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  • Title: An Humorous Day's Mirth (Quarto 1, 1599)
  • Editor: Eleanor Lowe
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    An Humorous Day's Mirth (Quarto 1, 1599)

    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
    dayes mirth.
    60Le. By heauen I do Colenet, for there is no better sport
    then to obserue the complement, for thats their word, com-
    plement, do you marke sir?
    Co. Yea sir, but what humor hath this gallant in his ma-
    ner of taking acquaintance?
    65Le. Marry thus sir, he will speake the very selfe same
    word, to a sillable after him of whome he takes acquain-
    tance, as if I should say,
    I am marueilous glad of your acquaintance, He will reply,
    I am meruailous glad of your acquaintance,
    70I haue heard much good of your rare parts & fine cariage,
    I haue heard much good of your rare parts & fine cariage,
    so long as the complements of a gentleman last, he is your
    complete ape.
    Co. Why this is excellent.
    75Le. Nay sirra heres the iest of it, when hee is past this
    gratulation, he wil retire himself to a chimny, or a wal stan-
    ding folding his armes thus: and go you and speake to him
    so farre as the roome you are in wil afford you, you shal ne-
    uer get him from that most gentlemanlike set, or behauior.
    80Co. This makes his humor perfit, I would he would
    come once.
    Enter Catalian and Blanuel.
    Le. See where he comes, now must I say, Lupus est in
    fabula, for these latine ends are part of a gentleman and a
    85good scholler.
    Catalian. O good morrow Monseur Lemot, here is the
    gentleman you desired so much to be acquainted withal.
    Le. He is marueilous welcome, I shall be exceeding
    prowd of your acquaintance.
    90Blan. I shal be exceeding prowd of your acquaintance.
    Le. I haue heard much good of your rare parts and fine
    Blan. I haue heard much good of your rare parts and
    fine cariages.
    95Le. I shall be glad to be commanded by you.
    A 3 Blan. I
    An humorous
    Blan. I shall be glad to be commanded by you.
    Le. I pray do not you say so.
    Blan. I pray do not you say so.
    Le. Well Gentlemen, this day let's consecrate to mirth,
    100and Colenet you know no man better, that you are mightily
    in loue with loue, by Martia daughter to old Foyes.
    Co. I confesse it here are none but friends.
    Le. Wel then, go to her this morning in Countesse Mo-
    ris name, and so perhaps you may get her company, thogh
    105the olde churle bee so iealous that he will suffer no man to
    come at her, but the vaine gull Labesha for his liuing sake,
    and he as yet she will not be acquainted withall.
    Co. Well this Ile do whatsoeuer come on it.
    Le. Why nothing but good wil come of it, nere doubt
    110it man.
    Cata. Hee hath taken vp his stand, talke a little further
    and see and you can remoue him.
    Le. I wil Cat. nowe Monsieur Blanuele marke I pray.
    Blan. I do sir very well I warrant you.
    115Le. You know the old Count Laberuele, hath a passing
    faire yong Lady, that is a passing foule Puritane.
    Blan. I know her very well sir, she goes more like a
    milke maide then a Countesse, for all her youth and beau-
    120Lemot. True sir, yet of her is the old Count so iealous
    that he will suffer no man to come at her, yet I will find a
    meanes, that two of vs will haue accesse to her tho, be-
    fore his face, which shal so heate his ielous humor til he be
    start mad: but Colenet go you first to louely Martia, for tis
    125too soone for the old Lord and his faire yong Lady to rise.
    Co. Adue Monseur Blanuel.
    Blan. Adue good Monsieur Colinet. Exit Col.
    Le. Monseur Blanuel your kindnes in this wil bind me
    much to you.
    130Bla. Monseur Lemot your kindnes in this will bind me
    much to you.
    Le. I
    dayes mirth.
    Le. I pray you do not say so sir.
    Blan. I pray you do not say so sir,
    Le. Wilt please you to go in.
    135Blan. Wilt please you to go in.
    Le. I will follow you.
    Blan. I will follow you.
    Le. It shall be yours.
    Blan. It shall be yours.
    140Le. Kind Monsieur Blanuel.
    Blan. Kind Monsier Lemot.Exit.