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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 humorous
    King. Shee doth, O noble knight, but not your Mi-
    1815stresse now.
    Lab. Sblood, but she shall for me, or for no body else.
    Lem. How now, what a traitor, draw vpon the King.
    Lab. Yea, or vpon any woman here in a good cause.
    King. Well sweete Besha let her marry Dowsecer, Ile get
    1820thee a wife worth fifteene of her, wilt thou haue one that
    cares not for thee?
    Lab. Not I by the Lord, I scorne her, Ile haue her better
    if I can get her.
    King. Why thats well said.
    1825Lem. What Madam, are you turned puritan againe?
    Elo. When was I other, pray?
    Lem. Marie Ile tell you when, when you went to the
    Ordinarie, and when you made false signes to your hus-
    band, which I could tell him all.
    1830Flo. Cursed be he that maketh debate twixt man & wife.
    Lem. O rare scripturian! you haue sealed vp my lips, a
    hall, a hall, the pageant of the Butterie.

    Enter two with torches, the one of them Moren, then my host
    and his son, then his maid drest like Queene For-
    1835tune, with two pots in her hands.
    King. What is he?
    Lem. This is Verones sonne, my liege.
    King. What shall he do?
    Cat. Speak some speach that his father hath made for him
    1840Qu. Why is he good at speeches?
    Cat. O he is rare at speaches.
    Boy. Faire ladies most tender, and nobles most slender,
    and gentles whose wits be scarce.
    Ki. My host, why do you call vs nobles most slender?
    1845Host. And it shall please your Grace, to be slender is to be
    proper, and therfore where my boy saies nobles most slen-
    der, it is as much to say, fine and proper nobles.
    Le. Yea, but why do you call vs gentles whose wits are