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Embrace, and love this man.

With a true heart,
And brother-love, I do it.

And let heaven
Witness, how dear I hold this confirmation.
K. Hen. Good man, those joyful tears show thy

true heart. The common voice, I see, is verified Of thee, which says thus, Do my lord of Canterbury A shrewd turn, and he is your friend for ever.Come, lords, we trifle time away ; I long To have this young one made a christian. As I have made ye one, lords, one remain ; So I grow stronger, you more honour gain. [Exeunt,


The Palace Yard.

Noise and tumult within. Enter Porter and his Man.

Port. You'll leave your noise anon, ye rascals: Do you take the court for Paris-garden? 8 ye rude slaves, leave your gaping.'

[Within.] Good master porter, I belong to the Iarder.

Port. Belong to the gallows, and be hanged, you rogue : Is this a place to roar in?--Fetch me a dozen crab-tree staves, and strong ones ; these are but switches to them.-I'll scratch your heads : You must be seeing christenings ? Do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude rascals ?

8 The bear garden on the Bank-side.

9 Roaring,

Man. Pray, sir, be patient; 'tis as much impose

sible (Unless we sweep them from the door with can

To scatter them, as 'tis to make them sleep
On May-day morning; which will never be :
We may as well push against Paul's, as stir them.

Port. How got they in, and be hang'd?

Man. Alas, I know not; How gets the tide in?
As much as one sound cudgel of four foot
(You see the poor remainder) could distribute,
I made no spare, sir.

You did nothing, sir. Man. I am not Sampson, nor sir Guy, nor Colbrand,' to mow them down before me: but, if I spared any, that had a head to hit, either young or old, he or she, cuckold or cuckold-maker, let me never hope to see a chine again; and that I would not for a cow, God save her.

[Within.] Do you hear, master Porter ?

Port. I shall be with you presently, good master pappy.-Keep the door close, sirrah. Man. What would


have Port. What should you do, but knock them down by the dozens? Is this Moorfields to muster in ? or have we some strange Indian with the great tool come to court, the women so besiege us? Bless me, what a fry of fornication is at door! On my

christian conscience, this one christening will beget a thousand; here will be father, godfather, and all together.

me do?

Guy of Warwick nor Colbrand the Danish giant.

Man. The spoons will be the bigger, sir. There is a fellow somewhat near the door, he should be a brazier by his face, for, o'my conscience, twenty of the dog-days now reign in's nose; all that stand about him are under the line, they need no other penance : That fire-drake did I hit three times on the head, and three times was his nose discharged against me; he stands there, like a mortar-piece, to blow us. There was a haberdasher's wife of small wit near him, that railed upon me till her pink'd porringer? fell off her head, for kindling such a combustion in the state. I miss'd the meteor3 once, and hit that woman, who cried out, clubs! when I might see from far some forty truncheoneers draw to her succour, which were the hope of the Strand, where she was quartered. They fell on; I made good my place; at length they came to the broomstaff with me, I defied them still; when suddenly a file of boys behind them, loose shot, delivered such a shower of pebbles, that I was fain to draw mine honour in, and let them win the work: The devil was amongst them, I think, surely.

Port. These are the youths that thunder at a play-house, and fight for bitten apples; that no audience, but the Tribulation of Tower-hill, or the limbs of Limehouse, their dear brothers, are able to endure. I have some of them in Limbo Patrum,4 and there they are like to dance these three days; besides the running banquet of two beadles,s that is to come.

2 Pink'd cap. 4 Place of confinement.

3 The brazier. 5 A desert of whipping.


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Enter the Lord Chamberlain. Cham. Mercy o'me, what a multitude are here! They grow still too, from all parts they are coming, As if we kept a fair here! Where are these porters, These lazy knaves ?-Ye have made a fine hand, fel

lows. There's a trim rabble let in : Are all these Your faithful friends o'the suburbs? We shall have Great store of room, no doubt, left for the ladies, When they pass back from the christening.

An't please your honour We are but men ; and what so many may do, Not being torn a pieces, we have done : An army cannot rule them. Cham.

As I live, If the king blame me for't, I'll lay ye all By the heels, and suddenly; and on your heads Clap round fines, for neglect : You are lazy knaves; And here ye lie baiting of bumbards, 5 when Ye should do service. Hark, the trumpets sound; They are come already from the christening : Go, break among the press, and find a way out To let the troop pass fairly; or I'll find A Marshalsea, shall hold you play these two months.

Port. Make way there for the princess.

Man. You great fellow, stand close up, or I'll make your

head ake. Port. You i'the camblet, get up o'the rail ; I'll pick you o'er the pales else.


S Black leather vessels to hold beer.

6 Pitch,


The Palace.?

Enter Trumpets, sounding; then two Aldermen, Lord

Mayor, Garter, CRANMER, Duke of NORFOLK, with his Marshal's Staff, Duke of SUFFOLK, two Noblemen bearing great standing bowls for the christening gifts; then four Noblemen bearing a canopy, under which the Duchess of NORFOLK, godmother, bearing the child richly habited in a mantle, &c. Train borne by a Lady; then follows the Marchioness of DORSET, the other godmother, and Ladies. The Troop pass once about the stage, and Garter speaks.

Gart. Heaven, from thy endless goodness, send prosperous life, long, and ever happy, to the high and mighty princess of England, Elizabeth.

Flourish. Enter King, and Train.
Cran. (Kneeling.] And to your royal grace, and the

good queen,
My noble partners, and myself, thus pray :-
All comfort, joy, in this most gracious lady,
Heaven ever laid up to make parents happy,
May hourly fall upon ye!

K. Hen. Thank you, good lord archbishop; What is her name? Cran.


7 At Greenwich.

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