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The Story of Doctor Dolittle

Hugh Lofting

The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison

Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Arden of Feversham

by Thomas Arden (of Faversham.)


Fran. Arden, cheer up thy spirits and droop no more:
My gracious lord, the duke of Somerset,
Hath freely given to thee and to thy heirs,
By letters - patent from his majesty,
All the lands of the abbey of Feversham.
Here are the deeds

Seal'd and subscrib'd with his name and the king's:
Read them, and leave this melancholy mood.

Ard. Francklin, thy love prolongs my weary life;
And but for thec, how odious were this life:
That shows me nothing but torments my soul,
And those foul objects that offend mine eyes,
Which makes me wish that, for this veil of heaven,
The earth hung o'er my head and cover'd me.
Love-letters pass'd 'twixt Mosbie and my wife,
And they have privy meetings in the town:
Nay, on his finger did I spy the ring,
Which at our marriage day the priest put on.
Can any grief be half so great as this?

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Fran. Comfort thyself, sweet friend, it is not strange,
That women will be false and wavering.

Ard. Ay, but to dote on such a one as he,
Is monstrous, Francklin, and intolerable.

Fran. Why, what is he?

Ard. A botcher, and no better at the first;
Who, by base brokage getting some small stock,
. Crept into service of a nobleman:
And by his servile flattery and fawning,
Is now become the steward of his house,
And bravely jets it in his silken gown.

Fran. No nobleman will countenance such a peasant.

Ard. Yes, the Lord Clifford, he that loves not me.
But through his favour let him not grow proud:
For were he by the Lord Protector back'd,
He should not make me to be pointed at.
I am by birth a gentleman of blood,
And that injurious ribald, that attempts
To violate my dear wife's chastity,
(For dear I hold her love, as dear as heaven)
Shall on the bed which he thinks to defile,
See his dissever'd joints and sinews torn,
Whilst on the planchers pants his weary body,
Smear'd in the channels of his lustful blood.

Fran. Be patient, gentle friend, and learn of me
To ease thy grief and save her chastity:
Entreat her fair; sweet words are fittest engines
To raze the flint walls of a woman's breast:
In any case be not too jealous,
Nor make a question of her love to thee;
But, as securely, presently take horse,
And lie with me at London all this term;

For women, when they may, will not,

But, being kept back, straight grow outrageous.

Ard. Though this abhors from reason, yet I 'll try it, And call her forth, and presently take leave: Ho, Alice!

Here enters Alice.

Alice. Husband, what mean you to get up so early? Summer - nights are short, and yet you rise ere day; Had T been wflfrp, you had not_rjs_so soon. - "^ ° ^


Ard. Sweet love, thou know'st that we two, Ovid-like, Have often chid the morn, when 't gan to peep, And often wish'd that dark night's purblind steeds Would pull her by the purple mantle back: And cast her in the ocean to her love. But this night, sweet Alice, thou hast kill'd my heart: I heard thee call on Mosbie in thy sleep.

Alice. 'T is like I was asleep, when I nam'd him, For being awake, he comes not in my thoughts.

Ard. Ay, but you started up, and suddenly, Instead of him, caught me about the neck.

Alice. Instead of him! Why, who was there but you, And where but one is, how can I mistake?

Fran. Arden , forbear to urge her over - far.

Ard. Nay, love, there is no credit in a dream, Let it suffice I know thou lov'st me well.

Alice. Now I remember whereupon it came: Had we no talk of Mosbie yesternight?

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