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San. Is this the fellow
Juan. Brave ! à strange conversion; thou shalt That had the patience to become a fool,
lead A futtered fool, and, on a sudden, break,
In chief now. As if he would shew a wonder to the world, Duke. Is there no difference betwixt her and Both in bravery and fortune too? I am astonished!
Leon. Not now, my lord; my fortune makes Mar. I'll be divorced immediately.
me even, Leon. You shall not.
And, as I am an honest man, I'm nobler.
Leon. Let me see who dares get it,
Till I command ; I'll make him draw your coach, You took me to gloss over your discredit, And eat your coach too (which will be hard diet), To be your fool.
That executes your will; or, take your coach, You had thought you had found a coxcomb.
lady; I'm innocent of any foul dishonour I mean to ye; I give you liberty; and take your people, Only I will be known to be your lord now, Which I turn off; and take your will abroad with And be a fair one, too, or I will fall for it. Mar. Í do command ye from me, thou poor Take all these freely, but take me no more; fellow,
And so, farewell. Thou cozened fool !
Duke. Nay, sir, you shall not carry it Leon. Thou cozened fool!
So bravely off'; you shall not wrong a lady I will not be commanded: I'm above ye. In a high huffing strain, and think to bear it. You may divorce me from your favour, lady, We shall not stand by, as bawds to your brave But from your 'state you never shall. I'll hold fury, that,
To see a lady weep
-Draw, sir. And hold it to my use; the law allows it.
Leon. They're tears of anger, And then maintain your wantonness, I'll wink Wrung from her rage, because her will prevails at it.
not. Mar. Am I braved thus in mine own house? She would even now swoon, if she could not cry, Leon. 'Tis mine, madam!
Else they were excellent, and I should grieve, You are deceived, I'm lord of it, I rule it,
too; And all that's in it; you've nothing to do here, But falling thus, they shew nor sweet nor oriento madam,
Put up, my lord ! this is
oppression, But as a servant to sweep clean the lodgings, And calls the sword of justice to relieve me, And at my farther will to do me service;
The law to lend her hand, the king to right me; And so I'll keep it.
All which shall understand how you provoke me. Mar. 'Tis well.
In mine own house to brave me, is this princely? * Leon. It shall be better.
Then to my guard; and if I spare your grace, Mar. As you love me, give way.
And do not make this place your monument, Leon. I will give none, madanı ;
Too rich a tomb for such a rude behaviour, I stand upon the ground of my own honour, Mercy forsake me!
[Draws. And will maintain it; you shall know me now I have a cause will kill a thousand of ye. To be an understanding, feeling man,
Juan. Hold, fair sir, I beseech ye! And sensible of what a woman aims at;
The gentleman but pleads his own right nobly. A young proud woman, that has will to sail with; Leon. He, that dares strike against the husA wanton woman, that her blood provokes too.
band's freedom, I cast my cloud off, and appear myself,
The husband's curse stick to him, a tamed cucThe master of this little piece of mischief,
kold! And I will put a spell about your feet, lady ; His wife be fair and young; but most dishonest, They shall not wander, but where I give way Most impudent, and he have no feeling of it,
No conscience to reclaim her from a monster; Duke. Is this the fellow, that the people point- Let her lie by him like a flattering ruin,
And, at one instant, kill both name and honour : For the mere sign of man, the walking image? Let him be lost, no eye to weep his end, He speaks wondrous highly.
And find no earth, that's base enough to bury him! Leon. As a husband ought, sir,
Now, sir, fall on, I'ın ready to oppose ye. In his own house; and it becomes me well, too. Dúke. I've better thought. I pray, sir, use your I think your grace would grieve, if you were put
wife well, to it,
Leon. Mine own humanity will teach me that, To have a wife or servant of your own, (For wives are reckoned in the rank of servants) And now, you're welcome all, and we'll to dinner; Under your own roof to command ye.
This is my wedding-day.
Duke. I'll cross your joy yet.
She's yours now, why should I look after her? Juan. I've seen a miracle; hold thine own, sol. Since that first hour I came I never saw her. dier!
Per. I saw her later--would the devil had had Sure they dare fight in fire, that conquer women.
It is all true, I find; a wild-fire take her!
Juan. Is thy wife with child, Don Michael Per. 'Save
which is the lady of the house? Thy excellent wife. Leon. That's she, sir, that good-natured pretty Art thou a man yet? lady,
Alon. When shall we come and visit thee? If you'd speak with her.
San. And eat some rare fruit? Thou hast adJuan, Don Michael !.
mirable orchards. Per. Pray do not know me, I am full of busi- You are so jealous now! Pox on your jealousy, siness.
How scornfully you
look! When I have more time I'll be merry with ye. Per. Prithee leave fooling. It is the woman. Good madam, tell me truly, I'm in no humour now to fool and prattle. Had you a maid called Estifania?
Did she ne'er play the wag with you? Mar. Yes, truly had I.
Mar. Yes, many times, Per. Was she a maid do you think?
So often that I was ashamed to keep her. Mar. I dare not swear for her;
But I forgave her, sir, in hopes she'd mend still; For she had but a scant fame.
And had not you o' the instant married her, Per. Was she your kinswoman?
I'd put her off. Mar. Not that I ever knew; now I look better, Per. I thank ye; I am blest still; I think you married her; give you much joy, sir. Which way soe'er I turn I'm a made man. Per. Give me a halter.
Miserably gulled beyond recovery. Mar. You may reclaim her; 'twas a wild young Juan. You'll stay and dine ? girl.
Per. Certain I cannot, captain. Per. Is not this house mine, madam?
Hark in thine ear, I am the arrantest puppy, Was not she owner of it? Pray, speak truly.
The miserablest ass! But I must leave ye. Mar. No, certainly, I'm sure my money paid I am in haste, in haste. Bless you, good madam,
And may you prove as good as my wife!
Leon. What then, sir?
Per. No matter, if the devil had one to fetch Mar. All are mine, sir,
[Erit Perez. And every thing you see about the building; Leon. Will you walk in, sir? will your grace She only kept my house, when I was absent;
but honour me, And so I'll keep it, I was weary of her.
And taste our dinner? You are nobly welcome. Per. Where is your maid?
All anger's past, I hope, and I shall serve ye. Mar. Do you not know, that have her?
SCENE I.--A street.
I'm glad I have found ye; for, in truth, I are
weary, Enter PEREZ.
Weary and lame with looking out your lordship. Per. I'll to a conjurer, but I'll find this pole- Per. I have been in bawdy houses cat,
Estif. I believe you, and very lately, too. This pilfering whore. A plague of veils, I cry, Per. 'Pray ye, pardon me; And covers for the impudence of women ! To seek your ladyship, I have been in cellars, Their sanctity in show will deceive devils. In private cellars, where the thirsty bawds It is my evil angel ! let me bless me.
Hear your confessions; I have been at plays,
To look you out amo:g the youthful actors; Enter EstIFANIA, with a casket.
At puppet-shows, you are inistress of the mo•
tions; Estif: 'Tis he ! I'm caught. I must stand to At last, I went to church to seek you out; it stoutly
'Tis so long since you were there, they have forAnd show no shake of fear, I see he's angry,
got you. Vexed at the uttermost.
Estif. You had a pretty progress; I'll tell Per. My worthy wife, I have been looking of your modesty
To look you out, I went to twenty tavernsAll the town over.
Per. And are you sober? Estif. My most noble busband,
Estif. Yes, I reel not yet, sir;
Where I saw twenty drunk, most of them sol- Estif. Sir, there's your treasure, sell it to a diers.
tinker There I had great hope to find you disguised, too: To mend old kettles ! Is this noble usage ? From hence to the dicing-house; there I found Let all the world view here the captain's trea
quarrels Needless and fenceless, swords, pots, and candle- A man would think now these were worthy sticks,
matters. Tables, and stools, and all in one confusion, Here's a shoeing-horn chain gilt over; how it And no man knew his friend. I left this chaos,
scenteth, And to the surgeon's went: he willed me stay, Worse than the dirty mouldy heels it served for! For, says he, learnedly, if he be tippled,
And here's another of a lesser value; Twenty to one he whores, and then I hear of So little, I'would shame to tie my dog in it. him;
These are my jointure ; blush and save a labour, If he be mad, he quarrels, then he comes, too.
Or else these will blush for ye. I sought ye where no safe thing would have ven- Per. A fire subtle ye ! are ye so crafty? tured,
Estif. Here's a goodly jewel! Amongst diseases, base and vile, vile women; Did not you win this at Goletta, captain ? For I remembered your old Roman axiom, Or took it in the field from some brave bashaw? The more the danger, still the more the honour. See how it sparkles ! Like an old lady's eyes; Last, to your confessor I came, who told me, And fills each room with light, like a close lanYou were too proud to pray; and here I've
This would do rarely in an abbey window, Per. She bears up bravely, and the rogue is To cozen pilgrims. witty,
Per. Prithee leave prating. But I shall dash it instantly to nothing.
Estif. And here's a chain
of whitings' eyes for Here leave we off our wanton languages,
pearls; And now conclude we in a sharper tongue. A mussel-monger would have made a better. Why am I cozened?
Per. Nay, prithee wife, my clothes, my clothes, Estif. Why am I abused ?
Estif. I'll tell ye, Per. Thou most vile, base, abominable- Your clothes are parallels to these, all counterEstif. Captain.
feit. Per. Thou stinking, over-stewed, incorrigi- Put these and them on, you are a man of copper, ble
A kind of candlestick, Estif. Captain.
A copper, a copper captain! these you thought, Per. Do you echo me?
my husband, Estif. Yes, sir, and go before ye,
To have cozened me withal; but I am quit with And round about ye! Why do you rail at me,
you. For that was your own sin, your own knavery?
Per. Is there no house, then, nor no grounds Per. And brave me, too?
about it? Estif. You'd best now draw your sword, cap- No plate nor hangings tain !
Estif. There are none, sweet husband. Draw it upon a woman, do, brave captain, Shadow for shadow is as equal justice. Upon your wife, Oh, most renowned captain !
[Perez sings-ESTIFANIA sings. Per. A plague upon thee, answer me directly; Can you rail now? Pray, put your fury up, sir, Why didst thou marry me?
And speak great words ! you are a soldier; thunEstif. To be my husband;
der! I thought you had had infinite, but I am co- Per. I will speak little; I have played the fool, zened.
And so I am rewarded.
And now I see you're so comfortable,
They're packing to be gone; you must sup there; Estif. Why did you work on me,
I'll meet you, and bring clothes and clean linen (It was but my part to requite you, sir)
after, With your strong soldier's wit, and swore you'd And all things shall be well. I'M colt you once bring me
more, So much in chains, so much in jewels, husband, And teach you to bring copper. So much in right rich clothes?
Per. Tell me one thing,
I.do beseech thee, tell me truth, wife ;
Estif. I bid her tell you so, sir
It was my plot; alas, my credulous husband! And view them right-
Caca. To doubt them is an heresy.
Estif. A thousand ducats; 'tis upon necessity Estif. Still 'twas my way, and all to try your Of present use; her husband, sir, is stubborn. suffrance.
Caca. Long may he be so. And she denied the house?
Estif. She desires, withal, Per. She knew me not,
A better knowledge of your parts and person, No, nor title that I had.
And when you please to do her so much hoEstif. 'Twas well carried; No more, I am right and straight.
Caca. Come, let's dispatch. Per. I would believe thee,
Estif. In truth I've heard her say, sir, But Heaven knows how my heart is; will ye Of a fat man she has not seen a sweeter. follow me?
But in this business, sirEstif. I'll be there straight.
Caca. Let's do it first, Per. I'm fooled, yet dare not find it.
And then dispute; the lady's use may long for it. Estif. Go, silly fool; thou may'st be a good Estif. All secrecy she would desire. She told ine soldier
How wise you are. . In open fields, but for our private service
Caca. We are not wise to talk thus, Thou art an ass.
Carry her the gold, I'll look her out a jewel
Shall sparkle like her eyes, and thee another. Enter CACAFOGO.
Come, prithee come, I long to serve the lady; Here comes another trout, that I must tickle, Long monstrously. Now, valour, I shall meet ye, And tickle daintily, I've lost my end else. You, that dare dukes.
[E.reunt. May I crave your leave, sir? Čaca. Prithee, be answered, thou shalt crave
SCENE II.-A Chamber. no leave; I am in my meditations; do not vex me;
Enter the Duke, SANCHIO, JUAN, and Alonzo. A beaten thing! but this hour a most bruised Duke. He shall not have his will, I shall
vent him. That people had compassion on, it looked so ! I have a toy here, that will turn the tide, The next sir Palmerin. Here's fine proportion! And suddenly and strangely. Here, Don Juan, An ass, and then an elephant. Sweet justice! Do you present it to him. There's no way left to come at her now, no cra- Juan. I am commanded.
Duke. A fellow founded out of charity, If money could come near, yet I would pay him; And moulded to the height, contemn his maker, I have a mind to make him a huge cuckold, Curb the free hand that framed him ! And money may do much; a thousand ducats ! It must not be. 'Tis but the letting blood of a rank heir.
San. That such an oyster-shell should hold a Estif. Pray you, hear me.
pearl, Caca. I know thou hast some wedding-ring to And of so rare price, in prison ! pawn now,
Was she made to be the matter of her own unOf silver gilt, with a blind posy in it:
doing, Or thy child's whistle, or thy squirrel's chain. To let a slovenly, unwieldy fellow, I'll none of them. I would she did but know me! Unruly and self-willed, dispose her beauties? Or would this fellow bad but use of money, We suffer all, sir, in this sad eclipse : That I inight come in any way.
She should shine, where she might shew like herEstif. I am gone, sir;
self, And I shall tell the beauty sent me to ye, An absolute sweetness, to comfort those admire The lady Margaritta
her, Caca. Stay, I prithee.
And shed her beams upon her friends. What is thy will? I turn me wholly to yė; We are gulled all, And talk now till thy tongue ache, I will hear ye. And all the world will grumble at your patience, Estif. She would intreat you, sir
If she be ravished thus. Caca. She shall comn mmand, sir;
Duke. Ne'er fear it, Sanchio; Let it be so; I beseech thee, my sweet gentle- We'll have her free again, and move at court woman,
In her clear orb. But one sweet handsomeness Do not forget thyself,
To bless this part of Spain, and have that slubEstif. She does command, then,
bered! This courtesy, because she knows you're noble. Alon. 'Tis every good man's cause, and we Caca. Your mistress by the way?
must stir in it. Estif. My natural mistress.
Duke. I'll warrant ye, he shall be glad to Upon these jewels, sir, they're fair and rich,
And glad to share too; we shall hear anon Mar. No sooner love ye,
[Ereunt. The goodness of your mind and mine own duty,
But lose you instantly, be divorced from ye! SCENE III.- Another Chamber. This is a cruelty. I'll to the king,
And tell him 'tis unjust to part two souls, Enter Leon and Juan with a commission.
Two minds so nearly mixed. Leon. Colonel, I am bound to you for this Leon. By no means, sweet-heart. nobleness.
Mar. If he were married but four days, as I amI should have been your officer, 'tis true, sir ; Leon. He'd hang himself the fifth, or fly his And a proud inan I should have been to have country.
Mar. He'd make it treason for that tongue, It has pleased the king, out of his boundless fa- that durst vours,
But talk of war, or any thing to vex him, To make me your companion : this commission
You shall not go. Gives me a troop of horse.
Leon. Indeed I must, sweet wife. Juan. I do rejoice at it,
What, should I lose the king for a few kisses ? And am a glad man we shall gain your company. We'll have enough. I'm sure the king knows you are newly married, Mar. I'll to the duke, my cousin; he shall to And out of that respect gives you more time, sir. Leon. Within four days I'm gone, so he com- Leon. He did me this great office;
I thank his grace for it: should I pray him now And 'tis not mannerly for me to argue it, To undo it again? Fie, 'twere a base discredit. The time grows shorter still-Are your goods Mar. Would I were able, sir, to bear you ready?
company! Juan. They are aboard.
How willing should I be then, and how merry ! Leon. Who waits there?
I will not live alone,
Leon. Be in peace, you shall not.
[Knocking within. Ser. Sir.
Mar. What knocking's this? Oh, Heaven, my Leon. Do you hear, ho? Go carry this unto head! Why, rascal, your mistress, sir,
I think the wars begun in the house already. And let her see how much the king has honour- Leon. The preparation is, they are taking
down Bid her be lusty, she must make a soldier. And packing up the hangings, plate and jewels, Go, take down all the hangings,
And all those furnitures, that shall befit me, And pack up all my clothes, my plate and jewels, When I lic in garrison. And all the furniture, that's portable, Sir, when we lie in garrison, 'tis necessary
Enter LORENZO. We keep a handsome port, for the king's honour. Lor. Must the coach go too, sir? And, do you hear? let all your lady's wardrobe Leon. How will your lady pass to the sea else Be safely placed in trunks; they must along too. easily? Ser. Whither must they go, sir?
We shall find shipping for't there to transport it. Leon. To the wars, Lorenzo.
Mar. I go? Alas! Ser. Must my mistress go, sir?
Leon. I'll have a main care of ye: Leon. Ay, your mistress, and you, and all must I know you are sickly; he shall drive the easier, go.
And all accommodation shall attend ye. I will not leave a turnspit behind me,
Mar. Would I were able ! That has one dram of spleen against a Dutch- Leon. Come, I warrant ye.
Am not I with ye, sweet? Are her clothes All must go.
packed up: Ser. Why Pedro, Vasco, Diego, come, help me, And all her linen? Give your maids direction : boys.
[Erit. You know my tiine's but short, and I'm comJuan. He has taken a brave way to save his
Mạr. Let ne have a nurse,
Leon. It shall not trot, I warrant ye;
Curvet it may sometimes. Leon. Why, how now, wife; what, sick at my Mar. I am with child, sir. preferment?
Leon. At four days warning! This is same This is not kindly done.