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I live too long, since every year I'll add Right bonourable; and 'tis a powerful charm, Something unto the heap, which shall be yours Makes me insensible of remorse or pity,
Or the least sting of conscience. Lord L. You are a right kind father.
Lord L. I admire Sir G. You shall have reason
The toughness of
your nalure. To think me such. How do you like this seat Sir G. 'Tis for you, or lady Allworth?
My lord, and for my daughter, I am marble; It is well wooded, and well water'd; the acres Nay, more, if you will have my character Fertile and rich; would it not serve for change, In little, I enjoy more true delight To entertain your friends in a summer's pro- In my arrival to my wealth through dark gress?
And crooked ways, than you shall e'er take What thinks my noble lord ?
pleasure Lord L. 'Tis a wholesome air,
spending what my industry hath compass'd. And well built; and she that's mistress of it My bašte commands' me hence: in one word Worthy the large revenue.
therefore, Sir G. She the mistress?
Is it a match, my lord ? It may be so for a time; but let my lord Lord L. I hope that is past doubt row. Say only that be but like it, and would have it, Sir G. Then rest secure; not the hate of I say ere long 'tis his.
all mankind here, Lord L. Impossible.
Nor fear of what can fall on me bereafter, Sir G. You do conclude too fast, not know- Shall make me study aught but your advancement ing me,
One story higher. An earl! if gold can do it
make choice of what belief you please, (As by her dotage on him I know they will be) To me they are equal; so, my lord, good Shall soon be mine. But point out any man's
[Erit In all the shire, and say they lie convenient Lord L. He's gone; I wonder how the earth And useful for your lordship, and once more I say aloud, they are yours.
Such a portent! I, that have liv'd a soldier, Lord L. I dare not own
And stood the enemy's violent charge undaunted, What's by unjust and cruel means extorted: To hear this horrid beast, I'm batb'd all over My fame and credit are more dear to me, In a cold sweat; yet like a mountain be Than to expose 'em to be censur’d by Is no more shaken, than Olympus is The public voice.
When angry Boreas loads his double bead Sir G. You run, my lord, no hazard; With sudden drifis of snow. Your reputation shall still stand as fair In all good men's opinions as now;
Enter LADY ALLWORTH. For though I do contemn report myself
, Lady A. Save you, my lord, As a mere sound, I still will be so tender Disturb I not your privacy? Of what concerns you in all points of honour, Lord L. No, good madam; That the immaculate whiteness of your fame for your own sake I am glad you came uš Shall ne'er be sullied with one taint or spol.
sooner, All my ambition is to have my daughter Since this bold, bad man, sir Giles Overreach, Right honourable; which my lord can make her: Made such a plain discovery of himself
But to repeat it.
On others privacies; yet, against my will
As to an honour'd fricndLord L. Are you not moved with the im- Lord L. You lessen else precations
Your favour to me.
However common men
Make sordid wealth the object and sole end
But what infer your from it?
The heir of sir Giles Overreach, Margaret, Nay, when my ears are pierc'd with widow's A maid well qualified, and the richest match cries,
Our northern part can boast of; yet she cannot, And undone orphans wash with tears my With all that she brings with her, fill their threshold,
inouths, | only think what 'tis to have my daughter That never will forget who was her father :
Or that my husband Allworth's lands, and And then his information could not burt us: Wellborn's
But now he is right worshipful again, (How wrung from both needs no repetition) Who dares but doubt his testimony? Were real motives, that more work'd your Tap. Undone, undone; methinks lordship
I see thee, Froth, already in a cart, To join your families, than her form and And my hand bissing. (if I 'scape the balter) virtues.
With the letter R printed upon it. You may conceive the rest.
Froth. Would that were the worst! Lady L. I do, sweet madam;
That were but nine days wonder: as for credit, And long since have consider'd it.
We have none to lose; but we shall lose the And 'tis my resolution ne'er to wed
money With the rich Margaret, Overreach's daughter. He owes us, and his custom; there's the pla
Lady A. I am glad to hear this. [å side. VVhy ihen, my lord, pretend you marriage to Tap. He has summon'd all bis creditors by her?
the drum, Dissimulalion but ties false knots
And they swarm about him like so many soldiers On that straight line, by which you hitherło On the pay-day; and has found out such a Have measur'd all your actions.
new way, Lord L. I make answer,
To pay his old debts, as, 'tis very likely, And aptly, with a question. Wherefore have He shall be chronicled for it. you,
Froth. But are you sure his worship That since your husband's death have liv'd a Comes this way to my lady's? strict
(A Cry within, Brave Mr. Wellborn. And chaste nun's life, on the sudden given T'ap. Yes, I hear him. yourself
Fruth. Be ready with your petition, and To visits and entertainments? Think you,
present it madam,
To his good grace. 'Tis not grown public conference? or the fa
Enter WellBORN in a rich Habit, GREEDY, Which you loo prodigally have thrown on
MARRALI, AMBLE, ORDER, FURNACE, ond Wellborn,
three Creditors. Tapweli. kneeling deliIncur not censure ?
vers in his Bill of Debt. Lady A. I am innocent here, and on my Well. How's this! petitioned too? life I swear
But nole what miracles the payment of My ends are good.
A little trash, and a rich suit of clothes, Lord L. Ou my soul, so are mine Çan work upon these rascals. I shall be, To Margaret; but leave both to the event: I think, prince Wellborn. And since this friendly privacy doth serve Mar. When your worship's married, But as an offer'd means unto ourselves You may be [Aside] I know not what I hope To search each other further; you have shown
to see you. Your care of me, I my respect to you.
Well. Then look thou for advancement. Deny me not, but still in chaste words, madam, Mar. To be known An afternoon's discourse.
Your worship's bailiff
, is the mark I shoot at. Lady A. Affected modesty might deny your Well. And thou shalt hit it. suit,
Mar. Pray you, sir, dispatch But such your honour, I accept it, lord. These needy followers, and for my admittance My tongue unworthy can't belie my heart. [In the interim, Tapwell and Froth flatI shall attend your lordship.
ter and bribe Justice Greedy. Lord L. My heart thanks you. [Exeunt (Provided you'll defend me from sir Giles, Scene II.- A Landscape.
Whose service I am weary of) I'll say something
You shall give thanks for.
Well. Fear him not. Tap. Undoue, undone! this was your coun- Just. G. Who, Tapwell? I remember thy sel, Froth.
wife brought me, Froth. Mine! I defy thee: did not master Last new year's tide, a couple of fat lurkeys. Marrall
Tap. And shall do every Christmas, let your (He has marr'd all, I am sure) strictly com
worship mand us
But stand my friend now. (On pain of sir Giles Overreach's displeasure) Just. G. How! with Mr. Wellborn ? To turn the gentleman out of doors ? I can do any thing with him, on such termsTap. 'Tis true;
See you this horest couple? they are good souls But now he's his uncle's darling, and bas got As ever drew out spigot; have they not Master justice Greedy (since he fill'd his belly), A pair of honest faces? At his commandment to do any thing;
Well. I o'erheard you, Woe, woe to us!
And the bribe he promis'd; you are cozen'd Froth. He may prove merciful.
in 'em; Tap. Troth, we do not deserve it at his hands. For of all the scum thal grew rich by my riols, Froth. Then he knew all the passages of This for a most unthankful knave, and this our house,
For a base woman, have the worst deserv'd; As the receiving of stolen goods.
And therefore speak not for them. By your place, When he was rogue Wellborn, no man would You are rather to do me justice; lend me believe him;
Forget his turkeys, and call in his license, Mor. Sir, time nor place
This only in a word : I know sir Giles
not consent to. nearer, rascal,
As he grows in heat (as I am sure he wil), And now I view him better, did you e'er see Be you but rough, and say he's in your debt One look so like an arch' knave? his rery Ten times the sum, upon sale of your land: countenance,
I had a hand in't (í speak it to my shame) Should an understanding judge but look on him, When you were defeated of it. Would hang him, though he were innocent. Well. That's forgiven. Tap. Froth. Worshipful sir.
Mar. I shall deserve then-urge him to Just. G. No; though the great Turk came
produce instead of turkeys.
The deed in which you pass'd it over to him, To heg my favour, I am inexorable:
Which I know he'll have about bim, to deliver Thou hast an ill name; I here do damn thy To the lord Lovell, with many other writings
And present monies. I'll instruct you furtber, Forbidding thee ever to tap or draw; As I wait on your worship; if I play not my part For instantly I will, in mine own person, To
your full content, and your uncle's much Command the constable to pull down thy sign;
vexation, And do it before I eat.
Hang up Jack Marrall. Froth. No mercy ?
Vell. I rely upon thee.
. Just. G. Vanish.
Scene III.-A Chamber in Sir Giles OverIf I show any, may my promis'd oxen gore me.
REACA's House. Tap. Unihankful koaves are ever warded.
Enter ALLWORTH and MARGARET. [Exeunt Tapwell and Froth. Allo. Whether to yield the first praise to Well, Speak; what are you? 1 Cred. À decay'd vintner, sir,
or your constant That might have ihriv’d, but that your wor
sweetness, ship broke me
I yet rest doubtful. With trusting you with muscadine and eggs, Marg. Give it to lord Lorell; And five-pound suppers, with your after-drink-For what in him was bounty, in me's duty. ings,
I make but payment of a debt, to which When you lodg’d upon the Bankside.
My vows, in that high office register'd, Well. I remember.
Are faithful witnesses. 1 Cred. I have not been hasty, nor e'er laid Allw. 'Tis true, my dearest; to arrest you;
Yet when I call io mind, how many fair ones And therefore, sir
Make wilful shipwreck of their faiths and calls Well. Thou art an honest fellow:
To God and man, to fill the arms of greatness; I'll set thee up again ; see this bill paid. And you, with matchless virtue, thus to hold oul What are you?
Against the stern authority of a father, 2 Cred. A tailor once, but now mere botcher. And spurn at honour when it comes to court you I gave you credit for a suit of clothes, I am so tender of your good, that I can hardly Which was all my stock; but you failing in Wish myself that right you are pleas'd to do me payment,
Marg. To me what's title, when content I was remov'd from the shop-board, and confined
is wanting? Under a stall.
And wealth Well. See bim paid; and botch no more. Of a pleas'd sire, that slaves me to his will? 2 Cred. I ask no interest, sir.
And so his ravenous humour may be feasted Well, Such tailors need not;
By my obedience, and he see me great, If their bills are paid in onc-and-twenty years, Leaves to my soul nor faculties nor power They are seldom losers-See these men dis- To make her own election. charg'd;
Allw. But the dangers And since old debts are clear'd by a new way, That follow the repulse. A little bounty will not misbecome me; Marg. To me they are nothing: There's something, honest cook, for thy good Let Allworth love, I cannot be unhappy; breakfasts,
Suppose the worst, that in bis rage he kill meer And this for your respect; take't, 'tis good gold, A tear or two by you dropp'd on my hearse And I am able to spare it.
In sorrow for my fate, will call back life Order. You are too munificent.
So far as but to say, that I die yours; Fur. He was ever so.
I then shall rest in peace. Well. Pray you on before,
Allw, Heaven avert rll attend you at dinner.
Such trials of your true affection to me! Just. G. For heav'n's sake don't stay long; Nor will it unio you, that are all mercy, It is almost ready:
. Show so much rigour. But since we must ran Mar. At four o'clock, the rest know where Such desperate hazards, let us do our best to meet me.
To steer between 'em.
friend; Wel. Now, Mr. Marrall, what's the weighty And though but a young actor, second me You promis'd to impart?
[secret In doing to the life what he has plotted.
Enter SIR GILES OVERREACH.
Marg. I could be contented
And give me in the church.
[Apart to Allworth. Sir G. So my lord have you, Allw. To your letter, and put on a seeming What do I care who gives you? since my
[-Apari. Does propose to be private, I'll not cross him. Marg. I'll pay my lord all debts due to his title; I know not, Mr. Allworth, how my lord And when with terms not taking from his honour, May be provided, and therefore there's a purse He does solicit me, I shall gladly hear him; of gold; 'twiil serve this night's expense; toBut in this peremptory, nay, commanding way, To fix a time and place without my knowledge; I'll furnish him with any sums. In the meantime, A priest to tie the knot can ne'er be undone Use my ring to my chaplain; he is benefic'd Till death unloose it, is a confidence At my manor of Gotham, and callid parson In his lordship that will deceive him.
Welldo; Allw. I hope better, good lady.
'Tis no matter for a licence, I'll bear him out Marg. Hope, sir, what you please; for me,
in't. I must take a safe and secure course; I have Marg. With your favour, sir, what warrant A father, and without his full consent,
is your ring? Though 'all lords of the land kneeld for my He may suppose I got that twenty ways favour,
Without your knowledge; and then to be f can grant nothing.
refus'd Sir G. I like this obedience.
Were such a stain upon me -if you please, But whatsoever my lord writes, must and shall
Your presence would do better.
say again, I will not cross my lord; You show yourself a true and faithful servant Yet I'll prevent you too-Paper and ink there. To your good lord, be has a jewel of you. Allw. Sir, it's ready here. How! frowning, Meg? are these looks to receive Sir G. I thank you; I can write then. A messenger from my lord? What's this?
[Writes. give me it.
Allw. You may, if you please, leave out the Marg. A piece of arrogant paper, like th'
name of my lord, inscriptions.
In respect would be private, and only wrile, [Sir Giles reads the Letler. Marry her to this gentleman. Fair mistress, from your servant learn, Sir G. Well advis'd; [Margaret kneels. all joys
'Tis done; away-nıy blessing, girl? thou hast it. That we can hope for, if deferr'd, prove Nay, po reply--Be gone, good Mr. Allworth; toys ;
This shall be the best nighi's work ever made. Therefore this instant, and in private meet Allw. I hope so, sir. A husband, that will gladly at your feet [Exeunt Allworth and Margaret. Lay down his honours, tend'ring them Sir G. Now all's cock-sure.
Methinks I bear already, knights and ladics With all content, the church being paid Say, sir Giles Overreach, how is it with her due.
Your honourable daughter? Is this the arrogant piece of paper? fool! My ends, my ends are compassid !—Then for Will you still be one? In the name of mad
And the lands; were he once married to the Could his good bonour write more to con
I have him here-I can scarce contain myself, Is there aught else to be wish'd after these two I am so full of joy; nay, joy all over. [Exit
. That are already offered ? Marriage first, And lawful pleasure afler: what would you
ACT V. more?
Scene I.-A Chamber in LADY ALLWORTH's Marg. Why, sir, I would be married like
House. your daughter, Not hurried awayi'th night I kuow not whither, Enter LORD Lovell and LADY ALLWORTA. Without all ceremony; no friends invited, Lady A. By this you know how strong the To honour the solemnity.
motives were Allw. An't please your honour
That did, my lord, induce me to dispense (For so before to-morrow I must style you), A little with my gravity, to advance My lord desires this privacy in respect The plots and projects of the down - trod His bonourable kinsmen are far off,
Wellborn. And bis desires to have it done, brook not Lord L. What you intended, madam, So long delay as to expect their coming; For the poor gentleman, hath found good And yet be stands resolv’d, with all due pomp, To have his marriage at court celebrated, "For, as I understand, his debts are paid, When he has brought your honour up to And he once more furnish'd for fair employment. London.
But all the arts that I have us'd to raise Sir G. He tells you true; 'tis the fasbion, The fortunes of your joy and mine, young on my knowledge;
Allworth, Yet the good lord, to please your peevishness, Stand yet in supposition, though I hope well. Must put it off, forsooih.
For the young lovers are in wit more pregnant
Than their years can promise; and for their Let but the seal be broke upon the box, desires, That has slept in my cabinet these three
years, On my knowledge, they are equal.
I'll rack thy soul for't. Lady A. Though my wishes
Mar. I may yet cry quittance, Are with yours, my lord, yet give me leave to fear Though now I suffer, and dare not resist. The building, though well grounded. To deceive
[ Aside Sir Giles (that's both a lion and a fox Sir G. Lady, by your leave, did you see my In his proceedings) were a work beyond
daughter, lady? The strongest undertakers; noi the trial And the lord her husband? Are they in your or two weak innocents.
house? Lord L. Despair not, madam;
If they are, discover, that I may bid 'em joy; Hard things are compass'd oft by easy means. And, as an entrance to her place of honour
, The cunning statesman, that believes be fathoms See your ladyship on her left hand, and make The counsels of all kingdoms on the earth,
court'sies Is by simplicity oft overreach'd.
When she nods on you; which you must receive Lady Å. May he be so.
As a special favour.
remony, I shall pay it;
But in the mean time You've kindly heard - now grant my honest I give you to understand, I neither know
Nor care where her honour is. And if you may be won to make me happy, Sir G. When you once see her But join your hand to mine, and that shall be Supported, and led by the lord her husband, A solemn contract.
You'll be taught better.–Nephew!
Lord L. If I return not, with all tenderness, Made you thus insolent?
Sir G. His fortune swells him; To her that cannot doubt.—You are welcome, 'Tis rank; he's married.
Lady A. This is excellent. Aside
Sir G. Sir, in calm language (though 1 set Enter WELLBORN.
dom use it), Now you look like yourself.
I am familiar with the cause that makes to Well. And will continue
Bear up thus bravely; there's a certain buz Such in my free acknowledgment, that I am Of a stol'n marriage; do you hear? of a stop Your creature, madam, and will never hold
marriage; My life mine own, when you please to demandit. In which 'tis said there's somebody bath beer 'Lord L. It is a thankfulness that well be
cozen'd. comes you.
I name no parties. [Lady Allworth turns away Lady A. For me, I am happy,
Well. Well, sir, what follows? Thal my endeavours prosper'd. Saw you of late Sir G. Marry, this: since you are peren Sir Giles, your uncle?
lory, remember, Well. I heard of him, madam,
Upon mere hope of your great match, I le By his minister, Marrall: he's grown into
you strange passions
A thousand pounds; put me in good securit About his daughter. This last night be look'd for And suddenly, by mortgage or by statule, Your lordship at his house; but missing you, of some of your new possessions, or ['11 ha And she not yet appearing, bis wise head Is much perplex'd and troubled.
Dragg'd in your lavender robes to the gad Lord L. I hope my project took.
you know me, Lady A. I strongly hope.
And therefore do not trifle. Sir G. [Without] Ha! find her, booby! thou Weil. Can
be huge lump of nothing ! So cruel to your nephew, now he's in I'll bore thine eyes out else.
The way to rise? Was this the courtesy Well. May it please your lordship, You did me in pure love, and no ends els For some ends of mine own, but to withdraw Sir G. End me no ends; engage the who A little out of sight, though not of hearing,
estate, You may perhaps bave sport.
And force your spouse to sign it; you shall be Lord L. You shall direct me. [Steps aside. Three or four thousand more to roar 1 End:r Sir Giles OVERREACH, with distracted And revel in bawdy taverns.
swagger, looks, driving in MARRALL.
Well. And beg after. Sir G. Idiot! booby!
Mean you not so? Mar. Sir, for what cause
Sir G. My thoughts are mine, and free Do you use me thus?
Shall I have security ? Sir G. Cause, slave? why I am angry, Well. No, indeed, you shall not; And thou a subject only fit for beating; Nor bond, nor bill, nor bare acknowledgmen And so to cool my choler. Look to the writing; Your great looks fright not me.