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That could forget this?

[Aside. Mar. Your worship has the way on't, and Well. I confess you made him

ne'er miss Master of your estate; nor could your friends, To squeeze these unthrifts into air; and yet Though he brought no wealth with bim, blame The chop-fall’n justice did his part, returning

For your advantage the certificate, For he had a shape, and to that shape a mind Against his conscience and his knowledge too Made up of all parts, either great or noble; (With your good favour), to the ulter ruin So winning a behaviour, not to be

Of the poor farmer. Resisted, madam.

Sir G. 'Twas for these good ends Lady A. 'Tis most true, he had.

I made him a justice. He that bribes his belly, Well. For his sake then, in that I was his Is certain to command his soul. Do not contemn me.

[friend, Mar. I wonder Lady A. For what's past excuse me; Why, your worship having I will redeem it. [Offers him her Pocket-book. The power to put ibis thin gut in commission, Well. Madam, on no terms:

You are not in't yourself. I will not beg nor borrow sixpence of you; Sir G. Thou art a fool; But be supplied elsewhere, or want thus ever. In being out of office I am out of danger; Only one suit I make: pray give me leave, Where, if I were a justice, besides the trouble, [Lady Allworth signs to the Servants to retire. I might, or out of wilfulness or error, I will not tire your patience with relation Run myself finely into a premunire; Of the bad arts my uncle Overreach And so become a prey to the informer. Still forg'd, to strip me of my fair possessions; No, I'll have none ofi: 'tis enough I keep Nor how he shuts the door upon my want. Greedy at my devotion: so he serve Would you but vouchsafe,

My purposes, let bim hang, or damn, I care not; To your dead husband's friend, such feigned Friendship is but a word. As might beget opinion in sir Giles [grace Mar. You are all wisdom, Of a true passion toward me, you would see Sir G. I would be worldly wise; for the In the mere thought to prey on me again

other wisdom, He'd turn my friend,

That does prescribe us a well-govern'd life, Quit all my owings, set me truly forth, And to do right to others as ourselves, And furnish'd well with gold; which I should use, I value not an atom, I trust, to your no shame, lady, but live Mar. What course take you Ever á debtor to your gentleness.

(With your good patience), to hedge in the Lady A. What, nothing else? Well. Nothing, unless you please to charge of your good neighbour, Mr. Frugal? As your servants

'tis said, To throw away a little respect upon me, He will nor sell, nor borrow, nor exchange;

Lady A. What you demand is yours. And his land lying in the midst of your many Respect this gentleman as 't were myself.

lordships, [To the Servants. Is a foul blemish. Adieu, dear master Wellborn;

Sir G. I have thought on't, Marrall, Pray let me see you with your oft'nest means. And it shall take. I must have all men sellers, Well. Your honour's servant.

And I the only purchaser. [Kisses her Hand. Exit Lady Allworth. Mar. 'Tis most fit, sir. Now what can be wrought out of such a suit Sir G. I'll therefore buy some cottage near Is yet in supposition. (Servants bow] Nay,

his manor; all's forgotten;

Which done, I'll make my men break ope' And for a lucky omen to my project,

his fences, Shake hands, and end all quarrels in the cellar. Ride o'er his standing corn, and in the right Order. Agreed, agreed.

Set fire to his barns, or break his cattle's legs. Fur. Still merry, Mr. Wellborn? These trespasses draw on suits, and suits [Exeunt Servants.

expenses; Well. Well, faith, a right worthy and a Which I can spare, but will soon beggar him. liberal lady,

When I have harried bim thus two or three Who can at once so kindly meet my purposes,

years, And brave the flouts of censure, to redeem Though be sue forma pauperis, in spite Her husband's friend! When by this honest plot Of all bis thrist and care, he'll grow behindThe world believes she means to heal my wants

hand.
With her extensive wealth, each noisy creditor Mar. The best I ever heard. I could adore you.
Will be struck mute, and I be left at large Sir G. Then, with the favour of my man oflaw,
To practise on my uncle Overreach. I will pretend some title; want will force him
Here I may work the measure, to redeem To put it to arbitrement; then, if he sell
My mortgag‘d fortune, which he stripp'd me of For half the value, he shall have ready money,
When youth and dissipation quell'd my reason. And I possess the land.
The fancy pleases—if the plot succeed, Mar. Wellborn was apt to sell, and needed not
Tis a new way to pay old debts indeed. [Exil. These fine arts, sir, to hook him in.

Sir G. Well thought on.
ACT II.

This varlet, Wellborn, lives too long to up-
Scene I.- A Landscape.
Enter Sir Giles OVERREACH and MARRAJ.L. With my close cheat put upon him. Will
Sir G. He's gone, I warrant thee; this com-

not cold mission crush'd him. Nor hunger kill him?

braid me

love your

Mar. I know not what to think on't. That would not be instructed. I swear deeply. I have us'd all means; and the last night I caus'd Well. By what? His host, the tapster, to turn him out of doors; Mar. By my religion. And have been since with all your friends Well. T'hy religion ! and tenants, The devil's creed. But what would

yon

have And on the forfeit of your favour, charg'a them,

done? Though a crust of mouldy bread would keep Mar. Before, like you,

I had outliv'd my him from starving,

fortunes, Yet they should not relieve him. This is A withe had serv'd my turn to hang myself. done, sir.

I am zealous in your cause, pray you hang Sir G. That was something, Marrall; but

yourself; thou must go further, And presently, as you

credit. And suddenly, Marrall.

Well. I thank you. Mar. Where and when you please, sir. Mar. Will you stay till you die in a ditch? Sir G. I would bave the seek him out; and, Or, if you dare not do the fate yourself, if thou canst,

But that you'll put the state to charge and Persuade him that 'tis better steal than beg:

trouble, Then, if I prove he has but roobid a henroost, Is there no purse to be cut? house to be broken? Not all the world shall save him from the gallows. Or market-woman with eggs that you may Do any thing to work him to despair,

murder, And 'tis thy masterpiece.

And so dispatch the business? Mar. I will do my best, sir.

Well. Here's variety, Sir G. I am now on my main work with I must confess; but I'll accept of none the lord Lovell,

Of all your gentle offers, I assure you. The gallant-minded, popular lord Lovell

, Mar. If you like not hanging, drown yourThe minion of the people's love. I hear

self; take some course
He's come into the country; and my aims are For your reputation.
To insinuate myself into his knowledge, Well. 'Twill not do, dear templer,
And then invite him to my bouse.

With all the rhetoric the fiend hath taught you; Mar. I have you.

I am as far as thou art from despair. This points at my young mistress.

Nay, I have confidence, which is more than hope, Sir G. She must part with

To live, and suddenly, better than ever.
That humble title, and write honourable; Mar. Ha, ba! these castles you build in the air
Right honourable, Marrall; my right honour- Will not persuade me or to give or lend
able daughter,

A token to you.
If all I have, or e'er shall get, will do it. Well. I'll be more kind to thee.
I will have ber well attended; there are ladies Come, thou shall dine with me.
Of errant knights decay'd, and brought so low, Mar. With you?
That for cast clothes and meat will gladly Well. Nay more, dine gratis.
serve ber;

Mar. Under what hedge, I pray you? or And 'tis my glory, though I come from the city,

at whose cost? To have their issue, whom I have undone, Are they padders, or gipsies, that are your To kneel to mine as bond slaves,

consorts? Mar. 'Tis fit state, sir.

Well. Thou art incredulous; but thou shalt Sir G. And therefore I'll not have a cham

dine bermaid

Not alone at her house, but with a gallant lady; That ties her shoes, or any meaner office, With me, and with a lady. But such whose fathers were right worshipful. Mar. Lady! what lady? 'Tis a rich man's pride! there having ever been With the lady of the lake, or queen of fairies ? More than a feud, a strange antipathy For I know it must be an enchanted dinner. Between us and true gentry.

Well. With the lady Allworth, knave.

Mar. Now there's hope
Enter WELLBORN.

Thy brain is crack'd.
Mar. See! who's here, sir.

Well. Mark thee with what respect Sir G. Hence! monster! prodigy!

I am entertained. Well. Call me what you will, I am your Mar. With choice, no doubt, of dog-whips. Your sister's son.

[nephew, sir, Why, dost thou ever hope to pass ber porter? Sir G. Avoid my sight; thy breath's in- Vell. "Tis not far off, go with me; trust fectious, rogue!

thine own eyes. I shun thee as a leprosy, or the plague. Mar. Troth, in my hope, or my assurance Come hither, Marrall, this is the time to

rather, work him.

To see thee curvet, and mount', like a dog, [Apurt to Marrall, and exit,

in a blanket; Mar. I warrant you, sir.

If ever thou presume to pass her threshold, Well. By this light, I think he's mad. I will endure thy company. Mar. Mad! bad you took compassion on Well. Come along then. [Exeunt.

yourself, You long since had been mad.

Scene II.-A Hall in LADY ALLWORTH's House. Well. You have took a course,

Enter ALLWORTH, ORDER, AMBLE, and Between you and my venerable uncle,

FURNACE. To make me so.

Allw. Your courtesies overwhelm me; I much Mar. The more pale-spirited you,

grieve

.

To part from such true friends, and yet I find Pray you walk, sir, to the dining-room. comfort;

Well, I am well here,
My attendance on my honourable lord Till her ladyship quits her chamber.
Will speedily bring me back

Mar. Well here, say you?
[Knocking at the Gate. 'Tis a rare change! but yesterday you thought
Mar, [Within Dar'st thou venture further? Yourself well in a barn, wrapp'd up in pease
Well. [Within] Yes, yes, and knock again.

straw.

Aside. Order. Tis he; disperse.

Order. Sir, my lady.

[Exit. Amble. Perform it bravely.

[Erit. Fur. I know my cue; ne'er doubt me. [Exit

.

Enter LADY ALLWORTH.

Lady A. I come to meet you, and languish'd Enter MARRALL and WELLBORN.

till I saw you. Order. Most welcome;

This first kiss for form; I allow a second, You were long since expected.

As token of my friendship. Well. Say so much

Well. I am wholly yours; yet, madam, if To my friend, I pray you.

you please Order. For your sake I will, sir. [Exit. To grace this gentleman with a saluteMar. For his sake!

[Aside.

Mar. Salute me at bis bidding! [Aside. Well. Mum; this is nothing. Aside. Well. I sball receive it Mur. More than ever

As a most high savour. I would have believed, though I had found it Lady A. Sir, your friends are welcome to me.

in my primmer. [Aside. Well. Run backward from a lady! and such Allw. When I have given you reasons for

a lady? my late harshness,

Mar. To kiss her foot, is to poor me a favour You'll pardon and excuse me; for, believe me, I am unworthy of [Offers to kiss her Fool. Though now I part abruptly, in my service Lady A. Nay, pray you rise; I will deserve it.

And since you are so humble, I'll exalt you; Mar. Service! with a vengeance! [Aside. You shall dine with me to-day at mine own lable. Well. I am satisfied; farewell, Tom. Mar. Your ladyship's table? I am not good Allw. All joy stay with you. [Exit.

enough

To sit at your steward's board.
Re-enter AMBLE.

Lady A. You are too modest ;
Amble. You are happily encounter'd; I I will not be denied.
never yet

Re-enter ORDER.
Presented one so welcome, as I know
You will be to my lady:

Order. Dinner is ready for your ladyship. Mar. This is some vision;

Lady A. Your arm, Mr. Wellborn:

Nay, keep us company. Or sure these men are mad, to worship a

Mar. I was never so grac'd. dunghill; It cannot be a truth.

[Aside.

[Exeunt Well. Lady A. Amble, and Mar. Well. Be still a pagan,

Re-enter FURNACE. An unbelieving infidel; be so, miscreant! Order. So, we have play'd our parts, and And meditate on blankets, and on dog-whips.

are come off well; [To Marrall. But if I know the mystery, why my lady Re-enter FURNACE.

Consented to it, may I perish. Fur. I am glad you are come; until I know Fur. Would I had your pleasure,

The roasting of his heart that cheated him, I knew not how to serve up my lady's dioner. And forces the poor gentleman to these shifts

Mar. His pleasure! is it possible? [Aside. By fire! (for cooks are Persians, and swear by it) Well. What's thy will?

Of all the griping and extorting tyrants Fur. Marry, sir, I bave some grouse and I ever heard or read of, I never met turkey-chicken,

A match to sir Giles Overreach. Some rails and quails; and my lady willd me Order. What will you take

To tell him so, fellow Furnace? What kind of sauces best affect your palate, Fur. Just as much That I may use my utmost skill to please it. As my throat is worth, for that would be the Mar. The devil's enter'd this cook: sauce

price on't. for his palate,

To have a usurer that starves bimself, That on my knowledge, for almost ibis twelve- To grow rich, is too common: month,

But this sir Giles feeds high, keeps many serDurst wish but cheese-parings and brown bread

vants, on Sundays. [Aside. Rich in bis habit; vast in his expenses; Well. That way I like them best.

Yet he to admiration still increases Fur. It shall be done, sir. [Exit. In wealth and lordships. Well. What think you of the hedge we Order. He frights men out of their estales; shall dine under ?

And breaks tbrough all law-pels, made to Shall we feed gratis? [To Marrall.

curb ill men, Mar. I know not what to think :

As they were cobwebs. No man dares rePray you make me not mad.

Such a spirit to dare, and power lo do, were Re-enter ORDER, Order. This place becomes you not; Lodg’d so unluckily.

to ask you

prove him.

never

wish you

Re-enter AMBLE.

Though it hail hazel nuts, as to be covered Amble, Ha! ha! I shall burst.

When your worship's present. Order. Contain thyself, man.

Well. Is not this a true rogue, Fur. Or make us partakers

That out of mere hope of a future cou'nage Of your sudden mirth.

Can turn thus suddenly? 'tis rank already. Amble. Ha, ha! my lady bas gol

[ Aside Such a guest at her table; this term-driver, Mar. I know your worship's wise, and needs Marrall,

no counsel; This snip of an attorney.

Yet is in my desire to do

you

service, Fur. What of bim, man?

I humbly offer my advice (but still Amble. The knave feeds so slovenly! Under correction), I hope I shall not Fur. Is this all ?

Incur your high displeasure.. Amble. My lady

Well. No; speak freely. Drank to him for fashion's sake, or to please

Mar. Then in my judgment, sir, my simple Mr. Wellborn.

judgment As I live, be rises and takes up a dish, (Still with your worship's favour), I could la which there were some remnants of a boil'd capon,

A better habit, for this cannot be And pledges her in wbite broth.

But much distasteful to the noble lady Fur. Nay, 'tis like

That loves you. I have twenty pounds here, The rest of his tribe.

Which out of my true love, I presently Amble. And when I brought him wine, Lay at your worship’s feet; 'twill serve to buy you He leaves his chair, and after a leg or two A riding suit. Most bumbly thanks my worship! my worship! Well. But where's the horse? Order. Risen already!

Mar. My gelding Fur. My lady frowns.

Is at your service: nay, you shall ride me, Amble. 'I shall be chid.

Before your worship shall be put to the trouble

To walk afoot. Alas! when you are lord Re-enter LADY AllwoRTH, WELLBORN, and of this lady's manor (as. I know you will be), MARRALL.

You may with the lease of glebe, land calid Lady A. You attended us well!

Knave's-acre, Let me bave no more of this; I observ'd your A place I would manure, requite your vassal. jeering.

Well. I thank thy love; but must make no Sirrah, I'll have you know, whom I think worthy

use of it. To sit at my table, is not your companion. Whatas twenty pounds ?

[To Amble. Mar. 'Tis all that I can make, sir. Order. Nay, she'll preserve what's due to Well. Dost thou think, though I want clothes, ber. [Aside,

I could not have 'em Lady A. Your are master

For one word to my lady? Of your own will. I know so much of manners Mar. As I know not thatAs not to inquire your purposes; in a word, Well. Come, I'll tell thee a secret, and so To nue you are ever welcome, as to a house

leave thee. That is your own.

[To Wellborn:I'll not give her the advantage, though she be Well. Mark that.

A gallant-minded lady, after we are married, Mar. With reverence, sir,

To hit me in the teeth, and say she was forc'd And it like your worship:

To buy my wedding-clothes; Well. Trouble yourself no further, No, I'd be furnish'd something like myself. Dear madam; my heart's full of zeal and service, And so farewell; for thy suil, touching KnaHowever in my language I am sparing.

ve's-acre, Come, Mr. Marrall.

When it is mine, 'tis tbine.

[Exil. Mar. I attend your worship.

Mar. I thank your worship: [Exeunt Wellborn, Marrall

, and Amble. How was I cozen'd in the calculation Lady A. I see in your looks you are sorry, of this man's fortune! my master cozen'd too,

and
you
know me

Whose pupil I am in the art of undoing men; An easy mistress: be merry! I have forgot all. For that is our profession. Well, well, Mr. Order and Furnace come with me; I must

Wellborn, give you

You are of a sweet nature, and fit again to Further directions.

be cheated: Order. What you please.

Which, if the fates please, when you are possess'd Fur. We are ready.

[Exeunt. Ofthe land and lady, you sans question shall be.

I'll presently think of the means.
Scene III.-The Country.

[Walks about, musing. Enter WELLBORN and MARRALL. Well. I think I am in a good way.

Enter SIR GILES OVERREACH. Mar. Good sir! the best way;

Sir G. Sirrah, order my carriage round; The certain best way.

I'll walk to get me an appetite. "Tis but a mile, Well. There are casualties

And exercise will keep me from being pursy. That men are subject to.

Ha! Marrall! is he conjuring? Perhaps Is't for your ease your keep your hat off? The knave has wrought the prodigal to do

Mar. Ease, and it like your worship! Some outrage on bimself, and now he feels I hope Jack Marrall shall not live so long, Compunction in his conscience for't; no matter, To prove himself such an unmannerly beast, So it be done. Marrall! Marrall!

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Mar. Sir.

Sir G. Do you grumble? Sir G. flow succeed we

Mar. No, sir.

Ecrunt In our plot on Wellborn? Mar. Never better, sir.

ACT III.
Sir G. Has he hang'd or drown'd bimself?

Scene I. — The same.
Mar. No, sir, he lives;
Lives once more to be made a prey to you;

Enter LORD LOVELL and ALLWORTA. And greater prey than ever.

Lord L. Drive the carriage down the hill; Sir G. Art thou in thy wils?

something in private If thou art, reveal this miracle, and briefly. I must impart to Allworth.

Mar. A lady, sir, is fall’n in love with him. Allw. O, my lord!
Sir G. With him? What lady ? . What danger, though in ne'er so horrid shapes,
Mar. The rich lady Allworth.

Nay death itself, though I should run to meet it

, Sir G. Thou dolt, how darst thou speak this? Can I, and with a thankful willingness suffer; Mar. I speak truth;

But still the retribution will fall short
And I do so but once a year, unless of your bounties shower'd upon me.
It be to you, sir. We din’d with her ladyship, Lord L. Nay, good youth,
I thank his worship:

Till what I purpose be put into act,
Sir G. His worship!

Do not o'er-prize it; since you have trustMar. As I live, sir, I din’d with bim at the great lady's table, With your soul's nearest, nay, her dearest Simple as I stand here; and saw when she

secret, kiss'd him;

Rest confident, 'tis in á cabinet lock'd And would, at his request, have kiss'd me too. Treachery sball never open. I have found you Sir G. Why, thou rascal,

More zealous in your love and service to me, To tell me these impossibilities;

Than I have been in my rewards. Dine at her table! and kiss bim, or thee! Allw. Still great ones, Impudent varlet. Have not I myself, Above my merit. You have been To whom great countesses' doors have of More like a father to me than a master. flown open,

Pray you pardon the comparison. Ten times attempted, since her husband's death, Lord L. I allow it; In vain to see her, though I came - a suitor? And give you assurance I'm pleas'd in't, And yet your good solicitorship, and rogue, My carriage and demeanour to your mistress, Wellborn,

Fair Margaret, shall truly witness for me, Were broughtinto her presence, feasted with her. I can command my passion. But that I know thee a dog that cannot blush, Allw. 'Tis a conquest This most incredible lie would call up one Few lords can boast of when they are tempOn thy buttermilk cheeks.

ted.-Oh! Mar, Shall I not trust my eyes, sir? Lord L. Why do you sigh? can you be Or taste? I feel her good cheer in my belly.

doubtful of me? Sir G. You shall feel me, if you give not By that fair name I in the wars have purchas'd, over, sirrah;

And all my actions hitherto untainted, Recover your brains again, and be no more I will not be more true to mine own honour, gulld

Than to thee, Allworth. With a beggar's plat, assisted by the aids Allw. Were you to encounter with a single Of serving men and chambermaids (for beyond

foe, these,

The victory were certain : but to stand Thou never saw'st a woman), or I'll quit you The charge of two such potent enemies, From my employments.

At once assaulting you, as wealth and beauty, Mar. Will you credit this yet? And those two seconded with power, is odás On my confidence of their marriage, I offered Too great for Hercules. Wellborn

Lord L. Speak your doubts and fears, (I would give a crown now, I durst say his Since you will nourish 'em, in plainer language, worship)

[Aside. That I may understand 'em. My nag, and twenty pounds.

Allw. What's your will, Sir G. Did you so, idiot? [Strikes him down. Though I lend arms against myself (provided Was this the way to work him to despair, They may advantage you) must be obey'd. Or rather to cross me?

My much-lov'd lord, were Margaret only fair, Mar. Will your worship kill me? You might command your passion; Sir G. No, no; but drive the lying spirit But when you feel her touch, cr hear her talk!

Hypolitus himself would leave Diana,
Mar. He's gone.

To follow such a Venus.
Sir G. I have done then. Now, forgetting Lord L. Love hath made you
Your late imaginary feast and lady,

Poetical, Allworth.
Know lord Lovell dines with me to-morrow; Allw. Grant all these beat off
Be careful nought be wanting to receive him;(Which if it be in man to do, you'll do it)
And bid my daughter's women trim her up.' Mammon, in sir Giles Overreach, steps in
Though they paint ber, so she catch the lord; With heaps of ill-got gold and so much land

, I'll thank 'em.

To make her more remarkable, as would tire There's a piece for my late blows.

A falcon's wings, in one day to Ay over. Mar I must yet suffer:

I here release your trust, But there may be a time

| Aside.]'Tis happiness enough for me to serve you;

out of you.

ту.

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