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The Actors Names.

The Arch-Prince.

The Lord Dorato.

The Lord Melancholy, the Lord Doratoes Son.

Sir Thomas Gravity, the Lord Doratoes Brother.

The Lady Gravity, Sir Thomas’s Wife.

The Lady Perfection, the Lady Gravities Daughter.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour.

Two Fathers of the Church.

Gentlemen.

Maid-Servants.

Men-Servants.

A Nurſe.

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The Religious

Act I.

Scene 1.

Enter two Maid-Servants, Kate and Joan.

Kate

My Maſters Nephew, and my Ladyes Daughter, are the kindeſt lovers, for ſo young ones, as that ever I knew.

Joan

I believe you never knew ſuch young ones; for ſhe is not above ten years of age, and he but thirteen or fourteen.

Kate

He addreſſeth himſelf in that Country manner, and pleads his Love-ſute with ſuch affectionate reſpect, and ſhe gives Audience with ſuch modeſt attention, as one would think they were older by a dozen years a-piece than they are.

Joan

They have been bred together, and they have not been acquainted with the Vanityes and Vices of the World, which makes love the more pure.

Kate

My Lady deſires my Maſter that he would give conſent his Nephew may marry her Daughter.

Joan

She hath reaſon, for he is the only Son of his Father, my Maſters Brother the Lord Dorato, who is very rich, and is in great favour with the Arch-Prince of the Country.

Kate

Why ſo is my Ladyes Daughter the only Child of her Parents, and ſhe is Heir to her Fathers Eſtate.

Joan

Yes, but her father left ſo many Debts when he dyed, as the Eſtate will not be ſo great as it is thought to be.

Kate

But by that time ſhe is of Age, the Debts may be paid.

Joan

But my Lady hath a great Jointure out of it, that will be a hinddrance to the payment of Debts.

Kate

Well, I believe whether they have their friends conſent or not, they will marry, they love ſo very much each other.

Joan

Perchance ſo, and then repent when they come to elder years, that they marryed ſo young.

Kate

Faith that they may do if they were double their Age; for few marry that repent not.

Joan

Well, come away, and leave them to repentance.

Kate

Nay, ſtay, they are not married yet.

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Scene 2.

Enter Sir Thomas Gravity, and his Lady.

Lady

Pray Husband give your Nephew leave to marry my Daughter.

Sir Thomas Gravity

Time enough Wife, they are young, and may ſtay this ſeven years, and indeed they are ſo young as it is not fit they ſhould marry, beſides, I have not abſolute power to diſpoſe of my Nephew; for though my Brother left him to my care and breeding when he went Ambaſſadour to the Emperour, becauſe his Wife was dead, and none ſo fit to leave him with as I; yet to marry him without his Fathers Knowledge, or Conſent, will not be taken well, nay perchance he may be very angry.

Lady

Come, come, he will not diſpleaſe you with his anger, for fear he may loſe that you have power to give from him, which is your Eſtate, which you may leave to him, or his Son, having no Children of your own; wherefore pray Husband grant my requeſt.

Sir Thomas Gravity

Well wife, I will conſider it.

Lady

Nay if you conſider; you will find ſo many excuſes, as you will deny my requeſt with excuſe.

Sir Thomas Gravity

Faith if I do conſent to this marriage, it will be to be rid of my Nephews and your importunity.

Lady

You may be ſure we will never let you be quiet.

Sir Thomas Gravity

I believe you.

Exeunt.

Scene 3.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Nan, give me my work, and my little armed Chair.

The Maid goes out, and ſtrait enters with a little low wicker armed Chair; ſhe ſits in it, but is forced to crowd her ſelf into it, the Chair being too little for her ſeat.

Nan

Lord Miſtriſs, you take great pains to crowd into that Chair, I wonder you can take delight to ſit ſo uneasily.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

O, cuſtome is a ſecond Nature; for I uſing to ſit in this Chair from my Childhood, I have a Natural Love to it, as to an old She works, the whilſt ſhe ſits and ſpeaks. acquaintance; and being accuſtomed to ſit in it, it feels eaſier than any other ſeat, for uſe and cuſtome makes all things eaſy, when that we are unaccuſtomed to, is difficult and troubleſome; but I take ſo much delight to ſit and work, or Sing old Ballads in this Chair, as I would not part from it for any thing.

Nan

Yes, you would part with your little old Chair for a proper young Husband, who would ſet you on his knees.

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Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

By my faith but I would not, for I ſhould find more trouble and leſs eaſe on a young Husbands knees, than on my old Chair seat.

Nan

But if you ſhould ſit in this Chair when you were marryed, your Husband muſt kneel down if he would kiſs you.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Why then this Chair will learn a Husband humble ſubmiſſion and obedience, which Husbands never knew; but Nan, prethee fetch me ſome of my old Ballads to ſing, for I am weary of working.

One calls Nan in another room.

Nan

Miſtriſs, your Mother calls you.

She ſtrives to get out of the little Chair, hitching firſt on one ſide, and then on the other ſide, wringing her ſelf by degrees out; the whilſt ſpeaks.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I had as lieve be whipt as ſtir.

Nan

You have reaſon, you labour ſo much, and ring your ſelf ſo hard, as whipping would be leſs pain; for your Chair is now fitter for your Head, than your Britch.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Not unleſs to break my head; for a Chair is not a fit reſt for the head, for then the heels would be upwards, and ſo I might be thought a Light-heeled wench; for light things fly, or ly upwards.

Nan

Why the head, that is the uppermoſt part of the body, is not light.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Yes, when ’tis mad or drunk.

Exeunt.

Scene 4.

Enter the Lord Dorato Ambaſſador, and Man with Letters.

Lord Dorato

How doth my Brother and my Son?

Man

Very well my Lord.

The Lord reads a Letter.

Lord Dorato

How is this? my son marryed to my Brothers Wives Daughter, without my Knowledge or Conſent? to a Girl whoſe Eſtate hath more Debts than Lands? and who knows how ſhe will prove when ſhe is a woman; and my Son to marry a wife, before he hath wit to govern a wife; to put a clog to his heels to hinder his Travell for Knowledge; ſure my Brother is mad, dotingly mad, to be perſwaded by a fooliſh woman his wife, for I know it was her inſinuating perſwaſions that made him agree to the marriage; O I could curſe the time I ſent my Son to him! and my ſelf for truſting him to educate and govern him, who hath bred him to be as fooliſh as himſelf. O fooliſh Son, and more fooliſh Brother, by how much being older! but I will break the marriage-knot aſunder, or diſinherit my Son, or marry and get another that may prove more wiſe and happy to me; Do you know of my Sons marriage?

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Man

Yes Sir, for tis much talk’d of, and of the extraordinary love betwixt the young couple.

Lord Dorato

A couple of young Puppyes, and their Unckle an old Aſs; O the very thought doth almoſt make me mad; eſpecially when I remember the hopes I had to advance my Son by marriage; but you ſhall go back to carry Letters that ſhall declare my anger, and my commands, for my Sons repair unto me, ſince I cannot return home as yet; ile diſpatch you ſtrait.

Exeunt.

Scene 5.

Enter two Maids, Joan and Kate.

Kate

It is a very pleaſing ſight to ſee the new marryed Children I may ſay, for ſo are they; yet they behave themſelves ſo gravely, and ſo formally, as if they were an Antient couple; for there is no appearance of Childiſhneſs in their behaviour.

Joan

But I wonder my Maſter and Lady will ſuffer them to bed together.

Kate

My Maſter did perswade his Nephew to ly by himſelf, but he would not be perſwaded.

Joan

Truly he is a very fine youth, and ſhe a very pretty young Lady; I dare ſay ſhe will make a very handſome woman.

Kate

I believe ſhe will, and a virtuous woman, and he a handſome and gallant man.

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Scene 6.

Enter Sir Thomas Gravity, and his Lady

Sir Thomas Gravity

So Wife, by your perſwaſions to this marriage, I have loſt the love of my only brother.

Lady

And I am like to loſe my only Child, through the grief of the departure of her Husband; for ſhe looks ſo pale, and is ſo weak with crying, and faſting; for ſhe feeds only on grief, and her tears quench her droughth: I think ſhe will dy.

Sir Thomas Gravity

It is your own fault; for you would never be quiet, nor let me be at reſt untill they were married.

Lady

Would I and my Child had never ſeen your Nephew.

Sir Thomas Gravity

All the hopes we have is, that my Brother will be pacified with time.

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Scene 7.

Enter the two Maids, Joan and Kate.

Kate

I never ſaw ſo much affectionate grief, as at the parting of the young married couple.

Joan

O, paſſionate tears flow naturally from Childrens Eyes.

Kate

When they were to part, they did kiſs, weep, and imbrace ſo cloſe, as their tears mixt together.

Joan

They will weep as much for joy when they meet again, as they do now for grief at parting.

Kate

But abſence and time doth waſte Love.

Joan

Abſence doth rather put out the flame of Love, than waſte the Lamp; but their Love was lighted ſo ſoon, that if it be not put out, it will laſt a long time.

Kate

Nay faith, the ſooner it is lighted the ſooner it will burn out; but to make Love laſt long, is ſometimes to put it out; and then to re-kindle it; for a continual fire doth waſte the fuell, and a Candle will ſoon burn out, although it be lighted but at one end; but abſence is an extinguiſher, which ſaves it, and return is relighting it.

Joan

Are Lovers like Candles?

Kate

Yes faith; for as there are Candles of all ſorts and ſizes, ſo there are Lovers of all degrees; ſome are like Torch-light that flame high and bright, but ſoon waſte out, others like watch Candles that give but a dim dull light; but will laſt a long time, and ſome that give but a little light, and are ſtrait burnt out.

Joan

But what is a ſnaſt in a Candle, which is like a blazing Star with a ſtream or tail, that melsmelts a Candle, and makes it run out.

Kate

Faith a ſnaſt is like a Miſtriſs, as a Courtizan, or ſervant, that makes waſte of Matrimonial Love, it makes Matrimonial Love fall into a ſnuf; but prudent diſcretion, and chaſt kiſſes, are as ſnuffers to clip of thoſe ſnaſts before they get power, or are in a blaze, or like a Bodkin that picks or puls them out with the point of a ſharp tongue.

Joan

By your ſimilizing, you make love Greace.

Kate

You ſay right, for there is nothing ſo apt to flame and melt, as Greace and Love, it is there natural properties to waſte in flame.

Joan

Well, but let us not waſte our time in idle talk, but go about our imployments.

Kate

Why, talking is the greateſt, or moſt imployment women uſe; but indeed love is idle.

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Act II.

Scene 8.

Enter two Men.

1Man

My Lord is extremely troubled for the marriage of his son.

2 Man

He is ſo, and ſo very angry with his Son, as he would not give him his bleſſing when he came, although he hath not ſeen him in ſeven years; for ſo long hath my Lord been Embaſſadour here.

1 Man

Sometimes Embaſſadours are many years imployed out of there own Country.

2 Man

They are ſo, but my Lord is ſent for home, which I am very glad of.

1 Man

Doth his Son return home with him?

2 Man

No, for he ſends him to travel into ſeveral Countryes, for as many years as my Lord hath been from his Country.

1 Man

Why doth he command him ſo long a time to Travel, having no more Sons?

2 Man

To have him Travel out the remembrance of his Wife, at leaſt his affections to her.

1 Man

Why, would not my Lord have his Son love his Wife, now he is marryed?

2 Man

No, for my Lord faith that the marriage is not a true marriage; for the Lady is not of marrigable years, and that is not untill the Female is paſt twelve.

1 Man

Why ſo?

2 Man

I know not, but ſo it is according to our Canon, and Common Laws.

Exeunt.

Scene 9.

Enter Sir Thomas Gravity, and his Lady.

Sir Thomas Gravity

I hear my Brother hath ſent his Son to Travel for ſeven years.

Lady

Pray do not let my Daughter know it, for it will kill her, if ſhe hears it.

Sir Thomas Gravity

I hear alſo, that he will endeavour to break the marriage.

Lady

The Devill break his heart.

Sir Thomas Gravity.

Why do you ſay ſo?

Lady

Have I not reaſon to ſay ſo, when he endeavours to break my Childs heart, and ſo my heart? a diſhoneſt man he is, to offer to part man and wife.

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Sir Thomas Gravity

But if the marriage will not hold good in law, they are not lawfull man and wife.

Lady

I perceive you will take your Brothers part againſt me.

Exeunt.

Scene 10.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan.

Nan

Miſtriſs, I hear there is a Suter preparing to come a wooing to you.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

What preparations doth he make?

Nan

Why he hath been with your Father, to treat with him concerning your Portion.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

That is not a Suters preparation, that is a Merchants Trafficking, that is to make a bargain, not to woo a Miſtriſs; but the preparations of a Suter, are fine Clothes, Coaches, and great Attendance, with rich preſents; otherwiſe a woman is not wooed, but a Husband bought.

Nan

Or a Wife ſold.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

No, the woman or her friends are the purchaſers; for Husbands never give any thing for a Wife, but the woman or her friends, pay down ready money for a Husband, although they ſell land for it: Portions, portions undo a Family Nan.

Nan

But for all that, you had rather undo a Family than want a Husband.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Self-love is prevalent Nan; but what manner of man is this man that my Father is treating with? is he handſome, or rich, or famous, or honoured with title? for I would not put my father to charges, and not have a Husband worth my Portion.

Nan

He is rich, and a thriving man.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

That is to ſay a rich miſerable man, and when I am marryed to him, I ſhall be his poor miſerable wife, for he will not allow me any thing to ſpend, hardly to eat.

Nan

Then your Chair will be big enough for you.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Or I ſhall be little enough for my Chair, for a ſpare diet will make bare bones.

Nan

If you be lean you will want a Cuſhion, unleſs your Husband will allow you one.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

A miſerable Husband will never do that, for they think eaſe breeds Idleneſs.

Nan

If he be miſerable, he will be pleaſed you ſhall be idle; for exerciſe doth cauſe a hungry Stomack: but if he be a jealous Husband, he will not be pleaſed you ſhould be idle; for idleneſs breeds wantoneſs.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

A jealous Husband and a miſerable, is to a woman much a-like; for the one bars a wife from Company, the other from Meat; the one will not allow her fine Cloathes, the other dares not let her wear fine Clothes; the one will not maintain Servants to wait on her, the other dares not truſt Servants to wait upon her, leſt they should be corrupted to Tttttt2 be 536 Tttttt2v 536 be Pimps or Bawds; alſo a miſerable Husband, and a Prodigal one is a-like to a wife; the one keeps all his wealth and ſpends none, the other ſpends all and keeps none; the one will give his wife none, the other will ſpare his wife none from himſelf, and Vanities and Vices; thus a wife is poor, or unhappy, either in a ſpender, or a ſparer; but if my Father would not caſt me and my Portion a-way, is to marry me to a man whoſe bounty or liberality is within one part of his wealth, as three parts liberality, and four parts wealth; and one that hath more love than jealouſy, more merit than title, more honeſty than wealth, and more wealth than neceſſity.

Nan

But if you never marry till your Father get you ſuch a Husband, you will dy an old Maid.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I had rather dy an old Maid, than be an unhappy Wife.

Exeunt.

Scene 11.

Enter Sir Thomas Gravity, and his Lady.

Sir Thomas Gravity

Why are you angry with me? becauſe my Brother is an enemy to the marriage; I was a Friend to it, and did my part, conſenting to what you deſired, and why are you angry with me? becauſe the Laws have diſanulled the marriage, I cannot alter the laws.

Lady

But your Brothers power with the Arch-Prince, and the ArchPrinces power on the Judges and Lawyers, Divines and Church-men, hath corrupted the Laws, and cauſed Injuſtice.

Sir Thomas Gravity

That’s none of my fault, I have not power to mend them; but let me have ſo much power with you, as to perſwade you to be Patient, in matters where your impatience will do you no good; alſo let me Counſel you to adviſe your Daughter to endeavour to forget my Nephew, at leaſt not to love him as a Husband, but to place her affections upon ſome other man; for ſhe being freed by the law, may marry again who ſhe ſhall think beſt to chuſe: And to draw her off from her Melancholy humour, you muſt perſwade her to divert her ſelf and thoughts with variety of Company, and to take delight in ſuch things as other Ladyes uſe, as fine Dreſſing, rich Cloathing, ſportfull Dancing, merry Meeting, and the like; and ſhe being very handſome, ſince ſhe is grown to womans years, will be admired, praiſed, and ſued too, in which admirations and praiſes, women take glory, and are proud to be wooed; for it is the pleaſure of their life, and the life of their pleaſure.

Lady

But how if I cannot perſwade her to aſſociate her ſelf with young Company like her ſelf, or to wear fine Cloaths, or to take pleaſure in ſports and play?

Sir Thomas Gravity

Command her to adorn her ſelf bravely, and to go to Balls, Playes, and Masks, and thoſe pleaſures will ſteal on her unawares; and no queſtion but a little time will make her take ſuch delight therein, as ſhe will be ſo fond of Company and Bravery, as you will find it difficult, if not impoſſible to perſwade her from it.

Lady

I will take your Counſel, and follow your advice.

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Scene 12.

Enter two Gentlemen.

I Gent

My Lord hath ſent for his Son to come home, for to marry with the Arch-Prince’s Neece.

2 Gent

She is a Lady that hath more Wealth than Beauty, and more Title than Wit.

I Gent

My Lord cares not to marry his Son to Beauty or Wit, but to Riches and Honour.

2 Gent

My Lord is Covetous and Ambitious.

I Gent

So are all wiſe men: for they know that Wealrth and Honour are the Pillars and Supporters, to hold up their Familyes; that makes Fathers deſirous, and induſtrious to marry their Sons to great Fortunes, and not to great Beautyes, that their ſucceſſors may not be buryed in Poverty; for Beauty is only for delight, but not for continuance, Beauty lives only with fond Youth, Riches with wiſe Age, and Dignity Crowns antient Riches; for a long and rich ſucceſſion, is a Gentleman’s Pedigree.

2 Gent

I thought Merit had been the foundation of a Gentleman.

I Gent

So it is ſometimes, but not always: for where Merit Dignified one Family, Riches Dignified a hundred; poor Merit is buryed in Oblivion, unleſs Fame builds him a Monument, whereas Riches build Monuments to Fames Palace, and bring Fame down to his Palace; but Merit without the aſſiſtance of Riches, can neither feed, nor cloth, nor ſuſtain, nor cannot buy Houſes to live in, nor Lands to live on, it cannot leave anything for Antiquity but the memory of it ſelf: wherefore my Lord is wiſe to chuſe Riches for his Son.

I2 Gent

But ’tis a queſtion whether his Son will take them, and leave the Lady he once was marryed too; for ’tis ſaid that ſhe is grown an extraordinary Beauty.

Exeunt.

Scene 13.

Enter Lady Gravity, and Lady Perfection her Daughter in black, very handsome.

Lady Gravity

Will not you obey my commands?

Lady Perfection

Gay Cloths Madam, and my mind will not be ſuitable; my indiſpoſed humour, and Company will not be agreeable; neither know I how to behave my ſelf in this condition I am in, nor how to a ſſociate my ſelf; for ſince my marriage is diſanull’d, I am neither Maid, Virgin, Widow, nor Wife.

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Lady Gravity

Come, come, you are my Daughter, that’s ſufficient.

Exeunt.

Scene 14.

Enter two Men.

I Man

Faith I pitty my young Lord, for ſince he is returned from his tedious travels, he is kept Priſoner at the Court, for the ArchPrince and his Father will not ſuffer him to ſtir out, no not ſo much as out his Lodgings; but that’s not all, for they will not ſuffer him to think, for their Tongues diſturb all his Meditations, the one fills his Ears and Head with promiſes, the other rants in threats; the Prince ſtrives to hire him with Wealth and Honour, to marry his Neece, and his Father ſtands ready, if he denyes, to load him with Curſes.

2 Man

The Princes Hire will ſooner bring him to conſent than the Fathers Load.

Exeunt.

Scene 15.

Enter Father and Son.

Lord Dorato

Son, if you diſobey my commands concerning this marriage, as to refuſe it, by Heavens fair light I ſwear I will load you with ſo many Curſes, as ſhall ſink you down to Hell.

The Father goes out. Lord Melancholy alone.

Lord Melancholy

By Heavens fair light I ſwear, I wiſh I were covered with the darkneſs of Death; but my Fathers Curſes may exclude me from Heavens bleſſings.

Enter a Servant.

Servant

My Lord, your Father deſires your preſence.

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Scene 16.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

O Nan, I have had ſuch a misfortune as never was.

Nan

What misfortune?

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Why, I was ſitting in that little Chair you know I take delight to ſit in, and was ſinging of Ballads, not expecting that any ſtranger would come into my Chamber without my notice; but as I was ſitting and ſinging, in comes my Father and the Gentleman you told me of, that was to be my Husband, whereas I was ſo ſurprized, as I forgot the Chair was ſo little I could not readily part from it; I ſtarted up in a fright, and run away, the Chair being ſo little in the ſeat, ſtood ſo cloſe to me, as it went a-long with me, and my back being towards my Father and the Gentleman, ſaw the Chair as it ſtuck to me; the Gentleman ſeeing the Chair hanging there, told my Father, that he perceived that I his Daughter was of ſo lazy a Nature, that rather than ſtay or want a ſeat, I would have a Chair tyed to my breech; whereupon he hath broak the agreement he made with my Father, and my Father for anger hath vowed to break or burn my Chair. O Nan, what ſhall I do to ſave my Chair? for to loſe both Chair and Huſband will be too great a loſs.

Nan

Which had you rather loſe, the Gentleman or the Chair?

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

O the Gentleman Nan, for he will not do me half ſo much ſervice as the Chair hath done me; he will never bear with me as the Chair hath bore me; and I perceive by his ſhe humour, and Courteous Nature, that he would ſooner break my head with a Chair, than eaſe my hips with a Seat, therefore good Nan deviſe ſome way to ſave my Chair from Execution, and the fates I hope as a bleſſing to me, have made the Chair a means to break the marriage betwixt this Gentleman and me.

Nan

It ſeems he loves an active wife.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Faith all Fools love buſy women.

Nan

The beſt way, is to ſpeak to your mother to pacify your Father.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I will take your advice.

Exeunt.

Scene 17.

Enter the Lady Perfection.

Lady Perfection

And is he married? Heavens ſend him joy, and me patience; Heaven Crown his life with Happineſs, and mine with Peace; and may he have poſterity that may live long, and flouriſh high, that may keep alive his memory, though I ſhould be forgotten in the grave, yet Heaven grant his fame may live eternally.

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Lady Gravity

Daughter, have you heard of your Husbands marriage?

Lady Perfection

Yes Madam.

Lady Gravity

’Tis reported that the Princeſs whom he is married to, is illfavoured, fooliſh, and peeviſh.

Lady Perfection

He is too wiſe to conſider outward favour, and for wit he hath enough for himſelf and his wife, and his ſweet and noble Nature and behaviour will equalize her peeviſh humour.

Lady Gravity

There are Balls, masks, and Playes, to be extraordinary, for the joy of this marriage; wherefore Daughter I deſire you to adorn your ſelf, and appear in thoſe Aſſemblyes.

Lady Perfection

I ſhall obey you Madam.

Exeunt.

Scene 18.

Enter Lord Melancholy, and an old Servant of his.

Servant

I wonder your Lordſhip ſhould be ſo Melancholy, that hath wealth at will, it is enough for ſuch poor men as I to be Melancholy.

Lord Melancholy

I would thou hadſt my wealth, ſo I had thy freedome.

Servant

O Sir, there is no Freedome in Poverrty.

Lord Melancholy

Nor no Poverty in Freedome, for freedome is the wealth of the Gods.

Servant

If it pleaſed the Gods, would I was bound to Riches.

Lord Melancholy

I wiſh thou wert, ſo I was free of my Princeſſes Shackels.

Exeunt.

Scene 19.

Enter Sir Thomas Gravity, and his Lady.

Lady

Husband, the Arch-Prince hath ſent a Meſſenger to give us notice he will come and viſit my Daughter.

Sir Thomas Gravity

I hear he is much enamored with your Daughters Beauty, ſince he ſaw her at the laſt Ball.

Lady

I will go to her, and make her dreſs her ſelf fine to entertain him.

Sir Thomas Gravity

Her Beauty is bravery enough, wherefore ſhe needs no other adornment but what Nature hath dreſt her in.

Lady

But Art gives additions.

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Scene 20.

Enter two Gentlemen.

I Gent

The Emperor I hear is ſending Embaſſadors to the ArchPrince, to treat of marriage betwixt the Arch-Prince and the Emperors Daughter.

2 Gent

The report is, that ſhe is a fair and Virtuous Lady, and the Prince will have great advantages by the alliance with the Emperour.

I Gent

He will ſo, wherefore I hope and pray, that the match may be for the good of this Kingdome.

Exeunt.

Scene 21.

Enter the Arch-Prince, and the Lady Perfection.

Arch-Prince

Fair lady, grant me your love and I will ask no more, but what accompanyes it, your perſon, which I will make an equal to my ſelf.

Lady Perfection

Gracious Sir, had I a Virgins Love, and Perſon pure to equal it, I would preſent it to your Highneſs; but both my Love and Perſon have been wedded unto another man, and though the Law hath made a divorce, yet Death hath not diſſolved the marriage.

Arch-Prince

Heaven hath given you Virtue, which keeps your perſon pure, and like a precious Diamond doth remain; for though it hath or ſhould have ſeveral purchaſers, yet doth it loſe nothing of its value or worth; and though you have been wedded to another man, your Virtuonus Chaſtity, is still as pure as in your Virgins Eſtate, and by the Laws your perſon is ſet free; and for the Love you gave, may be called back, or drawn away, ſince ’tis not entertained.

Lady Perfection

’Tis true, I am Chaſt, and ſo I will remain, and though the law hath ſet my perſon free, my conſcience is not yet at liberty, nor will that love I gave away return, no more than life that’s paſt riſe from the Urn; wherefore moſt noble Sir, ask me not for that which I have not to give you.

Arch-Prince

Equal conſent, makes a happy marriage; wherefore I deſire your free conſent; but know, if you refuſe, it tis in my power to have you without your conſent, either for Miſtriſs, or for a Wife.

Lady Perfection

You have no power, the power lives within my ſelf; for I can take away my life, and a dead Miſtriſs, or a dead Wife, would neither be converſable nor pleaſurable, death is not amiable, ’tis rather a terrour than a delight.

Arch-Prince

I will leave my Sute to your conſideration, ponder on it well, and take good advice, my Sute is honeſt and juſt, a deniall may inveterate my paſſion, and turn my pure love into raging flame.

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Scene 22.

Enter the Lord Melancholy, he walks about the Room with his Hat pull’d over his forehead, his Arms foulded, his Eyes bent towards the ground; then enters his Father to him, the Lord Dorato.

Lord Dorato

Why how now Son, ſhall I never find you with Company, but always alone, in a muſing Melancholy poſture?

Lord Melancholy

I never did love much Company Sir.

Lord Dorato

But methinks in honeſty, you might love the Company of your Wife.

Lord Melancholy.

Were my liberty equal to my Love, I ſhould not be often from her.

Lord Dorato

Why, who bars you from that liberty?

Lord Melancholy.

The Laws Sir.

Lord Dorato

So, I perceive you are diſcontented, becauſe you are barr’d from your Whore.

Lord Melancholy

You are my Father, but ſhould another man have ſaid ſo much, I would make him prove it with his blood.

Lord Dorato

Why, the Laws have proved it.

Lord Melancholy

Oh Heavens, that Fathers ſhould be so cruell! have not you made me unhappy, by forcing me to thoſe actions that neither Conſcience, Honeſty, nor Honour can approve of; and yet will you diſturb my Life, trouble my Thoughts, and torture me with words?

Lord Dorato

No, no, I love you ſo well, as I would have you ſo happy, as to be delighted with mirth, and not to bury your ſelf in Melancholy, and deſpiſe thoſe bleſſings Heaven beſtows upon you, as Wealth and Honour, beſides the bleſſing of Poſterity; for your Lady proves to be fruitfull, being big with Child.

Lord Melancholy

I am ſo unhappy my ſelf, I deſire none but to pleaſe you.

Come, come, pray let me perſwade you to go to your wife the Princeſs, and ſit and talk with her, for ſhe is diſpleaſed ſhe hath no more of your Company, ſhe complains and ſayes ſhe ſeldome ſees you.

Lord Melancholy

Her humour and mine are ſo different, that we are happyeſt when we are fardeſt aſunder.

Lord Dorato

Let me tell you Son, that all women love to be flattered, and when they are not, they are peeviſh, croſs, and froward, and therefore you muſt flatter her.

Lord Melancholy

I muſt have a Tutor firſt to teach me Sir, for I underſtand not the Art of flattery, I never practiſe it.

Lord Dorato

Time and Company, Ambition and Covetouſneſs, will teach you that; but the beſt Tutor is Cupid, and the beſt Tutoreſs is Venus, and you bave been a lover Son.

Lord Melancholy

Yes Sir, in Hymens Court, and there they uſe not much flattery.

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Lord Dorato

Not ſo much as in Venus, and Cupids Courts; but yet there are flatterers enough in Hymens, both Male and females; but pray Son go to the Princeſs your wife.

Exeunt.

Scene 23.

Enter Lady Perfection, and her Nurſe.

Lady Perfection

Nurſe, I hear the Arch-Prince is reſolved to have me, if not by fair perſwaſions, by force.

Nurſe

And what woman would not be perſwaded to be an Arch-Princeſs? they need no inforcement.

Lady Perfection

Not I, unleſs I could be perſwaded to be and ArchWhore, and if you went about to perſwade me, you would be an Arch-Bawd.

Nurſe

Come, come, there is none durſt call you ſo, if you were the Arch-Princeſſes, nor call me Bawd neither.

Lady Perfection

But they would think me ſo, and think you a Bawd.

Nurſe

Thoughts are free, and every one may think their pleaſure, and therefore let me perſwade you in ſpite of thoughts, to be an ArchPrinceſs.

Lady Perfection

If I thought you did not ſpeak in jeſt, I ſhould hate you in earneſt.

Nurſe

What, for giving you good Counſel?

Lady Perfection

No, for giving me wicked Counſel: but I will give you better Counſel, and my ſelf too.

Nurſe

What Counſel is that?

Lady Perfection

To forſake the World, and to go to Heaven.

Nurſe

Faith I would not go to Heaven, unleſs the Gods call me; I love this World very well, I have been long acquainted with it, and I would not willingly part from an old friend.

Lady Perfection

The World did never befriend any Body, beſides thou are ſo old, as thy friend the World is run away from thee.

Nurſe

But howſoever, I will ſtay in it as long as I can.

The Nurſe goes out. Enter the Lady Gravity.

Lady Gravity

Daughter I am come to perſwade you not to reject a good fortune, for Fortunes favours are not profered every day.

Lady Perfection

Nor are her favourites ſurer to continue in her favour long.

Lady Gravity

But if I ſhould command you to receive the Arch-Princes addreſſes, and to conſent to be his wife, I hope you will not be leſs obedient to me than the Lord Melancholy hath been to his Father.

Lady Perfection

If he to obey his Father forgot, or neglected his obedience to Heaven, you muſt pardon me if I do not follow his precepts, not that I accuſe him, for perchance his Conſcience hath acquitted him, and ſet him Xxxxxx2 free, 544 Xxxxxx2v 544 free, from fault, and ſo from blame, but mine doth not acquit me; wherefore dear Mother, do not perſwade me againſt my Conſcience, I have had misfortunes enough to trouble my life, I ſhall not need to add the guilt of Conſcience, and what can outward Title do me good? what pleaſure can I take, when that my Mind, or Soul, is tortured with black guilt?

Lady Gravity

No, Heaven forbid I ſhould perſwade you againſt your Conſcience; but how will you avoid, or eſcape the Princes inforcement?

Lady Perfection

I have thought of a way, that beſt ſuits with my Condition and Diſpoſition, which is to take a Religious habit, and enter into a Religious Order; for though I cannot vow Virginity, nor a ſingle life, having a Husband, and been uſed as a Wife, yet I can vow Chaſtity and retirement; and I could be permitted into a Nunnery, as perchance I cannot, yet I would not go into any of them, for there is too much Company in ordinary Nunneryes, and I love ſolitarineſs; wherefore I will live a kind of a Hermits life, only my Nurſe and I; and that little Tower my Father built for pleaſure, ſhall be my Cloyſter, and before it is publickly known, I will ſend or go to the Fathers of the Church, and acquaint them, and ſtrait Incloyſter my ſelf, and there I ſhall be ſafe; for the Prince dares not commit Sacrilege, for Gods and men would riſe againſt him if he did.

Lady Gravity

Nor I dare not oppoſe your holy deſign.

Lady Perfection

Dear Mother, ſpeak not of it whilſt I am in.

Lady Gravity

I ſhall not betray the truſt of my Child.

Exeunt.

Scene 24.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Nan, Have you ſaved the life of my Chair?

Nan

Yes Miſtriſs, but I was forced to tell a ly for it.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

God forgive thee Nan, for I do, and thank thee for my Chair; but my Father doth ſo chide me, as he makes me half a weary of my life, and ſwears I have got the Green-Sickneſs with ſitting laſily on that Chair.

Nan

Truly Miſtriſs I think you have a ſpice of it, for they that have the Green-Sickneſs have Odd-Humours; for I know one that had it, and the greateſt pleaſure ſhe took in the World was to ſmell muſty Bottels, and I knew another that took the like to ſmell old Shooes, and I knew another that would eat the Leather of old Shooes, and another that would eat Coals, and they would refuſe the beſt meat that could be eaten, to eat ſuch the like things; and the ſtrangneſs is of that Diſeaſe, that every ſeveral perſon in that Diſeaſe, hath a ſeveral Odd-Humour or Appetite, to ſeveral taſts and ſmells, and they are never quiet, or pleaſed, but when they are eating, or ſmelling ſuch meats, or ſents, they think of nothing elſe.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Faith Nan, I doubt then I have a ſpice of that Diſeaſe, for when I am a broad, I long to be at home, to ſit in my Chair.

Nan

Indeed all of that Diſeaſe, are like longing women with Child, and they 545 Yyyyyyr 545 they will be ſick if they have not their longings, only thoſe in the GreenSickneſs, take more delight in extravagant Appetites, or Humours, than women with Child uſually do.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Nay ſome Childing women are as extravagant, as thoſe in the Green-Sickneſs: for ſome long to eat Tar, and the like meats; and I heard of one woman who coming from Market, wherein ſhe had bought Butter, as ſhe was going home ſhe followed a man with a Bald head, and it did appear to her to be ſo ſmoth and ſlick, as ſhe long’d to clap on a pound of her Butter upon that Bald Crown, and was ſick untill ſhe had done ſo, and then was well; and ſome Childing women long to give their Husbands boxes, or blowes on the Ears, or Cheeks.

Nan

’Tis dangerous for Husbands to have their Childing wives apt to long, for fear they ſhould long to make them Cuckolds.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Faith women will long to make their Husbands Cuckolds whether they are with Child or not.

Nan

But they dare not make known their longing, no more than you dare ſit in you Chair, for fear your Father ſhould diſcover it.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I will take ſuch times as wives do to Cuckold their Husbands, as in their Husbands abſence: ſo I will ſit in my Chair when my Father is abroad, and you ſhall be the ſpy to watch his coming home, then give me warning or notice thereof.

Nan

So I ſhall be as the Bawd between the Chair and you.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Why Nan? a Bawd is one of the moſt thriving profeſſions that is, and let me tell thee, that Pimping and Bawding is in ſuch eſteem and reſpect in this age, as great perſons doe not ſcorn to be of that profeſſion, nay they will bawd and pimp gratis rather than not be imployed.

Nan

It ſeems then they take delight in the imployment.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Oh yes, thoſe that take delight in ſecrecy take delight in bawdery, the ſame delight Adulterours take; for ’tis not ſo much out of love to each others perſon, as to meet by ſtealth, and to have obſcure entercourſes, as to lay their deſigns ſubtily, to make excuſes readily, to meet privately; for all the pleaſure is in lying, deſigning, and abuſing, and if it were not for the delight to deeds of darkneſs, there would not be an Adultery committed in any Age; but every one takes delight to act the part of a Mountebank, or Jugler, to cooſen, deceive, or delude.

Nan

But ſome take delight to act the Fool.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Oh that’s a natural part to moſt of the World, they need no art to teach them: but come Nan, lets go ſee if my Father be gone abroad.

Nan

But if your Father be abroad, your Mother will be at home.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

She will be no hinderance, for my Mother will wink at my Extravagant follyes, and my Childiſh humours.

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Act III.

Scene 25.

Enter the Arch-Prince, and the Lord Dorato.

Arch-Prince

I wonder the Meſſenger is not returned from the Lady Perfection.

Lord Dorato

I hope your Highneſs doth not intend to marry her?

Arch-Prince

Why not? ſhe is a virtuous Lady.

Lord Dorato

She is but my Sons leavings.

Arch-Prince

Virtue cannot be ſullyed.

Lord Dorato

But Sir, pray conſider the advantages that you will loſe by refuſing the Emperors Daughter; beſides, the Emperor will take it as an affront, and will endeavour to revenge it with fire and Sword, for certainly he will make a war with you.

Arch-Prince

Why, if he ſhould, I make no queſtion but I ſhall be able to incounter him, at leaſt to reſiſt him.

Lord Dorato

But now Sir you live in a happy peace, wherein all your Subjects grow rich, and your Kingdome flouriſhes with plenty, and your Highneſs lives in pleaſure and magnificence, all which a War may bring to ruine; there is nothing got by Wars Sir, the venturers are loſers; wherefore good Sir conſider what danger, at leaſt trouble, you will bring upon your ſelf by this Marriage.

Enter Meſſenger.

Arch-Prince

How comes it you ſtaid so long?

Meſſenger

I could not ſee the Lady.

Arch-Prince

Would not ſhe be ſeen?

Meſſenger

No Sir, but after a long ſtay the Lady her Mother came to me, to receive your Highneſſes Letter, and the Meſſage your Highneſs ſent by me, which when I had delivered, ſhe bid me preſent her humble duty to your Highneſs, and to pray you put her Daughter out of your thoughts, at leaſt not to think of her for a Wife, for ſhe had taken a Religious Habit, and had put her ſelf into a Religious Order, wherein ſhe would pray for your Highneſs as long as ſhe lived.

The Prince ſtamps.

Arch-Prince

Oh Fool that I was, that I did not prevent it.

Lord Dorato

Your Highneſs did not know ſhe would enter into a Religious Habit and Order.

Arch-Prince

But I might have miſtruſted it by her refuſal, but I will endeavour to get her out; perchance ſhe hath not made her Vows yet.

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Scene 26.

Enter the Lord Melancholy alone.

Lord Melancholy

And is ſhe entered into a Religious Order? I am glad of it, for it will be ſome eaſe, and reſt unto my reſtleſs Soul, that ſhe is ſafe and well ſecured.

Enter a Lady Attendant.

Lady

My Lord, the Princeſs deſires your Company, for ſhe hath grumbling pains as if ſhe would fall in labour.

Exeunt.

Enter two Ladyes.

I Lady

Have you ſeen the new Devote yet?

2 Lady

Yes, with much ado: for ſhe will not be ſeen, unleſs to ſome particular perſons, or neer friends.

I Lady

And how doth ſhe become her Religious Habit?

2 Lady

So handſomely, as ſhe is far handſomer in her Peaſe habit; than when ſhe was dreſt with all the Arts of Vanityes.

I Lady

What manner of Habit is it?

2 Lady

Somewhat like the Normetanes, but much more becoming.

I Lady

Well, I will go to the Lady her Mother, and intreat her to let me go with her to ſee her Daughter.

Exeunt.

Scene 28.

Enter two Gentlemen.

I Gent

’Tis ſaid that now the Lady Perfection is incloyſtered, that the Treaty goeth on betwixt the Arch-Prince and the Emperor.

Enter a Gentleman running as by, they stay him.

2 Gent

What’s the matter you run ſo haſtily?

I Gent

I am running to give the Arch-prince notice, that his Neece is in labour, and is ſo ill ſhe is like to dy.

2 Gent

We will not ſtay you then.

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Scene 29.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan.

Miſstriſs Odd-Humour

It’s ſaid the Lady Perfection hath entered into a Religious Order, ſhe is happy, would I were ſo.

Nan

It is a queſtion whether you would think your ſelf ſo, if you were as ſhe is.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I think the happieſt life is to be a Devote.

Nan

Faith Miſtriſs you wiſh to be a Devote, not ſo much out of a devotion, as for a change in life, as many wiſh to be marryed out of a deſire to alter their courſe of life, and when they are marryed, they wiſh to be unmarried again, ſo would you do if you were a Devote.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Oh no: for though thoſe that are married wiſh to be unmarried, by reaſon Marriage is the moſt troubleſome, unquiet life that is, but a Devotes life is the moſt peaceable and quiet life that is; ſo as there is as much difference in the courſe of a Married life and an Incloyſtered life, as between Heaven and Hell.

Nan

Then the moſt part of the World prefers Hell before Heaven, for more are Married than are Incloyſtered.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Truly by the courſe of the World, and the actions of men, one would think there would be more Devils in Hell than Saints in Heaven.

Exeunt.

Scene 30.

Enter two Gentlemen.

I Gent

You hear the news of the Princeſs delivery, and her Death.

2 Gent

Yes I heard ſhe died as ſoon as delivered, but ſhe hath left a Son and Heir to her ſorrowfull Husband.

I Gent

I do not believe her Husband is much troubled or grieved for her Death, as his Father is.

2 Gent

Indeed I think the young Lord had no great affections for her.

I Gent

No ſurely, for he loves the Lady he was firſt married to ſo well, as he could ſpare no love for any other woman.

2 Gent

If that Lady had not entered into a Religious Order, he might have remarried her, but now he cannot.

I Gent

I believe that if the other Lady had known the Princeſs ſhould have died ſo ſoon, ſhe would not have been ſo Religious as to have Incloyſtered her ſelf from the World, and to ha’bard up her liberty with Vows.

2 Gent

’Tis like when ſhe hears of the Princeſſes Death ſhe will repent the acts of devotion.

I Gent

Then Repentance is not always for acts of evill, but ſometimes of good.

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2 Gent

There is Repentance of all ſorts and degrees, and there are more enter into Religious Orders out of Diſcontent, than Love to God.

I Gent

That is an uncharitable opinion.

2 Gent

Nay ’tis not a bare Opinion, that may be proved, not uncharitable to ſpeak the truth.

Exeunt.

Act IV.

Scene 31.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Oh Nan I am undone for ever.

Nan

As how Miſtriſs?

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Why by your neglect and careleſsneſs; for your not watching my Fathers coming home, to give me notice, my Father hath found my Chair: for I hearing him come, run to hide a-way my Chair, he coming and ſeeing me ſcuttle about the room, imagined I deſired to hide ſomething from him, for which he ſearches all my Chamber over, at laſt he went and looked into the Cole-hole where I had flung my Chair, and finding it, he carried it a-way in one hand, and led me a-long in the other hand, and cauſing a fire to be made of the Chair, made me ſtand by to ſee the Martyrdome, whereat I was ſo afflicted, as I loſt my ſight in tears, which tears I let run on the fire, hoping to quench it out, but they were ſo brind with grief, as they did rather augment the fury of the fire, than abate the rage of the flame; ſo that which I thought would have been a preſerver did haſten the deſtruction.

Nan

Faith Miſtriſs it is none of my fault, for your Mother ſent me of an errand, and whilſt I was abſent by your Mothers commands, it ſeem’d your Father came home.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

This is an excuſe.

Nan

You may believe it ’tis no excuſe, but truth; for I that ventured the loſs of my Soul by telling a lie to ſave your Chair, would not neglect the watch, had not I been commanded away.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I am of an opinion you were brib’d to betray the life of my Chair, and bribes are ſo powerfull as they corrupt promiſes and vows, even the Soul its ſelf; though the Soul makes no uſe of bribes, yet it will venture to be damn’d for a bribes ſake.

Nan

Well Miſtrriſs, ſince a miſtruſt is all my reward, you ſhall tell the next lie your ſelf

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

No prethee Nan let us be friends, for I ſhall never get a Servant that will ſo readily tell lyes for me as you do; wherefore let us ſhake hands and be friends.

They ſhake hands.

Nan

Well Miſtriſs, let me tell you, that my hand and tongue is at your ſervice, the one to work, the other to lie for your ſervice.

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Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I thank you Nan, for many Servants will lie, but few will work.

Scene 32.

Enter Two Gentleman.

I Gent

The Lord Melancholy hath ſuch a ſober, ſad Countenance, as I never ſaw any young man have the like.

2 Gent

Indeed I never ſaw him ſmile in my life.

I Gent

I askt a Gentleman that waits on him, whether his Lord did ever ſmile, he ſaid he never ſaw him ſmile ſince he parted from his firſt Lady.

2 Gent

Then he hath not ſmiled this nine years, for ſo long it is ſince he parted from his firſt Lady.

I Gent

If the ſiege laſt one year more, it will be as long a ſiege as the ſiege of Troy.

2 Gent

Indeed the cauſes of either ſiege reſembles each other, as both for the love of fair Ladyes; I know not whether the effect will prove alike, as whether it will be the deſtruction of his heart, as the ſiege of Troy was the deſtruction of Troy.

I Gent

But the Lord Melancholy is rather like Hellen than Menelaus, for he hath had two wives, and the Lady Perfection is as Menelaus, for her Huſband is taken away from her, as his wife was from him; but leaving this ſiege let us return to our own homes.

Exeunt.

Scene 33.

Enter the Lord Melancholy as at the Grate of the Cloyſter of the Lady Perfection, then ſhe draws the Curtain before the Grate, and appears to him.

Lord Melancholy

Madam, yeſterday when you were pleaſed to ſpeak with me, as now through this Grate, you were pleas’d to tell me your Vows were ſo binding as they could not be diſſolved; wherefore I am not now come to examine, or perſwade, nor to trouble your Devotions, or to hinder your Meditations, but to make my laſt leave, for I ſhall never ſee you more, at leaſt not in this World.

Lady Perfection

Are you going to Travel?

Lord Melancholy

I cannot ſay my body is going a far Journey, I know not what my Soul may do.

Lady Perfection

Shall not they go together?

Lord Melancholy

No, Death will make a divorce, as the Law did betwixt you and I.

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Lady Perfection

Are you reſolved to dye?

Lord Melancholy

Yes.

Lady Perfection

Why ſo?

Lord Melancholy

To be at rest and peace: for know, that ever ſince I was laſt married, my life hath been a Hell, my Mind was tortured with thoughts of diſcontent, and though I am releaſt from what I did diſlike, my mind is reſtleſs ſtill for what it would enjoy; this reſolution is not new, it hath been long conſidered: for ſince I cannot live with that I love better than life, ile try whether the paſſions of the Soul doe with the Body dye, if ſo, Death will be happy, becauſe it hath no ſence nor feeling.

Lady Perfection

How long have you been reſolved of leaving life?

Lord Melancholy

I have pondered of it ever ſince I was laſt Married, but was not reſolved untill you enter’d into this Order.

Lady Perfection

Can I not perſwade you to live?

Lord Melancholy

Not unleſs you break your Vow.

Lady Perfection

That I may not do.

Lord Melancholy

Nor can I perſwade you, for I love your Conſtancy.

Lady Perfection

Will you grant me one requeſt before you dy?

Lord Melancholy

Yes, any thing but what may hinder my dying.

Lady Perfection

Swear to me you will.

Lord Melancholy

I ſwear by Heaven and Love I will.

Lady Perfection

Then the time you are reſolved to dye, come hither and dye here, that I may bear you Company, dying the ſame minute if I can that you do.

Lord Melancholy

How?

Lady Perfection

Nay, you have ſworn it, and if it be beſt for you, it will be ſo for me; for when you are dead I ſhall poſſeſs thoſe torments that you in life feel now, and if you love me ſo well as you expreſs you do, you will not deſire to leave me to endure that you cannot ſuffer.

Lord Melancholy

’Tis fit you ſhould live to be a Preſident to the World.

Lady Perfection

Were I a Preſident fit for the World to follow, yet the World would not practice my precepts, it is too bad to follow what is good, and ſince my life cannot better the World, and Death will eaſe my life of that which will trouble and afflict it, I am reſolv’d to dye. And in the grave will bear you Company.

Lord Melancholy

I do accept of thy dear Company, ; Heaven ſo joyn our Souls they never may be ſeparated, and to morrow we will leave the World.

Lady Perfection

Let me adviſe you concerning the manner of our Deaths, get a Sword pointed ſharp at both ends, and when we are to dye put one end of the Sword through this grate, and juſt when you ſet your heart to the end towards you, I will ſet mine to the end towards me, and thruſting forward as to meet each other, the ſeveral points will make ſeveral paſſages or wounds into our ſeveral or rather our own united hearts, and ſo we dye juſt together.

Lord Melancholy

I ſhall follow your advice, and be here to morrow at the time.

which time will ſeem to me like an Age,

Till that our Souls be fled forth from their Cage.

Lady Perfection

My Soul will fly your Soul to imbrace,

And after Death may hope a reſting place.

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Act V.

Scene 34.

Enter two Gentlemen.

I Gent

You herear the match is concluded betwixt the Emperors Daughter and Prince.

2 Gent

Yes, and I hear that the Lord Dorato was a great Inſtrument to help the match forward.

I Gent

Methinks they ſhould need no other Inſtrument to forward the match than the Princes intereſt.

2 Gent

’Tis true: but the Princes affection being placed upon another Lady, it was hard firſt to draw off thoſe affections, and then to place them anew; beſides, the Death of his Neece was ſome hinderance.

I Gent

All great Princes doe ſoon caſt off all Funeral ſadneſs: but the Lord Dorato methinks takes the Death of his Daughter to heart.

2 Gent

’Tis a doubt whether he will continue in ſuch great favour with the Prince, now his Neece is dead.

I Gent

There is no likelyhood he ſhould be in leſs favour ſince the Princeſs Death, for it was the favour he had with the Princeſs that cauſed the match with his Son; beſides he hath left a Son, which the Prince no doubt will favour the Grandfather the more, for the Childes ſake.

2 Gent

I wonder whether the Lord Melancholy the Princeſſes Husband will marry again, for he had ill fortune with his Wives.

I Gent

Methinks he hath had good Fortune, for the Laws have quitted him of one, and Death of the other; but that Husband hath ill fortune, that neither Law nor Death will free him from.

Exeunt.

Scene 35.

Enter the Lord Melancholy at the Grate, the Curtains open, and appears the Lady Perfection, he takes the Sword out of the ſheath.

Lord Melancholy

Sweet, heres that will quit us of all trouble.

Lady Perfection

Indeed life is a trouble, and nothing is at reſt but what lyes in the grave.

Lord Melancholy

Are you not affraid of the ſight of a murthering Sword?

Lady Perfection

No more than you are affraid of the ſight of the glorious Sun.

Lord Melancholy

You ſeem to have a courage above your Sex.

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Lady Perfection

My love is above Life, as far as my Courage is beyond Fear; I neither fear Death, nor conſider Life, but can imbrace the one, and fling away the other for Loves ſake.

Lord Melancholy

Then dear Wife, for ſo you are, my heart did never own another, I wiſh our breaths and bloods might intermix together, and as Deaths Ceremonies might joyn our Souls.

Whilſt he ſpeaks, he puts one end of the Sword through the Grate, ſhe takes hold of it.

Lady Perfection

They’r joyned already by love, and Death’s ſufficient to bring them both together, and our bloods ’tis like will run in trickling ſtreams upon this Sword, to meet and intermix.

Whilſt he holds the Sword in one hand, he unbuttons his Doublet with the other hand, ſo ſhe unties her Cord about her Gown.

Lord Melancholy

Theſe Buttons are like troubleſome gueſts at Marriage Nuptials; but are you ready Wife for our ſecond Marriage?

Lady Perfection

I am now ready to go into the Bed of Earth.

Enter two Fathers which take hold of the Lord Melancholy, and pull him gently from the Grate.

Religious Father

Hold, and ſtain not this ſacred places with murderers blood. Lady, is this the Devotion you profeſs, wickedly to murther your ſelf?

Lady Perfection

Father, know I accounted ſelf Death no wickedneſs, and I will venture on my own belief.

Religious Father

But the Church hath power to abſolve you now, if you deſire perſonly to meet.

Lady Perfection

Yes, ſuch power as the Laws had to diſſolve our Marriage; but the Churches abſolving can no more acquit my Conſcience from my Devoted Vow, than the Laws could from my Marriage Vow.

Religious Father

Pray give us leave to plead.

Lady Perfection

Take it.

Religious Father

You have vowed Chaſtity, and a retir’d Incloyſtered life.

Lady Perfection

I have ſo.

Religious Father

Why, then marry this Lord again, and let him make the ſame Vow, and enter into the ſame Cloyſter, and into the ſame Religious Order of Chaſtity, and being Man and Wife you are but as one perſon, ſo that if you be conſtant and true to your ſelves, you keep the Vow of Chaſtity; for what is more Chaſt than lawfull Marriage, and Virtuous Man and Wife?

Lady Perfection

Husband, are you willing to make the Vow of Chaſtity, and to live an Incloyſtered life?

Lord Melancholy

I am all will to that Vow and life, for ſo I ſhall enjoy thy Soul and Body; and good Father re-marry us, and then I will thank you for Life and Wife.

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Religious Father

Firſt you ſhall make your Vow, then take a Religious Habit, and then be re-married, and go along with us and we will order you fixt for to enter into this Religious Order of Chaſtity, and if you be both happy in life, as ſure you will, thank your Nurſe, who hearing your cruell, and as I may ſay irreligious deſign, informed us, and placing us within a Loby, we heard you, and ſaw you, though you knew not that we did ſo, for you had barr’d the outward Door, but being within we were ready to come forth and hinder you as we did.

Lord Melancholy

Well Father, ſince you have hindered our Deaths, pray make me fit to enjoy Life; my Heaven of Life, or Life of Heaven.

Religious Father

Come then.

Exeunt.

Scene 36.

Enter Miſtriſs Odd-Humour, and her Maid Nan. Miſtriſs Odd-Humour weeps.

Nan

Why do you weep Miſtriſs?

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Becauſe my Father will have me marry.

Nan

Many young Maids weep becauſe they cannot get Husbands, but few weep to enjoy one.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

I do not cry becauſe I ſhall have a Husband, but becauſe I ſhall have a Fool to my Husband.

Nan

There are few wiſe Husbands, and fewer wiſe Men.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

What difference is betwixt a wiſe Husband, and a wiſe Man.

Nan

Why a wiſe Husband is to rule and govern his Wife, well, but a wiſe Man is to rule and govern himſelf, well, and there is more that can tell how to rule and govern others than themſelves, like as there my be good Kings and not good Men, and good Men and not good Kings, or as there may be good Teachers as Preachers, and not good practiſers; ſo this Gentleman you are to marry may be a wiſe Husband, although not a wiſe Man.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

But he will be both a fooliſh Husband, and a fooliſh man.

Nan

If he prove a fooliſh Husband you have no reaſon to cry, for then you will have the more Liberty.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

The more liberty to be a Fool you mean.

Nan

Indeed liberty to women makes them rather fooliſh than wife: for women know not how to uſe liberty diſcreetly, for when they have liberty they run beyond the bounds of diſcretion.

Miſtriſs Odd-Humour

Faith if I marry this ſame Gentleman that my Father ſayes I ſhall, I ſhall run beyond the bounds of Matrimony.

Nan

That is to run into your Neighbours Bed.

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Scene 37.

Enter two Gentleman.

I Gent

Do you hear of the new Religious Order?

2 Gent

What new Religious Order?

I Gent

Why the Order of Chaſtity in marriage.

2 Gent

That’s a new Order indeed, never heard of before, at leaſt not practiſed; but this Order, if it continue, will make marriage as Religious in life as the marriage of Saints.

I Gent

Why the marriage of men and women is a type of the marriage of Saints.

2 Gent

But the type often commits Adultery, and for my part I would not be one of that Religious Order.

I Gent

No, for on my Conſcience I believe you would diſorder the Order.

2 Gent

But who hath brought up this fooliſh new Order?

I Gent

The Lord Melancholy and the Lady Perfection, who are re-married, and have both vowed Chastity in marriage, and an Incloyſtered life, and have taken a Religious Habit.

2 Gent

The more unwiſe they, that will bind themſelves ſo ſtrictly.

I Gent.

So honeſtly.

2 Gent

I hate honeſty that way, or that way of honeſty.

I Gent

You hate that way of honeſty, becauſe you love the wayes of Adultery.

Exeunt.

Scene 38.

Enter the Arch-Prince and the Lord Dorato as at the Grate, the Curtain is drawn, and there appears the Lord Melancholy, and the Lady Perfection his Wife, as two Religious Devotes, both in Religious Habits like to the Normitans; they bow like the Religious, with their heads downwards, and bodyes bent forward.

Arch-Prince

I come not to complain, nor reprove your Chaſt wife for denying my Sute, nor am I come only to give you joy of your new marriage, but your new Religious Order of Chaſtity in marriage, which Order, I believe that few beſides yourſelf will enter into.

Lord Melancholy

Then few will be ſo happy Sir as we are.

Arch-Prince

Indeed happineſs lives more in Cloyſters than in Courts or Cities, or private families; but my Lord Dorato your Father here will want the comfort of your Company, which ſhould be a Partner with him in the Rule and Government of his Family and Fortunes.

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Lord Melancholy

I have left him a Grand-Son Sir to be a comfort to him in my abſence, and I wiſh he may prove as obedient to him as I have done.

Lord Dorato

Faith Son the firſt time of your marriage, was without my knowledge or consent, but howſoever now I wiſh you joy, and for your ſake I will never croſs Matrimonial Love whilſt I live, and I hope God will bleſs you both, ſo as that you may beget a Religious Generation.

Arch-Prince

All the Children they beget and bring up muſt be of the Religious Orders.

Lord Dorato

If they will follow their Parents purities and precepts they will.

Arch-Prince

There may proceed from theſe two a great Generation, which may ſpread all over the World, and be famous for Piety and Acts of Devotion.

Lord Melancholy

I hope your Highneſſes words are Prophecies of what is to come.

Arch-Prince

I wiſh they may prove ſo; farewell, all happineſs dwell with you both.

Both

Long may your Highneſs live and flouriſh.

They kneel to their Father.

Lord Dorato

My bleſſing on you both.

Exeunt.

Finis.