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'Tis nobleness in thee, in her but duty. The match is fair and equal, the success I leave to censure ;' farewell, mistress bride! (Exit.
Som. Good master Thorney
Car. Nay, you shall not part till you see the barrels run a-tilt, gentlemen. [Exit with SOMERTON.
Sus. Why change you your face, sweetheart?
Frank. In me?
Sus. In you, sir.
Frank. With what ?
Sus. Come, you shall not,
Frank. And I all thine.
Sus. You are not, if you keep
Frank. From you?
Sus. From some distaste
di. e. opinion,
Frank. Come; in nothing.
Sus. I know I do; knew I as well in what,
Sus. You, sweet, have the power
Frank. Change thy conceit, I prithee; Thou art all perfection; Diana herself Swells in thy thoughts, and moderates thy beauty. Within thy left eye amorous Cupid sits Feathering love-shafts, whose golden heads he dipp'd In thy chaste breast;2 in the other lies Blushing Adonis scarf'd in modesties; And still as wanton Cupid blows love-fires, Adonis quenches out unchaste desires : And from these two I briefly do imply A perfect emblem of thy modesty, Then, prithee, dear, maintain no more dispute, For where thou speak'st, it's fit all tongues be mute.
Sus. Come, come, these golden strings of flattery
Frank. Then look here;
1 Passionate as an April-day,] i. e. changeful, capricious, of many moods.-GIFFORD.
2 The florid and overstrained nature of Frank's language, which is evidently assumed to disguise his real feelings, is well contrasted with the pure and affectionate simplicity of Susan. -GIFFORD.
Sus. Heaven shield it! where?
Sus. You speak riddles.
Sus. Two wives ! sir, I take it
Frank. No, no, my Winnifrede.
Frank. Talking of wives, I pretend Winnifrede,
Sus. I hope, sir, she may live To take my place; but why should all this move you?
Frank. The poor girl, -she has 't before thee, And that's the fiend torments me.
[Aside. Sus. Yet why should this Raise mutiny within you? such presages Prove often false: or say it should be true ?
Frank. That I should have another wife ?
Sus. Yes, many;
Frank. Never any
Sus. Sir, I could wish I were much better for you;
Frank. Prithee, prithee, talk not
Of death or graves thou art so rare a goodness ;
Sus. Yet you still move
Frank. At my return I will.
Sus. Return ? ah me!
Frank. For a time I must :
Sus. Leave me!
Frank. Why? your reason ?
Sus. Like to the lapwing' have you all this while, With your false love, deluded me; pretending Counterfeit senses for your discontent! And now at last it is by chance stole from you.
Frank. What? what by chance ?
Sus. Your preappointed meeting of single combat with young Warbeck.
Sus. Even so: dissemble not; 't is too apparent. Then in his look, I read it :-deny it not, I see 't apparent; cost it my undoing, And unto that my life, I will not leave you.
Frank. Not until when ?
Sus. Till he and you be friends.
I Like to the lapwing, &c.]
The lapwing hath a piteous, mournful cry,
SHAKSPEARE's Phoenix and Turtle.GIFFORD
Frank. And you more fond by far than I expected.
Sus. You shall have no just cause.
ACT III. SCENE I.
A Field. Enter Cuddy Banks, with the Morris-dancers. i Clown. Nay, Cuddy, prithee do not leave us now; if we part all this night, we shall not meet before day.
2 Cl. I prithee, Banks, let's keep together now.
Cud. If you were wise, a word would serve ; but as you are, I must be forced to tell you again, I have a little private business, an hour's work; it may prove but a half-hour's, as luck may serve; and then I take horse, and along with you. Have we e'er a witch in the morris ?
1 Cl. No, no; no woman's part but Maid Marian, and the hobby-horse.
1 Though the inorris-dances were, as their name denotes, or Moorish origin, yet they were commonly adapted here to the popular English story of Robin Hood, and his love for Lord Fitzwalter's daughter, the chaste Matilda. The change of name adopted by this fair lady is thus accounted for in Heywood's play of “Robert Earl of Huntingdon's Downfall."
Next 't is agreed (if thereto she agree)
She by Maid Marian's name be only call'a.
I am contented; read on Little John,
Henceforth let me be nam'd Maid Marian. For further information the reader is referred to Archdeacon Nares's Glossary, under the word MARIAN.