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Mil. There's a song for you!

King. Those, that can make a jest of what King. He should go sing this at court, I think. ought to be shocking to humanity, surely deserve

Dik. I believe, if he's wise, he will chuse to not the name of great or noble men. stay at home though.

Dick. What do you think of it, sir? If you

belong to the court, you, perhaps, may know Enter Peggy.

something of the king's temper.

King. Why, if I can jurige of his temper at Alil. What wind blew you hither, pray? You all, I think he would not suffer the greatest nohave a good share of impudence, or you would bleman in his court to do an injustice to the be ashamed to set your foot within my house, meanest subject in his kingdom. But, pray, who methinks.

is the nobleman that is capable of such actions Peg. Ashamed I am, indeed; but do not cail

as these? me impudent.

[Weeps. Di k. Do you know my lord Lurewell ? Duk. Dear father, suspend your anger for the

King. Yes. present; that she is here now, is by my direc- Dick. That's the man. tion, and to do me justice.

King. Well, I would have you put your design Peg. To do that, is all that is now in my in execution. 'Tis my opinion the king would power; for, as to myself, I am ruined past re- not only hear your complaint, but redress your demption; my character, my virtue, iny peace, injuries. are gone: I am abandoned by my friends, des- Mil. I wish it may prove so. pised by the world, and exposed to misery and want.

Enter the Keepers, leading in the courtiers. king. Prav, let me know the story of your mis. 1st Keep. Hola! Cockle! Where are ye?fortunes : : perhaps it may be in my power to do Why, man, we have nabbed a pack of rogues something towards redressing them.

here, just in the fact. Peg. That you may learn from him, whom I King. Ha, ha, ha! What, turned highwaymen, have wronged, but as for me, shame will not let my lords, or deer-stealers? me speak, or hear it told.

1st Cour. I am very glad to find your majesty

[Erit Percy. in health and safety. King. She's very pretty.

2d Cour. We have run through a great many Dick. 0, sir, I once thought her an angel; I perils and dangers to-night: but the joy of findloved her dearer than my life, and did believe ing your majesty so unexpectedly, will make us her passion was the same for me: but a young forget all we have suffered. nobleman of this neighbourhood happening to Mil, see her, her youth and blooming beauty present


What! is this the king! ly struck his fancy; a thousand artifices were King. I am very glad to see you, my lords, immediately employed to debauch and ruin her. I confess; and particularly you, my lord LureBut all his arts were vain; pot even the promise weli. nf making her his wife, could prevail upon her: Lure. Your majesty does me honour. In a little time he found out her love to me, and, King. Yes, my lord, and I will do you justice, imagining this to be the cause of her refusal, he, too; your honour has been highly wronged by by forged letters, and feigned stories, contrived this young man. to inake her believe I was upon the point of mar- Lure. Wronged, my liege! Tage with another woman. Possessed with this King. I hope so, my Jord; for I would fain opinion, she, in a rage, writes me word, never to believe you can't be guilty of baseness and see ber more; and, in revenge, consented to her treachery. own undoing. Not contented with this, nor easy Lure. I hope your majesty will never find me while I was so near her, he bribed one of his so. What dares this villain say? casi-off mistresses to swear a child to me, which Dick. I am not to be frighted, my lord. I she did ; this was the occasion of my leaving my dare speak truth at any time, friends, and Aving to London.

Lure. Whatever stains my honour, must be king. And how does she propose to do you false. justice?

King. I know it must, my lord; yet has this Dick. Why, the king being now in this forest nan, not knowing who I was, presuined to charge a hunting, we design to take some opporiunity your lordship, nut only with great injustice to of throwing ourselves at his Majesty's feet, and biselt, but also with ruining an innocent vircomplaining of the injustice done us by this no- in, whom he loved, and who was to have ble villain.

been his wife; which, if true, were base and Mil. Ah, Dick! I expect but little redress treacherous; but I know 'tis false, and, therefrom such an application. Things of this nature sre, leave it to your lordship to say what punishare so common among the great, that I am inent I shall inflict upon him, for the injury done afraid it will only be made a jest of.

to your honour.

Lure. I thank your majesty. I will not be think, you ought, in jastice, to marry her you severe; he shall only ask my pardon, and to thus have wronged. morrow morning be obliged to marry the crea- Peg. Let my tears thank your majesty. But, ture he has traduced me with.

alas ! I am afraid to marry this young lord : King. This is mild. Well, you hear your sen- that would only give him power to use me tence

worse, and still encrease my misery; I, thereDick. May I not have leave to speak before fore, beg your majesty will not command him to your majesty?

do it. King. What can'st thou say?

King. Rise, then, and hear me. My lord, you Duk. If I had your majesty's permission, I see how low the greatest nobleman may be redubelieve I have certain witnesses which will unde-ced by ungenerous actions. Here is, under your niably prove the truth of all I have accused his own hand, an absolute promise of marriage to lordship of

this young woman, which, from a thorough knowKing. Produce them.

ledge of your unworthiness, she has prudently Dick. Peggy!

declined to make you fulfil. I shall, therefore,

not insist upon it: but I command you, upon Enter Peggy.

pain of my displeasure, immediately to settle on King. Do you know this woman, my lord? her three hundred pounds a-year.

Lure. I koow her, please your majesty, by Peg. May Heaven reward your majesty's sight; she's a tenant's daughter.

goodness. 'f'is too much for me; but if your Peg. (Aside.] Majesty What, is this the majesty thinks fit, let it be settled upon this king?

much injured man, to make some satisfaction for Dick. Yes.

the wrongs which have been done him. As to King. Have you no particular acquaintance myself, I only sought to clear the innocence of with her?

him I loved and wronged, then bide me from the Lure. Hum! I have not seen her these seve world, and die forgiven. ral months.

Dick. This act of generous virtue cancels all Dick. True, my lord; and that is part of your ac- past failings; come to my arms, and be as dear cusation; for, I believe, I have some letters which as ever. will prove your lordship once had a more parti- Peg. You cannot, sure, forgive me ! cular acquaintance with her. Here is one of the Dick. I can, I do, and still will make you first his lordship wrote to her, full of the ten- mine. derest and most solemn protestations of love and Peg. O, why did I ever wrong such generous constancy; here is another, which will inforın love? your majesty of the pains he took to ruin her.- Dick. Talk no more of it. Here, let us There is an absolute promise of marriage be- kneel, and thank the goodness which has made fore he could accomplish it.

us blest. King. What say you, my lord? are these your King. May you be happy! hands?

Mil. [Kneels.) After I have seen so much of Lure. I believe, please your majesty, I might your majesty's goodness, I cannot despair of parhave a little atfair of gallantry with the girl soine don, even for the rough usage your majesty re

ceived from me. King. It was a little affair, my lord; a mean (The king draws his sword, the Miller is affair; and what you call gallantry, I call infa- frighted, and rises up, thinking he was my. Do you think, my lord, that greatness gives

going to kill him. a sanction to wickedness? Or that it is the prero- What have i done, that I should lose my life? gative of lords to be unjust and inhuman You King. Kneel without fear. No, my good host, remember the sentence which yourself pronoun- so far are you from having any thing to pardon, eed upon this innocent man; you cannot think that I am much your debtor. I cannot think but it hard that it should pass on you who are so good and honest a man will make a worthy guilty.

and honourable knight; so, rise up, sir John Lure. I hope your majesty will consider my Cockle : And to support your state, and in some rank, and not oblige me to marry her.

sort requite the pleasure you have done us, a King. Your rank, my lord! Greatness, that thousand marks a year shall be your revenue. stoops to actions base and low, deserts its rank, Mil. Your 'majesty's bounty I receive with and pulis its honours down. What makes your thankfulness; I have been guilty of no meanness lordship great? Is it your gilded equipage and to obtain it, and hope I shall not be obliged to dress? Then put it on your meanest slave, and keep it upon base conditions; for though I am he's as great as you. Is it your riches or estate? willing to be a faithful subject, I am resolved to The villain that should plunder you of all, would be a free, and an honest man. then be as great as you. No, my lord; he, that King. I rely upon your being so : And, to acis greatly, is the true great man. I therefore gain the friendship of such a one, I shall_at

time ago.

ways think an addition to my happiness, though By selfish sycophants so close besieged, a king.

'Tis by mere chance a worthy man's obliged :

But hence, to every courtier be it known, Worth, in whatever state, is sure a prize, Virtuc shall find protection from the throne. Which kings, of all men, ought not to despise ;

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Bar. The bag, sir.

Sir John. The bag, sir! an what's this bar Enter Sir John, Tailor, Barber, and Joe.

for, sir? this is not the fashion too, I hope? Tay. 'Tis the fashion, sir, I assure you.

Bar. It's what is very much wore, sir, indeed. Sir John. Fashions are for fools; don't tell me Sir John. Wore, sir! how is it wore? where of fashion. Must a man make an ass of himself, is it wore? what is it for? because it's the fashion?

Bar. Sir, it is only for ornament. Tay. But you would be like other folks, sir, Sir John. 0, 'tis an ornament! I beg your parwould not you?

don! Now, positively, I should not have taken Sir John. No, sir, if this is tbeir likeness, I this for an ornament. My poor grey hairs are, in would not be like other folks. Why, a man my opinion, much more becoming. But, crme, might as well be cased up in armour; here's put it on! There, now, what do you think I buckram and whalebone enough, to turn a bullet.

Joe. Sir, here's the barber has brought you Joe. I cod measter, you're not like the same home a new periwig.

mon, Sir John. Let him come in. Come, friend ! Bar. Sir, 'tis very genteel, I assure you, let's see if you're as good at fashions as Mr Sir John. Genteel! ay, that it may be, for Buckram here. What the devil's this?

aught I know, but I'm sure 'tis very ugly.

am like?

I'm sure.

Bar. They wear nothing else in France, sir. King. No, but I hare sent for him to attend

Sir John. In France, sir! what's I rance to ine this evening: and I design, with only you, me? I'm an Englishınan, sir, and know no right theny lords, who are now present, to entertain myfools of France have to be my examples. Here'

, self a while with his honest freedoin. He will take it ayamu; l'il have none of your new-langled be here ;"resently. French lopperies; and if you please, I'li nvade 2d Cour. Ile must certainly divert your mayou a present of this fine, fashionable cuat again jesty. Fashion, indeed!

31 Cour. He may be diverting, perhaps ; but [Ereunt Tailor, Barber, and Joe. if I may speak my mind freely, I think there is

sonething too plain and roughi in his behaviour, Re-enter Joe with the French Cook. for your majesty to bear.

King. Your lordship, perhaps, may he afraid Joe. Sir, here's a fine geutleman wants to of plain truth and sincerity, but I am not. speak with you.

Sd Cour. I beg your majesty's pardon; I did Cwok. Sir, me have hear dat your honour want not suppose you was; I only think, there is a One cook.

certain awe and reverence due to your majesty, Sir John. Sir, you are very obliging; I sup- which I am afraid his want of politeness may pre voou would recommend une to me. But, as ipake him transgress. I don't know you-

King. My lord, whilst I love my subjects, and Cook No, no, sir! me am one cook myself, preserve to thein all their rights and liberties, and would be proud of de honour to serve you.

I doubt not of meeting with a proper respect Sir John. You a cook! and pray, what wa- from the roughest of them; but as for the awe les may you expect, to afford such finery as and reverence which your politeness would flatthat?

ter me with, I love it not. I will, that all my Cook. Me will have one hundred guinea a subjects treat me with sincerity. An honest year, no more; and two or three servant under freedom of speech, as it is every hone t man's me to do de work.

right, so none can be afraid of it, but he that is Sir John. Hum! very reasonable truly! And, conscious to hinself of ill-deservings. Sound pray, what extraordinary matters can you do, to maxims, and right conduct, can never be ridideserve such wages?

culed; and, where the contrary prevail, the seveCook. 0! me can make you one hundred rest censure is greatest kindness. dish, de Englis know noting of; me can make 3d Cour. I believe your inajesty is in the right, you de portable soup to put in your pocket: me and I stand corrected. can dress you de foul a-la rvarli, en galentine, a-la montinorancy; de duck en gribadin; de

Enter a GENTLEMAN. chicken a la chombre; de turkey en botine ; de pidgeon en mirliton a l Italienne, a-la d' Gen. May it please your majesty, here is a perHuxelles : en fine, we can give you de essence son who calls himself sir John Cockle, the milof tive or six ham, and de juice of ten or twelve ler of Mansfield, begs admittance to your mastone of beef, all in de sauce of one little dish. jesty.

Sir John. Very fine! At this rate, no wonder King. Conduct bim in. the poor are starved, and the butcher unpaid. No, I will have no such cooks, I promise you; it

Enter Sır Join. is the luxury and extravagance introduced by King. Honest sir John Cockle, you are welsuch French kickshaw-mongers as you, that has come to London. devoured and destroyed old English hospitality! Sir John. I thank your majesty for the honour Go! go about your business; I have no inind to you do me, and am glad to find your majesty in be beygared, nor to beggar honest tradesmen. good health. Jue !

[Erit Cook.

King. But pray, sir John, why in the habit of a Joe Sir.

miller yet? What I gave you was with a design Sir John. Let my daughter know, the king has to set you above the mean dependence of a trade sent for me, and I am gone to court, to wait on

for subsistence. kis majesty.

Sir John. Your majesty will pardon my freeJoe. Yes, sir.

[Ereunt. dom. Whilst my trade will support me, I am

independent; and I look upon that to be more SCENE II.

bonourable in an Englisbman, than any depen

dance whatsoever. I am a plain, blunt man, Enter the King, and several Courtiers.

and inay, possibly, some time or other, offend King. Well, my lords, our old friend, the mil- your majesty; and where, then, is my subsistler of Viansfield is arrived at last.

ence? 1s! (vur. He has been in town two or three King. And dare you not trust the honour of a days; has not your majesty scen him yet? king?

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