Four Renaissance Comedies by Robert Shaughnessy

By Robert Shaughnessy

This version of 4 Renaissance comedies represents the power, variety and variety of the English comedian drama of the past due 16th and early 17th centuries, reflecting either its potential for escapist fable and its obstacle with the intrigues of daily urban existence. complete textual notes determine the performs of their originating cultural and theatrical situations, in addition to explaining vague references and allusions. A basic advent presents a valuable evaluation of early glossy comedy within the context of Renaissance comedian thought and perform, including an evaluate of its carrying on with theatrical appeal.

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See where Venelia my betrothed love Runs madding* all enraged about the woods, All by his cursed and enchanting spells. 65 Enter lampriscus with a pot of honey. But here comes Lampriscus, my discontented neighbour. How now, neighbour, you look toward the ground as well as I. You muse on something. lampriscus: Neighbour, on nothing, but on the matter I so often moved* 70 to you. If you do anything for charity, help me; if for neighbourhood or brotherhood, help me; never was one so cumbered* as poor Lampriscus.

Exit. * And now goeth poor Lampriscus to put in execution this excellent counsel. Exit. * But do you hear, 105 gammer, was this the man that was a bear in the night and a man in the day? old woman: Ay, this is he; and this man that came to him was a beggar, and dwelt upon a green. But soft, who comes here? O, these are the harvest men; ten to one they sing a song of mowing. 110 Enter the harvest men a-singing, with this song double repeated. All ye that lovely lovers be, pray you for me, Lo here we come a-sowing, a-sowing, And sow sweet fruits of love.

Here enters venelia and breaks the glass, and blows out the light, and goeth in again. jack: So, master, how like you this? This is she that ran madding in the woods, his betrothed love that keeps the cross. And now, this light being out, all are restored to their former liberty. And now, master, to 40 the lady that you have so long looked for. He draweth a curtain, and there delia sitteth asleep. eumenides: God speed, fair maid sitting alone, there is once; God speed, fair maid, there is twice; God speed, fair maid; there is thrice.

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