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faces to those they had put on awhile, heartily, as did her courtiers also. since, they waited the issue.
"Please your majesty," replied Master Shakspeare, looking in no way daunted at the charge. "Before I enter on my confession, let me humbly represent to you, that this is the first time any sovereign hath made treason a laughing matter."
"If such it be, methinks it is like to make the offender laugh on the other side of his mouth," exclaimed the queen merrily, at the which the mirth became general.
"That I dispute not, believe me," answered he. "I plead guilty of the of fence of which your majesty hath justly accused me, but I would venture to say in extenuation, that although I might perchance succeed in the shaking of your majesty's sides, it hath never been my intention in any way to disturb your majesty's crown.'
"Odds boddikins!" exclaimed the queen-an oath she much affected when in a pleasant humor—and laughing very
believe you, and willingly admit the innocency of your intentions, but we let you not off a fitting punishment, and a heavy, proceed you not on the instant to tell us what caused the loud burst of laughter that made us send to you our messenger; and if there seemeth to us to have been sufficient provocation for it, you shall be allowed to depart from our presence free and unharmed."
"Your majesty's gracious condescen-
"I called my Rachel' Plain-face In a pet
Methinks it be scarce necessary to add, that the offender was allowed to go from the presence unpunished.
HERE ENDETH THE STORY OF
SHAKSPEARE AND HIS FRIENDS.
NOTE. Should the courteous reader, from what he hath here perused, desire of me some further account of this inestimable rare and sweet-minded gentleman, and to know what befell Harry Daring in his adventures in the Spanish main, and to become acquainted with what happened unto my Lord Southampton in his wooing of the loving Mistress Varnon, besides learning the doings of others of whom mention is made in this story, I say unto him in the words of the drawer of mine hostess of the Mermaid, " Anon-anon, sir!”
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