and is it but two months ago, that in a fit of laughter, on seeing a cardinal make water like a quirister
(with both hands) thou brakest a vessel in thy lungs, whereby, in two hours, thou lost as many quarts of blood; and hadst thou lost as much more, did not the faculty tell thee, -- it would have amounted to a gallon?
Whereas in Strada, the youth is first unaware that others might be listening, in Menaphon's story the appearance and action of the "fair-faced youth" (115) are equivalent to a challenge to the "clear quiristers
of the woods" (118); indeed the contest here is both more immediate and at moments more alluded to than played out fully in the response/counter response mode seen in Strada and several of his imitators.
One might without a desperate solescisme maintain that if female quiristers
were taken into quires instead of boys, it would be a vast improvement of chorall musick, because they come to a judgment as well as voice, which the boys doe not arrive at before their voices perish, and small improvement of skill grows up in the room, till they come to man's estate.(10)