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Pedro. There needs no fear.-Hail, reve I was ne'er so deserted ! Sure these woods are

Alin. Good even! [rend damies ! Only inhabited with rare dreams andwonders. What do

ye
seek?

I would not be a knave again, a villainPedro. We would seek happier fortunes. Lord, how I loath it pow! for these know all, Rod. That little devil has main need of a And they would find me out.

[sir, barber!

Pedro. They're excellent women;
What a trim beard she has! [Aside. Deep in their knowledge, friend.
Alin. Seek 'em, and make 'em!

Rod. I would not be traitor,
Lie not still, nor linger here so;

And have these of any jury-How light I am,
Here inhabits nought but fear.

And how my heart laughs now methinks

within me! Be constant, good; in faith be clear;

Now I am catechiz'd, I would ever dwell here, Fortune will wait ye every wlere.

For here's a kind of court of reformation: Pedro. Whither should we go? for we believe thy reverenice,

Had I been stubborn, friend

Pedro. They would have found it. And next obey.

Rod. And then they would have handled Alin. Go to Segovia;

me a new way; And there before the altar pay thy vows,

The devil's dunip had been danc'd then. Thy gifts, and pray'rs; unload thy heavivess;

Pedro. Let's away,

[handsomely, Tomorrow shed thy tears, and gain thy suit:

And do, their great commands, and do 'em Such bonest noble show'rs ve'er wanted fruit. Jul. Stand you out too? [To Roderigo.

Contrite, and true; for I believe, Roderigo, Rod. I shalí be hang’d, or whipp'd now;

And constantly believe, we shall be happy.

Rod. So you do well; fall edge or flat These know and these have pow'r.

o'my side, Jul. See how lie shakes!

All I can stayger at is the king's anger; • A secure conscience never quakes:

Which, it it come, I am prepar'd to meet it. Thou hast been ill, be so no more;

Pedro. The king has mercy, friend, as well A good retreat is a great store.

as justice. Thou hast commanded men of might;

And when you fall Command thyself,and then thou'rt right.

Rod. No more; I hope the faircstsi. Alin. Command thy will, thy foul desires;

(E.reunt. Put out and quench thy unwallow'd tires; Command thy mind,and make that

pure;

SCENE V.
Thou'rt wise then, valiant, and secure : Enler Master, Seberto, and Curio.

A blessing then thou mayst beget.
Jul. A curse else, that shall never set,

Curio. We've told ye what he is, what Will light upon thce. Say thy prayers;

time we've sought him,

(too,

His nature, and his wame; the seeming boy Thou hast as many sins as hairs. Thou art a captain, let thy men

Ye had here, how, and what; by your own!

relation Be honest, have good thoughts, and then

All circumstances we have clear'd; that the Thou mayst command, and lead io chiet;

duke sent him Yet thou art bloody, and a thiet.

not);

We told ye how impossible (he knows hin Rod. What shall I do? I do confess.

That he is mad himselt, and therefore it Alin. Retire,

To be your prisoner, we dure swcar against it. And purge thee perfect in his fire:

Seb. Take liced, sir; be not inadder than His lite obscrve; live in his school,

you'd make bim! And then thou shalt put off the tool.

Tho' he be rash, and sudden (which is all his Jul. Pray at Segovia too, and give

wildness), Thy oif'rings up; repent, and live!

Take heed ye wrong hin pot: He is a gen[Musick.

tleman, Alin. Away, away! enquire no more:

(points;

And so must be restor'l and clear'd' in all Do this, ye're rich; else, fools, and poor.

The king shall be a judge else. What musick's this?

[Aside. Curio. 'Twas some trick [counterfeit, Jul. Retire; 'tis some neat joy, (wonder: That brought him bither; the boy and letter In honour of the king's great day. They Which shall appear, it ye dare now detain This comes in right to confirm their reverence. binu.

[ye, Away, away! let them admire; it makes Must. I dare not, sir, nor will not; I believe l'or our advantage. How the captain stakes! And will restore him up: Had I known sooner

Exeunt.

H' had been a neighbour, and the man you Pedro. This was the musick.

speak bin, Rud. Yes, yes. How I sweat!

(Tho', as I live, be carried a wild seeming) so Nor longer here.] The variation proposed by Sympson.

51 And when you fall: No more.
Rod. I hope the fairest.] The variation in the text recommended by Sympson.

nearer.

now?

My service and myself bad both attended How lamentably lie louks! hé bas had disciHów I have us'd him, let him speak. [him. I dare not let him know my pranks. (pline. Seb. Let's in, and visit bim;

(ties;

Seb. 'Tis she sure. Then to the holy temple, there pay our du Curio. 'Tis certainly. And so we'll take our leaves.

Pedro. Ha! do I dazzle ? Must. l'll wait upon ye. [Ereunt. Rod. 'Tis the fair Alinda.

[in? Goo. What wonder stand these strangers SCENE VI.

Rod. Her woman by her! An altar prepared: Solenın musick. The same, sir, as I live. Enter Governor, Verdugo, Courtiers, Lu Alph. I had a daughter

stoo. dies, &c.

With such a fare once, such eyes, and nose

Ha, let me see! 'tis wondrous like Alinda. Gore. This to devotion sacred be; This to the king's prosperity;

Their devotion ended, I'll mark 'ein, and This to the queen,aud chastity. Musick.

And she had a filiy too that waited on her, Verd. These oblations first we bring

Just with such a favour: Do they keep goats To purge curselves; these to the king; To love and beauty these: Now sing.

[Musick.

Alin. Thus we kneel, and thus we pray Ladies. Holy altar, deign to take

A happy honour to this day!
These for ourselves; for the king's sake,

Thus our sacrifice we bring
And honour's, these; these sacred lie Ever happy to the king.
To virtue, love, and modesty,

Jul. These of purple, damask, green,
Our wishes to eternity.

[Dusick.

Sacred to the virtuous queen,

Here we havy.
Enter Pedro und Roderigo.

Alin. As these are now,
Pedro. For ourselves first, thus we hend; Her gloriez ever spring, and shew!

Forgive lis, Hear'ı, and levur friend! These torourselves our hopes, and loves, Rod. And happy fortune to us send !

Full of pinks, and lady-zloves, (fain, Pedro. To the king, honour, and all joy,

Of heart's-tase 53 too, which we would Long, and happy fro! annoy.

As we labour for, attain:
Rod. Prosperous be all his days,

Hear me, leav'll, and as I bend,
Every new hour a new praise!

Full of hope, some confort send !
Pedro. Every minute thus be seen,

Jul. Hear her, hear her! if there be Buih. And thousand bonours crown the A spotless sweetness, this is she. queen. [.llusick

[ Musick.

Pedro, Now, Roderigo, staud.
Enter Alphonso, Curio, and Seberto, Rou. He that divides ye
Sub. Come to the altar; let us do our duties. Divides my lite too.
Alph. I have alusost forgot a church.

Guv. Peliro ! poble Pedro!
Curio. Kinecl reverently.

Do not you know your friend?
Alph. For my lost wits (let me sce)

Pedro. I know, and honour you.
First I pray; and secondly,

Gov. Lady, this leave I'll crave, ('pray
To be at home again, and tree;

be pot angry) And if I travel more, bang ine!

I will not long divide you. How happy, Pedro, For the king, and for the queen,

Would all tlie court te now; might they beThat they may be wise, and seen

bold thee, Iverer in the madman's iun!

Might they but see you thus, and thus en:For my daughter I would pray;

brace you!
But she has made a holiday,

The king will be a joyful man, believe it,
And needs not my devotion now: Most joyful, Pedro.
Let her take her own course, Heaven,

Pedro. I'mn his bumble servant. —
Whether it be odd, or even, [Musick. Nay, good sir, speak your will; I see you
And if that please not, take her you !

wonder; Seb. A short and sweet meditation 52 ! What

One easy word from youare these here!

dlphi I dare say nothing;

My tonguc's a new tongue, sir, and knows - Enter Alinda und Juletta, like shepherds.

his tether:

[thing; Alin. Hail to this sacred place!

Let her do what she please, I dare du noJul. They are all here, madam;

I have been damnu'd for doing. Will the No violence dare touch here; be secure!

king know hiin, My bilbo-master too? How got he loose That fellow there? will he respect and leoagain?

nour him?

52 Meditation.] Probably the Author wrote mediation.
53 Heuri's-euse) i.c. Punsy, or Viola tricolor. Sympson,

1

assure you.

Jle has been look'd upon, they say; will he Rod. Ha! own him?

'Jul. And frights good people, Gov. Yes, certainly, and grace nim, erer Aud sends them to Segovia for their fortunes; honour bim,

(bimn. I am strange airs and excellent sweet voices; Restore bim every way; h'bas much lamented I'm any thing, to do her good, believe me. Alph. Is't your will too? This is the last She now recoverd, and her wishes crown'd, time of asking.

I am Juletta again ; 'Pray, sir, forgive me! Rod. I'm sure, none clse shall touch her, Alph. I dare not none else enjoy ber,

Do otherwise, for fear thou shouldst still If this, and this hold.

follow me: Alph. You had best begin

'Prithee be forgiren, and I prithee forgive The game then; I have no title in her;

me too. 'Pray take her, and dispatch her, and com And if any of you will marry hermend me to her,

Jul. No, I beseech you, sir; my mistress And let meget me home, and hope I'm sober: is my husband; Kiss, kiss; it must he thus. Stand up, Alinda; With her I'll dwell still: And when you play I am the wore child, and more need of bless Any more pranks, you know where to have You had a waiting-woman, one Juletta, (ing. Pedro. You know him, sir? [me. A pretty desperate thing, just such avotber Gov. Know him, and much lament him; As this sweet lady; we callid her Nimble The king's incens'd much, inuch, sir, I can 1 pray is this the party?

(chaps: Jui. No, indeed, sir,

Pedro. Noble Governor appears, She is at home: I am a little foot-boy,

Gor. But since he is your friend, and now That walk o' nights, and tright old gentle In honour of this day, and love to you, sir, Make 'em lose hats and cloaks. (men; I'll try the power I havė; to the pinch I'll Alph. And horses too?

again. Jul. Sometimes I do, sir; teach 'em the Here's my hand, Roderiyn, I'll set you fair, way thro' ditches,

uoses Rod. And here's mine, to be true and full And how to break their worships' shins and of service. Against old broken stiles and siúmps.

Gov. Your people too shall have their Alph. A fine art !

veneral pardons; I feel it in my bones yet.

We'll have all peace and love. Jul. I'ın a druin, sir,

sir ! Rod. All shall pray for you. A drum at midnight ; ran, tan, ta'n, tan, tan, Gom. To my bouse now, and suit you to D' you

take me for Juleta? I'm a page, sir, vour worths; That brought a letter from the duke of off with these weerls, and appear glorious: Medina

[other | Then to the priest that shall attend us here, To have ove signior Alphonso, (just such an And this he stiid Love's new and happy year! As your old worship) word for running Rod. The king's and queen's; iwo noble mad, sir:

bonours micet

[tect. Alas, you are mistaken.

To grace this day, two true loves at their Alph. Thou’rt the devil,

Alph. Well, weil, since wedding will codic And so tb'hast us'd me.

a icr woniny. Jul. I am any thing;

Give me some rosemary 54, and let's be going. An old woman, that tells fortunes

Ercunt. 54 Rosemary.] See note 33 on The Elder Brother.

put it,

A COMEDY:

The Commendatory Verses by Ilills and Gardiner ascribe this Play to Fletcher alone; those

hy Maine, to him and Beaumont. The Prologue speaks of but one author. This Comedy was first printed in the folio of 1647. We do not know of any alteration of it, or that it has been acted for many years.

PROLOGUE. To please you with this play, we fear, will be Or damsels, if they mark the watter thro', (So does the Author too) a mystery

May stumble on a foolish toy, or two, Sumewhat above our art; for all men's eyes, Will make 'em shew their teeth. 'Pray, for Ears, faiths, and judgments, are not of one For, to say truth, and not to flatter ye, (size. (That likely am your first man) do not take This is nor Comedy, nor Tragedy,

A distaste before you feel it; for ye may Nor History, nor any thing that may

When this is hiss'd to ashes, have a play, (Yet in a week) be made a perfect play: And here, to out-hiss this : Be patient then, Yet those that love to laugh; and those that My honour done, you're welcome, gentlethink

[drink, men! Twelve-pence goes further this way than in

iny sake,

PERSONS REPRESENTED. JULIO, a noble Gentleman, in love with Lelia. DRAWERS. ANGELO, Friend to Julio,

Servants. two Piso,

Frank, passionately in love with Jucomo. FREDERICK, Brother to Frank.

CLORA, Sister to Fabritio, a witty Cuit paJACOM(), an angry Captain, a Woman-hater,

nion to Frank. Fabritio, a merry Soldier, Friend to Jucom.

LELIA, a cunning wanton IVidow. FATHER to Leliu, un old poor Gentleman,

WAITING-WOMAN. Host.

Muid-servunts.

Vintner:

SCENE, Venice.

ACT Í.
SCENE I.

Piso. Méthinks, i would have her höhest
Enter Lodovico und Piso.

too, and handsome.

(they are

Lod. Yes, if I could have both; but siáce Lodovico. THE truth is, Piso, so she be a Wishes so near impossibilities, woman,

Let me have that that may be. And rich and wholesome, let her be of what Piso. If it were su, Condition and complexion it please,

I hope your conscience would not be so nice She shall please nie, I'nı sure: Those mien To siart at such a blessiag. are fools

Lod. No, believe ine, That make their eyes their choosers, not I do not think I should. their needs,

Piso. But thou wouetst be, Vul, li.

a woman

I do not doubt, upon the least suspicion, As thou art honest, which I dare not be,
Unmercifully jealous.

Lest I despise myself. Farewell! [Erit.
Lod. No, I should not;

Piso. Do you hear, my frieud? Sir! are For I believe those mad that seek vexations:

you not a setter A wife, tho' she be honest, is a trouble. For the fair widow here, of famous memory? Had I a wife as fair as Helen was,

Father. Ha! am I taken for a bawd? Oh,
That drew so many cuckolds to her cause,

God!
These eyes should see another in.my saddle To mine own child too? Misery, I thank thee,
Ere I believe my beast would carry double. That keep'st me from their knowledge.-Sir,
Piso. So should not I, by'r Lady! and I

believe me,
think

I understand you not.
My patience (by your leave) as good as yours.

Lod. You love plain-dealing:
Report would stir me mainly, I am sure on't. Are you pot parcel bawd? Confess your
Lod. Report? you are unwise; report is

function;
nothing;

It may be, we would use it.
-For if there were a truth in what men talk, Fuiher. Were she worse,
(I mean of this kind) this part of the world (As I fear strangely she is ill enougli)
I'm sure would be no more callid Christen I would not hear this tamely:
Piso. What then ?

(dom. Piso. llere's a shilling,
Lod. Why, Cuckoldom; for we should lose To strike good luck withal.
Our old faiths clean, and hold their new Father. Here's a sword, sir, (basely
opinions :

(marry To strike a kvave withal: Thou liest, and
I talk could make me sweat, before I would Be what thou wilt!
I'd tie a surer knut, and hang myself.

Ang. Why, how now, gentlemen ?
I tell thee, there was never woman yet,

Fuiher. You are many: I shall meet you
(Nor never hope there shall be) tho' a saint, sir, again,
But she has been a subject to men's tongues, And make you understand, you've wrong'd
And in the worst sense: And that desperate

(ner. husband,

[rumours ', Compar'd with whom thy mother was a sinThat dares give up his peace, and follow Farewell!

[Erit.
(Which he shall find too busy, if he scek ’em) Piso. He has amaz'd me.
Beside the forcing of himself an ass,

Ang. With a blow?
He dies in chains, eating himself with anger. By'r Lady, 'twas a sound one! Are ye good
Piso. Having these antidutes against opi At taking knocks? I shall know ye hereafter.
nion,

You were to blame to tempt a mat so far,
I would marry any one; an arrant whore. Before you knew him certain. H' has not
Lod. Thou dost not feel the nature of this
physic;

Piso. No, I think.
Which I prescribe not to beget diseases, Lod. We were to blame indeed to go so far;
But, where they are, to stop them.

For inen may be mistaken: lil' bad swing'd
Piso. I conceive you:
[Lelia? us,

(thiuk, What think'st thou, thy way, of the widow Il' had serv'd us right. Beshrew my heart, I Lod. 'Faith, thou hast found out one, I We've done the gentlewoman as much wrong must confess, (woman, For hang me if I know her,

(too; Would stagger my best patience: From that In my particular. As I would bless myself from plagues and

Piso. Nor I. This 'tis to credit
surfeits,

I quicksands, Meu's idle tongues: I warrant they have said
From mien of war at sea, from storms and As much by our two mothers.
From hearing treason and concealing it,

Lod. Like enough.

[more From daring of a madman, or a drunkard, Ang. I see a beating now and then does From heresy, ill wine, and stumbling post Move and stir up a man's contrition horse,

night, Than a sharp sermon; bere probatum est. So would I pray each morning, and each

Enter Frederick and Sercanl.
(And if I said each hour, I should not lie)
To be deliver'd of all these in one,

Sero. What shall I tell

your

sister?
The woman thou hast named.

Fred. Tell her this;
Piso. Thou hast set her in a pretty Litavy.

'Till she be better conversation'd, ning

And leave her walking by herself, and whi-
Enter Julio, Angeln, and Father. To her old melancholy lute, I'll keep
Ang. 'Pray take

my
counsel.

As far from her as th' gallows.
Jul. When I am myself,

[E.rit Sercant, Pll hear you any way; love me tho' thus, Ang. Who's that? Frederick ?

hurt ye?

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1 Follow humours.] The variation in the text was made in 1750. The whole conrersation is on the subject of report, for which rumour is synonymous, and consequently genuinc.

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