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Ocer. I thank you, I can write then.
Methinks, I hear already knights and ladies
[Writes on his book. Say, sir Giles Overreach, how is it with Allw. You may, if you please, leave out the Your honourable daughter? has her honour name of my lord,
Slept well to-night? or, will her honour please In respect he comes disguised, and only write, To accept this monkey, dog, or paroquet? Marry her to this gentleman.
(This is state in ladies) or my eldest son Over. Well advised. [MARGARET kneels. To be her page, and wait upon her trencher?'Tis done ; away-my blessing, girl? thou hast it. My ends, my ends are compassed !-then for Nay, no reply-be gone, good Mr Allworth ;
Wellborn This shall be the best night's work you ever made. And the lands; were he once married to the wiAllw. I hope so, sir.
dow [Èreunt ALLWORTH and MARGARET. I have him here I can scarce contain myself, Over. Farewell! Now all's sure.
'I am so full of joy ! nay, joy all over! [Erit. ACT V.
SCENE I.-A chamber in LADY ALLWORTH's Presented me with this great favour, house.
I could not but have thought it as a blessing,
Far, far beyond my merit.
Loo. You are too modest,
My title, or whatever I call mine. In a word, That did, my lord, induce me to dispense Our years, our states, our births, are not unequal. A little with my gravity, to advance
If, then, you may be won to make me happy, The plots and projects of the down-trod Well-But join your hand to mine, and that shall be * born.
A solemn contract. Lov. What you intended, madam,
Lady. I were blind to my own good, For the poor gentleman, hath found good success; Should I refuse it; yet, my lord, receive me For, as I understand, his debts are paid, | As such a one, the study of whose whole life And he once more furnished for fair employ- Shall know no other object but to please you. ment:
Loo. If I return not, with all tenderness, But all the arts, that I have used to raise Equal respect to you, inay I die wretched ! The fortunes of your joy and mine, young All Lady. There needs no protestation, my lord, worth,
To her, that cannot doubt-You are welcome, sir. Stand yet in supposition, though I hope well.
Weil. And will continue
Such in my free acknowledgement, that I am Lady. Though my wishes
Your creature, madam, and will never hold Are with yours, my lord, yet give me leave to My life inine own, when you please to demand it. fear
Loo. It is a thankfulness, that well becomes The building, though well grounded. To de
You could not make choice of a better shape Sir Giles, that's both a lion and a fox
To dress your mind in. In his proceedings, were a work beyond
Lady. For me, I am happy, The strongest undertakers; not the trial That my endeavours prospcred, Saw you, of late, Of two weak innocents.
Sir Giles, your uncle? Lov. Despair not, madam :
Well, I heard of him, madam, Hard things are compassed oft by easy means. By his minister, Marrall : he's grown into strange The cunning statesman, that believes he fathoms passions The counsels of all kingdoms on the earth, About his daughter. This last night he looked Is, by simplicity, oft overreached. Lady, May be so.
Your lordship at his house; but, missing you, The young ones have my warmest wishes.
And shè not yet appearing, his wise head Lov. O, gentle lady, let them prove kind to Is much perplexed and troubled. me!
Lov. I hope my project took. You've kindly heard—now grant my suit.
Enter OVERREACH, with distracted looks, driving What say you, lady? Lady. Troth, my lord,
in Markall before him. My own unworthiness may answer for me;
Lady. I strongly hope. For had you, when I was in my prime,
Over. Ha! find her, booby; thou hyge-lump
I'll bore thine eyes out else.
Dragged in your lavender robe, to the jail; you Well. May it please your lordship,
So cruel to your nephew, now he is in
| You did me in pure love, and no ends else? Mar. Sir, for what cause
Over. End me no ends; engage the wliole Do you use me thus?
estate, Ooer. Cause, slave! why, I am angry,
And force your spouse to sign it: you shall have And thou a subject only fit for beating;
Three or four thousand more to roar and swagAnd so to cool my choler. Look to the writing;
ger, Let but the seal be broke upon the box,
And revel in bawdy taverns.
Mean you not so?
Over. My thoughts are inine, and free.
| Nor bond, por bill, nor bare acknowledgment : And the lord her husband? Are they in your | Your great looks fright not me. house?
Over. But my deeds shallIf they are, discover, that I may bid them joy; Out-braved!
[They both draw. And, as an entrance to her place of honour, See your ladyship on her left hand, and inake
Enter AMBLE, Order, and FURNACE. curt'sies
Lady. Help, murder ! murder ! When she nods on you; which you must re Well. Let him come on, ceive
With all his wrongs and injuries about him, As a special favour.
Armed with his cut-throat practices to guard Lady. When I know, sir Giles,
him; Her state requires such ceremony, I shall pay it; The right I bring with me will defend me, But, in the mean time,
And punish his extortion. I give you to understand, I neither know
Over. That I had thee Nor care where her honour is.
| But single in the field ! Over. When you once see her
Lady. You may; but make not Supported, and led by the lord her husband, My house your quarrelling scene. You'll be taught better- Nephew!
Over. Were it in a church, Well. Well!
By Heaven and hell, I'll do it! Over. No more!
Mar. Now, put him to Well. 'Tis all I owe you.
The shewing of the deed. Over. Have your redeemed rags
Well. This rage is vain, sir; Made you thus insolent?
For fighting, fear not, you shall have your hands Well. Insolent to you !
(In scorn. full Why, what are you, sir, more than myself? Upon the least incitement; and whereas Oder. His fortune swells him :
You charge me with a debt of a thousand pounds; 'Tis rank, he is married.
If there be law (howe'er you have no conscience) Lady. This is excellent !
Either restore my land, or I'll recover Over. Sir, in calm language (though I seldom A debt, that is truly due to me from you, use it),
In value ten times inore than what you challenge. I am familiar with the cause, that makes you Over. I in thy debt! oh impudence ! Did I Bear up thus bravely; there's a certain buz
not purchase Of a stolen marriage; Do you hear? of a stolen | The land left by thy father? that rich land, marriage;
That had continued in Wellborn's name In which, 'tis said, there's somebody hath been Twenty descents; which, like a riotous fool,
cozened. I name no parties.
[Lady turns away.
• Enter Servant, with a bor. Well. Well, sir, what follows ?
Thou didst make sale of? Is not here inclosed Over. Marry this, since you are peremptory, | The deed, that does confirm it mine? remember,
Mar. Now, now. Upon mere hope of your great match, I lent you Well. I do acknowledge none; I ne'er passed A thousand pounds; put me in good security, And suddenly, by mortgage or by statute, Such land; I grant, for a year or two Of some of your new possessions, or I'll have you | You had it in trust; which, if you do discharge,
Surrendering the possession, you shall ease 1 Mar. Keep him
Over. Mine own varlet
Rebel against me? He does advise you well.
Mar. Yes, and uncase you too. Over. Good, good ! conspire
The ideot; the patch; the slave; the booby; With your new husband, lady; second him The property, fit only to be beaten In his dishonest practices; but, when
For your morning exercise; your football, or This manor is extended to my use,
The unprofitable lump of Aesh, your drudge, You'll speak in an humble key, and sue for fa Can now anatomize you, and lay open vour.
All your black plots, level with the earth Lady. Never: do not hope it.
Your bill of pride, and shake, Well. Let despair first seize me.
Nay, pulverize, the walls, you think defend you. Over. Yet, to shut up thy mouth, and make Lady. How he foams at the mouth with rage! thee give
Over. ( that I had thee in my gripe ! I would Thyself the lie, the loud lie! I draw out
tear thee The precious evidence : If thou canst forswear Joint after joint! Thy hand and seal, and make a forfeit of
Mar. I know you are a tearer.
(Opens the box. | But I'll have first your fangs pared off; and then Thy ears to the pillory; see, here's that, will come nearer to you ; when I have discovered, make
And made it good before the judge, what ways My interest clear- Ha!
And devilish practises, you used to cozen with. Lady. A fair skin of parchment!
Over. But that I will live, rogue, to torture Weil. Indented, I confess, and labels, too;
thee, But neither wax nor words. How! thunder- | And make thee wish and kneel in vain to die; struck!
| These swords, that keep thee from me, should Not a syllable to insult with? my wise uncle,
fix here, Is this your precious evidence? Is this, that Although they made my body but one wound, makes
But I would reach thee. Your interest clear?
I play the fool, and make my anger but ridicuOver. I am o'erwhelmed with wonder !
lous. What prodigy is this? What subtle devil There will be a time, and place, there will be, Hath razed out the inscription ? the wax
cowards! Turned into dust, the rest of my deeds whole When you shall feel what I dare do. As when they were deliver'd; and this only Well, I think so: Made nothing ! do you deal with witches, rascal? | You dare do any ill, yet want true valour There's a statute for you, which will bring . To be honest and repent. Your neck in a hempen circle; yes, there is; Over. They are words I know not, And now 'tis better thought; for, cheater, know Nor e'er will learn. Patience, the beggar's virtue, This juggling shall not save you.
Shall find no harbour here. After these storms, Well. To save thee,
At length a calm appears.
Enter GREEDY and Parson WELLDO. Mar. Sir.
Welcome, most welcome! Over. Tho' the witnesses are dead,
There's comfort in thy looks; is the deed done?
(Flattering him. Is my daughter married? say but so, my chaplain, Your testimony
| And I am tame. Help with an oath or two; and for thy master,
Welldo. Married? yes, I assure you. Thy liberal master, my good honest servant, Over. Then vanish all sad thoughts! there's I know you will swear any thing to dash
more gold for thee. This cunning slight: besides, I know thou art My doubts and fears are in the titles drowned A public notary, and such stands in law
Of my right honourable, right honourable daughFor a dozen witnesses; the deed being drawn too | ter. By thee, my careful Marrall, and delivered
Greedy. Here will be feasting at least for a When thou wert present, will make good my month! title;
I am provided : empty guts, croak no more! Wilt thou not swear this?
You shall be stuffed, like bag-pipes, not with Mar. I! no, I assure you.
wind, I have a conscience, not seared up like yours; But bearing dishes. I know no deeds.
Over. Instantly be here! Over. Wilt thou betray me?
[Whispering to WELLDO.
To my wish, to my wish. Now, you that plot | Lead not the way, let's quit the house, and against me,
change And hoped to trip my heels up; that contemned Six words in private. me;
Lov. I am ready. Think on it and tremble [Loud music.]—They | Well. You'll grow like him, come, I hear the music.
Should you answer his vain challenge. A lane there for my lord !
Over. Are you pale? Well. This sudden heat
Borrow his help, though Hercules call it odds, May yet be cooled, sir.
I'll stand against both, as I am hem'd in thus. Over. Make way, there, for my lord! Say they were a squadron
of pikes, lined through with shot, when I ana Enter ALLWORTH, MARGARET, LOVELL, and
Upon my injuries, shall I fear to charge them? Marg. Sir, first your pardon, then your bles. No: I'll thro' the battalia, and, that routed, sing, with
I'll fall to execution.-Ha! I am feeble : Your full allowance of the choice I have made. Some undone widow sits upon mine arm, Not to dwell too long on words, (Kneeling. And takes away the use of't! and my sword, This is my husband.
Glewed to my scabbard with wronged orphans' Oder. How!
tears, Allw. So, I assure you ; all the rites of mar- Will not be drawn. Ha! what are these? Sure, rage,
hangmen, With every circumstance, are past;
That come to bind my hands, and then to drag And for right honourable son-in-law, you may say Your dutiful daughter.
Before the judgment-seat.-Now they are new Over. Devil! are they married ?
shapes, Welldo. Do a father's part, and say, Heaven And do appear like furies, with steel whips, give them joy!
To scourge my ulcerous soul! Shall I then fall Over. Confusion and ruin ! speak, and speak Ingloriously, and yield ? No: spite of fate quickly,
I will be forced to hell like to myself; Or thou art dead.
Tho' you were legions of accursed spirits, Welldo. They are married.
Thus would I fly among you.— Over. Thou hadst better
. [Dragged off by ORDER and AMBLE. Have made a contract with the king of fiends Mar. Is't brave sport? Than these. My brain turns !
Greedy. Brave sport? I'm sure it has taken Welldo. Why this rage to me?
away my stomach. Is not this your letter, sir? and these the words— I do not like the sauce. Marry her to this gentleman?
Mar. Was it not a rare trick, Over. It cannot;
(An't please your worship) to make the deed Nor will I ever believe it: 'sdeath! I will not.
nothing? That I, that in all passages I touched
Certain minerals I used, At worldly profit have not left print
| Incorporated in the ink and wax. Where I have trod, for the most curious search Besides, he gave me nothing, but still fed me To trace my footsteps, should be gulled by With hopes and blows; and that was the inducechildren!
ment Baffled and fooled, and all my hopes and labours To this conundrum. Defeated and made void!
Well. You are a rascal. He, that dares be Well. As it appears,
false You are so, my grave uncle.
To a master, tho' unjust, will ne'er be true Over. Village nurses
To any other. Look not for reward, Revenge their wrongs with curses; I'll not waste Or favour from me; I will shun thy sight A syllable, but thus I take the life,
| As I would do a basilisk's. Thank my pity, Which, wretch! I gave to thee.
If thou keep thy ears; howe'er I will take or[Offers to kill MARGARET. I der Lov. Hold, for your own sake!
Your practice shall be silenced. Though charity to your daughter hath quite left| Greedy. I'll commit him, you, .
If you'll have me, sir. Will you do an act, tho’in your hopes lost here, Well. That were to little purpose; Can leave no hope for peace or rest hereafter? His conscience be his punishment; not a word, Over. Lord ! thus I spit at thee,
But instantly begone. [Erit MARRALL. And at thy counsel; and again desire thee, I Lov. Here is a precedent to teach wicked As thou art a soldier, if thy valour Dares shew itself where multitude and example | That, when we leave religion, and turn atheists,
Their own abilities leave them. Pray you take | It is a time of action; if your lordship comfort.
[To Marg. Will please to confer a company upon me I will endeavour you shall be his guardians In your command, I doubt not, in my service In his distraction : and for your land, Mr. Well- To my king and country, but I shall do someborn,
thing, Be it good or ill in law, I'll be an umpire That may make me right again. Between you, and this the undoubted heir
Loo. Your suit is granted, Of sir Giles Overreach ;. for me, here's the And you loved for the motion. anchor
Well. Nothing wants, then, [To the audience. That I must fix on. (Takes the lady's hand. But your' allowance-and, in that, our all Allw. What you shall determine,
Is comprehended; it being known, nor we, My lord, I will allow of.
| Nor he that wrote the comedy, can be free Well. 'Tis the language,
Without your manumission; which, if you That I speak too; but there is something else Grant willingly, as a fair favour due Beside the repossession of my land
The poet's and our labours, as you may, And payment of my debts, that I must practise. (For we despair not, gentlemen, of the play) I had a reputation, but 'twas lost
We jointly shall profess your grace hath might In my loose course; and, till I redeem it To teach us action, and him how to write. Some noble way, I am but half made up.