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All that may men approve, or men detect!-
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, In that vast tennis-court, hath made the ball For them to play upon, entreats you pity him; He asks of you, that never us’d to beg.
1 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 Fish. 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; A man shrunk up with cold: my veins are chill, And have no more of life, than may suffice To give my tongue that heat, to ask your help; Which if you shall refuse, when I am dead, For I am a man, pray see me buried.
i Fish. Die quoth-a? Now gods forbid! I have a gown here; come, 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 flapjacks;o and thou shalt be welcome.
5 For I am a man,) For is because.
6- flap-jacks;] In some counties a flap-jack signifies an apple-puff; but anciently it seems to have meant a pancake.
Per. I thank you, sir.
2 Fish. Hark you, my friend, you said you could not beg.
Per. I did but crave.
2 Fish. But crave? Then I'll turn craver too, and so I shall 'scape whipping.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipped then?
2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your beggars were whipped, I would wish no better office, than to be beadle. But, master, I'll go draw up the net. [Exeunt Two of the Fishermen. Per. How well this honest mirth becomes their
labour! i Fish. Hark you, sir! do you know where you are ?
Per. Not well.
i Fish. Why, I'll tell you: this is called Pentapolis, and our king, the good Simonides. Per. The good king Simonides, do you call
him? i Fish. Ay, sir; and he deserves to be so called, 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?
i Fish. Marry, sir, half a day's journey; and I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is. her birth-day; and there are princes and knights come from all parts of the world, to just and tourney for her love. .
Per. Did but my fortunes equal my desires, I'd wish to make one there.
i Fish. O, sir, things must be as they may; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal forhis wife's soul.
Re-enter the Two Fishermen, drawing up a Net.
2 Fish. Help, master, help; here's a fish hangs in the net, like a poor man's right in the law; 'twill hardly come out. Ha! bots on't, 'tis come at last, and 'tis turned to a rusty armour.
Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me see it.
i Fish. What mean you, sir?
i Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady?
Wort of youyou, sigift by w
i bots on't,] The bots are the worms that breed in horses.
* And, though it was mine own,] i. e. And I thank you, though it was my own.
9- this brace:] The brace is the armour for the arm.
Per. I'll show the virtue I have borne in arins.
i Fish. Why, do ye take it, and the gods give thee good on't!
2 Fish. Ay, but hark you, my friend; 'twas we that made up this garment through the rough seams of the waters: there are certain condolements, certain vails. I hope, sir, if you thrive, you'll remember from whence you had it.
Per. Believe't, I will. Now, by your furtherance, I am cloth'd in steel; And spite of all the rupture of the sea, This jewel holds his biding' on my arın; Unto thy value will I mount myself Upon a courser, whose delightful steps Shall make the gazer joy to see him tread. Only, my friend, I yet am unprovided Of a pair of bases. 2'
2 Fish. We'll sure provide: thou shalt have my best gown to make thee a pair; and I'll bring thee to the court myself.
Per. Then honour be but a goal to my will; This day I'll rise, or else add ill to ill. [Exeunt.
The same. A publick Way, or Platform, leading
to the Lists. A Pavilion by the side of it, for the reception of the King, Princess, Lords, &c.
Enter Simonides, Thaisa, Lords, and Attendants.
Sim. Are the knights ready to begin the triumph ?
i his biding -] i.e. holds its being, or place, there.
- a pair of bases,] Bases appear to have been a kind of loose breeches.
3 — the triumph ?] A triumph, in the language of Shaksi Lord. They are, my liege; And stay your coming to present themselves. Sim. Return thein, we are ready;4 and our
[Exit a Lord. Thai. It pleaseth you, my father, to express My commendations great, whose merit's less.
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are A model, which heaven makes like to itself: As jewels lose their glory, if neglected, So princes their renown, if not respected. 'Tis now your honour, daughter, to explain The labour of each knight, in his device. Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll per
Enter a Knight; he passes over the Stage, and his
Squire presents his Shield to the Princess. Sim. Who is the first that doth prefer himself ?
Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father; And the device he bears upon his shield Is a black Æthiop, reaching at the sun; The word, Lux tua vita mihi. Sim. He loves you well, that holds his life of you.
[The second Knight passes. Who is the second, that presents himself?
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father;
peare's time, signified any publick show, such as a Mask, or Revel, &c.
* Return them, we are ready ;] i. e. return them notice, that we are ready, &c.
5 The word, Lux tua vita mihi.] What we now call the motto, was sometimes termed the word or mot by our old writers. Le mot, French.