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Title: "The Pilgrimage to Parnassus," and "The Return from Parnassus;" two comedies. 
Date: 1598-1601
Repository: Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call number and opening: Rawl. D. 398, item 72, fols. 214v, 215r, 216v

Semi-diplomatic transcription

                                leaue, but litell learninge behinde mee vpon the eathe
                                well those verses haue purchast my implacable anger lett
                                mee heare youre other vayns.

                    Ingen:  Sir the worde as Chaucer vseth it, hark noe vnhonest
                                meaninge in it, for it signifieth a ieste.

                    Gullio   Hush Chaucer is a foole, and you are another for defendinge
                                of him.

                  Ingen:    Then you shall heare Specers veyne.
                                A gentle pen rides prickinge on the plaine

                                this paper plaine to resalute my loue
                    Gullio   Stay man, why thou haste a very lecherous witt, what

                                wordes are these ? though thou comes somwhat neare
                                witt to sett it downe soe plainlye, youe schollers

                                are simple felowes, men that never came where Ladies
                                growe, I that haue spente my life amonge them

                                knowes best what becometh my pen, and their Ladi=
                                shipps ears, let mee heare Mr Shakspears veyne .

                   Ingen:   Faire Venus queene of beutie, and of loue
                                thy red doth stayne the blushinge of the morne

                                thy snowie neck shameth the milke white doue
                                thy presence doth this naked worlde adorne

                                Gazinge on thee all other nymphes I scorne
                                when ere thou dyest slowe shine that satterday

                                Beutie and grace muste sleepe with thee for aye.
                   Gullio    Noe more I am one that can iudge accordinge to the proverbe

                                bonem ex vnguibus, ey marry Sir these haue some
                                life in them, let this dunissied world esteeme of Spencer

                                and Chaucer, Ile worshipp sweet Mr Shakspeare, and to
                                honoure him will lay his Venus, and Adonis vnder my

                                pillowe as wee reade of one (I do not well remember his
                                name) but I am sure he was a kinge, slept with Homer

                                vnder his beds heade well Ile bestowe a  frenche
                                crowne in the fair writinge of them out and then

                                Ile instructe thee about the deliuery of them, meane
                                while, Ile haue thee make an elegant description of

                                my Mistress, liken the worste part of her to Cynthhia
                                make also a familiar Dialogue betwixt her, and my

                                selfe, Ile now in, and correct these verses.
                   Ingen:   Why who coulde endure this post put into a sattin sute

                                this haberdasher of lyes, this Bracchidochio, this Ladye
                                munger, this meere rapier, and dagger, this cringer,

                                this foretopp, but a man there ordaynd to miserie
                                well madame pecunia, onc more for thy sake will

                                I waite on this truncke, and with soothinge him vpp
                                in time will leaue him a greater foole than I

                                founde him.      exit
         Enter warden

                                Mass maisters the case is alterd with mee since I
                                was here laste, they call mee noe more plaine Will

                                nor William, nor goodman Percevall, but Mr war=
                                den at euerye worde, well if yee please mee well

                                you may happ make the bells speake somtime for
          Enter Philo:     this. but stay I seeke our Sexton, and yonder he

                                is. Now good Sexton, I am as tirde as anye of my
                                pluge iades with enquiringe you. you shoulde haue

                                pearde for Mr Maior his maistershipp, for wott
                                you what. the parish haue put vp a subligation
                                against you, & say you are the moste vnnegligent
                                Sexton that euer came these 40 years, and vpwardes

Item Title
"The Pilgrimage to Parnassus," and "The Return from Parnassus;" two comedies.
Item Date
Bodleian Library, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
Call Number
MS. Rawl. D. 398, fol. 216v