Have I spoke thus much in the honour
of learning, learned the names of the seven liberal
sciences, before my marriage; and, since, have in
haste written epistles congratulatory to the nine
muses, and is she proved a whore and a beggar?
'Tis true. You are not now to be taught
that no man can be learned of a sudden; let not
your first project discourage you: what you have
lost in this, you may get again in alchymy.
Fear not, husband; I hope to make as
good a wife as the best of your neighbours have,
and as honest.
I will go home. Good sir, do not publish this;
as long as it runs amongst ourselves, 'tis
good honest mirth. You'll come home to supper?
I mean to have all her friends, and mine, as ill as
Do wisely, sir, and bid your own
friends; your whole wealth will scarce feast all
hers; neither is it for your credit to walk the
streets with a woman so noted: get you home, and
provide her clothes; let her come an hour hence
with a hand-basket, and shift herself, she'll serve
to sit at the upper end of the table, and drink to
Art is just, and will make me amends.
No doubt, sir.
The chief note of a scholar, you say, is
to govern his passions; wherefore I do take all
patiently: In sign of which, my most dear wife, I
do kiss thee. Make haste home after me; I shall
be in my study.
Go, avaunt!My new city-dame, send
me what you promised me for consideration, and
may'st thou prove a lady!