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The Alchymist. Lud, Du Guernier inv.et seulp .

ALCHEMIST.

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COM E DY

First Acted in the YEAR 1610.

By the King's M A JEST Y's Servants.

W I TH THE

Allowance of the Master of Revels.

The Author Ben. JOHNSON.

-petere inde coronam,
Unde priùs nulli velârint tempora Mufæ.

LUCRET.

LONDON
Printed for D. Midwinter, J. and P. Knapton, H. Knapa
lock, A. Ward, A. Bettesworth and C. Hitch,
H. Lintot, J. and R. Tonson, W. Innys, T. Longman,
R. Robinson, T. Wotton, S. Birt, B. Motte,

C. Corbet and G. Conyers.

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The Sickness bot, a Master quit, for fear,
H is House in Town, and left one Servant there,
E ase him corrupted, and gave means to know.
Ą Cheater, and his Punk; who, now brought low,
L eaving their narrow Praćtice, were become
Cos'ners at large ; and only wanting fome
House to set up, with him they here contraét,
E ach for a Share, and all begin to act,
Much Company they draw, and much abuse,
I n casting Figures, telling Fortunes, News,
Selling of Flies, flat Bawd"ry, with the Stone ;
Till it, and they, and all in Fume are gone.

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P R O L OG U E.
Ortune, that favours Fools, these two foort Hours

We wish away, both for your fakes and ours,
Judging Spectators; and desire in place,

To Author Justice, to our selves but Grace. Our Scene is London, 'cause we would make known,

No Countries Mirth is better than our own: No Clime breeds better Matter for your Whore,

Bawd, Squire, Impostor, many Persons more, Whole Manners, now call'd Humours, feed the Stage ;

And which have fill been Subject for the Rage Or Spleen of Comick Writers. Tho' this Pen

Did never aim to grieve, but better Men; Howe'er the Age he lives in doth endure

The Vices that the breeds, above their Cure. But when the whole fome Remedies are sweet,

And in their working, Gain and Profit meet,
He hopes to find no Spirit so much diseas'd,

But will with such fair Correctives be pleas'd:
For here he doth not fear who can apply.
If there be any that will fit fe nigh
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