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Before an Alehouse on a Heath.

Enter Hostess and SLY.

Sly. I'll pheese' you, in faith.
Host. A pair of stocks, you rogue!

Sly. Y'are a baggage; the Slies are no rogues ; Look in the chronicles, we came in with Richard Conqueror. Therefore, paucas pallabris,' ; let the world slide: Sessa! 3

Host. You will not pay for the glasses you have burst ?

Sly. No, not a denier : Go by, says Jeronimy: Go to thy cold bed, and warm thee. 4

3 Be quiet.

i Beat or knock. 2 Few words.

4 This line and the scrap of Spanish is used in burlesque from an old play called Hieronymo, or the Spanish Tragedy.


Host. I know my remedy, I must go fetch the thirdborough.

[Exit, Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law: I'll not budge an inch, boy; let him come,

and kindly.
[Lies down on the ground, and falls asleep.

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Wind Horns. Enter a Lord from hunting, with

Huntsmen and Servants.



Lord. Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my

hounds: Brach Merriman,

the poor cur is emboss'd',
And couple Clowder with the deep-mouth'd brach.
Saw'st thou not, boy, how Silver made it good
At the hedge corner, in the coldest fault?
I would not lose the dog for twenty pound.

1 Hun. Why, Belman is as good as he, my lord;
He cried upon it at the merest loss,
And twice to-day pick'd out the dullest scent:
Trust me, I take him for the better dog.

Lord. Thou art a fool; if Echo were as fleet,
I would esteem him worth a dozen such.
But sup them well, and look unto them all;
To-morrow I intend to hunt again.

1 Hun. I will, my lord.
Lord. What's here? one dead, or drunk? See,

doth he breathe ?
2. Hun. He breathes, my lord : Were he not

warm'd with ale,
This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly,
Lord. O monstrous beast! how like a swine he

lies! Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image! Sirs, I will practise on this drunken What think you, if he were convey'd to bed, 5 An officer whose authority equals that of a constable. 6 Bitch,

7 Strained.

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Wrapp'd in sweet clothes,' rings put upon his fingers,
A most delicious banquet by his bed,
And brave attendants near him when he wakes,
Would not the beggar then forget himself?

1 Hun. Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
2 Hun. It would seem strange unto him when he

Lord. Even as a flattering dream, or worthless

Then take him up, and manage well the jest :
Carry him gently to my fairest chamber,
And hang it round with all my wanton pictures :
Balm his foul head with warm distilled waters,
And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet :
Procure me musick ready when he wakes,
To make a dulcet and a heavenly sound ;
And if he chance to speak, be ready straight,
And, with a low submissive reverence,
Say, -- What is it your honour will command ?
Let one attend him with a silver bason,
Full of rose-water, and bestrew'd with flowers;
Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper,
And say, - Will't please your lordship cool your

Some one be ready with a costly suit,
And ask him what apparel he will wear ;
Another tell him of his hounds and horse,
And that his lady mourns at his disease :
Persuade him, that he hath been lunatick ;
And, when he says he is, say, that he dreams,
For he is nothing but a mighty lord.
This do, and do it kindly, gentle sirs;
It will be pastime passing excellent,
If it be husbanded with modesty.
| Hun. My lord, I warrant you, we'll play our


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8 Moderation.


Ac If

As he shall think, by our true diligence,
He is no less than what we say he is.

Lord. Take him up gently, and to bed with him ;
And each one to his office, when he wakes.

[Some bear out Sly. A trumpet sounds. Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds: -

[Exit Servant. Belike, some noble gentleman; that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.~


Re-enter a Servant.

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How now? who is it?

An it please your honour,
Players that offer service to your lordship

Lord. Bid them come near :




Enter Players.

Now, fellows, you are welcome.
1 Play. We thank your honour.
Lord. Do you intend to stay with me to-night?
2 Play. So please your lordship to accept our

Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I remem-

Since once he play'd a farmer's eldest son ;
'Twas where you woo'd the gentlewoman so well:
I have forgot your name; but, sure, that part
Was aptly

fitted, and naturally perform'd.
1 Play. I think, 'twas Soto that your honour

Lord. 'Tis very true;-thou didst it excellent.-
Well, you are come to me in happy time;
The rather for I have some sport in hand,
Wherein your cunning can assist me much.,
There is a lord will hear you play to-night:
But I am doubtful of your modesties ;
Lest, over-eying of his odd behaviour,



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