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Lord. O monstrous tcast! how like a swine
he lies !
when he waked. Lord. Even as a flattering dream or worthless
36. practise, play a trick. 57. diaper, a towel of fine 40. brave, showily dressed. linen.
And that his lady mourns at his disease :
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 Servingman. Belike, some noble gentleman that means, Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
An't please your honour, players
Lord. Bid them come near.
Now, fellows, you are welcome. Players. We thank your honour. ·
80 64. when he says he is, i.e. when he declares that he must lunatic. This (Mr. Grant still be one, to have his present White's) interpretation is more hallucinations of lordship,' tell satisfactory than to suppose a
him this fear is baseless, for he hiatus after is, or the loss of a is a lord in fact. line. Sly is to be persuaded 66. kindly, with truth to that he has been lunatic, in order nature, vraisemblance to explain how he had come to 68. husbanded with modesty, fancy himself a ţinker; and not overdone.
Lord. Do you intend to stay with me to-night?
duty. Lord. With all my heart. This fellow I remember, 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.
A Player. I think 'twas Soto that your honour
Lord. 'Tis very true : thou didst it excellent.
Lord. Go, sirrah, take them to the buttery, And give them friendly welcome every one :. Let them want nothing that my house affords.
[Exit one with the Players. Sirrah, go you to Barthol'mew my page, And see him dress'd in all suits like a lady:
85. gentlewoman; trisyllabic. 92. cunning, skill. (géntlooman).
95. over-eyeing, witnessing. 88. For A Player, the F and
fit Q here substitute Sincklo, the 97. merry passion, of
merriment. name of a player in Shakespeare's company
101. antic, buffoon, zany. 90. happy, opportune.
106. in all suits, in all points. VOL. II
That done, conduct him to the drunkard's chamber;
What is ’t your honour will command,
[Exit a Servingman.
112. accomplished, performed. with head declining into (a
common inversion). 119. with declining head into, 131. usurp, assume.
May well abate the over-merry spleen
A bedchamber in the Lord's house.
Enter aloft Sly, with Attendants; some with
apparel, others with basin and ewer and other appurtenances ; and Lord. Sly. For God's sake, a pot of small ale. First Serv. Willi't please your lordship drink a
cup of sack? Sec. Serv. Will 't please your honour taste of
these conserves ? Third Serv. What raiment will
honour wear to-day? Sly. I am Christophero Sly; call not me 'honour' nor 'lordship : ' I ne'er drank sack in my life; and if you give me any conserves, give me conserves of beef: ne'er ask me what raiment I'll wear; for I have no more doublets than backs, no more stockings than legs, nor no more shoes 20 than feet; nay, sometime more feet than shoes, or such shoes as my toes look through the overleather. Lord. Heaven cease this idle humour in your
Sly. What, would you make me mad? Am not I Christopher Sly, old Sly's son of Burton
137. over-merry spleen, the 14. cease, cause to cease. spleen was the supposed organ 19. Burton-heath, probably alike of laughter and of vexa- Barton-on-the- Heath, a Wartion.