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not know what to do indeed. I am beholden to Mr Day. Ay, and so she is, duck; I always thy good counsel for many a good thing; I had thought so. ne'er got Ruth, nor her estate, into my fingers Mrs Day. You thought so, when I told you else.

I had thought on't first. --Let me see It shall Mrs Day. Nay, in that business too, you were be so; we'll set her to instruct Abel, in the first at your ifs. Now, you see she goes currently place, and then to incline Arbella; they are for our own daughter; and this Arbella shail hand and glove; and women can do much with be our daughter too, or she shall have no estate. one another. Mr Day. If we could but do that, wife !

Mr Day. Thou hast hit upon my own thoughts. Mrs Day. Yet again at your ifs ?

Mrs Day. Pray, call her in; you thought of Mr Day. I have done, I have done; to your that too, did you not? counsel, good duck; you know I depend upon Mr Day. I will, duck. Ruth! why, Ruth ! that. Mrs Day. You may, well enough: you find

Enter RUTH. the sweet on't; and, to say truth, 'tis known too Ruth. Your pleasure, sir ? well that you rely upon it. In truth, they are Mr Duy. Nay, 'tis my wife's desire, that, ready to call me the committee-man; they Mrs Day. Well, if it be your wife's, she can well perceive the weight that lies upon me, hus- best tell it herself, I suppose. D’ye hear, Ruth;

I band.

you may do a business that may not be the worse Mr Day. Nay, good duck, no chiding now, but for you. You know I use but few words. to your counsel.

Ruth. What does she call a few ?

Aside. Mrs Day. In the first place, (observe how I Mrs Day. Look you now, as I said, to be lay a design in politics,) d'ye mark? counterfeit short, and to the matter; my husband and I do me a letter from the king, where he shall offer design this Mrs Arbella for our son Abel, and the you great matters to serve him and his interest

young fellow is not forward enough. You conunder-hand. Very good; and in it let him re- ceive? Pr’ythee, give him a little instructions how member his kind love and service to me. · This to demean' himself, and in what manner to speak, will make 'em look about 'em, and think you which we call address, to her; for women best somebody. Then promise them, if they'll be know what will please women. Then, work on true friends to you, to live and die with them, Arbella on the other side; work, I say, my poor and refuse all great offers; then, whilst 'tis warm, girl; no more, but so. You know my custom is get the composition of Arbella's estate into your to use but few words. Much may be said in a own power, upon your design of marrying her to little : you sha'n't repent it. Abell

Mr Day. And I say something too, Ruth. Mr Day. Excellent.

Mrs Day. What need you? Don't you see it Mrs Day. Mark the luck on't too; their names all said already to your hand ? What sayest thou, sound alike; Abel and Arbella, they are the same girl? to a trifle; it seemeth a providence.

Ruth. I shall do my best-I would not lose the Mr Day. Thou observest right, duck, thou sport for more than I'll speak of.

Aside. canst see as far into a millstone as another. Mrs Day. Go, call Abel, good girl. (Exit RUTH.

Mrs Day. Pish! do not interrupt me. By bringing this to pass, husband, we shall secure Mr Duy. I do not, good duck, I do not. ourselves, if the king should come; you'll be

Mrs Day. You do not, and yet you do; you hang'd else. put me off from the concatenation of my dis- Mr Day. Oh, good wife, let's secure ourselves course. Then, as I was saying, you may intimate by all means. There's a wise saying: 'Tis good to your honourable fellows, that one good turn to have a shelter against every storm. I rememdeserves another. That language is understood ber that. amongst you, I take it, ha ?

Mrs Day. You may well, when you have heard Mr Day. Yes, yes, we use those items often.

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so often. Mrs Day. Well, interrupt me not. Mr Day. I do not, good wife.

Enter Ruti with ABEL. Mrs Day. You do not, and yet you do. By Mr Day. O, son Abel, d’ye hearthis means get her composition put wholly into Mrs Day. Pray hold your peace, and give every your hands; and then, no Abel, no land--But, body leave to tell their own tale-D'ye hear, in the mean time, I would have Abel do his part son Abel, I have formerly told you that Arbella too.

would be a good wife for you : 'a word's enough Mr Day. Ay, ay, there's a want ; I found it. to the wise: some endeavours must be used, and Mrs Day. Yes, when I told you so before. you must not be deficient. I have spoken to your

Mr Day. Why, that's true, duck, he is too sister Ruth, to instruct you what to say, and how backward; if I were in this place, and as young to carry yourself; observe her directions, as you'll as I have been

answer the contrary; be confident, and put home. Mrs Day. O, you'd do wonders ! But, now I Ha, boy, hadst thou but thy mother's pate! Well, think on't, there may be some use made of Ruth; / 'tis but a folly to talk of that that cannot be! Be 'ris a notable witty harlotry.

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Mr Day. Be sure, boy.-Well said, duck, I say. for your mistress ; I'll warrant you the town's

(Exeunt Mr and Mrs Day. Ruth. Now, brother Abel.

Abel. I go.

(Exit ABEL. Abel. Now, sister Ruth.

Ruth. Now I have fixed him, not to go off till Ruth. Hitherto he observes me punctually. he discharges on his mistress. I could burst with (Aside.) Have you a month's mind to this gentle- laughing. woman, Mrs Arbella? Abel. I have not known her a week yet.

Enter ARBELLA. Ruth. O, cry you mercy, good brother Abel. Arb. What dost thou laugh at, Ruth? Well, to begin then, you must alter your pos. Ruth. Didst thou meet my brother Abel ? ture, and by your grave and high demeanour, Arb. No. make yourself appear a hole above Obadiah; Ruth. If thou hadst met him right, he had lest your mistress should take you for such an- played at hard head with thee. other scribble-scrabble as he is; and always Arb. What dost thou mean? hold up your head as if it were bolster'd up with Ruth. Why, I have been teaching him to woo, high matters ; your hands join'd fat together, by command of my superiors; and have instructprojecting a little beyond the rest of your body, ed him to hold up his head so high, that o: neas ready to separate when you begin to open. cessity he must run against every thing that comes

Abel. Must I go apace, or softly?

Ruth. O, gravely, by all means, as if you were Aib. Who is he to woo? loaded with weighty considerations--0---Very Ruth. Even thy own sweet self. well. Now, to apply our prescription. Suppose, Arb. Out upon him. Row, that I were your mistress, Arbella, and met Ruth. Nay, thou wilt be rarely courted; I'll you by accident-Keep your posture-so-and not spoil the sport by telling thee any thing bewhen you come just to me, start like a horse that fore-hand. They have sent to Lilly; and his has spy'd something on one side of him, and give learning being built upon knowing what most a little gird out of the way, declaring that you people would have bim say, he has told them, for did not see her before, by reason of your deep à certain, that Abel shall have a rich heiress; contemplations. Then you must speak. Let's and that must be you. bear.

Arb. Must be ? Abel. Save you, mistress.

Ruth. Yes, committee

men can compel more Ruth. O, fie, man! you should begin thus : than stars. Pardon, mistress, my profound contemplations, Arb. I fear this too late. You are their daughin which I was so buried that I did not see you : -and then, as she answers, proceed. I know Ruth. I deny that. what she'll say, I am so used to her.

Arb. How ! Abel. This will do well, if I forget it not. Ruth. Wonder not that I begin thus freely with Ruth. Well, try once.

you; 'tis to invite your confidence in me. Abel. Pardon, mistress, my profound contem- Arb. You amaze me. plations, in which I was so hid, that you could Ruth. Pray do not wonder, nor suspect

When my father, Sir Basil Thoroughgood, died, Ruth. Better sport than I expected. [Aside. I was very young, not above two years old : Very well done, you're perfect. ' Then she will 'tis too long to tell you how this rascal, being a answer,-Sir, I suppose you are so busied with trustee, catch'd me and my estate, being the state affairs, that it may well hinder you from sole heiress unto my father, into his gripes; and taking notice of any thing below them.

now for some years has confirmed his unjust Abel. No, forsooth, I have some profound con- power by the unlawful power of the times. I fear templations, but no state affairs.

they have designs as bad as this on you. You see Ruth. O, fie, man! you must confess that the I have no reserve, and endeavour to be thought weighty affairs of state lie heavy upon you ; but worthy of your friendship. ’tis a burthen you must bear; and then shrug Arb. I embrace it with as much clearness. Let your shoulders.

us love and assist one another. Would they Abel. Must I say so? I am afraid my mother marry me to this their first-born puppy? will be angry, for she takes all the state matters Ruth. No doubt, or keep your composition upon herseli.

Ruth. Pish! Did she not charge you to be Arb. 'Twas my ill fortune to fall into such ruled by me? Why, man, Arbella will never have hands, foolishly enticed by fair words and large you, if she be not made believe you can do great promises of assistance. matters with parliament-men and committee- Ruth. Peace! men: how should she hope for any good by you else in her composition ?

Enter OBADIAH. Abel. I apprehend you now; I shall observe. Ob. Mrs Rut'ı, my master is demanding your

Ruth. 'Tis well; at this time I'll say no more: company, together, and not singly, with Mrs Arsut yourself in your posture-so-Now go look bella; you will find them in the parlour. The

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will sink thee. Be secret, and still know me for and circumspection to set in order the weighty no other than what I seem to be, their daughter. matters of state for their wise and honourable in- Another time thou shalt know all particulars of spection.

(Exit. my strange story. Ruth. We come. Come, dear Arbella, never Arb. Come, wench; they cannot bring us to be perplex'd; cheerful spirits are the best blad- compound for our humours; they shall be free ders to swim with: if thou art sad, the weight still.

[Exeunt.

ACT II.

SCENE I.

Enter Colonel CARELESS, Colonel BLUNT, and

Lieutenant STORY.
Enter TEAGUE.

Lieu. And what say you, noble colonels? How, Teague. I'faith, my sweet master has sent me

and how d’ye like my lady? I gave her the title to a rascal ; I have a great mind to go back and ;

of Ilustrious, from those illustrious commodities tell him so. He asked me, why he could not

which she deals in, hot waters and tobacco. send one that could speak English. Upon my

Care. Pr’ythee, how cam'st thou to think of soul, I was going to give him an Irish knock.

marrying? The devil's in them all, they will not talk with

Lieu. Why, that which hinders other men from me. I will go near to knock this man's pate, and

those venereal conditions prompted me to matrithat man Lilly's pate too that I will: I will

mony ; hunger and cold, colonel. teach them prat to me, (One cries books within.) Care. Which you destroyed with a fat woman, How now, what noises are that?

strong water, and stinking tobacco. Enter Bookseller.

Lieu. No, faith; the woman conduced but lit

tle; but the rest could not be purchased without. Book. New books, new books ! A Desperate Care. She's beholden to you. Plot and Engagement of the Bloody Cavaliers ! Mr Saltmarsh's Alarum to the Nation, after having ruined if it had not been for me.

Lieu. For all your mocking, she had been been three days dead! Mercurius Britannicus, &c.

Care. Pr’ythee, make but that good. Teague. How's that? They cannot live in Ire- Lieu. With ease, sir -Why, look you, you land after they are dead three days ! Book. Mercurius Britannicus, or the Weekly lier, and of a most ready and large faith; abun

must know she was always a most violent cavaPost; or, The Solemn League and Covenant.

dance of rascals had found her soft place, and Teague. What is that you say? Is it the cove

perpetually would bring her news, news of all nant you have?

prices; they would tell her news from half-aBook. Yes; what then, sir?

crown to a gill of hot water, or a pipe of the Teague. Which is that covenant ?

worst mundungus. I have observ'd their usual Book. Why, this is the covenant.

rates : they would borrow half-a-crown upon a Teugue. Well, I must take that covenant.

story of five thousand men up in the north; a Book. You take my commodities?

shilling upon a town's revolting; sixpence upon Teague. I must take that covenant, upon my a small castle, and consume hot water and to

bacco whilst they were telling news of arms conBook. Stand off, sir, or I'll set you further.

veyed into several parts, and ammunition hid in Teague. Well, upon my soul now, I will take cellars; that, at the last, if I had not married, and that covenant for my master.

blown off these, flies, she had been absolutely Book. Your master must pay me for't then !

consumed. Teugue. I must take it first, and my master Care. Well, lieutenant, we are beholden to you will pay you afterwards.

for these hints; we may be reduced to as bad. Book. You must pay me now Teague. Oh, that I will- [Knocks him down.] smiles ! Why so merry, Teague ?

See where Teague comes. Goodness, how he Now you're paid, you thief o' the world. Here's covenants enough to poison the whole nation.

Enter TEAGUE, smiling.

(Exit. Book. What a devil ails this fellow ? (Crying.) Teague. I have done a thing for you indeed. He did not come to rob me certainly, for he has Care. What hast thou done, man? not taken above two pennyworth of lamentable Teague. Guess. ware away; but I feel the rascal's fingers. I Care. I cann't. may light upon my wild Irishman again, and if I

Teague. Why, then, guess again I have taken do, I will fix him with some catchpoles that shall the covenant. be worse than his own country bogs. (Exit Care. How came you by it?

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Teague. Very honestly; I knocked a fellow

Enter Ruth, as over-hearing them, and down in the street, and took it from him.

peeps. Care. Was there ever such a fancy? Why, Ruth. This is lucky. didst thou think this was the way to take the co- Abel. No, forsooth, 'twas I that was not to see venant?

you. Teague. I am sure it is the shortest and the Arb. Why, sir, would your mother be angry

if cheapest way to take it.

Blunt. I am pleased yet with the poor fellow's Abel. No, no, quite contrary—I'll tell you that mistaken kindness; I dare warrant him honest, presently; but first I must say, that the weighty to the best of his understanding.

affairs lie heavy upon my neck and shoulder. Care. This fellow, I prophesy, will bring me

(Shrugs. into many troubles by his mistakes: I must send Arb. Would he were tied neck and heelshim on no errand but, How d'ye; and to such as This is a notable wench: look where the rascal I would have no answer from again.—Yet his peeps too; if I should beckon to her she'd take simple honesty prevails with me; I cannot part no notice; she is resolved not to relieve me. with him.

[Aside. Lieu. Come, gentlemen, time calls--How Abel. Something I can do, and that with somenow, who's this?

body; that is, with those that are somebodies.

Arb. Whist, whist. (Beckons to Ruth, and Enter OBADIAH, and four Persons more, with

she shakes her head.] Pr'ythee, have some pity. Papers.

0, unmerciful girl! Care. I am a rogue if I have not seen a pic- Abel. I know parliament-men, and sequestrature in hangings walk as fast.

tors; I know committee-men, and committeeBlunt. 'Slife, man, this is that good man of the men know me, committee family that I told thee of; the very Arb. You have great acquaintance, sir? clerk : how the rogue's loaded with papers !- Abel. Yes, they ask my opinion, sometimes Those are the winding-sheets to many a poor

Arb. What weather 'twill be.

Have you any gentleman's estate. 'Twere a good deed to burn skill, sir? them all.

Abel. When the weather is not good, we hold Care. Why, thou art not mad :

a fast. sir; pray do not you belong to the committee of Arb. And then it alters? sequestrations?

Abel. Assuredly. Ob. I do belong to that honourable committee, Arb. In good time-No mercy, wench? who are now ready to sit for the bringing on the Abel. Our profound contemplations are caused work.

by the consternation of our spirits for the nation's Blunt. Oh, plague! what work, ras

good; we are in labour. Cere. Pr’ythee be quict, man.-Are they to sit Arb. And I want a deliverance.

-Hark ye, presently?

Ruth, take off your dog, or I'll turn bear indeed. Ob. As soon as I can get rcady, my presence Ruth. I dare not; my mother will be angry. being material.

(Exit.

Arb. O, hang you. Care. What, wert thou mad? Wouldst thou Abel. You shall perceive that I have some have beaten the clerk, when thou wert going to power, if you please tom compound with the rascals, his masters ?

Arb. 0, I am pleased, sir, that you should have Blunt. The sight of any of the villains stirs me. power! I must look out my hoods and scarfs,

Lieu. Come, colonels, there's no trifling; let's sir : 'tis almost time to go. make haste, and prepare your business; let's not Abel. If it were not for the weighty matters of lose this sitting. "Come along, Teague. (Exeunt. state which lie upon my shoulders, myself would

look them. Enter ARBELLA at one door, ABEL at another, Arb. O, by no means, sir ; 'tis below your as if he saw her not, and starts when he comes

greatness-Some luck yet; she never came seato her, as Ruth hud tuught him,

sonably before, Arb. What's the meaning of this ? I'll try to steal by him.

Enter Urs DAY. Abei. Pardon, mistress, my profound contem- NErs Day. Why, how now, Abel ? Got so close plations, in which I was so hid that you could not to Mrs Arbella ; so close indeed! nay, then I

smell something. Well, Mr Abel, you have been Arb. This is a set form--they allow it in every so us’d to secrecy in counsel and weighty matters, thing but their prayers.

that you have it at your fingers' ends. Nay, look Abel. Now you should speak, forsooth. ye, mistress, look ye, look ye; mark Abel's eyes ;

Arb. Ruth, I have found you ; but I'll spoil | ah, there he looks. Ruth, thou art a good girl; the dialogue.-[Aside.]—What should I say, sir? I find Abel has got ground. Abel. What you please, forsooth.

Ruth. I forbore to come in, till I saw your ho Arb. Why, truly, sir, 'tis as you say ; I did vot nour first enter: but I have overheard all. see you. VOL. III.

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tire friend. Pray remember my love and service Ruth. O, beyond expectation! If it were law- to your discreet wife, and acquaint her with this; ful, I'd undertake he'd make nothing to get as whose wisdom I hear is great. So, recommendmany women's good-wills as he speaks to: he'll ing this to her and your wise consideration, I renot need much teaching; you may turn him main

Your friend, C.K. loose.

2 Com. C. K.! Arb. O, this plaguy wench!

Mr Day. Ay, that's for the king. Mrs Day. Say'st thou so, girl? It shall be 2 Com. I suspect-[Aside.) —Who brought you something in thy way; a new gown, or so; it this letter ? may be a better penny. Well said, Abel, I say; Mr Day. Oh, fie upon't! my wife forgot that I did think thou would’st come out with a piece particular.- [ Aside.) -Why, a fellow left it of thy mother's at last : -But I had forgot for me, and shrunk away when he had done. the committee are near upon sitting. Ha, mis- I warrant you, he was afraid I should have laid ilm tress, you are crafty; you have made your com- hold on him. You see, brethren, what I reject; position before-hand. Ah, this Abel's as bad as but I doubt not but to receive my reward; and a whole committee; take that item from me. I have now a business to offer, which in some Come, make haste, call the coach, Abel. Well

measure may afford you an occasion. said Abel, I say. [Exeunt Mrs Day und ABEL. 2 Com. This letter was counterfeited certainly.ph Arb. We'll fetch our things and follow you.

(Aside. Now, wench, canst thou ever hope to be for- Mr Day. But first be pleased to read your given?

last order. Ruth. Why, what's the matter?

2 Com. What does he mean? That concerns Arb. The matter ! Couldst thou be so un

Aside. merciful, to see me practised on, and pelted at, 06. The order is, that the composition arising by by a blunderbuss charged with nothing but proofs, out of Mr Lashley's estate be, and hereby is inweighty affairs, spirit, profound contemplation, vested and allowed to the honourable Mr Naand such like?

thaniel Catch, for and in respect of his sufferings Ruth. Why, I was afraid to interrupt you; I and good service. thought it convenient to give you what time I Mr Day. It is meet, very meet; we are bound could, to make his young honour your friend. in duty to strengthen ourselves against the day

Arb. I am beholden to you: I may cry quit- of trouble, when the common enemy shall entance.

deavour to raise commotions in the land, and Ruth. But did you mark Abel's eyes? Ah, disturb our new-built Zion, there were looks !

2 Com. Then I'll say nothing, but close with Arb. Nay, pr’ythee give off; my hour's ap-him: we must wink at one another-I receive proaching, and I cann't be heartily merry till it your sense of my services with a zealous kindbe past. Come, let's fetch our things; her lady- ness. Now, Mr Day, I pray you propose your ship’s honour will stay for us.

business. Ruth. I'll warrant ye, my brother Abel is Mr Day. I desire this honourable board to not in order yet; he's brushing a hat almost a understand, that my wife being at Reading, and quarter of an hour, and as long a driving the lint to come up in the stage-coach, it happened that from his black clothes, with his wet thumb. one Mrs Arbella, a rich heiress of one of the

Arb. Come, pr’ythee bold thy peace; I shall cavalier party, caine up also in the same coach. laugh in's face else, when I see him come along. Her father being newly dead, and her estate beNow for an old shoe.

[Exeunt. fore being under sequestration, my wife, who A Table set out. The Committee, and OBADIAH her,) presently cast about to get her for my son

has a notable pate of her own, (you all know ordering Books and Papers.

Abel; and accordingly invited her to my house ; Ob. Shall I read your honours' last order, and where, though time was but short, yet my son give you the account of what you last debated ? Abel made use of it. They are without, as I

Mr Day. I first crave your favours, to com- suppose: but before we call them in, I pray let municate an important matter to this honourable us handle such other matters as are before us, board, in which I shall discover unto you my 1 Com. Let us hear then what estates besides own sincerity and zeal to the good cause. lie before us, that we may see how large a field i Com. Proceed, sir.

we have to walk in. Mr Day. The business is contained in this 2 Com. Read. etter: 'tis from no less a man than the king; Ob. One of your last debates was upon the and 'tis to me, as simple as I sit here. Is it plea of an infant, whose estate is under sequesyour pleasures that our clerk should read it? tration,

2 Com. Yes, pray give it him. Ob. (Reads.]" " Mr Day, we have received of age, and may answer for himself; that he

Mr Day. And fit to be kept so till he comes good intelligence of your great worth and abili- may not be in possession of the land till he can ty, especially in state matters; and therefore promise he will not turn to the enemy. thougfit fit to offer you any preferment or honour Ob. Here is another of almost the like nature;

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