The Lady's Trial

by John Ford
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"We Can Drink Till All Look Blue"

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Last Updated on January 19, 2017, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 238

Context: In this relatively little-known and short play, John Ford has written a comedy which, he says in his dedication, contrives to bring together "Language and matter, with a fit of mirth." One of the characters is a young girl named Amoretta, who is styled by her creator "a fantastic Maid." This girl is unfortunate in having a lisp which appears almost every time she speaks; the lisp is, naturally, part of the fun of the play. Amoretta is courted by Fulgoso, who brings a group of musicians to the house of Trelcatio, where Amoretta is staying, to serenade the young woman and thus prepare the way for him to appear in person to court her. Amoretta, hearing the music, comes to the room where Trelcatio, Piero, and Futelli are, to inquire about the music and its source. At her appearance a song is heard from the musicians, in part sung with a lisp:

What, ho! we come to be merry,
Open the doors, a jovial crew,
Lusty boys and free, and very,
Very, very lusty boys are we;
We can drink till all look blue,
Dance, sing, and roar,
Never give o'er,
As long as we have e'er an eye to see.
Pithee, pithee, leths come in,
Oue thall all oua favous win,
Dently, dently, we thall passe;
None kitheth like the lithping lasse.
What call ye this, a song?
Yeth, a delithious thing, and wondroth prety.

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