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me, I blush

And sometimes, with chaste eyes, to look on her. Re-enter MARRALL, with MARGARET. Lord L. Why, shall I swear?

Alone, and let your women wait without, Allw. Oh, by no means, my lord!

Margaret. [Exit Marrali. Lord L. Suspend

Marg. Your pleasure, sir ?
Your judgment till the trial. How far is it Sir G. Ha, this is a neat dressing!
To Overreach's house?

These orient pearls, and diamonds well plac'd Allw. At the most, some half hour's riding;

too! You'll soon be there.

The gown affects me not; it should have been Lord L. And you the sooner freed Embroider'd o'er and o'er with flowers of gold; From your jealous fears.

But these rich jewels 'and quaint fashion help it. Alla. Oh'that I durst but hope it! [Exeunt. How like you your new woman, the lady


Marg. Well, for a companion :
A Hall in Sir GILES OVERREACH's House. Not as a servant.

Sir G. Is she humble, Meg? Enter Sir Giles OVERREACH, Justice Greedy, And careful too, her ladyship forgotten? and MARRALL.

Marg. I pity her fortune. Sir G. Spare for no cost, ту.

dressers Sir G. Pity her, trample on her. crack with the weight

I took her up in an old tatter'd gown Of curious viands.

(E'en starv'd for want of food) to serve thee; Just. G. Store indeed's no sore, sir. And if I understand she but repines Sir G. That proverb fits your stomach, Mr. To do thee any duty, though ne'er so servile, Greedy:

I'll pack her to her knight, where I bave Just. G. It does indeed, sir Giles;

lodg'd him, I do not like to see a table ill spread, Into the Counter, and there let them howl Poor, meagre, just sprinkled o'er with sallads

together. Slic'd beef, giblets, and pig's pettitoes,

Marg. You know your own ways; but for But the substautials — Oh! sir Giles, the substantials!

When I command her, that was once attended The state of a fat turkey now,

With persons not inferior to myself The decorum, the grandeur he marches in with. In birth. O, I declare, I do much honour a chine of Sir G. In birth! Why art thou not my beef!

daughter, O, Lord! I do reverence a loin of veal! The blest child of my industry and wealth? Sir G. And let no plate be seen but what's Part with these humble thoughts, and apt thyself

To the noble state I labour to advance thee; Or such whose workmanship exceeds the matter Or, by my hopes to see thee honourable, That it is made of; lay my choicest linen; I will adopt a stranger to my heir, Perfume the room; and when we wash, the And throw thee from my care; do not prowater

voke me. With precious powders mix, to please my lord, Marg. I will not, sir; mould me which

way That he may with envy wish to bathe so ever.

you please.
Mar. "Twill be very chargeable:
Sir G. Avaunt, you drudge.

Now all my labour'd ends are at the stake, Sir G. How, interrupted ?
Is't time to think of thrift? Call in my daughter. Just. G. 'Tis matter of importance.

[Exit Marrall. The cook, sir, is self-willd, and will not learn And, master justice, since you love choice from my experience. There's a fawn brought dishes,

in, sir, And plenty of 'em

And for my life I cannot make him roast it Just. G. As I do indeed, sir,

With a Norfolk dumpling, in the belly of it; Almost as much as to give thanks for 'em- And, sir, we wise men know, without the Sir G. I do confer that province, with my

dumpling power

'Tis not worth threepence. Of absolute command to have abundance, Sir G. Would it were whole in thy belly, To your best care.

To stuff it out; cook it any way, prythee, Just. G. I'll punctually discharge it,

leave me. And give the best directions. [Sir Giles Over- Just. G. Without order for the dumpling?

reach relires] Now am I, Sir G. Let it be dumpled In mine own conceit a mon

onarch, at the least Which way thou wilt; or, tell him I will Arch-president of the boild, the roast, the

scald him
baked :

In his own caldron.
I would not change my empire for the great Just. G. I had lost my stomach,
Had I lost my dumpling:

[E.cit. I will eat often and give thanks,

Sir G. But to our business, Meg; you bave When my belly's brac'd up like a drum, and

heard who dines here. that's pure justice. [Exit Marg. I have, sir. Sir G. It must be so. Should the foolish Sir G. "Tis an honourable man; girl prove modest,

A lord, Meg, and commands a regiment She may spoil all; she had it not from me, Of soldiers; and

one himself; Bnt from her mother: I was ever forward, A bold and understanding one; and to be As she must be, and therefore I'll prepare her. A lord and a good leader in one volume,

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Is granted unto few, but such as rise up Shrunk up, or wither'd ? does there live a man The kingdom's glory.

Of that large list I bave encounter'd with,

Can truly say I e'er gare inch of ground, Re-enter JUSTICE GREEDY.

Not purchas'd with his blood that did oppose me? Just. G. I'll resign my office

Forsake thee! he dares not. If I be not better obey'd.

Though all bis captains, echoes to his will, Sir G. Slight, art thou frantic?

Stood arm'd by his side to justify his wrong

, Just. G. Frantic! 'twould make me frantic, And he himself in the head of his bold troop, and stark mad,

Spite of his lordship, I will make him render Were I not a justice of peace and quorum too, A bloody and a strict account, and force him, Which this rebellious cook cares not a straw for. By marrying thee, to cure thy wounded honour. There are a dozen of woodcocks

I bave said it. Sir G. Make thyself thirteen; the baker's

Re-enter MARRALL. dozen.

Mar, Sir, the man of honour's come, Just. G. For which he has found out Newly alighted. A new device for sauce, and will not dish 'em Sir G. In, without reply, With toast and butter.

And do as I command, or thou art lost. Sir G. Cook, rogue, obey him.

[Exit Margarel I have given the word, pray, you now re- Is the loud music I


order for, move yourself

Ready to receive him? To a collar of brawn, and trouble me no Mar. 'Tis, sir. further.

Sir G. Let'em sound Just. G. I will, and meditate what to eat A princely welcome. [Exit Marrall)-Roughfor dinner.

ness awhile leave me; Sir G. And, as I said, Meg, when this gull For fawning now, a stranger to my nature, disturb'd us, Must make way for me.

(Loud Music This honourable lord, this colonel, I would have thy husband.

Enter Lord Lovell, ALLWORTH, and MARRALL Marg. There's too much disparity

Lord L. Sir, you meet your trouble. Between his quality and mine to hope it. Sir G. What you are pleas’d to style so is Sir G. I more than hope, and doubt not to

an honour effect it.

Above my worth and fortunes. Be thou no enemy to thyself; my wealth Allw. Strange! so humble.

[Aside Shall weigh his titles down, and make you equals,

Re-enter JUSTICE GREEDY. Now for the means to assure him thine, ob- Sir G, A justice of peace, my lord.

[Presents Justice Greedy to him. Remember he's a courtier, and a soldier, Lord L. Your hand, good sir. And not to be trifled with; and therefore, when Just. G. This is a' lord, and some think He comes to woo you, see you do not coy it.

this a favour; This mincing modesty hath spoil'd many a match But I had rather have my band in my dumpBy a first refusal, in vain after hop'd for.

ling. Marg. You'll bave me, sir, preserve the Sir G. Room for my lord. distance that

Lord L. I miss, sir, vour fair daughter Confines a virgin?

To crown my welcome. Sir G. Virgin me no virgins.

Sir G. May it please my lord I will have you lose that name, or you lose me; To taste a glass of Greek wine first; and sad I will have you private; start not, I say private;

denly If you are my true daughter, not a bastard, She shall attend, my lord. Thou wilt venture alone with one man, though Lord L. You'll be obey'd, sir. be came

[Exeunt all but Šir' Giles Overreach Like Jupiter to Semele, and come off too; Sir G. 'Tis to my wish; as soon as come, And therefore when he kisses you, kiss close.

ask for her! Marg. I have heard this is the wanton's Why, Meg! Meg Overreach! fashion, sir,

Re-enter MARGARET. Which I must never learn.

How! tears in your eyes? Sir G. Learn any thing,

Ha! dry 'em quickly, or I'll dig 'em out. And from any creature, to make thee great; Is this a time in whimper? meet that grealaess From the devil himself.

That flies into thy bosom; think what 'tis Stand not on form;

For me to say, my honourable daughter

. Words are no substances.

No more, but be instructed, or expectMarg. Though you can dispense

He comes.
With your honour, I must guard my own.
This is not the way to make me his wife. Re-enter Lord Lovell, JustiCE GREEDY,
My maiden honour yielded up so soon ;

Nay, prostituted, cannot but assure him, A black-brow'd girl, my lord.
I that am light to him will not hold weight Lord L. As I live, a rare one!
When tempted by others; so in judgment, Allw. He's took already, I am lost.
When to his will I have given up my honour, Sir G. That kiss
He must and will forsake me.

Came twanging off, I like it; quit the room. Sir G. How, forsake then ?

[Exeunt Ållworth, Marrall, and Justire Do I wear a sword for fashion? or is this arm


serve me:

Aside. A little bashful, my good lord; but

you, Does your lordship find ber? I hope, will teach her boldness.

Lord L. Api, sir Giles, and coming; Lord L. I am happy

And I like her the better. In such a scholar; but

Sir G. So do I too. Sir G. I am past learning,

Lord L. Yet, should we lake forts at the And therefore leave you to yourselves; re

first assault, inember

"Twere poor in the defendant. I must confirm her [Apart to Margaret, and exit. With a love-letter or two, which I inust have Loro L. You see, fair lady, your father is Deliver'd by my page, and you give way to'l. solicitous

Sir G. , Wiih all my soul. — A towardly To bave you change the barren name of virgin

gentleman! Into a hopeful wife.

Your hand, good Mr. Allworth; know, my house Marg. Ílis haste, my lord,

Is ever open to you. Holds no pow'r o'er my will.

Allw. 'Twas shut till now.

[ Aside. Lord L. But o'er your duty

Sir G. Well done, well done, my honourMarg. Which, forc'd too much, may break.

able daughter; Lord L. Bend rather, sweetest;

Thou’rt so already; know this gentle youth, Tbiok of your years.

And cherish him, my honourable daughter. Marg. 1'oo few to match with yours. Marg. I shall, with my best care. Lord L. I can advance you.

[Noise of a Coach. Marg. To a hill of sorrow;

Sir G. What noise ?
Where every hour I may expect to fall; Just G. More stops
But never hope firm fooling. You are noble; Before we go to dinner! O my guts!
I of low descent, however rich.
O my good lord, I could say more, but that Enter Lady Allworth and WellBORN.
I dare not trust these walls.

Lady A. If I find welcome,
Lord L. Pray you trust my ear then. You share in it; if not, I'll back again ;

For I come arm'd for all
Re-enter Sir Giles OVERREACH, listening. Cau be objected.
Sir G. Close at it! whispering! this is ex- Lord L. How! the lady Allworth?

Sir G. And thus attended!
And, by their postures, a consent on both parts. Mar. No, I am a dolt;

The spirit of lies bath enter'd me.

[Lord Lovell salutes Lady Allworth, who Just. G. Sir Giles! Sir Giles!

salutes Margaret. Sir G. The great fiend stop that clapper! Sir G. Peace, patch;

[ Apart to Justice Greedy. 'Tis more than wonder, an astonishment Just. G. It must ring out, sir, when my That does possess me wholly. belly rings noor.

Lord L. Noble lady, The bak'd meals are run out, the roast turn'a This is a favour, to prevent my visit, powder.

[ Apart. The service of my life can never equal. Sir G. Stop your insatiate jaws, or Lady 4. My lord, I laid wait for you, and I shall. powder you.

[ 4part.

much hop'd Just. G. Beat me to dust, I care not ; You would have made my poor house you in such a cause as this l'll die a martyr.

first inn:

[-Apart. And therefore, doubting that you might forget Sir G. Disturb my lord when he is in dis

me, course?

[Apart. Or too long dwell here, having such ample cause Just. G. Is't a time to talk

In this unequall'd beauty for your stay; When we should be munching? [ Apart. And fearing to trust any but myself Sir G. Peace, villain, peace! shall we break With the relation of my service to you, a bargain

I borrow'd so much from my long restraint, Almost made up? Vavish, I say.

And took the air in person to invite you. [ Apart, and thrusts him off. Lord A. Your bounties are so great, they Lord L. Lady, I understand you;

rob me, madam, And rest most happy in your choice. Believe it, Of words to give you thanks. I'll be a careful pilot to direct

Lady A. Good sir Giles Overreach. Your yet uncertain bark to a port of safety.

Salutes him. Mary. So sball your honour save two lives, How dost thou, Marrall? - lick'd you my and bind us

meat so ill, Pour slaves for ever.

You'll dine no more with me? Lord L. I am in the act rewarded,

[To Justice Greedy. Since it is good; bowe'er you must put on

Just. G. I will when you please, \n amorous carriage towards me, to delude And it like your ladyship; Your subtle father.

Lady A. When you please, Mr. Greedy: Marg. I am bound to that.

If meat can do it, you shall be satisfied. Lord L. Now break we off our conference. And now, my lord,, pray take into your -Sir Giles!

knowledge Vbere is sir Giles?

This gentleman: howe'er his outside's coarse, Re-enter Sur Gues OVERREACH , JUSTICE

[Presents Wellborn: GREEDY, ALLWORTH, and MARRALL, His inward linings are as fine and fair Sir G. My noble lord; and how

As any man's. Wonder not I speak at large :


And howsoe'er his humour carries him Woodcock, and butter'd toasts too.
To be thus accoutred, or wbat taint soe'er Just. G. This revives me:
For his wild life have stuck upon his fame, I will gorge there sufficiently.
He may ere long with boldness rank himself Mar. This is the

way, sir. [Exeunt

. With some that have contemn'd him. Sir Giles Overreach,

Re-enter Sir Giles OVERREACH, as from If I am welcome, bid him so.

Dinner. Sir G. My nephew!

Sir G. She's caught! Owoman! she neg. He bath been too long a stranger; 'faith, you

lects my lord, have.

And all her compliments apply to Wellborn! Pray let it be mended.

The garments of her widowhood laid by, (Lord L. confers with Wellborn. She now appears as glorious as the spring, Mar. Why, sir, what do you mean? Her eye's fix'd on him; in the wine she drinks This is rogue Wellborn, monster, prodigy, He being her pledge, she sends bim burning That should hang or drown himself, no man

kisses, 'of worship,

And sits on thorns till she be private with him. Much less your nephew. [Apart to Sir Giles. She leaves my meat to feed upon his looks; $ Sir G. Well, sirrah, we shall reckon And if in our discourse he be but nam'd, For this hereafler.

[Apart. From her a deep sigh follows. But why grietel Mar. I'll not lose my jeer,

At this? It makes for me; if she prove his, Though I be beaten dead for it. [Aside. All that is hers is mine, as I will work him.

Well. Let my silence plead
In my, excuse, my lord, till belter leisure

Re-enter MARRALL.
Offer itself to hear a full relation

Mar. Sir, the whole board is troubled at Of my poor fortunes.

your rising. Lord 'L. I would hear and help 'em. Sir G. No matter; I'll excuse it. Pr'ythee, [Bell rings.

Marrall, Sir G. Your dinner waits you.

Watch an occasion to invite my nephew Lord L. Pray you lead; we follow. To speak with me in private, Lady A. Nay, you are my guest. — Come,

Mar. Who? the rogue dear Mr. Wellborn, The lady scorn'd to look on?

[Exeunt 'all but Justice Greedy. Sir G. Sirrab! Sirrah! Just. G. Dear Mr. Wellborn! so she said; heav'n! heaven! Re-enter LORD LOVELL, MARGARET,

and If my belly would give me leare, I could

ALLWORTH. ruminate

My good lord, excuse my manners. All day on this: I have granted twenty warrants Lord L. There needs none, sir Giles; To have him committed, from all prisons in I may ere long say father, when it pleases the shire, My dearest mistress to give warrant to it

. To Nottingham jail! and now, dear Mr. Well- Sir G. She shall seal to it, my lord, born!

make me happy. And my good nephew!-But I play the fool Mar. See, see, she conies, and cannot be To stand here prating, and forget my dinner.

without him.

Sir G. Grosser and grosser.
Re-enter MARRALL.
Are they set, Marrall ?

Re-enter WELLBORN and Lady ALLWORTE.
Mar. Long since. Pray you a word, sir. Lady A. Provide my coach;
Just. G. No wording now.

I'll instantly away. My thanks, sir Giles, Mar. In troth, I must: my master, For my entertainment. Knowing you are his good friend, makes bold Sir G. 'Tis



To think it such. And does entreat you, more guests being. Lady A. I must do you a further wrong, come in

In taking away your honourable guest. Than he expected, especially his nephew, Lord L. I wait on you, madam. Farewell The table being too full, you would excuse bim,

good sir Giles. And sup with him on the cold meat.

Lady A. Nay, come Mr. Wellborn, Just. G. How! no dinner

I must not leave you behind, in sooth, I must not After all my care ?

Sir G. Rob me not, madam, of all joys Mar. 'Tis but a penance for A meal; besides you have broke your fast. Let my nephew stay behind: he sball bare

Just. G. That was But a bit to stay my stomach. A man in com- And, after some small conference between us mission

Soon overtake your ladyship. Give place to a tatterdemalion!

Lady A. Stay not long, sir. Mar. No big words, sir;

Lord L. This parting kiss. You shall every Should his worship hear you

day hear from me Just. G. Lose my dumpling too,

By my faithful page. And butter'd toasts and woodcocks?

Allw. 'Tis a service I am proud of. Mar. Come, bave patience,

[Exeunt Lord Lovell, Lady Allworth

, If you will dispense a little with your justiceship, And sit with'the waiting-women, you'll have Sir G. Daughter, to your chamber.



with you,

at once.

my coach,

[To Margaret

Allworth, and Marall


[Exit Margaret

answer me

You may wonder, nephew,

Lord L. You are an early riser, After so long an enmity between us,

Sir Giles. I should desire your friendship

Sir G. And reason, to attend your lordship. Well. So I do, sir.

Lord L. And you too, Mr. Greedy, up so 'Tis strange to me.

soon? Sir G. But I'll make it no wonder;

Just. G. In troth, my lord, after the sun is up And, what is more, unfold my nature to you. I cannot sleep; for I have a foolish stomach We worldly men, when we see friends and That croaks for breakfast. With your lordkinsmen,

ship's favour, Past hope, sunk in their fortunes, lend no hand I have a serious question to demand To lift 'em up, but rather set our feet Of my worthy friend, sir Giles. Upon their heads, to press 'em to the bottom; Lord L. Pray you use your pleasure. As I must yield, with you I practis'd it: Just. G. How far, sir Giles, and pray you But now I'see you in a way to rise, I can and will assist you.

This rich lady Upon your credit, hold you it to be (And I am glad of't) is enamour'd of you. From your manor-house to this of my lady Well. No such thing:

Allworth’s? Compassion rather, sir.

Sir G. Why, some four miles. Sir G. Well, in a word,

Just. G. How! four miles, good sir Giles ? Because your stay is short, I'll have you seen Upen your reputation think better; No more in this base shape; nor shall she say For four miles riding She marry'd you like a beggar, or in debt. Could not have rais'd so huge an appetite Well. He'll run into the noose, and save my As I feel gnawing on me. labour,

[Aside. Mar. Whether you ride Sir G. You have a 'trunk of rich clothes, Or go afoot, you are that way still provided, not far hence,

And it please your worship. In pawn; I will redeem 'em : and, that no clamour Sir G. How now, sirrah! prating May taint your credit for your debis, Before my lord? No deference? Go to my You shall have a thousand pounds to cut 'ern off,

nephew, And go a freeman to the wealthy lady. See all his debts discharg'd, and help his worship Well. This done, sir, out of love, and no To fit on his rich suit. ends else

Mar. I



you too. [Aside, and exit. Sir G. As it is, nephew.

Lord L. I have writ this morning Well. Binds me still your servant. ; A few lines to my mistress, your fair daughter. Sir G. No compliments; you are staid for: Sir G. 'Twill fire her, for she's wholly yours ere you've supp'd,

already. You shall hear from me. My coach, knaves, Sweet Mr. Allworth, iake ny ring; 'I will for my nephew:

carry, you To-norrow I will visit you.

To ber presence, I dare warrant you; and Well. Here's an uncle

there plead In a man's extremes! how much they do be- For my good lord, if you shall find occasion.

That done, pray ride to Nottingham; get a That say you are hard-hearted!

licence, Sir G. My deeds, nephew,

Still by this token. I'll have it dispatch'd, Shall speak my love; what men report, I And suddenly, my lord: that I may say weigh not. [Exeunt. My honourable, nay, right honourable daughter.

Just. G. Take my advice, young gentleman; ACT IV.

get your breakfast. Scene I. - A Chamber in LADY ALLWORTH's 'Tis unwbolesome to ride fasting. I'll eat House.

And that abundantly.
LORD LOVELL and ALLWORTH discovered. ! Sir G. Some fury's in that gut:
Lord L. 'Tis well

. Give me my hat. I now Hungry again? Did you not devour, this discharge you

morning, From further servicc. Mind your own affairs: A shield of brawn, and a barrel of Colchester I hope they will prove successful.

oysters? Allw. What is bless'd

Just. G. Why that was, sir, only to scaur With your good wish, iny lord, cannot but

my stomach,

A kind of preparative.
Let after-tines report, and to your honour, Lord L. Haste your return.
How much I stand engag’d; for I want language Allw. I will not fail, my lord.
To speak my debt: yet if a tear or two Just. G. Nor I, to line
Of joy, for your much goodness, can supply My Christmas coffer.
My longue's defects, I could-

[Exeunt Just. G. and Allworth. Lord L. Nay, do not melt:

Sir G. To my wish, we're private. This ceremonial of thanks to me's superfluous. I come not to make offer with my daughter

Sir G. (Within] Is my lord stirring? A certain portion; that were poor and trivial: Lord L. 'Tis he! Oh, here's your letter! Let In one word, I pronounce all that is mine, him in.

In lands, or leases, ready coin, or goods, Enter Sir Giles OverREACH, Justice Greedy, With her, my lord, comes to you; nor shall

and MARRALL. Sir G. A good day to my lord.

One motive to induce you to believe

lie you

with you;

you have

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