
Jtftaine we cannot bitt know their dignity greater jhen todefcendto 
the reading ofthefe triflfsiand^hile we name them trifles ^e haue 
depriudourfelues of the defence of our 'Dedication, 'Butjincejottr 
L.L. haue beene pleas d to thinly thefe triflesfome-thing, hecreto* 
fore ^ and haue profeejttMed both them, and their <*Authourliuing 9 
Witkfo tnuchfauour : voe hope 3 that(they out-liuing him^andhc not 
hating the fate, common with feme, to be exequutor to his owne Teri^ 
l'i indulence toward thera-s } yw haue done 
2 vnto 



< The' 1 Epiftle Dcdicatone. 
vnto their parent. There is a great difference whether any IZoofy 
choofehuTatrones, or fade them-* : 7bij hath done both. For, 
ft much were^your L L. liking* ofthe^ feuerall farts, when 
they were adedjs before they iwerepubli/hed, the Volume atfylto 
he jours. We haue but colle&ed them->,and done an office to the 
dead, to procure bis Orphanes, Cjuardians^ without ambition ei- 
ther offelfe-profit, or fame : onely to fyepe the memory of Jo worthy 
a Friend,& Fellow aimers was our SHAKESPEAR zfohutn^ 
ble offer of his play es, toy our mojl noble^ patronage. Wherein, as 
we ham iujlly obferued, no man to come neerejour L.L. but with 
a Qnd of religious addreJJL;it hath bin the height of our care, who 
are the Trej enters jo make tbeprefent worthy of your H. H. by the 
ferfeclion.^Butjfherewe muft alfo crane our abilities to be mnfiderd, 
my Lords. We cannot go beyond our crne powers. Country hands 
reach foorth mi/l(e, creame,fndtes, or v>hat they haue : and many 
3\(ations(we haue heard) that hadnotgummes & incenfe f obtai~ 
neaibeirrequeJlswitba!eauenedCal(e. lr\n>a,s nofaulttoapproch 
their (jods, by what meanesthey could: sAndthe mofl y though 
meanejl, of things are made more precious, when they are dedicated 
to Temples. In that name therefore, we moft humbly confecratc^ to 
jour H.H. thefe^ remains ofyourferuant Shakefpeare ,- that 
what delight is in thern^, may be eueryour L.L. the^ reputation 
his t & the faults ours, if any be committedjty apayre^Jo carefullta 
fb&to their gratitude both to the limng^ndthe dead, as is 



Your Lordftiippes moft bounden, 



IOHH HEMINQE. 
HEN&T COKDE 




To the great Variety of Readers. 

Rom the mod able,to him that can but fpell: There 
you are number'd.We had rather you were weighd. 
Efpecially, when the fate of allBookes depends vp- 
on your capacities : and not of your heads alone, 
butofyourpurfes. Well !Itisnowpublio J ue,& you 
wilftand for your priuiledges wee know: to read, 
and cenfure . Do fo,but buy it firft. That doth bed 
commend aBooke, the Stationer faies. Then, how odde foeuer your 
braines be, or your wifedomes, make your licence the fame,and (pare 
nor. ludgeyour fixe-pen'orch, your (hillings worth, your fme fhil- 
iings worth at a time, or higher, fo you rife to the iuft rates, and wel- 
come. But, what euer you do, Buy. Cenfure will notdriue aTrade, 
ormakethelackego. And though you be a Magiftrateof wit, and fit 
ontheStageat Black-Friers, orthe ock*pit, toarraignePlayes dailie, 
know, thele Playes haue had their triall alreadie, and flood out all Ap 
peales; and do now come forth quitted rather by a Decree of Court, 
then any purchas'd Letters of commendation. 

It had bene a thing, we confefTe, worthie to haue bene wifhed,that 
the Author himfelfe had liu'd to haue fet forth, and ouerfeen his owne 
writings ,-But fince it hath bin ordain'd otherwiie,and he by death de, 
parted from that right, we pray you do not envie hisFriends,the office 
of their care, and paine,ro haue collected & publifh'd them;andfo to 
haue publifh'd rhem, as where (before) you were abus'd with diuerfe 
ftolne, and furreptitious copies, maimed,and deformed by the frauds 
and ftealthes of injurious importers, that cxpos'd them : euen thofe, 
are now offer'd to your view cur'd, and perfect of their limbes; and all 
the red, abfolute in their numbers, as he conceiued the.Who,as he was 
a happie imitator of Nature, was a mod gentle expreflfer of it.His mind 
and hand went logether: And what he thought, he vttered with that 
eafinefTe, that wee haue fcarfereceiued from him a blot in his papers. 
But it is not our prouince, who onely gather his works, and giue them 
you, to praife him. It is yours that reade him. And there we hope,to 
your diuers capacities, you will finde enough, both to draw, and hold 
you : for his wit can no more lie hid, then it could be loft. Reade him, 
therefore ; and againe, and againe : And if then you doe'not like him, 
furely you are in (ome manifeft danger, not to vnderfland him. And fo 
\ve leaue you to other of his Friends, whom if you need,can bee your 
guides : if you neede them not, you can leade your felues,and others 
And fuch Readers we wifh him. 



Jtienrie Conddl. 




To the memory of my beloued, 
The AVTHOR 

MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: 

AND 
what he hath left vs. 

! dt'fa> no cray (Shakefpeare) on tin name. 
Am I thus amble to thy Boeke, and fame : 

\Wkile 1 confeffe thy writing* to befucb t 

~JLs~neither Man, nor Mufc, canpnsije too much. 
'Tit true, and all ment fcffrage. But theft va-jcs 

were not the paths 1 meant vnto thypraife : 
Forfeelieft Ignorance on theft may light, 

Which, vken it founds at bcfrbut eccho's right ; 
Or blinde jffk8im^ which doth ne're aduante 

Thetrutb, butgrepes^ andvrgethattlry (banco. 
Or crafty Malice, nstght pretend this pratfe^ 

Andthinke to ntim, where itfeem'dto rat/e. 
Thefe are, asjome infamous Baud, or whore, 

Should praife a Matron. What could hurt her more* 
But thou art proofs agatnft them, and indeed 

Aboue tb'ttt for tune tfthtm, or the need. 
/, therefor* vnUbegin. SouJeof the 4ge \ 

Tiff applaoje ! delight \ the vender of our Stag 1 
My Shakdpeare, r^j jjeittna bdge thetty 

Cbaucer, or Spenicr, or bid Beaumont lye 
4 little further, to makethee a roome : 

Thou art A Meniment t without a tmthe t 
And art afiue fill, while thy Stake doth live 9 

And we have wits to read, andpraife togzue. 
That I not tnixe theefo, my brains excufet ; 

/ meant with great, but difproportfa'd Mufes 
for jfl thought ny iudgenunt were of jeer es, 

ifiould commit theejufely with thy p&rft, 
And tell, hew fane thou didftjl our Lily out.jbi**, 

Orfivrti? Kid , or Marlowes mighty line. 
Andtbcutfi then hcd^fmall Latine, and Itffe Greektj 

From mncs to honour thee, I would notjeeki 
For KOffieti but cell firth shtmJring ^ElchiluSj 

Earipioei, and Sophocles fo vs , 
Paccuuius, Accius, him tfCcxdctu dead, 
f fo tifeagaine^ tob&re thy Buskin tread, 
And flake a Stage : Or, when thy Sockss were on, 



Ofalljhat mfolent Greece, or haughtie Rome 
fen t forth , orjince did from their ajhes come. 
Triumph, my Britaine, thou baft one tofajw, 
To whom all Scenes ^Europe homage ffe. 
He vat not (fan age, bat for all time \ 

And all the Mufcs /till 'wtre in their frime y 
when like Apollo he cane firth to varnte 

Our eares, or like a Mercury to charme \ 
J^ature herfelfe was proud of bis defignes^ 

Andio/dtoweare the drefsing af%is lines ! 
whichwerefo richly fpun, andwouenfo ft y 

As t fince t fa will vouch/aft no other Wit. 
The merry Greeke, tart Ariftophanes, 

Neat Terence, wttty Plautus, now notfleafe j 
Sat antiquated, and defer ted lye 

At they were not of Natures family. 
Tet ntujtlnotgiue Nature all: Thy Art, 

My gentle Shakefpeare, mujtenioyatart. 
for though the Poets matter, Nature be, 

Hit Art dothgiue thefajhion. Jnd, that he, 
Who cafts to write a lining litte y muftfoeat, 

(fuch as thine are) andftrike the fecond heat 
yfon theMvStsanuile : turne the fame, 

(And hirnfelfe with it) that he thinks to frame j 
Or for the lawrell^hemaygaineafcorne i 

For a good Poet's made, asvellashorne. 
And fuch veer t thou. Looke how the fathers face 

Lines in his iffue, euenfi^ the race 
O/*Shake/peares winde^ and manners brightly fame* 

In his well turned^ an J true. fled lines : 
In each of which, hefeemes to [hake a Lance, 

As brandijtitat the eyes of Ignorance, 
Sweet Swaxcf&uon! what a fight it were 

To fie thee in our waters yet appeare, 
And make thofe flights vfon the bankes of Thames, 

Thatfo did take Eliza, and our lames ! 



Aduar.cd^and made a Conftellatim there \ 
Shine forth jhou StarreofPoets, and with rage, 

Or influence^chideyor cheere the drooping Stage ; 
which, fince thy flight fro hence Jtath mourn d like night , 
3 but for thy Volumes light. 



BEN: 



Vpon the Lines and Life of the Famous 

Scenicke Poet, Mafler W ILLIAM 

SHAKESPEARE. 

Hofc hands, which you fo clapr, go now, and wring 
You Britttutfs brauci for done are Sbaktfytarei dayes : 
His dayes are done, that made the dainty Playes, 
Which madethe Globe ofheau'n and earth torinp, 

Dry'de is tbarvcinc, dry'd is the Theffiut Spring, 

Turn'd all to teares,and fhabtu clouds his rayes : 
That corp's, that coffin now befticke thofe bayes, 
Which crown'd \wnPeet firft, then Poets King. 
\( Tragedies might any Prtlsgue haue, 
All thofe he made, would (carfe make one to this : 
Where JF/w/, now that hegone is to the graue 
CDeathspublique tyring houfe^ theMw/*ns. 
For though his line of life went foone about. 
The life yet of his lines fliall neuer out. 




HOLLAND. 



TO THEMEMORIE 

of the deceafed Authour Maifter 

W. SHAKESPEARE. 

?Hake-fpeare, at length thy pious jellowei glut 
\The world thy Work.es : thy Work.es, by which, out -hue 
' Thy Tombe, thy name mujl when thatftone if rent, 

And Time dijfolues thy Stratford Muniment, 

Here waliue (hall 'View theejlill. This Booke, 

When IZraffe and Marble fade, ft> all make thee looke 

Fre/h to all Ages: when Vojleritie 

Shall loath what's Wto ,thmke all isprodegie 

That it not Shake-fpeares , eury Line^ach Verfe 

Herejhallreuiue,redeeme thee from thy Herfe. 

Nor Firejtor cankrmg Age ^3 NaiofaiJ, 

Ofhis,thy~v>it*fraught Booke Jhall once muade. 

Norjhall le're beleeue, or thinke thee dead 

(Though mifl) f vntill our bankrout Stage be fped 

(Jmpofsible) mthfome ne*toftrainet'out-do 

Pafuons of\u\iet,and her Romeo ,- 

Or till J heare a Scene more nobly take, 

Then Tthenthy halfi Sword parlyingRomansfpake. 

Till the fe f till any of thy Volumes reft 

Shall with more fire, more feeling be cxpre/l, 

f Befure,wi- Shakespeare, thou canft neuer dye, 

'But cr<nn'd with Ljtorelljiue eternally. 

L. Digges. 

To the memorie of M. ^.Sba^e-Jpearf. 

\T\JEE M<WW(Shake-fpeare)*JW thou went'jlfofoone 

From the Worlds-Stage ,to the Graues-Tyrmg-roome. 
Wee thought thee dead, but thit thy print edtPorth, 
Teh thy Spettators ,that thou Ttent'Jl but forth 
To enter Tvith applaufe. An dlors Art, 
an dyc^andliuejoaRcafecondpart. 
That's but an Exit ofMortalitie j 
T7>w, a ^-entrance to a Tlaudite. 



The \VorkesofWilliamShakcfpeare, 

containing all his Comedies, Hiftories, and 

Tragedies : Truely fet forth, accordingto their firft 
OT^JGJN^LL. 

The Names of the Principall A&ors 

inallthefePlayes. 

Samuel Cjilburne . 

icbard 'Bur badge. Robert tjfrmin. 

ffohn Hemmings. William filer. 




William I(empt. 



(jeorge'Bryan. 
Henry Condell. 



Samuett Croffe. 
^Alexander Qiofy* 



Field. 
fohn Underwood. 



William Scclejlone. 
fofepb Taylor. 



(joughe 
c Rp J b 
lohnShancke. 




A C AT ALOGVE 

of the feuerall Comedies, Hiftories, and Tra- 
gedies contained in this Volume. 



COMEDIES. 



HeTempft. Folio i. 

The n*o Gentlemen ofVenna. 20 

The Merry Wiues ofWmdfor. 3 8 

MeafurefirMeafure. 61 

The Comedy ofErrours. 85 

Much adoo about Nothing. i o i 

Loues Labour loSl. 122 

Midfommer Nights Dreamt. 145 

The Merchant ofVenice. 16$ 

As you Like it. 185 

The Taming of the Shrew. 208 

Att isjoell, that Ends well. 230 

Twelfe-Nigbt, or what you will. 255 

The Winters Tale. 304 



HISTORIES. 



Fol. i. 
The Life 1? death ofTftchard thefecond. 2 * 



The Fir/I part off(ing Henry the fourth. 46 
The Second part of^(. Henry the fourth. 74 
The Ltfeoff(ing Henry the Fift. 69 

The Firjlpart offyng Henry thetfxt. 96 
The Second part off(tng Hen. theSixt. 120 
The Third part oflQng Henry the Sixt. 1 47 
The Life O Death of Richard the Third.iy$ 
The Life offing Henry the Eight. 205 



TRAGEDIES. 



The Tragedy ofQylolanus. ' Fol.i 

Titus Jndronicus. * ] 

Tfymeo and Juliet. r ^ 

Timon of Athens. 80 

The Life and death of Julius (jtfar. \ 09 

The Tragedy oj Macbeth. j 

The Tragedy of Hamtrt. 152 

t(ing Lear. % 

Othello jbc Moore ofVenice. j i o 

Anthony and Qeopater. 244 

(jmbeline QngifBr'ttaine. ; 




THE 

TEMPEST. 



of ftus primus > Scenaprima. 



of Thunder W Li&htmg hftrd : . 
teraShip-majltr t and a Batffwaiif. 



'Ote-fwj'mr. 

Batef. Heere Mafler : What cheere ? 
, M*ft. Good.-.Speaketoth'Marinevs: fall 
'too't, yarely, or we run our felues a ground, 
beftire,beftirre. ' Exit. 



Bettf. Heigh my hearts, cheerely, cheerely my harts : 
yarc, yarc : Take in the toppe-flc : Tend co ih'M afters 
whiftle: Blow till thouburit thy winde, if roome e 
nough. 

nter Alwfo, Sefaflittn, Anthmia^ Ferdinand*. 
GutzAto .and ether t. 

Aim. Good Botefwaine haue care : where's the Ma- 
ftet.? Play the men. 

'Bottf. I pray now keepe below. 

Amh. Where is the Mafler, Bofon ? 

Botff&o you not heart him ? you marre our labour, 
Keepe your Cabtnes : you do afsift the ftorme* 

Con*. Nay, good be patient. 

Btttf. When the Sea isc hence, what cares thefe roa- 
rers for the name of King ? to Cabine; filence : trouble 
vsnot. 

Go*. Good, yet remember whom thou haft aboord. 

Bottf. None that I more Ipue then my felfe. You are 
a CounfeUor,if you can command thefe Elements to fi- 
lence, sud worke the peace of theprefent, wee will not 
hand a rope more, vfe your authorise: Ifyou cannot, 
giueuharikes you haue liu'd fo long , and make your 
felfe readie in your Cabine for the mifchance of the 
houre, if it fohap. Cheerely good hearts : out of our 
wayl&y. E**, 

dm. I haue great comfort from this fellow:methinks 
he hath no drowning marke vpon him, his complexion 
u perfect Gallowcs : fiindfaft good Fate to his han- 
ging, make the rope of his deftiny our cable, for our 
ovme doth little aduanrage: Ifhe be not borne to bee 
hang'd, our cafe is referable. Exit. 

Enter "Bctifvoitie. 

Bal^CDowne with the top-Maft : yire,lower,lower, 
bring her to Try with Maine-courfe. A plagiie 
Mr/ within. Enttr SebtfltM, Antbtnif & g*x.alo. 



vpon chishowling: theyare lowder then the weathe 
or our office: yet againe? What doyouhee.'Shil w 
giue ore and dtowne,haue you a mindc to finke ? 

Stbaf. A poxe o'your throat,you bawling, biafph 
mous incharitableDog. 

"Sotef. Worke you then. 
jinth. Hang cur,hang,you whorefon infoleni Noyf 
maker,we are le(feafraid to be drownde.chen ihou a 

(jon*.. Tie warrant him for drowning , though tl 
Ship were no ftrongerthen a Nutt-fhell, and as leaky 
an vnftanched wench. 

Batef. Lay her a hold,a hold , fet her two courfcs o 
to Sea againe,lay her off. 

Enter Mar inert wet. 

Mori. A!lloft,to prayers, to prayers,a!l loft. 

"Stiff. What muft oet mouths be cold ? 

Gofit.Thc King,and Prince,at prayen/let's affift-them 

for our cafe is as theirs. 

Se6af. I'amout of patience. 

An.VJe are meerly cheated of our lilies by drunkard 

This wide-chopt-rafcaH>wcuid thou mightft tje drew 

ning the wafhing often Tides. 

Ca;4. Hee'i be hang'd y er, 
Though euery drop of water fweare againft it. 
And gape at widft to glut him. jt(o*fufcdnajja with 
Mercy on vs. 

We fplit^we fplic , Farewell my wife and children, 

Farewell brotner : we fplit,we fplit,we fplir. 

jfntlr. Let's all finke with* King 

Stt. Let's take Jeaoe of him. Exit 

Cent,. Now would I giue a thonfand furlongs of Se 

for an Acre of barren ground : Long heath , Browt 

fitrs, any things the w ills aboue be done, but I wot) 

faine dye a dry death* Ext 

ScenaSecunda. 

Eater frozen mdM (rand*. 
Mint. If byyout Art (my dcereft father;youha 
Put the wild waters in this Rore jalay them: 
The skye it feemcs would powre down (linking pitc 
But that the Sea.mounting to th* welkins cheeke, 
Dafhes the fire out. Oh ! I haue fuffered 
With thofe that 1 few fuffer: A braue veflell 

A (Who 



(Who had DO doubt foroc noble creature in her) 
Da/h'd all to peecet : O the cry did knocke 
Aga inft my very heart t poore foule$.they perifh'd. 
Had I byn any God of power,! would 
Haucfuncke the Sea within the Earth, or ere 
It fhould the good Shjp fo haue fwa!low'd,and 
The fraughting Soules within her. 

/>r/: Be collected, 

No more amazement : Tell your pineous heart 
there's no harme done. 

Mir*. Owoe,thcday. 

Prof. No harme: ' 
I haue done nothing,but in care of thee 
(Ofthee my deere one ; thee my daughter) who 
Art ignorant of what thou art . naught knowing 
Of whence I am .- nor that I am more better 
Then Prefl>fro,MiAct of a full poore cell, 
And thy no greater Father. 

<JWira. More to know 
Did neuer medle with my thoughts. 

Prof. 'Tit time 

I fhould informs thee farther : Lend thy hand 
And plucke my Magick garment from me: So, 
Lye there- rtiy Art: wipe thou thine cycs,haue comfort, 
The dicefull fpectacle of the wrackc which touch'd 
The very vcrtue of conipaffion in thee : 
I haue with fuchprouinon ia mine Art 
Sofafely or<Jcred,that rhsEC is no foule 
No not fo much perdition as an hay re 
Betid to any creature in the veflcll 
Which thou,heardft cry^! which thou faw'fl fmke : Sit 
For thou muft now know farther. fdowne, 

7>itr*. Youhaue often 
Begun to tell we what I am, but (lopt 
And left me to a booteleffc Inquifition, 
Concluding,nay/ no: yet. 

Prof, The howr's now come 
The very minute byds thee ope thine carf , 
Obey.and beauentiue. Canft thou remember 
A time before we came vnto this Cell ? 
I doe not thiuke thou caaft,for then tbou was't not 
Out three yecres old. 

cft&u. CertainelySir.'Ican. 
Prtf. By what ? by any other houfe,orpcrfon ? 
Of any thing the Image,tell mc.that 
Hath kept with thy remembrance. 

caflr*. Til fare off; 
And rather like a dreame,thcn an aTurance 
That my remembrance warrants; Had I not 
Fo wre,or.fiue women oncc,that tended me ? 

'Prof. Thou hadft; and more M'trtnd* : But how is it 
1 hat this liucs in thy miride ? What fccft thou els 
In the dark-backward and Abifme of Time? 
Yf thou reroembreft oughtete thou camtt here. 
How thou ca.m'ft here thou maift. 

Mir*. But that I doe not* 

Traf. Twclue ycre fince(A*-vw<i)twe!?* yere face, 
Thy father was the Dukeof^f^ and ' 
A Prince of power/ 

Mir*. Sh; are not yon toy Father? 

Prof. ThyMothervras*peceot?*ne,and 
She faid thou waft my daughter ; and thy fatbet 
Wat Duke ofw9//JKnf,am}his onely htire, 
And Pnncefie ; no worfe IfTusd. 

Mir*. O the hewem, 
What fowlepliy had we.that we camvfiom thence?^ 



OrblefTedwas'twedid? 

Prf. Both.bothmyG'irlc. 
By fowlc-play (as thou faift) were ire heatfd thence, 
Bucbleffedlyholpc hither. 

Mir A. Oojy heart bleedet 
To thinkeoth' teene that I haue tum'd you to, 
Which is from my remeiDbrance,pleafeyoil/anher; 

Prof. My brother and thy vnclc,caH'd Aab 
I pray thee marke me, that a brother fliould 
Be fo perfidious : he, whom next thy felfe 
Of all the world I lou'd,and to him put 
The mannage of my ft ate , as at that time 
Through all the flgnories it was the firft, 
And ?rj^ ,the prime Duke, being fo reputed 
In dignity j and for the liberal! Artes, 
Without a paralell ; thofe being all my ftudic, 
The Gopernroent J caft vpon my brother, 
And to my State grew ftranger.being tranfportcd 
And rapt in fecret (Vudies,thy falfe vncle 
(Do'ft thou attend me ?) 

c/W/r^. Sir,moftheedefully. 

Prof. Being once petfc&ed bow to graunt fuires, 
how to deny them : who t'aduance.and who 
To trafh for ouer-topping; new created 
Tlie creatures that were mine,] fay,or changed 'em, 
Or els new form'd "em j hauing both the key, 
Of Omcer,and office,fet ail hearts i'th Mate 
To what tune pleas'd his eare,that now he was 
The luy which had hid my princely Trunck, 
And fuckt my verdure out on't : Thou attend'ft not ? 

Mir*. OgoodSir, I doe. 
Prof. I pray thee marke me : 
1 thus ncglecling worldly ends,all dedicated 
To clofcnes,and the bettering of my mind 
with that,which but by being fo r'ctir'd 
Ore-priz'd all popular rate:in my falfc brother 
Awak'd an cuiil nature, and my truft 
Like a good parent,did beget of him 
A falsehood in it's contrarie,as great. 
As my truft was.which had indeedeno limit, 
A confidence fans bound. He bettfg thus Lorded, 
Not onely with what my reuenc w yeelded, 
But what my power might els exact. Like one 
Who hauing into truth,by telling of it, 
Made fuch a fynner of his memorie 
To credite hi: owne !ie,he did belceue 
He was indeed the Duke,out o'th' Subflitution 
And executing th'outward face of Roialtie 
With all prerogatiuc:hence his Ambition growing : 
Do'ftthouheare? 

Mir*. Yonr ta!e,Sir, would cure deafencfle. 
Prof.Jo haue no Scbreene between this pan be plaid, 
And him he plaid it fcr.he needes will be 
Abfolute Mifaint, Me (poore man) my Librarie 
Was Dukedome large enough : of tcmporall toalties 
He thinks me now incapable. Confederates 
(fo dric he was for S.way) with King ofNtfla 
Togiuehim Annual! tribute,doehim homage 
Subied his Coronet,to hh Crowne and bend 
The Dukedom yet vnbov/d (alas poore MiE*alt) 
Tom oft ignoble ftooping. 
Mir*. Oh the hcauens : 

frtf. Marke his conditioned th'cueht,tnen tdl me 
Ifthitraightbeabrofher. 

Mir a. 1 fliould finns 
To thinkc but Nobtie of my Grand-mother, 



Good wombcs haue borne bad fonnes. 

Pro. Now the Condition. 
This King of Ntplei being an Enemy 
Tome inuetcrate,hearkcni my Brothers ftlit, 
Whicli wai,That he in lieu o'th prcroifcs, 
Of homagc,and I know not how much Tribute, 
Should prefently extirpate me and mine 
Out ofthe Dukedomc, and confer faire Afitlaint 
With allthc Honors, on my brother : Whereon 
A treacherous Armie leuied,one mid-night 
Fated to th' purpofe, did Antknnio open 
The gates ofW///.*fr,aiHi ith' dead of darkened 
The miniftcrs for th' purpofe Jiurtied thence 
Me, arid thy crying felfe. 

tJMtr. Alack, for pitty : 
I not rcmembring how I cride out then 
Will cry it ore againe : it is a hint 
That wrings mine eycstoo't. 

fro. Hcarc a little further, 
And then I'le bring thce to the ptcfcnt bufincffe 
Which now's vpon 's : without the which,this Story 
Were moll impertinent. 

<_/Wi'r. Wherefore did they not 
That howrc deftroy vs ? 

Pr. Well demanded, wench 

My Tale prouokes that queftion : Deare,they durftnot, 
So dcarc the louc my people bore me .- nor let 
A markc fo bloudy on the bufincffc; but 
With colours fairer, painted thcu fotile ends. 
In few, they hurried vs a-boord a Barke , 
Bore vs fomc Leagues to Sea, where they prepared 
A rotten carkafleofaButt.notrigg'd, 
Nor tackle, f3yle,nor maft, the very rats 
Inftin&iuely hauc quit it : There they hoy ft vs 
To cry to th'Sca, that roard to vs ; to figh 
To tli' windes, whofe pitty fighing backe againe 
Did vs but loumg wrong. 

Mir. Alack, what trouble 
Was I then to you ? 

Pro. O, aChcrubin 

Thou was't that did prcfcrue me ; Thou didfl fmile, 
Infufcd witl) a fortitude from heauen, 
When I haue d.eck'd the lea with drops full fait, 
Vndcr my burthen groan'd, which taif'd in me 
An vndergoing ilomacke, to bearc vp 
Againft what mould enfue. 

Mir. How came we a fhore ? 

Pro. By prouidence diuine, 
Some food, we had.and fomc frclh water, that 



Out of his Charity, (who being then appointed 
Matter of this defigne) did glue vs, with 
Rich garments, linncns, fluffs, and neceflarics 
Which fince haue ftccdtd much, fo of his gentlenelTe 
Knowing I lou'd my bookes, he furnifad me 
From mine ownc Library, with volumes, that 
I prize aboue my Dukcdome. 

Mir. Would I might 
Butcucrfec that man. 

Pro, Nowjarifc, 

Sit fttll, and hcare the laft ofoiir fca-forrow : 
Heere io this Hand we arriu'd, and heere 
HaucI, thySchooIemaftcr, madcthec more profit 
Then other Princeffc can, that haue more time 
For vainer howrcs ; and Tutors, not fo earcfull. 
Mrr. Heuens thank you for't. And now I pray you Sir, 



For ftill 'tis beating in my minde ;. your reafon 
For ray ling this Sea-ftormc ? 

fr. Know thus far forth, 
By accident rnoff ftrange,bountlfull Fortune 
(Now my deereLady) hath mine enemies 
Brought to this fliorc : And by my prefcicncc 
I finde my Zenith doth depend vpon 
A moftaufpitious ftarrc.whofc influence 
If now I court not, but omit -my Fortunes 
Will eucrafter droopc: Heare ceafe more^uefliont, 
Thou art inclinde to flcepe : 'tis * good dulnefic, 
And glue it way : 1 know thou can ft not chufe : 
Come away, Sctuant, come ; I am ready now, 
Approach my Ariel. Come. Enter Ariel. 

Art. AH haile, great Mafttr, grage Sir, Iiailc :1 come 
To anfwcr thy bcft pleafure ; fae't to fly, 
To fwim, to diuc into the fire : to pdc 
On the curld clowds : to thy ftrong bidding taskc 
x/^/,andallhisQualicie. 

Pro. Haft thou, Spirit, 
Performd to point, the Tempefl that I bad tnee. 

*sfr. To euery Article. 
I boordcd the King* (hip . now on the Scale, 
Now in the Waflc, the Decke, in eucry Cabyn, 
I flam'd amazement, fometime 1'ld diuide 
And burne in many places ; on the Top-maft, 
The Yardsand Borc-fpritt, would I flame diltin&Iy, 
Then mcctc,and ioyne. hues Lightning.thc prccurfers 
O'th drcadfull Thunder-claps more momentaric 
And fight out-running were wot ; the fire.and cracks 
Of lulphurous roaring, the moft mighty Neptune 
Seemc to befiege, and make his bold waucs tremble, 
Yea, his dread Trident (hake. 

Pr. My brauc Spirit, 

Who was to firme,fo conftant, tharthi$ coyle 
Would not infect his tcafon? 

ex/r. Notafoule " 

But feh aFeaucr ofthe rnadde, and plaid 
Some tricks of desperation ; all but Mariners 
Plung'd in the foaming brync, and quit the vefTell ; 
Then all a fire with me the Kins 



With hairc vp-ttaring (then like reeds, not hair e) 
Was the firlt man that leapt ; cridc hell is empty 
And all theDiucIsarchccre. 

Pro. Why that's my fpirit : 
But was not this nyefiiore? 

Ar. Clofcby,tnyMafter. 

P> a. But are they (wr/fJ7)fafe? 

Ar. Not a hairc pcriflid : 
On their fuftaining garments not a blcmifh, 
But freflicr then before : and as thou badftmc, 
In troops I haue difperfd them 'bout the Hie : 
The Kings fonnc haue I landed by himfclfc, 
Whom 1 left cooling of the AyrcwithfigheJ, 
In an odde Angle ofthe Ifle, arid fisting 
His armes in this fad knot. 

Pro. Of the Kings (hip, 
The Marrincrs.fay how thou haft difpofd, 
And all the reft o'th' Tleeie ? 

Ar. Safely in harbour 

Is thejCings (hippe, in the deepe Nooke, where once 
Thou calldft me vp at midnight to fetch dewe 
From the ftill-vext'Zf ermtoshcs, there fhe'shid; 
The Marriners all vnder hatches flowed, 
Who, with a Charme ioynd to their fuffrcd labour 
I baue left afleep : and for the reft o'th' Plctf r 

A * Which 



TkeTempe/l. 



(Which I difpers'dj they all haue met againe, 
And are vpon the 7tfiJittrranun Flotc 
Boun<i fadly home for Ntptti, 
*>uppofmg that they fa w the Kings (hip wrackt, 
And his great pcrfon periOi. 

Pro Ariel, thy charge 

Exactly is perform'd ;but t here's more worke 
What is the time o'th day ? 

A'. Paft the mid feafon. 

Pro. At leaft two Glaffei: the time 'twjxt fix & now 
Muft by vs both be fpent moft precioufly. 

Ar. Is there more toyle ? Since ^doft glue me pains, 
Let me remember thee what thou haft promis'd, 
Which is not yet perform'd me. 

Pro. Hownow? moodic? 
What is't thou canft demand ? 

Ar. My Libertie. 

Pro. Before the rime be out? no more 

Ar. Jprethee, 

R emember I haue done thee worthy feruice, 
Told thee no lyes, made thee no miftakings, ferv' J 
Without or grudge, or grumblings ; thou didpromife 
To bate me a full yeere. 

Pro. Do'ft thou forget 
Fromwhatatcftmenildidfreethee* Ar. No. 

Pro. Thou do'ft : & thinkft it much to tread y Ooze 
Ofthefaltdeepe; 

To run vpon the fliarpe winde of the North, 
To doe mebufineffc in the vcincs o'th* earth 
Whcnitisbak'dwithfroft. 

Ar. I doe not Sir. 

Pro. Thoulieft.malignantThing: haft thou forgot 
The fowle Witch Sycorax, who with Age nd Enuy 
Wasgrowne incoahoopc? haft thou forgot her ? 
Ar. No Sir. 

Pry. Thouhaft: where was flieborn? fpeaks tell me: 

Ar. Sir, in Argter. 

Pro. Oh, was (he fo: I muft 
Once in a moneth recount what thoo haft bin , 
Which thou forgetft. This damn'd Witch Sjcartx 
For mifchicfcs manifold, and forceries terrible 
To enter humane hearing, from Arg ler 
Thou know'ft wasbanifh'd : for one thing (he did 
They wold not take her life: Is not this true f A?.\ t Sir. 

Fro. This blew ey'd hag , was hither brought with 
And here was left by th' Saylors; thou my flaue, (child, 
As thou reportft thy felfc,waj then her feruant, 
And for thou waft aSpint too delicate = 

To ad> her earthy, and abhord commands, 
Refufing her grand hefts, fhe did confine thee 
By helpc of her more potent Minifters, 
And in her moft vnmittigable rage, 
Into aclouen Pyne, within which rift 
Imprifon'J, thou didftpamcfully remaine 
A dozen yeeres : within which fpacc (he di'd, 
And left thee there : where thou didft vent thy groancs 
As fift K MilUvhceles ftrike : Then was this Ifland 
(Suc for the Son, that he did littour hccre, 
A frekelM wlielpe, hag-borne) not honour'd with 
A humane (hapc. 

Ar. Yes : Caliban her fonnc. 

Pro Dull thing, 1 fay fo : he, that Caliban 
Whom now I keepe in fetuice, thou bcft know'ft 
What torment Ididfinde thee in; thy grones 
Did make wolues ho wlc, and penetrate the breaftj 
Ofeuet-angry Bcaics ; it wai a torment 



To lay vpon the damn'd, which Sjnrax 
Could not againe vndoe : it was mine Art, 
When I arnu'd, and heard thee, that made gape 
The Pyne.and let thee out. 

Ar. I thanke thee Mafler. 

Pn. Jfihoumoremurrmir'ft, Iwill rendanOake 
And peg-thcc in his knotty emrailts, till 
Thou haft ho wl'd away t welue winteri, 

Ar. Pardon, Mafter, 
I wrll be corrcfpondent to command 
And doe my fpryting, gently. 

Pro. Doe fo : and after two dale; 
I will difc 'urge thee. 

Ar. That s my noble Mafter: 
What fhalll doe ? fay what ? what fliaJl I doc ? 

Pro. Goe make thy felfe like 2 Nymph o'th* Sea, 
Be fubieiS to no fight but thine.and mine : iouifible 
To cuery eye-ball elfe : goe take this (tape 
And hithei come in't : goe : hence 
With diligence. Exit. 

Prt. Awake, dcerehart awake, thou haft flept well. 
Awake. ^ 

Mir. Theftrangenesofyourftory,put 
HeauinefTe in me. 

Pro. Shake it off: Come on, 
Wee'il V\(K Caliban, my flaue, wlioneuer 
Yeeldj vs kindc anfwerc. 

Mir. 'TisavillaineSir, I doenotlouetolookeon. 

Pro. But as 'tis 

We cannot mirtc him : he do's make our fire , 
Fetch in our wood, and fcrues in Offices 
That profit vs : What hoa : flaue : Celi&aa : 
Thou Earth, thou : fpeake. 

Cat. within. Therc'i wood enough within, 

Pro. Conic forth I fay, there's other bufinesfor thee: 
Come thou Tortoys, when ? Enter Artel t^f a water* 
Fine apparifion: my qucint Ariel t Njmfb. 

Heatke in thine care. 

Ar. My Lord, it (hall be done. Exit. 

Tro. Thou poy fonous flaue, got by j diuell htmfclfe 
Vpon thy wicked Dam ; come forth. Enter C/tlibun. 

Cul. As wicked dewe, as ere my mother bruQYd 
With Raucns feather from vnwholefomc Fen 
Drop on you both : A Southweft blow on yee , 
And blifter you all ore. 

Pro.for this be fure, to night thou (halt haue crampi, 
Side.ftitehes, that (hall pen thy breath vp, Vrchiru 
Shall for that vaft of night .that they may worke 
All exercife on thee : thou fhalt be pinch'd 
As thicke as hony-combe, each pinch more ftinging 
Then Bees that made'cm. 

Col. I muft eat my dinner J 
This Ifland's mine by Sjcorax my mother, 
Which thou tak'ft from me. -when thou cam'ftfirft 
Thou ftroakft me,& made much of me.- wouldft giuc me 
Water with berries in't : and teach me how 
To name the bigger Light, and how the lefle 
That burne by d ay .and night : and then I lou'd thee 
And (hew'd thee all the qualities o'th' Ifle , 
The frefVi Springj,Bne.pi ; barren place and fertill , 
Curs'd be 1 that did fo : All the Channel 
Of Sjcorax -. Toades, Beetles, Batts light on you : 
For I am alf the Subjects that you haue , 
Which fitft wmin owneKing : andhereyou fty-m 
In this hard Rock e.whiles ycu dot keepe from me 
The reft o'th' Ifland. * 

Pro. Thou 



TbeTempeft. 



.Pro. Thou moft lying (hue, 
Whom ftripcj may moue,not kindnes:! haue vs d thee 
(Filth as thcMlAttJwith humane care.and lodg'd thee 
In mine owne Ceil, till ihott didft fceke to violate 
The honor of my childe. 

C*/. Ob ho, Oh bo, would't had benedone : 
Thou didft prcuent me, I had peopel'd elfe 
Thb Me withdrew. 

Mir*. Abhorred Shoe, 
Which any print of goodnefle wilt not tale, 
Being capable of all ill : I pittied thee, 
Took pains tomakethee (peak, taught thce each houre 
One thing or other : whenthou didft not (Sauage) 
Know thine owne meaning ; but wouldlt gabble, like 
A thing moft bruttfh, 1 enacw'd thy purpofes 
Wfth words that made themknowne:But thy vild race 
(Tho thou didft leam)had that in't.which good natures 
Could not abide to be with; therefore waft thou 
Deferuedly confin'd into this Rocke, who hadft 
Deferu'd more then a prifon. 
*/. You taught me Language,and my profit on't 
, I know how to curfc : the red-plague rid you 
For learning me your language. 

Prof. Hag-feed, hence: 
Fetch vs in Fewell, and be qutcke ihou'rt bell 
To anfwer other bufinefle :(nrug'ft thou (Malice) 
IfthounegIeUt,ordoftvnwiH'mgly 
What I command, He rackc thee with old Cr ampes, 
Fill all thy bones with Aches, make thee rote, 
That hearts (hall tremble at thy dyn. 

. No,'pray thec. 

I muft obey, his Art is of fuetypowV. 
It would control! my Dams god Setefo*, 
And make a vaflaile of him. 

Pro. So flaue,hence. ExitCal. 

Enter Ferdinand & Ariel, inHiftttefUjiHg & p*gi*g. 
.<4r/r/$ong. Corxtvxia theft yellow fn7ids ) 

and then take btndt : 
Cunfiedwbenjo* b**e<ndt(ip 

the wilde vnwsi whiff : 
Fate itfettlj beere, and there, twdfifeete S frights lexre 

tlit burthen. Burthen di fperfedly. 
vatgb : thewttcb-Dogget /W^c, 



Ar. Htrkjktrkj lberc ) tbeftrinefj}rlttti>igC l >** t xfat 

cry cockadidle-dave, 

Per. Where fliold this Mufick be? 1'th aire,or th'earth? 
It founds no more : and fure it way tes vpon 
Some God 'oth'Iland, fitting on a bank e, 
Weeping againeihe King my Fathers wraclte. 
This Muficke crept by me vpon the waters, 
Allayingboth their fury, and my paffion 
With it'* fweet ayre : thence I haue follow'd it 
(Or it hath drawnc me rather) but 'tis gone. 
No, it begins againe. 

4rie8 Sorrg. PuRftdomjiiuthj father Her, 
Of hit fanes are Corr*ilm<ttlt : 
tartfearlei tbat vtre bit eitt, 



tut dethptfir a Sea-change 
Intefimttbint rteh,&ftra 
S4--WajAtbMrtf ring hk 

Burthen: ding dong. 



Str. The Ditty do's remember my droWn'd father, 
This U nomottall bu fines, not no found 



That the earth owes : I heare ttnow about me. 

Prt. The fringed Curtaines of thine eye aduaace; 
And fay what thou fee'ftyond. 
Mir*. What is't a Spirit? 
Lord, how it lookcs about : Beleeue me At, 
It carries a braue forme. But 'tis a Ipirit. 

JVtf.No wench.it ats,and fleeps, & ham fuch fenfes 
As we haue: fuch. This Gallant which thou feeft 
Waiin the wracke t and but hee's fomething ftain'd 
With greefe (that's beauties canker) ^ migbt'ft call him 
A gfrftdly perfon ; he hath loft his fcllowes, 
And ftrayes about to finde'em. 

Mir. I might call him 
A thing diuinc, for nothing naturall 
IcuerfawfoNoble. 

Pro. It goes on I fee 

As my foule prompts it . Sphit^ine fpirit Jle free dice 
Within two dayes for this. 

Fer. Moft fure the Goddefle 
On whom thefa ay*es attend : Vouchfafe my pray'i 
May know if you rcmainc vpon this Ifland, 
And that you will fome good inftruUon gjue 
How I may bearc me heere : my prime requeft 
(Which I do laft pronounce) is ^Oyou wonder) 
IfyoubcMtyd.orno? 

Wr. No wonder Sir, 
But certainly a May d. 

Ftr. My Language ? Heauens t 
I am the beft of them that fpeakc this (peech, 
Were I but where 'tis fpoken. 

Pro. How? the beft? 

What wcr't thou if the King ofNtflet beard thee ^ 
Fer. A finglc thing, as I am now,that wonders 
To hcare thee fpeake of Naples .- he do's heare me, 
And tbat he do's, I weepe : my felfe am N*plet t 
Who, with mine eyes (neuer fince at ebbe) behe!4 
The King my Father wrack't* 
<*Mir. Alacke, for mercy* 

Fer. Yes faith,* all his Lords,the Dukeof MO*** 
And his braue forme, being twatne. 

Pro. TheDukcof///fl/* 
And his more brauer daughter, could contto.ll tk 
I f now 'twere fit to do't : At the firft light 
They haue chang'd eyes : Delicate Artel, 
lie fct thee free for this. A word good Sir, 
I feare you haue done your felfe fome wrong : A word. 

Wr. Why fpeakes my rather fo vngently ? This 
Is the third man that ere I faw ; the firft 
That ere I (igh'd for : pitty moue my father 
To be cnclin'd my way. 
Fer. O, if a Virgin, 

And your affection not gone forth, lie m&eyou 
The Queene ofNoplet. 

Pro. Soft fir, one word more. 
They are both in ey thers pow'rs : But this fwift bufines 
I muft vnea(ie make, leaft too light winning 
Make the prize light. One word more : I charge thee 
That thou attend me : Thoa do'ft heere vfurpe 
The name thou ow'ft not, and haft put thy felfe 
Vpon this Ifland, as afpy,to winit 
From me, th c Lord on't. 
Fer. No, as I am a man* 

A/ir.Ther's nothing ill, can dwell in fuch a Temple 
If the ill-fp iri t haue fo fayre a boufe, 
Good things will ftriue to dwell with't 
Pro. Follow me. 

A,'3 



TbeTemptft* 



T*of. Speak* not you for him : bee's a Traitoncome, 
He manacle thy neck e and ft etc coge cher : 
Scz -water (halt thou drinke : thy food fhall be 
Th frcfh-brookc Muflels, withet'd roots, and hxuket 
Wherein the Acoroe cradled . Follow, 

fer. No, 

[ will i efilt fuch entertainment, till 
Mine enemy ha's more pow'r. 

llcdwet, and is 



Make not too ra(h a triall of him, for 
Hcc's gentlc,and not fearful!. 

Pnf. What I fay, 

My footc my Tutor ? Put thy fword vp Traitor, 
Whomak'ft a fhewjbut dat'ft not ftnkeuhy confcience 
Is fo po(Teft with guilt : Come.from thy ward, 
For I can heete difarme thee with this ftickt, 
And make thy weapon drop. 

OW>4. Bcfeech you Father. 

Prof. Hence : hang not on my garments. 

Mir A. Sic hauc pity, 
DC be bU ferny. 

Prof. Silence: One word more 
Shall makeme chide thee, if not hate thee : What, 
An aduocate for an Impoftor ? Hufh ; 
Thou think'ft there is no more fuch (napes as he, 
(H auingfeene but him and Cal,B*:) Foolifh wench, 
To th'moft of men, this it a Caltbvt, 
And they tohim are Angels. 

^Mira. MyafFediont 
Are then mod humble: I haue no ambition 
To fee a g oodfier man. 

Prtf. Come on, obey: 
Thy Ncrues are in their infancy again*?. 
And haue no vigour in them. 

Far. So they are: 

My fpiritj, as in a dreame, are all bound vp s 
My Fathers loll e. the weaknefle which 1 feele, 
The wrackeofall my friends, nor this mans threats, 
To whom I am fubduiie.are but lightto me, 
Might I but through my prifon once a day 
Behold tbi* Mayd : all comers elfe o'th'Eartb 
Let liberty make vfe of: fpace enough 
Hsue I in fuch aprtfon. 

Prof. It workes Come on. 
Thou haft done well, fine AncH : follow me, 
Haikt what thou dfc (halt do mee. 

Mira. Be of comfort, 
My Fathers of abetter nature (Sir) 
Then he appeajes by fpecch : this is vnwonted 
Which now came from him. 

Prof. Thou (halt beat free 
As mountaine windes ; but then exactly do 
All points of my command. 

*SruU. To thTy liable. 

Pnf. Come folio wi>cakenot for him. Eximt. 

AftusSecundus. SctznaTrima. 



Franfifie, andethirSt 
GUI*,. Befeech you Sir, b fneny ; you baue caufc, 
($o haue we all) of ioy ; for out efcape 



It much beyond our lofle ; our bint of woe 
Is common, cuery day, fome Say lors wife, 
The Matters of fome Merchant, and the Merchant 
Haue iuft our Theame of woe: Bat for the miracle, 
(Imeane ourprefcruation) few in millions 
Can fpeake like vs : then wifely (goodSir)weigh 
Our forrow, with our comfort. 

Altnf. Prethee peace. 

Stt>. He receives comfort like cold porredge. 

Ant. The Viittor will not giue him ore fo. 

Stt>. Looke, hec's winding vp the watch ofhi wit, 
By and by it will ftr ike. 

CjiH. Sir. 

Sft. One:TelL 

Gen. When euery greefe it entertaind. 
That's offer'd comes to th'entertainer. 

Set. Adollor. 

G*. Dolour comes to him indeed, you haue fpoken 
truer therryou purpos'd. 

Stf. You haue taken it wifelier then I meant you 
fhould. 

Cn. Therefore my Lord. 

Ant, Fie, what a fpend -thrift is He of his. tougue. 

Alan. I pre-rhee ipare. 
" Con. Wet!, I haue done: But yet 

Set. Htf will be talking. 

Ant. Which, of he, or Ad r i an,for a good wager, 
Fir ft begins to crow? 

Ir&TheoldCocke. 

A*t. TheCockrclL 

S& Done: The wager? 

Ant. A Laughter. 

Set. A match. 

A*r. ThoughtUsIftaadfecmetobtdefm. 

S<1>, Ha, h*, ha. 

^int. Soiyou'rpaid. 

AJr. Vninhabuabl^indalmoftinjcce/rible. 

Stb. Yet 

AJr. Yet 

Ait. He could not mifle't. 

Air. limu ft weds be of fubtle, tender, and delicate 
temperance. 

Ant. Ttmftraace was a delicate weocb. 

Set. J,and a fubtle, as he moft learnedly deliaer'd. 

Adr. The ay re breathe s vpon vs here moft fweetly. 

Sft. As ifit had Lungs, and rotten ones. 

tsfnt. Or,a5'twcreperfum'dbyaFen, 

CM. Heere is euery thing aduamageous to life. 

t./ixt. True, fsuemeanestoliue. 

Set. Of that there's none, or little. 

Co*. Howlu&andluaythe graffelookes? 
How grcene ? 

At. The ground indeed is tawny* 

Set. Withaneyeofgreenein't, 

tsfxt. Hemifles not much* 

Stt. No : he do th bt miftake the truth totally. 

CM But the rariety of it U, which is indeed almoft 
beyond credit. 

Sit. Asmanyvouchtrarietiesare. 

Gyn.Th&t our Garments betnrfas they V7ere)d$encht 
io the Sea, bold nocwttbftaodlne tkdr freflintOe and 
gloflei, behg rather new dyd3en ftaitfd with (kite 



~<tnt. If but one ofbis pockets could (peake, would 
it not fay he lyes? 
Set. I, or very fal&ly pocket vp bis report. 

*. 



TfoTempeft. 



I giue ithisfonnc for an Apple. 

id fo-wing the kernels of it in the Sea, bri 



Cm, Me chinkts our garments arc now as frefli as 

when we put them on ruri in Affrickc , at the marriage 

of the kings faire daughter CUribel to the king of T*mt. 

Set. Twasafwcctmarri3ge,andweprofpcr well in 

ourretorne. 

^drijfHnu was neuer gree'd before with fuch a Pa* 
ragon to their Queene. 

(jo*. Not fince widdow Ditto's time. 

Ait. Widow? A pox o'that : how came that Wid- 
dow in? Widdow Did.'. 

Set. What if he had fa id Widdower VMM too ? 
Good Lord, how you take it ? 

Adri. Widdow Dido faid you ? You make me ftudy 
of that : She was ofCarthagt, not ofTimit. 

Cut. This T*u Sir was Curtktte. 

Adri. Cartb*ie? dm. I allure you C4A*f*. 

Ant. His word is more then the miraculous Harpe. 

Scb, He hath raia'd the walKand houfcs too. 

^ft.What i mpofsible matter wil he make eafy next? 

Stb. I thinkehee will carry this Ifland home in hii 
pocket,and 

Ant. An 
forth more Iflands. 

Con. I. Ant. Why in good time. 

Cen. Sir, we were talking, that our garmenti feeme 
jjow as frcfh as when we were at Tunis ac the marriage 
of your daughter, who is now Queene. 

Ant. And the rareft that ere came there. 

Stb. Bate (I befeech you) widdow 7)ido . 

Ant. O Widdow Dido ? I, Widdow Dido. 

Gsn. Is not Sir my doublet as frcfh as the firft day I 
wore it j I meanc in a fort. 

Ant. That fort was well fifh'd for. ' 

CM. When I wore it at your daughters marriage. 
. Ab*. Yoo cram thefc words into mine cares,againft 
the ftornackcofmy fenfe : would I had neuer 
Wanted my daughter there : For comming thence 
M fonne's loft, and (in my rate) fhc too, 

is fo farrc from Itly remoucd, 
Tne're againe (hall fee her : O thou mine heirc 
Of Atyferand of c>W/ft,what ftrange fifti 
lath made his meale on thce ? 

Fran. Sir he may Hue, 
faw him bf ate the furges vnder him, 
Knd ride vpon their backes ; he trod the water 
Whofe enmity he flung afide : and brefkd 
The furge moft fwolne that met him : his bold head 
Boue the contentious waues he kept, and oared 
rlimfelfewith his goodarmes in Tufty Broke 
To th'fhorc ; that ore his waue-worne balis. bowed 
As (looping to releene him : I not doubt 
HecamealiuetoLand. 

Aim. No, no, net's gone. . 

Stb. Sir you may thank your felfe for this great lofle, 
fhat would not blefTc our Europe with your daughter. 
Jut rather loofe her to an Arfrican, 
Where (he at leaft, is banifli'd from your eye. 
Who hath cauft to wet the gtcefe on'u 

Alt*. Pr.the peace. 

Sflf. You were knesl'd too, & importun'd olherwife 
By all ofv? : and the fairefoule her felfe 
WaigH'dberwetneloathnetTe, andobedince,at 
iVhich encf oWbeame (houldbow: we haue loft your 

(fon, 

MowJddowe*jntheraofthisbufinerTeinaJting f 
Th" crtw e bring men to conrfert them : 



The faults your owne. 

Aim. Soisthedoer'ftoth'ioflc 
C6n. 



The truth you fpeake doth lacke fome gentlenefle, 
And time to fpeake it in : you rub the fore, 
When you fhould bring the plaiftcr. 

Set. Very well. Ant. And moft Chirurgeonly. 

Con. It is foule weather in vs alf.good Sir. 
When you are cloudy. 

Self. Fowle weather? Ant. Veryfoule. 

Go*. Had I plantation of dm Ifle my Lord. 

At. Hee'dfow't with Nettle-feed. 

Self. Or dockes, or Mailowes. 

CM. And were the King on't,what would I do ? 

Stb. Scape being drunke, for want of Wine. 

Con. I'ch'Common wealth I would (by contraries) 
Execute all things : FornokindcofTrarficke 
Would I admit : No name of Magiflratc: 
Letters fhould not be knowne : Richcs,pouxny, 
A nd vfe of feruice, none : Contract, Succcfsion, 
Borne, bound of Land, Tilth.Vincyard none : 
No vfc ofMettall, Corne, or Wine,or Oylc ; 
No occupation, all men idle, ail : 
And Women too, but innocent and pure : 
NoSoueraignty. 

Seb. Yet he would be King on't. 

**nt. The latter end of his Common-weakh forgets 
the beginning. 

Con. All things in common Nature (hould produce 
Wfthout fweat or cndcuour j Treafon, fellony, 
Sword, Pike, Knife, Gun, or neede of any Engine 
Would I not haue : but Nature ihould bring forth 
Of it owne kinde, all foyxon.all abundance 
Tofced.my innocent people. 

Seb t No marrying 'mong his fubSeh/ 

Ant. None (man) all idle; Whores andknswej, 

(Jon. I would with fuch perfection gouerne Sir : 
T' Ex cell th: Golden Age. 

Set. 'SauehisMaiefty. Ant. Long Hue Canale. 

Con, And do you mark e me, Sir? (mt. 

Ah*. Pre-thee no more; thou doft talk e nothing to 

Go*. Ido well beleeue your Highnefft, and did it 
tominifler occafion to tbefe Gentlemen, who are of 
fuch fenfible and nimble Lungs, that they alwayes vfe 
to laugh at nothing. 

Ant. T was you we laugh Vj at. 

Cox. W ho.ia this kind of merry fooling am nothing 
to you : fo you may continue , and laugh ac nothing iUlL 

Ant. What a blow was there giucn? 

Seb. And it had not falne Bat-long. 

Con. You ate Gentlemen ofbrauc mcttal: you would 
lift the Moooe out ofhet fphcare, if (he would continue 
in itfiue weeket without changing. 

Enter ArtcUflqiac foltmni Mitfcks* 

Seb. We would fo,and then go a Bat-fowling. 

Ant. Nay good my Lord.be not angry. 
Can. No I warrant you, I will not aduenture ray 
difcretion fo weakly : Will you laugh me afeepe, for J 
sro very hcauy * 

At. Go fleepe, and hearers. 

Alan. Whs:, all fofooneaflcepe?Iwi(h mine eyei 
Wouid(with themfelues) (hut vp my thoughts, 
1 finde they are tnclin'd to do fo. 

Set. PleafeyouSir, 
Do not omit the beauy offer of it : 
It iildome vifits fofrow,whcn it doih,is is a Comforter, 



8 



TheTemftJt. 



,*-. WetwornyLord.willguatdyoDrpetfon, 
While you take your reft.and watch your (aftty. 

^E.Thankeyou : Wondrous heatry. 

Stt. Wba^gedrowfioespoueflesthemf 

A*. It b the quality o'lh'dymate. 

Srf.Why 

Doth it not then our eye-lids finke ? I finde 
Not my felfe difpos'd to fteep. 

Ant. Norl. my fpiiits are rumble: 
They fell together all, as by confent 
They dropt, as by a Thunder-ft rck e t what might 
Worthy SttjSiatf O, what might ? no more : 
And yet, me thinkes I fee h in thy fece, 
What thou {hould'ft bei th'occafioo fpeaks thee, and 
My ftrong imagination fee's a Cro wne 
Dropping vpon thy bead. 

sJ. Wbatfamhouwakme? 

Ant. Doyounpthearemeipeake? 

Sft. Ido,aodfnrely 
It is a fleepy Language j and thoo fpeak'ft 
Ootofthy fleepet What ishthoo didft &y? 
This is a ftrangc repofe, to be afleepe 
With eyes wide open : (landing, fpeakipg,mouing : 
Andyetfofaftadeepe. 

Ant. Noble Stkafti*,. 

thou let'ft thy fortune fleepe: dientbei : wink'ft 
Whiles thou art waking. 

Stt. ThoodVftuiorediftinaiy, 
There's meaning in thy fnotes. 

Ant. lam more ferions then my cufiome: you 
Muft be fbtoo,ifheed me: which todp. 
TKbblestheco're. 

Set. Well: I am (landing water. 

Ant. Be teach you how to flow; 

Set. Dofbitoebbe 
Hereditary Sloth inftwa* roe. 

Ant. O! 

If you but knew bow you rhepurpofe'cherifh 
Whiles thus you mocke it : bow in dripping it 
Yon more inueftht ebbing men. indeed 
(Moft often) do fo mere the bottome run 
By their owne feare.or (loth. 

Stt. Tre-thee fty on, 

The fettine of thine eye, and cbeekeprodaime 
A matter fiom tbee ; and a birth, indeed, 
Which throwes thec much to yedd . 



this Lord of wcake remembrance: this 
Who rhaJJbeofasUtdtnwmory 
When he u eanh'd, hh here almoft perfwaded 
(For bee's aSpirit of perfwafioo, onely 
ProfdTestoperfwade) theKing hi* forme's aliue, 
TJ$ as impoisible that bee's vndiovra'd, 
A* be that fleepes heere, fwkns. 

Set, Ihauenobooe 
That lie^s vndr own d. 

Aot. OjOutofdiatnobope, 
Wbatgreat bopohaue vou? No hope that way, Is 
Another way fo high a hope, that wen 
Ambition cannot pierce a vrififce beyond 
flcrtdoubt<Cfcouery thre, Willyou grant with me 



Stt. He's gone. 

Ant. Then tell me.wbo's the next heire cfffqkt f 

Self. ClorittS. 



Ten league* beyond mans life : (be that from Ntfkt 
Can haue no, note, vnlefle the Sun were poft : i 
The Man i'th Moone*s too flow,till new-borne chtnnei 
Be rough, and Razor-able : She that from whom 
We all were fea-fwallow'd, though feme caft agatot, 
(And by that deftiny) to performe an a<ft 
Whereof, what's paft is Prologu* ; what to come 
In yours, and my difcharge. 

Stt. What (ruffs is this? How fay you? 
'Tit tnic my brothers daughter's Queene of Tfcnv, 
So is (he heyre of Mpfcr/twixt which Regions 
There is fome ipacc. 

A*t. Afpace.wbofeeB'rycubtt 
Secmes to cry out, bow flull that Cltrittl 
Meafure vs backe to Nitfltt ? keepe in T*nu, 
And let Stkrfuu, wake. Say, this were death 
That now hath (ei*'d them, why they were no wotfe 
Tb now they are : There be that can rule Napier 
As well as he that ftcepes * Lords, that can prate 
As amply, and vnneceUarily 
As this G*>**b : 1 my felfe could make 
A Chough of as deepc chat : O. that you bore 
The minde that 1 do ; what a fleepe were this 
For your aduancement ? Doyon rndcrftand nc ? 

Set. Methinkesldo... 

Ant. And how do's your content 
Tender your owne good fortune ? 

Stt. I remember 
You did fupplant your Brothet Pnjpert. 

AM. Truts 

And looke how well my Garments (it rpon me, 
Mnchfeater then before " My Brothers feruants 
Were then my fellow es, n ow they arc my men. 

Stt. But for your eonfcience. 

Ant. I Sir: where lies ihat? If 'twere a kybe 
Twould pwt me to my flipper : But I fcele not 
This Deity in my bofome : Twentic confciences 
That (bnd 'cwixt roe, and (Jttibuit, candied be they, 
And melt ere they moiled : Heere lies your Brother, 
No better then the earth he lies vpon, 
Ifhe were that which now bee's lijce (that's dead) 
Whom I with this obedient fteele (three inches of U) 
Can lay to bed for euer : whiles you doing thus, 
To the perpetual! winke for aye might pat 
This ancient morfell : this Sir Prudence, who 
Should not vpbraid our courfe : for all the reft 
theyl take fuggeftioa, as a Cat laps milke, 
They! tell the clock c, to any bnfincfle that 
WefaybeBtstheboore. 

Sit. Thy cafe, deere Friend 
Shall be my prefidcnt : As thou got'ft MilL&u, 
lie come by N*pUt ; Draw thy fword, one ftroke 
Shall fre tbee from the tribute which thou paieft. 
And ItbeBng (ball loue the*. 

Att. Draw together: 
And wbenlrearemyhand, do you the like 
TofalUton(7M%^. 

Stt. O, but one word. 

E*ter AfitUwiA iJXufa&aASmg. 
Aral. My Matter through his Art forefecs the danger 
That yoo (hU friend)are in, and fends me forth 
(For eUc bis proleadies)to keepe tbemliuiog. 



YfoTempeft. 



Sbaki off ftumbtr tnd i><:wart. 
Awake t av>A^e. 

Ant. Then letvs both be fodalne. 

Go, Nbw,good Angels preferuc the King. 

ttlf. Why how now hoa;awakc?why arc you drawn? 
Wherefore ihu ghaftiy looking? 

G. Whai's the matter i 

Scf>. While* we flood here fecoring your rcpofc, 
(Euen now) we heard a hollow burfl of bellowing 
Like Buls, or rather Lyons, did'r not wake you i 
It ftrooke mine eare mod terribly. 

Alt. I heard nothing. 

Ant. O, 'twas a din to fright a Monficrs care; 
To make an earthquake : fure it was the roare 
Of a whole heard of Lyons. 

sib. Heard you this <jwxj?/? 

Gi. Vpon rcinc honour,Sir, I heard a humming* 
^And chat a ftrange one coo) which did awake me > 
I fhak'd^ou Sir,and cride : as mine eyes opcnd, 
I faw their weapons drawne ; there was noyfc, 
That's verily : 'tis beft we ftand vpon our guard ; 
Or that we quit this place : let's draw our weapons. 

Al*. Lead off this ground 8t let's make further fcarch 
For my poorc fonne. 

Can. Heauens keepe him from thcfe Beafti : 
For he is fure 1'th HUnd. 

^flo. Lead away, (done. 

Aneft. Profrero my Lord, fai\\ know what I haue 

So (Kmg)goc fafely on to feekc thy Son. Exeunt. 



Scosna Secwda. 



Enttr Caliban, vit h 4 6xrtben of^tti (* nojfe of 



C<</. All the infections that the Stinne fuckes vp 
Ffo:;i Bogs, Fens, \-\tli, on Prefper fall,inJ make him 
By yr,ch-rnele aditcifc : his Spirits hcarc me, 
Anci yet I nee dcs muft curfe.Bul they'll nor pinch, 
Bright me with Vrchyn-(hewes,puch me i'th mire, 
^or lead me like a fire-brand, in the darke 
Out ofmy way, vnlefle hebid em; but 

or euiry trifle, are they fet vpon me. 
Sometime like Apes.that moe and chatter at me, 
And iftr bite me : then like Hedg-hogs, which 
Lye tumbling in my bare-footc way, and mount 
Thru pr-tk* at my foot-fall ; fomctime m I 
All wound with Adder?, who with clouen tongue* 
Doc hiflV fr).- into msdnelVc : Lo,novv Lo, Enter 

comes a Spirit of his, 2nd to tormenfrme JroKulv. 
For bringing wood in flowly : 1'lc foil flit. 
Perchance be Will not mtnoe me. 

Tri. Hcres neither bttri, nor ftuub to beare off any 
eather at alliand another Storme brewing, Ihcare it 
l:ngith*'winde.- yond fame blacke cloud, yond huge 
one, lookfkhkc afouLbumbard chat would flied his 
licquor: if it Should thunder, as it did before, 1 know 
not where to hide my head: yond fame cloud cannot 
choofe but fall by paile-fuls. What haue w here.aman, 
orafifh? dcadoraliue.'afifti.heefmelslike a fim: a 
very ancient and fifh-Iike froeli : a kmdc of, not of the 



ncweft poorc-Iohn : a ftrangefifl): were I ngan 
now (as once I was) and had but thisfifK painted; not 
a holiday.foolc there but would giur a pecceof filuer; 
there, would this Monftcr, make a man: any ftrange 
beaft there, makes a man i when they will not giuc a 
doit to relicuc a lame Bcgger.they will lay out ten to fee 
a dead /<&: Leg'd like a man; and hi Finnes like 
Armei : warme o' my troth : I doc uow let loofc my o- 
pinion; hold it no longer; this iinofifti, but inlflan- 
dcr, that hath lately fuftered by a Thunderbolt: Alas, 
the ftorme is come againe : my beft way is to ere epe vn- 
der his Gaberdine : there is no other flicker herea- 
bout : Mifery acquaints a man with Orange bedfel- 
towes i I vvilJ here ftwo wd till the diegges oJ "the flormc 
bepift. 



tefanotHgint . 
S/f. tJMtmm*H*]fa*fa btrtfrtlll Jje aflert. 
This is a very fcuruy tune to (ing at a mans 
Funerall : well, here's my comfort. T)rinket. 

Si*gi, Tbt M^erjtht Setter jhe BUt.fMt & l\ 



But none rfvt car'd for K<ue. 
Tor fie kad* tongue with* t*F t 
IfoulA err ta n Saltrgaeh^uig : 

SheloM'dHctibefauHrofTtrner.j f 

Tet * Ttilor might fcrttcb her vbre trejht dilittb. 

Then to Sr* Bojet, Mid let bergH ktoig. 

This is a fcuruy tune too ; 

But here's my comfort. drmh. 

Cal. Doe not torment roe : oh. 

Stt. What's the matter? 
Hauewediuelsher? 

Doe you put trickesvpon's with Saluages } and Men of 
hides' hi? I haue not fcapM drowning, to be afeard 
now of your foure legges : for it hath bin faid ; as pro- 
per a man as euer went on foure legs, cannot make him 
giue ground . and it Qiall be faid fo againe, while Stt. 
pkttco breathes at'noftrils. 

C*l. The Spirit torments me.' oh. 

Ste. This is fome Monfter of the Ifle.with foure legs; 
who hath got (as I take it) an Ague : where the diucll 
n-iouldhelearncour language?! will giuc him fome rc- 
licfc if it be but for that : if I can recoucr him, and keepe 
him tame , and get to Ntfiet with him, he's a Pre- 
fcnt for any Emperour that eucr trod on Neates-Iea- 
thcr. 

O/. Doe not torment me prcihee: I'lc bring my 
wood home fafter. 

Ste. He's in his fit now ; and doe's not talke after the 
wifcft: liec fhall tafte of my Bottle: if hec haue neuer 
drunke wine afarc.it will goeneere to remouc his Fit: 
If I can rccouerhim,and keepe him tame, I will not take 
too much for him; hee (hall pay for him thkc hath him, 
and that foundly. 

C*t. Thou do'ft me yet but little hurt ; thou wilt a- 
non, I know it by thy trembling : Now fr offer woikcs 
vpon thee. 

Ste. Come on your wayes . open your mouth /here 
is that which will giue language to you Cat; open your 
mouth ; this will (hake your (baking, I can tell you.amf 
that foundly .- you cinnot tell who's your friend ; open 
your chaps againe. 

Tri. 1 fhould know that voyce : 
It fljould be, 

But 



10 



Bot hec ii dround ; and thcfc are diuelj; Ode- 
"end me. 

Ste . Ponre legges and two voycc ; * moft delicate 
donfter:hii forward. voyce now is to fpeake well of 
MS friend-.hts backward Vorce.is to vttcr foule fpeeches, 
and to detract : If all tht wine in my bottle will f ecouer 
mm , I will helpe his Ague : Come : Arocn, I will 
jourc feme to thy other mouth. 

Trt. SnphAno. 

Sfe, Doch thy other mouth call me <? Mcrey/ncrcy; 
This is adiuell, and no Monfter: I will Itauc him. I 
haue no lone Spoone. 

"V*. Sff^fiCto: ifthoubeeftSreptaiM touch me, and 
fpeake to me ; for I am Tnnculo be not afeard, thy 
good friend Tnacttlt. 

Su. I f thou bee' ft 7> incut*'- come footth: Tie pull 
thecbytheleffrr Icggeir if any be TrincMlos Icggcs, 
thefe are they : Thou art very Trincnta indeede: how 
caiu'ft thoutobcthcficgc of this Moone-calfc ? Can 
he vent TrincMi ? 

Trt. Itookchimtobekfl'dwitha thundcr-ftrokjbut 
art thou not dround Stiphae : I hope now thou art 
not dround : Is the Stormc ouer-blowne ; I hid mcc 
vndcr the dead Moone-Calfes Gaberdine, forfcare of 
the Stormc : And art thou liuing/<y&*w ? O Stepk*> t 
two HenpalitMHts fcap'd? 

Su. Trethce doc not turnc me about, myflomacke 
it not conftatit. 

C.il. Thefc be fine ihings^ind ifthey be not fprights: 
that's a brauc God, andbearcs'CcJeftiallJjquor: IwiU 
knecle to him, 

Stt. How did'ft thou fcape? 
How cam'ft thou hither ?. 

Swearc.by this Bottle ho.w thou cam'ft hither : I efcap'd 
vponaBut ofSacke, which the Saylors hcau*d o'rc- 
boord, by. this Bottfc which I made of the barke of 
a Tree, with mine owrte hands, fincc I wa call a - 
fhorc. 

Cal. He fweare vpon that Bottle, to be thy true fub- 
icct, for the liquor is not earthly. 

'St. Heerc : I'weare then how thou efcap'dft. 

Tri. $womafhore(rnan)hkeaDtickc: 1 can fwim 
like aDucke j'le be fwor ne. 

Ste. Here, kifle the Booke. 

Though ihoucanft fwim like a Duckc, thou art made 
hkcaGoofe. 

Trt. O Stephana, ha'ft any more of this ? 

Ste. The whole But (man) my Cellar is in a'rocke 
by th'fea-fide, where my Wine is hid : 
How nowMooue-CalfCjhow do's thine Ague ? 

CV. Ha-'ft thou not dropt from heaucn? 

Ste. Out o'th Moonc I doeaflure thcc. I was the 
Man irh' Moone.when time was. 

Cal, \ haue fcenc thce in her: and I doe adore thee : 
My Miftris fhcw'd me thee.andthy Dog.and thy Bufh. 

Stt. Come, fweare to that : kiffc the Booke : 1 will 
furnifh it anon with new Contents .- Swcsrc. 

Tri. By this good light, this is a very fhallow Mon- 
fter: I afcard o'flum ? a very wcake Monfter : 
The Manith Moone ? 
Amoffpoorccreadolous Monfter : 
Well drawne Monftei, in good footh. 

Cal. llcfhcwiheeeuery ferlillyr.ch'oihlfland: and 
I will kiffc thy footc . I prethccbc my god. 

Tri. By this light, a molt perfidious, and drunken 
Monflef . whens god's a fteepc he'll robhis Bottle. 



'. He kiffc thy foot. Iltffw care my felfe thy Subie 
e. Come oa then ; downe and fweare. 



Ctl 

Ste, 

Trt. I fhall laugh my felfe to death at this puppi-hea- 
dedMonftcr.- a isoft fcutuie Monfter: Icculd findcii. 
my heart to beate him. 

Ste. Come.kifle. 

Tri. But tine the poote Monfter's in dr inkc : 
Anabhominable Monfter. 

C*l. 1'lc fhew thecthe btft Springs : I'!e ptucke thee 
Berries : l'!e fifh for the* ; and get thec wood enough. 
A plague vpon the Tyrant that 1 fcrue ; . 
I'lc beare him no more Sticiccj, but follow thee, thou 
wondrous man. 

Tri. A moft rediculous Monftcr.to make a wonder of 
a poorc drunkard. 

Cd. I "prethee let roe bring thce where Crabs grow; 
and I with my long nayles will digge thec pig-nots; 
fhow thce a Isyesneft, and inftruft thee how to (hare 
the nimble Mirmazet : 1'lt bring thcc to cluftring 
Philbirts, and fometimes Tie get ihec young Scamcls 
from the Rockc : Wilt thou goe with me f 

Stt.. Iprc'theenow lead the way 'without any more 
talking. Trincdo, t'ne King, and all our company elfe 
being dround, wee will inherit here : Here ; bearc my 
Bouic . Fellow Trtnenle ; we'll fill him by and by a- 



Farev/ell Matter; farewell, farewell. 

Tri. A howlm^Monller ; a drunken Monfter. 



Nor fetch in firing^ at requiring, 
Norfcrafc trtncberitig, nor tf^h di(h, 



HM a item Mafter,fet A MM. 
Frcedome.high-dayjhigh-dayfrcedomejfrccdome high- 
day, frecdomc. 

Stt. Obtaue Monfter; lead the way. xe*m. 



ertius. Scizna Trima. 



Enter Ferdinand (hearing 4 Log.) 
Per. There be fotne Sports are painfull;& their labor 
Delight in them fctoff:Some kindcs of batcneffe 
Are nobly vndergon 5 and mofl poorc matters 
Point to rich ends . this my meancTaskc 
Would be as hcauy to me, as odious, but 
TheMiftris which I fcrue, quickens what's dead", 
And makes my labours,plcafures : O She is 
Ten times more gentle, then her Father's crabbed ; 
And he's compos'd of harflinefle. I muft remoue 
Some thoufands of thcfc Logs, and pile them vp, 
Vpon a lore iniuniiion ; my fwcct Miftris 
VVcepcs when fhc fees me workc, & faics.fuch bafcnes 
Had neuer like Executor.- I forget: 
But thefe fweet thoughts,doe euen rcfteflj my labours, 
Moft bufic left, when I doe it. Eater Ma-MiAt 

<JUir. Alas, now pray you and Propers. 

Worke net fo hard : I would the lightning had 
Burn: vp thole Logs that you are cnioynd to pile .* 
Pray fet icdownc, and reftyots : when, this burnes 
Twill weeps for hauing wearied you : my Father 



Ishaidatftudy; pray now reft y out felfe. 



He's 



WvTempeft* 



M 



Hce's fafe for thefc three houres. 

Per. OmofldeereMiftris, 
The Sun will fet before I fiiiU difcharge 
What I muft flriuc to do. 

Mir. If you'l fit downe 

Jle bcate your Loggcs the while: pray giue nw that, 
He carry it to the pile. 

fer. No precious Creature, 
I had rather crackemy fincwes, breakemy backe, 
Then you fhould fuch dishonor vndergoe, 
While I fit lazy by. 

Mir. It would become me 
As well as it do's you; and I fhou'.ddoit 
With much more cafe : for my good will is to it. 
And yours it is againft. 

fro. Poore wormc thou art infe<SUd, 
This vifitatiou fhewes it. 

(_/*/>. You looke wearily. 

Fer. No,nobIcMiftns, \bfrefh morning with me 
When you are by at night : 1 do befcechy ou 
Cheefcly, that I might let it in my prayers 
What is your name? 

Mir. Mtr<Li,Q my Father, 
I haue broke your heft to fay fo. 

Fer. Admir'd MirMtd* t 
Indecde the top of Admiration, worth 
What's dcercft to the world : full many a Lady 
I haue cy'd with bcft regard, and many a time 
Th'harmony of their tongues, hath into bondage 
Brought my too diligent cate : fot feuerall vertuca 
Haue I lik'd feuerall women, neuer any 
With fo full foulc, but fome dcfccl in her 
Did quatrcll with the nobleft grace fhc ow'J, 
And put it to the foile. But you, O you, 
So perfect, and fo pectleflc, arc created 
Of euerie Creatures beft. 



. 

One ofmy fcxc ; no womans face rcmc mber, 
Sauc from my glaffe, mine ownc: Nor haue 1 feeri* 
More that 1 may call men, then you good fnepd, 
And my decre Father .- how features arc abroad 
I am skilleflc of; but by my modcftie 
(The icwcll in my dower) I would not wifh 
Any Companion in the world but you : 
Nor can imagination forme a fhapc 
Befides your felfe, to like of: but I prattle 
Something too wildely, and my Fathers precept* 
I therein do forget. 

firr, I am, in my condition 
A Prince (Mir*nil*) I do thinke a King 
(I would not fo) and would no more endure 
This wodden (Uuerie, then to fuffcr 
The flcfh-flieblow my inouth :hcarc my foulc fpeake. 
The Terie inftanc that Ifaw you, did 
My heart flic to your fcruicc, there rcfides 
To make me (hue to it, and for your fake 
Am I this patient Loggc-tnan. 

CWir. Doyouloueme? 

Fir. O heauen ; O carth,beare vvitnes to this found, 
And crowae what I profeffe with kindc cuent 
Ifl fpeake true : if hollowly, inuert 
What beftis boaded me, to rnifchiefe : I, 
Beyond all limit of what cl'f<r i'th world 
Do loqe, prixe, honor you. 

Mir. lamafoole 
To wcepe at what 1 am glad of. 



Pro. Faiie encounter 

Of two moft rare affc&ions : hcauens raine gMcc 
On that which breeds bctwccnc *m. 

Fer. Wherefore wccpc you ? 

*JMir. At mine vnworthmcflc, that dare not ofier 
What I dcfire to giue ; and much leffe take 
What I (hall die to .want : But this Is tnfliog, 
And aH the more it feekes to hide it fclfe, 
The bigger bulke it fhewes. Hence baflifull cunniog, 
And prompt me plaine and holy innocence. 
1 am your wifc,ifyou will marrieme ; 
If not, lie die your maid : to be your fellow 
You may denie me. but He be yonr fenunr 
VVhcthieryou will or no. 

Fer. MyMiftris(deerefi) 
And I thus humble eucr. 

Mir. My husband then? 

Fer. I, with a heart as willing 
As bondage ereof freedome : hecre's rry hand. 

Mir. And mine, with my heart in't ; and now faiewcl 
Till halfe aa hourc hence. 

Fer. A thoufand, thoufand. fxexm. 

Pro. So glad of this as they I cannot be, 
Who arcfurpnz'd with all; but my moycing 
At nothing can be more : lie to my booke, 
For yet ere fupper time, muft 1 peiforme 
Much bufinefle appertaining. xf(. 



Sc&na Sacunda . 



Enter Cabl**, Siefbaao, 



Ste. Tell not me, when the But Is out we will drinkc 
water, not a drop before ; therefore beare vp, & boord 
:m* Scruant Monftcr, drinke to me. 

7>".SeruaniMonfict:' the folly of this Hand, they 
fay there's but F.uc vpon this Ifle ; we art three of thrrn, 
if th'o(hr two be brain'd like vs, the State totters. 

Sit. Drinke feruant Monftcr when Ibid thee 5 , thy 
eies are almoft fet in thy head. 

7>/. Where fliouid they bee fet elfe ? hec were a 
braucMonfter indecde it'thty were fet inhistalle. 

Ste. My man-Monftcrhath drowp'dhis tongue In 
facke: for my part the Sea cannot drowne met, I fvvam 
ere 1 could recotier the fliorc, fiue and thirtie Leagues 
off and on, by this light ihou. /halt bectny Lieutenant 
Monftcr, or my Standard. 

Trim. Your Lieutenant ifyou lift, hee's no Standard. 

Ste. Wecl not run Monficur Monfter. 

Trm. Nor go neither ; but you'l lie like dogs, and yet 
fay nothing neither. 

Stt. Moone-calfe,fpeak once in thy life, if thou betfl 
a good Moone-calfe. 

^4/. How does thy honour ? Let me licke thy fliooe : 
He not fetue htai,-he is not valiant. 

Trm. Thou lieft moft )gnorant Monfier, I am m cafe 
toiufl'.eaConftable: why, thoudebofh'd Fifii thou, 
was thereeuer man aCoward, that hath drunk fo much 
Sacke as I to day? wilt thouteil a monftrous lie, being 
but halfe aFifH.and halfeaMonfter? 

fat, Loe, how he mockes me, wilt thou let him my 
Lord? 



12 



Trin. Lord, quoth be ? that i MonAer fhould be fuch 
aNaiurall? 

Cl. Loc, loe againe : bite him \o death I prcdiee. 

Stt. Tnaeula, keepe a good tongue in your head : If 
you prouc a mutineere, the next Tree the poore Mon- 
fter'i my fubiett, ant! he (hall noofuffer indignity. 

<d. I thankc my noble Lord. Witt thou be pleas'd 
to hearken once againe to the fuite 1 made to thce ? 

Stt. Marry will I : kneele, and rcpeateit, 
I will ftand, and fo fliall Tnncalo. 

Enttr Jrittt miifile. 

Cd. As I told thce before, I am fubieclto aTirant. 
A Sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me 
Ot'the Ifland. 

Aritll. Thou lyeft. 

Ctd. Thou lyeft, thou tefling MonVey t hou : 
I would my valiant Matter would dcflroy ihcc. 
I do not lye. 

Stt. Trtnciile, ify ou trouble him any more in's talc, 
By this hand.I will fupplant fome of yout tetth. 

T f '"> Why, T faid nothi ng. 

Sie. Mum tlicn.and no more: proceed. 

Cat. I fay by Sorcery he got this Ifle 
From me, he got it. If thy Greatm-fTe will 
Reucnge it on him, (for I know thou dat'fi) 
But thii Thing dare not. 

Stt. That's mod certaine. 

C*I> Thou fhalt be Lord of it, and Ileferuethee. 

Stt. How now fhallthisbecompafl? 
Canrt thou bring me to the party ? 

Ctl. Yea, yea my Lord, He yceld him thee afleepe, 
Where thou matft knocke a na'ile into his head. 

j4nttl. Thou heft , thou canft not. 

aJ. What a py "de Ninnie'i this? Thou fcuruy patch: 
I do bcfeech thy Gre atnefle giue him blowes, 
And take his bottle from him: When that's gone, 
He (hall drinke nought but brine, for lie not (hew him 
Where the quickeFrefaes are. 

Stt. Tnnetdft run into no further danger : 
Interrupt the Monfler one word further , and by this 
hand, lie turne my mercic out o'doores, and make a 
Stockfifhofthee. 

Trt. Why, what dtd I ? I did nothing : 
lie go farther otf, 

Stt. Didft thou not fay he lyed? 

drieff. Thoulicft. 

Stt. DoIfoPTaTcethoothat, 
A i you like this, giue me the lye another time. 

Trm. I did not giue the lie: Out o'yout wittcs,and 
hearing too? 

A pox o'yoor bottle, this can Sacke and drinking doo : 
A murren on your Monfter, and the diuell take yout 
fingers. 

Col. Ha.ha.ha. 

Ste. Now forward with your Tale: prethec (land 
further off. 

Ctl. Bcatc him enough : aftei a little time 
lie beate him too. 

Stt. Stand farther ; Come proceede. 

Cat. Why, as I told thee, 'tis a cuftome with him 
I'ch afternoone to fleepe : there thou maifl brainc him, 
Hauine firft fciz'd his bookes : Or with a logge 
Batter his skull, or paunch him with a flake, 
Ot cut his wciand with thy knife. Remember 
Fufl to pofiefle his Bookei ; for without them 



Hee's but a Sot, a s I am ; nor hath not 

One Spirit to command : they all do hate him 

As rootedly as I. Burne but his Booket. 

He ha's brauc Vtcnfils (for fo he callei them) 

Which when he ha.'s a houfe, heel deck e wurnJL 

And that moft deeply to confider. is 

The bcautie of his daughter . he himfelft 

Cals her a non-pareiil : I neuer fawa woman 

But onely Sjcartx my Dm, and (he ; 

But fhc as farre furpaffeth Sjfarax. 

Asgreai'ftdo'sleaft. 

Stt. Is it fo braue a Laffe ? 

Cal. 1 Lord, fhe will become thy bed, I warrant. 
And bring thee forth braue brood. 

Stt. Monfter, I will kill this man : his daughter and 
I will be King and Oueene, faue our Graces : and Trm- 
c*lo and thy felfe (lutlTbe Vice-royes : 
Dof> thou like the plot Truiculo ' 

Trm. Excellent. 

Su. Giue me tliy hand, lamforry locate tht*: 
But while thou hu'tt keeoe a good tongue in thy head. 

Cal. Withmthishalfehourewillhebcafleept, 
Wilt thou dcrtroy him then t 

Ste. 1 on mine honour. 

Jnell. This will I tell my Mailer. 

Cal. Thou mak'ft me merry: I am full of pleafure, 
Lei vsbeiocond. Will youtroule the Catch 
You taught me but whileare ? 

Sit. At thy rcqucft MonQcr, I will do rtafon, 
Any reafon : Come on Tnncitlt, let vs fing. 

Stag,. 

Plain 'cm,*Mdct>*t 'eat : titdskoitt 'tut, <ud flout 'tm t 
Thought ii frit. 

Ctl. Thai's not the tune. 

jfricll plaits the tune * a T*f>cr and Pifr. 

Sre. What is this fame # 

Tnii- This it the tune of our Catch, plaid by the pic- 
ture of No-body. 

Srt.U thou bceft a man.fhew thy felfe in thy lilencs : 
If thoubeeft a dmcll, takc't as ihoti lift. 

Trm. O forgiue me my fmnes. 

Sit. He that diespayes all debts; I defie thee; 
Mercy vpon vs. 

Cxt t Art thou arTcard ? 

Stt. No Monfter, not I. 

Cal. Be not affeard, the Ifle is full of noyfes, 
Sounds,and fwcet aires ,that giue delight and hurt noi : 
Sometimes a thoufand twanglmg Inftruments 
Will hum about mine cares ; and fometime voices, 
That if I then had wak'd after long fleepe, 
Will make me fleepe againe, and then in dreaming, 
The clouds methought would open, and flicw riches 
Ready to drop vpon me, that when I wak'd 
1 cri'detodreame againe. 

Stt. This Will proue a braue kingdome tome, 
Where I (hall hauemy Maficke for nothing. 



Stt. That (hall be by and by: 
J remember the ftorie. 

Trm. The found is going away, 
Lets follow it, and after do out worfce. 

Sit. Leade Monfter, 

Wee'l follow : I would I could fee rhit laborer, 
He lay es it on. 

Trm. Wilt come? 
He follow Stepbaxc. 



Set** 



TheSTempefl. 



Scena Tertia. 



, Antkmio t G<M*a& t 
' Adrian fratctfcojfrc. 

Can. By r lakin,! can eoe no furthcr.Sir. 
My old bones akes : here s a maze trod indeede 
Through fourth right s,& Meanders : by your patience 
I oeedes mufl reft me. 

Al. .Old Lord, Iconnot blame thee, 
Wbo, am my felfe attaeh*d with wearinefTe 
To th'dulhng ofmy fpirits : Sit downe.and reft : 
Euen here I will put orTrny hope, and keepe jt 
No longer for my Flatterer .- he is drown'd 
Whom thus we ftny to finde.and the Sea mocks 
Our fruftrate fearch on land . well.let him'goc. 

Ant. I am right glad,that he's fo out of hope : 
Doe noc for one repulfc forgot the purpofe 
That you refolu'd t'erTccl. 

Set. The next aduantagc will we take throughly. 

A*t. Let it be tonight, 
For now they are opprefYd with trauaile,tl>ey 
Will not, nor cannot vfc fuch vigilance 
As when they are frefli. 
Soltrrne aadftraave Mufake : and T>ro(prr an tht lop (imti. 

(Me : ) f*urja*r^pr~ge{b+ajm*rmg ma Bi^et 

and daxct abcut it wtt\>g<*tle oRions of [niutatu>us t and 

mailing the KiM&ctoe4te, they depart. 

Set. I fay to night . no more. 

jN. What harmony it this > my good friends.harke. 

(jtm. Maruelkwt fweet Muficke. 

Alo* Giuevs kind keepers.heaucs: what were thefe? 

Ssb. A liuing Drolene : no w I will beleeue 
That there are Vnicotnes : that in Gratia 
There is one Tree.the Phcenix ihrone.one Phceni x 
At this hourc reigning there. 

At. Ikbcleeueboth: 
And what do't elfe want credit , come to me 
And Ilebefwornc 'tis true : Trauellers nere did lye, 
Tho6h fooles at home condemnc em. 



I fhould repou this now. would they belceuc me ? 
Ifl fhould fay I faw fuch Iflsnds ; 
[Forcertes,thefc are people of the Ifland) 
Who though they are ofmondrous fhape.yet note 
Their manners are more gentle, kinde .then of 
Our humaine generacion you fhall findc 
Many, nay almoft any. 

Pro. HoneftLord. 

Thouhaft faid well: forfomcofyoujtherepreftnt; 
Ace worft then diuels. 

At. I cannot too much mofe 
Such fhapesjfuchgefturc.andfuch found exprerting 
(Although they want ihe vfe of tongue) a kinde 
Ofeiceuent dumbe difcourfe. 

Tro. Praife in departing. 

Fr. They vanifh'd ftrangely. 
Stb. Nomattcr. fince (macks. 

They haue left their Viands behmde ; for wee haue fto- 
Wlt pleafe you tafte of what is here^ 

Ato. Not I. (Boyes 

Can. Faith Sir,youneede not feare.- when wee were 
Who would beleeue that there wete M ountaynecres, 
Dew.tapt.likc Buls,whofe throats had hanging at'cm 
Wallets of ftcfh?or that there wrefiKh men 



Whofc heads flood in their brefts ? which now we finde 
Each putter out of Sue for one, will bring vs 
Good warrant of. 

Al. I will fland to, and feede, 
Although my laft.no matter, fince I feele 
The beft is paft : brother : my Lord^he Duke, 
Stand too, and doe as we. 
Tb*Jer tvdUfktotng* Eattr Arxtt ^ik? * Htrftj) dtp, 

bu wngt vpfti the Tblt, and with * tpitnt dtuict the 

BantjMtt vaiufbtl. 

xfr. Vou are three men of finne, whom deft my 
That hath to inftrument this lower world, 
And what is in't : the neuer furfeited Sea, 
Haiti caus'd to belch rp you ; and on this I (land, 
Where man doth not inhabit, you 'mongft men, 
Bring moft vnfit to liue : I haue made you mad ; 
And ciicn with fuch like valour,men hang.and drowne 
Their proper felues ; youfoolcs.I and my fcllowcs 
Are mintfters of Fate, the Elements 
Of whom your fwords are temper'd.may as well 
Wound the loud windcs.or with bemockt-at-Stabt 
Kill the flill clofing waters, as diminifh 
One dowlc that's in my plumbe : My fellow minifters 
Are like-invulnerable : ifyou could hurt, 
Your fwords are now too martie for your ftrcngths, 
And will not be vplifted : But remember 
(For irut's my bufincfle to you) thaj jffiu three 
From tJKAi*rdid fupplant good Pro/pert. 
Expoi'd vnto the Sea (which hath requit it) 
HDm, and his innocent childc . for which foulc deed, 
The Powrcsjdelaying (not forgetting) haue 
Incens'd the Seas, and Shores ; yea,all the Creatures 
Againft your peace : Thee of thy Sorme,y4/f/i 
They haue bereft ; and doe pronounce by me 
Lingring perdition (worfe then any death 
Can be at once) fhall ftep.by ftep attend 
You,and your wayes, whofe wraths to guard you from, 
Which here.m this moft defolate mc.elfe fls 
Vpon your heads.is nothing but he arts-forto w, 
And acleerelifecnfuing. 

He vai(htt in Thunder : then (to (eft Muftckf.) Eatrr the 
/l.'opfj **me, Hdd**nct (with mockfi **d movici}*nd 

Citrrjrxg out the Table, 

Pro. Rrauely the figureof this f/4rpi>,hafl thou 
Perform'd(my ArieV)* grace it had dcuourmg: 
Ofmy Inftru&ion, haft thou nothing bated 
In what thou had 'ft to fay : fo with good life, 
And obferuation ftrange, roy meaner minifters 
Their fcucrallkiades haue done: my high charmes work, 
And thefe (mine enemies^ are all knit vp 
In their diftra&ions .- they now are in inypowrc ; 
And in thefe fit,I leaue them, while 1 vifit 
Yong Ffr<//n<>i</(whomtheyfuppofe is droun'd) 
And his.and mine lou'd darling. 

Ge. I'thname of fomcthing holy,Sir,why Rand yon 
In this ftrange Rare.' 

i/tl. O.it is monftrous . monft rout : 
Me thought the billowes fpokc,and cold me of it, 
The windes did (ing it to me .- and the Thunder 
(That deepe and dreadful! Organ-Pipe) pronounc'd 
The name of Proffer: it did bafe my Trefpafle, 
Therefore my Sonnc i'th Ooze is bedded ; and 
1'le feekc him deeper then ere plummet founded, 
And with him there lye mudded. Exit, 

Set. But one feend at a time, 
lie fight their Legions ore. * 



TkTempcft. 



AM. He be thy Second. Extunt. 

Can. All three of them are defpcrate: their great guilt 
( Like poyfon giuen to worke a great time after) 
Now gins co bite the fpinu : I doe befeech you 
fThat are of fuppler ioynu) follow them fwiflly. 
And hinder them from what this cxtafo 
May now prouoke them to, 

Ad. Follow, I pray you. Extant omnei. 



AttusQuartM. ScenaTrima. 



Ennr Profpero, FerJin*nJ,4iiclAfirantLa. 

Pro. If 1 haue too aufterely punifh'd you, 
Your compenfation makes amends, for I 
Hsue giuen you hcre.a third of mine owne life. 
Or that for which ] liue : w!io,once againc 
1 tender to thy hand : All thy vexation* 
Were but my trials of thy loue, and thou 
Haft ftt angely flood the left : here.afore heauen 
I tatific this my rich guift : O I'trJtntvid, 
Doe not fmilc at me, that I boafl her of, 
For thou fhalt fimle fhe will out-ftrip all praife 
And make it halt.behindeher. 

Ftr. Jdoebeleeueit 
Agamfl an Oracle. 

fro. Then,asmygueft,and thine owne aequifuion 
Worthily purchas'd, take my daughter : But 
If thou do'ft breakc her Virgin-knot, before 
All fan6hmomous ceremonies may 
With full and holy right, be tnimflred, 
No fweet afperfion fhal) theheauens let f*ll 
To make this contract grow; but barraine hate, 
Sower-ey'd difdaine, and difcord fhall beftrew 
The vnion ofyour bed, with wtedes fo loathly 
That you fhall hate it both : Therefore take hced, 
A* Hymens Lamps (hall light you. 

fer. A*I hope 

For quiet dayes.faire KTue.and long life, 
With fuch loue.as *tis now the murkieft den, 
The moft opportune place.che ftrongft fuggeftion. 
Our worfer Genius can, fhall neuer melt 
Mine honor into luft, to take away 
The edge of that dayes celebration. 
When 1 fhall thinke.or Pboebut Steeds are founderd. 
Or Night kept ehain'd below. 

Pro. Fairely fpoke ; 

Sit then,and talke with her,fhe is thine owne ; 
What AnfK,my induftrious feruat ArtelL Enter AneZ. 

AT, What would my potent roafter ? here I am. 

Pro. Thou.and thy meaner fellowes, youtUa feruicc 
Did worthily performe .- and I muft vfeyou 
In fuch another tricke . goe bring the rabble 
(Ore whom I giue thee powre) here.to this place : 
Incite them to quicke motion, for 1 muft 
Bcftow vpon the eyes of this yong couple 
Some vanity ofmine Art : it is my promife, 
And they expecl it from me, 

Ar. Prefently ? 

'Pro. I.-withatwinckc. 

*Xr. Before you can fay come.and goe, 
And breathe twice ; and cry,(o,fo: 
Each one tripping on his Toe, 
Will be here with mop .andmowe. 
Doe you loue me Mafter ? no ? 



Pro. Dearely.my delicate Anelt -. donot approach 
Till thou do'ft heareme call. 

Ar. Well . I conceiue. Exit. 

Prg. Looke thou be true .- doe not giue dalliance 
Too much the raignc : the ftrongeftoathes.are Araw 
To th'fire ith' blood .- be moreabftemoui, 
Or elfe good night your vow. 

Fer. I warrant you, Sir, 
The white cold virgin Snow.vpon my heart 
Abates the ardour of my Liuer. 

fro. Well. 

Now come my Artt 0,bring z CoroUry, 
Rather then want a Spirit; appear,oi pertly. Soft mufick.. 
No tongue .-all eyes; be filenl. Enter ITH. 

Ir. Certt, moft bounteous Lady.thy rich Leu 
Of Wheate,Rye,Barley,Fetche$.Oate$ and Peafe ; 
Thy Turphie-Mountaioet, where liue niblingShcepe, 
And flat Medcs thetchd with Stouer,them to kecpe: 
Thy bankes with pi oned^artd twilled brinu 
Which fpongie Afrttt.M. thy heft betrims; 
To make cold Ny mphes chafl crownes j & thy broome* 
Whofe fhadowthe difmirted Batchelorlouej, Cgrouts, 
Being laflc-lome: thy pole-clipt vineyard, 
And thy Sej-marce ftirrile.androckey-hard, 
Where thou thy ielfe do'H ayre.tRe Queeneo'thSkie, 
Whofe watry Arch, and mefrenger.arnl. 
Bids thee leaue thefc,8c with her foueraigne grace, Iu*o 
Here on this gra(Te-plot,in this very place Jtfctndi. 
To come.and fport : here Peacocks nye amaine . 
Approach, rich CVr,her to entertaine. Enter Ccrei. 

Cer. Haile.many- coloured Meflenger, thai nere 
Do'ft difobcy the wife offup iitr: 
Who.with thy faffron wings,vpon my Bowies 
Diffoieft hony drops, refrefhing fliowres, 
And with each end of thy blew bowe do'ft crownc 
My boskie acres.and my vnfhrubd downe, 
Rich fcarph to my proud earth: why hath thy Queen C 
Summond me hither,to this fhort gras'd Greene ! 

Ir. A contract of true Loue,to celebrate, 
And fome donation freely to eftate 
On the bles'd Louers. 

Cer. Tell me heauenly Bowe, 
IfP'tHiu or her Sonne,as thou do'ft know, 
Doe now attend the Queene ? fince they did plot 
Themeanejjthat duskie Ow.my daughter got, 
Hcr.and her blind-Boycs fcandald company, 
1 haue forfworne. 

Ir. Ofherfotietie 
Be not afraid : I met her deitie 
Cutting the clouds towards foftot : and her Son 
Doue drawn with her : here thought they to haue done 
Some wanton charme, vpon this Mau and Maide, 
Whofe vowes are.that no bed- right fhall be paid 
Till Hjment Torch be lighted : but in vzine, 
Morfei hot Minion is rcturnd agaioe, 
Her wafpifh headed fonne,has broke his arrowres, 
Swears he will (hootenomore,but play with Sparrows, 
And be a Boy right out. 

Or. Higheft Queene of State, 
Great luo comes, I know her by her gate. 

I'j. How do's my bounteous lifter ? goe with me 
To bleffe this twaine,that they may profperous be 
And honourd in their IrTue. 

In. Hencr stskii jnorriA^i .bitgmg t 
Long coHtinaMce^nd tncrtojing, 
Howl, ,>;, ttJMvpn,,*, 



TbeTempeft. 



lu*ofi*it her Miffing; oj. 
farthr i*krt*fr,f<yi.<mpttntie, 
Barnes, and Garner /, neer empty. 
Pitttt, with cluftrttig bunches 
Plants, ntthgood/fartbe* boning : 
Spring come toyw A: thefarthfft, 
In the very entl afHornefl. 
Scarcity and aunt [ball fiuxiou, 
CeM'tot/ugfiit OHJM. 
Ftr. Thisisamoftrnaieftickevifion.and 
Harmonious charmingly : may 1 be bold 
To thinke tbefe {pints? 

Pro. Spirit*,whichbymineArt 
I hauc from their confines caird to ena ft 
My prefcm fancies. 

Fcr. Let meliue here euer, 
So rare a wondred Father, and awifr 
Makes this place Paradifc. 

Pro. Sweet now, filence: 
Ittno and Cera whifpr rferioufly, 
There's fomerhing elfc co doc : hufli, and be mute 
Or elfe our fpcll is mar'd. 

luno WCerei tfbifper t andfend Iris OH employment. 
/rw.You Nimphs cald Ntjadet of y wmdnng brooks, 
With yourledg'd crowncs.and euer-harmeleffe lookcs, 
Leauc your crifpe channels, and on this greenc-Land 
Anfwere your fummons. fua do's command. 
Come temperate Nimpbet, and helpc to celebrate 
A Contract of true Loue : be not too late. 

Enter Certain* Nimphet. 
YouSun-burn'dSicklemenof Auguft weary, 
Come hether from the furrow, and be merry, 
Make holly day : your Rye-ftraw hats put on, 
And thcfefYefli Nimphcs encounter euery one 
In Country footing. 

Enter ctrtaint "Reapers' (property habited :)tbtj iojne with 
the Nimphes.t* a graceful! daxce, towards tht end tvbert- 
of, ProfperoyrVr , ftdainlf anJfpeakft, after which to a 
ftrangt hollow and confufed noj/e, they beamtf vanijh. 
Pro. I had forgot that foule confpiracy ' 
Of the bcaft CUttan t and his confederates 
Agamft my life : the minute of their plot 
Is aimoft come : Well done, auoid: no more. 

Per. This is ftrange : youi fathers in fomepafiion 
That workes him ftrongly. 

Afir. Neuer till this day 
Saw I him touch'd with anger, fo diftemper'd. 

Pro. You doe looke (my fon) in a mou'd fort, 
As if you were difmatd : be cheercfull Sir, 
Our Reuels now are ended : Thcfe our a&ors , 
(As I foretold you) were all Spirits, and 
Are melted into Ayre, into thin Ayre, 
And like the bafeieffe fabricke of this vifion 
The Clowd-captTowrfs, the gorgeous Pallaces , 
The folemne Temp"!, the great Globe it felfc, 
Yea, all which it inherit, dial 1 diflolue, 
And like this infubflantiall Pageant faded 
Leslie not a rackc bchinde : we are fuch Ruffe 
As dreames are made on ; and our little life 
Is rounded with a fleepe i Sir, I am vext, 
Beare with my weakeneiTe,my old braine it troubled : 
Be not difturb d with my infirmitie, 
If you be pleas'd, retire into my Cell , 
And there repofe, a turne or two, He walkc 
To ftill my beating minde. 

Ftr. Mrr. We wifh your peace. *f. 



Pro.Come with a thought; I crunk chee Anet : come. 

Enter jtriell. 

Ar. Thy thought* I cleaoe to, what's thy pleafurc? 

Pro. Spirit : We muft prepare to meet with C*l& m . 
Ar. I my Commander, when I prefented Certt 
I thought to haue told thee of it, but I fear'd 
Leaft I might anger thee. 

Pro. Say again.where didft thou leaue thefe varJots? 

Ar. I told you Sir.they were red-hot with drinking, 
So full of valour.that they fmote the ayrc 
For breathing in their faces : beate the ground 
For killing of their feete; yet alwaies bending 
Towards their proieft : then I beatc my Tabor, 
At which like vnback't colts they priekt theit eares, 
Aduanc'd their eye-lids, lifted vp their nofcs 
A they fmelt mufif ke, fo I charm'd their cares 
That Calfe-likc, they my lowing follow 'd, through 
Tooth'd briars.fharpe firzes, pricking gofl>,& thorns, 
Which entred their fraile thins t at laft I left them 
J'th' filthy mantled poole beyond your Cell, 
There dancing vp to th'chins, that the fowle Lake 
Orc-ftunck their feet. 

fro. This was well done (my bird) 
Thy ftupe inuifible retaine thou ftill : 
The trumpery in my houfe, goe bring it hither 
For ftale to catch thefc theeues. yfr.Igo.I goe. Exit. 

Pro. A Deuill, a borne-Deuill , on whofe nature. 
Nurture can neuer fticke : on whom my pames 
Humanely taken, all, all loft, quite loft, 
And, as with age, his body ouglier growej, 
So his minde cankers : I will plague them all , 
Eucn to roaring: Come, hang on them this line. 

Enter At iell, toaden vitbgliftertng pp*rcll, &c. Eatfr 
Caliban, Stephano, n^Tnneulo, *U vet. 

Cat. Pray you tread foftly, that the blinde Mole may 
not fceare afoot fall : we now are neere his Cell. 

St. Monfler,your Fairy,* you fay is a harmles Fairy, 
Has done little better then plaid the lackc with vs. 

Triit. Monfter, I do frocll all horfc-piffe, at which 
My nofeis in great indignation. 

Stt. So is mine. Doyoohcarc Monfter: Iflfhould 
Takea difpleafureagainflyou : Looke you. 

Trim, Thou wcrt but a loft Monfter. 

Cl. Good my Lord, giue me thy fauout ftil, 
BC patient, for the prize lie bring thee too 
Shall hudwinke this mifchance : therefore fpeake foftly, 
All's huflu as midnight yet. 

Trio. I, but to loofc our bottles in the Poole. 

Ste t There is not onely difgrace and dishonor ir. that 
Monfter, but an infinite loiTe. 

Tr. That's more to me then my wetting : 
Yet this is your harmlcfle Fairy, Monfter. 

Ste. I will fetch off my bottle. 
Though I be o're eares for my labour. 

fitl. Pre-thec (my King) be quiet. Seeft thou heere 
This is the mouth o'th Cell : no noife.and entet : 
Do that good mifcheefe.which may make this Jfland 
Thine o wne for euer, and I thy CulAt.n 
For aye thy foot-licker. 
Ste. Giue me thy hand, 
I do begin to haue bloody thoughts. 

Trtit. O King Stepkme, O Pcere : O worthy Sttfha*o t 
Looke what a wardrobe hecrc is for thee. 
Cut. Let it alone thou foote, it is but traih. 

Tri. Oh, ho, Monfter : wee know what belong! to a 

frippery, O King Stephano. < 

B * Ste. Put 



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TbeTemfeft. 



Stt. Put off that gowr.e (7>r*/e) by ihishandllc 
haue that gownc. 

Trt, Thy grace (hall haue it. (meanc 

CW. The dropfie drowne this foole, what doe you 
Todoate thus on furh luggage .'let's alone 
And Joe the murther firft : if he awake , 
From toe to crownc liec'l fill our skint with pinches, 
Make vs Orange Ruffe. 

Stc. Be you quiet (Monftcr) Miftris line, is not this 
my Jerkin? now is the Jerkin vnder the line: now kr- 
kin you are like to lofe your haire,&proue a bald lerkin. 

T>M. Doe. doc ; we (kale by lync and leuell , and't 
like your grace. 

Sit. I think thej: for that ieft ; hect's a garment for'i: 
Wit (hall not goe vn-rewarded while 1 am King of this 
Country: Stcale by line and leuell . is an excellent pafle 
of pate : there's another garment for'c. 

7>. Monflcr , come put Come Lime vpon your fin - 
gen, and away with the r cfi. 

CaL I will haue none on't : we (hall loofe our time, 
And all'beturn'd to Barnacles, or to Apes 
With foreheads villanous law. 

Stt. Monltcr, lay to your fingers : helpe to bcarc this 
away, where my hogfheadofwineis.orllcturnc you 
out of my kingdoms : goe to, carry this. 

7V/. And tins. 

Stt. I , and this. 

jt nayfe of Hunter i beard. Enter diueri Spirit t infhtpe 
fDogl and Hounds, linxting tljtm about) Profrtro 
and tSfricl [ettuig them on. 

Pro. Hey i_Me**iatt t hey. 

Art. Sil*er : there it goes, SUver. 

Pro. Fury, Fury : there Tyrant, there .- harke, harke. 
Goe, charge my Goblins that they gtinde their ioynts 
With dry Convultions, fhorten vp their ftnewet 
With aged Cramps, & more pinch-fpoitcd make thern, 
Then Pard, or Cat o' Mounuiiie. 

jbL Harkc, they rorc. 

Pro. Let them be hunted foundly ; At this houre 
Lies at my mercy all mine enemies : 
Shortly (hall all my labours end, and them 
Shalt haue the ay re at freedoms : for a little 
Follow, and doc me fcruicc. Exeunt. 



uintus: Sccena T 



* Profpcro (ink* M*&kfrotei)axd Ariel 

Pro. Now do' my ProieS gather to a head : 
My f harmes crackc not : my Spirits obey.and Time 
Goes vpright with his carriage .-how's the day > 

tsfr. On the fixt hower, at which time, my Lord 
You faid our workc fhould ccafe. 

Pro. Ididfayfo, 

When firft I rais'd thcTempcft : fay my Spirit, 
How fares the King, and 's followers ? 

AT. Confin'd together 
In the fame falhioti. as you gauc in charge, 
lufl as you left them ; all prifoners Sir 
In the Lint-gram which weather.fcnds your Cell, 
They cannot boudgc till your releafe : The King, 
Hi J Brother, and yours,abiuc all ihreediftrafted, 
And ihe remainder mourning oucr them, 
Brim full of forrow, and difmay : bui chiefly 



Him that you term'd Sir, the good old Lord Gt***lt t 
His teares runs downc his beard like winters drops 
From eaues of reeds : your charm fu ftrongly works 'cm 
That if you now beheld them, your atfeftioru 
Would become tender. 

Pro. Doft thou thinke fo, Spirit ? 
Ar. Mine would, Sir, were I humane. 
Pro. And mine (hall. 

Haft thou (which art but sure) a touch, a feeling 
Of their afflictions, and (hall not my felfe, 
One of their kinde, that rellifh all as (harpely, 
Paftion as they, be kindlier mou'd then thou art ? 
Thogh with their high wrongs 1 am ftrook to th'quick, 
Yet, with my nobler reafon, gainft my fune 
Doc I take part: the rarer Action is 
In vcrtue.then in vengeance: they, being penitent. 
The folc drift of my purpofc doth extend 
Not a frownc further : Goe,releafc them ArieU, 
My CKarmes lie brcake^heir fences lie reftore, 
And they Oiall be themfelues. 

Ar. He fetch thcm,Sir. Exit. 

Pro. Ye Eluesofhils,brooks,fiading lakes & groucs, 
And ye, that on ihefandswithprintlemrfoote 
Doe chafe the cbbing-A/ipr*^. and doc flic him 
When he comes backc : you dcmy-Pnppets, that 
By Moone-fhinedocthc greene fowrc Ringlets make, 
V/hercof the Ewe not bites : and you,wr<ofepa(time 
Is to make midnight-Mufnrumps, that reioyce 
To heare the folcrnnc Curfcwe, by whofe ayde 
( Weake Matters though ye be) I haue bcdyran'd 
The Noone- tide Sun. cat I'd forth the mu tenous windes, 
Aod twixt the greene Sea, and the arur'd vault 
Set roaring warre : To the dread ratling Thunder 
Haue ] giucn fire, and rifted lonei ftowt Oke 
With his owne Bolt : The ftrong bafs'd promomorie 
Haue I made Oiake, and by the fpurs pluckt vp 
The Pyne, and Cedar. Graues at my Qommand 
Haue wak'd their flf epers, op'd,and let 'em forib 
By my fo potent Art. But this rough Magicke 
I hcete abiure : and when 1 haue requir'd 
Some heauenly Muficke (which cuen no w 1 do) 
To workc mine end vpon their Sences, that 
This Ayrie-charme is for, 1'le breake my (taffe, 
Bury it certaine fadomes in the earth , 
And deeper then did cuer Plummet found 
He drowne my booke. SaU-mne iu*fc\<. 

fftere enter t Ariel befort: Then Alonfo with nfrtoitickfgt* 
ftnre t atte*d<dby Gonzate. Sebadian and Anthonio r 
likt manner attended hi Adrian and Franc ifco -.T^tj *g 
enter tbi circle which Profpero bad madt/milthmjland 
charm d: which Profpero obfiruig y fte*kei. 

A folemne Ayre,and the befl comforter, 

To an vufetled fancie, Cure thy braines 

(Now vfclefle) boile within thy skull : there ftsnd 

For you are Spell-ftopr. 

HolyCw.^, Honourable man, 

Mine eye* cv'n fociable to the (hew of thine 

Fall fellowly drops : The charme diffolues apace, 

And as the morning fteales vpon the night 

(Melting lh darkeoefle) fo their rifing fence* 

Begin to chace the ignorant fumes that mantle 

Their cleerer reafon. O good Gonxafo 

My crue prcferuer,and a loyaU Sir, 

To him thou follow' ft ; I will p ay thy graces 

Home both in word.and decde: Moft cnielly 

Didft 



YbeTempeft. 



Did thou Almfo, vfe ms, and my daughter : 

Thy brochci was a furtherer in the Ar, 

Thou art pinch'd for't now Stfxtflt**- ^efo.and bloud, 

You, brother mine, that emertaine ambition, 

Expelld rcroorfe, and nature, whom, with StSm/t'mn 

(Wbofe inward pinches therefore are mod flrong) 

\VouJd heere hsue kill'd your King : I do forgiue thee, 

Vnnaturali though thou art :Thcsr vnderftanding 

Begin* to fwell, and the approching tide 

Will (horrly fill the reafonable ftore 

That now ly foule, and muddy : not one of them 

That yet lookes on me, or would know me : /fnrff, 

Fetch me the Hat, and Rapier in my Cell, 

I will difcafc me, and my felfe prefent 

As I was fometime Milltme . quickly Spirit, 

Thou fhalt erelong be free. 

, cndhelpj to attirebm. 
rVbert the * then/nek./, 



Jeovcb irben OwtesJo*crie t 
OK tht Bant backe Idocflie 
ttftcr Sommer merrtlj. 
Merrtly, mnrtl^fhaO I lute now. 
Vnder'thekloffam rh*t bangt on the Bow. 

Pro. Why that's my dainty 1riet:l fhalinufic 
Thee, but yer thou fhalthaueftcedome :fo,fo,fo, 
Jo the Kings (hip, inuifible as thou art, 
There (halt thou fmde the Marriners aflccpe 
Vnder the Hatches : the Matter and the Boat-fwaine 
Being'awake, enforce them to chis place ; 
And prefenily, I pre'tbee. 

)Ar. I drinke the aire before me,and returne 
Or ere your pulfe twice beate. Exit. 

GOH. All lorment,trouble, wonder, and amatement 
Inhabits heere : feme heauenly power guide vs 
Out of this fearefull Country. 

Pro. Behold Sir King 
The wronged Duke of Mi&ixe.Pro/pero: 
For moreaffurance that a liuing Prince 
Do's now fyeafee to thee, I embrace thy body, 
And to thcc, and thy Company, 1 bid 
A hearty welcome. 

Ala. Whercthoubee'ftneorno, 
Or forne inchanted triflle to abufe me, 
(Asiate Ihauebeene) I riot know : thy Polfe 
Beats at of flefti ,and blood : and fmce 1 faw thee. 
Th'sffli&ionof my minde amends, with which 
1 fezre a madnefle held me this muft craue 
(And if this be at all) a moft ftraoge ftory. 
Thy Dukedome I reiigne, and doe entreat 
Thou pardon me my wrongs ; But how foold Prcftert 
Be liuiog, and be heere ? 

Pro. Firft, noble Frend, 
L me embrace thine age, whofe honor cannot 
Be meafur'd, or confin'd. 

&**,. Whether this bc t 
Or be not, 1 1e not fwcarc. 

Pro. You doe yet taftc 

Some fubtletiej o'th'IQc, that will nor let you 
Beleeue things certaine : Welkome, my friend* all, 
But you,my brace of Lord*,were I fo minded 
I heere could pluckehis Highnefle frown* vpon you 
And luftifie you Traitors tatthir time 
I will tell no tale;. 

Set. ThcDluellfpeakesinhum 



For you (moft wicked Sir^ whom to call brother 
Would eucn infect my mouth, J do forgiue 
Thy rankcft fault ; all of thm -. and require 
My Dukedome oTchce. which, perforce I know 
Thou muft reftore. 



Gfte vspantcuUri of thy prefr union, 

How then ha(t tnc t vt heere, whom thtee howrcs fince 

Were wrackt vpon this fiiore r where I haue loft 

(Howfhjrp theromtoftlm remnnbrancc ii) 

My dccre Toune Ferdinand. 

Pro. 1 am woe for't, Sir. 

Alt. Irreparable is the lofle.sod patience 
Saies.u is pad her cure. 

Pn. Iiaiherthfhkc 

Younaue not fooglit her helpe, ot\v!iofe foft grace 
Fot the like lode, I hau* her foueraignc aid, 
And reft my fclfe content. 

At*. You the like loffe? 

Pro As great to me, as laic, aod fapponabk 
To mike the deerc lofle,haue I meanes much weaker 
Then you may call to comfort you ; for I 
Haue loft my daughter. 

jt'to. A daughter? 

Oh bcauciu, that they were lining both in Natfft 
The King and Qyecnc there, that they were, 1 wi/h 
My Tclfe %vcrc rauddcd ia that oo-iiebed 
Where my fonne lies: when did you lofeyour daughter? 

Pro. In this laA Temped. I perceiucthereLordi 
Ac this encounter doc (o much admire, 
That they deuoure their reafon, and fcarce ehinke 
Their eiesdoe offices of Truth : Their words 
Ace naturall breath : but howfoeu'r you haue 
Been* iuftled from youi fences, know for certain 
That I am ?rft<ro t and that very Duke 
Which was thruft forth ofMillarire, who moft ftrattgely 
Vp this fttoref where you were wrackt) was landed 
To be the Lord on't : No more y*t of ibis . 
For 'tis a Chronicle of day by day, 
Not a relation for a break-fafl.nof 
Befitting rhis (if ft meeting : Welcome, Sir? 
Tht: Cell's my Court : hccrc haue I few attendants, 
And Subie&s none abroad ; pray you looke in; 
My Dukedome fwxe you haue giueu me again*, 
I -vvjll requite you with as good a thing, 
At Icaft bring forth a wonder, to cooteut ye 
A> much, as me my Dukedome. 

Here Profrert dtfcoutr, Ferdinand<wdAitrand*,fby 
tag at Cbefie. 

Mir. Sweet Loidj.you play mefalfe. 

Far. Nomydeareftloue, 
1 would not for the wcrld. (wrangle. 

Mir. Yes, for a fcJre of Kingdoms, you (hould 
And I would call itfaire play. 

Alo. Ifthisproue 

A vifion of the Ifland,onc deeie Sonne 
Shall I twice ioofe. 

5**. A moft high miracle. 

Far. Though the Seas threaten they are mercifull, 
I haue curt'd tnem without caufe. 

Ab. Nowa!!cheblc<Tings 
Of a glad father, compafle thee about : 
Arife, and fay how thou caro'ft heere. 

Afir. O wonder! 

How many goodly creatures are there heere > 
How beauteous mankind* is ? O braue ru w world 

B * Thsc 



i8 



That has fueh people in't. 

fn. 'Tis new to thee. 

Alt. What is thij Maid, with whom tnou wai'tat 
Your cM'ft acquaintance cannot be three houres : 
Is toe the goddelTc chat hath leuer'd v >, 
And brought vs thus together; 

Fer. Sir, rhe is mortal! ; 
But by immortal] prouidence, (he's mine; 
I chofe her when I could not a tke my Father 
For his aduife : not thought I had one : She 
Is daughter to this famous Duke of MiR*int t 
Ofwhom, fo often I haue heard renowne, 
But netier faw before : of whom I haue 
Receiu'd a fecond life ; and fccond father 
This Lady makes him to me. 

Al. I am hers. 

ButO.howodly will it found, that I 
Muft .jske my childeforgiucncfle? 

Fro. There Sir flop, 

Let vs not b urthenour rcmembrances.with 
A heauinefle that'* gon. 

Gen. \ haue inly wept, 

Ot fhould haue fpoke ere this : looke downe you gods 
And on this couple drop a bleffed crowne ; 
For it it you, that haue chalk'd forih the way 
Which brought vs hither. 

Ala. I fay Afnen,&u~<i//. 

G<m. Was Mifefcf thruft from AAJbJM.thlt his Iffue 
Should become Kings ofNaptti ? O reioyce 
Beyond a common ioy. and fee it downe 
With gold on lading Pillers : In one voyage 
Did f/*ri}tllket husband finde at TUHU, 
AndfVr^-naWher brother, found a wife, 
Where he himfelfc wail oft .- /Va/^wa. 
In a poore Ifle and all of vs.our felues, 
When no man was his owne. 

Ale. Give me your hands ; 
Let griefe and forrow ftill embrace htsheirt, 
That doth not wift> you ioy. 

Gen. Be it fo. Amen. 

fnier ArieU&ab rkt Af after mi Boatfvoini 



O IcoVeSir.looke Sir.here is more of vs : 

Iprophefi'd.if aGallowes were on Land 

This fellow could not drowne : Now blafphemy, 

That fwear'ft Grace ore-boord,not an oath on fhore, 

Haft t hou no mouth by land ? 

What is the newes? 

Bat. The beft ncwes is, that we haue fafely found 
Our King, and company : The next . our Ship, 
Which but three glafles fmce, we gaue out fplit, 
Is ly te, and yare, and brauely rig'd, as when 
WefirftputouttoSea. 

AT. Sir, all this feruice 
Haue I done fmce I went. 

fro. My tri<kfey Spirit. 

sfb, Thefe are not natural! euen j, they ftrengthen 
Fromftrange.toftranger : fay, how came you hither f 

'Eat. If! did thinke, Sir,l were well awake, 
J'ld ftriue to tell you : we were dead of fleepe, 
And (how we know not) all clapt vnder hatches, 
Where,but euen now,with ftrangCjandfcujfill noyfet 
Of roring,(hreeking,howling, gingling chaines, 
And wo diuerfltie of found;, ail horriblt. 
We were awak'd : flraight way, at liberty ; 
Whwe we, in all our trim, frefhly beheld 



Ourroyall, good,and gallant Ship, our M after 
Capring to eye her ; on a tnce, fo pleafe you. 
Euen in a dreame, were we diuided from them, 
And were brought moaping hither. 

Ar. Was't well done? 

P re. Brauely (my diligence) thou (halt be free. 

Alt. Thi is as ftrange a Mare, a$ ere men trod, 
And there is in this bufinefle.more then nature 
Waseuer conduit of :fomeOraele 
Muft reflific our knowledge. 

Pro. Sir,my Leige, 

Doe not infeftyour minde, with beating on 
The ftrangenefle of this bufmcfle^t pickt leifure 
(Which fhall be <Wly finglc) 1'Je refolue you, 
(Which to you fhall feeme probable) of eucry 
Thefe happend accidents . till when, be cheerefull 
And thinke of each thing well: Come hither Spirit, 
Set Caliban f and his companions free : 
Vntyc the Spell .- Ho wfares my gracious Sir ? 
There are ytt miffing of your Companie 
Some few odde Lads, that you remember not 

Enter Antll, dri*i*gm Caliban, Slifhaao, and 
Trinculo in their Jlelne slppureil. 

Sfr . Eur ry man fhift for all the reft, and let 
No man take care for himfelfe ; for all is 
But fortune : firagio Bully. Monftet Ccrafia. 

Tn. If thefe be truefpies which 1 weare in my head, 
Sere's a goodly fight. 

Col. OSetibft, thefe be braue Spirits indeede 
How fine my Matter is? lamafraid 
HewillchalVifeme. 

5^. Ha, ha: 

What things are thefe, my Lord Antkonw ) 
Will money buy em/ 

./f. Very like : one of them 
Is a plaine Fifli, and no doubt marketable. 

fn. Marfce but the badges of thefe men.my Lordi, 
Then fay if they bettue:Th'umii>iapenknauei 
His Mothe; was a Witch, and one fo ftrong 
That could controle the M oone ; make flowes.and ebs 
And deale in her command, without her power : 
Thefe three haue robd me.and this demy-diuell ; 
(For he's a baftatd one) had plotted with them 
To take my life : two of thefe Fellowes, you 
Muft know.and owne,thi'sThingofdarkcnc(Te,I 
Acknowledge mine. 

Cl. IfhalJbepinchttodeath. 

Ala. Is not this Stefbw, my drunken Butler ? 

Stk. Heisdrunkenowj 
Where had he wine? 

.///.' And Trincub is reeling ripe : where ftiould they 
Finde this grand Liquor that hath gilded. 'em ? 
How cam'ft thou in this pickle ? 

Tri. I haue bin. in fuch a pickle fince I faw you laft, 
That 1 feare me will neuer out of my bones : 
1 (hall not feare fly-blowing. 

Se6. Who how now <f 64770? 

Ste. O touch me not.I am not Stephane^m aCramp. 
<Pr. You'ld beKingo'the Irte, Sirha? 

Ste. I fhould haue bin afore one then. 

Alt. This is a Change thing as ere llook'don. 

frt. Heisas difpropomon'dinhjj Manners 
Asinhisfhape: GoeSirha, tomyCell, 
Take with you your Companions : as you looke 
To haue my pardon, trim it handfomely. 

Cai I that I will : and He be wife hereafter , 
And 



TbeTempejt. jg 


And fcekc for grace : what a chuce double Aflc 
Was I to cake this drunkard for a god / 
And worfhip this dull fook ? 
Pro. Gocio.a-.vay. {'found it 


Where I haue hope to fee tne nuptiall 
Or ihefe our dewe-btlou'd, folemnized. 
And thence retire me to my AfilUnte, where 
Fuery third thought (hall be my graue. 


Mo. Hence, and beftowyour luggage where you 
SA. Or ftole it rather. 


Ate. I long 
To hcarc the ftory of yout life ; which muft 


Fro, Sir,rinuiceyourHighne(Te,andyourtrane 
To my poore Cell : where you fliall take your reft 
For this onenighc, which part of it , He wafte 
With fuch difcourfe, as I not doubt.fhall make it 
Goe quicke away : Theftoiy of my life, 
And the particular accidents, gon by 
Since I came to this Jfle : And in the morne 


Take the eare Oarngely. 
Frt. I'ledeJmeraU, 
And promife you caime Sea f aufpiciou* gales, 
And faile, fo expeditious, that (hall catch 
Your Royallfleetefarre off :My /*r/ ; chicke 
That i* thy charge : Then to the Elements 
Be free, and fare thou well : pleafc you draw retrei 


1'le bring you to your (hip , and fo to Napta r 


Extunt ermsei. 




EPILOGVE, 


TheSccne,an vn-inhabited Ifland 


fpoken kyTrofpero. 


Barnes of the dtlors. 


Andwbatftrevgtb ibaue's mine owne. 
Which is mejtfemf: now' tit true 
I tnufl be heere confinde by yeu y 
Qr/f/jf to p*dp!cs. ct tftcwtt 
Since ! bane my Dukedcmegot , 
jindpardsm'd the deceiuer, dwell 
Intbr's farejjlantt, by your SpeS y 
But releajt me from my bartdf 
with the kelpe of your good bads : 
Gentle breath of yours, my SAilet 
Mu ft fill, or elfe mj proietffiiles, 


Atortfo.K.ofNaples: 
Sebafttan his Brother. 
Profttro, the right D ulte of Mill VM. 
AMhoniohu btotberjbgvfurping DuJteofMiUcine 
Ferdinand t Soti to the King of Naples. 
Gorittfb, an honefi oldCouncelkr. 
Adrian, & Fracifco, Lords. 
Caliban^ a fatuage and JfformeJjlaut. 
Trinculo,a /effer. 
Stephanf) a drunken Butler. 
MafterofaShip. 


tvhub was topkafe: Now I want 


Murrintrs. 


Spirits to enforce ; Art to.incktnt t 
And mil etiding is dcfratre^ 


Mirtnda^dttighier to Profaro* 
drtett y anayrie (piris. 


Prdeffel be reueitd by prater 


frif "} 


Iffhtch pierces ft, that it afputlls 


Ceret 


Mercy itftlfe, and freet all faults. 


tone s Spirits, 


AsyoHfron* crimes would pardan'dbr^ 
Let your Indulgence fetme free. Exit. 


Njtrtfbet 




FINIS. 


THE 



THE 

Two Gentlemen of Verona. 



, ScenaprwiA. 



mt : Pntbtw. and SfttJL 



FEafe to periwade, my louing Prettxw ; 
Home-iceeping youth,hue euer homely wits, 
Wer't not affection chame* thy tender dayei 
To the fweet glaunces of thy honour'd Loue, 

I rather would entreat thy company, 

To fee the wonders of the world abroad, 

Then (lining dully (Tuggardiz'd at home) 

Weare out tby youth with fhapeleflie idlenefle. 

But fince thou lou'ftj Iooeflill,andthriue therein, 

Euen as I would, when I to loue begin. 

Pro. Wilt thou be gone/ Sweet r*lmtmt ad ew, 

Thinke on thy Proibnu, when thou(hp'lv)feeft 

Some rare note-worthy obieftin thy trauaile. 

Wifh me partaker in thy happmefte, 

When thou do'fl meet good hap : and inihy danger, 

(If euer danger doe enuiron thee) 

Commend thy grieuance to my holy prayert, 

For I will be thy beadef-man, V*lt*t,nt 

V*l. And on a loue-booke pry for my fuc<efte f 
pro. Vpon fomebooke I loue, Tie pray for thee. 
Ytl. That's on fome fh allow Stone of deepelouc, 

How yong LtAndrr croft the HtBefoHt 

fro That's a deepe Storie, of a deeper loue. 

For he was more then ouer-fhooes in loue 

V at. 'Tistruej for you are ouer-boous in loue, 

And yet you neuer <wom the HeUefpem 

Pro. Ouer the Bootes ? nay giue me not the Boots. 
Vol. No, I will not; for it boots thee not 
Pro What f (gronej: 

"Dal. To be in loue; where fcorneis bought with 

Coy looks, with hart-fore fighea : one fading moments 

With twenty watchfull.weary .tedious nights; (mirth, 

Ifhap'ly won, perhaps a haplefle game , 

Iflofl, why then a grtfOo'Jj labour won , 

How euer but a folly bought with wit, 

Or elfe a wit, by folly vanquished 

Pr* So, by your cir cumftance.you cafl me foole 
tW.So,by your cireumftance,! feare you'll proue 
"Pro. Tis Loue you cauill at, I am not Loue 
yl, Loue is your ma(ter,for he marten you j 

And he that is fo yoked by a foole, 

Me thinkesfhould not be chronicled for wife. 
Prt Yet Writers fay ; as in the fwetteft Bud, 

The eating Canker dweh; fo eating Loue 

Inhabits m the fineft wits of all 

V*l. And Writers fay; as the moft forward Bud 



Is eaten by the Cantrerereit blew, 

Euen fo by Loue, the yong,and tender wit 

Is turn'd U>folly,blaftingtnthe Bud, 

Loofi ng hi s re r d urc, euen n the prime. 

And all the fauc ef>eds of future hopes. 

But wherefore waOe I time to couniaile thee 

That art a votary tp fond defire ? 

Once more adieu : my Father at the Rod 

Expels my coroming, there to fee me fhip'd. 

Prt Anc! thither will 1 bring thee Valmtmt. 

V*l. Sweet Pr t tbrui,no : Now let vi take our leave: 
To UWOUtne let me heare from thee by L etters 
Of thy fucceffe in loue ; and what newts, elfe 
Betideth here in abfenceof thy Friend : 
And Dike wife wiflvirite thee with mine. 

Pro. AH happinefTe bechance to thee in MiOnm. 
y*l. At much to you at home: and fo farewell. Lxtt. 

Pro. He after Honour hunts, I after Loue \ 
He leaues hw friends.to dignifie them more; 
1 loue my felfe, my ftTends, and all for loue .' 
Thou /a/i4 ihouhaflmetamorphu'd me. 
Made me ntg\t& my Studies, loofemy time; 
Warre with good counfaile , fet the world at nought ; 
Made Wit with mufmg t wcake; hart lick with thought. 

Sp. Sir Prothtw : 'faueyoti : fa w you my Maflcr ? 
?r.But now he parted hence to embarquefor^Au*. 

Sf. Twenty to one then,he is fhip'd already, 
And I haue plaid the Shecpc m looting him. 

7V. Indeede a Sheepe doth vtry often flray, 
And if the Shephcard be awhile away. 

St. You conclude that my M sficr is a $hepheid then, 
and I Sheepe 4 

frv. I doe. 

Sp. Why then my home* are his homes, whether I 
mkeorflerpe. 

fr*. A filly anfwere, and fitting well a Sheepe. 

5p. This prouei me ftill a Sheepe. 

Tre. True : and Lhy Mafter a Sbepheard. 

S^. Nay.thatlcandenybyaatcumftance. 

Pro. It fhall goehard but ileproue it by another. 

Sp TheShepheardfefkes the Sheepe, and not the 
Sheepe the Shepheard} but Ifeeke my Mafter. and my 
M after feekes not me : therefore I am no Sheepe 

Pn, The Sheepe for fodder follow the Shepheard, 
theShepheard for foode follows notthr Sheepe . tlxnj 
for wages foUowefl thy Matter, thy Matter for wajrs 
foUowes not th*e : therefore thou an a Sheepe 

Sf. Such another proofe will make me cryl>a 

fn. But do 'ft thou heare- fau'ft thou 



The too (jentlemen of Verona. 



21 



Sp. I Sir : I (a loft-Mutton) gaue your letter to her 
(a lac\f-Mutton) and flic (ilac'd-Mutton)gaue mee(a 
loft- Mutton) nothing for my labour. 

Pro. Here's too imall a Psfture for. fuch flare of 
Muttons. 

Sp. If the ground be ouer-charg'd, you vmebeft 
ftickeher. 

fro. Nay, in that you art aft ray : 'twejttbcft pound 
you. 

Sp. Nay Sir, leflc then a pound (ball fue mefor car- 
rying your Letter. 

Prt. You mifhke ; I meane the pound, a Pinfold. 

Sp. From a pound to a pin? fold it cuer and ouer, 

Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter toyourloucr 

Pro. Bu: what faid (he f 

Sp. I. 

Pro. Nod -L why that's noddy. 

Sp. YoumiftookeSir:ifay (hedidnodj 
And you aske me if flie did nod, and I fay I. 

Pro. And thatfet together is noddy. 

Sp. Now you haue taken the paines to fct ft toge* 
thcr,take it for your paines. 

Pro. No.rf o, you flial 1 haue it for bearing the IcUCft 

Sp. Well,Ipercejuel muftbcfainetobeacewtthyofc 
fro. Why Sir.ho w doe you beare with me ? 
Sp. Marfy Sir, the letter very orderly, 
rlauing nothing but the word noddy for my pilnej. 

Pro. BcOirew mc,but yon haue a quicke wu. 

Sp. And yet it cannot ouer- take your flow purfe. 

Pro. Come, come, open the matter in briefc } what 
faid (he. 

Sp. Open your purfe, that the money ,and the matter 
may be both at once dcliuered. 

Pro. Well Sir : here is for your paines; what faid (he? 

Sp. Tmely Sir,I thinke you'll hardly win her. 

Prt. Why? could'ft thou pcrceiue fo much from her? 

Sp. Sir, I could perceiue nothing at all from her; 
Mo,not fo much as a ducket for deliuering your letter . 
And being fo hard to me,tha"t brought yourminde; 
1 feare (he'll proa? as hard to you in telling your minde. 
Giucher no token but ftoncs,for (he's as hard as ftcclc. 

Prt. What faid ftie,nothing? 

Sf. No,not fo much as take this for thy pains (me; 
To teftifie your bounty ,1 thank you, you haue ceftern'd 
In requital whereof, hencefortb,carry your letters your 
felfe 5 And fo Sir, I'le cdmmend you to my Mafter. 

Pro. Go,go,be gone. to faue your Ship from wta<tj 
Which cannot perifh hauing thee aboarde t 
Being dcftm'd to a drier death on fliore j 
I muft goe fend fome better Meflttigcri 
I feare my Julia would not daigne my HneSt 
Receiuing them from fuch aworthleflc pod* 



Sccena SecunJa, 



EnttrMiaaiALfUttt*, 

M. But fay Lucetta (now we are alone) 
Would'ft thou then counfailc me to fall in lowe ? 
IMC. I Madam, fo you fiumble not vnhe*<Jfully 
lul. OfllthcfaJrerefortofGentlernen, 
That euery day with parle encounter e, 



In thy opinion which is worthieft loue ? 

LH. Pleafe you repeat their names,ile fhewrny minde 
According to my DiaJlow fimple skill. 

/*. What thinkrt thou of thefairc fir Egttmuntl 
L*. As ofa Knight, well-fpokcn,neat,and nuej 
But were I you he neuer flould bemine. 

/*. What think'ft thou ofthc rich LMercatio? 

LH. Well of his wealth ; but of himfetfe,fo,fo. 

/*. What think'ft thou of the gentle Protbeu* ? 

~L*. Lord, Lord : to fee what folly raigncs in vs. 

/*. How now? whatmeanef this paffion athii name.' 

Lu. Pardon deerc Madam/tis apafline fhame. 
That I (vnworthy body as J am) 
Should cenfurc thus on louely Gentlemem 

/*. Why nocon Pretbcm,* of all the reQ? 

Lu. Then thus .-of many good,I thinke himbefl. 

l*L Yourreafon? 

LH. 1 haue no other but a womans reafon/ 
1 thinke him fo.becaufe I thinke him fo. 

/*/. And would'Jl thou haue me caft my loue on him? 

L. I.-ifyou thought your loue not caft away. 

tL Why he,of all the refi, hath neuer rnou'd me. 

Lu. Yet he.of all the reft,I thinke beftlouwye, 

//. His little fpeaking,(hcwes his loue but fmall. 

L*. Fire that's clofeft kept.burnes moftofall. 

Int. They doe not loue,that doe not A*ew their loue. 

Lu. Oh.they loue leaft, that let men know theitloue. 

//. I would 1 knew his minde. 

/>. Perufe this paper Madam. 

luL To//rf:fay,fromwhom? 

Lu. That the Contents will fhew. 

M. Say,fay ; who gaue it thet ? 



He would haue giuen it you,but 1 being in the way, 
Did inyournamc receiue it .- pardon the fault I pray. 

M. Now (by mymodcay) a goodly Broker: 
Dare you prefume to harbour wanton lines t 
To whifper, and confpire againft my youth ? 
Now truft me, 'tis an office of great worth, 
And you an officer fit for the place : 
There : take the paper : fee it bereturn'd, 
Or elfe returne no more into my fight. 
L*. To plead for loue, dcfcrucs more fce.then hace. 

M. WiJlyebcgon? 

L*. That you may ruminate. xlt. 

IftL And yet I would 1 had ore-look'd the Letter ; 
It were a fliameto call her backe againe, 
And pray her to a fauk,for which 1 chid her. 
What Took is (he, that knowe* I am a Maid. 
And would not force the letter to my vie w^ 
Stflce Maidcs, in modefty, fay no,to that, 
Which they would haue the proftcrer conftrue, I. 
Re, fie : how way-ward is this foolifti loue ; 
That (like a teflie Babe) will fcratch theNurfe, 
And ptefently, all humbled kffle the Rod ? 
How churlifnly, I chid Lucett* hence, 
When willingly, I would haue had her here ? 
HOW angerly I taught my brow to frowne, 
When inward ioy enforcM my heart to (mile ? 
My pennance is, to call Lutetta backe 
And aske rcmiflion, for my folly pad. 
What hoe -.Locat*. 

IM. What would your Ladifliip 
M. Is't neere dinner time ? 

La. I would it were, 
That you might kill your ftotnacke on your meat, 



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22 



The ro (jentlmen of Verona. 



And not vpon your Maid. 

lu. What ii't that y?u 
Tookc YT> fo gingcrlyi- 

LU. Nothing. 

;. Why didft thou fioope then ;* 

,. Totakeapapervp,thatIlctfaH. 

ltd. And it that paper nothing? 

Lu. Nothing concerning me. 

//. Then let it lye.for thofe that it concernes. 

Lu. Madam.it will not lye where it concernct, 
Vnleflc it haue falfc Interpreter. 

//. Some lo*ofyours,hath writ to you in Rimr. 

L*. That I might (ing \\( Madam) to a tune j 
Giu roe a Note, your Ladifhip can fct 

//. As little by fuch toyes.ai may be pofliblc : 
Bcft fing it to the tune o( Light O t Leut. 

L*. ft is too heauy for fo light a tune. 

I*. Heauy? belike it hath lomc burden then ? 

LU- I: and melodious were it,would you fing it, 

lu. And why not you ? 

Lu, I cannot reach fohigh. 

/*. Let's fee your Song 
How now Minion? 

Lu. Keepe tune there ftill ; foyou willing it OUl 
And yet me thinkes 1 do not like thii tune. 

I* You doe not/ 

Lv. No (Madam) ti too fharpe". 

lu. You (Minion) are too faucic. 

Lu. Nay ,now you arc too flat ; 
And matte the concord.with tooharfh a dcfcant ; 
There wantetb but a Meanc to fill your Song. 

/. The mcane it dround with you vnruly bafc. 

La* Indecde I bid the bafe for frttbtm. 

lu. This babble (hall not hcocefonB trouble me j 
Here is a coile with proteftation . 
Goe.get you gone: and let the papers lye . 
You would be fingring them,to anger me. 

L.Shc make* it ftrige.but (he would bebeft plcai'd 
To be fo angred with another Letter. 

In. Nay.would I were fo angrcd with the fame . 
Oh hatefull handi,to tcarc fuch louing word* ; 
Injurious Wafpcs, to fcede on fuch I'weet hony , 
And kill the Beesthat yceldcit.with your ftifflgs; 
He kiffe each feucrall papcr,for amends : 
tooke.hcre is writ,km e Mia : vnkinde Mm, 
As in teuenge of thy ingratirode, 
I throw thy name againft the bruzing-ftones* 
Trampling contemptuoufly on thy djfdaine. 
And here is writ, Ltue w**ded frottna. 
P core wounded name .- my bofome.as a b;d, 
Shall lodge the* till thy wound be througlvly he*l'<J | 
And thus 1 iearch ifwith foueraigne kiiTe 
But twice, or thrice, viasPretbetu written downe : 
Be calme (good winde) blow not t word away, 
Till I hauc found each letter, in the Letter, 
Exept mine own namecThat,fome whirlt-vrindc Ware 
Vino a raggcd.fearcfulljhangingRocke, 
And throw ic thence into the raging Sea. 
Loe.hfre'in one line is his name twice writ .- 
Ptareferlme Prctbttu, feffuKatt Pretheta : 
T tbefweet luitA: that ilc tcare way : 
And yet I will not, fuh fo prettily 
He couples it, to hit complaining Name* ; 
Thus will I fold them, one vpon another ; 
No w kifle.embrace.contend.doo what yoo wU. 

La. Mftdam : dinner is ready . tnd your fisibtr flatcs. 



/*. Well,let vs goe. 

Lu. What,fhall thefe papers !ye,like Tel-tales hcte? 

lu. If you rcfpcel them ; beft to take them vp. 

Lu. Nay, I was taken vp.for laying them downe. 
Yet hcte they fhall not lye, for catching cold. 

lu. I fee you haue a months minde to them. 

Lu 1 (M adam) you may fay what fights yon fee ; 
I fee things too, although you tudge I wink?. 

lu. Conne,come,wiltplcafeyougoe. fxwrr. 



Scosna Tcrtta. 



Enter *4*to*it> and funk**. Pr<ht*i. 



o, what fad talke was that, 
Where with my brother held you in the Qoyftcr ? 

/>*. 'Twas of his Neplicw ?>;A/*i,youi Sonne. 

jl*t. Why f what of him? 

f.m. He wondred that your Lordfliip 
Would fuffcr him.io fpend his youth u home, 
While other men, of (tender reputation 
Put forth their Sotincs,tofecke preferment out. 
Some to the warres, to try iheir fortune theie j 
Some, to difcouerlflandifaueaway t 
Some.to the ftudious Vniuer^ties ; 
For any,or for all thde excrcifes t 
He faid,that Prfthe*,your fonne,waj meet ; 
And did requeft me, to importune you 
To let him fpend his time no more at home ; 
Which would be great impeachment to hi* age, 
In hauing knowne no tnuaile in his youth, 

A*t. Nor need'rt thou much importune me to that 
Whereon.this month I Iiaue bin hamering, 
I haue coofider'd well, his loiTe f time, 
And how fie cannot be a perfect matt, 
Not being tryed, ind tutord in the worto*.- 
Experience is by indu(rry atchieu'd, 
And pcrfeftcd by the fwift courfe of time . 
Then tell me.whcther were I beft to fend him t 

Pan. I thmke your Lord/hip is not ignorant 
How his companion, youthful! faltrji**, 
Attends the Empcrour in his roy all Court. , 

Ant. I know it well. (thithcu 

Pan. 'Twere good,! thinke, your Lordftjp fenihius 
There (hall he ptactife Tilts.and Turnaments 5 
Heare fweet difcourfe, conuerfe with Nobie-men, 
And be in eye of euery Exereife 
Worthy his youth, and nobleneffe of birth. 

A "if. I like thy counfatic : well haft thou sduis' J.- 
And that thou maift oercciue how well I like it, 
The execution of it (nail make knowne; 
Euen with the fpeedieft expedition, 
I will difpatch him to the Emperors Court. 

PM. To morrow.may itpleafe 
With other Gentlemen of good efteeme 
Are iournying, to falutc the Empgrer, 
And to commend their feruice to hi* will. 

Ant. Good company: with them (hall Prethmt go: 
And in good time : no w will we b reake with him. 

Pre. Sweet Loue,fweeclines,fweet life, 
Here it her hand, the agent of h heart ; 
Hete is her oath for loue,bcr ho now paune ; 



The two (jcntlemen of Verona. 



O that our Fathers would applaud our loues 
Te fealc our happineflc with their confents. 

Pro. Oh heauenly //>. 

^/.How now? What Letter are you reading there? 

Pr, May'e pfeafe your Lordfhip, 'tis a word or two 
Ofcommendations fent from PnUtttine', 
Deliuct'd by a friend, that came from him. 

jttit. Lend me the Letter : Let me fee what n e we? . 

Prc. There it no newes (my Lord)but that he wrius 
How happily he Hues, how wcll-belou'd, 
And daily graced by the Emperor; 
Wiflbing me with him, partner of his fortune. 

Ant. And howftand you affe&ed to his wiir>> 

Pn* As one relying on your Lordfhips will, 
And not depending on hit friendly wifn. 

Ait. My will is fomethingiorted with his wifh : 
Mufe not that I thus fodainly proceed ; 
For what I will, I will, and there an end : 
I am refolu'd, that thou (halt fpend (bme time 
With Vale*iim, in the Emperors Court : 
What maintenance he from his friends receiues, 
Like exhibition thou (halt haue from me , 
To morrow be in readinefle. to goe, 
Excufe it not : for I am peremptory. 

Pro. My Lord I cannot be fo foone prouided , 
Pleafe you deliberate a day or two. 

Ant. Look what thou want'-ft fhalbe fent after thee: 
No more of ftay : to morrow thou muft goe; 
Come on PuMthmo; you fhall be imployd, 
To haflcn on his Expedition. 

Prt. Thus haue 1 fhund the fire, for feare of burning 
And drench'd me in the fea, where I am drown'd. 
J fear'd to flicw my Father luliM Letter, 
Lead he (h.outd take exceptions to my love, 
And with the vantage of mine owne excufe 
Hath he excepted moft againft my loue. 
Oh, how this fpring of loue refemblcth 
The vncerraine glory of an A prill day. 
Which now fliewes all the beauty of the Sun, 
And by and by a clowd takes all away. 

Pan. Sir frotheut, your Fathers call's for you, 
He is in haft, therefore I pray you go. 

Prt, Why this it is :my heart accords thereto, 
And yet a thousand times it anfwer's no. 

8xtu>it. Finit. 



: Sccena Trima. 



Enter V*lt*ti*e t 



Speed. Sir, your G loue. 
y~alm. Not mine ; my GlovjeJ are on, 
Sf . Why then ihis my be yours : fdr this is but one 
V*l. Ha? Let me fee : I, giue it me, it's mine : 
Sweet Ornament, that dcckciathing diuinc, 



Sfted. Madam Sil** : Madam Situ*. 
r*l. HownowSirha? 
Speed Shee is not within hearing Sir. 
yd. Why fir, who bad you tail her? 

our worth ip fir, or elfe I miftooke. 
. Well: you'll ftill be too forward. 
Speed. And yet I was Jaft chidden for being too flow, 



V*l. Goe to,fir, tell me; do you know Madam Sit**") 

Spttd. Shee that your worfhip loues ? 

r*l. Why, how know you that I am in loue ? 

Spttd. Marry by thefe (peciall markes : firft.you hanc 
learn'd(likeSir;>rifK/;to wreath your Armcs like a 
Male-content: to rellifh a Loue- fong, like a l(elin-tcd- 
breaft : to walke alone like one that had the peftilcnce : 
to figh, like a Schoole-boy that had loft his A. 2. C. to 
weep like ayong wench that had buried her Grandim : 
to faft, like one that takes diet: to watch, like one that 
feires robbing : to fpeake puling , like a beggar at Hal- 
low-Mafl~e:You were wont, when you laughed,to crow 
like a cocke; when you walk'd,to walke like one of the 
Lions : when you farted , it was prefently afwr dinner : 
when you look d fadly, it was for want of money : And 
now you are Metamorphis'd with a Miflr is, that when I 
onkeonyou, 1 can hardly thinkeyou my Maflcr. 
fat. Are ail thefe things perceiu'd in me ? 
Speed. They are all pcrceiu'd without ye. 

yaL Without me ? they cannot. 

Sfced. Without you /nay, that's certain* : for with- 
out jrou were fofimplc , none elfe would : but you are 
fo without thefe follies, that thefe follies are within you, 
ind fhine through you like the water in an Vrinall : that 
not an eye that lees you , but is a Phy fician to comment 
on your Malady. 

Val. But tell me:do'A thou know my Lady Siln'n ? 

Spied. Shee that you gaze on fo.as fhe fits at fupper? 

Vd. Haft thou obferu'd that ? cuen (he 1 meane. 

Speed. W>y fir, 1 know her not. 

Vol. Do'ft thou know her by my gazing on her.and 
yet know'ft her not ? 

Sfted. J s (he not hard- fauour'd , fir ? 

Vol. Not fo faire (boy) as well fauour'd. 

Spcrd. Sir.lknow that well enough. 

Val. What doft thou know? 

Speed. That fhec is not fo faire, as ( of you ) well-fa- 
uourd ? 

y*t. Imeane that her beauty is cxquifite. 
But her fauour infinite. 

Speed. That's bccaufe the one is painted , andtheo- 
ther out of all count. 

fti. How painted ? and how out of count ? 

Speed. Marry fir, fo painted to make her faire, that no 
man counts of her beauty.' 

K/. How cfteem'ft thou merlaccount of her beauty. 

Speed. You neuer faw her fince fhe was deform'd. 

V*f. How long hath fhe becne deform'd? 

Spted. Euer fincc you tou'd her. 

V*l. I haue lou'd ht r uer fince I faw her, 
And Oilll fee her beautiful!. 

Speed. If you loue her, you cannot fee her 

Utd. Why? 

Speed. Becaufe Loue is blinde : O that you had mine 
eyes, or your owne eyes had the lights they were wont 
to haue, when you chidde at Sir Protbtuijm going vn- 
garter'd. 

V4d. What (houldl fee then? 

Speed. Your owne prefent folly , and her parting de- 
formitie :for hec beeing in loue, could not fee to garter 
hishofc; andyou.bceinginlouc, cannot fee to put on 
your bofe. (rung 

V*l. Belike (boy) then you are in loue. for laft o 
You could not fee to wipe my ftiooes. 

Speed. True fir : I was in loue with my bed, I thanke 
you, you fwing'd me for roy loue, which makes mee the 



The two (jentlemmqf Verona. 



bolder to chide you, for yours 

l'l In conclusion, Iftandaffeaed to b, 

Spttd. I would you were let, fo your affection would 
ccafe. 

Vol. Laft night (he enioyn'd me , 
To write fome lines to one (he louo. 

S/wJ. And hue you? 

-u*l. I haue. 

S/Kttt 1 . Are they not lamely writt? 

Val. No f Boy) but ai well as I can do them 
Peace, here fhe comet. 

S/*r*. Oh excellent motion; oh exceeding Puppet; 
Now will he interpret to her. 

V*l, Madam Ac Miftres. a thonfand good-morrows. 

Sped. Oh,'giueye-good-ev'n : hcei's a million of 
manners 

SiL Sir JV#fw,and ftruant, to you two thoufand 

Speed. He fhouid gtue her int erefb & fhe giues it him. 

V*L As you inioynd me ; 1 haue wnt your Letter 
Vnto the fecret, nameles friend ofyours : 
Which I was much vn willing to proceed m, 
But for my duty to your Ladifhip. (done. 

Stl. I thanke you (gentle Seruaot) *tn very Clerkly. 

v*l. Now truft mefMadsmJit camehardty-off: 
Foi being ignorant to-whom it goes, 
I writ at randoroe,very doubtfully. 

Sit. Perchance you think roo much of fo much pamj? 

Pal. No(Madam) fo it ftced you.l will write 
(Pleafeyou command) a ihoufand times as much : 
And yet 

Stl. A pretty period : well: I ghefle the fequcll ; 
And yet I will not name it : and yet 1 care not. 
And yet, take this againe : and yet I thanke you : 
Meaning henceforth to trouble you no more. 

speed. And yet you will : and yet, another yet, 

V*l. What meanci your Ladilhip? 
Doe you not like it? 

Sil. Yes, yes : the lines are very qwtntjy writ. 
But (fince vnwillicgly) take them againe. 
Nay, take them. 

V*l. Madam, they are for you. 

Si I'M, 1, 1: you writ them Sir .at my requeft , 
But I will none of them : they arc for you : 
1 would haue had them writ more mouingly : 

Pal. Pleafeyou, He writeycurLadifhip another. 

Sil. And when it's writ : for my fake read it ouer. 
And if it pleafe you, fo : if not : why fo : 

rti. If it pleafe me, (Madam? ) what then ? 

SU. Why if it pleafe you, take it for your labour ; 
And fo good-morrow Servant. Exit. Stl. 

Spted. Oh left vnfeene : infcrutible : muifible, 
As a nofe on a mans face,/>r a Wether cocke on a fteeplc 
My M after fues to her : and (he hath taught her Sutor, 
He being her Pupitl.tobccomeher Tutor, 
Oh excellent deuife, was there euer heard a better ? 
That my matter being fcribe , 
To himielfe fhouid write the Letter ? 

Vat. How now Sir > 
What are you reafoning witb your felfe ? 

Speed. Nay: I was riming :'ua you haue the reafoo, 
I f*L To doe what? 

Speed. To be a Spokef-man from Madam SX*u. 

Vnt. To whom' 

Speed. To your felfe ; why, (he woes you by a figure* 

VoL What figure/ 

Speed. By a Letter, I foouki fay 



Vtt. Why flie hath not writ to me ? 

Sfntd. What need file, 

When fhcc hath made you write to your fclfe ? 
Why, doe you not percei ne the left ? 

Vol. No, bcieeue me. 

Spffd. No beieeuing you indeed fir ; 
But did you perceiueher earneft f 

Vol. She gaue me none, except an sngry word. 

Speed. Why Che hath giuen you a Letter. 

Vl. That's the Letter I writ to her friend. 

Speed. And $ letter hath (he deJiuei'd, & there an end. 

yd. I would it were no worfe. 

Speed, lie warrant you, 'tis as well : 
For often haue you writ to her : and (he in modefry , 
Or elfe for want of idic timc.could not a game reply, 
Or fearing els fome mefeger,} might her mind diicouer 
Her fclf hath taught her Loue himfelf, to write vnto her 
All this I fpeak in prini,for in print J found it (loner. 
Why mufe you fir, 'tis dinner time. 

U*t. Ihaucdyn'd 

Spud. I, but hearken fir : though the Caaeleon Lone 
can feed on the ayrr, I am one that am nourUh'd by my 
vi ftual s . and would fame hau meate : oh bee not like 
your MiftrcrTc, be mooed, be moucd. Fxtmt. 



Sctsna fectmda* 



Extir Pralmu, 



Prc. Haue patience, gentle lulu : 

tut. I muft where is no remedy. 

fn . When pofT'bly I can, I will return*. 

//. If you turnc not : wou will return the foonef s 
Keepe this remembrance for thy Mia't fake. 

Pn. Why then wee'll make exchange? 
Here, take you this. 

M. Andfealethebargainewithaholykiffe. 

Pro. Here it my hand, for my true conftancie: 
And when that howre ore-flips roe in the day, 
Wherein I (jgh not (//&) for thy fake, 
The next enfuing howre, fome foule mifchance 
Torment me for my Loucs forgetrolnefle : 
My father (taies my comming : anfwerenot : 
The tide n now ; nay, not rhy tide of team , 
That tide will flay me longer then I Jhould, 
Iult t farewell : what, gon without a word ? 
I, fo true lone fhouid doe . it cannot fpeake, 
For truth hath better deeds.thtn words to grace it. 

Ptartb. Sirfrwtaw.-youarerUidfor. 

Pro. Goe: I come, I come 
Alas, this parting fthkes poore Louers durobc 



Scotna Tertia. 



Enter Loan, Pvrtbiem. 

L*u*ce. Nay, 'twill bee this howre ere I haue done 
weeping : all the kinde of the La**,, , haue this very 
fault: I haue rccetu'd my proportionate the p r od i gioos 



The mo (jentlemmofVtrantt. 



Sonne, and mm going with Sir Tntbtw to the I mperialls 
Court : 1 think e Crab my dog , be the fowreft natured 
dogge that Hues : My Mother weeping : my Father 
way ling: my Sifter, cry ing : our Maid howling,: our 
Cattewiingingher hands, and allburhoufc ins great 
perplexitie,yet did not this crueli-heartedCurrcfhedde 
onetearc : hisaftone,avery pibb!eftonc,<t\dhatno 
more pitty io him then a dogge :a lew would haue wept 
to haue fcene our parting : why my Gran'dam hauing 
no eyes, lookc you, wept her fclfe bhndcat my parting: 
nay,Ile(T>ew you the manner of it. This fiioceis my fa- 
ther : no, this left fhooe is my father ; no, no, this left 
fhooe is my toother : nay, that cannot bee fo ncyther : 
yes ; it is fo, it is fo : it hath the wot Urfole: this Pnooc 
with the hole in it, it my mother .- and this my father : 
aveng'snccon'tjtherc (isu Nowfjr, this ftsffctsmyfi- 
fter : for, looke you, (he is as white as a lilly, and, as 
fmall a wand t tins hot is; Nun our miid : 1 am the 
dogge : no, the dogge is himfelfe,and I am the ti6gge: 
oh,t he dogge is me, and I am my fclfe : I ; fo.fo : now 
cwme I to my Father ; Father, your blcflTng : now 
fhould noc the (hooe fpeake a word for weeping : 
nowfhonld Ikifemy Father j wcll.hec weepcs on: 
Now come I to my Mother : Oh that (he could fpeake 
now, like a would-woman : well .Ikiffe her : why 
there 'tis ; hcere's my mother* breath vp and downe : 
Now come I to my finer ; marke the moane fhe makes : 
now the dogge all this while fheds not a te,arc . nor 
fpeaket i word : but fee how I lay the duft with my 
teatct. 

Faith, l.tur.ce, away, awsy : a Boord : thy Matter is 
fhip'd, and :hou art to t>oft after withoaresj what's the 
matter ? why weep'ft thou man ? away afie, you I loofe 
the Tide.ifyou tarty any longer. 

Laws. hiinomatterifthetidewercloftjfor itisthe 
vnkindcft Tidc.that euer any man tide. 

ptntl,. What'* the vnkindcft tide? 

Lnu. Why , he that's tide here,CV my dog. 

Pm. Tut. man : I meane thou'tt loofe the Rood, and 
in looting the flood.loofe thy voyage,and in loofmg thy 
voyage, loofe thy Mailer, and in loofmg thy Mailer , 
loofe thy icruicc, and in loofing thy fetuice : .-" why 
doft thou fiop my mouth ? 

fMi. For tesrc thou {houldft loofe thy tongue* 

F*ntk. Where fhould I ioofc my tongue ? 

&OM. In thy Tale. 

Pautb. InthyTaile. 

La*n. Loofe the Tide, and the voyage, andtheMa* 
fler,and the Seruke, and the tide: why man, if the Riuer 
were drie.I am able to fill it with my teares : if the winde 
were downe, I could driue the boate with my (ighcs. 

PMtb. Come: come away man, I was fcnt to call 
thee. 

l.a. Sir : call me what tbou dar'0. 

PMI. Wilt thou goe? 

L*m. WeM.Iwillgoe. 



ScenaQuarta. 



SX. Seruant. 

Vol. Miftri*. 



Sptt. M after, Sir 7**ri*frownon you. 

V*l. I Boy, it's for loue. 

Jjp*. Not of you. 

f*l. OfmyMiftreflethen. 

Sftt. 'Twere good you knockt him. 

Sil. Seruant, you are fad. 

FA Indeed.Madam.lfeemefo. 

7&. Seeme you that you are not ? 

fW. Hap'lyldoe. 

Thu. So doe Coumerfeyts . 

yI. So doe you. 

7'f-n. What fee me I thatXtffi not ? 

fW. Wife. 

Th*. What inftance of the contrary ? 

r-rf. Your folly. 

77w. And how quoat you my folly ? 

Val t I quoat it in your I er km. 

Thu. My lerkin is a doublet. 

/. Well i hen.He double your folly. 



Sit. What,angry,Sir 7ir/0,do you change colour? 

i'*l. Giue him* leaue.Madam.ht is a kind of Carnli**. 

Thu. That hath more minde to feed on your bloud, 
thliueinyourayre. 

Vl. YouhaucfaidSir. 

Thu. I Sir,and done too for this time. 

V*l. \ know it wcl fu.you alwaiet end ere yon begin. 

Sil. A fine volly of words.geruleme.S: quic klyfliot off 

Vol. Tis indccdjMadam.m thank the giucr. 

Sit. Who is that Seruant? 

IV. Yourfelfe(fwect Lady)foryou gauc the fire, 
Sir 7lW>bd7f6ws his wit from your Ladi(hips lookes, 
And fpends what he borrow es kindly in your company. 

Th*. Sir.if you fpend word for word with me, 1 (ball 
make your wit bankrupt. (words, 

Val. I know it well fir : you !i sue an Exchequer of 
And I thinke, no other trcafurc to giuc your folio wm: 
For it appeares by their bare Liucne* 
That they Hue by your bare words. 

Sil. No more, gentlemen, no mot r: 
Here comes my father. 

Duk- Now,daughter Siluia, you are hard bcfct. 
Sir f^alentiie, yout father is in good health, 
What fay you to a Letter from your friends 
Of much good newes? 

Vol. My Lord, I will be thankful! , 
To any happy mefienger from thence. 

D(. Know ye2to .dswnw.your Coumriman ? 
V*l. I, my good Lord,l know the Gentleman 
To be of worth,and worthy eftimation, 
And not without defert fo veil reputed. 
Dukj Hath he not a Sonnc? 
Vat. I, my good Lord,a Son.thit well defenies 
The honor .and regard of fuch a father. 

. D*kt You know him well ? 
V*t. 1 knew him as my fel& : for from our Jnfancte 
We haue conuerft.and fpent our howres together, 
And though my fclfe haue b eerie an idle Trcwanc, 
Omitting the fweet benefit of time 
To cloatn 
Yet hath Sir Pr 

Made vie/and fairoaduantage of bis daies: 
Hii yeares but yong,but his experience old 
His head vn-mcrlowed^ut his Judgement ripe 
And in a word (for tar behinde his worth 
Comes all the praifes that I now bcfto w.) 



mine age with Angel- like perfedtoa : 
Sir Prt%fw( for that's his name) 



1ft 



26 



The two (gentlemen of Verona. 



He is compleat in feature, nd io minde, 
With all good grace, to grace a Gentleman. 

'DHk_. Befhrcw me fir, but ifhc mike thu good 
He is as worthy for an Emprclfe louc, 
As meet to be an Emperors Councellor : 
Well, Sir : this Gentleman is come to me 
With Commendation from great Potentates , 
.And heerehc mcancs to fpcnd his time awhile, 
I thinke 'tis no vn-welcomenewes to you. 

V*L Should I haue wifh'd a thing.it had beene he. 

D*k; Welcome him then according to his woith 
5</MM,I fpeakc to you.and you Sir Tburio , 
For Ualtntaie, I need not cite him to it, 
1 will fend him hirher to you prefently. 

Pal. This is the Gentleman I told your Ladifhip 
Had come along with roe.but that his Miftrefle 
Did hold his eyes, lockt in her Chnflall lookes. 

Sil. Be-like that now (he hath cnfranchis'd them 
Vpon fome other pawne for Fealty. 

Vol. Nay fure,! thmke fhe holds them prifoncrs (HI. 
5/7. Nay then he Should be blind.and being blind 
How could he fee his way to fecke out you ? 

U*l. Why Lady,Loue hath twenty paire of eyes, 

Tbur. They fay that Louc hath not an eye at all. 

r*l. Tofeefueh Ix>uers,7/*rr,a6yourfelfe, 
Vpon a homely obiefi, Loue can wink e. 

-Sil. Hue donc.haue done : her* comes f gentleman. 

VaL Welcome,dcer Protheut : Mifiris, I bcfeech you 
Coofirme his welcome.with fome fpeciaU fauor. 

Sil. His worth is warrant for his welcome hether, 
If this be he you oft hauc wifli'd to heare from. 

Va/. Miftris,itis:fwectLady,entcrtainehim 
To be my fellow-feruant to your Ladifhip. 

Sit. Too low a Miftres for.fo high a feruant. 

Pro. Not fo/weet Lady, but too mcanea feruant 
To haoealooke of fnch a worthy a Miftreffc. 

ftl. Leaue offdifcourfe of difabilitie : 
Sweet Lady,entcrtaine him for your Scruant. 

Pro. My dutie will I boaft of,nothmg elfc- 

Stl. And dutie oeuer yet did want his meed. 
Seruant,you are welcome to a worthlcflc Miftrcffe. 

Pro. He die on him that faics fo but your fclfe. 

Sit. That you are welcome? 

Pro. That you are worthleflV. (you. 

Thar. Madam.my Lord your father wold fpeak with 

SH. I wait vponhis plcafure : ComeSir 7**r/, 
Goe with me : once more,new Seruant welcome ; 
lie Icaue you to confer of home affaires, 
When you haue done, we looke too heate from you. 

Pro. Weell both attend vpon your Ladi(hip. 

r*l. Now tell me : ho w do al from whence you came? 

/Vw.Your frcnds are wcl,& hauc the much conxndcd. 

V*L And how doc yours ? 

Pro. I left them all in health. 

I'al. How does your Lady?& row thriues your loue? 

Pro. My tales of Loue were wont to weary you, 
I know you ioy not in a Loue-diCcourft, 

yd. 1 protbtM,bol that life it altet'd now, 
1 haue done pennance for contemning Louc, 
Whofc high empcnous thoughts haue punilh'd roe 
With bitter faft,with penitentlall grones. 
With nightly eears,and daily hart-Core fighes, 
For in rcuengoof my contempt of louc, 
Loue hath cha**d fteepe from my enthralled eyes, 
And madethere watchers of mineownc hearts forrow. 
O gentle Prtthetu, Loue's a mighty Lord, 



And hath fo humbled me,as I confefic 
There is no woe to his correction , 
Nor to hit Scru icc.no fuch ioy on earth : 
Now.no difcourfc, except it be of louc 
Now can 1 breake my faft,c!inc,fup,znd fleepe, 
Vpon the very naked name of Loue. 

Pro. Enough ; 1 read your fortune in you eye : 
Was this the Idoll.that you wor/hip fo? 

Vol. Eiien She ; and is (be pot a heauenly Stint 

Pro. No; But file is ao earthly Paraeon. 

Vol. Call her diuine. 

Pro. I will not flatter her. 

Vol. O flatter me: for Loue delights in praifes. 

Pro. When 1 was fick, you gaue me bitter pils, 
And I muft minifter the like to you. 

f*l. Then fpcake the truth by her; if not diuine, 
Yet let her be a principal! tie, 
Soueraigne to all the Creatures on the earth. 

Pro. Except my Miflrefle. 

I'd. Sweet : except not any, 
Except thou wilt except againft my Loue. 

Pro. Haue I not reafon to pi efer mine owne .' 

Vol. And] will help ihee to prefer her to: 
Shee Otall be dignified with this high honour, 
To beare.ttiy Ladies traine, left the bafc earth 
Should from her vefture chance to ftcalea kiffe, 
And of fo gresi a fauor growing proud, 
Difdaine to roote the Sommer-iwelling flow: e, 
Aod make rough winter cuerlartiugly . 

Pro. Why Valtntiiu, what Bragadifmtisthisf 

Vol. Pardon me (Protbeui) aH I can is nothing, 
To her,whofe worth., make other worthies nothing ; 
Sheets alone. 

Pro. Then let her alone. 

*W. Not for the world : why roan,flie is mine owne, 
And 1 as rich inhauing fuch a Jewell 
A* twenty Seas,) fall their fand were pearle, 
The waict,Netar, and the Rocks pure gold* 
Forgiue me.that I doe not dreamt on thc, 
Becaufe thou ferft me doate vpon my loue: 
My fooliOi Riuall that her Father likes 
(O'nely for hit pofieffions are fo huge) 
Is gone with her along, and I mutf after, 
For Loue (thou know'ft is full of icaloufie,; 

Pro. But fte loues you? (howr. 

Fal. I,artd we are betroathd : nay more, our manage 
With all the cunning manner of our Bight 
Determin'd of: how 1 muft dimbe her window, 
The Ladder made of Cords, and all the means 
Plotted, and 'greed on for my happinefic. 
GoodJProtbetu goe with me to my chamber , 
In thefe affaires to aid me with thy counfaile. 

Pro. Goe on before : I fhall enquire you forth. 
I muft vruo the Road,to dif-embarquc 
Some neceifaries, that I needs muft vfe, 
And then He prefently attend you. 

V*l. Will you makehafteV Exit. 

Pre. I will. 

Euen as one heate, another heate expels , 
Or as one naile,by ftrength drlues out another. 
So .the remembrance of my-formcr Loue 
Is by a newer obie& quite forgotten , 
It is mine, or Valmtmts praifc? 
Her true perfec^on, or my falfe tnnfgreffion ? 
That makes me reafonlede, to reifon thus ? 
Shee is faire ; and fo is /*//< that I loue, 

(Ttwt 



(Ttui I did loue/ornow my loue u t 
Which like a waxen Image 'gainft afue 
Bearet no impreflion of the.thiog it wa.) 
Me thinkesroy t^alc tcJ *'</'<'* is cold , 
And that Uouc him not as I was wont : 
O, but 1 tax his Lady wtartoo much . 
A nd that s ti* reafon Ilouc him fo little. 
How GialH.dcatc onbet withtnorcadoicc , 
That thus without adic* begin to low hci > 
Tis but ha picture I bu yet beheld, 
And that hath dazel'drtjy srcafon*. light 
ButwhenrHeokc oftherperWcYions , 
Tber}r)orcaf>n,.bwlfl>all bt blinds* 
Ifl can checfcemy citing ue, I will , 
If not, to cojwpaffe her lie vie my kiU. 



Scena Qutnta. 



Eater Speed / Launce, 

Spttd. Ltmctjby mine honefty- welcome to Padua, 
Law. Forlwcare not thy fclfe, fwret youth, for I tm 
not welcome. 1 reckon this a! waies,that a man is neucr 
rndontill heebc htng'd, nor neuer welcome 10 a pUce , 
till Come ccrtainc (hot be paio^and the Hoftefte fay wel 
come. 

Spotd. Come-on you mad-cap : He to the Aic-houfc 
with you prefently ; where, for one fhot of fiue pence , 
thoo (bah haue fine thoufand welcomes : But fidu.how 
(fid thy Malta part with Madam luli* ? 

Marry after they cloas'd in earncrt, they parted 



Spet. But (hall fne marry him* 

L. No. 

AM. Howdrtn?fliallhtmanyhet? 

La. No, neither. 

Spte. What, are they broken? 

LdM. No; they are both af whole as a fifti 

Sftt. Why thcnjhow ftands the matter vvuh them ? 

Z>4. Marry thus, when it ftirtd* well with him, ir 
ftands well with hct. 

Sffg. What an affc ait thouj vnderfhnd thee not. 

Lot. Whuablockeartthou,cbatthou canttnot? 
My ftaffe vnderftandi me ? 

Sp*. Whatthoufaifl? 

Lea. I^Ddwhatldotoo:lffokcthce,Debutleane, 
end my ftaffevndttftanddne. 

Sptt. hftsndsvndet.thee indeed. 

to*. Wby.faruUmkr.rodrn&r.fandtsalloiK. 

Spee. Bsttcllmetnie, wil'tbearusfch? 

LM. Aikc my dogge, if he fay I, it will > if hce fay 
no , it will: ifhee (bake his ta;l, and fay nothing , ir 
wiD. 

Spx. The conciuftofl is then.t Iva t it will. 

Lao, Thou (bait never gee fitch A (ecretfrotn me, but 
by a parable. 



thou that tfat coy mafler is become a noteble Louex ? 
Lou. I neuer knew hicnocherwifc. 
Sftt. Then how? 
Lou. A notable lubber : uthounponeft him to 



Sf9t. Why,thou whorfon Afle,thou miftak'ft me, 

Leu. Why Foole , I meant not thee , 1 meant shy 
Mafter. 

Spee. I tell thee, my Maflcr is become a hot Lcuer < 

L*t. Why, I tell thee I care not, though hee bwnc 
himfelfe inLoue. If thou wilt goe with me to the Ale- 
houfe; if not, thou an an Hcbrew,a lew^and not worth 
the naive of a Chnftun. 

Spiv. Why? 

Lou Becaufe thou hart net fo much ehwity hi thee at 
to goc to the Ale with a ChiiftUo .- Will thou got ? 

Spee. At tny feruicc. 



Scuaia Sexto,. 



Pro. To leaue my /&; ft*ll J be forfworne> 
To loue fairs Si!uu> \ (hall J be ferfwornc ? 
To wrong my fnend, 1 flwU be much forfworne. 
And ev'n that Powre which gaue me fir frtny oath 
Prouokes me so this three-fold petione. 
Loue bad mec fwearc.and Loue bids me fot .fweare i 

fweet-fuggefttng Loue, if thou hft fin'd. 
Teach me(thy tempred fubied) toexcwfe it. 
At fitft 1 did adore a twinkling Startc, 

But now I worfhip a celeftull Sunne : 
Vn^hecdfoUvowci may htedfully be broken, 
And he wants wit, that wants refoJutd wilj, 
Tolcarnehtswir,t'echange the bad for better; 
Fic,fie,vnreucrendtongoe.toci; hcrbad, 
AVhofcfoueraignty foofc thou haA preferd , 
With twenty thoufaod foule-.coufuming oaihes, 

1 cannot leaue to loue j and yet 1 dae > 

But there I leaue to loue, where 1 Oiould loua 

flu I loofe,andrdfai/iM 1 loofc, 

If 1 kccpc them, I need* raufi loofemy felfes 

If Iloofe them. thus find* I by their lo&. 

For faint te, my felfe; for luius, Stint*. 

I to my felfe am deerer then a finend, 

For Loue is ftill moft precious m it felfe, 

And SiAtM (wttncfle heaofn that mack her rahc) 

Shewet lulu bat a fwortfcy Ethiope. 

1 will forget that Julta it aiiue , 

Renicmbrmg that my Loue to her is dead. 

And Vaientit He hold an Enetnie , 

Aymmg at 5/ as a fweeter triend. 

I cannot now Droueconftans to my felfe, 

Without fome treachery vs'd to Vetentme. 

This night he meaneth with a Corded -ladder 

To climbe celeAiall SiluM, chamber window , 

My felfe m couflfailebis compctitot. 

Now prefently lie giuc herfether notice 

Of their difguifing and pretended flight . 

Who Call inrag*d) will banifh faltahK.- 

For Thane he intends QtsU wed his daughter , 

But Valaitiat being gon, He quickely croffe 

By fome flic tricke,blont Tiw-w'/dull proceeding. 

Lest lend f ae wings,- to make my purpofe fwift . 

As thou haft lent me wit. to plot this drift. 

EMI, 



Ct 



Sea 



The too(jcntlemenof Verona. 



Scoena fepttma. 



Eater lulia and Lucetta. 

lul Counfilc, Ljwmrf.gentle girie aflift me, 

And eu'ftvn k mde loue, 1 doe eonture thee, 

Who *rt the Table wherein all my thoughts 

Are vifibly Character'd, and cngrau'd, 

To leffon me, and tell me fomegood meane 

How with my honour 1 may vndertakt 

A lourney to my louing Prttktm. 

L*c. Alas, the way it wtarifome and long 
//. A true-denoted Pilgrim? is not weary 

TO meafure Kingdom** with his feeble ftep. 

Much left /hall foe that hath Loues wings to (lie , 

And when the flight is made to one To deerc, 

Of fuchdiuine perfection as Sir Protbe* 

Luc. Better forbr*,ull Prttbem make returns. 
//. Oh,know'ft ^ not.his look* are my fouics food' 

Pitty the dearth that I haue pined in 

By longing for that food fo long a time. 

Didft thou but know the inly touch of Loue , 

Thou wouldft at foonc goe kindle fire with (how 

A* feeke to quench the fire of Loue with word*. 
LKC. I doe not feeke to quench your Loues hot fire. 

But quilifit the fires extreame rage 

Left it fhould burne aboue the bounds of reafon 
/*/. The more thou dam'fl it vp.thc more it burnes 

The Current that with gentle murmure glides 

(Thou know'ft) being Aop'd,impatientTy doth rage. 

But when his faire courfe it not hindered , 

We makes fweet muficke with th'enameldftonei, 

Giuing a gende kiffe to euery fedge 

He oucr-tskcth in his pilgrimage. 

A'ndfo by many winding nook he Aram 

With willing (port to the wilde Ocean 

Then let me goe, and hinder not my courfe . 

He be as patient as a gentle flresme, 

And make a paftime of each weary ftep, 

Till the laft ftep haue brought me to my Loue, 

And there He reft, as after much turmoile 

A bletfed foule doth in Elusum. 

Lite, But in what habit will you goe along ) 
lul. Not like a woman, for 1 would preuent 

The loofe encounters of Ufciuioiu men 

Gentle Luctna, fit me withCuch wcedes 

As may befecme fome well reputed Page. 

Luc, Why then your Ladifhip muft cut your haire 
lul. No gtr lc, lie knit it vp in filken filings, 

With I wentie od-conceited true-loue knots 

To be fantailique, may become a youth 

Of greater rime then I fhall fhew to be (ches* 

Luc. What fashion (Madam.) fhall 1 make your brce 
lul That fits as well , is tell me(good my Lord) 

What compifTc will you weare your Farthingale ? 

Why cu'n what fafhion thou beft Iikes(*rr4 .) 
Lt You muft needs haue thf with a cod-prece (Ma 
}*l. Out,out.(Lcm<)ihat wilbe illfauourd (dam) 
Luc, A round hofe(Madam)now*s not worth a pin 

Vnletfeyou haue a cod-peece to (tick pins on. 



\ What thou ihink'A meet, and is mofl mannerly 
But tell mef wench) how will the world repute nx 
For vnderuking (b vnftaid a tourney > 



I fcare me it will make me fcandaliz'd. 

Luc. If you tbinke fo, then flay at home, tad eo not 

1*L Nay, that I will not. 

Luc. Thenneuerdreameonlnfamy,butjo: 
IfProtkfiu like your loumey, when you come, 
No matter who's difpleas*d,wben you are gone: 
I feare me hi will fcarce be pleas'd with aJl. 

/-/. That is the leaft(LB*r/,)of my feare -. 
A thoufand oathei, an Ocean of his teares, 
And inftanccj of infinite of Loue, 
Warrant roe welcome to my Prttbtm. 

Luc. AJl thefe ate feruanu to deceitful] men. 

lul. Bafe men, that vfe them to fbbafe effect; 
But truer ftarres did goueme Pntktm birth. 
His words are bonds, bis oatbcs are oraclei , 
His loue fincere, bis thoughts immaculate 
His teare i,purc meffengers, fent from his heart, 
Hisheart.as far from fraud,as heauenfrom earth. 

Luc . Pray heau'n he proue fo when you come to him, 

ItiL Now.as thou lou'ftme,do him not that wrong, 
To beare a hard opinion of his truth,- 
Onely deferue my loue, by louing him, 
And prefently goe with me to my chamber 
To trke a note of what 1 fluid in need of, 
To furmfh me vpon my longing journey 
All that is mine I leauc at thy difpofe , 
My goodi , my Lands, my reputation . 
Onely, in lieu thereof, difpatch me hence . 
Come ; anfwere not : but to itprefently, 
I am impatient of my tirriance 



Mm Tertws,Scena Tnma. 



Liatr Dukf, 7lwr<, 



D*kt Sir 7*r.gjuevileaue(Ipray)a while, 
We haue fomefecrett to confer about. 
Now tell me PrabetH, what's your will with me > 

Pro. My gracious Lord.that which I wold difcouer, 
The Law of friendship bids me to conceale , 
But when 1 call Co minde your gracious fauours 
Done to me (vndeferumg as I am) 
My dune pricks me on to vtterthat 
Which elfe,no worldly good fhould draw from me. 
Know (worthy Prince) Sir V*I**tmemj friend 
This night intends to fteale away your daughter . 
My fclfe am one made priuy to the plot 
I know you haue determio'd to beft ow ner 
On Ttturif, whom your gentle daughter hates , 
And fhould fhethus befTolneaway from you , 
It would be much vexation to your age. 
Thus (for my duties fake) I rather chofe 
To crofte my friend in his intended drift, 
Then (by concealing h) heap on your head 
A pack of forrowes, which would preffe you do wne 
(Being vnpreuemed) to your nmclefle gtaue 

2)ty. Prttbtitt, [ thank thee for thine honcft ctre, 
Which to requite,cDmmand me while I hue. 
This loue of theirs my fclfe haue often feene 
Haply when they bauc iiuig'd me fa ft afleepe, 
And oftentimes haue purpos'd to forbid 

Sir 



The ntio gentlemen ef Verona. 



Sir VdtBti** her companies and my Court. 
But fearing left my iealous ayme might ore, 
And fo (vn worthily ) dif grace the man 
(A rsfhncffexbat I euer yet hauefhun'd) 
1 gaue him gentle lookcs.thereby to fade 
That which thy feife haft now diiclos'd ro me. 
And that thou maift perceiue my feare oi this , 
Knowing that tender youth is foone fugged ed , 
I nightly lodge her in an <rpper Towrc, 
The key whereof, my fcffe haue euer kept : 
And thence ft* cannot be conuay'd away. 

Prs. Know (noble Lord)thy rwue deuis'd a meane 
How he her chamber-window wfflaftend, 
And with a Corded-ladder fetch her downe: 
Fot which,the youihfull Loucr now it gone, 
And this way comes he with it prefect ly. 
Where (if it pleafe you) you may intercept hm. 
Bat (good my Lord) doe it fo cunningly 
That my difcouery bt not aimed at : 
For, loue of you, not hate vntomy friend, 
Hath made me publifher of this pretence. 

' Duke, Vpcu mine Honor, he fh ail ncuci know 
Thar 1 had any light from thee of this. 

Pn. Adiew.my Lord, Sir f<farU*i* comming. 

D*k. Sir P<t!cHth>, whether aw*y fo fa ft ? 

fV. Plcafc yourGrace.thcre i* a MrfTcnger 
That ftayes to bcaie my Letters 10 my friends, 
And I am going co deliuer them. 

D*k: Be they of much impoit? 

Vl. The tenure of them doth but fignifie 
My health, and happy being ac your Court. 

2>*. Na then no tauter : fray with me a while, 



I am to break c with thec of Game affaires 
That touch me neere : wherein thou muftbe fecrer, 
Tu not Tnknown to thee, that I haue fought 
To match my friend Sir Thur*>, to my daughter. 

Vl. Iknowitwell(myLord)andfuretheMatch 
Were rich and honourable : betides, the gentleman 
h full of Vertue, Bounty, Worth, and Qualities 
Befeeming fuch a W ifc,as your faire daughter : 
Cannot your Grace win her to fancie him ? 

s Duk. No.truft me.She is ueeuifh,fulltn,froward, 
Prowd, difobtdient, ftubbome, lacking duty, 
Neither regarding that (he is my ch'tlde, 
Nor fearing me, as if I were her father: 

And may I fay to thee, this pride ofhers 
(Vpon aduke) hath drawne my loue from her, 
And where 1 thought the remnant of mine age 
Should haue beene cherifh d by her child-like dutic, 
I now am fbll refolu*d to cake a wife, 
And tume het out, to who will take her in : 
Then let her beautybe her wedding do wre: 

Forme, and my poflcflions (he efteemes not. 

Vol. What would your Grace haue roc to do in this? 
Z)*^. There is a Lady infi?ri<theerc 

Whom I affeci : but fhe is nice, and coy, 

And naught efteemes my aged eloquence. 

Now therefore would I haue thee to my Tutor 

(Tor lone agone I haue forgot to court . 

Betides the fafhion of the time is chang'd) 

How. and which way I may bcftow my feife 

To be regarded in her fun-brieht eye. 

V*l. Win het with gifts, iflhe ref pe not words , 

Dumbc lewcis often in their filent kinde 

More then quicks word j.dcc moue a woman* mindc. 
7>^ Butfhcdidfcorneaprefentthatlfcntber, * 



PV. A woman fomtime fcoms what beft ctcnu.her. 
Send her another : ncucr giue hrore, 
For fcorne at fiift, makes after-loue the more. 
] t (lie doe frowne, 'tis not in hate cf you, 
But rather to begcr more loue in you. 
If (he doe chide, 'tis net to haue you gone, 
For why, the fooles are mad, if left alone. 
Take no repulfe, what euer flic doth fay, 
For.get you gon, fhe doth nor meane away. 
Flatter, and praife .commend, extol! their graces t 
Though nerc fo biacke, fay they haue Angells faces, 
That man that hath a tongue, I fay is no man, 
If with his tongue lie cannot wins woman, 

D*k, But fhe I meane, is promit'd by her friends 
Vnto a youthfull Gentleman of worth, 
And kept feuercly &om refort of men, 
That no man hath acceffe by day to her. 

Vol. Why then I would refort to her by night. 

Duk. I, but the doores be lockt, and k eyes kept faf , 
That no man hath recourfe to her by night. 

Vol. What letts but one may enter at her window ? 

Dr^. Her chamber is aloft.far from the ground, 
A nd buil t fo fheluing,thar one cannot climbc it 
Without apparant hazard of his life. 

V*l. Why then a Ladder quaintly made of Cords 
To caft vp, with a paire of anchoring hookes, 
Would feme to fcale another Here'i tovne, 
So bold Ltander would aduenture it, 

D*k- Now as thou an a Gentleman ofblood 
Aduife me.where I may haue fuch a Ladder. 

fal. When would you vie it ? pray fir ,iell me that. 

Dvk. Thh very nrght ; for Lourit like a childe 
Thai longs fur cuery thing that he can come by. 

FV. By fcauen a clock/tie get you fuch a Ladder. 

Du^ But haxkethee: I will goe to her slone, 
How fhal! I bcf) conuey the Ladder thithit ? 

Pit. It wilt b light (niy Lord)ihat you niay beare 
Vnder a cloake, that is ofany lengi h. 

1)uk. A cloakc s long as chine will feme the utrne ? 

VoL \ my good Lord. 

Dukj Then let me fee thy cloake , 
He get me onof fuch another length. 

Pil. Why any cloake will ferue the torn (my Lord) 

DvL\ How (hall I fafhion me to wcare a cloake ? 
I pray thee let me feele thy cloake vpcn me. 
What Letter w ihis fame ? what's her?? to Silma ? 
And heere-an Engine fit for my proceeding, 
He be fo bold to breake the Crate for once. 



(Jk> thought Jo har&enr with mj Siiuia 
And Jituet tbt) are to mt, that fend them flying. 
Oh,colttrbftr M after come, emdgse at lightly, 
Haaftlft w*UMg bfre (fencefa) tbej arc lying. 
t^ff HertU 7l'o*bn,in tbj fmeAefime re/f-tbcn> t 
Uifili I (tkeir Kng} that rbttbertkem imftrtmr 
Dee citrfi tt>* grate jixtt with fitch grace hark tltjt tb rm t 
Sffatftwylelfa dot want layfcntantt format. 
I ctrrfe my feife \ far they artftnt by me % 
TrMltbejJhotddbahur where their Lird}boUhe. 



What's her ? 5&M, ifofl 
Tis fo : and herc*6 the Ladder for the purpofc. 
Why Phaeu* (for tbou an UMeropi fonne ) 
Wih chou afpire to guide the heauenJy Car / 
And with thy darrogfoUy bunv the world ? 
Wilt thou reach fhn.becaufe they Cunt on thee > 

Cj Go* 



Tbeino (jentlemenof Verona. 



Coc bale Intruder, ouer-weeniog Slauc 

Ecftow thy fawning fmileson cquall maces, 

And thinkc my patience, (more then cby dcirn) 

Is priuilcdge for chy departure hence. 

TKankc me for this, more (hen for all the fauors 

Which (all too.mich) I hattc bcftowed oo rhce, 

But if thou linger in my Territories 

Longer then fwifteft cipeditien 

Will giuc thec time to icauc oa.-roy.all Conn, 

By hejuen, my wrath (hall fart exceed the lour 

I cticr bore my daughter, or chy felfe. 

Be gone, I will not hrare thy vainc cscufc , 

But as thou lou'fl thy life.make fpced from hence. 

I'al. And wby not death,mhW then luiingtocrneotf 
To die, is to be bantftu from my felfe , 
And Siimi* is my felfe : banifh'd fVom her 
I* felfe from felfe. A deadly baniftimcnt : 
What light, is light, if S/VW* ic not feene ? 
Whs t joy is toy, if Sinn be not by ? 
Vnlefle it be to t'tnnke that fh is by 
And feed vpon the Giadow of perfect jor>. 
Except I be by SilmU in the night, 
There is no muficke in the Nightingale. 
Vnlefte I looke on Si/aia 10 the day. 
There is no day for me to looke vpoo. 
Shec ismy cftrnce, and 1 leaue to be ; 
If I be not by her faire influence 
Fo fter'd, illumio'd, cherifh'd, kept a&ue. 
I flic not death, to fle his deadly doom* 
Tarry I heere,! but attend oo death, 
But ft ic I hence, I die away from life. 

Pro. Run(boy)run,nm l andfcekchkaoai. 

LM. So-bough, Soa hough 

fro. What fec-ft thou ? 

Lour Him we goe to find*, 
There's not a haire,po's bead , but i*i$ af^tfortm, 

Pn. Vdaaine* 

VaL No. 

fro. Who then ?hU Spirit? 

VaL Neither. 

/*. What then? 

VaL Nothing 

la*. Can nothing IpeakePMafter^all Iftilke? 

fn. Whowouldftthoafthke? 

LM. Nothing. 

Pro.-, Villaine, forbore. 

JL. Why Sir, Ue ftrike nothing : i pny yon. 

Pro. Sirha, 1 fay fotbcare : firiend Vdastim& word. 

Vol. My earcs are ftopt,8t cannot hear good newes, 
So rrachofbad already hath pofleft them. 

Pn. Theft in dumbe ftlence will 1 bury mine, 
For they arehatOj.vn-ittnctbk, and>ad 

Vol. Js &/&> dead? 

Pr. No, *. 

Vol. No Vtdntiitt indeed, for faced SW4, 
Hath(heforfworoeme? 

Pro. tio,VtXt*ti*. 

VeL Nor4/CT^,if^^^o^fon woroeine 
Whatisvourrrewcs? 

la t Sir,thereisaprocKTtion,yyouarev*ninJd, 

?rt* That ihou an bamfh'at oh that's the newa, 
From hence,from5&Mn<i from methy friend. 

VtL Oh, I haue fed vpon this wo* already, 
And now exceffe of it will make roe furfet. 
Doth Silm* know that! amtwnfh'd ? 

Pn. 



(Which Tn-raaerft Aandsin er&uall force; 

A Seaof mel ting peark, which Corr.e call terns? 

Thofc ac her fathcts churuih feeze (he tendcrd, 

With t hem v por, her koecs.ber humble fc If e, 

Wringing her hsndt, whofe whitcncs fo became them , 

As if but now they waxed pale for woe . 

But neither bended knees, pure hands held vp, 

Sad fighcs, deepe groocs, nor fUucr-fn aiding team 

Could penetrate her vncompafiioaate Sire ) 

But r*laa**t, if he be taoe^muftdie. 

Befides, bcr iatercefnon chaf'd him fo 

When (he for thy repealc was Oipplwrit, 

That to clofepnfon he commanded her, 

With many bitter t hrcats of biding there. 

fW. No more: voles the next word that thoufpeak*ft 
Hauc fomemalignant power vpon my life : 
If fo : I pray rhee breath it in mine care, 
As ending Antheme of my endkfle dolor. 

Pn. Ceafe to lament for that thou canft not belpc, 
And (tody heipc for that which thou lamcm'ft. 
Time is-t he Nurfe, and breeder of all good ; 
Here, if thon tiay.thon canft not fee thy lone ; 
Befidei.thy flaying will abridge thy life : 
Hope is a loucrs ftarfc, walke hence with that 
And manage it, againft defpairing thoughts : 
Thy letters may be here, though thou art hence. 
Which, being writ to me, {hall be dcliaet'd 
Euen in the m Jkc-whitc bofome of thy LOOT. 
The time now ferucs not to cxpoftalaie , 
Come, fie conney thec through the City-gate. 
A nd etc I part with thee, confer at large 
Of all that may conccrnethy Loac-afsires : 
As thou lotfft Sibaa (though not hw thy feHe) 
Regard thy danger,aod along with me. 

Vol. 1 pray theeZ-Kfl^.andrf thou fccft my Boy 
Bid him make haftc^nd meet me at the North-gate, 

Zro, Goe firha, finde him out: Come "Uolauim. 

r*L Oh my decrc Sihaa ; hapleffe Valtniax, 

Las*ce. I am but a foole, looke yon , and yet Hone 
thewitrothinkemyMaftcris akiadeofaknaoe : but 
that's all one , if he be but one knaoe : He liues not now 
thatknowesmetobcinloue, yet I am in loue, bat a 
Tecmeot borie(ballnotpluckethatfrorBme:Dotwbo 
'tis Hone : and yet 'tis a woman } but what woman, I 
will not tell my felfe : and yet 'tis a MUkc-maid : yet 'tis 
not a maid: for (bee hath had Goffips : yet 'tis a maid , 
for (he is her Ma(iervmaid,and femes for wages. Shce 
hath more qualities then a Wster-Spankll , which U 
much in a bare Chriftian : Heerc is the Catc4ogof her 
Condition. Ixprintx. Sheecanxeccbaad carry twhy 
a boric can doe no more; rt&y,ahorfcNcannotfetch,but 
onely carry, therefore is (bee better then a lade. Item. 
She can rnilice, looke you, a fwcet-vertue in a maid with 
clean* hands. 

SpettL KownowSigrJoi Laxv?whatDewes with 
yoarMaaerihip? , 

LA WithmyMafterihT?why,htsatSea: 

Sp. WeU,youroldviecam:raiftakethewtmi:what 
newesthen in your paper? 

fai fhe black'ft ncwes that euexthonheanfri- 

Sf. V/hyrnan?howblacke? 

La. Wtiy, as blades as Icke. 

Ss. Let me read them? 

U. F.e en theelolr.head, thou csafenot read. 



Sft Th&a lyeft : I can, 

IA IwiOuytheeiteUnethis.- 



^be mo gentlemen of Verona. 



Sp. Ma;ry.theonofmyGr&nd-fadier. 
La. Oh illiterate loytercr ; it was the fonnc of thy 
Grand-mother : this proucs that chon canft not read. 
Sp. Come (bole, come .- try me in thy paper. 
L*. There .- and SJViduLu be thy fpccd. 
Sp. Inprimis (he can rni.kc. 
L*. Ithufbecui. 
Sp. Item, fhe brewes good Ale. 
L*. And thereof cornea the prouerbe: (&l*$*l f 



Sp. ltem,(hecanfowe. 

L*. That's as much at to (ay (Ctmfnefv?) 

Sf. Item (he can knit. 

L*. Whatneedeamancareforaftockwithawench, 
When fhe can knit him a ftocke > 

Sf. Item,me can wafh and fcourc. 

L*. Afpeciall vertue : for then fhee necde not be 
wifh'd.and fcowr*d. 

Sf. Item.fhe can fpin. 

4. Then may I fet the world on wheeles. when fhe 
can fpin for her liumg. 

Sp. Item,fhe hat rtmanynamele<re venues. 

La. That's as much is to fay Baft*rtt.vrrtnf> : that 
indeedeknow not their fathers ; and therefore haue no 
names. 

Sf. HenefoJlowhcrviccs. 

LA. Clofe at the heeles of her virtues. 

Sf. Item, fhee is not to be fafting in refpefl of her 
breath, 

L*. Well . thatfaultmay be mended with a break- 
fft. read on. 

Sf. Item,(he hath a fweet mouth. 

L*. That makes amends for her foure breath. 

Sp. Itera.fhe doth talk e in her fleepe. 

I*. It's no matter for that ; ( fae* fleepe not in her 
talke. 

Sp. ltem,fhe is flow in words. 

L*. Oh villaine,that fet this downe among her view; 
To be flow in words, is a womans onely vertue 
J pray thee out with't , and place it for her chiefe vertue 

Sp. Item, (he is proud. 

La. Out with that too 
It was EMU legacie.and cannot be t'arie from her. 

Sp. Item, me bath no teeth. 

L*. I care not for that neither : bccaufel loue crufts. 

Sp. Item.fhe iJcurft. 

L*. Well : the beft is.fhc hath no teeth to bite. 

Sf. Item.fhe will often praife her liquor. 

L*. If her liquor be good.flie (hall, if fhe will not, 
I will ; for good things mould bepraifed. 

Sp. I tern, fhe is too liberalL 

L*. Ofher tongue (he cannot; for that's writ downe 
(he is flow of.- of her purfe, fhee (hall not, for that ile 
kecpe (hut .-Nowofanotherthing fhee may, and thit 
cannot Ihelpe. Well, proeeede. 

Sf. Item, fhee hath more haire thenwn, ard more 
faults then ha ires, and more wealth then faults. 

L*. Stop there : Ile haue her : fhe was mine, and not 
mine, twice or thrice in that laft Article: rchearfe that 
once more. 

Sp. Item, (he hath mote haire then wit. 

La. More haire then wit : it may be ile prone it : The 
cooer of the fait, hides the fait, and therefore it is more 
then the fait; the haire that couers the wit, is more 
then the wit; for the greater hides the WfTc: What's 
next' 



Sf. And more faulu then haire*. 

L*. That's monftrous .- oh that that were out. 

Sp. And more wealth then faults. 

La. Why that word makes the faults gracious: 
Well, ile hauc her : and if it be a match, as nothinc 
impoiTible. 

Sf. What then? 

La. Why then, will I tell thee, that thy Matter fiaies 
foi thce at the North g*te. 

Sp. For me: 1 

I. a. For thce? I,who art ihour he hath ftaid for a bet- 
ter man then thee. 

Sp. And mufl I goe to him ? 

L*. Thou muft run to him;for thou haft (laid fo long , 
thit going will fcirceferuc the turne. 

5^. Why didft not tell me fooner .' 'pox of your loue 
Letters. 

La. Now will he be fwing'd for reading my Letter; 
An vnmanncrlyflaue, that will thruft himfelfe into fe- 
crets : He aftcr.to reioyce in the boy correftio. Exeunt. 



Scena Secunda. 



iff D*kf t Th*rio, 



D*. Sirr4r^,fearenot.butthc (hewillloueyou 
No wK<t/f//nf ibani(h'd from her fight. 



Tb. Since his exilcfhe hath defpis'd me moft. 
Forfworne my company, and riil'd at me, 
That 1 am defperate of obtaining her. 

D*. This weakc imprefle of Loue, is as a figure 
Trenched in ice, which with an houres heate 
Di<folucs to water, and doth loofc his forme. 
A little time will melt her frozen thoughts, 
And worthlede Valentine (hall be forgot. 
How now fir 7rttbew, is your countnrrun 
(According to our Proclamation) gon? 
frt. Gon, my good Lord. 

f Du. My daughter takes his going gneuoufly ? 

TV*. A little time (my Lord) will kill chat grieffc 

D. So I beleeuc: butTiwr/thinkes notfo : 
Vratheiu, the good conceit I hold of thee, 
(For thou haft fhowne fome figne of good defert) 
Makes me the better to confer with tbee. 

Prt. Longer then IproueloyalltoyourGraec, 
Let me not liuc,to looke vpon your Grace. 

'Dm. Thou know'ft how willingly,! would effect 
Themaich betweene fir 7"^r,and my daughter f 

Tro. I doe my Lord. 

T). And alfo.I thinke, thou art not ignorant 
How fhe oppofes her againft my will ? 

Pro. She did my L ord,whcn 1>n<txi,ne was bete. 

O*. I.and peruerfly,ihe perfeuers fo : 
What might we doe to make the girle forget 
The loue of Calenture jnd loue fir 7 h*r,o ? 

Pro. The beft way u.to flander Vtltntine t 
With falfehood,cowardize, and poort difcent : 
Three things, that women highly hold in ham 

Da. J, but (he'll thinke, that it is (poke to hate. 

Pro. I, if his enemy deliucr it. 
Therefore it muft withcircumftance be fpokca 
By one, whom ihe eftccmeth as his friend. 

DM. Thenyoamuftvndertaketoflindrrhiav 



Theim (jentlemen of Verona. 



Pro. And chat (my Lord) I (ball be loath to doe , 
Titan ill office for a Gentleman, 
Efpecialiy againf) his very friend, 

2>. Where your good word cannot aduamagc him, 
Your Gander newer can endamage him ; 
Therefore the office if indifferent, 
Being intreated to ic by your friend. 

Pre. You haue prcuatl'd (my Lord) if I can doe it 
By ought that I can fpeake in hit difpraifc, 
She (hall not long continue loucio him 
But fay this wecdc Tier louc from l^aletttme, 
It folio wet not that fhe will loue C^Thurta. 

Tk. Thcrcforc.a you vnwmde her loue from him; 
Lea ft it fhould r aucll ,ar.d be good to none, 
You muft prouide to bottomc it on me 
Which muft be done, by praifmg me as much 
As y ou,in won h difpraifc/u Valentine. 

DM. And Pn>tkftu,wc dare trufiyou in this kinder, 
Becaufe we know (on V*lt*ti*ti report) 
You are already louet firmc votary, 
And cannot foonereuolt, and change your minde. 
Vpon this warrant, fhall you haue accede, 
Where you, with Siluia,miy confcrreat large 
For fheUlumpifhjKcauy mellancholiy, 
And (for your friends fake) will be glad of you ; 
Wherey ou may lempei her, by your perfwafion, 
To hate yong L>almrtitc,*nd louc rny friend. 

Pro. At much a; I can doe, I will effect ; 
But you fir 72wr*,are not fharpe enough 
You muft lay 'Lime, to tangle her defire* 
By walefull Sonnets, whofe compofed Rtmei 
Should be full fraught with feruiceable vowes. 

DH, I,much is the force of heaiten-bred Poefie. 

Prt, Say that vpon the altar of her beauty 
You facrifice your teares,your fighes,your heart : 
Write till your inkebe dry: and with your teares 
Moift it againe : and frame fome feeling line, 
That may difcooer fuch integrity : 
For Orpbtw Luce,was ftrung with Poets finewes, 
Whofe golden touch could {often fteelc and ftones ; 
Make Tygers tame,and huge Ltnuuhaxt 
Forfake vnfounded dcepei ,to dance on Sandi, 
After your dire.lamenung Elegies, 
Vifu by night yotfr Ladies chamber-window 
With fome fweet Confort ; To their Instruments 
Tune a deploring dumpe : the nights dead filence 
Will well become fuch fweet complaining grieuance : 
This, 01 clfe nothing, will inherit her. 

XX*. This difcipline.fhowet thou haft bio in loue 

Tb. And thy aduice,this night.ite put in pra&ife 
Therefore/weet Prothem.my direftion-giuer, 
Let vs into the City prefently 
To fort fome Gentlemen,well skil'd in Muficke. 
I haue a Sonnet,that will ferue therurne 
To giue the on-fet to thy good aduifc. 

D*. About it Gentlemen. 

Pre. We'll wait vpon yourGrace, till after Supper, 
And afterward determine our proceedings. 

T>u. Euen now about it,l will pardon yon. Exeunt, 



tAttus Quarttts. Scsena Trima. 



Eater r*le*ts*t,Spet{i,*4 c 

Fellowe,ftind faft : I fee a paffenger. 



a Ont. If there be tcn.fhrinkc not.but down with'em. 
3.O*f . Stand fir^nd throw i that you haue about've 
If not.- we'll make you fit, and rifle you. 

Sf. Sir we are rndone } thefe are the ViUaines 
That all the Trauailers doe feare fo much 

f</. My friend*. 

t .Oft. That's not fo, fir t we art your enemies, 

t.Oiti. Peart / well heare him. 

j .Out. I by my beard will we . for he 1$ a proper man. 

V*l. Then know that 1 haue little wealth to loofe ; 
A man I am, crofs'd with aduerfitie i 
My riches, are thefe poore habiliment*, 
Of which, if you (hould here disfurnilh me. 
You take the fum and fubftance that 1 haue, 

i.Out. Whether trauellyou? 

V*l. ToFmM. 

i .Out. Whence came you ? 

V*l. From MilUme. 

y.Ottt. Haue you long foiourn'd there .' (ftaid, 

V*l. Some fixteene moneths, and longer might haue 
If crooked foi tune had not thwarted me. 

1 .Out. What, were you banifc'd thence ? 
y*l. I was. 

i. Out. For what offence <* 

Vol. For that which now torments me to reheatfe; 
I kil'd & man, whofe death 1 much repent, 
But yet 1 flew him tnanfully,in fight, 
Without falfe vantage, or bafe treachery. 

I.Oitf. Why nerc repent it.if it were done fo; 
But were you banifht for fo frrull a fault ? 

fal. I was, and held me glad of fuch a doome. 

i.Out. Haue you the Tongues? 

V*l. My youihfull crauatle.thcrein made me happy, 
Or elfe I often had beene often miferable. 

I.OM By thebare fcalpe oiRtti* HcttL fat Fryer, 
This fellow were a King, for our wilde faction. 

\.Ont. We'll haue him: Sirs, a word 

Sf. Mafter,beoneoflhemi 
It's an honourable kinde of theeuery. t 

V*l. Peace villaine. 

2 Out. Tell vs this: haue you any thing to take to ? 
Tat. Nothing but my fortune. 

; .Or . Know then,that fome of vs areGentJcmen, 
Such as the fury of vngouern'd youth 
Thruft from the company of awfull men. 
My felfe was from Verona banifhed, 
For pra&ifing to fteale away a Lady, 
And he ire and Neece,alide vnto the Duke. 

a.Or. And I from M*tfQi a Gentleman, 
Who ,m my moodc,! ftab'd vnto the heart. 

l.O*t. And I.for fuch like petty crimes as thefe 
But to the purpofc ; for we cite our faults, 
That they may hold excus'd our tawiefle Hues , 
And partly feeing you are bcautiftdc 
With goodly fhapc ; and by your owne report, 
A Linguift,and a man of fuch perfection, 
As we doe in our quality much want. 

a.Or. Indeede became you are a banifh'd man, 
Therefore,aboue the reft, we parley to you : 
Are you content to be our Generall ? 
To make a venue of neccffuy, 
And Hue as we doe in this wildemeife ? 

5 .Qr. What faift thou? wilt thou beof our confon ? 
Say I .and be the captaine of vs all . 
We'll doethechoroage,andbrul'dby the*, 
Loue the&as out ComrcandeT,ar,d our King. 

\.Orn 



7 he to (jentlemen ofVtrwa. 



I .Cut. But if thou fcorne our cui telie.thou dycft. 

i.Out. Thou (halt not liue,?o br ag'what we- haue of. 

Vat. I take your ofrer,and will due with yo, ffer'd. 
presided thai you do no outrages 
On f:iiy women,r poor? paflengen. 

j.0. No>we deteft fuch vile bafc praaifrs. 
Ccmc.goc with vs, we'll bring chee to our Crcwes, 
And (how thee all the Treafure we haue gor ; 
Which, with our fduet .all reft at thy difpofe. *<*(. 



Pro. Already haue ! bin falfe to FWmi/w, 
And now I mult be as vniuft to T*nr* , 
Vnder the colour of commending him, 
I haue accede my owne louc to prefer. 
[Jut S<V*>/< is too fa ire, too true,too holy,. 
To be corrupted with my worthiest guifti ) 
When Iprotcft true loyalty to her, 

rvviw me with my fallchoot) to my friend ; 
Whence her beauty I commend my YOWCS, 
She bids me thinke how 1 haue bin forfwome 
In breaking faith with At//*, whom 1 lots' d ; 
And notwithftanding all her fodaine quips, 
The lead whf reof-would quell a louers hope .- 
Yet (Spaniel-like; the more (he fpurhesmy loue, 
The more it growc,and fa wneth on her ftill ; 
But here comes Tb*ria ; now muft we to her window, 
Andgiue fome euening Mufique to her eare. 

To. Hownow,fir Pretbriu,uc you crept before rs ? 

TV*. I gentle Ttmrnftn you know that loue 
Will creepe in ferulce.whereit cannot goe. 

Tb. l.butl hope.Sir.that you loue not here. 

Pr. Sir , but I doc : or elfe I would be hence. 

Tb. Who,^;/*/4? 

Pr. IjSilmn, for your fake. 

Tb. I thonke y ou for your owne ; Now Gentlemen 
Let's tune : and to o it luftiiy a while. 

He. Now,my yong goeft; me tbioks your' allycholly 
I ptay you why is it # 

/a Marry (mine Haf) becaufe 1 cannot be merry. 

Ho. Coor*,we11 haue you merry: tie bring you where 
you (hall hears Mufiqoe, and fee the Gendeman that 
you ask'd for. 

/. ButihalUrttirebimfoeake, 

// . IthstyouDu.il. 

/. That will be Mufique. 

H*. Harke.harke. 

/a. Isheamongthefe? 

Ho. I:butpeace,let'heare > m. 

5f . Vhit Site* ? *bt i<flx ? 
Tk*t *U tar Svni*ti ttmmadbir ? 



Tltbiasunfmckfftet didksdktr 



lout dttk if btr ntt teptire, 



ttvrt. 

Tfwttt Silstajtt vtfag, 
That Site*, u excelling ; 
Steexeeff each sttrteS tbi*g 
fff the dun tank d*eBtt. 
T hrr let vt GrUdt bring. 

Ho. How now? are you faddcr then yo were berote; 
How doe you, man ? the Muficke ! ikes yon nor. 

/. YoumiftakertheMufitianlikeiroenot. 

Ho. Why, my pretty youth? 

/. He plaiesfalfc (father.) 

Ho. Ho w,out of tune on the firings. 

/. Not fo: but yet 
So flfe hat he grleues my very Ucart-ftrmgs. 

Ha. Youhaueaqaickeeare (heatt. 

/. 1,1 would I were aeafc .-it makes me haue a flow 

He. \ percciue you delight not in Mufique. 

/*. Not a whit, when it iars fo, 

Ho. Harke.whatfintchange is in the Mufiqoe. 

/. I : that change is the fpight. 

Ho. You would haue them al waits pity but one thing. 

/*. I would alwaics haue one pfay but one thipg. 
But Hod doth this Sir ?jvfw,tbat we talkeon, 
Often rcfort vnto this Gentlewoman ? 

Ho. I tell you what Latuet hit man told me,- 
He lou'd her out of all nrcke. 

/. WhachLaiactt 

Ho. Gone to fecke his doe, which to morrow,by hi* 
M afters command, hee mutt carry for a prefent to bis 
Lady. 

In. Peace,ftand afide,the company putt. 

Pn. SirTAww/earenotyou,! willfopleade. 
That you (hall fy,my cunning- drift excels. 

n. Where meete we 

fro. At Saint Crttariet well 

Tk. Farewell. 

fro. Madam/ good eu'n to your Ladi(hip. 

Sil. I thanke you for your Mufique/Geotlemen) 
Who it that that fpakcf 

Pn. One (Lady)if you knew his pure hetrta truth, 
You would quickly learne to know him by his voice. 

Sil. Sir?rrrM,asItakeit. 

Pro. Sit frMfawfemh Lady)and your Seroaw. 

Sil. What'syoorwHi? 

Pro. ThatImaycompa(Teyour*. 

SX. You haue your wifc .- my will is eoehthis, 
That prefently you hie yon home to bed : 
Thou fubtile^periur'd.faife, difloyall man 
Think'ft thou I am fo (hallow/o cpnceisU0e, 
To be feduced by thy Battery, 
That has't deceiu'd fo many with thy TOWCS f 
Returne.returnc and make thy loue amends : 
For me(by this pale queene of night 1 fwcire) 
1 am fo. fane from granting thy requeft, 
That 1 defpife thee/or thy wroog&ll fuite , 
And by and by intend to thide my felfe, 
Euen tor this time I (pend in talking to thee. 

Pro. I grant (fweet lose) that I did lone a l*ty, 
But (he Is dead. 

/. Twere falfe.if! (hoald fpeake it ; 
Forlnvfurc(he isnotbutied. 

Sil. Say that fhe be :yet ^fan*v thy friend 
Suruiues ; to whom (thy felfc an wlcneffe) 
I am betroth'd ; and art thou not alharri'*! 
To wrong hlm.wUb thy tmporrnnacy f 



,34 



The tm (jentkmen of Verona. 



Pr. I likewife heart that VtltnttMt is dead. 

W. And To fuppofe am I ; foe in her gtauc 
Aflure thy felfe.my lout is buried. 

Pro. Sweet Lady,lct me take it from the earth. 

SiL Goc to thy Ladies graue and call hen thence, 
Or at the Ieaft,in hers,fepulcher thint. 

/-/. He heard not that. 

Pro. Madam : if your heart be fo obdurate : 
Vouchfafe me yet your Pi&urc for mv loue, 
The Picture that it hanging in your chamber r 
To that lie fpeakc.to that ile figh and weepe : 
For fince the fubflance of your pcrfcft felfc 
Is clfe denoted , I am but a fhadow ; 
And to your Ibadow, will 1 make true loue. 

ltd. If 'twere a fubftance you would fure dcceiue it. 
And make it but afludow.ai I am. 

Sd. I am very loath to be your Idol 1 Sir , 
But,fince your falfehood fhall become you well 
To wotftip fludowes.and adore falfe fhapes, 
Scad to me in the morningjand lie fend it: 
And fo.good reft. 

*Pr. A* wretches hauc ore-night 
That wait for execution in the raorne. 

//. Hoft t will you goe? 

Ho. Bymyhallidome,Iwasfaftanrepe. 

ltd. Pray you t where lies Sir "Prttbeia t 

He. M irry . at my houfe : 
Trull me,! tninke'tis almoft day. 

//. Not fo : but it hath bin thelongeft night 
That ere 1 watch'd,and the mo ft hciuicO. 



Sccena 



filer fgtamert, Silm*. 

Eg. This is the houre that Madam 5V/*rt 
Entreated me to C2l!,snd know herminde 
Ther's feme great matter fhe'ld employ me in. 
Madam.Madam. 

Sil. Whocals? 

fg. Your {eruant.and your friend; 
One that attends your Ladifhips command. 

Sil, Sir Eglamare, thoufand times good morrow. 

Eg. As many (worthy Lady)toyour felfe : 
According to your LsciiChips impofe, 
I am thtu early come.to know what feruice 
It is your pleafurc to command me in. 

5/7. Oh Egltnuure, thou art a Gentleman ; 
ThinkenotI flatter (for I fweare I doe not) 
Valianr,wife,remorfe- full, well aceompliin'd, 
Thou art not i gnorant what dcere good will 
] beare vnto the bantfh'd "Oaltatiaei 
Nor how my father would enforce me marry 
Vaine Thurit (whom my very foule abhor'd.) 
Thy fclfe haft lou'd, and 1 hauc heard thee fay 
No griefe did euer come fo neere thy heart, 
A$ when thy Lady,anil thy true-loue dide; 
Vpon whofe Graue thou vow'dft pure cha/titie : 
Sir f.glmnoure : I would toPaleattat 
To Mamma, where 1 heare.he makes aboid ; 
And for the vnaiec arc dangerous to paHc, 
I doe defiice thy worthy company. 



Vpon whofe faith and honor, I rcpofe. 

Vrgenot my fathers anger (E(Ltmoun\ 

But thinke vpon my iefe(a Ladies griefe) 

And on the iuftiee ofmy flying hence, 

To keepe me from a moft vnholy match, 

Which heauen and fortune dill rewards with plague*. 

I doe dcfire thee, euen from a heart 

As full of forrowes.as the Sea of finds, 

To beare me compaoy.arxi goe with me t 

I f not , to hide what I haue faid to thee, 

That I may venture to depart alone. 

Eg I, Madam.I pitty much your grieuancw, 
Which.fincc I know they vertuoufy are pUc*d, 
I glue confcct lo goe along with you. 
Wreaking as little what bctidetbme, 
As much,! wifhall good befoitune you. 
When will you goe? 

Stl. This euening comming. 

Eg. Where fhaltlmeete you? 



Where I intend holy Confemon. 

Eg. I will not faile yor Ladiftip : 
Good morrow (gentle Lady.) 

Sil. Good morrow, kindc Sir EgUantm. 



Seem Quarto. 



/, Stluu. 

L**. When a mans fcruantfhall play iheCune with 
him (looke you) it goes hard .- one that I brought vp oi 
a puppy :one that 1 fcu'd from dtowning.when three or 
foure of his biindc brothers znd liRcrs went to it : 1 haue 
taught him (euen as one would fay precifrly , thus I 
would teach a dog) I wasfent todeliuerhim, aiapre- 
frnt to Miftns W*itf, from my Mafttr ; and I came no 
fooner into the dynmg-chamber, but he fteps me to her 
Trencher, and fteales her Capons-leg : O, 'tis a foule 
ihrng. when a Cur cannot keepe bimfelfe in all compa- 
nies : I would haue(asone(hould fay)ooe that takes vp- 
on him to be a dog indeedc, to be.as it were, a dog at all 
things. If I had not had more wit then he.to take a fault 
vpon me that he did, 1 thinke verily hee had bin hang'd 
for't : fure as I hue he had fuffer'd fort .- you fliall iudgc : 
Heethrufts me himfclfe into the company of three or 
foure gentleman-like-dogs.vnder the Dukes cable: hee 
hsdnoc bin there (bletfc the mark e) a pi fling while, but 
all the chamber fmelt him : out with the dog(faies one) 
what cur is that (faies another) whip him out (faies the 
third; hang him vp(faiej the Duke.) I hauing bin ac- 
quaicted with the fmell before, knew it was Crab ; and 
goes me to the fellow that wbipj the doggcs . friend 
(cuothl)youmeanetowhip the dog .- I marry doe 1 
(quoth he)you doe him the more wrong(quoih ]) 'twas 
I did the thing you wot of: he makei me no more adoe, 
but whips me out of the chamber : how many Maflers 
would doe this for his Seruant ? nay ,ile be fworne 1 haue 
fat in the {locket .for puddings he hath ftolne.ocherwife 
he had bin executed: I haue Hood on the pill one for 
Geefe he hath ki I'd . otherwife he had fufferd for't : thou 
think'ft not of this now : ny,I remember tbe trieke you 
fcru'd me, when I looke my leaue of Madam Stint* . did 



The rw> gentlemen ofVcrwa. 



not I bid thee ftill m4rkeme,and doe as I do; when di d'ft 
thou fee me heauc vp 017 leg, and make water sgainfl * 
Gentlewoman* farthingale ? did'fl thoo ener fee me doe 
(uchatrickc? 

Pro. Seta/lion is thy name : I like thee well, 
And will tmptay thee in fome feruice prcfently. 
In. In what you plcafe.ile doe what 1 can. 
Pro. I hope then wilt. 
rlow now you whor-fon pczaiu. 
Whae haue you bin thefe two daycs loytenng? 

<t. Marry Sir.I canted Miftris Sttma the dogge you 
bad me. 

fro. And what fates fhe to my little lewd! > 
LA. Marry fhefaifs your dog \vasa <ur,snd telsyou 
carrifh thanks is good enough for fuch a prcfenc. 
Pn. But the recciu d my dog ? 
La. No mdeede did (he n<x . 
{ere haue f brought him backc agame. 
JV. What/lidrt thou offer her this from me ? 
LA lSir,the other Squirnll wajflolnefrommc 
$y the Hangmans boyes in the mark ec place. 
And then I offer d her mine owne.who rs a dog 
^s big as ten of yours,& therefore the guttulje greater. 
Pr. Goe.get ihee hence.and fsndc my dog agatne, 
Ot nere returnc agame into my fight. 
Away,I fay : fiaydi thou to vejteme here ; 
AS)auc,that.fttlLanend,rurnes me loQiaine : 
baftiaa, 1 hauc entertained thce, 
artly that F haue ncede of fuch a youth, 
That can with fome dtfcretion doe my bufineffc : 
: or'tis notrufttng toyondfoolifhLowt , 
Jut chtcfciy, for thy face, and thy behautour, 
Which (if myAugury deceiue me not) 
Witneffe good bringing vp, fottunc.and truth : 
Therefore know ihee.for this I encertaioe irxe. 
Go prefently,and take this King with thee . 
Deliuer it to Madam Stl* ; 
Shciou'd me well.dcljuet'd it to me 

//. Itfremct you lou d not her,not Icinchcr coktri : 
She is dsad belike / 

'Pro. Not fo : I think c fhe Hues. 
lut. Alas 

fn. Why do'ft thou cry alas > 
[til. I cannot choofe but ptity her 
Pr. Wherefore (hould'a thou puty her > 
lui. Becatifeymethmkes that fhe iou'd you at well 
As you doc !oue your Lady Silxi* 
She drearacs on him,tht has forgot her loue, 
You dtote en her, that cares not for your loue. 
Tispiny Louc.fhould be fo contrary 
And thinking on it, make* m cry alas. 

Pro. WcUT ghie'her that Rtng.and therpwithall 
This Letter" taws her cfiainbcr/ Tell my Lady, 
I dairoethe promifefof'fcet hcauenly Pictuoe : 
Your meiT8igedone,hye home vnco my charwber. 
Where thou (halt fm'detne fod.and foiaatrfc. 

Int. How many \xorswn would doefuch a rneflage? 
AiMpoore Preiktm^Mto haft encetain'd 
A Foxe.to be the Shephcard of thv Lambs , 
Alas,poore toole.why doe I puty htm 
That with his very heart defpifeth me ? 
Bcaufe he loues her ,he defp-ffelh me, 
Becaufe 1 loue him ,1 muft pitty him. 
This Ring] gauehiiti.wnen he parted from me, 
To binde him co remember my good will 
And now wn I (vnbsppy Melfengcr) 



To plead forthat. which I would not obt ame , 

To carry that,which I would hauc refus'd 

To praifchii faith,wbicb I would haue diiprats d. 

1 am my Matters true confirmed Loue, 

But cannotbe true feruam to my Matter, 

VnlcfTc I prouc faKe traitor to my fclfe 

Yet will t woe for hfm,but yet fo coldly, 

As (hcauen it knowes) I would not hauc him fpeed. 

Gentlewoman, good day . I pray you be roy mcanc 

To bring me where to fpcike with Madam5>//<r. 

Sd. What would you with her,tf thjt 1 be fhe ? 

1*1. If you be fhe, \ doe intreat your patience 
To hearc me fpeake the meffage I am fenc on. 

Sit Fiomwhom' 

//. EiommyMa(ter,SirPrffc* Madam. 

Sil. Ob : he fends you for a Pjclore > 

1*1. J, Mad am. 

Sil Vrjttla, bring my Picture there , 
Goe.giuc your Matter this . tell him from me 
One /*//< ,thatrm changing thooghtt forget 
Would better fit hu Chamber /hen tht Shadow. 

//. Madam, pleafe you pcrufe this Letter ; 
Pardon me ( Madam) 1 hauc wnaduis'd 
Deiiucr'dyou a papet that I fhould not ; 
This is the Letter to yout Ladifhrp. 

Sil. 1 pray thee let me looke on tharagalne. 

lit!. It may not be : good Mi.darn pardon me. 

Sil. There, hold- 

I will not looke vpon your M afters lines . 
I know they are fruft with protcftations, 
And full of new-found oathes,which he vv'ill break c 
Aseafily as I doe teuc his paper. 

Int. Madam, he fendiyour Lsdifhip this Ring. 

Sil. The more fhamefor him.ihst he fends it me ; 
For I taue. heard him fay a thoufsud times, 
His lulit gaue it him, at !us departure 
Though his falfe finger haue prophan'd the Ring, 
M me fhll not doc his lulia fo much wrong. 

lul. $h* thankes you. 

Sil. Wliatfai'ftihou? 

//. I thank* you Madam,that you tender her : 
Poore Genrlewomsn, my Mzftet wrongs her muh, 

SU. Do'ft thou know her? 

ltd. Almoftas wtllas I doe knowmy fclfe. 
To thinke vpon Uer woes, Idocproteli 
That I haue wept a hundred feuetall timer.- 

Sil. Belike fhe thinks that/'ror/^wrvathforfopkhet.' 

//. 1 1 hmke fhe doth : and that's her caufe of for row. 

Sd. Is fhe not pamng faire ? 

/W. She hath bin fairer(Madan)) then fhe is , 
When fhe did thinke my Matter lou'd her well ; 
She.in my ludgemem.was as fsjre as you. 
But fine t fhe did neg!e& her looking-glafPi. 
And threw hi Sun-expelling Mafque away, 
The ayre hath flaru'd the roks in her cheek es, 
And pmch'd the lilly-tinflurc of her face, 
That now ftic ij become as b'ackc as [, 

Sd. How tall was fhe i 
//. About rny ftaturc : for at Fnfetefl, 
When all our Pageants of delight were phid, 
Our youth got me to play the womans part, 
And I was trim'd m Madam luiitu go vine, 
Wruch (erued me asfic.by all nsens judgements, 
As if the garment had bin made for me ; 
Therefore I know fhe is about my height, 
And at that ums-I cr.adc her weepea good, 

For 



The too (jentlemenof Verona. 



POT 1 did play a lamentable part. 
(Madam) 'twas Aruulne, pafTiomng 
For Tbtftu penury ,and vniuft flight ; 
Which 1 fo liucly adtcd with my tcares . 
That my poor e /Vlifhis moued thercwithall. 
Wepc bitterly : and would I might be dead, 
If 1 in thought fell not her very forrow. 

Sit. She is beholding to thee (geruU youth^ 
Alas (poorc Lady) defolate.and left j 
1 weepe my fclfc to thmke vpon thy wordi . 
Here youth: there is my purfe) Igiuethccthii (well. 
For thy fwcct Miftris iakc,becauf< thou lou'H her. Farc- 
t ltd. And flic fnallthanke you toi't, if ere you know 
A vcnuous gciulcwoman,mildc,andbcau:ifull. (her. 
J hope my Maftcrs fuit will be but cold, 
Since (he rcfpc&i my Miftris loue fo much. 
Alas.how louc can tttflc with it fclfc .- 
Here i hei Picture let me Icc.I thinkc 
If i had fuch a Tyre, this face of mine 
Were full as loucly.at is this of hers ; 
And yet the Painter flattcr'd her a little, 
V nlelfe I flatter with rny felfc too much. 
Her haite is ^Mrw.rninc is ptrfect J'tfletf, 
If that be all the difference in his louc, 
He get me fuch a coulour'd Pcnywig: 
Her eyejare grey as glaflc.and 5o art mine. 
J, but her fore-head's low.and mine's as high; 
What fhould it be that he rcfpccts in her, 
But I can make rcfpccTiuc in my felfef 
If ihis fond Louc.were not a blinded god. 
Come fhadow, come, and take this fhadow vp, 
For 'tis thy riuaU ; O thpu fcncelcffe forme. 
Thou (halt be wor{hip'd,kifs'd,!ou'd,and ador'd , 
And were there fence in his Idolatry, 
My fubfianee (hould be (htue in thy Head, 
lie vfe thec kindly.for rhy Miftris fake 
That vs'd me fo : ot elfe by /<w,I vow, 
I fhould hauc fcrateh'd out your vnfeemg cyet, 
To make ray Mafter out of loue with thee. hxemit. 



Qmntut. ScornaTrinta. 



Enter EgUmmre, Siinta. 

Eft, The Sun begins to guild the wefterne skie. 
And now it is about the very houre 
ThS//*u,it Fryer Patrick* Cell <hould meet me, 
She will not faile ; for Louers breake not homes, 
Vnleffe it be to come before their urne, 
So much they fpur their expedition. 
Sec where (he ccroes . Lady a happy eoemug. 

S,l. Amen,Arnen .- goe on (good Eglamtttrt) 
Out at the Poftcrne by the Abbey wall ; 
1 feare I am attended by forne Spies. 

Egl. Fearc not : thcPorreft is not three leagues off, 
If we reeoucr that.we arc fure enough. fxaut. 



SccsnaSecttnda. 



Ener Td 
Tb. Sir Tw; w,wbst faics SUa-.f. to my fuit ? 



fr0. Oh Sir.Ifinde her milder then (lie wis, 
And yet (he take* exception! at your ptrfbn. 

TIMI. What? that my leg is too long > 

Pro. No,that it is 100 little. /fa 

71,*. He weaie a Bcote, tomake it fcmevMhsc roun- 

fr. But loue will not be fpurd to what u loathe*. 

Tb, What faio (he to my face ? 

"Pro. She fates it is a fairc one. 

7 hit. Nay then the wanton lyet : my face is bUcke 

Pr. But Pearlet are fairs ; and the old frying is 
Blackemen are Pearles^n beauteous Ladiejcye* ' 

Tim. Ti true.fuch Pearlet as put out Ladies eyef, 
For I had rather winke, then looke on them. 

TTia. How likes flic my difcourfe i 

Prt. Ill, when you talke of war. 

Thu. But well.whcn 1 difcourfe of loue and peace 

M. But better indecde,when you hold you petce^ 

Tkn, What fay es (he to my valour? 

Pro. Oh Sir.fhe makes no doubt of that. 

hi. She needes not, when (he kno w it cowirdizc. 

Thm. What faies (he to my birth ? 

P>o. That you are well dcriu'd. 

/*/. True : from Gentleman, to a foole. 

Ttu. Confiders (he my Pofiertions ? 

7V. Oh, I: and pieties ihem. 

Tim. Wherefore^ 

M. That fuch an Afic fhould owe them. 

Prt. That they are out by Leafe. 

1*1. Here comes the Dufce. 

DM. 
Which of you fa w frf*mtre of late ? 

Jb*. Not I. 

Pro. Nor 3. 

Da. Saw you my daughter? 

Pro. Neither. 

D. Why then 
She's fle 



And Eglainmre ii in her Company i 

'Tis true? for Frier Laurent c met them both 

As he,m pennance wander'd through the Forreft ; 

Him he knew well . and guefd that it was QIC, 

But being mask'd, he was not furc of it. 

Belidcs (he did intend Confeflion 

At P4tnc(iCe\\ this euen,and there (he was not. 

Thcfe likelihoods confirms her flight from hence ; 

Therefore 1 pray you (hnd,not to difcourfe, 

But mount you prefently, and meete with roc 

Vpon the fifing of the Mountain: foote 

That leads toward Mini**, whether they are fled: 

Difpatch (fweet Gentlemen) and follow me. 

Tint. Why thisitis,tobeapui(hGirle, 
That flies her fonune when it foilowci her .- 
He after ; more to be reueng'd on Egtmexre, 
Then for the loue of reck-leOe SUva, 

Pro. And i will follow, more for Stiuot loue 
Then hsic o(Eg(*rnnre that goes with her. 

//. And I will follow jm ore to cro(Teth loue 
Then hate for 5i/ww,tha: is gone for louc. 



Come, come be patient : 



We 



<Ifa Mvry Win* ofMndfor. 



We muft bring you to our Captaine. 

Sit. A thousand more mifchancet theo il one 
HaueletmMmc how to brooke this patiently. 

tOat. Come, bi ing her away. 

I O. Where is the Gentleman that was with her ? 

3 OMT. Beingnimble footed.he bath out-run v* . 
But Mejftt and Vtleriw follow him ; 
Got thou with her to the Weft end of the wood, 
There is our Cap taine : Wee'll follow him that's fled, 
The Thicket is bete, he canootfcape. 

I Oxt. Come, 1 muft bring you to our Captains cay c. 
Fcare not : he beares an honourable minde. 
And w\ll not vfe a woman lawlefly. 

Sit. O ratn&u t this I endure for the e. 

Exeunt. 



Sccsna Quarta. 



EMIT V*lentint t Prnheui, Si tut*, Mit, 2>#fr, Tkuria, 
Out-lttwcs. 

V*l. Howvfedothbree<Uhbitinaman? 
This fhadowydefart, vnfrequemed woods 
1 better brooke thenflourilhing peopled Townes : 
Here can I fit alone, vn-feene of ay. 
And to the Nightingale* complaining Notes 
Tunmy diftreftes.and record my woes. 
O thou that doft inhabit in my breft, 
Leaue not the Manfton fo long Tenant -iefTc, 
Left growing ruinous, the building fall, 
And leaue no memory of what it was, 
Repaire me, with thy pretence, Siim* 
Thou gentle Nimph, chertfh thy for-lorntfwaine. 
What hallowing, and whatftir is this to day > 
Thefe atemy mates, that make their wish their Law, 
Haue fopie vnhappy paflenger in chace ; 
They loue me well : yet 1 hiue much to doe 
To keepe them rromirnciuHl outrages. 
Withdraw thee Vkntmt : -who's this comes heere ? 

Fn. Madam.this fcruicel haue donefoi you 
(Though you refpeft not aught your feruant doth ) 
To hazard life.and reskewyou from him. 



That would haue forc'd your honour, and your loue , 
Vouchfafe me for my meed, but one faire looke: 
(A ImaJUr boone then this I cannot beg, 
And leffe then t hi, I am fare you cannot giue } 

Vol. How like a dreame is this ? 1 fee,aiui heate s 
Loue. lend me patience to forbeare a while. 

Sil. OmtCerable, vnhappy that I am. 

fn. Vnhappy were you (Madam) ere I came : 
But by my comming, I hauemadeyou happy. 

SiL By iby approach thou msk'ft me rr.oft vn'nsppy. 

ImL And me, when he approcheth to your prefence, 

Sil. Had I beene ceaxed by a hungry Lion , 
I would haue beene a brek-feft to the Beafl , 
Rather then haue ftlfe VnAou reskue me : 
Oh heauen be iudge how I loue Vtlfntiim , 
Whofe life's as tender to me as my foule, 
Jlnd&^astnoch (for more there cannot be) 
Tdoe dsteft ralfe periur'd Pntbtw : 
Therefore bgone > fbnicitne no more. 



Would Ino*smdcTgoe, for one rtJroelooke: 
Ob ti the curie in Loue.ind frili approu'd 



When women cannct louc,w here they're beiou'd. 

Sil. When Tretkeiv cannot loue, where he's beiou'd* 
Read ouer lull's heart, (thy firft beft Loue) 
For whofe dare fake, thou didfl then rend thy faith 
Intoa thoufand oathes ; and all thofeoathes, 
Dcfccnded into per jury, to loue me, 
Thou haft no faith left now, vnleffe thou'dft two, 
And that's farre worfe then none : better haue none, 
Then plural! faith, which is tec much by one : 
Thou Counterfcyt, to thy truefiiend. 

Pro. In Loue, 
Who refpr<$s friend? 

Sil. Allrr.enbut.PrwW 

Pro. Nay ,if the gentle fpirit of mouing words 
Can no way ehangs you to a milder forme j 
lie wooe you like a Souldier, at armes end, 
And loue you gainfl the nature of Loue : force ve. 

Sil. Ohjieauen. 

Pry. Be force thee yeeld to my dcHre. 

V, i. Ruffian : let goe that rude vnciuill touch, 
Thou friend of an ill lafhton. 

Pro. Vdcnt, t . 

fa/. Thou comon friend .that's without faith or loue, 
For fuch is a friend now 5 treacherous man, 
Tliou haft beguil'd my hopes j nought but mine eye 
Could haueparfwaded me j now I dare not fay 
I haue one friend aliue ; thou wouldft difproucme : 
Who (hould betruftcd, whfn ones righi hind 
Ispiriurcdtothe bofome?/ J r/&fw 
I amforry I mufl neuer uuft thee more, 
But count the world a flranger for thy fske : 
The priuate wound is deepeft : oh time, rnoft accurfl : 
'Mongft all foes that a friend fnould be the wcrft f 

Pro. My ftiame and guilt confounds me j 
Forgiueme^Vfer/jw.- ifnearty ibrrow 
Be aiumVtentRarrfomc for onence, 
I tendet't heere: I doc astruely fuffer, 
As ere 1 did commit. 

fit. Then I am paid c 
A"d oncesgainc, I doe rcceiue thee honeft j 
Who by Repentance is not fatiififd 
Is not of heauen. nor earth ; for thele are pleas'd: 
By Penitence th'Eternalls wrath's appeas'd : 
And thatmy louemsy appeare plaine and free, 
Ail that was mine, in Silui*. J giwe thte. 

//. Oh me vnhappy. 

Pro. Looketothefioy. 

Fi/. Why. Boy/ 

Why wag:how now ? whaft the atter?look vp: fpesk. 
MO good fir,my roafter charg'd m to deUuer a ring 
to Madame/*: * (out of my neglecl.)wa$neur dons. 

* 



*>. Where is that ring ?boy? 

lui Heere 'tis: this is it. 

Pro. How ? let me fee. 
Why this is the ring I gaue to /&} 

luL Oh, cry you mercy nr.I haue rnrAooke: 
This is the rirfg you fent to Silui*. 

fro. Bhow cimit thou by this ring Fat ray depart 
I gen? this vnto Mi*. 

M. An<J/&he r fcIfedidgmeitm, 
And MIA hsrfelfe hath brought it hither. 

Pro. How ?/&? 

M. Behold herj ths* gaue ayms to all thy eathes, 
Andentertain'd'cm deepely in hr heart. 
How oft haft thou with periury cleft the roote f 
Oh Pn:bftu, 1st this habit nuke thee blulh. 

P e 



^8 The Merry Mutt of Wind for. 


Be thou aflum'd that I haue tooke vpoa me 
Such an immodeQ rayment } if (ham e Hue 


Now,by the honor of ray Anceftry 
1 doe applaud thy fptnt , Vtltntixc, 


In a difguifc of looc ? 
It is the leffcr blot modefly findcs , 
Women to change their fhapcs.thcn men their minds. 
Pro. Then men their minds/us true:oh heucn,were man 
But Confiant,he were pctfeft ; that one error 
Fils him with faults: make* him run through all th'fins ; 
Inconftancy falls-off, ere it begins 


And thmkf thec wonhy of an Empreffe loue I 
Know then, I hcere forget all former greefet, 
Cancell aH grudge, repcaletheehomc agamc, 
Plead artcw ftatc in thy vn-nual'd merit, 
To which I thus fubfcribe : Sir tWnrtm*, 
Thou art a Gent!eman,and well deriu'd, 
Take thou thy Siln>*, for thou haft deferu'd her. 


What is ui SI/KM i face, but 1 may fpie 
More frefli in tnliai, with a conRant eye' 
V*l. Come, come : a liand from eithei . 
Let me be blcft to make (his happy clofc 
'T were pitty two fuch friends (houlrJ be long foes. 


V*l. I thank your Grace, J gift hath made me happy: 
I now befeech you (for your daughters (ake ) 
To grant one Boonc that I (hall aske of you. 
Duke. I grant it (for thine ownc) what ere it be. 
fW. Thcfe banifh'd men,thar I haue kept withall, 


Prt. Bearc witnes (heauen) 1 haue my with foreuer. 


Are men endu'd with wonhy qualities . 


/</. And I mine. 


Forgluc them what they haue committed here, 


Omt-t. A prize: a prize: a prize. 


And let them be recall'd from their Exile 


Vol. Forbcatc,forbeare I fay It is my Lord the Dkf- 


They are reformed, ciuill, full cf good, 


Your Grace is welcome to a man difgrac'd, 
Banifhcd Valenttnt 
Duke. Sitr4Mf*r> 


And fit for great employment (worthy Lord.) 
Dttkf. Thou haft preuaild,! pardon them and thee ; 
Difpofe of them,as thou knowft their defent. 


Tti*. Yonder is Silmt : and 57iV/mine. 


Comejet vs goc, we wili include all iarres, 


Vol. Thuns giue backe ; or elie embrace thy death : 
Come not within the mcafure of my wrath 


With Triumphcs, Mirth, ind tare folemnity. 
V*l. And as we walke along, I dare be bold 


Doe not name Stlu>* thine : if once againe, 


With our difcourfe, to make your Grace to frnile. 


Verona (hall not hold thec ; hcere fhe ftands , 
Take but pofleiTion of her,with a Touch 
I dare thec, but to breath vpon my Looe. 
Thar. Sir Valentine, I care not for her, I: 


What thmkc you of this Page (my Lord ?) 
D*kt. I think the Boy hath grace in him, he blufhej. 
V*l. I warrant you (my Lord)tnore grace^hcn Boy. 
"Dakf. What roeane you by that faying? 


I hold him but a foole that will endanger 
Hit Body, for. a Girle that loues him not : 


Vtd, Pleafcyou,lletellyou,aswepafle along, 
That you will wonder what hath fortuned : 


I claim* her not,and therefore (he is thine. 


Come PrttheM^ 'tis your pennance.but to heart 


D%. The more degenerate and bafe art thou 


The Rory of your Loues difcouered. 


To make filch meanes for her,as thou haft done, 
And leauc her on fuch flight conditions. 


That done,our day of marriage fhall be your* 
OneFeaft,one hoiife.one mutuallhappineflc. B*t**t. 




| Egltmoure : Agent for Stlui* in her efcafe. 


The names of all the Adors. 


Holt: whtrtlnltA ledges. 
QM-lwtf with y all nil fit. 




Speed: A tlewmfhftrutnt to ftlentim 


Duke: Father w Siluia 


Ltunce : the Itketo Protheut, 




Panthton -. feruAat to Antoiuo 


ProthtuiS the tw Gentlemen. 


lull A, belottedef Pretbem. 


4thonto:father to Protheus. 


Siluia: helmed of yAtentioe. 


Thitrio: afott/h ritmUto^leniine, 


Liteetta: VHughtiHgwomtntoSutia* 




FINIS. 


THE 






39 




THE 
Merry Wiues of Windfor. 



us primus, Scenaprima,* 



E*urf*/tic Shallow, Slender, .ftrHugh Euans, M'ofler 
Page,Falftofrc,Bardolph.Nyin,Piftoll, Anne Page, 
Page, Simple. 



ShtlU*. 

) perfwade me not : I Wf!l make a Star- 
Cham her muter of it, if bee were twenty Sir 
John F*!fliff*,te /hall not abufe Robert Sballm* 
Efquirc. (Coram. 

/, In the County ofgbct/ltr, luflice of Peace and 

Shot, I (Cofen Slider) and Cuft-*lerum. 

Stn. 1, and &> /dram too ; and a Gentleman borne 
(Mafier Parfon) who writes himfelfe Armigere, in any 
Bill, Warrant, Quittance, or Obligation, Annjgero. 

Ska/. I that 1 doe,and haue done any time thefe three 
hundred yeeres. 

S!t*. All his fucceflors (gone before him)hatb don't: 
and all his Anceftors( that come after hrm) may : they 
tnsy gioe the dozen white Luces in their Coate. 

Stut. ItiianoldeCoate. 

EnoHf. The dozen white Lowfes doe become an old 
Coat well :itagrces well pafTant tit is a familiar beaft to 
man.andfigrufie* Loue. 

SM. TheLufeisthcfrefli fifh,thcfalt-fifli^anold 
Coate. 

S/eti. I may-quarter (Coz). 

Sbtl. You may,by marrying. 

fa.no;. It is marring indeed, if he quarter it. 

&xd. Not a whit. 

Euan. Yet per-iady : if be ha's a quarter of your coat, 
there is but three Skirts for your felfe, in my fimplc con- 
jectures ; but that is all one : if Sir /ot>*. falfajfc haue 
committed difparagements vnto you. 1 am of the Church 
and will be glad to do my beneuolence, to make attonc- 
ments and compremifcs betweene you. 

Shot. The Coonccll (hall heare it, it u a Riot. 

Erta. 1 1 is not meet the Councell heare a Riot : there 
is no feate of Got in aBiot : The Councell ( looke you) 
(hall defire to heare the feare of Got , and not to heare a 
Riot : lake your viza-mencs in that. 

5W. Ha 5 o'my lifr.if I were yong againe, the fword 
ftvouldendit, 

M/. It is petter that friends it the fword, and end 
it : and there is alfo another deuice in my pratne , which 
peraduenture prings gootdifcretionswithit. There is 
AnptPtgtj which is daughter to MaftetT^MB* Page 
which it pretty virginity. 

S!<* (JMiflru Amu Ptft f (Is has broWDc ha ire, and 
fpe cs (mall like & woman. 



Faam. It is that ferry perfor for all the orld, as iufl as 
you will defire , and feuen hundred pounds ol Moocves, 
and Gold, and Siluw.is her Grand-fire vpon h'u deaths- 
bed, ("Got del iuer to a ioyfulUefurre&ions)!uc, when 
fhe is able to ouertake feuenieene ycercs old. Jt were a 
goot motioDjif weleaue out pnbbles ind prbblc5,8nd 
defire a marriage betwccnc Matter j?r<i6<v J and'Mi({ri9 
Annt Pitge. 

Stca. Did her Grand-fire leaue her fcaucn hundred 
pound? 

Euan. I, and her father is make her a petter penny. 

Slen. 1 know the young Gendrwoman,ftK has good 
gifts. 

Ltnat. Seuen hundred pounds , andporT-Siliries, is 
goot gifts. 
Sb*l. Wel.let vs fee honeft M f P^^: is T*lftaffe there? 

Suan. Shall 1 tell you \ lye ? Idoe delpife a Iyer , as I 
doedefpifeonc that is falfe,or as 1 defpilc one that is not 
true : (he Knight Sir lob/i \- there, and I befeech you be 
ruled by your well- witters : I will peat the doore for M 1 . 
f*ge. What hoa ? Got-plefle your houfe heere. 

M'.Fa^e. Who's there? 

EUM. Here is go't's pleffing and your friend, and lu- 
flice W/B ; ,and heere yong Mafler Sltnder : that pcred- 
uenrures (hall tell you another ule } if matins grow to 
your likings. 

M .P*g'. lam glid to fee your Wor (hips wdl j I 
thanke you for my Venifcn Maftei Shtllev. 

Sb*l, Marter P*ge,l am glad to fee you : much good 
doe it your good heart : I wifh'd your Vcnifon better, it 
was ill killd : how doth good MiHreffe Pagef and 1 ihank 
you alwaies with my heari, la : with my heart* 

Af-P^gt' Sir, I ihanke you. 

Slutl, Sir, I thankeyou : by yea, and no 1 dot. 

M.P*. I am glad to fee you, good Matter Slender. 

Sim. How do's your fillow Grey hound, Sir, 1 heard 
fay he was out-run on C o! f^- 

M*P*. It could not beiadg'd, Sir. 

SUn. You'll not confefle t you'll not ronfrfTe. 

ShM. That he will not, 'tis your fault/cis your fault: 
Visagooddogge. 

M.P*. A Cur, Sir, 

Sb*l. Sir : htc's a good dog.andsfaire dog, ran there 
be more faid ? he u good, and faire. Is Sir Mo Fal 
heere? 

M.P&, Sir, hee is within : and I would I could doe 
good office be tweene you. 

Earn. LctsfpokeasaChrtftiansoughttofpcake. 

Sbal. Hehathwrong'draeCMafterP^.) 
Sir,he doth in fome fort confefle it. 

D a S 



Sk*l. If it be conf * 1,it i s ;-.r -. rcdreffed ; 1$ rot that 
fo (MJVg??) he hath v.vong'd me, indeed he hath, at 'a 
word he hath : bclceue me, l^cfcn ttmSnr Efquire^aith 
he is wronged. 

Ma.P*. Here com :s Sir /&*. 

F*L Now.Miftcr C';aHo*, yci-.'il complaine of me to 
the King? 

Shut. Knight, you hauc beaten my men, kill'd ny 
derre, and ' 4oke open my Lodge. 

fal. But not kifs'd your Keepers daughter ? 

Sb*l. Tut,api:truj )lall be anfwer'd. 

Fat. I will anfwere h iUait, lhaue clone all this i 
That is now anfwer'd. 

Sh*l. The Councellfhall know this. 

F*l, 'Twcre better for you if it were known in coun- 
cil : yonl! be laugh'd zt. 

En. PasuAVtr6*\(S\i AA) goad worts. 

F*f. Good worts? good Cabidge ; Slender > \ broke 
your head :what matter haucyosj sgainltmc.' 

Slat. Marry fir, I haue matter in my head againft you, 
and againft your cony-catching Rafcalls, 
and PiftcB. 

B*r. YouBanberyChcere. 

Slen. I, it is no matter. 

Pift. Mow now, 

Slen. I, it is no matter. 

Njm, SIice,I fay ipa.ra,p*uK<e: Slice,that's my humor. 

Slen. Where's Simple my man ? can you tell, Cofen ? 

EM*. Peace, I pray you : now let vs vnderlland: there 
is three Vmp'res in this nutter, as I vnde? [land ; that is , 
Matter Page (fidelicet Matter p^ e , ) 5c there it my felfc, 
(fidelicet my felfe) and the three*party ' ( laftly , and fi. 
nally)mineHoft oftheGatcr. 

Aft.Pa. We three to hear it,& end it between them. 

EMAH. Ferry goo't , 1 will make a priefc of it in my 
note-booke,and we wtl afterward* oikf vponthc caufe, 
with as great difcreetly at we can, 

Tat. PtfoR. 

Pfl.. He heares with eare. 

E*a*. The Teuill ar.d his Tani r what phrafe it thii ? 
he heares with eare ? wby.it it aftcftations. 

F*l. Piftoll, did you pickeM. Stden purfe ? 

Slt, I, by thefe gloues did hce, or 1 would I might 
neuer come in mine owne great clianibcragainc eifc , of 
feauen groates in mill-fix pen ecs, and two Edward Sho- 
uelbootds, that coft roe two fhiliing and two pence a 
peece of'teadAfiiler : by thefe gloues. 

Frt/ It this true, tifM 

iM.No,it is falfe, if it is a pickc-purfe. 

Ptft; Ha,thoumou:itaineForreyner : Sir IJm t and 
Mafter m'ine, 1 combat challenge of ihjs Latine Ei'.boe : 
word of denial! in thy Id-rat hete; xvord of denial; froth, 
and (cum thou lied. 

Slat. By thefe gloues.then'twashe. 

Njm. Be auis'd fir, and paffe good humours .- Iwill 
fay marry trap with you, if you runne the nut-hooks hu- 
mcr on m, that is the very note of it. 

Slen. By this hat, then he in the red face had it : for 
.hough I cannot remember what I did when you made 
me drunkc,yet 1 am not altogether an affe. 

F*t. What fay you Scarified lulm t 

Bar. Why fir, (for my part) 1 fay ths Gentleman had 
drunke himfclfe out of hi* fiue ftntcncet. 
x. It is his fiue fences : fie, what the ignorance is. 
B-r. And being fap,fir,Y.'( they fay) cafhcerd : and 
foconciufiontpaiUbe C^v- circs. 



Sin. 1, you <p*ke {n Lauen then to: but 'tis no mai 
ter ; lie acre be drunk whilfi I hue againe.but in honefV, 
ciuill, godly company for this tricke : if 1 be drunke, lie 
be drunke with thofe that haue the feare of Ood,3nd BOt 
with drunken knaues. 

Euan. So 'gottudge me, that is a vertuom rninde. 

Fal. You hearc all thefe matters deni'd,GeDtleroen ; 
youhcareu. 

M.P*gf. Nay daughter, carry the wine ir., wee'll 
drinke within. 

Sif*. Oh heauen : This is Miftrefie Amtfagt, 

APfage Howr,owMiflri:FW> 

*l. Miftr'u ford. ,by my trcih you are very we? met : 
by youi leau: goodMldiii. 

1f,lf4ge. Wife.bid thefe gentlemen welcome: corny, 
wehaur a hot Vcnifon pafty to dinner ; Comegentls- 
men, I hope we fhall drinke downc all Tnkindncfle. 

Sltn. 1 had rather then forty fhillings I had rr.y bookt 
of Songs and Sonnets hrere : Hownow.SVm/>/r, where 
haue you beenc ? Irouft wait on my felfc, muftPyou 
haue not the bookeof Riddles about you, haue you f 

Sim. Bookeof Riddles f why did you not lend ft to 
Alice Sbart-cakr vpor. Alhallo wmas iaft , a fortnight - 
fore Kfichaclmai. 

Sh*l. Come Coz.come Cot,ve flay for you: a woid 
with you Coz: marry this, COT.: there i* as 'twere a ten- 
der,a kindc of render , made a farrc-ofF by Sir H*gb h . " 
doe you vnderftand me ? 

5/. I Sir, you fhall finde mereafonablei if it be fo. 
I frtall doe that that is t eafon. 

Shot. Nay,butvnderftandme. 

Sin. So I doe Sir. 

EUM. Giisc eare to his motions ; (M*. Slender} Iwill 
dcfmption the matter to you, if you be capacity of it. 

S(en. Nay,Iwill<*ocasmyCoienJArfa fai : 1 
pray you pardon me, he's alufticeofPeaceinhisCcun- 
trie, Hrnplc though J ftand here. 

EKHH. Butthatis not the queflion : thequeBion is 
concerning your marriage. 

Shut. I, there's the pointSir. 

En. Marry is it : the very point of it, toMs. </?<*%. 

Situ, Why if it be fo j I will marry her vpoo any rcft- 
fonable demands. 

. But can you affe&ion the 'o.mn,!et TS command 
to know that of ycur mouth, or of your lips : for diners 
Philofophcrs 'ncid.rhjt the lips is parcell of the mouth 
therforeprecifely.c^you carry your good wtl tof rxmsd? 

Sh. Cofen Abrnh&m Sltailerfyn you loue her ? 

Slen. I hope fir, I will do at it fliali become or. 3 tbtt 
would doc reafon. 

*. Nay,got*$ Lords,andhis Ladi,you tnuftipcske 
polT<tabie,if you can carry-her your dcfiics cowards her. 

SfitL That you mu ft: 
Will you, (Vpon good dowry) marry her? 

Slen. I will doe a greater thing then that, vpon your 
rcqueft (Cofen) in any reafon. 

ibtl. Nay conceiue me, ccnce"ue rnee . f fweet Cox): 
what I doe is to pleafure yon (Coz :) can you iouc che 
maid < 

Sle. I will marry her (Sir) at your requeft ; but if 
there bee no great loue in the beginning , jret Heauen 
may decrafe it vpon better acquaintance, when wee 
are mauled, and haue more occafion to know one ano- 
ther : 1 hope vpon familiarity will grow more content : 
but if you fay mary-ber, 1 will mary-hcr , th i am freely 



The Merry WmcsofWmdfw. 



En. Ilisaferydifcetion-anfwere; faue the fall is in 
tbe'ord.dirtblutely : the ort is (according to our mea- 
ning) refolutely : his meaning is good. 

SA. I:IlhinkemyCofenrneancwe/J. 

SI. I,orelfel would Imight be hang'dlla.) 

Sh. Heie t comes fairs Miftris Anne-, Would I were 
yortg for your fake, Mifiris Anne. 

An. The dinner is on the Table, my Father de fires 
your worfhips company. 

Sk I w:H waitonhim,(faire Miftris /lane.) 

En. Od's plertcd-wihl wil not be abfece at thegrace. 

An. Wil'r, pleafe your worfhip to come m,Sir ? 

SI. No.I thank yon foifooth.hartely;! am very well. 
An. The dinner attends you,Sir. 

SI. Iamnota-hungry,lthankeyou,forfootl): goe 
Sirha, for all you are ray man, goe wait vpon my Cofen 
^^is/.-alufticeofpeacefometime maybe beholding 
to hisfriend.for a Man ; I keepe but three Men, and a 
Boy yet, till my Mother be dead : but what though, yet 
1 liue like a poore Gentleman borne. 

An. 1 may not goe in without your worthip: they 
will not fit till you come. 

St. I faUh.ile eate nothing : 1 t'nanke you as much as 
ihcughldid. 
An. IprayyouSirwalkein. 

Si Ihadratherwalkehere(Ithankeyou) I bruu'd 
my {hinth'other day, with playing at Sword and Dag- 
ger with a MaOer of Fence (three vencys for a difh of 
Hew'dPruncs)and by my troth,! cannot abide the fmell 
of hot meate fince. Why doe your dogi barke fo ? be 
there Bcares ith' Townc ? 

^tn. i thinke there are,Sir. I heard them talk'd of. 

Si. I IOUE the fport wet!, but i fhall at foone quarrel) 
at it, as any roan in ngUni : you are afraid if you fee the 
Beare loo(e,are you not ? 

An. lindeedeSir. 

5/. That's mezte and drinke tome now: 1 haue feene 
Sutyrftn loofe, twenty tirne;,andhaue taken him by the 
Chaine : but (1 warrant you) the women haue fo cride 
and fhrekt at it,tbat it pall : But women ir.deede.cannot 
abide'em , they are very tll-fauour'd rough things. 
yl/4./ ) 4.Come 1 gentJeM.5/#<kr,comc;we flay for you. 

SI. lie eatc nothing, I thankeyouSir. 

MA.? A. By cockcsndpie.you fhall not choofe,Sir 
come,come. 

SI. Nay,pray you lead the way. 

Ma.pa Come on, Sir. 

St. Miflri* Annt : your felfc fhall goe firft. 

An. Not I Sir, pray you keepe on. 

St. Trudy I will not goe fifft: true!y-la: I Will not 
doe you that wrong. 

An. 1 pray you Sir. 

SI. lie rather be vnmanncrly,then Iroublefome: you 
doc your felfc wrong indeede-la. Exeunt. 



ScenaSecunda. 



Eater Emms, aid Simp ft. 

. Go your waics, and aske of Door C<wnoufe, 
which is the way 5 and there dwels one MifVis Quxk-y ; 
which is in the manner of his Nurfe;or htidry-Nurfejor 
his Cooke; or his Laundty ; his Wafher,and hU Rmger. 

Si. Weil Sir. 



Ev. Nay.it is pettcr yet . giue her this Utter } for it is 
a'omanthat altogeathersacquaintacc with Mifttis An** 
Pagf, and the Letter is to defire, and require her tofolt- 
ciie your Maftcrs dcfires, to Miftris Anne P*gt : 1 pray 
you begon : I will make an end of my dinner Cher's Pip- 
pins and Chcefe to come. fxtut t 



Scena ^Tertia. 



F*l. Mine Hsjt of th; Carter f 

kit. What faics my Bully Rooke ? fpcakc fcholJerly, 
and wifely. 

fat. Trudy mine HtJ} ; I muft turne away fome of my 
followers. 

Ho. Difcard,(bully Ww/)ci{heerejlet than wgj 
troc,trot. 

Pa.1. \ (It at ten pounds a weeke. 

Ha. Thou'rt an Emperor (Cef*r, Ktiffr and Plxamr') 
1 will entertaine Etsrdelft : he fhall drawjhe (hajltap;faid 
1 well (bully //fffer?) 

F*. Doe fo (good mine Heft. 

Ht. I hauffpoke^.ethimfollow^etmefeethecfioth, 
and liue . I am at a word follow. 

Pel. 2to-&!/ / J fallowhim; a Taffltr is a good trade . 
an oldCloake.makcs a new Jerkin; a withcr'd Seruing- 
rnarn, 3 frefh Tapfler : goe, adew. 

'Sa. It is a life that I haue defir'd : I wil! thriue. 

pij}. O bafe hungarian wight.-wilt y the (pigot wield 

N/.He was gotten in drink.-js not the humor c6ceited? 

f*l. I am glad I am fo acquit of this Tinderbox : his 
Thefts were too open; hisfilching was like an vnskilfull 
Singer, he kept not time. 

Ni. The good humor is cofteale at a minutes reft. 

P,ft. Conuay : the wife it call : Steale? foh : a fico for 
the phrafe. 

F*l. Well firs, I am almoft out at heeles* 

ftft. Why then let Kibes rrfue. 
. F*!- There is no rcrnedy.-J muft conicatch,! mufl fhifc- 

Pifl. Yong Rauens muft haue foode. 

F*l. Which of you kno w Fard of this Towne ? 

Ps/f. 1 ken the wight : he is of fubflancegood. 

F*l. My honefl Lads, I will tell you what I am about. 

Ptft. Two yards, and more. 

FA!. No quips now Piftoll: (Indecde I am in the wzfte 
twoyards about : but I am now about no wafte .- 1 am a. 
bout thrift) briefely : I doe meant to make loue to Ferdt 
wife : I fpie entertainment in her ; (h difcourfes : foee 
csrues ; fhe giues the leere of inuitation I can confine 
the action of her familier fJilc.oi ihe hardeft voice of her 



Pijl. He hath fludied her willjand tranflated hr will : 
out of honefty,into Englifh. 

Ni. The Anchor is deepe: will that humor pafle? 

Fal. Now, the report goes, (he has all the rule of her 
husbands Purfe: he hath a legend of AngeJs. 

pi/}. As many diuels entertainer and to her Boy fay I. 

Afr.The humor rifcstit is good:humor me the angels. 

F*l. I haue writ me here a letter to her & here ano- 
ther to Pages wife, whocuennow gaue mee good eyei 
too;exammd my psrts with moft iudicious illiads:fome. 
times the beams of her view, guijded my footc . fome- 
tirncs ray portly belly. 

D i P'ft. 



* The Merry fTmet ofW'mdfir. 



Pifl. Then did the Sun on dung-hill (hinc. 

Nl. I thankc the for that humour. 

pal, O (he did fo courfe o're my exteriort with fuch 
a greedy iotntion,that the appetite of h*r eye,did feeme 
to fcorch me vp like a buming-glarTc : here's another 
letter to her She beares the Purfe too * She is a Region 
in Guiw. all gold, and bountie: I will be Cheaters to 
them both , and they fhall be Exchequers to mee : they 
fhall bemyEaftand Weft Indies; and I will trade to 
them both : Goe.beare thou this Letter to Miftris Page; 
and thou this to Mifttis/W: we will thruw (Lads) we 
will thtiue. 

Pift. Shall 1 Sir Vandarus of Troy become, 
And by my<idc weareSrerle? then Lucifer take all* 

Nt. 1 will run no bafe humor : here take the humor- 
Letter ; I will keepe the hauior of reputation. 

Fal. Hold Sirha.bcarc you thefe Letters tightly, 
Saile like my Pinnaffe to ihefe golden Chores. 
Kogues,hence,auaunt,vanifh like haile-ftoncs ; goe, 
Trudge;plodawayiih'hoofe:reekc fhe!ter,packe- 
Fatjlafc will leame the honor of the age , 
French-thrift, you Rogues, my fclfe, and skirted Page. 

Ptft. Let Vultures gripe thy guts: for gourd, and 
Fullam holds:& high and low beguiles the rich& poore, 
Tetter ile haue in pouch when thou fhah lacke, 



. 

ffi. 1 haue opperattonJ, 
Which be humors of reucnge. 

Pfi. Wilt thou reuengc ? 

N. By Wclktn.and her Star. 

Pift. Withwit,orSteeler 

Hi. With both the humors, 1 .- 
I will difcufle the humour of this Loue to Ftrtl. 

Pijt. And I to PagtfaM eke vnfold 
How F*lft*fe (varlet vlr) 
HisDouc will proue: his gold will hold, 
And his foft couch defile. 

ffi. My humour fhall not coole : I will incenfe Ford 
todealewithpoyfon -. I will poflefle him with yallow-. 
neffe, for the reuolt of mine is dangerous: that is my 
troe humour. 

Pifl: Thou art the U^^' of Maleewttentt : I fecond 
thec : trcope on. Exeunt. 



Scasna Quarta. 



Enter 



, What , Iad Rgt>y> I pray thee goe to the Cafe- 
meni and fee if you can fee my Mafter., Maftcr Docker 
C/wcomming:ifhedoe(rjith)and finde any body 
in the houfc ; here will b'e an old abuCng of Gods pati- 
ence,and the Kings Englilh. 
SM, lie goe watch, 

Jx Goe,and we'll haue a poflet foi't foone at night, 
(in faith) at the Utter end of a Sea-coie-fue .- An honeft, 
willing,kinde fellow,as euer feruant (hall come in houfe 
v/ithali : and I warrant you, no tcl-tale, nor no breede* 
bate : his worfi fault is that he is giuen to prayer ; bee is 
fomethingpeeuift) that way : but no bodyibut ha* his 
fault: but let that paffe. tettr Simfle. you fay your 
name is? 



Si. 1: for fault of a better. 



Si. Iforfooth. 

<&. Do'ihc not w care a great round Beard, like a 
Glouers pairing-knife ? 

Si. No forfooth : he hath but a little wee-fact ; with 
a little yellow beard : a Cainc colourd Beard. 

Q*. Afoftly-fprighted man,ishe not? 

Si. I forfooth : but he is as tall a man of his hands,as 
any is betsveene this and his head : he hath fought with 
a Warrener. 

{?. How fay you : ohj (bould remember him : do'i 
he not hold vp his head(es it wete?)and ftrut in his gate? 

S,. Ycsindeededo'she. 

^ Well.heauen fend Amt Page, no worfc fortune: 
Tell Mafler Parfon E*uu t l will doe what 1 can for your 
Mafter: -4nf issgoodgirle.andlwifh 

Ru. Out alas .-here comes my Maffer. 

g*. We fhall all be (hent : Run in here,good young 
man : goe into thjj Cloflet : he will not ftay long .- what 
l&n Rugbj ? ltbn : what lob I fay t goe /, goe en- 
quireformyMafler, I doubt he be not well, thac hc 
comes not home :(aHddnmejdaint t adaunta.f^c. 

C*. Vat is you fing ? I doe not like des-toyes: pray 
you goe and vetch me in my Cloffcc.vnboyteene verd: 
a Box.a grene-a-Box : do intend vat I fpcakc? a greenc- 
a-Box. 

^M. I forfooth ile fetch ir you / 
I am ghd hce went not in himfelfe: ifhe bad found the 
yong man he would haue bin horne-mad. 

Co. Fefiftft^aifystfaitfor cbtnde, It mm vtiate 
Cattrt kgraad affairer, 

Qu. Is it this Sir? 

C*. Oiff mette If ait mmfocltftjls.ptecfi xtitHi : 
Vere is dat knaue Rutty 



Kit. Here Sir. 

Ca. You are hb R.*gb, aadyouare lackfRugfy : 
Come, take-a-your Rapier, and come after my heck to 
the Court. 

Ru. Tis ready Sir, here in the Porch. 

C a. By my trot : I tarry too long ; od's-roe :ipuajie 
oublit : dere is fome S imples in my Cloifet, dat I vill not 
.for thevarldl fhaHleauebehinde. 
QM. Ay-me,he*ll finde t>e yong man there.at be mad. 

C*. O2>^/f,DM^.-vatisinmCioffet? 



. ,. 

Vilbnie,L3-roone : Rue fy t my Rapier. 

u. Good Mafter be content. 

Ca. Wherefore (hall I be content-a ? 
u. The yong man is an honeB man. 

Co. What {hall de honeft man do in myCloffet : dcre 
is no honeft man dat lhall come in my Cloflet. 

tt. I befeech you be not fo fiegmaticke : heare th 
truth of it. He came of an errand to mee, from Parfon 
Hugh, 

Ca. Veil. 

Si. 1 forfooth : to defire her to 

^-.PeaceJ pray you. 

Ca. Peace-a<your tongue : fpeske-a-your Tale. 

Si. To defirethis honeft Gcntlewomanfjout Maid) 
to fpcake a good word to Miftris /*rw Pate ,for my Ma- 
fter in the way of Marriage. 

^ Thi j as all indeede-la: but ile nere putmy finger 
inthefire.andneedenol. 

Ca. Sirftofifend-ajpu? Rugby, billow mee fome 
paper : tarry you a ii:te!l-a-whUe. 



The Mtny Wues oftftndfw. 



Qw. I am glad be is fo quiet : if he had bin through- 
ly moued,you Thould haue heard him fo loud,nd fo me- 
isncholiy : but notwithstanding man, He doe joe your 
Matter what good I can: and the very yea,& the ne is,| 
French Do&or my Matter , (I may call him my M after, 
Iooke you/or Ikeepe his houfc ; and I wa'fh.r ing, brew, 
bake, fcowse.dreffc meat and drinke.roakr :he beds.and 
a<K all my felfe.) 

.Simp. 'Til s great charge to come vnder on? bodies 
hand. 

Qtti. Are you a-uis'd o'dwt? you (hill fiftde it a great 
charge : end to be p early, and down late: but notwith- 
ftanding,(to tell you in your eart, 1 wolJ haue no words 
of it ) my Matter himfelfe it in loue with Miftris Anne 
T>*gt; butootwithftandirg that I know Am mind,thai's 
neither heere nor there. 

CMW. You, lack 'Nape : giue- a this Letter to Sir 
Hugh, by gar it is i fhallenge : I will cut his troat in de 
Patkc, andl will teach a fcuruy lack-a-napePrieftto 
meddle, or make : you may be gon : it is nat good 
you tarry here ; by gar 1 will cut all his two ftone* : by 
gar. he (hoi! nci haue a ftonc to throw at his dogcc. 

iu. AUs : he fpeakcs but for Ms friend. 

Caita. It is no macter'a ver dit : do not you tcll-a-rne 
<2at I (hall haue Amu Page for my felfe ? by gar , I vil| 
killdelack.Prieft : arid I haue appointed name Hoflof 
de lancer to mfeafure ou: weapon:' by gar,I wil my felfe 
haue A*n Page. 

Q*i. Sir, the maid louei you , and all (hall bee well : 
We muft giue folkei leaue to prate : what the good-ier. 

C***. Kitgfy? corns to the Court with me : oy gar, if 
I baue not Ainu P*gt, I Hiail tame your head out of my 
dare: follow my heeles s fogfr. 

ci. You (hall haue ^-Fooles head of your owne : 
No, 1 know At mind for that : neuer a woman in Wind- 
fir kaowes more of Am minde then I doe , nor can doe 
more then I doe with her,! shank e heaueo. 

feat on. Who's with in there, hoa ? 

Qi*. Who's there, itroi? Come neere thehoufc 1 
pray you. 

Fen, How now(good womn)how dofi thou t 

gtti. The better that icpleafes your good Worfhip 
toaske* 

fen. Whatnewes?how da's pretty Miftris Anatf 

QK*. In truthSir, andflieeli pretty, and honeft, and 
gentle, and one chat is your fticnd, I can tell you that by 
the way. I praife beauen for it. 

tm. Shall I doe any good thfekft thou ? fliail 1 not 
loefesnylttit? 

5?,. Troth Sir, *tofeiblMad*a*i but not- 
withftandnig ( Maftcr Frs*>) Eebe fworne on a booke 
<heloue.you : haae not youi Worfljip a wan aboue 
your eye? 

Ten. Ye$marryn*oel,whatof that? 

g*. Wei, thereby hangs a^ale s good faith/ic it fuch 

tnether Nat ; (but(Idetcft) an honeft maid aseuer 

broke bread: wee had an bowrestalke of that wart } I 

flall neuer laugh out ia that maids company t but (in- 

fH WdTTl (ball ftf her to day : hold, there m- 
ncy for thcti Ucmn hsa thy voice in my behaife , if 
thou fesft he before c, cofamead me 

Qui. Ws!il> Ifsiththa: vreewill : And ! will tell 
your Woriliip mose of the WKt^bennt tine m haue 
eoofi4aioeaad ef other woos. 



Fen. Well, fare-well, I am in great hafte DOW. 

*. Fare-well to yout Wotthip : truely an hone/* 
G!eman but A**t loues hiirnnoi : for I know vim 
minde as well as another do's c out vpon't : what haue I 
tcr S ot - xit. 



Afius SecttnJuj, Sctzna Trima. 



Emer Mtflrt, Page.UVy/frj, Ford,>*/4/?#r Page, M*ft*r 
Ford, Piftoil, Nim, (^uickly,Hft,ShaUow. 

M# Page. What, haue fcap'd Loue-leer in che 
holly -day-time of my beauty , and am I now a fubiecl 
for them? let fne fee? 

Atkf ni ne reafn whj I bmtjit,fer thtugk Ltutvfe Rea- 
fmfor bu prtctfa, bee admiti htm *tfvr bit ftmfiul** . 
you are *ct jong, itaiaareaoif: getetl)ta,tbert % sfa>fathit 
jo* art merrj, f a ant I . ha t h^ them there', mere ftmfttbie : 
jo* lueftcke t #ielfo do I : would jt* dtftrt better ftmftikie ? 
Let itfuffice idee (<JU,flru Page ) at the ttaft if tbt Ltue of 
Sottldter can fitffice, that I tout tbtt : I iB not fa pitn mte , 
'tu oot a SoHldm-ltkffbrafe ; but Ify, let* mi: ' 
mi, thine mi true 



Or axj kinde ef light, itb alt bit might 
For (bee tof.gbt. Ith* Folfttj*. 



What a Herod of /* is thu ?O wicked,wicked world 
One that is well-nye worne to peeces with age 
To (how himfelfe a yong Gallant f What.an vnwaied 
Behauiour hath thts Flemtfh.drunkatdpickc ("Tvith 
The Dcuills name) out of my conurfation,that he dare* 
In this manner afl?.y me ? why, hee hath nqi becne thrice 
In my Company : what fhoull I fay to him > I was then 
Frugall of my mirth: ( heauen forgiue mee : ) -why lie 
Exhibit a Bill in the Parliament for the putting downe 
of men . how (hall I be reueng'd on him ? for reueng'd I 
will be ? as fure as his guts are made of pudding*. 

Ai[For<l. Mtjlru Page,ttuft me J was going to your 
houfe. 

MifPage. And trufi me,I was eommiog to you: you 
Iooke veiy ill. 

MtLfvrd. Nay, lie cere beleeee thu 5 ! haue to (hew 
to the contrary. 

tJMif.P*gt. 'Faith but you doe in my minde. 

Mf.Ferd. Well : I doe then : yet I fay , I toUd (hew 
yoa to the contrary : O Miftris Ptgt, giue mee fonv 
counfaile. 

Mif.Poee. What's the matter, woman ? 

"Mi. Ftri O weman : if it were nat for one trifling te- 
fpcir, t could come to fuch honour. 

Ttii.PAgt. Hang the trifle (woman) take the honour 
what i it .' difpence with trifle! : what U it? 

Mi ford. Ifl would but goe to hell , for an eternal! 
Koment.or fo: I could be knighted. 

UWi./^. Whatthou lieft ? SuAlictFird ? thefe 
Knights will hacke.end fo thou (houldft not alter the ar- 
ticle cf thy Gentry. 

iM.?ertL Wee borne daylight: heere ,read,read : 
perceiue how I taight bee knighted, ifhaJlthlnke * 
orfe of fat men , as long as I naue an eye to make diffe- 
rence of menliking : end yet hee would notfweare . 

praife 



44 



The Merry Wives of Wind/or, 



praife womens modeffy: and gauc fuch orderly anfl wel- 
behaued rcproofc to 1 vncomelinefle, that I would haue 
fwornc his difpoht ion would hauc gone to the truth of 
hit wordt : but they doc no more adhere and keep place 
together. then the hundred Pfalim to (he tune ofGrcen- 
flecues : What tempeft (I troa) threw thu Whsle,(vmh 
fo maoy Tuns of oyle in hit belly) a'fhoare it Windfot ? 
How foall I bee reuenged on him > 1 thinke the beft way 
were, to eruerinine him with hope, till the wicked fire 
of luft haue mtlted him in his owne greace : Did you e* 
uerheare the like' 

Aiif.Ptge, Letter for letter; but that the name of 
P<tc and Ford differs : to thy great comfort in this my- 
ftcry of ill opimon^heere's the twyn-brother of thy Let- 
ter : but let thine inherit firft, forlprmeftmme neuer 
fhall : 1 warrant he hath a thoufand of thefe Letters. writ 
with blancke-fpacefor different names (Cure more j: and j 
thefe are ofthe fecond edition: hee will print them our ! 
of doubt : for he cares not what hee puts into the prefTe, I 
when he would put vstwo: 1 had rather be aGiantefTe, 
and lye vnder Mount Pelw. Well ; I will find you t wen- 
tie lafciuious Turtles ere one chafte man 

Mtf.Ftrd. Why this is the very fame the very hand: 
the very words what doth he thinke of vs ' 

"Mif. P*ge Nay I know not : it makes me almofl rea- 
die to wrangle with mine ownc honeftv : He entertame 
my felfe like one that I am not acquainted withal) : for 
furevnlHTcheeknowfomcftrainein mec, that I know 
not my felft, hee would neuer hiue boorded me in tint 
fune. 

MhFerd. Boording.call you it ? lie bee fure to keepe 
himaboue decke 

<JXi.P*t. So will I : if hee come vnder my hatches , 
He neuer toSea agame : Let's bee reueng'dxm him : let's 
appoint him a meeting : giue h:m a fhow of comfort in 
his Suit,and lead him on with a fine b ?.-:ed delay, till hee 
hath pawn'd his horfes to mine Hofl of the G artet . 

JHf.FonlNay, 1 wil confent to at any villany againft 
himjthatmaynotfullythechanneflcofourhonefty : oh 
that my husband faw this Letter : it would giue eternal! 
foodtohtsiealoufie. 

Mif.Pagt. Why look where he comei; and my good 
man too : hee's as farre from iealoufic, as 1 am from gi- 
uinghim caufe, and that (1 hope) u an vnmealurable di- 
ftance, 

Mtf.Ftrd. You are the happier woman. 

Mi[J>age. Let's confult together againft this greafie 
Knight : Conic hither. 

Ftrd. Well: I hope, it be not fo 

lift. Hope is a curtail -dog io fome affaires . 
SirM* affecls thy wife. 

Ftrd, Why fir, my wife is not young. 

Pijt. He wooes both high and low.both rich & poor, 
both yong and old, one with another (Tort) he loues the 
Gally-mawfry (Fart) perpend, 

Frrd. Loue my wife ' 

Pifi. With hurt, burning hot tpreucnt : 
Or goe thou like Sir Afttm he, with 
Ring-wood at thy heeles :O,od>us is the name. 

Ford. What name Sir? 

Pip. The home 1 fay : farewell : 
Take heed.haue open eye,for theeues doe foot by night. 
Take hecd,ere formner comes,or Cuckoo-birdt do nng 
Away fir Corp oral! fJn 
BeleeueitC?^)hefpeake fence. 

larL I will be patient :1 will find out this. 



?VM. Andchii is true:Ilikenot the humor oflying: 
heahath wronged mee in fome humors : I {hould haue 
borne the humour'd Letter to her : but 1 haue a fword : 
and it fhall bite vpon my neceffiue: he loues your wife; 
There's the fhort and the long: My name is Corporal! 
Nim : 1 fpeak, and I auouch ; 'tis true : my namt is Nam 
and f*lftaff loues your wife : adieu, I loue not the hu- 
mour of bread and cheefe : adieu. 

Ptgt. The humour of it (quoth'a ? ) neere'. a fellow 
frights Englifh out of his wits. 

Ford. I will feeke out Tulflafit. 

Pagt. I neuer heard fuch a drawling-a/reding rcguc. 

ftrJ.. If I doc finde it : well. 

Pfgt. I will not beleeue fuch a Caitta* , though the 
Pritft o'thTowne commended him for a true mm. 

Ford. T was a good fenfible fellow : well. 

Mtflerd. How now(fweet Fr*^)why art thou me- 
lancholy / 

Ford. I melancholy ? 1 am not melancholy : 
Get you home : goe. 

Mtf.Ffrd. Faith.thou haft fome crochets m thy head, 
Now: " ----- . 



aoe with you you'll come to dinner 
(Jeerge t Looke who comes yonder (hee (hall bee our 
Mcflenger to this paltne Knight. 

^Mif.Ftrd. Truft me.I thought on her : ft^e'Jl fit it. 
Mif. P*ft. You are come to fee my daughter Ami ? 
Iforfooth : and I pray how do's good MiftrdTe 



t. Go IP with y$ and lee: we hzue ?n houres 
talkewith ycu. 

Page. How now M after Ford? 

Far. You heard what this knaue told me,did you not? 

Pagt. Yes.and you heard what the other told me > 
. Ftrd. Doe you thinke there is truth m them ? 

7*4jf. Hang emflaucs : 1 doe not thinke the Knight 
would offer it : But thefe that accufe him in hit inteAt 
towards our wiues, arc a yoake of his difcarded men: ve. 
ry rogues, now they be out of feruice. 

Ftrd. Were they his men? 

?** Marry were they. 

Ford. I like it neuer the beter for that , 
Do's he lye at the Garter ? 

F*ge. I marry do's he : if hee fhould intend th:i voy- 
ag? to ward rsiy wife , I would tume her loofe to him ; 
and what hee gets more of her , then fbarpe words, ! it 
lye on my he ad. 

Ford Idoenotmifdoubtmywife : biu I would bee 
loath to curr.s them together : a man may be too confi- 
dent : I would haue nothing lye on ray head : I cannot 
be thus Satisfied. 

Pfgt. Looke where my ranung-Hoftofthe Garler 
comes s there is eyther liquor in his pate, or mony tn hjs 
purfe , when hee lookcs fo merrily : How now nurte 
Hoft> 

Hoft. How now Bully-Rooks thou'rt a Gentleman 
Caueleiro luftice, J fay 

SM. I follow, (mine Hoft) 1 follow Good-eweo, 
and twenty (good Matter P<gt$ flatter 7^#,w,il you go 
with vi ? we haue fport in hancf 

Heft Tell him Caaeleiro-IsfiSc* : tell him Bully- 
Rooke. 

ShaS. Sir, there is a fhy to be foughc . b*swe?r.e Sir 
H*ft the Welch Prk.%sn<i Cans die French Doctor . 

ftrd. Gocvl 



The Mtrry Wituii ofW'tttdfw. 



Ford. Good mine Mod c'th Career: a word with you. 

ffojf. What faift thou, my Bully-Rooks ? 

5i/. Will you goc with vs to behold it? My mttry 
Hoft hath had the roeafuring of iheir weapons ; and (I 
th inke) haih appointed them contrary place* : for ( be- 
keuc mc ) I heare the Paribn U no Icfter : harkc, 1 will 
tell you what oor fport (hall be. 

Heft. Haft thou no fuit againfl ray Koightfaiy ga*ft- 
Caaafcire? 

J&4/. None, ! protefl : but fie giue you anottleof 
burn'dfacke, to giue me recourse to him , and tell him 
my name it 2rm* : onely for a icit. 

Hfft. My hand, (Bully ; ) thou (halt haue egreffe and 
regreffe, (raid 1 well?) and thy name (hall be froome. I 
is 2 merry Knight : will you goe An-heirn ? 

Shot. Haue with you mine Hoft. 

Pagt. 1 haue heard the French-man hath good skill 
in hit Rapi. 

5W. Tut fir : I could haue told you more : In thefe 
irnesyou ft and on cliftance: your P(T,$toccado'i,and 
1 know not what : *ii the heart ( Matter P*gt)'v* heerc, 
'tishcere : I haut fcene the time, withmy long-fword , I 
would haue made you fowre tall fellowe* skippeJike 
Rattes. 

Hf/f. Heerc boye*,heere,heeTc: (hall we wag? 

Paft. Haue with you t I had tathahcare them fcold, 
then fight. 

ftri Though Vage be a fccure foole , and ftands fo 
firmely on hit wines frailty ; yet, ] cannot put-off my o- 
pinion fo eaftly : (he was in his company at t'eges houfe : 
and what they made there, I know not. Well, I wil looke 
further into't, and 1 haue a dtfguife, to found Falftaffe \ if 
1 findc her honeil, 1 loofe not my labor : if Qie be other- 
wife, 'tis labour well beftowed. ixetaa. 



Sccena Secttnda, 



Ford. 



, Piftoll, Robin, Quickly, Baidoiffe, 



Pal. 1 will not lend thtcs penny. 

/></?. Why then the world'* iwneOyfter, which 1. 
with fword will open. 

Fal, Note penny : I haue beene content (Sir,) you 
(hould lay my countenance topawne : I haoe grated yp- 
on my good friends for three Repreeues foryoa , anc 
your Coach-fellow 7/Hwjor elfe you had look'd through 
the grate , like a Geminy of Beboones : I am damn'd in 
hell, for fwearing to Gentlemen my friends, you wer< 
good Souldieri, and talWcllowes. And when Miftreffe 
Brigit loft the handle of her Fan, I took't vpon mine ho- 
nout thou hadft it not. 

P<^. Didft not thou Oiare ? hadft thou not fifteen* 
pence? 

T*L Reilon,you roaguc.reafon t chinkft thou He en- 
danger my fouie, < ? at a word, hang DO mere about 
met , I am no gibbet for you : gee, a (hon knife, and a 
throng, to your Mannor of Pick-bach .- goe. you'll not 
beare a Letter for race you roague ? you (bod vpon your 
honor : why, (thou vnconfinable bafenefle) it is as much 
as I can doe to keeps die termes cf my hononor precife : 
I , I, I my felfe fomedmet, leauing th* fear* of he&ucn on 



the left hand, and hiding mine honor in my neceftity jun 
raise to shufflle : to hcdge,and to lurch, end yet , you 
Rogue, will tn-fconce your Mggs 5 your Cat-a-Mouiv 
talii-lookes, your red-lattice phrales, and your bold, 
beating-oathes, ynder the (belter of you honor / you 
will not doe it? you? 

Pifl. 1 doe relent: what would thou mortof man > 

I(!>bin Sir,here' a woman would fpeakewuhyoo> 

Fai. Let her approach. 

i/w/.Giue vour worfhip good morrow, 

FaL Good-morrow, good-wife. 

Q*. Not fo and't plo&your worfhip. 

Fel. Good maid then. 

QM. llebefworne, 
A* my mother was the firft hourr 1 was borne. 

F<tl. ! doe beleeue the fwearet ; what with me ? 

J5>. Shall I Touch-fafeyourwordxipaword, or 
ewoi> 

Fal. Two thoufand (faire woman) and He voucn&fe 
thee the hearing. 



V*. iDereuoneMUtteneftrd;(Sir)Ipray>nie8 
little neera this waiea : 1 my felfe Uwdl with MDoctor 

fat. Well, on ; Miflt efle Ferd, you fzy. 

Qmi. Yout woifliip faiw very true : I pray your wor- 
(hip come a little ncem this waits. 

Fat. I warrant tbee , ao-bodie heares : mine owoc 
people, mine owne peopk. 

Q*t, Are they to r hcaura-bleffe them , and maJte 
thcmhis Strusncs. 

F*J. Well iMiftreffefon^ what of ber> 

Vm. Why, Sir i(hee's a good-creature; LordJ.ord, 
your Worfhip's a wanton : well : hcauen forgiue yon , 
and all ofvi, I pray . 

FJL Miftieffe Ftrd come. Mittrefle Font. 

Qi. Many this is the flicrt, and the long oTit : you 
haw brought her into fuch a Canaries , as 't is wonder- 
full : the belt Courriet of them all ( when the Court lay 
at tfmJfor) could nener han brought her to foe h a Ca- 
narie : yet there has beene Knighti.and Lordt,and Gen- 
tlemen, with their Coaches ; I warrant you Coach after 
Coach.lettet aftet Utter.gift after giMeilingiofwet. 
ly ; all M uske, and fo ruftling, I warrant you, in filke 
and golde, and in fueh aDigant termes, and jo fuch wiiw 
andfugeiof ihebeft, andtbcfaireft, thatwouldhauc 
wonne, wiy womans heart: and] warrant you, they could 
neuer get en eye-winke of her : J bad my felfe twentie 
Aogeh giuen <nc this morning, but 1 defie all Angelf (in 
any fnch fort, as they fay) but in the way of hooefVy .- and 
I warrant you, they could ncuei get her f o much at tippc 
on a cup with the prowdefl of them all, and yet there has 
beene Earlee: nay .(which is more jPeniiooers, but I 
warrant you all is one with her. 

Fed. But what fa;es face to mee ? be btie/e my good 
(hee- Mtreurie. 

Qm. Marry, (he hath reeeiu'd your Letter : for the 
which (he thankes you a thoufand times taod (he gues 
you to notifie, thjit her husband will beabfeoce ftoo> bit 
houfe t betwrene ten and eleuen. 

FaL Ten, and eleuen. 

Qiri, Urorfooth: and then you may come and fee the 
picture (fhe fayes)that you wot of Maftet Pord her huf- 
band will be from home; alas, the fweet woman leades 
an ill life with him : hee's a very icalouf.e.mar. j (he laads 
avery rrampold life with him, ''good hart.) 
Pal. Ten, and eleuen. 

Woman 



The Merry Wimi ofWtmifor. 



Woman, commend me to her, 1 will not failc her, 

Q*t. Why, you fay well : But 1 haue another tneffen- 
ger to your worfhip : Mifircfle Puge hath her bcattie 
commendations to you to : and let mee tell you in your 
eare.fhce'tasfartuousaciuill modeftwifc, and one (I 
tell you) that will not miffc you morning nor cucning 
prayer, as any is \nf?Bidfr t who ere bee the other and 
fheebsdc me tell your worfhip, that her husband ii fd- 
dome from home, but fhe hopes there will come a time. 
1 neuei knew a womtn fhdoate vponaman ; lurelv I 
thinke you haue charmes.la .- yes in truth. 
Fa/, Not!, I aflurcthcc; letting the attraction of my 
good pajts afulc, I haue no other charmc*. 

ut, Blefftng on your heart loi'i 

Fa!. But I pray thee tell me thti has Fords wife, and 
Pfget wife acquainted each other, how they loue me ? 

gjtt. That were a <eft indeed : they haue not fo little 
grace I hopc.that were a tncke indeed* ButMiftns/>rf 
would dei'ue you to fend her ^our lit tie Page ot al Joues: 
her husband has a maruellousinfedio to the little Page : 
and truely Maflet Ptg e is an honed man. neuer a wife in 
W<#rlfladesabetterlife:thcn fhedo's. doewhatfhce 
will, fay what fhe will, ta ke all, pay all, goe to bed when 
fhe lift, rife when fhe lift, all ts as fhe will : and truly fhe 
deferues it ; for if there be a kinde woman in M^sadfar^e 
is one : you muft fend her your Page,no remedie 

Fat Why, I will 

Q*. Nay, but doe fo then andlookeyou.hecmay 
come and goe betweene you both : and in any cafe haue 
a nay-word , that you may know oneanothers minde , 
and the Boy neucrneedcto vnderftand any thing ; for 
'm not good that children fhou'.d know any wickednes: 
oide folkes you know, haue difcretion, as they fay , and 
know the world. 

Fat. Farethee.well , commend mce to them both : 
there's my purfe, lamy<xthy debter Boy. go along 
with this woman, this newcs diftracls me 

Pi/. This Puncke is one of Ctftdt Carriers, 
Clap on morefaae*,purfue: vp with your fights : 
Gtue fiie : fhe is my pie, or Ocean whclmc them all. 

Fat. Saift chou fo (old J*ks) go *y waies: Ik make 
more of thy oldc body then I haue done : will they yet 
lookc after thcc ? wilt thou after the expence of fo much 
money.be new a gamer > good Body, 1 thankc thee : let 
them fay 'tis groflely done , fo it bee faitelydone. no 
matter 

'Bar. Sir /&,thert's one M after Brootat below would 
feme fpeakc wuh you.and be acquainted with you ; and 
hath fern your worfhip a roorninjs draught of Sack e. 

Fat. ffrawiwii his name? 

Bar. 1 Sir. 

fiL Call him in . fuch "Sratanti are welcome to mee, 
that ore'flowu fuch hcjuoi: ahha.Miftreffe ft*/ and Mi- 
. hauel encompsfs'dyouPgocto,*^. 



f*l. And you fir would you fpeake with me/ 

ford. I make bold, topreffe, with fo little prcpars- 
tion vpor. you. 

Fat. You'r welcome, what't your will ?gme vsleauc 
Drawer, 

Ford. Sir , I am a Gentleman that haue (pent nwch , 
my name is Brotme. 

Fat. Good Mafler Bnmntji defue more acquaintance 

Ford. Good Sir Ieka t l fte for your*, not to charge 
you , for I rouft let you vndtrftand, I thinkemy felft in 



better plight for a Lender, then you are th vh)ch hath 
fomethingemboldned rntto thuVnfealWdinuufior. 
for they fay, if money goe before , all vai doc lye 
open. 

FaL Money is a good Souldier (Sir,) and will on, 

Ftrd, Troth, and! haue a bag of money heere rrou. 
blesme:ifyouwllhelpetobeareit(Sii/(*) take all, 
or hilfe, for eafing me of the carnage. 

Fat Sir, I know not how I may dcfcrue to beeyovr 
Portef 

Ford. 1 will tell you fir , ifyouwillgiueme^thehea. 
ring 

fat. Speake (good Mafter Brow) I fhU be glad co 
beyourScruantt 

Ford. S.i, I heart you are a SchoUer : (I will be briefr 
with you) and you haue been a man long knowne to toe, 
though 1 had neuer fo good means as defirc, to tnakcoy 
felfe acquainted with you. I fhall difcouer a thing to 
you, wherein J muft very much lay open mine owne im- 
pcrfeftion : but (good Sir /aha) at you haue one eye p- 
on my follies, as you heare them vmoldtd.turne another 
into iheRegifter of your ownc, that I may paffe with a 
reproofe the eafier, fith you your felfe know how cafic it 
is to be fuch an offender. 

Fat. Very well 5ir, proceed. 

Ford. There is a Gentlewoman in thii To wne, her 
husbands name is Ford. 

Fal. Well Sir 

Ford. 1 haue long lou'd her, and I ptoteft to you, be- 
Howed much on her : followed her with a doattngob- 
feruance : Ingrofs'd opportunities to meete her : fcc'd e- 
uery flight occaf-.on that could but nigardly giue mee 
fight other :not only bought many preients to ginc her, 
bu: haue giuen largely to many , to know what fhee 
would haue giuen : briefly , 1 haue purfu'd her, *s Louc 
hathpurfucd mee, which hathbeeneon thew>ngofall 
occasions: but whatfocuer 1 haue merited, cither in my 
rninde, or in my meanes.meede I am fure I haue receiued 
none, vnleffe Experience be a lewell, thatl haue pure ha- 
fed at an infinite rate, and that hath taught mee 10 fay 
this, 

" Lone Itkf ajhadcvflits^bt*fitl>fta*ct Lout fur futt, 
that fliei, ami 'fj fag vbai fvrfuei 



Fal. Haue you receiu'd no promifc of fstis faction at 
her hands? 

Ford. Neuer 

pat. Haue you importun'd her to fuch a purpoic > 

Ford. Neuer 

Fat. Of what quahtie was your loue then? 

Ftrd. Like a fair houfe.built on another nuns ground, 
fothat I haue loft my edrfice , by rruftaking the place, 
wherelercfiedit 

Fat. To what purpofehaueyou enfolded this to me^ 

Far. When I haue told you that,I haue loid you all : 
Some fay,that though fhe appeare honeft to mee, yet in 
other places fhee enlargeth her mirth fo farrc, that there 
is fhrewd conftruaion made of her. Now (Sir AAn)here 
is the heart of try purpofe : you are a gentleman of ex. 
ccllem breeding , admirable dsfcourfx. of great admit. 
tance , authentickc in your place and perfon , generally 
allow d for your many war.Iike, court-like, and learned 
preparations. 

Fat. OSrr. 

Ford. Bdeeueit, for you know it . there is money, 
fpend it , fpend it , Ipend more 5 fjxnd all 1 haue, onely 

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47 



uates. then fhee deuifes t and what they thinke in their 
hearts they may effect ; they will breake their hearts but 
they wilt effect. Heauen bee prau'd for my iealoufie : 
eleuen o' docke the howre , I will preuent this, deteft 
my wife, bee reueng'd on Falflagic. and laugh at P*gt, I 
will about it, better three hour too foonc , then a my- 
nutc too late ; fie, fie, fie : Cuckold, Cuckold, Cuckold . 

Exit. 

Scena Tertia. 

/wCW, Rugby, Page, Shallow, Stouter, t 
Rttf. Sir. 



giue me fo much of your time in eachange ot it, as to lay 

an amiable ficge to die honefty of this Ftrdt wife : Tie 
your Art of wooing ; win her to confcnt to you : If any 
man may , you may as foonc as any. 

T*l. Would it apply well to the vehemency of your 
affc&ion that I fhould win what you would <nioy ? Me. 
thinkes you prefcribe to your felfc very prepofleroufiy. 

Tordt O, vndcrftand my drift : (he dwells fo feeureiy 
on the excellency ofher honor, that the folly of my foule 
dares not prcfem it felfe : (hee is too bright to be look'd 
againft. Now, could I come to her with any detection 
in my hand ; my defires had infbnre and argument to 
commend themfelues, I could driue her then from the 
ward of her purity, her reputation, hermmtage-vow, 
andathoufandotherher defences, which now are too- 
ftrongly embattaild againft me : what fay you too't, 
SUM'*? 

fal. Matter Zfrvwm, I will firft make bold with your 
money: next, gioemee your hand : and lift, as 1 am a 
gentleman.you (hall, ifyou will,enioy Ftrdt wife. 

Ftrd. O good Sir. 

Fal. J fay you (hall. 

Ford. Want no money (Sir M)you (hall want none, 



want ncme : I flwll be with her (I may tell you) by her 
owoe appointment, euen as you came in to me , her affi - 
ftant,or goe-betweene,partcd from me : I fay I fliall be 
with her betweene ten and eleuen : for at that time the 
iealious-rafcally-kntue her husband will be forth : come 
you to me at night, yea (ha!l know how I fpeed. 

. I am bleR in your acquaintance : do you know 



Fat. Hang him (pooreCuckoldlyknaue) 1 know 
Mm not: yet 1 wrong him to call him poore : They fay 
the iealous wiitolly-knaue hath maflcs of money , for 
the which hii wife feemes to me wcll-fauourd : Lwill vie 
her as the key of the Cuckoldly-rogues Coffer, 8c thet's 
myhatueft-home. 

Ftrd. I would you knew Ford, fir, that you might a- 
uoid him.if you fa\v him. 

Fai. Hang him, mechanicall-fjU-huttcr rogue; I wil 
ftarc him out of his wits : 1 will awe.him with my cuci- 

Sl! : it (hall hang like aMcteor ore the Cuckolds horns: 
afier^rawif.thou (halt know, I will predominate o- 
ucr the pezam, and thou (hlt lye with his wife. Come 
to me foone at nighr ; Fo?W'sknaue, and I will aggra- 
vate his ftile : thou (Mafirr Broorne ) (nalt know him for 
luiaue, and Cuckold. Come tome foonc at nighc. 

Ford. What a damn'd Epicurian-Rafeall is this ? my 
heart is ready to cracke with impatience: who faiestbis 
is improuident iealoufie f my wife hath fent to him , the 
howre i$ fixt, the matches made : would any tsan haue 
thoghtthij?eethehellofhauingafalfe woman : ny 
bed jhall be abus'd, my Coffers ranfack'd, my reputati- 
on gnawne at, and I (hall not onely receiue thiivillanous 
wrong, but ftand vnder the adoption of abhominable 
termes, and by him that does mce this wrong : Termes, 
names : Amtitnon founds well : Luctfer, well '.Tltrbtfm, 
well : yet th<y ar* Diuels additions,the names of fiends: 
But Cuckold, Whtoll. Cuckold ? the Diuellhimfclfe 
harh not fuch a name. Page is an Affe, a fecure Affe ; hee 
will truft hit wife , hee will not be iealous : I will rather 
truft a r/rwwgr wWi my butter , Parfoti H*gb the ffe/fh- 
TDA* with my Cheefe,an 7r^/!>-w4with my Aqua-vitz- 
botrle,oiatheefeto walke my ambling gelding, then 
my wife with her felfe. Then (he plots, then (hee rumi- 



R*g. *T is paft the ho wrc(Sir)rhat Sir Hugh promi s'd 
to meet. 

CWi. By gar, he has faue hit foule.dat he no-come: 
hee has pray his Piblc well, d he is no-come : by gar 
(tafk^RKgfy) be i$ dead already, if he be come. 

Rug. Hee u wife Sir ; hte knew your worship would 
kill him if he came. 

C*. By gar, dc herring ij no dead, foaslvill kill 
him : take your Rapier, (I*ekt) I vill tell you how I vill 
kill htm. 

Rug. Alas fir, I cannot fence. 

Cat. Villanie.take your Rapier. 

Rug- Forbeare : heet's company. 

Hojt. 'Bte<Tethee,buliy-Do(3or. 

Shot. 'Saue you V?f. D odor C*i*t. 

Page. Now,goodM'.Doaor. 

Slt. 'Giue you good-morrow, fir. 

Caita. Vtbcallyouone,two,tree,fowrc,comcfor? 

Haft. To fee thee fight,eo fee thee foigne^to fee thec 
trauerfe, to fee tbce heerc, to fee thee there, to fee thec 
paflc thy puntto, thy ftock.thy rcucrfe.thy diftancc, thy 
mom ant:Is he dead,my Ethiopian ?ls he dead,roy Fran- 
cifco ? haBully? what faies my Efctilofou ? my Galie*?my 
heart of Elder? ha ? is he dead bully-Stale? is he dead ? 

C*>. By gar , lie is de Coward-lack- Prieft of de vorld: 
he is not (how his face. 

Ihfr. ThouartaCaftalionking-Vrinall > Httln-of 



Ctti. 1 pray you beare witnelte, that mehaue flay, 
fixe or feuen. two tTte'howres for him, and hee is no- 
come. 

Shot. He is the wifcr man (M-Doclo)rhe is a curer of 
fou!es,andyoua curer of bodies: ifyou (houid fight,you 
got againftthc haicc of your profcilicns : is it not true, 
Matter ?,<? 

Page. Rafter Shallow ; you haue your felfc beene a 
great fighter .though now a man of peace. 

Sbal. Body-kins M. P/f,thoughInowbeold,and 
of the peace ; if I fee a (word out, my finger itches to 
make one .-though wee are I uftices, and Doctors, and 
Churchmen (M.Tage) wte hauc fome fait of out youth 
in vs, we at e the fons of women (M.Paft.) 

Page. 'Tis true, M'. Sb*Uo. 

Sb*l. It wil be found fo,(M.?^:) M.Doclor O/iu, 
I am come to fetch you home : I am fworn of the peace: 
you haue{how'd your felfc wife Phyfician , and Sir 
/r*^hath(howaehimfclfea wife and patient Church- 
mad : you muft goe with roe, M.Doilor. 

H#. Par. 



TbeMervyiyiuesofWindfor. 



Htfi. Pardon . Gucft-Iufiice; a Mounfeur Mocke- 
water. 

Cai. Mock-vatct ? Vat \t dat ? 

Hft. Mock-water, incur Englifh tongue, is Valour 
(Bully.) 

CM. By gar, then I tune at muchMock-vaterts de 
Englifliman : fcuruy.Iack-dog-Prieft : by gar, mec viii 
cut hit cares. 

Jfyff. He will Clapper-claw thee tightly(Bu!ly.) 

Cat. Gapper-de-claw?vatisdat? 

Hofi. That is, he will make thce atnendt . 

C*i. By-gar, me doc looks hee (hall clapper-de-claw 
me, for by-gar, me vill haue it. 

HJt. And I will prouokehim to't, ot let him wag. 

Cat. Metanckyoufor dat. 

H,/. And moreouer , (Bully ) but firft, M'.Ghucft, 
and M. Page, 8t ecke Caualeito Slender, goe you through 
the Towne to Frogman. 

Pg*. Sir Hgt is there, is he > 

Heft. He is there, fee what humor he i in : and I will 
bring the Dodor about by the Fields : will it doe well ? 



wru. Adieu, good M. Doctor. 

Cai. By-gar, me vill kill de Prieft, for he fpeake for a 
lack-eii-Ape to Jt*ntP*ge. 

Hofi. Let him die: (heath thy impatience : throw cold 
water on thy Choller : goe about the field* with rote 
through Protmert,! will bring thee where Mlftris Jisut 
Pan is, at atarm-houfe a Feafting: and thou (halt wooe 
heriCride^amc.faidlwell? 

Cat. By-gar, meedancfceyouvordst: by gar I loue 
you : and I (hall procure *a you de goodGueft : de Eatle, 
dc Knight, de Lords, de Gendemen,my patient*. 

For the which, I will be thy aduerfary toward 



Exeunt, 



Cai. By-gar, 'tis good : veil &id. 

Heft. Let v wag then. 

Cai. 



MusTertius. 



Enter Eswi f Simfft, P*ge t 



, Slt*dtr t Utf, C*i w> 



Earns. 1 pray you now.goodMafter Slender* feruing. 
man, and friend Smfle by your name ; which way haue 
you look'd for Matter CAOH , that calls himfelfc Do^or 
ofPhificke. 

Sim. ManySir, thepittie-ward, theParke-ward: 
eueryway : oldc Waifr way , andeuwywiybutthe 
Towne-way. 

Euan, jmoftfchemendy defire you, you will alfo 
Jooke that way. 

Sim. I will fir. 

&u. ' Pleffc my foule: how full of Chcllors I am,and 
nemplin* of miode : I (hall be glad if he haue deceiued 
roe : how melancholies I am ? I will fcnog his Vrinalla a- 
boethis knaues coftard,when I haue good oportuniiies 
x>r the orke : 'Plcffe my foulc : 7efa&>*> Kuiers tsvbafe 
tUt meladietuBirdtf^t M*kig<tUs; TktrcwiUwclK*!? 

Pediof -Rffit : andatbtHfaHifrtgr&t fifies. Tofrol- 
'Mcrcieon mee,IhauagreatdifpofiaonHocry. 



Sim. Yonder he is comming, this way ,Sir Hugh. 
EMM. He's wclcomt 



Heauen profper the right : what weapons is he ? 

Sim. No weapons, Sir: there comes my M after, M'. 
Sh*IIa* t and another Gentleman j from frtrmere , ocer 
the Oile, this way. 

*. Pray yougiuemeemy gowne.orelfekeept it 
in your armes. 

SbuL How no wMafterParfon? good morrow good 
Sir Hugh keep* a Gamefter from die dice, and a good 
Swdient from nil booke, and i t is wonderfull. 

Slat. Ah fweet Ame P*gt. 

Page. 'Saue you, good Sir nqh. 

E*. 'Pleffe you from his mercy-fake^ll of yo. 

Sbd. What? the Sword^ind the Word? ' 
Doeyou ftudy them boih.M'.Pacfon? 

Pg. And y outhfiill ftiU, in your doabletand hofe, 
this raw-r uma tickc day? 

Sum. There is reafons,andcaufet iorit* 

P age. We are come to you, to doe a good ofiice.M'. 
Parfon. 

4*. Fery-well : what is It? 

P*gt. Yonder is a moftreuerend Gentleman ; who 
(Tie-like) hauine receiued wrong by fame pcrfon , is at 
moft odds with nis owoe grauity and patience,that eucr 
yon faw. 

Sbal. I have lined fourc-fcore yeeres, and rp ward 1 1 
neuer heard a man of his place.grauity , and 1 earning, fo 
wide of his owne refped. 

Eu*a. What is he? 

fjgt. I thinkc you know him : M r . Dodor Caiw the 
renowned French Phyfician. 

Stun. GotVwill.aadhispafTionofmyhcart: I had 
as lief you would tell me of a mefTc ofpoiredge. 

Pap. Why? 

EM*. He has no more knowledge in Hikcratti and 
G*tt*, and hec h a knaue bettdet : a cowardly knaue , as 
you woulddefirestobeacquaiuted wlthall. 

Ptyt. I wairant y ou,h's the roan fliould fight whh 
htm. 

Sim. Orweet^w/ > 4|r. 

Sk*l. It appearcs fo by his weapon* .- keepc them a. 
(under : here comes Doctor Cairn. 

P*gt. N&ygoodM r . Parfon, kecpe in your weapon. 

Skal. So doe you, good M'. Doctor. 

Haft. Difsrmc them, and let them queftlon : let then} 
keepe their limbs whole,aod hack our English. 

Cxi. } pray you let.a*mee fpeake a word with your 
eare ; vherefore vill you not raeet-a me ? 

#an. Pray you vfe your patience in good time. 

Cai. By-gar, you are de Coward : de lack dog : lehn 
Ape. 

e*&. Pray you let vs not be laughing-docks to other 
mens humors : 1 defirc youin friendfhip, and I will one 
way or other makeyou amend:! will knog your Vrbal 
about your knaues Cogs-combe . 

CM. <&*& : lact( fyfrtna* Hrf de Jartttn haue I 
not ftay for him, to kill him t haue I not at depUce 1 did 
appoint ? 

EMM. AsIamftCh.4ftianfr.fbule, no w look e you: 
this is the place appointed , Ik bee tadeertent by mine 



Htfi. Peace, I fay, GcMa aid Qsakfteitb 8c Wtttb, 
Soule* Curez,and Body-Curer. 



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49 



C*i. I.datisverygood.exceUani. 

Hcfr. Pesce, lfay:hearernineHoftoftheGafter, 
Am I politicke t Am 1 fubtte ? Am 1 a Machined ? 
Shall lloofecnyDoclor? No, bee glues roe the Potiont 
and the Motions. Shall J loofe my Parfon ? ray Pried? 
my Sir Hugh ? No, hegiuesmethe Ptouerbcs, and the 
No-verbes. Giuemethy hand (Celefliall) fo Boyesof 
Art, J haue deceiu'd you bolh . I haue dire&ed you co 
wrong places : your hearts are mighty, your skmnes are 
y/hokj and ieebum'd Sack* be the iflue: Come,lay their 



/oj a , 

{words to pawne ; Follow me, Lad of peace, follow.fol- 
low, follow 

Sfal. Truft me, a mad Hoft : follow Gtmlemen/ol. 
low. 

Skn. O fweet Anne Pi%t. 

Cos. Ha'dolpetceiue dat? Haue you mke-a-de-fot 
oFvj,ha,ha? 

EHA. This ts well, he hat made vs hit vlownng-ftog: 
I defit c you that we may be friends : and let vt krrog out 
prainn together to be reucngeon this fame fcall-fcur- 
uy-cogging.f ompamon the Hoft of the Ga'ter 

Cat. By gar, withal! my heart : hepromffe to bring 
die where is sSme F*?e. by gar hedeceiue IT* too. 
gtusx. We!5,l will unite his noddlei : pry y ou follow. 



ScenaSecunda. 



. Naykecpeyotr way (little Gallant) you 
Were wont to be* follower, but now you area Leader: 
whether had you rachcr lead mine eyes, or eye your ma. 
Hers heclei ? 

Rl>. \ had rather (forfooth) go before you like a man, 
then follow him like a dwarfe . (Courtier. 

M.P*-O you are a flattering boy, now J fee you'l be a 

Fwd.Wcll met miftris />*, whether go you 

J)W.Truly Sir, to fee your wife, is fhc at home > 

ftrd.\, and as idle as (he may hang together for want 
of company. I thioke if your husbands were dead, you 
two would marry. 

M.P*' Be fare of that, two other husbands. 

Ferd. Where had you this pretty weather-cocke? 

M.PA 1 cannot tell what(the dickens) his name is my 
husband had him of,whac do you cal your Knights name 

ftf.SirftttfRigfrfr. (firrah? 

fgrd. S\r/ohnFtft*fi. 

W.P<j.Hc,he,I can neuet hit on's name; thereJs fucha 
league betwccncmy goodman, and he : is your Wif at 

Ford. Indeed (he is. (home indeed 5 

Af.Pa.ty yourleaue fir.I amficketilll fee her. 

Frd*.Has Ptgnny breincs?Hath he any eies .' Hath he 
any thinking PSurc they fleepe, he hath no vfe of them : 
why this boy will carrie a letter twentie mile as eafie, as 
a Canon will (hoot potnt-blankc tweluc fcore : nee pee- 
ces out his wiu inclination : he gtues her folly motion 
and advantage: and now (he's going to my wife,8c F*l- 
ftjfffs boy with her : A man may beare this fhowrc fing 
tn the winds ; and fal&tffes boy with her : good plots, 
they are laide, and our reuoltedwiuesthare damnation 
together. Wtll, I will take him, then corturc my wife, 
plucke the borrowed vail* of modeftie from the fo-fee- 
, divulge ,Pjp hlmfelfe fora (ecure and 



wilfuiMff.,andtothrfcviokatrocecdings all my 
neighbors (hall cry aime. Thcclockegiucsme myQu 
ancfmy affurance bids me fearch, the I (hzlJ finde Fill 
/faffe : 1 (hall be rather praifd for this, then mock'd, for 
it is as poflitme, at theeanb is firme , that falli/^t (S 
there : I will go. 



uft me.a good knotte ; J hsue good cheere at 
Some, and I pray you all go with me. 

Skil. I muft excufe my feJfe M> Ford. 

Situ. And (o mufti Sir, 
We hanc appointed to dine with Miftrit +4#*t, 
And I would not breake with her for more rnonv 
Thenllefpeakeof. 

Shul. We hauelmgcr'd about a march berweene Jin 
P*gt, and my cozen Sltmitr, and thu day wee (hall baue 
our anfwer. 

Sltn. 1 hope 1 haue your good will Father T>*rt. 

Pig. You haue M Sirnder, I ftand wholly for you, 
But my w.fc (M' Doaor) is for you altogether. 

fu I bc-gtr, and de Maid loue-a-me . my nur/h- 
a*Quickly tell me fo mufh. 

Htft. What fay you to yong M' Ftnton f He capers, 
he dances, he has eies of Vouth : he writes terfes, he 
fpeakes holliday, he fmels April and May, he wil carry't, 
he will carry't.'tit in hji buttons, he will carryt. 

Pqt. Not by my confcnt I promife you. The Gentle- 
manuofnohauing, hcc kept compame with the wilde 
Prmce.and Pout*,, he M of too high aRcgion,he knows 
too much : no. hee fhall not knit a knot in his fortunes, 
with the finger of my fubftance: if he take her. let him 
take her fimply : the wealth I haue waitson my confent, 
and my confent goes nor that way. 

Frd. I befcech you heartily, fomeofyougoehomr 
with me to dinner ibefides your cheere you (hall haue 
fport, 1 will fhe* you a monHer : M Doftor, you (hal 
go,fo (hall you M' PMge,nd you Sir Htk, 

Sb*t. Well, fare you well: 
We (hall haue the freer womg at M r ftget. 

CM. Go home lobn Rugby, I come anon. 

Hft. Farewell my hearts, I will to my honeftKnight 
F*/ftafe 9 and drinkc Cananc with him. 

ford. I thmke I (hall dnnkein Pipc-wme firft with 
him, Ilemake him dance. Will you go, Gentlec ? 

Ail. Haue with you, to fee this Monftcr. greum 



Scena Tertia. 



Snttr (JM.Ford. M.Page.St 
Fvrd,P*g tt Ciu* 

Af.fl.For4. What /fc.,what Robert . 
yffagr. Quickly.quickly. Is the Buck-basket 
MifPord. 1 warrant. What,**/ 
t. Come, corae, come. 



. Hcere.fctitdowne. 

M.P*g.G\w your men the charge,we muft be brlefe. 

UW.ftnU4arrie.ai I told you bcforc(/A & Rabat) 
be ready here hard-by in theBrew-houfc, 8c when I fo- 
dainly call you,come forth, and (without any paufe, or 
ftggcnng)take this basket on your (houldersr done, 
trudge with it in all haft, and carry it among the Whit* 
ftcrs in Dotchtt Mcad.and there empty it in the muddic 
ditch, clofc by the Thames fide. 

M.P*g. You will do a? (direaion. 

M.F*rd. Ihatold t hem ouer and ouec, they lackeno 
E Be 



ThfMtrry W 



M#.P*p.O mifti is Tad what hwieyou done > 
You'r (hanYi y 'are ouwihro wne, y 'arc vndooe fM Olef . 

Mjerd. WKat'sihemactcT.good miflm Aye? 

M.Pagt. O weladay^i&fard.hauinganhoQeftman 
to your husband,to giuc him fuch caufc of fufpition. 

M.fvrd. What uufe of fufpition < 

M.Pag:. What caufe of fufpuion ? Out vpoo you i 
How am I miftooke in you ? 

M.Fard, Why (alai)what's the matter ? 

~M.fagt. Your husband's camming httber (Woman) 
with all the Officers in Windfor, to tench for e Genck 
maq, that he fayes is heere now in the houfe ; by your 
content to take an ill adusntagc of his abfence /you are 
vndone. 



Be gone, ind come when you are cull'd. 

M.Pagf. HerCCMKfUutelMto. (with you? 

Mifl.Fmi. How now my Eyas-Musket, what newes 
Reb.My M.Sit /&> i$ come in at youc baclce do^s 



I reaueft jyour company. 
M.Ptge.Vou iitle Iack-a-leni,haue you bin trueio vs 

gft t I, He be fworne my Mafter knowes not of yout 
being heere: and hath chceatned to put me tntocucrla- 
ftiug liberty, if I tell you of it : for he fvteares he'll turoe 
me away. 

Mt/f.Pq . Thou rt a good boy: ihis fecrecy of thine 
(hall be a Tailor to thee.and Auil make thee anew dou- 
blet and hofe. IlegohidcAW. 

Mi.Fcrd. Do fo t go tell tny Mafler, I am alone t Mi- 
fh ii Puft, remernber you your H. 

Mtp.PotA werraut thte.if I do net & it, hiiTeroe. 

Miftjerd, Go-too then : we'l fe thif Vnwholfomc 
humidity.thugrofle-watry Pumpjon; we'll teach him 
to know Turtle* from I ayes, 

Fa/. Haue I caught thec, my htauenly lewell? Why 
now let me die,for I hue liu'd long enough ; This is th 
period of my ambition O thisbk&d boure. 



fel. Miftris rVrf, I cannot eog, I cannot praic(Mift. 
ftrj) now fliaU ! fin in my will? ; I would thy Husband 
we dead, He fpeake it before the beft Lord, 1 would 
rnakethet my Lady. 

M#.F,rd. I yoor Lady Sir lkn ? Alas, I (hould bee a 
prtufull Lady. 

Fa/. L ibc Court of Franc* (hew me fuch aoother: 
I fee how thine eye would emulate the Diamond : Thou 
haftihe right arched-beauty of the brow, that becomes 
the Ship-tyre, cht Tyre-valiant, or any Tiie of Venetian 
admittance* 

^JHl/t.?erd. A pJaine KwcMefe, Sir lobn : 
My browes become nothing lfe,nor tbat well neither. 

Fat. Thou art* Tyrant to lay fo : thoo wouldfl make 
an abfoluteCourtier, and the firroe fixture of thy foote, 
would giue an excellent motion to.thy gate, m a femi- 
circkdFarihingale. Ifeewhatthou wett ifFoitune thy 
foe, wic not Nature thy friend: Come, thoucanft not 
hhkit. 

^f/.Fnl.Beleette me.theis no fuchthing m me. 

Krf, Whatmademelouethce? L tha perfwade 
thec. Ther'sfomtthmg extraordinary in thte : Come, I 
cannot cog, and fay thou art thi and that, like a-roanic 
of thefe lifping-hauthome buds, that come like women 
inmene apparrell, and fmdllike. Bucklers-berry in fim- 
ple time : I cannot, but I lout thee, none but the* ; and 
thoudcftru'B'it. 

M.F*rd.Do no betray me fir.l fear you loue M.P^. 

Fal. Thou m.ghtft as well fay, I louc to walke by the 
Counter- gtte, which is as haceiull to nw, as the reck* of 
aLime-k.ll. 

WfFard. Well , heauen Imowe* how I loue you. 
And you (hall one day findc it. 

pal. -Kep in thet mrode, He deferue it. 

tiiR fcrd. Nay, 1 mufttell you,foyoudo; 
Or dte I could not be in that minde. 

jeoKMyflris fw<*\Miflris fardi heere's MiftiisP^*M 
he doore.fweating, and blowing and bokhigwildcly, 
and would needa fpeake with you preftntly. 

f^.She (hall notfcemc, I will enfconce m behindc 
the Anas. 

ytf.fW.Pray you do fo, (he'savtry latling woman. 
Whats the matter? How now? 



M.Pa & e. Pray heauen it be not fo. that yeuhaue fiuh 
a man heere: but 'tis moft certaine yoor husband's com- 
ming, with halfc Windfor at bis heeles, to ferch Toe fueh 
a one. I come before to cell you: If you know your fclfe 
clecre, why I am glad of it : but if you haue a friend here, 
conuey.conueyhimoot. Be not amaz'd, call all your 
fenfei to you, defend your teputation, or bid ranwell to 
your good life for euct. 

MJ'ord. What ihall 1 do ? There is a Gendeman my 
deere friend : and I fewe not mine ewne frame fo much, 
as his peril!. I had rather thcrra tSoufand pound he were 
out of the houfe. 

M,P*gt. For Aiame, never fland (you had rather, and 
you had rather:) your biwband'i beere at hand.bethmke 
you of fome conuryancc : in thehoufcyott cannot hide 
him. Oh, bow b uc you dcceiu'd me r Loake, hecre is a 
faiiket, if be br of any reafonable ftature, he may creepc 
inheenj, snd throw fowlelinnen vpon him,aj if it wrrc 
going to bucking : Or it is whitipg lime , (end him by 
your two men to Drfrcfot.Meade. 
Ttt.FerJ[. He's too big to go in there : what (haH I do ? 

Fal. Let me fre't, let me fec'c, O let roc fce't : 
Ik in. He in : Follow your friends counfdl, Ik in. 

in.Pagt. What Sir Iota fa/tajf, ? A tbeie your Let. 
ters. Knight? 

Fal. I loue thee, he Ipe mee away : lae creeps in 
heve : ile neuer 

TA.Page. Helpeto cower y;ourma(rer (Boy: ) Call 
four men (Mift.fW.) You diflembling Knighc. 

ALFard. What /*,^rr, /jm ; Go.take vp theft 
cloathcs heere.quickly i Wher's the Cowlc-ftaffett-ook 
how you drumble r Cny them to the Landrrflc in Dau 
ch mead : quickly, come. 

Font. 'Pray you come n tre:if I fufpec^ without caufe, 
Why then make fport at me, then let me be your left, 
I dcferue it : How now/ Whether beare you this? 

Str. To the Landreffc for footh ? 

M.fard. Why, what haue you to doe whether, they 
beare it? You were beft meddle with but k-wafh'mg. 

fW. Buck#l would 1 could wafh my felfe of yBuckr 
Bucke, bucke, bucke, I burke 1 1 warrant you Bucke, 
And of the feafon too ; it (hall appeare. 
Gentlemen, 1 haue dream'd tonight, lie tell you my 
dreame : heere, here, he ere bee my keyes, afcend my 
Chambers, fearcb, feeke, fiodc out: He warrant wcc*lc 
vnkenneU the Fox. Let me flop this way fufl : fo jiow 
rncape. 

tafe. Good matter Fari^ be contented: 
You wrong your feJfe too much. 

Ford. True (mafjerP^vp Gentlemen. 
You (hall fee fport anon: 

Follow 



< Tbe Mtrry Mues ofWindfor. 



Follow me Gentlemen. 

. This is fery fanta/ticall humors and iealoufies. 

C*tw, By gar, 'tis no-the falbicffl of France : 
It is not icaious in France. 

Pttft. Nsy follow him (Gentlemen) fee the yflue of 
hisfczrch. 

Jdift.Ptgtl* there not a double excellency in this ? 

/-/(/?. Furd, I know not which pleafes me better. 
That my husband is deceiued,or Sir lab* 

M$,P*gt. What a csking was hec in , when your 
husband askt who was in the basket? 

Afifl.Ford. lamhalfeaffraidhewill haue neede of 
wafhing : fo throwing htm into the water, wili doc him 
$ benefit. 

7Htfl.Pt.ge. Hang him di/honeA rafcall : I would all 
of the fame ftraine. were in the fame diftreffc. 

Mift.Ftrd. I thmke my husband hath fome fpeeiall 
fufpition o(Fa/JI*jft being heert : for 1 neoet faw him fo 
grofle in hit icaloufte till now 

Mifl.Vzge, I will lay a plot to try that, and wee will 
yet haue more tnckes with Falft*ff*':&* diflolule difwfc 
will fcarfeobey this medicine. 

M,(Pord Shalt we fend tratfoclifhton Caiion.Mift. 
Qatc^f to him, and cxcufe hti throwing into the water, 
and giuc him another hope , to betray him to another 
punifltment > 

MSiJags. We will do it : let him be fent for to mor- 
row eight a clocke to haue amends. 

ford. I cannot findehim: may be the knaue brgjj'd 
of that he could not compafTe. 

Mtf.Pegg. Heard you that? 

Mif.Ferd. You vie me wcll,M. /W? Do you ? 

ForrL J.I.dofo, 

UU. rerd, Heauen make you better then your thoghts 

Ford. fimen. 

<JW<P*ge.\ou do your fclfe mighty wtong(M.FrJ) 

/Vf. l,I:Imuftbeaieit. 

. If there be any body mthehoufe,& inthechm- 
bcrs.andin thecoffats.andmtheprefles : htaucn for- 
giue my fins at the day of iudgcment 

CAHU. Be gar, nor Itoo . there is no-bodies 

Page Fy/y.M'.ffM.are you not afham'd f What fpi- 
ril.what diuell fuggefl* this imagination > 1 wold not ha 
your diflcmpcr in this kind,for y welthofw/e^rc*^/*. 

Ford.'Tit my fault (MJVrr)lfutfrr for it. 

E**i. Youfufferforapadconrcience: your wife it 
as honeft a o'mans, as I will defires among fiue thou. 
fand.and fiue hundrzd too. 

CM. By gar, I fee 'tis anhoneft woman. 

F ord. Well, 1 promifd you a dinnertcome ,come,walk 
in the Parke,! pray you pardon me: I wil hereafter make 
knownetoyou why I haue done this. Come wife.come 
Mu/Vgr,! pray you pirdon mc.Pray hartly pardon me. 

P*gt. Let's go in Gemleascn,but(trufi me)we*l mock 
him : I doe tmitte you to morrow morning to my houfe 
to breakfsft: after we'll a Birding together, lhaue a fine 
Hawke forthebufh. Shall it be fo. 

Ford. Any thing. 

JEn.Ifihercisone.Ifhall make two in the Compante 

Cxlf there be one, or two.I fhail make-a-theturd. 

ford. Pray you go, M. fagt. 

4.I pray you now remembrance ;o morrow on the 
lowfie knaue. mine Hod 

Cw. Dae is good by gar, withall my heart. 

QM. Alowheknaue.tohauc his gibes, anJ his moc- 
keries, xr*r. 



Sccsna Quarts 



E*ttr Fetito*, *Amu t P*ge, Shallow, Slmdtr, 



Ft*t I fee I cannot get thy Fathers loue, 
Therefore no more turnc me to him (fwcet Nan.) 

t^taae. Alas, how then .' 

Fn. Whythoumuftbcthyfrife. 
He doth obiec*, I am too great ofbirth, 
And that my ftate being gall'd with my expence, 
I fceke to healc it onely by his wealth. 
Befidcs thefe, other barres he layes before me , 
My Riots paft , my wildc Societies, 
And tels me 'us a thing impo(Ttb!e 
I fhould loue the*, but as a property. 

An. May be he tels you true 
FrnNo, heauen fo fpeed me in my time to com*, 
Albeit I will confelTe, thy Fathers weaJth 
Was the firft motiue that I woo'd thee (**?.) 
Yei wooing thee, I found thee of more valew 
Then flampes in Gold, or fummes in fealsd bagges , 
And 'tii the very riches of thy feife, 
That now I aymeat. 

X Gentle M.Featea, 
Y Teekemy Fathers loue, ftill feeke it fit, 
If opportunity and humblefl fuite 
Cannot auaine it, why then harke you hither. 

Sk*l. Breake their ulke MiftrisJ^wr^, 
My Kinfman (hall fpeake for himfelfe. ' 
Sit*. He make a fhafi or a bolt on't^d, tit but ventu- 
Sbjf. Be not difmaid. (ring. 

Sit*. No.ftwfnafinotdifmaymer 
I care not for that, but that I am affcard. 
SJ?fcH,k yeW.Steudtr would fpeak a word with yon 
A*. I come to him. This is my Fathers choice: 
O what a world of vilde ill-fauour'd faults 
Look cs handfomem three hundred pounds a yeere? 

<jl*i. And how do's good Matter fVmm? 
Pray you a word with you. 

5W. Shee't comming ; to her Cor: 
O boy, thou hadft a father. 

Situ. I had a fathcrf AT^)my vncle can tel you good 
ttfts ofhim : pray you Vncle.celMUt . Ami the icft how 
my FatherftolctwoGcefeoutofaPen.good Vnckle. 

Shtt. Miftris jtnne t my Coaen loucs you. 

Sicn. I that I do, as well as I loue any woman in Glo- 
ceftcrfhire. 

Shul. He will maintune you like a Gentlewoman. 

Sit*. I that ! will, come cut and long-uilc, vndcr the 
degree of a Squire. 

Sh*l. He will make you a hundred aod fiftie pounds 
ioynture. 

A**. Good Maifter ,?r let him woo for him- 
felfc. 

Sbat. Mame I chsnke you for it : 1 thanke you for 
that good comfort : <hc cals you (Coz) lleleaoe you. 



Sit*. Now good Miftris *ta*e. 

Aunt. What is your will ? 

Sit*. My will? Odd's-hart-lingf, *h?t' a prettSc 
ieftindeede: I ne're made my Will ye; (Iibeske Hea- 
ucnt) lamnotfuch a fickely aeature, 1 giueilssaca 
ptaife. 

E a A*. 



The Merry laities o/ Wmdfar. 



jinne. I mcane (M.S/ir)what wold you with me? 

Slen. Truely, for mine OWRC part, J would little or 
nothing with you : your father and my vncle haih made 
motion* : if it be my lucke,fo 5 it not, happy man bee his- 
dole, they can teli you how things go,bctccr then I can: 
you may askc your father, hewhecomei. 

Page. Now M 1 Slender ; Lone him daughter Arms. 
Why how now? What does Mf Fenttr here i 
You wrong me Sir.thus ftill to haunt my houfc; 
I told you Sit, my daughter ie difpofd of. 

Fen. Kay M' Page, be not impatient 

Mttt.P*&. GoodM.;Pff*.coroenoitoiny child. 

Page, She is no match for you. 

Fen. Sir, willy ouhtgre me? 

Page. No,goodM,w<w. 
Come M.StaB*r.ComebtmeSloi<ler.<n j 
Knowing my minde,you wrong me(M. Fe*t*>.) 

>*i. Speake to Miftris Tage. 

F. Good Mift. Page fa that I loue your daughter 
In fach a righteous faQiion as I do, 
Perfbrce,againft all checkes,rebukes,*nd manners, 
I muft aduance the colours o/my loue, 
.And not retire. Let me haue your good will 

An. Good mother, do not marry me to yond foele. 

Mift.P*gt. I mean* it not, I feskc you a better hf- 
bnd. 

$W. That's myrnaAr,M.Do^or. 

'ts&.Aht 1 had rather be fet quick ?th earth, 
And bowlUto death with Turnips. 

<JH$.P*ge. Come, trouble not yoet felfe goodM. 
Ftnttn. 1 will not be you r friend, nor enemy : 
My daughter will 1 queftionhow (helsuesyou, 
And as 1 finde her, fo am I afefted . 
Till then, farewell Sir, (he muff needs go in, 
Her father will be angry. 

fta. Farewell gentle Miftris : farewell Nar~ 

3*i. This is my doingnow : Nay, faidel, will you 
caftawayyourchildeonaFoole,andaPbyfttian: 
Looke on M. Feists*, this is my doing. 

Ffii. I thanke thee : and I pray thee ante to night, 
Giue my fweet2V<w this. Ring: there's forthypaincs. 

gh Now heauen fend chee good fortune, a kinds; 
heart he hath : a woman would run through fire & wa- 
ter for fuch a kinde heart. But yet,I would my Maifter 
"had Miftris 4nnt, or 1 would M-Siender had her: or (in 
Tooth) I would M. Fentor. had her ; I will do what I can 
for them all three, for fol hzue promifd, and Ik bee as 
good as my word, but fpecioufly for M. Fe*teti. Well, I 
muft of another ef rand to Sir I A* FalHaffe from ray two 
MiftreOes : vitoat a beaft am I to Gaeke it- Exeunt 



Scena Quinta. 



Eater 



'Bar. 

F*l. Go, fetch me a quart of Szcke.put a toS in'c. 
Hauellio'dto be carried in a Basket like a barrow of 
butchers Offall ? and to be thiowne b thsTharowfWei, 
iflbefem'd fuch anothet tricke, He haue raybrsincs 
'tane out and butterM,' and giue them to a dogge for a 
New-yeares gift.. The rogues (lighted me into the riuer 
with as little remorfe, 85 they wonldhaue drown'dea 



blinde bitches Poppies, fifteen* j'th litter; and you m*y 
know by my file, that I haoe a kinde of alacrity in fink- 
ing : ifthebottome wer as dcepe as hell, I (hold down. 
J had betne drown'd, bm :Kat the fhore was (heluy and 
ihallow : a death thai 1 abhorre : tor the water fwelles a 
man; and what a thing fhouldl haucbeene, when 1 
had beene fwei'd ? 1 ftioulo haue betne a Mountame of 

Bar. Here's M.g*u% Sir to fpeske with yon. 

F/.Come,lmepourein fomeSack to the Thames 
water : for my bellies a> cold as if I had fwallow'd foo w- 
t>als, for pilles to coole the reines. Call her in. 

Bar. Come in woman. 

Q*i. By yow leaue : I cry you mercy f 
Giue your worlhip good morrow. 

fal. Takeaway thefe Challices : 
Go, brew me a potcie of Sacke finely. 
,-B*rd. WithEgges^ir? 

' Fd. Simple of it felfe : He no Pullet-Sperfme in my 
brewage. How now? 

jSJw. Marry Sir,! come to your worfhip from M.FertL 

Fa/. M$. forjf I haue had Ford enough;! was thrown 
inco the Ford ; I haue my belly full of Ford. 

Qw, Alas Jhe day, (good-rtcart) that was not her 
fault : (he do's fo take on with her men ; they miftooke 
their ere&ion. (promife. 

IW. So did I tnine,to build vpon a foolifh Woman j 

gnt.. Well, (he laments Sir for it, tha: it would yern 
your heart to fee it : her husband goes this rooming a 
biiding;fhedef:res you ones mere to cometoher, be* 
tweene.etght and nine : I mnft cany her word quickefy, 
fne'l! make you amends I warrant you. 

Fat. Well, I will vifu her, tell her fo : and bidde her 
chinks what a-our: is : Let her confidcr his ftailety, and 
then iudge of my merit. 

%. I will tell her. 

Fal. Dofo. Betweene nine and ten faiftthoo? 

<2gi. Eight and nine Sir. 

Fal. Well,begone:Iv7iUnotmhTeher. 

Qui. Peace be with you Sir. 

Fal. I meruatlc 1 heare not of M' Bnmt : he fens me 
word to ftay within : I like his money well. 
Ob, heere becomes. 

FtnL BlefleyouSir. 

Fal. Now M. Ttrttoit, you cometolcnow 
What hath paft be.tweene me, and Ferdt wife. 

Ford. That Indeed (Sir AA)js my bufinefle. 

Fal, M.Broame I will not lye to you, 
I was at her houfe the houre (he appointed me. 

F*rJ.AndfpedyeSU? 

Fal. very ill-fauouredly M. BreotBt. 

Ford. How To (ir,dTid (he change her determination ? 
e peaking Cornuto her huf- 



band(M.rMW)dweUing in a continual larum of Lelou- 
fie, corns me in the infant of our encounter ,after we had 
etnbraft,kift,protefted > of(*s it were)fpoke the prologue 
of oar Ccmedy i and at his hee!es,a rabble of his compai 
nions.thither prouoked and mitigated by his difiemper, 
and(fo?footh)to ferch his houfe for his wiucs Loue. 

Fm-'d. What; While you were there? 

Fal. While I was there. 

Far. And did he fearch for yeD,& could not find you> 

F*l. You fliallhearc. As good lucke would haue it, 
comes in one Mft. Page, giiscsintelligenceof fardt ap- 
proch : and in her inuencion, and fards v*j-jet > diftra5ton, 
they conucy'd me into abucke basket. 



The Mtrry WtuerofW'mdfw . 



1W. ABiftrk-basket? 

Fal Yes:aBuck-basVet ram'd mee in with foulc 
Shifts and Smockes, Socks, t'oulc Stockings, greafie 
Nipkms, that (Matter roomt) there was the rankcft 
compound of viliaiious fmcll, tliat eucr offended no- 
ftrill. 

ford. And how long lay you there? 

Fat. Nay, you fhall heare (M after Broome) what 1 
haoc fufferd, to bring this woman to euill, for your 
good: Beirtg thus ctam'd in the Basket, a couple of 
fWjknaues, hit Hiades, were cald forth by their Mi- 
ftris, to carry rore n the name of foule Cloathcs to 
Tyatchct-ltmt : theytookc me on their (boulders : met 
the. iealou* knauc their Matter in the door? ; who 
ask'dthem once or twice what they had in ihcir Baf- 
ket? I quak'd for feaie leaft the Lunatiquc Knaue 
would haue fearch'd it : but Fate (ordaining he fhould 
be a Cuckold) held his hand : well, on went hee; for 
a fearch , and away went 1 for foule Cloathcs : But 
maYke the fcquell (Matter Broome] \ fuffered the pangs 
of three feuerall deaths : Firft, an intollerable fright, 
to be daefted with a iealious rotten Bell-weather: 
Nex2 to be compafs'd like a good Bilbo in the circum- 
fereneeofaPcclre, hilt to point, heete to head. And 
thcntobeftoptin like a ftrong diftillatioo with ftink- 
ing Cloathes, thai fretted in their owne ereafe: 
thirrke of that, a man of my Kidney; thinkeof that, 
that am as fubieQ toheate as butter; a man of conti- 
nual! dido lotion, and thaw: it was a miracle to fcape 
fuffocation. And in the height of this Bath (when I 
was more then halfc ftew'd in greafc (like a Dutch- 
di(h) to be throwne into the Thames, and 
coold, glowing-hot, in that fergc like a Horfc- 
fhoo; ihiakeof that ; hiffing hot : thinke of that(M after 
Broome.) 

ford. In good fadnefle Str,I am forry,that for my fake 
you haue fufferd all this. 

My fuite then is dcfperate : You'll vndcnakc her no 
more? 

Fal. Maflcr Broomt : I will be throwne into Etna. 
aslhaae beene into Thames, etc 1 will leaue her thus; 
her Husband is this morning gone a Bitding : I 
haue receiued from her another ambaflfic of mee- 
ting ; 'cwint eight and nine is the houre ( Matter 
Srtcme.) 

ford. Tis paft eight already Sir. 

Fal. Is it? I will then adoVeflc mee to my appoint- 
ment : Cometomeeat your comienient leifiue, and 
you Chali knew how 1 fpeedc : and the conclusion 
fhall be crowned with your enjoying her: adiew: you 
(hall haue her (Matter Brcarxt) Matter Brceme, you (hall 
cuckold Ford. 

Ford. Hum: ha? Is this a vifion ? Is this a dreamer* 
doe I fleepe ? Matter Ford awake, awake Matter Ford : 
ther's a hole made in your bcft coate (Matter ford$ih\* 
'tis to be married; this 'tis to haue Lynnen, and Buck, 
baskets : Well, 1 will proclaime my feife what I am : 
I will now take the L eacher : hee is at my houfe : hec 
cannot fcape me : 'tis impoflible hee fhould: hee can. 
not creepe into a halfc -penny putfe, nor into a Pepper - 
Boxe: But U-alUhe Diuell that guides him, fliould 
aide him , I will fearch impoflible places though 
what I am, I cannot auoide; yet to be what I would 
not, fhall not make me tame: If I haue homes, to make 
one mad, let the prouerbe goe with me, Hebe horne- 
oiad. Sxcunt 



Quartus. Scwna Tnma. 



Eater Mt i.U. 

Mifl.Pag. Is he at M.ferds already tlu'nk'tt thou ? 
. **. Sure he is by this; or will be prefently ; but 
truclyhcis very courag.out mad, about his throwing 
into the water. Miftris Ford defires you to come fo- 
damely. 

Mtjt.rag. Hebe with her by and by: He but brino 
my yong-man here to Schoole ; looke where his Matter 
comes ; 'tis a playing day 1 fee : how now Sir Hugh, no 
Schoole to day? 

En*. No:Mafter Slender is let the Boycs leaue to play 

Qiti 'BlelTing of his heart. 

MijtPag. Sir H h.my husband faies my fonne pro- 
fits nothing in the world at his Booke : ) pray you sske 
him fome queflions in his Accidence. 

Ea. Come hither William-, hold vp your head;come. 

Mift.Tag. Come-on Sirha; hold vp' your head; an. 
fwere your Matter, be not afraid. 

M. tVi/Ham ,how many Numbers is inNowrtes ? ' 

mil, TWO. 

gui. Truely, I thought there had bin one Number 
more.becaufc they fay od's-Nownes. 

EM. Peace.your catlings. Whit ii (F ' *trt}ur,tiam f 

Will. Pulclxr. 

u. Powlcatt? there are fairet things thenPowkats, 
fure. 

**, Vouare a very fimplicity o'man: I pray you 
peace. What is (Lafu) rill, m ? 

Wilt. A Stone. 

Eaa. And what is a Stone 

Will. APceble. 

EM. No ; it is Ltpis : J pray you remember in your 
praine. 

ffVtf. Lapis. 

EM. That is a good mll>Am; what is he(JPVibM)thac 
do'i lend Articles. 

MS. Articles are borrowed of the Pronoune ; and be 
thus declined. Singu!aritereiin*titn>htc h*c,boc. 

F.tta. NommM'tno big &ag,ki>g : [iray you marke : gent- 
line hHitu : Well . whai is your Acc fai 'iue -cafe ? 

Will, siccufawtohinc. 

*. I pray you haue your remembrance (childe) Ac- 
eufatoao bm^kang.kog. 

Q*. Hang-hog, is latten for Bacon, I warrant you. 

f*. Leaue your prables (o'man) What ii t 



itt. O t f r octttim>O. 



Qu^ And that's a good roote. 

fua. O'man.forbeare. 

Mtft.Pag. Peace. 

Entc. What is your GtintiMtcaftflur nil (William)) 

Will. Genitiutcafe} 

E*. \. 

WM. GenitHitharam^amm.liaram. 

Qu. ' Vengeance ofGinyes cafe; fie oo her, neuer 
name her(childe) if (he be a whore. 

<*. For (hame o'man. 

a. You doc ill to t*ach the chi!Je fuch words : hee 
teaches him to hie, and to hac ; which they'll doe fafl 
enough of themfeluts. and tatzUhsrum; fie vpon you. 
E j f*4. Oman 



The Merry Ifiuei oj Wndfir. 



O'man, art thou Lunatics ? Haft thou no vn- 
gsfor thy Cafes, 8c the Cumbers of the Gen- 
ders? Thou art as foolifh Ctuiflian creatures, as I would 
dcfircs. 

t^ti.Pagi. Pre'thce bold tliy peace. 

Su. Shew roe now (ivv#<)fome declenfioni of your 
pionouncs. 

ITiti. Forfooth, I hiue forgot. 

Eu. \nt^ui t qtie t tiHi>d \ if you forget your Qulei t 
your *M7,and your Qudi-you rnuft be preeches : Goe 
your vyaies and play, go. 

M.p.g.HeisabetterfchollerthenI thoXighthe was. 

. He is a good fprag.memoryiFjreWKl Mit.P^t. 

Mif.Pagt. Adieu good Sit Hugh: 
Get you home boy, Come we flay too Jong. Extant. 



Scena Sfcunda. 



* Mifl.Fvd, M$. P^e, 



Fat. Mi. Ftrd, Your forrow hath eaten vp my fuffe- 
t jncc; I feeyqu are obfcquious in your loue, and I pro- 
fcflerequitatl.toahairesbredth, notonely Mift. *Fard t 
in the firople office of ioue, but in all the accuftrement, 
complement, and ceremony of it : But are you fure of 
your husband now? 

Mf.Ferd. Hee's a birding(fweet Sir /*.) 

Mif-Pigf. Whathoa.goflip Ford : what hoa, 

Ulftf.Ford. Step into th' chamber, Sir M*. 

Mif. fagt- How now (fwcetc heart) whofe at home 
bcfuks your felfe ? 

M'fFord Why none but mine owne people. 

MiCP<a<!> Indeed? 

Mif.Ford. No certainly :Spcake louder. 

Mt/t. / > 4.Truly,lam fo glad you haue no body here. 

UK^.Ffnf. Why? 

Mifpagt. Why womatv, your husband um hit olde 
lines againe : he fo takes on yonder With my hu*band,fo 
railes agairtft all married rnankinde ; fo curfts all Euet 
daunhters.of what complexion foeuer jandfo buflfettes 
himfelfe on the for-h^ad: crying petrre-out, oeere-out, 
ihatanymadnefle I eueryet bchcW.feem'd but tamc- 
neffe, ciuility, and patience to this his diftemper he is in 
now : I am glad the fat Kn'ight is not heere. 
VVhy.do'ihetalkeofhim? 



. 

Mtft P*rt. Ofnone but him.and fweares he was ca- 
ried out the! aft time heefearch'd for him, in a Basket: 
Protefts to my husband he it now heere, Ci hath dra wrse 
him and the refl of their eompany from their fport, to 
make another experiment ofhisfufpition: But I am glad 
the Knight is not here 5 now he frail fee his ownc too, 
leric. 

Mifl.Frd. How neere ia he Mirtris Pigtt 

Mtft.f'g Hard by,at ftrcct end ; he wtl be here anon. 

Afifl.Ferd. I am vndone,the Knight is heere. 

M$3>*e t Why then you are vttetly fham'd.fk hee'a 
but a dead man. What a woman are you ? Away with 
him away with him : Better {hame,then munher. 

Mif.Ftrd. Which way frouldhe go?How (hould J 
befiow him ? Shall I put him into the basket again*?. 

F*l. No, He come no more rth Basket; 
May I not go out ere he come t 



_...,... _ 4 j. Alas : Are? of M r . fW/%rothers warch 
the doore with Piftols, that none (hall jrTuc out ? other- 
wife you might flip away ere hcc me : But what make 
you heerc t 

F*t. What fhall I do ? He crwpc Vp into the chimney 

Mifi.Ferd. There they alwaict vie to mfcliargc their 
Birding-pccccs : creepc into the Kill-hole. 

Fal. Where is it? 

7Hin.Fffrd.Hc will fceke there on my word : Neyther 
PreOe, Coffer, Cheft, T.unke, Well. Vault.but he hath 
an abflrafl for the remembrance of fuch pi acei ,and goes 
to them by his Note : There is no hiding you in the 
houfe. 

Fat. He go out then. 

CU,Jl.F*rd If y ougoe out In your own* fembUnce, 
you die Sir Ioh* t vnlefle you go out difguis'd. 

Mift.Ford. How might we difguilehimf 

Mtfl.Page. Alas thcday I knownot.thereiinowo- 
mans gowne biggc enough for him : othcrwife he might 
put on a hat, a muffler, and a kerchiefe, and fo efcap*; 

Fal. Good hearts, deuife fomethirig ; any extremitie, 
rather thcs a mifchicfe. 

M,ft. Ford. My Maids Aunt the rat woman ofBraiif 

" sa gowne aboue. 

.-,.'. Pagt. On my word it will feruehim : ftiee*j as 
big as he is : and there* her thrum'd hst,and her muffler 



Go,go,fwcetSir 7,6 
J will lookc ibme linnen for your head. 

Mif.Ptge. Qiiicke,quickc,wee'lecome dreffeyoo 
flraight : put on the gowne the while. 

Mifl.Ferd. I would my husband would me<te him 
in this ihipe : he cannot abide the old woman of Brain-; 
ford j he fweares fhe's a witch, forbad her my ho'ufc,and 
hath threStned to bcate her. 

Mtft.ptg*. Heauen guide him to thy husbands cud- 
getl : and the diuell guide his cudgell afterwards. 

Mi$ Ftrd. But is my husband comming ? 

MtftJate. I in good fadnefle is he, and talkes of tr.c 
basket too, howCoeuer he hath had intelligence. 

THtft.Ford. Wee'l try that: for He appoint my men to 
cany the basket aga'ine, to meet c hirn at the doore with 
it,as they did iaft time. 

Trltft.Ptge. Nay,butheM beheereprcfent!y:let*$go 
dreiTehim like the witch ofBraiafertl. 

Mtft. Ford, lie firft direftdirca my men , what they 
fliall doe with the basket : Goe vp, He bring linnen for 
liimftraight. 

Mtf.P*p Hang him di(honeft Varlet, 
We cannot mifufe enough : 
We'll leaue a proofe by that which we will doo, 
Wiues may be merry, and yet honeft too : 
We do not zte that often, ieft, and laugh, 
"Tis old.but true, Still Swine eats a!! :h"e draugh. 

Mift.Ford. Go Sirs, take the basket againe on your 
(houlu'ers: your Mafter is hard at doore: if bee bid you 
fet it downe,obey him : quickly, difpatch. 

l Str. Come.come.takeityp. 

9 Str- Pray hcauen it be hot full of Knight againe. 

I Sfr. I hope not, I had liefe as beare fo moch lead. 

Ferd. I,butifitprouetruc (M r . Page') haue you any 
way then to vnfooleme againe. Setdownc the basket 
willaine : fome body call my wife: Youth in a basket- 
Oh y^ou Pandcrly Rafcais, tltcrc'i a knot : s gm.a packe, 
a confpiracie againft me: Now fliall the dine! be (ham'd. 
Woa wife 1 fay: Come, come forth: behold what ho- 

neft 



The Mmy Wwes ofWmdJm. 



neft cloathes you fend forth to bleaching. 

Pap. Why.ihu paiTrs M. Ford: you are not to goe 
loofe my longer, you muft bepinnion'd. 

Eax.ni, Why, (his is Lunaiicks : this is madde, as a 
mad dogge. 

Shall. Indeed M. Ford, thi is not well indeed. 
Ford. Sofay I too Sir, come hither MiflrisfW, Mi- 
ftris farJL, the honeft woman, the modeft wife ,the vertu- 
ous creator e, that hath the iealious foole to her husband : 
1 fufpcfl without caufe (Miftris)do I ? 

Mifl.ForA. Heauenbemywitncfle you doe, if you 
fufpefl me in any difhonefty. 

Frd. Well fid Brazon-face, hold it out:Come forth 
firrah. 

page. This parties. 

Mift.Frd. Arc you not afham'd,let the cloths alone. 
Ftrd. 1 fhall finde you anon. 

EM. Tis vnreafonablc;will you take vp your wiucs 
cloathes? Come, away. 

Ford. Empty the basket I fay. 
7*. Ford. Why man, why' 

Frd. Mafter P*g*, >* I 'm * roan, there was one con- 
uay'd out of my houfc yeftctday in this basket : why 
may not he be there againe. in my houfe I am fure he is : 
my Intelligence is true, my icaloofic is reafonable, pluck 
me outall thelmnen. 

Jrlijt.Ferd.If you find a man there, he fhall dye a Fleas 
death. 

Pagf. Heer'i no man. 

Shal. By my fidelity th>s is not well M. fen**: This 
wrongs you. 

Eudni, M'Ftrd, you mufl pray, and not follow the 
imaginations ofyour owne hear t : this ks lealoufies. 
Ford. Well.hee'i not heere I feeke for. 
Ptgt. No, nor no where elfc but in your braine. 
Ford. Helpe to fearch my houfe this one timeifl find 
not what I ieekc, fhew no colour for my extremity : Let 
me for euer be your Table-fport : Let them fay of me, as 
iealom as fW, that fearch'd a hollow Wall-nut for his 
wiues Lemman. Satisfie me once more.once more ferch 
with me. 

M. Ford. What hoa (Miftris Page,) come you and 
the old woman downe : my husband will come into the 
Chamber. 

Ftrd. Old woman? what old womans that? 
Tri Ford. Why itis my maids Mntof'Brainford. 
Ford. A wuch, a Qiicanc, an oldecouzening queane : 
Hauc I nor forbid her my houfc. She comes of errands 
do*s fhe i We are fimple men, wee doe not know what's 
brought to palTe vnder the profeffion of Fortune-telling. 
She workcs by Charmes, by SpeU.by th'Figure,& fuch 
dawbry a* this is, beyond our Element : wee know no- 
thing. Come downe you Witch, you Haggeyou.comc 
downe I fay. 

Mift.Ferd. Nay, good fwe husband, good Gentle- 
men, let him ftrike the old woman. 

Mifl.P*gt. Come mother Prut, Come giuemeyour 
hand. 

Ford, lie Prar-her : Out of my doore, you Witch, 
youRagge, you Baggage, you Poulcat, you Runnion, 
out, out : He coniureyou, He fortune-tell you. 

Mift.Pagt. Are you not afhim'd ? 
Ithinkeyouhauekill'd the poore woman. 

tSHi/t.F<*d. Nay he will do it, 'tis a goodly credite 
foryoa 

Ford. Hang her witch. 



*. By y t a.and no, I thmkc the o'man is a witch in- 
dcede : I like no: when a o'man hat a great peard ; I fpj c 
a great peard vnderhis muffler. 

Ford. Will you follow Gentlemen.I befeech you fol. 
low; feebutthciflueofmy icaloufie : If I cry out thus 
vpon no tcaile, neuer trull me when I open agame. 

"Page. Lei's obey his humour a little further : 
Come Gentlemen. 

Mift.Page. Trofl mehebeatehim rnoft pittifully. 

Mift.Ford. Nay by th'MafTc that he did not: he beate 
him tnoft vnpittifully, me thought. 

Mifl.Pige. llehaue the cudgcll hallow'd, and huog 
ore the Altar, it hath done meritorious feruice. 

TrJ,flTord. What thmkc you 5 May we with the war- 
rant of woman hood, and the witneffe of 3 good coofci- 
f nee, purfue him with any further reuenge ' 

Af.Page. The fpirtt of wantonneffc is fure fcar'd out 
of him, if the diuell haue him not in fec-fimplc, with 
fine and recoucry, he will ncuer (I thinke} in the way of 
wafte, attempt vs againc. 

Atiji.Ford. Shall we tell our husbands how wee haue 
feru'ti him ? 

Mtft.Page. Yes, by all mean : if it be but to fcrape 
the figures out of your husbands braines: jfthey can find 
in their hearts, the poore vnuertuous fat Knight fhall be 
any further afflicted, wee two will ftill bee the mini- 
fters. 

Wftford. He warrant, they'l haue him publiquely 
fham'd, nd me think ei there would be no period to the 
icft.fhouldhenotbepublikclyfham'd. 

JHift. T*ge. Come, to the Forge with it, then fiiape it : 
I would not haue things coole. 



Scena Tertta. 



Enter Hoft and Berdtlfc. 

'Bar. Sir, the Germane defires to haue three of your 
horfes : the Duke himfelfe will be to. morrow at Court, 
and they are going to meet him. 

Hoft. What Duke fhould that be comes fo fecretly ? 
I heare not ofhim in the Court : let mee fpeake with the 
Gentlemen, they fpeake Englifh? 

"Bar. I Sir? He call him to you. 

Haft. They fhall haue my horfes, but lie make them 
pay : He fauc< them, they haue had my houfes a week at 
commaund : I haue turn'd away my other guefts, they 
muft come oft", He fawcc thtm, come. Exaaa 



Scena Quarta. 



Enter P*g t , rord^ 



Page, 



**. 'Tisoneof the befl difcretions of a o'man as e- 
ucr 1 did looke vpon. 

Page. And did he fend you both thefc Letter! at an 
inftant ? 

Mifl.Vage. Within a quarter of an houre. 

Ftrd. Pardon me (wife) henceforth do what 9 wilt : 
I rather will fufpc f\ the Sunne with gold,' 
Then thce with wantonncs : Now doth thy honor ftarvd 



The Merry WiierofWmdfor. 



(Jn him that wasoflaK an Hf rctike) . 
As firmcaj faith, 

Pgt. Tis well, 'tis well, no more: 
Be no i as extreme in fubmilfion.as in offence, 
But Ice out plot go forward: Let our wiues 
Yet once agaiue (to 1 make vs publike fport) 
Appoint meeting with this old fat-fellow. 
Where we may take him, and difgracc him for it. 

F trd. There is no better way tntrn that they fpoke of. 

Page. How; to fend him word they'll meete him in 
the Parke at midnight ? Fie^c.hc'Il neuer come. 

. Yott fay he has bin threwnc in the Riuers : and 
has bin greeuoufly pea ten , as an old o'rmn : me-thinkes 
there fhould be terrors in him, that he (hould not comr: 
Me-thinkcshisflefhispunilh'd, heefhall haue no de- 
fire*. 

Pagi. So thinke I loo. 

JtfFord. Oeuife but. how you*! vfe him whe he comet, 
And lct.s two dcuife to bring him thethcr. 

MtfPtge. There is an old talc goes, that Hint the 
Hunter (fometimtf a keeper heere in W'ndfor Forrefl) 
Doih ail (he winter time, at Oil! midnight 
Walke roundabout an Oake,w'uh great ray' ti-hcrnes, 
And there he ofafts the tree, and takes the cattle, 
And make milch -kine yeeld blood.and (hakes a chaine 
In a moft Mdeouc and dreadful! manner. 
You haue Heard of fuch a Spin t, and well you know 
Thefuperftitious idle-headed-Eld 
Receiu'd, and did deiiuer to our age 
This tale offiert* the Hunter, foi a truth. 

Page. Why yet there want not many that do feare 
In deepe of night to walke by this Hcrnei Oakc : 
But what of this? 

Jtfift.Tvd. Marry this b our deuife, 
Thar, /*/#,$> at that Cake (hall meete with *. 

Part. Well, let it not be doubted but he'll come, 
And in this fhape,when you haue brought him thether, 
What {hall be done with him? What is your plot? 

A/</?.ft*.Triat likcwifc haue we thoght vpon:& thus: 
ta*P4ge(ary daaghter)ind my little Tonne, 
And three or foure more of their growth,weeT drefle 
Like Vrchins.Ouphcs.and Fairies, greene and white, 
WUh round? of waen Ttytts on their heads, 
And rattles in tliejr hinds; vpon a fodaine, 
As Falfttffe, (he. and I, are newly met, 
1 et them from forth a faw-pit ruih at once 
With fome difFufcd fong : Vpon their fight 
Wetvro* in great amazednefie will flye - 
Then let them all encircle him about, 
And Fairy -like to pinch the vnclcane Knight ; 
And aske him why that hourc of Fairy Reucll , 
In their fofacred pathes,he dares to tread 
Jnfhapeprophane. 

Ftrd. And till he tell the truth, 
Let the (uppofed Fairies pinch him, found, 
And burne him with their Taptrs. 

Mift.Pqe. Thetruth bciog knowne, 
We'll ail piefent our felues; dif home the fpir'tt, 
And rnockehim home to Windfor. 

Frd. The children muft 
Be praftis'd well tothis,orthey'ilncu'rdoo't. 

E**. I will teach the children their behauiours: and I 
willbelikealacke-an-Apes alfo, toburnc the Knight 
with my Taber. 

ford. That will be excellent, 
lie go buy 



Mifl.Ptp. My A^(hallbe the Qucene of all the 
Fairie,finely attired in a robe of while. 

TV*. That filke will 1 go buy, jod in that time 
Shall M.Sltvdtr fteale my NM away, 
And marry hr at Eaton : go, fend to Fttjftjfe ftraight. 

Ford. Nay, He to him againf in name ofBreome, 
Hcc'l tell me all hispurpofe: fure h'l come. 

Mtft .?*. Feare not you that : Go get v* properties 
And tricking for our Fayries. 

Euam. Let v* about it, 
It is admirable pl^ure*, and ferry honefl knauericj. 



Send quicfty to Sir M, to know hit minde : 
He to the Doctor, he hath my good will, 
And nond but he to marry with /'/<;* P*ft : 
That Slmdtr (though well landed) is an Idee? : 
And he, my husband be ft of all affects : 
The Doflor is well monied, and his fiiendi 
Potent st Court : he, none but he (hall hatieher. 
Though twenty thoufand woither come to crsueher. 



Scena Qutnta. 



f/r Hfl, 



&<$. What wouldft thou haue?(6oore; what?(ihkk 
tkin) (jieake, breathe, difcufTc: brccfe, fhort, quicke, 
fnap. 

Simp. Marry Sir, I come to fp cake with Sir MH Fai- 
jlsfthomU.Slnbr. 

Heft. There's his Chamber, his Houfe.hU Cattle, 
his flanding-bcd and truckle-bed : 'tis painted about 
with thcftory of the Prodigail, frejh and ne\v:go,knock 
and call: heel fpeakc like an Anthropophaginian vnto 
thee : Knocks I fay. 

Simp. There's an olde woman.afat woman gone vp 
into his clumber : lie be fo bold as ftay Sir till fix come 
downe : I come to fpeake with her indeed. 

Heft. Ha? Afat woman.' The Knight may be robb'd : 
He call. Bully-Knight, Bully Sir Itbu.- fpeake from thy 
Lungs Military : Art thou there ? It is thine Hod, thine 
Ephelian cals. 

Fall How now, mine Hoft ? 

Heft. Here's a Bohemian-Tartar tarles the comming 
downe of thy fat- woman : Let her dcfcend( Bully) 1 
her defcend : my Chambers are honourable .- Fie, priua- 
cy?Fie. 

Fat. There was (mine Hofl) an old-fat-woman euea 
now with me, bni (he's gene. 

Simp. Pray you Sir, w$'i not the Wife-woman of 
Uraiifcrdt 

Fal. Imarry was !t(MufTcl-(hell) what would you 
with her ? 

Sitno. My Maficr (Sir) my mafler Slcuderfcnt to her 
fceiug her go thorough the ft'recct, toknow (Sir,) whe- 
ther one Afrw (Sir) that begiiil'd him of a chaine,had the 
chaine, or no. 

Fal. I fpake with the old woman aboui ft. 

Sim. And what fayes (he, I pray Sir ? 

Ft/. Marry fhce fayes, rhacthe very fame frun that 

beguil'd Mafter SltaJerof his Chaine.cozon'd him ofit. 

Simp. I would I could haue fpokcn with the Woman" 

her 



The Mmj Wmt ofW'rndfa. 



her felfe, I had other things Co hattf-fftsfcen with her 



What ar* they? let v* know 
a:con:e:quike. 
Fa/. Joiay hot conceale them (Sir.) 
' 



Siea. Why fir, they wet e nothing but about Miftris 
.#* F<*, to know if it were my Mallets fortune to 
hau<?hcr,orno. 

Ei Tis/t'u his fortune. 

5fo. What Sir* 1 

F*/. To hsae her, or. o* : goe ; fay die woman told 
rncfo. 

.&. MayTtosfcoldtofayfoSir? 

Fa/. 1 Sir: like who more bold. 

5/w. I thanke yout worihip : I fiiall make my Mafter 
glad With thefe tydings. 

Hafi. Thou are cisarkly : thou art cleitkly(Sir Ida) 
Was there a wife woman with thee ? 

Pal. I that there wajfmme//<?j?)one that hath taught 
e more wit, then cuer I learn'd before in my life : and 
[paid nothing for it neither, bpt was paid fcrmylcar- 
nmg. 

Bar. Out p.las (Sir) cosonage : mcere cozonage. 

HJf . Where be my bodes? fpeakc wil of them var- 
etto. 

Bar. Run away with the cozoncrs : for fo foone. &s 

I cams beyond Eaton, they threw roe off, from behinde 

ofieofthcnvnafloughofmyre; and fee fpurres, and 

away; like three Gwaw/w-diueis ; three 'DoQofFat- 

v. 

flty?,They are gone bue to meete the Duke (villsioe) 
doe not fey they bafied : Germaxer are hone 3 men, 

Stan. Where is mine Hofll 

Heft, What is the matter Sir ? 

EUAH. Haue a care of your entertainments : there is a 
friend of mine come to Towne, tcis roce there is three 
Cozen-Ierroans.that has cozend all the Bf/s ofHeoeLxf, 
of Maidenhead; ofCele^roekf t of horfes and money : I 
tell you for good will (Iookcyou)ycu3tewife,aadfu)l 
of gibes, and vlouting-ftocks : and "tis not conucnient 
ycuftouldbecozoned. Fare you weB, 

Cai. Vetlsmine Hojtde /ariteret 

Haft, Hcre(Msfler Dffr) io perpfexitie.and doubt- 
full dcleroma. 

Cat, I cannot tell vat is dat : but it is tel!-a-me, dat 
you make grand preparation for a Dukc<& Sttwanie: by 
my not: der irno Duke thae thcCoortis know, to 
come : I tell you for good wilr : adieu.. 

ffefi. Huy and cry , (villaine) goe i afllft me Kntght.1 
am vndone : fly, run : huy, and cry (villaine) I zm ?a- 
done. 

fat. I would all the world might be cczond, for I 
Ivauebeene cozond and beaten too : ifitfhould come 
to the eare of the Court,1iow I haue beene transformed; 
*nd how my transformation hath "beene waihd, and 
cudgcld, they would melt- mce out of my fat drop by 
drop, and Irqnor Rftiermens-boots with me: I warrant 
they would whip me with their fine wits, till I werees 
cteft-falneuatlride-peare: Ineuer profpcr*d> fince I 
/ctfwore my fdlc at Pr imera.: well, if nay wlnde were 
ittdong enough; Twould repent: N6w> Whence corns 

VtMJ? 

Qtii. From the two pat tics fbtfooth. 
JW. The Djiielf take oneparek, and bis Dam the- 
other.- and fo they (hall be both beflowed; Ihauefuf- 



fcr'd Jnore for their fakes ; more then the villanous in* 
c onftancy <>f man? difpofition is able to beare, 

Oat. And haue not they fuffer'd? Yes,I warrant,-(pe 
cioHflyoneofthem; Miftris Ferd(%oo4 heart)is beaten 
bltcke and blew, that yen cannot fees white fpot about 1 
her. 

F4/. What tell'ft thou mee of blacke, and blew? I 
was beaten my felfe into ali the colours of the Raine- 
bow: arx!l was like to be apprehended for the Witch 
of 'Braineford, but rhat my admirable dextcricie of wit. 
my counterfeiting theadion of an oid woman deliuer'tl 
ne,the kuaueConftabJt had fet me ich"Stocks,ith' com- 
mon S rocks, for & Witch. 

S, Sir : let me fpeake with you In your Chamber, 
you {hall hcarc how things goe,and (1 Warrant) to your 
content : here is a Letter will fay fonrewhat ; (good. 
hearts) what e-doe here is to bring you together ? Sure, 
one of you do's not feruebcauen w . that you are fo 
croff'd. 

FL Come rp into my Chamber* Exeunt. 



Scent Sexta. 



Enttr Ffetey, Hfi. 

8ojt. MaflerFmw.talkenottomee, mymtndei* 
heauy : 1 will gtueouerll. 

Ft*, Yet heare me fpeake : affift me in my purpofe, 
And (as I am a gentleman) ilc giue thee 
A hundred pound in gold, more then your lofie. 

Htp. I will beare you(Mafter Feate*) and I wilt (at 
tbeleafl) kecpe your counfelL 

Fen. From time to time,! haae scqusinted you 
With die deare lone I beare to fat re Anne Pngt t 
Who,mutually j hathanfwer > dmy affection, 
(So farre forth, as her felfe might be her choofer) 
Euen to my wifli ; I haue a letter from her 
Of fuch contents, as you will wonder at; 
The mitth whereof, fo larded with my Matter 
That neither (Singly) can be manifefled 
Without the (hew ofboth : f tMaffe 
Hath a great Scene ; the image of the ieft 
lie fliow you here at large (harke good mine Hofii) 
To night at //-*-C%,iuft 'twiit twelue and one, 
Muftrny fwcet Nan prefent \hc Fairis- guitnt : 
The purpofe why,is here : in which difguife 
While other lefts are something ranke on foote, 
Her father haah commanded her to flip 
Away with Jfe(fcr,and with him,at E*tm 
Immediately to Marry : She hath confented : Now Sir, 
Her Mother,(euen ftrong againft that match 
AndfirmeforDolor C/J/) hath appointed 
That he (hall likewHe fliufflc her away, 
While other fports arc Uiking of their mindes, 
Aod a; the *.yj where a Prjfft a: tend* 
Strait marry her : to this her Mothers plos 
She feeffling!y obedient) likewife hath 
Made promife eo the DeSer : Now,thus it reftj, 
Her father meanes (he (hall be ail in white ; 
And in that habit.when Slender fees his tinrt 
To take her by the hand,and hid her go, 
She flul! goe with him : her Mother hath intended 
(The better to deuote her ro the Do&tr \ 
For they mnft all be nusk'd,and Vizarded) 

That 



That quaint in greene, fhe (hall be loofe en-roab'd, 
With Ribonds-pcndant, flaring "bout her head; 
And when the Dodor fpies his vantage ripe. 
To pinch her by the hand, and on that token, 
Themaid hath giuco content to go with him. 

Hoft. Which mcancs (he to dcceiuc ? Father, or Mo- 
ther. 

Ten. Both (my good Hoft) to go along with roe : 
And heere it rcfts, that you'l procure the Vjcar 
To ftay for me ai Church, 'twlxt twcluc,and one, 
And in the lawfull name ofmirrying, 
To giuc ourhcarts vnited tcrcmoiiy . 

Hoft. Well, husband your deui; He to the Vi car. 
Bring you the Maid/you (hall not lacke a Prieft. 

Tea. ' So {hall 1 euermcrc be bound to thee ; 
Befides, He make a prefcnt reeompcncc. xntt 



AUasQuinttu. ScanaTrima. 



Enter T*lji*8* t Quifty^Frd. 

Fat. Prt'ikee no more pratling : go, I!e hold, this is 
che third time : 1 hope good lucke Ties in odde numbers: 
Away, go, they fay there is Diuinity in odde Number*, 
either in natiuity, chance; or death : away. 

M. lie prouide you a chaine, and lie do what I can 
to get you a paire of homes. 

F*U. Away I fay, time weares, hold vp your head 8t 
mince. How now M. Broatu 1 M after Brooou, the mat- 
ter will be knowne to night, or neoer. Bee you in the 
Parke about midnight, M Hcrnes-Oakc, and you (hall 
fee wonder*. 

Ford. Went you not to her yefterday (Sir)as you told 
me you had appointed ? 

Tal. Iwenttohcr(Mafter#w**) a* you fee, like a 
poore-old-rnan, but I fame from her (Mcfter Braem?) 
like a poore-old-woman ; that fame knaue (/Whir huf- 
band) hath the fincft mad diuell of iealoufie in him(Ma- 
fter 8rwM) that our gttMm'dfrmfit. I will tell you, 
he beate me greeuoufly, in the th ape of a womam,(for in 
the<hapeofMan(Mafter5wk) I feare'not Goliab 
with a Weauersbeame, becaufe! know alfo, life it a 
Shuttle) I am in haft, go along with mee, He tell you all 
(Matter ro0mf:) fmce I pluckt Geefe, plaideTrewant, 
and whipt Top, I knew not what 'twas to be beaten, till 
lately, follow mee, He tell you ftrangft things of this 
knaue Ferd t on whom to night I will be reuenged, and I 
wiUdeliuer his wife into your hand . Follow, ftreunge 
things in hand (M.Breome) follow. 



Scena Secunda. 



Enter Pat,Sti*Bar,Slm<ler. 

F*pt. Come, come : wee'll couch i'th Cafile-ditch, 
till we fee the light of our Fairies. Remember foil Slcn- 



St. Iforfcoth,Ihmefpf,l<ewithher, fewchauc 
a nay-word, hew to know one another. I come to her 
in v;hiie, and cry MUM; (he cries Budget, aad by that 



we know one another. 

Sbal. That's good too/ B whuUfd either your 
Mum, or her Budget? The white vrrtl decipher her vrli 
enough. Ithathftrooket^na'clocke, 

Page. The night is darjte, Light and So'iriu will be- 
come it wrl :Heauen profper our fpon. No man means 
euill but the deuill.and we (hal know him by bis norn. 
Lets away : follow me. Exuaa. 



Scena, Terti*. 



Enter Mifi. P*gi,\ M#. Ford, CMU. 

Mifl.Paz*. M'Doftor,my daughter is In green,whn 
you fee your time, take her by the hand, away with her 
to the Deanerie. and difpatchlt quickly : go before into 
the Parke: we two rnuft go together. 
CM. I know vat lhaue to do, adieu. 
AfflPage. Fare you well (Sir.) my husband will not 
reioyce fomuch at the abufe o{ Falftaffe, as he will chafe 
at the Doctors marrying my daughter : But 'tis no mat- 
ter; better a little chiding, then a great deak of heart - 
breake. 

MiJl.FcrA Where is Nm novil and her troop of Fai- 
ries? and the Welch.deuill Herne ? 

W[i.fnge. They are all couch'd in a pH hard by Hernes 
Oake, with obfcoPd Lights 5 which at the very inftant 
ofFIJta/ej and our meeting ,they will at once difplay to 
the night 

Ahft.Ffrd. That cannot choofe but amaze him. 

Mift.Pag*. Ifhebenotamaz'dhewillbe tnock'd: If 
he be amaz'd,h will euery way be mock'd. 

MiJI.Ffrd. Weell betray him finely. 

"Mifi.Page. Againft fuch LewdAen,and their lechery, 
Thofe that betray them, do no treachery. 

Miftjord. The houre drawet-oo : to the Oake.to the 
Oake. Exatnt 



Scena Quatta. 



Enter Euans and Ftirttt. 

Stunt. Trib, trib Fairies : Come, and remember your 
parts : be pold (I pray you) follow me into the pit, and 
whenlgiuethewatcb-'ords, doaslpidyou : Come, 
coie,trib,trib. 



Scena Qutnta. 



fater Fat/taffe, Mi/hit Ptge t <JK&ru Ftrdfms t 



Fat. The Wind for-bell hath ftroketweluc: the Mi- 
nute drawes-on: Now the hot-bloodied-Gods affift me: 
Remember loue, thou was't a Bull for thy wa,Loue 
ftt on thy homes. O powerful! Loue. that in lome re- 
fpeds makes a Bead a Man : in font other, a Man a bead. 
You were alfo (lupictr) a Swan, fot the loue of Led* : O 
omnipotent 



' TbeMtrvWuesoftVinilftr. 



Buckled below faire Knight-hoods bending knee* 
Fairies vfe Flowres for their cbarafterie. 
Away, difperfe; Bus till 'tis one a clocke, 
Our Dance of Cuftoane, round about the Oke 
Offfertre the Hunter, let vs not forget. (f et . 

ka.Pray you lock hand in hand :y our feloes In order 
And twenty giow-worme* foal! our Lanthomes bee 
To guide our Meafure round about the Tree 
But ft?.y, 1 fmcll a man of middle csrth. 

Fat. Heaucns defend me from that Welfti Fairy, 
Leaft he transforme me to a peece of Cheefc. 

Fiji: Vildeworfne, thou waft ore-iook'd euen in thv 
birth. 

JS* . With Trial l-fire touch me his finger end 
If he be chsfte, the fiame will backe defcend 
And turne him to no paine : but if he ftart, 
It is the flefli of a corrupted hait, 

Pift. A trial!, come. 

EMU. Come: will this wood take fire ? 

FL Oh, oh, oh. 

Qui. Corrupt, corrupt, and tainted in defire. 
About him (Fairies) fing a fcornfull rinw, 
And as you trip, ftilj pinch htm to your time. 

The Song. 

Ftf onfiunefullphffitta/ie Fit on l^ft, and Ltueurit : 
Luft u but kbudjftre, kyuUtdvmh vncbafa dfirt t 
Fed in heart ifhofeflamtiafrirt, 
*s4s thoughts do blev> thtm higher and higher. 
Pinch htm (Fairies) mutually ; Pinch him far hit villanie. 
Pinch him, and bum him, and I urn htmaboUi , 
TiK Candlti, & Star. light ,& <JU*ot.fhiHfbe oat. 

Vagc. Nay do not fiye, I thinke wehaue watcht you 
now .- Will none but Heme the Hunter ferue your 
turne ? 

M. Ttgt.l pray you ccme>hold vp the ieft no higher. 
Now (good Sir loha) how like youWndfnr wiues ? 
See you thefe husband f Do not thefe faire yoakcs 
Become the Forreft better then the Towne ? 
Ford. Now Sir, whofc a Cuckold now ? 
M' Breott*e, Fatflaffet a Knaue.a Cuckoidty knaue, 
Heere are his homes Mafter Ttwmt : 
And M after "Hrwww, he hath enioyed nothing of Ferds, 
but hii Buck-basket, his cudgell, and twenty pounds of 
money, which muft be paid to M c "Broom*, his horfe* are 
atrefted for it, M'Braome. 

M.Ftrd. Sir fobn t wehaue had ill lucke: wee could 
neuermee?e:IwiSlneaerwtkeyouformy Loue againe, 
but I will al wayes count you my Deere. 

Fal. I do begin to perceiue that I am made an AfTe. 
ferd. I j and an Oxe too : both the proofcs are ex- 
tant. 

Fal. And thefe are not Fairies: 
I was three or foure times in the thought they were not 
Fairies, and yet the guiltinefle of my minde, the fodaine 
furprizc of my powers, drouc the groffenefle of the fop- 
pery into a receiu'd beleefe, in defpight of the teeth of 
all rime and reafon, that they were Fairies . See now 
how wit may be made a Iacke-a-Lent,when 'tis vpon ill 
imploymcm. 

#it. Sir loknFaiHafe, ferue Got, and leaue your 
defires,and Fairies will not pinfe you. 
Ford. Well faid Fairy Hugh. 

Aodkaueyou youi icalouzies too, I py 



omnipotent Loue, how nere the G od drew to 
piexion<jfaGoofe;afaultdonefirftin the forme of t 
beaft,(O loue, a be afiiy fault: ) and then another fault 
in the femblance of a Fowl?, thinke on't (loue) a fowle- 
faujc. VVhen Gods hauc hot backei, whatrhall poore 
men do ? For me. I am heere a Windfc: Stagge, and tb* 
fatteft(i thinke) i'th Forreft. Send me a coole rut-time 
(loue)otwhocanblamemetopiflemy Tallow f Who 
come? heere ? my Doe? 

t&f.Ferd. Sir Istm ? Art thou shcre (my Deere? ) 
Mymaie-Deere/ 

Fa/. iVfyDae, v/ith'ihe blacke Scut ? Let the skie 
rainc Potatoes : let it thunder, to thetune of Greene* 
fleeues.haile-kifilng Comfits, and fnow Erirtgoes: Ler 
there come a tempeft of prouocation, I will' (belter mee 
leere, 

M' Turd. Mift'ts Page is come with me(iveet hart.) 
Fal. Diuide me like a brib'd-Bucke,eaeh a Haunch : 
[ will kccpe my fides to my felfe, my Ihoulders for the 
yiowofthiswalke ; and my homes I bequeath your 
imbands: Am I a Woodman, ha ? Speake I like Herne 
the Hunter? Why, now is Cupid a ch'Jd of confcience, 
ic makes reftitution. As 1 am a true fpirit, welcome. 
M.Pege. Alas, what noife? 
JU.Ferd. Heuenforgiucourfinnc. 
Fal. What (hould this be? 
.A4.Ferd.TM3' age. Away,away t 
Fal. 1 thinke the dluellwil notbauemedjmn'd, 
Leaft the oy!e that's in me foould fet hell on fire; 
He would neuer elfe crofie me thus. 

Enter Fatrttt . 

Qtri. Fairies blacke, gray, grcene,and white, 
You Moone-fhinereuellers.and (hades of nightr 
YouOrphan hcires of fixed deftiny, 
Attend your office, ani your quality. 
Crier Hob-goblyn, make the Fairy Oyes, 

Pift. Blues, lift your names : Silence you aiery toyei 
Cricket, to Windfor-chimnics fhah thoc leapc ; 
Where fires thou find'ft vnrak'a,and hearths vnfwspt, 
There pinch the Maids as blew as EilKbgrry, 
Our radiant Queene, hates Sluts,and Slu^tery. 

F*/.They are Fairies,he that foeaks to them fliall die, 
lie winke,and couch : No man ths'sr workes muft eie. 

gu. Wher's 'SedttGo you,and where you find a maid 
That ere foe fieepe has thrice her prayers faid, 
Raifc vp the Organs of her fantafie, 
Sleepe (he as found as cac?Ieflc infaocie, 
But thofe as Hcepe, and thinke not on their fins, 
Pinch themarmes, legs,backes,(houlders,fjdes,& fliins. 

tt. About, about: 

Search'Wmdfor Caftk(E!ues)wUhin,and out. 
Strew good lucks (Qaphcs) on euety facred roome, 
That it may ftand till tbe perpettsall doomc, 
In Rare as wholfomc, as inflate 'tis fit, 
Worthy the Owner, and the Owner it* 
The feuerallChaire* of Order, iooke you fcowre 
With iuyceof Balme ; and euery precious flowrc, 
Each faire Inflalment, Coate, and feu'rall Crcft, . 
With loyal! Blazon, euermore be bleft. 
And Nightly-meadow-Fairies, Iooke you fing 
tike to trie GSttfl-J-Compaffe, in a ring, 
Th'exprfiffure that it beares't Greene let it be, 
Mote fertile-frefh then all the Field to fee : 
And, Hnj Soit gyi Mal-f-Pence, write 
Jo Emrold-tuffes, Flowres purple, blew,ap.d white, 
Like Saphire-pearle^and rich embroiderie, 



6o 



Ford, 1 will neuer mlftruft my wife egain*, till thou 
an able to woo hr in good Engliftj. 

Pal. Haue I laid my brame in the Sun, and dri'ile it, 
that it WWM matter to pruent Co groffc ore-reaching as 
this ? Am T ridden with a Wilch Goa te too? Shd I hauc 
* Coxcombc of Friztt? TIE time I v> ere choalr/d with : 
peecc of toaAcd Chee(e, 

EH. Seefe is not good to g/ue putcer;^our beity is al 



Fa/, Seefe, and Putter? Htuejliu'd to ftandal the 
taunt of one that makes Fritters of Bnglifti ? This i$e- 
noueh to be the decay of luft and late-walking through 
the Realms. 

M,p,P*i. Why Sir MM, do you thinke though wee 
would hauethruft venue out of our hearts by the head 
end (houldersp end hauc giusnour felues without fcru- 
pie to hell, that euer the deuill could have madcjrou our 

fli What,* bodge-pudding ? A bag of fl ? 

M#.t*f(. A potman? 

*vt. Old, cold. withei'd.andofintoUttablecn- 
trailei ? 

Fffrdt And one that it as (landerous as Saihan ? 

P*gt. And as poorc as lob ? 

ftrd. And as wicked as his wife? 

*4*. And giucn to Fornications, and to Tauernw, 
DndScke,and Wine, and Mctheglins, and to drinking* 
nd hearings, and (tarings? Pribles and prb!cs ? 

fol. Well, I am your Theamc : you hanc the ftart of 
me, 1 am dcicfted : I am not able to anl wer the Welch 
JElmaell , Ignorance it felfe is a plummet ore me, v fe me 
as you will. 

Ford* Marry Sir, we/1 bring you to Windfottocnc 
M' Brttme ,that you hauc coion'd of money, to whom 
you ihould hauc bin a Pander : euer and about that you 
hauc fuffcr'd, I thinke, to repay that money will be a bi- 
ting affliction. 

p*gt. Yet be cheerefol! Knight; thou (hale eat a pof- 
&ttonlghjmyhoufc,wher 1 will dsftrethee to laugh 
at my wife, that now hughes at thee t Tell her M r Sle- 
Jer hath married her daughter. 

THtfl.PAge. Doftort doubt that l 
If Amnt Pag be my daughter, (he is (b^ this) Dodoui 
(aim wife. 

Situ. Whoa hoe, hoe, Father fagt. 

fige. Sonnt?Hownow?HownowSonne, 
Haue you difpatch'd .' 

Sin. Difpauh'd? He make thcbeftin GloAcrfliire 
know on't : would I wereheng'd la,elfe. 

tagt. Of what fonne ? 

Ska. I came yonder at Eaten to marry Miflris Asia 
PMC* and Hie's a great lubberly, boy. If it had not bene 
i'th Church, Iwouldhauefwing'dhim, orheefliould 
haucfwing'dme. in did not thinke it had bccne Anns 
Page, would I might neuer ftirtc,and 'tis a Poft-rnaftees 
Boy. 



fage. Vpon roy life then, voutooke the wrong. 

Sim. Wh*t ntedeyoutdf me that ? 1 think fo.wben 
I tooke a Boy for a-Girle : If I had bene married to rum, 
(Tor all he was in woman* appandl) I would not haut 
had him. 

Page. Why thi: is your owns folly, 
Did not I tell you how you fhould know my daughter, 
By her garments ? 

Sin. I went to her in grecne, and cried Mum, and 
(he cride budget, as vtme and I had appointed,and yr t 
it WM not t/*w,but a Poft.rmfters boy 

MtstJage. Good Gterge be not angry, 1 knew of 
yourpurpofe:tutn'dmy daughter mto white, andin- 
deede (he is now with the Doctor ai the Deanric , and 
there married. 

CM. Ver is Miftris P*ge : by gar T am coioned, I ha 
married oon Garfoon.a boy ; oor. pefent,by gar. A boy, 
it is not An Page, by ar,I am cozened. 

UU.Paft. Why? did you take her in white ? 

C*i. I bee gar, and 'tis a/ boy : be gar, lie raife U 

ford. This i$0rang ; Whd bath got theright Atmf 
Page. My heart mrgiunw,here>rr.e*M'F. 



A*u Pardon gooa/ather.good my mother pardon 

How chance jrou went not with~M>5jm&r? 

M.T>gs. Why went you not with MT Ooctc^, maid? 

Fen. You do amaze her : heare th truth of it. 
You would haue married her rnoft Shamefully, 
Where thers was uo propof ti on held in loue : 
The trutfc is, (he and l(long fince contracted) 
Arc now To fut ethat nothing can duTolue r* 
Th'orTence i* holy, that (he hath commikted, 
And this deceit looks the name of crart^ 
Of difobedience, ot vnduteous title. 
Since therein (he doth euit&tc and faun 
j\ thoufand irreligious curfed houres 
Which forced marriage would haut brought ypou h. 

Ford. Stand not amar'd, here is no remedies 
In Loue, the hcauens themfelues do guide the (rate, 
Money buyes Land,and wlues are fold by fate. 

Fa!. I am glad, though you hau tane a fpecial Aand 
to ff i rksst me, that your Arrow bath glanc'd. 

P*gt. Well, whal remedy "> Fenttn, hcauengiuethee 
icy, what cannot beefchew'd,muft be cmbrac'd. 

F<sl. When night-dogges run, all forts of Deere arc 
chac*d. 

M#.P*g<. Wei!, I will mufe no fonhcr ; M r .Awn, 
Heauen g'iue you many, many merry dayes ? 
Good husband, let v euety one go house, 
And laugh this fport ore by aCounsricfcre. 
Sir/6andali. 

Ford. Letitbero(Sir/fen) 
To Mafter Brtmt. you yet&aU hold your weed, 
For he, to night, {bell lye with Miftris ford: xfut( t 



FINIS. 



M E A S V R E, 

For Meafiire. 



, Scenaprima. 



Enter Du*e, Efealut, Lordt. 

Duke. 
Sctlw. 

Efc. My Lord. (fold, 

Dk; Of Gouemmenr,the prooerties to vn- 
' Would fceme in me I'affeft fpeecii & djfcourfc, 
Since I am pat to know,that your owne Science 
Exceedes(in that) the lifts ofalladuice 
My ftrength can giue you : Then no more rcmaines 
But that, to your fufrktency,as your worth is able, 
And let them worke The nature of our People, 
Our Citiei Invitations, and the Termes 
For Common Iuftice,y*are as pregnant in 
As Art,and prs<dfe,hath inriched any 
That we remember . There is our Commiflion, 
From which.we would not haue you warpe ; call hither, 
I fay, bid come before vs Angtk : 
What fifjiiit ofvs thir.keyoujhe willbearc. 
For you muft know, wehaoe with fpeciall foule 
Elefted him our abfencc to fupply ; 
Lent him our terror ,dreft him with our loue, 
And giuen his Deputation all the Organs 
Of our owne powre . What thinks you of it ? 

fc. If any mPWibeofwcrth 
To vndcrgoc fach ample grace.and honour, 



Eta or Angtle. 

Dul^. Looke where he comes. 
Ang. Alwayes obedient to yout Graces will, 
I come to know your pleafure. 



There is a kinde of Charaaer in thy life, 

That to th'obferuer, doth thy hiftory 

Fully vnfold : Thy fclfe, and thy belongings 

Are not thine owne fo proper.as to wafte 

Thy felfe vpon thy venues ; they on thce .- 

Heaucn doth with vs, as we,with Torches doe, 

tfot light them for themfelues :For if our venues 

Did not goe forth ofvs, 'twere all alike 

As if we had them not : Spirits are not finely tone h'd 

But to fiueiiTues : nor nature neuer lends 

The fraallcft fcruple of her excellence, 

But like athtiftygoddcfle.Qie determines 

Hetfelfetheglory of * crcditour, 

Both thank s,and vfe; but I dotend roy fpeech 






To one that can my part in him aducrtife ; 

Hold therefore Angela: 

In our retnoue.be thou at fu!l,our felfe 

Mortal!] tic and Merciein fienua 

Liue in thy tongue,and heart : Old Efealut 

Though fir ft i n quc ftion, is thy fecondary. 

Take shy Commiflion. 

slug. Now good my Lord 
Let there be fome more teft.made of my mettle, 
Before fo noble, and fo great a figure 
Be ftamp'c vpon it. 

Dak: No more euafion : 
We haue with a Icauen'd t and prepared choice 
Proceeded to you ; therefore take your honors : 
Our haftefrom hence is of fo quickc condition, 
That it prefers it felfe, and leaucs vnqueftton'd 
Matters of needfull value : We (lull write to you 
As time,and our concerning} (hall importune, 
How it goes with vs, and doe lookc to know 
What doth befall you here. So fare you well ; 
To th' hopeful] execution doe I leaue you, 
Of your Commiffions. 

Aug. Yet giue leaue (my Lord,) 
That wemay bring youfomethingon the way* 

D*kj My hafie may not admit it, 
Nor neede you (on mine honor) haue to doe 
With any fcruple : your fcope is as mine owne, 
So to mforce.or qualifie the Lawes 
As to your foule feemes good : Giue roe your hand, 
lie priuily away : I loue the people, 
But doe not like to (rage me to their eyes : 
Though it doe well, I doe not rellifli well 
Their lowd app)aufe,and Aues vehement : 
Nor doe I thinke the man of fafc discretion 
That do's affeft it. Once more fare you well. 

Ang. 1 he heaoens giue fafecy to your purpofet. 

fe. Lead forth, and bring you backe in happi- 

nefle. exit. 

DH^. ! thanke you, fare you well. 

Efc. I (hall defire you, Sir.to giue me leaue 
To haue free fpeech with you ; and it eonccrnes me 
To looke into the bottome of ir.y place .- 
A powre I haue, bat of what ftrcngtb and nature, 
I am not yet inftru&ed. 

^w^.'Tit fo with me : Let vs with -draw together,' 
And we may foone our farisfa&ion haue 
Teaching that point. 

fc. lie wait -/pen yout honor. Exeunt. 



Meajure for Meajttre. 



I.Gent. Ctaudio to prifon? 'tis not 6. 
"Bawd. Nay, but I know 'tit fo : Ifav? hint actefted: 
aw him carried avny : and which is more , within thefe 
thrge daiej his head to be chop'd off. 

Luc, Bur, after eli this fp'Ang,Iwotldnotlwucuib: 
Art thou fureof this? 

"Sewd. I am too fure of it: and it is for gettingMadzm 
hdittta with chtlde. 

Lite. Beleeu erne this may be vh promii*d to tweet* 
me two howres fir.ce, and he vtaseuet precife in promife 
keeping. 

i.Cent. Befides you know, it drawes fomtbingneere 

to the fpeech we had to fuch a purpofe. 

i. gent. But moft of all agreeing with theproclamatio. 

Lue. Away: let's goeksme the truth of it. &:tt. 

r Bad. Thus, what with the war; what with the fweat, 

what with the gallowes, and what with pouerty, 1 am 

Cuftom-fhrunke. How now ? what's the nerve; with 

you. Enter Clawne. 

Ci/>. Yonder man is carried to prifon, 
Ba*. Well: what has he done? 
Cl, A Woman. 
73 s. But what's his offence* 
C/. Groping for Trowts.in a peculiar Riuet. 
'Saw. What ? is there a maid with child by him t 
Ch. No : but there's a woman withtmidbyhim* 
you hjue not heaiJ of the pj oclamation, haue you ? 
Baw. What proclamation, man * 
Q*f. Allhowfesin the-Suburbs of f/ww muftbee 
pluck'ddowne. 

Bevd. And what ihaH become ouhofe in theQtie ? 
Clew. They (hall (rand for ieed .- they had gon down 
to, but that a wife Burger put in for them, 

'Bawd. But fhall all oar houfes of refort in the Sub- 
urbs be puld downs > 

Clav. To the ground, Miftris. 
Butd. Whyheete's a change indeed in the Common* 
wealth : what fhall become of me ? 

Clow. Come ; fcare not you: good Councilors lacke 
no Clients: though you change your place, youneede 
not change your Trade f He bee your Tapfter ftill ; cou- 
rage, there will beepitty taken on you ; you that haue 
worne your eyes almoR out in the feruice, you will be 
confidsred. 

Bawd. What's to doe here, Thmai Fapfter? let's 
withdraw ? 

Cie. Here comes Signior CtoeJa, led by the Prouoft 
to prifon : and there's Madam luliet. Exwnt. 



Scena Secunc/a. 



Enttr Lncio. <uidtwt other Gttalemm. 
Luc. If cheD*^, with the other Dukes, coroe not to 
ompofuion with the King of /ftw^^jwhythen all the 
)uke* fall vpon the King. 

. Gent. Hcaucn grant vs its peace, but not the King 



Amen. 

Luc. Thou conctud'ftlikc the Sanctimonious Pirtt, 
that venj>fto fei vviih the tea Commandementi, but 
crap'd onrout of the Table. 

z.Gent. Thou (halt not Stcale? 

Luc. I, that Keraz'd. 

i.Cjfxt. Whyftwasacommandement, toremirnand 

he Captaine and all the reft ftom their functions : they 

,?ut forth to ftcale : There's not a Souldier of vs all, that 

n the thankf-giuing before meate.do rallifh the petition 

ell, that prain for peace. 

t.C/iwr. I ncuer heard any Souldierdifltke it. 

Luc. I beleeue thee : for I thinke thou neuer was't 
where Grace was faid. 

i.Gent. No? a dozen times at lead. 

I .Git. What ? In meeter ? 

Luc. In any proportion, or in any language. 

I .Gent, I thinke, or in any Religion. 

Ixc. I, why not ?Grace,isGrace,deipighi of all crm- 
trouetiie : at far example ; Thou thy fclfe art a wicked 
yillaine, defpight of all Grace. 

i JCtnt. Well : there went bat aparre of fheetes be- 
tweerte vs, 

Luc. I grant.- as there may bet weene the Lifts, and 
the Veluet^Thou art the Litt. 

I. COT?. And thou the Veluet; thou art good vctuet; 
thou'rtathreettild-peecelwarrane ihee; I had as liefe 
beiLyftofanEngliftiKcrfey, asbepil'd, as thou rt 
pil'd.for a French Veluet. Do I fpeake feelingly now.' 

Lac. I thinke thou do'ft : and indeed with moft pain. 
Full feeling of thy fpeech : I will, out of thine owne con- 
feflion, leime to begin thy health; but.whtlft I liue for- 
get to dnnke after thee. 

t .On. I think I haue done my felfe wrong.hsue I not? 
. Gent. Yeijthat thou ha(l;whether thou art tainted, 
or free. Enter BavJt. 

Luc .Behold.behold.where M*dimMingati, comes. 
I haue purchafd as many difeafes vndet her Roofe, 
As come to 

t.Gtnt. Towhar,Iptayf 

Luc. ludge. 

i.Gfrt. TothreethoufandDoIloursayeare, 

l.Gcat. I,andmor. 

L*c. A French crowne more. 
i.G&t. Thou art aiwayes figuring difeafes in me;faut 
thou art full of error.l am found. 

IMC. Nay, not (as one would fay / healthy : but fo 
found, as things that are hollow 5 thy bones are hollow; 
Impiety has made afesftofii-.ee. 

i. G ait. How now, which of your faips haithemofi 
ptofoundO.adca? 

Bwd. Wcl'.,wsll t there's one yonder arrfi<d, and 
carried u> prifon, was worthfiuc thoufand of you all. 
* . Gait. Who's that 1 przy'thee ? 
#<rW, Marry Sir,that Clauda 



Scena Tertui. 



Enter PreuaJ}, Cloudi* Juliet ,O fixer i,Luf it t & ^.GtHt 
Ci*. Feilow,v/hy do'ft thou (how me thus to th'wcrjcl 
Beare me to prifo^wheie I am committed. 

Pro. I do it not in euill difpoiition , 
But from Lord ^tngeto by fpeciall charge. 

C/4i, Thus can the demy-god (Authori ty) 
Make vs pay downe, for our offence, by waigh: 
The words of hssuen \ on whom tt will, it will, 
On whom it will not (foe) yet rtill'ris iuft. (ftraitrt 

Lue, Why how no w Claudia t whence comes this te 

Cta. From too much tfoertv, (mv I (jy) Ubeity 
Af furfet is thefather ofatthfel, ' 
So euaiy Scope by the immoderate vfe 
Turnes to rftrsint j Our Natures doe puifu e 

like 



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Like Rats that rauyn downe their proper Bane, 

A thirfty cuill, and when wedrinke.we die. 

Lvc. If I could fpeake fo wifely ynder an arteft, I 
would fend for cettaine of ray Creditors .- and yct,to fay 
the truth, I had as liefhaue the foppery of freedomc , as 
the mortality of imprifoomenc : what's thy offence , 
Cfadbf 

(U. What (but to fpeake of) would offend againe. 

Luc. What, is'i murder? 

CU. No. 

IMC. Lecherie? 

CU. Call it fo. 

Pro. Away, Sir, yog muftgoe. 

la. One word, good friend 
Luao,3. wwd with you. 

Luf. A hundred : 
Jf they'll doe you any good : I s Lechery fo look'd after ? 

C/4. Thus (lands it with me : vpou a true contrad 
I got poffeffton of litlurtt'bcd, 
You know the Lady, (Vie is faft my wife, 
Saue that we doe the denunciation lackc 
Of outward Order. This we came not to. 
Onely forpropogation of a Dowrc 
Remaining in the Coffer of her friends, 
From whom we thought it meet to hide our Loue 
Till Time had made them for vs. But it chances 
The Health of our moft rmituall entertainment 
With Charafter too groffe, is writ on lUet. 

LMC. With childe, perhaps? 

C/4. Vnhappcly.euenfo. 
And the new Deputic, now for the Duke, 
Whether it be the fault and gltmpfe of newneJ 
Or whether that the body publiqtie, be 
Ahorfc whereon the Gouernot doth ride, 
Who newly in the Seate, that it may know 
He can command ; lets it (trait feelc the fpur : 
Whether the Tirranny be in his place, 
Or in his Eminence that fills it vp 
I ftagger in : Bin this ncwGouernor , 

Awakes me all the inrolled penalties 
Which haue (like vn-fcowr'd Armor) hung by th'wall 
So long, ihitninreene Zodiacks haue gone round, 
Ami none of them becne worne; and for a name 
Now puts the drowfte and neglefted A& 
Frclhly on me : 'tis furely for a name. 

Lie. 1 warrant it is: And thy head (rands fo tickle on 
thy (Viouldcrs, tbatamilkc-maid,if fhcbeinlone, may 
figh it off: Send after the Duke, and appeale to him. 

CU. I haue done fo, but hec's not to be found. 
I pre'mec (Lncio) doe me this kinde feruice .- 
This day, my fiftcr fhould the Cloyfter enter. 
And there recciue her approbation. 
Acquaint her with the danger of my ftate. 
Implore her, in my voice, that (he make friends 
To the frrrftdcputie : bid her felfc aflay him, 
T haue great hope in that: for in her youth 
There is a prone and fpecchleffe dialect, 
Such as moue men : bcfide.ftie hath profperous Art 
When flic will play with reafon, and difcourl'e, 
And well me can pcrfwade. 

Inc. I pray Aiee may ; fvel! for the encouragemer.t 
of (he like, which elfc would ftand vnder greeuous im- 
pofiuon as for the enioying ofthy life, who I would be 
forry fhould bee thus foolifhly loft , at a gime of ticke- 
tackc: lie to her. 

CU. I thanke you good friend Lucia. 



Luc. Within two houres. 
Qa. CorneO<Kcar,away. 



Sana Quart*. 



Snttr D*kt aid Frur Thim*. 

D*t No : holy Fher,ihrow away that thought, 
Beleeue not that the dribling dart of Loue 
Can pierce acompleat bofome : why,I defire tiier 
To giue me fecret harbour, hath a purpofe 
More graue,and wrinkled,then the aimci, andends 
Of burning youth. 

Fri. May your Grace fpeake of it ? 

Dak} My holy Sir, none better kno wes then you 
How 1 haue euer lou'd the life remoucd 
And held in idle price.to haunt aflemblics 
Where youth, and coft.wltlcfle braucry kcepes. 
I haue delmerd to Lord tsf*gelt> 
(A man of {trtc*hire and firrnc abflinence) 
My bfo!ute power, and place here in Vienna, 
And he fuppofes me trauaild to 7'pUd f 
(For fo I haoe ftrewd it in the common care) 
And fo it is rcceiu'd .- Now (pious Sir) 
You will demand ofme.why 1 do this. 

fri. GUdly.my Lord. 

>!(. We hauc IttiftStatuies.and moftbiting Laws , 
(The needful! bits and curbes to headftrong weedes,) 
Which for this foureteeneyearei.we haue let flip 
Euen like an ore-growne Lyon in a Caue 
That goes not out to prey: Now,?; fond Fathers, 
Hauing bound vp the threading twigs ofbirch, 
Onely to fticke it in their children: fight 
For terror ,not to vfe : in time the roa 
More mock'd.then fcar'd : fo our Decrees, 
Dead to infliction, to themfelues are dead, 
And libert ic, plucks lufticeby the nofe ; 
The Bby beates theNurfe,and quite a^hw art 
Goes all decorum. 

Fri. It refted in your Grace 
To vnloofe thit tyde-vp Iuftice,when you pleaf'd : 
And it in you more dreadful! would hauc feem'd 
Then in Lord 4*tto. 

D4. Idoefeare : too dreadful! : 
Sith'twas my fault,to giuethepcople fcope, 
T would be my tirreny to Urike and gall them, 
For what I bid them doe : For,we bid this. be done 
When euill deedes haue their perm'tiTiue pafle, 
And not the puni(hment : therefore indecde (my fathei) 
1 haue on Angela impos'd the ofh'cc, 
Who may in th'ambuH) of my name.flrikc home, 
And yet,my nature neuet in the fight 
To do in flandet : And to behold his fway 
1 will, as 'twere a brother of your Order, 
Vifit both Pnnce.and People : Therefore I pre'thee 
Supply me with the habit,and inftruft me 
How 1 may formally in per/on beare 
Like a true Frier : Moe reafons for this action 
At our more ley fure,fhail I render you ; 
Oncly.this one : Lord Aglo is precife, 
Stands at a guard with Enuie : fcarce confrfTei 
That his blood flowes : or that his appetite 
Is more to bread then Rone : hence Hull we fee 
If power change-purpofe : what our Seecners be. Exit. 
F x " Seatat 



Meafartfor Meajure. 



Scene Quinta. 



Eater ffdvll&jdFrancrJcaa Nao. 

/fa. And haoe you fjtau no further priuiledges > 

Nun. A re not thefe large enough? 

I fa. Yes uuely I fpeake not as defirir.g more, 
But rather wifhing a more ftrifi reftramt 
Vpontbe Sifterftood.the Votariftsof Saint Clare. 
Lmxowiik*. 

Luc, Hoa ? peace be in this place. 

If*; Who's that Which cab? 

Nun. It is a mans voice . gentle lf*bila 
Turne you the key , and know his buhnciTc of him; 
You may ; I may not : you are yet vnfworne : 
When you haue vowd, you rrufi not fpeake with men, 
But in the or efenee of the Priarefe ; 
Then if you fpeake,you muft not iKow your fai 
Or if you (how yourface.you muft not fpeake; 
He cals againe .- 1 pray you aufwere him. 

7/i, Peace and prolperitie: who is't thas calif 

L'-v. Haile Virgin, (if you be) as thofe cheeke.Rofes 
Prociaime you are no leffe . can you fo (teed m, 
At bring me to the figh: of/fattlla, 
A Nouice of this place, and the faire Sifter 
To her vnhappie brother CLud> 

ffa. Why her vnhsppy Brother* Letmeaslce, 
The rathe; foe I now muft make you koow 
I am that ffittlLt, and hu Sifter . 

t^e. Gentle & faire .- your Brother kindly greets you i 
Not to b weary with you j he's to ptifon. 

/fa. Woe me; for what; 

Lix. For that, which if my feife might b hi* Judge, 
He (hould receiue hie punUhmeftttin thank es . 
He hath got hii friend with ctolde. 

//*. Sirtmakemeootyourftone. 

L*e*'Tit truejl would not^chough tie my famiiisr fn, 
With Maids to feeme the Lapwing.and to ieft 
Toogoe/ar from heart i pUy with all Virgios fo t 
I ho W you a* a thing ea-skied, and fainted, 
By your renooncement, sn imortall fpirit 
And to be talk'd with in fincerity, 
At with a Saint. 

/fa. You doe bUfpheme the good, in mocking me. 

Lor. Doe oot bcleeue it : fewnei t and (ruth ; tU thus, 
Your brother >nd hit loucr haue embrtc'd ; 
As thofe that feed.grow fu!l.-as bloffoming Time 
That from thefeedues,che bare fellow brings 
Tojeemiag foyfon / eueo fo her plenteous wombe 



//i. Some erne with eKilck by him? my cofen folia? 
Jjts. Is (he your cofen? 

I ft. Adopiedly,as fchoole-makls change their names 
By vaine,tbough aot affeAion. 

Lee. She is. 

//". Oh, let him many her. 

Lae. This ii the point. 
The Dok< is very ftrangcly gone from hence; 
Bore maoy gentiemea (my Telte being one) 
In hand, ami hope ofsdicn:butwedoeSeame, 
By thofe that Koow the very Nerues of State, 
Hns giuing.oct, were cf an infinite di fence 
From his true meant deitgne : vponhis place, 



( And with full line of his autbottiy^ 
Gouemes Lord>in/rfo;Aman,whofc blood 
Is very (how-broih : one, who neuer freks 
The wanton ftingMftd motions of the fence; 
Bat doth rebate, and blunt hi* natural! edge 
With profits of the rninde ; Studie,and fail 
He(to eiucfeareto vff,and lilt-rtie, 
Which naue,for long.ruruby the hideous Uw, 
As Myce.by Lyons) hath pickt out an aft. 
Vndcr whore heauy fence, your brothers life 
Fal: into forfeit . be arreds him on it, 
And followesclofc the rigor of the Statute 
To make him en example : all hope is gone, 
Vnlefie you haue the gracc,by your faire piaier 
Tofoften Angela : And that's my pith ofbufinefo 
Twixt you.and your poore brother. 

7/4. Doth he fo, 
SeekehisKfe? 

L*. Has cenfat'd him already, 
And as I heare.the Prouoli bath a warrant 
For*s etecuMon. 

Ifa. Alas: what poore 
Abilities in me.to doe him good. 

L*t. Affay the powte you haue, 

Ifa. My power? alai, Uoabt. 

Luc, Our doubts are traitors 
And makes vs tooie the good we oft might win, 
By feai ing to attempt : Gee to Lcrd Angtlo 
And let him leatneto know, when Maidens fue 
Men giue like gods : but when they v/eepe and kneeit, 
All their petitions, are as freely their* 
As they themfelues would owe tbeoi. 

I ft. He fee what a can doe. 

Luc Butfpeedily. 

ffa. twiilabouticftiaitt 
No longer ftaying,but to giue the Mother 
Notice of rny affaire : I humbly thanks you t 
Commend rne to my brother : foone at nigh; 
lie fend him certaine word of my iuccdTe* 

Lot. Itakemylesueofyou. 

ffa. Goodfu,dieu. Exeat;. 



. ScxnaTrima. 



Ang 



Etr Awb, Eftabt.aidffniMtfJiiflici. 
j. We mart not make a fear-crow of the Law, 
Setting vp to feare the Birds of prey, 
And let it keepe one (hape,ciU coftorne make it 
Their pearch, and not their terror. 

fe. i, but yet 

Let Ti be keene,aad rather cut a little 
Then fall,and bruife to death : a!as,r hi gentleman 
Whom I would faue,had a moft noble father, 
Let but your booour know 
(Whom I beleeue to be moft ftrait in vertue) 
That in the working of your owne affe^iont, 
Had time coheard with Place, or place with wifotng, 
Or that the refolute acting of our blood 
Could haue sttatnd ih'ejfea of your owne purpofc, 
Wheshst you had not fotnetims in your life 
Er'd in this point, which now you ceaftue him. 
And puld the Law vpcnyou. 



Another 



Meafwefor Meafure. 



4 nothcr thing to tall : I not deny 
The lury parting on the Prifoner J life 
May in the fwornc-twelue hane a thiefe,ot fwo 
Gtnltier then him they trypwhat's open made to luftice, 
That luftice ceizcs ; What knowes the Lawes 
That theeues do paffe on theeue5? Tis very pregnant, 
The Jewell that we findc, we ftoope.and take't, 
Becauie we fee it ; but what we doe not fee, 
We tread vpon.and neuer thinke of it. 
You may not fo extenuate his oftence, 
For I haue had fuch faults; but rather tell me 
When I, that cenfure him.do fo offend, 
Let mine owne Judgement patterne out my death, 
And nothing come in partial). Sir, he mud dye. 
Enter Protiofi. 

Efc. Beit asyourwifcdomc will. 

A*g. Where is the Treutft ? 

Pro. Here if it like your honour. 

Ag. See that Cljutdio 
Be executed by nine to morrow morning, 
Bring him his Cohfeffor.Iet him be prepar'd. 
For that's the vtmoft of his pilgrimage. 

Efc. Well . heauenforpiue him; and forgiue vs all . 
Seme rift by finrx t atid fcmt bj vrrtHe fall : 
Some run from brakes of Ice.and anfwerenorje, 
And foffie condemned for a fault atone. 

Enter EtbfW. Frtth, Clovne, Officer i. 

Elb. Come,bring them away if thefe be good peo- 
ple in a Common- wede, that doe nothing but vfe their 
abufes in common houfes, J know no law * bring them 
away. 

A'-g. How now Sir, what's your name/ And what's 
the matter ? 

Elk If it pleafe your honour, lamthepooreDukes 

>ortabl<r, and my name is Elbm>\ I doe leane vpon lit. 
fticeSir, and doe bring in here before your good honor, 
tvo notorious Benefactors. 

Ag. Benefa>ors?We!l:VVhat Benefactors are they? 
Are they not Malefactors ? 

Elk, If it pleafe your honour, I know not wejl what 
they are: But precife villamesthey are, that I am fureof. 
and voidofallprophanation in the world, that good 
Chtiftians ought to haue. 

Efc. This comes off well : here's a wife Officer. 

Ag. Gocto: What quality are they of # flhe is 
your name ? 
Why do ft tbou not fpeake Eltov ? 

Clo. He cannot Sit : he's out at Elbow. 

Aug. What are you Sir? 

Elb. HeSir:aTapftef Sir: parcell Baud : one that 
feruesabad woman: whofe houfe Sir was(a they fay) 
plucktdowne in theSuborbs : and now fhee profefles a 
Kot-houfe ; which, I thinke is a very ill houfe too. 

Eft. How know you that? 

Elk My wife Sir -'whom I deteft before heaiien, 2nd 
your honour. 

Efc. How? thy wife? 

(Ik I Sir: whom I thankeheauen is an honeft wo- 
man. 

Efc. Do'ft thou Jeteft her therefore ? 

Elk I fay fit, 1 will deteft myfelfe alfo.as wellas fhe, 
that this houfe.if it be not a Bauds houfe,it is pi tty of het 
life, for it is a naughty houfe. 

/f, Hovr do'ft thou know that, Confbble ? 

flli. Marry fir, by my wife, vyho,if (he had bin a wo- 
man Cardinally giuen, might haue bin accus'd in fotni- 



cation,adultery,and all vncleanlineiTe there. 
Efc. By the womans meanet ? 
Elb. I l>by Miftris Oner-dam meanes: but tt flic (pi 
in his face, fo flicdefidc him. 

lo. Sir, if it pleafe your honor.this is not fo. 
Elb. Proue it before thcfe vatlets here,thou honors 
ble msn.prouc It. 

Ffc. Doeyouhearehowhemifplace*? 
Clf. Sir, fhe came in great with childe : and longing 
(fauing your honors reuerence) for ffewd prewyns ; fir, 
we had but two in the houfe-, which at that verydidanc 
time flood, as it were in a fruit difh(a difh offoroe three 
pence ;yout honours haue feene fuch difhes)ihey ate not 
China-difhes, but very good difhes. 

Eft. Go too : go too: nomattei for the difh fir. 
Cla. No indeede fir not ofz pin; yourc therein in 
the tight : but.tothe point : As 1 fay, this Mifttu Ellxm, 
being (as I fay) with childt, and being great bellied.and 
longing (as I faid) for ptewyns: and hauing but two in 
the difji (as I faid) M after FrorAhere,this very man, ha- 
uin g eaten the refl(is I faid)&(as I fay) paying for ttiem 
very honeOIy : for.as you know Mafler Froth,! could not 
giue you. three pence againe. 
Fre. Noindrede. 

Cla. Very well : you being then (if you be remem- 
bred) cracking the ftones of the fotcfaid prewyns. 
Fr,. l,f,l did indeede. 

Cla. Why,very well : 1 telling you then (if you be 
remembted) that fuch a one. and fuch a one, were part 
cure of the thing you wot of,vnle(Te they kept very good 
diet, as I told you. 
Fro. All this is true. 
Cft. Why very well then. 

Efc. Come : you are a tedious foole ; to the purpofe : 
what was done to Etbrires wife, that hee haih caufeto 
coniplainc of? Come me to what was don to her. 
fb. Sir,yor horfor cannot COOK to that yt. 
Eff. No fir.nor I meane it not. 
Clo. Sir, bet you (hall come to it, by your honours 
IrauerAnd Ibekechyou, look* into MaRerfhA here 
fir, aminoffoure fcore pound a yeare ; whofe father 
died at faHewaixs : Was't not at HaBowm<u Mafler 
frotbt 

fr t . Ailhallond-Eue. 

Go. Why very we'l : I hope here he truth: he Sir, 
fitting (as I fay) in a lower chaire, Sir. 'twas in the bunch 
ofGrapes, where indcrde you haue a delight to fitjhauc 
you not? 

Fra. I haue fb, becaufe it is an open roome,and good 
for winter. 

Clu. Why very well then : 1 hope here be truthes. 
Aug. This will laft out a night in 'R*fit* 
When nights are longeft there : He take my leaue, 
And leaue you to the hearing of the caufe ; 
Hoping youie finde good caufc to whip them ill. xit. 
Eff I thinke no le.ffe : good morrow to your Lord, 
fhip. Now Sir, coineon: What was done to Ibowtt 
wife, once more? 

Cla. Once Sir? there wai nothing done to her once. 
Lib. 1 befeech you Sir,askc him what this man did cc 
my wife. 

to. I befeech your honor,askeme. * 
fc . Well fir, what did this Gentleman to her ? 
<.'/. I befeech you fir,Iooke in this Ge ntlcmani face; 
good Mafter froth looke vpon his honor; 'tis for a good 
purpofe : doth your honor matke hi* face ? . 

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Ifc. lfir,veryweIL 

lo. NjyyibefeecftyoumarkcitwcJJ. 

Efe. Well, I doc fo. 

Clo. Doth your honor fee any harme in his face ? 

Efc. Why no. 

Clo. lie be fuppofd vpon a boolce,his face is the worft 
thing about him : good then : if his face be the worft 
thing about him, how could Matter froth doe the Con* 
(tables wife any harme? J would know that of your 
honour. 

fe. He's in die right (Conftable) what fay yon to it? 

fA. Firft, and it like you, the houfe is a refpedcd 
houfe ; next ,r.his is a rcfpc&cd fellow ; and his Miftris is 
a refpec"ted woman. 

Clo- By this hand Sir^iis wife is a more refpefled per- 
ion then any of uj all 

Sit. Varlet,thou lyefl; thou lyeft wicked varlet : the 
time is yet to come that fhec was euer refpcebd with 
man, woman, or childe. 

Clo Sir.flie was refpccted with him, befoie he mar- 
ried with her. 

/. Which is the wifcr here; lufliee or laiejxitie') Is 
this true ' 

E It. O thou cayt iffe .- O thou vatlet : O thou wick- 
ed f/amitatt; 1 refpeclrd with her,before 1 was married 
to her? Ifcuerlwasretpecled with her, or (he with n>e, 
let not your wotfhip thinke mec the poorc2>fc/ Offi- 
cer : prouc this, thou wicked H&.aifaH, or ile haue 
mine action of battry on thee. 

Efe. If he tooke you a box 'oth'eare, you might haue 
your action of flander too. 

Elk. Marry I thankc your good worfhip for it : vjhat 
is't your Worfhips pleaturs* I (hall doe with this wick- 
ed CaitirTe> 

Efc. Truly Office*, becaule he hath fome offences in 
him, that thou wonldft difcouer.if thou couldfl, let him 
continue in his courfe*. till thou knowft whar they are. 

Lib. Marry I thanke your worfhip for it : Thou ffi 
thou wicked varlet now, what's come vpon thee. Thou 
art to continue now thou Varlct,thou art to continue. 

Efc, Where were you borne, fiiend? 

Froth. Hert in yicnn*, Sir. 

Efc. Are you of fourefcore pounds a yeere ? 

Froth. Yes, and 't pleafe you fir. 

Efc. So : what trade are you of, fir ? 

Clo. A Tapfter, a poore widdowes Tapftr. 

ffc. Your 'Miftris name? 

Clo. Miftris Outr-dox. 

E/f. Hath (he had any more then one husband ? 

Clo. Nine, fir : Oner-don by the laft. 

Efc. Nine ? come hether to me.Mifler Froth ; Mafter 
Froth, I would not haue you acquainted with Tapftcrs } 
they will draw you Mafter Freti> t wd you wil hang them: 
get you gon, and let me heare no more ofyou. 

Fro. I thanke your worfiYip : for mine ownc part , I 
netier come into any roomcin a Tap-houfc, but I am 
drawne in. 

Efc. Well : no more cf it Mafter Troth : farewell : 
Come you hether to me, M r . Tapfter : what's your name 
M'.Tapfier? 

Clo. Ptffipy. 

Efc. Whatclfe? 

Clo. *5*w,Sir. 

fe. Troth.and your bum is the greateft thing about 
you, fothat in the beaRSicft fence, you are /Wy*}> the 



great ; Prm?ey t you are partly a bawd, Pempej ; howfo- 
euer you colour it in being a Tapftcr^re younot? come. 
tell me true, it (hall be she better for you. 

Clo. Truly fir, I am a poore fellow that would Hue. 

Efe. How would you liucPomptyt by beingabawde 
what doe you think* of the trade Pom/ft]") is it a lawful] 
trade? 

Clo. If the Law would allow it, fir. 

fc. But the Law will not allow it Fomfry ; nor it 
ftiall not be allowed in Vienna. 

Clo. Do's your Worfhip meane to geld and fplayall 
the youth of the City/ 

Efe. Ko.Pomfcy 

Clo. Truely Sir, in my poore opinion Aey will too'i 
then : if your worfhip will take order for the drabs and 
die knaues, you need not to feare the bawds. 

Efc. There is pretty orders beginning I can tell you: 
It is but heading, and hanging. 

Clo. If you bead, and hang all that offend that way 
but for ten yeare together ; you'll be glad to giue out a 
CommifTi on for mort heads : if this law hold in Vienna. 
ten yeare, ile rent the faircft houfe ink after three pence 
a Biy : tf you liue to fee this come to pafle , fay Porufty 
told you fo, 

Efe* Thanke you good Tomfty ; and in requital! of 
your prophcfic, haike you : I aduifeyou let me not finde 
you before meagatne vpon any comph'int whatfoeuer; 
no, not for dwelling where you doe : if I doc Pomfty* I 
(hail batyoutoyc'.:r Tent, andproue a fhrcwd C afar 
to you: inplaine dealing Petnp<y,l fhall haue you whipt; 
fo for this time, Pompey,h\tyou well. 

Cle. I thanke your Worrfiip for your good coonfeU ; 
butl (rtall follow it as the flefh and fortune (hall better 
determine, Whip me? no,no, let Carman whip his lade, 
The valiant heart's not whipt out of his trade. Exit. 

Lfc. Come hetlwt to me, Mafter Elbow : comehither 
Mafter Conftable s how long haue you bin in this place 
of Conftable f 

Sit. Seuen yeere, and a halfe fir. 

fc. I thought by the readioefle in the offi ce^ou had 
eontinujed in it fome time : you fay feauen yeareoge. 
ther. 

Eli>. And a halfe fir. 

Efe. Alas.it hath beene great paines to yon : they do 
you wrong to put you fo oft vpon'c. Are there not mm 
inyour Ward f-ifficient to feme it? 

Sib. 'Faith fir,few of any wit in fuch matters : as they 
are chofen, they are glad to choofc me for them ; I do it 
for fome peece of money, and goe through with all. 

Efe. Looke you bring mee in the names of fome fixe 
or feuen, the moft fufficiem of your parilh. 

Lib. To your Worfhips houfe fir? 

Efc. To my houfe: fare you well : what's aclocke, 
thinke you ? 

7ff. Eleuen,Sir. 

Efe. I pray you home to dinner with me. 

luft. I humbly thankc you. 

fc. It grieues me for the death ofClauko 
But there's no remedic: 

fuft. Lordex<^/isfeuere. 

Efc. Itisbutneedfull. 
Mercy is not it felfe, that oft lookes fo, 
Pardon is ftill the nurfe of fecond woe : 
But yet, poore Claudia -. there is no rernedie- 



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Scena Secunda. 



f S truant. 

Ser. Hee's hearing of 4 Caufe ; he will come ftraight 
He tell him of you. 

frf. 'Pray you doc; He know 
hits plcafurc, may be he will relent ; alas 
hie hath but as offended in a dreame, 
All Seels, all Ages fmack ot this vjce, and he 
To die for't ? 

Ettcr Angdo. 
Ant. Now, what's the matter P'rau^fl > 

Fro* Is it your will Claudia fhall die to morrow i 

Ang. Did not J tell thce yea i hsdtt thou not order ? 
Why dct'ft thou akc againe ? 

Pro. Left 1 might be too rafli: 
Vndcr your goodcorredUon, 1 luue fcene 
When after execution, Judgement hath 
Repented oie his doomc. 

.ing. Goe to ; let that be mine, 
Doe you your office, or giue vp your Place, 
And you fhall well be fpat'd. 

Pro. I craue your Honour s pardon : 
What (hall be done Sir, with the groaning Mitt > 
ery neerehcrhowre. 
. Difpofeofher 
To fome more fitter place ; and that with fpc ed. 



Defucs acceife to you. 

A*g. Hath he a Sifter* 

Pro. IehygoodLord,averyvcrtuous maid, 
And to be flionlic of a Sifter-hood, 
If not alreadie. 

A*g. Well: let her be admitted. 
See you the Fornicatreflc be remou'd, 
Let her haue needfull, but not laui(h meanei, 
There fhall be order for't. 

Enter Lucto 4d [fdtRt, 

fro. 'Sauc your Honour. (will '. 

*** S"y little while : y'are welcome: wht' your 

I fab. Jam a wefuilSurar toy cur Honour , 
'Pleafe but your Honor heare me. 

Avg . Well ; what'i your fuite. 

Ifab. There is a vice that mofl I doe abhorre, 
And moft delire fliould meet the blow of I ufticc ; 
For which I would not plead,but that I muft, 
For which I muft not plcad,but that I am 
At warre, twixt will, and will not. 

Ant. Well: the matter? 

If. I haue a brother it condemn'd to die , 
I doe befewh yon let it be his fault , 
And not my brother. 

Pro. Hcauen giue theemou'iag graces. 

dug. Condemn,: the fault, and not the a&or of it, 
Why euery fault 't condemnd etc it be done 
Mine were the verie Cipher of aPunftion 
To fine the fault*, whole fine ftands in record, 
And let goeby the Aftor.- 

tfitb. Oh iufi ; b'j: feusre Law : 
I had a brother then ; hcauen keepe your honour. 

LHC. Giue 't not ore fo : to him againe, entreat him, 
Kneelcdcwne before him, hang vpon his gowne, 
You are too cold t if you (houldneed pin, 



You could not with more tame a tongue defirc it : 
To him,! fay. 

lf*b. Muflheneeddie# 

Anv. Maiden, no remedie. 

Ifaff. Yes : I doe thmke that you miglu pardon him 
And neither heauen,nor man grieue at the mercy. 

Anv . I will not doe't. 

IftS. But can you if you would ? 

Anf. Looke what 1 will not, that I cannot doe. 

I fab. But might you doe't Sc do the wcrld no wrong 
If fo your heart were touch'd with that remorfe , 
Aimiue is to him? 

Ag Hee's fentenc'd, tis too late. 

Luc. You are too cold. 

lfb. Too late ? why no ; I that do* fpeak a word 
May c a'l it againe : well, beleeue this 
No ceremony that to great ones longt , 
Not the Kings Crowne ; nor the deputed fword, 
The Marfti alls Truncheon, nor the Judges Robe 
Become them with one halfe fo good a grace 
As mercie docs : if he had bin as you, and you as he, 
You would tMue dipt like him.buihelikeycu 
Would not haue beene fo (terne. 

Ant. Pray you be gone. 

/fa. I would to heauen I had your potencies 
And you were IfabeU; fhould it then be thus ? 
No .- 1 would t si! what 'twere to be a ludge. 
And what aprtfoner. 

Luc. I.touth him : there's the vaine. 

Ag. Your Brother it a forfeit of the Law , 
A nd you but wade your words. 

f/M.AlM.ftlu: 

Why all the fouUs that wete, were forfeit once, 
And he that might the vantage Left haue tooke* 
Found out the remedie ; how would you be, 
If he, which is the top of 1 udgememjfhould 
But iudge you, as you are .' Ob, thinks on that , 
And mercie then will breaths within your lips 
Like man new made. 

Ang. Beyou content, (faire Maid) 
It is the Law, not |, condemne your brother, 
Were he my kinfrnan, brother, or my Tonne, 
It fhould be thus with him : he muft die to morrow. 

I fab. To morrow ? oh,that's fodaine, 
Spare him, fpare him : 

Het's not prepar'd for death j euen for our kitchrns 
We kill the fowle of feafon : (hall we ferae hcauen 
With leflerefpea then we doe minifter 
To our gtofie-felues^goodjgood my Lord,bethink you ; 
Who is it that hath did fot this oflence ? 
There's many haue committed it. 
Luc. I.wellfaid. 

Aug. Tlie Law hath not bin dc ad.thogh it hath fiept 
Thofcmanyhadnotdar'dto doe that cuill 
If the fitft, that did th 1 Edift infringe 
Had anfwer'd for his deed . Now '115 awake, 
Takes noteof what isdone, and like aProphet 
Lookesina glafTethat fheweswhat future euiti 
Either now, or by remiflenelTe, newconceiu'd, 
And fo in progrefle to be hatc'hd, andborne , 
Are now to haue no fuccefliue degrees , 
But here they iiue to end. 
/fat. Yet (hew fome pittie* 
Ang. I (hew it moft of all, when I (how Mice* 
For then I pittie thofe I doe not know , 
Which a difmis'd offence, would after gaule 

And 



nd doe him right, that anfwering one foulc wrong 
.iucs not to aft another. Befatisfied; 
our Brother dies to morrow ; be content. 
IpA. So you muft be y" firfi that giues thil lenience , 
nd hce, th furfcrs s Oh, it is excellent 
'o haueaGiantsfircngth :but it is tyrannous 
oyfc it like a Giant. 
Luc. That's well faid. 
I fob. Could great men thunder 
\ fane himfelfc do's, Ink would neucr be quiet 
or euery pelting petty Officer 
Would vfe his heauen for thunder ; 
Nothing bot thunder : Merufull heaueo , 
hou rather with thy flurpe and iulpherous bolt 
plits the vn-wedgabl; and gnarled Oke, 
'hcn.the foft Merrill : But man, proud man* 
Dreft'in a little biiete authentic, 
Moft ignorant of -what he's moft afTut'd, 
His glafjie Eflencc) like an angry Ape 
laies fueh phantaftique tricks before high heauen, 
As makes the Angels weepc: who with our fpleenet, 
Would illtherofelues laugh morfalL 

Lttf. Oh,to hinya him wench : he will relent, 
Hee's coromifcg i I perceiue't. 
v. Pray heauen fhe van him. 
&. We cannot weigh our brother with our felfe, 
Great men may ieft with Saints : tw viit in them, 
at in the IclTe fo wlc prophanation. 
Luc. Thou'rt i'th right (Gttle) moreo'that. 
Ifab. That in the Captaine s but a chollericke word, 
Which in the Souldier isflatWafphcroie. 
Luc. Art auis'd o'that ? more on'u 
Af. Why doe you put thefe fayingi vpon me ? 
//<i*. Becaufe Authoritie, though it errc like others, 
Hath yet a kinde of medic ine in it felfe 
hat skins the v iceo'th top ; goe to your bofotne, 
Cnock there, and askeyonr heart what it dcxhknow 
hat's like my brothers fault : if it confcffc 
natural! euiltineffc/uch as is his, 
it not found athoughivpon your tongue 
gainft my brothers life. 
Aug. Shee fpeakes, and 'tis fuch fence 
That my Sence breeds with it; fcreyou well. 
Jfab. Gentle my Lord,turnebacke. 
A*g. I will bethinke me : come againe to morrow. 
;/4.Hark,how llebribe youtgood my Lord turn back. 
Ant. How? bribe me? 

If. f,vith fuch gifts that heauen fhall fhare with you. 
Lw. Yoahadmar'dallelfe. 
If*h Not with fond Sickles of the tefted-gold, 
Or Stones, whofe rate are either rich, or poore 
s fancir values them : but with true prayers, 
"hat fhall be vp at heauen, and enter there 
re Sunne fife : prayers from preferued foules, 
romfaftlngM aides whofe mindes are dedicate 
o nothing temporal!. 
Ag. Well : come to me to morrow. 
Luc. Goe to: 'tis well; away. 
lf*k. Heauen kcepe your honour fafe. 
Ang. Amen. 

or I am that way going to temptation , 
Where prayers cro{Tc 

lfat>. At what howet to morrow, 
wll I attend j pur Lordfhip? 
Aug. Ataoytime'fore-noonc. 
t ffae. 'Sane your Honour. 



Aw. . From thee : euen from thy venue. 
What s this ? wht' thti i u this her fault, or mine ? 
The Temp ter.or the Tempted, who fins moft ?ha? 
Not (he : nor doth fhe tempt : but it is I, 
That, lying by the Violet in the Sunne , 
Doe as the Carrion do's, not as the fiowre. 
Corrupt with vertuous feafon i Can it be, 
That Modcfty may more betray our Sence 
Then womans lightneflc? hauing wafte ground enough 
Shall we dciire to raze the Sanctuary 
And pitch our euils there ? oh fir, fie, fie : 
What doftthou?or what art thoa t^xgtkt 
Doft thou dcfirc her fowly/orthofe things 
That make her good ? oh, let her brother line : 
T heeues for their roBbtry haue authority, 
When Judges fteale thensfelnes : what, doe I loue her, 
That 1 defire ro heare her fpeake againe? 
And feaft vpon her eyes? what is't I drcame on ? 
Oh cunning enemy, that to catch a Saint, 
With Saints doft bait thy hooke : moft dangeroos 
Is that temptation, that doth goad vs on- 
To finne, in louing rertue : neuer could the Strumpet 
With all her double vigor, Art, and Nature 
Once ftir my temper: but this vertuous Maid 
Subdues me quite > Euer till now 
When men were fond, I fmild.and wondred how. c. 



Scena Tertia. 



Enter DnkfMdPre*fl. 

Duke. Hailetoyou,/>rwj?,folthinkeyoare. 

Fro. I am the Prouoft : whnts your will, good Frier i 

D*kt. Bound by my charity, aod my blcft order , 
I come to vifite the affiiaed fpiri: 
Here in the prifon : doe me the common right 
To let me fee them : and to make roe know 
The nature of their crimes,that I may miniftcr 
To them accordingly. 

Pro. I would do more then thaty.f more were ncedfuil 

*terl*list. 

Locke here comes one : a Gentlewoman of mine, 
Who falling in the fiawes of her owne youth, 
Hath blifterd her report : She is with chlldc, 
And he that got it, fent enc'd : a yong man, 
More 6t to doe another fuch efrcnce, 
Then dye for this. 

/>-i When mufthc dye? 
* TV*. As 1 do thinkt to morrow. 
I haue prouided for you.ftay a while 
And y ou Hi all be conducted. 

"Dnki Repent you (faire one) of the fin you carry? 

ltd. I doe; and bcare the fhoroe moft patiently. 

D.I ie teach you howyoc thai araign your confcitce 
And try your penitence, if it be found, 
Or hollowly put on. 

/*/. He gladly learne. 

Dttk. Loue you the man that wrong'd you? 

//. Yes,as I lout the woman that wrong'd him. 

Dukf So then it feemes your moft offence full aft 
Was mutually committed. 

/*/. Mutually. 

D*ki Then ws your fin ofheauiet kinde tccnhi*. 

/*/. 1 doe coofefle it, and repeat it (Father*) 



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^^ .Is meet fo (daughter) but Icaft you do repent 
As that the fin hathbrought you to this Qiamt, 
Which forrew is alwaies toward ourielues.not heauen, 
Snowing we would notfpere hauea.as we loue it, 
But as we (land in fare. 

ltd. I dbS: repent me,** it i* an euill, 
And take the (ha me with ioy. 

22*4*. There re ft: 

Your partner ( I '*) muft die to morrow, 
And I am going with inftru&ion to him: 
Grace goc with you, Bexedicbe* Sxtt. 

//. Muft dieto morrow ? ohiniorious Loue 
Thae refpiis m a We, whofe very comfort 
Is ftill a dying horror. 

Pn. Tispittyofhirtii & 



Scent Quarta. 



*te 

Jl. When I would ptay.fc think,! thinke.and pray 
To feuerall fubtefts: heauen hath my empty word*, 
Whilft my Inuention, hearing not my Tongue, 
Anchors on IfJttll: heauen in my mouth, 
As if I did but onely chew his name , 
And in my heart the ftrong and {welling euiil 
Of my conception : Hie Rate whereon 1 ftudieo' 
I* like a good thing, being often read 
Growne fcard, and tedious : yea, my Grauitie 
Wherein(let no man heare me) I take pride, 
Could 1, with boo te, change for an idle plume 
Which the ayre beats for vaine : oh place, oh forme, 
Mow often doft thou with thy cafe, thy habit 
Wrench awe from fooles, and tye the wifcrfoules 
To thy falfe feemtng ? Blood, thou art blood . 
Let's write good Angell on the Deuillt home 
Tis not the Deuills Cr eft : how now ? who's there ? 
Eater Sermift. 

Sfr. One lf*M,i Sifter, defires accefle to you. 

Ag. Teach her the way: oh, heauens 
Why doe's my bloud thus mutter to my heart, 
Making both it vnablefor it felfe , 
And di (p oflcfj irig all my other parts 
Ofneceflaryfitnetfe? 

Sophy the foolilh throngs with one that fwounds, 
Come all to help him, and fo flop the ayre 
By which hceihould reuruc . and euen fo 
The generall fubied to awel-wifhtKtng 
Quit their ownepart, and in obfequious fondneife 
Crowd to hi* prefence, where their vn*taught loue 
Muft needs eppear offence : how now faire Maid. 



'. I am come to know your pfeafure. (m, 

That you might know it,wold much better pleafe 
Then to demand what tis : your Brother cannot hue. 

I fab. Euen fo : heauen keepe your Honor. 

Aug. Yec may he liue a while : and it may be 
As long as you, or I - yet he muft die. 

If*l. Vnderyour Sentence? 

AM. Yea. 

If*. When, I befeecn you : that in his Keprieue 
(Longer, or fttorter) he may be fo fitted 
That his foule fieken not. 

Ang. Ha i ne.thefe filthy vic. It were at good 



To pardon him,that hath from nature flolne 

A man already made, as to remit 

Their fawcie fwcstn8s,that do coyneheauen$ Image 

In (tamps that are forbid : 'tis all as ca-ie, 

Falfely to take away a life tru made. 

As to put mettle in retrained meane* 

To make a falfe one. 

If*l>. Tis fet downe fo in heauen, but not in earth. 

**' Say you fosthcn I ffiall poze you quickly. 
Which had you :st her, that the moil iuft Law 
Now took e your brothers life,and to redcerne him 
Giue vp yourbody to fuhfwe vnclcannefle 
A Hie that he hath ftaind ? 

tfA. Sir,beluethis. 
I had rather giue my body , then noy foule* 

A*g. I talkehot of your foulc : our compel'd fins 
Stand more for numixt, then for accompt. 

If**. How fay you? 

Jlng. Nay lie not warrant that / for I can fpeake 
Againft the thing 1 fay : Anfwere to this, 
1 (no wthe voyce of the recorded Law) 
Pronounce s lentence on your Brothers lift, 
M 'giit there not be a charitie in (inne, 
To faue this Brothers life ? 

Ifd. Pleafe you to doo't, 
lie take it as a peril! to my foufr, 
I e is no finne at all.but charitie. 

Atg. PleafJ you to doo't.at perill of your foule 
Were equall poize of nnne,and charttie. 

I fat. That 1 do beg his 1 ife.if it be finnc 
Hczuen let me beire it : y ou granting of my Cutt, 
If that be finale make it my Mome-praicr* 
To haue it added to the faults of mine, 
And nothing of your anfwerc. 

A*t. Nay.but heare me, 

Yourfcnce purges not mine:eithcr you are ignorant; 
Or fceme fo crafty ; and that's not good. 

l{b. Let be ignorant.and in nothing good, 
But gracioudy to know 1 am no better. 

A*g, Thus wifdome wj(hes to appeare moH brigh 
When it doth tax* it fdfe: A? thefeblackcMafqurs 
Prochime ah en-iViicld beauty ten times louder 
Then beauty could difplaied ; But marke me, 
To be receiued piaine, lie fpeaketnore groiTe . 
Your Brother is to dye. 

//4*. SO. 

Ang, AndhiiorfenceiifojSsitappeares, 
Accountant to the Lew, vponthat pine. 

IfA. True. 

A*g. Admit noother way to faue his life 
(As I mbfcribe not that,nor any other, 
But in the louV of qudtion) that y ou,his Sifter, 
Finding your ielfe defir'd of fuch a pcrfon, 
Wbofe cretdit with the Iudge,or o\vne greatplacr, 
Could fetch your Brother from the Manacles 
Of the all.building.Law : and that there were 
No earthly meane to faue him,but that either 
You muft lay downe the treasures of your body. 
To this fuppofed,or elfe to let him fuffer : 
What would you doe > 

7/4*. AjmuchformypooreBrother.asmyfclfe; 
That is : were I vnder the tearmes of death. 
Th*)mpreflion of keene whipsjld weare as Rubies, 
And fVrip my felfe to death.as to abed, 
That longing haue bin fickt for^re I'ld yeld 
My body vp to dhame. 

Aug. That 



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for <*5htcafitre. 



A*i- Thcnmuft your brother die. 

Ifa, And "tvrer the cheaper way ; 
Better it were a brother didc at once, 
Then that a fifter, by redeeming him 
Showlddieforcuer. 

Aug. Were not youthen as crudl at the Sentence, 
Thai you haue Qandefd fo ? 

Ifi. ] gnomic in ranfome, and free pardon 
Are of two houfes : lawfoll mercic, 
1$ nothing km to fowlc redemption. 

*/?*. You iccrn'd of late to make f he Law a tirar.t, 
And rather pron'd the Hiding of yourbrothcr 
A merriment.thcn z vice. 

Ifa. Oh pardon me my lord, it oft fals out 
To hauc, what we would haue, 
We fpeake not what we meane ; 
1 Something doexcafethe thing I baW, 
For his aduantage that I dearelytoue. 

v4ng. Weareallrraile. 

fja. Elfe let my brother die. 
If not a fedarie but onely he 
Owe* and focreed thy weakneffc. 

Aug. Nay,womerare iratle toa 

Ifa. I, es the glafies where they view themfelues, 
Which are as calie broke as they make formes : 
Women? Helpe heaoen \ men their creation marre 
In profiting by tVem : Nay, call vs ten times fraUc, 
Foe we are toft, as our complexions are, 
And credulous to falfc prints. 

Aug. Ithinkeit well: 
And from this teftimonie of your owne let 
(Since I fuppofe we are made to be no itronger 
Then faults may (hake our frames) let me be bold ; 
1 doatreft your words. Be that you are, 
That is a womsn ; if you be more, you'r none. 
If you be one fas you are well expreft 
By all external! warrants^ (hew it now, 
By jwurog on the dcftirfd Liuerie. 

Ifa. I haue no tongue but one; gentle my I ord, 
Ltt me enrreate you Jpeake the former language. 

Aig. Plainlieconceiuc Ilouejrou. 

I ft. My brother did loue/&, 
And you tell me that he fliall die for'c. 

Ang. Heflwll not 7/*fcifyoo giue me Ion*. I 

Ifa. I know your vectoe hath a licence in'c. 
Which feemes a lit tic fouler then it is, 
To plucke on others. 

Aug. Belecuetneonmtne Honor, 
My words exprefle my purpofc. 

/fa. Ha? Little honor, to be much bdeeud, 
And moft pernitiou* purpofe Seeming.feeming. 
1 will proclaime the *tngtio ( \ooke for't. 
Signc me a prefont pardon for my brother, 
Or with an ouuftretcht throatc lie tell the world aloud 
What man thou art. 

Ag. Wlo will beteeue thee Ipfoll f 
My vnfoild name, th aurteereneffe of my life, 
My vout hgainfi you, and my place i'th Scat, 
Will fo your accusation oueMA'eigh, 
That you ftwll ftiflc in your ownerepony 
And /melt ofcalumnie. I haue begun, 
And now I giue my fenfuall race, the reine, 
Fit rhy conlent corny flurpe appetite, 
Ly by aU nicetic, and proiixious blufhes 
Thai banifh what they foe for : Redceme th/ brother, 
By yccjding vp thy bodie to my will, 



Or elfe he muft not onelie die the death, 

But thy vnkindncfle (hall his death draw out 

To lingting fuffcrancc : Anfwer me to morrow, 

Or by the affeftion that now uidcj me mod, 

lie prout a Tirant to him. As for you, 

Say what you can ; my falfe, ore-weighs ycur rrue. Exit 

IJA. To whom Jhould I complaint- ? Did ! cell this, 
Who would belecuc me ? O perilous mouthes 
1 hat besre in them, one and the felfcfame tongue, 
Either of condemnation, or approofe, 
Bidding the Law make curt fie to their will, 
Hooking both right and wrong to ih'appetitp, 
To follow as it drawes. He to my brother, 
Though he hath falne by prompt ure of the blood, 
Yet hath he in him fuch a minde of Honoi, 
That had he twcntie heads to tender downc 
On twentie bloodic blockes, heeld yecld them vp, 
Before his After (houldjier bodic Aoopo 
To filch abhor d pollution. 
I hcti ^t^liue chaHc, and brother die; 
^MoretbenourBrorhei.isourChaftitie. 
He tell him yet of jlngele rcquefl, 
And fit hi J minde to death, for his foules reft. Exit. 



. Sccna f Prtma. 



T.nter Duly, Claudu, end 
J).So then you hope of pardon from Lord 
C/d. The miferable hsue no other medicine 
Rut onely hope : Thaue hope to liut^d are prepaid to 
die. 

"Didst. Be abfolutt for dcatht either dctthorlife 
Shall thereby be the fweetw. Reafon thus wnhlife i 
If ! do loofe thee, I do loofe-a thing 
That none but fooles would kcepe : a breath thou art, 
Seruile to all the skyie-tnfluenccs, 
That doft this habitation where thou keepft 
Hourely offiift : Meereiy ,hou art deaths took, 
Foe him thou labourft by thy flight to fhun,' 
And yetrunft toward him fiill. Thou art not noble. 
For all th'arcommodations that thou bearrr, 
Arenurrtby bafenefle: Thou'rt by no meanej valiant, 
For thou doft feat e the fofc and tender forke 
Of a poore worme : thy heft of reft is fleepe. 
And that thou oft prouoak fi, yet groflelie fecrft 
Thy death, whfch is no more. Thou art not thy felfe. 
For thou exifts on rnanle 4 thoufand grainos 
That iflue out of duft. Happiethou att not, 
For what thou haft not, ftill tbou ftriu'fl to get, 
And what thou baft forgetft. Thou art not certaine, 
For thy complexion fhiftJ to ftrange effects, 
After the Moone: If thou art rich, thou'rt poose, 
For like an Affe,whofe backc with Ingots bowesj 
Thou bearft thy hesuic riches but a iournic, 
And death vnloads tjtee; Friend haft thou ntfne. 
For thine ownebowels which do call thee, fire 
The meere ctfufion of thy proper loines 
Do curfe theGowt, Sapego, and the Rheume 
Fot ending thee no fooner. Thou haft nor youth^ior age 
But as it were an after-dinner* fleepe 
Dreaming on both, for all thy blefled youth 
Becomes as aged, and doth begge the almetf 
Of palned-Eid : and when thou art old, andfilh 

Thou 



f 



or 



bcu haft neither heace, aik Uon, limbe, nor beautie 
omake thy cichcs pleafanc : whu-s yetin this 
bat bearei chc name of Ufe ? Yet in this Ufe 
,ie hid roe ihou&nd.deatbs; yet deacb wefeare 
Hit makes th<rfe oddes, all euen. 
Cif. I humblie chaoke you. 
'o fue to Hue. I finds I fcelct to die, 
Lad reeking death, findc life > Let it cocr.e.on, 
Eattr If^cllc. 

[fat, Whatliaa? Peace heerej Gcace,and good c om- 
anie. 

Pro. Who* there f Come to, the wi&deferuet a 
welcome. 

P4?- Deere fir, ere long He vifii you againe. 

O*. Mofl bolie Sir, I tbapV you. 

ifa. My bolineflc ii a word at two with CLottUo. 

Pr. And verie welcom t lookc Sigator.hete'i your 
Her. 
2><r. Ptoc.oft,a word with you. 

Pro. * * manic as you pleafe. 

Z>*fc.Bring rhemtohren>e fpe>k.where.I mayibe 
onceol'd- 

C/4. N.-w After, what's the comfort ? 

//A Why, 

As all eorr.fc.rwre t moft good, moft goodindcede, 
.ord AH f tit liaaing affaires toheaueo 
ntends yae fbrbii fwift Ambaflador, 
Where you ihall bf an cuetlafting Leiger 5 
Therefor? your belt appointment make with fpecd, 
To Morrow you feton. 

?4*. Is there no remedie? 

1ft. Nc 
To cleauc a'utatt in twaloe.- 

CLot. But U there anie? 

7/i. Yesbtothet.youmayHtte; 
There U a diudltth tnercie in the ludge* 
Lfyou'l implore it, thai will tree yocr life, 
gat fetter you nil death. 

CU. Perpetuall durance? 

/pt. I iuft. perpull duranee,aTeftraint 
Through all the worlds valLditie you had 
To a dcietrnin'd icope. 

C/ow. Butinwhataatoxe? 

/fa. In (uch a one, as you confirming too r, 
Would bat Ire your honw ftom that trunke you bcarc, 
Aod leaue you naked. 

Cla. Lt me knov ihepcnnt, 

I ft. OH, I do feare t bee Clw'io-, and I quake, 
Leaft thcu a feauoieiu life (hooidit ectenaine^ 
And fut or feuen winters more refpeft 
Then a perpetual] Honor. Dar'ft tbon die t 
Thefence of death 1$ moft In apprebenfion, 
Andthe pooreJtecxle that we aeade vpon 
In torpor ill fufferance, finds a pang as great 
AswhenaGiant dies. 

C/4. Why giue you me thit frame./ 
Thinke you 1 can a rcfolution fetch 
From flow: it ieflderneffe ? If J mud die, 
I will encoauzcr darknsiTe aia bride, 
And hugge-itta mincarmes. 

7/i.There (pake my brother . there my father* gtaue 
Did ytter forth a voice. Yes.thou mud die; 
Thou an too noble, to confer ur a life 
In bafe appliances. TWs outward fainted Deputi* r 
Whofe felled vikg^and deliberate word 
Nip? youth i'th head, and rallies dotb emmew 



As Falcon doth the Fowle, is yet- a diuell : 
His filth within being caft.be would appcare 
A pond, as Jcc-pc as hell* 

cla. The premie, 4*gelo ? 

7/i. Oh tii the cunning Lhierie of bcjl. 
Thcdamneft bodietoinueft.andcouer. 
In prenzie gardes ; dofl theu thinke Cludit t 
If I would yeeld him my virginitie 
Thou might'ft be freed? 

CU, Ohheauens, it cannot be. 

7/4. Yes,he would giu't the^ from this rank offence 
So to offend him trill. This night's the time 
That I (hould do what I abhorte to name, 
Or elfe thou dicft to morrow. 

CLnt. Thou fhalt not do't. 

7/i. O, were it but my life, 
I'de throw itdowneforyourdelioeMnfe 
A frankely as a pin. 



If*. 
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If*. Be readie Claud*, for your death to morrew. 

(Jot. Yes. Has he affections in him, 
Thai thus can make him bite the Law by ih'nofe 
When he would force U ? Sure it is no fane, 
Orofthedeadly feuenitistheleaft. 

7/. Which is the leaft* 

CU. If it w^ere damnable, he being fo wife, 
Why would he for the momcntaric trickc 
Be petdurablie firfde ?Oh IfcbelL 

If*. What Cues my brother? 

CU. Death is a fearefull thing. 

7/4. And fhamed life,, hatefulL 

CI&. I, but to die , and go we know not wbete, 
To lie in cold obHruSion > an4 to ror, 
This fenfible warme motion, to become 
A kneaded clpd ( And the delighted fpihc 
To bathinfierie floods, or torecide 
In thrilling Region of thicke-ribbed let, 
To be imprifoa'd in the viewleiTe windes 
And bldwne with reftlcfle violence round abont 
The pendant world : or to be worfe then worft 
Of thofe, that la wlefle and incertaine tliought, 
Imagine howling, 'tis too horrible. 
TV.e wearieft, and moft loathed worldly life 
That Age, Ache, penury, and imprifonmcnC 
Can lay on nature, isa Pcradifc 
To what we feare of death, 

7/4. Alas, alas. 

C/4. S weet Sifter, let me line. 
What finne you do, to faue a brotrier* life 
Nature difpenfes with the dtedc lo fane, 
That it becomes a venue. 

7/i. Ohyoobeaft, 

Oh faitMdTe Coward, oh di&onrft wretcb, 
W ilt thou be made a man, out of my vice ? 
fs'tnotakirideoflnceft, to cake Ufe 
Ftom thine owne filters fiiame ? What Should I thinke, 
Heauen fliield my Mother plaid my Father fsire t 
Fot fuch a warped (lip of wUdemefie 
NereuTu'd from bis blood. Take my defiance, 
Die,peri(b : Might but my bending downe 
Repteeue tbee from thy fate, it (hould proceede* 
lie pray a thousand praiers for thy death, 
NO word to faue thee. 



Mercie 



If 4. Oh fie, 6e, fie: 
Thy fan's not accidental!, hoc a Trade ; 



Mercy to thee would proue it Crife a Bawd, 
'tis beft that thou dieft quickly. 

Ck. Ohheareme//Wa*. 

DHk Vouchsafe a word.yong fifter.but one word. 

/fa. What is your WitL 

Du^. Might you difpenfe with your leyfure, I would 
by and by haue iomefpeech with you ; the fathTaftion 1 
would require, is likeWrfe yourowne benefit. 

/p. I haue no Superfluous ley Cure, roy flay muft b 

>len out of other affaires.- but I will attend you a while. 

D*kf Son,l haue ouer-heard what hath paft between 
you & your fitter. Angela had neuer the purpofe to cor- 
rupt her ; oneiy he hath made an sflay of net vertue , to 
pra&tfe his Judgement with the difpofition of natures. 
She (hauing the truth of honour in tier) hath made him 
that gracious denial!, which he is moft glad to receiue: I 
am Confefibr to AtfgekjuiA 1 know this to betrue.ther- 
fore prepare your fetfc to death : do not fatisfieyour re- 
folutton with hopes that are fallible, tomorrow you 
muft die, goe to your knees.and make ready. 

Cl*. Let me ask my fifter pardon, I am fo out of loue 
with life, that I will fue to be rid of it. 

Dukf. Hold you there : farewell . Prow/?, a word 
with you. 

Pro. What's your will (father? ) 

DM\. That now you are come,you wil be gon&leaue 
me a while with the Maid, my minde promifes with my 
habit, no ioffeihall touch her by my company. 

Pro. In good time. Sxit. 

2>*t The hand that hath made you fairc , hath made 
you good : the goodnes thet is cheape in beauty, makes 
beauty briefe in goodnes ; but grace being ihe foule of 
your complexion , fhallkeepe the body ofiteuerfaire: 
the affaalt that Angela hath made to you . Fortune hath 
conuaidtomyvndmUndingfandbut that frailty hath 
examples for his falling,lfhould wonder t A*gth: how 
will yog doe t content this Subftitute. and toiaueyour 
Brother? 

IpA. I am now going to refolue him : I had rather 
my brother die by the Law.then myfonnefhouldbe vn- 
lawfullie borne. But (oh) how much is-the good Duke 
deceiu'd in idngtb : if euer he retume, and I can fpeake 
to him, I wil! open my lips in vaine, cr difcouer his go- 
ucrnment. 

Duke. That (hall not be much amHfe : yet.as the mat- 
ter now ftands,hewill auoid your accufation : he made 
trial! of you onelie. Therefore fatten your Ore on my 
aduifings, to the loue I haue in doing good aremedie 
prefents it fetfe. 1 doe make my felfe beleeue that you 
may moft vprighteoufly do a poof wronged Lady a me- 
rited benefit; redeem your brother from theangry Law; 
doe no ftaine to yourowne gracious perfon , and much 
pleafe the abfent Duke, if peraduenture he (hall euer re- 
turne to haue hearing of this bufinefle . 

l[b. Let me heare you fpeake farther; Thaue fpirit to 
do any thing that appeares not fowle in the truth of my 

Dukf. Vertue 1$ bold, and goodnes neuer rearefull : 
Haue you not heard fpeake of Mariata the fifter of Fr- 
(brick* the great Souldier, who mifcarried at Sea? 

Ifr. I haue heard of the Lady, and good words went 
with her name. 

7>ukf. Shee fliould" this A*gd haue married . was af- 
fianced to her oath.and the nuptiall appointed: between 
which time of the contract, and limit of the folemnitie, 
her brother Fndcrickf was wrackt at Sea, hauing in that 



petiOied vefl'ell, the dowry of his fjfler : but markc how 
neauily this befell to the poore Gentlewoman, there flie 
loft a noble and renowned brother , in his loue toward 
her, euer moft kinde and naturall : with him the portion 
and finew of her fortune > her marriage dowry i with 
both, her combynate-huiband , this weU-fermlng 

JfA. Canthisbefo?didv%^foleaueher? 

Dstke. Left her in her Com, ft dried not one of them 
whh his comfort : f wallowed his vowes whole,pretcn. 
ding in her, drfcoueries of dishonor : in few, beftow'd 
her on her oWne lamentation, which {he yet weares for 
his fake : and he, a marble to her teares, is wafted with 
them, but relents not. 

/fat. What a merit were it in death to take this poore 
maid from the world ? what corruption in this life , that 
it will let this man Hue t But how out of this can (her a- 
uaile? 

2Mf. It is a rupture that you may eaiily heale: and the 
cure of it not onely faues your brother, but keepes you 
from diftionor in doing it. 

7/i*. Shew me how (good Father.) 

2>*$. This fore-named Maid hath yet in her the con- 
tinuance ofhet fir ft affeclion : his vniuft vnkmdenefle 
(that in all reafon Ihould haue quenched her ioue ) hath 
(like an impediment in the Current) made it more vio- 
lent and vnruly : Goe you to Angtlo t anfwerc his requi- 
ring with a plaufible obedience, agree with his demands 
to the point : onely referreyour fdfe to this aduantage ; 
firft, that your ftay with him may not be long .- that the 
time may haue all ihadow,and blence in it:and the place 
anfwereto conuenience . this being granted in coutfe . 
and now followes all t wee fhali aduife this wronged 
maid to fteedvp your appointment, goe in your place: 
if the encounter acknowledgeit felfe heereafter , itraay 
compcll him to her recompence ; andheerc, by this is 
your brother faued , your honor vntainled, the poore 
Aftriana aduantaeed , and the corrupt Deputy fcaled. 
The Maid will I frame, and make fit for his attempt : if 
you thinke wei) to carry this as you may, the doublenes 
of the benefit defends the deceit from reproofe. What 
thinke you of it? 

Jfaft. The image of it giues me content already, and I 
truft it will grow to a moft profperous perfection, 

Dak.. It lies much in your holding vp: hafte you fpee- 
dily to Angeb, if for this night he intreat you to his bed, 
giue him promife of fatisfa#ion : 1 wilt presently to S. 
L*k** t thtreat the moated-Grange recides this deit- 
BuAMriaM\ at that place call vpon me, anddifpatch 
with Angela J&tt it may be quickly. 

IfA. I thank you for thiicomfort.fareyouwel! good 

ErterE&w, Claw .Officer*. 

tb. Nay, if there be no remedy for it , but that you 
will needes buy and fell men and women like beafts, we 
(hall haue all the world drinke browne & white baltard 

JDt. Oh beauens,what ftufFe is heere. 

Clee* Twas neuer merry world fince of two vfuries 
themerrieftwasputdowne, endtheworferallow'd by 
order of Law : afur'd gowne to keepe him warme ; and 
ford with Foxe and Lamb-skim too, to fignifie.that craft 
being richer then Innocency, ftands for the facing. 

EM. Come your way fir 'blefle you good Father 
Frier. 

Dukt And you good Brother Father } what ofience 
h&ththis maamadeyou.Sir? 

f/*. Marry 



Meafarejor Afeafitre. 



/*. Marry Sit, he hath offended the Law ; and Sir, 
we take him to be a Theefe too Si r . for wee haue found 
vpon him Sir, a ftrange Pick-lock, which we haue fent 
to the Deputie. 

Dukf. Fie, firrah, a Bawd, a wicked bawd. 
The eaill that thou caufeft to be done, 
That is thy meanes to liue. Do thou but thinke 
What 'ci< to cram a maw, or cloath a backe 
From fuch a filthie vice : fay to thy felfe, 
From their abhdminable and beaflly touches 
J drinke.I eateaway my felfc.and hue 
Canft ihoubeUeuc thy Itumg is a life. 
So ftinktngly depending #Go mend, go mend. 

CU. Indeed, n do's ftinkc in fome fort, Sir 
But yet Sit I would proue 

D4f.Nay. ifthc diucll haue giuen thee proofs for fin 
Thou wilt proue his. Takchim to prifon Officer: 
Correction, and Infttuftion muft both wotke 
Ere this rude beaft will profit . 

t Elk. He muft before the Deputy Sir. he has giucn 
him warning :the Deputy cannot abide a Whore-ma- 
fter : if he be a W/hore-monger,and comes before him, 
he were as good go a mile on his errand. 

Dt*.*That wewereall.as fome would feemc to bee 
From our faults, ai faults from fceming free. 
t'nter Lueto, 

E& Hii necke will come to your waft, a Cord fir. 

Ctt. Ifpycomfort.lcrybailc: Here s a Gentleman, 
and a friend of mine. 

Luc. How now noble PtmfcjfJ What, at the wheels 
of C>/4r ? Art thou led in triumph ? What is there none 
oiPigwmttons Images newly made woman to bee had 
now, for putting the hand in the pocket, and extracting 
clutch'd < What reply ? Ha ? What faift thou to this 
Tune, Matter.and Method Is'tnot drown'd fth laft 
nine > Ha? What faift thou Trot? Is the world as it was 
Man? Which is the way? Is it fad, and few words? 
Or how > The tricke of it ? 

Duke. Still thus, and thus : ftill worfc ? 

Lite. How doth my deere Morfell, thy Miftru? Pro- 
cures (he ftill ? Ha f 

Clo. Troth fir, (hee hath eaten vp all her beefe, and 
(he u bet felfe in the tub. 

LMC. Why 'tis good: It is the right of it: it muft be 
fo. Eueryour frefh Whore, and your pouder'd Baud.zn 
vnfhun'd confequcnce, it muft be fo. Art going to pn 
for. Pamper ? 

Clo. Yes faith fir 

Luc. Why 'tis not amiifc Potnftj : farewell : goe fay 
I fent thee thether ; for debt Pgntpejt Or how i 

/. For be'mg a baud, for being a bzud. 

Lut. Well, then imprrfon him: Ifimprifonmembe 
the due of a baud, why 'tis his right. Baud is he doubt* 
leffe, and of antiquity too : Baud borne. Far well good 



PtKifcy; Commend me to the pnfon Pempej, you will 
turne good husband now Ptnfej t you will fccepe the 
houfe. 
*C/9.I hope Sr, your good Worfhip wil beroy bailef 

Lac. No indeed wii 1 notP*r*ptj, it is net the wear: 
I will pray (Ttavm) to encreafe your bondage if you 
take it not patiently : Why, your mettle is the more : 
Adieu Ku&e Pempe/. 
Bieffc you Friar. 

7>^#. And you. 

Lot. Do'*flrfc paint (till, J*p?f- Ha? 

E&. Come your wai AT, < 



Clo. You will not baile me then Sir f 

Lac. Then /ap*7,nor now : what newes abroad Fri- 
er 1 Whacnewes ? 

Elk. Come your waies fir, come. 

Liu . Goe to kennell (Pmftj) goe r 
What newes Frttr of the Duke f 

D*kt. I know none : can you tell me of any ? 

L*c. Some fay he is with theEmperor of^^:ocher 
fome, he it in Remt : but where is he thinke you ? 

Duke. I know not where: but whcrefoeuer, 1 wilh 
him well. 

. Luc. It was a mad fanrafticall tncke ofhim to fleale 
from the State, and vfurpe the beggeric hee wasneuer 
borne to : Lord Angela Dukes it well in his abfencr : he 
puutranfgreflton too't. 

Duke. Hedo'iwellin't. 

Luc. A little more tenitte to Lechene would doe no 
harme in him . Something too crabbed that W3y,/>/r. 
t is too general a vice.and feuentie muft cure it. 



Luc . Yes in good footh,the TI cc is of a great kindred; 
it is well allied, but it iumpofTiblero extirpeit quite, 
Frier, till eating and drinking beputdowne. They fay 
this Amgth was not made by Man and Woman, after 
this downe-nght way of Creation is it true, thinke 
you? ^ 

Duke. Howfhoaldhebemadethen? 

Luc. Some report, a Sea-maid fpawn'd him. Some, 
that he vvas begot between; two Stock-fifhes . Buc it 
is certain*, that when he makes water, his Vrineis con- 
geal'd ice, that I know to bee true : and he is a motion 
gcneratiue.that's infallible. 

Dkf. You are pleafant fw.and fpek< apact. 

Luc. Why, whataiuthlefle thing is this in him, for 
the rebellion of a Cod-peece,to take away the life of 
man ? Would the Duke that is abfent haue done this ? 
Ere he would haue hang'd a man for the getting a hun- 
dred Baftzrds. hewould haue paid* for the Nurfing a 
thoufxnd. He had Tome feeling of the fport, hec knew 
the ferutce, and that inftrufted him to mercie. 

Dukf. I neuer heard the abfent Duke much dcte&ed 
for Women, he was not enelin'd that vt ay. 

LHC. Oh Sir,you are deceiu'd. 

D*ke. 'Tisnotpoflible. 

Luc. Who, not theDuke .' Yes,your beggar of fifty: 
and his vfe was, to put a ducket in her Clack.dirti ; the 
Duke had Crochets in him. Hee would be dronke loo, 
that let me tnforme you. 

D*kf. You do him wrong.furely. 

Lite. Sir.I was an inward of his : a fnie fellow v?a 
the Duke, and I beteeue I know the eaufeof his v? eh- 
drawing. 

'Dmkc. What (I prethee) might be the canfe ? 

LHC. No, pardon : Tis a fccrct muft bee lockt with- 
in the teeth and the lippes : but this I can let you f nder- 
(land, the greater file of the fubie& held the Duke to be 
wife. 

Duke. Wife? Why no queftion but he was. 

Lite. A very fupcrficiall.ignorant.vnweighiog fellow 

D*kt. Either this is Enuie in you, Folly, or mifla. 
king ; The very ftreamc of his life, and the bufmefie h 
hath helmed, muft yppon a warranted neede, giue him 
a better proclamation. Let himbebutteflimonied in 
his owne bringing: forth, and hee fhallappeare to the 
enuious, a Scholler, aStatefman, and a Soldier : there- 
fore you fpeakevnskilfully: or, if your knowledge bee 
more, it is much datkned in your malice. 

G tar. 



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Meafurefor Meafare. 



Eft. Of whence are you ? 

Da^.Not of this Countne.though my chance it now 
To vfc it for my nme : I am a brother 
Of gracious Order, lace come from the Sea, 
Tn fppciali bufmefle from his Holmefle. 

/f . What newes abroad i'rh World 

2>a$e. None, but that there is fo great tpeauoron 
good rwfTe, that thediflolucionof itmuft cure it . No- 
ueltie is onely in requeft, and as it it as dangaous to be 
agedmanykindeofcourfe, asicisvertuoin cobecon- 
ftant in any vndcrtaking. There is fear ft- truth enough 
aliue to make Societies fecurc, bin Securitie enough to 
make Fello wi'hios accurft: Much vpon this riddle runs 
the wifedome ot the world ; This newes u old enough, 
yet it is euerie daies newes. I pray you Sir,of what dif- 
pofuion was the Duke ? 

Efc. One, that aboue all other ftrifes, 
Contended efpecially to know himfelfc. 

DtAf. What pleafure was be giuen to > 

Efc. Rather rcioycing to fee another merry , then 
rnerrrie at anie thing which profeft to make him reioice. 
A Gentleman of ajftemperance. Butleauewee him to 
his enents, with a praler they may proue profperous, gc 
let me defire to know, how you finde C/Ww prepar'd ? 
I am made to vnderftand, that you haue lent him yifita- 
tion. 

Duke. He profefles 10 haue receiocd no fmifter mea- 
. Cure from hi sludge, but raoft willingly humblethim. 
felfe to the determination of luftice : y had he framed 
to himfelfe (by the infiru&ion of his frailty) manie dc. 
ceyuing promifes oflife, which I (by my good lei/ore) 
haue difcredited to him, and now i s he refolu'd to die. 

(ft. You haue paid the heauens your FunAion, and 
the prifoner the verie debt of your Calling, I haue la- 
bour'd for the poore Gemleman,to the extremeft fhore 
of my modcftie,bur my brother-I u flicc haue I found fo 
fcuere,that he hath fore d me to tell him, bee is indeede 
luflice. 

T)ks. Ifhisownelife, 
Anfwere the ftraitrwffe of his proceeding, 
It fhall become him well : wherein if he chance to fade 
he hath feat enc'd himfeUc. 

Ife . I am going to rifn the prifoner, fare you wdL 

Ihtkf. Peacebe with you, 
He whothe fword of Heauen will beare, 
Should be as holy, aa feueare t 
Patterne in himfelfe to know, 
Grace to (land, and Venue go : 
More, nor leffe-to others paying, 
Then by felfe-oifences weighing. 
Shame to him, whofecruell finking, 
Kils for faults of his owne liking : 
Twi'-T trebble fhame on Angela, 
To we demy vice, and let his grow. 
Oh ,wba v may Man within him hide, 
Though Angel on the outward fide? 
How may likeneffe made in ctimea, 
Making praaife on the Times, 
To draw with ydleSpiders firing* 
Mo pon<derous and fobfbmialhrunf.* > 
G aft againft vice, I owftapplie. 
With Anglo to night fhall lye 
His old betroathed(but defpifed:) 
Sodifguife fhall by th'difguifed 
Pay with filfhood, felfe exaAing, 
And Derforme an olde contnding. 



Luc. Sir J know him, and I Joue htm. 
D*kf- Loue talkes with better knowledge,^ know- 
edge with deare loue. 

Lac. Come Sir, I know what I know 

n\t I can hardly beleeue that, fince you know not 
what you foeake. But if cuer the Duke returne (as our 
jralen are he may) let mce defire you to makeyouran- 
iwer before him; if it bee honeft you haue fpoke, you 

e courage to malntame it-, 1 am bound to call rppon 
you, nd I pray you your name ? 

Lf. Sir my name is Lri0,wel known to the Duke. 
' ?)*ks. He (hall know you betrer Sit, if 1 may hue to 
report you. 

Z,f. Jfcareyounot 

D*kf- O you hope the Duke will rctume no more: 
or you imagine me to vnhurtfull an oppofite:but indeed 
I can doe you little baunc: You'll for-fweare this a- 
gaine ? 

Luc. lie be hang'd firft . Thou art dcceiu'd in met 
Friar. But no more of this Canfi thou ull if Claudia 
die to morrow, or no ? 

DL' Why fhouldhedieSui* 

L#c. Why? For filling a botde with a Tunnetdifh: 
I would the Duke we talke of were return'd agatne: this 
vngenitur'd Agent wiH vn-pcogle theProuince with 
Continencie. Sparrowes rouft not build in his houfe- 
eeuts.becaufe they are lecherous: The Duke yet would 
haue darke deeds darkelieanfweted, hce would neuer 
bring them to light i would hee were return'd. Mame 
this Clmdio is condemned for vntrufTing Farwell good 
Friar, Iprethee pray forme : The Duke (1 fay to thee 
agatne) would eate Mutton onPridaies. He's now part 
U, yet (and 1 fay to thee) hee would mouth with a beg- 
gar, though fhe fmcl: browne-bread and Garlscke .- (ay 
that I faidfo: Farewell. Ex*. 

Duke. Mo might, nor greatne(Tc in mortality 
Cancenfurefcapet Back wounding calumme 
The whiteft vertue ftrikes. V/hat King fo (bong 
Can tie the gall vp in the I underous long ? 
But who comes heere ? 

Enter EfetlMi t 7>roxafl, vuiBtrd. 

Efc. Go, away with her to prifon. 

BtatxL Good my Lord be good to met, your Honor 
h accounted a mercifull man : good my Lord. 

fc. Double, and trebble admonition, andftiilfor- 
feite in the fame kmdc ? This w . ;>i d make mercy fweare 
and play the Tirant. 

Pro. A Bawd of eleneny car ;$ continuance, may it 
pleafe your Honor. 

B&.'d. My Lord, this is one Dteie'i information a- 
vasnft me, Miftris Kate Kgtft~j?mt was with childe by 
. i u in the Dukes time, he promis'd her marriage : his 
Childe is a yccrc and a quarter oide come Philip and /* 
cd-.l haue kept it my felfe; and fee bow bee .^s about 
to itbufc me. 

Efc. Tba t fellow is a fellow of much Licenfe : Let 
him be call'd before vs, Away with her to prifon : Goe 
too, no more words. Prouoft,my Brother ^tngtla will 
not be aiter'd, Clattdit inuft die to morrow : Let him be 
furnifh'd with Diuines, and have all charitable prepara- 
tion. Ifmy brother wrought by my pitie, it fhould not 
be fo with him. 

Prt. So pleafe you, thisFnarharh beene with him, 
and aduis'd him for th'entermnmem of death. 

Efc. Good'euen, good Father 

Z>4f. Bliffe.andgoodnefltonyou. 



Meafarefor Meajure. 



M. Good Frier, 1 know you do.and hauc found it. 

Duly. Take then tbij your companion by the hand 
Who'haih a ftoric readie for your care : 
1 fhall attend your leifure, but make hafte 
The vaporous night approaches. 

M*r. Wilt pleafe you walkeafide. / 

D*kf. Oh Placc.and grcatnes : millions of falfe eies 
Are ftucke vpon thee : volumes of report 
Run with thefe falfe, and moft concranoasQucft 
Vpon thy doings : thoufand efcapes of wit 
Make thee die father of (heir idle drcame, 
And racke thee m their fancies. Welcome.how agreed ? 
Enter Maria** and. IfabelU. 

rf*b. Shee'll take the enterprrze vpon her father, 
if you aduife u. 

'Defy. ]t is not my confenc, 
But my entreaty too. 

/fa. Little hauc you to fay 
When you depart from him, but foft and low, 
Remember now my brother. 

Mar. Fcarc me not. 

'D*kt Nor gentle daughter, feare you not at all i 
He is your husband on a pre.eoncrad 
To bring you thus together 'tu no finne, 
Suh that die luftice of your tide to him 
Doth flounfh the deceit . Come, let vs goe. 
Our Corne's to teape.for yet our Tithes to Cow. Ex-eitm 



Aftus Quartet . Sccena Tnma, 



Enter M* 



,s*d Boj *&. 



Song. Tek, at t*kf thofe Itfs **) , 

that ft ftet Ij were far fa omt , 
And thofe ejcs flat brtnltt offty 

Ugiti t\xu dot n,(Uad the ASerm 
Via mjf kifet brmg gat*t, bring *,*,{ 
Sealts ffloMe t lmt fettftt in vatnt,jt<U d m v<u*t. 

Enter D*kg. 

A/tfr.Breake off thy (ong.ancfhaflc thee quick away, 
Here comes a man of comfort, whole aduicc 
Hath-often ftill d my brawling difcontent. 
I cry you mercie,Sir,and well could wi(h 
You had not found me here fo muficalL 
Lei me excufe me, and belceue me fo, 
"My mirth it much difpleaf'd.butpleaf 'd my woe 

/Tis good , though Mufick oft hath fuch a charme 
To make bad, good ; and good prouoake to harm*. 
I pray you tell me,hath any body enquir'd for mec here 
ic day ; much vpon this time hauc I promiCd here to 
meete. 

M*. Youhaueoot bin enquir'd after . 1 buc ft 
here all day 



Dub,- I doe conftandy beleeueyou : the time is come 
uen now. 1 fhall craue your forbearance altttle,may be 
I will call vpoo you anone for forae aduantage to your 

Mar. I am al way cs bound to you. xu. 

D*kj Very well tr.ei,and well come : 
Wbat it the ncwes from this good Depone. 1 ' 

If at. He hath a Garden dtcummur'd with Bncke, 
Whfewefternefideis with a Vineyard back't ; 
And to that Vineyard is a planched gate, 
TWt makes his opening with this bigger Key 
This other doth command a little doore, 
Which from the Vineyard to the Garden teades, 
There haue I made my promife, vpon the 
Ucauy itudle of the uight.io call vpon him. 

t)**,. But fhall you on your knowledge find this way? 

//**. I haue t'ane a due.and wary note vpont, 
With whifr>ering,and moft guiltie diligence, 
In action all of precept,hc dia (how me 
The way twice ore. 

Duk.- Are there no other tokens 
Betweene you 'greed,concexning her obferuancc? 

Ifai. No : none but onely arepaiteith'darke. 
And that I haue poflcfl hirn,my moft Ray 
Can be but bnefe. for 1 haue made him know, 
1 haue a Seruant comes with me along 
That ftaies ypon me ; whofc perfwafion is, 
I come about my Brother. 

Ditk. Tts well borne vp. 
I b we not yet made knowne to M&rmn* 

Enter Mart***. 

A word of this : what hoa.withm; come forth, 
I pray you be acquainted with this Maid, 
She comes to doe you good. 

//4*. Idoedefuethelike. 

2**.- Do you perfwadc your felfe that I refpcd you? 



Scena Secunda. 



Enter Pruufttnd (lamat, 

fro Come hither fit ha ; can you cut off a mans head? 

Cla. If the man be a Bachelor Sir,! can. 
But if he be a married man, he's his wiues head, 
And 1 can ncuer cut orf a womans head, 

Pro, Come fir,ieaue me your fnatrhcs, and yeeld me 
a direct anfwere. Tomorrow morning are to die CLut- 
dia and Bn.trdiHi ; heere is in our pnfon a common ere* 
cutioner, who in his office lacks a helper, if you will take 
it on you to afTift him , it fhall redeeme you from your 
Gyues :if not, you fhall hauc your full time of irrrpnfon- 
ment, and your dchuerancc with an vnpitued whipping; 
for you haue bccne a notorious bawd. 

Clo. Sir. I haue beene an vnlawfull bawd, time out of 
mmde , but yet 1 will bee content to be alawfull hang- 
man : I would bee glad to receiuc Come infiruftion from 
my fellow partner. 

fro. What hot,Akhorfo* : where'* Jthtrfm there ? 
Enter J&vf,*. 

Abb, Doc you call fir? 

'Pro. Sirha.hcrc's a fellow will helpe you to morrow 
in your execution : if you thinke it mect.compound wiih 
htm by the yecre, and let him abide here with you.if not , 
vfe him for the prefent , and difmiife htm , hec cannoc 
plead his efftmation with you : he hath beene a Bawd. 

Abb. A Bawd Sir? fie pon him,hc will difcredn out 
myftene. 

Pro. Goe too Sir, you waighequatlie: a feather will 
turne che Scale. Exit. 

Cl. Pray fir, by your good fauor . for furcly fir, a 

good fauor you hauc,bat that you hiue a hanging look : 

Doe you call fir,your occupation aMyfteriic r e 

G i Abh. L 



Meajure for Mea/itre. 



^b. ISir.aMifterie. 

clo. Painting Sir, I haue heard fay, is a M>ftcii<;arul 
our Whores fir, being members of my occupation, v. 
ing painiing, do prooe my Occupation, a Miftrie:but 
what Miflenc there fhould be in hanging, if I (bould 
it hang'd, i cannot imagine. 

JU*. Slr.il JsaMiRenc. 

Clo. Proofe. 

vsibh. Euerie true mans apparrefl fits your Thcefe. 

Clo. If it be too little for your theefe.your true man 
hinkesitbigge enough. If it bee coo bigge for your 
Fhefe,yoorTr>eefe thinkes it little enough : Soeuene 
rue maos apparrell fits your Theefe. 
. nttr Provofl. 

Pro. Are you agreed ? 

Clo. Sir, I will feruehjra :For 1 do finde your Hang- 
man is a more penitent Trade then your 1>3 wd he doth 
oftner aske forgiueneffe. 

Pro. You finah, provide your block? and your Axe 

morrow, foure a clock. 

Abb. Come on (Bawd) I will inftruftthee in my 
Trade :follow. 

Clo'. \ do defire to learnt fir : and I hope, if you haue 
occafion to vfc me for your owmruirnc, vou (hall finde 
me y'ate. Tor truly fir, for your kihdnefle. I owe you a 
g oo J turtle. Exit 

Pro. Call nether Btrnardo* tCla*dit . 
Tb'one has my puic j not a lotthe other. 
Being a hfurcherer, though he were my brother. 

Enter Ctaudut. 

looke, here's the Warrant (laxAe, for thy death, 
'Ti* now dead midnight, and by eight to morrow 
Thou muft be made immortal). Where's Batgrdimt . 

CU. As faft lock'd vp in fleepe.as guiltlefle labour. 
When it lies fhrkely in iheTrauellers bones, 
He will not wake. 

fro.. Who can do good on him t 
Well, go,prcpjrc your felfe. But harke, whatnoife? 
Heaucn giue your rpirits comfon : by. and by, 

1 hope it itforne pardon, 01 repreeuc 
Fouhemoft gentle fW/o. Welcome Father. 

inter Ditkf. 
Dukf. The beft, and wholfomfl fpints of the night, 

Lnuellop y ou, good Prouofi: who tall'd hccic 
Pro . None fmce the Curpbew rung. 



Pro. No. 

Dk. They will then r r*t be long 

fro. What comfort is for Clauditl 

1>ul(e . There's fome in hope. 

Fro. Iti sa bitter Drputie. 

Uukf. Noc fo, not fo : his life is paraW d 
Eoen with the flrokc and line of hi* great luftke 
He doth with holie abftinence fubdue 
That in himfelfe, which he fpurres on his powre 
To quafifie in others : were he rocal'd with that 
Which he corrects, then were he tirrannout, 
But this being fo, he's iuft. Now are they come. 
This u a gentleProuoft, ftidome when 
The fteeled Gaoler is the friend of men : 
How now? whatnoife i That fpirir's pofleft with haft. 
That wounds th'vnfift'mg Port erne with thcfe ftrokes. 

Pro. Thert he muft ftay yntil the Officer 
Arife to let him in : he is call d vp. 

Duke. Hiue youno countermand for (laadiojtt ? 



ButhemuftJieto morrow? 

Pro. None Sir, none. 

Duke. As oeere the dawning Prouoft as it if, 
Yon fhall heare more en-Morning. 

Pro. Happely 

You fomething know : yetl beleeue there comes 
No countermand : no foeh example haue \/et 
Betides, vpon the veri fi0e of lufHce, 
Lord A*t elo hath to the publike care 
Profeft the contrarie. 

Enter a Afeffervtor. 

2>%. This is his Lords man. 

Pro. And heere comes OratVi pardon. 

lHf. My Lord hath fent you this note, 
And by tnce this further charge ; 
That you fweru* not from the fmalleft Anide of ^ 
Neither in time, matter, or other citcumftance. 
Good morrow: for as I take it, it is almoft day. 

Pro. Iftiall obey him. 

Dukf. This u hisPardon purchas d by fuch fin, 
For which the Pardoner himfelfe is io : 
Hence hath offence his qutcke ceienti*-, , 

When it is borne in high Authority. 
When Vice makes Mercie ; Mercie's fo extended, 
That for the faults loue, is th offender friended. 
Now Sir, what newn ? 

Pro. \ told you : 

Lord Agl (be-like) thinking me remifle 
In mine Office, awakens rnee 

With this vnwonted putting on, mctbinks ffangdy : 
For he hath not vs'd it before. 

DK^. Pray you let's heaie. 
rix Lttter. 
WfMitfcfKfr you. may beare i a tbt contrary, let CleuAiebetx- 

ecutedtyfeurt eftbeclocke and in the aftersoent Beruar- 

diae .- For ray better falufatiion , In n>ee haue Cltuditi 

head fern mttrj frut. Ltt this te diuly perforated vtttha 

thought that inert depends a it, the* VK tauft yes dtliver. 

TbutfaJ/e not 10 dotjottr Offiee t tujou. a>iO anfoerett at 

yourperiB. 
What fay yo to this Sir.' 

Dkf. What is that ^7>r<iw, wboistobe aeco- 
ted m th'afternooncr* 

Pro. A Bohemian borne : But here nurd vp & bred. 
One that is a prisoner nine yeercs old. 

Ditkf. How came it, that the abfent Duke had not 
either deltuer'd him to his liberue, or executed him t I 
Haue beard it was ener his manner to do To. 

Ptt. His rriencTs ftill wrought Repreeues for him : 
And rndeed his ffi nil now in the government of Lord 
^vgelo, ocnc not to an vndoubtfull ptoofe. 

Dukt. 1 1 is no w apparant ? 

Pro. Moitmanifcft. and not denied by himfelfe. 

Duke. Hath he borne himfeift penitently in prifon 
How feemes he to be touch'd ? 

Pro. A man that apprehends death DO more dread- 
fully, but as a drunken fleepc, careleffe. wreak}efle,aad 
fe-e;le(recf what> paft , preftnt, or to come : iflfenfiUe 
ofmorrality, and ckfpera tely morralJ. 

Dvkf. He wants aduice. 

fr.He wil heare none:be hath euermorehad the li- 
berty of the prifon : giue hi m leaue to efeapt hence, bee 
would not. Drunke many times a day ,if not many dates 
entirely drunke. We haue verie oft awakM hio, as if to 
Carrie hioi to executioo and fhew'd hn a feemiog war 
rant for it, it hath not moued bun at ail. 



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77 



1>*kt. More of him anon : There is written in your 
brow Prouoft, honcfty and conftancie ; ifl reade ic not 
truly, my ancient skill beguiles roc : but in the boldnes 
of my cunnmg', I will lay roy fclfcin hazard: Cl**Jiie, 
whom hcereyou haue warrant to execute, it no greater 
fWeit to the Law,thcn dngeloviko hath fcntenc'd him. 
To make you vndetftand this in a manifcfted effect, 1 
craue but fourc dales rcfpit : for the which, you arc to 
do m both a prefent, and a dangerous counefie. 

frt. Pray Sir,ui what .' 

Dnk. !o the delaying death. 

Pro. Alackc, how may 1 do it . Hauing the hoore li- 
mited, and tn exprefle command, vnder penahie, to de- 
lioet his head inthe vrewof Angtle ? I may make my 
cafe as C/Ww's, to crofle this in the fmalleft. 

Dkt' By the vow of mine Order, I warrant you, 
If my infttu^ions may be your guide, 
Let this Barnartiine be this morning executed, 
And his head borne to jtigelt. 

Pro. Angtlo hath fcenc them both, 
And will difcouer tbefauour. 

Duke- Oh, death's a great difguifer, and you may 
addetoiijShauethehead.andtiethe beard, and fay it 
was the defue ot the penitent to be fo bar'de before his 
death: you know thecourfeis common. If any thing 
fall to you vpon this, more then thankes and good for- 
tune, by the Saint whom I profelTe, I will plead jgainft 
it with my life. 

Pr. Pardon me, good Father, it is againft my oath. 

Daly. Were you fwotnc to the Duke, or to the De- 
putie? 

fro. To him, and to his Subftitures. 

Duke. You will thinke you hauc made no offence, if 
the Duke iuouch the iufticeof your dealing ? 

Pro. But what likelihood is in that ? 

Dkf. Not a refcmbtance, but a certainty ; yet tince 
I fee you fearfull, that neither my coate, integrity, nor 
perfwafion, can with cafe attempt you, I wil go further 
then 1 meant, to plucke all fcares out of you . Lookc 
you Sir, hccre is the hand and Scale of the Duke : you 
know the Charra&cr I doubt not, and the Signet is not 
ftrangctoyou? 

Pro. I know them both. 

Duke. The Contents of this, is the rcturne of the 
Duke; you (hall anon ooer-readeit at your plcafure: 
where you (hall findc within thcfe two daiet , he wil be 
heerc. This is a thing that A*%tlo knowes not , for hee 
thii very day receiues letters of ftrange tcnor.perchance 
of* the Dukes death, perchance entering into fome Mo- 
nailerie, but by chance nothing of what is writ. Lookc, 
th'vnfolding Starrc callesvp the Shephcard; put not 
your felfe into amazement, how thcfe things (hould be? 
all difficulties are but eafie when they are knowne. Call 
your executioner, and off with Jr4r<frtwhead : I will 
giviehim a prefcnt thrift , and aduifc him for a better 
place. Yet you arc amaz'd,but this fhall absolutely rc- 
folue you : Come away, it is almoft decre dawne. frit. 



Scena Tertia. 



Ofr-</<ownehoufe,forhcerebemanie of her olde 
Cuflomers. Firft, here's yong M' R*fh, hee'smfora 
commoditieofbrowne paper, and-olde Ginger, nine 
feore and feuenteene pounds, of which hee made fiuc 
Markesreadic money: marrie then, Ginger was not 
much in requeft, for > he olde Women were all dead. 
ThcnisthctehecrconeM'C<9#r, at the fuiteofMaflrr 
Three-Pilt ihe Mercer, for fome fourc futtcs of Peach - 
colout'd Sattcn, which now peaches him beggar. 
Then hauc we hccre, yong % 2>,/>, and yong M r Dcne- 
vw.andM' C^rr^wrr.andM- 5frfrxr Zrr^the Ra- 
pier and dagger man, and yong Drof-htrrt\\K\ bid 1 - 
ftic PuUng.wA M' Forthltgkt theTilter.and braue W 
Shootir the great Traucller, and witde Halfe-Canne that 
Rabb'd Pots,and I thinke fortle roore,IJ great doers in 
ourTrade,andarcnow fof the Lords fake, 
Enter 



Enter CltfBnt. 

Clo. I am as well acquainted heere, ! was in our 
houfeofprofeffion:one would thinke it were Miftris 



jtl>h. Sirrah, bting ^r. 

Clo. M r ftrntrdiHt, you rnufl rife and be hano'd 
M' BtrmrJnc. 

Mh. What hoa Btmarttir*. 

Bttrnardint tfirhtn. 

B*r. A pox o'your throat*: who makes that noyfe 
there? What are you? 

C/. Your friends Sir, the Hangman ! 
You muftbefogood Sirtonfe,andbepu(fodearh. 

Bar. Away you Rogue, away, I am fleepi*. 

i^kh. Tell him he mud awake, 
And that quickly too. 

Clo- pray MaflcrAinMNfof, awake rill you areex]- 
ecuted,and fleepe afterwards. 

Ab. Go in to him. and fetch him out. 

Clo. He is comming Sir.he is comming : Ihearctm 
Straw ruffle. 

Enter Earmtrdiite. 

Add. It the Axe vpon the blocke/urah? 

Clo. VeriereadieSir. 

Bar. Hownow^Wor/*? 
What's the newes with you ? 

Abh. Truly Sir, I would defire you to clap into your 
prayers: forlookeyou.the Warrants come. 

Bttr. You Rogue, 1 hauc bin drinking all night. 
I am not fitted for't. 

Clo. Oh, the better Sirs for he thitdrinkes all night, 
ard is hanged betimes in the morning , may fleepe the 
founder all the next day. 

Enter "Dukf. 

Abb. Looke you Sir, heere comes your ghoftly Fa- 
ther : do wcieft now thinke you ? 

r Dukf. Sir^nduced by my charitie, and hearing how 
haftily you are to depart, I am come to iduifc you, 
Comfort you,and pray with you. 

Bar. Friar.noi I: I haue bin drinking hard allnighr, 
and I will baue more time to prepare mce, or they (ha II 
beat outjmy braines with billets ; I will not coofcnt to 
die this day, that's certaine. 

2><% .Oh fir, you muft : and therefore I befeech you 
Looke forward on the iournie you fliall go. 

Bar. I fweare I will not die to day for an ie mans pet- 
fwafion. 

'Dttkf. Butheareyou: 

Bar.Not a word : if you haue anie thing to lay to me 
come to my Ward : for thence will not I to day. 



Duke. Vnfi: co liue^ordie : oh grauell heart. 

G j After 



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Tier him (Fellowes) bring him to theblocke. 
pre. Now Sir, how do you finde the pnfoner ? 
'Duke. A creature vnprc-par'd, vnmcctfor death, 
And to tranfport him in the minde he u, 
Were damnable. 

Pro. Heere in the prifon, Father, 
'here died thuinorning of acruell Feaaor, 
One TH*gaz.iae, a rooft notorious Pjrate, 
A man of (Itudies yeares : his beard, and head 
uft of his colour. What if we do omit 
This Reprobate, til he were we! cnclin'd. 
And fatisfie the Deputic with the vifage 
Of &fj9i, more like to Claudia! 

2)ke. Oh,'tis an accident that hcaucn proutdei . 
!)ifpauh it-prcfetuly, the hourc draww on 
>refixt by Angela: See this be done, 
And fcnt according to command, while* I 
"^erfwadc this rude wretch willingly to die, 

Pro. This fhall be done (good Father) prcfently ; 
Jut Baraardint mud, die this afternoone, 
And how fhall we continue Cla&io t 
Tofauemefrom the dan get that might come, 
[f be were knownealiue ? 

D*ke. Let this be done, 

Put them in fecret holds, bolkXtrnardmr and Cl**dt9, 
*re twiee the Sun hath made his lournall greeting 
To yond generation, you fhal find? 
Your fafetie <rianifefte<L 

fro, 1 am yout free dependant. Exa. 

Ditkf. Quicke.difpMch.and fend the head to Angela 
I'.ow will write Lcttcri.to^tfwge/e, 
(The Prouoft he fhal bcarc thcm)wbofe contents 
Shal witnefTe to him I am neerc at home : 
And that by great Intensions I am bound 
To enter publikely - him He defire 
Tomeetmeatthc^onfccrated Fount, 
A League below the Citie ; and from thence, 
By cold gradation, and weale-baJlanc'd forme. 
We fhal proceed with Angela. 

Enter TroHo/f. 

Pry. Hcere is the head, He earrie it my felfe. 
"Dttkt. Conuenient is it : Make a fwift returne. 
=or I would commone w'uh you of fuch thing*, 
That wantno care but yours. 

fro. lie make all fpecdc. ** 

1 [obeli vithln. 
7/4. Pea.cehoa,bcheere. 

Dfike. The tongue of IfabcS. She's come to know, 
[fyct her brothers pardon be come hither : 
But I will keepe her ignorant of her good, 
To make her hcauenly comforts of difpairc, 
When it is leaft expected. 



Meajure for Mea/we. 



If*. Hoa, by your leauc. 

Dukf. Good morning to you, falre, and gracious 
daughter. 

If*. The better gioen me by fo holy a man, 
Hath yet the Dcputio fcnt my brothers pardon > 

ukf. He hath releafd him, /fdettjxam the v/orid, 
His head is off, and fent to Angela. 

/fa. Nay, but it is not fo. 

D*kr. It is'no other, 
Shew your wi fedome daughter in your dofc patience. 

If*. Oh,I wil to him, and plucke out his eies. 

f>k.- You fhal not be admitted to his fight. 

I fa. VnhappicCWw, wretched ffahS, 



Iniurious world, moft damned Angela. 

'Duly. This nor bunt him, nor profit* y ou ? lot, 
Forbcare it therefore, giue your caufc to hcauen, 
Marke what I fay, which you fhal nnde 
By cucry fillable a faithful veritie. 
The Duke comes home to morrow : nay lrie your eye, 
One of our Couent, and his Corrfeffor 
Ciuci roethi* inftance : Already he hath carried 
Notice to Efcitim and Angele, 

Who do prepare to rtjectc him at th gar, (<to*e, 
There to giue vp their powre: If you can pace your wif- 
In that good path that I would wifh it go, 
And you fhal haueyour bofomc on this wretch, 
Grace of ihc Duke, reirenges to your hean, 
And general Honor. 
Jfa. I am directed by you. 
f D*k.. This Letter then to Friat Piter giue, 
Tis that he fent me of the Dukes returne: 
Say. by this token, I defire hi* companie 
At Mgrumai houfc to nrght. Her caufe,and yours 
lie perfect him withall, and he fhal bring you 
Before the Duke; and to the head of Antdo 
A ccufc him home and home. For my poorc fclfe, 
I am combined by a facred Vow, 
And (hall be abfcnt. Wend you with this Letter.- 
Command thefcfrctting waters from your etc* 
With a light heart ; truftnot my holie Order 
If 1 perucrtyour courfc :whofe hcere > 

ftiter Lwie. 
Inc. Good'cuen; 
Frier, whcrc's the Prouoft ? 
Dkf* Not within Sir. 

UK. Oh prenie ffdc&t, I am pale at mine heart, to 
fee thine eye* fo red : thoo muft be patient^ 1 amfaine 
to dine and fup with water and bran : I dare not for my 
head fill my belly. One fruitful Meaic would fetmec 
too't : but they fay the Duke will be hecre to Morrow. 
By my troth Ifabetl I lou'd thy brother, iftheoldc fan- 
taficat Duke of darkc corners had beneat horoe^e hac 
liued. 

Dukf. Sir, the Duke is marueilous little beholding 
to your reports, but the befr is, he hues not in them. 

Luc. Friar, thou knoweftnot the Duke fo wel as I 

do : he's a better woodman then thou tak'ft him for. 

Dukf. Well : yc u'l anfwer this one day .Fare ye well 

Luc. Nay tarrie, lie go along with thee, 

I can tel thee pretty tales of the Duke. 

Dftkft You baue told nre too many of him already fir 
if they be true : if not true, none were enough. 

Lucia. I was once before him forgetting a Wench 
withchildc, 

Dukf. Did you fuch a thing? 
Luc. Yes marrie did I ; but I was fame to forfwear i:, 
They would elle haue married roe to the rotten Medler, 
Duke. Sir your company is fairer then boneft.reft you 
well. 

LHCSO. By my troth ilc go witb thee to the lanes eod 
if baudy talkc offend you,we'el hauc very litle of it:na] 
Friar,! am a kind of Burrc , 1 fhal flickc. 



Scena Qttarta. 



Eater Angflg & Efcalut. 
f/f .Euery Letter he hath writ, hath dtfuouch'd other 



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An. In moft vneuen and diftrafted manncr.his a&ions 
(how much like to madncflc, ptay heauen his wifedomc 
bee not tainted : aod why meet hint at the gates and re. 
liuer ou rauthoritics there? 

Efe. Ighcffenct. 

Ang. And why (hould wee proclaime it in an howre 
before his entring.that if any craue redreffc of iniuftice, 
they (hould exhibit their petitions in the Hrcct ? 

Efe. He (howeshis reafon for thatito haue a difpatch 
of Complaint* , and to deJiuer vs from deuices heere- 
aftct, which (ball then haue no powerto Rand againft 

Ag. Well : 1 befeech you let it bee proclaim'd be- 
times i'th* morne, lie call you it your houfe : giue notice 
to fuch mm of fort and fuite as are to met te him. 

Efe. I (hall fir : fareyouweU. E*it. 

Ang Goodnight. 

This deede vnfhapei roe quite, makes me vnpregnant 
And dull to all proceedings, A dt-flowrcd maid, 
And by an eminent bod y.lh at cnfore'd 
The Lav againft it ? But thai her tcndrr fhame 
Will not proclaime gmft her maiden loflc. 
How might (he tongue me ? yet reafon dares her no 
For my Authority beares of acredcntbulk*, 
That nopartKular fcandall once can touch 
But it confounds-the breather. He fhould haue liu'd 
Saue that his riotous youth with dangerous fense 
Might in the times to come huc ta'ne reuenge 
By fo rccciulng a difhonor'd life 
With ranfome of fuch frame : would yet he had Uued 
Alack.whenoncc our grace we haue forgot 
Nothing goes right,ve would.aad we would not. *. 



Sccna Qutnta. 



gntrr Duke tad Frier Peier. 
Duke. Thffe Letters at fit time dehuer me. 
The Prouoft knowes our purpofe and our plot, 
The matter being a foote, kcepc your mftru&ion 
And hold you euer to our fpeciall drift , 
Tnough fometimes you doe blench from this to that 
As caufc doth mrnifter : Goe call at fUuiat, houfe, 
And tell him where I ftay j giue the Uke notice 
To r*lnsiiM y Itytltnd, and to Crtftu , 
And bid them bring the Trumpets to the gate : 
But fend m F^uww firft. 

ftier. It (hall be fpccded well. 
Inur yorruu. 
T>iAf. I thank theef/sTtef.thou haft made good haR, 
Come.wc will walke - There's other of our friends 
Will greet vs heere anon : my gentle Vtrrim* Exeunt, 



Scena Sexta. 



Enter Ifabt&t and (-Mariana. 

ffat. To fpeak fo indirectly I am loach , 
I would fay the truth,but to accufe him To 
That it your part, yet I am aduis'd to doe iC . 
He iaies.to vaiie full purpofe. 

\Jtar. BeruI'dbybim. 



I fat. Betides he tells me, that ifpendoenrure 
He fpeake agarnft me on the aduerfe fide, 
I fhould not thinkc it flrange, for 'tis a phy ficke 
That's bitter, to Tweet end. 
nter Peter. 

Trlgr. I would Frier Peter 

Ifab. Oh peace, the Frier i s come-. 

Ptttr . Cornel haue found you out a ftand moR fir. 
Where you may haue fuch vantage on the Du^e 
He (halt not pafle you . 
Twice haue the Trumpets founded. 
The generous ,and graucft Ci tizens 
Haue hent the gates, and very nccre vpon 
The Duke is ernring : 
Therefor c hence away. Extt*t. 



jfflus Qutntus. 



wrong it 



Eater 

Citizens atftucraffdoor, 

D*k- My very worthy Cofen.fairely met. 
Our old, and faithful! fiiend.wc are glad to fee you 

Jg.?fc. Happy returne be to yonr royall grace 

D. Many and harry thank ings to you both: 
We haue made enquiry of you, and we heare 
Such goodncfle of your luftice.thst our foule 
Cannot but yecld you forth to publicjuc thaokcs 
Forerunning more rcquitail. 

^iig. You make my bonds ftill greater. 

DfcOh your defert fpeaks loud,& I fhould 
To lockt it in the wards of couert bofome 
When it deferues with characters of braffe 
A forted refidence 'gainft the tooth of time, 
And razurc of obliuion : Giue we your hand 
And let the Subteft fer,to make them know 
That outward curtefics would faine procFaimc 
Fauours that kcepe within : Come ffca/ta. 
Youmuft walke by n, on our other band. 
And good fupportcrs are you. 

Eater Peter vnl /fabeS*. 

Peter. Now is your time 
Spcake ioud.and kneele before him. 

IfA. luftice.O royall Dufe.vMle your regard 
Vpon a wrong d (I would faine haue faid a Maid) 
Oh worthy Prince, dishonor not your eye 
By throwing it on any other obie6t, 
I ill you baue heard me,in my true complaint, 
And gioenmeluftict / Iuftice,Iuftice,luflic6. 

D*kz Relate your wrongs? 
In what,by whom ? be bricfe : 
Here is Lord Aigtlo fhall giceycy Juftice, 
Reueclc your fclfe to him. 

7/x*. Oh worthy Duly, 
You bid me feelce redemption of the diuejl, 
Heare me your felfe : for that which J muff (peajtc 
Muft cither punifh me,not being beieeu'd', 
Or wririg rcdreffe fromyou ; 
Heare me : oh hcare me, heere. 

Aug. My Lordjhcr win I feare roe are not fitwe : 
She hath bin a fuitor to me, for her Brother 
Cut off by courfe ofluftice. 

7/i. By courfe of lufttce. 

A*g. And (he will fpeake moft bitterly .and foange. 



8o 



, fare 



/fat. Moft ftrange: but yet rnoft truely will fpeake, 
That ./4tf/Vforfworne, is it not ftrange? 
That /fpr/'/ a rourtherer, U't not ftrange' 
That AngtU is an adulterous thiefe, 
An hypocritc.a virgin violator, 
Is it not ftrange? and ftrange? 

Duke. Nay it ii ten times ftrsngc ? 

If* It is not truce he is Angtle. 
Then this is all as cr uc,a$ it is R range ; 
Nay.it is ten times true.for truth is truth 
Toth'end ofrcckmng- 

Duly. Away with her : poore foule 
She fpeakei thi in th'infirmity of fence. 
If*. OhPrince.lconiurethee as thou beleeu'ft 
There is another comfort.then this-world, 
That thou neglect me not, with that opinion 
That I am touch'd with madnefle : make not impofiible 
That which but feemes vnlike,'tis not impoflible 
But one, the wicktcift caitiffe on the ground 
May feeme as ("hie, as graue.as iuA,Ju abfolute : 
As Agtl,c\itn fo my Angela 
In all his drc.frmgs,caracls/itles,formet, 
Be an arch-villame Beleeue it.royall Prfhce 
If he be leffe.he's nothing,but he's more, 
Had I more name for badheffe. 

Z)*^f. Bymmchonefty 
if (he be mad , as I beleeue no other, 
Her madnefie hath the oddcft frame of fenfe, 
Such a dependancy of thing,on thing, 
As ere I heard in madndTe. 

lf. Oh gracious D*kt 
Harpe not on that j nor do not bam ft reafon 
For inequality, bvtlet your reafon feme 
To make the truth appeare, where it feemes hid, 
And hide the falfe feemes true. 

2>^. Many that are not mad 
Haue fure more lacke of reafon : 
What would you fay? 

If*. 1 am the Sifter of one rf-wto, 
Condemnd vpon the Aft of Fornication 
To loofe his head, coademn'd by Agtlo. 
l,(in probation of a Siftcrhood^ 
Was fent to by my Brother j one Lwh 
As then the Meflenger. 
> IMC. That's I.and't like yourGrace : 
I came to her from flatubo,sn4 defu'dher, 
To try her gracious fortune with Lord Alflo 
For her poore Brothers pardon. 

/ya*. That's he indtcde. 

Z>^. You were not bid to fpcake. 

Luc No, my good Lord, 
Nor wifh'd to hold my peace. 

Dukj I wiih you now then, 
Pray you take note of it ; and when you haue 
A bufincffe for your felfe : pray beauen you then 
Be pcrfea. 

Luc. I warrant your honor. 

DM^. The warrant's for yout <elfe : take heede to't. 

//*. This Gentleman told fomewhat of my Tale. 

Let. Right. 

Dttkj It may be right, but you are i'lhe wrong 
To {peakc before your time : prcxecd, 

IfA. I went 
To this prnicious CaitifFeDeputie. 

D^ That's fomewhat madly fpoken. 

If*. Pardon it, 



The phrafe is to the matter. 

"Dn^e. Mended againe: the matter.- proceed 1 . 

I fab. In bncfe, to fet the necdleffe procefie by : 
How I pcrfwaded, how I praid, and kneel'd, 
How he refeld me, and how I rcplide 
( For this was of much length } the vild condufion 
I now begin with griefe, and fhame to vtter. 
He would not, but by gift of my chaff e body 
To his concupifcibie intemperate luft 
Releafe my brother ; and after much dcbaremefit, 
My fifterly remorfe, confutes mine honour, 
And Ididyerld to him : But the next morne betimes, 
His purpofe furfcttin g, he fends a warrant 
For my poore brothers bead. 

D*kf. This is moft Hkely. 

jp&. Oh that it were as like as it is true, (fpeak'ft, 

Ditki By heauen(fond wretch)^ knowft not whatthou 
Or elfe thou art fuborn'd againft his honor 
In hateful! pre&ife : firft his Integritte 
Stands without blemifb : next it imports no reafon, 
That with fuch vehemency he fhouid purfue 
Faults proper to himfelfe : if he had <b offended 
He would naire waigh'd thy brother by himfelfe, 
And not haue cut him off: fome onehachfr t you on : 
ConfetTe the truth, and fay by whofe aduice 
Thou cam'ft heere to complaine. 

/fit. And is this all ? 
Then oh you b-'.effed Minifters aboue 
Keepe me in patience, and with ripened time 
Vnfold the euill, which ij heere wrapt vp 
In countenance: beauen (hield your Grace from wo 
As I thus wrong'd, hence vnbeleeued go. 

*Z>"^?. I know you'ld faine be gone: An Officer 
To prifon with her : Shall we thus permit 
A blafting and a fcandalous breath to fall , 
On him fo nee re vs ? This needs moft be a pra&ife: 
W ho knew ofyour intent andcomming hither? 

Ift. One that I would were hsere.Fr/rr 

Dak A ghoftly Father, belike : 
Who known that Lodevickf} 

Luc. My Lord, I know hire, tis amedling Fryer, 
I doeiMC like the man : hid he been Lay my Lord , 
For certain; words he fpake againft yoar Grace 
In your rettrmer.t, I hid fwing'd him CounHJy. * 

Duly. Words againft rare? this 'a good Fryer belike 
And to fet on this wretched woman here 
Againft our Subftitute : Let this Fryer be found. 

Luc. But yeftemi ght my Lord, fhe and that Fryer 
I fa w them at the prifon : a fawcy Fry zr, 
A very fcuruy fallow. 

feter. Blcffed be your Royall Grace : 
I haue flood by my Lord,and 1 haue heard 
Your royall eare abus'd : firft hath this woman 
Moft wrongfully accus'd your Subftitute, 
Who is as free from touch, or foyle with her 
A J fhe from one vngot. 

Dufe. We did beleeue no leffe. 
Know you that Frier ,<fcri^that fhe fpeaketof? 

Peter. I know him for a man diuinc and holy, 
Not fcuruy, nor a temporary medJer 
As he's reported by this Gentleman : 
And on my truft, a man that newer yet 
Did (at be vouches) mif-reporc your Grace. 

Lite. My Lord.moft vilUnoufly,bdeeue it. 

Petef. Well : he in time may come to cleere himfelft: 
Butatthisinftantheisficke.myLord: 

lOf 



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OfaftrangeFeauoriyponhis meere requeft 

Being come to knowledge, that therewas complaint 

Intended 'gainft Lord Atgtlt, camelheiher 

To fpeake as from his mouth.what he doth know 

Is true, and falfc": And what he with his oath 

And all probation will make vp full cleare 

Whenfoeuer he't conuented : Firftfor this woman, 

To mftihe this worthy Noble roan. 

So vulgarly and perfonaHy accus'd, 

Her {hall you heart difproued co her eyes, 

Till (he her felfc confeffe it. 

Duk,. Good Frier, let's heart it : 
Doe you not fmile at this, Lord ^tigtlol 
Oh heauen,the vanity of wretched fooles, 
Giue vs fome (eates, Com* cofen j4ngel, 
In this I'll br impartial! : be you Judge 
OfyourowneCaufe : Is this the Witnes Frier? 

Enter M An tn A, 
Firft, let her fhew your face, and after, fpcake. 

Mar. Pardon my Lord, 1 will not (hew my face 
Vnttl! my husband bid me. 

'Duke. What, are you married f 

Afar. No my Lord. 

Duty. Are you a Maid ? 

MOT. No my Lord. 

7>*k; A Widow then ? 

Mar. Neither, my Lord. 

D*^. Why you are nothing then: neither Maid.Wi- 
dow, nor Wife? 

Lut. My Lord,{riemaybeaPuncke : for many of 
them, are neither Nfaid, Widow.nor Wife. 

Lukj Silence that fellow : I would he had fome caufe 
to prattle for himfelfe. 

Luc. Well my Lord. 

"Mar. My Lord, I doe confeffe I nere was married, 
And I confeiTc bdides, 1 am no Maid, 
I haue known my husband, yet my husband 
Knowes not, that euer he knew roe. 

Luc . He was drunk thcn,my Lord,it can be no better. 

Dukj Forth* benefit of filcnce,would thou wert fo to. 

L-.Well,myLord. 

Dw^.This is no witneflc for Lord Ag*l. 

Mar. Now I come to't, my Lord. 
Shee that accufcs him of Fornication, 
Infclfe-fame manner, doth accufe my husband , 
And charges him, my Lord, withfuch a time, 
When Tie depofe I had him in mine Armei 
Withallth'effe<9ofLoue. 

Afig. Charges (he moe then me ? 

Mar. Not that I know. 

"D'fkj No ? you fay your husband 

Mar. Why iuft, my Lord, and that is ji*gtlo, 
Who thinkesiie knowes, that he nere knew my body, 
But knows, he thinkes,that he knowes Iftbcls. 

Ang. This is a ftrange abufc : Let's fee thy face. 

THar. My husband bids me.now I will vnmaske. 
This is that face, thou cruell Angela 
Which once thou fworft, was worth the looking on: 
This is the hand, which with a vowd contract 
Wasfzft beJocktin thine: This is the body 
That tooke away the march from /fiteB, 
And did fupply thee at thy garden-houfc 
In her Imagin'd pcrfon. 

Didf, Know you this woman? 

Luc. Carnallie/hefaies, 



no more. 

Luc. Enoug my Lord. 

4*g. My Lord,l mu(t confefle, I know this woman 
And fiue yeres fincethere was fome fpeech of marriage 
Betwixt my fclfe, and her : which was broke off 
Partly for that her promis'd proportions 
Came fhort of Competition : But in chiefe 
For that her reputation was dif-valued 
In leuitie : Since which time of fiueyere* 
I neuer fpake with her, faw her, nor beard from her 
Vpon my faith, and honor. 

Mtr. Noble Prince, 

As there comes light from beauen,and wordt &6 breath, 
As there is fence in truth, and truth in vertae, 
I am affianced this mans wife, as ftrongly 
As words could make vp vowet : And my good Lord 
But Tuefday night laft gon, in's garden houfe, 
He knew me as a wife. As this is true, 
Let me in fafety raife me from my knees, 
Or clfe for euer be confixed here 
A Marble Monument. 

Ang. I did but fmile till now. 
Now, good my Lord, giue me the fcope of lufttce 
My patience here is touch'd : I doe perceiue 
Thcfe poorc informall women, are no more 
But inftruments of fome more mightier member 
Thacfttsthemon. Let me haue way, my Lord 
To finde this pradife out. 

Duke. I, with my heart, 
And punifii them to your height of pleafure. 
Thou foolilh Frier, and thou pernicious woman 
Compaa with her that's gone : thinkft thou.thy othes, 
Though they wouJdfwear downe each particular Saint 
Were teftimoniej againft his worth, and credit 
That's feaid in approbation ? you, Lord Efcolut 
Sit with my Cozen, lend him your Jcinde paincs 
To finde out this abufe, whence 'tis deriu'd. 
There is another Frier tb fet them on, 
Let him be fent for. 

Pettr. Would he were here, my Lord, for he indeed 
Hath fet the women on to this Complaint ; 
Your Prouoft knowes theplace where he abides, 
And he may fetch him. 

Duke. Goe,doeit inflantly : 
And you, my noble and well.warranted Cofcn 
Whom it conccrnes to heare this matter forth, 
Doe with youriniuries as feemes you beft 
In any chaftifemeni ; I fora while 
Will ieaue you ; but flir not you till you haue 
Well determin'd vpon thefe Slanderers. Exit. 

Eft. My Lord, wec'll doe it throughly : Signior Lit. 
cif, did not you fay you knew that Frier LtJtmictto be a 
diihoneft perfon ? 



t honeft in nothing 
but in his Clothes , and one that hath fpoke rooft vilte- 
nouj fpeeches of the Duke. 

Efc. We ftiall intreat you to abide heere till he come, 
and inforce them againft him : we (hall finde this Frier a 
notable fellow. 

Luc. As any in Vtenti*, on my word. 

ft. Call that fame //Inhere once agarne , I would 
fpcake with her: pray you, my Lord, giue mee Ieaue to 
queftion, you (hall fee how He handleher. 

Luc. Not better then he, by herowne report. 

ffc. Say you ? 

L*c. M'arryfir,Ithinkc,ifyou bandied her ptiuately 



82 



She would fooncr confc(Te,pcrchzncepublikely (he'll be 
afbam'd. 



fc. 1 will got darkely to worke with her. 

L>u. That's the way : for women are light at mid- 

night. 

ffc. Come on Miftris, here's a Gentlewoman, 
Denies all that you haue (aid. 

Luc. My Lord, here comes the rafcall I (poke of, 
Here, with tkeTroKoft. 

Efc. In very good time : fpeake not you to him, till 
wecallvponyou. 

Luc. Mum. 

Efc. Come Sir, did you fet thefe women on to (lan- 
der Lord AngeU ? they hauc confef d you did. 



ft. How ? Know you where you are ? 

jD*b Refpc & to your great place; andleitbediuell 
Be fomettmc honour'd, for his burning throne. 
Where is the Duly ? '" he fbould heare me fpeake. 

Efc. The Duke's in vs : and we will heare you fpcakc, 
Looke you fpeake iuftly . 

>K Bold! v,at Icalh But oh poore foulei, 
Come you to feeke the Lamb here of the Pox ; 

ood night to your redrcfle : Is the 7)u^e gone? 
Then is your caufc gone too : The D*kf*t rniuft, 
Thus to retort your manifeft Appeale, 
And put your trial! in the villzine* mouth. 
Which here you come to accufe. 

Lac. This is the rafcall : this is he I fpoke of. 

ffc. Why thou vnreuerend, and vnh allowed Fry et : 
s't not enough thou had fubom'd thefe women, 
To accufe this worthy man ? but in foule mouth, 
And in the wrcnelte of his proper eare, 
To call him villaine; and then to glance from him, 
To th'Dukf himfelfe, ro taxe htm with Iniuftice ? 
Pake him hence; to th' racke with him : we'll towie you 
oynt by ioynt, but we will know his purpofc ; 
What?vniult? 

Dak.- Be not fo hot : the D*k* dare 

o more ftretch this finger of mine.then he 
>are racke his owne . his S u bieft am 1 not , 
sJorhcre Prcmnciall : My bufincfle in this State 
dade me a looker on here in fitmm, 
Where I haue feene corruption boyle and bubble, 
Till it ore-run the Stew . La wes ,for all faults, 
Jut faults fo countcnanc'd.that the ftrong Statutes 
Stand like the forfeites in a Barbers (hop, 
As much in mocke.as marke. 

Efc. Slander to th' State: 
Away with him to prifon. 

A*g. What can you vouch againft him Signior />w? 

this the man that you did tell vs of? 

Luc. Tishe.myLord: come hither goodman bald- 
>3ic, doe you know me? 

Dul(. 1 remember you Sir.by the found of your voice, 
t metyou at the Prifon ,in the abfence of the "Duly. 

Luc. Oh,did you fo? and do you remember what you 
aidoftheDt*. 

iJ/4-Moft notedly Sir. 

Lite. DoyoufoSir: AndwaitheDwfsaflefh-mon. 
get, afoclc, and a coward, as you then reported him 



Dak,. You muft(Sir)change perfons with me,crt you 
make that my upon . you indeede (poke fo of him, and 



much more, much worfe. 

Luc. Oh thou damnable fellow : did not I plucke thee 
by the nofe, for thy fpeechcs ? 

Ditka I proteft J louc the Duly, as I loue my fclfe. 
Aug. Harke how the villaine would clofc now, after 
his treafonablc abufes. 

ffc. Sucba fellow ij not to be talk d withall: Away 
with him to prifon : When is the Prouoft ? av tay with 
him to prifon : lay bolts enough vpon him: let him fpak 
no more: away with thofeGigleu too.arul with the o- 
ther confederate companion. 
/>)$. Stay Sir.ftay a while. 
Ang. What,refift$ he ? helpe him LMCU. 
L*c. Come fir.comc fir, come fir: fohfir, why you 
bald-pated lying rafcall.-you mnft be hooded muft you ? 
fliow your knaucs vifage with a poxe to you: (how your 
ftieepe-biting face, and be hang'd an houre: will't 
not off? 

D*ki Thou art the firfl knaue, that ere mad'ft a D**. 
Fir ft Promftjn me ba vie thefe gentle three : 
Sneake not away Sir,fcr the Fryer, and you, 
Muft haue a word anon: lay hold on him. 
Luc. This may proue worfe then hanging. 
D*k, What you hauc fpoke.I pardon: fit you downe, 
We'll borrow place of him ; Sir,by your leauc : 
Ha'ft thou or word,o( wit, or impudence, 
That yet can doe thee office ? If thou ba'fi 
Rely vpon it, till my tale be heard, 
And hold no longer out. 

Aug. Oh,my dread Lord, 
I (hould be guiltier then my guiltinefle, 
To thmkc I can be vndifcerneable, 
When I perceiue your grace, Iikepowre diuine, 
Hath look'd vpon my p afles. Then good Prince, 
No longer Seflion hold vpon my (hame, 
But let my Triall.bemine owneConfeffion : 
Immediate fentence then, and fequcnt death, 
Is all the grace! beg. 

Dul(. Come hither Mari*n* t 
Say: wat't thou ere contra<3ed to this woman.' 
A"&. I was my Lord. 

'D*k^ Goc take her hence, and marry her inftantly. 
Doe you the office (frjtr) which confummatc, 
Returnc him here againe : goe with him Prtucft. xft. 

Efc. My Lord.I am more amaz'd at his di (honor. 
Then at the ftrangeneffeof it. 
Duk, Come hither /f*M, 
Your F ritr is now your Prince : At I was then 
Aduertyfing, and holy to your buftnefie, 
(Not changing heart with habit) I am ftill, 
Atturnied at your feruice. 

7/cl. Oh giue me pardon 
That I.your vaffaile, haue imploid,and pain'd 
Your vnknowne Soueraigntie. 

Dt You are pardon 'dlfattU: 
And now,deere Maide, be you as free to vs. 
Your Brothers death I know fits at your heart : 
And you may maruaile, why I obfcur'd my fdft, 
Labouring to faue his life : and would not rather 
Make rath remonftranceofmy hidden powre, 
Then let him fo be loft : oh moft kmde Maid. 
It was the fwift celeritie ofhis death, 
Which I did thinke, with (lower foot came on, 
That brain'd my purpofe : but peace be with him, 
That life is better life paft fearing death, 
Then that which Hues to feare : make it your cornfott, 



So happy is your Brother. 
Entsr A*geto-f-M* 

7/4*. I doe my Lord. 

Dtk, For this new-maried man,approaching here, 
Whofe fait imagination yet hath wrong*d 
Your well defended honor ; youmuft pardon 
For Maritvt** fake : But as he adiudg'd your Brother, 
Being criminal! .in double violation 
Offacred Chaftitie,and ofpromlfe-breach, 
Theteon dependant for your Brother* life. 
The 7 cry mercy of the Law cries out 
Moft audiblc.euen from his proper tongue. 
An Angela for 7<<i<7, death for death . 
Haftc ftill paies hafte.and leafurc.anfwers leafure ; 
Like doth quit like, and Meefare ftiH for Afc*f*re : 
Then Aaclr t chy fault'sthutmanifcfted; 
Which though thoti would'ft dcay.dcnicsthee vantage. 
We doc condemne thee to the very Blocke 
Where Cl&udio ftoop'd to death, and with like hafte. 
Away with him. 

Mar. OhmymoftgraciousLord, 
I hope you will not mocke roe with a. husband? 

Dat(. Jt is your husband mock'i you with a husband, 
Confcnting to the fafc-guar d of your honor, 
I thought your marriage fit : eife Imputation, 
For that he knew you. might reproach your life. 
And choake your good to come : For his Pofleflions, 
Although by confutation they are ours ; 
We doe en-ftate.and widow you with all, 
To buy you sbeiterhusband. 

Mr. Oh my dcere Lord, 
I craue no other ,nor no better man. 

Tlitkf. Neuei craue him,we are definiti ue. 

~Mr: Gentle my Liege. 

Dukf. You doe but loofe your labour. 
Awsy wiihhim to death : Now Sir,to yow. 

Mar. Oh my good Lord.fweet IftbeS, cake my parr. 
Lend me your knecs.and all my life to come. 
I'll lend you ail my life to doe you feruice. 

Duke. Againfr all fence you doe importune her, 
Should (he koeeledowne, in mercie of this fafr, 
Her Brothers ghoft.hispaued bed would breikc. 
And take her hence in horror. 



Sweet ff*6el t doe yet but kneele by me. 
Hold vp your hands, fay nothing : 111 fpeake all. 
They fay beft men aremoulded out oftaults. 
And for the moft, become much more the better 
For being a little bad : So may my husband. 
Oh /f*btl: will you not lend a knee > 
>. He dies for dado's death. 

*j^. Moft bounteous Sir. 
Looke if it pleale yon, on this man condtmn'd, 
As if my Brother Uu'd : I partly tbinke, 
A due fincerkie gouemed his deedes. 
Till he did looke on me : Since it is fo, 
Let him not die : my Brother had but luflice, 
In that he did the thing for which he dide. 
For Ai &,his Aft di i not ore-take his bad intent, 
And muft be buried but as an intent 
ThatperUh'dby the way thoughts are no fubiefls 
lntents,butmeereiy thoughts. 

Mar. MeerelymyLord. 

TJtik. Your fuite's vnprofitable : aand 7p I fay : 
I haue bethought me of another fault. 

1 how came it CLutdtt was beheaded 



Atanvnufuall howre? 

Pro, It was commanded fo. 

D*kf. Had you a fpeciall warrant for the deed ? 

Pra. No my good Lord : it was by priuate meltagc. 

DHk. For which 1 doc difcharge you of your: office, 
Giucvpyourkeyes. 

fro. Pardon me.noble Lord, 
I thought it wai a fault, but knew it no?, 
Yet did repent me after more aduice, 
For tertimony whereof, one in the prifon 
That fhould by priuate order elfe haue dide, 
Ihauereferu'daliue. 

D*t(. What's he? 

Pro. His name is BtmarJine. 

Duke. I would thou hadfl done To by f/dW, : 
Goe fetch him hither, let me looke vpon him. 

Eft. I am forry.oncfo learned, and fo wife 
As you, Lord y4n/e,haue ftil appear 'd, 
Should fiip fo groflelie.both in the heat of bloud 
And lacke of temper'd iudgement afterward. 

Jng. I am forrie, thatfuch forrow I procure, 
And fo deepe fticks it in my penitent heart , 
That I craue dcain more willingly then mercy, 
Tismy deferuiog, and I doe entreat it. 

Enter 'BarunrdiHt and Front/}, Ct*Ktiia t luliettt. 

2><%. Which is that B*rnar<linc > 

"Pro. This my Lord. 

Dkt. There was a Friar told me of this man. 
Siiha, thou art faid to haue a fhibborne foule 
That apprehends no further then this world, 
And fquar'ft thy life according : Thou'rt condemn'd, 
But for thofe earthly faults,! quit them all, 
And pray thec take this mercie to prouidc 
For better times to come : Frier aduife him, 
I Icaue him to your hand . What muffeld fellow'j that? 

Pro. Thii is another prifoner that I fau'd, 
Who (hould haue di'd when CUttdio loft his head , 
As like almoft to C/Ww,as himfelfe. 

D*kf- If he be like your brother, for his fake 
I he pardon'd, and for your louelie fake 
Giue me your hand, and fiy you will be mine, 
He is my brother too : But fitter time for that : 
By this Lord Angle perceiues he's fafe, 
Methinkes I fee aquickning in his eye : 
Well ^xgtlo, your euill quits you well. 
Looke that you loue your wife : her worth,worth yours 
I finde an apt rcmiffion in my fdfe ; 
And yet heere's one in place I cannot pardon, 
Youfirha, that knew me for a foole.a Coward, 
One all of Luxurie,3naCe, a mad man : 
Wherein haue I fo dcferu'd of you 
That you extoll me thus ? 

L*c . 'Faith my Lord , 1 fpoke it but according to ihc 
trick : if you will hang roc for it you may : but I had ra- 
ther k would pleafe yon,J might be wiiipt, 
'Dak/. Whiptfirft, fir, and hang'd after. 
Proclaicnett Prouoft round about the Cine,- 
If any woman wrong'd by this lewd fellow 
(As I haue heard him fweare himfelfe there's one 
whom he begot with childe) let her appeare , 
And he (hall marry her : the nupuill hniih 5 d, 
Let him be whipt and hang'd. 

Luc. I befccch your HighnefTe doe not marry me ro 
t Whore : ytir Higbnefte faid euen now I made you a 
Duke,good my Lord do not recompence tne,in making 
me a Cuckold. c 

b Vpon 



Dat-f. Vpon mine honoi thou fbalc matrie her. 
Thy flanders I forgiue.and therewithall 
le:nit thy other forfeits : take him to prifon, 
And fee our pkafure herein executed. 

Lf.Marrying a punke my Lord,is preifing to death, 
Whipping and hanging. 

Duke. Slandering a Prince dcfcrucs it. 
She Cltstdio that you wrong'd.Iooke you rcftore. 
[oy to you Mart***, loue her Angela : 
'. haue eonfcs'd her, and I know her vertuc. 
Thanks good friend, Efcalm, for thy much goodneflc, 



There's more behindethat is more gratulate. 
Thanks Vrttuftht thy care.and fecrccie, 
We fhall imploy iheein a worthier place. 
Forgiue him Angela ,that brought you home 
The head of *4ga*i*forZJ/, 
Th'offence pardons it felfe. Deere ffattl/, 
I hauc a motion much imports your good, 
Whet eto if you'll a willing care incline ; 
What's mine isyour$,and what is yours is mine 
So bring v$ to our Pallace.where weell fhow 
Whafs yet behindc,thatmee you all ihould know. 



The Scene Vienna. 

The names of ail the Acflors. 

yincentio : the Duke, 



Eftabts, an tacient Lord. 
Cl/txdio, dyong GentUmtn, 
Lucio^ afintaftique. 
i. Other like Gentlemen. 
Prouojt. 



Tbomet. 
Peter. 



Froth, afeolifb Gentleman* 

Clowne. 

Abhor fin ^ an Executioner. 

Barnardine^ dt ffblute fri finer. 

Iptbella^ (ijier to CUudio. 

&ftrinM,betrothed t* Angela 

lulietjelouedofCltudt*. 

Francifc*) A 7{un. 

Miftrif Otter- Jon t a Bawd. 



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y Scenaprima. 



EuttrtlM Dkf afEpbefuj , with the MercbavtefSiraifi, 
I<yl/>r,and<stbir attendants. 

Marchent. 

Roxeed Sohntu to procure my fall, 
And by the doome of death end woes and all. 
Dukf, Met chant of .S/VvK'*!/*, plead no more, 
lam not partull to infringe our Lawcs ; 
The enmity and difcord which of lite 
Sprungfirom the rancorous outrage of your Duke, 
To Merchants ourwcH-dealingCountrimen , 
Who wanting gilders to redceme their Hues, 
Haue feal'd his rigorous (tatutes with then blouds , 
Excludes all pitty from our threa tning loukes : 
For Jincc the mortal! and inteflineiattes 
TvnxtthyfeditiousCountrimenandvs, 
It hath in folerone Sy nodes beene decreed , 
Both by the Siracxjitoit and our felues, -. 
To admit no trafficke to our aduerfe to wnes : 
Nay more, if any borne at Eptxfiu 
Be feene at any Stracufmn Marts and Fayres : 
Againe, if any SrracHJian borne 
Come to the Bay ofEpteftn, he dies ; 
His goods confifcate to the Dukes difpofe, 
Vnleflea thoufandmarkes be Icuied 
To quit the penalty, and toranfomehim : 
Thy fubftance, valued at the higheft rate, 
Cannot arnounc vuto a hundred Maikcs, 
Therefore by Law thou art condeinn'd to die. 

totr. Yet this my comfort,whcn your words are done, 
My woes end likewife with the euening Sonnc. 
23*^. Well Siv*cufi* ; fay in briefe the caufe 
Why thou departed^ from thy nsciuehonie ? 
And for what caufe thou cam'ft to fpbefm 

Mtr. Aheuuiertajkecoiild not hane beene impoj'd, 
Then I to fpeake my grides vnfpeakeable : 
Yet that the world may witnefle that my end 
Was wrought by nature, not by vife offence, 
lie vttcr what my forrovv giuesme leaue. 
In SwMtt/a was I borne, and weddc 
Vrtto a woman,happy but for me, 
And by me ; had not our hap beene bad : 
With her 1 liu'd in ioy, our wealth increaft 
By profperpus voyages I often made 
To fj>/<L*w,ti!l my favors death, 
And he great care of goods atrandone left, 
Drew mefromkinde embraccments of my fpoufe; 
From whom my abfence was no fixe moncths olde, 
Before her felfe (almoft acfamcing vndcr 



The pleating punifhment that women be are ) 

Had made prouifion for her following me. 

And foone, and fafe.arriued where I was : 

There had fhe not beene long,but fhe became 

A loyfull mother of two goodly fonnes : 

And, vchich was ftrange.the one fo like the other, 

As could not be diftinguifh'd but by names. 

T hat very ho\vre,and in the felfe-fame Inne, 

A. mcane woman v/as deliuered 

Of futha btuthenMa'.c, twins both alike : 

T'nofe.for their parents were exccedingpoore, 

1 bought. and brought vp to attend my Tonnes. 

My wlfe.not meanely prowd of two fuch boycs, 

Made daily motions for our home retumt: 

Vnwilling 1 agreed, alas, too foone wee came aboord. 

A league rrom EftAttitmw had we fatld 

Before the alwaies windc-cbeying deepc 

Gaue any Tragickc Inftance of our harme : 

But longer did we not retainc much hope; 

For what obfcured lighuhe hcaucns did grant, 

Did but conu&y vnto our fcarelull mindes 

A doubifull warrant of itnmediate death , 

Which though my fclfc would gladly hjueimbrac'd, 

Yet the inceflant weepings of my wife, 

Weeping before for what fhe faw muft come, 

And pitteout pUynings of the prettic babes 

That moutn'd for fafliion, ignorant what to feare, 

Ford me to fceke dclayes for them anil me, 

And this it was: (for other rncsne; was none) 

The Sailors fought for fafe-ty by our boite, 

And left the fhip then finking ripe to w 

My wife, morecarefull for the latter borne, 

Had faltncd him vnco a fmall fpare Mafr, 

Such zs fea-faringmen prouide for ftoruifs : 

To him one of the other twins was bound, 

Whil ft I had beene like heedfull of ihe other. 

The children thus difpos'd, my wife and I, 

Fixing our eyes on whom our care was fi , 

Faftned our felues at eyther end the maft, 

And floating Rraight, obedient to the flreame, 

Was carried towards Certntb, as we thought. 

At length the fonne gazing vpon the earth , 

Difperft thofe vapours that offended vs, 

And by the benefit of his wiflied light 

The feas wast calme, and we difcouercd 

Two fhippei from farre, making amaineto vs : 

Of Corinth that, otEfidtrtu this , 

But ere they came, oh let me fay no more, 

Gather the fequcll by that went before. 

Duk.- Nay forward old man, doe not break* off fo, 
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'or we may pttty, though not pardon thee. 

Merck. Oh had the gods done fo,l had not now 
..'orthily tearm'd them merdlefleto vs : 
x>r ere the (hips could meet by twice Eue leagues, 
We wereencountred by a mighty rocke, 
iVhich being violently borne vp, 
Our helpefull (hip was fplitted in the mldft ; 
So that in tins vniuft diuorce of vs, 
Fortune had left to both of vs alike, 
What todelight in, what to fortow for. 
Her part, poore foule, feeming as burdened 
With tefler waight, but not with lefler woe, 
Was carried with more fpeed before the wmde. 
And in our light they three were taken vp 
By Fi(hermen oTCtrim A, as we thought. 
At length another (hip had feiz 'don vs, 
And knowing whom it was their hap to faue, 
G sue healthful! welcome to their (hip-wrackt guefts, 
And would haue reft the Fifliers of their prey , 
Had not their backe bcerie very flow of faile ; 
And therefore homeward did they bend their rourfe. 
Thus haue you heard mefouer'd from my bliffe, 
That by misfortunes was ray life prolong d, 
To tell fad ftories of my ownemifaaps. 

Dukf. And for the take of them thou forrowtfl for 
Doe met he fauour to dilate at full, 
What haue befalneof them and they till now. 

Merck* My yongeft boy.ond yet mye-ldeft tare, 
At eighteen? yeeres Decame inquifitiue 
After his brother ; and important me 
That his attendant, fo his cafe was like, 
Reft ofhis brother .but retain'd his name, 
Might beare him company in the queft ofhrm: 
Whom whil'lt I laboured of a ioue to fee, 
I hazarded the loffe of whom I lou'd. 
Fiue Soramm haue I fpcnt in farthcR Greece t 
Rowing cleane through the bounds of A fa 
And coafting homeward, cameto Ephtfiu . 
Hopdeflc to fi-.ids,y loth to leauc vniought 
Or that.or any place that harbour* men : 
Butheere muft end the ftory of mv life, 
And happy were I in my timeli death. 
Could pJi my trauelts warrant me they Uu& 

&kf- HoplelTe Egtm whom the fates haue maike 
TO besre th Mtremuieofdiremiftup : 
Now trnft me, were it not againft our Lawes, 
Againft my Crownc.myoath.my dignity, 
Which Princes would they may .not diiaouli, 
My foule (hould fue as aduocate for thee . 
But though tbou art adjudged to tbedeash, 
And pafied fentencc may not be reeal'd 
But to our honours great dirparagemeot : 
Yet will I fauour thee in what I can ; 
Therefore Marchant, lie limit thee this day 
To feeke thy helpe by beneficial! helpe, 
Try all the friends thoulaft mfpbefut , 
Beg thou.ot borrow, to make vp the fiirome, 
And liue: if no.then thou art dooro'd to die: 
Iaylor,take him to thy cuftodre. 

Iqlar. 1 will my Lord. 

Aftrc&.Hope!cfiesnd helpelefl* doth tvwwcnd, 
ButioprocraBinatchisliueleu'eend. Lxtum 

Enttr Aiitipbelu Erotet^a Marckantjoid Drma 
Mer. Therefore giue out you are ofEpitLmatm, 
Left that your good* too foone be confiscate : 



This very day a Srrac*ptn Marchant 
Is apprehended tot a huall here , 
And not being able :o buy oat his life, 
According to the ftatuteofthe tovrae, 
Dies ere the weariefunnefet intbe Weft : 
There is you motiie that I had to keepe. 

Ant. Goe beare it to the Cent jure, wh'.re v/e hoft^ 
And Aay there 'Drcmiojo^. I come to tbee ; 
Within this hoare it will be dinner time, 
Til! that He view the manners of the towne, 
Perufe the traders^gaze vpon ihc buildings, 
And then rctumc and flccpc within mine lone, 
For with long Uduaile I am ft ifie and weahe. 
Get thee away. 

"Die. Many ft man would take you a: your word, 
And gocindcede.bauiag fo good ameane. 

Exit'Dnmia. 

Ant. A truftie villaine fir,that very oft. 
W hen I am dull with care and melancbolly. 
Lightens my humour with bis merry iefts : 
What will you walke with me about the cowne, 
And then goe to my Inne and dine with me? 

.A7r. I am inuieeo 1 fir to cenaine Msrchants, 
Of whom 1 hope to rhakemuch benefit : 
f craoeyour patdon, fooneatfiueadocke, 
Pit afe y ou.lle meete with you vpon the Mart, 
And afterward confort yon til) bed time 
My prefent bufinefle cals me from you now. 

AM. Farewell till then : 1 wilt goe loofe my ft Ife, 
And. wander p and downc to view the Cine. 

E.'-Jlfar* Sic, Ixonunend you to your ovnc content 

Extant* 

AM. He that commends me tomineowneconteot, 
Commenda me to the thing I cannot get t 
I to the world am like a drop of water, 
That in the Ocean feekes another drop, 
Who falling there to finde hit fellow forth, 
( Vnfeene,'mquifitiue) confounds himfelfe. 
So I,to finde a Mother and a Brother, 
In queft ofthem(vnhzppiea)loofemy fclfc. 

Enter Dramit cfEplxfiu. 
Here comes the almanacke of my true date : 
What now ? How chance thou an retura'd To focne 

E.Dra, Return'd fo foottr, rather approacht coo laca 
The Capon burnss, the Pig fals from the fpitj 
The clocks rreth ftrucken twclu vpon the, bell : 
My Miftris made it one vpon my cheeke : 
She is fo hot becaufe the meate is colds : 
The meate is colde, becaufe you come not home: 
You come not r.ome.becaufs you haue no (tomacke : 
You haue no Romacke.haiiing broke your faft : 
But we that know what 'tis to faft and pray, 
Are penitent for your default to day. 

Ant. Stop in your winde fir.teli me this I pray ? 
Where haue you left the mony that I gaue you* 

!Dre. Ohfixcpencethatlh*daweofday laft, 
To pay the Sadler for my Miftris cupper : 
The Sadler had it Sir,! kept is net. 

Attt. 1 am not in a fportiue humor aow : 
Tell me,and dally not, where is the monie ? 
We being Grangers here,bow dar'ft thou trufi 
So great a charge from thine ownc cuftodk. 

Z.7)ro. I pray you ieftfir M you fit as dinno 
I from my Miftris come to you in poft: 
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For (lie will icoure your fault vpon my pate : 

Me think e* your maw.lika mine, (hould be your cooke, 

And ftrikeyou home without a mcflenger. 

Wr.Come2)xaJww,come,thefc lefts are out of feafon, 
Referue thtrr. till a merrier houre then this : 
Where is the gold ! gaue in charge to thee? 

E.'Dra. To me fir? why you gaue no gold to me? 

Ant. Come on fir knaue, haue done your foolifhnes, 
And tell me how thou haft difpos'd thy charge. 

E.Dro. My charge was but to fetch you fio the Mart 
Home to your houfe, the Pkanix fir.to dinner; 
My MiAriz and her fifttr ftaies for you. 

Am. NowasIwnaChriftiananfwerme, 
In what fafe place you hauebcttow'd my mooie ; 
Or I (Hall breake that metric fconcc of yours 
That ftands on crick j, when I am vndifpos'd : 
Where is the tboufand Markesthou hadtt of trw : 

E.Dro. I haue Tome rnarkes of youri vpon my pate : 
Some of my Mtftris market vpon my flioulder* : 
But not a thoufattd markes betweene you both. 
If I fhould pay your worfliip thofe againe. 
Perchance you will not beare them patiently. 
Ant.'fhy MiRrit markes' what Miftris flaue haft thou? 
E'Dre. Your worftips wife.my Miftris at theP&owMr; 
She that doth faft till you come home to dinner : 
And praics that you will hie you home to dinner. 

Ant . What wilt thou flout me thus vnto my face 
Bcktg forbid ?TThere take you that fir knaue. 

. Dro. What meant you fir, for God fake hold your 
Nay,and you will not (ir,lle take my heele*. (hands : 
Exeunt Jhamo Sf. 

Ant. Vpon my life by fomedeuiie or other. 
The villa'ne is ore-wrought of all my raonie. 
They fay this towns is full of cofenage : 
As nimble luglers that deceiue the tic : 
Dirke working Sorcerers that change the minda: 
Soule-kUling Witchts.that deforme the bodie : 
Difguifed Chc3ters,pracing Mounwbankes ; 
And manic- fuch like liberties of finne : 
If it proue fo,l will be gone the fooner : 
He to the Centaur to goe feeke this flaue, 
\ greatly feare my monic is not fafe. xit. 



Snter Adrina^>lfs to Amifbolu Screptwpitb 
L uctAXA her Sifter. 

A Jr. Neither my husband nor the Oaue return'd, 
That in fuchhafle I fent to feeke hs Matter ? 
Sure LuiiMt it is two a clocke. 

Luc. Perhaps fome Merchant hath inuitcdhim, 
And from the Mart he's fomewhere gone to dinners 
Good Sifter let vs dins.and neuer fret ; 
Atnan is Matter of his ftbertie i 
Time is their Mafter and when they fee time, 
They'll goe or come j if fo, bepttteni Sifter. 

A Jr. Why fliould their libertie then x>ur t J mo/ 

IMS . Bufe their bufineife ftill lies out adore. 

Air. Looke when I ferue himto,he takes it thut. 

IMC. Oh,knowhehtbebrui!eofyourwilL 

Ad,. There's nonebut ailes will be bridled fo. 



Luc. Why, headftrong liberty is lafht with woe 
There's nothing fituate vnder heauens eye. 
But hath his bound in earth, in fea, in skie. 
The beaftt,the fifties.and the winged fowles 
Are their males fubie&s, and at their conrroules : 
Man more diuine, the Mafter of all thefe, 
Lord of the wide world,and wilde warry feas, 
Indued with inKlie&uall fence arid foules. 
Of more preheminence then fifh and fowles, 
Are mafters to their females, and their Lords : 
Then let your will attend on their accords. 

AJri. This feruitude makes you to keepe vnwed. 

Luci. Not this,but troubles of the marriage bed. 

^<&-.But were you wcdded.y ou wold bearfome fway 

IMC. Ere I leame loue.I'e practife to obey. 

Attr. How if your husband ftart fome other where ? 

Lite. Till he come home againe, I would forbeare. 

AJr. Patience vnmou'd,no maruel though ftie paufe, 
They can be meeke,that haue no other cauie : 
A wretched foole bruis'd with aduerfitie, 
We bid be quiet when we heart it crie. 
But were we burdned with like waight of paine. 
As much.or more, we (nould our fclues complaint- s 
So thou that haft no vnkinde mare to greeue thee. 
With vrging heJpelefle patience would relceue me ; 
But if thou hoc to fee like right bereft* 
This foole-beg 1 ^ patience in thee will be left. 

Luci. Welfj will many one day but to trie: 
Metre comes your man, no w is your husband, nie. 

Eater DromsoEph. 

AJr* Say^s your tardie mailer now at hand ? 

E.Dro. Njr, hee's at too hands with mte,and that my 
two eares can witneiTe. 

Adr. SaydidftihoufpakewUh htm? knowlhbou 
his minde ? 

S. Dro. IJ.be told his tnmde vpon mine ears, 
BeOirew his hand.I fcart-e could vndcrftand it. 

Luc. Spake hwfo doubtfully, thou cow Idft no tfcelc 
his meaning. 

E. Dro. Nay, hee ftrooke To plainly, I could too well 
feel c his bio wes ; and withail fo doubtfully, that I could 
fcarcc vndetftand them. 

Adri. But fay,I prethee, is he comming home? 
It feemes he hath great care to pleafe his wife* 

. Dro. Why Miftrefl"e,fure my Mafter is home mad. 

Aetri. Home mad, thoa villa int.' 

E.Dn. I meane not Cuckold mad, 
But fure he is ftarke mad : 
, When I defir'd him to come home to dinner, 
He ask'd me for a hundred markes in gold : 
'Tis dinner timt,qaoth I : my gold, quoth he : 
Your meat doth burne,quoth I : my gold quoth he : 
Will you come, quoth I : my gold, quoth he ; 
Where is the theufand markes I gaue thee villains ? 
luoth h 
liftreffe : 
. miftreffe. 

Lwi. Quoth who? 

E,Dr. Quoth my Mafler, i know quoth he,no hcufe, 
no wife, no miftreffe : fo that my arrant due vnto my 
tongue,Ithankehtm,<I bare home vpon myfhoulders t 
for in eonclufion,he did beat me there. 

Aetri. Go back againe,thou fiaoe.gc fetch him home. 

E>r6. Goe bicke a gaine.ond be new beaten horotr t 
Fot God* fake fend fonw other meflenger 
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Adri. Backe flaue, or 1 will brcake thy pate a-croflc. 
Dro. And he will blefie y crofle with other beating ; 
Bctweeneyou.iniallhaucaholy head. 

Adri. Hence prating pefant,fetch thy Matter home. 
Dro. Am Ifo round with you, as you with me, 
That like a foot-ball you doc fpurnc me thus : 
You fpurnc me hence,and he will fpurne me hither, 
If I laft in this Ceruice,you n-.uft cafe me in leather. 

Luei. Fie how impatience lowreth in your face. 

Adri. His company mud do his minions grace, 
Whil'ft I at home ftarue for a merrie looke 
Hath homelie age th'alluring beauty tooke 
From my poore cheeke ( then he hath wafted it. 
Arc my difcourfes dull ? Barren my wit, 
If voluble and (harpe difcoUTfebemar'd, 
Vnkindnefle blunts it more then marble hard. 
Doe their gay veftments his affedions baice ? 
That's not my fault , hec's matter of my flate. 
What ruines are in me that can be found , 
By him not rutn'd ? Then is he the ground 
Of my defeature*. My decayed faire, 
A funnie looke of his,would foone rcpaire. 
But, too vnruly Defre, he breakestfo pale. 
And feedes from home ; poore I am but his Hale. 

Loci. Selfe-harming lealotfie , fie brat it hence. 

Ad. Vnfeeling fools can with fuch Wrong* difpence 2 
I Know his eye doth homage other, where, 

elfc, what lets it but he would be here ? 
Sifter ^you know he promis'd me a chaine , 
Would that alone ,a loue he would detaine. 
So he would keepe faire quarter with his bed 
Ifeethclewellbeft eaamaled 
Will loofe his beautie : yet the gold bides fii 
That others touch, and often touching will. 
Where gold and no man that hath a name, 
By falfhood and corruption doth it fhame i 
Since that my bcautse cannot pleafe his etc, 
lie weepe (what's left away) and weeping die. 

Luei. How manic fond fooles feme mad Jeloefie? 

exit. 
Bitter A*t if katu Errctu. 

jjnt t The gold I gatie toDrtmiois laid vp 
Safe at the Ctntour, and the heedful! flaue 
Iswandred forth in care tofeekemcout 
By computation and mine hofts report. 
1 could not fpeake with Dr**>,fince at Brit 
1 fent him from the Mart ? fee here he comes. 

nttr Dromie SrrtKufta. 
How now fir, is your merrie humor alter' d ? 
As you loue frroakes, fo ieft with me againe : 
You know no Centner ? you receiu'd no gold ? 
Your Miftrefle fent to hauc me home to dinner t 
My houfe was at the Pba*sx ? Waft thou mad, 
That thus fo madlic thou did didft enfwere me? 

S.Dro. What anfwer fir ? when fpake I fuch a word ? 

E.^m. Euen now,euen here .not halfc an howre fincc. 

S.Dr. I did notfee you fince you fent roe hence 
Home to the Centaur with the gold you gaue roe. 

At. Villaine, thou didft denie the gold* receit, 
And toldft me of a Miftrefie,and a dinner, 
For whichl hope thou felift 1 was difpleas'd. 

S.Dre: I am glad to fee you in this merrie vaine, 
What meanes this ieft.l pray you Matter tell me ? 

Ant. Yec.doft thouiecre&flowtmein the teeth? 
Thir.kft \ 1 left? hold,take thou that,& that. Btatt Dro. 

5 .Dr. Hold fir.for God* fake,iow your ieft ts earneft, 



Vpon what bargain^ do you giucnme? 

jintab. Becaufethat I familiarlie fometimo 
Doe vie you for my foole, and chat with you, 
Your fawcincffe will ieft vpon my loue, 
And make a Common of my ferious howres, 
When the funne (hines.let foolifh gnats make fport , 
But creepe in crannies.when he hides hi* bcames : 
If you will ieft with me, know my afpecl , 
And fafhion your demeanor to my lookes, 
Or I will beat this method in your fconce. 

S.Dro, Sconce call you it?fo you would Seaucbatte- 
ring, I had rather hauc it a head, and you vfe t'nefe blowy 
long , ] muft get a fconce tor my head, and Infconce it 
to, or elfc I (hall fctk my wit in nay fhouldsu,but 1 pray 
fir, why am I beaten ? 

A*t t Doftthoo not know? 

5. Dro. Nothing fir , but that I am beaten. 

Am. Shall I tell you why? 

S.DTO. I fir. and wherefore \ for they fay, euery why 
hath a wherefore. 

Ant. Why firft for flow ting me,and tbQ wherefor 
for vrging it the fecond time to me. 

SSDro. Was there eoer anle man tbus beaten out of 
feafon, when in the wny and the wherefore , i* neither 
rime nor reafon. Well fir.I thanke you. 

Ant. ThanVc me lir,for -what ? 

S.Dro. Marry fir, for this fomeihing that you gaue me 
for nothing. 

Ait. lie make you amends ne,tc giue you nothing 
for fomcthing. But fay fir, is it dinner time? 

S.7)ro. No fir, 1 thinke the meat wants that I haue 

Ant. In good time fir : what's that? 

S.Dro. Bafting. 

Am. Well fir, then 'twill be dne. 

S.Dro. If it be fir, I pray you eat none of it. 

*ft. Your reafon? 

5. 'Dro. Left it make you chollericke.and purchafetne 
another driebafijng. 

Ant. Wellfu.learflcto ieft in good time, there's a 
time for all things. 

S-Dro. 1 dufft haue denied that before you were fo 
Cbollcncke. 

Ami. By what: rule fir? 

S.Dro. Marry fir, by a rule as plainc as the plaine bald 
pate of Father time himfelfc. 

Am. Let's heare it. 

S.&rv. There's no time for a man to recoucr his haire 
that growes bald by nature. 

Aat. May he not doe it by fine and recouerte ? 

S. Dr. Yes, to pay a fine for a pere wig , and recouet 
the loft haire of another man. 

Am. Why. is Time fuch a niggard of haire , being (as 
it is) fo plentiful! an excrement ? 

J.Dro. Becaufe it is a blefiingthatheebeftowesoR 
beafts, and what he hath fcanted them in haire, bee hath 
gtuentheminwtt. 

Aat Why, but theres manie a man hath more hairs 
then wit. 

S.Dro. Not a man ofthofe but he hath the wit to lofe 
his haire. 

Ant. Why tbou didfl conclude biry men plain dea- 
lers without wit. 

S.Drt. The plainer dealer, the foonerlaft ; yet he loo 
feihttinakindeofiollitie. 

AM. For what reafon, 

S.Dn. For two, and found ones CO. 



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An- Kay not found! pray you. 

S.T>ra. Sure ones then. 

wf*. Nay, not Cure in a thing falling. 

SSDn. Certaine ones then. 

An. Name them. 

S.Dro. The one to faue the money that he fpends in 
trying : the other,that at dinner they Ihouid not drop in 
his portage. 

An You would all this time haue prou'd, here i* no 
time for all things. 

S.'Dro. Marry and did fir : namely, in no time to re- 
<couer haire loft by Nature. 

A*. But your reafon was not fubftantiall,why there 
is no time to recouer. 

S.?>re. Thus I mend it : Timehimfelfeis bld, and 
therefore to the worlds end, will haue bald followers. 

i- I knew 'twould be a bald conclufion : but loft, 
who wafts vs yonder . 

Enter A4rimaadLutian. 

jJri. 1,1, A*tipholiu,\aQ\i.e ftrange and frowne, 
Some other Miftreffc hath thy fweet afpe&s : 
I am not Adri&ia, nor thy wife. 
The time was once, when thou vn-vrg'd wouldft vow, 
That neuer words were muficke to thine eare, 
That neuer obied pleating in thine eye, 
That neuer touch well welcome to thy hand f 
That neuer meat fweet-fauour*d in thy tafte . 
Vnlefle I fpake.or look'd, or touch VJ.or taru'd r o thee. 
Kow comes it now,my Husband.oh how comes it) 
That thou art then cftranged from thy felfe ? 
Thy felfe I call it, bting ftrange to me: 
That vndiuidabh Incorporate 
Am better then thy deere felfes better part. 
AH do* not teare away thy felfe from me ; 
Por know my loue : as eafie maift thou fall 
A drop of water in the breaking gulfe , 
And take vnmingled thence that drop agamc 
Without addition or dirmnifhing, 
As take from me thy felfe, and not me too. 
How deerely would it touch thee to the quicke, 
Shooldft thou but heare I were licencious ? 
And that this body confecrate to thee, 
By Ruffian Lufl fhould be contaminate? 
Would ft thou not (pit at me, and fpume at me, 
Aad hutle the name ofhusband in my face , 
And teaie the Raia'd skin of n>y Harlot brow, 
And from my falfe hand cut the wedding ring , 
And break e it with a deepe-diuorcing vow ? 
I know thou canft, and therefore fee thou doe it. 
1 am poflefl with an adulterate blot , 
My bload it mingled with the crime of lutt : 
For if we two be one, and thou play falfe , 
1 doe digeft the poifon of thy flc(h, 
Being {trumpeted by thy contagion 
Keepc then fairs league and truce with thy true bed , 
IliuedirUin'd,thou vndifhonoured. 

Antif. PlesdyoutomefxiredamePiknowyounot: 
In Ipfejea I am but two houres old . 
As mange vnto your to wne, as to your talke, 
Wboeuery word by ail my wit being fcan'd. 
Wants whin all,one word to vndetftand. 

Loci. F>e brother, how the world is changed with you: 
WKen-were you wont to vfe my fitter thu* ? 
She fentfor you by Dremie home to dinner. 



Ant . By Drtmie > Dram. By me. 

Adr. By thcc,and this thou didft rciurne from him. 
That he did buffet thee, and irthis blowes, 
Denied ray houfefor his, me for his wife. 

Ant. Did you conuerfe fir with this gentlewoman: 
What is the coorfe and drift of your compact? 

S.Dn. I fir? I neuer faw her till this time. 

Ant. Villaine thou lieft, for euen her verie words 
Didft thou deliuer to me on the Mart. 

S.Dre. I neuer fpakc with her in all my life. 

Ant How can (he thus ihen call vs by our names ? 
Vnleflciibebyinfpiration. 

Adri. How ill agrees it with your grjuitie, 
To counterfeit thu grofely with your flaue,' 
Abetting him to thwart me in my moode 
Be it my wrong.you are from me exempt, 
But wrong not that wrong with a more contempt. 
Come I will fatten on this fleeue of thine : 
Thou art an Elme my husband, I a Vine . 
Whofe weaknefle married to thy ftranger ftrr, 
Makes me with thy flrength to communicate : 
If ought pofTdrethcc from me, it is diofle, 
Vfurping iuie,Brier,or idle Moflc, 
Who all for want of pruning,with intrufion, 
Infeft thy fap, and line on thy confufion. 

Ant. Tomeefheefpeakes, ftiee mouej me for her 

theame ; 

What, was I married to her in my dreamr ? 
Or fleepe I now.and thinkr 1 hearc all this ? 
What error driues our eies and earesamifTe ? 
Vntill I know this fure vncertaintie, 
He entertainethe free'd fa'lacie. 

L*c. Drmia t goe bid the feruants Ipred for dinner. 

S.Dn. Oh for my beads, I crofle me for a (inner. 
ThisistheFairieland,ohfpightoffpights, 
We talke withGoblins.Owles and Sprtghts ; 
If we obay them not.this will infue : 
They'll fuckc our breath,or pinch vs blac ke and blew, 

Luc Why prat'ft thou to thy felfe.and anfwer ft not/ 
Dromie > tkou'i)rciKia.tb.ou fnailc.thou flug.thou fot. 

S.Dre. I am transformed Matter.am J not ? 

eXr . I thinke thou art in mincfe.ind fo am I . 

SJ)r. Nay Msftcr.both in minde,and in my flispe. 

txs'wr. Thou haft ihineownc forme 

SJDrt. NoJamanApc. 

LMC. If thou art chang'd to ought, 'tis to an AflV. 

S.Dr. Tis true /he rides me.and I long for graflc 
Tis fo.f am an AflV,cii'eit could neuer be, 
But I fliould know her as well as (he knowes me. 
Adr. Come,come,no longer will I be a foole. 
To put the linger in the eie and weepe ; 
Whil'ft man and Msiiei laughes my woes to fcorae : 
Come fir to dtnner, Drw/okeepc the gate : 
Husband lie dine aboue with you to day. 
And fhrtue you of a thoufand idle prankcs : 
Sinra,ifany ask e you fot your Matter, 
Say he dines forth, and let no creature enter : 
Come fitter, T)rmio play the Porter weSJ- 

*<f*t. Amlinearth.inheauen.orinhell? 
Sleeping or waking^nad or well ailuifde : 
Knowne vnto thefe, and to my felfe difguifde : 
He fay as they fay,and perfeuer fo : 
And in this mift at si ! adutntures go. 

S JDro- Mafter,fliaa 1 be Porter at the gate ? 

Adr. I, and let none enter^eaft 1 breake your p*tt 

Luc. CoTne i cooi, J ^fWji,wedinetolwe. 

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Inter j4*ttfholm cfEpbtfiu , hit OKU Drtmtt, Angibttx 
Coldfattb, vutBtttkafer the Merch**t 

E.A*tt f Good fignior Angela you mull cicufe v all, 
My wife U fluewifh when 1 kcepc not howre* ; 
Say that 1 lingerd with you at your Quip 
To fee the making cf her Carkanet , 
And that to morrow you will bring it horr.e. 
But here'* a villaine that would face me downc 
He met me on the Mart, and that I beat him, 
And cbarg'dhlm withathoufandmsrkesin gold, 
And that I did denie my wife and houfe j 
Thou drunkard thou, what didft thou meane by this ? 

E,Dr. Say what you wll fu,bui 1 know what I know. 
That you beat me ai the Mart I haue your hand to {how; 
I fy skin were parchment ,& y blov* you gsue were ink, 
Your owne hand-writing would tell you what I thinke. 
E.Aitt, 1 thinke thou art an affe. 
E.Dra. Marry fb it doth appeare 
By the wrong! I fufTer, and the blown I be are, 
I iliould kickc being kick t f and being *t tiiatpafiV, 
You would keepe from my heeies.and beware of an affe. 
f.^n- Y'arefad fignior 7ittthat,ir t prayGod our cheer 
May anfvter my good will.and yonr good welcorn here. 
B*f. 1 bold your dainues cheap fir,^ yout welcom dcr. 
E.An. Oh (ignior Bottka^r. either at fleih or fi(K 
A table full of welcome, rr.sk is fcarce one dainty difh. 
"Sol. Good meat fir is comon that euery churlc affords. 
Aetl- And welcome more comoion.for thats nothing 

but words. 

Bol. Small chccre and great welcome, makes a ma- 
rie fca ft. 

^tnis. J, to a niggardly Hoft.and more fpanng g'.ieft: 
But though my caies be meant, take them in good part, 
Better cheeie may you haue.but not with better hart. 
But !'oft, my doore is lockt ; goe bid them let vs in. 
EfDrt. M<uui,Bntt t Mriai t CiJly t Ci!li*H, G>*. 
S.Dre. MomCjMilthorfe.Capon. Coxcombe , Idi- 
ot, Patch, 

Either get thee from the dore,or fit downe at the hatch : 

Don thou conturc for wenches,that ^ calft for fuch flore, 

When one is one too many, goe get ihee from the dorc. 

E.Dr. What patch is made our Porter t my Matter 

ftayesinthcftreet. 
SJ3ro. Let him walke from whence he cams ,lcft hee 

catch col don's feet. 

S.Ant. Who talks within there ?hoa,open the dore. 
S.'Dro. Right fir, lie tell you when , and you'll tell 

me whetefore. 
AM. Wherefore ? for my dinner : I haue not din'd to 

day. 
5 D. Not to day here you muft not come cgatne 

when you may. 
A*tl. What art thou th&t keep'ft mee out from the 

howfe I owe? 
S.T)r. The Porter for thu time Sir, and my name is 

DIMM, 
.Drt. O villa; n?,thou haft ftolne both mine oftcc 

tnd my name. 

The one nere got me credit, the other rokkJe blame 
If thou hadft beene Dremtt to day in my place, 



Them wouldft haoe chang'd thy face fot a name , 01 thy 
name for an affe. 



Lwt. What a coile is there Drooxw ? who arc thof< 

at the gate? 

E.Dro. Let my Mafter in Lutt. 
. Lttti. Faith no, hee comes too late, and fo tell yovr 

Maftcr. 
E.Dro. O Lord I reuft laugh,haue at you with a Pro- 

ucrbe, 
Shallireunroyflaffe. 

Luce. Haue at you with another, thai* when* can 

you tell/ 
S.Dro. If thy name be called LtutJUm thou haft an- 

fwer'd him well. 
A*t,. Doe you heare you minion , you'll let vi in J 

hope? 

Luce. 1 thought to haue askt you 
S.Dro. And you faid no 
E.Dro. So come helpe, well Rrookc, there was blow 

for blow. 

Ant i. Thou baggage let me in. 
Lute. Can yo cell for whofe fake? 
E.Drem. Mafter , knocke the doore hard, 
Luct. Let him knocke till it ake. 
Anu. You 11 cne fur this minion , if I beat th< dooie 

downe. 
Luff What need! aUihat,and n paire of ftocks in the 

towne? 

Enter AAruto*. 
Ad*. Who is that at the doore $ keeps all this noife 1 
Sj)r. By my troth your lowne is troubled with TO- 

rulyboiei. 
***#*. Are you there Wife ? you ought baue come 

before. 

./*'<. Your wife fir V.naut ? go get you from the dorr. 
S.Dra. IfyouwerainpaineMiAer^hiiknauewold 

goe fore. 

Heere is neither cheere fir, nor welcome.wc 

would fame haue either. 

In debating which was beft, wee (ball part 

with neither. 
E.Dro. They ftand at the doore, Matter, bid them 

welcome huher 

tXn't There is fomething in the wiade.thtt we can- 
not get in. 
E.Dra. You would fay foMafler, tfyoui garmetua 

were thin. 
Your cake here is warme within : you Hand here in the 

cold. 
It would make a roan mad as a fiucke to be fo bought 

and fold. 

Am. Go fetch me foroethmg.lit break ope the gate. 
S.Dro. Breake any breaJunghere.and lie bicakeyour 

knaues pate. 
E.Dro. A man may breake a word with yout fu, and 

wtordi are bu(,winde : 

1 and breake it in your face,fo he break it rot behiodc. 
S-Dr,lt feemes thou waru'ft break ing.out vpon tbec 

hinde. 

Here's too much out vpon chee,I pray thee let 



oofin 

AM Weil, He breake in:go borrow me a crow 
f .2>r.A aow without featha,M& 



eane you (bj 
For 



The ComedieofEirors.- 



For afifh without * firme^ther'* a fowle without fether, 
If a (row help vs in firra, weell plucke a crow together. 

A*t. Go,get thee gon, fetch tne in iron Crow. 

'*ltb. Hauc patience fir, oh let i: not be Co, 
Heerein you warre agsinft your reputation, 
And draw within the compaffe of iufpeft 
Th'vnuiolated honor of your vife. 
Once this your long experience of your wifcdome, 
Her fober vertue, yearet, and modeftie , 
Plead on your part fomecaufeto you vnknowne; 
And doubt not fir, but fhe will well excufe 
Why at this tim the oorei are made sgtinfl you . 
Be rul'd by me, depart in patience, 
And let vs to th Tyger all to dinner, 
And about euening come^rour felfe aJone. 
To know the reafon of this ftrangc reflraint : 
If by flrong hand you offcrto brecke in 
Now in the ftirring paffage of the day, 
A vulgar comment will be made of it ; 
And that fuppofed by the common rowt 
Againft your yet vngalled cftinmion. 
That may with foute intrufion enter in, 
And dwell vpon your graue when you are dead ; 
Tot (lander liucs vpon (ucccfiiort; 
For eucr howi'd, wheieir getspoffeflion. 

ytMl. You haae preuail'd,! will depart in quiet, 
And in defpight of mirth meana to be merrie: 
I know a wench of excellent difcourfc , 
Prettic and wittic ; wilde, and yet loo gend* ; 
There will we dine : this woman that 1 meane 
My wife (but 1 proceft without defert). 
Hath oftentimes vpbraidedmewitball : 
To her will we to dinner, get you home 
And fetch the chaine, by this I k no w 'tis made, 



Bring it I pray you to the Pointing , 
For there's the houfe; That chaine will I beftow 
(Be it for nothing but to fpight my wife) 
Vpon mine hoflefle there, good fir make hafte : 
Since mine o wne doorei refufe to entertaine me , 
He knocke elfe- where, to fee if they'll difdaine me. 

A*> lie meet you at that place fome hours hence. 

Ante. DO fo,this it ft Hull coft me fooieexpence. 

Ext*t. 
Eattr fuliera, **b Antifblm tfSirtcufi*. 

Ml*. And may it bethat you haue quite forgot 
A husbands office t (hall **tifhoUu 
Euen in the fpring of Loue.thy Loue-fprings rot ? 
Shall loue in buildings grow fo ruinate ? 
If you did wed my After for her wealth, 
Then for her wealths>fake vfe her with more If indnrfie : 
Or if you like elfe-where doe it by ftcalth , 
Muffle your falfe loue with fome (hew of blindnefle : 
Let not my After read it in your eye : 
Be not thy tongue thy own* frames Orator : 
Looke fweet, fpeake fsire, become drfloyaltie : 
Apparell vice Hke vertues harbrnger : 
Beare a faire prefence,though your heart be tainted, 
Teach finne the carriageof a holy Saint , 
Be fecret falfe : what need (he be acquainted ? 
What fimple thisfe brags of bis owne attain* ? 
T double wrong to miin? with your bed , 
And let her read it in thy lookec at boord : 
Shame hath * baftard fame, well managed, 
111 deed* is doubled with an euiil word t 
Alas poore women, nuke v not beleeue 



Though others haue the arme, fliew vs the fleet* 
We in your motion turne, and you may mouc v. 
Then gentle brother get you in againe; 
Comfort my Gfter, checne her, call her wife ; 
Tis holy fport to be a little rame, 
When the fweet breath of flattcrle conquers ftrifc. 

S-Anti. SweeteMiflrts, wha: your name nclfel 

know not; 

Norby what wonder you do hit of mine: 
Leffe in your knowledge, and your grace you /how not, 
Then our earths wonder, more then earth dttiioe. 
Teach me deere creature how to thinke and fpeake : 
Lay open to rrtyearlhie groiTe conceit : 
Smothred inerrort, feeble, (hallow,weake. 
The foulded meaning of your words deceit : 
Againft my foules pure truth.why labour you, 
To make it wander in an vnknowne field > 
Arc you a god .' would yon create me new ? 
Transforme me then,and to your powre He yecld 
But if that I am I, then well I know, 
Your weeping fifbr is no wife of mine, 
Nor to ha bed no homage doe I owe : 
Farre more.farre more.to you doe I decline: 
Oh traine me not fweet M ermv.de with thy note. 
To dro wne me in thy fiftcr flood of scares : 
Sing Siren for thy felfe^nd I will dote : 
Spread ore the filuer waues thy golden bairei ; 
And as a bud He take thce.and there lie : 
And in that glorious fuppo fit ion thinke, 
He gaines by death, that hath fuch meant s to die : 
Let Loac being light.be drowned if (he fmke. 

Le. Whet are you mad^hat you doe reafon fo ? 

s4t. 1Iot rnad.but matcd,how I doe not know. 

Luc. It ii a fault that fpringeth from your eie. 

Am. For gazing on your beames faire fun being by. 

Luc. Gaze when you ibould, and that will cleere 
your fight. 

AM. As good to wiokc faces looeys iooke on night. 

L*c. Why call you me loue? Call ray fifler fc. 

AM. Thy fiflers fitter. 

Lc. That's my fiftcr. 

A*t. No : it is thy fe!fe,mine ovn felfes better pan: 
M ine eies cleere eie, my deere hearts deerer heart j 
My foode,my fortune^nd my fweet hope* aime j 
My fole earths heauen t nd my beauensclaime. 

Luc. All this mv fider is } or elfe fhould be. 

^nt. Call thy felfe fiftcr fweet,for I am tbee : 
Thee will I loue, and with thee lead my life ; 
Thou heft no husband yct.nor I no wife : 
Gi me thy hand. 

L*c. Oh foft fir ,ho Id you Kill : 
He fetch my fifter to get her good will. J&rir. 

Emttr Drttnio, Straeufa. 

tsf*r. WhyhownowDrmw, where run'ft thoufo 
fad? 

5.JDrw. Doe you know roe fir? Aml^wni0? An I 
youros*a? Amlmyfelfe? 

A*t. Thou art Df&aie, ihou art my man. thou art 
thyfdfe. 

Usv. larn3!Te, I am a womans man, andbefides 
royfelfe. 

Ant, What woman* mto? nd how befuies thy 

felfe ? 

On. Manie (tr,bfides my felfej am due to a woman: 
One that ciairncsme, ooc that haunts me, one that will 
haue mf. 

<4*. What 



fhe QmtdieofSrnrs. 



Ami- What oUimc lain the to tbee ? 

Dra. Marry fir.fuch claime as you would lay to vour 
horfe, and (Vie would haue me ai a heart, not that I Dee- 
ing a bead (he would haue me, but that (he being vc- 
ne beaftly creature layes claime to me. 

wfHfi. What 11 (he I 

Dro. A very rcuercm body : I fiich a one, as a mart 
may not Cpeakc of, without he fay fir reuerence. I haue 
but leane luckc in the match, and yet is (he a wondrous 
Pat marriage 

Ann. Howdoflchoumeancafatnumage? 

Dr. Marry fu.fhe'sthe Kitchitt wcnch,& algrcafe, 
Kid I know not what vfe to put her too, but to make a 
Lampe of her, and run from her by her owne light. I 
warrant, her ragges and the Tallow in them, will burne 
a ToUnd Winter : If (he Hues till doomefday.fhc'l bume 
a wcekc longer then the whole World 

^tnti. What complexion is fhe of? 

Dr. Swart like my fhoo, but her face nothing like 
fo cleane kept : for why? (he fweats a man may goe o- 
ucr-fhooes in the grime of ft 

An, That's a fault that water will mend. 

Pro. No fir, us in grime, Neahi flood could not 
dolt 

Ann. What't her name ? 

T)ro. JViUS\r : but her name is three quarters, that's 
an 11 and three quarters ,will not mesfurc her from hip 
to hi p. 

Aw,. Then (he beare* fome htedth ? 

Dn, No longer from head to foot, then from hippc 
to hippe : fhe it fphcncall, like a globe : i could find out 
Countries in her. 

Ant. I n what part ofher body Hands Ireland ? 

2>. Marry fir in her buttockei, I found it out by 
thebogges. 

AM. Where SrW? 

Dra. I found it by the barrenncffe, hard in the palme 
of c he hind. 

Ait. Where fronted 

Dro. In her forhead, arrn'd and reuerted, nuking 
warre againft her heire. 

Ant. Where EjW? 

Dr. I look'd for thechalkie CHftVv.but I could find 
no whttencfle in them. Bui I guerfe.it flood in her chin 
by the fait rheumc that ranne ketwccnc f>*rt, and ic. 

Ant. Where Sp**e> 

Dn. Faith I faw it not: but I felt it hot in her brcth. 

Artt. Where AiHtrtc*. the Indiei ? 

Dro, Oh fir, vpon her nofe, all ore embellished with 
Rubies, Carbuncles, Saphitei, declining theh richAf- 
pedto the hot breath of Spaine, who fent whole Ar- 
madocs ofCarrccb to be ballaft at her nofe. 

AMI. \Vhere ftood Belgit, the Nt&trlmdtt 

Dn. Ohfw<Ididnotlookefolow. To conclude, 
this drudge or Diuiner layd claine to nice, cali'd roee 
Dromto, fworel was affur'dtoher, told mcwhatprtuie 
mark f s I had about mee r as the matke of my (houlder, 
the Mole in my oecke, the great Wart on my left artne, 
that I araaz'd ranne from her as a witch. And I thinke,if 
my breft had not beene made of faith, and my heart of 
fteele, fhe had transfonu'd me to a CuruiUdog^c made 
meturnei'thwheele. 

Anti. Gohictheeprefendy poftto tbercdc, 
And if the wiixie blow any way from (hare, 
1 will not harbour in this Towne to night. 
If any Barks put forth, come to the Mart, 



When: I will walke till thoo retime tome : 
If eoerie one knowej vs, ttnd we know none, 
'Tisttme I thinks to trudge, padte.and be gone. 

Dra. Ai from a Beare a man would run for life, 
So die I From her that would be ray wife. Exit 

Anti. There's none but Witcher do inhabite heere, 
And therefore 'tit hie time that I were hence : 
She that doth call me husband, euentnyfoule 
Doth for a wife abhorre. But her faire iifles 
Pofleft with fuch a gentle foueraigne grare, 
Of fuch inchanting prefence and difcourfe, 
Hath ainaoft made me Traitor to my fclfe : 
But Icaft my felfe be guilty to fclfe wrong, 
He (lop mine eares agaiott the Mermaids fong 

Enter t^ngtlo with the Chaine. 



Aiti. I that's my name. 

Aug. I know n well fir, loc here's the chaine, 
I thought to haue tanc you at the Prft*to* % 
The chaine vnfinifh'd made meftay thus Song. 

t^Hti What is your will that I fhal do with this? 

xf f W hat pleafe your fel/e fir : I haoe made it for 
yoK 

Amt Madeitformefir,lbefpokeitnot. 

Not once, nor twice, but twentie times you 



haue: 



Co home with it, and pleafe your Wifcvmball, 
And for<ne at fupper time 1 le vifit yoo, 
And then receiue my money for the chaine. 

Amt. I pray you fir receiue the money now. 
For feare you ne 're fee chaine, normony more. 

At*g. You are a merry man fir, fare you well. Exit. 

A*a. What I (hould thinke of this, J caonoi tell 
But this I thinke, there's no jnan is fo vaine, 
That would refufe fo faire an offer 'd Chaine 
I fee a man hccre needs not liue by (hjfcs, 
When m the fireeti he mectes fuch Golden gifts : 
He to the Mart, and there for Drctjit ftay t 
If any fh.ipputout, then flraightsway Kx* 



dfltis Quartus. SccenaTrima. 



Soter a Mfreh4nf t Gt>i<ifinith,ada> Offietr. 

Afar. You know fince Petitccoft the Aim 19 due. 
Andfincel haue not much importun'd you, 
Nor now I had not, but that i am bound 
To Tfrjia, and want Gilders for my voyage 
Therefore make prefcnt fatisfacfion, 
Or lie attach you by this OSfker. 

Ctld. Euro iuft the Aim that I do cnve.to you, 
Is growing to me by AmifMm, 
And in the inftant that I met with you, 
He had of me a Chsire, a t fiue e clocke 
I (had receiue the money for the fame . 
Pleafeth you walke with me downe so hi* houfe, 
1 will dikharge my bond, and thanke you too 

fitter ^ftttipholui Efhtf.'Dra/niofr'm.n the Court i*MJ, 
C^.That labour may you une:3ee where he comes. 
+4nt. While 1 go to theGoldfmiths houfe, go :hou 

AAd 



T1>e ComeJie of Errors. 



And buy a ropes end, that will I bellow 
Among my wife, and their confederates, 
For locking me out of my doores by day : 
But foft I fee the GoWfmith ; get thee gene, 
Bay than a rope, and bring it home co me. 

Dro. I buy a thoufand poundayeare,Ibuyarope. 

CxitDremio 

Eph.Aas. A man is well hofoe vp that trufls to you, 
I ptomifed your prefence, and toe Chaine, 
But neithc t'Chiine nor Goldfmich came to me : 
Rtlike you thought oor loue would laft too long 
If it were chiin'd together : and therefore came not. 
Gold. Sailing your menie humor : here's the note 
How much your Chaine weighs to the vtraoft chared* 
The finencfle of the Gold, and chargefull fafhion, 
Which doth amount to three odde Ducket* mote 
Then I ftaud debtcd to this Gentleman, 
! pray you lee him prefeiuly difcharg'd. 
For heis bound to Sea,and ftayes but for it. 

Aati . I am not fornifh'd with the prefent monie : 
BefidesIhaueiomebufinefTeinthetowne, 
Go6d Signior take the ftranger to my houfe, 
And with you take the Chaine.and bid my wife 
Disbutfe the fumme, on the receit thereof, 
Perchance I will be there a fooneat you. 

GeU, Then you will bring the Chaine to her your 
hfe 

A*ti. Nobeare it with 700, leaft I come not time e- 
oough. 

Gold. Well fir, I will fHaue you the Chaine about 
you?. 

*sft. And if I haue not fir, I hope you haue: 
Orelfeyou may returne without your money. 

Gold. Nay come I pray yon fir, giue me ihe Chaine : 
Both wtnde and tide ftay es for this Gentleman, 
And I too blame haue held him heere too long. 

tXf. Good Lord, you vie this dalliance to excufe 
Your breach of promife to the Perpattnt* t 
1 fhoul d haue chid you for not bringing it, 
But like 8 (brew you fir ft begin to brawle. 

"Mar. The houre fteales on, IprayyoufircJifpatch. 
Gold. You heate how he importunes me,the Chaine. 
Ant- Wh y giue it to my wife, and fetch your mony. 
Gtll. Comc,corr.e,you know I gaue it you euen now. 
ijthet fend the Chaine, or fend meby fomc token. 

fnt. Fie, now you run this humor ou: of breath, 
Come where's the Chaine, I pray you let me fee it. 

JMrfr. My bufineffe cannot brooke this dalliance, 
Good fir fay, whe'ryou 1 anfwer me, or no : 
If not, lie leaue him o thcOfficer. 

uJHK I anfwer you > What fhould I anfwer you. 
Gold. The mooie that you owe nwfot thcChaine. 
Ant% I owe you none, till I receioe the Chaine. 
GtM. You know ! gaue it you halfe an houre fines . 
Ant. You gaue me none, you wrong mee much to 
fayfo. 

(jaid. You wrong me more fir in denying it. 
Confider how it fiands vpon my credit. 
Mar. Well Officer, arreft him at my fuite* 
0/jx. I do, and charge you in the Dukes nams to o- 
nrt^ 

Gold. This touches me iareputation. 
Either confenrto 'pay this fum tor me, 
Or I attach you by this Officer. 

jttit. Confenttopaycheethatlneuerhad: 
Arreft mefoolifh fellow ifihoudarTt, 



9? 



CM. Heere i* thy fee, arreft him Officer, 
would not fbare my brother in this cafe, 
fhe fhould fcorne me fo apprtantly. 

Off if. I do arreft you fir, you heare the fnite. 

A*t. I do obey thee, till I giue thee balle. 
tut firrah, you (hall buy this fport as deere, 
As all th mettall m your fhop will anfwer. 

Gold. Sir/ir, I (hall haue Law in Efhtfa 
^o your notorious fhame, I doubt it not. 

Eirttr T>rainio Sir*, fram the Bay. 
7>ro. Mafter, there's a Barke ofEfuLmium, 
fhat ftaies but till her Owner comet aboord, 
Ind then fir fhc beares away. Our fraughtage fir, 
haue conuci'd aboord, and 1 haue bought 
rheOyle,the(/i*w.and Aqua-viiz. 
The fhip is ip her trim, the merrie winde 
Howes faire from land : they flay for nought at all, 
But for their Owner, Mifter.and your felfe. 

jfe.How now* a Madman? Why thoupeeuUh fheep 
What fhip of p<4w/*w ftaies forme- 

S.Dre. A fhip you fent me too, to hier waftage 
Art. Thou drunken flaue, I fent thee for a tope, 
And told thee to what purpofc.and what end. 

S.Dro. You fent me fora ropes end as foone, 
fou fent me to the Bay fir, for a,Barke. 

A*t. I will debate ihis matter more leifore 
^nd teach your earej to lift me with more heedei 
fo tX^/w-jViliaine hie thee ftraight: 
^iue her this key, and tell her in the Deske 
That's couer'd b're with Turkifh Tapiftrie, 
There is apurfe of Duckets, let her fend it : 
Tell her, I am arreftcd in the ftteete, 
And that fhall baile me : hie thee fiaue, be gone, 
On Officer to prifon, till it come. Exeunt 

5. Dromia. To isfdrtaaa,t\\*t is where we din'd, 
Where Dowfabsll did claime me for her husband, 
>he is toobigge I hope for me to compaflc, 
Thicher I muft, although aeainft my wil! : 
For feruantsmuft iheir Mafters mindes fulfill. ftit 

Enter Adriaia and Lxcitcna. 
dr. k\\Lna*na, did he tempt thee fof 
Might'ft thouperceiueaoftcevtlyinhiseie, 
That he did plead in earned, yea or no : 
Look ! d he or red or pale, or fad or merrily ? 
What obfcruation mad'ft thou in this caf f 
Oh, his hearts Meteors tilting in his face. 

Luc. Firft he deni'deyouhadinhimnoright. 
Adr. He meant he did me none : the more my fptght 
Luc. Then fwore he that he was a ftranger heere. 
Adr. And true he fwore, though yet forfwornchee 
were. 

IMC. Then pleaded I for you- 
Adr. Andwharfaidhe? 

IMC. That loue I bgg'd for you, he begg'd of me. 
4dr. With what perfwafjon did he tempt thy loue ? 
Lw.With words, that in an honeff fuit might mouc. 
Firtl,hedidpraifemy beautie, then my fpeech. 
Adr. Did'f* fpeakc him fairc? 
Luc. Haue patience I befeech. 
Adr. I cannot, nor I will not hold me (till, ' 
My tongue, though not my heart, (hall haue hit will. 
He is deformed, crooked, old, and fere, 
Ill-facM, worfe bodied, fhapeleffe euery where . 
Vicious, vngendc, foolifh, blunt, vnkinde, 9 

Stigma- 



94 



The Comedie of Srrors. 



Stigmaticallin making w orfc in minde. 

LM. Who would be icalous then of fuch a one ? 
No euill loft is wail'd,when it is gone. 

A<b. Ah but I thinkc htm better then I fay : 
And yet would herein others eies were worfe : 
Farrc from her neft the Lapwing cries away ; 
My heart praies for him,though my tongue doe curfe. 

SnterS.DraTHio. 

7)ra. Here goc: the deske,the purfe,fwcet now make 
halk. 

Luc. How haft thou loft thy breath ? 
S.Drt. By running faft. 
A4r. Where is thy Mafter Drernie ? Is he well f 
S.Dro. No, he's in Tartar limbo, worfe then hell 
A diuell in an eueriafting garment hath htm ; 
On whofe hard heart is button'd vp with ftcele 
A Fcind.aFairie.pittilcfle and ruffe : 
A Wolfe.nay worfe, a fellow all in buffe . 
A back friend, a fhoulder-clapper, one that countcrmads 
Thepaflages of ailic$,creekes,antl narrow lands : 
A hound that runs Counter,and yet draws drifoot well 
One that before the ludgmet carries poorc foules to hcl. 
Adr. Why man,what is the nmicr ? 
S Dr0. I doe not know the matter, hee is reftedon 
the cafe. 

Aib. What is he arreftedPtell me at whofe fuitc? 
S.'Dra. I know not at whofe fuice he is areHed well; 
1>i8t is in a fuite of buffe which r efted him,that can I tell, 
will you fend him Mtftrti redemption, the monic in 
hisdeske. 
Air. Go fetch it Sifter : this I wonder at. 

xit Luciaan. 

That he vnknowne to me fhould be in debt : 
Tell me, was he at efted on a band? 

S.Dre. Not on a band.but on a ftronger thing : 
A chaine,a chaine, doe you not here it ring. 
Adria. What.the chaine ? 

S.Dre. No,no,the bell, 'us time that I were gone: 
It was two ere 1 left him,and now the clocke ftrjkcs one. 
Adr. The houres come backe, that did I neuf here. 
S.Dre. Ohycs,iUny boureroeete aScrieant,a turnes 
back e for veriefcare. 

A&i. As if time were in debt: how fondly do'ft thou 
rcafon? 

S.Drt.Ttme is a vetie bankerout,and owes more then 
he's worth to feafon. 

Nay,he's a theefe too : haue you not heard men fay, 
That time comes dealing on by night and day? 
If I b in debt and theft.and a Serieant in the way, 
Hath be not rcafoo to tarne backeao houre in a day? 

E*itr Lveiana. 

Adr. Go DrortMo, there's the monie,beareitflraigbt, 
And bring thy Mafter home imediately. 
Come fifter, I amp reft downe with conceit : 
CoacS|ioy comfort and my miurie. Exit. 

Enter Aatipbelsa Sirtczfa. 
There's not a man I meete but doth faiutemp.. 
As if ! were their well acquainted friend, 
And euerseooe doth call me by rnynanw : 
Some lender monic to me, fome inuite me ; 
Some other giite methankes for kindnelfes j 
Soroc offer rr. . Commodities to buy, 
Euen now a tailor cai'dmeinhismop, 



And fhow'd me Silkes that he had bought for me, 
And therewithal! tooke meafure ofmy body. 
Sure thefe arebutimaginarie wiles, 
And Upland Sorcerers inhabit there. 

Smttr Dremte.Str. 

S.Dro Mafter,hcre s the gold you fent me for what 
haue you got the picture of old A<Ltm new apparel'd > 

x/ What gold is this? What t^dtm do'ft thou 
meane? 

S.Dre. Not that Adtt\\M kept the Paradife: but 
that Adam that keepes the prifonj hee that goes inthe 
calucs -skin, that was kil'd for the Prodigall : hee that 
came behindeyou fir Jiken euill angel,and bid you for- 
fake your libertie. 

An. I vndcrftand thee not. 

S.Dro. No?why'tisaplainecafe: he that went like 
aBafe-Violeinacafcofleather; the man fir, thatwhn 
gentlemen are tired giues them a fob, and refls them 
he fir,that takes pittie on decaied men, and giues them 
fuite* of durance: he that feis vp his reft to doc more 
ploics with his Mace,then a Mom Pike. 

eXw/. What thou mean'ft an officer? 

S.Dre. ] fir.the Serieant of the Band : hethatbrings 
any man to anfwer it that brrakes his Band : one that 
thinkes a man alwaies gojng to bed, and faies.God giue 
you good relK 

Ant. Well fir,there reft in your foolciie : 
Is there any foips puts forth to night ? may we be gone ? 

S.Drt. Why fir,I brought you word an hoore fince, 
that the Barke Exptditioa put forth to night, and then 
were you hindred by the Serieant to tarry for the Hty 
Dtly : Here are the angels that you fent for to deliutr 
you. 

Ant. The fellow is difrraft,and fo am 7, 
And here we wander in illufions : 
Some blcflcd power deliuervs from hence 

Enter *C*rtitM. 

Cur. Well met.wcll met, U&fm^fiaifbtlHt 
I fee fir you haue found the Goid.fmith now . 
Is that the chaine you promis'd me to day. 

Ant. Sathanauoide,! charge thee tempt menot.' 

S.Drt. Mafter,isthisMifths^^r? 

Ant. It is the diuell. 

S.Dro. Nay,(he is worfr ,fhe is the diucls dam : 
And here fhe comes in the habit of a light wench, and 
thereof comes, that the weaches fay God dam mc.That'* 
as much to fay, God make me a light wench: It is writ- 
ten/ hey appeare to men like angels of light, light is an 
effect of fire.and fire will burne . x,Jight wencbw will 
burne,come not neere her. 

Cur. Your man and you are maruailous merriefir. 
Will you goc with me,wee'll mend oar dinner here ? 

S.Dn. Mafter.if do expe& fpoon-meate, or btfpeake 
alongfpoone. 

Ant. WhyT)rB? 

S,Drt>. Manic he muft haoe a long fpoooe that muft 
eate with the diuelL 

Ant. Auoid then fiend, what td'ft thou me of Gip- 
Thou art^as you are all a forcerefle : (pmg/ 

I cooiure thee toleaueme^nd be goo. 

Cur. Giue me the ring of mine you had at dinner, 
Or for my Diamond the Chaine ycu promis'd, 
And lie be gone fir,and not trouble you. 
Sj)n.Somedmek asJie but the parings ofooarwile, 



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irnfh.ahairc, a drop of blood, a pin, a out, acherrie- 
e r but fhe more conetous , wold haue a chaine^Ma- 

fcr be wife, and if you giuc it her, the diticll will (hake 

ierCbzine,a!d fright 75 with it. 
Cm. I pray you fir my Ring, or elfe the Chaine, 

[ hope yon do not meane to chcate me fo ? 

./frt. Auant thou witch : Come Drwwwlet vs go. 
S-'Drt. Fhe pride faies the Pea-cocke, Miitris that 
uknow. xit 

C*r. Now out of doubt Aittiphdtu is rnad. 

Elfe would he neuer fo demeane himfelfe, 

A Ring he hath of mine worrh fomc Duckets^ 

And for the fame he promt j'd me a Chaine, 

Both one and other he denies me now : 

The reafon that I gather he is mad, 

Befides this prefeni inrbncc of his rage, 

[i a mad tale he told to day at dinner, 

Df his owne doores being (hut againft his entrance. 

Belike his wife acquainted with h fits, 

On purpofe (hut the dootrs againft his way ; 

My way is now to hie home to his houlc, 

And tell his wife, that being Lunatickc. 

Herufh'd into my houfe, and tooke perforce 

My Ring away. This courfc I fittcft choofe. 

For fortic Duckets is too much to loofc. 

Enter AxtifM* Epkf. with* 1*1*. 

n. Fearc me not man, I wilt not breake away, 
lie giue thee ere I Icaoe thee fo much money 
To warrant thee as I am reftcd for. 
My wife is in a wayward mook to day, . 
And will not lightly truft the Mrffenger. 
That I fhould be attach'*} in Ephrfm, 
I tell you 'twill found hwflily in he care*. 

iatr*Dranto Epb.vitbartpestrd. 
Hecre comes my Man, I thinke he bnngs the monie- 
Hownow fir? Haoeyou that I Cent you for? 

E-DT9- Here's that 1 warrant you will pay them all 

Ami. But where'* the Money ? 

S. Dra. Why fir, I gaue the Monie for the Rope. 

Ant. Fiue hundred Duckets villains -for a rope ? 

f. Tfo. He fetue you fir fiue hundred at the rate. 

Ant. To what end did I bidthee hie thee home/ 

.Dn. To aropes end fir. and to that end am frc- 
tum'd. 

At. And co that end fir. I vril! welcome you- 

Oft. God fir be patient. 

. Dn. Nay 'tis for me so be patient, I am in aduet - 
fitie. 

O$. Good now bold thy tongue. 

. Dn. Nay, rather periwide him w> hold his hands. 

Anti. Thouwhotdonfenfekfle Villaine. 

E.Dre. I would 1 were fcnfclefle fir, that I might 
not feek yoar blowes 

/to r. Thou art fcnfiblc in nothingbut blowes,and 
fo is an AtTe. 

E.T>ro. I am anAfleindeede,youmaypnoaeiiby 
ray longearts. I haoe fetoed him from the houre Qt my 
Naauitk to this inttant, and hauc nothing at hi* h*nds 
for my feruice but blowes . When I am cold, he heates 
me with bearing : when 1 am warme,he cooles me with 
beating : I am wali'd with it when 1 fleepe , is'd with 
H when I fit, driueaout of doores with hr when I goe 
fromhonie, we!com*d home with it when I teturneynay 



1 beare it on my ftiouldcrs, as a begger woont her brat : 
and I thinke when he bath lara'd me, I (hall begge with 
it from doore to doore. 



, Ce*rtixM,md tScbtttt- 



der 



mrfer, 
/rr. Come goe along, my wife ia comming yon- 



ther the prophefie like the Pamr^beware the ropes end. 

Ant. Wilt thou ftill ulke? SetnDre. 

Curt. How fay you now? Is not yoar husband mad ? 

AJrt. His irtciotlity confirmcs no leiTc : 
Good Doctor Picf>,you are a Coniurer, 
EAablifh him in his true fence againe, 
And I will pleafe you what you will demand. 

Ltc. Alas how fiery, and how Qwrpe he looker 

Cmr. Marke,how be trembles in his estafie. 

Pmcb. Giuc me your hand, and let me c fecie your 
pulfe. 

tsfvt. There is my hand, and let it fccic your care. 

Piaeb. I charge theeSathan,hons'd within this man, 
To yeeld po{TetTion to my holie praters, o 

And to thy ftate of datknefle hie thee ftratght, 
I coninre thee by all the Saints in heaun. 

Axti. Peace doting wizard, peace ; I am not mad. 

Atkr. Oh that thou wet 't not, poore diftreffcdfoult. 

A*ti. You Minion you, are thefeyour Cuftomcrs? 
Did this Companion with the fafrron tace 
Reuetl and feaft it at my houfe to day, 
Whirft vpon me the guiltie doores were (hut, 
And I dmied to enter in my houfe. 

yZ^.O husband, God doth know youdin'd at homtr 
Where would you had remain'd vntUI this time, 
Free from thefe Ganders, and this cpn Quote, 

Ami. Din'd at home? Thou Villaine, what feyeft 
thou.' 

Dre. Sir footh to fay, you did not dine at home. 

A*t. Were not my doores lockt vp, end 1 (hut out ? 

Dra, Perdie, your doores were lock t, and you {hut 
out. 

^iirtt. And did not ihe her felfe reaiie me there t 

Dra. Saxt Fable, (he her felfe rcnil'd you there. 

Atsi. Did not her Kitchen maideraile, taunt, and 
fcorne me ? 

Lro. Cert a fhe did, the kitchin veftaii fcorn'd you. 

Ant. And did not I in rage depart from thence ? - 

Dn. Inveritieyou did, my bones beam wirncfis, 
Thatnce hauc felt the vigor of his rage. 

A Jr. I s't good to footh him in thete crontrariea? 

Pi*A. It is no fhamc, the fellow finds bis vatoe, 
And yeelding to him, humors well his frcnfie. 

AM. Thou baft fubborn'dtheGoldfmith to arrcft 
tnee. 

Adr. Alas, I few you Monie to redeems you, 
By "Drain* heere, who came in hail for it. 

Drs. Monie by me? Heart and _ 
Buz furely Mafler not a ragge of Monie. 

Ant. Wentfl not thou toher fora pur( ofDuckets. 

AJri. Hecametome, ndl dehuertiit. 

Lei. And Jem witnefie with her tht fhe did.- 

Dn. God and tlie Rope-maker beare me witnefle, 
That I was fent for nothing but a rop* , 

Pi*cl. Mifcis,bothManndMaftCTiJ 
I Know ic by their pale and deadly lookes, 

They 



The Qanedie of Errors. 



They mud be bound and laide in fome thrke roome. 

A*t.S*y wherefore didfl thou lockc me forth today, 
And why doft thou denie the bagge of gold? 
Adr. I did not gentle husband lockc thee forth 
Dra. And gentle M r I receiu'd no gold : 
But I confefle (ir, that we were lock'd out. 

Adr. Diflembling Villain, thou fpcak'ft filfe in both 
*Ant. DifTembling harlot, thouartfalfein all, 
And art confederate with a damned packe, 
To make a loathfome abicd fcorne of me : 
But with thefe nailcs, Il plucke out thefe falfe eyes, 
Th would behold in methis fhamefull fport. 

Eater three orfvure, and offer to binde htm: 
HeeJtriHts. 

Adr. Ohbindchim, binde him, let him not come 
neereme. 

Tinch.Motc company, the fiend isftrong within him 

Luc. Aye m poorc man, how pale and wan he looks. 

Ait. What will you murther me, thou lailor thou ? 
I am thy prifoner, wilt thou fuffcr them to make a ref- 
cue? 

Offi. Mflfterslethim go: he is my prifoner, and you 
fhall not haue him. 

Ttneb. Go binde thi s man, for he if franticke too. 

tsfdr. What wilt thou do, thou peeuifh Officer > 
Haft thou delight to fee a wretched man 
Do outrage and difpleafure to himfelfe? 

Offi. He is my prifoner, if I let him go, 
The debt he owes will be reqnir'd of me. 

Mr. I will discharge thee ere I go from thee, 
Beafcnte forthwith vino his Creditor, 
And knowing how the debt growes I will pay it. 
Good Mafter Doftor fee him fafe conuc y'd 
Home to my houfci oh moft vnhappy day. 

v4*t . Oh moft vnhappie flrumpet. 

*Z>. Mafter, I am heerccntredinbondforyou. 

^fnt . Out on thee Vilraine, wherefore doft thou mad 
mee? 

T)r. Will you be bound for nothing, be mad good 
Mafter, cry the diucll. 

Lttc. Godhelpepoorefoulet, howidlcly doe they 
talke. 

Adr. Go beare him hence, fifter go you with me: 
Say now, whofe fuite i* he arrrfted at ? 

ExtHt. Manet Oft. tsfdri. Lwi.CoitrtixMi 

Of. One ^f/aGoldfmith,doyouknow him? 

Adr. 1 know the man : what is the fummehc owes ? 

Of. Two hundred Duckets. 

Mr*- Say, how growes it due. 

Off- Due for a Chaine your husband had of him. 

Adr\ He did befpeake a Chain fdr me.but had it not. 
C*r. When as your husband all in rage to day 
Came to my houfe, and tooke away my Ring, 
The Ringlfawvpon hisfingernow, 
Straight after did I meete him with a Chaine. 
Adr. Itmaybefo.butldidneuerfceit. 
Come lailor, bring me where the Goldfmith is, 
I long to know the truth heereof at large 

Enter AitiphoiMfiraexJia witbbit Rapier drawne, 



Liu 



Adr, 



. God for thy mercy, they in loofeagair 
r. And come with naked fwords, 



Let's call more hclpe to haue them bound againe. 
Rjtnnn 



tllotit 



Off. Away,theyTkillvs. 

Exeunt mMt t <u f<$ a may kt.frighttd. 

S. vfnt. I fee thefe Witches are afrraid of fwords. 

5. T)ro. Sbe that would be your wife, now ran from 
you. 

*/*>'. Come to the Centaur, fetch our ftuffe from 
thtnce : 
I long that'we were fafe and found aboord. 

Z)r. Faith fiay heere this night, they will furely do 
s no harme : you faw they fpeafce vi faire,giue vs gold: 
me thinkes they are fuch a gentle Nation , that but for 
theMountaineofmadflcfh that claimcj matiageofme, 
I couldfindeinmy heart to fiay heere ft ill, and turre 
Witch. 

At. I will not ftay to night for all the Towne, 
Therefore away, to get our ttuffe aboord . Extmn 



Aftus Quintui. Sccena'Prima. 



Enter tt* Mercbut a*d the Goldfmtb. 

Geld. I am forry Sir that I haue hindred you, 
But I proteft he had the Chaine of me, 
Though moft difhonefily he doth denie it. 

Mar. How i$ the man eftcem'd heere in the Gtie? 

Gold. Ofveryreuerentreputationr, 
Of credit infinite, highly belou'd, 
Second to none that hue* hceie in the C it'tc : 
His word might beare my wealth at any time. 

<JM*r Spcake foftly,yonder as I thmke he walkes- 

Enter Antipbclw trndDremto tgenu. 

Gold. Tisfo: and that felfechame about his nccke, 
Which be forfwore moft monftroufly to haue. 
Good fir draw neere to me, lie fpeake to him : 
Sigmor Antipholui, [ wonder much 
That you would put me to this fhame and trouble, 
And not without fome fcandall to yourfclfc, 
With circumftance and oaths, fo to denie 
This Chaine, which now you weare fo openly. 
Befidethe charge, the fhamc, imprifonnicm, 
You haue done wrong to this my honeft friend, 
Who but for ft ay ing on^>ut Controuerfte, 
Had hoifted faile, and put to lea to day: 
This Chaine you had of me, can you deny it? 

Ant. I thinke I had, I neuer did deny it. 

M*r. Yes that you did iir.and forfwore it too. 

At. Who heard me to denie it or forfweare it ? 

Mar. Thefe cares of mine thou know ft did hear thee ; 
Fie on thee wretch, 'tis pitty that thou liu'ft 
To walke where any honeft men refort, 

Aet. Thou art a Villaine to impeach me thus, 
lie proue mine honor, and mine honeftie 
A gainft thee prefemly, if thou dsr'ft ftaod: 

Mar. I dare and do defte thee for a vilbine. 



raw. Enter AdriM^Lueiana^ Courtcs.a& ethers. 
Adr. Hold, hurt him not for God fake, he is mad, 
Some get within him, take his fword away : 
Binde Dramio too, and beare them to my houfe. 

SJ>w. Runne matter run, for Gods fake take a houfe, 
This is fome Priorie, in,or we ars fpoyl'd. 

Exatnt to ttx Prior it. 
Enter 



The Qa 



97 



At. Be quiet people; whwefore-iTjrong you hither? 

Ab. To fetch my poorediflra&ed husband hence, 
Let 74 come in, that-we way binde him rafl, 
And bear* him home For Km recouerie. 

Cold. I knew he was trot in his pcrfeft wit*. 

Mar, JainforryttowtrnKrdiddvzwon him. 

Ab. Ho w long hsth this poffeffion held the man. 

Aih. This weeke he bath oeerte heauie, f ovver lad, 
And much different from the man he was : 
But till this aftemoonehis paJfion 
N re brake into evtteinity of rage . 

Al>. Hath he not loft much wealth by wrack of fea, 
Buried fotne deete friend, hath not elfe his eye 
Stray 'd his affection in vnlawfull loue, 
A finne pteua iling much in youthfiill men. 
Who giue their eitt the liberty of gazing. 
Which of ttefsforrowes is he fubicft too / 

Mr. To none of thefe, except it be the laft. 
Namely, fonr.c loue that drew him oft from home. 

Ab. You fhould for that haue reprehended him. 

Air, Why lo I did. 

jft. I but not rough enough. 

A Jr. As roughly zs my modefiie would tetmt 

At. Haply inpnuate. 

Jib. Andln ademblies too. 

Ah. I, but not enough. 

jMr. It was the copie of oor Conference, 
In bed he flept n?i for my vrging it. 
At boord be fed'notfor my vrgine it: 
Alone, it was nbufubie&ofmyTEeame: 
In company I often glanced it : 
StiH did I tell him, it was Vflde and bad. 

Ab, And thereof came it. that the man was mad. 
The venorne clamors of a iealous woman, 
Poifons more deadly then a mad dogges tooth, 
hfewneshis fleepes were hindred by thy railing, 
And thereof comes it that his head islight. 
ThoufaHl his meat* was fawc'd with thy vpbraidingj, 
Vuquier meaks make ill digeftions, 
Thereof the raging fire of feauer bred, 
And what's a Pettier, but afit of madnefle? 
Thou fcyeft bis fpons were hindred by thy btallei 
Sweet Kcreation ban 'd, what doth enfue 
But moadie and dull melancholly, 
Kinfrmr. togrim and cemfot tleflc difpake, 
Am) at her heeles 9 huge infe&ious troope 
Of pale diftempcratures .and foes to life ? 
Intood.5nfpott,and lire-preferuing reft 
To be difturb' d, would mad or man, or beaft : 
The confequence is then, dy iealous fits 
Hath fcat'd thy hosband from the vie of wits. 

IMC. She neuer reprehended him but mildely . 
When he ikmcan'd himfclfe,rough,tudc,3nd wildly, 
Why beare you thefe rebukes, end anfwei not? 

Afri. Shedidbetraymetomyownereproofe, 
Good people enter ,and by hold on him. 

At. No not a creature enters inmyboufe. 

Ad. Then let your fernants biing my husbandfotth 

Ab. Neitrwr : he tooke this place for fanfiuary, 
And iiftjal! pi'miledgt him from your h?tids. 
Till I haue brnoghthim to bis wits againe, 
Oi loofe my labour m aff^yingit. 

ir. I will sttenimy husband,behja nutfe, 



Diet his ficknefle, for it Is my Office, 
And will haue no atturney but my felfe, 
And therefore let me rwue him home with me. 

Ab. Bepacientfor I will not let Mm ftirre, 
Till I haue vs'd the approoued meanest haue. 
With wholfome firrups, drugges,and holypiayen 
To make of him z formall man againe : 
It is a branch and parccll of mineoath, 
A charitable dutte of my order, 
Therefore depart, and leaue him heere with me. 

Adr. \ will not hence, and leaue my husband keen-: 
And ill it doth befecme your holinefle 
To feparate the husband and the wife. 

Al. Be quiet and depart, thoufhaltnothanehim. 

Luc. ComplaLneTncothe Duke of this in dignity 

Air. Come go, I will fall proftrire at his fcetc, 
And neuer rife vntill my tearei and prayers 
Haue won his grace to come In perlbn hither, 
And rakepetforce my husband from the Abbeffe. 

M*r- By this I thinkc the Diall points at fiues 
Anon I'me lure the Duke himfelfc inperfon 
Comes this way to the me'.ancnolly vale; 
The place of depth, and forrie execution, 
Bchinde the dtcthesof the Abbey heere. 

Gold. Vponwhatcauic? 

M>v. To fee a te\x:ieniSir<tcn/ia* Merchant, 
Who put vnlockily into this Bay 
Againft the Lawcs and Statutes of this Towne. 
Beheaded publlkely for his offence. 

Cold. See where they come,we wil bcr old his death 

Lite. Knecfc to the Duke before he paffe t fct Abbey. 

Enfer tkeDukftffybeJviiMdtbf MerckntofSiracHfe 
tars bead, mib tbt Headftnm, & other 

Offittn. 

A^r. Yet once againe prodaime It publikdy. 
If any friend wH pay thefummefor liim, 
He fhsll not die, lo much we tender him. 

Adr. lufticernoft facredDukeagainfttbc Abbc.fie. 

Duke. She is a vertuous and a reuertnd Lady, 
ft cannot be that (he hath done the* wrong. 
^^r.May it pleafe your Grace, Antifalu my husbad. 
Who I made Lord of me, an4 all I had, 
At your important Letters this ill day, 
Amofi outragioas fix ofroadncfie tooJrchim : 
That dcfp'ratery h&burried through the ftreete, ' 
With him his bondman, all as road as he, 
Doing difpleafurC to the Citizens, 
By rufliing in their houfes : bearing thence 
Rings, Jewels, any thing hisrage did like. 
Once did I get him bound, and fent him home, 
Whil'rt to take order for the wrongs I went, 
That heere and there his fnrie had committed. 
Anon I wot not, by whit ftrong efcape 
He broke from thofe. thatliad the guard of him, 
And with his mad attendant and him&lfe, 
Each one with ireful! pafiton, with dnwoe fwords 
Met vs againe, and madly Dent on v 
Chac'd vs away ; till railing of more aide 
We came againe to binde them : then they fled 
Into this Abbey, whether we nurfu'd them, 
And heere the Abbefle fhuts the gates on VS, 
And will not (ofl-er vs to fetch him out, 
Nor fend him fortb, that we may bear* him henre. 

I Therefor? 



The Qmefa of&mrt. 



Therefote moft gracious Duke with thy command, 
Let him be brought forth,and borne hence for hdpe. 

Duke. Long fince thy husband fcru'd me in my wars 
And 1 to thec ingag'd a Princes word, 
When thou didft make him Matter of thy bed. 
To do him all the grace and good I could. 
Go feme of you. Knockc at ihc Abbey gate, 
And bid the Lady AbbefTc come to me : 
I will determine this before 1 fHrre. 

&atr 4 Afr/e ngtr 

Oh Miftris,Mift.ri*, (hift and faue your felfe, 
V4y Matter and hl man are both broke loofr, 
Beaten the Maids a-row, and bound the Do&or, 
Whofe beard they haue findg'd off with brand* of fire, 
Andeueraslt bhi'd,th*y threw on him 
Great pailej of paddkd my re to quench the hairt \ 
My M > preaches patience 10 him, and the while 
His man with Cizer* nkkcs him like a foole : 
And fure (vnleffe you fend feme prefem hdpc) 
Betwrene them they will kill the Comtirer. 

j4dr. Peace foole, thy M after and his man are here, 
And that is falfe thou don report to *s, 

THeff", Miftris, vpon my life I tel you true, 
I haue not breath* d almoA fmrc I did fee it. 
He cries for you, and vowes ifhe can take you, 
To fcorch your face, and to disfigure you : 

Cry within. 
Harke.harke, I heare him M"<ftris : flic, be gone. 

Duty. Come ftand by rne,fear< nothing: guard with 
Haibeida, 

dJr. Ay me, it is my husband : wuneffe you, 
Th?: h is borne about inuifible, 
Euen now we hous'd him in the Abbey heere. 
And DOW he's there,psfl thought of humane reafon. 



fitter tsfitipbtlu/. 

(ftiee, 

t~A#. luftice moft gracious Duke,oh grant me iu- 
Euen for the feruicc that long (ince I did thce, 
When 1 beftrid the in the warm, and tooke 
Deepe fcarres to faue thy life ; euen for the blood 
That then I loft for thee.now grant me iuftice. 

tjHtr.fa, Vnlefle the feare of death doth make me 
dore, I (ferny fonne Amt^tolm and Dromta. 

t .v4nf.ln(rice(iweet prince)againft y Woman there: 
She whom thougau'flto me to be my wife; 
That hath abufed and dishonored me, 
Euen in the flrength and height of iniutic : 
Beyond imagination is the wrong 
That (be this day hath (nzmelefie throwne on me. 

2>^r. Difeouerhow,andtbou{h8ltfindemeiuS. 

E.Ant. This day (great Duke) (he (hut thsdoores 
vpon me. 
While (he with Harlots feafted in my houfe. 

Dake. A greeoous fault . fav womaryiidft thou fe ? 

Air. No my good Lord. My felfe,he,3nd my fiftor, 
To day did dine together : to befall my fouie, 
As this is falfe he burthens me withall. 

L*c. Nereimyllookeonday,notfleepeonmght, 
But (he tels to yoorHighnefle fimple truth. 

Gdd. O p eViur'd worna,n! They are both forfwotne, 
In this the Madman iuftly chargeth them. 

, Ant. My i-kge, I am aduifed what i fay, 
Neither difturbed with the cffeftof Wine, 
Nor headiera(h prouoak'd with raging ire. 
Albeit my wrongs might make one wifer mad. 



This woman lock d me out this day from dinner ; 

Thai Goldfmith there, were he not padc'd with her, 

Could witnefle it : for he was with me then, 

Who parted with me to go fetch a Chaine, 

Promifing to bring it to the Porpentine, 

Where Btlt^fa and I did due together. 

Our dinner done, and be not comming thither. 

I wem co feeke him. In the ftteet I met him, 

And in hit companie that Gentleman 

There did this penur^d Goldfmith fweare me downr, 

That I this day of him rcceru'd the Chaine, 

Which God he knows, 1 faw not. For the which, 

He Ad arrefl me with an Office: 

I did obey , and fent my Pcfant home 

For certain* Duckets : he with none return d 

Then fairely I befpoke the Officer 

To go in petfon with me to my houfe. 

By th'way, we met my wife.her fifter,and a rabble more 

Ofvildc Confederates : Along with them 

They brought one ^wA.a hungry leane " 

A metre Anatomic, a Mountebanke, 

A thred-bare lugler. and a Fortune-teller, 

Aneedy.hollow-ey'd-ihirpe-looking-wreichi 

A liuing dead man.* T his pernicious flaw, 

Forfooth tooke on him as a Coniurer : 

And garing in mine eyes, feeling my pulfe. 

And with no-face (as 'twere) out-facing me, 

Cries out, 1 was pofleft. Then altogether 

They fell vpon me, bound me, bore me thence, 

Add in a darke and dankiYh vault at home 

Theie left me and my roan, both bound together, 

Till gnawing with my teeth my bondsin funder, 

I gain'd my hcedome ; and immediately 

Ran hether to your Giacv, whom 1 befeech 

To giue me ample fatisfaftion 

Fot thefedeepe fhames, and great indignities. 

Cold. My Lord, in truth, thus far I witnes with him : 
That he din*d not at home, bur was iocfc'd out. 

2Mf. ButhadhefuchaChaineofttiee.orno? 

GoldL He had my Lord,znd when he ran in Keere, 
Thefe people faw the Chaine about his necke. 

Mar, Beftdes, I will be fworne thefe eares of mine, 
Heard you confeflic you had the Chaine of him, 
After you fir ft forfwore it on the Mart, 
And thereupon I drew my fword on you* 
And then you fled into this Abbey heere. 
From when? e I thinke you are come by Miracle. 

E.tsfHt. I neuef came within thefe Abbey wals, 
Nor ener didft thoudraw thy fword on me : 
I neuer faw the Chaine, fo helpe me heeueru 
And this is falfe you burthen me withall. 

Dakf. Why what an intricate impeach is this ? 
I thiofcc you all haue drunk e of Crrcti cup : 
If heere you hoos'd him, heere he would haue bin.' 
Ifhe were mad, he would not pleads fo coldly : 
You fay he din'd at home, the Gddfmith hetre 
Denies that faying. Surra, what fay you? 

E.Dn. Siinedin'dewithhertbeje,at thePorpw 
tine. 

Cur. He did, and from my finger fr-acht that Ring. 

f.jd*ti, Tis true (my Liege) thisRinz 1 had of her. 

2>*$f. Saw'ftehoubmj enter at tbeAWKyiieae* 

Ctrrt. As fure (my Liege) as! do fee your Grace. 

Dak* Why chUisfiraurgc: ConlltiH:Abbdrb! 

I thinke you are &1I mated, or flacks mad. 

Exic 



The Comeeke of Errors. p p 

S. Drem. On my olde Matter, who hath bound him 
heere? 

Abb. Whoeuerboundnim,! will lofehh bonds 
And gaine a husbandry his liberti e : 
Speake olde ffff, if thou faec'ft th e man 
That hadft a wife once call'd C.->W/M, 
That borethee at a burthen two fa ire formes? 
Oh if thou bee'ft the fameijfwn, fpeake : 
And fpeake vnto the fame XW/M. 



F<. Moft mighty Duke,vouchfafe me fpeak a word: 
Haply 1 Tee a friend will iauc my life, 
And pay thefum that may cJeliucrvne. 

D%. Speake freely Strtcufia* what thou wile. 

F <if A. It not your name f-r call'd tsintifihtliJt ? 
And is not that your bondman "Drama ? 

. rDr0. Within this houre I was hit bondman fir, 
But he I ihankehim gnaw'd in two my cords, 
Now am I 'Drojwia, and his man, vnbound . 

fatb. I am furc you both of you remember me. 

1>rf. Our felucs we do remember fir by you : 
for lately we were bound as you are now. 
You are noiPmebti patient, ate you (it ? 

Fotbtr. Why lookcyou Atangeqnme? you know 
me well. 

E.Ant. I neuer faw you in my life till now. 
fi.Oh! griefehath chang'd me finceyou lawroeiaft, 
And earefull houres with times deformed hand, 
Haue written Orange defeatures in my face : 
But tell me yet, doft thounoc know my voice I 

Ant. Neither. 

FJ;. D .*ww, nor thou J 

Dre. Notruilmeftf,norl. 

Fa. 1 am fure thou dofl > 

E.Drcvsif. I fir, but I am fure I do not, and whatfo* 
euer a mm denies, you are now bound to beleeue him. 

fatb. Not know my voice, oh times e tremity 
Haft thou fo crack'd and fplittedmy poorc tongue 
I n feucn fhort yearn, that heere my onely fonne 
Knowes not my feeble key of vnrun'd cares? 
Though now this grained face of mine be hid 
In fap-confuming Winters drizled fnow, 
And all the Conduits of my blood froze vp : 
Yet hath my night of lire feme memorie : 
My wafting Ismpcs fome fading glimmer left ; 
My dull dcafc cares a little vfe to heare : 
All thefeold witneffes, I cannot erre. 
Tell me, thou art my fonne jXipWw. 

tL^nt. J ncuer faw my Father in myTife. 

F*. But feucn yeares fince, \nSiracttfa boy 
Thouknow'ft we parted, butpeihspsmy fonne, 
Thou fham'ft to acknowledge me in miferie. 

Am . The Ouke, and all that know me in th& Cty, 
Can witnefle with me that it is not fo. 
I ne're faw Snort-fa in my life 

7)u(f. I tell thee Sir*c*fa*, twentie yeares 
Haue I bin Patron lo-tsftaifktlus, 
Dating which time, he ne're faw SiretttJ* ; > 
I fee thy age and dangers make thee dote. 

Enter the Attest witt vtntipfalus Strife, 
aidDremieSir. 



Mo ft mightie Duke, behold amanmuch 



wrong'd. 



Mr. 1 fee two husbnds,or mine eyes deceiue me 

Dukf. One of thefe men isgmim to the other : 
ApdTo of thefe, which is the natural! roan , 
And which the fpirit ? Who dec iphers them ? 

S. Dromie. I Sir am Dromn, command him away. 

.Dr. 



D*k{. Why heere begins his Morning rtorieright : 
Thefe two ^f^4<rfw, thefe two fo like, 



And thefe two Drome /, one in femblance: 
Befidcs her vrging of her wracke at fea, 
Thefe are the parents to thefe children, 
Which accidentally are met together. 

Fa. If 1 dreame nor, thou art tyW4, 
If chou art fhe. tell me, where is that fonne 
That floated with the* on the fatal! raftf . 



And the twin*2>0M, all were taken vp ; 

But by and by, rude Fifhernienof Cori*tt 

By force coo ice Dram.a, and my fonne from them, 

And me they left with thofc ofEputamam. 

What then became of them, I cannot tell j 

I, to this fortune that you fee mee in. 



S.Ant. 

Duk& Stay, ftand apart, I know not which is which. 

. AM. I came from Coruuk my moft gracious Lord 

E.Dn. And I with him. 

. Ant. Brought to this Town by that moft famous 
Warriour, 
Duke MfMfbtm, your moft renowned Vncfcle. 

AJar. Which of you two did dine with me co dayf 

S.^t*t. I, gentle Mifrris. 

Adr* And are not you my husband ? 

. Ant. No, 1 fay nay to that. 

S.Ait. And fodo I, yet did fhe call me fo: 
And this faire Gentlewoman her fifter heere 
Didcall me brother. What I told you then, 
I hope I fhall haueleifure to make good, 
Ifthitbenotadreametfeeand heare. 

GtU/imtk. ThattstheChaincfir, which you had of 
mee. 

S Ant. I thinkeif be fir, I dcnie it not. 

E.Ant. AndyoufirforthisChaiiKarnftedmc. 

Cjdsl. I thinke I did fir, I deny it nor. 

A Jr. I fern you monie fir to be your baile 
By '7>*)^, but I thinke he brought knot. 

f.Dra No.nonebyme. 

S.Ant, This purfe of Duckets I rcceiu'd fromyog < 
And Dremto my man did bring them me : 
I fee we Mill did meete each others man, 
And I was tane for him, and he for me, 
And thereupon thele errors are arofe. 

S.Ant. Thefe Duckets pawne I for my father heere. 

DtAf. It (hall not neede, thy father hath his life. 

Cur. Sir I muft haue that Diamond from you. 

E.Ant. There take it^nd muchthankafor mygood 
cheere. 

Abb Renowned Duke, vouchfafe to take the paincs 
To go with vs into the Abbey heere 
Ana heare at large difcourfed all our Fortune* 
And all that are afiemhled in this placet 
That by this (impatbi&ed onedaict error 
Hauefu{{<n'dvm>ug k Goe, kecpevs companie, 

And 



100 



And we (hall make fu U fat isfa&ion. 

Thirtie three yeareshauc I but gone in trauaile , 

Of you my fonnei.and all thitprefcnthouie 

My heauie burthen aredeliucred: 

The Duke my husband, and my children both, 

And you the Kalendcn of theii Natiuiry, 

Go to d. Goflipi feafi., and go with mee, 

After fo long greefe fuch Natiuitie. 

D*ke With ail my heart, He Goffipat this feaft. 



The Comecbe of Errors. 



Coroegoi 



Ki- tJMtMtltht two Dremit tand . 

tw Brethtri. 

S.frf. Maft.flull I fetch your ftuffe from ftiipbord? 
,-J- Xr.-w<(?,whac ftuffe of mine haft thou imbarkt 
Dro.Your good* that lay at hoft fir in the Centaur. 
He ipeakci to me, I am your matter l>omic. 



with v s, we; '1 look e to that anon. 
Embrace thy brother thr,reoyce with him. ttnt 

S?Dro. Tncre i a fet frjend at your mafters houfe 
Thatkttchin'd m for you to day at dinner : 
She now fhsllbcmyfifTer, notmy wift, 

f.D.M ihmki you are my gUfle,finotmybtoAer: 
I fee by you, I am a fweet-fac'd youth, 
Wtll you walke in to fee thnr goftp 

S.Dro Not I fir,you are my elder. 

E.T>. That's a quftion,hov fhali we nis it. 

S.'Dra. WeeldrawCutsforiheSienior. till then, 
lead thou firft 

f.Drt. Niy then thus: 

We came into the world like brother and brother : 
And now let's go hnd in hand, not one before another 



FINIS. 







101 




Much adoe about Nothing. 



rimus 



, ScenafJ 



tma. 



Enter Leonato Gouernoirr ofAfeffina, Innogtn Ian wife, fit" 
TO hu daughtti , and Beatrice hu Neece t with a meffntgtr 

* Ltonato. 

arne in this Letter, that "Den Pettr of Arra- 
, comes this night to Meffma. 
Mtfr. He is very necreby this : he was not 
hree Leagues off when I left him 
Leon. How many Gentlemen haue you loft in this j 
ahon ? 

Me(f. But few of any fort, and none of name. 
Leon. Avi&orie is twice itfelfe, when theatchieuer 
brings home full numbers : 1 finde heere, that Don Pe- 
ter hath befto wed much honor on a yong f /r/*#,cal- 



AfeJpAuch deferu'd on his part,and equally remern- 
bred by Don Pedrt, he hath borne himfelfe beyond the 
promife of his age, doing Sn the figure of a Lambe, the 
feats of a Lion, he hath tndeede better bettred expecta- 
tion, then you muft expect of me to tell you how. 

Let. He hath an Vnckle btere in Meflina t vii\ be very 
much glad of it. 

Muff. I haue alreadie deliuered him letters , and there 
appeares much ioy in him, euenfo much, that toy could 
not (hew it felfe modeft enough, without a badg of btt- 
ternefle. 

Leo. Did he breake out into teaies ? 

Mej". In great meafure 

Lee. A kinde ouerflow ofkindnefle, there are no fa- 
ces truer, then thofe that are fo wafh'd, how much bet* 
tcr is it to weepe at joy .then to ioy at weeping? 

Bea. I pray you, is Signior Muttntanto retum'd from 
the warres.or no ? 

Meff. I know none of that name, Lady, there was 
none fuch in the armie of any fort. 

Leon. What is he that you aske for Neece ? 

Hero. My coufin meanes Signior Benedick of 7W04 

JMef. O he's return'd, and as pleafant as euer he wzi. 

Star. He fee vp his bils here in Afejfitmft. challeog'd 
Cupid at the Flight : and my Vnckles foole reading the 
Challenge. fubfcrib'd forCupid, and challenged him at 
theBurboh. I pray you, how many hath hee kil'd and 
eaten inthefe warres.'But how many hath he kil'd ? for 
indeed, I promis'd to eate all ofhis killing. 

Leon. 'Faith Neece, you tsxe Sig-nior Benedicke too 
much,but hee'l be meet with you, I doubt it not 

A/r/He hath done good feruice Lady in thefe wars. 

Seat. YouhadmuflyviifhiaU, and he hathholpe to 
eate it :he'i very valiant Trenchet-man, hee hath in 
excellent ftomacke. 



Mef. And a good fouldier too Lady. 

Beat. And a good fouldier to a Lady But what is he 
to a Lord > 

Mtff. A Lord to a Lord, a man to a man, ftuft with 
all honourable venues. 

Beat, it isfo indeed, he is no Idle then a (tuft man: 
but for the fluffing well, we are all mortall. 

Leon. Youmuftnot(fir)miftakemy Neece, there is 
a kind of merry war betwixt Signior Benedick, 8t her ; 
they neuer meet, but there's a skirmi(h of wit between 
them. 

Be&. Alas, he gets nothing by that. Tnourlaftcon- 
flift, fourc ofhis hue wtts went halting off, and now is 
the whole man gouern'd with one . (0 that if hee haue 
wit enough to heepehimfeift warme, let him beare it 
for a difference bet weene himfelfe and his horfe : For it 
is all the wealth that he hath left, to be kr.owne a reafo- 
nable creature. Who is his companion now ? He hath 
euery month a new fworne brother 

Mejf. I'stpofTibk? 

Beat. Very eafily pcffible : he weares his faith but as 
the fafhion ofhis hat, it cuer changes with ^ next block. 

<JUf/. I fee (Lady) the Gentleman is not in your 
bookes. 

"Sea. No.and he were, I would burne my ftudy. But 
I pray you, who is his companion ? Is there no young 
(quarer now, that will make a voyage with him to the 



I He is moft in the company of the right noble 



feat. O Lord, he will hang vpon him like a difeafe: 
he is fooner caught then the pcftilence, and the taker 
runs prefently mad. God helpe the noble Claudia, if hee 
haue caught the Benedict, it will coft him a thoufand 
pound ere he be cur'd . 

Me/. I will hold friends with you Lady. 

Bta. Do good friend. 

Leo. You 1 oe're run mzd Neece. 

Bf*. No. not till a hot January. 

Mef Den Pedro is approach'd. 

Eater don Pe<Lr<, t CLtttdio. Benedicke, Ealtbafaf, 

andlobnthebajlard. 

Pedro. Good Signior Lttnato, you are come to meet 
your trouble : the fafhion of the world is to auoidcosf 
and you encounter it. 

Le*. Neuer came trouble to my houfe in the (ikene/T 
of your Grace : for trouble being gone, comfort Should 
remiine : but when you depart from me.forrow abides. 
and happincfle takes bis Icaue. 

I j Prdrv. 



JO?, 



Mud adoe 



'Ptdra. You embrace your charge too willingly : I 
thinkc this s your daughter. 

I.eonma. Her mother hath many times told me fo. 

Btned. Were you in doubt that you askt her ? 

Ltannto. Signiot Ikncdicke, no, for then were you a 
childe. 

Pedro. You haue it full Benedicke.wc may gneffe by 
this,what you are, being a man, truely the Lady fathers 
her felfe : be happic Lady, for you are like an honorable 
father. 

Ben. If Signior LrcfftfM be her father, fhe would not 
haue hit head on her (boulders for al Me(Tina,as like him 
as Hie is. 

"Seat. I wonder that you will ftill be talking, fignior 
Bcnedickc.no body market you. 

Ben. What my deere Ladie Difdaine ! are you yet 
liuing ? 

Beat. Is it poflible Difdaine (hould die, while fhee 
hath fuch meet* foodc to feede it, Signior Benedicke? 
Cm-refit it fclfe muft conuert to Difd? ine.if y cti come in 
herprefence. 

"Bute. Then is curtefie a turne-coate, butitiscer- 
tairte I am loued of all Ladies, onely you accepted : and 
I would I could finde in my heat that I had not a hard 
hc-u i,f or truely I loue none. 

Beat. A deere haopineffc to women.they would elfc 
haue beene troubled with a pernicious Surer, Ithauke 
God and my cold blood,! am of your humour for that, I 
had rather neare my Dog barke ata Crow, than a man 
fweare he loues me. 

"Bt*e. God keepe your Ladifhip (lid in that minde, 
fo fome Gentleman or other (hall fcapc a predeftinatc 
fcratcht face. 

Beat. Scratching could notmake it worie t and 'twere 
fuch a face as yours were. 

'Bens. Well,you are a rare Parrat teacher. 

Beat. A bird of my tongue, is better than 2 bead of 
your. 

Ben. I would my horfe had the fpeed of your tongue, 
end fo good a continuer , but keepe your way a Gods 
name,! haue done. 

Beta. Youalwaies end with a lades tricko, I know 

Oil Of Old. 



ifo,and fignior Bemdicke ; my deere friend Leontuo, hath 
inuited you all, I tell him we (hall (lay here, at the lead 
atnonerh, and he heartily praies Come occafion may dc r 
tatne vs longer: I dare fweare hee is no hypocrite, but 
prates from his heart. 

Ltm. If you fweare, my Lord, you (hall not be for- 
fwornc, lermee bid you welcome, my Lord, being re- 
conciled to the Prince yout brother . I owo you all 
ductie. 

/aba. Ithankcyou, I am not of many words, but I 
change you. 

Lem. Pleafe it your grace leade on ? 

PeAn. Your hand Leo*ato,vie will goe to gether. 
Ex*mt. Manet BnaJicke a*dCl<uto. 
BeneJiektdidb thon note the daughter of fig. 



Btttr. 1 noted her not s but I lookt on hee. 

Clot. It (he not a modeft yong L adie ? 

Beye. Doe you queftion me ar an honeft man fliould 
doe, for my (imple true iudgemcnt ? or would you haue 
me fpeake after my cu ftome, as being a profeffed tyrant 
to their fexe t 



Clan. No.Ipra^r ihee fpcake in fobcr nidgununt 

"Bttu: Why yfaiih me thinks (hec's too low for a Hie 
praife,ioobro/nefor a fairc praife, and too little for a 
great praifc,onely this commendation I can arYoord her, 
that were fhee other then (he is, fhe were vnbandfonie, 
and being no other,buc as (he ttJL do not like her. 

Citu. Thou think'ft I am in (port, I pray ihce tell me 
truely how thou lik'tt her. 

"Bent. Would you buie her, that you cncjuicr after 
her? 

Cl**. Can the world buie fuch a ieweil ? 

Em. Yta.and a cafe to put it inco,but fpealce you this 
with a fad brow ? Or doe you play theflo voting iacke,t o 
tell vs Cupid is a good Hare-nndcr, and Vulcan a rare 
Carpenter : Come, in what key (hall aman take you t o 
goe in the fong > 

ClM. In mine eic, (he is the fwteteft Ladie that euer 
I lookt on. 

Beat. I can fee yet without fpeclaelei, and I fee no 
(uch matter : there's her cofin, and (he were not poTeft 
with a furie, cxccedcs her as much in beautie, as the fit ft 
of Mate doth' the lafi of December : but I hope yon haue 
no intent to turne husband ,haue you ? 

CUu. 1 would fcarcc truft my felfe, though F had 
fworne the contrarie.if Hero woiUd be my wife. 

"Bine. 1ft come to this? in faith hath' not the-wotld one 
nun but he will wearc his cap with fufptt ion ? {hall J ne- 
uer fee abatcheUer of three fcor againe ? goe to yfairb, 
and thou wilt ncedes thruft thy neckt Into a yoke.wcatg 
the print of it.and figh away fundaies : looke, dtn Pedry 
is returned to feeke you. 

Enter don Pedro John tbtt-aftrtd. 

Pedr. What fecret hath held you here, that you fol- 
lowed not to Ltonatott ? 

BemtJ f I would your Grace would conRrainemee to 
tell. 

Pedro. I charge thee on thy allegeance. 

Ben. You heare, Count Claudia, I can be fecret as a 
dumbe man, I would haue you thinke fo (but on my al- 
legiance, marke yon this, on my allegiance) hee is in 
loue, With who? now that is your Graces part :markc 
how (hort his anfwere is, v/ith Hero, LtonatMi (hon 
daughter. 

Clan. If this were fo,fo were it vttred. 
Bextd. Like the old tale.my Lord.it is not fo.nor 'twas 
not fo : but indeede.God forbid it (hould be fo. 

fit*. If my portion change not ihorcly , God forbid it 
(hould be otherwife. 

Pedro. Amen, if you loue her, for the Ladie hvetk 
well worthie. 

ClM. You fpeake this to fetch mein.my Lord. 

Pedr. By my troth I fpeake my thought. 

fiat. And in faith,my Lord,I fpoke mine. 

Beutd. And by my two faiths and tro ths.rr.y Loid, J 
(peak e mine. 

Clan. That I loue her, I fede. 

PtJbr. That fhe is worthie.I know. 

BeneA. That J neither feele how fhee fhouW be lo- 
ued , nor know how fhee fhouldbe worthie, is the 
opinion that fire cannot melt out of me J will die in it at 
theftake. 

?*&. Thou waR euer an ob ft inate heretique in the de- 
fptght of Beautie. 

Clatt. And neuer could onintaine his part, but in the 
force of his w'lll. 

to*. That 



*v.That a woman concerned me, I thanke her : . 
he brought aieevp, Hikewiie gmeher moft humble 
hankes ; but that I will haue a reehate winded in my 
brehcad, or hang my bugle in an inuiiible baidricke.alf 
women (hall pardon me; becaufe I will not do them the 
wrong to miftruft any, I will do my felfe the right to 
ruft none : and the fine is, (for the which 1 may goe the' 
iner) I wili Iiue 3 Batchellor. 

Pedro. 1 fhall fee thec ere I die, looke pale with lone. 

Eft. With anger, with Gtknefle, or with hunger, 
my Lord, not with Joue: prone that tuer 1 toofe more 
lood withloue, then I will get agame with dunking, 
>icke out mine eyes with a Ballet-makers nenne, and 
1911 g me vp ax the doore of a broihei-houl'c for the figne 
of blmde Cupid. 

Ptdrt. Well, ifeuerthoudooftfall from this faith, 
thou wilt prone a notable argument. 

Bent. If! do,hngroeinabottlelikeaCat,8choot 
_ me, and he that hit' % rocket him be cla jt on the flioul- 
der.andcal'dyUiw 

Pti.ro. Well, as time (hall trie: In time the fcuagt 
Bull dothbem the yoake. 

Bem. The feuagc bull may, but if euer the fmlible 
&Mybeateil.pluckeorlihebul!es homes, and fet 
them in my forehead, and let me be vildcly painted, and 
in fuch great Letters as they write, been: is good horfe 
to hire : let themfignifie vnder my figne, heie you may 
fee Benedicks the married man. 

Cla*. Ifthis mould euer happen, thou wouldftbcc 
home mad. 

Ptdre. Nay ,if Cupid haue not (pent all his Quiuer in 
Venice, thou wilt quake for this fiiotrly . 

8ei. I looke for an earthquake too then. 

Ptdre. Well, you will temporae with the Howes, in 
the meane time.good Signiov BextJiritf, repai/e Lto> 
**/, commend me to him. and tell him I will rot fail* 
him i fopper, for indeede he bui> made great piepara- 

TSenf. I haue almoft matter enough in me fotfuch an 
Embaffage, and Co 1 commit you. 

C/4*. To the tuition of God. From my hcufe, if I 

pidro. Thefmonuly.Yourloumgfriend,;**t. 

$t*t. Nay mocke not, mocke not j the bodyof your 
difcoutfc is fometimc guarded with fragments, and the 
euardes are but (lightly bafted on neither, ere joo flout 
old ends any further, examine y out confcience, and fo I 
Icfiu 6 you cJf*/ . 

Cl** t MyUege.yourHighneJ&rwwrotydoemee 

8 Ptdro. Mylouei$thinetoteach,tea<hributhow, 
And thou ftialt fee hov? apt it it to learne 
Any hard Leffon that may do thee good. 

Cla*. Hath Lto*to any fonne my Lord? 

Ttdr. No childe but Her, (he $ hit oney heire. 
Deft thou arTecl her ^/4A.? 

Clou. O my Lord, 

When you went onward on this ended a&on , 
I look 'd Vpon her wirh a fouldiets eie, 
That lik'd, but had a rougher taste* in hand 
Than to driue liking to the name of louet 
Butnow 1 am return'd, and that warre-thoughte 
Houckft their places vacant : inthrir*oomes 
Come thtonging foft and delicate defire* 
All prompting mee how fjiire yong Htr&, 
Saying llik'dherwelwentw wane* 



h adoe about 3^othing. 



Ptdro. Thou wilt be like a louer 
A ndtire the hearer with a booke of*words: 
If ihou doft loue feire Hen, cherifh it, 
And I will breake with her : wart not to this end* 
That thou beganft to twjft fo fine a ftory ? 

CLai. How fweetly doe you minifter to loue, 
That know loues griefe by his complexion ! 
But left my liking might too fodaine feeme, 
1 would haue falu'd it with a longer treatife. 

Pel. What need y bridgemu ch broder then the flood? 
The faircft graunt is the oeceflltie : 
Looke what will ferue.is fit : tis oncc.thou loutft, 
And I will h t thee with the rcmedie, 
I know we fhall haue reuelling to night, 
I will aflume thy pan in feme difguile 
And tell faire Hrrv I am CLmd,o, 
And in her bofome lie vnclaipe my heart, 
And take her hearing pnfoner with the force 
And ftrong incoumerof my amorous tale : 
Then after, to her father will 1 breake, 
And the conc'u(ton is, fhee (hill be thine, 
Inpractife let vs put irprefently. xeu*t. 

Enter Ltvxate and an eld ma* Brother t Leooato. 

Leo. How now brother, where ii my cofen your fon: 
hath he prouided this muiukc ? 

Old. He is very bufie about It. but brother, 1 can tell 
you newes that you yet dreamt not of. 

Lo. Are they good/ 

Old, As the euems ftampt them.but they haue e good 
touer : they (hew well outward, the Prince and Count 
Claudto walking in a thick pleached alley in my orchard, 
were thus ouer-heard by a man of mine : the Prince dif- 
couered to CLutdn that heeloued my niece your daugh- 
ter, and meant to acknowledge it this night in a dance , 
and if hee found her accordant, he meant to take the 
prefent time by the top , and in Sandy breake with you 
of it. 

Leo. Hath the fellow any wtt that told you this ? 

Old. A good (harpe fellow. 1 will fend for him , and 
quf ftion him your felfe. 

Lta. No.no; wee will hold it as a dreame, till it ap- 
pear* it felfe : but I will acquaint my daughter withan , 
that (he may be the better prepared tot an anfwer.if per 
aduenture this bee true : goe you and tell her of it : coo- 
tins, you know what yon haue to doe, O I eric you mcr- 
rie friend , poe you with mee and I will v fe your skill 
good cofin haue a care this bufie time. Exeunt 

' fMter Sir tokn the Baftard^id CM* ode kis tampan, c* 

CM. What the good yeere my- Lord y why are you 
thus out of meafute fad ? 

M. There is no meafurebtheoccafion that brrtds 
therefore the fadneiTe is without lirmc. 

CM. You (hould heare reafon. 

l&*. An d when lhue heard it, vthatbleffingbrm 
gethit? 

Can. If not a prefent remedy ,yet a patient fufTerance 
. JA. I wonder that thou (being as thou faift thou an 
borne voder Stttvrt ) goeft about to apply a moral) me. 
dicine, to a mortifying mifchiefe : I cannot hide what I 
am : 1 mud bee fad when I haue caufe, 3ttd (mile at no 
roano lefts, eat when I haue flomacke, and wait for no 
mansleifureifleepewhenlarndrowiie, and tendonno 
mans buiinelTe.laugh when I am merry,and claw no man 
la his humor. 

00. Y 



till you may doe it withoor controllment , you haue of 

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oe about 3\(othing. 



ate ftood out agatnft your brother, and hee hathtane 
ou newly into his grace, where it is importable you 
hould take root.but by the faire weather that you make 
our relfe.it it needful that you frame the fcafon for your 
ownehatueft. 

I tint. I had rather be a canker in a hedge, then a rofe 

his grace.and it better fits my bloud to be difdain'd of 

ll,then to fafhion a carriage to rob louc from any :in this 

hough I cannot be faid to be a 'flattering honeft man ) 

muft not be deifried but I am a pUine dealing villaine.I 

nirufk-dwithamufll'll, andenfranchifdc with a clog, 

herefore I haue decreed, not to (ing in my cage : if I had 

my mouth,! would bite : if I had my liberty ,1 would do 

ray liking . in the meane time, let me be that 1 am , and 

eeke not to alter me. 

CM. Can you make no vfe of your rfffcontem ? 
If ho, I will make all vfe of it.for I vfe It ondy. 
Who cornea hete ? what newes Boraebut* 

Eater Ttortchio. 

Bar. T came yondet from a great fopper, tbePrince 
your brother is royally entertained by L wo,and I can 
riueyou intelligence of an intended maniag*. 

lob*. WillitferueforanyModell to build mifchiefe 
on r* What Is hee for a foole that betrothes himfelfeto 
vnquietnefle? 

far. Mary it 5s your brothers right hand- 

MM. Who.themoftexquifue Claadiot 

Vor. Eucnhe.' 

John. A ptoper fquier. and who.and who, which Way 
kttkeshe? 

Bar. Mary en fftn, the daughter and Helw of L- 

to. 

lob*. A very forward March-chicke , how came you 
to this t 

Bar. Being entertain'd for a perrumer.as I was frooa- 
king a mufty roome , comes me the Prince and Clfuti> t 
band in hand in fad conference : f whipt behind the At- 
rai.and there heard it agreed vpon.that thePrincefbould 
wooe Wr0fbrhimfclfc, and hauing obtain'd her, giue 
her toCounr/4*u'0. 

/obit, Come,come,let vs thither, this may proue food 
to my difpleafure,that young ftart-vp hath all the glorie 
ofmyouerthrow : iflcancroflehimany way, Iblefle 
myfelfeeoeryway, youareboth fore, and will affift 
mee? 

Coor. To the death my Lord. 
let*. Let vs to rhe great fupper, their cheere is th 
greater that I am fubdued,would the Cooke were of my 
mindV.ftiall we goe proue whats to be done ? 
<*. Weell wait vpon your Lordfcip. 

Exeunt. 



Enter LMUto, tu trotter, bis wift, fferobu daughter, out 
Beatrice b'a netce, and a tyfotan. 

Lecnato. Was not Count loh* here at fupper? 
Brother. I (aw him not. 

^Beatrice,. How tartly that Gentleman lookcs. Inetlet 
caaftec him.bot I am heart-burn'd an howrc after. 
Hero. He is of a very melancholy difpofition. 



"Beatrice. Kee were an excellent man that were made 
iuft in the mid-way betvvecne him and <;^M^,the one 
is too like an image and laics nothing, and thr other too 
like my Ladies cldcfl fonne, euermore tailing 

Leon. ThenhalfeHgnior "Btneduki tongu : in Count 
Ifbu mouth, and halfc Count Jobnt melancholy in Si*. 



Btat . With a good legge.and a good foot vnckle,and 
money enough in his purfe, fuch a man woul d winne any 
woman in the world, if he could get her good will. 

Leon. By my troth Necce, thou wilt ncue- get the* a 
hmband,if thou be fo fhrewd of thy tongue. 

Bntbrr. Infaith (hee's too curft. 

Seat. Too curft is more then curft.I fhall Jefien Gods 
fend/ng that way: foritisfzid, God fends > curft Cov 
(hori hornes.but to ft Cow too curft he fer.ds none. 

Ltfu. So, by being too curft, God will fend you DO 
homes. 

Bat. luft, if he fend me no husband, for the which 
ble(Ting,I am at him vpon my knees euery moroing and 
euening : Lord, I could not endure a husband with a 
beard on his face,! bad rather lie in the woollen. 

Lecnatt, YoumSy light vpon a husband that bath no 
beard. 

Batriff. Whatfhouldldo* with him ? drefle him in 
my apparell.and make him my waiting gentlewoman?he 
that hath a beard ,is more then a youth : and he that hath 
no beard, is leffe then a man : and hee that ii more then a 
youth, is not for mce:and hekhat is le/Te then a nun J am 
not ferhim: therefore I will euen take fixcpence in e 
rwrft of the Berrord,and leade his Ape* into htll. 

Leon. Well then.goe you into hell. 

Btat No, but to the gate, and there will the Deujfl 
meete mee like an old Cuckold wit < homes on his head, 
and fay get you to heauen Bee&ice t gt you to heauen , 
heere's 10 place for you maids, fo deliuer I vp my Apes, 
and away to S./Vfcr : for the heauens., hire fiicv.es mee 
where tie Batchelleis fit , and there liue wee as meuyas 



Broth-. WtlltKece,ItrisftyouiMnberoTdbyyoiu> 
rather. 

Beatf&.Tfes faith, it is my eofens dutie to matte curt 
(ie,and fty , as it pleafe you : but yet for nil that cofirv, let 
him beehandfomc fellow, or elfe make an other curfie, 
and Cay, "athr,as it pleafe me. 

Ltonao. Well neece.1 hope to fee you one day fitted 
withahosbend. 

"Beatrice. Not till God make men of fomc other met- 
tall then each, would it not grieue a woman to be oner- 
maiired witha pcece of valiant duft i to make account of 
her life to a clod ofwai ward mark ? no vnc We, ile none : 
Aa&nt fonnesare my brethren.and truly! hold it a finne 
to match in my kinted. 

Leon. Daughter, remember what I told you if the 
Prince doe filicit you in that kinde, you know your wir 
fwtre. 

tearics. The fauit will be inthe muficke cofin,5f you 
be not woed n good time : if the Prince be toojmpor 
cant, tell htm here is meafurc in euery thing, 8c fo dance 
out the anfwee,fbr hcare me Hero t wooing, wedding, & 
repenting, is?.> e Scotch ijgg<, a tneafure, and a cinque* 
pace : the fuftTuite is hot and hafty like a Scotch i jgge 
(nd rail as fattafticall ) the wedding manerty model* , 
^"as a meafurc) ull of ftatc & aunchmry,and theacomcs 
repentance, and with his bad legs falls into the cincjue- 
pace aft*er andlafter, till he finkes into hie graue. 



__ . Cofin you apprehend palling fbrewdly. 
Beatrice. \ haue a good rye vnckle,! can fee a Church 
by daylight. 
Lem. Theteudlers are entring brother , make good 



Beac* Do,do,heelbutbreakeacoTnpar!ienor two 
on me, which peradventure (not mark t, or not lau&b'd 
at) (hikes him into mdanchcUy, aud then there's t ?r- 
tridge wing faued, for the foole wHl cate no topper that 
night. We muft follow the Leaders. 

m. In eueiy good thing. 

But. Nay, ifthcyleadctoany ilJ, I will leaoethem 
at the next turning. 



or &mb lob*, Mtakfrj with A drum. 

Pedro. Lady.willyou walkc about wich your friend? 

Hera. So you walkc foftiy.and lookc (~weetly,and fay 
nothing,! am yours for the waike, and dpeciaiiy when 1 
walkeawsy 

fidrt- Witk me in your company. 

fiero. 1 may fay fo when I plcife. 

Pedro. And when pleafc you to lay fo ? 

ffrr.. When I like your fauour . for God defend die 
Lute ftiould be like the care. 

Pub* My vifor is Philtmont roofe , within the houfe 
is Loue. 

SJerfo Why then your vifor fnould be thaicht. 

T*An. Spke low if you fpeake Loue. 

Bft. Wel),l would you did likerre 

OWr. So would not I for your owot fake,for I h*ne 
mime iH qualities. 

Be*c. Which is one? 

Afar. I fay my prayers- alowd. 

Sea. I looe you the better ,i he hearers may cry Amen. 

TAv. God match me with a good daunccr. 

Bali. Amen. 

Mar. And God keepe him out of wy fight when the 
duvnceis done : anCwer Clarke. 
'Bolt* No more words the Clarke banfwered. 

rrjWA I know you well enough,you are Signior / 



At a" word, I am not. 

I know you by the wag ling of your head* 
To tell you tru, 1 counterfet him. 
rrfu. You could netscr doe him fo ill well , vnleffe 
you were the very man : hsre c hit dry band vp & down, 
you are he, you are he. 

Antk. Ac a word lam net. 
Vrfuta. Come, come,doe you thinke I doe noc know 
you by your excellent wit ? can vertuc hide it felfe 1 goe 
co t n)umme,you are be, gtaces will appears , and there i 
an end. 

Beat. Will you not tell me who told you fo? 

Bane. No, you (kail pardon me. 

Beat. Not will you not tell me who you are t 



Beat. That I was difdainfull, and that I had my good 
wit out of the hundred merry tales : well,thi$ was Signi. 



Sne. What's he > 

Beat. Hmfureyouknow htm well enough. 

Be^e. Notl.beleeueme. 

Rtat. Did He neuer make you laugh ? 

"Bene. I pray you what is he f 

Beat. Why he it the Princes ieafler.a very duU foele, 
enely hii gift u , in deuiftng impofsibleflanders , none 
but Libertines delight in him, and the commendation is 
eot in his wttte, but in his villanie, for hee both pleafeth 
men and angers them , and then they laugh at him , and 
beat him: lamfureheis iotheFieet, I would he bad 
boor ded rot. 

Bne. 
youfty, 



John Sure my brother is amorous on Here, and bath 
withdrawne her father to breakc with him about it: the 
Ladies follow her,andbut one vifor remamet. 

Boracbte.Md that is (l&ndt t \ know turn by bis bea- 
ring- i 

l&a. Are not you flgnior BeneJ,cke> 

CL*. You know me well, I am hee. 

John. Signior.youareveric mere my Brother in his 
lone, he is cnamot d on Hero, 1 prty .you diffvtade him 
from her, (lie is no equall for his birth : you may dohe 
panofanhoneft man in it. 

Ctattdio. Howknowyoubelotteshet? 

foha. Iheardhimfwearehisaffcaion, 
. Bar. Sodidltoo.aodhefworehewould marriehei 



Come, let vs to the banquet. 

Cktt. Thus anfwere I in namrot Benedick e, 
Bo t heare thefe ill ncwes with the eare& ofCtaudun 
'Tis certaine fo, the Prince woes for himfelfe : 
Friend fh ip is couftam in all other things, 
Sauc in the Office and affaires of loue: 
Therefore all heatts in loire vfe their o woe tongues. 
let cueriteye negotiate for it felfe, 
And tniftno Agent : forbeautic iia witcb, 
Agitnft wKofe charmes, faith meUeth into blood J 
This is an accident of hourely p roofe, 
Whichlmiftruftcdnot. Farewell thelotefl. 



te. Count f&wfc* 

Ctou. Yea,theune. 

"Sen. Come, will you op with me? 

C/4M. Whither? 

Ten. Euen to the next Willow, about your own bo> 
finefle, Count. Wlttt fafhion will you weare the Gar* 
land off> About your necke, like an Vfurers chaioe ? O 
vnderyourarme, like a Lieutenants fcarfe ? You muft 
weare it one wiy , for die Princ# hath got your Hero. 

Clac. I wiOihiroioyofher. 

Ben. Why that's fpoken like an honed Orouier, fo 
they fel Bullockes : but did you (bioke the Prince wold 
haue ferued you thut ? 

Clou. Iprayyouleaueme. 

Be*. Hu now you ftrike like the blindmsn/twas the 
boy that ftole your meate, and you! beat die poft. 

C/4M. If it will not be, Ileleaue you. Exit 

Ben* Alas poore hurt fowle, now will he crtepe into 
fedges : But that my Ldie Beatrice ihouid know me, & 
noc know me : the Princes fbole!Hah? It may be 1 goe 
vndeuhtt title, becanfe I am merrie : yea but fo I am 
ipt to do m felfe wrong : I am not fo reputed, it is the 
bafe (though bitter) difpofition of Beatrice, that putt's 
the world into her perfon, and fo giuss me our. w*ll,I!e 
bereucngedaslmay. 

Enter the Priact. 
Pedro. NowSignior, wheie"s the Count, did you 
fee him / 



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Btnt. Troth my Lord,! haueplayed the part of Lady 
Fame, 1 found him heere as melancholy as a Lodge in * 
Warren,! told him.and I thlnke.told him true.that your 
grace had got the will of this young Lady, and I oKtted 
him my company to a willow tree, either to make him a 
garland,a> being for fa k en , or to bindc him a rod , as be* 
ing worthy to be whipt. 

Pedro. To be whipt .what's his fault > 

Bt*e. Thflattranfgrcflionof a Schoolc-boy , who 
being ouer-ioyed with finding a birds neft, fht wes it his 
companion, and he (leaks it. 

Pcdn. Wiltthou makeatruft, a tranfgreflion > the 
tranfgreffion is in the ftealer. 

Bm. Yetit had not heeneamifletherodhadbeene 
made, and the garland too.for the garland he might haue 
worne himfelfc.and the rod hce might haue beftowcd on 
you,who(at I take it jhaue.fblnc his bird? neft. 

ftdro. I will but teach them to (ing, and reftorc them 
to the owner. 

Sent. If their finginganfweryour faying.by my faith 
youfayhoneflly. 

Pedra. The Lady Bntrice hath * quarrell to you , the 
Gentleman that daunfi with her , told her fhee is much 



Bint. O (he mifufde me pa ft the indurance of a block; 
an oake but with one greene leafc on it, would haue an- 
fwered her: my very vKor began to affume life.and fcold 
with her: (bee told mee, not thinking I had beene my 
felfc, that I was the Princes lefter, tnd that 1 was duller 
then a great thaw, hudiing icft vpon ieft , with fuch im- 
pomble conueiance vpon roe, that 1 ftood like a man at a 
marke y with a whole army /hoot in g at me : fliec fpeakes 
poy nyards, and euery word flabbes : if her breath were 
as terrible as terminations, there were no liuing neere 
her, (he would infect to the north flarre ; I would not 
marry her, though (he were indowed with all that jtAtm 
had left him before he trantgreft, fhewouJd haue made 
Hercitlet haue turnd fpit, yes, and haue cleft his club to 
make the fire too : come.talke not of her, you (hall finde 
her the inrernall Ate in good apparell. I would to God 
fomefcholler would coniureher.foreertainely while (he 
is heere, a man may Hue as quiet in helt,as in a fan$uary, 
and people finne vpon purpofe, beeaufe they would goe 
thither, fo indeed all difquiet, horror , and perturbation 
folio wes her. 

Enter Clauttit and Beatrice .Leonatt, Hire 

Ptdrt. Looke heere (he comes. 

Sou. Will your Grace command mee any feruiceto 
the worlds end ? 1 will goe on the (lighted arrand now 
to the Antypodes that you can deuife to fend me on : I 
will fetch you a tooth-picker now from the furtheft inch 
of Afia : bring you the length of Prefter lAnt foot: fetch 
you a hayre off the great (Tnu*j beard : doe you any em. 
baflage to the Pigmies, rather then hould three words 
conference, with this Harpy : you haue no employment 
forme? 

PeJrc. None.but to defire your good company. 

Btm. O God fir.heeres a difti I loue not,I cannot in. 
dure this Lady tongue. Exit. 

FeJr. Come Lady, come, you haue loft the heart of 



Bnur. Indeed my Lord, bee lent it me r while, and I 
gaue him v fe for it,a double heart for a fingle one, marry 
once before he wonne it of mee.wirh falfe dice, therefore 
your Grace may well fay 1 haue loft it. 



Ptdre. You haue put him dovme Lady, you haue put 
him downs. 

Btat. So I would not he faou'.d do me, my Lord,!cft 
1 (hould prooue the mother of fooles .- I haue brought 
Count C/Wiorivhem you fent me to feeke* 

Ptb*, Why how now Count, whcrfbre sreyou fad? 

Cl**d. Not fad my Lord. 

Ptdr,. How then ?ficke.' 

a***. Neither.myLord. 

Beat. The Count is neither fad, nor ficke. nor merry, 
nor well: but ciuillCount,ciuillasanOrange,and fome- 
thing ofa iealous complexion. 

Ptdro. 1 faith Lady, 1 thinke your blazon to be true , 
though lie be fworne , if bee be fo, his conceit is falfe : 
heere Cttivtio, I haue wooed in thy name , and faire Hen 
is won , I haue broke with her father, and his good will 
obtained, name the day of marriage, and God giue 
thee ioy. 

Leona. Count, take of me my daughter, and with her 
my fortunes : his grace hath made the mateb,& all grace 
fay, Amen to it. 

Bt*tr. Speake Count, til your Qu. 

Cl4*J. SilenceistheperfeaeftHeraultofioy, I were 
but little happy if I could fay, how much ? Lady, as you 
are mine, 1 amy ours, I giue away my felfe for you t and 
doat vpon the exchange. 

Beat. Speake cofin, or (if you cannot) (top bit mouth 
With a kifle, and let not him fpeake neither. 

Ptto. Infaith Lady you haue a merry heart. 

Beatr. Yea my Lord I thanke it.poore foole it keepej 
on the windy fide of Care,my coofin tells him in his care 
that he is in my heart. 

CLtu. And fo (he doth coofin. 

Best. Good Lord for alliance : thus goes euery one 
to the world but Land I am funb urn'd, I may fit in a coi- 
ner and cry, heigh ho for a husband. 

Peart. Lady Beatrice, I will get you one. 

Seat, I would rather haueone of your fathers getting: 
hath your Gracene're a brother like you ? your father 
got excellent husbands, if a maid could come by them. 

Prince. Will you haue me ? Lady. 

"Seat. No.my Lord, vnlefle I might haue another for 
working-daies, your Grace is toocoflly to weare euerie 
day : but 1 befeech jour Grace pardon mee, I was borne 
to fpeake all mirth, and no matter. 

frinee. Your filence moft offends me, and to be mer- 
ry, beft becomes you , for out of queftion,you were bora 
in a merry ho wre. 

"BcMtr. No fure my Lord, my Mother cried, but then 
there was a ftarredaunft,and voder that was 1 borne: co- 
fins God giue you ioy. 

Letaato. Neece, will you looke to tho fe things I told 
you of? 

&eu. I cry you mercy Vncle.by your Graces pardon. 
SxitBtarriet. 

frinee. By my troth a pleaiaot fpiriced Lady. 

I/ton. There's little of the melancholy element in her 
my Lord, the is neuer fid , but when (he lleepes, and not 
euer fad therefor I haue heard my daughter fay,(he hath 
often dreamt of vnhappineffe, and wakt her felfe with 



>. Shee cannot indure to heare tell of a husband. 
O, by no meane s, (he mocks all her wooers 
out of fake. 

frinet. She were an excellent wife for Bnsdiekf 
Ltmata. O Lord, my Lord, if they were bat a weeke 
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married, they would talkc theoifeluw maddc. 

Prinee. Counte cUndu t when ntetnc you to goe to 
Church* 

Uit. To morrow my Lord, Time goet on crutches, 
till Loue haue all his rite) 

Letnat*. Not till mondajr, my deare Tonne, which is 
hen ee a iuft feuen night.and a time too bricfe too, to haue 
til things anfwerminde. 

Prince. Come, you (hake the head at fo long a brea- 
thing, tut I warrant thee Clendi, the time (hall not goe 
dully by v, I will in the interim , vndertake one of //- 
vies labors, which is, to bring S'\gn\OT Bnttlick* and the 
Lady Beatrice into a mountains of affcclion, th'one with 
th'other, 1 would faine haue it a match , and I doubt not 
but to fafhion it, if you three will but miniftcr fueh afli- 
(Unce as I (hall giue you direction. 

Lttntt*. My Lord, I am for you , though it coft mee 
ten nights watchings. 

Claud. And I my Lord. 

Prut. And you to gentle Hert ? 

Hen. I will doe any modeft office,y Lord, to helpe 
my cofto to a good husband. 

Prim. And Be*etbck\ not the vnhopefulleft husband 
that 1 know : thus farre can I praife him.hee is of a noble 
ftraine, of approued valour,and confirm'd honefty.I will 
teach you how to humour your cofm.that (bee (nail fall 
in 1 cue with Bemdicki, tnd 1 , with your two helpes.wjll 
fo pradife on Be*tdkkt , that in defp'rght of his quicke 
wit, and his queafie ftomacke,hee (half fall in loue with 
Bettrict : if wee can doe this, Cupid is no longer an Ar- 
cher, his glory (hall be ours, for wee are the onely loue- 
gods, goe in with me,and I will tell you my drift. Exit. 
Enter lAtaul-Borachu. 

IA. It tslo, the Count Cltudit (hal marry the daugh- 



Sara. Yea my Lord,but I can erofle it. 

Idm. Any barre, any erofle, any impediment, will be 
medicinable to me, I am ficke in difpleafure to him, and 
whatfoeuer comes athwart his affedion , ranges cuenly 
with mine, how canft thou croffe this marriage ? 

Bcr. Ncthoncftlyroy Lot d, but focouertly, that no 
difhonefty (hall appears in me. 

/(An. Shewmebreefelyhow. 

for. I thinke I told your Lordftiip a yeere finee,how 
much I am in the favour of M&ggrttjht waiting gentle* 
women to Hcrw. 

John. I remember. 

Bar. I can at any vnfeafonable inftant of the night , 



appo 



nt her to look out at her Ladies chamber window. 



John. Wbatlifeisinthat,tobethcdeatbofthismar- 




hath wronge 

Claudia, whofe eftimation do you mightily hold p, to a 
contaminated ftale,fuch a one as Hen. 

iobn. What ptoofe (hall I make of that ? 

Bar. Proofe enough, to roifufe the Prince, to vexe 
Cbwfa,to vndoe Htr, apd kill Legato, looke you for a. 
ny other iffue? 

/*. Onely to defpight them,! will endeauour any 
thing. 

Bur. Goethsn^ndemeameetehowre, to draw on 
ftJrt and the Count QtM&> alone , tell them that you 
know that Hen louet me, intend a kinde of zeale both 
to the Piiace and Clatitbg ( as in a loue of your brothers 



honor who hath made thi* match ) and his rnends'rrpn- 
t * tion, who is thus like to be cofen'd with the fcmbiance 
of a maid.that you haue difcouer'd thusahey will fcarce- 
ly beleeue this without trial!: offer them inftances which 
fliall beare no lefle likelihood , than to fee mee at her 
chamber window,heare me call <.Jtf*rgarct , Hen ; heare 
Margaret terme me Claudio , and bring them to fee this 
the ery night before the intended wedding, for in the 
meane time, I will fo fathion the matter, that Htro (hill 
be abfent,and there (hail appeare fuch feemkig truths of 
Htroei dlflcyai tie, that iealoufle (hall becal'd a(Turance , 
and all thepreparation oucrthrownv. 

lob*. Grow thi to what aduerfe iflue it can , I will 
put it in pradife : be cunning in the working this , and 
thy fee is a thonfand ducates. 

Bar, Be thou conftant in the accofation, and my cun- 
ning (hall not fhame me. 

loin. I will prcfentlie goe learn* their day of marri- 
age- xu. 

Enter Binedickf [*<. 

'Sent. -Boy. 

for Signior. 

Sent. In my chamber window li a booke , bring it 
hither to me in the orchard. 

Bej. I am heere already fir. Exit. 

Ber. ] know that, but I would haue thee hence, and 
heere againe. I doe much wonder, that one man feeing 
how much another man is a foole, when he dedicates hit 
behauioun toloue, will after hee hath laught at fuch 
(hallow follies in others, become the argument of his 
owne (come, by falling in loue, & fuch a man is C/Ww, 
I haue known when there was no muficke with him but 
the drum and the fife , and now had hee rather heare the 
taber and the pipe : 1 haue knowne when he would haue 
walkt ten mile afoot , to fee a good armor, and now will 
he lie ten nights awake carutng the faihion of a new dub- 
let: he was wont to fpeake plaine,8t to the purpofe ( like 
an honcft man & a fouldier) and now ft he turn'd ortho- 
graphy, his words are a very fant jfiicall banquet, iufl fo 
many ftrsngc difoes : may 1 be fo converted, & fee with 
ihefeeyes? I cannot tell, ] thinke not : 1 will not bee 
fworne, but loue may transforme me to an oy fter.but lie 
take my oath on it, till he haue made an oyfler of me, be 
(hall neuer make me fuch a foole: one woman is faire.yet 
I am well : another is wife.yei I am well : another vertu- 
ous, yet I am well : but till all graces be in one woman, 
one woman (hall not come in my-grace: rich (hee (hall 
be .that's certaine : wife.or He none : vertuous,or He ne- 
uer cheapen her : faire.or He neuer looke on hcr-.miide, 
or come not neere me : Noble, or not for an Aiigell t of 
good difcourfe : an excellent Mu fili'an.and her haire (ha I 
be of what colour it pleafe God f hah/ the Prince and 
Monfieur Loue, I will hide me in the Arbor. 

Enter Pmet,Letu t tt t CUu^t. <sdlMkfK>,lfen. 

fri. Come,(hall we heare this muficke ? 

Cl**d. Yea my good Lord : how ft ill the euening is, 
As hu(ht on purpofe to grace harmonic. 

Proi. See you where Bentliekf hath hid himfelfe ? 

Clo*. O very well my Lord: the muficke ended, 
Weell fit the kid-foxe with a penny worth. 

Prince. Come Bt/tb*far t vte1\ beare that Cong again. 

Bahh. OgoodmyLord^axenotfobadavoyce, 
To flander muMcke eny more then once. 

Prm. It is the witnefle fiill of excellency , 

To 



log 



o dander Muftcke any more then once. 
Pnee. It is the witneffc (till of evccllencie, 
b put a ftrange face on his owne perfection, 
pray thee iuig.and ler me woe no more. 

Buiih. Becaufe you talke of wooing,! will fing, 
mce many a wooer doth commence his utit, 
b her he thmkes not worthy, yet he wooes, 
et wi 11 he fweare he loues. 
Prince.. Nay pray thee come, 
Or if thou wilt hold longer argument, 
>oe it in notes. 

Bntth- Note this before my notes, 
There* not a note of mine that'* worth ihe noting. 

Prmct. Why thefe are very notcbct that he (pe*k, 
Note notes for(ooth,tnd nothing. 

Bent. Now diuine aire,now is his fbule raui(ht, it ii 
notftrange that (heepes guts (hould hale foules out of 
men& bodies ? well, ahornefot my money when alls 



tmare Ladies, figb no more, 
i vert Aeciiueri eger t 
Ottefoote mSt 4. and one on ftxcre , 
To tat thing conflaot tuner, 
The* fob net fo, biu in them far, 



*Uyo*r founds <f, 
latobejnanjmnj. 

Sing no mere ditties. fa no met, 
Of dumps fo dn&mdbi*j , 
Ttw fraud of men were etterfa 
Smcefummer firftmn leay* 
That fgh tut Jo, &t. 

Trivet. By my troth a good fong. 

Edith. And an ill fmget ,tny Lord. 

Prince. Ha,no, no faith, tbou fingft well enough for a 
fhift. 

Bea. And he had been a dog that fhould hanchowld 
thus , they would haue hacg'd him, and I pray God his 
>ad voycc bode no- mifchiefe , I had as licfc haue heard 
the night-raucn, <ome what plague could baue come at 
texit. 

Prince. Yea marry, doft thou heare 'BtbbAftr ? I pray 
thee get vs fomc excellent mufick : for tomorrow night 
we would haue it at the Lady Heroes chamber window . 

Balth. ThebcftI can.my Lord. Exit Btttbtftr. 

Prince. "Do fo, farewell. Come hither Lemur*, what 
was it you told me of to day , that your Niece "Stttrtct 
wasmloucwithfignior Beaedickft 

Q*. O^ftalkcon.ftalkcon^hcfoulefits. Ididnc. 

r thinke that Lady would haue loued any man. 

Lean. No.nor I neither,but moft wondertiil.that <he 
(hould fo dote on Stgnior "SentJtcke t whomfliee hath in 
all outward bchauiours fccmed euer to abhorre. 

Bfnf t Is't poflible ? fits the winde in that corner ? 

Leo. By my troth my Lord, 1 cannot tell what to 
thinke of it, but that (lie loues him with an imaged affc- 
&ion, it it pa ft the infinite of thought. 

f ww.-May be (he doth but counterfeit, 

Claud. Faith like enough. 

Leon, OGod! counterfeit ?thcrswasneuer counter- 
feit ot paffion,came fo neert the life of paflion as flic dif- 



fruict. Whywhaterteasofpafhontnewerlhc 

CUud. Baite the hooke well, this fi(b will bite. 

Leon What efcasmy Lord > hee will fit you, you 
heard my daughter tell you hov 

CAw. She did indeed. 

Priit. How, bow I pray you ?yooamaxeme,T would 
haue thought her fpirit hadbeene inuincblc againft all 
a(Tauits of affefiion. 

Leo. I would hauef wome it bad my Lord .cPpeoally 



Beat. I (hould thinke thit a gull, but that the white- 
bearded fellow (peakes it : knauery cannot fure hid* 
himfelfe in fuch reuerence. 

Claud. He hath cane th' infcc^rt0n,hold ; t vp. 

Prince. Hath (hee made her iSt&ton known to Beat, 



Leenato. No, and fweare i (be newer will, that s bcr 
tomint. 

Clad, Tis true indeed, (b yourdangltter (aies : (ball 
I, fates (he,that haue fo oft encountttd Sim with fcomc, 
write to him that 1 loue him ? . 

Leo. Thisfaies (bee now whew (heeis beginning to 
wrireto him, for fhee'll be vp twenty times a night, and 
there will (be fit in her fmocke, till (he hauewm afheet 
of paper : my daughter tells vs all. 

Clan. Now you talke of i fltre( of paper J remember 
a pretty ieft your daughter told vs of 

Leon. O when (he had writ it, & was reading it oucr, 
Ore found Sm*M*and3fesrih*evrefte theJheete. 

Ctat. That . 

Lte*. 0(hetorethelettertntoathdurandhalf>cBc, 
ratld at her felf.that fl (hoald be fo immoden ro write, 
to one that (hee knew would flout her : T meafure him , 
fairt (he, by my owne fpirit.for I fhouid Bout b'rm if be* 
writ to mrc,yea though! louc huml (hould. 

Clan. Then downevpon her knee* (he fells, weepes, 
fobs.beates her heart, rearcs her bayre.praics, curfcs, O 
fwcet Bentdtckt,GoA giucmeparience. 

Lew She doth indeed, my daughter fates fo, and the 
exlafie luth fo much ouerborne her, that my daughter it 
fomtime afeard ihe will doe a deiperate out-rage to her 
fclfe.icijverytrue. 

Prine. It were good that Beneaickf knew ofit by tome 
other, if fhe will not difcouer it. 

Clan. To what end . he would but makes fport of it, 
and torment the poore Lady worfe. 

Pnn. And he fhould, it were an alrites to hang him , 
(hee's an excellent iweet Lady, and(oat of all fufptuooj 
(he i* vertuous. 

ClaM&o. And (he is exceeding wife. 

Prince. In enery thing.but in louing Bentdid$. 

Leon. O my Lord.wiiedome and bloud combating in 
fo tender a body, we haue ten proofes to one,that bloud 
hath the victory, I am lorry for her, as ] haue luftcaufe 
being her Vncie,ann her Guardian. 

Prince. I would (hee had beftowedthisdougeon 
mee , I would haue daft all other refpe&s, and made her 
hilfcmyfelfe: Iprayyontell BemJxk* of , xl aeare 
what he will fay. 

Lean. Were it good thinke yon ? 

pt*. Hm, thinke, furely fiic wil die,for ihe faks (he 
will die, if be loue her not, and (hee will die ere (hee 
make her loue knowne, and (he will die if bee woe* her, 
rather than (hee will bate one breath of her accuftomcd 
crofienefle.. 

Pr*. 



Mttehadoe about Seething. 



109 



owe, 'cis very poflible hee'l fcorr.e it,for tbomanf as you. 

ow all) hath a contemptible fpirie. 

Clou. He is a very proper man. 

frtn. He hatjfc indeed a good outward happinet. 

CLvt. 'Fore God, and in my minds very wife. 

Pri. He doth indeed fhevy feme fparkcs that are like 
wit, 

jLem. And I take him to be valiant. 

Prut. As Httttr, I afliireyou, and in the managing of 
quarrels you may fee bee u wife, for either hee auoydes 
them with great difcreuon , or vodertakes them with a 
Chrjftian-like feare. 

Lew, If hee doe feare God,a muft neceflarilie keepe 
peace, if hee breaks the peace, hcc ought to enter into * 
juarrcll with fear and trembling 

frtn. And fo will he doe, for the man doth fear God. 
lowfoeuer it feemes not in him,by fome large ieifts hee 
will make : well, I am forry for your niece, (hall we goe 
fee Btnidickf, and tell him of her loue. 

CUwd. Ncuer tell himpny Lord, let her weare it out 
with good counfell. 

Ltm. Nay that's impofliblc.fhe may weare her heart 
outfirft. 

Prin Well,we will heare further of it by your daugh- 
ter, let it coole the while , I loue Bmsdickf well, and I 
could w;fh he would modeftly examine himfelfe, to fee 
how much he is vnworthy to haue fo good & Lady. 

Lee*. My LordjWill you waike'dinner is ready. 

CU. If he do not doat on her vpon this, 1 wil neuer 
truft my expectation. 

Prin. Let there be the fame Net fpread for her , and 
that muft your daughter and her gentlewoman carry: 
the fport will be, when they hold one an opinion of ano- 
thers dotage.and no fuch matter, that's the Scene that I 
would fee.which will be mecrcly a dumbe fhew : let vs 
fend her to call him into dinner. Exemt t 

Bent. Thiscanbenotrtcke,che conference was fadly 
borne, they haoe the truth of this from Hero, they feeme 
to pittic the Lady : it feemei her affections haue the fuU 
bent : loue me ? why it muft be requited : I heart how I 
xm cenfar'd.they fay I will beare my fclfe proudly, if I 
perceiue the loue come from* her : they fay too, that (he 
Will rather die than giue any figne of affection; 1 did ne- 
uer thinkc to marry, I muft not feeme proud, happy are 
they that heare their detractions, 'and can put them to 
mending : they fay the Lady is faire, 'tis a truth , I can 
beare them witneffe : and vertuous, tis fo , I cannot re- 
prooue it, and wife, but for loumg me, by my troth it 1$ 
no addition to her witte, r.or no great argument of her 
folly; for 1 wil be horribly in loue with her, I may chance 
haue fomc oddc quirkesand remnants of wine broken 
on mee, becaufc I hsueraii'd fo long againft marriage : 
but doth not the appetite alter ! a man loues the meat in 
his youth, that he cannot indure in his age. Shall quipt 
and fentences, and thcie paper bullets of the braine awe 
a man from the careere of his humour ? No, the world 
muft be peopled. When I faid I would die a batcheler.I 
did not think I fhould Hue till I were maried.here comes 
Beatrice : by this day.fnee's afaire Lady.I doc fpie fomc 
muketofioueinher. 

Enter Beorict 

Beat. Againft my wil I am fcnt to bid you COOK in to 
dinner, 
. Bne. Fair* Iftsrrte*, I chanke yea for your painss. 



r. I tooke no moreptines for thofe thankes.then 
you take paines to thsnke me, if it had been painefull, I 
would not haue come. 

Bate. Youtakepleafuretheninshemeflage 
Beat. Yea iuft fo much as you may take vpon 3 kniues 
potnc.and choake a daw wlthall : you haue no (tomacke 
fignior, fare you well. Exit. 

Bee. Ha, againfl my will I am fent to bid you come 
in to dinner: there's a double meaning in that : 1 tooke 
no more paines for thofetUankes then you tooke paines 
to thanke me, that's as much as to fay.any paines that I 
take foryouisateafieasthankcs : if I do not take pitty 
of her I am a tillaine, if I doe not loue her lams lew f I 
will goe get her picture. Exit. 



tmer Hero Andtwe genticmn. Margaret, M d VrfuU. 

Hr Good <>M*rpret runne thee to the parlour, 
There (hah thou findc my CobnJBeatritt , 
Propofmg with the Prince and CUttLe, 
Whiiper her care, and tell Im I and rrf/a t 
Walke intheOrchard.and our whole difcourfc 
Is all of her, (ay that thou ouer.heardit v>, 
And bid her fleale into thep leached bower, 
Where hony-fuckles ripened by the funne , 
Forbid the funne to enter : like fauourite* , 
Made proud by Prinres.that aduance their pride , 
Againft that power that bred it.there will fhe hide her 
To liften our purpofe, this is thy office , 
Beare thee well in it, and leaue vs alone. 

Trtarf. He make her cotrse ! warrant you prefenily. 

Here. Now l^rfula, when Beatrice doth come, 
As we do trace tnu alley vp and down?, 
Ourtaikemuft onely be of ftcntdtcke , 
When 1 doe name him,let irbe thy parr, 
Topraife him morethen euer man did merit , 
My tslke to thee muft be how ^medicki 
Is licke in loue with Beitrite : of thi s matter , 
h little Gupidr crafty arrow nude , 
That onely wound* by hear-fay;now begin, 

Enter Bettnct. 

For tooke where Beatrice like a Lapwing runs 
Clofe by the ground, to beare our conference. 

frf. The pleafant'ft angling is to fee the fi (h 
Cut with her golden ores the r)luer ftreame, 
And greedily deuoure the treacherous btlte; 
So angle we for Beatrice, who euen now. 
Is couched in the wood-bine couerture, 
Feare you not my part of the Dialogue 

Her.Then go we neare her that her care loofe nothing, 
Of the fa! te fwecte baite that we lay for it 
No truely ?'VyW*,(he is too difdainfull, 
I know her fpirits are as coy and wild*, 
As Haggerdsof therockc. 

Vrj'uU, But are you fure, 
That Behedtckc loucs Beatrice fo intirely ? 

Her. So fates the Prtnce,and my new trothed Lord. 

yrf. And did they bid you tell her of Jt.Madam # 
Her, They did intreate me to acquaint her of it, 
But I pcrfwaded them,if they lou'd Benedtckg) 

K To 



no 



'uch adoe about J>(otfxng. 



To wifh him wraftle with affc&on , 
And oeuer to let 'Etttnct know of it, 

Vrfrl*. Why did you fa,doth not the Centlctnao 
Deferue as full s fortunate a bed, 
A s cuer Btttrta (hall couch vpon ? 

Hero- O God of loue! ( know he doth defcruc, 
As much may be yecldcd to a man . 
But Nature neuer fram'd swomans heart, 
Ofprowdcr ftuffe then that of Beatrice : 
Dildaine and Scorne ride fparklmgin her eyei, 
Mif-priz.ing what they Ipoke^n.and her WU 
Values it felfe fo highly, that to her 
All matter clftfecmes weke:fhe cannot loue, 
Nor take no fhape nor proied of affection, 
Shee is fo fclfc indeared 

fr/fc/4. Sure 1 thinke fo , 
And therefore certatnely it were not good 
She knew his loue,teft (he make fport at it 

Htrt. Why you fpeakeerulh,! neiier yet faw man, 
How wife.how uoblc,yong,how rarely featut'd. 
But (he would fpell him backward: if faire fac'd, 
She would fwesre the gentleman fhould be her (ifter 
If blacke, why Nature drawing of an anticke. 
Made a foule blot:if ull.a launce ill headed 
If low, an agot very vildlie cut i 
If fpeaking.why a vne blowne with all windes. 
If nlent, why a blocke moued with none 
So turnes (he eucry man the wrong fide out. 
And neuer giues to Truth and Vertue, that 
Which (implenefle and merit purchafeth. 

PrfH. Sure, fure.fuch carping is not commendable. 

Htre No,not to be fo odde,ad from all falhions, 
As Beartet is, cannot be commendable, 
But who dare tell her fo fit" I (hould fpeake. 
She would mocke toe into ayre.O (he would laugh me 
Out of my fclfe.prefle me to death with wit, 
Thereforelel Bnedxkf like coueted fire , 
Confumc away in fighes, wafte inwardly : 
It were abetter death, to die with mockes , 
Which is as bad as die with tickling. 

Vrfu. Yet tell her of it hearew hat fhee will fay. 

Here. No,ratherl villgoeto5*w<c^, 
And counfailchimto fight againfl hupaffion, 
And truly Iledeuifefomehonefl (landers , 
To ftainc my cofin wrth,one doth not know, 
How much-an ill word may impotfon liking. 

Vrf*. O doe not doe your cofin fuch a wrong, 
She cannot.be fo much without trae Judgement, 
Hauing fo fwift and excellent a wit 
As (be is prifde to haue, as to tefufe 
So rare a Gentleman as (ignior Rntdtckt. 

Htrt, He is the onely man of Italy, 
Alwaiesexcepted, my deare Clutdit. 

frf*. \ pray you be not angry with me.Madam*. 
Speaking my hncy : Sigoior "Benedicts, 
For (rape.for bearing argument and valour , 
Goes formoft in report through Italy. 

Hert. Indeed he hath an cxcellcm geocf name. 

Vrfit. His excdlencedidearneitetehe had it: 
When arc you married Madame? 

Here. Why cuer ie day to morro w.cocne goeiq, 
He (hew thee lome attires, and haue thy counfell, 
Which is the beft to furni(h me to morrow. 

VrfM. Shee's tane I warrant you, 
We haue caught ha Madame ? 

Htr. If it prpue fo,then louing goes by haps, 



Some Cafni kills with artowes, feme with traps. i* 
"But. What fir* is in miorearcs? can this be true? 
Stand I condetrm'd for ptide and kerne fo much? 
Contempt/arewell^nU maiden pride, adev, 
No glory hues bchindethebacke of fuch. 
And /r<Mt5,loue on,I will requite thee, 
Timing rny wild* heart to thy louing hand : 
If thou doR louc.my ktndwerTe ftuIJ incite chee 
To binde our loucs vp in a holy band. 
For others fay thou doft defruc, and 1 
Bcleeue it better then r epouingly. E 



futtr Princt, 7W, Btmdtekf, 4*d Leoaan. 

Pnnee. I doebut ftay till your marriage becooium- 
mate, and then go I toward Arragon. 

C/4. lie bring you thither my Lord, if you'l veuch- 
fafeme. 

Prat. Nay, that would be as great a foyle in the new 
glofle of your marnage,asto (hew a child e his new coat 
and forbid him to weare it , I \villonely bee bold with 
Bentditkt for his companic, for from the crowne of his 
head, to ;hc fole of his foot ,h is all mirth,he hath twice 
or thrice cut Ctiptdt bov-ftiing,and the little hang-man 
dare nor (hoot at him, he hath a heart as found as a bell, 
and his tongue is the clapper,for what his heart thinke*, 
his tongue fpeaket. 

Bene. Gailaots.l am oot as I haue bin. 

Leo So fay I , mtthinkes you are (adder 

Claud. I hope he be in loue. 

Prat. Hang him truant .there's no trae drop of bloud 
in htm to be truly toucht with loue^rfhe be fad.hcwams 
money. 

tn, Jhauethetooth-ach. 

frm. Draw it. 

Bent. Hang it. 

Claud. Youmuft hang itfirft,and draw it aftetwarda. 

Prim. What ? Hgh for the tooth-ac h. 

Leon. Where i* but a humour or a. worme. 

Ktne. Well,euery one cannot maflct a giiefe,but bee 
that has it. 

Clau. Yet fay I, he is in loue. 

fnn. There is no appearance of fancie in him, vnkfle 
it be a fancy that he hath to ftrange d ifgu ifes.as u> be a 
Dotchmwto day^ Frenchman tomorrow: vnleflehee 
haue a fancy to this foolery, as it appcares hee hath, hee 
is no fook for fancy , as you vvcruld haue it to appeare 
he if. 

CLat. If he be not in loue with feme woman, there 
is no beleeuing old fignes ,a bruthes hs hat a moraiogf, 
What ftould that bode? 

Pria. Hath any man feene him at the Sacbers ? 

Clau. No, but the Barbers man roth bcene feen wjth 
him, and the olde ornament of hi* cbecke hath alrcadk 
fluft tennis balls. 

Ltvk Indeed bcSookes yonger than hee did, by tte 
loffeofabeard. 

Prtv. Nay rubs birafetfeTvithCiuit,cai] you findl 
bus out by that? 

Clau. Tbat'su much u to fay, the fwoet youth's to 
loue. 

Prtn. Th greateft note ofit is his melancholy 

Cltut. And when was be Tvontto vva(h his facef 

Pria. Yea.or to paioi himfelfe ? for the which I heare 
what they fay of him. 

CLat. Nay.but bis iefting fpirit, which is now crept 
into a lat fcrftru>g,and now gouera'd by ftof 5 

Princt. 



Much adoe abwt 



Ill 



Pn*. Indeed that eels a hceuy tale tor him: conclude, 
he i$ in loue. 

Clan. Nay. but I know who loues him. 

Prtnet. That would I know too, I warrant onethat 
kno we shim not. 

CU. Ycs.snd his ill conditions, and in defpight of all, 
die* for him 

Prin. Shce iha!! be buried with her face vpwards . 

Bert, Yet is this no charmefor the toot h-ake.old ng- 
nior, walke afide with mce,l haue ftudied eight or nine 
wife words to fpeake to you, which thefe hobby. horfes 
muftnotheare. 

Prin. For my life to breake with him about DtMfiee: 

Clot. To euen fo , hern and Mtrgaret haue by this- 
played their part* with rrtrr,and then the mo Beares 
wi 11 not bite one another when they meete. 



B*fl. MyLordandbrother.Godfaueyou. 

Prim. Good den brother. 

Baft. If your leifure feru'd, I would fpeake with you. 

Pnuce. In prame? 

Bt/f. Fit pleafe you, yet Count CWiftnay beare , 
for xvhat I would fpeake or'concerncs him. 

Trtx What** the matter? 

B*jkt. Meanes your Lordfhip to be married to mor- 
row* 

trot. You know he does. 

&)?. I know not that when he Vnowes what I know. 

C/4*. If there be any impediment, ! pray you difeo- 
ftetit 

JBfft You may thinke I loue you not,!et that appears 
herenfter, and aymebetter at me by that I now will ma- 
nifeft, for my brother (1 thinke.he holds you wel!,and in 
dearenefle of heart) hath holpe to efFe& your en Cuing 
marriage : furely fute ill fpenl, and labour ill beftowed* 

Pn. Why,what|s the matter? 

Tttfiani. 1 came hither to tell you, and circumftances 
fliottned, (for flic hath bcene too long a talking of) tht 
Ltdyisdinoyall. 

Clan. Whottr*? 

Btjf. Euenflwe, Lenatoet Here ,yow Htro, eucry 
rn&rft HtTQ* 

Cl*M. Dvfloyall? 

B*fl. The word it too good to paint out her wicked- 
nefie, I could fiy (he were worfe, thinke you of worfe 
title, and I will fit her to it -. wonder not till further war- 
rant! goe but wkh mee to night, you fhai fee her cham- 
ber window entred, euen the night before her wed ding 
day, if you loue her, .then to morrow wed her : But it 
would better tit your honourto change your mindc. 

CUuuL May this be fo? 

Print. I will not thinke ib 

BaSl. Ify ou dare not truft that you fee , confefl* not 
that you know : if you will follow mee, ! will (hew you 
enough, and when you haue feene more, & heard more, 
proceed accordingly. 

CUu. If I fee any thing to night, why 1 fttould not 
nrtfry Her to morrow in rhecongregtion,whee I (hold 
wedde, there will I frame her. 

Prin. And as I wooed for theew obtaineher , I will 
ioyne whb thee to difgrace her. 

Baft. I will difparage her no farther, till you are my 
witimffes, beare it coldly but till nicht , and let the iflue 
ftowitfelfe 

Pria. O day vmowcrdty turned I 



Omitcnjetc (trangelie thwartmg ! 
[. O plague right well prcuenrcd ! fo will you 
fay, Yhen you haue fetne the fequele. Exit. 

Enter Dtgberj md bit tnnftrtner vitk tk watco. 

1>9g. Are you good men and true ? 

Vrrg . Yea, or elfe it were pitty but they fhcruld futter 
(aluation body and foule. 

Dogb. IS ay, that were a punishment too good for 
them.ifthcyftouldhaoc^ny allegiance in them, being 
chofenfor the Princes watch. 

Vtrpt. Well, gme them their charge, neighbour 



Firit, who thinke you the tnoft dcfartleffe man 
beCon(bble> 

HzOte*ke fir , or G**gt S*+*ub , for 
they can write and reade. 

Dogb. Come hither neighbour Sea-coale, God hath 
bleft yoo with a good name : to be a wel-ftubured man, 
is the gift of Fortune, but to write and read*, comes by 



Both which Mafier Conflable 

Deft. You haue : ] knew it would be your an(were 
wel!,k>ryourfauaur fir, why giueGod thankes,& make 
noboaftofit, and foryouf writing and reading, let that 
appearc when there is no need of fuch vanity , yon are 
thought heere to be the moft fcnflcffc and fir man for th 
Conttable of the watch : therefore beare you the fin- 
thorne : this is your charge : You (hall comprehend all 
vagrom men, you arc to bid any manftand in the Prin- 
ces name. 

W4ttht. Ho w if a will not ft an d ? 

Df*. Whythentakenonotcofhim,butlethlaigo, 
and prcfently call the reft of the Watch together, and 
thanke God you are riddeof a knaue. 

Vergts. If he will not Hand when he ia bidden, hee is 
Done of the Princes fubic&s. 

Dogb. True , and they are to mcddla with none but 
the Pnn^es fubiedb : you (hall alfo m^ke no oorfe in the 
ftrectes : for , for the Watch to babble and taUte, is root) 
tollerable, and nor to beindured . 

Wtueh. We will rather fleepe than talke, wee know 
what belongs to a Watch. 

"Dcff. Why you fpeake like an ancienr and moft quiet 
watchman/or 1 cannot fee how deeping (hould offend . 
only haue eare that your bills be not (tolne : well, you 
art to call at all the Aiehoufes, and bid ibcm that arc 
drunke get them to bed. 

WatA. How rf they will not? 

Dagb. Why then let them aiont till they ere fober.if 
they nuke you not then the better anfwere.you may (y 
they are not the men you tooke them for. 

tratcb. Well fir. 

'Dogb. If you meet a thecfe.you may fufped him r by 
veHu* of your office, to be no true man : and fo* fuch 
kmdeofmen, theleiTeyoumeddieormakewtththem, 
why the more is for your honefty. 

Wauh. If wee know him tobeathiefe.fhalfwcetios 
lay hands on him 



felfe what he is, and (teale out of your company. 
Per. You haue bin al waies cal'd a mereifui mi partner 
Dog. TrUely I would not hang a dog by my wiil.much 

more a man who hath anie hotreftie in him* 

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oz about 3\(othing. 



rgti. If you hcaic a child eric in the nighc you muft 
all to thcnurfe, and bid hcrftill it. 

itch. How if the nurfc be afleepc and will not 
eare vs? 

Dog, Why then depart in peace, and let the childe 
wake her with cry ing, forihecwc that will not hear* 
cr Lmbc when it baei, will neucr anfwetc a calfe when 
e bleates. 

Vcrgtt. 'Tis venclrue. 

Dog. This u the end of the charge : you conftable 
re to prefent the Princes owneperfon, if you niectcthe 
'rince in the night, you may ftaic him. 

tercet. Nay birladie that I thinke a cannot. 

Dg- Fiue Shillings 10 one on't with anie man that 
;nowes the Statue J,hc may ftaiehim, mar ne not with- 
out theprincc be willing. for indeed ihc watch ought to 
offend no man,ind it is an offence to ftay a man againft 
us will. 

Verges. Birladie I thinke it be fo. 

Dog. Ha.ah ha, well matters good night,andthere be 
nie matter of weight chances, call vpme, keepe your 
cllowes counfailcs, and your owne, and good night, 
come neighbour. 

Witch. Well mailers, we hcare our chargc,let vs go 
t here vpon the Church bench till two, and then all to 
bed. 

Dog. One word more, honefl neighbors. I pray you 

waich about fjgniorwMf<!doore,ror the wedding be- 

ng there tomorrow, there is a great coyle tonight, 

adicw.be vigitant I befeechyou. Exeunt. 

fnttr Borachio and fynrade . 

Ear Whar.r^r^? 

WMck. Peacc,ftir not. 

"Ear. ConraJd&y. 

Can. Here man, I am at thy elbow. 

Ber. Mas and my elbow iicht.l thought there would 
a fcabbe follow. 

Con, I will owe thee an anfwerc for that, and now 
brwardwith thy tale. 

Bor. Stand tbee clofe then vnder thispenthoufe/orii 
driffels raine, and 1 will.like a true drunkard.vtter all to 
hee. 

tt'rf/c?>. Some treafon maflers.yet ftandclofe. 

Bor. Therefore know, I hauc earned of Dt lohn a 
houfand Ducates. 

Con.ls it poffible that anie vHlanie fhould befo deare? 

Bar. Thoufhould'ft rather aske if' it were pofliblea- 
nie vilhniefhould befo ricri.'for when rich villains hauc 
eedeof poore ones, pooie ones may make what price 
they will^ 

Con. I wonder at it. 

Bar. That fhewcs thou art vnconfirm'd.thou knoweft 
that the fafhion ofadoublet.or ahat,oracloa'ke, is no. 
thing to a man. 

en. YcJ.it is apparell. 

Bar. Imeancthcfafhion. 

Can. Yes the fa{hion is the fafhion. 

Br. Tu(h,I may well fay the foole's the foole.but 
feeft thou not what a deformed theefc this fafhion is ? 

Watch. I know that dcformed.a has bin a vile theefe, 
this vii.yeares.a goes vp and downc like a gentle man-. 
I remember his nam. 

Ber. D id'ft thou not heare fome bodie ? 

Can. No.'twai the vaine on thehouie. 

Bar Seeft thou not (I fay) what a deformed thkfe 
this fafhion is.how giddily a tutnes about all the Hou 

A 



blouds.betweencfometecne&fittc & thirtie,fometime* 
'*^/ fouldiour* in th< rech'x 



painting, fometime like god Bell priefts in the old 
Church window.fometiuicljkc the fhauen Hactdu in 
the fmircht worm eaten tapeftrie, where his. cod-pecc 
fcemes as maiTie as hit club. 

Con. AH this 1 fec,and fee that the fafliion wearci out 
more appatrell then the man;but art not thou thy felfe 
giddie with the fafhion too that thou haft ftufted out of 
thy talc into telling me of the fa/hion? 

Bor. Not fo neither, but know that I hiue to night 
wooed Mfrgtrtt the Ltdyfteroej gentle-woman, by the 
name of Htro t fhcleancs meout at her miftriseham her- 
window, bids me \ thufand times good night: I tell 
this tale viidly. I fhould firrt tell thee how the Prince 
CUitdio and my Mafter p[ame^^nd pUced.and pofleffed 
by my Maftcr Don lthn t faw a far off in the Orchard this 
amiable incountcr. 

Con. And thought thy Margaret was Here f 

Ber. Two of them did.the Princand c"/4*Ji,butthe 
diuell my Mafier knew fhew2s^/^rg/r and partly by 
his oathes.whtchfuftpofTeft them, partly by the darfce 
night which did deceiue them.but chiefely,byrny yilU- 
nie, which did confirme any {lander that Den lokn had 
made, away went Claudia enraged, fwore hee vvould 
meete her as he was apointed next morning at theTetn- 
ple,and therc.before the whole congregation fhame her 
with what he faw o're night, and fend her borne agajne 
without a husbaud. 

Watch, i .We charge you in the Princei name ftarrd. 

tf^fc-i.a.Call vp the right mafter CoDfHbk,vve haue 
hetcrecouered the moft dangerouspeece of lechery, that 
euer was knowne in the Common-wealth. 

tratch. i . And one Deformed is one of them. I know 
him, a v veares a 1 ocke, 

Conr. Maflcrs.ruafters. 

ur<ttcb. 2. Youle be made bring deformed forth I war- 
rant you, 

Conr. Mafters.neuer fpeake,vvc charge you, Jet v$ o- 
beyyouto goevvithvs. 

Bor. We are like toprouea goodly commoditie.be- 
ing taken vp of thefe mens bils. 

Conr. A commoditie in qucftion I warrant y ou ; come 
weele obey you. Exnut. 

Enter Her,anJ Margaret, And Vrf*!& 

Hera. Good ^rfuU wake my cofni Beartce t and dc- 
fire her to rife.. 

Urftt. J will Lady. 

Her And bid her come hither. 

rrf. Well. 

M*r. Troth! thinke your other rebate were better. 

Btro. No pray thee good Meg,\\e v veare this. 

A/^.By my troth's not logood,and I warrant your 
cofin will fay fo. 

Zero. Mycofm'sa foole, and thou art another, Ue 
vveatenone but this. 

M*r. I like the new tire within excellently, if the 
baire were a thought browner : and your gown's a moft 
rare fifhicn yfaith, 1 Taw the Duuhefle of MtlUiaes 
gowne that they ptaife fo. 

Bero. O that exccedes they fay. 

Mar. By my troth's but a night-gowne in rcfpeft of 
yours,cloth a gold and cuts,and lac'd withfiluer,fet with 
pearles^Jowne fleeurs,fidefleeuw^nd skirts.round vn- 
derborn with a blewifh tiniel,but for a fin e queiot grace- 
full and excellent fafhion.yours is worth ten on't. 

Btro. God 



tZhfucbaJoe about Bathing. 



Here. Gadgiuemeeioy toweareie, for my heart is 
exceeding heauy. 

ijforga. 'T will be-heauia foone , by che walghc of a 
man- 

Jfao. Fie vpon thw, art not a( ham'd t 

ttarg. Of what Lady ? of fpeaking honourably ? is 
not marriage honourable in a beggar? is not your Lord 
honourable without marriage ? I thinke you would haue 
me fay, fauing your reverence a husband : and bad thin* 
king dee not wrefttruefpeakirg, He offend no body, is 
there any harmc in the beauier for a husband ? none I 
chinke, and it be the right husband, and the right wife . 
otherwife 'tis light and not hcauy.aske myLady Beatrice 
dfc.here (he comes. 

Enter Beatrice. 

Hero. Good morrow Coze. 
Beat. Good morrow Tweet Hero. 

Hero. Why how now? do you fpeake in the fich tune? 

Be.it. I am out of all other tune.me thinkes. 

Mar. Claps into Light a loue , (that goes without a 
burdeojdoyoufingit and He dance it 

Beat. Ye L ightaloue with your heeles, then if your 
husband haue (table* enough, you'll looke he (hall lack* 
nobames. 

Mar. O illegitimate conflruclion ! I fcorne that with 
iny heeles. 

Beta. Tis almofl fine a cloeke cofin, 'tis rime you 
were ready ,by my troth I am exceeding iil,Scy ho. 

Mar. For a hauke,a horfe.or a husband ? 

Seat. For the letter that begins them all ,H. 

Mar. Well, and youbenot tusn'd Turke, there's no 
more fayling by the ftarre. 

Beat. What mcanes the foole trow? 

Afar. Nothing I, but God fend euery one tbeir harts 
defiie. 

Hen. The fegloues the Count fentmee, they are an 
excellent perfume. 

'Beat. I am ftuft cofin, I cannot finell. 

Alar. A maid and ftuft! there's goodly catching of 
cclde. 

Beat. OGodhelpeme.Godhelpmejhowlonghaue 
youproreft appreheofion / 

Afar. Eucrfince you left itjdoth not my wit become 
me rarely? 

B-vt. It is not feene enough, yon (hould weare in in 
your cap, by my troth I am ficke. 

Her. Grtyou fome of this difliirdwntow fc/W/S^ 
znd lay it to your heart,! t is the onely thing for a qualm. 

Hero. Theretnoa prickfi her with a thiflelL 

Beat. Benedsttttt, why &<&?? you haue fome mo- 
rall in this *&?. 

Afar. Moral! ? no by my troth,! hace no morall mea. 
rung, I meant plainc holy thiflell , you may thinke per- 
chance that 1 tKinke fou are in !oue,nay birlady I am not 
fuchafooleto thinke what I lift, nor I lift not to thick e 
what I can, not indeed I cannot thinke, if 1 would tbinke 
my hart out of thinking, that you are ia loue,or that you 
wUlbeinloue,orthatyoucanbeinloue : yet BewKliek! 
was fuch another, and now it he become a man,hc fwote 
bee would neuer marry /and yet now in defpight of his 
heart he eates his meat without grudging, and how you 
may be conuerted I know nat,but me thinkesyou looke 
with your eies as other women doe. 

Sac. What pace is shis that thy wnguekcepes. 



Ifar. Not a fa! (e gallop. 
Eater r 

Prfok. Madam,withdraw,the Prince,theCount,fig. 
n\tx Betiadieks t Don Mo, and all the gallants of the 
towns t^re come to fetch you to Chinch. 

Hen. Helps to dwffe mee good cote. 
good frftita. 

fnter Leoaato, atdtbfConjtablt, . 

Leoaetto. What would you with mee, honcft neigh- 
bour? 

ConJt.Dcg. Mary fir I would haue fome confidence 
with you, that deccmes youneaiely. 

Lean. Briefe J pray you , for you fee it is a bufie time 
with me. 

Mary this it is fir. 
es in truth it is fir. 

Lean. What is it my good friends? 

Caa.'Dt. Goodman Verges fir fpeakes a little of the 
matter, an old man fir, and his wits are not fo blunt , as 
God helpe I would defire they were , but infaith honeft 
as the skin between? his browes. 

fifed! Yes I thank God, I am os honeft a any man li- 
uing,that is an old man,and no honefter then I. 

Cm.'Dog. Compaiifons are odorous,palabtas^eieb. 
bour Verges. 

Leon. Neighbours, you are tedious. 

CtoMJog. It pleales your wotfhip to fay fojsut weare 
the poore Dukes officers.but trucly for mine owne part, 
if I were as tedious as a King I could node in my heart to 
beftow it all of your worfhip. 

Leon. Allthytedioufnefleonme,ah? 

Cmft.Dag. Yea, and 'twere a thoufand times more 
than 'tis, for I hcare as good exclamation on your Wor- 
fhipasofany man inthcCitie, andthoughl bee but 3 
poore man, I am glad toneareit. 

Head. And foam 1 

Leon. I would faine know what you haue to fay, 

J. Afarry fir our wwch to night , excepting your 
worships prefence , haue tane a couple of as arrant 
knauei g any in Me (Tin a. 

cViUfcg A good old man fir , hee will be talking as 
they fay, when the age is in the wit rs out.God help* w, 
it is a world to fee : well faid y faith neighbour ffrgti , 
well. God's a good man, and two men ride of a horfe, 
one muft ride behinde, ?n honefl icule y fait h fir , by my 
troth he is, as eucr broke bread, but God is to bee wor- 
(hipt, all men are not alike, alas good neighbour. 

Lew. Indeed neighbour he comes too (hort of you. 

Cen.Do. Gifts that God giues. 

Lean. I muft lesue you. 

CanfDsg. One word fir , our watch fir haue indeede 
comprenended two afpitious perfons, & we would haue 
them this morning examined before your worfliip. 

Lem. Take their examination your felfe, and bring it 
me, I am now in great hatfe.as may appearernto you. 

Cmft. It (hall be fuffigance (Exit. 

Leon. Drinke fome wine ere you goe : fare you well. 

MtfleHgtr. My Lord, they ftay for you to giue your 
daughter to her husband. 

Lean. lie wait vpon them,! am ready. 

Degb. Goe good partner, goe get you toFraacii St a- 
coak t oid him bring bis pen and inkehorotto the Gaole : 
we are now to examine thofe men . 

And we muft doe it wifely. 
Wee will fpare for no wittel warrsnryou 
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leere's (hat Chill driur Tome of them to a non-come, on- 
y get the learned writer to fet downeour excommuni- 



ation, and meet me at the laile. 



Sxtma. 



Enter Prince* "ZnSlard. Leoaato, Frier ; CUndit>, Btnedicke , 
Hero, awi'Beatrict. 

Leoaato. Come Frier /V4tfW,bebriefe,onely to th 
plains forme of marriage, and you fhal recount their par- 
ticular duties afterwards. 

Fr*n, You come hither,my Lord.to marry this Lady. 

Clast. No. 

Leo. To be married to her : Frier, you come to mar- 
rie her. 

Frter t Lady,youcome hitherto bemarried to this 
Count. 

Htro. I doe. 

Frier. If either of you know any inward impediment 
why youfliould not be conioyned, I charge you on your 
foulestovtterit. 

Claud. Know you arue, Hero? 

Hero. None my Lord. 

Fher. Know you ame, Count ? 

Lecn. I dare make his anfwer, None. 

C'aa. O what men dare do /-what men may do ! what 
men daily do 1 

Bene. How now ! interietjons ? why then, fomebe 
of laughing, as ha, ha,he. 

Cla-4. Stand thee by Frier, father, by your leaue< 
Will you with free and vnconftrained foule 
Giue me this maid your daughter ? 

Leta. As freely tonne as God did giue her me. 

C/4. And whathauel to giue you back,whofe worth 
May counterpoife this rich and precious gift? 

frin. Nothing, vnlefle you render her againe. 

Clou. Sweet Pr ince.you learn me noble thaakfulnes : 
There Leenats, take het backe againe. 
Giue not this rotten Orenge to your friend, 
Shee's but the figne and femblance of her honour : 
Behold how like a maid (he blufiies heere ' 

what authorise and (hew of truth 
Can cunning finne eouer it felfe withall ! 
Conies not that bloud, as modeft euidence , 

To wiinsffe (imple Vertue ? would you not fweare 
Ail you that fee her, that foe were a maide, 
By thefe exterior (hewes ? But (he is none : 
She kno wes the heat of a luxurious bed : 
Her blufii is guiltineffe, not modeftie. 

Leo>.:Mo, What doe you meane, my Lord > 

Clou. Not to be married, 
Not to knit my foule to an approutd wanton. 

Lean. Deere my Lord,ifyou Inyourowneproofe, 
Kaue vanquifht the refinance of her youth. 
And made defeat of her virginitie. (her s 

ClAK. I know what you would fay: ifl haue knowne 
You will fay, fhe did imbrace me as a husband, 
And fo extenuate the forehand finne : No Leaaata 

1 neuer tempted her with word too large, 
But 2s a brother to his After, (hewed 
Bafhfull finceritie and comely loue. 

Here. And feem'd I euer otherwife to you ? 



CI<M. Out on thee feemingj will write zgainftit, 
You fecme to me as Diane in her Orbe, 
As chafte as is the budde ere i: be blowne 
But you are more intemperate in your blood , 
Than ?V*MV,or thofe pampred animalls, 
That rage in fauage fenfualitie. 

Htro. Is my Lord well, that he doth fpezke fo vwidt? 

Leo* SweetePrince.whyfpeakenotyou? 

Prm. Whatfhouldl fpeake^ 
I ftand t'.ifhonour'd that haue gone about , 
To linke my deare friend to a common ftale. 

Lew. Are thefe things fpoken , or doe I but dresme ? 

Baft. Sir.they are fpoken, and thefe things are true. 

"Seat. This lookes not like a nuptial!. 

// f r<.True,OGod.' 

Clati. Lecnato, ftandl here? 
Is this the Prince ? is this the Princes brother ? 
Is this face Heroes ? are our eies our owne? 

Leon. All this is fo.but what of this my Lord ? 

Clou. I,et me but moue one queftiou to your da-jgh- 
And by that fatherly and kindly power, (ter. 

That you haue in her, bid her anfwer truly. 

Leo 1 charge thee doe.as thou art my childe. 

Hero. OGod defend me how am I befet , 
Whac kinde of catechizing call you this ? 

Cfasf. To nuke you anfvver truly to your name. 

Hero. Is it not Htro > who can blot that nsme 
With any iuft reproach ? 

Claud. Marry that can Kro t 
Hero i; felfe can blot cut Herns vcrtue. 
What man was he.talkt with you yefterngh\, 
Out at your window betwixt twelue and one? 
Now ifyou are a msid,anfwer to this. 

tiero. I talkt with no man at that nowre my Lord 

Pritxe. Why then you a re no maiden. Lemao, 
1 am ferry you muft heare : vpon mine honor . 
My felfe, my brother, and this gneued Count 
Did fee her, heare her, at that howre laft night, 
Talke with a ruffian at het chamber window. 
Who hath indeed moft like a liberal! villaine, 
Confcfl the vile en counters they haue had 
A thoufand times in fecret. 

lolm. Fie, fie, they are not to be named my Lord, 
Not to be fpoken of, 
There is not chaftitie enough in language, 
Without offence to vtter them: thus pretty Lady 
I am ferry for thy much mifgouernment, 

Claud. O Hero ! what a Hero hadft tbou beene 
Ifhalfe thy outward graces had beeneplaced 
About thy thoughts and counfaiies of thy heart? 
But fare thee well ,moft foule .tnoft faire, fare wal? 
Thou pure impiety, and impious puritie. 
For thee lie locks vp all the gates of Loue, 
And on my eie-ltds {hall ConieAure hang , 
To turne all beauty into thoughts of haime, 
And neuer (hall it more be gracious. 

luin. Hath no mans dagger here z point for me? 

Etas, Why how now cofm.wherfore fink you down? 

Bait. Come,let vs gotthefe things come thus to lighs, 
Smother her fpiritsvp. 

Ban. How doth the Lady ? 

Sfaf. Deadlthinke,helpevncle, 
r, why flferw Vncle^ignor Swafe%, Frier. 

Lemata. O Fate ! take not away thy hcaay hawk 
D ?th is the faireft couer for her fltame 
Thstnsy be wifh: for. 

Ve. How 



Much ados about ^Set/ring. 



Btatr. Hownowcofin/:fe/< 

/TJ. Haue comfort Ladie. 

Lw. Doftthoulookevp? 

Frtw. Yea, wherefore (hould (henSt ? 

1*09. Wherfore ? W hy doth 1101 euery earthly thing 
>y (hame vpon her ? Could (he heere denie 
'he ft orie that is printed in her blood ? 
to not hue Htrf, do not ope chine eyes : 
; or did I chinke thou wouldft not quickly die, 
hough: I thy fpirits were flrcnger then thy fhames, 
Ay felfe would on the reward of reproaches 
ttike at thy life Grieu'd !, I had but one ? 
id I, for that at frugal Natures frame > 

one too much by thee; why had lone? 
ffhj euer was't thou louelie in my eies ? 

hy had I not with charitable hand 
ooke vp a beggars iffueatmy g*tes, 
Who fmeered thus, and enir'd with infttnie, 
mighthaue faid.no part of It is mine s 
; his (hamc derlues it fclfe from vnknowne loine?, 
tut mine,and mine 1 Icu'd, and mine I prais'd, 
Ind mine that 1 was proud on mine fo much, 
That I my felfe , was to my felfe not mine : 
Slewing of her, why (he, O (he t3 falne 
nto a pit of Inke, that the wide fea 
iath drops too few to wafh her cleane agai'ne, 
Aod fait too little, which may fea fo n glue 
Toherfouletaintedflefh. 

Beo. Sir, fir, be patient : for my pan, I em fo attired 
n wonder, I know not what to fay. 
Bea. O on my foule my cofin is belied. 
Ben, Ladie.were you her bedfellow iaft night > 
"Be*. No truly : not although vntilllaft night, 
I haue this tweluemonth bin her bedfellow. 

faa. Confirm'djConfirm'd.O that ftronget made 
Which was before barr'd vp with tibs of iron 
Would the Princes lie, and C t**ko lie, 
Who lou'd her fo, that fpeakine of her foulnefle, 
Wafh'd it with teares ? Hence from her, let her die. 

Fn. Hee me a little, for I haue onely bene filent fo 
long, and giucn way v 
ting of the Ladie, 1 haue markt, 
Athoufand blufhing apparitions 
To ftsrt intoher face, a thoufand innocent (rentes, 
In Angel whitenefie beare away thofe bluihe?, 
Ami in her eietherehtth appeared afire 
To borne the error* that thefe Princes hold 
Agamft her maiden truth. Callmeafoole, 
Truft not ay reading, nor my obferuations, 
Which with experimental feale doth warrant 
The tenure of my booke : truft not my age. 
My reuerence, calling, nor diuinitie, 
If this fwect Ladie lye not guiltlcfle heere, 
Vnder Tome biting error. 

Leo. Friar ,it cannot be 9 
Thoo feea that all the Gnce that (he hath left, 
Is, that (he wil not adde to her damnation. 
A finne of penury, fhe not denies it : 
Why feek'ft thou then to couer with excufe, 
That which appeares in proper nakednefie .' 
' fH, Ladie, what man is he you are accus'd of? 
Hero. They know that do accufe me, I know none 
If I know more of any man aline 
Then that which maiden modeftie doth warrant, 
Let all my finnes iacke mercy. O my Father, 
Prove you that any man with me conuerft, 



ly be 
vnto this courfe of tbrtune, by no 



At houres vnmeete, or that I yefternight 

Maintained the change of words with any creature, 

Refufe me, hate me, torture rrw to death. 

Fry. Thereisfomeftrangenriifprifioninthe Princes. 
Btn. Two of them haue the vrie bent of honor, 

And if their wifedomes be mifled in this : 

The pta&fe of itliues in Mn the baftard, 

Wbofefptries toilein frame of villanies. 

Lto. \ know not : if they fpeake but truth ofher, 

Thefe hands (hall tenrehet : If they wrong her honour, 

The proudefl of them (ball wel heare of it. 

Time hath not yet Co dried this bloud of mine, 

Nor age fo eate vp my muemion, 

NorFortuflemade fuch liauocke of my meane;, 

Nor my bad life reft me fo much of friends, 

But they (hail flnde, awak'd in fuch a kinde, 

Both ftrength of Hmbe.and policie of minde. 

Ability in meanes, and choile of friends, 

To quit me of them throughly. 

JFr,. paufe awhile: 

And let my counfell fway you in this cafe, 
Your daughter heere the Princefie (left for dead) 
Let her awhile be fecretly kept in, 
And publifli it, that (he is dead indeed : 
Maintaine a mourning oRentation, 
And on your Families old monument, 
Hang mournful! Epitaphes, and do all rue?, 
That appertaine vnto a burial 1. 

Lte*. What (hall become of thu?What wil this do? 
Fn. Marry this wel carried, (hall on her bchalfe, 
Change flandf r to remorfe, that is feme good, 
But not for that dreame I on this Orange courfe. 

But on this rrauailelooke for greater birth : 

She dying, as it mud be fo miintam'd, 

Vpon the infrantthat (he was accus'd. 

Shal be lamented, pittied, and excus J 

Ofeuery hearer : foritfofalsout, 

That what we haue, we prize not to the worth, 

Whiles we enioy it; but being hck'd and loft, 

Why chon we racke the value, then we findc 

The vertue thac pofle&ion would not (hew vs 

Whiles it was ours, fo will it fare swith ClaffK/Jo 

When he (hal heare (he dyed vpon hit words, 

Th'ldea of her life (hal (weedy creepe 

Into his ftudy of imagination. 

And euery louely Organ of her life, 

Shall come apparel'd in more precious habite : 

More mouing delicate, and ful of life , 

Into the eye andprofpect of his foule 

Then when (he liu'd indeed : then (hal he mourne. 

If euer Loue had intereft in his Liuer, 

And wifh he had not fo accufed her : 

No, though he thought his accufation true : 

Let this be fo, and doubt not but fuccefie 

Wil fa(hion the euent in bettet (hape, 

Then I can lay it do-fine in likelihood. 

But if allaymebuc this be leuelld falfe, 

The fuppofition of the Ladies death, 

Will quench the wonder of her infamie. 

And it it fort not well, you may conceale her, 

As bed befits her wounded reputation, 

In fome redufiue and religious life , 

Out of all eyes,tongnes,mindes and iniuries. 

Bw. Signior/xMMfo.let the Frier aduife /OH, 
And though you know my inwardnefle and loue 
k very much vnto the Prince and laudio. 

Yet 



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ct, by mine honor, I will deals in this, 
fit fcctetly and iuftlie, a yout foule 
Should with your bodie. 

Leon. Being that I flow in greefe, 
The fmalleft twine may lead me. 

frier. Tis well confented,prfemly sway, 
Tor to ftvangc fore,ftrangeJy they ftraine the cure. 
Come Lady , die to liue.this wedding day 
'erhaps is but prolong'd.haue patience & endure. Exit 
Bent, Lady fi<-iwrv,haue you wept all this while* 
Beat. Yea.and I will weepea while longei. 
Bent. I will not dcfuc that. 
Reat. You haue no reafon, I do it freely. 
Bent. Sur die 1 do belccue your fair cofm il wrong d 
Beat. Ah,how much might the man deferue of mee 
thai would right her t 

Bent. Is thete anyway to (hew fh friendship? 
Btat. Averieeuenway,butnofuchfnend. 
Beite. May a man doe it t 
Beat. It is a mans office.but not youn. 
"Sent. 1 doe roue nothing in the world fo wll as you, 
is not that grange; 

"Beat. Aifttangeasthethinglknownot, it were as 
pofiible for me to fay ,1 loued nothing fo well as you.but 
beleeue me not, and yei I licnot,! confcfle nothing, not 
I deny nothing, t am forry for my coufin. 
tint. Bymyfwordflrtfffothoulou'ftme. 
Beat. Doc not fwcareby it and cat it. 
Bent. 1 will fweareby it that you loue raee.and I will 
make him eat it that fayes I lone not you. 
Beat. Will you not eat your word? 
Dene. With no fa wee that can be dcuifed to it, I pro* 
teft I loue thee. 

Beat . Why then God forgiue me. 
Bent. Wha.t offencefweet Beatrice i 
Btat. You haueftayedmemahappyhowre.lwaia- 
bout to proteft I loued you. 

"Bent. And doc it with all thy heart. 
Heat. I loue you with fo much of my heart.that none 
is left to proteft. 

Bened. Come, bid me doe any thing for tnee. 
Eta. Kill CUoukt. 
Bt*e. Ha ,not for the wide world 
Heat. YoukiUmetodenie,farewell 
Bent. Tarriefweet 'Beatrice. 
But. jamgone,thoughInheeTe,thelinolotte 
io you, nay I pray you let me got. 
Bent. Beatrice. 
Beat. Infaithlwillgoe. 
Bene. Wee'll be friends firft 
"Beat. You dare eafier be friends with twee, than fight 
with mine enemy. 

Bent. Is Clatdit thine enemie ? 
Btat . Is a not approued in the height a villaine, that 
hath flandcred,fcorned,diflv>nouredmy kinfwoman ? O 
chat I were a man ! what , beare her in hand tntill they 
come to take hands, and then with publike accufation 
ncouercd flander.vnnwtigatcd rancour ?O God that I 
were a man ! I would eat his hean inthe market-place. 
Berne. Htue mt Beatrite. 

Beat. Talke with a man out at a window, a proper 
faying. 

Bent. Way bat Beatrice. 

'Beat. Seetr,(hciswrong'd,lhceis Qandwed, 
(heisvndone. 
Beat. Beat? 



<s5Wc/> adoe about Joking. 



Beat. Princes and Counties ! furelie a Princely tefti- 
monie, a goodly Count, Comfe&, a fweet Gallant furc- 
lie.O that I were a man for his fake! orthatlhad any 
friend would be a man for my fake/But manhood is mel- 
ted into cur fics, valour into complement , and men are 
onelie turned ioto tongue,and trim ones too . he is now 
as valiant at Hercttlesjuivt only tells a lie., and fwearcs it: 
I cannot be a man with wifhiug,therfotc I will die a wo- 
man with grieu ing. 

"Bent. Tarry good "Beatritejby thisjhand 1 loue thee. 

Beat. Vfe it for my loue feme other way then fwea- 
ringbyit. 

Bened. Thinkeyou io your foule the Count tLuufa 
hath wrong'd Here) 

Beat . Yea, as fure as I haue a ihough t,or a foule. 

Bexf. Enough,! am engagdej will challenge him, I 
will ki(Te your hand.and fo leaue you : by this band Clau- 
dia fhall render me a deere account : as you heare of me , 
fo think e of me ; goe comfort your coorto,! muft fay (he 
is dead, and fo farewell- 



Inter the Con/Mitt, Btractu, **dtbe Ta 
in gmntt. 



rClertf 



Keeper, Is our whole diflembly appeard i 

Cvalej. O a ftoole and a cufhion for the Sexton. 

Sexto*. Which be the malefactors* 

Attdrm. Marry that am ], and my partner. 

Cwtiy. Nay that's certaine, wee haue the exhibition 
to examine. 

&0*.But which are the offenders that are to be ex- 
aminedt let them come beforemafterConftable. 

Kemp. Yea marry , let them come before mee.what it 
your name, friend ? 

Bar. Soroche. 

Kent. Pray write downe "Beradtio. Yours firra- 

Cm. lama Gentleman fir,and roy name is Conrad*. 

Kee. Write downe Maftcr gentleman Cenrade: mai- 
fters, doe you ferue God : maifters, it is proued alreadie 
that you are little better than falfeknaues^nd it will goe 
neere to be thought fo fhottly.how anfwer you for your 
fclues ? 

Con. Marry fir, we fay we are none. 

Ktmp. A maruellous witty fellow I iffure you , but I 
will goe about with him : come you hither firra, a word 
in your eare fu , I fay to you , it is thought you arc falfe 
knaues. 
. Bor. Sir,lfaytoyoa,wcarenone. 

Kemp. Well, ftand afide, 'fore God they are both io 
a tale : haue you writ downe that they are none ? 

Sext. Mafter Conftable, you goe not the way to ex- 
aminc, you muft call forth the watch that are their ac- 
cufers. 

Kemp. Yea marry, that's the efteft way Jet the watch 
come forth : mailers, I charge you in the Princes name , 
accufethefemen. 

watch I. This man faid fir, that Do* ttbn the Princes 
brother was a villaine. 

Kemp. Write down.Prince hhn a villaine: why this 
is flat periurie,to call a Princes brorhertillaine. 

Bora. Mafter Conftable. 

Kcmf. Pray thee tellow peace, Idonotlike thy looke 
Ipromifethef, 

Sexton. What heard you him fay elfc ? 

tratck i . Mary that he had receiued a thou(and Du- 
katwof2)aByA,foraccafingthe Lady Hero wrong. 

jifflt : ^ 



Much athe atom ^(otkng. 



"7 



Kaaf. Flat Burglaneaacuer was committed. 
Cor,fl. Yeibyth'/mflethatttis. 
Stxun. What elfe fellow* 

Watch i . And that Count doubt did meant vpoa bis 
words , to difgtace /frr before chc whole aflembly. and 
not marry bee. 

Kmf. O rillainelthou wilt be condemn d into cuer- 
afting redemption for this. 
Stem.. Whatelfef 
WV*fr. This is all. 

Sextan. And this is more matters then you can deny , 
>hnce/Aj is this morning (ecretly ftoJnc away : //wo 
was in this manner accus'd , in this very manner refus'd, 
and trpon the griefc of this fodainely died : Mafter Con- 
table, let thefe men be bound, and brought to Ltmatt , 
will gee beforehand (hew him their examination. 
Cerft. Come.Icttbembeopinion'd. 
Sex. Let them be in the hands of faeembt. 
. Gods my life,where's the Sexton?! tc him write 
downs the Pnnces Officer Cexcon&t : corae/D-nd : them 
bcu naughty vaiiet. 

Cow/*?. Away, you are an affe. you are an afle. 
Kemp. Doft thou not fufped my place? doft thou not 
ufpeltmyyeeres ? O that hee were heere to write mce 
downc an affe ! but matters,! emember that 1 am an affe : 
though it be not written down, yet forget not y I am an 
affe:No thou viliaine.y* art full of piety as (halt beptou'd 
vpon thee by good witneffe , I am a wife fellow , and 
which is more.an ofncer.and which is more.a hoolhoul- 
der, and which is mo:e,as pretty apeece of He/has any in 
Vteflina, and one that koowes the Law.goe to, & a rich 
feilo-w enough,goe to, and a fellow that hath had lofles , 
and ona that hath two ^ownes , and euery thing hand. 
"bsre abouc him: bring bimawaytO that I h*d been writ 
downc an affe .' " txa 



Enter Leonet) andkii brother. 

Brother. If you go eon thus,you will killyour felre, 
And 'tis not wifedomt thus to Ucond griefe, 
Againftyourfelfc 

Lena. I pray theeceafe thy eounfaile, 
Which falls into mine earn as profidefle. 
As water in a fine ; giae not me counfaile, 
Nor let no comfort delight mine eare. 
But fucb a one whole wrongs doth fate with mine. 
Bring me 3 father that fo lou'd his childc, 
Whofe toy of her if ouer-wheimed tike mine, 
And hid him fpeake of patience , 
Mesfure his v?oe the length and breath of mine, 
And 1 it arrfwere euery ftraine for ftraine , 
A^thas for thus, and fuch a griefe for Tuch , 
In euery lineament,branch,Jhap.3nd forme : 
If fuch a one will Anile and ftroke his beard, 
And forrovv.wagge, crie hem,vvhen he ihould grone. 
Patch gziefe with prcueibs, make misfortune drunke, 
Wkhcandle-vcafcr;: bring him yet to me* 
Aoo I or him wifl gather patience : 
But there is no fuch man, fox brother, men 
Can counfaik^nd fpeake comfort to that griefe, 
Which they therafelues not fele, but rafting it, 
TteK counfaileturnej epa[fion,which before. 



Would gfue preceptiaU medicine to rage, 
Fetter ftrong madncflc m afiikcn thred , 
Charmeache with ay re, and agony with words, 
No.no, tis all mens office, to fpeake patience 
Tothofe that wring vndcr the load of forrow : 
But no mans vertue nor fuHictencie 
To be fo moral!, when he (hail endure 
The like himfelfe : therefore giue me no t ounfaile, 
My griefs cry lowder then aduertifement. 

&rotk. Therein do men from children nothing differ. 

Lt**o. I pray ihce peace,! will be flcfli and 'blond 
For there was neuer yet philofopher , 
That could endure the tooth-ake patiently, 
How eoer they haiie writ the Mile of gods, 
And made a pufh at chance ancffuffcrance. 

Brother. Yet bend not all the hrm pon your fclie, 
Make ihofe that doe offend you, Tuff* too. 

Lttn. There thou fpeak'ftreafon.nay Twill doc fo. 
My foule doth tr!t me, Hero is belied , 
And that (hall fiendta know.fo (Viall the Pnnce, 
And all of them that thus dishonour her. 

Enter tniictaxl Claudia. 

Bru. Here comes the Priuce and Claud* hafUiy. 

fria. Good den,good den. 

Clan. Good day to both of you. 

Leon. Heare yen my Lords ? 

Prim. Wf haue fonoe hafts Ltanaio. 

JLtf. Soone hafte ray Loi d!wcl,faxeyouwel my Lord, 
Are you fo hafly now ? well,all is one. 

frm. Nay,do not quarreil with ?$,good old man 

Brat. If he could rite himfelfe with quarrelling, 
Some cf vs would lie low. 

Claud- Who wrongs him ? 

Leon. Marry ^ doft wrong me.thoudhlemblcr^hou 
Nay, ncuer lay thy hand vpon thy fword, 
Ifearetheenot. 

CUvA. Many befhrew my hand, 
If U fhould giue your age fuch caufe of feare, 
Infaith my hand meant nothing to my fword. 

Leoxao. TuOi,tu(h/nan. oeuex Beere and .eft at mt 
I fpeake not like a dotard, nor a foole , 
As vnderpriuiledgeofageio bcagge , 
What I haue done being youg, or what would doe, 
Were I not old, know C!**<be to thy head , 
Thou rwff fo wrong'd my innocent child* and me, 
That I am forc'd to lay my reuerence by, 
And with grey baires and brinfeof many dales, 
Doc challenge thee to triall of a man , 
I fay thou haft belied mine innocent childe 
Thy (lander hath gone through and through her heart, 
And (he lies buried with her anceftors 
O ina torr.be where neuer fcandal) flept, 
Saue this of hers, fram'd by thy vUlame. 

Claud. My villany > 

L*t*ut. Thine Claud**, thine I fay. 

frm. You fay not right old man. 

Leon. My Lord, my Lord, 
lie proue it on his body if he dare , 
Defpight his nice fence, and his sctiue bra&ife, 
His Maie of youth, and blooroe of luflihood 

Chad. Away, 1 will not haue to do with you 
Lea. Canft thou fo dafTe me?tlx>o haft kild my child, 
If ehou kilft me,boy,thou Ailc kill a man. 

Tiro. He fliaJS kill two of vs, and men indeed, 
But that 's no matter, let him kill ooe firft i 

S3- 



c5kT#fl& adoe about 3\(othing. 



Win me and wearc me,Ict him anfwcre me, 
Come follow me boy,come fir boy,come follow me 
Sir boy,ile whip you from your foyning fence, 
Nay,as I am a gentleman, I will. 

Ltm. Brother. 

Brtt. Content your felf,God know; I lou'dmy neece, 
And (he is dcad.flander d to death by villaincs, 
Thacdare as well anfwcr a man indeede, 
As 1 d are take a ferpent by the tongue. 
Boyes'apes,braggarts,lacke*,milke-fop$. 

Lotn Btothtj -dthcr. 

Brat. Ho'd you content, what man I know theia,yca 
And wh they weigh ,euen to the vtmoft fcruple, 
ScambHng,out-facing,fafhion-mongingboyej, 
That lyc.and cog artdfiout,depraue,and (lander, 
Goc antiquely andfliow outward hidicufncflc, 
And fpeake of halfe a dozen dang'rous words, 
Kow they might hurt their encmics,if they durft. 
And this hail. 

Ltmi, But brother AMtbmie. 

Ant. Come, tis no matter, 
Do not you meddle, let me dealc in this. 

Prt-Gcntlemcn both, we will not wake your patience 
My heart is forry for your daughter* death : 
But on my honour (he was charg'd with nothing 
But what was truc,and Try full of proofe. 

Lecn. My Lord, my Lord. 

Pri;>. I will not heare you 

Eattr Bencdiekr. 

la. No come brother,away|! <will be heard, 



Brv. And fhal! ,or fome of?* \v4Hfoarc for it. 

t Prin. See,fce,here come* the man we went to feeke. 

ClaK, Now fignior,what newes ? 

&. Good day my Lord. 

frfa. Welcome fignior, you are almoft come to part 
almoftafray. 

CLt. Wee had lik t to hau? had our two nofcs fnapt 
off with two old men withoufteeth. 

Prin. Ltmate and his brother .what rhmk'ft chou?had 
wee fougbe, I doubt we fijould Kaue beene too yong for 
them. 

"Sen.- Inafalfequatrellthere is no true valour,! came 
to feeke you both. 

flan. We hauc fceene vp and downcto feeke thee/or 
we are fugh proofe rndancholly.and woulti faine have it 
beaten away ,wilctbouvfe thy wit? 

Ben. It is in my fcabbcrd,(hail I draw it ? 

ffin. Docft thou wesre thy wit by thy fide ? 

Ciw.Neuer any did fo .though verie many hauc been 
betide their wit,I will bid thee dr V7C,as we do the roin- 
ftrels.draw to pleafure vs. 

Pr!n. As I am an hoiisft man he lookes palc 7 art thou 
ficke.orangrie? 

; da*. What.couragc man : what though catckjl'd a 
eat,thou hafl mettle enough in thee to kill cars. 

Ben. Sir, I fliallmecte your wit in the careereyitnd 
you charge itagainftmc, I pray you chufe another fub. 
tea. 

C'tAH. Nay then giue him another ftaSc, thii laft was 
broke croife.. 

Pr<;;.By this light,he changes more and mote,I thinks 
hebeangrieindeede. 

CUa. Ifhe be ,he koowes how to tumebU girdle. 

Be*. Shall I fpeakc a Word io yourieare ? 

CU. G od bkfl'e" me from a challenge. 



Ben. You are a r illaine, ? ieft not,I will make it good 
how you dare, with whatyoudare.and whenyoudare-. 
domeright.orlwiUproteft yourcowardife: you hauc 
kiU'da fweete Ladie,and her death (hall fall heauie on 
you,lct me heare from yon. 

WH. Welljlwillmceteyou, fo I may baue good 
cheare. 

Prin. What,3 feafl a feaft ? 

Cl**. I faith lthankehim,hehithbidmetoa calues 
head and a Capon; the which If I doe not catue moil cu- 
rioudy, fiy my kni fc's naught, (hall I not findc a wood- 
cocketoo? 

"Ben. Str,yoor wit amblestvell/it goes eafily. 

Pn*, He tell thee how Btaritt prais d thy v it the o- 
ther day: I fid thouhadft a fine vvitrtrue fates Oie.afine 
little one tnofaid I,a great wit . right fairs (Vice, a gteat 
groffc one : nay faid I, a good wit : iuft faid (he,it hurti 
no body: nay faid I, the gentleman is wife: certain faid 
(he, a wife gentleman : ny faid I, be hath the tongues : 
thatlbtleeuefaidftiee, forheefworea thing to me on 
munday night ,which he forfwore on tucfday morning : 
there's a double tongue , there's two tongues : thusdti 
(hcean howre together tianf-fhipe thy particular t- 
cues.yet at laft fnc concluded with a figh, thou wad the 
propreAmanin Italic. 

W. For the which (he wept heartily, and did fhee 
car'dnoc< 

Prin. Yea that (lie dlc,but yet for all that^nd if (hce 
did not hate him deadlie, (hee would iouehim dcarely , 
the old marts daughter told vs all. 

Clot. A!l,a Jl ,*nd moreouer, Cod faw him when he 
was hid in the garden. 

frin. But when (hall we fet the fatsage Bulb homes 
on the fcnfible Zenedickt head ? 

Clou. Yea and text vnder-ncath, hecrc dwells Bw- 
dicki the married man. 

Bta. Fareyou well, Boy. you know my miode,! wiD 
leaue you now to your gofiep-likc humor, you brcake 
lefts s b;aggards do their blsd es, which God be thsr.k- 
edhurtnot:my Lord/oryour manic courtcdes I thank 
you, I moft difcontimie your coinpanie, your brother 
the Baftard is Bed homC^ieffiaa : youhave among you 
kill'd a fweet and innocent Ladie : for mv Lord Lsckc. 
beard there ( he and I (hail meetc, and till ibrajtace be 
with him. 

Prin. He i* in earneft. 

Clan. la moft profound etrneft. w>d He warrant yo, 
for tbe ioue of Beatrice. 

Prin. And hath challenged thee. 

(?/. Moft iincerely. 

PratWhat a prcnse thing man is,wb*n he go in hii 
double: and hofe,and leaues orThh wit. 



Cl<tu. He is then a Giant to an Ape,tat then is an Ape 
a Doctor to fucb a man* 

Prin. But foft y ou^et me be,p!ueke Tp my heart t aad 
be frd.did he not fay my brother was fled ? 

Confi. Come you fir.if iuftice cannot tame y ca^hee 
(riall nere weigh snore resfons in her ballance, nay, and 
you be a surfing hypocrite once,? oa rauft be lookt to. 

Pria. How now,twe of ray brcthen men bound? B*> 
raebitont, 

Out. KsrScen after th^r offence my Lord, 

Priit. C3wcr;.what office hauc (befe mec done 4 
C. Mairle 



Ct*ft~ Mtrtic 61, they haue committed falfe report, 
raoreouer they haue fpoken vnuuths, fccondarih/ they 
are {Under*, fixe andlafUy, they haue belyed aLadie, 
tfitrdly^he/ haue verified vniuft hing,arMi to conclude 
they are lying knaues. 

?ri*. Rift 1 a*ke thee what they haue done, thirdlie 
I aske thee vhu' their ofence,(ixt and lafllie why they 

cotnroiued, and to conclude, what you by to their 
charge, 

Cua. Highilie reafoncd.ind in his owns diuifion,aad 
>y my troth there's one meaning well fated . 

Prm. Who haue you offended maftert, that vou are 
thus bound to your anfwcr?this learned Conftabfeistoo 
cunning to be vnderftood.vvhat s your offence ? 

Bar. Sweete Prince,let me go no farther to mine an- 
werejdoyouheareme.sndlet this Count kill me?: I 
uue deceiued euen your verie eies : what your wife- 
lomes could not difccuer, thefe shallow fooles haue 
irough: to light, who in the nigh? ouerheard me con 
effing to thisman,howDo/<jfc your brother mrenfcd 
me to (lander the Ladie frVro, how you were brought 
ato the Orchard, and faw me court Margaret in Her MI 
garments, how you difgrac'd her when you fhould 
narrie her : my villaaie they haue vpon tcccid,vvhich 
ihad rather feale with my death, thenrcpea:e ouer to 
py flvsme : the Ladle is dead vpon mine and my matters 
affe accufation : aod briefclic, I defire nothing but the 
rewardofavillaine. 

7ri*. Runs not this fpeeeh like yron through your 
bloud? 

Clan. I haue drunke poifon whiiqs he vrter'd it. 

frin. But did my Brother fet the on to this ? 

gtr. Yea,and paid me richly for the pra&ife of it. 

frin. He is corapos'd sndnsm'doiweacherie, 
And fled he is vpon this viilanie. 

Clot. Sweet fftr^now thy image doth appease 
[n the rare femblsnce that I lou'd it fiifi. 

Con/}. Corae,bring away the pUint'.{fes t by this time 
our Stxtof hath reformed Sigavr Ltvntto of the matter : 
and msfters.do not forget to fpecifie when time & place 
(hail ferue.that I am an Afie. 

Cm. z. Here,here comes matter Stga/Of Leonato, aad 
too. 



I ?vould bend ?nder anje heauie vvaight, 
That heele enioyne me to. 

Ltan I cannot bid you bid my daughter liue, 
That 7*ere impofTible,faut I praie you both, 
PoflctTe the people in Mejfiiuihste, 
How innocent (he died,and if your loue 
Can labour aught in fad inuention, 
Hang her an epitaph vpon her tootnb, 
And ftng it to her bone*,Mng it to nighe : 
To morrow morniag come you to my houfe, 
And fines you could not be my fcruie in law, 
Be yet my Nephew : my brother hath a daughter, 
Aimoft the copie of my childe that's dead, 
And (he alone is heireto bothofri, 
Giue her the right you faould haue gio'n hercofo, 
And fo dies my retienge. 

Ciw.O noble fir I 

Your ouerkindncfle doth wring tee$rrom me, 
I do embrace your ofifer.and difpofe 



Enter Ltmtto. 

to*, Which is the vUtaine ? let me fee his eies, 
That when I noes another man like biro, 
I may auoide him : which of thefe U he ? 

BarJf you v?ottla know yout wronger .looke on me. 

. Aft then iheutheflaue ties with thy bieth 
haft k'-id mine innocent childef * 



Lt. Ko,not fo vi!lsine,thou belicft thy feife* 
Here ftand a paire of honourable men* 
A third is 3ed that hsd a hand hi t* ; 
I thanke you Princes for my daughter* death, 
Record it with your high god worthie deedet, 
T'was brauely donejifyou bcthinkeyou of it. 

fit*. I know not how to prs? you; patience, 
Yes I mu ft fpezke^hoofe your rsuenge you r f eJf, 
Impcfe me to what penance your inuemtan 
Caa lay vpori my finae,yot fiaffd I not, 
Butinmiftakir.g. 

Prm. BymyfouIenorL 
Andyettofatisftethiggood oldtnan, 



For hencefort 

Lea*. To morrow then I will expect your comrolng,' 
Tonight I take my ieaue,this naughtie man 
Shall faceto face be brought to Margaret t 
Who 1 beleeue was patkt in all this wrong, 
Hired to it by your brother. 

Bar. No by my foule fhe was not, 
Nor knew not what foe did when (he fpoke to me, 
But alvsaies hath bin tuft and vertuous, 
la anie thing that I do know by her. 

Ctnfi. Moreouer fir .which indeede is not vnder whh 
and black,this plaintiffe here, the orTrndour did call ntee 
afle, I befeech you let It beremembredinhispunUh- 
sneru,and alfo the v ?suh heasd them talke of one Defer - 
med, they fay he wearet a key in his e&re and a lock hang, 
big by it,and borrowesmonie in Codsjiame,the which 
he hath vs'd fo long,and neucr pated^hat now men grow 
hard-harted and will lend nothing for Gods fake : prate 
you examine him vpon that point* 

Leon, I thaftke thee for thy care and honeft paincs. 

Cs*jl. Your vvorfripfpeakes like a moft thankefull 
andreuerendyouth,and I praifeGodforyou. 

Lean. There's for thy paines. 

CfHft. God faue the foundation. 

Lien, Goe, Idifcharge theeof ihyprifoner, and I 
thanke thee. 

Ccaft. I leaue anarrant knaue with your vvorfhip, 
which I befeech your worlhip to correia your felfe, foe 
the example of others : God keeps your rrorftiip, 1 
w:(h your woiftijp vvei', God reftore you to health, 
I humblie glue you leaue to depart , and if a mer- 
rie meeting may be wifiu, God prohibits It i cccne 
neighbour. 

Ltou Vntill to morrow morning > Lords,&rewdl. 



Brot, Farewell my Lords.vve looke for you tomor- 
row. 

Pri*. Wewtllnotfaile. 

Clou. To night ilmqurne with Heroi 

Lem. Bring you thele fcllowes on, weel talke with 
jMfrgnMtJhQvt he;: acquaintance grew with this lewd 
fellow. 



Enter Eme&ektend Msrgtr*. 
'Sen. Pra* thee fweete Miftris "Mrgent % deferue 
vveil ac my hands, by helping mee to the fpeeeh ofltcj 
Met. 

Mar. Will 



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Mar* Will youchen write me* Sonnet in praife of 
rnybeautie? 

Bent. In fo high a ftiie Afargant, that no man liuing 
Tiall come ouet it, for in moft comely truth thou defer* 
ueftit. 

M*r. Tohaue nomaii come ouer ioe,why,fhall lal- 
vraiet keepe below (hires ? 

rw.Thy wit it as quicke as the grey-hounds mouth, 
it catches. 

Mar. And yours, as blunt as ihel r encerjfoiiei,whicri 
ltit,but hurt not. 

Benei Amoft manly wit "Margant, it will not hurt a 

oman : and fo I pray thee call Beatrice, I giue thee the 
bucklers. 

Afar, Giue vs the f word*, wee hsue buckler; of our 
owne. 

"Stnt. Ifyou vfe them.Msjgrfw, youmuft put inthe 
pikes with a vice, and they are dangerous weapons for 
Mattes. 

Mar. Well, I will call Beatrice to you, who I thinke 
hath iegges. Exit Margarae. 

test. And therefore will come.The God ofloue that 
fits aboue,and knowes me, and knowc* me, how pitti- 
full I deferue. Xmeaneinfjng'mg/cutinlouing, Lean- 
der the good fwimmer, Troileus the ftrfl imploier of 
pandars, and a whole booke full of thefe quondam car- 
pet-mongers, whofe name yet runne fmocthiy in the e- 
uen rode of a blanke verfe, why they were neuer To t rue- 
Sy turned ouer and ouer as my poore felfc in louc : mar. 
fie I cannot fhew it rime, I haue tried,! can finds out no 
rime to Ladiebutbabie, an innocent rime: for fcorne, 
home, a hard time: for fehoole foole. a babling time: 
verie ominous endings , no, t was not borne vndcr a ri- 
ming Planner, for I cannot wooe in feftiuall tedrmes : 

Biter Beatrice. 
Pweete "Seatftet would 'ft thou come when I cal'd 

dm? 

Be.it. Yea Signior.and depatt when you bid we. 

Kent. Oftay but till then. 

Beat. Then/is fpoUeu : fare you well now, and yet ere 
f goe, let me goe with that I came.which U.vsith know. 
ng what hath paft becwecne you and Cisu&a. 

"Bftte. Onely rouU words, and thereupon I will kilTe 
thee. 

Beat, Foule words is but foule wind, and foule wind 
isbutfoulebreath,sndf6ule breath is noifome, there* 



Bent. Thou haft frighted the word out of his right 
fence/o forcible is thy w'u, but I muft tell theepbinely, 
Claudia vndergoesmy challeiage,and either I rouft (hotu 
ly hears from him, or I will fuofcribe him a coward.and 
I pray thee now tell me, for which of my bad parts didft 
thou firftfall in loue v/ith me ? 

'Seat. For them ill together, which maintain'd fo 
poiitique a Rate of euill, that they will not admit any 
good part to intermingle with them: but for which of 
my good parts did you firft fuffer loue for me ? 

BW. Suffer loue! a good epithite.I do furrer loue irt- 
deede/or I loue tlwe againft my will. 

Seat. In fpight ofyour heart I think.alaspnore heart, 
if you fpight ic for my fake.I will fpight it for yours,for 
I will neuer loue that which my friend hates. 

Eentd. Thou and 1 are too wife to wooe peaces* 
blie. 

"Sea. It appeares not in this confe&on, there's not one 
wife man among t wentic that will praife himfelfe. 



Btuc, An old, anoldinRance Beatrice, that iiu'd in 
the time of good neighbours, ifamandoenot ereftin 
this age his ownetombe ere he dies, hee fhall ljueno 
longw In monwments.then the Bels ring,8cthe Widdow 
weepes. 

Beat. And how long is that thinke you 

Ben. QneOion, why an hower in clamour and a quar- 
ter inrhewme,therfore is it moft expedient for the wife, 
if Don worme (his confcience) finde no impediment to 
the contrarie, to be the trumpet of his owne venues, as 
1 am to my felfe fo much for praifmg my felfe.who I my 
felfe will beare witneffe is praife worthie, and now tell 
me.how doih your cofirt ? 

beat. Vcrieili. 

Kent. And how do you? 

Beat. Verletlltoo. 



&w. Sense Gou.loue me,and rr.er.d,therc will r leaue 
you too,for here comes one in hafte. 

Vrf. Madam, you muft come to your Vncle, yon- 
der; old coik at home, ic is proouedmy Ladte //e* 
re hath bin falfeiU accufde. the Prince end ^twt&o 
mightilie abufde,and "Dsalehnn the author of ail,wh9 
i: Bed and gone : will you come prefentlie ? 

Beat. Will you goheare this newes Signior ? 

Bern. I will tiuc in thy hean.dic in thy lap, and be bu- 
ried in thy eies : and moreouer, I Will goe wich thee to 
thyVncles. iJmcnr. 

Enter ClaafaiPrmet/eul three or f<0rt with Tuffs. 

Clou. Is this the monument cf Leaver a 'f 
Lord. It is my Lord. fyiofb. 

Doe te death lyjitaderfm tfvgaej, 
Wat tht Hero that bert lief i 
Death mgurrJan vfbrr *r*g f 
Givtt hfrfaife which atutr diet ', 
Sa tke life that dytdwitbfhame, 
Liuet indtatb withg/erifHsfarHf. 

than there vpon tkt tom6e t 
ing her when I am dtmte. 
. Now mufick" found & fing your folemn hymne 

Song. 
fordo* go&kfle of ike night, 



Thofe tbifle thy virgin 

For tht tffhieh wubfsmgs of tut, 

Roundabotabertemtsibtygoti 

Tfftinight ajffift oitr moni t heffs vs topgh axdgtont. 

Heauify, beatify 

Crauesyavne 

tb tt vttertd, 



(this right. 

La. Now vnto thy bones goodnight,yeerely will 1 do 
fria. Good morrow maHers, put your Torches out, 
The wolueshauepreied.and loofce.tbe gentle day 
Before the wheeles of Phcebus,round about 
Dapples the drov?(ie Eaft with fpots of grey : 
Thanks to you all,and leaue vs.fart you well. 

floss. Good morrow mafierj.each his feaerall way- 
fnn. Come let vs hence.anci put on ochei weedes, 
And then to Leaiaeet we will goe. 
Clot. And Hymen now with luckier tiTuefpeeds, 

Then 



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"hen this for whom we rcndred vp this woe. Extant. 
Eater Leoiutto^Beae. Marg.Vr fulajld m* frier t Htr. 
frier. Did I not tell you ftic was innocent? 

poo theerroor that you heard debated : 
But AfarfarKvnt'm (oroe fault for thi, 
Although againft het will as it appearo, 
n the true courfe of all the queftion. 
Old. WeH.I am glad that all things fott &> well. 
Bmt. And fo am l.being elfe by faith enforc'4 
Tocell young Ct&di* to a reckoning for it. 

Lea. Weil daoghter,and you gentlewomen all, 
Withdraw into a chamber by youi fclues, 
And when I fend for you,come hither mask'd : 
The Prmee and (?/<* promis'd by this howre 
To vifit me.you know your office Brother, 
You muft befatherro your brothers daughter , 
Aod gine her to young O<uidi9 t Exema Laditt. 

Old. Which I wilt doe with conftrru'd countenance. 
Saw. Fricr.I rauft intteatyourpaineJ,! thinke. 

Frigr. Todoewbat Signior? 

Pent. To binds me,or vndoe me,one of them: 
Signior Ltooato, truth it is good Signior, 
Your neece regards me with an eye of fauour. 

Lea, That eye my daughter lent her, 'tis mofttrue. 

Beat. Aod I doe with an eye of loue requite her. 

La. The fight whereof I thinke you had from me, 
From C/W,and the Praw.but whar's yout will ? 

Bened. Your anfwer fir is Enigmatical], 
But formy will,my wrll is, your good will 
May (land with ours, this day tobe conioyn'd, 
In the ftate of honourable marriage, 
In which(good Frier)! fhall defire youthelpe. 

Leon. My heart is withy OUT liking. 

frier. Andmyhelpc. 

Snter Puna and Claudia* with attendant. 

Prat. Good morrow to this fai re afTsnbly . 

Leg, Good morrow Prtnce t good morrow Clandi : 
We heere attend you.ue you yet dtermin'd , 
To day to marry with my brothers daughter ? 

Claud. He hold my mlnde were file an Ethiope. 

Lea. CaJl her forth brother ^eres the frier ready. 

Pria. Good morrow GmedAe&hy what's the matter? 
That you haue fuch a Febtuarie face, 
So full of froft,of (!oiiTj,and clowdineiTe. 

fluid. Ithinkehethinkesvponthefewgebull: 
TuCb, fearc not man, weell tip thy homes with gold, 
And all Europa mall reioyce at thee , 
As once Earofa did at lulry /out, 
When he would play the noble beaft in loue. 

Beit, Bull lout fir, had an amiable low , 
And tome fuch ftrange bull leapt vout fathers Cow , 
A got a Calfe in that fame noble feat, 
Much like to you/or you haue iuft his bleat. 

Enter brother t Hire, BeotriseJMargtrett PrfitU. 

Cla. for this I owe you:here comes other recknings. 
Which is the Lady I rnuft feize vpon ? 

Lei. This fame is fhe, and I doe giue you her. 

CU. Why then flue's raine,fweet let me fee your face. 

Lean. No that you fhsl not, till you take Uer hand, 
Before this Frier and fweate to marry her. 

Claa. Giue me your hind before this holy Fjief, 
I am your husband if you like of me. 

Her. And 7hsc I liu d I was your other wife. 
And when you lou'd,you were my other husband. 

Clot. Another Hert 



t Hera. Nothing cenainer. 
One Hero died, butldoeliue, 
And furely s I liue, I am a maid. 

Priii. The former Hero, Hero that is dead. 

Lean. Sheedied my Lord.but whiles her flandcr liu'd 

Frier. All this amatement can 1 qualifi, 
When after that the holy rites are ended, 
lie tell you largely of feire /?* death r 
Weans time let wonder feeme familiar , 
Andiotheehappelllet rsprefently. 

B*H, Soft and faire Frier,which \s Beatrice ? 

Butt. \ anfyf*: to that name, what uyour will ? 

See. Doo not you loue me? 

Beta. Why no,no more then reafim. 

Betet. Why then your Vncle,and the Prince, & CLu*- 
Jig, hauebeeae deceiued, they Twore you did. 

Be-*i. Doe not you'loue mee ? 

Sate. Troth no, no more then reafon. 

Bftt. Why then my Cofmlriargartt and VrfiUa 
Arc much dcceiu'd/or they did fweare you did. 

Rene. They fwore you were almoil fieke for me. 

'Bint . They fwore you were weUnye dsd foi me, 

Beat. 'Tis DO m*uer,then you doe not iouc cnet 

Ban. No trul/,bui in friendly recompense. 

Ltm. Come Cof>n,I am fureyou loue the gentlfma. 

(tut. And He be fwomc vpon'r, that he lows her, 
For hercsa paper written in his hand, 
A Kilting fonnet of his owne pure braine , 
Pa/hkxMdcoJctfrjc*. 

Htro. And heercs another, 
Writ in my coflnt hand, (lolnc from her pocket 
Containing her aSfeft ion vnto Statd/ckf. 

Seat. A miracle, here's our owne hands againfl our 
hearts -.cornel will haue thee, but by thi* light I take 
theeforpittie. 

"Beat. I would not denie you.burby this good dayj, 
yceld vpon great perfwafion, & partly to faue your life, 
for I ws told, you were in a confumption 

Leon. Peace I will (lop your mouth. 

fri*. How dbft thou Bt*t4icki ihe married man ? 

"Bent. He tellthce what Prince taColledgeofwitte- 
crackers cannot flout mee out of my humour, doO thou 
think 1 care for a Satyrc or an Epigram ? no, if a man will 
be beaten with braines.a fhall weare nothing handfome 
about him : in briefe.fince 1 do purpofc to marry, I will 
thinke nothing to any purpofe that the wotld can fay a. 
gainft it, and therefore neuer flout at me, for I hue faid 
againft it :fortnanisagiddy thing, and this is my eon- 
clufton: for thy pan CUmdio^ I did thinke to haiie beaten 
thee,but in that thou art like to be my kinfman, liue vn- 
bruis'd, and bue my couiin. 

Cla. I had well hop'd 'j wouldfi haue denied Btafrtet,} 
I might have cudgel'd thee out of thy (ingle I ife,;o make 
thee a double dealer, which out of qucftio thou wilt be, 
if my Coufin do not looke exceeding narrowly to thee. 

Beat. Corne,come, we are friends, let's haue a dance 
ere we are oiarried.thatwe assy lighten our own hearts, 
and our wiues heeler. 

Ltta. Wee'll haue dancing afterward. 
lent. Firft.of my vvord,therforeplay mufick.?r/, 
thou arc fad,get thee a vvife,get thee a wife, there is no 
ftaffmore teuerend then one tip: with horn, Enter. Mtf. 
Meftm. My Letd.your brother hbn i* tan in flight. 
And brought with armed men backe to <~Mcfliaa t 

Be*e. Tninke not onhim till to morrow, He deoife 

thee brauc punifhrnents for him: ftrike vp PipenU>K. . 

L F/fftS. 



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Loucs Labour s loft. 



*4 Hut primus. 



Enter TtrdiitMd Kingofffauarre, Berewne, 
Damaae. 



Ftrdinaxd. 

i E*,thar allhuns.after in their liurs , 
| LiueigHVred vpon our brazen Tombcs, 
And then grace vs in the difgrace ofdeath. 
_ ^ hen fpight of cormorant deuDuringTinn?, 
h endeuoiir of this prefent breath may buy : 
That honour which fhall bate his fythciktcne edge , 
And make vs heyres of alleternttie 
Therefore braue Conquerouw, foi fo you are, 
That warreagitnft your owne sffecttons , 
And thchuge Atmie of the worlds defites. 
Our late ech& (hall ftrongly ftand in force, 
NAMer(h&\\ be the wonder of the world. 
Our Court fiialj be a Ihtlc Achademe , 
Still and contemplatiue in liuing Art 
You three, 2fc'W*,.D*>,and LoagauM, 
Haue fworne for three yceres tcrme,to Hue with me : 
My fellow Scholler*, and to keepe tliofe ftarntes 
Thar are recorded in this fcedule heerc. 
Your oathes are paft,and now fubfcribtryour names: 
That his owne hand rrrayftuke his honour downe, 
Tha* violate* the fmalkft branch heerem : 
If you are arm*d to doe, as fworne to do , 
Subfcribetoyourdeepeoathes, andkeepe it to. 

LoKgexill. J am rcfolu'd, 'ti J but a three yecres faff: 
The mindefliall banquet, though the body pine, 
Fat paunches haueleane pates : and dainty bit*, 
Make rich the ribs, but bankerout ihe wits. 

Domoite. My louing Lord.'Dwwwf is mortified, 
The groflVr manner of theie worlds delights , 
He throwes vpon the grofie worlds bafer flaues 
To louc-,io weal th.to pompe,! pine and die, 
With all thefe liuing in Philofophie. 

"BeronKt I can but fay their proteftation outr , 
So much.deare Licge.I haue already fworne, 
That is.to liue and (tudy hecre three yeejres. 
But there are other ftritfl cbferOances : 
At not to fee s. woman in that terme 
Which I hope well isnot enrolled there. 
And one day in a weeke to touch no foode : 
And but one meale on euery day befide : 
The which Ihopeis not enrolled there 
And then to fleepcbut three houres i the night, 
And no: be feene to wtnke of all the day. 
When I was wont to thinke no harmeall nighi , 
And make a datke night too of halfe the day : 



Which 1 hope well it not enrolled there. 
O, thefe are barren taikes,too hard to keepe. 
Not to fee Ladies.fludy, faft.not fleepe. 

Ftrd. Your oath is pafi,to paflc away ftcta thefe. 

"Bern*. Let me fay no my Ltedge,nd ifyoc pieafe, 
I onely fwore to fludy with your grace, 
And Hay heere in your Court for three yeeresfpate. 

Lf*git. Ycu fwore to that B rrw*,and to the terV 

Strtw. By yea and nay ilr,than I fwore in ieft. 
What is the end of ftudy, let me know ? 

Ftr. Why that to know which elfe weefliculd not 
know. 

Btr, Things hid &bard(yoa mesne)fi6 tomor. feufe- 

ferd. I ( thit is (Vudies god-like reCompence. 

"Zero. Come on then. I will t'weare to ftudie fo, 
T6 know the thing lam forbid to know : 
As thus, to fludy where I well may dine , 
When I to fafl cxpreflely am forbid. 
Or ftudie where 10 meet fome Miflrefiefine a 
When M irt refies from common fenfe are hid. 
Or hauing fworne too hard a keeping oath, 
Studie to brcake it, and not breake my troth. 
If ftudies gaine be thus, cud this be fo, 
Studie knowet that which yet it doth not know > 
Sweareme to tV>is,and I will nere fy no 

Ferd. Thefe be the flops that hinder fiudieqaite, 
And traine our intellects to -/atne-deligh;, 

Btr. Why? all delights ate vaine,an<) that roofs vfiinc 
Which with paine purch3s'd,doth inherit paine , 
As painefully topoaie vpon a Sooke, 
To i'eeke the light of truth, white truth the while 
Doth falfely blinde the eye-fight of hii looks : 
Light feeekmg ligh^doth light of light beguile : 
So ere you finde where light in darkenefTe lie*, 
Your light growes darke by lofing of your eyes. 
Studieme how to pleafe the eye indeede , 
By fixing it vpon a fairer eye, 
Who dazlingfo, that eye (hall be his heed, 
And giae him light that it was blinded by. 
Studie is like the hesuene glorious Sunnc, 
That will not be deepe fearch'd with fawcy Jookts : 
Small haue continual! plodderfcer worme* 
Ssue bafe euthoruie from others Bookej. 
ThefceaztWy Godfathers of heauens lights, 
That giue a name to tuery fixdSrre, 
Haue no mofe profit of their fhlmng nigr.ls, 
Thenthofe that waikeand wotnot whsrtheyate- 
Too much to ttnow,i$ to know nought but fame: 
And euery Godfather can giue 3 name. 
. Fer. How well hce'sresdjtoreafc.aagainflreadsng. 



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Dwst. Proceeded well, to ftop all good proceeding. 
inn. Hee weedes the come, and (till lets grow the 

weeding. 
Ser. The Spring it near e when greene gecffe ate 3 

breeding. 

Dam How followes that 3 
<r. Fit in his place and time. 
C:.-w> In reafon nothing, 
"Ser. Something then in rime. 
fer<L 'Berenme is like an cnuious fneaping Froft, 



That bites the firrt borne Infants of the Spring. 

,fay I am, why fhould proudSu 
Before the Birds haue any caufe to fing ? 



"Btr. Wel.Cjy I am, why fhould proudSummer boaft, 



Why fhould i toy in any abortiue birth ? 

AtChriltmas 1 no more defirc a Rofe, 

Then wifhaSnow tnMavesnew fangledfhowes: 

Bat like of each thing that in feafon growea. 

So you to ftudie now it is too late, 

That were to clymbe ore the houfe to vnlocke the gate. 

Fer, Well ,fit you out : go home "Btrmvae : adue. 
"Be? .No my good Lord,l haue fworn to ftay with you 
And though I haue for barbac ifmc fpoke more, 
Then for that Angell knowledge you can fay, 
Yet confident lie keepe what I haue fworne, 
And bide the pennance of each three yeares day. 
Giue me the paper ,let me reade the fame, 
And to the (trifteft decrees He write my name. 

Rr.ilow well this yeelding refcuM thee from fhame. 

Ser. /tern. That no woman fhall come wiihm a mile 
of my Court 
Hzth this kin proclaimed ? 

La** Foure dayes agoe. 

JBfr. Let's fee the penaltie. 
On paincofloofinghcr tongue, 
Who deuii'd this penaltie ? 

L Marry that djd I 

Her, Sweete Lord, and why? 

Lou. To fright them hence with that dread penahie, 
A dangerous law again ft gent *!'!. 
!twt t If any man be feene to talke with a woman with- 
in the tearcne of thrre yeares, hee (hail inciore fuch 
publique (harnc as the reft of the Court (hall pofftbly 
deuife. 

"Str. Thia Article my Liedge your felfe tfiuft breake, 
Tor well you know here comes in Emb&llie 
The Fresco Kings daughter.wrth your felfe to fpcake : 
A Maidc of grace and compleate msieHie, 
About fbrrchdervp of Atpitaint . 
To her decrepit.ficke.and bed-rid Father 
Therefore this Article is made in vaine, 
Or vainly enes th'admired Princeffe hithrr. 

Ffr. What <ay you lords ? 
Why,this was quite forgot 

"Ser. SoStudieeuermoreisouerfhot, 
While it doth ftndy to haue what it would, 
It doth forget to doe the thing it fhould ; 
And when it hath the thing it hunteth moft, 
Tis won as townes with fire, fo won ,fo loft. 

Fer. We muft offeree difpenee with this Decree, 
Shernaft lye here on meere neceflitie. 

Tier. Neceflity will make vs all forfwome 
Three thoufand times within this threeyceres fpsce : 
For euery mats with his aff<;<3s borne, 
Not by might roaftrcd.but by fpeciall grace. 
If I breake faith .this word (hall breake for me, 
1 am forfwome on meere neceifitie. 



So to the Lawes at large I write my name, 
And he that breakes them in the Icaft degree. 
Stands in attainder of etcrnall ihame. 
Suggcftions are to others as to me : 
But I bcleeue although I feeme fo loth, 
I am the laft that wilflaft keepe bis oth. 
But is there no quicke recreation granted ? 

Fer. 1 that there is.our Court you know is hanted 
With a refined ttauailer ofSpame, 
A man in all the worlds new faction planted, 
That hath a mint ofphrafes in his braine : 
One,who themufickeof his owne vaine tongue, 
Doth rauifh like inchanting harmonie : 
A man ofcompUmeat whom right and wrong 
Haue chofe as mpire of their mutinic. 
This chtldc of fancie that Armada hight, 
For interim to our ftudies fhall relate, 
In high-borne words the worth of many a Knight . 
From tawnieS/m/wloft in the worlds debate. 
How you delight my Lords,! know not I, 
But ( proteft I loue tohearehim lie, 
And 1 will vfe him for my Minftrelrie. 

Bero. Anrada j$ a moft illuftrious wight, 
A man of fire,new words,fa(hions owne Knight. 

Lm. fa/lard the fwaine and he.fhaU be our fpott, 
And fo to ftudie, three yecrei isbut {hort. 

Eater 4 Cmflatlt m'tb Cfflard with * Lttter 

Ctmft. Which is the Duket owne perfon. 

Her. This fellow, What would'ft? 

Cut. Imyfelfe reprehend 1m owne perfon, for I am 
bis graces Tharborough:But I would ice his own perfon 
in Befh and blood, 

Btr. Thuishe. 

Caa. Signeor Arine^iivie commends yoo : 
Ther's vilhnie abroad } this letter will cell you more. 

elm*. Sir the Conccanpu thereof are as touching 
taee. 

Fer. A fetter from the magnificent Armado. 

Ber. How low foeuer the matter, 1 hope io God for 
high words. 

Le c A high hope for a low heauen.God grant v* p*' 
cience. 

Ber. To heare.or forbeare hearing . 

Lou. To heare metkely fir ,and toiaugh moderately, 
or to forbeare both. 

Ber. V/ell fir, be it u theflile (hail giue v caufe to 
clime :n the merrinefTe. 

C/9.The mafter is to me fir,ai concerning U^Mtnttut, 
The manner of it is,I was taken with the manner. 

Ber. In what manner I 

Cl*.\n manner and forms following fir all thofe three. 
I was fcene with her in the Manner houfe, fitting with 
hervpontheFoime, and taken following her into the 
parke : which put to gether, is in manner and fomlc 
following. Now fir for ths manner ; It is the manner 
cf a man to fpeake to a woman, for the forme in fomc 
forme, 

Ser. For the following f. 

Clt. As it (ball follow in my corretion,andGod de- 
fend the right. 

Fer. Will you heare th Letter with attention ? 

Btr. As we would heare an Oracle 

Ch. Such j$ the fianplidtte of man so hatken after the 
BC&. 

L Ftr. Crett 



124 



GReat DtfMiit, theWtlktm ff/ngmwf, and fait domt- 
nator of Nairn, mj fon!n erthi Cod , nad^fdies fa- 



Cofl. Noiavvordoi"</Wyct. 

ferd. Seitu. 

Cofi. It may be fo. but if he lay it is fo.hcis in telling 
true.*, but fo. 

Ferd. Peace, 

C7. Be/o me.ano! euc/y man that dares not ftghi. 

Frr^. No'woids. 

C/<w. Of other men* fecrets I befcech you. 

FerJ. Smtu fvficgtd nab fable coloured melvtckolte , 1 
did commend lh< Hacks effrf/if humour to the raojl whole- 
fomt Pbjficke ofihj hmlih-giwig ajre ; jindju 1 am* Gen- 
tleman, tetotkf my fife 19 *lkf .- the ttmeVken 1 about the 
fxt boure, When fog?/ mo(l graft, b'dt bejl pttkf, and mtn 
ft dan tie to that Honri/liftfnt which u called faff er : So much 
for the tine When. Na for the ground Which ? which / 
means J*alkt vpo*. it u fc[ipeJ,Tiy Parke. 7tw for the 
place Where ? wbsrc I meant I did encounter rhjt ebfcene ami 
moftprepoflerotu etttnt that dr Avrethfr em m) fiew -white pen 
the than colauredtr.ke. vl'tcb betrtibeuviewtft, t.-Mdfjt , 
JurKOyejr, or faf f> ul to **'' fl" ce Pktre } It ilaniiet'o 
North North-eoftattil bj Eojifrem thi ITeft cerncr of thy 
cvrtoia lyet ted g*rde ; T^re did 1 fee lb*l lon> fpiri- 
ted S*tne , that baft Mitowfftbr tnjrth, (Clewn Mce?) 



) 

l/affall (Clo. Still inec ?) which M ^ remember, bight Qo- 
flard, (Clow. O me") farted andcaxfortt^toKtrart toibj e- 



wttb t i JWfi, tut with tbtf /pjjfitn to fay wherewith : 

Clo. WithaWertch. 

Ferd. H'ltbe cbildeefoHrGrandmetitr Ei>e, a female; 
or ftr thj more fieet vndfrJfa'idiHg a teaman: him, I (AHHJ 
enr efleemeddutit pridyi me ) h^Mt/eat to thee, to rtctiMe 
tit meedafpunifimftt by tkjfwta. (jrtcet Officer Anthony 
Dull, 4 mat ofgodrepnte,eirriAe,(>c4ria t & efthiutioH. 

jtnth. Me.aw't fliall plcale you? I am /futbenj DuU. 

fad. For jaqucnma (fo i>tbc weaker vefleM called ) 
which I ttfprebendtd ititb tb* ofurtfud Snaive , /prefer her 
* a veffettoftby Lwctfitm, **dfl*ll*! the Itaft of thy 
fvett police, brhigbertotriaU. 7 Vw in all complement i of 
deitottdviA btart. homing Ijfjt fd*tie. 

Don Adiisna dc Armado. 

"Bur. This i* not fo well as I looked for, but the bcft 
that euerl heard. 

fer Iihebcft.fottheworft Batfora.Whatftyyou 
to this ? 

Clo. Sir I confefle the Wench 

Fer. Did youhearcthc Proclamation? 

Ch. I doe eonftrfle much of the hearing U, bat little 
of the marking of ir. 

Fer. It was proclaimed ayeeres imprifomeni to bee 
taken with a Wench. 

Clow I was taken with none fir ,1 wa$ taken with a 
Damofcll. 

Fer. WcH,it was proclaimed Daraofell. -. 

Clo. This was no Damofell ncyiherfir, flieewata 
Virgin. 

Fer It is To varried to.fbr it was proclaimed Virgin. 

Clo. Ifitwcrc, IdeaieherVirginitie : I was taken 
with a Maidc. 

Fer. This Maid will not ferae your turne fir. 1 

Ch. This Matde will ferue my turne fir. 



Kin. Strl wiJl pronounce your fentcnce : You (hall 
faft a Weke with Branne and water* 

C!t. I had rather pray a Moneth vrhh Minumand 
Porridge. 

Km And Den Jlrmado thzll be your keeper. 
My Lord "Ztenmw, fee him ddiuei'd ore, 
And goe we Lords topucinpracTicethat, 
Which each to other hath fo ftrongly fwome. 

Rero. He lay my bead to any good mans hat, 
T, hcfe oathes and lawes will proue an idle fco;ne 
Sim, dome OB. 

Ch. 1 fuffer for the truth fir : for true it is , 1 was ta- 
ken with laqnenttta, and IttftcntttA is a true gtrle , and 
therefore welcome the fowre cup of profperitie, afflifli- 
on may one day froile againe , and vnrili then ft do\vne 
forrow. Exit, 

ftitgr Arm&Ao and Mctb lot Page- 

lArmA. Boy, What figne ij it when a man of great 
fpirit growes melancholy ? 

'Boj. A great Cgne fir, that he wiltlookc fad. 

'Brag. Why?fadneffe is one and the felfe-fame thing 
deare irnpe, 

'Boy. No no, O Lord fu no. 
'Brag. How canft tV.ou part fadncfle and meUnchoIy 
my tender ImiMllt 

"Bcj, By a familiar demcaftration of the worsig,niy 
tough figncur. 

Brag. Why tough iigneur? Why tough figneur ? 

Ty Why tender luuenain Why tcRd luue*aEr 

"Brag. I fpoke it tender Ixxtxdl, as a congruent apa- 
thatoii . appeitaining to thy young dsies, which v;e may 
nominate tender. % 

TSay. And I tough figneur,ss an appertinent title to 
your olde time, which we may name tough. 

"Brag. Pretty and apt. 

Boy. How mcane you fir, I pretty,and my faying apt? 
or I apt.ani) my faying prettie ? 

'Brag. Thou pretty bccaufc little. 

"Boy. Litilepretty,becaule little;whereforeapi? 

"Brag Aru) therefore apt, becaufequicke. 

'Boy. Speakcyou this in my praileMafier ? 

"Brag. In thy condigne prajfe. 

"Soy. I will praife an Ee!e with the fame praife. 

"Brag. What i that 311 Eele is ingenuous. 

Eoj. That an Eeele i) qu'tcke. 

'Brag. I doe fay they ajt quicks in anfwtrw. Thou 
heat'ftmybloud. 

'Boy. lamanfwer'diir. 

Brag. I lou c not to be croft. ^him> 

'By. He fpeakes the meere contrary,croff;s bue not 

'Sr.l haue promis'd to ftudy hi. yeres w!tb the Duke. 

"Boj. You may doe it in an hourc fit. 

"Brag. linpoflible. 

'Boy. How many is one thiice told ? 

'Bra. I am ill at reckning,it fits the fpirit cf a Tapfler . 

*Baj, You are a gentle/pan and a gameftcr fo. 

'Brag. I cpnfeifc pgth . they are both the f ajnifh of a 
cornpkatmsn. 

"B<y. Then 1 am (bre ypu know hdw Qach the groffe 
fummeofdeuf3ce amounts w. 

"Brag. It doth amount to one mere then two. 

'Boy. Which the baft vulga? call three. 

jSr.True. 'Bey. Whyfiristhisfucbapceceofftody? 
Now here's three ftudied,ere you'll thrice wink,& how 
eafie it is to put yeres to the word three, and ftudy three 
yeeres in two words, the dancing horfe will telJ you. 

"Bra, A 



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Brag, A moft fine Figure. 
Tloj. Toproacyou Cypher. 



and as 



trag. I will heereupon confefie I am in loue- 
itisbaTefora,Souldir to loue ; foam I in loue with' a 
baft wench. If drawing my fword againft the humour 
of affection, would deliuer mee from the reprobate 
thought of it, I would take Defoe prifoner, and ranfome 
him toarry French Courtier for a new deuis'd curtiie. I 
thinkefcome to figh , me thinkes 1 fhould out-fweare 
Cupid. Comfort me Boy , What great men haue beene 
in loue? 

Baj. Hercules Mafter. 

Brag. Moft fweete Herevltt -. more authority deare 
Boy, name more; and fweet my childe let them be mep 
of good repute and carriage. 

Boy. Sampfo* Maflcr.he was a man of good carriage, 
great carriage : for hee carried the Towne-gates on his 
backe like a Pot ter.-and he was in loue. 

Brag. O well-knit Sampfonfiron%ioytKcdS*ntpf(ti 
I doc exeell thee in my rapier as much ai thou didft mee 
in carrying gates. I am in loue too. Who was Sarnpfens 
loue my deare Afttb ? 

Bof. A Woman,Mafter. 

Brag. Of what complexion 

Say. Of all the foure, or the. three, or the two, or one 
of the foure. 

Brag. Tell me precifely of what complexion f 

Bey. Ot'thefea- water Greene fir. 

Brag. Is that one of the foure complexions ? 

B<y. As I haue read lir,and the beft of them too. 

Brag. Greene indeed is the colour of Loueri : but to 
haue a Loue of that cojout.methinkes Sarapfen had fmall 
rcafonfor it. He furely affected her for her wit. 

Bcf* It was fo fir, for (he had a greene wit. 

Brag. My Loue u moft immaculate white.and red. 

Bey. Moft immaculate thoughts Mafter, are mssk'd 
vnder fuch colours. 

"Brag. Defioe.define, well educated infant, 

Bey, My fathers witte,and my mothers tongue aflift 
mee. 

Brag. Sweet inuocation of a childe, moft pretty and 
patheticall. 

Bey. Jfaiee be made of white and red, 
Her faults will nere beknowne: 
For bluih-in cheekes by faults are bred, 
And feares by pale white (howne : 
Then if (he feare.or be to blarney 
By this you (hall not know, 
For Mill her cheekes poiTeiTe (he fame, 
Which natiuc (he doth owe : 

A dangerous time mafter againft the reafon of white 
andredde. 

Brag. Is there not a ballet Boy, of the King and the 
Be'gger ? 

Bey. The world was very guilty of fuch a Ballet fome 
three ages fioce,but I thinke now tis not to be found: or 
f it were, it would neither ferue for the wnting,nortbt 
tune. 

ag. I will haue that fubieft newly writ ore , that I 
may example my digreffion by ibroe mighty prefident. 
Boy, I doe loue that Coumrey girle that I tooke in 
the Parke with the rational! hinde Cofttnl.- lh* dcferues 
wclL 

Boy Tobeewhip'd: and yet a better loue then my 



Brag. Sing Boy .myfpirii grows loeauy in ioue. 



By . And that's great maniefl.louing a light wench. 

Brag. I fay fin g. 

By. Forbeare till this company be paft. 



Co*jt. Sir, the Dukes pleafure,is that you kecpe Co- 
yfdr^fafcjand'youmuftlethimtakenodehght, not no 
penance, but hetmuftfaft three daies a wee^ : for this 
Damfell,! muft keepeher at the Parke, fteeis alowd for 
the Day-woman. Fare you well. *,,, 

Brng. I do betray my felfe with bluftiinjj: Maide. 

TUmd. Man. 

"Br*& 1 wil vifit thec at the Lodge. 
- 



Lxutnt. 



Brg. I know whereitisfuuate. 

Mai. Lord how wife you are ! 

Brag. I will tell thee wonders. 

OUa. Withwhstftcef 

Brag. I loue thee. 

Mai. So I heard you fay. 

'Brag. And fo farewell. 

Mai. Faire weather after you. 

Clt. Come I<jttenetta t away. 

Brag. Villaine, ^hou (halt fad for thy offences ere 
thou be pardoned. 

Ctc. Well fir,I hope when I doe ir,l (hall doeit ona 
fullflomitfte. 

Brag . Thou (halt be heauily pum(ht 

Cl- I am more bound to you then your fellowes, for 
they are but tightly rewarded. 

Cla. Takeaway this viilaine.fhut him vp 

By, Come you uanfgreilmg fl*ue,away. 

Claw. Let mee not bee pent vp fir, I wifl faft being 
loofc. 

Boy. No fie, that were frft andloofe : tbou(haJt io 
prifon. 

Clow. WelMTeuerldofeethemerrydayesofdefo- 
lotion that I hau feene, fome (hall fee* 

&q. What rhall fome fee? 

^TW. Nay nothing 
lookevpon. Itis not 

wotdsjind therefore I will fay nothing :I trrankcGod.l 
haue as littie patience as another man, and therefore J 
can be quiet. ^>. 

Brag. I doe affect he very ground ( which is bafe, 
where her (hooe (which is baler) guided by her (bote 
(which is bafeft)doth tread. 1 (ha)l be foriworn(which 
ia a great argument of faKhoodj if I loue. And how can 
that betruc loue, which is Falfly attempted? Loue is a fa- 
miliar, Loue is a Diueli. There isnoeuijl Angel) but 
Loue.yet Sampfon was fo tempted, and he had an excel- 
lent ftrength : Yet was Salerno* fo feduceJ, and hee had 
a very good wiitc, CufiAi Buc(haft is too hard for Her, 
wits Clubbe, and therefore tco mirchodt fora Spa* 
niards Rapier: The firft and feconJcaufe will not ferue 
mytunie: the Paffadohcetefpe&snot , the2>r/bhe 
regards not ; his difgrace is t<J be called Boy , but his 
glorieisto fubduemen. Adue Valour, rutlRapier, bee 
ftill Drum, for your manager is in loue ; yea heeloueth. 
A fli It me fome extemporall god of Rime, for I ro lure I 
(hall turneSonnct. Dcuifc Wit, write Pen, for I im for 
whole volumes in folio. xv 



me ee 

, Mafter Moth . but what they 

t for priftmr u to be Dlent in their 

will fay nothin :I trrankcGodl 



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Secuncfa. 



Enter tht Prtnetffe of Fr M ct sfitb three 41 tending Lcdtts 



Ttajtt. Now Madam fomtnon vp your dc*rert Tptrit* 
ConiJder who the King your fethei fends 
To whom he feods, nd vhat > hu Embaffie 
Your felfe.held precious in the worlds eflceme, 
To parler viith the fole inhcf'itCUT 
Oral! perfections' tht a man may owe , 
Matchlefle Ntttarref^t. pica of no lefle weight 
Then A<fmttunt y * Downe for a Q^icenc, 
Be now as prodigal) of all dcare grace, 
As Nature was in making Graces dcare, 
When fhe did ftarue che gencrall world bef>dr , 
And prodigally gaue them all to you. 

Q*ten. Good L-Bnet,my beauty though but mean. 
Needs not the painted Bound) of your prufe 
Beauty is bought by lodgement of the eye , 
Not vttred by bafefalc ol chapmeus tongues 
lam leffe proud to heart you tell my worth, 
Then you much wiling to be counted wife, 
In fpending your wit in the praife of mine. 
But now to tuke the taster, good Btret, 

Prin You are not ignorant all-idling fame 
Doth noyfe abroad K*n&r hath made a vow, 
Till painefull ftudie fhall out-wcare three yeares, 
No woman may approach his filent Court : 
Therefore w's (Wrnethit anedfuHcourfe, 
Before we enter hi$ forbidden gates , 
To know his pleafute, and in that behaJfe 
Bold of your worthmeflc, we Tingle you, 
As our beft mouing faire foliciter 
Tell him.thc daughter of the King of France, 
On ferioUi birfineflc craning quicke difpatch, 
Importunes pcrfonal! conference with his grace 
HaJRc, figninc fo much while we attend, 
Like humble vi&g'd-fuccn his high will. 

Bey. Proud of iniploymenr, willingly I goe ixtr. 

Prin. All pride is willingpridc,and yours is fo 
Who are the Votaries my lowng Lords , thatarevow 
fello wes with this vcrtuous Duke ? 

Lor. Lo*gatiitl is one. 

Print . Know you the man ? 

i Liufy. I know him Madame ata marriage feaft , 
Betweene L,Pertgert and the be-autious heire 
Ofltujxti TtmconbrtAgt folemnized. 
In NmrmanAie faw 1 this LonganA , 
A man effoueraignc parts he is efteeno'd : 
Well fitted in Arts, glorious in Armes : 
Nothing becomes him illtbac he would well 
The oocly foylc of his faire venues gloffe, 
If vertues glofTe will ftaine with any foile, 
Is a (harp witmacch'd with too blunt a Will . 
Whofecdge hath power to cut whofe willM wills, 
It (hould none fpare that corns within his power. 

friii. Some merry mocking Lord bclike.ift fo ? 

< i.t They fay fomoft^that moft his humors know. 

Prin. Such fhort liu'd wits do wither as they grow. 
Who are the reft? 

a .La/.The yong Dw4w,a well accomplifht youth, 



Of all that Venue loue, for Venue tbneti. 

Mo(\ power to doe moft harrae, lft knowing Uf j 

For he hath wit co rrralce an ill fhape good, 

And fhape to win grace though (he had no nit. 

J faw him at the Duke Alaifotsontc, 

And much too little of that good I faw, 

I my report to his great worlhineffe. 

l(pfi Another of thefe Studenti at that time , 
Was there with nim, as I haue heard a truth. 
Bernt they call him, but a morler man . 
Within the limit of becomming mirth , 
I neuer fpent an houres talke withalL 
His eye begets occafion for his wit , 
For euery obiecU that the one doth catch 
The other turnes to a mirth-mouing iefi 
Which his faire tongue (conceits expofitor ) 
Dcliuers in fuch apt and gracious words , 
That aged cares play treuant at his tales, 
And yonger hearings are quite rauifhed. 
So fweet and voluble is his difcourfe 

fnw. God blcfiemy Ladics.arc they all in toae > 
That euery one her ownc hath gamifhed , 
With fuch bedecking ornaments of praife 

Ma. Hcerc comes Bora 

Eittr Bajtt. 

fria. Now, what admittance Lord ? 

Eojei. NAHXT had notice of yourfaire approach , 
And he and hi) competitors in oath , 
Were aJIaddrefl to mecte you gentle Lady 
Before I cam* Marrie thus much I haue learnt, 
He rather mcanes ro lodge you in the field, 
Like one (hat comet heere to befiege his Court, 
Therf fecke a dtfpenfatibn fot his oath : 
To let you enter his Unpeopled houfe. 



Enter N**ar t Lon^uiU, 



, and Beramne. 



Heere comes Ntauer 

NOM. Faire Princefle,welcomtotheCourtof Nttu 

Prm. Faire I giue you backtagaine , and welcome 1 
haue not yet : the roofc of this Court js too high to bee 
yours, and welcome to the wide field* , toobafetatw 
mine. 

New You (ball be welcome Madam to my Court. 

Prm, I wil be welcome ihcn,Condu me thither. 

No* Heare me dearc Lady,] haue fworne an oath. 

trm. Our Lady helpe my Lord.he'll be forfworne, 

Nan Not for the world faire Madam.by my will. 

PrjH. Why, will (hall breake it will,and nothing els 

Nan. Your Ladifhip is ignorant what it is. 

Pn, Were my Lord fo, his ignorance were wife, 
Where now his knowledge muft proue ignorance. 
1 hcare your grace hath fworne out Houfeekecping : 
Tit deadly fane to keepc that oath my Lord, 
Andfmnetobreskcit,: 
But pardon me,I am too fodaine bold, 
T o teach 1 * Teacher ill bcfeemeth roe. 
Vouch fafe to rod the purpofe of my coaling, 
And fodaioly refolue me in my fuite. 

No*. Madotn.I will, if fodaioly I may. 

Prin. You will the fooner that I'were away, 
3 you'll proueperior'd if you make me ftay. 

Euro*. Did not I dance with you in Rretant one* ? 

Xtfi. Did cot 1 dance With you ki Braforf once ? 



Eer. I know you did. 

Rafa. .How needlefle was it then to atk the queflion? 

Ber. Youmuftnotbefoqc'cke. 

Reft, Tis long of you y fhr me with fuch queftioni. 

"Per. Your wit's too hot,u fpeeds tec faft, 'twill lire. 

Rcf** Not till it ieaue the Rider in the mire. 

Ber. Whn time a day 7 

Ifo/ii. The ho\vre that fbolec fhould aske. 

Sir. Now faire befall your majke. 

Kofi. Fairefall the face it couers. 

Ber . And fend you many toaers. 

Ropt. Amen,1b you banone. 

Rtr. Nay then will 1 begone. 

Kin. Madame,your father heere doth imitnatr, 
The paiment of a hundred thoufand Crownes, 
Being but th one halfe, of an intire fumme. 
Disburfed by my father in his wanes. 
But fay that he, or we, as neither haue 
Receiu'd that fumme ; yet there rcmaines ynpald 
A hundred thoufand more : in furety of the which, 
One part of Aefntoiw is bound tovs, 
Although not valued to the moneys worth. 
If then the King your father will reflore 
But that one halfe which it vnfatisried, 
We will giue vp our right in ^xitatse, 
And hold faire friendship with his Maieflie : 
But that itfeemeshelittlepurpofeth, 
For here he doth demand to haue repaie, 
AnhundredtboufanJCrownes,andnot demands 
Onepaiment of a hundred thoufand Crownes , 
To haue his title Uue in tsfattitamt. 
Which we much rather had depart vsithall , 
And haue the money by our father lentj 
Then +4<jit&e t fo guelded ts it is. 
Dear e Princefle, were not his rcqoefts fo farre 
Fxn reafons yeelding,your faire fclfv fhould make 
A yedding 'gainft fome reafon in my brcft. 
Ant) goe well Cacisficd to France againe. 

Priii. You doe the King my Father too much wrong, 
And wrong the reputation of your name , 
In fo mfeetning to confefle reccyt 
Of that which hath fo faithfully beeneoaid. 

Km. \ doe protcft I neuer heard of u , 
And if you proue it, lie repay it bicke, 
Or yeeld vp Atptftatot. 

Prm. We arreft your word: 
Sa^you canptodaccBcqaittance* 
For fuch a fumme, rrom fpecU'd Officers, 
Of Cbtrlet his Father. 

Kin. Satisfiemefo. 

Byct. So pleefeyout Grace,the packet it not come 
Where that and other Specialties are bound, 
To morrow you (hall haue-a fight of them. 

Kin. It (hall fufficeme ; at which enterview, 
'AU liberal! reafon would T yeeld voto: 
Meant time, rcceitie fach welcome at my hand, 
A Honour, without breach of Honour may 
Make tender of, to thy true wotthiijcfle. 
You may not come faire PrincetTe to mjrgates, 
But heere without yoa (hall be fo receiud, 
&$ you fhall deeme your feife lodg'd in my heart, 
Though fo deni'd farther harboorin my hotife : 
Yom owne good thoughts excofe me.and farewell , 
To morrow we flwl! vifit you againe. 

Pri*. Sweet health & faire dehres confort your grace. 

Kia. Ihy own wi(h wiftl thcejtn euy place Exit. 



Louer Labours loft. 127" 

By. Lady,Iwineommjc1youtomyowncheanr 



La.T(a. Pray you doe my commendations, 
1 would be glad to fee it. 

Sty. I would you heard it grone. 

*.7b. Isthefouleficke?. 

Key. Sicke at the heart. 

L*.R*. Alacke^et it blond. 

%. Would thar doe it good? 

L*.R<> MyPhifickefaietl. 

"Sej WU! you prick't with your ey. 

La Jit. No fynt t with my knife. 

Btj. Now God faue thy life. 

L*.t(e. And yours from long lining, 

ter. Icarmctftayihankf-giiiing. M. 

Enttr Dttmant. 

Dam. Sir,! pray you a word: What Lady is that fame/ 



< Dm. A gallant Lady, Mounfier fare you well. 

Le*g. 1 befeech you a word: what is (he in the white? 

Eaj. A woman fomtimtrs, if you faw her in the light. 

Leg. Perchance light in the light : I defire her name 

"Bey. Shte hath but one fov her fclfe, 
To dcflrethat weteaihame. 

Lmg. Pray you fir, whole daughter ? 

;. Her Mothers, I haue heard. 

Long. Gods bletiing a your beard. 

By. Good fir be not offended, 
Shee is an heyre of F t*kon!rridgt . 

Long. Nay.mychollerisended: 
Shee is a moft fweet Lady. Exit IM. 

By. Not vnlikefir, that may be* 

fuler StroHme. 

Ber. What's her name in the cap. 

Eej. JTrflvrMwbygoodhap. 

Ber. Is foe wedded, or no. 

Boy To her w ill fir, or fo . 

Ber. You are welcome fir, adiew. 

"2oj. Fare well to me fir, and welcome to you; Exit. 

Lit itf* That laft is flirc,ihe mery mad-cap LonL 
Not a word with him, but a left. 

Bey. Andeucrykftbuta word. 

Pri. It was welldomrof you to take him at hit word. 

By. I was as willing to grapple,ai he was to boord 

La. MA. Two hot Sheepes marie : ( 

And wherefore not Shipj ? G'P S ' 

Bj. No Sheepe( fweet Lamb)vnle{fe we feed on your 

La. You Sheep 8t 1 pafture s fhall that fimflul* left ? 

"Soj. So you grant pafture forme. 

Lx. Not fo gentle beaft. 
My lip* are no Common, though. fcueraJJ they be. 

Bo. Belonging to whom? 

L*. To my fortunes and me. 

Prix. Good wits wit beiangling but gentles agrte. 
This ciuill warreof wiu weremuch better vfcd 
QoNexitr and hisbooketuep.for heere 'tis abos'd. 

B. 1 f my obferuation( which ry feldome Hea 
By the hearts Bill rhetorlcke,<iiftlofed with eyes) 
Decciue me not new, Mwarismfedcd. 

Prin. With what? 

"Be. With that which w* Loueninutle aifc&ed. 

Prin. Your reafon. 

So. Why all his behauiouts doe make their retire, 
To the court of his eye.peeping thorough deiire. 
His hart like an Agct with your print imprefted, 

Proud 



128 



Lones Labours loft. 



rood with his fo?me,in his eic pride cxprefled. 
]is tongue all impatient to fpeake and not fee. 
y\A (tumble with hafte in his cic- fight to be, 
All fences TO chat fence did make their repair*, 
TO fee) c onely looking on faireft of faire : 
Me thought all his fences were lockt in his eye, 
As Jewels in Chtiftall for feme Prince to buy. (gi alt, 
Who tendring their own worth from whence they were 
Did point out to buy them along as you paft 
His facet owrte margent did coatc fuch amazes, 
Thai all eyes faw his eiet inchanted with gazes. 
lie giueyou >fyf4/,andallihatishis, 
And you gtue him for my fakejbut onelouing Kiffe. 

Triii. Come to our P auil lion^^/w is difpof.de 

Bro.But to fpeak that in words.which his eic hath dif- 
I onelie hauc made a mouth of his eie , ( clos'd. 

By adding a tongue.whkh I know will not lie. 

Lad.Rg.lboo art an old Loue-monger.and fpeakeft 
skilfully. 

Lad.M* He is Cttpidt Grandfather,and learnes news 
ofhim. 

Ltd. t. Then was Vmtu like her mother, for her fa. 
therisbut grim. 

Bej. Do you heare my mad wenche> ? 

1,4.1. NO. 

Boy. What theo,do you fee? 
Ltd.*. I, our way to be gone. 
"Boy. You are too bird for roc. 



jfilusTettiut. 



Cater Breggart and Sty. 
Song. 

BM. Warble childe,makepa(Gonate my fenfe of hea- 
ring. 

By Concoltnel. 

"Srag t Sweete Ayer, gotendernefie of yeares: cake 
this Key, gtue enlargement to the fwaine, bring him fe- 
ftinatly hither : I mufi iniploy htm in a letter to my 
Loue. 

By. Will you win your loue with a French braule? 

Bra. How ireaneft thon,brauling in French ? 

By. No my comp'cat matter, but to ligge off a tune 
at the tongues end, canarie to it with thefecte, humour 
it with turning vp your te : figb a note and (ing a note, 
fometime through the throate ; if you fwallowed loue 
with fineing, loue fometime through: nofe as if you 
fnaft vp loue by fmelling loue with your hat pemhoufe. 
like ore the (hop of your cies, with your armes croft on 
your thinbellie doublet , like a Rabbet on a fpit e or your 
hands in your pocket, like a man after the old painting, 
and keepe not too long in one tune,but a fnip and away: 
thefe are complements, thefe are humours, tbefe betraie 
nice wenches that would be betraied without tbefe. and 
make them men of note : do you note men that raoft are 
affeaed to thefe? 

Brag . How haft thou purchafed this experience ? 

Bfj. By my penne of obfcruation. 

Bnt. BmO,butO. 

Boy. The Hobbie-horfr j s forgot. 

nt. Cal ft thou my loue Hobbi-horfe. 

B*r. NoMafier,theHobb4e.horfisbutaCo{t, and 
and your Loue perhaps, a Hacknie : 



But haoeyoufor 
Brag. Almoftlhad. 

By. Negligent ftudent,learne her by heart. 
Brntf. By heart, and in heart Boy. 
Ba. And out of heart Matter : all ihofe sbne 2 will 



Brag. What wilt thou proiie f 

'Boy. A rnan.if I liu(and this)by ,in,and withcat,vp. 
on the inftant : by heart you loue her,becau(e your heart 
cannot come by her : in heart you loue her, becaufe your 
heart is in loue with her : and out of heart you buc her, 
being out of heart that you cannot enioy her. 

"Brag. I am all thefe three. 

"Bay. And three times as much mere, vid yet nothing 
atalL 

Brag. Fetch hither the Sv/aine, he muft curie mee ^ 
letter. 

Bay. A mcfTage well (impatbis'd, a Horfe to be cm- 
bafladourforan Afle. 

Brae. Ha,ha,Whatfaieftthou? 

fi^arrie fir.you muft fend the Afle vpon the Horf< 
for he is verie flow gated : but I goe. 

Brag, The way is buc fhort,away. 

Bj. AsfwiftasLeadfu. 

Brag. Thy meaning prettie ingenious, is notLead 
mczrall heauie,dull,and (low ? 

Boy. Mmnime hor.eft Mafter.ot rather Mafter noi 

Brad. 1 fay Lead is flow. 

Bey. You arc too Avift fir to fjy fo, 
Is that Lead flow which is fir'd from a Gunnel 

frog. Sweete (tnoke of Rhetorifee, 
He reputes me a Cannon,and the Bullet that's h ; 
I Ihoote theeactheSwaine. 

3jr. Thump then,and I flee. 

Bra. A inoft acute luuenall, voluble and free of grace, 
By thy fauour fwee t Welk in,I muft %'n in thy face. 
Moft rude melancholic,Valour giues thce place. 
My Herald is retwn'd. 

Enter PagfdndClotvne, 

Pag. AwcnderMafler.hae'saC^Wbroken in a 

fliin. 
Ar. Some enigma, Come riddle, cone, thy Letaay 



tit. No egma,noridd!e,nofcwwjr, nofalue, int'nee 
male fir. Or fir, Plantan, a plaine Plantan : no Itmuy 
6mwy,no Salue br.bu; a Plantan. 

Ar. By vernte thou inforceft laughter, thy fillie 
thought,my fplene,tbe heauing of my lunges prouokes 
me to ridiculous fmy'ing : O pardon me my flats, doth 
the incop.fiderate-taks/iiw for lenity, and the word &- 



Doe the wife thinke them other, is not fawn, s 
(pUtoe. 

Ar. No Pagt, it is an epilogueor difcourfe to make 
Some obfcure precedence, that hath tofore bin raine 
Now will I begin your morrali, and do you follow with 

myiaxuy. 
The Fox? ,the Ape,and the HumbSe-Bee, 

Were ftill at oddes,being but three. 
Am Vntill the Goofe came out ofdoore, 

Staying the oddes by adding faure. 
P^.Agood^Tj^.ending in the Goofs: wouldyou 

(Sebremore?* 

Cfe. The Boy hath feldhimabarg8inepGoofe,tIwi*s 

(lac 



Loues Labours loft. 



I2Q 



Sir,your penny-worth is gooo,a/id yourGoefc be fet 
To fell a baxgainc well is as cunning as !*ft aed loofe : 
Let me fc* a rat Lemtoj ,1 that's a fat Goo fe. 

Ar. Corns hi cheijconu hither : 
tiowdiddus aigurnent begin f 



fheo cal 'dyou for the Lenny 

dan. True,and I for a Plan tan . 
hus came yo ur argument in 

fhen th Boyes fat LvtHsy, the Goofe that you bought, 
And he ended the market. 

AT. But tell me : How was there a Cojt&rd broken in 

fog. IwiiheUyoufencibly. 

Clow, Thou haft no feeling of it Meth, 
wtll fpcake that Lerue?. 
Coftard running out,thac was fafely within, 
ell ouer the chre(hold,and broke my (run 

Arm. We will talke no more of this matter 

Cttw. Till there be more matter in the (run. 

Arm. Sirra fi/}drd t l will inftanchife thee. 

Clow. O, mame me to one Francv t l fmell foraeL**- 
9-, fomeGoofe in thi*. 

Arm. By my fweete ibule.I meane.fetting thee at li- 
rti. Enfreedomme thy perfon; thou wertemured, 
eftrained,captmiied,bouad. 

C/w. True,true,afld now you will be my purgation, 
and let meioofe 

Arm. I giue thee thy libertie, fet thee from durance, 
and in lieu thereof, tmpofeon thee nothing but this : 
Jeare this figrsificant to the countrey Maide l&jufnetti : 
here it re<nuheration,finr the txft ward of mine honours 
s rewarding my dependant;. ^M^.follow, 

Pag. Ltketbefequelll. 

iigneur CJl&d&&evi, &* 

Clow, My fweete ounce of nuns fleth, my uv-conre 
[ew Now will I looke to his remuneration. 
Remuneration, O, that's th l^une word for vhree-far- 
thingsi Thres-tartJiingstemurarjon, What's theprice 
of this yncte?i.d.no,U giue you a remuneration : Why? 
Itcarriesttremunerauon: Why?Irl9a"rairernarrre then 
a French-Crowne. 1 v t 'ili neuer buy and feilout of this 
word. 

StUtrBeroame. 

Btr.O my good knaueC^^exceedingly well met 

$yt>. Pray you fir, How mach C amidort Ribbon 
may a man buy for a remuneration ? 

Ser, What U a remuneration? 

Coft. Manic fir.halfe pennie farthing. 

Btr. O.Why then tbreeferth ings wo rlh of Silk*. 

Coft, Ithankeyourworfhip.Godbewy you. 

Ser. O rt&y ilaue, I muft employ thee : 
AS thou wilt win my ftucur,goed my knaue. 
Doe one thing for me that I {hall i ntreate. 

Cloe>. When would you hsueitdoueftt ? 

Ber, O this after-noone. 

Clo. Well,Iwilldoeit fir: r%re you wall 

Ser, O thou kno weft not what it la. 

CU. lOunknow^whenlhauedoncit. 

Btr. Why villaine thou muft know firfi. 

Clo. I wil come to your wotibtp to morrow moniing. 

Ser. Itmufibcdonethistfter-noane. 
Harkc Qaue.it is but this : 
The Prtoccfle comes to hunt hete i n the Parke, 



And in her creine i Here is a gentle Lad i e : 

When tongues fpeak fweetly.then they name her name, 

And RojaU*t they call hr,aske for her : 

And to her white hand fe thou do commend 

Thisfeal'd-vp counfaile. Thcr s thy guerdon : goe. 

Clc. Garclon.Ofweete garden, better then temune. 
ration, aleupnce-6rtbng better : moft fweew gar/ 
don. I will doe it fir jj print : gitdon, remuneiaiion. 

tx*. 

Btr. O.ondlforfoothinloue, 
1 thai hauebeene loues whip / 
A verie Beadle to a humerous (igh : A Criticbe, 
Nay^a night-watch Confab re. 
A domineering pedant ore die Boy, 
Then whom nomortafl fo magnificent. 
This wimpled.wb^ng.purblinde waiwardBoy, 
This figmor lnait gyant dtwfe,don Cup<4, 
Regenlof Loue-rimes.Lord of folded arms, 
Th annointed foucraigne of fighes and groanes i 
Liedge ofail loyrererj and malcontents : 
Dread Print* of Placcats.Kjng of Codpeecss 
SolcEcnperatorcr.d greAignratl 
Of trotting Parretors (O my litllt heart.) 
And I to bcaCorporall of his Held, 
And wesre hircclours like a Tumblers hoope. 
What? I lone,! fuc v l fecks a wife, 
A woman that islikeaGermaneQoake, 
Still a repairing : suer oui of frame. 
And Better going -? righr,brg a Watch : 
Buibeing watthrchai it may ft ill goe light. 
Nay,io bepenyrdc.which worft of all. 
And among three, to lou.ihe \vor ft ofail, 
A whilly wanton, with a vduet brow. 
With two pitch bals flurke in her face for eyes, 
I^nd by huen,one thfic will do cl> deede, 
Though ^rj/wcrs her Eunuch and her garde 
And 1 to figh for her, to watch for her, 
ToptayfcrhFr,goto it u 6 plague 
Thai C u f'd will impofc for my negf A, 
Of his almighty Jrvddfull little might. 
Wel),I will icue.writejigh.ppay ,)hue>fj fOMe > 
Sonttmenmuftlctiemy Lady,nnd forru lon. 



Enter the PrL-<:ttfi t aP<>tTefitr t berLadKi,(md 

ibrtanu 

^. Was that 6eK:ng that fpurd his horfe fo hard, 
Againft rhe fteep : vnhfiog of the hid ? 

Say. 1 know w o:,bw I ihinke it wai not he. 
Qu. Who er*swa5,afhew'd a mounting mtndei 
Weil Locd,to c :>y we (hal! hau oar difp&trh, 
OnSateidjy we iiiretatne io France. 
Then Femfterm-j ftien4, Where Is the Bufh 
That w emaft fttcd and play the murthem in ? 

Fir Hereby vpon the ccjgs of yonder Coppice, 
A Stand where yau may make the fairefl (hoot?. 

_2r. I diankc my beautic,] am faire that 'haote, 
And thereupon thou fpsak'fiihefaireft fhoote. 
far. Pardon owMAdam/or I meant not fo. 
gti~ What,what!Firftpraifeme,c then again fay no, 
O fhorthis'd pride. Not taite ? alacke fot woe 

ftr. Yes 



Louts Latours loft. 



for. Yes Madam faire. 

V Nay ,neuer paint me now, 
Where faire It nor,praife cannot mend the brow. 
Here (good my glaffc) take this for telling true : 
Fairc paimeni for foule words , is more then due. 

far. Nothing bur faire it that which you inherit. 

u. Sce,fec,my bcautie will be fau'd by merit. 
O heretic in rairc.fu for ihcfe daye, 
A gluing hand, though foult.fhall haue faire praifc. 
But come.the Bow : Now Mercie goes to kill, 
And (hooting wcll,is then accounted ill : 
Thus will I ulue my credit in the flioote, 
Not wounding.pitcie would not let medo't : 
If wounding, then it was to flww my skill, 
That rriorc for praife,then pinpofe meant to kill. 
And out of quc(tion,(o it hfomctimes : 
Glory growes guiltie of detefted crimes, 
When for Fames fake.for praife an outward part r 
We bend to that.che working of the hart. 
As I for praifc alone now feckc to fpill 
The poore Dceres blood,ihat my heart meanesno ill. 

Sty. Do not curft wiues hold that felfe-foucfatgruic 
Onclv for praiie fake.when they (Uiue to be 
Lords ore their Lords? 

$n. Onely for pra>fe,and praifc we may afford, 
To any Lady ihat fubdeww a Lord. 

Enter Clmvne. 

Bey. Here comet a member of the common, wealth. 

Cte. Cod dig-you-den all.pray you which is the heed 
Lady? 

j$.Thou (hale know her fcllo w,by the reft that haue 
no heads. 

Clo. Which is the greateft Lady.the highcft* 

H. Thcthickcfl.and thctalleft. 

Clo. The thicke<t,& the callcft ; it is fo.truth is truth. 
\nd your wafte Mifttis, were as (lender as my wit, 
One a thefe Maides girdles for your-waftc fhould be fit. 
Are not you the chiefc womS?You arc the thickeft here? 

Q^_ What's your will fu ? What's your will ? 

Clo. I haue a Letter from Monfjcr^CTwnc, 



O thy letter.rhy IcttenHe s a good friend of mine. 
Stand a fide good bearer, 
Bcjct,you can carue, 
ireake vp this Capon. 

"Bojet. I am bound to feme. 
This Letter is mi (look e : it importcth none here : 

CIS Writ tO f*]*tn<tta. 

Qu. We will reade it,l fweare. 
Breake the necke of the Waxe,and cuery one gkie eare, 

"Stytt reaJgs. 

2Yheauen,tharthoUartfaire, ismoft infallible: true 
that thou art beauteous, truth it felfe that thou arc 
ouely : more fairer then raire,beautifull then beautious, 
ruer then truth it felfe: haue comiferation on thy hcroi- 
all VafTall. The magnanimous and moft illuftrate King 
ttM fet cie vpon the pernicious and indubiute Beg. 
ger Zftnltfhm: and he it was that might rightly (syft- 
,vuli t vift: Which to annorhanize in the vulgar, O 
bafe and obfcure vulgar ; vibltftt, He came, See,and o- 
camc: hee came one; fe^two; couercame three; 
Who came / the King. Why did he come ? tofee.Why 



did he fee/ to ouercomt. To whom came he f to the 
Beggtr. Whatfawhc? thcBegger. Who oucrcamc 
he ? the Bt-gger. The concludon is vidorie : On whofe 
fide? the King: the captio* Is inncht : OnwhofeHde? 
theBeggers. The cataftrophc is a Niiptlall : on wtofe 
fide ? the Kingi: no,on both in one.or one In both. 1 am 
the King (for fo ft and the compjrifon) thou die Beg- 
ger, for fo witnefleth thy lowlincfle. Shall I cotnmcuK 
thy loue ? I may. Shall I enforce thy louc/ i could 
Shalllentreaccthylouef' I will. What, fhtlt thou ex- 
change for ragges, roabes: for tittles titles, fof thy felfe 
mee. Thus eipefting thy reply, I prophanc my lips on 
thy fooie, my eyes on thy picture, and my heart on thy 
eyerie part. 

That in the Jeart/1 4epgm ofnttiujtri*, 
Don Adrians de Armatho. 

Thos doft thou heare the Nemean Lion roare, 
Cainft thce thou Lambe,that (randeft as his pray : 
SubmifHue fall his princely fme before, 
And he from for rage will incline to play. 

But if thou flriue (poore foule) what art thou then ? 

Foode for hi* rage, repafture for his den. 

u. What plumeof feathers is hee that Indited this 
Letter ? What yeine ? What Wethercocke? Dul you 
eucr heare better - 

livj. I am much deceiued,bur I remember the Rile. 

^w.Elfcyour memorieisbad, going ore it erewhik 
Sw.This Armado is tSpaniard that keeps here in court 
A Phatuafime l aMonartho,andone that makes fporr 
To die Prince and his Booke- mates. 

Qu Thou fellow, a word. 
Who gauc thee this Letter ? 

la. I told yoti.my Lord. 

Qu. Towhomfhouidftthougiucit? 

Clo, From my Lord to my Lady. 

Qu, From which Lord,to which Lady? 

da. From my Lord Berawne^. good matter of minr, 
To a Lady rfFranct, that he call'd Refdint. 

^.Thonhadmifiaken his letter.Come Lords away. 
Here fweete, put vp this,'twill be thine another day. 

Exfftnt. 

"Sty. Who is the (hooter? Who is the (hooter i 

Rojot Shall 1 teach you co know. 

"Soy. I my continent ofbeautie. 

Rtft. Why Ac that beares the Bow. Finely put off. 

"Sty. My Lady goes to kill homes, but if thou marrie, 
Hang me by the necke,if homes that year* milcarrie. 
Finely put on. 

Xf*. Well then.I am the (hooter. 

2?p. And who is your Deare? 

Kfa. If wechoofe by the homes ,your felfe come not 
oearc Finely put on indeede. 

Maria. You ftill wrangle with her Tscyet, and (hee 

ftrikes at the brow. 

Tlojtt. But (he her fclfe is hit lower 
Haue 1 hit her now. 

Reft. Shall I come vpon thee with an old faying/htt 
was a man when Km%Pippui ofFraace wa a little boy,as 
touch ing the hit it. 

'Sejtt. Sol mayanfwere thee with one as old thai 
was a woman when Queene Guinouer oFBrittaint was a 
little wench, as touching the bit it. 

f*fi. Thou 



Lwes Labours 



Sttft. Thou canft not hit it,hh U,his it, 
Thou ranrt not hit it my good-man. 
"Sty. I cannot, cannot,cannct : 
And I cznnot,another can. fxit. 

Clo. By my troth meft plcafant,how bath didfit it. 
y.ar. A markc miruciictts wdi.Cso:, for they both 

did hit. 
Say. A rnark,Qrnarke hut thai marke : imatke fates 

my Lady. 

L (he mark haue spiricke tn't a to meat at, if it may be. 
Miff. Wide a'th bow hand, yfaith your band is out. 
Clo. Indecdea'awiKhaoieoeaccr, or heeie ne're hit 

the clotft. 
"Boy. And if iny hand be out, then belike your hand 

is in. 
C/a Then will (hee gee the vplhoot by clearing the 

is in. 
Ms. ComCjCorr.e.yoimlkcgrcafciy, your lips grow 

foule 
Clo. She's too hard tor you at prick s,fir challenge her 

to boule. 
Be}. I feare too much rubbing : good night any good 

Oole. 

Clo. By my fcule S wajnc,a moft Ample Clowne. 
Lord, Lord, how the Ladies and I haue put him downe. 
O my troth moft fweete tefts,rooft income vulgar wit, 
When it comes fofijHfhlyoff,foobfcenely,as it were, 

Ibfit. 

sirmatkerzih to the fide,O a mod dainty man. 
To fee him walkebefore a Lady, and to bear* her Fan. 
To fee him kUT hii hand, and how ow>ft fwectly a will 

fwcare : 

And his Page atother fide,thatbandfu!lof wit, 
Ah heauens,it is moft patiicticell nit. 
SowUjfowle. fmutit. 

Shoote within. 

Pater Dall t Kelofernes fbt 7etLtt anJL KathanUL 

"Hat. Very reuerem fpon truely,d done m the tefti- 
monj of a good confcience. 

Fed. The Deare was(as you know)fangu:s in blod, 
ripe as a Pomvrater,who now hangcth like s lewell in 
the -ace of Ctto the f k!e ; the welken theheaoen, and a. 
aon falleih like a Crab on ihjt face oWrd,the foyle,the 
laod.tbe eaoh. 

CuratJfath. Truely M.Heloferet .the epythithei arc 
fwceily varied like a fchollcr at the leaft: but Ac I a{fure 
ye, it was a Bucks of the firft head. 

Hoi. Sir Nathaniel, hatdmdo. 

*Dul. Twas not a*4^c^(i>, f rwas a Pricket. 

[-hi. Moft bacbarous intimation : yet a kinde of hifi- 
ouatioQ^s it were in viajn way ofenpl'icwonf/Ktre : as 
!'; were rep1ication,or rather ojtentart,to (how as it were 
hie inclination after his vndidTed.vnpoiifh ed, vntduca- 
ted,vnptuned,vntrained,or rather valcttered, or ra:hc- 
reftvntoafirmedfaOiio^toiafus agatae ray band credo 
for a Deare. 

T Dtii. . J said die Dearc was not a bauAcrtdo. 'twas a 
Pricket. 

HW. Twice fodfimplicitje. ^coSf, Othoumon- 
flcr (gnoranccj^ow drforraed dooftthoulooke. 

Xatb. Sir hee hath neuec fed of the dainties that arc 

bredioabooke. 

Hehathnoteate paper as it were ; 
He hath nor. drunk inke. 



His intellcais not repleniflied, hee is onely an animall 
ondy fenfible in the duller parts: aad fuch barren plants 
are fet before vi.that we thankful! Should be : which we 
tefte and fecling,aic foi thofe puts that doe fruQifie m 
vs more then he. 
For M it would ill become me to beTaine,indifcrect,or 

a fool* j 
So were there s patch fet on Learning, to fee him in a 

Scboole. 

But 9mntl>t*ehy 1 Jbeing of an old Fathers mindr, 
Many can brooke the wcather.that looe not the winde. 

Diil, You two are book-men : Can you tell by your 
wit, What was a month old uCtiM birthi that $ not fiue 
wreekesoltlasyet? 

Hoi. TXRiji/M goodman DttU t ASitimA goodman 
Dull. 

Dul. Whaiij^ff/'TM? 

Natb. A title to PMe t ig Lunajo the Meant. 

Hoi. The Moone was a month old when AcLun was 
no oiore. ((cote. 

And wrought not to fiue-weckes when he came tofius- 
Tb'allufion holds in the Exchange. 

jD*rf. Tis tiue iodecde, the Collufion holds in the 
Exchange. 

/Jf I.God comfort thy capacity J fay th'allufion holds 
in the Exchange. 

Ditt. And I fay the polufion holds in the Exchange : 
forth* Moone >> neuer but a month old : and ( fay be. 
fide thai, (was a Pricket that the Princcfle kiil'd. 

Hal. Sir Pfatkoi*/, will you hcare au cuemporall 
Epytaph on the dath of the Deare. and to humour 
the ignorant call d the Dearc, the Pnncefle kiil'd a 
Pricket. 

Nath fagt, goodM./y^n7.;rtx, fo it (hall 
pieafe you to abrogate fcurilitic. 

Hat I will foawhingaflea h letter, foricarsues 
facifitie. 



a fretittf leafing Prickft, 
Some faj a Sore, tut not A fort ', 

tiU nw> made fere witbjhoptiag 
The Doggtt diJjefff*t ttttn Sert t 

then Sertti lamp/ from ibiekff : 
Or Pr/cket-ferti or elft S*retl t 

tbt people faS a booting. 
JfSorebtforejbtntlLttiSort, 

matccijifiicfarei Ofarell : 
Of one fare / an hundred make 

ly adding tut OHt nwre L. 

flatb. A rare talent. 

Dul. If a talent be a claw, lookc how he clawcs him 
with a talent. 

Nttb. This is a gift that I haue Ample: (imple,a foo> 
IHhexuauagani fpirit.foll of formes,fiute,fti3pc$,ob- 
iec^s,Ideas,apprehen(ions,motions,rtuolutions. Thefe 
are begot in the ventiklr of memoric, noursflu in the 
wombe of ptimater.and deliuered vpon the mellowing 
of occasion : but the gift is good in thofe in whom it is 
acuce,and 1 am thankful! for it- 

Hoi. Sir, I praife the Lord for you, and fo may my 
parishioners, for their Sonnet are well tuiot'd by you, 
And their Daughters profit very greatly voder you : you 
die a good member of the common- weak! L 

Nath. Me berclf, If their Sonnca be ingertrious, they 



LQVSS Labours kft. 



: If their Daugheeisbe capable, 
I will put is to (htm. But V/rJcfu qiii pci/ca t#];uiur t a 
Joule Feminine faluieih vs. 

Eater laquemtta aodifx ffawne. 

laqu. God giue you good morrow M, Pi-.'p/j. 

Nath. Matter Pfon t <pr/i PerforrfAnd ifonefl>cu!d 
be per ft, Wh ich is t he cne ? 

C/MfiHy M. Schoolcmefler.hce that is Ilkeft to 2 
hogfhead. 

A&/.'>, Ofperfing a Hogshead, a good luRer of con- 
ceit in a tuiphcf Earth, KrecnourghfaraFlitit, Peatle 
enough fot a Swine i-'tiipreitie.U is wejl. 

//;<?. GaodMafltrPaifon ixjfopocdss iBademee 
ibis Letter. U was giuenrnee by Ceftard, aodftntmee 
ftom JD0/7 Annalho * I bcfeech yo re4s St. 

Mzffr. Faei!ayrecarg9llidc t quomHofmoa onmlafab w 
bwuminat, and fo forth. An good old Maattuui, I 
may fpeake of thee as the trauealer doth of Vtnitc, van- 
cbiejvtncha, ytemnte -oud*,tfu nanteferreche. O W -Af/2/v 
nwro.oJd Maxtum. Who vndcrftandeihthec not, v? w? 
fella tnic& i Vn<3 cr pardon fir, What arc the contents? or 
rather as J/crnasfsyesinhis, What my fooieverfes. 

Hot, I fir,and very learned. 

With. Let me hcare a ftaftc.a ftai,a verft, Legs do- 

mine. 

If Loue make me for fwomc.how ihati 1 fweare to lootf 
Ab neuer faith could hold.if not to be*uti vowed. 
Though to my feKe forl'wom,to thee He rakhfall proue. 
Thofe thoughts to nKe'wae Cki, to theelike Oficrs 

bowed. 

Studie his bvuleaues, and rntkethitbooke thine eyes, 
Where all thofe pieafure* live, that Ait would compre- 

hend. 

Ifknowledgebe the marke,tokndw rhec (hill fuflfice. 
Well learned is that tongu?,that well can thee contend. 
All ignorant that foule,ihac feet (hee without wonder. 
Which i* to me forne praifechat I thy parts admire ; 
Thy eye foaet lightning beaiet, thy voy ce his dzcadfuIJ 

thunder. 

Which not to anger bent, is tnBfique.and fweec fire. 
Celcftiail ai thou srt.Oh pardon ioue ihU wrong, 
Tbac (ingi heauensprai|e,with fuch an earth) v tongue. 

Ptd. Yaafindenottheapoftraphas, and to miffe th 
accent. Letmeru^eruifethecangenet. 
Nath. Here are onely numbers ratified, bat for the 
elegancy, faci!iiy,& golden cadence ofpo<fie<v*rrt : O- 
uiMtu N*fo was the man. And why In deed Mf/%, W 
for fmelling out the odoriferous flowers of fancy? the 
ietkes of inuention imitarie is nothing : So doth the 
Hound his matter, the Ape his keeper, th tyred Korfe 
his rider : But DmwfeS* virgta, Wat this direfted to 
you? 

lay. I fir from one mounfier "Berrmt, one of the 
ftrartgcQueenes Lords. 

Nath. 1 willouergiancethc fuperfcript. 



I will looke againe on the intclleS of the Letter, rot 
the nomination of the panic written to the perfon writ- 
ten vnto. 
raurJLtKkfi'ftattadtpredrmphymei*, Berowne. 

Per. Sir ffoA^trwe^this Berowne is one of the VotarlS 
with the Kingiand here he hath framed a Lficer to a fe- 
quentofcliefirangerOticcnc?: which accidentally, or 
ty the way of progteffion, bad rnifcarriedi Trip and 



goemy fweete, deiiuer this P*pr into the hand of the 
King^t may concerncmuch :ftay not thy complement,! 
iorgiuc thy dtietie.adue. 

Maid. GoodC^orJgowhhree: 
SK God faw year life. 

Cofi. Htuewithdieemygrrfe. exii. 

Hot' Siryouhauedoflethisinthe&aKofGocivtT/ 
rd igioufly r and aa a certahie Fathw Jtstb 

Peti. S a tell not me of the Father J do fearr coloura- 
ble colour j-BiK to returw to the VfeiX:d thrvpkire 



ffatb. Menilouswelkrortbepeo. 

Peda. I do dine to day at the father* of a certain* Pii- 
pUi ofmine.whcrt if (bngrepft) it Oufl pfeafeyou to 
gratifie the table with a Grace- 1 will onmy prluiledge I 
haue with the parents of the fcnjaid Child* or Pupill, 
vndertake your bten venuto, where I will proue chafe 
Verfw to be very vn! earned . ndther fauouring of 
Poeirie, Wir, nor Inuentioo. I befeechyour So. 
dettau 

Nor. And thanke you to: for ibcietie (faith the uoct) 
isthehapplnetTeoflire. 

feda. And certes ihe text mofi infallibly conclude! it, 
Sir 1 do wnlee you too, yoy fliali not.fiiy me nay : puxa 

wrba. 

Awjy, the gentle* are at their game, and wc-will toow 
recreation. Exeunt. 

Enter Beroume vith a Papef in his bahd^long. 

Biro. TteKmghekhuntingtheDeare,- 
I acn courting my felfe. 

They blue pitch t a Toyfr, lemtoyling in apywh, 
pitch that defiles; defile, afbuleword: WeU, (et tliee 
downc forrow ; for fo they fay the foole faid, and fo fay 
I. and I the foole : Well pioucd wh. By the Lord this 
LoueisasmadasvtfAu^itlriJsfhcepe., itkilsmce, I a 
Oieepe: Wellprooed againe* my fide. I will not Ioue; 
If I do han me : yfoich I will not. O but her eye : by 
this light, tot for her eye, I would not Ioue tier; y?3,for 
her two eyes. Well, J doe nothing In the world b ui lye, 
and lye in my throate. By heauen I doe loue,and it hcth 
taugntmeetoRime,endtobema)licholte: and here it 
part of my Rime, and heere my maiik holfe. Well, the 
hath one a my Sonnets already) the Clownc bore it,th* 
Foofc ftnt it,and the Lady hath iV : fweet Clowne/wee-- 
ter Foolejweetcfl Lady.By the world,! wouldnot caie 
a pin.if the other three were in. Here comes one with a 
paper.God giu him grace to grone. 

Htfraibapde. TbcXinfentnth. 

Kin. Ay meet 

Ber. Sbotbyheauen:proce3e(weet^V/(J,thooh8R 
thump t him with thy Birdboh vnder the left papan faich 
ferrets. 

King. SofwetteakiirethegoidenSunnegiuejnat:, 
To thofe frefh morning drop* vpon the Rofc, 
As thy eye beames,whtn their frefh ray fe htue fmo(. 
The nigot of dew that on my cheekes downe flo-wes. 
Nor fhines the filuer Mooneone halfe fo brigntj 
Through the tranfparenc bofeme of the deep e, 
As doch thy face through t cares of mine giue light s 
Thou ftin'ft in euery teare that I doe w*rpe, 
No drop,but tb a Coach doth carry thee : 
So rideft thou triumphing in mv woe. 
Do but behoid the teares that iwell in me, 
And they thy glory through my griefe will fhow : 

Sot 



.Leues. Labour's toft. 



But doc not loue thy fdre, then thou wikkeepc 
My tcxrcs for glafies^aod fiill make me wepe. 
O Quecneof Qv^tnes^wferredoftthouexcell, 
No thought can Qrinke,noc tongue of mortaJJ tell. 
How fhatl (he know my griefes ? He drop the paper. 
Sweet leaucs (hade foil/. Who is he comes hem ? 



What LemgaitiU, and reading : liften enre. 
/fcr. Now in thy hkeneffe, one more foole appear?. 
njr. Ay me, I am forfwerne. 
2?<r. Why he comes in like a peritifjwering papers, 
L^. In loue I hope,fweet reilowlhip in (hame. 
Bar. One drunkard loues another of the mme. 
Lot. Ami the firfty haue been penur'dfo? (know, 
Tier. I could put thce in comfort, not by two that I 
Thou maktft the triumphcry.the cotnercap of (octette , 
The ftwpeof Loues Tiburne,ehat hang* vp fimplicitie. 
La*. I feareihefetrubborn lines lack power romoue. 
O fweet Mart** EmprefTe of my Loue . 
TVicfe numbers will I teare.and write in profe. 

Ser. O Rimes are gsrds on wanton Cupids bole, 
Disfigure not Ins Shop. 

Lou. This lame fhall go*. HtrtaJeitbt Sonnet. 
TXd MM the beauenty Rbetcvickf tf thine eye. 
C air ft wbomtbt awUcaaaat hold argument^ 
Perfaade mj hurt to tbufalfi pert/trie t 
Vowttfar the* broke Azftrme not pUHtfrrnmt. 
j4 ffojata Jferfaere, tut I wiUproue, 
Thou beig GoMtfftjlforfwe mt tbte. 
Mj Vow M tertbj/, tboa. a beaee*ly Lout. 
Tbjgrac* bttnggziriA^ caret it tLfcrac t in me. 
Vents grt but break , and breath a vapour is. 
Then thus, fare Su,htc^ o*m} earth Aeeftjtine t 
Exbdefl tbu v*pfr-vw, it t bee it it : 
JftrJtf* tben t 'itu*c fault of mm : 
ffl>1 me brekf, ITliat feoU unetfo,ft 
To Iff ft ** tb ,10 wit, a Paradif* ? 
Ber. This it the huer vein,w-hich makes fie/h a deity. 
A greeoe Goofc r s Coddefle, pure pure Idolatry. 
God amend vs, God an>end, we are much out o'tb'way. 

Eater Dumtme. 

Lou. By whom fliall 1 fend thu (company? ) Stay. 

Bcre. All hid, all hid, an old infant play . 

ike a demie God, here fit I in che skie, 
Vnd wretched foolcjCeeretrheedfully ore-eye. 
^ore Sacks tothemyll. O heaucr.s I haue my wifh, 
Dtarkune tratuform'd, foure Woodcocks in a di(h. 

Dum. O moft diuine Kate. 

Bero. O moft prophant coKCombe. 

Dam. By heauen the wonder of a mortall eye. 

Berti By enh (he isnotKorporali, there you lye. 

runt. Her Amber haires for iouie hath amber coted. 

Ber. An Amber coloured Rauen was well noted. 

Dam. As vpright as the Cedar. 

Tier. Stoope I fay her (houlder is with-chii J. 

'Dam. As fairc is day. 

Ber. I at fomt daiec t but then no funne mu(t (hine. 

Dmn. O-tbat I had my wifti? 

LSI. And I had mine. 

If hi. Ami mine too good Lord. 

Ber. AflKtr/o I had mine : I* not that igood word ? 

Dtm. I would forget hr,but a Feuer (ne 
lUignes in my bloud^nd wi!i remetnbred be. 

"B<r. A Feucr in yout bloud vhy rfien incifion 



Would let her out in Sawccn, fweet oufprifion. 

Dum. Once more Ik read the Ode that I haue writ 
Ber. OncernorelletnatkehowLooecanvtrryWii 



Leut t bofe Month it every My t 



Wjbbmftlfe the hetueiu krtatb. 
jijrt (tjiseth be) tbi tbrekft nxrj Howe, 
.vevU Imlghttruunfkfo. 



Nert ttp 

Vow tbxke forjoutlnmmeeuj 
Totitkfo aft to fluckf afuKit. 
*De not eaS itjuiitt itt mt, 
That lamfarfwornefcr thett 
Tien far whom lou would fiMOff t 
luno but an 



Turning mmtaRfar tkj Love. 

This wilt I feod,and fomerfiingeHe mate plain?. 
That (hall ezprefle my trurloue< faAing painc. 

would the Kfag-jBttoame and Lcng/vutt, 
Were Louers too, ill to example ill. 
Would from my forehead wipe a periuiMnote : 
For none offend, where all alike doe dote. 

Lou. D'tmatec, chy Loue is fane from cbaritie, 
That in Loues griefe dcfu'ft Cocierie : 
You may iocke pale, but I ihooid blu(h I know, 
Tobcorc-hcard.and taken napping fo. 

Kin. Come fir.you Worn : as h:t ,your eafe ii foch, 
You chide at him^ff ending twice as much. 
You doe not loue Mori* ? Lcagattle, 
Did neuer Sonnet for her fake compile ; 
NdrncaetUy his wreathed annes athwart 
His louing bofome,to keepe do-^nt hti heart. 

1 haue been* clofdy (hrowded in this bu(h , 
And tnarkt you both,S!Hl for you both did bluft). 
1 heard your guilty Kimes,of feru'd your fafhion : 
Saw iighesteekefrom you, noted well your pa&on. 
Aye mc.fay es one ! O /<*. the other cntfl 

On her haires were Gold, ChtirtaH the others eye) 
You would for Paradifcbreake Faith and troth, 
And loae for your Loue would infringe an oath. 
What will 'Berowne fay when tbtt he (hallhearc 
Faith infringed, which fuch zeale did fweare. 
How will he fcomerhow will he fpend bis wit ? 
How wiU he triumph,leapc,and laugh at it? 
For all the wealth that euer I did fee , 
I Would not haue him know fo much by me. 

Bert. Now ftep I forth to whip hypocrifir. 
Ah good my Liedge, I pray thee pardon me. 
Good heart, What grace haft thou thus to rtprous 
Thefe wotmes for loiiog,that art moft in knie ? 
Your eyes doe make no couches in your tearcs. 
There is no eemine Princefle that appearcs . 
You'll not be perior'd, 'tis e hetefull thing : 
Tu(h,none but Minftrets ttke of Sooneiting. 
But are you not afliatrfd Pnay, are vou not 
M 



134 



Louet Labours loft. 



Ail three of you.to be thus much ore'fhot ? 

You found his Moth,the King your Moth did fee: 

But I a Beame doe finde in each of three. 

O whet a Scene of fool ry haue I feene. 

Of fighes.of grones, of (curow, and of tecne : 

me, with what Ariel patience haue I fat, 
To fee a King transformed to a Gnat t 
To fee great Htrculti whipping a Gigge , 
And profound Salomon tuning a tygge? 
And Ntftur plav at pufh-pin with the boyea , 
And Critnckf Tjmm laugh at idle toyes. 
Where lie* thy griefcl O tell me good Dumautt; 
And gentle Le*e*uid t where lietthy paine f 
And where myliedges/ail about thebrcft : 

A Candle hoa! 
KM. Too bhtcr is thy left. 
Are wee betrayed thin to thy ouer-view 9 
Tttr. Not you by me,bqt (betrayed to you. 

1 that am honeA.I that hold it finne 
To breake the vow I am ingaged in. 
lam betrayed by keeping company 
With men.like men of tnconflancie. 

When (hall you fee me wtite a thing in rime-? 

Or grone for foam ? or foend a minutes time, 

In pruning mee, when fhall you heare that 1 will pr aife a 

hsnd,a foot,a face.an eye i a gate,a frate,% brow.a bttft, 

a wafte.a legge.a limme. 

JC.-% Sot\,Whithera*\vayfofa{*> 
A true man. or a thccfc, that gallops fo. 

TSfr. IpoftrromLoue.goodLoueiktmego 

inter ItMUtuHid and Citume. 

tap. God biefle the King. 

Kin. What Prefent haft thou Acre ? 

Clu. Some certaine tteafon. 

Kin. What makes treafon heere? 

Ct. Nay it make* nothing fir. 

Kin. If itmarre nothing neither, 
The t rcafon and you goe in peace away together 

/7. I btfeech your Gtece let this Letter be resd, 
Onr perfon mif-doubts it i it viastreafon he faid. 

Kt<t. ^ernwr,read it ouet. &e nodes the Let ttr. 

K,n. Where hadft thou U> 

fj<p>. Of Ccjlord. 

Kt*(. Where hadft thou k^ 



Kin. How no w,what u in you?why dofi thou tear it? 

"Str. A toy ray Ltedgc, a loy : your grace needes not 
fearir. 

L<x>g. It did moue him to p40ion,and therefore lefs 
heare iu 

T)Htn. It is 'Serownt writing.and here is his name. 

Str. Ah you whorefon Ioggerhead,you were borne 
to doe me fheme. 
Guilty my Lord, guilty : I confefle,! eonfeffe. 

Km. What* 

Str. That yon three fbolesjlackt mee foole.to make 

vpthemeffe. 

He,he, and yon . and you my Liedge, and 1 , 
Are picke-purfcs in loue, and we deferue to die. 
O difmilTe this audience, and I (hall tell you more. 

'2}nm. Now the number Ueuen 

"Btren> True true,w arefovvre : will thefe Turtles 
begone? 

X**. Hence firs.away. 

Clo. Walk afide the uue fotke.fr; let the traytois (tay. 



'See. Sweet Jxrd,fwc Loum, O let Vs unbrace, 
A: tree wt are at (le(h and bloud caa be, 
The Sea wUl ebbe and flow, heaoen will fhew hi. face : 
Young bloud doth not obey an old decree. 
We cannot croffe the c&afc why we are boms t 
Therefore of all hands muft we be foriwotne. 

King. What, did thefe tent lines (hew fomeloue of 
ihine ? (Rofoln*, 

3*r. Did they, quoth you > Who feet the Heauenly 
That t like a rode and fauage man of Indt.) 
At the fuft opening of the gorgeous Haft, 
Bowes not hii vaflall head, and firooken blinde. 
Kiflet the baft ground with obsdieot bre*A 
What peremptory Eag5e-fighted eye 
Dares Sooke vpon the heauen ofher brow , 
That is not blinded by her maieftie .' 

Kaf. What zeale,what furie.hatfa infpir d thee now ? 
My Loue(her Miftrcr) a gracious Moone . 
Shee(an attending Stane)fcaicc (eene a light 

'Ber. My eyes are then no fye^nor I Bermmt 
O.buc for my Loue.day woa]S turne to night. 
Of all complexions the cul'd foneraigm y, 
Doe meet at at a faire in her&ire cheeke, 
Where feuerall Worthies make one dignity , 
Where nothing wanli.t ht want it feiit doth fcekc. 
lend me the flounfh of all gentle tongues, 
Fie painted Rethoricke,O fhe need* it not, 
To t hires of fate, a leiien praifc belongs : 
Shepaius prayfc, then prayfe coo (hott doth blot. 
A withered Hermits, fiuefcoce winters worcc, 
Might fhikeorT fiftie, looking to her eye : 
Beauty doth varnifti A ge, a v if ncvo borne, 
And giue the Crutch the.Ctad!es infcnrie. 
O 'tis the Suune that maketh ail things ftine. 
King. By heauen,thy Loue is blacke if Ebooie. 
Scrsv. liEbonie like her >O word diuine* 
A wife of fuch wood were feliciuc. 
O who can giue an oth ? Where is a booke ? 
Thai I may Iweare Beauty doth beauty lacke. 
If that fhe learnt not of her eye to lookt i 
No face it fane that is not full fo blacke. 

Km O paradoxe, Blackeisthebadgeofhell, 
The hue of dungeons, and the Schoole ofnight : 
And beauties creft becomes the heauens veU. 

Ser. Diuets fooneft tempt refembling fptrits of lighr. 
O if in blacke my Ladies browes be deckt, 
It mourn es, that pain ting vfurping haire 
Should rauilrt dotet s with a falfe alpeft : 
And thet fore i fhe berne to make blacke, faire. 
Her fauour turnes the fa (Li on of the dayes , 
For natiue bloud it counted painting now : 
And therefore red that would auoyd dtfpraiie , 
Paints it felfe blacke,to imitate her brow. 
2>wn. To look like her are Chimny-fweeper* blacke, 
Loa. And fuice her time^ieColiieis counted bright. 
King. And vfthspfj of theif fweet complexion crake. 
2>w. Dark needs no Candles now/or dark u light. 
Sir. Yourmiftreflesdereneuef comeinra'me, 
For fesre their colours (hoitld'be wafht away. 

Km. T were good yours did: for fir to tell you plains. 
lie finde a fairer fece not wafhuo day* 

"Btr. Ileproueher raire,ortalketill dooms*dayhere 

Km. NoPiuell will fright thee then To much a* fhee. 

'Duma. 1 newer knew man hold vile ftuffe fo deere. 

Loa. Looke,hee f 'jthy louc, my foot and her face fee, 

3tcr t Otf the ftreets were paued v/hh thine eyes, 

Her 



Louer .Labourj loft. 



Ill 



He* feet were much too dainty fitf fiich tread. 

Dum* Ovile.then as fte goes what vpwatdlyesf 
The flteet Ibould fee as (he watk'dooer bead. 

KIR. But what of this,are we not'all In loue> 

Bar. O ncthing fofure.and thereby all forfwome. 

Km. Thenleaue this chat.Bc good 3we now proae 
Our loumglawtull,andout fayth not totne. 

1>um. I mane t her e.fomc flattery for this euill . 

Long. O fomeauthority how to proceed, 
Some tricWome quillets, howto cheat the diut'U 

Dum. Some felue for periurte, 

"S/r. O 'iis more then need*. 
Haue at you then affection* men at armej , 
Confider what you tuft did fweare vnto : 
To faR t to ftudy.andto fee no woman : 
Flat to-eafooagainft the Kingly (rate of youth. 
Say,dn you fafi ? your (tomscka are too young: 
And abftinence ingendvrs maladies. 
And where char you haue vow'd to ftutKe (Lords) 
In that each of you haoe forfwome hii Books. 
Can yu ftill dreameand porf /md thereon looke, 
For when would you my Lordyw yoa.or you, 
Haue found the ground of ftudies excellence, 
Without the beauty of a woman* face ; 
From womens eye* this do&rine I driu, 
They are the Ground,the Bookes,the A chads mi, 
From whence doth fpring the true Prtmttbtai fiift 
Why, vniuerfall plodding poy font vp 
The nimble fpirirs in ihe arteries, 
As motion and long during action tyres 
The finnowy vigour of thctrauailer 
Now for not looking on a womans face, 
You hsue in that forfwome the vfeof eye* i 
And ftudie too, the esufer of your vow. 
For where is any Author in th world , 
Teaches fuch beauty as a womans eye : 
Learning is buton adiunc") toourfclfe, 
And where w sr*^ur Learning liiewrfeii; 
Then when our fe'ues wefte in Ladies eyei, 
Widiourftlufv 

Doe we not likewifr fee our learning there ? 
Owe haue maded Vow to ftudie. Lords, 
And in that vow we haue forfwome out Booke&i 
For when would you (my Leece) ot you, or you? 
In leaden contemplation haue found out 
Such fieryNumbew as the prompting eyet , 
Ofbewitiesaiiort hane intich'd you with : 
Otherflow Arts birirely Iweptthebrainc t 
And therefore finding barraine praftizers , 
Scarce fbr w a harueft of their heauy toyle. 
Bat Loue firfl learned in a Ladies eyes, 
Liues not el one emured Jn the braine 
But with the motion of ail elements. 
Courfes as fwift as thought In euery power , 
And glee* to euety power a double power 
Aboue their fun&oncond their offices. 
It addci a precious feeing to the eye : 
A Loners eyes will gaztf an Eegleblmde. 
A Louer j ear: will hcarethc loweft found 
When thefufpiciotw head of theftb ftopt. 
Lone* feeling is more (oft and fcnftble . 
Then are cht tender bomes of Cock ! ed Snay lei, 
Loues tongue proues dainty, Saeinu groCfe in ti^e, 
For Valour,isnot Loaea fffvufn ? 
Still criming trees in <he fftfrarida 

MMM^M* t i " 



As bright A^lio i Lute, ftrang with hit hii re. 
And when Loue fpeakei, thevoyoaofalltheGoda, 
Make heaoen drowfie with the harmonic. 
Neuer durO Poet toucha pen to write, 
Vntlll bis Inke were tempred with Loues fighet? 
O then hit lines would rauifh fauage eares, 
And plant in Tyrants jnilde huimliUo. 
Front woment eyes this do&rme I deriue 
They fpardeftill the right promethean fire , 
They aretheBookft, the Art,th Achadtmei, 
That fhew,containe t andnouiiftiall the worlds 
Elfe norw at all in ought prouei excellent. 
TKen foolw ycm were thefe women to forfweare ? 
Or keeping what is f-worne.you will proue foolei , 
For Wiledomea take, a word that all mm love : 
Or for Louet fake, a word that louet all men. 
Or for Mens fake,the anchor of theft Women . 
Or Womem fike, by whom we men are Men. 
Let's once loofc our oathes to finde our feluet, 
Or elfe wr loofe our felues, to keepe our oathes i 
It is religion to be thus fbrfwome. 
For Charity it fetfe fulfills the Law : 
Aod who can feucr loue from Charity. 

Kiv. Saint Cn^M/then, end Souldierato the field. 

Btr. Aduince yout ftandardj, (t rpon there Lordj. 
fcll.metl.downe *u h them : but be tidl iduifd, 
In confli ft that you get the Sunn* ofOiejn. 

lon . Now to pUjnc dealing, Lay thefe gloze* by, 
Shall wettfolue to woe tht fe girlei oflrance? 

Vim. And winne them too.trmeforelei vdufe, 
Some enteriainment for them m their Tails. 

Ber. Firft from the Park let vs conduit them thlihcr, 
TWn homeward euery man attach thf hand 
Of hit fa-re Miflrefie, in (be afternoone 
We will with fomc ftrancepafHme folace them j 
Such as the fhcrtnefie of the time can fhape, 
ForRouels,Dancet^1iskcs^u)d mrry homes, 
Fore-runnefaire Loue, ftrewing hex way with flowtes. 

Kin. Away away.no lime (hall beomitted, 
That will be time,and may by v* be fitted. 

"Btr Alone,alonefowed Cockell, rezp'd bo Come, 
And lufticealwaies whitle* lneqti>Umanure: 
Light Wenches mayprouc plagues tomrn forfworne, 
If {p,our Copper buy t no better trfafutc. fxeunt. 



AUus Qttortttf. 



inter fa 'Pedant , Curate aad'DuU. 



Pedant. . 

Carat. 1 praifeGodforyou (ir.your reasons at diruu ,- 
hdne beene Iherpe & /enteiKious:pUafant v> it hou c fcu r- 
rillity,whry without effcdioo , eudacious without im 
pudency, leatned without opinion, anil ftrange without 
oereSe : I did conuerlethisfuetaLm day with a compa* 
oton bfthe Kings, who n fntituled^iominated,or called, 
Doa jtdrtono4rmaZn>> 

Etd. Nmtbemvnimtunquunte, His humour is lofty, 
hisdifc0uf( peremptory : his longue filed., bis eye 
ambitious, hit gate maieflifaH, and bit general! bchaui 
ouramendicuious,aadthrafonicall. He utoo picked, 
too fpruce.too affected, too odde,aun were, coopere> 



M3 



Cur at 



Loues Labours loft. 



Carat. A mod Gngular csd cbol L ; ;nthat 
2>w; M* Aw T 

Tk He dtftweth out the thied of his verbofuie, fi- 
ner then th'j ft sole of hit argument. I abhor fuch pha- 
nackell phanuDma fuch infouabic and poynt deuife 
companions, fuch tackm of omgriphie, attofpeake 
dout fine, when he fhould fay doubt; det.wben be fhoM 
pronounce debt;d e-b-^not deishc clepeth o Celf'.Caafc: 
balfc,ruufetneighbouf two/t/rnebourrneigh abreuuted 
ne : thifc is abhomioable, which he would call abhomi- 
nablait infinuacethmeofinfarnie: c tnttHgudomrH; to 
makefranucke,1ufmicke ? 

fura. 



ferae. 



Gar, it. ViAu m quis vents > 
TeJ*. Video t & giudto. 
Bra* Chimu 



, Ttty. 



T Brag. Men of peace well rncountrrd. 

?*vt Moft millitarie fir Calutation. 

E<ri. They haue beeoe at a great feaft of Languages, 
andffoincthcfcrapa. 

OM>. O they hauc lin'd long on the almes-basket of 
words? I maruell thy M. hath not eaten thee for a word, 
for thou art not fo long by the head ai honorificabilitu- 
dinhatibus : Theu.art earxr fwallo ved then a ftapdra- 
gon. 

Page. Peace^he peele begins. 

"Brag. Mounfier ,re you oot Icttrcd f 

Page. Yes,y, hr reaches boyes the Hofne-booko ; 
What is Ab fbeld backward with the horn oo his head ? 

Peda. Bifuericia with a home added- 

P<tg. Ba moft feeiy Sbccpe, with a borne j you bcxre 
his I earning. 

Peda. uu aitt>,thou Confonant? 

Poo. The laft of the fiue Vowels if Toa f*w them, 
orth?fiftifl. 

Pnz. J will repeat thern : a e L 

Pag. T'rwShecpe, the other two concJodetUou. 

3ro^. Now by the&tt waueof the mcditeranium , 
fweet imch.a quicke venc we of wit, (nip inap, quick & 
home,tt reioyceth my ime1lec>,true wt. 

Page* Offered by \ childe to an oide man : which M 

P*b. What is the figure ? What i*he figure? 

Pipe* Homes. 

.Peda. Thou difputes like an Infant : goe whip thy 
Gigge. 

Pag. Lend me your Home to make one, and I will 
whip about your InfamievMOMr/r<8 a gigge of a Cuck- 
olds horne. 

CJW. And I had but one penny in the world, thou 
(houldfthaue it to buy Ginger breadi Hold.tbere is the 
very Remuneration I had ofihy Maifir,ihou halfpenny 
purfe of wlt.thou Pidgeon-eggcof difcretion. O & tbe 
hefluens were fo pleated, that thou wes butmy BaAardi 
What a tovfull father woulddthou make mee ?Goc to, 
thou haftit^Jf /,at die ringers ends.ss they fay. 

PttU. Oh T fmell falfe Latwie, <WAf/for vwum. 

"Brig. Artf-nxmyruwbuloi, we will bee ungUd from 

iroiK. Doyou i 
boufe on thetopot the Mouoitine? 

Peda 



"Braa. 
Pttfa. 



At your fweet 
I Aot fan 



for tbe Mounta'ne. 



Bra. Sir,it is the Kings moft fweet pleafure and af- 
fection, to congratulate the PrioceiTe at her Pauilion, in 
tteptflmort ofihJaday , which the rude multitude call 
tbe tter-noone. 

Ptl The^frr of the day .rnofl gcneroas fir^s fi- 
ble,congniei*.8pdmeafurabkforthe6fter.noone: the 
word is we!! cttld.chofe, fweet, and apt I doe affure you 
f'r.I doe affure. 

"Brag. Sir , the Xing is a noble Gentleman, and my fa- 
miliar, I doe aflure ye very good friend : for what is in- 
wardbetweene vs, letitpaflc. Idoebefetcb tbee re- 
member thy curtefie. I befeecb the* appartll thy head : 
and among other importunate & moft ferious defignes , 
andof great import indeed too t but let that paiTe, foi 1 
rauft tellthce it will pkaie bis Grace(by the worid) 
fometime to leane vpoo my pooce Dioulder , and witb 
his royall finger thus dallie with my acrement^ithmy 
muftachio : but fweet heart let that paffe. By the world 
I recount no fable, feme certaine fpeciall honours it 
pleafeth his greacnede to impart to t^rmado a Souldier, 
a man of trauell, thw !wth feene the world : but lee that 
pafle ; the very all of an is> but fweet heart.I do Implore 
fecrecie, that the King would have mce prefent the 
Princefle (fweet chucke) wwh(bme delightfuU oftent 
tion, or (how, or pageant, oramicie, o r fire- wot ke: 
Now.Tndcrftandiog that the Curate and your fweet felf 
are good at fuch eruptions, and fodainc breaking outaf 
mynh (jk were; I haue acquainted youwitbaU, to 
the end to craueyour a{fiftanc. 

Peda. Sir, you (hall prefent before her the Nine Wor- 
thies. Sir Hdtfinus, as concerning fome entertainment 
of time, forne fhow in the poAehor of this day, to bee 
rendred by our alliftants the Kings conmand rand this 
moft gallant, Uloftrate and iearned Gentleman, before 
th< Princcfle : I 6y none fo fit as to prefect the Nme 
Worthies. 

Cur ft. Where will you ftade men worthy enough to 
prtfeix them ? 

PtJa. lofua, your fclfe:my flfe,and thu gallant e>- 
deman ItiAui MochobtHs ; ihn Swaine(becaufeof VMS 
great limme or toynt ) 0atl paffe Pompty the great , the 
Page Htrcitlu. 

Bng. Pardon fir, error : He u not quantirie enough 
for that Worthies thumb, bee it not fo big at the end of 
his Club. 

Ptdo. Shalllhaue audience? he (hall prefcnt Hcrtu- 
Ut in minoritie : his *frr and exit (hall bee ftrangbng a 
Snake ; and 1 will haue an Apoicgie for that purpofe. 

Pag. An excellent deuicc : fo if any of the audience 
hifle, you may cry, Well done Hercules, now thou cru- 
fhtfi the Snake ; that is (he way to make an offence gre- 
cious, though few haue the grace to doe it. 

7r. For the reft of the Worthies t 

Veda. I will play three my felfe. 

P<fg. Thrice worthy Geutleman. 

Brag. Shall I tell you a thing > 

/. We,end. 

Tlraf. We will baue^f this fidgenot,an Anrique. I 
befeecn you follow. 

Vtd. r^good-maaU^chouhiftfpckca no word 
all this while. 

Dull. Nor vnderAood none neither fir. 

Ptd. Alone, we will enrptoy thee. 

Dull. Ilemakeoneinadence, orfo t ot I will play 



Lows Labour i loft. 



132. 



onthetaber to rh Worthies, 8f let them dance thehey. 
tJL WoftDu/i.honeilDw/i.coour fpcnaway. Exit. 



JT/rfsr 

0. Sweethearts we (hall be rich ere we depart , 
If faring* come thus plentifully in. 
A Lady wal'd about with Diamonds! LookyouAuhat 1 
baoc from the lotiing King, 

^c/i, MadamcamenothinglfeJcng with that? 

Qu. Nothing but this : yes at much loue in Rjme, 
As would b* cMm'dvp inaiheet of paper 
Writ on both Hdet the lsfe,nrgtmanda!I, 
Thas he was fain* to feaJe on V*/ name. 

Rofa. That was the way to nuke his god -head vm ; 
Fothchathhewefiuethogf&ndyetTssa Boy. 

JT/K&. l,snd flirewd unhappy galiowes teo. 

Jty". You'll ttKcbefticndi with hinvakild your fifier, 

X;6. He made her mtlftnchcly, iad, and beany, and 
fo 0>edi!: hadfhe beene Lightlike vou,of fucba mer- 
t nimble Birring fpirit {he might a Din a Grandam ere 
fhs died. And To may you : Fora light heart liucs long. 

Kef. What's yout Osrke meaning rr.oufe.of this light 
WQfdt 

Kat. A light condition in* beauty dacke. 

jcu/I Wenwd more light to finds your meaning out 

jtrt, You'll marre thelighs by taking it in fnuffe : 
Therefore lie darkcly end the argument. 

Rcf. Look whs: you do?,you doe it ftil t'lh dsrke. 

fcof. So do not you.for you are a light Wench. 

Xo/ Indeed ! waigh not you,snd therefore light 

JCo.'You waighmcnot.Otbst'syo'j care not lor me. 

Xef. Great reafon : for pallcwe.u Ait! p*ft cure. 

^. Well bandied both, a fee of Wit well played. 
Sue HofobMt you haua a Fsuour too ? 
Who fern it ? and what ii it ? 

^ajr, I would you knew. 
And if my face were but as faire as yourr, 
My Fattcar wer M great, b witncffe^his. 
Nay,l haue Verfet too,l thanks '3erca>m, 
The numbers true, and were the numbring too 
1 were she feiieftgoddefteon the ground. 
lam compar'd to twenty thoufsnd fairs. 
O h< hh drawne my pi&urc in h Is 1 etter 

J2. Any thine like? 

Hff. Much in the Ietten.nothtng in thepraire 

Q*. Beauteous as lucke : a good cone iuAoru 

KM, F&J(CMat<B.in&CQppiebooke. 

Kof. Ware peaCsl.How?L meaot die your debtor, 
My >d Dominicdl, my golden letter. 
Othatyour face were fulfof Oct. 

Sf!. APoxofthackft.aodlbeihrewalJSbrowcf. 
But Katharine, what was fent toyou 
From faire Dtomuiial 

KM, Madame, this Gloue. 

*. Did he not fend you twaine; 

Kat. Yei Madame : and moreouw, 
Some thoufand Vf ofa&ichfull Louer. 
A huge tranfl&uon ofhypoerifte, 
VlWly cotnDiUd.profoundfimplicitie. 

*&r. Tnivand thcfe PearU^to me 
Tbe' Letter is too long by haifeamiU. 

?. I thinkeno lefle : Doftthou wi(h inhenre 
The Chalet were longer , and the Letcet ihon< 

A^^r. I,or I would tht-fe beiuis might-neut part. 

Sy- ^* " e wife g trie s to mot ice our Loueri fo. 

Kof. Thy are worCe foolet to purchafe mocking fo. 



That fame Bemoans He totture ere I goe. 
O that I knew he were but in by tb'weke) 
How I would make him fawn,sn<{ begge^nd fecke. 
And wa the fesfon, and obfertM the um, 
And (bend hia prodigal! wiu in bootcles times. 
And Jaape hiaicruke wholly to my deuice, 
Aod make him proud to make me proud that lefts. 
So perteum lik would I o'rcfway hij flat*, 
Tbfit he (held be my fbol,ad I hia fate. 

Sy, None are fo furely ctsght,when they srecatcht, 
Aa Wfe tura'd fooJe/olU in Wifedotne hach'd 
Hach wifcdoms warnmt. and the helpe of Schooio, 
And Wiu owne grace to grace a teamed Fool* ? 

Rof. The Woud of youth bwm not wiih fuch txccfie, 
Ai grauitiee reuolt to wantons be. 

Mer. Foils* to Pooles bear ej not i (bong a note. 
At foel*r y in the Wife, when Wit dotb dote : 
Since all the power thereof Udoth apply, 
To proue by Wit, worth in fimpiiciu*. 

Enter Scjer. 

Quf Heerecomw Bojtt,*aA mirth in hu face. 
By. O I am ftab'd with Uughter.WbWs her Grace ? 



&W, Prepare M 

Arme Wenches arms, incounters mounted are, 
Againfl yewl>eace,LoBedotb spproeclvdifguU'd : 
Armed in arguments, you'll b* furpriA'd. 
Muftes your Wia.ftand in your owne defence , 
Or hide your heads like Covwrdt.and 6 hne. 

Q& Saint Tivmst to S,CupHit What ere they, 
That chstgs thcicbrcath tgainftvs? Say fcout faw 

Bey. VndeYthscooleihadeofaSfcttmore, 
I thought sr clofie mine eyes foroe hslfe. an houre : 
When lo to interrupt my parpos'd r8, 
Toward that {hade I might behold addreft, 
The- King and his companions: wareiy 
| ftole in u> a neighbour thicket by , 
Am!ouT-heard 7 what you (hail ouer-heare : 
That by and by difguh'd they will be heerc. 
Their Herald is * pretty knauiih Page : 
That well by h<rt hth con'd hit embaSage, 
A&bn and acter.t did they teech him there. 
Thus roufl thou fpeake.aod thus thy body beare. 
And eaer aod anon they made a doubt, 
PicTence makrfticail would put him out: 
For quoth the King,sn AngeU Qiali dtou fee\ 
Yetfiare not thou, but fpeakeeucUcloufly. 
The Boy teply'd, An Angell isnot euiil i 
1 rbctdd haue few'd her.hftd (he bera a deuiil. 
With that a!! laugh'd,end dap'd him on the fhcwtder, 
Asking the bold wagg by their preifes bolder. 
One riib'd his Ib&t inu } ar.d fietr'd, and (wore, 
A better fpee< h was ntvet fpeke before 
Another wish his ringer and his thumb, 
Cry*d via, w* wiil doo't,cotr,c what will come. 
The third h caper'd and ct red. All goes wdl. 
The fourth rum d oo the toe, and de-wne he sell 
With that they ail did tumble on the ground , 
With fuch a telous laughter fo profound. 
That in this fpieeoe ridiculous appear?; 
To check* their faily paffioos folcmnt leares. 

^y. But what.but vihar,come they to ifit vi ? 

"Sty. They do, they do ; and are jppatef d thus, 
Like Mefcouittf^ot Ruffians, as I gefTe. 
Their parpofe it to parlec.to court, and daoce, 

M, And 



Lows Lalwtrs /oft. 



A nd euery one hit Louc-tcst will aduance . 
Vato his feuerall Miftrefle: which they'll know 
Byfauours feuerall, which they dd beftow. 

Qnctn. And will they (b?the Gallant* (hall be taskt: 
For Ladies ; we will euery one be maskt , 
And not a men of them (hall Haue the grace 
Defpight of Cute, to fee a Ladies fsce. 
Hold V(faline, this Fattour ihou (hah ware, 
And then the King w ill court thee for his Deare : 
Hold, take thou this my fweet, andgiue me thine, 
So (hall 5w take me for Rgfoline. 
And change your Fauours toe/o Pndl your Lowes 
Woo contrary, deceiu'd by thefe remotits. 

Kah. But in this ehartgtngjWhat is your intent? 

Qwcett. The crTeft of my intent is to ctoflie their* i 
They doe if but in mocking merriment, 
Andmocke for rnocke is onely my intent. 
Their feueralt counfels they vnbafome fhal!, 
To Loues miftooke,and fo bt mockt withall. 
Vpon the next occafion that we meete, 
With Vihge-3 difpiayd to talke and greete. 
Rf. But (half we dance,rf they dcfue vs too't? 

Q*ts. No, to the death we will not moue a foot , 
Nor to their pen'd fpeeeh render we no grace . 
But whik'tis fpoke.cath turn? away his face. 

Boy Why that conrempt will kill the keepers heart, 
And quite diuorce his memory from his pan 

^aw. Therefore I doe u.and I make no doubt, 
The reft wilt e?e come tn, if he be out 
Theres no fuch fport,a* fport by fporr orechrowne : 
To make theirs ours.and oars nne but our owne. 
So (hall we fty mocking emended gaie, 
And they well mockt,depBrt away with (hame. Seund, 

By. The Troropet founds, beroaskt, themaskeri 
come 

Enirr Black^ moores vtt'o wftekf , the Tioj with afpeecb , 
W t be reft ,ftbt L*d, Afaiftd 

ftp A&hailtjbertcbtfl 'Btautitt si tbttarltt. 

BIT. Beauties no richer then rich Tarfata. 

Pag . Abtlj faarceU tfthtfatrtftAuiui that anr ttermtl 
their ktkft t mrt*Bvtret 

TneLadiesturne their backes to him. 

Ber. Their eyes villaine,their eyes. 

Tug. That eturttinfdsiitir cyst tomortaUvitwti 
Out 

Btj. True, out indeed 



Ber. Oncerobeho)d,rogue 



tntk jo*r Snne 

Boy. They will not anfwer to that Epythue, 
You were brrt call it Daughter beamed eyes 

P*g They do not marke me,and that brings roe out. 

Rtro It this your petfeanefle ? be gon you rogae. 

Rf* What would thcfc Grangers ? 
Know their mindet Tic/ft. 
If they doe (peake our language, 'tis our will 
That feme pi sine rr.sft recount their purpofes. 
Know what they would ? 

"Sajet What would you with the Princes/ 

g/f. Nothing but peace ,and gentle vifuation. 

Rof. What would they, fay they ? 



Boy. Nothing but peace.and gentf 

Rofa Whythatthevhaue.andbfdtherhfoBtgof.. 

"By. She laiei you haue it , and you may be go*. 

Km. Say to her we baue meafut'4 marry rnil , 
To tread a Mcafure with you on the graffe. 

Bey. They fay that they haue meafur'd many a mile, 
To tread a Meature with you on tint grafle 

Kpt. It is not fo. A ske them how many inches 
Is in one mile ? If they haoe meafur d mnie, 
The meafare then ofone is eaflie told. 

'Soy. If to come hither,you haue meafur'd miles , 
And many miles : the PrioceHe bids you tell, 
How many inches doth fill vp one mile r 

Btr Tell her we meafnre them by weary ftep*. 

"By. Shehearesherfclfe 

Rf<t. How maniewearie (reps, 
Of many weeri e miles you baufi ore-gene. 
Are numbred in the trauell of one mile ? 

"8t*o. We number nothing that we fpend tor you. 
Ourdutie is fo rich, fo infinite. 
That we may doe it ftill without ace onrpt. 
Vouchfafe to (hew thfun(hine of your face, 
That we f like fau&ges) may worfhip it. 

Rofa. My face h but a Moone and clouded too* 

Ka BlelTed areclouds.todoe at fuch clouds do. 
Vouchfafe bright Moone.and thefcthy Gars tofhine, 
(Thofc clouds remooued ) vpon our wateri ryne. 

^*/2>. O vaine peticioner, beg a greater matter, 
Thou now requefts hot Moonefhine in the water. 

Km. Then in our metfurc.vouchfare but one change. 
Thou bidft me begge.this begging is not flange. 

fafa. Plsy mufukc then: nay you muft doe iifooo*. 
Not yet oo dance : thus change '. like the Mcone. 

Kin. Will you not dance ? How come you thus e 
ftranged? 

Rofa. You tooke the Moone at full , but now free'* 
changed ? 

Kin. Yct(tilineiheMoooe,andItheMn. 

Kfft. The mufick playes, vouchfafe fome motion to 
it; Our eares vouchfaie it. 

Kit. But your legges Qioutd doe if. 

Kf. Sinceyouare ftrangers,& comeherf by chance. 
Weell not be nice.tikr hxnds,we will not dance. 

Kin. Why take you hands then? 

Reft. 'Onelie to part friends. 
Ctirtue fweet hearts ,and fu the Meafure end% 

JCca . More rocafure of J meaflire be not nice. 

Kfa. We can afford no more at fuch a price. 

Ktt. Pnfr your (clues: What buyes your eotnpanie ? 

Rofa. Your abfence onvtie 

Kia. That can neuerb, 

Jtafit. Then cannot we be bought:and (badue. 
Twice to your Vifore, and halfr once to you. 

Kit. If y ou denie to dancCjIet's hold more chat 

Ktf. In pnuate then. 

Kin. I am befi pleas'd with that. 

^#.V/hitr handed Mifiris.one fweet word wrth ther. 

tt. Hony ,and MilJce.and Sugerttherc is three, 

"Bar. Nay then two treyes^n if you grow fonke 
Methegline.Wort, and Milmfey ; wet! ronne dice : 
There's halfe a dozen fweets. 

Q* Scuenthfweeradaejfejceyoucsncogg, 
UepUy no more with vou. 

'Ber. One word in ferret. 

u. Letitnotbefwvet. 

'Ber Thou grccu'ft my gall. 



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Qu. Gali.bitter. 

3*r. Therefor* mcetc. 

7)*. Will yw vouehfafe with me to change a word? 

A/^r. Name it. 



JW*r. Sa y y ou fo i Pair* Lord > 
Take you that for your fore Lady. 

D*. Pkafeityou, 
As much in prluate.and lie bid adieu. 

yi/ar. What.was your vi&ard mad without a tong? 

Losg. J know the [eafenLadie why you aske. 

tvlfcw. O for youi tcafon,qoickly fir, I long. 

L**f. You haue a double tongue within your mask. 
And would affoord my fpeechlcfle viurd halfe. 

Mar. Vcalc quoth the DuwJwnsn : it raol Yeale a 
Olfc? 

o. A Calf* feire Ladic? 

Wr. No.aftireLordCalfc, 
wjf. Let's part thevvord. 
/*r. No, lie not be your baifc : 
Take all and weaoe it, it may proue an Oxe. 

,, Lopke how you bus your fclfc in thefe (harpe 

mocfecs. 
Will you giuc homes chaft Ladic ? Do not fc< 

fit 'AT, Then die a Calfe before your horn t do grow 

L**. One word in priuate witSyouere 1 die. 

Cftfcr. Bleat foftly then, the Butcher hcares you cry. 

"Scyet. The tongues of mocking wenches ate as keen 
t is chcRazors edge, inoifible : 
Cutting a fmaller haire then may be feenc, 
Aboue the fenfe offence fofenfiblc t 
Seemeth their conferencs.thcif conceit* baue wings, 
Fleeter then arrows.bullets wmd,Uw>ght,fwiftcr things 

Reft, Not one word mote my maide*, breake off, 
brc*ke off. 

"-. By heun, all dne beaten with pure feoff*. 

King. Farewell roadde Wenchss. you haue firoplc 
wit. **. 

gu. Twentie adieu* myfi-o^en Mufcouitt. 
Are thefe the breed of wits To wondred at ? 

'Btjtt. Tapers they ate, with your fwecte brtathes 
puftout. 

Raff. Wei-liking wiw they haue,groffe,groffe,fat,fai- 

)H. O pouertie m wit,l(ingly poore flout. 
Will they not (thinks you) hang themfclues to night ? 
Or euer but in vtisrds fhew their faces: 
This ptn'Btramte was out ofcount'hance qnite. 

R*f*. They were oil in lamenublBiafe*. 
The King ws weeping ripe for a good word. 

j$u. Herovne did fweare himfelfe out of all fuite. 

M& Dumajne was at roy feniice v and his fword 
No point (quoth I?) my feruant ftraigbt was mute 

Ka. Lord LmytwiS faid Icatne ore hit hart 
And trow you what he ceil'd tr.e? 

J2*; Qualme perhaps. 

KM. Yes in good faith. 

^. Co fickneffe as thou art. 

Rof. Wei!. better wits haue worne plain ftatute cap 
But wil you heare; the King u my loue fworne. 

Q*. And quicke "Berownt hath plighted faith to me. 

Kit. And Long -will was for my leruice borne. 

MAT. 'Dumaiae as mine as Cure as barke on tree. 

"Bayer. M adam,and prettie miftreifet giu core, 
Immediately they will againe beheert 
In their owne fhapes : for it can neuer b, 
They will digeftthisharflnndignitie. 



4(5 TWili they returned 

By. They will they wilf.Cod koowes. 
An fcspe for ioy, chough they arelame with blowes: 
Therefore change Fauoun, and when they rep air e, 
Blow like fweet Rofcs, in this fummer sire. 

3. How blow? how blow? Speake to bee vnder- 
0ood. 

"Sty. Faire Ladies maskt.arc Rofcs in their bud t 
Difmaskt, their damwke fweet commixture foowne, 
Arc Angels vailing cloudSjOr Rofes blowne. 

Qa. Auant perplcxitie : What (hftll we do. 
If they rctume jn their .owne (hapcs to wo t 

Kef*. Good Madam, if by me youi be aduis'd. 
Let'* roocke them ftili as well kno wnc- as difguis'd i 
Let v complaine o them what foola wereheare. 
Difgoij'd like Mufcouites in ftiapelcffe geare: 
AmTwondcr what they were, and to what end 
Their (hallow (howcs, n4 Prologue ildcly pen'd : 
And their rough carriage fo ridiculous, 
Should be pretented at our Tent to v 

Vyei. tadfes. withdraw : the gallants are at hand. 

. Whip to our Tcnti,a Roes runne* ore Und. 

Exeunt. 
nser the Kig **dtt rejL 

King. Fair* fir .God CM* you. Wb'i Use Prlncefle ? 

By. GoAetoherTent. 
Plfafe it your -Msieftie cotnmand me any feruice to her? 

Ktitf. That (he vouchfafe me audience for one word. 

*8y. Iwill.andfo will fh,l know roy Lord. Exit. 

"Btr. This feUow pickea vp witgs Pigeons pcafe. 
And vtters it againe, when /MM doth pleafe. 
He is Wits Pedler,and retaile* his Ware* , 
At Wakes. and WaflVJs.Meetingi, M.rketi, Falre*. 
And we that fell by grofTc, the Lord doth know, 
Haue not the grace to grace it with fuch {how. 
This GalUm pins the W tnches on his fletue. 
Hid he bin *stdem. he had tempted fee. 
He can carue too, and lifpe : Why this is he. 
That kiftaway his hand in courtefic. 
This is the Ape of Forme, Moiifieur the nice, 
That when he plates at Tab!es,chidea the Dice 
In honorable tcsrmes : Nay he can fing 
A meane moO meanly, and in Vfhcnng 
Mend him who can : the Ladies call him fweete. 
The flaires as he treads on them kifie his feat, 
This is the (lower that fmiies on eueric oof , 
To (hew his teeth as white as Whales boot. 
And confcxnces tha t wil not die in debt, 
Pay himthedutie of honie-tongued *Boje). 

tf.if. A blirtcT on his fweet tongue with ray hart, 
That put Armatbott Page out of his part. 



"Beret where it comes. Behauiour what wer't thou, 
Till this madman (hew'd thee ? And whatart thou now? 
fiag. AH haile fweet Madame.andfaire time of day. 
Qg. Faire in all Haile is foule.as 1 conceiue. 
King, Conftrue my fpecches better, if you may. 
' Then wi(h me better, I wil giue you lesue- 



To 



We came to vifit you,and purpose now 
Court, vouchfafe ti then. 



c you to our Court, 
Qa. This field /hal hold rot, and fobold your vow: 
Nor God, nor I, delight* in pwur'dmtn. 
King. Rebuke roc not fix that which you proiioJte i 

Th 



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Lotus Labours loft. 



I* he venue of your eie muft breake my <xh. 
2. You nickname venue: vice you fhoul( 



oth. 

ce you fhould haue fpcke: 
For vertues ornce aeuer breake* men troth. 
Now by my maiden honor, yet as pure 
As the vnfallied Lilly, I proteft, 
A world of torments though 1 fhould endure, 
( would not yetld to be your houfes gueft t 
So much I hate a breaking canfe to be 
Of heauenly oaths, vow a with integritie. 

Kit. O you hauc lia d in deiolation hecre. 
Vnfeene-, vnuifned, much ro our fhame. 

<tt. Not -fo my Lord, it is not fo I fwcare, 
We haue hid piftime* herre,and pleafant game. 
A mrfTe ofRuffiam left vsbut of late. 

ton. How Madam? RuGtans ? 

Qu I in truth, my Lord. 
Trim gallants, full ofCourtfhip and of fhie. 

Reft. Mad&mfpeaketrue it is not fo my Lord: 
My Ladte (to the manner of the daies^ 
In currefie glues vndeferuing praife. 
We foure indeed confronted were with foure 
In Rufua habit : Heere they flayed an hour e, 
And talk'd apace . and in that haure (my Lord) 
They did not blefle vs with one happy word. 
I dare nor call them foolei; but ihis I thinke, 
When they are. thirfhe.foojes would fainehanediinke 

Btr. Thistertisdrietomc. Gentle fweete, 
Your wits makes wife things foolifh when we gteetc 
With eki bcft feeing, heauens ficrie eie : 
By light we look light ; your capacitie 
Ts of that nature, that to your hug? ftoore, 
Wife things feeme foolifh, and rich things bat poor*. 

Kef. This proues you wife and rich : tor in my eie 

Err. I am a foole.and FuH of pouertie. 

Rof. But that you take what doth to you beteng, 
It were a fault to fnatch word* from my tongue, 

3tr. O, I am yours and all that ] poffcfle. 

Rof. All the foole mine. 

Ber. I cannot gue you leffe. 

Rf. Which of the Viiai ih what it that you wore? 

Str. Where? when? Whai Vimdf 
Why demand you this ? 

Rof. There, then, that vizard, thai fuperftaous cafe* 
That hid the worfe, and (he w 'd the better face. 

Km. Wearedifcried, 
Theyl mocke now downerighc, 

IV. Let vs eonfeffe.and turne it to a ieft. 

Q*f. Amaz'd my Lord ? Why lookes your rTignrrcs 



Raf* Helpc hold his browe^hee-l found: why LDoVe 

you pale ? 
Sca-ficte I tbinke comming frotn Mufcouie. 

'Her. Thus poure the flars down plagues for penury. 
Can any face of brafle hold longer out ? 
Heerefland I, Ladie dart thy skill acme, 
Bruifr me with fcorne, confound me with a flout. 
Thruft thy fharpe wit quite through my ignorance 
Cut me to peecrs with thy kecnc conceit : 
And I will wi(h thee neucr more to dance, 
Nor neuCT more in Rufsian habit waite. 
O! neoer wiU I truft to fpeeches pen'd, 
NortothcmotionofaSchoole-boies tongue 
Nor neuer come Ka vrurd to my friend. 
Nor VMK> in rime like a blind-harpers fongue, 
Tafrataphrafes/ilken teannes precife, 
Three-pil'd Hyperboles, fprucealTeclion; 



Figures pedanticll,tbef< furrow flies, 

Haue blown* me full of rnsggot oftenration 

1 do forfwcsre them, and I ncere proceft, 

By thu white Gloue (how whict the hand God knows] 

Henceforth ray woing mindefhall be txpreft 

In ruffet yeas, tnd honcft keifie noes. 

And to begin Wench, fo God helpe me law, 

My loue to thee is found font cracke or flaw* 

"Ksfa. Sar>t.faat,lftrfytM. 

b*r. Yet I hiiue a tricke 
Of the old rage : bcare with mr, I am ficke. 
lie leaoe it by degrees : foft, let vs fee, 
Write Lardhut mtrcit an vi, on thofe three 
They are infected, in their hearts it lies 
They haue the plague, and caught it of your eyea : 
Thefe Lords are vifited, you are not free : 
For the Lords tok ens on you do I fee. 

iVNo.they ate free that gsue thefe ro/cenj to vs, 

Btr. Our ftatcs ire forfeit, feekenot to vndo rs. 

Rof. It is not fo ; for ho w can this be true. 
That you fland forfeit, being ihofe that fue 

Ba. Peace, for I will not haue to do v* Jib you. 

R*f. Nor fhall noc, if I do as I Intend. 

Ber. Speike for your felues.my wit is an end. 

Kmg. Teach vsfweete Madame, fa our rudenanf, 
greltion, fomcfaireeicufe. 

^". Thefaireftisconfefjion. 
Were you ruxheerebut eanow,difguii'd; 

Km. Midsm.Iwas. 

Ja. And were you well adui&'d? 

Kin. I was faire Madam. 

^u. Whtn you then were hrere, 
W hat did you whi fper in your Udies eare ? 

*<. that mote then all the world 1 did refpeflher 

^. Wheo (hce (ball challenge this, you will reiefl 
hci 

Kfng. VponmmeHonorno, 

J^o.- Peace peace, forbearc*. 
your oath once broke, you for* not to forfweare. 

King. Oefpifemewhenl breike this oath of mine. 

Q^ I will, and therefore kcrpe is. Ri[*!m s , 
What did the Kufsian whifper in your ear* ? 

Rr Madam.he fwore thVi he did hold me detre 
As precious eye-fight, uid did vtlue me 
Abouethis Wotfd : adding thereto moreouer, 
That he would Wed me, or dfe die my Louer. 

Q*. God gtoe (hee toy of him the Noble Lord 
Moft honorably doth vpholdhis word. 

King. WhatmeaneyouMAdame/ 
By my life, my troth, 
I ncuer fwore trm Ladtc filch an oth. 

Rof By rKaucnyoudid.andtoconrumeitpUinr, 
you gau m this : But take it fir agatne. 

King. My faith and this, the Princeffe I did giue, 
I knew her by this Jewell on her (leeue. 

jgu. Pardonmefir.thUIewelldiilfneweare, 
And lord Btrawne (1 ihanke him) is my desre 
What? Will you haue me, or your Pearle agiine ? 

"3er. Neither of either, Irensit both twajne. 
1 fee the tricke en't : Hme was a confent, 
Knowing afbrehand of our merriment, 
To dafh it like aChri ftmsi Comedie. 
Some carry-tale,fome pleife-man, fomc fltgnt Zinle, 
Some cnurr,b!e-newes, feme trencher -kni ght.lom Oick 
That (miles his checke in yeares andknowestiicuick 
Tomakemy Lady laugh, when (hts difpos'd; 

Told 



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old out intents before: which once difclos'd, 
he Ladies did change Fauour*j aiidthen we 
ollowing the figncs, woo'd but the figoe of/he. 
ow to our penuric, to addcmorc tenor* 
it are againe forfworne in will and errors 
.uch v p on this tis : and might notyour 
orclW! our (port, to make v thus vntrue ? 
X> not you know my Ladies foot by'th fquiet ? 
nd laughvpon the apple of her eie ? 
Wid (Und bctwccuc her backe fir,and the fire, 
folding a trencher, iefting mcrrilie ? 
ou put our Page out : go, you are alowd. 
>ie when you will, a fmocke ftiall beyour ftrowd. 
fou Iccrc vpon ma, do you t* There's an eie 
Vounds like a Leaden fword. 

<y. Full meriily hath this braue manager, this car- 
eere benc run. 
Her. Loc,hc is tilting ftraight. Peace,IhauC'don. 



Nt Iconic pOre wit, thou part'ft a faire fray. 

Clo. O Lord /ir,thcy would kno, 
Whether the three-Worthies ftiall come in,or no. 

Tier. What,are there but three > 

C/.No fir.but itisvarafine. 
'or cucric one punents three. 

"&er. And thice times thriceisnine^ 

C /.Not fo fir, vnder correction fir, I hopeh is not fo. 
foil cannot beg vsfir.I can aflure you fir,we know what 
we know : I hope fir three times thrice fir. 

"Bar. It riot nine. 

Clt. Yndcrcorreaion .fir, wee know where-vmifl it 
doth amount. 

Set By I one, I alwaiet tooke three threes for nine. 

Clam. O Lord fir, it were pinieyou ftould get your 
fuingby reckning fir. 

"Sir. How much is it? 

Cla. O Lord fir. the partle* themfeldcs,the actors fi 
will (hew where- vutill it doDi arnpunt : for mine owne 
, I am (as they fay, but to perfect one man in one 
>ooreman) 'Pomfitn the great fir. 

Tier. Art thou one of ihe Worthies ! 

Clo. 1 1 plcafed them to thinke me wonhie ofPtmpe? 
the great : for mine owne part, I know not the degree of 
ihe Worthic, but I am to (iand for him. 

2r. Go, bid them prepare. . Sxit, 

Clo- We will turne it finely off fir, we wsl take Tome 

e 

Kag. Bermmt, they will tlsamtf vs : 
Let them noi approacK 

Tigr. Weare(hame-proofemyLord: and 'tis fome 
policie, to haue one (hew worfe then ;hc Kings and his 
companie. 

Kin. I fay they fhall not come. 

ti. Nay my good Lord, let me ore-rule rou now; 
ThatTport beft plcafes, that doth leaft krx>w how.. 
Where Zeale ftriues to cbntetit,^nd the content* 
Ditj in the Zeale of that which it prefent* : 
Their fdoie eonfotinded, rnk moft forme in mirth, 
When great things labouring perifh in their birth. 

Tier. A right <!efcription of our fport my Lord, 

utcr "Braggart 
"Brag. Annointed,Iimplotefomuch wpenceofthy 



royal! fweet breath, as will vttcr a bract of words. 

Qu. Doth this man ferue God? 

2fcr. Whvaskcyou? 

SH. He (peak's not like a man of God's making. 

"Brag. That's all onerny faire fweet honie Monarch: 
For I proteft, the School matter is exceeding fant aft ! call: 
Too too vaine, too too vaine. But We wil put it<as they 
fay) to Ftrtftva Jc/aguar, I wifti you the peace of minde 
mod royall cupplement. 

King .Here is like to be a good prefence of Worthies; 
He prcfencs Httttrof Troy, the Swame Psmpej o re at 
the Parifh Curate AUxM^Armtd*, Page Hermit' 
the Pedant tu<Lu Aftchdciu : And if thefe foure Worl 
thies in their firfl ftiew thriuc, thefc four will change 
habites,and prefentthe other fiue. 

yer. There is fiue in the firfl ftiew. 

Kin. Youaredeceioedjtisnotfo. 

Ver. ThePednt,the Braggart.the Hcdgc.Pricfl.the 

Foole,and the Boy, 

Abate throw at Novum, and the whole world againe, 
Cannot pricke out fioefuch, take ach one in'svainc' 
Kw.The (hip is vndcr failc,and here fifexomi amain. 

Emer Pompy. 

Clt. IPtmfejam. 

Btr. Vou he, you are not he. 

Clo. IPomfejtm. 

By. With Libbards head en knee. 

'Btr. Well faid old mocker, 
I niuft needs be friends with t lice. 

Clt. fPomfejam, 

I)M. The great. 

Clo. It is -great lir : 
That eft i* field, mtk Targt <tnd Shield, 

did make mjfee tofweat : 

An<L*r a H*ili* Jong tbt, coaft, I hetn am came h chatct, 
And Uj m/ Armei ktfore tbt legs ef t hiifmtt Latfe of 

France, 
If your Ladifhip would fay thankes Pnnfty t \ had done 

f.a. Great thankes great Ptmfey 

Clo. Tit not fo much worrh: but I hope I wasper- 
fcft. ! made a little fault in great. 

TStr. MyhattoahaJfc-penie, Pompeyprcouesthe 
Uft Worthie. 

Eatir Citrate fft Alexandtr. 
Cur*, rrben it, tbf world lliud, I wot tkwerldti fim* 



"Bt aft t Weft t Nortb l & Soui^ I fyrtd my conijneriKg might 
My Scutcheon piaiiie declares ttit lam Altfander. 

"Soiet. Your nofe faies no, you arc not :' 
For it ftands too right. 

"Her, Your nole fme!s rtff, trt this moft tender fmel- 
ting Knight. 

Qu. The Conqueror is difmaid : 
Proceede good Alexander 



mander. 

yoift. Moft true,'ti$ right : you were fo Alifandcr. 
*Bef. 'Pompey the great. 
Clo^ your feruant and fipard, 
5Sr.THke avay the Conqueror, take atoay Alifandt 
Ch. O fir.you haue cuerthrownc AHfaider the corr 
queror : you will be fcrap d ourof the pointed cloth for 

this. 



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. Loues Labours loft. 



thii: your Lion that holds hiiPollax fitting on t clefe 
ftoolc, will be giuen to Aiax. He will be the ninth wor- 
thle. AConqneror, andaffraid tofpelke?Runne away 
for foarnc Altftnder There an'cfhal! pleefe you : a foo- 
lifh rriilde man, an honeft man,looke you,& foon dafht 
He is xmaruellout good neighbour infooth, and a vcnr 
good Bowler . but for Abftnder, alas you fee, bow 'tis a 
little ere-partcd Butrhereare Worthiei a comming, 
wUl fpeake their mmdc m fome other fort Ex* Cn. 
Jg. Stand afide good Pompcy. 

Emir Pedant for Jadat, tmdtbt TSojfor Hercules. 

Pfd. Great Herculei is pre Tented by this Impe, 
Whofe Club kil'd ferterw that three-headed Ca*w, 
And when he was aj>abe,a child,| fhrimpe, 
Thus did he flrangle Serponrs in his Manm 



Exit "By 



Ergo, I come with this Apologie. 
Kepe fome ftate in thy /,and vamfh. 

Ped. ludai/w. 

Dm A Iudas? 

FMt. Nl /fc*riotf>r. 
lud* lamjcliftd <JUach*hU,. 

Dvm I*dot Mtcbabeiu dipt, isplaine ludai. 

"Str.fi kiftmg traitor. How artchouprpu'd fuddti 

fid. ludtu I *r. 

?)un> The more fhamc for you fucLu. 

Ptd. Whatmcsneyoufu? 

"Rot. To make luiLu hang rumfelf*. 

Ptd, Begin fujou are my elder. 

"Btr. Well follow'd, fudu wai hang'd on ah Elder. 

fed. I will not be pnt out of countenance. 

'Ber . Becaufe thou hafl no fac*. 

Fed What is this? 

"Sot, A Cittcrnc head. 

1)un. The head of a bodkin. 

"Ber. A deathi fact m a ring 

la*. The face of an old Roman coine, fcarc feene 

'Bat. The pummcll offjpirf Faukhion. 

'Dum. Thecaru'd-bortefaceona Fhskc. 

Tiir. S.Geocg^es h^lfe cheeke in a brooch. 

Z>w. I.ahdmabroochofLead. 

"Str. I, and worneln the cap of a Tooth- drawer 
And DOW forward, for we hauc put thee in countenance 

Pid, You hauc put me out of countenance- 

2?rr. Falfe, we naue giuen thee faces. 

fed. But you ha,ue out-fac'd them all. 

Vtr. And ihou wcr t a L ioo, we would do fo. 

Tin, Therefore as he is, an Affe, lei him go : 
And fo adieu fwcet lade. Nay, why doft thoa toy t 

1>um. Forthe latter, end of his name. 

Btr. For the Afc to the ludt : giue it him. 



way 



Ptd^ Tliis not generous, not gentle,not humble. 
By. A ligbtfoiiMonfiCUt/w^Hjitgtowcs darke,hc 
iy ftumble. 
~ t how hath heebeene 



Jfe 



Enttr "Braggart 



Btr, Hi3e tViy'heaa e^rtfflw.lxeerc comei HeQarfa 
Aimcs. 

Dtm. .Though my mockes come home by m, I wilJ 
now be mecri* 



A. Butif this */;#? 

Km. I thinke HeUor was no; fo cleane timber' d 

Leu. Hisleggeiitoobigfor Hettor. 

Dam. More Calfc certaine 

BH. No.he ii beft indued in the fm/iiL 

Btr Thi s cannot be Heller. 

Dnta He's a God or a Painter , for he makes facet. 

T!r*g The AroMpottrt MarijtfLeUHfei the almighty . 
gent Heclor *gtft 

Dam. A gilt Notmeggc. 

Ber. ALemmon. 

Lea. Stucke with Cloues. 

Dam. Noclouen. 

Brag . Thi Armitfttnt LX&tri efLamtti the otrmrfy, 
g* ue ffeCtor 4 gift, tbt btirt flUitn , 
A man fo brttrhed, that cenmnt hi trettld fight, jts 
Frtm mornt till night, out of hn Patnlltt* 
] am that Flower 

D*m. That Mint 

Long. ThatCullambine. 

"Brag Sweet Lord LgaaiB rclne thy tongue 

Lot. 1 mufl rather giuc it tbereine for it runncs fc? 
ga.nft HtQcr 

Dutn. 1 ,and HeQtr', a Grey-hound 

Brag. The fweet War-man u dead and rorten. 
Sweet chuck e$,beai not the bonet of the buried 
But I will forward with my deuiccj 
Sweet Royahie bcftow on me the fence ofharing. 

BcrvWHtJlcffti forth, 

^u. Speakebraue Hector, we ate much delighted 

Tlrtg. I do adore thy fwcet Graces flipper. 

Boy* Louet her by the-foot. 

Dnm He may not by the yard 

Brag . Tbu Hedcrfarrtfarmeuiitttl Htwtiikfltt. 
The partie is g0ue. 

Cb Fellow Hthir.fac is gone ;.(^e it two moneths 
on her way. 

"Brag. What me aneft thou? 
Clo. Faith vpleffe you play the honen Ttoyan, th 
poore Wench is caft away: Qie j quick,the child bragi 
in her belly alreadie : tis yours. 

Brag. Doft thou infamonize me among PotenXattt? 
Thou (halt die. 

f l. Thr) flull Hector be whipt for /aqufnetta dtat 
is quicke by biro, and hang'd for P cmpej t \\-,n is dead by 
him. 

2)/. Moft rare Pmptj. 

Bos. Renowned Pompy 

Ber, Greater then greit, grear,grcat, great Pamfty: 
Ptmptj the huge. 

Dutn Kc&pr trembles. 

Ber. Pamjej is moued, more Aiees more Aieei fin re 
them, or ftirre them on. 

Dam. Heiftor will challenge him. 

Ber. 1, ifa'hauc no more mans blood in's belly, then 
will fup a Flea. 

Brag. By the North-pole 1 do challenge the? 

Clo. I wil not fight witb a pole like aNorthernman; 
Hcfla(h,Iledoitby thefword ; I pray youlei(Dcchgr 
TOW my Armesagdine, 

1>um. Ropmefot ihe incenfed. Worthies. 

Cl. Jledoitintnyfliirt 



Pegt. M J ft cr, let rne take you a button hole tower ; 
J>o yonnoi fee Jto/tyeyis vneafing foj checomhau what 



tm^n? ynu? you wUl loftyout reputation. 

Srvg. GeademeaandSoaWiers pardon me, 1 will 
not combat in my Aiirt. 

T. You may not deoie it , Ptrnpy hath made the 
challenge. 

yreg. Sweet bloods, I both may .and/will . 

"Btr. What reafon haue you for/t/ 

Brag. The naked truth of it is J baue no fiurt, 
I go wool ward for penance. 

"Sff. True, and it was inioyned him in ROOM for want 
ofLinnen : fioce when, He be fwotne he wore none, but 
a difhciou t of laqittnettae, and that bee weares next his 
heartforafauour. 

Enter a Mefrngtr, Monfititr Mars#k. 

Mar. Godfaue you Madame. 

QK, Welcome Mortal, but that,thou interrupted 
our merriment. 

ALtrc. 1 am forrie Madam, forthenewes I bring to 
heauie in my tongue. The King your father 

Qx. Dead for my life. 

Mr. Euen fo : My tale is told. 

Her. Worthies away, the Scene begins to cloud. 

'Brag. For mine owne part, I breach free breath : I 
haue feene the day of wrong, through the little hole of 
difcretion, and I will right roy felfe like t Souldter. 

SxtuatWsnkiti 

Kin, How fare's your Maieftie ? 

J%*. TZojet prepai r, I will away to night. 
Km. Madame not /o, I do befceeb you Hay. 
Qu. Prepare I fay. I thanke you gracious Lords 
To* allyour faireendeuours and entreats : 
Out of a new fad-foute, that you vouchsafe* 
In your rich wifedome to excufe, or bide* 
The b'berail oppofitton of our fpirits, 
If ouer-boldly we haue borne our felues, 
In the conuerfe of breath (your gent Jenefl* 
Was guiltie of it.) Farewell worthie Lord : 
A heauie heart bcarcs not a humble tongue. 
Excufe me fo, commin3 fo (hort of thanke*, 
For my great fuite, fo eafily obtain'd. 

Kin. The extreme parts of cime,extremelie forme* 
All caufes to the purpofe'ofhii fpeed: 
And often at his verie loofe decides 
That, which long ptocefle could not arbitrate. 
And though the mourning brow of progenie 
Forbid the fmiling curt elk of Loue : 
The holy fuite which fain* it would conuincv, 
Yet fince loues a rgumenc was firft on foo t e, 
Let not the cloud of forrow iuftle it 
From what it purpos'd : fmce to waile friends loft, 
Is not by mucbfowhojfome profitable, 
As to reioyceat friends but newly found. 

On. I-vndeeftand you not,my greefes are double. 

2fcr.Honeft plain words,beft pierce the ears of griefe 
And by thefc badges vndrfrand the King, 
For your faire fr.ket haue wenegic<5led cims, 
Plaid foule play with our oaths: your besutie Ladles 
Hath much deformed vs, fashioning our humo;s 
Buearo tbeoppofed end of our intents. 
Add what invshathicemM ridiculou*: 
As Lone is full of vnbefitting ftraines, 
All wanton as a cbi^de, skipping and vdos 
Porrrfd by the eie, and therefore like the eie. 





Va ry ing in fubie&s as the eie doih rouk, 
Toeuerie varied object in his^Iance .- 
Which partie-coaced prcfeoce of loofe loue 
Put on by vs, Ifi n your heauenly tier, 
Haue ombeeo tn'd ouroshcj and granitic*. 
Thofe beaucifie ei th looke into chde faults 
Suggefted vs to make : therefore Ladies 
Our loue being yours, the error that Loue makes 
Is likewife yours. We to our feluei prouefalfe, 
By being once klfe, for euer to be true 
To thofe that make 9 1 both, fare Ladies you. 
And euen that faHhood hi it felfe a finne, 
Thus purifies it felfe, and turoes to grace. 

& We hatte receiu'd your Letteta, full of Loue? 
Your FauourSjtbeAnibafotdorsofLone. 
And in our maiden counfaile rated them 
At courtftiip, pleafaat iefl, aod cu rt die, 
As bumbaft and as lining to the time: 
But more dcuout then thefe are our refpects 
Haue we not bene, and therefore met your loues 
In their owne faftuoo, like a merriment. 

Dw.Oat letters Madarii.fhevj'd much fficrc then left 

La. So did out lookes. 

tiff*. We did not coat them fo. 

Kia. Now at the lateft minute of the houre, 
Gram vs your loues. 

Qj>. Atiaicmetbhikestoofhort, 
Tomakeaworld-without-endb&rgainelni 
No.no roy Lord, your Grace is pcnur'd much, 
Full of dear e guiltinefle, and therefore this : 
If for my Loue (as thete is no futh caufe) 
You will do ought, this frail you do for me. 
Youroth I will not truO: but go with fpeed 
"To fome forlorne and naked Hermitage, 
Remote from all the pleafures of the world t 
There flay, vntill the iwelueCeleftiall Signca 
Haue brought about theirannuall reckoning, 
if this auftete infociablclife. 
Change not your offer made in heate ofblood : 
If front, and fafts, hard lodging, and thin weeds 
Nip not thegaudie bloffomes of your Loue, 
But that it beare this trial!,anri ]ail loue ; 
Then at the expiration of the yeare, 
Come challenge me, challenge me by thsfe defers, 
And by this Virgin palme, now kiffing thine, 
I will bethine : and till t hit inftant (hut 
My wofull felfe v p in a mourning houfe, 
Raining the tcaresoflametnation, 
For the remembrance of my Fathers death* 
If this tbou do denie, let our bands part, 
Neither inti tied in the others hart. 

Kit. If this or more then this, I would denie, 
To flatter vptbefe powers of mine with reft, 
The fodaine hand of death dole vp mine ete. 
Hence cuer then, my heart is in thy breft. 

"Str. And what to me my Loue? and what to me ? 

Rff. You muft bcourgea too,your fins are rack'd. 
7bu are attaint with faults and perrurie : 
Therefore if you my fauor meane to get, 
A tweluemonth (hall you fpend, andnsuet reft, 
Bat feeke the wearie beds of people ftckc. 

OK. But what to me my loue? but what to me? 

Jua, A wife? a beard, faire health, and honcftie, 
With three-fold lone, I wifliyou all thefc three. 

D*. O (hall I fay . I thank* you gentle wife ? 

j&n Not fo my Lord, a cwdnemonth and a day , 



144 Lottet Labour sbft. 


He mar It c no words that fmoothfac'd wooers lay. 
Come when the King doth to my Ladie come * 
Then if I haue much loue, lie giuc you fome. 
Dm*.' He fcrut thee true and faithfully ill! then. 


Plough for her Tweet loue three yeares. Botmoft ftce 
mcd greatncfle.wil you heare the Dialogue that the two 
Learned men haue compiled, in praife of thcOwle and 
the Cuckow? It fliould haue followed hi the end of out 


K*tb. Yet fweare not, lead ye be fbrfworne agcnj 
Ltm. WhatfaiesjMirM? 


/hew. 
Kin. Call ihem forth quickiJy,\vc will do fo. 


M*rl. APthcrwcluecnonthsend; t 


Brig Holla, Approach. 


Ue change my black* Gowne, fora faithfull friend. 




Lta. Ik Itay with patience t but the time is long. 


Snier aH 


M&i. The likeryqu,few taller are foyong. 
Btr. Studies my Ladie ? Miftrefle.iookc on roe, 
Behold the window of my heart^nine eie: 


This fide is //iinw.Wintw. 
This FV,the Spring : the one maintained bytbcOwfe, 
Th'other by the Cuckow. 


What humble fuite attends thy anfwcr there, 


Tr, begin. 


Impofc Come feruice on me for my loue. 


The Sang 


Rf. Oft hauc I heard of you my Lord 'Btrmme t 
Before 1 few you: arid the worlds large tongue 


When Oafies pied, and Violets blew. 


Proclaimed you for a man repleate with mockes, 


And Cuckow-buds ofyellow hew i 


Full of compariforn, and wounding floutes: 
Which you on all eftates will execute, 
That lie within the rncrcie of your wit. 


And Ladie'fthockes all filuer white, 
Do paint the Medo we with delight. 
The Cuckow then on eucrie tree, 


To weed this Wormewood from your fruitfoQ braise. 
And there, wkhall to win me, if you picafe, 


Mockes married men, for thus fwgs he, 
Cuckow. 


Without the which 1 anuiot to be won : 


Cuckow, Cuckow .- O word of feare, 


You (hali this tweluemonth terme from day to day. 


Vnpleafing to a married re. 


Vifite the fpeechlefle ftcke, and ftiiJ conuctfe 




With groaning wretches : and your twke (hall be, 
With all the fierce cndcuour of your %vk, 


When Shepheards pipe on Oaten ftrawts 
And merrie Larkci are Ploughrnens cleckes t 


To enforce the pained impotent to (mile, 
/for. To moue wilde laughter in the chroste of death ? 


When Tunics tread, and Rookcs and Daws, 
And Maidens bleach cheir ruro^tr fmockes . 


It cannot be, it is impoitible. 


The Cuckow then on euerie tree 


Mirth cannot mortea foule in agor.ie. 


Mockej married men ; for thus'finn he. 


tyf. Why that t the way to choke a gibing fpirrt, 


Cuckow. 


Wbofe influence isbegoc of that Joofe grace, 


Cuckow, Cuckow i O word of feare. 


Which (hallow laughing hearers giuc to foolcs > 


Vnploa&ig to a married eare. 


A lefts profperitie, lies in the eare 




Of him that heares it, neuer in the tongue 


VfMtts 


Of him that makes it : then, if fickly cares, 


When Ificles bang by ihcwall, 


Deart with the clamors of their ownedeare gtones, 
Will heare your idle fcoroes-, continue tneo,* 
And 1 will haue you.andthat fault witbalU 


And Dicks the Sphepheard bloWMhis naile; 
And Tom beares Logges into the hall, 
And Milkc comet frozen hcuft in paili! : 


But If they will not ikrow awaychat (pirit* 


When blood is nipt , and w*ie be fbwle, 


And I fhil findc you erriptte of iron fault, 
Right ioyfull of your reformation. 
V. A t welucmonih? Well : befall what wffl befall, 


Then nightly fings the faring Owle 
^Tu-whit to-who. 
A merricnote. 


lie ieft a tweluemooihJri'inHofpiiaU. 
u. 1 fweetmy Lord.andfo Itakemy Uaue. 


While greafie lone doth kreU the pot. 


King. No Madam, we will brine yon on your wsy. 
Ber. Our woing doth not end likeanold Playt 
Jacke hath not GUI tihefo Ladies courtefie 


When all aloud the winde doth blow, 
And coffing d;owncs the Parfons faw : 
And birds (it bcooding in the fnow, 


Might wel hauc made 'out fport a Comedie. 


And Marrians nofe lookes red and raw : 


Km. Come(ir,ltvaatsarweluemonthandady 9 


When roafted Crabs hiffe in the bowlcj 


And tho Xwil erui, 
'Ber. Ttm'scoolongfotapUy. 


Then nightly fingi the flaring Owle, 
Tu-whit to who: 




A merrie note, 


fmttr'Bragftart. 
"3r<%. $weetMaicftyvoucnfaleme.' 


While rae lone doth keel eth tpot, 


Om, W*5 rotthat Hedos ? 


Brag. The Words ofMurcutie, 


ttmm. The worthie Knight ofTroy. 
"Brag. I wil kiflc thy royal finger , and take leaue. 
1 am a Votarie, I haue vow"d to lammena to holdethe 


Are harfh after the foogj of Apollo 
Yourhsc v/ayj wethis wayj 
SxauKomnes 




FINIS. 



MIDSOMMER 

Nights Dreame. 



zdflus primus. 



Enter Thefeut, Kippolat.ivitbcthert 



O w fiire HVppolita, our nuptiall hourc 
Drawes on apace: foure happy dales bring in 
Another Moon:but oh, me thinkes,how flow 
This old Moon wanes j She lingers my dsfires 

Like co a Step-dame,or a Dowager, 

Long Withering out a yong mans reuennew. 
ffy.T-'oure dates wi) quickly ftcep thcfelues in nights 

Fotirc nights wil quickly dreatne away the time; 

And then the Moone, like to a llluer bow, 

*Jow bent in heauen, fhal behold the night 

Of our foleronitics. 
The. GoPhiloftrate, 
n c vp the Athenian youth to merriments, 

^wke the pm and nimble fpirit of minh, 

Purne melancholy forth toFunerals: 

The pale companion is not for our pompe, 

-{ippolita, 1 woo'd thee with my fword, 

And wonnc thy louc. doing thce injuries . 

iut I will wed thee in another key, 

With pompe, with triumph, and with tcuelllng. 



Enter Egent md bit tLutgbter Hermit , i 
and Otmetritu. 

Fge. Happy be Tbefnu, our renowned Duke. 

7**.Thanks good Egnu: what's the news with thee ? 

Ege. Full of vexation, come I.with complaint 
Againft my childe, my daughter Hermit. 

Staid forth Domttriut. 
My Noble Lord, 
This man hath my confent to marriehei. 

Sttxdforih Ljfa,d<r 
\nd my gracioujDuke, 

Thi man hatfibewitch'd the bofomeof my childe. 
Thou, thou Lyfandfr, thou haAgiuen her rimes, 
Ind interchang'd louc-tokcns with my childe: 
Thou haft by Moonc-light at her window fung, 
i^ith faining voice, verfes of faining loae, 
Knd ftolnc theimpreffion of her fantafie, 
kVith bracelets of thy hairc, tings.gawdes, conceits, 
Cnack 1 triflcs,Nofe-gaiw ) fwetn>eats(mdrcngtfs 
Of ftrong preuailment in vnhsrdocd youth) 



With cunning haft thou filch'd my daughters heart, 

Turn'd her obedience (which is due to me) 

To ftobborn harfbneffe. And my gracious DuX c, 

fie it fo (he will not heere before your Grace, 

Conlent to marrie with JDttaetrMt, 

1 beg the ancient pnuiledge of Athens ; 

As (he is mine, I may difpofe of her j 

Which (hall be either to this Gentleman, 

Or to her death, according to out Law, 

Immediately prouided in that cafe.' 

Tbt, What fay you Hermia? be aduu'd fairc Maid* 
To you your Father fhould be as a God ; 
One that compos' d your beauties; yea and one 
To whom you are but as a forme in we 
By him imprinted : and within his power. 
To leane the figure, or disfigure it; 
Dtmetrim i* a worthy Gentleman. 

Htr. So'uLyfandtr. 

Tht. Inhimfelfeheu. 

But in this kinde, wanting your fathers voyce. 
The otheY mufl be held the worthier. 

Her. 1 would my father look'd but with my eyes. 

T&r.Rathet your eies mufi with his iudgment looke. 

Her. I do entreat yoorGuceto pardon me 
] know not by what power I am made bold, 
Nor how it may cooccrne my modefiie 
In fuch a prefencc hcere to plezde my thoughts : 
But 1 bcfcech your Grace, that I may know 
The worft that may befall me in this cafe, 
If I refufc to wed Demanmr. 

Tbt. Either to dye the death, or co abiure 
For euer thefoctery of men. 
Therefore faireHermia queftion your defires, 
Know of your youth, examine well your blood, 
Whether (jf you yeeld not to your fathers choice) 
You can endure the liuerie of a Nunne, 
For aye to be in fhady Cloifter mew'd, 
To liue a barren fifter all your life, 
Chanting faint hymnes to the cold fruitlefTc Moonc, 
Thrice blcfled they thatmaftcr fo their blood, 
To vndergo fuch maiden pilgrimage, 
But earthlierhappie is the Rofe diftil'd. 
Then that which withering on the virgin thome, 
jand dies, in tingle bleScdneffe- 

N Her. 



146 



A Midfommer nights Dreame. 



kr So will I grow, fo liue,fo die my Lord, 
Ere 1 will yeeld my virgin Patent vp 
Vnto his Lordihip, whofe vn wifhcd yoakc, 
My foule confents not to giuc foueraignty. 

The Take time to paufc, and by the next new Moon 
The fealing day betwixt my louc and me, 
For euerlafting bond of fcllowfhip : 
Vpon that day cither prepare to dye, 
For difobedience to your fathers wilj, 
Or elfe to wed Demetnm as hee would, 
Or on Didnaes Altar to procrll 
For aie, aufterity, andlirjgle life. 

'Dem. "Relent fwect Fttrixia, and Lyfader, yeelde 
Thy crazed title to my certaine right. 

Ljf. You haue her fathers loue,-2?r/#r : 
Let me haue Hsrmiaes : do you marry Mm. 

Egeut. Scornful! Ljfandtr y true, he hath my Louci 
Aud what is mine, my loue fhall render him. 
And fhc is mine, and all my right of her, 
I do eftate vnto Dermtrim. 

Lyf. I am my Lord, as, well deriu'd as he, 
r\ well pofleft ; my loue is more then his : 
My fortunes euery way as fairely ranck'd 
(If not with vantage) as "Demetriiu : 
And (which is more then a!! thefe boafb can he) 
I am beiou'd of beauteous Hermia. 
Why (rsould not I then profecmc my. right ? 
"Dtrrtttr/u!. He auouch it to his head, 
Made loue to KfcAzrs daughter, Helena, 
And wonNnoulc : and fne (fweet Ladie)dotes, 
Deuontl y dotes, dotes in Idolatry, 
Vpon thU fpotted and inconitant man. 

.Tkff. I rottft confeflc, that 1 haue heard To much, 
And 9t\ihDto>"riot thought to haueTpoke thereof: 
But being ousr-full of felfe-affaires, 
Mymindeci'dlcfoit. But Demtrtiu come, 
And come geat t yoVi fhall go with me, 
1 haue fo&e priuatc fclicoling for you both. 
For you faire Herrnia* lookeyou arme your felfe, 
To fit your fancies eo your Fathers will ; 
Or elfe the Law of Atnemyecld: you vp 
(Which by no meanes we may extenuate) 
To death, or re a vow ofiirtrjie life. 
Come my Htppolits, what chcare my loue ? 
Demetrius and Egeut go along : 
I muft.irnploy you iafomebufineffe 
Againft oui nuptial!, end confcrre with you 
Of f omcthing, neercly that $oncernes your ! clues. 

Eg. With dutie and defire we follow you. f.xamt 
. Manet Ly fan Jer and Hfratia. 

Lj[. How now my louc? Why w your cheek fo pale? 
Ho w < hancc the Rofes there do fade fo raft? 

Her. Belike for want of raine, which I could well 
Betecmc them, from the cempefl of mine eyes 

Lyf. For ought that euer 1 could reade, 
Could euer hcarc by tale or hiftorie, 
The cpurfe bftrue loue ncuer did ruofoiooth, 
But cither it was different jn blood. 

Her. O croffe! too high to be enthral'd to loue. 

Lyf Or elfe mifgraffed, in refpeft of y eares 

Hfr. O fpigjht! too old to be ingag'd to yong 

Lyf. Qrdfe.lnftood vpon the choite of merit. 

Her. Ohell ! to choofeJoucby another* eie, 

Lyf. Or if there were a iimpathte in choi fe, 
Warre, death, 01 fic!< neffe, did lay fiege to it.j 
Making it moruentarre,as a fouod: 



Swift as a fhadow, fhort as any dreame, 

Briefc as the lightning in the colliednighr, 

That (in a fpleenc) vofolds both ricaaen endcftrtb ; 

And ere a man hath power to fay, behold, 

The ia wes of darkneffe do deuoure it vp : 

So quicke brigbt things come to eonfufion 

Htr. If then true Louers hjoe beenc eue< croft, 

It Rands as an edi& indeftmie: 

Then let vs teach our triall patience, 
Becaufc it is a cuftomarie crofle, 

As due to louc, as thoughts, and dresme3,and figbes, 

Withes and team; poore Fancies follower*. 

ttf.h. good perfwafion ; therefore 
I haue a Widdow Aunt, a dowager, 
Ofgr eat reuenncw, and flic hath no childe, 
From Atherrs is her houfe remou'd feucn leagues, 
And (he refpe&s me, as her onely fonne : 
There gentle Htrmia, my 1 marrietbee, 
And to that place, the fharp* Athenian Law 
Cannot purfue vs. If thou lou'fl me, then- 
Steale forth thy fathers houfc to morrow night 
And in the wood, a league without chetowoc, 
(Where I did meetethee once with Helena, 
To do obier uance for a moroe ofMay) 
There will I flay for ihee 

Her. MygoodLy/W-, 
I Tweare to chec, by Cupids ftrongcft bow, 
By hii bcft arrow with the golden head, 
By the funplicb ic of Venus Dcues, 
By that which kmtteth fouler, and profpers loue, 
And by that fire which burn'd the Carthage Queenc, 
When the falfe Troyan vnder fail* was fcene, 
By all the vowes thzt euer men haue broke, 
(In number more then euer women fpokr) 
In that feme place thou haft appointed me, 
Tomorrow truly will iroeete w/th thee. 

lyf. Keepe promjfe loue . looke here comes Htleita. 

enter Helena. 

Her. God fpeede- fa ire Heist*, whither away ? 

Het. Cal you me faired th faire againc vnfay, 
Tiimetrbts loues you faire j O happie fatrc ! 
Your eyes are Ioadftarres,and your tongues f we ayw 
Mor tuneable then Larketo /nepheards care. 
When wheatc is greene, when hauthor,nc buds appears, 
Stcknefic is catching : O were fauor fo, 
Your words 1 catch, faire Hfrmutfcl go, 



The reft lie giue to be to you tranflaced 

O teach me how you locke, and with what art 

you fway the motion of Demartns hart. 

Her. I ftowne vpon him, yet he loues me ftilL 
H& O that your fiownes would teach my failles 

fuchtkiL 

Htr. I gine hiaa cur fes, yet he grucs me loue. 
Jfil. O that my prayers could loch affection mooue. 
Her. The more 1 hate, the more he followcs rue 
Hd. Themorelloue,themorehehatettnie. 
Htr. His folly Helena is none of mine 
JFrW.fJonc.but your beauty, wold that fault ^ermine 
Her. Take comfonrfhe.no more <riaJlfeeo>f face, 

7,jr/*4n-an<) nf telfe will ft ie^his place. 

Before the tiror | did Li fatter fee, 

Secm'd Aihej like a Paradllc to rose. 



AAlidfommer nights ^Dreame. 



O then, what grace* in my Loue do dwell , 
Tfcac he hath turn'd a heauen into hell. 

Ljf- Htlw,tc you our mindes we will vnfold, 
Ti morrow mght,whcn . c />a^ cioth behcjd 
Her filner vifage.ia the wa,yy glafle, 
Decking with liquid peatlcjtbe bladed grefle 
(A time that Loucrs flights doth fall conceale) 
Through Atheu's gatcs.have we deuis'd to fteale. 

tier. And in the wood.whcre often you and I, 
Vpon faint Primrofc beds,wete wonrto lye, 
Empty ing our bolomes, of their eounfeil (weld: 
There my Z-yjWtV/vind my felfe (hall meets, 
And thence from /fr^nr-turne away our eye* 
To feekc new friends and.firangecompamons, 
Farwell fweet play. folio w, pray thou for vs, 
And good lucke grant thce thy DetMtrim. 
Keepe word Ljftnder we miift ttarue our fight, 
From louers foode, till morcow deepe midnight. 
Exit Hermit, 

Ljf. I will my Herat*. Helen* sdieu, 
As you on him, Dwrtr/i dotes on you. *v Lj fader. 

Htle. How happy fome.ore otherfomc can be f 
Through Athent \ am thought as fait e as (he. 
But what of that r7>emttrim chink es hot fo : 
He will not know,what all,but he doth know . 
And as hee crres,doting on Hermits eyes ; 
So I, admiring of his qualities : 
Things b(e and vilde, holding no quantity . 
Loue can uanfpofe to forme and dignity , 
Loue lookes not with the cyes,but with the minde, 
And therefore is wing'd C*f/V4 palmed blinde. 
Nor hath loues rnmdc of any iudgeimht :afte : 
Wings and no eye*, figure, vnheedy haftc. 
And therefore is Loue /aid to be a childe, 
Becaufe in choifc he it often beguil'd , 
As waggifh boyes in game Ihemfelues forfweare ; 
So the hoy Loue is pcriur'd euery where- 
For ere Demetraa lookt on Hermi/u cyne, 
He hail'd do wne oathes that he war onely mine. 
And when this Haile feme heat from Hermt* felt, 
So he difTolu'd,and fhowres of caches rlid melt, 
I will goe tell him of faire Hermits flight : 
Then to the wood will hc,to morrow night 
Purfue her ; and for his intelligence, 
If I haue thankcs, it is a deerc cxpencc : 
But heerein meane I to enrich my paine, 
To how: his fight thither,an4backe againe. Exit. 

Eater ^utace t he Corf enter, Saw the lajxer, Bottom: th# 
freauer. Flute tbebettowes.mei^er^ 



gum. Is all our company heere ? 

Tint. You were belt to call them generally, man by 
man,accojdmg to the fcrip. 

Qtii. Hereisthe fcrowlc of euery mans name.which 
is thought fit through all jAtbm$ t to play in our Enter* 
lude before the Duke and the Dutches, on his wedding 
day at night. 

Brt. Firft.good Peter Q*iitce.fsv what the play treats 
on : then read the names of the Actors : and fo grow on 
toopoinu 

>ut. Marry our play is the moft lamentable Come- 
dy. and mod cruell death ot Vyramus and Thtibte* 

"Bat. A very good peece of worke I aflwe you, and 9 



merry. Now good "Peter guit>ee t call forth you: Aft on 
by the fctowile. Matters fpread your feiues. 

guincc. AiUwcreas I call ; 



you. 



Weaucr. 

Btttmu. Ready ; 
proceed. 

*itt. You NickffyttQmc are fct down* for #. 



what parti am for, and 



Rot. WhatisP7r4OTw,aloner,oratyrant> 
^i. A Louer that kills himfclfemoft gallantly for 
louc. 

"t. That will ask* fome teares in the true perfor- 
ming of itif I do U, let the audience looke to their eies: 
1 will mooue {formes ; I willcondoleinlbme mcafure. 
T6 t>ereftyet,my chiefe humour is for a tyrant. I could 
play Ercttf tarely , or a part to teare a C at in, to make all 
fplit the raging Rocks ; and fhiuerme fhocks Oiall break- 
Use locks of pnlon gates, and Fhittw carre (hall /nine 
fromfarre, and make and merre the foolifh Fates. This 
was lofty. Now name the reft of the Playejrs. This 
is Ertles vaine.a tyiantavaine : a loueris more condo- 
lin. 

hi Bellowcs-mendcr. 



flm. 
Qtin. 
Flue What 



ht ? 



Plus. 'Nay faith, let not mee play a woman, I haue a 
beard comming. 

Qtti. That's all one, you fhall play it in a Maske, and 
you may fpeakeas fmallasyou wilt. 

2?.And I may hide my face.lct me play 7biifaeioo : 
lie fpeakem a moitftrou* little voyce;7&//iw,7%/ytf, ah 
Pjramm my louer dearc, thy ? dcarc, and Lady 
deare. 

Qjim No no,you muft p!ay Pjramm , and flute, you 

"Sat. Well, proceed. 

,. Robin Staruelng the Taylor. 

Star. Heerc Peter ^uiuct. 

Quince. Rodin Starttling , you milfl play TbLbiet 
mother? 

Tom Swtvt ,thc Tinker. 

Snowt* Heerc Peter Quince. 

Qtfm. You, Pjrtnmt father ; my Mf,Tbiikitt father ; 
S**gge the loyner,you the Lyons part ; and I hope there 
is a play fitted. 

Snug. Haue you the Lions part written? pray you if 
be,giuc it mc,for 1 am flow of ftudie. 

gitin. Youmaydoeiirwwp0rfc. for is nothing 
but roaring. 

'Be;. Let mee play the Lyon too , I will roare that I 
will doe any mans heart good to heare me. I will roare, 
that I will make the Duke lay, Let him roare againe t let 
him roare apaine. 

*ir.. Hyou mould doe it too tcnibly, you would 
fright the DiirchetTe and the Ladies, that they would 
Ainkc, and chat were enough to hang vs all, 

All. That would hang vs euery mothers fonne. 

'Sttteatg. Igrauntyou friends, if that you Oiould 
fright the Ladies out of their Wlttes, iheywouid 
haue no more difcrerion but to hang vs : but 1 will ag. 
grauate my voyce fo , that I will roare you as gently as 
any fucking Doue ; I will roare and 'twere any Nighiin- 

"*ou can play no part but Pn-grma, forftm- 
N a mm 



14* 



m is a fwcet-fac'd man, a proper roan at one (hall fee in 
fummer day ; a moft louely Gcntlcimn-liJcc tnan.ther- 
oie you muft needs play Tirimtu. 

'Bat. Well. I will mderukc it . What beard were ! 
eft to play it in? 
Quin. Why, wht you will. 

"Sot. I will discharge it, m cither your ftrawcolour 
card .your orange tawnie beatd, your purple in grains 
eatd.or your Prcnch-crownc colour'd beard,yourpcr- 
eflvellow. 

*& Some of your French Crownes hauc nobaire 
t all, and then you will play bare-fac'd.But mafters l*ere 
re your parts, and I am to intreat you, requcft you, and 
If fire you, to con them by too morrow night: and meet 
me in the palace wood, amilc without the Towne, by 
ktoone-light, there we will rehearfc : for if we rocete in 
the Citie, we fhalbe dog'd with company.and our deui- 
e$ knowne. In the mcanetime, I wil draw abil of pro- 
>erties, fuch as our play wants. I pray you failc me not. 
Bottom. Wcwillmeete, and there we may rehearfe 
more obfcenely and couugioufly. Take paines,be per- 
fcit, adieu. 

OKI*. At the Dukes oake we mcete. 
'Sat. Enough, hold or cut bow-fti ings. 



AMidfommtr nights 'Dreame 



zAftus Secundus. 



Enter * fatrie M me datre, aid Robin god. 
ftlln* it another. 

Rob. How now fpini)wheiher wander you ? 

f-K.Ouei hil,ouerdale,throuehbu(r, through briar, 
Oner parke.outr pale, through Rood, through hre, 
Ida wander cuer ic where, fwifter iheti^ Moons fphere; 
And Iferuc the Fairy Qj>ccue,to dew her orbs vponth'e 
The Cowfl'tps tall, her penfioners bee, (gieen. 

In their gold coats, fpots you fee, 
Thofe be Rubies,Faii!e fauort, 
Inthofc freckles, hue their fauori, 
I mifl go feeke fomc dew drops hcere, 
And hang a pearle in euery cowflips care. 
Farewell thou Lob of fpmts,lle be gon, 
Our Queene and all her Elues come heere anon. 

Rab. The King doth keepe hiiReucIs here to night, 
Take heed the Queene come not within hit fight, 
For Oberttt is pafsing fell and wrath, 
Becaufe that (he, as her attendant, hath 
A louely boy llolne from an Indian King, 
She neuer had lofwccc a changeling, 
And ieaousOrrci would haue the childe 
Knight ofhistrame, to trace thelorrcftswilde. 
But Ihe (perforce) with holds the loued boy, 
Crownes him with flowers, and makes him all her ioy. 
And now ihcy neuer meere in groue, or greene, 
By fountaine cleere, or fpanglcd (tar-light fheenc, 
But they do fquare. that ell their Elues for feate 
Creepe into Acorn* cups and hide themthcre. 

Fm. Either I milt ake your (hape and makmg quite, 
Or elfe you ate that fhrew'd and knauifh (pint 
Cal'd Robin Good -fellow. Are you not hee, 
That frights the maidens of the Villagrec, 
Skim mil ke, and fometimcs labour in the querne, 
Andbootlcflc make thebrcathlcrTchufwitechcrne, 
And Ibmctimc make [lie dftnkc to beare no barmc, 



Mifleadc night-wanderers, laughing at their hairoe, 
Tbofc that Hobgoblin call you .and fweet Pucke, 
You do their workc, and they (hall haue good lucke. 
A re not you he? 

Rot. Thou fpeak-ft aright; 
I am that merric wanderer of the night 
I ieft to OtmM, and make him fmile, 
When I a fac and. beane-fed horfe beguile, 
Neighing in likeoeHe of a filly foalr, 
And foroetime lurfce I in a Goflips bole. 
In very likcnefle of a roafled crab: 
And when (he'drinkei, againft her lips I bob, 
And on her withered dewlop poure the Ale. 
The wifeft Aunt telling the faddeft tale, 
Sometime for three-foot ftoole, miftaknh me. 
Then flip 1 from her bum, downc topples (he. 
And tailour cries, and fals into a coffe. 
And then the whole quire hold their hips, and loffe, 
And waxen in their mirth, and neeze, and fwcate, 
A merrier hour e was neuer wafted there. 
But roomcTfiwy, heerc comes Otenn 

Fair. And heerc my Miflris: 
Would that be were gone. 

Enter the King cf faint i at tnedoore with bit tratnt, 
*nd tht QttetKt at author with hen. 

Ok. WmetbyMoone-light. 
Proud 7yt*ni<i. 

QH, What, icalousO**r<*?lwry skip hence. 
I haue fbrfworne his bed and companie. 

Ot. Tarrie ra(h Wanton ; am not I thy Lord ? 

Q*. Then I muft be thy Lady .- but 1 know 
When thou waft ftolne away from Fairy Land, 
And in the /hape of Coras .fare all day. 
Playing on pipes of Come, and verfmg lone 
To amorous PbtUida. Why art thou heerc 
Come from the far theft fleepe offnJja t 
But chat forfooth the bouncing Amaum 
Your butkin'd MiftrelTe, and your Warrior )ou. 
To TbtftM mufr be Wedded ; and you cocne. 
To giue their bed ioy and profpetute. 

Ob. How canft thou thus ' 
Glance at my credite, with 
Knowing 1 know thy loue to Th> 
Didft thou not leade him through ihe glimmering night 
From Ptregcnia, whom he rauifned ? 
And make him with faireEaglcs breakehts faith 
With v*rM<6*r, and ^fopa ? 

&*e. Thefe are the forgeries of iealoufie, 
And neuer (incethe middle Sumo>er< (bring 
Met we on hil, in dale, forreft.or mead, 
Bypaucd fountaine, or by ruftiie brooke, 
Or in the beached margcru of the fea, 
To dance our nnglcts to the whiftling Wmde. 
But with rhy braulcs thou haft difturb'd our fport 
Therefore the Windes, piping to vs in vaine, 
As in reuengc, haue fuclfd vp from the fea 
Contagious foggcs : Which falling in the Land, 
Hath euerie petty Riuer made fo proud, 
That they haue ouer-borne their Continents 
The Oxc hath therefore flretch'd hityoake in vaine, 
The Ploughman loft his fweac,and the greenc Corne 
Hath rotted, ere his youth amin'd a beard : 
The fold (hods empty in the drowned field, 
And Crowes arefatted with the murrion flockc, 

TV 



A Midfommfr nights Ttreame. 



149 



The nine metis Morris is fild vp with mud, 
And the queini Mazes in the wnnton greene , 
Foe lackc of tread are vndifimguifhable. 
The humane mortals want their winter heere, 
No night isnow withhymne or catoll blcft; 
Therefore the Mooneftne gouernefte of floods) 
P ale in her anger ,w afhes all the airt { 
That Rheumaticke difeafes doe abound. 
And through ihii diftempcrature, we fee 
The feafon* alter; hoared headed froftj 
Fall m the rrefh lap of the crimson Role , 
And on old Hjemt chmneand Icieciowne, 
An odorous Chaplet of fwce: Sommer buds' 
sasmmockryfet. The Spring.the Sommer, 
Thcchilding Auiumne, angry Winter change 
Their wonted Liucnc s.and the mazed wo?id% 
By their increale, now knowes not which is which i 
And this fame progeny of euill, 
Zomes from our debatr r ftornour difliention, 
\Vc are their parents and origtnall. 

Orr.Do you a(nenditthen,it bes in you, 
Why fhould Tttaiiacroffe her Outran t 
1 do but beg a liule changeling.boy, , 

To be my Henchman. 

Qu. Set your heart a: r(V. 
The Fairy land boyttrnot the childe of me, 

mother va a Votreffe of my Order, 
And in the fpked In dun sire, by night 
ull often hath ihe gblTipt by my fide. 
And fat with me on Nepmtiet yellow fandi, 
vlarkmg th embarked traders on the flood, 
When we haue laught to fee the failes conceiuc, 
And grow big bellied with the wanton winde : 
Which (he with pretty *id with fwimming gate, 
-ollowing (her wombe theo rich with my yongfquiie) 
Would imitate, and faile vpon the Land , 
To fetch me trifles, and teturne againe , 
As from a voyage, rich with merchandize. 
3ut fhe being mortal), of thai boy did die , 
And for her fake I doe reare vp her boy, 
And for her fake 1 will not part with him. 

Oh. How long within this wood intend you Hay 

.<. Perchancetill after Thefaa wedding d*y. 
f you will patiently dance in our Round, 
And fee our Moor.c-light rcuelt, goe with vs ; 
f not,fhun me and I wilt /pare your haunts. 

Ob. Giucmethav boy and I will goe with thetf. 

$_*. Not for thy Fairy Kingdoms Fairies away : 
We fhail chide downe nght.if 1 longer ftay. Exeunt 

Ob, Wcl.go thy way. diou (halt not from this gioue, 
Till 1 torment thee for this iniury. 
^y gentle Puck* come hither ; thou remerrfbreft 
ince once 1 fat vpon a promontory 
And heard a Meare-maide on a Dolphins backe 
\ terin g fuch dulcet and harmonious breath , 
That the rude lea grew citiillat berfong. 
And certainc ftarrcs (hot madly flom their Spheares, 
To heare the Sea mads mufickc. 

P*c, I remember. 

Ok. T hzt very tiinc I fay ( but t hou coutd fl notj 
Flying bcrweene the cold Moone and the earth, 
CuptdM arm'd ; a certame aime he tooke 
At a faire Veftall, throned by che Weft, 
And loos d his loue-fhaft fmaly from his bow 
As it fhould pierce a hundred thoufand heairs, 
But I might fee young fault fiery flaft 



Quencht b) the chafte beames of tne w/y Moonr 

Arx) the imperial' VoctefPe paflcd on, 

In maiden meditation, fancy free. 

Yetmarkt I where the bolt o 

It fell vpon little wefterae flower ; 

Before.milke. white ; now purple w i tb 1 ou wound 

And mtSdent call it, Loue in idlenefle. 

Fetch me that flower } the hearb I (hew'd tliee once 

The juyce of it, on deeping eye-lids laid, 

Will make or <mn or woman madly dote 

Vpon the next liue creature that it fees. 

Fetch me this hearbe.and b thou heere againe, 

Lie ibc.Lruitthaii can fwim a league. 

P*ckf 1 le pur a girdle about the earth , in forty mt 
nutes. 

Obtr. Hading once thitiuyce, 
Me watch Tx/tfww.'when fhe is afleep* , 
And drop the liquor of rt in her eyes 
The-hent chtng-whcn fhe waking lookes vpon 
(Be it on Lyon,Beare,or Wolfe or Bull. 
On medltng Monkf y.or on bufie Ape) 
Shee (hall purfueit,with the foule oflour. 
And ere I take this charme offfrom her fight , 
(As 1 on take it with another hearbej 
lie make her render vp her Page u> me. 
Bur who comes heere ? 1 am inuifible. 
And 1 wilJ our-hea;e their conference. 

Eater'Dtmetriw,HetfHa frltmwg him 

'Dime. I loue thee not.therefore purfue me not. 
Where it ixfadtr, and faire Hermla ? 
The one lie rtay, the other ftsyeth me. 
Thou caldrt me they were ftolne into this wood 
And heete am I,and wood within this wood, 
Becaufe I cannot meet my Hermit.. 
Hence.getthee gone,and follow merjo morr. 

Het. You dtawme.you hard-hearted Adamant, 
But yet you draw not Iron, for my heart 
Is true as flecle. Leaueyou your power todraw, 
And I fhall haue no power to follow you. 

*Demt. Do I entice you ? do I fpcake you faire ? 
Orraiherdoelnot in plainefttiuth, 
Tell you I doe not , nor I cannot loue you ? 

Hil. And euen for that doe I loue thee the more ; 
I am your fpaniell.and Dtmttritu , 
The more you beat me, J will fawne on you> 
Vfe me but as yoor fpftmell ; fprne me, ftnke mf, 
Neglecl me.lofe me ; onely giue me ieauc 
(Vnworthy as I am)to follow yod. 
What worfer place can I beg in your lone, 
( And yet a placeof high refpc& with me) 
Then to be vfed as you do* your dogge. 

Dtm. Tempt not too much the hatred of my fplrit, 
Forlamfickewhen fdolookeon thee. 

Hff. And I am fickc when I looke not on you. 

"Dtm. You doe Impeach your modefty too much, 
To leaue the Citry,and commit your felfe 
Into the hands of one that loues you not , 
Totrufl the opportunity of nigh:, 
And the inrounfeil of a defert place, 
With the rich worth of your virginity. 

Hel. Your vtrtue is my priuiledge : for that 
It is not night when 1 doe fee your face. 
Therefore I thinke I am not in the night, 
Nor doth this wood lacke worlds ot company , 

N ? For 



ISO 



AMidfommer nights t Dreame. 



! or you in ray rcfpett are nil the work). 
Then how can it be faid I atn aloot , 
,Vhen all the world U heete to lookc on me ? 

1)tm. He run from thee, and hide me in the brtket, 
And lesue chec to the mercy of wilde beafh. 

Hel. The wildeft hath not fuch a heart as you ; 
flunne when you will, the (lory (hall b chaog'd : 
Apollo flies, and />W holds the chafe ; 
The Doue purfuei the Griffin, the milde Hinde 
Makes Toeed to catch the Tyger. Bootleflie fpecde. 
When cowardifepurfues, and valour fliei. 

Demet. I will not (by thy auctions, let me gp ; 
Or if thou follow me, doe not bdeeue, 
But I (hall doe thee mifchiefe in the wood. 

Hel. l.irt the Temple in the Town?,and Field 
You doe me mifchiele. Fye Demetriiu, 
Your wrongs doe fet a fcandall on my feie : 
We cannot fight for loue, as men may doe ; 
We fhould be woo'd, and were not made to wooe. 
I follow thec, and make a heauen of hell , 
To die vpon the hand 1 loue fo well. Estit 

Ob. Fare thee well Nymph,ere he do leaue this groue, 
Thou (halt ftie him, snd he (hall feeke thy louc. 
Haft thou the flower there? Welcome wanderer. 

inter Pitc^e. 

Pucks 1, there it is 

Ob. ! pray thce gme it me. 
I know a banke where the wilde time blowes, 
Where Oxfiips and the nodding Violet growe*, 
Quite ou-cannoped with lufcious woodbine, 
With fweet muske rofes,and with Eglantine ; 
There (leepes 7/r<w'.fomeinie of die night , 
Lul'd in thefe flowers, with dances and delight . 
And there the fnake thro wes her enammel d skinne, 
Weed wide enough to rap a Fairy in. 
And with the wyce of this lie fireake lier eyes , 
And mike het full of hatefgll fantafiei 
Take thou fome of it, and leek through this groue; 
A fwect sjtkentaa La Jy is in loue 
With a difdaincfull youth : ennoinc his eyes, 
But doe it when the next thing he efpies. 
May be the Lady. Thou fh a It know the man, 
By the Athenian garments he ha ih on. 
t ffect it with fome care,that he may proue 
More fond on her.then fhc vpon her louc ; 
And looke ihoumcet me ere the fit ft Cockc crow. 
Pu. Fcare not my Lord.your fe.ruant fliall do fo.Exit. 

Eter Qyet*eefF*irin,vitk her tram 
Qjlfe*. Come, now a Roundell,and a Fairy fang ; 
Then for the third part of a minute hence . 
Sonic to kill Cankers in the rrw. kc rofe buda, 
Some warre with R eremite, for their leathern wings, 
To make my fmall Elues coatei.and fome keepe backe 
The clamorous Owle that nighrly hoots and wonders 
At our qucint fpirits ; Sing me now afleepe. 
Then to your offices, and let roe reft. 

Fiuritf Sing. 

YottfietitdSnakft wait AauHt tongue, 
Tharnf tti&gshoggts be not feme, 
Newts and bltnAt tfyrnui do no wrtng, 
C fine net rereofv f*iry Qittent* 
pliilomelgwitboulodu, 



Sing inyourfiteet LulLJy. 

AV WIT- hr i 



S god night with . 

Z . Facrj . WtOMint Sptdcrt come not heert, 
HettCtJOH long teg'dSfinnfriJkenct. 
Benin k Licit approach not nten ; 
Worm* nor Sutylt doe notfeutt. 
P Mantle wtth 'm*ltdj t &c. 

l. Fairy. lifnceawaj,nea> aliitVftU; 

Sknflttp, 



Enter Oteroa. 

Ottr. What thou fccft when thou doR wake. 
Doe it for thy true Loue take : 
Loue and languifh for his fake. 
Be it Ounce, or Catle, orBrare, 
Psrd,or Boare withbriftkdhaire, 
In thy eye that (hall appeare, 
When thou wak'H, it is thy dean, 
Wake when fome vile thing if ncere. 

EnterLifandtr and Herm*. 

Lif. Faireloue,you faint with wandring in J' woods 
And to fpeake troth I hau: forgot our way 
Wee'll teit vs HgrmU t if you thmkeit good , 
And tarry for the comfort of the day . 
. Her. Beitfox/4ifr;findeyoaoutabed, 
For I vpon this banke will reft my head. 

Lyf. One turfe (hall ferue as pillow for vt both, 
Oneheart t onebed,twobofomes > and one troth. 

Her. Nay good Lyfamler,fm my fake my deet e 
Lie further oft yet, doe not He fo neere 

Iff. O take the fence fweet,of my innocence, 
Lcnie takes the meaning, in loues conference, 
I meant that my heart vnto yours is knit, 
So that but one heart can you make of it. 
Two bofomes interchanged with an oatb , 
So then two bofomes, and a fingie troth. 
Then by your fide, no bed-roome me deny, 
For lying fo. Fferrme,l doe not lye. 

Her. Lrfaadtr riddles very prettily; 
Now much befhrew my manners and my pride* 
If Hermia meant to fay,X^/2wwfer lied. 
But gentle friend, for loue andcoiutcfic 
Lie further off, in humane mofrefty, 
Such feparstion, as may well be laid , 
Becomes a vertuous batchelour, and a maide, 
So farre be diftant ,and good night fweet friend ; 
Thy iouenere alter, till thy fweet life end. 

Lyf. Amen.amen.to that faire prayer, fay I, 
And then end life . when I end loyalty : 
Heerc is my bed,fleepe gtue thee all his reft 

Her. Withhalfcthat wifa.the withers eyes be preft 
EnttrPucke They flee ft. 

Puck. Through the Forrcfthaue I gone, 
But Athtnmn nnde I none , 
One whofe eyes I might approue 
This flowers force in (luring loue. 
Night and (ilence : who is heere ? 
Weedes ofjithentbe doth wears : 
This 13 he (my mafter faid) 
Defpifed the j4ibtmar,rr.s\<k: : 
And heete the maiden fleeping found, 

On 



A Mielfomer nJgktf T^ream 



1S1 



For as a furfeit of the fweetell things 

The deepcft loathing to the aomacke brings 

Ot as the herefies that men do leaue. 

Are haicd moft of thofe that did dccuue 

So thou,my furfeu.and my hercfie, 

Of all be ha t td; but the moft of me ; 

And all my powers addreft your loue and might 

To honour /fr/r,and to bg her Kiiight. ' B*it 

Her. Helpe me iy/wwtr.hdpe me ; do thy beft 

To plucke this crawling ferpent from my brtft. 

Aye me.for pittyjwhat a dreanie was here? 

Lyputtler looke.how I do quake with feare 

Me- thought a ferpent eate my heart away, 

And yet fat fmilmg at his cruel! prey. 

Z.r/iWfr,what remoou d? Lyfandcr, Lord, 

What.out of hearing, gone? No found.no word r* 

Alacke where arc you ?fpcake and if you hea> e a 

Speake of all loues ; I found almoft with fearc. 

^o, then I well perceuie you are not nye, 

Either death or you lie findc immediately, * n . 



Mus Tertiui. 



On the dankc and durty ground 

pretty fouU,(he curft not lye 

Netrc I his lacke-loue.this kill-curtefit. 

Churlc.vpor. thy eyes 1 throw 

All thepowerthu charmedothovic: 

When cho'j wak'ft.Iet loue forbid 

Sleepehis fete on thy eye-lid 

So awake when 1 am gone : 

For 1 muft now to G&rm. r. 

fitter Demstruu and Helena rttmtng . 

Het S tay, though thou kill mc,fweetc Dfmtiniti 

be. 1 charge chee hence.and do not haunt me thus. 

Htl. O wilt ihou darkling leaue me? do nor fo. 

De. Stay on thy petill.l alone will got. 

xtl Demit ntu 

Hit- O I am out of breath, in this fond chacc, 
The more my praye r.thc lefler is my grace, 
Happy is Hermit, wherefoerc fhe lies ; 
Fot fhc hath bkffcd and atcrafliue eyes. 
How came her eyes fo bright? Noc with fait teares. 
If fo, my eyes are oftncr waftn then hers. 
No,no,l am as vgly as a Beare ; 
For beafls that meete me.runne away for feare, 
Therefore no maruaile,though T>emeiniu 
Doe as a monfter.fliemy prefcncethus. 
What wicked and diftembling glalfe of mine, 
Made me compare with HermiM fphery eyne ? 
But who is here ? Lyfar.der on the ground ; 
Deadeor aflecpc? I fee no blcud.no wound, 
Lrfaader, if you liue.goocl fir aweke. 

L)f. And run through fire I will for thy fweet fake. 
Transparent Htltna, nature her (hewes art, 
That through thy bofomemakes mefee thy heart. 
W here is Derxetriw ? oh how fit a word 
Is that vile name, to peri fit on my fword ! 

He 1. Do not lay fo Ljfamttr J[y not fo : 
Wharthoughheloueyour //w/rf?Lord,what though? 
Yet HtrmtA ftilj Icues you ; then be coDtent, 

Ljf. Content with Henma ? No,I do repent 
The tedious minutes 1 with her haue fpent. 
Not /fri8/',but Heltna now I louc ; 
Who will not change a Rauen for a Doue? 
The will ofman is by his rejfon fway'd : 
And reafon faies you are the worthier Maide. 
Things growing are not ripe vntill their feafonj 
So I being yong,till nowr ipe not to reafon, 
And touching now the point of humane skill, 
Reafon becomes the MatOiall to my will, 
And hades me to your eyes, where I orJooke 
Loues ftoriesjwhtten in Loues richcft bookc. 

HtL Wherefore was I to this keene mockery borne? 
When at your hands did I deferuethis fcorne? 
1ft not enough,ift not enough.yong man, 
That I did neucr,no nor neuer can, 
Dcferue a fweetelooke from Demetrim eye, 
But you mcfl floe; my mfufficicncy ? 
Good troth you do me wroDg(good-footh you do) 
In fuch difdatnfuLI manner, me to wooe. 
But fare you well ; perforce I muft confeffc, 
I thougKi you Lord of more true gentleneiTe. 
Oh.thst a Lady ofonc man refus'd, 
Should of another ihereforebc abus'd Txtt. 

Ljf. She fees not Hermta : Hftmt* fleepe Ihou there, 
And neuer maift thou come LyfonJer neerc ; 



Enter t 

Sat. Ate we all met? 

$MUI. Pat. pat, and here's a maroailousconuenienr 
place for our rehearfall. This gteene ploi fhall beour 
ftage.this hauthorne brake our tyring houfe.and we will 
do it in adion.as we will do it before the Duke. 

"Bat. Ptterejttmci t 

Peter. What faift thou.buljy Sattome > 

Bat. There arc things in this Comedy offirarntu and 
7/*j/,rhat will neuer pleafe. Firft "Rmmui mulk draw a 
fwofdtokinhimfelfe; which the Ladies cannot abide. 
How anfwere you that ? 

Snout. Berlaken. a parlous feare. 

Sw. I bdeeue we muft leaue the killing oul, when 
all is done. 

Bot. Nora whit, Ihaueadeuice o make all well. 
WrrtemeaPrologue.and leHhe*Prologue feeme to fay, 
we will do no harme with our fwordj, and that Pyraww 
is not kill'd indeede : and for the more better aflurance, 
tell them,that I PtratmUJ am not Ptr*mtufr\\\BottQme the 
Wcauetj this will put them out of feare. 

Qiiia. Wet!,we will haue fuch a Prologue.and it fliaH 
be written In eight and fixe 

Bot. Nojtnakc it two more, Ice it be written in eighc 
uid eight 

Snout . Will not the Ladies be afcar'd of the Lyon ? 

SUT. I feare it, I promile you. 
fif.Mafteri.you ought to confider with your fcluet.ro 
bring in(God fhield vs)a Lyon among Ladies,isa moil 
dreadful! thing. For there is not a more fearefull wilde 
foule then yoar Lyon liuing : and wee ought to lookc 
to it. 

Sut. Therefore another Prologue muft tell he is not 
a Lyon. 

"Btt. Nay.you muft name his name.and halfehjt face 
muft be fccne through the Lyons necke, and he himfelfe 
muft fpcakc through, faying thus, or to the fame defect ; 
Ladies, or faire Ladies, I would wi(h you, or I would 

requefl 



A Midfomer night f *Dr&me. 



requeft yau.or I would entreat you, not to feere, petco 
tranble: my life for yours. If you thinke I come hithtt 
a Lyon.it were piny of my life No, lamnofuch 
thf ng,I am a man as other men are ; and there indeed let 
him Mine his ntme > and tell him plainly hfce isMg the 
oyner. 

2**. Well, it fhallbe fo : but there is wo hard 
things, that is, tobnng thcMoone-iightintoacham- 
ber.tor you ]fnoi.Piraanu and Tbuby meete by Moonc- 
tight. 

Sn. Doth the Moone (hine that night wee play our 
play> 

Tfof . A Calender .a Calender.looke in the Almanack, 
finde out Mone-ftun.findeout Moone-fKine. 
Enter Ptttkf 

Qjun. Yes.it doth (bine thai night. 

'Bat Why then may you leaue a ca femrnt of the great 
chamber window(where we play)open,and the Moone 
fWayfliine in at the cafcmcnt. 

SftttM.ljOt d& one muft come in with a bufh of thorns 
and a lanthorne.and fay he comes to disfi gure,or to prc- 
fent the perfonof Moone-fhme. Then there is another 
thing , we muft haue a wall in the great Chamber;for Pi- 
rtauet and Ttutj (faies th jftoryj did talke through the 
chinke of a wail. 

So, You can neuer bring in a wall What fay you 



EM. Some roan or other muft prefent wall, andtet 
him haue fome Plaftej, or fome Lome, or fome rough 
cafl about him.to figntfie wall ; or let him hold his fin- 
gers thus ; and through that cranny, (hall Pirimtu and 
Jltufy whifper. 

Quit. If that may be, then all is. welt. Come, fit 
downeeuery mothers fonne, and rvhearfe your partsi 
Ptr*mt*,you begm; whenyoulMtte fpokcn your fpeech, 
enter into that Brake,and fo euery one according to his 



2^0. What hempen home- fpuns haue we fwagge- 

ringhere, 

So neere the Cradle of the FaieneQu_ne? 
What.a Play toward ? lie be an auditor, 
AoAcior tooperhaps.ifl fee caufe. 

g*in. Spejkc Ptrtiiam : Tbntji}2nd forth. 

PIT. Tfc*^r,the flowers of odious fauors twette. 

Q*tn. Odouri, odourj. 

PIT. Odours fauors fweete, 
So hath thy breach, my deareH Thuty deare. 
But harke.a voyce : ftay thou but here a while, 
Aodbyandbylwilltotheeappeare. ExKJVr. 

y.^_ A ftranger firamttt, \\ttn ere plaid here. 

Thif. Muftlfpeakenow? 

"Pet. 1 marry muft you. For you mufl vnderftana. x 
goe> but to fee a noyfe ih he heard, and is to come a- 
gaine 

Thf- Moft radiant PtrmmJnQb Lilly white of hue, 
Of colour like the fed rofeon triumphant bryer, 
Moft brisky luuenall.and eke moA louely lew, 
A* true as truer) horfe,that yet would neucr tyre, 
lie meet e thec P*ram*u,K ffinmtt toasnbe. 

Ptt. /Vwwtecmbeman: why, you muft not fpcake 
that yet ; that you anfwere to firamiu -. you fpeake all 
your part at once, cues and all. Ptramtu enter.your cue is 
paft ; ii is neuer tyre. 

Tbrf. O,ae true as trucft horfe^hat yet would neuer 



fir. Iflwerefaire,72>w^lwcreonelythioe. 

Pot. O monftrous. O fttange. We are hanted: piav 
maften.flyemaftcrs.hdpe. 

Tt>* Glwnei fit Ex: it. 

PuSf. He follow you, He ieade you about a Round, 
Through bogge.through bufh.through brake,! hrough 
Sometime a horfe lie be.fomctime a hound : (bryer, 
A hogge.a headleiTe bcare.fomttime afire, 
And neigh,and barke.and grunt.and rore.and burnt-, 
Like horfe^>ound,hog,beare,fire,at euery turoe. Ex*. 
Enter PtroMiu with tbt Ajft food. 

"Bet. Why do they run away? Thiiis aknauery of 
themtomakemeafeard. Enter Sam*. 

S*. O 'Banna, thou an chane'd ; What doe I fee on 
thee? 

-Bit. What do you fee? You fee an AtTe-head of your 
owne, do you ? 

Enter Peter gfuna. 

Ptt. Bleffe Aee 'Soueme,blette theej thou art cranfla- 
ted- Exa. 

2. I fee their knaueryjthis is to make an afle of me, 
to fright me if they could; but 1 will not ftfrre from 
this place.do what they can. 1 will walke vp and downc 
here, and 1 will fing that they (hall heare I am not a- 
fraid. 

The Woofell cocke.fo blac keof hew, 
WithOrengc- tawny bill. 
The Throttle ,wich his note fo true, 
The Wren and little quill. 

Tyt*. What Angell wakes me from my fiowry bed ? 

"Eft. The Finch, the Sparrow,and the Larke, 
TheplainfongCuckow gray ; 
Whofe note full many a man doth maike, 
And daref not anfwere.nay. 

For indeede,who would fet hit -wit to To fooliftt a bird ? 
Who would ginea bird the Jyt.lhough he cry Cuckow, 
neuer fo ? 

Tru. I pray thee gentle mortal!, ling againe. 
Mine eare is much enamored of thy note ; 
On the firft view to fay, to fweare 1 loue thee. 
So is mine eye enthralled to thy ftiape. 
And thy farrt vertues force (perforce^ doth moue me. 

"Sot. Me-thinkes miftreiTe, you (bould haue little 
reafon for thai : and yet to fay the truth, reafon and 
louc keepe little company together , now.adayes. 
The more the pinie, that iotnehonefl neighbour* will 
not make them friendt. Nay, I can gleeke rpon occa- 
fion. 

Tjt*. Thou ar t as wife,as thou art beautiful!. 

Bet. Not fo neither / but if I had wit enough to get 
out of this wood, 1 haue enough to ferucmioe ownc 
turne. 

Tf(J- Outofthiswood.donotdefiretogoe, 
I hou (halt remaine here, whether thou wilt or no 
I arn a fpirit of no common rate : 
TheSummer ftill doth tend vpon my (late, 
And I doe loue thec j therefore goe with me, 
lie giue thee Fairies to attend on thee; 
And they (Kail fetch thee lewtis from chedeepe, 
And fmg,whi!e thou on preiled flowers doft ilcepe 
And I will purge thy mortal! grofTenefle fo, 
That thou Oialt like an airie fpirit go. 



F. Ready,; andr,artdl,andl. Where rtiallwor 
Tit* B 



JlMntfommer nights 'Dreame. 



Tita. Be kinde and curteous to this Gentleman, 
Hop in his waikes,and gambole in hiseies, 
Fcedc him with Apncccks, and Dewbcrri, 
With purple Grpes,greeneFigJ,iad Mulberries, 
The honic-bags ftcale from the humble Bee?, 
And for nighc-capers crop their waxen thighes, 
And light them at the fierie-Glow-wormcs eye*, 
To hauo my loo to bed, and to arifc . 
And pluckc the wings from painted Butterflies. 
To fan (he Moone-beames from his fleeping eles 
Nod to him Elues, and doe him curtefies. 

i.pai. Hailc monall.haile. 

i.Fat Hailc. 

3.ftji. Haile. 

Bat, I cry your worfhips mercy hartily; 1 befcech 
your wor(hip name. 



at. I fhall defirc you of more acquaintance, good 
Matter Ctbvcb : if J cut my finger, I /hall make oold 
with you. 
Your name hooeft Gentleman > 

Peaf. Peafe blofforr.e. 

"Sot. 1 pray you commend mse to miflrelTcSipift, 
your mother, and to maftcryrtf/rt^your father. Good 
mafter T>t<sft.l>loffome, I fhal dcfueofyoo moie acquain- 
tance to. Your name I befecch you fir t 



8ot t Good matter Muftard feede, \ know your pati- 
ence well : that fame cowardly gyant-like O*e beefs 
hath deuoured many a gentleman of your houfe. I pro- 
mife you, your kindred hath made my eyes water ere 
now. Ideiiic you more acquaintance, good Maflcr 



Come waite vpon him,lead him to my bower . 

e-thinks,lookes with a watrlcete. 
And when fhe weepe,wep eueric little flower, 
Lamenting (brae enforced ccaftitie. 
Tyc vp my louers tonguc.bring him filendy. #/r. 

fnttr Kmg of?barisi,fdus. 



Then what it was that next came in her eye, 
Which (he rouS doteon, in estrenmie. 

f nter Packf. 

Here eomes my meffenger ? how now mad fpirit v 
What nighc-rcle now about this gaunted grouei 

fuck* My Miftris with a monfter is in loue, 
Neere to herclofe and conficerated bower, 
While (he v/asin her duU andflcepioghower, 
A crew of patches, rude Mechanicals, 
That vorkc for bread vpon Athenian ftals, 
Were met together to rchearfe a Play, 
Intended for great Tbtftiu nupttall dey : 
The (halloweft thick-skin of that barren fort, 
Who <Ptr*mtu prefentcd.in their fport, 
Forfookc his Scene, and entred in a brake, 
When 1 did htm at this aduantagetoke, 
An Affes nolc I fixec! on his head. 
Anon his Tbutie muft be anfwered, 
And fonli my Mrmmtck comes : when they him fpie, 
As Wilde-geefe.that the creeprog Fowler eye, 
Or ruflcd-pated choughes,many in fort 
(RUing and cawing at che guns report) 
Seuer thnfclues,and madly fweepethesfcye: 



So at hit fight, away his fciiowes flyc, 

And et our ftampe,hre ore and ore one fals; 

H ntqrther cries ,and helpe froro Athsm cals. 

Their fenfe thus weake.loft with their fears thus (Irong, 

Made fenfeleflc things begin to do them wrong. 

por briars and thornes at their apparcll fnatch, 

Some flecyes.fomt hats, from yceldeitall things catch 

] led them on in this diftraded fearc, 

And left fweete Piramtu uanflated there ; 

When in that moment (fo it came topalTcJ 

Tytaaia waked, and ftraightway lou'd an Afli. 

Ol. This fals out better tben I could deuife : 
But haft thou yet lacht the Atkeniant eyes, 
With he loue iuyce.as I did bid thee doe ? 

tyb. I tooke him (leepmg (that isfimftu 
And she Aih;nitm woman by his fide, 
That when he wak't.of force (he muft be eyde. 

Eater Demetrius and f/erm)a. 

Ob. Stand clofe.this is the fame Athenian. 

Rob. This is the woman.but not this the man. 

Dem. O why rebuke yon him that loues you fo ? 
Lay breath fo bitter on your bitter foe. 

Her. Now Jbut chide, but I (houldyfe thee worfe. 
Vot thou (I feare)Jiaft giuen me caufe to curfe, 
If thou ha ft. flame Lyfander in his fitepe, 
Being ore ihoocs iu bloud, plunge in the deepe. and hill 

me too : 

The Sunne was not fo true vnto the day, 
As he to me. Would he haue flollen away, 
From fleeping Hernia. ? Ue beleeuc as foone 
Thi whole earth may be bord.andrbat ih Moone 
May through the Center creepe.and fo difplcafe 
Her brothers noonetide,wth.!h > >w/^A'j'. 
Jt cannot be but thou haft murtfrsd him, 
So (hould amucrherer looke.fodsad.fogrim. 

Dem. So ihould the murderer looke.and fo (hould I, 
Pierft through the heart with your ftearne cruelty . 
Yet yod the murderer looks as bright as cleare, 
As yonder "Ueitu in her glimmering fpheare. 

Her What's this to my Lyfander ? where ii he J 
Ah good Dwwffrww.wilr thou giue him me? 

Dem. I'dc rather giue his carkafTe to my hounds. 

ffer.Oai dog.out cur thou dn/ft me paft the bounds 
Of maidens patience. Hal) thou flaine him tben? 
Henceforth beneuer numbred among men. 
Oh, once tell Uue,cucn for my lake, 
Dorft thou a look t vpon him,being awake? 
And haft thou kili'd htm fleeping ? O braue tutcb $ 
Could not a worme.an Adder do fo much ? 
An Adder did it : for with doublet tongue 
Thcnthinefthou ferpent } neuer Adder Hung. 

Dem. You fpend your paflion on a mifprf sd mood. 
I am not guiltie of Ljfmdtrt blood : 
Nor is he dead for ought that 1 can tell. 

Her. I pray thee tell me then that he is well. 

Dem. And if I could, whar fhould I get therefore ? 

Her. Apriuiledge,neuertofeememore; 
And frofn thy hated prefence part hfeetneno more 
Whether he be dead or no. Exit. 

'Dem. There is nofbllowing her in thit fierce vaine, 
Here therefoie for a while I will remaine. 
So forrowcs heauinefle doth heauter grow; 
For debt that bankrout ilip doth forrow owe. 
Which now in fome flight mcafure it willpay, 



111 



A Midjommer nights 'Dreame. 



If for his tender here I make fomc flay. 

Ob. What haft thou doneFThou haft miftaken quite 
And laid the loue iuyce on fome true loues fight : 
Of thy mifprifion,muft perforce enfuc 
Some true loue turn'd.and not a folfc turn'd true. 

.Thcn fate ore-ru)es,rhst one man holding troth, 
A million faile, confounding oath on oath. 

Ob. About the wood,goe fwifter then the windc, 
find.Helen<toC4theni loolce thou findc. 
All fancy ficke (he u, and pale of cheere , 
With fights of loue,that cofts the frefh blond deare. 
By fome illufion fee thou bring her heere , 
He chartne his eyes againft fhe dothappeare, 

Rohm. I go,I go, looke how I goe, 
Swifter rhen arrow from the T*rt*rt bowe. fxit. 

Ob. Flower of this purple die , 
Hit with Cupids archery) 
Sinlce in apple of his eye. 
When his loue he doth efpie , 
Let her fliine as glorioufly 
As the Pia* of the sky. 
When thou wak'ft if (he be by. 
Beg of her for icmedy. 

Enter Pock?. 

P*ck^ Capume of our Fairy band, 
Htlena is heerf athand, 
And the youth, miftooke by me, 
Pleading for a Louets fee. 
Shall we their fondPageant fee ? 
Lord, what fooies thefe mortals be ! 

Ob. Stand afide: the noyfe they make, 
Will caufe T>eme!rim to awake. 

Pnckj Then will two at once wooe one. 
That muft needs be fport aJone : 
And thofe thing? doe ber pleafe me . 
That befall piepofteroufly 

Enter Lj fader and Helena. 

Ljf. Why fl iould you think j I (hould wooe in fcorn ? 
Scorne and deriilon neuer comes in tearcs : 
Looke when I vow I weepe ; and vowcs fo borne, 
In iheit natiuity all truth appr. 
How can thefe things in mc.feeme fcone to you ? 
Bearing the badge of faith to prouc them woe 

Hel. You doe aduance your cunning more & more , 
When toith kils truth, O d/oeliih holy fray ! 
Thefe vowes are Hermuu.W\\\ you giueher ore ? 
Weigh oath with oath,and yon will nothing weigh. 
Your vowes to her, and me. (put in two fcalct^ 
Will euen weigh,and both as light as talcs. 

Ljf. I had oo judgement, when to her I fwore. 

Hel. Nor none in my minde>now you gioe her ore- 

Lyf. DtMttriw loues her ,and he loues not you . Aan. 

7)em.O H*/r,goddcfle,nimph,perfe&, diuine. 
To what my loue.fhall I compare thine eyne . 
Chriftall is muddy.O how ripe in flbow, 
Thy lips,thofc kiffing cherries, tempting grow 1 
That pure congealed -whitc,high Ttamu fnow, 
Fan'd with the Eafternc winde,tnrnes to a crow, 
When thouholdftvp thy hand. Oletmekifle 
ThisPrinceffe of pure white,this feale of blifle. 

HelL Ofpighc/OheJl'Ifireyouareallbent 
To fct again ft me, for your merriment : 
If you wete ciuiH, and knew curtefte , 
You would not doe me thus much iniury. 



Can you not hate me, as I know you doe, 

But you omft toyne in foules o mocke me to? 

If you are men, as men you are in (how, 

You would not vfc a gentle Lady fo$ 

To vow, and fware, and fuperpraifc my partt , 

When I am fure you hate me with your hearts. 

You both are Riuals.and loue Herttna 

And now both Riuals to mocke Helena. 

A trim exploi t,a manly enterprize , 

To coniute teares p in a poore maids eye*. 

With your derirtoo ; none of noble fort, 

Would fo offend a Virgin, and extort 

A poore foules patience, all to make yon fport* 
Ljf*. You are vnkind Demetrais\bt not fo, 

For you loue Htrmia j this you know I know ; 

And here with all good wUl,with all my heart, 

In Hermias loue I yeeld you vp roy part; 

And yawrs of Helena, to me bequeath, 

Whom I do loue.and will do to roy death. 
ffr/.Neuer did mockers waft more idle bretK 
Dem. Lyftnder, keep thy Hermut,} will none: 

If ere I lou'd her.ali that loue is gone. 

My heart to her, but as gueft-wife foiourn'd , 

And now to Helen it is home return'd, 

There to remaine. 
Ljf. It is not To. 
ZJ^.Difparage not the faith thou doftnot know, 

Left to thy perill thou abide it deare. 

Looke where thy Loue comet, yonder is thy deare. 

Enter Htrm,a. 

Her. Dark nignt.that from tKe eye his function takes, 
The care more qoieke of apprehenfion makes . 
Wherein it doth impaire the feeing fenfe, 
Irpaies the hearing double recompence. 
Thou art not by mine eye, Ljpinder found , 
Mine care (I thanke it) brought me to that found. 
But why vnkind 1 y didft thou leaue me fo ? (to go? 

Iff**. Why Ihould hee (lay whom Loue doth prefle 

Her. What loue could prcfle Ljfadtr from my fide? 

Ljf. Ljfaaderi Iour(that would not let him bide) 
Faire Helena ; who more engilds the night, 
T hen all yon fierie Oes,and eies of light. 
Why feek-ft thou me? Could not this make thee know, 
The hate I bare thee.made me leaue thee fo ? 

Her. Youfpeake not asycu thinke; it cannot be. 

Hel. Loe, {he is one of this confederacy , 
Now I perceiue they haue conioyn'd all three, 
To faOiion this falfe fport in fpight of me. 
Injurious Hermia, moft vugraterull maid , 
Haoe you confpir'd, haue you with thefe contriu'd 
To bite me, with this fouledertfton ? 
Is all the counfell that we two haoeftar'd, 
The Afters vowes^the houres that we haue fpeoc, 
When wee haue chid the hafty footed time , 
Tor parting vs | O, is all forgot ? 
All fchooledatei n-iend&ip.child-hood: innocence f 
We Hermia, like two Artificial! gods, 
Haue with our needles.created both one flower, 
Both on one fampler/nting on one cufhion, 
Both warbling of one fong,both in or.c key ; 
As if our hands.our fidej^oicCs, and raindes 
Had beene incorporate. So we grew together. 
Like to a double cherry, feemmg parted. 
But yet a vnion in partition , 

Two 



Two louely berries molded on one ftem, 

So with two feeming bodies, but one heart, 

Two of the fir (I life coats in Heraldry, 

Due but to one and crowned with one croft. 

And will you reiu our ancient loue afunder* 

To ioyne with men in (corning your poore friend ? 

1 1 is not fricnJly, 'tis not maidenly. 

Our fexe as well as 1 .may chide you for it, 

Though 1 alone doc feele the iniurie. 

ffor. I arn amazed at your paiTionate woids, 
I fcorne you not ; It femes that you fcorneme. 

Hei. Haue you not fet Lj/W^as in fcotnc 
To follow me,and praifemy eies and face? 
And made your other \ow,Dfffietriut 
(Who eucn but now did fpurnemewithhisfoote) 
T"o call me goddefie,nimph,diuine,and rare. 
Precious.celeftiall ? Whercforefpeakes hethis 
TO her he hates ? And wherfore doth Ljftuder 
Denie your loiie(fo rich within his foule) 
And tender me (forfooth^ aflfertion, 
But by your fetting'dn.byyourconfent ? 
What though I be not fo in grace a you, 
So hung vpon wtth loue,fo fortunate ? 
(But mi fcrable moR,to loue vnlou'd ) 
This you fhould putie^ather then defpife. 

Her. I vndei Band not what you meane by this. 

Htl. l,doe,perfeuer,counterfeit fad fookes, 
Make monthes vpon me when I turne my backe, 
Winkc each at other,liold the fweete ieft vp : 
This (pott well carried,fliall be chronicled. 
J f you haue any pitt ic,grace,or manners , 
You would not make me fuch an argument : 
But fare ye well/tis partly mine ownefauit, 
Which death or abfence foone (haltrcmedie. 

Ljf. Stay gentle //#/#*d,heare my excufe, 
My loue.my hfc,my foule/aire Htlean. 

Hel. O excellent! 

Her. Sweere.do not (corn herfo. 

Dtm. If (he cannot entreate,! can compel!. 

Ljff. Thou canH compell.no more then flic entreate. 
Thy threats haue no more ftrength then her weak praife. 
Heia>,\ lcuethee,by my life I doe ; 
J fwcareby thatwhichl will lofe for thee, 
To prone him falfe,that faies I loue thee not. 

JJem. I fay, 1 loue thee more then he can do. 

Ljf. Jfthpu fay Ib.whh-draw and proue it too. 

Dem, Quick, come. 

Her. j/Wfr,whereto tends all this ? 

Ljf. PiVtay t youthiofe. 

?)cm. No.no^ir.feeme to breakc loofe ; 
Take on as you would follow, 
But yet come not: you are a tame man,go. 

Ljf. Hang off thou cat,thou bur: vile thinglet loofe, 
Or I will (halcc thee from me like aferpent. 

Her Why are you growne fo rude ? 
What change is this fweete Loue ? 

Ljf. Thy loue? out tawny Tart*r t oat J 
Out loathed medicine ; O hated poifon hence. 

Her. Do you not icft ? 

Hfl. Yes footh,and fo do you, 

Ljf. Dttnetriw.l will kcep'e my word with thee. 

DM. Iwouldl had yout bond : foi Ipercdue 
A weake bondholdsyou,; Ilenof truft your word. 

Ljf. What.fhould I hu:t htr^rikchcr, kUl her dead t 
Although I hare her, lie nothnrme her fo. 

Hir. What,can you do me greater harine then hate? 





Hate roe, wherefore? O me, what n ewes my Low 

Am not I Hernia ? Are not you Ljrfamltrt 

I am as faire now 9 ai 1 was ere while. 

Since night you lou'dmejyet fmcc night you left me. 

Why then you left me (O the gods forbid 

Io,earne(t,flialIIfay? 

L;/I,bymylife } 

And never did defire to fee thee more. 
Therefore be out of hope.of qncftion,of doubt ; 
Be ccmine,nothing truer: tisnoieft, 
That I doe hate thee.and lou Helen*. 

Hr. Ome,you iugler,you canker bloflbme, 
You theefe of loot ; What,haue you come by night, 
And ftolne my loues heart from him ? 

Htt. Fincyfaith: 

Haue you no modcfty.no maiden fhame, 
No touch of bafhfnlnefle/ What. will you teare 
Impatient anfwers from my gentle tongue ? 
Fie,fic,you counteiA.-i:/you puppet, you. 

HIT Puppet? why fo ? l,that way goes the game. 
Now I perceiuc that Oichath made compare 
Betweene our ftarures,flic hath vrg'd her height. 
And with her per(onage,her tall perfonagc, 
Her height (forfoothjfhe hath prcuail'd with him. 
And are you growne ib high in hii ef lecme, 
Becaufe I am to d wsrfifh, and fo low ? 
How low am I, thou painted May .pole ? Speakc, 
How low am I r I amnotyetfo low, 
But chat my nailct can reach vnto thine eyes. 

Htl. 1 pray you though you mocke mc.gemlemtrn, 
Let her not hurt me-; 1 was newer curft : 
I haue no gift at all in fhrewifhncflV $ 
I amarightmaidcrbrmycowa'rdizei 
Let her not ftrik* me : youperJwps may thinko, 
Beciufc (he is fomcthing lowcrthen my felfc, 
That I can match her. 

Htr. Lower? httlteagaine. 

He/. Good /foTO/4,donotbefobUtetvithrne, 
I euermore did loueyou Htrntta, 
Did euer keepeyour counfels.neuer wronged yon, 
Saue that in loue vnco Demttritu, 
I toW him of your Realth vnto this wood, 
He followed you.for loue J followed him, 
But he, hath chid me hence.and thrcatned me 
To ftrike me.fpume me,nay to kill me too ; 
And now,fo you will let me quiet go, 
To Athens will I beare my folly backe 
And follow you no further. Let me go. 
You fee how fimple^and how fend I ami 

Htr. Why get you gone : who ift that hinders you ? 

Htl. A foolifh heart,that I leaue here behinde. 

Her. 

Htr. 

Ljf. Be not afraid,0te (hall not harme ihee Helena. 

1)tm. No fir,{helhli not, though you take her parr. 

Htl. O when (lie's angry,ft e h keene and fnre w d, 
She was a vixen when {lie went to fchoole, 
And thougbftiebe but litde,(he is fierce. 

Htr. Little *ginc ? Nothing but low and little ? 
Why will you fuffer her to float me thus ? 
Let me come to her. 

Lyf. Get you gone you dwarfc, 
You minim tti^ of hindrtng knot'grafie made. 
You bead ,you acorne. 

Dtrtt. You are too officious, 
In her behalfe that fcornes your feniices. 

let 



A Midfommer nights 'Dreame. 



Let bet lone,(p cake not of Helena, 
Take not her par u For if thou daft intend 
Neucr folittle fhew of loue to bet, 
Thou fhalt abide It. 

Ljf. Nov fhe holds me not, 
Now follow if thou dar'ft,to cry whoferigKc, 
Of rhine or mine is moft in Helen*. 

T)em. Follow / Nay, He goe with thee cheeke by 
towle EXH LjfndertndDemetrim. 

H*r. You Mid r ii^all this coy le is long of you. 
Nay, goe not backe. 

Htl. Iwillnottruftyoul, 
Nor longer flay in your turfi companie. 
Your hinds then mine,arc quicker for a fray, 
My Irgs are longer though to runnc away. 

*ter Ottrf* and Pucke. 

Ob. Tbii is tby negligence.ftill thou miftak'ft, 
Or clfe committ'll thy knauenes willingly. 

Puck^ Belecueme.Kingoffrudowes.I miftooke, 
Did not you tell me, I fnould know the man, 
By the Ailotniim garments he hath on ? 
And fo farre blamclelTc proues my enterpize, 
That I haue nointcd an Athenians eies, 
And Co farre am I glad, it fo did fort. 
A* this their ianglmg I eftccme a fport 

O\>. Thou Iced thcfe Louers feeke a place to fight, 
Hie therefore *&*.oucrcaft the night, 
The ftarrie Welkin couer thou anon, 
With drooping fogge a* blacke as Achtroa, 
And lead thefc teftie Rjuals fo aOray, 
As one come not within mothers way. 
Like to Ljpsxder, fometimc frame thy tongve, 
Thenftirre Dctnctrttu vp with bitter wrong; 
And fometime raile fhou like Demetrim ; 
And from each other looke thou leade them t nut, 
Till ore their browcs,death-counterfeking,flecpe 
With leaden legs,and Battle-wings doth c rtcpe ; 
Then crufhtbis hcarbe into LjftnAen eie, 
Whofe liquor hath this vertuous propcrtie, 
To take from thence all error, with his might,. 
And make his eie-bU role with wonted nght. 
When they next wake,all this dcrjfion 
Shail feeme a dreame,and fruitleflc vifion, 
And backe to Athens fhall the Louers wend 
With league.whofedatctilldeath'fhill neuer end. 
Whiles 1 in this affaire dp thee impry. 
He torny Queene.and beg her Indian Boy ; 
And then I will her charmr d eie releafe 
prom mongers view, and all things fnsll be peace. 

PnekfMj Fairie Lord.this muft be done with hafte, 
For nigh t-fwift Dragons cut the Clouds full fad, 
Aad yonder fhincs Auroral harbinger 
At wbofe approach Ghofls wandring here and there, 
Troopc home to Church-yards; damned fpirits all, 
That in crofle- waies and nouds liaue buriali, 
Alreadie to their wormie bed* are gone ; 
For feare leaft day fhouid looke their fharnet vpon. 
They wilfully themfelues dxile from light, 
And muft for aye confort with blacke browd night. 

Ob. Bat we are (pints of another fort : 
J, with the mornings loue haue oft made fport,- 
And like aForreAer,the groues may tread, 
tuen till the Eafterne gate all fieriered^ 
Opening on AVw*r,v?ithfairc bleiTed beam;s, 
Turnes into yellow goid,hu (alt greene rtresmej. 



But notwithstanding hafte,make no delay 
We may effe& this bufinefle,yei ere day. 

Puck^ Vp and downc, vp and downe, I will leade 
them vp and downe : I am fear'd in field and tovmc. 
Cobim t lead them vp and downe : here comet one. 



Ljf- Where art thou.proud Demetniu ? 
Speakc thou now. 

R* Here villaine.drawne & readie. Where art thou? 

Lrf. I will be with thee rtraight. 

3^- Follow roe then to plainer ground. 
Enter DctntjrtfM. 

Dem. L;/ivl<T,fpeakeagine; 
Thou runaway , thou coward ,ar t tho u fled ? 
Speake in fome bufl): Where doA thou hide thy head ? 

"Rob. Thou coward.art thou bragging to the ftari. 
Telling the bufhes that thou look'fi for wars, 
And wilt not come t Come ircreant.come thou child?, 
He whip thee with a tod. He is defil'd 
That drawes a fword on thee. 

Dem. Yea^rt thou there I 

7^. Follovi my voice. weT cry no nnnhood hezeJ&nr 

~Lyf. He goes before me, and (rill dares me on, 
When I come where he caU.then he'i gone. 
The villaine is much lighter heel d then I : 
I followed faft , but fafier he did flye ; 
That fallen am I in darke vneuen way, 
And here wil reft me.Come thou gentle day : 
For ifbur once thou fhew me thy gray light, 
He finds Demttrria^nd reurnge this Ipight. 
enter Robm <*d Dtmetriw. 

fal. Ho^o,ho } coward, why com'fl thou not? 

Dem. Abide me, if thou dar'll. For well 1 wot, 
Thou runft before me,fhifting euery place, 
And daf 'ft not ftand.not looke me in the face 
Where art thou? 

"Rj&. Come hither,! am here. 
Drtw.Nay then thou mock'fl me; ihoufhah boythls 

deere. 

If euer I thy face by day-light fee. 
Now goe thy way : fa>ntnefie conflrainerh me, 
To meafure out my length on this cold bed, 
By d^ics approach looke to be yifncd. 
Enter Hele**. 

Hel. O weary night, O long and tedious night, 
Abate thy houres,fhine comforts from the tad, 
That I may backe to Atlttni by day-light. 
From thtfc that my poore companie deteft ; 
And fleepc that fometime fhurs vp forrowes eie,. 
Steak me a while from mine owne companie. Stttft. 

Rob. Yet but three .' Come one more, 
Two of both kindes makes vp foure. 
Here (he comes ,curft and fad, 
Cupola a knauiib lad, 

Enter Hen*,. 
Thus to make poore females road. 

Her. Neuer fo wearie neuer fo in vtof, 
Bedabbled with the dew.and tome with briars, 
I can no further crawle,no further goe ; 
My legs can keepe no pace with my defire*. 
Here will I reft me rill the breake of day, 
Heauens fbield Ljfiaukr, if they mexnc a fray. 

R4. OnthegruundQeepefoiwid. 
lie apply your eie gentle !ouer,retncdy. 
When tbou wak'ft.thoutak'ft 
True dehght in the fight of tby former Udie* eye, 

And 



A Mid/mmtr nights 'Dreame. 



And the Country Prouerb knowne, 

That euery roan (hould take his owne. 

In your waking (hall be fhowne- 

lick? (hall hauc fiM, nought fha.1) gee ill. 

The roan (bail haue bit Mare againe , and >U (hall bet 



O how I loue thee ! how I dote on thee ' 



Quartos. 



EterQ*tt>ittfF4irittjnielCiarm t vulFttnet, tad tin 
KitgttboKb tbtm. 

Tit*. Come, fit thec downe xpon this flowry bed. 
While I thy amiable cheekes doe coy. 
And fticke muske rofcs in thy fleeke fmoothe head, 
find ki(Te thy faire large cares, my gentle ioy. 

Cine. Where i Pttfe bloflomti 

Pt*f. Ready 
o Scratch my hctdjtifi.kbffome. Whet iMoun. 



Cok. Ready. 

Clew*. Mounfieur Ctbtvtb, good Mounfier get yout 
weapons in your hand, & kill me a red hipt humble-Bee, 
Snthetopofachiflle ; and good Mounfieur bring mee 
.he hony bag. Doe not fret your fclfe too much in the 
i&ton, Mounfieur; and good Mounfieut hme a care the 
icny bag breake not, I would be leth to haue yon ouer- 
lownewithahony-bag figniour. Where i Mounfieur 



M*f Ready. 

C/o. Giuc me your neafe.Mourrficu 
> ray you leaueyour courtefe good Mounfieu 

Mvf. What's your will ? 

Clo. Nothing good Mounfieur, but to help Caualery 

vfareb tofcratch, I rnuft to the Barbers Mounfieur, for 

me-thinkes I am maruellous hairy about the face. A nd 1 

unfuch a tender afle^frny haite do but tickle me,I tnuft 

'cratch. 

Ti*. What.wilc thou hcarc fotne muikke.my fweet 

' 

Cb, Ihsuc afcafonablegoodeaieinmaficke. Let 
n hauc the tongs and the bones. 



Tito. Or fay fwccte Loue, what thot) defke ft to eat. 

Clamt. Truly a pecke of Prouender ; I could munch 
pour good dry Oatci. Me-thinke* I haue a great dclue 
to a bottle of hay : good hay , fwccte hay hath no fcj- 
low. 

Tit*. I haue a venturous Fauy, 
That (hail feeke the Squirrels hoard , 
And fetch thee new Nuts. 

Ciavm. ] had rather haue a handfull or two of dried 
pesfe. But I pray you let none of your people ftureme.l 
haue an npofition of fleepe come vpon roe. 

Tjt*. Sleepe thou, and I will winde thee in ray arms, 
Fathes be gone, and bcalwaies away. 
So doth the woodbine, the fweet Honifuckle^ 
Gently entwift t che female luy fo 
Enrings che barky fingers of the Elme. 



Ok. WeJcome good Rohm: 
Seefl thou this fweet fight ? 
Her dotage now I doe begin to pitty. 
For meeting her of late bchinde the wood, 
Seeking fweet fauors for this hateful! foole. 
I did vpbraid her, and fall out with her. 
For (Vie his hairy temples then had rounded, 
With coronet of frefh and fragrant flowers. 
And that fame dew which fomtimc on the buds, 
Was wont to fwell like round and orient pearles \ 
Stood now within thepretty flooriets eyes, 
Like teares that did the it owne difgrsce bewaile. 
When 1 had at my pleafure taunted her, 
And (be in milde termes beg'd my patience, 
1 then did askeof her, her changeling childe, 
Which ftraight (be gaue me.and her Fairy fcnt 
To bearc hm to my Bower in Fairy Land. 
And now I haue the Boy, I will vndoe 
This hateful! imperfection of her eyes. 
And gentle Puckf .take this transformed fcaJpe, 
From off the head of this dthnia* fwaine j 
That he awaking when the other doe , 
May all to^<^M/backeagaincrepaire, 
And chinkc no more ofthrs ntghw accidents . 
But as the fierce vexation of a dreame. 
Butru-B I will releafe the Fairy (^utene. 

Be than ft then a>nfl vent to lie 
See of thorn wtft wot to fee. 
"DtM/hd, or C*p,dijl**tr, 
Hah fuck fer 



Now my TU/SHI4 wake you my fweet Qiieene. 

Tit*. My Oteron, what vifions hsuc I fcenej 
Me.chought I was enamoured of an Affe. 

Oft. There lies your loue. 

TIM. How came thtfc things to p(Te ? 
Oh, how mine eyes doth loath this vifage now ! 

Ob. Silence a while, Robm take off hi* head : 
TV/^w.otufick call, and frnke more dead 
Then common flcepe ; of all thefe, fine ihc fenfe 

Titt. MufKke,homufitkc,fuch aschaimethfleepe. 



Rob. When thou wak'ft. wuh thine owne fooJes eies 
P f pf. fme 

Ob Sound muftck; come my Queen, take hands wuh 
And rocke the ground whereon thefe flcepers be 
Now thou and 1 arc new in amity , 
And will to morrow midnight, folemnly 
Dance in Duke 7r/rhoufc triumphantly , 
And bleffe it to ail faire poflrrity. 
There (Vial) thepairesof.fairftfullLouen be 
Wedded, with Tbtfeiu,i\\ in lollity . 

Rl>, Faire King attend, and marke, 
I doe heare the morning Larke. 

Ot>. Then my Queene in filence fad, 
Trip we after the nights (hade ; 
We the Globe can compafie foone, 
Swifter then the wandring Moone 

Tito, Come my Lord, and in our flight^ 
Tell me how it came this night , 
That I deeping heere wat&uod, 

5/prr 
O 



A 'Mid/omjnernigbtsDfieame. 



N tth thclc mortals on the ground. E*eu*t. 

M*dc Heraet. 

Etttr Th({*t>lcm t Hiffol*'* ut ' tUI * rr**-. 
Tbf. Goeoneotyou/indeoutcfaeForrefttr, 
: ot now our obfcruation it pvrfortn'd ; 
AndfirKewe hauetbevawardoftheday. 

Loue (hall beare the muficke of my hoondi. 
Vncouple in the Wetternev.iUey.let cKcm jjoc y 
>fpatch 1 fay, and find* the Forreftet. 
We- will faue Quecne, vp to the Mounwines top. 
And rr.arke tberouficall coofufion 
Of hound* and eccho in comun&on. 

Hip. J was with Herculet and Ctdmtu once, 
When in n wood of fitete they bayed the Beare 
With hounds afSftrt* ; neuer did I hure 
Such gallant-chiding* For befides the grouca, 
The skies,tb. foumaines,eUery rrgion neere, 
Seemeallo ( nemutuallcry. 1 neuer heard 
Jo muftcali a difcord, fuch fweet thunder. 

Tbcf My hounds are bred out of the SftrtM V.indc, 
So fltw'd, fo fandd, and their heads are hung 
With ewes that fweepe away the morning dew , 
Crooke kned, end dew-lap t.Iike Thtfrdut* Suit, 
Slow inpwfuutbutimtch'd in mouth like belt, 
Each voder each. A cry. more tuneable 
Was neuer hallowed io.nor cheer'd with home, 
In Creeti t in Sparta, nor k> Tbtftty ; 
Judge when you heart. Bntfeft,whatnimphs re theft? 

Efeni. My Lord,this is my daughter heerc afiep, 
And this L) fender, abis DtmttrMs is, 
This Helena, oldc Ntttort Helen*, 
I wonder of this being hcrre together. 

The. No doubt they role vp early , to obfenti 
The right of May ; and hearing our intent, 
Came heere in grace of our folemnity . 
But fpeake Egcm, it not thislrie day 
That Hcrmta fnould giuc anfwer other choice? 

re*t. UiMinrLerd. 

Tbtf. Gocbid thehnntf.men wake them with rfidr 
hornet. 



Sboft vabMjktj divert vp. 

Tbef. Good morrow. fHends : Saint V*lctuu u ptlft, 
Begin thefe wood birdibuito couple now? 

Lif. Pardon my Lord. 

Toe/. I pray you all (land vp. 
I know you two are Riuall eoemiM. 
How comes this gentle concord in the world , 
That hatred is is to farre fromiealoiule , 
To fleepe by hate, and feareno enmity. 

Lrf. My Lord.l fhall reply amaredly, 
Halfe fleepe.hnlfc waking.But a< yet, I fweare, 
I cannot truly fay how I came heete- 
Butaslthinke ( for truly would I fpcnkc) 
And now I tloe bet Sink e me, fo it U ; 
I came with Hermit hither. Our iatCftt 
Was to be gone from Adteiu .where we might be 
Without the peril! of the Ailunia* lew. 

Egi. Enough, enough, owy Lord: you hsue enough { 
| beg the Low, the La w,vpon his heath 
They would haue ftolne eway, they would Dctnetr1at t 
Thereby to haue defeated you and me : 
You of your wife, end me of my confent} 
Of my confcnr.that (he O.ould be your wife. 

Dtm, My Lord,faire/*rfetoldmcof their fteslth, 
Of this tbctr purpofc hither, to this wood, 



And I in furic hither followed them ; 

Fait Helm*, in fancy followed me. 

But my good Lord, I wot not by whatpowei, 

[But by fome power U is ) my loue 

To Hrma (mcjtcd u the fno w) 

Seems to me DOW as the remembrance of an Jc/le nude, 

W>ch in my cbildehood I did doat vpon : 

And all the taitb, the vertueof my heart, 

The obic ft and the plcafurc of min cry t, 

liooclyHctfxa To her ,my Lord, 



But like a fickenetTe did 1 lo^tb this food, 
But as in health, come to tny natural! tgfte, 
Now doe I wi(h it, louc it, long for it , 
And will for cucr more be true to it. 

Thr(. Fair f Louers.you are fortunately met 
Of this difcourfe we (hall herremorejnoo. 
Egim, 1 will ouer-beare your will j 
For in the Temple, by and by with ? s , 
Tbefc coupU: (hnli eternally bekr.it. 
And for the morning now is fomethiog worm, 
Our purpos'd hunting (hall be fet efide. 
Away, withvs lo^ttkcn ; three end t 
Wee'll hold a fesfi in great felcmnitie. 
Come Hifft/it*. xttD*/k*tdLttrk, 

"Dem. Thefe things feme fmall 8t vndiftinguifhabJft, 
Like farre offmountaines turned into Clouds. 

Her. Ms-chinks I fee thefe things with parted eye, 
When cucr y things fecrocs dooble. 

fftt. Some-thinkes: 
And I haoc found Dtmantu, like a iewcll, 
Mine owne, and not mine ownc. 

Dem. It feemes to met , 

Ttmyetwcfleepe,wedrcem. Donotyoti thiokc, 
The Duke was heere.and bid v follow him ? 

Her. Vea,and my Father. 

Hel. MdHippdita. 

Ljf, And He bid vs follow to the Temple. 

Dem. Why then we are awake ;kts follow him, and 
by the way let vs recount our drearaes. 

'Sentim vJtcs. Exit Lwert. 

Ch. When my cue comes ,cll me, end I will anfwer. 
My next is, moft faire Pirtmtu Hey ho Peter gwnce ? 
fUueCtx bellowes,mcndcr ? Snettt the tinker ? Starve- 
/>if ? Gods my life 1 Stolne hence^and left me afleepe : I 
haue had a moft rare rifion . 1 had a dream^paR th wit 
of man. to fay, what dmme it was. Man is b u t an Afle, 
if he goe about tocxpound this dreame. Me-thought I 
was, there is no man can tell what. Me-ibought 1 wai, 
and me-thoBght 1 had. But rmn is but a patch'd foole , 
if he will offer to fay, what roe- thought 1 had. The eye of 
man hath not heard, the earc of man nnth oot fccn, mans 
hand is not able to tafte, his tongue to concetue, nor hit 
heart to report, what my dream* ws. I will get Peter 
Qtttitce to write a ballet of this dreame, it fliall be called 
Bett ernes Dream ,becaufe i t hath no bottome; and I will 
fingitinthelatterendofeplay.beforerheDuke. Per- 
aduenturc,to make it the mote gracioe* , I (bsD fine it 
* her death. .w. 



Stun. Haue yoM font to ^awhoufe?'Ii he come 
home yet f 

St*r*. Hccarmotbtbwdof. Outol doubt her is 
wanfported. 

7*'/ If 



Thef. If be come not, then tbeplay is nurVi. It goes 
notforward,dotbk? 

gain. It is mxpofiible : you haue not a ouo in all 

tfcn/,ablc to difcharge Tiramus but be. 

flrif. No hetharhfimpty the bcft wit of any handy, 
craft mania t^tbatj. 

Qain. Y ea,nd the beft pcrfon too, and hee is a very 
Paramonr,for afweetvoyce. 

Tbif. You muft fay, Paragon. A Paramour is (God 
blcfle Vi,) a thing of nought. 

Enter Svug tbt leyner. 

Snw. Maftcrs.the Duke is comming from the Tern 
ple.and there b two or three Lords & Ladies more mar- 
icd; If our fpon had gone forward,we had all bin made 

Inf. O fweet bully 'Botteme, thus hath he loftfixe- 
. x a d*y,duhng his life;hc could not h?>te fcaped fix. 
eucea day. And theDukc had not giuen him hxpence 
i day for playing Pir*nnu t \\e be bnng'd. Hewould haue 
dcferuedit. Sixpence a day in Ptriuns,or nothing. 
Eatrr Tiottmt. 

3J#f . Where are thefe Lads ? Where are thefe hearts ? 

fguia. 2aw,&moftcouragiousday!Oroofthap- 
pie houre 1 

Vot. Matters,! am to difcourfc wonders jbut ask me 
not what. For if I tell you, lam no true Atbrnitn. I 
will tell you eucry thing as it fell out. 

u. Let ys hcarc,fwcct Bstiome. 

"Sft. Not a word of mc-.all that I will tell you,is,that 
the Duke hath dined. Get your apparcll together.good 
kings to yoot beards, new ribbands to your pumps, 
meete prcfemly at the P alace , eucry man lookc ore hit 
part : for the(hort and the long is,our play is preferred : 
[n any cafe let Tbisby haue cleanc linnen: and let not him 
that play es the Lion, paire his nailes, for they fliall hang 
out for the Lions clawcs. And moft deare Adors, eate 
ao Onions, norGarlick* ; forwccare totterfweete 
breath,and I doc not doubt but to heare them fay, it is a 
fweet Comedy. No more word* : away, go away. 

Exeunt. 



AHm Qwntus. 



Enter TbefauJJipfatit*, Egtiu and bit Lords. 

Kf. TSs ftrange my Thofetuj thefe loueri fpeake of. 

The- More ftrange then true. I ncuer may bcleeuc 
Thcfc antickc fables, nor thefe Fairy toyes, 
Lowers and mad men haue fuch Teething braines, 
Such {haping phantafies, that apprehend more 
Then coole reafon caer comprehends. 
The Lunatickc, the Loucr,and the Poet, 
Are of imagination all compact. 
One fees morediuels then vaftc hell can hold j 
That is the mad man. The Louer,ali as frantickt. 
Sees Hiltm beauty in s brow otEgipt, 
The Poew eye in a fine frenzy rolling,doth glance 
From hcauen to earth, from earth to heauen. 
And as imagination bodies forth the forms of things 
Vnknowne ; the Poets pen turnes them to fliapes. 
And glues to airc nothing, a locall habitation. 
And aoamc. Such tricks hath ftrong imagination, 



Tb if it would but apprehend fome ioy, 
It comprehends fome bringcr of that ioy. 
Or in the night, imagining fome fcare, 
How eafic is a bufli foppos'd a Beare ? 

Hip. But all the (tone of the night told eater 
And all their minds trtnsfigur'dfo together. 
More wi tncffcth than fancies images, 
And growes to fomethiog of great conflancte; 
But howfocucr , ftrange,and admirable. 

Enter loners fr finder p^ctri*, ,Hcmi* t 



The. Heere come the loncrs,full of ioy and mirth : 
Ioy, gentle friends, ioy and frcfti dayes 
Of loue accompany your hearts. 

Ljf. More then to ?, waitc in your royall walkes 
your boord, yout bed. 

Tbf. Come now, what maskcs, what dances (hall 
we haue, 

To wcre away this long age of three houra, 
Between dor after fupper, and bed-time? 
Where Is our vfuall manager of mirth? 
What Reuels are in hand ? Is there no play. 
To cafe the anguifh of a torturing houre ? 
Call Egau. 

Ege. Hcere mighty Tbefau. 

The. Say, what abridgement haucyou for this eue- 
n'mg? 

What rnaske? What muficke ? How fhall we beguile 
The lazic time, if not with fome delight ? 

Egg. There is a brcefe how many fporcj are rife: 
Mkc choife of which your HighneiTe wlil fee flrA. 

Lif. The battell with the Centaurs to be fuog 
By an Athenian Eunuch, to the Harpe. 

The. Wcc'l none of that. That haue I told my Louc 
In glory of my kinfman Hercules. 

Lif. TheriotofihetipfieBachanals, 
Tearing the Thracian fingcr,in their rage t 

The. That is an old deuice, and it was plaid 
When I from TMei came laft a Conqueror. 

Lif. The thrice three Mufes,mourning for the death 
of learning, late decctft in beggerte. 

Tkt. That is fome Satire keene and critics 11, 
Not forting with a nuptial! ccremonie< 

Lif. A tedious brcefc Scene ofyor\gfarannu t 
And his Iouc7%uiy ; ?cty tragicall mirth. 

The. Merry and tragicall ? Tcdious,and briefe? That 
is,hot ice, and wondrous flrange fnow. How (hall wee 
findc the concord of hisdifcord? 

Ege. A play there is, my Lord, fome ten words Ion", 
Which is as breefe, as I haue knowne a play ; 
But by ten words, my Lord, it is too long 
Which makes it tedious. For in all the play, 
There is not one word apt, one Player fitted. 
And tragicall my noble Lord it is : for Pintmxt 
Therein doth kill himfelfe. Which when I faw 
Rfhearft, 1 muft confefle, made mine eyes water : 
But more rncrrjc feares, the paffion of loud laughter 
Ncocrftied. 

Tbtf. What are they that do play it? 

Eft. Hard handed men, that worke in Atheni heere, 
Which neucr labour 'd in their mindcs till now ; 
And now haue toyled their vnbrcathed memories 
With this fame play, againft your nuptial], 

The. Andwcwillhcarcit. 

O a rim. 



Ifo 



A Midfommer righto 'D 



tbt. No.roy noble Lord.it iinotfor you. I hnuc heard 
[t ouer.and it it nothing, nothing in the. wotld ; 
/nlefle you cm findc fgort in their intents, 
Extreamely ftrcuht ,an d cond with ciuell paiec , 
Todocyoufetuice. 

Tbtf. I wilLheare chit play. For neuor any thing 
Can be ami (Tc, when firppleneiTe and duty tender it. 
Goe bring them in.and take your placet, Ladies. 

ffif, 1 louc not to fee wretchadnefle orechrged$ 
And duty in his feruiCe perishing. 

Tbef. Why gfentie fweet, you (hall fee no fueh thing. 

Hip. Ha Uics.they eta tlosnotbingin (hit kinde. 

Thff.1 he kinder we, to giue thmn tlijnkt for nothing 
Our fport Oiall be.to take what tfcey miftake j 
And what poorcxjutycarmoc-doe, noble rcfpcd) 
Takes it in might, not merit. 
Wh^lc iHi.ot.c'Dme.gTcatQcarkes hauepurpofcd 
To greete me with premeditated welcemi j 
Where J .houefeene them fhiucr and (ooke pale , 
Make periods in the midft of fentences, 
Tbrottle their pta&iz'd accent in their fearrs, 
And in concluhon,dumbly hauc broke off, 
Not paying me a weJcoroe. Truftrnc fweeic, 
Out of this filente yet, 1 picki a-wclcome : 
AnJ inthemodedy offearcfoUdwy, 
I re id as much, as from the ratling tongue 
Of faucy and audacious eloquence. 
Loue therefore, and tongue-fide ftmphcity, 
Inleaft,fpcakemoft,to my capacity. 

fgfua So plcafey our Gracc,thc Prologue it a ddicfl. 

Dak-. Let biro approach. 



Enter ikt Proliant. ^)>mce. 

fr. Jfwuroffeod,ttu wich our good Will. 
Tliat you fliDuld cbmkc.wc oomc not to offend, 
But with good will. To/hew our Ample ik'iil 
That is the true beginning of our end. 
Confider then, we come but in defpight. 
\V e do not come, as minding to content you 
Our true intent is. All for your delight, 
We are not heere. That you fhould lie repent you, 
The Ai\ors'are at hand ; and by their (how , . 
YOU (lull know all, that you are like to know. 

Thef, Thit fellowdoth not ftand vpon points. 

Ljf. He hth rid his Prologue, like a rough Colt : he 
knoweipottheftop, A goodnaorell my Lord. Kisnoi 
chough to fpeake.buttofpcaketrue. 

/Itf. Indeed hee hath plaid on hit Prologue , lik a 
chtlje on a Recorder, a fouiul.but not in gouetnment. 

Thef. His fpeech was like a tangled chame: nothing 
itopaited.but alldifordered. Who is next? 

vith 4 Trunff'ct befn ihem. 



Enter Pjrawitt and Tkisfy, ^ell f Meone./li^ffanti Ljtm. 
Prol, Gentles .porchance you wonderat this flio w, 
But wonder on, till tcuth make ell rhmgi plainc. 
This man is Pirnmm, if you would know j 
This beauteous Lady, Jhukj is ccrtaine. 
This roan, with lyme aod rough-caft,doth prefent 
Wall, that vile wall, which did thefe loucrt fundcr : 
And through walls chink(poor foulcs) they are content 
Towhifper. At the which, let no nun wonder. 
Thii man, with Lanthornc,dog,andbuft>ofihorne, 
Prefentet)>noone-fhine. Fonfyou willknow, 
By moone-ftlwe did thefe Louert thinkc no fcome 
To meet at Ni*w toombc, there, there to wooe i 



Thii grizy be*fl (which Lyon hight by nnmc) 
Tbe Irufty Ttutj, cormningfitft by night, 
Did fcarre away, or rather did affright : 
And as fhe fled, her mantle (he did fall | 
Which Lyon vile with bloody mouth did Itaine 
Anon comer Ptrtmw, fweet youth and tall, 
And findes his Tbittift Mantle flaine } 
Whereat,witb blndc.with bloody blnmcfuU blade, 
He brauclv bronchi his boiling bioudy bccnft, 
And Tbufj, tarrying in Mulberry (hade , 
Hit dggrdrew,and died. For all the reft, 
Let Ljn,Mne-fl>i*t fr/tH,*^ Loueti twaine, 
At large difcouif,whilehc they doe reroaine. 
Exit all htU^Afl. 

Tbef I wonder if the.Lipn bo to fpeake. 

Dttne. No wonder, my Lord : one Lion tniy, w 
many Affes doe. 



W<*&. In this fame Interlude, u doth befall, 
That l,onc Sniwt (by-oatne) piefoita wall : 
And fuch.a wall,asl vvonJd h*ue you.thjnke, 
That had in u a crannied hok ot chinke: 
Through which the Loucrt., Pirtnw 
Did whilpcr often, very fecretly. 
Thi$loame,th)s rough. coft ,nd this 
T1it I am that fame Wall ,the truth is io. 
And this the crnuny is,right and Aniftet, 
Through which tbefeercfull Louersatc ro whifper. 

Tbef. Would you dfre Liroeand Haire to fpeak 
| better?, 

Dfmc. Itiithewittiefl partition, that euerj beard 
difcourfe,n>y Lord. 

Thef, Tjramw drawes nccre the WalLfilrncc 
Exttr Pjrumu. 

Pir. O gritn lx>oKtnight,d-nigb< with hue To blacke, 
Onight,whicheuerart,wbendayisnot'. 

night, 6 night, alacke, alack e, alack c, 

1 feare n>^Tbitbtti promife is forgot. 
Aodthouovyall.thou fweet and louely xvaJl, 
That flands tetweeneher t'aihcrs ground and mine , 
Thou wiM, 6 wall, 6 fweet and louely wall, 

Shw me thy chinke, to blinke through with miceeine, 
Tlunkcs courteous wall. lone fhield thee well for this. 
But what fee 1? No Tbtshe doc I fee. 
O wicked vtall, through whom I fecno bltfle,. 
Curft be thy ftones for thus deceiuing me*, 

Tbtf. The vail me-thinket being fcnfible, (hould 
curfe againe. 

Pir. No in truth (ir,hc fliould not.T)tea*Pij>rstt, 
Is Tbuhtt cue 5 (he is to enter, and I am to fpy 
Her through the wall. You (ball fee it will tell, 



Pat as I told you ; yonder fhc come*. 

Tbtf. O wall.full often haft thou heard my moncs, 
For parting my feire Ptramm, and me. 
My cherry lips haue often kill thy ftones; 
Thy ftoces with Lime and Hire knit yp in thee. 

PyrA. I fe?a voycc ; now will I to the chinke , 
To fpy and 1 can heate ruy Thtstiet face. Thishef 

Tbtf. My Loue thou art,my Loue 1 thinke. 

Pir. Thinke what thou wilt,I am tby Loucrs grace, 
And \\VtLtmader am I trufly ft ill. 

Tbif. And like Helen till the Fates me &ffl. 

Pir* Not Sbtfel*! toPrarr/,vasfoUue 

Tbif. fMSbafaluttoProtrMtJtoyou. 

Pir. O 



A Midfommernights Dreame. 



fir. O kifle me through the hole of thi* vile wall. 

Thif. I kifle the wals hoic.not your lips at all. 

PIT. WiltthouatAfowM*/ tombemeete mefirajght 
way? 

Thf. Tide life, tide death,! come without delay. 

waff. Thus haue I fVS,my part difcharged Co; 
And being done, thus trail away doth go. * C/r. 

D*. Now is the moiall downe betwecne the two 
Neighbors. 

Dtm. No reroedie my Lord, when Wals are fo wiL 
rull , to hcarc wichout warning. 

Dm. This is the filhcft ftorre that ere I heard. 

J>*. The beil in this kind are but ftudowes, and the 
worft are no worfe, if imagination, amend them. 

Dr. It mud be your imagination then,& not theirs. 

D^_ If wee imagine no worfe of them then they of 
themfelues, they may pafle for excellent jncrr.Here com 
two noble bcafis.tn a man and a Lion.. 

Eater Ljta *nd Momu-fhine, 

Ljeit. You Ladies, you (whofe gentle harttdo fear* 
The fcnalleft monftrous moufc that crecpes on floore j 
May now perchance, both quake and tremble hccre, 
When Lion rough in wildcft rage dothroare. 
Then know that I, one Swf th loyoct am 
A Lion fell, nor elfe oo Lions dam : 
For if I (houldaa Lion come in ftnfe 
Into thu place, 'twere ptttie of my life. 

DM.A verio gentle bca.lt, and of a good confcienee. 

Dtm, The vcriebeft at a bcaft, my Lord, <) ere 1 (aw. 

Lif. This Lion is a veric Fox for nia valor. 

DM. True,and a Goofe for his difcretion. 

Drm, Not fo my Lord : for bis valor cannot carrie 
his difcretion, and the Fox carries the Goofe. 

DM. His difcretion I am furc cannot carrrt his valor: 
for the Goofe carries not the Fox. It is well ; Icaue it to 
his difcretion,aod let vs hearken to the Moone, 

Moon. This Laothome doth (he horned Moone pre-. 
fent. 

De. He (hotfld hauc worne the homes on his head. 

D. Hee Is no crefcent, and hii homes are tnuifiblr, 
within the circumference. 

Mao*. This lamhoroe doth the homed Moone pre- 
fenc : My felfc, the man i'th Moone doth fccrne to be. 

Dti. This is the greatcft error of all the reft; the man 
(hould be pur into the Lanthome.How is it els the man 
i'th Moone? 

Dtrft. He dares not come there lot the candle. 
For you fee, it is already in fnuffc. 

Dot. I sm vvcarie of this Mocne , would he would 
change. 

D*, Happearesbyhis fmal light of difcretion, that 
be is in the wane : but yet io courted?, in all reafon, vt e 
muft flay the time. 

Ljf. Proceed Moone. 

Mo<m. All that 1 haue to fay. is to tell you, that the 
Lanthome is (he Moons; I, the man in the Moone \ this 
thorne buiKmy thorne bufh; and this dog.my dog. * 

Dem. Why all thefe (hould be in the Lanthorne:fbr 
they ere in the Moone.But frfence, beere comes 



Ljo* Oh. 

Tht Lim rtmt.Tbutj nau f. 
Dtm. WcUroar-dLion, 



D, Well run Tbtt 
Dr. WeUflione Moone 
Truly the Moone tfiinej with a good gracs 
Dm. Wei roouz'd Lion. 
Dm- And then came Ptraanu. 
Ljf. And fo the Lion vaniflu. 



Enter P 

J>.Swe Moone,! thank thce for thy funny beames 
I thanke thee Moone, for (hining now to brigbts 
Fr by thy gracious,goldcn, glittering bcamcs, 
I mift to tafte o(tmc$fbuk** fight. 
But flay : O fpight ! but marke.poorc Koight, 
What dreadful dole is hccrc? 
Eyes do you fee ! How can it be 
O dainty Oucke : O Deere : 
Thy mantle good ; what ftaiod with blood ' 
Apjroch you Furic fell: 

Fates.' come, come : Cut thred and thrum, 
Quaile, cruOi, conclude, and quell. 

D. This pa<Tton,aad the death of a deare friend. 
Would go neere to make a man lookefad. 
Dm. Beftuewmyrwrart.but Ipicticchcman 
Pir. O wherefore Nature, did'frthou Lions frame? 
Since Lion Vildehath heere deflour'd my deere : 
Which is : no, no, which was the faireft Dime 
That liu'd. that lou'd.that Uk'd.that look'd with cheerp. 
Come teares , confound : Out fword.aod wound 
The pap ofPtraaau : 

1 , that left pap, where heart doth bop | 
Thusdyel,thns,thus,thus. 

Now am I dead, no w am 1 fled, my foule ir in the sky, 
Tongue lofe thy light, Moone take thy Bight, 
Now dye,dye,dye,dye,dye. 

Item. No Die, but an ace for him ; for he if but one, 

Lif. Lcfle then an aee man. F 9r he ia dead, he la no- 
thing, 

D. With the helpe of a Surgcon,he might yet rco 
uer.and proue an Afie. 

Dt. How chance Moone-fliine is gone before? 
Tbifbj comes backe, and findes bei Louer. 



Duke. She wilfinde him by ftarre- light. 
Hcere (he comes, and her pa^ion ends the play. 

Dm. Methinkes(hee(houldnotvfea|ongone for 
fuch a JWm/ : I hope (he will be breere. 

Dfiw.A Moth wil tume (he ballcnce, which Piramu 
which Thuty is the better. (eyes. 

Ljf. She hath fpyed him already, with thofe fwcete 

Dem. And thus (he mcane*,c&//rir. 

7 bit, Afleepemy Lone ? What,dead oiyDoue ? 
OPtr4mw/arife; 

Speak,S P cakc. Quite dumbc? Dead.dcad? A torabe 
Muft couer thy fwecteyes. 
Thefe Lilly Lips, this cherry nofe, 
Thefe yellow Cowilip cheekes 
Are gone, are gone : Lovers make more : 
His eyeawere greene as Leekes. 
O Glten three, come, come to mec, 
With hands as pale as Milke, 
Lay them in gore,<ince you haue (hore 
WithOieere*. his thred of filke. 
Tongue not a ward : Come trufty fwoi4 s 
Come Wads, my bftimbroe: 

Of _ And 



1&2 AMidfommernights*Dreame. 


And farwell fciendt,thut 7*&rcnds ; 


By the dead and drqwfle fier , 


Adieu, adieu, adieu. 


Eucrie Elfe andFairic fprrght, 


D*ki Moon-rtiiiw gtl^on ate left to burie the dead. 


Hop as light at bird from brier, 


Dam. l.and WaJlwo. 
Bet. No, I aflure/oa^theweUiidowne, that parted ( 
their Fathers. Will >t pletlVyou to fee the Epilogue, or 


And this Ditty after me, fing and dance it tripping',:*, 
7it4. Firft rchearfe this fongby roite. 
To each word a warbling note. 


toheare a bcrgomask dnce,betwcene two of our com- 

Pk^ NoHpilogue.Iprayyou; for your play needs 
no excttfe. Neuercxcufe } for when the plaiersare all 
dead.therc aeeJ none to be blamed* Marry, if hec that 


Hand in hand, with Fairic grace, 
Will we fing and blefle thh place. 

Nm> vniill the break? ofd*j , 
Through tbii hoa^etMoFahj/fnf. 


writ it had plaid T^mM^and hung himfdf c In Tbttttts 
garter ,it would haue beene a fine Tragedy : and fo it is 
trucly , and very nottbly difeharg'd. But come, your 


Which by vtjkallbleflidte t 
And it> tfltx then create. 


Burgomaske; let your Epilogue alone. 


LfKr/baflte faritmate : 


The iron tongue of midnight hath old tv/elue. 


$*fk*0allihco*phttkrt t 


loner* to bled, fcs almoft-fairy time* 


ner true hi Imriat bt 


I feare we (hall out-flrepc the comnpng momr, 


Andtbt blrtr*l NMHTC, barf, 


A much at we this night haue ouer-vmcht. 


ShaHiutt* thfir tffut ftqtuL 


This palpable grofleplay hath well beguilM 


Naur*K9t,kertfty*TfgaTrt t 


Theheauy gate of night. Swotc friend* to bed. 


Ntrm*rkfp*blo*nfieb ctrare 


A fortnight hold we this lolemnicy. 


1)tfpifidin Natmittt t 


In nightly Reacts and new iofline, Extmt. 


Shaft won thtir cbtilfanbt. 




With toit field dot cmfecrvtt. 


Sirttr Pntlft. 


Euerj Fairy takf his fate, 


PUC NOW the hungry Lyons ror cs, 
And the Wolfe beholds thfcMoene : 


Tkroiyb tbit fa&tn *&! fattftaet, 


WhUcft h beauyfloogbman fnores, 


LwrjbaUt* fafftr rift. 


All wirh weary tatke fore-done. 


jtixttffowrer aftt ttfff. 


Now the wafted- btands doc glow, 


7nf avty, make t>eftj ; 


Whil'ft the fottch-owle.fcritching lond^ 


Mtttntst&bjbrtakf of Ay. 


Put) the wreccU that liciin woe, 




In remembrance of a ftitowd; 


Robin. lfwe(hadoweshaueoficnded 


Now it it the time of mghe^ 


Thinke but this (and all is mended) 


That the grauei, afl gaping wide. 


That y oa haue but flumb t d h *, 


UCTV cncic t& Tor th his Ibncht 


While ihefevifions did appeare. 


In the Qwrch-way paths to glide- 
/rndwe Fairiestbdounne, 


And this weake and *d!e theame, 
No-more yeelding but a dreams, 


By the triple Hecotei tcame , 
Fwmihe ptefeneeoirfjeStiiiiiir, 
Following darkcueiTe liki a dreamt, 


C en ties, doe not reprehend. 
;f you pardon, we will mnd. 
And as I am an honeft Putty , 


Now ate rmtiicke; not a Moufe 
Shall diaurbc this hallowed hoJt&. 
I am fent wWv broome before , 
To fweep the duft behinde the doorc. 


If we haue vnearneJ lucke, 
Now to tape the Snvenmongue, 
We will mpke amende ere long: 

So good night voto you all. 


JEMf Kitf aaJ^feeafefFtiriei^thriftfrtraea. 


Glue me your hands, if we be friends, 


Qt. Through the houfegiuegliraoiering light, 


And X&* (hU Krtore amends. 




FINIS. 





The Merchant of Venice. 



primui. 



Anthmio. 

,N footh I know not why I am fo fad, 
It wearies me : you fay it wearies you ; 

how 1 caught it, round it.or came by it, 
What ftuflfe'tUmade of, whereof it it borne, 
lamtolearne: and fuch a Want-wit fadncflc makes of 

mee, 
That I haue much ado to know my felfe. 

So!. Yow minde is tofsing on the Ocean 
There wheie your Argofies with portly faile 
I ike Signiors and rich Burgers on the flood, 
Or as it were the Pageants of the fea r 
Do ouer-peerc the pettie Traffiquers 
That curt fie to them, do them reuerence 
As they flye by them with their wouen wings. 

Salar. Beieeue me fir, had I fuch venture forth, 
The better part of my affections, would 
be with my hopes abroad. ! fhould be Kill 
Plucking the grafletoknow where fits the winde, 
Peng in Maps for ports, and peers, and rodes ; 
And euery obie& that might make me fejre 
Misfortune to my ventures, out of doubt 
Would make me fad. 

Sal. My winde cooling my broth, 
Would blow me to an Ague, when I thought 
What barme a winde too great might doe at fea. 
I (bould not fee the fandie houre-giafle runne, 
But I fhould thinke of (hallow s,in<J of flats, 
And tee my wealthy Andrew docks ir fand, 
Vailing her high top lower then her ribs 
To kifTeher buriall 5 fhould I goe to Church 
And fee the holy edifice of ftone, 
And not beihinke me ftraighr of dangerous rocks, 
Which touching but my gentk Veffels fide 
Would fcatter all her fpices on the ftreamc , 
Enrobe the roring waters with my filkes , 
And in a word, but eoen now worth this, 
And now wottb nothing. Shall I haue the thought 
To thinke on this, and (Troll 1 lacke the thought 
That fuch a thing bechaunc'd would make me fad .* 
But tell not me, 1 know Axthonio 
Is fad to thmkc vpon hismerchandize 

Amb. Bdeeue meno.I tbanke my fortune (be it. 
My ventures are not in one bottonte traded, 
Noc to one place ; nor-is my whole eftate 



Vpon the fortune of this prefentyeete : 
Therefore my merchandize makes me not fad. 

SoU. Why then you are in lout-. 

Anth. Fie, fie. 

Se/a. Not in loue neither : then let v Sy von ire fad 
BeAufc you arc not merry ; and 'twere a* ea(!e 
For you to laugh and leape,and fay you ate merry 
Becaufe you are not fad. Now by two-headed lamts t 
Nature hath fram'd ftrange fellowes in her time : 
Some that will cuermore peepe through their eyes 
And laugh like Par rats at a bag-piper. 
And other of fuch vineger afped , 
T'rwt they'll not '"hew their teeth in way of fmile, 
Though Heftor fwcate the iefi be laughable. 

Enter B*ffanM, Larrnfu,tnd Grauaio. 

Sola. Heere comes TlejfoHtf, 
Your moft coble Kintman, 
C'rtiat:,*ndLfrenfo. EaryeweU, 
Vv'e leaue you now with better company. 

S*l. 1 would haue Reid till I had made you merry, 
If wdrthier friends had not preuemed me. 

t^fm. Your worth Is very deere in my regard, 
I take it ycur owne builnes calls on you, 
And you embrace th'occafion to depare. 

S*l. Good morrow my good Lords. (wheflf 

"Saff. Good fignir.rj both, when fnail welaugh?fay,' 
You grow exceeding Orange : muft it be fo t 

5<t/. Wee'll make our leyfures to attend on your;. 

Sxtunt Sotarino, and So/an fo. 

Lor. My Lord 'Bafwajmcc you haue found Aittbafa 
We two will leabe you,but at dinner time 
J prsy vou haue in rnindc where we muft mcete. 

Baff I will not fade you. 

(frat . You looke not well fignior Anttionh t 
You haue too much refpeft vpon the world : 
They loofe it that doc buy it with much cait, 
Beleeue me you are maruelloufly chsng'd. 

An*. I hold the world but as the World Grttitve, 
A Rage, where euery man muft play a part , 
And mine a fad one. 

Cratt, Let me play the foole, 
With mirth and laughter let old wriockks come, 
And let my Liuer rather heate With wine , 
Then ray heart covie with mortifying grones 
Why (hould a man who fe bloud is warme within , 
SU like his Gfrandfir, cut in A lab!;fler? 
Sleeps when he wakes ? and^rwp into cbc leuadie? 



162 



&y being pceuifh ( I tell thec what slntboiHt, 

[ loue thcc, sod it is my louc that fpeakcs ; 

There are a (on of men, whofe vifages 

Do creameand mantle like a (landing pond, 

And do a wilfull ftilnefle entertainc, 

With purpofc to be dreft in an opinion 

Of wifedomc, grauity, profound conceit, 

At who fhould fay, 1 am fir an Oracle, 

And when 1 ope my lips, let no dfeggc barke. 

my A*tkamo t \ do know of thcfc 
That therefore ooely are reputed wife, 
For faying nothing ; when 1 am vcric (ure 

If they fhould fpeake, would almofl dam thofe eares 

Which hearing (hem would call tbeit brotheri foolet : 

lie tell thce more of this another time. 

Bat fifh not wich this mclancholly baite 

For tbit foolc Gudgin, this opinion : 

Come good Lorenzo, faryewell a while. 

He end my exhortation after dinner. 

Lor. Wcll,wc will leauc you then till dinner time. 

1 muft be one of thcfc fame dumbe wife men, 
For Graiono ncuer let's me fpeake. 

Cra. Well, kecpe mr company but two yeares mo, 
Thou fliah not know the found of thine owne 



. Far you well. He grow talker for this gcare. 

Gr<.Thankej ifaith,oi fiJence is oncly commendable 
In a neats tongue dri'd, and a maid not vendible. Exit. 

Ant. ]t it that any thing now. 

"Bof. Gruti/tno fpcakes an infinite deale of nothing, 
more then any man In all Venice, hit reafons arc two 
grimes of whcate hid in two biHheh ofchaffe.you fhaii 
feeke a!! day ere you finde them, 8c when you haue them 
they are not worth the fearch. 

A*. Well : tel me now, what Lady is the fame 
To whom you fwore a fecret pilgrimage 
That you to day promis'd to tel me of? 

"Btf. T'tsnot vnknowncto you yf/W 
How much I haue difabled mine cfiate, 
By fomcthtng (hewing a more fwelling port 
Then my faint meanes would grant continuance : 
Nor do I now make monc to be abddg d| 
From fucb a noble rate, but my chcefe care 
Is to come fairely off from the great debts 
Wherein my time formthing too prodigal! 
Hath left me gag'd : to you Antbmit 
I owe the moft in money , and in loue, 
And from your loue I haue a vvarrantic 
To vnburnen all my plots and purpofes. 
How to get clecre of all the debts I owe. 

An. I pray you good Ttafrnnio let me know it, 
And if it ftmd as you your felfeftill do, 
Within the eye of honour, be affur'd 
My purfe.my perfon,my cxtreameft meancs 
Lye all vnlock'dtoyoutoccafions. 

"Stiff. I n my fchoole day es, when 1 had left one (haft 
I (hot his fellow of the felfefame flight 
The felfcfaroc way, with more aduifed watch 
To find e the other forth, and by aduenturing both, 
I oft found both. I vrge this child-hoode proofe, 
Becauf: what followes is pure innocence. 
I owe you much, and like a wilfull youth, 
That which I owe is loft : but rf you plcafe 
TO fhoote another arrow that felfe way 
Which you did fhoot the firft, I do not doubt, 
As I will watch the ayme : Or to finde both, 
Or bring your latter hazard backc againc, 



And thankfully reft debtcr for 

v*. You know me well,and herein fpeod but time 
To wiode about my loue with circumftance, 
And oat of doubt you doe more wrong 
In making queftion of my vttermoft 
Then if you had made waftc of all I haue : 
Tbcn doc but fay to me what 1 fhould doe 
That in your knowledge may by me be done, 
And I am preft vnto it j therefore fpeake. 

B*ff. In 'Bttmom is a Lady richly left . 
And flic it fairc, and fairer then that word, 
Of wondrous venues, fometirnet from her eyes 
1 did receiue faire fpeechlefie merTages : 
Her name s ?rrw, nothing vndcrvaJlcwd 
To file's daughter, Brmtu ?mt* , 
Nor is the wide world ignorant ofhzr worth . 
For (h four e wndes blow m from euery coaft 
Renowned futors , and her funny locks 
Hang on her temples like a golden fleece , 
Which makes her feat ofBtlmmt fMflu ftrond, 
And many l*f<nu come in qutft of her. 

my Anthofno, had 1 but the meanes 
To hold a rtuall place with one of them, 

1 haue a minde prefages me fuch thrift, 
That I fhould queftionSeiTe be fortvnare. 

Atk Thou knowft that all my fonunes are at fea , 
Neither haue 1 money, nor commodity 
To raife a prefect fummc, therefore got forth 
Try what my credit can in Yentct doc , 
That fhall be rackt euen to the y ttermoll. 
To furnifh thee to Tttlawnt to faire Pvritt. 
Goeprefently enquire, and To will J 
Where money is, and 1 no queftion make 
To haue it of my trufi.or tor my fake. fxomt. 



Enter PortM 9tth her watttng 



Porti*. By my troth Nernfi*, my little body is a wea- 
rie of this greac world. 

Ner. You would be fweet Madam , if your oufcric 
were in the fame abundance as your good fortunes arc 
and yctforoirght I fee, they are as fieke thai furfec wuh 
too much, as they that ftaruc With nothing ; it is no fmal 
happineffe therefore to bee fcatcd in the meane , fuper- 
fluitie comes fooner by white haires , but cooipctcnoe 
lines longer. 

fcrtM. Goodfcntcncn,and well pronounc'd. 

Ner. They would be better if well followed. 

Portia. If to doc were as cafic as to know what were 
good to doc, Chappeis had bcene Churches , and pooce 
ectns cottages Princes pallaccsj It is a good Diuine th-t 
followes his owne inftrudions; I can cafier teach rwen- 
t>c what were good to be done.thcn be one of the t wen- 
tie to follow mine owne teaching : the braine may de- 
uife lawes for the blood , but * not temper leapes ore * 
coldc decree, fuch a rwre is madnefle the youth, to skip 
ore the mefties of good counfaiie she cripple ; but this 
rcafon not in fafhion to choofe me a husband ; O mee, 
the word choofe, I may neither choofe whom 1 vould, 
nor refufe whom I dtfltke,fo is the wil of a liuing daugh. 
ter curb'd by the will of a dead father ; it is not hard AVr. 
riff*, that I cannot choofe on,nor refafe none. 

NIT. Your rather was eucr vertuous , and ru>!y men 
at their death haue good iofpirationi, therefore the lot- 
terie that hee hath deurfed in thcfc three cbefts of gold, 
liiuer^rutleecje, whereof who ebaofcs his meaning, 

choofci 



The ^Merchant of Venice. 



choofes you, wilno doubt neuer be chofen by any right- 
ly,but onewhopoufhail rightly Joue.-bui what warmth 
is there in your ffc&ion towards any of ehefe Princely 
(liters that are already come ? 

Par. 1 pray thce ouer-name them.and as thou natneft 
them,I will defcnbe them.and according to my defcnp- 
lion Icuell atrnvaffeclion. 

Ner, Firfl there is the Neopolirane Prince. 

Ptr. I that's a colt indeede, for he doth nothing but 
talke of his horfe, and hee roakcj tt a great appropria- 
lion to his ownc good part's that He can fhoo himhim- 
felfe : I am much afraid my Ltdie his mother plaid {aife. 
with a Scnyih. 

Ner. ThaniitheTetneCoumiePaJentine. 

far. He doth nothing but ftownefas who {hould 
fay, and you will not haue ihe.t hoofe .- he heates rnerrie 
tales and fmiles not, Ifr are hee will proue the weeping 
Phylofophec when he growes old, being fo full of vn- 
mannerly fadneflein his youth.)! had rather to be marri- 
ed to deaths bead with bone in his mouth, then to ei- 
ther of thefe ; God dfend mefromthefc two. 

Ner. How fay you by the .French Lord, Mounfier 
Le Bo**t ? 

Pro. God made him, and therefore let him paffe for a 
man, in truth 1 know it is a Gnn* to be a mocker.but he, 
why he hat.h a borfe better then the Ncopolitaos, a bet' 
ter bad habite of frowning then tne Count Patent me ,hc 
s euery man in no man, ifa Traflell fin he fals ftraigbt 
a capring.he will fence with hit own (hadow.If 1 (hould 
marry him, I fhould marry twentie husbands-: iFhee 
would defpife me,] would forgiue him.for if he louc m 
to madnefTe.l (hould neuer requite him. 

Ntr. What fay you then \.Gftto^rridge y tbeyong 
Baton of EngUndl 

far. You know I fay nothing to him, fot hee vndeN 
ftands not rne,n0r I him . he hath neither Latin* , Frnxh, 
;ior /'<</;', end you will come into the Court & fweare 
that 1 haue a poore penme-wotth in the Engkfr . hee ii a 
proper mans picture, but ah who can coouerfe with a 
dumbe fhow ? how odly he is fuited.I thinkc he bought 
his doublet in /W/^his round hofe in Frjuccefrii bonnet 
in Germ4ntt,and his behauiour euery where. 

Ner. What thinke you ofthe other Lord his neigh- 
bour? 

Ptr. Thai he hath a neighbourly charirie in him, for 
he borrowed a bo-xe ofthe eare of the Engtifbaum, and 
fwore he would pay him againe when hee Was able : 1 
thinke the Frenchman became hi f furetie.and feald vnder 
for another. 

Ntr. U ow like you the yong Germatnt, the Duke of 
Stxmits Nephew? 

f. Very vildely in the morning when hee it fober, 
and moft vildely in the aftemoone when hee is dninke : 
when he is beft.he is a little worfe then aman, rtd when 
hels worft.heisliiilebetterthenabeaft: and the wotft 
rail that eu'er fell, I hope I (hail make tiiift to goc with- 
out him. 

Mr.lfhefHould-olfertoehoofe.andchoofe the right 
Casket, yoG (hould refufetoperforme your Father* will, 
if you (Viould refufe to accept him. 

Par. Therefore for fearc ofthe worft, I prty ihee fet 
adeepeglafleofReiniftuwinson the contrary Caiket, 
for ifthediuellbe within, and that temptation without, 
1 know he will choofe it. . I will doe any thing Nemffa 
ere 1 will be married to a fpunge. 

Ntr. Y*unde not feare Lady the hauing any of 



thefe Lords, they haue acquainted me with their deter- 
minations, which is indeede to returne to their home, 
and to trouble you with no more fuire, vnlefle you may 
be won by fome other fort then your Fathers impofit J- 
on,dcpending on the Casket*. 

Pn. Jfniueeobeasoldca*5i&&, f will dye as 
chnfle as 2>tMi vnJeflc 1 be obtained by the manner 
of my Fathers will .- I am glad this parcril of wooers 
arc fo reafonablc , for there i not one among them but 
1 doate on hii vene abfence . and I Wifli ihcm a faire de- 
parture. 

Ner. Doe you not remember Ladie in your Fa- 
thers time, a Vtmcutn, aSchoIlsr ajid a Souldior that 
came hither In compante ofthe Marqueffe of ^Mttuit- 
ferr*t ? 

for. Ves.ye,it was Vafuio. as I thinke, fo was bee 
call'd. 

Ntr. True Madarrvheeofall the men that euer my 
foolifh eyes fook'd vpon. vras the beft dcfrminga faiie 
Lady. 

for. I ramember him well.and 1 remember him wor - 
thy of ihy praife. 

En'er 



Ser. The foure Strangers fcel<e yop Madam to ukc 
their leaue : nd there is a fore-runner coma from a fift, 
the Prince of Moroc*. wbo brings word (b,flrince his 
Maifter will be het e to night. 

far. If I could bid the fift welcomrwith fo good 
heart as I can bid the other foure farewell; 1 (hould be 
glad of his approach: if he haae the condition of * Saint. 
and the completion of a diuell. I had rather hee ftiould 
fhciue me then wine me. Come N<rr/*,firra go beforej 
whiles wee (hut the gate ?pon one woooi , another 
knockfflt thedoore. Exami. 

Enter Btfton a,th Sbjlotkf ibc lew. 

Shy. Three thoufand ducates.wcll. 
faff'. Jfir.for three month*. 
Shy. For three rnomhtjWell 
Bjiff. For the which, a 1 tqld you, 
jlnrkomo Oiafl be bound. 



~Baf. May you fted me ? Will you pleafurc me ? 
Shall I know your an f were 

Sty. Three thoufand ducats for thrte months. 
tnd Antbonio bound. 

"Baf. Your anfwere to that . 

Shj . ^/rthemo is a good roan. 

Buff. Haue you heard any- imputation to the con. 
irary. 

Shj. Ho no.no.no.no : my meaning in faying he is a 
good man, iitohaue you vnderftsnd me that he is (uffi- 
em, yet hijyteancs are in fuppofitton i he hath an Argo- 
fie bound to Tripoli*, another to the Indies, I vnder- 
fljnd rnoreouer vpon theRyaha,he hath third atMexi- 
ed.afourtKfor England, aod other ventures hee h5th 
fquandred abroad, out (hips are but boards, Say lert but 
men, there be land tats, and water ratt, water theeu. 
and land theeues, I meane Pyrats, and then there is the 
perril! of waters, winde$, and rocks .-the man isnotwith- 
ftanding njfficient .three thoufand ducat $.1 thinkc J may 
take his, bond. 

"Bif. Be 80ured you may. 

/. I 



1 66 



The ^Merchant of Venice. 



It*. I will be >ft'ured I any : tnd that 1 may 
, Iwillbethinke met, may I fpeake with 



to atti- 



red, 



Bajf. If it pleafe you to dine with vs. 

lew. Yes, tofmcllporke, to eate of the habitation 
which your Prophet the Nazirite comured the diuell 
into i I will buy with you, fell with you, talkc with 
you, watke wuh you, and fo following : but I will 
not cate with you.drinke with you, nor pray with you. 
What newes on the Ryalca, who it he comes here ? 

Enter Aithtmo 

"Batf. This it fignior Anihtnit. 

Int. How like a fawning publican he looker 
I hate him for he it a Chriftian i 
But more,fot chat in low fimplicide 
He lends out money gratis.snd bring? downe 
The rate of vlanec here with vs in Vtnce. 
If I can catch him once vpon the hip, 
I will feed* fat the ancient grudge I bearehim. 
He hates our fcied Nation,and he railes 
Euen there where Merchants moft doe congregate 
Onme,mybargaines.andmy well-worne thrift, 
Which hccals interred : Curfed be my Trybe 
If I forgme him. 

Buff, tfp/ta^.doe you heare. 

Sin, 1 amdebacine of my prefent ftore, 
And by the ncerc gclfe of my memorie 
I cannot inftantly ra>fe vp the grofffl 
Of full three thoufand ducats : what of that? 
TWufa wealthy Hebrew of my Tribe 
Will furnifb me ; but foft,how many months 
Doe you defuc i Reft you faire good fignior, 
Yourworfhlp wasthelaft man iocurmouthes. 

jfnr. Skjlockf , albeit I neither lend nor borrow 
By taking.nor by gturngof cxcefle, 
Yetto fupply the ripe wapts of my friend, 
He breake a cuftome : is he yet poffcft 
How much he would ? 

Sty. I,l,three thoufand ducats. 

Ant. And for three months. 

Sty. 1 had forgot .three months, you cold me (6. 
Well thcn,your bond : and let me fee.but heart you, 
Me thoughts you faid,you neither lend fior borrow 
Vpon aduamage. 

Ant. I doe neuer vfe it. 

Sty. When l*c*l> graz'd his Vncle Laktm Iheepe, 
This he b from our holy Abram was 
(As his wife mother wrought in his behalfe} 
The third poflefler ; I.he was the third. 

Ant, And what of him,did he take interred t 

Sty. No,nottake intereft.not as you would fay 
Direftly inteft,rrarkewhat /Wdid, 
When L<&an and himfelfe were compreroyz'd 
That all the eanel ings which were ftreaktand pied 
Should fall Kttctbi hter, the Ewes being rancke, 
In end of Autumne turned to the R ammes, 
And when the worke of generation was 
Btwene thefe woolly oreedert in the sc"f, 
The f kUfull (hepheard pil'd me ccrraine wand , 
And in thedooing of the deede of ktnde, 
Heftucke tHem vp before the fulfome Ewer, 
Who then conceauing.did in caning time 
Fill party-colour'd lambs, and thole were loc&t. 
This was a way to thnue, and he was blcft : 



And thrift is bl effing if men (leak it not. 

Ant. This was a venture fir that l*ftk feru'd for. 
A thing not in his power to bring to pafle, 
But fw ay'd and fafhion'd by the h ;nd of heauen. 
Was chit inferted to make inteneft good ? 
Or is your gold and ftluer Ewea and Rams t 

Shy. I cannot cell, I makeitbreedcaifafi, 
But note me fignior. 

Ant. Marke you this Baftm*, 
The diuell can cite Scripture for hispurpoft, 
An cutll foule producing holy witneffe, 
1 1 like avillaine withafmilingchceke, 
A goodly apple rotten at the heart. 

what a goodly outfide falfehood hath. 

Sty, Three thoufand ducats, 'tis a good round fun. 
Three months from twelue,then let me fee the rate- 

Am. Well Sfylckt, Chtll we be beholding to you / 

Sly. Signior Antbonu,tMny a time and oft 
In theRyalto you haue rated me 
About my monies and my vfances 2 
Still haue I bome it with a patient flung, 
(For fuffrance is the badge of all our Tribe.) 
You call me nmbefeeuer,cut-throate dog, 
And fpet vpon my lewifh gaberdine, 
And all for vieofthat which is mine owne. 
Well then, it now appeares you neede my helpe t 
Goe to then.y ou come to me, and you fay, 
Sbjlockf, we would haue money es.you fay fo : 
You that did voide your rume vpon my beard, 
Andfoote me as you fpurne a flrangci curre 
Ouer your threfhold,moneyes is your fuite. 
What (hould I fay to you ? Should I not fay, 
Hath a dog money ? Is itpoffiblc 
A curre (hould lend three thoufand ducats ? or 
Shall I bend low, and in a bond-mans key 
With bated brcath.and whifpringhumblencfle, 
Say this : Fairc fir.you fpet on me on Wednefday laft | 
You fpurn'd me fuch a day; another time 
You cald me dog : and fo; rhefc curiefies 
He lend you thus much moneyec. 

Ant, lamas like to call thecCo againf, 
Tofpet on thee agalnc,to fpurne the* too. 
If thou wilt lend this money .lend it not 
Aitothyfriendsjforwhendidfriendftiptake 
A breede of barraine mettall of his friend ? 
But lend it rather to thinrcnemie. 
Who i/he breake.thou maift with better face 
Exaft the penalties. 

Sty. Why looke you how you florme, 

1 would be friends with y ou.an 4 haue your lone, 
Forget the fhames that you haue ftaind roe w'cb, 
Supplie your prefent vvaD,scd talce nodoice 
Ofvfance for my moneyeft,en<t youle not heare me, 
ThisiskindelofTer. 

"Sfffi This were kindnette. 

Sty. This kindneiTe will I fhowe, 
Goe with me to a Notarie.feale roe there 
Your tingle bond,and in a merrie fport 
If you repaie me not on fuch a day, 
In fuch a place, fach fum or fums as are 
Expreft in the coodiuon,letthe forfeite 
Be nominated for an equ all pound 
Of your faire fiefh.to be cut orTand taken 
In what part of your bod ie it pleafeth me. 

Ai. Content infaith,IIe feale to fuch a bond, 
And fay there is much kindneffe in ths lew. 

Bcf. You 



The ^ferchant of Ytrtice. 



Bajf. You flull not feale to fuch a bond for me, 
lie rather dwell in my oeceflitie. 

jlnt. Why feare not man,I will not forfaite it, 
Within thefe two monthi > that's a month before 
This bond expires,! doe expect rctorne 
Of thrice three times the valew of this bond. 

thy. O father ^r,n,wflatthcfeChrift!anj are. 
Whole owne hard dealings teaches them fufpect 
The thoughts of others :Praie you tetl me this, 
If be Pnould break e h is d aie, what (hould I game 
By the exafHon of the forfeiture ? 
A pound of msr.s flefh taken from s man, 
Is not fo claimable, profitable neither 
As flefli of Mutrons,Bf efcs.or Goates,! fay 
To buy hisfauour,! extend this friendship, 
[fhc willtaJ<eJt,fo:ifnotadicw, 
And for my loue 1 praie you wrong me not. 

jint. Yc*Skjlockt,\ will fcale vnto this bond. 

Sbj. Then mcete me forthwith at the Notaries, 
Giue him direction for this merrie bond, 
And I will goe and purfe the ducats ftraitc. 
See to my houfe left in the fearefull gard 
Of an vnt hriftie knauc : and prefentlie 
lie be with you. Exit. 

Ant, Hie thee gentle /#*'. This Hebrew will tarne 
Chri(tian,he growes kinde, 

2.4j[T. I like not faire teames, andavillsinesminde. 

isfvt. Come on,in thif there can be no difmaie, 
My Shippes come home a month before the date. 

Exeunt. 



MM Secundw* 



nttrMereckuiAt<f#*ieA-firrea!l in white, end three tr 
fmrc follower i tceerdiHgly , with Port itt^ 
Nerrifl*, and their traint. 
Ho. Conttt. 

M&. MfftikernenotfprrnyoompIeKion, 
TheChadowedlmerieoftheburntflitfunne, 
To whom I am a neighbour.and neere bred. 
Bring me the faireft creature North-ward borne, 
Where Pbcebui fire fearce thawes the yficlcs, 
And let vs makeineifion for your loue, 
To proue whofe blood it reddeft.his or mine. 
I tell thee Ltdie this afpe& of mine 
Hath feard the valian^fby my loue I fweare; 
The beft regarded Virgins of our Clyme 
Haueloa'd it to : I would not change this hue, 
Except to ftealc your thoughts my gentle Qucene. 

for. In tearmes of choife I am not folie led 
By nice direction of a maidens eies : 
Befides, the lottric of my deftenie 
Bats me the right of volutuarie choofmg : 
But if my Father had not fcanted me, 
And hcdg'd meby his wit toyeelde my felfe 
His wif?,who wins me by that meanes I told you; 
Your fclfe (renowned Prince) thtn flood as faire 
As any commer I faaue look'd on yet 
For my affection. 

"Mar. En for that I thankeyou, 
Therefore I pray you leade me to the Caskets 
To trie my fortune : By this Syrnitare 



That flew the Sophie, and a perrian Prince 
That won three helds of Sulian Sol y man, 
I would ore- (tare the flerneft eies that looke t 
Out-braue the heart moft daring on the earth : 
Plucke the yong fucking Cubs from the fne Scare, 
Yea.mocke the Lion when he rores for pray 
To win the Ladie. But alas.the while 
If Hircules and LjcbMpltic at dice 
Which is the better man,thc greater throw 
May turne by fortune from the weaker hand r 
So is Alcidts beaten by his rage, 
And fo may I,blinde fortune leading me 
Mifle that which one vnworthtcr may atcaine, 
And die with sricuin?. 



Port. You muft take your chwce, 
And either not attempt to choofc at all, 
Or fweare before you choo(e,if you choofe wrong 
Neucr to (peake to Ladie afterward 
In way of marriage.therefote be aduis'd. 

Ator. Nor will not, come bring me vnto my chance. 

Par. Firft forward to the templc.after dinner 
Yourhazardfliall be made. 

Mor. Good fortune then, Corrtnt. 

To make me bleft or curfed'ft among men. Exeunt. 

iMtr tte Ciowmaletit. 

b. Certainely,fnyconfciencewillferueme to run 
from this lew my MaiRer : the fiend is atmlneelbow, 
and tempts me.faying tom^,fotS>e,LaHna/et /o^<r,good 
Luttacefet, or good lobbe, or good Launctltt Iibbe, v fe 
your legs, take the ftart, run a wave : my confcience faies 
no ; tike hcede honcft Lauxcelet, cake heed honed lAbt t 
orasafore-faidhoncft,4/rr loblv, doe not runne, 
fcorne running with rhy hccles ; well, the moft coragi- 
ous fiend bids me packe,/* faies the fiend, away fies 
the fiend, fortheheauens roufevpa braue minde faies 
the fiend, and run ; well, my confcie nee hanging about 
the nccke of my heart, faies verie wifely to me.- myho- 
neft friend LMncelet, being an honeft mans fonne.or ra- 
ther an honeft womans fonne.fot indccde my Father did 
fomcthingfrnack.fomething grow too;hehadakindcof 
t j9r; wel.my confcience fa\esL*nctlet bouge not,bouge 
faies the (iend,bougcnot faies myconfciencc.confcience 
fay I you counfaile well, fiend fay I you counfaile well, 
to be rul'd by my confcience I /hould flay with the/p 
my Malfter,(who God bleflethe marke)is a kinde of di- 
ucll ; and to run away from the Itv I fliould be ruled by 
the fiend, who fauing your reuerence is the diucll dim- 
felfe: certatnely the /rw is (he verie diucll incarnation, 
and in my confciencc, my confcience is a kinde of hard 
eonfcience,to ofTer to counfaile me to ftay with the le*>\ 
the fiend giues the more friendly counfaile : I will runne 
fiend, my heeles are at your commandctnent , 1 will 



fyterold G<Abo with a 



Cob. Mai(teryong.man,you I praie yoff, which!* the 
waieto Maifter/r? 

L*n. O heauens,this is my true begotten Father, who 
being more then fand-blinde,high grauel biinde.knows 
me not, I will trie confufions with him. 

Gel. Maifter yong Gentleman, Ipraieyou which K 
the wa'ie to Maifter Itwti. 

Lcun. Turne tpon youe right hand atthenextrur- 



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nine, but at the next turning of all on your left ; matrie 
at the verie next turning.tutne of no htnd,but turn down 
indire<5Uie to the /emu hotrfe. 

Cok BeGodt formes 'twill be a hard waie to hit,can 
you tell me whether one L**eclet that dwels with him, 
dwell with him or no. 

Linn. Talkeyouof yongMafler L*nnctltt, marke 
me now, now will Iraife the waters ; talkc you of yong 
Maifler Z.*n*celrt? 

Cob. No Maifler fir. bui a poor? mam fonne, his Fa- 
thrt (hough I fay't is an honed exceeding poore man, 
and God be thanked well to hue. 

L* Wcll.let his Fathet be what a will, wee taike of 
yong Maifler Launteltt. 

Gob. Your worfhips friend and Laitnceln 

L*M* .But 1 praie you rrgo old man,*/g \ befeech you, 
talke you of yong Maifter La**ctlet 

Cot. Of L<uwr/,nt pleafeyourmaifterfhip. 

LfM.rft Maifter Lascelrt talke not of maiftci l^anct- 
fcrFathet.tor the youg gentleman according to facet and 
deftimes.arxi furh odde (aymgs.the fitters three, & futh 
branches of learning, is mderde deceafed, o: as you 
would fay in plame learmei.gone to heauen. 

(Job. Mar rie God for bid, the boy was the vene ftaffe 
of my age.my verie prop. 

L*a Do 1 look like a udgell or a houclUpoft.a flarTe 
or a prop i doe you know me Father. 

Gb Alacke the day. I know you not yong Gefule- 
roan.but 1 ptaic you tell me,is n>y boy God teftbis foule 
aliueor dead. 

L*n, Doe you not know me Father. 

Gob. Alacke fu 1 am fand blinde,! know yon not. 

Lf. Nay, mdeedc if you had your eics you might 
faile of the knowing me; it u a wife Father thae knowes 
his owne childe. Well, old man,! will tell you newes of 
your fon.giueme your blelTmg.truth will come tolight, 
murder cannot be hid long, a mans fonne oiy,but in the 
end truth will out. 

Got. Praie you fu ft and vp, 1 am fure you are not 
Lv.ce let my boy. 

Lea Praie you let's haue no more fooling about 
it , bai giue mee your blelTing : I ami Lttrctlet your 
boy that was, your fonne that is, yous childe that 
(hall be. 

Go- 1 cannot thinke you are my fonne. 

Lan. I know not what I fhalj thmke of that : but I am 
L^atcelei the /ea>ei man,and I am fuic AUrgenc your wife 
it my mother. 

Gob. Her name is /i//irv<indcede. Hebe fworaeif 
chou be Ltnctltt t thou art mine owne Befh and blood: 
Lord worfhipt might he be,what a beard haft thou got; 
thou haft gotroorchaire on thy chin, then Dobbin rny 
philhorfeh aa on his taile 

Lot ]t fhould fcemc then that Dobbins taile 
growes backeward. I am fure he had more haire of hit 
eailethef) I haoc of my face when I loft faw him. 

Gob. Lord how art thou changd: how dootl thou 
and thy Mafter agree,! haue brought him a prefent;how 
gree you now t 

l^in. Well.wcll.but for mine owne part.as 1 haue fet 
vp rny reft to runawaie, fo 1 will not reft till 1 haue run 
Tome ground : my Maifter's a verie /or, giue him a p re- 
lent , giue him a halter, 1 am famifht in his fcruice. You 
may tell euerie finger 1 haue with my ribs : Father I am 
glad you are come, giue me your prefent toonc Maifter 
to indeedc giues rue new Liuorin, tf Iferue 



not rnm,l will run aa far as God has anie ground O rare 
fortune, here comet the man, to him Father, foilama 
l.tw if 1 ferue the Jf* tnie longer 

Liter 'Baffame 



B*f You may dot fo, but let it be fo hafted that 
fupperbe readie at th fartheft by fiue of th clock?: 
fee ihefe Letters deliuered, put the Liucnei to mak- 
ing , and defue Gra;tano to cotne anone to my lodg- 
ing 

L*. To him Father. 

Gt. God blefle your woifhip 

T}A([. Gramercie.would'H tl.ou ought with me. 

Gb. Here's my fonne fir, a poo re boy. 

L* . Not a poore boy fir , but the rich Irmtt man that 
would fir ax my Father fhall fpecifie 

Gtt. Hehathtgrtjt infection fir, as ooe would by 
to (erue. 

L*n. Indeedethefhort and th; long u, ) fnuerhe 
/f t and haue a dcfire as my Faihej (hall fpccifu 

Gtb. His M aifter and he(Taumg y out wot (hip> teue- 
rence)are fcarce catercolins 

Lax. Tobebricfc, the ?cne truth u , that the Jtm 
haiimg done me wrong, doth caufc me 13 my Father be- 
ing 1 hope n old man fhall frunfie v/lo you. 

Gt>. I haue here i difli of Doues tt>.t J would bcflow 
vpon your worfhip.and my fuite u. 

Lrt. In verie briefe, the fuiteu impertinent to my 
felfe,ai your worfhip (hall know by this honeft old man, 
and though I fay it, though old man, yet poorc man my 
Father 

Tltf. One fpeakr for both,what would you r* 

Lan Serue you fir, 

Gab That is the vene dcfefl oftherratcet fu. 

I know thee well.ihou hall obtain'd thy fuite, 

aiftei fpokc with me this dale, 
And hath prefer 'd chec.if it be preferment 
To leaue a rich lewcs feruice.to become 
The follower of fo poore a Gentleman. 

Clo. The old prouerbc is verie well parted bet weme 
my M iiftet Sty/Jack* *nd you fir, you haoe the grace of 
God fir, and he hath enough. 

Bt(f. ] hou fpeak'ft it well ; go Father with thy Son, 
Take Icaue of thy old Matfter.and enquire 
My lodging out, giue him a Liucne 
More gardcd then his fellowes . fee it done. 

Cle. Father in,I cannot get a fet uice.no, I haue nere 
a tongue in my head, well : if anic man in Itda haue a 
fairer table which doth offer to (wcare vpon a booke, I 
(hall haue good fortune} goe too, here's a fimple line 
of life, here's a imall trifle of wiucs, alas.fificene wiues 
is nothing, a leuen widdowcs and nine maides is a fim- 
plecomminginforoneman, and then tofcapediow- 
ning thrice, and to bcinpenll of my life with the edge 
of a featherbed, here are fimple fcapca -. well, if Fortune 
be a woman, (lie's a good wench for this gerc: Father 
coroCjIle take my Icaue of the lev in (he twinkling. 

Exit Citwme. 

Stf. 1 praie thee good Ltmxrdo thinke on rhii , 
Thefe things being bought and ordeHy bellowed 
Returnein haftc.for I doe feaft to night 
My befi efrcemd acquaintance, hie thee goe 

Ltf.My beft endcuors (ball be done nerciq^arXc. 
Eater GrMutn. 

Gr*. Where's your Maiftei. 

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169 



Let*. Yonder fir he walkcs, 

gra. Sigrnor2fo/4. 

Baf. GrMituio. 

gra. I haue a fate to you. 

</f. You hauc obtain'd it. 

Gr*. You muft not denic mc,I mufi goe with you to 
Belmont. 

*Re$, Why then you muft .- but hcstc thee GrttUno, 
Thou art to wild e, to rude, and bold of voyce, 
Pans that become tbee happily enough, 
And in fuch eyes as ours appeare not faults; 
But where they arc not knowne.why there they ft>ow 
Something too liberail, pray thce take painc 
To allay with Come cold drops of modeftie 
Thy skipping fpirit,Icaft through thy wildc behauiout 
1 be mifconfterd in the place I goe to. 
And loofe my hopes. 

Grit. Signor^/a 
If I doe not put on a fober habite, 
Talke with refpe&.and (wears but now and than, 
Weareprayer bookcs in my pocket,looke demurely, 
Nay more,whilc grace is fay'mg hood mine eyes 
Thus with my hit. and fjgh and fay Amen ; 
Vfe all the obferuance of ciutlluie 
Like one well ftudied in a fad oftent 
TopleafehuGrandarD,neucrtru(tmcmore. 

B*f. Well, we ftull fee your bearing 

<jr4. Nay but 1 bane to night.you (hall not gage roe 
By what we doe to night. 

af. No that were pittie, 
I would intreate you rather co put on 
Your boldeft fuite of mirth.for we haue friend* 
That purpose merriment : but far you well, 
lhaue feme bufmefle. 

Gr4. And I muft to Lorenfo and the reft, 
Bi|t we will vifite you at fupper time. Extant. 

Eater Itflic* mdthe Quant 

/if. I am forry thou wilt leaue my Father fo, 
Our houfe i* helLand thou a merric diuell 
Did'ft rob it of foroe tafte of tedioufnefle ; 
But far thee well.tbere it a ducat Tor thec, 
And L*nctlet t foone at fupper fiiali thou fee 
LffTinto.who if thy new Maifters gucft. 
Giue him this Leuer.doc it fecretly , 
And fo arwcll :1 would txwhaue my Father 
See me ttlke with thee. 

Ci. Aduc.tcares exhibit my tongue,moft beautifull 
Pagan, moftfwccte lew.ifaChriftiandoe not play the 
knaue and get thce, I am much dcceiued; but adue,chef? 
fooli(h drops doc fomewhxdrowne my manly fpint. 
adue. x,i 

lef. Farewell good Lanctlet 
Alacke.what hamous fmneis u m me 
Tobe a(hamed to be my Fathers childe, 
But though I am a daughter to his blood, 
I am not to his manners : O Loren'^o, 
If thou keepe promife I fliall end this ftnfe. 
Become a Chri(lian,and thy louing wife Exit 

Eater GTMuuio t Lret.t t Sl*rinf l im<iS*lMi)o 
LIT Nay , we will (linkc away m fupper time, 
Difguife vs at my lodgmg,and returne 11 in an hourc 
Gra. We haue not made good preparation. 
Sal. Wchaucnotfpok<vs yes of Torch-bearers. 



Sl. Ti Vile vnlcfle it may be quaintly ordered. 
And better in my minde not vndertookc. 

Lr. Tu now but fourc of clock.we haue two hoores 
To furni/h vt; friend L*nceltt what's the newes. 
Ettir LoKtlti jvttb * Ltnrr. 

Lot. And it fhafl pleafe you to break e vp this, Qiall U 
feeme tofigntfie 

Lor. \ know the hand.in faith 'tit a fairc hand 
And whiter then the paper it writ on, 
I the faite hand that writ. 

Cr. Louenewes in faith 

Lsn By your leaue fir 

Lor. Whither gocft thou/ 

L*. Marryfirtobid my old Matter the7*tofup 
ton.ght withmynewMifWnheChfifltan. 

Lor. Hold here,take this.tell gentle Itffic* 
I will not faile her ; Tpeake u priuately j 
Go Gentlemen, will you prepare you for thisMasketo 

night. 
I am prouided ofa Torch-bearer. Exti.Clwnt 

S*l. I mat ry.ilc be gone about it flrait. 

Sol. Andfowill I 

Lor. Meete me and Gratunt at Grtu*t, lodging 
Some hourc hence. 

Sat. Tit good we do fo. g Xlt 

Gr*. Was not that Letter horn hire /fjfica? 

Lr. I muft needct tell thee all.fhe haih directed 
How f (hall take her from her Fathers hoofe, 
What gold and icwels (he is furnifht with, 
What Pages fuite (lie haih in read'merTe 
I fere the //whet Father come to heaum, 
It will be for his gemfe daughters fake ; 
And neuer dare misfortune c rofle het foote, 
VnlelTe llie doe it vndcr this excufe, 
That (he is iiTue to a fauhlefle lev 
Come goe with me.pervfe thu as thou goeft, 
Faiie l*ff!c* fhall be my Torch bearer Exn 

Eater Itw t nadhu amn ibat n&i the Clewne. 

lev. Well.thou fhall fce.thy eyes fhaJl be thy mdge 
The difference of old Sbjloe^ md <*/*, . ' 
What feflic<i,ikou (halt not gurniandixe 
As thou haft done with me : what Itfftca I 
And Oeepe.and fnore,and rend appartell out. 
Why It$c*\ fay 

fr*. Wtylfffit*. 

Shy. Who bids thee call ? I do not bid thce call. 

Ch. Yout worship was wont to tell me 
I could doe nothing without bidding. 
t ttr le/K*. 

fef. Call you? what is yonr will? 

Shj. J am bd forth to fupper leffica, 
There are my Keyes : but wherefore (hould J go^ 
I am not bid for louc.they flstttt me, 
But yet He goe in hate,to feede vpon 
The prodigall Chriftian. Irffic* my girle, 
Looke to my houfe, I am right loath to goe. 
There ii fome til a b ruing toward* my reft. 
For I did dreams of money bags to night. 

C/#. I befeech you fir goc.my yong Mafler 
Doth e^eH your reproach. 

Shj. So doe 1 his. 

Clt And thev haueconfpited together. I wiilnot fay 

you (hall fee a M aske, but if you doe, then it was not for 

nothing that my nofe fell a bleeding on blacke raondty 

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The Merchant of Venice. 



Here dwels my father lew. Hoa.who's within? 
le/ua^tut. 

leff. Who are youhellmefor more cenainry, 
Albeit I le fweafc that I do know your tongue. 
L*. .rvz,and thy Loue. 
lef. Lrrtnx* certaine.and thy loue indeed, 
For who loue I fo much? and now who knowe* 
But you LwVbetha I am yours > 

Lor. Heauen and thy thoughts are witncfs that thoo 

art. 

lef. Heere,catch this cajket.it is worth the painet, 
1 am glad 'tis night,you do not looke on me, 
For I am much afham'd of my exchange : 
But loue is blinde. and louers cannot fee 
The pretty follies that themfelues comrrir, 
For if they could, dptfiumfclfe would biufe 
To fee me thus transformed to a boy 

Lor. Defcend,for you muft be my torch-bearer 
lef. What, muft ] hold a Candle to my (hames ) 
They inthemfeluec goodfootharetootoo light. 
Why, 'tis an office of difcouery Loue, 
And I (hould be obfcur'd. 
Lor. Soyouarefweet, 

Eu*n in the louelv garnifli of a boy:but come at once, 
For the clofe night doth play the run-away , 
And we are (laid for at 'Sa/Mif't feaft . 

lf. I wifl make faft the dooret and guild my felfe 
With feme more ducat$,and be -with you ftraight. 
Cm. Now by my hood, a gent le.and no lew. 
Ltr. Be(hw me but 1 loue her heartily. 
For flic is wife, if I can iudgc of h, 
And fajrcfhe is, Ifthat mine eyes be true, 
And true (he is,as (he hathprou'd her fclfc : 
Artd therefore like her ft lfe,wfe,faire,and true, 
Shall fl>e be placed in my content foule. 

Enter ttflic** 

What, art thdu come ? on gertilemen r iway, 
Our masking mates by this time for vsftay. Exit. 

Enter jfnthenie. 

A*a t Who's there? 

Grit. Signior Authonu t 

tsfnt. Fie,rie,(?r4f /, where are all the reft ? 
Tis nine a clocke, our friends all flay for you, 
Nomaske to night,the winde is come about, 
Bafftotfa presently will goe aboord, 
I haue fent twenty out to feeke for you. 

Cra. I am glad on't, I 'defirc no more delight 
Then to be vnder faile.snd gone to night. xtxr.t. 

Enter Tortta with Mtrrtefojnd tab thetrtrttntt. 

far. Goe,draw afide the curtaines, and di fcoucr 
The feuerall Caskets to th is noble Prince : 
Now make your choyfe- 

"Mtr. The firft of gold,who this infci ipt ion beares, 
Who choofeth me,fhall gaine what men defirc. 
The fecond (5hier,which thispromife carries 
Who choofcth nte,(hall get as much as he deferue*. 
This third.dull lead.with warning all as biunr, 
Who choofeth me.muft gibe and hazard all he hath, 
How fh all J know if I doe choofc the right ? 

far. The 



aft,attnt a clockc ith morning, filling out that yccro on 
afhwenfdiy was foure yeerc in th'afternoone 

Shy. What ate their maskes ? heare you me fefl!ta, 
Lock vp my door,and when you hearc the drurti 
And the vile fqucaling of the wry^neckt Fife, 
Cl amber not you vp to the cafements then, 
Mor thruft your head into the publiquc fheete 
To gaze on ChriftUn fooles with varnifht faces : 
But flop my houfes earcs,! meant my cafements, 
Let pot the found of (hallow foppehe enter 
My foberhoufc. By t'fds ftarte I fweare, 
I haue nominde of feafting forth to night : 
But I will goe : goe you before me fura, 
Say I will come. 

Cto. 1 will goe before fir 
Miftri* lookl out at window for all this 3 
There will come a Chriftian by, 
Will be worth a leweseye. 

Shj. What faies- that foole of tttgm off-fpnng ? 

ha. 

ttf. His words were farewell miftris,nething elfe. 
Shy. Thepatch is kindeenough.but a huge feeder : 
Snaile-flow in profic,but he fleepes by day 
More then the wilde-cat : drones hiue not with me, 
Therefore I part with him, and part with him 
To one that I would haue him helpe to wafle 
His borrowed purfe. Well /effSen goe in, 
Perhaps I will retome immediately ; 
Doe as 1 bid you, (hut dores after you, faft binde, faft 

finde, 
A prouerbe neper f\ale in thriftie mlnde. Exit. 

lef. Farcwell,and if my fortune, be not croft, 
1 haue a Father,y on a daughter loft. Exit. 

Enter tht "Mn)\tert t CrMl4>ie rndSnTine. 

Gr*. This is the penthoufe vnder which Lorenzo 
Defired vs to make a Aand. 

Sal. His hours is almoft paft. 

Gra. And it is meruailc he out-dwelt rmhoure, 
Porlduer^euer jun before the clocke. 

. Sal. O ten times /after P*am Pidgions flye 
To fteals. loues bonds new madc,thcn they are wont 
Fokf epeobliged faith vnforfaited. 

Cm. That eusr holds, who cifeth from a f'eaft 
With that keene appetite that he fits dowrre ? 
Where is the horfe that doth vnrread againe 
His tedious ineafures With the vnbated fire, 
That he did pace them firft : all things that are* 
Are with more fpirit chafedchen entoy'd 
How like a yonger or a prodigaU 
The skarfeo barke puts from her natiue bay, 
Hudg'd and embraced by the (trumpet windM 
How like a prodigal! doth (he returne 
With ouer-wither'd ribs and ragged failes, 
Leane,rent,and begger'd by the ftrumpet winde ? 



. Hcete cornej JJorww, more of this here- 
after. 
Lor. Sweete friends, your patience fof my long! 

bode, 

Not J,but my affiires haue made yon wait : 
When you (hall pi cafe to p)ay the theeues for wiues 
lie watch as long for you them approach 



The tZMtnhant of Pemce. 



171 



How (hall I know if 1 doe choofe the right. 

Par t The one of them container my picture Prince, 
[fyou choofe that,ihen t em yours withal) 

Mr. Some God direct rny i udgemcnt.lct roe fee, 
[ will furuay the infcriptiom,backe againe : 
What faies this leaden casket ? 
Who choofeth mo, muft gtue and hazard all be hath, 
btuft giuc.for what ? for lead, hazard for lead > 
This casket threatens intn that hazard ait 
Doe it in hope of firc aduantages : 
A golden rninde fioopes not to fiiowes of droffe, 
lie then nor giue nor hazard ought for lead. 
What faies the Siluer with her virgin hue ? 
Whochoofeth me, (hall get as much as he drferucs. 
As much as he deferues ; paufc there Mortcb t 
And weigh thy value with an euen hand, 
If ihou bccfl rated by thy eftnnation 
Thou dooft deferue enough, and yet enough 
May not cstend fo farreasio the Ladie i 
And yet to be afcard of my deferumg. 
Were but a weake Hifablmg of my (eife. 
As much as 1 deferue, why that's the Lady. 
I doe in birth deferue her, and in fortunes, 
In graces.and in qualities ofbreeding : 
But more then thefe.in loue I doc drfcrur. 
What if 1 ftrai'd no farther.but chofe here ? 
Let's fee once more this faying grau'd in gold. 
Who choofeth me fhall game what many men defuc: 
Why that's the Lady, all the worjd defues her : 
From th* fourc corners of the earth they come 
To kiflc this ftume.this moriall breathing Saint. 
The Hircanion defertSj and the vafte wildca 
Of wide Arabia are as throughfares now 
For Princes to come viewfaire Partn. 
The watene Kmgdome,whofe ambitious head 
Spcts in the face ofheaucn, is no barre 
To flop the forraine fpirits,but they come 
As orcabrooktofeefairc/ > orf/4. 
One of thcCr three containcs her heauenly picture. 
Is't like that Lead containcs her?'twr re damnation 
To thinke fo bafe a thought.it were too grofe 
To rib her fearccloath in the obfcure grauc : 
Or (hall I thinke in Siluer (he's immur'd 
Being ten times vrxiervalued to tride gold j 
Oftnfull thought, neuerforicha4em 
Wai fet in worfc then geld .' They haue in England 
Acoyne that beares the figure of an Angell 
Stampr in gold, but that's mfculpt vpon : 
But here an Angell In a golden bed 
Lies all within. Deltuermethekey: 
Here doc I choofe,and thnue I as I may. 

Par. There take it Prince, and if my forme lye there 
Then lam yours.: 

MOT. O hell ! what haue we hcr,a carrion death. 
Within whofe emptie eye there u a written fctoule ; 
lie rcadc the writing. 



Akthetgnfters u not 
Ofts bu 
Many 



toU t 



Gmitded timbtrdoc vvnne, infold: 



ilimt>i>lnidgcmt*1 old, 

ot bant t fcrid, 



Mar. Cold mdtede.and labour loft, 
Then farewell hcatc, and welcome frofl .- 
Pariia adcw, I kaue too grieu'd a hearc 
To take a tedious leane : thus loofers put* Exit. 

For. A gentle riddance ; draw the curtainea.go . 
Let all of his complexion ehoofc me fa. tjctust. 

litter Sal*rto and SetmM. 
Fit, Comet i. 

Sol. Why man I faw "Btffmit f nder Cyle. 
With him is GriM gonctlong, 
And in their fltip 1 am fure Ltrnnut ia not. 

Sol. The villaine lev with outcnes rtifd the Duke- 
Who went with him to feat ch Eafftniat fbip. 

S*l. He comes too late, the fliip was voderfatle ; 
But there the Duke w giucn to vnoVrfland 
That in a Goodilo were (eene together 
Lartn^e and his amorous Itjfic*. 
Befidcs,^n/feore certified the Duke 
They were not with Bafftnio in his (hip. 

Stt. i neuer heard a paflion fo confufd. 
So (!rangc,outragious,and fo variable, 
As tbe dogge /< did vtter in the Greets , 
My daughter.O my ducats, O my daughl^ 
Fled with a Chriftian,Omy Chnftian ducats 
lultice.ihc law ( my ducats, and my daughter j 
A fealed bag.twofraJed bags of ducats. 
Of double ducats, flolne from me by my daughter. 
And icwels,twoftones,twohchand precious ftoccs, 
Stolnc by my daughter ; iuflice, finde the girle, 
She hath the ft ones vpon her, and the ducats. 

J-/. Why all the boyes m Venice follow him, 
Crying his rtones.his daughtcr,and his ducats. 

5/. Let good Antkam* looke he keep hr day 
Orhefhallpayforthis 

S*l. Marry well rernembre4, 
I rcafon'd with a Frenchman ycAerday, 
Who told me, in the narrow leas that part 
The French and Englifli, there mifcaried 
A vcffell of our countrey richly fraught . 
1 thought vpon Anthonit when he told me, 
And wifluinfilenceibatit were not his. 

Sol. Yo were beftto tell Antbmtt what you Scare. 
Yet doe not fuddamely ,for it may gneue him. 

Sal. A kinder Gentleman treads not the earth, 
I faw 'B*$mto and jfatfariiopttt, 
'Bsjfaito cold him he would make Come fpeedo 
Of his returnc t he anfwered.doc not Co, 
Slubber not bufinefleformy fake Haffa**, 
But Ray the very riping of the time, 
Andfor the Imei bond which he hth of me, 
Let it not eater in y out minde of lout i 
Be merry , and imploy your chiefeft thoaghts 
To court(hip, and fuch frc oftentt ofloue 
A (hall conucniently become you there ; 
And eucn there his eye bcingbig with tearpi , 
Turning his face, he put his hand behindehim, 
And with atft ftion wondrous fencible 
He wrungrfj/fl'/ hand, and Co they parted. 

Stt. I thinke he onely loues the world for him, 
I pray thec let vs goc and finde him out 
And quicken his embraced rwauineiTe 
With fornc delight or other. 

SaL Doewefo. Lxeunt. 

Enter Ntrrtf* aad * Seniturt. 
jVrr.Quick,quick I pray th*c,dra>v ths curtain rtrait, 
P Tke 



172 



The Merchant ofVenice. 



The Pnnee e-f Arrigon hath tanc his oath, 
AM come* to his cfe&on prefemly. 

Enitr Arrwnjbit truiitti and Portia. 
ftor.Contti. 

Pff. Behold 4 thcre ftand the caskets noble Prince, 
f you choofe that wherein I amcontain'd, 
ttaight (hall our nuptial! right* be Colemniz'd i 
But if thou fafle, without morefpeeeh my Lord, 
You muft be gone from hence immediately. 

Ar. \ am enioynd by oath to obCerlifethree things; 
r h ft, neuer to vnfold to any one 
Which casket twasl cbofe ; next,ifl fafle 
>f the right caskct.ncuer in my life 
To wooe a maide in way of marriage: 
Laftty, if J doe faile in fortune of my choyfe, 
[mmediately to leaue you.and begone. 

for. To thefe iniunftions euery one doth f wears 
That comes to hazard for my worthlefie felfe. 

AT. And fo haue 1 addreft me,fortune now 
To my hearts hope : gold, filuer, and bsfe lead. . 
Who choofeth me muft giue and hazard all he hath. 
You fnall looke fairer ere I giue or hazard. 
What fates the golden cheft,ha, let me fee i 
Who choofeth me.lhall gaine what many men dcfire: 
What many men defue,that many may be meant 
By the foole multitude that choofe by (how, 
Mot learning more then th e fond eye doth teach* 
Which pries not to th'interior,but like the Martlet 
Builds in the weather on the outward wall, 
Eucn in the force and rode of cafualtie. 
[will not choofe what many men defire, 
Becaufe I will not iumpe with common fpirit*, 
Andranke me with the barbarous multitudes. 
Why then to thee thou Silumrcafurehoufe, 
Tell me once more, what title thou docft beare t 
Who choofeth me (hall get as much ss he deferues : 
And weUfaid too; for whofhall gee about 
To cofen Fortune,and be honourable 
Without the (lamp: of merrtt.let none prefome 
To wears an vndefer aed drgnitie i 

that eftates, degrees, and offices, 

Were not deriu'd corrupt)y,and that cleare honour 
Were purchaft by the meftit of the wearer j 
How many then /hould couer that (rand bare f 
How many be commanded that command ? 
How much low pleafantry would then be gleaned 
From the true feede of honor f And how much honor 
Pickt from the chaffe and ruine of the times. 
To be new varnifht: Well,bt tomychoife. 
Who choofeth me (hall get as much as he defcruei. 

1 will affums defert ; giue me a key for this, 
And inftantly vnlocke my fortunes here. 

TV.Too h>ng a paufe for that which you finde there. 

AT- What's hcre.the portrait of a blinking idiot 
Preferring me a fcedule, I will reade K : 
How much vnlike art thou to Portia ? 
How much vnlike my hopes and my deieruings f 
Who choofeth rne,(nall haue ?.s much as he deferues 
Did I deferue no more then a foolcs head, 
Is that my pri tc.are my deferts no better ? 

Ttr. To offend and iudge are diftanA offices. 
And of oppofed natures. 

Ar. What is here? 

Thtperfiamn times tried tbu t 



StOKCn Hattf trie 

That dt4nentrebecfeafau t 



Such have but e Jhadttw 



/ ill ottsr ttjfoxr bead : 



T. Still more foole I fhall appene 
By the time I linger here, 
With one fooles head 1 came to woo, 
Bat I goe away with two. 
Sweet adue, lie keepe my oatb, 
Patiently to bearimy wroath. 

Tor. Thus hath the candle fing'd the rooatfi : 
O thefe deliberate fooles when they doe choofe, 
They haue the wifdome by their wit to loofe. 

Net. The ancient faying is no herefie, 
Hanging and wiuing goes by deftinie. 

Par. Come draw the curtaine Jfen 



Mtf. Where is thy Lady? 

Per. Here,what would iny Lord ? 

Mef. Madao>,there is a-lighted at your gate 
A. yong Vcnetian,one that comes before 
To fignifte" h'approaching of his Lord, 
From whom he bringeth fenfibk regreets j 
To wit (befides commends and curteous breath) 
Gifts ef rich value ; yet I haue not feene 
So likely an EmbafTador of loue. 
A day in April! neuer came fo fweete 
TO (how how coftly Somrnef was at hand, 
As this fore-fpurrer comes before his Lord. 

Per. No more I pray thee.I am halfe a-feanl 
Thou wilt fay anone he isfomekintothee, 
Thou fpend'ftCuch high-day wit in praifioghtax 
Come.come f?errjfla,(or I long to fee 
Quicke Cufidi Port, that come,i fo mannerly. 

Ner. Vaftait Lord,Ioue if thy will it be. 



Tertrus 



Enter Sobuiio mdS!ario. 

Sol. NoWtWhatnewesontheRyalto? 

Sal. Why yet it Hues there vncheckt, 
hath a (hip of rich lading wrackt on the narrow Seasjth 
Goodwins I thinfee they call the place, a very dangerou 
fist, and fatal], where the carcafles of many a call fhip,ly 
buried.as they fy,if my gofT.ps report be an honeft wo 
man ofher word. 

Sol. I would fhe were as lying a goflip in that, as euer 
knaptGinger^or made her neighbours beleeue 
for the death of a third husband : but it is true, v/ithou 
anyflips of prolixity, or eroding the plaine high-way of 
talke.that the good A>itkonif,t\\thoneRAmbamt>;o tha 
I had a title good enough to keepe his name company! 

a& Come.thefullftop. 

Set. Ha,vhat foyeft thou.why the end is,he hath loft 
a (nip. 

Sol 



Sat. I would It might proue the emJofbisIofles. 

Set. Let nx fay A men betimes, Jcati the dwell crofle 
my praier,for here he comes in chelikenes of /w.How 
now Shkxkt ,what newes among the Merchants ? 



Sky. You knew none To well, none fo wdi at you, of 
my daughters flight* 

Sal. That's cettaine, I for my part knew the Tailor 
that made t!* wines OK Hew withall. 

Sfl. And Sbj/o^f fot hit own part knew the bird was 
fiedg'd.and then it is the completion of them al to leauc 
Use dam. 

Ski. Sheisdamn'dforh. 

Sal. That's ccnaine.if the diuell may be her fudge . 

Sty. My owue fiefn and blood to rtbdL 

Sd. Out vpon ii old camon, rebels it at thefe years*. 

S'oj. ifaymydaughezTtsmyflefaandbloud. 

&& There UfltoredJfiersacebttwecne thy ficQtind 
ier,then bctwceae Jet and luorie/nort betweene your 
bloodj.tjjen there is betweene red winesnd/enniflv.but 
teUvs,doeyouhearc whether An&om h*ae had ante 
[offcatfcaorno? 

Sty. There I haue another bad match, a bankrout, a 
prodigtli, who dare fcar^e inew hbhead on the RyaRo, 
ibegger that was vfd to come fo finug vpon the Mart : 
let him look to his bond,he was wont to nil roe Vfurer, 
let him ieoke to his bond, he was wont to lend money 
for aChriftUn curiile.lct him lock? to hi* bond. 

S*t. Why I am fure if he for fate, thoti wilt not take 
hit flefli ,wh*c'i that good f? 

Sky. To bsite fi(h withall, if it will rcede nothing 
elfe,it Will f*de my reuenge \ he haih difgrac'd me, and 
hlndred me haife a million, taught atmy lofie*, roockt at 
my gaines, i'comed my Nation, thwaned my bargainee, 
cooled my friends, heated mine etremie e.atid what's the 
reafon M am a/mw : Hath not a Jnt eyes ? hath not a 
lot hands , organs, tiememions, fences, artctions,pafli- 
oni.fed wish the fsroefoodc, hurt with thefame wea- 
pons, fubicfl to the lame difeafes, healed by the fame 
roeanes, warmed and cooled by the fame Winter and 
Somcnmer as a Chhftian is ; if you pricke vs doe we not 
blcede? if ycii tickle vs.doc we not laugh ? if you poifoo 
v doe we not d ie? and if yon wrong vs fliall we not re- 
uenge?if we are like you in the reft, we will refemble you 
in that.- If a /<? wrong a (linftiss, what is his humility, 
reuenge? If a Chrijtie* wrong a/no.vrhatftiouid hit fuf. 
fmncc be by Chriftian extmple.wbyrtueoge? The vil- 
lanic yu teach me 1 will e*cut* and it {hall gee hard 
but I will better thcb.flru&ion. 

nttr* ntnfrum Amhonio 

Gentlecien,my maifter vtmbmit is tt his hoCt, sod 
defiro to fpeake with you both. 

Sal. We hsue betne vp and downe to feek e biro. 
;<rTob*i}. 

Sl. Here comes another of the Tribe, a third cannot 
be cwcht, vokifc the diucll himfetfe cume /OP. 

fxauit Ge*tJtme*, 

% How now r^,what oewei from CMtv?hsft 
thoa found my daaghtet ? 

r*. I often came where I didbeare of fterbat can. 
no:fin<kher. 

Sbj. Why there, thae.there, there.a diamond eone 
cofi m two thoiifandducats in Franckford,ehe curie ne~ 
uer fell vpoii ot Nation till oow.I never felt it till no*, 
two thoufaad duetts in that, add other precious, preci- 



ous tewcl* il would my daughter were dead at my foot, 
aad the iewets in her care t would flie werebarft at cay 
foote, and the duckets In her coffin : no newea of them 
why fo?aod I know not how much is fpent in the fearchc' 
why thott lofle vpon lofle; the thefe gone with ib 
much, andfomucbtofindethetheefe, and no fatltfa. 
dion t no reuenge^ior no ill luck iTirring but what lights 
a my (houldert.norlghesbuta orybrcathmg.notcares 
butamylnedding. 



heard in Genowa ? 
Sty. Whai.whar,whagilhKke,illlueke. 
r^. Hath an Argofwcaft away coroming from Tri- 

Sin. I thinkeGdd.1 thankeGod.isittrae.Uittnie? 

T*6. 1 fpoke with feme of the Saylers that efcaped 
tbewrackc. 

Stf. I thanke chee eod T*Ug t good newts, good 
ncwci : ha f ha,here in Genowa. 

Tt&. Your daughter fpent in Genows,as I heard.ooe 
night tbi'refcore eocaJs. 

Sly. Thou Qiek;ft a daggtr sa me,I fhjHneuw f my 
gold igamc.fowefcore ducat* ettnuing.fourefcofedti* 
tars. 

r**. There camediuewof ^*fc^ CT e<fiionmmy 
company to Venice.that fwew* nee cannot chooit hot 
breake. 

Shy, larowerygladofii. ifc plague him, Uetomtre 
hin%I aro glad of it. 

r*. One of them frtewed me a rlog that hee had elf 
your daughter for a Monkie. 

Ski. Outvponher,chodtmurcllmc Tatcii, 4twa 
myTurk_i.lhaditon>-*wni I was a Batchder: )t 
would rm haue giueo it for a wlldemefle of fVlonkU*. 

T*b. But -rf W i* ceresi;*Iy vndons. 

Sfy. Nay .thts't true, that's very true, goe 7* 
me an Officer, bclpeake him a fotmight Before, 
(uuethc heart of him if he forfeit. for were he out of Ye- 
nice, 1 can mak what merchandize I will ; goe 7W2, 
and meereme aiour$tnagogue,go good 7Mfcff,at our 
SinagogueTW^ff. E*nnt. 

Eittr TbffiiHM, PcrtiM, Gretivn, amt*8tbtrr mew. 

Per. I pry you tarrir, paufe a day or two 
Befoi e you ha/.ard.for in chooiinq wrong 
1 loofe your companief therefore fcrbeare a while, 
There'* fomething eels me "(hot it is not louc) 
) would not loofe yeu,nnd yoa know your felfe, 
Hate counfailet not in fuch quailnie; 
But leaA you (houid not vndcrHand me well. 
And yet a maiden hath no tongue,but thought, 
I would detaine you here fome month or two 
Before you venture for me. I could teach you 
How to choofe right,btu then I am foriworne, 
So will I ncucrbe, fomay youmiiTeme, 
But if you doe,youie miK me with a finne, 
That I had beene forfwome : Befhrow your eyes, 
They haue ore-look t me and deuided me, 
One halfe of me is yours, the other halfe yours, 
Mine owne I would fay : but of mine then youi t, 
And fo all yours ; O thefe naught ie times 
Puts bars betweeoe the owners and their righli. 
And fo though yours, not yours (proue it f) 
Let Fortune goe to bell for ic,not I. 
I fpeake too long, but 'trs to prize the rim*, 
To id) tt,and to draw it out in length, 
To flay you from ek&on. 

Pi 



The Merchant of Venice.. 



4/1 Letmecboofc, 

c as I am.l liue pon the nclce. 

JV. Vpon t 
Wh*t treafon chert is mingled with your loue. 

Btff. None bat that vglie trcifon of miftruft. 
Which makes me feare the cmoying of my lone : 
["here may as wdl be amitie and life, 
Tweene fnow and fire.aitrcafon and my loue. 

Per. I, but I fesrc you fpeake vpontheracke* 
Where men enforced doth fpeakc any thing. 

Ba Promife me hfc,and ilc confcflc the uoth. 

/V. Well tben.confeffc and hue. 

Buff". Conrdfc and loue 
Had beenc the verie furn of my confHTion i 
Ohappie torment, when my cotturer 
Doth teach rneanfwers for deliuerance: 
But let me to my fortune andthe caike"^ 

Per* Away then, I am lockt in one of them, 
If you doe loue me.you will finde me out. 
Nerrjft and the reft. (tind ail aloofc, 
Let rauficke found while he doth mtke hit choife, 
Then if he loofe he makes a Swan-like end, 
Fading inmufiquc. That the comparifon 
May fland more proper.my eye (hall bciHcfireame 
And watrie death-bed for him ; he may win, 
And what it mufique than ?Thin manque it 
Euen at the flourilh, when true fubiecb bowe 
To a new crowned Monarch : Such it is, 
At are thoTe dulcet (bunds hi breake of day, 
That creep* into the dreaming bride-groomes eate, 
And fummon him to marriage. Now he goes 
With no leffe prefence,but w*ith much more looc 
Then yong AlcidtJ, when he did rcdeeme 
The virgine tribute, pait d by howling ?Y*jr 
To the Sca-monflet : I ftsnd for facnncc, 
The red aloofe are the Dardanian wiucs ) 
With bleared vifgct come forth to view 
ThcifTucof th'exploit : GoeHcrculei, 
Liue thou.l liue with much more difmay 
1 view the fight.then thou that mak'fl the fray. 



A Seng the wbitft Baffsnio camaxnti 01 i 
ti t biaifelfe. 



Tit at where isfanfie bed, 
Or vt the betrt ,tnnthe bead : 



II it enrndredm the ejei, 
Will gA^mg ftd.tnd FMHfit diet, 
h the trttdle btre it Ittt : 
Let vi tUrmg f 
He bein it. 



Reflitftflit. 



All. 

Baff. So may the oot ward (howcs be leaft chemfidufl 
The world is (till deceiu'd with ornament. 
In Law, what Plea fo unted and corrupt, 
But being feafon'd with a gracious voice, 
Obfeures the (how of euill ? In Religion, 
What damned error, but fomc fober bioif 
Will blefle it, and approue it with a text* 
Hiding the grofencflc with faire ornament: 
There is no voice fo fimpl e.but siTumea 
Some mirk c o f venue on his outward parts ; 



How manic cowards, whofe heart* are all as falfe 

A (layers of (and, wcareyet vpon their chma 

The beards ofKercviet and frowning Ma-> t 

Who inward ftaxcht.hauc ly uers white u milkc, 

And thcfc affumc but valors excrement, 

To render them redoabted. Looke on braitie 

And you ftiallfee 'tis purchaO by the weight, 

Which therein worker a miracle in nature. 

Making them li|tite(t that weare mo ft oHt : 

So are thofe critped (hakie golden lo<ks 

Which makes fuch wanton gambols with tbt windc 

Vpon fuppofed fairenefle.otten knownc 

To be the dowrie of a fecond head, 

The fcull that bred them in the Sepukhcr. 

Thus ornament is but the guiled (hore 

To a moft dangerouj fca : the bcautioaa fcarf 

Vailing an Indian beautie ; In a word, 

The fecmmg truth which cunning times put on 

Tointrapthewifeft. Therefore then thou gaudiegold, 

Hard food for Midtt t l wiU none of thee, 

Nor none of thee thou pale and common drudge 

Tweene man and man .- bur thou, thou meager Iea4 

Which Mthet thrcaweft then doft promife ought. 

Thy p aleneffe moues me more then eloquence, 

And here chofe I,ioy be the confeouence. 

P*. How all the other pafllons fleet to avrt , 
As doubtful! thoughts,and rafh imbrac d drlpaire : 
And Oiuddringfeare.snd greene-eyed iealouhe. 



Forfearr Ifurfeit, 

Bf. Whatfindelheref 
Fake frtiM counterfeit. Whai dcmie God 
Hath come fo neereereation ? moue thefe eie e 
Or whether riding on the bls of mine 
Seeme they in motion ? Here arc feufr'd lips 
Parted with Tuger breath, fo fwcet a barre 
Should funder fuch fweet friend* : here in hn hairei 
The Painter plv.es theSpider,and hath woucn 
A golden m e(h t'mtrap the hearts of men 
Falter then gnats in cobwebs: but her eies, 
How could he fee to doe them ? hauing made one, 
Me thinkes it rtiould haue power to fteale both his 
And leaue it felfe vnfurruflu : Yet looke how farre 
The fobftancc of my prai/e doth wrong this Shadow 
In vnderprifingu.lo farre this Hiadow 
Doth limpe behinde the fubftanee. Here's the fctoulc, 
The coniincnt.and fummatie of my fortune. 

7e tb*t chttfe not ti the iHm 

Cbmce 4tftire t ttnticbtafe M tnu .- 

SfCt thuftrMKtfatj to ji t 

"Se toittn: ,ad fee^e no new. 

If jo* be vrctlfletfd with tbie, 

Aid kldjo*rftrtitneferj<mrUifi t 

TWnejo* where jt*r Lady it, 



Vtf. A gentlefcroule : Falre Lady,by youi leant, 
t come by now to glue, and to receiuc, 
Like one of two contending in a prize 
That thinks be hath done well inpeoplct eicii 
Hearing applaufc and vniuerfall (bout, 
Giddie in fpirit, ftill gazing in a doubt 



Whether thofe peaks of praife be bis or no. 



So 



So thri c* hire Lady ftand I eucn fo, 

As doobtfbll \vbethtr what I fee be eras , 

Vntill corrorm'd, Ggo'd, ratified by you. 

?r. You fee my Lord Bjfomo where I (hod. 
Such as I am ; though for my felfc alone 
1 would not be ambitious in my wifh, 
To wi fh my felfe much bctttr.yet for you, 
1 would be trebled twenty time* my felfc, 
A thoufand times more fsire,ten thoufand tiroes 
More rich,that oncly to (bod high in your account, 
I might :n venues, beautis,luings, friends, 
Exceed account .- but (he fell fumrae of me 
Is fum of nothing ; which to terme in grofTe , 
It an vnleflbned girle, vnfchool'd, vnprsciii'd, 
Happy in this, (he is not yet fo old 
But (he tnav leame : happier then this, 
Shee is not Died fo dull but fhecao learne ; 

ft of all, is thar her gentle fpirit 
Commits it lelfe to yours to be directed , 
As from her Lordlier Gouernour,hcr King. 
Aly fclfc, and what is mine, to you and yoais 
Is now conoesccd. But now 1 was the Lord 
Of this faire manfion,maft of my fcruant*. 
Queene ore my felfe : and euen now,but now. 
This houfe.thefe feruams.and this fame my felfe 
Are your j,my Lord, 1 giue them with this ting, 
Which when you part from,l0ofe,of giue away, 
Let it prefage the ruine of yout loue, 
And be my vantage to txclatme on you 

TSa/. Maddam.you haue bereft me of all words, 
Oncly my bloud fpealtes to you in my vaines, 
And there is fuch confufiooin my powers, 
As after fome oration fairely fpok e 
By a beloued Prince, there doth appeare 
Among the buzzing pleafed multitude, 
Where cuery fomefhing being blent together, 
Tutnes to a vilde of nothing, fauc of Joy 
Exprefl , ami not exprcA : but when this ring 
PMTS from thu finger, then parts life from hence. 
O then be bold to fay 'Baff&io's dead. 

Her. My Lord and Lady, it is now ur time 



I wifh you ill the ioy that you can wifh : 
POT 1 am fure you can wifo none from me : 
And when your Honours meaoe to folemnize 
The bargiine of your fitth : I doe befeech you 
uen at that time I may be married too. 

"Beff". With all my heart,fo thou canft get a wife ( 

Grtt. I thuike yout Lerdfoip, you gaie got roc one 
My eyes my )Lord can lookc as fwift as yours : 
You (aw the miflres,! beheld the maid : 
You lou'd, I lou'd for iotermifCon, 
No more penaines to me my Lord then yout 
Your fortune flood vpon the caskets there. 
And fo did mine too, a the matter fU> : 
For wooing hcere ? mill I fwet againe, 
And fwcaring till my very rough was dry 
With oathu ofloue, at I aft, if promife UA, 
lgotapromifeofthUfireonheeTe ' 
To haue her loue : prouided that your fortune 
Atchko'd her miftre(Te. 

Per. Is this true Afor0? 

Ner. Madam k j* fo.fo ^ou ftandpleasVi withall. 

"Bog. And doe y ou ^rwknv meane good faith r 



"Sofa Ourfeaftfhailbc much honored io yourrau- 
ri*ge. 

Gr*. Week play with them the fifflboyfora thou- 
find ducats. 

Ner. What and (hu\e4owoe^ 

Gra. No,we (hal neie win at chat ipon, tod ftaka 
downe. 

But who comes heere ? Lorn and his Infvidl r 
What and my oW Venetian friend Satcrie ? 

Enter Lorn* 



"Bif. Lwenx* and S*ttri t welcome hethtr, 
If that the youth of my new uuercA hfere 
Hauc power to bid you welcome : by your leaue 
1 bid my vcrie friends and Counuimen 
Sweet Portia welcome 

Par. So do 1 my Lord,they are intirely welcome 

Lvr. I thanke your honor ; for my part my Lor J, 
My purpofe was not io hauefceoe you hcere, 
But meeting withj^/meby the Wiy. 
He did intreate met paft all faying nay 
To come with tiimnlong* 

SMI. I did my Lord, 

And 1 haue rcalon for it, Signiot Atabtmo 
Commends him to you. 

Baf Ere I ope his Letter 
I pray you tell me how my good friend doth. 

S*L Notfickemy Lord, vnJc (Tc it be m minde, 
Nor we), vnleflc in minde : his Letter tbcte 
Wtl fhcw y ou his eftate. 

OfdnthtLettir. 

Gr*. /Vrrrijlfj, checre yod (!rnger,bid her weltom, 
Your hand Sdmo, what's the newet from Venice r 
How doth that royal Merchant good tsfntbymr, 
I know he wilbe glidofour fbcfcfle, 
Wearethe/yw,we haue won the flfcce. 

Sal. 1 would you had won the fleece then he hsth 
loft 

For. There are fome Oucwd contents in yondfants 
Paper, 

That Qeales the colour from "S^nam cheke, 
Some deere friend dead, elf: nothing in the world 
Could tuwe fo much the cooftirutfon 
Ofanycooflantman. What.worfeaiuiworic? 
With leauc B&nio 1 cm haifc your ferfe, 
And I mult freely hauetbe halfe of any thing 
That this fame paper brings you. 

Bo/. O fweet Pert*. 
Heere are a few of chc vnpleaf ant'ft words 
That cuti blotted paper. Gentle Ladic 
When I did fir ft impart my loue to you. 
I freely told you all the wealth I had 
Ran in my vaines: I was a Gentleman, 
A:d then I told you true : and y a deert Ldk, 
RatSngmy felfe at nothing, youfliallfee 
How much I was a Braggart,when I told you 
My ftate wat nothing, I fhould then haae told jroo 
That I vTas wcife then nothing : for indeede 
I haue ingag'd my felfe toa deere friend, 
Ingag'd my friend to his meere enemle 
Tofcedemytneanes. Heereisa Letter Ladie, 
The paper as the bodie of my friend, 
And euerie word in it a gaping wound 
Iffuiqghfc blood. But uittrut Jo/0 ?, 

Haih 



The sZMercbant of Venice. 



Hath all hi* venture* faild, what not one hii, 
From Tripoli*, from Mexico and England, 
From Lisbon, Barbary, and India, 
And not one veflell fcapc the dreadfull couch 
Of Merchant-mar ring rocks ? 

Sal. Not one my Lord. 
Betides, it fhouJd appcarc, that if he had 
The prefent money to difchfrge the lew, 
He would not take it < neuer did 1 know 
A creature that did beare the (hapc of man 
So keene and greedy to confound a man. 
He plyes the Duke at morning and at night, 
And doch impeach the freedome of the Hate 
If they deny him tuttice. Twenty Merchants, 
The Duke himfelfc.and the Magn.Bcoes 
Of greateft port haue all perfwaded with him, 
But none can drive him from the enuioiu plea 
Of forfeiture,/ iuftice,and hi bond. 

Itffi When 1 wai with hiro,l haue heard him fweare 
To 7"&iAaiul to C// hit Coumri-men , 
That he would rather haue j1ntt>*>ii>'t flcfti, 
Then twenty times the value of the fumme 
Than he did owe him : and I know my Lord. 
if law, authorise, and power dcnie not, 
It will got hard with poore Antbomt. 

Per. Is it your deere friend that is thus in trouble? 

'Baf The dceteft friend to me.the kindefi man, 
Thcbeft condition d, and vr.wciried fptrit 
In doing curtefics : and one in whom 
The ancient Romsne honour more appezres 
Then any that drawes breath in Italic. 

Par. What fumme owes he the lew ?. 

2*/ For me three thoofond ducats. 

Per. What, no more? 
Pay him fue ihoufand, and deface the bond : 
Double fixe thoufand, and (hen treble that , 
Before a friend of this defcription 
Shall lofe a haire through #<//Ws ^ ao!t - 
Firftgae with me to Church, and call <ttewiie 
And then away ro Venice to your friend . 
For neuer (hall you lie by Pu-tuu fide 
With an vnquiet foule. You (hall haue gold 
To pay the petty debt twenty times ouer. 
When it is payd, brine your true friend along, 
My maid Ntrriffa, and my felfe meane time 
Will line as maids and widdowes ; come away, 
For you (hall hence vpon your wedding day : 
Bid your friends wclcome^ihow a merry cheere, 
Since you are deere bought, 1 will loueyou dcere. 
But let me beare the letter of your friend, 

Svctt Baffanio, ttyfbipj hone aH iHtfcarrird, an &*&- 
tgrow crtuH t mj tftate it very lo*>, arj bond to the I fie is 



forfeit, and face infajfog it, it if (mpofible Ifhouldlnte , all 
debt t are cLeerdketvteneytft W/ f ,f I might fei jo at my 
death : ntubft aiding , vftjmr pttafure 
19 ceoc, lei net my letter. 



Per. O loue! difpach all bufines and be gone. 
firf/. Since I haue your good leaue to goc away , 
I will make haft} but till I come againe , 
No bed (hall ere be guilty of my ftay, 
Nor reft be interpofcr twixt vs twaine. Extant. 

Eattrtbe/ttr, and Solatia, and vfnthemc 

aiultbt/ajlor. 
If*. laylor. looke to him,tell not me of mercy, 



This is the foole that lends out money grot*. 
lay lor, looke to him, 

Ant. Keare me yet good Styol^. 

lew. lie haue my bond.fpeake not againft my bond, 
I haue fworne an oath that I will haue my bond : 
Thou call'dft me dog before thou hadft a caufe, 
But fmce! am a dog,bewaremyphangs, 
The Duke (hall grant me iuflice, I do wonder 
Thou naughty lay lor, that thou art {bfond 
To come abroad with him at his requefl. 

Ant. I pray thce heare me fpeake. 

lew. He haue my bond, I will not heare thee fpeake, 
lie haue my bond, and therefore fpeake nc more* 
He not be made a foft and dull ey'd foole, 
To (hake the head.relent.and figh.and yetld 
To Chriftian interceifors : follow not, 
lie haue no fpeaking,! will h aue my bond E&t li 

Sol. It is the melt impenetrable currc 
That euer kept with men. 

Ant. Let him alone , 

He follow him no more with bootlefle prayers: 
He feekes my Iife,his reafon well 1 know ; 
I oft deliuer'd from his forfeitures 
Many that haue at times made nione to me. 
Therefore he hates me. 

Sal. I am fure the Duke will neuer grant 
this forfeiture to hold 

An. The Duke cannot deny the coorfc of law 
For the coirmoditie that ftrangers haue 
With vs in Venice, if it be denied, 
Will much impeach the iuflice of the State, 
Since that the trade and profit of the ci try 
Confifteth of all Nations. Therefore gee, 
Thefe grcefcs and loffeshaue fo bated mec, 
That 1 (hall hardly fpareapoundofflefh 
To morrow, to my bloudy Gteditot. 
Well Iay!or.on,pray God Baflantt come 
To fee me pay his debt, and then 1 care no t. Exemt 

Eater Portia* fftrrifla, Loretiio, Jefiic*, *<Laiiitnif 
Partial. 

Lor. Madam, although I fpealce it in your prefence , 
You haue a noble and a true conceit 
Of god-like amity, which appeares mofl flrongfy 
In bearing thus the ab fence of your Lord. 
But if you knew to whom you (hew this honour, 
Howtrue a Gentleman you fend releefe, 
How dcere a louer of my Lord your husband, 
I know you would be prouder of the wsrke 
Then cuftomary bounty can enforce you. 

Par. I neuer did repent for doing good, 
Nor (hall not now : for in companions 
That do conuerfc and waftc the timetogether, 
Whofe foules doe beare an egal yoke of loue, 
There muft beneedsa likeproportion 
Of lyniaments.of manners, and of fpirit j 
Which makes me thinke that this Ansbt 
Being the bofome louer of my Lord, 
Muft needs be like my Lord.' If it be fo, 
How little is the eoft I haue beftowed 
In purchafing the fen>blanceof my (bulc : 
From out the (rate of hellith cruelty , 
This comes too neere the orajfiog of my felfe 
Therefore no more of it : mere other things 



Lorfnfel commit tn?o your hands, 



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ther are to be laid vpon thechildren.therefoie 1 promifc 
you, Ifeareyou,! was alwaies plaine with yon, andfo 
now 1 fpeake my agitation of the matter : therfore be of 
good cheere, for truly I thinke you are damn'd, there it 
but one hope in it that can doe you ante good, and that is 
but a kindc of baftard hope neither. 

Itffica. And what hope is that J pray thee? 

Clow, Manic you may partlie hope that your father 
got you not, that you arenot t he lewe* daughter 

lef. That were a kinde of baftard hope indeed.fo the 
fins of my mother (hould be vifited vpon me. 

Clm. Truly then Ifeareyou are damned both by fa- 
ther and mother : thus when I hun Seit your father, I 
fall into ChariUp your mother ; wel!,you are gene both 
waies. 

Iff. I/hallbe fsu'dbymyhusband,hen8thmademe 
aChnftian. 

Clory. Truly thenweto blame be.we were Cbriftl. 
ant enow before,e'neasrnany as could wdliae ooeby 8- 
nother : this making of Chriftisns will rjjfe the price of 
Hogs, if wee grow all to be porke-eaterj, wee (hall not 
(hortlie haue a ra(her on the coales fof money. 

Enter Lorenzo. 

t< Heidi my husband Laaeeks whatyon fay.heere 
becomes. 

Ltrea. I (hall grow jealous of you fhortly Lancelet t 
if you thus get my wife into corners} 

tef. Nay, you need not feare v Lorenzo, Lwnceki 
Mid 1 are out, he tells me Batly there is no mercy for jnee 
in heauen, because J am a lewes daughter and hee faies 
you are no good member of the commonwealth, foi 
in conuetting lewes to Chriftians , you raife the ptice 
ofPorke. 

Loren. I (hall anfwete that better to the Common- 
wealttMhan you can the getting vp of the Negroes bet 
lie ; the Moore is with childe by you Lxtsixelet ? 

Clme. Jt is muth that the Moore fhould be morethen 
reafon : but if (he be icffe then an honed woman, (hee is 
indeed more then I tooke her for. 

Lores. How euerie foole can play vpon the word, I 
thinke the befl grace of witte will (hortly turns into fi- 
lence, and difcourfe grow commendable in none onely 
but Parract : goc in firra, bid them prepare for dinner ? 

Clm. That is donefir.they haue all ftomackj ? 

Laren. Goodly Lord,what a wine-fnappf r are you, 
then bid them prepare dinner 

Cimo. That is done to fir. onely couer is the word 

Larcn. Will you couer than fir i 

Clan. Not fofir neither, I know my dutie. 

Loren. Vet more quarreling with occafion,wilt thoo 
(hew the whole wealth of thy wit in an mflant ; I pray 
thee vnderftand a plame man in his plaine meaning; goe 
tothyfellowes, bid them couer the table, feme in the 
meat,and we will come in to dinner. 

Clam. For the table Mr , is (hall be feru'd in , for the 
meat fir, it(hallbeecouered , foryourcommuiginto 
dinner (ir,why let it be as humors and conceits Oiall go> 
uerne. Exit flvwnt. 

Lor. O deare difcretion,how his words are fated , 
The foole hath planted in his memory 
An Armie of good words, and J doe know 
A many fooles that ftand in better place, 
Garni (ht like him, that for a trickfie word 
Defie the mattenhow cheer'ft thou /ejfca, 
And now good fweec fay thy opinion, 

How 



Ihe husbandry and mannage 
itne ; for 



Vptill my Lords returoe ; for mine o wne part 
1 haue toward heauen breath'd a fecret vow. 
To line in prayer and contemplation, 
Onely attended by Ntrnjrabcete, 
Vnuil her husband and my Lords returns : 
There 1$ aoionaitcty too miles off, 
And there we w ill abide. I doe defire you 
Not to denie this impofiuon, 
The which my loue and fomc neceflity 
Now layes vpon you. 

Lorenf Madame, with ail my heart, 
I (hall obey youtn all fairc commands. 

Par. My people doe already know my minde, 
And will acknowledge you and Irffic* 
In place of Lord Baffamo and ruy felfe. 
So far you well till we (hall meece againe. 

Lcff, Fair thoughts & Happy houres attend on you. 

/</;'. 1 wifh your Ladithip all hearts content. 

Per. I thanke you for your wi/h, and am well picas'd 
To wi(h it back? on you : far you well Itffic*. Extur.t. 
Now r Bulihafer,z3 1 hauc cuer found thee honeft true, 
Solet me findc thee (rill -. take this fame kttei, 
And vfethou all the indeauor of a man, 
in fpeed to Mantua, fee thou render this 
Into my cofins hano^Doflo* Bclarte, 
And looke what notes and garments he doth giise thee , 
Bring them 1 pray thee with Imagm'd fpeed 
Vhto the Trar.eifr,tothe common Fcrrie 
Which trades to Venice ; waftenctimem words, 
But get thee gone,] (hall be there before thee. 

Haiti). Madam,} goe with all conuenient fpeed. 

7or. Come on NeriflaJ. haue work e in hsnd 
That you yet know not of; weellfee our husbands 
Before they thinke of vs ? 

Nerrtfl*. Shall they fee t 

Pcrtia. They (hall Nerrtfit : but in fuch a habit, 
That they (hall thiofte we arc accomplished 
With that we lacke ; He hold thee any wsger 
When we are both accoutered like yong men , 
lie ptouethe prettier fellow of the two , 
And weare my dagger with the brauer grace, 
And fpeake bet weene the change of man and boy, 
Wich a reede voyce, and tume two minting ftcps 
Into a manly (Hide ; and fpeake of frayes 
Like a fine bragging youth : and tell quaint lyes 
How honourable Ladies fought my loue, 
Which 1 denying, ihey fell ficke and died, 
I could not doe wuhall : then lie repent, 
And with for all that, chat ! had not kil'd them $ 
And twentieof thcfe pume liej He tell , 
That men (hall fwcsre J haue difconttnued fchoole 
Aboue a tweluc moneth : I haut wuhin my minde 
A thoufand raw tricks o/'thefe bragging Iscl; , 
Which I will prafhfe. 

Ncrrif, Why.fliall wee turnc to men > 

Portm. Fie, what a queftions that ? 
Ifthoo wcrtnerea lewd interpreter ; 
But come. Us tell thee all my whole deuice 
When I am in my coach, which ftayes for vs 
At the Parke gate ; and therefore hafte away, 
For we muftmeafurc cwentiemiles today. Sxenat. 

Enter Clowe and leffaa. 
Clown. Yes truly , forlookeyoo^hefianesoftheFa- 



The cSMerckant o/Tenice. 



How doft ihou like the Lord 'Brfumf 

Itfli, Paft allCTpreflingjitts vrrymeete 
The Lord Baffomo liuc an vpright life 
For haumg futh a blcffmg in hit La<iy, 
He findes the ioyes of heauen heere on earth, 
And ifonemhhedocnotmeaneit.u 
1$ rcafon he (honld neuer come to heaucn > 
Why.tf two gods ihould play fome hcaucnly match, 
And on the wager lay two earthly women. 
And Tffrtm one : there muft befomethtng elfe 
Paund with the other, for the poore rude world 
Hth not her fellow. 

Loren. Euen fuch a husband 
Haft thou of me. as (he is for wife. 

Iff. Nay , but aske my opinion to of that ? 

Lrr, \ will anone.firft let vs goc to dinner I 

Itf. Nty.let me prufe you while 1 haue a ftomackc ? 

Lor. No pray thee.let it ferue for table talke. 
Then how Com ere ihou fpcakft'mong other things, 
Jflialldigeftit? 

lifli Well, lie fet you forth. Exnnt 



Quartus* 



Duly. What, nAxibonio heere? 

Ant. Ready, fopleafe your grace? 

Ttokf, I atn ferry for thex.thou art come to anfwere 
A (tome aduetfary . an inhumane wretch, 
Vtuapableofpitty.voy<J,and empty 
From any dram of mercie. 

Ant. I hauc heard 

Your G race hath tane great patnes to qualifie 
HIS rigorous courfc : but fince he (lands obdurate, 
And tnit no lawful mcanei can carrie me 
Out of his enuies reach, 1 do oppofe 
My patience to hit fury, and am arm'd 
To I offer with a quieencflcoffpirii, 
The my tirann y and rage of his. 

Du. Go one and cal the lew into the Court. 

Sat- He is ready at the doore,he comes my Lord. 

Enter S^cltf. 

Dk.Mike roorrve ,md let him ft and before our face. 
Sbjlcclteihe. world thinkes, and I thinke fo to 
T hat thou but leadeft this fafh ion of thy mallice 
To the Uft houre of acl.and then 'tis thought 
Thou It fhew thy mercy and remorfe more ftrange , 
Than is thy Qrangc apparant cruelty \ 
And where thou now exacTft the penalty, 
W hi ch is a pound of this poore Merchants flQj , 
Thou wilt not onely loofe the forfeiture, 
But touch'd with humane gemtencfie andioue: 
Porgiuc a moytie of the principal! , 
Glancing an eye of piety on hrs iofles 
That haue of late fo hudled on his backe, 
Enow copreffe a royall Merchant downe? 
And pluckecommtferationof his Rate 
From briflie bofomcs, and rough beans of flints , 
From ftubborneTurkes and Tartars ceucrt??lpd 



To offices of tender curtefie, 

We all ex pea gentle anfwcr lew ? 

Inc. I haue poflcft your grace of what I purpofe, 
And by our holy Sabbath haoe I fwornc 
To hauc the due and forfeit of my bond 
If you deme it, lei the danger light 
Vpon your Charter, and your Cities freedome. 
You'l aske me why I rather choofe to haue 
A weight of carrion flcfti, then to receiue 
Three thoufand Ducats ? lie not anfwfr that > 
But fay it 15 my humor ; Is it anfwered t 
What if my houfc be troubled with s Rat, 
And 1 bepleas'd to giue ten thoufaud Oucttes 
To haue u bain'd i What,arc you anfwer'd yet P 
Some men there are loue not a gaping Pigge : 
Some that are mad, if they behold a Cat : 
And others ,when the bag-pipe (ings i'th nofe 
Cannot contame their Vnne tor aneclioa. 
MiBers of pi(Tion fwayes t: to the moode 
Of what it likei or loathi , now for your anfwcr : 
At there is no firmcrcafon to bereodred 
Why he cannot abide a g*ping Pigge ? 
Why he a harmleffe neceflarie Cat > 
Why he a woollen bag-pipe : but of force 
Muftycfld to fuch ineuitablefhame, 
At to offend himfelfe being offended : 
So can I giucnorcafon, nor I will not. 
More then a lodg'd hate, and a certainc loathing 
I beare Antbynis, that I follow thus 
A looting fuite againft him ? Are you anfwcred ? 

"Btf. Thi is no anfwer thou nfcelmg man, 
To excufe the currant of thy cruelty. 

Ira. \ am not bound to plea/e thee with my anfwer. 

faf Do all men kil the things they do not loue? 

Itw. Hates any man the thine be would not kill? 

TSaf Euerie offence u not a hate at ftrft. 

lew. Whatwouldft thou haue a Serpent fling thee 
twice > 

Ant. I pray you thinke you ooeftion with the lev/ : 
You may as well go (land vpon the beach, 
And bid the maine flood baiie his vfuall height, 
Or euen as well vfe queilion with the Wolfe, 
The Ewe blcate for the Lambe : 
You may as well forbid the Mountaine Pines 
To wagge their hi gh tops, and to make no not(e 
When they are fretted with the guilt of hcaueo ; 
You may as well do any thing moft hard, 
As feekc tofoften that, then which what harder > 
His lewifti heart. Thetefore I do bcfeech you 
Make no more offers, fe no farther mcanes, 
But with all briefe and plaine conuniincte 
Let me haue Judgement, and the lew his will 

B*f. For thy three thoufand Ducacct heeras fix. 

lev If euerie Ducat in fixe thoufand Ducates 
Were in fute parts, and euery part a Ducate. 
1 would not draw them, 1 would hauc my bond ? . 

D* How (halt thou hope for mercie.rendring none/ 

/rv. What lodgement dull 1 dread doing no wrong? 
You hiue among you many a pure haft flaue, 
Which like your Aflet,and your Dogs and Males, 
You vfe in abiect and in flauifn pans, 
Becaufe you bought them. Shall I fay to you, 
Let them be free, marrie them to your beires i 
Why fweate they vodet burthens/ Let their beds 
Be made as foft as yours : and let their pt Hats 
Be fetfon'd with fuch V l6n d5 . you wuWww 

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The flauesare ours. So do I anfwr you. 
The pound of flefh which I demand of him 
is dcercly bought.'tis miDe.and I will haue it, 
f you deny me ; fie vpon your Law, 
There is no force in the decrees of Venice j 
[ftand for Judgement, anfvm.Shall I haue it ? 

Du. Vpon my power I may difmiflig this Court, 
Vnlefle 'Sellario a learned Doclor, 
Whom 1 haue tent foe to determine this, 
Comehecretoday. 

Sal- My Lord, heere Irayes without 
AMeflengerwith Letters fiom the Doctor, 
New come from Padua. 

u Bring vs the Letters, Call the McfTengers. 
af. Good cheere Amtxmio, What maOjCorage yet: 
The lew (hall luue my flcrti, blood.bones.and all, 
Ere thou fhalt leofe for me one drop of blood. 

tsfm. 1 am a tainted Weather of the flocke. 
Meeteft for death, the weakeU kinde of fruitc 
Drops earlieft to the ground, and fo let me ; 
You cannot better be empioy'd R*/p*i9, 
Then to Hut flill, od write mine Epitaph. 

Enter Ncrriffa. 

Du. Came you fiom Padua from 'SeUario? 

A/Irr. From both. 
My Lord TttUarie greets your Grace. 

2T<i/I Why doft thou whet thy knife fo earneftly ? 

lew. To cut the forfeiture from that baokrout there. 

Cra. Not on thy foale : but on thy foule harfh Jew 
Thou rr.ak'ft thy knife keene : but no mettail can. 
No, not the liangrruns Axe bcaie halfe the keennefle 
Of thy flmpc e'nuy. Can no prayers pierce thee? 

lev. No, none that thou haft \vit enough to make. 

(JYA. O be thou damn d, inexectablc dogge, 
And for thy life let iuftice be accus'd: 
Thou almoft mak'ft me wauer in my faith; 
ToHold opinion with Pythagoras, 
Thac foules of Animals infufe themfelues 
Into the trunkes of men. Thy cunifh fpirit 
Gouein'd a Wolfe, who hang'd for humane (laughter, 
Euea from the gallovves did hi i fell foule fleet ; 
And whii'ft thou lay eft in thy vnhallowed darn, 
Infus'd it felfe in thee : For thy defires 
Are Woluifh, bloody, fteru'd.and raoenons. 

lew. Till thou canrt raile the feak from orTmy bond 
Thou but offend ft rfiy Lungs to fpeake fo loud : 
Repaire thy wit good youth, or it will fall 
Toendleflcruine. Ifland hccrefor law. 

Du. This Letter ftotnTeQarte do\h commend 
A yongand Learned Doftor in out Court ; 
Where is he? 

Mr. He attendeth heere hard by 
To know y cur snfwer, whether you'l admit him. 

Du. Wh all my heaf> k . Some three or foutof you 
Go giue him curteous conduct to this place, 
Meiue time the Coun (hall he are "*/// Letter. 

YOarGraceJkaUvnderfland, that at the rereiteafjroui 
Letter f am verjfickf : tat in tbe iaftant that y oar tnef- 
fenger came, in lotting vffltallm, wot -wttl> me a yeung Do 



the caufc in C^fnutrfe^ between* the lev* and Anth on i o 
tht Mfrchant : We twnd 6re many "Bookf! togelkrr : kef a 
ljbfd irb my cpinicn, which btttrvdwHb to twnt liar 
, thtgrtatnejt whtrtvf I t.tma', eneughcemmendf tines 



with him at rm imfonunity, nrfiU vpytvr Graesrttpuji m 
myfted. I tefeecb you t Ut his lukt cfyeari be no imfe&me *t 
toltiktmbckiarcKtreodaftinHttim ; far Intuer knewt (o 
yong 4 bid* , with fo old* bead 1 leant htm t* JUT gr acton* 
acceptance, vrhoft trial (halt better f uplift, ht, 



Enter Pert* for "Bdlthtuutr 

T)uke. 7ou hearc the learn'd "SeHaria what he writes, 
And heercf"! take it)is the Do&or come. 
Giue me your hand : Came you r>om old "Bellamf 

For. J did my Lord 

DM. You ire welcome: take your place; 
Are you acquainted with the difference 
That hold* this prefent qucflion in the Court. 

Par. 1 am enformed throughly of the caufe 
Which is the Merchant hcere? and which the lew? 

K. Anthonto and old Sbviock*. both ftand forth. 

For. Is your name StytotJg ? 

Ittf. Sbjleckg i > fny name. 

for. Of a (rrange nature is the futt you follow* 
Yet in fuch rule, that the Venetian Law 
Cannot impugnc you as you do proceed. 
You fhnd within his dangcr.do you not? 

Ant. l,fohefayes. 

Par. DoyouconfcfTetkebond? 

Ant. I do. 

Par. TheomuftthelewbemercifuJL 
Itw. Oo what compulfton muft 1 ? Tell me that. 
Par The quality of mercy is not ftrain'd, 
It droppeth as the gent le rainc from heauen 
Vpon the place beneath. It u twice bielt, 
ftbleffeih him that giues, and him that takes, 
Tismightieft in the mightieft, it becomes 
The throned Monarch better then his Crown?. 
Hii Scepter fliewcs the force of temporal! power, 
The attribute to awe and Maieftie, 
Wherein doth fit the dtead and feare of Kings : 
But mercy is aboue th'rs fccptred fway, 
It it enthroned in the heaus of Kings, 
It is an attribute to God himfelfe; 
An4 earthly power doth then (hew liked Gods 
When mere ic feafons iuftice. Therefore lew, 
Though luOice be thy plea, confider this. 
That m the courfe of luftice.none of 
Should fc (aluation : we do pray for mercie. 
And that fame prayer, doth teach vs all to render 
The deeds of mtrcit. 1 haue fpoke thus much 
To mittigate the iufticc of thy plea : 
Which ifthou follow, this fhic3 courieof Venice 
Mutt needes giue lenience 'gain ft the Mctchzni there. 

Sly. My deeds vpon my nead, I aaue the Lav/, 
Thepcnaltie and forjfcite ot'my bond. 

Per. lihenotabktodifcharge the money 

Baf. Ye, heere I lender it for him In the Court 
Yea, twict the fnmme, if that will not fuffice, 
! will be bound to pay it ren times ore, 
On forfeit of my hands, my head^rny heart 
If this will not fuffice, it muft apptare 
That malice beares downe truth. And 1 befcech you 
Wr eft once the Lew toyour authority, 
To do a great right, do a little wrong, 
And curbe this cruel! diuell of his will. 

Par. It muft not be, there is no p owes in Venice 
Can alter a decree eRaolifhed > 
Twill be recorded for a Prefidcnr, 



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The ^Merchant of Venice. 



And many an error by the (ame example, 
Will rufh into the ftate: It cannot be. 

Jew. A D<*nelcamt to iudgemem, yea a DanitL 
O wife young ludge, how do I honour thcc. 

far. I pray you In me look e vpon the bond . 

Int. Heere 'us moft rcoctend Do&or.heere iti's. 

Par. Sbyltxfy, there's thrice rfy manie offered chee. 

Sty An oath, an oath, ) haue an oath in heaucn 
Shall I by periurie vpon my foule ? 
No not for Venice. 

far. Why this bond isTorfeit. 
And lawfully by this the lew may claime 
A pound of flefh, to be by him cut off 
Neercft the Merchants heart ; be merciful!, 
Take thrice thy money, bid me tcare the bond 

lev> When it is paid according ro the tenure. 
li doth appcare you are a woithy Judge : 
you know the Law, your expofition 
Rath beenc tnoft found. 1 chargeyou by the I aw. 
Whereof you are a weii.defcruinq pillar, 
Proceede to judgement : By my Tonic I fweare. 
There is no power in the tongue of man 
To a!Ur me; 1 Ray hccre on my bond. 

An. Moftheartily 1 do befeech ihe Court 
Togiuelhe iudgeroenl. 

Per. Why then thus ii&: 
you mull prepare yonrbofome for his knife. 

few O noble Judge, O excellent yong man. 

Par. Fot the intent and purpofe of the L aw 
Hath full relation to the penahie, 
Which heere appeared) due vpon the bond. 

le. Tis verie true : O wife and vpnght Tudge, 
How much more elder art thou then thy lookes ? 

POT. Thefore lay bare your bofome. 

/<?* I.hisbreft, 

So fayei the bond, doth it not noble ludge ? 
Neereft his heart, thofe are the very words. 

Par It is fo : Are there ballance heere to weigh the 
flefh? 

lew. 1 hauc them ready. 

Par. Haue by fome Surgeon Sfyhel^on your charge 
To flop his wounds, lead he fhould bleede to death. 

lew Tt is not nominated in the bond ? 

Prr It is not fo exprefl : but what of that ? 
Tweregood you do 10 much for charuie. 

/en. ] r anno t finde it, 'tis not in the bond. 

ptr. Come Merchant, haue you any thing to fay t 

jltit. Bt-tlictle : I am arm'd and wellprepar d. 
Clue me your hand Bafamo^ fare you well. 
Grecue not that 1 am faint- to this for you : 
For heerein fortune fhtwes her fdfe more kinde 
Thenisbercuflome. It is Rill her vfe 
To let the wretched man out- hue his wealth, 
To view with hollow eye, and wrinkled brow 
An ageofpoucrcy. From which iingring penance 
Of fuchmifcrie, doth fhe cut me off; 
Commend me to your honourable Wife, 
Tel) her the procefle of dntkoniei end : 
Say how I lou'dyou ; fpeakc mefaire in death : 
And when the tale is told, bidliet be judge, 
Whether Baffaita had not once % Lout : 
Repent not you thsi you fhall loofe your friend. 
And he repents not chat he payes your debt. 
For if the lew do cut but deepe enough, 
lie pay it \nihntly, with all my heart. 
"B/tf. ditthgnio. \ am married to a wi fe. 



Which is as dear tome as life it felfe, 
But life it felfc.my wifc,and all the world. 
Are not with me efteem'cl aboue thy life. 
1 would loofe all, I facrifice them all 
Heere to this deuill, to ddiuer you 

P* Your wife would giue you little thanks for that 
If fhe were by to heare you make the o0er. 

Cm I haue a wife whom I proteA I louc , 
1 would (he were in hcautn, fo fhe could 
I ntreat fome power to change thb currifh lew. 

Ner Tis well you offer it behrnde her backe, 
The vi fh would make elfe an vnquiet houfe. (ter 

/w.Triefe be the Chriftian huibands:! haue a daugb- 
Would any of the fiocfcc of 'Earroko, 
Had beene her husband,rather then a Chrifliao. 
We tiifletime.I pray theepurfue fen tence 

Per . A pound of that (amc raarchants flefti is thine, 
The Court awards it.and the law doth giue it. 
lew Moft rightful! fudge. 

w. And you rnufl cut this flefh from off his bread - 
The Law allowes it.and the Court awards it. 

/. Moft learned Iudge,a fentence,come prepvrc. 
for. Tarry a liule.cherc is fomething elfe, 
This bond doth giue thee heere no iot of blond , 
The words exprefly area pound of flefh : 
Then take thy bond.tak e thou thy pound of flf (h, 
But in the cuninglt.ifthou dofi fhed 
One drop of Chriftian bJoud.thy lands and goods 
Are by the I awes of Venice confifcate 
Vn:o tlic ftate of Venice. 

Cjra O vpnght ludg, 
Marke lew,olearned ludge. 
Shy Jsihatthelaw 
For Thy Pelfe fhall uVe the Ad: 
For asihou vrgeA iuflice, beaflufd 
Thou fhalt hauelufiice more then rhou defueft. 
Crtt O learned fudge.msrk 1ew,a learned Judge. 
lew. 1 take this offer than ,pay the bond thrice, 
Am) let the Chrifrhn gee. 
'Baf. Heere the money. 

Per. Soft,the lew fhail haue all iuffice, foft.no haOe. 
He fhall haue nothing but the penalty. 
Gra. O Iew.au vpnght ludgc.a learned ludge. 
Per. Therefore prepare thee to cut orTthc flefh . 
Shed thou no blood, nor cut thou IcfTe nor more 
But tuft a pound of flefh: if thou tak'ft more 
Or idle then a tuft pound, be it fo much 
As makes it light or heauy in the fubfianc* , 
Or the deuifion of the twentieth pan 
Of one poorc fcruple.nay if the fcale doeturne 
But in tlie eftimatioji of a hayre , 
Thou dicft , and all thy goods arc confifcate. 

Gra A fecond /)*?>/, a Daniel lew. 
Now infidell 1 haue thee on the hip. 

for. Why doth the Jew paufe.take thy forfeiture. 
shy. Giue me my principall.and tel me goe. 
af. I haue it ready for ihce.heere it is. 
Par. He hath refus'd it in the open Court, 
He fhail hauemcerly iufticeand his bond. 

Cra, A Daaifl ftill fay I,a fecond Daniel, 
1 thanke thee lew for teaching me that word. 
Sh Shall I not haue barely my principal!? 
Par. Thou (halt hauc nothing but rhe forfeiture, 
To be taken fo at thy peril! lew. 

Sky. Why then the Deuill giue him good of it 
lie ftey no longer queftion. 

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For. Tirry lew, 

The Law hath yet %nother hold on you. 
It iscnicltel in the L.iwes of Venice , 
Ificbcproutdagamfl an Alien, 
That by dlfift.or tndircft attempt* 
He feck* the nfe of any Citizen , 
The party gatnfl t)c which he doth contriue , 
Shall fcsze one hslfe his goods,the other hslfe 
C*vres to the priuie cofref of the State , 
And the offen<krs life lies in the mercy 
Of the Duke onely, gainfl oil' other voice, 
In which piedicamcm I fay tSou fhndlt : 
For it appcares by manifcft proceeding, 
That indirectly, and dircAJy to; 
Tbouhaft corttnu'd againfl the very life 
Of t hi defendant : *nd thou haft ineor'd 
The danger formerly by rere?iearft. 
Downe ttwrcfore.and beg mercy of the DuRe. 

Crt. Beg that thou maift haucleauc to hang thy fclfv.-, 
And y thy wealth being forfeit to the ftace, 
Thou haft not left the value of i cord, 
Therefore thou rouH be hang'd at ihe flate* charge. 

'Dakj That thou (halt fee the difference of our fpitit , 
I pardon tbeeiby life before thou ajkeii: 
Forha!fethyviea];h,t is Amtbomti, 
The other ha fe comes to the generall fore, 
Which humblcnefte may driue vnto a fine. 

far. \ for (he ftatc.not for A*tkmto. 

Shy, Ny,ta!fe my life and all.pardon not thai, 
You take my houfe.whcn you do take the prop 
That doth4uft*inemy houfe : you take my liic 
When you doe take the meanci whereby 1 Itus. 

Pot What mercy can you render Mm Aatboeiot 

gra. A halterjr^iM.nothing elfe fofGodt fake 

Ant. So plcafe myXord the Duke, and all the Court 
Tc quit the fine for one hilfe of his goods, 
I am content : (o he will let me hauc 
Theocher halfe in vfe, to render it 
Vpon his death, vnto the Gemlerran 
That lately ftolc hi i daughter. * 

Two thing* prouided more.that for this fauour 
Hcptefently become a Chtiftian : 
The othcr.that Jie doe record a gift 
Heere tn the Court ofaJl he dies poflfeft 
Vnto his foniie /rn>t.nd his daughter. 

Data H c (hall dor this, or clfe I doe recant 
The pardonthat 1 late pronounced heerc. 

Per. Art thoo contented lew? what doH thou fay? 

5^7. 1 am content. 

Per, Clarke, draw a deed of gift. 

Sty. I pray yon piuc roe reauc to goe from hence . 
I am not well, fend the deed after me. 
Aodlwitlfignei;. 

D*ke- Get thVe gone,but doe 'it* 

Cr. In chriftning thou fhalt haue two godfathers, 
Had I been iudgejthou fhouJdfthauc hid ten more* 
To bring thce to the gallowes , not t o the font. Exit. 

T>*. Sic I intrearyou with me home to dinner. 

Pr. I humbly doe defire yourOrace of pardon, 
I tnuft away this night toward Padua, 
And it is mfcre I preCently let forth. 

T)u^, I arn forry chat yovr leyfure feruei you oor : 



Fw in my muufe yott^r^moch btiurd to htm. 

Evft Duty art bf,<H**t. 
'Bafl. Moft worthy gentleman,! tiftd my friend 



Haue by your wifcdoroebeene tiiis day acquitted 
Of greeuoui penalties, in'lieu whereor, 
Three choufaiid Ducats due vnto the lew 
We freely copeyour ciKteous paines wkhaV. 

An. And ftand indebted ouer and aboue 
In lout and fcruice to you cuerrr.ore. 

Par. Heis well paid that is well fatisfied, 
And Idclrueringyon, amfti>fied, 
And therein doe account my fclfe well paid, 
My mihde was neuer yet more merelnaiie. 
1 pray you know me when we inecte again?, 
I wim you well.and fo J take o>v kaue. 

Bag. Dearefir.of fore* IrnuA attempt you further. 
Take fome remembrance ofVs at a tribute, 
Not as fee : grant me two thing;, I pray you 
Not to denie me, and to pardon me. 

P-tr. You prefle mee ftrrc.snd therefore I will yecJd, 
Giuemeyour gloues, lie vvear* them for your fake, 
And for yout loue lie take this ring from you, 
Doe nvt draw backe your hand, tie takeno more, 
And you in loue fltall not deny me this ? 

"Bajf. This ring good fu.alas it is a trifle, 
I will not fhamc my felfe to giue you this. 

Per. I wi! hauc nothing elfc but onely chit, 
And now methinkes I haue a rurnde to k. 

B*f There's more depends on this ihcn on the ralew, 
The dearcfl ring in Venice will I giue you, 
And finde it out by proclamation, 
Onely for this I pray you pardon me. 

For. I fee (ir you are hberall in offers , 
You taught me firtt to beg. and now me thVntw 
You teach me how a beggar fljould be anfwer'd, 

"Saf. Goodfir,thjjrinpwa$giuenmebymy wife, 
And when (he put it on, flic made me vow 
That 1 fho'jld neither fell, nor gtue.nor lofelt. 

Ftr. That fcufc feruc* many men to faue their glfjf, 
And if your wife be not a mad v* oman, 
And know how well I haue deferu'd this ring, 
Shee would not hold out enemy for euer 
For giuing it to me : well, piace be with you. Em*t. 

A*t. My L ."Sajjjnt,lti him haue : he rng, 
Let hisdeCcrumgi and my loac withall 
Be valued againft youv wiues commandcment. 

Baff, Goe Grttimefun and ouer-take him j 
Giue htm the ring, and bring him if thou canft 
Vnto AtthoHiQi houle.away .mike hafle. Exit Guti. 
Come, you and I will thither pwfently, 
And in the morning early will we born 
Flie toward "Stlmmt, come dttbemo. Extpm. 



Enter Tffrtii . 

Par. Enquire the lewes houfc out, giue him this deed, 
And let him figre it, wee II away to night, 
And be a day before our husbands home : 
This deed" will be well welcome to Lermt4. 

fitttr (Jratian. 

Gra. Faire (ir,you are well ore-tanc J 
My L.Bafixto vpon more aduice , 
Hath tent you heerethis ring, and ioth intreat 
Your company at dinner. 
Per. That cannot b 5 
His ring I doe accept rcofl thankfully 
Aod fo I pray you cell him : furthermore, 
I pray you (he w my yotithdd Stybtktt houfe. 
Gra. That will I doc. 
Ntr. Sir, I would fpeake with you i 

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[It fee if 1 tan get my husbands ring 

Which I did make him fweare to[ke*pefor<;uer 

Per. Thou maid I warrantee ftial hu old,fwesring 
Thai they did glue the riog sway to men ; 
But weele out. face them ,and out-fweare them to : 
Away.makehafte.tbouknow ft where 1 will tiny* 
Ner. Corns good fit, will you (hew me u> this hovjfc. 



Quinius. 



Enter Lorenzo and /efiica. 

Lor- The moone/hinc * bright. In fucb a night as this, 
Whto dtc fweet wmde did gently kifle the trees, 
And they did make no nnyfe.in fuch a night 
Troittti me tbinkes mounted the Troian wails, 
And figh'dhii foule toward the Grecian tents ^ 

Where Crtftdhy thai night. 

//! In fucn a night 

Did Tkubu frarefully ort-trip thi dewe, 
And faw the Lyons (hadovf ere liunltlft . 
And ranne difoiayed away. 

LATIH. In fuch a night 
Stooo T)ido with a Willow in her hand 
Vpon r .he wilde fea banke*,and waft her Loue 
To come againe to Carthage 

lef Inluch a night 
Medea gathered the in chanted htarbs 
That d-d renew old Efcu. 

Laren. In fuchs night 
Did Jefliea fteale from the wealthy kwc, 
A>id *wh an Vnthnfi Louc did nionerrom Venire, 
As farre asBelmom. 

ftf. In fuch a night 

Did young LorensA fweare he lou'd her well, 
Stealing her foule with many vowes ot faith 
Andnereacrucone. 

Lfta. In fucn a night 
Did pretty lt[ftco(\\\it a little (Wow) 
Slander her Lone.aiid he forgiue it her. 

Itffi.- \ would out-night you did no body come : 
But hacke^ hcare the footing of a man. 

Enter Mifftr.^er. 

Lfr. Who corocifo fart in lilenct of the night? 

Mt(. Afrieod. (friend? 

Lore* A rriend,whit friend <* your name I pr jy you 

"hltf Sitfhiuto is my ndnie,and I bring word 
My Miftrcfle will before the btcake of dy 
Be heere at Belmont.fhe doth dray about 
By holy croifet where (Ke kneeles and prayes 
For happy wedlocke hourc*. 

Leren, \Vho come* with her ? 

Mtf. None bur a holy Hermit and her maid : 
] pray you (t my Maflet yet vntum'd ? 

Laren. He is not.nor we hauc not heard from him. 
But goe we in 1 pray thee icfiu, 
And cefemonioufly let vs vs prepare 
Some welcome for theMiftreffe of the houfe, 

Inter Clowns. . ,' 

Clo. So!a,foU.wohaho,fola,fola. 



(fola, 



Lena. Who calls? 

Clo. Sola.did you fee 

Lor* Leaue hollowing man>eexe. 

Clo. Sola, whae, where ? 

Lor. Heere? 

Clo. Tel him ACT'S a Poft come from my Mafter.witS 
his home foil of good oewoi^ny Mafter wilt be here ere 
morning f wee J foule. 

Laren. Let's inland there expcdtbeii commjng. 
And yet DO matter : why (hould we goe in? 
My friend Stephen, figmfie pray you 
With in the hoafe.y our Miftrefle is ac hand , 
And bring your mufique footth into the syre. 
How fweet the moone-light fleepes vpoo th ba/ikc, 
Heere will we fu,*nd let the founds of muficJcc 
Creepe in our cares foft fliJne$,and the night 
Become the tutches of fweet harmonic : 
Sit leffica, looke how the floore of heauen 
Is thicke inlayed with pattens of bright gold , 
There's not the fmaileft orbe which thou beholdft 
But in his motion like an Angell fings, 
Still quiting to the young eyed Cherubms ; 
Such hajmonie is in immortal! foules, 
But wbilft this muddy vcfturc of decay 
Doth grofly dofe in it, we cannot heare it : 
Come hoe.and wake 2)ia,i with a hymne , 
With fweeteft tutches pearce your M:ftre(Te eaie, 
And draw her home withmuficke. 

Ifffi. I am neuer merry when I heare Tweet mufiqur 



Ltrr. The reafon is, your fpirits are attenuue ; 
For doe but note a wilde and wanton heard 
Orraceofyouthfuland vohandlrd colt, 
perching mad bounds .bellowing and neighing !oud. 
Which is the hot condition of their bloud, 
If they but heare perchance* trumpet found, 
Or anv ayre of muiicke touch their cares, 
You (hall perceiue t hem make a mutual! ftand, 
Their fau'age eyes turn'd to a modeft gaze, 
By the fweet power of muficke : dierefore th* Poet 
Did faine that Orpheiu drew trees,flones,and floodi. 
Sincenaupht fo ftocki{h^ud,and full of rige, 
But mufiche for time doch change his nature, 
The man that hath no muficke in himfeife, 
Nor it not moued-wilh concord of fweet founds^ 
Is fit for treafcns,ftratagcms,aad fpoyles, 
The morions of his fpiril are dull as night, 
And his sffcdions darke urc6iu t 
Let no fuch man be uufted : marke the mud eke 

Enter Partu a*dJVtmfi 

P&. That light we fee is burning in rny hall: 
How ram that fittle candeJl throwes his bearnes, 
So (nines a good deed in anaughty world. (die? 

A/ir. When the mooot (hone w did not fee the can 
Per. So dolh the greater glory dim theldfe, 
A fubAitule fhines brightly as a King 
Vntill a King be by, and then his ftafe 
Empties it felfe,as doth an inland brooks 
Into the maifle of waters : mufique.hatke. 
A/rr. It is your muficke Madame of the houfe 
for Nothing is good I fee without refpect, 
Met hinkes it founds much fweetcr incn by day ? 
A/rr. Silence beftowestharvertue on it Madnm 
'for. TheCrow dolh4ing w fweetlya* h larke 

When 



The 3tferckmtofFenice* 



I8 3 



When neither i attended : and I thinke 
The Nightingale if fas &ould fingby day 
When cuery Goofc is cackling, v-'ouid be thought 
No better a Mufitian, then the Wrtn : 
How many things by feafon, feafon'd a f e 
To their right praife, and uue prrfeAior) 9 
Peace, how the M oooe fleepej with Endimion, 
Aod would not be awak'd 



Lor, That is the voice, 
Or I am much deceiu'd of Pert/a. 

7<r. He kno we* me as rho blinde man KrtoWei the 
Cockow by the bad voice?. 

tur. Deere Lady welcome home* 

for. We haue bene praying for our hi* bsndcAvelfftte 
Whkh fpced we hope the better for oar words, 
Are they retum'd? 

* Lor. Madam, they arenpcye*:. 
But there is come a M cfiengei before 
To fignifte their camming. 

Par. Go in frerrijfit, 
Qiue order to my leruants, that they take 
No note at all of our being abfem hence, 
Nor you Lcrent.6, f</ic<t nor you. 



Lor. Your husband is at band, 1 heare his Trumpet, 
We are no tell-tales Madam.feare younou 

Per. This night me thinkes js but the daylight ficke, 
It lookes aliult paler, 'tis a day, 
Such as the day ts,when the Sun is hid. 



E*f. We (hould hold day with the AntJpodeJ, 
If you would walke in abfcnceofthefunne- 

frr, Let me gioc light, but Jet me not be light* 
For a light wifodoth make a hraujc husband, 
And nttier be 2/sjf.ow fo for rat, . 
But God fort all; you are welcome homeroy Lord. 

Baf I tbankeyouMadtosgiuewelcomtotny friend 
This is the man, this is Antlmtit, 



To whom I arn/o infinitely bound. 

Per. You (hould in all fence be much bound to him, 
For as I beare he was much bound for you. 

jinth. No more then I am wel acquitted of. 

Per. Sir, you arc verie welcome to our houfe : 
Tt muft appeare Irf ether water tb*n words, 
Therefore I fcant this breathing curtefie. 

Gra. By yonder Moone I fweare you do me wrong, 
Infaith I gaue it to the Judges Clearkc, 
Would he were gel t that had it for my part, 
Siacc you do take it Loue fo much at hart, 

Per. A quarrel hoe alreadie, what's the matter f* 

Cra, About a hoope of Gold.a paltry Sing 
That flic did giue me, whofe Poefie was 
For all the world like Cutlers Poetry 
Vpon a knire ^Louem^aa^leouermenor. 

Her. What talke you of the Poefie ot the valew: 
You fwore to me when I did glue it you, 
That you would weare it til the houre of death, 
And that it (hould lye with you in yout f raue, 
Though not fdr me, yet for your vehement oaths, 
You (hould haue beene refpcftiue and haue kept it* 
Caue it a fudges Clearke: but wel I know 
The Clearke wil nerc wearc hairs on's race that bad if. 



Gr*. HewU,andifheliuetobetman. 

fftrrif*. I,if*#oinanutietobeaman. 

Cra. Now by this hand I gaue it to a ycutii. 
A kind* of boy, little fcrubbed boy, 
No highe then thy ielfc, the Judges Clcorke; 
A prating boy that begg d it as a Fee, 
I could not for my heart deny it him. 

*r. You were too blame, I mufl be plalne wltn Vu 
To part fo (lightly with your wiues hrft gift, 
A thing rtucke on with oathes vpon your Unget 
And fo riueted with faich vnio your He{h, 
I gaue my Loue a Ring, and made him fweartf, 
Neuer to part with it, and heere he (lands < 
I dare be fworne for him, he woild not Icsue it, 
Norpluckejtfrornrmfinger.forchewefthb 
That the world matters. Now in fakh Gr*titm+ 
You giueyour wifetoo vnkinde acaufcof gretfe^ 
And twcre to me I (hould be mad at it 

'Baff. Why I were beftto cut my left hand otf, 
And fweare I loft the Ring defending it, 

Grt. My Lord Hafuuo gaue his Ring away 
Vnto the ludgc that beg'd it, and indeede 
Deferu'dit too : and then the SoyhisClearke 
Thsc tooke Tome paines in writing, he begg'd mine; 
And ney ther man nor mailer would take ought 
But the two Rings. 

Ptr. Whit Ring gaue you my Lord ? 
Not that I hope which you receiu'd of me. 

"Sa/p. Iflcouldaddealievntoafault, 
I would deny it i but you fee my finger 
Hath not the Ring vpon it, it is gone. 

for. Eiien fo odc is your fcJie heart of truth. 
By heauen I wil nerc come in your bed 
VntillfeetheRiog. 

JV>. Nor 1 in yours,til I agaihe fee nrine. 

B*f Sweet Portia, 

If you did fcnow to whom I gaue the Ring, 
If you did know for whom Igaue the Ring, 
And would conceiue for what I gaue cheRing. 
And how vn willingly I left the Ring, 
When nought would be accepted but the Ring, 
You would abate the flrength of your difclcafure? 

Per. If you had koawne the venue otthe Ring, 
Or halfe her worthinefie that gaue the Ring, 
Or your owne honour to contain* the Ring, 
You would not then haue parted with the Ring t 
What man is thtre fo much vnreafonable, 
Ifyou had pleas'd to haue defended it 
With any termes of Zeale : wanted the modeflie 
To vrge the thing held as a ceremonie : 
ffemfP* teaches me what to beleeue, 
He die for't , but fomc Woman had the Ring ? 

"Baf. No by mine honor Madam, by my foule 
No Woman had it, but* ciuillDodot, 
Which did refufe three thoufand Ducates of roe. 
And beg'd the Ring; the which I did denie him. 
And ftmer'd him to go dilpleas'd away : 
Euen he that had held vp the verie life 
Of my deere friend. What fliould I fay fweetc ltdyi 
I was inforc'd to fend it after him, 
I wasbefet with ihame and curtriie, 
My honor would not let ingratitude 
Somuch bcfmeareit. Pardon me good Lady, 
And by thefe blefled Candles of the night, 
Had you bene there, I thinke you would haue beg'd 
The Ring of me, to giue the worthie Doctor ? 

Q.JT Pff. 



184- The Merchant of Venice* 


PIT. Let not that Doctor ere come neere my houfe, 
Since he bath got the lewcll tbac 1 loued, 


for* Speske not fo grofrely.you are all amaz'd 
Heere is a letter, reade ic acyour leyfure, 


And that which you didfweare to kecpe for me, 
I will become as liberal) as you, 
lit not deny him any thing I Itsue, 
No.not my body, nor my hutbands bed : 
Know him 1 (hall, 1 am well fureofit. 


It comes fromPadua from "Sellario , 
Thereyou (hall ilnde that Pcrrw wss theDoftoc , 
Herri/a there her CUike. Lonnxokeere 
Shall wiux-ffe I fet fooh as foor.e as you, 
And but eu'n now returrfd: I haue not ytc 


Lie not a night from home. Watch melike Argos, 


Entred my houfr. Anthoaiayo^ are welcome. 


If you doe not, if I be left alone, 
Now by mine honour which n yet mine ownc. 
He haue the Do&or for rwy bedfellow. 
Ntrriffa. And I his Cl jrkc-.fherefore be well aduls'd 


And I haue better oewa in (tore for you 
Then you expe : vnieak this letter foone. 
There you (hall finde three of your Argofi*s 
Are richly come to harbour fodamlie. 


How you doe leaue me to mine owne protection. 
</><a. W cll.doc you fo : Itt not me tak him then. 


You (hall not know by what ftrange accident 
I chanced on chb letter. 


For if I doe. Ue mar the ywng Clark* pen. 


Antbo. lamdumbe. 


Ara. 1 am th'vntunpy fubica of tbefc quarrels. 
Par. Sit f grieuenc*you 


Ttaff. Were ypu the Doaor.and I knew you not ? 
GTA. Were yog the Clark AM is tomakemecucitold. 


You ate welcome notwithftandine. 


Nrr. I,buttheCkrkthatneuermeanestodoeir, 


Saf. torn*, forgi ue me t hit enforced wt ong, 


VnlefTe he liue vntill he be a man . 


And in the hearing of ihefe manie fiicnds 
I fwearetothce,cunby thine owne faire eyes 
Wherein 1 fee my fclfe 
Par. Marke you but that? 
In both my ryes he doubly feeshimfclfe : 


Saf (SweetOoaor)you(r>allbemybedf(IIow, 
When I am abfrnt.theo lie with my wife. 
Am. ("S wee s Ladie)you haue giuen mo life & liui ng ; 
For hccre I reade for ccrtaine that my Ihipa 
Are fefelie come to Rode. 


In each eye onc.fweare by your double (Vlfe, 


Per. How now Lereivui* 


And there's 40 oath of credit 

Saf. Nay, but heart me. 


My Clarke hath fome good comforts to for you 
ffer. l.and Ik giue them him without* fee 


Pardon this rault, and by my foule I fweare 
I neuer more will breake an oath with thee. 


Tiierc doe I giue to you and feffc* 
From the rich lewe, a fpeciall deed of grfc 


Aath. I ooce did lend my bodie for thy wealth, 
Which but fot htm that had your husband* ring 
Had quite mifcarried. I dare be bound agamc, 


After hi* death, of all he dies poffcff d of. 
Lersn. Faire Ladies you drop Manna in the way 
OTOarued people. 


My foule vpon the forfeit, lhac you r Lord 
Will neuer more breake faith aduifedlie 
Par. Then you Qiall be his furetie : giue him this, 


Per. It is almpft morning, 
And yet I am Cure you are not fatisfied 
Ofthefeeuenwatfull. Letvsgoein. 


And bid him keepe it better then the other. 
Ant. Heere Lord 2fc/wo t fwcar to keep this ting. 


And charge vs there vpon inter g at oriej. 
And w will anfwer all things faithfully. 


Bf$. By heauen it is the fame I gaue the Do&oi 


Cra. Lethbefo.thefimintergatocy 


far. I had rt ofhim : pardon TZ^ffcm*, 


That my Nrrrijfc (hall b fwotne on, it. 


For by this ring the Doctor lay with m*. 
Ntr, And pardon me my gentle Grata*), 
Tot that fame fcrubbed boy the Do6ror Clarke 


Whethertill the next night (he had rather (ray. 
Or goe co bed, row being rwohoorei to day. 
But were the day come, I (hould wi(K it darke . 


In Hew of this, laft night did lye with me 


Till I were couching with the Doctors Clarke. 


Cra. Why thisislikethemendingof highwaies 
)nSommer,where the waits are faire enough . 
What, are we Cuckolds ere we haue defetu'd it. 


Well, while i liue, lie fare no other thing 
So forces keeping fa ft Nemffa ring. 
Exawn. 




FINIS. 


i 




As you Like it. 



rimus. Sccena Tnma. 



Eater Orlando and Adcm. 

Orlando. 

S I remember A&vn, it W3J vpon this fafhion 
bequeathed me by will, but poore a thoufand 
Crownei, and as tbou fift , charged my bro- 
ihev.onhis blefling to breed mee well : and 
there begins my fadncflc : My brother faqiuj he keepes 
at fchoole , and report fpeakes goldenly of his profit 
for my part.he keepes me ruftically at home,or(to fpcak 
more properly) ftaies me hecrc at home vnkept : for call 
you that keeping for a gentleman of my birth,' thatdif- 
.fcrs not from the flailing of anOxe? his hotfcs arc bied 
better, for befidcs that they are fairc with their feeding, 
they are tanght their mamuge , and to tht end Riders 
deerely hir'd : butl (his brother) gainc nothing vnder 
him but growth , for the which his Animal* on his 
dunghil 5 are as much bound co him as I : betides this no- 
thing that he fo plentifully giuesme.thefomethiiig that 
nature gauc mee , his countenance feemes to take from 
me : hec lets mec fccdc with Kis Hindcs, barres mee the 
place of brother, and as much as in htm lies, mines my 
gentility with my education. Thii is it t^dom that 
grieues me, and the fpirit of my Father , which I think* 
tswidunmee , begins to mutinieagainft this feruitude. 
{will no longer endure it, though yet I know DO wife 
remedy how to auoid it. 

Enter Otiner. 

A/Lux. Yonder comes my Mafler,your brother. 

QrlA*. Goe a-part Adam, and thou (halt hcarc how 
hewillftiskcmevp. 

Oli. Now Sir, what make you heeie? 

Orl. Nothing: I amtiot taught to make any thing. 

Oli. What mar you then fir? 

Or/. Marry fit , I am helping you to mar that which 
God made , a poore vn worthy brother of yours with 
idleneflc. 

Q!iucr. Marry fit be better employ cd,ar.d be naught 
* while. 

Orion. Shall I keepe your hogs, and cat hushes with 
them? what prodigall portion haue I fpent,that I (hould 
come to fuch penury ? 

Oii. Know you where you are fir? 

Orl. O fir,very well: heere in ycur Orchard. 

Oli. Know you before whom fir ? 

Or{. I, better then him I am before knowes mee j 
know you arc my eldeft brother, and in the gentle con- 
dition ofbloud you (hould fo know me:the courtefie of 
nations allowes you my better , in that you are the firft 
borne,but the fame tradition takes not away my bloud, 
were there twenty brothers betwixt v$ :I haue as much 



of my father in mee, at you, albeit I confcflcyour com- 
ming before me is newer to his reucrencc 

Oli. What Boy. flhll . 

Orl. Come,comc elder brother, you are too yon gin 

Oli. Wilt thou lay hands-on me villain? ? 

Orl. lamnovlllame: I amiheyongcftfonfie of Sjr 
Ravlar.dde "Sejtfre v/as my father, and he it thrice a vil- 
laine thavfaies fuch a father begot villaines : wcrt thou 
notmy brother, I wo<ild not take this fifand from ihy 
throat, till this other had puld out thy tongue for laying 
fb,thou haft raild on thy ielfe. 

Adam. Sweet Maflets bee patient, for your Fathers 
remembrance, be at accord. 

Oli. Let me goe 1 fay, 

Orl. IwilJnottilllpleaff :you (hill Tiearfc mee : my 
father charg'd you in his will to giuc me good educati- 
on : you haue train'dmelibcapczam, obfcuring and 
hiding from me aU gentleman-like qualities : the fpjric 
of rny'father growes ftrong in mec, and 1 will no Ipr.ger 
endure it : therefore allow me fuch exercifes as may be- 
come a gentleman, orgioe mee the poore allottery my 
father left me by teftament, with that i wiil goe buy my, 
fortunes. 

Ofi. And what wilt thou do ? beg when that it fpem? 
Well fir , get you in . 1 will not long be troubled with 
you : you (hall haue fome part of your will, Jprayyou 
Icaue me: 

Or/. I will nafurthtr ofttnd you,then becomes mee 
for my good. 

Oli. Get you with him.yougldedogge 

Adum. Is old doggc my rewaid : cnoft true , I haue 
loft my teeth in your fcrnic e : God be with my oWe m 
fler,he would not haue fpoke futh a word. Ex.Orl.jid. 

Oli. h it euen fo, begin you to growvpon rnt?I will 
phyficke your rauckcnefle, and y giue no thoufcnd 
crownes neyther : holla "Dennis 
Enter Dennu. 

t)en. Calls your worfhipj*. 

Oli. Was not Ch&hs the Dukci Wrtftler heere to 
ipeakewithme? . 

1)en. So pleafcyou.hcis heere at the dodrc,and im- 
portunes acccflc to you. 

Ofi. Call him in" : 'twill be a good-way; and tomor- 
row the wraftling is. 

Enttr Cha/lei. 

O&a. Good morrow to your woifhip> 

Oh. Good M oonfier Char Us : what* the new oe wet* 
at the new Court ? 

Cbar'tt. There's no newel at the Court Sir, but the 
okkoewes.-that is,theoid Duke it banifhsd by his yon- 
ger brother the new Duke, and three or fourelouing 
C^ ? Lords 






i86 



As you Ufa it. 



.ord luue put thtmfeluea into voluntary exile with 
nim , whole lands and reuenutt emicH the new Duke , 
herrfor*he gmet them good leaue to wander 

of; Can you tell if RofalmJ the Dukes daughter bee 
>anifhed with her Father ? 

CAa O ro for the Du*rt daughter her Cofen fo 
ouei Kcr, being cucr from their Cradles bred together, 
hat Kce would haue followed h*r exile, or haue died to 
flay behind her ; (he i at thcCourt.and no lefle beloued 
of her Vncle.ihen hit owne daughter,and neutr two La- 
dici loued at they doe. 

O/i. Wbere will the old Duke Hue > 
C** They fay hee if already in the Porreft oftsfrttu. 
and a many merry men with him ; and there they liue 
like the old Rtttn HooJofEngUrd. they fay many yong 
Gentlemen flocke to himeoery day . and fleet the time 
carelcfly as they did in the golden world. 

O/i. What , you wraftk to morrow before the new 
Duke, 

(1>4. Marry doe Ifir : and I came to acquaint you 
with a matter : 1 am giuen fir fccretly to vndctftand.that 
your yonger brother Orlando hath a difpofition to come 
in difeuis d agaiofr mee to try a fall : to morrow fu I 
wraftle for my credit , and hee that efcaperme without 
fome broken limbe,fhall acquit him well : your brother 
is but young and tender, and for your loue 1 would bee 
loth to foyle him, ei 1 muft for my ownc honour if hee 
come in : therefore out of my loue to you, I came hither 
10 acquaint you wilhall, that either you rmght flay him 
fiam bit incc-ndment, or brooke fuch difgrace well as be 
(hall tunne into , in thai it is * thing of his owne feaccb , 
and altogether agoinft my will. 

OH. Cbarlst, 1 tbanke thec for thy loue to me, which 
them (halt finde I will moft kindly tequtte : I had my 
fclfc ootJce of my Brothers purpofe hccrcirv,and haue by 
vnder-hsad meant* laboured to diflwide him froout ; 
hut he is refolute. lie tell th*elw/,it K the ftubbor- 
r*ftyon fellow of France, fwll of ambition, an couious 
emulator of euery mans good parts, a fecret & villanous 
cwKtiuer aginft mee his naturall brother : therefore vie 
thy difcreuon.I hadasliefcthou didft brealte hisnecke 
h fioger. And thou wert beft looke to't ; for if thou 
dofthiroanyflightdifgrace.orir hee doe not mightilic 
gMcehimfeJfe on thee , hee will praflifc againft thce by 
poyfon,entrap thee by fome treacherous dcuife,and ne- 
uet leaue thee till he hath tane thy lift by fome indirect 
meaoes or other : for. I aflaie thee , ( and .almoft with 
teares I fpeak* it) there u not one fo young, and fo vil- 
lanous this day liuing. Ifpeake but brotherly of him. 
butfliouldlanathomizchimtorhre, as hee is, I muft 
blufh . and weepe, and thou muft looke pale and 
wonder. 

Cha. \ am heartily glad I came hither to you : if hee 
come to morrow, He giuc him his payment : if euer hee 
goe alone againe, He neuerwradle for prize more: and 
foGod keepe your worfhip. *# 

Farewell good chsrltt. Now will I ftirre this Came- 
flf r : I hope I fhall fee an end of him; foe my foule(yet 
I know not why; hates nothing more then be : yet hee'a 
gentle, neuer fchoofd , and yet learned , full of noble 
det>ifc. of jll forts enchantingly beloued, and indeed 
fo much in the heart of the world, and fpecialh/ of my 
owne people, who beft know him, that I am altogether 
roifptifed : but it (hall not be folong, this wraftlcr (hall 
cleare all : nothing remaines , but that I kindle the boy 
thuher.whtch now He goe about. Exit. 



SccenaSecutida. 



Ctl. 1 pwy thee Rofalind, fweet my Coz,be merry. 

P^ef. DeeuCtlba; I ibow more mirth then lam mi- 
ftreffe of, and would you yet were merrier : vnleffe you 
could teach me to forget abanifbed father,you muft not 
Icarnctnee how to remember any extraordinary plea- 
(we. 

Cel. *!erein I fee thou loo'ftmee not with the full 
waight that 1 loue thee ; if my VncJe thy banifljed father 
bad banifhed thy Vncle the Duke my Father, fothou 
hadf) beene ftill with mee, I could haue taught my low 
o take thy rather for mine ; fo wouldft thou.ifthe truth 
of thy loue to me xvetc fo rightcoufly temper'd, u ftifl* 
is to thee 

Rof. Well, I will forget the condition of my efiate, 
toreioyceinyours 

Cei. You know my Father hath no childe, but I, nor 
none ialiketo haue ; and truely when he dies, thou fhait 
be his heire; for what hee hath taken away from thy fa- 
thcr perforce , 1 will render thee againe in affedion : by 
mine honor I will, and when 1 breake that oath, let mee 
turne monfter .therefore my fweet T(eft , my deare Reft, 
be merry 

Rff. From henceforth I will Coz,aml deuife (port* 
lamefee.what thinke you of falling in Lone? 

Cel. Marry 1 prethee dof.to nuke fport withall: bur 
loue no man in good earneft.nor no further in fpoct ney- 
ther. then with fafeiy of a pure blufh, tboumaiH in ho- 
nor come off againe. 

Rof. W hat fhall be out fport then ? 

Cel. Let vs fit and mocke th good boufw'ife tn- 
tunt from her whcele, that her gifts may henceforth b 
bcftowed equally. 

Rof. 1 would wee could doc fo : for her benefits are 
mightily mifplaced , and the bountiful! blinde woman 
doth moft mifiake in her gifts to women. 

Ctl. Tis true.for thofe that (he makes faire,(he fcarce 
makes honefl. k thoie that (Tie makes honef^ (he make 
very illfauouredly 

Xe/Nay now thou gocft from Fortunes office to Ns 
turcs : Fortune reignes in gifts of the world, not in the 
lineaments of Nature. 

Enter Cl**t 

Cel. No ; when Nature hath made a faire creature . 
may (he not by Foi tune fall into the fire ? though nature 
bath giuen vs wit to flout at Fortune, had} not Fortune 
fern in this foole to cut off the argument ? 

Rtf. Indeed there ts fortune too hard for nature,wheo 
fortune makes natures naturall, the cutter orTof natures 
vmte. 

CeL Peraduenture this is not Fortune* work neither, 
but Natures, who pcrceiueth our naturall wits too dull 
toreafonoffuchcoddcfles, bub fent this Naturall for 
our whetftone . for alwaies the dulnefle of the foole , u 
the whetftone of the wits. How now Witte , whether 
wander you? 

Clnt. MiflrerTe,you muft come away to your father. 

Ctl. Were you made the meffenet r i 

f /< No by mine honor,but I was bid to come for you 



e it. 



187 



Rof. Where learned you that oath foole ? 

Clt. Of a certame Knjghi, that fwore by his Honour 
they were good Pan-cakes, and fwore by hi Honor the 
Muftard was naught : Now He ftand to it.the Pancakes 
were naught, and the Muftard was good, and yet was 
not the Knight forfworne. 

Crl. How ptouc you that in the great heapc of your 
knowledge ' 

Kef. I marry, now tnmuzzle your wifcdome. 

Go. Stand you both forth now: ftroke yourchinnei, 
and fweare by your beards that I am a knauc. 

el. By our beardsfif we had them)thou art. 

Ct. By myknauenc(if I hadit) then i were: but if 
you Iweareby that that is not, you are not forfworn :no 
more was this knight fweanng by his Honor, for he ne- 
uet had anic ; or if he had, he had fworne it away, before 
euer he faw thofe Pancakes.ot that Muftard. 

Ctt. Prethee.whois't that thoo raeans't > 

Clt, One that old Frederick^ your Father loues. 

>?#/"My Fathers loue is fnoughto honor himcnough; 
fpeakeno more ofhim, you'l be whipt for taxation one 
ofthefedaies. 

!. The more pittic that fooles may not fpeak wife~ 
ly.what Wifemendofoolifhly 

CeU By my troth thou Caieft irue : For,fmce the little 
wit that fooles haue was filenced, the little foolerie that 
wife men hauemakcs a great (hew ; Hecrc come* Mon~ 



Enter It Bean. 

Rof. With his mouth full of newei. 

Cit. Which he will put on vs, as Pigeons feed their 
young. 

Tttf. Then flial we be newci-cram'd. 

C'L All the better : we fhalbe the more Marketable. 
TicoH-tatcr Monfitvrle Tie, what f the newcs ? 

(.elltu. FairePrinceffe, 
you haue loft much good fport. 

Cel. Sport : of wnat colour ? 

L 'Ben. What colour Madame ? How (hill I aun- 
fwer you ? 

Rof, As wit and fortune will 

Clt. Or as the deflinies decrees. 

Ctl. Well faid, that was laid on with a trowcU. 
* Clt. Nay>if I keepenot my ranke. 

7(ff. Thou loofeft thy old fmelL 

L Seu. You amaze me Ladies : 1 would haue told 
you of good wraftling,which you haue loft the fight of. 

Rof. Yet tell vs the manner of the Wraftlmg. 

LeTSeu. I wil cell you the beginning .-and if it pleafe 
your Ladjfhips, you may fee the end, for the beft is yet 
to doe, and heete where you are, they are commmg 10 
performcit, 

Ctl. Well, the beginning that is dead and buried. 

Le "Beit. There comes an old man,and his three fons. 

Cl. I could match this beginning with an old tale. 

Le "Beu. Three proper yong,mcn,of excellent growth 
and prefcnce. 

Rof. With bils on their neckes : Beitknownevnto 
all men by ihefe prefents. 

Ls lieu. The eldeft of the three, wraftlcd with Charles 
the Dukes Wraftler, which Charlet in a moment threw 
him, and broke three of his ribbes, that there is little 
hope of life 10 him : So he feru d the fecond, and fo the 
third ; yonder they iie, the poore old man their Father 
making fuch putiful dole ouer them, that all the behol- 



s take his part with weeping. 

Rof. Alas 

Clo. But what ii the fport Monfieur, that the Ladies 
haue toft? 

Le eu. Why this that I fpeake of 

Clt. Thus men may grow wifet euery day- It is the 
fir(t rime that euer I heard breaking of ribbes was fport 
fof Ladies. 

Ctl. Or I, I promtfe thee. 

Rof. But is there any elfe longs to fee this broken 
Muficke in his fides ? Is (here yet another doatet vpon 
rib-breaking ? Shall we fee this wraftling GoA/i? 

LtTSett. You muft if you ftay heere, forheere is the 
place appointed for the wraftlmg, and (hey arc ready to 
pcrformcit. 

CrL Yonder Cure they are commmg Let vs now ftay 
and fee it. 



Flo 



Enter Dukf, Lordi, Orlando, kjrl 
and Attendant i. 



D*kf -Come on.flnce the youth will not be intteated 
His owne peril! on his forwardnefle, 

Raf. Is yonder the man/ 

Le Beit. Euen he, Madam. 

Cel. Alas,heistooyong: yet he looks fucceiTcfully 

Du. How now daughter, and Coufin; 
Are you crept hither to fee the wraftJmg? 

Rof. I- my Liege, fo pleafe you giue vs !eau 

D*. You wi/ take little delight in it, loniellyou 
there is fuch oddes in the man: lupine of the challen- 
gers youth, 1 would foinedifiwtde him, but he will not 
bee enrrc.ated. Speake to him Ladies, fee if you can 
mooue htm. 

Cel. Call him he ther good Monfieuer Lt"Seu 

Duke. Do fo . lie not be by. ' 

Le 'Beu. Monfieur the Challenger, the Piirrcefle call 
for you. 

O/. I attend them with all refped and dune 

Rof. Young man, haue you challeng'd Chariti the 
Wrafller- 

Or/.No fsire Prmceffe : he is the general! challenger, 
I come but in as others do, to try with him the ftrengiii 
of my youth 

Cel. Yong Gentleman, your fpirits are too bold for 
your yeares : you haue feene cruel) ptoofe of this mans 
ftrength, if you faw your felfe with your eics, or knew 
your felfe with your judgment, the feateof your aduen- 
tute would counfel you to a more equall enterpnfe. We 
pray you for your owne fake to embrace your own tafc- 
cic,and gme ouer this attempt. 

Rof. Do yong Sir, your reputation frail not therefore 
be mifprifed : we wil make K our feme to the Duke, that 
the wraftling might not go forward. 

Or/. Ibefeechyou, punifhmee not with youthatdc 
thoughts, wherein I confcffc me much guiltie to dcnie 
fofaireand excellent Ladies ante thing. But let your 
faireeies, and genrle wtfhes gowithmee to my triall; 
wherein if 1 bee foil'd> there is but one frum'd that was 
ncuer gracious ; ifWd, but one dead that is willing 10 
befo: Ifhall do my friends no wrong. for I haue none to 
lament me:the world no iniurie.for m it I haue nothing: 
onely in the world I fil vp a place, which may bee better 
fupplierl, when I haue made it emptie. 

Rof. The little ftrengtb that I haue, I would it ver 
with you. 

Ctt 



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Ctl. And mine to ecke out hen. 

%1 Fare you well :praic heaucn I be tkce iu'd to you. 

Cel. Your hearts dcfires be with you. 

Char. Come, where is'this yong gallant, that n fo 
dcfuous to lie with his mother earth / 

Ort. Readle ir,bin hn will hath in ic a more modeft 
working. 

DH. You fhall trie but one fall 

Cha. No, I warrant your Grace you (hair pot entreat 
him to a fecond, that hauc fo mightilic pcrfwaded him 
from afirft. 

Orl. You me ane to mocke me after : you fliould not 
hzue mockt me before : but come your waiei. 

t(of. Now Hrrculcj. be thy fpcctle yong man. 

Cil. I would Ivsercmuifiblc/ocatch the ftrong fel- 
low by the legge tTraJllt 

Rf. Oh excellent yong man. 

fit. lflhadatbundcrbo.lt ipmmceiejcintell who 
{hould downc, Soe*t 

Ditk- No more, no more. 

Orl. Yes I befccch your Grace, I am not yet well 
breath'd. 



Lt Btu. He cannot fpeake my Lord 

Dukj Bearchimawaie: 
What is thy name yong man ? 

Orl. Orla*dt my Licgc, the yongefi fonne of Sir Ro- 
land dt Boy t. 

Dn( I would thou hadfl beene fon to fome. man elfe, 
The world cfteem'd thy father honourable, 
Butldidfindehim ftillminecnemie.' 
Thou fhould'ft haue better plcas'd mcyp'uh tins deed*, 
Hzdft thou defccnded from another houfe 
But fatcthee well, thou art a gallant youth, 
I would thou had'ft told me of another Father. 

Exit Dut^. 

Cel. Were I my Father (Coze) would I dothw? 

Oil. \ am more proud to be Sir Rd**dj fonne, 
His yongcft fount. atuJ would not change tlut calling 
To be adopted heire to Fredrick* 

Rof. My Father lou'd Sir Rela*Jashis foulc, 
And all the world wasof my Fathers minde. 
Had I before knowne this yong man his fonne, 
I fhould hauc giuen htm teat cs vnto entreaties, 
Ere he ftiould thus rTiuc vcntur'd. 

Ctl. Gentle Cofen, 

Let vs goc thankc bim,and encourage him . 
My Fathers rough and enuious difpofuton 
Sticks me at heart : Sir.you haue well deferu'd, 
Ifyou doc keepe your promifes in loue ; 
But mfily as you fuue ex ceeded all ptomife, 
Your MilWs (l^all be happie 

Rof. Gentleman, 

Wcarc this for me : one out of fuites with forrune 
That roulti giue more,but that her hand lacks meanes. 
Shall wegoeCoze? 

Cel. \ : fare you well faire Gentleman. 

Orl. Can I not fay ,1 thanke you? My better prts 
Are all throwne downe, and that which here ftands vp 
Is but a quhmne, a mcere liuclefTc blocke. 

'Raf- He cals vs back: my pride fell with my fortunes, 
lie askehim what he would : Did you call Sir? 
Sir, you hauc wraftled well andouerthrovvnc 
More then your enemies 

Cel. Will you goe Coze? 

Rof. Haue with yon: fare you well Exit, 



OriWhat paflion hangs thcfe waightsvpo mytoongi 
I cannot fpeake to her, yet (be vrg'd conference. 

nter Li Btu. 

poore Orlando \ thou art oucrthro wne 

Or Charlej.orfomething weaker maftersthce. 

Lt Sett. Good Sir, I do in friendship counfaileyou 
Te leaue thi s place ; Albeit you hauc ciefcru'd 
High commendation, true applaufc,fld loue ; 
Yet fuch is now the Dukes condition, 
That he mifconfters ail that you hauc done: 
The Duke is humorous, what he is indccdc 
More fuites you to conceiuc,thcn i to fpsaic of. 

Or/. I thanke you Sir ; and pray you tell tne thii. 
Which of the two was daughter of the Duke, 
That here was at the Wraftling ? 

Lt .Neiiher his daughter,if we iudge by manners 
Bftt yet indcede the taller is his daughter, 
The other is daughter to the banifh'd Duke, 
And here detain'd by her vfurping Vncle 
To keepc his daughter companic, whofe loucs 
Are deerer then the naturall bond of Sifters . 
But I can tell you. that of late this Duke 
Hath tanc difplcafurc'gainft his gentle Neccc. 
Grounded vpon no other argument, 
But that the people praife her for her venues, 
And pittie.her, for her good Fathers fskc ; 
And on my life his malice 'gainft the Lady 
Will fodainly breake forth : Sir,fare you well, 
Hereafter in a befter world thsn this, 

1 {hall defire more loue and knowledge of you. 

Orl. I reft much bounden 10 you : fare you well. 
Thus muft I from the fmoake into the fmother, 
From tyrant Duke.vnto a tyrant Brother. 
8 o t heauenly 'KofaJine. S xit 



Seen a Tertiui. 



Etter fitit <otd Routine 

Ctl. Why Cofen whtf Rofalitie : C wpiihaue mcjcie, 
Hot a word e 

Rof, Not one to throw at a dog. 

Cel, No, thy words arc TOO precious to becsftawsy 
vpon cur$,throwfctmeof them at me; come lame mee 
withreafbns. 

Rof. Then there were two Cofens laid vp, wfn the 
one (hould be iarn'd with reafons, and the other road 
without any. 

Cel. But is all this for your Father ? 

Rtf. No, fome of it Jt for my cbildes Father : Oh 
how full of briers is this forking day world. 

Ctl. They are but burs, Co fen, throwne vponthee 
in holiday foolcrif , if we walke not in the trodden paths 
our very petty-costcs will catch them. 

'Rf. I could (hake them offrny coatc, th<fc burs are 
in my heart 

Cel. Hem them away. 

Raj. J wouldtryiflcooldcry henvfidhaoehim. 

tl. Come.,conv:,wr9file with thy affeclions 
Kef. O they take the part of a better wnftlcr then 
myfelfs, 

tl. O,a good vifti vpon you: you will trie in time 



lodiptgaofft>ati:buttorningthe(eiensoutof(eniice ) 
lttv cike in good earrtttb Is itpoflibleon fuch a fo. 
dime, you thoold fall tntoto ftiong a liking with old Su 
fonne? 



< The Duke toy Father loud his Father deerclie. 

CV/. Doth it therefore eiifue that you fhould loue his 

Sonoe deerelu-? By thn kindc of chafe, 1 fhould hate 

in, tor n>y father luted his father deercly, yet J hate 



Xtf. No faith, hate him not for my fake. 

Crl W Ky fhould i not t doth lie not defcrue well ? 

Inter Dut(t with Lards . 

Ktf. Let me louc him for that, and do you loue him 
Bccaufc I doe Look*, here comes the Duke. 

Cet. With his eiesiuU of anger. 

#4,. Mifhis,difpatch you with your fafeft haftc. 
And get you from our Court. 

Rof. MVncle. 

Dvk. YouCofen, 

Within thefc tea daics it that thou beeft found 
So necre our publike Coo* t as twcntte miles, 
Thoudwftfoiit- 

Xtf. I doe bcfeccVi year Grace 
Let me the knowledge of my fault beare with me : 
Ifwith my felte I hold intelligence, 
Orhaoe acquaintance with mine owne dcfucs, 
|f that I doc notdreame, or be not ftanticke, 
[Atl doetruft I am not) then dccre Vncle, 
Ncuct fo much as in a thought vnbornc, 
Did I offend your hjghnrfTe. 

Duk.' Thus doc ail Traitors, 
If their purgation did coniiA in words, 
They are as innocent a* grace it felfe ; 
Lettt fufnce thee that I Uuft thee not 

Kef. Yet your nnftruft cannot make me a Traitor j 
Tell me whereon the likelihoods depends ? 

Dvkf Thou art thy Fathers daughter .there's enough. 

T^So wa* 7 when yourhighncs took his Dukdornc, 
So was ] when your highnetfe banifht bun ; 
Tieafon u not inherited my Lord, 
Of if we did dcriuc it from our friends, 
What s that to toe, my Father was no Traitor, 
Then good my I eige, miftake me not fo much, 
Tothmkt my poumie is treacherous 

cW. Deere Soueraigne hcare me fpeake. 

IMc J Cclia, we ftaid her for your fake, 
Elfe had the with her Father raog'd along. 

Cti Ididnotthcnintreattohaueberftay, 
It was your pleafure, and your owne remotfe, 
I was too yong that time to value her, 
But now I knowher.tif (he be a Traitor, 
Why fo am I ; we fttll haue Sept together, 
Rofeataniofiaotjleam'djplaidyEate together, 
And whetefoere we weaL like lunas Swans, 
Still we went coupled andmfepetable. 

DH^ She is too Tubule for thee,aod her Dnoothnes) 
Her veriefilence, and per patience, 
Speake to the people, and they pi: tie her * 
Thou art a foole, fherobs thee of thy name. 
And thou v/ih fhow more bright, 8c ieem more vacuous 
When (be is gone : then open nocthy lips 
Ftrmc, and itteuocabJe i* rny doornbe. 
Wlticb I haue paR ypon her,flK is banifh'd. 

Ctt. Pronounce that fcaceacethcncnmemyLcigc, 
1 canno'c livie out ofher companic. 



l*^. You arc a foole : you Neice prooide your fel fe. 
If you our-ftay tbe time, vpon mine honor, 
And ia thr greatneffeofmy word you die. 



Wilt thou change Fathers > I will giue thee mine i 
I charge thee be not thou more grietTd ther I am, 

Ref. I haue more caufe. 

Ctl. Thou haft not Cofen. 
Pretheebccheerefull ; know'ftthou not the Oukc 
Hath banifn'd me bis daughter t 

Ref. That he hath not 

te/. No,h3t h not ? Rgftlu* lacks then the loue 
Which teaehetb thee that thoirand I sm one, 
Shall we be fundred ? fhai! we part 1 weete git le ? 
No, let my Father feeke another hrttc . 
Therefore deuif* with me how we may flic 
Whether to goe, and what to beare with TI, 
And doe not feeke co take your change vpon you, 
To beare your griefes yourfelf^andlcauemeout 
F by this heauen, now at our fonowespale ; 
Say what thow canii, He goe along with thee. 

Kff. Why, whether (hall we goe I 

Crl. Tofecksmy VncIeintheForreftoMnalr* 

Kof. Alaj.what danger will it be to YS, 
(Maides as we are) to trauel! forth fo farre > 
Beatuie prouoketh theeues fooner then gold. 

Cet. I le put my felfe in poorv and owane anmz. 
And with a kindc ofvmbn fmirchmy face, 
The like doe you/o (hill we pafTe alrng, 
And neuer ftir a/Taiianrs. 

Ryf. Wereitaotbettrs, 
Becaufe that lam more then common nil, 
That I did fuire me all points like a man, 
A gallant cartels* vpon my thigh, 
A bore^lpeare in my hand, ami in my bean 
Lye there what hidden wotnam feate there will, 
Weele haue a fwafhing aad a marfhall outllde, 
As manie other manwih cowards hsue, 
That doe outface it with their frtnblances. 

CfL WnatflialllcalltrMfewbenthouartaman 1 

Rtft He haue no Worfea name then louei owne Page, 
And therefore lookeyoU nMrntCaaitjiai. 
But what will you by calfd? 

Cl. Something that hath a reference to my flaw 
No longer Calta t but dliena, 

Ref. But Cofn, what if we aflaid to Reale 
Theclownifh Fooleout of yoor Fathers Court : 
Would he not be a comfort to our trauaik ? 

CtL Heele goe along ore the wide world with me, 
Leaue me alone to woe him J Let's away 
And get our lewelsand our wealth together, 
Deuife the fitteft time^and fa&ft way 
To hide vs from purfuice that will be made 
After my flight : now goe in we content 
To libmie,3nd not to banift mcnt- Extant. 



ASus Secundus. Sc&na Tnma, 



Enter Dtd^ Senior . AmytntfoiAmn or three Lardi 

My Ferrefters. 

Z>0*.&.Nowmy Coe-mates,*nd brothers in exile; 
Hath not oldcufomc nude this lift inert fweete 

Then 



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Asymbkfit. 



Then thai of painted pompe ? Arc not theft wood* 

More free from pehll then the enuious Court ? 

Heete feele we not the penal tie ofjlAim , 

The fcafom difference, as the Iciephange 

And churhfh (hiding of the winter; winde . 

W.mh when It biteiandblowes vponmy body 

Euen till I fhrinke with cold,! (mile, and fay 

Thi* ii no flattery : chefe are councilors 

That feelingly perfwade me what I am : 

Sweet arc the vfesofaduerfitie 

Which like the toad, ougly and venemous, 

Weaies yet a precious lewell in his head 

And this our hf exempt from publikc haunt, 

Fmdes tongues in trees, bookes in the running brookes, 

Sermons in ftoncs,and good in euery thing. 

jlmtcn. 1 would not change it , happy is your Grace 
Thar can tranflate the -flubbornneffeot fortune 
Into fo quiet and fo fwtct a fiile. 

'Du.SfH. Comc.fhall we goc and kill vs venifoo 1 
And yecit iikes me the pooredapled fooles 
Being natiue Burgers of dm de/ert City, 
Should intheir ownc confines with forked heads 
Hauc their round hanches goard. 

1. Lord. Indeed my Lord 
The melancholy lay*-ct grieucsat chat. 
And in that kinde fwearej you doe more vfurpe 
Then doth your brother that hathbanifh'd you; 
To day my Lord of Amte*j,tnd my felfc, 
Did ftcale behinde him as he lay along 
Voder an oake, whofeanticke rootepcepes out 
Vpon the brooke that brawles along thu wood, 
To the which place a poore fequcftrcd Stag 
That from the Hunters aime had tanc a hun. 
Did come to languifh; and indeed my Lord 
The wretched annimall hcau'd forth luch groane* 
That their difcharge did ftretch hti leatherne coat 
Almoft to butfting, and the big round teatcs 
Cours'd one another downe his innocent note 
In pitteous chafe : and thus the name foole, 
Much marked of the melancholic 



Stood on th'extrerneft verge of the fwjft'brooke, 
Augmenting it with teares. 

Df? Sn. But what faid U^uei >. 
Did he not moralize this fpectacle ? 

i .Lord. O yes.into it thoufand fimilies. 
Firft.for his weeping into ihe needleflc flrcame ; 
3 oore Deere quoth he ,thou mak 'ft a lefiamenc 
As worldlings doe giuing thy (urn of more 
To that which had too mud : then being there alone, 
Left and abandoned of his veluet friend ; 
Tis right quoth he, thus mifene doth part 
TheFIuxeofcompame: anon a careleflc Heard 
Pull of the paBure, tumps along by htm 
And neuet ftaies to greet him . 1 quoth layntt, 
Sweepc on you fat and grta tie Citizens, 

tuft the fafhion ; wherefore doe you looke 
Vpon that poorp and broken bankrupt there > 
Thus moft muecliucly he ptcrceth through 
Thebody of Coumne, Qtie, Court, 
Yea ( and of this our life, fweanng that we 
Aremeere furpers, tyrants.and whats worfc 
To fright the Anntmals, and to kill them vp 
n their afTign'd and natiue dwelling place. 
D.Sen. And did you leaue him in this contemplation ? 
z.Lord, We did my Lord.wecplng and commenting 
Vpon the fobbing Deere. 



D*~Sen. Show roe che place, 
1 loue co cope him in thefe fallen fits, 
For then he's full of msuer. 

lL0r. lie bring you to him ftnlt. 



Scena Secwda. 



Duttj Canit be pofTiblcthatnonaan fawtheoi? 
It cannot bc.fotne viljaincs ofroy Coun 
Are of confent and fufferance in this 

(.Lo. I cannot heare of any that did fee her. 
The Ladies het attendants of her chamber 
Saw her a bed, and m the morning early, 
They found the bed vntrealurd of then Miftrii 

i.Ler. My Lord.the toynifh Clown,at whom fo 
Your Grace was wont to laugh u alfo miffing, 
Httyerta the PnncelTe Gentlewoman 
C onfeffes that fhe fecretly ore- heard 
Your daughter and her Cofen much commend 
The parts and graces of the WraAler 
Thar did but lately foilcthc fynowie Chtrl*i t 
And fhc beleeucs where euer they are gone 
Thai youth is furcly m then compamc 

Dkj Sfnd to hu brothcr.fetch that gallant hither. 
If he b< abfent, bring his Brother to roe, 
He make him findc him : do this fodamly ; 
And letnotTcarch and inquifuionquailc, 
To bring agajne chef foohfh runawaie. *w 



Scena Tertia. 



Eater Orlauitvut Adam. 

Or I. Who's there/ 

Ad. What my yong Mafter, oh my gentle mafter, 
Oh my fweetrnafter.O youmemone 
Of old Sn Rowland, why,vhat make you here ? 
Why are you vertooui ? Why do pople loue you f 
And wherefore are you gentle,ftrong.nd valiant ? 
Why would you be fo fond to oner come 
The bonnie prifer of the humorous Duke f 
Your praife is come too fwtftly home before you. 
Know you not M aftcr^o/eeme kinde of men, 
Theit graces fcrue them but as enemies, 
No more doe yours: your venues gentle Maftet 
Are Unified and holy traitors ro you 
Oh what a world is this, when what is comely 
Enuenoms him that bearet it ' 
Why, what s the matter ? 

Ad. O vnhappic youth, 

Come not within thefe doores : wichvn thisroofe 
The enemie of all your graces hues 
Your brother, no.no brother.yet the fonne 
(Yet not the fon,I will not call him fon) 
Of him I <vas about to call his Father, 
Haih heard your prajfes^nd this night he men, 
To burnc the lodging where you vfe to lye, 
And you wuhin it : itbe faileof that 
Be 



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ie will haue othet mcanes to cut you oft , 
ouerheard him: and htspra&ifcs: 
This is no place, this houfe is but a butcherie. 
Abhorrc it.feare it, doe not enter it. 

Ad. Why wherher^^unwould'ft thou nauernC got 

Sid. No matter whethcr y (b you come not here. 

0r/. Wna t,woo! d'rt thou haue me go& beg roy food, 
3r with a bafc and botftrous Swcrd enforce 
A cheeuiQi Ituing'on the common rode? 
This I muft do t or know not what to do : 
{ et this I will not do,do how I can, 
rather will fubieft me to the malice 
Of a diuerted blood.and bloudie brother. 

Ad. But do not fo : I haue Hue hundred Crownes, 
The thriftie hire I faued vnderyour Father, 
Which I did ftore to be my totter Nurfe, 
When feruice fhould in my old limbs lie lame. 
And vnregarded age in corners throwne, 
Take that, and he that doth the Rauens feede, 



Though I !ookeold,yetl amftrong and luftie) 
For in my youth I neuer did apply 
Hot,and rebellious liquors in my bloud, 
Nor did not with vnbafhfull forehead woe, 
The meanes of wcakncffc and dcbilitie, 
Therefore my age is as a luftie winter, 
Froflic,but kindely ; let me goe with you, 
lie doe the feruice of a yonger man 
in all your bnfinefle and neceffiiies . 

Or I. Oh good old nun,ho w well in thee appeares 
The conftant (eruicc of the antique world, 
When feruice fwcatc for dutie,nQt for mcede: 
Thou art not for the fafhion of thefe times, 
Where none will fweate,but for promotion, 
And hauing that do choake their feruice vp, 
Eucn wich the hauing, it is not fo with thee : 
But poorcold man, thou prun'fta rotten tree, 
That cannot fo much as a bioflome ycelde, 
In Iteu of all thy pamcs and husbandric, 
But come thy waies, weclc goc atong together, 
And ere we haue thy youihfull wages ipcnt, 
Wecle light vpon fomc fctledlow content. 

Ad. Maftct goe on, and I will follow thee 
To the laft gafpe with truth and loyaltie, 
From feauentic yeeres, till now almoft fourefcore 
Hereliued I, but now hue here no more 
At fcaocnteeoe yeeres, many their fortunes fcekc 
But at fourefcore, it is coo late a weeke, 
Yet fortune cannot rccompence me better 
Then to die well, and not my Mafters debter. Extant 



Scena Quarta. 



Enter Rofalinc for Cammed^ Celiafyr AticitaiOttd 
drum, alias Twcbftcnc. 

Rtf. O ttyiur, how merry are my fpiritS ? 

Cl I care not for. cnyfpirits, if my Icgges were not 

wcarie. 

'J\ef. I could'findcin my heart todifgrace my mans 
epparell, and to cry like a woman : but I muft comfort 



theweakerrcfkli,asdoubletandhofeoughtto (how it 
felfe coragiom to petty-coatc; therefore courage,good 
Aliena. 

Cel. Ipjayyoubcarewhhmc,! cannptgocnofur- 
thcr. 

Cto. For my part, I bad father bore with you, then 
beare YOU : yet I Jhould bearc no crofle if I did bcare 
you, for I thinkeyou have no money in your purfe. 



Clo. I,now am I in Ardn, the more foole I, when I 
was at home I was in a better place, but Traiicllro mufl 
be content. 



Rof. I,be fo good Toitckjtone: lootyou.who comes 
here, a yong man and an old in folemnc calke. 

Cor. That i j the way to make her fcorne you (till. 

Sil. Oh CsriWjthat thou knew'ft ho w I do loue her. 

fa. I partly gueffe : for 1 haue lou'd ere now. 

Sil. No Corin, being oW.thou canft not guefie, 
Though in thy youth thou waft as true a louer 
As cuer figh'd vpona midnight pillow : 
Buf if thy loue were cuer like to mine, 
As Cure I thinke did neucr man loue fo : 
How many actions mofl ridiculous, 
Haft chou beenedrawneto by thy fantafie ? 

Cor. Into a thouknd that I haue forgotten 

Sil. Ob thou didft then neuer Jouc fo hartily 
If thou remembrcft not the flightefl folly, 
That cuer loue did make thce run inco, 
Thou haft not lou'd. 
Or if thou haft not fat as I doe now, 
Wearing thy hearcrinthy Miftrispraife. 
Thou haft not lou'd. 

Orif thou haft not broke from companie, 
Abruptly as my paflion now makes roc, 
Thou haft not lou'd. 



Rtf. Alaspoore Shepheard fearching ofthey would 
1 haue by hard aduenturc found mine owne. 

Clo. And I mine: I remember when I was in loue, 1 
broke my (word ?pon a ftone, and bid him take that for 
comming a night to lane Smile, and I remember the luf- 
fing of her baticr, and the Cowcs dugs that her preitie 
chopt hands had milk'd; and I remember rhe wooing 
ofapeafcod 5nftcad of her, from whom I tooke two 
cods, and giuing her them againe, faid with weeping 
ceares, weare thefe for my fake ; wee that are true Lo- 
uers, runne into ftrange capers j but as all is mortal] in 
natuie, fo is all nature in loue, mortall infoily. 

"Rflf. Thou fpeak'ft wifer then thou art ware of, 

Clo. Nay.I (hall nerc be ware of mine ownc wit, till 
Ibreakemy {hinsagainftit. . 

Rof. /one, /outfit Shepherds paffion, 
Ismucbvpon myfafiiion. 

Clt. And mine, butitgrowes fome thing Rale with 

Cel. Iprayyou,oDeofyouqeftlonyon'dmaB, 
If he for gold will giue s any foodc, 
I faint almoft to death. 

h. Holla ;youClowne. 

* Peace foole, he's DOS thy kiofman. 

Cor. Whocalt? 

Cto. Your betters Sir, 

Ccrx Eife are they very wretched. 



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Xof. PC ic I (ay ; good euen to your friend. 

or. Arid to you gentle Sir.and to you all. 

Raf. \ prethce Shepheard. if that loue 01 gold 
Can inthudcfert plate buy entertainment, 
Bring vs where we may reft our felues.and feed . 
Here's a yongmaid withtrauaile much oppreflcd, 
And faints for fuccour. 

Cor, Faire Sir, Ipittieher, 
A nd wi(h for hr fake more then for mine owne, 
My fortunes were more able to reieeuc her t 
But I arc fhephcard to another man, 
And do not fhcere the Fleeces that I graze i 
My matter is of churlifh difpofuion, 
And little wrcakes tofindc the way to heauen 
By doing deeds ofholpitaiitie. 
Bcfides his Coace,his Flockef ,and bounds of fecde 
Are now on fait, and augur fheep-coit now 
Byreafonofhisabfcncethereisnoching 
That you will feed on : but what is, come fef , 
And inroy "oicemoft welcome (hall you be 

Ref. What is he that fhall buy his flocke jndpafturef 

Cor. That yong Swaine thatyou law heere but cte- 

whik, 
That little cares for buying any thing. 

fof. \ pray thee.if uftandwithhoneftie, 
Buy thou the Cottage, pafturc,and the flocke, 
And thou (halt haue to pay for it of vs. 

Ctl. And we will mend thy wages : 
1 like this place, end willingly could 
Waftemytimetnit. 

Cor. Aflurcdly the thing is to be fold .- 
Go with me, if you like vpon report, 
Thefoile, th