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And says you are a lumpish whore-master.

Sur. You are indeed. Will you hear me, sir ? Be lighter, I will make your pockets so.

Face. By no means : bid him be gone. [Attempts to pick them. Kas. Begone, sir, quickly. Sur. [Throws open his cloak.] Will you, don Sur. This 's strange !—Lady, do you inform bawd and pick-purse ? (strikes him down.]

your brother. How now! reel you?

Face. There is not such a foist' in all the town, Stand up, sir, you shall find, since I am so heavy, The doctor had him presently; and finds yet, 11 give you equal weight.

The Spanish count will come here.--Bear up, Sub. Help! murder!


[Aside. Sur. No, sir,

Sub. Yes, sir, he must appear within this hour. There's no such thing intended : a good cart Face. And yet this rogue would come in a And a clean wbip shall ease you of that fear.

I am the Spanish don that should be cozen'd, By the temptation of another spirit,
Do you see, cozen'd! Where's your Captain Face? To trouble our art, though he could not hurt it!
That parcel broker, and whole-bawd, all rascal!

Kas. Ay,
Enter Face, in his uniform.

I know.--Away [to his Sister], you talk like a

foolish mauther.2 Face. How, Surly!

Sur. Sir, all is truth she says. Sur. Oh, make your approach, good captain. Face. Do not believe him, sir. I have found from whence your copper rings and He is the lying'st swabber! Come your ways sir. spoons

Sur. You are valiant out of company! Come now, wherewith you cheat abroad in Kas. Yes, how then, sir?

taverns. 'Twas here you learn'd tanoint your boot with

Enter DRUGGER, with a piece of damask. brimstone,

Face. Nay, here's an honest fellow, too, that Then rub men's gold on't for a kind of touch,

knows him, And say 'twas naught, when you had changed And all his tricks. Make good what I say, Abel ; the colour,

This cheater would have cozen'd thee of the That you might have't for nothing. And this widow.

[Aside to Drug. doctor,

He owes this honest Drugger here, seven pound,
Your sooty, smoky-bearded compeer, ho He has had on him, in two-penny'orths of tobacco.
Will close you so much gold, in a bolt's-head, Drug. Yes, sir.
And, on a turn, convey in the stead another And he has damn'd himself three terms to pay me.
With sublimed mercury, that shall burst in the Face. And what does he owe for lotium ?3

Drug. Thirty shillings, sir;
And fy out all in fumo! Then weeps Mammon; And for six syringes.
Then swoons his worship. [Face slips out.] Or, Sur. Hydra of villany!
he is the Faustus,

Face. Nay, sir, you must quarrel him out o' That casteth figures and can conjure, cures

the house.
Plagues, piles, and pox, by the ephemerides, Kas. I will.-
And holds intelligence with all the bawds Sir, if you get not out o' doors, you lie;
And midwives of three shires: while you send And you are a pimp.

Sur. Why, this is madness, sir,
Captain-what! is he gone?-damsels with child, Not valour in you; I must laugh at this.
Wives that are barten, or the waiting-maid

Kas. It is my humour: you are a pimp and a With the green sickness.

(Seizes SUBTLE as he is retiring. And an Amadis de Gaul, or a Don Quixote.

Nay, sir, you must tarry, Drug. Or a knight o'the curious coxcomb, do
Though he be 'scaped; and answer by the ears, sir.
Re-enter FACE, with KASTRIL.

Enter ANANIAS. Face. Why, now's the time, if ever you will Ana. Peace to the household ! quarrel

Kas. I'll keep peace for no man.
Well, as they say, and be a true-born child: Ana, Casting of dollars is concluded lawful.
The doctor and your sister both are abused.

Kas. Is he the constable ?
Kas. Where is he? which is he? he is a slave, Sub. Peace, Ananias.
Whate'er he is, and the son of a whore.--Are you Face. No, sir.
The man, sir, I would know?

Kas. Then you are an otter, and a shad, a wbit, Sur. I should be loth, sir,

A very tim. To confess so much.

Sur. You'll hear me, sir? Kas. Then you lie in your throat.

Kas. I will not
Sur. How!

Ana. What is the motive ?
Face. [To KASTRIL.] A very errant rogue, sir, Sub. Zeal in the young gentleman,
Employ'd here by another conjurer

Against his Spanish slops.5
That does not love the doctor, and would cross him, Ana. They are profane,
If he knew how.

Lewd, superstitious, and idolatrous breeches. Sur. Sir, you are abused.

Sur. New rascals!
Kas. You lie :
And 'tis no matter.
Face. Well said, sir! He is

1 foist-cheating rogue, sharper. The impudent'st rascal

2 mauther, said to be from Danish moer, means here a girl. It is still used in a contemptuous way in Norfolk

and Suffolk. has been said that op-zee in Dutch means 'over the sea,' 3 lotium-lotion, or a wash. Face wants to insinuate which reminds us of the Eng. half seas over.' that Surly is a diseased profligate. op-zyn-fries means in the Dutch fashion;' or, à la mode 4 trig may here mean coxcomb; Scotch trig-neata de Frise, which Nares thinks the best interpretation of

fine. the phrase.

s slops-breeches.

you see?


Kas. Will you begone, sir ?

Presently out of hand. And so I told him,
Ana. Avoid, Sathan!

A Spanish minister came here to spy
Thou art not of the light. That ruff of pride Against the faithful-
About thy neck betrays thee, and is the same Face. I conceive. Come, Subtle,
With that which the unclean birds, in seventy- Thou art so down upon the least disaster!

How wouldst thou ha' done, if I had not helpt Were seen to prank it with on divers coasts:

thee out? Thou look'st like Antichrist, in that lewd hat. Sub. I thank thee, Face, for the angry boy, Sur. I must give way.

i' faith. Kas. Begone, sir.

Face. Who would have look'd it should have Sur. But I'll take

been that rascal A course with you

Surly? he had dyed his beard and all. Well, Ana. Depart, proud Spanish fiend!

sir, Sur, Captain and doctor.

Here's damask come to make you a suit. Ana. Child of perdition!

Sub. Where's Drugger? Kas. Hence, sir!

[Exit SURLY. Face. He is gone to borrow me a Spanish Did I not quarrel bravely?

habit; Face. Yes, indeed, sir.

I'll be the count, now. Kas. Nay, an I give my mind to't, I shall do't. Sub. But where's the widow? Face. Oh, you must follow, sir, and threaten Face. Within, with my lord's sister : Madam him tame:

Dol He'll turn again else.

Is entertaining her. Kas. I'll re-turn him then.

[Exit. Sub. By your favour, Face,
[SUBTLE takes ANANIAS aside. Now she is honest, I will stand again.
Face. Drugger, this rogue prevented” us for Face. You will not offer it.

Sub. Why?
We had determin'd that thou should'st have come Face. Stand to your word,
In a Spanish suit, and have carried her so; and Or-here comes Dol, she knows

Sub. You are tyrannous still.
A brokerly slave! goes, puts it on himself.
Hast brought the damask ?

Enter Dol, hastily.
Drug. Yes, sir.

Face. Strict for my right.-How now, Dol? Face. Thou must borrow

Hast (thou] told her
A Spanish suit. Last thou no credit with the The Spanish count will come?

Dol. Yes, but another is come,
Drug. Yes, sir ; did you never see me play the You little look'd for!
Fool ?

Face. Who is that? Face: I know not, Nab:- Thou shalt, if I can Dol. Your master; help it.-3

[Aside. The master of the house. Ilieronimo's old cloak, ruff, and hat will serve ; Sub. How, Dol! I'll tell thee more when thou bring'st 'em.

Face. She lies,

[Exit DRUGGER. This is some trick. Come, leave your quibling, Ana. Sir, I know

The Spaniard hates the brethren, and hath spies Dol. Look out, and see.
Upon their actions: and that this was one

[FACE goes to the window. I make no scruple.—But the holy synod

Sub. Art thou in earnest ? Have been prayer and meditation for it;

Dol. 'Slight, And 'tis revealed no less to them than me, Forty o' the neighbours are about him, talking. That casting of money is most lawful.

Face. 'Tis he, by this good day. Sub. True;

Dol. "Twill prove ill day
But here I cannot do it: if the house

For some on us.
Should chance to be suspected, all would out, Face. We are undone, and taken.
And we be lock'd up in the Tower for ever,

Dol. Lost, I'm afraid.
To make gold there for the state, uever come out; Sub. You said he would not come,
And then are you defeated.

While there died one a week within the liberties. Ana. I will tell

Face. No; 'twas within the walls. This to the elders and the weaker brethren,

Sub. Was't so! cry you mercy: That the whole company of the separation I thought the liberties. What shall we do now, May join in humble prayer again.

Face ? Sub. And fasting.

Face. Be silent: not a word, if he call or knock. Ana. Yea, for some fitter place. The peace of i'll into mine old shape again and meet him, mind

Of Jeremy, the butler. In the mean time, Rest with these walls !

[Exit. Do you two pack up all the goods and purchase, Sub. Thanks, courteous Ananias.

That we can carry in the two trunks. I'U keep Face. What did he come for?

him Sub. About casting dollars,

Off for to-day, if I cannot longer: and then
At night, I'll ship you both away to Ratcliff,

Where we will meet to-morrow, and there we'll 1 The allusion to the unclean beasts of seventy-seven

share. I do not understand, unless it refer to the number of Let Mammon's brass and pewter keep the cellar; Spanish troops which poured into the Netherlands about We'll have another time for that. But, Dol, that time, under D'Alva.--GIFFORD.

'Prythee go heat a little water quickly ; 2 prerented---came before, forestalled.

Subtle must shave me: all my captain's beard 3 Thou shait, &c-if I can forward or promote it, i.e. "playing the fool.' Old Hieronimo, whose stage dress poor Abel is sent to borrow, was the hero of the Spanish Tragedy, so often burlesqued by our poet and his con I purchase—a cant term for goods stolen or dishonestly temporaries.-GIFFORD.

come by-GIFFORD.

Must off, to make me appear smooth Jeremy. 6 Nei. Yes, sir; like unto a man
You'll do it?

That had been strangled an hour, and could not Sub. Yes, I'll shave you, as well as I can.

speak. Face. And not cut my throat, but trim me ? 2 Nei. I heard it too, just this day three weeks, Sub. You shall see, sir.

at two o'clock [Exeunt. Next morning.

Love. These be miracles, or you make them so!
A man an hour strangled, and could not speak,

And both you heard him cry?

3 Nei. Yes, downward, sir.

Love. Thou art a wise fellow. Give me thy Before LOVEWIT's Door.

hand, I pray thee,

What trade art thou on? Enter LOVEWIT, with several of the Neighbours. 3 Nei. A smith, an't please your worship. Love. Has there been such resort, say you ? Love. A smith! then lend me thy help to get 1 Nei. Daily, sir.

this door open. 2 Nei. And nightly, too.

3 Nei. That I will presently, sir, but fetch my 3 Nei. Ay, some as brave as lords.


[Exit. 4 Nei. Ladies and gentlewomen.

1 Nei. Sir, best to knock again, afore you 5 Nei. Citizens' wives.

break it. 1 Nei. And knights.

Love. [Knocks again.] I will. 6 Nei. In coaches. 2 Nei. Yes, and oyster-women.

Enter Face in his butler's livery. 1 Nei. Beside other gallants.

Face. What mean you, sir? 3 Nei. Sailors' wives.

1, 2, 4 Nei. Oh, here's Jeremy! 4 Nei. Tobacco men.

Face. Good sir, come from the door. 5 Nei. Another Pimlico!

Love. Why! what's the matter?
Love. What should my knave advance,

Face. Yet farther, you are too near yet.
To draw this company? He hung out no banners Love. In the name of wonder,
Of a strange calf with five legs to be seen,

What means the fellow !
Or a huge lobster with six claws ?

Face. The house, sir, has been visited. 6 Nei. No, sir.

Love. What! with the plague ? stand thou 3 Nei. We had gone in then, sir.

then fartber. Love. He has no gift

Face. No, sir, Of teaching in the nose that e'er I know of. I had it not. You saw no bills set up that promised cure

Love. Who had it then? I left Of agues, or the toothach?

None else but thee in the house. 2 Nei. No such thing, sir.

Face. Yes, sir, my fellow, Love. Nor heard a drum struck for baboons or The cat that kept the buttery, had it on her puppets?

A week before I spied it; but I got her 5 Nei Neither, sir.

Convey'd away in the night: and so I shut Love. What device should he bring forth now? The house up for a monthI love a teeming wit as I love my nourishment: Love. How! 'Pray God he have not kept such open house, Face. Purposing then, sir, That he hath sold my hangings, and my bedding! T'have burnt rose-vinegar, treacle, and tar, I left him nothing else. If he have eat them, And have made it sweet, that you should ne'er A plague o' the moth, say I! Sure he has got have known it; Some bawdy pictures to call all this ging! Because I knew the news would but afflict you, The friar and the nun; or the new motion

sir, of the knight's courser covering the parson's Love. Breathe less, and farther off! Why, this mare ;

is stranger: The boy of six year old with the great thing: The neighbours tell me all here that the doors Or 't may be, he has the fileas that

run at tilt Have still been openUpon a table, or some dog to dance.

Face. How, sir! When saw you him?

Love. Gallants, men and women, 1 Nei, Who, sir, Jeremy?

And of all sorts, tag-rag, been seen to flock here 2 Nei. Jeremy butler ?

In threaves, these ten weeks, as to a second We saw him not this month.

Hogsden, Love. How!

In days of Pimlico and Eye-bright.? 4 Nei. Not these five weeks, sir.

Face. Sir, 6 Nei. These six weeks at the least.

Their wisdoms will not say so. Love. You amaze me, neighbours!

Love. To-day they speak 5 Nei. Sure, if your worship know not where

Of coaches, and gallants; one in a French hood

Went in, they tell me; and another was seen He's slipt away.

In a velvet gown at the window: divers more 6 Nei. Pray God, he be not made away.

pass in and out. Love. Ha ! 'it's no time to question, then. Face. They did pass through the doors then,

(Knocks at the door. 6 Nei. About Some three weeks since, I heard a doleful cry, 1 threaves-heaps, bands. Threare properly means a As I sat up a-mending my wife's stockings. number of sheaves, varying from twelve to twenty-four, Lore. "l'is strange that none will answer! set up together. Didst thou hear

2 Pimlico was a place near Hogsden, famous for cakes

and ale. Pimlico is sometimes spoken of as a person, and A cry, say'st thou ?

may have been the master of a house once famous for ale of a particular description, and so, indeed, may Eye

bright, unless the term be applied to a sort of liquor, in i ging-gang.

which the plant of this name was infused.

he is

Or walls, I assure their eye-sights, and their Face. Yes, sir, I am the housekeeper, spectacles;

And know the keys have not been out of my For here, sir, are the keys, and here have been, hands. In this my pocket, now above twenty days: Sur. This is a new Face. And for before, I kept the fort alone there. Face. You do mistake the house, sir : But that 'tis yet not deep in the afternoon, What sign was't at? I should believe my neighbours had seen double Sur. You rascal! this is one Through the black pot, and made these appari Of the confederacy. Come, let's get officers, tions!

And force the door.
For, on my faith to your worship, for these three Love. 'Pray you stay, gentlemen.

Sur. No, sir, we'll come with warrant.
And upwards the door has not been open'd. Mam. Ay, and then
Love. Strange!

We shall have your doors open. 1 Nei. Good faith, I think I saw a coach.

[Exeunt MAM. and SUR. 2 Nei. And I too,

Love. What means this? I'd have been sworn.

Face. I cannot tell, sir. Love. Do you but think it now?

1 Nei. These are two of the gallants And but one coach ?

That we do think we saw. 4 Nei. We cannot tell, sir: Jeremy

Face. Two of the fools! Is a very honest fellow.

You talk as idly as they. Good faith, sir, Face. Did you see me at all?

I think the moon has crazed 'em all.-Oh me, 1 Nei. No; that we are sure on. 2 Nei. I'll be sworn o' that.

Enter KASTRIL. Love. Fine rogues to have your testimonies The angry boy come too! He'll make a noise, built on!

And ne'er

away till he have betray'd us all. [Aside. Re-enter Third Neighbour, with his Tools.

Kas. (knocking:] What rogues, bawds, slaves,

you'll open the door, anon! 3 Nei. Is Jeremy come ?

Punk, cockatrice, my suster! By this light 1 Nei. Oh yes; you may leave your tools; I'll fetch the marshall to you. You are a whore We were deceived, he says.

To keep your castle2 Nei. He has had the keys;

Face. Who would you speak with, sir? And the door has been shut these three weeks.

Kas. The bawdy doctor, and the cozening cap3 Nei. Like enough.

tain, Love. Peace, and get hence you changelings. And puss my suster. Enter SURLY and MAMMON.

Love. This is something, sure.

Face. Upon my trust the doors were never Face. Surly come! And Mammon made acquainted! they'll tell all. Kas. I have heard all their tricks told me twice How shall I beat them off? what shall I do?

over, Nothing's more wretched than a guilty conscience. By the fat knight and the lean gentleman.'

[Aside. Love. Here comes another. Sur. No, sir, he was a great physician. This, It was no bawdy house, but a mere chancel!

Enter ANANIAS and TRIBULATION. You knew the lord and his sister.

Face. Ananias too! Mam. Nay, good Surly

And his pastor! Sur. The happy word, BE RICH

Tri. [beating at the door.] The doors are shut Mam. Play not the tyrant.

against us. Sur. Should be to-day pronounced to all your Ana. Come forth, you seed of sulphur, sons of friends.

fire! And where be your andirons now? and your brass Your stench it is broke forth; abomination pots,

Is in the house. That should have been golden lagons, and great

Kas. Ay, my suster's there. wedges ?

Ana. The place, Mam. Let me but breathe. What! they have It is become a cage of unclean birds. shut their doors,

Kas. Yes, I will fetch the scavenger, and the Methinks!

constable. Sur. Ay, now 'tis holiday with them.

Tri. You shall do well. Mam. Rogues, [He and SURLY knock.

Ana. We'll join to weed them out. Cozeners, impostors, bawds!

Kas. You will not come then, punk devise, a my Face. What mean you, sir?

sister! Mam. To enter if we can.

Ana. Call her not sister; she's a harlot, verily. Face. Another man's house !

Kas. I'll raise the street. Here is the owner, sir: turn you to him,

Love. Good gentleman, a word. And speak your business.

Ana. Satan avoid, and hinder not our zeal! Mam. Are you, sir, the owner ?

[Exeunt Ana., TRIB., and Kas Love. Yes, sir.

Love. The world's turn'd Bethlem. Mam. And are those knaves within your Face. These are all broke loose cheaters?

Out of St. Katherine's, where they use to keep Love. What knaves? what cheaters? Mam. Subtle and his Lungs.

The better sort of mad-folks.

1 Nei. All these persons Face. The gentleman is distracted, sir! No We saw go in and out here. lungs,

2 Nei. Yes, indeed, sir. Nor lights have been seen here these three weeks, 3 Nei. These were the parties.

sir, Within these doors, upon my word. Sur. Your word,

1 i.e. by Mammon and Surly. Groom arrogant!

2 i e. thou arrant whore.-GIFFORD.

open, sir,

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Face. Peace, you drunkards! Sir,

Sub. Your aunt's a gracious lady; but in troth I wonder at it: please you to give me leave You were to blame. To touch the door, I'll try an the lock be chang’d. Dap. The fume did overcome me, Lore. It mazes me!

And I did do't to stay my stomach. 'Pray you Face. [goes to the door.] Good faith, sir, I believe So satisfy her grace. There's no such thing: 'tis all deceptio visus.

Enter Face, in his uniform. Would I could get him away!

[Aside. Dap. [within.] Master captain! master doctor!

Here comes the captain. Love. Who's that?

Face. How now! is his mouth down? Face. Our clerk within, that I forgot! [Aside.

Sub. Ay, he has spoken! I know not, sir.

Face. A pox, I heard him, and you too. He's

undone then. Dap. [within.) For God's sake, when will her grace be at leisure ?

I have been fain to say, the house is haunted Face. Ha!

With spirits, to keep churl back.

Sub. And hast thou done it? Illusions, some spirit o' the air!– His gag is melted,

Face. Sure, for this night. And now he sets ont the throat.


Sub. Why, then triumph and sing
Dap. [within.] I am almost stifled-

Of Face so famous, the precious king
Face. Would you were altogether! [Aside. Of present wits.
Love. 'Tis in the house.

Face. Did you not hear the coil
Ha! list.

About the door? Face. Believe it, sir, in the air.

Sub. Yes, and I dwindled with it. Love. Peace, you..

Face. Show him his aunt, and let him be deDap. [within. Mine aunt's grace does not use


I'll send her to you. me well.

[Exit FACE. Sub. [within.] You fool,

Sub. Well, sir, your aunt ber grace Peace, you'll mar all.

Will give you audience presently, on my suit, Face. [speaks through the key-hole, while LOVE

And the captain's word that you did not eat your wit adcances to the door unobserved.] Or

gag you will else, you rogue.

In any contempt of her highness. Lore. Oh! is it so? then you converse with

[Unbinds his eyes. spirits !

Dap. Not I, in troth, sir.
Come, sir. No more of your tricks, good Jeremy, Enter Dol, like the Queen of Fairy.
The truth, the shortest way.

Sub. Here she is come. Down o' your knees Face. Dismiss this rabble, sir.

and wriggle: What shall I do? I am catch'd.

[Aside. She has a stately presence. [DAPPER kneels, and Love. Good neighbours,

shuffles towards her.) Good! Yet nearer, I thank you all. You may depart. [Exeunt And bid, God save you!

Neighbours. ]-Come sir,
You know that I am an indulgent master;

Dap. Madam!

Sub. And your aunt. And therefore conceal nothing. What's your Dap. And my most gracious aunt, God save medicine,

your grace. To draw so many several sorts of wild-fowl?

Dól. Nephew, we thought to have been angry Face. Sir, you were wont to affect mirth and wit

But that sweet face of yours hath turn'd the tide, But here's no place to talk on't in the street.

And made it flow with joy, that ebb’d of love. Give me but leave to make the best of my fortune, Arise, and touch our velvet gown. And only pardon me the abuse of your house : Sub. The skirts, It's all I beg. I'll help you to a widow,

And kiss 'em. So! In recompence, that you shall give me thanks for,

Dol. Let me now stroke that head. Will make you seven years younger, and a rich

Much, nephew, shalt thou win, much shalt thou

spend, 'Tis but your putting on a Spanish cloak: Much shalt thou give away, much shalt thou lend. I have her within. You need not fear the house;

Sub. Ay, much! indeed.-[Aside.]-Why do It was not visited.

you not thank her grace ? Love. But by me, who came Sooner than you expected.

Dap. I cannot speak for joy.

Sub. See the kind wretch! Face. It is true, sir,

Your grace's kinsman right. 'Pray you forgive me.

Dol. Give me the bird. Love. Well : let's see your widow. [Exeunt. Here is your fly' in a purse, about your neck,

cousin ;

Wear it, and feed it about this day sev'n-night,

On your right wrist-
A Room in the same.

Sub. Open a vein with a pin,
And let it suck but once a week; till then,

You must not look on't.
Enter SUBTLE, leading in DAPPER, with his eyes
bound as before.

Dol. No: and, kinsman,

Bear yourself worthy of the blood you come on. Sub. How! have you eaten your gag?

Sub. Her grace would have you eat no more Dap. Yes, faith, it crumbled

Woolsack pies,
Away in my mouth.

Nor Dagger 2 frumety.
Sub. You have spoil'd all, then,
Dap. No!

1 fly-familiar spirit. I hope my aunt of Fairy will forgive me.

The Woolsack and the Dagger were ordinaries of low repute, and our old poets have frequent allusions

to the coarseness of their entertainments.-GIFFORD. 1.An ocular deception.'

Frunety or frumenty was wheat boiled in milk.

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