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somerset; please you to be acquainted with her and give me your opinion: she is but seventeen: there's a periwinkle! I had a gemini before I went to travel, and I am bound in conscience, if you think fit, to see her well provided for
Car. With whips,-I'll have her skin flay'd off. Luys. Her skin flay'd off! dost thou know, mortal man, what thou hast said? I tell thee, Don, nothing can come near her in the shape of an officer; she is a very basilisk, and will kill them with her eyes threescore yards pointblank: but you may talk, and do your pleasure with her, for I came o' purpose to bring her to your lodging; if you love me, do but see her; it shall cost you nothing, you shall be my friend; hang money!
Car. Thus will my state consume; vexation! What shall I do? when you have slept, Luys, I'll tell you more.-Attend him to his chamber, And make his door fast.
Luys. You will consider on't?
Upon those terms I will go sleep a twinkling. [Exeunt Servant and LUYS. Car. And will not all this take away my senses?
My son is lost too! this is all a curse For my ambition and my avarice.
Car. Wife to Francisco, now his father's heir! That's some allay, if it be true; she writes
Don Pedro was contracted to Estefania, who supplied her person in the coach-'twas not Jacinta was ravish'd. Then Don Pedro was not noble, after he had made faith, to intangle my Jacinta.-Hum! say they shall be welcome. Ser. They are present, sir.
Enter FRANCISCO and JACINTA.
Car. I am not yet collected, but if this Paper be justified, I receive you both.Peruse those wonders, Alsimira.
Though by the tie of nature you may challenge All duty, this is done so like a father,
It exceeds all your care.
Fran. Let this confirm;
I bring a fortune not to be despis'd,
But were I master of the world, I should
Car. My blessing and my prayers; I'm new created,
And bow to that great Providence: all joy Spread through your souls! this is not much
Car. I would you had remember'd
Ped. Who hath traduc'd my fame, or mention'd
Upon my honour; and I thus dissolve
Of every picaro and ladron-every rogue and thief. 2 atesa-highness.
I have lain with her, and that she's with child by me?
Car. That would stain both your fames. Away, and welcome
When thou return'st, and she confirm'd.
Luys. I'll confirm her, or confound somebody: No more; I am awake. This is Don Pedro, I'll talk with him first.-Will you justify' The widow is a widow still, and sweet, For all your contract? that you have not been My rival, as they say, after the flesh, And that you did not know I had a mind, Or not a mind, to do the deed of matrimony? Ped. Not I, upon my honour.
Luys. You are witness.Now to Alberto.
Car. Manage the business temperately. Luys. Let me alone to be temperate; if I do not cozen somebody, let me never drink sack again. [Exit. Car. What think you of Jacinta now, my lord?
Ped. As of the saint I pay my chief devotions to.
Enter FERNANDO with his sword drawn.
Fer. I come to seek one that I late call'd brother,
But he hath forfeited that name, and Justice,
Hath arm'd me thus in her revenge.-Don Carlos,
Rather than he shall glory in my ruins, And revel out those honours with her he Took from my blood.
Re-enter FRANCISCO with a parchment in his hand.
Fran. It shall not need, Fernando.
Ped. Hum! here is like to be a bloody business;
I'll not disturb them.
Car. As you are brothers, by your father's dust That should sleep quiet in his urn, by her Dear name that gave you life, that now prays for you,
Chide this unnatural fury.
Fran. What demands
Fer. My inheritance, wrought from me
Of wealth, the love and promise of two hearts;
Fran. "Tis not, sure,
Fernando, but his passion, that obeys not
If you dare violate, I dare possess you
Will you resign the interest to such
[Gives the parchment to FERNANDO, who reads it. Fer. Ha!
Fran. It was my father's act, not mine; he trembled
To hear his curse alive, what horror will
Fer. Can this be more than dream?
Fran. Sir, you may cancel it, but think withal How you can answer him that's dead, when he Shall charge your timorous soul for this contempt
To nature and religion, to break His last bequest and breath, that seal'd your blessings!
Car. These are fine fancies.
Fer. Here, and may it prosper,
[Gives back the parchment to FRANCISCO. Where my good father meant it; I'm o'ercome. Forgive me, and enjoy it; I may find Some earth that is not thine, where I may die, And take up a dark chamber: love Jacinta, And, while seek out where to be forgotten, Live happy, and divide the spring between you. [Going.
Enter RAMYRES, FELISARDA, and THEODORO behind.
Fran. So, so; all's well again.
Ram. [coming forward with the rest.]-Fernando, stay!
Fer. Ha! my father and Felisarda?
Fer. Are they both dead? [FERNANDO kneels. I dare kneel too; they do converse.-Don Carlos, Do not you know that shape? 'tis wondrous like Your niece.
Car. And that your father; ha?
Fer. How long hath Felisarda been a sad
Fel. I am alive, Fernando,
And Don Ramyres still thy living father.
Fer. It is a joy will tempt me wish to live
The knowledge of Francisco, and some few,
With her I give thee what thy birth did chalReceive thy Felisarda.
Fer. 'Tis a joy
So flowing, it drowns all my faculties;
Car. I am cheated.
Ram. Not so; what dower you add above that fortune
Luys. Sir, for the credit of your wisdom, talk not;
The man, you see, 's alive, and married too,
And if, when I am free, you dare but trust me-
Luys. I cannot help it, sir; unless you die
Car. To cozen me?
Luys. All must be mine, and if
I pay myself a little before the day,
MURRAY AND GIBB, EDINBURGH,
PRINTERS TO HER MAJESTY'S STATIONERY OFFICE.