Jacke of Dover's Quest of Inquirie, Or, His Privy Search for the Veriest Foole in England

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William Carew Hazlitt
W.C. Hazlitt, 1866 - English wit and humor - 367 pages

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Page 312 - JACK OF DOVER, his Quest of Inquirie, or his Privy Search for the veriest Foole in England, a collection of Merry Tales, 1604, edited by T.
Page 352 - ... astonished that he knew not what to say, for his fellow was gone, and he could not tell where to find him: by which meanes he was constrained to let his action fall, and by the law was condemned to pay her charges, and withall great dammages for troubling her without cause. Well, quoth Jacke of Dover, this, in my minde, was pretty foolery : but yet the foole of all fooles is not heare found, that I looke for.
Page 317 - Lord blesse us, quoth the shoemaker, whither are my children learning ? the one is already past grace, and the other at the divell and all his workes : whereupon he tooke them both from schoole, and set them to his owne occupation. Well, quoth Jacke of Dover, this in my mind was pretty foolery, but yet the Foole of Fooles is not heere found that I looke for. THE FOOLE OF BEDFORD. NOT many yeeres ago (sayd another of the jurie) it was my chaunce to be at Bedford, where in the time of my continuance...
Page 325 - ... to shew my opinion upon your wordes? Yes, my good wag (sayd he.) Then M. Doctor, quoth the boy, I gather by your words, that you had a good wit when you were young. The Doctor, biting his lip, went his way, very much displeased at the boyes witty reasons, thinking himselfe ever after to be a foole. Well, quoth Jacke of Dover, this, in my minde, was pretty foolery, but yet the foole of al fooles is not here found, that I look for. THE FOOLE OF DARBIE. UPON a time, there chaunced (quoth another...
Page 330 - UPON a time (quoth another of the jury), there was a widow woman dweling in Westchester, that had taken a certaine sum of mony of two cony-catchers, to keepe upon this condition, that she should not deliver it againe to the one without the other : but it so hapned that within a while after, one of these coney-catchers fayned his fellow to be dead, and came in mourning cloathes to the woman and demaunded the money. The simple woman thinking his words to be true, beleeved that his fellow was dead in...
Page 360 - For it is you that have chalk'd forth the way, Which brought us hither ! Alon. I say. Amen, Gonzalo. Gon. Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issue Should become kings of Naples ? O ! rejoice Beyond a common joy, and set it down With gold on lasting pillars.
Page 327 - ... justice, whom dost thou serve? Whom do I serve, quoth he, why I do serve God. Serve God, sayd the Justice, what dost thou mocke mee ? goe carry the knave to prison, He teach him some other answer, then to say I serve God. To the jaile was he born, where for that night he lay, and on the morrow brought before him againe. Now, sirra, quoth the justice, are you better advised yet ? tell me who do you serve now ? Why, quoth Cutting Tom, I serve God still. But, sayd the justice, dost thou serve no...
Page 313 - JACKE OF DOVERS QUEST OF INQUIRIE. WHEN merry Jacke of Dover had made his privie search for the Foole of all Fooles, and making his inquirie in most of the principall places in England, at his returne home was adjudged to be the foole himselfe : but now, wearied with the motley coxcombe, he hath undertaken in some place or other to finde out a verier foole than himselfe. But first of all comming to London he went into Paules church, where, walking very melancholy in the middle ile with captaine Thingut...
Page 363 - More was wont to recreate himself and contemplate. It happened one time, that a Tom of Bedlam came up to him, and had a mind to have thrown him from the battlements, saying,
Page 332 - THE FOOLE OF NORTHUMBERLAND. THERE was of late (quoth another of the jurie) a certaine simple fellow dwelling in Northumberland, that could not well remember his owne name, nor tell rightly to the number of just twentie, yet would many times give such good admonitions as the wisest man in all the countrey could not give better : but amongst all other, this one is worthy of memory, for going in an evening through a greene fielde, it was his chaunce to over heare a lusty young...

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