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passes for an argument to prove the existence of such a place. If there be no one image which rises to the height of the sublime, yet the confluence and assemblage of them all produces an effect equal to the grandest poetry. Xerxes' army that drank up whole rivers from their numbers may stand for single Achilles. Epicure Mammon is the most determined offspring of the author. It has the whole matter and copy of the father, eye, nose, lip, the trick of his frown: It is just such a swaggerer as contemporaries have described old Ben to be. Meercraft, Bobadil, the Host of the New Inn, have all his “image and superscription : " but Mammon is arrogant pretension personified. Sir Sampson Legend, in Love for Love, is such another lying overbearing character, but he does not come up to Epicure Mammon. What a “tow'ring bravery " there is in his sensuality! He affects no pleasure under a Sultan. It is as if “Egypt with Assyria strove in luxury.")
THE NEW INN; OR, THE LIGHT HEART:
BY THE SAME.
Lovel discovers to the Host of the New Inn his Love for
the LADY FRANCES, und his reasons for concealing
his Passion from her.
Host. But is your name Love-ill, sir, or Love-well?
Lov. I do not know it myself,
Host. How then I
Lov. I have sent her toys, verses, and anagrams, 10 Trials of wit, mere trifles, she has commended, But knew not whence they came, nor could she guess.
Host. This was a pretty riddling way of wooing !
Lov. I oft have been too in her company,
20 When you were silent and not said a word ? Lov. O but I loved the more ; and she might
read it Best in my silence, had she been Host.
as melancholic, As you are. Pray you, why would you stand mute, sir ?
Lov. Othereon hangs a history, mine host. Did you ever know or hear of the Lord Beaufort, Who serv'd so bravely in France ? I was his page, And, ere he died, his friend! I follow'd him First in the wars, and in the times of peace 30 I waited on his studies ; which were right. He had no Arthurs, nor no Rosicleers, No Knights of the Sun, nor Amadis de Gauls, Primalions, and Pantagruels, public nothings ; Abortives of the fabulous dark cloister, Sent out to poison courts, and infest manners : But great Achilles', Agamemnon's acts, Sage Nestor's counsels, and Ulysses' sleights, Tydides' fortitude, as Homer wrought them In his immortal fancy, for examples
40 Of the heroic virtue. Or, as Virgil,
That master of the Epic Poem, limn'd
LORD BEAUFORT, and other Guests of the New Inn, defines what Love is. Lov. What else Is love, but the most noble, pure affection Of what is truly beautiful and fair, Desire of union with the thing beloved ?
30 Beau. I have read somewhere, that man and woman Were, in the first creation, both one piece, And being cleft asunder, ever since Love was an appetite to be rejoin'd.
Lov. It is a fable of Plato's, in his banquet, And utter'd there by Aristophanes.
Host. 'Twas well remember'd here, and to good
But on with your description what love is.