Citty-Wife i Or if all faile, you may hire a good suit at a Jewes, or at a broakers; 'tis a common thing, and specially among the common sort." I must impugn the thoroughly English quality of this Citty-Wife. The scène of the play is Rome, the subject is the marriage of "Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Orator", with Terentia. There are certain complications caused by the lady's guardian Flaminius, who destines her for Lentulus; the latter has just come home with Julius Caesar. "Harke how the generall noise doth welcome from the Parthian wars." Though Lentulus left the field to come to her, "Terentia daughter to the old Senate, hath forsaken him in the open field and shee's for our young Orator Tully." Lentulus thereupon consoles himself with Flavia, who has thus far pursued Cicero. The two weddings are to be on the same-day.
Our Citty-Wife and the Hostis of the Hobbye Inn across the Tiber, want dresses to attend the doublé event, and to see the show of Diana and Acteon. In honour of the nuptials Caesar, already Emperor, orders a jail-delivery:
We heere command all prison gates flye ope, Freeing all prisoners (traitors all except) My promise is irrevocable.
And the "dread sovereigne" closes the scène with thanks. It is true that the play is full of anachronisms. The corpse of Philautus is to be attended by neither dirge nor masse, yet he is granted Christian burial; when the corpse rises he is conjured by a Friar, per Trinitatem. Another curiosity, more surprising than any is, "Behold yon ChristaU Palace", which would be