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ing to a stranger of his quality. I beseech you all be better known to this gentleman, whom I com. mend to you as a' noble friend of mine. How wore thiy he is I will leave to 'appear hereafter, rather than story lim in his own hearing.
French. Sir, we have been knowýn togeiher in Orleans.
Poft. Since when I have been debtor to you for courtelies, which I will be ever to pay, and yet pay fill.
French. Sir, vou d'er-rate my poor kindness. I. was glad I did attone my countryman and you ; it had been pity you should have been put together with so mortal a purpose as then each bore, upon importance of so slight and trivial a nature.
Post. By your pardon, Sir, I was then a young traveller; rather shund to go even with what I heard *, than in my every action to be guided by
other's experiences; but upon my mended judgment, if I offend not to say it is mended, my quarrel was not altogether flighit.
French. 'Faith, yes, to be put to the arbitrement of swords; and by such two, that would by all likelihood have confounded one the other, or have * fall'n both.'
lach. Can we with manners ask, what was the difference?
French. Safély, 'I think. 'Twas a contention in public, which may, without contradi&tion, suffer the report. It was much like ån argument that fell out laft night, where each of us fell in praise of our country inistresses: this gentleman at that time vouching, and upon warrant of bloody affirmation, his to be more fair, virtuous, wise, chaste, conftant, qualified, and lefs attemptible than any the rarest of our ladies in France.
This is expressed with a kind of fantastical per. plexity. . He means, I was then willing to take for my rection the experience of others, more than fưch'in telligence as I had gathered myself. 'Johnson. V ol. IX.
Jach. That lady is not now living, or this gentle man's opinion by this worn out.
Poft. She holds her virtue still, and I my mind.
lach. You must not so far prefer her 'fore ours of Italy.
Post. Being so far provok'd, as I was in France, I would abate her nothing; tlo' , I profess myself her adorer, not her friend.
Jach. As fair and as good, a kind of hand-ins "hand comparison, had been fomething too fair and too good for any lady in Britain. if he went bes fore others I have seen, as that diamond of yoursout-lustres many I have beheld, I could believe The excelled many; but I have not seen the most precious diamond that is, nor you the lady.
Post I prais'd her as I rated her; so do I my stone. lach. What do you esteein it at ? Post. More than the world enjoys.
lach. Either your unparagon'd mistress is dead, or she's out-priz’d by a trifie.
Post. You are mistaken; the one may be fold or given, if there were wealth enough for the purchase, or nerit for the gift : the other is not a thing for sale, and only thie gift of the gods. Tach. Which the gods have given you. Poft, Which, by their graces, I will keep..
Tach. You may wear her in title yours; but, you know, strange fowl light upon neighbouring ponds. Your ring may be stol'n too; so, of your brace of unprizeable estimations, the one is but frail, and the other casual. A cunning thief, or a that way.. accomplish'd courtier, would hazard the winning both of first and last.
Poft. Your Italy contains none so accomplilı'd ar: courtier to convince * the honour of my mistress; if in the holding or loss of that you term her frail.. I do nothing doubt you have store of thieves, not-withstanding I fear not my ring.
Phil. Let us leare here, Gentlemen.
* Convince for overcome. -Warburton.
Bior, I thank him, makes no stranger of me; we are familiar at first.
Iach. With five times so much conversation, I fhould get ground of your fair mistress; make her go back, even to the yielding, had I admittance and opportunity to friend.
Poft. No, no. lach. I dare thereupon pawn the moiety of my estare to your ring, whichi, in my opinion, o'ervalues it something. But I make my wager rather against your confidence than her reputation; and, to bar your offence herein too, I durs
attempt it against any lady in the world.
Poft. You are a great deal abus'd in too bold a persuasion ; and I doubt not you'd fuftain what you're worthy of by your attempt.
Jach. What's that?
Poft. A repulfe: though your attempt, as you call it, deserves more; a punishment too.
Phil. Gentlemenr; enough of this ; it came in too suddenly, let it die as it was born; and I pray you be better acquainted.
Iach. 'Would I had put my eftate and my neigh“, bour's on the approbation * of what I have spoke.
Poft. What lady would you chufe to affail?
fach. Yours; who in conftancy, you think, stands fo safe. I will lay you ten thousand ducats to your ring, that,.commend me to the court where your lady is, with no more advantage than the opportunity of a second conference, I will bring from thence that honour of hers, which you imagine to referv'd.
Poft. I will wage against your gold, gold to it: my ring 1 hold dear as my finger, "tis
of it. kach. You are a friend t; and therein the wiser. If you buy ladies' fieth-at a million a dram, you
• Prof. Johnsor.
+ You are a friend to the lady, and therein the wiser, as you will not expose her to hazard ; and that you fear, is a proof of your religious fidelity. Johnson
cannot preserve it from tainting. But, I see, you have some religion in you, that you fear.
Post. This is but a custom in your tongue; you. bear a graver purpose, I hope.
Iach. I am the master of my speeches, and would undergo what's spoken, I swear.
Poft. Will you? I shall but lend my diamond: Prill your return; let there be covenanis drawn between us. My mistress exceeds in goodness the hugeness of your unworthy thinking. I dare you to this match; here's my ring:
Phil. I will have it no lay.
lach. By the gods it is one. If I bring you no fufficient ieftimony that I have enjoy'd'the dearest bodily part of your mitreis, my ten thousand dus cats are yours, so is your diamond too; if I come off, and leave her in such honour as you have trust in, the your jewel, this your jewel, and my gold are yours; provided I have your commendation, for ny more free entertainment.
Poft. I embrace these conditions ; let us have articles betwixt us; only, thus far you shall answer : if you make your voyage upon her, and give me directly to understand you have prevail, I am no further your enemy, she is not worth our olebate ; if lhe remain unseduc'd, you not making it appear otherwile, for your ill opinion, and the asiault you have made to her chaltiiy, you shall answer me with your sword.
Iach. Your hand, a covenant. We will have these things fet down by lawful counsel, and straight away for Britain, left the bargain should catch cold, and starve. I will fetch my gold, and have our two wagers recorded. Poft, Agreed.
[Expunt 'Poft. and lach, French. Will this hold,' ihink you?
Phil. Signior Jachimo will not from it. Pray let us follow 'em.
Changes to Cymbeline's Palace in Britain. Enter Queen, Ladies, and Cornelius with a phial. Queen. While yet the dew 's on ground, gather
those fiowers : Make hafte. -Who has the note of them?
i Lady. I, Madam. Queen. Dispatch.
[Exeunt Ladies. Now, master Doctor, you have brought thole drugs? Cor. Pleaseth your Highness, ay; here they are,
Madam. But I beseech your Grace, without offence, My conscience bids me ask, wherefore you have Commanded of me these most pois'nous compounds, Which are the movers of a languishing death; But, though flow, deadly:
Queen. I wonder, Doctor, Thou ask'st me, such a question: have I not been : Thy pupil long? halt ihou not learned me how To make perfumes ? diftil? preterve? yea, fo, That our great king himself doth wooe ine oft For my confections? Having thus far proceeded, Unless thou think'it me dev'lish, is't not meet That I did amplify my judgmen in Orher conclusions? I will try the forcesOf thefe thy compounds on fuch creatures as We count:not worth the hanging, but none human, Tò try the vigour of them, and apply Allayments to their act; and by them gather Their fev'ral virtues and effects.
Cor. Your Highness Shall from this practice but make hard your heart ; ; Befides, the seeing ihese effects will be Both noisome and infectious. Queen. O, content thee.
Enter Pisanio. Here comes a datt'ring rascal: upon him :: [ Afide,