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With such as are more glorious. Though I never San. Such Læda's breasts were,

Did injury, yet I am sensible

[Turns from her. When I'm contemned, and scorned.
Down pillows styled by Jove : And their pure San. Will you please to hear me ?
whiteness

Lyd. O the difference of natures! Giovanni,
Shames the swan's down, or snow. No heat of lust A prince in expectation, when he lived here,
Swells up her ́azure veins. And yet I feel Stole courtesy from fleaven, and would not, to
That this chaste ice, but touched, fans fire in me. The meanest servant in my father's house,
Lyd. You need not, noble sir, be thus trans Have kept such distance.
ported,

San. Pray you, do not think me
Of trouble your invention to express

Unworthy of your ear: It was your beauty Your thought of me: The plainest phrase and That turned me statue.—I can speak, fair lady. language

Lyd. And I can hear. The harshness of your That you can use, will be too high a strain

courtship
For such an humble theme.

Cannot corrupt my courtesy.
Sun. If the great duke

San. Will you hear me,
Made this his end to try my constant temper, If I speak of love?
Though I am ranquished, 'tis his fault, not mine; Lyd. Provided you be modest ;
For I am flesh and blood, and have affections I were uncivil, else.
Like other men. Who can behold the temples, Car. They are come to parley:
Or holy altars, but the objects work

I must observe this nearer.

(Carolo descends. Devotion in him? And I may as well

San. You're a rare one,
Walk over burning iron with bare feet,

And such (but that my haste commands me
And be unscorched, as look upon this beauty

hence)
Without desire, and that desire pursued, too, I could converse with ever. Will you grace me
Till it be quenched with the enjoying those With leave to visit you again?
Delights, which to atchieve, danger is nothing, Lyd. So you,
And loyalty but a word.

[Aside. At your return to court, do me the favour
Lyd. I ne'er was proud;

To make a tender of my humble service
Nor can I find I'm guilty of a thought

To the prince Giovanni.
Deserving this neglect and strangeness from you. San. Ever touching
Nor am I amorous-

Upon that string? And will you give me hope
San. Suppose his greatness

of future happiness?
Loves her himself, why makes he choice of me Lyd. That, as I shall find you.
To be his agent? It is tyranny

The fort, that's yielded at the first assault,
To call one, pinched with hunger, to a feast, Is hardly worth the taking.
And at that instant cruelly deny him
To taste of what he sees. Allegiance,

Enter Carolo.
Tempted too far, is like the trial of

Car. O! they are at it.
A good sword on an anvil : as that often

San. She is a magazine of all perfection,
Flies in pieces without service to the owner; And 'tis death to part from her; yet I must-
So trust, enforced too far, proves treachery,

[ Aside And is too late repented.

(Aside. A parting kiss, fair maid.
Lyd. Pray you, sir,

Lyd. That custom grants you.
Or license me to leave you, or deliver

Car. A homely breakfast does attend your
The reasons which invite you to command

lordship,
My tedious waiting on you.

Such as the place affords.
Car. As I live,

San. No; I have feasted
I know not what to think on't. Is't his pride, Already here. My thanks, and so I leare you:
Or his simplicity?

I will see you again. Till this unhappy hour
San. Whither have my thoughts

I ne'er was lost; and what to do, or say,
Carried me from myself? In this my dulness, I have not yet determined. (Exit SANAZARRO.
I've lost an opportunity. (He turns to her. Car. Gone so abruptly?
Lyd. 'Tis true,

(She falls off. 'Tis very strange !
I was not bred in court, nor live a star there; Lyd. Under your favour, sir,
Nor shine in rich embroideries and pearl, His coming hither was to little purpose
As they, that are the mistresses of great fortunes, For any thing I heard from him.
Are every day adorned with.

Car. Take heed, Lydia !
San. Will you vouchsafe

I do advise you with a father's love,
Your ear, sweet lady?

And tenderness of your honour; as I would not
Lyd. Yet I may be bold,

Have you coarse and harsh in giving entertainFor my integrity and fame, to rank

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So, by no means be credulous. For great men,
Till they have gained their ends, are giants in
Their promises; but, those obtained, weak pigmies
In their performance. And it is a maxim
Allowed among them, so they may deceive,
They may swear any thing; for the queen of love,
As they hold constantly, does never punish,
But smile at lovers' perjuries.—Yet be wise, too;

And, when you are sued to in a noble way,
Be neither nice nor scrupulous.

Lyd. All you speak, sir,
I hear as oracles; nor will digress
From your directions.

Car. So shall you kecp
Your fame untainted.

Lyd. As I would my life, sir. [Ereunt.

ACT III.

.

you careful

SCENE I.

Cannot o'erreach a youth, my practice yields me

But little profit.
Enter SANAZARRO and Servant.

Enter GIOVANNI and the Servant.
San. Leave the horses with my grooms; but be

Giov. You are well returned, sir. With your best diligence and speed, to find out

San. Leave us. When that your grace shall The prince, and humbly in my name entreat him know the motives I may exchange soine private conference with him, That forced me to invite you to this trouble, Before the great duke know of my arrival. You will excuse my manners. (Erit servant. Serv. I haste, my lord.

Giov. Sir, there needs not Sun. Here I'll attend his coming ;

This circumstance between us. You are ever And see you keep yourself, as much as may be, My noble friend. Corcealed from all men else.

San. You shall have further cause Sero. To serve your lordship,

To assure you of my faith and zeal to serve you. I wish I were invisible.

[Erit servant. And, when I have committed to your trust San. I am driven

(Presuming still on your retentive silence) Into a desperate straight, and cannot steer A secret of no less importance than A middle course; and, of the two extremes My honour, nay, my head, it will confirm Which I must make election of, I know not What value you hold with ine. Which is inore full of horror. Never servant Giov. Pray you believe, sir, Stood more engaged to a magnificent master, What you deliver to me, shall be locked up Than I to Cozimo. And all those honours In a strong cabinet, of which you yourself And glories, by his grace conferred upon me, Shall keep the key. For here I pawn my honour, Or by my prosperous services deserved,

(Which is the best security I can give yet) If now I should deceive his trust, and make It shall not be discovered. A shipwreck of my loyalty, are ruined.

San. This assurance And, on the other side, if I discover

Is more than I with modesty could demand Lydia's divine perfections, all my hopes Froin such a paymaster; but I must be sudden, In ber are sunk, never to be buoyed up: And therefore to the purpose. Can your excelFor 'tis impossible, but as soon as seen,

lence, She must with adoration be sued to.

In your imagination, conceive
A hermit at his beads, but looking on her, On what design, or whither, the duke's will
Or the cold cynic, whom Corinthian Lais, Commanded me hence iast night?
Not inoved with her lust's blandishments, called Giov. No, I assure you;
a stone,

And it had been a rudeness to enquire
At this object would take fire. Nor is the duke of that I was not called to.
Such an Hippolitus, but that this Phædra,

San. Grant me hearing.
But seen, must force him to forsake the groves And I will make you understand
And Dian's huntinanship, proud to serve under It only did concern you.
Venus' soft ensigns. No, there is no way

Giov. Me, my lord?
For me to hope fruition of my ends,

San. You, in your present state, and future But to conceal her beauties--and how that

fortunes ; May be effected, is as hard a task

For both lie at the stake. As with a veil to cover the sun's beams,

Gior. You much amaze me! Or comfortable light. Three years the prince Pray you, resolve this riddle. Lived in her company, and Contarino,

San. You kuow the duke,
The secretary, hath possessed the duke

If he die issueless (as yet he is)
What a rare piece she is.--But he's my creature, Determines you bis heir.
And may with ease be frighted to deny

Givo. It hath pleased his highness
What he hath said. And, if my long experience, Oft to profess so much.
With some strong reasons I have thought upon, Sun. But say he should

struct me.

are,

Be won to prove a second wise, on whom With whom, and on what terms ? pray you, in-
He may beget a son, how, in a moment,
Will all those glorious expectations, which San. With the fair Lydia.
Render you reverenced and remarkable,

Gioo. Lydia !
Be in a moment blasted, howe'er you are

San. The daughter His much-beloved sister's son?

Of signior Charomonte, Gioc. I must bear it

Giov. Pardon me,
With patience, and in me it is a duty

Though I appear incredulous; for, on
That I was born with; and 'twere much unfit My knowledge, he ne'er saw her.
For the receiver of a benefit

Sun. That is granted :
To offer, for his own ends, to prescribe

But Contarino hath so sung her praises, Laws to the giver's pleasure.

And given her out for such a master-piece, San. Sweetly answered,

That he's transported with it, sir. And love And like your noble selt. This your rare temper Steals sometimes through the ear, into the heart, So wins upon me, that I would not live

As well as by the eye. The duke no sooner (If that by bonest arts I can prevent it)

Heard her described, but I was sent in post To see your hopes made frustrate, And but think To see her, and return my judgment of her. How you shall be transformed from what you Giov. And what's your censure?

San. 'Tis a pretty creature,
Should this (as Ileaven avert it) ever happen; Giov, She's very fair.
It must disturb your peace. For whereas now, San. Yes, yes, I have seen worse fac
Being, as you are, received for the heir apparent, Giov. Her limbs are neatly formed.
You are no soover seen, but wondered at;

San. She hath a waist
The signiors making it a business to

Indeed, sized to love's wish, Enquire how you have slept; and as you walk Giov. A delicate hand, too. The streets of Florence, the glad multitude, San. Then for a leg and footIn throngs, press but to see you, and with joy Giov. And there I leave you, The father, pointing with his finger, tells For I presumed no farther. His son, this is the prince, the hopeful prince, San. As she is, sir, That must hereafter rule, and you obey him. I know she wants no gracious part that may Great ladies beg your picture, and make love Allure the duke; and if he only see her, To that, despairing to enjoy the substance ; She is his own. He will not be denied, And, but the last night, when 'twas only ru- And then you're lost. Yet, if you'll second me, moured

(As you have reason, for it most concerns you) That you were come to court (as if you had I can prevent all yet. By sea past bither from another world)

Gioa. I would you could, What general shouts and acclamations followed! A noble

way: The bells rang loud, the bonfires blazed, and such San. I will cry down her beauties, As loved not wine, carousing to your health, Especially the beauties of her mind, Were drunk, and blushed not at it : And is this As much as Contarino hath advanced them; A happiness to part with?

And this, I hope, will breed forgetfulness, Gior. I allow these

And kill affection in him. But you must As flourishes of fortune, with which princes Join with me in my report,

if

you be questioned. Are often soothed, but never yet esteemed them Giov. I never told a lie yet, and I hold it For real blessings.

In some degree blasphemous, to dispraise
San. Yet all these were paid

What's worthy admiration. Yet, for once,
To what you may be, not to what you are; I will dispraise a little, and not vary
For if the great duke but shew to his servants From your relation,
A son of his own, you shall, like one obscure, San. Be constant in it.
Pass unregarded.

Enter ALPHONSO.
Giov. I confess, command
Is not to be contemned; and if my fate

Alph. My lord, the duke hath seen your man Appoint me to it, as I may, I'll bear it

and wonders With willing shoulders. But, my lord, as yet, You've told me of a danger coming towards me,

Enter Cozīmo, CONTARINO, and attendants. But have not named it.

You come not to him. See, if his desire San. That is soon delivered.

To have conference with you, hath not brought Great Cozimo, your uncle, as I more

Him hither in his own person.
'Than guess (for 'tis no frivolous circumstance Coz. They are comely coursers,
That does persuade my judgment to believe it) And promise swiftness.
Purposes to be married.

Con. They are, of my knowledge,
Giov. Married, sir !

Of the best race in Naples.

LITO.

seen

Coz. You are, nephew,

That I should contradict him. I am dim, sir; As I hear, an excellent horseman, and we like it. But he's sharp-sighted. 'Tis a fair grace in a prince. Pray you, make San. This is to my wish.

[Aside. trial

Coz. We know not what to think of this; yet Of their strength and speed, and, if you

think

would not them fit For your employment, with a liberal hand

Enter GIOVANNI, HIPPOLITO, and LODOVICO Reward the gentleman, that did present them From the viceroy of Naples.

Determine rashly of it. How do you like Gioo. I will use

My nephew's horsemanship? My best endeavour, sir.

Hip. In my judgment, sir, [Ereunt GiovanNI, Alphonso, and HIPPO It is exact and rare.

Alph. And, to my fancy.
Coz. Wait on my nephew.

He did present great Alexander, mounted
Nay, stay you, Contarino; be within call; On his Bucephalus.
It may be we shall use you. You have rode Coz. You are right courtiers,
hard, sir,

And know it is your duty to cry up
And we thank you for it. Every minute seems All actions of a prince.
Irksume and tedious to us, till you have

San. Do not betray
Made your discovery. Say, friend, have you Yourself; you're safe; I've done my part.

(Aside to GIOVANNI. This phoenix of our age?

Giov. I thank you ; San. I have seen a maid, sir;

Nor will I fail. But, if that I have judgment, no such wonder

Coz. What's your opinion, nephew, As she was delivered to you.

Of the horses? Coz. This is strange!

Giov. Two of them are, in my judgment, San. But certain truth. It may be, she was The best I ever backed : I mean the roan, sir, looked on

And the brown bay; but for the chesnut coWith admiration in the country, sir :

loured, But, if compared with many in your court, Though he be full of metal, hot, and fiery, She would appear but ordinary.

He treads weak in his pasterns. Coz. Contarino

Coz. So, come nearer; Reports her otherwise.

This exercise hath put you into a sweat ; San. Such as ne'er saw swans,

Take this, and dry it: and now I command you May think crows beautiful.

To tell me truly, what's your censure of Čoz. How is her behaviour?

Charomonte's daughter, Lydia? San. 'Tis like the place she lives in.

Giov.

am, sir, Coz. How her wit,

A novice in my judgment of a lady; Discourse, and entertainment?

But, such as it is, your grace shall have it freely. San. Very coarse;

I would not speak ill of her, and am sorry,
I would not willingly say poor and rude: If I keep myself a friend to truth, I cannot
But, had she all the beauties of fair women, Report her as I would, so much I owe
The dulness of her soul would fright me from Her reverend father : but I'll give you, sir,
her.

As near as I can, her character in little. Coz. You are curious, sir. I know not what She's of a goodly stature, and her limbs to think on't.

Not disproportioned. For her face, it is Contarino!

Far from deformity ; yet they flatter her Con. Sir.

That style it excellent. Her manners are Coz. Where was thy judgment, man,

Simple and innocent; but her discourse To extol a virgin Sanazarro tells me

And wit deserve my pity, more than praise. Is nearer to deformity ?

At the best, my lord, she is a handsome picSan. I saw her,

ture : And curiously perused her; and I wonder And, that said, all is spoken. That she, that did appear to me, that know

Coz. I believe you; What beauty is, not worthy the observing, I ne'er yet found you false. Should so transport you.

Giov. Nor ever shall, sir.Con. 'Troth, my lord, I thought then

Forgive ine, matchless Lydia! too much love, Coz. Thought ? didst thou not affirm it? And jealous fear to lose thee, do compel ine, Con. I confess, sir,

Against my will, my reason, and my knowledge, I did believe so then ; but, now I hear

To be a poor detracter of that beauty, My lord's opinion to the contrary,

Which fluent Ovid, if he lived again, I ain of another faith ; for 'tis not fit

Would want words to express.

(Aside.

not

Coz. Pray you, make choice of

With zeal and vehemence; and even when, The richest of our furniture for these horses; With his best words, he strived to set her forth,

[To SANAZARRO. Though the rare subject made him eloquent, And take my nephew with you ; we, in this, He would complain, all he could say came short Will follow his directions.

Of her deservings. Gico. Could I find now

Cos. Pray you, bave patience. The princess Fiorinda, and persuade her This was strangely carried.--Ha! are we trifled To be silent in the suit that I moved to her,

with? All were secure.

Dare they do this? Is Cozimo's fury, that San. In that, my lord, I'll aid you.

Of late was terrible, grown contemptible? Coz. We will be private; leave us. All my Well; we will clear our brows, and undermine

studies (E.reunt all but Cozimo. Their secret works, though they have digged like And serious meditations aim no farther

moles, Than this young man's good. He was my sister's And crush them with the tempest of my wrath son,

When I appear most calm; he is unfit And she was such a sister, when she lived, To command others, that knows not to use it, I could not prize too much; nor can I better And with all rigour. Yet my stern looks shall Make known how dear I hold her memory, Than in my cherishing the only issue

Discover my intents; for I will strike Which she hath left behind her. Who's that? When I begin to frown. [Aside.] You are the

mistress Enter FIORINDA.

Of that you did demand.
Fio. Sir.

Fior. 'I thank your highness;
Coz. My fair charge, you are welcome to us. But speed in the performance of the grant
Fio. I have found it, sir.

Doubles the favour, sir.
Coz. All things go well in Urbin?

Coz. You shall possess it sooner than you Fio. Your gracious care to me, an orphan, expect; frees me

Only be pleased to be ready when my secretary From all suspicion that my jealous fears Waits upon you, to take the fresh air. My Can drive into my fancy.

nephew! Coz. The next summer

And my bosom friend, so to cheat me? 'Tis not In our own person, we will bring you thither,

fair!

(Aside. And seat you in your own.

Enter GIOVANNI and SANAZARRO. Fio. When you think fit, sir. But, in the mean time, with your highness' par- San. Where should this princess be? Not in don,

her lodgings, I am a suitor to you.

Nor in the private walks, her own retreat, Coz. Name it, madam,

Which she so much frequented ? With confidence to obtain it.

Giov. By my life, Fio. That you would please

She's with the duke ; and I much more than To lay a strict command on Charomonte,

fear, To bring his daughter Lydia to the court : Her forwardness to prefer my suit hath ruined And, pray you, think, sir, that 'tis not my pur- What, with such care, we built up. pose

Coz. Have furnished
To employ her as a servant, but to use her Those coursers, as we willed you?
As a most wished companion.

San. There's no sign
Coz. Ha ! your reason?

Of anger in his looks.

Aside, Fio. The hopeful prince, your nephew, sir, Giod. They are complete, sir. hath given her

Coz. 'Tis well. To your rest. Soft sleeps To me for such an abstract of perfection

wait on you, madam; In all that can be wished for in a virgin, To-morrow, with the rising of sun, As beauty, music, ravishing discourse,

Be ready to ride with us. They with more Quickness of apprehension, with choice man- safety ners

Had trod on fork-tongued adders, than provoked And learning, too, not usual with women,

[Exit Cozimo. That I am much ambitious (though I shall

Fior. I come not to be thanked, sir, for the Appear but as a foil to set her off)

speedy To be from her instructed, and supplied Performance of my promise touching Lydia; In what I am defective.

It is effected. Coz. Did my nephew

San. We are undonc. Seriously deliver this?

Fior. The duke Fior. I assure your grace,

No sooner heard me, with my best of language,

you

me.

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