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Wash'd me from shore to shore, and left me breath
Enter three Fishermen.
1 Fish. What, ho, Pilch!
1 Fish. Look how thou stirrest now! come away, or I'll fetch thee with a wannion.
3 Fish. 'Faith, master, I am thinking of the poor men that were cast away before us, even now.
1 Fish. Alas, poor souls, it grieved my heart to hear what pitiful cries they made to us, to help them, when, well-a-day, we could scarce help ourselves.
3 Fish. Nay, master, said not I as much, when I saw the porpus, how he bounced and tumbled ? they say, they are half fish, half flesh: a plague on them, they ne'er come, but I look to be wash'd. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.
i Fish. Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones : I can compare our rich misers to nothing so fitly as to a whale; ’a plays and tumbles, driving the poor fry before him, and at last devours them all at a mouthful. Such whales have I heard on a'the land, who never leave gaping, till they've swallow'd the whole parish, church, steeple, bells and all. Per. A pretty moral,
3 Fish. But, master, if I had been the sexton, I would have been that day in the belfry.
2 Fish. Why, man?
3 Fish. Because he should have swallow'd me too: and when I had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. But if the good king Simonides were of my mind
Per. Simonides? 3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones that rob the bee of her honey.
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea
2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that ? if it be a day fits
you, scratch it out of the calendar, and no body will look after it.
Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your coast2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea, to cast thee
in our way!
Per. A man whom both the waters and the wind,
i Fish. No, friend, cannot you beg? here's them in our country of Greece, gets more with begging than we can
do with working.
2 Fis. Can'st thou catch any fishes then? Per. I never practis d it.
2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for here's nothing to be got now a days, unless thou can'st fish for’t. Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know;
But what I am, want teaches me to think on;
you shall refuse, when I am dead, For I am a man, pray fee me buried.
1 Fish. Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have a gown here; coine, put it on; keep thee warm. Now, afore me, a handsome fellow! Come, thou shalt go home, and we'll have flesh for holidays, fish for fasting-days, and moreo’er puddings and flap-jacks; and thou shalt be wel
Per. I thank you, sir.
2 Fis. Hark you, my friend, you said you could not beg.
Per. I did but crave.
2 Fis. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too, and so I fhall 'scape whipping.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipp'd then ?
2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your beggars were whipp'd, I would with no better office, than to be beadle. But, malter, I'll go
[Exeunt two of the Fishermen. Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their labour! 1 Fisk. Hark you, fir! do you know where you are ? Per. Not well.
i Fish. Why I'll tell you: this is called Pentapolis, and qur king, the good Simonides.
Per. The good king' Simonides, do you call him?
i Fish. Ay, fir; and he deserves fo to be call'd, for his peaceable reign, and good government.
Per. He is a happy king, since from his subjects He gains the name of good, by his government. How far is his court distant from this shore ?
For, by his rusty outside, he appears
2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes To an honour'd triumph, strangely furnished.
3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust Until this day, to scour it in the duft.
Sim. Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan
[Exeunt. [Great shouts, and all cry, The mean knight.
The fame. A Hall of State.- A Banquet prepared. Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, Lords, Knights, and Attend
But you, my knight and guest;
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my merit.
Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours ;
And you're her labour'd scholar. Come, queen o’the
feast, (For, daughter, so you are,) here take your place : Marshal the rest, as they deserve their grace.
Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simonides.
Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour we love, For who hates honour, hates the gods above.
Marsh. Sir, yond's your place.
Some other is more fit.
Per. You are right courteous knights.
Sit, fit, fir; lit. Per. By Jove, I wonder, that is king of thoughts, These cates resist me, me not thought upon.
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to glass.
Per. Yon king's to me, like to my father's picture,