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ACT I - SCENE III. An ante-chamber in the palace.
Enter Chamberlain and SANDS

Chamberlain
1    Is't possible the spells of France should juggle
2    Men into such strange mysteries?
SANDS
3    New customs,
4    Though they be never so ridiculous,
5    Nay, let 'em be unmanly, yet are follow'd.
Chamberlain
6    As far as I see, all the good our English
7    Have got by the late voyage is but merely
8    A fit or two o' the face; but they are shrewd ones;
9    For when they hold 'em, you would swear directly
10   Their very noses had been counsellors
11   To Pepin or Clotharius, they keep state so.
SANDS
12   They have all new legs, and lame ones: one would take it,
13   That never saw 'em pace before, the spavin
14   Or springhalt reign'd among 'em.
Chamberlain
15   Death! my lord,
16   Their clothes are after such a pagan cut too,
17   That, sure, they've worn out Christendom.
Enter LOVELL
18   How now!
19   What news, Sir Thomas Lovell?
LOVELL
20   Faith, my lord,
21   I hear of none, but the new proclamation
22   That's clapp'd upon the court-gate.
Chamberlain
23   What is't for?
LOVELL
24   The reformation of our travell'd gallants,
25   That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and tailors.
Chamberlain
26   I'm glad 'tis there: now I would pray our monsieurs
27   To think an English courtier may be wise,
28   And never see the Louvre.
LOVELL
29   They must either,
30   For so run the conditions, leave those remnants
31   Of fool and feather that they got in France,
32   With all their honourable point of ignorance
33   Pertaining thereunto, as fights and fireworks,
34   Abusing better men than they can be,
35   Out of a foreign wisdom, renouncing clean
36   The faith they have in tennis, and tall stockings,
37   Short blister'd breeches, and those types of travel,
38   And understand again like honest men;
39   Or pack to their old playfellows: there, I take it,
40   They may, 'cum privilegio,' wear away
41   The lag end of their lewdness and be laugh'd at.
SANDS
42   'Tis time to give 'em physic, their diseases
43   Are grown so catching.
Chamberlain
44   What a loss our ladies
45   Will have of these trim vanities!
LOVELL
46   Ay, marry,
47   There will be woe indeed, lords: the sly whoresons
48   Have got a speeding trick to lay down ladies;
49   A French song and a fiddle has no fellow.
SANDS
50   The devil fiddle 'em! I am glad they are going,
51   For, sure, there's no converting of 'em: now
52   An honest country lord, as I am, beaten
53   A long time out of play, may bring his plainsong
54   And have an hour of hearing; and, by'r lady,
55   Held current music too.
Chamberlain
56   Well said, Lord Sands;
57   Your colt's tooth is not cast yet.
SANDS
58   No, my lord;
59   Nor shall not, while I have a stump.
Chamberlain
60   Sir Thomas,
61   Whither were you a-going?
LOVELL
62   To the cardinal's:
63   Your lordship is a guest too.
Chamberlain
64   O, 'tis true:
65   This night he makes a supper, and a great one,
66   To many lords and ladies; there will be
67   The beauty of this kingdom, I'll assure you.
LOVELL
68   That churchman bears a bounteous mind indeed,
69   A hand as fruitful as the land that feeds us;
70   His dews fall every where.
Chamberlain
71   No doubt he's noble;
72   He had a black mouth that said other of him.
SANDS
73   He may, my lord; has wherewithal: in him
74   Sparing would show a worse sin than ill doctrine:
75   Men of his way should be most liberal;
76   They are set here for examples.
Chamberlain
77   True, they are so:
78   But few now give so great ones. My barge stays;
79   Your lordship shall along. Come, good Sir Thomas,
80   We shall be late else; which I would not be,
81   For I was spoke to, with Sir Henry Guildford
82   This night to be comptrollers.
SANDS
83   I am your lordship's.
Exeunt

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Scene Index
  • PROLOGUE


  • ACT I
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT II
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV


  • ACT III
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT IV
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II


  • ACT V
  • SCENE I
  • SCENE II
  • SCENE III
  • SCENE IV
  • SCENE V
  • EPILOGUE

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