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Title: A Select Collection of Old English Plays - Volume 14 of 15
Author: Dodsley, Robert, 1703-1764
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                A SELECT COLLECTION

                        OF

                 OLD ENGLISH PLAYS.


                  IN THE YEAR 1744.


                  _FOURTH EDITION_,

NOW FIRST CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED, REVISED AND ENLARGED
     WITH THE NOTES OF ALL THE COMMENTATORS,
                  AND NEW NOTES


                        BY
                 W. CAREW HAZLITT.


                BENJAMIN BLOM, INC.
                     New York


First published 1874-1876
Reissued 1964 by Benjamin Blom, Inc.
L.C. Catalog Card No.: 64-14702


_Printed in U.S.A. by_
NOBLE OFFSET PRINTERS, INC.
NEW YORK 3, N. Y.



CONTENTS
                                                 Page
    THE REBELLION                                   1

    LUST'S DOMINION or THE LASCIVIOUS QUEEN        93

    ANDROMANA or THE MERCHANT'S WIFE              193

    LADY ALIMONY                                  273

    THE PARSON'S WEDDING                          369



THE REBELLION.



_EDITION._


_The Rebellion; a Tragedy: As it was acted nine dayes together,
   and divers times since, with good applause, by his Majesties
   Company of Revells. Written by Thomas Rawlins. London: Printed
   by I. Okes, for Daniell Frere, and are to be sold at the Signe
   of the Red Bull in Little Brittaine._ 1640, 4^o.[1]



INTRODUCTION.


THOMAS RAWLINS, author of "The Rebellion," was a medallist by
profession, and afterwards became an engraver of the Mint, a
vocation which, in his preface, he prefers to the threadbare
occupation of a poet. [He also employed his talents occasionally
in engraving frontispieces and portraits for books, of which
several signed specimens are known.[2] It is said that he died in
1670.] It is an argument, as well of his personal respectability,
as of his easy circumstances, that no fewer than eleven copies of
prefatory verses, by the wits of the time, are prefixed to the
old edition. Notwithstanding the popularity of the piece, [which,
as it appears from the introductory poems, was composed by
Rawlins in early life,] and several passages of real merit, it
was [only once] republished, perhaps because rebellion soon
assumed the whole kingdom for its stage.

[Besides his play, Rawlins published in 1648 an octavo volume of
poems, written also in his youth, under the title of
"Calanthe."[3]]



TO THE WORSHIPFUL, AND HIS HONOURED KINSMAN,

ROBERT DUCIE,[4]

OF ASTON, IN THE COUNTY OF STAFFORD,
ESQUIRE;

SON TO SIR R. DUCIE, KNIGHT AND BARONET, DECEASED.


SIR,--Not to boast of any perfections, I have never yet been
owner of ingratitude, and would be loth envy should tax me now,
having at this time opportunity to pay part of that debt I owe
your love. This tragedy had at the presentment a general
applause; yet I have not that want of modesty as to conclude it
wholly worthy your patronage, although I have been bold to fix
your name unto it. Yet, however, your charity will be famous in
protecting this plant from the breath of Zoilus, and forgiving
this my confidence, and your acceptance cherish a study of a more
deserving piece, to quit the remainder of the engagement. In

                Your kinsman, ready to serve you,
                                    THOMAS RAWLINS.


TO THE READER.

READER, if courteous, I have not so little faith as to fear thy
censure, since thou knowest youth hath many faults, whereon I
depend, although my ignorance of the stage is also a sufficient
excuse. If I have committed any, let thy candour judge mildly of
them; and think not those voluntary favours of my friends (by
whose compulsive persuasions I have published this) are
commendations of my seeking, or through a desire in me to
increase the volume, but rather a care that you (since that I
have been over-entreated to present it to you) might find therein
something worth your time. Take no notice of my name, for a
second work of this nature shall hardly bear it. I have no desire
to be known by a threadbare cloak, having a calling that will
maintain it woolly. Farewell.


TO HIS LOVING FRIEND THE AUTHOR,

UPON HIS TRAGEDY "THE REBELLION."

To praise thee, friend, and show the reason why,
Issues from honest love, not flattery.
My will is not to flatter, nor for spite
To praise or dispraise, but to do thee right
Proud daring rebels in their impious way
Of Machiavellian darkness this thy play
Exactly shows; speaks thee truth's satirist,
Rebellion's foe, time's honest artist.
Thy continu'd scenes, parts, plots, and language can
Distinguish (worthily) the virtuous man
From the vicious villain, earth's fatal ill,
Intending mischievous traitor Machiavel.
Him and his treach'rous 'complices, that strove
(Like the gigantic rebels war 'gainst Jove)
To disenthrone Spain's king (the Heaven's anointed),
By stern death all were justly disappointed.
  Plots meet with counterplots, revenge and blood:
  Rebels' ruin makes thy tragedy good.

                                 NATH. RICHARDS.[5]


TO HIS WORTHY ESTEEMED MASTER,

THOMAS RAWLINS, ON HIS "REBELLION."

I may not wonder, for the world does know,
What poets can, and ofttimes reach unto.
They oft work miracles: no marvel, then,
Thou mak'st thy tailor here a nobleman:
Would all the trade were honest too; but he
Hath learn'd the utmost of the mystery,
Filching with cunning industry the heart
Of such a beauty, which did prove the smart
Of many worthy lovers, and doth gain
That prize which others labour'd for in vain.
Thou mak'st him valiant too, and such a spirit,
As every noble mind approves his merit.
But what renown th' hast given his worth, 'tis fit
The world should render to thy hopeful wit,
And with a welcome plaudit entertain
This lovely issue of thy teeming brain.
That their kind usage to this birth of thine
May win so much upon thee, for each line
Thou hast bequeath'd the world, thou'lt give her ten,
And raise more high the glory of thy pen.
  Accomplish these our wishes, and then see
  How all that love the arts will honour thee.

                                           C. G.[6]


TO MY FRIEND MASTER RAWLINS,

UPON THIS PLAY, HIS WORK.

Friend, in the fair completeness of your play
Y' have courted truth; in these few lines to say
Something concerning it, that all may know
I pay no more of praise than what I owe.
'Tis good, and merit much more fair appears
Appareled in plain praise, than when it wears
A complimental gloss. Tailors may boast
Th' have gain'd by your young pen what they long lost
By the old proverb, which says, _Three to a man_:
But to your vindicating muse, that can
Make one a man, and a man noble, they
Must wreaths of bays as their due praises pay.

                               ROBERT DAVENPORT.[7]


TO THE AUTHOR, ON HIS "REBELLION."

Thy play I ne'er saw: what shall I say then?
I in my vote must do as other men,
And praise those things to all, which common fame
Does boast of such a hopeful growing flame
Which, in despite of flattery, shall shine,
Till envy at thy glory do repine:
And on Parnassus' cliffy top shall stand,
Directing wand'ring wits to wish'd-for land;
Like a beacon o' th' Muses' hill remain,
That still doth burn, no lesser light retain;
To show that other wits, compar'd with thee,
Is but Rebellion i' th' high'st degree.
For from thy labours (thus much I do scan)
A tailor is ennobled to a man.

                                           R. W.[8]


TO HIS DEAR FRIEND, MR. THOMAS RAWLINS.

To see a springot of thy tender age
With such a lofty strain to word a stage;
To see a tragedy from thee in print,
With such a world of fine meanders in't,
Puzzles my wond'ring soul; for there appears
Such disproportion 'twixt thy lines and years,
That when I read thy lines, methinks I see
The sweet-tongued Ovid fall upon his knee,
With (_parce precor_) every line and word
Runs in sweet numbers of its own accord:
But I am wonder-struck that all this while
Thy unfeather'd quill should write a tragic style.
This above all my admiration draws,
That one so young should know dramatic laws.
'Tis rare, and therefore is not for the span
Or greasy thumbs of every common man.
The damask rose, that sprouts before the spring,
Is fit for none to smell at but a king.
Go on, sweet friend; I hope in time to see
Thy temples rounded with the Daphnean tree.
And if men ask who nurs'd thee, I'll say thus,
It was the ambrosian spring of Pegasus.

                             ROBERT CHAMBERLAIN.[9]


TO HIS FRIEND, MASTER THOMAS RAWLINS,

ON HIS PLAY CALLED "THE REBELLION."

I will not praise thee, friend, nor is it fit,
Lest I be said to flatter what y' have writ:
For some will say I writ to applaud thee,
That when I print, thou may'st do so for me.
Faith, they're deceiv'd, thou justly claim'st thy bays:
Virtue rewards herself; thy work's thy praise.

                                    T. JOURDAN.[10]


TO THE AUTHOR, MASTER THOMAS RAWLINS.

Kind friend, excuse me, that do thus intrude,
Thronging thy volume with my lines so rude.
Applause is needless here, yet this I owe,
As due to th' Muses; thine ne'er su'd (I know)
For hands, nor voice, nor pen, nor other praise
Whatsoe'er by mortals us'd, thereby to raise
An author's name eternally to bliss.
Were't rightly scann'd (alas!) what folly 'tis!
As if a poet's single work alone
Wants power to lift him to the spangled throne
Of highest Jove; or needs their lukewarm fires,
To cut his way or pierce the circled spheres.
Foolish presumption! whosoe'er thou art,
Thus fondly deem'st of poet's princely art,
Here needs no paltry petty pioneer's skill
To fortify; nay, thy mellifluous quill
Strikes Momus with amaze and silence deep,
And doom'd poor Zoilus to the Lethean sleep.
Then ben't dismay'd, I know thy book will live,
And deathless trophies to thy name shall give.
Who doubts, where Venus and Minerva meet
In every line, how pleasantly they greet?
Strewing thy paths with roses, red and white,
To deck thy silver-streams of fluent wit;
And entertain the graces of thy mind.
O, may thy early head sweet shelter find
Under the umbrage of those verdant bays,
Ordain'd for sacred poesy's sweet lays!
  Such are thy lines, in such a curious dress,
  Compos'd so quaintly, that, if I may guess,
  None save thine own should dare t' approach the press.

                                      I. GOUGH.[11]


TO THE INGENIOUS AUTHOR.

A sour and austere kind of men there be,
That would outlaw the laws of poesy;
And from a commonwealth's well-govern'd lists
Some grave and too much severe Platonists
Would exclude poets, and have enmity
With the soul's freedom, ingenuity.
These are so much for wisdom, they forget
That Heaven allow'th the use of modest wit.
These think the author of a jest alone
Is the man that deserves damnation;
Holding mirth vicious, and to laugh a sin:
Yet we must give these cynics leave to grin.
What will they think, when they shall see thee in
The plains of fair Elysium? sit among
A crowned troop of poets, and a throng
Of ancient bards, which soul-delighting choir
Sings daily anthems to Apollo's lyre?
Amongst which thou shalt sit, and crowned thus,
Shalt laugh at Cato and Democritus.
Thus shall thy bays be superscrib'd: my pen
Did not alone make plays, but also men.

                                          E. B.[12]


TO HIS FRIEND THE AUTHOR.

Bless me, you sacred Sisters! What a throng
Of choice encomiums 's press'd? such as was sung
When the sweet singer Stesichorus liv'd;
Upon whose lips the nightingale surviv'd.
What makes my sickly fancy hither hie
(Unless it be for shelter), when the eye
Of each peculiar artist makes a quest
After my slender judgment? then a jest
Dissolves my thoughts to nothing, and my pains
Has its reward in adding to my stains.
But as the river of Athamas can fire
The sullen wood, and make its flames aspire,
So the infused comfort I receive
By th' tie of friendship, prompts me to relieve
My fainting spirits, and with a full sail
Rush 'mongst your argosies; despite of hail
Or storms of critics, friend, to thee I come:
I know th' hast harbour, I defy much room:
Besides, I'll pay thee for't in grateful verse,
Since that thou art wit's abstract, I'll rehearse:
Nothing shall wool your ears with a long phrase
Of a sententious folly; for to raise
Sad pyramids of flattery, that may be
Condemn'd for the sincere prolixity.
Let envy turn her mantle, and expose
Her rotten entrails to infect the rose,
Or pine--like greenness of thy extant wit:
Yet shall thy Homer's shield demolish it.
Upon thy quill as on an eagle's wing,
Thou shalt be led through th' air's sweet whispering:
And with thy pen thou shalt engrave thy name
(Better than pencil) in the list of fame.

                                     I. TATHAM.[13]


ON MASTER RAWLINS AND HIS TAILOR, IN "THE REBELLION."

In what a strange dilemma stood my mind,
When first I saw the tailor, and did find
It so well-fraught with wit! but when I knew
The noble tailor to proceed from you,
I stood amaz'd, as one with thunder struck,
And knew not which to read; you or your book.
I wonder how you could, being of our race,
So eagle-like look Phoebus in the face.
I wonder how you could, being so young,
And teeming yet, encounter with so strong
And firm a story; 'twould indeed have prov'd
A subject for the wisest, that had lov'd
To suck at Aganippe. But go on,
My best of friends; and as you have begun
With that is good, so let your after-times
Transcendent be. Apollo he still shines
On the best wits; and if a Momus chance
On this thy volume scornfully to glance,
Melpomene will defend, and you shall see,
That virtue will at length make envy flee.

                                     I. KNIGHT.[14]


TO HIS INGENIOUS FRIEND, MASTER RAWLINS,

THE AUTHOR OF "THE REBELLION."

What need I strive to praise thy worthy frame,
Or raise a trophy to thy lasting name?
Were my bad wit with eloquence refin'd,
When I have said my most, the most's behind.
But that I might be known for one of them,
Which do admire thy wit and love thy pen,
I could not better show forth my good-will,
Than to salute you with my virgin quill,
And bring you something to adorn your head
Among a throng of friends, who oft have read
Your learned poems, and do honour thee
And thy bright genius. How like a curious tree
Is thy sweet fancy, bearing fruit so rare
The learned still will covet. Momus no share
Shall have of it; but end his wretched days
In grief, 'cause now he seeth th' art crown'd with bays.

                                   JO. MERIELL.[15]



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.


_A Cupid._
KING OF SPAIN.
ANTONIO, _a count_.
MACHIAVEL, _a count_.
ALERZO,    }
FULGENTIO, } _three Spanish colonels_.
PANDOLPHO, }
PETRUCHIO, _Governor of Filford_.
RAYMOND (_a Moor_), _General of the French army_.
LEONIS,    }
GILBERTI,  } _three French colonels_.
FIRENZO,   }
SEBASTIANO, _Petruchio's son, in the disguise of a tailor called
      Giovanno_.
OLD TAILOR.
VERMIN, _his man_.
_Three Tailors more._
_Captain of the Banditti._
_Two Ruffians and a Bravo._

PHILIPPA, _the Moor's wife_.
AURISTELLA, _Machiavel's wife_.
EVADNE, _Antonio's sister_.
AURELIA, _Sebastiano's sister_.
_Nurse, attendant on Evadne._

      _Attendants._

    SCENE--_Seville._



THE REBELLION.



ACT I., SCENE 1.


    _Enter severally_, ALERZO, FULGENTIO, _and_ PANDOLPHO.

ALER. Colonel?

FUL. Signor Alerzo?

ALER. Here.

PAN. Signors, well-met:
The lazy morn has scarcely trimm'd herself
To entertain the sun; she still retains
The slimy tincture of the banish'd night:
I hardly could discern you.

ALER. But you appear fresh as a city bridegroom,
That has sign'd his wife a warrant for the
Grafting of horns; how fares Belinda
After the weight of so much sin? you lay with her
To-night; come, speak, did you take up on trust,
Or have you pawn'd a colony of oaths?
Or an embroidered belt? or have you ta'en
The courtier's trick, to lay your sword at mortgage?
Or perhaps a feather? 'twill serve in traffic,
To return her ladyship a fan, or so.

PAN. Y' are merry.

FUL. Come, be free,
Leave modesty for women to gild
Their pretty thriving art of plentitude,
To enrich their husbands' brows with cornucopias.
A soldier, and thus bashful! Pox! be open.

PAN. Had I the pox, good colonel, I should stride
Far opener than I do; but pox o' the fashion!

ALER. Count Antonio.

    [_To them enter_ ANTONIO.

FUL. Though he appear fresh as a bloom
That newly kiss'd the sun, adorn'd with pearly
Drops, flung from the hand of the rose-finger'd morn,
Yet in his heart lives a whole host of valour.

PAN. He appears
A second Mars.

ALER. More powerful, since he holds wisdom
And valour captive.

FUL. Let us salute him.

    [_Whilst they salute_ ANTONIO, _enters_ COUNT MACHIAVEL.

MACH. Ha! how close they strike, as if they heard
A winged thunderbolt [that] threaten'd his death,
And each ambitious were to lose his life;
So it might purchase him a longer being:
Their breath engenders like two peaceful winds,
That join a friendly league, and fill the air
With silken music;
I may pass by, and scarce be spar'd a look,
Or any else but young Antonio.
Rise from thy scorching den, thou soul of mischief!
My blood boils hotter than the poison'd flesh
Of Hercules cloth'd in the Centaur's shirt:
Swell me, revenge, till I become a hill,
High as Olympus' cloud-dividing top;
That I might fall, and crush them into air.
I'll observe.

    [_Exit behind the hangings._

ANT. Command, I prythee, all[16]
This little world I'm master of contains,
And be assur'd 'tis granted; I have a life,
I owe to death; and in my country's cause I should----

FUL. Good sir, no more,
This ungrateful land owes you too much already.

ALER. And you still bind it in stronger bonds.

PAN. Your noble deeds that, like to thoughts, outstrip
The fleeting clouds, dash all our hopes of payment:
We are poor, but in unprofitable thanks;
Nay, that cannot rehearse enough your merit.

ANT. I dare not hear this; pardon, bashful ears,
For suffering such a scarlet to o'erspread
Your burning portals.
Gentlemen, your discourses taste of court,
They have a relish of known flattery;
I must deny to understand their folly:
Your pardon, I must leave you:
Modesty commands.

FUL. Your honour's vassals.

ANT. O good colonel, be more a soldier,
Leave compliments for those that live at ease,
To stuff their table-books; and o'er a board,
Made gaudy with some pageant, beside custards,
Whose quaking strikes a fear into the eaters,
Dispute 'em in a fashionable method.
A soldier's language should be (as his calling)
Rough, to declare he is a man of fire.
Farewell without the straining of a sinew,
No superstitious cringe! adieu!

    [_Exit._

ALER. Is't not a hopeful lord?
Nature to him has chain'd the people's hearts;
Each to his saint offers a form of prayer
For young Antonio.

PAN. And in that loved name pray for the kingdom's good.

FUL. Count Machiavel!

    _Enter_ MACHIAVEL _from behind the hangings_.

ALER. Let's away.

    [_Exeunt_: _manet_ MACHIAVEL.

MACH. Heart, wilt not burst with rage, to see these slaves
Fawn like to whelps on young Antonio,
And fly from me as from infection? Death,
Confusion, and the list of all diseases, wait upon your lives
Till you be ripe for hell, which when it gapes,
May it devour you all: stay, Machi'vel,
Leave this same idle chat, it becomes woman
That has no strength, but what her tongue
Makes a monopoly; be more a man,
Think, think; in thy brain's mint
Coin all thy thoughts to mischief:
That may act revenge at full.
Plot, plot, tumultuous thoughts, incorporate;
Beget a lump, howe'er deform'd, that may at length,
Like to a cub lick'd by the careful dam,
Become (like to my wishes) perfect vengeance.
Antonio, ay, Antonio--nay, all,
Rather than lose my will, shall headlong fall
Into eternal ruin; my thoughts are high.
Death, sit upon my brow; let every frown
Banish a soul that stops me of a crown.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter_ EVADNE _and_ NURSE.

EVAD. The tailor yet return'd, nurse?

NUR. Madam, not yet.

EVAD. I wonder why he makes gowns so imperfect;
They need so many says.

NUR. Truly, in sooth, and in good deed, la, madam,
The stripling is in love: deep, deep in love.

EVAD. Ha!
Does his soul shoot with an equal dart
From the commanding bow of love's great god,
Keep passionate time with mine? or has
She spi'd my error to reflect with eager beams
Of thirsty love upon a tailor, being myself
Born high? [_Aside._]----I must know more--
In love, good nurse, with whom?

NUR. Truly, madam, 'tis a fortune,
Cupid, good lad--prais'd be his godhead for't,
Has thrown upon me, and I am proud on't;
O, 'tis a youth jocund as sprightly May,
One that will do discreetly with a wife,
Board her without direction from the stars,
Or counsel from the moon to do for physic;
No, he's a back;--O, 'tis a back indeed!

EVAD. Fie! this becomes you not.

NUR. Besides, he is of all that conquering calling,
A tailor, madam: O, 'tis a taking trade!
What chambermaid--with reverence may
I speak of those lost maidenheads--
Could long hold out against a tailor?

EVAD. Y' are uncivil.

NUR. What aged female, for
I must confess I am worn threadbare--
Would not be turn'd, and live a marriage life,
To purchase heaven?

EVAD. Heaven----

NUR. Yes, my dear madam, heaven; whither,
My most sweet lady, but to heaven? hell's a
Tailor's warehouse; he has the keys, and sits
In triumph cross-legg'd o'er the mouth:
It is no place of horror,
There's no flames made blue with brimstone;
But the bravest silks, so fashionable--
O, I do long to wear such properties!

EVAD. Leave your talk,
One knocks: go, see.

    [_Knocks within._

NUR. O, 'tis my love! I come.

    [_Exit._

EVAD. A tailor; fie! blush, my too tardy soul,
And on my brow place a becoming scorn,
Whose fatal sight may kill his mounting hopes.
Were he but one that, when 'twas said he's born,
Had been born noble, high,
Equal in blood to that our house boasts great;
I'd fly into his arms with as much speed
As an air-cutting arrow to the stake.
But, O, he comes! my fortitude is fled.

    _Enter_ NURSE _and_ GIOVANNO _with a gown_.

GIO. Yonder she is, and walks, yet in sense strong enough to
maintain argument; she's under my cloak; for the best part of a
lady, as this age goes, is her clothes; in what reckoning ought
we tailors to be esteemed then, that are the master-workmen to
correct nature! You shall have a lady, in a dialogue with some
gallant touching his suit, the better part of man, so suck the
breath that names the skilful tailor, as if it nourished her.
Another Donna fly from the close embracements of her lord, to be
all-over-measured by her tailor. One will be sick, forsooth, and
bid her maid deny her to this don, that earl, the other marquis,
nay, to a duke; yet let her tailor lace and unlace her gown, so
round the skirts to fit her to the fashion. Here's one has in my
sight made many a noble don to hang the head, dukes and
marquises, three in a morning, break their fasts on her denials;
yet I, her tailor, blessed be the kindness of my loving stars, am
ushered; she smiles, and says I have stayed too long, and then
finds fault with some slight stitch, that eyelet-hole's too
close, then must I use my bodkin, 'twill never please else; all
will not do. I must take it home for no cause but to bring it her
again next morning. We tailors are the men, spite o' the proverb,
ladies cannot live without. It is we
  That please them best in their commodity:
  There's magic in our habits, tailors can
  Prevail 'bove him honour styles best of man.

EVAD. Bid him draw near.

NUR. Come hither, love, sweet chuck:
My lady calls.

GIO. What means this woman? sure, she loves me too,
Tailors shall speed, had they no tongues to woo:
Women would sue to them.

    [_Aside._]

EVAD. What, have you done it now?

GIO. Madam, your gown by my industry
Is purg'd of errors.

EVAD. Lord, what a neat methodical way you have
To vent your phrases; pray, when did you commence?

GIO. What mean you, madam?

EVAD. Doctor, I mean; you speak so physical.

NUR. Nay, madam, 'tis a youth, I praise my stars
For their kind influence, a woman may be proud on,
And I am.
O, 'tis a youth in print, a new Adonis.
And I could wish, although my glass tells me
I'm wondrous fair, I were a Venus for him.

GIO. O lady, you are more fairer by far.

NUR. La you there, madam!

GIO. Where art thou, man? art thou transform'd,
Or art thou grown so base, that
This ridiculous witch should think I love her?

    [_Aside._]

EVAD. Leave us.

NUR. I go.
Duck, I'll be here anon;
I will, dove.

    [_Exit._

GIO. At your best leisure.
Protect me, manhood, lest my glutted sense,
Feeding with such an eager appetite on
Your rare beauty, [and] breaking the sluices,
Burst into a flood of passionate tears.
I must, I will enjoy her, though a
Destroying clap from Jove's artillery were the reward:
And yet, dull-daring sir, by your favour, no,
He must be more than savage can attempt
To injure so much spotless innocence:
Pardon, great powers, the thought of such offence.

    [_Aside._]

EVAD. When Sebastiano, clad in conquering steel,
And in a phrase able to kill, or from a coward's heart
Banish a thought of fear, woo'd me,
[He] won not so much on my captive soul
As this youth's silence does.
Help me, some power, out of this tangling maze,
I shall be lost else.

    [_Aside._

GIO. Fear, to the breast of women; build
Thy throne on their soft hearts; mine must not be
Thy slave.--[_Aside._] Your pleasure, madam?

EVAD. I have a question must be directly answer'd;
No excuse, but from thy heart a truth.

GIO. Command me, madam; were it a secret,
On whose hinges hung the casements of my life,
Yet your command shall be obey'd to the least
Scruple.

EVAD. I take your word:
My aged nurse tells me you love her:
Answer; is't a truth?

GIO. She's jealous, I'll try;
As oracle.

EVAD. Ha!

GIO. 'Tis so, I'll further; I love her, madam,
With as rich a flame as anchorites
Do saints they offer prayers unto.
I hug her memory as I would embrace
The breath of Jove when it pronounced me
Happy, or prophet that should speak my
After-life great, even with adoration deified.

EVAD. My life, like to a bubble i' th' air,
Dissolv'd by some uncharitable wind,
Denies my body warmth: your breath
Has made me nothing.

    [_She faints._

GIO. Rather let me lose all external being.
Madam, good madam.

EVAD. You say you love her.

GIO. Madam, I do.
Can any love the beauty of a stone,
Set by some curious artist in a ring,
But he must attribute some [virtue] to
The file that adds unto the lustre?
You appear like to a gem, cut by the
Steady hand of careful nature into such
Beauteous tablets, that dull art,
Famous in skilful flattery, is become
A novice in what fame proclaim'd him doctor;
He can't express one spark of your great lustre.
Madam, those beauties that, but studied on
By their admirers, are deifi'd, serve
But as spots to make your red and white
Envi'd of cloister'd saints.

EVAD. Have I, ungrateful man, like to the sun,
That from the heavens sends down his
Cherishing beams on some religious plant,
That with a bow, the worship of the
Thankful, pays the preserver of his life
And growth: but thou, unthankful man,
In scorn of me, to love a calendar of many
Years.[17]

GIO. Madam, upon my knees, a superstitious rite,
The Heathens us'd to pay their gods, I offer up
A life, that until now ne'er knew a price--
Made dear because you love it.

EVAD. Arise;
It is a ceremony due unto none but heaven.

GIO. Here I'll take root, and grow into my grave,
Unless, dear goddess, you forget to be
Cruel to him adores you with a zeal,
Equal to that of hermits.

EVAD. I believe you, and thus exchange a devout vow
Humbly upon my knees, that, though the
Thunder of my brother's rage should force divorce,
Yet in my soul to love you; witness all
The wing'd inhabitants of the highest heaven!

GIO. If sudden lightning, such as vengeful Jove
Clears the infectious air with, threaten'd to scorch
My daring soul to cinders, if I
Did love you, lady, I would love you, spite
Of the dogged fates or any power those curs'd
Hags set to oppose me.

    _To them enter_ NURSE.

EVAD. Be thyself again.

NUR. Madam, your brother.

EVAD. Fie! you have done it ill; our brother, say you?
Pray you, take it home and mend it.

GIO. Madam, it shall be done; I take my leave.
Love, I am made thy envy; I am he
This vot'ress prays unto, as unto thee:
Tailors are more than men; and here's the odds:
They make fine ladies: ladies make them gods:
And so they are not men, but far above them.
This makes the tailors proud; then ladies love them.

    [_Exit._

    ANTONIO _meets him_.

ANT. What's he that pass'd?

EVAD. My tailor.

ANT. There's something in his face I (sure) should know.
But, sister, to your beads; pray for distress'd Seville;
Whilst I mount some watchtower,
To o'erlook our enemies: religion's laws
Command me fight for my lov'd country's cause.

    [_Exit._

EVAD. Love bids me pray, and on his altars make
A sacrifice for my lov'd tailor's sake.

    [_Exit._

    _Alarum._ _Enter_ RAYMOND, PHILIPPA, LEONIS, GILBERTI, _and_
        FIRENZO.

RAY. Stand.

LEO. Stand.

GIL. Stand.

FIR. Give the word through the army, stand there.

WITHIN. Stand, stand, stand, stand, ho!

RAY. Bid the drum cease, whilst we embrace our love:
Come, my Philippa, like the twins of war,
Lac'd in our steelly corselets, we're become
The envy of those brain-begotten gods
Mouldy antiquity lifted to heaven;
Thus we exchange our breath.

    [_Kiss._

PHIL. My honour'd lord,
Duty commands, I pay it back again.
'Twill waste me into smoke else.
Can my body retain that breath that would
Consume an army dress'd in a rougher habit?
Pray, deliver (come, I'm a gentle thief)
The breath you stole.

    [_He kisses her._

RAY. Restore back mine. [_She kisses him._] So, go,
    pitch our tent, we'll
Have a combat i' th' field of love with thee
Philippa, ere we meet the foe: thou art
A friendly enemy. How say you, lords?
Does not my love appear
Like to the issue of the brain of Jove,
Governess of arms and arts, Minerva!
Or a selected beauty from a troop of Amazons?

LORDS. She is a mine of valour.

PHIL. Lords, spare your praises till, like Bradamant,
The mirror of our sex, I make the foe
Of France and us crouch like a whelp,
Awed by the heaving of his master's hand;
My heart runs through my arm, and when I deal
A blow, it sinks a soul.
My sword flies nimbler than the bolts of Jove,
And wounds as deep. Spain, thy proud host shall feel
Death has bequeath'd his office to my steel.

RAY. Come on, brave lords; upon your general's word,
Philippa loves no parley like the sword.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO, OLD TAILOR, VERMIN, _and two more_.

GIO. Come, bullies, come; we must forsake the use of nimble
shears, and now betake us to our Spanish needles, stiletto
blades, and prove the proverb lies, lies in his throat: one
tailor can erect sixteen, nay more, of upstart gentlemen, known
by their clothes, and leave enough materials in hell to damn a
broker.

O. TAI. We must to the wars, my boys.

VER. How, master, to the wars?

O. TAI. Ay, to the wars, Vermin; what say'st thou to that?

VER. Nothing, but that I had rather stay at home: O, the good
penny-bread at breakfasts that I shall lose! Master, good master,
let me alone to live with honest John, noble John Black.

2D TAI. Wilt thou disgrace thy worthy calling, Vermin?

VER. No, but I am afraid my calling will disgrace me: I shall be
gaping for my morning's loaf and dram of ale, I shall; and now
and then look for a cabbage-leaf or an odd remnant to clothe my
bashful buttocks.

O. TAI. You shall.

VER. Yes, marry; why, I hope poor Vermin must be fed, and will be
fed, or I'll torment you.

GIO. Master, I take privilege from your love to hearten on my
fellows.

O. TAI. Ay, ay, do, do, good boy.

    [_Exit._

GIO. Come, my bold fellows, let us eternise,
For our country's good, some noble act,
That may by time be regist'red at full:
And as the year renews, so shall our fame
Be fresh to after-times: the tailor's name,
So much trod under and the scorn of all,
Shall by this act be high, whilst others fall.

3D TAI. Come, Vermin, come.

VER. Nay, if Vermin slip from the back of a tailor, spit him with
a Spanish needle: or torment him in the louse's engine--your two
thumb-nails.

    [_Exit all but_ GIOVANNO.

GIO. The city's sieged, and thou thus chain'd
In airy fetters of a lady's love!
It must not be: stay, 'tis Evadne's love;
Her life is with the city ruined, if
The French become victorious:
Evadne must not die: her chaster name,
That once made cold, now doth my blood inflame.

    [_Exit._



ACT II., SCENE 1.


    _A table and chairs._

    _Enter_ (_after a shout crying_ ANTONIO) _the_ GOVERNOR _and_
        COUNT MACHIAVEL.

GOV. Hell take their spacious throats! we shall ere long
Be pointed as a prodigy!
Antonio is the man they load with praise,
And we stand as a cypher to advance
Him by a number higher.

MACH. Now, Mach'vel, plot his ruin.

    [_Aside._

It is not to be borne; are not you our
Master's substitute? then why should he
Usurp a privilege without your leave
To preach unto the people a doctrine
They ought not hear?
He incites 'em not to obey your charge,
Unless it be to knit a friendly league
With the opposing French, laying before 'em
A troop of feigned dangers will ensue,
If we do bid 'em battle.

GOV. Dares he do this?

MACH. 'Tis done already;
Smother your anger, and you shall see here
At the council-board he'll break into a
Passion, which [_Aside_] I'll provoke him to.

    _To them_ ANTONIO, ALERZO, FULGENTIO, _and_ PANDOLPHO: _they
        sit in council_.

GOV. Never more need, my worthy partners in
The dangerous brunts of iron war, had we
Of counsel: the hot-reined French, led by
That haughty Moor, upon whose sword sits victory
Enthroned, daily increase;
And, like the army of another Xerxes,
Make the o'erburthen'd earth groan at their weight.
We cannot long hold out; nor have we hope
Our royal master can raise up their siege,
Ere we be forc'd to yield:
My lord, your counsel; 'tis a desperate grief.

MACH. And must, my lord, find undelay'd release?
Noble commanders, since that war's grim god,
After our sacrifice of many lives,
Neglects our offerings, and repays our service
With loss; 'tis good to deal with policy.
He's no true soldier, that deals heedless blows
With the endangering of his life; and may
Walk in a shade of safety, yet o'erthrow
His towering enemy.
Great Alexander made the then known world
Slave to his powerful will more by the help
Of politic wit
Than by the rough compulsion of the sword.
Troy, that endur'd the Grecians ten years' siege,
By policy was fir'd, and became like to
A lofty beacon all on flame.

GOV. Hum, hum!

MACH. Suppose the French be mark'd for conquerors?
Stars have been cross'd, when at a natural birth
They dart prodigious beams; their influence,
Like to the flame of a new-lighted taper,
Has with the breath of policy been blown
Out,--even to nothing.

FUL. Hum, hum!

ALER. This has been studied.

    [_Aside._]

PAN. He's almost out.

    [_Aside._]

GOV. Good.
But to the matter. You counsel?

MACH. 'Tis this, my lord,
That straight, before the French have pitched their tents,
Or rais'd a work before our city walls--
As yet their ships have not o'erspread the sea--
We send a regiment, that may with speed
Land on the marshes, and begirt their backs,
Whilst we open our gates, and with a strong assault
Force 'em retreat into the arms of death:
So the revengeful earth shall be their tomb,
That did erewhile trample her teeming womb.

GOV. Machiavel speaks oracle; what says Antonio?

ANT. Nothing.

GOV. How?

ANT. Nothing.

MACH. It takes; revenge,
I hug thee; young lord, thou art lost.

    [_Aside._

GOV. Speak, Antonio, your counsel.

ANT. Nothing.

GOV. How?

ANT. So;
And could my wish obtain a sudden grant
From yon tribunal, I would crave my senses
Might be all steeped in Lethe, to forget
What Machiavel has spoken.

MACH. Ha! it takes unto my wish.

    [_Aside._

Why, Antonio?

ANT. Because you speak
Not like a man, that were possess'd with a
Mere soldier's heart, much less a soul guarded
With subtle sinews. O madness! can there be
In nature such a prodigy, so senseless,
So much to be wondered at,
As can applaud or lend a willing ear
To that my blushes do betray? I've been
Tardy to hear your childish policy.

GOV. Antonio, you're too bold; this usurp'd liberty
To abuse a man of so much merit is not
Seemly in you: nay, I'll term it sauciness.

ANT. Nay, then, my lord, I claim the privilege
Of a councillor, and will object.
This my prophetic fear whisper'd my heart:
When from a watchtow'r I beheld the French
Erect their spears which, like a mighty grove,
Denied my eyes any other object:
The tops show'd by a stolen reflection from
The sun like diamonds, or as the glorious
Gilder of the day should deign a lower visit.
Then my warm blood, that used to play like
Summer, felt a change; grey-bearded winter
Froze my very soul, till I became,
Like the Pyrenian hills, wrapp'd in a robe of ice:
My arctic[18] fears froze me into a statue.

ALER. Cowardly Antonio!

FUL. I have lost my faith,
And can behold him now without a wonder.

GOV. Antonio, y' are too long, and rack our patience;
Your counsel?

ANT. I fear'd--but what? not our proud enemies:
No, did they burthen all our Spanish world,
And I, poor I, only surviv'd to threat defiance
In the mounseers'[19] teeth, and stand defendant
For my country's cause, naked, unarm'd,
I'd through their bragging host, and pay my life
A sacrifice to death for my loved country's safety.

ALER. Fulgentio, thou hast not lost
Thy faith?

    [_Aside._]

FUL. No, I'm reform'd; he's valiant.

    [_Aside._]

GOV. Antonio, your counsel?

MACH. Ay, your counsel?

ANT. Our foes increase to an unreckon'd number;
We less than nothing, since we have no hope
To arrive a number, that may cope with
Half their army.
'Tis my counsel we strike a league:
'Tis wisdom to sue peace, where powerful fate
Threatens a ruin: lest [we] repent too late.

FUL. 'Tis god-like counsel.

    [_Aside._

ALER. And becomes the tongue of young Antonio.

    [_Aside._

GOV. Antonio, let me tell you, you have lost
Your valiant heart; I can with safety now
Term you a coward.

ANT. Ha!

GOV. Nay, more,
Since by your oratory you strive
To rob your country of a glorious conquest,
That may to after-times beget a fear,
Even with the thought should awe the trembling
World, you are a traitor.

ANT. Ha! my lord! coward and traitor! 'tis a damned lie,
And in the heart of him dares say't again
I'll write his error.

MACH. 'Tis as I would have't.

    [_Aside._

FUL. Noble Antonio!

    [_Aside._

ALER. Brave-spirited lord!

    [_Aside._

FUL. The mirror of a soldier!

    [_Aside._

GOV. O, are you mov'd, sir? has the deserved name
Of traitor prick'd you?

ANT. Deserv'd?

GOV. Yes.

MACH. Yes.

ANT. Machiavel, thou liest; hadst thou a heart
Of harden'd steel, my powerful arm
Should pierce it.

    [_They fight all in a confused manner_: ANTONIO _kills the_
        GOVERNOR, MACHIAVEL _falls_.

ALER. The governor
Slain by Antonio's hand?

FUL. No, by the hand of justice; fly, fly, my lord!

ALER. Send for a chirurgeon to dress Count Machiavel:
He must be now our governor; the king
Signed it in the dead governor's commission.

    [_Exeunt._

ANT. Now I repent too late my rash contempt:
The horror of a murtherer will still
Follow my guilty thoughts, fly where I will.

    [_Exit_ ANTONIO.

MACH. I'm wounded; else, coward Antonio,
Thou shouldst not fly from my revengeful arm:
But may my curses fall upon thy head,
Heavy as thunder! may'st thou die
Burthen'd with ulcerous sins, whose very weight
May sink thee down to hell,
Beneath the reach of smooth-fac'd mercy's arm!

    [_A shout within, crying_ ANTONIO.

Confusion choke your rash officious throats!
And may that breath that speaks his loathed name
Beget a plague, whose hot infectious air
May scald you up to blisters, which foretel
A purge of life! Up, Machiavel,
Thou hast thy will, howe'er cross fate
Divert the people's hearts; they must perforce
Sue to that shrine our liking shall erect.
The governor is dead, Antonio's lost
To anything but death; 'tis our glad fate
To gripe the staff of what we look'd for--state.
My blood's ambitious, and runs through my veins,
Like nimble water through a leaden pipe
Up to some barren mountain. I must have more;
All wealth, in my thoughts, to a crown is poor.

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO, EVADNE, _and_ NURSE.

GIO. 'Tis a neat gown, and fashionable, madam; is't not, love?

NUR. Upon my virginity, wonderful handsome: dear, when we are
married, I'll have such a one; shall I not, chicken, ha?

GIO. What else, kind nurse?

NUR. Truly you tailors are the most sanctified members of a
kingdom: how many crooked and untoward bodies have you set
upright, that they go now so straight in their lives and
conversation, as the proudest on them all?

GIO. That's certain, none prouder.

EVAD. How mean you, sir?

GIO. Faith, madam, your crooked movables in artificial bodies,
that rectify the deformity of nature's overplus, as bunching
backs: or scarcity, as scanty shoulders--are the proudest
creatures; you shall have them jet it with an undaunted boldness;
for the truth is, what they want in substance they have in air:
they will scold the tailor out of his art, and impute the defect
of nature to his want of skill, though his labour make her
appearance pride-worthy.

NUR. Well said, my bird's-nye, stand for the credit of tailors
whilst thou livest; wilt thou not, chuck? Ha, say'st thou, my
dear?

GIO. I were ungrateful else.

EVAD. Nurse, pray leave us, your presence makes your sweetheart
negligent of what he comes about; pray, be won to leave us here.

NUR. Madam, your will's obey'd:
Yet I can hardly pass from thee, my love,
At such a sudden warning.

GIO. Your eager love may be termed dotage;
For shame! confine[20] yourself to less expressions,
[And] leave my lady.

NUR. A kiss, and then I go; so, farewell, my duck.

    [_Exit._

GIO. Death, she has left a scent to poison me;
Love her, said she? is any man so mad to hug a disease,
Or embrace a colder image than Pygmalion's,
Or play with the bird of
Frosty antiquity? not I:
Her gums stink worse than a pest-house,
And more danger of infecting.

    [_Aside._

As I'm a mortal tailor, and your servant, madam,
Her breath has tainted me: I dare not salute
Your ladyship.

EVAD. Come, you are loth to part with't, 'tis so sweet.

GIO. Sweet, say you, madam? a muster of diseases
Can't smell worse than her rotten teeth.
Excuse my boldness, to defer your longing;
Thus I am new-created with your breath.

    [_Kisses._

My gaping pores will ne'er be satisfied.
Again!--they still are hungry.

EVAD. My dear friend, let not thy lovely person
March with the scolding peace-affrighting drum:
War is too cruel: come, I'll chain
You here--here in my arms; and stifle you
With kisses; you sha' not go--by this, you sha' not go.

GIO. By this, I must.

    [_He kisses her._

EVAD. I'll smother that harsh breath.

    [_She kisses him._

GIO. Again I countercheck it.

    [_Kiss._

    _Enter_ ANTONIO, _as pursued; he sees them, and stands
        amazed_.

ANT. O sister! ha!
What killing sight is this? cannot be she.
Sister.

EVAD. O my dear friend, my brother! w' are undone.

ANT. Degenerate girl, lighter than wind or air!
Canst thou forget thy birth? or, 'cause thou'rt fair,
Art privileg'd, dost think, with such a zeal
To grasp an under-shrub? dare you exchange
Breath with your tailors without fear of vengeance
From the disturbed ghosts of our dead parents,
For their blood's injury? or are your favours
Grown prostitute to all? my unkind fate
Grieves me not half so much as thee forgetful.

GIO. Sir, if on me this language, I must tell you,
You are too rash to censure. My unworthiness,
That makes me[21] seem so ugly in your eyes,
Perhaps hangs in these clothes, and's shifted off with them.
I am as noble, but that I hate to make
Comparisons, as any you can think worthy
To be call'd her husband.

ANT. Shred of a slave, thou liest!

GIO. Sir, I am hasty too; yet, in the presence of
My mistress [I] can use a temper.

ANT. [O] brave! your mistress!

    _Enter_ MACHIAVEL _with Officers_.

MACH. Lay hold on him!
Ere we presume to meet the enemy,
We'll purge the city; lest the wrath of Heaven
Fall heavy on us. Antonio, I arrest thee
Of capital treason 'gainst the king and realm.
To prison with him!

EVAD. O my lost brother!

GIO. 'Tis but an error; treason, d'ye call it, to kill
The governor in heat of blood, and not intended?
For my Evadne's sake, something I'll do
Shall save his life.

    [_Exit._

MACH. To prison with him!

ANT. Farewell, Evadne, as thou lovest the peace
Of our dead ancestors, cease to love
So loath'd a thing; a tailor!
Why, 'tis the scorn of all; therefore be rul'd
By thy departing brother, do not mix
With so much baseness.
Come, officers, bear me e'en where you please,
My oppress'd conscience nowhere can have ease.

    [_Exit with Officers._

MACH. Lady, we here enjoin you to
Your chamber
As a prisoner, to wait a further censure;
Your brother's fault has pull'd a punishment
Upon your head, which you must suffer.

EVAD. E'en what you please, your tyranny can't bear
A shape so bad to make Evadne fear:
Strong innocence shall guard my afflicted soul,
Whose constancy shall tyranny control.

    [_Exeunt. A noise within, crying Rescue, rescue! Enter_
        ANTONIO _and Guard; to them_ GIOVANNO _and_ TAILORS,
        _and rescue him, and beat them off_.

    _Enter an_ OFFICER, _meeting_ MACHIAVEL.

OFF. A troop of tailors by force have ta'en
Antonio from us, and have borne him (spite
Of the best resistance we could make) unto some
Secret place; we cannot find him.

MACH. Screech-owl, dost know what thou hast said?
Death! find him, or you die! O my cross stars!
He must not live to torture our vex'd sense,
But die; though he'd no fault but innocence.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO, ANTONIO, _and the_ OLD TAILOR.

GIO. Can this kindness merit your love?
Do I deserve your sister?

ANT. My sister! worthy tailor, 'tis a gift lies not in me to
give: ask something else, 'tis thine, although it be gained with
the quite extinguishing of this--this breath you gave me.

GIO. Have not I----

ANT. Speak no further; I confess you have been all unto me, life
and being; I breathe but with your licence: will no price buy out
your interest in me but her love? I tell thee, tailor, I have
blood runs in me, Spain cannot match for greatness next her
kings. Yet, to requite thy love, I'll call thee friend; be thou
Antonio's friend--a favour nobles have thirsted for: will this
requite thee?

GIO. Sir, this may, but----

ANT. My sister, thou wouldst say, most worthy tailor; she's not
mine to give; honour spake in my dying father: 'tis a sentence
that's registered here in Antonio's heart--I must not wed her but
to one in blood calls honour father. Prythee, be my friend;
forget I have a sister; in love I'll be more than a brother,
though not to mingle blood.

GIO. May I not call her mistress?

ANT. As a servant, far from the thoughts of wedlock.

GIO. I'm yours, friend: I am proud on't; you shall find
That, though a tailor, I've an honest mind.
Pray, master, help my lord unto a suit; his life
Lies at your mercy.

1ST TAI. I'll warrant you.

ANT. But for thy men.

1ST TAI. O, they are proud in that they rescu'd you,
And my blood of honour; since you are pleas'd
To grace the now declining trade of tailors
By being shrouded in their homely clothes,
And deck a shop-board with your noble person;
The taunting scorns the foul-mouth'd world can throw
Upon our needful calling shall be answered:
They injure honour, since your honour is a
Noble practitioner in our mystery.

GIO. Cheer up, Antonio, take him in.
The rest will make him merry; I'd go try
The temper of a sword upon some shield
That guards a foe. Pray for my good success.

    [_Exit._

1ST TAI. Come, come, my lord, leave melancholy
To hired slaves, that murther at a price:
Yours was----

ANT. No more: flatter not [so] my sin.

1ST TAI. You are too strict a convertite; let's in.

    [_Exit._

    _After a confused noise within, enter_ RAYMOND,
        LEONIS, GILBERTI, _hastily_.

RAY. What means this capering echo?
Or whence did this so lively counterfeit
Of thunder break out [in] to liberty?

GIL. 'Tis from the city.

RAY. It cannot be their voice should outroar Jove;
Our army, like a basilisk, has struck
Death through their eyes; our number, like a wind,
Broke from the icy prison of the north,
Has froze the portals to their shivering hearts;
They scarce have breath enough to speak't
They live.

    [_A shout within._

GIL. 'Tis certainly from thence.

LEO. Y' are deceived, poor Spaniards! Fear
Has chang'd their elevated gait to a dejection:
They're planet-struck.

RAY. 'Tis from our jocund fleet, my genius prompts me;
They have already plough'd th' unruly seas,
And with their breasts, proof 'gainst the battering
Waves, dash'd the big billows into angry froth,
And, spite of the contentious foul-mouth'd gods
Of sea and wind, have reach'd the city frontiers,
And [have] begirt her navigable skirts.
Again! 'tis so.

    [_Again within._

GIL. My creed's another way;
I have no faith but to the city.

    _Alarum._ _Enter a_ SOLDIER _bloody_.

LEO. Here's one:
Now we shall know. Ha! he appears
Like one compos'd of horror.

RAY. What speaks thy troubled front?

LEO. Speak, crimson meteor.

RAY. Speak, prodigy, or on my sword thou fall'st.

SOL. The bold Spaniards, setting aside all cold acknowledgment of
any odds, or notice of the number our army is made proud with,
sends from their walls more lightning than great Jove affrights
the trembling world with, when the air is turn'd to mutiny.

RAY. Villain, thou liest; 'twere madness to believe thee. Foolish
Spain may, like those giants that heap hill on hill, mountain on
mountain, to pluck Jove from heaven, who with a hand of vengeance
flung 'em down beneath the centre, and those cloud-contemning
mounts heav'd by the strength of their ambitious arms, became
their monuments; so Spain's rash folly from this arm of mine
shall find their graves amongst the rubbish of their ruin'd
cities.

    _Enter a second_ SOLDIER.

What, another! thy hasty news?

2D MESS. The daring enemies have through their gates made a
victorious sally: all our troops have jointly, like the dust
before the wind, made a dishonoured flight. Hark!

    [_Alarum within._]

The conquering foe makes hitherward.

RAY. Run to my tent, fetch my Philippa, slave. Why movest thou
not?

2D MESS. The enemy's upon us.

RAY. Shall I send thy coward soul down the vaults of horror? Fly,
villain, or thou diest!

    [_Strikes him._

    _Alarum._ _Enter_ MACHIAVEL, ALERZO, FULGENTIO, PANDOLPHO,
        _with_ PHILIPPA _prisoner_, GIOVANNO _with_ TAILOR.

MACH. Let one post to my castle, and conduct
My lady; tell her I have a prisoner would become
Proud in her forc'd captivity, to wait
Upon her beauty: fly, let not the tardy clouds outsail thee.

PHIL. Canst thou, proud man, think that Philippa's heart
Is humbled with her fortunes? No, didst thou
Bring all the rough tortures
From the world's childhood to this hour invented,
And on my resolute body, proof against pain,
Practis'd Sicilian tyranny, my giant thoughts
Should, like a cloud of wind-contemning smoke,
Mingle with heaven:
And not a look so base as to be pitied
Shall give you cause of triumph.

ALER. 'Fore heaven, a fiery girl.

FUL. A masculine spirit.

PAN. An Amazon.

RAY. See, my Philippa, her rich colour's fled, and like that soul
The furrow-fronted fates have made an anvil
To forge diseases on, she's lost herself
With her fled beauty; yet, pale as she stands,
She adds more glory to our churlish foe,
Than bashful Titan to the eastern world.
Spaniards, she is a conquest; Rome,
When her two-neck'd eagles aw'd the world,
Would have swum through her[22] own blood to purchase:
Nor must you enjoy that gem the superstitious gods
Would quarrel for, but through my heart.
Courage, brave friends, they're valiant that can fly
I' th' mouth of danger; 'tis they win, though die.

GIO. This Moor speaks truth,
Wrapp'd in a voice of thunder.

RAY. Speak, my Philippa, what untutor'd slave
Durst lay a rugged hand upon thy softness?

PHIL. 'Twas the epitome of Hercules:
No big Colossus, yet for strength far bigger:
A little person, great with matchless valour.

RAY. What pains thou takest to praise
Thine enemy!

PHIL. 'Twere sin to rob him that has wasted so his blood for
praise: this noble soldier, he 'twas made me captive; nor can he
boast 'twas in an easy combat; for my good sword, now ravish'd
from mine arm, forc'd crimson drops that, like a gory sweat,
buried his manly body in oblivion: those that were skill'd in his
effigies, as drunk with Lethe, had forgot 'twas he; till by the
drawing of the rueful curtain, they saw in him their error.

RAY. A common soldier, owner of a strength worthy
Such praise? Dares he cope with the
French general single?

PHIL. My lord, you must strike quick and sure.

RAY. Why pause you? my Philippa must not stay
Captivity's infection.

MACH. We have the day.

RAY. Not till you conquer me: which if my arm
Be not by witchcraft robb'd of his late strength,
Shall spin your labour to an ample length.

MACH. Upon him, then.

GIO. Odds is dishonourable combat: my lads,
Lets one to one; I am for the Moor.

ALER. Thee!

FUL. Tailor, you are too saucy.

GIO. Saucy?

ALER. Untutor'd groom, mechanic slave!

GIO. You have protection by the governor's presence,
Else, my plum'd estridges,[23] 'tis not your feathers,
More weighty than your beads, should stop
My vengeance, but I'd text my wrong
In bloody characters upon your pamper'd flesh.

FUL. You would?

GIO. By heaven, I would!

FUL. You'd be advis'd, and render up your life
A sacrifice to patience.

GIO. Musk-cat, I'd make your civet worship stink
First in your perfumed buff.

ALER. Phlegmatic slave!

GIO. Bloodless commanders.

FUL.  }
PAN.  } How?
ALER. }

GIO. So.

FUL.  }
PAN.  } Let's reward his boldness.
ALER. }

    [_They fall upon_ GIOVANNO.

MACH. Whence this rashness?

RAY. Bless'd occasion! let's on 'em.

    [_The French whisper. The French fly upon 'em: they turn to
        their Guard, and beat 'em off._



ACT III., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ MACHIAVEL, FULGENTIO, PANDOLPHO, ALERZO, GIOVANNO,
        _with_ RAYMOND _prisoner, and the rest of the_ TAILORS.

ALL THE TAI. A tailor, a tailor, a tailor!

GIO. Raymond, y' are now my prisoner:
Blind chance has favour'd, where your thoughts
Had hope she meant to ruin
From our discord, which Heaven has made victorious,
You meant to strike a harmony should glad you.

ALER. 'Tis not to be borne: a tailor!

    [_Whisper._

FUL. 'Twas an affront galls me to think on't: besides,
His saucy valour might have ruin'd all
Our forward fortunes, had the French been stronger:
Let him be banish'd.

MACH. It shall be so;
My fears are built on grounds,
Stronger than Atlas' shoulders: this same tailor
Retains a spirit like the lost Antonio;
Whose sister we will banish in pretence
Of love to justice; 'tis a good snare to trap
The vulgar hearts: his and her goods, to gild
My lawless doings, I'll give the poor, whose tongues
Are i' their bellies; which being full,
Is tipp'd with heartless prayers; but, empty,
A falling planet is less dangerous; they'll down
To hell for curses. You tailor!

GIO. My lord.

MACH. Deliver up your prisoner.

GIO. Y' are obey'd.

MACH. So: now we command, on forfeit of thy life,
You be not seen on any ground
Our master's title circles within three days:
Such a factious spirit we must not nourish;
Lest, like the fabl'd serpent, [once] grown warm
In your conceited worth, you sting
Your country's breast, that nurs'd your valour.

GIO. This my reward?

ALER. More than thy worth deserves.

GIO. Pomander-box, thou liest!

FUL. Go purge yourself; your country vomits you.

GIO. Slaves, y' are not worth my anger.

FUL. Go vent your spleen 'mongst satires; pen a
Pamphlet, and call't the "Scourge of Greatness."

ALER. Or "Spain's Ingratitude."

GIO. Ye are not worth my breath,
Else I should curse you; but I must weep,
Not that I part from thee, unthankful Spain,
But my Evadne: well, it must be so:
Heart, keep thy still tough temper, spite of woe.

    [_Exit._

MACH. My house shall be your prison. Attend 'em, colonel.

    [_Exeunt_ RAYMOND, PHILIPPA, ALERZO, FULGENTIO, PANDOLPHO,
        GIOVANNO,[24] &c. _Manent_ TAILORS.

FUL. Please you walk.

1ST. TAI. My servant banish'd?

3D TAI. Famish'd, master? nay, faith, and a tailor come to be
famish'd, 'tis a hard world: no bread in this world here, ho, to
save the renown'd corpse of a tailor from famishing! 'Tis no
matter for drink: give me bread.

2D TAI. Thou hast a gut would swallow a peck-loaf.

3D TAI. Ay, marry would it with vantage; I tell truth, and, as
the proverb says, shame the devil; if our hell afford a devil,
but I see none, unless he appear in a delicious remnant of nim'd
satin, and, by my faith, that's a courteous devil that suffers
the brokers to hang him in their ragged wardrobe; and used to
sell his devilship for money: I tell truth. A tailor, and lie?
faith, I scorn that.

1ST TAI. Leave your discovery.

3D TAI. Master, a traveller, you know, is famous for lying; and
having travelled as far as hell, may not I make description of
the unknown land?

1ST TAI. My brain is busy, Sebastiano must not tread an unknown
land to find a grave. Unfortunate Sebastiano! First to lose
thyself in a disguise, unfitting for thy birth, and then thy
country for thy too much valour:
There's danger in being virtuous in this age
Led by those sinful actors; the plunged stage
Of this vice-bearing world would headlong fall,
But charitable virtue bears up all.
I must invent: I ha't so:--
As he's a tailor, he is banish'd Spain,
As Sebastiano, 'tis revok'd again.

    [_Exit cum suis._

    _Enter_ MACHIAVEL _solus_.

MACH. How subtle are my springes! they take all
With what swift speed unto my chaffy bait
Do all fowls fly unto their hasty ruin?
Clap, clap your wings and flutter, greedy fools,
Whilst I laugh at your folly; I have a wire
Set for the Moor and his ambitious consort;
Which if my wife would second, they are sure.

    _Enter_ AURISTELLA.

AUR. What must she second?

MACH. Art thou there, my love?
We're in a path that leads us to a height,
We may confront the sun, and with a breath
Extinguish common stars; be but thou rul'd,
The light, that does create day to this city,
Must be deriv'd from us.

AUR. You fire my soul,
And to my airy wings add quicker feathers:
What task would not I run to be call'd queen?
Did the life-blood of all our family,
Father and mother, stand as a quick wall
To stop my passage to a throne,
I'd with a poignard ope their azure veins,
And squeeze their active blood up into clods,
Till they become as cold as winter's snow;
And as a bridge upon their trunks I'd go.

MACH. Our souls are twins, and thirst with equal heat
For deity: kings are in all things gods,
Saving mortality.

AUR. To be a queen, what danger would I run!
I'd spend my life like to a barefoot nun,
So I might sit above the lesser stars
Of small nobility, but for a day.

MACH. 'Tis to be done, sweet love, a nearer way:
I have already with the sugar'd baits
Of justice, liberality, and all
The fox-like gins that subtle statesmen set
To catch the hearts o' th' giddy multitude:
Which, if it fail, as cautious policy
Forbids, I build too strongly on their drunk,
Uncertain votes. I'd have thee break with my
Great prisoner's wife, as I will do with him;
Promise (the states equal divided) half
Himself shall rule:
So that if need compel us to take arms,
We may have forces from the realm of France,
To seat us in the chair of government.

AUR. I never shall endure to walk as equal
With proud Philippa, no; my ambitious soul
Boils in a thirsty flame of total glory:
I must be all without a second flame
To dim our lustre.

MACH. Still my very soul!
Think'st thou I can endure competitor,
Or let an Ethiop sit by Machiavel's side
As partner in his honour? no, as I
Have seen i' the commonwealth of players,
One that did act the Theban Creon's part:
With such a life I became ravish'd, and on
Raymond mean to plot what he did on
The cavilling boys of Oedipus,
Whilst we grasp the whole dignity.

AUR. As how, sweet Machiavel?

MACH. It is not ripe, my love.
The king, I hear, applauds my justice;
Wherefore I've sent order that Count Antonio,
Once being taken, be sent to Filford Mill;
There ground to death.

AUR. What for his sister?

MACH. Thy envy: she I have banish'd;
And her goods, to guard a shower of curses
From my head, I have given the poor.

AUR. Good policy, let's home to our designs:
I hate to be officious, yet my frown
Shall be dissolv'd to flattery for a crown.

    [_Exit._

MACH. Attend your lady. So, her forward spleen,
Tickled with thought of greatness makes the scene
Attempts run smooth: the haughty Moor shall be
The ladder, on whose servile back I'll mount
To greatness. If calm peace deny me easy way,
Rough war shall force it; which done, Raymond
And his Philippa must go seek an empire in
Elysium; for to rule predominant belongs
Alone to me: slaves are unworthy rule,
What state would set a crown upon a mule?

    [_Exit._

    ANTONIO, _disguised, sitting in a closet_.

ANT. My soul is heavy, and my eyelids feel
The weighty power of lazy Morpheus:
Each element, that breathes a life within me,
Runs a contrary course, and conspire[s]
To counterfeit a chaos: whilst the frame
And weak supporters of my inward man
Crack as beneath the weight of Atlas' burthen.
A sudden change! how my blear'd eyelids strive
To force a sleep 'gainst nature! O you powers,
That rule the better thoughts, if you have ought
To act on my frail body, let it be
With eagles' speed, or, if your wills so please,
Let my forepass'd and undigested wrongs
O'erwhelm my thoughts, and sink me to the ground
With their no less than death's remembrances.
Cease, bastard slave, to clog my senses
With the leaden weights of an unwilling sleep,
Unless thy raw-bon'd brother join his force,
And make a separation 'twixt
My airy soul and my all-earthly body;
I am o'ercome; Heaven work your wills;
My breath submits to this, as 'twould submit to death.

    [_Sleeps._

    _Soft music_; LOVE _descends half-way, then speaks_.

LOVE. Sleep, entranced man, but be
Wakeful in thy fancy; see,
Love hath left his palace fair,
And beats his wings against the air,
To ease thy panting breast of ill:
Love's a physician, and his[25] will
Must be obey'd: therefore with haste
To Flanders fly; the echoing blast
Of fame shall usher thee along,
And leave thee pester'd in a throng
Of searching troubles, which shall be
But bugbears to thy constancy.

    _Enter from one side Death, and from the other side_ AURELIA;
        _Death strikes three times at_ ANTONIO, _and_ AURELIA
        _diverts it_. _Exeunt severally._

What this same shadow seems to be,
In Flanders thou shalt real see;
The maid that seem'd to conquer death,
And give thee longer lease of breath,
Doats on thy air; report hath been
Lavish in praising thee unseen.
Make haste to Flanders; time will be
Accus'd of slothfulness, if she
Be longer tortur'd: do not stay,
My power shall guide thee on the way.

    [_Ascendat._[26]

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO _and the_ OLD TAILOR.

GIO. He is asleep.

O. TAI. See how he struggles, as if some visions had
Assum'd a fuller shape of horror than
His troubled thoughts.[27]

GIO. His conscience gripes him to [a] purpose:
See, [see,] he wakes; let us observe.

ANT. Stay, gentle pow'r, leave hostage that thy promise
Thou wilt perform, and I will offer to
Thy deity
More than my lazy heart has offer'd yet.
But stay, Antonio, can thy easy faith
Give credit to a dream? an airy vision,
Fram'd by a strangeling[28] fancy, to delude weak sense
With a gay nothing? Recollect thyself;
Advise thee by thy fears; it may force hence
This midnight's shade of grief, and gild
It with a morn as full of joy as does
Bright Phoebus to our eastern world, when blushing
He arises from the lap of sea-green Thetis
To give a new day birth.

GIO. Why, how now, friend? what, talking to thyself?

ANT. O Giovanno, 'tis my unpartial thoughts,
That rise in war against my guilty conscience;
O, it stings me!

O. TAI. Be more a man, shrink not beneath a weight
So light a child may bear it; for, believe me,
If my prophetic fear deceive me not,
You'd done an act Spain should for ever praise,
Had you kill'd Machiavel too.

ANT. As how, good master--I must call you so?
This is your livery.

O. TAI. O, y' are a noble tailor. But to Machiavel--
It was my chance, being sent for by his wife
To take the measure of their noble prisoner,
Who, when I came, was busy being plac'd
Into a room, where I might easily hear
Them talk of crowns and kingdoms,
And of two that should be partners in this
End of Spain.

GIO. Who were they?

O. TAI. Machiavel and Raymond! At last Machiavel laugh'd,
Saying: for this I made the governor
To cross Antonio at the council-board;
Knowing that one must, if not both, should die.

ANT. Did he say this?

O. TAI. He did, and added more, [and] under
A feigned show of love to justice,
[He] banished your sister.

GIO. Is Evadne banish'd?

O. TAI. She is; and, as I guess, to Flanders;
Her woman too has left her.

ANT. Nay, droop not, friend: host, pray, tell proud
Mach'vel I have a sword left to chastise
A traitor: come, let's go seek Evadne.

GIO. O Antonio! the sudden grief almost distracts
Thy friend; but come, let's go, each several [way,]
And meet at Filford: if thou findest Evadne,
Bear her unto the castle.

    [_Exit._

ANT. Farewell, good master.

    [_Exit._

O. TAI. O, you honour me.
Bootless were all persuasions, they'll not stay.
I'll to the king; this treason may become,
Like a disease, out of the reach of physic,
And may infect past cure, if let alone.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter_ RAYMOND _and_ PHILIPPA.

PHIL. Erect thy head, my Raymond; be more tall
Than daring Atlas, but more safely wise:
Sustain no burthen but the politic care
Of being great: till thou achieve the city's
Axletree, and wave it as thou list.

RAY. Hast thou no skill in magic, that thou fall'st
So just upon my thoughts? thy tongue is tipp'd
Like nature's miracle, that draws the steel
With unresisted violence: I cannot keep
A secret to myself, but thy prevailing
Rhetoric ravishes and leaves my breast
Like to an empty casket,
That once was bless'd with keeping of a jewel
I durst not trust the air with, 'twas so precious:
Pray, be careful.

PHIL. You do not doubt me?

RAY. No, were you a woman made of such coarse ingredients as the
common, which in our trivial phrase we call mere women, I would
not trust thee with a cause so weighty, that the discovery did
endanger this--this hair that, when 'tis gone, a lynx's [eye]
cannot miss it: but you are--I want expressions, 'tis not common
words can speak you truly--you are more than woman.

PHIL. My lord, you know my temper, and how to win upon my heart.

RAY. I must be gone, and post a messenger:
France must supply what wants to make thee great--
An army, my Philippa, which these people,
Snoring in pride of their last victory,
Do not so much as dream on:
Nor shall, till they be forced to yield their voices
At our election; which will be ere long.

PHIL. O, 'tis an age, I'd rather have it said,
Philippa than a prisoner were dead.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter a Criminal Judge and Officers, with_ ANTONIO; PETRUCHIO
        _and_ AURELIA _meet him, with Servants_.

JUD. Captain Petruchio, take this condemn'd man
Into your charge; it is Antonio, once
A Spanish count, till his rash folly with
His life made forfeit of his honour; he
Was found travelling to your castle;
'Twas Heaven's will that his own feet should with
A willing pace conduct him to his ruin:
For the murther he must be ground to death
In Filford Mill, of which you are the governor:
Here my commission in its end gives strength
To yours. He is your charge: farewell.
His death must be with speed.

    [_Exit with his._[29]

ANT. Deceive me not, good glasses, [for] your lights
In my esteem never till now was precious,
It is the same, it is the very same
I sleeping saw.

AUR. Is this the man fame speaks so nobly of?
O love, Aurelia never until now
Could say he knew thee; I must dissemble it.

    [_Aside._

PET. Come, sir, to my castle.

AUR. Fie on you, sir; to kill a governor, it is a fact death
cannot appear too horrible to punish.

ANT. Can this be truth? O shallow, shallow man,
To credit air! believe there can be substance in
A cloud of thick'ned smoke, as truth
Hid in a dream; yes, there is truth that, like
A scroll fetch'd from an oracle,
Betrays the double-dealing of the gods;
Dreams, that speak all of joy, do turn to grief,
And such bad fate deludes my light belief.

PET. Away with him.

    [_Exeunt._

    AURELIA _sola_.

AUR. Oft have I heard my brother with a tongue
Proud of the office, praise this lovely lord;
And my trapp'd soul did with as eager haste
Draw in the breath; and now, O Aurelia!
Buried with him must all the joy thou hast
For ever sleep; and with a pale consumption,
Pitying him wilt thou thyself be ruin'd?
He must not die; if there be any way
Reveal'd to the distressed, I will find it.
Assist a poor lost virgin, some good power,
And lead her to a path, whose secret tract
May guide both him and me unto our safety.
Be kind, good wits, I never until now
Put you to any trouble; 'tis your office
To help at need this little world you live by:
Not yet! O dulness! do not make me mad--
I have't, bless'd brains! now shall a woman's wit
Wrestle with fate, and if my plot but hit,
Come off with wreaths: my duty, nay, my all,
I must forsake, lest my Antonio fall.

    [_Exit._



ACT IV., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ GIOVANNO _mad, solus_.

Not find Evadne! sure, some wanton wind
Has snatch'd her from the earth into the air!
Smooth Zephyr fans the tresses of her hair,
Whilst slick[30] Favonius plays the fawning slave,
And hourly dies, making her breasts his grave.
O false Evadne! is Giovanno's love,
That has outdone all merit for thy sake,
So light that wind outweighs it?
No, no, [no,] no; Evadne is all virtue,
Sweet as the breath of roses; and as chaste
As virgin lilies in their infancy.
Down, you deluding ministers of air,
Evadne is not light, though she be fair.
Dissolve that counterfeit: ha, ha, ha, ha!
See how they shrink! why so, now I will love you:
Go search into the hollows of the earth,
And find my love, or I will chain you up
To eternity: see, see, who's this?
O, I know him now. So, ho, ho! so, ho, ho!
Not hear? 'Tis Phaeton: no, 'tis an heir
Got, since his father's death, into a cloak
Of gold outshines the sun; the headstrong horses of
Licentious youth have broke their reins, and drawn
Him through the signs of all libidinousness.
See, from the whorish front of Capreæ
He's tumbling down as low as beggary.
O, are you come, grim Tartar Rhadamanth!
Go, ask of Pluto, if he have not ta'en
Evadne to his smoky commonwealth,
And ravish'd her? Begone, why stir you not?
Ha, ha, ha! the devil is afraid.

EVAD. Help, a rape!

    [_Within._

BAN. Stop her mouth.

GIO. Who calls for help? 'tis my Evadne; ay,
It was her voice that gave the echo life,
That cried a rape. Devil, dost love a wench?
Who was thy pander, ha? What saucy fiend
Durst lay his unpar'd fangs on my Evadne?
Come, I'll swim unarmed o'er Acheron,
And sink grim Charon in his ferry boat.

EVAD. Murder! a rape!

    [_Within._

GIO. I come, I come.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter the_ BANDIT _dragging_ EVADNE _by the hair: she drops
        a scarf_. _Exeunt._

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO _again_.

GIO. I cannot find her yet. The king of flames
Protests she is not there: but hang him, rogue,
They say he'll lie. O, how my glutted spleen
Tickles to think how I have paid the slave!
I made him lead me into every hole:
Ha, ha, ha! what crying was there there?
Here on a wheel, turn'd by a fury's hand,
Hangs a distracted statesman, that had spent
The little wit Heaven to strange purpose lent him
To suppress right, make beggars, and get means
To be a traitor. Ha, ha, ha! And here
A usurer, fat with the curses of so many heirs
His extortion had undone, sat to the chin
In a warm bath, made of new-melted gold;
And now and then a draught pass'd through his throat.
He fed upon his god; but he being angry
Scalded his chaps. Right against him
Stood a fool'd gallant, chain'd unto a post,
And lash'd by folly for his want of wit.
The reeling drunkard and plump glutton stood
Making of faces, close by Tantalus:
But drank and fed on air. The whoremaster,
Tied to a painted punk, was by a fury,
Termed insatiate lust, whipped with a blade
Of fire. And here----
What's here? 'tis my Evadne's veil; 'tis hers, I know't:
Some slave has ravish'd my Evadne! Well,
There breathes not such an impious slave in hell.
Nay, it is hers, I know it too-too plain.
Your breath is lost: 'tis hers: you speak in vain.

    [_Exit._

    _Thunder and lightning._ _Enter the_ BANDIT, _with_ EVADNE
        _by the hair_.

CAPT. Come, bring her forward; tie her to that tree, each man
shall have his turn: come, minion, you must [now] squench the
raging flames of my concupiscence: what, do you weep, you
puritanical punk? I shall tickle mirth into you by and by.
Trotter, good Trotter, post unto my cell, make compound of
muskadine and eggs; for the truth is I am a giant in my promises,
but in the act a pigmy: I am old, and cannot do as I have done;
good Trotter, make all convenient speed.

TROT. Faith, master, if you cannot, here's them that can ferret
in a coney-burrow without a provocative; I'll warrant you, good
master.

CAPT. No more, I say, it is a parcel of excellent mutton: I'll
cut it up myself. Come, minion.

    [_Exit_ TROTTER. _The Captain takes his dagger and winds it
        about her hair, and sticks it in the ground. Thunder and
        lightning._

EVAD. Kill me! O, kill me! Rather let me die
Than live to see the jewel that adorns
The souls of virtuous virgins ravish'd from me.
Do not add sin to sin, and at a price
That ruins me, and not enriches you,
Purchase damnation: do not, do not do't.
Sheathe here your sword, and my departing soul,
Like your good angel, shall solicit Heaven
To dash out your offences: let my flight
Be pure and spotless: do not injure that
Manhood would blush to think on: it is all
A maid's divinity: wanting her life,
She's a fair corse; wanting her chastity,
A spotted soul of living infamy.

CAPT. Hang chastity!

3D BAN. A very voice.

    _Enter_ TROTTER.

TROT. O captain, captain! yonder is the mad Orlando the furious,
and I think he takes me for----What do you call him?

CAPT. What, Medor?[31]

TROT. Ay, ay, Medor: the devil Medor him, he has so nuddled[32]
me----O, here he comes: I'll be gone.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO.

GIO. Stay, satyr, stay; you are too light of foot,
I cannot reach your paces, prythee, stay.
What goddess have you there? Sure, 'tis Evadne!
Are you the dragons that ne'er sleep, but watch
The golden fruit of the Hesperides?
Ha! then I am Hercules; fly ye! Sure,
That face dwelt on Evadne's shoulders.

    [_He beats them off, and unbinds_ EVADNE.

EVAD. O thou preserver of near-lost Evadne!
What must my weakness pay?

GIO. 'Tis [she,] 'tis she; she must not know I'm mad.

EVAD. Assist me, some good pow'r; it is my friend.

    [_Aside._]

Make me but wise enough to resolve myself.

GIO. It may be 'tis not she; I'll ask her name.
What are you call'd, sweet goddess?

EVAD. They that know me mortal term me Evadne.

GIO. 'Tis she: ay, ay, 'tis she.

EVAD. Pray you, sir, unto the bond of what I owe you, which is a
poor distressed virgin's life, add this one debt: [tell me,] what
are you?

GIO. Not worth your knowledge: I am a poor, a very, very poor
despised thing: but say, I pray, are you sure your name's Evadne?

EVAD. 'Tis questionless my tailor. [_Aside._] I am she; receive
me to your arms not alter'd in my heart, though in my clothes.

GIO. I do believe you, indeed I do; but stay, I don't. Are you a
maid, a virgin, pray, tell me? for my Evadne could not tell a
lie; speak, I shall love you, though that jewel's gone.

EVAD. I am as spotless, thank your happy self that sav'd
Me from those robbers, as the child which yet
Is but a jelly, 'tis so young.

GIO. No more, no more, trust me, I do believe you.
[They are] so many slaves, whose flaming appetites
Would in one night ravish a throng of virgins,
And never feel digression in their heat.
I'll after, and murder all.

EVAD. How do you?

GIO. Well, very well: belike, you think I am mad.

EVAD. You look distractedly.

GIO. 'Tis but your thoughts; indeed I am wondrous well.
How fair she looks after so foul a deed!
It cannot be she should be false to me:
No, thou art mad to think so. Fool, O fool!
Think'st thou those slaves, having so fair a mark,
Would not be shooting? Yes, they would: they have.
Evadne is fly-blown: I cannot love her.

    [_Aside._]

EVAD. What say you, sweet?

GIO. The innocence that sits upon that face
Says she is chaste; the guilty cannot speak
So evenly as she does: guilty, said I?
Alas! it were not her fault, were she ravish'd.
O madness, madness! whither wilt thou bear me?

    [_Aside._]

EVAD. His senses are unsettled; I'll go seek
Some holy man to rectify his wits.
Sweet, will you go unto some hermit's cell?
You look as you lack'd rest.

GIO. She speaks
Like to an angel, she's the same as when
I saw her first: as pure, as chaste. Did she
Retain the substance of a sinner--for she is none--
Her breath would then be sour, and betray
The rankness of the act: but her chaste sighs
Beget as sweet a dew as that of May.
Why weeps Evadne? truly I am not mad.
See, I am tame; pray, lead me where you please.

    [_Exeunt._

    _a banquet is set forth: enter_ PETRUCHIO, AURELIA, _with two
        servants bringing_ ANTONIO _asleep in a chair, and set
        him to the table_.

PET. The drink has done its part effectually;
'Twas a strong powder that could hold his senses
So fast, that this removing, so full of noise,
Had not the power to wake him.

AUR. Good father, let Aurelia, your daughter,
Do this same act of justice; let me tread
The pin:[33] the fact of his being so foul, so hateful,
Has lent me, though a maid, such fortitude.

PET. Thou hast thy wish, do't boldly; 'tis a deed
That, in the ignorance of elder ages,
Would be thought full of merit. Be not daunted.

AUR. I have a thought tells me it is religious
To sacrifice a murtherer to death;
Especially one that did act a deed
So generally accounted odious.

PET. By holy Jaques,[34] I am a governor,
And should my life (though by the hand of him
My duty does call king) be stroke i' th' air;
My injur'd corpse should not forsake the earth
Till I did see't reveng'd: be resolute, thy foot
Is guided by a power that, though unseen,
Is still a furtherer of good attempts.

AUR. Pray, sir, lend me the key of the back-ward,
For though my conscience tells me 'tis an act
I may hereafter boast of, yet I'll pass
Unto our Lady's chapel, when 'tis done,
To be confess'd, ere I am seen of any.

PET. I am proud to see thee so well given.
Take 'em, [my] girl, and with 'em take my prayers.

AUR. He wakes; pray, leave me, sir.

    [_Exit_ PETRUCHIO.

So I'll make fast
The door: goodness, bear witness 'tis a potent
Power outweighs my duty.

ANT. Amazement! on what tenters do you stretch [me].
O, how this alteration wracks my reason! I m[ust try]
To find the axletree on which it hangs!
Am I asleep?

AUR. Shake off thy wonder; leave that seat; 'twas set
To sink thy body for ever from the eyes
Of human sight; to tell thee how would be
A fatal means to both our ruins----briefly,
My love has broke the bands of nature
With my father to give you being.

ANT. Happy, [O] happy vision! the bless'd preparative
To this same hour; my joy would burst me else.

AUR. Receive me to thy arms.

ANT. I would not wish to live but for thee: [but for thee,]
Life were a trouble; welcome to my soul.

AUR. Stand; I have a ceremony
To offer to our safety, ere we go.

    [_She takes a dog, and ties it to the chair: she stamps: the
        chair and dog descend: a pistol-shot within: a noise of
        a mill._

Had not my love, like a kind branch
Of some o'erlooking tree, catch'd thee,
Thou'dst fallen, never to look upon the world again.

ANT. What shall I offer to my life's preserver?

AUR. Only thy heart, crown'd with a wreath of love.
Which I will ever keep; and in exchange
Deliver mine.

ANT. Thus I deliver: in this kiss receive't.

AUR. In the same form Aurelia yields up hers.

    [_A noise._

ANT. What noise is that?

AUR. I fear my father.

ANT. What's to be done?

AUR. Through the back-ward, of which I have
The key, we'll suddenly make 'scape;
Then in two gowns, of which I am provided,
We'll clothe ourselves, till we be pass'd all fear.

ANT. Be't as you please: 'tis my good genius' will
That I obey--command; I'll follow still.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Enter_ PETRUCHIO _with servants_.

PET. She's gone unto her prayers; may every bead
Draw down a blessing on her, that like seed
May grow into a harvest: 'tis a girl
My age is proud of; she's indeed the model
Of her dead mother's virtues, as of shape.
Bear hence this banquet.

    [_Exit with the banquet._

    GIOVANNO _is discovered sleeping in the lap of_ EVADNE.

EVAD. Thou silent god, that with the leaden mace
Arresteth all save those prodigious birds,
That are fate's heralds to proclaim all ill;
Deafen Giovanno: let no fancied noise
Of ominous screech-owl's or night-raven's voice
Affright his quiet senses: let his sleep
Be free from horror or unruly dreams;
That may beget a tempest in the streams
Of his calm reason: let 'em run as smooth,
And with as great a silence, as those do
That never took an injury; where no wind
Had yet acquaintance: but like a smooth crystal
Dissolv'd into a water that ne'er frown'd,
Or knew a voice but music.

    _Enter_ ANTONIO _and_ AURELIA _in hermits' gowns_.

Holy hermits, for such your habits speak you,
Join your prayers with a distressed virgin's,
That the wits of this distracted young man may
Be settled.

ANT. Sure, 'tis my sister, and that
Sleeping man, Giovanno. She loves him still.

    [_He wakes._

GIO. O, what a blessedness am I bereft of!
What pleasure has the least part of a minute
Stolen from my eyes? methought I did embrace
A brother and a friend; and both Antonio.

EVAD. Bless'd be those gentle powers that----

GIO. What, Evadne----have deceived my eyes,
Take heed, Evadne, worship not a dream,
'Tis of a smoky substance, and will shrink
Into the compass of report that 'twas,
And not reward the labour of a word.
Were it substantial! could I now but see
That man of men, I'd by my practice
Of religious prayers add to the calendar
One holy-day, and keep it once a year.

ANT. Behold Antonio!

EVAD. Brother!

    [_To_ ANTONIO.

AUR. Brother!

    [_To_ GIOVANNO.

ANT. What earthquake shakes my heart!
With what a speed she flew into his arms!

EVAD. Some power, that hearkens to the prayer of virgins,
Has been distill'd to pity at my fortunes,
And made Evadne happy.

AUR. Now my longing,
That was grown big, is with your sight delivered
Of a joy that will become a giant, and o'ercome me.
Welcome, thrice welcome, brother.

ANT. Ha, her brother! Fortune has bound me so
Much in their debts, I must despair to pay 'em:
Twice has my life been by these twins of goodness
Pluck'd from the hand of death; that fatal enmity
Between our houses here shall end,
Though my father at his death commanded me
To eternity of hatred.
What tie binds stronger than reprieve from death?
Come hither, friend. Now, brother, take her,
Thou'st been a noble tailor.

GIO. Be moderate, my joys, do not o'erwhelm me:
Here, take Aurelia: may you live happy!
O Antonio! this, this was the cause of my disguise;
Sebastiano could not win Evadne's love,
But Giovanno did; come now to our father's castle.

ANT. Pardon me; there is a bar, that does
Concern my life, forbids you as a friend
To think on going to any place
But to the tailor's house, which is not far.
Come: as we go, I will relate the cause.

AUR. Do, good brother.

EVAD. Go, good Sebastiano.

GIO. Sebastiano is your page, and bound to follow:
Lead on.

ANT. O noble temper, I admire thee! may
The world bring forth such tailors every day.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Enter three_ TAILORS _on a shop-board_.

1ST TAI. Come, come, let's work; for if my guesses point the
right, we shan't work long.

3D TAI. I care not how soon. I have a notable stomach to bread.

2D TAI. Dost hear, I suspect that courtier my master brought in
last night to be the king; which if it be, bullies, all the bread
in the town shan't satisfy us, for we will eat _Cum privilegio_.

1ST TAI. Come, let's have a device, a thing, a song, boy.

3D TAI. Come, an air----

    THE SONG.

1ST TAI. _'Tis a merry life we live,
    All our work is brought unto us;
    Still are getting, never give,
    For their clothes all men do woo us:
    Yet (unkind) they blast our names
    With aspersions of dishonour:
    For which we make bold with their dames,
    When we take our measure on her._

ALL TAI. _For which we, &c._

    _Enter_ ANTONIO, GIOVANNO, _and the_ OLD TAILOR.

O. TAI. You see the life we live; (_To the_ TAILORS) cease.

ANT. O, 'tis a merry one.

GIO. It is no news to me, I have been us'd to't.

O. TAI. Now for discovery; the king as yet
Is ignorant of your names, and shall be
Till your merits beg your pardon.
My lord, you are for Machiavel; take this gown.

ANT. Pray for success.

    [_Exit_ ANTONIO.

O. TAI. You, in this French disguise, for proud Philippa;
This is her garment. I hear the king: begone:
The Frenchman's folly sit upon your tongue.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Enter the_ KING, EVADNE, _and_ AURELIA.

KING. Believe me, tailor, you've outstripp'd the court,
For such perfections live not everywhere;
Nature was vex'd (as she's a very shrew),
She made all others in an angry mood;
These only she can boast for masterpieces:
The rest want something or in mind or form,
These are precisely made: a critic jury
Of cavilling arts cannot condemn a scruple.

AUR. But that your entrance in this formal speech
Betray'd you are a courtier, I had been angry
At your rank flattery.

KING. Can you say so?

EVAD. Sir, she has spoke my meaning.

KING. Friend, what are those beauties call'd.

    [_Aside._

O. TAI. Your grace's pardon.

KING. Are they oracle, or is the knowledge fatal?
But that I know thy faith, this denial
Would conjure a suspicion in my breast;
Use thy prerogative; 'tis thy own house,
In which you are a king, and I your guest.
Come, ladies.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Enter_ ANTONIO _disguised like a physician_.

ANT. This habit will do well, and less suspected;
Wrapp'd i' this cover lives a kingdom's plague;
They kill with licence; Machi'vel's proud dame,
'Tis famed, is sick: upon my soul, howe'er
Her health may be, the aguish commons cry;
She's a disease they groan for: this disguise
Shall sift her ebon soul, and if she be
Infectious, like a megrim or rot limb,
The sword of justice must divide the joint
That holds her to the state-endanger'd body--
She comes.

    _Enter_ MACHIAVEL, AURISTELLA _leaning on his arm, with two
        Servants_.

MACH. Look up, my Auristella;
Better the sun forsake his course to bless
With his continuing beams th' Antipodes,
And we grovel for ever in eternal night,
Than death eclipse thy rich and stronger light.
Seek some physician: horror to my soul!
She faints; I'd rather lose the issue of my hopes
Than Auristella.

ANT. Issue of his hopes? strange!--

    [_Aside._

MACH. The crown's enjoyment can yield no content
Without the presence of my Auristella.

ANT. Crown's enjoyment!
O villain!

MACH. Why stir you not? fetch me some skilful man,
My kingdom shall reward him; if his art
Chain her departing soul unto her flesh
But for a day, till she be crown'd a queen:
Fly, bring him unto this walk.

ANT. Stay,
Most honoured count--now for a forged link
Of flattery to chain me to his love.

    [_Aside._

Having with studious care gone o'er the art
Folly terms magic, which more sublime souls
Skill'd i' the stars know is above that mischief,
I find you're born to be 'bove vulgar greatness,
Even to a throne: but stay, let's fetch this lady.

MACH. All greatness without her is slavery.

ANT. Use modest violence.

AUR. O!

ANT. Stand wider, give her air.

MACH. God-like physician, I and all that's mine,
Will at thy feet offer a sacrifice.

ANT. Forfend it, goodness; I--nay all,
Ere many hours [do] make the now young day
A type of sparkling youth, shall on their knees
Pray for your highness.

MACH. Look up, my Auristella, and be great;
Rise with the sun, but never to decline.

AUR. What have you done?

MACH. Wak'd thee to be a queen.

AUR. A queen! O, don't dissemble; you have robb'd me
Of greater pleasure than the fancied bliss
Elysium owns: O, for a pleasure real, that
Would appear in all unto my dream: that I may
Frown, and then kill: smile, and create again.
Were there a hell, as doating age would have,
To fright from lawless courses heedless youth:
For such a short-liv'd happiness as that
I would be lost unto eternity.

MACH. The day grows old in hours:
Come, Auristella, to the capital;
The greybeard senate shall on humble knees
Pay a religious sacrifice of praise
Unto thy demi-deity: the stars
Have in a general senate made thee queen
Of this our world. Great master of thy art,
Confirm my love.

ANT. Madam----

MACH. Nay, hear him, love;
Believe me, he's a man that may
Be secretary to the gods; he is alone
In art; 'twere sin to name a second: all are
Dunces to him.

ANT. How easy is the faith of the ambitious!

    [_Aside._

MACH. Follow me to the council.

    [_Exit._

AUR. Are you the man my husband speaks so high of?
Are you skill'd i' the stars?

ANT. Yes, madam.

AUR. Your habit says, or you abuse the custom,[35]
You're a physician?

ANT. Madam, I'm both.[36]

AUR. And d'ye find no let that stops my rising?

ANT. Not any.

AUR. Away, your skill is dull--dull to derision.
There is a star fix'd i' the heaven of greatness,
That sparkles with a rich and fresher light
Than our sick and defective taper.

ANT. It may be so the horoscope is troubled.

AUR. Confusion take your horoscope and you!
Can you with all your art advise my fears,
How to confound this constellation?

ANT. Death, how she conjures!

    [_Aside._

Madam, I must search into the planets.

AUR. Planet me no planets; be a physician,
And from your study of industrious poisons
Fetch me your best-experienc'd speedy one,
And bring it to me straight: what 'tis to do,
Like unresolved riddles, [is] hid from you.

    [_Exit._

ANT. Planet, said I? upon my life, no planet
Is so swift as her never-resting evil--
That is her tongue: well, I'll not question
What the poison is for; if for herself,
The common hangman's eas'd the labour
Of a blow; for if she live, her head
Must certain off; the poison I'll go get,
And give it her, then to the king:
If Sebastiano's Frenchified disguise
Purchase the like discovery, our eyes
Will be too scanty; we had need to be
All eye to watch such haughty villany.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO _and_ PHILIPPA.

GIO. Begare, madam, me make de gowne so brave; O, de hole
vorle[37] be me patron; me ha vorke for le grand duches le
Shevere, le royne de Francia, Spagna, de Angleter, and all d'
fine madamosels.

PHIL. Nay, monsieur, to deprive desert of praise is unknown
language; troth, I use it not; nay, it is very well.

GIO. Be me trot, a, madam, me ner do ill, de English man do ill,
de Spanere do, de Duch, de all do ill but your Franchman, and,
begare, he do incomparable brave.

PHIL. Y' are too proud on't.

GIO. Begare, me no proud i de vorle, me speak be me trot de trut,
ang me no lie: metra, madam, begare, you have de find bode a de
vorle, O de fine brave big ting me have ever measure, me waire
fit it so pat.[38]

    _Enter_ RAYMOND.

PHIL. Welcome, my lord!
Shall I still long, yet lose my longing still?
Is there no art to mount the lofty seat?
No engine that may make us ever great?
Must we be still styl'd subjects, and for fear
Our closest whispers reach the awing ear,
Not trust the wind?

RAY. Be calm, my love;
Ha! who have we here? an eavesdropper?

GIO. Me, signor, be pover a jentle homa a Franch
A votre commandement.

PHIL. My tailor.

GIO. Oui, monsieur, de madam tailor.

RAY. Some happy genius does attend my wishes,
Or, spirit-like, a page conducts unto me
The ministers whose sweat must send me ease:[39]
Come hither, Frenchman, canst thou rule thy tongue?
Art not too much a woman?

GIO. No, begare, me show someting for de man.

RAY. Or canst thou be like a perverse one--profess doggedness?
Be as a dead man dumb, briefly be this:
A friend to France, and with a silent speed
Post to our now approaching armed friends:
Tell them that Raymond, ere the hasty sand
Of a short hour be spent, shall be impal'd,
And on his brow, a deputy for France,
Support a golden wreath of kingly cares:
Bid 'em make haste to pluck my partner down
Into his grave; begone, as thou nursest
In thy breast thoughts that do thirst
For nobleness: be secret, and thou'rt made;
If not, thou'rt nothing. Mark, 'tis Raymond says it:
And, as I live, I breathe not, if my deeds
Appear not in a horror 'bove my words.

GIO. Begare, me no ned de threaten, me be as close to your
secret, or my lady's secrets, as de skin to de flesh--de flesh to
de bone: if me tell, call me de--vat de ye call de moder o de
dog, de bich; call me de son o de bich.

    _Enter_ FULGENTIO.

FUL. Count Machiavel waits your honour i' th' hall.

RAY. Do't, and be more than common in our favour;
Here, take this ring for thy more credit:
Farewell, be quick and secret.

    [_Exeunt._

GIO. Folly go
From my tongue, the French so nigh. And thou,
Half-ruin'd Spain, so wretchedly provided:
[O] strange, yet not; all countries have bred monsters:
'Tis a proverb--plain as true, and aged as 'tis both:[40]
_One tainted sheep mars a whole flock._
Machiavel, that tainted beast, whose spreading ills
Infecteth all, and by infecting kills.
I'll to the French, what he intends to be
Our ruin shall confound their villany.

    [_Exit._



ACT V., SCENE 1.


    _Enter the_ KING, ANTONIO, OLD TAILOR, EVADNE, AURELIA. _The_
        KING _and_ ANTONIO _whisper_.

KING. For this discovery be still Antonio;
The frowning law may with a furrowed face
Hereafter look upon, but ne'er shall touch
Thy condemn'd body. Here from a king's hand
Take thy Aurelia; our command shall smoothe
The rising billows of her father's rage,
And charm it to a calm: let one be sent
To certify our pleasure. We would see him.

O. TAI. Your grace's will shall be in all obey'd.

KING. Thy loyal love makes thy king poor.

O. TAI. Let not your judgment, royal sir, be question'd.
To term that love was but a subject's duty.

    [_Exit._

KING. You sent the poison, did you?

ANT. Yes, and it like your grace; the apothecary
Call'd it a strong provocative to madness.

KING. Did not he question what you us'd it for?

ANT. O, my disguise sav'd him that labour, sir;
My habit, that was more physician than myself,
Told him 'twas to despatch some property,[41]
That had been tortur'd with five thousand drugs
To try experiment: another man
Shan't buy the quantity of so much ratsbane
Shall kill a flea, but shall be had, forsooth,
Before a justice, be question'd; nay, perhaps
Confin'd to peep through an iron grate:
When your physician may poison who [pleaseth him],
Not, _cum privilegio_: it is his trade.

    _Enter_ GIOVANNO.

EVAD. O my Sebastiano!

GIO. Peace, my Evadne, the king must not yet know me.

EVAD. My brother has already made you known.

GIO. Will't please your highness?

KING. What, Sebastiano, to be still a king
Of universal Spain without a rival?
Yes, it does please me, and you ministers
Of my still growing greatness shall ere long
Find I am pleas'd with you, that boldly durst
Pluck from the fixed arm of sleeping justice.
Her long-sheath'd sword, and whet the rusty blade
Upon the bones of Mach'vel, and his
Confederate rebels.

GIO. That, my lord, is yet
To do: let him mount higher, that
His fall may be too deep for resurrection;[42]
They're gone to the great hall, whither will't please
Your grace disguis'd to go? your person by
Our care shall be secure. Their French troops I
Have sent as useless into France, by virtue
Of Raymond's ring, which he gave me to bid
The general by that token to march
To this city.

KING. What say the colonels?
Will they assist me?

ANT. Doubt not, my lord.

KING. Come, then, let's go guarded, with such as you
'Twere sin to fear, were all the world untrue.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Enter_ TAILORS.

O. TAI. Now for the credit of tailors.

3D TAI. Nay, master, and we do not act, as they say, with any
players in the globe of the world, let us be baited like a bull
for a company of strutting coxcombs: nay, we can act, I can tell
you.

O TAI. Well, I must to the king; see you be perfect. I'll move it
to his highness.

    [_Exit._

1ST TAI. Now, my masters, are we to do; d'ye mark me? do--

3D TAI.[43] Do! what do?--Act, act, you fool you: do, said you,
what do? you a player, you a plasterer, a mere dirt-dauber, and
not worthy to be mentioned with Vermin, that exact actor: do, I
am asham'd on't, fie!

2D TAI. Well said, Vermin, thou ticklest him, faith.

4TH TAI. Do, pah!

1ST TAI. Well, play; we are to play a play.

3D TAI. Play a play a play, ha, ha, ha! O egredious
nonsensensical widgeon, thou shame to our cross-legged
corporation; thou fellow of a sound, play a play! why
forty-pound Golding of the beggars' theatre speaks better, yet
has a mark for the sage audience to exercise their dexterity, in
throwing of rotten apples, whilst my stout actor pockets, and
then eats up, the injury: play a play! it makes my worship laugh,
i' faith.

2D TAI. To him, Vermin; thou bitt'st him, i' faith.

1ST TAI. Well, act a play before the king.

2D TAI. What play shall we act?

3D TAI. To fret the French the more, we will act _Strange but
True, or the Stradling Mounsieur, with the Neapolitan gentleman
between his legs_.

2D TAI. That would not act well.

3D TAI. O giant of incomparable ignorance! that would not act
well, ha, ha! that would not do well, you ass, you!

2D TAI. You bit him for saying _do_: Vermin, leave biting; you'd
best.

1ST TAI. What say you to our Spanish Bilbo?

3D TAI. Who, Jeronimo?

1ST TAI. Ay.

3D TAI. That he was a mad rascal to stab himself.

1ST TAI. But shall we act him?

2D TAI. Ay, let us do him.

3D TAI. Do again, ha!

2D TAI. No, no, let us act him.

3D TAI. I am content.

1ST TAI. Who shall act the ghost?

3D TAI. Why, marry that will I--I Vermin.

1ST TAI. Thou dost not look like a ghost.

3D TAI. A little player's deceit, howe'er,[44] will do't. Mark me.
I can rehearse, make me rehearse some:[45]
"When this eternal substance of the soul
Did live emprison'd in my wanton flesh,
I was a tailor in the court of Spain."

2D TAI. Courtier Vermin in the court of Spain.

3D TAI. Ay, there's a great many courtiers _Vermin_ indeed:
Those are they beg poor men's livings;
But, I say, tailor Vermin is a court-tailor.

2D TAI. Who shall act Jeronimo?

3D TAI. That will I:
Mark if I do not gape wider than the widest
Mouth'd fowler of them all, hang me!
"Who calls Jeronimo from his naked bed? ha-ugh?"
Now for the passionate part--
"Alas! it is my son Horatio."

1ST TAI. Very fine: but who shall act Horatio?

2D TAI. Ay, who shall do your son?

3D TAI. What do, do again? well, I will act Horatio.

2D TAI. Why, you are his father.

3D TAI. Pray, who is fitter to act the son than the father
That begot him?

1ST TAI. Who shall act Prince Balthazar and the king?

3D TAI. I will do Prince Balthazar too: and, for the king,
Who but I? which of you all has such a face for a king,
Or such a leg to trip up the heels of a traitor?

2D TAI. You will do all, I think.

3D TAI. Yes, marry, will I; who but Vermin? yet I will
Leave all to play the king:
Pass by, Jeronimo!

2D TAI. Then you are for the king?

3D TAI. Ay, bully, ay.

1ST TAI. Let's go seek our fellows, and to this gear.

3D TAI. Come on then.

    [_Exeunt._

    _A table and stools set. Enter_ BRAVO.

BRA. Men of our needful profession, that deal in such commodities
as men's lives, had need to look about 'em ere they traffic: I am
to kill Raymond, the devil's cousin-german, for he wears the same
complexion: but there is a right devil that hath hired me--that's
Count Machiavel. Good table, conceal me; here will I wait my
watchword: but stay, have I not forgot it--_Then_--Ay, then is my
arm to enter. I hear them coming.

    [_Goes under the table._

    _Enter the_ KING, ANTONIO, OLD TAILOR, EVADNE, AURELIA,
        _above_. MACHIAVEL, RAYMOND, PHILIPPA, AURISTELLA,
        GIOVANNO, _the Colonels with a Guard below_.

MACH. Pray, take your seats.

RAY. [_To_ PHILIPPA.] Not well? prythee, retire.

PHIL. Sick, sick at heart.

AUR. Well-wrought poison! O, how joy swells me!

    [_Aside._

ANT. You see, my lord, the poison is box'd up.

    [_Above._

PHIL. Health wait upon this royal company.

KING. Knows she we are here?

ANT. O no, my lord, 'tis to the twins of treason:
Machiavel and Raymond.

FUL. Royal! there's something in't.

ALER. It smells rank o' th' traitor.

PAN. Are you i' th' wind on't?

AUR. Will you leave us?

PHIL. I cannot stay; O, I am sick to death!

    [_Exit._

AUR. Or I'll never trust poison more.

    [_Aside._

MACH. Pray, seat yourselves,
Gentlemen; though your deserts have merit,

    [_They sit about the table._

And your worths have deserv'd nobly;
But ingratitude, that should be banish'd
From a prince's breast, is Philip's favourite.

KING. [_Above._] Philip, traitor! why not king? I am so.

ANT. Patience, good my lord; I'll down.

    [_Exit._

MACH. It lives too near him:
You, that have ventur'd with expense of blood
And danger of your lives, to rivet him
Unto his seat with peace: you, that in war
He term'd his Atlases, and press'd with praises
Your brawny shoulders; call'd you his Colossuses,
And said your looks frighted tall war
Out of his territories: now in peace [behold]
The issue of your labour. This bad man--
Philip, I mean--made of ingratitude,
Wo' not afford a name, that may distinguish
Your worthy selves from cowards; [while]
Civet cats spotted with rats'-dung,
Or a face, like white broth strew'd o'er with currants
For a stirring caper or itching dance, to please
My lady Vanity, shall be made a smock-knight.

KING. [_Above._] Villain! must our disgrace mount thee?

FUL. To what tends this?

ALER. What means Count Machiavel?

    _Enter_ ANTONIO _below_.

AUR. To be your king; fie on this circumstance!
My longing will not brook it: say,
Will you obey us as your kings and queens.

    [_Aside._

FUL. My Lord Antonio!

ANT. Confine yourselves, the king is within hearing; therefore
make show of liking Machiavel's plot: let him mount high, his
fall will be the deeper: my life, you shall be safe.

    [_Aside._

AUR. Say, are you agreed?

RAY. If not, we'll force you to't:
Speak, Frenchman, are our forces i' th' city?

GIO. Oui, mounsier.

ALER. }
FUL.  } We acknowledge you our king.
PAN.  }

KING. More traitors!

MACH. Why----_then_.

    [_The_ BRAVO _stabs_ RAYMOND.

RAY. Ha! from whence this sudden mischief?
Did you not see a hand arm'd with the fatal
Ruin of my life?

GIO. Non pas, signor.

MACH. Ha, ha, ha! lay hold on those French soldiers:
Away with them!

    [_Exeunt Guard with the French Colonels._

RAY. Was't thy plot, Machiavel? go laughing to thy grave.

    [_Stabs him._

AUR. Alas! my lord is wounded.

RAY. Come hither, Frenchman, make a dying man
Bound to thy love; go to Philippa,
Sickly as she is, bring her unto me;
Or my flying soul will not depart in peace else:
Prythee, make haste: yet stay, I have not breath
To pay thy labour.
Shrink ye, you twin-born Atlases, that bear
This my near-ruin'd world; have you not strength
To bear a curse, whose breath may taint the air,
That this globe may feel an universal plague?
No; yet bear up, till with a vengeful eye
I outstare day, and from the dogged sky
Pluck my impartial star. O, my blood
Is frozen in my veins--farewell, revenge--me--

    [_Dies._

ALER. They need no law.

FUL. Nor hangman.

PAN. They condemn and execute without a jury.

    _Enter_ PHILIPPA _mad_.

PHIL. I come, I come; nay, fly not, for by hell
I'll pluck thee by the beard, and drag thee thus
Out of thy fiery cave. Ha! on yonder hill
Stand troops of devils waiting for my soul:
But I'll deceive 'em, and, instead of mine,
Send this same spotted tiger's.

    [_Stabs_ AURISTELLA.

AUR. O!

PHIL. So, whilst they to hell
Are posting with their prize, I'll steal to heaven:
Wolf, dost thou grin? ha! is my Raymond dead?
So ho, so ho! come back
You sooty fiends, that have my Raymond's soul,
Or[46] lay it down, or I will force you do't:
No, won't you stir? by Styx, I'll bait you for't:
Where is my crown? Philippa was a queen,
Was she not, ha? Why so, where is my crown?
O, you have hid it--ha, was't thou

    [_Overthrows the table._

That robb'd Philippa of her Raymond's life?
Nay, I will nip your wings, you shall not fly;
I'll pluck you by the guarded front, and thus
Sink you to hell before me.

    [_Stabs the_ BRAVO.

BRAVO. O, O!

PHIL. What, down, ho, ho, ho!
Laugh, laugh, you souls that fry in endless flames;
Ha, whence this chilness--must I die? Nay, then
I come, I come; nay, weep not, for I come:
Sleep, injur'd shadow; O, death strikes [me] dumb!

    [_Dies._

AUR. Machi'vel, thy hand, I can't repent, farewell:
My burthened conscience sinks me down to hell.

    [_Dies._

MACH. I cannot tarry long, farewell; we'll meet,
Where we shall never part: if here be any
My life has injur'd, let your charity
Forgive declining Machi'vel: I'm sorry.

ANT. His penitence works strongly on my temper.
Off, disguise; see, falling count, Antonio forgives thee.

MACH. Antonio? O my shame!
Can you, whom I have injur'd most, pardon my guilt?
Give me thy hand yet nearer: this embrace
Betrays thee to thy death: ha, ha, ha!

    [_Stabs him._

So weeps the Egyptian monster when it kills,
Wash'd in a flood of tears; couldst ever think
Machi'vel's repentance could come from his heart?
No, down, Colossus, author of my sin,
And bear the burthen mingled with thine own,
To finish thy damnation.

    _Enter the_ KING, AURELIA, EVADNE, OLD TAILOR.

KING. Accursed villain! thou hast murther'd him,
That holds not one small drop of royal blood,
But what is worth thy life.

EVAD. O my brother!

GIO. Give him some air, the wound cannot be mortal.

AUR. Alas! he faints: O my Antonio!
Curs'd Machi'vel, may thy soul----

ANT. Peace, peace, Aurelia; be more merciful:
Men are apt to censure, and will condemn
Thy passion, call it madness, and say thou
Want'st religion: nay, weep not, sweet,
For every one must die: it was thy love
For to deceive the law, and give me life:
But death, you see, has reach'd me: O, I die;
Blood must have blood, so speaks the law of heaven:
I slew the governor; for which rash deed
Heaven, fate, and man thus make Antonio bleed.

    [_Dies._

MACH. Sleep, sleep, great heart, thy virtue made me ill:
Authors of vice, 'tis fit the vicious kill:
But yet forgive me: O, my once great heart
Dissolves like snow, and lessens to a rheum,
Cold as the envious blasts of northern wind:
World, how I lov'd thee, 'twere a sin to boast;
Farewell, I now must leave thee; [for] my life
Grows empty with my veins: I cannot stand; my breath
Is, as my strength, weak; and both seiz'd by death.
Farewell, ambition! catching at a crown,
Death tripp'd me up, and headlong threw me down.

    [_Dies._

KING. So falls an exhalation from the sky,
And's never miss'd because unnatural;
A birth begotten by incorporate ill;
Whose usher to the gazing world is wonder.

    _Enter_ PETRUCHIO.

Alas! good man, thou'rt come unto a sight
Will try thy temper, whether joy or grief
Shall conquer most within thee; joy lies here,
Scatter'd in many heaps: these, when they liv'd,
Threaten'd to tear this balsam from our brow,
And rob our majesty of this elixir.

    [_Points to his crown._

Is't not my right? Was I not heir to Spain?

PET. You are our prince, and may you live
Long to enjoy your right!

KING. But now look here, 'tis plain grief has a hand
Harder than joy; it presses out such tears.
Nay, rise.

PET. I do beseech your grace not to think me
Contriver of Antonio's 'scape from death;
'Twas my disloyal daughter's breach of duty.

KING. That's long since pardon'd.

PET. You're still merciful.

KING. Antonio was thy son; I sent for thee
For to confirm it, but he is dead:
Be merciful, and do not curse the hand
That gave it him, though it deserve it.

AUR. O my griefs, are you not strong enough
To break my heart? Pray, tell me--tell me true
Can it be thought a sin? or is it so
By my own hand to ease my breast of woe?

KING. Alas! poor lady, rise; thy father's here.

PET. Look up, Aurelia; ha! why do you kneel?

    [_To_ GIOVANNO.

GIO. For a blessing.

PET. Why she is not Aurelia----do not mock me.

KING. But he is Sebastiano, and your son;
Late by our hand made happy by enjoying
The fair Evadne, dead Antonio's sister:
[Her,] for whose sake he became a tailor,
And so long lived in that mean disguise.

PET. My joy had been too great if he had liv'd;
The thrifty heavens mingle our sweets with gall,
Lest, being glutted with excess of good,
We should forget the giver. Rise, Sebastiano,
With thy happy choice; may'st thou live crown'd
With the enjoyment of those benefits
My prayers shall beg for [thee]: rise, Aurelia,
And in some place, bless'd with religious prayers,
Spend thy left remnant.[47]

AUR. You advise well: indeed, it was a fault
To break the bonds of duty and of law;
But love, O love! thou, whose all-conquering pow'r
Builds castles on the hearts of easy maids,
And makes 'em strong e'en to[48] attempt those dangers
That, but rehears'd before, would fright their souls
Into a jelly. Brother, I must leave you;
And, father, when I send to you a note
That shall desire a yearly stipend to
That holy place my tired feet has found
To rest them in, pray, confirm it.
And now, great king, Aurelia begs of you
To grace Antonio in the mournful march
Unto his grave, which be where you think fit:
We need not be interr'd both in one vault.

KING. Bless'd virgin, thy desires I will perform.

AUR. Then I leave you; my prayers shall still attend you,
As I hope yours shall accompany me.
Father, your blessing, and ere long expect
To hear where I am entertain'd a nun.
Brother and sister, to you both adieu;
Antonio dead, Aurelia marries new.

    [_Exit._

PET. Farewell, [my] girl; when I remember thee,
The beads I drop shall be my tears.

    _Enter_ VERMIN _in a cloak for the prologue_.

KING. She's to all virgins a true mirror.
They that would behold true love, reflect on her:
There 'tis engross'd.

3D TAI. Great king, our grace----

O. TAI. The king is sad, you must not act.

3D TAI. How? not act? Shall not Vermin act?

O. TAI. Yes, you shall act, but not now; the king is indispos'd.

3D TAI. Well, then, some other time, I, Vermin; the king will act
before the king.

O. TAI. Very good; pray, make your _exit_.

3D TAI. I'll muster up all the tailors in the town, and so tickle
their sides.

    [_The_ KING _and_ GIOVANNO _whisper_.

O. TAI. Nay, thou'rt a right Vermin; go, be not troublesome.

    [_Exit_ VERMIN.

GIO. Upon my truth and loyalty, great king, what they did was but
feign'd, merely words without a heart: 'twas by Antonio's counsel.

KING. Thou art all truth: rise.

    [_The Colonels kneel._

OMNES. Long live King Philip in the calm of peace to exercise his
regal clemency!

KING. Take up Antonio's body, and let the rest
Find Christian burial: mercy befits a king.
Come, trusty tailor,
And to all countries let swift fame report
King Philip made a tailor's house his court.

O. TAI. Your grace much honours me.

KING. We can't enough pay thy alone deserts;
Kings may be poor when subjects are like thee,
So fruitful in all loyal virtuous deeds:
March with the body, we'll perform all rites
Of sable ceremony: that done,
We'll to our court, since all our own is won.

    [_Exeunt._[49]

       *       *       *       *       *



LUST'S DOMINION

OR

THE LASCIVIOUS QUEEN.



_EDITION._


_Lusts Dominion; or, The Lascivious Queen. A Tragedie. Written by
   Christofer Marloe, Gent. London, Printed for F. K., and are to
   be sold by Robert Pollard, at the sign of Ben Johnson's head,
   on the back-side of the Old-Exchange._ 1657. 12^{mo}.



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

ELEAZAR, _the Moor, Prince of Fez and Barbary_.
PHILIP, _King of Spain, father to Fernando, Philip, and Isabella_.
FERNANDO, _King of Spain_, }
                           } _sons to Philip_.
PHILIP, _Prince of Spain_, }
ALVERO, _a nobleman, and father-in-law to Eleazar, and father to
    Hortenzo and Maria_.
MENDOZA, _the cardinal_.
CHRISTOFERO, }
             } _two noblemen of Spain_.
RODERIGO,    }
HORTENZO, _lover to Isabella, and son to Alvero_.
ZARACK,    }
           } _two Moors attending Eleazar_.
BALTHAZAR, }
COLE, }
      } _two friars_.
CRAB, }
EMMANUEL, _King of Portugal_.
CAPTAIN, SOLDIERS, _cum aliis_.
_Two Pages attending the queen._


THE QUEEN-MOTHER OF SPAIN, _and wife to King Philip_.
ISABELLA, _the Infanta of Spain_.
MARIA, _wife to Eleazar, and daughter to Alvero_.


    _The Scene, Spain._



PREFACE.


[This play was printed in 12^o, 1657 and 1661, with the name of
Christopher Marlowe on the title as the author, than which few
things are more improbable. Yet Dilke, who printed the piece in
his series (1816), believed it to be really by Marlowe, and
considered it superior to his "Faustus." He observes:] "In
particular passages, and some whole scenes, 'Faustus' has great
beauties; but it must have been principally indebted for its
success to the superstitious ignorance of the times; 'Lust's
Dominion' is a much better play." Dilke continues, "It was
altered by Mrs Behn, and performed at the Duke of York's Theatre
in 1671, under the title of 'Abdelazar;' and probably furnished
hints for the admirable tragedy of 'The Revenge.' But,
notwithstanding the luxuriance of imagery in the first scenes,
the exquisite delicacy of the language that is throughout given
to Maria, and the great beauty of parts, 'it has too much of
"King Cambyses'" vein--rape, and murder, and superlatives;' and
if the stage be intended as a portraiture of real character, such
representations tend only to excite a disgust and abhorrence of
human nature: with the exception of the innocent Maria, the
fiery Philip, Isabella, Alvero, and Hortenzo, there is not one
with whom our feelings hold communion. The open representation of
the Devil in 'Faustus' is less offensive than the introduction of
him here in the garb of a Moor; but the philanthropy of our
ancestors was not shocked at any representation of an African or
an Israelite."

Mr Collier[50] remarks, "Thomas Dekker, in partnership with
William Haughton and John Day, was the author of 'The Spanish
Moor's Tragedy,' which Malone, by a strange error, calls 'The
Spanish Morris,' but he gives the right date, January 1599-1600.
The mistake was more important than it may appear at first sight,
as 'The Spanish Moor's Tragedy' was most likely the production
called 'Lust's Dominion,' not printed until 1657, and falsely
attributed to Marlowe. A Spanish Moor is the hero of it, and the
date in Henslowe, of January 1599-1600, corresponds with that of
a tract upon which some of the scenes are even verbally founded.
That Marlowe, who was killed in 1593, and could not, therefore,
be the author of it, requires no further proof."



LUST'S DOMINION;

OR,

THE LASCIVIOUS QUEEN.



ACT I., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ ZARACK, BALTHAZAR, _two Moors, taking tobacco; music
        sounding within_. _Enter_ QUEEN-MOTHER OF SPAIN _with two_
        PAGES. ELEAZAR, _sitting on a chair, suddenly draws the
        curtain_.[51]

ELE. On me does music spend this sound! on me,
That hate all unity! ah, Zarack! [ah,] Balthazar!

QUEEN-M. My gracious lord.

ELE. Are you there with your beagles! hark, you slaves!
Did not I bind you on your lives to watch
That none disturb'd us?

QUEEN-M. Gentle Eleazar.

ELE. There, off: is't you that deaf me with this noise?

    [_Exeunt two Moors._

QUEEN-M. Why is my love's aspèct so grim and horrid?
Look smoothly on me;
Chime out your softest strains of harmony,
And on delicious music's silken wings
Send ravishing delight to my love's ears,
That he may be enamoured of your tunes.
Come, let's kiss.

ELE. Away, away!

QUEEN-M. No, no says ay; and twice away says stay:
Come, come, I'll have a kiss; but if you strive,
For one denial you shall forfeit five.

ELE. Nay, prythee, good queen, leave me;
I am now sick and heavy, dull[52] as lead.

QUEEN-M. I'll make thee lighter by taking something from thee.

ELE. Do: take from me this ague and these fits
That, hanging on me,
Shake me in pieces, and set all my blood
A-boiling with the fire of rage: away, away!
Thou believ'st I jest,
And laugh'st to see
My wrath wear antic shapes! Begone, begone!

QUEEN-M. What means my love?
Burst all those wires, burn all those instruments;
For they displease my Moor. Art thou now pleas'd?
Or wert thou now disturb'd? I'll wage all Spain
To one sweet kiss, this is some new device
To make me fond and long. O, you men
Have tricks to make poor women die for you.

ELE. What, die for me? away!

QUEEN-M. Away, what way? I prythee, speak more kindly;
Why dost thou frown? at whom?

ELE. At thee.

QUEEN-M. At me!
O, why at me? For each contracted frown
A crooked wrinkle interlines my brow:
Spend but one hour in frowns, and I shall look
Like to a beldame of one hundred years.
I prythee, speak to me, and chide me not.
I prythee, chide, if I have done amiss;
But let my punishment be this and this.

    [_Kiss._

I prythee, smile on me, if but awhile,
Then frown on me, I'll die: I prythee, smile.
Smile on me, and these two wanton boys,
These pretty lads that do attend on me,
Shall call thee Jove, shall wait upon thy cup,
And fill thee nectar: their enticing eyes
Shall serve as crystal, wherein thou may'st see
To dress thyself, if thou wilt smile on me.
Smile on me, and with coronets of pearl
And bells of gold, circling their pretty arms,
In a round ivory fount these two shall swim,
And dive to make thee sport:
Bestow one smile, one little, little smile,
And in a net of twisted silk and gold
In my all-naked arms thyself shall lie.

ELE. Why, what to do? Lust's arms do stretch so wide
That none can fill them. I lie there? away![53]

QUEEN-M. Where hast thou learn'd this language, that can say
No more but two rude words, _away, away_?
Am I grown ugly now?

ELE. Ugly as hell.

QUEEN-M. Thou lov'dst me once.

ELE. That can thy bastards tell.

QUEEN-M. What is my sin? I will amend the same.

ELE. Hence, strumpet! use of sin makes thee past shame.

QUEEN-M. Strumpet!

ELE. Ay, strumpet.

QUEEN-M. Too true 'tis, woe is me;
I am a strumpet, but made so by thee.

ELE. By me!
No, no, by these young bawds: fetch thee a glass,
And thou shalt see the balls of both thine eyes
Burning in fire of lust. By me! There's here,
Within this hollow cistern of thy breast,
A spring of hot blood: have not I, to cool it,
Made an extraction to the quintessence
Even of my soul: melted all my spirits,
Ravish'd my youth, deflow'r'd my lovely cheeks,
And dried this, this to an anatomy,
Only to feed your lust?--these boys have ears--

    [_In a whisper._]

Yet wouldst thou murder me.

QUEEN-M. I murder thee!

ELE. I cannot ride through the Castilian streets
But thousand eyes, through windows and through doors,
Throw killing looks at me; and every slave
At Eleazar darts a finger out,
And every hissing tongue cries, "There's the Moor;
That's he that makes a cuckold of our king;
There goes the minion of the Spanish queen;
That's the black prince of devils; there goes he
That on smooth boys, on masques and revellings,
Spend[s] the revenues of the King of Spain."
Who arms this many-headed beast but you?
Murder and lust are twins, and both are thine.
Being weary of me, thou wouldst worry me,
Because some new love makes thee loathe thine old.

QUEEN-M. Eleazar!

ELE. Harlot, I'll not hear thee speak.

QUEEN-M. I'll kill myself unless thou hear'st me speak.
My husband-king upon his deathbed lies,
Yet have I stol'n from him to look on thee:
A queen hath made herself thy concubine,
Yet dost thou now abhor me; hear me speak,
Else shall my sons plague thy adult'rous wrongs,
And tread upon thy heart for murdering me:
This tongue hath murder'd me. Cry murder, boys.

    [_The_ QUEEN _shouts_.]

TWO BOYS. Murder! the queen's murder'd!

ELE. Love, slaves, peace!

TWO BOYS. Murder! the queen's murder'd!

ELE. Stop your throats!
Hark! hush, you squaller. Dear love, look up:
Our chamber-window stares into the court,
And every wide-mouth'd ear, hearing this news,
Will give alarum to the cuckold king:
I did dissemble when I chid my love,
And that dissembling was to try my love.

QUEEN-M. Thou call'dst me strumpet.

ELE. I'll tear out my tongue
From this black temple for blaspheming thee.

QUEEN-M. And when I woo'd thee but to smile on me,
Thou cri'dst away, away, and frown'dst upon me.

ELE. Come, now
I will kiss thee; now I'll smile upon thee;
Call to thy ashy cheeks their wonted red;
Come, frown not, pout not; smile, smile upon me,
And with my poniard will I stab my flesh,
And quaff carouses to thee of my blood;
Whilst in moist nectar kisses thou dost pledge me.
How now, why star'st thou thus?

    [_Knock._

    _Enter_ ZARACK.

ZAR. The king is dead!

ELE. Ah, dead! [ah, dead!] You hear this?
Is't true, is't true? The king [is] dead!
Who dare knock thus?

ZAR. It is the cardinal
Making inquiry if the queen were here.

Ele. See, she is here, [go] tell him; and yet [no--]
Zarack, stay.

    _Enter_ BALTHAZAR.

BAL. Don Roderigo's come to seek the queen.

ELE. Why should Roderigo seek her here?

BAL. The king hath swooned thrice; and, being recovered,
Sends up and down the court to seek her grace.

ELE. The king was dead with you. [_To_ ZARACK.] Run, and with a
    voice
Erected high as mine, say thus, thus threaten,
To Roderigo and the cardinal:
Seek no queens here, I'll broach them, if they do,
Upon my falchion's point:

    [_Knock again._

Again! more knocking!

ZAR. Your father is at hand, my gracious lord.

ELE. Lock all the chambers, bar him out, you apes:
Hither, a vengeance! stir, Eugenia,
You know your old walk underground; away!
So down, hie to the king; quick, quick, you squalls,
Crawl with your dam i' th' dark; dear love, farewell:
One day I hope to shut you up in hell.

    [ELEAZAR _shuts them in_.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ ALVERO.

ALV. Son Eleazar, saw you not the queen?

ELE. Hah!

ALV. Was not the queen here with you?

ELE. Queen with me!
Because, my lord, I'm married to your daughter,
You, like your daughter, will grow jealous:
The queen with me! with me a Moor, a devil,
A slave of Barbary, a dog--for so
Your silken courtiers christen me. But, father,
Although my flesh be tawny, in my veins
Runs blood as red, as royal, as the best
And proudest in Spain; there does, old man.
My father, who with his empire lost his life,
And left me captive to a Spanish tyrant,--
O! Go tell him, _Spanish tyrant_; tell him, do.
He that can lose a kingdom, and not rave,
He's a tame jade; I am not: tell old Philip
I call him tyrant; here's a sword and arms,
A heart, a head, and so, pish!--'tis but death.
Old fellow, she's not here: but ere I die,
Sword, I'll bequeath thee a rich legacy.

ALV. Watch fitter hours to think on wrongs than now;
Death's frozen hand holds royal Philip's heart;
Half of his body lies within a grave;
Then do not now by quarrels shake that state,
Which is already too much ruinate.
Come, and take leave of him, before he die.

    [_Exit._

ELE. I'll follow you. Now, purple villany,
Sit like a robe imperial on my back,
That under thee I closelier may contrive
My vengeance; foul deeds hid do sweetly thrive.
Mischief, erect thy throne, and sit in state
Here, here upon this head; let fools fear fate,
Thus I defy my stars. I care not, I,
How low I tumble down, so I mount high:
Old Time, I'll wait bareheaded at thy heels,
And be a footboy to thy winged hours;
They shall not tell one minute out in sands,
But I'll set down the number; I'll still wake,
And waste these balls of sight by tossing them
In busy observations upon thee.
Sweet opportunity! I'll bind myself
To thee in base apprenticehood so long,
Till on thy naked scalp grow hair as thick
As mine; and all hands shall lay hold on thee,
If thou wilt lend me but thy rusty scythe,
To cut down all that stand within my wrongs
And my revenge. Love, dance in twenty forms
Upon my beauty, that this Spanish dame
May be bewitch'd and doat; her amorous flames
Shall blow up the old king, consume his sons,
And make all Spain a bonfire. This
Tragedy being acted, hers doth begin:
To shed a harlot's blood can be no sin.

    [_Exit._


SCENE III.

    _The Curtain being drawn, there appears in his bed_ KING
        PHILIP, _with his Lords; the_ PRINCESS ISABELLA _at the
        feet_, MENDOZA, ALVERO, HORTENZO, FERNANDO, RODERIGO;
        _and to them enter_ QUEEN _in haste_.

QUEEN-M. Whose was that screech-owl's voice that, like the sound
Of a hell-tortur'd soul, rung through mine ears
Nothing but horrid shrieks, nothing but death?
Whilst I, vailing my knees to the cold earth,
Drowning my wither'd cheeks in my warm tears,
And stretching out my arms to pull from heaven
Health for the royal majesty of Spain,
All cried, the majesty of Spain is dead!
That last word _dead_ struck through the echoing air
Rebounded on my heart, and smote me down
Breathless to the cold earth, and made me leave
My prayers for Philip's life; but, thanks to heaven,
I see him live, and lives (I hope) to see
Unnumber'd years to guide this empery.

KING P. The number of my years ends in one day:
Ere this sun's down, all a king's glory sets,
For all our lives are but death-counterfeits.
Father Mendoza, and you peers of Spain,
Dry your wet eyes; for sorrow wanteth force
T' inspire a breathing soul in a dead corse;
Such is your king. Where's Isabella, our daughter?

MEN. At your bed's feet, confounded in her tears.

KING P. She of your grief the heaviest burthen bears;
You can but lose a king, but she a father.

QUEEN-M. She bear the heaviest burthen! O, say rather
I bear, and am borne down; my sorrowing
Is for a husband's loss, loss of a king.

KING P. No more. Alvero, call the princess hither.

ALV. Madam, his majesty doth call for you.

KING P. Come hither, Isabella, reach a hand,
Yet now it shall not need: instead of thine,
Death, shoving thee back, clasps his hands in mine,
And bids me come away: I must, I must,
Though kings be gods on earth, they turn to dust.
Is not Prince Philip come from Portugal?

ROD. The prince as yet is not return'd, my lord.

KING P. Commend me to him, if I ne'er behold him.
This tells the order of my funeral;
Do it as 'tis set down; embalm my body;
Though worms do make no difference of flesh,
Yet kings are curious here to dig their graves;
Such is man's frailty: when I am embalm'd,
Apparel me in a rich royal robe,
According to the custom of the land;
Then place my bones within that brazen shrine,
Which death hath builded for my ancestors;
I cannot name death, but he straight steps in
And pulls me by the arm.

FER. His grace doth faint;
Help me, my lords, softly to raise him up.

    _Enter_ ELEAZAR, _and stands sadly by_.

KING P. Lift me not up, I shortly must go down.
When a few dribbling minutes have run out,
Mine hour is ended. King of Spain, farewell;
You all acknowledge him your sovereign?

ALL. When you are dead, we will acknowledge him.

KING P. Govern this kingdom well; to be a king
Is given to many, but to govern well
Granted to few. Have care to Isabel;
Her virtue was King Philip's looking-glass;
Reverence the queen your mother; love your sister
And the young prince your brother: even that day,
When Spain shall solemnise my obsequies,
And lay me up in earth, let them crown you.
Where's Eleazar, Don Alvero's son?

FER. Yonder, with cross'd arms, stands he malcontent.

KING P. I do commend him to thee for a man
Both wise and warlike; yet beware of him:
Ambition wings his spirit; keep him down.
What will not men attempt to win a crown?
Mendoza is protector of thy realm,
I did elect him for his gravity;
I trust he'll be a father to thy youth.
Call help, Fernando, now I faint indeed.

FER. My lords!

KING. P. Let none with a distracted voice
Shriek out, and trouble me in my departure.
Heaven's hands, I see, are beckoning for my soul;
I come, I come; thus do the proudest die;
Death hath no mercy, life no certainty.

    [_Dies._

MEN. As yet his soul's not from her temple gone:
Therefore forbear loud lamentation.

QUEEN-M. O, he's dead, he's dead! lament and die;
In her king's end begins Spain's misery.

ISA. He shall not end so soon. Father, dear father!

FER. Forbear, sweet Isabella: shrieks are vain.

ISA. You cry forbear; you by his loss of breath
Have won a kingdom, you may cry forbear:
But I have lost a father and a king,
And no tongue shall control my sorrowing.

HOR. Whither, good Isabella?

ISA. I will go
Where I will languish in eternal woe.

HOR. Nay, gentle love.

ISA. Talk not of love to me,
The world and the world's pride henceforth I'll scorn.

    [_Exit._

HOR. My love shall follow thee; if thou deny'st
To live with poor Hortenzo as his wife,
I'll never change my love, but change my life.

    _Enter_ PHILIP _hastily_.

PHIL. I know he is not dead; I know proud death
Durst not behold such sacred majesty.
Why stand you thus distracted? Mother, brother,
My Lord Mendoza, where's my royal father?

QUEEN-M. Here lies the temple of his royal soul.

FER. Here's all that's left of Philip's majesty;
Wash you his tomb with tears: Fernando's moan,
Hating a partner, shall be spent alone.

    [_Exit._

PHIL. O happy father! miserable son!
Philip is gone to joy, Philip's forlorn:
He dies to live, my life with woe is torn.

QUEEN-M. Sweet son.

PHIL. Sweet mother: O, how I now do shame
To lay on one so foul so fair a name:
Had you been a true mother, a true wife,
This king had not so soon been robb'd of life.

QUEEN-M. What means this rage, my son?

PHIL. Call not me your son.
My father, whil'st he liv'd, tir'd his strong arms
In bearing Christian armour 'gainst the Turks,
And spent his brains in warlike stratagems
To bring confusion on damn'd infidels:
Whilst you, that snorted here at home, betray'd
His name to everlasting infamy;
Whilst you at home suffer'd his bedchamber
To be a brothelry; whilst you at home
Suffer'd his queen to be a concubine,
And wanton red-cheek'd boys to be her bawds;
Whilst she, reeking in that lecher's arms----

ELE. Me!

PHIL. Villain, 'tis thee;
Thou hell-begotten fiend, at thee I stare.

QUEEN-M. Philip, thou art a villain to dishonour me.

PHIL. Mother, I am no villain: 'tis this villain
Dishonours you and me, dishonours Spain,
Dishonours all these lords; this devil is he,
That----

ELE. What! O, pardon me, I must throw off
All chains of duty, wert thou ten kings' sons;
Had I as many souls as I have sins,
As this from hence, so they from this should fly,
In just revenge of this indignity.

PHIL. Give way, or I'll make way upon your bosoms.

ELE. Did my dear sovereign live, sirrah, that tongue----

QUEEN-M. Did but King Philip live, traitor, I'd tell----

PHIL. A tale that should rid both your souls to hell.
Tell Philip's ghost, that Philip tells his queen,
That Philip's queen is a Moor's concubine;
Did the king live, I'd tell him how you two
Ripp'd up the entrails of his treasury
With masques and antic revellings.

ELE. Words insupportable! dost hear me, boy?

QUEEN-M. Stand you all still, and see me thus trod down?

PHIL. Stand you all still, yet let this devil stand here?

MEN. Forbear, sweet prince. Eleazar, I am now
Protector to Fernando, King of Spain;
By that authority, and by consent
Of all these peers, I utterly deprive thee
Of all those royalties thou holdst in Spain.

QUEEN-M. Cardinal, who lends thee this commission?

ELE. Cardinal, I'll shorten thee by the head for this.

PHIL. Forward, my Lord Mendoza; damn the fiend.

ELE. Princes of Spain, consent you to this pride?

ALL. We do.

QUEEN-M. For what cause? Let his faith be tried.

MEN. His treasons need no trial, they're too plain.
Come not within the court; for, if you do,
To beg with Indian slaves I'll banish you.

    [_Exeunt all but_ ALVERO, QUEEN _and_ ELEAZAR.


SCENE IV.

ALV. Why should my son be banished?

    _Enter_ MARIA.

QUEEN-M. Of that dispute not now. Alvero,
I'll to the king my son; it shall be tried,
If Castile's king can cool a cardinal's pride.

    [_Exeunt_ QUEEN _and_ ALVERO.

ELE. If I digest this gall--O my Maria,
I am whipp'd, and rack'd, and torn upon the wheel
Of giddy Fortune; she and her minions
Have got me down, and treading on my bosom,
They cry, _Lie still_: the cardinal
(O rare!) would bandy me away from Spain,
And banish me to beg--ay, beg with slaves.

MARIA. Conquer with patience these indignities.

ELE. Patience! ha, ha! yes, yes, an honest cardinal!

MARIA. Yet smother [still] the grief, and seek revenge.

ELE. Ha! banish me! s'foot, why, say they do,
There's Portugal--a good air, and France--a fine country,
Or Barbary--rich, and has Moors; the Turk,
Pure devil, and allows enough to fat
The sides of villany--good living there!
I can live there, and there, and there;
Troth, 'tis a villain can live anywhere.
But say I go from hence: I leave behind me
A cardinal that will laugh; I leave behind me
A Philip that will clap his hands for joy.
And dance lavoltoes through the Castile court;
But the deep'st wound of all is this, I leave
My wrongs, dishonours, and my discontents--
O, unreveng'd; my bedrid enemies
Shall never be rais'd up by the strong physical
Curing of my sword; therefore stay still;
Many have hearts to strike, that dare not kill
Leave me, Maria. Cardinal, this disgrace
Shall dye thy soul as inky as my face.
Pish!--hence, Maria.

    _Enter_ ALVERO.

MARIA. To the king I'll fly,
He shall revenge my lord's indignity.

    [_Exit._

ALV. Mendoza woos the king to banish thee.
Startle thy wonted spirits, awake thy soul,
And on thy resolution fasten wings,
Whose golden feathers may outstrip their hate.

ELE. I'll tie no golden feathers to my wings.

ALV. Shall they thus tread thee down, which once were glad
To lacquey by thy conquering chariot-wheels?

ELE. I care not: I can swallow more sour wrongs.

ALV. If they triumph o'er thee, they'll spurn me down.

ELE. Look: spurn again!

ALV. What ice hath cool'd that fire,
Which sometimes made thy thoughts to heaven aspire?
This patience had not wont to dwell with thee.

    _Enter_ FERNANDO _and_ MARIA.

ELE. 'Tis right, but now the world is chang'd, you see;
Though I seem dead to you, here lives a fire----
No more, here comes the king and my Maria:
The Spaniard loves my wife; she swears to me
She's chaste as the white moon; well, if she be;
Well, too, if she be not, I care not, I;
I'll climb up by that love to dignity.

FER. Thou woo'st me to revenge thy husband's wrong,
I woo thy fair self not to wrong thyself;
Swear but to love me, and to thee I'll swear
To crown thy husband with a diadem.

MARIA. Such love as I dare yield, I'll not deny.

FER. When in the golden arms of majesty--
I am broke off--yonder thy husband stands;
I'll set him free, if thou unite my bands;
So much for that. Durst then the cardinal
Put on such insolence? tell me, fair madam,
Where's your most valiant husband?

ELE. He sees me, and yet inquires for me.

MARIA. Yonder, my lord.

FER. Eleazar, I have in my breast writ down
From her report your late receiv'd disgrace;
My father lov'd you dearly, so will I.

ELE. True, for my wife's sake.

    [_Aside._

FER. This indignity
Will I have interest in; for, being your king,
You shall perceive I'll curb my underling.
This morning is our coronation, and
[Our] father's funeral solemnised.
Be present, step into your wonted place,
We'll gild your dim disgraces with our grace.

    [_Exeunt._

ELE. I thank my sovereign that you love my wife;
I thank thee, wife, that thou wilt lock my head
In such strong armour to bear off all blows;
Who dare say such wives are their husbands' foes?
Let's see now, by her falling I must rise;
Cardinal, you die if the king bid me live;
Philip, you die for railing at me;
Proud lord, you die, that with Mendoza cried,
Banish the Moor.
And you, my loving liege, you're best sit fast:
If all these live not, you must die at last.



ACT II., SCENE 1.


    _Enter two_ LORDS, PHILIP, MENDOZA, ELEAZAR, _with him the_
        KING _crowned_; QUEEN-MOTHER, ALVERO, ZARACK, BALTHAZAR,
        _and Attendants_.

MEN. Why stares this devil thus, as if pale death
Had made his eyes the dreadful messengers
To carry black destruction to the world?
Was he not banish'd Spain?

PHIL. Your sacred mouth
Pronounc'd the sentence of his banishment:
Then spurn the villain forth.

ELE. Who spurns the Moor,
Were better set his foot upon the devil.
Do spurn me, and this confounding arm of wrath
Shall, like a thunderbolt breaking the clouds,
Divide his body from his soul! Stand back.
Spurn Eleazar!

ROD. Shall we bear this pride?

ALV. Why not? he underwent much injury.

MEN. What injury have we perform'd, proud lord?

ELE. Proud cardinal, my unjust banishment.

MEN. 'Twas we that did it, and our words are laws.

KING. 'Twas we repeal'd him, and our words are laws.

ZAR. BAL. If not, these are.

    [_All the Moors draw._

PHIL. How! threaten'd and outdar'd!

KING. Shall we give arm to hostile violence?
Sheathe your swords, sheathe them: it's we command.

ELE. Grant Eleazar justice, my dread liege.

MEN. Eleazar hath had justice from our hands,
And he stands banish'd from the court of Spain.

KING. Have you done justice? Why, Lord Cardinal,
From whom do you derive authority
To banish him the court without our leave?

MEN. From this, the staff of our protectorship;
From this, which the last will of your dead father
Committed to our trust; from this high place,
Which lifts Mendoza's spirits beyond the pitch
Of ordinary honour, and from this----

    [KING _takes the staff from_ MENDOZA, _and gives it to_
        ELEAZAR.

KING. Which too much overweening insolence
Hath quite ta'en from thee. Eleazar, up,
And from us sway this staff of Regency.

ALL. How's this!

PHIL. Dare sons presume to break their father's will?

KING. Dare subjects countercheck their sovereign's will?
'Tis done, and who gainsays it, is a traitor.

PHIL. I do, Fernando, yet am I no traitor.

MEN. Fernando, I am wrong'd; by Peter's chair,
Mendoza vows revenge. I'll lay aside
My cardinal's hat, and in a wall of steel,
The glorious livery of a soldier,
Fight for my late-lost honour.

KING. Cardinal!

MEN. King! thou shalt be no king for wronging me.
The Pope shall send his bulls through all thy realm,
And pull obedience from thy subjects' hearts,
To put on armour of the Mother Church.
Curses shall fall like lightnings on thy head,
Bell, book, and candle: holy water, prayers,
Shall all chime vengeance to the court of Spain,
Till they have power to conjure down that fiend,
That damn'd Moor, that devil, that Lucifer,
That dares aspire the staff the card'nal sway'd.

ELE. Ha, ha, ha! I laugh yet, that the cardinal's vex'd.

PHIL. Laugh'st thou, base slave! the wrinkles of that scorn
Thine own heart's blood shall fill. Brother, farewell;
Since you disprove the will our father left
For base lust of a loathed concubine.

ELE. Ha! concubine! who does Prince Philip mean?

PHIL. [_To_ ELEAZAR.] Thy wife. [_To_ ALVERO.] Thy daughter.
    Base, aspiring lords,
Who to buy honour are content to sell
Your names to infamy, your souls to hell.
And stamp you now? Do, do, for you shall see
I go for vengeance, and she'll come with me.

ELE. Stay, for she's here already, see, proud boy.

    [_They both draw._

QUEEN-M. Hold! stay this fury; if you long for blood,
Murder me first. Dear son, you are a king;
Then stay the violent tempest of their wrath.

KING. Shall kings be oversway'd in their desires?

ROD. Shall subjects be oppress'd by tyranny?

QUEEN-M. No state shall suffer wrong; then hear me speak:
Mendoza, you have sworn you love the queen;
Then by that love I charge you leave these arms.
Eleazar, for those favours I have given you,
Embrace the cardinal, and be friends with him.

ELE. And have my wife call'd strumpet to my face!

QUEEN-M. 'Twas rage made his tongue err; do you not know
The violent love Mendoza bears the queen?
Then speak him fair, for in that honey'd breath
I'll lay a bait shall train him to his death.

[_Aside._

Come, come, I see your looks give way to peace;
Lord Cardinal, begin; and [_Aside_] for reward,
Ere this fair setting sun behold his bride,
Be bold to challenge love, yet be denied.

MEN. That promise makes me yield.

    [_Aside._]

    My gracious lord,
Though my disgrace hath graven its memory
On every Spaniard's eye, yet shall the duty
I owe your sacred highness, and the love
My country challengeth, make me lay by
Hostile intendments, and return again
To the fair circle of obedience.

KING. Both pardon and our favour bids you welcome;
And for some satisfaction for your wrongs,
We here create you Salamanca's Duke:
But first, as a true sign all grudges die,
Shake hands with Eleazar, and be friends;
This union pleaseth us. Now, brother Philip,
You are included in this league of love,
So is Roderigo. To forget all wrongs,
Your castle for awhile shall bid us welcome;
Eleazar, shall it not? It is enough.
Lords, lead the way, that [_Aside_] whilst you feast yourselves,
Fernando may find time all means to prove,
To compass fair Maria for our love.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE II.

    QUEEN-MOTHER _and_ ELEAZAR.

ELE. Madam, a word: now have you wit or spirit?

QUEEN-M. Both.

ELE. Set them both to a most gainful task.
Our enemies are in my castle-work.

QUEEN-M. Ay; but the king's there too; it's dangerous pride
To strike at those that crouch by a lion's side.

ELE. Remove them.

QUEEN-M. How?

ELE. How! a thousand ways:
By poison, or by this [_Points to his sword_]; but every groom
Has skill in such base traffic; no, our policies
Must look more strange, must fly with loftier wings;
Vengeance, the higher it falls, more honour brings;
But you are cold--you dare not do.

QUEEN-M. I dare.

ELE. You have a woman's heart; look you, this hand--

    [_Takes her hand._

O, 'tis too little to strike home.

QUEEN-M. At whom?

ELE. Your son.

QUEEN-M. Which son? the king?

ELE. Angels of heaven
Stand like his guard about him! how, the king!
Not for so many worlds as there be stars
Sticking upon th' embroider'd firmament.
The king! he loves my wife, and should he die,
I know none else would love her; let him live
In heaven.[54]

    [_Aside_.

Good Lord Philip----

QUEEN-M. He shall die.

ELE. How? good, good.

QUEEN-M. By this hand.

ELE. When? good, good; when?

QUEEN-M. This night, if Eleazar give consent.

ELE. Why, then, this night Philip shall not live
To see you kill him! Is he not your son?
A mother be the murd'rer of a brat
That liv'd within her! ha!

QUEEN-M. 'Tis for thy sake.

ELE. Pish! What excuses cannot damn'd sin make
To save itself! I know you love him well;
But that he has an eye, an eye, an eye.
To others, our two hearts seem to be lock'd
Up in a case of steel; upon our love others
Dare not look; or, if they dare, they cast
Squint, purblind glances. Who care, though all see all,
So long as none dare speak? But Philip
Knows that iron ribs of our villains
Are thin: he laughs to see them, like this hand,
With chinks and crevices; how [with] a villanous,
A stabbing, [a] desperate tongue the boy dare speak:
A mouth, a villanous mouth! let's muzzle him.

QUEEN-M. How?

ELE. Thus:
Go you, and with a face well-set do
In good sad colours, such as paint out
The cheek of that foul penitence, and with a tongue
Made clean and glib, cull from their lazy swarm
Some honest friars whom that damnation, gold,
Can tempt to lay their souls to the stake;
Seek such--they are rank and thick.

QUEEN-M. What then? I know such--what's the use?

ELE. This is excellent!
Hire these to write books, preach, and proclaim abroad
That your son Philip is a bastard.

QUEEN-M. How?

ELE. A bastard. Do you know a bastard? do't:
Say conscience spake with you, and cried out do't;
By this means shall you thrust him from all hope
Of wearing Castile's diadem, and, that spur
Galling his sides, he will fly out and fling,
And grind the cardinal's heart to a new edge
Of discontent; from discontent grows treason,
And on the stalk of treason, death: he's dead,
By this blow and by you; yet no blood shed.
Do't then; by this trick he is gone.
We stand more sure in climbing high;
Care not who fall, 'tis real policy: are you
Arm'd to do this, ha?

QUEEN-M. Sweet Moor, it is done.

ELE. Away then; work with boldness and with speed:
On greatest actions greatest dangers feed.

    [_Exit_ QUEEN-MOTHER.

Ha, ha! I thank thee, provident creation,
That seeing[55] in moulding me thou didst intend
I should prove villain; thanks to thee and nature,
That skilful workman: thanks for my face:
Thanks that I have not wit to blush!
What, Zarack! ho, Balthazar!

    _Enter the two_ MOORS.

BOTH. My lord.

ELE. Nearer. So: silence!
Hang both your greedy ears upon my lips;
Let them devour my speech, suck in my breath, and in.
Who let's it break prison, here is his death.
This night the card'nal shall be murder'd.

BOTH. Where?

ELE. And to fill up a grave Philip dies.

BOTH. Where?

ELE. Here.

BOTH. By whom?

ELE. By thee, and, slave, by thee.
Have you [the] hearts and hands to execute?

BOTH. Here's both.

1ST MOOR. He dies, were he my father.

ELE. Ho, away.
Stay--go, go--stay; see me no more till night.
Your cheeks are black; let not your souls look white.

BOTH. Till night?

ELE. Till night: a word! the Mother-Queen
Is trying, if she can, with fire of gold
Warp the green consciences of two covetous friars
To preach abroad Philip's bastardy.

_1st Moor._ His bastardy! who was his father?

ELE. Who?
Search for these friars: hire them to work with you.
Their holy callings will approve the fact
Most good and meritorious: sin shines clear,
When her black face religion's mask doth wear.
Here comes the queen--good--and the friars.


SCENE III.

    _Enter two friars_, CRAB _and_ COLE, _and_ QUEEN-MOTHER.

COLE. Your son a bastard? say, we do;
But how then shall we deal with you?
I tell you, as I said before,
His being a bastard, you are so poor
In honour and in name, that time
Can never take away the crime.

QUEEN-M. I grant that, friar; yet rather I'll endure
The wound of infamy to kill my name,
Than to see Spain bleeding with civil swords.
The boy is proud, ambitious; he woos greatness;
He takes up Spanish hearts on trust to pay them,
When he shall finger Castile's crown. O, then,
Were it not better my disgrace were known,
Than such a base aspirer fill the throne?

COLE. Ha, brother Crab, what think you?

CRAB. As you, dear brother Cole.

COLE.                    Then we agree.
Cole's judgment is as Crab's, you see.
Lady, we swear to speak and write
What you please, so all go right.

QUEEN-M. Then, as we gave directions, spread abroad
In Cadiz, Madrid, Granada, and Medina,
And all the royal cities of the realm,
Th' ambitious hopes of that proud bastard Philip:
And sometimes, as you see occasion,
Tickle the ears of the rude multitude
With Eleazar's praise; gild his virtues,
Naples' recovery, and his victories
Achiev'd against the Turkish Ottoman.
Will you do this for us?

ELE. Say, will you?

BOTH. Ay.

ELE. Why start you back and stare?
Ha! are you afraid?

COLE. O, no, sir, no! but, truth to tell,
Seeing your face, we thought of hell.

ELE. Hell is a dream.

COLE. But none do dream in hell.

ELE. Friars, stand to her and me; and by your sin
I'll shoulder out Mendoza from his seat,
And of two friars create you cardinals.
O, how would cardinals' hats on their heads sit?

COLE. This face would look most goodly under it.
Friar[s] Crab and Cole do swear
In those circles still to appear,
In which she or you do charge us rise;
For you our lives we'll sacrifice.
_Valete, gaudete:
Si pereamus, flete;
Orate pro nobis,
Oremus pro vobis._
Cole will be burnt and Crab be press'd,
Ere they prove knaves; thus are you cross'd and bless'd.

ELE. Away! you know. [_Exeunt_ FRIARS.] Now, madam, none shall
    throw
Their leaden envy in an opposite scale,
To weigh down our true golden happiness.

QUEEN-M. Yes, there is one.

ELE. One! who?
Give me his name, and I will turn
It to a magic spell to bind
Him here, here. Who?

QUEEN-M. Your wife Maria.

ELE. Ha! my Maria!

QUEEN-M. She's
The Hellespont divides my love and me:
She being cut off----

ELE. Stay, stay; cut off!
Let's think upon't; my wife!
Humph! kill her too!

QUEEN-M. Does her love make thee cold?

ELE. Had I a thousand wives, down go they all.
She dies; I'll cut her off. Now, Balthazar!

    _Enter_ BALTHAZAR.

BAL. Madam, the king entreats your company.

QUEEN-M. His pleasure be obey'd. Dear love, farewell;
Remember your Maria.

    [_Exit._

ELE. Dear,[56] adieu;
With this I'll guard her, whilst it stabs at you.

    [_Points to his sword._

My lord,[57] the friars are won to join with us.
Be prosperous! about it, Balthazar.

BAL. The watchword?

ELE. O, the word; let it be _Treason_.
When we cry treason, break ope chamber doors:
Kill Philip and the cardinal. Hence!

BAL. I fly.

    [_Exit._

ELE. Murder, now ride in triumph; darkness, horror,
Thus I invoke your aid; your act begin;
Night is a glorious robe for th' ugliest sin.


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ COLE _and_ CRAB _in trousers; the_ CARDINAL _in one
        of their weeds, and_ PHILIP _putting on the other_.

FRIARS. Put on, my lord, and fly, or else you die.

PHIL. I will not, I will die first. Cardinal,
Prythee, good cardinal, pluck off, friars; slave!
Murder us two! he shall not, by this sword.

CAR. My lord, you will endanger both our lives.

PHIL. I care not; I'll kill some before I die.
Away! s'heart! take your rags! Moor, devil, come.

FRIARS. My lord, put on, or else----

PHIL. God's foot! come, help.

CAR. Ambitious villain! Philip, let us fly
Into the chamber of the mother-queen.

PHIL. Thunder beat down the lodgings.

CAR. Else
Let's break into the chamber of the king.

PHIL. Agreed.
A pox upon these lousy gabardines.
Agreed; I am for you, Moor; stand side by side;
Come, hands off; leave your ducking.[58] Hell cannot fright
Their spirits that do desperately fight.

COL. You are too rash, you are too hot;
Wild desperateness doth valour blot.
The lodging of the king's beset
With staring faces black as jet,
And hearts of iron: your deaths are vow'd,
If you fly that way; therefore shroud
Your body in friar Cole's grey weed;
For is't not madness, man, to bleed,
When you may 'scape untouch'd away?
Here's hell, here's heaven: here if you stay,
You're gone, you're gone; friar Crab and I
Will here dance friskin, whilst you fly.
Gag us, bind us, come put on;
The gag's too wide; so gone, gone, gone!

PHIL. O, well, I'll come again. Lord Cardinal,
Take you the castle, I'll to Portugal.
I vow I'll come again, and if I do----

CAR. Nay, good my lord.

PHIL. Black devil, I'll conjure you.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE V.

    _To the_ FRIARS _making a noise, gagged and bound, enter_
        ELEAZAR, ZARACK, BALTHAZAR, _and other Moors, all with
        their swords drawn_.

ELE. Guard all the passages. Zarack, stand there;
There Balthazar, there you. The friars?
Where have you plac'd the friars?

ALL. My lord, a noise![59]

BAL. The friars are gagg'd and bound.

ELE. 'Tis Philip and the cardinal; shoot:--ha! stay--
Unbind them. Where's Mendoza and the prince?

COLE. Santa Maria, who can tell!
By Peter's keys, they bound us well,
And having crack'd our shaven crowns,
They have escap'd you in our gowns.

ELE. Escap'd! escap'd away! I am glad, it's good;
I would their arms may turn to eagles' wings,
To fly as swift as time. Sweet air, give way:
Winds, leave your two-and-thirty palaces,
And meeting all in one, join all your might
To give them speedy and a prosperous flight.
Escaped, friars! which way?

BOTH. This way.

ELE. Good!
Alas, what sin is't to shed innocent blood?
For look you, holy men, it is the king:
The king, the king. See, friars, sulphury wrath
Having once entered into royal breasts,
Mark how it burns. The queen, Philip's mother.
O, most unnatural! will have you two
Divulge abroad that he's a bastard. O,
Will you do it?

CRAB. What says my brother friar?

COLE. A prince's love is balm, their wrath is fire.

CRAB. 'Tis true; but yet I'll publish no such thing;
What fool would lose his soul to please a king?

ELE. Keep there--good, there; yet, for it wounds my soul
To see the miserablest wretch to bleed,
I counsel you, in care unto your lives,
T' obey the mother-queen; for by my life,
I think she has been prick'd [in] her conscience.
O, it has stung her for some fact misdone,
She would not else disgrace herself and son.
Do't therefore; hark! she'll work your deaths else, hate
Bred in woman is insatiate. Do't, friars.

CRAB. Brother Cole, zeal sets me in a flame:
I'll do't.

COLE. And I: his baseness we'll proclaim.

    [_Exeunt_ FRIARS.

ELE. Do, and be damn'd; Zarack and Balthazar,
Dog them at the heels; and when their poisonous breath
Hath scatter'd this infection on the hearts
Of credulous Spaniards, here reward them thus:

    [_Points to his sword._

Slaves too much trusted do grow dangerous.
Why this shall feed and fat suspicion
And my policy.
I'll ring through all the court this loud alarum,
That they contriv'd the murder of the king,
The queen, and me; and, being undermin'd,
To 'scape the blowing up, they fled. O, good!
There, there, thou there, cry treason; each one take
A several door; your cries my music make.

BAL. Where is the king? treason pursues him.

    _Enter_ ALVERO _in his shirt, his sword drawn_.

ELE. Where is the sleeping queen?
Rise, rise, and arm against the hand of treason.

ALV. Whence comes this sound of treason?

    _Enter the_ KING _in his shirt, his sword drawn_.

KING. Who frights our quiet slumbers with
This heavy noise?

    _Enter_ QUEEN _in her night attire_.

QUEEN-M. Was it a dream, or did the sound
Of monster treason call me from my rest?

KING. Who rais'd this rumour? Eleazar, you?

ELE. I did, my liege, and still continue it,
Both for your safety and mine own discharge.

KING. Whence comes the ground then?

ELE. From the cardinal
And the young prince who, bearing in his mind
The true idea of his late disgrace
In putting him from the protectorship,
And envying the advancement of the Moor,
Determined this night to murder you;
And for your highness lodged within my castle,
They would have laid the murder on my head.

KING. The cardinal and my brother! bring them forth:
Their lives shall answer this ambitious practice.

ELE. Alas! my lord, it is impossible;
For when they saw I had discovered them,
They train'd two harmless friars to their lodgings,
Disrob'd them, gagg'd them, bound them to two posts,
And in their habits did escape the castle.

KING. The cardinal is all ambition,
And from him doth our brother gather heart.

QUEEN-M. Th' ambition of the one infects the other,
And, in a word, they both are dangerous:
But might your mother's counsel stand in force,
I would advise you, send the trusty Moor
To fetch them back, before they have seduc'd
The squint-ey'd multitude from true allegiance,
And drawn them to their dangerous faction.

KING. It shall be so. Therefore, my state's best prop,
Within whose bosom I durst trust my life,
Both for my safety and thine own discharge,
Fetch back those traitors; and till your return
Ourself will keep your castle.

ELE. My liege, the tongue of true obedience
Must not gainsay his sovereign's impose.
By heaven! I will not kiss the cheek of sleep,
Till I have fetched those traitors to the court!

KING. Why, this sorts right: he gone, his beauteous wife
Shall sail into the naked arms of love.

    [_Aside._

QUEEN-M. Why, this is as it should be; he once gone,
His wife, that keeps me from his marriage-bed,
Shall by this hand of mine be murdered.

    [_Aside._

KING. This storm is well-nigh past; the swelling clouds
That hang so full of treason, by the wind
In awful majesty are scattered.
Then each man to his rest. Good night, sweet friend!
Whilst thou pursu'st the traitors that are fled,
Fernando means to warm thy marriage-bed.

    [_Exeunt._

ELE. Many good nights consume and damn your souls!
I know he means to cuckold me this night,
Yet do I know no means to hinder it:
Besides, who knows whether the lustful king,
Having my wife and castle at command,
Will ever make surrender back again?
But if he do not, with my falchion's point
I'll lance those swelling veins, in which hot lust
Does keep his revels; and with that warm blood,
Where Venus' bastard cooled his swelt'ring spleen,
Wash the disgrace from Eleazar's brow.


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ MARIA.

MARIA. Dear Eleazar!

ELE. If they lock the gates,
I'll toss a ball of wildfire o'er the walls.

MARIA. Husband! sweet husband!

ELE. Or else swim o'er the moat,
And make a breach th[o]rough the flinty sides
Of the rebellious walls.

MARIA. Hear me, dear heart.

ELE. Or undermine the chamber where they lie,
And by the violent strength of gunpowder
Blow up the castle and th' incestuous couch,
In which lust wallows; but my labouring thoughts,
Wading too deep in bottomless extremes,
Do drown themselves in their own stratagems.

MARIA. Sweet husband, dwell not upon circumstance,
When weeping sorrow, like an advocate,
Importunes you for aid; look in mine eye,
There you shall see dim grief swimming in tears,
Invocating succour. O, succour!

ELE. Succour! zounds! for what?

MARIA. To shield me from Fernando's unchaste love,
Who with uncessant prayers importun'd me----

ELE. To lie with you! I know't.

MARIA. Then seek some means how to prevent it.

ELE. 'Tis [im]possible:
For, to the end that his unbridled lust
Might have more free access unto thy bed,
This night he hath enjoined me
To fetch back Philip and the cardinal.

MARIA. Then this ensuing night shall give an end
To all my sorrows; for before foul lust
Shall soil the fair complexion of mine honour,
This hand shall rob Maria of her life.

ELE. Not so, dear soul; for in extremities
Choose out the least: and ere the hand of death
Should suck this ivory palace of thy life,
Embrace my counsel, and receive this poison
Which, in the instant he attempts thy love,
Then give it him: do, do,
Do poison him. [_Aside_.] He gone, thou'rt next--
Be sound in resolution, and farewell.
By one and one I'll ship you all to hell.

    [_Aside._]

Spain, I will drown thee with thine own proud blood,
Then make an ark of carcases: farewell!
Revenge and I will sail in blood to hell.

    [_Exit._

MARIA. Poison the king! alas! my trembling hand
Would let the poison fall; and through my cheeks
Fear, suited in a bloodless livery,
Would make the world acquainted with my guilt.
But thanks, prevention: I have found a means,
Both to preserve my royal sovereign's life
And keep myself a true and loyal wife.

    [_Exit._



ACT III., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ QUEEN-MOTHER _with a torch_.

QUEEN-M. Fair eldest child of love, thou spotless night,
Empress of silence, and the queen of sleep,
Who with thy black cheeks' pure complexion,
Mak'st lovers' eyes enamour'd of thy beauty,
Thou art like my Moor; therefore will I adore thee
For lending me this opportunity,
O, with the soft-skinn'd negro. Heavens, keep back
The saucy staring day from the world's eye,
Until my Eleazar make return:
Then in his castle shall he find his wife
Transform'd into a strumpet by my son:
Then shall he hate her, whom he would not kill;
Then shall I kill her, whom I cannot love.
The king is sporting with his concubine.
Blush not, my boy; be bold like me thy mother.
But their delights torture my soul like devils,
Except her shame be seen: wherefore awake!
Christophero! Roderigo! raise the court;
Arise, you peers of Spain; Alvero, rise;
Preserve your country from base infamies.

    _Enter at several doors, with lights and rapiers drawn_,
        ALVERO, RODERIGO, _and_ CHRISTOPHERO, _with others_.

ALL. Who rais'd these exclamations through the court?

QUEEN-M. Sheathe up your swords; you need not swords, but eyes
To intercept this treason.

ALV. What's the treason?
Who are traitors? ring the larum-bell;
Cry _Arm_ through all the city: once before
The horrid cry of treason did affright
Our sleeping spirits.

QUEEN-M. Stay;
You need not cry _Arm, arm!_ for this black deed
Works treason to your king, to me, to you,
To Spain, and all that shall in Spain ensue.
This night Maria (Eleazar's wife)
Hath drawn the king by her lascivious looks
Privately to a banquet; I (unseen)
Stood and beheld him in her lustful arms;
O God! shall bastards wear Spain's diadem?
If you can kneel to baseness, vex them not;
If you disdain to kneel, wash off this blot.

ROD. Let's break into the chamber, and surprise her.

ALV. O miserable me! do, do, break in;
My country shall not blush at my child's sin.

QUEEN-M. Delay is nurse to danger, follow me;
Come you and witness to her villany.

ALV. Hapless Alvero, how art thou undone
In a light daughter and a stubborn son!

    [_Exeunt_ OMNES.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ KING, _with his rapier drawn in one hand, leading_
        MARIA, _seeming affrighted, in the other_.

MARIA. O, kill me, ere you stain my chastity.

KING. My hand holds death; but love sits in mine eye.
Exclaim not, dear Maria; do but hear me.
Though thus in dead of night, as I do now,
The lustful Tarquin stole to the chaste bed
Of Collatine's fair wife, yet shall thou be
No Lucrece, nor thy king a Roman slave,
To make rude villany thine honour's grave.

MARIA. Why from my bed have you thus frighted me?

KING. To let thee view a bloody horrid tragedy.

MARIA. Begin it, then; I'll gladly lose my life,
Rather than be an emperor's concubine.

KING. By my high birth, I swear thou shalt be none;
The tragedy I'll write with my own hand;
A king shall act it, and a king shall die,
Except sweet mercy's beam shine from thine eye.
If this affright thee, it shall sleep for ever.
If still thou hate me, thus this noble blade
This royal purple temple shall invade.

MARIA. My husband is from hence: for his sake spare me.

KING. Thy husband is no Spaniard: thou art one:
So is Fernando; then for country's sake,
Let me not spare thee: on thy husband's face
Eternal night in gloomy shades doth dwell;
But I'll look on thee like the gilded sun,
When to the west his fiery horses run.

MARIA. True, here you look on me with sunset eyes,
For by beholding you my glory dies.

KING. Call me thy morning then; for, like the morn,
In pride Maria shall through Spain be borne.

    [_Music plays within._

This music was prepar'd to please thine ears:[60]
Love me, and thou shalt hear no other sounds.

    [_A banquet brought in._

Lo, here's a banquet set with mine own hands;
Love me, and thus I'll feast thee like a queen.
I might command thee, being thy sovereign;
But love me, and I'll kneel and sue to thee,
And circle this white forehead with the crown
Of Castile, Portugal, and Arragon,
And all those petty kingdoms which do bow
Their tributary knees to Philip's heir.

MARIA. I cannot love you whilst my husband lives.

KING. I'll send him to the wars, and in the front
Of some main army shall he nobly die.

MARIA. I cannot love you if you murder him.

KING. For thy sake then I'll call a parliament,
And banish by a law all Moors from Spain.

MARIA. I'll wander with him into banishment.

KING. It shall be death for any negro's hand
To touch the beauty of a Spanish dame.
Come, come, what needs such cavils with a king?
Night blinds all jealous eyes, and we may play.
Carouse that bowl to me: I'll pledge all this;
Being down, we'll make it more sweet with a kiss.
Begin, I'll lock all doors: begin, Spain's queen:

    [_Locks the doors._

Love's banquet is most sweet when 'tis least seen.

MARIA. O thou conserver of my honour's life:
Instead of poisoning him, drown him in sleep.
Because I'll quench the flames of wild desire,
I'll drink this off--let fire conquer love's fire.

    [_Aside._

KING. Were love himself in real substance here,
Thus would I drink him down; let your sweet strings
Speak louder: pleasure is but a slave to kings,
In which love swims. Maria, kiss thy king:
Circle me in this ring of ivory;
O, I grow dull, and the cold hand of sleep
Hath thrust his icy fingers in my breast,[61]
And made a frost within me. Sweet, one kiss
To thaw this deadness that congeals my soul.

MAR. Your majesty hath overwatch'd yourself.
He sleeps already--not the sleep of death,
But a sweet slumber, which the powerful drug
Instill'd through all his spirits. O bright day,
Bring home my dear lord ere his king awake,
Else of his unstain'd bed he'll shipwreck make.

    [_Offers to go._

    _Enter_ OBERON, _and_ FAIRIES _dancing before him; and Music
        with them_.

MARIA. O me! what shapes are these?

OBER. Stay, stay, Maria.

MARIA. My sovereign lord awake, save poor Maria.

OBER. He cannot save thee: save that pain;
Before he wake, thou shalt be slain:
His mother's hand shall stop thy breath,
Thinking her own son is done to death:
And she that takes away thy life,
Does it to be thy husband's wife:
Adieu, Maria, we must hence:
Embrace thine end with patience.
Elves and fairies make no stand,
Till you come in fairyland.

    [_Exeunt dancing and singing._

MARIA. Fairies or devils, whatsoe'er you be,
Thus will I hide me from your company.

    [_Offers to go._


SCENE III.

    _To her enter_ QUEEN-MOTHER _suddenly, with_ ALVERO _and_
        RODERIGO _with rapiers_.

QUEEN-M. Lay hold upon the strumpet! where's the king?
Fernando! son! Ah me! your king is dead!
Lay hands upon the murd'ress.

MARIA. Imperious queen,
I am as free from murder as thyself;
Which I will prove, if you will hear me speak.
The king is living.

ROD. If he liv'd, his breath would beat within his breast.

QUEEN-M. The life he leads, Maria, thou shalt soon participate.

MARIA. O father, save me!

ALV. Thou'rt no child of mine.
Hadst thou been owner of Alvero's spirit,
Thy heart would not have entertain'd a thought
That had convers'd with murder: yet mine eyes,
Howe'er my tongue wants words, brimful with tears
Entreat her further trial.

QUEEN-M. To what end?
Here lies her trial; from this royal breast
Hath she stolen all comfort--all the life
Of every bosom in the realm of Spain.

ROD. She's both a traitor and [a] murd'ress.

QUEEN-M. I'll have her forthwith strangled.

ALV. Hear her speak.

QUEEN-M. To heaven let her complain, if she have wrong;
I murder but the murd'ress of my son.

ALL. We murder [but] the murd'ress of our king.[62]

ALV. Ah me! my child! O, O, cease your torturing!

MARIA. Heaven ope your windows, that my spotless soul,
Riding upon the wings of innocence,
May enter Paradise. Fairies, farewell;
Fernando's death in mine you did foretell.

    [_She dies._ KING _wakes_.

KING. Who calls Fernando? Love--Maria, speak;
O, whither art thou fled? Whence flow these waters,
That fall like winter-storms from the drown'd eyes?

ALV. From my Maria's death.

KING. My Maria dead!
Damn'd be the soul to hell that stopp'd her breath.
Maria! O me! who durst murder thee?

QUEEN-M. I thought my dear Fernando had been dead,
And in my indignation murder'd her.

KING. I was not dead, until you murder'd me
By killing fair Maria.

QUEEN-M. Gentle son----

KING. Ungentle mother, you a deed have done
Of so much ruth, that no succeeding age
Can ever clear you of. O my dear love!
Yet heavens can witness thou wert never mine.
Spain's wonder was Maria.

QUEEN-M. Sweet, have done.

KING. Have done! for what? For shedding zealous tears
Over the tomb of virtuous chastity?
You cry _Have done_, now I am doing good;
But cried _Do on_, when you were shedding blood.
Have you done, mother? Yes, yes, you have done
That which will undo your unhappy son.

ROD. These words become you not, my gracious lord.

KING. These words become not me! no more it did
Become you, lords, to be mute standers-by,
When lustful fury ravish'd chastity:
It ill becomes me to lament her death;
But it became you well to stop her breath!
Had she been fair, and not so virtuous,
This deed had not been half so impious.

ALV. But she was fair in virtue, virtuous fair. O me!

KING. O me! she was true honour's heir.
Hence, beldam, from my presence! all, fly hence;
You are all murderers. Come, poor innocent,
Clasp thy cold hand in mine; for here I'll lie,
And since I liv'd for her, for her I'll die.


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ ELEAZAR _with a torch, his rapier drawn_.

ELE. Bar up my castle gates! fire and confusion
Shall girt these Spanish curs. Was I for this
Sent to raise power against a fugitive?
To have my wife deflower'd? Zounds! where's my wife?
My slaves cry out she's dallying with the king:
Stand by; where is your king? Eleazar's bed
Shall scorn to be an Emperor's brothelry.

QUEEN-M. Be patient, Eleazar; here's the king.

ELE. Patience and I am foes. Where's my Maria?

ALV. Here is her hapless corse, that was Maria.

KING. Here lies Maria's body, here her grave,
Her dead heart in my breast a tomb shall have.

ELE. Now, by the proud complexion of my cheeks,
Ta'en from the kisses of the amorous sun,
Were he ten thousand kings that slew my love,
Thus should my hand, plum'd with revenge's wings,
Requite mine own dishonour and her death.

    [_Stabs the_ KING.

QUEEN-M. Ah me! my son!

ALL. The king is murder'd!
Lay hold on the damn'd traitor.

ELE. In his breast,
That dares but dart a finger at the Moor,
I'll bury this sharp steel, yet reeking warm
With the unchas'd[63] blood of that lecher-king,
That threw my wife in an untimely grave.

ALV. She was my daughter, and her timeless grave
Did swallow down my joys as deep as yours.
But thus----

ELE. But what? Bear injuries that can:
I'll wear no forked crest.

ROD. Damn this black fiend! cry treason through the court:
The king is murder'd.

ELE. He that first opes his lips, I'll drive his words
Down his wide throat upon my rapier's point.
The king is murder'd, and I'll answer it.
I am dishonour'd, and I will revenge it.
Bend not your dangerous weapons at my breast;
Think where you are: this castle is the Moor's;
You are environ'd with a wall of flint,
The gates are lock'd, portcullises let down;
If Eleazar spend one drop of blood,

    [ZARACK _and_ BALTHAZAR _above with calivers_.[64]]

On those high turret-tops my slaves stand arm'd,
And shall confound your souls with murd'ring shot:
Or if you murder me, yet underground
A villain, that for me will dig to hell,
Stands with a burning linstock in his fist,
Who, firing gunpowder, up in the air
Shall fling your torn and mangled carcases.

QUEEN-M. O, sheathe your weapons: though my son be slain,
Yet save yourselves; choose a new sovereign.

ALL. Prince Philip is our sovereign, choose him king!

ELE. Prince Philip shall not be my sovereign.
Philip's a bastard, and Fernando's dead.
Mendoza sweats to wear Spain's diadem:
Philip has sworn confusion to this realm.
They both are up in arms; war's flames do shine
Like lightning in the air. Wherefore, my lords,
Look well on Eleazar; value me,
Not by my sunburnt cheeks, nor by my birth,
But by my loss of blood,
Which I have sacrific'd in Spain's defence.
Then look on Philip and the cardinal;
Look on those gaping curs, whose wide throats
Stand stretch'd wide open like the gates of death,
To swallow you, your country, children, wives.
Philip cries fire and blood: the cardinal
Cries likewise fire and blood. I'll quench those flames.
The Moor cries blood and fire, and that shall burn,
Till Castile, like proud Troy, to cinders turn.

ROD. Lay by these ambages; what seeks the Moor?

ELE. A kingdom, Castile's crown.

ALV. Peace, devil; for shame!

QUEEN-M. Peace, doating lord, for shame! O misery,
When Indian slaves thirst after empery!
Princes and peers of Spain, we are beset
With horror on each side; [if] you deny him,
Death stands at all our backs: we cannot fly him.
Crown Philip king: the crown upon his head
Will prove a fiery meteor; war and vengeance
And desolation will invade our land.
Besides, Prince Philip is a bastard born.
O, give me leave to blush at mine own shame;
But I, for love to you, love to fair Spain,
Choose rather to rip up a queen's disgrace
Than, by concealing it, to set the crown
Upon a bastard's head: wherefore, my lords,
By my consent, crown that proud blackamoor.
Since Spain's bright glory must so soon grow dim--
Since it must end, let it end all in him.

ALL. Eleazar shall be king!

ALV. O treachery!
Have you so soon ras'd out Fernando's love?
So soon forgot the duty of true peers?
So soon, so soon, buried a mother's name,
That you will crown him king that slew your king?

ELE. Will you hear him or me? who shall be king?

ALL. Eleazar shall be Castile's sovereign!

ALV. Do, do: make haste to crown him. Lords, adieu:
Here hell must be, when the devil governs you.

    [_Exit._

ELE. By heaven's great star, which Indians do adore,
But that I hate to hear the giddy world
Shame, that I waded to a crown through blood,
I'd not digest his pills: but since, my lords,
You have chosen Eleazar for your king,
Invest me with a general applause.

ALL. Live, Eleazar, Castile's royal king!

ROD. A villain and a base-born fugitive.

    [_Aside._]

CHRIS. A bloody tyrant and usurping slave.

    [_Aside._]

ELE. Thanks to you all: 'tis not the Spanish crown
That Eleazar strives for, but Spain's peace.
Amongst you I'll divide her empery:
Christofero shall wear Granada's crown;
To Roderigo I'll give Arragon;
Naples, Navarre, and fair Jerusalem
I'll give to other three; and then our viceroys
Shall shine about our bright Castilian crown,
As stars about the sun. Cry all, arm, arm;
Prince Philip and the cardinal do ride
Like Jove in thunder; in a storm we'll meet them.
Go, levy powers; if any man must fall,
My death shall first begin the funeral.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ ZARACK _and_ BALTHAZAR, _with calivers_.

BAL. Is thy cock ready, and thy powder dry?

ZAR. My cock stands perching like a cock o' the game, with a red
coal for his crest, instead of a comb; and for my powder, 'tis
but touch and take.

BAL. I have tickling gear too; anon I'll cry, here I have it, and
yonder I see it. But, Zarack, is't policy for us to kill these
bald-pates?

ZAR. Is't policy for us to save ourselves? If they live, we die.
Is't not wisdom then to send them to heaven, rather than be sent
ourselves? Come, you black slave, be resolute. This way they
come; here they will stand, and yonder will I stand.

BAL. And in yonder hole I.

ZAR. Our amiable faces cannot be seen if we keep close; therefore
hide your cock's head, lest his burning cock's-comb betray us.
But soft; which of the two shall be thy white?[65]

BAL. That black villain friar Cole.

ZAR. I shall have a sharp piece of service; friar Crab shall be
my man. Farewell, and be resolute.

BAL. Zounds! Zarack, I shall never have the heart to do it.

ZAR. You rogue, think who commands--Eleazar. Who shall
rise--Balthazar. Who shall die--a lousy friar. Who shall
live--our good lord and master, the negro-king of Spain.

BAL. Cole, thou art but a dead man, and shalt turn to ashes.

    [_Exit._

ZAR. Crab, here's that shall make vinegar of thy carcase.

    [_Exit._

    _Enter_ CRAB _and_ COLE, _two friars, with a rout of
        stinkards following them_.

CRAB. Ah! brother, 'tis best so. Now we have drawn them to a
head, we'll begin here i' the market-place. Tut, so long as we be
commanded by the mother-queen, we'll say her son is a bastard,
an' he were ten Philips.

COLE. Take you one market-form, I'll take another.

CRAB. No, God's-so',[66] we must both keep one form.

COLE. Ay, in oration, but not in station. Mount, mount.

1ST STINK. Well, my masters, you know him not so well as I, on my
word. Friar Crab is a sour fellow.

2D STINK. Yet he may utter sweet doctrine, by your leave. But
what think you of friar Cole?

1ST STINK. He? all fire: an' he be kindled once, a hot catholic.

3D STINK. And you mark him, he has a zealous nose, and richly
inflamed.

1ST STINK. Peace, you rogues! Now they begin.

CRAB. _Incipe, Frater._

COLE. _Non ego, Domine._

CRAB. _Nec ego._

COLE. _Quare?_

CRAB. _Quia?_

COLE. _Quæso._

ALL. Here's a queasy beginning, methinks. Silence! silence!

CRAB. Brethren, citizens, and market-folks of Seville.

COLE. Well-beloved and honoured Castilians.

CRAB. It is not unknown to you.

COLE. I am sure you are not ignorant.

CRAB. How villanous and strong!

COLE. How monstrous and huge!

CRAB. The faction of Prince Philip is.

COLE. Philip, that is a bastard.

CRAB. Philip, that is a dastard.

COLE. Philip, that killed your king.

CRAB. Only to make himself king.

COLE. And, by Gad's blessed lady, you are all damned, and you
suffer it.

1ST STINK. Friar Cole says true: he speaks out to the heat of his
zeal: look how he glows!

2D STINK. Well, friar Crab for my money; he has set my teeth an
edge against this bastard.

1ST STINK. O, his words are like vergis to whet a man's stomach.

ALL. Silence! silence!

CRAB. Now contrariwise.

COLE. Your noble king the Moor----

CRAB. Is a valiant gentleman;

COLE. A noble gentleman;

CRAB. An honourable gentleman;

COLE. A fair black gentleman.

CRAB. A friend to Castilians,

COLE. A champion for Castilians,

CRAB. A man fit to be a king.

COLE. If he were not borne down by him that would be king, who
(as I said before) is a bastard, and no king.

1ST STINK. What think you, my masters? Do you mark his words
well?

CRAB. Further, compare them together.

ALL. S'blood! there's no comparison between them.

COLE. Nay, but hear us, good countrymen.

ALL. Hear friar Cole! hear friar Cole!

COLE. Set[67] that bastard and Eleazar together.

1ST STINK. How? mean you by the ears?

CRAB. No, but compare them.

COLE. Do but compare them.

2D STINK. Zounds! we say again, comparisons are odious.

1ST STINK. But say on, say on.

    [_Pieces go off; friars die._

ALL. Treason! treason! every man shift for himself. This is
Philip's treason. Arm, arm, arm!

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ ELEAZAR, ZARACK, _and_ BALTHAZAR.

ELE. Zarack and Balthazar, are they despatch'd?

ZAR. We saw 'em sprawl, and turn up the white of the eye.

ELE. So shall they perish that lay countermines
To cross our high designments: by their habits
The cardinal and Philip 'scap'd our nets,
And by your hands they tasted our revenge.

    _Enter_ QUEEN-MOTHER.

Here comes the queen; away! under our wings
You shall stand safe, and brave the proudest kings.

    [_Exeunt._

QUEEN-M. O, fly, my Eleazar; save thy life,
Else 'point a guard about thee; the mad people,
Tempestuous like the sea, run up and down,
Some crying _kill the bastard_, some, _the Moor_;
Some cry, _God save King Philip_; and some cry,
_God save the Moor_, some others, _he shall die_.

ELE. Are these your fears? Thus blow them into air.
I rushed amongst the thickest of their crowds,
And with a countenance majestical,
Like the imperious sun, dispers'd their clouds;
I have perfumed the rankness of their breath,
And by the magic of true eloquence
Transform'd this many-headed Cerberus,
This pied chamelion, this beast multitude,
Whose power consists in number, pride in threats,
Yet melt like snow when majesty shines forth,
This heap of fools who, crowding in huge swarms,
Stood at our court gates like a heap of dung,
Reeking and shouting out contagious breath
Of power to poison all the elements--
This wolf I held by th' ears, and made him tame,
And made them tremble at the Moor's great name:
No, we must combat with a grimmer foe;
That damn'd Mendoza overturns our hopes.
He loves you dearly.

QUEEN-M. By his secret letters
He hath entreated me to leave the court,
And fly into his arms.

ELE. The world cannot devise a stratagem
Sooner to throw confusion on his pride.
Subscribe to his desires, and in dead night
Steal to his castle; swear to him his love
Hath drawn you thither; undermine his soul,
And learn what villanies are there laid up;
Then for your pleasure walk to take the air:
Near to the castle I'll in ambush lie,
And seem by force to take you prisoner:
This done, I have a practice (plotted here)
Shall rid him of his life and us of fear.
About it, madam, this is all in all;
We cannot stand, unless Mendoza fall.

    [_Exeunt._



ACT IV., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ EMANUEL, _King of Portugal_, PRINCE PHILIP, MENDOZA,
        ALVERO, _with drums and soldiers marching_.

K. OF PORT. Poor Spain! how is the body of thy peace
Mangled and torn by an ambitious Moor.
How is thy prince and councillors abus'd,
And trodden under the base foot of scorn.
Wrong'd lords, Emanuel of Portugal partakes
A falling share in all your miseries;
And though the tardy hand of slow delay
Withheld us from preventing your mishaps
Yet shall revenge dart black confusion
Into the bosom of that damned fiend.

PHIL. But is it possible our mother-queen
Should countenance his ambition?

ALV. Her advice is as a steersman to direct his course;
Besides, as we by circumstance have learnt,
She means to marry him.

PHIL. Then, here upon my knees,
I pluck allegiance from her; all that love,
Which by innative duty I did owe her,
Shall henceforth be converted into hate.
This will confirm the world's opinion
That I am base-born, and the damned Moor
Had interest in my birth; this wrong alone
Gives new fire to the cinders of my rage;
I may be well transform'd from what I am,
When a black devil is husband to my dam.

K. OF PORT. Prince, let thy rage give way to patience,
And set a velvet brow upon the face
Of wrinkled anger: our keen swords
Must right these wrongs, and not light airy words.

PHIL. Yet words may make the edge of rage more sharp,
And whet a blunted courage with revenge.

ALV. Here's none wants whetting, for our keen resolves
Are steel'd unto the back with double wrongs;
Wrongs that would make a handless man take arms:
Wrongs that would make a coward resolute.

CAR. Why, then, join all our several wrongs in one,
And from these wrongs assume a firm resolve
To send this devil to damnation.

    [_Drums afar off._

PHIL. I hear the sound of his approaching march.
Stand fair; Saint Jacques for the right of Spain!

    _Enter the_ MOOR, RODERIGO, CHRISTOFERO, _with drums,
        colours, and soldiers marching bravely_.

ELE. Bastard of Spain!

PHIL. Thou true-stamp'd son of hell,
Thy pedigree is written in thy face.

    [_Alarum and a battle; the_ MOOR _prevails: all exeunt_.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ PHILIP _and_ CARDINAL.

PHIL. Move forward with your main battalion,
Or else all's lost.

CAR. I will not move a foot.

PHIL. S'heart! will you lose the day?

CAR. You lose your wits,
You're mad; it is no policy.

PHIL. You lie.

CAR. Lie!

PHIL. Lie! a pox upon't, cardinal, come on,
Second the desperate vanguard which is mine,
And where I'll die or win. Follow my sword
The bloody way I lead it, or, by heaven,
I'll play the devil, and mar all! we'll turn our backs
Upon the Moors, and set on thee; ay, thee,
Thee, cardinal! s'heart! thee.

CAR. Your desperate arm
Hath almost thrust quite through the heart of hope:
Our fortunes lie a-bleeding by your rash
And violent onset.

PHIL. O, O, s'life! s'foot! will you [not] fight?

CAR. We will not hazard all upon one cast.

PHIL. You will not?

CAR. No.

PHIL. Coward!

CAR. By deeds I'll try.
Whether your venomous tongue says true. Farewell;
Courage shines both in this and policy.

    [_Exit._

PHIL. To save thy skin whole, that's thy policy.
You whoreson fat-chapp'd guts, Ill melt away
That larded body by the heat of fight,
Which I'll compel thee to, or else by flying:
To work which I'll give way to the proud foe.
Whilst I stand laughing to behold you run.
Cardinal, I'll do't, I'll do't; a Moor, a Moor!
Philip cries a Moor! holla! la! whoo!

    _Enter_ KING OF PORTUGAL.

K. OF PORT. Prince Philip! Philip!

PHIL. Here: plague, where's the Moor?

K. OF PORT. The Moor's a devil: never did horrid fiend,
Compell'd by some magician's mighty charm,
Break through the prisons of the solid earth
With more strange horror than this prince of hell,
This damned negro, lion-like doth rush
Through all, and spite of all knit opposition.

PHIL. Puh, puh! where, where?
I'll meet him: where? You mad me!
'Tis not his arm
That acts such wonders, but our cowardice.
This cardinal, O, this cardinal is a slave.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. Sound a retreat, or else the day is lost!

PHIL. I'll beat that dog to death that sounds retreat.

K. OF PORT. Philip!

PHIL. I'll tear his heart out that dares name that sound.

K. OF PORT. Sound a retreat.

PHIL. Who's that? you tempt my sword, sir;
Continue this alarum, fight pell-mell;
Fight, kill, be damn'd. This fat-back, coward cardinal
Lies heavy on my shoulders; this, ay, this,
Shall fling him off. Sound a retreat? Zounds! you mad me!
Ambition plumes the Moor, whilst black despair,
Offering to tear from him the diadem
Which he usurps, makes him to cry at all,
And to act deeds beyond astonishment.
But Philip is the night that darks his glories:
This sword, yet reeking with his negro's blood,
Being grasp'd by equity and this strong arm,
Shall through and through.

ALL. Away, then!

PHIL. From before me.
Stay, stand, stand fast: fight. A Moor, a Moor.


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ ELEAZAR, ZARACK, BALTHAZAR, RODERIGO, CHRISTOFERO,
        _and others; they fight: Moors are all beat in. Exeunt
        omnes. Manet_ ELEAZAR, _weary; a Moor lies slain_.

ELE. O, for more work, more souls to post to hell,
That I might pile up Charon's boat so full,
Until it topple o'er! O, 'twould be sport
To see them sprawl through the black slimy lake.
Ha, ha! there's one going thither: sirrah! you,
You slave, who kill'd thee? How he grins! this breast,
Had it been temper'd and made proof like mine,
It never would have been a mark for fools
To hit afar off with their dastard bullets.
But thou didst well; thou knew'st I was thy lord,
And out of love and duty to me here,
Where I fell weary, thou laidst down thyself
To bear me up thus: God-a-mercy, slave,
A king for this shall give thee a rich grave.

    _As he sits down, enter_ PHILIP _with a broken sword_.

PHIL. I'll wear thee to the pommel, but I'll find
The subject of mine honour and revenge.
Moor, 'tis for thee I seek! come, now, now take me
At good advantage. Speak! where art thou?

ELE. Here!

PHIL. Fate and revenge, I thank you. Rise!

ELE. Leave and live.

PHIL. Villain, it is Philippo that bids rise.

ELE. It had been good for thee to have hid thy name;
For the discovery, like to a dangerous charm,
Hurts him that finds it. Wherefore do those bloodhounds,
Thy rage and valour, chase me?

PHIL. Why? to kill thee.

ELE. With that? what, a blunt axe! Think'st thou, I'll let
Thy fury take a full blow at this head,
Having these arms? Be wise, go change thy weapon.

PHIL. O sir!

ELE. I'll stay thy coming.

PHIL. Thou'lt be damn'd first.

ELE. By all our Indian gods----

PHIL. Puh! never swear.
Thou know'st 'tis for a kingdom which we fight,
And for that who'll not venture to hell-gates?
Come, Moor, I'm arm'd with more than complete steel--
The justice of my quarrel: when I look
Upon my father's wrongs, my brother's wounds,
My mother's infamy, Spain's misery,
And lay my finger here; O, 'tis too dull
To let out blood enough to quench them all.
But when I see your face, and know what fears
Hang on thy troubled soul, like leaden weights,
To make it sink, I know this finger's touch
Has strength to throw thee down; I know this iron
Is sharp and long enough to reach that head.
Fly not, devil; if thou do----

ELE. How? fly? O, base!

PHIL. Come then.

ELE. Stay, Philip; whosoe'er begat thee----

PHIL. Why, slave, a king begat me.

ELE. May be so;
But I'll be sworn thy mother was a queen;
For her sake will I kill thee nobly.
Fling me thy sword; there's mine. I scorn to strike
A man disarm'd.

PHIL. For this dishonouring me,
I'll give thee one stab more.

ELE. I'll run away,
Unless thou change that weapon, or take mine.

PHIL. Neither.

ELE. Farewell.

PHIL. S'heart! stay; and if you dare,
Do as I do, oppose thy naked breast
Against this poniard; see! here's this for thine.

ELE. I am for thee, Philip.

PHIL. Come, nay, take more ground,
That with a full career thou may'st strike home.

ELE. Thou'lt run away then?

PHIL. Ha!

ELE. Thou'lt run away then?

PHIL. Faith I will; but first on this I'll bear
Thy panting heart, thy head upon thy spear.

ELE. Come.

    _Enter_ CARDINAL _and_ KING OF PORTUGAL _on the one, and_
        MOORS _on the other side_.

CAR. Side, upon the Moors.

1ST MOOR. Side, upon the cardinal.

PHIL. Hold, cardinal; strike not any of our side.

ELE. Hold, Moors; strike not any of our side.

PHIL. We two will close this battle.

ELE. Come, agreed.
Stand, armies, and give aim, whilst we two bleed.

CAR. With poniards! 'tis too desperate, dear Philip.

PHIL. Away! have at the Moor! s'heart! let me come.

KING OF P. Be arm'd with manly weapons: 'tis for slaves
To dig their own and such unworthy graves.

ELE. I am for thee any way: thus or, see, thus;
Here try the vigour of thy sinewy arm.
The day is ours already; brainless heads
And bleeding bodies, like a crown, do stand
About the temples of our victory.
Yet, Spaniards, if you dare, we'll fight it out
Thus, man to man alone. I'll first begin
And conquer, or in blood wade up to the chin.

PHIL. Let not a weapon stir but his and mine.

ELE. Nor on this side; conquest in blood shall shine.

    [_Alarum; they fight, the Moor is struck down, which his side
        seeing, step all in and rescue him; the rest join, and
        drive in the Moors. Alarum continuing, Spaniards and
        Moors, with drums and colours, fly over the stage, pursued
        by_ PHILIP, CARDINAL, KING OF PORTUGAL, _and others_.

    _Enter_ ZARACK, CHRISTOFERO, _and_ ELEAZAR, _at several doors_.

CHRIS. Where is my lord?

ZAR. Where is my sovereign?

ELE. What news brings Zarack and Christofero?

ZAR. O, fly, my lords, fly, for the day is lost!

ELE. There are three hundred and odd days in a year,
And cannot we lose one of them? come, fight.

CHRIS. The lords have left us, and the soldiers faint;
You are round-beset with proud fierce enemies;
Death cannot be prevented but by flight.

ELE. He shall, Christofero. I have yet left
One stratagem that, in despite of fate,
Shall turn the wheel of war about once more.
The mother-queen hath all this while sat sadly
Within our tent, expecting to whose bosom
White-winged peace and victory will fly:
Her have I us'd as a fit property
To stop this dangerous current; her have I sent,
Arm'd with love's magic, to enchant the cardinal,
And bind revenge down with resistless charms;
By this time does she hang about his neck,
And by the witchcraft of a cunning kiss
Has she disarm'd him. Hark! they sound retreat;
She has prevail'd; a woman's tongue and eye
Are weapons stronger than artillery.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ CARDINAL, QUEEN-MOTHER, SOLDIERS, _drums and colours_.

QUEEN-M. By all those sighs which thou, like passionate tunes,
Hast often to my dull ears offered,
By all thy hopes to enjoy my royal bed,
By all those mourning lines which thou hast sent,
Weeping in black, to tell thy languishment;
By love's best, richest treasure, which I swear
I will bestow, and which none else shall wear,
As the most prized jewel, but thyself;
By that bright fire which, flaming through thine eyes,
From thy love-scorched bosom does arise,
I do conjure thee, let no churlish sound,
With war's lewd horror my desires confound.
Dear, dear Mendoza; thus I do entreat,
That still thou wouldst continue this retreat;
I'll hang upon thee, till I hear thee say,
Woman, prevail; or chiding, cri'st _Away_.

CAR. Is there no trick in this, forg'd by the Moor?

QUEEN-M. I would the Moor's damnation were the ransom
Of all the innocent blood that has been shed
In this black day: I care not for the Moor;
Love to my kingdom's peace makes me put on
This habit of a suppliant; shall I speed?

CAR. You shall, were it to have my bosom bleed;
I have no power to spare the negro's head,
When I behold the wounds which his black hand
Has given mine honour: but when I look on you,
I have no power to hate him; since your breath
Dissolves my frozen heart, being spent for him;
In you my life must drown itself or swim.
You have prevail'd: drum, swiftly hence; call back
Our fierce-pursuing troops, that run to catch
The laurel wreath of conquest: let it stand
Awhile untouch'd by any soldier's hand.

    [_Exit drum._

Away! stay you and guard us. Where's the Moor?
I'll lose what I have got, a victor's prize,
Yielding myself a prisoner to your eyes.

QUEEN-M. Mine eyes shall quickly grant you liberty.
The Moor stays my return; I'll put on wings,
And fetch him; to make peace belongs to kings.

    _As she goes out, enter_ ELEAZAR, ZARACK, BALTHAZAR, _and
        Soldiers well armed; at sight of each other, all draw_.

CAR. Soldiers, call back the drum: we are betray'd.

ELE. Moors, stand upon your guard; avoid, look back.

QUEEN-M. What means this jealousy? Mendoza, Moor,
Lay by your weapons and embrace; the sight
Of this and this begets suspicion.
Eleazar, by my birth, he comes in peace:
Mendoza, by mine honour, so comes he.

CAR. Discharge these soldiers then.

ELE. And these.

    [_Soldiers stand aloof._

CAR. Away!

ELE. Go!

QUEEN-M. Soul, rejoice, to see this glorious day.

    [_She joins them together; they embrace._

CAR. Your virtues work this wonder. I have met
At her most dear command: what's your desires?

ELE. Peace and your honour'd arms: how loathingly
I sounded the alarums, witness heaven.
'Twas not to strike your breast, but to let out
The rank blood of ambition. That Philip
Makes you his ladder, and being climb'd so high
As he may reach a diadem, there you lie.
He's base-begotten,--that's his mother's sin.

QUEEN-M. God pardon it.

ELE. Ah! amen. But he's a bastard,
And rather than I'll kneel to him, I'll saw
My legs off by the thighs, because I'll stand
In spite of reverence: he's a bastard, he's!
And to beat down his usurpation
I have thrown about this thunder: but, Mendoza,
The people hate him for his birth;
He only leans on you, you are his pillar;
You gone, he walks on crutches, or else falls.
Then shrink from under him; are not they
Fools that, bearing others up, themselves seem low,
Because they above sit high; why, you do so.

CAR. 'Tis true.

QUEEN-M. Behold this error with fix'd eyes.

CAR. 'Tis true. Well?

ELE. O, have you found it? Have you smelt
The train of powder that must blow you up,
Up into air? What air? Why this, a breath;
Look you; in this time may a king meet death.
[Have] an eye to't, check it, check it.

CAR. How?

ELE. How? thus--
Steal from the heat of that incestuous blood,
Where ravish'd honour and Philippo lies;
Leave him; divide this huge and monstrous body
Of armed Spaniards into limbs thus big:
Part man from man, send every soldier home;
I'll do the like: peace with an olive branch
Shall fly with dovelike wings about all Spain;
The crown, which I as a good husband keep,
I will lay down upon the empty chair;
Marry you the queen, and fill it: for my part,
These knees are yours, sir.

CAR. Is this sound?

ELE. From my heart.

CAR. If you prove false----

ELE. If I do, let fire fall----

CAR. Amen.

ELE. Upon thy head [_Aside_]; and so it shall.

CAR. All of myself is yours; soldiers, begone.

ELE. And that way you.

CAR. The rest I will divide:
The lords shall be convented.

ELE. Good.

CAR. Let's meet.

QUEEN-M. Where?

ELE. Here anon: this [_Aside_] is thy winding-sheet.

    [_Exit_ CARDINAL. _The Moor walks up and down musing._

QUEEN-M. What shape will this prodigious womb bring forth,
Which groans with such strange labour?

ELE. Excellent!

QUEEN-M. Why, Eleazar, art thou rapt with joys,
Or does thy sinking policy make to shore?

ELE. Ha!

QUEEN-M. Eleazar, madman! hear'st thou, Moor?

ELE. Well so; you turn my brains; you mar the face
Of my attempts i' the making; for this chaos,
This lump of projects, ere it be lick'd over,
'Tis like a bear's conception; stratagems,
Being but begot and not got out, are like
Charg'd cannons not discharg'd--they do no harm
Nor good. True policy, breeding in the brain,
Is like a bar of iron, whose ribs being broken
And soften'd in the fire, you then may forge it
Into a sword to kill, or to a helmet to defend,
Life. 'Tis therefore wit to try all fashions,
Ere you apparel villany. But--but
I ha' suited him; fit, fit, O, fit!

QUEEN-M. How, prythee, how?

ELE. Why, thus;--yet, no;--let's hence
My heart is nearest of my council, yet
I scarce dare trust my heart with't; what I do,
It shall look old the hour wherein 'tis born;
Wonders twice seen are garments overworn.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ CARDINAL _at one door_; PHILIPPO _half-armed, and two_
        SOLDIERS _following him with the rest of the armour; the_
        CARDINAL, _seeing him, turns back again_.

PHIL. Sirrah! you, cardinal! coward! run away!
So ho, ho! what, cardinal!

CAR. I am not for your lure.

    [_Exit._

PHIL. For that then, O, [_Touching his sword_] that it had
    nail'd thy heart
Up to the pommel to the earth; come, arm me.
Ha! 'sfoot! when all our swords were royally gilt with blood,
When with red sweat, that trickled from our wounds,
We had dearly earn'd a victory; when hell
Had from their hinges heav'd off her iron gates,
To bid the damn'd Moor and the devils enter,
Then to lose all, then to sound base retreat;
Why, soldiers, ha!

1ST SOL. I am glad of it, my lord.

PHIL. Ha, glad! art glad I am dishonoured,
That thou and he [have me] dishonoured?

1ST SOL. Why, my lord,
I am glad that you so cleanly did come off.

PHIL. Thou hast a lean face and a carrion heart;
A plague on him and thee too: then, 'sheart! then
To crack the very heart-strings of our army--
To quarter it in pieces--I could tear my hair,
And in cursing spend my soul;
Cardinal! what, Judas! come, we'll fight,
Till there be left but one; if I be he,
I'll die a glorious death.

1ST SOL. So will I, I hope, in my bed.

    [_Aside._]

2D SOL. Till there be but one left, my lord? Why, that's now; for
all our fellows are crawled home; some with one leg, some ne'er
an arm, some with their brains beaten out, and glad they 'scaped
so.

PHIL. But, my dear countrymen, you'll stick to me?

1ST SOL. Stick! ay, my lord, stick like bandogs, till we be
pulled off.

PHIL. That's nobly said: I'll lead you but to death,
Where I'll have greatest share; we shall win fame
For life, and that doth crown a soldier's name.

1ST SOL. How! to death, my lord? Not I, by Gad's-lid: I have a
poor wife and children at home, and, if I die, they beg: and do
you think I'll see her go up and down the wide universal world?

PHIL. For every drop of blood which thou shalt lose,
Coward, I'll give thy wife a wedge of gold.

2D SOL. Hang him, meacock! my lord, arm yourself; I'll fight for
you, till I have not an eye to see the fire in my touch-hole.

PHIL. Be thou a king's companion; thou and I
Will dare the cardinal and the Moor to fight
In single combat; shall we, ha?

2D SOL. Agreed.

PHIL. We'll beat'm to hell-gate; shall we, ha?

2D SOL. Hell-gate's somewhat too hot, somewhat too hot; the
porter's a knave: I'd be loth to be damned for my conscience;
I'll knock any body's costard, so I knock not there, my lord;
hell-gates!

PHIL. A pox upon such slaves!

1ST SOL. Hang him, a peasant! my lord, you see I am but a scrag;
my lord, my legs are not of the biggest, nor the least, nor the
best that e'er were stood upon--nor the worst; but they are of
God's making; and for your sake, if ever we put our enemies to
flight again, by Gad's-lid, if I run not after them like a tiger,
hough[68] me.

PHIL. But wilt thou stand to't ere they fly, ha, wilt thou?

1ST SOL. Will I, quoth-a! by this hand and the honour of a
soldier.

PHIL. And by a soldier's honour I will load thee
With Spanish pistolets: to have this head,
Thy face, and all thy body stuck with scars,
Why 'tis a sight more glorious than to see
A lady hung with diamonds. If thou lose
A hand, I'll send this after; if an arm,
I'll lend thee one of mine; come then, let's fight.
A mangled, lame, true soldier is a gem
Worth Cæsar's empire, though fools spurn at them.

1ST SOL. Yet, my lord, I have seen lame soldiers not worth the
crutches they leant upon; hands and arms, quoth-he! Zounds! not
I. I'll double my files, or stand sentry, or so; but I'll be
hanged and quartered, before I'll have my members cut off.

2D SOL. And I too: hold thee there.

PHIL. Hold you both there; away, you rogues, you dirt!

    [_Beats them both in._

Thus do I tread upon you; out, begone!
One valiant is an host: fight then alone.

    _Enter_ CARDINAL, ALVERO, CHRISTOFERO, _and Soldiers_.

CAR. Prince Philip.

PHIL. For the crown of Spain, come all.

CAR. We come in love and peace.

PHIL. But come in war;
Bring naked swords, not laurel boughs, in peace!
Plague on your rank peace! will you fight and cry,
Down with the Moor? and then I'm yours; I'll die.
I have a heart, two arms, a soul, a head;
I'll lay that down; I'll venture all--'sfoot, all!
Come, tread upon me, so that Moor may fall.

CAR. By heaven, that Moor shall fall.

PHIL. Thy hand and thine.

    [_Flings down his weapons._

Give me but half your hearts, you have all mine;
By heaven, shall he fall?

CAR. Yes, upon thee,
Like to the ruins of a tower, to grind
Thy body into dust. Traitor and bastard,
I do arrest thee of high treason.

PHIL. Ha!
Traitor and bastard! and by thee? my weapons!

CAR. Lay hands upon him!

PHIL. Ah! you're best do so.

CAR. Alvero, there's the warrant; to your hands
The prisoner is committed. Lords, let's part:
Look to him, on your life.

    [_Exeunt_ CARDINAL, _&c._

    _Manent_ PHILIP _and_ ALVERO.

PHIL. Heart! heart! heart! heart!

    [_Tears the warrant._

The devil and his dam, the Moor and my mother,
Their warrant I will not obey: old greybeard,
Thou shalt not be my jailer; there's no prison,
No dungeon deep enough, no grates so strong,
That can keep in a man so mad with wrong.
What, dost thou weep?

ALV. I would fain shed a tear,
But from mine eyes so many show'rs are gone;
Grief drinks my tears so fast, that here's not one.
You must to prison.

PHIL. Dost thou speak to me?

ALV. You must to prison.

PHIL. And from thence to death.
I thought I should have had a tomb hung round
With tatter'd colours, broken spears; I thought
My body should have fallen down full of wounds;
But one can kill an emperor, fool; then why
Wouldst thou have many? Curse, be mad, and die.

    [_Exeunt._



ACT V., SCENE I.


    _Enter_ RODERIGO _and_ CHRISTOFERO, _two bare-headed before
        them_; CARDINAL _alone_; ZARACK _and_ BALTHAZAR _bearing
        the crown on a cushion_; ELEAZAR _next_; QUEEN-MOTHER
        _after him; other Lords after her_; ALVERO, _sad, meets
        them_.

CAR. Alvero, 'tis the pleasure of the king,
Of the queen-mother, and these honoured states,
To ease you of Philippo; there's a warrant
Sent to remove him to a stronger guard.

ALV. I thank you; you shall rid me of much care.

ELE. Sit down, and take your place.

ALV. If I might have the place I like best,
It should be my grave.

    [_Sits down. The Moors stand aside with the crown_: ELEAZAR,
        _rising, takes it_.

ELE. Stand in voice-reach, away!

BOTH MOORS. We are gone.

    [_Exeunt._

ELE. Princes of Spain, if in this royal court
There sit a man that, having laid his hold
So fast on such a jewel, and dare wear it
In the contempt of envy, as I dare,
Yet uncompell'd (as freely as poor pilgrims
Bestow their prayers) would give such wealth away;
Let such a man step forth; what, do none rise?
No, no, for kings indeed are deities;
And who'd not (as the sun) in brightness shine?
To be the greatest is to be divine.
Who, among millions, would not be the mightiest,
To sit in godlike state: to have all eyes
Dazzled with admiration, and all tongues
Shouting loud prayers: to rob every heart
Of love: to have the strength of every arm:
A sovereign's name? why, 'tis a sovereign charm
This glory roundabout me hath thrown beams:
I have stood upon the top of fortune's wheel,
And backward turn'd the iron screw of fate.
The destinies have spun a silken thread
About my life; yet, noble Spaniards, see
_Hoc tantum tanti_, thus I cast aside
The shape of majesty, and on my knee

    [_Kneels: the_ CARDINAL _fetches the crown, and sets it on
        the chair_.

To this imperial state lowly resign
This usurpation: wiping off your fears,
Which stuck so hard upon me; let a hand,
A right and royal hand, take up this wreath,
And guard it; right is of itself most strong;
No kingdom got by cunning can stand long.

CAR. Proceed to new election of a king.

ALL. Agreed.

ELE. Stay, peers of Spain: if young Philippo
Be Philip's son, then is he Philip's heir;
Then must his royal name be set in gold;
Philip is then the diamond to that ring.
But if he be a bastard, here's his seat,
For baseness has no gall, till it grow great.
First, therefore, let him blood, if he must bleed,
Yet in what vein you strike him, best take heed;
The Portugal's his friend; you saw he came,
At holding up a finger, arm'd: this peace
Rid hence his dangerous friendship; he's at home.
But when he hears that Philip is tied up.
Yet hears not why, he'll catch occasion's lock,
And on that narrow bridge make shift to lead
A scrambling army through the heart of Spain:
Look to't; being in, he'll hardly out again.
Therefore first prove and then proclaim him bastard.

ALV. How shall we prove it?

ELE. He that put him out to making,
I am sure can tell; if not,
Then she that shap'd him can: here's the queen-mother,
Being prick'd in conscience, and preferring Spain
Before her own respect, will name the man.
If he be noble, and a Spaniard born,
He'll hide th' apparent scars of their infamies
With the white hand of marriage; that and time
Will eat the blemish off: say, shall it?

ALL. No.

CAR. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die.

HOR. Death is too easy for such villany.

ELE. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die?
I would he might; I know myself am clear,
As is the new-born infant. Madam, stand forth.
Be bold to speak: shame in the grave wants sense,
Heaven with sin's greatest forfeits can dispense.

QUEEN-M. Would I were cover'd with the veil of night,
You might not see red shame sit on my cheeks;
But being Spain's common safety stands for truth,
Hiding my weeping eyes, I blush and say,
Philippo's father sits here.

ROD. Here! name him.

QUEEN-M. The Lord Mendoza did beget that son;
O, let not this dishonour further run.

ALV. What, Cardinal Mendoza?

QUEEN-M. Yes, yes, even he.

ELE. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die.

CAR. I Philip's father?

    [_Comes down, the rest talk._

QUEEN-M. Nay, deny me not;
Now may a kingdom and my love be got.

CAR. Those eyes and tongue bewitch me, shame lie here;
That love has sweetest taste that is bought dear.

CHRIS. What answers Lord Mendoza to the queen?

CAR. I confess guilty, Philip is my son;
Her majesty hath nam'd the time and place.

ALV. To you, but not to us; go forward, madam.

QUEEN-M. Within the circle of twice ten years since,
Your deceas'd king made war in Barbary,
Won Tunis, conquer'd Fez, and hand to hand
Slew great Abdela, King of Fez, and father
To that Barbarian prince.

ELE. I was but young, but now methinks
I see my father's wounds: poor Barbaria!
No more--

QUEEN-M. In absence of my lord, mourning his want,
To me alone, being in my private walk--
I think at Salamanca:--yes, 'twas there;
Enters Mendoza, under show of shrift,[69]
Threatens my death if I denied his lust;
In fine, by force he won me to his will:
I wept, and cried for help, but all in vain.
Mendoza there abus'd the bed of Spain.

ELE. Spaniard or Moor, that saucy slave shall die.

ALV. Why did you not complain of this vile act?

QUEEN-M. Alas! I was alone, young, full of fear,
Bashful and doubtful of my own defame;
Knowing King Philip rash and jealous,
I hid his sins, thinking to hide my shame.

HOR. What says the cardinal?

CAR. Such a time there was;
'Tis pass'd: I'll make amends with marriage,
And satisfy with trentals,[70] dirges, prayers,
The offended spirit of the wronged king.

    [QUEEN _and they talk_.

ELE. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die.
O, 'twould seem best it should be thus, Mendoza;
She to accuse, I urge, and both conclude
Your marriage, like a comic interlude.
Lords, will you hear this hateful sin confess'd,
And not impose upon the ravisher death,
The due punishment? O, it must be so.

ALV. What does the queen desire?

QUEEN-M. Justice, revenge,
On vile Mendoza for my ravishment.
I kiss the cold earth with my humble knees,
From whence I will not rise, till some just hand
Cast to the ground the traitor cardinal.

ALL. Stand forth, Mendoza.

ELE. Swells your heart so high?
Down, lecher; if you will not stand, then lie.

CAR. You have betray'd me by my too much trust;
I never did this deed of rape and lust.

ROD. Your tongue confess'd it.

CAR. True, I was entic'd.

ELE. Entic'd! do you believe that?

QUEEN-M. Justice, lords;
Sentence the cardinal for his hateful sin.

ALV. We will assemble all the states of Spain,
And as they judge, so justice shall be done.

ELE. A guard! To prison with the cardinal.

    _Enter_ ZARACK, BALTHAZAR, _and others_.

CAR. Damn'd slave, my tongue shall go at liberty
To curse thee, ban that strumpet; dogs, keep off.

ELE. Hist, hist! on, on!

QUEEN-M. I cannot brook his sight.

ALV. You must to prison, and be patient.

CAR. Weep'st thou, Alvero? all struck dumb? My fears
Are that those drops will change to bloody tears.
This woman and this serpent----

QUEEN-M. Drag him hence.

CAR. Who dares lay hands upon me? Lords of Spain,
Let your swords bail me: this false queen did lie.

ELE. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die.

CAR. I'll fight thee, damned hellhound, for my life.

ELE. Spaniard or Moor, the saucy slave shall die.

CAR. I'll prove upon thy head----

ELE. The slave shall die.

CAR. Lords, stop this villain's throat.

ELE. Shall die, shall die.

CAR. Hear me but speak.

ELE. Away.

ALV. Words are ill-spent,
Where wrong sits judge; you're arm'd, if innocent.

CAR. Well then, I must to prison: Moor, no more.
Heavens, thou art just! Prince Philip I betray'd,
And now myself fall; guile with guile is paid.

    [_Exit._

QUEEN-M. Philip being prov'd a bastard, who shall sit
Upon this empty throne?

ELE. Strumpet, not you.

QUEEN-M. Strumpet! and I not sit there, who [shall] then?

ELE. Down!
Back! if she touch it, she'll bewitch the chair;
This throne belongs to Isabel the fair.
Bring forth the princess dress'd in royal robes,
The true affecter of Alvero's son,
Virtuous Hortenzo. Lords, behold your queen.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ ISABELLA _in royal robes, and_ HORTENZO.

QUEEN-M. Thou villain, what intend'st thou, savage slave?

ELE. To advance virtue thus, and thus to tread
On lust, on murder, on adultery's head.
Look, lords, upon your sovereign Isabel;
Though all may doubt the fruits of such a womb,
Is she not like King Philip? Let her rule.

QUEEN-M. She rule!

ELE. She rule: ay, she.

QUEEN-M. A child
To sway an empire? I am her protectress;
I'll pour black curses on thy damned head
If thou wrong'st me. Lords, lords!

ELE. Princes of Spain,
Be deaf, be blind; hear not, behold her not;
She kill'd my virtuous wife.

QUEEN-M. He kill'd your king.

ELE. 'Twas in my just wrath.

QUEEN-M. 'Twas to get his crown.

ELE. His crown! why, here 'tis: thou slew'st my Maria,
To have access to my unstained bed.

QUEEN-M. O heaven!

ELE. 'Tis true: how often have I stopp'd
Thy unchaste songs from passing through mine ears.
How oft, when thy luxurious arms have twin'd
About my jetty neck, have I cried out:
Away, those scalding veins burn me--'tis true.

QUEEN-M. Devil, 'tis a lie!

ELE. Thou slew'st my sweet Maria;
Alvero, 'twas thy daughter, 'twas; Hortenzo,
She was thy sister; justice, Isabella;
This serpent poison'd thy dear father's bed,
Setting large horns on his imperial head.

QUEEN-M. Hear me!

ELE. Ha, why?

ALV. Madam, you shall be heard
Before the courts, before the courts of Spain.

ELE. A guard! a guard!

    _Enter two Moors and others._

QUEEN-M. A guard! for what? for whom?

HOR. To wait on you;
So many great sins must not wait with few.

QUEEN-M. Keep me in prison! dare you, lords?

ALV. O no!
Were your cause strong, we would not arm you so;
But honour fainting needeth many hands;
Kingdoms stand safe when mischief lies in bands.
You must to prison.

    [_Exeunt._

QUEEN-M. Must I! must I! Slave,
I'll damn thee, ere thou triumph'st o'er my grave.

    [_Exit with a guard._


SCENE III.

    _Manet_ ELEAZAR.

ELE. Do, do, my jocund spleen
It does, it will, it shall. I have at one throw
Rifled away the diadem of Spain;
'Tis gone, and there's no more to set but this
At all. Then, at this last cast, I'll sweep up
My former petty losses, or lose all,
Like to a desperate gamester.

    _Enter_ ZARACK.

Ha, how? fast?

ZAR. Except their bodies turn to airy spirits,
And fly through windows, they are safe, my lord:
If they can eat through locks and bars of iron,
They may escape; if not, then not.

ELE. O Zarack!
Wit is a thief; there's picklock policy,
To whom all doors fly open; therefore go;
In our name charge the keeper to resign
His office; and if he have tricks of cruelty,
Let him bequeath 'em at his death--for kill him.
Turn all thy body into eyes,
And watch them; let those eyes, like fiery comets,
Sparkle out nothing but the death of kings.
And ah! now thus: thou know'st I did invent
A torturing iron chain.

ZAR. O, for necks, my lord?

ELE. Ay; that, that, that; away, and yoke them. Stay,

    _Enter_ BALTHAZAR.

Here's Balthazar: go both, teach them to preach
Through an iron pillory. I'll spread a net
To catch Alvero; O, he is old and wise;
They are unfit to live that have sharp eyes.
Hortenzo, Roderigo, to't to't: all
They have supple knees, sleek'd brows, but hearts of gall;
The bitterness shall be wash'd off with blood:
Tyrants swim safest in a crimson flood.

BAL. I come to tell your grace that Isabella
Is with Hortenzo arm in arm at hand;
Zarack and I may kill them now with ease.
Is't done? and then 'tis done.

ZAR. Murther thou the man,
And I'll stab her.

ELE. No, I'll speed[71] her myself.
Arm in arm? so, so; look upon this ring;
Whoever brings this token to your hands,
Regard not for what purpose, seize on them,
And chain them to the rest: they come--away!
Murder, be proud; and, tragedy, laugh on,
I'll seek a stage for thee to jet[72] upon.

    _Enter_ ISABELLA _and_ HORTENZO; _seeing the Moor, they turn
        back_.

ELE. My lord, my Lord Hortenzo.

HOR. Ah, is't you?
Trust me, I saw you not.

ELE. What makes your grace so sad?

HOR. She grieves for the imprison'd queen her mother
And for Philippo; in the sandy heap
That wait upon an hour, there are not found
So many little bodies, as those sighs
And tears which she hath every minute spent,
Since her lov'd brother felt imprisonment.

ELE. Pity, great pity; would it lay in me
To give him liberty.

ISA. It does.

ELE. In me!
Free him, your mother-queen and cardinal too.
In me? alas! not me; no, no, in you!
Yet, for I'll have my conscience white and pure,
Here, madam, take this ring; and if my name
Can break down castle-walls and open gates,
Take it, and do't; fetch them all forth,--and yet
'Tis unfit you should go.

HOR. That happy office I'll execute myself.

ELE. Will you? Would I
Stood gracious in their sight! Well, go:
Do what you will: Hortenzo, if this charm
Unbinds them, here 'tis: lady, you and I
Aloof will follow him, and when we meet,
Speak for me, for I'll kiss Philippo's feet.

HOR. I shall be proud to see all reconcil'd.

    [_Exit._

ELE. Alas, my lord! why, true; go, go.

ISA. Make haste, dear love.

ELE. Hortenzo is a man
Compos'd of sweet proportion; has a foot,
A leg, a hand, a face, an eye, a wit--
The best, Hortenzo, in the Spanish court.
O, he's the nonpareil.

ISA. Your tongue had wont
To be more sparing in Hortenzo's praise.

ELE. Ah! I may curse his praises, rather ban
Mine own nativity: why did this colour
Dart in my flesh so far! O, would my face
Were of Hortenzo's fashion; else would yours
Were as black as mine is.

ISA. Mine like yours? why?

ELE. Hark,
I love you; yes, faith, I said this--I love you.
I do--leave him.

ISA. Damnation! vanish from me.

ELE. Coy!
Were you as hard as flint, O, you should yield
Like soften'd wax; were you as pure as fire,
I'd touch you; yes, I'll taint you: see you this?
I'll bring you to this lure.

ISA. If I want hands
To kill myself, before thou dost it, do.

ELE. I'll cut away your hands. Well, my desire
Is raging as the sea, and mad as fire.
Will you?

ISA. Torment me not, good devil.

ELE. Will you.

ISA. I'll tear mine eyes out, if they tempt thy lust.

ELE. Do.

ISA. Touch me not; these knives----

ELE. Ha, ha! kill yourself,
Because I jest with you! I wrong Hortenzo.
Settle your thoughts, 'twas but a trick to try
That which few women have, true constancy.

ISA. If then my speeches taste of gall----

ELE. Nay, faith,
You are not bitter; no; you should have rail'd,
Have spit upon me, spurn'd me; you're not bitter:
Why, do you think that I would nurse a thought,
To hurt your honour? If that thought had brains,
I'd beat them out. But come; by this Hortenzo
Is fast.

ISA. Ha! fast?

ELE. Ay, fast--in Philip's arms;
Wrestling together for the prize of love;
By this they're on the way: I'll be your guard;
Come, follow me; I'll lead you in the van,
Where [_Aside_] thou shalt see four chins upon one chain.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE IV.

    HORTENZO, QUEEN-MOTHER, CARDINAL, _and_ PHILIP, _chained by
        the necks_. ZARACK _and_ BALTHAZAR _busy about fastening_
        HORTENZO.

HOR. You damned ministers of villany,
Sworn to damnation by the book of hell;
You maps of night, you element of devils,
Why do you yoke my neck with iron chains?

BAL. Many do borrow chains, but you have this
Gratis for nothing.

CAR. Slaves, unbind us.

BOTH. No.

    [_Exeunt the two Moors._

PHIL. I am impatient; veins, why crack you not,
And tilt your blood into the face of heaven,
To make red clouds, like ensigns in the sky,
Displaying a damn'd tyrant's cruelty!
Yet can I laugh in my extremest pangs
Of blood and spirit to see the cardinal
Keep rank with me, and my vile mother-queen,
To see herself where she would have me seen.
Good fellowship, i' faith!

HOR. And I can tell,
True misery loves a companion well.

PHIL. Thou left'st me to the mercy of a Moor
That hath damnation dyed upon his flesh;
'Twas well; thou, mother, didst unmotherly
Betray thy true son to false bastardy;
Thou left'st me then: now thou art found and staid,
And thou, who didst betray me, art betray'd.
A plague upon you all!

CAR. Thou cursest them
Whom I may curse: first, may I curse myself,
Too credulous of loyalty and love;
Next may I curse the Moor, more than a devil;
And last thy mother, mother of all evil.

QUEEN-M. All curses and all crosses light on thee!
What need I curse myself, when all curse me?
I have been deadly impious, I confess:
Forgive me, and my sin will seem the less.
This heavy chain, which now my neck assaults,
Weighs ten times lighter than my heavy faults.

PHIL. Hortenzo, I commend myself to thee;
Thou that are near'st, stand'st furthest off from me.

HOR. That mould of hell, that Moor, has chain'd me here;
'Tis not myself, but Isabel I fear.


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ ELEAZAR, ISABELLA, ZARACK, _and_ BALTHAZAR.

ELE. It's strange!
Will not Prince Philip come with Hortenzo?

ZAR. He swears he'll live and die there.

ELE. Marry, and shall.

    [_Aside_.

I pray, persuade him, you, to leave the place.
A prison! why, it's hell. 'Las, here they be!
Ha! they are they, i' faith; see, see, see, see.

ALL. Moor, devil, toad, serpent!

ELE. O sweet airs, sweet voices!

ISA. O my Hortenzo!

ELE. Do not these birds sing sweetly, Isabella?
O, how their spirits would leap aloft and spring,
Had they their throats at liberty to sing!

PHIL. Damnation dog thee!

CAR. Furies follow thee!

QUEEN-M. Comets confound thee!

HOR. And hell swallow thee!

ELE. Sweeter and sweeter still. O harmony!
Why, there's no music like to misery.

ISA. Hast thou betrayed me thus?

ELE. Not I, not I.

PHIL. Sirrah hedgehog.

ELE. Ha! I'll hear thee presently.

ISA. Hear me then, hellhound; slaves, unchain my love,
Or by----

ELE. By what? Is't not rare walking here?
Methinks this stage shows like a tennis-court;
Does it not, Isabel? I'll show thee how--
Suppose that iron chain to be the line,
The prison-doors the hazard, and their heads,
Scarce peeping o'er the line, suppose the balls!
Had I a racket now of burnish'd steel,
How smoothly could I bandy every ball
Over this globe of earth, win set, and all.

PHIL. How brisk the villain jets in villany!

ELE. Prating! he's proud because he wears a chain:
Take it off, Balthazar, and take him hence.

    [_They unbind him._

PHIL. And whither then, you dog?

ISA. Pity my brother.

ELE. Pity him! no; away!

PHIL. Ay, come, do come.[73] I pray thee kill me: come.

ELE. I hope to see
Thy own hands do that office. Down with him!

PHIL. Is there another hell?

TWO MOORS. Try, try; he's gone.

ELE. So him next, he next, and next him; and then----

ALL. Worse than damnation! fiend, monster of men!

ELE. Why, when! Down, down!

CAR. Slave, as thou thrust me down
Into this dungeon, so sink thou to hell.

QUEEN-M. Amen, amen.

ELE. Together so; and you--

ISA. O, pity my Hortenzo!

HOR. Farewell, my Isabel; my life, adieu.

ALL. Mischief and horror let the Moor pursue!

ELE. A concert! that amain;[74] play that amain;
Amain, amain. No; so soon fallen asleep!
Nay, I'll not lose this music; sirrah, sirrah,
Take thou a drum, a trumpet thou; and hark,
Mad them with villanous sounds.

ZAR. Rare sport; let's go.

    [_Exeunt_ ZARACK _and_ BALTHAZAR.

ELE. About it: music will do well in woe.
How like you this?

ISA. Set my Hortenzo free,
And I'll like anything.

ELE. A fool, a fool.
Hortenzo free! why, look you, he free! no;
Then must he marry you; you must be queen,
He in a manner king; these dignities,
Like poison, make men swell; this ratsbane honour,
O, 'tis so sweet! they'll lick it, till all burst:
He will be proud; and pride, you know, must fall.
Come, come, he shall not; no, no, 'tis more meet
To keep him down safe standing on his feet.

ISA. Eleazar!

ELE. Mark, the imperial chair of Spain
Is now as empty as a miser's alms:
Be wise, I yet dare sit in't; it's for you,
If you will be for me; there's room for two.
Do--meditate--muse on't: its best for thee
To love me, live with me, and lie with me.

ISA. Thou know'st I'll first lie in the arms of death.
My meditations are how to revenge
Thy bloody tyrannies. I fear thee not,
Inhuman slave, but to thy face defy
Thy lust, thy love, thy barbarous villany.

ELE. Zarack.

    _Enter_ ZARACK.

ZAR. My lord.

ELE. Where's Balthazar?

ZAR. A-drumming.

ELE. I have made them rave and curse, and so guard her.
Your court shall be this prison; guard her, slaves,
With open eyes: defy me! see my veins
Struck't out, being overheated with my blood,
Boiling in wrath; I'll tame you.

ISA. Do, do.

ELE. Ha,
I will! and once more fill a kingdom's throne.
Spain, I'll new-mould thee: I will have a chair
Made all of dead men's bones; and the ascents
Shall be the heads of Spaniards set in ranks:
I will have Philip's head, Hortenzo's head,
Mendoza's head, thy mother's head, and this--
This head, that is so cross, I'll have't.
The scene wants actors; I'll fetch more, and clothe it
In rich cothurnal pomp: a tragedy
Ought to be grave: graves this shall beautify.
Moor, execute to th' life my dread commands;
Vengeance, awake, thou hast much work in hand.

    [_Exit._

ZAR. I am weary of this office and this life;
It is too thirsty, and I would your blood
Might 'scape the filling out. By heaven, I swear,
I scorn these blows and his rebukes to bear.

ISA. O Zarack, pity me; I love thee well;
Love deserves pity; pity Isabel.

ZAR. What would you have me do?

ISA. To kill this Moor.

ZAR. I'll cast an eye of death upon my face;
I'll be no more his slave. Swear to advance me,
And, by yon setting sun, this hand and this
Shall rid you of a tyrant.

ISA. By my birth,
No Spaniard's honour'd place shall equal thine.

ZAR. I'll kill him then.

ISA. And Balthazar?

ZAR. And he.

ISA. I pray thee, first fetch Philip and Hortenzo
Out of that hell; they two will be most glad
To aid thee in this execution.

ZAR. My Lord Philippo and Hortenzo, rise.
Your hands; so, talk to her: at my return
This sword shall reek with blood of Balthazar.

    [_Exit._

PHIL. Three curses (like three commendations
To their souls) I send: thy tortured brother;
Does curse the cardinal, the Moor, thy mother.

ISA. Curse not at all! dear souls, revenge is hot,
And boils in Zarack's brains; the plot is cast
Into the mould of hell: you freemen are:
Zarack will kill the Moor and Balthazar.

HOR. How can that relish?

ISA. I'll tell you how:
I did profess, ay, and protested too,
I lov'd him well; what will not sorrow do!
Then he profess'd, ay, and protested too,
To kill them both; what will not devils do!

PHIL. Then I profess, ay, and protest it too,
That here's for him; what will not Philip do!

HOR. See where he comes.

    _Enter the two Moors._

BAL. Zarack, what do I see?
Hortenzo and Philippo? who did this?

ZAR. I, Balthazar.

BAL. Thou art half-damn'd for it;[75]
I'll to my lord.

ZAR. I'll stop you on your way;
Lie there, thy tongue shall tell no tales to-day.

    [_Stabs him._

PHIL. Nor thine to-morrow: this revenge was well.

    [_Stabs him._

By this time both the slaves shake hands in hell.

ISA. Philippo and Hortenzo, stand you still?
What, doat you both? Cannot you see your play?
Well fare a woman then to lead the way.
Once rob the dead; put the Moors' habits on,
And paint your faces with the oil of hell:
So, waiting on the tyrant----

PHIL. Come, no more,
'Tis here and here: room there below; stand wide,
Bury them well, since they so godly died.

HOR. Away then, fate: now let revenge be plac'd.

PHIL. Here.

HOR. And here; a tyrant's blood doth sweetly taste.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ ELEAZAR, ALVERO, RODERIGO, CHRISTOFERO, _and other
        Lords_.

ELE. What, I imprison! Who?

ALL. Philip and Hortenzo.

ELE. Philip and Hortenzo! ha, ha, ha!

ROD. Why laughs the Moor?

ELE. I laugh, because you jest:
Laugh at a jest. Who, I imprison them?
I prize their lives with weights, their necks with chains,
Their hands with manacles! do I all this?
Because my face is in night's colour dyed,
Think you my conscience and my soul is so?
Black faces may have hearts as white as snow;
And 'tis a general rule in moral schools,[76]
The whitest faces have the blackest souls.

ALV. But touching my Hortenzo----

ELE. Good old man,
I never touch'd him; do not touch me then
With thy Hortenzo.

CHRIS. Where's Philip too?

ELE. And where is Philip too?
I pray, I pray, is Philip a tame Spaniard?
What, can I Philip him hither, hither make him fly?
First, where's Hortenzo? Where's Philip too?

ROD. And where is Isabel? She was with you.

ELE. And where is Isabel? She was with me!

    _Enter_ PHILIP _and_ HORTENZO, _like Moors_.

And so are you; yet are you well, you see:
But in good time, see where their keepers come.
Come hither, Zarack; Balthazar, come hither:
Zarack, old Lord Alvero asks of thee
Where young Hortenzo is.

HOR. My lord, set free.

ELE. O, is he so? Come hither, Balthazar:
Lord Christofero here would ask of thee
Where Prince Philippo is.

PHIL. My lord, set free.

ELE. O, is he so?
Roderigo asketh me for Isabel.

PHIL. I say, my lord, she's free.

ELE. O, is she so?

PHIL. Believe me, lords.

HOR. And me.

PHIL. I set Philippo----

HOR. I, Hortenzo free.

ELE. My lords, because you shall believe me too,
Go to the castle: I will follow you.

ALV. Thanks to the mighty Moor; and, for his fame,
Be more in honour than thou art in name:
But let me wish the other prisoners well,
The queen and cardinal: let all have right,
Let law absolve them, or dissolve them quite.

ELE. Grave man, thy grey hairs paint out gravity,
Thy counsels wisdom, thy wit policy.
There let us meet, and with a general brain
Erect the peace of spirit and of Spain.

ALV. Then will Spain flourish.

ELE. Ay, when it is mine.

ROD. O heavenly meeting!

ELE. We must part in hell.

    [_Aside._

CHRIS. True peace of joy.

    [_Exeunt._

    _Manent_ ELEAZAR, PHILIP, _and_ HORTENZO.

ELE. 'Tis a dissembling knell;
Farewell, my lords; meet there; so, ha, ha, ha!

    [_Draws his rapier._

Now, tragedy, thou minion of the night,
Rhamnusia's[77] pew-fellow, to thee I'll sing
Upon a harp made of dead Spanish bones,
The proudest instrument the world affords;
When thou in crimson jollity shalt bathe
Thy limbs, as black as mine, in springs of blood
Still gushing from the conduit-head of Spain.
To thee, that never blushest, though thy cheeks
Are full of blood--O Saint Revenge, to thee
I consecrate my murders, all my stabs,
My bloody labours, tortures, stratagems,
The volume of all wounds that wound from me;
Mine is the stage, thine is the tragedy.
Where am I now? O, at the prison; true.
Zarack and Balthazar, come hither; see,
Survey my library. I study, ha,
Whilst you two sleep; marry, 'tis villany.
Here's a good book, Zarack, behold it well,
It's deeply written, for 'twas made in hell:
Now, Balthazar, a better book for thee;
But for myself, this, this, the best of all;
And therefore do I claim it every day,
For fear the readers steal the art away.
Where thou stand'st now, there must Hortenzo hang,
Like Tantalus in a maw-eating pang.
There, Balthazar, must Prince Philip stand,
Like damn'd Prometheus; and to act his part,
Shall have a dagger sticking at his heart.
But in my room I'll set the cardinal,
And he shall preach repentance to them all.
Ha, ha, ha!

PHIL. Damnation tickles him; he laughs again.
Philip must stand there, and bleed to death.
Well, villain, I only laugh to see
That we shall live to outlaugh him and thee.

ELE. O, fit, fit, fit! stay, a rare jest, rare jest!
Zarack, suppose thou art Hortenzo now;
I pray thee stand in passion of a pang,
To see, by thee, how quaintly he would hang.

HOR. I am Hortenzo; tut, tut, fear not, man;
Thou lookest like Zarack.

    [_Aside._

ELE. Ay, Hortenzo,
He shall hang here, i' faith; come, Zarack, come,
And, Balthazar, take thou Philippo's room:
First let me see you plac'd.

PHIL. We're plac'd.

ELE. Slaves; ha, ha, ha!
You are but players, that[78] must end the play;
How like Hortenzo and Philippo! ha!
Stand my two slaves, were they as black as you.
Well, Zarack, I'll unfix thee first of all,
Thou shalt help me to play the cardinal:
This iron engine on his head I'll clap,
Like a pope's mitre or a cardinal's cap;
Then manacle his hands, as thou dost mine;
So, so, I pray thee, Zarack, set him free,
That both of you may stand and laugh at me.

PHIL. 'Tis fine, i' faith; call in more company;
Alvero, Roderigo, and the rest:
Who will not laugh at Eleazar's jest?

ELE. What? Zarack, Balthazar!

PHIL. Ah! anon, anon;
We have not laugh'd enough: it's but begun.

    [_Knocking._

Who knocks?

ELE. Unmanacle my hands, I say.

PHIL. Then shall we mar our mirth, and spoil the play.

    [_Knocking again._

Who knocks?

ALV. [_Within._] Alvero.

PHIL. Let Alvero in.

ELE. And let me out.

    _Enter all below._

PHIL. I thank you for that flout,[79]
To let Alvero in, and let you out.

ELE. Villains! slaves! am not I your lord, the Moor?
And Eleazar?

QUEEN-M. And the devil of hell;
And more than that, and Eleazar too.

ELE. And, devil's dam, what do I here with you?

QUEEN-M. My tongue shall torture thee.

ELE. I know thee then;
All women's tongues are tortures unto men.

QUEEN-M. Spaniards, this was the villain; this is he
Who, through enticements of alluring lust
And glory, which makes silly women proud
And men malicious, did incense my spirit
Beyond the limits of a woman's mind
To wrong myself and that lord cardinal;
And (that which sticks more near unto my blood),
He that was nearest to my blood, my son,
To dispossess him of his right by wrong:
O, that I might embrace him on this breast,
Which did enclose him, when he first was born:
No greater happiness can heav'n show'r upon
Me than to circle in these arms of mine
That son, whose royal blood I did defame,
To crown with honour an ambitious Moor.

PHIL. Thus then thy happiness is complete;

    [_Embraces her._

Behold thy Philip ransom'd from that prison,
In which the Moor had cloistered him.

HOR. And here's Hortenzo.

ELE. Then am I betrayed and cosen'd in
My own designs: I did contrive
Their ruin; but their subtle policy
Hath blasted my ambitious thoughts. Villains!
Where's Zarack? Where's Balthazar?
What have you done with them?

PHIL. They're gone to Pluto's kingdom, to provide
A place for thee, and to attend thee there.
But, lest they should be tired with too long
Expecting hopes, come, brave spirits of Spain,
This is the Moor, the actor of these evils;
Thus thrust him down to act among the devils.

    [_Stabs him._

ELE. And am I thus despatch'd!
Had I but breath'd the space of one hour longer,
I would have fully acted my revenge:
But O, now pallid death bids me prepare,
And haste to Charon for to be his fare.
I come, I come: but ere my glass is run,
I'll curse you all, and, cursing, end my life.
May'st thou, lascivious queen, whose damned charms
Bewitch'd me to the circle of thy arms,
Unpiti'd die, consum'd with loathed lust,
Which thy venereous mind hath basely nurs'd:
And for you, Philip, may your days be long,
But clouded with perpetual misery:
May thou, Hortenzo, and thy Isabel
Be fetch'd alive by furies into hell,
There to be damn'd for ever. O, I faint;
Devils, come claim your right, and when I am
Confin'd within your kingdom, then shall I
Outact you all in perfect villany.

    [_Dies._

PHIL. Take down his body, while his blood streams forth;
His acts are pass'd, and our last act is done.
Now do I challenge my hereditary right
To the roy'l Spanish throne, usurp'd by him,
In which, in all your sights, I thus do plant myself.
Lord Cardinal, and you the queen my mother,
I pardon all those crimes you have committed.

QUEEN-M. I'll now repose myself in peaceful rest,
And fly unto some solitary residence,
Where I'll spin out the remnant of my life
In true contrition for my pass'd offences.

PHIL. And now, Hortenzo, to close up your wound,
I here contract my sister unto thee,
With comic joy to end a tragedy.
And, for the barbarous Moor and his black train,
Let all the Moors be banished from Spain.

       *       *       *       *       *



ANDROMANA

OR

THE MERCHANT'S WIFE.



_EDITION._


_Andromana; or, The Merchant's Wife. The Scene Iberia. By J. S.
   London: Printed for John Bellinger; and are to be sold at his
   shop, in Clifford's Inn Lane, in Fleet-street. 1660. 4^o._

This play was printed in the year 1660, and has the letters J. S.
in the title-page. Chetwood, in his "British Theatre," p. 47,
says that it was revived in 1671, when a prologue was spoken
before it, in which were the following lines--

    "'Twas Shirley's muse that labour'd for its birth,
     Though now the sire rests in the silent earth."

[But there is in fact no authority whatever for believing it to
be from Shirley's pen; nor is it included in Gifford and Dyce's
edition of that writer.[80]]

The plot is taken from the story of Plangus, in Sir Philip
Sydney's "Arcadia." The same subject had before been made use of
by Beaumont and Fletcher in their play of "Cupid's Revenge."



DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

EPHORBAS, _King of Iberia_.
PLANGUS, _his son_.
EUBULUS,  }
ANAMEDES, } _three lords, and councillors to the king_.
RINATUS,  }
INOPHILUS, _son to Rinatus, and friend to the prince_.
ZOPIRO,  }
NICETES, } _captains_.
ARAMNES, }
ARTESIO, _an informing courtier_.
ANDROMANA, _a merchant's wife_.
LIBACER, _her servant_.
_Messenger._
_Captains and Soldiers._

    _Scene, Iberia._



ANDROMANA

OR

THE FATAL AND DESERVED END OF DISLOYALTY AND AMBITION.



ACT I., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ NICETES _and_ ARAMNES.

NIC. I have observ'd it too; but the cause is
As unknown to me as actions done
In countries not found out yet.

ARA. Some wench, my life to a brass farthing!

NIC. As like as may be:
We soldiers are all given that way; especially,
When our blood boils high, and [our] pulses beat
Alarms to Cupid's battles; we are apter
To sally on a young [in]flaming girl,
Than on an enemy that braves it
Before our trenches.

ARA. I ask it not to know his privacies; for if
His freedom doth not acquaint me with them,
Let them be secret still: yet I could wish
An opportunity to tell him
A little circumspection would
Be handsome, and set a gloss upon all.
Times might be chosen of less public notice:
It looks so poorly in a prince to be
Thus careless of his own affairs: men do
So talk on it. Here comes Inophilus;
If anybody knows, it must be he.

    _Enter_ INOPHILUS.

INO. Your servant, captains. Saw you the prince to-day?

NIC. Not we: we hop'd to hear of him from you.

INO. 'Tis strange a man, adorn'd with so much wisdom,
Should on the sudden fall off from the care
Of his own fame! I am his friend, and so,
I know, are you; but to speak plainly to you,
He's grown my wonder now as much
As other men's. I, that have found a sweetness
In his company beyond whatever
Lovers dream of in a mistress, that as
He spoke, methought have smell'd the air perfum'd;
Nor could have wished a joy greater
Than living with him, next those of heaven;
And those preferr'd the more, because I knew
Plangus would be there.
I say, even I of late am grown out of love
With anything that's mortal; since I've found
Plangus so far beneath (I will not say
My expectations) but the assurances
All good men had of future gallantry.
He's melancholy now, and hath thrown off
The spirit which so well became him; and all
That sweetness which bewitch'd men's hearts is grown
So rugged, so incompos'd to all commerce,
Men fear he'll shortly quarrel with himself.
Nay more, he doth not answer the fondness
Of his father's love with half that joy
He us'd to do.

ARA. 'Tis now about a week I have observ'd
This alteration; it shakes him, like an ague,
Once in two days, but holds him longer
Than a fit o' th' gout. They whisper about the court
As if the king had chid him for it,
And now at length [had] found his haunts----

INO. A poor discovery! Who might not find 'em out,
That would be so uncivil? I was about
To follow him, but thought it an ignoble way,
Beneath the name of friendship, and so desisted.
About four days ago, meeting him i' th' long gallery,
I ask'd him how he did? Taking me by the hand,
He wrung it, and after a sigh or two, told me,
"Not very well, but he had business"--and so we parted.
I saw him not again in twenty hours after;
And then I ask'd him where he'd been so long?
He told me (as if he was ashamed
To deny me such a poor request) I must not know:
And when I told him his often absence was observ'd,
Is it? (saith he) I cannot help it; but it shall
No more be so; and at the last he stole away:
Since when I saw him not.

NIC. O this wicked peace! Inophilus,
Is there no hopes of war?
To lie at home to see our armours rust;
We could keep the prince sober and merry too,
If he would but exchange his court for a camp.

INO. The king is old, and doats upon his son;
Is loth to venture him to danger:
Yet at this time there is occasion.
The Argives have refus'd to pay their tribute,
And are for certain preparing for invasion:
Some say they have got into Iberia already.

ARA. Nay, then there's hopes;
If we could but find the prince with a buff-coat again,
I should be once more merry.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ EPHORBAS _the King_, RINATUS, EUBULUS, _and_ ARAMNES,
        _three Lords_.

EPH. See the ambassadors entertain'd
With such an evenness as should be us'd to men
We neither fear nor love; let neither
Too much obsequiousness teach them insolency,
Nor any ill-usage brand us with incivility:
Stay you, Rinatus.

    [_He sighs. Exeunt_ EUBULUS _and_ ARAMNES.

Open thy bosom, and receive torrents of sorrow,
That lie like rocks of lead upon my soul;
Honest Rinatus, experience bids me trust thee
With a mighty secret. Thou canst not choose
But know my son of late is much retir'd.
I do not like that youth should be thus melancholy:
Let them enjoy themselves; for age will come,
Whose impotency will deny all pleasures.
I do believe he loves me. Ha?

RIN. Yes, doubtless, better than sick men health;
Or those who are penn'd up in darkness
Love the sun.

EPH. I speak not, as if I thought he did not;
For thou know'st I humour him, afford him
Liberty enough; I never chide him, nor express
The least dislike of any action. Am not I a gentle father?
Methinks, were I a son again to such a father,
I should not think he liv'd too long; shouldst thou, Rinatus?

RIN. No more doth he, upon my soul:
One command of yours would make him venture upon
Lightning, nay, almost make him act a sin,
A thing he fears to name.

EPH. I do believe thee:
But yet, methinks, should he be grown so impious,
There might be found excuses.
A crown is a temptation; especially so near one:
'Tis not with princes as with other sons;
And I am told too--
Hath not my hand the palsy?--
Doth a crown become grey hairs? To be a king
Might make some men forswear all conscience.
But I know Plangus hath far nobler thoughts;
And yet an empire might excuse a parricide.

RIN. Sir, sure, you are a stranger to your son;
For, give me leave to say, your fears are vain:
So great a virtue as the prince's cannot
Anticipate his hopes by any sin.
Honour and duty have been acquainted with him now
Too long to be divorc'd. Some sycophants there are
(Such creatures still will haunt the court), I know,
Love not the prince, because he loves not them.
Sir, shut your ears to them: they will betray you
To your ruin. Jealousy's a disease
Should be below a king, as that which seizeth
On the basest spirits. O, shut it from your soul!
One may read in story what dire effects
The fury hath brought forth. Kings make away
Their only sons, and princes their fathers;
And when they have done, they may despair at leisure.

EPH. I do not think Plangus
Hath plots or on my crown or me;
He was virtuous always, and is still, I hope:
But why is he so much from court then, and alone too?
I do but ask the question.

RIN. It can be no design, believe me, sir;
For crowns are won by other courses.
Aspirers must grow popular, be hedg'd about
With their confederates. Then would he flatter you,
Be jolly still, as if no melancholy thought were in him.
A guilty conscience would then teach him policy,
And he would seek to take suspicion from all his carriages;
Innocence makes him careless now.

EPH. Thou hast almost resolv'd me,
The tempest in my soul is almost laid,
And wants but time to calm it.
Youth hath its whimsies, nor are we
To examine all their paths too strictly.
We went awry ourselves when we were young.

RIN. Sir!

EPH. Thou may'st be gone, Rinatus.

    [_Exit_ RINATUS.


SCENE III.

    EPHORBAS _solus_.

The blessing of an honest servant!
This Rinatus is truer unto me.
He loves the king as well as I Ephorbas;
And may I live but to reward him,
For he's too honest for a court.

    _Enter_ ARTESIO.

How now, Artesio? thy looks speak strong amazement;
I am with child to hear the news: prythee,
Be quick in the delivery.

ART. The prince, an't please your majesty----

EPH. What of him, Artesio?

ART. I have observ'd, is much retir'd of late.

EPH. So have I too; this is no news.

ART. And I can whisper in your ear the cause.
'Twas chance, no policy of mine, betray'd his privacies:
Ill-offices are not the engines I desire
To rise by, only love to the young prince
Makes me reveal them.

EPH.                Nay, nay, without apology;
If it were treason, it should not go down
The sooner for all the gilded preparation.
Nor am I of so feminine a humour
As to mistrust affection delivered bluntly:
Plain meaning should be plainly told;
Bad wares may have false lights, good can abide the day.

ART. But I know the nature of my office;
Though kings still hug suspicion in their bosoms,
They hate the causers; love to hear secrets too,
Yet the revealers still fare the worse,
Being either thought guilty of ends or weakness;
And so esteem'd by those they tell them to
Either unfit or dangerous to be trusted.
Perhaps, sir, when the prince and you are friends again
You'll tell me that, had my love been real,
I should have whisper'd the prince's errors to himself.

EPH. Without a syllable of prologue more,
Or I shall verify your fears.

ART. In this brave city (take it as brief as may be)
There lives a beauty, fit to command
Them that command the world,
And might be Alexander's mistress, were he yet alive,
And had added empires as large as his desires:
She's but a private merchant's wife;
Yet the prince is so far gravell'd in her affection,
I fear----

EPH. Then there is hopes I may recall him:
Love is a childish evil, though the effects
Are dangerous. A prince's errors grown public
Will be scandalous. Poor boy! perhaps
The jealous husband may commit a murder;
I would not have him cut off so young:
Love should be princes' recreation, not their business.
What physic must we give him for his cure?

ART. I dare not counsel you;
But in my poor judgment some gentle
Fatherly persuasions will work upon so good a nature.

EPH. Couldst thou but possibly effect, how I
Might take him napping?

ART. That is beyond my skill:
But I can show you the house and time he walks
From hence in, which will be about an hour
Hence; for then her husband comes home from
The Rialto.

EPH. Time will not tarry for a king; let's go.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE IV.

INO. What is become of this young prince? or where
Doth he bestow himself? Doth he walk invisible?
Where have I [not] been to look him? the horses
Are in the stables, his page and I at home too,
That us'd to be as inseparable companions.

    _Enter_ NICETES, ARAMNES.

ARA. Well met, gentlemen! where is the hermit Plangus?

NIC. We cannot tell, nor have we been to seek him.
If at the court, we should hear presently; if not,
We might be too officious in his search, and our
Inquiry might make his absence
But so much the more notorious; and I'm confident
He's well: his virtue guards him still from all mischances.

INO. Though his company's the dearest thing I love,
Yet for his good I could digest his absence,
But that I doubt a mighty mischief might spring
From this small grain of indiscretion.
The king is old, and there are knaves about the court
That (if he knew it not) would tell him so:
And men, conscious to themselves of a deficiency,
Are still most jealous of a growing worth.
Perhaps a thinking father (for plodding
Is old age's sickness) may take notice of
His son's retirement, and misconstrue it so:
Nothing is impossible: heaven send it otherwise!

ARA. This care becomes you, sir; but I dare swear
'Tis needless: the king is but an ill dissembler; and had he
But the least thought of such a thing, he'd hide it
Less than the sun conceals his brightness:
Besides, a man as great as Ephorbas is, whose rule
Of living hath been directed by the line
Of virtue, cannot mistrust that vice in his
Own son, of which himself was never guilty;
Had his younger years been tainted with inordinate
Desires, or had his crown been the effect
Of some audacious crime, perhaps his guilty
Conscience might have mistrusted.
But 'tis impossible, where there is no guilt,
To fear a punishment.

INO. You speak my hopes:
But this for certain, gentlemen: the king,
Who was admired for his matchless sleeping,
Whose night no noise disturb'd, and it was difficult
To wake before his hour, sleeps but unquietly of late,
Will start at midnight, and cry _Plangus_:
Is greedy after news, and walks unevenly,
And sometimes on the sudden looks behind him;
And when one speaks to him, scarcely marks one syllable.
Surely the mind of some distemper shakes
His soul into this looseness.

    _Enter_ MESSENGER.

MES. My lord, the prince desires
To meet you half an hour hence i' th' gallery.

INO. Me?

MES. Yes, my lord.

INO. I shall. Your servant, captains.

ALL. Yours, my lord.

    [_Exeunt at several doors._


SCENE V.

    PLANGUS, ANDROMANA.

PLAN. It cannot be so late.

AND. Believe't, the sun is set, my dear,
And candles have usurp'd the office of the day.

PLAN. Indeed, methinks a certain mist,
Like darkness, hangeth[81] on my eyelids.
But too great lustre may undo the sight:
A man may stare so long upon the sun
That he may look his eyes out; and certainly
'Tis so with me: I have so greedily
Swallow'd thy light that I have spoil'd my own.

AND. Why shouldst thou tempt me to my ruin thus?
As if thy presence were less welcome to me
Than day to one who, 'tis so long ago
He saw the sun, hath forgot what light is.
Love of thy presence makes me wish this absence.
Phoebus himself must suffer an eclipse,
And clouds are still foils to the brightest splendour:
Some short departure will (like [to] a river
Stopp'd) make the current of our pleasures run
The higher at our next meeting.

PLAN. Alas, my dearest! tell those so
That know not what it is to part from blessing;
Bid not him surfeit to taste health's sweetness,
That knows what 'tis to groan under a disease.

AND. Then let us stand and outface danger,
Since you will have it so; despise report,
And contemn scandals into nothing,
Which vanish with the breath that utters 'em;
Love is above these vanities. Should the
Innocent thing my husband take thee here,
He could not spite me but by growing jealous;
And jealousy's black[est] effect would be a cloister,
Perhaps to kill me too: but that's impossible--
I cannot die so long as Plangus loves me.
Yet say this piece of earth should play the coward,
And fall at some unlucky stroke,
Love would transport my better half to its centre
[In] Plangus' heart, and I should live in him.
But, sir, you have a fame to lose, which should be
A prince's only care and darling: which
Should have an eternity beyond his life:
If he should take that from you, I should be
Killed indeed.

PLAN. Why dost thou use
These arguments to bid me go,
Yet chain me to thy tongue, while the angel-like
Music of thy voice, ent'ring my thirsty ears,
Charms up my fears to immobility?
'Tis more impossible for me to leave thee
Than for this carcase to quoit[82] away its gravestone,
When it lies destitute of a soul t' inform it.
Mariners might with far greater ease
Hear whole shoals of Sirens singing,
And not leap out to their destruction,
Than I forsake so dangerous a sweetness.

AND. I will be dumb then.

PLAN. I will be deaf first. I have thought a way now,
I'll run from hence, and leave my soul behind me.
It shall be so--and yet it shall not neither:
What! shall a husband banish a prince his house
For fear? A husband! 'tis but an airy title;
I will command there shall be no such thing,
And then Andromana is mine, or his,
Or any man's she will herself. These ceremonies
Fetter the world, and I was born to free it.
Shall man, that noble creature, be afraid
Of words, things himself made? Shall sounds,
A thing of seven small letters, give check
T'a prince's will?

AND. Did you not promise me, dear sir?
Have you not sworn, too, you would not stay
beyond the time?
Have oaths no more validity with princes?
Let me not think so.

PLAN. Come, I will go; thou shalt not ask in vain.
But let us kiss at parting; it may be
Our last, perhaps--
I cannot now move one foot, though all the furies
Should whip me forward with their snakes.
Woman, thou stol'st my heart--just now thou stol'st it.
A cannon bullet might have kiss'd my lips,
And left me as much life.

    [_The_ KING, _having listened, comes in softly_.

                  Are we betray'd?
What art? speak, or resolve to die.

KING. A well-wisher of the prince's.

PLAN. The king? It cannot be!

    [_He starts._

KING. Though thou hast thrown all nature off,
I cannot what's my duty. Ungracious boy!
Hadst been the offspring of a sinful bed,
Thou might'st have claim'd adult'ry as inheritance;
Lust would have been thy kinsman,
And what enormity thy looser life
Could have been guilty of had found excuse
In an unnatural conception.
Prythee, hereafter seek another father:
Ephorbas cannot call him son that makes
Lust his deity. Had I but known
(But we are hoodwink'd still to all mischances)
I should have had a son that would make it
His study to embrace corruption, and
Take delight in unlawful sheets. I would
Have hugg'd a monster in mine arms
Before thy mother. Good, O heavens!
What will this world come to at last?
When princes, that should be the patterns
Of all virtue, lead up the dance to vice!
What shall we call our own, when our own wives
Banish their faith, and prove false to us?
Have I with so much care promis'd myself
So pleasing a spring of comfort, and are all
Those blossoms nipp'd, and buds burnt up by th' fire
Of lust and sin?--
Have I thus long laboured against the billows,
That did oppose my growing hopes,
And must I perish in the haven's mouth?
No gulf but this to be devoured in?
Could not youth's inclination find out
Another rock to split itself upon?
Hadst thou hugg'd drunkenness, the wit
Or mirth of company might have excus'd it.
Prodigality had been a sin a prince
Might have been proud in compared to this.
Or had thy greener years incited thee
To treason and attempt a doubting father's crown,
T' had been a noble vice. Ambition
Runs through the veins of princes; it brings forth
Acts [as] great as themselves and it; spurs on
To honour, and resolves great things.
But this--this lechery is such a thing, sin is
Too brave a name for it. A prince (I might say son,[83]
But let that pass), and dare to show himself
To nought but darkness and black chambers,
Whose motions, like some planet, are all eccentric:
Not two hours together in his own sphere,
The court?--but I am tame to talk thus;
Begone, with as much speed as a coward would
Avoid his death; and never more presume
To look upon this woman, [upon] this whore:
Thou losest both thy eyes and me else.

    [PLANGUS _is going out, but comes again._

PLAN. [O] sir, the reverence that I owe my father,
And the injury I have done this gentlewoman,
Had charm'd me up to silence; but I must
Speak something for her honour:
When I have done, command me to the altar.
Whilst (I confess) you tainted me with sin,
I did applaud you, and condemn myself--
It looked like a father's care--but when
You us'd that term of whore to her that stands there,
I would have given ten thousand kingdoms,
You had had no more relation to me
Than hath the northern to the southern pole. I should
Have flown to my revenge swifter than lightning.
But I forbear; and pray, imagine not
What I had done----

KING. Upon my life, she's very handsome.

    [_Aside._

PLAN. To be a whore is more unknown to her,
Than what is done in the Antipodes;
She is so pure she cannot think a sin,
Nor ever heard the name to understand it.

KING. No doubt, these private meetings were to read
Her moral lectures, and teach her chastity!

PLAN. Nay, give me leave, sir. I do not say
My addresses have been all so virtuous;
For whatsoever base desires a flaming
Beauty could kindle in a heart, were all alive
In me, and prompted me to seek some ease
By quenching burnings hotter than Ætna.
Imagine but a man that had drunk mercury,
And had a fire within his bones,
Whose blood was hotter than the melted ore!
If he should wish for drink, nay, steal it too,
Could you condemn him?

EPH. Marri'd, do they say?

    [_Aside._

PLAN. I did endure a heat seas could not cool;
It would have kill'd a salamander.
Then, taught both impudence and wit,
I singled out my foe, us'd all the arts
That love could think upon, and in the end
Found a most absolute repulse.

KING. Well, Plangus, youth excuses the first fault;
But a relapse exceeds all pardon.

    [_Exeunt_ KING _and_ PLANGUS.


SCENE VI.

AND. Curs'd be old age, and he that first
Number'd fourscore!
What devil has betray'd us to a doating fool?
Did I but now promise myself, what hopes
Ambitious thoughts could reach; and shall I sink
Down to my first foundation without the pleasure of
A tasted greatness? Death and disgrace!
I dare provoke the utmost of your malice,
After the sweetness of some sharp revenge.

    _Enter_ LIBACER _in haste_.

LIB. Madam, my master.

AND. You may both hang together.

LIB. Why, this it is, if a man should kill his father
For you, he should be thus rewarded; as soon as
Your turn's served, I may be hang'd that did it.

AND. Since he is dead, how was it done?

LIB. Why, nothing; only as he was taking water
At the Rialto, his foot slipp'd a little,
And he came tumbling in the sea;
Whence he was taken up, but not alive.

AND. Heav'n prospers not these courses,
I see it plainly; let them be acted with as much closeness,
Or to what end soever, they never thrive. Libacer,
We are undone, undone; the king hath found
His son here, and I have lost him to eternity.

LIB. You women are the shallowest creatures;
You never look beyond the present.
Rome was not built in one day, madam;
Greatness is never sweet that comes too easily.
Should Plangus be a fool now, and obey his father--
Pox o' this virtue, it spoils most men living.
We have hopes yet: revenge is something;
And if my old trade fail not.
Princes are mortal as well as other men;
Yet my soul inspires me with half a confidence
That Leon hath not died in vain. I use to see
As far into mischief as another: I'll go to him,
And if I bring him not within this half hour,
As hot and eager on the scent as e'er he was,
Take me and hang me at my coming home--
Madam, here is a messenger from court.

    [_As he is going out he meets_ ARTESIO.

AND. If from thence, I may be bold to ask
How Plangus, the noblest prince alive, doth?

ART. Madam, as well as soldiers can
That are sick for honour; I suppose by this time
H' hath left the court, and is gone in quest for glory,
Which h' intends to ravish from young Argo's brow,
The valiant leader of the Argives' army.

AND. I'm confident then, sir,
Your business is not to me; if anybody else
Hath sent you, sir, be pleas'd to spare the message,
And tell them, I neither have learned the tricks
O' th' court, nor yet intend it; I want no new gowns,
And have heard men forswear themselves
In better language and to better purpose
Than gaining of a lady's honour.

ART. Madam, my business is from the king,
Who doth entreat you would be pleas'd to bless
The court this afternoon with your fair presence,
And bring an answer; I must not stay for one.

    [_Exit_ ARTESIO.

AND. Now we do see an end of all our mischiefs;
The prince hath gone from court, and the king
Hath sent for us. Doth not the name
Strike terror to thy curdling blood?

LIB. No, by my troth, not at all.
As far as I see, you're better than you were.
I'll lay my life the old man would turn gamester.
Take my counsel, play deep, or not at all:
Not an ace under a kingdom. Your grace,
I hope, will remember your poor friends.

AND. If I do find any such thing,
Let me alone to melt his ice.
Go, get me mourning with all haste.

    [_Exit_ LIBACER.

Let froward Fortune do her worst; I shall
Create my greatness, or attempting fall:
And when I fall, I will deserve my ruin.

    [_Exit._



ACT II., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ PLANGUS, NICETES, ARAMNES.

NIC. What, sir, and are you melancholy, when fate
Hath shower'd a happiness so unexpected on us?
This ugly, sneaking peace is the soldier's rock
He splits his fortunes on. Bawdry's a virtue to't.
Pox o' these beaver hats, they make one's headache
Worse than a cap of steel: and bear not off a knock
The tenth part so well.

PLAN. You're mad for fighting, gentlemen,
And we shall have enough of it.
The Argives, fifty thousand strong,
Have like a whirlwind borne down all before 'em;
And I, with thirteen thousand, that remain
Undisbanded of the last expedition,
Have command to fight that multitude
Of old tough soldiers: while ours,
In a month or two, won't have pick'd up that valour
That in this idle time hath slipp'd from them.
They have forgot what noise a musket makes;
And start if they but hear a drum.
Are these fellows either enow, or fit,
On whom a kingdom's safety should be built?
Indeed, were they to encounter some mistress,
Or storm a brothel-house, perhaps they'd venture;
But for my part I yield; nor would I oppose my father:
If he sees good we perish, I am already
Sacrific'd; yet our enemies shall dearly purchase
Their victory. Pray look to your charge, Nicetes,
And you, Aramnes, with all care and speed; and when
You come into the field, then let me see
This countenance, that frowning smile, and I
Shall like it: I love a man runs laughing
Upon death. But we lose time in talk.

    [_Exeunt_ NICETES _and_ ARAMNES.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ INOPHILUS.

INO. Your servant, captains. Sir, pray a word with you.

PLAN. Prythee, be short, Inophilus; thou know'st
My business.

INO. Sir, I am mad to see your tameness:
A man bound up by magic is not so still as you;
Nothing was ever precipitated thus,
And yet refus'd to see its ruin.

PLAN. Thou art tedious, I shall not tarry.

INO. You are made general.

PLAN. I know it.

INO. Against the Argives.

PLAN. So.

INO. With thirteen thousand men, no more, sir.

PLAN. I am glad on't, the honour is the greater.

INO. The danger is the greater; you will be kill'd, sir,
And lose your army.

PLAN. Is this all? I care not.

INO. But so do I, and so do all your friends.
I smell a rat, sir; there's juggling in this business;
I am as confident of it as I am alive.
The king might within this twenty-four hours
Have made a peace on fair conditions.

PLAN. But dishonourable.

INO. And would not--
On a sudden useth the ambassadors scurvily,
And provokes the Argives, yet himself
In no posture of defence.

PLAN. But----

INO. Pray give me leave, sir.
After this, you are on a sudden created general,
And pack'd away with a crowd of unhewn fellows,
Whose courage hangs as loose about them
As a slut's petticoats. Sir, he had other spirits
In the court created for such perils.
Excuse me, I know you fear not to meet destruction;
But where men are sure to perish,
'Twere well the persons were of less concernment.
He might have let you stay'd till you had gather'd
An army fit for your command, and sent
Some petty things upon this expedition
Whose loss would have been nothing, and of whom
It might have been recorded in our story
As an honour, that they died monuments
Of the king's folly. But let that pass;
You'll say perhaps, you only have a spirit
Fit for such undertakings? I wish you had not;
Your want then would not be half so grievous.
But here is the prodigy! you must fight them presently.
Come, 'tis a project put into the king's head
By some who have a plot on you and him.

PLAN. It may be so, Inophilus, and I believe
All this is true you tell me, and 't might startle
A man were less resolv'd than I.
But danger and I have been too long acquainted
To shun a meeting now; I am engaged, and
Cannot any ways come off with reputation.
Hadst told me this before, perhaps I might
Have thought on't; and yet I should not neither.
If the king thinks I am grown dangerous,
It is all one to me which way he takes
Me from his fears. He could not do it
Handsomer than thus; it makes less noise now--
But come, I must not fear such things, Inophilus:
The king hath more virtue and honour than
To do these actions, fit only for guilty souls;
Nor must I fear, when my Inophilus fights by me.

INO. Troth, sir, for all your compliment, if you've
No valour but what owes itself to my company, you're like
To make cold breakfast of your enemies:
I have other business than to throw away
My life, when there is so much odds against it:
I'll stay at home, and pray for you, that's all, sir.

PLAN. How! wilt not go then, Inophilus?

INO. The time hath been, I thought it better sport
To bustle through a bristly grove of pikes;
When I have courted rugged danger with
Hotter desires than handsome faces,
And thought no woman half so beautiful
As bloody gaping wounds:
But, sir,
To go and cast away myself now would not
Be gallant, nor an action worth my envy:
'Tis weakness to make those that seek my ruin
Laugh at my folly,
With jaws stretch'd wider than the gulf that swallows us.
I know when honour calls me, and when treason counterfeits
Her voice.

PLAN. Well, stay at home and freeze,
And lose all sense of glory in
A mistress' arms. Go, perish tamely, drunk
With sin and peace; and may'st thou, since thou dar'st
Not die with them,
Outlive thy noble friends.

INO. I thank you, sir, but I cannot be angry.


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ NICETES _and_ ARAMNES, _with some Captains and
        Soldiers_.

NIC. Yonder's the bones o' th' army ralli'd up
Together, but they look'd rather as if
They came home from being soundly beaten.
Methinks such tatter'd rogues should never conquer,
Victory would look so scurvily among 'em,
They'd so bedaub her if she wore clean linen.

CAPT. Sir, we wear as sound hearts in these torn breeches,
As e'er a courtier of them all.
We are not afraid of spoiling our hands for want
Of gloves, nor need we almond-butter, when
We go to bed. And though my lieutenant
Is pleased to be a little merry, you
Shall see us die as handsomely in these old clothes
As those wear better, and become our wounds
As well, and perhaps smell as sweet
When we are rotten.

PLAN. We hope it.
Captains and fellow-soldiers, we are proud
Of this occasion to try your valours;
You shall go no farther than your prince doth,
I'll be no bringer up of rears. Let not
The number of the foe affright you,
The more they are, the more will the honour be.
The lion scorns to prey upon a hare,
Nor is the blinking taper fit to try eagles' eyes.
The weight of glory makes our danger light.
When victory comes easily, 'tis half
A shame to conquer.

    [_Soldiers shout, and exeunt._

INO. I'll stay at home, and grieve, that so many
Daring souls should die on such advantage.

    [_Exit_ INOPHILUS.


SCENE IV.

    _Enter the_ KING _solus_.

KING. Her husband dead too! Fates, let me die,
I am too happy to remain long thus
Without a ruin, great as the height I fell from.
Plangus was my only obstacle; but him I have
Removed. But love commanded:
His presence would have countermanded all attempts;
I need not fear his magic at this distance.
His looks and actions were one entire enchantment,
All[84]-powerful over a lady's heart.
I sent for her; but she's not come yet.
Who waits without?

    _Enter_ ARTESIO.

ART. There's a mourning lady, sir,
Would speak with the king.

KING. Admit her, and begone.


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ ANDROMANA _in mourning, with a hood over her face,
        which she throws up when she sees the_ KING.

KING. So riseth Phoebus from the gloomy night,
While pale-fac'd Dian maketh haste to hide
Her borrow'd glory in some neighb'ring cloud,
Envying the beauty of the new-born day,
When darkness crowds into the other world.
Madam, why kneel you? You, at whose name monarchs

    [_She kneels._

Themselves might tremble, and mortals bow
With reverence great as they pay to altars:
Sceptres should break in pieces and adore you;
At whose sight the sun and moon should blush
Themselves to blood and darkness, and falling
From their sphere, crush the audacious world to atoms,
For daring to behold a lustre so much greater
Than their own.

AND. Sir, give me leave to wonder
What sin I have committed, which calling
Down the vengeance of the gods,
Hath made me author of all this blasphemy.
Sir, I beseech your majesty, if you are angry
With your creature, speak some cruel word and blast me.
Scorn me not into the other world, where I have
Sins enough of my own to blush for, and shall not need
To dye his cheeks for other men's offences.

KING. Lady, though Parthian darts are not so sharp
As are those killing words; yet that breath, which
Utters them is sweeter than the morning dew.
I'll be dumb, for praises cannot add, but rather
Diminish Andromana's worth.

AND. I wonder now no longer at this language,
'Tis such as kings are bred in.
But I beseech you, sir, if there be aught
You will command your servant--if Andromana
Must do or suffer anything for great Ephorbas,
Lay by yourself a minute, and remember
A merchant's wife must hear you.

KING. Your husband Leon's dead, I hear, lady--

    [_She weeps._

Nay, spare those pearls, madam; cast not away
Such treasure upon the memory of one
Who, if the best of men, deserves them not.
Come, come, forget these sorrows, lady,
And wear not mourning weeds before the world's
Destruction; hide not those fair eyes, whose splendour
Would enrich our court. Madam, though none
There be in court can merit such a beauty,
Yet I myself have taken pains to search
A husband for you: what think you of myself?

AND. Great sir, your care is, like yourself, all noble;
But suits with me no better
Than Phoebus' horses did with Phaeton,
Ruin'd the world and him. First, sir, you do
Debase yourself to honour her, whose worth
Is less considerable than lovers' oaths:
My husband's ashes are scarce cold yet,
And would your majesty have me forsake
My honour and his memory so soon? I have
Not paid oblations due to's ashes yet.

KING. You compliment away the worth we know
You have, Andromana: what say you to the prince?

AND. I say he is the prince, and great Ephorbas' son;
He's Plangus: and if you think there yet remains
A title that can be either better or greater,
I think him worthy of it.

KING. But dost [thou] think him worthy Andromana?

AND. O heavens! Is Jove worth heav'n,
Or doth the sun deserve to be a light
To all the world? Can virtue deserve honour,
Or labour riches? Can gods merit altars?
It might have been a puzzling question
To them whose ears have not been bless'd
With Plangus' worth. But this is so below him----

KING. But say he loves thee?

AND. I dare not say so:
For when I think a prince pretends to such poor things
As I am, I feel an ice runs through my veins,
And my blood curdles into flakes of snow,
And bids me fear him--not with an awe or reverence,
But as a spotted sinful thing, which is
The worse for being great. 'Tis such a fear,
As I should conceive 'gainst an armed ravisher.

KING. These things may be expected, lady, I confess,
From blood that boils in flames hot as the sun
In scorching Libra, or sturdy Hercules,
When he unmaiden'd fifty in one night;
But from a man whose years have tam'd those vices,
Whose love is dotage and not lust,
Who doth adore a handsome virtue, and pays
His vows to't, you should have other hopes.
Plangus is young, a soldier, and by consequence
Something which youth excuses. But Ephorbas
Hath left these toys behind him, when he shook off
His youth.

AND. Sir, now my fears are out. O virtue!
Are there just pow'rs which men adore, and throw
Away their pray'rs upon, that lend their eyes
To human actions? or was the name of heaven
Invented to still petty sinners?
Sir, sure, I am mistaken,
You are not great Ephorbas, sir, whose virtue
Is a theme of wonder to all neighbour nations;
Pray help me to him, I would see that angel;
The kingdom's honour and [all] good men's sanctuary.
But if you are the man, whom I have pray'd for
Oft'ner than I have slept; pray, sir, belie not
A virtue which I've hitherto admired.

KING.                                I see
You are a stranger, lady--give me leave
To say so--to Ephorbas;
But if a lady of thy melting years
Can love this greyness, I vow my sceptre,
Throne, kingdom, and myself are thine;
Thou'rt fit to be a queen.

    [_She starts back._

AND. A queen! sir, have your subjects anger'd you?
Have they rebell'd, or done some sin that wants
A name? I'll cleave to the pavement, till I have begg'd
A vengeance great as their crime; but this
You mention is a punishment, which your subjects
Must study years to curse you for; no sin
Deserves it. You would blind my eyes with throwing gold
Before 'em,
Or set me up so high on the steep pinnacle
Of honour's temple, that you would have me not be
Able to look down on my own simplicity.
You can create me great, I know, sir,
But good you cannot. You might compel,
Entice me too, perhaps, to sin. But
Can you allay a gnawing conscience,
Or bind up bleeding reputation?
I did never hear that physic could afford
A remedy for a wounded honour.

EPH. Thou'rt a fool, Andromana. You must be mine.
Consider on't.

AND. You may command your vassal.

KING. That's kindly said.

AND. But--I humbly take my leave;
Goodness protect you!

    [_Exit._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ RINATUS, EUBULUS, _and_ ARAMNES.

EPH. Wait on that lady forth.

RIN. Would there were not a woman in the world,
So we had our prince again! Sir, are you mad?
Or have forgot you are a father? You
Have undone us all.

EPH. Why, what's the matter?

RIN. O sir, the prince----

EPH. He is not dead, Rinatus, is he?

RIN. Sir, if he be, 'tis you have murder'd him:
Was it for this you were so jealous t'other day?
May my Inophilus never pretend to virtue,
I'll teach him a more thriving art.
Come to the window a little, sir, and hear
How the good people curse you. As cold weather
As it is, some are so hard at it, they sweat again.

EPH. Prythee, unriddle; hast thou drunk hemlock,
Since I saw thee last?

RIN. I would not be in my wits for anything
I' th' world; my grief would kill me if I were.
He's mad that will speak sense or reason,
Now you have thrown away our prince thus:
Whose innocence was clearer than his own eyes:
Can you think how you have murder'd so much virtue,
And not blush yourself to death?

EPH. I think indeed I sent him general
Against the Argives; but--'twas his own desire.

RIN. 'Twas not his own desire, sir, to have
But thirteen thousand men, sir, was it?
Was that army fit to oppose great Argo?
There came a messenger just now, that saw
The prince not sixteen miles from hence
(For thither is the foe marched) draw up his men
T' engage the enemy.

EPH. For heav'n's sake,
Rinatus, post him back again, bid him retreat;
Command my son from me
Not to go on till greater forces follow him.
If it be possible, redeem the error;
I'd give my kingdom, life, or anything,
It were to do again.

RIN. I am glad to see this now;
Heav'n send it be n't too late!

EPH. Nay, stand not prating.

    [_A horn within._

RIN. 'Tis from the army, sir. O heaven, I fear!

EPH. If from the army, prythee, put on better looks.

    _Enter_ MESSENGER.

MES. Your son--nay more, your dying son--
Commanded me to bring you word,
He died true to his honour, king, and countrymen;
Nor let me stay to see the brightest lamp
Go out, that ever grac'd this orb.

    [_The_ KING _faints_.

RIN. O heaven, the king! why this is worse, sir,
Than the other; let us not lose you both.

EPH. Let me but hear how 'twas he made his exit,
And then my glass is run: I will not live
One minute longer.

MES. Sir, thus it was----
'Tis scarce three hours ago, since the brave Plangus
Marched from Lixa with an army,
Whose souls were richer than their clothes by far,
Though their valour had put on all the bravery
That soldiers ever wore. The prince, whose presence
Breathed new fire into these flaming spirits,
Resolv'd to meet the enemy with his handful,
And with a winged speed fell down to th' Elean Straits,
Determining to try it with him there.[85] His soldiers also,
True sons of war, contemning so great odds,
When victory and their country was to crown
The conquerors, whetted their eager valours
With impatient expectation of the enemy
Who, trusting to his multitude, came on
Wing'd both with scorn and anger to see, that paucity
Should dare dispute victory against their odds.
Plangus who, though he saw, yet could not fear
Destruction, and scorn'd to avoid it,
When the king commanded him to meet it,
Marshall'd his army to the best advantage,
And having given Zopiro the left wing,
The body to Evarnes, himself chose out the right;
Because he would be opposite to Argo.
And keeping a reserve, as great as could be hop'd for
From so small a company--not above five hundred men,
He gave the command of them to Zenon,
Who with his fellows took it ill they should
Be so long idle, and had not the honour
To be thought worthy
To die with the most forward, and would, no question,
Have refused the charge; but that the smiling
Prince promis'd them they should have time to die.
Words here were useless, nor had he time to use them.

RIN. What, was Inophilus idle all this while?

MES. I only heard the prince wish, just as he
Spurred his horse against the valiant Argo,
He had fewer by a thousand men:
So he had Inophilus.

RIN. O traitorous boy!

MESS. The prince and Argo met; and like
Two mighty tides encountered. Here death
Put on her sable livery, and the two gallants,
Whose valour animated each army, bandied a long time
With equal force, till at last
Great Argo fell.
And, on a sudden, multitudes of men
Accompani'd him, so that the wing
Went presently to rout and execution.
Zopiro also and Evarnes, having slain
Their opposite leaders, breath'd death and destruction
To their reeling foes. Thus flush'd
With victory and blood, th' Iberians revell'd
Th[o]rough the flying field, till there came on
The enemy's reserve of twenty thousand men,
Who, fresh and lusty, grinded their teeth for anger
At their fellows' overthrow, and pouring on
Our weary soldiers, turn'd the stream of victory.
But the prince's valour and good fortune soon
O'ercame this opposition, and having rallied
His broken troops, went to relieve his friends,
Who had far'd worse; when presently he saw
Evarnes, who had pil'd up enemies about him,
As an obelisk of his own death and victory,
Fall bleeding at his foot, and having kiss'd it
With his dying lips, entreated him to save
Himself for a more happy day, and died.
'Twas not long after the gallant Zenon
Who had perform'd that day deeds of eternal fame,
And with his few, spite of opposition, thrice charg'd
And routed some thousands of the enemy,
Expir'd; which when the prince beheld,
Weeping for anger, he flew amongst his enemies,
Sustain'd only by the greatness of his courage,
For blood and strength had both forsook him;
He spent that spark of life was left in him,
In slaughter and revenge, when leaning on
His weapon's point, that dropp'd with blood as fast
As he, he then conjur'd me with all speed
Only to tell the king I saw him
Die worthy of his father and himself.

    [_A horn without. A shout._

EPH. O heaven! what mean these acclamations?
What, do

    [_A shout again._

The Iberians welcome their bloody conquerors
With so much joy?


SCENE VII.

    _Enter_ PLANGUS, INOPHILUS, _and_ ZOPIRO, _Captains_.

EPH. O, O!

    [_He faints._

RIN. O cowardly boy! for that base word includes
All baseness, doth not shame kill thee,
Or fear chill thy dastard blood to an ice,
At sight of that most noble injur'd ghost?
'Tis well, dear Plangus (if thy divinity deserve not
A more lasting name) that thou art come
To take revenge on that most traitorous son,
In's father's presence, who detests his baseness
More than thyself can do----

PLAN. Excuse us, dear Rinatus,
That wonder froze to such a silence,
If when we expected such a welcome
As had that Roman son whose mother died
For joy to see him, we found so cold
An entertainment, something made us look'd upon
So like an inconvenience, that we could
Not but put on some small amazement.

EPH. And do I hear thee speak again,
And see thee, or only dream a happiness,
Whose reality stars and my genius deny me?
Or art thou Plangus' angel, come to rouse
Me from despair?

PLAN. Sir, pray, believe it; and be not
Backward in th' entertainment of these soldiers,
If you esteem't a happiness; in a word,
You are a conqueror: and th' audacious Argives
Have paid their lives as sacrifices
To your offended sword.

EPH. A messenger of comfort to a despairing lover
Is a less acceptable thing than this thy presence;
If what yon fellow told me were untruth,
Thy welcome sight hath amply made amends
For those tormenting fears he put me to.
But if it were not, let me know what chance
Redeem'd you?

PLAN. If you have heard how things then went, when I
Sent away that messenger----

EPH. Yes, I have heard it.

PLAN. Then know, when death and our own fates had sworn
Our ruin, and we, like some strong wall that long
Resists the iron vomits of the flaming cannon,
At last shakes itself into a dreadful ruin
To those who throw it down; so had the Iberians,
With valour great as the cause they fought for,
Strove with a noble envy, who should first[86]
Outgo his fellow in slaughtering the Argives:
At last, oppress'd with multitude and toil,
We sunk under the unequal burden;
Then was our emulation chang'd, and who before
Strove to outdo each other, now eagerly contended
To run the race of death first. Sir, there it was
I (and many other braver captains) fell,
Being one wound from head to foot. O, then
It was Inophilus came in,
With about twenty other gallants, and with what speed
The nimble lightning flies from east to west,
Redeem'd this bleeding trunk, which the
Insulting Argive had encompass'd,
Blown up with victory and pride; he with
A gallantry like none but great Inophilus,
Being bravely back'd by his own soldiers,
Whose actions spoke them more than men, had not
Inophilus been by, redeem'd the honour
Of a bleeding day. And thus are[87] [now] our troops,
As little in number[88] as their valour great,
Enrich'd with victory, blood, and jewels,
Of which the opposite army wanted no store,
Return'd with the renown of an achievement,
As full of glory and honour to the conquerors,
As ruin to the Argives.

INO. My liege,
Had this action and my merit been so great
As our prince would make it, I then might
Own it, and expect reward.----
But it was so small, so much below my duty,
That I must, upon my knees, beg pardon
That I came no sooner.

EPH. This is a prodigy
Beyond whatever yet was wrote in story.
Inophilus, we have been too backward
In cherishing thy growing virtue, we will
Hereafter mend it.
And, dear Rinatus, be proud of thy brave son,
And let the people honour the remaining army;
We shall esteem it as a favour done to us.
We have a largess for your valorous captains,
You have not fought in vain.
This day let our court put on its greatest jollity,
And let none wear a discontented brow;
For where a frown is writ, we'll think it reason
To say, that face hath characters of treason.

    [_Exeunt._



ACT III., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ PLANGUS _and_ INOPHILUS.

INO. But, sir, when you consider she's a woman----

PLAN. O dear Inophilus!
Let earth and heav'n forget there are such things;
Or if they ever name them, let it be
With a curse heavy as are the ills they act. A mandrake's note
Would ring a better peal of music in my ears,
Than those two syllables pronounc'd again.

INO. Pray, sir, put off this humour,
This peevish pet, and reason tamely. Sir,
You've lost a wench, and will you therefore lose
Yourself too? Hear me but patiently a word.[89]

PLAN. Prythee, go teach the galley-slaves that word,
Things that dare own no thought beyond their chains,
And stand in fear of whipping and wanting bread.
Bid them be tame and patient that fry in sulphur:
'Tis a word I've forsworn to know the meaning of;
Or if I must, 'tis but to shun it, and hate it more.
O, were thy wrongs as great as mine, Inophilus,
Or didst thou love but half so well as Plangus,
Thou wouldst instil into me the poison of revenge,
And puff me up with thought of vengeance
Till I did burst, and, like a breaking cloud,
Spread a contagion on those have injur'd me.

INO. Why, this were handsome in some country-fellow,
Whose soul is dirty as the thing he's mad for:
'Twere pretty in a lady that had lost her dog;
[Her dog;] but----

PLAN. I know what thou wouldst say--
But for Plangus. O, 'tis for none but him to
Be so. Those that have injur'd me are persons
I once held dearer than my eyes; but how much
Greater was my love, so much more is th' offence;
Wounds from our friends are deepest.
Had any but my father--and yet methinks
That name should have protected me; or was it
Made only to secure offenders?
My life was his, he gave it me: my honour, too,
I could have parted with; but, 'las, my love
Was none of mine, no more than vows made to
A deity and not perform'd. And for that creature,
Who must be lost for ills, through which I must
Make way to my revenge--
Had she betray'd my honour to anything
But him that gave me being, she had made
Me half amends, in that my way to vengeance
Had been open. Now I am spurr'd forward
To revenge by fury, and yet held in by the rein
Of a foolish piety, that doth no man good
But them that use it not.
'Tis like the miser's idol, it yielded him
No gold till he had broke the head off.
Nay, Inophilus, one secret more,
And the horror of it blow thee from earth to heaven,
Where there are no such things as women:
'Twill turn thy soul the inside outward:
I cannot get it out. Prythee what is't, Inophilus?

INO. Alas, I know not, sir.

PLAN. Do but imagine the worst of ills
Earth ever groan'd under; a sin nothing but woman,
Nay, such a woman as Andromana, durst think on;
And it is that.

INO. How revenge transports you!
Princes have lost their mistresses before,
Nay, and to those have not such right to them,
As hath Ephorbas to what Plangus hath.
Who could command her, if not Ephorbas?

PLAN. But I have--O Inophilus, I burst--
Yet it will out--dost thou not see it here?

    [_Unbuttons his doublet._

O, I have known Andromana as
Ephorbas did last night.----

INO. Why, sir,
The sin done by your father is not yours,
If you could not help it.----

PLAN. Why, there it is:
'Tis that which gnaws me here.
But I swore by all the gods that she was
As innocent from my unclean embraces as is
The new-fall'n snow, or ermines that will meet
Ten deaths before one spot: I made my father think
The thoughts of angels were less innocent than she.
No, it was I betray'd him; his virtue was too great
To[90] have suspected it. How do I look, Inophilus?

INO. Like some bless'd man that, griev'd for others' sins,
Could,[91] out of a good nature, part with half
His own whiteness to purge the others' stains.

PLAN. Now thou soothest, and, like some flattering glass,
Present'st me to advantage. I am, in short,
One born to make Iberia unhappy.
Had I as black a face as is my soul, you would
Find in respect of it Ægyptians were snow-white.
Methinks I hear Heaven tell me I am slow,
And it is time I had begun revenge.
Ephorbas has done him wrong, who lov'd him
More than heaven or his happiness, and would
Have run out of the world to have left him
Free [to] whatever he would lay claim to, but
Andromana--
Nay, she also had been
His, so it could have been without a sin.
But she knew the sin she acted, and yet did it;
And [yet she] lives free from the stroke of thunder!
Is there such a thing as heaven, or such a one
As Justice dwells there? and can I ask the question?
O, the tameness of a conscience loaded with sin.
Which reasons and talks, when it should do!
But I will be reveng'd, and thus I begin. Inophilus,

    [_He draws._

Be sure, when I am dead, to meet my ghost,
And do as that instructs thee. 'Twill tell all the particulars
Of my revenge, who must die first, who last, and
What way too. I have my lesson perfect.

    [_He leans the pommel on the ground to fall on it_: INOPHILUS
        _kicks it by with his foot_.

INO. Is this the revenge befits great Plangus?

PLAN. Had this been done two days ago, thou durst
As well have met the lightning naked
As have opposed my will thus.

    [_He draws._

INO. Hear me;
Ask me no questions, nor answer me; or if you do,
By Heav'n, I'll never speak more. It is revenge
You'd have, and 'tis a great one, a very noble one,
To kill yourself! Be confident, your greatest foes
Wish nothing more.
When after-ages come to hear your story,
What will they say? Just as they did of Cato:
He durst not look great Cæsar in the face--
So Plangus was afraid, and died.
A very pretty story, and much to a man's credit:
For shame, dear Plangus (let friendship use that title):
Show your great soul the world believes you're master of--
And I dare swear you are in this action.
Nay, rally up yourself, and fight it stoutly.
Shake from your mind revenge, and having laid
That passion by, put on that virtue the world
Admires in you; 'tis now the time to show it.
The sun, broke from a cloud, doubles his light;
And fire, the more resisted, flames more bright.
Andromana has injur'd you; scorn her, therefore,
As though[92] she had done nothing; I'd not do her the favour
To have one thought of her, or could be troubled
At that she did. As for your father, sir,
Besides the tie of nature, he knows not
He hath wrong'd you: or if he doth,
'Tis love that caus'd him;
A word that once made an excuse with Plangus
For what offence soever.

PLAN. Thou hast wrought upon me,
And I am resolved to live a day or two more:
But if I like it not--well, I'll go try
To sleep a little; perhaps that may--I am
Strangely melancholy: prythee, lie down by me,
Inophilus, I'm safe while in thy company.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ PLANGUS, _as from sleep_.

PLAN. Lord! how this spirit of revenge still haunts me,
And tempts me with such promis'd opportunity,
And magnifies my injuries! Sometimes
It calls me coward, and tells me conscience,
In princes who are injur'd like myself,
Is but an excuse they find for what is in truth
Poorness of spirit or something baser.
It tells me 'tis a sin to be good, when all
The world is bad.
It makes me look upon myself, whilst wearing
This garb of virtue, like some old antiquary
In clothes that are out of fashion in Iberia.
But I will not yield to it: I know it is a greater glory
To a man's self (and he that courts opinion
Is of a vulgar spirit) to disobey than satisfy
An appetite which I know is sinful.
Good Heaven, guard me, how am I tempted

    _Enter_ ANDROMANA.

To put on my former temper! but thus
I fling it from me.

    [_Throws away his sword._


SCENE III.

AND. Why, how now, prince? if you part with your darling
So easily, there is small hopes but you
Have thrown all love behind you.

PLAN. Heaven, how she's alter'd!
I, that once swore Jove from the well-tun'd sphere
Ne'er heard such harmony as I did when
She spake: methinks I can now, in comparison
Of her voice, count screech-owls' music,
Or the croaking toad.

    [_Aside._

AND. Who is't you speak of, sir?

PLAN. Tempt me not, madam, with another word;
For, by Heaven, you know I'm apt, being incens'd----
Wake not those wrongs, that bellow louder in
My soul than wretches in the brazen bull, or Jove
Who speaks in thunder; those wrongs my goodness
Had half laid aside--or if you do,
I have a soul dares what you dare tempt me to.

AND. Sir, I must speak,
Though Jove forbad me with a flash of lightning.
You think perhaps, sir, I have forgot my Plangus?
But, sir, I have infinitely injur'd you,
And could not satisfy my conscience--if I
Should say my love too, I should not lie--
Till I had ask'd your pardon.

PLAN. Madam, the fault's forgiven and forgotten,
Without you move me to remember't with
A worse apology. Live and enjoy your sins
And the angry gods. Nay, the severest plague
I wish you is, that you may die
Without one cross (for afflictions commonly teach
Virtues to them that know them not while prosperous)
Secure, without one thought or sense of a repentance.

AND. Methinks you have a steely temper on, to that
Which the other day you wore, when you were
More soft than down of bees. But, sir, if you
But knew the reason why I've done the action
Which you perhaps call treason to our loves,
You would forbear such language.

PLAN. Reason!
No doubt the man that robs a church, or profanes altars,
Hath reason for what he doth: to satisfy your lust,
You have that reason, madam.

AND. That I have loved you once,
I call Heaven, my own heart, and you to witness;
Now, by that love, by all those vows have pass'd
Betwixt us, hear me.

PLAN. O Heaven! is that a conjuration!
Things you have broke, with as much ease as politicians
Do maxims of religion! But I will hear,
To know you and to hate you more. Speak on.

AND. You know whilst Leon liv'd, whose due they were,
I out of love resign'd my love and honour
Unto your----

PLAN. Lust, madam.

AND. I know not, sir:
Your eloquence gave it that title then.
How many dangers walk'd I fearless through
To satisfy your pleasures, your very will--
Nay more, your word--nay, if I thought by sympathy
A thought of yours, that I imagin'd you
Might blush to speak, I made it straight my own,
And work'd and studied as much to put it into act,
As doth a gamester upon loss to compass money.
At last we were betray'd, sir, to your father's spies, who
Denied us afterwards those opportunities we stole
Before, befriended by my husband's ignorance.
Now was I brought to that which is the worst of ills,
A seeing, but not enjoying of that which I held dearest.
To see you daily, and to live without you,
Was a death many degrees beyond my own.
I knew the love was great, so great
I durst not own it. Nay more, I knew
It was noble too, so noble, I knew
My husband being dead, you would not stick
To ask your father's leave for public marriage.

PLAN. Heaven and the gods can witness I intended it.

AND. Nay, farther yet, I knew your father's love,
Which would not have denied you anything,
Would also have granted that.

PLAN. Madam, you riddle strangely.

AND. When I had
Forecast these easy possibilities, I yet
Foresaw one thing that crossed our designs--
That was a sense of honour I had in me.
Methought in honour I could not condescend
You should debase yourself so low. It pleas'd me
Better to be your mistress than your queen;
And stol'n embraces, without the scandal
Of a public eye, were sweeter than those
Which might bring upon me--for rising greatness
Is still envied--the rancour of the people,
And consequent distaste[93] against their prince.
Sir, now we may act safely what might have
Been less secure. Your father's name gives a protection----
Or, if that startle you, we'll call him husband!

PLAN. Are you in earnest?

AND. As serious as love can be.

PLAN. Then I want words to tell you how I hate you:
I would sooner meet Megæra 'tween a pair of sheets.
And can you think I should have so small pity,
As to be false unto my father's bed?
That I lov'd you once, I confess with shame;
And that I should have done so still, had you
Preserv'd those flames, I think of now with horror.
But for those sins, and whatsoever else
I must repent, I shall no doubt have great
Occasion, when I shall see th' kingdom
Envelop'd in those swarms of plagues your sins
Call down, and feel a share of them myself.
For heaven's sake, madam! for my father's sake,
Nay, for my own, if that have any interest,
Learn now at last a virtue, that may make us
As happy as much as hitherto unfortunate,
And render your story to posterity so burnish'd
With your shining goodness, that their eyes may not
Perceive the error of your former years.
Perhaps I then shall have a reverence for you,
As great as any son hath for a father's wife.
You wonder, lady, to see me talk thus different
From what you saw me half an hour ago.
I look'd upon myself as one that had lost
A blessing. But heaven hath been happier to me;
For I am now so far from thinking you one,
That I look upon you as a plague no sin
Of good Ephorbas could deserve. But love
To you----

AND. Sir!

PLAN. Answer me not in words, but deeds;
I know you always talk'd unhappily,[94]
And if your heart dare do what's ill,
I know it can well teach your tongue excuses.

    [_Exit_ PLANGUS.


SCENE IV.

AND. And is my love then scorn'd?
The chaos of eternal night possess my breast,
That it may not see to startle at any
Undertakings, though they would make
Medusa's snakes curl into rings for fear.
If greatness have inspired me with thoughts
Of a more brave revenge, they shall be acted.
A husband's murder was such a puny sin,
I blush to speak it; but it was great enough
For a merchant's wife: a queen must be more
Daring in her revenge, nor must her wrath
Be pacifi'd under a whole kingdom's ruin.


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ LIBACER.

My better genius, thou art welcome as
A draught of water to a thirsty man:
I ne'er had need of thee till now.
Muster those devils dwell within thy breast,
And let them counsel me to a revenge
As great as is my will to act it.

LIB. Madam, leave words. The rest you take
In breathing makes your anger cool. Out with it,
And if I do it not; if I startle at
Any ill to do you service, though it be
To kill my mother, let me be troubled with
The plague of a tender conscience, and lie
Sick of repentance a half year after.

AND. What need I tell thee more?
Plangus must die, and after him Ephorbas,
Because he is his father.

LIB. Madam, he shall. But give me leave to ask you
How he, for whom alone of all the world
You had a passion, is now become
An object of your hatred so great, as others
Must die because they have relation to him?

AND. The air is hot yet with those words I proffer'd him
In satisfaction, and he refus'd it.
What need I speak?
Is't safe that he should live knows so much by us?

LIB. He had been happy had he never known
What virtue meant. I wonder that paltry thing
Is not banish'd earth, it ne'er did any good yet.
Beggary's a blessing to't; whoe'er grew rich
By virtue? Madam, we are not troubled with it.
But to our business:--I have thought a way.
You know his father loves him. 'Tis he shall ruin him,
And let's alone for him.

AND. Pish! pish! that cannot be.

LIB. These women are always with their _cannots_.
What cannot be? Have you but read
The _Sophy_,[95] you will find that Haly
(O, how I hug that fellow's name!) ruin'd
Great Mirza by his father, and his father by his son.
That great politician, while all the court
Flam'd round about him, sat secure, and laugh'd,
Like those throw fireworks among the waving people
That have nothing but fire and smoke about them,
And yet not singe one hair. Indeed he fell at last,
'Tis true; but he was shallow in that part o' th' plot.
What have we his example [for] but to learn by it?
Praise Plangus to Ephorbas then so far,
That first he may fear for his kingdom;
And if you do proceed till he grew jealous of
His bed, 'twill do the better.
The king is coming, I must be gone.

    [_Exit_ LIBACER.


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ EPHORBAS.

EPH. How fares Andromana?
I'm glad this greatness sits so well about thee;
My court was bless'd that hour I knew thee first.
We'll live and still grow happy; we shall flourish
Like some spreading tree that shall never cease
Till its proud height o'erlook the skies. I hope
I bad fair for a boy to-night. How happy
Should I count myself could I but leave
My kingdom something that had thy image in't.

AND. Sir, never think
Iberia can be happy in another son,
When such a prince as Plangus lives the heir,
Who is the subject of all men's pray'rs--nay,
The deserver too. There's not a man or woman
In the kingdom hath one good wish within their breast
But they straight bestow it upon Plangus:
A prince whom mothers show their little children
As something they should learn betime
To worship and admire.

EPH. I know, Andromana; but----

AND. Sir, virtue's perfection
Is at the height in him. Whatever after
Ages bear, or give the name of worth to,
Must, if compar'd to him, be but as foils
To set his glory off the brighter.
Nor are the men only thus taken with him;
There's not a lady in the land but sighs
With passion for him, and dreams on him a-nights.
Husbands grow jealous of him, yet with joy
That they are Plangus' rivals.

EPH. All this is nothing.
Men talk'd as loud of me when I was young.

AND. Yea, but they say, sir, you were
Not half so mincing in your carriage, nor so majestic.
Besides----

EPH. I hope they do not make comparisons.

    [_Starts._

AND. Sir, I thought we could not have discours'd on a
More welcome theme than what is full of Plangus.

EPH. No more you cannot. Let him as a less star
Enjoy his splendour, but it must not be so great
To darken me; but, prythee, do they compare us then?

AND. You're discompos'd, sir!--I have done.

EPH.                              Nay, nothing
But the remembrance of a foolish dream--what say they?

AND. Why, sir, some went so far to say, they wonder'd
A lady of my years could marry the father,
Though a king, when I might have had Plangus himself.

EPH. They did not?

AND. Then I confess I blush'd, and had been out
Of temper, but that I thought it might be
The court fashion to talk boldly.

EPH.                            This story jump'd
Just with my dream to-night;[96] but methought I saw
Him threat'ning to kill me 'cause thou hadst married me----
But the young saucy boy shall know I hold
My sceptre strong enough to crush him into atoms.
Did they not name Inophilus?

AND. I think they did. He had some share
Of praises too; but it was so as gleanings
To a loading cart, they sometimes fell beside.

EPH. Then I am satisfied. 'Tis an aspiring youth: 'tis something
That unites Plangus and him so. I must
Be speedy in resolves.

    [_Exit_ EPHORBAS.


SCENE VII.

AND. Who waits without there?

    _Enter_ LIBACER.

O, art thou come? Stay, let me breathe, or else----

LIB. Nay, spare your pains, I know it all; I saw him
Drink it with as great greediness as usurers
Do unthrifts' lands, or jealous husbands confirm
Their cuckoldships by ocular testimony.

AND. It took most rarely,
Beyond our hopes. I'll leave the rest to thee,
Thou art so fortunate in all designs. Go on and prosper.

LIB. And I'll attend for an opportunity to meet
With Plangus, and betray him to ruin
As great as unavoidable.

    [_Exeunt._



ACT IV., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ EPHORBAS, _solus_.

EPH. For aught I know, my bed may be the next;
Men are not bad by halves, nor doth one mischief
Stop a man in his career of sin.
There's as much reason i' th' one as th' other.
Doth he affect my kingdom, 'cause I'm old?
No, that's not it; he knows I must die shortly.
'Tis not a desire of rule, and glory of
Their bending knees makes him forget his duty.
He may as well covet Andromana, 'cause she's handsome.
He satisfies a lust alike in both. Well, let him be
My rival in the kingdom; 'tis but what
He was born to, and I must leave it him;
But for my wife he must excuse me--nay,
He shall [_Pauses._]----Yet now I think on't better,
The grounds are slender, and my suspicions slight;
No evidence against him but the people's love,
And that's no fault of his, unless deserving
Be a crime. Who is without there?

    _Enter_ LIBACER.

Go, call in Plangus, and bid him not stay,
For I must speak with him.

    [_Exit_ KING.


SCENE II.

LIB. Nay, then, all's dashed, if once he comes to parley.
I must not have them talk. But here he is.


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ PLANGUS.

LIB. All health and happiness attend the prince.

PLAN. Pray, tell me if you saw the king?
Be short, for I am very melancholy.

LIB. He parted hence just now, but with such
A fury revelling in his looks, there had been
Less danger in a basilisk.

PLAN. Went he this way?

LIB. Yes, sir.

    [_He is going out, but turns short._

PLAN. But dost not thou know what mov'd him?

LIB. I heard some such words as these:
My rival in the kingdom----There's evidence against him----
The people's love----Deserving is a crime----
And somewhat else my fear made me forget.

PLAN. Who was there with him lately?

LIB. I cannot tell: but about a quarter of an hour ago
He ask'd for you; and every time he nam'd you
He seem'd angry.

PLAN. Named me! thou art mistaken.

LIB. I had almost forgot, sir,
I have a message to you from Andromana.

PLAN. I will not hear one syllable.

LIB. No!--so she told me; but charged me to speak it,
Or die; for it concerned your life, which she
Held dearer than her own.

PLAN. I value it not; but speak the mystery.

LIB. When first her lips began to move, a blush
O'erflow'd her face, as if her heart had sent
Her tainted blood to seek a passage out. Then with
A show'r of tears she told me how inordinate
Desires had made her but this morning tempt you
To th' acting of a sin she would not name;
And that your virtue had so wrought upon her,
She had not left one thing unchang'd.
She loves you still, but with affection
That carries honour and converted thoughts.
And next, she bad me whisper in your ear
(For time was short) that, if you lov'd her or yourself,
Or intended to cherish the people's growing hopes,
You should not come when the king sent for you,
For something had incensed him so highly
Against you, that there was mighty danger in it.
She bad me haste, for time would not permit her
To say more. I was scarce out o' th' chamber,
When your father came and ask'd for you, and bad
Me seek you out with speed. Sir, I should be
Most proud to serve you.

PLAN. I thank thee, friend;
But prythee, tell thy mistress
Innocence knows no fear: 'tis for guilty souls
To doubt their safety. If she would have me safe,
My only way is by present appearance to clear
Myself; for I believe my false accusers
Wish nothing more than that I should be absent.

LIB. The devil's in him, sure, he guesseth so right.

    [_Aside._

She told me so, sir, and would have wish'd you to it;
But that there was a way to serve you better by.
She say'th Ephorbas told her, a few minutes hence
He'd call a council, where they'd consult about you.
The place is hang'd so, that behind the wall, sir,
You may stand secure, and hear what passeth;
And according to what they determine, you may
Provide for your safety; only for more security
She wisheth you would arm yourself. Sir, pray resolve:
She'll pacify the king, that you appear
Not presently.

PLAN. Well I will be persuaded:
Tell her, I am resolv'd I will not come.

LIB. Happiness attend you! Half an hour hence I'll wait
Upon you.

    [_Exit_ LIBACER.

PLAN. We shall reward thee.


SCENE IV.

PLAN. Whence should this kindness come? and on a sudden too?
A strange alteration! She who a day ago
Forgot the vows her soul was fetter'd in,
And but this morning tempted me to a sin
I can scarce think on without fear, should on
An instant be careful for my safety, and
That from a principle of virtue too!


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ INOPHILUS.

INO. Who was that with you, sir, just now?

PLAN. An honest fellow certainly, but one I know not.

INO. An honest fellow call you him?
If he have not rogue writ in great letters in's face,
I have no physnomy.[97] Pray, sir, what was
His business to you?

PLAN. A message from Andromana
Who, out of love, desires me not to go to
My father, because something hath put him in
A fume against me.

INO. Did the king send for you?

PLAN. He did so.

INO. But upon her entreaty you forbore to go?

PLAN. What then?

INO. Then you are mad, sir.
And tacitly conspire to your own ruin.
Do, take an enemy's advice, and die, the object
Both of their joy and scorn. Where are
Your senses, sir, or pray, whence springs
This friendship of Andromana's? Alas! you should not
Measure her malice by the smallness of your own.
She has injur'd you, she knows it, sir; and though
At present she enjoys her treachery, she may
Soon fall beside it; Ephorbas is not immortal,
Nor can she promise to herself security,
When you have power to call her ills in question.
Were't nothing else, her safety would make her
To plot your death. I hinder you in talking;
But pray begone, and when you see your father,
Speak boldly to him, or you're gone for ever.

PLAN. I tell thee once again, Inophilus,
Since I have said I would not go
Both heaven and thee shall want a motive
To make me stir one foot. Were danger just
Before me, running with open jaws upon me;
And had my word been giv'n to remain here,
I would be forc'd from life before my place.

INO. Here is a bravery now would make a man
Forswear all gallantry! to fool away
Your life thus in a humour!--
I met the court just now, sir: as full of whispers,
Every man's eyes spoke strong amazement.
My father's sent for, with two other lords,
Eubulus and Anamedes; and the Court-gates are lock'd.
Resolve, sir, and command me something,
Wherein I may have an occasion to serve you.

PLAN. Then I resolve to do as I am caution'd.
Walk in; I'll tell thee more.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ EPHORBAS _and_ LIBACER.

EPH. What was his answer, then?

LIB. "Tell him, I am resolv'd I will not come,"
Those were the very words, sir.

EPH.                'Twas very pretty
[And] resolute, methinks. If he be grown
So stubborn already, the next we must expect
Is action.

LIB. But yet he bids me, if you
Ask'd why he came not, to find some excuse or other.

EPH. He could find none himself then? Call in
The lords: we must be sudden in our execution.
But prythee, one thing more: who was there with him?

LIB. Nobody;
But I met going to him young Inophilus;
And heard one servant tell another in great haste,
Their lord would speak with some o' the captains o' the army.

    [_Exit._


SCENE VII.

    _Enter_ RINATUS, EUBULUS, _and_ ANAMEDES.

EPH. Sit down, my lords, we have business with you
Requires your hands and hearts, both speed and counsel.
Our danger's such, that I could wish't had flown
Upon us without warning, for so cross the fates are,
Our safety must be bought at such a price,
That we must lose what is as dear to us
Almost as it. 'Tis Plangus' death or mine
Must secure the other's life. Nay, startle not:
If I am grown as wearisome to you as
To him, your calling is in vain, my lords;
Nor shall I labour longer to preserve
A life denied me by the gods and you.
But if there's any here who hath a son
Brought to these years with so much care and love
As mine hath been, think what a grief it is
To lose him, and shed one tear with me.
But for that son to plume himself with feathers
Pluck'd from his father's wings, would melt one's eyeballs.
Yet Plangus, who hath vizarded his ends with virtue,
Finding it useless now, hath thrown it from him,
And openly attempts my crown and life.
When mischief's wheel once runs, how fast it speeds
Headlong to put in act the blackest deeds!
Were my crown his, had he my life to give,
Though he would let me, I would scorn to live.

EUB. Sir, we are called upon a great affair, and if it
Be true, the speed of our resolves
Shall be as great as it.
Your majesty hath reign'd so happily and long,
We will not think a time beyond it.
And such, so great your virtue still hath been,
Strangers have been enamour'd, and admir'd it.
Our enemies, that could have wish'd it less,
Yet have sat down with envy, nor attempted
Aught against you, knowing (I am confident)
By such unjust attempts the gods would be
Their foes. Methinks 'tis therefore much less likely
That Plangus, who hath hitherto been found
A miracle of filial piety, and one
That we may say was born the heir to all
Your virtues, all your goodness, as well as
The kingdom; who counts it glory as much
To be an honest man as a great prince:
I say, for him who, as he is your son,
And as we hitherto have found him full
Of worth and honour, we cannot but behold
As him in whom the spreading hopes of all
Iberia grow, and promise to themselves
A still green happiness, that ne'er shall know,
What autumn or a naked winter means.
For him that hath scarce yet put off
Those clothes, which still wear the badges
Of the great danger he was in, not for
Himself, my liege, but you and us; for had
He wish'd the ruin of his father and his country,
The Argives would have done that for him,
And he not have been call'd in question.
But when we must remember with what wings
He flew to meet the torrent, both against
The counsel of his friends and his own hopes;
How love to you and us spurr'd him on forward
To those impossibilities, which nothing
But love and valour durst have attempted,
Why then, methinks, 'tis strange, yea, very strange,
Thus in a moment t' have flung all nature off
And all religion; and that, sir, against you,
Whom we all well know and think with fear
(But our fading hopes spring fresh from Plangus),
Must shortly pay your tribute to the grave.
Nor that we doubt your majesty hath cause
To apprehend a danger; only 'tis wish'd,
Those who inform'd you were examin'd strictly,
And Plangus sent for to answer for himself.
Slanders, like mists, still vanish at the sight
Of innocents, who bring their lies to light.

EPH. If an oration could have made him clear,
No doubt my fears are vain, and we shall lie
Still sleeping in security as great
And lasting as Plangus and his accomplices
Can wish upon us, nor wake till we are bound
In the securest chains, death's fetters.
That I am old is true, and Plangus knows it.
He would have catch'd a cannon-bullet sooner
Else 'tween his naked hands, than have provok'd
My fury: but [old] age hath froze[n] me
To an icy numbness: yet shall he know
My veins have fire as well as his, and when
Incens'd, my eyes shoot as much poison too.
What you allege about his battle 'gainst the Argives
As an excuse, it is a proof against him.
Though thieves rob others, yet they fight themselves
For those that rob, when strangers set on them,
And all unite against a common enemy.
Had Plangus' private interest not held
Him to us, no doubt he'd [have] left us naked
Of all defence; but an intestine fury,
To see the Argives bear away the fruits
Of all his labours, all his treasons,
Shot him into despair, and made him play
A game was almost lost, rather than give all o'er.
Besides, that action hath endear'd him to the people;
Gain'd him the soldiers' hearts with so great ease,
The danger's nothing in respect o' th' rise
He takes from hence to climb up to his ends.
And for the virtue that hath gull'd us all,
I'd blush to speak it, that a son of mine
Should ever be so base to seek a cloak
For what he doth, but that I have disclaim'd
All my relations to him, and would adopt
A cannibal sooner for a son than he.
The evidence we have is what we wish were less,
Then might I hug my Plangus, and he me;
But since the Fates and his own ills deny
That intercourse, what can remain,
But that we should proceed to sentence
Speedy as themselves, and stop the ill, which may
Strike when 'tis night, or while 'tis call'd to-day?
He knows his guilt too well, and hath denied
To come, that so he might be justified:
Once disobey'd as father, the next thing
Will be rebellion to me as his king.


SCENE VIII.

    _Enter_ LIBACER.

RIN. As sure as death, this is one of the rogues
That hath his roguery to act, and comes in like
Something that hath brought news in th' latter end
Of a play. Now shall we have some strange discovery--
How the rogue stares!

LIB. No sooner had we shut the gates, my liege,
Than an uncertain rumour spread among the people
That Plangus was in danger.
When, if you ever saw a hive of bees:
How, if you stir but one, the whole swarm moves,
And testify their anger; so straight whole crowds
Of people, the greatest half not knowing what
They came for, swarm'd to the gates, and with confus'd
Cries hinder'd themselves from being understood;
Till some having divers times cried _Plangus_:
[And] some _their prince_: all with one note, made up
A common voice, and so continued, till some
Captains, with one or two selected troops, made up
To them, and having promised them they would
Secure the prince, desir'd them to withdraw.
And when they came so nigh as to be heard,
They did in earnest what the other had
Attempted with such[98] noise, and fail'd in;
For they told the porter, in plain soldier's language,
They would either see Plangus safe, or force
The gates upon him. He, in this exigence,
Hath sent to know your pleasure.

EPH. How say you now, my lords? where is
The innocence, the love to you and us?
For my part, I will meet the danger;
Tame expectation is beneath a king.
Only let me entreat you to see my queen safe.
'Tis pity she should smart who hath no sin
To answer for but calling me her husband.
Plangus, Iberia shall be thine; but with curses
O' th' angry gods, and a kind injur'd dying father.

    [_He goes to stab himself_, RINATUS _stays him_.

RIN. Heav'n bless you, sir, what a despair is this?
Because you hate a hangman, you will be
Your executioner yourself. Believe me,
That which presents so great danger to you,
I look upon with joy. There is no subject
That loves you or the prince, but must be glad
To see the zeal Iberians bear to a true virtue,
When bending under an unjust oppression;
No doubt their love had been as great to you,
Had you been in like danger. Besides, my lord,
You are not sure 'tis with the prince's consent,
The soldiers do this. My life for yours, you will
Be safe, let the worst come. Let us
Go meet your fears.

    [_They begin to rise, when at the instant_ ANDROMANA _enters
        undressed, and in a fright_.

AND. Happy am I, my lord,

    [_She weeps._

This sudden flight[99] hath rescu'd me from being
Made the subject of some villain's lust, who
With his sword drawn just now was forcing me
To lewd embraces; if you command to search the court,
He cannot be far hence, for he ran that way.

RIN. O impudence!
That durst attempt a sin darkness and woods
Have too many eyes for in the open court.

    [PLANGUS _stirs behind the hangings_.

I shall be with you. The devil hath
Armour on!

    [RINATUS _draws, and runs at him_.

EPH. Drag him to torture----

    [_They fetch him out._

My son! why have I liv'd to see this?
Away with him to death; the air will grow infectious.
Why stay you?


SCENE IX.

    _Enter_ ZOPIRO _and_ INOPHILUS, _with Soldiers_.

INO. Unhand the prince, or else by heav'n he treads
Into his grave that moves a foot to touch him.
Madam, though Plangus' noble self was blind,
And could not see the deep black darkness of
Your hellish actions, his friends had eyes about them.
Was this your love? this your repentance?
This your advice, your counsel? Had I, I must confess,[100]
And these his noble friends, been[101] rul'd by him, ere this
He'd been a sacrifice to your revenge and you.
Why stand you mute, sir? Want you a tongue to justify
Your innocence our swords and we maintain?
And now, my liege, we turn to you, whom we
Have serv'd as truly as e'er subjects did
Any prince alive; and whilst you're worthy, we
Will do so still; but we'll be no man's slaves
Alive, much less be his that is another's,
While this base witch (for so she is) constrains
You to do actions children would blush at,
And wise men laugh at, which will after leave you
Both to repentance and despair. This beggar, whom
T'other day you took up as some lost thing,
Gave your honour to, and in that our safety;
That knew less to be good than devils do,
And hath ills lodged in her that would make hell
Beyond that the furies dwell in,
Banish her hence, send her to some place
Where murders, rapines, or sins yet
Unheard of do inhabit, and where she can
Do us no mischief. Do you betake yourself
To your former virtue, and restore the prince
To those affections you once had for him.
We then perhaps may live to see
Iberia happy.

EPH. Why am I forc'd thus to declare his shame,
Which at the bound strikes me, and's made my own?
You know not how well Plangus can dissemble:
He is an hypocrite, I need not tell you more,
Those three syllables comprehend all ill.
My queen just now 'scaped from his base attempt,
Wherein he would have forc'd her to have damn'd
Herself and him, and dishonoured me.
What meant that armour on, and why so guarded?
Where was a danger threat'ned him? or doth he
Think his conscience could not sting him through it?
I wish, my lords,[102] he might live. But, as nature
That, as he is my son, bids me preserve him;
So honour, which pleads to the king stronger
Than nature can, tells me, for that very reason,
I can less pardon him than something born
A stranger to my blood. But I deserve
To die, as well as he. If he be grown
A burden to the earth, I am so too,
That gave the monster being. Wherefore
Let me be drawn to execution too,
For fathers are guilty of their children's ills.

INO. Would Plangus then have forc'd Andromana?
Yes, so would Daphne have ravish'd Phoebus!
I'll undertake goats are less salt than she.
But for his armour:--can any man that breathes
One common air with her not need an armour?
Brass walls can't be security enough.
Why speak you not, sir? are you dumb too?

PLAN. 'Tis for them to speak are sure to be believ'd,
And not for him that is condemn'd as guilty.
Words can excuse slight faults.
If mine are esteem'd such, that all my actions,
A speaking duty of one-and-twenty years,
Speak not enough to clear me, silence shall.
I've no more to say, therefore, but
To bid you do your duty to the king,
And ask him pardon for this[103] intemperate zeal:
Heav'n knows I wish'd it not, nor would I buy
My safety at one of my father's angry thoughts,
Much less his fears, for those I fall by.
Obey my father, and if ye love me, gentlemen,
Shed not one tear for Plangus.
For I am timely taken from those plagues
This woman's crying sins must bring upon
Iberia, and make you wish that you
Had died as soon and innocent as I.

AND. That I was nothing, I confess; that what I am,
I owe to Ephorbas; nay, that the greatness
I am now in tells me it is too high
To be secure, my fears bear witness.
I wish my life would excuse Plangus his; at least
My blood wash off the blackness of his guilt,
Heav'n knows it should not be one minute, ere
He should be restor'd to his former virtues;
But since it cannot be, I'll in and weep--
Not for myself, but him.

    [_Exit._

INO. Millions of plagues go with thee. Sir [_To_ PLANGUS], you
    shall
Along with us; we will not trust you
Or to the king or her.

    [_Exeunt._



ACT V., SCENE 1.


    LIBACER _solus_.

LIB. What politician was there ever yet
Who, swimming through a sea of plots and treasons,
Sank not at last i' th' very haven's mouth?
And shall I do so too? No, my thoughts prompt me,
I shall be told in story, as the first
That stood secure upon the dreadful ruins
He had thrown down beneath him. Yet I'm nigh
The precipice I strive to shun with so much care.
I have betray'd Plangus, 'tis true, and still
Have found a growing fortune; but so long
As jealousy binds up Ephorbas' thoughts
From searching deeper, deeper, 'tis not well
That Plangus lives at all: though he be disgrac'd.
H' has friends enow about the king, and they
Will find a time to pacify him, which will be
My undoing. He must not therefore live.
Andromana is of that mind too;
But how to compass it? or when perhaps
I have, what will become of me?
Nothing more usual than for those folks, who
Have by sinister means reach'd to the top
O' th' mountain of their hopes, but they throw down
And forget the power that rais'd them; indeed
Necessity enforceth them, lest others climb
By the same steps they did, and ruin them.
I must not therefore trust her womanship,
Who, though I know she cannot stand without
Me now; yet, when she's queen alone,
Fortune may alter her, and make her look
Upon me as one whose life whispers
Unto her own guilt. 'Tis not safe to be
The object of a princess' fear; then she will find
Others will be as apt to keep her up
As I to raise her. I'll prevent her first.
Time is not ripe yet; but when it is (for
I must walk on with her a little farther)
I will unravel all this labyrinth ev'n
To the king himself. Then let her accuse me,
Though she should damn herself to hell,
I know she'll be believ'd no more
Than Plangus hath been hitherto.
Thus shall I still grow great, though all the world
Be to a dreadful ruin madly hurl'd.

    [_Exit._


SCENE II.

    PLANGUS _solus_.

PLAN. I can no longer hold; 'tis not i' th' power
Of fate to make me less. Bid me outstare
The sun, outrun a falling star,
Feed upon flames, or pocket up the clouds;
Or if there be a task mad Juno's hate
Could not invent to plague poor Hercules,
Impose it upon me, I'll do't without a grudge.
Condemn me to a galley, load me with chains
Whose weight may so keep me down, I can scarce
Swell under my burden to let out a sigh,
I would o'ercome all. Were there a deity
That men adore, and throw their prayers upon,
That would lend just ears to human wishes,
I would grow great by being punished, and be
A plague myself, so that when people curs'd
Beyond invention, to their prodigious rhetoric
This epiphonema should be added,
"Become as miserable as wretched Plangus."
I have been jaded, basely jaded,
By those tame fools, honour and piety,
And now am wak'd into revenge, breathing forth ruin
To those first spread this drowsiness upon
My soul. A woman! O heaven, had I been gull'd
By anything had borne the name of man!
But this will look so sordidly in story:
I shall be grown discourse for grooms and footboys,
Be balladed, and sung to filthy tunes. But do
I talk still? well, I must leave this patience.
And now, Ephorbas,
Since thou hast wrought me to this temper,
I'll be reveng'd with as much skill as thou
Hast injur'd me. I will to these presently, for
My hour-glass shall not run ten minutes longer,
And having kill'd myself before thee,
I'll pluck my heart out, tell thee all
My innocence, and leave thee hemm'd in with
A despair thicker than Egyptian darkness.
I know thou canst not choose but die for grief.
But here he is.

    [_Exit._


SCENE III.

    EPHORBAS _solus_.

EPH. Riddle on[104] riddle! I have dream'd this night
Plangus was cloth'd, like innocence, all white;
And Andromana then methought was grown
So black, nothing but all one guilt was shown.
What shall I do? Shall I believe a dream?
Which is a vapour borne along the stream
Of fancy, and sprung up from the gross fumes
Of a full stomach, sent to th' upper rooms
O' th' brain by our ill genius, to spoil our sight,
And cloud our judgments like a misty night.
Why do I doubt? 'tis ominous to stay
Demurring, when the way is plain. Is day
Or night best to judge colours? shall I stand,
Trying the water's soundness, when the land
Presents firm footing? Truth by day appears,
And I from tapers hope to find my fears
Oppos'd. And yet methinks 'tis very strange,
A son of mine should suddenly thus change,
And throw his nature off; I did not so
When I was young. I am resolv'd to know
The truth, and clear this mist from 'fore my eyes,
If't can be done by care, by gold, or spies.

    [_Exit._


SCENE IV.

    ANDROMANA _sola_.

AND. So badgers dig the holes, and foxes live in them.
Of all factors, state-factors are the worst,
And get least to themselves of all their labour.
This Libacer
Is wading to the throat in blood to do me
Service. Tame fool! can he imagine I
Remove a husband and a son, to suffer him
To live still and upbraid my ills?

    _Enter_ LIBACER.

LIB. It is resolv'd.
But here she is, I must speak fairly for awhile.

AND. How doth it succeed now, my darling?
Shall we be great? [be] great alone?

LIB. As great as pride and fulness of revenge
Can swell us. Hark in your ear, madam,
I'll tell you all our plot; but softly, for
Perhaps the jealous walls may echo back
The treason.

    [_They whisper._


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ PLANGUS _with his sword drawn_.

PLAN. I bore whil[e]st I could; but now 'tis grown
Too great to be contain'd in human breast,
And it shall out, though hoop'd with walls of brass.
Are they at it? I stood once listening
At their entreaty; this time at my own
I'll stand and hearken.

    [_Steps aside._

AND. 'Tis impossible.

LIB. I tell you, no. I'll aggravate the injuries,
And tell him how basely poor it was for
A father to betray his son so.

AND. His piety shall never----

LIB. But his fury shall.
I'll stab the king himself, and bring
Those witnesses shall swear 'twas Plangus.

PLAN. Nay, then, 'tis time to strike--
There, carry thy intents to hell.

    [_He stabs_ LIBACER.

AND. Help! murder, murder! a rape, a rape!

    _Enter_ EPHORBAS.

EPH. What dismal note was that?

AND.                               Sir, there
You see your martyr, whose force being
Too weak to save my honour, his fidelity
Was greater, and [has] died a royal sacrifice,
Offer'd by th' impious hand of that vile man.

EPH. O heav'n! doth not the earth yet gape and swallow thee?
Thy life shall be my crime no longer; I gave it thee,
And thus resume it with a thousand curses.

    [_He stabs_ PLANGUS.

PLAN. Sir, I at length am happy to the height
Of all my wishes. I'm a-going suddenly

    [_Faints._

From all my troubles, all your fears; but I
Will tell my story first--
How you have wrong'd, and been wronged yourself.
This woman, to be short, hath twin'd
Like ivy with my naked limbs, before
She married you, and would--O,
In spite of death
I will go on--have tempted me
To bed her since. Upon refusal, she
Turned her love to hate, and plots my ruin,
And next your death--I can no more--I kill'd
The instrument--farewell, forgive me.

    [_Dies._

EPH. Can this be true, Andromana?

AND. Do you believe it?

EPH. I wish I had not cause----

AND. Sir, every syllable was true he told you;
Whose words I thus confirm.

    [_She takes_ PLANGUS'S _dagger, flings it at_ EPHORBAS, _and
        kills him_.

EPH. I'm slain! mercy, Heaven!

    _Enter_ INOPHILUS.

AND. You should have come a little sooner.

INO. Do I see well? or is the prince here slain?

AND. He is, and 'cause you love him,
Carry that token of my love to him.

    [_Stabs_ INOPHILUS.

I know he'll take it kindly that you take
So long a journey only to see him.

INO. It was the devil struck, sure,
A woman could not do it.--Plangus, O!

    [_Dies._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ RINATUS, EUBULUS, ANAMEDES.

RIN. Heav'n defend us! what a sight is here? The king,
The prince, both slain? what, and my son too?
Only this woman living? Speak out, [thou]
Screech-owl, witch, how came they by their deaths!

AND. By me; how else?

RIN. Let's torture her.

AND.                        I can
Prevent you; I wouldn't live a minute longer
Unless to act my ills again, for all Iberia.

    [_Stabs herself._

I have lived long enough to boast an act,
After which no mischief shall be new----

    [_Dies._

RIN. Let's in, and weep our weary lives away;
When this is told, let after-ages say,
But Andromana none could have begun it,
And none but Andromana could have done it.

    [_Exeunt._

       *       *       *       *       *



LADY ALIMONY.



_EDITION._


_Lady Alimony; or, The Alimony Lady. An Excellent Pleasant New
   Comedy. Duly Authorized, daily Acted, and frequently Followed._

    Nolumus amplexus sponsales; æra novellos
    Nocte parent Socios, qui placuere magis.

                                       LUCRET.

   _London, Printed by Tho. Vere and William Gilbertson, and are
   to be sold at the Angel without New-gate, and at the Bible in
   Gilt-spur-street._ 1659. 4^o.

This piece is now first reprinted from the original edition. It
is a curious and peculiar production, and was perhaps written
twenty or twenty-five years before the date which appears on the
title-page. Its attribution jointly to Thomas Lodge and Robert
Greene is one of those alike silly and capricious affiliations of
our earlier bibliographers, which sometimes scarcely seem as if
they were seriously intended. From a passage at p. 281, it is
readily apparent that it was not in existence till after 1633.

The interest and point of the present play principally depend on
a vivid description of the doings of certain ladies of pleasure,
or _bona-robas_, who are styled Ladies Alimony. The peculiarity
of the piece in point of structure and character may be thought,
perhaps, to go some way in atoning for its occasional
licentiousness.

A considerable number of uncommon phrases are scattered through
"Lady Alimony;" some of them are not noticed by our
glossographers.



THE ACTORS PERSONATED IN THIS DRAMATIC.

EUGENIO, _the duke_.

SIR AMADIN PUNY,        }
SIR JASPER SIMPLETON,   }
SIR ARTHUR HEARTLESS,   } _cashiered consorts_.
SIR GREGORY SHAPELESS,  }
SIR TRISTRAM SHORTTOOL, }
SIR REUBEN SCATTERGOOD, }

MADAM FRICASE,   }
MADAM CAVEARE,   }
MADAM JULIPPE,   } _alimony ladies_.
MADAM JOCULETTE, }
MADAM MEDLER,    }
MADAM TINDER,    }

FLORELLO,   }
CARANTO,    }
PALISADO,   } _the ladies' Platonic confidants_.
SALIBRAND,  }
MORISCO,    }
TILLYVALLY, }

GALLERIUS, _ghost_.
TIMON, _the composer_.
TRILLO, _the censor_.
SIPARIUS, _the book-holder_.

_Chorist, Constable, Watch, Country Boors, Trepanners, Pages,
    with other Officials._

    _The Scene, Seville._



LADY ALIMONY.



ACT I., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ TRILLO.

TRIL. Hey, boys! never did my spirit chirp more cheerfully since
I had one. Here is work for Platonics. Never did ladies, brave
buxom girls, dispense at easier rates with their forfeited
honours. This were an excellent age for that Roman Carvilius to
live in, who never loved any sheets worser than those his wife
lay in, nor his wife any lodging worse than where her decrepit
consort slept in. Divorces are now as common as scolding at
Billingsgate. O Alimony, Alimony! a darling incomparably dearer
than a sear-icy bed, possessed of the spirit of a dull, inactive
husband! A fresh flowery spring and a chill frosty winter never
suit well together. He were a rare justice, in these times of
separation, who had the ceremonial art to join hearts together as
well as hands; but that chemical cement is above the alchemy of
his office or verge of his ministerial charge. Heyday! who comes
here? The very professed smock-satyr or woman-hater in all
Europe; one who, had he lived in that state, or under that zone,
might have compared with any Swetnam[105] in all the Albion
Island.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ TIMON, SIPARIUS, _and a_ PAGE.

But, sure, he has some high design in hand; he pores so fixedly
upon the ground, as on my life he has some swingeing stuff for
our fresh Dabrides, who have invested themselves in the Platonic
order, and retain courage enough to make an exchange of their old
consorts with their new confidants and amorous pretenders. Let us
hear him; he mumbles so strangely, he must surely either
disburthen [him]self, or stifle his teeming birth for want of
timely delivery.

TIM. Good, as I live, wondrous good! this is the way to catch the
old one. Be all things ready, Siparius?

SIP. How do you mean, sir?

TIM. What a drolling bufflehead is this! He has been book-holder
to my revels for decades of years, and the cuckoldry drone, as if
he had slept in Trophonius' cave all his days, desires to know my
meaning in the track of his own calling! Sir, shall I question
you in your own dialect? Be your stage-curtains artificially
drawn, and so covertly shrouded as the squint-eyed groundling[s]
may not peep into your discovery?

SIP. Leave that care to me, sir; it is my charge.

TIM. But were our bills posted, that our house may be with a
numerous auditory stored? our boxes by ladies of quality and of
the new dress crowdingly furnished? our galleries and
ground-front answerably to their pay completed?

SIP. Assure yourself, sir, nothing is a-wanting that may give way
to the poet's improvement.

TIM. Thou sayest well; this is indeed the poet's third day, and
must raise his pericranium deeply steeped in Frontiniac, a fair
revenue for his rich Timonic fancy; or he must take a long adieu
of the spirit of sack and that noble napry till the next vintage.
But, Siparius----

SIP. Your will, sir?

TIM. Be sure that you hold not your book at too much distance.
The actors, poor lapwings, are but pen-feathered; and once out,
out for ever. We had a time, indeed--and it was a golden time for
a pregnant fancy--when the actor could embellish his author, and
return a pæan to his pen in every accent; but our great disaster
at Cannæ, than which none ever more tragical to our theatre, made
a speedy despatch of our rarest Rosciuses, closing them jointly
in one funeral epilogue. Now for you, boy: as you play the
chorus, so be mindful of your hint. I know you to be a wag by
nature, and you must play the waggish actor.

PAGE. I shall not sleep in my action, sir, if your line have so
much life as to provoke a laughter. I shall not strangle the
height of your conceit with a dull gesture; nor weaken the weight
of your plot with too flat or unbecoming a deportment.

TIM. Thou promisest fairly; go on.

TRIL. And so does Timon too, or his judgment fails him. Well, I
will accost him.--Health to our stock of stoical wit, ingenious
Timon! Come, sir, what brave dramatic piece has your running
Mercury now upon the loom? The title of your new play, sir?

TIM. Every post may sufficiently inform you; nay, the fame of the
city cannot choose but echo it to you, so much is expected.
Neither shall you discover a mouse peeping out of a mountain,
believe it.

[Sidenote: _Nulla fides spectanda feris, nec gratia victis._]

TRIL. No, nor a monkey dancing his tricotee on a rope, for want
of strong lines from the poet's pen.

[Sidenote: _Corpora distendunt versibus affanda nefandis._]

TIM. You are i' th' right on't, Trillo. These pigmies of mine
shall not play the egregious puppies in deluding an ignorant
rabble with the sad presentment of a roasted savage.

[Sidenote: _Tempora sunt Cuculi gratissima labilis anni;_]

TRIL. Your conceit is above the scale of admiration. But the
subject of your invention, sir? Where may you lay your scene; and
what name [do] you bestow upon this long-expected comedy?

[Sidenote: _Cornua sunt sponsis trista, læta procis._--Auson.]

TIM. My scene, Trillo, is Horn Alley: the name it bears is "Lady
Alimony." The subject I shall not preoccupate. Let the fancies of
my thirsty auditory fall a-working; if ever their small expense
confined to three hours' space were better recompensed, I will
henceforth disclaim my society with a happy genius, and bestow
the remainder of my time in catching flies with Domitian.

TRIL. Excellent, excellent! I am confident your acrimonious
spirit will discurtain our changeable taffeta ladies to a hair.

TIM. Thou knowest my humour, and let me perish if I do not pursue
it. Thou hast heard, no doubt, how I never found any branch more
pleasingly fruitful, nor to my view more grateful, than when I
found a woman hanging on it; wishing heartily that all trees in
mine orchard bore such fruit.

TRIL. If your wish had proved true, no doubt but your orchard
would have rendered you store of medlars. But your hour, sir,
your hour.

TIM. You know, Trillo, our theatral time to a minute. One thing I
must tell you, and you will attest it upon our presentment, that
never was any stage, since the first erection of our ancient
Roman amphitheatres, with suitable properties more accurately
furnished, with choicer music more gracefully accommodated, nor
by boys, though young, with more virile spirits presented.

TRIL. I'm already noosed in your poetical springe, and shall
henceforth wish, for your sake, that all crop-eared
histriomastixes, who cannot endure a civil, witty comedy, but by
his racked exposition renders it downright drollery, may be
doomed to Ancyrus, and skip there amongst satyrs for his rough
and severe censure.

TIM. Parnassus is a debtor to thee, Trillo, for thy clear and
serene opinion of the Muses and their individual darling; of
which, meaning to imprint our addresses all the better in your
memory, our stage presents ever the most lively and lovely
fancy:--

"Where th' stage breathes lines, scenes, subject, action fit, Th'
age must admire it, or it has no wit."

TRIL. Yet I have heard, Timon, that you were sometimes stoical,
and could not endure the noise of an interlude, but snuff at it,
as the satyr did at the first sight of fire.

TIM. All this is most authentically true; but shall I unbosom
myself ingeniously[106] to thee, my dear Trillo? As his hate to
woman made Eupolis eat nettle pottage, so became I fired in my
spirit. My experience of a shrew drove me to turn the shrewd
comedian; and yet all our boxes are stored with complete doxies;
nay, some, whose carriage give life to this day's action.

TRIL. May the poet's day prove fair and fortunate! Full audience
and honest door-keepers. I shall, perchance, rank myself amongst
your gallery-men.

TIM. We shall hold our labours incomparably heightened by the
breath of such approved judgments.

    _Enter_ MESSENGER.

MES. Sir, here is a proud, peremptory, pragmatical fellow, newly
come into our tiring-room, who disturbs our preparation, vowing,
like a desperate haxter,[107] that he has express command to
seize upon all our properties.

TIM. The devil he has! What furious Mercury might this be?

MES. Nay, sir, I know not what he may be; but, sure, if he be
what he seems to be, he can be no less than one of our city
Hectors; but I hope your spirit will conjure him, and make him a
Clinias. He speaks nothing less than braving, buff-leather
language, and has made all our boys so feverish, as if a
quotidian ague had seized on them.

TIM. Sure, it is one of our trepanning decoys, sent forth for a
champion to defend those ladies' engaged honour, whom our stage
is this day to present! This shall not serve their turn. Call him
in; we will collar him.

TRIL. Ha-ha-ha! This will prove rare sport, to see how the poet's
genius will grapple with this bawdry!


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ HAXTER.

HAX. Sir!

TIM. Surly sir, your design?

HAX. To ruin your design, illicentiate playwright. Down with your
bills, sir.

TIM. Your bill cannot do it, sir.

HAX. But my commission shall, sir. Can you read, sir?

TIM. Yes, sir, and write too, else were I not fit for this
employment.

    [_He reads the paper._

TRIL. With what a scurvy, screwed look the myrmidon eyes him! He
will surely bastinado our comedian out of his laureate periwig.
Hold him tug, poet, or thou runs thy poetical pinnace on a
desperate shelf!

TIM. What bugbear has your terrible bladeship brought us here? A
mandate from one of our own society to blanch the credit of our
comedy! You're in a wrong box, sir; this will not do't.

HAX. You dare not disobey it!

TIM. Dare not! A word of high affront to a professed Parnassian!
I dare exchange in pen with you and your penurious poetaster's
pike; and if your valour or his swell to that height or heat as
it will admit no other cooler but a downright scuffle, let wit
perish and fall a-wool-gathering, if with a cheerful brow I leave
not the precious rills of Hippocrene, and wing my course for
Campus Martius.

HAX. 'Slid, this Musæus is a Martialist; and if I had not held
him a feverish white-livered staniel,[108] that would never have
encountered any but the Seven Sisters, that knight of the
sun[109] who employed me should have done his errand himself.
Well, I would I were out of his clutches! The only way, then, is
to put on a clear face, lest I bring a storm upon myself.
[_Aside._] Virtuous sir, what answer will your ingenuity be
pleased to return by your most humble and obsequious vassal?

TIM. Ho! sir, are you there with you[r] bears? How this
Gargantua's spirit begins to thaw! Sirrah, you punto[110] of
valour!

HAX. I have, indeed, puissant sir, been in my time rallied
amongst those blades; but it has been my scorn of late to engage
my tuck upon unjust grounds.

TIM. Tucca, thy valour is infinitely beholden to thy discretion.
But, pray thee, resolve me: art thou made known to the purport of
thine errand?

HAX. In part I am.

TIM. And partly I will tell thee; this squirt-squib wherewith
that pragmatical monopolist Nasutius Neapolitanus has here
employed thee to obstruct our action shall be received and
returned with as much scorn as it was sent us with spiteful
impudence! Let him come if he like; he may trouble himself and
his own impoverished patience, but we shall slight him on our
stage, and tax him of frontless insolence.

HAX. You shall do well, sir.

TIM. Well or ill, sir, we will do it. Pray, tell me, brave spark,
what Archias may this be who takes thus upon him to excise the
revenues of our theatral pleasure to his purse? Be his
monopolising brains of such extent as they have power to engross
all inventions to his coffer, all our stage-action to his
exchequer?

HAX. I would be loth to praise him too much, because your
transcendent self prize[s] him so little; but his travels have
highly improved his expression.

TIM. We know it, don, and he knows it too, to his advantage. But
no man knows the issue of his travel better than Timon. It is
true, he addressed his course for Malagasco; but for what
end?--to learn hard words, school himself in the Utopian tongue;
and, to close up all, he sticked not, Xerxes-like, to deface
bridges in the ruins whereof, poor gentleman, he irreparably
suffered.

HAX. To my knowledge, he speaks no more than authentic truth; for
I myself, in my own proper person, got a snap by a Neapolitan
ferret at the very same time; ever since which hot Ætnean service
my legs have been taught to pace iambics, and jadishly to
interfere upon any condition.

    [_Aside._

TIM. Thus much for your despatch. Only this: be it your civility,
valiant don, to present my service to his naked savages, monkeys,
baboons, and marmosets, advising, withal, your master of the
bear-yard, that he henceforth content his hydroptic thoughts with
his own box-holders; and, lest he lose by his outlandish
properties, be it his care to pick out some doxies of his own,
lest those she-sharks whom he has employed upon that trading
occasion abuse his confidence.

HAX. Your commands, sir, shall be observed with all punctuality.

TIM. Do so, brave don, lest I call you to account, and return
your wages with a bastinado. But withal tell that cockspur, your
magnificent Mecænas, that he keep at home, and distemper not our
stage with the fury of his visits, lest he be encountered by my
little terriers, which will affright him more than all his
Spanish gipsies.

HAX. Account me, invincible sir, your most serviceable slave upon
all interests. Well, I have secured my crazy bulk as well from a
basting as ever mortal did; and if ever I be put on such
desperate adventures again, let this weak radish body of mine
become stuck round with cloves, and be hung up for a gammon of
Westphalia bacon to all uses and purposes.

    [_Aside._

    [_Exit._

TRIL. So, you have conjured down the spirit of one furious
haxter!


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ BOY.

TIM. And just so must all our tavern tarmagons be used, or
they'll trepan you, as they did that old scarified friar, whose
bitter experiences furnished with ability enough to discover
their carriage and his feverish distemper.

BOY. Sir, all our boxes are already stored and seated with the
choicest and eminentest damosellas that all Seville can afford.
Besides, sir, all our galleries and ground-stands are long ago
furnished. The groundlings within the yard grow infinitely
unruly.

TIM. Go to, boy; this plebeian incivility must not precipitate
the course of our action. How oft have they sounded?

BOY. They're upon the last sound; but our expectance of that
great Count, whose desires are winged for us, foreflow our entry.

TIM. These comic presentments may properly resemble our comet
apparitions, where their first darting begets impressions of an
affectionate wonder or prophetic astonishment. The world, I must
confess, is a ball racketed above the line and below into every
hazard: but whimseys and careers challenge such influence over
the judgment of our gallant refined wits; as their fancies must
be humoured, and their humours tickled, or they leave our rooms
discontented. So as the comedian's garden must find lettuce for
all lips, or the disrelished poet must be untrussed, and paid
home with a swingeing censure. This must be my fate; for I can
expect no less from these satirical madams, whose ticklish
resentment of their injured honour will make them kick before
they be galled. But Timon is armed _cap-a-pie_ against all such
feminine assailants. They shall find my scenes more modest than
some of their actions have merited; and I must tell thee one
thing by the way, my ingenious Trillo--that I never found more
freedom in my sprightly genius, than in the very last night, when
I set my period to this living fancy. But time and conveniences
of the stage enjoin me to leave thee; make choice of thy place,
and expect the sequel.

[Sidenote: _Extremâ nocte nullam scænis feliciorem
reperi._--Afran.]

TRIL. May your acts live to a succeeding age, And the Ladies
Alimony enrich your stage.

    [_Exeunt._

    _After the third sound_--


PROLOGUE.

_Madams, you're welcome; though our poet show
A severe brow, it is not meant to you.
Your virtues, like your features, they are such,
They neither can be priz'd nor prais'd too much:
Lov'd and admir'd wheres'ever you are known,
Scorning to mix Platonics with your own:
Sit with a pleasing silence, and take view
Of forms vermillion'd in another hue.
Who make free traffic of their nuptial bed,
As if they had of fancy surfeited:
Who come not here to hear our comic scenes,
But to complete imaginary dreams
With realler conceptions. If you mind them,
Their new loves stand before, old loves behind them:
And from that prospect this_ impresa _read,
Rich pearls show best when they are set in lead.
Such be your blameless beauties, which comply
With no complexion but a native dye,
Apt for a spousal hug, and, like rich ore,
Admit one choice impression and no more.
Those faces only merit our esteem,
Seem what they be, and be the same they seem.
For they who beauty clothe with borrow'd airs,
May well disclaim them, being none of theirs.
Here shall you see Nature adorn'd with skill,
And if this do not please, sure, nothing will._



ACT II., SCENE 1.


    _Enter two_ BOYS.

1ST BOY. Room, room for the ladies of the new dress.

2D BOY. Thou styles them rightly, Tim; for they have played the
snakes, and put off their old slough. New brooms sweep clean.
Frosty age and youth suit not well together. These _bona-robas_
must sate their appetites with fresh cates, or their sharp
attractive stomachs will be quickly cloyed.

1ST BOY. True, Nick; hadst thou known their nightly quartering as
well as I have done, thou wouldst hold them rare coy-ducks for
retrieving new game, and storing their lobbies upon all
adventures.

2D BOY. Why, Tim, art thou one of that covey?

1ST BOY. Let it suffice thee, wag, I know all their fagaries[111]
to a hair. I have not played such a truant in my place as to
become their pee-dee[112] during all the time of their restraint,
and not to attain the principles of a puisne bolt: a faithful
secret pimp deserves his constant pay.

2D BOY. But, in good sadness, resolve me: were these dainty
Dabrides ever in restraint?

1ST BOY. As close cooped up, believe it, as any parachitoes ever
were. Only they assumed to their pretended aggrievances to
exclaim against their hard fortunes in being matched with such
impotent and defective husbands; and now they have, by long
flickering and strong favourites, got out o' th' cage, and
wrought themselves into alimony.

2D BOY. Uds! so will their dainty fingers tug in alum-work?

1ST BOY. What an ignorant puppy thou art! This is no alum-work,
but such a calcinated metal as it will run like quicksilver over
all their husbands' domains, and in very short time make a quick
despatch of all his Long-acre.

2D BOY. Trust me, Tim, these be mad-mettled girls, brave braches
to breed on!

1ST BOY. What a wanton monkey is this? He's but newly bred, and
he can talk of wenches breeding! Well, thou wilt grow a cock of
th' game if thy pen-feathered youth mount to't. But silence, wag;
the she-myrmidons are entering the stage, and I am pricked out
for the chorus.


SCENE II.

    _Enter six Ladies fantastically habited, in a wanton and
        pleasant posture: passing over the stage, they are
        encountered by six amorous complimental Servants, every
        one singling forth his mistress for discourse._

2D BOY. What humorous tomboys be these?

1ST BOY. The only gallant Messalinas of our age. That
love-spotted ermine is Madam Fricase, a woman of a rampant
spirit; a confident pretender to language; and, for the Latin,
she makes herself as familiar with the breach of Priscian's head
as if it were her husband's.

2D BOY. Who is she, that looks like a mounted scaledrake?[113]

1ST BOY. That spitfire is Madam Caveare: one whose assiduate
trading brought age upon her before her time. But art has taught
her to supply furrowed deformities with ceruse boxes, and to
repair a decayed complexion with an Italian fucus. This, with
other fomentations, have so enlivened her, as they render her no
less active than if she at last grass had but casten her
colt's-tooth. The next in rank is that mincing madam Julippe, who
would not bear a child for a world (though her endeavours be
pregnant enough), for fear she should disfeature the comeliness
of her body.

2D BOY. Yet she's a medlar.[114]

1ST BOY. A mellow one, and as ready to fall in autumn upon all
occasions.

2D BOY. What may that gaudy gewgaw lady be, that throws such
scornful looks upon our galleries?

1ST BOY. That's a brave martial Milanoise: Semiramis never had a
more imperious spirit. She styles herself Madam Joculette; a
jocund girl, on my word, and one that will not engage her honour,
nor barter in a low commodity, for nothing. She was a tirewoman
at first in the suburbs of Milan; but falling into an ebb of
fortune, and hearing the quaint and various fancies of our
country damosellas, she took upon her this adventure to improve
her annual pension; which she has by the dexterity of her wit and
incomparable curiosity of art highly enlarged, and by this
unexpected means--for it happened, to give an addition to her
future happiness, that one Sir Gregory Shapeless, a mundungo[115]
monopolist, a paltry-penurious-pecking pinchgut, who had smoked
himself into a mercenary title of knightship, set his affection
upon her soon after her arrival here; whom thou may imagine,
Nick, to be no sooner wooed than won. But scarcely were their
marriage-sheets warm, till her dissembled fancy, having no other
bait but lucre to feed it, grew cold, and the mundungo-knight
became pitifully crest-fallen--more in love with the world than
his Italian doxy. A divorce she sues, and so happily pursues, as
by the solicitancy of her private ingles she became whole sharer
in his trucking fortunes; since which time she pastures freely
upon the common without fear of enclosure.

2D BOY. Why should she not? A barren ranging doe, having once
leapt over her own pale, may encroach, though not with security,
upon any other's liberty.

1ST BOY. That next her in rank, and as right as my leg in her
career, is Madam Medler, a cunning civil trader, who with much
simpering secrecy, as one that would seem sparing in discovery of
her husband's debility, calls him[116] Sir Tristram Shorttool, a
good, well-meaning man, and one that might content any woman
under the equinoctial line, if Nature had measured her[117]
right. Whereas his sufficiency has been elsewhere tried, which
his many branches, sprung from other stocks, may sufficiently
witness, being scions[118] of his own inoculating, and at his own
proper charge for breeding. As for that lady with the inflamed
face, Madam Tinder, her desires are so strong and enlarged, as
that torrid zone, where she sometimes planted, could not
accommodate her supplies. And let this serve thee, Nick, for a
short character of these alimonial ladies.

2D BOY. Those Platonic servants of theirs are upon a strong
debate with their amorous mistresses.

1ST BOY. But note, my precious wag, how infinitely they seem
tickled with the accounts, which those ladies return them of
their court proceedings.

    [_They retire, and listen._


SCENE III.

FLO. You overglad me, Madam Fricase,
With your select discourse, closing so fairly
With our expected wishes.

CAR.                       No conceit
Struck more on fancy than the tale you told me;
'Tis so attractive, Madam Caveare.
It acts delight without a passive object,
And forms an embryo in the phantasy
By love's mysterious spell. May Ida's court
Ne'er see Caranto exercise his revels,
If he neglect those ceremonial rites
Which love and duty have oblig'd him to.
May all the orbs make music in their motion,
And smile on our enjoyment!

PAL.                          Fair Julippe,
Your choice has crown'd me; nor shall track of time
Raze out that imprese which[119] your free assent
Has here engraven. Palisado's zeal
Shall merit your affection, if endeavours
May mount to such a pitch as they may cheer
My hopes in retribution. Secrecy,
Or what may most suit with a lady's honour,
Shall in this breast keep constant sentry.[120]

SAL. If Salibrand fall short, may he be forc'd
To sue his own divorce. Dear Joculette,
May your estrangement from a loathed bed
Complete your choice with a delightful change.

MOR. Balls, treats, rear-banquets, theatral receipts
To solace tedious hours, shall entertain
My mellow Medlar; and when evening pleasure
Shall with enlivening vigour summon more
Duly-reserved offices, which Love
In her arrival, her desir'd repose,
Shall pay his loyal tribute, only due
To crowns and nuptial rites: or as pure times
Make these divisions legal, to supply
Defects by abler farmers, which defray'd,
Proves man to be himself. I'll vow no more:
Only give leave to your devoted servant,
Whose purest victim is a constant heart,
To make this tender good. Before I fail
In acting your content, may youthful heat
Disclaim its interest in me, and this spirit,
Active and sprightly, lose his native strength--
Nay, thaw itself to atoms, and resolve
To ophic powder, juice of cucumber,
Or what may show most chilness in the blood.

TIL. Like brave Platonic, you profess much love,
Which, you enamel with gilt promises;
But my affection's conscious of no guilt,[121]
Nor a rhetoric tincture. Some can speak,
And call the heavens to record, when their fancy,
Mere planet-struck, has fix'd their influence
On various objects: this deludes poor wenches,
And makes them melt like ceruse! Heav'ns forgive them!
I'm none of that light leaven; nor, Florello,
Caranto, Palisado, Salibrand,
Nor you, Morisco. Moments of delight
May prompt unmanag'd youths to damn'd protests
And vows which they intend not: whereas, madams,
Your choice has made you happy in your change.
This shall my dear affianc'd Tinder find
In her embraces; and in those conclude
Stol'n waters be the sweetest.

ALL.                            Excellent;
Thou shalt be styl'd th' Platonic Pythias.

FRI. Our faith is not confirm'd by oratory.
If man, he cannot falsify his trust
In offices of love; we leave our own
For your enjoyment; were there piety
In making love the anvil of your treason?
No, no; we shall not entertain a thought,
That may suggest suspicion, nor retain
In our late-widow'd breasts a crime so foul
As jealousy. Let our cornutos harbour
That marrow-eating fury. Dear Florello,
Hold my exchanged love complete in thee!

CAV. Hold same opinion of thy Caveare,
My best Caranto.

JUL. Treasure like esteem
In thy Julippe's choice, brave Palisado.

JOC. In Joculette, active Salibrand.

MED. Thy sprightliest revels, may they be reserv'd
For thy endearèd Medlar, my Morisco.

TIN. So may thy hopes be crownèd in thy Tinder,
My valiant Tilly; and rest thus resolv'd:
That th' tender tinder of my tried affection
Shall ne'er obscure its lustre, if neglect
Extinguish not that heat.

TIL.                      May th' frigid zone
Sooner contract my sinews!

MOR.                       And love's grove
Become an hermit's cell!

SAL.                    And our revels
A sullen stoic dream.

PAL.                   And this exchange
A period to our joys.

CAR.                  And our protests
Affrighting shadows.

FLO.                 Or (what's worst of all)
May those contents, which you expect from us,
Discover our defects, and make you wish
Your nuptial beds untouch'd.

ALL.                         May all these fall,
And crush us with their grandeur.

LADIES.                           Be it so,
And if our levity disvalue vows,
Or what may most oblige us: may like censure
Impeach our perish'd honours.

    [_They retire._

1ST BOY.                      So: the match
Is clapp'd already up. They need no witness.

2D BOY. Trust me, they couple handsomely, as if they had been
married after th' new fashion.

1ST BOY. These need no dispensation. Fancy can act it without
more ado. A mad match soon shuffled up!

2D BOY. But what shuffling would there be, if any of these wanton
gossips should cry out before their time?

1ST BOY. That cry, my dainty wag, would be soon stifled. There be
many ways, as I have heard my old grannam say (who had been in
her youth a Paracelsian doctor's leman), to impregnate a birth,
and, by secret applications o' possems[122] and cordials, not
only to facilitate, but expedite, their production.

2D BOY. And what of all this?

1ST BOY. Why then, Tim, the only safe way for these gamesome
macquerellas[123] is to antedate their conception before their
separation. This has been an approved receipt; and, upon a long
consult, found so, and returned authentic. Joy or grief produce
wondrous effects in humorous[124] ladies.

2D BOY. Thou art a cunning, sifting ningle for all rogueries.


SCENE IV.

    _Enter again the Ladies with their Platonic Confidants._

1ST BOY. What! so soon returned? upon my life, there's some
amorous design on foot, either in displaying of the weakness of
those rams'-heads whom they have deserted, or some pasquil of
light mirth to ingratiate their late-entertained servants.

2D BOY. No drollery, for love sake:
"Facetious fancies are the least profane."

1ST BOY. That's a precious strain of modesty,
Nick: make much on't: let's fasten our attentions.
They are moving.

    [BOYS _retire again_.

FLO. Dear Madam Fricase, present those scenes,
Those love-attractive scenes, your noble self
With these long-injur'd ladies tend'red
To your prudential senate.

FRI.                  Sure, Florello,
You much mistake them; can you call them scenes
Which just complaints exhibit? True, they might,--
They might have prov'd to us, and to our honours
That lay at stake, and by spectators thought
Highly engag'd, nay, desperately expos'd
To a judicial sentence--a decree
Of fatal consequence.

CAR.                  But pregnant wits,
Stor'd with maturest judgment, polite tongues,
Calm'd an approaching storm.

PAL.              Nay, made you gracious
Before those rigid consuls.

SAL.                         For my part,
I never knew a good face spoil a cause,
Though th' bench were ne'er so gravely ancient:
Nor ripe in years.

MOR. Beauty's a taking bait,
Which each fish nibbles at: this Appius felt,
A reverend sage, whom furrowed brow, loose lip,
Strait line of life, a rough distemper'd cough,
Aged catarrhs, a shiver'd shell turn'd earth,
Where nought appear'd that might partake of man,
Save a weak breathing motion: yet could he
Send forth light wand'ring eyes, and court Virginia
With a dull admiration: so the bard
Describes his daring-doting appetite,
Which he pursu'd, yet thought none durst discover:
"Appius had silent tongue, but speaking eyes;
Yet who says Appius loves Virginia, lies."

TIL. Not I, I vow; let age attire itself,
And in that garish habit fool his soul
With fruitless wishes. What's all this to me?
Pygmalion may with his incessant vows,
Sweet'ned with fancy's incense, seek t'enliven
Motionless marble; but such statues render
Icy content. Imagination may
Make th' image seem a Leda, yet the swan
Retains her feature and her nature too.
Let's leave these apprehensions; they suit better
With shady than essential favourites.
Good madams, second our desires; let's hear,
How you were dealt withal.

FLO. Our instancy
Begs so much favour.

CAR. It will cheer our spirits
In the relation of your fair proceedings.

MOR. Where th' issue crown'd your suit with that success,
No fates seem'd more propitious.

PAL.                     We must leave't;
You know what longing means.

SAL.                         Come, who begins?

LADIES. Stay, gallants, wing not your too speedy course
With such Pegasian quickness; our consent
Should go along: our interests are concern'd
To perfect your desires.

FLO. And we presume
Your acquiescence will accomplish it.
Our mutual loves close in that harmony
That, though the airs of music still admit
Their closure in divisions, our joint strings,
So sweetly tun'd, may run their diapason
Without a discord.

FRI. By which sense we gather,
That we must prove your fiddlers?

FLO. You mistake me.
We hold you instruments; your fancies, strings,
To actuate our motion with that fulness
Arion ne'er attain'd to.

LADIES. We must yield,
Or they will storm us.

FRI. Yet let our conditions
Bring them within our lists. Well, our surprise
Must make you parties i' th' discovery.

ALL. For love's sake, how?

FRI. As thus: we stand at bar
T' express our grievances: and you must set
Grave censors or examinates to discuss
The weight of our complaints.

ALL. Content; we'll do't.

LADIES. But do't exactly, or you spoil the plot.

CAR. 'Slid, doubt not, ladies, we have wit enough
To frame intergotaries, so you make answer,
And with your quickness do not puzzle us.

ALL. Advance, advance; let's mount, and play the consuls.

    [_The Confidants ascend the higher seats, erected after the
        form of the Roman exedras, the Ladies, with petitions in
        their hands, standing at the bar._

1ST BOY. How will these dainty dottrels act their parts?

2D BOY. Rarely, no doubt; their audience makes them confident.


SCENE V.

FLO. Now, fair ladies, what wind has blown you hither?

FRI. The storm of our insufferable wrongs
Call unto you for justice.

CAR. And your beauties
Enjoin our just assistance. Show your griefs.

1ST BOY. This is a caranto-man, with all my heart! must
Beauty be his landskip on the seat of justice?

    [_Aside._

2D BOY. Pray thee, give them line.

    [_Aside._

FRI. Should I discover my misfortunes, consuls,
They would enforce compassion, even in strangers,
Who know not my extraction. My descent,
Besides the fortunes I deriv'd from them
Who gave me being, breeding, with whate'er
Might complete youth, or give embellishment
To Nature's curious workmanship, was known
To shine more graceful in the eye of fame
Than to remain obscure: yet see my fate--
My sad occurring fate!

FLO. Express it, madam.

FRI. I married, reverend consul, and in that
Lost both my freedom, fortune, and myself.
My former single sweet condition
Clothes that remembrance in a sable weed,
Resolves mine eyes to Niobe's, whose tears
Might drop to marble, and erect an urn
T' inhume my funeral spousals.

    [_She feigns to weep, in resentment of her former estate._

CAR. Alas! poor lady.

1ST BOY. Pitiful senator, if he have not drunk some coffee to
keep him waking, he will questionless fall asleep, or melt into
tears, before he delivers his sentence.

    [_Aside._

PAL. Whence sprung this spring of infelicity?
Resolve us, madam.

FRI. From mine helpless match;
A tender stripling, whose unmanly chin
Had ne'er known razor, nor discover'd
A youthful down: yet his minority
Was by o'erpow'ring friends accounted fit
To match with my maturer growth; but time
Display'd their folly who enjoined me to't.
And (my misfortune most) light was his brain,
But weaker far his strength to satisfy
Those lawful nuptial heats which breathe[125] in us
An active fire. Now I appeal to you,
Judicious consuls.

2D BOY. Hold there, madam, under favour; these brave senators you
appeal to are more for execution than judgment.

    [_Aside._

FRI. Could the patience
Of Grisel, were she living, reap content
In such enjoyments? Could she suffer youth,
Quicken'd with blooming fancy, to expire,
And quench her heat with such an useless snuff?

FLO. A match insufferable!

CAR. Opposing nature!

PAL. Nay, what in time would quite depopulate,
And make the world a desert.

SAL. Higher wrongs
Cannot inflicted be on womankind.

TIL. Nor aspersing more dishonour on that sex,
That most endearèd sex, to which we owe
Ourselves and fortunes; for should their choice beauties
Suffer a pillage by desertless hands,
Forc'd to a loathed bed, and made a prey
To seared age, or to unripen'd youth:
How soon might these unparallel'd deities,
By fixing their affections on strange faces
And their more graceful posture, which they valued
Above their churlish consorts, become strangers
To their due spousal rites? How soon engage
Their honour to th' embraces of a servant
Of brave deportment, sprightly eyes, neat limbs:
A virile presence and a countenance
'Twixt Ajax and Adonis; neither fierce
Nor too effeminate, but mix'd 'twixt both:
Neither too light to scorn, nor stern to loathe.
'Twas this brought Troy to ruin; for had Helen
Espous'd where she had lov'd, poor Menelaus
Had ne'er been branch'd, nor Troy reduc'd to flames;
Nor Priam and his Hecuba [been] the grounds
Of sad succeeding stories.

1ST BOY. A gallant consult, trust me; he has got by heart the
ballad of "The Destruction of Troy" to a syllable.

    [_Aside._

FLO. Honour'd colleague,
You show yourself both learn'd and eloquent.
Madam, be pleased to solace discontent
With a retir'd repose. We have discuss'd
And balanced the grandeur of your wrongs
In a judicious scale, and shall apply
Proper receipts to your aggrievances,
When we have heard the rest.

1ST BOY. Receipts of their own application, I warrant thee.

    [_Aside._

CAR. Madam Caveare,
You here appear as a complainant too?

CAV. And none more justly: ne'er was woman match'd
To such a stupid, sottish animal:
One that's compos'd of nonsense, and so weak
In masculine abilities, he ne'er read
The "Wife of Bath's Tale," nor what thing might please
A woman best; my curtain-lectures have
No influence on him. I must confess
He's simply honest; but what's that to me?
He apprehends not what concerns a woman:
Nor what may suit her quality in state
And fit dimension.

CAR. A most unfitting husband!

CAV. It was my parents' caution, I remember;
But 'twas my sad fate not t' observe[126] that lesson--
Never to fix my fancy on a person
Who had no sage in's pate, lest progeny of fools
Should make my race unhappy: this has made
My thoughts mere strangers to his weak embraces;
Nor shall I e'er affect him.

FLO.                       Madam, no law
Would in the Spartan state enjoin a lady
So nobly accomplished to confine
Her fancy to such fury.

PAL.                     This objection
Admits no long debate.

SAL.                     Her rich deserts,
Adorn'd with such choice native faculties,
And grac'd with art to make them more complete,
In humane reason should exempt her youth
From such a servile yoke.

MOR. In ancient times,
When wisdom guarded senates, a decree,
Confirmed by public vote, enacted was,
That none should marry till he had observ'd
Domestic discipline; and first to bear
With a composed garb th' indignities
Of a Xantippe, if his fortune were
To cope with such a fury: and to calm
Her passion with his patience. Now, grave colleagues,
What comfort might this injur'd lady drain,
In these punctilios which import her state,
From this insensate sot?

TIL.                       Exchange his bed,
And sue his patent for the _Fatuano_;
And, to display him to his visitants
In clearer colours, let this motto be
Engraven on those walls, deep-ach'd with time,
"Defective in his head-piece, here he lies,
Object of scorn to all surveying eyes."

2D BOY. So, poor scatterbrain, he has got his judgment already.

    [_Aside._

CAR. Praxiteles could ne'er portray him better,
Nor lodge his sconce more fitly. You may, madam,
Conceive how sensibly we feel your wounds,
And with what promptness we shall expedite
Your long-expected cure.

PAL.                     Madam Julippe,
You come next in rank; declare your griefs,
And if our judgments hold them meriting
Our just relief, we have compassionate hearts
And powerful hands to vindicate your wrongs
To th' utmost scruple.

JUL.                   If they weigh not heavy,
Let me incur your censure. Patriots--
For I appeal to your judicious bosoms,
Where serious justice has a residence
Mix'd with a pious pity--I shall unravel
The clue of my misfortunes in small threads,
Thin-spun as is the subtle gossamer.[127]
Deep wounds, like griefs, require contracted lines;
Few words, long sighs: accents that want express.
First give me leave one beamling to bestow
On my obscur'd, once glorious, family.

ALL. Madam, proceed; Fame made it eminent.

JUL. But now contemptive--by marrying one
Who bears the shape of man, and that is all:
A base, white-liver'd coward, whose regard
To his lost honour stamps him with that brand,
That hateful stigma, which humanity
Scorns as the basest complice.

PAL. Style it, madam.

JUL. Pusillanimity. That ranter breathes not,
Who with his peek'd mouchatoes[128] may not brave him,
Baffle, nay baste him out of his possessions.
His fortunes he esteems not, so his person
May be secur'd from beating.

ALL. Matchless coward!

JUL. Nor is this all. 'Has sought t' engage my bed,
My nuptial bed and honour--nay, those sheets
Where, I may safely vow, ne'er man lay in,
Beside my husband.

2D BOY. Very like; but how many when he was not there?

    [_Aside._

FLO. No misfortune worse,
Nor humour hateful to a virile spirit,
Whereof your noble family partakes,
Than want of courage.

PAL. Tush, sir, that's not all.
Her line, in time, might grow degenerate,
And blanch the living memory of those
From whence she came.

CAV. There's none who here appears
Before you, conscript consuls, but can give
Store of evincing instances of this:
For matching with Sir Jasper Simpleton,
An hairbrain'd puppy, most of all my brood
Run like shell-headed lapwings in careers,
Just as their own supposed father did,
Simple Sir Jasper, whose small dose of sense
Proportion'd their discretion--till a change
Impregnated me more wisely.

FRI.                          So did I
Suffer in my raw, puny Amadin;
Though all my fears summ'd up their period,
And in it crown'd my wishes for one boy
(Who, while he lives, I think, will prove a boy),
I had by my young stripling, who can trace
His father's steps directly: all his games,
Wherein his lineal youth takes sole delight
Are yert-point, nine-pins, job-nut, or span-counter,
Or riding cock-horse, which his dad admires,
Smiling to see such horsemanship perform'd.
Now I appeal to you, whose judgments are
Maturely serious, if these tomboy tricks
Might not perplex me, and enforce me too,
To act what my affections prompt me do?

JOC. If one complain of the minority
Of her thin-downy consort, and you, madam,
Of his simplicity whom you have choos'd,
And you, Julippe, of his cowardice
Whom with averseness you have made your spouse,
What grounds of discontent may I conceive,
Unhappy Joculette, in my choice--
My nightly torture, whose embraces be
Worse than those snaky windings unto me,
Dipt in Medusa's charms.

CAR.                  Unbare your wound.

2D BOY. Nay, let that be the least of your fears; she'll do that
to a hair.

    [_Aside._

JOC. Know, then, judicious consuls,
These arms are forc'd t' enwreathe a shapeless mass
Of all deformity, a bear unlick'd:
One whom Thersites, that disfigur'd Greek,
So far excell'd in native lineaments,
Proportion, feature, and complexion
(All rare attractives to the eye of love),
As amorous Narcissus in his prime
Surpass'd the roughest sylvan that the woods
E'er nurs'd or harbour'd. Yet enjoin'd am I
To hug this centaur, who appears to me
A prodigy in Nature.

ALL.                 'Tis a fate
Exacts compassion, and deserves redress.

FLO. Such a complete and exquisite beauty
Accomplish'd in all parts!

CAR.                       Nay, qualifi'd
With rarity of arts to make her sex
With pious emulation to admire
Her choice perfections----

PAL.                          And all these obscur'd,
Soil'd, sullied, perish'd by th' immeriting touch
Of a misshapen boor!

SAL.                   Such precious gems,
Set in ignoble metals, cannot choose
But much detract from th' native graceful lustre,
Which they retain'd, by means of that base ore
Impales their orient splendour.

MOR.                            This is nothing
To th' injury her lineage may receive
From his deformity.

TIL.                 I must confess
That threat'neth much of danger: yet I read not
That Vulcan's poult foot or his smutted look
Black'ned with Lemnian sea-coal, brought the issue
Begot by Venus, if he any got,
To change their amorous physnomy.

MOR. He may thank
Mars for that active courtesy, or it had
Disfigur'd much his spurious progeny.

FLO. Well, madam, we compassionate your choice
In your Sir Gregory Shapeless, and shall find
A quick receipt to cure your discontent
With a new-moulded and more pleasing feature
Than your sad fate enjoys. Repose, till we
Have run through all your griefs, and felt your pulses.

2D BOY. For shame's sake, no further, my dainty doctors.

    [_Aside._

FLO. With th' symptoms or gradations as they stream
In your desertless sufferings; paroxysms,
Or what extremes may most surprise your fancies:
In these our serious judgments shall supply
Such sov'reign cordials as you shall not need
No use nor application of more help
Than what we shall prepare. Let this suffice:
It rests in us to cure your maladies--
Excuse us, Madam Medler; these debates
Have kept us from discovery of your wrongs.

MED. Than which none more depressive--would you judge
Th' musician good that wants his instrument?
Or any artisan, who goes to work
Without provision of a proper tool,
To manage that employment? Modesty
Bids me conceal the rest: my secret wants
Require an active tongue; but womanhood
Enjoins me silence.

MOR. 'Las! I'm sensible
Of her aggrievance, ere her dialect
Can give it breath or accent.

MED. But you say--
And our experience has inform'd us, too--
In that essential truth, that we must first
Disclose our wounds, if we expect a cure:
Let your impartial judgments, then, give ear
To a distressed lady's just complaint.
In my first years, as now I am not old,
My friends resolved to supply a portion,
Which my descent (though good) could not afford,
To match my youth unto a man of age,
Whose nest was richly feather'd, stor'd of all
But native vigour, which express'd itself
As if all radical humour had been drench'd
In a chill shady bed of cucumbers
Before our nuptial night. Oft had I begg'd.
With sighs and tears, that this unequal match
Might be diverted; but it might not be.
The fulness of his fortunes winged them
To consummate the match: this pleased them,
But me displeas'd, whom it concerned most.

FLO. The issue, madam?

MED. None; nor ever shall
With that sear, suckless kex.

MOR. Never was lady
So rarely beautifi'd, so highly wrong'd.

CAR. What flinty worldling[s] were those friends of yours
To value fortunes more than your content!

PAL. To prostitute your honour to a clod
Of mould'red earth!

SAL. And in an icy bed
To starve your blooming comforts?

TIL. This exceeds
All spousal suffering, which preceding times
In our Italian stories ever read,
Or in their sable annals register'd.

FLO. Much of Sir Tristram Shorttool (so I think
Men call your husband) have I ofttimes heard,
And his penurious humour. But your wrongs
Were strangers to me, till your own relation
Display'd their quality; which to allay,
Nay, quite remove, transmit the care to us
And our directions, to supply your wants.
We should be just to all, but still retain
A bosom-pity to the weaker sex.
If we observ'd not this with tenderness,
We should not merit this judicial seat,
Whereto----

1ST BOY.    These Dabrides rais'd you.

    [_Aside._

TIL. Now, Madam Tinder, your aggrieves are last.

TIN. But not the least. What woman could endure
In spousal rights to have a stranger share
In her enjoyments? or remain depriv'd
Of her propriety by losing those
Appropriate dues which nature has ordain'd,
And sacred rights approv'd? You see I'm young,
And youth expects that tribute which our sex
May challenge by descent.

ALL.                     Her plea is good.

TIN. Would you not, reverend consuls, hold it strange
To see a savage, unconfined bull,
When th' pasture's fruitful, and the milk-pail full,
And all delights that might content a beast,
Range here and there, and break into those grounds
Which are less fertile, and where neither shade
Affords him umbrage, nor smooth-running brooks
Streams to allay his thirst: nay, where the grass,
Too strow[129] for fodder, and too rank for pasture,
Would generate more fatal maladies
Than a whole college of state empirics
Or country farriers had art to cure?

FLO. Such bullocks, madam, well deserve a baiting.

TIL. And beating too!

TIN. Yet this is my condition:
For marrying one Sir Reuben Scattergood,
A person in appearance like enough,
And well-dispos'd for aught my watchful eyes
Could long discover; but, his father dead,
And his revenues by his death swol'n great,
His nuptial bed he leaves, and entertains
Such mercenary prostitutes as fancy--
His loose-exposed fancy--lur'd him to.

CAR. Injurious ribald!

PAL. Hateful libertine!

TIL. Had she been old, or crook'd, or any way
Deform'd.

SAL. Or ill-condition'd.

MOR.                         Or averse,
When he was active.

FLO. Or run retrograde
To his just pleasures: these might have abridg'd
And weaken'd his affection. But when beauty,
Composed temper, and a graceful presence,
Cloth'd both with majesty and a sweet smile
Of such attractive quality, as the adamant
Cannot more virtually enforce its object,
Than these impressive motives of content:
He merits not the title of a man,
Much less the embraces of so choice a spouse,
Who violates his faith, deceives her trust.

CAR. I am directly, sir, of your opinion.

PAL. So I.

MOR. And I.

ALL. So all of us concur,
To make our judgments more unanimous.

TIN. And, to confirm't, may you be pleas'd to give
Attention to a story I shall tell,
As true as strange, to manifest th' affronts
My patience has endur'd, and to what height
His luxury ascended.

ALL. Madam, do;
We shall lend ready ears to your discourse.

TIN. It chanc'd one day,--and ofttimes so it chanc'd,
For doubtful thoughts have ever jealous eyes,--
That my suspicion had begot a fear
That my neglectful husband had a kindness,
And more than usual, unto my maid--
A proper maid, if so she might be call'd:
Now, to possess myself whether those grounds
Whereon I built might just inducements be
Of my late-hatch'd fears, I made pretence,
(What is it jealousy will not design?)
To go from home. But this was no recede,
But a retire: for in the ev'ning-time,
When these two amorous pair expected least
Such an unwelcome visit, I repair'd
To a close arbour set with sycamores,
The tamarisk, and sweet-breath'd eglantine,
That local object which I fix'd upon,
Not of myself, but by direction,
Where I found out what I suspected long:
Such wanton dalliance as the Lemnian smith
Never discover'd more, when he prepar'd
His artful net t' enwreath his Eriena
Impal'd in Mars his arms.

ALL. Could you contain
Your passion in such Aretine a posture?

TIN. With much reluctancy I did indeed,
Curbing my temper, which was much enrag'd,
With this too mild expression, "Fie, for shame!
Minion, I'll have none of this work, not I."
"You may, when it is offer'd you," said he.

1ST BOY. Ha, ha, ha! this was a bold-fac'd niggler;[130] trust
me, wag.

    [_Aside._

FLO. Was't not enough for him t' enjoy his pleasure,
But he must jeer you too?

CAR. As if you were
A stale to his light dalliance!

PAL. Or a scorn to his embraces!
Was her servile beauty,
Expos'd to sale, dishonour of her sex,
To be compar'd to yours?

SAL. Whose native splendour,
Without the help of art, which makes complexion
By borrow'd colours much unlike itself:
May challenge a prerogative i' th' rank
Of our completest features.

MOR.                         It seems strange,
How you could brook th' affront without revenge
On that insulting prostitute.

TIL.                          No doubt
She would take hold of opportunity
By th' foretop, and repair her pressing wrongs
By private satisfactions; which works best,
When their revenge seems sleeping and at rest.
This lady would not rate her worth so small,
As to forego both use and principal.

2D BOY. No, reverend favourite, you will find this madam Spitfire
of a keener metal than so. She's right tinder: no sooner touch
than take.

    [_Aside._

FLO. Ladies, we've heard your different complaints,
Forcing our just compassion and resolves
To tender your condition, and redress.
What may the purport be of your petition,
Relating to your grievances?

ALL-LADIES. A freedom
From our disrelish'd beds.

ALL-PLATONICS. 'Tis granted you.

LADIES. With alimony to support our state
In this division.

PLAT. Your suit is just;
Should we oppose it, we might wrong ourselves.

1ST BOY. Very likely; for they mean to be made whole sharers both
in their persons and personal estates. This is brave judicial
brokage.

    [_Aside._

FLO. Speak, fellow-colleagues, shall I limit them,
What we in justice hold expedient
For th' alimonal charge proportion'd them,
And in what measure to supply their wants?

ALL. Do so, Florello; we shall second it.

FLO. Thus, I conceive, these ladies have resign'd
Their title, property and interest,
In whole and not in part, which they enjoy'd
In their defective husbands. Were't not just
In lieu o' th' whole, which they have here disclaim'd,
That they should seize upon the moiety
Of their revenues, whom they've here deserted
As useless instruments unto the state?

PLAT. A just proportion.

LADIES. We submit to it.

2D BOY. And so ye may well, if your husbands will yield to't.

1ST BOY. These be nimble shavers, Nick, as well as sharers;
they know how to cut large thongs out of other folks'
leather.[131]

    [_Aside._

FLO. This crowns our wishes, when with joint consent
We close our votes, and render you content.

CAR. Dismount, dismount, let's exercise no more
These purple seats; their stories stand too high
For our ascent: only let's thus much know,
Whether our parts were acted well or no.

    [_They descend._

LADIES. Above expectance. Singular in all,
But best in your conclusion.

FRI. You did well
In your proportioning of our alimony,
Moulded to th' moiety of their estates
Whom we have justly left; but we had less
Allotted us in more authentic courts.

PAL. That was not in our verge to regulate.

CAV. Nor skills it much; we have a competence
Aspiring to exceedings; and in this
More bless'd, because exempted from those bonds,
Which our long servitude enchain'd us to.

FLO. Of consuls, then, which title we usurp'd
To cheer your fancies, we shall now become
Your servants, confidants, or favourites,
Or how you please to style us. We are all
Affianc'd yours: firm as the solid rock
In your reserved councils, and what may
Hold correspondence with your interests,
But soft and malleable as liquid amber
In its resolving temper, when delight
Shall sport it in your bosom, and admit
A sociable dalliance.

FRI. Your free discourse,
Grounded on former proofs of constancy,
Has so endear'd me, I am wholly yours.

CAV. Madam, we mean not you shall have it so:
You've broke the ice, and we will trace your steps.
Former experience has engaged me
To fix on my Caranto.

JUL. Palisado shall
Enjoy my love.

JOC. I for my Salibrand.

MED. Morisco mine.

TIN. Tinder shall Tilly's be.

TIL. Pure tender Tinder of affection,
The new-blown bloom, that craves a native warmth
To cherish its young growth, shall not receive
More solace from those orient rays which shine
On its fresh-springing beauty, than your choice
Shall in my dear embraces.

TIN. I shall try you.

1ST BOY. Thus walks the poor gentlemen's revenues to raise these
doxies' alimony: and thus runs their alimony to feed these
youngsters' riot.

    [_Aside._

PLA. Our joy's completed. Seal this joint conveyance
With those ambrosiac signets of your lips.

    [_They kiss._

"One house did hold, one house shall hold us twain;
Once did we kiss, and we will kiss again."

2D BOY. How turtle-like they couple!

    [_Aside._


SCENE VI.

    _Upon these Platonics' private parlance, dalliance, and
        embraces of the Ladies, Enter_ SIR AMADIN PUNY, SIR
        JASPER SIMPLETON, SIR ARTHUR HEARTLESS, SIR GREGORY
        SHAPELESS, SIR TRISTRAM SHORTTOOL, SIR REUBEN
        SCATTERGOOD, _in a melancholy, discontented mood, with
        their hats over their eyes_.

SIR AMA. Is this th' platonic law, all things in common?

SIR JAS. Must all forego their wives that are not wise?

SIR ART. Or be divorc'd, because we dare not fight?

SIR GRE. Or lose our mates, because we are not handsome?

SIR TRIS. Nay, 'cause we are not arm'd so well as others be,
Forfeit our consort and our fortunes too?

SIR REU. Yes, that's the plague on't. Lose a light-heeled trull--
That in my judgment's nothing; but to lose all
Or moiety of that all, or any part at all
For a poor nifling[132] toy that's worse than nothing,
'Tis this that nettleth me! I must confess
Tinder, that light-skirt, with impetuous heat
Sometimes pursu'd me, till that quenchless fire
Burst into flames of boundless jealousy,
Which cross'd mine humour; for variety
Relish'd my palate. Phoenix' brains be rare;
But if our dishes had no other fare,
They would offend the stomach, and so sate it,
As grosser meats would give a better taste:
Such was my surfeit to a marriage-bed;
My fortunes I prefer before her beauty,
Or what may most content the appetite.
Money will purchase wenches; but this want--
This roguish thing called want--makes wanton thoughts
Look much unlike themselves: 'tis this white metal
Enliveneth spirits, knits our arteries
Firm as Alcides. He that binds himself
Apprentice to his wife merely for love,
May he, pen-feathered widgeon, forfeit's freedom,
With whatsoe'er is dearest to the vogue
Of his affections. She were a rare piece
That could engage me, or oblige me hers
With all those ceremonial rites which Flamens use
To Hymen's honour. Beauty, still say I,
Will breed a surfeit, be it ne'er so choice
Nor eye-attractive. I should choose a grave
Before one mistress all mine interest have.
O my alimony, alimony! this is the goad that only prickles me.

PLA. Those be your husbands, ladies;--how pitifully they look?

LADIES. Alas, poor cuckolds!

KNIGHTS. Ladies, we were sometimes your husbands.

    [_These Platonics discover the Knights, and scornfully eye
        them._

LADIES. True,
You were so: but your known defects have raz'd
That style of wedlock, and enfranchis'd us
From that tyrannic yoke. We're now our own;
Nor shall our beds by you be henceforth known.

SIR AMA. What have I done?

FRI. Nothing, Sir Amadin.
And that's sufficient to divide us two.
Your puny years must grow in strength and sinews
To prove you man, before you can partake
In my enjoyments; the court has so decreed,
And by resentment of that injury
Your blooming youth, unripened for delight,
Has done to me, your hapless virgin bride,
Held fit to number me amongst these ladies,
All different sufferers; and for supportance
(As everything, you know, would gladly live)
Allots us alimony.

FLO. So his score is paid.

    [_Aside._

SIR JAS. Madam, look on Sir Jasper.

CAV. Honest simpleton,
And so I will, just as the fowler is wont
On a catch'd dottrel; till your wasted brain
Rise to more growth, I from my widow'd bed
Will rise untouch'd: these breasts shall never give
Their nursing teats unto a brood of fools.

CAR. So, good Sir Jasper, you've your doom in
    folio.[133]

    [_Aside._

SIR ART. Receive me, dear Julippe.

JUL. For what end?
Have you stol'n from your colours? O, I hate
A coward worser than a maidenhead
Basely bestow'd. These Paphlagonian birds--
These heartless partridges--shall never nestle
Under my feathers. Till your spirit revive,
And look like man, disclaim your interest
And injur'd title in Julippe.

PAL. So;
He must first learn to fight, ere she to love.

    [_Aside._

JOC. What would Sir Gregory?

SIR GRE. That you would love me.

JOC. No; you must cast your slough first: can you see
Ought in yourself worth loving? Have you ever,
Since our unhappy meeting, us'd a glass,
And not been startled in the sad perusal
Of your affrightful physnomy? Sir, hear me;
And let me beg your patience, if you hear
Aught may disrelish you. When th' camel shall
Trans-shape himself into a nimble weasel,
Or such-like active creature, and this bunch,
Which Nemesis has on your shoulders pitch'd
(This bunch of grapes, I mean) shall levell'd be,

    [_She lays her hand upon his shoulders._

And brought into proportion by a press
Equally squeezing, till it shall retain
Adonis' feature, I shall value you,
And hug you for my consort. But till then
Excuse my strangeness.

SAL. So; his cause is heard:
He must unshape himself to gain her love.

MED. Sir Tristram Shorttool, have you ought to do
In this pursuit of fancy?

SIR TRIS. Something, madam.

MED. But to small[134] purpose. Sir Tristram, you have been
A man of reading, and on winter nights
You told me tales (for that was all[135] you did),
What strange adventures and what gallant acts
Redoubted knights did for their ladies' sakes;
But what did you for Medler all the while?
Did you e'er toss a pike or brandish blade
For her dear sake? Go to, I shall conceal,
And with a modest, bashful veil enshroud
What sense bids me discover. Let me, sir,
Advise you as a friend; for other styles,
Relating to an husband, I shall never
Henceforth resent them with a free comply:
Love suits not well with your decrepit age;
Let it be your chief care t' intend your health;
Use caudles, cordials, julips, pectorals;
Keep your feet warm; bind up your nape o' th' neck
Close against chilling airs, that you may live
An old man long; but take especial care
You button on your nightcap.

MOR. After th' new fashion
With his loave-ears[136] without it.

    [_Aside._

MED. This is all--
Only your absence.

MOR. So good night, Sir Tristram.

    [_Aside._

SIR REU. Sweet Madam Tinder.

    [SIR REUBEN _offers to kiss her_.

TIN. Keep your distance, sir;
I love not to be touch'd.

SIR REU. Are you so hot,
My tender tinder?

TIN. No, sir; look to the clime
Where you inhabit; there's the torrid zone.

TIL. Yea, there goes the hare[137] away!

    [_Aside._

SIR REU. Can you not love?

TIN. Not one that loves so many.

SIR REU. 'Las, pretty peat!

    [_Offers to touch her._

TIN. Pray, sir, hold off your hand;
Truck with your low-pric'd traders; I must tell you
Mine honour's higher rated.

SIR REU. Be it so;
I wish you would disclaim your alimony
With that indiff'rent touch as you do love,
You should not need a dispensation, madam;
It should be granted unpetitioned!

TIN. I'm confident it would; nor shall the coolness
Of your affection bring me to an ebb
Of favour with myself. Plant where you please,
I'll henceforth scorn to hug my own disease.

TIL. So, Sir Reuben's despatched, and, like a ranger, may
tappis[138] where he likes.

    [_Aside._

SIR REU. But hark you, madam; what be these brave blades
That thus accoutre you? Are they your Platonics,
Hectors, or champion-haxters,[139] pimps or palliards,
Or your choice cabinet-confidants?

TIN. You may exact accompt from them.

SIR REU. No, but I will not;
Long since I've heard a proverb made me wise,
And arm'd me cap-a-pie 'gainst such accounts:
"Whos'e'er he be that tugs with dirty foes,
He must be soil'd, admit he win or lose."

TIN. Shall I acquaint them with your adage, sir?

SIR REU. Do, if you please.

TIN. No, sir, I am too tender
Of your endanger'd honour. Should a baffle
Engage your fame, and I the instrument,
It would disgust me.

SIR REU. You are wondrous kind;
But, pray you, tell me, is this favourite,
Or turnkey of your council, in the rank
Of generous Hectors? I would be resolv'd,
For it concerns me.

TIN. Pray, good sir, as how?

SIR REU. Since 'tis my fate, I would be branched nobly,
Lest mine adulterate line degenerate,
And raze the ancient splendour of mine house,
As many noble families have done
By mixing with inferior apple-squires,
Grooms, pages, ushers, which in time begot
Such middle wits in this our middle region,
None could distinguish them from Corydons,
Nor well discover whence they might derive
Their prime descent, unless it were by th' crest
Their footmen wore, or what their coach presented
In its rear quarter. All your Sir Reuben begs
Aims mainly at your honour's privilege,
Which shielded, I'm secure; and it is this:
"Let choice hands meddle with your tinder-box!"

TIN. Make that your least of fears. We'll keep our fame,
Amidst this freedom, still unblemished.

KNIGHTS. So we have all receiv'd their final answers.

SIR REU. Now[140] do I mean to draw up my rejoinder.
"He who will lose his wits or break his heart
For such a wench as will not take his part,
And will not shun what he may safely fly,
May he a Bedlam or a beggar die!"

KNIGHTS. Farewell, inconstant ladies.

LADIES. Adieu, constant Acteons.

    [_Exeunt omnes, the Ladies ushered in by their Confidants._



ACT III., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ TWO CITIZENS.

1ST CIT. Is it for certain that the duke's voyage holds for
Salamanca?

2D CIT. No doubt on't; his resolution is so firmly fixed no
motion can decline it; and if we may credit Fame (which seldom
errs in all, though it exceed in many), never was fleet more
bravely rigged, better prepared, nor with more military strength
furnished, nor more virile spirits accompanied, nor by more
expert commanders at any time since the battle of Lepanto
conducted.

1ST CIT. It was thought he would not personally have engaged
himself in this adventure, but have deputed some experienced
general for perfecting this grand design, and imposing a final
period to an action of such high consequence.

2D CIT. 'Tis true: but those many aggrievances, aggravated with
numerous petitions presented by our Seville merchants, wrought
such strong effects upon the sweet, compassionate nature of the
good duke, as endeared that[141] resentment, which he retained
upon those merchants' relation, touching the infinitely
surcharging losses which they had suffered through the hostile
piracy of the Salamancans, as he made a solemn vow to engage
himself in their quarrel, and either revenge the injuries and
indignities they had sustained, or seal his just desires with the
sacrifice of his dearest life.

1ST CIT. Were the merchant-losses great?

2D CIT. In shipping infinite, and by accomptants of approved
trust computed to many millions; for, besides vessels of lesser
burthen in one sea-voyage being driven by contrary winds upon the
coasts of Calabria, they lost at one time The Panther,
Libbard,[142] Bugle, Antelope, caracts[143] of great and
formidable sail, such as would have made their party good against
all assailants, had they not been dispersed and weakened by
violent tempests, besides the unexpected hurricane, which dashed
all the endeavours of the best pilots that all their fleet
afforded: yet, reduced to this strait and sad exigent, they found
no islander so compassionate as to pity their deplorable
condition, but rather such as were ready to add fresh affliction
to their late suffering, by seizing on whatsoever remained
estimable in their freeborn vessels, and exposing them, without
the least remonstrance of humanity or civil hospitality, to the
mercy of the winds. This it was which winged the duke to this
expedition, choosing, as report goes, the Revenge for his
ship-of-war, and that only man-of-war wherein he means to steer
his course, return his errand, and requite his quarrel.

1ST CIT. The duke's a person of a gallant spirit.

2D CIT. I dare affirm it, sir, that the state of Seville was
never with more prowess, prudence, nor martial policy at any time
managed, which not only his prosperous exploits abroad (than
which none were more successive[144]), but likewise his vigilant
care and command at home, may sufficiently manifest. For his late
declaration under his great seal has discovered the incomparable
zeal he had of serving both court and city, in commanding all
such useless and incommodious weeds as trepanners, tarpaulins,
with all our abusively entitled Hectors, that they should by a
peremptory day depart the city and line of communication in
relation to the court: since which time they have resolved, for
want of better supplies, to hazard the remainder of their broken
fortunes upon a desperate adventure for Tunis.

1ST CIT. In such glorious designs, levelling at honour, they
declare themselves really Hectors.

    _Enter a_ MARINER.

2D CIT. What news, Segasto?

MAR. The duke's upon his march, and near approaching.

1ST CIT. How quick's his spirit to redress our wrongs!

    [CITIZENS _stand aside_.[145]


SCENE II.

    _Trumpets and kettle-drums sounding, with other martial music
        usually observed in that country._

    _Enter_ DUKE EUGENIO, _Officers, and Soldiers with colours
        displayed_.

DUKE. Thus far on our address![146] May prosperous gales
Breathe on our sails: sails, on our just designs
In vindicating of our country's fame,
Too long impair'd by suffering injuries;
Till which redress'd, our honour lies at stake,
And we made aliens to our own estate.
March on then bravely, that it may appear
"Our courage can revenge as well as bear."

    [_They march over the stage with trumpets, fifes, drums, and
        colours, and go out; manentibus civibus._

1ST CIT. This gallant resolve of the duke, pursued with such
alacrity, can never be sufficiently admired; and to engage his
person, too, in so perilous adventure!

2D CIT. And all this in vindication of the merchants' honour, and
their interest.

1ST CIT. Trust me, he appears bravely.

2D CIT. His disposition from his youth foretold
What's manhood would assay----whence comes this noise?

    _Enter_ BOY.

BOY. Room for our bravoes, cadets! they march along in ranks and
files; their pockets grow shallow; the taverns and ordinaries
they vow to be infidels, so as they have enlisted themselves
soldiers of fortune.

1ST CIT. These be those trepanners whom the duke
Has proscribed, or I mistake it.
Let us observe their posture.


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN, TREPANNERS, TARPAULINS, _with other
        runagadoes, orderly marching, and in the rear_, BENHADAD,
        _a Quaker, with tobacco-pipes_.

1ST TRE. Rouse, buckets and tubs! Hey for Tunis and Argiers.[147]

CAPT. Keep your ranks, my comrades, and fight valiantly.

2D TRE. What else, captain? We cheated before for nothing, and
now, having nothing, we mean to fight for something.

3D TRE. 'Slid, bullies, I think the duke has done us a pleasure.

1ST TRE. Pray thee, how, boy?

3D TRE. I'll tell thee the short and long on't. Before, if any of
us had been so valiant (as few of us were) as to borrow money on
the highway, we were sometimes forced to repay it at the gibbet:
but the world is turned upside down; if we get it, we may keep
it, and never answer for it.

1ST TRE. Hey, boy, art thou in that lock?[148] But, noble
lance-presado,[149] let us have a sea-sonnet, before we launch
forth in our adventure-frigate. They say the syrens love singing.

CAPT. Agreed, wags. But which shall we have?

1ST TRE. That old catch of Tunis and Argiers; good captain, it
suits best with our voyage.

CAPT. To't then, my Hectors; and keep your _elas_[150] as you do
your march. The syrens will not relish you, if you sing out o'
tune.[151]


    THE SEA-SONG.[152]

CAPT. _To Tunis and to Argiers, boys!
       Great is our want, small be our joys.
       Let's then some voyage take in hand
       To get us means by sea or land.
         Come, follow me, my boys, come follow me,
         And if thou die, I'll die with thee._

    [_They join in the close._

      _Hast thou a wife? I have one too,
       And children some, as well as thou;
       Yet who can see his brats to starve
       So long as he has strength to serve?
         Come, follow me, my cubs, come follow me,
         And if thou die, I'll die with thee._

    [_He fixeth his eyes as upon objects in a landskip._

      _Methinks, my boys, I see the store
       Of precious gems and golden ore;
       Arabian silks and sables pure
       Would make an haggard stoop to th' lure.
                 Come, follow me, &c._

      _No worthless mind e'er honour sought;
       Let's fight as if we feared nought.
       If bullets fly about our ears,
       Let's laugh at death, and banish fears.
                 Come, follow me, &c._

      _And if thou canst not live so stench,[153]
       But thou must needs enjoy thy wench,
       If thou, my boy, such pleasure crave,
       A dainty doxy thou shalt have.
                 Come, follow me, &c._

      _Courage, my sparks, my knights o' th' sun;
       Let Seville fame what we have done.
       We'd better ten times fight a foe
       Than once for all to Tyburn go.
                 Come, follow me, &c._

      _Come, let's away, mount, march away;
       This calm portends a prosperous day.
       When we return, it shall be said
       That by our voyage we are made.
                 Come, follow me, &c._

      _But if we ne'er again return,
       Enclose our ashes in an urn,
       And with them spice a wassal-cup,
       And to Good Fellows drink it up.
                 Come, follow me, &c._

      _Which health, when it is gone about,
       And stoutly set their foot unto't,
       No doubt they shall enrolled be
       I' th' Book of Fame, as well as we.
         Come, follow me, spruce sprigs, come follow me,
         And, if thou fall, I'll fall with thee._

    _Enter a rank of_ TARPAULINS, _pressed for the same adventure,
        marching over the stage, and joining in the catch, an
        health-cup in the leader's hand_.

TAR.  _When this grand health is gone about,
       Where you as stoutly stood unto't,
       Doubt not you shall recorded be
       I' th' Book of Fame, as well as we.
                 March after me, &c._

      _And when this bowl shall run so round
       Your legs can stand upon no ground,
       Fear not, brave blades,[154] but you shall be
       Sworn brothers made as well as we.
                 March after me, &c._

      _No other obsequies we crave,
       Nor quaint inscriptions on our grave;
       A simple shroud's a soldier's share,
       Which if he want he needs not care.
                 March after me, &c._

      _Such vails are all we wish at last,
       Which if we want, the care is past.
       This done, to think of us were just--
       Who drink not get[155] as dry as dust.
                 March after me, &c._

      _While you act what we did before,
       Discharge with chalk[156] the hostess' score;
       And if the hussy[157] challenge more,
       Charm th' maundring gossip with your roar.
         March after me, we'll frolic be,
         And, if thou die, I'll die with thee._


SCENE IV.

    BENHADAD _furiously accosts them_.

BEN. I proclaim you all Edomites; dragooners of Dagon; ding-dongs
of Dathan! A generation of vipers!

1ST TRE. No, father Benhadad, your gravity is mistaken grossly;
we are rather a generation of pipers!

    [_They smoke tobacco._

2D TRE. Go to, holy Benhadad; stand you to your calling as we to
our arms. Thou art for converting the Great Turk, and we for
lining our pockets with Tunis gold. Where if we get our design,
hold to thy principles, but no further than thou canst maintain
them, and we shall create thee our household chaplain.

    _Enter_ MARINER.

MAR. To sea, to sea! the winds are prosperous.

CAPT. And may we prosper with them! So farewell Seville and her
dainty doxies.

ALL. Ran-tan! hey for Tunis and Argiers!

    [_Exeunt colours displayed, with fifes and drums._

1ST CIT. Such was the duke's care to remove those weeds,
Whose fatal growth might choke maturer seeds.

2D CIT. Good governors wise gardeners imitate:
These cheer their plants; those steer a planted state.

    [_Exeunt._

TRIL. [_From the high gallery._] I cannot, gentlemen, contain
    myself.

TIM. Thy genius has surpass'd itself;
Thy scene is richly various: prease on still;
These galleries applaud thy comic skill.

    [_He takes his seat again._


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ CONSTABLE _and_ WATCH, _in rug gowns, bills, and dark
        lanthorns_.

CON. Come along with your horns, my lads of metal. It was the
duke's pleasure before his departure, that we should be appointed
the sinks and sentinels of the city, and that none shall have
ingress, egress, or regress but by our special authority and
favour. But, harm watch, harm catch: for my part, since I crept
into this office, I am woven into such a knot of good fellowship,
as I can watch no more than a dormouse: nay, I am verily
persuaded, if I hold constable long, the deputy of the ward will
return me one of the Seven Sleepers. But let me advise you, my
birds of the Capitol, that you walk not after my example: be it
your care to watch, while I sleep. Many eyes are upon you; but my
eyes grow heavy; my day's society bids me take a nap.

WATCH. But one word, good master, before you drop into your
slumber: report goes, that there be spirits that patrol
familiarly in this sentry; what shall we say to them, if they
pass by?

CON. Bid them stand.[158]

WATCH. But what if they either cannot or will not?

CON. Let them then take themselves to their heels, and thank God
you are so well rid of them.

WATCH. One word more, good constable, and then good night. Be
these the spirits that allure our children with spice and
trinkets to their schippers, and so convey them to th'
Bermudas?[159]

CON. In no wise, neighbours; these spirits come from the low
countries: and though at first sight very frightful, yet,
appearing unarmed, they become less fearful.

1ST WATCH. Nay, if these pretty familiars come to our guard
naked,[160] we shall prove hard enough for them.

2D WATCH. Well, neighbour Rugweed, let us not presume too far on
our strength: these spirits be a dangerous kind of whifflers,
and, like our Robin Goodfellows, will play their legerdemain
tricks, scudding here and there in a trice, and nimbly snap you,
when least suspected.


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ GALLERIUS' GHOST.

From the Cinnerian depth here am I come
Leaving an Erra Pater in my tomb,
To take a view, which of my fellows be
The thriving'st artists in astronomy.
Rank one by one in astrologic row,
And dying see, whom thou didst living know.

    [_He makes his figure._

Mount, gainful Crinon; for to thee we give,
As thou deserv'st, the sole prerogative:
For thy divining lines have purchas'd more
Than all our prime professors got before.
Jason won much at Colchis; but thy gain
Has lin'd thy shoulders in a Swedish chain.
Rich divination! But what's knowledge worth,
If people do not credit what's set forth?

[Sidenote: _Omnia temporibus cecinit Cassandra futuris. Quæ
ventura suis--via unquam credita Teucris Melitus._]

This was Cassandra's loss, whom we allow
And hold a prophetess as true as thou
But not so well believ'd. Take heed, my blade,
Thy late predictions cannot retrograde,
And give thine erring notions such a check,
As they unlink that chain which decks thy neck.
Signs sometimes change their influence, we see:
I wish the like event befall not thee.
The golden number and saturnian line
Have been propitious to thee all thy time:
Thy says held oracles: thy observations
For death, war, weather, held by foreign nations
As positive maxims: yet one critical point
Will throw this artful fabric out o' joint.
Dog-days each year affords; if thou find none,
Thy fortune's clearer far than any one.
Let me then caution thee, divining Crinon,
Lest thy own bosom prove thy treach'rous Sinon,
Let not opinion make thy judgment err:
"The ev'ning conquest crowns the conqueror."
Hope of reward or one victorious field
Is no firm ground for any one to build.
May ill success clothe him with discontent,
That balanceth the cause by the event.
Next him ascend, Erigonus, whose art,
Richly embellish'd with a loyal heart,
Will not permit thy thoughts to stoop so low
As to pretend more than thy notions know,
Or can attain to. Thou hast ta'en content
With as much freedom under strait restraint,
As Pibrack in his paradox express'd,
Inwardly cheer'd when outwardly distress'd.
I have much mus'd, while thou convers'd with us
Of the gradations o' th' Celestial House,
Yet hadst none of thine own to shelter thee.
This was an humour that transported me:
To see a mind so large, and to discourse
As if he had got Fortunatus' purse!
This caus'd me think that we did greatly err
In holding thee a mere astrologer,
Though't be a sacred-secret speculation,
And highly meriting our admiration:
But rather some rare stoic, well content
With his estate, however the world went.
Yet when I saw thine artificial scheme
Exactly drawn, as none of more esteem,
I wonder'd much how such choice art could want,
Unless the whole world were grown ignorant.
I heard of late, what I did never dream,
Thy farming life had drawn thee to a team,
Preferring th' culture of an husbandman
Before a needful astrologian,
Who in this thankless age may pine and die,
Before he profit by astronomy.
For though I must confess an artist can
Contrive things better than another man,
Yet when the task is done, he finds his pains
Nought[161] but to fill his belly with his brains.
Is this the guerdon due to liberal arts,
T' admire the head, and then to starve the parts?
Timely prevention thou discreetly us'd,
Before the fruits of knowledge were abus'd.
"When learning has incurr'd a fearful damp,
To save our oil 'tis good to quench our lamp."
Rest, then, on thy enjoyments, and receive
What may preserve a life, reserve a grave.
This with convenience may supply thy store,
And lodge thee with content: what wouldst thou more?
While he who thirsts for gold, and does receive it,
Pules like a baby when he's forc'd to leave it.
For you, Liberius, I would have you look
For your improvement on your table-book;
Where you shall find how you bore once a name
Both in the rank of fortune and of fame;
But others, rising to a higher merit,
Darken'd that splendour which you did inherit,
Or those mistakes which caus'd you err so far,
As your late years have proved canicular.
To waste more paper I would never have you,
For I'm resolv'd your book will never save you,
Nor you from it receive a benefit.
Suppress, then, pray thee, thy leaf-falling wit;
Merlin's Collections will not serve thy turn,
Retire, retire, and slumber in thine[162] urn.
Dotage has chill'd thy brain: in silence sleep;
"He's wise enough that can his credit keep."
For you, Columba, and rare Peregrine,
It is your fate to nestle in a clime
Of disadvantage: Wisdom bids you build
Where you may dwell, and sow in such a field,
Where you may reap the harvest you have sown:
"Arts unimprov'd are to no purpose shown."
Those only may be truly said to know,
Whose knowledge pays their country what they owe;
And (with the bee) from labour never cease,
Till they have stor'd their hives with sweet increase.
Which thriving industry, infus'd by nature
In such a small political a creature,
Might by a native model render thee
Conducts of science in astrology:

[Sidenote: _Saltibus hirsutis haud spatiantur apes._]

For she accounts it as a fruitless toil
To browse on suckets in a barren soil.
For you, Alatus, mount with airy wing,
And to [your] scatter'd nest some feathers bring:
Though popular esteem afford delight,
It cannot satisfy the appetite.
Fame is a painted meat, and cannot feed
Nor sate the stomach when it stands in need.
This was mine own condition; while I liv'd,
I to the highest pitch of fame arriv'd;
All the Rialto sounded with my praise,
Yet silence shrouded this within few days;
For after some few funeral tears were shed,
My memory died, before tears went to bed.
Yea, in my lifetime, when my state grew low,
My fame found none she would conduct me to:
And let this caution thee. Though thou swell great
In men's conceit, this will not get thee meat.
"The only means to raise friends, fame, and store,
Is to make industry thy providor."
For Atro-Lucus Serands, they be such
I would not touch them, lest I should too much
Impeach their branded fames: one word for all--
As their disgrace is great, their knowledge small:
Let these demoniacs practise less in black,
It will discolour all their almanac.
But this was not my errand. I would know
How ladies with their husbands suit below.
Those frolic girls, I mean, and of none else,
Who were induc'd by mine and Crinon's spells

    [MEPHISTOPHILUS _appears and resolves him_.

To choose strange bedfellows. Pray, tell me how,
Dear Mephistophilus, those wantons do.

MEPH. All out of joint: they've left their husbands' bed.

GAL. By this it seems they were not rightly wed;
There was no justice in't: for if there had,
Should they break loose, they would be judged mad.
But now mine hour approacheth; I must pass
Down to that vault where late I lodged was.
Fix, Mephistophilus, this on that gate,
That those who knew me may collect my fate.

    [MEPHISTOPHILUS _having fixed this inscription on the portal
        of the gate, they descend_.

INSCRIPTION.

_The Astronomical Anatomy in a shadowed physnomy, recommended to
    posterity, dissected and presented in the empirical ghost of
    D. Nicholas Gallerius._----_Facilis descensus Averni._

    _Enter_ WATCH _distraughtedly, letting fall their lanthorns_.

WATCH. Spirits, spirits, spirits!

    _Enter_ CONSTABLE, _rubbing his eyes_.

CON. Where, where, where?

WATCH. Here, there, and everywhere;
Now in the porter's lodge, then in the air!

CON. A _foutre_ for such ranging mawkins! I'll tell you,
fellow-officers--for I have been since my weaning sufficiently
schooled in the office of a constable--that we have no
legislative power (do you mark me?) to commit any person, be he
never so notorious a delinquent, if he fly or (as our falconers
say) mount up into th' air. We are not bound to follow him,
neither to attach nor commit him. And why? says the law. Because
it is not in our power to catch him. But if he strut in the
street, you may command him to come before me the Constable, as I
am the representative body of the duke; or before yourselves,
being the representative body of your Constable; and if the
person so taken remain under safe custody, and he fly, if you
overtake him by speed of foot, or by help of the bellman's
mongrel, you may by the law of arms lay him by th' heels.

    [_Dismiss the_ WATCH, _and exeunt_.


SCENE VII.

    _Enter_ SIR AMADIN PUNY, SIR JASPER SIMPLETON, SIR ARTHUR
        HEARTLESS, SIR GREGORY SHAPELESS, SIR TRISTRAM SHORTTOOL,
        SIR REUBEN SCATTERGOOD.

SIR REU. Doubt nothing, my fellow-knights of Hornsey; the plot is
so neatly and nimbly laid as it cannot but hold stitch.

ALL. But be the favourites' suits got, Sir Reuben?

SIR REU. They are brought to our lodgings already. To try a
conclusion, I have most fortunately made their pages our 'coys by
the influence of a white powder, which has wrought so powerfully
on their tender pulse, as they have engaged themselves ours back
and edge. _Sunt munera vincula servis._

SIR TRIS. 'Tis true, but how shall we pursue this project, that
we may act to purpose what your ingenuity has contrived?

SIR REU. Leave that to me; be it your care to follow my
direction, and if I make not these haxters as hateful to our
hussies as ever they were to us who were their husbands, set me
up for a Jack-a-Lent or a Shrove-cock for every boy to throw at!
The net is spread, and if they 'scape the noose, they must have
more eyes than their own to discover it.

SIR AMA. Excellent, excellent! I long till I be at work.

SIR REU. It will admit no delay, Sir Amadin, I assure you. We
have not overwatched this night to no purpose. This very morning
by times we must be fitted with our properties, and with a
scornful neglect pass by that rendezvous where our gamesome
ladies expect their youthful Platonics.

SIR GRE. Revenge to me 's far sweeter than to live.

ALL. To't, to't; for love's sake, let us to't.

SIR REU. The plot is laid with such industrious skill, If this
take not, I do not know what will.

    [_Exeunt._



ACT IV., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ MADAM FRICASE, MADAM CAVEARE, MADAM JULIPPE, MADAM
        JOCULETTE, MADAM MEDLAR, MADAM TINDER.

FRI. How tedious morns these be in our expectance
Of what we tender most?

CAV. Credit me, madam,
My marriage-day from th' rising sun to night
Seem'd not so long, though it was long enough--
As the slow-running course of this morn's visit.

JUL. Desires cannot endure protractive hours;
The poet has confirm'd our thoughts in this,
Placing our action far below our wish:
"Sooner quenched is love's fire
With fruition than desire."

JOC. That poet surely was neither Mantuan, Lucian, nor Claudian.

MED. No, sister; nor Alcæus, Eubæus, nor Apuleius; but some cold
cucumber-spirit--Xenocrates, who never actually knew how to hug
his mistress.

TIN. This is the hour and place.

FRI. It is so; and no doubt but our feathered favourites have
overflown us.


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ VINTRESS _and_ DRAWERS.

VIN. What do you lack, my princely beauties?

CAV. What your sex cannot furnish us with, my dainty Dabrides.
Did you entertain no gallants lately?

VIN. Not any, madam; but gallants are men of their words; they
will stand to their tacking upon occasion: will you be pleased,
noble ladies, in their absence to bestow yourselves in a room;
or, to procreate yourselves, take a turn in the garden?

MED. 'Slid, does she hold us for Andalusian studs,[163] that can
breed by the air, or procreate of ourselves?

FRI. Well, her meaning is good; we will accept her offer, and
take a walk or a cheerful repose at our pleasure: and in it let
each of us, for want of more real objects, entertain an imaginary
apprehension of their absent lover.

    [_Knocking within._

DRAW. Anon, anon, sir; quick, quick as Erebus, good Jeremy! Uds
so, what a chattering they make? I verily think our old Tityre
Tu's and Bugle Blews are come to town, they keep such a damnable
quarter.

2D DRAW. They knock as they were madmen in the percullis. Quick,
quick; more attendants in the _Unicorn_. There goes none to the
_Antwerp_. The _Lion_ and the _Roebuck_[164] have not one drawer
to attend them. Who goes into the Ladies' Garden?[165]

1ST DRAW. We shall have a brave term, if we stir not our stumps
better.

    [_Exeunt._

    _The Ladies' Garden._--JULLIPPE, &c.

JUL. Th' Elysian groves so richly beautified,
Deck'd with the tufted verdure: watered
With crystal rills, and cloth'd above conceit
In native diap'ry: may emblems be
Of this delicious platform, where each sense
May sate its quest with sweet satiety.

JOC. And th' edifying sense with melody.

    [_Voices of nightingales._

Hark, how that ev'ning quire of nightingales

[Sidenote: _Dum Philomela canit, spinum sub pectore figit: Crimen
ut incestus se meminisse dolet._]

Warble with shrillest notes, pricks at their breasts,
Tereus' incestuous crime; as if't had been
A fact inexpiable: wherein we doubt,
What we should do, if [we] were put unto't.
This is a garden, sure, of great frequent.

CAV. Lucullus nor the Roman Argentine
Had ne'er the like: nor with completer beauties
More gracefully embellish'd: it might be
Styl'd the Spring Garden for variety
Of all delights: balls, treats, and choice invites,
Address'd for amorous parliance; and indeed
To make the bargain up--you know my meaning.

FRI. Thou art a dang'rous beagle. What say you, ladies?
In this perpetual spring-like sweet retire,
To gratify her court'sy and conduct,
Who tender'd these respects: let's have a frolic--
A jovial frolic, till the Platonics come.
Whom we must chide, and with some discontent
Tax for their slowness.

ALL. The motion's wondrous good;
We all assent to't.

JOC. But in this assent
Scatter such freedom as it may appear
Our fortunes be our own: and that no eye
Of jealousy or parsimonious thrift
Can bound our humour. Let's call up the drawer.

    [_They ring the bell._

    _Enter_ DRAWER.

DRAW. Your pleasures, madams?

ALL. What hast within, boy?

DRAW. Cakes, creams, stewed prunes, olivets, tongues, tarts,
and----

CAV. What else, you Jack-of-all-trades! Doth your mistress take
us, you nitty-napry rascal, for her bordella's blouses?[166]
  Bring us here pistachio nuts,
  Strengthening oringo roots.
  Quince, peach, and preserv'd apricock,
  With the stones pendant to't.[167]
  With such incentive and salacious cates,
  As quicken hours, and sharpen appetite.

DRAW. You shall, you shall, madam;--on my life, these be the
ladies of the New Dress; they'll never be satisfied.

    [_Aside._

    [_Exit._

CAV. Let us imagine ourselves now to be planted in the Sparagus
Garden, where if we want anything, it is our own fault. A fair
alimony needs no pawn; it will discharge a tavern-bill at any
time.


SCENE III.

    _Enter again the_ VINTRESS _and_ DRAWER _with wine and fruit_.

VIN. How is it, noble ladies? Your honours shall want no rarities
that our storehouse may afford you.

CAV. A glass of muscadella for me. Here, Madam Fricase, to Monsieur
Florello!

    [_Drinks._

FRI. This court'sy, madam, must not beget in you a forgetfulness
of Caranto.

CAV. So nearly he's unbosomed, you need not fear it.

JUL. Nectarella for me. Here, princely Joculette, to your
Salibrand!

    [_Drinks._

JOC. Meantime, remember loyal Palisado.

JUL. No individual can be well forgot.

MED. Medea shall be mine. This, Madam Tinder, to your Tillyvally!

    [_Drinks._

TIN. First to your own Morisco! So, this health's gone round.

FRI. Now when our throats are clear, let's join together
In some choice musical air.

ALL. Agreed, agreed,
What shall we have?

FRI. What may enliven love,
And feather fancy with Icarian wings.

ALL. We must be mounting then. Your subject, madam?

FRI. _Le Drollere Amaranto._

ALL. Dainty airs,
And lines to suit them: we shall follow you.

    SONG, _in various Airs_.

      _What shall we poor ladies do,
       Match'd to shallops without brains,
       Whose demains_[168] _are in grains,
       And their wits in madding veins,
         Stor'd with Neapolitan mains?
       Give us sprightly sprigs of manhood,
       None of these swads nor airy squibs,
         Who would fain do, but cannot._

    [_They alter the air upon the close of every stanza._

      _Poor ladies, how we dwindle?
       Who can spin without a spindle?
         Valour never learn'd to tremble,
         But in Cupid's dalliance nimble.
       Little good does that stud with a stallion,
       Fancies alien, weakly jointed,
       Meanly mann'd, worse appointed,
         Who would do, if he knew how,
         But, alas! he would, but cannot._

      _Penelope, though she were chaste,
       Yet she bade her spouse make haste,
         Lest by his sojourning long
         She might chance to change her song,
         And do her Ulysses wrong;
       What then may we, who matched be
       With these haggards madly manned,
         Who would gladly do, but cannot?_

      _Shall our youthful hopes decline;
       Fade and perish in their prime:
         And like forc'd Andromeda
         Estrang'd from fancy's law!
       Shall we wives and widows be,
         Bound unto a barren tree?_

      _Ushers come and apple-squires
       To complete our free desires:
         Platonics there be store
         Fitly fram'd and train'd to man it.
         Bavin once set afire
         Will not so soon expire;
       Let's never stay with such as they,
         Who gladly would, but cannot._

      _Shall we love, live, and feel no heat
       While our active pulses beat?
       Shall we hug none of our own,
       But such as drop from th' frigid zone?
         Let's rather suit old love adieu,
         And i' th' requests suit for some new
         Who have the heart to man it.
       Tell us not this nor tell us that;
       A kid is better than a cat,
       And though he show, we know not what,
         He cannot._

FRI. As I'm a virgin, ladies, bravely performed!
Once more Frontiniac, and then a walk.

    [_She drinks._

This wine wants flavour, sapour, odour, vigour;
Taste it, dear madam, 'tis as pall and flat
As a sear fly-flap.

DRAW. Our last year's vintage, madam, was but small.

CAV. It seems so by your measure: this would never
Quicken the spirit nor inflame the blood.

    [_One of the Ladies, looking out, discovers their deserted
        Knights attired like their favourites, with their cloaks
        over their faces._

LADY. They come, they come, they come!

ALL. Let's entertain them with a joint neglect.


SCENE IV.

    _As their husbands pass along, they take occasion of
        discourse one with another._

KNIGHTS. Let us pass by them with regardless scorn.

SIR REU. Pox on these overacting prostitutes!
They sate mine appetite.

    [_They interchange these expresses as they pass by their
        Ladies' room._

SIR TRIS. Fancy so fed
Begets a surfeit, ere it gets to bed.

SIR GRE. Ere I Platonic turn or Confidant,
Or an officious servant to a puss,
Whose honour lies at stake, let me become
A scorn to my relations.

SIR ART. Or when I
Engage my person, like a profess'd bolt,
To vindicate a mistress, who for sale
Would set her soul at hazard, may my grave
Be in the kennel, and the scavenger
The penman of my epitaph!

SIR JAS. Or I
Embrace a monkey for a mass of treasure.

SIR AMA. May never down seize on this downless chin,
When I become an usher to her sin.

SIR REU. So, let them chaw of this. Our scene is done,
We'll leave the rest to their digestion:
We must return those Adamites their clothes
To make their visits in, or they're lost men;
But it were strange, should they recruit again.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE V.

FRI. How is it, ladies?

CAV. Sure, we're in a dream.
Whence comes this strangeness?

JUL. From the too much freedom
Of our affection: had we kept them still,
At a discreeter distance, we had play'd
The wiser falc'ners, and caus'd them stoop
Unto our lure with eager appetite.
Fruits offer'd are least valu'd: got by stealth
Or by surprise, they're precious.

JOC. Shall we sleep
With this affront?

MED. Our spirits were remiss,
Should we not pay them home in their own coin.

TIN. Let Tinder lose her name, her family,
And alimony (which she values most),
If Tilly suffer not for this disgrace.

ALL. We vow the like: revenge may be excus'd,
For love resolves to hate when 'tis abus'd.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VI.

    _The Favourites appear to their half-bodies in their shirts,
        in rooms above._

FLO. Why, you whoreson rogue! where's my suit? As I hope for
mercy, I am half-persuaded that this slip-halter has pawned my
clothes.

CAR. Nay, as our rooms be near, our fates are all alike. If my
visit be admitted, I must present it naked.

JOC. When she sees her Salibrand so unmodiously accoutred, she
will jeer him out of his periwig, and render him an Adamite
cap-a-pie.

PAL. Never were servants without a dress less suitable to ladies
of the New Dress.

SAL. We shall be held for salemen, or Knights of the White
Livery, if we encounter them thus habited.

MOR. Nay, rather for Knights o' th' Post, who had forfeited their
broked suits for want of swearing.

TIL. Nay, for tumblers, truckers, or scullermen: Plato, in all
his Commonweal, had never such naked followers.

    [_Their pages bring their clothes._

FLO. Now, you hemp-strings, had you no time to nim us, but when
we were upon our visits?

PAGES. Your suits, sir, were not without employment. They were
seam-rent, and stood in need of stitching.

ALL. Go to, rogues, you will never hang well together till you be
stitched in a halter.

    [_They attire themselves._

PAGES. Well, we got more clear gains by this shift than you will
by your visit.

    [_Aside._

CAR. We trench too much upon these ladies' patience:
Better too late than never; let us haste
To crown their longing hopes with our attendance:
Delays in visits quicken our desires,
And in their objects kindle secret fires.

    [_They come down buttoning themselves._

[Sidenote: _Fastus in Antidotum frigoris, processit et urget
Insolitos motus, lepidæque Cupidinis æstus, Vestibus amictus
laceratis, alget et ardet._--Solin.]

FLO. 'Tis high meridian! we've lost the time
Of our appointed treatment.[169]

CAR. Let's contrive
Some neat evasion covertly disguis'd
To bear the face of truth.

SAL. It would do well,
Let's mould it as we go unto the garden.[170]

MOR. 'Twere vain to call; they're long ere this dismiss'd.[171]

PAL. And with incens'd spirits; which t' allay
Were a receipt worth purchase.

TIL. Th' wound's so green,
It must admit a cure. Our confidence
Prepares us best admittance; go along.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VII.

    _Enter the_ ALIMONY LADIES _at the other door_.

FLO. How opportunely doth this season meet To give us freedom in
our intercourse!

MOR. There is a secret influence, no doubt, Design'd to second us
in our desires.

    [_They go towards their Ladies._

FLO. Madam!

FRI. We were mad dames indeed, should we give freedom to such
injurious favourites.

CAR. This is stormy language; I ever thought our late neglect
would nettle them.

    [_Aside._

FRI. You can affront us, sir, and with your wit
Take a deep draught of Lethe and forget!

FLO. Forget! 'Slid, I did ne'er affront you.

FRI. No?
Nor with a screw'd contemptuous look pass by us
When we were at our treat? and with a scorn
Not only slight us, but impeach our fame?

FLO. I call the heavens to witness, never I!

FRI. Perfidious wretch! this did I hear and see,
And such records cannot deluded be.
Your words, sir, are regist'red.

FLO. Pray, let's hear them.

FRI. You begun first with what your ulcerous flesh,
If I be not deceiv'd, infected is.

    [_The Favourites, as they appeared to their half-bodies in
        the preceding scene: so the deserted Knights become
        spectators of those public affronts done them by their
        Ladies: only presenting themselves, and so withdrawing._

HUS. Hah, hah, hah! how neatly be these widgeons catcht in their
own springes!

    TRILLO _from the gallery_.

Bravely continued, Timon, as I live;
Each subtle strain deserves a laurel sprig.

FRI. "Pox on these overacting prostitutes
They sate mine appetite."

CAR. What might I say,
That should disrelish Madam Caveare?

CAV. You rant it bravely, sir. "Fancy so fed
Begets a surfeit ere it gets to bed."

JUL. You, Palisado, stand more resolute;
"Ere I Platonic turn or Confidant,
Or an officious servant to a puss
Whose honour lies at stake, let me become
A scorn to my relations."

JOC. "Or when I"
(Thus I deblazon you, base Salibrand)
"Engage my person, like a profess'd bolt
To vindicate a mistress, who for sale
Would set her soul at hazard, may my grave
Be in the kennel, and the scavenger
The penman of my epitaph."

MED. "Or I"
(Thus you renounce your Medlar, Don Morisco)
"Embrace a monkey for a mass of treasure."

TIN. Nor would Sir Tilly be one hair behind
In scornful dereliction of our sex.
"May never down seize on his downless chin,
When he becomes an usher to our sin."

FLO. The devil's a witch, and has impostur'd them.

ALL PLA. Do you believe all this!

LADIES. As we do you,
Stains to true love and all society!
Henceforth observe your distance, as you tender
Fame, freedom, life: else we do vow revenge
Shall dog you at the heels.

FLO. So, we are lost;
We must go cast about for some new aërie:
For these be fledg'd and flown.

CAR. By this prevention
I'll hate a mistress of such rare invention.

PAL. It seems their spleens for picking quarrels sought,
In pressing what we neither spake nor thought.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VIII.

    _Enter Two Seville Merchants._

1ST MER. Our Duke Eugenio is safe return'd,
Laden with trophies, spoils, and victories.

2D MER. Those Hectors, too, who launched forth for Tunis,
Have shown their valour, and enrich'd their fortunes,
Which languish'd in despair before this voyage,
Above expectance; rich rixdollars are
Sown like Pactolus' sand: their pockets cramm'd
With Indian ore.

1ST MER. What will not prowess do,
Where hope of honour, promise of reward,
Or country's fame--th' attractiv'st lure of all--
Give spirit to men's actions?

2D MER. This appears
Instanc'd in them to life:[172] for by their hazard,
Successfully completed, foreign sails
Ne'er came so richly fraughted.

1ST MER. It were well
The rest of our stout myrmidons, whose courage
Stands for the wall, or in a tavern quarrel
Or an highway's surprise, to raise a stock
To feed their debauch'd visits, were so employ'd
It would secure our commerce.

2D MER. This good duke
Will regulate, no doubt, his state-affairs
With that composure, as no fruitless weed
Shall promise to itself long nourishment
Within the coast of Seville. What means this?

    [_A noise of clarions, surdons, fifes, plausulets, within._

MESSENGER. The Duke's approaching in triumphant state.

HERALD. Make clear the way; room for his excellence!
Never did Seville show more like herself
Nor beautifi'd with a more graceful presence
Since her foundation.



ACT V., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ DUKE, _trumpets and drums sounding, colours
        victoriously displayed. Field-Officers with Soldiers
        martially ordered in rank and file_.

HER. What a majesty
Without all servile affectation
His personating presence, cloth'd with state
And princely posture, seems to represent!

ALL. Conquest and affability contend
Which to his count'nance may pretend most right.
His spirit's too evenly poised to be transported
With the success of fortune. Let us hear him.

DUKE. Safely arriv'd, thanks to the pow'rs above,
Here are we come: our enemies subdu'd,
Our wrongs redress'd, our merchants satisfi'd:
No foreign force t' oppose us. Thus has time
Crown'd our addresses with triumphant palms,
And by just war begot a thankful peace.

ALL. Long live Eugenio, Seville's governor!

DUKE. Our constant care shall gratify your love.
Meantime, let these brave soldiers sharers be
In our success: whom you and we're to hold
Such joint assistants in our victories,
As their redoubted prowess merits fame,
And competent rewards to recompense
Their noble service: for (believe it, friends)
Never were hazards better seconded,
Nor by their valour to a period
Sooner reduced; so prosperous was our fight
In dark'ning those who took away our light.
And having now compos'd these broils abroad,
We're to look homeward, and redress those wrongs
Which nestle in the bosom of our state:
So much more dang'rous, because connivance
Has wrought them into habits. These, we fear,
Pretend a privilege, because the face
Of greatness gives them count'nance. But our laws
Must be no spider-webs, to take small flies,
And let the great ones 'scape. We have resolv'd
"Greatness shall be no subterfuge to guilt."
This must we act with speed, and closely too;
For secrecy, wing'd with celerity,
Be the two wheels which manage moral states
And martial actions. After short repose,
These we'll chastise; and by a due survey,
As just complaints shall be exhibited,
Measure our censure to the peccants' crime.
Nor must we spin our time: we have design'd
Our very next day for aggrievances
Of court and city, where our absence might
Admit, perchance, more freedom to offend.
"The only way to salve a deep disease
Is to give what may cure, not what may please.
Wherein delays prove worst: artists apply
Receipts, before distempers grow too high."

    [_Exit, tubis et tympanis sonantibus; conspicuo aulicorum et
        stratiotum coetu comitante._

ALL. Under such guardians may we live and die.

    [_Exeunt plebeii._


SCENE II.

    _Enter a Regiment of_ TREPANNERS _and_ TARPAULINS, _with drum
        and colours, gallantly marching in their victorious
        return and prosperous success from Tunis_.

1ST OFF. Sa-sa.

2D OFF. Ran-tan.

3D OFF. Tara-tantara. Thus far from the Isle of Canary. Is not
this better, my boys, than trepanning an old drolling friar for a
sequestered bond?--Hey boys, here be those Indian rats that cant
and chirp in my pocket, as if after a long apprenticeship they
sought to be made freemen.

    [_He shakes his pocket._

But I must not yet enlarge them.

2D OFF. O ye pitiful simpletons, who spend your days in throwing
cudgels at Jack-a-Lents or Shrove-cocks!

3D OFF. Nay, in making gooselings in embers: and starting as if
they were planet-struck at the weak report of a pot-gun.

1ST OFF. My wish shall be for all that puisne pen-feathered aërie
of buzzardism[173] and stanielry:[174]
"_That such as they who love to stay to suck their mamma's teat,
May live at home, but ne'er find one to give them clothes or meat._"

LANCEPRES. Come along, wags; let's in a frolic way march to our
old friends in new suits, and reserve a screwed look for a
threepenny ordinary.

2D OFF. Along, along! but utter not too much language, honest
pockets, till a question be asked you.

    [_He shakes his pocket._

ALL. Hey for a fee-farm rent in Tunis!

    [_Exeunt capering._


SCENE III.

    _Enter two_ COUNTRY BOORS.

HUS. Content thee, content thee, Christabel.

WIFE. Yes, surely, that's a trim word; but when, trow you, had I
it? As I am an honest woman, I have been this goodman Fumbler's
wife so many years, and he never yet gave me content. 'Tis such a
dry pilchard, he deserves nothing more than basting.

HUS. Fie, Christabel! fie, for shame! hold thy trattles; is it my
fault if thou be barren?

WIFE. Barren, you cods-head! Lies the fault there, you island
cur! Nay, all the parish will witness for me that I was not
barren before I met with you. Barren, stitchel![175] that shall
not serve thy turn. In plain terms, Jocelin, since thou cannot
content me one way, thou shalt another.

HUS. What would my duck have?

WIFE. What, my drake, the law will give me.

HUS. Law!

WIFE. Yes, you wizard.[176] I have already fed a glib-tongued
parrot, with a coif on his head, that will trounce you.

HUS. What have I done, my malmsey?

WIFE. Nay, your doing nothing, you dumpling, has brought you into
this pickle. The short and the long on't is this, I will have
ale-money.[177]

HUS. Ale-money! what means my chicken by that?

WIFE. I have been neither so long nor ill taught by my betters,
but I know the meaning of ale-money well enough. My land'slady
Joculette, God bless her! is matched to as handsome a frolic
youngster as one can see on a summer's day; yet she dislikes him,
and has recovered a good stock of ale-money. I love to follow the
example of my betters. Set your heart at rest, Jocelin; I must
and will have ale-money.

HUS. Thou shalt have anything, my coney Christabel, so thou wilt
rest contented.

WIFE. Nay, husband, you know well that I am forced many nights to
go to rest weakly contented. But, if I chance to trudge to court,
I mean to lie all open; you shall hear. I intend not to lay
leaves on my wounds. The duke, I hear, is a merciful man, and
will not suffer any of his poor subjects to fall short of their
due.

HUS. Well, girl, thou shalt find me ready to appear before his
grace at any time.

WIFE. You'll have a gracious bargain on't then, doubtless. Trust
me, Jocelin, you will distemper all our ladies at court, if you
push at the gate with your ram-horns.

HUS. She's possessed, sure.

WIFE. No, not yet; but I mean shortly to be possessed of my
ale-money. You shall play no more the sharking foist with me, you
fumbling fiddler, you. I hope I have friends at court that will
take course that I may have my whole due; and then _foutre_ for
Jocelin!

    [_Exit._

HUS. Well, the thought is ta'en. I see one must thank God for a
shrew as well as for a sheep, though the sheep have more wool on
his back, and affords a more savoury repast at the board. Hanging
and wedding go by destiny, and I hold the former to be the
happier destiny of the twain; yet he that will practise the art
of swinging in a halter, either to please or cross a shrew's
humour, let him hang like a puppy without hope of pity, and die
intestate to make his wife heir on't, till some nimble younker
become his successor, and, stumbling on his grave, laugh at the
cuckoldly slave.

    [_Exit._


SCENE IV.

    _Enter the cashiered_ CONFIDANTS, _in a discontented posture_.

FLO. Summoned to appear! for what? What have we done?

CAR. Incensed those humorous scornful ladies.
Thence rose the ground, I durst wager my beaver on't;
They ought us a spite, and their information has done't.

PAL. This falls pat on their resolves: for those disdainful
wenches, in the heat of their passion, vowed jointly that revenge
should kick up our heels.

SAL. Our heels are not so short, though theirs be. Should they
pursue this information, it would dart highly on their dishonour.

MOR. Honour! what may that be in this age, but an airy title?
These _bona-robas_ have not lost the art of ingratiating, nor
deluding their servants. There be chimneys enough at court to
convey their smoke. Beauty and confidence keep strong sentinels
in love's army. They cannot want solicitors in a place of
liberty.

TIL. Let them hold to't! Their complaints are but squibs in the
air. Such whifflers are below my scorn, and beneath my spite.
  Let's bravely on: I should account his fate
  The worst of ills, that's foil'd by woman's hate.

FLO. Yet 'twas Alcides' heavy fate, and he
Was stronger far than twenty such as we.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE V.

    _Enter the_ ALIMONY LADIES.

FRI. Convened to court! Some masque or princely ball, I'll gage
mine honour on't. We must be employed, sisters.

CAV. And usefully too, I hope.

JUL. I see well the court can do nothing without our city
revellers. Trust me, I am with child till I get to't: but my
desires are enlivened for a sight of my lord especially.

JOC. Or your special lord, madam. We smell your meaning. As I am
virtuous, he deserves your smile, or whatsoever may most endear
him. I have known none at any time court love with a more
graceful nor accurate presence. He can be both seriously amorous
and amorously serious.

MED. Surely, Lady Joculette, you set him at a rate far above th'
market? you value him not as if you meant to sell.

JOC. No, nor buy neither. I have no property in such a rich
pennyworth; for, if I had, I should wish----

MED. I know what, madam.

JOC. Good now! thy conceit?

MED. Shall I freely unbosom me?

ALL. Pray thee, madam; do, madam!

MED. You would wish that, his puny baker-legs had more Essex[178]
growth in them, for else they would make ill butcher's ware!

JOC. Thou art a shrewd wench, trust me.

TIN. Well, ladies, I know a new-minted lord, that can act the
Spanish Don, with a peaked beard and a starched look, to an hair.

FRI. O Madam Tinder, I guess where you are; but he wants a little
of your spirit. He can cringe and caress better than he dare
fight. A lady's honour might perish under such a feverish
champion.

CAR. For love's sake, let's make haste. Nothing will be done till
we come.

    _Enter_ CHRISTABEL _with a crutch_.

CHRIS. Good madam landlady, take lame Christabel along with you;
she means to have a bout for her ale-money.

JOC. We shall not want, then, for handsome attendance.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ GENTLEMAN-USHER.

G.-USHER. Give way! make present way for his excellence and his
consuls.

    _Enter_ DUKE EUGENIO _and his Consuls. After them the
        deserted_ KNIGHTS; _the_ PLATONIC CONFIDANTS; _the_
        ALIMONY LADIES; _the_ TUNIS ENGAGERS.

DUKE. As we have view'd and clear'd our foreign coasts,
We're now to prune those wild luxurious sprays,
Which give impede unto this spreading vine,
Our flow'ry Seville, whose succeeding fame,
Acquir'd by civil[179] discipline, exacts
Our care and yours, grave councillors of state.
'Tis not enough with balms to close the skin,
And leave the wound t' exulcerate within;
For he, whose care's to cure the core without
And searcheth not the bottom, spoils the root.
Let's first then look on vices, which put on
The face of virtue; and where modesty
(Merely dissembled) cloth'd with taking beauty,
Arms itself strongly 'gainst all opposition.
Nay, what retains ofttimes such influence
On reverend scarlet, as it darks the light
Of judgment; and makes elders fix their eyes
On rare-light objects, which so strangely takes,
As they make judges vice's advocates.
But here's none such, I hope. Our state is free,
And so our patriots and state-consuls be.
Complaints inform us, and we wond'red much
At th' first perusal, how a feminine nature,
So sweetly pleasing, should be so deprav'd.

FRI. What means the duke?

    [_Aside._

CAR. I relish not th' discourse.

    [_Aside._

DUKE. Have we not here some ladies o'th' New Dress,
So newly styl'd, and in their honour soil'd,
Who have deserted whom they ought to love?

LADIES. Is this the court masque, and the ball we
    look'd for?

    [_Aside._

DUKE. Be you those ladies?

CHRIS. I am one of them, forsooth.

LADIES. We are the same, so like your excellence.
And now redress'd.

DUKE. We understand no less:
Your alimonies signed by our court!

CHRIS. They have not signed mine, if't please your dukeship.
Truly, I am a very impudent, lame woman, and my husband a feeble,
weak-doing man. Your grace must needs grant me ale-money.

DUKE. See what examples, ladies, you have given
To simple women! I shall here propose
Two tenders to your choice: either receive
(And with a conjugal endearment, too)
Your late-deserted husbands, or prepare
The remainder of your days to entertain
A strict monastic life. Your sentence's pass'd:
Choose which you please.

JOC. I never shall endure
A cloister'd life, unless I had a friar; Sir Gregory Shapeless
    shall be my Platonic.

MED. Rather than none, I'll take Sir Tristram Shorttool.

JUL. I for Sir Arthur Heartless.

CAV. I must put on my nightgown for Sir Jasper Simpleton.

FRI. Sir Amadin Puny then must be my joy,
Who will be still, I think, a puny boy.

TIN. Well, since we are to this condition grown,
'Tis better far to use our own than none.
While I, of youthful favourites bereft,
Will live with Scattergood, if aught be left.

SIR REU. Nay, madam, but it were not amiss if you knew first
whether Scattergood will live with you, or no. Release your
alimony, and I'll resign my right in your propriety;[180] and in
my widowed life mourn in sack: lo, infinitely.[181]

DUKE. This juncto must be fix'd on firmer ground;
Coolness of fancy acts not on the object
Which it pretends to love. Join hearts to hands,
And in this second contract reunite
What was so long divided. Love's a cement
Admits no other allay but itself
To work upon th' affections. [_To the husbands._] Be it yours
(For virile spirits should be so demean'd),
With pleasing candour to remit what's pass'd,
And with mild glosses to interpret thus
In their defence still to the better sense;
"Their frailties in your ladies wrought these failings,
Which pious pity should commiserate,
And seal it with indulgence. [_To the ladies._] Then intend
Your office, madams: which is to redeem
Your late-abused time: which may be deem'd
Richly recover'd, being once redeem'd."

LADIES. May all our actions close with discontent
When we oppose their humours.

KNIGHTS. Say and hold;
And this act of oblivion shall be sign'd.

[_They salute, and take hands._

DUKE. This does content us highly; powers above
Makes lovers' breach renewal of their love.[182]

CHRIS. And must Christabel, too, pack home to her husband without
her ale-money?

DUKE. Or to thy death an aged prioress!

CHRIS. Nay, but by your good favour I'll meddle with none of your
priorities; I'll rather go mumble a crust at home, and chuck my
old Jocelin.

DUKE. Nor is this all; our sentence must extend
Unto those ladies' favourites, whose hours,
Strangely debauch'd, make spoil of women's honours.

LADIES. We hate them worse than hell.

FAVOURITES. Good your grace, we are reclaim'd.

DUKE. That's but an airy note.
When practical, we'll hold it cordial.
Meantime, we do adjudge you to the quarries;
Where you shall toil, till a relation give
Test of your reformation. Look on those
Tunis-engagers, who were timely drawn
From their trepanning course, and by their hazard,
Secur'd through valour, rais'd their ruin'd fortunes
Above expectance! When your work is done,
We shall find like adventures[183] for your spirits
To grapple with, and rear your blanch'd repute.
Leave interceding, for we are resolv'd.
Now, conscript consuls, whose direction gives
Life to our laws, we cannot choose but wonder
How your impartial judgments should submit
(As if they had been biassed) to grant
These alimonies to their loose demands.
Sure, such decrees would not have relish'd well
Your jealous palates, had you so been used.
"Wives to desert your beds, impeach your fames,
In public courts discover your defects,
Nay, to belie your weakness, and recover
For all these scandals alimonious wages
To feed their boundless riot!"

CONSUL. They're annull'd;
Our courts will not admit them.

DUKE. 'Tis well done,
For gentlemen t' engage their state and fame,
And beds of honour, were a juggling game.
So we dismiss you. May the palms of peace
Crown Seville's state with safety and increase.
Whereto when our reluctant actions give
The least impede, may we no longer live!

    [_Exeunt omnes. Trumpets sounding._



EPILOGUE

_You see our Ladies now are vanished,
And gone, perchance, unto their husbands' bed,
Convinc'd of guilt; where if they cannot tame
Their loose desires, but still retain the name
Of Alimony Ladies, you shall hear,
They will not forfeit what they hold so dear--
Prohibited delights; and in that stain
With blushless dalliance visit you again.
Nor shall we build on these our confidence
Who give less reins to reason than to sense:
Yet for redemption of their husbands' lands,
Seal our acquittance with your graceful hands._

_Naviter incumbens calamo, sine merce laboro;
Merce carens vates nomine verus ero._

_Hæc thalami socias alimonia fecit iniquas;
"Haud aries uni sufficit unus ovi."_--Arnold.


FINIS.

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THE PARSON'S WEDDING.



_EDITION._


_The Parson's Wedding, A Comedy. The Scene London. Written at
   Basil in Switzerland: by Thomas Killigrew. Dedicated to the
   Lady Vrsvla Bartv [Bertie] Widow. London: Printed by J. M.
   for Henry Herringman...._ 1663.

This forms part of the collected edition of the works in folio,
mentioned presently.



[PREFACE TO THE FORMER EDITION.]


THOMAS KILLIGREW, one of the sons of Sir Robert Killigrew,
Chamberlain to the Queen, was born at Hanworth, in the county of
Middlesex, in the month of February 1611.[184] Although his
writings are not wanting in those requisites which confer
reputation on an author, yet [we are permitted to conclude that
it was chiefly to his conversational and social qualities, that
Killigrew owed his ascendancy at Charles II.'s court--first
abroad, and afterwards in England. Hence Sir John Denham was
probably led to write those lines--

    "Had Cowley ne'er spoke, Killigrew ne'er writ,
     Combin'd in one, they'd made a matchless wit."

But, as we know, for at least two generations the Killigrews were
all men and women of genius, and were as remarkable, too, for
their physical as for their intellectual graces. Killigrew] seems
to have been early intended for the court; and to qualify him for
rising there, every circumstance of his education appears to have
been adapted. In the year 1635, while upon his travels, he
chanced to be at London, and an eyewitness of the celebrated
imposture of exorcising the devil out of several nuns belonging
to a convent in that town. Of this transaction he wrote a very
minute and accurate account,[185] still in MS. in the Pepysian
Library at Magdalen College, Cambridge. He was appointed
page-of-honour to King Charles I., and faithfully adhered to his
cause until the death of his master, after which he attended his
son in his exile, to whom he was highly acceptable, on account of
his social and convivial qualifications. He married Mrs Cicilia
Crofts, one of the maids-of-honour to Queen Henrietta. With this
lady he had a dispute on the subject of jealousy, at which Thomas
Carew was present, and wrote a poem, introduced into the masque
of "Coelum Britannicum," and afterwards a copy of verses on
their nuptials, printed in his works.[186]

[It appears from the original documents still preserved, that
Killigrew was with Prince Charles at Paris in April 1647, and
obtained from him a licence to travel, dated April 23. In 1649 he
had a grant from James, Duke of York, of the office of Gentleman
of the Bed-chamber; and from 1649 to 1652 he was engaged in
diplomatic negotiations at Vienna and Florence. His papers, as
well as those which he addressed to the Republic of Venice, are
extant. Speaking of his mission to Venice], "Although," says Lord
Clarendon,[187] "the king was much dissuaded from it, but
afterwards his majesty was prevailed upon, only to gratify him
(Killigrew) that in that capacity he might borrow money of
English merchants for his own subsistence; which he did, and
nothing to the honour of his master, but was at last compelled to
leave the Republic for his vicious behaviour, of which the
Venetian ambassador complained to the king, when he came
afterwards to Paris." On his return from Venice, Sir John Denham
wrote a copy of verses, printed in his works,[188] bantering the
foibles of his friend Killigrew who, from his account, was as
little sensible to the inconveniences of exile as his royal
master. [But the curious preface to Killigrew's Plays where,
under the thin veil of levity, so strong a vein of seriousness
seems to be perceptible, tells a different story, perhaps. He
wishes the public as much leisure to read his plays as he had to
write them--a banishment of twenty years. One of the documents
connected with the Killigrews which have come down to us, shows
that in 1660 Thomas received the freedom of the city of
Maastricht, in Holland. This was perhaps a parting compliment,
when he prepared to return to England with his royal companion in
exile. At the Restoration] he was appointed Groom of the
Bedchamber, and became so great a favourite with his majesty,
that he was admitted into his company on terms of the most
unrestrained familiarity, and at times when audience was refused
to the first ministers, and even on the most important occasions.
It does not appear that he availed himself of his interest with
the king, either to amass a fortune, or to advance himself in the
state. We do not find that he obtained any other preferment than
the post of Master of the Revels, which he held with that of
Groom of the Bed-chamber. Oldys [very foolishly and absurdly]
says he was king's jester at the same time; but although he
might, and certainly did entertain his majesty in that capacity,
it can scarce be imagined to have been in consequence of any
appointment of that kind. He died at Whitehall on the 19th of
March 1682,[189] having in 1664 published a collected edition of
his plays, viz.:--

1. The Prisoners: a Tragi-Comedy. Written at London, and acted at
the Phoenix in Drury Lane.

2. Claracilla: a Tragi-Comedy. Written in Rome, and acted at the
Phoenix in Drury Lane. [Dedicated to his dear sister, the Lady
Shannon.][190]

3. The Princess; or, Love at First Sight: a Tragi-Comedy. Written
in Naples. [Dedicated to his dear Niece, the Lady Anne Wentworth,
wife to the Lord Lovelace.]

4. The Parson's Wedding.

5. The Pilgrim: a Tragedy. Written in Paris.

6. The First Part of Cicilia and Clorinda; or, Love in Arms: a
Tragi-Comedy. Written in Turin.

7. The Second Part of Cicilia and Clorinda; or, Love in Arms: a
Tragi-Comedy. Written in Florence.

8. Thomaso; or the Wanderer: a Comedy. Written in Madrid.

9. The Second Part of Thomaso; or, The Wanderer. Written in
Madrid.

10. The First Part of Bellamira, her Dream; or, The Love of
Shadows: a Tragi-Comedy. Written in Venice.

11. The Second Part of Bellamira, her Dream; or, The Love of
Shadows: a Tragi-Comedy. Written in Venice.

Thomas Killigrew had two brothers, both dramatic writers, viz.,
Sir William Killigrew,[191] author of Ormasdes, Pandora,
Selindra, and The Siege of Urbin;[192] and Dr Henry Killigrew, a
clergyman, author of a play called The Conspiracy, printed in 4^o,
1638, and afterwards altered, and printed in folio, 1653, under
the title of Pallantus and Eudora.

Dr Henry Killigrew was father to Mrs Ann Killigrew, a young lady
celebrated for her wit, beauty, and virtue, and who was the
writer of several poems, very highly esteemed by Dryden.



_DRAMATIS PERSONÆ._

MASTER CARELESS, _a gentleman and a wit_.
MASTER WILD, _a gentleman, nephew to the Widow_.
MASTER JOLLY, _a humorous gentleman, and a courtier_.
CAPTAIN, _a leading wit, full of designs_.
PARSON, _a wit also, but overreached by the Captain and his
    Wanton_.
MASTER CONSTANT, } _two dull suitors to the lady Widow and_
MASTER SAD,      }     _Mistress Pleasant_.
CROP, _the Brownist, a scrivener_.
LADY WILD, _a rich (and somewhat youthful) widow_.
MISTRESS PLEASANT, _a handsome young gentlewoman, of a good
    fortune_.
MISTRESS SECRET, _her (indifferent honest) woman_.
LADY LOVEALL, _an old stallion-hunting widow_.
FAITHFUL, _her (errant honest) woman_.
MISTRESS WANTON, _the Captain's livery punk, married to the
    Parson by confederacy_.


    _Bawds_, _Servants_, _Drawers_, _Fiddlers_.



THE PARSON'S WEDDING.[193]



ACT I., SCENE 1.


    _Enter the_ CAPTAIN _in choler, and_ WANTON.

CAPT. No more; I'll sooner be reconciled to want or sickness than
that rascal: a thing that my charity made sociable; one that when
I smiled would fawn upon me, and wag his stern, like starved
dogs; so nasty, the company cried foh! upon him, he stunk so of
poverty, ale, and bawdry. So poor and despicable, when I relieved
him, he could not avow his calling for want of a cassock, but
stood at corners of streets and whispered gentlemen in the ear as
they passed, and so delivered his wants like a message; which
being done, the rogue vanished, and would dive at Westminster
like a dabchick, and rise again at Temple-gate. The ingenuity of
the rascal, his wit being snuffed by want, burnt clear then, and
furnished him with a bawdy jest or two, to take the company; but
now the rogue shall find he has lost a patron.

WAN. As I live, if I had thought you would have been in such a
fury, you should never have known it.

CAPT. Treacherous rogue! he has always railed against thee to me,
as a danger his friendship ought to give me warning of, and
nightly cried, Yet look back, and hunt not, with good-nature and
the beauties of thy youth, that false woman; but hear thy friend,
that speaks from sad experience.

WAN. Did he say this?

CAPT. Yes, and swears ye are as unsatiate as the sea, as
covetous, and as ungrateful: that you have your tempests too, and
calms more dangerous than it.

WAN. Was the slave so eloquent in his malice?

CAPT. Yes, faith, and urged you (for your part) were never
particular, and seldom sound.

WAN. Not sound! why, he offered to marry me, and swore he thought
I was chaste, I was so particular; and proved it, that consent
was full marriage by the first institution, and those that love
and lie together, and tell, have fulfilled all ceremonies now.

CAPT. Did he offer to marry thee?

WAN. Yes, yes.

CAPT. If ever then I deserved from thee, or if thou be'st dear to
thyself, as thou hast anything thou hop'st shall be safe or sound
about thee, I conjure thee, take my counsel: marry him, to
afflict him.

WAN. Marry him?

CAPT. If I have any power, I shall prevail. Thou know'st he has a
fat benefice, and leave me to plague him till he give it me to be
rid of thee.

WAN. Will you not keep me then?

CAPT. I keep thee! prythee, wilt thou keep me? I know not why men
are such fools to pay: we bring as much to the sport as women.
Keep thee! I'd marry thee as soon; why, _that's wedding sin_: no,
no keeping, I: that you are not your own, is all that prefers you
before wives.

WAN. I hope this is not real.

CAPT. Art thou such a stranger to my humour? why, I tell thee I
should hate thee if I could call thee mine, for I loathe all
women within my knowledge; and 'tis six to four, if I knew thy
sign, I'd come there no more. A strange mistress makes every
night a new; and these are your pleasing sins. I had as lief be
good, as sin by course.

WAN. Then I am miserable.

CAPT. Not so, if you'll be instructed, and let me pass like a
stranger when you meet me.

WAN. But have you these humours?

CAPT. Yes, faith; yet, if you will observe them, though you marry
him, I may perchance be your friend: but you must be sure to be
coy; for to me the hunting is more pleasant than the quarry.[194]

WAN. But, if I observe this, will you be my friend hereafter?

CAPT. Firm as the day. Hark, I hear him [_The_ PARSON _calls
within_.]; I knew he would follow me. I gave him a small touch
that wakened his guilt. Resolve to endear yourself to him, which
you may easily do by taking his part when I have vexed him. No
dispute; resolve it, or, as I live, here I disclaim thee for
ever.

WAN. 'Tis well; something I'll do.

    [_Exit_ WANTON.

CAPT. Open the door, I say, and let me in: your favourite and his
tithes shall come no more here.

    _Enter_ PARSON.

PAR. Yes, but he shall; 'tis not you, nor your braced drum, shall
fright me hence, who can command the souls of men. I have read
divine Seneca: thou know'st nothing but the earthly part, and
canst cry to that, Faces about.[195]

CAPT. Thou read Seneca! thou steal'st his cover to clothe thee,
naked and wicked, that for money wouldst sell the share of the
Twelve, and art allowed by all that know thee fitter to have been
Judas than Judas was, for treachery.

PAR. Rail, do rail, my illiterate captain, that can only abuse by
memory; and should I live till thou couldst read my sentence, I
should never die.

CAPT. No, ungrateful, live till I destroy thee; and, thankless
wretch, did all my care of thee deserve nothing but thy malice
and treacherous speaking darkly still? with thy fine, _No, not
he_, when any malicious discourse was made of me; and by thy
false faint, _No, faith; confess_, in thy denials, whilst thy
smiling excuses stood a greater and more dangerous evidence
against me than my enemies' affidavits could have done.

PAR. I'll lie for never a lean soldier of you all.

CAPT. I have for thee, slave, when I have been wondered at for
keeping company with such a face: but they were such as knew thee
not; all which thy looks deceived, as they did me: they are so
simple, they'd cosen a jury, and a judge that had wit would swear
thou liedst, should thou confess what I know to be true, and
award Bedlam for thee; 'tis so strange and so new a thing to find
so much Rogue lodge at the sign of the Fool.

PAR. Leave this injurious language, or I'll lay off my cassock;
for nothing shall privilege your bragger's tongue to abuse me, a
gentleman, and a soldier ancienter than thyself.

CAPT. Yes, thou wert so: and now I think on't, I'll recount the
cause which, it may be, thou hast forgot, through thy variety of
sins. It was a hue-and-cry that followed thee a scholar, and
found thee a soldier.

PAR. Thou liest: thou and Scandal have but one tongue; hers
dwells with thy coward's teeth.

CAPT. O, do you rage? nay, I'll put the cause in print too: I am
but a scurvy poet, yet I'll make a ballad shall tell how like a
faithful disciple you followed your poor whore till her martyrdom
in the suburbs.

PAR. I'll be revenged for this scandal.

CAPT. Then shall succeed thy flight from the university,
disguised into captain, only the outside was worse buff, and the
inside more atheist than they; furnished with an insolent faith,
uncharitable heart, envious as old women, cruel and bloody as
cowards: thus armed at all points, thou went'st out, threatening
God, and trembling at men.

PAR. I'll be revenged, thou poor man of war, I'll be revenged.

    _Enter_ WANTON.

WAN. And why so bitter? Whose house is this? Who dares tell this
story?

CAPT. Why, sweet, hath he not treacherously broke into our
cabinet, and would have stol'n thee thence? by these hilts, I'll
hang him; and then I can conclude my ballad with _take warning,
all Christian people, by the same_: I will, you lean slave; I'll
prosecute thee, till thou art fain to hide in a servitor's gown
again, and live upon crumbs with the robin redbreasts that haunt
the hall (your old messmates). Do you snarl? I'll do't, I will,
and put thee to fight with the dogs for the bones that but smell
of meat--those that your hungry students have polished with their
teeth.

WAN. If you do this, good captain, lieutenant, and company (for
all your command, I think, is within your reach)--I say, if you
dare do this, I shall sing a song of one that bad stand,[196] and
made a carrier pay a dear rent for a little ground upon his
majesty's highway.

CAPT. How now, Mistress Wanton! what's this? what's this?

PAR. This! 'tis matter for a jury; I'll swear, and positively.
I'll hang thee, I'll do't, by this hand: let me alone to swear
the jury out of doubt.

CAPT. But you are in jest, Mistress Wanton, and will confess (I
hope) this is no truth.

WAN. Yes, sir, as great a truth as that you are in your
unpaid-for scarlet. Fool! didst think I'd quit such a friend and
his staid fortune, to rely upon thy dead pay and hopes of a
second covenant?

CAPT. His fortune! what is't? th' advowson of Tyburn deanery?

PAR. No, nor rents brought in by long staff-speeches, that ask
alms with frowns, till thy looks and speech have laid violent
hands upon men's charity.

WAN. Let him alone; I'll warrant, he'll never be indicted of
drawing anything but his tongue against a man.

CAPT. Very good.

PAR. Dear Mistress Wanton, you have won my heart, and I shall
live to doat upon you for abusing this impetuous captain. Will
you listen to my old suit? will you marry me, and vex him? say,
dare you do't without more dispute?

CAPT. 'Twas a good question; she that dares marry thee, dares do
anything: she may as safely lie with the great bell upon her, and
his clapper is less dangerous than thine.

WAN. Why, I pray?

CAPT. What a miserable condition wilt thou come to? his wife
cannot be an honest woman; and if thou shouldst turn honest,
would it not vex thee to be chaste and poxed[197]--a saint
without a nose? what calendar will admit thee by[198] an
incurable slave that's made of rogue's flesh? consider that.

WAN. Why, that's something yet; thou hast nothing but a few scars
and a little old fame to trust to; and that scarce thatches your
head.

CAPT. Nay, then I see thou art base, and this plot not accident.
And now I do not grudge him thee; go together, 'tis pity to part
you, whore and parson, as consonant----

WAN. As whore and captain.

CAPT. Take her, I'll warrant her a breeder. I'll prophesy she
shall lie with thy whole congregation, and bring an heir to thy
parish; one that thou may'st enclose the common by his title, and
recover it by common law.

PAR. That's more than thy dear dam could do for thee, thou son of
a thousand fathers, all poor soldiers: rogues that ought
mischiefs, no midwives, for their birth. But I cry thee mercy, my
patron has an estate of old iron by his side, with the farm of
old ladies he scrapes a dirty living from.

WAN. He earn from an old lady: hang him, he's only wicked in his
desires; and for adultery he cannot be condemned, though he
should have the vanity to betray himself. God forgive me for
belying him so often as I have done; the weak-chined slave hired
me once to say I was with child by him.

CAPT. This is pretty. Farewell; and may the next pig thou
farrow'st have a promising face, without the dad's fool or
gallows in't, that all may swear, at first sight, that's a
bastard; and it shall go hard, but I'll have it called mine. I
have the way; 'tis but praising thee, and swearing thou art
honest before I am asked: you taught me the trick.

PAR. Next levy I'll preach against thee, and tell them what a
piece you are. Your drum and borrowed scarf shall not prevail;
nor shall you win with charms, half-ell long (hight ferret
riband) the youth of our parish, as you have done.[199]

CAPT. No, lose no time: prythee, study and learn to preach, and
leave railing against the surplice, now thou hast preached
thyself into linen. Adieu, Abigail! adieu, heir-apparent to Sir
Oliver Mar-text! to church, go; I'll send a beadle shall sing
your epithalamium.

PAR. Adieu, my captain of a tame band. I'll tell your old lady
how you abused her breath, and swore you earned your money harder
than those that dig in the mines for't. [_Exit_ CAPTAIN.] A fart
fill thy sail, captain of a galley foist.[200] He's gone: come,
sweet, let's to church immediately, that I may go and take my
revenge: I'll make him wear thin breeches.

WAN. But if you should be such a man as he says you are, what
would my friends say when they hear I have cast myself away?

PAR. He says! hang him, lean, mercenary, provand[201] rogue: I
knew his beginning, when he made the stocks lousy, and swarmed so
with vermin, we were afraid he would have brought that curse
upon the country. He says! but what matters what he says? a rogue
by sire and dam! his father was a broad, fat pedlar, a
what-do-you-lack, sir? that haunted good houses, and stole more
than he bought: his dam was a gipsy, a pilfering, canting Sybil
in her youth, and she suffered in her old age for a witch. Poor
Stromwell, the rogue was a perpetual burthen to her, she carried
him longer at her back than in her belly; he dwelt there, till
she lost him one night in the great frost upon our common, and
there he was found in the morning candied in ice--a pox of their
charity that thawed him! You might smell a rogue then in the bud:
he is now run away from his wife.

WAN. His wife?

PAR. Yes, his wife; why, do you not know he's married according
to the rogues' liturgy? a left-handed bridegroom. I saw him take
the ring from a tinker's dowager.

WAN. Is this possible?

PAR. Yes, most possible, and you shall see how I'll be revenged
on him: I will immediately go seek the ordinance against
reformadoes.

WAN. What ordinance?

PAR. Why, they do so swarm about the town, and are so destructive
to trade and all civil government, that the state has declared no
person shall keep above two colonels and four captains (of what
trade soever) in his family; for now the war is done, broken
breech, woodmonger, ragman, butcher, and linkboy (comrades that
made up the ragged regiment in this holy war), think to return
and be admitted to serve out their times again.

WAN. Your ordinance will not touch the captain, for he is a known
soldier.

PAR. He a captain! an apocryphal modern one, that went convoy
once to Brentford with those troops that conducted the
contribution-puddings in the late holy war, when the city ran mad
after their russet Levites, apron-rogues with horn hands. Hang
him, he's but the sign of a soldier; and I hope to see him hanged
for that commission, when the king comes to his place again.

WAN. You abuse him now he's gone; but----

PAR. Why, dost thou think I fear him? No, wench, I know him too
well for a cowardly slave, that dares as soon eat his fox,[202]
as draw it in earnest: the slave's noted to make a conscience of
nothing but fighting.

WAN. Well, if you be not a good man and a kind husband----

PAR. Thou knowest the proverb, as happy as the parson's wife
during her husband's life.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ MISTRESS PLEASANT, WIDOW WILD, _her aunt, and_
        SECRET, _her woman, above in the music-room, as dressing
        her: a glass, a table, and she in her night-clothes_.

PLEA. Secret, give me the glass, and see who knocks.

WID. Niece, what, shut the door? as I live, this music was meant
to you: I know my nephew's voice.

PLEA. Yes, but you think his friend's has more music in't.

WID. No, faith, I can laugh with him, or so, but he comes no
nearer than my lace.

PLEA. You do well to keep your smock betwixt.

WID. Faith, wench, so wilt thou, and thou be'st wise, from him
and all of them; and, be ruled by me, we'll abuse all the sex,
till they put a true value upon us.

PLEA. But dare you forbid the travelled gentlemen, and abuse them
and your servant, and swear, with me, not to marry in a
twelvemonth, though a lord bait the hook, and hang out the sign
of a court Cupid, whipped by a country widow? then I believe we
may have mirth cheaper than at the price of ourselves, and some
sport with the wits that went to lose themselves in France.

WID. Come, no dissembling, lest I tell your servant, when he
returns, how much you're taken with the last new fashion.

SEC. Madam, 'tis almost noon; will you not dress yourself to-day?

WID. She speaks as if we were boarders; prythee, wench, is not
the dinner our own I sure, my cook shall lay by my own roast till
my stomach be up!

PLEA. But there may be company, and they will say we take too
long time to trim. Secret, give me the flowers my servant sent
me: he sware 'twas the first the wench made of the kind.

WID. But when he shall hear you had music sent you to-day, 'twill
make him appear in his old clothes.

PLEA. Marry, I would he would take exception, he should not want
ill-usage to rid me of his trouble. As I live, custom has made
me so acquainted with him, that I now begin to think him not so
displeasing as at first; and if he fall out with me, I must with
him, to secure myself. Sure, aunt, he must find sense and reason
absent; for when a question knocks at his head, the answer tells
that there is nobody at home. I asked him th' other day if he did
not find a blemish in his understanding, and he sware a great
oath, not he. I told him 'twas very strange, for fool was so
visible an eyesore, that neither birth nor fortune could
reconcile to me.

WID. Faith, methinks his humour is good, and his purse will buy
good company; and I can laugh, and be merry with him sometimes.

PLEA. Why, pray, aunt, take him to yourself, and see how merry we
will be. I can laugh at anybody's fool but mine own.

WID. By my troth, but that I have married one fool already, you
should not have him. Consider, he asks no portion, and yet will
make a great jointure. A fool with these conveniences, a kind,
loving fool, and one that you may govern, makes no ill husband,
niece. There are other arguments, too, to bid a fool welcome,
which you will find without teaching. Think of it, niece: you may
lay out your affection to purchase some dear wit or judgment of
the city, and repent at leisure a good bargain in this fool.

PLEA. Faith, aunt, fools are cheap in the butchery and dear in
the kitchen; they are such unsavoury, insipid things, that there
goes more charge to the sauce than the fool is worth, ere a woman
can confidently serve him, either to her bed or board. Then, if
he be a loving fool, he troubles all the world a-days, and me all
night.

SEC. Friendship-love, madam, has a remedy for that.

PLEA. See if the air of this place has not inclined Secret to be
a bawd already! No, Secret, you get no gowns that way, upon my
word. If I marry, it shall be a gentleman that has wit and
honour, though he has nothing but a sword by his side: such a one
naked is better than a fool with all his trappings, bells, and
baubles.

WID. Why, as I live, he's a handsome fellow, and merry: mine is
such a sad soul, and tells me stories of lovers that died in
despair, and of the lamentable end of their mistresses (according
to the ballad), and thinks to win me by example.

PLEA. Faith, mine talks of nothing but how long he has loved me;
and those that know me not think I am old, and still finds new
causes (as he calls them) for his love. I asked him the other
day, if I changed so fast, or no.

WID. But what think'st thou, Secret? my nephew dances well, and
has a handsome house in the Piazza.

PLEA. Your nephew! not I, as I live; he looks as if he would be
wooed. I'll warrant you, he'll never begin with a woman, till he
has lost the opinion of himself; but since you are so courteous,
I'll speak to his friend, and let him know how you suffer for
him.

WID. Him! marry, God bless all good women from him. Why, he talks
as if the dairymaid and all her cows could not serve his turn.
Then they wear such bawdy breeches, 'twould startle an honest
woman to come in their company, for fear they should break, and
put her to count from the fall of them; for I'll warrant the year
of the Lord would sooner out of her head than such a sight.

PLEA. I am not such an enemy now to his humour as to your
nephew's. He rails against our sex, and thinks, by beating down
the price of a woman, to make us despair of merchants; but if I
had his heartstrings tied on a true-lover's knot, I would so firk
him, till he found physic in a rope.

SEC. He's a scurvy-tongued fellow, I am sure of that; and if I
could have got a staff, I had marked him.

WID. What did he do to thee, Secret?

PLEA. Why, he swore he had a better opinion of her than to think
she had her maidenhead; but if she were that fool, and had
preserved the toy, he swore he would not take the pains of
fetching it, to have it. I confess, I would fain be revenged on
them, because they are so blown up with opinion of their wit.

WID. As I live, my nephew travels still: the sober, honest Ned
Wild will not be at home this month.

PLEA. What say you? will you abuse them and all the rest, and
stand to my first proposition?

WID. Yes, faith, if it be but to bury my servant Sad; for he
cannot last above another fall. And how, think you, will your
servant take it?

PLEA. Mine! O, God help me, mine's a healthy fool. I would he
were subject to pine, and take things unkindly: there were some
hope to be rid of him; for I'll undertake to use him as ill as
anybody.

WID. As I live, I am easily resolved: for if I would marry, I
know neither who nor what humour to choose.

SEC. By my troth, madam, you are hard to please, else the
courtier might have served turn.

WID. Serve turn! Prythee, what haste, Secret, that I should put
myself to bed with one I might make a shift with? When I marry,
thou shalt cry, _Ay marry, madam, this is a husband!_ without
blushing, wench, and none of your so-so husbands. Yet he might
have[203] overcome my aversion, I confess.

PLEA. Overcome! I think so: he might have won a city his way; for
when he saw you were resolved he should not eat with you, he
would set himself down as if he meant to besiege us, and had
vowed never to rise till he had taken us in; and because our sex
forbad force, he meant to do it by famine. Yet you may stay, and
miss a better market; for, hang me, I am of Secret's opinion, he
had but two faults--a handsome fellow, and too soon denied.

WID. 'Tis true, he was a handsome fellow, and a civil, that I
shall report him; for as soon as it was given him to understand I
desired he would come no more, I never saw him since, but by
chance.

PLEA. Why did you forbid him?

WID. There were divers exceptions; but that which angered me then
was, he came with the king's letters patents, as if he had been
to take up a wife for his majesty's use.

PLEA. Alas! was that all? Why, 'tis their way at court, a common
course among them. And was it not one the king had a great care
of? When my mother was alive, I had such a packet from the court:
directed unto me: I bid them pay the post, and make the fellow
drink; which he took as ill as I could wish, and has been ever
since such a friendly enemy----

WID. Nay, as I live, she was for the captain too: his scarf and
feather won her heart.

SEC. Truly, madam, never flatter yourself; for the gentleman did
not like you so well as to put you to the trouble of saying no.

PLEA. Lord, how I hated and dreaded that scarf and buff-coat!

SEC. Why, Mistress Pleasant, a captain is an honourable charge.

WID. Prythee, Secret, name them no more. Colonel and captain,
commissioner, free-quarters, ordnance and contribution. When Buff
utters these words, I tremble and dread the sound: it frights me
still when I do but think on them. Cud's body, they're twigs of
the old rod, wench, that whipped us so lately.

PLEA. Ay, ay, and they were happy days, wench, when the captain
was a lean poor humble thing, and the soldier tame, and durst not
come within the city for fear of a constable and a whipping-post.
They know the penal statutes give no quarter. Then Buff was out
of countenance, and skulked from alehouse to alehouse, and the
city had no militia but the sheriff's men. In those merry days, a
bailiff trod the streets with terror, when all the chains in the
city were rusty but Master Sheriff's; when the people knew no
evil but the constable and his watch. Now every committee has as
much power and as little manners, and examines with as much
ignorance, impertinence, and authority, as a constable in the
king's key.

    [_People talking without._

WID. See who's that so loud?

SEC. The men you talked of, newly come to town.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ JACK CONSTANT, WILL SAD, JOLLY, _and a_ FOOTMAN:
        _they comb their heads and talk_.[204]

JOLLY. Remember our covenants, get them that can all friends; and
be sure to despatch the plot to carry them into the country, lest
the brace of newcome monsieurs get them.

CON. Those flesh-flies! I'll warrant thee from them: yet 'twas
foolishly done of me to put on this gravity. I shall break out,
and return to myself, if you put me to a winter's wooing.

SAD. A little patience does it, and I am content to suffer
anything, till they're out of town. Secret says they think my
pale face proceeds from my love.

JOLLY. Does she? That shall be one hint to advance your designs
and my revenge: for so she be cosened, I care not who does it,
for scorning me, who (by this hand) lov'd her parlously.

FOOT. Sir, what shall I do with the horses?

SAD. Carry them to Brumsted's.

FOOT. What shall I do with your worship's?

JOLLY. Mine? Take him, hamstring him, kill him, anything to make
away with him; lest, having such a conveniency, I be betrayed to
another journey into the country. Gentlemen, you are all welcome
to my country house. Charing Cross, I am glad to see thee, with
all my heart.

CON. What! not reconciled to the country yet?

SAD. He was not long enough there to see the pleasure of it.

JOLLY. Pleasure! what is't called? walking, or hawking, or
shooting at butts?

CON. You found other pleasures, or else the story of the meadow
is no gospel.

JOLLY. Yes, a pox upon the necessity! Here I could as soon have
taken the cow as such a milk-maid.

SAD. The wine and meat's good, and the company.

JOLLY. When, at a Tuesday meeting, the country comes into a match
at two-shillings rubbers, where they conclude at dinner what
shall be done this parliament, railing against the court and
Pope, after the old Elizabeth-way of preaching, till they are
drunk with zeal; and then the old knight of the shire from the
board's end, in his coronation breeches, vies clinches with a
silenced minister--a rogue that railed against the reformation,
merely to be eased of the trouble of preaching.

CON. Nay, as I live, now you are to blame, and wrong him. The
man's a very able man.

JOLLY. You'll be able to say so one day, upon your wife's report.
I would he were gelt, and all that hold his opinion: by this good
day, they get more souls than they save.

SAD. And what think you of the knight's son? I hope he's a fine
gentleman, when his green suit and his blue stockings are on; and
the welcomest thing to Mistress Abigail, but Tib and Tom in the
stock.[205]

JOLLY. Who, Master Jeffrey? Hobbinol the second! By this life,
'tis a very veal, and he licks his nose like one of them. By his
discourse you'd guess he had eaten nothing but hay. I wonder he
doth not go on all four too, and hold up his leg when he stales.
He talks of nothing but the stable. The cobbler's blackbird at
the corner has more discourse. He has not so much as the family
jest which these Corydons use to inherit. I posed him in Booker's
prophecies,[206] till he confessed he had not mastered his
almanac yet.

CON. But what was that you whispered to him in the hall?

JOLLY. Why, the butler and I, by the intercession of Marchbeer,
had newly reconciled him to his dad's old codpiece corslet in the
hall, which, when his zeal was up, he would needs throw down,
because it hung upon a cross.

CON. But what think you of my neighbour? I hope her charity takes
you.

JOLLY. Yes, and her old waiting-woman's devotion: she sighed in
the pew behind me. A Dutch skipper belches not so loud or so
sour. My lady's miserable sinner with the white eyes, she does so
squeeze out her prayers, and so wring out, _Have mercy upon us_.
I warrant her she has a waiting-woman's sting in her conscience.
She looks like a dirty-souled bawd.

CON. Who? is this my Lady Freedom's woman that he describes?

JOLLY. The same, the independent lady. I have promised to send
her a cripple or two by the next carrier. Her subject-husband
would needs show me his house one morning. I never visited such
an hospital: it stank like Bedlam, and all the servants were
carrying poultices, juleps, and glisters, and several remedies
for all diseases but his. The man sighed to see his estate
crumbling away. I counselled him either to give or take an ounce
of ratsbane, to cure his mind.

CON. She is my cousin; but he made such a complaint to me, I
thought he had married the company of Surgeons' Hall: for his
directions to me for several things for his wife's use were
fitter for an apothecary's shop than a lady's closet.

JOLLY. I advised him to settle no jointure but her old stills and
a box of instruments upon her. She hates a man with all his
limbs: a wooden leg, a crutch, and _fistula in ano_, wins her
heart. Her gentleman-usher broke his leg last dogdays merely to
have the honour to have her set it. A foul, rank rogue! and so
full of salt humours, that he posed a whole college of old women
with a gangrene, which spoiled the jest, and his ambling before
my lady, by applying a handsaw to his gart'ring-place; and now
the rogue wears booted bed-staves, and destroys all the young
ashes to make him legs.

SAD. I never saw such a nasty affection: she would ha' done well
in the incurable--a handmaid to have waited on the cripples.

JOLLY. She converses with naked men, and handles all their
members, though never so ill affected, and calls the fornication
charity. All her discourse to me was flat bawdry, which I could
not chide, but spoke as flat as she, till she rebuked me, calling
mine beastliness, and hers natural philosophy. By this day, if I
were to marry, I would as soon have chosen a drawn whore out of
mine own hospital, and cure the sins of her youth, as marry a
she-chirurgeon--one that, for her sins in her first husband's
days, cures all the crimes of her sex in my time. I would have
him call her Chiron, the Centaur's own daughter: a chirurgeon by
sire and dam, Apollo's own colt. She's red-haired too, like that
bonny beast with the golden mane and flaming tail.

SAD. You had a long discourse with her, Jolly: what was't about?

JOLLY. I was advising her to be divorced, and marry the man in
the almanac: 'twould be fine pastime for her to lick him whole.

SAD. By this day, I never saw such a mule as her husband is, to
bear with her madness. The house is a good house, and well
furnished.

JOLLY. Yes; but 'tis such a sight to see great French beds full
of found children, sons of bachelors, priests' heirs, Bridewell
orphans: there they lie by dozens in a bed, like sucking rabbits
in a dish, or a row of pins; and then they keep a whole dairy of
milch-whores to suckle them.

SAD. She is successful; and that spoils her, and makes her deaf
to counsel. I bad him poison two or three, to disgrace her; for
the vanity and pride of their remedies make those women more
diligent than their charity.

JOLLY. I asked him why he married her; and he confessed, if he
had been sound, he had never had her.

CON. He confessed she cured him of three claps before he married
her.

JOLLY. Yes, and I believe some other member (though then
ill-affected) pleaded more than his tongue; and the rogue is like
to find her business still, for he flies at all. My God, I owe
thee thanks for many things; but 'tis not the least I am not her
husband nor a country gentleman, whither, I believe, you cannot
easily seduce me again, unless you can persuade London to stand
in the country. To Hyde Park, or so, I may venture upon your
Lady-fair days, when the filly foals of fifteen come kicking in,
with their manes and tails tied up in ribands, to see their eyes
roll and neigh, when the spring makes their blood prick them: so
far I am with you, by the way of a country gentleman and a
beer-drinker.

SAD. For all this dislike, Master Jolly, your greatest
acquaintance lies amongst country gentlemen.

JOLLY. Ay, at London: there your country gentlemen are good
company; where to be seen with them is a kind of credit. I come
to a mercer's shop in your coach: _Boy, call your master_: he
comes bare; I whisper him, _Do you know the Constants and the
Sads of Norfolk_? _Yes, yes_, he replies, and strokes his beard.
_They are good men_, cry I. _Yes, yes. No more; cut me off three
suits of satin._ He does it, and in the delivery whispers, _Will
these be bound? Pish! drive on, coachman; speak with me
to-morrow._

CON. And what then?

JOLLY. What then? why, come again next day.

SAD. And what if the country gentleman will not be bound?

JOLLY. Then he must fight.

SAD. I would I had known that, before I had signed your bond: I
would have set my sword sooner than my seal to it.

JOLLY. Why, if thou repent, there's no harm done: fight rather
than pay it.

SAD. Why, do you think I dare not fight?

JOLLY. Yes, but I think thou hast more wit than to fight with me;
for if I kill thee, 'tis a fortune to me, and others will sign in
fear: and if thou shouldst kill me, anybody that knows us would
swear 'twere very strange, and cry, There's God's just judgment
now upon that lewd youth, and thou procur'st his hangman's place
at the rate of thy estate.

CON. By this hand, he is in the right; and, for mine, I meant to
pay when I signed. Hang it, never put good fellows to say,
_Prythee, give me a hundred pounds._

SAD. 'Tis true, 'tis a good janty[207] way of begging; yet, for
being killed if I refuse it--would there were no more danger in
the widow's unkindness than in your fighting, I would not
mistrust my design.

JOLLY. Why, ay, there's a point now in nicety of honour. I should
kill you for her, for you know I pretended first; and it may be,
if I had writ sad lines to her, and hid myself in my cloak, and
haunted her coach--it may be in time she would have sought me.
Not I, by this hand, I'll not trouble myself for a wench; and
married widows are but customary authorised wenches.

CON. Being of that opinion, how canst thou think of marrying one?

JOLLY. Why, faith, I know not: I thought to rest me, for I was
run out of breath with pleasure, and grew so acquainted with sin,
I would have been good, for variety: in these thoughts 'twas my
fortune to meet with this widow--handsome, and of a clear fame.

CON. Didst love her?

JOLLY. Yes, faith: I had love, but not to the disease that makes
men sick; and I could have loved her still, but that I was angry
to have her refuse me for a fault I told her of myself; so I went
no more.

SAD. Did she forbid you but once?

JOLLY. Faith, I think I slipped a fair opportunity: a handsome
wench and three thousand pounds _per annum_ in certainty, besides
the possibility of being saved.

CON. Which now you think desperate?

    [WIDOW _and_ PLEASANT _looking out at a window_.

PLEA. That is you: cross or pile, will you have him yet, or no?

WID. Peace! observe them.

JOLLY. Faith, no, I do not despair; but I cannot resolve.

    _Enter_ WILD, CARELESS, _and the_ CAPTAIN, _going in haste;
        he comes in at the middle door_.

WID. Who are those?

CARE. Captain, whither in such haste? What, defeated? Call you
this a retreat, or a flight from your friends?

PLEA. Your nephew, and his governor, and his friend! Here will be
a scene! Sit close, and we may know the secret of their hearts.

WID. They have not met since they returned: I shall love this
bay-window.[208]

CAPT. Prythee, let me go: there's mischief a-broiling; and if
thou shak'st me once more, thou wilt jumble a lie together I have
been hammering this hour.

CARE. A pox upon you! a-studying lies?

CAPT. Why, then they are no lies, but something in the praise of
an old lady's beauty: what do you call that?

JOLLY. Who are those?

    [_They spy each other._

SAD. Is't not the captain and my friend?

    [JOLLY _salutes them; then he goes to the_ CAPTAIN _to
        embrace him: the_ CAPTAIN _stands in a French posture_,[209]
        _and slides from his old way of embracing._

JOLLY. Ned Wild! Tom Careless! what ail'st thou? dost thou scorn
my embraces?

CAPT. I see you have never been abroad, else you would know how
to put a value upon those, whose careful observation brought home
the most exquisite garb and courtship that Paris could sell us.

JOLLY. A pox on this fooling, and leave off ceremony!

CAPT. Why, then, agreed: off with our masks, and let's embrace
like the old knot.

    [_They embrace._

JOLLY. Faith, say where have you spent these three years'
time?--in our neighbour France? or have you ventured o'er the
Alps, to see the seat of the Cæsars?

SAD. And can tell us ignorant (doomed to walk upon our own land),
how large a seat the goddess fixed her flying Trojans in.

CON. Yes, yes, and have seen and drunk (perhaps) of Tiber's
famous stream.

JOLLY. And have been where. Æneas buried his trumpeter and his
nurse. Tom looks as if he had sucked the one, and had a battle
sounded by the other, for joy to see our nation ambitious not to
be understood or known, when they come home.

CAPT. So, now I'm welcome home: this is freedom, and these are
friends, and with these I can be merry; for, gentlemen, you must
give me leave to be free too.

JOLLY. So you will spare us miserable men, condemned to London
and the company of a Michaelmas term, and never travelled those
countries that set mountains on fire a-purpose to light us to our
lodging.

WILD. Why, this is better than to stay at home, and lie by
hearsay, wearing out yourselves and fortunes like your clothes,
to see her that hates you for being so fine; then appearing at a
play, dressed like some part of it, while the company admire the
mercer's and the tailor's work, and swear they have done their
parts to make you fine gentlemen.

CARE. Then leap out of your coach, and throw your cloak over your
shoulder, the casting-nets to catch a widow, while we have seen
the world, and learned her customs.

CAPT. Yes, sir, and returned perfect monsieurs.

SAD. Yes, even to their diseases. I confess my ignorance; I
cannot amble, nor ride like St George at Waltham.[210]

JOLLY. Yet, upon my conscience, he may be as welcome with a trot
as the other with his pace. And faith, Jack (to be a little
free), tell me, dost thou not think thou hadst been as well to
pass here, with that English nose thou carriedst hence, as with
the French tongue thou hast brought home?

    [_The_ CAPTAIN _has a patch over his nose_.

CAPT. It is an accident, and to a soldier 'tis but a scar. 'Tis
true, such a sign upon Master Jolly's face had been as ill as a
_red cross_, and _Lord have mercy upon us_,[211] at his
lodging-door, to have kept women out of court.

JOLLY. For aught you know of the court.

CAPT. I know the court, and thee, and thy use, and how you serve
but as the handsomest movables; a kind of implement above-stairs,
and look much like one of the old court-servants in the hangings.

WILD. But that they move and look fresher, and your apparel more
modern.

CARE. Yes, faith, their office is the same, to adorn the room,
and be gazed on. Alas! he's sad: courage, man, these
riding-clothes will serve thee at the latter day.

CAPT. Which is one of their grievances; for nothing troubles them
more than to think they must appear in a foul winding-sheet, and
come undressed.

JOLLY. Gentlemen, I am glad to find you know the court: we know a
traveller too, especially when he is thus changed and exchanged,
as your worships, both in purse and person, and have brought home
foreign visages and inscriptions.

CON. Why, that's their perfection: their ambition to have it
said: There go those that have profitably observed the vices of
other countries, and made them their own; and the faults of
several nations, at their return, are their parts.

JOLLY. Why, there's Jack Careless--he carried out as good
staple-manners as any was in Suffolk, and now he is returned with
a shrug, and a trick to stand crooked, like a scurvy bow unbent;
and looks as if he would maintain oil and salads against a chine
of beef. I knew a great beast of this kind; it haunted the court
much, and would scarcely allow us (fully reduced to civility) for
serving up mutton in whole joints.

CON. What, silent?

SAD. Faith, the captain is in a study.

JOLLY. Do, do, con the rivers and towns perfectly, captain: thou
may'st become intelligencer to the people, and lie thy two sheets
a week in Corrantos too.

CON. And could you not make friends at court to get their
pictures cut ugly, in the corner of a map, like the old
navigators?

JOLLY. We'll see, we'll see.

    _Enter_ WIDOW _and_ PLEASANT _above_.

WID. I'll interrupt them. Servant, you're welcome to town. How
now, nephew? what, dumb? where are all our travelled tongues?

JOLLY. Servant![212] who doth she mean? by this hand, I disclaim
the title!

PLEA. Captain, Secret has taken notes, and desires you would
instruct her in what concerns a waiting-woman and an old lady.

CAPT. Very good! yet this shall not save your dinner.

WID. Nay, while you are in this humour, I'll not sell your
companies; and though Master Jolly be incensed, I hope he will do
me the favour to dine with me.

JOLLY. Faith, lady, you mistake me if you think I am afraid of a
widow; for I would have the world know I dare meet her anywhere,
but at bed.

    [_Exit_ JOLLY.

WILD. No more, aunt, we'll come: and if you will give us good
meat, we'll bring good humours and good stomachs.

    [WIDOW _shuts the curtain_.

CARE. By this day, I'll not dine there: they take a pleasure to
raise a spirit that they will not lay. I'll to Banks's.

CAPT. A pox forbid it! you shall not break company, now you know
what we are to do after dinner.

CARE. I will consent, upon condition you forbid the spiritual
nonsense the age calls Platonic love.

CAPT. I must away too; but I'll be there at dinner. You will join
in a plot after dinner?

WILD. Anything, good, bad, or indifferent, for a friend and
mirth.

    [_Exeunt all but the_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. I must go and prevent the rogue's mischief with the old
lady.

    [_Exit_ CAPTAIN.



ACT II., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ JOLLY _and the old lady_ LOVEALL.

LOVE. Away, unworthy, false, ungrateful! with what brow dar'st
thou come again into my sight, knowing how unworthy you have
been, and how false to love?

JOLLY. No, 'tis you are unworthy, and deserve not those truths of
love I have paid here; else you would not believe every report
that envy brings, and condemn, without hearing me, whom you have
so often tried and found faithful.

LOVE. Yes, till I, too credulous, had pity on your tears; till I
had mercy, you durst not be false.

JOLLY. Nor am not yet.

LOVE. What dost thou call false? Is there a treachery beyond what
thou hast done? When I had given my fame, my fortune, myself, and
my husband's honour, all in one obligation, a sacrifice to that
passion which thou seem'dst to labour with despair of, to tell
and brag of a conquest o'er a woman, fooled by her passion, and
lost in her love to thee? unworthy----

    [_She turns away her head._

JOLLY. By this day, 'tis as false as he that said it. Hang him,
son of a bachelor! a slave that, envying my fortune in such a
happiness as your love and chaste embraces, took this way to ruin
it. Come, dry your eyes, and let the guilty weep: if I were
guilty, I durst as soon approach a constable drunk, as come here.
You know I am your slave.

LOVE. You swore so, and honour made me leave to triumph over your
miseries.

JOLLY. Do you repent that I am happy? if you do, command my
death.

LOVE. Nay, never weep, or sit sadly: I am friends, so you will
only talk and discourse; for 'tis your company I only covet.

JOLLY. No, you cannot forgive, because you have injur'd me: 'tis
right woman's justice, accuse first; and harder to reconcile when
they are guilty than when they are innocent; or else you would
not turn from me thus.

LOVE. You know your youth hath a strong power over me: turn those
bewitching eyes away; I cannot see them with safety of mine
honour.

JOLLY. Come, you shall not hide your face: there's a charm in it
against those that come burnt with unchaste fires; for let but
your eyes or nose drop upon his heart, it would burn it up, or
quench it straight.

LOVE. No cogging, you have injured me; and now, though my love
plead, I must be deaf; my honour bids me; for you will not fear
again to prove unworthy, when you find I am so easy to forgive.
Why, you will not be uncivil?

    [JOLLY _kisses her, and she shoves him away with her mouth_.

JOLLY. So, the storm is laid! I must have those pearls. She
shoved me away with her mouth! I'll to her again.

    [_Aside._]

LOVE. Where are you? what do you take me for? why, you will not
be uncivil?

    [_Still as he offers to touch her, she starts as if he
        plucked up her coats._

JOLLY. Uncivil! by thy chaste self I cannot, chick: thou hast
such a terror, such a guard in those eyes, I dare not approach
thee, nor can I gaze upon so much fire. Prythee, sirrah, let me
hide me from their power here.

LOVE. You presume upon the weakness of our sex. What shall I say
or do, tyrant love?

JOLLY. There's a charm in those pearls! pull them off: if they
have a frost in them, let me wear them, and then we are both
safe.

LOVE. I would you had taken them sooner! I had then been
innocent, and might with whiteness have worn my love, which I
shall ne'er outlive.

JOLLY. Dear, do not too fast pour in my joys, lest I too soon
reach my heaven.

LOVE. Begone, then, lest we prove (having gained that height)
this sad truth in love, _The first minute after noon is night._

JOLLY. Part now? the gods forbid! take from me first this load of
joys you have thrown upon me, for 'tis a burthen harder to bear
than sadness. I was not born till now; this my first night, in
which I reap true bliss.

LOVE. No, no, I would it had been your first night, then your
falsehood had not given argument for these tears; and I hate
myself to think I should be such a foolish fly thus again to
approach your dangerous flame.

JOLLY. Come, divert these thoughts. I'll go see your closet.

LOVE. No, no, I swear you shall not.

JOLLY. You know I am going out of town for two days.

LOVE. When you return, I'll show it you; you will forget me else
when you are gone, and at court.

JOLLY. Can your love endure delays; or shall business thee from
thence remove? These were your own arguments. Come, you shall
show it me.

LOVE. Nay, then I perceive what unworthy way your love would
find. Ye gods, are all men false?

JOLLY. As I live, you shall. Stay: come, you ought to make me
amends for slandering of me. Hang me, if ever I told; and he that
reports it is the damnedst rogue in a country. Come, I say----

    [_He pulls her bodkin, that is tied in a piece of black
        bobbin._

LOVE. Ah! as I live, I will not, I have sworn. Do not pull me: I
will not be damned, I have sworn.

    [_He pulls her, and says this._

JOLLY. As I live I'll break your bodkin then. A weeping tyrant!
Come, by this good day, you shall be merciful.

LOVE. Why, you will not be uncivil! You will not force me, will
you? As I live, I will not.

JOLLY. Nay, an' you be wilful, I can be stubborn too.

    [_He pulls still._

LOVE. Hang me, I'll call aloud. Why, Nan! Nay, you may force me;
but, as I live, I'll do nothing.

    [_Exeunt ambo._


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. A pox upon you, are you earthed? The rogue has got her
necklace of pearl; but I hope he will leave the rope to hang me
in. How the pox came they so great? I must have some trick to
break his neck, else the young rogue will work me out. 'Tis an
excellent old lady, but I dare not call her so: yet would she
were young enough to bear, we might do some good for our heirs,
by leaving such a charitable brood behind. She's a woman after
the first kind; 'tis but going into her, and you may know her.
Then she'll oblige so readily, and gives with greater thanks than
others receive; takes it so kindly to be courted. I am now to
oblige her (as she calls it) by professing young Wild's love, and
desiring an assurance she's sensible of his sufferings; which
though it be false and beyond my commission, yet the hopes of
such a new young thing, that has the vogue of the town for
handsomest, 'twill so tickle her age, and so blow up her vanity,
to have it said he is in love with her, and so endear her to me
for being the means, that the parson's malice will be able to
take no root. She comes: I must not be seen.

    _Enter_ LOVEALL _and_ JOLLY.

LOVE. Give me that letter; I'll swear you shall not read it.

JOLLY. Take it; I'll away. What time shall I call you? in the
evening? There's a play at court to-night.

LOVE. I would willingly be there, but your ladies are so
censorious and malicious to us young ladies in the town,
especially to me, because the wits are pleased to afford me a
visit or so: I could be content else to be seen at court. Pray,
what humour is the queen of? The captain of her guard I know.

JOLLY. The queen! Who's that knocks at the back-door?

    [_The_ CAPTAIN _knocks_.

LOVE. Smoothe my band; I know not. Go down that way, and look you
be not false; if you should be false, I'll swear I should spoil
myself with weeping.

JOLLY. Farewell! In the evening I'll call you.

    [_Exit_ JOLLY.

LOVE. Who's there? Captain, where have you been all this while? I
might sit alone, I see, for you, if I could not find conversation
in books.

    [_She takes a book in her hand, and sits down._

CAPT. Faith, madam, friends newly come to town engaged me; and my
stay was civility rather than desire. What book's that?

LOVE. I'll swear he was a witch that writ it; for he speaks my
thoughts, as if he had been within me: the original, they say,
was French.

CAPT. O, I know it; 'tis the _Accomplished Woman_:[213] yourself
he means by this, while you are yourself.

LOVE. Indeed, I confess, I am a great friend to conversation, if
we could have it without suspicion; but the world's so apt to
judge, that 'tis a prejudice to our honour now to salute a man.

CAPT. Innocence, madam, is above opinion, and your fame's too
great to be shook with whispers.

LOVE. You are ever civil, and therefore welcome. Pray, what news
is there now in town? for I am reclused here. Unless it be yours,
I receive no visits; and I'll swear, I charged the wench to-day
not to let you in: I wonder she let you come.

CAPT. Faith, madam, if it had been my own business, I should not
have ventured so boldly; but the necessity that forces me to come
concerns my friend, against whom if your mercy be now bounded
with those strict ties of honour and cold thoughts which I have
ever found guard your heart, my friend, a young and handsome man,
is lost, is lost in his prime, and falls like early blossoms. But
methinks you should not prove the envious frost to destroy this
young man, this delicate young man, that has whole bundles of
boys in his breeches: yet if you be cruel, he and they die, as
useless as open-arses[214] gathered green.

    [_She must be earnest in her looks all the time he speaks,
        desirous to know who he speaks of._

LOVE. Good captain, out with the particular. What way can my
charity assist him? You know by experience I cannot be cruel:
remember how I fetched you out of a swoon, and laid you in my own
bed.

CAPT. That act preserved a life that has always been laboured in
your service, and, I dare say, your charity here will find as
fruitful a gratitude.

LOVE. But I hope he will not be so uncivil as you were: I'll
swear I could have hanged you for that rape, if I would have
followed the law; but I forgave you upon condition you would do
so again. But what's this young man you speak of?

CAPT. Such is my love to you and him, that I cannot prefer mine
own particular before your content, else I'd have poisoned him,
ere I'd have brought him to your house.

LOVE. Why, I pray?

CAPT. Because he's young, handsome, and of sound parts: that I am
sure will ruin me here.

LOVE. His love may make all these beauties; else I have an honour
will defend me against him, were he as handsome as young Wild.

CAPT. Why, ay, there it is: that one word has removed all my
fears and jealousies with a despair; for that's the man whose
love, life, and fortune lies at your feet; and, if you were
single, by lawful means he would hope to reach what now he
despairs of.

LOVE. Let him not despair; love is a powerful pleader, and youth
and beauty will assist him; and if his love be noble, I can meet
it, for there's none that sacrifices more to friendship-love than
I.

CAPT. My friend's interest makes me rejoice at this. Dare you
trust me to say this to him, though it be not usual! Pray, speak:
nay, you are so long still a-resolving to be kind! Remember,
charity is as great a virtue as chastity, and greater, if we will
hear nature plead: for the one may make many maids, the other can
but preserve one. But I know you will be persuaded; let it be my
importunity that prevailed. Shall I bring him hither one evening?

LOVE. Why do you plead thus? Pray, be silent, and when you see
him, tell him he has a seat here, and I----

    [_She turns away._

CAPT. Out with it; what is't? Shall he call you mistress, and his
Platonic?

LOVE. Away, away! Me?

CAPT. No niceness; is't a match?

LOVE. Lord, would I were as worthy as willing (pray tell him so):
he shall find me one of the humblest mistresses that ever he was
pleased to honour with his affections.

CAPT. Dare you write this to him, and honour me with bearing it?
I confess I am such a friend to friendship-love too, that I
would even bring him on my back to a midnight's meeting.

LOVE. If you will stay here, I'll go in and write it.

    [_She's going out, he calls her._

CAPT. Madam, I forgot to ask your ladyship one question.

LOVE. What was't?

CAPT. There happened a business last night betwixt Master Wild
and one Jolly, a courtier, that brags extremely of your favour. I
swear, if it had not been for friends that interposed themselves,
there had been mischief, for Master Wild was extreme zealous in
your cause.

LOVE. Such a rascal I know. Villain, to bring my name upon the
stage, for a subject of his quarrels! I'll have him cudgelled.

CAPT. And I'll answer he deserved it; for the quarrel ended in a
bet of a buck-hunting-nag, that some time to-day he would bring a
necklace and chain of pearl of yours (not stol'n, but freely
given) to witness his power.

LOVE. Did the vain rascal promise that?

CAPT. Yes, but we laugh'd at it.

LOVE. So you might; and as I live, if the necklace were come from
stringing, I'd send them both to Master Wild, to wear as a
favour, to assure him I am his, and to put the vain slave out of
countenance.

CAPT. Ay, marry, such a timely favour were worth a dozen letters,
to assure him of your love, and remove all the doubts the other's
discourse may put into his head: and, faith, I'd send him the
chain now, and in my letter promise him the necklace: he'll
deserve such a favour.

LOVE. I'll go in and fetch it immediately: will you favour me to
deliver it?

CAPT. I'll wait upon your ladyship.

LOVE. I'll swear you shall not go in: you know I foreswore being
alone with you.

    [_She goes, and he follows her; she turns, and bids him stay._

CAPT. Hang me, I'll go in. Does my message deserve to wait an
answer at the door.

LOVE. Ay, but you'll be naught.

CAPT. O, ne'er trust me if I break.

LOVE. If you break, some such forfeit you'll lose. Well, come in
for once.

CAPT. You are so suspicious.

LOVE. I'll swear I have reason for't: you are such another man.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ WANTON _and_ BAWD.

WAN. Is he gone?

BAWD. Yes, he's gone to the old lady's, high with mischief.

WAN. Fare him well, easy fool: how the trout strove to be
tickled! And how does this ring become me, ha! They are fine kind
of things, these wedding-rings.

    [_She plays with the wedding-ring upon her finger._

BAWD. Besides the good custom of putting so much gold in
'em,[215] they bring such conveniences along.

WAN. Why, ay; now I have but one to please, and if I please him,
who dares offend me? and that wife's a fool that cannot make her
husband one.

BAWD. Nay, I am absolutely of opinion it was fit for you to
marry. But whether he be a good husband or no----

WAN. A pox of a good husband! give me a wise one; they only make
the secure cuckolds, the cuckold in grain: for dye a husband that
has wit but with an opinion thou art honest, and see who dares
wash the colour out. Now your fool changes with every drop, doats
with confidence in the morning, and at night jealous even to
murder, and his love (Lord help us!) fades like my gredaline
petticoat.[216]

BAWD. This is a new doctrine.

WAN. 'Tis a truth, wench, I have gained from my own observations,
and the paradox will be maintained. Take wise men for cuckolds,
and fools to make them: for your wise man draws eyes and
suspicion with his visit, and begets jealous thoughts in the
husband, that his wife may be overcome with his parts; when the
fool is welcome to both, pleaseth both; laughs with the one, and
lies with the other, and all without suspicion. I tell thee, a
fool that has money is the man. The wits and the we's, which is a
distinct parreal of wit bound by itself, and to be sold at
Wit-hall, or at the sign of the King's-head in the butchery:
these wise things will make twenty jealous, ere one man a
cuckold, when the family of fools will head a parish, ere they
are suspected.

BAWD. Well, I see one may live and learn: and if he be but as
good at it now you are his own, as he was when he was your
friend's friend (as they call it), you have got one of the best
hiders of such a business in the town. Lord, how he would sister
you at a play!

WAN. Faith, 'tis as he is used at first; if he gets the bridle
in's teeth, he'll ride to the devil; but if thou be'st true,
we'll make him amble ere we have done. The plot is here, and if
it thrive I'll alter the proverb, _The parson gets the children_,
to, _The parson fathers them_.

BAWD. Anything that may get rule: I love to wear the breeches.

WAN. So do we all, wench. Empire 'tis all our aim; and I'll put
my ranting Roger in a cage but I'll tame him. He loves already,
which is an excellent ring in a fool's nose, and thou shalt hear
him sing--

      _Happy only is that family that shows
       A cock that's silent, and a hen that crows._

BAWD. Do this, I'll serve you for nothing: the impetuous slave
had wont to taunt me for beating of my husband, and would sing
that song in mockery of me.

WAN. In revenge of which, thou (if thou wilt be faithful) shalt
make him sing,

      _Happy is that family that shows
       A cock that's silent, and a hen that crows._

[_Exeunt._


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ PARSON, LOVEALL, _and_ FAITHFUL.

LOVE. Go, you are a naughty man. Do you come hither to rail
against an honest gentleman? I have heard how you fell out: you
may be ashamed on't, a man of your coat.

PAR. What! to speak truth, and perform my duty? The world cries
out you are a scabbed sheep, and I am come to tar you; that is,
give you notice how your fame suffers i' th' opinion of the
world.

LOVE. My fame, sirrah! 'Tis purer than thy doctrine. Get thee out
of my house.

FAITH. You uncivil fellow, you come hither to tell my lady of her
faults, as if her own Levite could not discern 'em?

LOVE. My own Levite! I hope he's better bred than to tell me of
my faults.

FAITH. He finds work enough to correct his dearly-beloved
sinners.

PAR. And the right worshipful my lady and yourself, they mend at
leisure.

LOVE. You are a saucy fellow, sirrah, to call me sinner in my own
house. Get you gone with your _Madam, I hear_, and _Madam, I
could advise, but I am loth to speak: take heed; the world
talks_;--and thus with dark sentences put my innocence into a
fright, with _You know what you know, good Mistress Faithful_: so
do I, and the world shall know, too, thou hast married a whore.

PAR. Madam, a whore?

FAITH. No, sir, 'tis not so well as a madam-whore; 'tis a poor
whore, a captain's cast whore.

LOVE. Now bless me, marry a whore! I wonder any man can endure
those things. What kind of creatures are they?

PAR. They're like ladies, but that they are handsomer; and though
you take a privilege to injure me, yet I would advise your woman
to tie up her tongue, and not abuse my wife.

LOVE. Fie! art thou not ashamed to call a whore wife? Lord bless
us, what will not these men do when God leaves them? but for a
man of your coat to cast himself away upon a whore! Come, wench,
let's go and leave him! I'll swear[217] 'tis strange the state
doth not provide to have all whores hanged or drowned.

FAITH. Ay, and 'tis time they look into it; for they begin to
spread so, that a man can scarce find an honest woman in a
country. They say they're voted down now; 'twas moved by that
charitable member that got an order to have it but five miles to
Croydon, for ease of the market-women.

LOVE. Ay, ay, 'tis a blessed parliament.

    [_Exeunt_ LOVEALL _and_ FAITHFUL.

PAR. That I have played the fool is visible. This comes of
rashness. Something I must do to set this right, or else she'll
hate, and he'll laugh at me. I must not lose him and my revenge
too. Something that's mischief I am resolved to do.

    [_Exit_ PARSON.


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ WILD _and_ CARELESS.

WILD. Now is the parson's wife so contemptible?

CARE. No; but I'm so full of that resolution to dislike the sex,
that I will allow none honest, none handsome. I tell thee, we
must beat down the price with ourselves; court none of them, but
let their maidenheads and their faces lie upon their hands, till
they're weary of the commodity: then they'll haunt us to find
proper chapmen to deal for their ware.

WILD. I like this, but 'twill be long adoing, and it may be, ere
they be forced to sell, our bank will be exhausted, and we shall
not be able to purchase.

CARE. Ay, but we'll keep a credit, and at three six months thou
and the captain shall be my factors.

WILD. You had best have a partner, else such an undertaking would
break a better back than yours.

CARE. No partners in such commodities: your factor that takes up
maidenheads, 'tis upon his own account still.

WILD. But what course will you take to purchase this trade with
women?

CARE. I am resolved to put on their own silence and modesty,
answer _forsooth_, swear nothing but _God's nigs_, and hold
arguments of their own cold tenets, as if I believed there were
no true love below the line, then sigh when 'tis proper, and with
forced studies betray the enemy who, seeing my eye fixed on her,
her vanity thinks I am lost in admiration, calls and shakes me,
ere I wake out of my design, and being collected, answer out of
purpose, _Love, divinest? yes, who is it that is mortal and does
not? or which amongst all the senate of the gods can gaze upon
those eyes, and carry thence the power he brought?_ This will
start her.

WILD. Yes, and make her think thee mad.

CARE. Why, that's my design; for then I start too, and rub my
eyes as if I waked: then sigh and strangle a yawn, till I have
wrung it into tears, with which I rise as if o'ercome with grief;
then kiss her hands, and let fall those witnesses of faith and
love, bribed for my design. This takes; for who would suspect
such a devil as craft and youth to live together?

WILD. But what kind of women do you think this will take?

CARE. All kind of women. Those that think themselves handsome, it
being probable, conclude it real; and those that are handsome in
their opinion, that small number will believe it, because it
agrees with their wishes.

WILD. And when you are gone, it may be they sigh, and their love
breaks out into paper, and what then?

CARE. What then? why then I'll laugh, and show thee their
letters, and teach the world how easy 'tis to win any woman.

WILD. This is the way: and be sure to dislike all but her you
design for: be scarce civil to any of the sex besides.

CARE. That's my meaning; but to her that I mean my prey, all her
slave: she shall be my deity, and her opinion my religion.

WILD. And while you sad it once to one, I'll talk freer than a
privileged fool, and swear as unreasonably as losing gamesters,
and abuse thee for thinking to reclaim a woman by thy love: call
them all bowls thrown, that will run where they will run, and
lovers like fools run after them, crying, _rub_ and _fly_ for me.
I believe none fair, nor handsome, nor honest, but the kind.

CARE. We must make the captain of our plot, lest he betray us.
This will gain us some revenge upon the lovers to whom I grudge
the wenches, not that I believe they're worth half the cost they
pay for them. And we may talk; but 'tis not our opinion can make
them happier or more miserable.

    _Enter_ JOLLY.

WILD. Jolly! Will, where hast thou been? We had such sport with
the parson of our town: he's married this morning to Wanton.

JOLLY. Who? the captain's wench? he's in a good humour then. As
you love mirth, let's find him: I have news to blow his rage
with, and 'twill be mirth to us to see him divided betwixt the
several causes of his anger, and lose himself in his rage, while
he disputes which is the greater. Your opinion, gentlemen: is
this or his wench the greater loss?

CARE. What hast thou there? pearl![218] they're false, I hope.

    [_Here he pulls out the pearl._

JOLLY. Why do you hope so?

CARE. Because I am thy friend, and would be loth to have thee
hanged for stealing.

JOLLY. I will not swear they are honestly come by: but I'll be
sworn there's neither force nor theft in't.

WILD. Prythee, speak out of riddles: here's none but your
friends.

JOLLY. Faith, take it. You have heard the captain brag of an old
lady, which he thinks he keeps close in a box; but I know where
hangs a key can let a friend in, or so. From her, my brace of
worthies, whose wits are dulled with plenty this morning, with
three good words and four good deeds I earned this toy.

CARE. The mirth yet we will all share. I am in pain till we find
him, that we may vex his wit, that he presumes so much on.

WILD. Let's go, let's go. I will desire him to let me see his
wench: I will not understand him if he says she's gone.

CARE. I'll beg of him, for old acquaintance' sake, to let me see
his old lady.

JOLLY. Hark! I hear his voice.----

CAPT. [_Within._] Which way?

CARE. The game plays itself. Begin with him, Ned, while we talk
as if we were busy: we'll take our cue.

WILD. When I put off my hat.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. 'Sblood, I thought you had been sunk: I have been hunting
you these four hours. Death! you might ha' left word where you
went, and not put me to hunt like Tom Fool. 'Tis well you are at
London, where you know the way home.

WILD. Why in choler? We have been all this while searching you.
Come, this is put on to divert me from claiming your promise. I
must see the wench.

CAPT. You cannot, adad: adad, you cannot.

WILD. I did not think you would have refused such a kindness.

CARE. What's that?

WILD. Nothing, a toy. He refuses to show me his wench!

CARE. The devil he does! What! have we been thus long comrades,
and had all things in common, and must we now come to have common
wenches particular? I say, thou shalt see her, and lie with her
too, if thou wilt.

JOLLY. What! in thy dumps, brother? Call to thy aid two-edged
wit. The captain sad! 'tis prophetic: I'd as lieve[219] have
dreamt of pearl, or the loss of my teeth: yet if he be musty,
I'll warrant thee, Ned, I'll help thee to a bout. I know his
cloak, his long cloak that hides her: I am acquainted with the
parson: he shall befriend thee.

CAPT. 'Tis very well, gentlemen; but none of you have seen her
yet?

WILD. Yes, but we have, by thyself--by thy anger, which is now
bigger than thou. By chance we crossed her coming from church,
leading in her hand the parson, to whom she swore she was this
day married.

JOLLY. And our friendships were now guiding us to find thee out,
to comfort thee after the treachery of thy Levite.

CARE. Come, bear it like a man; there are more wenches. What hast
thou spied?

    [_He gives no answer, but peeps under_ Jolly's _hat_.

WILD. His pearl, I believe.

CAPT. Gentlemen, I see you are merry: I'll leave you. I must go a
little way to inquire about a business.

WILD. H' has got a sore eye, I think.

CAPT. I will only ask one question, and return.

CARE. No, faith, stay, and be satisfied.

JOLLY. Do, good brother; for I believe there is no question that
you now would ask, but here's an oracle can resolve you.

CAPT. Are those pearl true?

JOLLY. Yes.

CAPT. And did not you steal them?

JOLLY. No.

CARE. Nor he did not buy them with ready money, but took them
upon mortgage of himself to an old lady.

JOLLY. Dwelling at the sign of the Buck in Broad Street. Are you
satisfied, or must I play the oracle still?

CAPT. No, no; I am satisfied.

JOLLY. Like jealous men that take their wives at it, are you not?

CAPT. Well, very well: 'tis visible I am abused on all hands.
But, gentlemen, why all against me?

CARE. To let you see your wit's mortal, and not proof against
all.

WILD. The parson hath shot it through with a jest.

CAPT. Gentlemen, which of you, faith, had a hand in that?

JOLLY. Faith, none; only a general joy to find the captain
overreached.

CAPT. But, do you go sharers in the profit as well as in the
jest?

JOLLY. No, faith, the toy's mine own.

CAPT. They are very fine, and you may afford a good pennyworth.
Will you sell them?

JOLLY. Sell them! ay, where's a chapman?

CAPT. Here; I'll purchase them.

JOLLY. Thou! no, no, I have barred thee, bye and main,[220] for I
am resolved not to fight for them: that excludes thy purchase by
the sword; and thy wench has proved such a loss, in thy last
adventure of wit, that I'm afraid it will spoil thy credit that
way too.

CAPT. Gentlemen, as a friend, let me have the refusal: set your
price.

WILD. He's serious.

CARE. Leave fooling.

JOLLY. Why, if thou couldst buy them, what wouldst thou do with
them?

CAPT. They're very fair ones; let me see them: methinks they
should match very well with these?

JOLLY. These! which?

OMNES. Which?

CARE. They are true.

CAPT. Yes, but not earned with a pair of stol'n verses, of, _I
was not born till now, This my first night, And so forsooth_; nor
given as a charm against lust.

CARE. What means all this?

JOLLY. What! why, 'tis truth, and it means to shame the devil. By
this good day, he repeats the same words with which I gathered
these pearls.

WILD. Why, then, we have two to laugh at.

CARE. And all friends hereafter. Let's fool all together.

CAPT. Gentlemen with the fine wits, and my very good friends, do
you, or you, or he, think I'll keep you company to make you
laugh, but that I draw my honey from you too?

CARE. Come, come, the captain's in the right.

CAPT. Yes, yes, the captain knows it, and dares tell you your
wit, your fortune, and his face, are but my ploughs; and I would
have my fine monsieur know, who, in spite of my counsel, will be
finer than his mistress, and appears before her so curiously
built, she dares not play with him for fear of spoiling him: and
to let him know the truth I speak, to his fair hands I present
this letter, but withal give him to understand the contents
belong to me.

    [_He reads the letter._

WILD. The pearl are sent to me.

CAPT. I deny that, unless you prove you sent me: for the letter
begins, "Sir, this noble gentleman, the bearer, whom you are
pleased to make the messenger of your love," and so forth. And
now you should do well to inquire for that noble gentleman, and
take an account of him how he has laid out your love; and it may
be, he'll return you pearl for it. And now, gentlemen, I dare
propose a peace, at least a cessation of wit (but what is
defensive) till such time as the plot which is now in my head be
effected, in which you have all your shares.

WILD. So she knows I have not the pearl, I am content.

CAPT. She'll quickly find that, when she sees you come not
to-night according to my appointment, and hears I have sold the
pearl.

JOLLY. Here then ceaseth our offensive war.

CAPT. I'll give you counsel worth two ropes of pearl.

CARE. But the wench--how came the parson to get her?

CAPT. Faith, 'tis hard to say which laboured most, he or I, to
make that match; but the knave did well. There it is, if you
assist, I mean to lay the scene of your mirth to-night; for I am
not yet fully revenged upon the rogue: for that I know him
miserable, is nothing, till he believe so too. Wanton and I have
laid the plot.

JOLLY. Do you hold correspondence?

CAPT. Correspondence! I tell thee, the plots we laid to draw him
on would make a comedy.

    _Enter a_ SERVANT.

SER. Sir, the ladies stay dinner.

JOLLY. And as we go, I'll tell you all the story, and after
dinner be free from all engagements, as we promised thee; and,
follow but our[221] directions, I'll warrant you mirth and a
pretty wench.

OMNES. Agreed; anything that breeds mirth is welcome.

JOLLY. Not a word at the widow's: let them go on quietly, and
steal their wedding too.

CAPT. I heard a bird sing, as if it were concluded amongst the
couples.

WILD. They have been long about: my coz is a girl deserves more
haste to her bed. He has arrived there by carrier's journeys.

CARE. But that I hate wooing, by this good day, I like your aunt
so well and her humour, she should scarce be thrown away upon
pale-face, that has sighed her into a wedding-ring, and will but
double her jointure.

CAPT. Why, ay, thus it should be. Pray let us make them the seat
of the war all dinner, and continue united and true among
ourselves; then we may defy all foreign danger.

Jolly. And with full bowls let us crown this peace, and sing,
_Wit without war no mirth doth bring._

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE VI.

    _Enter_ PARSON _and_ WANTON.

WAN. Was she deaf to your report?

PAR. Yes, yes.

    [_The_ PARSON _walks troubled up and down_.

WAN. And Ugly, her Abigail, she had her say too?

PAR. Yes, yes.

WAN. And do you walk here, biting your nails? do you think I'll
be satisfied with such a way of righting me?

PAR. What wouldst have me do?

WAN. Have you no gall? be abused and laughed at by a dull
captain, that a strict muster would turn fool! You had wit, and
could rail when I offended you; and none so sudden, none so
terrible, none so sure in his revenge, when I displease you.

PAR. Something I'll do.

WAN. Do it, then, or I shall curse that e'er I saw you. Death!
let the sign of my lady, an out-of-fashion whore, that has paid
for sin ever since yellow starch[222] and wheel fardingales were
cried down, let her abuse me, and say nothing: if this passes----

PAR. As Christ bless me, but I did, sweet heart; and if it were
not church livings are mortal, and they are always hitting me in
the teeth with a man of my[223] coat, she should find I am no
churchman within, nor Master Parson but in my coat. Come to
dinner, and after dinner I'll do something.

WAN. I shall do something will vex somebody.

    _Enter_ BAWD.

BAWD. Will you please to come to dinner? the company stays.

PAR. Come, let's go in.

WAN. No, I must walk a little to digest this breakfast; the
guests else will wonder to see I am troubled.

PAR. Come, let this day pass in mirth, spite of mischief, for
luck's sake.

    [_Exit_ PARSON.

WAN. I'll follow you, and do what I can to be merry.

BAWD. Why, he stands already.

WAN. Peace, let me alone: I'll make him jostle like the miller's
mare, and stand like the dun cow, till thou may'st milk him.

BAWD. Pray break him of his miserableness; it is one of the chief
exceptions I have against him. He reared a puppy once, till it
was ten days old, with three hap'worth of milk, and then with his
own dagger slew it, and made me dress it: blessed myself to see
him eat it, and he bid me beg the litter, and swore it was
sweeter and wholesomer than sucking rabbits or London pigs, which
he called Bellmen's issue.

PAR. [_Within._] Why, sweet heart!

WAN. Hark! he calls me. We must humour him a little, he'll rebel
else.


SCENE VII.

    _Enter (at the windows) the_ WIDOW _and_ MASTER CARELESS,
        MISTRESS PLEASANT _and_ MASTER WILD, CAPTAIN, MASTER SAD,
        CONSTANT, JOLLY, SECRET: _a table and knives ready for
        oysters_.

WID. You're welcome all, but especially Master Jolly. No reply
with, _I thank your ladyship_.

PLEA. I beseech you, sir, let us never be better acquainted?

    [_She speaks to_ MASTER JOLLY.

JOLLY. I shall endeavour, lady, and fail in nothing that is in my
power to disoblige you; for there is none more ambitious of your
ill opinion than I.

PLEA. I rejoice at it; for the less love, the better welcome
still.

WID. And as ever you had an ounce of love for the widow, be not
friends among yourselves.

WILD. Aunt, though we were at strife when we were alone, yet now
we unite like a politic state against the common enemy.

PLEA. The common enemy! what is that?

WILD. Women, and lovers in general.

WID. Nay, then we have a party, niece: claim quickly, now is the
time, according to the proverb, keep a thing seven years, and
then if thou hast no use on't, throw't away.

PLEA. Agreed, let's challenge our servants: by the love they have
professed, they cannot in honour refuse to join with us. And see
where they come!

    _Enter_ SAD _and_ CONSTANT, _and meet_ SECRET; _she whispers
        this to_ SAD.

SEC. Sir, 'tis done.

SAD. Be secret and grave, I'll warrant our design will take as we
can wish.

CON. Sweet Mistress Pleasant!

WID. Servant Sad.

SAD. Madam.

WID. We are threatened to have a war waged against us: will you
not second us?

SAD. With these youths we'll do enough, madam.

WID. I'll swear my servant gave hit for hit this morning, as if
he had been a master in the noble science of wit.

PLEA. Mine laid about him with spick and span[224] new arguments,
not like the same man: his old sayings and precedents laid by.

WID. Thus armed, then, we'll stand and defy them.

WILD. Where's your points? sure, aunt, this should be your
wedding-day, for you have taken the man for better for worse.

WID. No, nephew, this will not prove the day, that we shall
either give or take a ring.

CARE. Hang me, if I know you can go back again with your honour.

WILD. Or in justice refuse him liberty that has served out his
time: either marry him, or provide for him, for he is maimed in
your service.

WID. Why, servant Sad, you'll arm? my nephew has thrown the first
dart at you.

CAPT. Hast hit, hast hit?

WILD. No, captain; 'twas too wide.

CAPT. Too wide! marry, he's an ill marksman that shoots wider
than a widow.

JOLLY. We are both in one hole, captain; but I was loth to
venture my opinion, lest her ladyship should think I was angry,
for I have a good mind to fall upon the widow.

PLEA. You're a constant man, Master Jolly; you have been in that
mind this twelvemonth's day.

CON. You are in the right, madam; she has it to show under his
hand, but she will not come in the list with him again: she threw
him the last year.

WID. Come, shall we eat oysters? Who's there? Call for some wine.
Master Jolly, you are not warm yet. Pray, be free, you are at
home.

JOLLY. Your ladyship is merry.

WID. You do not take it ill to have me assure you, you are at
home here?

WILD. Such another invitation (though in jest) will take away
Master Sad's stomach.

    [_Oysters not brought in yet._

SAD. No, faith, Ned, though she should take him, it will not take
away my stomach: my love is so fixed, I may wish my wishes, but
she shall never want them to wait upon hers.

PLEA. A traitor! bind him! has pulled down a side. Profess your
love thus public?

JOLLY. Ay, by my faith, continue, Master Sad, [to] give it out
you love; and call it a new love, a love never seen before; we'll
all come to it as your friends.

SAD. Gentlemen, still I love: and if she to whom I thus sacrifice
will not reward it, yet the worst malice can say is, I was
unfortunate; and misfortune, not falsehood, made me so.

JOLLY. In what chapter shall we find this written, and what
verse? you should preach with a method, Master Sad.

WID. Gentlemen, if ever he spoke so much dangerous sense before
(either of love or reason), hang me.

SAD. Madam, my love is no news, where you are: know, your scorn
has made it public; and though it could gain no return from you,
yet others have esteemed me for the faith and constancy I have
paid here.

PLEA. Did not I foretell you of his love? I foresaw this danger.
Shall I never live to see wit and love dwell together?

CAPT. I am but a poor soldier, and yet never reached to the
honour of being a lover; yet from my own observations, Master
Sad, take a truth: 'tis a folly to believe any woman loves a man
for being constant to another; they dissemble their hearts only,
and hate a man in love worse than a wencher.

JOLLY. And they have reason; for if they have the grace to be
kind, he that loves the sex may be theirs.

CARE. When your constant lover, if a woman have a mind to him,
and be blessed with so much grace to discover it, he, out of the
noble mistake of honour hates her for it, and tells it perchance,
and preaches reason to her passion, and cries: Miserable beauty,
to be so unfortunate as to inhabit in so much frailty!

CAPT. This counsel makes her hate him more than she loved before.
These are troubles those that love are subject to; while we look
on and laugh, to see both thus slaved, while we are free.

CARE. My prayers still shall be, Lord deliver me from love.

CAPT. 'Tis plague, pestilence, famine, sword, and sometimes
sudden death.

SAD. Yet I love, I must love, I will love, and I do love.

CAPT. In the present tense.

WID. No more of this argument, for love's sake.

CAPT. By any means, madam, give him leave to love: and you are
resolved to walk tied up in your own arms, with your love as
visible in your face as your mistress's colours in your hat; that
any porter at Charing Cross may take you like a letter at the
carrier's, and having read the superscription, deliver Master Sad
to the fair hands of Mistress or My Lady Such-a-one, lying at the
sign of the Hard Heart.

PLEA. And she, if she has wit (as I believe she hath), will
scarce pay the post for the packet.

WID. Treason! how now, niece? join with the enemy?

    [_They give the_ CAPTAIN _wine_.

CAPT. A health, Ned: what shall I call it?

CARE. To Master Sad! he needs it that avows himself a lover.

SAD. Gentlemen, you have the advantage, the time, the place, the
company; but we may meet when your wits shall not have such
advantage as my love.

PLEA. No more of love, I am so sick on't.

CON. By your pardon, mistress, I must not leave love thus
unguarded: I vow myself his follower.

JOLLY. Much good may love do him. Give me a glass of wine here.
Will, let them keep company with the blind boy. Give us his
mother, and let them preach again: Hear that will, he has good
luck persuades me 'tis an ugly sin to lie with a handsome woman.

CAPT. A pox upon your nurse; she frighted me so, when I was
young, with stories of the devil, I was almost fourteen ere I
could prevail with reasons to unbind my reason, it was so slaved
to faith and conscience. She made me believe wine was an evil
spirit, and fornication, like the whore of Babylon, a fine face,
but a dragon under her petticoats, and that made me have a mind
to peep under all I met since.

WID. Fie, fie! for shame, do not talk so: are you not ashamed to
glory in sin, as if variety of women were none?

JOLLY. Madam, we do not glory in fornication; and yet I thank
God, I cannot live without a woman.

CAPT. Why, does your ladyship think it a sin to lie with variety
of handsome women? If it be, would I were the wicked'st man in
the company.

PLEA. You have been marked for an indifferent sinner that way,
captain.

CAPT. Who, I? no, faith, I was a fool; but, and I were to begin
again, I would not do as I have done. I kept one, but if ever I
keep another, hang me; nor would I advise any friend of mine to
do it.

JOLLY. Why, I am sure 'tis a provident and safe way: a man may
always be provided and sound.

PLEA. Fie upon this discourse!

CAPT. Those considerations betrayed me: a pox! it is a dull sin
to travel, like a carrier's horse, always one road.

WID. Fie, captain! repent for shame, and marry.

CAPT. Your ladyship would have said, marry and repent: no, though
it be not the greatest pleasure, yet it is better than marrying;
for when I am weary of her, my inconstancy is termed virtue, and
I shall be said to turn to grace. Beware of women for better, for
worse; for our wicked nature, when her sport is lawful, cloys
straight: therefore, rather than marry, keep a wench.

JOLLY. Faith, he's in the right; for 'tis the same thing in
number and kind, and then the sport is quickened, and made
poignant with sin.

CAPT. Yet 'tis a fault, faith, and I'll persuade all my friends
from it; especially here, where any innovation is dangerous.
'Twas the newness of the sin that made me suffer in the opinion
of my friends, and I was condemned by all sorts of people; not
that I sinned, but that I sinned no more.

CARE. Why, ay, hadst thou been wicked in fashion, and privily
lain with everybody, their guilt would have made them protect
thee: so that to be more wicked is to be innocent, at least safe.
A wicked world, Lord help us!

CAPT. But being particular to her, and not in love, nor subject
to it: taking an antidote every morning, before I venture into
those infectious places where love and beauty dwell; this enraged
the maiden beauties of the time, who thought it a prejudice to
their beauties to see me careless, and securely pass by their
conquering eyes, my name being found amongst none of those that
decked their triumphs. But from this 'tis easy to be safe; for
their pride will not let them love, nor my leisure me. Then the
old ladies that pay for their pleasures,--they, upon the news,
beheld me with their natural frowns, despairing when their money
could not prevail; and hated me when they heard that I for my
pleasure would pay as large as they.

JOLLY. Gentlemen, take warning: a fee from every man; for by this
day, there's strange counsel in this confession.

WILD. Captain, you forgot to pledge Master Careless! Here, will
you not drink a cup of wine? Who's there? Bring the oysters.

CAPT. Yes, madam, if you please.

WILD. Proceed, captain.

PLEA. Fie, Master Wild! are you not ashamed to encourage him to
this filthy discourse?

CAPT. A glass of wine then, and I'll drink to all the new-married
wives that grieve to think at what rate their fathers purchase a
little husband. These, when they lie thirsting for the thing they
paid so dear for----

    _Enter a_ SERVANT _with oysters_.

CARE. These, methinks, should be thy friends, and point thee out
as a man for them.

CAPT. Yes, till the faithful nurse cries; Alas, madam! he keeps
such a one, he has enough at home. Then she swells with envy and
rage against us both; calls my mistress ugly, common, unsafe, and
me a weak secure fool.

JOLLY. These are strange truths, madam.

WID. Ay, ay; but those oysters are a better jest.

CAPT. But she's abused that will let such reason tame her desire,
and a fool in love's-school; else she would not be ignorant that
variety is such a friend to love, that he which rises a sunk
coward from the lady's bed, would find new fires at her maid's:
nor ever yet did the man want fire, if the woman would bring the
fuel.

PLEA. For God's sake, leave this discourse.

WID. The captain has a mind we should eat no oysters.

WILD. Aunt, we came to be merry, and we will be merry, and you
shall stay it out. Proceed, captain.

WID. Fie, captain, I am ashamed to hear you talk thus: marry, and
then you'll have a better opinion of women.

CAPT. Marry! yes, this knowledge will invite me: it is a good
encouragement, is it not, think you? What is your opinion? Were
not these marriages made in heaven? By this good day, all the
world is mad, and makes haste to be fooled, but we four: and I
hope there's none of us believes there has any marriages been
made in heaven since Adam.

JOLLY. By my faith, 'tis thought the devil gave the ring there
too.

WID. Nephew, I'll swear I'll be gone.

CAPT. Hold her, Ned [_He points at_ SAD], she goes not yet;
there's a fourth kind of women that concerns her more than all
the rest--_ecce signum_! She is one of those who, clothed in
purple, triumph over their dead husbands; these will be catched
at first sight, and at first sight must be caught. 'Tis a bird
that must be shot flying, for they never sit. If a man delay,
they cool, and fall into considerations of jointure and friends'
opinion; in which time, if she hears thou keep'st a wench, thou
hadst better be a beggar in her opinion; for then her pride, it
may be, would betray her to the vanity of setting up a proper man
(as they call it); but for a wencher no argument prevails with
your widow; for she believes they have spent too much that way to
be able to pay her due benevolence.

WID. As I live, I'll be gone, if you speak one word more of this
uncivil subject.

JOLLY. Captain, let me kiss thy cheek for that, widow. You
understand this, widow? I say no more. Here, captain, here's to
thee! As it goes down, a pox of care!

WID. Jesus! Master Jolly, have you no observations of the court,
that are so affected with this of the town.

CON. Faith, they say, there's good sport there sometimes.

PLEA. Master Jolly is afraid to let us partake of his knowledge.

JOLLY. No, faith, madam.

CAPT. By this drink, if he stay till I have eaten a few more,
I'll describe it.

JOLLY. What should I say? 'Tis certain the court is the bravest
place in the kingdom for sport, if it were well looked to, and
the game preserved fair; but, as 'tis, a man may sooner make a
set in the Strand; and it will never be better whilst your divine
lovers[225] inhabit there.

CARE. Let the king make me master of the game.[226]

CAPT. And admit us laity-lovers.

JOLLY. I would he would; for, as 'tis, there's no hopes amongst
the ladies: besides, 'tis such an example to see a king and queen
good husband and wife, that to be kind will grow out of fashion.

CAPT. Nay, that's not all; for the women grow malicious because
they are not courted: nay, they bred all the last mischiefs, and
called the king's chastity a neglect of them.

JOLLY. Thou art in the right. An Edward or a Harry, with seven
queens in buckram, that haught[227] among the men, and stroked
the women, are the monarchs they wish to bow to; they love no
tame princes, but lions in the forest!

CAPT. Why, and those were properly called the fathers of their
people, that were indeed akin to their nobility: now they wear
out their youth and beauty, without hope of a monumental ballad,
or trophy of a libel that shall hereafter point at such a lord,
and cry, that is the royal son of such a one!

JOLLY. And these were the ways that made them powerful at home:
for the city is a kind of tame beast; you may lead her by the
horns any whither, if you but tickle them in the ear sometimes.
Queen Bess, of famous memory, had the trick on't; and I have
heard them say, in eighty-eight, ere I was born, as well as I can
remember, she rode to Tilbury on that bonny beast, the mayor.

CAPT. I would I might counsel him, I'd so reform the court.

CARE. Never too soon; for now, when a stranger comes in, and
spies a covey of beauties would make a falconer unhood, before
he can draw his leash, he is warned that's a marked partridge;
and that and every he has by their example a particular she.

WILD. By this light, the six fair maids stand like the
working-days in the almanac; one with A scored upon her breast,
that is as much as to say, I belong to such a lord; the next with
B, for an elder brother; C, for such a knight; D, possessed with
melancholy, and at her breast you may knock an hour ere you get
an answer, and then she'll tell you there's no lodging there; she
has a constant fellow-courtier that has taken up all her heart to
his own use: in short, all are disposed of but the good mother,
and she comes in like the Sabbath at the week's end; and I
warrant her to make any one rest that comes at her.

CARE. Ay, marry, if she were like the Jews' Sabbath, it were
somewhat; but this looks like a broken commandment, that has had
more work done upon her than all the week besides.

CAPT. And what think you--is not this finely carried? you, that
are about the king, counsel him, if he will have his sport fair,
he must let the game be free, as it has been in former ages. Then
a stranger that has wit, good means, and handsome clothes, no
sooner enters the privy chamber, and beats about with three
graceful legs,[228] but he springs a mistress that danced as well
as he, sung better: as free as fair. Those at first sight could
speak, for wit is always acquainted: these fools must be akin,
ere they can speak. And now friends make the bargain, and they go
to bed, ere they know why.

JOLLY. Faith, he's in the right: you shall have a buzzard now
hover and beat after a pretty wench, till she is so weary of him
she's forced to take her bed for covert, and find less danger in
being trussed than in flying.

CAPT. And what becomes of all this pudder?[229] after he has made
them sport for one night, to see him touze the quarry, he carries
her into the country; and there they two fly at one another till
they are weary.

CARE. And all this mischief comes of love and constancy. We shall
never see better days till there be an act of parliament against
it, enjoining husbands not to till their wives, but change and
lay them fallow.

JOLLY. A pox, the women will never consent to it: they'll be
tilled to death first.

WILD. Gentlemen, you are very bold with the sex.

CAPT. Faith, madam, it is our care of them. Why, you see they are
married at fourteen, yield a crop and a half, and then die: 'tis
merely their love that destroys 'em; for if they get a good
husbandman, the poor things yield their very hearts.

PLEA. And do you blame their loves, gentlemen?

JOLLY. No, not their love, but their discretion; let them love,
and do, a God's name, but let them do with discretion.

WILD. But how will you amend this?

JOLLY. Instead of two beds and a physician, I'd have the state
prescribe two wives and a mistress.

WILD. Ho! it will never be granted: the state is made up of old
men, and they find work enough with one.

JOLLY. We will petition the lower house; there are young men, and
(if it were but to be factious) would pass it, if they thought
the upper house would cross it; besides, they ought to do it.
Death! they provide against cutting down old trees, and
preserving highways and post-horses, and let pretty wenches run
to decay.

CARE. Why may it not come within the statute of depopulation? As
I live, the state ought to take care of those pretty creatures.
Be you judge, madam: is't not a sad sight to see a rich young
beauty, with all her innocence and blossoms on, subject to some
rough rude fellow, that ploughs her, and esteems and uses her as
a chattel, till she is so lean, a man may find as good grass upon
the common, where it may be she'll sit coughing with sunk eyes,
so weak that a boy (with a dog) that can but whistle, may keep a
score of them?

WID. You are strangely charitable to our sex on a sudden!

CAPT. I know not what they are; but, for my part, I'll be a
traitor, ere I'll look on and see beauty go thus to wreck. It is
enough custom has made us suffer them to be enclosed. I am sure
they were created common, and for the use of man, and not
intended to be subject to jealousy and choler, or to be bought or
sold, or let for term of lives or years, as they are now, or else
sold at outcries:[230] _Oh yes! who'll give most, take her._

WID. Why do not some of you excellent men marry, and mend all
these errors by your good example?

JOLLY. Because we want fortunes to buy rich wives or keep poor
ones, and be loth to get beggars or whores, as well as I love
'em.

PLEA. Why, are all their children so that have no fortune, think
you?

JOLLY. No, not all: I have heard of Whittington and his Cat,[231]
and others, that have made fortunes by strange means, but I
scarce believe my son would rise from _Hop, a halfpenny and a
lamb's-skin_;[232] and the wenches, commonly having more wit and
beauty than money, foreseeing small portions, grow sad and read
romances, till their wit spy some unfortunate merit like their
own, without money too; and they two sigh after one another till
they grow mysterious in colours, and become a proverb for their
constancy: and when their love has worn out the cause, marry in
the end a new couple; then, grown ashamed of the knowledge they
so long hunted, at length part by consent, and vanish into
Abigail and governor.

WID. Well, gentlemen, excuse me for this one time; and if ever I
invite you to dinner again, punish me with such another
discourse. In the meantime, let's go in and dine; meat stays for
us.

CAPT.[233] Faith, madam, we were resolved to be merry: we have
not met these three years till to-day, and at the Bear we meant
to have dined; and since your ladyship would have our company,
you must pardon our humour. Here, Master[234] Sad, here's the
widow's health to you.

    [_Exeunt omnes._



ACT III., SCENE 1.


    _Enter all from dinner._

WID. Nephew, how do you dispose of yourself this afternoon?

WILD. We have a design we must pursue, which will rid you of all
this troublesome company; and we'll make no excuse, because you
peeped into our privacies to-day.

CARE. Your humble servant, ladies; gentlemen, we'll leave you to
pursue your fortunes.

    [_Exit_ CARELESS.

JOLLY. Farewell, widow: may'st thou live unmarried till thou
run'st away with thyself.

    [_Exit_ JOLLY.

CAPT. No, no, when that day comes, command the humblest of your
servants.

    [_Exit_ CAPTAIN.

WILD. Farewell, aunt: sweet Mistress Pleasant, I wish you good
fortune.

    [_Exit_ WILD.

WID. Farewell, farewell, gentlemen. Niece, now, if we could be
rid of these troublesome lovers too, we would go see a play.

    [_Aside._

PLEA. Rid of them! why, they are but now in season. As I live, I
would do as little to give mine content as any she in town, and
yet I do not grudge him the happiness of carrying me to a play.

WID. Ay, but the world will talk, because they pretend; and then
we shall be sure to meet my nephew there and his wild company,
and they will laugh to see us together.

PLEA. Who will you have, Tim the butler or Formal your
gentleman-usher? I would take Philip, the foreman of the shop, as
soon.

WID. Let's mask ourselves, and take Secret, and go alone by
water.

PLEA. Yes, and follow her, like one of my aunts of the
suburbs.[235] It is a good way to know what you may yield in a
market; for, I'll undertake, there are those that shall bid for
you before the play will be done.

SEC. As I live, madam, Mistress Pleasant is in the right; I had
such a kindness offered me once, and I came to a price with him
in knavery; and hang me, if the rogue was not putting the earnest
of his affection into my hand.

WID. Let's go to the Glass-House[236] then.

PLEA. I'll go to a play with my servant, and so shall you. Hang
opinion! and we'll go to the Glass-House afterwards: it is too
hot to sup early.

SEC. Pray, madam, go: they say 'tis a fine play, and a knight
writ it.

PLEA. Pray, let Secret prevail; I'll propose it to the lovers. In
the meantime, go you, and bid the coachman make ready the coach.

    [SECRET _whispers_ SAD, 'Twill take.

SEC. Alas, madam! he's sick, poor fellow, and gone to bed; he
could not wait at dinner.

WID. Sick?

PLEA. Why, see how all things work for the young men, either
their coach or afoot! Master Constant, what think you of seeing a
play this afternoon? Is it not too hot to venture this infectious
time?

CON. Fie! madam, there's no danger: the bill decreased twenty
last week.[237]

SAD. I swear, they say 'tis a very good play to-day.

WID. Shall we go, niece?

PLEA. Faith, 'tis hot, and there's nobody but we.

SAD. Does that hinder? Pray, madam, grudge us not the favour of
venturing yourself in our company.

WID. Come, leave this ceremony. I'll go in, and put on my mask.
Secret shall bring yours.

PLEA. No, I'll go, and put it on within.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ WILD, CARELESS, CAPTAIN, _and_ JOLLY.

CARE. By this day, you have nettled the widow.

WILD. The captain neglected his dinner for his mirth, as if he
had forgot to eat.

JOLLY. When did he oversee his drinking so?

CAPT. Gentlemen, still it is my fortune to make your worships
merry.

WILD. As I live, captain, I subscribe, and am content to hold my
wit as a tenant to thee; and to-night I'll invite you to supper,
where it shall not be lawful to speak till thou hast victualled
thy man-of-war.

CAPT. Shall's be merry? What shall we have?

WILD. Half a score dishes of meat; choose them yourself.

CAPT. Provide me then the chines fried, and the salmon calvered,
a carp and black sauce, red deer in the blood, and an assembly of
woodcocks and jacksnipes, so fat you would think they had their
winding-sheets on; and upon these, as their pages, let me have
wait your Sussex wheatear, with a feather in his cap; over all
which let our countryman, General Chine of beef, command. I hate
your French pottage, that looks as the cook-maid had more hand in
it than the cook.

WILD. I'll promise you all this.

CARE. And let me alone to cook the fish.

CAPT. You cook it! no, no, I left an honest fellow in town, when
I went into Italy, Signor Ricardo Ligones, one of the ancient
house of the Armenian ambassadors; if he be alive, he shall be
our cook.

WILD. Is he excellent at it?

CAPT. Excellent! you shall try, you shall try. Why, I tell you, I
saw him once dress a shoeing-horn and a joiner's apron, that the
company left pheasant for it.

WILD. A shoeing-horn!

CAPT. Yes, a shoeing-horn. Marry, there was garlic in the sauce.

WILD. Is this all you would have?

CAPT. This, and a bird of paradise, to entertain the rest of the
night, and let me alone to cook her.

WILD. A bird of paradise! What's that?

CAPT. A girl of fifteen, smooth as satin, white as her Sunday
apron, plump, and of the first down. I'll take her with her guts
in her belly, and warm her with a country-dance or two, then
pluck her, and lay her dry betwixt a couple of sheets; there pour
into her so much oil of wit as will make her turn to a man, and
stick into her heart three corns of whole love, to make her taste
of what she is doing; then, having strewed a man all over her,
shut the door and leave us, we'll work ourselves into such a
sauce as you can never surfeit on, so poignant, and yet no haut
goût.[238] Take heed of a haut goût:[239] your onion and woman
make the worst sauce. This shook together by an English cook (for
your French seasoning spoils many a woman), and there's a dish
for a king.

WILD. For the first part I'll undertake, Captain.

CAPT. But this for supper. No more of this now; this afternoon,
as you are true to the petticoat, observe your instructions, and
meet at Ned's house in the evening.

OMNES. We will not fail.

CAPT. I must write to Wanton, to know how things stand at home,
and to acquaint her how we have thrived with the old lady to-day.

WILD. Whither will you go to write?

CAPT. To thy house, 'tis hard by; there's the Fleece.

JOLLY. Do; and in the meantime I'll go home and despatch a little
business, and meet you.

WILD. Make haste, then.

JOLLY. Where shall I meet you?

WILD. Whither shall we go, till it be time to attend the design?

CARE. Let's go to court for an hour.

JOLLY. Do: I'll meet you at the queen's side.

WILD. No, prythee, we are the monsieurs new come over; and if we
go fine, they will laugh at us, and think we believe ourselves
so: if not, then they will abuse our clothes, and swear we went
into France only to have our cloaks cut shorter.

CARE. Will you go see a play?

CAPT. Do, and thither I'll come to you, if it be none of our
gentlemen poets, that excuse their writings with a prologue that
professes they are no scholars.

JOLLY. On my word, this is held the best penned of the time, and
he has writ a very good play: by this day, it was extremely
applauded.

CAPT. Does he write plays by the day? Indeed, a man would ha'
judged him a labouring poet.

JOLLY. A labouring poet! By this hand, he's a knight. Upon my
recommendation, venture to see it; hang me if you be not
extremely well satisfied.

CARE. A knight, and writes plays! It may be, but 'tis strange to
us; so they say there are other gentlemen poets without land or
Latin; this was not ordinary; prythee, when was he knighted?

JOLLY. In the north, the last great knighting, when 'twas God's
great mercy we were not all knights.

WILD. I'll swear they say, there are poets that have more men in
liveries than books in their studies.

CAPT. And what think you, gentlemen, are not these things to
start a man? I believe 'tis the first time you have found them
lie at the sign of the page, footmen, and gilded coaches. They
were wont to lodge at the thin cloak; they and their muses made
up the family, and thence sent scenes to their patrons, like boys
in at windows; and one would return with a doublet, another with
a pair of breeches, a third with a little ready money, which,
together with their credit with a company, in three terms you
rarely saw a poet repaired.

JOLLY. This truth nobody denies.

WILD. Prythee, let us resolve what we shall do, lest we meet with
some of them; for it seems they swarm, and I fear nothing like a
dedication, though it be but of himself; for I must hear him say
more than either I deserve or he believes. I hate that in a poet;
they must be dull, or all upon all subjects; so that they can
oblige none but their muse.

JOLLY. I perceive by this you will not see the play. What think
you of going to Sim's[240] to bowls, till I come?

CARE. Yes, if you will go to see that comedy. But there is no
reason we should pay for our coming in, and act too, like some
whose interest in the timber robs them of their reason, and they
run as if they had stolen a bias.[241]

WILD. Resolve what you will do; I am contented.

CARE. Let's go walk in Spring Garden.

WILD. I'll do it for company; but I had as lief be rid in the
horse-market as walk in that fool's fair, where neither wit nor
money is, nor sure to take up a wench. There's none but honest
women.

CAPT. A pox on't, what should we do there? Let's go and cross the
field to Pike's; her kitchen is cool, winter and summer.

CARE. I like that motion well; but we have no time, and I hate to
do that business by half. After supper, if you will, we'll go and
make a night on't.

CAPT. Well, I must go write: therefore resolve of somewhat. Shall
I propose an indifferent place, where 'tis probable we shall all
meet?

OMNES. Yes.

CAPT. Go you before to the Devil,[242] and I'll make haste after.

CARE. Agreed. We shall be sure of good wine there, and in fresco;
for he is never without patent snow.

WILD. Patent snow! What, doth that project hold?

JOLLY. Yes, faith; and now there's a commission appointed for
toasts against the next winter.

WILD. Marry, they are wise, and foresaw the parliament, and were
resolved their monopolies should be no grievance to the people.

CAPT. Farewell! You will be sure to meet?

OMNES. Yes, yes.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE III.

    _Enter_ WANTON _and her_ MAID, _with her lap full of things_.

WANTON. Bid them ply him close, and flatter him, and rail upon
the old lady and the captain: and, do you hear, give him some
hints to begin the story of his life. Do it handsomely, and you
shall see the sack will clip his tongue.

MAID. I warrant you, I'll fit him.

WAN. When he is in his discourse, leave him, and come down into
the parlour, and steal away his box with the false rings that
stands by his bedside. I have all his little plate here already.

MAID. Make you haste. I'll warrant you, you'll dress him.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE IV.

    _Enter the_ CAPTAIN, _with a letter in his hand, and his_
        BOY _to him with a candle: is going to write the
        superscription_.

BOY. Sir, the Lady Loveall passed by even now.

CAPT. The Lady Loveall! Which way went she?

BOY. To the rich lady, the widow, where your worship dined.

CAPT. 'Tis no matter. Here, carry this letter, and bring an
answer to the Devil quickly; and tell her we'll stay there till
the time be fit for the design.

    [_Exeunt._


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ CARELESS, WILD, _and a_ DRAWER, _at the Devil_.

CARE. Jack, how goes the world? Bring us some bottles of the best
wine.

DRAW. You shall, sir. Your worship is welcome into England.

CARE. Why, look you: who says a drawer can say nothing but _Anon,
anon, sir_; score a quart of sack in the half-moon?[243]

DRAW. Your worship is merry; but I'll fetch you that, sir, shall
speak Greek, and make your worship prophesy. You drank none such
in your journey.

WILD. Do it then, and make a hole in this angel thou may'st creep
through. [_Gives him an angel._] Who is't that peeps? a fiddler?
Bring him by the ears.

    _Enter the_ TAILOR _that peeps_.

TAI. A tailor, an't like your worship.

CARE. A tailor! Hast thou a stout faith?

TAI. I have had, an't like your worship; but now I am in despair.

CARE. Why, then, thou art damned. Go, go home, and throw thyself
into thine own hell; it is the next way to the other.

TAI. I hope your worship is not displeased.

CARE. What dost do here? A tailor without faith! Dost come to
take measure of ours?

TAI. No; I come to speak with one Master Jolly, a courtier; a
very fine-spoken gentleman and a just counter, but one of the
worst paymasters in the world.

WILD. As thou lov'st me, let's keep him here till he comes, and
make him valiant with sack, that he may urge him till he beats
him. We shall have the sport, and be revenged upon the rogue for
dunning a gentleman in a tavern.

    [_Aside_.

CARE. I'll charge him. Here, drink, poor fellow, and stay in the
next room till he comes.

TAI. I thank your worship, but I'm fasting; and if it please your
worship to call for a dozen of manchets, that I may eat a crust
first, then I'll be bold with a glass of your sack.

WILD. Here, here, drink. In the meantime, fetch him some bread.

TAI. Will your worship have me drink all this vessel of sack?

CARE. Yes, yes, off with't: 'twill do you no harm.

    [_The_ Tailor _drinks_.

WILD. Why do you not take some order with that Jolly, to make him
pay thee?

TAI. I have petitioned him often, but can do no good.

CARE. A pox upon him! Petition him! his heart is hardened to ill.
Threaten to arrest him: nothing but a sergeant can touch his
conscience.

TAI. Truly, gentlemen I have reason to be angry, for he uses me
ill when I ask him for my money.

JOLLY. [_Speaking within._] Where is Master Wild and Master
Careless?

TAI. I hear his voice.

JOLLY. Let the coach stay. How now, who would he speak with?

    _Enter_ JOLLY.

WILD. Do not you know?

JOLLY. Yes, and be you judge, if the rogue does not suffer
deservedly. I have bid him any time this twelvemonth but send his
wife, I'll pay her, and the rogue replies, nobody shall lie with
his wife but himself.

CARE. Nay, if you be such a one--

TAI. No more they shall not. I am but a poor man.

JOLLY. By this hand, he's drunk.

TAI. Nay, then, I arrest you, in mine own name, at his majesty's
suit.

WILD. As I live, thou shalt not beat him.

JOLLY. Beat him! I'll kiss him. I'll pay him, and carry him about
with me, and be at the charge of sack to keep him in the humour.

    [_He hugs the quart-pot._

TAI. Help, rescue! I'll have his body: no bail shall serve.

    _Enter_ DRAWER.

DRAW. Sir, yonder is a gentleman would speak with you. I do not
like his followers.

JOLLY. What are they? bailiffs?

DRAW. Little better.

JOLLY. Send him up alone, and stand you ready at the stairs'
feet.

CARE. How can that be?[244]

JOLLY. It is the scrivener at the corner. Pick a quarrel with him
for coming into our company. The drawers will be armed behind
them, and we will so rout the rascals! Take your swords, and let
him[245] sleep.

CARE. What scrivener?

JOLLY. Crop the Brownist: he that the ballad was made on.

CARE. What ballad?

JOLLY. Have you not heard of the scrivener's wife, that brought
the blackmoor from the holy land, and made him a Brownist, and in
pure charity lay with him, and was delivered of a magpie, a pied
prophet, which when the elect saw, they prophesied, if it lived,
'twould prove a great enemy to their sect, for the midwife cried
out 'twas born a bishop, with tippet and white sleeves: at which
the zealous mother cried, Down with the idol! So the midwife and
she, in pure devotion, killed it.

WILD. Killed it! what became of them?

JOLLY. Why, they were taken and condemned, and suffered under a
Catholic sheriff, that afflicted them with the litany all the way
from Newgate to the gallows; which in roguery he made to be set
up altarwise, too, and hanged them without a psalm.

WILD. But how took they that breach of privilege?

JOLLY. I know not: Gregory turned them off, and so they descended
and became Brown-martyrs.

WILD. And is the husband at door now?

JOLLY. Yes, yes; but he is married again to a rich widow at
Wapping, a wench of another temper: one that you cannot please
better than by abusing him. I always pick quarrels with him, that
she may reconcile us. The peace is always worth a dinner at
least. Hark! I hear him. [_Enter_ CROP.] Save you, Master Crop:
you are come in the nick to pledge a health.

CROP. No, sir, I have other business. Shall I be paid my money or
no?

    [JOLLY _drinks_.

JOLLY. Yes.

CROP. Sir?

JOLLY. You asked whether you should be paid your money, or no,
and I said, yes.

CROP. Pray, sir, be plain.

CARE. And be you so, sir. How durst you come into this room and
company without leave?

CROP. Sir, I have come into good lords' company ere now.

CARE. It may be so; but you shall either fall upon your knees,
and pledge this health, or you come no more into lords'
companies: no, by these hilts!

    [_They tug him, and make him kneel._

CROP. 'Tis idolatry! Do, martyr me, I will not kneel, nor join in
sin with the wicked.

JOLLY. Either kneel, or I'll tear thy cloak which, by the age and
looks, may be that which was writ for in the time of the
primitive church.

CROP. Pay me, and I'll wear a better. It would be honestlier
done, than to abuse this, and profane the text; a text that shows
your bishops in those days wore no lawn-sleeves. And you may be
ashamed to protect one that will not pay his debts: the cries of
the widow will come against you for it.

JOLLY. Remember, sirrah, the dinners and suppers, fat venison and
good words, I was fain to give you, christening your children
still by the way of brokage. Count that charge, and how often I
have kept you from fining for sheriff, and thou art in my debt.
Then I am damned for speaking well of thee so often against my
conscience, which you never consider.

CROP. I am an honest man, sir.

JOLLY. Then ushering your wife, and Mistress Ugly, her daughter,
to plays and masques at court. You think these courtesies deserve
nothing in the hundred! 'Tis true, they made room for themselves
with their dagger elbows, and when Spider, your daughter, laid
about her with her breath, the devil would not have sat near her.

CROP. You did not borrow my money with this language.

JOLLY. No, sirrah: then I was fain to flatter you, and endure the
familiarity of your family, and hear (nay, fain sometimes to join
in) the lying praises of the holy sister that expired at Tyburn.

CROP. Do, abuse her, and be cursed. 'Tis well known she died a
martyr, and her blood will be upon some of you. 'Tis her orphan's
money I require, and this is the last time I'll ask it: I'll find
a way to get it.

    [_He offers to go, and_ JOLLY _stays him_.

JOLLY. Art serious? By that light, I'll consent, and take it for
an infinite obligation, if thou wilt teach the rest of my
creditors that trick: 'twill save me a world of labour, for hang
me if I know how to do't.

CROP. Well, sir, since I see your resolution, I shall make it my
business.

CARE. Prythee, let's be rid of this fool.

CROP. Fool! Let him pay the fool his money, and he'll be gone.

JOLLY. No, sir, not a farthing. 'Twas my business to borrow it,
and it shall be yours to get it in again. Nay, by this hand, I'll
be feasted too, and have good words. Nay, thou shalt lend me
more, ere thou gett'st this again.

CROP. I'll lay my action upon you.

JOLLY. Your action! You rogue, lay two.

    [_They kick him, and thrust him out of the room._[246]

CARE. Lay three for battery.--What have we here? A she-creditor,
too? Who would she speak with?

    _Enter_ FAITHFUL. WILD _and_ CARELESS _return and meet her_.

WILD. She looks as if she had trusted in her time.

CARE. Would you speak with any here, old gentlewoman?

FAITH. My business is to Master Jolly.

CARE. From yourself, or are you but a messenger?

FAITH. My business, sir, is from a lady.

CARE. From a lady! From what lady, pray? Why so coy?

FAITH. From a lady in the town.

CARE. Hoh, hoh! from a lady in the town! Is it possible? I should
have guessed you came from a lady in the suburbs or some
country-madam by your riding face.

    _Enter_ JOLLY _again_.

JOLLY. I think we have routed the rascals. Faithful! what makes
thy gravity in a tavern?

FAITH. Sport, it seems, for your saucy companions.

JOLLY. Ho, ho, Mull,[247] ho! No fury, Faithful.

FAITH. 'Tis well, sir. My lady presents her service to you, and
hath sent you a letter: there's my business.

CARE. Prythee, who is her lady?

JOLLY. The Lady Loveall.

CARE. O, O, does she serve that old lady? God help her!

FAITH. God help her! Pray for yourself, sir: my lady scorns your
prayers.

JOLLY. Faithful, come hither. Prythee, is thy lady drunk?

FAITH. Drunk, sir?

JOLLY. Ay, drunk or mad? she'd never writ this else. She requires
me here to send back by you the pearl she gave me this morning,
which, sure, she'd never do if she were sober; for, you know, I
earned them hard.

FAITH. I know! What do I know? You will not defame my lady, will
you?

CARE. By no means. This is by way of counsel. Fie! give a thing
and take a thing?[248] If he did not perform, he shall come at
night, and pay his scores.

FAITH. 'Tis well, sir. Is this your return for my lady's favours?
Shall I have the pearl, sir?

JOLLY. No; and tell her, 'tis the opinion of us all, he that
opens her stinking oyster[249] is worthy of the pearl.

FAITH. You are a foul-mouthed fellow, sirrah, and I shall live to
see you load a gallows, when my lady shall find the way to her
own again.

JOLLY. If she miss, there are divers can direct her, you know.
Adieu, Faithful. Do you hear? Steal privately down by the
back-door, lest some knavish boy spy thee, and call thine age
Bawd.

    [_Exit_ FAITHFUL.

CARE. Prythee, who is this thing?

JOLLY. 'Tis my lady's waiting-woman, her bawd, her she-confessor,
herself at second-hand. Her beginning was simple and below
stairs, till her lady finding her to be a likely promising bawd,
secret as the key at her girdle, obedient as her thoughts, those
virtues raised her from the flat petticoat and kercher to the
gorget and bumroll. And I remember 'twas good sport at first to
see the wench perplexed with her metamorphosis. She since has
been in love with all the family, and now sighs after the Levite;
and if he forsake her too, I prophesy a waiting-woman's curse
will fall upon her: to die old, despised, poor, and out of
fashion.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. Why do you not hang out a painted cloth, and take twopence
apiece, and let in all the tame fools at door--those sons of
wonder that now gape, and think you mad?[250]

CARE. 'Tis no matter what they think: madness is proper here. Are
not taverns Bacchus's temples, the place of madness? Does not the
sign of madness hang out at the door?

JOLLY.----while we within possess our joys and cups, as full of
pleasure as weeping Niobe's afflicted eyes were swelled with
grief and tears! Blessing on the cause that made our joys thus
complete: for see Plutus in our pockets, Mars by our sides,
Bacchus in our heads, self-love in our hearts, and change of
virgins in our arms; beauties whose eyes and hearts speak love
and welcome; no rigid thinkers, no niggard beauties, that
maliciously rake up their fire in green sickness to preserve a
spark, that shall flame only in some dull day of marriage: let
such swear and forswear, till (of the whole parish) they love
each other least, whilst we wisely set out our cobwebs in the
most perspicuous places to catch these foolish flies.

CARE. He's in the right. Dost think we retreated hither to beat a
bargain for a score of sheep, or dispute the legality of votes
and weigh the power of prerogative and parliament, and club for
concluding sack, or read the Fathers here, till we grow costive,
like those that have worn their suffering elbows bare, to find a
knowledge to perplex 'em? A pox on such brain-breaking thoughts!
avoid them, and take me into my[251] hand a glass of eternal
sack, and prophesy the restoration of senses and the fall of a
lover from grace; which our dear friend Master Jolly will prove
to whom the Lady Loveall (by Faithful lately departed) sent for
the pearl you wot of.

CAPT. But I hope he had the grace to keep them.

JOLLY. No, no; I'm a fool, I!

CAPT. Was not my boy here?

JOLLY. No, we saw him not.

CAPT. A pox of the rogue! he's grown so lazy.

WILD. Your boy is come in just now, and called for the key of the
back-door. There's women with him.

CAPT. O, that's well! 'tis Wanton: I sent for her to laugh over
the story of the old lady and her pearl.

    _Enter_ BOY.

Where have you been all this while, sirrah?

BOY. I could overtake the coach, sir, no sooner.

CAPT. The coach! what coach?

BOY. The Lady Loveall's.

CAPT. The Lady Loveall's! Why, what had you to do with her coach?

BOY. I went to give her the letter your worship sent her.

CAPT. The letter! What letter?

BOY. That your worship gave me.

CAPT. That I writ at Ned's house to Wanton?

BOY. The letter you gave me, sir, was directed to the Lady
Loveall, and she stormed like a mad woman at reading of it.

    [_The_ CAPTAIN _threatens to beat him_.

CARE. Why, thou wilt not beat the boy for thy own fault? What
letter was it?

CAPT. 'Twas enough; only a relation of the pearl, wherein she
finds herself sufficiently abused to Wanton.

JOLLY. Now, gentlemen, you have two to laugh at.

CAPT. A pox of fooling! let's resolve what to do. There's no
denying, for she has all the particulars under my hand.

BOY. You must resolve of something, for she's coming, and stayed
only till the back-door was opened.

CAPT. How did she know I was here?

BOY. Your worship bad me tell her you would stay here for her.

CARE. How came this mistake?

CAPT. Why, the devil owed us a shame, it seems. You know I went
home to give Wanton an account how we advanced in our design;
and when I was writing the superscription, I remember the boy
came in and told me the Lady Loveall passed by.

JOLLY. And so it seems you, in pure mistake, directed your letter
to her.

CARE. Well, resolve what you'll do with her when she comes.

CAPT. Faith, bear it like men; 'tis only an old lady lost; let's
resolve to defy her, we are sure of our pearl; but lest we
prolong the war, take the first occasion you can all to avoid the
room. When she's alone, I'll try whether she'll listen to a
composition.

JOLLY. Have you no friends in the close committee?

CAPT. Yes, yes, I am an Essex man.[252]

CARE. Then get some of them to move, it may be voted no letter.

JOLLY. Ay, ay; and after 'tis voted no letter, then vote it
false; scandalous, and illegal, and that is in it: they have a
precedent for it in the Danish packet, which they took from a
foolish fellow who, presuming upon the law of nations, came upon
an embassy to the king without an order or pass from both houses!

CAPT. Hark, I hear her coming.

    _Enter_ LOVEALL _and_ FAITHFUL.

LOVE. Sir, I received a letter, but by what accident, I know not;
for I believe it was not intended [to] me, though the contents
concern me.

CAPT. Madam, 'tis too late to deny it; is it peace or war you
bring? without dispute, if war, I hang out my defiance: if
peace, I yield my weapon into your hands.

LOVE. Are you all unworthy? your whole sex falsehood? is it not
possible to oblige a man to be loyal? this is such a treachery no
age can match! apply yourself with youth and wit to gain a lady's
love and friendship, only to betray it? was it not enough you
commanded my fortune, but you must wreck my honour too, and
instead of being grateful for that charity which still assisted
your wants, strive to pay me with injuries, and attempt to make
the world believe I pay to lose my fame; and then make me the
scorned subject of your whore's mirth? Base and unworthy! [_He
smiles._] Do you smile, false one? I shall find a time for you
too, and my vengeance shall find you all.

FAITH. Yea, sir; and you that had such ready wit to proclaim my
lady whore, and me bawd, I hope to see you load a gallows for it.

CAPT. Once again, is it peace or war?

LOVE. Peace! I'll have thy blood first, dog. Where's my pearl?
[_She speaks to_ WILD.] You ought to right me, sir, in this
particular; it was to you I sent them.

WILD. Madam, I sent not for them.

CAPT. No more words: I have them, I earned them, and you paid
them.

FAITH. You are a foul-mouthed fellow, sirrah.

LOVE. Peace, wench, I scorn their slander, it cannot shake my
honour: 'tis too weighty and too fixed for their calumny.

JOLLY. I'll be sworn for my part on't; I think it is a great
honour: I am sure I had as much as I could carry away in ten
nights, and yet there was no miss on't.

CAPT. You! I think so; there's no mark of my work, you see, and
yet I came after thee, and brought away loads would have sunk a
sedan-man.

WILD. By this relation she should be a woman of a great fame.

CARE. Let that consideration, with her condition and her age,
move some reverence, at least to what she was. Madam, I am sorry
I cannot serve you in this particular.

    [_Exeunt_ JOLLY _and_ CARELESS.

LOVE. I see all your mean baseness: pursue your scorn. Come,
let's go, wench, I shall find some to right my fame; and though I
have lost my opinion, I have gained a knowledge how to
distinguish of love hereafter; and I shall scorn you and all your
sex, that have not soul enough to value a noble friendship.

WILD. Pray, madam, let me speak with you.

CAPT. We'll have no whispering: I said it, and I'll maintain it
with my sword.

    _Enter_ DRAWER.

DRAW. Sir, there's one without would speak with you.

CAPT. With me?

DRAW. No, sir, with Master Wild.

WILD. Madam, I'll wait upon you presently.

    [_Exit_ WILD.

CAPT. Madam, I know my company is displeasing to you, therefore
I'll take my leave. Drawer, show me another room.

    [_The_ CAPTAIN _makes a turn or two; they look at each other,
        then he goes out_.

LOVE. O Faithful, Faithful! I am most miserably abused, and can
find no way to my revenge.

FAITH. Madam, I'll give them ratsbane, and speedily too, ere they
can tell; for that rascal the captain has a tongue else will
proclaim you, and undo your fame for ever.

LOVE. Ay, ay, my fame, my fame, Faithful: and if it were not for
mine honour, which I have kept unstained to this minute, I would
not care.

FAITH. This it is: you will set your affection upon every young
thing: I could but tell you on't.

LOVE. Who could have suspected they would have been so false in
their loves to me, that have been so faithful to them?

    _Enter_ DRAWER.

Honest friend, where is Master Wild?

DRAW. The other gentlemen carried him away with them.

LOVE. Are they all gone then?

DRAW. Yes, by this hand. These gentlemen are quickly satisfied:
what an ugly whore they have got! how she states it.[253]

    [_Aside._

LOVE. Come, let's go, wench.

    [_She offers to go._

DRAW. Mistress, who pays the reckoning?

LOVE. What says he?

FAITH. He asks me who pays the reckoning?

LOVE. Who pays the reckoning! Why, what have we to do with the
reckoning?

DRAW. Shut the door, Dick. [_To_ LOVEALL.] We'll have the
reckoning before you go.

FAITH. Why, goodman sauce-box, you will not make my lady pay for
their reckoning, will you?

DRAW. My lady! a pox of her title, she'd need of something to
make her pass.

FAITH. What do you say, sirrah?

DRAW. I say, the gentlemen paid well for their sport, and I know
no reason why we should lose our reckoning.

LOVE. What do you take me for, my friend?

DRAW. In troth, I take you for nothing; but I would be loth to
take you for that use I think they make shift with you for.

FAITH. Madam, this is that rascally captain's plot.

LOVE. Patience, patience! O, for a bite at the slave's heart.
Friend, mistake me not, my name is Loveall, a lady: send one
along with me, and you shall have your money.

DRAW. You must pardon me, madam, I am but a servant: if you be a
lady, pray sit in an inner room, and send home your woman for the
money: the sum is six pounds, and be pleased to remember the
waiters.

LOVE. Go, Faithful, go fetch the money. O, revenge, revenge!
shall I lose my honour, and have no revenge?

    [_Exeunt omnes._



ACT IV., SCENE 1.


    _Enter_ WANTON, CAPTAIN, CARELESS, _and_ WILD.

WAN. By all that a longing bride hopes for, which I am not, I am
better pleased with this revenge than mine own plot, which takes
as I could wish. I have so anointed my high priest with sack,
that he would have confuted Baal's priest; and now he does so
slumber in his ale, and calls to bed already--swears the sun is
set.

CAPT. Faith, wench, her abusing of me made me leave her for the
reckoning.

CARE. Yes, faith, they have treated her upsey[254] whore, lain
with her, told, and then pawned her.

WAN. Yes, yes, you are fine things: I wonder women can endure
you; for me, I expect you worse, and am armed for't.

WILD. Faith, let's send and release her; the jest is gone far
enough; as I live, I pity her.

WAN. Pity her! hang her, and rid the country of her. She is a
thing wears out her limbs as fast as her clothes; one that never
goes to bed at all, nor sleeps in a whole skin, but is taken to
pieces like a motion, as if she were too long; she should be
hanged for offering to be a whore.

CAPT. As I live, she's in the right. I peeped once to see what
she did before she went to bed; by this light, her maids were
dissecting her; and when they had done, they brought some of her
to bed, and the rest they either pinned or hung up, and so she
lay dismembered till morning; in which time her chamber was
strewed all over, like an anatomy-school.

WAN. And when she travels anywhere, she is transported with as
great a care and fear of spoiling, as a juggler's motion, when he
removes from fair to fair.

CARE. She is a right broken gamester who, though she lacks
wherewithal to play, yet loves to be looking on.

    _Enter_ WANTON'S MAID.

BAWD. He is awake, and calls for you impatiently: he would fain
be in bed; the company is all gone.

WAN. Are you instructed?

BAWD. Let me alone, I'll warrant you for my part.

WAN. Farewell then; you are all ready. Who plays master
constable?

CAPT. I, I; and Ned Jolly the sumner.[255]

WAN. Farewell, farewell then.

    [_Exit_ WANTON _and_ BAWD.

WILD. It is a delicate wench.

CARE. She has excellent flesh and a fine face. By this light, we
must depose the captain from his reign here.

    [_They whisper this._

WILD. I like her shrewdly; I hate a wench that is all whore and
no company; this is a comedy all day and a fair[256] at night.

CARE. I hope to exalt the parson's horn here.

CAPT. And what think you? is it not a sweet sin, this lying with
another man's wife?

WAN. Is Jolly come?

    [WANTON _above_.

CAPT. No, but he'll be here instantly.

WILD. Is he abed?

WAN. Yes, yes; and he sleeps as if he had been put to bed by his
sexton, with _dust to dust_, and _ashes to ashes_.

CAPT. And we'll wake him with that shall be as terrible to him as
the latter day.

WAN. Let him sleep awhile, that he may be fresh, else the jest is
spoiled; for it is his sense of his disgrace must work my ends.

WILD. I'll go home then, and get supper ready, and expect you.

CAPT. Do; our scene lies here.

    [_Enter_ JOLLY.]

Who's there? Jolly?

JOLLY. Yes.

CAPT. Are you fitted?

JOLLY. Yes, I have got the Blackfriars music. I was fain to stay
till the last act. And who do you think I saw there?

WILD. I know not.

JOLLY. Guess.

WILD. Prythee: I cannot guess.

JOLLY. Your aunt and Mistress Pleasant, and trusty Secret.

WILD. What, man?

JOLLY. The lovers only, so close in a box!

CAPT. It will be a match, and there's an end. Prythee, let them
go to't: what is't to us? Let's mind our business now, and think
on them hereafter.

WAN. A pox upon them, for a couple of stalk-hounds. Have they
killed at last? Why, this is fool's fortune.[257] It would be
long enough ere one that has wit got such a wife!

CAPT. No more of this now. Have you borrowed the watchmen's
coats?

JOLLY. Yes, and bills, beards, and constable's staff and lantern;
and let me alone to fit him for the sumner. But when this is
done, I expect my fee, a tithe-night at least. Wanton, I will lie
with thee for thy roguery. What! are you dumb? You will not
refuse me, I hope?

WAN. Not if I thought you desiredst it; but I hate to have it
desired indifferently, and but so-so done neither, when 'tis
done.

JOLLY. I hope you will not disgrace my work, will you?

WAN. Faith, they say, thy pleasure lies in thy tongue, and
therefore, though I do not give thee leave to lie with me, yet I
will give thee as good a thing that will please thee as well.

JOLLY. Some [such] roguery I expected.

WAN. No, faith, I am serious: and because I will please you both,
Master Wild shall lie here, and you shall have leave to say you
do, which will please you as well.

JOLLY. Faith, and my part is some pleasure; else _I have loved,
enjoyed, and told_, is mistook.

WAN. Ay, but never to love, seldom enjoy, and always tell--foh!
it stinks, and stains worse than Shoreditch dirt; and women hate
and dread men for't. Why, I, that am a whore professed, cannot
see youth[258] digest it, though it be my profit and interest:
for to be a private whore in this town starves in the nest like
young birds, when the old one's killed.

CARE. Excellent girl! 'tis too true. Jolly, your tongue has kept
many a woman honest.

WAN. Faith, 'tis a truth, this I shall say, you may all better
your pleasures by, if you will observe it: I dare say, the fear
of telling keeps more women honest than Bridewell hemp; and were
you wise men and true lovers of liberty, now were the time to
bring wenching to that perfection no age could ever have hoped.
Now you may sow such seed of pleasure, you may be prayed for
hereafter. Now, in this age of zeal and ignorance, would I have
you four, in old clothes and demure looks, present a petition to
both houses, and say you are men touched in conscience for your
share in that wickedness which is known to their worships by the
pleasure of adultery; and desire it may be death,[259] and that
a law may be passed to that purpose. How the women will pray for
you, and at their own charges rear statues in memory of their
benefactors! The young and kind would then haunt your chambers,
pray and present you, and court the sanguine youth for the sweet
sin secured by such a law. None would lose an occasion, nor
churlishly oppose kind nature, nor refuse to listen to her
summons, when youth and passion calls for those forbidden sweets.
When such security as your lives are at stake, who would fear to
trust? With this law all oaths and protestations are cancelled.
Letters and bawds would grow useless too: by instinct, the kind
will find the kind, and, having one nature, become of one mind.
Now we lose an age to observe and know a man's humour, ere we
dare trust him; but get this law, then 'tis, like and enjoy. And
whereas now, with expense of time and fortune you may glean some
one mistress amongst your neighbours' wives, you shall reap women
whole armfuls, as in the common field. There is one small town,
wise only in this law; and I have heard them say that know it
well, there has been but one execution this hundred years; yet
the same party searched seven years, and could not find an honest
woman in the town.

CARE. An excellent plot! Let's about it. Ink and paper, dear
Wanton: we will draw the petition presently.

WAN. Will Master Jolly consent too? You must not then, as soon as
a handsome woman is named, smile and stroke your beard; tell him
that is next you, you have lain with her. Such a lie is as
dangerous as a truth, and 'twere but justice to have thee hanged
for a sin thou never committedst, for having defamed so many
women.

JOLLY. If all those liars were hanged, I believe the scale would
weigh down with the guilty.

WAN. One rogue, hanged for example, would make a thousand kind
girls. If it take, it shall be called my law, Wanton's law: then
we may go in petticoats again; for women grew imperious, and wore
the breeches only to fright the poor cuckolds, and make the fools
digest their horns. Are you all ready? Shall I open the door?

CAPT. Yes.

WILD. I'll expect you at my house.

    [_Exit_ WILD _one way, and the rest of the company another_.

OMNES. We'll come, we'll come.

CAPT. So, knock louder.

    [_They knock within, and the_ PARSON _discovered in his bed,
        and the_ BAWD _with him_.

PAR. Who's there? What would you have?

CAPT. Here's his majesty's watch, and master constable's worship
must come in. We have a warrant from the lords to search for a
delinquent.

PAR. You come not here. I'll answer your warrant to-morrow.

JOLLY. Break open the door.

PAR. I would you durst.

BAWD. Lord, dear, what shall we do?

PAR. Why, sweet, I'll warrant you. Art thou not my wife, my rib,
bone of my bone? I'll suffer anything ere one hair of thee shall
be touched.

BAWD. Hark! they break open the door!

PAR. They dare not! Why dost thou tremble so? Alas, sweet
innocence, how it shakes!

CAPT. Break open the door.

PAR. I'll complain to the bishop of this insolence.

BAWD. They come, they come, lamb!

PAR. No matter, sweet, they dare not touch thee. What would you
have, master constable? You are very rude.

    [_He delivers the warrant._

CAPT. Read our warrant, and our business will excuse us. Do you
know any such person as you find there?

PAR. Yes, sir, but not by this name. Such a woman is my wife, and
no Lindabrides.[260] We were married to-day, and I'll justify her
my wife the next court-day. You have your answer, and may be
gone.

JOLLY. We must take no notice of such excuses now. If she be your
wife, make it appear in court, and she will be delivered unto
you.

PAR. If she be my wife! Sir, I have wedded her and bedded her:
what other ceremonies would you have? Be not afraid, sweetheart.

JOLLY. Sir, we can do no less than execute our warrant. We are
but servants; and, master constable, I charge you in the king's
name to do your duty. Behold the body of the delinquent.

PAR. Touch her that dares: I'll put my dagger in him. [_He takes
his dagger._] Fear nothing, sweetheart. Master constable, you'll
repent this insolence offered to a man of my coat.

BAWD. Help, my dearest, will you let me be haled[261] thus?

    [_Here they strive to take her out._

PAR. Villains, what will you do? Murder! Rape!

CAPT. Yes, yes, 'tis likely: I look like a ravisher!

JOLLY. Hold him, and we'll do well enough with her.

    [_As they go to pull her out of the bed, they discover the_
        BAWD. _When they let him go, he turns to her and holds
        her in his arms._

CAPT. What have we here, an old woman?

PAR. Let me go. Slaves and murderers!

CAPT. Let him go.

JOLLY. Do any of you know this woman? This is not she we looked
for.

PAR. No, rascal, that mistake shall not excuse you.

JOLLY. It is old Goodman What-d'ye-call-him his wife.

CAPT. Hold the candle, and let's see her face.

    [_When they hold the candle, she lies in his bosom, and his
        arms about her. She must be as nastily dressed as they
        can dress her. When he sees her, he falls into amaze, and
        shoves her from him._

JOLLY. What have we here, adultery? Take them both: here will be
new matter.

PAR. Master constable, a little argument will persuade you to
believe I am grossly abused. Sure, this does not look like a
piece that a man would sin to enjoy: let that then move your pity
and care of my reputation. Consider my calling, and do not bring
me to a public shame for what you're sure I am not guilty of, but
by plot of some villains.[262]

BAWD. Dear, will you disclaim me now?

PAR. O impudence!

JOLLY. Master constable, do your duty. Take them both away, as
you will answer it.

CAPT. Give him his cassock to cover him.

    [_They put on his cassock and her coat, and lead them away._

PAR. Why, gentlemen, whither will you carry me?

CAPT. To the next justice, I think it is Master Wild; he is newly
come from travel. It will be a good way, neighbours, to express
our respects to him.

PAR. No, faith, gentlemen, e'en go the next way to Tyburn, and
despatch the business without ceremony, for you'll utterly
disgrace me. This is that damned captain: my wife is abroad too;
I fear she is of the plot.

JOLLY. Come, away with 'em.

BAWD. Whither will they lead us, dear?

PAR. O, O, impudence! Gentlemen, do not lead us together, I
beseech you.

CAPT. Come, come, lead them together: no ceremonies. Your faults
are both alike.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE II.

    _Enter_ WANTON _and_ WILD.

WAN. You had best brag now, and use me like my lady
What-d'ye-call; but if you do, I care not.

WILD. Come, y' are a fool. I'll be a faithful friend, and make
good conditions for thee before thy husband be quit.

    [WILD _sits down with_ WANTON _in his lap_.

WAN. You must do it now or never.

WILD. Hark, hark! I hear them. What's the news?

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN, JOLLY, WATCH, BAWD, _and_ PARSON.

CAPT. We have brought a couple of delinquents before your
worship: they have committed a very foul fault.

JOLLY. And we have brought the fault along too, that your worship
may see it. You will be the better able to judge of the
offenders.

PAR. Ha! what do I see? My wife in master justice's lap!

WAN. What has the poor fellow done?

CAPT. Why, madam, he has been taken in bed with this woman,
another man's wife.

WAN. In bed with her, and do you raise him to punish him? Master
constable, if you would afflict him, command them to lie together
again. Is not the man mad?

PAR. This is fine roguery! I find who rules the roost.

WILD. Well, to the business. You say he was taken in bed with
another man's wife.

CAPT. Yes, and't like your worship.

WILD. Make his mittimus to the Hole at Newgate.

WAN. Sure, I have seen this fellow's face. Friend, have I never
seen your face before?

PAR. If I mistake not, I have seen one very like your ladyship's
too. She was a captain's cast whore in the town. I shall have a
time to be revenged.

WILD. How now, sirrah, are you threatening? Away with him.

CAPT. I'll fetch a stronger watch, sir, and return presently.

WILD. Do, master constable; and give the poor woman something,
and set her free; for I dare say 'twas his wickedness. She looks
like one that ne'er thought on such a thing.

BAWD. God bless your worship, I am innocent. He never left making
love till I consented.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN _in his own shape_.

PAR. O miserable, miserable!

CAPT. How now, what's the news here? My honoured friend and
master parson, what makes you here at this time of night? why, I
should have thought this a time to have envied you for your fair
bride's embraces. Do you give these favours? Are these your
bride-laces? It's a new way.

    [_Plays with the cord that binds his arms._

PAR. Is it new to you?

WAN. How now, captain?

CAPT. Wanton, is this your plot to endear your husband to you?

PAR. No, 'tis thy plot, poor beaten captain; but I shall be
revenged.

CAPT. Yes, faith, it was my plot, and I glory in't; to undermine
my Machiavel, which so greedily swallowed that sweet bait that
had this hook.

PAR. 'Tis well.

CAPT. But my anger ends not here. Remember the base language you
gave me--son of a thousand fathers; captain of a tame band; and
one that got my living by the longstaff-speeches--for which and
thy former treacheries I'll ruin thee, slave. I'll have no more
mercy on thee than old women on blind puppies. I'll bring you to
your commendations in Latin epistles again, nor leave thee
anything to live on--no, not bread--but what thou earn'st by
raking gentlewomen's names in anagrams.[263] And, master justice,
if ever you'll oblige me, stand to me now, that I may procure the
whipping of him from the reverend bench.

PAR. I am undone.

WILD. I can do nothing but justice: you must excuse me. I shall
only make it appear how fit it is to punish this kind of sin in
that coat in time, and to crush such serpents in the shells.

PAR. Mercy, O, mercy!

WILD. Officers, away with him.

    [_They pull him away._

PAR. No mercy?

WAN. Yes, upon conditions, there may be some mercy.

    [_The_ PARSON _looks very dejected_.

WILD. And these they are: let the watch stay in t'other room.
[_Exit_ WATCH.] First, your wife shall have her liberty, and you
yours, as she reports of you; and when you bring her with you,
you shall be welcome. Then you shall not be jealous; that's
another point.

CAPT. That he shall have a cure for.

WAN. Yes, yes, I'll apply something to his eyes shall cure him of
his doubt.

WILD. Then you shall ask the captain pardon, and your wife. To
him you shall allow half your parsonage to maintain her. The
deeds are ready within: if you'll sign them, and deliver your
wife to our use, she shall discharge you.

PAR. I submit, sir; but I hope your worship will desire no
witness to the use of my wife. The sumner, and the watch too, I
hope your worship will enjoin them silence.

WAN. You shall not need to fear; I'll have a care of your credit.
Call in the watch. Do you know these faces?

    [_She discovers them._

PAR. Ha! abused.

JOLLY. Nay, no flinching: if you do, I betake me to master sumner
again.

CAPT. And I become severe master constable in a trice.

PAR. No, no, I submit; and I hope we are all friends. I'm sure I
have the hardest part to forgive.

WAN. And I, before all this company, promise to forget, and
forgive thee, and am content to take thee again for my dear and
mortal husband, now you are tame; but you must see you do so no
more; and give yourself to be blind when it is not fit for you to
see; and practise to be deaf, and learn to sleep in time, and
find business to call you away, when gentlemen come that would be
private.

CAPT. Why so; now things are as they should be; and when you will
obey, you shall command; but when you would be imperious, then I
betake me to my constable's staff till you subscribe, _Cedunt
armis togæ_: and if it be false Latin, parson, you must pardon
that too.

JOLLY. By this hand, I must have my tithe-night with thee, thou
art such a wag. Say when? When wilt thou give me leave, ha?

WAN. Never.

JOLLY. Never!

WAN. No, never.

JOLLY. D'ye hear? I am none of them that work for charity. Either
resolve to pay, or I kick down all my milk again.

WAN. What would you have?

JOLLY. Give me leave to lie with you.

WAN. No indeed.

JOLLY. No!

WAN. No; but rather than quarrel, as I said before, I will give
you leave to say you have lain with me.

WILD. I am of opinion she owes you nothing now. So, Mistress
Wanton, take your husband; and, to remove all doubts, this night
I'll be at the charge of a wedding-supper.

PAR. This is better than Newgate-hole yet, Bridewell hemp, brown
bread, and whipcord.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE III.

    _Enter the_ WIDOW _and_ MISTRESS PLEASANT, MASTER SAD, _and_
        MASTER CONSTANT.

WID. By my troth, it was a good play.

PLEA. And I'm glad I'm come home, for I am e'en a-weary with this
walking. For God's sake, whereabouts does the pleasure of walking
lie? I swear I have often sought it till I was weary, and yet I
ne'er could find it.

SAD. What do these halberds at your door?

    [_A_ WATCH _at the_ WIDOW'S _door_.

WID. Halberds! Where?

SAD. There, at your lodging.

CON. Friend, what would those watchmen have?

WATCH. The house is shut up for the sickness[264] this afternoon.

PLEA. The sickness!

WATCH. Yes, forsooth; there's a coachman dead, full of the
tokens.

SAD. Where's the officer?

WATCH. He is gone to seek the lady of the house and some other
company that dined here yesterday, to bring her in, or carry her
to the pest-house.

WID. Ha! What shall we do, niece?

SAD. If you please to command our lodging.

PLEA. It will be too much trouble.

WID. Let's go to Loveall's.

PLEA. Not I, by my faith: it is scarce for our credits to let her
come to us.

WID. Why, is she naught?

CON. Faith, madam, her reputation is not good.

WID. But what shall we do, then?

CON. Dare you adventure to oblige us?

WID. Thank you, sir? we'll go to my nephew's at Covent Garden: he
may shift among his acquaintance.

PLEA. It was well thought on; the Piazza is hard by, too.

WID. We'll borrow your coach thither, and we'll send it you back
again straight.

CON. We'll wait upon you, madam.

WID. This accident troubles me. I am heartily sorry for the poor
fellow.

PLEA. I am sorry too: but pray, aunt, let us not forget
ourselves in our grief. I am not ambitious of a red cross upon
the door.[265]

CON. Mistress Pleasant is in the right; for if you stay, the
officers will put you in.

WID. We shall trouble you, sir, for your coach.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ PARSON, CAPTAIN, WILD, WANTON, CARELESS, _and_ JOLLY.

PAR. I am reconciled, and will no longer be an uncharitable
churchman. I think this sack is a cooler.

CAPT. What! does it make you to see your error?

PAR. Yes, and consider my man-of-war: nor will I again dispute
his letters of mart, nor call them passes for pirates. I am free.

CAPT. And welcome. Anything but anger is sufferable, and all is
jest, when you laugh; and I will hug thee for abusing me with thy
eyes in their scabbards; but when you rail with drawn eyes, red
and naked, threatening a Levite's second revenge[266] to all that
touches your concubine, then I betake me to a dark lantern and a
constable's staff; and by help of these fathers whom I cite, I
prove my text: _Women that are kind ought to be free._

PAR. But, captain, is it not lawful for us shepherds to reclaim
them?

CAPT. A mere mistake; for sin, like the sea, may be turned out,
but will ne'er grow less: and though you should drain this
Mistress Doll, yet the whore will find a place, and perhaps
overflow some maid, till then honest; and so you prove the author
of a new sin, and the defiler of a pure temple: therefore I say,
while you live, let the whore alone, till she wears out; nor is
it safe to vamp them, as you shall find. Read Ball the first and
the second.[267]

WILD. No more discourse. Strike up, fiddlers.

CAPT. See who's that knocks?

    [_A country-dance. When they are merry, singing catches and
        drinking healths, the_ WIDOW, MISTRESS PLEASANT, _and the
        two Lovers, knock at the door._

SER. Sir, 'tis Mistress Pleasant and the two gentlemen that dined
there to-day.

WILD. My aunt and Mistress Pleasant!

JOLLY. What a pox makes them abroad at this time of night?

CAPT. It may be, they have been a-wenching.

SER. Sir, they were upon alighting out of the coach when I came
up.

WILD. Quickly, Mistress Wanton; you and your husband to bed;
there's the key. Master Parson, you know the way to the old
chamber, and to it quickly; all is friends now.

PAR. Sweetheart, we'll steal away.

WAN. The devil on them, they have spoiled our mirth.

    [_Exit_ PARSON.

WILD. Jack, get you and your company down the back-way into the
kitchen, and stay there till we see what this visit means.

    [_Exeunt_ FIDDLERS.

CAPT. Means! What should it mean? It is nothing but the
mischievous nature all honest women are endued with, and
naturally given to spoil sport. I wonder what fart blew them
hither to-night.

WILD. Nay, have a little patience, captain, you and Master Jolly
must sit quietly awhile within, till we know the cause.

CAPT. It is but deferring our mirth for an hour or so.

SER. Sir, here's my lady.

WILD. Quickly remove those things there. Captain, step in
there----

    _Enter_ WIDOW, PLEASANT, SAD, _and_ CONSTANT.

WID. Nephew, do you not wonder to see me here at this time of
night?

WILD. I know it is not ordinary, therefore I believe 'tis some
design. What is it, Mistress Pleasant? Shall I make one?

PLEA. As I live, sir, pure necessity. Neither mirth nor kindness
hath begot this visit.

CARE. What! is your coach broke?

WID. Faith, nephew, the truth is, the sickness is in my house,
and my coachman died since dinner.

WILD. The sickness!

PLEA. Ay, as I live: we have been walking since the play; and
when we came home, we found the watch at the door, and the house
shut up.

SAD. And a constable gone in search of all those that dined there
to-day, with order to furnish us lodgings in the pest-house.

WID. Are you not afraid to receive us?

WILD. As I live, the accident troubles me; and I am sorry such a
misfortune should beget me this favour; and I could wish myself
free from the honour, if the cause were removed too.

PLEA. As I live, Master Wild, I must have been forced to have
lain with my servant to-night, if you had not received me.

WILD. If I thought so, I would carry you out in my arms, I am so
much Master Constant's friend.

PLEA. But are you more his friend than mine, Master Wild?

WILD. No; but I presume by this he has gained so much interest,
as he would not be very displeasing to you.

CON. O, your humble servant, sir.

PLEA. If I had had a mind to that lodging, I had ne'er come
hither; for when I have a mind to it, I'll marry without dispute,
for I fear nobody so much as a husband; and when I can conquer
that doubt, I'll marry at a minute's warning.

WID. No dispute now. Can you furnish us with a couple of beds?

WILD. Yes, yes.

WID. And have you e'er a woman in the house?

WILD. My sister's maid is here.

CARE. Madam, if you resolve to do us this honour, you shall find
clean linen, and your beds quickly ready.

WID. But where will my nephew and you, sir, lie to-night?

CARE. O, madam, we have acquaintance enough in the town.

WID. Well, sir, we'll accept this courtesy; and when you come
into Suffolk, you shall command my house.

WILD. Prythee, call Bess, and bid her bring sheets to make the
bed. I'll go and fetch in a pallet, 'tis as good a bed as the
other; and if you will stay the removing, we'll set up a
bedstead.

PLEA. No, a pallet, pray. But what shall we do for night-clothes,
aunt?

WILD. Why, what are those you bought, my sister?

WID. Is not that linen gone yet?

CARE. No, faith, madam, his man forgot it, till the carriers were
gone last week.

WILD. Will that serve?

PLEA. Yes, yes, pray do us the favour to let us have it, 'tis but
washing of it again.

WILD. Nay, it will serve: discourse no more; I'll fetch the
bundle; and, prythee, fetch the combs and looking-glasses I
bought the other day: for other necessaries that want a name the
wench shall furnish you with.

WID. Nay, but where is she, nephew?

WILD. I'll call her, if she be not gone to bed. It is an
ignorant young thing; I am to send her to my sister's in the
country; I have had such ado to put her in the fashion.

PLEA. What country is she? Prythee, Master Wild, let's see her.

WILD. I'll call her down.

    [_Exit_ WILD.

SAD. Madam, now we see y' are safe, we'll kiss your hands, and
wait upon you to-morrow.

WID. It must be early then, sir, for I shall borrow my nephew's
coach, and be gone betimes into the country, to take a little
fresh air, and prevent the search.

CON. Pray, madam, be pleased to command ours.

WILD. No, sir, I humbly thank you; my nephew's will hold our
company.

CON. Your humble servant, Mistress Pleasant.

SAD. Your servant, madam.

PLEA. Good night, Master Constant.

WID. Sir, you'll excuse us, we have nobody here to light you
down.

CARE. Madam, I am here your servant as much as those who wear
your livery; and this house holds no other. We can be civil,
madam, as well as extravagant.

WID. Your humble servant, Master Careless.

CARE. Gentlemen, if you'll wait on my lady to her chamber, then
I'll wait upon you down.

SAD. You oblige us, sir.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE V.

    _Enter_ WILD, CAPTAIN, WANTON, PARSON, _and_ JOLLY.

CAPT. The plague!

WILD. The plague, as I live; and all my relation is truth, every
syllable. But, Mistress Wanton, now must you play your
masterpiece: be sure to blush, and appear but simple enough, and
all is well: thou wilt pass for as arrant a chambermaid as any in
the parish.

PAR. Hum! new plots?

CAPT. Let me put on a petticoat and a muffler, and I'll so
chambermaid it, and be so diligent with the clean smock and the
chamber-pot.[268] Now would I give all the shoes in my shop to
lie with 'em both.

WAN. Let me alone to fit them; I can make a scurvy curtsey
naturally: remember, I am an Essex woman, if they ask.

WILD. Come, come quickly, take those sweetmeats; bring the great
cake and knife, and napkins, for they have not supped; and,
Captain, make some lemonade, and send it by the boy to my
chamber; and, do you hear, Jolly, you must stay till we come, for
we must lie with you to-night.

JOLLY. We'll stay, but make haste then.

CAPT. And bring our cloaks and swords out with you.

WILD. I will, I will; but be quiet all.

PAR. Master Wild, I hope there is no plot in this.

CAPT. There's no jealousy, Master Parson, 'tis all serious, upon
my life. Come away with us.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE VI.

    _The tiring-room, curtains drawn, and they discourse. His
        chamber, two beds, two tables, looking-glasses,
        night-clothes, waistcoats, sweet-bags, sweetmeats, and
        wine:_ WANTON _dressed like a chambermaid. All above, if
        the scene can be so ordered._

    _Enter_ WIDOW _and_ MISTRESS PLEASANT, WILD _and_ CARELESS:
        _the_ WIDOW _and_ MISTRESS PLEASANT _salute_ WANTON.

WILD. Faith, aunt, 'tis the first time I have had the honour to
see you in my house, and as a stranger I must salute you.

WID. As I live, nephew, I'm ashamed to put you to this trouble.

WILD. It is an obligation. Mistress Pleasant, I know you have not
supped; I pray you, be pleased to taste these sweetmeats, they
are of Sall's doing; but I understand not sweetmeats, the wine
I'll answer for; and, in a word, you are welcome: you are
Patrona,[269] and we are slaves.

CARE. Good rest and a pleasing dream your humble servant wishes
you.

WID. Good night, nephew; good night, Master Careless.

PLEA. Good night, Master Careless; your humble servant, Master
Wild.

    [_Exeunt_ WILD _and_ CARELESS.

WID. Why, ay, here are men have some wit: by this good night, had
we lain at my servant's, we should have found the laced cap and
slippers that have been entailed upon the family these five
descents, advanced upon the cupboard's head instead of plate.

    [_They sit down to undress them._

PLEA. They are a couple of the readiest youths too; how they run
and do all things with a thought! I love him for sending his
sister's maid. A pretty wench.

WID. Pray, let's go to bed; I am weary.

PLEA. You will not go to bed with those windows open: sweetheart,
prythee, shut them, and bring me hither--dost understand me? As I
live, 'tis a great while since I went to the play.

WID. It has been one of the longest days; a year of them would be
an age.

PLEA. O, do you grow weary? you'll break your covenant ere the
year go out.

    [_The curtains are closed._

WID. Prythee, shut the windows, and come pin up my hair.


SCENE VII.

    _Enter_ WILD, JOLLY, CARELESS, CAPTAIN, PARSON, _and_
        FIDDLERS, _and one with a torch, with their cloaks and
        their swords, putting them on_. _Enter_ WILD'S _man_.

WILD. See you wait diligently, and let them want nothing they
call for. Come, shall we go? 'tis very late.

CAPT. But how does Wanton carry it?

WILD. They saluted her; and Mistress Pleasant swore you might see
the country simplicity in her face.

PAR. A pox upon her, crafty gipsy!

CAPT. Why, art not thou glad to see she can be honest when she
will?

PAR. I'll show you all a trick for her within these few days, or
I'll miss my aim.

JOLLY. Come, let's go.

    [_They all offer to go._

CAPT. I have a mind to stay till Wanton comes.

WILD. Stay a little, then, for 'twill not be long ere they be
abed.

CAPT. I hear Wanton's voice.

    _Enter_ WANTON.

WILD. Are they abed?

WAN. Yes, and have so admired you and Master Careless, and abused
the lovers! Well, gentlemen, you are the wits of the time; but if
I might counsel--well, they might lie alone this night; but it
should go hard if I lay not with one of them within a month.

CARE. Were they so taken with their lodging?

WAN. All that can be said, they said: you are the friendliest
men, the readiest men, the handsomest men; men that had wit, and
could tell when to be civil, and when to be wild; and Mistress
What's-her-name, the younger, asked why Master Wild did not go
a-wooing to some rich heir; upon her conscience, she said, you
would speed.

CARE. Well, well, there's a time for all things: come, let's go.

    [_They offer to depart._

WILD. Take a light. Good night, Wanton.

CAPT. D'ye hear, d'ye hear? let me speak with you.

    [_They all come back again._

WILD. What's the business?

CAPT. I cannot get hence this night: but your good angels hang at
your heels, and if I can prevail, you shall stay.

WILD. What to do?

CAPT. What to do? why I'll be hanged, if all this company do not
guess.

JOLLY. Prythee, what should we stay for?

CAPT. For the widow and her niece. Are they worth the watching
for a' night?

WILD. Yes, certainly.

CAPT. Then take my counsel, and let me give it out y' are
married. You have new clothes come home this morning, and there's
that you spoke of I'll fetch from the tailor's; and here's a
parson shall rather give them his living than stay for a licence;
the fiddlers, too, are ready to salute 'em.

CARE. But if they refuse?

JOLLY. Which, upon my conscience, they will.

CAPT. As you hope, else you are laughed at for missing the widow.
Ned, follow my counsel; appear at her chamber-window in thy
shirt, and salute all that passes by. Let me alone to give it
out, and invite company, and provide dinner; then, when the
business is known, and I have presented all your friends at court
with ribands, she must consent, or her honour is lost, if you
have but the grace to swear it, and keep your own counsel.

CARE. By this hand, he has reason, and I'll undertake the widow.

WILD. It will incense them, and precipitate the business, which
is in a fair way now; and if they have wit, they must hate us for
such a treachery.

CAPT. If they have wit, they will love you: beside, if it come to
that, we two will swear we saw you married, and the parson shall
be sworn he did it. Priest, will you not swear?

PAR. Yes, anything; what is't, Captain?

WILD. If this jest could do it, yet 'tis base to gain a wife so
poorly. She came hither, too, for sanctuary; it would be an
uncivil and an unhospitable thing, and look as if I had not
merit enough to get a wife without stealing her from herself:
then, 'tis in mine own house.

CAPT. The better; nay, now I think on't, why came she hither? How
do you know the plague is there? all was well at dinner; I'll be
hanged if it be not a plot: the lovers, too, whom you abused at
dinner, are joined with them: a trick, a mere trick of wit to
abuse us! and to-morrow, when the birds are flown, they'll laugh
at you, and say, two country-ladies put themselves naked into the
hands of three travelled city wits, and they durst not lay hold
on them.

CARE. A pox upon these niceties!

WAN. If they have not some design upon you, hang me: why did they
talk so freely before me else?

CARE. Let's but try; we are not now to begin to make the world
talk; nor is it a new thing to them to hear we are mad fellows.

CAPT. If you get them, are they worth having?

WILD. Having? yes.

CAPT. If you miss them, the jest is good. Prythee, Ned, let me
prevail; 'tis but a mad trick.

WILD. If we would, how shall we get into the chamber?

WAN. Let me alone for that; I'll put on my country simplicity,
and carry in a chamber-pot; then, under pretence of bolting the
back-door, I'll open it--and yet I grudge them the sport so
honestly; for you wenchers make the best husbands: after you are
once married, one never sees you.

CAPT. I warrant thee, wench.

WAN. No, faith, I have observed it, they are still the doating'st
husbands, and then retreat and become justices of the peace, and
none so violent upon the bench as they against us poor sinners.
Yet I'll do it; for upon my conscience, the young gentlewoman
will fall upon her back, and thank me.

    [_Exit_ WANTON.

CAPT. Away, go then, and leave your fooling; and in the morning,
Ned, get in, and plead naked with your hands in the bed.

PAR. And if they cry, put your lips in their mouths, and stop
them.

CAPT. Why, look you, you have the authority of the church too.

WILD. Well, I am now resolved: go you about your part, and make
the report strong.

CARE. And d'ye hear? be sure you set the cook at work, that if we
miss, we may have a good dinner and good wine to drink down our
grief.

CAPT. Miss! I warrant thee, 'twill thrive.

    [_Exit_ CAPTAIN.

CARE. Nay, if I knock not down the widow, geld me, and come out
to-morrow complete uncle, and salute the company with, You are
welcome, gentlemen, and Good-morrow, nephew Ned.

WILD. Uncle Tom, good morrow, uncle Tom.

    _Enter_ WANTON.

WAN. All's done; the door is open, and they're as still as
children's thoughts: 'tis time you made you ready, which is to
put off your breeches, for 'tis almost day. And take my counsel,
be sure to offer force enough, the less reason will serve:
especially you, Master Wild, do not put a maid to the pain of
saying, Ay.

WILD. I warrant thee, wench; let me alone.

CARE. We'll in and undress us, and come again, for we must go in
at the back-door.

WILD. I'll meet you. Is the Captain gone?

    [_Exeunt_ WILD _and_ CARELESS.

WAN. Yes, yes, he's gone.

JOLLY. Come, Master Parson, let us see the cook in readiness.
Where are the fiddlers? What will become of our plot? for the
coachman, Master Sad, and his friend, will stink of their jest if
this thrive.

PAR. They have slept all night, on purpose to play all day.

JOLLY. When the ribands and points come from the Exchange, pray
see the fiddlers have some; the rogues will play so out of tune
all day else, they will spoil the dancing, if the plot do take.

    _Enter_ WILD _and_ CARELESS _in their shirts, with drawers
        under, nightgowns on, and in slippers_.

WAN. Let's see them in the chamber first, and then I shall go
with some heart about the business. So, so, creep close and
quietly: you know the way; the widow lies in the high bed, and
the pallet is next the door.

    [_They kneel at the door to go in; she shakes her coats over
        them._

WILD. Must we creep?

WAN. Yes, yes, down upon your knees always, till you get a woman,
and then stand up for the cause: stay, let me shake my smock over
you for luck's sake.

JOLLY. Why so? I warrant you [I'll] thrive.

PAR. A pox take you, I'll pare your nails when I get you from
this place once.

WAN. Sweetheart, sweetheart, off with your shoes.

PAR. Ay, with all my heart, there's an old shoe after you.[270]
Would I gave all in my shop the rest were furnished with wives
too!

JOLLY. Parson, the sun is rising; go send in the fiddlers, and
set the cook on work; let him chop soundly.

PAR. I have a tithe-pig at home, I'll e'en sacrifice it to the
wedding.

    [_Exit_ PARSON.

WAN. They will find them in good posture, they may take privy
marks, if they please; for they said it was so hot they could
endure no clothes, and my simplicity was so diligent to lay them
naked, and with such twists and turns fastened them to the feet,
I'll answer for't they find not the way into them in an hour.

    _Enter_ SERVANT _and_ PARSON.

JOLLY. Why, then, they may pull up their smocks, and hide their
faces.

SER. Master Jolly, there was one without would speak with you.

JOLLY. Who was it?

SER. It is the lady that talks so well.

JOLLY. They say, indeed, she has an excellent tongue; I would she
had changed it for a face; 'tis she that has been handsome.

PAR. Who? not the poetess we met at Master Sad's?

JOLLY. Yes, the same.

PAR. Sure, she's mad.

JOLLY. Prythee, tell her I am gone to bed.

SER. I have done as well, sir: I told her Mistress Wanton was
here; at which discreetly, being touched with the guilt of her
face, she threw out a curse or two, and retreated.

WAN. Who is this you speak of? I will know who 'tis.

PAR. Why, 'tis she that married the Genoa merchant; they cozened
one another.

WAN. Who? Peg Driver, bugle-eyes?

JOLLY. The same, the same.

WAN. Why, she is ugly now?

PAR. Yes; but I have known her, by this hand, as fine a wench as
ever sinned in town or suburbs. When I knew her first, she was
the original of all the wainscoat chambermaids with brooms and
barefoot madams you see sold at Temple Bar and the Exchange.

WAN. Ah, th' art a devil! how couldst thou find in thy heart to
abuse her so? Thou lov'st antiquities too: the very memory that
she had been handsome should have pleaded something.

JOLLY. _Was handsome_ signifies nothing to me.

WAN. But she's a wit, and a wench of an excellent discourse.

PAR. And as good company as any's i' th' town.

JOLLY. Company! for whom? Leather-ears, his majesty of Newgate
watch? There her story will do well, while they louse themselves.

PAR. Well, you are curious now, but the time was when you skipped
for a kiss.

JOLLY. Prythee, parson, no more of wit and _was handsome_; but
let us keep to this text--[_He kisses_ WANTON]--and with joy
think upon thy little Wanton here, that's kind, soft, sweet, and
sound: these are epithets for a mistress, nor is there any
elegancy in a woman like it. Give me such a naked scene to study
night and day: I care not for her tongue, so her face be good. A
whore dressed in verse and set speeches tempts me no more to that
sweet sin, than the statute of whipping can keep me from it. This
thing we talked on, which retains nothing but the name of what
she was, is not only poetical in her discourse, but her tears and
her love, her health, nay, her pleasure, were all fictions, and
had scarce any live flesh about her, till I administered.

PAR. Indeed, 'tis time she sat out, and gave others leave to
play; for a reverend whore is an unseemly sight: besides it makes
the sin malicious, which is but venial else.

WAN. Sure, he'll make a case of conscience on't: you should do
well (sweetheart) to recommend her case to your brethren that
attend the committee of affection, that they may order her to be
sound and young again, for the good of the commonwealth.



ACT V., SCENE 1.


  _Enter_ FIDDLERS, JOLLY, _and_ WANTON.

JOLLY. O, are you ready, are you ready?

FID. Yes, an't like your worship.

JOLLY. And did you bid the cook chop lustily, and make a noise?

FID. Yes, sir, he's at it.

WAN. I hear the captain.

  _Enter the_ CAPTAIN.

JOLLY. Have you brought clothes and ribands?

CAPT. Yes, yes, all is ready: did you hear them squeak yet?

WAN. No, by this light: I think 'tis an appointment, and we have
been all abused.

CAPT. Give the fiddlers their ribands, and carry the rest in.
Mistress Wanton, you must play my lady's woman to-day, and mince
it to all that come, and hold up your head finely when they kiss
you: and take heed of swearing when you are angry, and pledging
whole cups when they drink to you.

WAN. I'll warrant you for my part.

CAPT. Go, get you in, then, and let your husband dip the
rosemary.[271]

JOLLY. Is all ready?

CAPT. All, all; some of the company are below already. I have so
blown it about, one porter is gone to the Exchange to invite
Master Wild's merchant to his wedding, and, by the way, to bid
two or three fruiterers to send in fruit for such a wedding;
another in my lady's name to Sall's for sweetmeats. I swore at
Bradborn in his shop myself, that I wondered he would disappoint
Master Wild for his points, and having so long warning: he
protested 'twas not his fault, but they were ready, and he would
send John with them presently. One of the watermen is gone to the
Melon garden; the other to Cook's, at the Bear, for some bottles
of his best wine; and thence to Gracious Street to the
poulterer's, and all with directions to send in provisions for
Master Wild's wedding. And who should I meet at the door but
apricock Tom and Mary, waiting to speak with her young master?
They came to beg that they might serve the feast. I promised them
they should, if they would cry it up and down the town, to bring
company, for Master Wild was resolved to keep open house.

JOLLY. Why, then, here will be witnesses enough.

CAPT. But who should I meet at the corner of the Piazza, but
Joseph Taylor:[272] he tells me there's a new play at the Friars
to-day, and I have bespoke a box for Master Wild and his bride.

JOLLY. And did not he wonder to hear he was married?

CAPT. Yes; but I told him 'twas a match his aunt made for him
when he was abroad.

JOLLY. And I have spread it sufficiently at court, by sending to
borrow plate for such a wedding.

    _Enter a_ SERVANT.

SER. There's half a dozen coachfuls of company lighted: they call
for the bridelaces and points.

CAPT. Let the fiddlers play, then, and bid God give them joy by
the name of my Lady Careless and Mistress Wild.

FID. Where shall we play, sir?

JOLLY. Come with us, we'll show you the window.


SCENE II.

    [_The_ FIDDLERS _play in the tiring-room; and the stage
        curtains are drawn, and discover a chamber, as it were,
        with two beds, and the ladies asleep in them_, MASTER
        WILD _being at_ MISTRESS PLEASANT'S _bedside, and_ MASTER
        CARELESS _at the_ WIDOW'S. _The music awakes the_ WIDOW.

WID. Niece, niece, niece Pleasant.

    [_She opens the curtain and calls her: she is under a canopy_.

PLEA. Ha! I hear you, I hear you; what would you have?

WID. Do you not hear the fiddlers?

PLEA. Yes, yes; but you have waked me from the finest dream----

WID. A dream! what was't, some knavery!

PLEA. Why, I know not, but 'twas merry; e'en as pleasing as some
sins. Well, I'll lie no more in a man's bed, for fear I lose more
than I get.

WID. Hark! that's a new tune.

PLEA. Yes, and they play it well. This is your janty nephew: I
would he had less of the father in him, I'd venture to dream out
my dream with him. O' my conscience, he's worth a dozen of my
dull servant; that's such a troublesome visitant, without any
kind of conveniency.

WID. Ay, ay, so are all of that kind; give me your subject-lover;
those you call servants are but troubles, I confess.

PLEA. What is the difference, pray, betwixt a subject and a
servant lover?

WID. Why, one I have absolute power over, the other's at large:
your servant-lovers are those who take mistresses upon trial,
and scarce give them a quarter's warning before they are gone.

PLEA. Why, what do you subject-lovers do?--I am so sleepy.

WID. Do! all things for nothing: then they are the diligentest
and the humblest things a woman can employ: nay, I ha' seen of
them tame, and run loose about a house. I had one once, by this
light, he would fetch and carry, go back, seek out; he would do
anything: I think some falconer bred him.

PLEA. By my troth, I am of your mind.

WID. He would come over for all my friends; but it was the
dogged'st thing to my enemies; he would sit upon's tail before
them, and frown like John-a-Napes when the Pope is named. He
heard me once praise my little spaniel bitch Smut for waiting,
and hang me if I stirred for seven years after, but I found him
lying at my door.

PLEA. And what became of him?

WID. Faith, when I married, he forsook me. I was advised since,
that if I would ha' spit in's mouth sometimes, he would have
stayed.

PLEA. That was cheap, but 'tis no certain way; for 'tis a general
opinion that marriage is one of the certain'st cures for love
that one can apply to a man that is sick of the sighings; yet if
you were to live about this town still, such a fool would do you
a world of service. I'm sure Secret will miss him, he would
always take such a care of her, h' has saved her a hundred walks
for hoods and masks.

WID. Yes, and I was certain of the earliest fruits and flowers
that the spring afforded.

PLEA. By my troth, 'twas foolishly done to part with him; a few
crumbs of your affections would have satisfied him, poor thing!

WID. Thou art in the right. In this town there's no living
without 'em; they do more service in a house for nothing than a
pair of those what-d'ye-call-'ems, those he-waiting-women beasts,
that custom imposes upon ladies.

PLEA. Is there none of them to be had now, think you? I'd fain
get a tame one to carry down into the country.

WID. Faith, I know but one breed of them about the town that's
right, and that's at the court; the lady that has them brings 'em
up all by hand: she breeds some of them from very puppies.
There's another wit too in the town that has of them; but hers
will not do so many tricks; good, sullen, diligent waiters those
are which she breeds, but not half so serviceable.

PLEA. How does she do it? is there not a trick in't?

WID. Only patience; but she has a heavy hand with 'em (they say)
at first, and many of them miscarry; she governs them with signs,
and by the eye, as Banks breeds his horse.[273] There are some,
too, that arrive at writing, and those are the right breed, for
they commonly betake themselves to poetry: and if you could light
on one of them, 'twere worth your money; for 'tis but using of
him ill, and praising his verses sometimes, and you are sure of
him for ever.

PLEA. But do they never grow surly, aunt?

WID. Not if you keep them from raw flesh; for they are a kind of
lion-lovers, and if they once taste the sweet of it, they'll turn
to their kind.

PLEA. Lord, aunt, there will be no going without one this summer
into the country: pray, let's inquire for one, either a he-one to
entertain us, or a she-one to tell us the story of her love; 'tis
excellent to bedward, and makes one as drowsy as prayers.

WID. Faith, niece, this parliament has so destroyed 'em, and the
Platonic humour, that 'tis uncertain whether we shall get one or
no. Your leading members in the lower house have so cowed the
ladies, that they have no leisure to breed any of late: their
whole endeavours are spent now in feasting, and winning close
committee men, a rugged kind of sullen fellows with implacable
stomachs and hard hearts, that make the gay things court and
observe them, as much as the foolish lovers use to do. Yet I
think I know one she-lover; but she is smitten in years o' th'
wrong side of forty. I am certain she is poor, too, and in this
lean age for courtiers she perhaps would be glad to run this
summer in our park.

PLEA. Dear aunt, let us have her. Has she been famous? has she
good tales, think you, of knights, such as have been false or
true to love, no matter which?

WID. She cannot want cause to curse the sex: handsome, witty,
well-born, and poor in court, cannot want the experience how
false young men can be: her beauty has had the highest fame; and
those eyes, that weep now unpitied, have had their envy and a
dazzling power.

PLEA. And that tongue, I warrant you, which now grows hoarse with
flattering the great law-breakers, once gave law to princes: was
it not so, aunt? Lord, shall I die without begetting one story?

WID. Penthesilea nor all the cloven knights the poets treat of,
yclad in mightiest petticoats, did her excel for gallant deeds,
and with her honour still preserved her freedom. My brother loved
her; and I have heard him swear Minerva might have owned her
language; an eye like Pallas, Juno's wrists, a Venus for shape,
and a mind chaste as Diana; but not so rough: never uncivilly
cruel, nor faulty kind to any; no vanity, that sees more than
lovers pay, nor blind to a gallant passion. Her maxim was, he
that could love, and tell her so handsomely, was better company,
but not a better lover, than a silent man. Thus all passions
found her civility, and she a value from all her lovers. But
alas! niece, this _was_ (which is a sad word)--_was_ handsome and
_was_ beloved are abhorred sounds in women's ears.

    [_The_ FIDDLERS _play again_.

PLEA. Hark! the fiddlers are merry still. Will not Secret have
the wit to find us this morning, think you?

FID. [_Within._] God give you joy, Master Careless! God give
your ladyship joy, my Lady Wild!

WID. What did the fellows say? God give me joy?

PLEA. As I live, I think so.

FID. God give you joy, Mistress Pleasant Wild!

WID. This is my nephew: I smell him in this knavery.

PLEA. Why did they give me joy by the name of Mistress Wild? I
shall pay dear for a night's lodging if that be so; especially
lying alone. By this light, there is some knavery afoot.

    [_All the company confused without, and bid God give them
        joy._

JOLLY. Rise, rise, for shame; the year's afore you.

CAPT. Why, Ned Wild; why, Tom, will you not rise and let's in?
What, is it not enough to steal your wedding overnight, but lock
yourselves up in the morning too? All your friends stay for
points here, and kisses from the brides.

WILD. A little patience! you'll give us leave to dress us?

    [_The women squeak when they speak_.

CARE. Why, what's o'clock, captain?

CAPT. It's late.

CARE. Faith, so it was before we slept.

WID. Why, nephew, what means this rudeness? As I live, I'll fall
out with you. This is no jest.

WILD. No, as I live, aunt, we are in earnest; but my part lies
here, and there's a gentleman will do his best to satisfy you.
[_They catch the women in their arms._] And, sweet Mistress
Pleasant, I know you have so much wit as to perceive this
business cannot be remedied by denials. Here we are, as you see,
naked,[274] and thus have saluted hundreds at the window that
passed by, and gave us joy this morning.

PLEA. Joy! of what? what do you mean?

CARE. Madam, this is visible; and you may coy it, and refuse to
call me husband, but I am resolved to call you wife, and such
proofs I'll bring as shall not be denied.

    [CARELESS _kisses the_ WIDOW.

WID. Promise yourself that; see whether your fine wits can make
it good. You will not be uncivil?

CARE. Not a hair, but what you give, and that was in the contract
before we undertook it; for any man may force a woman's body, but
we have laid we will force your mind.

WILD. But that needs not, for we know by your discourse last
night and this morning, we are men you have no aversion to; and I
believe, if we had taken time, and wooed hard, this would have
come o' course; but we had rather win you by wit, because you
defied us.

WID. 'Tis very well, if it succeed.

CARE. And, for my part, but for the jest of winning you, and this
way, not ten jointures should have made me marry.

WID. This is a new way of wooing.

CARE. 'Tis so, madam; but we have not laid our plot so weakly,
though it were sudden, to leave it in anybody's power but our own
to hinder it.

PLEA. Do you think so?

WILD. We are secure enough, if we can be true to ourselves.

CARE. Yet we submit in the midst of our strength, and beg you
will not wifully spoil a good jest by refusing us. By this hand,
we are both sound, and we'll be strangely honest, and never in
ill humours; but live as merry as the maids, and divide the year
between the town and the country. What say you, is't a match?
Your bed is big enough for two, and my meat will not cost you
much: I'll promise nothing but one heart, one purse betwixt us,
and a whole dozen of boys. Is't a bargain?

WID. Not if I can hinder it, as I live.

WILD. Faith, Mistress Pleasant, he hath spoken nothing but
reason, and I'll do my best to make it good: come, faith, teach
my aunt what to do, and let me strike the bargain upon your lips.

PLEA. No, sir, not to be half a queen; if we should yield now,
your wit would domineer for ever: and still in all disputes
(though never so much reason on our side) this shall be urged as
an argument of your master-wit to confute us. I am of your aunt's
mind, sir, and, if I can hinder it, it shall be no match.

WILD. Why, then know it is not in your powers to prevent it.

WID. Why? we are not married yet.

CARE. No, 'tis true.

Wid. By this good light, then, I'll be dumb for ever hereafter,
lest I light upon the words of marriage by chance.

PLEA. 'Tis hard, when our own acts cannot be in our own power,
gentlemen.

WILD. The plot is only known to four: the minister, and two that
stood for fathers, and a simple country maid that waited upon you
last night, which plays your chambermaid's part.

PLEA. And what will all these do?

WILD. Why, the two friends will swear they gave you, the parson
will swear he married you, and the wench will swear she put us to
bed.

WID. Have you men to swear we are married?

PLEA. And a parson to swear he did it?

BOTH. Yes.

WID. And a wench that will swear she put us to bed?

BOTH. Yes, by this good light, and witness of reputation.

PLEA. Dare they or you look us in the face, and swear this?

CARE. Yes, faith; and all but those four know no other but really
it is so; and you may deny it, but I'll make master constable put
you to bed, with this proof, at night.

WID. Pray, let's see these witnesses.

WILD. Call in the four only.

    [_Exit_ CARELESS.

PLEA. Well, this shall be a warning to me. I say nothing, but if
ever I lie from home again----

WILD. I'll lie with you.

PLEA. 'Tis well. I daresay we are the first women, if this take,
that ever were stolen against their wills.

WILD. I'll go call the gentlemen.

    [_Exit_ WILD.

WID. I that have refused a fellow that loved me these seven
years, and would have put off his hat, and thanked me to come to
bed, to be beaten with watchmen's staves into another's!--for, by
this good light, for aught that I perceive, there's no keeping
these out at night.

PLEA. And unless we consent to be their wives to-day, master
justice will make us their whores at night. O, O, what would not
I give to come off? not that I mislike them, but I hate they
should get us thus.

    _Enter_ WILD, JOLLY, CAPTAIN, CARELESS, PARSON, WANTON, _with
        rosemary in their hands, and points in their hats_.

CARE. Follow. Will not you two swear we were married last night?

JOLLY _and_ CAPT. Yes, by this light, will we.

WILD. Will you not swear you married us?

PAR. Yea, verily.

CARE. And come hither, pretty one: will not you swear you left us
all abed last night, and pleased?

WAN. Yes, forsooth; I'll swear anything your worship shall
appoint me.

WID. But, gentleman, have you no shame, no conscience? Will you
swear false for sport?

JOLLY. By this light, I'll swear, if it be but to vex you:
remember you refused me. That [_Aside_] is contrary to covenants,
though, with my brace of lovers: what will they do with their
coachman's plot? But 'tis no matter, I have my ends; and, so they
are cosened, I care not who does it.

CAPT. And faith, madam, I have sworn many times false to no
purpose; and I should take it ill, if it were mine own case, to
have a friend refuse me an oath upon such an occasion.

PLEA. And are you all of one mind?

PAR. Verily, we will all swear.

PLEA. Will you verily? What shall we do, aunt?

    [PLEASANT _laughs_.

WID. Do you laugh? by this light, I am heartily angry.

PLEA. Why, as I live, let's marry them, aunt, and be revenged.

WID. Marry! Where's the parson?

CAPT. Here, here, master parson, come and do your office.

PLEA. That fellow! no, by my troth, let's be honestly joined, for
luck's sake: we know not how soon we may part.

WILD. What shall we do for a parson? Captain, you must run and
fetch one.

CAPT. Yes, yes: but, methinks, this might serve turn: by this
hand, he's a Marshall and a Case,[275] by sire and dam; pray, try
him: by this light, he comes of the best preaching-kind in Essex.

WID. Not I, as I live; that were a blessing in the devil's name.

PAR. A pox on your wedding! give me my wife, and let me be gone.

CAPT. Nay, nay, no choler, parson. The ladies do not like the
colour of your beard![276]

PAR. No, no, fetch another, and let them escape with that trick,
then they'll jeer your beards blue, i' faith.

CARE. By this hand, he's in the right; either this parson, or
take one another's words: to bed now, and marry when we rise.

PLEA. As I live, you come not here till you are married; I have
been nobody's whore yet, and I will not begin with my husband.

WILD. Will you kiss upon the bargain, and promise before these
witnesses not to spoil our jest, but rise and go to church?

PLEA. And what will Master Constant and Master Sad say?

CAPT. Why, I'll run and invite them to the wedding, and you shall
see them expire in their own garters.

JOLLY. No, no, ne'er fear't, their jest is only spoiled.

CAPT. Their jest! what jest?

JOLLY. Faith, now you shall know it, and the whole plot. In the
first place, your coachman is well, whose death we, by the help
of Secret, contrived, thinking by that trick to prevent this
danger, and carry you out of town.

CAPT. But had they this plot?

Jolly. Yes, faith, and see how it thrives! They'll fret like
carted bawds when they hear this news.

PLEA. Why, aunt, would you have thought Master Sad a plotter?
well, 'tis some comfort we have them to laugh at.

WID. Nay, faith, then, gentlemen, give us leave to rise, and I'll
take my venture if it be but for revenge on them.

CARE. Gentlemen, bear witness.

CAPT. Come, come away, I'll get the points. I'm glad the
coachman's well; the rogue had like to have spoiled our comedy.

    [_Exeunt omnes._


SCENE III.

    _Enter the_ LADY LOVEALL, MASTER SAD _and_ CONSTANT,
        _undressed, and buttoning themselves as they go_.

SAD. Married?

CON. And to them?

LOVE. Ay, married, if you prevent it not: catched with a trick,
an old stale trick; I have seen a ballad on't.

SAD. We shall go near to prevent 'em. Boy, my sword.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. Whither so fast?

SAD. You guess.

CAPT. If you mean the wedding, you come too late.

CON. Why, are they married?

CAPT. No, but lustily promised.

SAD. We may come time enough to be revenged, though----

CAPT. Upon whom? yourselves, for you are only guilty. Who carried
them thither last night? who laid the plot for the coachman?

SAD. Why, do they know it?

LOVE. Well, you'll find the poet a rogue, 'tis he that has
betrayed you; and if you'll take my counsel, be revenged upon
him.

CON. Nay, we were told he did not love us.

CAPT. By my life, you wrong him: upon my knowledge, the poet
meant you should have them.

SAD. Why, who had the power to hinder, then?

CAPT. I know not where the fault lies directly: they say the wits
of the town would not consent to't; they claim a right in the
ladies as orphan wits.

CON. The wits! hang 'em in their strong lines.

CAPT. Why, ay, such a clinch as that has undone you, and upon my
knowledge 'twere enough to hinder your next match.

SAD. Why, what have they to do with us?

CAPT. I know not what you have done to disoblige them, but they
crossed it: there was amongst 'em too a pair of she-wits,
something stricken in years; they grew in fury at the mention of
it, and concluded you both with an authority out of a modern
author: besides, 'tis said you run naturally into the
sixpenny-room, and steal sayings, and a discourse more than your
pennyworth of jests every term. Why, just now you spit out one
jest stolen from a poor play, that has but two more in five acts;
what conscience is there in't, knowing how dear we pay poets for
our plays?

CON. 'Twas madam with the ill face, one of those whom you refused
to salute the other day at Chipp's house: a cheesecake had saved
all this.

LOVE. Why do you not make haste about your business, but lose
time with this babbler?

SAD. Madam, will you give us leave to make use of your coach?

LOVE. You may command it, sir: when you have done, send him to
the Exchange, where I'll despatch a little business, and be with
you immediately.

    [_Exeunt all but the_ CAPTAIN.

CAPT. So, this fire is kindled; put it out that can. What would
not I give for a peeper's place at the meeting? I'll make haste,
and it shall go hard, but I'll bear my part of the mirth too.

    [_Exit._


SCENE IV.

    _Enter_ WIDOW, PLEASANT, CARELESS, WILD, PARSON, JOLLY,
        WANTON, _and_ SECRET: _the_ FIDDLERS _play as they
        come in_.

PAR. Master Jolly, I find I am naturally inclined to mirth this
day, and methinks my corns ache more than my horns; and to a man
that has read Seneca, a cuckold ought to be no grief, especially
in this parish, where I see such droves of St Luke's clothing.
There's little Secret too, th' allay of waiting-woman, makes me
hope she may prove metal of the parson's standard. Find a way to
rid me of Wanton, and I'll put in to be chaplain to this merry
family: if I did not inveigle formal Secret, you should hang me.
I know the trick on't; 'tis but praying to, and preaching of the
waiting-woman, then carefully seeing her cushion laid, with her
book and leaf turned down, does it, with a few anagrams,
acrostics, and her name in the register of my Bible: these charm
the soft-souled sinner: then sometimes to read a piece of my
sermon, and tell her a Saturday where my text shall be, spells
that work more than philtres.

JOLLY. If you can be serious, we'll think of this at leisure. See
how they eye Wanton!

CARE. What! consulting, parson? let us be judges betwixt you.
D'ye hear, Jack? if he offers ready money, I counsel, as a
friend, take it; for, by this light, if you refuse it, your wife
will not. D'ye see those gay petticoats?

PAR. Yes, if you mean my wife's.

CARE. You know they're his, and she only wears 'em for his
pleasure: and 'tis dangerous to have a wife under another man's
petticoats. What if you should find his breeches upon her?

PAR. Are not you married too? take care that yours does not wear
the breeches, another kind of danger, but as troublesome as that,
or sore eyes; and if she get but a trick of taking as readily as
she's persuaded to give, you may find a horn at home. I have seen
a cuckold of your complexion; if he had had as much hoof as horn,
you might have hunted the beast by his slot.[277]

PLEA. How fine she is! and, by this light, a handsome wench.
Master Jolly, I am easier persuaded to be reconciled to your
fault than any man's I have seen of this kind: her eyes have more
arguments in 'em than a thousand of those that seduce the world;
hang me, if those quivers be not full of darts; I could kiss that
mouth myself. Is this she my aunt quarrelled with you for?

JOLLY. The same, selfsame: and, by this hand, I was barbarous to
her, for your aunt's sake; and had I not 'scaped that mischief of
matrimony, by this light, I had never seen her again. But I was
resolved not to quit her till I was sure of a wife, for fear of
what has followed. Had I been such an ass to have left her upon
the airy hopes of a widow's oaths, what a case had I been in now!
You see your aunt's provided of a man. Bless him, and send him
patience! 'Twould have been fine to have seen me walking, and
sighing upon cold hunting, seeking my whore again, or forced to
make use of some common mercenary thing, that sells sin and
diseases, crimes, penance, and sad repentance together! Here's
consolation and satisfaction in Wanton, though a man lose his
meal with the widow. And faith, be free--how do you like my girl?
Rid thee of her! What does she want now, pray, but a jointure, to
satisfy any honest man? Speak your conscience, ladies: don't you
think a little repentance hereafter will serve for all the small
sins that good-nature can act with such a sinner?

PAR. Pray, sir, remember she's my wife, and be so civil to us
both, as to forget these things.

JOLLY. For that, Jack, we'll understand hereafter. 'Tis but a
trick of youth, man, and her jest will make us both merry, I
warrant thee.

PAR. Pray, sir, no more of your jests, nor your Jack. Remember my
coat and calling. This familiarity, both with my wife and myself,
is not decent: your clergy with Christian names are scarce held
good Christians.

WID. I wonder at nothing so much as Master Jolly's mirth to-day!
Where lies his part of the jest? Cosened or refused by all, not a
fish that stays in's net.

JOLLY. No; what's this? [JOLLY _hugs_ WANTON.] Show me a fairer
in all your streams. Nor is this my single joy, who am pleased to
find you may be cosened; rejoice to see you may be brought to lie
with a man for a jest. Let me alone to fit you with a trick too.

CARE. Faith, it must be some new trick; for thou art so beaten at
the old one, 'twill neither please thee nor her; besides, I mean
to teach her that myself.

PLEA. I shall never be perfectly quiet in my mind till I see
somebody as angry as myself: yet I have some consolation, when I
think on the wise plot that killed the coachman. How the plague,
red cross, and halbert has cut their fingers that designed it!
their anger will be perfect. Secret says they are coming, and
that the Lady Loveall has given 'em the alarm.

    _Enter_ SAD _and_ CONSTANT.

WILD. And see where the parties come!--storms and tempests in
their minds! their looks are daggers.

PLEA. Servant, what, you're melancholy, and full of wonder! I see
you have met the news.

SAD. Yes, madam; we have heard a report that will concern both
your judgment and your honour.

PLEA. Alas, sir! we're innocent; 'tis mere predestination.

CON. All weddings, Master Sad, you know, go by chance, like
hanging.

PLEA. And, I thank my stars, I have 'scaped hanging. To ha' been
his bride had been both.

CON. This is not like the promise you made us yesterday.

WID. Why, truly, servant, I scarce know what I do yet. The fright
of the plague had so possessed my mind with fear, that I could
think and dream of nothing last night but of a tall black man
that came and kissed me in my sleep, and slapped his whip in mine
ears. 'Twas a saucy ghost, not unlike my coachman that's dead,
and accused you of having a hand in his murder, and vowed to
haunt me till I was married. I told my niece the dream.

PLEA. Nay, the ghost sighed, and accused Secret and Master Sad of
making him away. Confess, faith, had you a hand in that bloody
jest?

WID. Fie, servant! Could you be so cruel as to join with my woman
against me?

CON. 'Tis well, ladies. Why a pox do you look at me? This was
your subtle plot; a pox on your clerk's wit! You said the jest
would beget a comedy when 'twas known, and so I believe 'twill.

SAD. Madam, I find you have discovered our design, whose chief
end was to prevent this mischief, which I doubt not but you'll
both live to repent your share of, before you have done
travelling to the Epsoms, Bourbonne,[278] and the Spaws, to cure
those travelled diseases these knights-errant have with curiosity
sought out for you. 'Tis true, they are mischiefs that dwell in
pleasant countries, yet those roses have their thorns; and I
doubt not but these gentlemen's wit may sting as well as please
sometime; and you may find it harder to satisfy their travelled
experience than to have suffered our home-bred ignorance.

CARE. Hark, if he be not fallen into a fit of his cousin! these
names of places he has stolen out of her receipt-book: amongst
all whose diseases find me any so dangerous, troublesome, or
incurable as a fool; a lean, pale, sighing, coughing fool, that's
rich and poor both; being born to an estate, without a mind or
heart capable to use it; of a nature so miserable, he grudges
himself meat; nay, they say, he eats his meals twice: a fellow
whose breath smells of yesterday's dinner, and stinks as if he
had eat all our suppers over again. I would advise you, Master
Sad, to sleep with your mouth open to air it, or get the brewer
to tun it. Foh! an empty justice, that stinks of the lees and
casks, and belches Littleton and Plowden's cases! Dost thou think
any woman, that has wit or honour, would kiss that bung-hole? By
this light, his head and belly look as blue and lank as French
rabbits or stale poultry! Alas, sir! my lady would have a husband
to rejoice with; no green-tailed lecturer, to stand sentry at his
bedside, while his nasty soul scours through him, sneaking out at
the back-door! These, sir, are diseases which neither the Spaw or
Bath can cure: your garters and willow are a more certain remedy.

CON. Well, sir, I find our plot's betrayed, and we have patience
left. 'Tis that damned captain has informed.

SAD. Yet 'tis one comfort, madam, that you have missed that man
of war, that knight of Finsbury. His dowager, with ale and
switches, would ha' bred a ballad.

PLEA. Faith, sir, you see what a difficulty it is in this age for
a woman to live honest, though she have a proper man for her
husband; therefore, it behoves us to consider whom we choose.

JOLLY. The lady has reason: for, being allowed but one, who would
choose such weasels as we see daily married? that are all head
and tail, crooked, dirty, sordid vermin, predestined for
cuckolds, painted snails, with houses on their backs, and horns
as big as Dutch cows! Would any woman marry such? Nay, can any
woman be honest that let's such hodmandods crawl o'er her virgin
breast and belly, or suffer 'em to leave their slimy paths upon
their bodies only for jointures? Out! 'tis mercenary and base!
The generous heart has only the laws of nature and kindness in
her view, and when she will oblige, Friend is all the ties that
Nature seeks; who can both bear and excuse those kind crimes.
And, I believe, one as poor as the despised captain and neglected
courtier may make a woman as happy in a friendship as Master Sad,
who has as many faults as we have debts: one whose father had no
more credit with Nature than ours had with Fortune; whose soul
wears rags as well as the captain's body.

SAD. Nay, then, I'll laugh; for I perceive y' are angrier than
we. Alas! h' has lost both ventures--Wanton and the widow.

JOLLY. Both; and neither so unlucky as to be thy wife. Thy face
is hanged with blacks already: we may see the bells toll in thy
eyes. A bride and a wedding-shirt, a sexton and a winding-sheet.
A scrivener to draw up jointures, a parson to make thy will, man.
By this light, he's as chap-fallen as if he had lain under the
table all night.

CARE. Faith, Master Sad, he's parlously in the right. Ne'er think
of marrying in this dull clime. Wedlock's a trade you'll ne'er go
through with. Wives draw bills upon sight, and 'twill not be for
your credit to protest them. Rather follow my counsel, and marry
_à la Venetiano_, for a night and away; a pistole jointure does
it: then, 'tis but repenting in the morning, and leave your woman
and the sin both i' th' bed. But if you play the fool, like your
friends, and marry in serious earnest, you may repent it too, as
they do; but where's the remedy?

    [_This is spoken a little aside._

WID. What was't you said, sir? Do you repent?

CARE. By this hand, widow, I don't know: but we have pursued a
jest a great way. Parson, are you sure we are married?

PAR. Yes, I warrant you, for their escaping.

CARE. Their escaping! Fool, thou mistakest me; there's no fear of
that! But I would fain know if there be no way for me to get out
of this noose? no hole to hide a man's head in from this wedlock?

PAR. Not any, but what I presume she'll show you anon.

CARE. Hum! now do I feel all my fears flowing in upon me. Wanton
and Mistress Pleasant both grow dangerously handsome. A thousand
graces in each I never observed before. Now, just now, when I
must not taste, I begin to long for some of their plums.

WID. Is this serious, sir!

CARE. Yes, truly, widow, sadly serious. Is there no way to get
three or four mouthfuls of kisses from the parson's wife?

WID. This is sad, sir, upon my wedding-day, to despise me for
such a common thing.

SAD. As sad as I could wish. This is a jest makes me
laugh.--Common! No, madam, that's too bitter; she's forest only,
where the royal chase is as free as fair.

WAN. Were not you a widow to-day?

SAD. Yes, faith, girl, and as foolish a one as ever coach jumbled
out of joint.

WAN. Stay, then, till to-morrow, and tell me the difference
betwixt us.

SAD. I hope thou'lt prove a she-prophet. Could I live to see thee
turn honest wife, and she the wanton widow!

WAN. I cannot but laugh, to see how easy it is to lose or win the
opinion of the world. A little custom heals all; or else what's
the difference betwixt a married widow and one of us? Can any
woman be pure, or worth the serious sighing of a generous heart,
that has had above one hand laid upon her? Is there place to
write above one lover's name with honour in her heart? 'Tis
indeed for one a royal palace; but if it admits of more, an
hospital or an inn at best, as well as ours: only off from the
road and less frequented.

PLEA. Shrewdly urged.

WAN. And though the sins of my family threw me into want, and
made me subject to the treachery of that broken faith, to whose
perjury I owe all my crimes, yet still I can distinguish betwixt
that folly and this honour, which must tell you: _He or she, that
would be thought twice so, was never once a lover._

CON. Parson, thou art fitted! a whore and apothegms! What sport
will she make us under a tree with a salad and sayings in the
summer!

WILD. Come, Wanton, no fury; you see my aunt's angry.

WAN. So am I, sir, and yet can calmly reason this truth. Married
widows, though chaste to the law and custom, yet their second
Hymens make that, which was but dyeing in the first husband's
bed, a stain in the second's sheets; where all their kindness and
repeated embraces want their value, because they're sullied, and
have lost their lustre.

SAD. By this light, I'll go to school to Wanton; she has opened
my eyes, and I begin to believe I have 'scaped miraculously. By
this hand, wench, I was within an inch of being married to this
danger; for what can we call these second submissions, but a
tolerated lawful mercenariness which though it be a rude and
harsh expression, yet your carriage deserves it?

PLEA. Fie, Master Sad! pray leave being witty. I fear 'tis a
mortal sin to begin in the fifth act of your days: upon an old
subject, too--abusing of widows because they despise you!

WID. Alas, niece! let him alone: he may come in for his share:
the parson, that has so oft received 'em, will not refuse him
tithes there in charity.

WAN. That or conveniency, interest or importunity, may by your
example prevail: but 'tis not fair play, madam, to turn your
lover to the common, as you call it, now he's rid lean in your
service. Take heed, Master Careless, and warning, Master Sad; you
see how fit for the scavenger's team your lady leaves her lovers!

CARE. Such a lecture, before I had married, would ha' made me
have considered of this matter. Dost thou hear, Wanton? Let us
forgive one another being married, for that folly has made us
guilty alike.

WAN. And I would fain know the difference betwixt ours and a
wedding crime, which is worst: to let love, youth, and
good-humour betray us to a kindness, or to be gravely seduced by
some aunt or uncle, without consideration of the disparity of
age, birth, or persons, to lie down before a jointure. Ladies,
you may flatter yourselves; but the ingenuous part of the world
cannot deny but such minds, had they been born where our faults
are not only tolerated but protected, would have listened to the
same things: interest counsels thereto.

CARE. Parson, what boot betwixt our wives? either come to a
price, or draw off your doxy.

PAR. Propose, propose: here will be mirth anon.

SAD. Yes, yes, propose, while I break it to your lady. Madam, you
see, here's a proper man to be had, and money to boot. What,
dumb?

WAN. No, she's only thinking. Faith, madam, try 'em both
to-night, and choose to-morrow.

WILD. Come, no more of this. Aunt, take my word for your husband,
that have had more experience of him than all these: 'tis true he
will long for these girls, as children do for plums; and when h'
has done, make a meal upon cheese. And you must not wonder nor
quarrel at what he says in his humour, but judge him by his
actions; and when he is in his fit, and raves most, put him into
your bed, and fold him close in your arms, aunt: if he does not
rise as kind and as good a husband as he that sings psalms best,
hang me? Why, you're a fool, aunt: a widow, and dislike a longing
bridegroom! I thought you had known better. Do you love a spurred
horse rather than a ducker, that neighs and scrapes? I would not
say this, but that I know him. Let him not go out of your sight,
for he's now in season--a ripe, mature husband. No delays: if you
let him hang longer upon hope, his fruit will fall alone.

WID. You are merry, sir; but if I had known this humour----

WILD. You'd ha' kissed him first; but, being ignorant, let me
make you blush. Come, a kiss, and all's friends. [_She kisses_
CARELESS, _and he kisses her twice_.] How now, sir, again! again!

PLEA. Aunt, look to yourself.

CARE. Um! By this light, sweetheart, and I thank thee. Nay,
widow, there's no jesting with these things--[_Kisses her
again_]--nay, I am a lion in my love. Aware, puss, if you flatter
me, for I shall deceive you.

PAR. Since all are cosened, why should I be troubled at my
fortune? Faith, gentlemen, what will you two give for a wife
betwixt you?

CON. Faith, they're mischiefs dear bought, though a man get 'em
for nothing.

PAR. I'm almost of his mind; and if other people find no more
pleasure in a married life than I upon my wedding-day, I'd pass
my time in the Piazza with the mountebank, and let him practise
upon my teeth, and draw 'em too, ere he persuades the words of
matrimony out of my mouth again. Ay, ay, Master Constant, you may
laugh, you ha' missed a wife; would I were in your case, the
world should see how cheerfully I should bear such an affliction.

CON. Jack, I ha' made my peace at home: and by seeing others
shipwrecked, will avoid the danger, and here resolve never to
sigh again for any woman: they're weeds grow in every hedge; and
transplanting of 'em thus to our beds gives certain trouble,
seldom pleasure, never profit.

    _Enter_ CAPTAIN.

PAR. See where the enemy comes! Now, if you be wise, arm, and
unite against him as a common foe. He's come from his old lady,
designing a reconciliation. The rogue's provident, and would fain
have a nest for his age to rest in. Buff and feathers do well in
the youth and heat of thirty; but in the winter of old age
captain at threescore, lame and lean, may lie with the almanac
out of date.

CAPT. The parson's grown witty, and prophesies upon the strength
of bridecake. If I guess aright, thou'lt be hanged: for 'tis a
truth, I have been endeavouring to make it appear her fears were
mistaken in me; but I find the witch more implacable than the
devil. The waiting-woman is harder to forgive [for] her part than
my lady. Faithful will not be reconciled: the merciless bawd is
all fire and sword, no quarter. Bless me from an old
waiting-woman's wrath! She'll never forgive me the disappointing
her of a promise when I was drunk. Her lady and she are coming,
but in such a fury, I would not have the storm find you out in
the street: therefore I counsel you to avoid the boys, and take
shelter in the next house.

WILD. No, let's home, and with all diligence get our dinner to
defend us; and let the porter dispute it at the wicket, till she
signs articles of peace.

OMNES. Agreed.

    [CARELESS _is kind to the_ WIDOW. _As he goes out_, WILD _and_
        PLEASANT _go together_; JOLLY _and the_ PARSON'S _wife go
        together_.

WILD. See how they pair now! 'Tis not threescore year will part
'em, now he has tasted a kiss or two.

JOLLY. Parson, I'll be your brideman.

PAR. 'Tis well, sir; I shall ha' my time too.

JOLLY. Ay, by this hand. Nay, we'll share fairly.

CAPT. That's but reason, Wanton; and since he grows tame, use him
kindly, for my sake.

PAR. Can any of you digest sponge and arsenic?

CAPT. Arsenic! what's that?

PAR. An Italian salad, which I'll dress for you, by Jove, ere
I'll walk in my canonical coat lined with horn. Death! if I
suffer this, we shall have that damned courtier pluck on his
shoes with the parson's musons. Fine, i' faith! none but the
small Levite's brow to plant your shoeing-horn seed in? How now?

    [_As he is going off, the_ CAPTAIN _stays him_.

CAPT. Prythee, Jack, stay, and say something to the gentlemen by
way of epilogue. Thou art a piece of scurvy poet thyself;
prythee, oblige the author, and give us a line or two in praise
of his play.

PAR. I oblige him! hang him and all his friends, and hurt nobody.
Yes, I am likely to speak for him. You see how I ha' been used
to-day betwixt you. I shall find a time to be revenged. Let go my
cloak; I have a province within of mine own to govern: let me go.

CAPT. Who, thy wife? Faith, stay and give them an opportunity;
thy pain will be the sooner over. You see, 'tis a thing resolved
betwixt 'em; and now thou'rt satisfied in the matter, be wise and
silent; who knows what good she may do thee another time? I dare
say, if she had as many souls in her as she had men, she'd bring
thee a cure of herself.

PAR. Let me go, or I shall be as troublesome as you are
injurious, for all your titles, sir.

CAPT. Lend me your cloak then, to appear more decent; you'd not
ha' me present epilogue in buff,[279] whoreson dunce, with a red
nose?

PAR. Sir, my business is praying, not epilogues.

CAPT. With that face? By this light, 'tis a scandal to see it
flaming so near the altar: thou look'st as if thou'dst cry _Tope_
in the face of the congregation, instead of _Amen_.

PAR. Thou'rt an ass, 'tis proper there; 't has zeal and fervour
in't, and burns before the altar like the primitive lamps.

CAPT. I cry thee mercy. By this light, he'll make it sacrilege
anon to steal his nose! thou'lt entitle the altar to that coal.
Was't not kindled _ex voto_? Nay, I will have your cloak.

PAR. Take it; would 'twere Nessus's shirt, for you and your
poet's sake.

    [_Exit_ PARSON.

CAPT. What, does the rogue wish 'twere made of nettles?[280]

    [CAPTAIN _puts on his cloak, and addresses himself to speak
        the epilogue, and is interrupted by_ LADY LOVEALL, _and_
        FAITHFUL _her woman, who, in haste and full of anger,
        pull him by the cloak_.

LOVE. By your favour, sir, did you see any company pass this way?

CAPT. None but the three brides, and they are gone just before
you. Hark! the music will guide you.

    [_The music plays._

LOVE. Is it certain, then, they're married?

CAPT. Yes, lady; I saw the church's rites performed.

FAITH. Why does your ladyship lose time in talking with this
fellow? don't you know him, madam? 'tis the rascally captain, hid
in a black cloak. I know you, sirrah.

LOVE. She has reason; now I mark him better, I should know that
false face too. See, Faithful, there are those treacherous eyes
still.

CAPT. Alas! you mistake me, madam, I am Epilogue now. The
captain's within, and as a friend, I counsel you not to incense
the gentlemen against the poet, for he knows all your story, and
if you anger him, he'll put it in a play; but if you'll do
friendly offices, I'll undertake, instead of your pearl you lost,
to help you to the jewel; the Scotch Dictionary will tell you the
value of it. Let them go alone, and fret not at their loss. Stay,
and take my counsel: it shall be worth three revenges.

LOVE. Well, what is't, sir?

CAPT. They say you have a great power over the parson: if you can
prevail with him to express his anger in some satiric comedy (for
the knave has wit, and they say his genius lies that way), tell
him 'tis expected he should be revenged upon the illiterate
courtier that made this play. If you can bring this business
about, I may find a way, as Epilogue, to be thankful, though the
captain abused you to-day. Think on't: Stephen[281] is as
handsome, when the play is done, as Master Wild was in the scene.

LOVE. There's something of reason in what he says. [_Aside._]
But, my friend, how shall one believe you? you that were such a
rascal to-day in buff, is it to be hoped you can be honest only
with putting on a black cloak? Well, I'll venture once again; and
if I have any power, he shall sting the malicious rascal, and I
think he is fit for such a business. I'm sure he has the worst
tongue, and a conscience that neither honour nor truth binds; and
therefore 'tis to be believed, if he will rail in public, he may
be even with your poet. I will clothe and feed him and his muse
this seven years, but I will plague him. Secret tells me, 'twas
your poet too that pawned me to-day in the tavern.

CAPT. By my faith, did he; nay, 'twas he that told me of your
friendship with Jolly.

LOVE. I wonder the parson has been so long silent; a man of his
coat and parts to be beaten with a pen by one that speaks sense
by rote, like parrots! one that knows not why sense is sense, but
by the sound! one that can scarce read, nay, not his own hand!
Well, remember your promise.

CAPT. Leave it to me, he is yours; and if our plot take, you
shall have all your shares in the mirth, but not the profit of
the play; and the parson more than his tithe, a second day.

LOVE. We will discourse of this some other time. And pray
despatch what 'tis you have to say to this noble company, that I
may be gone; for those gentlemen will be in such fury if I stay,
and think, because we are alone, God knows what.

CAPT. 'Tis no matter what they think; 'tis not them we are to
study now, but these guests, to whom pray address yourself
civilly, and beg that they would please to become fathers, and
give those brides within. What say you, gentlemen, will you lend
your hands to join them? The match, you see, is made. If you
refuse, Stephen misses the wench, and then you cannot justly
blame the poet; for, you know, they say that alone is enough to
spoil the play.

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FOOTNOTES: THE REBELLION

[1] [This play was reprinted in 1654, 4^o, but not again till it
was included in the "Ancient British Drama," 1810, 3 vols. 8^o,
with a curious mixture of old and modern spelling, a series of
the most atrocious blunders, and without any attention to the
punctuation; in fact, the text of 1810 is almost unintelligible.]

[2] [See further in Walpole's "Anecdotes," edit. 1862, pp. 400-1;
but a comedy entitled "Tom Essence," printed in 1677, is there
ascribed to his pen.]

[3] [He has commendatory verses to Chamberlain's "Jocabella,"
1640, and the same writer's "Swaggering Damsel," printed in that
year.]

[4] [Respecting the Ducie family, see Lysons's "Environs of
London," first edit., iv. 327; Walpole's "Anecdotes of Painting,"
edit. 1862, p. 401; and "Inedited Poetical Miscellanies," 1870.]

[5] [A well-known poet and playwright]

[6] [Probably Charles Gerbier, author of "Elogium Heronium,"
1651, and other works.]

[7] [The dramatist.]

[8] [It is difficult to appropriate these initials, unless they
belong to Robert Wild.]

[9] [The author of "Nocturnal Lucubrations," 1637, the
"Swaggering Damsel," 1640, &c.]

[10] [Thomas Jordan, the well-known poet and pageant-writer.]

[11] [John Gough, author of the "Strange Discovery," 1640.]

[12] [Possibly Edward Benlowes.]

[13] [The author of these wretched lines was the well-known
pageant-writer.]

[14] [The writer of these lines does not seem to be otherwise
known.]

[15] [This writer is not otherwise known.]

[16] [Editor of "A. B. D." printed (with old copy) _commandy the
all_.]

[17] [Evadne alludes, of course, to the old nurse.]

[18] [The editor of the "A. B. D." printed _atticke_.]

[19] [Probably an intentional corruption (with old copy).]

[20] [Former edit., _confess_.]

[21] [_Her._--Old copy and "A. B. D."]

[22] [Former edit., _their_.]

[23] [He alludes to the helmets or casquets of Fulgentio, Alerzo,
and Pandolpho, plumed with ostrich feathers.]

[24] [He evidently leaves the stage, yet his _Exit_ is not
marked.]

[25] [Former edit., _our_.]

[26] [Former edit., _Assended_.]

[27] [Former edit., prints this passage thus--

    "See, how he strugles, as if some visions
     Had assum'd a shape fuller of horrour
     Than his troubled thoughts."]

[28] [Former edit., _strangling_.]

[29] [_i.e., Cum suis._]

[30] [_Slick_ is not obsolete in the sense of smooth, _clean_; it
appears to be identical with _sleek_, and in the present place
carries the meaning of softness.]

[31] [_i.e._, Medoro, the character so called in the "Orlando
Furioso." Trotter has just called Giovanno _Orlando_, which was,
by the way, a common name for any mad-brained person, and often
occurs in poems and plays.]

[32] [Shaken me by the nape of the neck; from _nudder_, the
nape.]

[33] [The pin of the wheel by which Antonio was to be executed.
Aurelia pretends to desire to tread it herself.]

[34] [St. James.]

[35] [_i.e._, The customary garb.]

[36] [_i.e._, An astrologer and a physician.]

[37] [Former edition, _vorke_.]

[38] [This gibberish is left much as it stands in the old copy.]

[39] [The editor of 1810 printed deliberately _sweet must seat me
easie_.]

[40] [Old copy has _as plain--'tis true_.]

[41] [Here used, apparently, in the sense of something of no
value, and from the context it may be surmised that _vermin_ is
intended.]

[42] [Old copy, _a resurrection_.]

[43] [_i.e._, Vermin.]

[44] [Former edit., _flower_.]

[45] [He quotes a passage from the "First Part of Hieronimo,"
1605.]

[46] [Former edit., _And_.]

[47] [_i.e._, The left remnant of thy days.]

[48] [Former edit., _unto_.]

[49] ["This strange jumble (which it seems was acted with
applause) may be taken as the most singular specimen extant of
the serious mock-heroic. There is nothing in "The Tailors" itself
so ludicrous as the serious parts in which the tailors appear.
Nevertheless there are a few happy passages in the play."--_MS.
note in a copy of the former edit._]

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FOOTNOTES: LUST'S DOMINION or THE LACIVIOUS QUEEN.

[50] "History of English Dram. Poetry," iii. p. 97.

[51] The curtain in front of the old theatres divided in the
middle, and was drawn to the sides; but it may save further
explanation to add here that, "beside the principal curtain, they
sometimes used others as substitutes for scenes."--_Malone._

[52] [Former edit., _sick, heavy, and_.]

[53] [Old copy, _I'll lay there away_.]

[54] [The Moor pretends that he meant to refer to the dead King.]

[55] [Edits., _That seeing_.]

[56] [Old copy, _Here_.]

[57] [The edits., give this speech to Balthazar, but he was not
present when the arrangement with the friars was concluded.]

[58] [Bowing.]

[59] In the original this speech is given to Alvero; but it is
evidently an error, as he does not enter till some time after.

[60] In the original it runs, _This music was prepar'd thine
ears_. An omission was evident. I trust the right reading is
restored.--_Dilke._

[61]

    "And none of you will bid the winter come,
     To thrust his icy fingers in my maw."

--"King John," act v. sc. 7.

[62] In the original this is given to Alvero, but evidently in
error.

[63] _i.e._, Unchaste.

[64] Muskets.

[65] "The mark at which an arrow is shot, which used to be
painted white."--_Johnson._

[66] [An abbreviated form of _God's sonties_, which again is a
corruption, though of what is rather doubtful; probably, however,
of _God's saints_.]

[67] [Edits., _See_.]

[68] [Hamstring me.]

[69] _Under show of shrift_, or, in other words, as coming to
hear me confess.

[70] Thirty masses on the same account.

[71] Despatch.

[72] Strut.

[73] [Edits., give these words to Eleazar.]

[74] With force, vigour, energy, vehemence.

[75] In the original the remainder of this play is jumbled
together in strange confusion.

[76] [Edits., _rowls_.]

[77] [Nemesis.]

[78] [Old copies, _they_.]

[79] For that piece of mockery.

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FOOTNOTES: ANDROMANA or THE MERCHANT'S WIFE

[80] [It is, however, printed in the "Ancient British Drama,"
1810, and it formed part of the original edition of Dodsley,
1744.]

[81] [Edits., _hangs_.]

[82] [Old copy, _quait_.]

[83] [Edits., _my son_.]

[84] [Edits., _And_.]

[85] [Edits., _There to try it with him_.]

[86] [Old copy, _at first_.]

[87] [Edits., _were_.]

[88] [Edits., _now_.]

[89] [Edits., _word or two_, which seems to be a redundancy, both
in the metre and sense.]

[90] [Edits., _not to_.]

[91] [Edits., _and could_.]

[92] [Edits., _And shew_.]

[93] [Edit. 1810 prints _Consequently distate_.]

[94] _Mischievously_ or _wickedly_. So in "All's Well that Ends
Well," act iv. sc. 5--

    "A shrewd knave and an _unhappy_."

See also Mr Steevens's note on "Henry VIII.," act i. sc. 4.

[95] A tragedy by Sir John Denham, acted at Blank Friars, and
printed in folio, 1642.

[96] [A very common phrase, in the sense of _accorded_,
_agreed_.]

[97] [_i.e._, No skill in physiognomy.]

[98] [Edits., _so much_.]

[99] [Edits., _fright_.]

[100] [Edits., _I must confess, had I_.]

[101] [Edits., _Friends here, been_.]

[102] [Edits., _I wish that he might live, my lords_.]

[103] [Edits., _the_.]

[104] [Edits., _upon_.]

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FOOTNOTES: LADY ALIMONY

[105] [The author of a curious satire on the female sex, printed
in 1616. See Hazlitt, in _v._]

[106] [Ingenuously.]

[107] [Notwithstanding the explanation found in Nares and
Halliwell, it appears to me that this term is here, at least,
intended in the sense of _bully_ or _ruffian_, especially when we
compare the next speech of the Messenger.]

[108] [Literally, an inferior kind of hawk, but here used to
signify a coward, a poor creature.]

[109] [This term, borrowed from the old romance so called, is
frequently employed in the sense of an adventurer or
knight-errant.]

[110] [This word seems here to signify an infinitessimal
quantity, a cypher, a nonentity, in which sense it is apparently
unglossed.]

[111] [Figgaries.]

[112] [Query, a page who walks behind a lady in the street.
Compare Halliwell in _v._]

[113] [Sheldrake, or shieldrake.]

[114] [A play on the similarity of sound between _meddler_ and
_medlar_.]

[115] [Tobacco. Old copy, _mundungo's_.]

[116] [Old copy, _her_.]

[117] [Old copy, _him_.]

[118] [Old copy, _Ciens_.]

[119] [Old copy, _with_.]

[120] [Old copy, _century_.]

[121] [An equivoque may be intended.]

[122] [Old copy, _Apozems_. Perhaps the boy means _pozzets_.]

[123] [Old copy, _masquerellas_.]

[124] [Capricious, fanciful.]

[125] [Old copy, _breath'd_.]

[126] [Old copy, _not my sad fate t' observe_.]

[127] [Old copy, _Gothsemay_.]

[128] [Moustachoes.]

[129] [Loose, scattered.]

[130] [Sporter, if indeed it is not to be taken in an obscene
sense, as suggested by one of the interpretations in Nares.]

[131] [See Hazlitt's "Proverbs," 1869, p. 301.]

[132] [Trifling.]

[133] [Of course a play on the similarity between _folio_ and
_foolio_.]

[134] [Old copy, _small to_.]

[135] [Old copy, _all that was all_.]

[136] [See Nares, arts, _lave-eared_, and _loave-ears_.]

[137] [Old copy, _hair_. See Hazlitt's "Proverbs," p. 392.]

[138] [Literally, to lie on the ground, like game; but it is here
used in the sense _to lie_.]

[139] [This passage seems to corroborate the explanation already
given of this word.]

[140] [Old copy, _Nor_.]

[141] [Old copy, _that endeared_.]

[142] [Leopard.]

[143] [More usually spelt _carricks_.]

[144] [Successful.]

[145] [The two Citizens appear to retire only, while the events
occupying the two next scenes take place, after which they come
forward again.]

[146] [Attempt, enterprise.]

[147] [A not unusual form of Algiers.]

[148] [_i.e._, Is that thy cue.]

[149] [Old copy, _land prisado_. See Dyce's Middleton, iii. 532.]

[150] [Old copy, _Elose_.]

[151] [Old copy, _out a_.]

[152] [This song is not noticed in Mr Halliwell's "Early Naval
Ballads," 1841.]

[153] [Staunch.]

[154] [In 1641 appeared a tract entitled "The Brothers of the
Blade answerable to the Sisters of the Scabbard," &c., but the
phrase was, no doubt, older.]

[155] [Old copy, _yet_.]

[156] [An allusion to the well-known practice of chalking up
scores at taverns. See Hazlitt's "Proverbs," 1869, p. 386.]

[157] [Housewife. Perhaps it had already, however, become in
vogue in a contemptuous sense.]

[158] [An obvious imitation of Shakespeare's Dogberry.]

[159] [The island of Bermuda was formerly supposed to be
enchanted, and was sometimes called by the sailors the Isle of
Devils. This is a curious passage: the writer had perhaps in his
recollection the speech of Ariel in the "Tempest," act i. sc. 2.
The old copy has _Barmondes_. See Hunter's "New Illustrations of
Shakespeare," i. 149.]

[160] [Without weapons.]

[161] [Old copy, _Sought_.]

[162] [Old copy, _mine_.]

[163] [Mares.]

[164] [The names of rooms in the tavern.]

[165] [Perhaps a portion of the garden reserved for lady-guests.]

[166] [Light skirt. Compare Halliwell in _v._]

[167] [An indelicate equivoque.]

[168] [Probably the same as _demaynes_, possessions. See
Halliwell in _v._]

[169] [Entertainment.]

[170] [The Spring Garden.]

[171] [Dispersed.]

[172] [_i.e._, To the life.]

[173] [Cowardice.]

[174] [A word formed from _staniel_, a base kind of hawk, and
thence used figuratively as a term of contempt.]

[175] [Nares quotes this passage only for the word; compare
Halliwell, _v._ Stichall.]

[176] [Wiseacre.]

[177] [Alimony.]

[178] [_i.e._, More calf.]

[179] [A play is intended on the words _Seville_ and _civil_.]

[180] [Property.]

[181] [Perhaps we should read _lo, infinitely_ as spoken aside,
and possibly the author wrote _infinite lie_.]

[182] [An adaptation of the often-quoted _Amantium iræ_, &c.]

[183] [Old copy, _adventurers_.]

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FOOTNOTES: THE PARSON'S WEDDING

[184] "Sidney Papers," vi. 373.--_Gilchrist._

[185] No. 8383.

[186] Carew's Poems, [edit. Hazlitt, pp. 103-4.]

[187] "Life of Lord Clarendon," p. 116.

[188] P. 41, edit. 1719. The stanza which relates particularly to
his authorship is the following:--

      "But who says he was not
       A man of much plot
     May repent the false accusation;
       Having plotted and penn'd
       Six plays, to attend
     The Farce of his negotiation."

--_Collier._

[189] Query; Lysons says 1684.--_Gilchrist._

[190] [Both these plays were printed in 12^o, 1641, with verses
prefixed by H. Bennet, afterwards the celebrated Earl of
Arlington, Robert Waring, and William Cartwright.]

[191] An account of Sir W. Killigrew will be found in Restituta,
ii. 130. The three first of his plays here mentioned were
published together in 8^o in 1664 or 1665, for the title-pages
bear both these dates. Pandora was "not approved upon the stage
as a tragedy," and therefore the author turned it into a comedy,
and Waller wrote some lines upon the change.--_Collier._

[192] A play called The Imperial Tragedy has also been assigned
to him upon no adequate authority.--_Collier._

[193] This play was originally represented wholly by women. See
Wright's "Historia Histrionica," 1690, _post_, and Grainger's
"Hist. Engl." iv. On this occasion a Prologue and Epilogue were
spoken by Mrs Marshall (of whom see "Memoires de Grammont," p.
202, edit. 4^o. Strawberry Hill), which are printed in "Covent
Garden Drollery," 1672, p. 3.--_Gilchrist._

[194] _i.e._, The game. _Quarry_ is a term both of hunting and
falconry. The allusion here is to the former. _Quarrie_ (as
referring to the latter), according to Latham's explanation, "is
taken for the fowle which is flowne at, and slaine at any time,
especially when young hawks are flowne thereunto."

[195] So in "Every Man in his Humour," act iii. sc. 1--

    "Good captain _faces about_."

And in Fletcher's "Scornful Lady," act v.--

    "Cutting Morecraft _faces about_."

And again, in "The Knight of the Burning Pestle," Ralph,
exercising his men, says--

    "Double your files: as you were; _faces about_."

[196] The exclamation of a highwayman on stopping a passenger, as
many examples would prove. It is only noticed now for the sake of
mentioning an ingenious turn given to it in Middleton's
"Phoenix," 1607, where one of the characters justifies robbery
by observing, "As long as drunkenness is a vice, _stand_ is a
virtue."--_Collier._

[197] [The folio reads _Paxat_.]

[198] [? By the side of.]

[199] [The Parson is describing the Captain as a recruiting
officer.]

[200] A _galley foist_ was the name of a pleasure-boat, or one
used on particular days for pomp and state. The Lord Mayor's and
Companies' barges were sometimes formerly called "The City Galley
Foists." See Wood's "South-East View of the City and part of
Southwark, as it appeared about the year 1599."

[201] [Common. See Nares, edit. 1859, in _v._] This epithet of
contempt is of frequent occurrence: _provand_, as all the
commentators on "Romeo and Juliet," act ii. sc. 1, agree, means
_provision_. In Massinger's "Maid of Honour," act i. sc. 1, we
meet with it applied to a sword, and Mr. Gifford explains it to
mean there _plain, unornamented_, such a sword as the troops were
provided with....--_Collier._

[202] A _fox_ was formerly a cant word for a sword. So in Ben
Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair," act ii. sc. 6: "What would you have,
sister, of a fellow that knows nothing but a basket-hilt and an
_old fox_ in't?" Again, in "Philaster," by Beaumont and Fletcher,
act iv.--

    "I made my father's _old fox_ fly about his ears."

And in "Henry V.," by Shakespeare, act iv. sc. 4--

    "Thou diest on point of _fox_."

See Steevens's note on the latter passage, where many passages of
our ancient writers are produced to prove the explanation.

[203] [Old copy, _half_.]

[204] This custom, strange as it would now appear, was the
constant practice of gentlemen in the 17th century. When on
visits, either of ceremony or business, or even in company of
ladies and at public places, their constant amusement was to comb
their hair or wigs, and the fashion continued until the reign of
Queen Anne. Dryden alludes to it in the Prologue to "Almanzor and
Almahide"--

    "But, as when vizard masque appears in pit
     Straight every man, who thinks himself a wit,
     Perks up; and managing _his comb_ with grace,
     With his white wig sets off his nut-brown face."

And Mincing, in "The Way of the World," says--

    "The gentlemen stay but to _comb_, madam, and will wait on you."

These instances I am indebted for to Mr Steevens.--_Reed._

To the above instances may be added the following, which will
show that the fashion mentioned in the text kept its ground a
considerable length of time.

    "How we rejoic'd to see 'em in our pit!
     What difference, methought, there was
     Betwixt a country gallant and a wit.
     When you did _order perriwig with comb_,
     They only us'd four fingers and a thumb."

--Epilogue to "The Wrangling Lovers," 1677.

"He looked, indeed, and sighed and set his cravat-string, and
sighed again, and _combed his perriwig_: sighed a third time, and
then took snuff, I guess to shew the whiteness of his
hand."--"The Fortune Hunters," act i. sc. 2, 1689.

    "How have I shook and trembling stood with awe,
     When here, behind the scenes, I've seen 'em draw
     ----A _comb_; that dead-doing weapon to the heart,
     And turn each powder'd hair into a dart."

--Prologue to "The Relapse," 1697.

[205] Terms at the game of gleek, which she is supposed to love
immoderately.--_Pegge._

[206] William Lilly gives the following account of John Booker,
the person here mentioned:--He "was born in Manchester, in the
year 1601; was in his youth well instructed in the Latin tongue,
which he understood very well. He seemed, from his infancy, to be
designed for astrology; for, from the time he had any
understanding, he would be always poring on and studying
almanacks. He came to London at fitting years, and served an
apprenticeship to an haberdasher in Lawrence Lane, London: but
either wanting stock to set up, or disliking the calling, he left
his trade, and taught to write, at Hadley, in Middlesex, several
scholars in that school. He wrote singularly well both secretary
and Roman. In process of time he served Sir Christopher Clethero,
Knight, alderman of London, as his clerk, being a city justice of
peace. He also was clerk to Sir Hugh Hammersley, alderman of
London: both which he served with great credit and estimation,
and, by that means, became not only well known, but as well
respected, of the most eminent citizens of London, even to his
dying day.

"He was an excellent proficient in astrology; whose excellent
verses upon the twelve months, framed according to the
configurations of each month, being blessed with success
according to his predictions, procured him much reputation all
over England. He was a very honest man; abhorred any deceit in
the art he studied; had a curious fancy in judging of thefts, and
as successful in resolving love-questions. He was no mean
proficient in astronomy; he understood much in physic; was a
great admirer of the antimonial cup; not unlearned in chymistry,
which he loved well, but did not practise. He died in 1667."

[207] The etymology of this word is doubted; but as it was not
used in English until about the time of the Restoration, it is
most probably from the French _gentil_, and not from the
Teutonic.--_Collier._ [The word is sometimes, but incorrectly,
spelt _jaunty_.]

[208] A _bay-window_ is a [recess of a square or polygonal form,
serving as a window, and is strictly distinct from a
_bow_-window, the name of which indicates its character and
shape; the two are often confounded.] The term frequently occurs
in ancient writers. So in the "Second Part of Antonio and
Melida," by Marston, act i. sc. 3--

    "Three times I grasp'd at shades:
     And thrice deluded by erroneous sense,
     I forc'd my thoughts make stand; when, lo! I op'd
     A large _bay-window_, thorough which the night
     Struck terror to my soul."

Again, in "Cynthia's Revels," act iv. sc. 3: "In which time
(retiring myself into a _bay-window_) the beauteous lady
Annabel," &c.

And in "A Chast Mayd in Cheape-side," by Middleton, 1630, p. 62--

    "In troth a match, wench:
     We are simply stock'd with cloth of tissue, cushions,
     To furnish out _bay-windows_."

[209] So in the epilogue to "Evening Love, or the Mock
Astrologer," by Dryden--

    "Up starts a _Monsieur_, new come o'er; and warm
     In the _French stoop_, and the pull back o' th' arm;
     Morbleu, dit il," &c.]

[210] [The sign of an inn there. See x. 212.]

[211] The manner in which houses were marked in which the plague
was raging.--_Collier._

[212] The usual manner in which ladies formerly addressed their
lovers. See Ben Jonson's "Every Man in his Humour," act iv. sc.
2, and "Every Man out of his Humour," act iii. sc. 9; Massinger's
"Fatal Dowry," act ii. sc. 2; "Bashful Lover," act iv. sc. 1; "A
Very Woman," act i. sc. 1; Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of
Verona," act ii. sc. 1, and the same is to be seen in most of the
dramatic productions of the times.--_Reed._

This title, which was a mark of favouritism tolerated by married
women towards unmarried gentlemen in the reigns of James and
Charles, is found in almost every old play. The plot of Chapman's
"Monsieur D'Olive," turns upon the not very unnatural jealousy of
a husband towards this equivocal service in a friend. See [the
new edition of Chapman's plays.]--_Gilchrist._

[213] [A translation from the French by the Honourable Walter
Montague, 8^o, 1656.]

[214] [Medlars.]

[215] The weight of a wedding-ring, in Middleton's time (a little
earlier than that of Killigrew), may be seen by the following
part of a dialogue from his "Chaste Maid in Cheapside," 1630, p.
7--

    "TOUCHWOOD, _jun_. I would have a wedding-ring made for a
    gentlewoman, with all speed that may be.

    "YELLOWHAMMER. Of what _weight_, sir?

    "TOUCHWOOD, _jun_. Of some _half ounce_."

--_Collier._

[216] A _gredaline petticoat_ is probably a petticoat _puckered_,
or _crumpled_, from the French word _grediller_. See Cotgrave. In
Boyer's Dictionary it is explained, _Gris de lin, sorte de
couleur_.

[217] Paulo Purganti's wife has the same sentiment. She

              "thought the nation ne'er wou'd thrive,
     Till all the whores were burnt alive."

--_Prior._

[218] [Pearl here, and in three or four other places below, is
used as a plural, _quasi_ a rope of pearl.]

[219] Or lief.

[220] [_i.e._, On all sides, both by the bye and the main
passages.]

[221] [Old copy, _your_.]

[222] See note to "Albumazar" [xi. 328].

[223] [Old copy, _your_.]

[224] [Hazlitt's "Proverbs," 1869, p. 343, and note to Tomkis's
"Albumazar," xi. 334-5.]

[225] [Platonic lovers.]

[226] [A very ancient office at the court; but here, of course,
intended in another sense.]

[227] This word is seldom used as a verb: as an adjective it is
not uncommon. See note to "Cornelia," [v. 230]. In this place it
ought to be understood as "_was haught_ among the men." It was
anciently printed _hault_ and _halty_, to be nearer the
etymology: thus in Wilson's "Rhetorique," 1558, fol. 9, in the
eulogy upon the Duke of Suffolk and his brother, we are told that
they were "_hault_ without hate, kynde without crafte:" and in
"The Orator, handling a hundred severall Discourses," by L. Piot
[_i.e._, Anthony Munday], Decl. 81, p. 327, "for to say the
truth, every _haulty_ spirit are in that like unto women, who do
for the most part covet after that which they are forbidden to
touch."--_Collier._

[228] Bows. So in the "Wonderful Yeare, 1603" [attributed to
Dekker]: "Janus (that beares two faces under one hood) made a
very mannerly _lowe legge_," &c. And again--

    "He calls forth one by one, to note their graces;
     Whilst they _make legs_, he copies out their faces."

--_Ibid._

[229] [Pother.]

[230] _Outcry_ was the ancient term for _an auction_. As in
Massinger's "City Madam," act i. sc. 3--

    "The goods of this poor man sold at an _out-cry_.
     His wife turn'd out of doors, his children forc'd
     To beg their bread."

And again in Middleton's "Chast Mayd in Cheape-side" [Dyce's
edit. iv. 58:]

    "I'll sell all at an _out-cry_."

Again in Ben Jonson's "Catiline," act ii. sc. 3--

    "Their houses, and fine gardens, given away,
     And their goods, under the spear at _outcry_."

Upon which last passage Mr Whalley observes, that "the Roman way
of selling things by auction was setting up a spear; and hence
the phrase _sub hasta vendere_."

[231] See Evans's "Collection of Old Ballads," i. 292.

The story of Whittington and his Cat, though under different
names, is common to various languages. Messrs Grim have pointed
it out in German, and it is given in Italian as one of [the
"Facetie" of the] celebrated Arlotto under the following title:
"_Il Piovano, a un prete che fece mercantia di palle, dice la
novella della gatte._" He relates it of a _mercante Genovese
avventurato il quale navigando fu portato dalla fortuna a una
isola lontanissima_. The story was probably borrowed in English
and assigned to Whittington: it is noticed in "Eastward Hoe" as
"the famous fable of Whittington and his Puss." This play was
written soon after 1603, and the ballad in Evans's collection is
[certainly in its present form] not so old. The "Novella" was
printed in Italy [soon after 1500]; and Arlotto, to whom it is
attributed, died in 1483.

[232] [Old copy, _Hope, a half peny_, &c. This appears to be an
allusion to the proverb,

    "At the west-gate came Thornton in,
     With a hop, a halfpenny, and a lamb's skin."

See Hazlitt's "Proverbs," p. 78. Thornton was a merchant of
Newcastle.]

[233] [In the modern editions, this speech improperly makes part
of the next scene.]

[234] [The folio reads _Mistress_.]

[235] An _aunt of the suburbs_ was synonymous with _bawd_. See
[Dyce's Middleton, i. 444.]

[236] [From the context, evidently a place of entertainment, a
kind of restaurant. Perhaps the modern Glass-House Street may fix
the site.]

[237] _i.e._, The bill of the mortality by the plague. The
theatres were sometimes closed, in consequence of the prevalence
of the disease. Such was the case in the latter end of the reign
of Elizabeth. See note to Nash's "Summer's Last Will and
Testament [viii. 15]."--_Collier._

[238] [The folio reads _hogough_.]

[239] [In old copy this word forms part of the next sentence.]

[240] [Probably a tavern so called.]

[241] [The weight inserted in a bowl.]

[242] This probably is the same tavern mentioned in "A Match at
Midnight," act i.: "My master means the _sign of the Devil_,"
&c.--_Collier._

[243] [_i.e._, It is presumed, put a quart of sack into your head
at my expense. He afterwards gives him an angel. A _half-moon_
was an old cant term for a wig. See Dyce's Middleton, ii. 382.]

[244] _i.e._, _Who_ can that be? In this manner the word _who_ is
pronounced in some parts of the kingdom, particularly in the
county of Kent.--_Pegge._

[245] _i.e._, The Tailor, who very suddenly got drunk, and as
suddenly drowsy.--_Collier._

[246] Jolly makes his _exit_ at the same time, and returns again
where his entrance is marked.--_Collier._

[247] [Probably Faithful's Christian name was _Moll_, which Jolly
pronounces _Mull_.]

[248] [See Hazlitt's "Proverbs," 1869, p. 141.]

[249] [This word was perhaps then, as now, understood in a cant
sense.]

[250] [A crowd had assembled outside, it appears, inquisitive to
know what was going on within.]

[251] [Old copy, _thy_.]

[252] [A proverbial expression for a simpleton.]

[253] [In how stately a fashion she carries herself.]

[254] [Drunken, from the Dutch _op zee_, which means literally
_at sea_, and thence drunk, like our own _half-seas-over_.]

[255] [Summoner.]

[256] [A play on words.]

[257] [Alluding to the common expression, Fools have fortune.]

[258] [The folio, _you he_.]

[259] Alluding to the acts of Oliver Cromwell's parliament for
punishing adultery, incest, and fornication; by which it was
declared that the two former should be punishable with death on
the first offence, and the latter upon the second conviction.
"These acts," an excellent writer (Mr Barrington on the Statutes)
observes, "could not have continued long unrepealed, _even if
Charles II._ had not succeeded to the throne." It has been
doubted whether there were any instances of carrying them into
execution, notwithstanding the rigidness of the times wherein
they were enacted. A newspaper, however, of that period furnishes
an example which, from the extraordinary circumstances attending
it, may perhaps be considered as not unworthy of being preserved.
In _Mercurius Politicus_, No. 168, from Thursday, Aug. 25, to
Thursday, Sept. 1, 1653, p. 2700, is the following passage:--"At
Monmouth Assize an old man of _eighty-nine years_ was put to
death for adultery, committed with a woman above _sixty_."

[260] [Lindabrides is a character in the "Mirror of Knighthood,"
once a famous romance. The name was afterwards applied to women
of a certain class. She is mentioned in act ii. of "A Match at
Midnight."]

[261] [Dragged.]

[262] This incident is borrowed from the Italian, and it is
employed by many of their novelists. It also forms the eighth
story of "Les Comptes du Monde adventureux," printed at [Paris in
1555, and a translation from the Italian.] Casti founded his tale
of "La Celia" upon it, with the variation of making the old woman
a negress; but in this change he was not original. Richard Brome
employed it in his "Novella," acted at the Blackfriars Theatre
thirty years before Killigrew's play was published.--_Collier._

[263] [A hit at some of the frivolous poetry of an earlier
period. See Hazlitt's "Handbook" _v._ Lenton.]

[264] The _sickness_ was the common name for the plague. See
Gifford's Ben Jonson, iii. 353, iv. 9, &c.--_Collier._

[265] This alludes to one of the regulations made to prevent the
spreading of the plague. When a house became infected, the
officers empowered for that purpose immediately placed a guard
before it, which continued there night and day, to prevent any
person going from thence until the expiration of forty days. At
the same time, _red crosses, of a foot long_ were painted on the
doors and windows, with the words LORD HAVE MERCY UPON US, in
great letters, wrote over them, to caution all passengers to
avoid infected places.

In a collection of epigrams, entitled, "More Fools Yet," written
by R. S. (Roger Sharpe), 1610, 4^o, is the following--

    "Rusticus, an honest country swayne,
     Whose education simple was, and plaine,
     Having survey'd the citie round about,
     Emptyed his purse, and so went trudging out.
     But by the way he saw, and much respected,
     A doore belonging to a house infected;
     Whereon was plac't (as 'tis the custome still)
     _Lord have mercy upon us!_ This sad bill
     The sot perusde; and having read, he swore,
     All London was, ungodly, but that doore.
     Here dwells some vertue yet, sayes he; for this
     A most devout religious saying is:
     And thus he wisht (with putting off his hatte)
     That every doore had such a bill as that."

[266] Robert Gomersall, in 1628, published a poem, in three
cantos, called "The Levite's Revenge." It arrived at a second
edition in 1633, and seems to have been popular.--_Collier._

[267] This is probably meant to ridicule John Ball, a celebrated
puritan divine, born in 1585, and died in 1640, after publishing
many religious controversial works.--_Collier._

[268] It seems doubtful whether the preceding part of this speech
does not belong to Wanton.--_Collier._

[269] [Mistress.]

[270] _To fling an old shoe_ after a person to produce good luck
is a custom still spoken of, and hardly yet disused. It is
mentioned in many writers: as in "The Wild Goose Chase," act ii.
sc. 1--

             "If ye see us close once,
     Begone, and leave me to my fortune suddenly,
     For I am then determined to do wonders.
     Farewell, _and fling an old shoe_."

[271] See note to "A Match at Midnight" [xiii. 81].

[272] One of the original actors in the plays of Shakespeare. See
an account of him in Wright's "Historia Histrionica" _infrâ_,
vol. xv.

[273] Banks, who was famous for a horse, which was taught to show
tricks, and perform several feats of art, to the great admiration
of the virtuoso spectator. This celebrated horse is mentioned by
several writers of Queen Elizabeth's time, as Ben Jonson, in
"Every Man out of his Humour," act iv. sc. 6: "He keeps more ado
with this monster than ever _Banks_ did with his horse, or the
fellow with the elephant."

Again, in "Jack Drum's Entertainment," sig. B 3: "It shall be
chronicled next after the death of _Bankes his horse_."

Again, in Dekker's "Satiromastix," 1602: "I'll teach thee to turn
me into _Bankes_ his horse, and to tell gentlemen I am a juggler,
and can show tricks."

And in Dekker's "Wonderfull Yeare," 1603: "These are those ranck
riders of art, that have so spur gal'd your lustie wing'd
Pegasus, that now he begins to be out of flesh, and (even only
for provander sake) is glad to show tricks like _Bankes_ his
curtall."

See Digby "On Bodies," c. 37, p. 393. Sir Walter Raleigh's
"History of the World," 1st part, p. 178. Gayton's "Notes on Don
Quixote," part 4, p. 289.

[274] [_i.e._, Without their upper garments.]

[275] Stephen Marshall and Thomas Case, two of the most
celebrated divines among the Presbyterians. Marshall was the
person who preached the famous sermon before the House of
Commons, Feb. 13, 1641, from Judges v. 23, "Curse ye Meroz," &c.
This sermon is mentioned by Lord Clarendon. Both these sectaries
are noticed by Butler. See Dr Grey's edition of "Hudibras," p. 3,
c. i., l. 884; p. 3, c. ii., l. 636, and the notes.

[276] [Perhaps a play on _choler_ and _colour_ is intended here.]

[277] _Slot_, in hunting, means the print of the foot on the
ground. See Todd's Johnson.--_Collier._

[278] [Bourbonne-les-Bains, in the Haute Marne.]

[279] Prologues and epilogues were formerly spoken in _black
cloaks_.

[280] [He misunderstands the Parson's classical allusion to
Nessus.]

[281] [The name of the actor who filled the part of Wild.]

       *       *       *       *       *

Transcriber's Notes:

1. Minor punctuation errors have been corrected without comment.

2. A list of spelling corrections and other notes appears at the
end of this e-text.

3. A Table of Contents does not appear in the original text. A
brief Table of Contents has been created for this e-text.

4. All end-of-line stage directions have been moved onto their
own lines and indented by a consistent amount under the dialogue.

5. Footnotes have been numbered sequentially and moved to the end
of this e-text. Markers have been added indicating where
footnotes for a particular play begin.

6. Sidenotes in Latin appear in "Lady Alimony". When these notes
fell within an unbroken paragraph the paragraph has been broken
and the Sidenote placed directly ABOVE the sentence where they
appeared ADJACENT in the original text.

7. Spelling corrections:

  p. 69, "emnity" to "enmity" (2) (that fatal enmity)

  p. 132, "Eléazar" (1) to "Eleazar" (60) (Until my Eleazar)

  p. 186, "philip" (1) to "Philip" (88) (can I Philip him)

  p. 253, "ememy's" to "enemy's" (36) (an enemy's advice)

  p. 371, "KILLLGREW" to "KILLIGREW" (20) (THOMAS KILLIGREW)

  p. 510, "aud" to "and" (envy and a dazzling power)

  Footnote [265] "entituled" to "entitled" (3) (epigrams, entitled)

  There are a number of spelling variants between the various
  authors, all of which have been retained.

  There are a number of Word variants retained throughout the
  text, sometimes occuring within the SAME play (and often the
  same speaker), these include hyphenations, apostrophe's and
  accented characters.

8. OTHER CORRECTIONS and NOTES:

  p. 212, corrected SCENE IV. to SCENE VI. For reference, Scene IV
  is on p. 205 and Scene V is on p. 209.

  p. 301, added Footnote Anchor [125] missing in original text.

  p. 353, changed ACT VIII. to SCENE VIII., this is correctly
  Scene VIII of the FOURTH ACT of this play. ACT V. begins on the
  next page.

  p. 374, Footnote 189; corrected subscripted "point" character to
  superscripted to conform with other instances. (printed in 12^o,
  1641)

  p. 451, added Footnote Anchor [239] missing in original text.

  Words using the [OE] or [oe] ligature in the original text, for
  which "oe" has been substituted:

  C[oe]lum to Coelum
  c[oe]tu to Coetu
  [OE]dipus to Oedipus
  Ph[oe]bus to Phoebus
  Ph[oe]nix to Phoenix





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