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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY GIFT OF

PROF. JOHN TUCKER MURRAY JUNE 13, 1938

LOVE'S CURE;

OB,

THE MARTIAL MAID.

A COMEDY.

This Play is by Gardiner, in his Commendatory Verses, ascribed to Fletcher singly; but the Prologue speaks of it as the production of both authors, although again the Epilogue takes notice of but one. There never were any alterations made in this Comedy, nor has it been acted for many years past.

PROLOGUE, AT THE REVIVING OF THIS PLAY.

STATUES and pictures challenge price and fame,

If they can justly boast and prove they came
From Phidias or Appelles. None deny,
Poets and painters hold a sympathy; [grace,
Yet their works may decay, and lose their
Receiving blemish in their limbs or face;
When the mind's art has this preheminence,
She still retaineth her first excellence.
Then why should not this dear piece be
esteem'd

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Beaumont's, and Fletcher's, whose desert out-weighs

The best applause, and their least sprig of
bays

Is worthy Phoebus; and who comes to gather
Their fruits of wit, he shall not rob the trea-

sure.

Nor can you ever surfeit of the plenty,
Nor can you call them rare, though they be
dainty:

The more you take, the more you do them
right;

And we will thank you for your own delight

B

PACHIECO, a Cobler,

of worship.

MENDOZA, a Botcher,
METALDI, a Smith,
LAZARILLO, Pachieco's hungry Servant.
BOBADILLA, Steward to Alvarez.
HERALD.

OFFICER.

WOMEN.

EUGENIA, a virtuous Lady, Wife to Don Al

varez.

CLARA, the Martial Maid, Daughter to Al varez, enamoured of Vitelli.

GENEVORA, Sister to Vitelli, in love with.

Lucio.

MALRODA, a wunton Mistress of Vitelli,

SCENE, Sevil

ACT I

SCENE I.

Vitelli. ALV

Enter Vitelli, Lamoral, and Anastro.
LVAREZ pardon'd?
Ana. And return'd.
Lam. I saw him land

At St. Lucar's; and such a general welcome
Fame, as harbinger to his brave actions,
Had with the easy people prepar'd for him,
As if by his command alone, and fortune,
Holland, with those Low Provinces that hold

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Against the arch-duke, were again compell'd With their obedience to give up their lives To be at his devotion.

Vit. You amaze me !

[Sevil For tho' I've heard, that when he fled from To save his life (then forfeited to law For murdering don Pedro, my dear uncle), His extreme wants enforc'd him to take pay I' th'army, sat down then before Ostend; 'Twas never yet reported, by whose favour He durst presume to entertain a thought Of coming home with pardon.

Ana. 'Tis our nature

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There by his son (or were he by adoption
Or Nature his) a brave scene was presented,
Which I make choice to speak of, since from
that

The good success of Alvarez had beginning. Vit. So I love virtue in an enemy,

That I desire in the relation of [yourself This young man's glorious deed, you'll keep A friend to truth, and it.

Lam. Such was my purpose.

The town being oft assaulted, but in vain,
To dare the proud defendants to a sally,
Weary of ease, don Inigo Peralta,
Son to the general of our Castile forces,
All arm'd, advanc'd within shot of their walls,
From whence the musqueteers play'd thick.
upon him
[ger
Yet he, brave youth, as careless of the dan-
As careful of his honour, drew his sword,
And waving it about his head, as if
He dar'd one spirited like hunself to trial
Of single valour, he made his retreat,
With such a slow, and yet majestic' pace,
As if he still call'd loud, "Dare none come
on?"

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