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Laz. My friends, will ye let me have With my Woman-Hater. Here will I sit: That little favour

I may get sight of some of my friends; it 1 Int. Sir, you shall have law, And nothing else.

Needs be a comfort to them to see me here. Laz. To let me stay the eating of A bit or two; for I protest I am yet fasting.

Enter Duke, Gondarino, Valore, and Arrigo. Juliu, I'll have no traitor come within my Gond. Are we all sufficiently disguis'd ? house.

for this house Lar. Now could I wish myself I had been

Where she attends me, is not to be visited Traitor! I have strength enough for to en

In our own shapes. dure it,

Dike. We are not ourselves.

[yet Had I but patience. Man, thou art but grass,

Arr. I know the house to be sinful enough; Thou art a bubble, and thou must perish.

I have been, heretofore, Then lead along; I am prepar'd for all :

And durst now, but for discovering of you, Since I have lost my hopes, welcome my

fall! Appear here in my own likeness. 2 Int. Away, sir!

Duke. Where is Lucio ? (monwealth Laz. As thou hast hope of man,

Arr. My lord, he said the affairs of the coinStay but this dislı this two l.ours; I doubt not Would not suffer hiin to attend always. But I shall be discharged: by this light,

Duke. Some great ones, questionless, that I will inarry thee!

he will handle. Juliu. You shall marry me first then.

Vul. Come, let us enter. Luz. I do contract myself unto thee now,

Gond. See, how fortune

Tinen! Before these yenilemen.

Strives to revenge my quarrel upon these woJulia. I will preserve it

She's in the window; were it not to undo lier, Till you be hang'd or quitted.

I should not look upon her. Laz. Thanks, thanks! at the gallows. Duke. Lead us, Gondarino! [my shame, 2 Int. Away, away! you shall thank her Gond. Stay; since you force me to display Laz. Adieu, adien!

Look there! and you, iny lord! know you (Eve. Laz. Int. and Guard. Duke. 'Tis she.

(that face? Julia. If he live, I will have him ;

Val. It is.

(was If he be hang'd, there is no loss in it. [Erit.

Gond. 'Tis she, whose greatest virtue erer Oriana and her Waiting-woman, looking out

Dissimulation; she that still hath strove

More to sin cunningly, than to avoid it; at a lfindow.

She that hath ever sought to be accounted Ori. Hast thou provided one to bear my Most virtuous, when she did deserve most To my brother?


scandal; Wuit. I've enquir'd;

'Tis she that itches now, and, in the height But they of the house will suffer no letter Of her intemperate thoughts, with greedy Nor message to be carried from you, but such As the lord Gondarino shall be acquainted Expects my coming to allav her lust. with:

Leave her! forget she is chy sister!
Truly, madam, I suspect the house to be Vul. Stay, stay!
No better than it should be.

Duke. I am
Ori. What dost thou doubt?

As full of this as thou canst be; ll'uit. Faith, I am loth to tell it, madam. Of this will easily bere aiter stay (woman, Ori, Out with it!

My loose and wand'ring thonghts from any "Tis not true modesty to fear to speak

Pal. This will not down with me; I dare That thou dost think.

This fellow.

(not trust Wait. I think it be one of

Duke. Leave her here! That only shall be These same bawdy-houses.

Her punishment, never to be fetch'd from Ori. 'Tis no matter, wench; We are warm in it; keep thou thy mind pure, B'it let her use her trade to get her living. And, upon my word, that name will do thee Val. Stay, good my lord! I do believe all no hurt:

this, I cannot force myself yet to fear

any thing. As great men as I have had known whores When I do get out, I'll have another en- Tu their sisters, and have langh'd at it. I counter

would fain bear of parliament, for the encouragement of the fish-towns, it was thought necessary to de. clare the reason; hence it was called Cecil's fust. To this diagra etul badge of popery

Fletcher alludes in bis Woman-llater, who makes the courtezan say, when Luzarillo, in • search of the umbrana's bead, was seized at her house by the intelligencers for a traitor;

Gentlemen, I am glad you have discovered hiin. He should not have eaten under y * roof for twenty pounds. And sure I did not like him, when he called for fih." Marston's Dutch Courtezan; I trust I am none of the wicked that eat fish a Fryday.' VOL. III.

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How she talks, since she grew tlus light :will As you pretended to do? I confess your grace make him

I began to tear you, and desir'd to be Slew bimsell to her, as if he were now Out of your house ; but your own followers Come to satisfy her longing? whilst we, Forced me hither. Unseen of her, o'erhear her wantonness..

Gond. It is well suspected; [us! Let's make our best of it now; we shall have Disseuble still, fisr there are some may hear Good mirth.

Ori. More tricks yet, my lord? What Duke. Do it, Gondarino.

house Gund. I must:

This is I knoir not; I only hnow myself; Fortune, assist me but this once!

'Twere a great conquest, it you could fasten l'ul. Here we

A scandal upon me. Faith, my lord, give Shall stand unseen, and near enough.

To write to my brother!

(me leare Gond. Madam! Oriana!

Duke. Conie down!
Ori. Who's that? Oh!


Val. Comne down!
Gund. Shall I come up?

down? Arr. If it please your grace, Ori. Oh, you are merry; shall

There is a back-door. Gond. It is better there.

made Val. Come, meet us there then. Ori. What's the confession of the lie you Duke. It seems you are acquainted with To the duke, which I scarce believe

Arr. I have been in it.

[the house. Yet you had impudence enough to do?

Gond. She saw you, and dissembled. Did it not gain you so much faith with ine, Duke. Sir, we shall know that better. As that I was willing to be at (coverd Gond. Bring me unto her! Your lordship’s bestowing, 'till you had re- If I prove her not to be a strumpet, My credit, and coulesp'd yourself a liar, Let me be contemu'd ut all her sex! [E.seunt.




Gent. Your lordship sent for me.

Luciv. I did: sir, your long practice in Enter Lucio.

the state,

Under a great man, Lucio. Now whilst the young duke fol

hath led you to much lows his delights,

We that do mean to practise in the state, Gent. My lord!
Must pick our times, and set our faces in,

Lucio. Suffer not your modesty
And nod our heads, as it may prove most fit To excuse it. In short, and in private,
For the main good of the dear commonwealth. I desire your direction : I take
Who's within there?

Aly study already to be furnishid aiter

A grave and wise method.
Enter a Servant.

Gent. What will this lord do? Cof Sero. My lord?

Lucio. My book-strings are suitable, and Lucio. Secretary, fetch

A teaching colour+5. The gown I use to read petitions in,

Gent, low is this? And the standish I answer French letters with; Lucio. My standisha

Thangs And call in the gentleman that attends. Of wood strange and sweet, and my fore-fips

Exit Sero. In the right place, and as near Machiavel's, Little know they that do not deal in state, As can be gather'd by tradition. {thing How many things there are to be observ’d, Gent. Are there such men as will say noWhich seem but little; yet, by one of us Abroad, and play the fools in their lolgings? (Whose brains do wind about the cominon

This lord must be follow'd. And hat your wealth)


(speeches Neglected, cracks our credits utterly.

Some peri-made words to scatter in your

In publick, to gain note, that the hearca Enter Gentleman and Servant.

may Sir, but that I do presume upon your secresy, Carry them arvay, and dispute of them I would not have appear'u to you thus ig- it dinner? noranty

Lucio. I have, sir; and, besides, Attir'l, without a toothpick in a ribband, My several govns and caps agreeable Or a ring in my bandstring.

To my several occasions. 45 end of a reaching colour.] Reaching is the word in all the editions, but as I can asis no humourous ideat suitable to the context, I lielieve teaching the true word, and instructio mnd sciolur like culour is the stile of this Machiavelian stulosinan. Sewurd.


Gent, 'Tis well; And

Enter Luzarillo, anil tuo Intelligencers, Luca you have learn'd to write a bad hand, That the readers may take pains for it?

cio leing at his study. Lucio. Yes, sir;

1 Int. Where is

your lord? And I give out I have the palsy.

Secr. At his study; but he will Gent. Good!

Have you brought in. 'Twere better tho' if you had it. Your lord- Luz. Why, gentlenen, what will you ship hatua

(pose Charge me withal? A secretary that can write fair, when you pur

2 Int. Treason, horrible treason: To be understood?

I hope to have the leading of thee to prison, Lucio. Faith, sir, I have one;

And prick thee on i'th' arse with a bibert; There be stands; he hath been my secretary

to have These seven years, but he hath forgotten to Ilim hang'd that salutes thee, and call write.

(not All those in question that spit not upon thee. Gent. If he can make a writing face, 'tis Luz. My thread is spun; Amiss, so he keep his own counsel. Your Yet might I but call for this dish of meat lordship

At the gallows, instead of a psalm, Hath no hope of the gout?

It were to be endur'd. The curtain opens; Lucio. Uh! little, sir,

Now my end draws on. Since the pain in my right foot left me.

[Secretary draus the curtain. Gent. 'Twill be some scandal knows

Lucio. Gentlemen, I am not empty To your wisdom, thu! I see your lordship Of weighty occasions at this time. I pray you Enough in publick business.

Your business.

(verit Lucio. I am not employ'd tho'

1 Int. My lord, I think we have discos To my desert in occasions foreign, nor One of the most bloody traitors that ever Frequented for matters domestical.

The world held. Gent. Not frequented?

Lucio. Signor Lazarillo, I'm glad What couise takes your lordship?

You're one of this discovery: Give me your Lucio. The readiest way;

hand! My door stands wide+ó; ny secretary knows 2 Int. My lord, that is the traitor. I'm not denied to any.

Lucio. Keep him off!

[ed him. Gent. In this

[way: I would not for my whole estate have toucir (Give me leave) your lordship's out of the Laz. My lordMake a back-door to let out intelligencers;

Lucio. Peace, sir! I know the devil is Seem to be ever busy, and put your door At your tongue's end, to furnish you with Under keepers, and you shall have a troop of

speeches. clients

What are the particulars you charge bin with? Sweating to come at you.

[They deliver a paper to Lucio, who reude, Lucio. I've a back-door already:

Both Int. We have conferrd our notes, I will henceforth be busy. Secretary,

and have extracted that,. Run and keep the door. [Exit Secretary.

Which we will justity upon our oaths.' Gent. This will fetch 'em.

Lucio. “ That he'd be greater than the Lucio. I hope so.

duke; that

"He had cast plots for this, and meant Re-enter Secretary,

''To corrupt some to betray hin; that he Secr. My lord, there are some require ac- • Wonid burn the city, kill the duke, and About weighty affairs of state. [cess to you, poison Lucio. Already?

' 'lle privy-council; and lastly, kill himself.? Gent. I told you so.

Tho' thou deservest justly to be hany'd Lucio. How weighty is the business? With silence, yet I allow thee to speak: bo Secr. Treason, my lord.

short. Lucio. Sir,

Laz. My lord, so may my greatest wislı My debts to you for this are great.

succeed, Gent. I'll leave

So may I live, and compass what I seeki, Your lordship now.

als Uhad never treason in my thoughts, Lucio. Sir, my death must be sudden, Nor ever did conspire the overthrow If I requite you not. At the back-door, good Of any creatures, but of brutish beasts, sir.

[for once. Fowls, fishes, and such other human tool, Gent. I'll be your lordship’s intelligencer As is provided for the good of man.

Erit. If stealing custards, taris, and forentines, Secr. My lord.

By some late statute be created treason, Lucio. Let 'em in, and say



many fellow-courtiers can I bring, My dvor stands winde.] Seward alters winde to wiile. The first quarto (vlaich he never kuw) proves him right. 3 SO




my study.


[I left.

Whose long attendance and experience Will light upon thee; black Despair will Ilatlı made them deeper in the plot than I! boil

Lucio. Peace ! such hath ever been the In thy despairing breast ; no comfort by, clemency

(proceedings Thy friends far off, thy enemies are nigh! Of my gracious master the duke, in all his Lucio. Away with him! I'll follow you. That I had thought, and thought I had thought Look

(hin, rightly,

(self You pinion him, and take his money froin That Malice would long ere this have bid her- Lest lie swallow a shilling, and kill biniselt. In her den, and have turn'd her own sting 2 Int. Get thou on before ! [Ereun!. Against her own heart; but I well now perceive,

SCENE II. That so froward is the disposition of

Enter the Duke, Valore, Gondarino, and A deprav'd nature, that it doth not only

Seek revenge, where it bath receiv'd injury,
But many times thirst after their destruction Duke. Now, Gondarino, what can
Where it hath met with benefits.

You put on now that may again deceive us? Laz. But, my good lord

Have you more strange illusions, yet more 2 Int. Let's gag bim.


(ror? Lucio. Peace! again!

Thro' which the weak eye may be led to er. But many times thirst after their destruc

What can you say that may do satisfaction tion

Both for her wronged honour, and your ill? Where it hath met with benefits;" there Gond. All I can say, or may, is said already : Such, and no better are the business

She is unchaste, or else I have no knowledge, That we have now in hand.

I do not breathe, nor have the use of sense. 1 Int. He's excellently spoken.

Duke. Dare you be yet so wilful-igne2 Int. He'll wind a traitor, I warrant him. rant47

[vants, Lucio. But surely, methinks,

Of your own nakedness? Did not your serSetting aside the touch of conscience, In mine own hearing, confess they brought And all other in ward convulsions


[force, 2 Int. He'll be hany'd,

To that house we found her in, almost by I know by that word.

And with a great distrust of some
Laz. Your lordship may consider- Ensuing hazard?
Lucio. Hold thy peace!

Val. He that hath
Thou canst not answer this speech; no traitor Begun so worthily, it fits not with
Can answer it. But, because you cannot His resolution to leave off thus, my lord.
Answer this speech, I take it you've confess'd I know these are but idle proofs.
The treason.

What says your lordship to them?
1 Int. The count Valore was fit; Gond. Count, I dare yet pronounce
The first that discover'd him, and can witness Again, thy sister is not honest.
But he left the matter to your lordship’s Val. You are
Grave consideration.

Yourself, my lord; I like your settledness.
Lucio. I thank his lordship!

Gond. Count, thou art young, and unexe Carry him away speedily to the duke.

perienc'd in

affirm Laz. Now, Lazarillo, thou art tumbled The dark hidden ways of women: thou darst down

With confidence, a lady of fitteen
The bill of Fortune, with a violent arm! May be a maid.
All plagues that can be, famine and the Val, Sir, if it were not so,

I have a sister would sit near my heart+. 47 Yet so wilful, ignorant.] Former editions. The compound word wilful-ignorunt seems much preferable. Seward.

45 Sir, if it were not so, I have a sister would set near my heart.] Thus all the editions, but surely the sentiment is not very natural: would the count, who, upon the supposition of his sister's being guilty, had said he would

Brand ber bimself, whip her about the city, answer here, that though she were not a maid, she would sit near his heart? The natural answer is; if I durst not affirm that a lady of fifteen might be a virgin, my sister would not sit so near my heart as she now does. I cannot change the words so as to give this sense without taking rather too great liberties, and therefore shall not insert my conjecture in the text: I have restored the measure, which I cannot preserve if I insert a negative, without the following changes:

If it were not so,

My sister would not sit so near my heart. Seward. Seward did not consider, that his sister might sit iiear his heart in a painful as well as effcctionate sense,

Gond, Gond. Let her sit near her shame! it bet- His most ambition is but a dish of meat, ter fits her:

(nearness", Which he hath hunted with so true a scent, Call back the blood that made your stream in That he deserves the collar, not the halterso. And turn the current to a better use:

Duke. Why do they bring him thus bound 'Tis too much mudded; I do grieve to know it. up?

ineat, Duke. Dar’st thou make up again? dar'st The poor man had more need have some warm to turn face,

To comfort his cold stomach. Culler, Knowing we know thee?

Val. Your grace shall have the cause hereHast thou not been discover'd openly? When you may laugh more freely. But these Did not our ears hear her deny thy courtings? Are called infirmers; men that live by treaDid we not see her blush with modest anger, As rat-catchiers do by poison. [son, To be so overtaken by a trick ?

Duke. 'Would there were Can you deny this, lord?

No heavier prodigies bung over us, [perils · Gond. Had not your grace

Than this poor fellow ! 1 durst redeein all And her kind brother been within

Ready to pour themselves upon this state, Level of her eye, you should have had a botter With a cold custard. Voiley froin her, more full of blood and tire,

Val. Your grace Ready to leap the window where she stood; Might do it, without danger to your person. So truly sensual is her appetite.

Laz. My lord, if ever I intended treason Duke. Sir, sir, these are but words and Against your person, or the state, unless tricks : give me the proof!

It were by wishing trom your table some dish Val. What need a better proof than your Of ineat, which I must needs confess was not fordship? I'm sure

A subject's part; or covering by stealth
You have laid with her,


Sups from those noble bottles, that no mouth, Gond. I have contess'd it, sir.

Keeping allegiance true,should dare to tasteDuke. I dare not give thee credit, without I must contess, with more than covetous eye, witness.

[conds with us, I have beheld those dear concealed dishes, Gond. Does your grace think we carry se

That have been brought in by cunding equiTo search us, and see fair play? Your grace To wait upon your grace's palate: (page, hath

I do confess, out of this present heat, Been ill-tutor’d in the business! but if I have had stratagems and ambuscadoes; You hope to try her truly, and satisfy But, God be thanked, they have never took! Yourself what frailty is, give her the test :

Duke. Count,

[done, Do not remember, count, she is your sister; This business is your own: when you have Nor let my lord the duke helieve she's fair; Repair to us.

[Erit. But put her to it, without lope or pity!

i'ul. I will attend your grace. Lazarillo, Then ye shall see that golden foru fly oil, You are at liberty; be your own man agaia : That all eyes wonder at for pure and fix'il, Avd, if you can, be master of your wishes; And under it base blushing copper; incial I wish it Not worth the meanest honour : you shall be- Laz. I bumbly thank your lordship! hold

I must be unmannerly: I've some present Her then, my lord, transparent, look thro'

business. Her heart, and view the spirits how they leap; Once more, I heartily thank your lordship. And tell me then I did belie the lady.

[Erit. Duke. It shall be done! Come, Gondarino, Val. Now even a word or two to you,

and Bear us company. We do believe thee: sbe so farewell:

You think you have descrvod much of this state Enter Lazarillo, tuo Intelligencers, and

By this discovery: ye're a slavish people, Guard.

Grown subject to the common curse of all Shall die, and thou shalt see it.-Ilow now,

mensi. my friends?

How much unhappy were that noble spirit, Who bave you guarded hither?

Could work by such base engines 52! What 2 Int. So please your grace,


[lingness, We have discoverd'a villain and a traitor: Would not a knowing man put on with wilThe lord Lucio hath examin'd him, and sent Ere he see himself grown tai and full-ted, To your grace for judginent. [him By fall of those you rise by? I do [state Val. My lord, I dare

Discharge you my attendance! Our healthtul Absolve him from all sin of treason: I know Needs no such leeches to suck out her blood.

*9 That made our stream.] Amended by Seward.

so he deserves the collar, not the halter;] i. e. He deserves the stewurd's chuin, rather than to be hanged. See note 3 on the Lovers' Progress. R.

S; To the common course of all men.] Corrected in 1750.
52 Could work by such baser gains.] Amended by Sympson.


may be so.


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