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S.9 as his governour; and you may surely re- more obscure and early annals of the castle ; to ceive from him good directions for the shaping of which therefore I will briefly refer, trusting that your farther journey into Italy, where he did re- the methodical account of an edifice, more para side by my choice som time for the king, after ticularly ennobled by the representation of Comus mine own recess from Venice.
within its walls, may not be improper, or uninI should think that your best line will be teresting. thorow the whole length of France to Marseilles, It was built by Roger de Montgomery, who and thence by sea to Genoa, whence the passage was related to William the Conqueror. The date into Tuscany is as diurnal as a Gravesend barge: of its erection is fixed by Mr. Warton in the year 1 basten, as you do, to Florence, or Siena, the 1112. By others it is said to have been erected rather to tell you a sborı story from the interest before the Conquest, and its founder to have you have given me in your safety.
been Edric Sylvaticus, carl of Shrewsbury, whom At Siena I was tabled in the house of one Al Roger de Montgomery was sent by the Congueberto Scipioni, an old Roman courtier in dan- ror into the marshes of Wales to subdue, and gerous times, having bin steward to the duca di with those estates in Salop he was afterwards Pagliano, who with all bis family were strangled, rewarded. But the testimonies of various writers save this onely man that escaped by foresight of assign the foundation of this structure to Roger the tempest: with him I had often much chat de Montgomery, soon after the Conquest. of those affairs; into which he took pleasure to
The son of this nobleman did not long enjoy it, look back from his native harbour ; and at my as he died in the prime of life. The grandson, departure toward Rome (which had been the Robert de Belesme, earl of Shrewsbury, forfeited center of his experience) I had wonn confidence it to Henry I. by having joined the party of Roenough to beg his advice, bow I might carry my-bert duke of Normandy against that king. It self securely there, without offence to others, or became now a princely residence, and was guardof mine own conscience. Signor Arrigo mio, ed by a numerous garrison. Soon after the ac (sayes he) 1 pensieri stretti, et il viso sciolto, wilí cession of Stephen, however, the governor be go safely over the whole world ; of which Del-trayed his trust, in joining the empress Maud. phian oracle (for so I have found it) your judge- Stephen besieged it ; in which endeavour to rement doth need no commentary; and therefore gain the possession of his fortress some writers (sir) I will commit you with it to the best of all assert that he succeeded, others that he failed. securities, God's dear love, remaining
The most generally received opinion is, that the Your friend as much at command governor, repenting of his baseness, and wishing as any of longer date
to obtain the king's forgiveness, proposed a caHENRY WOOTTON. pitulation advantageous to the garrison, to which
Stephen, despairing of winning the castle by
arms, readily acceded. Henry II. presented I have expressly sent this my foot-boy to pre- to whom succeeded Joccas de Dinan; between
it to his favourite, Fulk Fitz-Warine,or de Dinan, vent your departure without som acknowledge whom and Hugh de Mortimer lord of Wigmore ment from me of the receipt of your obliging such dissensions arose, as at length occasioned letter, having myself through som business, I know the seizure of Mortimer, and his confinement in not how, neglected the ordinary conveyance. In any part where I shall understand you fixed, 1 is called Mortimer's Tower; from which he
one of the towers of the castle, which to this day shall be glad, and diligent, to entertain you
was nut liberated, till he had paid an immense with home-novelties; even for some fomentation
This tower is now inhabited, and used of our friendship, too soon interrupted in the
as a fives-court. cradle.
It was again belonging to the crown in the 8th year of king Johut, who bestowed it on Philip de Al. bani, from whom it descended to the Lacies of Ire
land, the last of which family, Walter de Lacy, dyCOMUS.
ing without issue male, left the castle to his grand
daughter Maud, the wife of Peter de Geneva, or LUDLOW CASTLE.
Jeneville, a Poictevin, of the house of Lorrain, BY MR. Topp.
from whose posterity it passed by a daughter to
the Mortimers, and from them hereditarily to SOME idea of this venerable and magnificent the crown. In the reign of Henry III. it was pile, in which Comus was played with great splen- taken by Simon de Montfort earl of Leicester, the dour, at a period when masks were the most ambitious leader of the confederate barons, who, fashionable entertainment of our nobility, will | about the year 1263 are said to have taken posprobably gratify those, who read Milton with session of all the royal castles and fortresses.' Of that curiosity which results from taste and ima- | Ludlow Castle in almost two succeeding centuries gination. Mr. Warton, the learned author of nothing is recorded. this elegant remark, declines entering into the In the thirteenth year of Henry VI. it was in
the possession of Richard duke of York, who there 9 Lord S.] The son of lord viscount Scudamore, drew up his declaration of affected allegiance to then the English ambassador at Paris, by whose the king, pretending that the army of ten thounotice Milton was bonoured, and by whom he sand men, which he had raised in the marshes of was introduced to Grotius, then residing at
Wales, was “ for the public weale of the Paris, also as the minister of Sweden. TODD, realme.” The event of this commotion between
the Royalists and Yorkists, the defeatof Richard's a chimney excellently wrought in the best cham perfidious attempt, is well known. The castle ber, is St. Andrewes Crosse joyned to prince of Ludlow, says Hall, “was spoyled.” The Arthurs armes in the hall windowe.” The poet king's troops seized on whatever was valuable in also notices the “Chappell most trim and costly it; and, according to the same chronicler, bither sure:” about which “are armes in colours of "the king sent the dutchess of Yorke with her sondrie kings, but chiefly noblemen.” He then
wo younger sons to be kept in ward, with the specifies in prose, “that sir Harry Sidney being dutchess of Buckingham her sister, where she lord president, buylt twelve roumes in the sayd continued a certain space.”
castle, which goodly buildings doth shewe a The castle was soon afterwards put into the great beautie to the same. He made also a possession of Edward duke of York, afterwards goodly wardrobe underneath the new parlor, and king Edward IV., who at that time resided in repayrd an old tower, called Mortymer's Tower, the neighbɔuring castle of Wigmore, and who, to keepe the auncient records in the same; and in order to revenge the death of his father, had he repayred a fayre rou!ne under the courts collected some troops in the Marches, and had house, to the same entent and purpose, and attached the garrison to his cause.
On his ac- made a great wall about the woodyard, and built cession to the throne the castle was repaired by a most brave condit within the inner court : and him, and a few years after was made the court of all the newe buildings over the gate sir Harry his son, the prince of Wales; who was sent hither Sidney (in his daies and government there) by bim, as Hall relates, “for justice to be doen made and set out to the honour of the queene, in the Marches of Wales, to the end that by the and glorie of the castle. There are in a goodly authoritie of his presence, the wild Welshmenne or stately place set out my lord earleof Warwicks and evill disposed personnes should refraine from armes, the earle of Darbie, the earle of Worces. their accustomed murthers and outrages.” Sir ter, the earle of Pembroke, and sir Harry SidHenry Sidney, some years afterwards, observed, neys armes in like maner: al these stand on the that, since the establishment of the lord presi- left band of the chamber. On the other side dent and council, the whole country of Wales are the arms of Northwales and Southwales, have been brought from their disobedient and two red lyons and two golden lyons, prince barbarpus incivility, to a civil anil obedient con- Arthurs, At the end of the dyning chamber, dition, and the bordering English counties had there is a pretie device how the hedgehog brake been freed from those spoils and felonies, with the chayne, and came from Ireland to Ludloe.” which the Welsh, before this institution, had an. The device is probably an allusion to sir Henry's
noyed them. See Sidney State-Papers, vol. i. armorial bearings, of which two porcupines were Ep.1. On the death of Edward, his eldest son
the crest. Sir Henry Sidney caused also many was here first proclaimed king by the name of salutary regulations to be made in the court. Edward V.
See Sidney State Papers, vol. i. p. 143 and p. In the reign of Henry Víl. his eldest son, 170, in which are stated the great sums of money Arthur, prince of Wales, inhabited the castle ; he had expended, and the indefatigable diligence in which great festivity was observed upon his he had exerted in the discharge of his office. marriage with Catherine of Arragon; an event In 1616, the creation of prince Charles (afterthat was soon followed, within the same walls, by wards king Charles I.) to the principality of the untimely and lamented death of that accom- Wales, and earldom of Chester, was celebrated plished prince.
here with uncommon magnificence. It became The castle had now long been the palace of the next distinguished by “one of the most memoprince of Wales annexed to the principality, and rable and honourable circumstances in the was the habitation appointed for his deputies the course of its history," TUE REPRESENTATION OF lords presidents of Wales, who held in it the Comus in 1634, when the earl of Bridgewater court of the Marches. It would therefore hardly was lord president, and inhabited it. A scene in have been supposed, that its external splendour the Mask presented both the castle and the town should have suffered neglect, if Powel, the Welsh of Ludlow. Afterwards, as I have been informed, bistorian, had not related, that" sir Henry Sidney, Charles the first, going to pay a visit at Powis who was made lord president in 1564, repaired castle, was here splendidly received and enterthe castle of Ludlowe which is the cheefest house tained, on his journey. But " pomp,
and feast, within the Marches, being in great decaie, as the and revelry, with mask, and antique pageantry, chapell, the court-house, and a faire fountaine.” were soon succeeded in Ludlow castle by the din See Mr. Warton's second edit. p. 124, where he of arms. During the unhappy civil war it was quotes D. Powell's Hist. of Cambria, edit. garrisoned for the king ; who, in his flight from 1580, 400. p. 401. Sir H. Sidney, however, was Wales, staid a night it. See Iler Carolinum in made lord president in the second year of Eli- Gutch's Collect. Cur. vol. ii. 443.
“ Wednesday zabeth, which was in 1559. See Sidney State Aug.st 6. 1645, at Old Railnor, supper, a yeoPapers, vol. i. Memoirs prefixed, p. 86. Sir man's house; the court dispersed. Thursday the Henry's munificence to this stately fabric is 7.th to Ludlow Castle, no dinner, Col. Wodemore particularly recorded by T. Churchyard, house. Friday the 8.th to Bridgnorth, &c.” in his poem called, The Worthines of Wales, The castle was at length delivered up to the par4to. Lond. 1578. The chapter is entitled the liament in June 1646. Castle of Ludloe,” in which it is related, that A few years after this event, the goods of the “ Sir Harry built many things here worthie castle were inventoried and sold. The rev. Mr praise and memorie.” From the same informa- Ayscough, of the British Museum, bas obligtion we learn the following particulars. “Over ingly directed me to a priced cainiogue of the voĻ. VII.
furniture, with the names of the purchasers, in | Buck's Antiquities, published in 1774, which most, Harl. MSS. No. 4898, and No. 7352: from have been written many years before, it is said which I select a few curious articles.
“Many of the royal apartments are yet entire; “ In the Princes Chamber. One standing bedd- and the sword, with the velvet hangings, and stead, covered with watchet damaske, with all some of the furniture are still preserved.” And the furniture suitable thereunto belonging, &c. Grose in his Antiquities, published about the Sold M' Bass ye 11.th of March 1650 for same time, extracting from the Tour through 36 10s.
Great Britain what be pronounces a very just “ One suit of old tapistry hangings cont.in and accurate account of this castle, represents
the chapel baving abundance of coats of arms all 120 ells at 2 per ell; Sold M* Cleam. ye
upon the pannels, and the hall decorated with 18.th January 1650 for 15£. “In the Governour's Quarter. Two pictures, ye
the same ornaments, together with lances, one of the late king, and the other of his queen, rious appendages to the grandeur of both, little
spears, firelocks, and old armour. Of these cu10. Sold to Mr Bass.
perhaps is now known. Of the chapel, a circular
building within the inner court is now all that re“ One large old Bible, 6. Sold to M' Bass.
mains. Over several of the stable doors, how “One old surplice of holland, 5. Sold to ever, are still the arms of queen Elizabeth, and
the earl of Pembroke. Over the inner gate of MBass. “One dammaske table-cloth in length tenn
the castle, are also some remains of the arms £
of the Sidney family, with an inscription yards, 2. Sold to M' Rog.' Humphrey. denoting the date of the queen's reign, and of
& cover of plate, weighing 35 03. sir Henry Sidney's residence, in 1581, together £
with the following words, Hominibus ingratis loat 5 per oz. 8. 15. Sold to M* Brown.
quimini lapides. No reason has been assigned for “ A pulpitt cloth & a carpett of old crimson this remarkable address. Perhaps sir Henry velvett & 7 old cushious, val. at &. Sold to Şidney might intend it as an allusion to his preMr Brown.
decessors, who had suffered the stately fabric “ In the Shovell-board Room. Nine peeces of to decay; as a memorial also, which no succesgreen kersey hangings paned woh gilt leather, 8
sor might behold without determining to avoid window curtaines, 5 window peeces, a chimney its application : Nonne ipsam DOMUM metuel, peece, and curtaine rodds, and three other small ne quam vocem ELICIAT, nonne PARIETES CONCIOSI peeces in a presse in ye wardrobe val. togeather who visited the castle in 1768, has acquainted
Mr. Dovaston, ofthe Nursery, near Oswestry, 25.£. WITH ye PROTECTOR.
“ In ye Hall. Two long tables, two square me, that the floors of the great council chamtables with formes, one fire-grate, one side ta
ber were then pretty entire, as was the stair-case. ble, a court cuppboard, two wooden figures of The covered steps leading to the chapel were beasts, 3 candlesticks, & racks for armour, 1. remaining, but the covering of the chapel was Sold to M' Bass."
fallen : yet the arms of some of the lords presiNo other remarkable circumstances distinguish dents, painted on the walls, were visible. In the history of this castle, till the court of the the great council chamber was inscribed on the Marches was abolished, and the lords presidents wall a sentence from 1 Sam. xii. 3. All of which were discontinued, in 1688. From that period are now wholly gone. The person, who showed its decay commenced. It has since been gradu- this gentleman the castle, informed him that, by ally stript of its curious and valuable ornaments. tradition, the Mask of Comus was performed in No longer inhabited by its noble gnardians, it the council chamber. Among the valuable colhas fallen into neglect; and neglect has encou- lections of the same gentleman is an extensive raged plunder. ** It will be no wonder that this account of Ludlow town and castle from the most noble castle is in the very perfection of decay, early times, to the first year of Williain and Ma. when we acquaint our readers, that the present ry, copied by him from a MS. of the rev. Rich. inhabitants live upon the sale of the materials. Podmore, A. B. rector of Coppenhall in Co. All the fine courts, the royal apartments, halls
, Pal. of Chester, and curate of Cundover, Salop, and rooms of state, lie open and abandoned, and collected with great care from ancient and ansome of them falling down." Tour through
thentic books. From this interesting compilaGreat Britain, quoted by Grose, art. Ludluzo tion I have been informed that the court of the Castle. See also two remarkable instances re
Marches was erected by Edward IV. in bonuar lated by Mr. Hodges in his Account of the Castle, of the earls of March, from whom he was des p. 39. The appointment of a governor, or stew- cended, as the court of the duchy of Lancaster had ard of the castle, is also at present discontinued. been before by Henry IV. in honour of the house Butler enjoyed the stewardship, which was a lu- of Lancaster: that the household of Ludlow cas. crative as well as an honourable post, while the te was numerous and splendid, and that the principality court existed. And, in an apartment lord president lived in great state. The chaplain over the gateway of the castle, he is said to have had the yearly fee of £.50 with diet for hiniselt written his inimitable Hudibras. The poet had and one servant. The other officers of the coun been secretary to the earl of Carbery, who was
bad fees and salaries suitable to their several lord president of Wales; and who, in the great
ranks. See also Sidney State Papers, vol. i. p. rebellion, had afforded an asylum to the excel-5, 6. where the “ Fees annually allowed to its lent Jeremy Taylor. In the accouut of Ludlow castle, prefixed to
· Cicero pro Cælio, sect. 35.
counsel and commissioners, and the officers, displayed. But at the same time it is a melan. waigés," An. 3 Edw. VI. are set forth. The choly monument, exhibiting the irreparable efcourt consisted of the lord president, vice-presi- fects of pillage and dilapidation. dent, and council, who were composed of the lord chancellor, lord treasurer, lord keeper of
ORIGIN OF COMUS. the privy seal, lord treasurer of the king's housebold, chancellor of the exchequer, principal se
By Mr. WARTON. cretary of state, the chief justices of England, IN Fletcher's Faithful Shepherdess, an Arcaand of the Common Pleas, the chief baron of the dian comedy, recently published, Milton found Exchequer, the justices of Assize for the counties many touches of pastoral and superstitious imaof Salop, Gloucester, Hereford, and Monmouth, gery, congenial with his own conceptions. Many the justice of the grand Session in Wales, the of these, yet with the highest improvements, he chief justice of Chester, attorney and solicitor has transferred in Comus : together with the general, with many of the neighbouring nobility, general cast and colouring of the piece. He and with various subordinate officers. See Mr. catched also from the lyric rhymes of Fletcher, Hodges's Hist. Acc. of the Castle, p. 67, 68. From that Dorique delicacy, with which sir Henry the inedited tour of a traveller in 1 535, communi. Wotton was so much delighted in the songs of cated to me by Joseph Cooper Walker, esq. it ap- Milton's drama. Fletcher's comedy was coldly pears that there was also a secretary to the received the first night of its performance. But court; the office of which was then filled by it had ample revenge in this conspicuous and lord Goring, and said to be worth 3000£. At indisputable mark of Milton's approbation. It the same time, sir John Bridgeman was the chief was afterwards represented as a Mask at court, justice of the court. The traveller adds, that in before the king and queen on twelfth-night, in the absence of the president, the chief justice re- 1633. I know not, indeed, if this was any represented the president's person, and kept “ the commendation to Milton; who, in the Paradise king's house in the castle, which is a prettie lit- Lost, speaks contemptuously of these interludes, tle neate castle, standing high, kept in good re- which had been among the chief diversions of an paire:" and that he was “ invited by the judge elegant and liberal monarch. B. iv. 767. to dinner, and verye kindly and respectfully entertained.”
court-amours This court was dissolved by act of parliament Mix'd dance, and wanton mask, or midnight in the first year of Williain and Mary, at the
ball, &c." humble suit of all the gentlemen and inhabitants of the principality of Wales; by whom it was And in his Ready and easy Way to establish a free represented as an intolerable grievance.
Commonwealth, written in 1660, on the inconThe situation of the castle is delightful, and veniences and dangers of readmitting kingship, romantic. It is built in the north-west angle of and with a view to counteract the noxious huthe town upon a rock, commanding an extensive mour of returning to bondage, he says, " a king and beautiful prospect northward. On the west must be adored as a demigod, with a dissolute it is shaded by a lofty hill, and washed by the and haughty court about him, of vast expense river. It is strongly environed by walls of im- and luxury, masks and revels, to the debauchmense height and thickness, and fortified with ing our prime gentry, both male and female, round and square towers at irregular distances. not in their pastimes only, &c.” Pr. W. i. 590. The walls are said by Grose to have formerly I believe the whole compliment was paid to the been a mile in compass; but Leland in that genius of Fletcher. But in the mean time it measure includes those of the town. The inte should be remembered, that Miltou had not yet rior apartments were defended on one side by a contracted an aversion to courts and court. deep ditch, cut out of the rock; on the other, by amusements, and that, in L'Allegro, masks an almost inaccessible precipice overlooking the are among his pleasures. Nor could be now Fale of Corve. The castle was divided into two disapprove of a species of entertainment, to separate parts: the castle, properly speaking, in which as a writer he was giving encouragement. which were the palace and lodgings; and the The royal masks, however, did not, like Comus, green, 'or outwork, which Dr. Stukely supposes always abound with Platonic recommendations of to have been called the Barbican. See his Iti- the doctrine of chastity. nerary, Iter iv. p. 70. The green takes in a The ingenious and accurate Mr. Reed has large compass of ground, in which were the pointed out a rude out-line, from which Milton court of judicature and records, the stables, gar- seems partly to have sketched the plan of the den, bowling-green, and other offices. In the fable of Conius. See Biograph. Dramat. ji. front of the castle, a spacious plain or lawn for- p. 441. It is an old play, with this title, The merly extended two miles. In 1972 a public | old Wives Tale, a pleasant conceited Comedie, walk round the castle was planted with trees, plaied by the Queens Majesties players. Writa and laid out with much taste, by the munificence ten by G. P. [i. e. George Peele.) Printed at of the countess of Powis. See Mr. Hodges's Hist. London by John Danter, and are to be sold by Acc. p. 54.
Ralph Hancocke and John Hardie, 1595. in The exterior appearance of this ancient edi-quarto. This very scarce and curious piece exfice bespeaks, in some degree, what it once has hibits, among other parallel incidents, two brobeen. Its mutilated towers and walls still afford thers wandering in quest of their sister, whom an an idea of the strength and beauty, which so no- enchanter had imprisoned. This magician had ble a specimen of Norman architecture formerly learned his art from his mother Meroe, as co
mus had been instructed by his mother Circe. “ 1 Br. Vpon these chalkie cliffs of Albioa, The Brothers call out on the Lady's name, and We are arriued now with tedious toile, &c. Echo replies. The enchanter had given her To seeke our sister, &c."a potion which suspends the powers of reason, and superinduces oblivion of herself. The Bro- A soothsayer enters, with whom they converse thers afterwards meet with an old man who is about the lost lady. “ Soolhs. Was she fayre? also skilled in magic; and, by listening to his 2 Br. The fayrest for white and the purest soothsaying, they recover their lost sister. But for redde, as the blood of the deare or the drinot till the enchanter's wreath had been torn ven snowe, &c.” In their search, Echo replies from his head, his sword wrested from his hand, to their call. They find too late that their sisa glass broken, and a light extinguished. The ter is under the captivity of a wicked magician, names of some of the characters, as Sacrapant, and that she had tasted his cup of oblivion. In Chorebus, and others, are taken from the Orlando the close, after the wreath is tom from the maFurioso. The history of Meroe a witch, may be gician's head, and he is disarmed and killed, by seen in The xi Bookes of the Golden Asse, a Spirit in the shape and character of a beautiful containing the Metamorphosie of Lucius Apuleius, page of fifteen years old, she still remains subinterlaced with sundrie pleasant and delectable ject to the magician's enchantment. But in a Tales, &c. Translated out of the Latin into subsequent scene the Spirit enters, and declares, English by William Adlington, Lond. 1566. that the sister cannot be delivered but by a lady, See Chap. iii. “ How Socrates in his returne who is neither maid, wife, nor widow. The Spifrom Macedony to Larissa was spoyled and rob- rit blows a magical horn, and the lady appears; bed, and bow he fell acquainted with one Meroe she dissolves the charm, by breaking a glass, a witch.” And Chap. iv. “ How Meroe the and extinguishing a light, as I have before rewitch turned divers persons into miserable cited. A curtain is withdrawn, and the sister beasts.” Of this book there were other editions, is seen seated and asleep. She is disenchanted in 1571, 1596, 1600, and 1639. AH in quarto and restored to her senses, having been spoken and the black letter. The translator was of to thrice. She then rejoins her two brothers, University College. See also Apuleius in the with whom she returns home; and the Boy-spioriginal. A Meroe is mentioned by Ausonius, rit vanishes under the earth. The magician is Engr. xix.
here called “inchanter vile," as in Comus, 5. Peele's play opens thus.
907. Anticke, Frolicke, and Fantasticke, three ad- There is another circumstance in this play, venturers, are lost in a wood, in the night. They taken from the old English Apuleius. It is agree to sing the old song,
where the Old Man every night is transformed
by our magician into a bear, recovering in the “ Three merrie men, and three merrie men, day-time his natural shape. And three merrie men be wee;
Among the many feats of magic in this play, I in the wood, and thou on the ground, a bride newly married gains a marriage-portion And Jacke sleeps in the tree."
by dipping a pitcher into a well. As she dips,
there is a voice : They hear a dog, and fancy themselves to be near some village. A cottager appears, with a “ Faire maiden, white and red, lantern: on which Frolicke says, “I perceiue Combe me smoothe, and stroke my head, . the glimryng of a gloworme, a candle, or a cats- And thou shall haue some cockell bread! eye, &c.” They entreat him to show the way: Gently dippe, but not too deepe, utherwise they say, “wee are like to wander For feare thou make the golden beard to weepe!* among the owlets and hobgoblins of the forest." " Faire maider, white and redde, He invites them to his cottage; and orders his Combe me smooth, and stroke my head : wife to lay a crab in the fire, to "rost for lambes- And enery haire a sheaue shall be, wool, &c.” They sing
And euery sheaue a golden tree!” “When as the rie reach to the chin,
With this stage-direction, “ A head comes up full And chopcherrie, chopcherrie ripe within; of gold; she combes it into her lap." Strawberries swimming in the creame,
I must not omit, that Shakespeare seems also Aud schoole-boyes playing in the streame, Sc.” | to have had aneye on this play. It is in the scene
where “ The Baruest-men enler with a Song." At length to pass the time trimly, it is pro- | Again, “ Enter the Haruest-men singing with udo posed that the wife shall tell “a merry winters men in their handes.". Frolicke says, tale," or, “ an old wiues winters tale,” of which have we here, our amourous haruest starres : sort of stories she is not without a score.
- They sing, begins, There was a king, or duke, who had a most beautiful daughter, and she was stolen “ Loe, here we come a reaping a reaping, away by a necromancer, who turning himself To reape our baruest-fruite; into a dragon, carried her in his mouth to his And thus we passe the yeare so long, castle. The king sent out all his men' to find And neuer be we mute." his daughter; "at last, all the king's men went out so long, that bir two brothers went to seeke compare the Mask in the Tempest, A. iv, S.de bir.” Immediately the two brothers enter, and where Iris says, speak.