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'Fore Heaven. I scarce can think you are my | But I do think now I shall leave the law,

And therefore-
That so would draw me to apparent danger. Face. Why, this changes quite the case !
Face. I draw you! a horse draw you, and a Do


think that I dare move him? halter.

Dap. If you please, sir; You and your flies together.

All's one to him, I see. Dap. Nay, good captain!

Face. What! for that money?
Face. That know no difference of men. I cannot with my conscience : nor should you
Sub. Good words, sir.

Make the request, methinks.
Face. Good deeds, sir, doctor Dogs-meat. Dap. No, sir, I mean
Dap. Nay, dear captain,

To add consideration.
Use master doctor with some more respect.

Face. Why, then, sir, Face. Hang hin, proud stag, with his broad I'll try. Say that it were for all games, doctor. velvet head!

Suð. He'll draw you all the treasure of the But for your sake, I would choak, ere I would realm, change

If it be set him.
An article of breath with such a puck-foist- Face. Speak you this from art?
Come, let's be gone.

Sub. Aye, sir, and reason too, the ground of Sub. Pray you, let me speak with you.

art. Dap. His worship calls you, captain.

He is o' the only best complexion Face. I am sorry

The queen of Fairy loves. I e'er embarked myself in such a business,

Face. What! is be! Dap. Nay, good sir, he did call you.

Sub. Peace! Face. Will he take, then?

He'll over-hear you. Sir, should she but see Sub. First hear me

bimFace. Not a syllable, unless you take. .'

Face. What? Sub. Pray ye, sir

Sub. Do not you tell him. Face. Upon no terms, but an assumpsit.

Face. Will he win at cards too? Sub. Your humour must be law.

Sub. He will, he will. [He takes money.

Face. Indeed! a strange success, that some men Face. Why now, sir, talk.

should be born to ! Now I dare hear you with mine honour. Speak. Sub. He hears you, man ! So may this gentleman too.

Dap. Sir, I'll not be ungrateful. Sub. Why, sir

Face. Faith, I have contidence in his good naFace. No whispering. Sub. 'Fore Heaven, you do not apprehend the You hear, he says he will not be ungrateful. loss

Sub. Why, as you please; my venture follows You do yourself in this.

yours. Face. Whercin? For what?

Face. Troth, do it, doctor; think him trusty, Sub. Marry, to be so importunate for one,

and make him, That, when he has it, will undo you all!

He may make us both happy in an hour; He'll win up all the money i' the town,

Win some tive thousand pound, and send us two If it be set him.

on't. Face. How?

Dap. Believe it, and I will, sir. Sub. Yes, and blow up gamester after game- Face. And you shall, sir. ster,

You have heard all ? As they do crackers in a puppet-play.

Dap. No, what was't? Nothing, I, sir. If I do give him a familiar,

Face. Nothing?

[Face tukes him aside. Give

you him all you play for: never set him; Dap. A little, sir. For he will have it.

Face. Well, a rare star Face. You are mistaken, doctor.

Reigned at your birth. Why, he does ask one but for cups and horses, Dap. At mine, sir! No. A rising fly; none of your great familiars.

Face. The doctor Dap. Yes, captain, I would have it for all Swears that you are games.

Sub. Nay, captain, you'll tell all now. Sub. I told you so.

Face. Allied to the queen of Fairy. Face. 'Slight, that's a new business!

Dap. Who! that I am? I understood you, a tame bird, to fly

Believe it, no such matter.Twice in a term, or so, on Friday nights,

Face. Yes, and that When you had left the office, for a nag

You were born with a cawl o' your head. Of forty or fifty shillings.

Dap. Who says so ? Dap. Aye, 'tis true, sir;

Face. Come;

ture :

your friend,

You know it well enough, though you dissemble it. | To sharpen your five senses, and cry hum

Dap. I' fac, I do not; you are mistaken, Thrice, and buz as often; and then come.
Face, How !

Fuce. Can you remember this?
Swear by your fac! and in a thing so known Dap. I warrant you.
Unto the doctor! How shall we, sir, trust you Face. Well, then, away. 'Tis but your be-
In the matter? Can we ever think,

stowing When you have won five or six thousand pound, Some twenty nobles 'mong her grace's servants, You'll send us shares in't, by this rate?

And put on a clean shirt; you do not know Dap. By Jove, sir,

What grace her grace may do you in clean linen. I'll win ten thousand pound, and send you half. Dap. Hum-buz.

Erit. I-fac's no oath.

Face. Hum-buz.

[Erit. Sub. No, no, be did but jest.

Sub, Come in.
Face. Go to. Go thank the doctor. He's

To take it so.
Dap. I thank his worship.

Drug: (Within.] I will see the doctor.
Face. Do you think that will do ? No, no; Sub. Good wives, I pray you forbear me now:
Give him another angel.

Troth, I can do you no good till afternoon, Dap. Must I?

What is your name, say you? Abel Drugger? Face. Must you ! 'Slight,

Drug. Yes, sir. What else is thanks? Will you be trivial? Doc- Sub. A seller of tobacco? tor,

Drug. Yes, sir. When must he come for his familiar?

Sub. Umh. Dap. Shall I not ha' it with me?

Free of the grocers? Sub. Oh, good sir !

Drug. Yes, I'm free of the grocers.
There must a world of ceremonies pass;

Sub. Well-
You must be bathed and fumigated first; Your business, Abel ?
Besides, the queen of Fairy does not rise

Drug. This, an't please your worship.
Till it be noon.

I am a young beginner, and am building Face. Not if she danced to-night.

Of a new shop, an't like your worship, just Sub. And she must bless it.

At corner of a street (here is the plot on't); Face. Did you never see

And I would know, by art, sir, of your worship, Her royal grace yet?

Which way I should make my door, by necroDap. Whom?

mancy, Face. Your aunt of Fairy.

And where my shelves; and which should be for Sub. Not since she kissed him in the cradle, boxes, captain;

And which for pots. I would be glad to thrive, sir, I can resolve you that.

And I was wished to your worship by a gentleFace. Well, see her grace, Whate'er it cost you, for a thing that I know. One captain Face, that says you know men's It will be somewhat hard to compass; but,

planets, However, see her. You are made, believe it, And their good angels, and their bad. If you can see her. Her grace is a lone woman,

Sub. I do, And very rich; and if she take a phantasy,

If I do see them.
She will do strange things. See her, at any

Enter Face
Slid, she may hap to leave you all she has !
It is the doctor's fear.

Face. What! my honest Abel!
Dap. How will't be done, then?

Thou art well met here.
Face. Let me alone, take you no thought. Do Drug. Troth, sir, I was speaking,

Just as your worship came here, of your worBut say to me, captain, I'll see her grace.

ship. Dap. Captain, I'll see her grace.

I pray you speak for me to master doctor. Face. Enough.

Face. He shall do any thing. Doctor, do you Sub. Who's there? [One knocks without.

Anon. Conduct him forth by the back way. This is my friend, Abel, an honest fellow :
Sir, against one o'clock prepare yourself; He lets me have good tobacco, and he
Till when, you must be fasting ; only take Does not sophisticate it.
Three drops of vinegar in at your nose,

Drug. No, I never sophisticate.
Two at your mouth, and one at either ear;

Face. He's a neat, spruce, honest fellow, and Then bathe your finger's ends, and wash your

no goldsınith. eyes,

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Sub. He's a fortunate fellow, that I am sure Face. That's a secret, Nab.

Sub. And, on your stall, a puppet, with a vice, Face. Already, sir, have you found it ! Look And a court-fucus to call city-dames. thee, Abel!

You shall deal much with minerals. Sub. And in right way towards riches

Drug. Sir, I have Face. Sir?

At home already. Sub. This summer

Sub. Ay, I know, you have arsnike, He will be of the clothing of his company, Vitriol, salt-tartre, argale, alkaly, And next spring called to the scarlet, spend Cinoper : I know all. This fellow, captain, what he can.

Will come, in time, to be a distiller, Face. What, and so little beard?

And give a say (I will not say directly, Sub. You must think,


very fair) at the Philosopher's Stone. He

may have a receipt to make hair come : Face. Why, how now, Abel! is this true? But he'll be wise, preserve his youth, and fine Drug. Good captain, for it;

What must I give? His fortune looks for him another way.

Face. Nay, I'll not counsel thee. Face. 'Slid, dostor, how canst thou know this Thou hear'st what wealth (he says spend what So soon?

thou canst) I am amazed at that!

Thou art like to come to. Sub. By a rule, captain,

Drug. I would give him a crown. In metaposcopy, which I do work by ;

Face. A crown! and towards such a fortune? A certain star in the forehead, which you sce not. Heart, Your chesnut, or your olive-coloured face, Thou shalt rather give him thy shop. No gold Does never fail : and your long ear doth pro

about thee? mise.

Drug. Yes, I have a Portague, I have kept I knew it, by certain spots too, in his teeth, And on the nail of his mercurial finger.

Face. Out on thee, Nab. 'Slight, there was Face. What finger's that?

such an offer! Sub. His little finger. Look,

'Shalt keep it no longer, I'll gi' it him for thee. You were born upon a Wednesday?

Drug. Will ye? Drug. Yes, indeed sir, and so I

Face. Doctor, Nab prays your worship to Sub. The thumb, in chiromancy, we give Ve- drink this, and swears nus;

He will appear more grateful, as your skill
The fore-finger, to Jove; the midst to Saturn; Does raise him in the world.
The ring, to Sol; the least, to Mercury;

Drug. I would intreat
Who was the lord, sir, of his horoscope,

Another favour of your worship. His house of life being Libra; which foreshewed Face. What is it, Nab? He should be a merchant, and should trade with Drug. But to look over, sir, my almanack, balance.

And cross out my ill days, that I may neither Face. Why this is strange? Is it not, hopest Bargain nor trust upon them. Nah?

Face. That he shall, Nab. Drug. Yes, very strange.

Leave it; it shall be done, 'gainst afternoon. Sub. There is a ship now, coming from Ormus, Sub. And a direction for his shelves, That shall yield him such a commodity

Face. Now, Nab,
Of drugs-
-Come hither, Abel;

Art thou well pleased, Nab?
This is the west, and this is the south.

Drug. Thank, sir, both your worships. [Looking at the plan. I am a made man.

[Erit, Drug. Yes, sir.

Face. Away. Sub. And those are your two sides?

Why, now you smoaky prosecutor of nature ! Drug. Aye, sir.

Now do you see, that something's to be done, Sub. Make me your door, then, south; your Beside your beech-coal, and your cor’sive wabroadside, west :

ters, And, on the east side of your shop, aloft, Your crosslets, crucibles, and cucurbites ? Write Mathlai, Tarınael, and Baraborat: You must have stuff brought home to you, to Upon the north-part, Rael, Velel, Thiel.

work on? They are the names of those mercurial spirits, And yet, you think, I am at no expence, That do fright flies from boxes.

In searching out these veins, then following them, Drug. Yes, sir.

Then trying them out. 'Fore God, my intelliSub. And

gence Beneath your threshold, bury me a loadstone, Costs me more money than my

share oft comes to To draw in gallants, that wear spurs; the rest In these rare works. They'll seem to follow.

Sub. You are pleasant, sir. How now?

Enter Dol.
Face. What says my dainty Dolkin?

Dol. Yonder fishwife
Will not away. And there's your giantess,
The bawd of Lambeth.

Sub. Heart, I cannot speak with them.
Dol. Not afore night, I have told them, in a

Through the trunk, like one of your familiars.
But I have spied sir Epicure Mammon.

Sub. Where?

Dol. Coming along, at far end of the lane, Slow of his feet, but earnest of his tongue,


that's with him.
Sub. Face, go you, and shift.
Dol, you must presently make ready too-

Dol. Why, what's the matter?

Sub. Oh, I did look for him
With the sun's rising: marvel, he could sleep!
This is the day I am to perfect for him
The Magisterium, our great-work, the stone;
And yield it, made, into his hands; of which
He has this month talked, as he were possessed.
He's in belief of chemistry so bold,
If his dream last, he'll turn the age to gold.



thank you,

and by.


Give safety, valour, yea, and victory,

To whom he will. În eight and twenty days, Enter Mammon and Surly.

I'll make an old man of fourscore a child. Alam. Come on, sir. Now you set your foot Sur. No doubt; he's that already. on shore

Mam. Nay, I mean, In novo orbe ; here's the rich Peru :

Restore his years, renew him, like an eagle, And there within, sir, are the golden mines, To the fifth age; make him get sons and daughGreat Solomon's Ophir ! He was sailing to't

ters, Three years, but we have reached it in ten Become stout Marses, and beget young cupids. months.

Sur. The decayed vestals of Drury-Lane would
This is the day, wherein, to all my friends,
I will pronounce the happy word, Be rich. That keep the fire alive there.
This day you shall be spectatissimi,

Mam. 'Tis the secret
And have your punques, and punquetees, my of Nature, naturized 'gainst all infections,

Cures all diseases coming of all causes ;
And unto thee, I speak it first, Be rich. Face, A month's grief in a day; a year's in twelve;
Where is my Subtle, there! Within, ho! And of what age soever, in a month.
Face. Within.] Sir, he'll come to you, by Past all the dozes of your drugging doctors.

You're still incredulous ? Mam. That's his fire-drake,

Sur. Faith I have a humour, His lungs, his Zephirus; he, that puffs his coals, I would not willingly be gulled. Your stone Till he firk Nature up in her own centre. Cannot transmute me. You are doubtful, sir. This night, I'll change Mum. Surly, All that is metal, in my house, to gold.

Will you believe antiquity? Records? And, early in the morning, will I send

I'll shew you a book, where Moses, and his sister, To all the plumbers, and the pewterers, And Solomon, have written of the art; And buy their tin, and lead up; and to Loth- Aye, and a treatise penned by Adam. bury,

Sur. How ! For all the copper.

Mam. Of the philosopher's stone, and in high Sur. What, and turn that too?

Dutch. Mam. Yes, and I'll purchase Devonshire and Sur. Did Adam, write, sir, in high Dutch ? Cornwall,

Mam. He did. And make them perfect Indies ! you admire now? Which proves it was the primitive tongue. How Sur. No, faith.

now? Mam. But when you see the effects of the

Enter Face. great medicine, You will believe me?

Do we succeed; Is our day come? and holds it? Sur. Yes, when I see it, I will.

Face. The evening will set red upon you, sir : Mam. Why,

You have colour for it, crimson : the red ferment Do you think, I fable with you? I assure you, Has done his office; three hours hence, prepare He that has once the flower of the sun,

you The perfect ruby, which we call Elixir,

To see projection.
Not only can do that, but by its virtue,

Mam. My Surly,
Can conter honour, love, respect, long life, Again, I say to thee, aloud, be rich;


This day, thou shalt have ingots; and, to-mor- | My foot-boy shall eat pheasants, calvered salrow,

mons, Give lords the affront. Is it, my Zephirus, right? Knots, godwits, lampreys: I myself will have Blushes the bolt's-head?

The beards of barbels served instead of sallads; Fuce. Like a wench with child, sir,

Oiled mushrooms, That were, but now, discovered to her master. Dressed with an exquisite and poignant sauce; Mam. Excellent witty, Lungs ! My only care For which, I'll say unto my cook, there's gold, is,

Go forth, and be a knight. Where to get stuff enough now, to project on. Face. Sir, I'll go look This town will not half serve me.

A little, how it heightens.

[Exit. Face. No, sir? Buy

Mam. Do. My shirts The covering off o' churches,

I'll have of taffata-sarsnet, soft and light Mam. That's true.

As cob-webs; and for all my other raiment, Face. Yes,

It shall be such as might provoke the Persian, Let them stand bare, as do their auditory; Were he to teach the world riot anew. Or cap them new with shingles.

My gloves of fishes and birds-skins, perfumed Mam. No, good thatch :

With gums of paradise and eastern airThatch will lie light upon the rafters, Lungs. Sur. And do you think to have the stone with Lungs, I will manumit thee from the furnace;

this? I will restore thee thy complexion, Puffe,

Mam. No, I do think to have all this with the Lost in the embers; and repair this brain, Hurt wi' the fume o' the metals.

Sur. Why, I have heard, he must be homo Face. I have blown, sir,

frugi, Hard for your worship; these bleared eyes A pious, holy, and religious man, Have waked, to read your several colours, sir ;

One free from mortal sin, a very virgin. Of the pale citron, the green lion, the crow, Mam. That makes it, sir; he is so. But I buy The peacock's tail, the plumed swan.

it. Mam. And lastly,

My venture brings it me. He, honest wretch, Thou hast descryed the flower?

A notable, superstitious, good soul, Face. Yes, sir.

Has worn his knees bare, and his slippers bald, Mum. Where's master?

With prayer and fasting for it; and, sir, let him Face. At his prayers, sir : he,

Do it alone, for me, still. Here he comes. Good man, he's doing his devotions,

Not a prophanc word, afore him! 'tis poison. For the success.

Mam. Lungs, I will set a period
To all thy labours: thou shalt be the master Good-morrow, father.
Of my seraglio.

Sub. Gentle son, good-morrow!
For [ do mean

And to your friend there. What is he is with To have a list of wives and concubines, Equal with Solomon, who had the stone

Mam. An heretic that I did bring along, Alike with me:

In hope, sir, to convert him. Thou art sure thou saw'st it, blood ?

Sub. Son, I doubt Fuce. Both blood and spirit, sir.

You are covetous, that thus you meet your time Mam. I will have all my beds blown up; not l' the just point : prevent your day, at morning! stuffed ;

This argues something, worthy of a fear Down is too hard,

Of importane, and carnal appetite; (Is it arrived at ruby?).

Take heed, you do not cause the blessing leave A wealthy citizen, or a rich lawyer,

you, Have a sublimed pure wife, unto that fellow With your ungoverned haste. I should be sorry I'll send a thousand pounds, to be my cuckold. To see my labours, now e'en at perfection, Face. And shall I carry it?

Got by long watching, and large patience
Mam. No, I'll have no bawds,


love and zeal hath placed But fathers and mothers. They will do it best,

thein. Best of all others. And my fatterers

Which, in all my ends, Shall be the pure, and gravest of divines, Have looked no way, but unto public good, That I can get for money. My meet fools, To pious uses, and dear charity, Eloquent burgesses.

Now grown a prodigy with men. Wherein We will be brave, Puffe, now we have the medi- If you, my son, should now prevaricate, cine.

And to your own particular lusts employ My meat shall all come in, in Indian shells. So great and catholic a bliss, be sure, Dishes of agate set in gold, and studded

A curse will follow, yea, and overtake With emeralds, saphirs, hyacinths, and rubies. Your subtle, and most secret ways.


-Where I spy

where my

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