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Surrendering the possession, you shall ease Mar. Keep him
Yourself and me, of chargeable suits in law; Fron using of his hands, I'll use my tongue
Which, if you prove not honest (as I doubt it), To his no little torment.
Must, of necessity, follow.

Over. Mine own varlet
Lady. In my judgment,

Rebel against me? He does advise you well.

Mur. Yes, and uncase you too. Over. Good, good ! conspire

The ideot; the patch; the slave; the booby; With your new husband, lady; second him The property, fit only to be beaten In his dishonest practices; but, when

For your morning exercise; your football, or This manor is extended to my use,

The unprofitable lump of flesh, your drudge, You'll speak in an humble key, and sue for fa- Can now anatomize you, and lay open

All your black plots, level with the earth Lady. Never : do not hope it.

Your hill of pride, and shake, Well. Let despair first seize me.

Nay, pulverize, the walls, you think defend you. Over. Yet, to shut up thy mouth, and make Lady. How he foams at the mouth with rage! thee give

Over. O that I had thee in my gripe ! I would Thyself the lie, the loud lie! I draw out

tear thee The precious evidence : If thou canst forswear Joint after joint! Thy hand and seal, and make a forfeit of

Mar. I know you are a tearer.

(Opens the bor. But I'll have first your fangs pared off; and then Thy ears to the pillory; see, here's that, will come nearer to you ; when I have discovered, make

And made it good before the judge, what ways My interest clear- -Ha !

And devilish practises, you used to cozen with. Lady. A fair skin of parchment!

Over. But that I will live, rogue, to torture Weil. Indented, I confess, and labels, too ;

thee, But neither wax nor words. How! thunder- And make thee wish and kneel in vain to die; struck!

These swords, that keep thee from me, should Not a syllable to insult with? my wise uncle,

fix here, Is this your precious evidence? Is this, that Although they made my body but one wound, makes

But I would reach thee. Your interest clear?

I play the fool, and make my anger but ridicuOver. I am o'crwhelmed with wonder !

lous. What prodigy is this? What subtle devil There will be a time, and place, there will be, Hath razed out the inscription? the wax

Turned into dust, the rest of my deeds whole When you shall feel what I dare do.
As when they were deliver'd; and this only

Well, I think so:
Made nothing! do you deal with witches, rascal? You dare do any ill, yet want true valour
There's a statute for you, which will bring.

To be honest and repent.
Your neck in a hempen circle; yes, there is ; Over. They are words I know not,
And now 'tis better thought; for, cheater, know Nor e'er will learn. Patience, the beggar's virtue,
This juggling shall not save you.

Shall find no harbour here- After these storms, Well. To save thee,

At length a calm appears.
Would beggar the stock of mercy.
Over. Marrall.

Enter GREEDY and Parson WELLDO. Mar, Sir.

Welcome, most welcome! Over. Tho' the witnesses are dead,

There's comfort in thy looks; is the deed done?

[Flattering him. Is my daughter married ? say but so, my chaplain, Your testimony

And I am tame.
Help with an oath or two; and for thy master, Welldo. Married ?


you. Thy liberal master, my good honest servant, Over. Then vanish all sad thoughts! there's I know you will swear any thing to dash

more gold for thee. This cunning slight: besides, I know thou art My doubts and fears are in the titles drowned A public notary, and such stands in law of

my right honourable, right honourable daughFor a dozen witnesses; the deed being drawn too By thee, my careful all, and delivered Greedy. Here will be feasting at least for a When thou wert present, will make good my


I am provided : empty guts, croak no more ! Wilt thou not swear this?

You shall be stuffed, like bag-pipes, not with Mar, I! no, I assure you.

wind, I have a conscience, not seared up like yours; But bearing dishes. I know no deeds.

Over. Instantly be here! Over. Wilt thou betray me?

[Whispering to WELLDO.




sing, with


To my wish, to my wish. Now, you that plot | Lead not the way, let's quit the house, and against me,

change And hoped to trip my heels up; that contemned Six words in private. me;

Lov. I am ready. Think on it and tremble !-Loud music.)--They Well. You'll grow like him, come, I hear the music,

Should you answer his vain challenge. A lane there for ny lord !

Over. Are you pale? Well. This sudden heat

Borrow his help, though Hercules call it odds, May yet be cooled, sir.

I'll stand against both, as I am hem'd in thus. Over. Make way, there, for my lord ! Say they were a squadron

of pikes, lined through with shot, when I am Erter AllwoRTH, MARGARET, Lovell, and mounted LADY.

Upon my injuries, shall I fear to charge them? Marg. Sir, first your pardon, then your bles- No: l’ll thro' the battalia, and, that routed,

I'll fall to execution.-Ha! I am feeble : Your full allowance of the choice I have made. Some undone widow sits upon mine arm, Not to dwell too long on words, [Kneeling. And takes away the use of't! and my sword, This is my husband.

Glewed to my scabbard with wronged orphans' Over, How !

tears, Allw. So, I assure you; all the rites of mar- Will not be drawn. Ha! what are these? Sure, riage,

hangmen, With every circumstance, are past;

That come to bind my hands, and then to drag And for right honourable son-in-law, you may say Your dutiful daughter.

Before the judgment-seat.-Now they are new Oder. Devil! are they married ?

shapes, Welldo. Do a father's part, and say, Heaven And do appear like furies, with steel whips, give them joy!

To scourge my ulcerous soul! Shall I then fall Over, Confusion and ruin ! speak, and speak Ingloriously, and yield ? No: spite of fate quickly,

I will be forced to hell like to myself; Or thou art dead,

Tho' you were legions of accursed spirits, Welldo. They are married.

Thus would I fly among you.Oder. Thou hadst better

[Dragged off by Order and AMBLE. Have made a contract with the king of fiends Mar. Is'i brave sport? Than these. My brain turns !

Greedy. Brave sport? I'm sure it has taken Welldo. Why this rage to me?

away my stomach. Is not this your letter, sir? and these the words-- I do not like the sauce. Marry her to this gentleman?

Mar. Was it not a rare trick, Orer. It cannot;

(An't please your worship) to make the deed Nor will I ever believe it: 'sdeath! I will not.

nothing? That I, that in all passages I touched

Certain minerals I used, At worldly profit have not left print

Incorporated in the ink and wax. Where I have trod, for the most curious search Besides, he gave me nothing, but still fed me To trace my footsteps, should be gulled by With hopes and blows; and that was the induce

children! Baffied and fooled, and all my hopes and labours To this conundrum. Deicated and made void!

Well. You are a rascal. He, that dares be Well, As it appears,

false You are so, my grave uncle.

To a master, tho' unjust, will ne'er be true Orer. Village nurses

To any other. Look not for reward, Revenge their wrongs with curses; I'll not waste Or favour from me; I will shun thy sight A syllable, but thus I take the life,

As I would do a basilisk's. Thank my pity, Which, wretch! I gave to thee.

If thou keep thy ears; howe'er I will take or[Offers to kill MARGARET. der Lov. Hold, for your own sake !

Your practice shall be silenced. Though charity to your daughter hath quite left Greedy. I'll commit him, you,

If you'll have me, sir. Will you do an act, tho' in your hopes lost here, Well. That were to little purpose; Can leave no hope for peace or rest hereafter ? His conscience be his punishinent; not a word, Orer. Lord! thus I spit at thee,

But instantly begone. [Erit MARRALL. And at thy counsel; and again desire thee, Lov. Here is a precedent to teach wicked As thou art a soldier, if thy valour

men, Dares shew itself where multitude and example That, when we leave religion, and turn atheists,


Their own abilities leave them. Pray you take It is a time of action; if your lordship comfort.

(To Marg. Will please to confer a company, upon me I will endeavour you shall be his guardians In your command, I doubt not, in my service In his distraction': and for your land, Mr. Well- To my king and country, but I shall do someborn,

thing, Be it good or ill in law, I'll be an umpire That may make me right again, Between you, and this the undoubted heir

Lod. Your suit is granted, Of sir Giles Overreach; for me, here's the And you loved for the motion. anchor

Well. Nothing wants, then, (To the audience. That I must fix on. (Takes the lady's hand. But your allowance—and, in that, our all Allw. What you shall determine,

Is comprehended; it being known, nor we, My lord, I will allow of.

Nor he that wrote the comedy, can be free
Well. 'Tis the language,

Without your manumission; which, if you
That I speak too; but there is something else Grant willingly, as a fair favour due
Beside the repossession of my


The poet's and our labours, as you may, And payment of my debts, that I must practise. (For we despair not, gentlemen, of the play) I had a reputation, but 'twas lost

We jointly shall profess your grace hath might In my loose course ; and, till I redeem it To teach us action, and him how to write. Some noble way, I am but half made up.

[Ereunt omnes.

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To bless and guard their families.

Con. 'Tis received so
Enter CAROLO CHAROMONTE. and ContariNO. On my part, signior; nor can the duke

Car. You bring your welcome with you. But promise to himself as much as may
Con. Sir, I find it,

Be hoped for from a nephew. And it were In every circumstance.

weakness Car. Again more welcome.

In any man to doubt, that Giovanni,
Yet, give me leave to wish (and pray you excuse Trained up by your experience and care,

In all those arts peculiar and proper
For I must use the freedom I was born with) To future greatness, of necessity
The great duke's pleasure had commanded you Must, in his actions, being grown a man,
To my poor house upon some other service; Make good the princely education
Not this you are designed to : but his will Which he derived from you.
Must be obeyed, howe'er it ravish from me Car. I have discharged,
The happy conversation of one,

To the utmost of my power, the trust the duke As dear to me as the old Romans held

Committed to me, and, with joy, perceive Their household Lares, who, they believed, had The seed of my endeavours was not sown power

Upon the barren sands, but fruitful glebe,

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Which yields a large increase; my noble charge, | That is without their power.

When they adBy his sharp wit, and pregnant apprehension,

vance, Instructing those that teach him; making use, Not out of judgment, but deceiving fancy, Not in a vulgar and pedantic form,

An undeserving man, howe'er set off Of what's read to him, but 'tis straight digested, With all the trim of greatness, state, and power, And truly made his own. His grave discourse, And, of a creature, even grown terrible In one no more indebted unto years,

To him from whom he took his giant form,
Amazes such as hear him. Horsemanship. This thing is still a comet, no true star;
And skill to use his weapon are, by practice, And when the bounties, feeding his false fire,
Familiar to him: As for knowledge in

Begin to fail, will of itself go out,
Music, he needs it not, it being born with him; And, what was dreadful, proves ridiculous.
All that he speaks being with such grace de- But in our Sanazarro 'tis not so:

He, being pure and tried gold, and any stamp That it makes perfect harmony.

Of grace to make him current to the world, Con. You describe

The duke is pleased to give him, will add honA wonder to me. Car. Sir, he is no less;

To the great bestower; for he, though allowed And, that there may be nothing wanting that Companion to his master, still preserves May render him complete, the sweetness of His majesty in full lustre. His disposition so wins on all

Con. He, indeed, Appointed to attend him, that they are

At no part does take from it, but becomes Rivals even in the coarsest office, who

A partner of his cares, and eases him, Shall get precedency to do him service; With willing shoulders, of a burthen, which Which they esteem a greater happiness

He should alone sustain. Than if they had been fashioned and built up Car. Is he yet married? To hold command o'er others.

Con. No, signior; still a batchelor; howe'er, Con. And what place

It is apparent,

that the choicest virgin Does he now bless with his presence ?

For beauty, bravery, and wealth, in Florence, Car. He is now

Would, with her parents' glad consent, be won
Running at the ring, at which he's excellent. (Were his affection and intent but known)
He does allot for every exercise

To be at his devotion.
A several hour; for sloth, the nurse of vices Cur. So I think too.
And rust of action, is a stranger to him.
But I fear I am tedious; let us pass,

Enter GIOVANNI and CALANDRINO. If you please, to some other subject, though I But break we off. Here comes my princely cannot

charge. Deliver him as he deserves.

Make your approaches boldly, you will find Con. You have given bim

A courteous entertainment, A noble character.

Giov. Pray you, forbear Car. And how, I pray you,

My hand, good signior; 'tis a ceremony (For we that never look beyond our villas Not due to me. Tis fit we should embrac Must be inquisitive) are state affairs

With mutual arms Carried in court?

Con. It is a favour, sir, Con. There's little alteration :

I grieve to be denied. Some rise, and others fall; as it stands with Giov. You shall overcome : The pleasure of the duke, their great dis- But 'tis your pleasure, not my pride, that grants

poser. Car. Does Lodovico Sanazarro hold

Nay, pray you, guardian, and good sir, put on: Weight and grace with him?

How ill it shews to have that reverend head
Con. Every day new honours

Be uncovered to a boy!
Are showered upon him, and without the envy Car. Your excellence
Of such as are good men; since all confess, Must give me liberty to observe the distance
The service done our master, in his wars And duty that I owe you.
Against Pisa and Sienna, may, with justice, Giov. Owe me duty?
Claim what's conferred upon him.

I do profess (and when I do deny it
Car. 'Tis said nobly:

Good fortune leave me), you have been to me For princes never more make known their wis- A second father, and may justly challenge,

For training up my youth in arts and arms, Than when they cherish goodness, where they As much respect and service, as was due They being inen, and not gods, Contarino,

To him that gave me life. And did you know, They can give wealth and titles, but no virtues; Or will believe froni me, how many sleeps




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