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ACT IV. SCENE 1.
FACE and MAMMON meet.
Mam. Where's master ?
Face. Now preparing for projection, sir.
Mam. Into gold?
things o' you,
Mam. Hast thou?
Face. As she is almost in her fit to see you. But, good sir, no divinity i' your conference, For fear of putting her in a rage
Mam. I warrant thee.
os Face. Six men will not hold her down. And then' " If the old man should hear or see you."
Mam. Fear not.
know it, How scrupulous he is, and violent 'Gainst the least act of sin. “ Physic, or mathematics,
“ Poetry, state, or bawdry (as I told you) “ She will endure, and never startle: but " No word of controversy.”
Mam. I am school’d, good Ulen.
Face. And you must praise her house, remember that, And her nobility.
Mam. Let me alone;
“ Face. Why, this is yet " A kind of modern happiness, to have “ Dol Common for a great lady. [Aside, and exit. “ Mam. Now, Epicure,
Heighten thyself, talk to her, all in gold; “ Rain her as many showers as Jove did drops “ Unto his Danae ; shew the god a miser, “ Compar’d with Mammon. What, the stone will do't. “ She shall feel gold, taste gold, hear gold, sleep gold; “ Nay, we will concumbere gold. I will be puissant, “ And mighty in my talk to her."
Hiere she comes.
[Exit Face. Mam. Madam, with your pardon, I kiss your vesture.
Dol. Sir, I were incivil
Mam. I hope my lord your brother be in health, lady.
to me, These answers speak your breeding and your blood. Dol. Blood we boast none, sir ; a poor baron's
daughter. Mam. Poor! and gat you ? Profane not. Had your father
60 Slept all the happy remnant of his life After that act, He had done enough to make himself, “his issue," And his posterity noble.
“ Face. I'll in, and laugh." Mam. Sweet madam, let me be particularDol. Particular, sir? I pray you, know your distance.
Mam. In no ill sense, sweet lady, but to ask How your fair graces pass the hours? I see Yo’are lodg’d here i' the house of a rare man, An excellent artist; but what's that to you?
Dol. Yes, sir, I study here the mathematics, And distillation.
Mam. Oh, I cry you pardon. He's a divine instructor.
Dol. Ay, and for his physick, sir
Mam. Above the art of Æsculapius,
80 Whole with these studies that contemplate nature.
Mam. It is a noble humour: but this form Was not intended to so dark a use. I muse, my
brother will permit it! You should spend half my land first, were I he. Does not this diamond look better on my finger Than i' the quarry?
Mam. Why, you are like it.
Dol. In chains of adamant ?
Mam. Yes, the strongest bands. And take a secret too: here, by your side, Doth stand, this hour, the happiest man in Europe.
Dol. You are contented, sir ?
Mam. Nay, in true being,
Dol. Say you so, sir Epicure?
Mam. Yes, and thou shalt prove it,
Dol. You mean no treason, sir?
I am the lord of the philosopher's stone,
Dol. How, sir! ha' you that?
Mam. I am the master of the mastery. This day the good old wretch here o' the house Has made it for us : now he's at projection. Think therefore thy first wish now ; let me hear it ; And it shall rain into thy lap, no shower, But floods of gold, whole cataracts, a deluge, To get a nation on thee.
Dol. “ I could well consent, sir, “ But in a monarchy, how will this be? “ The prince will soon take notice, and both seize “ You and your stone, it being a wealth unfit “ For any private subject.
“ Mam. 'Tis no idle fear : “ We'll therefore go with all, my girl, and live “ In a free state, where we will eat our mullets “ Sous'd in high-country wines, sup pheasants eggs, “ And have our cockles boil'd in silver shells, “ Our shrimps to swim again, as when they liv'd, “ In a rare butter, made of dolphin's milk, “ Whose cream does look like opals: and with these “ Delicate meats set ourselves high for pleasure, “ And take us down again, and then renew “Our youth and strength, with drinking the elixir, “ And so enjoy a perpetuity of life and lust.”