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Arch. With her consent, not otherwise. You He shall have favour. Bring him in unbound: may urge
[Exeunt Officers. Your title in the court; if it prove good, And, though Leósthenes may challenge from me, Possess her freely: Guard him safely off too. For his late worthy service, credit to T'imag. You'll hear me, sir?
All things he can alledge in his own cause, Arch. If you have aught to say,
Marullo (so I think you call his name)
Shall find I do reserve one ear for him,
Enter CLEON, Asotus, DIPHILUS, OLYMPIA, Of force now use your patience.
and CORISCA. [Ereunt ARCH. DIPH, and Guards. To let in mercy. Sit, and take your places : Timag. Vengeance rather!
The right of this fair virgin first determined, Whirlwinds of rage possess me: you are wronged Your bondmen shall be censured. Beyond a stoic's sufferance; yet you stand Cleon. With all rigour As you were rooted.
We do expect
Cor. Tempered, I say, with mercy.
Enter at one door LEOSTHENES and TIMAGOAnd therefore cannot prosper.
RAS; at the other, Officers with PISANDER
and TIMANDRA. Tímag. Melancholy; Which now you must not yield to.
Timol. Your hand, Leosthenes : I cannot Leost. Tis apparent:
doubt, In fact your sister 's innocent, however
You, that have been victorious in the war, Changed by her violent will.
Should, in a combat fought with words, come off Timag. If you believe so,
But with assured triumph. Follow the chace still; and in open court Leost. My deserts, sir, Plead your own interest. We shall find the (If without arrogance I may style them such) judge
Arm me from doubt and fear. Our friend, I fear not.
Timol. 'Tis nobly spoken.Leost. Something I shall say,
Nor be thou daunted (howsoe'er thy fortune But what
Has marked thee out a slave) to speak thy meTimag. Collect yourself as we walk thither.
rits : [Exeunt. For virtue, though in rags, may challenge more
Than vice, set off with all the trim of greatness. SCENE III.- The Court of Justice.
Pis. I'd rather fall under so just a judge,
Than be acquitted by a man corrupt,
Arch. Note his language; Timol. 'Tis wondrous strange! nor can it fall It relishes of better breeding than within
His present state dares promise.
Timol. I observe it.-
Looking with covetous eyes upon the prize
They are to plead for, may, from the fair object, Arch. 'Tis most true;
Teach Hermes eloquence. And, though at first it did appear a fable,
Leost. Am I fallen so low? All circumstances meet to give it credit ; My birth, my honour, and, what ’s dearest to me, Which works so on me, that I am compelled My love, and witness of my love, my service, To be a suitor, not to be denied,
So undervalued, that I must contend He may have equal hearing.
With one, where my excess of glory must Cleora. Sir, you graced me.
Make his o'erthrow a conquest? Shall my fulness With the title of your mistress; but my fortune Supply defects in such a thing, that never Is so far distant from command, that I
Knew any thing but want and emptiness, Lay by the power you gave me, and plead hum- Give him a name, and keep it such, from this bly
Unequal competition ? If my pride, For the preserver of my fame and honour. Or any bold assurance of my worth, And pray you, sir, in charity believe,
Has pluck'd this mountain of disgrace upon me, I hat, since I had ability of speech,
I'm justly punish’d, and submit; but if My tongue hath been so much inured to truth, I have been modest, and esteemed myself I know not how to lie.
More injured in the tribute of the praise, Timol. I'll rather doubt
Which no desert of mine, prized by self-love, The oracles of the gods, than question what Ever exacted, may this cause and minute Your innocence delivers; and, as far
For ever be forgotten. I dwell long
Ungrateful fair one; and, since you are such, dare not force affection, or presume 'Tis lawful for me to proclaim myself,
To censure her discretion, that looks on me And what I have deserved.
As a weak man, and not her fancy's idol. Cleora. Neglect and scorn
How I have loved, and how much I have sufFrom me, for this proud vaunt.
fered, Leost. You nourish, lady,
And with what pleasure undergone the burthen Your own dishonour in this harsh reply, Of my ambitious hopes (in aiming at And almost prove, what some hold of your sex, The glad possession of a happiness, You're all made up of passion : For, if reason The abstract of all goodness in mankind Or judgment could find entertainment with you, Can at no part deserve,) with my confession Or that you would distinguish of the objects Of mine own wants, is all that can plead for me. You look on in a true glass, not seduced But if that pure desires, not blended with By the false light of your too violent will, Foul thoughts, that like a river keeps his course, I should not need to plead for that which you Retaining still the clearness of the spring With joy should offer. Is my high birth a ble- From whence it took beginning, may be thought mish?
Worthy acceptance; then I dare rise up, Or does my wealth, which all the vain expence And tell this gay man to his teeth, I never Of women cannot waste, breed loathing in you? Durst doubt her constancy, that, like a rock, The honours, I can call mine own, thought scan- Beats off temptations, as that mocks the fury dals ?
Of the proud waves; nor from my jealous fears Am I deformed, or, for my father's sins, Question that goodness, to which, as an altar Mulcted by Nature? If you interpret these of all perfection, he, that truly loved, As crimes, 'tis fit I should yield up myself Should rather bring a sacrifice of service, Most miserably guilty. But, perhaps,
Than raze it with the engines of suspicion; (Which yet I would not credit) you have seen Of which, when he can wash an Æthiop white, This gallant pitch the bar, or bear a burden Leosthenes may hope to free himself; Would crack the shoulders of a weaker bond- But, till then, never. man;
Timag. Bold, presumptuous villain ! Or any other boisterous exercise,
Pis. I will go farther, and make good upoir Assuring a strong back, to satisfy
him, Your loose desires, insatiate as the grave. In the pride of all his honours, birth and for Cleora: You are foul-mouthed.
tunes, Arch. Il-mannered too.
He's more unworthy than myself. Leost. I speak
Leost. Thou liest. In the way of supposition, and entreat you, Timag. Confute him with a whip, and, the With all the fervour of a constant lover,
doubt decided, That you would free yourself from these asper- Punish him with a halter. sions,
Pís. O the gods ! Or any imputation black-tongued slander My ribs, though made of brass, cannot contain Could throw on your unspotted virgin whiteness; My heart, swoln big with rage The lie! A whip! To which there is no easier way, than by
[Plucks off his disguise. Vouchsafing him your favour; him, to whom, Let fury then disperse these clouds, in which Next to the general, and the gods, and fautors, I long have marched, disguised; that, when they The country owes her safety.
know Timag. Are you stupid?
Whom they have injured, they may faint with 'Slight, leap into his arms, and there ask pardon
horror Oh! you expect your slave's reply; no doubt
Of my revenge, which, wretched men! expect, We shall have a fine oration: I will teach As sure as fate, to suffer ! My spaniel to howl in sweeter language,
Leost. Ha! Pisander? And keep a better method.
Timag. 'Tis the bold Theban ! Arch. You forget
Asot. There's no hope for me then ! The dignity of the place.
I thought I should have put in for a share, Diph. Silence!
And borne Cleora from them both : But now, Timol. Speak boldly.
This stranger looks so terrible, that I dare not Pis. 'Tis your authority gives me a tongue,
So much as look on her. I should be dumb else; and I am secure,
Pis. Now, as myself, I cannot clothe my thoughts, and just defence, Thy equal at thy best, Leosthenes.In such an abject phrase, but ’twill appear For you, Timagoras, praise heaven you were Equal, if not above, my low condition.
born I need no bombast language, stolen from such Cleora's brother, 'tis your safest armour. As make nobility from prodigious terms But I lose time. The base lie cast upon me, The hearers understand not; I bring with me I thus return: Thou art a perjured man, No wealth to boast of, neither can I number False and perfidious, and hast made a tender Uncertain fortune's favours with my merits; Of love and service to this lady, when
Thy soul (if thou hast any) can bear witness, Upon the like occasions. The hurt's little
Nor had the terror of your whips, but that One called Statilia?
I was preparing for defence elsewhere, Leost. 'Tis the same! my guilt
So soon got entrance: in this I am guilty ; So chokes my spirits, I cannot deny
Now, as you please, your censure, My falsehood, nor excuse it.
Timol. Bring them in; Pis. This is she,
And, though you've given me power, I do entreat To whom thou wert contracted: This the lady, Such as have undergone their insolence, That, when thou wert my prisoner, fairly taken It may not be offensive, though I study In the Spartan war, that begged thy liberty, Pity more than revenge. And with it gave herself to thee, ungrateful!
Cor. 'Twill best become you. Statil. No more, sir, I entreat you: I perceive
Cleon. I must consent.
Asot. For me, I'll find a time
Enter GRACCULO, CIMBRIO, POLIPHRON, ZAN. Drew me from Thebes with a full intent to kill THIA, and the oi her Slaves, with halters about thee:
their necks. But this fair object met me in my fury,
Grac. Give me leave; And quite disarmed me. Being denied to have her I'll
speak for all. By you, my lord Archidamus, and not able
Timol. What canst thou say, to hinder
Grac. Nothing. You may see
We may not twice be executed. Timol. Strange meanders!
Timol. Twice! How mean'st thou ? Pis. There how I bare myself needs no relation. Grac. At the gallows first, and after in a ballad, But, if so far descending from the height Sung to some villainous tune. There are tenOf my then flourishing fortunes, to the lowest
groat rhymers Condition of a man, to have means only About the town grown fat on these occasions. To feed my eye with the sight of what I honoured; Let but a chapel fall, or a street be fired, The dangers too I underwent, the sufferings ; A foolish lover hang himself for pure love, The clearness of my interest, may deserve Or any such like accident, and before Å noble recompence in your lawful favour ; They are cold in their graves, some damned ditNow 'tis apparent that Leosthenes
ty's made, Can claim no interest in you, you may please Which makes their ghosts walk.-Let the state To think upon my service.
take order Ciora. Sir, my want
For the redress of this abuse, recording Of power to satisfy so great a debt,
'Twas done by my advice, and, for my part, Makes me accuse my fortune; but if that, - I'll cut as clean a caper from the ladder Out of the bounty of your mind, you think As ever merry Greek did. A free surrender of myself full payment,
Timol, Yet I think I gladly tender it.
You would shew more activity to delight Arch. With my consent too,
Your master for a pardon. All injuries forgotten.
Grac. O! I would dance Timag. I will study,
As I were all air and fire.
[Capers. In my future service, to deserve your favour
Timol. And ever be And good opinion.
Obedient and humble ? Leost. Thus I gladly fee
Grac. As his spaniel,
I promise for all the rest.
Timol. Cease these clamours.
And such as went the pilgrimage of love, From your too cruel usage, and made trial Happy in full fruition of their hopes, How far they might be wroughton; to instruct you 'Tis lawful, thanks paid to the powers divine, To look with more prevention and care,
To drown our cares in honest mirth and wine, To what they may hereafter undertake
MASSINGER AND FIELD.
AYMER, a singer, and keeper of a musick-house, MEN.
also dependant on NovALL junior, ROCHFORT, er-premier president of the parlia- Advocates. ment of Dijon.
Three Creditors. CHARALOIS, a noble gentleman, son to the de- | A Priest. ceased marshal.
BEAUMELLE, daughter to ROCHFORT. BEAUMONT, secretary to ROCHFORT.
FLORIMEL, servants to BEAUMELLE; the PONTALIER,
BELLAPERT, latter the secret agent of NoMALOTIN,
VALL junior. LILADAM, a parasite, dependant on NovALL Presidents, Captains, Soldiers, Mourrjunior.
ers, Gaolers, Bailiffs, Servants,
} friends of Novall junior.
But do your parts.
As I could run the hazard of a check for it.
Charmi. Some of the bench, that watch to give Charmi. Sir, I may move the court to serve
More than to do the office that they sit for : But therein shall both wrong you and myself. But give me, sir, my fee. Rom. Why think you so, sir ?
Rom. Now you are noble. Charmi. 'Cause I am familiar
Charmi. I shall deserve this better yet, in giving With what will be their answer: They will say, My lord some council, if he please to hear it, "Tis against law, and argue me of ignorance, Than I shall do with pleading For offering them the motion. Rom. You know not, sir,
Charmi. That it would please his lordship, as How, in this cause, they may dispense with law,
the presidents And therefore frame not you their answer forthem, And counsellors of court come by, to stand
Here, and but shew himself, and to some one What can persuasion, though made eloquent
The memory of that happy age, when justice
Had no guards to keep off wronged innocence Enter Rochfort and Du CROY.
From flying to her succours, and, in that, Charmi. Their lordships here are coming, Assurance of redress! Where
Romont, I must go get me a place. You'll find me in court, The damned with more ease may ascend from hell, And at your service.
(Exit CHARMI. Than we arrive at her. One Cerberus there Rom. Now, put on your spirits !
Forbids the passage; in our courts a thousand, Du Croy. The ease that you prepare yourself, As loud and fertile-headed ; and the client,
That wants the sops to fill their ravenous throats, In giving up the place you hold in court, Must hope for no access. Why should I, then, Will prove, 1 fear, a trouble in the state, Attempt impossibilities, you, friend, being And that no slight one.
Too well acquainted with my dearth of means Roch. Pray you, sir, no more.
To make my entrance that way? Rom. Now, sir, lose not this offered means : Rom. Would I were not ! Their looks,
But, sir, you have a cause, a cause so just, Fixed on you with a pitying earnestness, Of such necessity, not to be deferred, Invite you to demand their furtherance
As would compel a maid, whose foot was never To your good purpose. This is such a dulness, Set o'er her father's threshold, nor, within So foolish and untimely, as
The house where she was born, ever spake word Du Croy. You know him?
Which was not usher'd with pure virgin blushes, Roch. I do; and much lament the sudden fall To drown the tempest of a pleader's tongue, Of his brave house. It is young Charalois, And force corruption to give back the hire Son to the marshal, from whom he inherits It took against her. Let examples move you. His fame and virtues only.
You see men great in birth, esteem, and fortune, Rom. Ha! they name you.
Rather than lose a scruple of their right, Du Croy. His father died in prison two days Fawn basely upon such, whose gowns put off,
They would disdain for servants. Roch. Yes, to the shame of this ungrateful Char. And to these can I become a suitor: state;
Rom. Without loss : That such a master in the art of war,
Would you consider, that, to gain their favours, So noble, and so highly meriting
Our chastest dames put off their modesties, From this forgetful country, should, for want Soldiers forget their honours, usurers Of means to satisfy his creditors
Make sacrifice of gold, poets of wit, The sums he took up for the general good, And men religious part with fame and goodness. Meet with an end so infamous.
Be therefore won to use the means that may Rom. Dare you ever hope for like opportunity? Advance your pious ends. Du Croy. My good lord !
Char. You shall overcome. Roch. My wish bring comfort to you!
Rom. And you receive the glory. Pray you Du Croy. The time calls us.
now practise. Roch. Good morrow, colonel !
'Tis well. [Ereunt Rochfort and Du Croy. Enter NovAll senior, LILADAM, Advocates, and Rom. This obstinate spleen,
three Creditors. You think becomes your sorrow, and sorts well With your black suits: But, grant me wit or Char. [Tenders his petition.] Not look on judgment,
me! And, by the freedom of an honest man,
Rom. You must have patience- -Offer it And a true friend to boot, I swear, 'tis shame
Char. And be again contemned ! And therefore flatter not yourself with hope, Nov. sen. I know what's to be done. Your sable nabit, with the hat and cloak,
i Cred. And, that your lordship No, though the ribbons help, have power to Will please to do your knowledge, we offer first work them
Our thankful hearts here, as a bounteous earnest To what you would : For those, that had no eyes To what we will add. To see the great acts of your father, will not, Nov. sen. One word more of this, From any fashion sorrow can put on,
I am your enemy. Am I a man, Be taught to know their duties.
Your bribes can work on ? Ha! Char. If they will not,
Lilad. Friends, you mistake They are too old to learn, and I too young The way to win my lord; he must not hear this, To give them counsel ; since, if they partake But I, as one in favour in his sight, The understanding and the hearts of men, May hearken to you for my profit. Sird They will prevent my words and tears: If not, Pray hear them.