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Biron. me to be Bel, A E
SCENE I. The Street.
Bel. We have got our legs at liberty; and liberty is home, where'er we go; though mine lies most in England.
Biron. Pray let me call this yours: for what I can command in Brussels, you shall find your own. I have a father bere, who, perhaps after seven years absence, and costing him nothing in my travels, may be glad to see me. You know my story-How does my disguise become me?
Bel. Just as you would have it; 'tis natoral, and will conceal you.
Biron. To-morrow you shall be sure to find me here, as early as you please. This is the house, you have observed the street.
Bel. I warrant you; I han't inany visits to make before I come to you.
Biron. To-night I have some affairs that will oblige me to be private.
Bel. A good bed is the privatest affair that I desire to be engaged in to-night; your directions will carry me to my lodgings.
Sam. Why traly, friend, it is my employment to
Biron. But how shall I know whether it pleases her or do?
Sam. Why, if you'll take my word for it, you may carry your errand back again: she never pleases to see any body at this time of night, that she does not know; and by your dress and appearance, I abi sure you must be a stranger to her.
Biron. But I have business; and you don't know how that may please her.
Sam. Nay, if you have business, she is the best judge
Biron. With you, mistress, if you could help me to speak to your lady.
Nurse. Yes, sir, I can help you in a civil way: but can nobody do your business but my lady?
Biron. Not so well; but if you carry her this ring, she'll know my business better.
Nurse. There's no love-letter in it, I hope; you look like a civil gentleman. In an honest way, I may bring you an answer.
[Eril. Biron. My old nurse, only a little older since I left her. Yet there is something in these servants' folly pleases me: the cautious conduct of the family appears, and speaks in their impertinence. Well, mistress
Re-enter Nurse. Nurse. I have delivered your ring, sir! pray, heaven, you bring no bad news along with you.
Biron. Quite contrary, I hope.
Nurse. Nay, I hope so too; but my lady was very much surprised when I gave it her. Sir, I am but a servant, as a body may say; but if you'll walk in, that I may shut the doors, for we keep very orderly hours, I can show you into the parlour, and help you to an answer perhaps as soon as those that are wiser. [Erit.
Biron, I'll follow you
[Exit into the House. SCENE II. A Chamber.
Enter ISABELLA. Isa. I've heard of witches, magic spells, and charms, That have made nature start from her old course : The sun has been eclips'd, the inoon drawn down From her career, still paler, and subdu'd To the abuses of this under world! Now I believe all possible. This ring, This little ring, with necromantic force,
Has rais'd the ghost of pleasure to my fears:
Enter BIRON, introduced by the Nurse, who retires.
Biron. Have you forgot me quite ?
Biron. Oh! come again:
Isa. My husband! Biron?
Biron. Excess of love and joy, for my return,
Ik is, that!
This ecstasy has made my welcome more
Biron. Live ever in these arms.
Isa. But pardon me,
Isa. Answer me:
Biron. My best life; at leisure, all.
was preserv'd but to be made a slave:
Isa. What a world of woe
Biron. Alas! thou couldst not help me.