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RULE A WIFE AND HAVE A WIFE,

BY

BEAUMONT & FLETCHER.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE.

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,

ALTEA, her serdant. officers in the army. Alonzo,

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

Estifania, 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.

Scene-Spain.

ACT I.

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 cere And, 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,
Commended to ine from some noble friends, That make the drunken Dutch creep into mole-
For 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,

whole ones,

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

Cla. I have a kinsman, and a noble friend, Mich. 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 remembrance. [Gives a letter. up,

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 thee. In all her entertainments, as men report.

(Exeunt 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. If e'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 Ser. 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 thern 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, 1 say. [Exit Serdant. 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 Mich. There be two.

Any but you. Juan. Say honest, what shame have you, then? I know not, you have struck me with your moMich. 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 come.
Juan. Prithee, be modest.

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

But since I see you're so desirous, sir, Enter Servant, Donna CLARA and EstiFANIA, But your repentance

To view a poor face, that can merit nothing veiled.

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

Estif. And with what honesty you ask it of Mich. Both hunded! I like them well though:

me, They came not for advice in law, sure, hither. When I am gone, let your man follow me, They'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 must take my fortune,

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

Mich. I'll kiss your fair white hand, and Cla. 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.

away with.

tell ye.

Ser. I shall do it faithfully.

[Exit. 3 Lady. 'Tis more sometimes than we can well Juan. You will command me no more ser

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

Enter Altea. sir,

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 Ludy. 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?

voke 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.

Aud 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. 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 IV.-A street.
SCENE II.- Another Street, ESTIFANIA
crosses the stage.

Enter JUAN DE CASTRO and Leon,
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.

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

Juan. What office bore ye?

Leon. None; I was not worthy.
Enter EsTIFANIA, 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;

[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 makes 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. 2 Lady. And virtuous enough, too, that I war Juan. What a lump is this man !

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.

aim ;

rant ye,

ounce, then,

Juan. 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 Why art thou sent to me to be my officer,

leave
Aye, 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 him 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.
Leon. 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.

(Erei.nt. talk, that strike me.

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

house. He cannot be all fool. Welcome, Alonzo.

Enter EsTIFANIA and PEREZ. Alon. What have you got there, Temperance into your company? 3

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

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, Caca. My father's dead, I am a man of war, without a blush, sir, I dare bid you welcome. too,

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. Juan. 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; Alon. Put up your gold, sir, I will borrow it The gardens, orchards, every thing so curious. else.

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

Estif. 'T'is 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, it' she be not married, I have some pair of base bones,

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

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

And that's the reason, that I live retired, sir. This shall proroke thee.

(He strikes.

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

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

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

Were such a comfort. Will you walk above Cuca. Harlst 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 a far, sir; Tostru Signora.

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

Per. She is excellent wise withal, too.

too;

me.

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

If it please you know, try me before you take Nor tied unto a virgin's solitariness, 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 him. 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 take-
But that I know well how to be commanded, Per. Pray, do so.
Add how again to make myself obey, sir. I'll have a priest o' the sudden.
I waste but little: I have gathered much:

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 save 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.

[Ereunt.

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 MARGARITTA, three ladies, and Altea.

Alt. Very little. Mar. Come in, and give me your opinions Nar. '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.

him; Mar. 'Tis true, I have, for to preserve my Let him be drunk or sober, he's one silence. credit.

Mar. H'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 wise Alt. A busband 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. sure;

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 him to Go, find me out 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. [E.reunt.
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.
Mar. 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, A las ! I am a fellow of no reckoning, if he knew how to wear them.

Nor worth a lady's eye.

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