The Shoemaker’s Holiday – Act 5, Scene 3

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Enter KING and his train over the stage.

 KING
Is our Lord Mayor of London such a gallant?

NOBLEMAN
One of the merriest madcaps in your land.
Your Grace will think, when you behold the man,
He’s rather a wild ruffian than a Mayor.
Yet thus much I’ll ensure your Majesty:
In all his actions that concern the state,
He is as serious, provident, and wise,
As full of gravity amongst the grave,
As any mayor hath been these many years.

KING
I am with child till I behold this huff-cap,
But all my doubt is, when we come in presence,
His madness will be dashed clean out of countenance.

NOBLEMAN
It may be so, my Liege.

KING
Which to prevent,
Let someone give him notice ’tis our pleasure
That he put on his wonted merriment.
Set forward.

ALL
On afore.                                                                                        [Exeunt.

Proceed to the next scene

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