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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
    1455Flo. Vilain, thou didst it in contempt of me.
    Le. Well, and you take it so, so be it: harke you Madam,
    your wisest course is, euen to become puritane againe, put
    off this vaine attire, and say, I haue despised all: thanks my
    God, good husband, I do loue thee in the Lord, and he
    1460(good man) will thinke all this you haue done, was but to
    shew thou couldest gouerne the world, and hide thee as a
    rainebow doth a storme: my dainty wench, go go, what
    shall the flattering words of a vaine man make you forget
    your dutie to your husband? away, repent, amend your life,
    1465you haue discredited your religion for euer.
    Flo. Well wench, for this foule shame thou puttest on
    me, the curse of all affection light on thee.Exit.
    Le. Go Abacuck, go, why this is excellent, I shal short-
    ly become a schoolemaster, to whom men will put their
    1470wiues, to practise; well now wil I go set the Queene vpō the
    King, and tell her where he is close with his wench: and he
    that mends my humor, take the spurres: sit fast, for by hea-
    uen, ile iurke the horse you ride on.

    Enter my host, Catalian, Blanuel, Berger, Iaquis, Maide,
    1475and Boy.
    Host. Well Gentlemen, I am vtterly vndone without
    your good helpes, it is reported that I receiued certaine la-
    dies or gentlewomen into my house: no heres my man, my
    maid, and my boy, now if you saw any, speak boldly before
    1480these Gentlemen.
    Ia. I saw none sir.
    Ma. Nor I, by my maidenhead.
    Boy. Nor I, as I am a man.
    Ca. Wel my host, weele go answere for your house at
    1485this time, but if at other times you haue had wenches, and
    would not let vs know it, we are the lesse beholding to you.
    Exeunt al, but my host and the Gentleman.
    Ber. Peraduenture the more beholding to him, but
    I laye my life Lemot hath deuised some ieast, he gaue