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Tha. For your reward, Henceforth I 'll call you servant.
Amet. Excellent sister!
Men. 'T is my first step to honour. May I fall Lower than shame, when I neglect all service That may confirm this favour!
Tha. Are you well, sir?
Par. Great princess, I am well. To see a league Between an humble love, such as my friend's is, And a commanding virtue, such as yours is, Are sure restoratives.
Tha. You speak ingeniously. Brother, be pleas'd to show the gallery To this young stranger. Use the time a while, And we will all together to the court: I will present you, sir, unto the prince. . Par. You are all composed of fairness and true
bounty. Amet. Come, come: we'll wait you, sister. This
beginning Doth relish happy process. Men. You have bless'd me.
[Exeunt Men. AMET. and Par. Tha. Kala! 0, Kala! Kala. Lady.
Tha. We are private; Thou art my closet.
Kala. Lock your secrets close then;
Tha. Never till now
Kala. You are in love.
Kala. He's handsome,
1 Henceforth I'll call you servant,] i. e. acknowledge you as a lover,
Tha. If ever I must fall,
Kala. Madam, I will make it
Tha. I hope thou art not, Kala.
Kala. ”T is for your sake:
Tha. Pray, use me kindly ; let me not too soon
ACT II. SCENE 1.
An Apartment in the Palace.
Enter SOPHRONOS and ARETUS.
The affairs of government; which I, for my part,
Soph. You should have done this sooner, Aretus;
Are. Passions of violent nature by degrees Are easiliest reclaim'd. There's something hid Of his distemper, which we'll now find out. Enter Corax, Rhetias, Pelias, CUCULUS, and GRILLA. You come on just appointment. Welcome, gen
tlemen! Have you won Rhetias, Corax?
Cor. Most sincerely.
Cuc. Save ye, nobilities! Do your lordships take notice of my page? 'Tis a fashion of the newest edition, spick and span-new, without example. Do your honour, housewife!
Gril. There's a courtesy for you, and a courtesy
Soph. "T is excellent: we must all follow fashion, And entertain she-waiters.
Are. ’T will be courtly.
Cuc. I think so; I hope the chronicles will rear me one day for a headpiece
Rhe. Of woodcock, without brains in it!! Barbers shall wear thee on their citterns, and hucksters set thee out in gingerbread.
? Of woodcock, &c.] A cant term for a simpleton.—GIFFORD.
2 Barbers shall wear thee on their citterns.] It appears from innumerable passages in our old writers, that barbers' shops were furnished with some musical instruments (commonly a cittern* or guitar) for the
* The cittern of Johnson's days differed little from the guitar, as to form. It was strung with wire instead of catgut, like the guitar, and seems to have been in great vogues
Cuc. Devil take thee! I say nothing to thee now; canst let me be quiet ?
Gril. You are too perstreperous, saucebox.
Pel. Prithee, hold thy tongue; the lords are in the presence.
Rhe. Mum, butterfly!
Cuc. O the prince! wench thou shalt see the prince now.
[Seft music. Enter PALADOR, with a book. Soph. Are. Sir, gracious sir ! Pál. Why all this company?
Cor. A book! is this the early exercise, I did prescribe ? instead of following health, Which all men covet, you pursue disease. Where's your great horse, your hounds, your set at
tennis, Your balloon ball, the practice of your dancing, Your casting of the sledge, or learning how To toss a pike? all chang'd into a sonnet! Pray, sir, grant me free liberty to leave The court; it does infect me with the sloth Of sleep and surfeit: in the university I have employments, which to my profession Add profit and report; here I am lost, And, in your wilful dulness, held a man Of neither art nor honesty. You may Command my head :-pray, take it, do! 't were
amusement of such customers as chose to strum upon it while waiting for their turn to be shaved. It should be recollected that the patie of the customers, if the shop was at all popular, must, in those tedious days of love-locks, and beards of the most fantastic cuts, have been frequently put to very severe trials. Some kind of amusement, therefore, was necessary to beguile the time, and as newspapers had not then descended to the lower classes, a more innocent or effectual one than an instrument n pretty general use could not readily be found. The head of the cittern, like that of the harp, occasionally terminated, suppose, in some grotesque kind of ornament.-GIFFORD.
For me to lose it, than to lose my wits,
Pal. I believe it.
Are. These near parts
Soph. Through your land
Cor. And yet
Cuc. Hang em, mongrels !
Cor. Yes, scurvily,
Pal. I'll borrow patience A little time to listen to these wrongs ; And from the few of you which are here present, Conceive the general voice. Cor. So! now he's nettled.
[Aside. Pal. By all your loves I charge you, without fear Or flattery, to let me know your thoughts, And how I am interpreted: speak boldly.
Soph. For my part, sir, I will be plain and brief. I think you are of nature mild and easy, Not willingly provok’d, but withal headstrong In any passion that misleads your judgment: I think you too indulgent to such motions
1 And live in Bedlam.) As there were mad folks in Famagosta, there were doubtless receptacles for them. Ford, however, was thinking of Moorfields.-GIFFORD.