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gap into the matter, he makes the maid to answer, Whoop, do me no harm, good man; puts him off, slights him, with Whoop, do me no harm, good mail. Pol. This is a brave fellow.
Clown. Believe me, thou talkest of an admirableconcciied fellow. Has he any unbraided wares?
Ser. He hath ribands of all the colours i'the raiit. bow; points, more than all the lawyers in Bohemia can learnedly handle, though they come to him by the gross; inkles, caddisses, cambricks, lawns: why, he sings them over, 'as they were gods or goddesses; you would think, a smock were a she-angel; he so chants to the sleeve-hand, and the work about the square on't.
Clown. Pr'ythee, bring him in; and let him approach singing.
Per. Forewaru him, that he use no scurrilous words in his tunes.
Clown. You have of these pedlers, that have more in 'em than you'd ihink, sister. Per. Ay, good brother, or go about to think.
Enter AUTOLYCUS, singing
Clown. If I were not in love with Mopsa, thon should'st take no money of me; but being enthrallid as I am, it will also be the bondage of certain ribands and gloves.
Mop. I was promised them against the feast; but they come not too late now.
Dor. He hatli promised you more than that, or there be liars.
Mop. He hath paid you all he promised you: may be, he has paid you more; which will shame you to give him again.
Clown. Is tliere no manners left 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 kilnhole, to whistle off these secrets; but you must be tittle-tattling before all our guests? 'Tis well they are whispering: Clamour your tongues, and not a word more.
Mop. I have done. . Come, you promised me a tawdry lace, and a pair of sweet gloves.
Clown. Have I not told thee, how I was cozen'd by the way, and lost all my money?
Aut. And, indeed, Sir, there are cozeners abroad; therefore it behoves men to be wary.
Clown. Fear not thoi, man, thou shalt lose no. thing here.
Aut. I hope so, Sir; for I have about me many parcels of charge.
Clown. What hast here? ballads? Mop. Pray now, buy some: I love a ballad in print, a'life; for then we are sure they are true.
Aut. Here's one, to a very doleful tune, How a ligurer's wife was brought to bed of twenty money• bags at a burden: and how she long'd to eat adder's heads, and toads carbonado'd.
Mop. Is it true, think you ?
Aut. Very true; and but a month old.
Aut. Here's the midwife's name to't, one mistress Taleporter; and five or six honest wives' that were present: Why should I carry lies abroad?
Mop. 'Pray you now, buy it.
Clown. Come on, lay it by: And let's first sec more ballads; we'll buy the other things anon.
Aut. Here's another ballad, Of a fish, that ap. pear'd upon the coast, on Wednesday the fourscore of April, forty thousand fathom above water, and sung this bailad against the hard hearts of maids: it was thought, she was a woman, and was turn'd into a cold fish, for she would not exchange flesh with one that lov'd her: The ballad is very pitiful, aud
Dor. Is it true too, think you?
Aut. Five justices' hands at it; and witnesses, more than my pack will hold.
Clown. Lay it by 100: Another.
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 yuii.
Mop. We can both sing it; if thou'lt bear a part, thou shalt hear; 'tis in three parts.
Dor. We had the tune on't a month ago.
Aut. I can bear my part; you must know, 'tis my occupation: have at it with you.
SON G. A. Get you hence, for I must
go; Where, it fits not you to know. D. Whither! M, 0, whither? D, Whither?
M. It becomes thy oath full well,
M. Or thou go'st to the grange, or mill:
A. Neither. D. What neither! A. Neither.
Then, whither go'st? say, whither?
Clown. We'll have this song out anon by oursel. ves: My father and the gentlemen are in sad talk, and we'll not trouble them: Come, bring away thy pack after me. Wenches, I'll buy for you both: Pedler, let's have the first choice. Follow me, girls.
Aut. And you shall pay well for 'em. (Aside.
Will you buy any tape,
Or lace for your cape,
Any toys for your head,
Come to the pedler; - Money's a medler, That doth utter all men's wear-a. (Exeunt Clown, AUTOLYCUS, DORCAS, and MOPSA.
Enter a Servant. Ser. Master, there is three carters, three shep. herds, three neat - herds, three swine - herds, that have made themselves all men of hair; they call themselves saltiers: and they have a dance which the wenches say is a gallimaufry of gambols, because thcy are not iu't; but they themselves are o'the mind; (if it be not too rough for some, that kuow little bit bowling, ) it will please pleniifully.
Shop. Away! we'll one ou'l; here has been too much homely foolery already: I know, Sir, we weary you.
Pol. You weary those that refresh us: Pray, let's see these four threes of herdsmen.
Ser. Due three of them, by their own report, Sir, hath danced before the King; and not the worst of the three, but jumps iwelve foot and a half by the squire.
Shep. Leave your prating; since these good men are pleased, let them come in; but quickly now. Ser. Why, they stay at door, Sir.
[ Exit, Re-enter Servant, 'with twelve rusticks habited like
Satyrs. They dance, and then exeunt. Pol. O, father, you'll know more of that here.
after. Is it not too far gone? 'Tis time to part them. He's simple, and tells much. [ Aside.)
fair sheplierd ? Your heart is full something, that does take Your mind from feasting. Sooth, when I was young, And handed love, 'as you do, I was wont To load my she with knacks: I would have ransack'd The pedler's silken treasury, and have pour'd it To her acceptance; you have let him go, And nothing marted with him: If your lass Interpretation should abuse; and call this, Your lack of love, or bounty; you were straited For a reply, at least, if you make a care Of happy holding her.
Flo. Old Sir, I know She prizes not such irifles as these are: The gifts, she looks from me, are pack'd and lock'd Uy in my heart; which I have given alrcady,