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Loves Adventures. Play.

The Lord Fatherly.

The Lord Singularity.

His Sonne.

Sir Serious Dumbe.

Sir Timothy Complement.

Sir Humphry Bolde.

Sir Roger Exception.

Sir Peaceable Studious.

Foſter Truſty.

The Lady Orphant.

The Lady Ignorant wife to Sir Peaceable Studious.

The Lady Baſhfull.

The Lady Wagtaile.

The Lady Amorous.

Mrs. Acquaintance.

NurſeHFondly Foſter Truſties wife.

Lady Orphans Nurſe

Mrs. Reformers woman to the Lady Baſhfull.

Two Chamber-Maydes.

Prologue.

Noble Spectators, you are come to ſee,

A Play, if good, perchance may clapped be;

And yet our Authoreſſe ſayes that ſhe hath heard,

Some playes, though good, hath not been ſo preferr’d;

As to be mounted up on high raiſed praiſe,

And to be Crown’d with Garlands of freſh bayes:

But the contrary have been hiſſed off,

Out from our Stage with many a cenſuring ſcoff;

But afterwards there underſtanding cleer’d,

They gave the praiſe, what they before had jeer’d.

The ſame ſhe ſayes may to her Play befall,

And your erroneous cenſures may recall:

But all ſuch Playes as take not at firſt ſight,

But afterwards the viewers takes delight:

It ſeemes there is more wit in ſuch a Play,

Than can be underſtood in one whole day:

If ſoe, ſhe is well content for her wits ſake,

From ignorance repulſes for to take;

For ſhe had rather want thoſe underſtanding braines,

Than that her Play ſhould want wits flowing veynes.

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Act I.

Scene 1.

Enter the Lord Fatherly, and the Lord Singularity his Son.

Lord Singularity

Pray, Sir, do not force me to marry a childe, before you know whether ſhe will prove vertuous, or diſcreet; when for the want of that knowledge, you may indanger the honour of your Line and Poſterity, with Cuckoldry and Baſtardry.

Lord Fatherly

Son, you muſt leave that to fortune.

Lord Singularity

A wiſe man, Sir, is to be the maker or ſpoiler of his own fortune.

Lord Fatherly

Let me tell you Son, the wiſeſt man that is, or ever was, may be deceived in the chooſing a wife, for a woman is more obſcure than nature her ſelf, therefore you muſt truſt to chance, for marriage is a Lottery, if you get a prize, you may live quietly and happily.

Lord Singularity

But if I light of a blank, as a hundred to one, nay a thouſand to one but I ſhall, which is on a Fool or a Whore, her Follies or Adulteries, inſtead of a praiſe, will ſound out my diſgrace.

Lord Fatherly

Come, Come, ſhe is Rich, ſhe is Rich.

Lord Singularity

Why Sir, guilded Horns are moſt viſible.

Lord Fatherly

’Tis better, Son, to have a rich whore than a poor whore, but I hope Heaven hath made her Chaſt, and her Father being an honourable, honeſt, and wiſe man, will breed her vertuouſly, and I make no queſtion but you will be happy with her.

Lord Singularity

But Sir, pray conſider the inequality of our ages, ſhe being but a Child, and I at mans Eſtate; by that time ſhe is ready for the marriage bed: I ſhall be ready for the grave, and youths ſharp appetites, will never relliſh Age, wherefore ſhe will ſeek to pleaſe her pallat elſe where.

Lord Fatherly

Let me tell you, Son, ſhould you marry a woman that were as many years older, than ſhe is younger than you; it were a greater hazard, for firſt old women are more intemperate than young: and being older than the husband, they are apt to be jealouſe, and being jealouſe, they grow malitious, and malice ſeeks revenge, and revenge diſgrace, therefore ſhe would Cuckold you meerly to diſgrace you.

Lord Singularity

On the other ſide, thoſe Women that are marryed young, Cuckholds there Husbands fames diſhonouring them by their ignorant follyes, and Childiſh indiſcretions, as much as with Adultery. And I ſhould aſſoon chooſe to be a Cuckhold, as to be thought to be one: For my honour will ſuffer as much by the one as the other, if not more.

Lord Fatherly

Heaven bleſſe the, Sonne, from jealouſy, for thou art horrible afraid of being a Cuckold.

Lord Singularity

Can you blame me, Sir, ſince to be a Cuckhold is to be deſpiſed, ſcorned, laught, and pointed at, as a Monſter worſe than nature ever made, and all the Honour that my birth gave me and my education indued me, my 5 C1r 5 my vertue gained me, my induſtry got me; fortune beſtowed on me, and fame inthron’d me for: may not only be loſt by my wifes Adultery, but as I ſaid by her indiſcretion; which makes me wonder, how any man that hath a Noble Soul, dares marry ſince all his honour lyes or lives in the light heels of his wife, which every little paſſion is apt to kick away, wherefore good Sir, let me live a ſingle life.

Lord Fatherly

How Son, would you have me conſent to extinguiſh the light of my Name, and to pull out the root of my poſterity.

Lord Singularity

Why Sir, it were better to lye in dark oblivion, than to have a falſe light to devulge your diſgrace; and you had better pull out the root, than to have a branch of diſhonour ingrafted therein.

Lord Fatherly

All theſe Arguments againſt Marriage is, becauſe you would injoy your Miſtreſſes with freedom; fearing you ſhould be diſturbed by a wife.

Lord Singularity

That needs not, for I obſerve, married Men takes as much liberty, if not more than Batchellors; for Batchellors are afftraid they ſhould challenge a promiſe of Marriage, and married Men are out of that danger.

Lord Father

Then that is the reaſon that Batchellors Court Married wives, and Married Men Courts Maides; but howſoever Son, if all Men ſhould be of your mind, there would be no Marrying nor giving in Marriage; but all muſt be in Common.

Lord Singularity

That were beſt Sir, for then there could be no Adultery committed, or Cuckolds made.

Lord Fatherly

For ſhame take courage, and be not a fraid of a Woman.

Lord Singularity

By Heaven Sir, I would ſooner yield up my life to death, than venture my honour to a womans management.

Lord Father

Well Son, I ſhall not force you with threates or commands to marry againſt your will and good likeing; but I hope Heaven will turn your mind towards marriage, and ſent thee a loving, vertuous and diſcreet wife.

Scene 2.

Enter the Lady Wagtaile, the Lady Amorous, Sir Timothy Compliment, Sir Humphrey Bold, and Sir Roger Exception.

Sir Timothy Compliment

Bright beauty, may I be Servant.

Lady Amorous

If I have any beauty, it was begot in your Eyes. And takes light from your commendations.

Sir Timothy Compliment

You are Lady, the Starre of your Sex.

Lady Amorous

No truely, I am but a Meteor that ſoon goeth out.

Lady Wagtaile

Preethy Sir Timothy Compliment, and Lady Amorous, do not ſtand prating here, but let us go a broad to ſome place to devert the time.

Lady Amorous

Dear Wagtaile, whether ſhall we goe?

Sir Timothy Compliment

Faith let us go to a Play.

Sir Humphrey Bold

Let’s go to a Tavern.

Sir Roger Exception

What with Ladyes!

Sir Humphrey Bold

Why, Ladyes have been in Tavernes before now.

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Sir Roger Exception

It were as good to carry them to a Bawdy-houſe.

Sir Humphrey Bold

As good ſay you, faith now I think of it, better; it were the only place to paſs a way idle time. Come Ladyes ſhall we go.

Lady Amorous

Whether?

Sir Humphrey Bold

To a Bawdy-houſe.

Lady Amorous

O fye! fye! Sir Humphrey Bold; how wantonly you talk?

Lady Wagtaile

But would you carry us in good earneſt to a Bawdy-houſe?

Sir Humphrey Bold

Why, do you queſtion it, when every houſe is a ſecret Bawdy-houſe. Na! Let me tell you, there be many Right Worſhipfull, Nay, Right Honourable, and moſt Noble Pallaces made Bawdy-houſes.

Sir Roger Exception

Some perchance that are old and ruinous, and the right owners out.

Sir Humphrey Bold

No, ſome that are new, large, and finely furniſhed; and the owners ſtately, proud, ſcornfull, and jeering, living therein.

Sir Roger Exception

They ſhould take heed of jeering, leaſt they be jeered and of being ſcornfull, leaſt they be ſcorned.

Sir Humphrey Bold

What ſay you Ladyes, are you reſolved.

Lady Wagtaile

No, No, we will not go with you to ſuch places now; but I will carry you to a young Lady whoſe Father is newly dead, and hath left her all his Eſtate; and ſhe is become a great heir.

Sir Roger Exception

Perchance Lady ſhe will not receive our viſit, if her Father be newly dead.

Lady Wagtaile

I perceive you are ignorant of Funerall cuſtomes, for widdowes, heires, and heireſſes receives viſits whilſt the Corpes lyes above ground: And they will keep them ſo much the longer, to have ſo many more viſitants: nay, ſometimes they will keep them ſo long, as there diſſembling is perceived, or ſo long as they ſtink above ground; for if they bury not the Corpes and ſet empty Coffins for want of imbalming, their miſerableneſs will ſtench up the Noſtrils of their vanity.

Sir Roger Vanity

Nay by your favour Lady, there are ſome that are buried whilſt they are ſteeming hot.

Sir Humphrey Bold

Thoſe are only ſuch whoſe Executors, widdowes, or widdowers, feares they may revive again, and rather than that they ſhould do ſo, they will bury them alive.

Lady Wagtaile

You ſay rightly true, Sir Humphrey Bold.

Sir Timothy Compliment

Sweet beautyes, let us go to ſee this Rich heireſs.

Lady Amorous

Content.

Sir Roger Exception

But Ladyes are you acquainted with her.

Lady Wagtaile

O no! But you may know that all women rather than want viſits, they will go to thoſe they never ſaw, nor ſpoak to: but only heares of them, and where they live, and I can direct the Coachman to this Ladyes Lodging, wherefore let us go.

Sir Humphrey Bold

I ſhall not deny to viſit a Rich heireſs.

Sir Roger Exception

I ſhall waite upon you Ladyes, but――

Lady Wagtaile

Nay, never make buts, but let’s go.

Lady Amorous

Pray let us call Sir Serious Dumb, to go along with us.

Lady Wagtaile

Faith Amorous you love his Company, becauſe he can tell no tales.

Sir Humphrey Bold

Pray call him not, but let him alone: for I dare ſweare he is inventing of ſome uſeleſs and fooliſh Art.

Sir Timothy Compliment

Is he ſo inventive ſay you, but if his inventions is uſeleſs, he invents in vain.

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Sir Roger Exception

Why may not a Dumb mans Inventions be as good as a blind, for the moſt uſefulleſt Artes were invented, as the learned faith, by one born blind.

Lady Wagtaile

Me thinkes a dumb man ſhould not have much wit, for by my troath one that is dumb ſeemes to me like a fool; nay, one that ſpeakes but little: I cannot for my life but condemn him, or her for an Aſs.

Sir Humphrey Bold

He may be a fool, although he may chance to light on ſome inventions; for Artes are oftner produced from chance than wit, but let us go and leave him.

Lady Wagtaile whiſpers to SirH.Humphrey Bold.

Lady Wagtaile

Faith Sir Humphrey Bold, we muſt call him, or otherwiſe my friend Amorous will be out of humour.

Sir Humphrey Bold

Doth ſhe love ſilence ſo well.

Lady Wagtaile

No, no, it is that ſhe loves ſecrecy ſo well.

Exit.

Chorus

In a minutes time is flown

From a Child, to woman grown;

Some will ſmile, or laughing ſay;

This is but a fooliſh Play;

By Reaſon a Comedy, ſhould of one dayes action be,

Let them laugh and ſo will I

At there great ſimplicity;

I as other Poets brings

Severall Nations, Subjects, Kings

All to Act upon one ſtage,

So ſeverall times in one Age.

Scene 3.

Enter the Lady Orphant, and Mrs. Acquaintance.

Miſtriſs Acquaintance

How do you know the Lord Singularity is ſuch a gallant man? For he hath been out of the Kingdom this 7. yeares; wherefore, you could have no acquaintance, you being yet very young.

Lady Orphant

Although I have no acquaintance by ſight, or experienced knowledge; yet by report I have: for I remembred I heard my Father ſay, he was the honour of the Age, the glory of our Nation; and a pattern for all mankind to take a ſample from, and that his perſon was anſwerable to his merrits, for he ſaid he was a very handſome man, of a Maſculine preſence, a Courtly garbe, and affable and courteous behaviour; and that his wit was anſwerable to his merits, perſon, and behaviour, as that he had a quick wit, a ſolid judgment, a ready tongue and a ſmooth ſpeech.

Mrs. Acquaintance

And did your Father proffer you to be his wife.

Lady Orphant

Yes, and I remember my father ſighing ſaid, he ſhould have died in peace, and his ſoul would have reſted in quiet, if he had been pleaſed to have accepted of me.

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Mrs. Acquaintance

When did your Father proffer you.

Lady Orphant

When I was but a Child.

Mrs. Acquaintance

He is not married, and therefore he may chance to accept of you now, if you were profer’d.

Lady Orphant

That were but to be refuſed again, for I heare he is reſolved never to marry, and it will be a greater diſgrace to be refuſed now I am grown to womans Eſtate, than when I was but a Child, beſides my Father is dead, and my marrying can give him no content in the grave; unleſs his ſoul could view the world and the ſeverall actions therein.

Mrs. Acquaintance

So, is his Father dead.

Lady Orphant

Yes, and I here that is the cauſe he cares not to return into his native Country.

Mrs. Acquaintance

I have a friend that hath his picture.

Lady Orphant

Is it a he or a ſhe friend.

Mrs. Acquaintance

A ſhe friend.

Lady Orphant

Pray be ſo much my friend, as to get your friends conſent to ſhew me the Picture.

Mrs. Acquaintance

Perchance I may get it to view it my ſelf, but I ſhall never perſwade her to lend it you, jealouſy will forbid her.

Lady Orphant

She hath no cauſe to fear me, for I am not one to make an Amorous Mrs. and I have heard he will never marry.

Mrs. Acquaintance

That is all one; woman hath hopes as much as feares, or doubts what ever men doth vow for, or againſt.

Lady Orphant

Pray ſend to her to lend it you, and then you may ſhew it me.

Mrs. Acquaintance

I will try if ſhe will truſt me with it.

Exit.

Lady Orphant

Solus.

O Heaven, grant that the praiſe my Father gave this Lord whilſt in the world he lived, prove not as curſes to me his Child, ſo grieve his ſoul with my unhappy life.

Exit.

Scene 4.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Mrs. Reformer her woman; ſhe being in yeares.

Miſtriſs Reformer

Madam, now you are become a Mrs. of a Family, you muſt learn to entertain viſitants, and not be ſo baſhfull as you were wont to be, inſomuch as you had not confidence to look a ſtranger in the face, were they never ſo mean perſons.

Lady Baſhfull

Alas Reformer, it is neither their birth, breeding, wealth, or title, that puts me out of Countenance; for a poor Cobler will put me as much out of Countenance as a Prince; or a poor Semeſtreſs, as much as a great Lady.

Mrs. Reformer

What is it then?

Lady Baſhfull

Why there are unacuſtomated faces, and unaquainted humours.

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Mrs. Reformer

By this reaſon, you may be as much out of countenance as an unacuſtomed Dogg, or Cat, that you never ſaw before; or any other beaſt.

Lady Baſhfull

O no, for mankind is worſe natured than beaſts, and beaſts better natured than men; beſides beaſts lookes not with cenſuring eyes, nor heares, or liſtens with inquiſitive eares, nor ſpeakes with detracting tongues, nor gives falſe judgment, or ſpitefull cenſures, or ſlandering reproaches, nor jeeres, nor laughs at innocent or harmleſs Errours, nor makes every little miſtake a crime.

Enter the Lady Baſhfulls Page.

Page

Madam, there is a Coachfull of gallants allighted at the gate.

Lady Baſhfull

For heavens ſake, ſay I have no deſire to be ſeen.

Reformer

No, ſay my Lady is full of grief and is not fit to receive viſits.

Enter the Ladyes and Gentlemen. Whereat the Lady Baſhfull ſtands trembling and ſhaking, and her eyes being cast to the ground, and her face as pale as death. They ſpeak to Reformer

Where is the Lady Baſhfull, pray Gentlewoman tell her we are come to kiſs her hands.

Reformer offers to go forth.

Lady Wagtaile

Will you do us the favour old Gentlewoman, as to let the Lady know we are here.

Reformer

If I am not ſo old as to be inſenſible, this is ſhe.

Lady Wagtaile

Is this ſhe, alas good Lady, ſhe is not well, for ſurely ſhe hath a fit of an Ague upon her, ſhe doth ſo ſhake; you ſhould give her a Carduus-poſſit and put her to bed.

Lady Amorous

Lady, are you ſick.

She Anſwers not.

Lady Wagtaile

She is ſick indeed, if ſhe be ſpeechleſs.

Reformer

Madam, pray pull up your ſpirits, and entertain this honourable Company.

Lady Wagtaile

Why is the defect in her ſpirits.

Reformer

She is young and baſhfull.――

They all laugh, except Sir Roger Exception, and Sir Serious Dumb

Ha! Ha! She is out of countenance.

Sir Roger Exception

No ſhe is angry, becauſe we are ſtrangers unknown unto her; and ſhe takes it for a rudeneſs that we are come to viſit her, therefore let us be gone.

Lady Amorous

Let me tell you, it is meer ſhamefacedneſs.

Sir Roger Exception

I ſay no, for thoſe that are angry will ſhake extreamly, and turn as pale as death.

Sir Humphrey Bold

Lady, take courage, and look upon us with a confident brow.

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Reformer

Lord, Madam! will you make your ſelf ridiculous.

Lady Baſhfull

I cannot help it, for my thoughts are conſumed in the fiery flame of my bluſhes; and my words are ſmothered in the ſmoak of ſhame.

Lady Wagtaile

O! ſhe ſpeakes, ſhe ſpeakes a little.

Reformer

Pray Madam leave her at this time, and if you honour her with your Company again, ſhe may chance to entertain you with ſome confidence.

Lady Wagtaile

Pray let me and Sir Humphry Bold come and viſit her once a day, if it be but halfe an hour at a time, and we ſhall cure her I warrant thee.

Reformer

I wiſh ſhe were cured of this imperfection.

Sir Humphry Bold

She muſt marry, ſhe muſt marry, for there is no cure like a husband, for husbands beget confidence, and their wives are brought a bed with impudence.

Lady Wagtaile

By your favour Sir Humphry Bold, marriage muſt give way or place to courtſhip, for there are ſome wives as ſimply baſhfull as Virgins; but when did you ever ſee, or know, or hear of courtly lovers, or Amorous courtſhips, to be baſhfull: Their eyes are as piercing as light, and twinckles as Starrs, and their countenance as confident as day; and the diſcourſes is freer than wind.

He imbraces her.

Sir Humphry Bold

And your imbraces are wondrous kind.

Lady Wagtaile

In troth we women love you men but too well, that is the truth of it.

Sir Roger Exception

Pray Madam let us go, and not ſtay to anger this young Lady as we do.

Lady Wagtaile

Farewell friend, Sir Humphry Bold and I will viſit your Lady to morrow.

As they were all going away, the Lady Wagtaile turnes back again.

Lady Wagtaile

Pray what may I call your name.

Reformer

My name is Reformer.

Lady Wagtaile

Good Mrs. Reformer, I am heartily glad to ſee you well.

Reformer

I thank your Ladyſhip.

All goeth away but Sir Serious Dumb, and he ſtayes a little time to look upon the Lady Baſhfull, and then goeth out. Ex. The Lady Baſhfull Sola, and after they were all gone ſhe ſtretches up her ſelf.

Lady Baſhfull

O in what a torment I have been in; hell is not like it.

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Scene 5.

Enter the Lady Orphant, and Mrs. Acquaintance.

Lady Orphant

Have you got the Picture?

Mrs. Acquaintance

Yes, but I have ſeen handſomer men in my opinion than this Picture doth repreſent.

The Lady Orphant takes the Picture and views it with a ſtedfaſt eye.

Lady Orphant

I perceive you have no judgment in the Originall, nor skill in the Copy; for this Picture is moſt naturally penſelled, the Painter hath drawn it ſo lively. That one may perceive his noble Soul to appear through his lovely, and lively Countenance; do but obſerve it well, and you will ſee as much as I.

Mrs. Acquaintance

That is impoſſible, unleſs I had your heart, for though my ſkill of the Copy, or ſhadow, may be as much as yours, yet my affections to the Originall is leſs; which makes my eyes not partiall.

Lady Orphant

What will the owner take for that Picture?

Mrs. Acquaintance

She will not ſell it at any rate:.

Lady Orphant

I wiſh ſhe would, for I would buy it at any price.

Mrs. Acquaintance

She prizes it as highly as you, loving him as much; or well (as you do.)

Lady Orphant

How know you that?

Mrs. Acquaintance

Becauſe I know ſhe hath given him proofs of her love, which I believe you never did.

Lady Orphant

You miſtake luſt for love, ambition, for merit, I love not for the bodyes ſake, but for the ſoules pure ſpirit.

Ex.

Act II.

Scene 6.

Enter two Merchants.

1. Merchant

I hear the Lord Singularity hath given the Turkes a great defeat, he is both a wiſe, prudent, and valiant man.

2. Merchant

Methinkes our Nation ſhould not ſuffer ſuch a perſon as he, to hazard his life in the ſervice of other Countryes.

1. Merchant

O it is an honour to our Nation, to let the world know what gallant men it breeds, beſides our Nation is in peace with all the world; and he being active, hates to live idly, and dully at home, although he have a great eſtate, and is well beloved in his Country.

2. Merchant

What command doth the Venetians give him?

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1. Merchant

He is a Generall, for he commands a great Army.

2. Merchant

Is he marryed?

1. Merchant

No, and it is reported he never will marry, but he loves Miſtriſſes well, which all Souldiers doth for the moſt part.

2. Merchant

Then Italy is the beſt Countrey in the world for a ſouldier, there being the greateſt ſtore and moſt variety of Curtezans, for many of the Italians are, as many are in other Nations, rather Carpet-Knights, then fighting ſouldiers, they have more skill in ſetting muſicall notes, than pitching a battle; in kiſſing a Miſtriſſes hand with a good grace, than ſhooting of a Cannon bullet with a great courage; they can take better aime at a window, than of an enemy. And though they often receive woundes, yet they are from fair Venus, not from cruell Mars.

1. Merchant

But Mars ſouldiers when they skirmiſh in loves duels, receives woundes as often from fair Venus, as other men; and Italy hath as many gallant valliant men, bred and born in her, as any other Nation; and there are as many Carpet-Knights in other Nations, as in Italy; and if valiant, and gallant men be indued with vertue, they are not the leſs to be eſteemed; and as for Curtizans, all Nations is ſtored as much as Italy, but they do not ſo openly prefeſs it, as thoſe in Italy doth.

2. Merchant

For my part, I cannot think they are ſo good Souldiers as they were in Cæſars time.

1. Merchant

That may be, for there is no ſuch ſouldiers as Cæſars ſouldiers were, no not in the world; that is, there are no men ſo patient, obedient, carefull, induſtrious, laborious, daring, adventurous, reſolute, and active, in theſe Warrs, in this age, as the Romans were in Cæſars time; and of all the ſouldiers, Cæſars ſouldiers were the beſt, and of all commanders Cæſar himſelf, yet thoſe warriers was not leſs courtly to the feminine ſex, than theſe of this age; and if you did talk with an underſtanding Souldier, he would tell you that Amors gave an edge to courage, and that it is a mark of a gallant man, and a brave ſouldier to be an Amarato; and as for the Curtizans of Italy, if there can be an honeſt act in a diſhoneſt life, it is that the Curtizans in Italy profeſſes what they are; ſo that men are not deceived by them, nor betrayed into marriage; wherein other Nations men are cozened with counterfeit modeſty, and drawn into marriage by pretended chaſtity, and then diſhonoured by foul adultery, or ſhamed by marrying a private Curtizan, not knowing ſhe was ſo.

2. Merchant

I perceive by thee, that Merchants loves a Miſtris as well as a Souldier.

1. Merchant

Surely by thy talk thou are ignorant of thy own profeſſion, which is to trade, and traffick into all Nations, and with all ſorts; but yet, Merchants may be Souldiers if they will, and Souldiers may be Merchants if they pleaſe; but the truth is all men in the world are Merchants.

2. Merchant

No, beggars are not.

1. Merchant

But they are, for they traffick with prayers and praiſes for almes.

2. Merchant

The beſt Merchants I know are Prieſts, for they trade into Heaven; and traffick with Jove.

1. Merchant

That makes them ſo poor, for heavens commoditie are not ſaleable on earth.

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Scene 7.

Enter the Lady Orphant, Nurſe Fondly, Foſter Truſty.

Lady Orphant

Dear Nurſe and Foſter Father, grant to my deſires and aſſiſt my deſigns.

Nurſe Fondly

What to let you wander about the world like a Vagabond, beſides it is againſt the modeſty of your Sex.

Lady Orphant

Are holy Pilgrimes Vagabonds, or is it immodeſt for the bodies of devout ſoules to travell to the ſacred Tombe to offer penetentiall tears.

Nurſe Fondly

Why, you are no Pilgrime, nor is your journey to a godly end.

Lady Orphant

My journey will be to an honeſt end, for though I am loves Pilgrime, yet I ſhall travell to an honeſt heart; there to offer my pure affections.

Nurſe Fondly

To a deboiſt man, there to offer your Virginity.

Lady Orphant

Miſtake me not, for though I love beyond a common rate, even to an extream degree, yet I am chaſtly honeſt, and ſo ſhall ever be; my grave ſhall witneſs my conſtancy.

The Lady Orphant weeping. Ex.

Foſter Truſty

Beſhrew your tongue wife for ſpeaking ſo ſharply to our young Lady, ſhe was left to our truſt, care, and tender uſage, and not to be ſnapt and quarrelled with.

Nurſe Fondly

Yes, and you would betray your truſt to her childiſh folly.

Foſter Truſty

No that I would not, neither would I venture or yield up her life to loves melancholly.

Nurſe Fondly

Come, Come husband, you humour her too much, and that will ſpoile her I am ſure.

Ex.

Scene 8.

Enter Sir Peaceable Studious with a Book in his hand; a Table being ſet out, whereon is Pen, Ink and Paper. After he hath walked a turn or two, with his eyes fixt upon the ground, he ſits down to the Table, and begins to write. Enter the Lady Ignorant his Wife.

Lady Ignorant

Lord Husband! I can never have your company, for you are at all times writing, or reading, or turning your Globes, or peaking thorough your Proſpective Glaſſe, or repeating Verſes, or ſpeaking Speeches to your ſelf.

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Sir P. Studious

Why wife, you may have my company at any time; Nay, never to be from me if you pleaſe, for I am alwaies at home.

Lady Ignorant,.

’Tis true, your perſon is alwaies at home, and fixt to one place, your Cloſet as a dull dead ſtatue to the ſide of a wall, but your mind and thoughts are alwaies abroad.

Sir P. Studious.

The truth is, my mind ſometimes ſends out my thoughts like Coye ducks, to bring more underſtanding in.

Lady Ignorant,.

You miſtake Husband, for your thoughts are like vain, or rather like falſe Scouts that deceives your underſtanding, impriſons your ſenſes, and betrayes your life to a dull ſolitarineſs.

Sir P. Studious

’Tis better to live a quiet ſolitary life, than a troubleſome and an uneaſie life.

Lady Ignorant

What is a man born for, but to ſerve his Countrey, ſide with his friends, and to pleaſe the effeminate Sex.

Sir P. Studious

You ſay right wife, and to ſerve his Countrey, is to finde out ſuch inventions as is uſefull either in Peace or War; and to form, order and ſettle Common-wealths by Denizing Laws, which none but ſtudious brains e’re did, or can do. Tis true, practice doth polliſh beauty and adorn, but neither layes the Foundation, nor brings the Materials, nor builds the walls thereof; and to ſide with friends, is to defend Right and Truth with ſound arguments and ſtrong proofs, from the tyrannical uſurpation of falſe opinions, vain phantaſmes, malicious ſatires, and flattering oratorie, and to pleaſe the effeminate Sex, is to praiſe their beauty, wit, vertue and good graces in ſoft Numbers, and ſmooth Language, building up Piramides of poetical praiſes, Printing their fame thereon, by which they live to After-ages.

Lady Ignorant

Prithy Husband miſtake us not, for women cares not for wide mouthed fame; and we take more delight to ſpeak our ſelves whilſt we live, than to be talked of when we are dead, and to take our preſent pleaſures, than to abſtain our ſelves for After-ages.

Sir P. Studeous

Well wife, what would you have me do?

Lady Ignorance

Why, I would have you ſo ſociable, as to ſit and diſcourſe with our friends and acquaintance, and play the good fellow amongſt them.

Sir P. Studious

What need we to have any other friends than our ſelves; our ſtudies, books and thoughts.

Lady Ignorance

Your ſtudies, books and thoughts, are but dull acquaintance, melancholly companions, and weak friends.

Sir P. Studious

You do not wife conſider their worth; for books are converſable, yet ſilent acquaintance, and ſtudy, is a wiſe Counſellor; and kind friends, and poetical thoughts are witty Companions, wherein other Societies and Companies are great inconveniences, and oftimes produces evil effects, as Jealouſie, Adulterie, Quarrels, Duels, and Death, beſides ſlanders, backbitings and the like.

Lady Ignorance

Truly Husband, you are ſtrangely miſtaken; for thoſe Societies as I would have you frequent, doth Sing, Dance, Rallie, make Balls Masks, Playes, Feaſts, and the like, and alſo makes Frollicks or Rubices, or Playes, at Queſtions and Commands, Purpoſes or Ridles, and twenty ſuch like Paſtimes and fine ſports they have.

Sir P. Studious

But ſurely Wife you would not like this kind of life, nor I neither; eſpecially if we were in one and the ſame Company; for perchance you may hear wanton Songs ſung, and ſee amorous glances, or rude or immodeſt Actions, and when you dance, have a ſecret nip, and gentle gripe of the 15 E2r 15 the hand ſilently to declare their amorous affections; and when you are at Queſtions or Commands, you will be commanded to kiſs the men, or they you, which I ſhall not like, neither ſhould you; or if they are commanded to pull of your Garter, which no chaſt and modeſt woman will ſuffer, nor no gallant man, or honourable husband will indure to ſtand by to ſee, and if you refuſe, you diſturb the reſt of the Company, and then the women falls out with you in their own defence, and the men takes it as an affront, and diſgrace, by reaſon none refuſes but you; This cauſes quarrels with Strangers, or quarrels betwixt our ſelves.

Lady Ignorant,.

’Tis true, if the Company were not Perſons of Quality which were civilly bred; but there is no rude Actions, or immodeſt behaviours offered or ſeen amongſt them; Beſides, if you do not like thoſe ſports, you may play at Cardes or Dice to paſs away the time.

Sir P. Studious

But Wife, let me examine you, have or do you frequent theſe Societies that you ſpeak ſo Knowingly, Learnedly, and Affectionately of?

Lady Ignorance

No otherwiſe Husband, but as I have heard, which reports makes me deſire to be acquainted with them.

Sir P. Studious

Well, you ſhall, and I will bear you company, to be an Eye-witneſs how well you behave your ſelf, and how you profit thereby.

Lady Ignorance

Pray Husband do, for it will divert you from your too ſerious ſtudies, and deep thoughts, which feeds upon the health of your body, which will ſhorten your life; and I love you ſo well, as I would not have you dye, for this I perſwade you to, is for your good.

Sir P. Studious

We will try how good it is.

Ex.

Scene 9.

Enter Nurſe Fondley, and Foſter Truſty her Husband.

Nurſe Fondly

How ſhall I keep your Journey ſecret, but that every body will know of it.

Foſter Truſty

We will give out that ſuch a deep melancholly have ſeized on her, ſince her Fathers death, as ſhe hath made a vow not to ſee any creature beſides your ſelf for two years; As for me, I have lived ſo ſolitary a life with my ſolitary Maſter, this Ladies Father, that I have few or no acquaintance; beſides, I will pretend ſome buſineſs into ſome other parts of the Kingdom, and I having but a little Eſtate, few will inquire after me.

Nurſe Fondly

So in the mean time I muſt live ſolitary, all alone, without my Husband, or Nurſe-childe, which Childe, Heaven knows, I love better, than if I had one living of my own.

Foster Trusty

I am as fond of her, as you are, and Heaven knows, would moſt willingly ſacrifice my old life, could it do her any ſervice.

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Nurſe Fondly

But we indanger her life, by the conſenting to this journey, for ſhe that hath been bred with tenderneſs and delicateneſs, can never indure the coldes and heats, the dirt and duſt that Travellers are ſubject to; Beſides, to be diſturbed and broaken of her ſleep, and to have ill Lodging, or perhaps none at all, and then to travel a foot like a Pilgrim: Her tender feet will never indure the hard ground, nor her young legs never able to bear her body ſo long a journey.

Foſter Truſty

Tis true, this journey may very much incommode her, yet if ſhe doth not go to ſatisfie her mind, I cannot perceive any hopes of life, but do foreſee her certain death; for her mind is ſo reſtleſs, and her thoughts works ſo much upon her body, as it begins to waſte, for ſhe is become lean and pale.

Nurſe Fondly

Well! Heaven bleſs you both, and proſper your journey, but pray let me hear often from you, for I ſhall be in great frights and fears.

Foſter Truſty

If we ſhould write, it may chance to diſcover us, if our Letters ſhould be opened, wherefore you muſt have patience.

Ex.

Scene 10.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Reformer her Woman.

Lady Baſhfull

Reformer, I am little beholding to you.

Reformer

Why Madam.

Lady Baſhfull

Why, you might have told a lye for me once in your life, for if you had not ſpoke the truth by saying I was the Lady, they came to ſee, they would never have gueſt I had been ſhe, for they expected me to have been a free bold Entertainer, as they were Viſitors, which is, as I do perceive, to be rudely familiar at firſt ſight.

Reformer

But to have told a lye, had been to commit a ſin.

Lady Baſhfull

In my conſcience the Gods would have forgiven you, nay, they would have bleſt you; For it is a moſt pious and charitable act in helping the diſtreſſed; Beſides, you had not only helped a preſent diſtreſs, but releaſed a whole life out of miſery; for as long as I live my thoughts will torment me: O! They wound my very ſoul already, they will hinder my pious devotions; For when I pray, I ſhall think more of my baſhfull behaviour, and the diſgrace I have received thereby, than of Heaven; Beſides, they will ſtarve me, not ſuffering the meat to go down my throat, or elſe to choke me, cauſing it to go awry, or elſe they will cauſe a Feaver; for in my conſcience I ſhall bluſh even in my ſleep, if I can ſleep; For certainly I ſhall dream of my diſgrace, which will be as bad as a waking memory: O! that I had Opium, I would take it, that I might forget all things; For as long as I have memory, I ſhall remember my ſimple behaviour, and as for my Page, he ſhall go, I am reſolved to turn him away.

Reformer

Why madam?

Lady Baſhfull

Becauſe he let them come in.

Reformer

He could not help it, for they followed him at the heels, they never 17 F1r 17 they never ſtayed for an anſwer from you, or to know whether you were within or no, and there were a great many of them.

Lady Baſhfull

I think there was a Legion of them.

Reformer

You ſpeak as if they were a Legion of Angels.

Lady Baſhfull

Nay, they proved a Legion of Divels to me.

Reformer

There was one that ſeemed to be a fine Gentleman, but he ſpake not a word.

Lady Baſhfull

They may be all what you will make them, or deſcribe them, for I could make no diſtinction whether they were men or women, or beaſts, nor heard no articulated ſound, only a humming noiſe.

Reformer

They ſpake loud enough to have pierced your ears, if ſtrength of noiſe could have done it, but the Gentleman that did not ſpeak, looked ſo earneſtly at you, as if he would have looked you thorough.

Lady Baſhfull,.

O that his eyes had that piercing faculty, for then perchance he might have ſeen; I am not ſo ſimple as my behaviour made me appear.

Ex.

Scene 11.

Enter Sir Peaceable Studious, and the Lady Ignorance his Wife.

Sir Peaceable Studious

I have loſt 500. pounds ſince you went in with the Ladies.

Lady Ignorance

500. Pounds in ſo ſhort a time.

Sir P. Studious

’Tis well I loſt no more: But yet, that 500. pounds would have bought you a new Coach, or Bed, or Silver Plate, or Cabinets, or Gowns, or fine Flanders-laces, and now its gone, and we have no pleaſure nor credit for it, but it is no matter, I have health for it, therefore I will call to my Steward to bring me ſome more.

Lady Ignorance

No, do not ſo, for after the rate you have loſt, you will loſe all your Eſtate in ſhort time.

Sir P. Studious

Faith let it go, ’tis but begging or ſtarving after it is gone, for I have no trade to live by, unleſs you have a way to get a living, have you any.

Lady Ignorance

No truly Husband, I am a ſhiftleſs creature.

Sir. P. Studious

Yes, but you may play the Whore, and I the Shark, ſo live by couzening and cheating.

Lady Ignorance

Heaven defend Husband.

Sir P. Studious

Or perchance ſome will be ſo charitable to give us ſuck’d bones from ſtinking breaths, and rotten teeth, or greaſie ſcraps from fowl hands; But go wife, prithy bid my Steward ſend me 500. pounds more, or let it alone; I will run on the ſcore, and pay my loſings at a lump.

Lady Ignorance

No dear Husband, play no more.

Sir P. Studious

How! not play any more ſay you, ſhall I break good Company with ſitting out; Beſides, it is a queſtion whether I have power to leave off, now I have once begun; for Play is Witch-craft, it inchants temperance, prudence, patience, reaſon and judgment, and it kicks away time, and bids him F go 18 F1v 18 go as an old bald-pated fellow as he is, alſo it chains the life with fears, cares and griefs of loſing to a pair of Cards and ſet of Dice.

Lady Ignorance

For Heaven ſake pitty me! If you conſider not your ſelf.

Sir P. Studious

Can you think a Husband conſiders his wife, when he forgets, or regards not himſelf, when all love is ſelf-love, for a man would have his Wife to be loving and chaſte for his honours ſake, to be thrifty for his profit ſake, to be patient for quiet ſake, to be cleanly, witty and beautifull for his pleaſure ſake, and being thus, he loves her; For if ſhe be falſe, unkind, prodigal, froward, ſluttiſh, fooliſh, and ill-favoured, he hates her.

Lady Ignorant

But if a Husband loves his wife, he will be carefull to pleaſe her, prudent for her, ſubſiſtence, induſtrious for her convenience, valiant to protect her, and converſable to entertain her, and wiſe to direct and guide her.

Sir P. Studious

To rule and govern her, you mean wife.

Lady Ignorance

Yes, but a Husbands follies will be but corrupt Tutors, and ill Examples for a wife to follow; wherefore dear Husband, play no more, but come amongſt the effeminate Societie, you will finde more pleaſure at leſs charges.

Sir. P. Studious

Well wife, You ſhall perſwade me for this time.

Lady Ignorance

I thank you Husband.

Ex.

Scene 12.

Enter the Lady Orphant, and Foſter Truſty, as two Pilgrims.

Foſter Truſty

My childe, you were beſt ſit and reſt your ſelf, you cannot choſe but be very weary, for we have travelled a great journey to day.

Lady Orphant

Truly I am as freſh, and my ſpirits are as lively, as if I had not trod a ſtep to day.

Foſter Truſty

I perceive love can work miracles.

Lady Orphant

Are not you Father a weary?

Foſter Trusty

It were a ſhame for me to be weary, when you are not; But my childe, we muſt change theſe Pilgrims weeds, when we are out of our own Countrey; as when we are in Italy, otherwiſe we cannot pretend to ſtay in the Venetian Armie, but muſt travel as Pilgrims do to Jeruſalem: But it were beſt we put our ſelves into Beggers garments until we come into the Armie, for fear we ſhould be ſtrip’d by Thieves; for I have heard, Thieves will ſtrip Travellers, if their cloths be not all ragges.

Lady Orphant

’Tis true, and Thieves as I have heard, will rob Pilgrims ſooneſt, finding many good Pilladge, wherefore we will accoutre our ſelves like to ragged Beggers.

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Act III.

Scene 13.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, as in a melancholly humour, and Reformer her Woman.

Reformer

Lord Madam! I hope you are not ſeriouſly troubled for being out of Countenance.

Lady Baſhfull

Yes truely.

Reformer

What? as to make you melancholly!

Lady Baſhfull

Yes, very melancholly, when I think I have made my ſelf a ſcorn, and hath indangered my reputation.

Reformer

Your reputation! Heaven bleſs you, but your life is ſo innocent, harmleſs, chaſte, pure and ſweet, and your actions ſo juſt and honeſt, as all the Divels in Hell cannot indanger your reputation.

Lady Baſhfull

But ſpitefull tongues, which are worſe than Divels, may hurt my reputation.

Reformer

But ſpite cannot have any thing to ſay.

Lady Baſhfull

Spite will lye, rather than not ſpeak, for envie is the mother to ſpite, and ſlander is the Mid-wife.

Reformer

Why, what can they ſay?

Lady Baſhfull

They will ſay I am guilty of ſome immodeſt act, or at leaſt thoughts, or elſe of ſome heynous and horrid crime, otherwiſe I could not be aſhamed, or out of countenance, if I were innocent.

Reformer

They cannot ſay ill, or think ill, but if they could, and did, what are you the worſe, as long as, you are innocent.

Lady Baſhfull

Yes truely, for I deſire to live in a pure eſteem, and an honourable reſpect in every breaſt, and to have a good report ſpoke on me, ſince I deſerve no other.

Reformer

There is an old ſaying, that opinion travels without a Paſſe-port, and they that would have every ones good opinion, muſt live in every mans age: But I am very confident, there is none lives or dyes without cenſures, or detraction; even the Gods themſelves, that made man, hath given man power and free will to ſpeak, at leaſt to think what they will; That makes ſo many Atheiſts in thought, and ſo many ſeveral factions by diſputation, and ſince the Gods cannot, or will not be free from cenſures, why ſhould you trouble your ſelf with what others ſay, wherefore pray put off this indiſcreet and troubleſome humour, for if you would not regard cenſure, you would be more confident.

Lady Baſhfull

I will do what I can to mend.

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Scene 14.

Enter the Lady Orphant, and Foſter Truſty, like two poor Beggers.

Foster

Childe, you muſt beg of every one that comes by, otherwiſe we ſhall not ſeem right Beggers.

Lady Orphant

If our neceſſities were according to our outward appearance, we were but in a ſad condition; for I ſhall never get any thing by begging, for I have neither learn’d the tone, nor the Beggers phraſe to move pity or charity.

Foſter Truſty

Few Beggers move pity, they get more by importunity, than by their oratorie, or the givers charity.

Enter 2. Gentlemen. She goeth to them and beggs.

Lady Orphant

Noble Gentlemen, pity the ſhiftleſs youth, and infirm old age that hath no means to live, but what compaſſionate charity will beſtow.

1. Gentleman

You are a young boy, and may get your living by learning to work.

Lady Orphant

But my Father being very old, is paſt working, and I am ſo young, as I have not arrived to a learning degree of age, and by that time I have learn’d to get my living, my Father may be ſtarved for want of food.

2. Gent

Why, your Father may beg for himſelf whilſt you learn to work.

Lady Orphant

My Father’s feeble legs can never run after the flying ſpeed of pityleſs hearts, nor can he ſtand ſo long to wait for conſcience almes, nor knock ſo hard to make devotion hear.

1. Gent

I perceive you have learn’d to beg well, though not to work, and becauſe you ſhall know my devotion is not deaf, there is ſomething for your Father and you.

2. Gent

Nay, faith boy, thou ſhalt have ſome of the ſcraps of my charity to, there is for thee.

Lady Orphant

Heaven bleſs you; and grant to you, all your good deſires.

Gentlemen Ex. Enter a Lady and Servants.

Lady Orphant

Honourable Lady, let the mouth of neceſſity ſuck the breaſt of your charity to feed the hungry Beggers.

Lady

Away you rogue, a young boy and beg! You ſhould be ſtrip’d, whip’d, and ſet to work.

Lady Orphant

Alas Madam, naked poverty is alwaies under the laſh of miſerie, which forceth us to work in the quarries of ſtony hearts, but we finde the mineral ſo hard, as we cannot get out enough to build up a livelyhood.

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Lady

Imploy your ſelves upon ſome other work then.

Lady Ex. Enter a mean Tradeſ-man.

Lady Orphant

Good Sir relieve a poor begger.

Tradeſ-man

Faith boy, I am ſo poor, as I want relief my ſelf; yet of what I have, thou ſhalt ſhare with me; there is a peny of my two pence, which is all I have, and Heaven do thee good with it.

Tradeſ-man Exit.

Lady Orphant

I perceive poverty pities poverty, as feeling the like miſerie, where riches is cruel, and hard-hearted, not knowing what want is.

Foſter Truſty

I perceive wit can work upon every thing, and can form it ſelf into what ſhape it pleaſe, and thy wit playes the Begger ſo well, as we needed not to have ſtored our ſelves from our own Stocks, but have lived upon the Stocks of others.

Lady Orphant

But if all Stocks were as inſipid as the Ladies, we ſhould have ſtarved, if we had not brought ſap from our own home; But Father, I am weighed down with the peny the poor Trades-man gave me.

Foſter Trusty

Why, it is not ſo heavy.

Lady Orphant

It is ſo heavy, as it burthens my conſcience, and I ſhall never be at eaſe, nor be able to travel any farther, until I have reſtored the peny to the giver again.

Foſter NurſeTruſty

How ſhould we do that, for it is as hard and difficult to find out that man, as to finde out the firſt cauſe of effects.

Lady Orph

Well, I will play the Philoſopher, and ſearch for him.

Foſter NurſeTruſty

But if you ſhould meet him, perchance you will not know he was he.

Lady Orph

O yes, for his extraordinary charity made me take particular notice of him.

Enter the Tradeſ-man as returning back.

Lady Orph

Moſt charitable and ――

Tradeſ-man

What boy, wouldſt thou have the other peny,.

Lady Orph

Moſt noble Sir, I have received from a bountifull hand, a ſumme of money, and ſince you were ſo charitable to divide the half of your ſtore to me, ſo I deſire I may do the like to you.

Tradeſ-man

No boy, keep it for thy ſelf, and thy old Father; I have a Trade, and ſhall get more.

Lady Orph

Pray take it for luck-ſake, otherwiſe I ſhall never thrive.

Tradeſ-man

Faith I finde boy, thou are not as moſt of the World are; the more riches they get, the more covetous they grow.

Lady Orph

Sir, pray take this.

Tradeſ-man

What do you give me here, a piece of Gold?

Lady Orph

Yes Sir.

Tradeſ-man

That were extortion, to take a pound for a peny.

Lady Orph

No, it is not extortion, ſince I can better ſpare this pound now, than you could your peny, when you gave it me; wherefore it is but juſtice ,.

Tradeſ-man

Well, I will keep it for thee, and when you want it, come to G me 22 G1v 22 me again, and you ſhall have it: I live in the next ſtreet, at the ſigne of the Holy-lamb.

Lady Orphant

Pray make uſe of it, for I may chance never to ſee you more.

Exeunt.

Scene 15.

Enter Sir Studious, and the Lady Ignorance his Wife.

Sir P. Studious

Faith Wife, with ſipping of your Goſſiping-cups, I am half drunk.

Lady Ignorance

Lord Husband! There were ſome of the Ladies that drank twice as much as you did, and were not drunk, and to prove they were not drunk, was that they talked as much before they drunk, as after; For there was ſuch a confuſion of words, as they could not underſtand each other, and they did no more, when they had drunk a great quantity of Wine.

Sir P. Studious

That was a ſigne they were drunk, that they talked leſs, but how chance that you drank ſo little.

Lady Ignorance

Truly, Wine is ſo nauſeous to my taſte, and ſo hatefull to my noſtrils, as I was ſick when the cup was brought to me.

Sir P. Studious

I know not what it was to you, but to me it was pleaſant, for your Ladies were ſo gameſome, merry and kind, as they have fired me with amorous love ever ſince.

Enter the Lady Ignorance’s maid.

Maid

Madam, the Lady Wagtail, and other Ladies, have ſent to know if your Ladyſhip were within, that they might come and wait upon you.

Sir Peaceable Studious chiks the maid under the Chin, and kiſſes her.

Sir P. Studious

Faith Nan, thou art a pretty wench.

Lady Ignorance

What Husband? Do you kiſs my maid before my face.

Sir P. Studious

Why not Wife, as well as one of your ſociable Ladies in a frollick, as you kiſs me, I kiſs Nan.

Lady Ignorance

So, and when Nan kiſſes your Barber, he muſt kiſs me.

Sir. P. Studious

Right, this is the kiſſing frollick, and then comes the ſtricking frollick, for you ſtrike Nan, Nan gently ſtrikes me, and I juſtly beat you, and end the frollicks with a ――

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and other Ladies of the Societie, with the Lady Amorous.

Lady Wagtail

What? a man and his Wife dully alone together! Fie for ſhame.

Lady Amorous

Lawfull love is the dulleſt and drouzieſt companion that is, for Wives are never thought fair, nor Husbands witty.

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Sir P. Studious

Your Ladyſhip is learned in loves Societies.

Lady Amorous

Yes that I am, for I have obſerved, that if there be a match’d company, every man having a woman, their converſation is dull, every mans tongue whiſpering in his Miſtriſs eare, whilſt the women are mute, liſtening to that which is whiſpered unto them; but let there be but one man amongſt a company of women, and then their tongues runs races, ſtriving with each other, which ſhall catch that one man, as the only prize, when the weaker wits runs themſelves ſtraite out of breath.

Sir P. Studious

And muſt not one man run againſt them all.

Lady Amorous

O yes? and many times his wit beats them all.

Sir. P. Studious

Faith Lady? They muſt not be ſuch ſtrong winded wits as yours is, which is able to beat a dozen Maſculine wits out of the field.

Lady Amorous

You are pleaſed to give me a complement.

The Lady Ignorance ſeems melancholly.

Lady Wagtaile

The merry God have mercy on you? What makes you ſo melancholly.

Lady Ignorance

I am not well to day.

Lady Wagtail

If you are troubled with melancholly vapours, ariſing from crude humours, you muſt take as ſoon as you wake after your firſt ſleep, a draught of Wormwood-wine, then lye to ſleep again, and then half an hour before you riſe, drink a draught of Jelley-broth, and after you have been up an hour and half, eate a White-wine-caudle, then a little before a dinner, take a Toſte and Sack, and at your meals, two or three good glaſſes of Clarret- wine; as for your Meats, you muſt eate thoſe of light digeſtion, as Pheaſant, Partridges, Cocks, Snipes, Chickens, young Turkies, Pea-chickens and the like; And in the After-noon, about four or five a clock, you muſt take Naples- bisket dip’d in Ippocraſs, which helps digeſtion much, and revives the ſpirits, and makes one full of diſcourſe, and not only to diſcourſe, but to diſcourſe wittily, and makes one ſuch good company, as invites acquaintance, and ties friendſhip.

The whilſt the Lady Wagtail talks to the Lady Ignorance, ſhe eyes her Husband, who ſeems to court the Lady Amorous.

Lady Amorous

Faith I will tell your Wife what you ſay.

Lady Wagtail

That is fowl play, and not done like one of the Society, eſpecially when my Lady is not well.

Lady Amorous

What? Is ſhe ſick! I lay my life ſhe hath eate too much Branne Sturgeon, or Sammon without muskadine or Sack, or Neats-tongues, Bakon and Anchoves, Caveare, or Lobſters, without Rheniſh-wines, or Oyſters, or Sauſages without Clarret-wine, or hath ſhe eaten Potatoe-pies without dates, Ringo-roots, Marrow and Cheſtnuts, have you not? i faith confeſs.

Lady Ignorance

No indeed.

Lady Amorous

Why? I hope you have not taken a ſurfeit of White- meats, thoſe childiſh meats, or with Water-grewel, Ponado, Barley-grewel, thoſe Hodge-podgely meats.

Lady Ignorance

Neither. ――

Lady Amorous

Why, then you have over-heated your ſelf with dancing G2 or 24 G2v 24 or fretting and vexing your ſelf at your ill fortune at Cards; or your Tayler hath ſpoiled ſome Gown, or your Coach-man was out of the way when you would go abroad; is it not ſo.

Lady Ignorance

No.

Lady Amorous

Why? Then your Husband hath croſt ſome deſign, or hath angered you ſome other way.

The Lady Ignorance bluſhes. They all laugh, and ſpeak at one time; She bluſhes, She bluſhes.

Lady Wagtail

Faith Amorous, thou haſt found it out! Sir Peaceable Studious you are to be chidden to anger your Wife; wherefore tell us how you did anger her, when you did anger her, and for what you did anger her.

Sir P. Studious

Dear, ſweet, fine, fair Ladies! be not ſo cruel to me, as to lay my Wives indiſpoſition to my charge.

Lady Wagtail

But we will, and we will draw up an Accuſation againſt you, unleſs you confeſs, and ask pardon.

Sir P. Studious

Will you accuſe me without a Witneſs?

Lady Wagtail

Yes, and condemne you too.

Sir P. Studious

That were unjuſt! if Ladies could be unjuſt.

Lady Amorous

O Madam! we have a witneſs? her bluſhing is a ſufficient witneſs to accuſe him; Beſides, her melancholly ſilence will help to condemn him.

Lady Ignorance

Pardon me Ladies, for when any of our Sex are offended, or angered, whether they have cauſe or not, they will rail louder than Joves thunder.

Lady Amorous

So will you in time.

Lady Wagtail

Let us jumble her abroad; Come Madam! we will put you out of your dull humour.

Lady Ignorance

No Madam? Pray excuſe me to day; in truth I am not well.

Lady Amorous

No, let us let my Lady alone, but let us take her Husband, and tutour him.

Sir. P. Studious

Ladies, give me leave to praiſe my ſelf, and let me tell you? I am as apt a Scholar, as ever you met with, and as willing to learn.

Lady Amorous

Farewell Madam, we will order Sir P. Studious, and try what diſpoſition he is of, and how apt to be inſtructed.

Lady Ignorance

Pray do Madam, he promiſeth well.

Ex.

Scene 16.

Enter Foſter Truſty, and the Lady Orphant.

Lady Orphant

Now we are come into the Armie, how ſhall we demean our ſelves like poor Beggers.

Foster Truſty

By no means, for though you beg well, yet you will never get what 25 H1r 25 what you come for with begging, for there is an old ſaying, that although all charity is love, yet all love is not charity.

Lady Orphant

It were the greateſt charity in the World, for him to love me; for without his love, I ſhall be more miſerable than poverty can make me.

Foſter Trusty

But poverty is ſo ſcorned and hated, that no perſon is accepted which ſhe preſents; Nay, poverty is ſhunn’d more than the Plague.

Lady Orphant

Why? it is not infectious.

Foſter Truſty

Yes faith, for the relieving of neceſſity, is the way to be impoveriſhed.

Lady Orph

But their rewards are the greater in Heaven.

Foſter Truſty

’Tis true, but their Eſtates are leſs on earth.

Lady Orphant

But bleſſings are more to be deſired than wealth.

Foſter Truſty,.

Well? Heaven bleſs us, and ſend us ſuch fortune, that our long journey may prove ſucceſsfull, and not profitleſs, and becauſe Heaven never gives bleſſings, unleſs we uſe a prudent induſtry; you ſhall put your ſelf into good clothes, and I will mix my ſelf with his followers and ſervants, and tell them, as I may truely, that you are my Son, for no mans Son but mine you are, was ſo importunate, as you would never let me reſt, until I brought you to ſee the Lord Singularity, and they will tell him, to let him know his fame is ſuch, as even young children adore him, taking a Pilgrimage to ſee him, and he out of a vain-glory will deſire to ſee you.

Lady Orphant

But what advantage ſhall I get by that.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and many Commanders attending him.

Foſter Truſty

Peace! here is the General.

Commander

The enemie is ſo beaten, as now they will give us ſome time to breath our ſelves.

General

They are more out of breath than we are, but the States are generous enemies, if they give them leave to fetch their wind, and gather ſtrength again.

Lady Orphant

Father, ſtand you by, and let me ſpeak.

She goeth to the General, and ſpeaks to him.

Heaven bleſs your Excellencie.

Lord General

From whence comeſt thou boy?

Lady Orph

From your native Countrey.

General

Cam’ſt thou lately?

Lady Orph

I am newly arrived.

General

Pray how is my Countrey, and Countrey-men, live they ſtill in happy peace, and flouriſhing with plenty.

Lady Orph

There is no noiſe of war, or fear of famine.

General

Pray Jove continue it.

Lady Orphant

It is likely ſo to continue, unleſs their pride and luxurie begets a factious childe, that is born with war, and fed with ruine.

General

Do you know what faction is?

Lady Orph

There is no man that lives, and feels it not, the very thoughts are factious in the mind, and in Rebellious paſſions ariſes warring againſt the ſoul.

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General

Thou canſt not ſpeak thus by experience boy, thou art too young, not yet at mans Eſtate.

Lady Orphant

But children have thoughts, and ſaid to have a rational ſoul, as much as thoſe that are grown up to men; but if ſouls grow as bodies doth, and thoughts increaſes with their years, then may the wars within the mind be like to School-boys quarrels, that falls out for a toy, and for a toy are friends.

General

Thou ſpeakeſt like a Tutour, what boyiſh thoughts ſo ever thou haſt; but tell me boy? what mad’ſt thee travel ſo great a journey.

Lady Orph

For to ſee you.

General

To ſee me boy!

Lady Orph

Yes, to ſee you Sir, for the Trumpet of your praiſe did ſound ſo loud, it ſtruck my ears, broke open my heart, and let deſire forth, which reſtleſs grew until I travelled hither.

General

I wiſh I had merits to equal thy weary ſteps, or means for to reward them.

Lady Orph

Your preſence hath ſufficiently rewarded me.

General

Could I do thee any ſervice boy?

Lady Orph

A bounteous favour you might do me Sir?

General

What is that boy?

Lady Orph

To let me ſerve you, Sir.

General

I ſhould be ingratefull to refuſe thee, choſe thy place.

Lady Orph

Your Page, Sir, if you pleaſe.

General

I accept of thee moſt willingly.

Captain

But Sir? may not this boy be a lying, couzening, flattering diſſembling, treacherous boy.

General

Why Captain, there is no man that keeps many ſervants, but ſome are lyers, and ſome treacherous, and all flatterers; and a Maſter receives as much injurie from each particular, as if they were joyned in one.

Lady Orph

I can bring none that will witneſs for my truth, or be bound for my honeſty, but my own words.

General

I deſire none, boy, for thy tongue ſounds ſo ſweetly, and thy face looks ſo honeſtly, as I cannot but take, and truſt thee.

Lady Orph

Heaven bleſs your Excellence, and fortune proſper you, for your bounty hath been above my hopes, and equal to my wiſhes.

General

What is thy name?

Lady Orph

Affectionata my Noble Lord.

General

Then follow me Affectionata.

Ex. Act 27 H2r 27

Act IV.

Scene 17.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Reformer her woman. Enter Page.

Page

Madam, there was a Gentleman gave me this Letter, to deliver to your Ladyſhips hands.

Lady Baſhfull

A Letter! pray Reformer open it, and read it; for I will not receive Letters privately.

Page Exit.

Reformer

The ſuperſcription is for the Right Honourable, the Lady Baſhfull; theſe preſent. The Letter.Madam,Since I have had the honour to ſee you, I have had the unhappineſs to think my ſelf miſerable, by reaſon I am deprived of ſpeech, that ſhould plead my ſuit, but if an affectionate ſoul, chaſte thoughts, lawfull deſires, and a fervent heart can plead without ſpeech, let me beg your favour to accept of me for your ſervant; and what I want in Language, my industrious obſervance, and diligent ſervice ſhall ſupply; I am a Gentleman, my breeding hath been according to my birth, and my Estate is ſufficient to maintain me according to both; As for your Estate, I conſider it not, for were you ſo poor of fortunes goods, as you had nothing to maintain you, but what your merit might challenge out of every purſe; yet if you were mine, I ſhould eſteem you richer than the whole World, and I ſhould love you, as Saints love Heaven, and adore you equal to a Dietie; for I ſaw ſo much ſweetneſs of nature, nobleneſs of ſoul, purity of thoughts, and innocency of life, thorough your Baſhfull countenance, as my ſoul is wedded thereunto, and my mind ſo reſtleſs; therefore, that unleſs I may have hopes to injoy you for my Wife; I ſhall dye,Your diſtracted Servant,Serious Dumb.

Lady Baſhfull

Now Reformer, what ſay you to this Letter?

Reformer

I ſay it is a good honeſt, hearty affectionate Letter, and upon my life, it is the Gentleman I commended ſo; he that looked ſo ſeriouſly on you; and your Ladyſhip may remember, I ſaid he viewed you, as if he would have looked you thorough, and you made anſwer, that you wiſhed he could, that he might ſee you were not ſo ſimple, as your behaviour made you appear, and now your wiſh is abſolved.

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Lady Baſhfull

What counſel will you give me in this cauſe?

Reformer

Why? write him a civil anſwer.

Lady Baſhfull

Why ſhould I hold coreſpondence with any man; either by Letter, or any other way, ſince I do not intend to marry.

Reformer

Not marry?

Lady Baſhfull

No, not marry.

Reformer

Why ſo?

Lady Baſhfull

Becauſe I am now Miſtriſs of my ſelf, and fortunes, and have a free liberty; and who that is free, if they be wiſe, will make themſelves ſlaves, ſubjecting themſelves to anothers humour, unleſs they were fools, or mad, and knew not how to choſe the beſt and happieſt life.

Reformer

You will change this opinion, and marry, I dare ſwear.

Lady Baſhfull

Indeed I will not ſwear, but I think I ſhall not, for I love an eaſie, peaceable and ſolitary life, which none injoys but ſingle perſons, for in marriage, the life is diſturbed with noiſe and company, troubleſome imployments, vex’d with croſſes, and reſtleſs with cares; Beſides, I could not indure to have Parteners to ſhare of him, whom my affections had ſet a price upon, or my merit, or beauty, or wealth, or vertue had bought.

Reformer

So, I perceive you would be jealouſe, if you were married.

Lady Baſhfull

Perchance I might have reaſon, but to prevent all inconveniences, and diſcontents, I will live a ſingle life.

Reformer

Do what likes you beſt, for I dare not perſwade you any way, for fear my advice ſhould not prove to the beſt.

Exeunt.

Scene 18.

Enter Affectionata, and Foſter Truſty.

Foster Truſty

Now you are placed according to your deſire, what wil you command me to do?

Affectionata

Dear Foster Father, although I am loth to part from you, yet by reaſon I ſhall ſuffer in my eſtate, I muſt intreat you to return home, for my Nurſe your wife, hath not skill to manage that fortune my Father left me; for ſhe knows not how to let Leaſes, to ſet Lands, to receive Rents, to repair Ruines, to disburſt Charges, and to order thoſe affairs as they ſhould be ordered; which your knowledge, induſtry and wiſdom will diſpoſe and order for my advantage.

Foster Truſty

But how if you be diſcovered.

Affectionata

Why, if I ſhould, as I hope I ſhall not, yet the Lord Singularity is ſo noble a perſon, as he will neither uſe me uncivily, nor cruelly.

Foſter Truſty

All that I fear is, if you ſhould be diſcovered, he ſhould uſe you too civilly.

Affectionata

That were to uſe me rudely, which I am confident he will not do, and I am confident that you do believe I will receive no more civillity (if you call it ſo) than what honour will allow and approve of.

Foſter Trusty

But jealouſie will creep into the moſt confident breaſts ſometimes, yet I dare truſt you, though I fear him.

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Affectionata

I hope there is no cauſe to fear him, or doubt me, wherefore dear Father, let us go and ſettle our affairs here, that you may return home to order thoſe there.

Scene 19.

Enter Sir Peaceable Studious, and the Lady Ignorance his Wife, She being undreſt, her mantle about her, as being not well.

Sir P. Studious

In truth wife, it is a great misfortune you ſhould be ſick this Term-time, when the Society is ſo much increaſt, as it is become a little Common-wealth.

Lady Ignorance

If there be ſo many, they may the better ſpare me.

Sir P. Studious

’Tis true, they can ſpare your company, but how can you want their companies.

Lady Ignorance

You ſhall be my Intelligencer of their paſtimes.

Sir P. Studious

That I will wife, but it will be but a dull recreation, only to hear a bare relation.

Lady Ignorance

As long as you partake of their preſent pleaſures, and pleaſant actions, what need you take care for me.

Sir P. Studious,.

Yes, but I muſt in Juſtice, for ſince you have cured me of a ſtudious Lethargie, I ought to do my indeavour to divert your melancholly; and there is no ſuch remedy as the Society; wherefore dear wife, fling off this melancholly ſickneſs, or ſick melancholly, and go amongſt them; for ſurely your ſickneſs is in your mind, not in your body.

She cries.

Sir P. Studious

What, do you cry Wife, who hath angered you?

Lady Ignorance

Why you.

Sir P. Studious

Who, I anger’d you! why I would not anger a woman, no, not my Wife for the whole World, If I could poſſible avoid it, which I fear cannot be avoided, for if I ſhould pleaſe one of your Sex, I ſhould be ſure to diſpleaſe another: ―― But that is my comfort, it is not my fault; but dear Wife, how have I offended you.

Lady Ignorance

Why did you kiſs my maid before my face.

Sir P. Studious

Why did you perſwade me.

Lady Ignorance

Did I perſwade you to kiſs my maid.

Sir P. Studious

No, but you did perſwade me to be one of the Society, and there is kiſſing, and I thought it was as well to kiſs your maid before your face, as a ſociable Lady before your face.

Lady Ignorance

And why do you make love to the Ladies, ſince I ſuffer none to make love to me.

Sir. P. Studious

No, for if you did, I would fling you to death, to be imbraced in his cold arms; Beſides, thoſe actions that are allowable and ſeemly, as manly in men, are condemned in women, as immodeſt, and unbecoming, and diſhonourable; but talking to you, I ſhall miſs of the pleaſant ſports, and therefore, if you will go, come, the Coach is ready.

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Lady Ignorance

No, I will not go.

Sir P. Studious

Then I will go without you.

Lady Ignorance

No, pray Husband go no more thither.

Sir P. Studious

How! not to go? nor to go no more, would you deſire me from that which you perſwaded me to; Nay, ſo much as I could never be quiet, diſturbing my harmleſs ſtudies, and happy mind, croſſing my pleaſing thoughts with complaining words, but I perceive you grow jealouſe, and now you are acquainted, you have no more uſe of me, but would be glad to quit my company, that you may be more free abroad.

Lady Ignorance

No Husband, truely I will never go abroad, but will inancor my ſelf in my own houſe, ſo you will ſtay at home, and be as you were before, for I ſee my own follies, and am aſhamed of my ſelf, that you ſhould prove me ſuch a fool.

Sir P. Studious

Do you think me ſo wiſe and temperate a man, as I can on a ſudden quit vain pleaſures, and lawfull follies.

Lady Ignorance

Yes, or elſe you have ſtudied to little purpoſe.

Sir P. Studious

Well, for this day I will ſtay at home, and for the future- time I will conſider.

Exeunt.

Scene 20.

Enter two Servants of the Generals.

1. Servant

This boy that came but the other day, hath got more of my Lords affection, than we that have ſerved him this many years.

2. Servant

New-comers are alwaies more favoured than old waiters; for Maſters regards old Servants no more, than the Imagerie in an old ſuit of Hangings, which are grown threed-bare with time, and out of faſhion with change; Beſides, new Servants are more induſtrious and diligent than old; but when he hath been here a little while, he will be as lazie as the reſt, and then he will be as we are.

1. Servant

I perceive my Lord delights to hear him talk, for he will liſten very a tentively to him, but when we offer to ſpeak, he bids us to be ſilent.

2. Servant

I wonder he ſhould, for when we ſpeak, it is with gravity, and our diſcourſe is ſententious, but his is meer ſquibs.

Enter Affectionata.

Affectionata

Gentlemen, my Lord would have one of you to come to him.

1. Servant

Why, I thought you could ſupply all our places, for when you are with him, he ſeems to have no uſe of us.

Affectionata

It ſhall not be for want of will, but ability, if I do not ſerve him in every honeſt office.

1. Servant

So you will make ſome of us knaves.

Affectionata

I cannot make you knaves, unleſs you be willing to be knaves your ſelves.

2. Servant

What, do you call me knave?

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Affectionata

I do not call you ſo.

Ex.

2. Servant

Well, I will be revenged, if I live.

Ex.

Scene 21.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Reformer her woman.

Reformer

Madam, I have inquired what this Sir Serious Dumb is, and ’tis ſaid he is one of the fineſt Gentlemen in this Kingdom, and that his valour hath been proved in the wars, and that he is one that is very active and dexterous in all manly exerciſes, as riding, fencing, vaulting, ſwimming, and the like, Alſo that he is full of inventions, and a rare Poet, and that he hath a great Eſtate, only that he is dumb, and hath been ſo this twelve years and upwards.

Lady Baſhfull

Reformer. What makes you ſo induſtrious to inquire after him, ſurely thou art in love with him.

Reformer

In my conſcience I liked him very well, when he was to ſee you.

Lady Baſhfull

The truth is, he cannot weary you with words, nor anger you in his diſcourſe, but pray do not inquire after him, nor ſpeak of him; for people will think I have ſome deſigne of marriage.

Reformer

I ſhall obey you, Madam.

Exeunt.

Scene 22.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata. He ſtrokes Affectionata’s head.

Lord Singularity

Affectionata, Thou are one of the diligent’ſt boys that had.

Affectionata

How can I be otherwiſe, Sir, ſince you are the Governour of my ſoul, that commands the Fort of my paſſion, and the Caſtle of my imaginations, which are the heart, and the head.

Lord Singularity

Do you love me ſo much?

Affectionata

So well my Lord, as you are the archetectour of my mind, the foundation of my thoughts, and the gates of my memorie, for your will is the form, your happineſs the level, and your actions the treaſurie.

Lord Singularity

Thy wit delights me more, than thy flattery perſwades; for I cannot believe a boy can love ſo much; Beſides, you have not ſerved me ſo long, as to beget love.

Affectionata

I have loved you from my infancy, for as I ſuck’d life from my Nurſes breaſt, ſo did I Love from fames, drawing your praiſes forth, as I did milk, which nouriſhed my affections.

Lord Singularity

I ſhall ſtrive, boy, to requite thy love.

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Affectionata

To requite, is to return love for love.

Lord Singul

By Heaven? I love thee, as a Father loves a ſon.

Affectionata

Then I am bleſt,.

Exeunt.

Scene 23.

Enter two Souldiers.

1. Souldier

What is this boy that our General is ſo taken with.

2. Souldier,.

A poor Begger-boy!

1. Souldier

Can a poor Begger-boy merit his affections?

2. Souldier

He is a pretty boy, and waites very diligently.

1. Souldier

So doth other boys, as well as he, but I believe he is a young Pimp, and carries, and conveys Love-letters.

2. Souldier

Like enough to, for boys are ſtrangely crafty in thoſe imployments, and ſo induſtrious, as they will let no times nor opportunities ſlip them, but they will find waies to deliver their Letters and meſſages.

Exeunt.

Scene 24.

Enter the Lady Baſhfulls Page, and Sir Serious Dumb, who gives a Note to the Page to read.

Page

Sir, I dare not direct you to my Lady, as you deſire me in this Note, and if I ſhould tell her, here is a Gentleman that deſired to viſit her, ſhe would refuſe your viſit.

Dumb gives the young Page four or five pieces of Gold.

Page

I will direct you to the room wherein my Lady is, but I muſt not be ſeen, nor confeſs I ſhewed you the way.

Page, and Sir Serious Dumb Exeunt.

Scene 25.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata.

Lord Singularity

Come Affectionata, ſit down and entertain me with thy ſweet diſcourſe, which makes all other company troubleſome, and tedious to me, thine only doth delight me.

Affectionata

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Lord Singularity

Thou haſt an eloquent tongue, (and a gentle ſoul.)

Affectionata

My Noble Lord, I have hardly learn’d my native words, much leſs the eloquence of Language, and as for the ſouls of all mankind, they are like Common-wealths, where the ſeveral vertues, and good graces are the Citizens therein, and the natural ſubjects thereof; but vices and follies, as the thieviſh Borderers, and Neighbour-enemies, which makes inrodes, factions, mutinies, intrudes and uſurps Authority, and if the follies be more than the good graces, and the vices too ſtrong for the vertues, the Monarchy of a good life falls to ruine, alſo it is indangered by Civil-wars amongſt the paſſions.

Lord Singularity

What paſſions indangers it moſt?

Affectionata

Anger, malice, and deſpair.

Lord Singularity

Were you never angry?

Affectionata

I am of too melancholly a nature, to be very angry.

Lord Singularity

Why? are melancholly perſons never angry?

Affectionata

Very ſeldom, my Lord, for thoſe that are naturally melancholly, doth rather grieve, than fret, they ſooner waſt into ſighes, than fly about with fury; more tears flows thorough their eyes, than words paſs thorough their lips.

Lord Singularity

Why ſhould you be melancholly?

Affectionata

Alas, nature hath made me ſo; Beſides, I find there is not much reaſon to joy, for what we love, perchance it loves not us, and if it doth, we cannot keep it long, for pleaſures paſſeth like a dream; when pains doth ſtay, as if eternal were.

Lord Singularity

Thou art compoſed with ſuch harmonie, as thy diſcourſe is as delightfull muſick, wherein the ſoul takes pleaſure.

Exeunt.

Scene 26.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, Sir Serious Dumb following her, where Reformer her Woman meets them.

Reformer

Madam, now the Gentleman is here, you muſt uſe him civilly, and not ſtrive to run away from him, wherefore pray turn, and entertain him.

The Lady Baſhfull turns to him, but is ſo out of countenance, and trembles ſo much, as ſhe cannot ſpeak, but ſtands ſtill and mute; All the while he fixes his eyes upon her.

Reformer

Pray ſpeak to him, Madam, and not ſtand trembling, as if you were like to fall.

Lady Baſhfull

My ſpirits is ſeized on by my baſhfull and innocent fears, inſomuch, as they have not ſtrength to ſupport my body without trembling.

Reformer

Sweet Madam, try to ſpeak to him?

Lady Baſhfull

Honourable Sir? give me leave to tell you, that my baſh fullneſsK full- 34 K1v 34 fullneſs doth ſmother the ſenſes and reaſon in my brain, and chokes the words in my throat I ſhould utter, but pray do not think it proceeds from crimes, but an imperfection of nature, which I have ſtrove againſt, but cannot as yet rectifie.

Sir Serious Dumb Civily bows to her, and then gives Reformer his Table-book to read.
She reads

Madam, He hath writ here, that had his tongue liberty to ſpeak, all that he could ſay, would be ſo far below, and inferiour to what might be ſaid in your praiſe, as he ſhould not adventure to preſume to ſpeak.

Lady Baſhfull

I will preſume to break my brain, but I will invent ſome ways to be rid of his company.

He follows her, Exeunt.

Act. V.

Scene 27.

Enter the General, and ſits in a melancholly poſture. Enters Affectionata, and stands with a ſad countenance. The General ſees him.

Lord Singularity

What makes thee look ſo ſad, my boy?

Affectionata

To ſee you ſit ſo melancholly.

Lord Singul

Clear up thy countenance, for its not a deadly melancholly, though it is a troubleſome one.

Affectionata

May I be ſo bold to ask the cauſe of it.

Lord Singul

The cauſe is, a cruel Miſtriſs.

Affectionata

Have you a Miſtriſs, and can ſhe be cruel?

Lord Singularity

O! Women are Tyrants, they daw us on to love, and then denies our ſuits.

Affectionata

Will not you think me rude, if I ſhould queſtion you?

Lord Singul

No, for thy queſtions delights me more, than my Miſtriſs denials grieves me.

Affectionata

Then give me leave to ask you, whether your ſuit be juſt?

Lord Singul

Juſt, to a Lovers deſires.

Affectionata

What is your deſire?

Lord Singul

To lye with her.

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Affcectionata

After youu have married her?

Lord Singularity

Marry her ſaiſt thou, I had rather be baniſh’d from that Sex for ever, than marry one, and yet I love them well.

Affectionata

Why have you ſuch an adverſion to marriage, being lawfull and honeſt.

Lord Singul

Becauſe I am affraid to be a Cuckold!

Affectionata

Do you think there is no chaſte women?

Lord Singularity

Faith boy, I believe very few, and thoſe that are men, knows not where to find them out, for all that are not married, profeſſes chaſtity, ſpeaks ſoberly, and looks modeſtly, but when they are marryed, they are more wild than Bachalins, far worſe than Satyres, making their Husbands horns far greater than a Stags, having more branches ſprouts thereon.

Affectionata

And doth he never caſt thoſe horns?

Lord Singul

Yes, if he be a Widower, he caſts his horns, only the marks remains, otherwiſe he bears them to his grave.

Affectionata

But put the caſe you did know a woman that was chaſte; would not you marry her?

Lord Singul

That is a queſtion not to be reſolved, for no man can be reſolved, whether a womamn can be chaſte or not.

Affectionata fetches a great ſighe.

Lord Singul

Why do you ſighe, my boy?

Affectionata

Becauſe all women are falſe, or thought to be ſo, that wiſe men dares not truſt them.

Lord Singularity

But they are fools, that will not try, and make uſe of them, if they can have them; wherefore I will go, and try my Miſtriſs once again.

Exeunt.

Scene. 28.

Enter the Lady Ignorance, and her Maid. She hears a noiſe.

Lady Ignorance

What a noiſe they make below, they will diſturb my Husbands ſtudy; go and tell thoſe of my Servants, that I will turn them away for their careleſneſs, as that they cannot place, ſet, or hold things ſure, but let them fall to make ſuch a noiſe.

Maid

I ſhall.

Lady Ignorance

It ſhall be my ſtudy how to order my houſe without noiſe, wherefore all my Servants ſhall be dumb, although not deaf, and I will take none, but ſuch as have corns on their feet, that they may tread gently, and all my Houſhold-veſſel ſhall be of wood, for wood makes not ſuch a noiſe when it chance to fall, or is hit againſt a wall, as metal doth, which rings like bells, when it is but touched, neither will I have Houſhold-veſſels of Earth, for earthen-pots, pans and the like; when they fall and break, ſounds as if a ſtone- wall fell.

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Scene 29.

Enter the General, and three or four Commanders.

General

On my ſoul Gentlemen, the boy is an honeſt boy, and no wayes guilty of this you tax him for.

Commanders

Pardon us, my Lord, for giving your Excellence notice that the States are jealouſe of him for a Spie, but we do not any wayes accuſe him.

General

Will the States examine him, ſay you?

Commanders

So we hear, my Lord.

General

Well Gentlemen, pray leave me for this time, and I will take care the boy ſhall be forth-coming, whenſoever the States ſhall require him.

Commanders

Your Lordſhips humble Servants ――

Commanders Ex. The General ſolus.

General

A Spie, it cannot be, for he is neither covetous, nor malicious, revengefull, nor irreligious, but I will try him.

Exit.

Scene 30.

Enter the Lady Baſhfulls Chamber-maid, and Mrs. Reformer her Gentlewoman.

Chamber-maid

Mrs. Reformer, pray tell me who that handſome Gentleman is, which follows my Lady about?

Reformer

He is one that is Noble, and Rich, and is in love with my Lady.

Chamber-maid

Truly it is the ſtrangeſt way of wooing, that ever was, for my Lady goeth bluſhing out of one room into another, and he follows her at the heels: In my conſcience my Lady is aſhamed to ſit down, or to bid him leave her company, and ſurely they muſt needs be both very weary of walking, but ſure he will leave her, when it is time to go to bed.

Reformer

It is hoped he will.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Sir Serious Dumb following her.

Reformer

Madam, you will tire your ſelf and the Gentleman, with walking about your houſe, wherefore pray ſit down.

Lady Baſhfull

What! To have him gaze upon my face.

Reformer

Why, your face is a handſome face, and the owner of it is honeſt, wherefore you need not be aſhamed, but pray reſt your ſelf. ――

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Lady Baſhfull

Pray perſwade him to leave me, and then I will.

Reformer

Sir, my Lady intreats you to leave her to her ſelf.

Sir Serious Dumb writes then, and gives Reformer his Table-book to read.

Reformer

He writes he cannot leave you, for if his body ſhould depart, his ſoul will remain ſtill with you.

Lady Baſhfull

That will not put me out of countenance, becauſe I ſhall not be ſenſible of its preſence, wherefore I am content he ſhould leave his ſoul, ſo that he will take his body away.

He writes, and gives Reformer the Book. Reformer reads

He writes, that if you will give him leave once a day to ſee you, that he will depart, and that he will not diſturb your thoughts, he will only wait upon your perſon for the time he lives, he cannot keep himſelf long from you.

Lady Baſhfull

But I would be alone.

Reformer

But if he will follow you, you muſt indure that with patience, you cannot avoid.

Sir Serious Dumb goeth to the Lady Baſhfull, and kiſseth her hand, and Ex.

Reformer

You ſee he is ſo civil, as he is unwilling to diſpleaſe you.

Lady Baſhfull

Rather than I will be troubled thus; I will go to ſome other parts of the World.

Reformer

In my conſcience, Madam, he will follow you, whereſoever you go.

Lady Baſhfull

But I will have him ſhut out of my houſe.

Reformer

Then he will lye at your gates, and ſo all the Town will take notice of it.

Lady Baſhfull

Why ſo, they will howſoever, by his often viſits.

Reformer

But not ſo publick.

Exeunt.

Scene 31.

Enter the General, and Affectionata.

Lord Singularity

Affectionata. Thou muſt carry a Letter from me, to my Miſtriſs.

Affectionata

You will not marry her, you ſay.

Lord Singul

No.

Affectionata

Then pardon me, my Lord, for though I would aſſiſt your honeſt love by any ſervice I can do, yet I ſhall never be ſo baſe an Inſtrument, as to produce a crime.

Lord Singul

Come, come, thou ſhalt carry it, and I will give thee 500. pounds for thy ſervice.

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Affectionata

Excuſe me, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

I will give thee a thouſand pounds.

Affectionata

I ſhall not take it, my Lord.

Lord Singul

I will give thee five thouſand, nay ten thouſand pounds.

Affectionata

I am not covetous, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

I will make thee Maſter of my whole Eſtate, for without thy aſſiſtance, I cannot injoy my Miſtriſs, by reaſon ſhe will truſt none with our Loves, but thee.

Affectionata

Could you make me Maſter of the whole World, it could not tempt me to do an action baſe, for though I am poor, I am honeſt, and ſo honeſt, as I cannot be corrupted, or bribed there-from.

Lord Singularity

You ſaid you loved me?

Affectionata

Heaven knows I do above my life, and would do you any ſervice that honour did allow of.

Lord Singularity

You are more ſcrupulous than wiſe.

Affectionata

There is an old ſaying, my Lord, that to be wiſe, is to be honeſt.

Exeunt.

Scene 32.

Enter Sir Peaceable Studious, and meets his Ladies maid.

Sir P. Studious

Where is your Lady?

Maid

In her Chamber, Sir.

Sir P. Studious

Pray her to come to me?

Maid

Yes Sir.

Sir P. Studious. Exit. Enter another Maid to the firſt.

1. Maid

Lord, Lord! What a creature my Maſter is become; ſince he fell into his muſing again, he looks like a melancholly Ghoſt, that walks in the ſhades of Moon-ſhine, or if there be no Ghoſt, ſuch as we fancie, juſt ſuch a one ſeems her, when a week ſince, he was as fine a Gentleman as one ſhould ſee amongſt a thouſand.

2. Maid

That was becauſe he kiſs’d you, Nan.

1. Maid

Faith it was but a dull clowniſh part, to meet a Maid that is not ill-favoured, and not make much of her, who perchance have watch’d to meet him, for which he might have clap’d her on the cheek, or have chuck’d her under the chin, or have kiſs’d her, but to do or ſay nothing, but bid me call my Lady, was ſuch a churliſh part? Beſides, it ſeemed neither manly, gallantly, nor civilly.

2. Maid

But it ſhewed him temperate and wiſe, not minding ſuch frivilous and troubleſome creatures as women are.

1. Maid

Prithy, it ſhews him to be a miſerable, proud, dull fool.

2. Maid

Peace, ſome body will hear you, and then you will be turn’d away.

1. Maid

I care not, for if they will not turn me away, I will turn my ſelf away, and ſeek another ſervice, for I hate to live in the houſe with a Stoick.

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Scene 33.

Enter the General, and Affectionata.

Affectionata

By your face, Sir, there ſeems a trouble in your mind, and I am reſtleſs untill I know your griefs.

Lord Singularity

It is a ſecret I dare not truſt the aire with!

Affectionata

I ſhall be more ſecret than the aire, for the aire is apt to divulge by retorting Ecohhoes back, but I ſhall be as ſilent as the Grave.

Lord Singul

But you may be tortured to confeſs the truth.

Affectionata

But I will not confeſs the truth, if the confeſſion may any wayes hurt, or diſadvantage you; for though I will not belye truth by ſpeaking falſely, yet I will conceal a truth, rather than betray a friend. Eſpecially, my Lord and Maſter: But howſoever, ſince your trouble is of ſuch concern, I ſhall not wiſh to know it, for though I dare truſt my ſelf, yet perchance you dare not truſt me, but if my honeſt fidelity can ſerve you any wayes, you may imploy it, and if it be to keep a ſecret, all the torment that nature hath made, or art invented, ſhall never draw it from me.

Lord Singul

Then let me tell thee, that to conceal it, would damn thy ſoul.

Affectionata

Heaven bleſs me! But ſure, my Lord, you cannot be guilty of ſuch ſins, that thoſe that doth but barely hear, or know them, ſhall be damned.

Lord Singul,.

But to conceal them, is to be an Actor.

Affectionata

For Heaven ſake then keep them cloſe from me, if either they be baſe or wicked, for though love prompt me to inquire, hoping to give you eaſe in bearing part of the burthen, yet Heaven knows, I thought my love ſo honourable placed on ſuch a worthy perſon, and guiltleſs ſoul, as I might love and ſerve without a ſcandal, or a deadly ſin.

Lord Singularity

Come, you ſhall know it.

Affectionata

I’l rather ſtop my ears with death.

Lord Singul

Go, thou art a falſe boy.

Affectionata

How falſe a boy howſoever you think me, I have an honeſt ſoul and heart that is ready to ſerve you in any honeſt way, but ſince I am deceived, and couzened into love by falſe reports, finding the beſt of man-kind baſely wicked, and all the World ſo bad, that praiſe nothing good, and ſtrives to poyſon vertue; I will inancor my ſelf, and live on Antidotes of prayers, for fear of the infection.

Lord Singul

And will not you pray for me?

Affectionata

I cannot choſe, my Lord, for gratitude inforces me; Firſt, becauſe I have loved you, next, becauſe I have ſerved you; and give me leave to kiſs your hand, and then there drop ſome tears at my departure.

Weeping kneels down, and kiſſes herhis hand.

Lord Singularity

Riſe, you muſt not go away untill you have cleared your ſelf from being a ſpie.

Affectionata

I fear no accuſations.

Exeunt.

Finis.

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The Second Part of Loves Adventures.

The Lord Singularity.

Sir Serious Dumb.

Sir Timothy Compliment.

Sir Humphry Bold.

Sir Roger Exception.

Sir Peaceable Studious.

Foster Truſty.

Collonels,Captains,Lieutenants and Corporals.

Petitioners.

Officers. Meſsengers.

Judges. Juries.

Servants.

The Lady Orphant.

Lady Baſhfull.

Lady Ignorance.

Lady Wagtail.

Lady Amorous.

Nurſe Fondly.

Mistriſs Reformer. Lady Baſhfulls woman.

Chamber-maids.

Epilogue.

Noble Spectators, you have ſpent this day;

Not only for to ſee, but judge our Play:

Our Authoreſs ſayes, ſhe thinks her Play is good,

If that her Play be rightly underſtood;

If not, ’tis none of her fault, for ſhe writ

The Acts, the Scenes, the Language and the Wit;

Wherefore ſhe ſayes, that ſhe is not your Debtor,

But you are hers, until you write a better;

Of even terms to be ſhe underſtands

Impoſſible, except you clap your hands.

The
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The Second Part

Act I.

Scene 1.

Enter the Lady Baſhfulls Chamber-maid, and Mrs. Reformer her woman.

Reformer

This dumb Lover is the moſt diligent’ſt ſervant that ever was, and methinks my Lady is ſomewhat more confident than ſhe was; for ſhe will ſit and read whilſt he ſits by.

Maid

Doth ſhe read to him?

Reformer

No, ſhe reads to herſelf.

Maid

There comes abundance of Gallants to viſit my Lady every day, and they have all one anſwer, that is, ſhe is not willing to receive viſits, and they all go civilly away, unleſs Sir Humphry Bold and he rails horribly.

Reformer

I have received from ſeveral Gentlemen, above 20. Letters a day, and as faſt as they come, ſhe makes me burn them.

Maid

But ſhe reads them firſt.

Reformer

No, I read them to her.

Maid

And doth ſhe anſwer all thoſe Letters?

Reformer

She never anſwered one in her life, and I dare ſwear, ſhe never will.

The Lady Baſhfull calls, as within another Room.

Reformer

Madam! ――

Exeunt.

Scene 2.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata.

Lord Singularity,.

Affectionata. Haſt thou forgiven me my fault of doubting of thy vertue, ſo much as to put it to a Tryal.

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Affectionata

My Noble Lord, have you forgiven my facility and wavering, faith that could ſo eaſily, and in ſo ſhort a time believe you could be wicked, although you did accuſe your ſelf.

Lord Singularity

Nay Affectionata, I did not accuſe my ſelf, though I did try thee.

Affectionata

Then I have committed a treble fault through my miſtake, which requires a treble forgiveneſs.

Lord Singularity

Thou art ſo vertuous, thou canſt not commit a fault, and therefore needs no forgiveneſs.

Exeunt.

Scene 3.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and Sir Humphry Bold.

Sir Humphry Bold

Madam, You have been pleaſed to profeſs a friendſhip to me, and I ſhall deſire you will do a friendly part for me.

Lady Wagtail

Any thing that lyes in my power, good Sir Humphry Bold.

Sir Humphry Bold

Then pray, Madam, ſpeak to the Lady Baſhfull in my behalf, that I may be her Husband.

Lady Wagtail

I will Sir Humphry, but ſhe is baſhfull, yet I was there Yeſterday, and ſhe entertained me indifferently well, but ſeemed to be wonderfull coy; but howſoever I will do my poor indeavour, Sir Humphry.

Sir Humphry Bold

Pray do, Madam.

Exeunt.

Scene. 4.

Enter Affectionata, walking in a melancholly poſture; his Hat pulled over his brows, and his arms inter-folded; To him enters the Lord Singularity.

Lord Singularity

My Affectionata, Why walks thou ſo melancholly?

He pulls of his Hat to his Lord, and Bows.

Affectionata

The cauſe is not that I lye under an aſperſion, by reaſon I lye not under a crime; But truly, my Lord, I am troubled that I am threatened to be tormented, for I would not willingly indure pain, though I could willingly receive death; but as for the aſperſions, I am no wayes concerned; for I make no queſtion, but my honeſt life, my juſt actions, and the truth of my words, will ſo clear me at the laſt, as I ſhall appear as innocent to the World, as Angels doth in Heaven.

Lord Singularity

Comfort your ſelf, for I will rather ſuffer death, than you ſhall ſuffer pain.

Affectionata

Heaven defend you, my Lord, whatſoever I ſuffer,.

Ex. Scene 43 M2r 43

Scene 5.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and Mistriſs Reformer.

Lady Wagtail

Pray Miſtriſs Reformer, be Sir Humphry Bold’s friend to thy Lady, and I proteſt to thee, he ſhall be thy friend, as long as he and you live, and I do not ſee any reaſon your Lady ſhould refuſe him; for he is both as proper and ſtout a man, as any is living this day in the Land.

Reformer

Indeed Madam, I dare not mention it to my Lady, for ſhe is ſo adverſe againſt marriage, as ſhe takes thoſe for her enemies as doth but mention it.

Lady Wagtail

Then ſurely ſhe is not a woman, for there is none of the effeminate Sex, but takes it for a diſgrace to live an old maid, and rather than dye one, they will marry any man that will have them; and the very fear of not marrying, is ſo terrible to them, as whilſt they are ſo young, as they are not fit to make wives, they will miſerably caſt away themſelves to the firſt that makes a proffer, although they be poor, baſe or mean, rather than venture to try out their fortunes.

Reformer

But my Lady is not of that humour.

Lady Wagtail

Come, come, I know thou canſt perſwade thy Lady if thou wouldſt, and if you will, Sir Humphry Bold will give thee 500. l. to buy thee a Husband, for thou haſt lived too long a maid I faith.

Reformer

I am not a maid, Madam, I am a widow.

Lady Wagtail

What, a muſty widow!

Reformer

I know not whether I am muſty, but I am a widow.

Lady Wagtail

Let mee tell thee, that it is as great a diſgrace to live a widow, as an old maid; wherefore take thee 500 l. to get thee a ſecond Huſband.

Reformer

Truly I would not ſell my Lady for all the World, much leſs, for 500 l. neither would I marry again, if I were young, and might have my choyce.

Lady Wagtail

Lord bleſs me, and ſend me out of this houſe, leaſt it ſhould infect me; for let me tell thee, were my Husband dead to morrow, I would marry the day after his Funeral, if I could get any man to marry me, and ſo I would ſerve 20. Husbands one after another.

Reformer

Your beſt way were to have 20. Husbands at one time, ſo that your Ladyſhip might not be a day without.

Lady Wagtail

O fie! If women might have twenty Husbands, they would have no room for courtly Servants; but prithy help Sir Humphry Bold, and take his offer, and let me ſpeak with the Lady my ſelf.

Reformer

That your Ladyſhip cannot at this time, for my Lady is not well.

Lady Wagtail

Then pray remember my moſt humble ſervice, and tell her, I will come to morrow, and if ſhe be ſick, I will talk her well.

Lady Wagtail Ex. Reformer alone.

Reformer

Dead you would talk her, for thou haſt an endleſs tongue; Oh! what man is ſo miſerable that is her Husband.

Reformer Exit. M2 Scene 44 M2v 44

Scene 6.

Enter two or three Commanders.

1. Commander

It is reported that our Generals Page hath behaved himſelf ſo handſomly, ſpoke ſo wittily, defended his cauſe ſo prudently, declared his innocence ſo clearly, and carried his buſineſs ſo wiſely, as the Venetian States have not only quitted him freely, but doth applaud him wonderfully, extolls him highly, and offers him any ſatisfaction for the injurie and diſgrace that hath been done him; but he only deſires, that the man that had accuſed him, which man, was one of the Generals men, ſhould be pardoned, and not puniſhed.

2. Commander

I hope our General is well pleaſed, that his beloved boy is not only cleared, but applauded.

1. Commander

O! He doth nothing but imbrace him, and kiſs him, as if he were his only ſon, yet he did gently chide him that he asked pardon for his accuſers; for ſaid he, if all falſe accuſers ſhould be pardoned, no honeſt man would eſcape free from cenſure.

3. Commander

But I hear the States have given order to our General to meet the Turkes again, for it is reported by intelligences that they have recruited into a nuumerous body.

2. Commander

Faith I think the Turkes are like the tale of the Gyant, that when his head was cut off there riſe two in the place.

1. Commander

I think they are like the vegetable that is named threefold, the more it is cut the faſter it growes.

3. Commander

I would the Devil had them for me.

2. Commander

We do what we can to ſend them to Hell; but whether they will quit thee, I cannot tell.

Exeunt.

Scene. 7.

Enter the Lord General, and Affectionata.

Lord Singularity

My Affectionata I wonder you could ſuffer an accuſation ſo patiently knowing you were accuſed falſly.

Affectionata

The clearneſſe of my innocency needed not the fury of a violent paſſion to defend it, neither could paſſion have rectified an injury.

Lord Singularity

Tis true, yet paſſion is apt to riſe in defence of innocency, and honour.

Affectionata

And many times paſſion (my Lord) deſtroyes the life in ſtriving to maintaine the truth, and defend the innocent; but I find a paſſionate ſorrow that your Lordſhip muſt go to indanger your life in the warrs again.

Lord Singularity

The warrs is paſtime to me, for I hate idleneſſe, and no imployment pleaſes me better than fighting, ſo it be in a good cauſe; but you ſhall ſtay.

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Affectionata

Why my Lord, are you weary of my ſervice?

Lord Singul

Know I am carefull of thy ſafety, thy reſt and peace, for ſhouldſt thou not come near danger, yet the very tragical aſpect will terrefie thee to death, thou art of ſo tender a nature, ſo ſoft and ſweet a diſpoſition.

Affectionata

Truly my Lord, if you leave me behind you, the very fear of your life will kill me, where if your Lordyſhip will let me go, love will give me courage.

Lord Singul

Then let me tell you, you muſt not go, for I have adopted you my Son, and I have ſetled all my Eſtate upon thee, where, if I am killed, you ſhall be my Heir, for I had rather vertue ſhould inherit my Eſtate than birth, yet I charge thee take my Name upon thee, as well as my Eſtate unto thee.

Affectionata

My noble Lord, I ſhould be prouder to bear your name, than to be Maſter of the whole World, but I ſhall never be ſo baſe to keep my ſelf in ſafety, in hope of your Eſtate, wherefore muſt intreat your leave to go with you.

Lord Singul

I will not give you leave, but command you to the contrary, which is to ſtay.

Affectionata

I cannot obey you in this, for love will force me to run after you.

Lord Singul

I will have you laſh’d, if you offer to go.

Affectionata

Stripes cannot ſtay me!

Lord Singul

I will have you tyed, and kept by force.

Affectionata

By Heaven, my Lord, iI’l tear my fleſh, and break my bones to get loſe, and if I have not legs to run, iI’l creep thorough the Earth like worms, for though I ſhall move but ſlowly, yet it will be a ſatisfaction to my ſoul, that I am travelling after you,.

Lord Singularity

Affectionata, You anger me very much.

Affectionata

Indeed my Lord, you grieve me more than I can anger you.

Affectionata weeps.

Lord Singularity

What, do you crie! and yet deſire to be a ſouldier?

Affectionata

A valiant heart, my Lord, may have a weeping eye to keep it company.

Lord Singularity

If no perſwaſion can ſtay you, you muſt go along with me.

Affectionata bows, as giving his Lord thanks. Exeunt. N Scene 46 N1v 46

Scene 8.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, the Lady Amorous, Sir Humphry Bold, Sir Timothy Compliment, to the Lady Baſhfull, who hangs down her head, as out of countenance.

Lady Wagtail

Faith Lady Baſhfull, we will have you abroad to Balls and publick meetings, to learn you a confident behaviour, and a bold ſpeech; Fie! You muſt not be baſhfull.

Lady Amorous

Our viſiting her ſometimes, hath made her ſo, as ſhe is not altogether ſo baſhfull as ſhe was.

Enter Sir Serious Dumb, who bows first to the Lady Baſhfull, then to the reſt of the Company, and then goeth behind the Lady Baſhfull, and ſtands cloſe by Miſtriſs Reformer.

Lady Amorous

Surely Sir Serious Dumb is a domeſtick ſervant here, he ſtands and waits as one.

He bows with an acknowledging face.

Sir Humphry Bold

If ſhe wil entertain ſuch ſervants as he, ſhe is not ſo modeſt as ſhe appears. Lady, perchance if I had come privately alone, I had been entertained with more freedom, and not have had my ſuit denied, and my perſon neglected with ſcorn, and he received with reſpect

Sir Serious Dumb comes and gives him a box on the eare, they both draw their ſwords, all the women runs away ſqueeking, only the Lady Baſhfull stayes, and runs betwixt their ſwords, and parts them; Sir Timothy Compliment looks on as affraid to ſtir.

Lady Baſhfull

For Heaven ſake! fight not here, to affright me with your quarrels.

Sir Humphry Bold

I will have his heart-bloud.

Lady Baſhfuull

Good Sir Serious Dumb, and Sir Humphry Bold, leave off fighting.

Sir Serious Dumb draws back.

Lady Baſhfull

Pray Sir Humphry Bold, give me your ſword, that I may be ſure you will not fight.

Sir Humphry Bold

What, yield my ſword up! I will dye firſt.

Enter the Ladies again. All ſpeak at one time,

who is kill’d, who is kill’d.

Sir Humphry Bold preſses towards Sir Serious Dumb.

Lady Baſhfull

Good Ladies, hold Sir Humphry Bold, and I will try to perſwade Sir Serious Dumb.

They 47 N2r 47 They hold Sir Humphry Bold.

Lady Wagtail

What, you ſhall not ſtir, I am ſure you will not oppoſe us women.

Lady Baſhfull

Noble Sir, to give me an aſſurance you will not fight, give me your ſword.

Sir Serious Dumb kiſses the hilt of his ſword, then gives it her. Sir Humphry Bold gets loſe from the Ladies, and goeth to aſsault Sir Serious Dumb; He being unarmed, the Lady Baſhfull ſeeing him, ſteps betwixt them, and with Sir Serious Dumb’s ſword, strikes at Sir Humphry Bold, and ſtrikes his ſword out of his hand.

Lady Baſhfull

What, are you not aſhamed to aſſault an unarmed man.

Sir Humphry Bold runs to take up his ſword, ſhe alſo runs and ſets her foot upon it.

Lady Baſhfull

Let the ſword alone, for it is my prize; and by Heaven, if you touch it, I will run you thorough with this ſword in my hand.

Sir Humphry Bold runs, and catcheth Sir Timothy Compliments ſword, and offers to make a thruſt at Sir Serious Dumb, who puts the ſword by, and beats it down with one hand, and with the other strikes it aſide, then cloſes with him, and being skillfull at Wreſtling, trips up his heels, then gets upon him, and having both his hands at liberty, wrings out Sir Humphry Bold’s ſword out of his hand, then ariſeth and gives the ſword to the right owner, who all the time trembled for fear, and never durſt ſtrive to part them. The women in the mean time ſqueeks.

Sir Humphry Bold

Hell take me, but I will be revenged: Lady, I hope you will give me my ſword again.

Lady Baſhfull

Never to fight againſt a woman, but my victorious ſpoils, I will deliver to this gallant Gentleman, who delivered up his life and honour into my hand, when he gave me his ſword, and I indangered the loſs of both by taking it, for which my gratitude hath nothing to return him but my ſelf and fortunes, if he pleaſe to accept of that and me.

Sir Serious Dumb bows with a reſpect, and kiſſes her hand.

Lady Baſhfull

Sir, I wiſh my perſon were more beautifull than it is, for your ſake, and my fortune greater, with more certainty of continuance, as neither being ſubject to time or accident, but this certainly I will promiſe you, which is, my chaſte and honeſt life; Now Sir, pray, take theſe two ſwords, this was yours, fear gave me confidence, this I won, love gave me courage.

Gives him the two ſwords. Sir Serious Dumb leads out his Miſtriſs. Exit.

Sir Humphry Bold

I will be revenged.

Omnes Exeunt. N2 48 N2v 48

Act II.

Scene 9.

Enter the Lord General, and Affectionata.

Lord Singul

Affectionata, I hear thou haſt bought Arms, I am ſure thou canſt not fight.

Affectionata,.

I am ſure I will do my indeavour, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

Why, the very weight of thy Arms will ſink thee down.

Affectionata

O no, my Lord; my deſire ſhall bear them up.

Lord Singul

Alas, thou haſt no ſtrength to fight?

Affectionata

What ſtrength my active body wants, my vigorous ſpirits ſhall make good.

Lord Singul

Prethee, my boy, do not adventure thy ſelf, but ſtay in my Tent.

Affectionata

That would be a ſhame for me, and a diſhonour to you, ſince you have adopted me your ſon, wherefore the World ſhall never ſay, you have beſtowed your favour and your love upon a coward.

Lord Singularity

I well perceive I have adopted a very willfull boy?

Affectionata

Indeed, my Lord, I have no will, but what doth follow you.

The General strokes Affectionata on the cheek. Exeunt.

Scene. 10.

Enter Sir Serious Dumb, and his Miſtriſs the Lady Baſhfull.

Sir Serious Dumb

The time I vowed to ſilence is expir’d, and though my thoughts not gloriouſly attired with Eloquence, for Rhetorick I have none, yet civil words, fit for to wait upon a modeſt Lady, and to entertain an honeſt mind with words of truth, though plain? For ’tis not Rhetorick makes a happy life, but ſweet ſociety, that’s void of ſtrife.

Lady Baſhfull

Sir, Rhetorick is rather for ſound than ſenſe, for words than reaſon.

Sir Serious Dumb

Yet my ſweet Miſtriſs, I wiſh my voice were tuned to your care, and every word ſet as a pleaſing note to make ſuch muſick as might delight your mind.

Lady Baſhfull

Your words flow thorough my ears, as ſmooth, clear, pure water from the ſpring of Hellicon, which doth not only refreſh, but inrich my dull inſipid brain.

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Scene 11.

Enter a Captain and his Corporal.

Corporal

The Turks never received ſuch a blow, as they have this time?

Captain

A pox of them, they have made us ſweat?

Corporal

Why Captain, ſweating will cure the Pox, and though you curſe the Turks, yet it is we that live in Italy, that is diſeaſed with them.

Captain

The truth is, we loſt more health in the Venetian ſervice, than we gain wealth.

Corporal

Nay faith Captain, we do not only loſe our health, but waſt our wealth, for what booties we get from the Turks, the Courtezans gets from us.

Captain

For that cauſe now I have gotten a good bootie, I will return into mine own Country, and buy a ――

Corporal

A what Captain?

Captain

An Office in civil Government.

Corporal

But you will never be civil in your Office.

Captain

That needs not to be, for though all Magiſterial Offices bears a civil Authority, yet the Officers and Magiſtrates therein, are more cruel and ravenouus than common ſouldiers.

Corporal

Verily Captain, I think common Souldiers are more mercifull and juſt than they.

Captain

Verely Corporal, I think you will become a Puritan Preacher.

Corporal

Why ſhould you think ſo, Captain.

Captain

Firſt, becauſe you have got the Pox, and that will make you Preach in their tone, which is, to ſpeak thorough the noſe; the next is, you have left the ranting Oaths that Souldiers uſe to ſwear, and uſe their phraſes; as verily my beloved brethren, which brethrens ſouls, they care not for, nor thinks thereof, for though they ſpeak to the brethren, they Preach to the ſiſters, which edifies wonderfully by their Doctrine, and they gain and receive as wonderfull from their female flocks, for thoſe Puritan Preachers have more Tithes out of the Marriage-bed, than from the Pariſh-ſtock.

Corporal

If it be ſo beneficial, Captain, I had rather be a Puritan Preacher, than an Atheiſtical States-man.

Captain

Faith Corporal, I think there is not much Religion in either, but if there be, it lies in the States-man, for he keeps Peace, the other makes War.

Corporal

If they make wars, they are our friends, for we live by the ſpoils of our enemies.

Captain

’Tis true, when as we get a victory, or elſe our enemies lives on the ſpoil of us, for though we have no goods to loſe, yet we venture our lives, neither do we live on the ſpoil of our enemies, but only in forreign wars, for in civil wars we live by the ſpoil of our Friends, and the ruining of our Country.

Corporal

Then we are only obliged to Preachers for civil wars.

Captain

Faith Corporal, we are obliged to them for both; for as their factious Doctrine cauſes a Rebellion by railing on the Governours and Governments, ſo their flattering Sermons ſets a Prince on fire, who burns in hot ambition to conquer all the World.

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Corporal

Theſe latter Preachers you mention, Captain, are not Puritan Preachers, but Royal Preachers.

Captain

You are right Corporal, for they are divided in two parts, although their Doctrine meets at one end, which is in war.

Corporal

Captain, you have diſcovered ſo fully of Preachers, that if you will give me leave, I will preach to our Company.

Captain

Out you rogue, will you raiſe a war amongſt our ſelves, cauſing a mutinie to cut one anothers throats?

Corporal

Why Captain, it is the faſhion and practice for Souldiers to Preach now adayes.

Captain

That is amongſt the Rebel party to keep up their faction, and to ſtrengthen the flank thereof, but amongſt the Royal party, the Preaching Miniſters turn fighting Souldiers, incouraging with their good example, as by their valliant onſets, and not the Souldiers Preaching Miniſters.

Corporal

Why Captain, the Royal party needs no incouragement, the juſtice of their cauſe is ſufficient.

Captain

You ſay right, they want not courage to fight, but they want conſcience to plunder; Beſides, the Royal party is apt to give quarter, which ſhould not be, for Souldiers ſhould deſtroy all they take in Civil-wars, by reaſon there is no gain to be made of their Priſoners, as by the way of Ranſoms, but if we ſtay from our Company, our General will preach ſuch a Sermon, as may put us into deſpair of his favour, and indanger our lives at the Council of war.

Exeunt.

Scene 12.

Enter three or four Commanders.

1. Commander

I think our Generals new made ſon is a ſpirit; for when the General was ſurrounded with the Turks, this adopted Son of his flew about like lightening, and made ſuch a maſſacre of the Turks, as they lay as thick upon the ground, as if they had been muſhromes.

2. Commander

Certainly the General had been taken Priſoner, if his Son had not reſcued him, for the General had adventured too far into the enemies body.

1. Commander

’Tis ſtrange, and doth amaze me with wonder, to think how ſuch a Willow-twig could bore ſo many mortal holes in ſuch ſtrong timber’d bodies as the Turks.

2. Commander

By him one would believe miracles were not ceaſt.

3. Commander

Well, for my part I will ask pardon of my General for condemning him privately in my thoughts, for I did think him the moſt fond, (I will not ſay what) for adopting a poor Beggar-boy for his ſon, and ſetled all his Eſtate, which is, a very great one upon him.

1. Commander

The truth is, he is a very gallant youth, and if he lives and continues in the wars, he will prove a moſt excellent Souldier.

2. Commander

Certainly he ſprung from a Noble Stock, either by his Fathers ſide, or by his Mothers.

1. Commander

By his behaviour he ſeems Nobly born from both.

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3. Commander

And by his poverty, Nobly born from neither.

1. Commander

Mean perſons may have wealth, and Noble births be Beggars.

Exeunt.

Scene 13.

Enter Affectionata in brave cloths, Hat and Feather, and a Sword by his ſide, and a great many Commanders following and attending him, with their Hats off, the whilst he holds off his Hat to them.

Affectionata

Gentlemen, I beſeech you, uſe not this ceremonie to me, it belongs only to my Lord General.

Commanders

Your merits and gallant actions deſerves it from us; Beſides, it is your due, as being the Generals adopted Son.

Affectionata

My Lords favour may place a value on me, though I am poor in worth, and no wayes deſerves this reſpect.

1. Commander

Faith Sir, had it not been for you, we had loſt the battel.

Affectionata

Alas, my weak arm could never make a conqueſt, although my will was good, and my deſire ſtrong to do a ſervice.

2. Commander

Sir, the ſervice was great, when you reſcued our General, for when a General is taken or kill’d, the Armies are put to rout, for then the common Souldiers runs away, never ſtayes to fight it out.

Affectionata

I beſeech you Gentlemen, take not the honour from my Lord to give it me, for he was his own defence, and ruine to his enemies; for his valiant ſpirits ſhot thorough his eyes, and ſtruck them dead, thus his own courage was his own ſafety, and the Venetians victory.

Enter a meſſenger from the Venetian-States to Affectionata, he bows to him.

Meſſenger

Noble Sir, the Venetian-States hath made you Lieutenant-General of the whole Armie, and one of the Council of War, where they deſire your preſence.

Affectionata

The honours they have given me, is beyond my management.

Meſſenger Exit. As Affectionata was going forth, enters ſome poor Souldiers Wives with Petitions, offers to preſent them to Affectionata.

1,. Wife

Good your Honour, ſpeak in the behalf of my Petition.

2. Wife

And mine.

3. Wife

And mine.

Affectionata

Good women, I cannot do you ſervice, for if your Petitions are juſt, my Lord the General will grant your requeſt, and if they be unjuſt, he will not be unjuſt in granting them for my intreatie, nor will I intreat therefore.

Wives

If it pleaſe your Honour, we implore Mercy, not Juſtice.

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Affectionata

Where Juſtice and Wiſdom will give leave for Mercy, I am ſure my Lord will grant it, otherwiſe, what you call mercy, will prove cruelty, and cauſe ruine and deſtruction.

Wives

We beſeech your Honour then, but to deliver our Petitions.

Affectionata

For what are they?

Wives

For the lives of our Husbands.

Affectionata

Are they to be executed?

Wives

They are condemned, and to be hanged to morrow, unleſs the General gives them pardons.

Affectionata

What are their crimes?

1. Wife

My Husband is to be hanged for plundering a few old rotten Houſhold-goods.

Affectionata

Give me your Petition, neceſſity might inforce him.

2. Wife

My Husband is to be hanged for diſobeying his Captain when he was drunk.

Affectionata

When which was drunk? your Husband or his Captain?

Wife

My Husband.

Affectionata

Diſobedience ought to be ſeverely puniſhed, yet becauſe his reaſon was drowned in his drink, and his underſtanding ſmothered with the vapour thereof, whereby he knew not what he did, I will deliver your Petition.

Affectionata

And what is yours?

3. Wife

My Husband is to be hanged for raviſhing a Virgin.

Affectionata

I will never deliver a Petition for thoſe that are Violaters of Virginity, I will ſooner act the Hang-mans part my ſelf to ſtrangle him.

Affectionata

And what is your Husbands crime?

4. Wife

My Husband is to be hanged for murther.

Affectionata

O horrid! They that murther, ought to have no mercy given to them, ſince they could give no mercy to others.

Wives

Good your Honour.

Affectionata

Nay, never preſs me, for I will never deliver your Petition.

Wives Exeunt. Enter Commanders that were to be Caſhiered (to Petition Affectionata.)

1. Captain

Noble Sir, I come to intreat you to be my friend, to ſpeak to the General in my behalf, that I may remain in my place, for I am to be caſhierd.

Affectionata

For what?

1. Captain

For a ſmall fault, Sir, for when the battel was begun, I had ſuch a cholick took me in the ſtomach, as I was forced to go aſide, and untruſs a point.

Affectionata

It had been more for your honour, Captain, to had let nature diſcharge it ſelf in your breeches. And what, are you caſhiered Captain?

2. Captain

Marry, for my good ſervice, for when the battel begun, my Souldiers run away, and I run after to call them back, they run, and I rid ſo long, as we were gotten ten miles from the Armie, but I could not get them, untill ſuch time as the battel was won.

Affectionata

It had been more honour for you to have fought ſingle alone without your Souldiers, than to have followed your Souldiers, although to make them ſtay, and you would have done more ſervice with your ſtanding ſtill than your running; and what, are you to be caſhiered?

3. Cap- 53 P1r 53

3. Captain

Why Sir, my company wanted Powder, and I went to fetch or give order; for ſome to be brought, and before I returned to my Company, the battel was won.

Affectionata

It had been more for your honour and good ſervice, to have ſtayed and incouraged your Souldiers by your example with fighting with your ſword, for the ſword makes a greater execution than the ſhot; but ſince they were not wilfull, nor malicious faults, I ſhall do you what ſervice I can, for fear ſometimes may ſeize the valianteſt man. And what were your faults Colonel?

1. Colonel

Mine was for betraying a Fort.

Affectionata

O baſe! He that betrays a Fort, ventures to betray a Kingdom, which is millions of degrees worſe than to betray a life, or a particular friend; for thoſe that betrays a Kingdom, betrays numbers of lifes, and thoſe that betrays their native Country, betrays that which gave them nouriſhing ſtrength, and you have had great mercy in giving you your life, although you loſe your place. And what was your fault?

Commander

Mine was for neglecting the Watch.

Affectionata

That is as bad as to give leave for the enemie to ſurprize, only the one betrays through careleſneſs, the other through covetouſneſs. And what was your fault Colonel?

Colonel

Mine was for diſobeying the Generals Orders.

Affectionata

Let me tell you Colonel, he that will not obey, is not fit to command; and thoſe that commits careleſs, ſtubborn, malicious and wicked crimes; I will never deliver their Petition, nor ſpeak in their behalf.

Commanders Exeunt. Enter a poor Souldier.

Souldier

Good your Honour ſave me from puniſhment.

Affectionata

What are you to be puniſhed for?

Souldier

I am to be puniſhed, becauſe I ſaid my Captain was a coward.

Affectionata

What reaſon had you to ſay ſo?

Souldier

The reaſon was, becauſe he ſung and whiſtled when he went to fight.

Affectionata

That might be to ſhew his courage.

Souldier

O no, it was to hide his fear.

Affectionata

But you ought not to have called your Captain coward, had he been ſo; for the faults of Superiours are to be winked at, and obſcured, and not to be divulged: Beſides, yours was but a ſuppoſition, unleſs he ran away.

Souldier

No Sir, he fought.

Affectionata

Then you were too blame for judging ſo.

Souldier

I confeſs it, Sir, wherefore pray ſpeak for me.

Affectionata

Indeed I cannot, for to call a man coward, is to kill, at leaſt to wound his reputation, which is far worſe, than if you had kill’d the life of his body; by how much honour is to be preferred before life; but if you can make your peace with your Captain by asking his pardon; I will then ſpeak to the General, that the ſentence for your puniſhment may be taken off, wherefore let me adviſe you to go to your Captain, and in the moſt humbleſt and ſorrowfulſt manner ask forgiveneſs of him.

Souldier

I ſhall, and it pleaſe your Honour.

Exeunt. P Scene 54 P1v 54

Scene 14.

Enter Sir Peaceable Studious ſolus.

Sir Peaceable Studious

How happy is a private life to me;

Wherein my thoughts ran eaſily and free;

And not disturb’d with vanities and toyes,

On which the ſenſes gazes, as young boys

On watery bubbles in the aire blown,

Which when they break, doth vaniſh and are gone.

Enter the Lady Ignorance.

Lady Ignorance

I doubt I diſturb your Poetry?

Sir P. Studious

No wife, you rather give life and fire to my muſe, being chaſte, fair and vertuous, which are the chief theams for Poets fancies to work on.

Lady Ignorance

But that wife that is deſpiſed by her Husband, and not loved, is dejected in her own thoughts, and her mind is ſo diſquietted, as it masks her beauty, and vails, and obſcures her vertues.

Sir P. Studious

The truth is, wife, that if my affections to you, had not been firmly ſetled; your indiſcretion and effeminate follies had ruined it, but my love is ſo true, as you have no cauſe to be jealouſe; but I confeſs you made me ſad, to think that your humour could not ſympathize with mine, as to walk in the ſame courſe of life as I did, but you were ignorant and would not believe me, untill you had found experience by practice, by which practice you have found my words to be true, do you not?

Lady Ignorance

Yes, ſo true, as I ſhall never doubt them more; But pray Husband, tell me what diſcourſe you had with the Ladies, when you went abroad with them?

Sir P. Studious

Why, they railed againſt good Husbands, called them Uxorious Fools, Clowns, Blocks, Stocks, and that they were only fit to be made Cuckolds through their confident fondneſs, and that kind Husbands appeared like ſimple Aſſes; I anſwered, that thoſe Husbands that were Cuckolds, appeared not only like ſilly Aſſes, but baſe Cowards, that would ſuffer their wives to be courted, and themſelves diſhonoured when they ought to deſtroy their wives Gallants, if viſibly known, and to part from their wives, at leaſt to inancor them, and not only for being falſe, but for the ſuſpition cauſed by their indiſcretions; otherwiſe ſaid I, a kind Husband ſhews himſelf a Gallant, Noble, Generous, Juſt, Wiſe man, and contrary, he is a baſe man, that will ſtrive to diſgrace himſelf, by diſgracing his wife with neglects and diſreſpects; and a coward, to tyranize only over the weak, tender, and helpleſs Sex; for women being tender, ſhiftleſs, and timorous creatures by nature, is the cauſe they joyn themſelves by chaſte Wedlock to us men for their ſafety, protection, honour and livelyhood, and when a man takes a woman to his wife, he is an unworthy and treacherous perſon, if he betrays her to ſcorns, or yields her to ſcoffs, or leaves her to poverty; and he is a baſe man that makes his 55 P2r 55 his wife ſigh and weep with unkindneſs either by words or actions, wherefore ſaid I, it is wiſdom for men to reſpect their wives with a civil behaviour, and ſober regard, and it is heroick to defend, protect and guard their lives and vertues, to be conſtant to their vows, promiſes and proteſtations, and it is generous to cheriſh their health, to attend them in their ſickneſs, to comply with their harmleſs humours, to entertain their diſcourſes, to accompany their perſons, to yield to their lawfull deſires, and to commend their good graces, and that man which is a Husband, and doth not do thus, is worthy to be ſhamed, and not to be kept company with, which is not called an Uxorious Husband; for ſaid I, an Uxorious Husband I underſtand to be, a honeſt, carefull and wiſe Husband.

Lady Ignorance

And what ſaid they, after you ſaid this?

Sir P. Studious

They laugh’d and ſaid, my flowery Rhetorick was ſtrewed upon a dirty ground; I anſwered, it was not dirty where I lived, for my wife was beautifull, chaſte and cleanly, and I wiſhed every man the like, and after they perceived that neither the railing, nor laughing at good Husbands could not temper me for their palats, they began to play and ſport with one another, and ſung wanton ſongs, and when all their baits failed, they quarreled with me, and ſaid I was uncivil, and that I did not entertain them well, and that I was not good Company, having not a converſable wit, nor a gentle behaviour, and that I was not a gallant Cavalier, and a world of thoſe reproches and idle diſcourſes, as it would tire me to repeat it, and you to hear it.

Lady Ignorance

Pray reſolve me one queſtion more, what was it you ſaid to the Lady Amorous, when ſhe threatned to tell me?

Sir P. Studious

I only ſaid nature was unkind to our Sex, in making the beautifull females cruel.

Lady Ignorance

Was that all, I thought you had pleaded as a courtly Sutor for loves favours.

Sir P. Studious

No indeed, but let me tell you, and ſo inform you, wife, that thoſe humour’d women, take as great a pleaſure to make wives jealouſe of their Husbands, and Husbands jealouſe of their wives, and to ſeperate their affections, and to make a diſorder in their Families, as to plot and deſign to intice men to court them, ; Cuckold their Husband, alſo let me tell you, that much company, and continual reſort, brings great inconveniences for its apt to corrupt the mind, and make the thoughts wild, the behaviour bold, the words vain, the diſcourſe either flattering, rude or tedious, their actions extravagant, their perſons cheap, being commonly oaccompanyed, or their company common. Beſides, much variety of Company, creates amorous luxurie, vanity, prodigality, jealouſie, envie, malice, ſlander, envie, treachery, quarrels, revenge and many other evils, as laying plots to inſnare the Honorable, to accuſe the Innocent, to deceive the Honeſt, to corrupt the Chaſte, to deboyſt the Temperate, to pick the purſe of the Rich, to inſlave the poor, to pull down lawfull Authority, and to break juſt Laws; but when a man lives to himſelf within his own Familie, and without recourſe, after a ſolitary manner, he lives free, without controul, not troubled with company, but entertains himſelf with himſelf, which makes the ſoul wiſe, the mind ſober, the thoughts induſtrious, the underſtanding learned, the heart honeſt, the ſenſes quiet, the appetites temperate, the body healthfull, the actions juſt and prudent, the behaviour civil and ſober; He governs orderly, eats peaceably, ſleeps quietly, lives contentedly, and moſt commonly, plentifully and pleaſantly, ruling and go verningP2 verning 56 P2v 56 verning his little Family to his own humour, wherein he commands with love, and is obeyed with duty, and who that is wiſe, and is not mad, would quit this heavenly life to live in helliſh Societies, and what can an honeſt Huſband and wife deſire more, than love, peace and plenty, and when they have this, and is not content, ’tis a ſign they ſtand upon a Quagmire, or rotten Foundation, that will never hold or indure, that is, they are neither grounded on honeſty, nor ſupported with honour.

Lady Ignorance

Well Huſband, I will not interupt your ſtudies any longer, but as you ſtudy Phyloſophie, Wiſdom and Invention, ſo I will ſtudy obedience, diſcretion and Houſwifery.

Omnes Exeunt.

Act III.

Scene 15.

Enter the General, and Affectionata.

Lord Singularity

Affectionata, Were you never bred to the Diſcipline of War?

Affectionata

Never, my Lord, but what I have been ſince I came to you.

Lord Singularity

Why, thou didſt ſpeak at the Council of War, as if thou hadſt been an old experienced ſouldier, having had the practice of fourty years, which did ſo aſtoniſh the grave Senators and old Souldiers, that they grew dumb, and for a while did only gaze on thee.

Affectionata

Indeed, my Lord, my young years, and your grave Counſel did not ſuit together.

Lord Singularity

But let me tell thee, my boy, thy rational and wiſe ſpeeches, and that grave counſels was not miſ-match’d.

Affectionata

Pray Heaven I may prove ſo, as your favours, and your love may not be thought miſplaced.

Lord Singularity

My Love thinks thee worthy of more than I can give thee, had I more power than Cæſar had.

Exeunt. Scene 57 Q1r 57

Scene 16.

Enter ſome Commanders.

1. Commander

I hear that the Duke of Venice is ſo taken with our Generals adopted Son, as he will adopt him his Son.

2. Commander

Hay-day! I have heard that a Father hath had many Sons, but never that one Son hath had ſo many Fathers; but contrary, many Sons wants fathering.

3. Commander

’Tis true, ſome Sons hath the misfortune not to be owned, but let me tell you Lieutenant, there be few children that hath not many ſuch Fathers; as one begets a childe, a ſecond owns the childe, a third keeps the childe, which inherits as the right Heir; and if a fourth will adopt the childe; a fift, or more may do the like, if they pleaſe.

1. Commander

So amongſt all his Fathers, the right Father is loſt.

3. Commander

Faith, the right Father of any childe is ſeldome known, by reaſon that women takes as much delight in deceiving the World, and diſſembling with particular men, as in the cuckolding their Husbands.

2. Commander

The truth is, every ſeveral Lover cuckolds one another.

1. Commander

Perchance that is the reaſon that women ſtrives to have ſo many Lovers; for women takes pleaſure to make Cuckolds.

3. Commander

And Cuckolds to own children.

Exeunt.

Scene 17.

Enter Affectionata, then enters to him, two or three Venetian Gentlemen, as Embaſſadors from the Duke of Venice.

1. Gentleman

Noble Sir, the great Duke of Venice hath ſent us to let you know he hath adopted you his Son, and deſires your company.

Affectionata

Pray return the great Duke thanks, and tell him thoſe favours are too great for ſuch a one as I; but if he could, and would adopt me, as Auguſtus Cæſar did Tiberius, and make me maſter of the whole World; by Heaven I would refuſe it, and rather choſe to live in a poor Cottage, with my moſt Noble Lord.

2. Gentleman

But you muſt not deny him; Beſides, he will have you.

Affectionata

I will dye firſt, and rather choſe to bury my ſelf in my own tears, than build a Throne with ingratitude.

1. Gentleman

But it is ungratefull to deny the Duke.

Affectionata

O no, but I ſhould be the ingrate of ingratitude, ſhould I leave my Noble Lord, who from a low deſpiſed poor mean degree, advanced me to Reſpect and Dignity: Whoſe favours I will keep cloſe in my heart,And from his perſon I will never part.For though I dye, my ſoul will ſtill attend,And Wait upon him, as his faithfull friend.

Q He 58 Q1v 58 He offers to go away in a melancholly posture and humour, ſo as not conſidering the Gentlemen. Whereupon one of them follows him, and catches hold of his Cloak.

2. Gentleman

Noble Sir, will not you ſend the Duke an anſwer?

Affectionata

Have not I anſwered? Then pray preſent my thanks in the moſt humbleſt manner to the great Duke, and tell him he may force the preſence of my perſon, but if he doth, it will be but as a dead carcaſe without a living ſoul; for tell him, when I am from my Lord, I withering vade, as flowers from Sun ſight;His preſence is to me, as Heavens light.

Affectionata Exit.

1,. Gentleman

’Tis ſtrange that ſuch an honour cannot perſwade a boy!

2. Gentleman

That proves him a boy, for if he had been at mans eſtate, he would not have refuſed it, but have been ambitious of it, and proud to receive it.

1. Gentl

Indeed youth is fooliſh, and knows not how to choſe.

2. Gentl

When he comes to be a man, he will repent the folly of his youth.

Exeunt.

Scene 18.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Lady Wagtail not knowing Sir Serious could ſpeak.

Lady Wagtail

Pray Madam, let me perſwade you, not to caſt your ſelf away, to marry a dumb man; for by my troth, all thoſe that are dumb, are meer fools; for who can be witty or wiſe that cannot ſpeak, or will not ſpeak, which is as bad.

Lady Baſhfull

Why Madam? wiſdom nor wit, doth noth not live nor lye in words, for prudence, fortitude and temperance, expreſſes wiſdom and capacity; ingenuity and fancie expreſſeth wit, and not words.

Lady Wagtail

But let me adviſe you to choſe Sir Humpbhry Bold, he is worth a thouſand of Sir Serious Dumb; beſides, he is a more learned man by half, and ſpeaks ſeveral Languages.

Lady Baſhfull

Perchance ſo, and yet not ſo wiſe; for Parrots will learn Languages, and yet not know how to be wiſe, nor what wiſdom is, which is to have a ſound judgement, a clear underſtanding, and a prudent forecaſt.

Lady Wagtail

Faith all the World will condemn you to have no forecaſt, if you marry Sir Serious Dumb.

Lady Baſhfull

Let them ſpeak their worſt, I care not, as not fearing their cenſures.

Lady Wagtail

You were fearfull and baſhfull.

Lady Baſhfull

’Tis true, but now am grown ſo confident with honeſt love, I care not if all the World did know of it; nay, I wiſh it were publiſhed to all ears.

The 59 Q2r 59 The Lady Baſhfull offers to go away.

Lady Wagtail

Nay, you muſt not go, untill you have granted my ſuit in the behalf of Sir Humphry Bold.

Lady Baſhfull

Pray let me go, for I hate him more, than Heaven hates Hell.

Lady Wagtail

Nay, then I will leave you.

Exeunt.

Scene 19.

Enter Affectionata, who weeps. Enter the Lord Singularity.

Lord Singularity

Why weepeſt thou Affectionata?

Affectionata

Alas, my Lord, I am in ſuch a paſſion, as I ſhall dye, unleſs it flows forth thorough mine eyes, and runs from off my tongue. For like as vapours from the Earth doth riſe,And gather into clouds beneath the ſkies;Contracts to water, ſwelling like moiſt veins,When over-fill’d, falls down in ſhowering rains:So thoughts, which from a grieved mind are ſent,Ariſeth in a vaporous diſcontent.Contracts to melancholly, which heavy liesUntill it melts, and runs forth through the eyes;Unleſs the Sun of comfort, dry doth drinkThoſe watery tears that lyes at the eyes brink;Or that the rayes of joy, which streams bright outWith active heat diſperſeth them about.

Lord Singularity

Faith Affectionata, I am no good Poet, but thy paſſion moves ſo ſweetly in numbers and ſtops, ſo juſt with rhimes, as I cannot but anſwer thee, Like as the Sun beauty ſtreams rayes about,A ſmiling countenance like day breaks out:And though a frown obſcures ſweet beauties ſight,Yet beauties beams makes cloudy frowns more bright.But melancholly beauty doth appearAs pleaſing ſhades, or Summers evenings clear. So doth thine Affectionata, but prethee do not waſt thy breath into ſighs, not diſtill thy life into tears.

Affectionata

I wiſh I might here breath my laſt, and cloſe my eyes for ever.

Lord Singularity

I perceive Affectionata, you take it unkindly I did perſwade you to take the Dukes offer; But if you think I did it out of any other deſign than a true affection to you; By Heaven, you do me wrong by falſe interpretation.

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Affectionata

If you, my Lord, did love but half ſo well as I, you would rather choſe to dye, than part with me.

Lord Singularity

I love thee beyond my own intereſt or delight, for what is beſt for thee, I account as the greateſt bleſſing, ſhould it bring me any other wayes a curſe.

Affectionata

Then let me ſtill live with you, for that is beſt for me.

Lord Singularity

Here I do vow to Heaven, to do my indeavour with my life to keep thee with me, or to be alwayes where thou art.

Affectionata

O! what a weight you have taken from my ſoul, wherein my thoughts like wet-winged-birds ſate heavy; my ſenſes like as blinking Lamps which vaporous damps of grief had neer put out.

Lord Singularity

Let me tell thee Affectionata, I have travelled far, obſerved much, and have had divers incounters, but I never met ſuch vertue, found ſuch truth, nor incountered ſuch an affection as thine.

imbraces him.

And thus I do imbrace thee, and do wiſh our ſouls may twine,

As our each bodyes thus together joyn.

Exeunt.

Scene 20.

Enter Sir Serious Dumb, and his Miſtriſs the Lady Baſhfull.

Sir Serious Dumb

Dear Miſtriſs, do not you repent your favours, and wiſh your promiſe were never made; doth not your affection vade?

Lady Baſhfull

No, it cannot, for never was any love placed upon a Nobler ſoul than my love is, which is on yours, inſomuch, as I do glory in my affection, and grow ſelf-conceited of its judgement.

Sir Serious Dumb

And will you be conſtant?

Lady Baſhfull

Let not your humble thoughts raiſe a doubt of jealouſie; for I am fixt, as time is to eternity.

Sir Serious Dumb

Then I thank nature for your Creation, honour for your Breeding, and heaven for your Vertue, and fortune that hath given you to me, for I can own nothing of that worth that could deſerve you.

Lady Baſhfull

I cannot condemn jealouſie, becauſe it proceeds from pure love, and love melts into kinds on a conſtant heart, but flames like Oyle on a falſe one, which ſets the whole life on fire.

Sir Serious Dumb

But now I cannot doubt your love nor conſtancies, ſince you have promiſed your heart to me; for true Lovers are like the light and the Sun, inſeperable.

Exeunt. Scene 61 R1r 61

Scene 21.

Enter ſome Commanders.

1. Commander

Come fellow-ſouldiers, are you ready to march?

2. Commander

Whether?

1. Commander

Into our own native Country, for our General is ſent for home.

3. Commander

Except there be wars in our own Country, we cannot go with him.

1. Commander

I know not whether there be wars or peace, but he obeys, for he is preparing for his journey.

2. Commander

Who ſhall be General when he is gone?

3. Commander

I know not, but I hear the States offers to make our young Lieutenant-General, General, but he refuſeth it.

2. Commander

Would they would make me General?

3. Commander

If thou wert General, thou wouldſt put all method out of order.

12. Commander

Faith Gentlemen, I would lead you moſt prudently, and give you leave to plunder moſt unanimouſly.

1. Commannder

And we would fight couragiouſly, to keep what we plunder.

2. Commander

Come, let us go, and inquire how our affairs goeth.

Exeunt.

Scene 22.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata.

Lord Singularity

Now Affectionata, we have taken our leave of the States: I hope thy mind is at peace, and freed from fears of being ſtaid.

Affectionata

Yes my my Lord.

Lord Singularity

They did perſwade thee much to ſtay.

Affectionata

They ſeemed much troubled for your Lordſhips departure.

Lord Singularity

Truly I will ſay thus much for my ſelf, that I have done them good ſervice, and I muſt ſay thus much for them, that they have rewarded me well.

Affectionata

I have heard, my Lord, that States ſeldom rewards a ſervice done; wherefore I believe, they hope you will return again, and fees you for that end.

Lord Singularity

I ſhall not be unwilling when my Country hath no imployment for me.

Affectionata

Methinks, my Lord, ſince you have gotten a fame abroad, you ſhould deſire to live a ſetled life at home.

R Lord 62 R1v 62

Lord Singularity

A ſetled life would ſeem but dull to me that hath no wife nor children.

Affectionata

You may have both, If you pleaſe, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

For children I deſire none, ſince I have thee, and wives I care not for, but what are other mens.

Enter a Meſsenger with a Letter to the Lord Singularity.

Lord Singularity

From whence comeſt thou friend?

Meſſenger

From Rome, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

If you pleaſe to ſtay in the next room, I ſhall ſpeak to you preſently.

Meſſenger Exit. The Lord Singularity breaks up the Letter and reads.

Lord Singularity

Affectionata, From whence do you think this Letter comes?

Affectionata

I cannot gueſs, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

From the Pope, who hath heard ſo much of thy youth, vertue, wit and courage, as he deſires me to paſs thorough Rome imn my journey home, that he might ſee thee.

Affectionata

Pray Heaven his Holyneſſe doth not put me into a Monaſtery, and force me to ſtay behind you.

Lord Singularity

If he ſhould, I will take the habit, and be incloiſtered with thee; but he will not inforce a youth that hath no will thereto.

Affectionata

Truly my Lord, I have no will to be a Fryer.

Lord Singularity

Indeed it is ſomewhat too lazie a life, which all heroick Spirits ſhames, for thoſe loves liberty and action: But I will go and diſpatch this Meſſenger, and to morrow we will begin our journey.

Exeunt.

Scene 23.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and the Lady Amorous

Lady Wagtail

Faith Amorous, it had been a victory indeed worth the bragging off, if we could have taken Sir Peaceable Studious Loves priſoner, and could have infettered him in Cupid’s bonds.

Lady Amorous

It had been a victory indeed, for I will undertake to inſlave five Courtiers, and ten Souldiers, ſooner, and in leſs time than one ſtudious Scholar.

Lady Wagtail

But ſome Scholars are more eaſily taken than the luxurious Courtiers, or deboiſt Souldiers.

Lady Amorous

O no! for Luxurie and Rapine begets lively Spirits, but a ſtudy quenches them out.

Lady Wagtail

One would think ſo by Sir Peaceable Studious, but not by ſome other Scholars that I am acquainted with.

Lady 63 R2r 63

Lady Amorous

But confeſs, Lady Wagtail, do not you find a ſtudious Scholar dull company, in reſpect of a vain Courtier, and a rough Souldier.

Lady Wagtail

I muſt confeſs, they that ſtudy Philoſophy, are little too much inclined to morality, but thoſe that ſtudy Theologie, are not ſo reſtringent.

Lady Amorous

Well, for my part, ſince I have been acquainted with Sir Peaceable Studious, I hate all Scholars.

Exeunt.

Scene 24.

Enter three Men, as the Inhabitants of Rome.

1. Man.

Tis a wonder ſuch a youth as the Lord Singularity’s Son is, ſhould have ſo great a wit, as to be able to diſpute with ſo many Cardinals.

2. Man

The greater wonder is, that he ſhould have the better of them!

1. Man

’Tis ſaid the Pope doth admire him! and is extreamly taken with him.

2. Man

If Jove had ſo much admired him, he would have made him his Ganimed.

1. Man

He offered to make him a living Saint, but he thanked his Holyneſs, and ſaid, he might Saint him, but not make him holy enough to be a Saint, for ſaid he, I am unfit to have Prayers offered to me, that cannot offer Prayers as I ought, or live as I ſhould; then he offered him a Cardinals hat, but he refuſed it; ſaying he was neither wiſe enough, nor old enough for to accept of it; for ſaid he, I want Uliſses head, and Neſtors years to be a Cardinal, for though leſs devotion will ſerve a Cardinal than a Saint, yet politick wiſdom is required.

3. Man

Pray Neighbours tell me which way, and by what means I may ſee this wonderfull youth; for I have been out of the Town, and not heard of him.

2. Man

You cannot ſee him now, unleſs you will follow him where he is gone.

1. Man

Why, whether is he gone?

2. Man

Into his own Country, and hath been gone above this week.

3. Man

Nay, I cannot follow him thither.

Exeunt.

Scene 25.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata, as being in the Country.

Lord Singularity

Affectionata, you have promiſed me to be ruled by me in every thing, ſo that you may not part from me.

Affectionata

I have, my Lord, and will obey all your commands, ſo far as I am able.

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Lord Singularity

Then I am reſolved now I am returned into my own Country, to get thee a wife, that thy fame and worthy acts may live in thy Poſterity.

Affectionata

Jove bleſs me, a wife! by Heaven, my Lord, I am not man enouugh to marry!

Lord Singul

There is many as young as you, that have been Fathers, and have had children.

Affectionata

If they were ſuch as I am, they might father Children, but never get them.

Lord Singularity

Thou art modeſt, Affectionata, but I will have you marry, and I will choſe thee ſuch a wife, as modeſt as thy ſelf.

Affectionata

Then we never ſhall have children, Sir.

Lord Singul

Love and acquaintance will give you confidence; but tell me truly, Affectionata, didſt thou never court a Miſtriſs?

Affectionata

No truly, Sir.

Lord Singularity

Well, I will have you practice Courtſhip, and though I will not directly be your Baud or Pimp, yet I will ſend you amongſt the effeminate Sex, where you may learn to ſport with Ladies, as well as fight with Turks.

Affectionata ſpeaks ſoftly to her ſelf;

pray Jove they do not ſearch me.

Exeunt.

Scene 26.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and the Lady Amorous.

Lady Wagtail

I can tell you news?

Lady Amorous

What news?

Lady Wagtail

Sir Serious Dumb can ſpeak again!

Lady Amorous

I am ſorrow for that, for now he may tell tales out of School.

Lady Wagtail

If he do, we will whip him with the rods of tongues, which is more ſharp than the rods of wyer.

Lady Amorous

We may whip him with words, but we our ſelves ſhall feel the ſmart of reproch.

Lady Wagtail

How ſimply you talk, as if reproch could hurt a woman; when reproch is born with us, and dyes with us.

Lady Amorous

If reproch have no power of our Sex, why are all women ſo carefull to cover their faults, and ſo fearfull to have their crimes divulged.

Lady Wagtail

Out of two reaſons; firſt, becauſe thoſe of the maſculine Sex, which have power, as Fathers, Uncles, Brothers and Husbands; would cut their throats, if they received any diſgrace by them; for diſgrace belongs more to men than women: The other reaſon is, that naturally women loves ſecrets; yet there is nothing they can keep ſecret, but their own particular faults, neither do they think pleaſure ſweet, but what is ſtollen.

Lady Amorous

By your favour, women cannot keep their own faults ſecret.

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Lady Wagtail

O yes, thoſe faults that may ruine them if divulged, but they cannot keep a ſecret that is delivered to their truſt; for naturally women are unfit for truſt, or council.

Lady Amorous

But we are fit for faction.

Lady Wagtail

The World would be but a dull World, if it were not for induſtrious factions.

Lady Amorous

The truth is, that if it were not for faction, the World would lye in the cradle of Peace, and be rock’d into a quiet ſleep of ſecurity.

Lady Wagtail

Prethee talk not of quiet, and peace, and reſt, for I hate them as bad as death.

Lady Amorous

Indeed they reſemble death, for in death there is no wars nor noiſe.

Lady Wagtail

Wherefore it is natural for life, neither to have reſt nor peace, being caontrary to death.

Exeunt.

Act IV.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata.

Affectionata

My Lord, I hear the King hath invited you to attend him in his progreſs this Summer.

Lord Singularity

Yes, but I have made my excuſe, and have got leave to ſtay at home; for I will tell thee truly, that I had rather march ten miles with an Artillery, than travel one with a Court; and I had rather fight a battel, than be bound to ceremony, or flattery, which muſt be practiſed if one live at Court: Beſides, I have been bred to lead an Armie, and not to follow a Court; And the cuſtom of the one have made me unacquainted, and ſo unfit for the other; for though I may truly ſay I am a good Souldier, yet I will confeſs ingenuouſly to thee, I am a very ill Courtier.

Affectionata

I think they are the moſt happieſt, that are leaſt acquainted with a great Monarchs Court.

Lord Singularity

I will tell thee a diſcourſe upon this theam in the time of Henry the eighth of England, there were many Courtiers of all degrees about him, and the theam of their diſcourſe was, who was the happieſt man in England; So all the Nobles and inferiour Courtiers agreed unanimouſly it was his Majeſty, and it could be no man elſe; and they all ſaid, that their judgements was ſo clear in that point, that it could not admit of a contradiction, or diſpute: Said Henry the eighth, by the body of our Lord, you are all miſtaken; then ſaid one of the Courtiers, I beſeech your Majeſty to tell us who is the happieſt man; By the Lord, ſaid the King, that Gentleman that lives to his profit, and dare moderately ſpend for his pleaſure, and that neither knows me, nor I know him, he is the happieſt man in the Kingdom; and I am of Henry the eights opinion; but howſoever, it were better to be ſuch a one that goeth with the bagge and baggage of an Armie, than one of the tail of a Court.

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Affectionata

But you Lordſhip would not refuſe to be as the chief, as to be a Favourite; for a Favourite is more ſought, feared and flattered, than the King himſelf.

Lord Singularity

I think I ſhould not refuſe to be a Favourite, by reaſon a Favourite is a General to command, Martial and Conduct in all affairs, both at home and abroad, in peace and in war, and all by the power and authority of the commiſſion of Favourites.

Affectionata

Which Commiſſion hath a greater and larger extent than any other Commiſſion.

Lord Singularity

You ſay right, for it extends as far as the Kings power.

Exeunt.

Scene 2728.

Enter the Lady Baſhfull, and Reformer her woman.

Reformer

Madam, ſhall your wedding be private, or publick?

Lady Baſhfull

Private.

Reformer

I wonder you will have it private.

Lady Baſhfull

Why do you wonder?

Reformer

Becauſe the wedding-day is the only triumphant day of a young maids life.

Lady Baſhfull

Do you call that a triumphant day, that inſlaves a woman all her life after; no, I will make no triumph on that day.

Reformer

Why, you had better have one day than none.

Lady Baſhfull

If my whole life were triumphant, it would be but as one day when it was paſt, or rather as no day nor time, for what is paſt, is as if it never were; and for one day I will never put my ſelf to that ceremonious trouble, which belongs to feaſting, revelling, dreſſing and the like.

Reformer

I perceive your Ladyſhip deſires to be undreſt upon the Wedding-day.

Lady Baſhfull

No, that I do not, but as I will not be careleſly undreſt, ſo I will not be dreſt for a Pageant ſhew.

Exeunt.

Scene 2829.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata.

Affectionata

I think there is no Family more methodically ordered, prudently governed than your Lordſhips.

Lord Singularity

It were a diſgrace to my profeſſion, if I ſhould not well know how to command; for a good Commander in the field, can tell how to be a good Manager in his private Family, although a prudent Maſter of a Family knows not how to be a skilfull Commander in the field; but a prudent Maſter muſt have a truſty Steward, ſo a knowing General muſt have a care- 67S2r 67 carefull and skilfull Lieutenant-General, or elſe he will be very much troubled; alſo both Maſter and General muſt have other Officers, or elſe they will not find their Accounts or Conqueſts as he hopes or expects, For neither General nor Maſter can order every particular command, nor rectifie every particular errour himſelf; for a Generals Office, is only to direct, order and command the chief Officers, and not the common Souldiers: So the Maſter of a Family, is only to direct, order and command his Steward, he the reſt of the Officers, and the common ſervants, every one muſt order thoſe that belongs to their ſeveral Offices.

Affectionata

Then the common Servants are like the common Souldiers.

Lord Singularity

They are ſo, and are as apt to mutiny, if they be not uſed with ſtrickt diſcipline: Thus, if a Maſter of a Family have the right way in the management of his particular affairs, he may thrive eaſily, have plenty, live peaceably, be happy, and carry an honourable port with an indifferent Eſtate, when thoſe of much greater Eſtates, which knows not, nor practices the right method, or rules and governs not with ſtrictneſs, his ſervants ſhall grow factious, mutinous, and be alwaies in bruleries, by which diſorders his Eſtate ſhall waſte inviſible, his ſervants cozen egregiouſly; he lives in penurie, his ſervants in riot, alwaies ſpending, yet alwaies wanting, forced to borrow, and yet hath ſo much, that if it were ordered with prudence, might be able to lend, when by his imprudence, he is troubled with ſtores, yet vex’d with neceſſity.

Affectionata

I ſhould think that no man ought to be a Maſter of a Family, but thoſe that can govern orderly and peaceably.

Lord Singularity

You ſay right, for every Maſter of a Family are petty- Kings, and when they have rebellions in their own ſmall Monarchies, they are apt to diſturb the general Peace of the whole Kingdom or State they live in; for thoſe that cannot tell how to command their own Domeſticks, and prudently order rtheir own affairs, are not only uſeleſſe to the Common-wealth, but they are pernicious and dangerous, as not knowing the benefit and neceſſity of obedience and method.

Exeunt.

Scene 2930.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and the Lady Amorous.

Lady Wagtail

The Lord Singularity hath brought home the ſweeteſt, and moſt beautifulleſt young Cavalier, as ever I ſaw.

Lady Amorous

Faith he appears like Adonas.

Lady Wagtail

Did you ever ſee Adonas?

Lady Amorous

No, but I have heard the Poets deſcribe him.

Lady Wagtail

Venus and Adonas are only two poetical Ideas, or two Ideas in poetical brains.

Lady Amorous

Why, Ideas hath no names.

Lady Wagtail

O yes, for Poets chriſtens their Ideas with names, as orderly as Chriſtians Fathers doth their children.

Lady Amorous

Well, I wiſh I were a Venus for his ſake.

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Lady Wagtail

But if you were only a poetical Venus, you would have little pleaſure with your Adonas.

Lady Amorous

Hay ho! He is a ſweet youth.

Lady Wagtail

And you have ſweet thoughts of the ſweet youth.

Lady Amorous

My thoughts are like Mirtle-groves to entertain the Idea of the Lord Singularity’s Son.

Lady Wagtail

Take heed there be not a wild-boar in your Mirtle Imagenarie Grove, that may deſtroy your Adonas Idea.

Lady Amorous

There is no beaſt there, only ſweet ſinging-birds called Nightingals.

Exeunt.

Scene 3031.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and Affectionata.

Affectionata

Pray, my Lord, what Lady is that you make ſuch inquiry for?

Lord Singularity

She is a Lady I would have thee marry; One that my Father did much deſire I ſhould marry, although ſhe was very young, and may be now about thy years. I hear her Father is dead, but where the Lady is, I cannot find out.

Affectionata

Perchance ſhe is married, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

Then we ſhould find her out, by hearing who ſhe hath marryed.

Affectionata

But if ſhe be not marryed, ſhe being as old as I, I am too young for her, for Husbands ſhould be older than their wives.

Lord Singularity

But ſhe is one that is well born, well bred, and very rich; and though thou are young in years, yet thou art an aged man in judgment, prudence, underſtanding, and for wit, as in thy flouriſhing ſtrength.

Affectionata

Perchance, my Lord, ſhe will not like me, as neither my years, my perſon, nor my birth.

Lord Singularity

As for thy years, youth is alwayes accepted by the effeminate Sex; and thy perſon ſhe cannot diſlike, for thou art very handſom, and for thy birth, although thou art meanly born, thou haſt a noble nature, a ſweet diſpoſition, a vertuous ſoul, and a heroick ſpirit; Beſides, I have adopted thee my Son, and the King hath promiſed to place my Titles on thee, and hath made thee Heir of my whole Eſtate, for to maintain thee according to thoſe Dignities.

Affectionata

But I had rather live unmarried, my Lord, if you will give conſent.

Lord Singularity

But I will never conſent to that, and if you be dutifull to me, you will marry ſuch a one as I ſhall choſe for you.

Affectionata

I ſhall obey whatſoever you command, for I have nothing but my obedience to return for all your favours.

Lord Singularity

Well, I will go and make a ſtrickt inquiry for this Lady.

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Affectionata

Hay ho! what will this come to, I would I were in my Grave; for love and fear doth torture my poor life; Heaven ſtrike me dead! or make me this Lords wife.

Exeunit.

Scene 3132.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and the Lady Amorous

Lady Amorous

How ſhall we compaſs the acquaintance of the Lord Singularity’s Son?

Lady Wagtail

Faith Amorous, thou loveſt boys, but I love men; wherefore I would be acquainted with the Lord Singularity himſelf; Beſides, his adopted Son was a poor Beggar-boy ’tis ſaid, and I cannot love one that is baſely born.

Lady Amorous

His birth may be honourably, though poor, and of low and mean deſcent; for if he was born in honeſt wedlock, and of honeſt Parents, his birth cannot be baſe.

Lady Wagtail

O yes, for thoſe that are not born from Gentry, are like courſe brown bread, when Gentry of ancient deſcent, are like flower often boulted to make white manchert.

Lady Amorous

By that rule, ſurely he came from a Noble and Ancient Race; for I never ſaw any perſon more white and finely ſhap’d in my life than he is; and if fame ſpeaks true, his actions have proved he hath a Gentlemans ſoul; But ſay he were meanly born, as being born from a Cottager, yet he is not to be deſpiſed nor diſliked, nor to be leſſe eſteemed, or beloved, or to be thought the worſe of, for was Lucan leſſe eſteemed for being a Stone-Cutter, or his wit leſſe eſteemed; or was King David leſſe eſteemed or obeyed, for being a Shepheard; or the Apoſtles leſſe eſteemed or believed, for being Fiſher men, Tent-makers or the like; or the man that was choſen from the Plough, to be made Emperour; I ſay, was he leſſe eſteemed for being a Plough-man? No, he was rather admired the more; or was Horace eſteemed, or his Poems thought the worſe, for being Son to a freed man, which had been a ſlave; or was Homer leſſe admired, or thought the worſe Poet, for being a poor blind man, and many hundred that I cannot name, that hath gained fame, and their memories lives with Honour and Admiration in every Age, and in every Nation, Kingdom, Country and Family, and it is more worthy, and thoſe perſons ought to have more love and reſpect, that have merit, than thoſe that have only Dignity, either from favour of Princes, or deſcended from their Anceſtors; for all derived Honours, are poor and mean, in reſpect of ſelf- creating honour, and they only are to be accounted mean and baſe, that are ſo in themſelves; but thoſe that are born from low and humble Parents, when they have merits, and have done worthy actions, they are placed higher in fames Court, and hath more honour by fames report, which ſounds their praiſes louder than thoſe of greater deſcent, although of equal worth and merit, and juſtly, for it is more praiſe-worthy, when thoſe that were the T loweſt 70 T1v 70 loweſt, and are as it were trod into the earth, or was born, as the phraſe is, from the Dunghill, ſhould raiſe themſelves equal to the higheſt, who keeps but where they were placed by birth; but many times they keep not their place, but fall from the Dignity of their birth, into the myer of baſeneſs, treachery and treaſon, when the other riſes as the Sun out of a cloud of darkneſſe, darting forth glorious beams thorough all that Hemiſphere.

Lady Wagtail

I perceive by your diſcourſe, Lovers are the beſt Diſputers; Orators, and as I have heard, the beſt Poets; But I never heard you diſcourſe ſo well, nor ſpeak ſo honourably in all my life, wherefore I am confident, ’twas love ſpake, not you.

Exeunt.

Act V.

Scene 3233.

Enter Affectionata, Nurſe Fondly, and Foſter Truſty her Husband.

Nurſe Fondly

My child, we can no longer conceal you, for we are accuſed of murthering you, and are ſummoned to appear before a Judge and Jury.

AFffectionata

For Heaven ſake, conceal me as long as youu can; for if I be known, I ſhall be utterly ruined with diſgrace.

Nurſe Fondly

Whoſe fault was it? I did adviſe you otherwiſe, but you would not be ruled, nor counſelled by me; and my Husband like an unwiſe man, did aſſiſt your childiſh deſires.

Foſter Truſty

Well wife, ſetting aſide your wiſdom, let us adviſe what is beſt to be done in this caſe.

Nurſe Fondly

In this caſe we are either to be hanged, or ſhe is to be diſgraced; and for my part, I had rather be hanged, for I am old, and cannot live long.

Foſter Truſty

If you were a young wench, thou mighteſt chance to eſcape hanging, the Judges would have taken pity on thee, but being old, will condemn thee without mercy.

Nurſe Fondly

If I were not a pretty wench, and the Jurie amorous men, at leaſt the Judges ſo, I ſhould be hanged nevertheleſſe.

Affectionata

Come, come, Foster Father, and Nurſe, let us go and adviſe.

Exeunt. Scene 71 T2r 71

Scene 3334.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and a Captain.

Lady Wagtail

Pray tell me, what manner of Country is Italy?

Captain

In ſhort, Madam, there is more Summer than Winter, more Fruit than Meat, and more meat than Hoſpitality.

Lady Wagtail

Why Captain, fruit is meat.

Captain

I mean fleſh-meat.

Lady Wagtail

Out upon that Country, that hath neither Fleſh nor Hoſpitality! But Captain, what are the natures, diſpoſitions, and manners of the Italians?

Captain

In general, Madam, thus, their natures, diſpoſitions, and manners are, as generally all other people of every other Nation are, for the generality of every Nation are alike, in natures, diſpoſitions, and perſons; that is, ſome are of good, and ſome are of bad, ſome handſom, and ſome ill-favoured; but for the moſt part, there are more ill-favoured than handſom, more foul than fair, and the general manner of the whole World is, to offer more than preſent, to promiſe more than perform, to be more faigning than real, more courtly than friendly, more treacherous than truſty, more covetous than generous, and yet more prodigal than covetous; but as for the Italians, they are more luxurious than gluttonous, and they love pleaſures more than Heaven.

Lady Wagtail

They have reaſon, by my troth; for who can tell whether in Joves Manſion, there are ſo many ſweet and delightfull pleaſures, as in this World: But Captain, you do not tell me what pleaſure the women have in Italy?

Captain

Thoſe women that are married, are reſtrain’d and barr’d from all courtly pleaſure, or as I may ſay, the pleaſure of Courtſhips; but the Courtezans have liberty to pleaſe themſelves, and to be their own carvers.

Lady Wagtail

And there is nothing I love ſo well, as to carve both for my ſelf and others.

Captain

And there is no Nation in the World, ſo curious, and ingenuous in the art of carving, as the Italians.

Lady Wagtail

I am reſolved to go into Italy, if it be but to learn the art of carving, but I will leave my Husband behind me; for you ſay, wives have not that free liberty of carving, and if I leave my Husband, I may paſs for a Widow, though not for a maid.

Captain

But Madam, you are paſt your travelling years, for the beſt time for women to travel, is about twenty.

Lady Wagtail

By your favour, Sir, a woman never grows old, if ſhe can but conceal her age, and ſay ſhe is young.

Captain

But ſhe muſt often repeat it.

Lady Wagtail

She muſt ſo, which ſhe may eaſily do, talking much, for women wants not words, neither are we ſparing of them; But Captain, I muſt intreat your company, for you are acquainted with the Country, and hath the experience of the humours and natures of that people, and having been a Souldier and a Traveller, will not be to ſeek in the wayes of our journey.

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Captain

I ſhall wait upon you, Madam.

Lady Wagtail

No Captain, you ſhall be as Maſter, to command, and I will be your Servant to obey.

Captain

You ſhall command me, Madam.

Exeunt.

Scene 3435.

Enter Affectionata alone.

O! How my ſoul is tormented with love, ſhame, grief and fear

ſhe ſtops a little

I am in love, but am aſhamed to make it known, Beſides, I have given the World cauſe to cenſure me, not only in concealing of my Sex, and changing of my habit, but being alwaies in the company of Men, acting a maſculine part upon the Worlds great Stage, and to the publick view; but could I live thus concealed, I ſhould be happy, and free from cenſure: But O curſt fortune! that pleaſure takes in croſſing Lovers, and buſie time that makes all things as reſtleſs as it ſelf, doth ſtrive for to divulge my acts, when I have no defence, or honeſt means for to conceal them; for if I do oppoſe, I ſhall become a Murtherer, and bear a guilty conſcience to my grace, which may torment my ſoul, when as my body is turn’d to duſt.

Stops.

But ſince there is no remedy, iI’l weep my ſorrows forth, and with the water of my tears, iI’l ſtrive to quench the bluſhing heat, that like quick lightening, flaſhes in my face.

Enter the Lord Singularity, finding Affectionata Weeping.

Lord Singularity

My dear Affectionata, What makes thee ſo melancholly, as to be alwaies weeping?

Affectionata

I muſt confeſs, my Lord, here of late my eyes have been like Egypt, when it is over-flown with Nilus, and all my thoughts like Crockodiles.

Lord Singularity

What is the cauſe?

Affectionata

Alas, my Lord, cauſes lyes ſo obſcure, they are ſeldom found.

Lord Singularity

But the effects may give us light to judge what cauſes are.

Affectionata

Effects deceives, and often cozens us, by reaſon one effect may be produced from many ſeveral cauſes, and ſeveral effects proceeds from one cauſe.

Lord Singularity

But thy tears ſeems as if they were produced from ſome paſſion.

Affectionata

Indeed they are produced from paſſions and appetites, for paſſions are the rayes of the mind, and appetites the vapour of the ſenſes, and the rayes of my mind hath drawn up the vapour of my ſenſes into thick moiſt clouds, which falls in ſhowering tears.

Lord Singularity

Tell me thy griefs, and thy deſires, that I may help the one, and eaſe the other.

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Affectionata

Alas, my Lord, I cannot, for they lye in the conceptions, and conceptions ariſeth like myſts, and my thoughts like clouds, lyes one above another.

Lord Singularity

Come, come, let reaſon the Sun of the ſoul verifie thoſe miſty conceptions, and diſperſe this dull humour, that the mind may be clear, and the thoughts ſerene.

Affectionata

I will ſtrive to bring in the light of mirth.

Exeunt.

Scene 3536.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, the Lady Amorous, and Sir Humphry Bold.

Lady Wagtail

Good Sir Humphry Bold, carry us to the Court of Judicature, to hear the great Tryal, which is ſaid to be to day.

Sir Humphry Bold

You would go to hear the condemnation of an old man, and his old wife.

Lady Wagtail

No, we would go to hear the confeſſions, as whether they have murthered the young Lady that is miſſing, or not.

Sir Humphry bBold

Why, that you may hear from other relations, as well as from their own mouths, and ſo ſave you ſo much pains and trouble, as you will have to get a place, and to ſtand ſo long a time, as the examining, accuſing, confeſſing, freeing, or condemning, which will require ſo long a time, as Ladies will find great inconveniencies, and be put mightily to it.

Lady Wagtail

But I long to hear and ſee the manner of it.

Sir Humphry Bold

I will wait upon you, but you will be very much crouded.

Lady Amorous

I had rather ſee them hanged, if they be guilty, than hear them judged and condemned.

Sir Humphry Bold

Why, a condemning Judge is the chief Hang-man, for he hangs with his word, as the other with a cord.

Lady Wagtail

Will the Lord Singularity be there?

Sir Humphry Bold

Yes certainly, for he is the man that doth accuſe them.

Lady Amorous

And will his Son be there?

Sir Humphry Bold

I know not that.

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Scene 3637.

Enter the Judges and Jury-men, as in a Court of Judicature; the Lord Singularity, Foſter Truſty, and Nurſe Fondly, and many others to hear them.

Judges

Who accuſes theſe perſons of murther?

Lord Singularity

I, my Lord.

Foſter Trusty

We beſeech your Honours, not to condemn us before you have found us guilty.

Lord Singularity

It is a proof ſufficient, my Lord, they cannot clear themſelves, or produce the party that was delivered to their truſt and care.

Judges

Jurie, do you find them guilty or not?

Juries

Guilty, my Lord.

Judges

Then from the Jurie, we can ――

Enter Affectionata, dreſt very fine in her own Sexes habit, and ſtops the Judges ſentence.

Affectionata

Hold, condemn not theſe innocent perſons for their fidelity, conſtancy and love; I am that maid they are accuſed to murther, and by good circumſtances can prove it.

All the Aſſembly, Judges and Jurie, ſeems as in a maze at her beauty, and ſtares on her. The Lord Singularirty, as ſoon as he ſeeth her, ſtarts back, then goeth towards her, his eyes all the time fixt on her; ſpeaking as to himſelf.

Lord Singularity

Sure it is that face.

He takes her by the Hand, and turns her to the light;

are not you my Affectionata, whom I adopted my Son.

Affectionata

Shame ſtops my breath, and chokes the words I ſhould utter.

Lord Singularity

For Heaven ſake ſpeak quickly, releaſe my fears, or crown my joyes.

Affectionata

My Lord, pray pardon loves follies, and condemn not my modeſty for diſſembling my Sex; for my deſigns were harmleſs, as only to follow you as a ſervant: For by Heaven, my Lord? my only deſire was, that my eyes, and my eares might be fed with the ſight of your perſon, and ſound of your voice, which made me travel to hear, and to ſee you: But ſince I am diſcovered, I will otherwiſe conceal my ſelf, and live as an Anchoret from the view of the World.

Lord Singularity

Pray let me live with you.

Affectionata

That may not be, for an Anchoret is to live alone.

Lord Singularity

If you will accept of me for your husband, we ſhall be as one.

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Affectionata

You have declared againſt marriage, my Lord.

Lord Singularity

I am converted, and ſhall become ſo pious a devote, as I ſhall offer at no Alter but Hymens, and ſince I am your Convert, refuſe me not.

Affectionata

I love too well to refuſe you.

He kneels down on one knee, and kiſses her hand.

Lord Singularity

Here on my knee I do receive you as a bleſſing, and a gift from the Gods.

He riſeth.

Affectionata

Moſt Reverend Judges, and Grave Jury, ſentence me not with cenſure, nor condemn me to ſcandals, for waiting as a Man, and ſerving as a Page; For though I diſſembled in my outward habit and behaviour, yet I was alwaies chaſte and modeſt in my nature.

Exeunt.

Scene 3738.

Enter the Lady Wagtail, and Lady Amorous.

Lady Wagtail

Now Lady Amorous, is your mind a Mirtel-grove, and your thoughts Nightingals to entertain the Idea of your Adonas.

Lady Amorous

Her diſcovery hath proved the boar that kill’d him; but I deſire much to be at my Adonas Funeral, which is the Lady Orphants wedding.

Lady Wagtail

I am acquainted with ſome of the Lord Singularity’s Captains and Officers, and I will ſpeak to ſome of them to ſpeak to the Lord Singularity to invite us.

Lady Amorous

I pray do, for ſince my Adonas is dead, I will ſtrive to inamour Mars, which is the Lord Singularity himſelf.

Lady Wagtail

Faith, that is unfriendly done, for I have laid my deſigns for himſelf.

Lady Amorous

I fear both of our deſigns may come to nothing, he is ſo inamoured with his own She-Page, or female Son.

Exeunt.

Scene 3839.

Enter Nurſe Fondly, and Foſter Truſty.

Nurſe Fondly

O Husband! This is the joyfulleſt day that ever I had in my whole life, except at mine own wedding.

Foſter Truſty

Indeed, this day is a day of Jubile.

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Nurſe Fondly

Of Juno, ſay you; but Husband, have you provided good chear, and enough; for here are a world of Gueſts come, more than was invited, and you being Maſter Steward, will be thought to blame, if there be any thing wanting.

Foſter Truſty

If you be as carefull to dreſs the Brides Chamber, as I to provide for the bridal Gueſt, you nor I ſhall be in a fault.

Nurſe Fondly

I faith, if you have done your part, as I have done my part, we ſhall deſerve praiſe.

Foſter Truſty

I faith, we are almoſt ſo old, that we are almoſt paſt praiſe.

Nurſe Fondly

None can merit praiſe, but thoſe in years; for all Worthy, Noble and Heroick Acts requires time to do them, and who was ever wiſe, that was young?

Foſter Truſty

And few are praiſed that are old, for as fame divulgeth merits, ſo time wears out praiſe, for time hath more power than fame, ſtriving to deſtroy what fame deſires to keep. The truth is, time is a Glutton, for he doth not only ſtrive to deſtroy what fame divulgeth, but what himſelf begets and produceth.

Exeunt.

Scene 3940.

Enter the Lord Singularity, and the Lady Orphant, as Bride and Bride-groom, and a company of Bridal-guests. Enter Muſitians, and meets them.

Muſitioners

We deſire your Excellence will give us leave to preſent you with a Song written by my Lord Marquiſs of New-Caſtle.

Lord Singularity

Your preſent could have never been leſs acceptable, by reaſon it will retard my marriage.

Lady Orphant

Pray, my Lord, hear them.

Lord Singularity

Come, come, diſpatch, diſpatch.

He ſeems not to liſten to them. All the time his eyes fixt on the Bride.

Song.

Love in thy younger age,

Thou then turn’d Page;

When love then ſtronger grew,

The bright ſword drew.

Then Love it was thy fate

To adviſe in State.

My Love adopted me

His childe to be.

Then offered was my hap

A Cardinals Cap.

Loves juglings thus doth make

The Worlds miſtake.

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Lord Singularity

By Heaven, Muſitioners, you are all ſo dillotarie with your damnable and harſh prologue of tuning before you play, as the next Parliament will make it felony in Fidlers, if not treaſon, when your Great Royal Eares; begin with a Pox to you.

Muſitians

Why, my Noble Lord, we have done.

Lord Singularity

By Heaven, there ſpake Apollo! Give them ten Pieces.

Muſitians

Madam, an Eppilanian! we have more to expreſs our further joy, and then we will pray for bleſſings on you both.

Lord Singularity

O! It will be my funeral ſong, you rogues, know all delays doth kill me; and at this time your beſt Muſick ſounds harſh, and out of tune.

Lady Orphant

Pray let them ſing that one ſong more; ſo ends your trouble of them.

Lord Singularity

Begin, quick, quick.

Song.

O Love, ſome ſays thou art a Boy!

But now turn’d Girl, thy Maſters joy.

Now ceaſe all thy fierce alarms,

In circles of your loving arms.

Who can expreſs the joys to night,

’Twil charm your ſenſes with delight.

Nay, all thoſe pleaſures you’l controul,

With joyning your each ſoul to ſoul.

Thus in Loves raptures live, till you

Melting, diſſolve into a dew;

And then your aery journey take,

So both one conſtellation make.

The Song done, the Muſick playes, as the Bride and Bridegroom goeth.

Finis