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Lady P. Then should you be nothing but musical; for you are altogether governed by humours. Lie still, ye thief, and hear the lady sing in Welsh. " Hot. I had rather hear Lady, my brach, howl in Irish. Lady P. Wouldst have thy head broken ? Hot. No.
Lady P. Then be still. Hot. Neither: 't is a woman's fault. Lady P. Now God help thee ! LLot. To the Welsh lady's bed. Lady P. What's that ? Hot. Peace ! she sings.
[A Welsh song sung by Lady Mortimer. Hot. Come, Kate, I '11 have your song too. Lady P. Not mine, in good sooth.
Hot. Not yours, in good sooth ! 'Heart, you swear like a comfit-maker's wife. ' Not you, in good sooth ' ; and, ' As true as I live '; and, ' As God shall mend me ' ; and, ' As sure as day' : And giv'st such sarcenet surety for thy oaths, As if thou never walk'dst further than Finsbury. Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art, A good mouth-filling oath ; and leave ' in sooth,' And such protest of pepper-gingerbread, To velvet-guards and Sunday-citizens. Come, sing. Lady P. I will not sing.
Hot. 'T is the next way to turn tailor, or be redbreast teacher. An the indentures be drawn, I'll away within these two hours ; and so come in when ye will.                                                                                              [Exit.
My excuse for introducing this little scene is that Kate, whose real name was Elizabeth, lies here. Her tomb is in the chancel, where she reposes beside her second husband Thomas, Lord Camoys, beneath a slab on which are presentments in brass of herself and her lord. It was this Lord Camoys who rebuilt Trotton's church, about 1400, and who also gave the village its beautiful bridge over the Rother at a cost, it used to be said, of only a few pence less than that of the church.
Trotton has still other literary claims. At Trotton Place lived Arthur Edward Knox, whose Ornithological Rambles in Sussex, published in 1849, is one of the few books worthy to
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