What's here? one dead, or drunk? See, doth he breathe?
He breathes, my lord. Were he not warm'd with ale,
This were a bed but cold to sleep so soundly.
O monstrous beast! how like a swine he lies!
Grim death, how foul and loathsome is thine image!
will practise on this drunken man.
What think you, if he were convey'd to bed,
Wrapp'd in sweet clothes,
rings put upon his fingers,
A most delicious banquet by his bed,
And brave attendants near him when he
Would not the beggar then forget himself?
Believe me, lord, I think he cannot choose.
It would seem strange unto him when he waked.
Even as a flattering dream or worthless fancy.
Then take him up and manage well the jest:
gently to my fairest chamber
And hang it round with all my wanton pictures:
Balm his foul head in warm
And burn sweet wood to make the lodging sweet:
Procure me music ready when he wakes,
make a dulcet and a heavenly sound;
And if he chance to speak, be ready straight
And with a low submissive
Say 'What is it your honour will command?'
Let one attend him with a silver basin
Full of rose-
water and bestrew'd with flowers,
Another bear the ewer, the third a diaper,
And say 'Will't please your
lordship cool your hands?'
Some one be ready with a costly suit
And ask him what apparel he will wear;
tell him of his hounds and horse,
And that his lady mourns at his disease:
Persuade him that he hath
And when he says he is, say that he dreams,
For he is nothing but a mighty lord.
and do it kindly, gentle sirs:
It will be pastime passing excellent,
If it be husbanded with modesty.
My lord, I warrant you we will play our part,
As he shall think by our true diligence
He is no less than
what we say he is.
Take him up gently and to bed with him;
And each one to his office when he wakes.
Some bear out SLY. A trumpet sounds
Sirrah, go see what trumpet 'tis that sounds:
Belike, some noble gentleman that means,
Travelling some journey, to repose him here.
How now! who is it?
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