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

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

    An humerous
    mour of your rare sonne, which by some meanes I pray let
    vs pertake.
    La. Your highnes shal too vnworthily pertake the sight
    which I with griefe and teares daily behold, seeing in him
    815the end of my poore house.
    King. You know not that (my lord) your wife is yong,
    and he perhaps hereafter may be mooued to more societie.
    La. Would to God hee would, that wee might do to
    your crowne of France, more worthy and more accepta-
    820ble seruice.
    King. Thanks good my lord, see where he appeeres.
    Enter Lauele with a picture, and a paire of large hose, and a
    codpeece, and a sword.
    K. Say Lauel, where is your friend the yong lord Dowsecer?
    825La. I looke my liege he will be here anone, but then I
    must intreat your Maiestie and all the rest, to stand vnseen,
    for he as yet will brooke no companie.
    King. We will stand close Lauele, but wherefore bring
    you this apparell, that picture, and that sword?
    830Lau. To put him by the sight of them in mind of their
    braue states that vse them, or that at the least of the true vse
    they should be put vnto.
    King. Indeede the sence doth still stir vp the soule, and
    though these obiects do not worke, yet it is very probable
    835in time she may, at least, we shal discerne his humor of thē.
    Lem. See where he comes contemplating, stand close.
    Enter Dowsecer.
    Quid Dei potes videri magnum in rebus humanis quaeterni
    omnes to thy ousque notas sic omnibus magna tutor, what
    840can seeme strange to him on earthly things to whom the
    whole course of eternitie, and the round compasse of the
    world is knowne? a speech diuine, but yet I maruaile much
    how it should spring from thee, Marke Cicero that sold for
    glory the sweet peece of life, & make a torment of rich na-
    845tures work, wearing thy self by watchful candel light, when
    all the Smithes & Weauers were at rest, and yet was gallant