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Sub. I think 'twas so.
Sur. Oh, this ferret
Face. Yes, sir,
Mam. He says right.
Mam. Is't no more?
Face. No more, sir,
Mam. Away, here's money. What will serve?
[Gives Face the money.
Face. Yes, sir.
[Exit. Sur. We shall have a salad ! Mam. When do you make projection?
Sub. Son, be not hasty, I exalt our med'cine,
After his fifth, a thousand thousand ounces
Sur. I believe you in that.
Sur. And dripping pans, and pot-hangers, and hooks, Shall he not?
Sub. If he please.
To be an ass.
Mam. This gentleman you must bear withal :
Sur. And little hope, sir;
Sub. Why, what have you observed, sir, in our art,
Sur. But your whole work, no more.
Sub. Sir, do you
Sur. If I should ?
Sub. Why, I think that the greater miracle.
Sur. That can not be.
Sub. The same we say of lead and other metals,
Mam. And that
Sub. Ay, for 'twere absurd
Sur. Ay, what is that?
Mam. Ay, now it heats : stand, father, Pound him to dust.
Sub. It is, of the one part, A humid exhalation, which we call Materia liquida, or the unctuous water; On the other part, a certain crass and vicious Portion of earth; both which, concorporate, Do make the elementary matter of gold; Which is not yet propria materia, But common to all metals and all stones; For, where it is forsaken of that moisture, And hath more dryness, it becomes a stone; Where it retains more of the humid fatness, It turns to sulphur or to quicksilver, Who are the parents of all other metals. Nor can this remote matter suddenly Progress so from extreme unto extreme, As to grow gold, and leap o'er all the means. Nature doth first beget the imperfect, then Proceeds she to the perfect. Of that airy And oily water, mercury is engendered; Sulphur of the fat and earthy part; the one, Which is the last, supplying the place of male, The other of the female, in all metals. Some do believe hermaphrodeity, That both do act and suffer. But these two Make the rest ductile, malleable, extensive. And even in gold they are ; for we do find Seeds of them, by our fire, and gold in them; And can produce the species of each metal More perfect thence, than Nature doth in earth. Beside, who doth not see in daily practice Art can beget bees, hornets, beetles, wasps, Out of the carcases and dung of creatures ; Yea, scorpions of an herb, being rightly placed ? And these are living creatures, far more perfect And excellent than metals.
Mam. Well said, father! Nay, if he take you in hand, sir, with an argument, He'll bray you in a mortar.
Sur. Pray you, sir, stay. Rather than I'll be bray'd, sir, I'll believe That Alchemy is a pretty kind of game, Somewhat like tricks o' the cards, to cheat a man With charming.
Sur. What else are all your terms,
Sub. And all these named,
Mam. Sir, so I told him
Sub. Was not all the knowledge
Mam. I urged that,
Who is this?
[Exit FACE. Mam. Who is, sir? Sub. Nothing, sir; nothing.
Mam. What's the matter, good sir?
Sub. All arts have still had, sir, their adversaries,
Face. 'Twas not my fault, sir : she would speak with you,
Face. She's mad, sir, and sent hither He'll be mad too
Mam. I warrant thee.
Face. Sir, to be cured.
[Exit. Mam. 'Fore God, a Bradamante, a brave piece. Sur. Heart, this is an evil house! I will be burnt else.
Mam. Oh, by this light, no; do not wrong him. He's
Face. Softly, sir; speak softly. I meant
Mam. No, he will not be “gull’d”; let him alone.
Face. You are very right, sir ; she is a most are scholar,
Mam. How might one do t' have conference with her, Lungs?
Face. Oh, divers have run mad upon the conference: