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The Actors Names

The Lord General.

Seigneur Valeroſo.

Monſieur la Hardy.

Monſieur Compagnion.

Monſieur Comerade.

Monſieur la Gravity.

Captain Ruffell.

Captain Whiffell,

and ſeveral other Gentlemen.

Doctor Educature.

Doctor Comfort.

Stewards, Meſſengers and Servants.

Lady Victoria.

Madam Jantil.

Madam Paſſionate.

Madam Ruffell.

Madam Whiffell.

Doll Pacify, Madam Paſſionates Maid.

Nell Careleſs,Madam Jantils Maid,

other Servants and Heroickeſſes.

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The First Part of Bell in Campo

Act I

Scene 1

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

You hear how this Kingdome of Reformation is prepaparing for War againſt the Kingdome of Faction.

2 Gent

Yea, for I hear the Kingdome of Faction reſolves to War with this Kingdome of Reformation.

1 Gent

’Tis true, for there are great preparations of either ſide, men are raiſed of all ſorts and ages fit to bear Arms, and of all degrees to command and obey, and there is one of the gallanteſt and nobleſt perſons in this Kingdome, which is made General to command in chief, for he is a man that is both valiant and well experienced in Wars, temperate and juſt in Peace, wiſe and politick in publick affairs, carefull and prudent in his own Family, and a moſt generous perſon.

2 Gent

Indeed I have heard that he is a moſt excellent Souldier.

1 Gent

He is ſo, for he is not one that ſets forth to the Wars with great reſolutions and hopes, and returns with maskerd fears, and deſpairs; neither is he like thoſe that take more care, and are more induſtrious to get gay Clothes, and fine Feathers, to flant in the Field, and vapour in their march, than to get uſefull and neceſſary proviſion; but before he will march, he will have all things ready, and proper for uſe, as to fit himſelf with well- tempered Arms, which are light to be worn, yet musket proof; for he means not to run away, nor to yield his life upon eaſy terms unto his Encemy; for he deſires to Conquer, and not vain-gloriouſly to ſhew his courage by a careleſs neglect or a vain careleſsneſs; alſo he chooſes ſuch Horſes as are uſefull in War, ſuch as have been made ſubject to the hand and heel, that have been taught to Trot on the Hanches, to change, to Gallop, to ſtop, and ſuch Horſes as have ſpirit and ſtrength, yet quiet and ſober Natures; he regards more the goodneſs of the Horſes than the Colours or marks, and more the fitneſs of his Saddles than the Imbrodery; alſo he takes more care that his Waggons ſhould be eaſy to follow, and light in their carriage, than to have them painted and gilded; and he takes greater care that his Tents ſhould be made, ſo as to be ſuddenly put up, and as quickly pull’d down, than for the ſetting and Imbrodering his Arms thereupon; alſo he takes more care to have uſefull Servants than numerous Servants; and as he is induſtrious and carefull for his particular affairs, ſo he is for the general affairs.

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2 Gent

A good Souldier makes good preparations, and a good General doth both for himſelf and Army; and as the General hath ſhowed himſelf a good Souldier by the preparations he had made to march, ſo he hath ſhowen himſelf a wiſe man by the ſettlement he hath made, in what he hath to leave behind him; for I hear he hath ſetled and ordered his Houſe and Family.

1 Gent

He hath ſo, and he hath a fair young and virtuous Lady that he muſt leave behind him, which cannot chooſe but trouble him.

2 Gent

The wiſeſt man that is, cannot order or have all things to his own contentment.

Exeunt

Scene 2

Enter the Lord General, and the Lady Victoria his Wife

General

My dear heart, you know I am commanded to the Wars, and had I not ſuch Wife as you are, I ſhould have thought Fortune had done me a favour to imploy my life in Heroical Actions for the ſervice of my Country, or to give me a honourable Death, but to leave you is ſuch a Croſs as my Nature ſinks under; but whereſoever you are there will be my life, I ſhall only carry a Body which may fight, but my Soul and all the powers thereof will remain with thee.

Lady Victoria

Husband, I ſhall take this expreſſion of love but for feigning words, if you leave me; for ’tis againſt Nature to part with that we love beſt, unleſs it be for the beloveds preſervation, which cannot be mine, for my life lives in yours, and the comfort of that life in your Company.

Lord General

I know you love me ſo well, as you had rather part with my life than I ſhould part from my honour.

Lady Victoria

’Tis true, my love perſwades me ſo to do, knowing fame is a double life, as infamy is a double death; nay I ſhould perſwade you to thoſe actions, were they never ſo dangerous, were you unwilling thereunto, or could they create a world of honour, fully inhabited with praiſes; but I would not willingly part with your life for an imaginary or ſuppoſed honour, which dyes in the womb before it is Born; thus I love you the beſt, preferring the beſt of what is yours; but I am but in the ſecond place in your affections, for you prefer your honour before me; ’tis true, it is the better choice, but it ſhows I am not the beſt beloved, which makes you follow and glue to that and leave me.

Lord General

Certainly Wife my honour is your honour, and your honour will be buried in my diſgrace, which Heaven avert; for I prefer yours before my own, inſomuch as I would have your honour to be the Crown of my glory.

Lady Victoria

Then I muſt partake of your actions, and go along with you.

Lord General

What to the Wars?

Lady Victoria

To any place where you are.

Lord General

But Wife you conſider not, as that long marches, ill lodgings, much watching, cold nights, ſcorching dayes, hunger and danger are ill 581Hhhhhhh1r 581 ill Companions for Ladyes, their acquaintance diſpleaſes; their converſation is rough and rude, being too boiſterous for Ladyes; their tender and ſtrengthleſs conſtitutions cannot encounter nor grapell therewith.

Lady Victoria

’Tis ſaid, that Love overcomes all things: in your Company long marches will be but as a breathing walk, the hard ground feel as a Feather-bed, and the ſtarry Sky a ſpangled Canopy, hot dayes a Stove to cure cold Agues; hunger as Faſting dayes or an eve to devotion, and danger is honours triumphant Chariot.

Lord General

But Nature hath made women like China, or Purſleyn, they muſt be uſed gently, and kept warily, or they will break and fall on Deaths head: beſides, the inconveniencies in an Army are ſo many, as put patience her ſelf out of humour; beſides, there is ſuch inconveniences as modeſty cannot allow of.

Lady Victoria

There is no immodeſty in natural effects, but in unnatural abuſes; but contrive it as well as you can, for go I muſt, or either I ſhall dye, or diſhonour you; for if I ſtay behind you, the very imaginations of your danger will torture me, ſad Dreams will affright me, every little noiſe will ſound as your paſſing Bell, and my fearfull mind will transform every object like as your pale Ghoſt, untill I am ſmothered in my Sighs, ſhrouded in my Tears, and buried in my Griefs; for whatſoever is joyned with true love, will dye abſented, or elſe their love will dye, for love and life are joyned together; as for the honour of conſtancy, or conſtant fidelity, or the diſhonour of inconſtancy, the lovingeſt and beſt wife in all ſtory that is recorded to be, the moſt perfecteſt and conſtanteſt wife in her Husbands abſence was Penelope, Ulyſſes wife, yet ſhe did not Barricado her Ears from Loves ſoft Alarums; but parled and received Amorous Treaties, and made a Truce untill ſhe and her Lovers could agree and conclude upon conditions, and queſtionleſs there were Amorous Glances ſhot from loving Eyes of either party; and though the Siege of her Chaſtity held out, yet her Husbands Wealth and Eſtate was impoveriſhed, and great Riots committed both in his Family and Kingdome, and her Suters had abſolute power thereof; thus though ſhe kept the fort of her Chaſtity, ſhe loſt the Kingdome, which was her Husbands Eſtate and Government, which was a diſhonour both to her and her Husband; ſo if you let me ſtay behind you, it will be a thouſand to one but either you will loſe me in Death, or your honour in Life, where if you let me go you will ſave both; for if you will conſider and reckon all the married women you have heard or read of, that were abſented from their Husbands, although upon juſt and neceſſary occaſions, but had ſome Ink of aſperſions flung upon them, although their wives were old, illfavoured, decrepid and diſeaſed women, or were they as pure as light, or as innocent as Heaven; and whereſoever this Ink of aſperſion is thrown, it ſticks ſo faſt, that the ſpots are never rubb’d out, ſhould it fall on Saints, they muſt wear the marks as a Badge of misfortunes, and what man had not better be thought or called an uxorious Husband, than to be deſpiſed and laught at, as being but thought a Cuckold? the firſt only expreſſes a tender and noble Nature, the ſecond ſounds as a baſe, cowardly, poor, dejected, forſaken Creature; and as for the immodeſty you mentioned, there is none, for there can be no breach of modeſty, but in unlawfull actions, or at leaſt unneceſſary ones; but what Law can warrant, and neceſſity doth inforce, is allowable amongſt men, pure before Angels, Religious before Gods, when unchoſing perſons, improper places, unfit times, condemn thoſe actions that Hhhhhhhare 582 Hhhhhhh1v 582 are good in themſelves, make them appear baſe to men, hatefull to Angels, and wicked to Gods, and what is more lawfull, fitting, and proper, than for a man and wife to be inſeparable together?

Lord General

Well, you have uſed ſo much Rhetorick to perſwade, as you have left me none to deny you, wherefore I am reſolved you ſhall try what your tender Sex can endure; but I believe when you hear the Bullets fly about you, you will wiſh yourſelf at home, and repent your raſh adventure.

Lady Victoria

I muſt prove falſe firſt, for love doth give me courage.

Lord General

Then come along, I shall your courage try.

Lady Victoria

Ile follow you, though in Deaths Arms I ly.

Exeunt

Scene 3

Enter the two former Gentlemen

1 Gent

Well met, for I was going to thy lodging to call thee to make up the Company of good fellows, which hath appointed a meeting.

2 Gent

Faith you muſt go with the odd number, or get another in my room, for I am going about some affairs which the Lord General hath imployed me in.

1 Gent

I perceive by thee that publick imployments ſpoil private meetings.

You ſay right, for if every one had good imployment, vice would be out of faſhion.

1 Gent

What do you call vice?

2 Gent

Drinking, Wenching, and Gaming.

1 Gent

As for two of them, as Drinking and Wenching, eſpecially Wenching, no imployment can aboliſh them, no, not the moſt ſevereſt, devoteſt, nor dangereſt: for the States-man Divines, and Souldiers, which are the moſt and greateſt imployed, will leave all other affairs to kiſs a Miſtriſs.

2 Gent

But you would have me go to a Tavern and not to a Miſtriſs.

1 Gent

Why, you may have a Miſtriſs in a Tavern if you pleaſe.

2 Gent

Well, if my other affairs will give me any leiſure, I will come to you.

Exeunt

Scene 4

Enter four or five other Gentlemen

1 Gent

The Lord General was accounted a diſcreet and wiſe man, but he ſhows but little wiſdome in this action of carrying his wife along with him to the Wars, to be a Clog at his heels, a Chain to his hands, an Incumberance in his march, obſtruction in his way; for ſhe will be alwaysways 583Hhhhhhh2r 583 ways puling and ſick, and whining, and crying, and tir’d, and froward, and if her Dog ſhould be left in any place, as being forgotten, all the whole Army muſt make a halt whilſt the Dog is fetcht, and Trooper after Trooper muſt be ſent to bring intelligence of the Dogs coming, but if there were ſuch a misfortune that the Dog could not be found, the whole Army muſt be diſperſed for the ſearch of it, and if it ſhould be loſt, then there muſt ſeem to be more lamentation for it than if the Enemy had given us an intire defeat, or elſe we ſhall have frowns inſtead of preferments.

2 Gent

The truth is, I wonder the General will trouble himſelf with his wife, when it is the only time a married man hath to enjoy a Miſtriſs without jealouſy, a ſpritely ſound wench, that may go along without trouble, with bag and baggage, to waſh his linnen, and make his field Bed, and attend to his call, when a wife requires more attendance than Centries to watch the Enemy.

3 Gent

For my part I wonder as much that any man ſhould be ſo fond of his wife as to carry her with him; for I am only glad of the Wars, becauſe I have a good pretence to leave my wife behind me; beſides an Army is a quiet, ſolitary place, and yields a man a peaceable life compared to that at home: for what with the faction and mutiny amongſt his Servants, and the noiſe the women make, for their tongues like as an Alarum beat up quaters in every Corner of the Houſe, that a man can take no reſt; beſides every day he hath a ſet Battel with his wife, and from the Army of her angry thoughts, ſhe ſends forth ſuch vollies of words with her Gunpowder anger, and the fire of her fury, as breaks all the ranks and files of content, and puts happineſs to an utter rout, ſo as for my part I am forced to run away in diſcontent, although ſome Husbands will ſtay, and fight for the Victory.

4 Gent

Gentlemen, Gentlemen, pray condemn not a man for taking his lawfull delight, or for ordering his private affairs to his own humour, every man is free to himſelf, and to what is his, as long as he diſturbs not his Neighbours, nor breaks the Peace of the Kingdome, nor diſorders the Common- wealth, but ſubmits to the Laws, and obeys the Magiſtrates without diſpute; beſides Gentlemen, ’tis no crime nor wonder, for a man to let his wife go along with him when he goeth to the Wars, for there hath been examples; for Pompey had a wife with him, and ſo had Germanicus, and ſo had many great and worthy Heroicks, and as for Alexander the great he had a wife or two with him; beſides, in many Nations men are not only deſired, but commanded by the Chiefs to let their wives go with them, and it hath been a practice by long Cuſtome, for women to be ſpectators in their Battels, to encourage their fights, and ſo give fire to their Spirits; alſo to attend them in their Sickneſſes, to clenſe their wounds, to dreſs their meat; and who is fitter than a wife? what other woman will be ſo lovingly carefull, and induſtriouſly helpfull as a wife? and if the Greekes had not left their wives behind them, but had carried them along to the Trojan Wars, they would not have found ſuch diſorders as they did at their return, nor had ſuch bad welcome home, as witneſs Agamemnons; beſides, there have been many women that have not only been Spectators, but Actors, leading Armies, and directing Battels with good ſucceſs, and there have been ſo many of theſe Heroicks, as it would be tedious at this time to recount; beſides the examples of womens courage in Death, as alſo their wiſe conduct, and valiant actions in Wars are many, and pray give me leave to ſpeak without your being offended thereat, it is not Noble, nor the part of a Gentleman, to cenſure, Hhhhhhh2 condemn, 584 Hhhhhhh2v 584 condemn, or diſpraiſe another mans private actions, which nothing concerns him, eſpecially when there is ſo gallant a ſubject to diſcourſe of as the diſcipline and actions of theſe Wars we are entring into.

1 Gent

Introth Sir, you have inſtructed us ſo well, and have chid us ſo handſomely, as we are ſorry for our errour, and ask pardon for our fault, and our repentance ſhall be known by that we will never cenſure ſo again.

Exeunt

Act II

Scene 5

Enter Captain Whiffell, and Madam Whiffell his Wife

Captain Whiffell

I have heard our Generals Lady goeth with the General her Husband to the Wars, wherefore I think it fit for the reſt of the Commanders, if it were only for policy, to let our General ſee that we approve of his actions ſo well, as to imitate him in ours, carrying our Wives along with us, beſides the Generals Lady cannot choſe but take it kindly to have our Wives wait upon her, wherefore Wife it is fit you ſhould go.

Madam Whiffell

Alas Husband I am ſo tender, that I am apt to catch cold if the leaſt puff of wind do but blow upon me; wherefore to ly in the open Fields will kill me the firſt Night, if not, the very journey will ſhatter my ſmall bones to peeces.

Captain Whiffell

Why, our Generals Lady is a very fine young Lady, and ſhe ventures to go.

Madam Whiffell

There let her venture, for you muſt excuſe me, for I will ſtay at home, go you where you pleaſe.

Captain Whiffell

Well Wife conſider it.

Exeunt

Scene 6

Enter Captain Ruffell, and his Wife Madam Ruffell

Captain Ruffell

Wife prepare your ſelf to follow the Army, for ’tis now the faſhion for Wives to march, wherefore pack up and away.

Madam Ruffell

What with a Knapſack behind me as your Trull? not I, for I will not diſquiet my reſt with inconveniences, nor divert my pleaſures with troubles, nor be affrighted with the roring Cannons, nor indanger my life with every Potgun, nor be frozen up with Cold, nor ſtew’d to a gelly with heat, nor be powdered up with duſt, untill I come to be as dry as 585Iiiiiii1r 585 as a Neats-tongue; beſides, I will not venture my Complexion to the wroth of the Sun, which will tan me like a Sheeps skin.

Captain Ruffell

Faith Wife, if you will not go, I will have a Landery- Maid to ride in my Waggon, and ly in my Tent.

Madam Ruffell

Prethee Husband take thy Kitching Maid along too, for ſhe may have as much Greaſe about her as will ſerve to make Sope to waſh your Linnen with, and while you ride with your Landery-Maid in your Waggon, I will ride with my Gentleman-Uſher in my Coach.

Captain Ruffell

Why Wife, it is out of love that I would have thee go.

Madam Ruffell

And ’tis out of love that I will ſtay at home; beſides, do you think I mean to follow your Generals Lady as a common Trooper doth Commander, to feed upon her reverſions, to wait for her favour, to watch for a ſmile; no, no, I will be Generaliſſimo my ſelf at home, and diſtribute my Colours to be carried in the Hats of thoſe that will fight in my quarrel, to keep or gain the Victory of my favour and love.

Captain Ruffell

So I may chance to be a Cuckold before I return home.

Madam Ruffell

You muſt truſt to Fortune for that, and ſo I wiſh you a good Journey.

Exeunt

Scene 7

Enter Seigneur Valeroſo and his friend Monſieur la Hardy, to take their leaves of their Wives, Madam Jantil, and Madam Paſſionate, Madam Jantil young and beautifull, Madam Paſſionate in years

Madam Jantil

I cannot chuſe but take it unkindly that you will go without me, do you miſtruſt my affection? as that I have not as much love for you as the Generals Lady hath for her Husband; or do you deſire to leave me? becauſe you would take a Miſtriſs along with you, one that perchance hath more Beauty than you think me to have; with whom you may ſecurely, and freely ſit in your Tent, and gaze upon; or one that hath more wit than I, whoſe ſweet, ſmooth, and flattering words may charm your thoughts, and draw your Soul out of your ears to ſit upon her Lips, or dancing with delight upon her Tongue.

Seigneur Valeroſo

Prethee Wife be not jealous, I vow to Heaven no other Beauty can attract my eyes but thine, nor any ſound can pleaſe my brain, but what thy charming Tongue ſends in; beſides, I priſe not what thy Body is, but how thy Soul’s adorn’d, thy virtue would make me think thee fair, although thou wert deformed, and wittier far than Mercury, hadſt thou Midas’s ears, but thou haſt all that man can wiſh of women kind, and that is the reaſon I will leave thee ſafe at home; for I am loth to venture all my wealth and happineſs in Fortunes unconſtant Bark, ſuffering thy tender youth and Sex to float on the rough waves of chance, where dangers like to Northern winds blow high, and who can know but that fatal guſts may come, and overwhelm thee, and drown all my joys? wherefore for my ſake keep thy ſelf ſafe at home.

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Madam Jantil

I ſhall obey you, but yet I think it were not well I ſhould be a long time from you, and at a great diſtance.

Seigneur Valeroſo

I will promiſe you, if I perceive the War is like to be prolonged, and that there be Garriſon-Towns ſo ſafe as you may ſecurely live in, I will ſend for you, placing you ſo where ſometimes I may viſit you.

Madam Jantil

Pray do not forget me ſo much as to cancell your promiſe.

Seigneur Valeroſo

Forget the ſweet? I ſhould ſooner forget life, and if I do whilſt I have memory, Heaven forget me.

Madam Jantil

I muſt ask you a queſtion, which is to know why you will take an under command, being ſo nobly Born, and bearing a high Title of Honour your ſelf, and being Maſter of a great Eſtate.

Seigneur Valeroſo

To let the World ſee my Courage is above my Birth, Wealth, or Pride, and that I prefer inward worth, before outward Title, and I had rather give my life to the Enemy on honourable terms, than baſely to stay at home in time of general Wars, out of an ambitious diſcontent: for valour had rather have dangers to fight with, than Offices to command in.

Seigneur Valeroſo and his Lady whispers, while the other two Monſieur la Hardy and his Lady ſpeaks

Madam Paſſionate

Why ſhould you go to the Wars now you are in years, and not ſo fit for action as thoſe that are young, and have their ſtrengths about them? beſides, we have lived a married pair above theſe thirty years, and never parted, and ſhall we now be ſeperated when we are old?

She weeps

Monſieur la Hardy

Alas Wife, what would you have me do? when I am commanded out I muſt obey; beſides, I would not have my Country fight a Battel whilſt I live, and I not make one, for all the World, for when I cannot fight, my Body ſhall ſerve to ſtop a breach; wherefore leave your crying Wife, and fall to praying for our ſafe return, and here my noble friend is deſirous you ſhould ſtay with his Lady to comfort one another, and to divert Melancholy and the longing hours of our return.

Madam Paſſionate

Farewell, I fear I ſhall never ſee you again, for your abſence will ſoon kill me.

She cryes Exeunt

Scene 8

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

O you are welcome from the Army, what news?

2 Gent

Why our Army march’d untill they came unto the frontiers of the Kingdome, where they found the Army of the Enemy ready to encounter them, the Lord General ſeeing they muſt of neceſſity fight a Battel, thought beſt to call a Council of War, that there might be nothing of ill 587Iiiiiii2r 587 ill conduct laid to his chardge, but that all might be ordered by a wiſe and experienced Council, whereupon he made an election of Counſellors, joyning together three ſorts, as grave, wiſe, and prudent men, ſubtill and politick men, and valiant, skillfull, martiall men, that the cold temper of the prudent, might allay the hot temper of the valiant, and that the politick might be as ingenious to ſerve them together by ſubtill deviſes, and to make traps of Stratagems to catch in the Enemy, and at this Council many debates there were, but at laſt they did conclude a Battel muſt be fought; but firſt they did decree that all the women ſhould be ſent into one of their Garriſon Towns, ſome two dayes journey from the Army, the reaſons were, that if they ſhould be overcome by their Enemyes, the women might be taken by their Enemyes, and made Slaves, uſing or abuſing them as they pleaſed; but when the women were ſent away, they did not ſhed tears of ſorrow, but ſent ſuch vollies of angry words, as wounded many mens hearts; but when they were almoſt at the Town that was to be their aboad, the Generals Lady, was ſo extremely incenſed againſt the Counſellers, by reaſon they decreed her departure with the others, as ſhe ſtrove to raiſe up the Spirits of the reſt of her Sex to the height of her own; but what the iſſue will be I know not.

1 Gent

Have you been with the King?

2 Gent

Yes, I was ſent to give him an account of the Army.

Exeunt

Scene 9

Enter the Lady Victoria and a number of women of all ſorts with her, ſhe takes her ſtand upon a heap of green Turfs, as being in the Fields before the Garriſon Town, and then ſpeaks to thoſe women

Lady Victoria

Moſt Heroical Spirits of moſt chaſt and loving Wives, Miſtriſſes, Siſters, Children or Friends, I know you came not from your ſeveral Houſes and homes into this Army meerly to enjoy your Husbands, Lovers, Parents and Friends in their ſafe and ſecure Garriſons, or only to ſhare of their troubleſome and tedious marches, but to venture alſo in their dangerous and cruell Battels, to run their Fortunes, and to force Deſtiny to joyn you to their Periods; but the Maſculine Sex hath ſeparated us, and caſt us out of their Companyes, either out of their loving care and deſire of preſerving our lives and liberties, leſt we might be diſtroyed in their confuſions, or taken Priſoners in their loſs, or elſe it muſt be out of jealouſy we ſhould Eclipſe the fame of their valours with the ſplendor of our conſtancy; and if it be Love, let us never give the preheminence, for then we ſhould loſe that Prerogative that belongs to the Crown of our Sex; and if it be thorough Jealous miſtruſt of their Fame, it were poor for us to ſubmit and quit that unto men, that men will not unto us, for Fame makes us like the Gods, to live for ever; beſides, thoſe women that have ſtaid at home will laugh at us in our return, and their effeminate Lovers and Carpet Knights, that Cowardly and Luxuriouſly Coin excuſes to keep and ſtay them from the Wars, Iiiiiii2 will 588 Iiiiiii2v 588 will make Lampons of us for them to ſing of our diſgrace, ſaying, our Huſbands, Lovers, and Friends were ſo weary of us, as they were forced to take that pretence of affectionate love to be rid of our Companyes; wherefore if you will take my adviſe, let us return, and force those that ſent us away to conſent that we ſhall be partakers with them, and either win them by perſwaſions, or loſe our ſelves by breaking their decrees; for it were better we ſhould dy by their angry frowns, than by the Tongue of Infamy.

All the women call to her

All the women

Let us return, let us return.

Lady Victoria waves her hand to them to keep ſilence

Lady Victoria

Noble Heroickeſſes, I am glad to hear you ſpeak all as with one voice and Tongue, which ſhows your minds are joyned together, as in one piece, without ſeam or rent; but let us not return unfit to do them ſervice, ſo we may cauſe their ruin by obſtruction, which will wound us more than can their anger; wherefore let us ſtrive by our induſtry to render our ſelves uſefull to their ſervice.

All the women

Propound the way, and ſet the Rules, and we will walk in the one, and keep ſtrictly to the other.

Lady Victoria

Then thus, we have a Body of about five or ſix thouſand women, which came along with ſome thirty thouſand men, but ſince we came, we are not only thought unuſefull, but troubleſome, which is the reaſon we were ſent away, for the Maſculine Sex is of an opinion we are only fit to breed and bring forth Children, but otherwiſe a trouble in a Common- wealth, for though we encreaſe the Common-wealth by our breed, we encomber it by our weakneſs, as they think, as by our incapacities, as having no ingenuity for Inventions, nor ſubtill wit for Politicians; nor prudence for direction, nor induſtry for execution; nor patience for opportunity, nor judgment for Counſellers, nor ſecrecy for truſt; nor method to keep peace, nor courage to make War, nor ſtrength to defend our ſelves or Country, or to aſſault an Enemy; alſo that we have not the wiſdome to govern a Common-wealth, and that we are too partial to ſit in the Seat of Juſtice, and too pittifull to execute rigorous Authority when it is needfull, and the reaſon of theſe erronious opinions of the Maſculine Sex to the Effeminate, is, that our Bodyes ſeem weak, being delicate and beautifull, and our minds ſeem fearfull, being compaſſionate and gentle natured, but if we were both weak and fearfull, as they imagine us to be, yet cuſtome which is a ſecond Nature will encourage the one and ſtrengthen the other, and had our educations been anſwerable to theirs, we might have proved as good Souldiers and Privy Counſellers, Rulers and Commanders, Navigators and Architectors, and as learned Scholars both in Arts and Sciences, as men are; for Time and Cuſtome is the Father and Mother of Strength and Knowledge, they make all things eaſy and facil, clear and proſpitious; they bring acquaintance, and make friendſhip of every thing; they make Courage and Fear, Strength and Weakneſs, Difficulty and Facility, Dangers and Securities, Labours and Recreations, Life and Death, all to take and ſhake as it were hands together; wherefore if we would but accuſtome our ſelves we may do ſuch actions, as may gain us ſuch a reputation, as men might change their opinions, inſomuch as to believe we are fit to be Copartners in their Governments,ments, 589Kkkkkkk1r 589 ments, and to help to rule the World, where now we are kept as Slaves forced to obey; wherefore let us make our ſelves free, either by force, merit, or love, and in order, let us practiſe and endeavour, and take that which Fortune ſhall profer unto us, let us practiſe I ſay, and make theſe Fields as Schools of Martial Arts and Sciences, ſo ſhall we become learned in their diſciplines of War, and if you pleaſe to make me your Tutoreſs, and ſo your Generalleſs, I ſhall take the power and command from your election and Authority, otherwiſe I ſhall moſt willingly, humbly, and obediently ſubmit to thoſe whom you ſhall chooſe.

All the women

You ſhall be our Generalleſs, our Inſtructereſs, Ruler and Commandereſs, and we will every one in particular, ſwear to obey all your Commands, to ſubmit and yield to your puniſhments, to ſtrive and endeavour to merit your rewards.

Lady Victoria

Then worthy Heroickeſſes, give me leave to ſet the Laws and Rules I would have you keep and obſerve, in a braſs Tablet.

All the women

We agree and conſent to whatſoever you pleaſe.

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Scene 10

Enter the Lady Jantil alone

Madam Jantil

How painfull is true love abſented from what is loved, ’tis ſtrange that that which pleaſeth moſt ſhould be the greateſt torment.

Enter Madam Paſſionate

Lady Paſſionate

What, all times walking by your ſelf alone? when your Lord returns I will complain, and tell him what dull Company you are.

Madam Jantil

I hope I ſhall not be from him ſo long, for he promiſed to ſend for me.

Madam Paſſionate

Nay faith, when you go, as old as I am, I will travell with you to ſee my Husband too.

Madam Jantil

You will be ſo much the more welcome, by how much you were unexpected.

Madam Paſſionate

You look pale on the ſudden, are not yonu well?

Madam Jantil

Yes, onely on a ſudden I had a chill of cold that ſeized on my Spirits.

Madam Paſſionate

Beſhrew me, their coldneſs hath nipt the blood out of your Cheeks and Lips.

Madam Jantil

If they had been painted, they would have kept their Colour.

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Act III:

Scene 11

Enter the Lady Victoria with a great Company of Women, after a Table of Braſs carried before her, ſhe ſtands upon the heap of Turfs, and another Woman that carried the Table, wherein the Laws and Rules are inſcribed; ſhe bids her read them

Reader

Noble Heroicks, theſe are the Laws our Generalleſs hath cauſed to be inſcribed and read for every one to obſerve and keep.

Firſt, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that no woman that is able to bear Arms, ſhall go unarmed, having Arms to wear, but ſhall wear them at all times, but when they put them off to change their linnen; they ſhall Sleep, Eat and Reſt, and march with them on their Bodies.

Lady Victoria

Give me leave Noble Heroicks to declare the reaſon of this Law or Command, as to wear an Iron or Steel Habit, and to be ſo conſtantly worn, is, that your Arms ſhould not feel heavy, or be troubleſome or painfull for want of uſe, as they will be when you ſhall have an occaſion to put them on; and certainly, for want of practice, more Maſculine Souldiers are overcome by their Arms, than by their Enemies, for the unaccuſtomedneſs makes them ſo unwieldy, as they can neither defend themſelves, nor aſſault their Foes, whereas Cuſtome will make them feel as light, as their Skins on their Fleſh, or their Fleſh on their Bones, nay Cuſtome hath that force, as they will feel as if their Bodies were Naked, when as their Arms are off, and as Cuſtome makes the Cold and peircing Ayr to have no power over the naked Bodyes of men, for in cold Countreys as well as hot, men have been accuſtomed to go naked, and have felt no more harm, nor ſo much, by the cold, than thoſe that are warmly Cloathed, ſo Cuſtome will make your Arms ſeem as light as if you had none on, when for want of uſe their waight will ſeem heavy, their several pieces troubleſome and incomberſome, as their Gorgets will ſeem to preſs down their Shoulders, their Back and Breaſt-plates and the reſt of the ſeveral pieces to cut their waſte, to pinch their Body, to bind their Thighes, to ty their Arms, and their Headpiece to hinder their breath, to darken their ſight, and to ſtop their hearing, and all for want of uſe and Cuſtome; but enough of this, read on.

Reader

Secondly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that every Company muſt watch by turns, whether they have Enemyes neer or no, and at all times, and whosoever Drinks any thing but Water, or Eats any thing but Bread, all the time they are on the watch ſhall be puniſhed with faſting.

Lady Victoria

Give me leave to declare the reaſon of this Law, the reaſon is, that stronge Drinks, and nouriſhing meats ſend many vapours to the Brain, which vapours are like ſeveral Keys, which lock up the Senſes ſo faſt, as neither loud noiſes, bright lights, nor ſtrong ſents can enter either at the Ears, Eyes, or Noſtrils, inſomuch as many times their Enemies ſend Death to break them aſunder.

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Reader

Thirdly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that none of the Troopers march over Corn Fields if it can be avoided, unleſs the Enemy ſhould be behind, and then the more ſpoil the better.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that it were a great imprudence to deſtroy through a careleſs march of Horſe and Foot, that which would ſerve to feed and nouriſh us in the Winter time, and in our Winter Quarters, when it is laid in the Barns and Granaries, by the labour and the induſtry of the Farmers.

Reader

Fourthly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that none ſhall plunder thoſe things which are waighty of carriage, unleſs it be for ſafety or neceſſity.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon is of this, that all that is heavy in the carriage is a hindrance in our march.

Reader

Fiftly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that no Souldiers ſhall play at any Game for money or drink, but only for meat to eat.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that thoſe that play for drink, the winners will be drunk, and thoſe that are drunk are unfit for ſervice; beſides, many diſorders are cauſed by drunkenneſs; and to play for money, the loſers grow Cholerick, and quarrels proceed therefrom, which quarrels many times cauſe great mutinies through their ſide taking, and factious parties, beſides, having loſt their money and not their Appetites, they become weak and faint for want of that nouriſhing food, their money ſhould get them, having nothing left to buy them victuals withall; beſides, it forces them to forrage further about, where by ſtraggling far from the body of the Army, they are ſubject to be catch’d by the Enemy, but when they play for meat their winnings nouriſh their Bodies, making them ſtrong and vigorous, and when their Appetites are ſatisfied, and their Stomacks are fill’d, their humours are pleaſant, and their minds couragious; beſides, it is the Nature of moſt Creatures, either to diſtribute or at leaſt to leave the remaining pieces to the next takers, ſo that the loſers may have a ſhare with the winners, and part of what was their own again.

Reader

Sixtly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that no Captains or Collonels, ſhall advance beyond their Company, Troop, Regiment or Brigade, but keep in the middle of the firſt rank, and the Lieutenant, or Lieutenant Collonel to come behind in the laſt rank.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that Collonels and Captains going a ſpace before their Troops, Companies or Regiments, for to encourage and lead on their Souldiers, do ill to ſet themſelves as marks for the Enemy to ſhoot at, and if the Chief Commanders ſhould be kill’d, the Common Souldiers would have but faint hearts to fight, but for the moſt part they will run away, as being affraid and aſhamed to ſee the Enemy, when their Chief Commander is kill’d, and if they have no Officer or Commander behind them, the Common Souldiers will be apt to run away, having no worthy witneſſes or Judges, to view and condemn their baſe Cowardly actiions, which otherwise they are aſhamed of, chuſing rather to fight their Enemies than to make known their fears.

Reader

Seventhly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that none of the Army ly in Garriſon Towns, but be always intrenched abroad.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that Towns breed or beget a tenderneſs of Bodies, and lazineſs of limbs, luxurious Appetites, and ſoften the natural diſpoſitions, which tenderneſs, luxury, effeminacy, and lazineſs, Kkkkkkk2 corrupts 592 Kkkkkkk2v 592 corrupts and ſpoils martial diſcipline, whereas the open Fields, and caſting up trenches makes Souldiers more hardy, laborious and carefull, as being more watchfull.

Reader

Eightly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that none unleſs viſibly ſick to be idle, but imployed in ſome Maſculine action, as when not imployed againſt an Enemy, and that they are not imployed about the works, forts or trenches, but have ſpare time to imploy themſelves, in throwing the Bar, Tripping, Wraſtling, Running, Vaulting, Riding, and the like exerciſe.

Reader

Ninthly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that every Commander when free from the Enemies ſurprizals, ſhall train their men thrice a week at leaſt, nay every day if they can ſpare ſo much time, as putting their Souldiers into ſeveral ranks, files and figures, in ſeveral Bodies apart, changing into ſeveral places, and the like.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that the Souldiers may be expert and ready, and not be ignorant when they encounter their Enemies, for many a Battel is loſt more through the ignorance of the Souldiers, not being well and carefully train’d by their Commanders, or having ſuch Commanders that know not how to train or draw them up, there are more Battels I ſay loſt thus, than for want of men or courage.

Reader

Tenthly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that every Morning when Incamp’d, that every Commander ſhall make and offer in the midſt of his Souldiers a Prayer to Mars, another to Pallas, a third to Fortune, and a fourth to Fame; theſe Prayers to be preſented to theſe Gods and Goddeſſes with great Ceremony, both from the Commander and Common Souldiers.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that Ceremony ſtrikes a reverence and reſpect into every breaſt, raiſing up a devotion in every heart, and devotion makes obedience, and obedience keeps order, and order is the ſtrength and life to an Army, State, or Common-wealth; and as for the Prayers preſented to theſe particular Gods and Goddeſs, is, that Mars would give us courage and ſtrength, Pallas give us prudent conduct, Fortune give us Victory, and Fame give us Glory and Renown.

Reader

Eleventhly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that the moſt experienced, practiz’d, and ingeniouſt Commanders ſhall preach twice a week of Martial Diſcipline, alſo thoſe errours that have been committed in former Wars, and what advantages have been taken, to be cited in their Sermons, as alſo what was gain’d or loſt by meer Fortune.

Reader

Twelfthly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that when the Army marches, that the Souldiers ſhall ſing in their march the heroical actions done in former times by heroical women.

Lady Victoria

The reason of this is, that the remembrance of the actions of gallant perſons inflames the Spirit to the like, and begets a courage to a like action, and the reaſon of ſinging of heroical actions only of women, is that we are women our ſelves.

Reader

Thirteenthly, Be it known, obſerved and ſubmitted to, that no Council ſhall be call’d, but that all affairs be ordered and judged by the Generalleſs her ſelf.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that all great Councils, as of many perſons, confounds judgments, for moſt being of ſeveral opinions, and holding ſtrongly and ſtifly, nay obſtinately thereunto, as every one thinking themſelvesſelves 593Lllllll1r 593 ſelves wiſeſt, cauſe a diviſion, and whereſoever a diviſion is there can be no finall concluſion.

Reader

Fourteenthly, Be it known, obſerved and practiſed, that none of this Effeminate Army admits of the Company of men, whilſt they are in Arms or Warlike actions, not ſo much aſ to exchange words, without the Generalleſs her leave or privilege thereto.

Lady Victoria

The reaſon of this is, that men are apt to corrupt the noble minds of women, and to alter their gallant, worthy, and wiſe reſolutions, with their flattering words, and pleaſing and ſubtil inſinuations, and if they have any Authority over them, as Husbands, Fathers, Brothers, or the like, they are apt to fright them with threats into a ſlaviſh obedience; yet there ſhall be choſen ſome of the moſt inferiour of this Female Army, to go into the Maſculine Army, to learn their deſigns, and give us intelligence of their removals, that we may order our incampings and removings according as we ſhall think beſt; but theſe women ſhall neither be of the Body of our Army, nor keep amongſt the Army, nor come within the Trenches, but ly without the works in Huts, which ſhall be ſet up for that purpoſe.

Reader

Laſtly, Whoſoever ſhall break any of theſe Laws or Orders, ſhall be put to Death, and thoſe that do not keep them ſtrictly, ſhall be ſeverely puniſhed.

Lady Victoria

But I am to adviſe you Noble Heroicks, that though I would not have a general Council call’d to trouble our deſigns in War with tedious diſputes, and unneceſſary objections, and over cautious doubts, yet in caſe of life and death, there ſhall be a Jury choſen to ſit and judge their Cauſes, and the whole Army ſhall give their votes, and the moſt voices ſhall either condemn, or reprieve, or ſave them, leſt I ſhould hereafter be only call’d in question, and not the reſt, as being not acceſſary thereunto; and now you have heard theſe Laws or Orders, you may aſſent or diſſent therefrom as you pleaſe, if you aſſent, declare it by ſetting your hands thereto, if you diſſent, declare it by word of mouth, and the Tables ſhall be broken.

All the women

We aſſent, and will ſet our hands thereto.

Exeunt

Scene 12

Enter Doctor Educature the Lady Jantils Chaplin, and Nell Careleſs her Maid

Doctor Educature

Nell, how doth your good Lady?

Nell Careleſs

Faith ſhe ſeems neither ſick nor well, for though her Body ſeems in health, her Mind ſeems to be full of trouble, for ſhe will riſe in the midſt of the Night, and walk about her Chamber only with her Mantle about her.

Doctor Educature

Why doth ſhe ſo?

Nell Careleſs

I ask’d her why ſhe broke her ſleep ſo as to walk about, and ſhe anſwered me, that it was frightfull Dreams that broke her ſleep, and would not let her reſt in quiet.

Doctor Educature

Alas ſhe is Melancholick in the abſence of my Lord.

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Scene 13

Enter the Lady Victoria and a number of other Women

Lady Victoria

Now we are reſolved to put our ſelves into a Warlike body, our greateſt difficulty will be to get Arms; but if you will take my adviſe we may be furniſhed with thoſe neceſſaries, as thus, the Garriſon we are to enter is full of Arms and Amunition, and few men to guard them, for not only moſt of the Souldiers are drawn out to ſtrengthen the Generals Army, and to fight in the battel, but as many of the Townſmen as are fit to bear Arms; wherefore it muſt of neceſſity be very ſlenderly guarded, and when we are in the Town, we will all agree in one Night, when they ſhall think themſelves moſt ſecure, to riſe and ſurprize thoſe few men that are left, and not only diſarm them and poſſeſs our ſelves of the Town and all the Arms and Amunition, but we will put thoſe men out of the Town or in ſafe places, untill ſuch time as we can carry away whatſoever is uſefull or needfull for us, and then to go forth and intrench, untill ſuch time as we have made our ſelves ready to march, and being once Maſter or Miſtriſs of the Field we ſhall eaſily Maſter the Peſants, who are for the moſt part naked and defenceleſs, having not Arms to guard them, by which means we may plunder all their Horſes, and victual our ſelves out of their Granaries; beſides, I make no queſtion but our Army will increaſe numerouſly by thoſe women that will adhere to our party, either out of private and home diſcontents, or for honour and fame, or for the love of change, and as it were a new courſe of life; wherefore let us march to the Town and alſo to our deſign, but firſt I muſt have you all ſwear ſecrecy.

All the women

We are all ready to ſwear to what you will have us.

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Scene 14

Enter Madam Jantil alone as riſing out of her Bed, her Mantle wrapt about her, and in her night linnen

Madam Jantil

I ſaw his Face pale as a Lilly white,

His wounds freſh bleeding blood like rubies bright;

His Eyes were looking ſteadfaſtly on me,

Smiling, as joying in my Company;

He mov’d his lips as willing was to ſpeak,

But had no voice, and all his Spirits weak;

He ſhak’d his hand as if he bid farewell,

That brought the meſſage which his tongue would tell;

He’s dead, he’s dead, a ſunder break my heart,

Let’s meet in Death, though Wars our lives did part.

After ſhe had walkt ſilently a turn or two about her Chamber her eyes being fixt on the ground, ſhe return’d as to her Bed Exit Scene
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Scene 15

Enter a Gentleman, and another meets him as in great haſte

1 Gent

What news? what news?

2 Gent

Sad news, for there hath been a Battel fought betwixt the two Armies, and our Army is beaten, and many of our gallant men ſlain.

1 Gent

I am ſorry for that.

The ſecond Gentleman goeth out Enter a third Gentleman

1 Gent

Sir I ſuppoſe you are come newly from the Army, pray report the Battel?

3 Gent

Truly I came not now from the Army, but from the Town the Generals heroical Lady and the reſt of the heroicks did surprize, ſeiſe and plunder.

1 Gent

What the Garriſon Town they were ſent to for ſafety?

3 Gent

Yes.

1 Gent

And doth their number encreaſe?

3 Gent

O very much, for after the surpriſal of the Town the women in that Town did ſo approve of their gallant actions, as every one deſired to be inliſted in the roul, and number of the Amazonian Army, but in the mean time of the forming of their Army, intelligence was brought of the Battel which was fought, and that there was ſuch loſs of both ſides as each Army retir’d back, being both ſo weak as neither was able to keep the Field, but that the loſs was greater on the reformed Army, by reaſon there was ſo many of their gallant men ſlain, but this news made many a ſad heart and weeping eyes in the Female Army; for ſome have loſt their Husbands, ſome their Fathers, others their Brothers, Lovers and Friends.

1 Gent

Certainly this will fright them out of the Field of War, and cauſe them to lay by their Heroick deſigns.

3 Gent

I know not what they will do, for they are very ſecret to their deſigns, which is ſtrange, being all women.

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Act IV

Scene 16

Enter two women like Amazons

1 Woman

Our Generalleſs ſeems to be troubled, perceiving how heavily this Female Army takes their loſſes.

2 Woman

She hath reaſon, for it may hinder or at leaſt obſtruct her high deſigns.

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Scene 17

Enter the Lady Victoria and her Amazons, ſhe takes her ſtand and ſpeaks to them

Lady Victoria

Noble Heroicks, I perceive a mourning veil over the Face of this Female Army, and it becomes it well; for ’tis both natural and human to grieve for the Death of our friends; but conſider conſtant Heroicks, tears nor lamentations cannot call them out of the grave, no petitions can perſwade Death to reſtore them, nor threats to let them go, and ſince you cannot have them alive being Dead, ſtudy and be induſtrious to revenge their quarrels on their Enemies lives, let your juſtice give them Death for Death, offer upon the Tombs of your Friends the lives of their Foes, and inſtead of weeping Eyes, let us make them weep through their Veins; wherefore take courage, caſt off your black Veil of Sorrow, and take up the Firematch of Rage, that you may ſhoot Revenge into the hearts of their Enemies, to which I hope Fortune will favour us; for I hear that as ſoon as the Maſculine Army have recovered ſtrength there will be another Battel fought, which may be a means to prove our loves to our Friends, our hate to our Enemies, and an aſpiring to our honour and renown; wherefore let us imploy our care to fit our ſelves for our march.

All the women

We ſhall follow and obey you, where, and when, and how you pleaſe.

Exeunt Scene
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Scene 18

Enter Doctor Educature, and Nell Careleſs; the Doctor weeps

Dooctor Educature

Doth my Lady hear of my Lords Death?

Nell Careleſs

The Meſſenger or Intelligencer of my Lords Death is now with her.

Exeunt

Scene 19

Enter Madam Jantil, and a Gentleman Intelligencer; the Lady ſeems not diſturb’d; but appears as uſually

Madam Jantil

How died my Lord?

Gentleman

Madam, he fought with ſo much courage, as his actions will never dye, and his valour will keep alive the memory of this War: for though he died, his Death was Crown’d with Victory, he digg’d his Grave out of his Enemies ſides, and built his Pyramid with heaps of their Bodies; the groans of thoſe he ſlew did ring his dying Knell.

Madam Jantil

What became of his body?

Gentleman

He gave order before the Armies joined to fight, that if he were kill’d, his body ſhould be ſought out, and delivered to you: for he ſaid it was yours whilſt he lived, and he deſired it might be diſpoſed of by you when he was dead; his deſires and commands were obeyed, and his body is coming in a Litter lapt in Searcloth.

Madam Jantil

Worthy Sir, I give you many thanks for your noble relation, aſſuring myſelf it is true becauſe you report it, and it is my Huſband that is the ſubject and ground of that honourable relation, whom I always did believe would out-act all words.

Gentleman

He hath ſo Madam.

Madam Jantil

Sir, if I can at any time honourably ſerve you, I ſhall be ready whenſoever you will command me.

Gentleman

Your Servant Madam.

He was going forth and returns

If your Ladyſhip hath not heard of Monſieur la Hardy’s Death, give me leave to tell you he is ſlain.

Madam Jantil

I am ſorry, and for his Lady, for ſhe loved him moſt paſſionably.

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Doll Pacify

Help, help, my Lady is dead, my Lady is fallen into a ſwound at the report of my Maſter’s being kill’d.

The Lady goeth out and the Maid, then they enter ſtrait again with two or three Servants more, bringing in the Lady Paſſionate as in a ſwound

Madam Jantil

Alas poor Lady, her Spirits are drown’d in Sorrow, and Grief hath ſtopt her breath; looſen her Garments, for ſhe is ſwell’d with troubled Thoughts, her Paſſions lie on heaps, and ſo oppreſs life, it cannot ſtir, but makes her ſenceleſs.

Upon the looſing of her garments ſhe revives, and cryes out

Madam Paſſionate

O my Huſband, my Huſband!

She ſwounds again

Madam Jantil

Bow her forward, bow her forward.

Madam Paſſionate revives again

Madam Paſſionate

O let me dye, let me dye, and bury, bury me with him.

Swounds again

Madam Jantil

Alas poor Lady, put her to Bed, for her life will find moſt eaſe there.

The Servants goes out with Madam Paſſionate Madam Jantil alone

Madam Jantil

O life what art thou? and Death where doeſt thou lead us, or what diſſolv’ſt thou us into?

Exeunt

Scene 20

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

I wonder there is no news or Meſſenger come from the Army yet, when there uſually comes one every day.

Enter a Meſſenger

2 Gent

O Sir, what news?

Meſſenger

Faith there hath been nothing acted ſince the laſt Battel, but it 599Mmmmmmm2r 599 it is ſaid there will be another Battel very ſuddenly, for the Enemy provokes our men to fight, by reaſon our Lord General lies ſick of his wounds, having had a Feavour, cauſed by the anguiſh of his hurts, and by his Sickneſs the Enemies hope to gain an advantage of his abſence, but he hath put a Deputy in his place to command in chief untill he recovers.

1 Gent

What is become of the Female Army?

Messenger

I hear they are marched towards the Maſculine Army, but upon what deſign I cannot underſtand.

Exeunt

Scene 21

Enter Madam Jantil, and her Maid Nell Careleſs

Madam Jantil

Call my Steward.

The Maid goes out The Lady walks in a muſing poſture, her eyes fixt on the ground Enter the Steward weeping

Steward

O Madam, that I ſhould live to hear this curſed news of my dear Lord and Maſters Death.

Madam Jantil

Life is a curſe, and there’s none happy but those that dye in the womb before their birth, becauſe they have the leaſt ſhare of miſery; and ſince you cannot weep out life, bear it with patience; but thy tears have almoſt waſht out the memory of what I was to ſay, but this it is, that I would have you ſell all my Jewels, Plate, and Houſhold Furniture to the beſt advantage, and to turn off all my Servants, but juſt thoſe to attend my perſon, but to reward all of them with ſomething more than their wages, and thoſe Servants that are old, and have ſpent their youth with my Lords Predeceſſors and in his ſervice, but eſpecially thoſe he favoured moſt, give them ſo much during their lives as may keep them from the miſeries of neceſſity, and vexations of poverty. Thirdly, I would have you hire the beſt and curiouſt Carvers or Cutters of Stones to make a Tomb after my direction; as Firſt I will have a marble piece raiſed from the ground about half a mans height or ſomthing more, and ſomthing longer than my Husbands dead body, and then my Husbands Image Carved out of Marble to be laid thereupon, his Image to be Carved with his Armor on, and half a Head-piece on the Head, that the face might be ſeen, which face I would have to the life as much as Art can make it; alſo let there be two Statues, one for Mercury, and another for Pallas, theſe two Statues to ſtand at his head, and the hands of theſe Statues to join and to be laid under as carrying the head of my Husbands figure, or as the head lay thereupon, and their hands as his Pillow; on the right ſide of his figure, let there be a Statue for Mars, and the hand of Mars’s Statue holding the right hand of my Huſbands figure, and on the left hand a statue for Hymen, the hand on the place of the heart of my Husbands figure, and at the feet of the figure let Mmmmmmm2 there 600 Mmmmmmm2v 600 there be placed a Statue for Fortune alſo, about a yard diſtance from the Tomb; at the four Corners thereof, let there be four Marble Pillars raiſed of an indifferent height, and an Arched Marble Cover thereupon, and let all the ground be paved underneath with Marble, and in the midſt on the outſide of the marble roof let the Statute of Fame be placed in a flying poſture, and as blowing a Trumpet; then ſome two yards diſtance ſquare from thoſe Pillars, let the ground be paved alſo with Marble, and at the four Corners four other Marble Pillars raiſed as high as the former, with Capitals at top, and the body of thoſe Pillars round, and the Statues of the four Cardinal Virtues placed on thoſe Capitals, ſitting as in a weeping poſture, and at the feet of thoſe Pillars the Statues of the Graces imbracing each Pillar; as the Statue of Charity, the Pillar whereon the Statue of Juſtice ſits, and the Statue of Patience, the Pillar of Temperance, and the Statute of Hope, the Pillar of Prudence, and the Statue of Faith, the Pillar of Fortitude; then ſet a grove of Trees all about the out-ſide of them, as Lawrel, Mirtle, Cipreſs, and Olive, for in Death is Peace, in which Trees the Birds may ſit and ſing his Elegy; this Tomb placed in the midſt of a piece of ground of ſome ten or twenty Acres, which I would have incompaſſed about with a Wall of Brick of a reaſonable height, on the inſide of the Wall at one end, I would have built a little houſe divided into three Rooms, as a Gallery, a Bed-chamber, and a Cloſet, on the outſide of the Wall a Houſe for ſome neceſſary Servants to live in, to dreſs my meat, and to be ready at my call, which will be but ſeldome, and that by the ring of a Bell, but the three Rooms I would have furniſhed after this manner, my Chamber and the bed therein to be hung with white, to ſignify the Purity of Chaſtity, wherein is no Colours made by falſe lights; the Gallery with ſeveral Colours intermixt, to ſignify the varieties, changes, and incombrances of life; my Cloſet to be hung with black, to ſignify the darkneſs of Death, wherein all things are forgotten and buried in Oblivion; thus will I live a ſignification, not as a real ſubſtance but as a ſhaddow made betwixt life and death; from this Houſe which ſhall be my living Tomb, to the Tomb of my dead Huſband, I would have a Cloyſter built, through which I may walk freely to my Husbands Tomb, from the injuries of the weather, and this Cloyſter I would have all the ſides thereof hung with my Husbands Pictures drawn to the life by the beſt Painters, and all the ſeveral accidents, ſtudies and exerciſe of his life; thus will I have the ſtory of his life drawn to the life: ſee this my deſire ſpeedily, carefully, and punctually done, and I ſhall reward your ſervice as a carefull and diligent Steward and Servant.

Steward

It ſhall be done, but why will not your Ladyſhip have my Lords figure caſt in Braſs?

Madam Jantil

Becauſe the Wars ruin Tombs before Time doth, and metals being uſefull therein are often taken away by neceſſity, and we ſeldome find any ancient Monuments but what are made of Stone, for covetouſneſs is apt to rob Monuments of Metal, committing Sacrileges on the dead, for metals are ſooneſt melted into profit, but Stone is dull and heavy, creeping ſlowly, bringing but a cold advantage, wherein lies more pains than gains.

Steward

But your Ladyſhip may do all this without ſelling your Jewels, Plate, and Houſhold Furniture.

Madam Jantil

It is true, but I would not let ſo much wealth ly dead in Vanity, when exchanging them for money, I can imploy it to ſome good uſe.

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Steward

Your Ladyſhip hath forgotten to give order for blacks.

Madam Jantil

No I have not, but I will give no mourning untill my Huſbands body be carried to the Tomb; wherefore I have nothing more to imploy you in at this time, but only to ſend hither my Chaplain Doctor Educature.

The Steward goes out Enter Doctor Educature

Madam Jantil

Doctor, although it is not the profeſſion of a Divine to be an Hiſtorian, yet you knowing my Husbands life and natural diſpoſition beſt, being in his Childhood under your Tutorage, and one of his Family ever ſince, I know none ſo proper for that work as you; and though you are naturally an eloquent Orator, yet the bare truth of his worthy Virtues and Heroical actions will be ſufficient to make the ſtory both profitable, delightfull, and famous; alſo I muſt intreat you to chooſe out a Poet, one that doth not meerly write for gain, or to expreſs his own wit, ſo much as to endeavour to Pencil with the pen Virtue to the life, which in my Lord was ſo beautifull as it was beyond all draughts, but the theam will inſpire his Muſe, and when both theſe works are writ, printed and ſet out, as divulged to the World as a patern for examples, which few will be able to imitate, then I would have theſe books ly by me as Regiſters of memory, for next unto the Gods my life ſhall be ſpent in Contemplation of him; I know I ſhall not need to perſwade you to do this, for your affection to his memory is ready of it ſelf; but love and duty binds me to expreſs my deſires for his Fame leaving nothing which is for my part thereunto.

Doctor Educature

Madam, all the ſervice I can do towards the memory of my dear Pupil, and noble Lord and Patron, ſhall be moſt devoutly obſerved and followed; for Heaven knows if I had as many lives to diſpoſe of as I have lived years, I would have Sacrificed them all for to have redeemed his life from Death.

Doctor Educature goes out Madam Jantil alone

Madam Jantil

When I have interred my Husbands body, and all my deſires thereunto be finiſhed, I ſhall be at ſome reſt, and like an Executrix to my ſelf executing my own will, diſtributing the Rites and Ceremonies, as Legacies to the dead, thus the living gives the dead; but O my Spirits are tired with the heavy burden of Melancholy, and grow faint for want of reſt, yet my ſenſes invite me thereunto, yet I cannot reſt in my Bed, for frightfull Dreams diſturb me; wherefore I will ly down on this floor, and try if I can get a quiet ſleep on the ground, for from Earth I came, and to Earth I would willingly return.

She lays her ſelf down upon the ground, on one ſide of her Arm bowing, leaning upon her Elbow, her Forehead upon the palm of her handbowing forwards, her face towards the ground; but her grief elevating her paſſion, thus ſpeaks

Madam Jantil

Weep cold Earth, through your pores weep,

Or in your bowels my ſalt tears faſt keep;

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Inurn my ſighs which from my grief is ſent,

With my hard groans build up a Monument;

My Tongue like as a pen ſhall write his name,

My words as letters to divulge his fame;

My life like to an Arch over his Aſhes bend,

And my deſires to his grave deſcend;

I warn thee Life keep me not Company,

I am a friend to Death thy Enemy;

For thou art cruell, and every thing torments,

Wounding with pain all that the World preſents;

But Death is generous and ſets us free,

Breaks off our Chains, and gives us liberty;

Heals up our wounds of trouble with ſweet reſt,

Draws our corrupted paſſions from our breaſt;

Layes us to ſleep on Pillows of ſoft eaſe,

Rocks us with ſilence nothing hears nor ſees.

She fetches a great ſigh

O that I may here ſleep my laſt.

After a ſhort ſlumber ſhe wakes

If it were not for Dreams ſleep would be a happineſs next unto Death; but I find I cannot ſleep a long ſleep in Death, I ſhall not dye ſo ſoon as I would.

Love is ſo ſtrong and pure it cannot dy,

Lives not in ſenſe, but in the Soul doth lye;

Why do I mourn? his love with mine doth dwell,

His love is pleaſ’d mine entertains it well;

But mine would be like his one imbodied,

Only an Eſſence or like a Godhead.

Exeunt

Scene 22

Enter Doctor Comfort, and Doll Pacify

Doctor Comfort

How doth our Lady Doll?

Doll Pacify

To day ſhe began to ſit up, but yet ſhe is very weak and faint.

Doctor Comfort

Heaven help her.

Doll Pacify

You that are Heavens Almner, ſhould diſtribute Heavens gifts out of the purſe of your mouth, and give her ſingle Godly words inſtead of ſingle ſilver pence, to buy her ſome Heavenly food to feed her famiſht mind.

Doctor Comfort

Thou are a full-fed wench.

Doll Pacify

If I were no better fed than you feed me, which is but once a week, as on Sundayes, I ſhould be ſtarved.

Doctor Comfort

You muſt faſt and pray, faſt and pray.

Exeunt Act
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Act V

Scene 23

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

All the young Gallants in the Town are preparing themſelves with fine Cloths and Feathers to go a woing to the two rich Widows, the Lady Jantil, and the Lady Paſſionate.

2 Gent

Riches are the Loadſtone of affection, or at leaſt profeſſions.

1 Gent

The truth is, Riches draw more Suters, than Youth, Beauty, or Virtue.

Exeunt

Scene 24

Enter two or three Gentlemen, Monſieur Comerade, Monſieur Compagnion, and Monſieur la Gravity

Monſieur Comerade

For Heavens ſake let us go and addreſs our ſelves to the two Rich Widows.

Monſieur Compagnion

For my part I will addreſs my ſelf to none but the young Widow, the Lady Jantil, and to her let us go without delay.

Monſieur la Gravity

It will be uncivil to go ſo ſoon after their Husbands Death, for their Husbands are not yet laid in their Graves.

Monſieur Compagnion

If they were we ſhould come too late, for I knew a man which was a great friend of mine, who was reſolved to ſettle himſelf in a married courſe of life, and ſo he went a wooing to a Widow, for a Widow he was reſolved to marry, and he went a wooing to one whose Husband was but juſt cold in his grave, but ſhe told him ſhe was promiſed before, ſo he wooed another whilſt ſhe followed her Husbands Corps, but ſhe told him he came too late, whereat he thought with the third not to be a ſecond in his Sute, and ſo expreſſed his deſires in her Husbands ſickneſs, ſhe told him ſhe was very ſorry that ſhe had paſt her word before to another, for if ſhe had not, ſhe would have made him her choice, whereat he curſt his imprudence, and wooed the fourth on her wedding day, who gave him a promiſe after her Husband was dead to marry him, and withall ſhe told him, that if ſhe had been married before, it had been ten to one but he had ſpoke too late, for ſaid ſhe, when we are Maids we are kept from the free converſation of men, by our Parents or Guardians, but on our wedding day we are made free and ſet at liberty, and like as young Heirs on the day of one and twenty we make promiſes like bonds for two or three lives: wherefore I fear we ſhall miſs of our hopes, for theſe two Widows will be promiſed before we addreſs our Sute.

Monſieur la Gravity

No no, for I am confident all do not ſo, for ſome Nnnnnnn2 love 604 Nnnnnnn2v 604 love to have the freedoms of their wills, for every promiſe is a bondage to thoſe that make a Conſcience to keep their promiſe, beſides, it is not only variety that pleaſeth women, but new Changes, for ſtale Acquaintance is as unpleaſant as want of change, and the only hopes I have to the end of my Sute, is, that I am a Stranger and unknown, for women fancy men beyond what they are when unknown, and prize them leſs than their merits deſerve, when they are acquainted.

Monſieur Comerade

Well, we will not ſtay, but we will do our indeavour to get admittance.

Exeunt

Scene 25

Enter Madam Paſſionate as very ill, ſitting in a Chair groaning, Enter Madam Jantil as to ſee her

Madam Jantil

Madam, how do you find your health?

Madam Paſſionate

Very bad, for I am very ill, but I wonder at your Fortitude, that you can bear ſuch a Croſs as the loſs of your Husband ſo patiently.

Madam Jantil

O Madam I am like thoſe that are in a Dropſie, their face ſeems full and fat, but their liver is conſumed, and though my ſorrow appears not outwardly, yet my heart is dead within me.

Madam Paſſionate

But your young years is a Cordiall to reſtore it, and a new love will make it as healthfull as ever it was.

Enter Doll Pacify the Lady Paſſionate’s Maid, with a Porrenger of Cawdle

Doll Pacify

Pray Madam eat ſomthing, or otherwiſe you will kill your ſelf with faſting, for you have not eaten any thing ſince the beginning of your ſorrow.

Lady Paſſionate

O carry that Cawdle away, carry it away, for the very ſight doth overcome my Stomack.

Doll Pacify

Pray Madam eat but a little.

Lady Paſſionate

I care not for it, I cannot eat it, nor will not eat it: wherefore carry it away, or I will go away.

Both the Ladies goe out Enter Nell Careleſs Madam Jantils Maid

Nell Careleſs

Prethee if thy Lady will not eat this Cawdle, give it me, for I have an Appetite to it; but I wonder you will offer your Lady any thing to eat, but rather you ſhould give her ſomthing to drink, for I have heard ſorrow is dry, but never heard it was hungry.

Doll Pacify

You are miſtaken, for ſorrow is ſharp, and bites upon the Stomack, which cauſes an eager Appetite.

Nell Careleſs

I am ſure weeping eyes make a dry Throat.

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Doll Pacify

But Melancholy Thoughts make a hungry Stomack: but faith if thou wert a Widow, by thy eating thou wouldſt have another Husband quickly.

Nell Careleſs

Do you think I would marry again.

Doll Pacify

Heaven forbid that a young woman ſhould live a Widow.

Nell Careleſs

Why is it a ſin for a young woman to live a Widow?

Doll Pacify

I know not what it would be to you, but it would be a caſe of Conſcience to me if I were a Widow.

Nell Careleſs

By thy nice Conſcience thou ſeem’ſt to be a Puritan.

Doll Pacify

Well, I can bring many proofs: but were it not a ſin, it is a diſgrace.

Nell Careleſs

Where lies the diſgrace?

Doll Pacify

In the opinion of the World, for old Maids and muſty Widows are like the plague ſhun’d of by all men, which affrights young women ſo much as by running frow it they catch hold on whatſoever man they meet, without conſideration of what or whom they are, by which many times they fall into poverty and create miſery.

Nell Careleſs

You teach a Doctrine, that to eſcape one miſchief they fall on another, which is worſe than the firſt; wherefore it were better to live a muſty Widow as you call them, than a miſerable Wife; beſides, a man cannot intimately love a Widow, becauſe he will be a Cuckold, as being made one by her dead Husband, and ſo live in Adultry, and ſo ſhe live in ſin herſelf by Cuckolding both her Huſbands, having had two.

Doll Pacify

I believe if you were a Widow you would be tempted to that ſin.

Nell Careleſs

Faith but I ſhould not, for ſhould I commit that ſin, I ſhould deſerve the Hell of diſcontent.

Doll Pacify

Faith you would marry if you were young, and fair, and rich.

Nell Careleſs

Thoſe you mention would keep me from marrying: for if any would marry me for the love of youth and beauty, they would never love me long, becauſe time ruins both ſoon; and if any one ſhould marry me meerly for my riches, they would love my riches ſo well and ſo much as there would be no love left for me that brought it, and if my Husband be taken Priſoner by my wealth, I ſhall be made a Slave.

Doll Pacify

No, not if you be virtuous.

Nell Careleſs

Faith there is not one in an Age that takes a wife meerly for virtue, nor valews a wife any thing the more for being ſo; for poor Virtu ne ſits mourning unregarded and deſpiſed, not any one will ſo much as caſt an eye towards her, but all ſhun her as you ſay they do old Maids or muſty Widows.

Doll Pacify

Although you plead excellently well for not marrying, yet I make no queſtion but you would willingly marry if there ſhould come a young Gallant.

Nell Careleſs

What’s that, a Fool that ſpends all his wit and money on his Clothes? or is it a gallant young man which is a man enriched with worth and merit?

Doll Pacify

I mean a Gallant both for bravery and merit.

Nell Careleſs

Nay, they ſeldome go both together.

Doll Pacify

Well, I wiſh to Heaven that Hyman would give thee a Husband, and then that Pluto would quietly take him away to ſee whether you Ooooooo would 606 Ooooooo1v 606 would marry again, O I long for that time.

Nell Careleſs

Do not long too earneſtly, leſt you ſhould miſcarry of your deſires.

Enter Madam Paſſionate, whereat Nell Careleſs hearing her come, ſhe runs away

Madam Paſſionate

Who was it that run away?

Doll Pacify

Nell Careleſs Madam Jantils Maid.

Madam Paſſionate

Oh that I could contract a bargain for ſuch an indifferent mind as her young Lady hath, or that the pleaſures of the World could bury my grief.

Doll Pacify

There is no way for that Madam, but to pleaſe your ſelf ſtill with the preſent times, gathering thoſe fruits of life that are ripe, and next to your reach, not to indanger a fall by climing too high, nor to ſtay for that which is green, nor to let it hang whilſt it is rotten with time, nor to murmur for that which is blowen down by chance, nor to curſe the weather of accidents for blaſting the bloſſoms, nor the Birds and Worms of Death, which is ſickneſs and pain, for picking and eating the berries, for nature allows them a part as well as you, for there is nothing in the World we can abſolutely poſſeſs to our ſelves; for Time, Chance, Fortune and Death, hath a ſhare in all things, life hath the leaſt.

Madam Paſſionate

I think ſo, for I am weary of mine.

The Lady goes out Enter a Man

Man

Miſtriſs Dorothy, there are two or three Gentlemen that deſire to ſpeak with one of the Widows Maids, and you belong to one.

Doll Pacify

Well, what is their buſineſs?

Man

I know not, but I ſuppoſe they will only declare that to your ſelf.

She goeth out, and enters again as meeting the Gentlemen

Doll Pacify

Gentlemen, would you ſpeak with me?

Monſieur la Gravity

Yes, for we deſire you will help us to the honour of kiſſing your Ladyes hands, thereon to offer our ſervice.

Doll Pacify

Sir, you muſt excuſe me, for the Sign of Widowhood is not as yet hung out, Mourning is not on, nor the Scutcheons are not hung over the Gate, but if you pleaſe to come two or three dayes hence I may do you ſome ſervice, but now it will be to no purpoſe to tell my Lady, for I am ſure ſhe will receive no viſits.

Exeunt

Finis.

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The Actors Names

The Lord General,

and many Commanders

Monſieur la Gravity

Monſieur le Compagnion

Monſieur Comerade

Doctor Educature

Doctor Comfort,

and divers Gentlemen, Meſſengers, Servants, Officers and others

Lady Victoria,

and many Heroicks

Lady Jantil

Lady Paſſionate

Doll Pacify

Nell Careleſſ,

City Wives and others

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The Second Part of Bell in Campo

Act I

Scene 1

Enter Doctor Comfort, and Doll Pacify

Doll Pacify

Good Maſter Prieſt go comfort my old Lady.

Doctor Comfort

If you will Comfort me, I will ſtrive to Comfort her.

Doll Pacify

So we ſhall prove the Crums of Comfort.

Doctor Comfort

But is my Lady ſo ſad ſtill?

Doll Pacify

Faith to day ſhe hath been better than I have ſeen her, for ſhe was ſo patient as to give order for Blacks; but I commend the young Lady Madam Jantil, who bears out the Siege of Sorrow moſt Couragiouſly, and on my Conſcience I believe will beat grief from the fort of her heart, and become victorious over her miſfortunes.

Doctor Comfort

Youth is a good Souldier in the Warfare of Life, and like a valiant Cornet or Enſign, keeps the Colours up, and the Flag flying, in deſpite of the Enemies, and were our Lady as young as Madam Jantil, ſhe would grieve leſs, but to loſe an old friend after the loſs of a young Beauty is a double, nay a trible affliction, becauſe there is little or no hopes to get another good Husband, for though an old woman may get a Husband, yet ten thouſand to one but he will prove an Enemy, or a Devill.

Doll Pacify

It were better for my Lady if ſhe would marry again, that her Husband ſhould prove a Devill than a Mortal Enemy, for you can free her from the one though not from the other, for at your words, the great Devil will avoid or vaniſh, and you can bind the leſſer Devils in Chains, and whip them with holy Rods untill they rore again.

Doctor Comfort

Nay, we are ſtrong enough for the Devil at all times, and in all places, neither can he deceive us in any ſhape, unleſs it be in the ſhape of a young Beauty, and then I confeſſ he overcomes us, and torments our hearts in the fire of love, beyond all expreſſion.

Doll Pacify

If I were a Devil I would be ſure to take a moſt beautifull ſhape to torment you, but my Lady will torment me if I ſtay any longer here.

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Scene 2

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

Sir you being newly come from the Army, pray what news?

2 Gent

I ſuppoſe you have heard how our Army was forced to fight by the Enemies provocations, hearing the Lord General lay ſick, whereupon the Generals Lady the Lady Victoria, cauſed her Amazonians to march towards the Maſculine Army, and to entrench ſome half a mile diſtance therefrom, which when the Maſculine Army heard thereof, they were very much troubled thereat, and ſent a command for them to retreat back, fearing they might be a diſturbance, ſo a deſtruction unto them by, doing ſome untimely or unneceſſary action; but the Female Army returned the Maſculine Army an Anſwer, that they would not retreat unleſs they were beaten back, which they did believe the Maſculine Sex would not, having more honour than to fight with the Female Sex; but if the men were ſo baſe, they were reſolved to ſtand upon their own defence; but if they would let them alone, they would promiſe them upon the honour of their words not to advance any nearer unto the Maſculine Army, as long as the Maſculine Army could aſſault their Enemies, or defend themſelves, and in this poſture I left them.

Exeunt

Scene 3

Enter the Lady Victoria, and her Heroickeſſes

Lady Victoria

Noble Heroickeſſes, I have intelligence that the Army of Reformations begins to flag, wherefore now or never is the time to prove the courage of our Sex, to get liberty and freedome from the Female Slavery, and to make our ſelves equal with men: for ſhall Men only ſit in Honours chair, and Women ſtand as waiters by? ſhall only Men in Triumphant Chariots ride, and Women run as Captives by? ſhall only men be Conquerors, and women Slaves? ſhall only men live by Fame, and women dy in Oblivion? no, no, gallant Heroicks raiſe your Spirits to a noble pitch, to a deaticall height, to get an everlaſting Renown, and infinite praiſes, by honourable, but unuſual actions: for honourable Fame is not got only by contemplating thoughts which lie laſily in the Womb of the Mind, and prove Abortive, if not brought forth in living deeds; but worthy Heroickeſſes, at this time Fortune deſires to be the Midwife, and if the Gods and Goddeſſes did not intend to favour our proceedings with a ſafe deliverance, they would not have offered us ſo fair and fit an opportunity to be the Mothers of glorious Actions, and everlaſting Fame, which if you be ſo unnatural to ſtrangle in the Birth by fearfull Cowardize, may you be blaſted with Infamy, which is worſe than to dye and be forgotten; may you be whipt with the torturing tongues of our own Sex we left behind us, and may you be ſcorned and neglected by the Maſculine Sex, whilſt other women are Ppppppp preferr’d 610 Ppppppp1v 610 preferred and beloved, and may you walk unregarded untill you become a Plague to your ſelves; but if you Arm with Courage and fight valiantly, may men bow down and worſhip you, birds taught to ſing your praiſes, Kings offer up their Crowns unto you, and honour inthrone you in a mighty power.

May time and deſtiny attend your will,

Fame be your ſcribe to write your actions ſtill;

And may the Gods each act with praiſes fill.

All the women

Fear us not, fear us not, we dare and will follow you whereſoever and to what you dare or will lead us, be it through the jawes of Death.

The Prayer.

Lady Victoria

Great Mars thou God of War, grant that our Squadrons may like unbroaken Clouds move with intire Bodyes, let Courage be the wind to drive us on, and let our thick ſwell’d Army darken their Sun of hope with black deſpair, let us powre down ſhowers of their blood, to quench the firy flames of our revenge.

And where thoſe ſhowers fall, their Deaths as ſeeds

Sown in times memory ſprout up our deeds;

And may our Acts Triumphant garlands make,

Which Fame may wear for our Heroicks ſake.

Exeunt

Scene 4

Enter Doctor Comfort, and Doll Pacify

Doctor Comfort

Doll, how doth our Lady ſince the burying of my Patron?

Doll Pacify

Faith ſhe begins now to have regard to her health, for she takes Jackalato every Morning in her Bed faſting, and then ſhe hath a meſs of Gelly broath for her Breakfaſt, and drinks a Cup of Sack before Dinner, and eats a Whitewine Cawdle every afternoon, and for her Supper ſhe hath new laid Eggs, and when ſhe goes to Bed, ſhe drinks a hearty draught of Muſkadine to make her ſleep well; beſides, if ſhe chances to wake in the Night, ſhe takes comfortable Spirits, as Angelica, Aniſeeds, Beſor, aqua mirabilis, and the like hot waters, to comfort her heart, and to drive away all Melancholy thoughts.

Doctor Comfort

Thoſe things will do it if it be to be done, but I am ſorry that my Lady hath ſold all my Patrons Horſes, Saddles, Arms, Cloaths, and ſuch like things at the Drums head, and by out-cryes, to get a little the more money for them, I fear the World will condemn her, as believing her to be covetous.

Doll Pacify

O that’s nothing, for what ſhe loſes by being thought covetous, ſhe will regain by being thought rich, for the World eſteems and reſpects nothing ſo much as riches.

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Act II

Scene 5

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

Pray Sir what news from the Army? you are newly come from thence.

2 Gent

I ſuppoſe you have heard how the Effeminate Army was ſome half a mile from the Maſculine Armies; but the Maſculine Army being very earneſt to fight, not only to get Victory and power, but to revenge each others loſſes, as their Friends ſlain in the former Battel, which thoughts of revenge did ſo fire their minds and inflame their Spirits, that if their Eyes had been as much illuminated as their flaming Spirits were, there might have been ſeen two blazing Armies thus joining their Forces againſt each other; at laſt began a cruell fight, where both the Armies fought with such equal Courages and active Limbs, as for a long time neither ſide could get the better, but at the laſt the Army of Faction broak the Ranks and Files of the Army of Reformation, whereupon every Squadron began to fall into a Confuſion, no order was kept, no chardge was heard, no command obey’d, terror and fear ran maſkerd about, which helpt to rout our Army, whereupon the Enemy kill’d many of our men, and wounded many more, and took numbers of Priſoners; but upon this defeat came in the Female Army, in the time that some of the Enemy was buſy in gathering up the Conquered ſpoils, others in purſute of the remainders of our men, others were binding up the Priſoners, other driving them to their Quarters like a Company of Sheep to a Market there to be ſold; but when as ſome of the Commanders perceived a freſh Army coming towards them, their General commanded the Trumpets to ſound a Retreat to gather them together, and alſo made haſte to order and ſettle his men in Battel Array, and desirous their General was to have all the Priſoners ſlain; but the Female Army came up ſo faſt and ſo cloſe to prevent that miſchief, as they had not time to execute that deſign; but their General encouraged his Souldiers, and bid them not to be diſheartened, perſwading them not to loſe what they had got from an Army of men to an Army of boys, for ſaid he they ſeem to be no other by the appearance of their ſhapes and ſtatures; but when the Female Army came to encounter them, they found their charge ſo hot and furious as made them give place, which advantage they took with that prudence and dexterity, as they did not only rout this Army of Faction, killing and wounding many, and ſet their own Countrymen at liberty, and recovered their loſſes, and gained many ſpoils, and took numbers of Priſoners of their Enemies with Bag and Baggage, but they purſued thoſe that fled into their Trenches, and beat them out of their works, and took poſſeſſion thereof, where they found much riches; theſe Trenches being taken, the Lady Victoria took poſſeſſion, and made them her Quarters, calling all her Female Souldiers to enter therein by the ſound of Flutes, which they always uſed inſtead of Trumpets, and their Drums were Kettel-Drums; but upon this Victory Ppppppp2 the 612 Ppppppp2v 612 the Maſculine Sex of the Army of Reformation was much out of Countenance, being doubly or trebly overcome, twice by their Enemy, and then by the gallant actions of the Females which out-did them, yet they thought it beſt to take their advantage whilſt the Victory was freſh and flouriſhing and their Enemies weak and fearfull, to lay ſiege to the next Towns in the Enemies Country; whereupon the Lady Victoria and her Female Souldiers hearing of the Army of Reformations deſigns, for they had ſent the men to their own Quatrters as ſoon as the Battel was won and Victory got; Alſo the Maſculine Priſoners they ſent to the mens Quarters, not intermixing themſelves with the men, but as I ſaid they hearing the deſign they had to beſiege the Towns were much inraged for not making them of their Councils, whereupon they ſent a Meſſenger like as an Embaſſadour to tell the Maſculine Army they did wonder at their ingratitude, that they ſhould forget ſo much their relievers as to go upon any Warlike deſign without making them acquainted therewith, ſtriving as it were to ſteal the Victory out of their hands, but ſaid they, ſince we are become victorious over our Enemies, and Maſters, and Miſtreſſes of the Field, by our own valiant actions and prudent conducts, we will maintain our power by our own ſtrengths, for our Army is become now numerous, full and flouriſhing, formed, and conformable by our Diſcipline, skillfull by our practice, valiant by our reſolutions, powerfull by our victory, terrible to our Enemies, honourable to our Friends, and a ſubject of Envy to the Maſculine Sex; but your Army is weak and decrepid, fitter for an Hoſpital than for a Field of War, your power is loſt, your courage is cold, your diſcipline diſorderous, and your command ſleighted, deſpiſed by your Enemies, pittied by your Friends, forſaken of good Fortune, and made ſuubject unto our Effeminate Sex, which we will uſe by our power like Slaves. But when our Lord General who was recovered out of ſickneſs, and all his Commanders about him heard this meſſage, which was delivered in a full aſſembly, according as the Lady Victoria had commanded the meſſage ſhould be, the men could not choſe but ſmile at the womens high and mighty words, knowing they had all ſweet and gentle diſpoſitions and complying Natures, yet they were at a ſtand which to be pleaſed at moſt, as in hearing them diſparage their Maſculine Sex, or in advancing their own Female Sex by their ſelf Commendations, but howſoever ſo well pleaſed the men were with the womens gallant actions, that every man was proud that had but a Female acquaintance in the Female Army; but our Lord General was mightily taken with their bravadoes, and much mirth amongſt the Commanders was about it; but when they were to adviſe what to do in the affairs of War, and the warring women, the General told them he made no queſtion but that moſt men knew by experience that women were won by gentle perſwaſions and fair promiſes, and not by rigid actions or angry frowns, beſides said he, all noble natures ſtrive to aſſiſt the weakeſt in all lawfull actions, and that he was no gallant man that ſubmits not to a woman in all things that are honourable, and when he doth diſſent it muſt be in a Courtly manner, and a Complemental behaviour and expreſſion, for that women were Creatures made by nature, for men to love and admire, to protect and defend, to cheriſh and maintain, to ſeek and to ſue to, and eſpecially ſuch women which have out-done all their Sex, which nature ever made before them; wherefore ſaid he, ’tis fit to theſe women above all others we ſhould yield our ſelves Priſoners, not only in love but in Arms; wherefore let us treat fairly with them, and give them their own conditions, 613Qqqqqqq1r 613 conditions. But in the mean time the Lady Victoria thought it beſt not to loſe any opportunity with talking out the time, wherefore ſhe beſieged a conſiderable Fort, a place which was ats it were the Key that unlockt the paſſage into the heart of the Enemies Kingdome, and at this ſiege they were when I came away, but the General and his Council had ſent a Meſſenger unto them, but what his meſſage was I cannot give you an account.

Exeunt

Scene 6

Enter two men in Mourning

1 Man

Now my Lord is Intombed, our Lady will enanchor her ſelf by his Aſhe.

2 Man

’Tis ſtrange ſo young and beautifull a Lady ſhould bury her ſelf from the World, and quit all the pleaſures thereof, to live with dead Aſhes.

1 Man

A grieved Mind, Melancholy Thoughts, and an Oppreſſed Heart, conſiders not the Body, nor the World.

2 Man

But yet I think ’tis an example that few of her Sex will imitate.

1 Man

Becauſe few of the Female Sex can truly Grieve or be Melancholy.

2 Man

No, it is that few of the Female Sex can truly and conſtantly Love.

Exeunt

Scene 7

The Tomb being thruſt on the Stage, enter Madam Jantil and a Company of Mourners, but the Lady Jantil was attired in a Garment of rich Cloth of gold girt looſly about her, and a Mantle of Crimſon Velvet lined with powdered Ermins over that, her woman bearing up the Train thereof being long, her Hair all unbound hung looſe upon her Shoulders and Back, upon her Head a rich Crown of Jewels, as alſo Pendant Jewels in her Ears, and on her Wriſts coſtly Bracelets; when ſhe came in ſhe goeth towards the Tomb, and bows with great reſpect and devotion thereto, then ſpeaks, directing her ſpeech to every ſeveral Figure Theſe following Verſes or Speeches were written by my Lord Marquiſs of Newcaſtle.

Lady Jantil

Pallas and Mercury at thy Death mourned,

So as to marble Statues here th’are turned;

Mars ſheaths his Sword, and begs of thee a room,

To bury all his courage in thy Tomb;

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Hymen amazed ſtands, and is in doubt,

Thy Death his holy fier hath put out;

What various ſhapes of Fortune thou didſt meet,

Thou ſcorn’ſt her frowns and kicks he with thy feet,

Now ſound aloud the Trumpet of good Fame,

And blow abroad his everlaſting name.

After this ſhe directs her ſpeech to the outward figures about the Tomb

The Cardinal Virtues Pillars of thy fame,

Weep to ſee now each but an empty name

Only for Painters and for Carvers be,

When thy life ſuſtain’d them more than they Thee;

Each Capital a ſadder Virtue bears,

But for the Graces would be drowned in tears;

Faith ſtrengthens Fortitude leſt ſhe ſhould faint,

Hope comforts Prudence as her only Saint;

And Charity to Juſtice doth advance

To Counſel her, as Patience Temperance;

But wofull Counſellors they are each one,

Since grief for thy Death turn’d them all to ſtone.

Then putting off her rich Garments and Ornaments before mentioned, as ſhe was undressing ſhe ſpake thus

Now I depoſe my ſelf, and here lay down,

Titles, not Honour, with my richer Crown;

This Crimſon Velvet Mantle I throw by,

There eaſe and plenty in rich Ermins lie;

Off with this glittring Gown which once did bear

Ambition and fond pride ly you all there;

Bracelets and Pendants which I now do wear,

Here I deveſt my Arms and ſo each Ear;

Cut off theſe dangling Treſſes once a crime,

Urging my Glaſs to look away my time;

Thus all theſe Worldly vanities I wave,

And bury them all in my Husbands grave.

After this ſhe calls for her other Garments, which was a pure white light ſilk looſe Garment, girt about her with a white ſilk Cord, and then puts on a thin black Veil over it, and then takes a Book in her hand, but ſpeaks as they were a putting on thoſe latter Garments. More of my Lord Marqueſſes, are theſe.

Lady Janteil

Put on that pure and ſpotleſs garment white,

To ſhew my chaſter thoughts, my Souls delight;

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Cord of Humility about my waſte,

A Veil of obſcure Mourning about me caſt;

Here by this ſadder Tomb ſhall be my Station,

And in this Book my holy Contemplation.

She turns her ſelf to her Servants

Farewell my Servants, farewell every one,

As you all love me pray leave me alone.

They all go forth weeping When they were all gone and ſhe alone, ſhe turns her ſelf to the Tomb

No duſt ſhall on thy marble ever ſtay,

But with my ſadder ſighs ile blow’t away;

And the leaſt ſpot that any Pillar bears,

Ile waſh it clean with grief of dropping tears;

Sun fly this Hemiſphær, and feaſt my Eyes,

With Melancholy night, and never riſe,

Nor by reflection, for all light I hate,

Therefore no Planet do illuminate;

The twinkling Stars that in cold nights are ſeen,

Clouds muſter up and hide them as a Screen,

The Centrick fire raiſe vapours from the Earth,

Get and be Midwife for thoſe fogs their birth;

Then chilling colds freeze up thy pores without,

That trembling Earth-quakes no where may get out;

And that our Mother Earth may nothing wear,

But Snow and Icicles to curl her hair;

And ſo Dame Nature Barren nothing bring,

Wiſhing a Chaos, ſince deſpairs a Spring;

Since all my joys are gone, what ſhall I do,

But wiſh the whole World ruined with me too?

Here ends my Lord Marqueſſes Verſes. Exeunt Qqqqqqq2 ACT
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Act III

Scene 8

Enter the Lady Victoria, and many of her Amazons, then enters a Meſſenger from the Maſculine Army

Meſſenger

May it pleaſe your Excellence, our Lord General and the reſt of the Commanders have ſent you and your Heroicks a Letter, deſiring it may be read in a full Aſſembly.

Lady Victoria

One of you take the Letter and read it.

One of the women takes the Letter and reads it to all the Company

The Letter. To the moſt Excellent of her Sex, and her moſt worthy Heroickeſſes. You Goddeſſes on Earth, who have the power and dominion over men, ’tis you we worſhip and adore, we pray and implore your better opinions of us, than to believe we are ſo unjuſt as to take the Victory out of your fair hands, or ſo vain- glorious as to attribute it to our ſelves, or ſo ungratefull as not to acknowledg our lives and liberties from your valours, wiſdoms, and good fortune, or ſo imprudent as to neglect your power, or ſo ill-bred as to paſs by you without making our addreſſes, or ſo fooliſh as to go about any action without your knowledge, or ſo unmannerly as to do any thing without your leave; wherefore we entreat you and pray you to believe that we have ſo much honour in us, as to admire your beauties, to be attentive to your diſcourſes, to dote on your perſons, to honour your virtues, to divulge your ſweet graces, to praiſe your behaviours, to wait your commands, to obey your directions, to be proud of your favours, and we wear our lives only for your ſervice, and believe we are not only taken Captives by your Beauties, but that we acknowledge we are bound as your Slaves by your valours; wherefore we all pray that you may not miſinterpret our affections and care to your perſons, in believing we ſent you away becauſe we were weary of you, which if ſo, it had been a ſin unpardonable, but we ſent you away for your ſafety, for Heaven knows your Departure was our Hell, and your Abſence our Torments; but we confeſs our errours, and do humbly beg our pardons, for if you had accompanied us in our Battels, you had kept us ſafe, for had we fought in your preſence, our Enemies had never overcome us, ſince we take courage from your Eyes, life from your ſmiles, and victory from your good wiſhes, and had become Conquerours by your incouragements, and ſo we might have triumpht in your favours, but hereafter your rules ſhall be our methods, by which we will govern all our actions, attending only wholy your directions, yet give us leave humbly to offer our adviſe as Subjects to their Princeſs if you think fit, we think it beſt to follow cloſe the victory, leſt that our Enemies recruit their forces, with a ſufficient ſtrength to beat us out of what 617Rrrrrrr1r 617 what we have gained, or at leaſt to hinder and oppoſe our entrance, and hopes of Conquering them, where if you will give us leave we will beſiege and enter their Towns, and raſe their Walls down to the ground, which harbour their diſorders, offending their Neighbours Kingdoms; yet we are not ſo ambitous as to deſire to be Commanders, but to join our forces to yours, and to be your aſſiſtants, and as your Common Souldiers; but leaving all theſe affairs of War to your diſcretion, offering our ſelves to your ſervice, We kiſs your hands; and take our leaves for this time.

All the women fall into a great laughter, ha, ha, ha, ha

Lady Victoria

Noble Heroickeſſes, by your valours, and conſtant, and reſolute proceedings, you have brought your Tyrants to be your Slaves; thoſe that Commanded your abſence, now humbly ſue your preſence, thoſe that thought you a hindrance have felt your aſſiſtance, the time is well altered ſince we were ſent to retreat back from the Maſculine Army; and now nothing to be done in that Army without our adviſe, with an humble deſire they may join their forces with ours: but gallant Heroickeſſes, by this you may perceive we were as ignorant of our ſelves as men were of us, thinking our ſelves ſhiftleſs, weak, and unprofitable Creatures, but by our actions of War we have proved our ſelves to be every way equal with men; for what we want of ſtrength, we have ſupplied by induſtry, and had we not done what we have done, we ſhould have lived in ignorance and ſlavery.

All the Female Commanders

All the knowledge of our ſelves, the honour of renown, the freedome from ſlavery, and the ſubmiſſion of men, we acknowledge from you; for you adviſed us, counſelled us, inſtructed us, and encouraged us to thoſe actions of War: wherefore to you we owe our thanks, and to you we give our thanks.

Lady Victoria

What anſwer will you return to the Maſculine Army?

All the Commanders

What anſwer you will think beſt.

Lady Victoria

We ſhall not need to write back an anſwer, for this Meſſenger may deliver it by word of mouth; wherefore Sir pray remember us to your General and his Commanders, and tell them, that we are willing upon their ſubmiſſions to be friends, and that we have not neglected our good Fortune, for we have laid ſiege to ſo conſiderable a Fort, which if taken, may give an eaſy paſſage into the Kingdome, which Fort we will deliver to their forces when they come, that they may have the honour of taking it; for tell them, we have got honour enough in the Battel we fought, and victory we did win.

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Scene 9

Enter Monſieur la Gravity, Monſieur Compagnion, and Monſieur Comerade

Monſieur Compagnion

We are bound to curſe you Monſieur Gravity, for retarding our viſits to the Widows, for I told you we ſhould come too late if we did not go before their Husbands were buried.

Monſieur la Gravity

But I do not hear they have made a promiſe to marry any as yet.

Monſieur Compagnion

That’s all one unto us, but the nobleſt, youngeſt, richeſt, and faireſt Widow is gone; for though ſhe is not promiſed or married, yet ſhe is incloiſtered, and that is worſe than marriage; for if ſhe had been married there might have been some hopes her Huſband would have died, or been kill’d, or ſome wayes or other Death would have found to have taken him away.

Monſieur Comerade

Let us comfort our ſelves with hopes, that it is but a Ladies humour, which ſhe will be ſoon weary of, for when her Melancholy fit is over, ſhe will come forth of her Cloister, and be fonder to marry than if ſhe had never gone in.

Monſieur la Gravity

Well, ſince ſhe is gone, let us aſſault the other.

Monſieur Compagnion

What, the old woman that hath never a Tooth in her head?

Monſieur Comerade

Why, ſhe is rich, and ſhe will kiſſ the ſofter for having no Bones in her mouth.

Monſieur Compagnion

The Devill ſhall kiſs her before I will; beſides, an old woman is thought a Witch.

Monſieur la Gravity

Piſh, that is becauſe they are grown ill-favoured with Age, and all young people think whatſoever is ill-favoured belongs to the Devill.

Monſieur Compagnion

An antient man is a comely ſight, being grave and wiſe by experience, and what he hath loſt in his perſon, he hath gained in his underſtanding; beſides, beauty in men looks as unhandſome as age in women, as being effeminate; but an old woman looks like the picture of Envy, with hollow Eyes, fallen Cheeks, lank Sides, black pale Complexion, and more Wrinkles than time hath Minutes.

Monſieur Comerade

Nay by your favour, ſome old women look like the full Moon, with a red, ſwell’d, great, broad face, and their Bodies like as a ſpungy Cloud, thick and groſs, like our fat Hoſteſs.

Monſieur la Gravity

Gentlemen, why do you rail againſt antient women ſo much, ſince thoſe that are wiſe will never marry ſuch Boyes as you?

Monſieur Compagnion

It is to be obſerved, that alwayes old Girls match themſelves with young Boyes.

Monſieur la Gravity

None but Fools will do ſo.

Monſieur Compagnion

Why did you or any man elſe ever know a wiſe old woman, or a chaſt young woman in their lives? for the one dotes with Age, the other is corrupted with Flattery, which is a Bawd to ſelf-conceit.

Monſieur la Gravity

Grant it be ſo, yet it is better to marry an old doting Fool, than a wanton young Fille.

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Monſieur Compagnion

For my part, I think now it is the beſt way to marry none, ſince Madam Jantil is gone, but to live like the Lacedemonians, all in Common.

Monſieur la Gravity

I am of another opinion, wherefore if you will go along with me to the old Widow Madam Paſſionate, and help to Countenance my Sute, I ſhall take it as an act of Friendſhip.

Monſieur Comerade

Come, we will be thy Pillars to ſupport thee.

Exeunt

Scene 10

Enter Nell Careleſſ, and Doll Pacify

Doll Pacify

What, doth thy Lady reſolve to live an Anchoret?

Nell Careleſs

I think ſo.

Doll Pacify

How doth ſhe paſs away her time in her ſolitary Sell?

Nell Careleſs

Why, as ſoon as ſhe riſes ſhe goeth to my Lords Tomb, and ſayes her Prayers, then ſhe returns and eats ſome little Breakfaſt, as a Cruſt of Bread and a Draught of Water, then ſhe goeth to her Gallery and walks and Contemplates all the Forenoon, then about twelve a Clock at Noon ſhe goeth to the Tomb again and ſayes more Prayers, then returns and eats a ſmall Dinner of ſome Spoon-meats, and moſt of the Afternoon ſhe ſits by the Tomb and reads, or walks in the Cloyſter, and views the Pictures of my Lord that are placed upon the Walls, then in the Evening ſhe ſayes her Evening Prayers at the Tomb, and eats ſome light Supper, and then prayes at the Tomb before ſhe goeth to Bed, and at Midnight ſhe riſes and takes a white waxen Torch lighted in her hand, and goeth to the Tomb to pray, and then returns to Bed.

Doll Pacify

Faith ſhe prayes often enough in the day, ſhe ſhall not need to pray at Midnight; but why doth ſhe riſe juſt at Midnight?

Nell Careleſs

I know not, unleſs ſhe is of that opinion which ſome have been of, which is that the Souls or Spirits of the dead riſe at that hour out of their Graves and Tombs, to viſit the face of the Earth, and perhaps my Lady watches or hopes to converſe by that means with my Lords Ghoſt: for ſince ſhe cannot converſe with him living, ſhe deſires to converſe with him dead, or otherwiſe ſhe would not ſpend moſt of her time at this Tomb as ſhe doth; but how doth thy Lady ſpend her time now?

Doll Pacify

Faith as a Lady ſhould do, with nouriſhing her Body with good hearty meats and drink. And though my Lady doth not pray at Midnight, yet ſhe converſes with Spirits at that time of Night.

Nell Careleſs

What Spirits?

Doll Pacify

Marry Spirits diſtilled from WineBeer and other Cordials, which ſhe drinks when ſhe wakes, which is at Midnight; but do you watch faſt and pray as thy Lady doth?

Nell Careleſs

No truly, for I feed with the reſt of my Ladies Servants, which live within the Houſe without the Cloyſter, and they eat and drink more liberally.

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Scene 11

Enter Monſieur la Gravity, Monſieur Compagnion, and Monſieur Comerade, as to Madam Paſſionates Houſe; enter Madam Paſſionates Gentleman Uſher

Monſieur la Gravity

Sir, we come to kiſs the hands of the Lady Paſſionate, if you pleaſe to inform your Lady of us.

Gentleman Uſher

I ſhall, if’t pleaſe you to enter into another Room.

Exeunt

Scene 12

Enter Doll Pacify, as to her Lady Madam Paſſionate in her Chamber where her Cabinets were

Doll Pacify

Madam, there are three Gentlemen come to viſit you, deſiring you would give them leave to kiſs your hands.

Madam Paſſionate

Shut down the lid of the Seller of Strong-waters, and rid away the looſe things that lie about, that my Chamber may appear in ſome order.

The Maid ſets things in order, whilſt the old Lady is trimming her ſelf in the Looking -glaſs

Madam Paſſionate

Bring in thoſe Gentlemen?.

The Maid goes out, then enters with the Gentlemen; the two young men ſpeak to each other the time that Monſieur la Gravity is ſaluting

Monſieur Compagnion

I marry Sir, here is a comfortable ſmell indeed.

Monſieur Comerade

Faith the ſmell of theſe Spirits overcomes my Spirits, for I am ready to ſwound.

Then they go and ſalute the Lady

Madam Paſſionate

Pray Gentlemen ſit down.

They sit

Truly I have had ſo great a wind in my Stomack as it hath troubled me very much.

Compagnion ſpeaks ſoftly to Comerade

Monſieur Compagnion

Which to expreſs the better, ſhe raſps at every word to make a full ſtop.

Monſieur la Gravity

Perchance Madam you have eaten ſome meat that diſgeſts not well.

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Monſieur Compagnion

A Toad.

Lady Paſſionate

No, truly I cannot geſs what ſhould cauſe it, unleſs it be an old piping, and that is accounted a great reſtorative.

She fetches a great ſigh

But I believe it is the drugs of my Sorrow which ſtick in my Stomack: for I have grieved mightily for my dead Husband reſt his Soul; he was a good Man, and as kind a Husband as ever woman had.

Monſieur la Gravity

But the deſtinies Madam are not to be controuled, Death ſeizes on all, be it early or late; wherefore every one is to make their life as happy as they can, ſince life is ſo ſhort; and in order to that, you ſhould chuſe a new Companion to live withall; wherefore you muſt marry again.

Lady Paſſionate

’Tis true, the Deſtinies are not to be controuled as you ſay, wherefore if my Deſtiny be to marry, I ſhall marry, or elſe I ſhall dye a Widow.

Monſieur Compagnion aſide ſoftly, as in the ear of Monſieur Comerade

Monſieur Compagnion

She will lay the fault of her ſecond Marriage on Deſtiny, as many the like fooliſh actions are laid to Deſtinies charge, which ſhe was never guilty of.

Monſieur la Gravity

If I ſhould geſs at your deſtiny, I ſhould judge you will marry again, by the quickneſs of your Eyes which are fair and lovely.

She ſimpers

Lady Paſſionate

O Sir you flatter me.

Monſieur Compagnion

Ile be ſworn that he doth.

Aſide

Lady Paſſionate

But my Eyes were good, as I have been told, both by my Glaſs and Friends, when I was young, but now my face is in the Autumnal.

Softly to Comerade aſide

Monſieur Compagnion

Nay faith, it is in the midſt of Winter.

Lady Paſſionate

But now you talk of Eyes, that young Gentlemans Eyes Points to Compagnion do ſo reſemble my Husbands as I can ſcarce look off from them, they have a good Aſpect.

Monſieur Compagnion

I am glad they have an influence upon your Ladiſhip.

She ſpeaks as ſoftly to her ſelf

La. Paſſion.

By my faith wittily anſwered, I dare ſay he is a notable youth. Sir, for reſemblance of him which is dead, I ſhall deſire your continued Acquaintance.

Compagnion ſoftly to Comerade

Monſieur Compagnion

She wooes me with her Husbands dead skull. I ſhall render my Service to your Ladyſhip.

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Monſieur la Gravity

Thoſe young youths I perceive will be my ruin if not prevented. Madam, will your Ladyſhip honour me ſo much as to give me the private hearing of a few words.

Lady Paſſionate

Yes Sir.

She removes with him a little ſpace

Monſieur la Gravity

Madam, although I am not ſuch a one as I could wiſh my ſelf for your ſake, yet I am a Gentleman, and what I want in perſon or eſtate, my affection, reſpect, and tender regard to your perſon, worth, and merit ſhall make good; beſides Madam, my years ſuiting to your Ladyſhips will make the better agreement in marriage.

Lady Paſſionate

Sir you muſt excuſe me; for though you merit a better wife than I, yet I cannot anſwer your affections; wherefore I deſire you will deſiſt in your Sute, for I am reſolved, if I do marry, to pleaſe my fancy.

Monſieur la Gravity

If your Ladyſhip cannot love me, Heaven forbid I ſhould marry you; wherefore I wiſh your Ladyſip ſuch a Husband as you can fancy beſt, and love moſt.

They return to the two other Gentlemen, they all take their leaves

Madam your moſt humble Servant.

They go through the Stage, and come upon it again, as it were at the Street Door

Monſieur la Gravity

Where is our Coach? Enter a Footman Call the Coach to the Door?.

Enter Doll Pacify as from her Lady to Monſieur Compagnion

Doll Pacify

Sir, pray give me leave to ſpeak a word or two with you.

Monſieur Compagnion

As many as you pleaſe.

Doll Pacify

Sir, my Lady deſires your Company to morrow to Dinner, but ſhe deſires you will come alone.

Monſieur Compagnion

Pray give your Lady thanks for her favours, and tell her if I can poſſibly I will wait on her Ladyſhip.

Doll Pacify goes out

Monſieur Comerade

Now what encouragement have you from the old Lady?

Monſieur Compagnion

Faith ſo much as I am aſhamed of it, for ſhe invites me to come alone.

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Monſieur Comerade

On my life if thou wilt not woo her, ſhe will woo thee.

Monſieur Compagnion

Like enough; for there is nothing ſo impudent as an old woman, they will put a young man be he never ſo deboiſt out of Countenance.

Monſieur Comerade

But faith conſider of it, for ſhe is rich.

Monſieur Compagnion

So is the Devill, as Poets ſay, Pluto the God of riches.

Monſieur Comerade

I grant it, and is not he beſt ſerved? for every one bows with reſpect, nay worſhips and adores riches, and they have reaſon ſo to do, ſince all are miſerable that have it not, for Poverty is a torment beyōond all ſufferance, which cauſes many to hang themſelves, either in the Chain of Infamy, or in a Hempen rope, or to do acts againſt the ſtrict Laws of a Common- wealth which is to commit ſelf-murther; beſides, Poverty is the Slave and druge, the ſcorn and reproach of the World, & it makes all younger Brothers Sherks, and meer Cheats, whereas this old Ladies riches will not only give you an honeſt mind, and create noble thoughts, but will give you an honourable reputation in the World: for every one will think you Wiſe although you were a Fool, Valiant although you were a Coward, and you ſhall have the firſt offers of all Offices, and all Officers will be at your devotion, they will attend you as Slaves, the Lawyers will plead on your ſide, and Judges will give ſentence according as you deſire, Courtiers will flatter you, and Divines will pray for you in their Pulpits, and if your old Lady dy, and leave you her wealth, you ſhall have all the young beautifull Virgins in the Kingdome gather to that City, Town, or Village where you live, omitting no Art that may prefer them to your affection.

Monſieur Compagnion

You ſay well, and I could approve of your Counſel, if ſhe would dy ſoon after I had married her.

Monſieur Comerade

Why, put the caſe ſhe ſhould live a great while, as the truth is old women are tough, and indure long, yet you will have her Eſtate to pleaſe your ſelf withall, which Eſtate will buy you fine Horſes, great Coaches, maintain Servants and great Retinues to follow you.

Monſieur Compagnion

But ſhe is ſo divelliſh old.

Monſieur Comerade

Why, let her keep her Age to her ſelf, whilſt you keep a young Miſtreſs to your ſelf, and it is better to have an old Wife that will look after your Family, and be carefull and watchfull therein, and a young Miſtriſs, than a young Wife, which will be a Tyrannical Miſtriſs, which will look after nothing but Vanities, and love Servants, whilſt you poor wretch look like a contented Cuckold, and ſo out of Countenance as you dare not ſhew your face, whilſt ſhe ſpends your Eſtate running about with every vain idle fellow to Playes, Masks, Balls, Exchanges, Taverns, or meets at a private Friends private Lodging, alſo making great Feaſts and Entertainments, where after Dinner and Supper, there muſt be gaming at Cards and Dice; where for her honour, or at leaſt ſeeming ſo, to loſe five hundred or a thouſand pounds away, and when they riſe with or from their loſſes, ſinging with a feigned voice, as if it were a trifle not to be conſidered or conſiderable, thus if you marry an old and rich Lady you may live and ſpend her Eſtate, but if you marry for youth and beauty, your wife will live and ſpend your Eſtate; beſides, the Huſband of an old Lady lives like the great Turk, having a Seraglio; but marrying a young wife you live like a Priſoner never durſt ſhow your head.

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Monſieur la Gravity

He gives you good Counſel, and let me adviſe you to go to this Lady as ſhe hath invited you, for I perceive ſhe hath a young Tooth in her old head by refuſing me, and there iſ none ſo fit to pull it out as you are, wherefore go.

Monſieur Compagnion

Well Gentlemen, I will try if my Reaſon and your Counſel can prevail in my choice.

Exeunt

Act IV

Scene 13

Enter Madam Jantil in her habit with a white Taper lighted in her hand, the Tomb being thruſt upon the Stage ſhe goeth to the Tomb, then kneels down and ſeems as praying, after that ſhe riſes, holding out the Torch with the other hand ſpeaks as follow Theſe Verſes being writ by my Lord, the Marqueſs of Newcastle.

Madam Jantil

Welcome ſad thoughts that’s heapt up without meaſure,

They’re joys to me and wealthy Sons of treaſure;

Were all my breath turn’d into lights ’twould eaſe me,

And ſhowrs of tears to bath my griefs would pleaſe me;

Then every groan ſo kind to take my part,

To vent ſome ſorrows ſtill thus from my heart;

But there’s no Vacuum, O my heart is full,

As it vents ſorrows new griefs in doth pull;

Is there no comfort left upon the Earth?

Let me conſider Vegitable birth;

The new born virgin Lilly of the day,

In a few hours dyes, withers away;

And all the odoriferous flow’rs that’s ſweet,

Breath but a while, and then with Death do meet;

The ſtouter Oak at laſt doth yield, and muſt

Caſt his rough ſkin and crumble all to duſt;

But what do Sensitives? alas they be,

Beaſts, Birds and fleſh to dy as well as we;

And harder minerals though longer ſtay

Here for a time, yet at the laſt decay,

And dye as all things elſe that’s in this World,

For into Deaths Arms every thing is hurll’d;

Alaſs poor man thou’rt in the worſt Eſtate,

Thou dieſt as theſe, yet an unhappier fate;

Thy life’s but trouble ſtill of numerous paſſions,

Torments thy ſelf in many various faſhions;

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Condemn’d thou art to vexing thoughts within;

When Beaſts both live and dye without a ſin;

O happy Beaſts than graſing look no higher,

Or are tormented with thoughts flaming fire;

Thus by thy ſelf and others ſtill annoid,

And made a purpoſe but to be deſtroyed

Poor Man.

Here ends my Lord Marqueſſes Verſes. Muſes ſome ſhort time, then kneels to the Tomb again and prayes as to her ſelf, then riſes and bows to the Tomb, ſo Exit

Scene 14

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

What news Sir of our Armies abroad?

2 Gent

Why Sir thus, in the time of our Maſculine Armies recruiting, the Female Army had taken the Fort they beſieged, where upon the taking of that Fort, many conſiderable Towns and ſtrong holds ſurrendred, and ſubmitted to the Female Army; whereupon the Lady Victoria ſent to her Husband to bring his Army, when the General and all the Maſculine Army came to the Female Army, much mirth and jeſting there was betwixt the Heroicks and Heroickeſſes, and ſo well they did agree, as the Female Army feaſted the Maſculine Army, and then gave the poſſeſſion of the ſurrendred Towns to the Lord General, and the Lady Victoria, and all her Army kept themſelves in and about the Fort, laying all their victorious ſpoils therein, and whilſt the Maſculine Army is gone to conquer the Kingdome of Faction, they stay there upon the Frontiers, paſſing their time in Heroick ſports, as hunting the Stags, wild Boars, and the like, and thoſe that have the good Fortune to kill the Chaſe, is brought to the Fort and Trenches in Triumph, and is Queen untill another Chaſe is kill’d; but we hear the Maſculine Army goeth on with victorious ſucceſs.

1 Gent

I am very glad to hear it.

Exeunt

Scene 15

Enter Doll Pacify, and Nell Careleſſ

Nell Careless

O Doll, I hear thy Lady is married, and not only married, but ſhe hath married a very young man, one that might be her GrandSon, or Son at leaſt.

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Doll Pacify

Yes, yes, my Lady doth not intend to live with the dead as your Lady doth, but to have the Company and pleaſure of that which hath moſt life, which is a young man.

Nell Careleſs

Her marriage was very ſudden.

Doll Pacify

So are all inconſiderated marriages, but happy is the wooing that is not long a doing.

Nell Careleſs

If I had been your Lady, I would have prolonged the time of my wooing, for the wooing time is the happieſt time.

Doll Pacify

Yes, if ſhe had been as young as you or your Lady, but time bids my Lady make haſte.

Exeunt

Scene 16

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

Do you hear the news.?

2 Gent

What news?

1 Gent

Why the news is that all the Kingdome of Faction hath ſubmitted to the Kingdome of Reformation, and that the Armies are returning home.

2 Gent

I am glad of it.

Exeunt

Scene 17

Enter Madam Paſſionate alone

Madam Paſſionate

O unfortunate woman that I am, I was rich, and lived in plenty, none to control me, I was Miſtriſs of my ſelf, Eſtate and Family, all my Servants obeyed me, none durſt contradict me, but all flattered me, filling my Ears with praiſes, my Eyes with their humble bows and reſpectfull behaviours, deviſing delightfull ſports to entertain my time, making delicious meats to pleaſe my palat, ſought out the moſt comfortable drinks to ſtrengthen and increaſe my Spirits, thus did I live luxuriouſly, but now I am made a Slave, and in my old Age which requires reſt and peace, which now Heaven knows I have but little of, for the minſtrels keep me waking, which play whilſt my Husband and his Whores dance, and he is not only contented to live riotouſly with my Eſtate, but ſits amongſt his Wenches and rails on me, or elſe comes and ſcoffs at me to my face; beſides, all my Servants ſlight and neglect me, following thoſe that command the purſe, for this idle young fellow which I have married firſt ſiezed on all my goods, then let Leaſes for many lives out of my Lands, for which he had great fines, and now he cuts down all my Woods, and fells all my Lands of Inheritance, which I fooliſhly and fondly delivered by deed of gift, the firſt day I married, deveſting my ſelf of all power, which power had I kept in my own hands I might have been uſed better, whereas now when 627Ttttttt2r 627 when he comes home drunk, he ſwears and ſtorms, and kiks me out of my warm Bed, and makes me ſit ſhivering and ſhaking in the Cold, whilſt my Maid takes my place; but I find I cannot live long, for age and diſorders bring weakneſs and ſickneſs, and weakneſs and ſickneſs bring Death, wherefore my marriage Bed is like to prove my grave, whilſt my Huſbands Curſes are my paſſing Bell, hay ho.

Exit

Scene 18

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

I hear the Army is returning home.

2 Gent

Yes, for they are returned as far back as to the Effeminate Army, and all the Maſculine Commanders have preſented all the Female Commanders with their ſpoils got in the Kingdome of Faction, as a tribute to their heroical acts, and due for their aſſistance, and ſafety of their lives and Country.

1 Gent

And do not you hear what privileges and honours the King and his Counſel hath reſolved and agreed upon to be given to the Female Army, and the honours particularly to be given the Lady Victoria?

2 Gent

No.

1 Gent

Why then I will tell you ſome, the Lady Victoria ſhall be brought through the City in triumph, which is a great honour, for never any one makes triumphs in a Monarchy but the King himſelf; then that there ſhall be a blank for the Female Army to write their deſires and demands; alſo there is an Armour of gold and a Sword a making, the hilt being ſet with Diamonds, and a Chariot all gilt and imbrodered to be preſented to the Lady Victoria, and the City is making great preparation againſt her arrival.

2 Gent

Certainly ſhe is a Lady that deſerves as much as can be given either from Kings, States, or Poets.

Exeunt

Scene 19

Enter the Lady Jantil as being ſick brought by two men in a Chair, and ſet by the Tomb of her dead Lord, and many Servants and Friends about her weeping

Madam Jantil

Where is my Secretary?

Secretary

Here Madam.

Madam Jantil

Read the Will I caus’d you to write down.

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I Jantil the Widow of Seigneur Valeroſo, do here make a free gift of all theſe following.

  • Item, All my Husbands Horſes and Saddels and whatſoever belongs to thoſe Horſes, with all his Arms, Pikes, Guns, Drums, Trumpets, Colours, Waggons, Coaches, Tents, and all he had belonging to the War, to be diſtributed amongſt his Officers of War, according to each degree, I freely give.
  • Item, All his Library of Books I give to that College he was a Pupill in when he was at the Univerſity.
  • Item, To all his Servants I give the ſum of their yearly wages to be yearly paid them during their lives.
  • Item, I give two hundred pounds a year penſion to his Chaplin Doctor Educature during his life.
  • Item, I give a hundred pound a year penſion to his Steward during his life.
  • Item, I give fifty pound a year penſion to his Secretary during his life.
  • Item, I give a hundred pound per annum, for the uſe and repair of this Tomb of my dead Husbands.
  • Item, I give a thouſand pounds a year to maintain ten religious persons to live in this place or House by this Tomb.
  • Item, I give three thouſand pounds to enlarge the Houſe, and three thouſand pounds more to build a Chapell by my Husbands Tomb.
  • Item, Two hundred pounds a year I give for the uſe and repair of the Houſe and Chapell.
  • Item, I give my Maid Nell Careleſs a thouſand pound to live a ſingle life.
  • Item, I give the reſt of my Eſtate which was left me by my Husband Seigneur Valeroſo to the next of his name.

Theſe following Speeches and Songs of hers, my Lord the Marqueſs of Newcaſtle writ.

Jantil

So ’tis well

O Death hath ſhakt me kindly by the hand,

To bid me welcome to the ſilent grave;

’Tis dead and num ſweet Death how thou doeſt court me,

O let me clap thy fallen Cheeks with joy,

And kiſs the Emblem of what once was lips,

Thy hollow Eyes I am in love withall,

And thy ball’d head beyond youths beſt curl’d hair,

Prethee imbrace me in thy colder Arms,

And hug me there to fit me for thy Manſion;

Then bid our neighbour worms to feaſt with us,

Thus to rejoyce upon my holy day;

But thou art ſlow, I prethee haſten Death,

And linger not my hopes thus with thy ſtay,

’Tis not thy fault thou ſayeſt, but fearfull nature

That hinders thus Deaths progreſs in his way;

Oh fooliſh nature thinks thou canſt withſtand,

Deaths Conquering and inevitable hand;

Let me have Muſick for divertiſement,

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This is my Mask, Deaths Ball, my Soul to dance

Out of her frail and fleſhly priſon here;

Oh could I now diſſolve and melt, I long

To free my Soul in Slumbers with a Song;

In ſoft and quiet ſleep here as I ly,

Steal gently out O Soul, and let me dy.

Lies as a-ſleep

Song.

O you Gods pure Angels ſend her,

Here about her to attend her;

Let them wait and here condoul,

Till receive her ſpotleſs Soul;

So Serene it is and fair,

It will ſweeten all the Air;

You this holy wonder bears,

With the Muſick of the ſpheres;

Her Souls journey in a trice,

You’l bring ſafe to Paradice;

And rejoice the Saints that ſay,

She makes Heavens Holy-day.

The Song ended ſhe opens her Eyes, then ſpeaks

Death hath not finish’d yet his work, h’is ſlow,

But he is ſure, for he will do’t at laſt;

Turn me to my dear Lord, that I may breath

My laſt words unto him, my dear,

Our marriage join’d our fleſh and bone,

Contracted by thoſe holy words made one;

But by our Loves we join’d each others heart,

And vow’d that death ſhould never us depart;

Now death doth marry us, ſince now we muſt,

Aſhes to aſhes be mingling our duſt,

And our joy’d Souls in Heaven married then,

When our frail bodyes riſe, wee’l wed again;

And now I am joy’d to lie by thy lov’d ſide,

My Soul with thy Soul ſhall in Heaven reſide.

For that is all my

In this laſt word ſhe dies, which when her Servants ſaw, they cryed out ſhe is dead, ſhe is dead Here ends my Lord Marqueſſes writing. Vvvvvvv Doctor 630 Vvvvvvv1v 630 Doctor Educature ſayes thus

Doctor Educature

She is dead, ſhe is dead, the body hence convey,

And to our Miſtriſs our laſt rights wee’l pay.

So they laid her by her Husband upon the Tomb, and drawing off the Tomb goe out Exeunt

Act V

Scene 20

Enter Citizens Wives and their Apprentices

1 Citizens Wife

Where ſhall we ſtand to ſee this triumphing?

2 Citizens Wife

I think Neighbour this is the beſt place.

3 Citizens Wife

We ſhall be mightily crouded there.

2 Citizens Wife

For my part I will ſtand here, and my Apprentice Nathaniel ſhall ſtand by me, and keep off the croud from crouding me.

Nathaniel

Truly Miſtriſs that is more than I am able to do.

3 Citizens Wife

Well Neighbour if you be reſolved to ſtand here, we will keep you Company. Timothy ſtand by me.

Timothy

If you ſtand here Miſtriſs the Squibs will run under your Clothes.

3 Citizens Wife

No matter Timothy, let them run where they will.

They take their ſtand

1 Citizens Wife

I hope Neighbour none will ſtand before us, for I would not but ſee this Lady Victoria for any thing, for they ſay ſhe hath brought Articles for all women to have as many Husbands as they will, and all Tradeſ-mens Wives ſhall have as many Apprentices as they will.

2 Citizens Wife

The Gods bleſs her for it.

Enter a Croud of people

She is coming, ſhe is coming.

Officers come

Stand up cloſe, make way.

Enter 632 Vvvvvvv2r 631 Enter many Priſoners which march by two and two, then enter many that carry the Conquered ſpoils, then enters the Lady Victoria in a gilt Chariot drawn with eight white Horſes, four on a breaſt, the Horſes covered with Cloth of gold, and great plumes of feathers on their heads The Lady Victoria was adorned after this manner; ſhe had a Coat on all imbrodered with ſilver and gold, which Coat reach’d no further than the Calfs of her leggs, and on her leggs and feet ſhe had Buskins and Sandals imbroidered ſuitable to her Coat; on her head ſhe had a Wreath or Garland of Lawrel, and her hair curl’d and looſely flowing; in her hand a Crystall Bolt headed with gold at each end, and after the Chariot marched all her Female Officers with Lawrel Branches in their hands, and after them the inferiour ſhe Souldiers, then going through the Stage, as through the City, and ſo entring again, where on the midſt of the Stage as if it were the midſt of the City, the Magiſtrates meet her, ſo her Chariot makes a ſtand, and one as the Recorder ſpeaks a Speech to her

Victorious Lady, you have brought Peace Safety and Conqueſt to this Kingdome by your prudent conduct and valiant actions, which never any of your Sex in this Kingdome did before you. Wherefore our Gracious King is pleaſed to give you that which was never granted nor given to any before, which is to make you Triumphant, for no triumph is ever made in Monarchies, but by the Kings thereof; beſides our Gracious King hath cauſed an act to be made and granted to all your Sex, which Act I have order to declare, as

  • Firſt, That all women ſhall hereafter in this Kingdome be Miſtriſs in their own Houſes and Families.
  • Secondly, They ſhall ſit at the upper end of the Table above their Husbands.
  • Thirdly, That they ſhall keep the purſe.
  • Fourthly, They ſhall order their Servants, turning from, or taking into their ſervice what number they will, placing them how they will, and ordering them how they will, and giving them what wages they will or think fit.
  • Fiftly, That they ſhall buy in what Proviſions they will.
  • Sixtly, All the Jewels, Plate, and Houſhold Furniture they ſhall claim as their own, and order them as they think good.
  • Seventhly, They ſhall wear what faſhioned Clothes they will.
  • Eightly, They ſhall go abroad when they will, without controul, or giving of any account thereof.
  • Ninthly, They ſhall eat when they will, and of what they will, and as much as they will, and as often as they will.
  • Tenthly, They ſhall go to Playes, Masks, Balls, Churchings, Chriſtenings, Preachings, whenſoever they will, and as fine and bravely attired as they will.
  • Laſtly, That they ſhall be of their Husbands Counſel.

When thoſe were read, all the women cryed out, God ſave the King, God ſave the King, and Heaven reward the Lady Victoria Vvvvvvv2 Then 632 Vvvvvvv2v 632 Then an Act was read concerning the Lady Victoria

As for you moſt gallant Lady, the King hath cauſed to be enacted, that

  • Firſt, All Poets ſhall ſtrive to ſet forth your praiſe.
  • Secondly, That all your gallant acts ſhall be recorded in ſtory, and put in the chief Library of the Kingdome.
  • Thirdly, That your Arms you fought in, ſhall be ſet in the Kings Armory.
  • Fourthly, That you ſhall alwayes wear a Lawrel Garland.
  • Fiftly, You ſhall have place next to the Kings Children.
  • Sixtly, That all thoſe women that have commited ſuch faults as is a diſhonour to the Female Sex, ſhall be more severely punished than heretofore, in not following your exemplary virtues, and all those that have followed your example ſhall have reſpective honour done to them by the State.
  • Seventhly and laſtly, Your figure ſhall be caſt in Braſs, and then ſet in the midſt of the City armed as it was in the day of Battel.

The Lady Victoria riſes up in her Chariot, and then bowes her ſelf to the Magiſtrates

Lady Victoria

Worthy Sir, the honour and privileges my Gracious King and Soveraign hath beſtowed upon me, is beyond my merit.

Then was read the Acts concerning the reſt of the Female Army

Our gracious King hath cauſed to be enacted, as

Firſt, All the Chief Female Commanders ſhall have place, as every Lords Wife ſhall take place of an Earls Wife that hath not been a Souldier in the Army; every Knights Wife before a Barons Wife that hath not been a Souldier in the Army; an Eſquires Wife before a Knights Wife; a Doctor’s Wife before an Eſquires Wife that hath not been Souldiers in the Army; a Citizens wife before a Doctors Wife; a Yeomans Wife before a Citizens Wife that hath not been a Souldier in the Army; and all Tradeſ-mens Wives that have been Souldiers in the Army ſhall be free in all the Corporations in this Kingdome, theſe Acts during their lives, and all the Chief Commanders ſhall be preſented according to their quality and merit.

All the Female Souldiers cryed out, God ſave the King, God ſave the King After this the Lady Victoria is drawn on her Chariot, and the reſt walk after all Exeunt
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Scene 21

Enter Doll Pacify and Nell Careleſs

Doll Pacify

O Nell, I hear thy Lady is dead, and hath left thee a thouſand pound.

Nell weeps

Nell Careleſs Doll Pacify

What doeſt thou weep for joy of thy thouſand pound, or for grief of thy Ladies Death?

Nell Careleſs

I wiſh my Lady had liv’d, although I had begg’d all my life.

Doll Pacify

I am not of your mind, I had rather live well myſelf, as to live in plenty, than to live poor for the life of any body, and if upon that condition my Lady would leave me a thouſand pound, I care not if ſhe died to morrow; but my young Maſter hath robbed me of all: but Nell, for all thou art left a thouſand pound, it is upon ſuch a condition, as for my part, had it been to me, I ſhould not thank the giver, for they ſay it is given thee upon condition to live a ſingle life.

Nell Careleſs

Truly I have ſeen ſo much ſorrow in my Lady, and ſo much folly in your Lady concerning Huſbands, that had not my Lady injoyned me to live a ſingle life, I would never have married; wherefore my Ladies generoſity did not only provide for my bodily life, and for my plentifull living, but provided for the tranquillity of my mind, for which I am trebly obliged to reverence her memory.

Exeunt

Scene 22

Enter two Gentlemen

1 Gent

The Lady Victoria hath been at Court, and hath had publick Audience.

2 Gent

Yes, and the Lady Victoria and her ſhe Officers and Commanders have diſtributed all their ſpoils got in theſe Wars amongſt the Common ſhe Souldiers.

1 Gent

All the Ladies that went not with the Army look moſt pittifully out of Countenance.

2 Gent

Yes, and they are much troubled that the Heroicks ſhall take place.

1 Gent

The Lord General ſeems to be very proud of his Lady, methinks he looks upon her with a moſt pleaſed Eye.

2 Gent

He hath reaſon, for never man had ſo gallant and noble a Lady, nor more virtuous and loving a Wife than the Lord General hath.

Exeunt

Finis.

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