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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.

Exeunt. Scene

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
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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.

Exeunt. Xxxxxx Scene
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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.

Lord Dorato

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, 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 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.

Exeunt. Yyyyyy Act
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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.

Exeunt. Scene
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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.

Exeunt. Yyyyyy2 Scene
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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.

Exeunt. Zzzzzz2 Act
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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.

Exeunt. Scene
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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.