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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.
    La. O rare, this makes my fiction true: now ile stay.
    Quee. Arrest these faithlesse traitrous gentlemen.
    Dow. What is the reason that you call vs traitours?
    La. Nay, why do you attempt such violence against
    1710the person of the King?
    Dow. Against the King, why this is strange to me.

    Enter the King, and Martia.
    Ki. How now my masters, what? weapons drawne, come
    you to murder me.
    1715Qu. How fares my Lord?
    Ki. How fare I? well, but you yfaith shall get me speak
    for you another time; he got me here to wooe a curious
    Lady, and she temptes him, say what I can, ouer what
    state I will in your behalfe Lemot, she will not yeeld.
    1720Le, Yfaith my liege, what a hard heart hath she, well
    hearke you, I am content your wit shall saue your honesty
    for this once.
    Ki. Peace, a plague on you, peace; but wherefore asked
    you how I did?
    1725Queene. Because I feared that you were hurte my
    Ki. Hurt, how I pray?
    Lem. Why, hurt Madam, I am well againe.
    Quee. Do you aske? why he told me Dowsecer and this
    1730his friend, threatned to take away.
    Ki. To take away, what should they take away.
    Le. Name it Madam.
    Qu. Nay, I pray name it you.
    Le. Why then, thus it was my liege, I told her Dow-
    1735secer, and this his friende threatned to take away, and
    if they could the instrument of procreation, and what
    was that now, but Martia beeing a fayre woman, is
    not shee the instrument of procreation, as all women
    1740Qu. O wicked man.
    G 2 Lem.