I would there were no age between sixteen and
three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the
there is nothing in the between but
getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry,
you now! Would any but
these boiled brains of nineteen and two-and-twenty
hunt this weather? They
have scared away two of my
best sheep, which I fear the wolf will sooner find
than the master: if any where
I have them, 'tis by
the seaside, browsing of ivy. Good luck, an't be thy
will what have we here! Mercy on
's, a barne a very
pretty barne! A boy or a child, I wonder? A
pretty one; a very pretty one: sure, some
though I am not bookish, yet I can read
waiting-gentlewoman in the 'scape. This has been
stair-work, some trunk-work, some
behind-door-work: they were warmer that got this
than the poor thing is
here. I'll take it up for
pity: yet I'll tarry till my son come; he hallooed
but even now. Whoa, ho, hoa!
What, art so near? If thou'lt see a thing to talk
on when thou art dead and rotten, come hither. What
I have seen two such sights, by sea and by land!
but I am not to say it is a sea, for it is now the
the firmament and it you cannot thrust
a bodkin's point.
Why, boy, how is it?
I would you did but see how it chafes, how it rages,
how it takes up the shore! but that's not the
O, the most piteous cry of the poor souls!
sometimes to see 'em, and not to see 'em; now the
the moon with her main-mast, and anon
swallowed with yest and froth, as you'ld thrust a
cork into a hogshead.
And then for the
land-service, to see how the bear tore out his
shoulder-bone; how he cried to me for help
his name was Antigonus, a nobleman. But to make an
end of the ship, to see how the sea flap-
it: but, first, how the poor souls roared, and the
sea mocked them; and how the poor gentleman
and the bear mocked him, both roaring louder than
the sea or weather.
Name of mercy, when was this, boy?
Now, now: I have not winked since I saw these
sights: the men are not yet cold under water, nor
half dined on the gentleman: he's at it
Would I had been by, to have helped the old man!
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