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tell you.

There be too many great men that adore her, 1 Lady. How does the sweet young beauty, Princes, and princes" fellows, that claim privilege.

lady Margaret ? Sanch. Yet those stand off i' the way of mar 2 Lady. Has she slept well after her walk last riage.

night? To be tied to a man's pleasure is a second labour. 1 Lady. Are her dreams gentle to her mind ? Alon. She has bought a brave house here in Alt. All's well, town.

She's
very well;

she sent for you thus suddenly, Sanch. I have heard so.

To give her counsel in a business
Alon. If she convert it now to pious uses, That much concerns her.
And bid poor gentlemen welcome!

2 Lady. She does well and wisely, Sanch. When comes she to it?

To ask the counsel of the ancient'st, madam; Alon. Within these two days: she is in the Our years have run through many things she country yet,

knows not. And keeps the noblest house.

Alt. She would fain marry. Sanch. Then there's some hope of her.

1 Lady. 'Tis a proper calling, Wilt thou go my way?

And well beseems her years. Who would she Alon. No, no, I must leave you,

yoke with ? And repair to an old gentlewoman

Alt. That's left to argue on ; I pray come in That has credit with her, that can speak a good And break your fast, drink a good cup or two, word.

To strengthen your understandings, then she'll Sanch. Send thee good fortune, but make thy body sound first.

2 Lady. And good wine breeds good counsel ; Alon. I am a soldier,

We'll yield to ye.

(Ereunt. And too sound a body becomes me not. Farewell, Sanchio.

(E.reunt.

Enter JUAN DE CASTRO and LEON,

Juan. Have you seen any service ?
Enter a Serdant of MICHAEL PEREZ.

Leon. Yes.
Sero. 'Tis this or that house, or I have lost my Juan. Where?
aim ;

Leon. Everywhere. They are both fair buildings; she walked plaguy Juan. What office bore ye? fast,

Leon. None, I was not worthy.

Juan. What captains know you?
Enter ESTIFANIA.

Leon. None, they were above me.
And hereabouts I lost her : stay, that's she, Juan. Were you never hurt?
'Tis very she-she makes me a low court'sy; Leon. Not that I well remember ;
Let me note the place, the street I will

remember. But once I stole a hen, and then they beat me:

[Erit Estir. Pray ask me no long questions, I have an ill mcShe is in again; certain some noble lady.

mory. How happy should I be if she love my master: Juan. This is an ass; did you never draw A wondrous goodly house! here are brave lod

your sword yet? gings,

Leon. Not to do any harm, I thank Heaven And I shall sleep now like an emperor,

for't. And eat abundantly: I thank my fortune, Juan. Nor ne'er ta'en prisoner ? P'll back with speed, and bring him happy tidings. Leon. No, I ran away ;

(Exit. For I had ne'er no money to redeem me.

Juan. Can you endure a drum ?
Enter three old Ladies.

Leon. It makes my head ache. 1 Lady. What should it mean, that in such Juan. Are you not valiant when you are drunk ! haste

Leon. I think not, but I am loving, sir. We are sent for?

Juan. What a lump is this man ! Lady. Belike the lady Margaret has some Was your father wise? business

Leon. Too wise for me, I'm sure, She would break to us in private.

For he gave all he had to my younger brother. 3 Lady. It should seem so.

Juan. That was no foolish part, I'll bear you 'Tis a good lady, and a wise young lady.

witness. 2 Lady. And virtuous enough too, I warrant ye, Canst thou lie with a woman? For a young woman of her years; 'tis a pity Leon. I think I could make shift, sir, To load her tender age with too much virtue. But I am bashful. 3 Lady. 'Tis more sometimes than we can well Juan. In the night?

Leon. I know not,

Darkness indeed may do some good upon me. Enter ALTEA.

Juan. Why art thou sent to me to be my officer, Alt. Good morrow, ladies.

Ay, and commended too, when thou dar’st not All . 'Morrow, my good madam.

fight?

away with.

may leak else.

use it.

Leon. There be more officers of my opinion, If he go with thee.
Or I am cozened, sir, men that talk more too. Juan. About some week hence, sir,

Juan. How wilt thou 'scape a bullet? If I can hit upon no abler officer,
Leon. Why, by chance :

You shall hear from me.
They aim at honourable men; alas, I am none, Leon. I desire no better.

[Exit. sir. Juan. This fellow has some doubts in's talk

Enter ESTIFANIA and PEREZ. that strike me;

Per. You have made me now too bountiful

amends, lady, Enter ALONZO.

For your strict carriage when you saw me first : He cannot be all fool. Welcome, Alonzo. These beauties were not meant to be conceal’d, Alon. What have you got there, temperance It was a wrong to hide so sweet an object. into your company?

I could now chide ye, but it shall be thus, The spirit of peace? we shall have wars No other anger ever touch your sweetness.

Estif. You appear to me so honest, and so Enter CACAFOGO.

civil, By th' ounce then. O here's another pumpion, Without a blush, sir, I dare bid you welcome. Let him loose for luck's sake, the crammed son Per. Now let me ask your name. Of a starved usurer, Cacafogo; both their brains Estif. 'Tis Estifania, the heir of this poor buttered,

place. Cannot make two spoonfuls.

Per. "Poor do you call it? Caca. My father's dead: I am a man of war There's nothing that I cast mine eyes upon, too,

But shews both rich and admirable; all the rooms Monies, demesnes: I have ships at sea too, Are hung as if a princess were to dwell here ; Captains.

The gardens, orchards, every thing so curious: Juan. Take heed o' th' Hollanders ; your ships is all that plate your own too?

Estif. "Tis but little, Caca. I scorn the Hollanders, they are my Only for present use; I have more and richer, drunkards.

When need shall call, or friends compel me Alon. Put up your gold, sir, I'll borrow it else. Caca. I am satisfied, you shall not.

The suits you see, of all the upper chambers, Come out, I know thee, meet mine anger ins Are those that commonly adorn the house. tantly.

I think I have besides, as fair as Seville, Leon. I never wrong'd ye.

Or any town in Spain can parallel. Caca. Thou hast wrong'd mine honour, Per. Now if she be not married, I have some Thou look’d'st upon my mistress thrice lascivi hopes. ously,

Are you a maid ?
I'll make it good.

Ešíif. You make me blush to answer;
Juan. Do not heat yourself, you will surfeit. I ever was accounted so to this hour,
Caca. Thou won'st my money too, with a And that's the reason that I live retir'd, sir.
pair of base bones,

Per. Then would I counsel you to marry preIn whom there was no truth, for which I beat sently, thee,

(If I can get her I am made for ever) I beat thee much, now I will hurt thee danger. For every year you lose, you lose a beauty. ously.

A husband now, an honest careful husband, This shall provoke thee.

[He strikes. Were; such a comfort: will you walk above Alon. You struck too low by a foot, sir.

stairs? Juun. You must get a ladder when you

would Estif. This place will fit our talk, 'tis fitter beat

far, sir; This fellow,

Above there are day-beds, and such temptations Leon. I cannot chuse but kick again; pray I dare not trust, sir. pardon me.

(Kicks him. Per. She is excellent wise withal too. Caca. Hadst thou not ask'd my pardon, I had Estif. You nam'd a husband; I am not so kill’u thee.

strict, sir, I leave thee as a thing despis’d, assoles manus a Nor tied unto a virgin's solitariness,

vostra siniare a Muistre. [Erit Cac. But if an honest, and a noble one, Alon. You have 'scap'd by miracle; there is Rich, and a soldier, for so I have vowed be not in all Spain

shall be, A spirit of more fury than this fire-drake. Were offer'd me, I think I should accept him ; Leon. I see he is hasty, and I would give him But, above all, he must love. leave

Per. He were base, else,
To beat me soundly, if he would take my bond. There's comfort ministered in the word soldier,

Juun. What shall I do with this fellow? How sweetly should I live!
Alon. Turn him off;

Estif: I am not so ignorant, but that I know He will infect the camp with cowardice,

well,

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How to be commanded,
And how again to make myself obey'd, sir.
I waste but little, I have gather'd much;
My rial not the less worth, when 'tis spent,
If spent by my direction, to please my husband.
I hold it as indifferent in my duty,
To be his maid i'th' kitchen, or his cook,
As in the hall to know myself the mistress.
Per. Sweet, rich, and provident; now, fortune,

stick
To me! I am a soldier, and a bachelor, lady,
And such a wife as you I could love infinitely.
They that use many words, some are deceitful.
I long to be a husband, and a good one,
For 'tis most certain I shall make a precedent
For all that follow me, to love their ladies.
I am young, you see, able I would have you think

too;
If 't please you know, try me before you take
'Tis true I shall not meet in equal wealth
With thee, but jewels, chains, such as the war
Has given me, a thousand ducats I dare

Presume on in ready gold, now as your
Care may handle it; as rich clothes too, as
Any he bears arms, lady.
Éstif. You are a true gentleman, and fair, I

see by ye,
And such a man I had rather take
Per. Pray do so, I'll have a priest o' th' sud-

den.
Estif. And as suddenly you will repent too.

Per. I'll be hang'd or drown'd first,
By this, and this, and this kiss.

Estif. You are a flatterer;
But I must say there was something when I saw

you
First, in that most noble face, that stirr'd my fancy.
Pér. I'll stir it better ere you sleep, sweet

lady:
I'll send for all my trunks, and give up all to ye,
Into your own dispose, before I bed ye,
And then, sweet wench-
Estif. You have the art to cozen me.

(Exeunt.

me.

ACT II.

you marry then?

this rare

1 Lady. You are still i' th' right; why would SCENE I.

Alt. Because a husband stops all doubts in Enter MARGARITA, two Ladies, and ALTEA.

this point, Marg. Sit down, and give me your opinions And clears all passages. seriously.

2 Lady. What husband mean ye? i Lady. You say you have a mind to marry,

Alt. Å husband of an easy faith, a fool, lady.

Made by her wealth, and moulded to her pleasure; Marg. 'Tis true, I have, for to preserve my

One, though he see himself become a monster, credit;

Shall hold the door, and entertain the maker. Yet not so much for that as for my state, ladies, 2 Lady. You grant there may be such a man. Conceive me right, there lies the main o'th' i Lady. Yes marry, but how to bring 'em to

question; Credit I can redeem, money will imp it.

Perfection. But when my money's gone, when the law shall 2 Ludy. They must be chosen so, things of no Seize that, and for incontinency strip me

honour, Of all

Nor outward honesty. 1 Lady. Do you find your body so malicious Marg. No, 'tis no matter, that way?

I care not what they are, so they be lusty. Marg. I find it as all bodies are that are 2 Lady. Methinks now a rich lawyer, some young and lusty,

such fellow, Lazy, and high-fed ; I desire my pleasure, That carries credit, and a face of awe, And pleasure I must have.

But lies with nothing but his clients' business. 2 Lady. 'Tis fit you should have,

Marg. No, there's no trusting them, they are Your years require it, and 'tis necessary,

too subtle, As necessary as meat to a young lady;

The law has moulded 'em of natural mischief. Sleep cannot nourish more.

i Lady. Then some grave governor, i Lody. But might not all this be, and keep Some man of honour, yet an easy man. ye single?

Marg. If he have honour I am undone, I'll You take away variety in marriage,

none such ; The abundance of the pleasure you are barr'd I'll have have a lusty man, 'honour will cloy me. then:

Alt. 'Tis fit ye should, lady; Is't not abundance that ye aim at?

And to that end, with search and wit and labour, Marg. Yes, why was I made a woman? I have found one out, a right one and a perfect. 2 Lady. And every day a new?

He is made as strong as brass, is of brave years Marg. Why fair and young but to use it?

too,

And doughty of complexion.

When shall we come to thy house, and be freely Marg. Is he a gentleman ?

merry? Alt. Yes, and a soldier, as gentle as you Per. When I have manag'd her a little more; would wish him,

I have an house to entertain an army. A good fellow, wears good clothes.

Alon. If thy wife be fair, thou wilt have few less Marg. Those I'll allow him,

Come to thee. They are for my credit; does he understand Per. But where they'd get entertainment is But little?

the point, signior. Alt. Very little.

I beat no drum. Marg. 'Tis the better.

Alon. You need none but her tabor. Have not the wars bred him up to anger.

Per. May be I'll march after a month or two, Alt. No, he will not quarrel with a dog that To get me a fresh stomach. I find, colonel, bites him ;

A wantonness in wealth, methinks I agree not Let him be drunk or sober, is one silence.

with; Marg: H'as no capacity what honour is ? 'Tis such a trouble to be married too, For that's the soldier's god.

And have a thousand things of great importance, Alt. Honour's a thing too subtle for his wis- Jewels, and plate, and fooleries molest me, dom ;

To have a man's brains whimsied with his wealth: If honour lie in eating, he is right honourable. Before, I walk'd contentedly. Marg. Is he so goodly a man, do you say?

Enter Servant. Alt. As

you

shall see, lady; But to all this is but a trunk.

Sero. My mistress, sir, is sick, because you are Marg. I would have him so,

absent, I shall add branches to him to adorn him. She mourns, and will not eat. Go, find me out this man, and let me see him. Per. Alas, my jewel ! If he be that motion that you tell me of, Come, I'll go with thee. Gentlemen, your fair And make no more noise, I shall entertain him.

leaves; Let him be here.

You see I'm tied a little to my yoke. Alt. He shall attend your ladyship.

Pray pardon me; would ye had both such loving [Ereunt.

wives ! (Exeunt PEREZ and Servant.

Juan. I thank ye
Enter JUAN, ALONZO, and PEREZ.

For your old boots. Never be blank, Alonzo, Juan. Why, thou art not married indeed? Because this fellow has outstript thy fortune; Per. No, no, pray think so.

Tell me ten days hence what he is, and how Alas, I am a fellow of no reckoning,

The gracious state of matrimony stands with him. Not worth a lady's eye.

Come, let's to dinner; when Margarita comes, Alon. Wouldst thou steal a fortune,

We'll visit both, it may be then your fortune. And make none of all thy friends acquainted

(Exeunt. with it, Nor bid us to thy wedding?

Enter MARGARITA, ALTEA, and Ladies. Per. No indeed,

Marg. Is he come? There was no wisdom in't to bid an artist,

Alt. Yes, madam, he has been here this half An old seducer to a female banquet:

hour; I can cut up my pie without

your

instructions. I have question’d him of all you can ask him, Juan. Was it the wench i th' veil ?

And find him as fit as you had made the man; Per. Basto; 'twas she,

He will make the goodliest shadow for iniquity. The prettiest rogue that e'er

you
look'd

upon, Marg. Have ye searched him, ladies ? The loving'st thief.

Omnes. He's a man at all points, a likely man. Juan. And is she rich withal too?

Marg. Call him in, Altea. (E.rit Lady. Per. A mine, a mine, there is no end of wealth, colonel.

Enter LEON, ALTEA.
I am an ass, a bashful fool! Prithee, colonel, A man of a good presence; pray ye come this

way: How do thy companies fill now?

Of a lusty body; is his mind so tame? Juan. You are merry, sir;

Alt. Pray ye question him, and if you find You intend a safer war at home belike now.

him not Per. I do not think I shall fight much this year, Fit for your purpose, shake him off, there's no colonel ;

harm done. I find myself given to my ease a little.

Marg. Can you love a young lady? How he I care not if I sell

my
foolish
company,

blushes! They are things of hazard.

Altea: Leave twirling of your hat, and hald Ålon. How it angers me,

your head up, This fellow at first sight should win a lady, And speak to th’ lady: A rich young wench, and I that have consum'd Leon. Yes, I think I can. My time and art in searching out their subtleties, I must be caught; I know not what it means, Like a fool'd alchemist blow up my hopes still !

madam,

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Marg. You shall be taught. And can you, Marg. 'Tis the man I wish'd for; the less when she pleases,

you speak, Go ride abroad, and stay a week or two?

Leon. I'll never speak again, madam, You shall have men and horses to attend ye, But when you charge me; then I'll speak softly too. And money in your purse.

Marg. Get me a priest, I'll wed him instantly; Leon. Yes, I love riding,

But when you are married, sir, you must wait And when I am from home I am so merry! Upon me, and see you observe my laws. Marg. Be as merry as you will ; can you as Leon. Else you shall hang me. handsomely

Marg. I'll give you better clothes when you When you are sent for back, come with obedience,

deserve 'em. And do your duty to the lady loves you? Come in, and serve for witnesses. Leon. Yes, sure, I shall.

Omnes. We shall, madam. Marg. And when you see her friends here, Marg. And then away to th' city presently, Or noble kinsmen, can you entertain

I'll to my new house and new company. Their servants in the cellar, and be busied, Leon. A thousand crowns are thine, and I am And hold your peace, whate'er you see or hear of?

a made man. Leon. Twere fit I were hang'd else.

Alt. Do not break out too soon. Marg. Let me try your kisses.

Leon. I know my time, wench. [Ereunt. How the fool shakes! I will not eat ye, sir. Beshrew my heart, he kisses wondrous manly!

Enter CLARA and ESTIFANIA, with a Paper. Can ye do any thing else?

Cla. What, have you caught him?
Leon. Indeed, I know not;

Estif. Yes.
But if your ladyship will please to instruct me, Cla. And do you find him
Sure I shall learn.

A man of those hopes that you aim'd at ?
Marg. You shall then be instructed.

Estif. Yes too, If I should be this lady that affects ye,

And the most kind man, and the ablest also Nay, say I marry ye.

To give a wife content; he is sound as old wine, Alt. Hark to the lady.

And to his soundness rises on the palate, Marg. What money have ye?

And there's the man; I find him rich too, Clara. Leon. None, madam, nor friends.

Cla. Hast thou married him ? I would do any thing to serve your ladyship. Estif. What, dost thou think I fish without a Marg. You must not look to be my master, sir,

bait, wench? Nor talk i' th' house as though you wore the I bob for fools; he is mine own, I have him : breeches,

I told thee what would tickle him like a trout, No, nor command in any thing.

And as I cast it, so I caught him daintily, Leon. I will not,

And all he has I have 'stow'd at my devotion. Alas, I am not able; I have no wit, madam. Cla. Does thy lady know this ? she is coming Marg. Nor do not labour to arrive at any,

now to town, 'Twill spoil your head; I take ye upon charity, Now to live here in this house. And like a servant ye must be unto me;

Estif. Let her come; As I behold your duty I shall love ye,

She shall be welcome, I am prepar'd for her ; And, as you observe me, I may chance lie with

ye.

She is mad sure, if she be angry at my fortune, Can you mark these?

For what I have made bold. Leon. Yes, indeed, forsooth.

Cla. Dost thou not love him? Marg. There is one thing,

Estif. Yes, entirely well, That if I take ye in, I put ye from me,

As long as there he stays and looks no farther Utterly from me, you must not be saucy, Into my ends; but when he doubts, I hate him, No, nor at any time familiar with me,

And that wise hate will teach me how to cozen him: Scarce know me, when I call ye not.

A lady tames he, and reads men warnings, Leon. I will not ; alas, I never knew myself How to decline their wives, and curb their sufficiently.

manners, Marg. Nor must not now.

To put a stern and strong rein to their natures, Leon. I'll be a dog to please ye.

And holds he is an ass not worth acquaintance, Marg. Indeed you must fetch and carry as I That cannot mould a devil to obedience. appoint ye.

I owe him a good turn for these opinions, Leon. I were to blame else.

And as I find his temper I may pay him.
Marg. Kiss me again ;-a strong fellow,

Enter PEREZ.
There is vigour in his lips : if you see me
Kiss any other, twenty in an hour, sir,

O, here he is; now you shall see a kind man.' You must not start, nor be offended.

Per. My Estifania, shall we to dinner, lamb ? Leon. No, if you kiss a thousand I shall be I know thou stay'st for me. contented,

Estif. I cannot eat else. It will the better teach me how to please ye. Per. I never enter, but methinks a paradise Alt. I told ye, madam.

Appears about me. VOL. III.

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