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And, master justice, since you love choice dishes, Or, by my hopes to see thee honourable,
I will adopt a stranger to my heir,
And throw thee from my care; do not provoke Almost as much as to give thanks for them
Over. I do confer that province, with my power Marg. I will not, sir; mould me which way Of absolute command to have abundance,
you please. To your best care. Greedy. I'll punctually discharge it,
Enter GREEDY. And give the best direction.-[OVERREACH re- Oder. How, interrupted ? tires.]-Now am I,
Greedy. 'Tis matter of importance. In mine own conceit, a monarch; at the least The cook, sir, is self-willed, and will not learn Arch-president of the boiled, the roast, the baked; From my experience. There's a fawn brought I would not change my empire for the great in, sir, Mogul's.
And for my life, I cannot make him roast it I will eat often, and give thanks,
With a Norfolk dumpling in the belly of it: When my belly's braced up like a drum, and that's And, sir, we wise men know, without the dumppure justice.
[Erit. ling Over. It must be so. Should the foolish girl | Tis not worth three pence. prove modest,
Over. Would it were whole in thy belly, She may spoil all; she had it not from me, To stuff it out! cook it any way; prithee, leave But from her mother: I was ever forward, As she must be, and therefore I'll prepare her.
Greedy. Without order for the dumpling?
Oder. Let it be dumpled
Which way thou wilt; or, tell him, I will scald Alone, and let your women wait without, Mar
[Exit MaRRALL. In his own cauldron. Marg. Your pleasure, sir?
Greedy. I had lost my stomach, Over. Ha, this is a neat dressing !
Had I lost my mistress's dumpling; I'll give ye These orient pearls, and diamonds well placed, thanks for't.
Oder. But to our business, Meg; you have The gown affects me not; it should have been
heard who dines here? Embroidered o'er and o'er with flowers of gold; Marg. I have, sir. But these rich jewels and quaint fashion help it.
Over. 'Tis an honourable man. How like you your new woman, the lady Down- A lord, Meg, and commands a regiment fallen?
Of soldiers; and, what's rare, is one himself; Marg. Well, for a companion :
A bold and understanding one; and to be Not as a servant.
A lord, and a good leader, in one volume, Over. Is she humble, Meg,
Is granted unto few, but such as rise up,
The kingdom's glory.
Greedy. I'll resign my office,
Over. 'Slight, art thou frantic ?
Were I not a justice of peace and quorum, too, Into the counter; and there let them howl toge- Which this rebellious cook cares not a straw for; ther,
There are a dozen of woodcocks,
A new device for sauce, and will not dish them
Over. Cook, rogue, obey him. In birth.
I have given the word; pray you, now, remove Over. In birth! Why, art thou not my daugh- yourself ter,
To a collar of brawn, and trouble me no farther. The blest child of my industry and wealth? Greedy. I will, and meditate what to eat for Why, foolish girl, was't not to make thee great,
[Exit GREEDY. That I have run, and still pursue those ways, Over. And, as I said, Meg, when this gull disThat hale down curses on me, which I mind not?
turbed us, Part with these humble thoughts, and apt thyself | This honourable lord, this colonel, To the noble state I labour to advance thee; I would have thy husband.
Marg. There's too much disparity
Over. In, without reply,
(Erit Marg. effect it,
Is the loud music I gave order for,
A princely welcome (Erit MarraLL.) Remember he's a courtier and a soldier,
Roughness awhile leave me; And not to be trified with; and therefore, when For fawning, now, a stranger to my nature, He comes to woo you, see you do not coy it.
Must make way for me.
[Loud music. This mincing modesty hath spoiled many a match
Enter LoveLL, ALLWORTH, and MARRALL. By a first refusal, in vain after hoped for.
Lov. Sir, you meet your trouble. Marg. You'll have me, sir, preserve the dis- Over What you are pleased to style so, is an tance that
honour Confines a virgin?
Above worth and fortunes.
Allw. Strange! so humble !
[Presenis GREEDY to him. he came
Lov. Your hand, good sir. Like Jupiter to Semele, and come off too.
Greedy. This is a lord; and some think this a Marg. I have heard this is the wanton's favour; fashion, sir,
But I had rather have my hand in my dumpling. Which I must never learn.
Aside. Oder. Learn any thing,
Over. Room for my lord.
To crown my welcome.
Over. May it please my lord Words are no substances.
To taste a glass of Greek wine first; and sudMarg. Though you can dispense
denly With your honour, I must guard my own.
She shall attend, my lord. This is not the way to make me his wife.
Loo. You'll be obeyed, sir. My maiden honour yielded up so soon,
[Ereunt omnes, præter Over. Nay, prostituted, cannot but assure him,
Over. 'Tis to my wish; as soon as come, ask I, thai am light to him, will not hold weight
How! tears in your eyes ?
No more, but be instructed, or expect Forsake thee when the thing is done! he dares He comes.
not. Give me but proof he has enjoyed thy person,
Enter LoVELL, GREEDY, MARRALL, and AllThough all his captains, echoes to his will, Stood ariped by his side to justify his wrong, A black-browed girl, my lord. And he himself in the head of his bold troop, Lov. As I live, a rare one! Spite of his lordship, I will make him render Allw. He's took aiready: I am lost. A bloody and a strict account, and force him, Over. That kiss By marrying thee, to cure thy wounded honour. Came twanging off, I like it; quit the room. I have said it.
(Ereunt ALLWORTH, MARRALL, and GREEDY.]
A little bashful, my good lord; but you,
I hope, will teach her boldness.
Loo. I am happy Newly alighted.
In such a scholar : butVol. II.
Over. I am past learning,
Marg. I am bound to that.
ber- (To his daughter. Erit OVERREach. Where is sir Giles ? Lov. You see, fair lady, your father is solici
Enter OVERREACH, GREEDY, ALLWORTI, and
Over. My noble lord ! and how
Does your lordship find her? Hoids no power o'er my will.
Lov. Apt, sir Giles, and coming,
And I like her the better.
Loo. Yet, should we take forts at the first as-
sault, Mary. Too few to match with yours :
'Twere poor in the defendant. I must confirm And choicest fruits, too soon plucked, rot and her wither.
With a love-letter or two, which I must have · Lov. Do you think I am old ?
Delivered by my page, and you give way to it. Murg. I am sure I am too young:
Over. With all my soul. A towardly gentleLov. I can advance you.
man! Marg To a hill of sorrow;
Your hand, good Mr Allworth; know, my house Where every hour I may expect to fall,
Is ever open to you. But never hope firm footing. You are noble ;
Allu. 'Twas still shut till now, (Aside. I of low descent, however rich.
Over. Well done, well done, my honourable O my good lord, I could say more, but that
daughter! I dare not trust these wails.
Thou art so already: know this gentle youth, Lov. Pray you, trust my ear then.
And cherish bim, my honourable daughter.
Niarg. I shall, with my best care.
[Noise of a coach.
Greedy. More stops
Enter Lady and WELLBORN.
Lady. If I find welcome,
Can be objected.
Over. And thus attended ! Over. Stop your insatiate jaws, or
Mar. No, I am a dolt; I shall powder you.
The spirit of lies had entered me. Greedy. Beat me to dust, I care not ;
(Lovell salutes the Lady, who salutes MarIn such a cause as this, I'll die a martyr. Over. Disturb my lord, when he is in dis- Over. Peace, patch! course?
'Tis more than wonder, an astonishment Greedy. Is it a time to talk,
That does possess me wholly. When we should be munching?
Lov. Noble lady, Over. Peace, villain ! peace! shall we break a This is a favour to prevent my visit, bargain
The service of my lite can never equal. Almost made up? Vanish, I say.
Ludy. Niy lord, I laid wait for you, and
You would have made my poor house your first
And, tberefore, doubting that you might forget me,
And fearing to trust any but myself
With the relation of my service to you, Lov. I am in the act rewarded,
I borroved so much from my long restraint, Since it is good; bowe'er you must put on
And took the air in person to invite you. An amorous carriage towards me, tu delude
Loo. Your bounties are so great, they rob mę, Your subtle tather.
Of words to give you thanks.
Mar. In troth, I must: my master, Lady. Good sir Giles Overreach!
Knowing you are his good friend, makes bold
[Salutes him. How dust thou, Marrall? Liked you my meat so ill, And does intreat you, more guests being come in You'll dine no more with me?
Than he expected, especially his nephew, Greedy. I will when you please,
The table being too full, you would excuse him, And it like your ladyship.
And sup with him on the cold meat. Lady. When you please, Mr Greedy;
Greedy. How! no dinner If meat can do it, you shall be satisfied:
After all my care ? And now, my lord, pray take into your know- Mar. 'Tis but a penance for ledge
A meal; besides, you have broke your fast. This gentleman; howe'er his outside's coarse, Greedy. That was
[Presents Wellborn. But a bit to stay my stomach. A man in comHis inward linings are as tine and fair
Mar. No big words, sir ;
If you will dispense a little with your justiceship, If I am welcome, bid him so.
And sit with the waiting-women, you'll have Over. My nephew!
dumpling, He hath been too long a stranger : 'faith you Woodcock, and buttered toasts, too. hare.
Greedy. This revives me : Pray, let it be mended.
I will gorge there sufficiently. (LOVELL conferring with WELLBORN.
Mar. This is the way, sir.
Ereunt. Mar. Why, sir, what do you mean? This is rogue Wellborn, monster, prodigy,
Enter OVER REACH, us from dinner. That should hang, or drown himself, no man of Over. She's caught! 0 woman! she neglects
worship, Much less your nephew.
And all her compliments apply to Wellborn! Oter. Well, sirrah, we shall reckon
The garments of her widowhood laid by, For this hereafter.
She now appears as glorious as the spring. Mar. I'll not lose my jeer,
Her eyes fixed on him; in the wine she drinks, Though I be beaten dead for it.
Ile being her pledge, she sends him burning Well. Let my silence plead
kisses, In my excuse, my lord, till better leisure And sits on thorns till she be private with him. Offer itself to hear a full relation
She leaves my meat to feed upon his looks; Of my poor fortnnes.
And, if in our discourse he be but named, Loc. I would hear and help them.
From her a deep sigh follows. But why grieve I
[Bell rings. At this? It makes for me; if she prove his, Oter. Your dinner waits you.
All that is hers is mine, as I will work him. Lor. Pray you lead, we follow.
Enter MARRALL. Lady. Nay, you are my guest; come, dear Mr
Well-born. [ Freunt. Manet GREEDY. Mar. Sir, the whole board is troubled at your Greedy. Dear Mr Wellborn! so she said ; rising. Ileaven! Heaven!
Over. No matter, I'll excuse it; prithee, MarIf my belly would give me leave, I could rumi
Watch an occasion to invite my nephew
Mar. Who? the rogue,
The lady scorned to look on? To Nottingham jail ! and now, dear Mr Well
Over. You are a wag. born!
Enter Lady and WELLBORN. And my good nephew! But I play the fvol To stand here prating, and forget my dinner. Mar. See, sir, she comes, and cannot be with
out him. Enter MARRALL.
Lady. With your favour, sir,
I shall make bold to walk a turn or two
Over. There's another arbour, too,
If your ladyship please to use it.
Well. So I do, sir; Lady. Come, Mr Wellborn.
Tis strange to me. (E.rit Lady and WELLBORN. Over. But I'll make it no wonder; Over. Grosser and grosser ! My good lord, And, what is more, unfold my nature to you. Excuse my manners.
We worldly men, when we see friends and kinsEnter Lovell, MargareT and ALLWORTH.
Past hope, sunk in their fortunes, lend no hand Lov. There needs none, Sir Giles;
To lift them up, but rather set our feet I may, ere long, say father, when it please Upon their heads, to press them to the bottom; My dearest mistress to give warrant to it. As, I must yield, with you I practised it: Over. She shall seal to it, my lord, and inake But now I see you in a way to rise, me happy.
I can and will assist you. This rich lady Marg. My lady is returned.
(And I am glad of it) is enamoured of you.
Well. No such thing :
Compassion rather, sir.
Over. Well, in a word, I'll instantly away: my thanks, sir Giles, Because your stay is short, I'll have you seen For my entertainment.
No more in this base shape; nor shall she say, Over. 'Tis your nobleness
She married you like a beggar, or in debt. To think it such.
Well. He'll run into the noose, and save my Lady. I must do you a farther wrong,
[Aside. In taking away your honourable guest.
Over. You have a trunk of rich clothes, not far Loo. I wait on you, madam : fare vell, good hence, sir Giles.
In pawn; I will redeem them : and, that no claLady. Nay, come, Mr Wellborn, I must not leave you behind, in sooth, I must not. May taint your credit for your debts, Over. Rob mne not, madam, of all joys at You shall have a thousand pounds to cut them off,
And go a freeman to the wealthy lady. Let my nephew stay behind; he shall have my Well. This done, sir, out of love, and no ends coach,
elseAnd, after some small conference betwcen us, Over. As it is, nephew. Soon overtake your ladyship.
Well. Binds me still your servant. Lady. Stay not long, sir.
Over. No compliments: you are staid for:Lov. This parting kiss. You shall every day ere you've supped, hear from me,
You shall bear from me. My coach, knaves, for By my faithful page.
my nephew! Allw. 'Tis a service I am proud of.
To-morrow I will visit you. [Exeunt Lovell, LADY, ALLWORTH, and Well. Here's an uncle MARRALL.
In a man's extremes ! how much do they belie Over. Daughter, to your chamber.
[Exit MARGARET. That say you are hard-hearted ! You may wonder, nephew,
Over. My deeds, nephew, After so long an enmity between us,
Shall speak my love; what men report, I weigh I shall desire your friendship.
SCENE I.-A chamber in Lady Allworth's Of joy, for your much goodness, can supply house.
My tongue's defects, I could
Lov. Nay, do not melt :
This ceremonial of thanks to me is superfluous. Lov. 'Tis well. Give me my hat: I now dis Over. [Within.] Is my lord stirring? charge you
Lov. 'T'is he! Oh, here's your letter! let him From farther service. Mind your own affairs;
in, I hope they will prove successful. Allwo. What is blest
Enter OVERREACH, GREEDY, and MARRALL. With your good wish, my lord, cannot but pros- Over. A good day to my lord, per.
Lov. You are an early riser, Let after-times report, and to your honour, Sir Giles. How much I stand engaged; for I want language Over. And reason, to attend your lordship. To speak my debt : yet if a tear or two
Lov. And you too, Mr Greedy, up so soon?