Title: EVERY MAN IN HIS HUMOUR

Author:JONSON BEN
Subject:ENGLISH FICTION
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Every Man in His Humour
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Ben Jonson
Prepared from 1601 Quarto (STC 14766) by Hugh Craig, D of English, U of Newcastle. OTA A-1437-A





D

Now trust me, here is a goodly day toward.
Musco, call up my son Lorenzo: bid him
rise: tell him, I have some business to imploy
him in.


B

I will, sir, presently.


D

But heare you, sirrah;
If he be at study, disturbe him not.


B

Very good, sir.


Exit Musco.
D
How happy would I estimate my selfe,
Could I (by any meane) retyre my son,
From one vayne course of study he affects?
He is a scholler (if a man may trust
The lib'rall voyce of double-toung'd report)
Of deare account, in all our Academies.
Yet this position must not breede in me
A fast opinion, that he cannot erre.
My selfe was once a student, and indeede
Fed with the selfe-same humor he is now,
Dreaming on nought but idle Poetrie:
But since, Experience hath awakt my spirit's,

Enter Stephano.
D
And reason taught them, how to comprehend
The soueraigne vse of study. What, cousin Stephano?
What newes with you, that you are here so earely?

I

Nothing: but eene come to see how you do, vncle.


D

That is kindly done, you are welcome, cousin.


I

Aye, I know that sir, I would not have come else: how
doeth my cousin, vncle?


D

O well, well, goe in and see; I doubt he is scarce
stirring yet.


I

Vncle, afore I goe in, can you tell me, if he have
ever booke of the sciences of hawking and hunting? I would
fayne borrow it.


D

Why I hope you will not a hawking now, will you?


I

No wusse; but I will practise against next ...
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