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The Actors Names.

The Unfortunate Dutcheſs.

The Lady True Honour.

The Comical Dutcheſs.

The Creating Princeſs.

The Imaginary Queen.

Waiting Women, Bourgers Wives, ;c.

The Duke of Inconſtancy.

Prince Shaddow, and many Gentlemen.

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Prologue

Noble Spectators, this play that you’l ſee,

Is taken out of Britains Hiſtory;

It is not pleaſant, nor yields much delight,

But it did ſerve the Poetreſs to write;

She bids me tell you, ſhe was glad to take

Any dull plot, ſo ſhe a play could make,

Her vacant idle time for to imploy;

For ſhe loves writing more than Company;

But if it pleaſes not your Eyes or ſight,

She doth not care, ſince it pleas’d her to write;

For ſhe indeavours, tryes all that ſhe may

To pleaſe her ſelf in every honeſt way;

Wherefore a praiſe, or yet applauſe from you,

She expects not, nor challenges as her due.

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A Comedy of the Apocriphal Ladies.

Act 1.

Scene 1.

Enter the Unfortunate Dutcheſs, and her Woman.

Woman

Dear Madam, why doth your Highneſs weep?

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

As fear frights tears from the Eyes, ſo grief doth ſend them forth.

Woman

Why ſhould your Highneſs grieve?

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

Have I not cauſe, when I am married to a perſon which doth not love, but rather hate me?

Woman

Certainly he hath reaſon to love you, and he were worſe than a Devil if he ſhould hate you; as firſt to love you for your virtue and ſweet diſpoſition; next for the honour, dignity, and Kingdome, he hath got by his marring you: for he hath no right to the Dukedome but by your Highneſs, and by your Highneſs he is become an abſolute Prince, and injoyes a rich Kingdome.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

But he hath taken the power from me, and ſtrives to diſpoſeſs of me of my right.

Woman

He cannot, the Kingdome will never ſuffer him, for your title is ſo juſt, as he can make no pretence to diſpoſeſs your Highneſs from your Princely Throne.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

But I being his Wife, he takes the power of a Huſband, and by that power, the power of my Kingdome, and thoſe that have the power can frame their titles as they pleaſe, none dare oppoſe them.

Woman

The truth is, Madam, that might overcomes right.

Exeunt.
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Scene 2.

Enter two Gentlemen.

1 Gent

The Factions and diviſions that are in this Kingdome will be a means to deliver it into the power of the Enemy.

2 Gent

This Duke is young, wild, deboiſt and inconſtant, wherefore there is but little hopes it ſhould be better governed.

1 Gent

But the Dutcheſs who is the true owner of it, is diſcreet, wiſe, and virtuous, and having more years than he, ſhe might help to rule and order ſtate affairs.

2 Gent

But neither her diſcretion, wiſdome, nor virtue hath power, for marriage hath inthralled her, for ſhe is become her Husbands Slave, who ought to be his Soveraign, but he laughs and doth deſpiſe her, becauſe ſhe is ſomewhat elder than himſelf.

1 Gent

Heaven will revenge her wrongs.

Exeunt.

Scene 3.

Enter the Duke of Inconſtancy, and a Gentleman.

Duke Inconſtancy

Have you been with the Lady I ſent you to?

Gentleman

Yes.

Duke Inconſtancy

And doth ſhe liſſen to Loves Sute?

Gentleman

She ſeems well pleaſed to hear her Beauty praiſed, but will not hear of Amorous imbracements as yet.

Duke Inconſtancy

But it is a good Omen when as a Lady will nimblingly bite at a bait of flattery; but did you ſee her Husband?

Gentleman

No Sir.

Duke Inconſtancy

Well, you muſt go again, and preſent her with a Letter, and a preſent from me; for Ladies muſt be plied though they deny, yet moſt do yield upon a treaty, they cannot long hold out loves fierce aſſaults.

Gentleman

Indeed the Female Sex is tender and weak, although they are delicate and ſweet.

Duke Inconſtancy

They are falſe and oft betray themſelves.

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Scene 4.

Enter the Unfortunate Dutcheſs, and her Woman; then enters another as running in haſte.

1 Woman

O Madam, Madam, news is come that the Enemy hath got into the heart of the Kingdome; wherefore ſweet Lady fly, for they will poſſeſs themſelves of this City ſoon.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

I will not fly, for I cannot meet a worſe Enemy than the Duke himſelf, ſhould worſe than Mankind Conquer it; but I wiſh my Siſter were ſafe.

Woman

The young Princeſs I hear is fled to the Dukes Brother.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

I am glad of it, for he is diſcreetly temperate, although his Brother is not.

Exeunt.

Scene 5.

Enter the Duke ofInconſtancy, and a Gentleman.

Gentleman

Sir, what will your Higneſs do?

Duke Inconſtancy

I will go and oppoſe the Enemy.

Gentleman

Alaſs Sir you have no forces to oppoſe them withall, you may go to be deſtroyed, but not to deſtroy; wherefore you with your ſmall forces had better fly than fight.

Duke Inconſtancy

Whither ſhall I go?

Gentleman

To any Prince that will receive you into pay, by which you may maintain your ſelf, and live with ſome reſpect and fame abroad, though you have loſt your Kingdome; whereas if you ſtay, you will loſe your ſelf and Kingdome too.

Duke Inconſtancy

Your Counſel I will take.

Gentleman

But what will your Higneſs do with your Dutcheſs?

Duke Inconſtancy

Let her do what ſhe will with her ſelf, I care not now, for ſince her Kingdome is loſt, I have no uſe of her.

Gentleman

Not as concerning the Kingdome Sir, but yet ſhe is your Highneſſes Wife, and as a Husband you ought to regard her.

Duke Inconſtancy

She will follow me, for Wives ſtick ſo cloſe to their Husbands as they cannot be ſhaken off.

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Scene 6.

Enter the Creating Princeſs, and her Woman.

Woman

Pray Madam do not marry ſo much below your ſelf.

Creat. Princeſs

Why? what matter whom I marry, ſince I can create my Husband to Honour.

Woman

But Madam, that Honour will do him no good, nor will it take off your d iſgrace; for none will give your Husband, if he be an inferiour perſon, the Place and Reſpect that is due to Great Princes Titles.

Creat. Princeſs

No, but he ſhall take Place, and my Servants ſhall give him the Reſpect and Homage that is due to great Titles: For I will make him a Prince; and who dare call him any other, but Prince?

Woman

There is none will call him Prince, unleſs your own Servants; and none will give him Place, that are above the degree of his Birth: no, nor he durſt not take it of Gallant Noble Men; for if he offers thereat, they will beat him back, and force him to give way, and to be only a Prince in his own Houſe, and not abroad, is no better than to be a Farmer, nay, a Cobler, or a Tayler, or any the like are Kings in their own Houſes, although they be but thatch’d, if they have but a Servant ſubject, or Subject Servant.

Creat. Princeſs

Well, ſay what you will, I will make him a Prince.

Exeunt.

Scene 7.

Enter the Duke of Inconſtancy, and a Gentleman.

Gentleman

Sir, doth not your Highneſs hear that your Dutcheſs is gone with your Enemies into the Countrey?

Duke

Yes, and though I might curſe my Enemies for diſpoſſeſſing me of the Kingdom I injoyed, yet I give them thanks for carrying my Wife away with them: for now I have more room and liberty to Wooe and Court my Miſtreſs.

Enter another Gentleman.

Gent

Sir, the Lady Beauties Husband’s dead.

Duke

So I perceive Fortune will be my Friend ſome waies, although ſhe is my Foe other waies: for ſhe will Crown me with Love, although ſhe uncrowns me with Power: wherefore return preſently back to my Miſtriſs, and tell her, that now her Husband is dead, and my Wife gone into another Country, We may marry.

Ex.

1. Gent

But your Highneſs cannot marry, as long as the Dutcheſs is alive.

Duke

I mean to be like the Great Turk, have many Wives.

1. Gent

Why, the Great Turk hath but one chief Wife, the reſt are but as Concubines: for only the Sons of that chief Queen ſhall be Succeſſors to the Emperor, unleſs ſhe hath none, neither can his other Children inherit, Yyyyyyy2 unleſs 640Yyyyyyy2v 640 unleſs he be Right and Lawfull Emperor: So, that unleſs your Highneſs had been Duke by Inheritance, as an Inhereditary Duke, no Children, by any other Lady, can be Inheritors, nor indeed Princes, unleſs they were begot on the Right Owner to that Title.

Duke

Well, ſince I have no Power, but only an empty Title, I cannot diſadvantage my ſelf, or children: for I have no children as yet, and I have neither Power, nor Kingdom now: Wherefore, if I can injoy her upon theſe tearms, as the name of Wife, it will be well.

Gent

But Sir, this part of the World allows but of one wife, wherefore if you ſhould marry this Lady, the Clergy will excommunicate you, as an Adulterer, and the Lady, as an Adultereſs, out of the Church.

Duke

I had rather be in the Ladies bed, than in the Church: But I have money, although I have loſt my Dukedom, and that will help me.

Gentleman

But not make your Marriage lawfull.

Duke

I care not; for if the marrying, and the name of wife will ſatisfie the Lady, I care not whether it be Good or Bad, Lawfull or unlawfull, Wife or Concubine, ’tis all one to me; for I will marry a hundred women, if they willl marry me, and let me lye with them.

Exeunt.

Scene 8.

Enter the Unfortunate Dutcheſs, and her Woman.

Woman

Your Highneſs bears afflictions more couragiouſly than I thought your Highneſs would have done.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

Truly, I find I am more happy ſince I am amongſt my Enemies (if they may be termed ſo) than I was in my own Country with an unkind Husband: for they allow me a Noble and Princely Penſion: and I live Free, Eaſily and Peaceably, which I did not before.

Woman

I hear your Siſter is marryed to the Dukes Brother.

Unf. Dutcheſs

I wiſh ſhe may be more happy with her Husband, than I have been with mine.

Woman

If they have Children, and your Highneſs none, they will be Heirs to the Dukedom.

Unf. Dutcheſs

They will ſo, but there is no Dukedom now to heir, ’tis made now a Province.

Woman

But times may change.

Exeunt.

Scene. 9.

Enter the Comical Dutcheſs, and her Woman.

Woman

Now you are an abſolute Dutcheſs, you muſt carry your ſelf in State, and live Magnificently, like as an Abſolute Princeſs as you are.

Comical Dutcheſs

Yes, but it is a great affliction for the Duke and I to be baniſhed, and driven out of our Kingdom.

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Woman

Alaſs Madam, great Princes have many times great miſſfortunes; but you muſt bear your miſſfortunes with a Princely magnaminity.

Comical Dutcheſs

But if I have Children, alaſs what ſhall they do?

Woman

But thoſe that did never injoy the poſſeſſion, cannot repine, nor grieve for the loſs.

Comical Dutcheſs

You ſay true.

Exeunt.

Scene 10.

Enter the Creating Princeſs, and her Woman.

Woman

Pray Madam do not marry ſo meanly, for you cannot intitle him a Prince.

Creating Princeſs

Well, well, ſay what you will, I will make him a Prince; for why may not I as well make my Husband lawfully a Prince, as well as the Duke of Inconſtancy makes the Lady Beauty a Dutcheſs, and yet hath another Wife?

Woman

Introth it will be juſt like a poor Begger Woman in Engl.England being mad ſhe ſaid ſhe was Queen Elizabeth of Engl.England, and all the Boys, Girls, and Common people would run after her, and call her Queen Elizabeth in ſport and jeſt; the like was a poor mad Begger Man in France, which ſaid he was King Henry the 4th of France; but the only difference will be, that you and the Comical Dutcheſs have means and wealth enough to live in Principy, and they had none, but were ſo poor they were forced to beg, ſo could not Act their parts.

Creating Princeſs

You are a bold rude wench, therefore get you out of my ſervice.

Woman

Truly I would not ſtay in it if I might, for I ſhould be aſhamed.

Exeunt.

Scene 11.

Enter the Unfortunate Dutcheſs, and her Woman.

Woman

Madam, doth your Highneſs here of the Apocriphal Dutcheſs?

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

What Apocriphal Dutcheſs?

Woman

Why the Duke hath married another Lady.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

That he cannot, untill I dye, ’tis true a Miſtriſs may take the name of a Wife, but cannot poſſeſs the right of a Wife.

Woman

She will be as a Dutcheſs in a Play, ſhe will only act the part of greatneſs.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

Indeed moſt Stage-Players are Curtizans.

Woman

And moſt Curtizans are good Actors.

Unfortunate Dutcheſs

I make no queſtion but ſhe will now have enough Spectators.

Woman

But I hope they will hiſs her from off the Stage.

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Scene 12.

Enter the Creating Princeſs, and her Husband.

Creating Princeſs

Have I married you who was a mean fellow, and have not I made you a Prince, and you to deny to pay my Debts?

Husband

But I thought you would have rather inricht me, than have made me poorer than I was.

Creating Princeſs

Have I not inriched you with Titles? do not all my Servants call you Prince? and do not all the Tradeſ-men where we buy all our Commodities, when they come to our Palace do the ſame, call you Prince, and doe you reverence?

Husband

Yes for hopes of gain.

Creating Princeſs

I am ſure you will gain little reputation or reſpect if you carry your ſelf ſo ſneakingly as you do, whereas you ſhould carry your ſelf like a Prince, bravely.

Husband

But when all our money is gone we ſhall be but poor Princes: I had better have keep to my Trade than to have been a Prince, where if I had I ſhould have been rich, now I ſhall be a Beggar.

Creating Princeſs

You are ſo mean a fellow as you cannot be ſenſible of the honour and dignity I have beſtowed upon you.

Exeunt.

Scene 13.

Enter the Comical Dutcheſs big with Child, ſhe ſits under her Canopy in a Chair of ſtate, her Attendants by her wait on her.

1 Attendant

All the great Ladies are ſo envious at your Highneſs, as there will none of them come neer you.

Comical Dutcheſs

I like the Company of Bourgers Wives better, for they are my Slaves.

2 Attendant

Yes Madam, but your Highneſs is forced I think to preſent them with ſome preſents now and then; for the World is ſo wicked, that they will not give true honour it’sits due, unleſs they are bribed.

3 Attendant

You ſay true, but men will give Ladies their due right.

4 Attendant

Yes, men are more generous and bountifull to Ladies; but yet they muſt be bribed with hopes of obtaining ſome favours, otherwayes, I fear me they would be as reſerved, and retired from your Highneſſes Court as the great Ladies are.

Comical Dutcheſs

I wonder they ſhould, I being an abſolute Princeſs.

2 Attendant

Yes, but ſince your Titles, Rights and Marriage is renounced againſt, they are not ſo civil, dutifull, and obedient as they were, not conſidering as they ought to do, that right cannot be renounced againſt.

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3. Attendant

But her Highneſs doth ſhew them their error, and that ſhe ſhews them it cannot be taken from her; for ſhe keeps the ſame State ſhe did, and is as Merry, Gay and Frollick, to let the World ſee, ſhe underſtands her own Greatneſs beſt.

1. Attendant

But yet there are but few of any Nation, but the inferior ſort, that come to her Highneſs Court, unleſs it be the Red Oker Knights and Ladies, and if it were not for them, this Court would be empty.

Comical Dutcheſs

Indeed I am obliged to them more than any other Nation, for they give me all the due Reſpects and Homage to my Greatneſs; for which I love that Nation very well.

2. Attendant

You have reaſon, but I do obſerve there is nothing doth keep up a Court more than Dancing, and ſeveral ſorts and kinds of merry paſtime; for whereſoever there is Dancing and Sport, Company will flock together.

3. Attendant

You ſay true.

Comical Dutcheſs

I find my ſelf full of pain; I believe I ſhall fall in Labour.

4. Attendant

I hope then we ſhall have a young Prince, or Princeſs ſoon.

Exeunt.

Scene 14.

Enter three Gentlemen.

1. Gent

I Saw Prince Shaddow.

2. Gent

What Prince is he?

1. Gent

Why he is the Creating Princeſſ’s Husband, who made him a Prince.

3. Gent

I thought no women could give Title to their Husbands, unleſs they had been Soveraigns.

2. Gent

O yes, all women can give their Husbands Titles, if they pleaſe.

3. Gent

What Title?

2. Gent

Why the title of Cuckolds.

1. Gent

Indeed moſt women do magnifie their Husbands by thoſe Titles.

2. Gent

But let me tell you, that thoſe women that have Inheritary Honours, although not Soveraigns, may indue their Husbands with the ſame Honour: but it is not generally ſo; but his Children begot on her are indued, and not the Husband, yet ſome Husbands are. As for Example; a Lord, Vicount, Earl, Marquiſs, Duke, King, or Emperor, if the Honour, as Title, goeth to the Female, for default of a Male, in ſome Nations their Husbands are indued with their Titles, but not commonly known to be ſo in England; as a Wife with her Husband, which is only during life, and not Inhereditary: but if their Titles are only during life, and not Inhereditary, it cannot derive to another, that is not a Succeſſor: for Inhereditary Honour goe like Intailed Lands, it goeth only to the next Heir; but thoſe that are the dignified, are like thoſe that have Joynters, or Annuities for life; ſo when a Husband receives a Dignity from a Wife, or a Wife from a Husband, it is but ſo much Honour for life.

1. Gentleman

But if they have Children, thoſe Children inherit the Honour.

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2. Gentleman

Yes, as having a right from that Parent that is the Dignifyer, but if there be none of the line of the Dignifyer, the Honour dies, neither is the root of the Honour left to any more than one: for though the branches of Honour ſpread to all the Children, yet the root remains but with one: For, ſay a King have many Children, they are all Princes, but yet there can be but one that can inherit the Crown and Royaltie: So if a Marquiſs, or Duke have many Children, they are all Lords and Ladies, if they be lawfully, and in true Wedlock born, otherwiſe they are not: neither doth any more but one of the Legitimate Children inherit the Root, as to be Marqueſs or Duke, Dutcheſs or Marchioneſs: neither do the Daughters inherit, if there be Sons.

1. Gent

But cannot a Dukes Daughter make her Husband a Prince?

2. Gent

No, not except ſhe hath the Inhereditary Honour: for if a Kings Daughter ſhould marry a private Gentleman, he would remain as only in the Title of a Gentleman, unleſs the King did create a Title for him, or beſtow a Title on him.

1. Gent

Why? pPut caſe the Inhereditary Honour lay in the people, and they elect a King, hath that King no power to Create, or to give Honour?

2. Gent

No, they may chuſe Officers, but not give Titles, unleſs the people did diſpoſſeſs them of their hereditary power, and give it to any man, and then the root of Honour lyes in him.

1. Gent

Nor doth his Children receive no Titles from their Father?

2. Gent

No, for the Title he hath, is none of his, he hath it but during life, unleſs the people will give a Leaſe, as for two or three Lives, yet they nominate thoſe two or three Lives: So neither can they diſpoſe of their Leaſes, or alter them, but at the peoples pleaſure; like as thoſe that are made Governors, they cannot diſpoſe of their Governments to whom they pleaſe, as without the leave of thoſe that placed them in the Government, neither do his Children receive any Titles therefrom; like as a Lord Mayor, his Son is not my Lord Mayor after him, unleſs he is made one; nor his children have no place by his Office, and an elective Prince, is but as a Lord Mayor, or rather like as a Deputy Governor, who as I ſaid, may diſpoſe of Places or Offices, but not give Dignities, Honours, or Titles.

1. Gent

I thank you for your Information, for I was ſo ignorant, as I knew nothing of Heraldry.

Exeunt.

Scene 15.

Enter two Gentlemen.

1. Gent

Have you ſeen the Imaginary Queen yet?

2. Gent

What Imaginary Queen?

1. Gent

Why a Great Queen, that every one goeth to kiſs her hand.

2. Gent

From what parts of the World came ſhe?

1. Gent

From the North parts.

2. Gent

And doe ſo many go to kiſſe her hand?

1. Gent

Yes, throngings of Common people.

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2 Gent

They would kiſs the Dogs Tail if it were turned up and preſented to them: but do any of the Nobles and Gentry kiſs her hand?

1. Gent

Some few that are newly come out of the Country to ſee ſights in the City.

2 Gent

Piſh, in this Age there are ſo many of theſe kind of Bedlams, as I am weary to hear of them, as the Comical Dutcheſs, the Creating Princeſs, and the Created Prince, Prince Shaddow, and now the Imaginary Queen.

1 Gent

Why Faith it is as good a ſight as to ſee a Play.

2 Gent

A puppet Play you mean; but the truth is, it is a diſgrace to all noble perſons, and great dignities, and true titles, to be thus mocked by imitators, it is a ſign that all Europe is imbroiled in Wars ſo much as every one doth what they liſt.

1 Gent

Why they are ſo far from being checkt or diſcountenanced for it, as there are many true Princes, great and noble perſons as give the ſame reſpect and homage as if they were real Princes indeed and in truth.

2 Gent

Then it if it were in my power I would diveſt thoſe that had the right, and true dignities, and titles, and put them upon thoſe that only acted princely and royal parts, ſince the Actors bear up ſo nobly, and the Spectators creep and crouch ſo baſely: but indeed both ſides are Actors, both the Spectators and Players, only the one ſide Acts noble parts, the other ſide baſe parts, the one Acts the parts of Princes, the other of Servants; but I am ſorrow to ſee True Honour wounded as it is.

1 Gent

The truth of it is, True Honour lies a bleeding, and none doth offer to power in Balſimum.

Exeunt.

Scene 16.

Enter the Imaginary Queen, her Gentleman Uſher bare headed leads her, her Page holds up her Train, her Woman follows her, and that is all her Train, a Company of people flock to ſee her, and kneel to kiſs her hand, ſhe brideling in her Chin, as thinking that doth advance her ſtate, they kneeling ſhe gives them her hand to kiſs, they pray God bleſs her Royalty, ſhe nods them thanks, and then paſſes away.

1 Woman

Faith Neighbour methinks a Queen is not ſuch a brave and glorious thing as I did imagine it.

2 Woman

I will tell you truly Neighbour, that if I had thought a Queen had been no finer a ſight than this Queen is, I would have ſtayed in my houſe.

3 Woman

And ſo would I, I tell you truly Neighbour.

4 Woman

I perceive Queens are no finer Creatures than other women

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Scene 17.

Enter two Gentlemen.

1 Gent

Lord what a ridiculous ſight it is to ſee the Imaginary Queen act the part of Majesty?

2 Gent

Faith ſhe is ſo far from Majeſty, as ſhe cannot act the part, for ſhe appears like a good Country Huſwife.

1 Gent

She is but a Gentlewoman, and that is all.

2 Gent

We may ſee the difference of true Greatneſſe, and that which is forced, there was the Queen Maſculine; what a natural Majeſtie did ſhe appear with? for all ſhe had given up her Crown and Kingdome, yet her Royal Birth was ſeen in her Princely Carriage.

21 Gent

It was a generous Act: But was it in her power to diſpoſſeſſe her ſelf of her natural Inheritance?

12 Gent

It ſeems ſo; and it ſeems by her actions that ſhe had rather ſee the World abroad, than rule a Kingdome at home, for ſhe hath travelled moſt of all Europe over.

21 Gent

She appears to be a Royal Lady.

Exeunt.

Scene 18.

Enter two or three of the Comical Dutcheſs’s Women, and two or three Burgers Wives.

1 Woman

The Comical Dutcheſs is brought to bed of the ſweeteſt Princeſſe that ever was born.

1 Wife

Indeed it is the ſweeteſt Princeſſe that ever was born.

2 Wife

We are glad. wWe hope her Highneſſe will ſleep well to night.

1 Wife

Pray preſent our moſt humble and obedient duty to her Highneſſe.

1 Woman

Will you not go in and ſee her, and kiſſe the young Princeſſes hand?

1 Wife

If we may be ſo much honoured, we ſhall be very proud of that Grace and Honour.

2 Woman

Come, come, we will preferr you to that Grace and Favour.

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Scene 19.

Enter two Scriveners Wives.

1. Wife

Welcome Miſtriſs Ink-pot, whether are you going ſo haſtily?

2. Wife

Truly Miſtriſs Paper, I am going to her Highneſs the Comical Dutcheſs, for I hear ſhe is brought abed of a ſweet young Princeſs.

1. Wife

Is ſhe ſo? I am glad her Highneſs pain is paſt, with all my heart.

2. Wife

So am I, for now we ſhall have Dancing again, as ſoon as her Month is paſt.

1. Wife

Yes, for ſhe will ſend for us all, as ſoon as ſhe is able to dance.

2. Wife

Yes that ſhe will, and give us all Favours to wear for her ſake.

1. Wife

But to ſome ſhe gives her Picture too.

2. Wife

Yes, but thoſe ſhe gives her Picture too, are of a higher Degree.

1. Wife

By your favour, we are of as high a Degree as moſt that viſit her.

2. Wife

Yes, of the female Sex, but not of the Maſculine Sex; for there are great Perſons that viſit her.

1. Wife

Very few, but only of the Red Oker Nation, or ſome Strangers that are Travellers, that viſit her, as they paſs other waies, elſe the men that viſit her, are of as inferior degree as we, as Fidlers, Dancers, Players, and the like.

2. Wife

By your favour, there are ſometimes Burgers and Gentlemen.

1. Wife

Yes ſometimes, when ſhe ſends for to invite them to dance, or intreats them to come and viſit her; and then ſhe preſents them with her Colours.

Exeunt.

Scene. 20.

Enter the Lady True Honour, and Madam Inquirer.

Madam Inquirer

Lord, Madam, I was ask’d to day, why your Honour doth not viſit the Comical Dutcheſs, nor the Imaginary Queen?

Lady True Honour

Why, ſhould I that am Intituled with True Honour, and Princely Dignity, which Titles were created from an Abſolute and Divine Power, give place to mock Honours, and feigned Dignities? ſhall Princes in Royal Courts, give place to Princes in Playes?

Madam Inquirer

But every one doth not rightly underſtand a Princely Dignity.

Lady True Honour

I will inſtruct you in the degrees of Princes, and their derivation; but firſt, let me tell you, the Princely Arms, or Seal, is a Crown; for a Crown is the General Arms, or Seal of all Princely Dignities, and everyAaaaaaaa2 ry 648Aaaaaaaa2v 648 ry degree is known and diſtinguiſhed by the ſeveral faſhions of their Crowns; for a Vicounts Crown, which is the firſt degree of a Prince, is not like the Earls Crown, which is the ſecond degree; nor an Earls Crown is not like a Marquiſſes Crown, which is the third degree; that is, there is ſome difference in the Crown; nor a Marquiſſes Crown is not like a Dukes Crown, which is the fourth degree; nor a Dukes Crown is not like a cloſe Imperial Crown, which is the laſt and higheſt degree; that is, there is ſome difference in the Crown of each degree: Now there are Abſolute Princes, Tributary, and Subject Princes, but none can be wholly call’d Abſolute Princes, but thoſe that have the Imperial Crown, which are Abſolute Kings and Emperors, being the only choſen of God, and by that the only Creators of Titles; for they only are the Fountain, or Springs of Honour.

Madam Inquirer

How comes it that Subjects are made Princes?

Lady True Honour

By Adoption: for all Subject Princes are Princes by Adoption: that is, they are adopted to their Princely Dignity, ſo that by Adoption, they are the Coſens to Royaltie, and are called by their Soveraigns, Kings Coſens, and are adorn’d with Royal Robes, indued with Royal Power, and obſerved with Royal Ceremony, and are allowed ſome Cuſtoms Impoſts out of the Revenue of the Kingdom, and many privileges which belong to the Princely Dignities: Thus Kings call their Subject Princes, Coſens, as being adopted to their Princely Royaltie, like as all Abſolute Monarchs call each other Brother, as in relation to each others Royalty: and being all of them Gods annointed, and appointed Deputies on Earth, for Government and Honour, they are the ſacred Magiſtrates of God, the divine Fountains of Honour: Thus true Honour is derived from Heaven, and ought to be reſpected, and bowed too, as being divine: but in this age Honour is uſed, or abuſed, as other divine things are: this is the reaſon I will not viſit the Apocriphal Ladies: for my Honour is derived from the ſacred Spring of Honour, and is not a ſelf-given Honour and Dignity, which ought to be puniſhed as a Preſumption and Uſurpation: but I have ſo much Honour, as not to abaſe the Honour and Dignity that my Husband, and his Fore-fathers were adopted too: And I by Marriage, being one with my Husband; for man and wife are but one, and my Husbands Honour being Inhereditary, ſucceeds to his Children; wherefore his Wife will never give place to Mountebanks.

Madam Inquirer

Indeed the ſtrange ridiculouſneſs, and folly, and mad preſumption is, that the Apocriphal Ladies take more State, or at leaſt as much as ſacred Royaltie.

Lady True Honour

But if Royaltie will ſuffer ſuch Hereſies, and Hereticks in the Court of Honour, they are not to be lamented, if their Courts fall to utter ruine; for it is with Titles and Dignities, as with Laws; if there were no Laws, there would be no Government, and if there were no Degrees and dignities, there would be no Royalty; ſo likewiſe if the Laws be corrupt and abuſed, Governwment will fall to ruin, and if Honour be abuſed and uſurpt, Royaltie will fall from its Throne; but howſoever, I keep up the Right of my place, becauſe it is the cauſe and intereſt of all the Nobility of my Country, ſo that if I ſhould give place, I ſhould be a Traytor to true Honour, and dignified Perſons.

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Scene 21.

Enter two Women of the Comical Dutcheſs’s.

1. Woman

Well, now the Duke of Inconstancy hath forſaken our Lady, his Comical Dutcheſs, all our State muſt down.

2. Woman

Yes, and we muſt loſe our places, in going before others, as being Dutcheſs’s women.

1. Woman

The Dutcheſs cryed all night.

2. Woman

She had no more reaſon to cry, than ſhe had, for the matter of Dignity; for, pray conſider, her Highneſs may keep the ſame State, as being Dutcheſs ſtill, as well as ſhe did before; for ſhe poſſeſs’d the Honour no more than ſhe doth now, and ſo now no leſs than ſhe did then.

1. Woman

That is true, but the Duke did help to countenance her State, ſo long as he did live with her, as a Husband, whereas now ſhe will be hiſt off the Stage.

2. Woman

Faith Confidence, and a Reſolution will bear her up, wherefore let us perſwade her not to be daunted, or put out of countenance, and ſhe having the ſame Eſtate ſhe had, may maintain her ſelf as high as ſhe hath done.

1. Woman

You ſay true, and the ſlanting ſhew will dazle the eyes, and delude the underſtanding of the Spectators.

12. Woman

Yes, of the Vulgar.

Exeunt.

Scene 22.

Enter two Gentlemen.

1. Gent

Honour goes a begging.

2. Gent

Why?

1. Gent

Why there is an Ale Wife made a Counteſſe.

2. Gent

As how?

1. Gent

Why the Earl Undone hath married Miſtriſs Tip-tape.

2. Gent

But he hath a Wife living.

1. Gent

That is all one, for did not the Duke of Inconſtancy marry a Lady, and made her a Dutcheſs, although he had a Dutcheſs to his Wife before, by whom he was a Duke.

2. Gent

I perceive Great Noble Perſons may do what they will: for if a poor mean man ſhould have two Wives at one time, they would be ſurely puniſhed; nay, in ſome Kingdoms they would be hanged.

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Scene 23.

Enter two Scriveners Wives.

1. Wife

Do you hear that the Duke of Inconſtancy hath forſaken his Comical?

2. Wife

Yes, but that is nothing.

1. Wife

Have you been with her Highneſs ſince?

2. Wife

Yes.

1. Wife

And how looks ſhe upon her misfortunes?

2. Wife

Why ſhe appears the ſame, and keeps greater State than ever ſhe did; yea, even her Children are ſerved more royally than ever.

1. Wife

Faith ſhe is to be commended, if it will hold out.

2. Wife

As long as ſhe hath money, it will hold.

1. Wife

O, money doth all things.

Exeunt.

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The Epilogue.

Noble Spectators,

In Britain Land, long, long ago, I ſay,

There were ſuch perſons, as are in my Play;

In Chronicle you’l find a ſtory plain,

A Britain Queen that happily did Raign.

At laſt did marry one below her State,

Which merited not a Crown, or Kingly Fate;

Fosr he, when Power got, did put away

His Royal Wife; and married, as they ſay,

Another Lady; She and he did live

Like lawfull King and Queen, till God did give

The ronged Queen, her Kingdom back again;

For in a Battel, ſhe her husband ſlain.

And of the reſt, in Stories you ſhall read,

Such perſons as my play preſents indeed.

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