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Lady. I am innocent here, and, on my life, I Froth. Be ready with your petition, and
sent it My ends are good.
To his good grace. Lov. On my soul, so are mine
Enter Wellborn, in a rich habit, Greedy, To Margaret; but leave both to the event : And since this friendly privacy doth serve
MARRALL, AMBLE, ORDER, FURNACE, and
three creditors; Tapwell, kneeling, delivers But as an offered means unto ourselves
his bill of debt. To search each other farther; you have shewn Your care of me, I my respect to you.
Well. How's this ! petitioned too! Deny me not, but still in chaste words, madam, But note what miracles the payment of An afternoon's discourse.
A little trash, and a rich suit of clothes, Lady. Affected modesty might deny your suit; | Can work upon these rascals! I shall be, But, such your honour, I accept it, lord. I think, prince Wellborn. My tongue unworthy can't belie my heart. Mar. When your worship's married, I shall attend your lordship. [Ereunt. You may be I know not what I hope to sec
you. SCENE II.-A landscape.
Well. Then look thou for advancement,
Mar. To be known
Your worship's bailiff, is the mark I shoot at. Tap. Undone! undone! this was your coun
Well. And thou shalt hit it. sel, Froth.
Mar. Pray you, sir, dispatch Froth. Mine! I defy thee: did not Master These needy followers, and for my
[In this interim, Tapwell and Frotu flattere (Ile has marred all, I am sure) strictly command ing und bribing Justice GREEDY.]
(Provided you'll defend me from sir Giles, (On pain of Sir Giles Overreach's displeasure)
Whose service I am weary of) I'll say something To turn the gentleman out of doors ?
You shall give thanks for. Tap. 'Tis true;
Well. Fear hiin not. But now he's his uncle's darling, and has got Greedy. Who, Tapwell? I remember thy wife Master Justice Greedy (since he filled his belly)
brought me, At his commandment to do any thing;
Last new year's tide, a couple of fat turkies. Woe, woe to us!
Tap. And shall do every Christmas, let your Froth. He inay prove merciful.
worship Tap. Troth, we do not deserve it at his hands: But stand my friend now. Though he knew all the passages of our house,
Greedy. How! with Mr Wellborn? As the receiving of stolen goods,
I can do any thing with him, on such termsWhen he was rogue Wellborn, no man would be
you this honest couple? they are good souls
As ever drew out spigot; have they not And then his information could not hurt us:
A pair of honest faces ? But now he is right worshipful again,
Well. I o'erheard you, Who dares but doubt his testimony? Methinks And the bribe he promised; you are cozened in I see thee, Froth, already in a cart, And ay hand hissing (if I 'scape the halter)
For of all the scum, that grew rich by my riots, With the letter R printed upon it.
This, for a most unthankful knave, and this, Froth. Wound that were the worst!
For a base bawd and whore, have worst deserThat were but nine days wonder: as for credit,
ved; We have none to lose; but we shall lose the mo And therefore speak not for them. By your
place, He owes us, and his custom ; there's the bell You are rather to do me justice ; lend me your on't.
ear, Tup. 'le has summoned all his creditors by Forget his'turkeys, and call in his licence, And they swarm about him like so many soldiers
And, at the next fair, I'll give you a yoke of oxen
Worth all his poultry.
Greedy. I am changed on the sudden,
rascal ! More than ten pareants. But are you sure his And now I view him better, did you
One look so like an arch-knave? his very coun[A cry within, brave Me WELLBORN! Should an understanding judge but look on hiin, Tap. Yes, I hear him.
Would hang him, though he were innocent,
He shall be chronicled for it.
Froth. He deserves it
worship Comes this way to my lady's?
Tap. and Froth. Worshipful sir !
Il'ell. Pray you, on before ; Greedy. No; though the Great Turk came I'll attend you at dinner. instead of turkies,
Greedy. For Heaven's sake don't stay long; To beg my favour, I am inexorable :
It is almost ready.
(Erit GREEDY. Thou hast an ill-naine; for, except thy musty Mar. At four o'clock the rest know where to
ale, That hath destroyed many of the king's liege [Errunt ORDER, FURNACE, AMBLE, and Crepeople,
ditors. Thou never hadst in thy house, to stay men's sto Well. Now, Mr Marrall, what's the weight;
Mar. Sir, ti'ne nor place
Will come upon you for security,
As he grows in heat (as I am sure he will), Froth. No mercy?
Be you but rough, and say, he's in your debt, Greedy. Vanish.
Ten times the sum, upon sale of your land: If I shew any, may my promised oxen gore me! I had a hand in't, (I speak it to my shame) Tap. Unthankful knaves are ever so rewarded. When you were defeated of it.
[Ezeunt Tapweli and Froiu. Well. That's forgiven. Well. Speak; what are you?
Mur. I shall deserve it, then. Then urge him 1 Cred. A decayed vintner, sir,
to produce That might bave ihrived, but that your worship The deed, in which you passed it over to him,
Which I know he'll have about hin, to deliver With trusting you with muscadine ånd eggs, To the lord Lovell, with many other writings, And five pound suppers, with your after-drink- And present monies. I'll instruct you farther, ings,
As I wait on your worship. If I play not my part When you lodged upon the bankside.
To your full content, and your uncle's much vexWell. I remember.
ation, 1 Cred. I have not been hasty, nor e'er laid to hang up Jack Marrall. arrest you;
Well. I rely upon thee.
SCENE III.--A chamber in Sir Giles's house.
Enter ALLWORTH and MARGARET.
lord's Which was all iny stock; but you failing in pay- Unequalled temperance, or your constant sweeta ment,
ness, I was removed from the shop-board, and con- I yet rest doubtful. fined
Marg. Give it to lord Lovell; Under a stall.
For what in him was bounty, in me is duty. Well. See him paid ; and botch no more. I make but payment of a debt, to which 2d Cred. I ask no interest, sir.
My vows, in that high office registered,
Are faithful witnesses.
Make wilful shipwreck of their faiths and oaths
To God and man, to fill the arms of greatness;
And you, with matchless virtue, thus to hold out,
And spurn at honour, when it comes to court
I am so tender of your good, that I can hardly And this for your respect; take it, 'tis good wish myself that right, you are pleased to do
gold, And I am able to spare it.
Marg. To me, what's title, when content is Order. You are too munificent.
wanting? Furn. He was ever so.
Or wealth, when the heart pines
In being dispossest of what it longs for?
[OVERREACH reads the letter. Or the smooth brow
* Fair mistress, from your servant learn, all joys,
"With all content, the church being paid her due.' Allu. But the dangers,
Over. Is this the arrogant piece of paper ? That follow the repulse!
fool! Marg. To me they are nothing :
Will you still be one? In the name of madness,
That are already offered ? Marriage first,
And lawful pleasure after : What would you
more? Such trials of your true affection to me!
Marg. Why, sir, I would be married like your
To honour the solemnity.
Allw. An't please your honour,
For so before to-morrow I must stile you,
His honourable kinsmen are far off;
And his desires to have it dove, brook not
So long delay as to expect their coming; The end may yet prove happy: now, my All And yet he stands resolved, with all due pomp, worth!
To have his marriage at court celebrated, Alla. To your letter, and put on a seeming When he has brought your honour up to London. anger.
[Aside.] Over. He tells you true; 'tis the fashion, on Marg. I'll pay my lord all debts due to his my knowledge : title;
Yet the good lord, to please your peevishness,
Marg. I could be contented,
you but by to do a father's part,
Jord have you,
What do I care who gives you? since my lord
I know not, Mr Allworth, how my lord
May be provided, and therefore, there's a purse
Of gold: 'twill serve this night's expence : to-
At my manor of Gotham, and called parson
'Tis no matter for a licence; I'll bear him out in't. But whatsoever my lord writes, must, and shall be
Nsarg. With your favour, sir, what warrant is
He may suppose I got that twenty ways
Without your knowledge; and, then, to be re
-if you please, sir, A messenger from
Your presence would do better.
Allw, I can furnish you.
scription. VOL. II.
Over. I thank
Methinks, I hear already knights and ladies
[Writes on his book. Say, sir Giles Overreach, how is it with Allw. You may, if you please, leave out the Your honourable daughter? has her honour name of my lord,
Slept well to-night? or, will her honour please In respect he comes disguised, and only write, To accept this monkey, doy, or paroquet? Marry her to this gentleinan.
(This is state in ladies) or my eldest son Over. Well advised. [MARGARET kneels. To be her page, and wait upon her trencher? 'Tis done; away--my blessing, girl? thou hast it. My ends, my ends are compassed !-then for ay, no reply-be gone, good Mr Allworth;
Wellborn This shall be the best night's work you ever made. And the lands; were he once married to the wiAllw. I hope so, sir.
dow[Èreunt Allworth and MARGARET. I have him here I can scarce contain myself, Over. Farewell! Now all's sure.
I ain so full of joy! nay, joy all over! [Erit.
SCENE I.-A chamber in LADY ALLWORTH's Presented me with this great favour, house.
I could not but have thought it as a blessing,
Far, far beyond my merit.
Loo. You are too modest,
My title, or whatever I call mine. In a word, That did, my lord, induce me to dispense Our years, our states, our births, are not unequal. A little with my gravity, to advance
If, then, you may be won to make me happy, The plots and projects of the down-trod Well- But join your hand to mine, and that shall be born.
A solemn contract. Lov. What you intended, madam,
Lady. I were blind to my own good, For the poor gentleman, hath found good success; Should I refuse it; yet, my lord, receive me For, as I understand, his debts are paid, As such a one, the study of whose whole life And he once more furnished for fair employ- Shall know no other object but to please you.
Lov. If I return not, with all tenderness, But all the arts, that I have used to raise Equal respect to you, may I die wretched ! The fortunes of your joy and mine, young All Lady. There needs no protestation, my lord, worth,
To her, thai cannot doubt-You are welcome, sir. Stand yet in supposition, though I hope well. For the young lovers are in wit more pregnant
Enter WELLBORN. Than their years can promise ; and for their de- Now, you look like yourself. sires,
Well. And will continue On my knowledge they equal.
Such in my free acknowledgement, that I am Lady. Though my wishes
Your creature, madam, and will never hold Are with yours, my lord, yet give me leave to My life mine own, when you please to demand it. fear
Lov. It is a thankfulness, that well becomes The building, though well grounded. To de you; ceive
You could not make choice of a better shape Sir Giles, that's both a lion and a fox
To dress your mind in. In his proceedings, were a work beyond
Lady. For me, I am happy, The strongest undertakers; not the trial That my endeavours prospered. Saw you, of late, Of two weak innocents.
Sir Giles, your uncle? Lov. Despair not, madam :
Well. I heard of him, madam, Hard things are compassed oft by easy means. By his minister, Marrall : he's grown into strange The cunning statesman, that believes he fathoms passions The counsels of all kingdoms on the earth, About his daughter. This last night he looked Is, by simplicity, oft overreached.
for Lady. May be so.
Your lordship at his house; but, missing you,
Loo. I hope my project touk.
Enter OverREACH, with distracted looks, driving Ludy. Troth, my lord,
in Markall before him. My o:vn unworthiness may answer for me; Lady. I strongly hope. For had you, when I was in my prime,
Over. Ha! find her, booby; thou huge lump
I'll bore thine eyes out else.
Dragged in your lavender robe, to the jail; you Well. May it please your lordship, For some ends of my own, but to withdraw And therefore do not trifle. A little out of sight, though not of hearing;
Well. Can you be You may, perhaps, have sport.
So cruel to your nephew, now he is in Loo. You shall direct me. [Steps aside. The way to rise ? Was this your courtesy Oder. I shall sol fa you, rogue !
You did me in pure love, and no ends else? Mar. Sir, for what cause
Over. End me no ends; engage the whole Do you use me thus?
estate, Ocer. Cause, slave! why, I am angry, And force your spouse to sign it: you shall have And thou a subject only fit for beating;
Three or four thousand more to roar and swagAnd so to cool my choler. Look to the writing;
ger, Let but the seal be broke upon the box,
And revel in bawdy taverns. That has slept in my cabinet these three years,
Well. And beg after : I'll rack thy soul for it.
Mean you not so ?
Over. My thoughts are mine, and free,
Nor bond, nor bill, nor bare acknowledgment : And the lord her husband? Are they in your | Your great looks fright not me. house?
Over. But my deeds shallIf they are, discover, that I may bid them joy;
[They both draw. And, as an entrance to her place of honour, See your ladyship on her left hand, and inake
Enter AMBLE, Order, and FunnACE. curt sies
Lady. Help, murder! murder!. When she nods on you; which you must re
Weit. Let him conie on, ceive
With all his wrongs and injuries about hiin, As a special favour.
Armed with his cut-throat practices to guard Lady. When I know, sir Giles, Her state requires such ceremony, I shall pay it; The right I bring with me will defend me, But, in the mean time,
And punish his extortion. I give you to understand, I neither know
Over. That I had thee Nor care where her honour is.
But single in the field ! Oder. When you once see her
Lady. You may; but make not Supported, and led ty the lord her husband, My house your quarrelling scene. You'll be taught better-Nephew !
Over. Were it in a church, Well Well!
By Heaven and hell, I'll do it! Over. No more!
Mar. Now, put him to Well. 'Tis all I owe you.
The shewing of the deed. Over. Have your redeemed rags
Well. This rage is vain, sir; Made vou thus insolent?
For fighting, fear not, you shall have your hands Weli . Insolent to you !
full Why, what are you, sir, more than myself? Upon the least incitement; and whereas Ocer. His fortune swells him :
You charge me with a debt of a thousand pounds; 'Tis rank, he is married.
If there be law (howe'er you have no conscience) Lady. This is excellent !
Either restore my land, or I'll recover Over. Sir, in calm language (though I seldom A debt, that is truly due to me from you, use it),
In value ten times inore than what you challenge. I am familiar with the cause, that makes you Over. I in thy debt! oh impudence! Did I Bear up thus bravely; there's a certain buz
not purchase Of a stolen marriage;. Do you hear ? of a stolen The land left by thy father? that rich land, marriage;
That had continued in Wellborn's name In which, 'tis said, there's somebody hath been Twenty descents; which, like a riotous fool, cozened
Enter Servant, with a bor. I name no parties.
(Lady turns away. Well. Well, sir, what follows ?
Thou didst make sale of? Is not here inclosed Over. Marry this, since you are peremptory, The deed, that does confirm it mine? remember,
Mar. Now, now. Upon mere hope of your great match, I lent you Well. I do acknowledge none; I ne'er passed A thousand pounds; put me in good security,
o'er And suddenly, by mortgage or by statute,
Such land; I grant, for a year or two, Of some of your new possessions, or I'll have you You had it in trust'; which, if you do discharge,