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  • Title: An Humorous Day's Mirth (Quarto 1, 1599)
  • Editor: Eleanor Lowe
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  • General textual editor: Helen Ostovich
  • ISBN: 978-1-55058-513-1

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    Editor: Eleanor Lowe
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    An Humorous Day's Mirth (Quarto 1, 1599)

    dayes mirth.
    Lem. Excuse me to the King, and tell him I will meet
    635him there: so this is but the beginning of sport betweene
    this fine lord and his old lady: but this wench Martia hath
    happy starres raigned at the disposition of her beautie, for
    the King him selfe doth mightily dote on her. Now to my
    Puritane, and see if I can make vp my full proofe of her.

    640Enter the puritane in her best attyre.

    Flo. Now am I vp and ready, ready? why? because my
    cloathes once on, that call we ready: but readinesse I hope
    hath reference to some fit action for our seuerall state: for
    when I am attyred thus Countesse-like, tis not to worke,
    645for that befittes me not, tis on some pleasure, whose chiefe
    obiect is one mans content, and hee my husbande is, but
    what need I thus be attyred, for that he would be pleased
    with meaner weed? besides I take no pleasure thus to please
    him: I am content, because it is my duty to keep to him, and
    650not to seeke no further: but if that pleasure be a thing that
    makes the time seeme short, if it do laughter cause, if it pro-
    cure the tongue but hartily to say, I thanke you, I haue no
    such thing, nor can the godliest woman in the worlde, a-
    gainst her nature please her sense, or soule, she may say, this
    655I will, or this I will not. But what shall she reape hereby?
    comfort in an other world, if she will stay till then.

    Enter her husband behind her.
    Lab. Yea mary sir now I must looke about, now if her
    desolate proouer come againe, shal I admit him to make
    660farther triall? Ile haue a Dialogue betweene my selfe and
    manly reason: to that speciall end reason, shall I indure a de-
    solate man to come and court my wife, and proue her con-
    stancie: reason, to court and proue her you may beare my
    lord, for perfite things are not the worse for triall; gold will
    665not turne to drosse for deepest triall: before God a comfor-
    table saying: thanks gentle reason, Ile trouble you no more.
    C 3 God