*JOHNSON. Oh, for that, he desires to be excused; he is too proud a man to creep servilely after sense, I assure you. -- But pray, Mr. Bayes, why is this scene all in verse?
|BAYES. O sir, the subject is too great for||85|
SMITH. Well said, i'faith. I'll give thee a pot of ale for that answer; 'tis well worth it.
BAYES. Come, with all my heart.
|'I'll make that god subscribe himself a devil.'||90|
BAYES and the two Gentlemen.
BAYES. Now, gentlemen, I will be bold to say, I'll show you the greatest scene that ever England saw -- I mean not for words, for those I do not value, but for state, show, and magnificence. In
|fine, I'll justify it to be as grand to the eye every||5|
The Curtain is drawn up; the two usurping Kings appear in state, with the four Cardinals, PRINCE PRETTY-MAN, PRINCE VOLSCIUS, AMARYLLIS, CLORIS, PARTHENOPE, &c.; before them, Heralds and Sergeants at Arms with maces.
SMITH. Mr. Bayes, pray what is the reason that
|two of the cardinals are in hats and the other in||10|
BAYES. Why, Sir, because -- by gad, I won't tell you. -- Your country friend, sir, grows so troublesome.
|KING USHER. Now, sir, to the business of the day.||15|
KING PHYSICIAN. Speak, Volscius.
VOLSCIUS. Dread sovereign lords, my zeal to you must not invade my duty to your son. Let me entreat that great Prince Pretty-man first do speak, whose high pre
|eminence, in all things that do bear the name of good,||20|
BAYES. Here it begins to unfold. You must perceive, now, that he is his son.
JOHNSON. Yes, sir; and we are very much be
|holding to you for that discovery.||25|
PRETTY-MAN. Royal father, upon my knees I beg That the illustrious Volscius first be heard.
VOLSCIUS. That preference is only due to Amaryllis, sir.
|BAYES. I'll make her speak very well, by and||30|
AMARYLLIS. Invincible sovereigns -- (Soft Music.)
KING USHER. But stay, what sound is this invades our ears?1
KING PHYSICIAN. Sure 'tis the music of the moving spheres.
PRETTY-MAN. Behold, with wonder! yonder comes from
In which our two right kings sit one by one,|
With virgin vests, and laurel garlands on.
| KING USHER. Then, Brother Phys', 'tis time we|
should be gone.
(The two Usurpers steal out of the throne and go away.)
|BAYES. Look you now, did not I tell you that||40|
SMITH. Yes, faith, you did so; though I confess, I could not believe you; but you have brought it about, I see.
(The two right Kings of Brentford descend in the clouds,2 singing in white garments; and three fiddlers sitting before them, in green.)
|BAYES. Now, because the two right kings||45|
1ST KING. Haste, brother king, we are sent from above.
2D KING. Let us move, let us move --
|Move to remove the fate||50|
1ST KING. Tara, tan tara, full east and by south,
2D KING. We sail with thunder in our mouth,
In scorching noon-day, whilst the traveller stays,
|Busy, busy, busy, busy, we bustle along.||55|
Hasting to those
Who will feast us, at night, with a pig's pettitoes.
|1ST KING. And we'll fall with our pate||60|
2D KING. But now supper's done, the servitors try, Like soldiers, to storm a whole half-moon pie.
1ST KING. They gather, they gather hot custard in
|But alas, I must leave these half-moons,||65|
2D KING. Oh, stay, for you need not as yet go astray;
The tide, like a friend, has brought ships in our way,
And on their high ropes we will play.
|Like maggots in filberts, we'll snug in our shell,||70|
1ST KING. But the ladies have all inclination to dance,
|And the green frogs croak out a coranto4 of France.||75|
BAYES. Is not that pretty, now? The fiddlers are all in green.____________________
'What noise is this invades my ear?'