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Pro. The sheep for fodder follow the shepherd, the shepherd for food follows not the sheep; thou for wages followest thy master, thy master for

wages

follows not thee: therefore thou art a sheep. Speed. Such another proof will make me cry

baa. Pro. But dost thou hear ? gav'st thou my

letter to Julia ?

Speed. Ay, sir; I, a lost mutton, gave your letter to her, a laced mutton ;l and she, à laced mutton, gave me, a lost mutton, nothing for my labor.

Pro. Here's too small a pasture for such a store of

muttons.

Speed. If the ground be overcharged, you were best stick her.

Pro. Nay, in that you are astray; 'twere best pound you.

Speed. Nay, sir, less than a pound shall serve me for carrying your letter.

Pro. You mistake; I mean the pound, a pinfold. Speed. From a pound to a pin? fold it over and

over, 'Tis threefold too little for carrying a letter to your

lover. Pro. But what said she ? did she nod ? 2

[SPEED nods. Speed. I. Pro. Nod, I! why, that's noddy.

Speed. You mistook, sir. I say she did nod: and you ask me, if she did nod; and I say, I.

Pro. And that set together is--noddy.

Speed. Now you have taken the pains to set it together, take it for your pains.

Pro. No, no, you shall have it for bearing the letter. Speed. Well, I perceive I must be fain to bear

with you.

Pro. Why, sir, how do you bear with me?

Speed. Marry, sir, the letter very orderly; having nothing but the word, noddy, for my pains.

1 A term for a courtezan. 2 These words were supplied by Theobald to introduce what follows,

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