Old English plays [ed. by C. W. Dilke].

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Page 410 - Welch his Monmouth loves to wear, And of the same will brag too. Some love the rough, and some the smooth, Some great, and others small things ; But, oh, your lecherous Englishman, He loves to deal in all things.
Page 317 - Barons praised the bird, And for her courage she was peerless held. The Emperor, after some deliberate thoughts, Made her no less ; he caus'da crown of gold To be new fram'd, and fitted to her head, In honour of her courage : then the Bird, With great applause, was to the market-place In triumph borne ; where, when her utmost worth Had been proclaimed, the common executioner First by the King's command took off' her crown, And after with a sword struck off her head, As one no better than a noble...
Page 19 - ART thou gone in haste ? I'll not forsake thee ; Runn'st thou ne'er so fast, I'll o'ertake thee : O'er the dales, o'er the downs, Through the green meadows, From the fields through the towns, To the dim shadows. All along the plain, To the low fountains, Up and down again From the high mountains ; Echo then shall again Tell her I follow, And the floods to the woods, Carry my holla, holla ! Ce ! la ! ho ! ho ! hu ! OLD FATHER JANEVERE. NOW
Page 138 - Cast from the windows, went by the ears about it ; The constable is call'd to atone the broil; Which done, and hearing such a noise within Of eminent shipwreck, enters the house, and finds them In this confusion : they adore his staff, And think it Neptune's trident ; and that he Comes with his Tritons (so they call'd his watch) To calm the tempest and appease the waves : And at this point we left them.
Page 13 - twixt our sense and reason makes divorce ; Love's a desire, that to obtain betime, We lose an age of years pluck'd from our prime ; Love is a thing to which we soon consent, As soon refuse, but sooner far repent. Then what must women be, that are the cause That love hath life ? that lovers feel such laws ? They're like the winds upon Lapanthae's shore, That still are changing : O, then love no more ! A woman's love is like that Syrian flower, That buds, and spreads, and withers in an hour.
Page 226 - And gav'st it me, whilst thou engag'd'st thy life : For which, if ever by like chance of war, Law's forfeiture, or our prerogative, Thy life come in like danger, here we swear By our earth's honours, and our hopes divine, As thou for us, we'll ours engage for thine.
Page 142 - WIFE. Till that day come, you shall reserve yourself A single man; converse nor company With any wom-an, contract nor combine With maid or widow; which expected hour As I do wish not haste, so when it happens It shall not come unwelcome. You hear all; Vow this. Y. GER. By all that you have said, I swear. And by this kiss confirm. WIFE. You're now my brother; But then, my second husband. It could not have been done better. As in the passage from A...
Page 141 - Your husband's old ; to whom my soul does wish A Nestor's age, so much he merits from me ; Yet if (as proof and nature daily teach, Men cannot always live, especially Such as are old and crazed) he be called hence, Fairly, in full maturity of time, And we two be reserv'd to after life ; Will you confer your widow-hood on me ? Wife.
Page 135 - Upon our patience. — Wife, it grieves me much Both for the young and old man : the one graces His head with care, endures the parching heat And biting cold, the terrors of the lands, And fears at sea, in travel, only to gain Some competent estate to leave his son ; Whiles all that merchandise, through gulfs, cross-tides, Pirates, and storms, he brings so far, the other Here shipwrecks in the harbour.
Page 102 - Actors," with some variations and additions. of that accurateness both in plot and style, that these more censorious days with greater curiosity acquire, I must thus excuse. That as plays were then, some fifteen or sixteen years ago, it was in the fashion.

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