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able condition I am in! The devils that worried St. Anthony were a tame set to these! My blood boils! Seized by a set of sturdy knaves, with close-masked faces, tied to a tree and left alone, but not for long-A troop of fiends, in women's garments, flocked around me, teazing and pinching, pricking and laughing at me! then like their prototypes, the untamed savages, they joined their hands, and danced and sung around their stake tied victim-Oh, how I wished myself a porcupine! at last I loosed an arm and reached my sword, they fled and have escaped me, but by all that's mischievous, I'll carbonado the first woman I meet! If I do not, why-I'll marry her. Here's one already!
Balt. No matter; tell him an old man, Who has been basely plunder'd of his child, And has perform'd a weary pilgrimage In search of justice, hopes to find it here. Serv. I will deliver this. [Exit SERVANT Balt. And he shall right me ; Or I will make his dukedom ring so loud With my great wrongs, thatJuli.
Pray be patient, sir. Balt. Where is your husband? Juli. He will come, no doubt. Count. I'll pawn my life for his appearance, quickly.
"Tis e'en so. (to BALTHAZAR.) Duke. And, what's my greater pride, this lady's husband;
Whom, having honestly redeem'd my pledge,
Giddy with youth and unrestrained fancy,
I have rebek'd too sharply; yet 'twas done,
Balt. You have done most wisely, And all my anger dies in speechless wonder. Jaq. So does all my greatness! Duke. What says my Juliana? Juli. I am lost, too In admiration, sir: my fearful thoughts Rise on a trembling wing to that rash height, Whence, growing dizzy once, I fell to earth. Yet since your goodness, for the second time, Will lift me, though unworthy, to that pitch Of greatness, there to hold a constant flight, I will endeavour so to bear myself,
That in the world's eye, and my friends' obser
And, what's far dearer, your most precious judgment
I may not shame your dukedom.
Glorious apparel, not to swell your pride,
All pleasures, all delights, that noble dames Warm their chaste fancies with, in full abundance
Shall flow upon you; and it shall go hard
Count. I'll not believe it till I see her face. Volan. It is some boy dressed up to cozen us!
Rolan. It was a boy, dressed up to cozen me! Suffice it, sirs, that being well convinc'd In what I lately was a stubborn sceptic→ That women may be reasonable creatures; And finding that your Grace, in one fair instance,
Has wrought a wond'rous reformation in them; I'm resolved to marry-(they all laugh)-for 'tis odds
(Our joint endeavours lab'ring to that end) That in another century or two
They may become endurable. (to the Duke) What say you?
Duke. Most certainly.
Rolan. Yours, sir? (To the COUNT)
Rolan. And yours? (To BALTHAZAR)
Jaq. He does not ask mine!
Rolan. Add but your blessing, sir, and we are happy!
What think you of my page?
(ZAMORA unveils, and kneels to BALTHAZAR.) Balt. Zamora !
Zam. Your daughter, sir; who trembling at your feet
Balt. Come to my heart!
You knew how deeply you were rooted there, Or scarce had ventur❜d such a frolick.
There; she is yours, sir,If you are still determined. ZAMORA goes to JULIANA and VOLANTE embracing them.
Fix'd as fate
Duke. But there hangs a woman on his Nor in so doing do I change my mind;