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

    An humorous
    Iaq. Faith some of them bee so hard to please, finding
    1030fault with your cheere, and discommending your wine,
    saying, they fare better at Verones for halfe the mony.
    Boy. Besides, if there be any cheboules in your napkins,
    they say your nose or ours haue dropt on them, and then
    they throw them about the house.
    1035Uer. But these bee small faultes, you may beare with
    them, young Gentlemen and wilde heades will be doing.

    Enter the Maide.
    Maid. Come, whose wit was it to couer in this roome,
    name in the of God I trowee.
    1040Boy. Why I hope this roome is as faire as the other.
    Maid. In your foolish opinion: you might haue tolde a
    wise body so, and kept your selfe a foole still.
    Boy. I cry you mercie, how bitter you are in your pro-
    1045Maid. So bitter I am sir.
    Uer. O sweet Sateena I dare not say I loue thee.
    Iaq. Must you controule vs you proud baggage you?
    Maid. Baggage? you are a knaue to call me baggage.
    Iaq. A knaue? my maister shall know that.
    1050Ver. I will not see them.
    Iaq. Maister, here is your Maid vses her selfe so sawsi-
    ly, that one house shall not holde vs two long, God wil-
    Uer. Come hither huswife. Pardon mee sweete Iace-
    1055nan, I must make an angry face outwardly, though I smile
    Maid. Say what you will to me sir.
    Ver. O you are a fine Gossip, can I not keepe honest
    seruants in my house, but you must controule them? you
    1060must be their mistres.
    Maid. Why I did but take vp the cloth, because my mi-
    stresse would haue the dinner in an other roome, and hee
    called me baggage.