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kind of miraculous gift, to make it absurder Down-right his cloke; and I will intreat him than it was.

to take it. A trencher and a napkin you Clem. Is all the rest of this batch? Bring shall have i'the buttry, and keep Coband me a torch ; lay it together, and give nre. huis wit company heri ; whom I will intreat Cleanse the air. Here was enough to save first to be reconcil'd; and you to endeavour infected the whole city, it it had not been with your wit to keep’ein so. taken in time! See, see, how our poet's Step. I'll do my best. glory shines ! brighter and brighter! still in Cob. Why, now I see thou art honest, increases ! O, now t's at the hi, hest: and Tb, I receive thee as my dear and mortal now it declines as fast. You may see, sic wile ag in. tra sit gloria mundi.

Tab. And I you, as my loring and obeKno. 1 here's an emblem for your son,

dient husband. and your studies!

Clem. Good compliment ! It will be their Clem. Nay, no speech or act of mine be bridal sight too. They are married anew. drawn against such as proltss it worthily. Come, I conjure the rest to put off all disThey are not burn every year as an alder

content. You, Mr. Downright, your anger; man. There goes more to the making of a! you, master kno'well, your cares; master good poet, than a sheriff.* Mr. Kitely, you

Kitely and his wife, their jealousy look upon me! though I live i' the city here, For, I must tell you both, while that is fed, amongst you, I will do more reverence to Horns i''the mind are worse than o'the head. him, when I meet him, than I will to the Kit. Sir, thus they go trom me; kiss me, mayor out of his year. But these paper

sweet heart. pedlers ! these ink-dabblers ! they cannot “ See what a drove of horns flie in the air, expect reprebension or reproach. They Wing'

I'd with any cleansed and my crehave it with the fact.

duivus breath!

[they tail. E. Kno. Sir, you have sar'd me the la “ Watch’em, suspicious eyes, watch wh re bour of a defence.

“ See, see! on heads, that think th' have Clem. It shall be discourse for supper;

vone at all! between your father and me, if he dare un “O, what a plenteous world of this will dertake me. But to dispatch away these',

cone! you sign o' the Soldier, and picture o' the “ When air rains horns, all may be sure of Poet, (but both so false, I will not ha' you I ha' learn’d so much verse out of a jealous hanged out at my door till midnight) while man's part in a play. we are at supper, you two shall penitently Clem. 'l'is well, 'tis well! This night we'll fast it out in my court without; ani, you

dedicate to friendship, love, and laughter. will, you may pray there that we may be Muster bridegroom, take your bride and so merry within as to forgive or forget you, lead; every one a tellow. Here is my miswhen we come out. Here's a third, be tress, Brain-wofin !' to whom all my ad. cause we tender your safety, shall watch dresses of courtship shall have their refe. you, he is provided for the purpose. Look

Whose adventures this day, when to your charge, sir

our grand-children shall hear to be made a Step. And what shall I do?

fable, I doubt not but it shall find both specClem. O! I had lost a sheep an' he had

tators and applause. not bleated: why, sir, you shall give Mr.

* There goes more to the making of a good poet, than a sheriff. They are not born every year, as an aiderman.) Among plain citizens, this might be thought a retlection upon men of gravity and worship; and Mr. Kitely seemed to take it so: but the merry justice thought no barm, when he thus gave us the sense of the old Latin Verses:

Consules fiunt quotannis, et proconsules :

Solus poe a non quotannis nascitur.
Which Taylor the Water-poet'has paraphrased with much greater honour to the bard :

“When heav'n intends to do sone mighty thing,

“ He makes a poet, or at leastaking.” Here is my mistress, Brain-ztorm.] The justice being a man of humour, takes Brainworm as bis partner, not indeed for the dance, but for mirth and jocular conversation.



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This Comedy * was first acted in the year 1598, by the then Lord Chanaber

lain his servants.

The principal Comedians were, Will. SHAKSPEARE,



Tho. Pope, WILL. SLYE,


Joh. DUKE.

* I have supplied this account of the actors from the folio of 1616. It was not customary at that time, to print the player's name against that person of the drama which he representıd, as is now the usual practice; so that we cannot positively say, who were the performers of the respective characters in the preceding play. But if the actors' names, as we may probably suppose, are ranged in the same order as the persons of the play, that order determines the part of Kno'well to have been played by Shakspeare, whose name stands first in the list of actors, as the other stands at the head of the dramatic characters.

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ASPER He is of an ingenious and free spirit, eager and constant in reproof, without fear controling the world's abuses.' One whom no servile hope of gain, or irosty apprehension of dan. ger, can make to be a parasite, either to time, place, or opinion.

MACILENTE, A man well parted, a sufficient scholar, and travelled; who (wanting that place in the world's account which he thinks his merit capable of), falls into such an envious apoplexy, with which his judgment is so dazzled and distasted, that he grows violently impatient of any opposite happiness in another.

PUNTAR VOLO, A vain-glorious knight, over-englishing his travels, and wholly consecrated to singularity; the very Jacob's statf of compliment; a sir that hath liv'd to see the revolution of time in most of his apparel. Of presence good enough, but so palpably affected to bis own praise, that (for want of flatterers) he commends himself, to the tfoutage of his own family lle deals upon returns, and strange performances, resolving (in despight of public derision) to stick to his own particular fashion, phrase, and gesture.

CARLO BUFFOKE, A public, scurrilous, and profane jester; that (more swift than Circe) with absurd similes will transform any person into deformity. A good feast-hound, or banquet-beagle, that will scent you out a supper some three miles off, and swear to his patrons (damn him) he cane in oars, when he was but wasted over in a sculler. A slave that hath an extraordinary gift in pleasing his palate, and will swill up more sack at a sitting than would make all the guard a posset. His religion is railing, and his discourse ribaldry. They stand h.ghest in bis respect, whom he studies most to reproach.

FASTIDIUS BRISK, A neat, spruce, affecting courtier, one that wears clothes well, and in fashion : practiseth by his glass how to salute; speaks good remnants (notwithstanding the base-viol and to. bacco :) swears tersly, and with variety; cares not what lady's favour he belies, or great

Without fear, controling the world's abuses.] The first edition takes away the comma after fear, and lays both the sentences in ene. This seems to be the truer lection : but we claim no pierit from either deposing, or restoring commas.

* He deals upon RETURNS. Ventures sent abroad, for the safe return of which he agrees by articles to receive so much money.

man's familiarity : a good property to perfume the boot of a coach. He will borrow aniother man's horse to praise, and barks him as his own. Or, for a peed, on foot can post himself into credit with his merchant, only with the gingle of his spur, and the jerk of his wand.

DELIRO, A good doting citizen, who, it is thought, might be of the common-council for his wealth; a fellow sincerely besotted on his own wife, and so rapt with a conceit of her perfections, that he simp y holds himself unworthy of her. And, in that hood-winkt humour, lives more like a suitor than a ljusben l; standing in as true dread of her displeasure, as when he first made love to her. He doth sacrifice two-pence in juniper to her every morwing before she rises, and wakes her with villainous-rut-of-tune musick, which she out of her contempt (though not out of her judgment) is sure to dis.ike.

FALLACE, Deliro's wife, and idol; a proud mincing peat, and as perverse as he is officious. She dots as perfektly upon the courtier, as her husband doth on her, and only wants the face to be dishonest.

SA VIOLINA, A court larly, whose weightiest praise is a light wit, admired by herself, and one more, her servant Brisk.

SORDIDO, A wretched hob-naild chuff, whose recreation is reading of almanacks; and felicity, foul weather. One that never pray'd but for a lean dearth, and ever wept in a fat harvest.

FUNGOSO, The son of Sordido, and a student; one that has revell'd in his time, and follows the fashion afar off, like a spie. He makes it the whole bint of his endeavours, to wring sufficient means from his wretched father to put him in the courtier's cut; at which he earnestly aims, but so unluckily, that he still lights short a suit.

SOGLIARDO, An essential clown, brother to Sordido, yet so enamoured of the name of a gentleman, that he will have it, thou h he buys it. He comes up every term to learn to take tobacco, and see ne w motions. He is in his kingdom when he can get himself into company where he may be well laught at.

SHIFT, A thread-bere shark; one that never was a soldier, yet lives upon lendings. His profession is skridr ng and odling, his bank Pauls, and his ware-house Pict-hatch. Takes up single testons upon oaths, till dooms-day. Falls under executions of three shillings, and enters into five-grout bonds. he way-lays the repor's of services, and cons them without book, damning himseif he came new from them, when all the while he was taking the diet in the bawiy house, or lay pauned in his chamber for rent and victuals. He is of that admirable and happy memory, that he will salute one for an old acquaintance that he never saw in his life before. He usurps upon cheais, quarrels

, and robberies, which he never did, only to get him a name. His chief exercises are, taking the whiff, squiring a cockatrice, and making privy searches for imparturs.

CL O V E AND ORANGE, An inseparable case of coxcombs, city-born; the Gemini, or twins of foppery; that, like a pair of wooden toyles, are fit for nothing but to be practis'd upon. Being weil flattered they'll lend money, and repent when they have done.' Their glory is to invite players, and muke suppers. And in company of better rank (to avoid the suspect of insufficiency) will inforce their ignorance inost desperat ly, to set upon the understanding ofany thing. Orange is the most humorous of the two, (whose small portion of juice being squeezed out) Clove serves to stick him with commendations.

CORDATUS, The author's friend; a man inly acquainted with the scope and drift of his plot; of a discreet and understanding judgment; and has the place of a moderator.

Is a person of no action, and therefore we have reason to afford him no character.


After the second Sounding.'

Cut shorter than their eye-brows! when the

conscience GREX.

Is vaster than the ocean, and devours

More wretches than the counters.
Cordatus, Asper, Mitis.

Mit. Gentle Asper,
Cor. NAY, my dear Asper.

Contain your spirit in more stricter bounds, Mit. Stay your mind.

And be not thus transported with the Asp. Away:

Of your strong thoughts.

[lence Who is so patient of this impious world, Cur. Unless your breath had power That he can check his spirit, or rein his To melt the world, and mould it new again, tongue ?

It is in vain to spend it in these moods. Or who hath such a dead unfeeling sense, Asp. I not observ'd this thronged round That heaven's horrid thunders cannot wake?

till now !

(come; To see the earth crackt with the weight of Gracious and kind spectators, you are welsin,

Apollo and the Muses feast your eyes Hell gaping under us, and o'er our heads With graceful objects, and may our Minerva Black rav'nous ruin, with her sail-stretch'd Answer your hopes, unto their largest strain. wings,

Yet here mistake me not, judicious friends; Ready to sink us down, and cover us. I do not this, to beg your patience, Who can behold such prodigies as these, Or servilely to fawn on your applause, And have his lips seal'd up? Not I: my soul Like some dry brain, despairing in his merit. Was never ground into such oily colours, Let me be censur'd by th' austerest brow, To flatter vice, and daub iniquity :

Where I want art or judginent, tax me But (with an armed and resolved hand)


[eyes, P'll strip the ragged follies of the time Let envious censors, with their broadest Naked as at their birth :

Look through and through me, I pursue no Cor. (Be not too bold.

favour; Asp. You trouble me) and with a whip Only vouchsafe me your attentions, : of steel,

And I will give you musick worth your ears. Print wounding lashes in their iron ribs. 0, how I hate the monstrousness of time, I fear no mood stampt in a private brow, Where every servile imitating spirit, When I am pleas'd t’unmask a public vice. (Plagu'd with an itching leprosie of wit) I fear no strumpets drugs, nor ruffians stab, In a nere halting fury, strives to fling Should I detect their hateful luxuries: His ulc'rous body in the Thespian spring, No brokers, usurers, or lawyers gripe, And straight leaps forth a poet! but as lame Were I dispos'd to say, they're all corrupt. As Vulcan, or the founder of Cripplegate. I fear no courtiers frown, should I applaud Mit. In faith this humour will come ill to The easy flexure of bi's supple hams.

some, Tut, these are so innate and popular,

You will be thought to be too peremptory. That drunken custom would not shame to Asp. This humour? good! and why this laugh


humour, Mitis? (In scorn) at him, that should he dare to Nay, do not turn, but answer. And yet, not one of these but knows his Mit. Answer? what?

[me, works,

[hell; Asp; I will not stir your patience, pardon knows what damnation is, the devil, and I urgd it for some reasons, and the rather Yet hourly they persist, grow rank in sin, To give these ignorant well-spoken days Puffing their souls away in perj'rous air, Some taste of their abuse of this word hu. To cherish their extortion, pride, or lusts.

(Asper; Mit. Forbear, good Asper; be not like Cor. O, do not let your purpose fall, good your name.

[zeal, It cannot but arrive most acceptable, Asp. O, but to such whose faces are all Chiefly to such as have the happiness, And (with the words of Hercules) invade Daily to see how the poor innocent word Such crimes as these! that will not smell Is rack'd and tortur'd. of sin,

Mit. 1, I pray you proceed. But seem as they were made of sanctity! Asp. Ha? what? what is't? Religion in their garments, and their hair Cor. For the abuse of humour.

After the second sounding.] These several soundings are in the modern theatre termed first, second, and third musick.

* Black, rao'nous ruin, with her sail-stretch'd wings.] There is a sublimity in this and the preceding lines, which shews us that Jonson could have reached a nobler fight in the greater kinds of poetry, had he not cramped his genius by confining it, in conformity to the prejudices of the age, to a model unworthy of himself, and even not agreeable to his own taste. The author he copied after in his Sejanus and Catiline, was Seneca the Tragedian ; * we shall shew more distinctly, when we come to those plays.


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