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inay be brought to think of mar- As, when you think you're known best, you're riage, strangers : a stranger 5;

(we do, (As 'twill be no small labour) thy hopes are Their very pick-teeth speak more man than I know, there is a labour'd match now fol- And season of more salt! low'd,

Pinac. "Tis a brave country; [pies, Now at this time, for which he was sent for Not pester'd with your stubborn precise puphome too :

[ters, Thatturn all useful and allow'dcontentinents Be not abus'd; Nantolet has two fair daugh- Tu scabs and scruples: Ilang 'em, caponAnd he must take his choice.

worshippers ! Ori. Let him take freely:

Bel. I like that frecdom well, and like their For all this I despair not; my mind tells me women too,

bashtal, That I, and only I, must make him perfect; And would fain do as others do; bit I'm so And in that hope I rest.

So naturally an ass-Look ye, I can look upon De Ga. Since you're so confident,

And very willingly I go to see 'em, ['em, Prosper your bope! I'll be no aniversary! (There's no man willinger) and I can kiss 'em, Keep yourself fair and right, he shall not And make a shiftwrong you.

Mlir. But if they chance to flout you, Ori. When I forget my virtue, no man Or say, “ You are too bold! fy, sir, remem, know me! [Ereunt. * I pray, sit further off

[ber! Bel." "Tis true--I'm humbled, [lenc'd; SCENE II.

I am gone; I confess ingenuously, I ain siEnter Mirubell, Pinac, Belleur,and Servants.

The spirit of amber cannot force me answer. Mir. Welcome to Paris once more, gen- Pinac. Then would I sing and dancetlemen!

Bel. You have wherewithal, sir. We bave had a merry and a lusty ordinary, Pinue. And charge her up agaiu. And wine, and goud' meat, and a bouncing Bel. I can be hang'd first; reckoning!

Yet, where I fasten well, I am a tyrant.. And let it go for once; 'tis a good physick: Mir. Why, thou dar'st fight? Only the wenches are not for my diet;

Bel. Yes, certainly, I dare fight, They are too lean and thin, their embraces And fight with any man at any weapon; brawn-faln.

'Would, the other were no more! but a pox Give me the plump Venetian, fat, and lusty, on't, That meets me soft and supple; sıniles upon When I am sometimes in my height of hope, me,

And reasonable valiant that way, my heart As if a

of full wine leap'd to kiss me;

harden'd, These slight things I affect not.

Some scornful jest or other chops between me Pinac. They're ill built!

And my desire: What would you have me to Pin-buttock’d, like your dainty Barbaries,

do then, gentleman ? And weak i' th' pasterns; they'll endure no Mir. Belleur, you must be bolder: Travel

hardness. Mir. There's nothing good or handsomne And bring home such a baby to betray you bred amongst us:

As bashfulness? a great fellow, and a soldier? Till we are travell’d, and live abroad, we're Bel. You have the gift of impudence; be coxcombs.

thankful ;

(study, You talk of France; a slight unseason'd coun- Every man has not the like talent.

I will try,

[blockheads !

And if it may be reveald to meAbundance of gross food, which makes us Mir. Learn of me,

[ment; We're fair set out indeed, and so are fore- And of Pinac: No doubt you'll find employhorses:

[us! Ladies will look for courtship. Men say, we are great courtiers; men abuse Pinac. 'Tis but flesbing, We are wise, and valiant too; non credo, But standing one good brunt or two. Ilast signior!

[rots; thou any mind to marriage? Our women the best linguists; they are par- We'll provide thee some soft-natur'd wench, O'this side the Alps they're nothing but mere that's dumb too. drolleries 4.

Mir. Or an old woman that cannot refuse Ha! Roma la Santa, Italy for my money! thee in charity. Their policies, their customs, their frugalities, Bel. A dumb woman, or an old woman, Their courtesies so open, yet so reserv'd too,

that were eager, 4 Mere drolleries.] This countenances, and perhaps confirms, our conjectural reading of druileries for dralleries in the Tragedy of Valentinian. It is there as well as here applied to women: Dralleries too is, as far as we can discover, absolute nonsense; and the corruption is easy. If the reader has any curiosity to refer to the passage in question, he will find it in

5 You're known best.] i, e, are most acquainted with them,

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And car'd not for discourse, I were excellent Beshrew my blood they're fair ones! Wel

come, beauties, Mir. Yon must now put on boldness (there's Welcome, sweet birds ! no avoiding it)

Nunt. They're bound much to your courAnd stand all hazards, fly at all games bravely; tesies.

(ed. They'll say, you went out like an ox, and re- La Ca. I hope we shall be nearer acquaint'turu'd like an ass else.

Nunt. That's my hope too; Bel. I shall make danger sure.

For, certain, sir, I much desire


alliance. Mir. I am sent for hojne now, [pardon me: You see 'em; they're no gypsies; for their I know it is to marry; but my father shall breeding, Altho' it be a weighty ceremony“,

It has not been so coarse, but they are able And may concern me hereafter in my gravity, To rank themselves with women of fair I will not lose the freedom of a traveller;

fashion. A new strong lusty bark cannot ride at one Indeed, they have been trained well. anchor.

[eyes: Lug. Thank me! Shall I wake divers suits to shew to the same Nunt. Fit for the heirs of that state I shall 'Tis dull and home-spun! study several plea

leave 'em;

(son, sures,

tirst! To say more, is to sell 'em. They say, your And want employments for’em? I'll be hang'd Now he has traveli'd, must be wondrous cuTie me to one smock ? make my travels fruit- rious, less

And choice in what he takes; these are no I'll none of that; for every fresh behaviour, coarse ones. By your leave, father, I must have a fresh Sir, here's a merry wench-let him look to And a fresh tavour too.

[inistress, hinself; Bet. I like that passingly;

All heart, i' faith!— may chance to startle him; As many as you will, so they be willing, For all his care, and travellid caution, Willing, and gentle, gentle!

May creep into his eye: If he love gravity, Pinac. There's no reason


Attect a solemn face, there's one will tit hin. A gentleman, and a traveller, should be clapt Lu Ca. So young and so demure? (For 'tis a kind of bilboes: to be married) Nant. She is my daughter, Before heinanitest to the world his good parts: Else I would tell you, sir, she is a mistress Tug ever, like a rascal, at one var?

Both of those manners, and that modesty, Give me the Italian liberty!

You would wonder at. She is no often-speaker, Mir. That I study,

men; But, when she does, she speaks weli; nor 110 And that I will enjoy. Conie, go in, geutie- reveller, There mark how I behave myself', and fol- Yet she can dance, and has studied the court low.

(Ereunt. elements, SCENE III.

And sings, as some say, handsomely; if a woman,

[lar, Enter La Castre, Nantolel, Lugier, Rosulura, With the decency of her sex, may be a schoand Lillia- Biunca.

I can assure you, sir, she understands tov. La Ca. You and your beauteous daughters

La Cu. These are tit garments, sir, are most welcome!

Lug. Thank them that cut 'em! 6 A witty ceremony.] Where the wit of the matrimonial ceremony lies, will, I believe, puzzle, at this time of the day, any of our wits to discover. Mr. Seward saw with me that the true reading ought to be, a weighty ceremony.' Synipson.

The old reading, however, is not entirely indetensible: Wit and wisdoni, as the late learned Editor of Evelyn's Silva observes, were, at the time when bis Auihor wrote, and long before, synonymous terms, of which he gives the following instance: • then might I by o councell help my trouth, which by mine own witt I am not able againste such a prepared • thynge.' Sir Thomas Wyatt's Defence, No. ii. Walpole's Miscell. Ant. 22.

Mr. Evelyn's words are, • Rather, therefore, we should take notice how many great wits and ingenious persons, who have leisure, and faculty, are in pain for improvements of their ! heaths and barren hills, &c.'

Other examples might be produced. R.

7 A kind of bæboes to be married.] As this is a word I do not remember any where to be found, I have altered it, with Mr. Seward and Mr. Theobald, into one, which, as it is congruous to the sense of the place, miglit very probably have been the original.

bilboes to be married.' Sympson. 8 To runk themselves with women of fair fashion ;

Indeed, they have been truined weil.) Nantolet had expressed himself modestly and genteelly oi' his daughters' education, in the former part of his speech, and the last time will be equally proper and genteel when given to La Castre, to whom it seems therefore evidently to belong. Scwurd. We think the old reading best.


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you also,

Yes, they are bandsome women, they have La Ca. I'm glad, they are no oracles ! handsome parts too,

Sure as I live, he beats them, he's so puissant. Pretty becoming parts.

Ori. Well, if you do forgetLa Ca. "Tis like they have, sir.

Mir. 'Prithee, hold thy peace! Lug. Yes, yes, and handsome education I know thou art a pretty wen.ch; I know thou they have had too,

lov’st me;

[on't, Had it abundantly; they need not blush at it: Preserve it till we have a fit time to discourse I taught it, I'll avouch it.

And a fit place; I'll ease thy heart, I warLa Cu. You say well, sir.

rant ihee: Lug. I know what I say, sir, and I say but Thou seest, I have much to do now. right, sir:

(ri. I am answer'd, sir: [ditions. I am no trumpet of their commendations With me you shall have nothing on these conBefore their father; else I should say further. De (u. Your father and your frieuds.

Lu Ca. 'Pray you, what's this gentleman ? Lu Ca. You're welcome home, sir!

Nant. One that lives with me, sir; 'Bless you, you're very welcome! ’Pray know A mm well bred and learn'd, but blunt and this gentleman, bitter;

Tin't : And these fair ladies.
Yet it oflends no wise man; I take pleasure Nunt. Monsieur Mirabell,
Many fair gifts he has, in soine of which, I am much affected with your fair return, sir;
That lie most easy to their understandings, You bring a general jev.
H' has handsomely bred up my girls, I thank Hir. I bring you service,

And these bright beauties, sir.
Lug. I have put it to 'em, that's my part, Nant, Welcome home, gentlemen!
I have urg'd it;

Welcome, with all my heart! It seems, they are of years now to take hold Bel. Pinuc. We thank you, sir. [too. on't 9.

La Ca. Your friends will have their share Nant. lle's wondrous blunt.

Be!. Sir, we hope

gers. La Ca. By my faith I was afraid of him: They'll look upon us, tho’we shew like stranDoes he noi fall out with the gentlewomen Nunt. Monsieur De Gard, I must salute

sometimes ? Naut. No, no; he's that

way moderate and And this fair gentlewoman: You're welcome discrete, sir.

[him. from your travel tvo! Ros. If he did, we should be too hard for All welcome, all! Lug. Well said, sulphur!

De Ga. We render you our loves, sir, Too hard for thy husband's head, if he wear The best wealth we bring home'. By your

favours, beauties!

One of these two": You know my meaning. Enter Mirabell, Pinac, Belleur, De Gard,

Ori. Well, sir;

{tess it; and Oriana.

They're fair and handsome, I must nceds conNunt. Many of these bick'rinys, sir. And, let it prove the worst, I should live after it: 9 I have put it to 'em, that's my pert, I hate urg'd it, It scems, they are of years now to ke hold ont.

He's wondrous blunt.) A small degree of attention will shew us that the two first lines can properly belong to no one but Lugier. Sympson. 10 The best wealtii

, &c.] Mr. Sympson has made a strange piece of work here; be puts no part of this line into the text of his edition, and yet bas quoted the latter part of it in the following notc.

"One of these tuo: You knou iny meaning, &c.] This De Gard speaks aside to his sister, as the text stands at present, and seemingly her answer that follows fixes it here; but what is there left then to introduce and mahe way tor Mirabeli's

* To marry, sir?'
To remove all difficulties, it would perhaps be the best to make the whole run thus;

by your favours, beauties.
La Ca. “One of these two: You know my meaning. [ Aside lo llir.
Oriana.' Weil-

| Aside to herself.
They are fair and landsome, I must nceds contess it;
• And let it prove the worst, I shall live after it;

Whilst I have meat and drink, love cannot starve me;
"For if I die o'th' first fit l an unbappy,

* And worthy to be buried with my heels upward. Alira. "To marry, sir?'

Sympson, During the dialogue in the text, La Castre has been talking apart to Mirabell, and it is ticir supposed conversation which is to introduce and make way for Airabell's

• To marry, sir?' We do not see how Sympson's arrangement removes the difficulty he has created.

not armour.


kind man,




Whilst I have meat and drink, love cannot La Ca. Why, these are now ripe, son. starve ine;

Mir. I'll try them presently, For, if I die o'th' first fit, I'm unhappy, And, if I like their tasteAnd worthy to be buried with my heels up- La Ca. 'Pray you please yourself, sir. Mir. To marry, sir?

[ward. Mir. That liberty is my due, and I'll mainLa Ca. You know, I am an old man,

tain it.

[now? And evezy

hour declining to my grave, Lady, what think you of a handsome/man One foot already in; more sons I have not, Ros. A wholesome too, sir? Nor more I dare not seek whilst you are Ofir. That's as you make your bargain. | worthy;

A bandsome, wholesome man then, and a In you lies all my hope, and all my name, The making good or wretched of my memory, To cheer your heart up, to rejoice you, lady? The safety of my state.

Ros. Yes, sir, I love rejoicing. Mir. And you've provided,

Blir. To lie close to you? Out of this tenderness, these handsome gen- Close as a cochle? keep the cold nights from tlewomen, of?

[ask it. Daughters to this rich man, to take my choice Rüs. That will be look'd for too; our bodies Lu Ca. I have, dear son.

Air. And get two boys at every birth? Mir. 'Tis true, you're old, and feebled; Ros. That's nothing; Would you were young again, and in full I've known a cobler do it, a poor thin cobler, vigour!

A cobler out of mouldy checse perform it, I love a bounteous father's life, a long one; Cabbage, and coarse black bread; metbinks, I'ın none of those, that, when they shoot to a gentleman ripeness,

(grew on;

Should take foul scorn to have an awl oute Do what they can to break the boughs they name him. I wish you many years, and many riches, Two at a birth? Why, every house-dove has And pleasures to enjoy’em: But for marriage,

[too, I neither yet believe in't, nor affect it, That man that feeds well, proinises as well Nor think it fit.

I should expect indeed something of worth La Ca. You'll render me your reasons? You talk of two?

[from, Mlir. Yes, sir, both short and pithy, and Mir. She would have me get two dozen, these they are:

Like buttons, at a birth. You would have me marry a maid ?

Ros. You love to brag, sir; La Cu. A maid? what else?

If you proclain these offers at your marriage, Alir. Yes, there be things called widows, (You are a pretty-timber'd man; take heed !)

l dead men's wills,

They may be taken bold of, and expected, I never lov'd to prove those; nor nerer long'd Yes, if not hop'd for at a higher rate too. yet [monument. Mir. I will take heed, and thank you

for To be buried alive in another man's cold

your counsel.-And there be maids appearing, and maids Father, what think you? being :

[dows; La Ca. 'Tis a merry gentlewoman; The appearing are fantastic things, mere sha- Will make, no doubt, a good wife. And, if you mark 'em well, they want their Mir. Not for me: heads tov;

I marry ber, and, happily, get nothing; Only the world, to cozen misty eyes, In what a state am I then, father? I shall Has clapt 'em on new faces. The inaids being suffer, A man may venture on, if he be so mad to For any thing I hear to th' contrary, more marry,

[fortune; mujorum; If he have neither fear before bis eyes, por I were as sure to be a cuckold, father, And let him take heed how he gather these A gentleman of antler-too;

flons, La Cu. Away, away, fool! For look you, father, they are just like me- Mir. As I am sure to tail her expectation. Musk-meluns are the emblems of these maids; I had rather get the pox than get her babies ! Now they are ripe, now cut 'em they taste Lii Ca. You're much to blaine! If this do pleasantly,

not affect

you, And are a dainty fruit, digested easily; 'Pray try the other; she's of a more demure Neglect this present time, and come tomor- way.

[thus ! row,

Bel. That I had but the audacity to talk They are so ripe, they're rotten- gone!?! I love that plain-spoken gentlewoman adınitheir sweetness

rably; Run into humour, and their taste to surfeit! And, certain, I could go as near to please her,

1? They are rotten gone.] Probably, 'rotten grown.' Sympson. We think. rotten gone' better than rotten grown ;' but a stop renders it still better :

• They are so ripe, they are rotten-gone!' &c.



ried once,

If down-right doing-Sh' has a perilous coun

tenarce! If I could meet one that would believe me, And take my honest meaning without circumAlir. You shall have your will, sir; I will

try the o:her; But 'twill be lo small use.--I hope, fair lady, (For, metlinks, in youreyes I see more mercy) You will enjoin your lover a less penance; And tho' i'll promise much, as men are li

beral, And vow an ample sacrifice of service, Yet your discretion, and your tenderness, Avd'thristiness in love, good lauswife's careTo keep the stock entire

[fulness Lil. Good sir, speak louder,

thing: That these may witness too, you talk of noI should be loti alone to bear the burthen Of so much indiscretion.

Mir. Ilark ye, hark ye! 'Ods-bobs, you're angry, lady!

Lil. Angry? no, sir ;
I never own d an anger to lose poorly.
Mir. But vou can love, for all this; and

delight too,
For all your set austerity, to hear
Of a good husband, lady?
Lil. You say true, sir ;

(years, For, by my troth, I've heard of none these teo They are so rare; and there are so many, sir, So many longing women on their knees too, That pray the dropping-down of those good

husbandsThe droppiog-down from Ileav'n; for they're

not bred bereThat you may guess at all my hope, but

Mir. Why may not I be one?

Lil. You were near 'em once, sir,
When ye came o'er the Alps; those are near

Heaven: But since you miss'd that happiness, there is

no hope of you. Mir. Can


love a man? Lil. Yes, if the man be lovely; That is, be honest, modest. I would have

him valiant, His anger slow, but certain for his honour; Traveli'd he should be, but thro' himself exactly,

[countries; For 'tis fairer to know manners well than He must be no vain taller, nor po lover To bear himself talk; they are brags of a

wanderer, Of one finds ng retreat for fair behaviour. Would you learn more?

Mir. Yes,

Lil. Learn to hold your peace then : Fond girls are got with tongues, women with

tempers. Mir. Women, with I know what; but let that vanish:

(band Go thy way, good wife Bias! Sure, thy husMust bare a strong philosopher's stone, he

will ne'er please thee else. Here's a starcht piece ot' austerity! Do you

hear, fathers
Do you hear this moral lecture?

La Ca. Yes, and like it.
Mir. Why, there's your judgment now;

there's an old bolt shot! This thing musthavethestrangest observation, (Do you mark ine, father?) when she is mar: The strangest custom tog of admiration Un all she does and speaks, 'twill be past

sufferance; I must not lie with her in common language, Nor cry, “Have at thee, Kate!' I shall be

hiss'd then; Nor eat my meat without the sauce of sen: tences,

[diet! Your powder'd beef and problems, a rare My tirst son monsieur Aristotle, I know it, Grcat master of the inetaphysicks, or so; The second, Solon, and the best law-setter; Ard I must look Egyptian god-fathers, Which will be no small trouble : My eldest

daughter Sappho, or such a fidling kind of poetess, And brought up, invilá Minervá, at her

needle; My dogs must look their names too, and all

Spartan, Lelaps, Melampus! no more Fox and Baus

diface. I married to a sullen set of sentences? To one that weighis her words and her beha:

ours In the gold weights of discretion? I'll be

bang'd first.
La Cu. Prithee reclaim thyself.

Nir. ’Pray ye, give me time then :
If they can set me any thing to play at,
That seems fit for a gamester, have at the

fairest ! 'Till then sce more, and try more '3!

La Ca. Take your time then; I'll bar you no fair liberty. Come, gentlemen; And, ladies, come; to all, once more a wel

come! And now let's in to supper.

[Eril. Nir, low dost like 'em?

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13 'Till I see more, and try more.] The sense here seems to indicate a slight corruption; which, however, makes a material difference: We would read,

• 'Pray ye, give me time then :
• If they can set me any thing to play at,
• That seems fit for a gainester, have at the fairest!

• 'Till then see more, and try more!
La Ca.! Take your time then.'

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