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Greedy. In troth, my lord, after the sun is up | With her, my lord, comes to you; nor shall you I cannot sleep; for I have a foolish stomach, That croaks for breakfast. With your lordship's | One motive to induce you to believe favour,
I live too long, since every year I'll add I have a serious question to demand
Something unto the heap, which shall be yours Of my worthy friend, sir Giles.
too. Lov. Pray you, use your pleasure..
Lov. You are a right kind father.
Over. You shall have reason
To think me such. How do you like this seat? Upon your credit-hold you it to be
It is well wooded and well watered, the acres From your manor-house to this of my lady Alle Fertile and rich; would it serve for change worth's?
To entertain your friends in a summer's progress! Ocer. Why, some four miles.
What thinks my noble lord ? Greedy. How! four miles, good Sir Giles ? Lov. 'Tis a wholesome air, Upon your reputation think better;
And well built; and she, that's mistress of it, For four miles riding
Worthy the large revenue. Could not have raised so huge an appetite
Over. She the mistress? As I feel gnawing on me.
It may be so for a time; but let my lord Mar. Whether you ride,
Say only, that he but like it, and would have it, Or go a-foot, you are that way still provided, I say, ere long 'tis his. And it please your worship.
Lov. Impossible. Over. How now, sirrah! prating
Over. You do conclude too fast, not knowing Before my lord? no deference? Go to my nephew; See all his debts discharged, and help his worship Nor the engines that I work by. Tis not alone To fit on his rich suit.
The lady Allworth's lands; for those, once WellMar. I may fit you, too. [Exit MARRALL.
born's, Loo. I have writ this morning
(As, by her dotage on him, I know they will be) A few lines to my mistress, your fair daughter. Shall soon be mine. But point out any man's Over. 'Twill fire her, for she's wholly yours al. In all the shire, and say they lie convenient ready.
And useful for your lordship, and once more Sweet Mr Allworth, take my ring; 'twill carry I say aloud, they are yours. To her presence, I dare warrant you; and there I Lov. I dare not own plead
What's by unjust and cruel means extorted : For my good lord, if you shall find occasion. My fame and credit are more dear to me, That done, pray ride to Nottingham; get a li- Than to expose them to be censured by cence,
| The public voice. Still by this token. I'll have it dispatched,
Over. You run, my lord, no hazard; And suddenly, my lord : that I may say
Your reputation shall stand as fair, My honourable, nay, right honourable daughter. In all good mens' opinions, as now : Greedy. Take my advice, young gentleman; Nor can my actions, though condemned for ill, get your breakfast.
Cast any foul aspersion upon yours. 'Tis unwholesome to ride fasting. I'll eat with For though I do contemn report myself, you,
As a mere sound, I still will be so tender And that abundantly.
Of what concerns you in all points of honour, Ocer. Some fury's in that gut:
That the immaculate whiteness of your fame, Hungry again? Did you not devour, this morning, Nor your unquestioned integrity, A shield of brawn, and a barrel of Colchester Shall' ere be sullied with one taint or spot, oysters?
That may take from your innocence and candour. Greedy. Why, that was, sir, only to scour my All my ambition is, to have my daughter stomach,
Right honourable; which my lord can make her: A kind of preparative. Come, gentlemen, And might I live to dance upon my knee I will not have you feed alone, while I am here. A young lord Lovell, born by her unto you, Loo. Haste your return.
I write nil ultra to my proudest hopes. Allw. I will not fail, my lord.
As for possessions, and annual rents, Greedy. Nor I, to line
Equivalent to maintain you in the port My Christmas coffer.
Your noble birth and present state require, [Ereunt GREEDY and ALLWORTH. | I do remove that burden from your shoulders, Over. To my wish, we're private.
And take it on mine own; for though I ruin I come not to make offer with my daughter The country, to supply your riotous waste, A certain portion; that were poor and trivial : The scourge of prodigals, want, shall never find In one word, I pronounce all that is mine,
you. In lands, or leases, ready coin, or goods,
Lov. Are you not moved with the imprecations
And curses of whole families, made wretched | For your own sake I am glad you came no sooner, By these practices?
Since this bold, bad man, sir Giles Overreach, Over. Yes, as rocks are,
Made such a plain discovery of himself, When foamy billows split themselves against And read this morning such devilish matins, Their finty ribs; or as the moon is moved, That I should think a sin, next to his, When wolves, with hunger pined, howl at her But to repeat it brightness.
Lady. I ne'er pressed, my lord,
On other's privacies; yet, against my will,
Your favour to me.
(However common men And undone orphans wash with tears my thres Make sordid wealth the object and sole end "hold,
Of their industrious aims) 'twill not agree I only think what 'tis to have my daughter With those of noble blood, of fame and honour. Right honourable; and 'tis a powerful charm! Love. Madam, 'tis confessed; Makes me insensible of remorse, or pity,
But what infer you from it? . Or the least sting of conscience.
Lady. This, my lord: I allow Lov. I admire
The heir of sir Giles Overreach, Margaret, The toughness of your nature.
A maid well qualified, and the richest match Oder. 'Tis for you,
Our north part can boast of; yet she cannot, My lord, and for iny daughter, I am marble; With all that she brings with her, fill their mouths, Nay, more, if you will have my character That never will forget who was her father; In little, I enjoy more true delight
Or that my husband Allworth's lands, and WellIn my arrival to my wealth these dark
born's, And crooked ways, than you shall e'er take plea- (How wrung from both needs no repetition) sure
Were real motives, that more worked your lordIn spending what my industry hath compassed. My haste commands me hence: in one word, To join your families, than her form and virtues. therefore,
You may conceive the rest. Is it a match, my lord ?
Lov. I do, sweet madam; Lov. I hope that is past doubt, now.
And long since have considered it. Over. Then rest secure; not the hate of all | And this my resolution, mark me, madam; mankind here,
| Were Overreach's states thrice centupled, his Not fear of what can fall on me hereafter,
| By marrying Margaret. In my own tomb
Aside. To me they are equal. So, my lord, good mor- Why, then, my lord, pretend you marriage to row.
[Erit. her? Lov. He's gone; I wonder how the earth can | Dissimulation but ties false knots bear
| On that straight line, by which you hitherto Such a porte it! I, that have lived a soldier, Have measured all your actions. And stood the enemy's violent charge undaunted, Lov. I make answer, To hear this horrid beast, I'm bathed all over | And aptly, with a question. Wherefore have you, In a cold sweat; yet, like a mountain, he That, since your husband's death, have lived a Is no more shaken, than Olympus is,
strict When angry Boreas loads his double head And chaste nun's life, on the sudden given yourWith sudden drifts of snow.
To visits and entertainments ? Think you, madam, Enter LADY.
'Tis not grown public conference? or the favours, Lady. Save you, my lord !
Which you too prodigally have thrown on Welle Disturb I not vour privacy?
born, Lov. No, good madam;
Incur not censure?
Lady. I am innocent here, and, on my life, IL Froth. Be ready with your petition, and preswear
sent it My ends are good.
To his good grace.
Enter WELLBORN, in a rich habit, GREEDY, And since this friendly privacy doth serve
MarraLL, AMBIE, ORDER, FURNACE, and But as an offered means unto ourselves
three creditors ; TAPWELL, kneeling, delivers To search each other farther; you have shewn
his bill of debt. ' Your care of me, I my respect to you.
Well. How's this ! petitioned too! Deny me not, but still in chaste words, madam, | But note what miracles the payınent of An afternoon's discourse.
A little trash, and a rich suit of clothes, Lady. Affected modesty might deny your suit; Can work upon these rascals! I shall be, But, such your honour, I accept it, lord.
I think, prince Wellborn. My tongue unworthy can't belie my heart.
Mar. When your worship's married, I shall attend your lordship. (Ereunt. You may be I know not what I hope to see
you. SCENE II.-A landscape.
Well. Then look thou for advancement.
Mar. To be known
Your worship's bailiff, is the mark I shoot at. Tap. Undone ! undone! this was your coun- Well. And thou shalt hit it. sel, Froth.
Mar. Pray you, sir, dispatch Froth. Mine! I defy thee: did not Master These needy followers, and for my admittance, Marrall
[In this interim, TAPWELL and FROTH flatter(He has marred all, I am sure) strictly command ing and bribing Justice Greedy.)
(Provided you'll defend me from sir Giles, (On pain of Sir Giles Overreach's displeasure) Whose service I am weary of) I'll say something To turn the gentleman out of doors ?
| You shall give thanks for. Tap. 'Tis true;
Well. Fear him not. But now he's his uncle's darling, and has got Greedy. Who, Tapwell? I remember thy wife Master Justice Greedy (since he filled his belly)
brought me, At his commandment to do any thing;
Last new year's tide, a couple of fat turkies. Woe, woe to us!
Tap. And shall do every Christmas, let your Froth. He may prove merciful.
I can do any thing with him, on such terms When he was rogue Wellborn, no man would be See you this honest couple? they are good souls lieve him,
As ever drew out spigot; have they not
Well. I o'erheard you,
them; And :ny hand hissing (if I 'scape the halter) For of all the scum, that grew rich by my riots, With the letter R printed upon it.
This, for a most unthankful knave, and this, Froth. Would that were the worst !
For a base hawd and whore, have worst deserThat were but nine days wonder: as for credit,
ved; We have none to lose; but we shall lose the mo- And therefore speak not for them. By your ney
place, He owes us, and his custom; there's the hell You are rather to do me justice ; lend me your on't.
ear, Tap. He has summoned all his creditors by Forget his turkeys, and call in his licence, the drum,
And, at the next fair, I'll give you a yoke of oxen And they swarm about him like so many soldiers Worth all his poultry. On the pay day; and has found such a new way Greedy. I am changed on the sudden, To pay his old debts, as, 'tis very likely,
In my opinion Mum! my passion is great! He shall be chronicled for it.
I fry like a burnt marrow-bone- Come nearer, Froth. He deserves it
rascal! More than ten pageants. But are you sure his And now I view him better, did you e'er see worship
One look so like an arch-knave? his very counComes this way to my lady's ?
tenance, [A cry within, brave MR WÈLLBORN! Should an understanding judge but look on him, Tap. Yes, I hear him.
Would hang him, though he were innocent,
Tap. and Froth. Worshipful sir !
1 Well. Pray you, on before ; Greedy. No; though the Great Turk came I'll attend you at dinner. instead of turkies,
Greedy. For Heaven's sake don't stay long; To beg my favour, I am inexorable:
It is almost ready.
[Erit GREEDY. Thou hast an ill-name; for, except thy musty Mar. At four o'clock the rest know where to
meet me. That hath destroyed many of the king's liege (Ereunt ORDER, FURNACE, AMBLE, and Crepeople,
ditors.] Thou never hadst in thy house, to stay men's sto- Well. Now, Mr Marrall, what's the weighty machs,
Mar. Sir, time nor place
Will come upon you for security,
For his thousand pounds; which you must not. Command the constable to pull down thy sign;
consent to. And do it before I eat.
As he grows in heat (as I am sure he will), Froth. No mercy?
Be you but rough, and say, he's in your debt, Greedy. Vanish
Ten times the sum, upon sale of your land : If I shew any, may my promised oxen gore me! I had a hand in't, (I speak it to my shame) Tap. Unthankful knaves are ever so rewarded. When you were defeated of it.
Exeunt TAPWELL and Froth. Well. That's forgiven. Well. Speak; what are you?
Mar. I shall deserve it, then. Then urge him 1 Cred. A decayed vintner, sir,
to produce That might have thrived, but that your worship The deed, in which you passed it over to him, broke me,
Which I know he'll have about him, to deliver With trusting you with muscadine and eggs, To the lord Lovell, with many other writings, And five pound suppers, with your after-drink- And present monies. I'll instruct you farther,
As I wait on your worship. If I play not my part When you lodged upon the bankside.
| To your full content, and your uncle's much vexWell. I remember.
ation, 1 Cred. I have not been hasty, nor e'er laid to Hang up Jack Marrall. arrest you;
Well. I rely upon thee.
(Ereunt. And therefore, sirWell. Thou art an honest fellow :
SCENE III.-A chamber in Sir Giles's house. I'll set you up again; see this bill paid. What are you?
Enter Allworth and MARGARET. 2d Cred. A taylor once, but now mere botcher. Allw. Whether to yield the first praise to my I gave you credit for a suit of cloaths,
lord's Which was all my stock; but you failing in pay- | Unequalled temperance, or your constant sweet
ness, I was removed from the shop-board, and con- I yet rest doubtful. fined
Murg. Give it to lord Lovell; Under a stall.
For what in him was bounty, in ine is duty. Well. See him paid ; and botch no more. I make but payment of a debt, to which 2d Cred. I ask no interest, sir,
My vows, in that high office registered, Well. Such taylors need not ;
Are faithful witnesses. If their bills are paid in one and twenty years, Allw. 'Tis true, my dearest; They are seldom losers—0, I know thy face; Yet, when I call to mind, how many fair ones Thou wert my surgeon;
Make wilful shipwreck of their faiths and oaths I will pay you in private.
To God and man, to fill the arms of greatness; See all men else discharged;
And you, with matchless virtue, thus to hold out, And, since old debts are cleared by a new way, Against the stern authority of a father, A little bounty will not misbecome me;
And spurn at honour, when it comes to court There is something, honest cook, for thy good you; breakfasts,
I am so tender of your good, that I can hardly And this for your respect; take it, 'tis good wish myself that right, you are pleased to do gold,
me. And I am able to spare it.
Marg. To me, what's title, when content is Order. You are too munificent,
wanting? . . . Loe eso, } Furn. He was ever so.
Or wealth, when the heart pines side
In being dispossest of what it longs for?
OVERREACh reads the letter. Or the smooth brow
| Fair mistress, from your servant learn, all joys, Of a pleased sire, that slaves me to his will? l' That we can hope for, if deferred, prove toys; And, so his ravenous humour may be fcasted 1. Therefore, this instant, and in private, meet By my obedience, and he see me great,
l' A husband, that will gladly, at your feet, Leaves to my soul nor faculties nor power | Lay down his honours, tendering thein to you To make her own election.
With all content, the church being paid her due.' Alla. But the dangers,
Over. Is this the arrogant piece of paper ? That follow the repulse!
fool! Marg. To me they are nothing :
Will you still be one? In the name of madness, Let Allworth love, I cannot be unhappy..
what Suppose the worst; that, in his rage, he kill me; Could his good honour write more to content A tear or two by you dropt on my hearse,
you? In sorrow for my fate, will call back life
Is there aught else to be wished after these two, So far as but to say, that I die your's.
| That are already offered ? Marriage first, I then shall rest in peace.
| And lawful pleasure after: What would you Allu. Heaven avert
more? Such trials of your true affection to me!
Marg. Why, sir, I would be married like your Nor will it unto you, that are all mercy,
daughter, Shew so much rigour. But since we must run Not hurried away in the night I know not whither, Such desperate hazards, let us do our best Without all ceremony; no friends invited, To steer between them.
To honour the solemnity.
Allw. An't please your honour,
My lord desires this privacy, in respect
His honourable kinsmen are far off;
And his desires to have it done, brook not
So long delay as to expect their coming; The end may yet prove happy: now, my Allo And yet be stands resolved, with all due pomp, worth!
To have his marriage at court celebrated, Allw. To your letter, and put on a seeming When he has brought your honour up to London. anger.
[Aside.] Over. He tells you true; 'tis the fashion, on Marg: I'll pay my lord all debts due to his my kpowledge : title;
Yet the good lord, to please your peevishness, And, when with terms not taking from his ho- Must put it off, forsooth. nour,
Marg. I could be contented, He does solicit me, I shall gladly hear him: Were you but by to do a father's part, . But in this peremptory, nay, commanding way, And give me in the church. To appoint a meeting, and without iny know- Over. So my lord have you, ledge;
What do I care who gives you? since my lord A priest to tye the knot, can ne'er be undone, Does propose to be private, I'll not cross him, Till death unloose it, is a confidence
I know not, Mr Allworth, how my lord In his lordship, that will deceive him.
May be provided, and therefore, there's a purse Allw. I hope better, good lady.
| Of gold : 'twill serve this night's expence : toMarg. Hope, sir, what you please : for me,
morrow I must take a safe and secure course; I have I'll furnish him with any sums. In the mean A father, and, without his full consent,
time, Though all lords of the land kneeled for my fa- Use my ring to my chaplain; he is beneficed vour,
At my manor of Gotham, and called parson I can grant nothing.
Welldo: Over. I like this obedience.
Tis no matter for a licence; I'll bear him out in't. But whatsoever my lord writes, must, and shall be Marg. With your favour, sir, what warrant is Accepted and embraced.- [Aside.]—Sweet Mr your ring? Allworth,
He may suppose I got that twenty ways You shew yourself a true and faithful servant Without your knowledge ; and, then, to be reTo your good lord; he has a jewel of you,
fused, How! frowning, Meg! are these looks to re- Were such a stain upon me—if you please, sir, ceive
Your presence would do better. A messenger from my lord? What's this? give Over. Still perverse ! me it.
I say again, I will not cross my lord, Marg. A piece of arrogant paper, like the in- Yet l'll pervent you, too-Paper and ink there. scription.
Allw. I can furnish you. VOL. II.