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had been in his belly, I would have kept such a jangling of the bells, that he should never have left, till he cast bells, steeple, church, and parish, up again. But if the good king Simonides were of my mind
Per. Simonides ?
3 Fish. We would purge the land of these drones that rob the bee of her honey.
Per. How from the finny subject of the sea,
2 Fish. Honest! good fellow, what's that? if it be a day fits you, scratch it out of the calendar, and nobody will look after it.
Per. Nay, see, the sea hath cast upon your coast
2 Fish. What a drunken knave was the sea; to cast thee in our way!
Per. A man whom both the waters and the wind,
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. Canst thou catch any fishes then ? Per. I never practised it.
2 Fish. Nay, then thou wilt starve sure; for here's nothing to be got now-a-days, unless thou canst fish fort.
Per. What I have been, I have forgot to know;
I am a man, pray see me buried.
Per. I thank you, Sir.
2 Fish. But crave ? Then I'll turn craver too, and so I shall 'scape whipping.
Per. Why, are all your beggars whipp'd then ?
2 Fish. O, not all, my friend, not all; for if all your þeggars were whipp'd, 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 !
1 Fish. Hark you, Sir! do you know where you are ? Per. Not well. 1 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 ?
1 Fish. Ay, Sir; and he deserves to be so calld, for his peau's. able 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 ?
1 Fish. Marry, Sir, half a day's journey; and I'll tell you, he hath a fair daughter, and to-morrow is her birthday; 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.
1 Fish. O, Sir, things must be as they may; and what a man cannot get, he may lawfully deal for his 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 turn’d to a rusty armour.
Per. An armour, friends! I pray you, let me see it.
Per. To beg of you, kind friends, this coat of worth,
1 Fish. Why, wilt thou tourney for the lady ?
* Armour for the arm. VOL. V.
this garment through the rough seams of the waters: there are
Per. Believe't I will.
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. SCENE II.-The same. A public 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 ?
Sim. Return them, I we are ready; and our daughter,
[Exit a LORD.
Sim. 'Tis fit it should be so; for princes are
Thai. Which, to preserve mine honour, I'll perform.
sents his Shield to the Princess.
Thai. A knight of Sparta, my renowned father:
[The second Knight passes. Who is the second, that presents himself ?
Thai. A prince of Macedon, my royal father ;
+ A sort of petticoat, worn by knights on horseback. * I.e. give them notice.
And the device he bears upon his shield
[The third Knight passes. Sim. And what's the third ?
Thai. The third, of Antioch;
Sim. What is the fourth ?
Sim. Which shows that beauty hath his power and will,
[The fifth Knight passes. Thai. The fifth, a hand environed with clouds; Holding out gold that's by the touchstone tried : The motto thus, Sic spectanda fides. [The sixth Knight passes.
Sim. And what's the sixth and last, which the knight himself With such a graceful courtesy deliver'd ?
Thai. He seems a stranger; but his present is
Sim. A pretty moral;
1 Lörd. He had need mean better than his outward show
2 Lord. He well may be a stranger, for he comes To an honour'd triumph strangely furnish'd.
3 Lord. And on set purpose let his armour rust Until this day, to scour it in the dust.
Sim. Opinion 's but a fool, that makes us scan
[Exeunt. [Great shouts, and all cry, The mean knight! SCENE III.-The same. A Hall of State. A Banquet
prepared. Enter SIMONIDES, THAISA, LORDS, KNIGHTS, and Attendants.
* Carter's whip.
Thai. But you, my knight and guest;
Per. 'Tis more by fortune, lady, than my merit.
Sim. Call it by what you will, the day is yours;
Knights. We are honour'd much by good Simonides.
Sim. Your presence glads our days; honour we love,
Per. You are right courteous knights.
Thai. By Juno, that is queen
Sim. He's but
Thai. To me he seems like diamond to a glass.
to me, like to my father's picture, Which tells me,
in that glory once he was ;
Sim. What, are you merry, knights ?
Sim. Here, with a cup that's stored unto the brim
Knights. We thank your grace.