Ralph Roister Doister: The First Regular English Comedy

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J.M. Dent. and Company, 1901 - English drama - 140 pages

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[Ralph Roister Doister] By Nicholas Udall A play from Tudor England probably published around 1553 and claimed to be the first English comedy. It would have originally been designed as an interlude ... Read full review

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Page 64 - Regarding your substance and riches chief of all ; For your personage, beauty, demeanour and wit, I commend me unto you never a whit. Sorry to hear report of your good...
Page 102 - Tib. Talk. Shall I go fet our goose? C. Custance. What to do? Tib. Talk. To yonder captain I will turn her loose, And she gape and hiss at him, as she doth at me, I durst jeopard my hand she will make him flee. C. Custance. On forward. R. Roister. They come. M . Mery. Stand. R. Roister. Hold. M.
Page 38 - I ween I am a prophet, this gear will prove blank : But what, should I home again without answer go ? It were better go to Rome on my head than so. "I will tarry here this month, but some of the house Shall take it of me, and then I care not a louse.
Page 69 - ... thousand rats, A thousand wolves, and a thousand cats, A thousand bulls, and a thousand calves, And a thousand legions divided in halves, He shall never 'scape death on my sword's point, Though I should be torn therefore joint by joint.
Page 98 - And I warrant it save your head from any stroke, Except perchance to be amazed with the smoke : I warrant your head therewith, except for the mist, As safe as if it were fast locked up in a chest : And lo, here our Dobinet cometh with it now.
Page 40 - Servant to him that must be our mistress' husband, Bid him welcome. An. Alyface. To me truly is he welcome. Tib. Talk. Forsooth, and as I may say, heartily welcome. D. Dough. I thank you, mistress maids. An.
Page 73 - I will keep ye right well : from good raiment and fare Ye shall not be kept : but in sorrow and care Ye shall in no wise live ; at your own liberty Do and say what ye lust ; ye shall never please me, But when ye are merry ; I will be all sad, When ye are sorry ; I will be very glad, When ye seek your heart's ease ; I will be unkind At no time ; in me shall ye much gentleness find.
Page 121 - And all men take heed, by this one gentleman, How you set your love upon an unkind woman; For these women be all such mad peevish elves, They will not be won, except it please themselves. But, in faith, Custance, if ever ye come in hell, Maister Roister Doister shall serve you as well.
Page 118 - Roister. God grant her loving subjects both the mind and grace, Her most godly proceedings worthily to embrace. Harpax. Her highness' most worthy counsellors, God prosper With honour and love of all men to minister.
Page 68 - Refrain from Custance a while now, And I warrant her soon right glad to seek to you. Ye shall see her anon come on her knees creeping, And pray you to be good to her, salt tears weeping.

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