Fair Em eBook

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None can content me but the fair maid of Manchester.

Em.  I perceive love is vainly described, that, being blind himself, would have you likewise troubled with a blind wife, having the benefit of your eyes.  But neither follow him so much in folly, but love one in whom you may better delight.

Valingford.  Father Miller, thy daughter shall have honor by graunting me her love.  I am a Gentleman of king Williams Court, and no mean man in king Williams favour.

Em.  If you be a Lord, sir, as you say, you offer both your self and me great wrong:  yours, as apparent, in limiting your love so unorderly, for which you rashly endure reprochement; mine, as open and evident, when, being shut from the vanities of this world, you would have me as an open gazing stock to all the world; for lust, not love, leads you into this error.  But from the one I will keep me as well as I can, and yield the other to none but to my father, as I am bound by duty.

Valingford.  Why, fair Em, Manville hath forsaken thee, and must at Chester be married:  which if I speak otherwise than true, let thy father speak what credibly he hath heard.

Em.  But can it be Manville will deal so unkindly to reward my justice with such monstrous ungentleness?  Have I dissembled for thy sake, and doest thou now thus requite it?  In deed these many days I have not seen him, which hath made me marvel at his long absence.  But, father, are you assured of the words he spake were concerning Manville?

Miller.  In sooth, daughter, now it is foorth I must needs confirm it:  Maister Manville hath forsaken thee, and at Chester must be married to a mans daughter of no little wealth.  His own father procures it, and therefore I dare credit it; and do thou believe it, for trust me, daughter, it is so.

Em.  Then, good father, pardon the injury that I have done to you, only causing your grief, by over-fond affecting a man so trothless.  And you likewise, sir, I pray hold me excused, a I hope this cause will allow sufficiently for me:  My love to Manville, thinking he would requite it, hath made me double with my father and you, and many more besides, which I will no longer hide from you.  That inticing speeches should not beguile me, I have made my self deaf to any but to him; and lest any mans person should please me more than his, I have dissembled the want of sight:  Both which shadows of my irrevocable affections I have not spared to confirm before him, my father, and all other amorous soliciters—­wherewith not made acquainted, I perceive my true intent hath wrought mine own sorrow, and seeking by love to be regarded, am cut of with contempt, and dispised.

Miller.  Tell me, sweet Em, hast thou but fained all this while for his love, that hath so descourteously forsaken thee?

Em.  Credit me, father, I have told you the troth; wherewith I desire you and Lord Valingford not to be displeased.  For ought else I shall say, let my present grief hold me excused.  But, may I live to see that ungrateful man justly rewarded for his treachery, poor Em would think her self not a little happy.  Favour my departing at this instant; for my troubled thought desires to meditate alone in silence.

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