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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
    25with the longest, when man is at the weakest, god is at st-
    gest, I hope tis plain, & knowing in this other that I write,
    God will reward her a thousand fold, that takes what age
    can and not what age would, I hope tis prety & pathetical:
    Wel, euen here lie both together til my loue arise and let her
    30thinke you fall out of the skies, I wil to bed againe. Exit.

    Enter Lemot and Colenet.
    Lemot. How like thou this morning Colenet? What,
    shall we haue a faire day?
    Colenet. The skie hangs full of humour, and I thinke
    35we shall haue raine.
    Lem. Why raine is faire wether when the ground is dry
    and barren, especially when it raines humor, for then doe
    men like hot sparrowes and pigeons open all their wings
    ready to receiue them.
    40Col. Why then we may chaunce to haue a faire day, for
    we shall spend it with so humorous acquaintance, as raines
    nothing but humor al their life time.
    Le. True Colenet, ouer which wil I sit like an old King
    in an old fashion play, hauing his wife, his counsel, his chil-
    45dren, and his foole about him, to whome he will sit and
    point very learnedly as foloweth; my counsell graue, and
    you my noble peeres, my tender wife, and you my chil-
    dren deare, and thou my foole.
    Co, Not meaning me sir I hope.
    50Le. No sir, but thus will I sit, as it were, and point out
    all my humorous companions.
    Co. You shal do maruelous wel sir.
    Le. I thanke you for your good incouragement, but
    Colinet thou shalt see Catalian bring me hither an od gen-
    55tleman presently to be acquainted withall, who in his man-
    ner of taking acquaintance wil make vs excellent sport.
    Co. Why Lemot I thinke thou sendst about of purpose
    for yong gallants to be acquainted withal, to make thy selfe
    merry in the maner of taking acquaintance.
    Le. By