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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)

    Enter Foyes, and Martia, and Besha.
    Foyes. Come on faire daughter fall to your worke of
    mind, and make your body fit to imbrace the body of this
    145Gentlemans, tis art: happy are they say I.
    Be. I protest sir you speake the best that euer I heard.
    Fo. I pray sir take acquaintance of my daughter.
    Be. I do desire you of more acquaintance.
    Fo. Why dostnot thou say yea, and I the same of you?
    150Mar. That euery body sayes.
    Fo. O you would be singular.
    Mar. Single indeede.
    Fo. Single indeede thats a prety toy,
    Your betters dame beare double, and so shall you.
    155Be. Exceeding prety, did you marke it forsooth?
    Mar. What should I marke forsooth?
    Be. Your bearing double, which equificate is & hath
    a fit illusion to a horse that beares double, for your good
    father meanes you shall indure your single life no longer,
    160not in worse sence then bearing double forsooth.
    Mar. I crie you mercy, you know both belike.
    Be. Knowlege forsooth is like a horse, and you that can
    beare double: it nourisheth both Bee and Spider, the Bee
    honnisuckle, the Spider poyson, I am that Bee.
    165Mar. I thought so by your stinging witte.
    Be, Lady I am a Bee without a sting, no way hurting
    any, but good to all, and before all, to your sweete selfe.
    Fo. Afore
    An humerous
    Fo. Afore God daughter, thou art not worthy to heare
    him speake: but who comes here?Enter Colinet.
    170Co. God saue you sir.
    Fo. You are welcome sir for ought that I know yet.
    Co. I hope I shall be so still sir.
    Fo. What is your busines sir, and then Ile tell you?
    Co. Mary thus sir, the Countesse Morene intreats your
    175faire daughter to beare her company this fore-noone.
    Fo. This forenoone sir, doth my Lord or Lady send for
    her I pray?
    Co. My Lady I assure you.
    Fo. My Lady you assure me, very wel sir, yet that house
    180is full of gallant Gentlemen, dangerous thornes to pricke
    yong maides I can tell you.
    Co. There are none but honest and honourable Gen-
    Fo. Al is one sir for that, Ile trust my daughter with any
    185man, but no man with my daughter, only your selfe Mon-
    ser Besha, whom I wil intreat to be her gardian, & to bring
    her home againe.
    Co. I will waite vpon her, and it please you.
    Fo No sir, your weight vpō her wil not be so good: here
    190Monser Besha I deliuer my daughter vnto you a perfect
    maide, and so I pray you looke well vnto her.
    Co. Farewell Monser Foyes.
    Besh. I warrant Ile looke vnto her wel enough.
    Mistris will it please you to preambulate.
    195Ma. With all my heart.Exeunt.