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Re-enter DELIGHT.

Del. A company of rural fellows, faced?
Like lovers of your laws, beg to be graced
Before your highness, to present their sport.

Spring. What is't?
Del. A morrice.

Spring. Give them our court.-
Stay, these dull birds may make thee stop thine

ear; Take thou my lightning, none but laurel here Shall scape thy blasting: whom thou wilt con

found, Smite; let those stand, who in thy choice sit

crown'd. Ray. Let these then, I may surfeit else on

sweets; Sound sleeps do not still lie in princes' sheets.

Spring. Beckon the rurals in; the country-gray Seldom ploughs treason: should'st thou be stol'n

By great ones,-that's my fear.

Ray. Fear it not, lady;
Should all the world's black sorceries be laid

To blow me hence, I move not.

? A company of rural fellows, faced

Like lovers of your laws.] i. e. with youthful, ruddy, cheerful countenances.

Spring. I am made
In that word the Earth's empress.

Are not these sports too rustic?

Ray. No; pretty and pleasing.
Spring. My youngest girl, the violet-breathing

Being told by Flora that my love dwelt here,
Is come to do

service : will

you please To honour her arrival ?

Ray. I shall attend.
Spring. On then, [Exeunt Morrice-dancers.

and bid my rosy-finger'd May Rob hills and dales, with sweets to strew his


[Exit, followed by Youth and HEALTH.

Enter Folly, and whispers RAYBRIGHT. Ray. An empress, say'st thou, fall’n in love with

me? Fol. She's a great woman, and all great women love to be empresses; her name, the lady Humour. Ray. Strange name! I never saw her, knew her

not; What kind of creature is she?

Fol. Creature! of a skin soft as pomatum, sleek as jelly, white as blanched almonds; no mercer's wife ever handled yard with a prettier [hand]; breath, sweet as a monkey's; lips of cherries, teeth of pearl, eyes of diamond, foot and leg


Ray. And what's thy name?
Fol. 'Tis but a folly to tell it; my name is Folly.

Ray. Humour and Folly! To my listening ear
The lady's praises often have been sung;
Thy trumpet, sounding forth her graceful beauties,
Kindles high flames within me to behold her.

Fol. She's as hot as you for your heart.
Ray. This lady, called the Spring, is an odd trifle.

Fol. A green-sickness thing. I came by the way of a hobby-horse letter-of-attorney, sent by my lady as a spy to you. Spring, a hot lady!. a few fields and gardens lass.


upon sallads and tansies? eat like an ass upon grass

At my lady's comes to you now a goose, now a woodcock; nothing but fowl; fowl pies, platters all covered with fowl,' and is not fowl very good fare? Ray. Yea, marry is't, sir; the fowl being kept

clean. My admiration wastes itself in longings To see this rare piece: I'll see her; what are kings,

Can you

every day?

& And what's thy name?] Raybright has but a short memory; he had been informed of this in a former scene : see p. 336; but perhaps Folly had changed his dress with his service for he first enters in rags. This, however, will not account for his forgetfulness of the lady Humour, of whom he has just declared his utter ignorance, though it now appears that he was familiar with her praises. In the preceding speech, I have inserted hand, at a guess; and, in that which follows, have transposed the words thy, and thee, at the commencement of the respective lines.

9 Platters, all covered with fowl.] The author seems fearful that his witticisms should escape the reader, for he has judiciously printed foul, in one place, for fowl. This scene savours strongly of Decker, whose inveterate and wearisome propensity to playing on words is everywhere discoverable.

Were not their pleasures varied ? shall not mine,

then? Should day last ever, 'twould be loath'd as night; Change is the sauce that sharpens appetite. The way? I'll to her.

Fol. The way is windy and narrow; for, look , you, I do but wind this cornet, and if another answer it, she comes. Ray. Be quick then!

[Folly winds his cornet, and is answered

from without.

Enter Humour, followed by a Soldier, a Spaniard,

an Italian dancer, and a French tailor.

Hum. Is this that flower the Spring so dotes

upon ?

Fol. This is that honeysuckle she sticks in her


Hum. A bedfellow for a fairy! [Aside.

Ray. Admired perfection,
You set my praises to so high a tune,
My merits cannot reach them.

Hum. My heart-strings shall then,
As mine eye gives that sentence on thy person,
And never was mine eye a corrupt judge.
That judge to save thee would condemn a world,
And lose mankind to gain thee: ’tis not the Spring,
With all her gaudy arbours, nor perfumes
Sent up in flattering incense to the Sun,
For shooting glances at her, and for sending

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may sit

Whole choirs of singers to her every morn,
With all her amorous fires, can heat thy blood
As I can with one kiss.

Ray. The rose-lipp'd dawning
Is not so melting, so delicious:
Turn me into a bird, that I
Still singing in such boughs.

Hum. What bird ?
Fol. A ring-tail.
Hum. Thou shalt be turn'd to nothing but to

My Mine of pleasures, which no hand shall rifle
But this, which in warm nectar bathes the palm.
Invent some other tires! Music!-stay,--none!-

Fol. Heyday!
Hunt. New gowns, fresh fashions! I'm not brave

To make thee wonder at me.

Ray. Not the moon,
Riding at midnight in her crystal chariot,
With all her courtiers in their robes of stars,
Is half so glorious.

Hum. This feather was a bird of Paradise;
Shall it be your's?

Ray. No kingdom buys it from me.

Fol. Being in fool's paradise he must not lose his bauble.

Ray. I am wrapt
Fol. In your mother's smock.
Ray. I am wrapt above man's being, in being


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