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Page xviii - And let those that play your clowns, speak no more than is set down for them : for there be of them, that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too ; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villainous; and . shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.
Page x - ... and exquisite actors for all matters, they were entertained into the service of divers great lords, out of which companies there were twelve of the best chosen, and, at the request of Sir Francis Walsingham, they were sworn the Queen's servants and were allowed wages and liveries as grooms of the chamber. And until this year 1583, the Queen had no players.
Page xxxv - for the maintenance and relief of himself and the rest of his company, being prohibited to present any plays publicly in or near London, by reason of great peril that might grow through the extraordinary concourse and assembly of people, to a new increase of the plague, till it shall please God to settle the city in a more perfect health.
Page xxvii - Banquet," 12mo., London, 1620, has the following epigram : — To Sir Ninian Ouzell. (Ep. 94.) As Tarlton when his head was onely seene, The Tire-house doore and Tapistric betweene, Set all the multitude in such a laughter, They could not hold for scarse an houre after.
Page 24 - God a mercy, horse !' In the end Tarlton, seeing the people laugh so, was angry inwardly, and said, ' Sir, had I the power of your horse, as you have, I would doe more than that.' 'Whate'er it be,' said Banks (to please him), 'I will charge him to do it.
Page 95 - Trie her, man, quoth hee ; fainte hart never woone fairelady ; and if shee will not be brought to the bent of your bowe, I will provide such a potion as shall dispatch all to your owne content ; and to give you further instructions for oportunitie, knowe that her husband is foorth every afternoone from three till sixe.
Page xxviii - Let him try it when he will, and come himself upon the Stage, with all the scurrility of the Wife of Bath, with all the ribaldry of Poggius, or Boccace, yet I dare affirm he shall never give that contentment to beholders as honest Tarlton did, though he said never a word.
Page xxvii - Our Tarlton was master of his faculty. When queen Elizabeth was serious (I dare not say sullen) and out of good humour, he could un-dumpish her at his pleasure. Her highest favourites would, in some cases, go to Tarlton before they would go to the queen, and he was their usher to prepare their advantageous access unto her.
Page 52 - Made celebrated. this dumpe had an end: and forsooth upon Whitson monday last I would needs to the Theatre 1 to a play, where when I came, I founde such concourse of unrulye people, 2 that I thought it better solitary to walk in the fields, then to intermeddle myselfe amongst such a great presse. Feeding mine humour with this fancie I stept by dame Anne of Cleeres well, and went by the backside of Hogsdon, where, finding the sun to be hotte, and seeing a faire tree that had a coole shade, I sat me...