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Clo. Not a word, a word; we stand upon our



Come, strike up!
[Music. Here a dance of Shepherds and

Pol. Pray, good shepherd, what fair swain is

Which dances with your daughter ?
Shep. They call him Doricles; and boasts him-

To have a worthy feeding : but I have it
Upon his own report and I believe it ;
He looks like sooth. He says he loves my

I think so too; for never gazed the moon
Upon the water as he 'll stand and read
As 'twere my daughter's eyes : and, to be plain,
I think there is not half a kiss to choose
Who loves another best.

She dances featly.
Shep. So she does any thing ; though I report it,
That should be silent: if young Doricles
Do light upon her, she shall bring him that
Which he not dreams of.


Enter Servant.

Serv. O master, if you did but hear the pedlar at the door, you would never dance again after a tabor and pipe ; no, the bagpipe could not move you: he sings several tunes faster than you 'll tell money; he utters them as he had eaten ballads and all men's ears grew to his tunes.

164. Not a word. The clown checks Mopsa's angry retort in the presence of the strangers.

169. a worthy feeding, ample pasture-lands.

176. fently, daintily.


Clo. He could never come better; he shall come in. I love a ballad but even too well, if it be doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed and sung lamentably.

Serv. He hath songs for man or woman, of all sizes; no milliner can so fit his customers with gloves : he has the prettiest love-songs for maids; so without bawdry, which is strange; with such delicate burthens of dildos and fadings, 'jump her and thump her ;' and where some stretchmouthed rascal would, as it were, mean mischief and break a foul gap into the matter, he makes the maid to answer Whoop, do me no harm, good man;' puts him off, slights him, with Whoop, 200 do me no harm, good man.' Pol. This is a brave fellow. lo. ve me, thou

alkest of an admirable conceited fellow. Has he any unbraided wares ?

Serv. He hath ribbons of all the colours i' the rainbow; points more than all the lawyers in Bohemia can learnedly handle, though they come to him by the gross : inkles, caddisses, cambrics, lawns: why, he sings 'em over as they were gods or goddesses; you would think a smock were a 210 she-angel, he so chants to the sleeve-hand and the work about the square on 't.

187. better, more opportunely. 'imitation.'

192. milliner, dealer in fancy 206. points, (1) the tagged articles of dress; in Shakespeare's laces used for supporting the time a masculine occupation. hose ; (2) points of law,' legal 195. dildos and fadings,

subtleties. meaningless burdens found in 208. inkles, tapes. songs.

ib. caddisses, worsted rib198. break a foul gap, make a bons. foul parenthesis in the song (by 211. sleeve-hand, cuff. violence).

212. the work about the square, 204. unbraided, (probably) the embroidery of the front-piece genuine,

counterfeit or bosom.


Clo. Prithee bring him in; and let him approach singing

Per. Forewarn him that he use no scurrilous words in 's tunes.

[Exit Servant. Clo. You have of these pedlars, that have more in them than you ’ld think, sister.

Per. Ay, good brother, or go about to think.


Enter AUTOLYCUS, singing
Lawn as white as driven snow;
Cyprus black as e'er was crow;
Gloves as sweet as damask roses;
Masks for faces and for noses;
Bugle bracelet, necklace amber,
Perfume for a lady's chamber;
Golden quoifs and stomachers,

my lads to give their dears :
Pins and poking-sticks of steel,
What maids lack from head to heel :
Come buy of me, come ; come buy, come buy ; 230
Buy, lads, or else your lasses cry:
Come buy.

Clo. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thou shouldst take no money of me; but being enthralled as I am, it will also be the bondage of certain ribbons and gloves.

Mop. I was promised them against the feast; but they come not too late now.

Dor. He hath promised you more than that, or there be liars.


221. Cyprus, crape.

which was used for this purpose 222. Gloves were often arti also. ficially perfumed.

226. quoifs, coifs, hoods. 224. Bugle, an elongated bead 228. poking-sticks, used in of black glass.

ironing the starched frills of the 225. Perfume, viz. the amber, Elizabethan ruff.

a 250


Mop. He hath paid you all he promised you : may be, he has paid you more, which will shame you to give him again.

Clo. Is there no manners lest among maids ? will they wear their plackets where they should bear their faces? Is there not milking-time, when you are going to bed, or kiln-hole, to whistle off these secrets, but you must be tittletattling before all our guests ? ’tis well they are whispering : clamour your tongues, and not word more.

Mop. I have done. Come, you promised me a tawdry-lace and a pair of sweet gloves.

Clo. Have I not told thee how I was cozened by the way and lost all my money ?

Aut. And indeed, sir, there cozeners abroad; therefore it behoves men to be wary.

Clo. Fear not thou, man, thou shalt lose nothing here.

Aut. I hope so, sir; for I have about me 260 many parcels of charge.

Clo. What hast here ? ballads?

Mop. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad in print o'life, for then we are sure they are true.

Aut. Here's one to a very doleful tune, how a usurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty

245. plackets, stomachers, with M.E. clameren, 'thrust or petticoats. • Will they ex closely together," cognate with pose what they ought to keep Scand. klome, a screw; Germ. private ?'

klamm, narrow defile; O.E. 247. kiln-hole, the opening of clom, fetter ; clamber, cling an oven, used especially for pre closely. paring malt, ,-a process which

253. tawdry-lace, rustic neckthe female servants of a farm lace (so called from the fineries had to watch.

sold at the fair of St. Audrey, 250. clamour, constrain, re held in the Isle of Ely on her press. This expression, a puzzle day, 17th October). to the older commentators, has 264. ó' life, a rustic assevera. been almost certainly identified tion, 'as I live.'


money-bags at a burthen and how she longed to eat adders' heads and toads carbonadoed.

Mop. Is it true, think you?
Aut. Very true, and but a month old.
Dor. Bless me from marrying a usurer!

Aut. Here's the midwife's name to’t, one Mistress Tale-porter, and five or six honest wives that were present. Why should I carry lies abroad?

Mop. Pray you now, buy it.

Clo. Come on, lay it by: and let's first see moe ballads; we 'll buy the other things anon.

Aut. Here's another ballad of a fish, that appeared upon the coast on Wednesday the four- 28 score of April, forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this ballad against the hard hearts of maids : it was thought she was a woman and was turned into a cold fish for she would not exchange flesh with one that loved her : the ballad is very pitiful and as true.

Dor. Is it true too, think you ?

Aut. Five justices' hands at it, and witnesses more than my pack will hold.

Clo. Lay it by too: another.
Aut. This is a merry ballad, but a very pretty



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Mop. Let's have some merry ones.

Aut. Why, this is a passing merry one and goes to the tune of 'Two maids wooing a man: there's scarce a maid westward but she sings it; 'tis in request, I can tell you.

268. carbonadoed, sliced for ers' Register, among many broiling.

similar entries, records (1604): 279. ballad of a fish. In the ‘A strange report of a monstrous absence of newspapers, ballads fish that appeared in the form of were

common vehicle of a woman from her waist upward, 'Strange Newes.' The Station seen in the sea.'


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