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You help him straight : there you have made a friend.
Another has the palsie, or the dropsie,
He takes of your incombustible stuff,
He's young again : there you have made a friend.
A lady that is past the feat of body,
Tho' not of mind, and hath her face decay'd
Beyond all cure of paintings, you restore,
With the oil of talc : there you have made a friends
And all her friends. A lord that is a leper,
A knight that has the bone-ach, or a squire
That hath both these, you make 'em smooth and sound,
With a bare fricace of your med'cine: still
You increase your friends.
Tri. I, 'tis very pregnant.
Sub. And then the turning of this lawyer's pewter To plate at christmass
Åna. Christ-tide, I pray you.
Sub. Yet Ananias?
Ana. I have done.
Sub. Or changing
His parcel gilt to massie gold. You cannot
But raise you friends'. Withal, to be of power
To pay an army in the field, to buy
The king of France out of his realms, or Spain
Out of his Indies. What can you not do
Against lords spiritual or temporal,
That shall oppone you?
Tri. Verily, 'tis true.
We may be temporal lords ourselves, I take it.
Sub. You may be any thing, and leave off to make
Long-winded exercises : or suck up
Your ha, and hum, in a tune. I not deny,
But such as are not graced in a state,
May, for their ends, be adverse in religion,
You cannot But raise your friends ] So the last edition ; the others more truly as it stands above. Vol. III. E
And get a tune to call the flock together :
For (to say sooth) a tune does much with women,
And other phlegmatick people, it is your bell.
Ana. Bells are prophane: a tune may be religious.
Sub. No warning with you ? then farewel my pa-
[tience. Slight, it shall down : I will not be thus tortur’d.
Tri. I pray you, fir.
Sub. All thall perish. I have spoke it.
Tri. Let me find grace, fir, in your eyes; the man
He stands corrected : neither did his zeal
(But as your self) allow a tune somewhere.
Which now, being to’ard the stone, we shall not need.
Sub. No, nor your holy vizard, to win widows
To give you legacies; or make zealous wives
To rob their husbands for the common cause :
Nor take the start of bonds broke but one day,
And say, they were forfeited by providence.
Nor shall you need o'er night to eat huge meals,
To celebrate your next day's fast the better:
The whilft the brethren and the sisters humbled,
Abate the stiffness of the flesh. Nor caft
Before your hungry hearers scrupulous bones;
As whether a christian may hawk or hunt,
Or whether matrons of the holy assembly
May lay their hair out, or wear doublets;
Or have that idol starch about their linen”.
2 Or whether matrons of the holy assembly May lay their hair out, or wear doublets ;
Or have that idol farch about their linen.) The puritans of our author's days affected all these, and other scruples of equal consequence; and wou'd have reform’d the drelies of the age, as well as the conftitution and language of the kingdom, by scripture precedents, and scripture expresiions. In the dominion of grace all was to be pure fimplicity. There cannot be an exacter copy of the principles and practice of the fanatics in that time, than what is given us in this scene: the pamphlets and writings of that period, as well as the troubles that followed in the next reign, corroborate all that Jonson hath here said.
Ana. It is indeed an idol.
Tri. Mind him not, sir.
I do command thee, spirit (of zeal, but trouble)
To peace within him. Pray you, sir, go on.
Sub. Nor shall you need to libel ’gainst the prelates,
And shorten fo your ears against the hearing
Of the next wire-drawn grace. Nor of necessity
Rail against plays, to please the alderman,
Whose daily custard you devour. Nor lie
With zealous rage till you are hoarse. Not one
Of these so singular arts. Nor call
By names of Tribulation, Persecution,
Restraint, Long-patience, and such like, affected
By the whole family or wood of you',
Only for glory, and to catch the ear
Of the disciple.
Tri. Truly, sir, they are
Ways that the godly brethren have invented,
For propagation of the glorious cause,
As very notable means, and whereby also
Themselves grow soon, and profitably famous.
And such like, affected By the whole family or wood of you.] We have had this expression before in the Silent Woman, act 2. sc. 2. Wood is used to fignify any miscellanous collection, or stock of materials, hence some poets intitle their miscellaneous works filtarum libri ; and our poet, alluding to this antient practice, calls his the Foreft. As to the names here mentioned, every one knows the affectation of the puritans in giving them : the vanity of these new names is taken notice of by Camden, which, faith he, have been lately given by some to their children with no evil meaning, but upon some fingular and precise conceit. As if the puritans imagined the name fanctified the man; and thought with the Spaniards, that it conveyed to the person some mark of grace agreeably to that which was signified by it. And this was the reason, as the histosian tells us, why such pompous names became so common in Spain : La sufome estoit de bailler voluntiers à leurs infans, des noms oa surnoms bien founans, eftimans que cela leur acquevroit grace envers les hommes,
teau nom revenoit à la personne quelque marque ou impreffion conforme à ce que par icelui estoit fignifié.
Hint. d'Espagne, de Meyerne Turquet. p. 286.
Sub. O, but the stone, all's idle to it! nothing!
The art of angels, nature's miracle,
The divine secret that doth fly in clouds
From east to west, and whose tradition
Is not from men, but spirits.
Ana. I hate traditions :
I do not trust them
Ana. They are popish all.
I will not peace. I will not
Ana. Please the prophane, to grieve the godly, I
(may not. Sub. Well, Ananias, thou shalt over come.
Tri. It is an ignorant zeal that haunts him, sir.
But truly, else, a very faithful brother,
A botcher, and a man, by revelation,
That hath a competent knowledge of the truth.
Sub. Has he a competent sum
there i' the bag
To buy the goods within ? I am made guardian,
And must, for charity and conscience sake,
Now see the most be made for my poor orphan:
Tho's desire the brethren too, good gainers,
There they are within. When you have view'd, and
And ta’en the inventory of what they are,
They are ready for projection; there's no more
To do: cast on the med'cine, so much silver
As there is tin there, so much gold as brass,
l'll gi't you in by weight.
Tri. But how long time,
Sir, muft the faints expect yet?
Sub, Let me fee, :
How's the moon now ? eight, nine, ten days hence,
He will be silver potate ; then three days
Before he citronise : fome fifteen days
The magifterium will be perfected.
Ana. About the second day of the third week,
In the ninth month?
Sub. Yes, my good Ananias.
Tri. What will the orphans goods arise to, think you?
Sub. Some hundred marks, as much as fill’dthree cars,
Unladed now : you'll make six millions of 'em.
But I must ha' more coals laid in.
Tri. How !
Sub. Another load,
And then we have finish'd. We must now increase
Our fire to ignis ardens, we are past
Fimus equinus, balnei cineris,
And all those lenter heats. If the holy purse
Should with this draught fall low, and that the saints
Do need a present sum, I have a trick
To melt the pewter, you shall buy now, instantly,
And with a tincture make you as good Dutch dollars
As any are in Holland.
Tri. Can you so ?
Sub. I, and shall 'bide the third examination.
Ana. It will be joyful tidings to the brethren.
Sub. But you must carry it secret.
Tri. I, but stay,
This act of coining, is it lawful ?
We know no magistrate. Or, if we did,
This 's foreign coin*.
Sub. It is no coining, sir.
It is but cafting.
1, but say, This act of coining, is it lawful? Ana. Lawful? We know no magistrate. Or, if we did,
This's FOREIGN Coin.) Counterfeiting of foreign corn, was first made high treason, by the first, of Queen Mary, feff. 2. chap. 6. “ Coining of any foreign coin of gold, or silver, current by the king's “ proclamation is high treason. Wood's inftitutes of the laws of England, p. 344. 3d. edit. I think Mr. Hearn, in his argument at archbishop Laud's trial, mentions this.
Dr. GREY. It is well known the puritans rejected all human forms of government as carnal ordinances ; and were for establishing a plan of policy, in which the scripture only was to be the civil code.