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THE

FATAL DOWRY,

BY

MASSINGER AND FIELD,

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

AYMER, a singer, and keeper of a musick-house, MEN.

also dependant on NovALL junior, ROCHFORT, er-premier president of the parlia-Advocates. ment of Dijon.

Three Creditors. CHARALOIS, a noble gentleman, son to the de- A Priest. ceased marshal.

A Taylor. Romont, a brave officer, friend to CHARALOIS. Barber. NOVALL, senior, premier president of the parlia- Perfumer, ment of Dijon.

Page.
NOVALL, junior, his son, in love with BEAUMELLE.

WOMEN.
Du CROY, president of the parliament of Dijon.
CHARMI, an advocate.

BEAUMELLE, daughter to ROCHFORT.
BEAUMONT, secretary

ROCHFORT.

FLORIMEL, servants to BEAUMELLE; the PONTALIER,

| BELLAPERT, latter the secret agent of No, MALOTIN,

VALL junior. LILADAM, a parasite, dependant on NoVALL Presidents, Captains, Soldiers, Mourna junior.

ers, Gaolers, Bailiffs, Serdants,

} friends of Novall junior.

SCENE,-Dijon,

ACT I.

your will;

But do your parts.
SCENE I.--A street before the Court of Justice. Charmi. I love the cause so well,

As I could run the hazard of a check for it. Enter CHARALOIs with a paper, ROMONT, and

Rom. From whom?
CHARMI.

Charmi. Some of the bench, that watch to go Charmi. Sir, I may move the court to serve

it,

More than to do the office that they sit for: But therein shall both wrong you and myself. But give me, sir, my fee. Rom. Why think you so, sir?

Rom. Now you are noble. Charmi. 'Cause I am familiar

Charmi. I shall deserve this better yet, in giving With what will be their answer: They will say, My lord some council, if he please to hear it, 'Tis against law, and argue me of ignorance,

Than I shall do with pleading. For offering them the motion.

Rom. What may it be, sir? Rom. You know not, sir,

Charmi. That it would please his lordship, as How, in this cause, they may dispense with law,

the presidents And therefore frame not you theiranswer for them, And counsellors of court come by, to stand

my lord,

Here, and but shew himself, and to some one. What can persuasion, though made eloquent
Or two make his request : There is a minute, With grief, work upon such as have changed na-
When a man's presence speaks in his own cause,

tare More than the tongues of twenty advocates. With the most savage beast? Blest, blest be ever Rom. I have urged that.

The memory of that happy age, when justice

Had no guards to keep off wronged innocence Enter ROCHFORT and Du CROY.

From flying to her succours, and, in that, Charmi. Their lordships here are coming,

Assurance of redress! Where now, Romont, I must go get me a place. You'll find me in court, The damned with more ease may ascend from hell, And at your service.

(Exit CHARMI. Than we arrive at her. One Cerberus there Rom. Now, put on your spirits !

Forbids the passage; in our courts a thousand, Du Croy. The ease that you prepare yourself, As loud and fertile-headed; and the client,

That wants the sops to fill their ravenous throats, In giving up the place you hold in court, Must hope for no access. Why should I, then, Will prove, 1 fear, a trouble in the state, Attempt impossibilities, you, friend, being And that no slight one.

Too well acquainted with my dearth of means Roch. Pray you, sir, no more.

To make my entrance that way?
Rom. Now, sir, lose not this offered means : Rom. Would I were not!
Their looks,

But, sir, you have a cause, a cause so just,
Fixed on you with a pitying earnestness, Of such necessity, not to be deferred,
Invite you to demand their
furtherance

As would compel a maid, whose foot was never
To your good purpose. This is such a dulness, Set o'er her father's threshold, nor, within
So foolish and untimely, as-

The house where she was born, ever spake word Du Croy. You know him?

Which was not usher'd with pure virgin blushes, Roch. I do; and much lament the sudden fall To drown the tempest of a pleader's tongue, Of his brave house. It is young Charalois, And force corruption to give back the hire Son to the marshal, from whom he inherits It took against her. Let examples move you. His fame and virtues only.

You see men great in birth, esteem, and fortune, Rom. Ha! they name you.

Rather than lose a scruple of their right, Du Croy. His father died in prison two days Fawn basely upon such, whose gowns put off, since.

They would disdain for servants. Roch. Yes, to the shame of this ungrateful Char. And to these can I become a suitor ? state ;

Rom. Without loss : That such a master in the art of war,

Would you consider, that, to gain their favours, So noble, and so highly meriting

Our chastest dames put off their modesties, From this forgetful country, should, for want Soldiers forget their honours, usurers Of means to satisfy his creditors

Make sacrifice of gold, poets of wit, The sums he took up for the general good, And men religious part with fame and goodness. Meet with an end so infamous.

Be therefore won to use the means that may Rom. Dare you ever hope for like opportunity? Advance your pious ends. Du Croy. My good lord !

Char. You shall overcome. Roch. My wish bring comfort to you!

Rom. And you receive the glory. Pray you Du Croy. The time calls us.

now practise. Roch. Good morrow, colonel !

'Tis well. (Ereunt ROCHFORT and Du CROY. Rom. This obstinate spleen,

Enter NOVALL senior, LILADAM, Advocates, and

three Creditors. You think becomes your sorrow, and sorts well With your black suits: But, grant me wit or Char. [Tenders his petition.] Not look on judgment,

me! And, by the freedom of an honest man,

Rom. You must have patience -Offer it And a true friend to boot, I swear, 'tis shame.

again.
ful;

Char. And be again contemned !
And therefore flatter not yourself with hope, Nov. sen. I know what's to be done.
Your sable habit, with the hat and cloak,

i Cred. And, that your lordship No, though the ribbons help, have power to Will please to do your knowledge, we offer first work them

Our thankful hearts here, as a bounteous earnest To what you would : For those that had no eyes To what we will add. To see the great acts of your father, will not, Nov. sen. One word more of this, From any fashion sorrow can put on,

I am your enemy. Am I a man, Be taught to know their duties.

Your bribes can work on? Ha! Char. If they will not,

Lilad. Friends, you mistake They are too old to learn, and I too young The way to win my lord; he must not hear this, To give them counsel ; since, if they partake But I, as one in favour in his sight, The understanding and the hearts of men, May hearken to you for my profit. Sir! They will prevent my words and tears: If not, Pray hear them,

Nov. sen. 'Tis well.

Rom. I know you for Lilad. Observe him now,

The worst of spirits, that strive to rob the tombs Nov. sen. Your cause being good, and your pro- of what is their inheritance, the dead: ceedings so,

For usurers bred by a riotous peace, Without corruption I am your friend;

That hold the charter of your wealth and freeSpeak your desires.

dom, 2 Cred. Oh, they are charitable ;

By being knaves and cuckolds; that ne'er prayed, The marshal stood engaged unto us three, But when you fear the rich heirs will grow wise, Two hundred thousand crowns, which, by his To keep their lands out of your parchment toils ; death,

And then, the devil, your father, is called upon, We are defeated of. For which great loss To invent some ways of luxury ne'er thought on. We aim at nothing but his rotten flesh ; Be gone, and quickly, or I'll leave no room Nor is that cruelty.

Upon your foreheads for your horns to sprout on; 1 Cred. I have a son

Without a murmur, or I will undo you,
That talks of nothing but of guns and armour, For I will beat you honest.
And swears he'll be a soldier; 'tis an humour i Cred. Thrift forbid !
I would divert him from; and I am told, We will bear this rather than hazard that.
That if I minister to him, in his drink,

[Exeunt Creditors. Powder made of this bankrupt marshal's bones, Provided that the carcase rot above ground,

Re-enter CHARALOIS. 'Twill cure his foolish frenzy.

Rom. I am somewhat eased in this yet. Nov. sen. You shew in it

Char. Only friend, A father's care. I have a son myself,

To what vain purpose do I make my sorrow A fashionable gentleman, and a peaceful: Wait on the triumph of their cruelty? And, but I am assured he is not so given, Or teach their pride, from my hunnitity, He should take of it too.

To think it has o'ercome ? They are determined Chural. Sir,

What they will do; and it may well become me, Nov. sen. What are you?

To rob them of the glory they expect Charal. A gentleman.

From my submiss entreaties. Nov. sen. So are many that rake dunghills. Rom. Think not so, sir : If you have any suit, move it in court:

The difficulties that you encounter with, I take no papers in corners.

[Exit Will crown the undertaking-Heaven! you weep, Rom. Yes, as the matter may be carried, and And I could do so too; but that I know, whereby

There's more expected from the son and friend To manage the conveyance-Follow him. Of him whose fatal loss now shakes our natures, Lilad. You're rude: I say he shall not pass. Than sighs or tears, in which a village nurse,

(Extunt CHARALOIs, and Adducates. Or cunning strumpet, when her knave is hanged, Rom. You say so! On what assurance? May overcome us. We are men, young lord, For the well-cutting of his lordship's corns, Let us not do like women. To the court, Picking his tocs, or any office else

And there speak like your birth : Wake sleeping Nearer to baseness !

justice, Lilad. Look upon me better;

Or dare the axe. This is a way will sort Are these the ensigns of so coarse a fellow? With what you are: I call you not to that Be well advised.

I will shrink from myself; I will deserve Rom. Out, rogue! do not I know

Your thanks, or suffer with you~0 how bravely These glorious weeds spring from the sordid That sudden fire of anger shews in you! dunghill

Give fuel to it ; since you are on a shelf Of thy officious baseness? Wert thou worthy Of extreme danger, sutter like yourself. [Exeunt. Of any thing from me, but my contempt, I would do more than this.--[Beats him.) more, SCENE II.-The Court of Justice.

you court-spider! Lilad. But that this man is lawless, he should Enter Rocurort, NoVALL, sen. Presidents

, find

CHARMI, Du CROY, BEAUMONT, Advocates, That I am valiant.

Officers, and three Creditors. 1 Cred. If your ears are fast,

Du Croy. Your lordships seated, may this 'Tis nothing. What's a blow or two? As much.

meeting prove 2 Cred. These chastisements as useful are as Prosperous to us, and to the general good of Burfrequent

gundy! To such as would grow rich.

Nov. sen. Speak to the point. Rom. Are they so, rascals ? I will befriend you Du Croy-Which is then

(Kicks them. With honour to dispose the place and power 1 Cred. Bear witness, sirs !

Of premier president, which this reverend man, Lilad. Truth, I have borne my part already, Grave Rochfort (whom for honour's sake I name) friends!

Is purposed to resign; a place, my lords, In the court you shall have more. [Exit. I In which he hath with such integrity.

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Performed the first and best parts of a judge, (Which guilty, nay, condemned men, dare not That, as his life transcends all fair examples

scandal) Of such as were before him in Dijon,

It will erect a trophy of your mercy,
So it remains to those that shall succeed him, Which married to that justice-
A precedent they may imitate, but not equal. Nov. sen. Speak to the cause.
Roch. I may not sit to hear this.

Charmi. I will, my lord. To say, the late dead Du Croy. Let the love

marshal, And thankfulness we are bound to pay to good. The father of this young lord here, my client, ness,

Hath done his country great and faithful service, In this o'ercome your modesty.

Might tax me of impertinence, to repeat Rock. My thanks

What your grave lordships cannot but rememFor this great favour shall prevent your trouble.

ber: The honourable trust that was imposed

He, in his life, became indebted to Upon my weakness, since you witness for me These thrifty men, (I will not wrong their credits, It was not ill discharged, I will not mention; By giving them the attributes they now merit,) Nor now, if age had not deprived me of

And failing, by the fortune of the wars, The little strength I had to govern well

Of means to free himself from his engagements, The province that I undertook, forsake it. He was arrested, and, for want of bail,

Noo. sen. That we could lend you of our years! Imprisoned at their suit; ånd, not long after, Du Croy. Or strength!

With loss of liberty ended his life. Nov. ser. Or, as you are, persuade you to con And, though it became a maxim in our laws, tinue

All suits die with the person, these men’s malice The noble exercise of your knowing judgment! In death finds mátter for their hate to work on, Roch. That may not be; nor can your lord- Denying him the decent rites of burial, ships' goodness,

Which the sworn enemies of the christian faith Since your employments have conferred upon Grant freely to their slaves. May it therefore

please Sufficient wealth, deny the use of it;

Your lordships so to fashion your decree, And though old age, when one foot's in the That

, what their cruelty doth forbid, your pity grave,

May give allowance to. In many, when all humours else are spent, Nov. sen. How long have you, sir, practised in Feeds no affection in them, but desire

court? To add height to the mountain of their riches, Charmi. Some twenty years, my lord. In me it is not so. I rest content

Nov. sen. By your gross ignorance, it should With the honours and estate I now possess :

appear, And, that I may have liberty to use,

Not twenty days. What Heaven, still blessing my poor industry, Charmi. I hope I have given no cause in this, Hath made me master of, I pray the court To ease me of my burthen, that I may

Nov. sen. How dare you move the court Employ the small remainder of my life

To the dispensing with an act confirmed In living well, and learning how to die so. By parliament, to the terror of all bankrupts ?

Go home! and with more care peruse the ståEnter ROMONT and CHARALOIS.

tutes: Rom. See, sir, our advocate.

Or the next motion, savouring of this boldness, Du Croy. The court entreats

May force you, sir, to leap (against your will) Your lordship will be pleased to name the man, Over the place you plead at. Which you would have your successor, and in me Charmi. I foresaw this. All promise to confirm it.

Rom. Why, does your lordship think the moKoch. I embrace it As an assurance of their favour to me,

A cause, more honest than this court had ever And name my lord Novall.

The honour to determine, can deserve
Du Croy. The court allows it.

A check like this?
Roch. But there are suitors wait here, and Nov. sen. Strange boldness!

Rom. 'Tis fit freedom:
May be of more necessity to be heard;

Or, do you conclude, an advocate cannot hold I therefore wish that mine may be deferred, His credit with the judge, unless he study And theirs have hearing.

His face more than the cause for which he pleads? Du Croy. If your lordship please (To Nov.sen. Charmi. Forbear! To take the place, we will proceed.

Rom. Or cannot you, that have the power
Charmi. The cause

To qualify the rigour of the laws,
We come to offer to your lordship’s censure, When you are pleased, take a little from
Is in itself so noble, that it needs not

The strictness of your sour decrees, enacted Or rhetoric in me that plead, or favour

In favour of the greedy creditors, From your grave lordships, to determine of it ; Against the overthrown debtor? Since to the praise of your impartial justice Nov. sen, Sirrah! you that prate

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Thus sancily, what are you?

To quit the burden of a hopeless life, Rom. Why, I'll tell thee,

Than scorn of death, or duty to the dead. Thou purple-coloured man! I am one, to whom I, therefore, bring the tribute of my praise Thou owest the means thou hast of sitting there, To your severity, and commend the justice, A corrupt elder.

That will not, for the many services Charmi. Forbear.

That any man hath done the commonwealth, Rom. The nose thou wear’st is my gift, and Wink at his least of ills. What though my fathose eyes,

ther That meet no object so base as their master, Writ man before he was so, and confirmed it, Had been long since torn from that guilty head, By numbering that day no part of his life, And thou thyself slave to some needy Swiss,

In which he did not service to his country; Had I not worn a sword, and used it better Was he to be free therefore from the laws, Than in thy prayers thou ever didst thy tongue. And ceremonious form in your decrees? Nov. sen. Shall such an insolence pass unpu- or else, because he did as much as man, nished!

In those three memorable overthrows, Charmi. Hear me.

At Granson, Morat, Nancy, where his master, Rom. Yet I, that, in my service done my coun- The warlike Charalois (with whose misfortune try,

I bear his name) lost treasure, men, and life, Disdain to be put in the scale with thee, To be excused from payment of those sums Confess myself unworthy to be valued

Which (his own patrimony spent) his zeal With the least part, nay, hair of the dead mar To serve his country forced him to take up? shal;

Nov. sen. The precedent were ill. Of whose so many glorious undertakings,

Char. And yet, my lord, this much
Make choice of any one, and that the meanest, I know you'll grant: after those great defeatures,
Performed against the subtle fox of France, Which in their dreadful ruins buried quick
The politic Lewis, or the more desperate Swiss,
And twill outweigh all the good purposes,

Re-enter Oficers.
Though put in act, that ever gownman practised. Courage and hope in all men but himself,
Noo. sen. Away with him to prison !

He forced the proud foe, in his height of conRom. If that curses,

quest, Urged justly, and breathed forth so, ever fell To yield unto an honourable peace, On those that did deserve them, let not mine And in it saved an hundred thousand lives, Be spent in vain now, that thou, from this in- To end his own, that was sure proof against stant,

The scalding summer's heat, and winter's frosta Mayest, in thy fear that they will fall upon thee, Ill airs, the cannon, and the enemy's sword, Be sensible of the plagues they shall bring with In a most loathsome prison. them.

Du Croy. 'Twas his fault
And for denying of a little earth,

To be so prodigal.
To cover what remains of our great soldier, Nov. sen. He had from the state
May all your wives prove whores, your factors Sufficient entertainment for the army.
thieves,

Char. Sufficient, my lords ? You sit at home, And, while you live, your riotous heirs undo you! And, though your fees are boundless at the bar, And thou, the patron of their cruelty,

Are thrifty

in the charges of the warOf all thy lordships live not to be owner But your wills be obeyed. To these I turn, Of so much dung as will conceal a dog,

To these soft-hearted men, that wisely know Or, what is worse, thyself in! And thy years, They're only good men that pay what they owe. To th' end thou mayst be wretched, I wish many; 2 Cred. And so they are. And, as thou hast denied the dead a grave, i Cred. 'Tis the city doctrine; May misery in thy life make thee desire one, We stand bound to maintain it. Which men, and all the elements, keep from Char. Be constant in it; thee!

And, since you are as merciless in your natures, I have begun well ; imitate, exceed. (To CHAR. As base and mercenary in your means, Roch. Good counsel, were it a praise-worthy By which you get your wealth, I will not urge

deed. (Ereunt officers with ROMONT. The court to take away one scruple from Du Croy. Remember what we are.

The right of their laws, or wish]one good thought Char. Thus low my duty

In you to mend your disposition with. Answers your lordship's counsel. I will use,

I know there is no music to your ears In the few words with which I am to trouble So pleasing as the groans of men in prison, Your lordship's ears, the temper that you wish And that the tears of widows, and the cries

Of famished orphans, are the feasts that take Not that I fear to speak my thoughts as loud,

you. And with a liberty beyond Romont ;

That to be in your danger, with more care But that I know, for me, that am made up · Should be avoided than infectious air, Of all that's wretched, so to haste my end, "The loathed embraces of diseased women, Would seem to most rather a willingness A flatterer's poison, or the loss of honour.

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