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Thomas Dekker (1570–1632).  The Shoemaker’s Holiday.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act II
 
Scene II
 
 
Enter LACY, disguised as a Dutch Shoemaker 1

  LACY.  How many shapes have gods and kings devis’d,
Thereby to compass their desired loves!
It is no shame for Rowland Lacy, then,
To clothe his cunning with the gentle craft,        4
That, thus disguis’d, I may unknown possess
The only happy presence of my Rose.
For her have I forsook my charge in France,
Incurr’d the king’s displeasure, and stirr’d up        8
Rough hatred in mine uncle Lincoln’s breast.
O love, how powerful art thou, that canst change
High birth to baseness, and a noble mind
To the mean semblance of a shoemaker!        12
But thus it must be. For her cruel father,
Hating the single union of our souls,
Has secretly convey’d my Rose from London,
To bar me of her presence; but I trust,        16
Fortune and this disguise will further me
Once more to view her beauty, gain her sight.
Here in Tower Street with Eyre the shoemaker
Mean I a while to work; I know the trade,        20
I learnt it when I was in Wittenberg.
Then cheer thy hoping spirits, be not dismay’d,
Thou canst not want: do Fortune what she can,
The gentle craft if living for a man.  Exit.        24
 
Note 1. A street in London, [back]
 

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