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May be provided ; and therefore, there's a purse In respect he comes disguised, and only write,– Of gold: 'twill serve this night's expence: to- Marry her to this gentleman.

Oder. Well advised.

(MARG, kneels. I'll furnish him with any sums. In the mean time, 'Tis done; away—my blessing, girl? thou hast it. Use my ring to my chaplain ; he is beneficed Nay, no reply—be gone, good Master Allworth ; At my manor of Gotham, and called parson This shall be the best night's work you ever Welldo:

made. 'Tis no matter for a licence; I'll bear him out in't. All. I hope so, sir. (Ereunt All. and MARG. Marg. With your favour, sir, what warrant is Over. Farewell! Now all's cock sure. your ring?

Methinks I hear already knights and ladies He may suppose I got that twenty ways Say, Sir Giles Overreach, how is it with Without your knowledge; and, then, to be re- Your honourable daughter? has her honour fused,

Slept well to-night? or, will her honour please Were such a stain upon me if you please, sir, To accept this monkey, dog, or paroquet? Your presence would do better.

(This is state in ladies) or my eldest son Over. Still perverse !

To be her page, and wait upon her trencher ? I say again, I will not cross my lord,

My ends, my ends are compassed !-then for Yet I'll prevent you, too-Paper and ink there.

Wellborn All. I can furnish you.

And the lands; were he once married to the wiOver. I thank you; I can write, then.

dow[Writes on his book. I have him here I can scarce contain myself, All. You may, if you please, leave out the I am so full of joy! nay, joy all over ! (Erit.

name of my lord,

ACT V.

Sir Giles, that's both a lion and a fox SCENE I.- A Chamber in Lady ALLWORTH'S In his proceedings, were a work beyond House.

The strongest undertakers; not the trial

Of two weak innocents.
Enter LOVELL and Lady.

Lov. Despair not, madam : Lady. By this, you know how strong the mo Hard things are compassed oft by easy means : tives were,

And judgment, being a gift derived from Heaven, That did, my lord, induce me to dispense Though sometimes lodged i'th' hearts of worldly A little with my gravity, to advance

men, The plots and projects of the down-trod Well- That ne'er consider from whom they receive it, born.

Forsakes such as abuse the giver of it; Nor shall I e'er repent, although I suffer Which is the reason that the politic In some few men's opinions for’t, the action; And cunning statesman, that believes he fathoms For he that ventured all for my dear husband, The counsels of all kingdoms on the earth, Might justly claim an obligation from me, Is, by simplicity, oft overreached. To pay him such a courtesy; which had I Lady. May be so. Coyly, or over-curiously denied,

The young ones have my warmest wishes. It might have argued me of little love

Lov. O, gentle lady, let them prove kind to me! To the deceased.

You've kindly heard—now grant my suit. Lov. What you intended, madam,

What say you, lady? For the poor gentleman, hath found good success; Lady. Troth, my lord, For, as I understand, bis debts are paid, My own unworthiness may answer for me; And he once more furnished for "fair employ- For had you, when I was in my prime, ment;

My virgin flower uncropt, presented me But all the arts that I have used to raise With this great favour, looking on my lowness, The fortunes of your joy and mine, young All- Not in a glass of self-love, but of truth, worth,

I could not but have thought it as a blessing, Stand yet in supposition, though I hope well : Far, far beyond my merit. For the young lovers are in wit more pregnant

Lov. You are too modest, Than their years can promise ; and for their de- And undervalue that which is above sires,

My title, or whatever I call mine. On my knowledge they are equal.

I grant, were I a Spaniard, to marry Lady. As my wishes

A widow might disparage me; but being Are with yours, my lord; yet give me leave to A true-born Englishman, I cannot find fear

How it can taint my honour : nay, what's more, The building, though well grounded. To deceive | That which you think a blemish, is to me

The fairest lustre. You already, madam,

Oder. Lady, by your leave, did you see my Have given sure proofs how dearly you can cherish

daughter, lady? A husband that deserves you; which confirms me, And the lord, her husband? Are they in your That, if I am not wanting in my care

house? To do you service, you'll be still the same If they are, discover, that I may bid them joy ; That you were to your Allworth : in a word, And, as an entrance to her place of honour, Our years, our states, our births, are not unequal, See your ladyship on her left hand, and make You being descended nobly, and allied so.

curt'sies If, then, you may be won to make me happy, When she nods on you; which you must receive But join your hand to mine, and that shall be As a special favour. A solemn contract.

Lady. When I know, Sir Giles, Lady. I were blind to my own good,

Her state requires such ceremony, I shall pay it ; Should I refuse it; yet, my lord, receive me But, in the mean time, As such a one, the study of whose whole life I give you to understand, I neither know Shall know no other object but to please you. Nor care where her honour is.

Lon. If I return not, with all tenderness, Over. When you once see her Equal respect to you, may I die wretched ! Supported, and led by the lord her husband,

Lady. There needs no protestation, my lord, You'll be taught better-Nephew!
To her that cannot doubt-You are welcome, sir. Well. Well.

Over. No more !
Enter WELLBORN.

Well. 'Tis all I owe you.
Now, you look lil:e yourself.

Over. Have your redeemed rags Well. And will continue

Made you thus insolent ? Such in my free acknowledgment, that I am Weil

. Insolent to you !

(In scorn. Your creature, madam, and will never hold Why, what are you, sir, unless in your years, My life mine own, when you please to commandit. At the best, more than myself? 'Lov. It is a thankfulness that well becomes Over. His fortune swells him : you;

'Tis rank; he is married. You could not make choice of a better shape

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Lady. This is excellent ! To dress your mind in.

Over. Sir, in calm language, (though I seldom Lady. For me, I am happy

use it,) That my endeavours prospered. Saw you, of late, I am familiar with the cause that makes you Sir Giles, your uncle?

thus bravely; there's a certain buz Well. I heard of him, madam,

Of a stolen marriage ; do you hear ? of a stolen By his minister, Marrall : he's grown into strange

marriage; passions

In which, 'tis said, there's somebody hath been About his daughter. This last night he looked for

cozened. Your lordship at his house; but, missing you, I name no parties.

(Lady turns away. And she not yet appearing, his wise head

Well. Well, sir, what follows? Is much perplexed and troubled.

Over. Marry this, since you are peremptory: Loo. It may be,

remember, Sweetheart, my project took.

Upon mere hope of your great match, I lent you Lady. I strongly hope.

A thousand pounds. Put me in good security, Over.[Within.) Ha ! find her, booby; thou huge And suddenly, by mortgage or by statute, lump of nothing,

Of some of your new possessions, or I'll have l'U bore thine eyes out else.

you Well. May it please your lordship,

Dragged, in your lavender robes, to the jail : you
For some ends of my own, but to withdraw
A little out of sight, though not of hearing; And therefore do not trifle.
You may, perhaps, have sport.

Well. Can you be
Loo. You shall direct me. (Steps aside. So cruel to your nephew, now he is in

The way to rise ? Was this your courtesy Enter OverREACH, with distracted looks, driv- You did me in pure love, and no ends else ? ing in MARRALL before him.

Over. End me no ends; engage the whole Oter. I shall sol fa you, rogue !

estate, Mar. Sir, for what cause

And force your spouse to sign it: you shall have Do you use me thus ?

Three or four thousand more to roar and swagger,
Over. Cause, slave! why, I am angry, And revel in bawdy taverns,
And thou a subject only fit for beating;

Well. And beg after;
And so to cool my choler. Look to the writing ; Mean you not so?
Let but the seal be broke upon the box,

Over. My thoughts are mine, and free.
That has slept in my cabinet these three years, Shall I have security ?
P'll rack thy soul for it.

Well. No, indeed, you shall not :
Mar. I may yet cry quittance;

Nor bond, nor bill, nor bare acknowledgment : Though now I suffer, and dare not resist. (Aside. Your great looks fright not me.

Bear up

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Over. But my deeds shall

But neither wax nor words. How? thunderOut-braved!

[They both draw.

struck!

Not a syllable to insult with? My wise uncle, Enter AMBLE, ORDER, and FURNACE.

Is this your precious evidence, this that makes Lady. Help, murder! murder !

Your interest clear? Well. Let bim come on,

Orer. I am o'erwhelmed with wonder! With all his wrongs and injuries about him, What prodigy is this? What subtle devil Armed with his cut-throat practices to guard him, Hath razed out the inscription ? the wax The right that I bring with me will defend mo, Turned into dust!-the rest of my deeds whole And punish his extortion.

As when they were deliver'd, and this only Over. That I had thee

Made nothing ! Do you deal with witches, rascal ? But single in the field !

There's a statute for you, which will bring Ludy. You may; but make not

Your neck in a hempen circle; yes, there is; My house your quarrelling scene.

And now,'tis better thought; for, cheater, know O017. Were it in a church,

This juggling shall not save you. By heaven and hell, I'll do it !

Well. To save thee, Mur. Now, put him to

Would beggar the stock of mercy. The shewing of the deed.

Over. Marrall. Well. This rage is vain, sir ;

Mar. Sir. For fighting, fear not, you shall have your hands Over, Tho' the witnesses are dead, full

(Flattering him. Upon the least incitement; and, whereas Your testimony You charge me with a debt of a thousand pounds, Help with an oath or two; and for thy master, If there be law (howe'er you have no conscience) Thy liberal master, my good honest servant, Either restore my land, or I'll recover

I know you will swear any thing to dash A debt, that is truly due to me from you, This cunning sleight: besides, I know thou art In value ten times more than what you challenge. A public notary, and such stands in law Over. I in thy debt! oh impudence ! Did I For a dozen witnesses; the deed being drawn too not purchase

By thee, my careful Marrall, and delivered The land left by thy father? that rich land, When thou wert present, will make good my That had continued in Wellborn's name

title.
Twenty descents; which, like a riotous fool, Wilt thou not swear this?

Mar. I! no, I assure you.
Enter Servant, with a bor.

I have a conscience, not seared up like yours;
Thou didst make sale of? Is not here inclosed I know no deeds.
The deed, that does confirm it mine?

Over. Wilt thou betray me? Mur. Now, now.

Mar. Keep him Well. I do acknowledge none; I ne'er passed From using of his hands, I'll use my tongue o'er

To his no little torment.
Any such land ; I grant, for a year or two,
I

Over. Mine own varlet
You had it in trust; which, if you do discharge, Rebel against me?
Surrendering the possession, you shall ease Mar. Yes, and uncase you too.
Yourself and me of chargeable suits in law; The ideot; the patch; the slave; the booby;
Which, if you prove not honest (as I doubt it) The property, fit only to be beaten
Must of necessity follow.

For your morning exercise; your football, or Lady. In my judgment,

The unprofitable lump of flesh, your drudge, He does advise you well.

Can now anatomize you, and lay open Over. Good, good ! conspire

All your black plots, level with the earth With your new husband, lady ; second him

Your hill of pride- and with these gabions In his dishonest practices; but, when

guarded, This manor is extended to my use,

Unload my great artillery, and shake, You'll speak in an humbler key, and sue for fa- Nay, pulverize the walls you think defend

you.

Ludy. How he foams at the mouth with rage! Ludy Never: do not hope it.

Well. To him again. Weil. Let despair first seize me.

Over. O, that I had thee in my gripe! I would Orer. Yet, to shut up thy mouth, and make

tear thee thee give

Joint after joint! Thyself the lie, the loud lie! I draw out

Mar. I know you are a tearer. The precious evidence: If thou canst forswear But I'll have first your fangs pared off, and then Thy hand and seal, and make a forteit of Come nearer to you; when I have discovered,

[Opens the box. | And made it good before the judge, what ways Thy ears to the pillory, see, here's tliat, will make and devilish practices you used to cozen with My interest clear- -Ha!

An army of whole families, who yet live, Ludy. A fair skin of parchment

And but enrolled for soldiers, were able Well, Indented, I confess, and labels, too; To take in Dunkirk.

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Well. All will come out.

Over. How ! Lady. The better.

All. So I assure you; all the rites of marOver. But that I will live, rogue, to torture

riage, thee,

With every circumstance, are past: Alas, sir ! And make thee wish and kneel in vain to die, Although I ain no lord, but a lord's page, These swords, that keep thee from me, should Your daughter, and my loved wife, mourns not fix here,

for it; Although they made my body but one wound,

And for right honourable son-in-law, you may say But I would reach thee.

Your dutiful daughter. Lov. Heaven's hand is in this;

Over. Devil ! are they married ? One bandog worry the other !

[Aside. Welldo. Do a father's part, and say, Heaven Over. I play the fool, and make my anger but

give them joy! ridiculous.

Over. Confusion and ruin ! speak, and speak There will be a time, and place, there will be,

quickly, cowards!

Or thou art dead. When you shall feel what I dare do.

Welldo. They are married. Well. I think so: ,

Over. Thou hadst better You dare do any ill, yet want true valour Have made a contract with the king of fiends To be honest and repent.

Than these. -My brain turns! Orer. They are words I know not,

Welldo. Why this rage to me? Nor e'er will learn. Patience, the beggar's virtue, Is not this your ietter, sir ? and these the words Shall find no harbour here. --After these storms, | Marry her to this gentleman ? At length a calm appears.

Over. It cannot:

Nor will I e'er believe it, 'death! I will not ; Enter GREEDY and Purson WELLDO.

That I, that in all passages I touched Welcome, most welcome!

At worldly profit have not left a print There's comfort in thy looks; is the deed done? Where I have trod, for the most curious search Is my daughter married? say but so, my chaplain, To trace my footsteps, should be guled by And I am tame.

children, Welldo. Married ? yes,

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you.

Baffied and fooled, and all my hopes and labours Over. Then vanish all sad thoughts ! there's Defeated and made void. more gold for thee.

Well. As it appears,
My doubts and fears are in the titles drowned You are so, my grave uncle.
Of my right honourable, right honourable daugh- Over. Village nurses
ter.

Revenge their wrongs with curses ; I'll not waste Greedy. Here will be feasting at least for a A syllable, but thus I take the life, month!

Which, wretch ! I gave to thee. I am provided : empty guts, croak no more !

[Offers to kill MARGARET. You shall be stuffed, like bag-pipes, not with Lov. Hold, for your own sake! wind,

Though charity to your daughter hath quite left But bearing dishes.

you, Over. Instantly be here?

Will you do an act, though in your hopes lost (Whispering to Welldo.

here, To my wish, to my wish! Now, you that plot Can leave no hope for peace or rest hereafter ? against me,

Consider ; at the best you're but a man, And hoped to trip my heels up, that contemned And cannot so create your aims, but that me,

They may be cross’d. Think on it and tremble !-(Loud music.]—They Over. Lord! thus I spit at thee, come; I hear the music.

And at thy counsel; and again desire thee, A lane there for my lord !

As thou art a soldier, if thy valour Well. This sudden heat

Dares shew itself where multitude and example May yet be cooled, sir.

Lead not the way, let's quit the house, and change Over. Make way there, for my

lord !

Six words in private.

Lov. I am ready. Enter AllwoRTH, MARGARET, LOVELL, and

Lady. Stay, sir; contest with one distracted! Lady.

Well, You'll grow like him, Marg. Sir, first your pardon, then your bless- Should you answer his vain challenge. ing, with

Over. Are you pale ? Your full allowance of the choice I have made. Borrow his help; though Hercules call it odds, As ever you could make use of your reason, I'll stand against both, as I am hemm'd in thus. Grow not in passion; since you may as well Since, like a Libyan lion in the toil, Call back the day that's past, as untie the knot My fury cannot reach the coward hunters, Which is too strongly fastened;

Ind only spends itself, I'll quit the place : Not to dwell too long on words, (Kneeling. Wone, I can do nothing, but I have servants This is my husband.

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This house a heap of ashes, (by my wrongs, Are friends and servants? Say they were a squadron What I have spoke I will make good !) or leave Of pikes, lined through with shot, when I am One throat uncut,-if it be possible,

mounted Hell add to my afflictions !

[Exit. Upon my injuries, shall I fear to charge them? Mar. Is't not brave sport?

No: l’ll through the battalia, and, that routed, Greedy. Brave sport ! I am sure it has ta’en

(Flourishing his sword sheathed. away my stomach;

I'll fall to execution.-Ha! I am feeble : I do not like the sauce.

Some undone widow sits upon mine arm, All. Nay, weep not, dearest,

And takes away the use of't! and my sword, Though it express your pity; what decreed Glewed to my 'scabbard with wronged orphans' Above we cannot alter.

tears, Lady. His threats move me

Will not be drawn. Ha! what are these ? Sure, No scruple, madam.

hangmen, Mar. 'Was it not a rare trick,

That come to bind my hands, and then to drag An' it please your worship, to make the deed nothing?

Before the judgment-seat.-Now they are new I can do twenty neater, if you please

shapes, To purchase and grow rich; for I will be And do appear like furies, with steel whips, Such a solicitor and steward for you,

To scourge my ulcerous soul! Shall I then fall As never worshipful had.

Ingloriously, and yield ? No: spite of fate, Well, I do believe thee;

I will be forced to hell like to myself ; But first discover the quaint means you used Though you were legions of accursed spirits, To raze out the conveyance ?

Thus would I fly among you.Mar. They are mysteries

(Rushes forward. Not to be spoke in public: certain minerals

Well. There's no help ; Incorporated in the ink and wax..

Disarm him first, then bind him,
Besides, he gave me nothing, but still fed me Greedy. Take a mittimus,
With hopes and blows; and that was the in- And carry him to Bedlam,
ducement

Jov. How he foams !
To this conundrum. If it please your worship Weil. And bites the carth !
To call to memory, this mad beast once caused Welldo. Carry him to some dark room,

There try what art can do for his recovery.
To urge you or to drown or hang yourself ; Marg, Oh, my dear father!
I'll do the like to him, if you command me.

[They force OVER. off. Well. You are a rascal! he that dares be false All. You must be patient, mistress. To a master, though unjust, will ne'er be true Lov. Here is a precedent to teach wicked men, To any other. Look not for reward

That, when we leave religion, and turn atheists, Or favour from me; I will shun thy sight Their own abilities leave them. Pray you take As I would do a basilisk's; thank my pity,

comfort.

(TO MARG. If thou keep thy ears: howe'er, I will take order I will endeavour you shall be his guardians Your practice shall be silenced.

In his distraction: and for your land, Master Greedy. I'll commit him,

Wellborn, If you will have me, sir.

Be it good or ill in law, I'll be an umpire Well. That were to little purpose;

Between you and this the undoubted heir His conscience be his prison. Not a word, Of Sir Giles Overreach ; for me, here's the But instantly be gone.

anchor Ord. Take this kick with you.

That I must fix on. (Takes the lady's hand. Amb. And this.

All. What you shall determine, Furn. If that I had my cleaver here,

My lord, I will allow of. I would divide your knave's head.

'Well. 'Tis the language, Mar. This is the baven

That I speak too; but there is something else False servants still arrive at.

(Erit. Beside the repossession of my land

And payment of my debts, that I must practise. Re-enter OVERREACH.

I had a reputation, but 'twas lost Lady. Come again!

In my loose course; and, till I redeem it Lov. Fear not, I am your guard.

Some noble way, I am but half made up. Well. His looks are ghastly.

It is a time of action ; if your lordship Welldo. Some little time I have spent, under Will please to confer a company upon me,

In your command, I doubt not, in my service In physical studies, and if my judgment err not, To my king and country, but I shali do someHe's mad beyond recovery: but observe him,

thing and look to yourselves.

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make me right again. Over. Why, is not the whole world

Loo. Your suit is granted, Included in myself ? to what use then

And you loved for the motion.

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