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RULE A WIFE AND HAVE A WIFE.

BY

BEAUMONT & FLETCHER.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.
MEN.

WOMEN.
DUKE OF MEDINA.

MARGaritta, a wanton lady, married to Leon, Don Juan de Castro, a Spanish colonel.

by whom she is reclaimed. SANCHIO, 1 officers in the army.

Altea, her serdant.

CLARA, a Spanish lady. MICHAEL Perez, the copper captain.

Estefania, a woman of intrigue. LEON, brother to Altea, and, by her contrivance, An old woman. married to Margaritla.

Maid, CACAFOGO, a rich usurer.

| Visiting ladies.

Alonzo,' } officers in the army.

Scene-Spain.

ACT І.

SCENE I.— A chamber.

Juan. But no harm done, nor ever meant, Don

Michael, Enter Don JUAN DE CASTRO and MICHAEL

That came to my ears yet: ask him a question, Perez.

He blushes like a girl, and answers little, Mich. ARE your companies full, colonel ? To the point less. He wears a sword, a good Juan. No, not yet, sir,

one, Nor will not be this month yet, as I reckon. And good clothes, too; he's whole skinned, has How rises your command?

no hurt yet ; Mich. We pick up still,

Good promising hopes. I never yet heard cerAnd, as our monies hold out, we have men come.

tainly, About that time, I think, we shall be full, too: Of any gentleman, that saw him angry. Many young gallants go.

Mich. Preserve him; he'll conclude a peace, Juan. And inexperienced.

if need be; The wars are dainty dreams to young hot spirits; Many, as stout as he, will go along with us, Time and experience will allay those visions. That swear as valiantly as heart can wish. We have strange things to fill our numbers : | Their mouths charged with six oaths at once, and There's one Don Leon, a strange goodly fellow,

whole ones, Commended to me from some noble friends, That make the drunken Dutch creep into moleFor my Alferes.

hills. Mich. I've heard of him, and that he hath ser- Juan. 'Tis true, such we must look for. But, ved before, too.

Michael Perez,

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When heard you of Donna Margaritta, the great Juan. I am, sweet lady. heiress?

Cla. I have a kinsman, and a noble friend, Mick. I hear every hour of her, though I ne'er Employed in those wars; may be, sir, you know saw her;

him; She is the main discourse. Noble Don Juan de Don Campusano, captain of carbines, Castro,

To whom I would request your nobleness How happy were that man could catch this wench To give this poor remenıbrance. [Gives a letter.

Juan. I shall do it : And live at ease! She's fair, and young, and I know the gentleman, a most worthy captain. wealthy,

Cla. Something in private. Infinite wealthy, and as gracious, too,

Juan. Step aside : I'll serve thec. In all ber entertainments, as men report.

[Ereunt Juan and Clara. Juan. But she is proud, sir; that I know for Mich. Prithee, let me see thy face. certain;

Estif. Sir, you must pardon me; And that comes seldom without wantonness : Women of our sort, that maintain fair memories, He, that shall marry her, must have a rare hand. And keep suspect off from their chastities, Mich. Would I were married! I would find Had need wear thicker veils. that wisdom,

Mich. I am no blaster of a lady's beauty,
With a light rein to rule my wife. Ife'er woman, Nor bold intruder on her special favours :
Of the most subtile mould, went beyond me, I know how tender reputation is,
I'd give boys leave to hoot me out of the parish. And with what guards it ought to be preserved.

Lady, you may to me
Enter Servant.

Estif. You must excuse me, signior, I come Scr. Sir, there be two gentlewomen attend to Not here to sell myself. speak with you.

Mich. As I am a gentleman; by the honour Juan. Wait on them in

of a soldier ! Mich. Are they two handsome women?

Estif. I believe you; Ser. They seem so, very handsome! but they're I pray be civil: I believe you'd see me, veiled, sir.

| And when you've seen me, I believe you'll like Mich. Thou puttest sugar in my mouth. How

me; it melts with me!

But in a strange place, to a stranger, too,
I love a sweet young wench.

As if I came on purpose to betray you,
Juan. Wait on them in, I say. [Erit Servant. Indeed I will not.
Mich. Don Juan.

Mich. I shall love you dearly,
Juan. Michael, how you burnish?

And 'tis a sin to fling away affection;
Will not this soldier's heat out of your bones yet? I have no mistress; no desire to honour

Mick. There be two.
Juan. Say honest, what shame have you, then? | I know not, you have struck me with your mo-
Mich. I would fain see that.

desty
I've been in the Indies twice, and have seen So deep, and taken from me
strange things;

All the desire, I might bestow on others
But for two honest women:-one I read of once. Quickly, before they coine.
Juan. Prithee, be modest.

Estif. Indeed, I dare not.
Mich. I'll be any thing.

But since I see you're so desirous, sir,

To view a poor face, that can merit nothing Enter Servant, Donna Clara and EstifANIA,

But your repentanceveiled.

Mich. It iust needs be excellent. Juan. You're welcome, ladies.

Estif. And with what honesty you ask it of
Mich. Both hooded! I like them well though:
They came not for advice in law, sure, bither. When I am gone, let your man follow me,
Thev're very modest ; 'tis a fine preludium. And view what house I enter. Thither come,
Juan. With me, or with this gentleman, would For there I dare be bold to appear open;
you speak, lady?

And as I like your virtuous carriage, then,
Cla. With you, sir, as I guess, Juan de Castro.
Mich. Her curtain opens; she is a pretty gen-

Enter Juan, Clara, and Servant.
tlewoman.

I shall be able to give welcome to you. Juan. I am the man, and shall be bound to She hath done her business; I inust take my fortune,

leave, sir. I may do any service to your beauties.

Mich. I'll kiss your fair white hand, and Ch. Captain, I hear you're marching down to thank you, lady. Flanders,

My man shall wait, and I shall be your servant. To serve the Catholic king .

Sirrah, come near, hark,

Any but you.

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Ser. I shall do it faithfully.

[Erit. 13 Lady. 'Tis more sometimes than we can well Juan. You will command me no more ser away with

vices? Cla. To be careful of your noble health, dear

Enter ALTEA.

Alt. Good-morrow, ladies. That I may ever honour you.

All. 'Morrow, my good madam. Juan. I thank you,

1 Lady. How does the sweet young beauty, And kiss your hands. Wait on the ladies down lady Margaret ?

there. (Ereunt ladies and Servant. 2 Lady. Hlas she slept well after her walk last Mich. You had the honour to see the face, night? that came to you?

1 Lady. Are her dreams gentle to her mind? Juan. And 'twas a fair one. What was yours, Alt. All's well, don Michael ?.

She's very well : she sent for you thus suddenly, Mich. Mine was in the eclipse, and had a cloud To give her counsel in a business drawn over it.

That much concerns her.
But I believe well, and I hope 'tis handsome! 2 Lady. She does well and wisely,
She had a hand would stir a holy hermit.

To ask the counsel of the ancientest. Madam, Juan, You know none of thein?

Our years have run through many things she Mich. No.

knows not. Juan. Then I do, captain;

Alt. She would fain marry. But I'll say nothing till I see the proof on't. 1 Lady. 'Tis a proper calling, Sit close, don Perez, or your worship's caught. And well beseems her years. Who should she Mich. Were those she brought love letters?

yoke with? Juan. A packet to a kinsman now in Flanders. Alt. That is left to argue on. I pray, come in Yours was very modest, methought.

And break your fast; drink a good cup or two, Mich. Some young unmanaged thing :

To strengthen your understandings, then she'll But I may live to see.

tell ye. Juan. 'Tis worth experience.

2 Lady. And good wine breeds good counsel; Let us walk abroad and view our companies.

we'll yield to ye.

(Ereunt. [Ereunt. SCENE II.-Another Street, ESTIFANIA

SCENE IV.-A street. crosses the stage.

Enter JUAN DE CASTRO and Leox.
Enter a servant of Michael Perez after her. Juan. Have you seen any service?
Ser. 'Tis this or that house, or I've lost my Leon. Yes.
aim;

Juan. Where?
They're both fair buildings; she walked plaguy Leon. Every where.

Juan. What office bore ye?

Lcon. None; I was not worthy. Enter EsTifanis, courtesies, and erit. Juan. What captains know you ? And hereabouts I lost her. Stay, that's she ! Leon. None; they were above me. 'Tis very she! she makes me a low court'sy : Juan. Were you ne'er hurt? Let me note the place, the street I well remem Leon. Not that I well remember; ber.

[Exeunt. But once I stole a hen, and then they beat me.

Pray, ask me no long questions. I have an ill SCENE III.-A chamber in MARGARITTA's

memory. house.

Juan. This is an ass. Did you ne'er draw

your sword yet? Enter three old Ladies.

Leon. Not to do any harm, I thank Heaven

for it. 1 Lady. What should it mean, that in such Juan. Nor ne'er ta'en prisoner? haste we're sent for?

Leon. No, I ran away; 2 Lady. Belike the lady Margaret has some For I ne'er had no money to redeem me. business

Juan. Can you endure a drum? She'd break to us in private.

Leon. It inakes my head ache. 3 Lady. It should seem so.

Juan. Are you not valiant, when you're drunk? 'Tis a good lady, and a wise young lady.

Leon. I think not; but I am loving, sir. ? Ludy. And virtuous enough, too, that I war- Juan. What a lump is this man ! rant ye,

Was your father wise? For a young woman of her years: 'tis a pity Leon. Too wise for me, I'm sure; To load her tender age with too much virtue. For he gave all he had to my younger brother.

fast.

Jazz. That was no foolish part, I'll bear you | A spirit of more fury than this fire-drake. witness.

Leon. I see he's hasty, and I would give him Wby art thou sent to me to be my officer,

leave
Ase, and commended, too, when thou dar'st not to beat me soundly, if he'd take my bond.
fight?

Juan. What shall I do with this fellow?
Leon. There be more officers of my opinion, Alon. Turn bim off;
Or I am cozened, sir; men that talk more, too. He will infect the camp with cowardice,

Juan. How wilt thou escape with a bullet? If he go with thee. .
Lon. Why, by chance.

Juan. About some week hence, sir,
They aim at honourable men; alas, I am none, If I can hit upon no abler officer,
sir.

You shall hear from me. Juan. This fellow hath some doubts in his Leon. I desire no better.

[Exeunt. talk, that strike me.

SCENE V.-A chamber in MARGARITTA's Enter Aloxzo.

house. He cannot be all fool. Welcome, Alonzo. Alor. What have you got there, Temperance

Enter Estefania and Perez, into your company?

Per. You have made me too bountiful amends, The spirit of peace we shall have wars by the lady, ounce, then.

For your strict carriage, when you saw me first.

These beauties were not meant to be concealed; Enter Cacafogo.

It was a wrong to hide so sweet an object; Oh, here's another pumpion, the crammed son of I could now chide ye, but it shall be thus : a starved usurer, Cacafogo.

No other anger ever touch your sweetness. Both their brains, buttered, cannot make two! Estif. You appear to be so honest and so cispoonfuls.

vil, Cace. My father's dead, I am a man of war, Without a blush, sir, I dare bid you welcome.

Per. Now, let me ask your name. Monies, demesnes ; I have ships at sea, too, cap-| Estif.' 'Tis Estifania, the heir of this poor tains.

place. Jaan. Take heed of the Hollanders, your ships Per. Poor, do you call it? • may leak else.

There's nothing that I cast mine eyes upon, Caca. I scorn the Hollanders, they are my But shews both rich and admirable; all the rooms drunkards.

Are hung, as if a princess were to dwell here; Aloa. Put up your gold, sir, I will borrow it The gardens, orchards, every thing so curious. else.

Is all that plate your own, too? Cara, I am satisfied you shall not.

Estif. 'Tis but a little, Come out, I know thee; meet mine anger in- Only for present use; I've more and richer, stantly!

When need shall call, or friends compel me use Leon. I never wronged ye.

it; Caca. Thou hast wronged mine honour, The suits you see of all the upper chambers, Thou look'st upon my mistress thrice laciviously; Are those, that commonly adorn the house; I'll make it good.

I think, I have, besides, as fair as Seville, Juan. Do not heat yourself, you will surfeit. Or any town in Spain, can parallel. Caca. Thou want'st my money, too, with a Per. Now, if she be not married, I have some pair of base bones,

hopes. la whom there was no truth, for which I beat Are you a maid?

Estif. You make me blush to answer; I beat thee much ; now I will hurt thee danger- I ever was accounted so to this hour, ously.

And that's the reason, that I live retired, sir. Tles shall provoke thee.

[He strikes. Per. Then would I counsel you to marry preAlon. You struck too low, by a foot, sir.

sently, Juar. You must get a ladder, when you would |(If I can get her, I am made for ever) [Aside, beat this fellow.

For every year you lose, you lose a beauty. Leon. I cannot chuse but kick again; pray, A husband now, an honest, careful husband, pardon me.

Were such a comfort. Will you walk above Ceca. Hadst thou not asked my pardon, I had stairs ? killed thee.

Estif. This place will fit our talk; 'tis fitter I leave thee, as a thing despised; baso las manos al far, sir; Tostra Signora.

[Exit Caca. Above, there are day-beds, and such temptations Alon. You have escaped by miracle ; there is I dare not trust, sir. not, in all Spain,

Per. She is excellent wise withal, too.

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Estif. You named a husband; I am not so I'm young, you see; able, I'd have you think, too; strict, sir,

If it please you know, try me before you take Nor tied unto a virgin's solitariness,

me. But if an honest, and a noble one,

'Tis true, I shall not meet in eqal wealth with Rich, and a soldier, for so I've vowed he shall be,

ye; Were offered me, I think I should accept himn. But jewels, chains, such as the war has given me, But, above all, he must love.

A thousand ducats, too, in ready gold, Per. He were base else.

As rich clothes, too, as any he bears arıns, lady. There's comfort ministered in the word, soldier. Estif. You're a gentleman, and fair, I see by How sweetly should I live!

ye, Estif. I'm not so ignorant,

| And such a man I'd rather takeBut that I know well how to be commanded, Per. Pray, do so. And how again to make myself obey, sir.

I'll have a priest o' the sudden. I waste but little: I have gathered inuch:

Estif. And as suddenly My rial not less worth, when it is spent,

You will repent, too. If spent by my direction. To please my hus Per. I'll be hanged or drowned first, band,

By this, and this, and this kiss. I hold it as indifferent in my duty,

Estif. You're a flatterer; To be his maid in the kitchen, or his cook, But I must say there was something, when I saw As in the hall to know myself the mistress.

you Per. Sweet, rich, and provident ! now, fortune, First, in that noble face, that stirred my fancy. stick to me.

Per. I'll stir it better ere you sleep, sweet I am a soldier, and a bachelor, lady;

lady,
And such a wife as you I could love infinitely. I'll send for all my trunks, and give up all to ye,
They, that use many words, some are deceitful : Into your own dispose, before I bed ye;
I long to be a husband, and a good one;

And then, sweet wench.-
For 'tis most certain I shall make a precedent Estif. You have the art to cozen me.
For all, that follow me, to love their ladies.

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ACT II. SCENE I.-An Apartment in MARGARITTA's | Mar. Those I'll allow him ; house.

They are for my credit. Does he understand

But little! Enter Margaritra, three ladies, and Altea.

Alt. Very little. Mar. Come in, and give me your opinions Mar. 'Tis the better. seriously.

Have not the wars bred him up to anger? 1 Lady. You say you have a mind to marry, Alt. No, he won't quarrel with a dog that bites

lady. Mfar. 'l'is true, I have, for to preserve my Let him be drunk or sober, he's ove silence. credit.

Mar. I'as no capacity what honour is; . I desire my pleasure, and pleasure I must have. For that's a soldier's god? 2 Lady. What husband mean ye?

Alt. Honour's a thing too subtle for his wis. Alt. Å husband of an easy faith, a fool,

dom; Made by her wealth, and moulded to her plea- If honour lie in eating, he's right honourable.

Mar. Is he so goodly a man, do you say? One, though he sees himself become a monster, Alt. As you shall see, lady; Shall hold the door, and entertain the maker. But, to all this, he's but a trunk.

2 Lady. You grant there may be such a man. Mar. I'd have him so.. 1 Lady. Yes, marry; but how to bring bim to Go, find me oui this man, and let me see him. this rare perfection.

If he be that motion, that you tell me of, 2 Lady. They must be chosen so, things of no | And make no more noise, I shall entertain him. honour,

Let him be here. Nor outward honesty.

Alt. He shall attend your ladyship. [Ereunt.
Mar. No, 'tis no matter;
I care not what they are, so they be comely.

SCENE II.-A street.
Alt. With search, and wit, and labour,
I've found one out, a right one, and a perfect.

Enter Juan, Alonso, and Perez.
Mur. Is he a gentleman ?

Juan. Why, thou'rt not married indeed? Alt. Yes, and a soldier; but as gentle as you'd Per. No, no, pray think so. wish him. A good fellow, and has good clothes, Alas ! I am a fellow of no reckoning, . if he knew how to wear them.

Nor worth a lady's eye.

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