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He is the honestest fellow, doctor - Stay not;, Face. A miserable rogue, and lives with cheese, No offers; bring the damask and the parties. And has the worms. That was the cause, inDrug. I'll try my power, sir.
deed, Face. And thy will, too, Nab.
Why he came now. He dealt with me in priSub. 'Tis good tobacco, this. What is't a
To get a medicine for them.
Face. A wife, a wife for one of us, my dear [Abel runs out, and Face brings him back. Subtle: Sub. Oh, no!
We'll e'en draw lots, Face. He will do't:
But Dol must have no breath on't. It is the goodest soul- Abel, about it.
Sub, Mum. Thou shalt know more anon. Away, begone. | Away you to your Surly, yonder; catch him. Drug. I'll give him a pound. I'll give him Face. Pray Heaven, I have not staid too long. two pound. [Exit.! Sub. I fear it.
From east to west; and whose tradition
Is not from men, but spirits..
Ana. I hate traditions :
Trib. Peace. And such rebukes we of the separation
Ana. They are popish, all. Must bear with willing shoulders, as the trials I will not peace. I will not Sent forth to tempt our frailties.
Trib. Ananias! Ana. In pure zeal,
Ana. Please the profane, to grieve the godly. I do not like the man. He is a Heathen,
I may not. And speaks the language of Canaan, truly.
Sub. Well, Ananias, thou shalt overcome. Trib. I think him a prophane person, indeed. Trib. It is an ignorant zeal, that haunts himn, sir: Ana. Let us call on him, then.
But, truly, else, a very faithful brother. Trib. The motion's good,
Sub. Has he a competent sum there i' the bag, And of the spirit; I will knock first. Peace be To buy the goods within? I am inade guardian, within.
And must for charity and conscience sake,
Now see the most be made for my poor orphans : Enter SUBTLE.
Though I desire the brethren too, good gainers. Sub. Oh, are you come? 'Twas time. Your | There they are within. When you have viewed three score minutes
and bought them, Were at the last thread, you see. Wicked A- | And ta'en the inventory of what they are, nanias!
They are ready for projection; there's no more Art thou returned ? Nay, then, it goes down yet. To do; cast on the medicine, so much silver
Trib. Sir, be appeased; he is come to humble As there is tin there, so much gold as brass, Ilimself in spirit, and ask your patience,
I'll give't you in by weight. If too much zeal hath carried him aside
Trib. But how long time, From the due path.
Sir, must the saints expect yet? Sub. Why, this doth qualify.
Sub. Let me seeTrib. The brethren had no purpose, verily, How's the moon now? Eight, nine, ten days To give you the least grievance; but are ready
hence, To lend their willing hands to any project He will be silver potate; then, three days The spirit and you direct.
Before he citronise: some fifteen days Sub. This qualifies more.
The majisterium will be perfected. Trib. And for the orphans' goods, let them be Ana. About the second day of the third week valued,
In the ninth month? Or what is needful else to the holy work,
Sub. Yes. It shall be numbered. Here, by me, the saints Trib. What will the orphans' goods arise to, Throw down their purse before you.
think you? Sub. This qualifies most!
Sub. Some hundred marks: as much as filled Why, thus it should be; now you understand.
three cars Have I discovered so unto you of our stone, | Unladen now; you'll make six millions of them. And of the good that it shall bring your cause ? But I must ha' more coals laid in. Nature's miracle,
Trib. How? The divine secret, that doth fly in clouds
Sub. Another load,
And then we have finished. If the holy purse i Sub. I will send her to thee; Should, with this draught, fall-low, and that the | And but dispatch my brace of little John Leysaints
dens, Do need a present sum, I have a trick
And come again myself.
Face. How much?
Sub. A hundred marks, boy. [Erit. Trib. Can you so ?
Face. Why, this is a lucky day! Ten pounds Sub. Ay, and shall 'bide the third examination. of Mammon; Ana. It will be joyful tidings to the brethren. Three of my clerk ; a portague of my grocer; Sub. But you must carry it secret.
This of the brethren; beside reversions, Trib. Aye; but stay:
And estates to come i' the widow, and my count. This act of coining, is it lawful ?
My share to-day will not be bought for fortyAna. Lawful ! We know no magistrate; or if we did,
Enter Dol. This is foreign coin.
Dol. What? Sub. It is no coining, sir;
Face. Pounds, dainty Dorothy-Art thou so It is but casting.
near? Trib. Ha! you distinguish well:
Dol. Yes—say, lord general, how fares our Casting of money may be lawful.
camp? Ana. 'Tis, sir.
Face. This dear hour Trib. Truly, I take it so.
A dainty Don is taken with my Dol; Sub. There is no scruple,
And thou may'st make his ransom what thou Sir, to be made of it: believe Ananias;
wilt, This case of conscience he is studied in.
My Dousabel. Trib. I'll make a question of it to the breth-| Dol. What is he, general ? ren.
Face. An Adalontado,
[Knock without. A Grandee, girl. Was not my Dapper here yet? Sub. There is some to speak with me, Go in, Dol. No. I pray you,
Face. Nor my Drugger?
Tion and Ananias. Who is it? Face? They are so long a furnishing !
How now? Ha' you done?
Sub. Done! They are gone. The sum Face. Good pox! Yond' costive cheater Is here in bank, my Face, I would we knew Never came on.
Another champion now would buy them outSub. How, then?
right. Face. I have walked the round
Face. "Slid, Nab shall do it against he have Till now, and no such thing.
the widow, Sub. And have you quit him?
To furnish household.
Pray heaven he come!
Sub. But, Face,
How cam'st thou by this secret Don? Had been a mastery.
Face. A spirit Face. Let him go, black boy !
Brought me the intelligence in a paper here, And turn thee, that some fresh news may possess | As I was conjuring yonder in my circle thee.
For Surly. I ha' my flies abroad. Your bath A noble count, a don of Spain,
Is famous, Subtle, by my means. Sweet Dol, Furnished with pistolets and pieces of eight, | You must go tune your virginal : no losing Will straight be here, my rogue, to have thy | O' the least tiine. And do you hear ? His great bath,
Verdugoship has not a jot of language: (That is the colour) and to make his battery So much the easier to be cozened, my Dolly; Upon our Dol, our castle, our Cinque-port, He will come here in a hired coach, obscure, Our Dover-pier, our what thou wilt.
And our own coachinan, whom I have sent to Where is the doxy?
No creature else. Who's that? [One knocks. To give and take the lie by.
Kas. How! to take it?
Face. Yes, in oblique, he'll shew you, or in Sub. Who is't?
circle, Dol. Dapper,
But never in diameter, I'll tell you his method: Your clerk.
First, he will enter you at some ordinary. Face. God's will! then, queen of fairy,
Kas. No, I'll come not there. You shall par. On with your tire; and, doctor, with your robes.
don me. Let us dispatch him, for God's sake.
Face. For why, sir? Sub. Twill be long.
Kas. There's gaming there, and tricks, Face. I warrant you: take but the cues I give | Face. Why, would you be you,
| A gallant, and not game? It shall be brief enough. 'Slight, here are more !! Kas. Aye, 'twill spend a man. Abel, and, I think, the angry boy, the heir, Face. Spend you! it will repair you, when you That fain would quarrel.
are spent. Sub. And the widow ?
How do they live by their wits there, that have Face. No;
vented Not that I see. Away.
Six times your fortune? (Exeunt Subtle and Dol. Kas. What, three thousand a year ? O, sirs, you are welcome!
Face. Aye, forty thousand.
Here's a young gentleman Enter Dapper, Drugger, and Kastril,
Is born to nothing, forty marks a year, The doctor is within, moving for you.
Which I count nothing. He is to be initiated, I have had the most ado to win him to it. And have a fly o' the doctor. He will win you, He swears you'll be the darling of the dice. By irresistible luck, within this fortnight, Dap. Shall see her grace?
Enough to buy a barony. Face. See her, and kiss her too-What, ho Kas. Do you not gull one? nest Nab!
Face. 'Ods my life! do you think it? Hast brought the damask ?
Why, Nab here knows it. Drug. No, sir, here's tobacco.
And then for making matches for rich widows, Face. 'Tis well done, Nab. Thou'lt bring the Young gentlewomen, heirs, the fortunatest man! damask, too?
He's sent to, far and near, all over England, Drug. Yes. Here's the gentleman, captain ; To have his counsel, and to know their fortunes. master Kastril,
Kas. Adzooks ! my sister shall see bim.
Face. I'll tell you, sir,
(By the way, you must eat no cheese, Nab; it Face. Oh, is it so?
breeds melancholy, Drug. I'll introduce him. Master Kastril, And that same melancholy breeds worms) but captain Face.
pass it; Face. Good time. Is your name Kastril, sir? He told me, honest Nab, he was ne'er at tavern Kas. Aye, and the best of the Kastrils; I'd But once in's life! be sorry else,
Drug. Troth, and no more I was not
Drug. Could he tell you that too ?
Face, How should I know it? Face. Wherein, sir?
Drug. In troth, I'll tell you the whole story: Kas. To carry a business, manage a quarrel We had been a shooting, fairly,
And had a piece of fat ram mutton to supper, Upon fit terms.
That lay so heavy o' my stomach Face. It seenis, sir, you are but young
Face. And he has no bead About the town, that can make that a question. To bear any wine : for what with the noise of Kas. Sir, not so young, but I have heard some the fidlers, speech
And care of his shop; for he dares keep no serOf the angry boys, and seen them take tobacco,
vantAnd in his shop; and I can take it too :
Drug, My head did so acheAnd I would fain be one of them, and go down | Face. As he was fain to be brought home, And practise in the country.
The doctor told me. And then a good old woFace. Sir, for the duello, The doctor, I assure you, shall inform you,
Drug. (Yes, faith, she dwells in Sea coal-lane) To the least shadow of a hair ; and, then, rules did cure me
With sodden ale, and pellitory o' the wall; 1 Sub. Then, to her cuz,
As he was bid, the fairy queen dispenses,
By me, this robe, the petticoat of fortune; Thou took'st for being 'sessed at eighteen pence, Which that he straight put on, she doth imporFor the water-work.
tune, Drug. In truth, and it was like
And though to fortune near be her petticoat, To have cost me almost my life.
Yet nearer is her smock, the queen doth note: Face. Thy hair went off.
And therefore, even of that a piece she has sent, Drug. Yes;
Which, being a child, to wrap him in, was rent; Twas done for spite.
And prays him for a scarf, he now will wear it Face. Nay, so says the doctor.
(With as much love as then her grace did tear it) Kas. Pray thee, tobacco boy, go fetch my sus About his eyes, to shew he is fortunate. ter;
[They blind him with a rag. I'll see this learned boy before I go;
And, trusting unto her to make his state, And so shall she.
He'll throw away all worldly pelf upon him : Face. Sir, he is busy now;
Which, that he will perform, she doth not doubt But if you have a sister to fetch hither,
him. Perhaps your own pains may command her Face. She need not doubt him, sir. Alas! he sooner,
has nothing And he by that time will be free.
But what he will part withal as willingly, kas. I go.
Upon her grace's word (throw away your purse), Face. Drugger, she's thine—the damask. As she should ask it.
[Ereunt DRUGGER and KASTRIL. She cannot bid that thing, but he'll obey. Subtle and I
If you have a ring about you, cast it off, Must wrestle for her. (Aside.] Come on, Mas Or a silver seal at your wrist: her grace will send ter Dapper;
Her fairies here to search you; therefore deal You see how I turn clients here away,
Directly with her highness. If they find To give your cause dispatch. Have you per- That you conceal a mite, you are undone. formed
[He throws away as they bid him. The ceremonies were enjoined you?
Dap. Truly, there's all. Dap. Yes, o' the vinegar,
Face. All what! And the clean shirt.
Dap. My money, truly. Face. 'Tis well; that shirt may do you
Face. Keep nothing that is transitory about More worship than you think.
you. Ha' you provided for her grace's servants?
Look, the elves are come Dap. Yes, here are six-score Edward's shil- To pinch you, if you tell not truth. Advise you. lings.
Dap. Oh, I have a paper with a spur-ryal in't. Face. Good.
Face. Ti, ti, Dap. And an old Harry's sovereign.
They knew it, they say. Face. Very good.
Dap. By this good light, I ha' nothing Dap. And three James's shillings, and an Eli- But a half crown zabeth's groat;
Of gold, about my wrist, that my love gave me. Just twenty nobles.
And a leaden heart I wore, sin' she forsook me. Face. Oh, you are too just!
Face. I thought 'twas something. And would I would you had the other noble in Mary's.
you incur Dap. I have some Philip and Mary's.
Your aunt's displeasure for these trifles? Come, Face. Aye, those same
I had rather you had thrown away twenty halfAre best of all. Where are they? Hark! the crowns. doctor.
You may wear your leaden heart still. [Knock.]
Sub. What news, Dol? Sub. And is he fasting?
Dol. Yonder's your knight, sir Mammon. Face. Yes.
Face. God's lid, we never thought of him till Sub. And hath cried hum?
now. Face. Thrice, you must answer.
Where is he? Dap. Thrice.
Dol. Here, hard by. He's at the door. Sub. And as oft, buz?
Sub. And you are not ready now. Face. If you have, say.
Dol. He must be sent back. Dap. I have.
Face. Oh, by no means.
What shall we do with this same puffing here, Face. Sir, he shall
Hold out, an' 'twere this two hours, for her highSub. Why, lay him back awhile,
ness; With some device. Ti, ti, ti, ti, ti. Would her I can assure you that. We will not lose grace speak with me?
[Knock. All we ha' done I come. Help, Dol.
Sub. He must not see, nor speak
To any body, till then.
A stay in's mouth.
Gape, sir, and let him fit you,
Bestow him? Sub. She now is set
Dol. I' the privy. At dinner in her bed, and she has sent you, Sub. Come, along, sir, From her own private trencher, a dead mouse, I now must shew you fortune's privy lodgings. And a piece of gingerbread, to be merry withal, Face. Are they perfumed, and his bath ready? And stay your stomach, lest you faint with fast- | Sub. All. ing:
Only the fumigation's somewhat strong. Yet, if you could hold out, till she saw you, (she face. Sir Epicure, I am yours, sir, by and by. says)
[Ereunt. It would be better for you.
Here she comes.
Face. To him, Dol, suckle him. This is the Face. Ou, sir, you are come i' the only finest noble knight time.
I told your ladyship.
[Erit Face. Mam. Where's master ?
Mam. Madam, with your pardon,
Dol. Sir, I were uncivil
If I would suffer that; my lip to you, sir. Face. To gold and silver, sir.
Mam. I hope my lord, your brother, be in Mam, Silver I care not for.
health, lady. Face. Yes, sir, a little to give beggars.
Dol. My lord, my brother is, though I no lady, Mam. Where's the lady? Face. At hand here. Í ha' told her such brave | Mam. 'Tis your prerogative. things of you,
Dol. Rather your courtesy. Touching your bounty, and your noble spirit Mam. Were there nought else to enlarge your Mam. Hast thou?
virtues to me, Face. As she is almost in her fit to see you. These answers speak your breeding and your But, good sir, no divinity i' your conference,
blood. For fear of putting her in a rage
Dol. Blood we boast none, sir; a poor baron's Mam. I warrant thee.
daughter. Face. The very house, sir, would run mad.- Mam. Poor ! and gat you? Profane not. Had You know it,
your father How scrupulous he is, and violent
Slept all the happy remnant of his life, 'Gainst the least act of sin.
After that act, Mam. I am schooled, good Ulen.
He had done enough to make himself Face. And you must praise her house, remem And his posterity noble. ber that,
Sweet madam, let me be particularAnd her nobility.
Dol. Particular, sir? I pray you, know your Mam. Let me alone;
distance. No herald, nor no antiquary, Lungs,
Mam. In no ill sense, sweet lady, but to ask . Shall do it better. Go.
How your fair graces pass the hours? I see