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Dol. Nor break his fast

Against the instrument that was drawn between In Heaven and Hell. Sub. She's with you everywhere!

Dol. I'll pluck his bird as bare as I can. Nor play with costermongers, at mum-chance, Sub. Yes, tell her, tray-trip;1

She must by any means address some present God make you rich (when as your aunt has done To the cunning man; make him amends for

wronging But keep

His art with her suspicion: send a ring The gallant'st company, and the best games Or chain of pearl; she will be tortured else Dap. Yes, sir.

Extremely in her sleep, say, and have strango Sub. Gleek and primero: and what you get, be things true to us.

Come to her. Wilt thou ? Dap. By this hand, I will.

Dol. Yes. Sub. You may bring's a thousand pound Sub. My fine flitter-mouse! Before to-morrow night, if but three thousand My bird o' the night! we'll tickle it at the Be stirring, an you will.

Pigeons," Dap. I swear I will then.

When we have all, and may unlock the trunks, Sub. Your fly will learn you all games. And say, this 's mine, and thine; and thine, and Face. [within.] Have you done there?

mine.

[They kiss. Sub. Your grace will command him no more duties?

Re-enter Face.
Dol. No;

Face. What now! a-billing?
But come, and see me often. I may chance Sub. Yes, a little exalted
To leave him three or four hundred chests of In the good passage of our stock affairs.
treasure,

Face. Drugger has brought his parson; take
And some twelve thousand acres of fairy land, him in, Subtle,
If he game well and comely with good gamesters. And send Nab back again to wash his face.
Sub. There's a kind aunt! kiss her departing Sub. I will: and shave himself. [Exit.
part.-

Face. If you can get him. But you must sell your forty mark a year, now. Dol. You are hot upon it, Face, whate'er it is! Dap. Ay, sir, I mean.

Face. A trick that Dol shall spend ten pound Sub. Or, give 't away; pox on't!

a month by. Dap. I'll give 't mine aunt: I'll go and fetch the writings.

[Exit.

Re-enter SUBTLE.
Sub. 'Tis well-away!

Is he gone?
Re-enter FACE.

Sub. The chaplain waits you in the hall, sir.
Face. I'll go bestow him.

[Erit. Face. Where's Subtle?

Dol. He'll now marry her, instantly. Sub. Here: what news?

Sub. Ho cannot yet, he is not ready. Dear Face. Drugger is at the door; go take his suit, Dol, And bid him fetch a parson presently;

Cozen her of all thou canst. To deceive him Say, he shall marry the widow. Thou shalt Is no deceit, but justice, that would break spend

Such an inextricable tie as ours was. A hundred pound by the service!

Dol. Let me alone to fit him.

[Exit SUBTLE. Now, Queen Dol,

Re-enter Face Have you pack'd up all?

Face. Come, my venturers, Dol. Yes.

You have pack'd up all? where be the trunks? Face. And bow do like

bring forth. The lady Pliant?

Sub. Here. Dol. A good dull innocent.

Face. Let us see them. Where's the money? Re-enter SUBTLE.

Sub. Here,

In this. Sub. Here's your Hieronimo's cloak and hat. Face. Mammon's ten pound; eight score before; Face. Give me them.

The_brethren's money, this. Drugger's and Sub. And the ruff, too?

Dapper's.
Face. Yes; I'll come to you presently. [Exit. What paper's that?

Sub. Now he is gone about his project, Dol, Dol. The jewel of the waiting-maid's,
I told you of, for the widow.

That stole it from her lady, to know certainDol. 'Tis direct

Face. If she should have precedence of her Against our articles.

mistress? Sub. Well, we will fit him, wench.

Dol. Yes. Hast thou gulld her of her jewels or her Face. What box is that? bracelets ?

Sub. The fish-wives' rings, I think, Dol. No; but I will do't.

And the ale-wives' single money.? Is't not, Dol? Sub. Soon at night, my Dolly,

Dol. Yes; and the whistle that the sailor's When we are shipp'd, and all our goods aboard, wife Eastward for Ratcliff; we will turn our course Brought you to know an her husband were with To Brainford, westward, if thou say'st the word, Ward.. And take our leaves of this o'er-weening rascal, This peremptory Face. Dol. Content, I'm weary of him.

fitter-mouse or flicker-mouse-i.e. fluttering mouse, Sub. Thou'st cause, when the slave will run a i.e. bat. wiving, Dol,

2 The Three Pigeons at Brentford, the place of rendezvous.

3 single-money-small money, perhaps, that required These were both games at dice; silence is said to no change.-GITFORD. have been enforced in the former.

4 Ward was a famous pirate.

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Are you

Face. We'll wet it to-morrow; and our silver offi

. [without.] Yes, two or three for failing.2 beakers

Lore. Have but patience, And tavern cups. Where be the French petti- | And I will open it straight.

coats, And girdles and hangers ?

Enter Face as butler. Sub. Here, in the trunk,

Face. Sir, have you done? And the bolts 1 of lawn.

Is it a marriage? perfect ? Face. Is Drugger's damask there,

Love. Yes, my brain. And the tobacco ?

Face. Off with your ruff and cloak then; be Sub. Yes.

yourself, sir. Face. Give me the keys.

Sur. (without.] Down with the door. Dol. Why you the keys ?

Kas. (without.] 'Slight, ding? it open. Sub. No matter, Dol; because

Love. [opening the door.] Hold, We shall not open them before he comes. Hold, gentlemen; what means this violence ? Face. 'Tis true, you shall not open them, indeed;

MAMMON, SURLY, KASTRIL, ANANIAS, TRIBUNor have them forth, do you see? not forth, Dol.

LATION, and Officers, rush in. Dol. No!

Mam. Where is this collier? Face. No, my smock rampant. The right is, Sur. And my Captain Faco? my master

Mam. These day owls.
Knows all, has pardon'd me, and he will keep Sur. That are birding in men's purses.

Mam. Madam suppository.
Doctor, 'tis true-you look--for all your figures: Kas. Doxy, my suster.
I sent for him indeed. Wherefore, good partners, Ana. Locusts
Both he and she be satisfied; for here

Of the foul pit.
Determines? the indenture tripartite

Tri. Profane as Bel and the dragon. 'Twixt Subtle, Dol, and Face. All I can do Ana. Worse than the grasshoppers, or the lice Is to help you over the wall, o' the back side,

of Egypt. Or lend you a sheet to save your velvet gown, Love. Good gentlemen, hear me. Dol.

officers, Here will be officers presently, bethink you And cannot stay this violence ? Of some course suddenly to 'scape the dock;3 1 Offi. Keep the peace, For thither you will come else. (Loud knocking.] Love. Gentlemen, what is the matter? whom Hark you, thunder!

do you seek? Sub. You are a precious fiend!

Mam. The chemical cozener. Offi. [without.] Open the door.

Sur. And the captain pander. Face. Dol, I am sorry for thee, i' faith; but Kas. The nun my suster. hear'st thou?

Mam. Madam Rabbi.
It shall go hard, but I will place thee somewhere: Ana. Scorpions,
Thou shalt have my letter to Mistress Amo And caterpillars.
Dol. Hang you!

Love. Fewer at once, I pray you.
Face. Or Madam Cæsarean."

2 Osji. One after another, gentlemen, I charge Dol. Pox upon you, rogue,

you, Would I bad but time to beat thee!

By virtue of my staff. Face. Subtle,

Ana. They are the vessels Let's know where you set up next; I will send Of pride, lust, and the cart. you

Love. Good zeal, lie still
A customer now and then for old acquaintance: A little while.
What new course have you?

Tri. Peace, deacon Ananias.
Sub. Rogue, I'll hang myself;.

Love. The house is mine here, and the doors That I may walk a greater devil than thou,

are open ; And haunt thee in the flock-bed and the buttery. If there be any such persons as you seek for,

[Exeunt. Use your authority, search on o' God's name.

I am but newly come to town, and finding

This tumult 'bout my door, to tell you true, ACT. V.-SCENE III.

It somewbat mazed me; till my man here, fearing An outer room in the same.

My more displeasure, told me he had done

Somewhat an insolent part, let out my house Enter LOVEwir in the Spanish dress, with the (Belike, presuming on my known aversion Parson.

From any air o'the town while there was sick

ness), [Loud knocking at the door.]

To a doctor and a captain; who, what they are Lore. What do you mean, my masters ? Or where they be, he knows not. Mam. [without.j Open your door,

Mam. Are they gone ? Cheaters, bawds, conjurers.

Love. You may go in and search, sir. [MAMOffi. [without.] Or we will break it open.

MON, ANA., and TRIB. go in.] Here I find Lore. What warrant have you?

The empty walls worse than I left them, smoak'd. Offi. [without.] Warrant enough, sir, doubt A few crack'd pots, and glasses, and a furnace : not,

The ceiling fill'd with poesies of the candle, If you'll not open it.

And madam with a dildo writ o' the walls: Lore. Is there an officer there?

Only one gentlewoman, I met here,

That is within, that said she was a widow1 A bolt was a narrow piece of anything. Determines-ends.

1 for failing-for fear of failing. * dock-some apartment in Newgate or Bridewell. - 2 ding-knock or break; still used in Scotland. WHALLEY.

3 poesies or posies of the candle --- probably sancift: * The names of two bawds in our poet's time.

figures made with the smoke from a candle.

M

and says

Kas. Ay, that's my suster; I'll go thump her. Ana. To bear away the portion of the righteous Where is she?

[Goes in. Out of this den of thieves. Love. And should have married a Spanish Love. What is that portion ? count; but he

Ana. The goods sometimes the orphan's, that When he came to't, neglected her so grossly,

the brethren That I, a widower, am gone through with her. Bought with their silver pence. Sur. How! have I lost her then ?

Love. What, those in the cellar, Love. Were you the don, sir?

The knight Sir Mammon claims? Good faith, now, she does blame you extremely, Ana. I do defy

The wicked Mammon, so do all the brethren. You swore, and told her you had taken the pains Thou profane man!I ask thee with what conscience To dye your beard, and umbre o'er your face, Thou canst advance that idol against us, Borrowed a suit, and ruff, all for her love; That have the seal? were not the shillings numAnd then did nothing. What an oversight,

ber'd, And want of putting forward, sir, was this ! That made the pounds; were not the pounds told Well fare an old harquebuzier, yet,

out, Could prime his powder, and give fire, and hit, Upon the second day of the fourth week, All in a twinkling!

In the eighth month, upon the table dormant, Re-enter MAMMON.

The year of the last patience of the saints,

Six hundred and ten? Mam. The whole nest are fled !

Love. Mine earnest vehement botcher, Love. What sort of birds were they?

And deacon also, I cannot dispute with you: Mam. A kind of choughs,

But if you get you not away the sooner,
Or thievish daws, sir, that have pick'd my purse I shall confute you with a cudgel.
Of eight score and ten pounds within these five Ana. Sir!
weeks,

Tri. Be patient, Ananias.
Beside my first materials; and my goods,

Ana. I am strong, That lie in the cellar, which I am glad they And will stand up, well girt, against an host have left,

That threaten Gad in exile. I may have home yet.

Love. I shall send you Love. Think you so, sir?

To Amsterdam, to your cellar. Мат. Ау. .

Ana. I will pray there, Love. By order of law, sir, but not otherwise. Against thy house : may dogs defile thy walls, Mam. Not mine own stuff!

And wasps and hornets breed beneath thy roof, Love. Sir, I can take no knowledge

This seat of falsehood, and this cave of cozenage ! That they are yours, but by public means.

[Exeunt Ana. and TRIB. If you can bring certificate that you were gulla

Enter DRUGGER. of them, Or any formal writ out of a court,

Love. Another too? That you did cozen yourself, I will not hold Drug. Not I, sir, I am no brother. them.

Love [beats him.] Away, you Harry Nicholas!! Mam. I'll rather lose them.

do you talk?

(Exit Deus. Love. That you shall not, sir,

Face. No, this was Abel Drugger. Good sir, go, By me, in troth: upon these terms, they are yours,

[To the Parson. What! should they have been, sir, turn'd into And satisfy him; tell him all is done : gold, all ?

He stayed too long a washing of his face. Mam. No,

The doctor, he shall hear of him at Westchester; I cannot tell - It may be they should-What then? And of the captain, tell him, at Yarmouth, or Love. What a great loss in hope have you some good port town else, lying for a wind. sustain'd!

[Exit Parson. Mam. Not I, the commonwealth has.

If you can get off the angry child, now, sirFace. Ay, he would have built The city new; and made a ditch about it

Enter KASTRIL, dragging in his sister. Of silver, should have run with cream from

Kas. Come on, you ewe, you have match'd most Hogsden;

sweetly, have you not? That, every Sunday, in Moorfields, the younkers, Did not I say, I would never have you tupp'd And tits and tom-boys should have fed on, gratis. But by a dubb'd boy, to make you a lady-tom?

Mam. I will go mount a turnip cart, and preach | 'Slight, you are a mammet !? Oh, I could to use
The end of the world, within these two months. you now.
-Surly,

Death, mun' you marry, with a pox!
What! in a dream ?

Lore. You lie, boy ; Sur. Must I needs cheat myself

As sound as you; and I'm aforehand with you. With that same foolish vice of honesty!

Kas. Anon! Come, let us go and hearken out the rogues:

Love. Come, will you quarrel? I will feizes That Face I'll mark for mine, if e'er I meet hin.

you, sirrah; Face. If I can hear of him, sir, I'll bring you Why do you not buckle to your tools? word,

Kas. Od's light, Unto your lodging; for, in troth, they were

This is a fine old boy as e'er I saw! strangers

Love. What, do you change your copy now? To me, I thought them honest as myself, sir.

proceed, [Exeunt MAM. and SUR. Here stands' my dove: stoop at her, if you dare. Re-enter ANANIAS and TRIBULATION.

1 Harry Nicholas, a native of Leyden, commonly sup Tri. 'Tis well, the saints shall not lose all yet. posed to be the founder of that turbulent and mischievous Go,

sect called the Family of Love.-GIFFORD. And get some carts

2 mammet-a puppet, or owl; dim. of mam. Love. For what, my zealous friends ?

feize-drive, or beat; spelt also phecze. * stoop-fall, or pounce.

3

Kas. 'Slight, I must love him! I cannot choose, And help his fortune, though with some small i' faith,

strain An I should be hang'd fort! Suster, I protest, Of his own candour. [advancing.]Therefore, I honour thee for this match,

gentlemen, Lovu. Oh, do you so, sir?

And kind spectators, if I have outstript Kas. Yes, an thou canst take tobacco and drink, An old man's gravity, or strict canon, think old boy,

What a young wife and a good brain may do; Il give her five hundred pound more to her Stretch age's truth sometimes, and crack it too. marriage,

Speak for thyself, knave. Than her own state.

Face. So I will

, sir. [advancing to the front of Love. Fill a pipe full, Jeremy.

stage.]-Gentlemen, Face. Yes; but go in and take it, sir.

My part a little fell in this last scene,
Love. We will-

Yet 'twas decorum. And though I am clean
I will be ruled by thee in anything, Jeremy. Got off from Subtle, Surly, Mammon, Dol,
Kas. 'Slight, thou art not hide-bound,' thou art Hot Ananias, Dapper, Drugger, all
a jovy? boy!

With whom I traded: yet I put myself
Come, let us in, I pray thee, and take our whiffs. On you, that are my country: and this pelf,
Love. Whiff in with your sister, brother boy. Which I have got, if you do quit me, rests

[Esceunt Kas. and Dame P.] That master To feast you often, and invite new guests. That had received such happiness by a servant,

[Exeunt. In such a widow, and with so much wealth, Were very ungrateful, if he would not be A little indulgent to that servant's wit,

I candour-honour, fair reputation.

2 Yet 'tras decorum, i.e. I have not acted, however,

against the decorum the suitableness of the character. I hide-bound-niggardly. ? jory--jovial. -UPTON.

EPICENE; OR, THE SILENT WOMAN.

A COMEDY. ACTED IN THE YEAR 1609 BY THE CHILDREN OF HER MAJESTY'S REVELS.

TIE AUTHOR B. J.

London. 1616.

sure.

TO THE TRULY NOBLE BY ALL TITLES,

SIR FRANCIS STUART. SIR-My hope is not so nourished by example, There is not a line, or syllable in it, as it will conclude, this dumb piece should please changed from the simplicity of the first copy. you, because it hath pleased others before ; but And when you shall consider, through the cerby trust, that when you have read it, you will tain hatred of some, how much a man's innofind it worthy to have displeased none. This cency may be endangered by an uncertain makes that I now number you, not only in the accusation; you will, I doubt not, so begin to names of favour, but the names of justice to hate the iniquity of such natures, as I shall love what I write; and do presently call you to the the contumely done me, whose end was exercise of that noblest, and manliest virtue; as honourable as to be wiped off by your sentence. coveting rather to be freed in my fame, by the authority of a judge, than the credit of an under

Your un profitable, but true Lover, taker. Read, therefore, I pray you, and cen

BEN. JONSON.

SO

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Dramatis Personæ.
- MOROSE, a Gentleman that lores no noise. EPICNF, supposed the Silent Woman.
SIR DAUPHINE EUGENIE, a Knight, his Nephew. LADY HAUGHTY,
NED CLERIMONT, a Gentleman, his Friend. LADY CENTAURE, Ladies Collegiates.
TRUEWIT, another Friend.

MISTRESS DOL. MAVIS,
SIR JOnx Daw, a Knight.

MISTRESS OTTER, the Captain's Wife,) Sir AMOROUS LA-FOOLE, a Knight also.

MISTRESS TRUSTY, LADY HAUGHTY'S Pretenders. - THowas OTTER, a Land and Sea Captain.

Woman,
CUTBEARD, a Barber.
MUTE, one of MOROSE's Servants.

Pages, Servants, etc.
-Parson.
Page to CLERIMONT.

SCENE-London.

1 A learned gentleman, one of Raleigh's club at the Mermaid Tavern.

? An undertaker, considered a very offensive character, was the name given to certain persons who undertook, through their influence in the House of Commons, in the Parliament of 1614, to carry things agreeably to his Majesty's wishes.-WHALLEY.

PROLOGUE.

Truth says, of old the art of making plays The poet prays you then, with better thought Was to content the people ; and their praise To sit; and, when his cates are all in brought, Was to the poet money, wine, and bays.

Though there be none far-fet, there will dear

bought, But in this age, a sect of writers are, That only for particular likings care,

Be fit for ladies: some for lords, knights, 'squires; And will taste nothing that is popular.

Some for your waiting wench, and city wires;?

Some for your men, and daughters of WhiteWith such we mingle neither brains nor breasts; friars. Our wishes, like to those make public feasts, Are not to please the cook's taste but the guests. Nor is it only while you keep your seat

Here, that his feast will last; but you shall eat Yet, if those cunning palates hither come, A week at ord'naries, on his broken meat; They shall find guests entreaty, and good room;

If his muse be true, And though all relish not, sure there will be some,

Who commends her to you.

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Who wrote that piece, could so have wrote a play,
But that he knew this was the better way.

1 far-fel-far-fetched.

city wires.- This term, which seems to designate the matrons of the city in opposition to the Whitefriars nation,' is new to me. In the stiff and formal dresses of those days, wire indeed was much used; but I know not that it was peculiar to the city dames. Perhaps I have missed the sense. Whitefriars was at this time a privileged spot, the resort of fraudulent debtors, gamblers, prostitutes, and other outcasts of society.-GIFFORD.

For, to present all custard, or all tart,
And have no other meats to bear a part,
Or to want bread, and salt, were but coarse art.

ANOTHER.
The ends of all, who for the scene do write, For he knows, poet never credit gain'd
Are, or should be, to profit and delight.

By writing truths, but things, like truths, well
And still 't hath been the praise of all best times, feign'd.
So persons were not touch'd, to tax the crimes. If any yet will, with particular sleight
Then, in this play, which we present to-night, Of application, wrest what he doth write;
And make the object of your ear and sight, And that he meant, or him, or her, will say:
On forfeit of yourselves, think nothing true: They make a libel, which he made a play.
Lest so you make the maker to judge you.

ACT 1.-SCENE I.

your master, when the entrance is so easy to yon A Room in CLERIMONT's House.

-Well

, sir, you shall go there no more, lest i be

fain to seek your voice in my lady's rushes 3 Enter CLERIMONT, making himself ready, followed | fortnight hence. Sing, sir. [Page sings. by his Page.

Still to be neat, still to be drestCler. Have you got the song yet perfect, I gave

Enter TRUEWIT. you, boy? Page. Yes, sir.

True. Why, here's the man that can melt away Cler. Let me hear it.

his time and never feels it! What between his Page. You shall, sir ; but i'faith let nobody else. mistress abroad and his ingle? at home, high fare, Cler. Why, I pray ?

soft lodging, fine clothes, and his fiddle, he thinks Page. It will get you the dangerous name of a the hours have no wings, or the day no post-horse. poet in town, sir; besides me a perfect deal of

Well, Sir Gallant, were you struck with the plague ill-will at the mansion you wot of, whose lady is this minute, or condemn'd to any capital punishthe argument of it; where now I am the wel

ment to-morrow, you would begin then to think, comest thing under a man that comes there.

and value every article of your time, esteem it at Cler. I think; and above a man too, if the truth

the true rate, and give all for it. were rack'd out of you.

Cler. Why, what should a man do ? Page. No, faith, "I'll confess before, sir. The

True. Why, nothing; or that which, when 'tis gentlewomen play with me, and throw me on the bed, and carry me in to my lady: and she kisses done, is as idle. Hearken after the next horseme with her oil'd face, and puts a peruke on my head; and asks me an I will wear her gown?

I rushes were then used as carpets are at the present and I say, no: and then she hits me a blow o' the ear, and calls me Innocent!' and lets me go.

day

ingle originally meant a male favourite of the most Cler. No marvel is the door be kept shut against detestable kind. Nares thinks this the meaning in the

text. Afterwards it meant an intimate friend ; and

Gifford thinks this the meaning here, connecting it 1 Innocent-fool, or simpleton.

with Scotch ingle, the fire, or fire-place.

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