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Wandering Ulysses never had remembered But I look up to her as on a princess
Penelope or Ithaca.

I dare not be ambitious of; and hope
Coz. Be not rapt so.

Her prodigal graces shall not render me Con. Your excellence would be so, had you Offending to your highness. seen her.

Coz. Not a scruple. Coz. Take up, Take up! But did your obser He whom I favour, as I do my friend, vation

May take all lawful graces that become him. Note any passage of affection

But touching this hereafter; I have now Between her and my nephew?

(And though, perhaps, it may appear a trifie) Con. How it should

Serious employment for thee. Be otherwise between them, is beyond

San. I stand ready My best imagination. Cupid's arrows

For any act you please. Were useless there; for, of necessity,

Coz. I know it, friend. Their years and dispositions do accord so, Have you ne'er heard of Lydia, the daughter They must wound one another,

Of Carolo Charomonte? Coz. Ham! Thou art

San. Him I know, sir, My secretary, Contarino, and more skilled For a noble gentleman, and my worthy friend; In politic designs of state, than in

But never heard of her. Thy judgment of a beauty; give me leave

Coz. She is delivered, In this to doubt it. Here. Go to my cabinet ; And feelingly, to us by Contarino, You shall find there letters newly received, For a master-piece in nature. I would have you Touching the state of Urbin. Pray you, with Ride suddenly thither, to behold this wonder: care

But not as sent by us, that's our first caution. Peruse them; leave the search of this to us. The second is, and carefully observe it, Con. I do obey in all things.

That, though you are a bachelor, and endowed

[Erit Contarino. with Coz. Lydia! a diamond so long concealed, All those perfections that may take a virgin, And never worn in court? Of such sweet fea-On forfeit of our favour, do not tempt her. ture?

It may be her fair graces do concern us. And he on whom I fix my dukedom's hopes, Pretend what business you think fit, to gain Made captive to it? Hum ! 'Tis somewhat Access into her father's house, and there strange!

Make full discovery of her, and return me Our cyes are every where, and we will make

A true relation. I have some ends in it, A strict inquiry. Sanazarro !

With which we will acquaint you.

San. This is, sir,
Enter SanazarRO.

An easy task.
San. Sir.

Coz. Yet, one that must exact Coz. Is my nephew at his rest?

Your secrecy and diligence. Let not San. I saw him in bed, sir.

Your stay be long. Coz. 'Tis well; and does the princess Fiorinda San. It shall not, sir. (Nay, do not blush, she is rich Urbin's heir) Coz. Farewell, Continue constant in her favours to you? And be, as you would keep our favour, careful. San. Dread sir, she may dispense them as she

[Ereunt, pleases;

ACT II.

SCENE I.

Enter Florinda and CALAMINTA,
Fio. How does this dressing shew?

Cal. 'Tis of itself
Curious and rare; but, borrowing ornament,
As it does from your grace, that deigns to wear

it, Incomparable.

Fio. Thou flatterest me,

Cal. I cannot:
Your excellence is above it.

Fio. Were we less perfect,

Yet, being, as we are, an absolute princess,
We, of necessity, must be chaste, wise, fair,
By our prerogative. Yet all these fail
To move where I would have them. How re-

ceived
Count Sanazarro the rich scarf I sent him
For his last visit?

Cal. With much reverence ;
I dare not say affection. He expressed
More ceremony, in his humble thanks,
| Than feeling of the favour; and appeared
Wilfully ignorant, in my opinion, Fi
Of what it did invite him to....

Fio. No matter; lost cel

He's blind with too much light. Have you not | Instead of little dogs, are privileged heard

To carry musk-cats. Of any private mistress he's engaged to ?

Fio. Now the ceremony Cal. Not any; and this does amaze me, ma- | Is passed, what is the substance? dam,

Caland. I'll peruse That he, a soldier, one that drinks rich wines, My instructions, and then tell you. Her skirt Feeds high, and promises as much as Venus

kissed, Could wish to find from Mars, should, in his Inform her highness, that your lord manners,

Cal. Who's that? Be so averse to women.

Caland. Prince Giovanni, who entreats your Fio. Troth, I know not;

grace, He's man enough; and, if he has a haunt, That he, with your good favour, may have leave He preys far off, like a subtle fox.

To present his service to you. I think I have Cal. And that way

nicked it, I do suspect him, For I learnt last night, For a courtier of the first form. (When the great duke went to rest) attended by Fio. To my wonder. One private follower, he took horse; but whither

Enter Giovanni and a Gentleman. He's rid, or to what end, I cannot guess at, Return unto the prince. But he prevents But I will find it out.

My answer. Calaminta, take him off; Fio. Do, faithful servant;

And, for the neat delivery of his message,

Give him ten ducats; such rare parts as yours
Enter CALANDRINO.

Are to be cherished.
We would not be abused. Who have we here? | Caland. We will share : I know
Cal. How the fool stares !

It is the custom of the court, when ten
Fio. And looks as if he were

Are promised, five is fair. Fie! fie! the prinConning his neck-verse.

cess Caland. If I now prove perfect

Shall never know it, so you dispatch me quickly, In my A. B. C. of courtship, Calandrino

And bid me not come to-morrow. Is made for ever. I am sent-let me see,

Cal. Very good, sir. On a how d'ye, as they call it.

: [Ereunt CALANDRINO and CALAMINTA. Cal. What would'st thou say?

Giov. Pray you, friend, Caland. Let me see my notes. These are her Inform the duke I am putting into act lodgings. Well.

What he commanded. Cal. Art thou an ass ?

Gent. I am proud to be employed, sir. Caland. Peace! thou art a court wag-tail,

"TÈxit gentleman. CALANDRINO still looking on his instruc | Giov. Madam, that, without warrant, I pretions.

sume To interrupt me.

To 'trench upon your privacies, may argue Fio. He has given it you.

Rudeness of manners : but the free access Caland. And then say to the illustrious Fi-o Your princely courtesy vouchsafes to all rin-da

That come to pay their services, gives me hope I bave it. Which is she?

To find a gracious pardon. Cal. Why this, Fop-doodle.

Fio. If you please, not Caland. Leave chattering, bullfinch; you would To make that an offence in your construction, put me out,

Which I receive as a large favour from you, But 'twill not do. Then, after you have made | There needs not this apology. Your three obeisances to her, kneel and kiss Giov. You continue, The skirt of her gown. I am glad it is no worse. As you were ever, the greatest mistress of Are you the princess?

Fair entertainment. Fio. Yes, sir.

Fio. You are, sir, the master, Caland. Then stand fair,

And in the country have learnt to out-do (For I arn cholerick) and do not nip

All that in court is practised. But why should we A hopeful blossom.' Out again. Ihree low Talk at such a distance? You are welcome, sir, Obeisances

[Reads. We have been more familiar; and since Fio. I am ready.

You will impose the province you should govern, Caland. I come on, then.

Of boldness on me, give me leave to say . Cal. With much formality.

You are too punctual. Sit, sir, and discourse Caland. Hum ! One, two, three.

As we were used.
[Makes antic curtesies. Giov. Your excellence knows so well
Thus far I am right. Now for the last. O rare! How to command, that I can never err
She is perfumed all over ! Sure great women, When I obey you,

Fio. Nay, no more of this.

This worthy must be cherished.
You shall o'ercome; no more, I pray you, sir. Giov. 'Twas a bounty
And what delights-pray you, be liberal

You never can repent.
In your relation--hath the country life

Fio. I glory in it. Afforded you?

And when he did return, but still with conquest, Giov. All pleasures, gracious madam,

His armour off, not young Antinous But the happiness to converse with your sweet | Appeared more courtly; all the graces that virtues.

Render a man's society dear to ladies, I had a grave instructor, and my hours,

Like pages waiting on him; and it does Designed to serious studies, yielded me

Work strangely on me. Pleasure with profit, in the knowledge of

Giov. To divert your thoughts, What before I was ignorant in ; the signior Though they are fixed upon a noble subject, Carolo de Charomonte being skilful

I am a suitor to you. To guide me through the labyrinth of wild pas Fio. You will ask, sions,

I do presume, what I may grant, and then That laboured to imprison my free soul,

It must not be denied. A slave to vicious sloth.

Giov. It is a favour, Fio. You speak him well.

For which, I hope, your excellence will thank me, Gioo. But short of his deserts. Then, for the Fio. Nay, without circumstance, time

Giov. That you would please Of recreation, I was allowed

To take occasion to move the duke, (Against the form followed by jealous parents That you, with his allowance, may command In Italy) full liberty to partake

This matchless virgin, Lydia, of whom
His daughter's sweet society. She's a virgin, I cannot speak too much, to wait upon you.
Happy in all endowments which a poet

She's such a one, upon the forfeit of
Could fancy in his mistress; being herself Your good opinion of me, that will not
A school of goodness, where chaste maids may Be a blemish to your train.
learn,

Fio. 'Tis rank, he loves her:
Without the aids of foreign principles,

But I will fit him with a suit. [Aside.] I pause By the example of her life and pureness,

not, To be, as she is, excellent. I but give you As if it bred or doubt or scruple in me, A brief epitome of her virtues, which,

To do what you desire; for I'll effect it, Dilated on at large, and to their merit,

And make use of a fair and fit occasion. Would make an ample story.

Yet, in return, I ask a boon of you, Fio. Your whole age,

And hope to find you, in your grant to me, So spent with such a father, and a daughter, As I have been to you. Could not be tedious to you.

Giov. Command me, madam. Giov. True, great princess :

Fio. 'Tis near allied to yours. That you would And now, since you have pleased to grant the be hearing

A suitor to the duke, not to expose,
Of my time's expence in the country, give me After so many trials of his faith,
• leave

The noble Sanazarro to all dangers,
To entreat the favour, to be made acquainted As if he were a wall, to stand the fury
What service, or what objects in the court | Of a perpetual battery: But now,
Have, in your excellence's acceptance, proved To grant him, after his long labours, rest
Most gracious to you?

And liberty to live in court ; his arms,
Fio. I'll meet your demand,

And his victorious sword and shield hung up And make a plain discovery. The duke's care For monuments. For my estate and person, holds the first

Giov. Hum! I'll embrace, fair princess, And choicest place; then, the respect the cour

Enter Cozimo. tiers Pay gladly to me, not to be contemned.

The soonest opportunity. The duke! But that which raised in me the most delight, Coz. Nay, blush not; we smile on your priFor I'm a friend to valour, was to hear

vacy, The noble actions truly reported

And come not to disturb you. You are equals, Of the brave count Sanazarro. I profess, And, without prejudice to either's honour, When it hath been, and fervently, delivered, May make a mutual change of love and courtllow boldly in the horror of a fight,

ship, Covered with fire and smoke, and, as if nature | Till you are made one, and with holy rites; Had lent him wings, like lightning he hath fallen And we give suffrage to it. Upon the Turkish gallies, I have heard it

Giov. You are gracious. With a kind of pleasure, which hath whispered Coz. To ourself in this. But now break off ;

Too inuch

to me

theni,

ries

Taken at once of the most curious viands, To walk a turn in the gallery, I'll acquaint
Dulls the sharp edge of appetite. We are now My lord with your being here.
For other sports, in which our pleas are is,

[Erit PETRUCHIO. That you should keep us company.

San. Tell him, I come Fior. We attend you. [Ereunt. For a visit only. Tis a handsome pile this.

[Erit SANAZARRO. SCENE II.

Caup. Why, here is a brave fellow, and a right

one; BERNARDO, CAUPONI, PETRUCHIO.

Nor wealth nor greatness makes him proud. Bern. Is my lord stirring?

Bern. There are Caup. No, he's fast.

Too few of them; for most of our new courtiers, Pet. Let us take, then,

Whose fathers were familiar with the prices Our morning draught. Such as eat store of beef, Of oil and corn, with when and where to vent Mutton, and capons, may preserve their healths With that thin composition called small beer, And left their heirs rich from their knowledge As 'tis said they do in England. But Italians,

that way, That think, when they have supped upon an Like gourds shot up in a night, disdain to speak olive,

But to cloth of tissue.
A root, or bunch of raisins, 'tis a feast,
Must kill those crudities, rising from cold herbs,

Enter Carolo CHAROMONTE in a night gown, With hot and lusty wines.

PETRUCHIO following. Caup. A happiness

Car. Stand, you prating knaves, Those tramontanes ne'er tasted.

When such a guest is under my roof! See all Bern. Have they pot

The rooms perfumed. This is the man that carStore of wine there?

Caup. Yes, and drink more in two hours, The sway and swing of the court; and I had raThan the Dutchman or the Dane in four and

ther twenty.

Preserve him mine, with honest offices, than Pet. But what is't? French trash, made of rot- But I'll make no comparisons. Bid my daughter ten grapes,

Trim herself up to the height; I know this courAnd dregs and lees of Spain, with Welch methe

tier

Must have a smack at her; and, perhaps, by his A drench to kill a horse; but this pure nectar,

place, Being proper to our climate, is too fine

Expects to wriggle further. If he does, To brook the roughness of the sea. The spirit I shall deceive his hopes; For I'll not taint Of this begets in us quick apprehensions,

My honour for the dukedom. Which way went And active executions; whereas their

he? Gross feeding makes their understanding like it. Caup. To the round gallery, They can fight, and that's their all. [They drink. Car. I will entertain him.

As fits his worth and quality, but no farther. Enter SANAZARRO, and a Servant.

[Ereunt.

SCENE III.
San. Security
Dwells about this house, I think; the gate's wide

Enter SANAZARRO.
And not a servant stirring. See the horses

San. I cannot apprehend, yet I have argued Set up, and clothed.

All ways I can imagine, for what reasons Serd. I shall, sir.

The great duke does employ me hither; and, San. I'll make bold

What does increase the miracle, I must render To press a little further.

A strict and true account, at my return, Bern. Who is this?

Of Lydia, this lord's daughter, and describe Count Sanazarro!

In what she's excellent, and where defective. Pet. Yes, I know him. Quickly

'Tis a hard task; he that will undergo Remove the flaggon.

To make a judgment of a woman's beauty, San. A good day to you, friends!

And see through all her plasterings and paintNay, do not conceal your physick; I approve it, ings, And, if you please, will be a patient with you. Had need of Lynceus' eyes, and, with more ease, Pet. My noble lord

[Drinks. May look, like him, through nine mud-walls, than San. A health to yours. Well done!

make I see you love yourselves. And I commend you ; A true discovery of her. But the intents 'Tis the best wisdom.

And secrets of my prince's heart must be Pet. May it please your honour

Served, and not searched into.

glin,

open,

Enter Carolo CHAROMONTE.

What you are pleased to wish him.

Lyd. Would 'twere so ! Car. Most noble sir,

And then there is no blessing that can make Excuse my age, subject to ease and sloth,

A hopeful, and a noble prince complete, That with no greater speed I have presented | But should fall on him. O! he was our northMy service with your welcome.

star, San. Tis more fit

The light and pleasure of our eyes.
That I should ask your pardon, for disturbing San. Where am I?
Your rest at this unseasonable hour.

I feel myself another thing: Can charms
But my occasions carrying me so near

Be writ on such pure rubies? Her lips melt Your hospitable house, my stay being short, too; As soon as touched ! not those smooth gales that Your goodness, and the name of friend, which

glide you

O’er happy Arabia, or rich Sabæa, Are pleased to grace me with, gave me assurance Creating, in their passage, gums and spices, A visit would not offend.

Cap serve for a weak simile to express Car. Offend, my lord !

The sweetness of her breath. Such a brave staI feel myself much younger for the favour.

ture How is it with our gracious master?

Homer bestowed on Pallas, every limb San. He, sir,

Proportioned to it.
Holds still his wonted greatness, and confesses Car. This is strange, iny lord !
Himself your debtor for your love and care San. I crave your pardon, and yours, match-
To the prince Giovanni, and had sent

less maid:
Particular thanks by me, had his grace known for such I must report you.
The quick dispatch of what I was designed to Pet. There's no notice
Would have licensed me to see you.

| Taken all this while of me.

[Aside. Car. I am rich

San. And I must add, In his acknowledgment.

If your discourse and reason parallel San. Sir, I have heard

The rareness of your more than human form, Your happiness in a daughter.

You are a wonder. Car, Síts the wind there?

Aside. | Car. Pray you, my lord, make trial : San. Fame gives her out for a rare master She can speak, I can assure you; and, that my piece.

presence Car. 'Tis a plain village girl, sir, but obe May not take from her freedom, I will leave dient;

you: That's her best beauty, sir.

For know, my lord, my confidence dares trust her San. Let my desire

Where, and with whom, she pleases. If he be To see her find a fair construction from you : Taken the right way with her, I cannot fancy I bring no loose thought with me,

A better match; and for false play, I know Car. You are that way,

The tricks, and can discern them. Petronella ! My lord, free from suspicion. Her own man Pet. Yes, my good lord. ners,

Car. I have employment for you. Without an imposition from me,

[Exeunt Carolo and PETRONELLA,

Lyd. What is your will, sir?
Enter Lydia and PETRON ELLA.

San. Madam, you are so large a theme to I hope, will prompt her to it. As she is,

treat of, She come's to make a tender of that service And every grace about you offers to me Which she stands bound to pay.

Such copiousness of language, that I stand San. With your fair leave,

Doubtful which first to touch at. If I err, I make bold to salute you.

As in my choice I may, let me entreat you, Lyd. Sir, you have it.

Before I do offend, to sign my pardon; Pet. I am her gentlewoman, will not he kiss Let this, the emblem of your innocence, me, too?

Give me assurance. This is coarse, 'faith.

[Aside. Lyd. My hand joined to yours, Car. How he falls off!

Without this superstition, confirms it. Lyd. My lord, though silence best becomes a Nor need I fear you will dwell long upon me; maid,

The barrenness of the subject yielding nothing And to be curious to know but what

That rhetoric, with all her tropes and figures, Concerns myself, and with becoming distance, Can amplify. Yet, since you are resolved May argue me of boldness, I must borrow

To prove yourself a courtier in my praise, So much of modesty, as to enquire

As I'm a woman (and you men affirm Prince Giovanni's health.

Our sex loves to be flattered) I'll endure it. San. He cannot want

CAROLO above.

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