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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)

    dayes mirth.
    1280Cat. Once more lets see.
    Lem. My lord, your lordship could not play at this game
    verie latelie, and nowe me thinkes you are growne excee-
    ding perfite.
    Mor. O sir, you may see, vsus promptus facit.

    1285Enter Iaques.
    Iaq. Monsieur Lemot, here is a Gentleman and two
    Gentlewomen do desire to speake with you.
    Lem. What are they come? Iaques, conuey them into
    the inwarde Parlour by the inwarde roome, and there is a
    1290brace of Crownes for thy labour, but let no bodie know of
    their being here.
    Iaq. I warrant you sir.
    Lem. See where they come: welcome my good lord and
    ladies, Ile come to you presently: so, now the sport begins,
    1295I shall starte the disguised King plaguilie, nay I shall put
    the ladie that loues me in a monstrous fright, when her hus-
    band comes and finds her here.
    Boy. The Gentleman, and the two Gentlewomen de-
    sires your companie.
    1300Lem. Ile come to them presently.
    Foy. Gentlemen, Ile go speake with one, and come to
    The boy
    speakes in
    Foies his ear
    you presently.
    Lem. My lord, I would speake a worde with your lord-
    ship, if it were not for interrupting your game.
    1305Lord. No, I haue done Lemot.
    Lem. My lord there must a couple of ladies dine with
    vs to day.
    Lord. Ladies? Gods my life I must be gone.
    Lem. Why, hearke you my Lorde, I knewe not of
    1310their comming I protest to your Lordship, and woulde
    you haue mee turne such faire Ladies as these are a-
    Lord. Yea but hearke you Lemot, did not you heare
    mee sweare to my Wife, that I woulde not tarie, if there