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Wandering Ulysses never had remembered But I look up to her as on a princess
I dare not be ambitious of; and hope ,Coz. Be not rapt so.
Her prodigal graces shall not render me Con. Your excellence would be so, had you Offending to your highness. seen her.
Coz. Not a scruple. Coz. Iake up, Take up! But did your obser- He whom I favour, as I do my friend, vation
May take all lawful graces that become him. Note any passage of affection
But touching this hereafter; I have now Between her and my nephew ?
(And though, perhaps, it may appear a trifle) Con. How it should
Serious employment for thee. Be otherwise between them, is beyond
San. I stand ready My best imagination. Cupid's arrows
For any act you please. Were useless there; for, of necessity,
Coz. I know it, friend. Their years and dispositions do accord so, Have you ne'er heard of Lydia, the daughter They must wound one another.
Of Carolo Charomonte? Coz. Ham! Thou art
San. Him I know, sir, My secretary, Contarino, and more skilled For a noble gentleman, and my worthy friend; In politic designs of state, than in
But never heard of her. Thy judgment of a beauty; give me leave
Coz. She is delivered, In this to doubt it. Here. Go to my cabinet; And feelingly, to us by Contarino, You shall find there letters newly received, For a master-piece in nature. I would have you Touching the state of Urbin. "Pray you, with Ride suddenly thither, to behold this wonder:
But not as sent by us, that's our first caution. Peruse them; leave the search of this to us. The second is, and carefully observe it, Con. I do obey in all things.
That, though you are a bachelor, and endowed
[Exit ContariNO. with Coz. Lydia ! a diamond so long concealed, All those perfections that may take a virgin, And never worn in court? Of such sweet fea- On forfeit of our favour, do not tempt her. ture?
It may be her fair graces do concern us. And he on whom I fix my dukedom's hopes, Pretend what business you think fit, to gain Made captive to it? Hum! 'Tis somewhat Access into her father's house, and there strange!
Make full discovery of her, and return me Our eyes are every where, and we will make A true relation. I have some ends in it, A strict inquiry. Sanazarro !
With which we will acquaint you.
San. This is, sir,
task. San. Sir.
Coz. Yet, one that must exact Coz. Is my nephew at his rest?
Your secrecy and diligence. Let not San. I saw him in bed, sir.
Your stay be long. Coz. 'Tis well; and does the princess Fiorinda San. It shall not, sir. (Nay, do not blush, she is rich Urbin's heir) Coz. Farewell, Continue constant in her favours to you? And be, as you would keep our favour, careful. San. Dread sir, she may dispense them as she
Enter FIORINDA and CALAMINTA.
Cal. 'Tis of itself
Fio. Thou flatterest me.
Cal. I cannot:
Fio. Were we less perfect,
Yet, being, as we are, an absolute princess,
Cal. With much reverence;
Fio. No matter;
He's blind with too much light. Have you not | Instead of little dogs, are privileged heard
To carry musk-cats. Of any private mistress he's engaged to ?
Fio. Now the ceremony Cal. Not any; and this does amaze me, ma- Is passed, what is the substance? dam,
Caland. I'll peruse That he, a soldier, one that drinks rich wines, My instructions, and then tell you. Her skirt Feeds high, and promises as much as Venus
kissed, Could wish to find from Mars, should, in his Inform her highness, that your lord — manners,
Cal. Who's that? Be so averse to women.
Caland. Prince Giovanni, who entreats your Fio. Troth, I know not;
grace, He's man enough; and, if he has a haunt, That he, with your good favour, may have leave He preys far off, like a subtle fox,
To present his service to you. I think I have Cal. And that way
nicked it, I do suspect him. For I learnt last night, For a courtier of the first form. (When the great duke went to rest) attended by Fio. To my wonder. One private follower, he took horse; but whither
Enter GIOVANNI and a Gentleman. He's rid, or to what end, I cannot guess at,
Return unto the prince. But he prevents But I will find it out.
My answer. Calaminta, take him off; Fio. Do, faithful servant;
And, for the neat delivery of his message,
Give him ten ducats; such rare parts as yours
Are to be cherished.
It is the custom of the court, when ten
Are promised, five is fair. Fie! fie! the prinConning his neck-verse. Caland. If I now prove perfect
Shall never know it, so you dispatch me quickly, In my A. B. C. of courtship, Calandrino
And bid me not come to-morrow, Is made for ever. I am sent-let me see,
Cal. Very good, sir. On a bow d'ye, as they call it.
[Exeunt CALANDRINO and CalaminTA. Cal. What would'st thou say?
Giov. Pray you, friend, Caland. Let me see my notes. These are her Inform the duke I am putting into act lodgings. Well.
What he commanded. Cal. Art thou an ass?
Gent. I am proud to be employed, sir. Caland. Peace! thou art a court wag-tail,
[Erit gentleman. [CALANDRINO still looking on his instruc- Gioo. Madam, that, without warrant, I pre
tions. To interrupt me.
To 'trench upon your privacies, may argue Fio. He has given it you.
Rudeness of manners : but the free access Caland. And then say to the illustrious Fi-o-Your princely courtesy vouchsafes to all rin-da
That come to pay their services, gives me hope I have it. Which is she?
To find a gracious pardon. Cal. Why this, Fop-doodle.
Fio. If you please, not Caland. Leave chattering, bullfinch; you would To make that an offence in your construction, put me out,
Which I receive as a large favour from you, But 'twill not do. Then, after you have made There needs not this apology. Your three obeisances to her, kneel and kiss Giov. You continue, The skirt of her gown. I am glad it is no worse. As you were ever, the greatest mistress of Are you the princess ?
Fair entertainment. Fio. Yes, sir.
Fio. You are, sir, the inaster, Caland. Then stand fair,
And in the country have learnt to out-do (For I am cholerick) and do not nip
All that in court is practised. But why should wc A hopeful blossom. Out again. Three low Talk at such a distance? You are welcome, sir. Obcisances
[Reads. We have been more familiar; and since Fio. I am ready.
You will impose the province you
govern, Caland. I come on, then.
Of boldness on me, give me leave to say Cal. With much formality.
You are too punctual. Sit, sir, and discourse Caland. Hum! One, two, three.
As we were used.
When I obey you,
Fio. Nay, no more of this,
This worthy must be cherished. You shall o'ercome; no more, I pray you, sir.
Giov. 'Twas a bounty And what delights-pray you, be liberal
You never can repent. In your relation-hath the country life
Fio. I glory in it. Afforded you?
And when he did return, but still with conquest, Giov. All pleasures, gracious madam, His armour off, not young Antinous But the happiness to converse with your sweet Appeared more courtly; all the graces that virtues.
Render a man's society dear to ladies, I had a grave instructor, and my hours,
Like pages waiting on him; and it does Designed to serious studies, yielded me
Work strangely on me. Pleasure with profit, in the knowledge of
Giov. To divert your thoughts, What before I' was ignorant in; the signior Though they are fixed upon a noble subject, Carolo de Charomonte being skilful
I am a suitor to you. To guide me through the labyrinth of wild pas- Fio. You will ask, sions,
I do presume, what I may grant, and then That laboured to imprison my free soul,
It must not be denied. A slave to vicious sloth.
Giov. It is a favour, Fio. You speak him well.
For which, I hope, your excellence will thank me, Gioo. But short of his deserts. Then, for the Fio. Nay, without circumstance. time
Giov. That you would please Of recreation, I was allowed
To take occasion to move the duke, (Against the form followed by jealous parents That
you, with his allowance, may command In Italy) full liberty to partake
This matchless virgin, Lydia, of whom
She's such a one, upon the forfeit of
Fio. 'Tis rank, he loves her:
But I will fit him with a suit. [Aside.] I pause By the example of her life and pureness,
not, To be, as she is, excellent. I but give you As if it bred or doubt or scruple in me, A brief epitome of her virtues, which,
To do what you desire; for I'll effect it, Dilated on at large, and to their merit,
And make use of a fair and fit occasion. Would make an ample story.
Yet, in return, I ask a boon of you, Fio. Your whole age,
And hope to find you, in your grant to me, So spent with such a father, and a daughter,
As I have been to you. Could not be tedious to you.
Giov. Command me, madam. Giov. True, great princess :
Fio. 'Tis near allied to yours. That you
would And now, since you have pleased to grant the be hearing
A suitor to the duke, not to expose, Of my time's expence in the country, give me After so many trials of his faith, leave
The noble Sanazarro to all dangers,
And liberty to live in court; his arms,
And bis victorious sword and shield hung up And make a plain discovery. The duke's care For monuments. For my estate and person, holds the first
Giov. Hum! I'll embrace, fair princess, And choicest place; then, the respect the cour
Enter Cozimo. tiers Pay gladly to me, not to be contemned.
The soonest opportunity. The duke ! But that which raised in me the most delight, Coz. Nay, blush not; we smile on your priFor I'm a friend to valour, was to hear
vacy, The noble actions truly reported
And come not to disturb you. You are equals, Of the brave count Sanazarro. I profess, And, without prejudice to either's honour, When it hath been, and fervently, delivered, May make a mutual change of love and courtIlow boldly in the horror of a fight,
ship, Covered with fire and smoke, and, as if nature Till you are made one, and with holy rites; Jlad lent him wings, like lightning he hath fallen | And we give suffrage to it. UI pon the Turkish gallies, I have beard it
Giov. You are gracious. With a kind of pleasure, which hath whispered Coz. To ourself in this. But now break off: to me
Taken at once of the most curious viands, To walk a turn in the gallery, I'll acquaint
[Exit PetrucHIO. That you should keep us company.
San. Tell him, I come Fior. We attend you. [E.reunt. For a visit only.' 'Tis a handsome pile this.
(Exit SAN AZARRO. SCENE II.
Caup. Why, here is a brave fellow, and a right
one; BERNARDO, CAUPONI, PETRUCHIO.
Nor wealth nor greatness makes him proud. Bern. Is my lord stirring?
Bern. There are Caup. No, he's fast.
Too few of them; for most of our new courtiers, Pet. Let us take, then,
Whose fathers were familiar with the prices Our morning draught. Such as eat store of beef, of oil and corn, with when and where to vent Mutton, and capons, may preserve their healths
them, With that thin composition called small beer, And left their heirs rich from their knowledge As 'tis said they do in England. But Italians, That think, when they have supped upon an Like gourds shot up in a night, disdain to speak olive,
But to cloth of tissue.
Enter Carolo CHAROMONTE in a night gown, With hot and lusty wines.
PETRUCHIO following. Caup. A happiness
Car. Stand, you prating knaves, Those tramontanes ne'er tasted.
When such a guest is under my roof! See all Bern. Have they not
The rooms perfumed. This is the man that carStore of wine there?
ries Caup. Yes, and drink more in two hours, The gway and swing of the court; and I had raThan the Dutchman or the Dane in four and
Preserve him mine, with honest offices, thanPet. But what is't? French trash, made of rot- But I'll make no comparisons. Bid my daughter ten grapes,
Trim herself up to the height; I know this courAnd dregs and lees of Spain, with Welch methe- tier glin,
Must have a smack at her; and, perhaps, by his A drench to kill a horse; but this pure nectar,
place, Being proper to our climate, is too fine
Expects to wriggle further. If he does, To brook the roughness of the sea.
I shall deceive his hopes; For I'll not taint Of this begets in us quick apprehensions, My honour for the dukedom. Which way went And active executions; whereas their
he? Gross feeding makes their understanding like it. Caup. To the round gallery. They can fight, and that's their all. (They drink. Car. I will entertain him
As fits his worth and quality, but no farther. Enter SANAZARRO, and a Servant.
All ways I can imagine, for what reasons Serv. I shall, sir.
The great duke does employ me hither; and, San. I'll make bold
What does increase the miracle, I must render To press a little further.
A strict and true account, at my return, Bern. Who is this?
Of Lydia, this lord's daughter, and describe Count Sanazarro!
In what she's excellent, and where defective. Pet. Yes, I know him. Quickly
'Tis a hard task; he that will undergo Remove the flaggon.
To make a judgment of a woman's beauty, San. A good day to you, friends!
And see through all her plasterings and paintNay, do not conceal your physick; I approve it, ings, And, if you please, will be a patient with you. Had need of Lynceus' eyes, and, with more ease, Pet. My noble lord
[Drinks. May look, like him, through nine mud-walls, than San. A health to yours. Well done!
make I see you love yourselves. And I commend you ; A true discovery of her. But the intents 'Tis the best wisdom.
And secrets of iny prince's heart must be Pet. May it please your honour
Served, and not scarched into.
Enter CAROLO CHAROJONTE.
What you are pleased to wish him.
Lyd. Would 'twere so ! Car. Most noble sir,
And then there is no blessing that can make Excuse my age, subject to ease and sloth, A hopeful, and a noble prince complete, That with no greater speed I have presented But should fall on him.' 0! he was our northMy service with your welcome.
star, San. Tis more fit
The light and pleasure of our eyes.
I feel myself another thing: Can charms
Be writ on such pure rubies? Her lips melt Your hospitable house, my stay being short, too; As soon as touched ! not those smooth gales that Your goodness, and the name of friend, which glide you
O’er happy Arabia, or rich Sabæa, Are pleased to grace me with, gave me assurance Creating, in their passage, gums and spices, A visit would not offend.
Can serve for a weak simile to express Car. Offend, my lord !
The sweetness of her breath. Such a brare staI feel myself much younger for the favour. How is it with our gracious master?
Homer bestowed on Pallas, every limb San. He, sir,
Proportioned to it. Holds still his wonted greatness, and confesses Car. This is strange, my lord ! Himself your debtor for your love and care San. I crave your pardon, and yours, matchTo the prince Giovanni, and had sent
less maid : Particular thanks by me, had bis grace known
For such I must report you. The quick dispatch of what I was designed to Pet. There's no notice Would have licensed me to see you.
Taken all this while of me.
[Aside. Car. I am rich
San. And I must add, In his acknowledgment.
discourse and reason parallel San. Sir, I have heard
The rareness of your more than human form, Your happiness in a daughter.
You are a wonder. Car, Sits the wind there?
[Aside. Car. Pray you, my lord, make trial : San. Fame gives her out for a rare master- She can speak, I can assure you; and, that my piece.
presence Car." 'Tis a plain village girl, sir, but obe- May not take from her freedom, I will leave
you: That's her best beauty, sir.
For know, my lord, my confidence dares trust her San. Let my desire
Where, and with whom, she pleases. It he be To see her find a fair construction from you : Taken the right way with her, I cannot fancy I bring no loose thought with me.
A better match ; and for false play, I know Car. You are that way,
The tricks, and can discern them. Petronella ! My lord, free from suspicion. Iler own man- Pet. Yes, my good lord. ners,
Car. I have employment for you. Without an imposition from me,
[Exeunt Carolo and PETRONELLA,
Lyd. What is your will, sir?
San. Madam, you are so large a theme to I hope, will prompt her to it. As she is,
treat of, She come's to make a tender of that service And
every grace about you offers to me Which she stands bound to pay.
Such copiousness of language, that I stand San. With your fair leave,
Doubtful which first to touch at. I make bold to salute you.
As in my choice I may, let me entreat you, Lyd. Sir, you have it.
Before I do offend, to sign my pardon ; Pet. I am her gentlewoman, will not he kiss | Let this, the emblem of your innocence,
Give me assurance. This is coarse, 'faith.
Lyd. My hand joined to yours, Car. How he falls off!
Without this superstition, contirms it. Lyd. My lord, though silence best becomes a Nor need I fear you will dwell long upon me; maid,
The barrenness of the subject yielding nothing And to be curious to know but what
That rhetoric, with all her tropes and figures, Concerns myself, and with becoming distance, Can amplify. Yet, since you are resolved May argue ine of boldness, I must borrow To prove yourself a courtier in my praise, So much of modesty, as to enquire
As I'm a woman (and you men affirm Prince Giovanni's health,
Our sex loves to be flattered, I'll endure it. San. He cannot want
If I err,