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OldOld WiuesWiveswife’s TaleTale.

AA pleasantpleasant conceitedconceited Come-ComedieCome∣dieComedy
playedplayed byby thethe QueenesQueen’squeen’s Ma-MaiestiesMa∣iestiesMajesty’s

WrittenWritten byby G.G. P.P.

PrintedPrinted atat LondonLondon byby IohnJohnjohn DanterDanter, andand areare toto
bebe soldsold byby RaphRalphRaph HancockeHancockHancocke, andand IohnJohnjohn
. 15951595.

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EnterEnter AntickeAntic, FrolickeFrolicFrolicke andand FantastickeFantastic.


HOwHow nowenow fellowefellow FrantickeFrantic,
whatwhat allall aa mortmort? DothDoth thisthis sad-sadnessad∣nessadness
becomebecome thythy madnesmadness? WhatWhat
thoughthough weewe hauehave lostlost ourour wayway
inin thethe woodeswoods, yetyet neuernever hanghang
thethe headhead, asas thoughthough thouthou hadsthadst
nono hopehope toto liuelive tilltill to morrowtomorrow: forfor FantastickeFantastic
andand II willwill warrantwarrant thythy lifelife to nighttonight forfor twentytwenty inin
thethe hundredhundred.
FrolickeFrolic:AntickeAntic andand FantastickeFantastic, asas II amam
frollickefrolic franionfranion, neuernever inin allall mymy lifelife waswas II soso
deaddead slaineslain. WhatWhat? toto looselose ourour wayway inin thethe
woodewood, withoutwithout eithereither firefire oror candlecandle soso vncom-vncomfortablevncom∣fortableuncomfortable
OO cœlumcoelumcoelum! OO terraterra! OO mariamaria! OO NeptuneNeptune!

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Fantas.FantasticFantas.WhyWhy makesmakes thouthou itit soso strangestrange, seeingseeing
CupidCupid hathhath ledled ourour yongyoung mastermaster toto thethe fairefair La-LadyLa∣dyLady
andand sheshe isis thethe onlyonly SaintSaint thatthat hehe hathhath swornesworn
toto serueserve.
FrollickeFrolicFrollicke.WhatWhat restethresteth thenthen butbut weewe com-commitcom∣mitcommit
himhim toto hishis wenchwench, andand eacheach ofof vsus taketake hishis
standstand vpup inin aa TreeTree, andand singsing outout ourour illill fortunefortune
toto thethe tunetune ofof OOOh manman inin desperationdesperation.
Ant.AnticAnt.DesperatelyDesperately spokenspoken fellowfellow FrollickeFrolicFrollicke inin
thethe darkedark: butbut seeingseeing itit fallesfalls outout thusthus, letlet vsus re-rehearsere∣hearserehearse
thethe oldold prouerbproverb.
ThreeThree merriemerry menmen, andand threethree merriemerry menmen,
AndAnd threethree merriemerry menmen bebe weewe.
II inin thethe woodwood, andand thouthou onon thethe groundground,
AndAnd IackeJack sleepessleeps inin thethe treetree.

Fan.FantasticFan.HushHush aa doggedog inin thethe woodwood, oror aa woodenwooden
doggedog, OOOh comfortablecomfortable hearinghearing! II hadhad eueneven asas
liuelieflive thethe ChamberlaineChamberlain ofof thethe whitewhite HorseHorse hadhad
calledcalled meme vpup toto bedbed.
Frol.FrolicFrol.EytherEither hathhath thisthis trottingtrotting CurCur gonegone outout
ofof hishis cyrcuitcircuit, oror elselse areare wewe nerenear somesome villagevillage,
EnterEnter aa SmithSmith withwith aa LanthorneLanternlantern &and CandleCandle.
whichwhich shouldshould notnot bebe farrefar offoff, forfor II perceiueperceive thethe
glymringglimmering ofof aa GlowormeGlow-wormglow-worm, aa CandleCandle, oror aa CatsCat’scat’s
eyeeye, mymy lifelife forfor aa halfehalf penniepenny. InIn thethe namename ofof
mymy ownown fatherfather, bebe thouthou OxeOx oror AsseAss thatthat appea-appearestappea∣restappearest
telltell vsus whatwhat thouthou artart.
SmithSmith.WhatWhat amam II? WhyWhy II amam ClunchClunch thethe
SmithSmith, whatwhat areare youyou, whatwhat makemake youyou inin mymy ter-territoriester∣ritoriesterritories

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ritories atat thisthis timetime ofof thethe nightnight?
Ant.AnticAnt.WhatWhat doedo wewe makemake dostdost thouthou askeask? whywhy
wewe makemake facesfaces forfor fearefear: suchsuch asas ifif thythy mortallmortal
eyeseyes couldcould beholdbehold, wouldwould makemake theethee waterwater thethe
longlong seamesseams ofof thythy sideside slopsslops, SmithSmith.
Frol.FrolicFrol.AndAnd inin faithfaith SirSir vnlesseunless youryour hospitalitiehospitality
doedo releeuerelieve vsus, weewe areare likelike toto wanderwander withwith aa
sorrowfullsorrowful heyheyheigh hoho, amongamong thethe owletsowlets, &and Hob-HobgoblinsHob∣goblinsHobgoblins
ofof thethe ForrestForest: goodgood VulcanVulcan, forfor CupidsCupid’s
sakesake thatthat hathhath cousnedcozened vsus allall: befriendbefriend vsus asas
thouthou maiestmayest, andand commaundcommand vsus howsoeuerhowsoever,
wheresoeuerwheresoever, whensoeuerwhensoever, inin whatsoeuerwhatsoever, forfor e-euere∣uerever
andand euerever.
SmithSmith.WellWell MastersMasters itit seemesseems toto meeme youyou
hauehave lostlost youryour waieway inin thethe woodwood: inin conside-considerationconside∣rationconsideration
whereofwhereof, ifif youyou willwill goego withwith ClunchClunch toto
hishis CottageCottage, youyou shallshall hauehave househouse roomeroom, andand aa
goodgood firefire toto sitsit byby, althoghalthough wewe hauehave nono beddingbedding
toto putput youyou inin.
AllAll.OO blessedblessed SmithSmith, OOOh bountifullbountiful ClunchClunch.
SmithSmith.ForFor youryour furtherfurther intertainmententertainment, itit
shallshall bebe asas itit maymay bebe, soso andand soso.
HeareHear aa DoggeDog barkebark.....
HearkeHark thisthis isis BallBall mymy DoggeDog thatthat bidsbids youyou allall
welcomewelcome inin hishis ownown languagelanguage, comecome taketake heedheed
forfor stumblingstumbling onon thethethresholdthe thresholdthreshold, openopen doredoor
MadgeMadge taketake inin guestsguests.EnterEnter oldold womanwoman.
Ol.Old WomanOl.WelcomeWelcome ClunchClunch &and goodgood fellowesfellows alall thatthat
comecome withwith mymy goodgood māman forfor mymy goodgood mansman’s sakesake

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comecome onon sitsit downedown herehere isis aa peecepiece ofof cheesecheese &and
aa puddingpudding ofof mymy owneown makingmaking.
AntickeAntic:ThanksThanks GammerGammer aa goodgood exampleexample
forfor thethe wiueswives ofof ourour townetown.
FrolickeFrolic:GammerGammer thouthou andand thythy goodgood manman
sitsit louinglylovingly togethertogether, wewe comecome toto chatchat andand notnot
toto eateeat.
SmithSmith:WellWell MastersMasters ifif youyou willwill eateeat no-nothingno∣thingnothing
taketake awayaway: ComeCome, whatwhat doodo wewe toto passepass
awayaway thethe timetime? LayLay aa crabcrab inin thethe firefire toto rostroast forfor
Lambes-woollLambswool; whatwhat shallshall weewe hauehave aa gamegame atat
TrumpeTrump oror RuffeRuff toto driuedrive awayaway thethe timetime, howhow
saysay youyou?
FantastickeFantastic:ThisThis SmithSmith leadesleads aa lifelife asas mer-merriemer∣riemerry
asas aa KingKing withwith MadgeMadge hishis wifewife; SyrrhaSirrahsirrah Fro-FrolickeFro∣lickeFrolic
II amam suresure thouthou artart notnot withoutwithout somesome
roundround oror otherother, nono doubtdoubt butbut ClunchClunch cancan bearebear
hishis partpart.
FrolickeFrolic:ElsElse thinkethink youyou meeme illill broughtbrought vpup,
soso setset toto itit whenwhen youyou willwill.theythey singsing.

WHen asWhenaswhenas thethe RieRye reachreach toto thethe chinchin,
AndAnd chopcherriechopcherry chopcherriechopcherry riperipe withinwithin,
StrawberriesStrawberries swimmingswimming inin thethe creamecream,
AndAnd schooleschool boyesboys playingplaying inin thethe streamestream:
ThenThen OOOh, thenthen OOOh, thenthen OOOh mymy truetrue louelove saidsaid,
TillTill thatthat timetime comecome againeagain,
SheeShe couldcould notnot liuelive aa maidmaid.


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AntAnticAnt:ThisThis sportsport dooesdoes wellwell: butbut me thinkesmethinks
GammerGammer, aa merrymerry winterswinter’s taletale wouldwould driuedrive a-awaya∣wayaway
thethe timetime trimlytrimly, comecome II amam suresure youyou areare notnot
withoutwithout aa scorescore.
FantastFantasticFantast:I faithI’faithi’faith GammerGammer aa taletale ofof anan howrehour
longlong werewere asas goodgood asas anan howreshour’s sleepesleep.
Frol:FrolicLookeLook youyou GammerGammer, ofof thethe GyantGiant
andand thethe KingsKing’sking’s DaughterDaughter, andand II knowknow notnot whatwhat,
II hauehave seeneseen thethe dayday whenwhen II waswas aa litlelittle oneone, youyou
mightmight hauehave drawnedrawn meeme aa milemile afterafter youyou withwith
suchsuch aa discoursediscourse.
OldOld womanwoman:WellWell, sincesince youyou bebe soso importu-importunateimportu∣nateimportunate
mymy goodgood manman shallshall fillfill thethe potpot andand getget himhim
toto bedbed, theythey thatthat plyply theirtheir workework mustmust keepekeep
goodgood howreshours, oneone ofof youyou goego lyelie withwith himhim, hehe
isis aa cleaneclean skindskinned manman II telltell youyou, withoutwithout eithereither
spauinspavin oror windgallwindgall, soso II amam contentcontent toto driuedrive a-awaya∣wayaway
thethe timetime withwith anan oldold wiueswife’swives winterswinter’s taletale.
FantastFantasticFantast:NoNo betterbetter hayhay inin DeuonshireDevonshire, ao’a mymy
wordword GammerGammer, IleI’ll bebe oneone ofof ofof youryour audienceaudience.
FrolickeFrolic:AndAnd II anotheranother thatsthat’s flatflat.
AntickeAntic:ThenThen mustmust II toto bedbed withwith thethe goodgood
manman, BonaBonanoxBonanoxBona noxnox GammerGammer, GodGoodGod nightnight FrolickeFrolic.
SmithSmith:ComeCome onon mymy LadLad, thouthou shaltshalt taketake
thythy vnnaturallunnatural restrest withwith meme.
ExeuntExeunt AntickeAntic andand thethe SmithSmith.
FrollickeFrolicFrollicke:YetYet thisthis vantagevantage shallshall wewe hauehave ofof
themthem inin thethe morningmorning, toto beebe readyready atat thethe sightsight
thereofthereof extemporeextempore.

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OldOld womwoman:NoweNow thisthis bargainebargain mymy MastersMasters
mustmust II makemake withwith youyou, thatthat youyou willwill saysay humhum &and
haha toto mymy taletale, soso shallshall II knowknow youyou areare awakeawake.
BothBoth:ContentContent GammerGammer thatthat willwill wewe doodo.
OldOld womwoman:OnceOnce vpponupon aa timetime therethere waswas aa
KingKing oror aa LordLord, oror aa DukeDuke thatthat hadhad aa fairefair daugh-daughterdaugh∣terdaughter
thethe fairestfairest thatthat euerever waswas; asas whitewhite asas snowesnow,
andand asas reddred asas bloudblood: andand onceonce vpponupon aa timetime hishis
daughterdaughter waswas stollenstolen awayaway, andand heehe sentsent allall hishis
menmen toto seekeseek outout hishis daughterdaughter, andand heehe sentsent soso
longlong, thatthat hehe sentsent allall hishis menmen outout ofof hishis LandLand.
Frol:FrolicWhoWho drestdressed hishis dinnerdinner thenthen?
OldOld womanwoman:NayNay eithereither hearehear mymy taletale,
oror kissekiss mymy tailetail.
FanFantasticFan:WellWell sedsaid, onon withwith youryour taletale GammerGammer.
OldOld womanwoman:OO LordLord II quitequite forgotforgot, therethere
waswas aa ConiurerConjurer, andand thisthis ConiurerConjurer couldcould doodo
anythinganything, andand heehe turnedturned himselfehimself intointo aa greatgreat
DragonDragon, andand carriedcarried thethe KingesKing’sking’s DaughterDaughter awayaway
inin hishis mouthmouth toto aa CastleCastle thatthat heehe mademade ofof stonestone,
andand therethere hehe keptkept hirher II knowknow notnot howhow longlong, tilltill
atat lastlast allall thethe KingesKing’sking’s menmen wentwent outout soso longlong, thatthat
hirher twotwo BrothersBrothers wentwent toto seekeseek hirher. OO II forgetforget:
sheshe (hehe II wouldwould saysay) turnedturned aa properproper yongyoung manman
toto aa BeareBear inin thethe nightnight, andand aa manman inin thethe dayday, andand
keepskeeps byby aa crossecross thatthat partsparts threethree seuerallseveral waiesways,
&and hehe mademade hishis LadyLady runrun madmad: godsgods meme bonesbones
whowho comescomes herehere?EnterEnter thethe twotwo BrothersBrothers.
Frol:FrolicSoftSoft GammerGammer, herehere somesome comecome toto telltell

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youryour taletale forfor youyou.
FantFantasticFant:LetLet themthem alonealone, letlet vsus hearehear whatwhat theythey
willwill saysay.
1.1. BrotherBrother:VponUpon thesethese chalkiechalky CliffsCliffs ofof AlbionAlbion
WeWe areare ariuedarrived nownow withwith tedioustedious toiletoil,
AndAnd compassingcompassing thethe widewide worldworld roundround aboutabout
ToTo seekeseek ourour sistersister, toto seekeseek fairefair DelyaDelia forthforth,
YetYet cannotcannot wewe soso muchmuch asas hearehear ofof hirher.
2.2. BrotherBrother:OO fortunefortune cruellcruel, cruellcruel &and vnkindunkind,
VnkindUnkind inin thatthat wewe cannotcannot findfind ourour sistersister;
OurOur sistersister hapleshapless inin hirher cruellcruel chancechance:
SoftSoft whowho hauehave wewe herehere.
EnterEnter SenexSenex atat thethe CrosseCross stoopingstooping toto gathergather.
1.1. BrotherBrother:NowNow fatherfather GodGod bebe youryour speedspeed,
WhatWhat doodo youyou gathergather therethere?
OldOld manman:HipsHips andand HawesHawshaws, andand stickessticks andand
strawesstraws, andand thingesthings thatthat II gathergather onon thethe groundground
mymy sonneson.
1.1. BrotherBrother:HipsHips andand HawesHawshaws, andand stickessticks andand
strawesstraws, whywhy isis thatthat allall youryour foodefood fatherfather?
OldOld manman:YeaYea sonneson.
2.2. BrotherBrother:FatherFather, herehere isis anan AlmesAlms penniepenny
forfor meeme, andand ifif II speedespeed inin thatthat II goego forfor, II willwill
giuegive theethee asas goodgood aa GowneGown ofof graygrey asas euerever thouthou
diddestdidst wearewear.
1.1. BrotherBrother:AndAnd FatherFather herehere isis anotheranother almesalms
penniepenny forfor meme, andand ifif II speedespeed inin mymy iourneyjourney, II
willwill giuegive theethee aa PalmersPalmer’s staffestaff ofof yuorieivory, andand aa
scallopscallop shellshell ofof beatenbeaten goldgold.

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OldOld manman:WasWas sheeshe fayrefair?
2.2. BrotherBrother:IAyI thethe fairestfairest forfor whitewhite, andand thethe pu-purestpu∣restpurest
forfor reddred, asas thethe bloodblood ofof thethe DeareDeerdeer, oror thethe
driuendriven snowsnow:
OldOld m:manThenThen harkehark wellwell andand markemark wellwell, mymy (oldold spellspell:
BeBe notnot afraidafraid ofof eueryevery strangerstranger,
StartStart notnot asideaside atat eueryevery dangerdanger:
ThingsThings thatthat seemeseem areare notnot thethe samesame,
BlowBlow aa blastblast atat eueryevery flameflame:
ForFor whenwhen oneone flameflame ofof firefire goesgoes outout,
ThenThen comescomes youryour wisheswishes wellwell aboutabout:
IfIf anyany askeask whowho toldtold youyou thisthis goodgood,
SaySay thethe whitewhite BeareBear ofof EnglandsEngland’s woodwood.
1.1. BrotherBrother:BrotherBrother heardheard youyou notnot whatwhat thethe
 oldold manman saidsaid:
BeBe notnot afraidafraid ofof eueryevery strangerstranger,
StartStart notnot asideaside forfor eueryevery dangerdanger:
ThingsThings thatthat seemeseem areare notnot thethe samesame,
BlowBlow aa blastblast atat eueryevery flameflame:
IfIf anyany askeask whowho toldtold youyou thisthis goodgood,
SaySay thethe whitewhite BeareBear ofof EnglandsEngland’s woodwood.
2.2. BrotherBrother:WellWell ifif thisthis doodo vsus anyany goodgood,
WelWelfareWellWelfare farefare thethe whitewhite BearBear ofof EnglandsEngland’s woodwood.exexeuntex.
OldOld ma:manNowNow sitsit theethee herehere &and teltell aa heauyheavy taletale.
SadSad inin thythy moodemood, andand sobersober inin thythy cheerecheer,
HereHere sitsit theethee nownow andand toto thy selfethyself relaterelate,
TheThe hardhard mishapmishap ofof thythy mostmost wretchedwretched statestate.
InIn ThessalieThessalythessaly II liu’dlived inin sweetesweet contentcontent,
VntillUntil thatthat FortuneFortune wroughtwrought mymy ouerthrowoverthrow;

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ForFor therethere II weddedwedded waswas vntounto aa damedame,
ThatThat liu’dlived inin honorhonour, vertuevirtue, louelove, andand famefame:
ButBut SacrapantSacrapant thatthat cursedcursed sorcerersorcerer,
BeingBeing besottedbesotted withwith mymy beauteousbeauteous louelove:
MyMy deerestdearest louelove, mymy truetrue betrothedbetrothed wifewife,
DidDid seekeseek thethe meanesmeans toto ridrid meme ofof mymy lifelife.
ButBut worseworse thanthan thisthis, hehe withwith hishis chantingchanting spelsspells,
DidDid turneturn meme straightstraight vntounto anan vglyugly BeareBear;
AndAnd whenwhen thethe sunnesun dothdoth settlesettle inin thethe westwest,
ThenThan II beginbegin toto dondon mymy vglyugly hidehide:
AndAnd allall thethe dayday II sitsit, asas nownow youyou seesee,
AndAnd speakespeak inin riddlesriddles allall inspirdeinspire withwith ragerage,
SeemingSeeming anan oldeold andand miserablemiserable manman:
AndAnd yetyet II amam inin AprillApril ofof mymy ageage.
EnterEnter VeneliaVenelia hishis LadyLady madmad; andand goesgoes inin againeagain.
SeeSee wherewhere VenelyaVenelia mymy betrothedbetrothed louelove,
RunsRuns maddingmadding allall inrag’denraged aboutabout thethe woodswoods;
AllAll byby hishis curssedcursed andand inchantingenchanting spelsspells.
EnterEnter LampriscusLampriscus withwith aa potpot ofof HonnyHoney.
ButBut herehere comescomes LampriscusLampriscus mymy discontenteddiscontented
neighbourneighbour. HowHow nownow neighbourneighbour, youyou lookelook
towardetoward thethe groundground aswellas well asas II, youyou musemuse onon
Lamp:LampriscusLamp:NeighbourNeighbour onon nothingnothing, butbut onon thethe
mattermatter II soso oftenoften moouedmoved toto youyou: ifif youyou dodo anyany
thingthing forfor charitycharity, helpehelp meme; ifif forfor neighborhoodneighbourhood
oror brotherhoodbrotherhood, helpehelp meme: neuernever waswas oneone soso
comberedcumbered asas isis poorepoor LampryscusLampriscus: andand toto be-beginbe∣ginbegin
II praypray receiuereceive thisthis pottepot ofof HonnyHoney toto mendmend

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youryour farefare.
OldOld manman:ThankesThanks neighborneighbour, setset itit downedown,
HonnyHoney isis alwaiesalways welcomewelcome toto thethe BeareBear.
AndAnd nownow neighbourneighbour letlet meme heerehearhere thethe causecause ofof
youryour commingcoming.
LampriscusLampriscus:II amam (asas youyou knoweknow neigh-neighbourneigh∣bourneighbour
aa manman vnmariedunmarried, andand liuedlived soso vnquietlyunquietly
withwith mymy twotwo wiueswives, thatthat II keepekeep eueryevery yeareyear
holyholy thethe dayday whereinwherein II buriedburied thēthem bothboth; thethe firstfirst
waswas onon saintsaint AndrewesAndrew’s dayday; thethe otherother onon saintsaint
OldOld manman:AndAnd nownow neighbourneighbour, youyou ofof thisthis
countrycountry saysay, youryour customecustom isis outout: butbut onon withwith
youryour taletale neighbourneighbour.
Lamp:LampriscusLamp:ByBy mymy firstfirst wifewife, whosewhose tonguetongue wea-weariedwea∣riedwearied
meme aliuealive, andand soundedsounded inin mymy earesears likelike thethe
clapperclapper ofof aa greatgreat BellBell, whosewhose talketalk waswas aa conti-continuallconti∣nuallcontinual
tormenttorment toto allall thatthat dweltdweltdwelled byby herher, oror liuedlived
nighnigh herher, youyou hauehave heardheard meme saysay II hadhad aa hand-handsomehand∣somehandsome
OldOld manman:TrueTrue neighbourneighbour.
LamprLampriscusLampr:SheeSheshe itit isis thatthat afflictesafflicts meme withwith herher
continuallcontinual clamouresclamours, andand hangshangs onon meme likelike aa
BurreBurrburr: poorepoor sheeshe isis, andand proudeproud sheeshe isis, asas
poorepoor asas aa sheepesheep newnew shorneshorn, andand asas proudeproud
ofof herher hopeshopes, asas aa PeacockPeacock ofof herher tailetail wellwell
OldOld manman:WellWell saidsaid LampryscusLampriscus, youyou speakespeak
itit likelike anan EnglishmanEnglishman.

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Lampr:LampriscusLampr:AsAs curstcurstcursed asas aa waspewasp, andand asas frowardefroward
asas aa childechild newnew takentaken fromfrom thethe mothersmother’s teateteat,
sheeshe isis toto mymy ageage, asas smoakesmoke toto thethe eyeseyes, oror asas vi-vinegarvi∣negarvinegar
toto thethe teethteeth.
OldOld manman:HolilyHolily praisedpraised neighbourneighbour, asas muchmuch
forfor thethe nextnext.
Lampr:LampriscusLampr:ByBy mymy otherother wifewife II hadhad aa daughterdaughter,
soso hardhard fauouredfavoured, soso foulefoul andand illill facedfaced, thatthat II
thinkethink aa grouegrove fullfull ofof goldengolden treestrees; andand thethe
leauesleaves ofof RubiesRubies andand DyamondsDiamonds, wouldwould notnot
beebe aa dowriedowry aunswerableanswerable toto herher deformi-deformitiedeformi∣tie
OldOld manman:WellWell neighbourneighbour, nowenow youyou hauehave
spokespoke, heerehear meme speakespeak; sendsend themthem toto thethe WellWell
forfor thethe waterwater ofof lifelife: therethere shallshall theythey findefind theirtheir
fortunesfortunes vnlookedunlooked forfor; NeighbourNeighbour farewellfarewell.
Lampr:LampriscusLampr:FarewellFarewell andand aa thousandthousand, andand nownow
goethgoeth poorepoor LampryscusLampriscus toto putput inin executionexecution
thisthis excellentexcellent counsellcounsel.ExeuntExeunt.
Frol:FrolicWhyWhy thisthis goesgoes rounderound withoutwithout aa fid-fidlingfid∣lingfiddlingfidling
stickstick; butbut doodo youyou hearehear GammerGammer, waswas thisthis
thethe manman thatthat waswas aa BeareBear inin thethe nightnight, andand aa
manman inin thethe dayday?
OldOld womanwoman:IAyI thisthis isis heehe; andand thisthis manman thatthat
camecame toto himhim waswas aa beggarbeggar, andand dweltdweltdwelled vpponupon aa
greenegreen. ButBut softsoft, whowho comescomes herehere? OO thesethese areare
thethe haruest menharuestharvestmenharvest men men; tenten toto oneone theythey singsing aa songsong ofof

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EnterEnter thethe haruest menharuestharvestmenharvest men men a singingaa-singinga singing singing, withwith thisthis
SongSong doubledouble repeatedrepeated.

AllAll yeeye thatthat louelylovely louerslovers bebe, praypray youyou forfor meme,
LoeLo herehere wewe comecome a sowingaa-sowinga sowing sowing, a sowingaa-sowinga sowing sowing,
AndAnd sowesow sweetesweet fruitesfruits ofof louelove:
InIn youryour sweetesweet heartshearts wellwell maymay itit prooueprove.
EnterEnter HuanebangoHuanebango withwith hishis two handtwotwo-handtwo hand hand swordsword,
andand BoobyBooby thethe ClowneClown.

FantFantasticFant:GammerGammer, whatwhat isis hehe?
OldOld womanwoman:OO thisthis isis oneone thatthat isis goinggoing toto thethe
coniurerconjurer, letlet himhim alonealone, herehearhere whatwhat hehe sayessays.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:NowNow byby MarsMars andand MercuryMercury, IupiterJupiterjupiter
andand IanusJanusjanus, SolSol andand SaturnusSaturnus, VenusVenus andand VestaVesta,
PallasPallas andand ProserpinaProserpina, andand byby thethe honorhonour ofof mymy
househouse PolimackeroeplacydusPolimackeroeplacidusPolimackeroeplacydus, itit isis aa wonderwonder toto seesee
whatwhat thisthis louelove willwill makemake sillysilly fellowesfellowsfellow’s aduen-aduentureaduen∣tureadventure
eueneven inin thethe wanewane ofof theirtheir witswits, andand infansieinfancy
ofof theirtheir discretiondiscretion. AlasAlas mymy friendfriend whatwhat fortunefortune
callescalls theethee foorthforth toto seekeseek thythy fortunefortune amongamong
brasenbrazen gatesgates, inchantedenchanted towerstowers, firefire andand Brim-BrimstoneBrim∣stoneBrimstone
thunderthunder andand lightninglightning. BeautieBeauty II telltell theethee
isis peerelessepeerless, andand sheshe preciousprecious whomwhom thouthou af-affectestaf∣fectestaffectest
dodo offoff thesethese desiresdesires goodgood countrimancountryman,
goodgood friendfriend runnerun awayaway fromfrom thy selfethyself, andand soso
soonesoon asas thouthou canstcanst, forgetforget herher; whomwhom nonenone
mustmust inheritinherit butbut hehe thatthat cancan monstersmonsters tametame, la-labouresla∣boureslabours
atchiueachieve, riddlesriddles absolueabsolve, looseloose inchant-inchantmentsinchant∣mentsenchantments
murthermurder magickemagic, andand killkill coniuringconjuring: andand
thatthat isis thethe greatgreat andand mightymighty HuanebangoHuanebango.

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BoobyBooby:HarkeHark youyou sirsir, harkehark youyou; FirstFirst knowknow
II hauehave herehere thethe flurtingflirting featherfeather, andand hauehave giuengiven
thethe ParishParish thethe startstart forfor thethe longlong stockestock: NoweNow
sirsir ifif itit beebe nono moremore butbut runningrunning throughthrough aa littlelittle
lightninglightning andand thunderthunder, andand riddleriddle meme riddleriddle meme
whatswhat’s thisthis, IleI’ll hauehave thethe wenchwench fromfrom thethe Con-ConiurerCon∣iurerConjurer
ifif hehe werewere tenten ConiurersConjurers.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:II hauehave abandonedabandoned thethe CourtCourt andand ho-honourableho∣nourablehonourable
companycompany, toto doodo mymy deuoyredevoir againstagainst
thisthis soresore SorcererSorcerer andand mightymighty MagitianMagician: ifif thisthis
LadieLady bebe soso fairefair asas sheshe isis saidsaid toto beebe, sheshe isis minemine,
sheshe isis minemine, MeusMeus, meamea, meummeum, inin contemptumcontemptum
omniumomnium GrammaticorumGrammaticorum
BoobyBooby:OO falsumfalsum LatinumLatinum! thethe fairefair maidemaid isis
minumminum, cumcum apurtinantibusapurtinantibus gibletesgibletesgiblets andand allall.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:IfIf sheeshe beebe minemine, asas II assureassure my selfemyself
thethe heauensheavens willwill doodo somewhatsomewhat toto rewardreward mymy
worthinesworthiness; sheeshe shallshall beebe alliedallied toto nonenone ofof thethe
meanestmeanest godsgods; butbut beebe inuestedinvested inin thethe mostmost fa-famousfa∣mousfamous
stockestock ofof HuanebangoHuanebango polimackeroeplaci-polimackeroeplaciduspolimackeroeplaci∣dusPolimackeroeplaciduspolimackeroeplacidus
mymy GrandfatherGrandfather: mymy fatherfather PergopolyneoPergopolyneo:
mymy mothermother, DyonoraDionoraDyonora dede SardynyaSardinia: famousliefamously
BoobyBooby:DooDodo youyou hearehear sirsir; hadhad notnot youyou aa
CosenCousin, thatthat waswas calledcalled GustecerydisGusteceridisGustecerydis?
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:IndeedeIndeed II hadhad aa CosenCousin, thatthat somtimesometime
followedfollowed thethe CourtCourt infortunatelyinfortunately, andand hishis namename
BoobyBooby:OO LordLord II knowknow himhim wellwell: heehe isis thethe

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knightknight ofof thethe neatesneat’s feetefeet.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:OO hehe lou’dloved nono CaponCapon betterbetter, hehe hathhath
oftentimesoftentimes deceiueddeceived hishis boyboy ofof hishis dinnerdinner, thatthat
waswas hishis faultfault goodgood BustegustecerydisBustegusteceridisBustegustecerydis.
BoobyBooby:ComeCome shallshall wewe goego alongalong? SoftSoft, herehere
isis anan oldeold manman atat thethe CrosseCross, letlet vsus askeask himhim thethe
wayway thitherthither. HoHo, youyou GafferGaffer, II praypray youyou telltell
wherewhere thethe wisewise manman thethe ConiurerConjurer dwellsdwells?
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:WhereWhere thatthat earthlyearthly GoddesseGoddess kee-keepethkee∣pethkeepeth
hirher abodeabode; thethe commandercommander ofof mymy thoughtsthougtsthoughts,
andand fairefair MistresMistress ofof mymy heartheart.
OldOld manman:FaireFair inoughenough, andand farrefar inoughenough
fromfrom thythy fingeringfingering sonneson.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:II willwill followefollow mymy FortuneFortune afterafter minemine
owneown fanciefancy, andand doodo accordingaccording toto minemine owneown
OldOld manman:YetYet giuegive somesome thingthing toto anan oldold manman
beforebefore youyou goego.
Huan:Huau:HuanebangoHuau:FatherFather mee thinkesmethinks aa peecepiece ofof thisthis
CakeCake mightmight serueserve youryour turneturn.
OldOld manman:YeaYea sonneson.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:HuanabangoHuanebangoHuanabango giuethgiveth nono CakesCakes forfor
AlmesAlms, askeask ofof themthem thatthat giuegive giftesgifts forfor poorepoor
BeggarsBeggars. FaireFair LadyLady, ifif thouthou wertwert onceonce shri-shrinedshri∣nedshrined
inin thisthis bosomebosom, II wouldwould bucklerbuckler theethee hara-haratantarahara∣tantara
BoobyBooby:FatherFather doodo youyou seesee thisthis manman, youyou litlelittle
thinkethink heelehe’ll runrun aa milemile oror twotwo forfor suchsuch aa CakeCake,

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oror passepass forfor aa puddingpudding, II telltell youyou fatherfather heehe hashas
keptkept suchsuch aa beggingbegging ofof meeme forfor aa peecepiece ofof thisthis
CakeCake, whoowho hehe comescomes vpponupon meme withwith aa super-superfantiallsuper∣fantiallsuperfantialsuperstantial
substancesubstance, andand thethe foysonfoison ofof thethe earthearth,
thatthat II knowknow notnot whatwhat hehe meanesmeans: IfIf heehe camecame
toto meme thusthus, andand saidsaid, mymy friendfriend BoobyBooby oror soso, whywhy
II couldcould sparespare himhim aa peecepiece withwith allall mymy heartheart; butbut
whenwhen hehe tellstells meme howhow GodGod hathhath enrichedenriched meeme
aboueabove otherother fellowesfellows withwith aa CakeCake: whywhy heehe
makesmakes meme blindeblind andand deafedeaf atat onceonce: YetYet fatherfather
heerehere isis aa peecepiece ofof CakeCake forfor youyou asas hardehard asas thethe
worldworld goesgoes.
OldOld manman:ThanksThanks sonneson, butbut listlist toto meeme,
HeHe shallshall bebe deafedeaf whenwhen thouthou shaltshalt notnot seesee;
FarewellFarewell mymy sonneson thingsthings maymay soso hithit,
ThouThou maistmayst hauehave wealthwealth toto mendmend thythy witwit.
BoobyBooby:FarewellFarewell fatherfather, farewellfarewell; forfor II mustmust
makemake hasthaste afterafter mymy two handtwotwo-handtwohandhand swordsword thatthat isis gonegone
beforebefore.ExeuntExeunt omnesomnes.

EnterEnter SacrapantSacrapant inin hishis studiestudy.

SacrapantSacrapant:TheThe dayday isis cleareclear, thethe WelkinWelkin
 brightbright andand graygrey,
TheThe LarkeLark isis merriemerry, andand recordsrecords hirher notesnotes;
EachEach thingthing reioysethrejoiceth vnderneathunderneath thethe SkieSky,
ButBut onelyonly II whomwhom heauenheaven hathhath inin hatehate:
WretchedWretched andand miserablemiserable SacrapantSacrapant,
InIn ThessalieThessalythessaly waswas II borneborn andand broughtbrought vpup,

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MyMy mothermother MeroeMeroe highthight aa famousfamous WitchWitch,
AndAnd byby hirher cunningcunning II ofof hirher diddid learnelearn,
ToTo changechange andand alteralter shapesshapes ofof mortallmortal menmen.
ThereThere diddid II turneturn my selfemyself intointo aa DragonDragon,
AndAnd stolestole awayaway thethe DaughterDaughter toto thethe KingKing;
FaireFair DelyaDelia, thethe MistresMistress ofof mymy heartheart:
AndAnd broughtbrought hirher hitherhither toto reuiuerevive thethe manman,
ThatThat seemethseemeth yongyoung andand pleasantpleasant toto beholdbehold,
AndAnd yetyet isis agedaged, crookedcrooked, weakeweak andand numbenumb.
ThusThus byby inchauntingenchanting spellsspells II doodo deceiuedeceive,
ThoseThose thatthat beholdbehold andand lookelook vponupon mymy faceface;
ButBut wellwell maymay II bidbid youthfullyouthful yearesyears adueadieu:
EnterEnter DelyaDelia withwith aa potpot inin hirher handhand.
SeeSee wherewhere sheshe comscomescoms fromfrom whencewhence mymy sorrowssorrows (growgrow,
HowHow nownow fairefair DelyaDelia wherewhere hauehave youyou binbeen?
DelyaDelia:AtAt thethe footefoot ofof thethe RockeRock forfor run-runningrun∣ningrunning
waterwater, andand gatheringgathering rootesroots forfor youryour din-dinnerdin∣nerdinner
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:AhAh DelyaDelia, fairerfairer artart thouthou thanthan thethe run-runningrun∣ningrunning
waterwater, yetyet harderharder farrefar thanthan steelesteel oror Ada-AdamantAda∣mant
DelyaDelia:WillWill itit pleaseplease youyou toto sitsit downedown sirsir.
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:IAyI DelyaDelia, sitsit &and askeask meme whatwhat thouthou wiltwilt,
thouthou shaltshalt hauehave itit broughtbrought intointo thythy lappelap.
DelyaDelia:ThenThen II praypray youyou sirsir letlet meeme hauehave thethe
bestbest meatemeat fromfrom thethe kingking ofof EnglandsEngland’s tabletable, andand
thethe bestbest winewine inin allall FranceFrance, broughtbrought inin byby thethe ve-veriestve∣riestveriest
knaueknave inin allall SpaineSpain.
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:DelyaDelia II amam gladglad toto seesee youyou soso pleasantpleasant,

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wellwell sitsit theethee downedown.
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:SpredSpread tabletable spredspread; meatmeat, drinkedrink &and bredbreadbred
EuerEver maymay II hauehave, whatwhat II euerever crauecrave:
WhenWhen II amam spredspread, forfor meatemeat forfor mymy blackblack cockcock,
AndAnd meatemeat forfor mymy redred.
EnterEnter aa FrierFriar withwith aa chinechine ofof BeefeBeef andand
aa potpot ofof winewine.

Sacr:SacrapantSacr:HeereHere DelyaDelia, willwill yeeye fallfall toto.
Del:DeliaDel:IsIs thisthis thethe bestbest meatemeat inin EnglandEngland?
Del:DeliaDel:WhatWhat isis itit?
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:AA chinechine ofof EnglishEnglish beefebeef, meatemeat forfor aa (kingking
AndAnd aa kingsking’s followersfollowers.
Del:DeliaDel:IsIs thisthis thethe bestbest winewine inin FranceFrance?
Del:DeliaDel:WhatWhat WineWine isis itit?
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:AA cupcup ofof neateneat winewine ofof OrleanceOrleans,
ThatThat neuernever camecame neernear thethe brewersbrewers inin EnglandEngland.
Del:DeliaDel:IsIs thisthis thethe veriestveriest knaueknave inin allall SpaineSpain?
Del:DeliaDel:WhatWhat isis hehe aa FryerFriarfriar?
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:YeaYea aa FrierFriar indefinitindefinite, &and aa knaueknave infinitinfinite.
Del:DeliaDel:ThenThen II praypray yeye sirsir FrierFriarfriar telltell meme beforebefore
youyou goego, whichwhich isis thethe mostmost greediestgreediest English-EnglishmanEnglish∣man
FryerFryer:TheThe miserablemiserable andand mostmost couetouscovetous
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:HoldeHold theethee therethere FriarFriar,ExitExit FriarFriar.
ButBut softsoft whowho hauehave wewe heerehere, DeliaDelia awayaway begonbegone.

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EnterEnter thethe twotwo BrothersBrothers.
DelyaDelia awayaway, forfor besetbeset areare wewe,
ButBut heauenheaven oror hellhell shallshall rescuerescue herher forfor meme.
1.1. Br.BrotherBr.BrotherBrother, waswas notnot thatthat DelyaDelia diddid appeareappear?
OrOr waswas itit butbut herher shadowshadow thatthat waswas herehere?
2.2. BroBrotherBro:SisterSister, wherewhere artart thouthou? DelyaDelia comecome againagain
HeHe callescalls, thatthat ofof thythy absenceabsence dothdoth complainecomplain.
CallCall outout CalyphaCalypha thatthat sheshe maymay hearehear,
AndAnd criecry aloudaloud, forfor DelyaDelia isis neerenear.
1.1. Br:BrotherBr:NeereNear, OOOh wherewhere, hasthast thouthou anyany tidingstidings?
2.2. Br:BrotherBr:WhichWhich wayway isis DelyaDelia thenthen, oror thatthat, oror (thisthis?
1.1. Br:BrotherBr:AndAnd maymay wewe safelysafely comecome wherewhere DeliaDelia (isis
2.2. BroBrotherBro:BrotherBrother rememberremember youyou thethe whitewhite
BeareBear ofof EnglandsEngland’s woodwood:
StartStart notnot a sideaside forfor eueryevery dangerdanger,
BeBe notnot afeardafeard ofof eueryevery strangerstranger;
ThingsThings thatthat seemeseem, areare notnot thethe samesame.
1.1. Br:BrotherBr:BrotherBrother, whywhy dodo wewe notnot thēthen coragiouslycourageously (enterenter.
2.2. Br:BrotherBr:ThenThen brotherbrother drawdraw thythy swordsword &and followfollow (meme.
EnterEnter thethe ConiurerConjurer; itit lightenslightens &and thun-thundersthun∣dersthunders
thethe 2.2. BrotherBrother fallesfalls downedown.

1.1. Br:BrotherBr:WhatWhat brotherbrother doostdost thouthou fallfall?
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:IAyay, andand thouthou totooto CalyphaCalypha.
FallFall 1.1. BrotherBrother. EnterEnter twotwo furiesfuries.
AdestesAdestes DæmonesDaemonesDaemonesDaemons: awayaway withwith themthem,

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GoGo carycarry themthem straightstraight toto SacrapantosSacrapanto’s cellcell,
ThereThere inin despairedespair andand torturetorture forfor toto dwelldwell;
TheseThese areare ThenoresThenore’s sonnessons ofof ThessalyThessaly,
ThatThat comecome toto seekeseek DelyaDelia theirtheir sistersister forthforth:
ButBut withwith aa potionpotion, II toto herher hauehave giuengiven,
MyMy artsarts hathhath mademade herher toto forgetforget her selfeherself.
HeHe remoouesremoves aa turfeturf, andand shewesshows aa lightlight inin aa glasseglass.
SeeSee heerehere thethe thingthing whichwhich dothdoth prolongprolong mymy lifelife
WithWith thisthis inchantmentenchantment II dodo anyany thingthing.
AndAnd tilltill thisthis fadefade, mymy skillskill shallshall stillstill endureendure,
AndAnd neuernever nonenone shallshall breakebreak thisthis littlelittle glasseglass,
ButBut sheshe that’sthat’s neitherneither wifewife, widowwidow, nornor maidemaid.
ThenThen cheerecheer thy selfethyself, thisthis isis thythy destiniedestiny,
NeuerNever toto diedie, butbut byby aa deaddead mansman’s handhand.ExeuntExeunt.
EnterEnter EumenidesEumenides thethe wandringwand’ringwandering KnightKnight,
andand thethe oldold manman atat thethe crossecross.

Eum:EumenidesEum:TellTell meme TimeTime, telltell meme iustjust TimeTime,
WhenWhen shallshall II DeliaDelia seesee?
WhenWhen shallshall II seesee thethe loadstarlodestar ofof mymy lifelife?
WhenWhen shallshall mymy wandringwand’ring coursecourse endend withwith herher (sightsight?
OrOr II butbut viewview mymy hopehope, mymy heartsheart’s delightdelight.
FatherFather GodGod speedespeed, ifif youyou telltell fortunesfortunes, II praypray
goodgood fatherfather telltell meme minemine.
OldOld manman:SonneSon II dodo seesee inin thythy faceface,
ThyThy blessedblessed fortunefortune workework apaceapace;
II dodo perceiueperceive thatthat thouthou hasthast witwit,
BegBeg ofof thythy fatefate toto gouernegovern itit,
ForFor wisdomewisdom gouern’dgoverned byby aduiseadvice,
MakesMakes manymany fortunatefortunate andand wisewise.

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BestoweBestow thythy almesalms, giuegive moremore thanthan allall,
TillTill deaddead mensmen’s bonesbones comecome atat thythy callcall:
FarewellFarewell mymy sonneson, dreamedream ofof nono restrest,
TilTill thouthou repentrepent thatthat thouthou didstdidst bestbest.ExitExit OldOld m.manm.
Eum.EumenidesEum.ThisThis manman hathhath leftleft meme inin aa LaborinthLabyrinth,
HeHe biddethbiddeth meme giuegive moremore thanthan allall,
TillTill deaddead mensmen’s bonesbones comecome atat thythy callcall:
HeHe biddethbiddeth meme dreamedream ofof nono restrest,
TillTill II repentrepent thatthat II dodo bestbest.
EnterEnter WiggenWiggen, CorobusCorebusCorobus, Churchwar-ChurchwardenChurchwar∣denChurchwarden
andand SextenSexton.

VViggenWiggen:YouYou maymay bebe ashamedashamed, youyou whor-whorsonwhor∣sonwhoreson
scaldscald SextonSexton andand ChurchwardenChurchwarden, ifif youyou hadhad
anyany shameshame inin thosethose shamelesseshameless facesfaces ofof yoursyours, toto
letlet aa poorepoor manman lielie soso longlong aboueabove groundground vnbu-vnburiedvnbu∣riedunburied
AA rotrot onon youyou allall, thatthat hauehave nono moremore com-compassioncom∣passioncompassion
ofof aa goodgood fellowfellow whenwhen hehe isis gonegone.
SimonSimon:WhatWhat wouldwould youyou hauehave vsus toto buriebury
himhim, andand toto aunswereanswer itit our seluesourselves toto thethe par-parrishepar∣rishe
SextonSexton:ParishParish meme nono parishesparishes, paypay meme mymy
feesfees, andand letlet thethe restrest runnerun onon inin thethe quartersquarters ac-accountsac∣countsaccounts
andand putput itit downedown forfor oneone ofof youryour goodgood
deedesdeeds aa GodsGod’s namename, forfor II amam notnot oneone thatthat cu-curiouslycu∣riouslycuriously
standsstands vponupon meritsmerits.
CorobusCorebusCorobus:YouYou whoresonwhoreson soddensodden headedheaded
sheepes-facesheep’s facesheeps-face, shallshall aa goodgood fellowfellow dodo lesseless seruiceservice
andand moremore honestiehonesty toto thethe parishparish, &and willwill youyou notnot
whenwhen hehe isis deaddead letlet himhim hauehave ChristmasChristmas buriallburial.

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VViggenWiggen:PeacePeace CorebusCorebus, assureassure asas IackJackjack waswas
IackJackjack, thethe frollickstfrolic’stfrollickst frannionfranionfrannion amongstamongst youyou, andand II
VViggenWiggen hishis sweetesweet swornesworn brotherbrother, IackJackjack shallshall
hauehave hishis funeralsfunerals, oror somesome ofof themthem shallshall lielie onon
GodsGod’s dearedear earthearth forfor itit, thatsthat’s onceonce.
Churchwa:ChurchwardenChurchwa:VViggenWiggen II hopehope thouthou wiltwilt dodo nono
moremore thenthan thouthou darstdar’st aunsweranswer.
VVig:WiggenVVig:SirSir, sirsir, daredare oror daredare notnot, moremore oror lesseless,
aunsweranswer oror notnot aunsweranswer, dodo thisthis, oror hauehave thisthis.
Sex:SextonSex:HelpeHelp, helpehelp, helpehelp, VViggenWiggen setssets vponupon
thethe parishparish withwith aa Pike staffePikePikestaffPikestaffestaff.
EumenidesEumenides awakesawakes andand comescomes toto themthem.
Eum:EumenidesEum:HouldHold thythy handshands goodgood fellowfellow.
Core:CorebusCore:CanCan youyou blameblame himhim sirsir, ifif hehe taketake IacksJack’sjacks
partpart againstagainst thisthis shakeshake rottenrotten parishparish thatthat willwill notnot
buriebury IackJackjack.
Eum:EumenidesEum:WhyWhy whatwhat waswas thatthat IackJackjack?
Coreb:CorebusCoreb:WhoWho IackJackjack sirsir, whowho ourour IackJackjack sirsir? asas
goodgood aa fellowfellow asas euerever troadetrod vpponupon NeatsNeat’sneat’s lea-leatherlea∣ther
VViggenWiggen:LookeLook youyou sirsir, hehe gauegave fourefour scorescore
andand nineteenenineteen mourningmourning gownesgowns toto thethe parishparish
whenwhen hehe dieddied, andand becausebecause hehe wouldwould notnot makemake
themthem vpup aa fullfull hundredhundred, theythey wouldwould notnot burybury
himhim; waswas notnot thisthis goodgood dealingdealing?
Churchwar:ChurchwardenChurchwar:OhOhO LordLord sirsir howhow hehe lieslies, hehe waswas
notnot worthworth aa halfepennyhalfehalfpennyhalfpennypenny, andand drunkedrunk outout eueryevery
pennypenny: andand nowenow hishis fellowesfellows, hishis drunkendrunken
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chargecharge ofof thethe parishparish, andand wewe makemake manymany suchsuch
matchesmatches, wewe maymay pullpull downedown thethe steeplesteeple, sellsell thethe
BellesBells, andand thatchethatch thethe chauncellchancel: hehe shallshall lielie a-abouea∣boueabove
groundground tilltill hehe dauncedance aa galliardgalliard aboutabout thethe
churchyardchurchyard forfor SteeuenSteven LoacheLoach.
VViggenWiggen:SicSic argumentarisargumentaris dominedominedominae LoacheLoach;
andand wewe makemake manymany suchsuch matchesmatches, wewe maymay pullpull
downedown thethe steeplesteeple, sellsell thethe BellesBells, andand thatchethatch
thethe chauncellchancel: inin goodgood timetime sirsir, andand hanghang your your seluesyourselves
inin thethe BellBell ropesropes whenwhen youyou hauehave donedone,
DomineDomineDominae oponensoponens præponopraeponopraepono tibitibi hanchanc questionemquestionem,
whetherwhether willwill youyou hauehave thethe groundground brokenbroken, oror
youryour patespates brokenbroken: firstfirst, forfor oneone ofof themthem shallshall
bebe donedone presentlypresently, andand toto beginbegin minemine, ileI’ll sealeseal itit
vponupon youryour cockescomecoxcomb.
Eum:EumenidesEum:HouldHold thythy handshands, II praypray theethee goodgood
fellowfellow bebe notnot tootoo hastiehasty.
Coreb:CorebusCoreb:YouYou CaponsCapon’sCapons faceface, wewe shallshall hauehave youyou
turndturned outout ofof thethe parishparish oneone ofof thesethese dayesdays, withwith
neuernever aa tattertatter toto youryour arsearse, thenthenthan youyou areare inin worseworse
takingtaking thenthan IackJackjack.
EumenEumenidesEumenFaithFaith andand hehe isis badbad enoughenough: thisthis fel-fellowfel∣lowfellow
doesdoes butbut thethe partpart ofof aa friendfriend, toto seekeseek toto bu-buriebu∣riebury
hishis friendfriend; howhow muchmuch willwill buriebury himhim?
VViggenWiggen:FaithFaith, aboutabout somesome fifteenefifteen oror six-sixteenesix∣teenesixteen
shillingsshillings willwill bestowbestow himhim honestlyhonestly.
SextonSexton:IAyI eueneven there aboutsthereabouts sirsir.
EumenEumenidesEumen:HeereHere houldhold itit thenthen, andand II hauehave leftleft
meme butbut oneone poorepoor threethree halfe pencehalfe half-pencehalf pencepence; nownow dodo II

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rememberremember thethe wordeswords thethe oldold manman spakespakespoke atat thethe
crossecross; bestowebestow allall thouthou hasthast, andand thisthis isis allall, tilltill
deaddead mensmen’s bonesbones comescomes atat thythy callcall, hearehear holdehold
itit, andand soso farewellfarewell.
VVig:WiggenVVig:GodGod, andand allall goodgood, beebe withwith youyou sirsir;
naienay youyou cormorantscormorants, ileI’ll bestowebestow oneone pealepeal ofof
IackJackjack atat minemine owneown properproper costscosts andand chargescharges.
Coreb:CorebusCoreb:YouYou maymay thankethank GodGod thethe longlong staffestaff
andand thethe bilbowebilbo bladeblade, crostcrossed notnot youryour cockes-cockes-combecoxcomb
wellwell weelewe’ll toto thethe churchchurch stilestile, andand hauehave
aa potpot, andand soso trylltrilltryll lylllilllyll.
BothBoth:ComeCome letslet’s gogo.ExeuntExeunt.
FantFantasticFant:ButBut harkehark youyou gammergammer, me thinkesmethinks
thisthis IackJackjack borebore aa greatgreat swaysway inin thethe parishparish.
OldOld womanwoman:OO thisthis IackJackjack waswas aa maruelousmarvelous fel-fellowfel∣lowfellow
hehe waswas butbut aa poorepoor manman, butbut veryvery wellwell be-belouedbe∣lonedbeloved
youyou shallshall seesee anonanon whatwhat thisthis IackJackjack willwill
comecome toto.
EnterEnter thethe haruest menharuestharvestmenharvest men men singingsinging, withwith wo-womenwo∣menwomen
inin theirtheir handshands.

Frol:FrolicSoftSoft, whowho hauehave weewe heerehere? ourour amo-amorousamo∣rousamorous
FantFantasticFant:IAyay, IAyay, letlet vsus sitsit stillstill andand letlet themthem alonealone.
HeereHere theythey beginbegin toto singsing, thethe
songsong doubleddoubled.

LoeLolo heerehere wewe comecome a reapingaa-reapinga reaping reaping, a reapingaa-reapinga reaping reaping,
ToTo reapereap ourour haruestharvest fruitefruit,
AndAnd thusthus wewe passepass thethe yeareyear soso longlong,
AndAnd neuernever bebe wewe mutemute.
ExitExit thethe haruest mēharuestharvestmenharvest mē men.

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The Old VViues Tale.

EnterEnter HuanebangoHuanebango, andand CorebusCorebus thethe clowneclown.
Frol:FrolicSoftSoft, whowho hauehave wewe herehere?
OldOld w:womanw:OO thisthis isis aa cholerickcholeric gentlemangentleman, allall
youyou thatthat louelove youryour liueslives, keepekeep outout ofof thethe smellsmell
ofof hishis two handtwotwo-handtwo handhand swordesword: nowenow goesgoes hehe toto thethe
FantFantasticFant:Me thinkesMethinksmethinks thethe ConiurerConjurer shouldshould putput
thethe foolefool intointo aa IuglingJugglingjuggling boxebox.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:FeeFee, fafa, fumfum, herehere isis thethe EnglishmanEnglishman,
ConquerConquer himhim thatthat cancan, camecame forfor hishis ladylady brightbright,
ToTo prooueprove himselfehimself aa knightknight,
AndAnd winwin herher louelove inin fightfight.
Cor:CorebusCor:Who haweWho Hoo-hawWho hawehawe maistermaster BangoBango areare youyou herehere?
hearehear youyou, youyou hadhad bestbest sitsit downedown heerehere, andand
begbeg anan almesalms withwith meme.
Huan:HuanebangoHuan:HenceHence basebase cullioncullion, heerehere isis hehe thatthat
commaundethcommandeth ingresseingress andand egresseegress withwith hishis
weaponweapon, andand willwill enterenter atat hishis voluntaryvoluntary whoso-whosoeuerwhoso∣euerwhosoever
saithsaith nono.
AA voicevoice andand flameflame ofof firefire: HuanebangoHuanebango
fallethfalleth downedown.

OldOld w:womanw:SoSo withwith thatthat theythey kistkissed, andand spoiledspoiledspoilt thethe
edgeedge ofof asas goodgood aa two handtwotwo-handtwohandhand swordsword, asas euerever GodGod
putput lifelife inin; nownow goesgoes CorebusCorebus inin, spightspite ofof thethe
EnterEnter thethe ConiurerConjurer, &and strikestrike CorebusCorebusCorebus’ blindeblind.
Sacr:SacrapantSacr:AwayAway withwith himhim intointo thethe openopen fieldsfields,
ToTo bebe aa raueningravening prayprey toto CrowesCrows andand KitesKites:

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The Old VViues Tale.

AndAnd forfor thisthis villainvillain letlet himhim wanderwander vpup &and downedown
InIn noughtnaught butbut darkenesdarkness andand eternalleternal nightnight.
Cor:CorebusCor:HeerHerehere hasthast thouthou slainslain HuāHuan aa slashingslashing</