After the Horsemen came the Antimasquers, and as the Horsemen had their Musick, about a do|zen of the best Trumpeters proper for them, and in their Livery, sounding before them; so the first Antimasque being of Cripples, and Beggers on horseback, had their Musick of Keys and Tongues, and the like, snapping and yet playing in a Con|sort before them.
but on the poorest
that could be gotten
out of the Dirt-carts,
or elsewhere: and the variety and change from such noble
and gallant Hor|ses,
unto their proper Mu|sick,
and pitiful Horses,
both of them
the more pleasing.
of these Cripples
(as of all the rest) by the Commissioners
direction, wherein (as in the whole business) Mr. Attorney
Noy, Sir John Finch, Sir Edward
Herbert, Mr. Selden,
those great and eminent Persons,
as all the rest of the Committee,
care and pains
in the ordering
of this bu|siness,
and it seemed
a pleasure to them.
First in this Antimasque, rode a Fellow upon a little
Horse, with a great Bit in his mouth, and upon the man's head
a Bit, with Headstall and Rains
a Projector, who begged
a Patent, that none in the Kingdom might ride their
but with such Bits
as they should buy of him.
another Fellow with a bunch of Carrots
upon his Head, and a Capon upon his Fist,
a Projector who begg'd a Patent of
as the first Inventer of the Art to feed
fat with Carrots,
and that none but himself might make use of that Invention,
and have the Priviledge
for fourteen years,
to the Statute.
Several other Projectors
in like manner per|sonated
in this Antimasque; and it pleased
the more, because by it an
to the King, of the unfitness and ridiculousness of these
against the Law: and the Attorney Noy, who
a great hand in this Anti|masque
of the Projectors.
After this, and the rest of the Antimasques
past, all which are not here remembred;
six of the chief Musicians
on Horseback upon Foot-clothes,
and in the habits
of heathen Priests,
Whitlocke, Bulstrode, 1605-1675 or 6.
Title: Memorials of the English affairs, or, An
historical account of what passed from the beginning of the reign of
King Charles the First, to King Charles the Second his happy
restauration containing the publick transactions, civil and military :
together with the private consultations and secrets of the cabinet.