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WIT WITHOUT MONEY: A COMEDY. BY JOHN FLETCHER.
The humor of a Gallant who will not be persuaded to keep his Lands, bril
chooses to live by his Wits rather.
VALENTINE's Uncle. MERCHANT, who has his Mortgage. Micr. When saw you Valentine ?
Unc. Not since the horse race.
Mer. Ilow can he live by snatches from such people ?
Unc. Alas, he's sunk, llis mcans are gone, he wants; and, which is worse, Takes a delight in doing so.
Mer. That's strange.
L'inc. Runs lunatic if you but talk of states ;
Mer. This is something dangerous.
Unc. No gentleman, that has estate, to use it
VALENTINE joins them.
l'al. 'Tis gone, and I am glad on 't, name 't no more, 'Tis that I pray against, and heaven has heard me;' I tell you, sir, I am more fearful of it (I mean, of thinking of more lands or livings), Thian sickly men are o' travelling o' Sundays, For being queil'd with carriers; out upon 't; Careat emplor; let the fool out-sweat it, That thinks he has got a catch on 't.
Unc. This is madness,
Val. I am mad then,
Unc. And from means too!
Val. Means Why, all good men's my means; my wit 's my plough ; The town 's my stock, tavern 's my standing house (And all the world know, there's no want): all gentlemen That love society, love me; all purses That wit and pleasure opens, are my tenants ; Every man's clothes fit me; the next fair lodging Is but my next remove; and when I please To be more eminent, and take the air, A piece is levied, and a coach prepar'd, And I go I care not whither; what need state here ?
Unc. But say these means were honest, will they last, sir ?
Val. Far longer than your jerkin, and wear fairer.
Unc. You pose me, cousin.
l'al. What's my knowledge, uncle ?
Or selling rutten word by the pound, like spiccs,
(The wit of Fletcher is excellent, like his serious scenes: but there is something strained and far-fetched in both. He is too mistrustfnl of Na. ture; he always goes a little on one side of her. Shakspeare chose her without a reserve: and had riches, power, understanding, and long life, with her, for a dowry.)
THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN. A TRAGEDY. BY JOHN
Three Queens, whose Lords were slain and their bodies denied burial by
Creon, the cruel k'ing of Thebes, sack redress froin Theseus, Duke of Athens, on the day of his marriage with Hippolila, Queen of the Ama.
The first Queen fulls down at the feel of Thescu ; the second al the feet of Hippolila, his bride; and the third implores the mediation of Emilia, his Sister.
1st Qu. 10 Thes. For pity's sake, and true gentility, Ilear and respect me.
2d Qu. 1o Ilip. For your mother's sake, And as you wish your womb may thrive with fair ones, Ilear and respect me. 3rd Qu. to Emil. Now for the love of him whom Jove hath
mark'd The honor of your bed, and for the sake Of clear virginity, bo advocato
• Fletcher is said to have been assisted in this Play by Shakspeare.
For us and our distresses : this good deed
Thes. Sad lady, rise.
Emil. No knees to me.
Thes. What's your request ? Deliver you for all.
1st Qu. We are three queens, whose sovereigas fell before The wrath of cruel Creon ; who endure The beaks of ravens, talons of the kites, And peck of crow's, in the foul field of Thebes. lle will not suffer us to burn their bones, To urn their ashes, nor to take th' offence Of nuortal loathsomeness from the blest eye Of holy Phæbus, but infects the winds With stench of our slain lords. Oh piry, duke, Thou purger of the earth, draw thy fear'd sword That does good turns to th' world ; give us the bones Of our dead kings, that we may chapel them; Ard, of thy boundless goodness, take some note That for our crowned heads we have no roof, Save this which is the lion's and the bear's, And vault w everything.
Thes. Pray you kneel not, I was transported with your speech, and suffer'd Your knees to wrong themselves: I have heard the fortunes Of your dead lords, which gives me such lamenting, As wakes my vengeance and revenge for them. King Capaneus was your lord : the day That he should marry you, at such a season As now it is with
I met your groom ;