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SCENE II.-A hall in Lady ALLWORTH'S And I, in thankfulness, will, by your boy,

Send you a brace of three-pences.

Furn. Will you be so prodigal ? Enter OVERREACH, GREEDY, ORDER, AMBLE, Over. Remember me to your lady. FURNACE, and MARRALL.

Greedy. Not to be seen?

Over. Still cloistered up? her reason, Who have we here?
I hope, assures her, though she makes herself Well. Don't you know me?
Close prisoner ever for her husband's loss

Over. I did once, but now I will not; 'Twill not recover him.

Thou art no blood of mine. Avaunt, thou beg-
Order. Sir, it is her will;
Which we, that are her servants, ought to serve, If ever thou presume to own me more,
And not dispute. However, you are nobly wel- I'll have thee caged and whipped.

Greedy. I'll grant the warrant.
And, if you please to stay, that you may think so, I do love thee, Furnace,
There came, not six days since, from Hull, a pipe E'en as I do malmsey in a morning.
Of rich canary; which shall spend itself Think of pye-corner, Furnace !
For my lady's honour.

[E.reunt OVERREACH, GREEDY, and Marral. Greedy. Is it of the right race?

Amble. Will you out, sir? Order. Yes, Mr Greedy.

I wonder how you durst creep in. Amble. How his mouth runs over!

Order. This is rudeness Furn. I'll make it run and run. Save your And saucy impudence. good worship!

Amble. Cannot you stay Greedy. Honest Mr Cook, thy hand; again! To be served among your fellows from the basHow I love thee !

ket, Are the good dishes still in being ? speak, boy. But you must press into the hall ? Furn. If you have a mind to feed, there is a Furn. Prithee, vanish chine

Into some out-house, though it be the pig-sty; Of beef well seasoned.

My scullion shall come to thee.
Greedy. Good

Furn. A pheasant, larded.
Greedy. That I might now give thanks for it!

Well. This is rare :
Furn. Other kick-shaws.

Oh, here is Tom Allworth! Tom ! Besides, there came last night, from the forest of Allw. We must be strangers ; Sherwood,

Nor would I have seen you here for a million. The fattest stag I ever cooked.

[Exit. Greedy. A stag, man?

Well. Better and better. He contemns me, Furn. A stag, sir; part of it is prepared for too. dinner,

Furn. Will you know your way? And baked in puff-paste.

Amble. Or shall we teach it you, Greedy. Puff-paste, too, Sir Giles !

By the head and shoulders ? A ponderous chine of beef! a pheasant larded ! Well. No; I will not stir: And red deer, too, Sir Giles, and baked in puff- Do you mark, I will not. Let me see the wretch

That dares attempt to force me. Why, you All business set aside, let us give thanks here.

slaves, Over. You know we cannot.

Created only to make legs, and cringe ; Mar. Your worships are to sit on a commis- To carry in a dish and shift a trencher; sion,

That have not souls only to hope a blessing And if you fail to come, you lose the cause. Beyond your master's leavings; you that were Greedy. Cause me no causes; I'll prove it, born for such a dinner,

Only to consume meat and drink, and batten We may put off a commission; you shall find it pon reversions; Who advances? who Henrici decimo quarto.

Shews me the way? Over. Fie, Mr Greedy!

Order. Here comes my lady. Will you lose me a thousand pounds for a dinner?

Enter LADY. No more, for shame! We must forget the belly, Lady. What noise is this? When we think of profit.

Weil. Madam, my designs bear me to you. Greedy. Well, you shall o'er-rule me.

Lady. To me ?
I could even cry now. Do you hear me, Mr Weil. And though I have met with

But ragged entertainment from your grooms here, Send but a corner of that immortal pasty; I hope from you to receive that noble usage,


As may become the true friend of your hus So winning a behaviour, not to be band;

Resisted, madam. And then I shall forget these.

Lady. 'Tis most true, he had. Lady. I am amazed,

Weit. For his sake, then, in that I was his To see and hear this rudeness. Dar'st thou friend, think,

Do not contemn me.
Though sworn, that it can ever find belief; Lady. For what's past excuse me;
That I, who to the best men of this country

I will redeem it. toffers him her pocket-book.
Denied my presence since my husband's death, Well. Madam, on no terms:
Can fall so low as to change words with thee?' I will not beg nor borrow sixpence of you ;
Well. Scorn me not, good lady;

But be supplied elsewhere, or want thus ever. But as, in form, you are angelical,

Only one suit I make, which you deny not Imitate the heavenly natures, and vouchsafe To strangers; and 'tis this : pray, give me leave. At least a while to hear me. You will grant,

[Whispers to her. The blood, that runs in this arm, is as noble Lady. Fie ! nothing else? As that which fills your veins. Your swelling Well. Nothing; unless you please to charge titles,

your servants
Equipage, and fortune; your mens' observance, To throw away a little respect upon me.
And women's flattery, are in you no virtues; Lady. What you demand is yours.
Nor these rags, with my poverty, in me vices. Weil. I thank you, lady.

[Erit Lady You have a fair fame, and, I know, deserve it; Now, what can be wrought out of such a suit, Yet, lady, I must say, in nothing more,

Is yet in supposition-[Servants bow.}-Nay, all's Than in the pious sorrow you have shewn

forgotten, For your late noble husband.

And for a lucky omen to my project, Order. How she starts !

Shake hands, and end all quarrels in the cellar. H'ell. That husband, madam, was once, in his Order. Agreed, agreed. fortune,

Furn. Still merry, Mr Well-born ? Almost as low as I. Want, debts, and quarrels,

[Ereunt Servants. Lay heavy on him : let it not be thought

Well. Well, faith, a right worthy, and a liberal A boast in me, though I say, I relieved him.

lady, 'Twas I, that gave him fashion; mine, the sword Who can, at once, so kindly meet my purposes, That did, on all occasions, second his;

And brave the flouts of censure, to redeein I brought him on and off, with honour, lady: Her husband's friend! When by this honest plot And, when in all men's judgments, he was The world believes she means to heal my wants sunk,

With her extensive wealth, each noisy creditor And in his own hopes not to be buoyed up, Will be struck mute, and I be left, at large, I stepped unto him, took him by the hand, To practise on my uncle Overreach; And brought him to the shore.

Whose foul, rapacious spirit, (on the hearing Furn. Are not we base rogues,

Of my encouragement from this rich lady) That could forget this?

Again will court me to his house of patronage. Well. I confess, you made him

Here, I may work the measure to redeem Master of your estate; nor could your friends, My mortgaged fortune, which he stripped me of, Though he brought no wealth with him, blame When youth and dissipation quelled iny reason. you for it:

The fancy pleases—if the plot succeed, For he had a shape, and to that shape a mind, 'Tis a new way to pay old debts, indeed. Made up of all parts, either great or noble,



SCENE I.-A landscape.

Of the poor farmer.

Over. 'Twas for these good ends

I made him a justice. He, that bribes his belly, Orer. He's gone, I warrant thee; this com- Is certain to command his soul. mission crushed him.

Mar. I wonder Mar. Your worship has the way on't, and (Still with your licence) why, your worship hane'er miss

ving To squeeze these unthrifts into air; and yet The power to put this thin gut in commission, The chap-fallen justice did his part, returning You are not in't yourself. For your advantage the certificate,

Over. Thou art a fool; Against his conscience and his knowledge, too ; In being out of office, I am out of danger; With your good favour) to the utter ruin Where, if I were a justice, besides the trouble, Vol. II.




I might, or out of wilfulness or error,

And have been since with all your friends and Run myself finely into a premunire,

tenants, And so become a prey to the informer.

And, on the forfeit of your favour, charged No, I'll have none of it; 'tis enough I keep

them, Greedy at my devotion: so he serve

Though a crust of mouldy bread would keep him My purposes, let him hang, or damn, I care from starving, pot;

Yet they should not relieve him. This is done, Friendship is but a word. Mar. You are all wisdom.

Over. That was something, Marrall; but thou Over. I would be worldly wise; for the other must go farther; wisdom,

And suddenly, Marrall.
That does prescribe us a well governed life, Mar. Where and when you please, sir.
And to do right to others as ourselves,

Over. I would have thee seek him out; and, I value not an atom.

if thou canst, Mar. What course take you,

Persuade him, that 'tis better steal than beg: (With your good patience) to hedge in the ma- Then, if I prove he has but robbed a hen-roost,

Not all the world shall save him from the galOf your good neighbour, Mr Frugal? As 'tis lows. said,

Do any thing to work him to despair,
Ile will not sell, nor borrow, nor exchange; And 'tis thy master-piece.
And his land, laying in the midst of your many

Mar. I will do my best, sir.

Over. I am now on my main work, with the Is a foul blemish.

lord Lovell; Over I have thought on't, Marrall;

The gallant-minded, popular lord Lovell, And it shall take. I must have all men sellers, The minion of the people's love. I hear And I the only purchaser.

He's come into the country; and my aims are, Mar. 'Tis most fit, sir.

To insinuate myself into his knowledge, Over. I'll therefore buy some cottage near his And then invite him to my house. manor;

Mar. I have you. Which done, I'll make my men break ope his This points at my young mistress. fences,

Over. She must part with Ride o'er his standing corn, and in the night That humble title, and write honourable ; Set fire to his barns, or break his cattle's legs. Right honourable, Marrall; my right honourable These trespasses draw on suits, and suits ex daughter; pences ;

If all I have, or e'er shall get, will do it. Which I can spare, but will soon beggar him. I will have her well attended; there are ladies When I have harried him thus two or three Of errant knights decayed, and brought so low, years,

That, for cast clothes, and meat, will gladly serve Thongh'he sue forma pauperis, in spite

her; Of all his thritt and care, he'll grow behind. And 'tis my glory, though I came from the city, hand,

To have their issue, whom I have undone, Dlar. The best I ever heard; I could adore | To kneel to mine, as bond slaves. you.

Mar. 'Tis fit state, sir. Over. Then, with the favour of my man of Over. And therefore, I'll not have a chamberlaw,

maid I will pretend some title; want will force him That ties her shoes, or any meaner office, To put it to arbitrement; then, if he sell But such whose fathers were right worshipful. For balf the value, he shall have ready money, 'Tis a rich man's pride! there having ever been And I possess the land.

More than a feud, a strange antipathy
Miar. 'Tis above wonder.

Between us and true gentry.
Wellborn was apt to sell, and needed not
These fine arts, sir, to hook him in.

Over. Well thought on.

Níur. See, who's here, sir!
This varlet, Wellborn, lives too long to upbraid Over. Hence, monster, prodigy!

Well. Call me what you will; I am your neWith my close cheat put upon him. Will nor

phew, sir. cold

Over. Avoid my sight, thy breath's infectious, Nor hunger kill him?

rogue ! Mar. I know not what to think on't.

I shun thee as a leprosy, or the plague. I have used all means; and the last night I Come leither, Marrall; this is the time to work caused

him. His host, the tapster, to turn him out of duors;

[Exit Overreacu,



Mar. I warrant you, sir.

With me, and with a lady. Well. By this light, I think he's mad.

Mar. Lady! what lady! Alar. Vad! had you took compassion on your With the lady of the lake, or queen of fairies ? self,

For I know it must be an enchanted dinner. You long since had been mad.

Well. With the lady Allworth, knave. Well. You have took a course,

Mur. Now there's hope Between you and my venerable uncle,

Thy brain is cracked. To make me so.

Well. Mark thee, with what respect Mar. The more pale-spirited you,

I am entertained. That would not be instructed. I swear deeply. Mar. With choice, no doubt, of dog-whips. W'ell. By what?

Why, dost thou ever hope to pass her porter? Mar. By my religion.

Well. 'Tis not far off; go with me: trust thine Well. Thy religion !

own eyes. The devil's creed; but what would you have Mar. Troth, in my hope, or my assurance, radone?

ther, Alar. Had there been but one tree in all the | To see thee curvet, and mount like a dog in a shire,

blanket, Nor any hope to compass a penny halter, If ever thou presume to pass her threshold, Before, like you, I had outlived my fortunes, I will endure thy company. A with had served my turn to hang myself.

Well. Come along.

(Exeunt. I am zealous in your cause : pray you, hang yourself;

SCENE II.-A hall in LADY ALLWORTII's And presently, as you love your credit.

house. Well. I thank you. Mar. Will you stay till you die in a ditch ?

Enter Allworth, Order, Amble, and FurOr, if you dare not do the fate yourself, But that you'll put the state to charge and trouble,

Allw. Your courtesies o'erwhelm me: I much Is there no purse to be cut? house to be bro grieve ken!

To part from such true friends, and yet I find Or market-woman with eggs that you may mur comfort; der,

My attendance on my honourable lord And so dispatch the business?

Will speedily bring me back. Well. Here's variety,

[Knocking at the gate. Maarall and I must confess; but I'll accept of none

WELLBORN within.
Of all your gentle offers, I assure you.

Mar. Darst thou venture farther?
Mar. Why, have you hope ever to eat again? Well. Yes, yes, and knock again.
Or drink? or be the master of three farthings? Order. 'Tis he; disperse.
If you like not hanging, drown yourself; take Amb. Perform it bravely.

[Erit. sorne course

Furn. I know my cue, ne'er doubt me. [Exit.
For your reputation.
Well. 'Twill not do, dear tempter,

With all the rhetoric the fiend hath taught you.
I am as far as thou art from despair.

Order. Most welcome;
Nay, I have confidence, which is more than You were long since expected.

Well. Say so much To live, and suddenly, better than ever.

To my friend, I pray you. Mar. Ha! ha! these castles you build in the Order. For


sake I will, sir. [Erit.

Mar. For his sake! Will not persuade me, or to give or lend

Well. Mum; this is nothing. A token to you.

Mur. More than ever Well, I'll be more kind to thee.

I would have believed, though I had found it in Comne, thou shalt dine with me.

my primmer. Mar. With you?

Allw. When I have given you reasons for my Well. Nay, more, dine gratis.

late harshness, Mar. Under what hedge, I pray you? or at You'll pardon and excuse me: for, believe me, whose cost?

Though now I part abruptly in my service, Are they padders, or gypsies, that are your con

I will deserve it. sorts?

Mar. Service ! with a vengeance ! Well. Thou art incredulous; but thou shalt Well. I am satisfied; farewell, Tom! dine,

Allw. All joy stay with you. Not alone at her house, but with a gallant lady;



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Lady. Sir, your friends are welcome to me.
Enter AMBLE.

Well. Run backward from a lady! and such a
Amble. You are happily encountered : I ne-

lady! ver yet

Mar. To kiss her foot, is, to poor me, a favour Presented one so welcome, as I know

I am unworthy of [Offers to kiss her foot. You will be, to my lady.

Lady. Nay, pray you, rise;
Mar. This is some vision;

And, since you are so humble, I'll exalt you;
Or sure these men are mad, to worship a dung- You shall dine with me to-day, at mine own ta-

ble. It cannot be a truth.

Mar. Your ladyship's table! I am not good Well. Be still a pagan,

An unbelieving infidel; be so, miscreant ! To sit at your steward's board.
And meditate on blankets, and on dog-whips. Lady. You are too modest;

I will not be denied.
Furn. I am glad you are come; until I know

Enter ORDER.
your pleasure,
I knew not how to serve up my lady's dinner. Order. Dinner is ready for your ladyship.

Mar. His pleasure ! is it possible? [Aside. Lady. Your armn, Mr Wellborn:
Well. What's thy will?

Nay, keep us company.
Furn. Marry, sir, I have some growse and tur Mar. I was never so graced. Mercy on me!
key chicken,

[Exeunt WELLBORN, LADY, AMBLE, and Some rails and quails; and my lady willed me

What kind of sauces best affect your palate,

That I may use my utmost skill to please it.
Mar. The devil's entered this cook: sauce for Order. So, we have played our parts, and are
his palate !

come off well.
That, on my knowledge, for almost this twelve- But if I know the mystery, why my lady

Consented to it, or why Mr Wellborn Durst wish but cheese-parings, and brown bread Desired it, may I perish! on Sundays!

Furn. Would I had
Well. That way I like them best.

The roasting of his heart, that cheated bim,
Furn. It shall be done, sir. [Erit FURNACE. And forces the poor gentleman to these shifts.
Well. What think you of the hedge we shall By fire! (for cooks are Persians, and swear by it)
dine under?

Of all the griping and extorting tyrants
Shall we feed gratis ?

I ever heard or read of, I never met Mar. I know not what to think :

A match to sir Giles Overreach. Pray you, make me not inad.

Order. What will you take

To tell him so, fellow Furnace?
Enter Order.

Furn. Just as much
Order. This place becomes you not;

As my throat is worth; for that would be the Pray you, walk, sir, to the dining-room.

price on't. Well. I am well here,

To have a usurer that starves himself, Till her ladyship quits her chamber.

And wears a cloak of one and twenty years Mar. Well, here, say you?

On a suit of fourteen groats, bought of the hang'Tis a rare change! but yesterday you thought

man, Yourself well in a barn, wrapped up in pease To grow rich, is too common: straw.

But this sir Giles feeds high, keeps many serOrder. Sir, my lady.

[Exit ORDEP.


Who must, at his command, do any outrage;
Enter Lady.

Rich in his habit; vast in his expences;
Lady. I come to meet you, and languished till Yet he to admiration still increases

In wealth and lordships. This first kiss for form; I allow a second,

Order. He frights men out of their estates, As token of my friendship.

And breaks through all law-nets, made to curb Well. I am wholly yours; yet, madam, if you please

As they were cobwebs. No man dares reprove To grace this gentleman with a salute

him. Mar. Salute me at his bidding !

Such a spirit to dare, and power to do, were
Well. I shall receive it
As a most high favour.

Lodged so unluckily.

I saw you.

ill men,


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