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Rol. 'Tis in your power to oblige my soul- | More!. And you go there too, save ġourself, we're private,

you are in a worse pickle than we are. I am jealous of the wind, least it convey

Dond. And how is't w'ye, signior? Our noise loo far. This morn I had some traf- Grut. Do you thrive in your hopes? fic

Rol. I do not despair, gentlemen; you see I With a jeweller; and, if my judgnjent err not, do not wear my hat in my eyes, crucify iny arms, Ha's richly furnished me.

or intreat your lordship's brain to melt in a petiWhat'says your lordship to this diamond?

tion for me. Peren. 'l'is a glorious one.

Murel. I did but jest, I know you have a way Rol. Does it not sparkle ipost divinely, signior? to the wood in your pericranium, wbat is 't? we A row of these stuck in a lady's forehead, are honest, simple-minded lords. Would make a Persian stagger in his faith,

Rol. I think so. And give more adoration to this light

Grat. Nay, hay, impart. Than to the sun-beam. I ha' fellows to 'em, Dond. We tell no tales. A nest of bright ones.

Morel. Wou'd we were whip'd an' we do. Peren. This box is studded like a frosty night Rol. Why, shall I tell you?-You are threewith stars.

Morel. Very secretRol. You have outbid their value; make me a Rol. Coxcombs. gainer

All three. How! In changing them for your commands.

Rul. A iniserable leash of court mimics. Peren. How, sir?

Morel. Mimics! what's that? Rol. I'm serious.

Rol. You perfumed goats ! Peren. I never shall deserve this bounty : if Morel. Oli, is that it? I never heard what a You'd point me out some service to begin my gra

mimic was before. titude,

Rol. D'ye think I am so wretched, in a point Rol. You have a noble soul,

that concerns my life and honour, to trust my Till teach you how to merit more.

ways and purposes to you that have no souls? Peren. I ain covetous of such a knowledge. Dond. No souls ! Rol. Make but iny path a smooth one to the Nforet. Peace, how comes he to know that? Princess

Grut. Why, hast thou none? I am brief, you know my undertaking.

Morel. 'Twas more than ever I could see in Peren. So I should be a traitor ?

myself yet. Rol. It cuines not near the question of a life; Rol. Things that have forfeited their creation; do't, I'll enable you to buy another dukedom, and, bad not your tailors took compassion on you, state, and title.

you had died to all men's thoughts, who long since Peren. Although 'twere necessary in the affairs wou'd have forgotten that ever there were such Of such high consequence to deliberate,

things in nature. Yet for this once l'll be as brief as you ;

Dond. Shall we suffer this? I wo'not do't.

Rul. Yes, and make legs, in token of your Rol. Ilow !

thankfulness. If I were at leisure, I would make Peren. No indeed, signior, you shall pardun me you shew tricks now. At this time, and I'll keep your jewels too,

Morel. Do I look like a jackanas.cs? For they are gifts: hereafter you will know me.

Rol. But I wo'not. So fare you well, sir.

[Erit. Morel. It were not your best course. Rol. Was I not told this officer was corrupt?

Rol. How? I want faith to believe the miracle,

Morel. Alas, sir, I should but shame myself, Sure he does but jest with me, ha?

and be laugh'd at 'fore all this company. Enter MORELLO, DONDOLO, and GRUTTI.

Rol. When you see me next, avoid me as you

would do your poor kindred when they come to Morel. The guard will accept no money, court. Get you liome, say your prayers, and wod

Dond. What an age do we live in, when officers der that you come off without bcating, for 'tis one will take no bribes!

of my miracles.

Erit. Grut. Not the golden one.

Morel. Had we not better a' gone to tavern, as Dond. Here's Rolliardo.

I plotted at first? he could not have been more Rol. I'm quite lost.

valiant in his drink. Grut. 'Tis he.

Grut. I'ın glad he's gone. Rol. Yet he keeps my jewels; there may be Dond. I know not what to make on him. some hope :

Morel. Make on him, quotha! he made little I'll to hiin again; 'tis but his modesty

reckoning of us, and he had not gone as he did, I At first, not to seem easy; he must be courted. should ha' madeStatcsmen, like virgins, first should give denial, Dond. What? Experience and opportuuity make the trial.- Morel. Urine in my breeches--he squeezed me, Save you, gallants.

I think I was ready to melt o' both sides.

Grut. But harkee you, signior, we forget the

Enter BONAMICO. ladies still. Morel. Well remembered.

Bonnm, Sare you, signiors. Pray whereabouts Dond. Let's consult to purpose about that is the sign of the invisible man? shall we?

Dond, and Grut. The invisible man! Morel. No, every one think what he can by him- Bonum. Cry ye mercy, now I see it. [Erit. self, my thoughts shall be private, and not free at Dond, See't ! he does more than we can. The this time; every one scratch his own head. yentleman's mistaken; here's no such sign. Yet

Grut. And he that gets the first hint, commu- he went in there. nicate

Grut. He has better eyes than we to distinDond. A match.

guish it, Morel. Let me see- -hum,

Enter a Sercant. Dond. What if I did-nothing, my brains are

Ser. This, ay, this is it. dull.

Dond. What is it, pray? Grut. Ten to one, but if I did, let it alone, a

Ser. What's that to you? pox on't; I were best drink soine sack, they say

Grut. In courtesy we ask. it helps invention. Mlorel. () rare!

Ser. Then, by the sign, this is the house whic

ther I am going to enquire for a gentleman that Both. Rub, rub, out with it.

teaches men to walk invisible. Morel. No, 'tis gone back again, I drank but

Grut. That would be seen. This is news. ter'd sack this morning, and it slipt back when

Ser. News! either you have slept long, or you 'twas almost at my tongue's end—but it was a deLicate project, whatsoever it was.

are gentlemen of very small intelligence. Exx Grut. Recover it with thy finger.?

mine the next paper you see advanced, and in

form yourselves. Farewell, gallants. [Erit. Dond. Follow it, Morello.

Dond. He's entered there too. Morel. Now, now, now, let me alone-make

Grut, Teach inen to walk invisible! a very no noise, 'tis coming again; I ha't, I ha't

fine trade. Dond, Hold it fast now. Grut. Lose it not, thou art great with wit; let other device to get in to the ladies.

Dod. Would 'twere true; we should desire no us deliver thee. What ist? Morel. Sume wiser than some

Re-enter Bonamico and Servant to the House. [They follow him up und down for discovery. Dond. Wilt not tell us?

Grut. 'Tis impossible-See, see, more gentleGrul. Didst not promise?

men! Pr’ythee let's to him; this will be a trick Morel. No haste-as occasion serves

-it cost

worth our learning. more than so, yet you may know't.

Dond. Stay, we are not acquainted, let's knock

first, Dond. Well said.

Enter Serdant. Morel. Hereafter, but not now. Away, do not tempt me, I will eat the sweat of my own brain. Ser. Your pleasures, gentlemen? O rare! never was such a strain of wit invented. Dond. Pray, sir, what sign is this? D'ye hear, gentlemen, if you will coinmand me Ser. The invisible man, sir. any service to the ladies, I do purpose to visit

Grut. Man! I see no man. them, with a quirk-hey.

Dond. Here's nothing but a cloud. Grut. How?

Ser. Right, sir, and he's behind it; the man's Morel. Marry do T.

invisible. Dond. Nay, Morello.

Dond. Pretty faith; it may be the man i'the Morel, Gentlemen, as I told you, if you have moon for aught we know. any thing to the ladies, before I go, I am the Ser. Would ye any ihing with my master? messenger. There is a crochet, and so forth-a Grut. He does teach to walk invisible, they carwhichet is found out-your ears—I will do such a stratagem as never the like was heard of Ser. He is the only professor of the miraculous in the world. Oh rare !

[Exit. invisible art. Dond. He's mad.

Dond. May we change a little discourse with Grut. So am I, that he is so reserved.

hiin? What shall's do?

Ser. There are some genilemen with him; but

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once.

I'll tell him. I am prevented, he's coming forth, at secret counsels, betray letters, see how such a himself.

Jord paints his thighs, this perfume his breath, Enter BoxAMICO.

t'other marshal his fine French teeth, see this

statesman's eyes put out with a hribe, how that Dond. Signior Altomarı), I take it.

officer cozens the duke, and his secretary abuses Bonum. 'l'is my name, sir, a poor artist, not 'em both, this lawyer take fees o' both sides, warm in these parts of Italy.

while the judge examines the fertility and price Grut. And you were not too busy, sir, of the manor before the witnesses, and then de

Bonum. Please you walk in. I ain now alone; crees who shall have the land? Would you see your persons wili grace my poor habitation.

Justice employ her scales to weigh light gold, Dond. We saw tour or five enter but now. that comes in for fees or corruption, and Aourish

Bunum. I ha' dispatched 'em, they are fresh with her sword, like a fencer, to make more room deorried.

for causes i'the court--Dnd. Which way?

Dond. All this and more may be done, if we G:ut. Ilere's not a man. Are they not sunk? can but go invisible; but how can you assure us Came they out here?

of that? I would fain see any man go invisible; Bonam. Upon my credit, sir, no other way. Dund. Then they went invisible.

Bonam. See him, sir? Bonum. Right, -ir, they c.une hither to that pur- Grut. Video pro intelligo, I mean, sir: pose: their designs required haste.

Bunam. Nay, sir, you need not distinguish, for it Grut. This inan can do't, I see already. is possible to see a man invisible. Observe me,

Dond. Sir, if you can assure us this invisible you see me now perfectly in every part, if I should walking, for we are not so ignorant as we seein, ivalk before you without a bodywe have seen the play of the Invisible Knight, Grut. Ilow? and...

Bonam. My head only visible, and hanging in Bonam. That of the Ring too, ha' ye

not? the air like a comet. Dond. Yes.

Dond. That were a strange sight. Bonam. The onc was magic, and t'other an in- Bonam. Sornetimes nothing shall be seen but posture; what I do is by ari, fair and natural. my arm; another while one of my legs, hopping Are you in drbi, and fear arresting? you shall without a body. save your money in protections, come up to the Grut, This is admirable. fare of a serjeant, nay, walk by a shoal of these Bunam. When I please, I will have nothing mankind horse-leaches, and be mace prof. Il conspicuous but my hand, nay, perhaps my little you have a nini to rail at 'em, or kick some ofiger. their loose flesh out, thev sha'not say black's

Dond. Do not you conjure then? eve," nor with all their lynx's eres discover you. Grut. Come, you will cast a mist before our Would you see, when the mercer's abroad, how eyes. his man plays the merchant at home with his mis. Bonam. 'Tis a mystery indecd, but a safe one, tress' silkwor!n, and deals underhand for commo- signiors. dirv; would yourself talk with a lady in secret, Dond. Why, look you, sir, if you will be pleasit down, play with her, ravish a diamond from scd that we may see you first walk invisible, we her finger, and bind her soft wrist with a brace. shall not only credit your art, but, at any rate, be let, kiss her abroad, at home, before her ser ambitious to be your disciples. fants, in the presence of her jealous husband, Bonam. Why, gentlemen, vou speak hut justice, nav, truss her up, when the tame lord is a-bed you shall have experiment. I will be invisible first, with her, and to his eyes be uadiscovered as the but as t'other in this kind, I will not demonstrate wind, signior? Do you suspect your mistress plays i without half in hand. Let me have fifty crowııs double ? Would you hear how she entertains apiece; I'll point you a day when I will be invi. twiher's love, and know what she does j'the clo-sible. set with the singoth page? Would you be present Grut. Can you not do it presently?

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* That of the Ring troThis is the comedy of The Tæo merry Milkmaids, or, The best Words weare the Garland. By J. C. 1620.

3 Nace-proof- Brainworm, in Every Man in his Humour, when in the disguise of a serjeant, or bailiff, savs, “A kind of little kings we are, bearing the diminutive of a mace, made like a young artichoke, that always carries pepper and salt in itself.”

10 Black's your eye-The same phrase is in Stubbs's Anatomie of Abuses, 1.593, p. 65.-" Then having estraunged themselves thus for a small space, they returne againe, not to their pristine cursed life, (1 dare say,) but to their countrey, and then no man say blacke is their eie, but all is wel, and they as good Christians, as those that suffer them unpunished.” “The expression is even yet to be beard among the vulbar.

my hand.

Bonan. I can be invisible in a twinkling; but ker. I might have more wit, than to run myself what assurance can you have, that I am here at into this calamity.—Whoin have we next? the same instant, when you see no part of we? Enter the Duke, Ambassador, Fulvio, Doxdomay deceive you. Dond. He says true.

LO, GRUTTI, Attendants, Courtiers. Bonam. I do purpose therefore tn give you rea- The duke? what stranger's that? I must not seem lity and proof'; for I will walk invisible, all but dejected.

Ambas. Is this he, your highness discoursed of ? Bolh. Your hand ?

Duke. This is the piece made up of all performBonam. Ouly iny hand; you shall touch it, see ance, every live in it, and the rest of my body be to you Give him but

gold, kings daughters and their heirs,

The mau of any thing without exception : invisible. This will require a little time for preparation; and when, with the consent of your Though lockt in towers of brass, are not safe frou eyes and understandings, I keep my promise in

him. this point, you will think your inoney is well ex- Nay, though I play the cļiemist with my trust, pended to be taught the mystery.

And from a million of sure confidences Dond. This is very fair.

I draw the spirit of honesty into a few, Grut. The crowns are ready, sir.

lle can corrupt them. Dond. Expect thein within this hour.

Rol. You are my prince, great air, and you have. Enter ROLLIARDO.

spoke

Not much unlike a brase one. Bonam. At your own pleasures.-Ila, Rolliar- Dond. He'll jeer the duke fno. do! I must not be seen, gentlemien.

Rol. If my head Both. Farewell, incomparable signior-what Come to be paid to you before sun-set, luck had we to light upon this artist! he shall not That day when it is forfeit, I have cleared with you, publish it; we'll buy the whole secret at any va- And shall depart out of your royal deht ; lue, and then get him remove into some other There's all you can demand ; a good sharp sword province.—Who is this?

Will make an even reck'ning. Rol. Am not I mad ?—sure I am, though I do Ambas, He seems confident, not know it; and all the world is but a Bedlam, 1 Court. With your grace's leare, let me come a house of correction, to whip us into our senses.

to him. I have known the time when jewels and gold had Rol. Now a fierce dog. some virine in them; the generation of men now 1 Court. What came into thy mind, thou are not subject to corruprion. Democritus, the daring madman? faol is a word of favour la world is refined.

thee Dond, It is Rolliardo; he looks melancholy, Rul. Sn, sir. let us have a fling at him.-Give you joy of the 1 Couri. To undertake such an impossible great lady, sir : which is the next way to the task ? moon, pray?

Rol. Mushroom-I'll cast away a few words oa Rol. Bolt upright, musk-cat; and if you make haste, you may be one of her çalves : next time Had I another life, I'd undertake yet, she appears, you shall see her beckon to you, Though I be low in all opinion, with a pair of horns, just of the size of those are To venture it, with the riches I have spread preparing for your forehead, my precious ani- To corrupt others, to make thee my parasite; mal.

I would engage my life to wear no steps Dond. IIa, ha, ha! the fellow's mad.

To thy white daughter: thou and thy grave matron Grut. Can you tell, sir, what became of all the Most humbly should preseut her, when I was swallows, cuckoos, and small birds, we had here pleased too, last summer?

For fear I should refuse the sport you brought me Rul. Marry, sir, they went to sea, to avoid the Duke. I never knew man bear his scoso so high, cranes, and there have been mustering ever since; To him some other. but fur want of a woodcock they have left hehind Grut. Not I, sir, you shall excuse me, 'twas the thein, they dare not venture upon the pyginięs: last thing I did. you may do well to overtake the buzzard, and re- 2 Court. In the position general, I'll not touch sir.

him, Grut. Ha, ha, ha!

[Erit. For money may be said to purchase all things; Rol. I shall be grinned to death, as I walk the But to aspire to my good sovereigu's daughter streets: it is no policy to be dull and inodest.- of blessed memoryBut let me see, which way to compass my work, Rol. She's not dead, I hope. and put myself out of the common laughter; the 2 Court. There gold and trash was impudent's very children will jeer ine shortly I think, and inferred, puint me out with stones, the precious ynderta-And 'twas a task too insolent: in that point

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lieve the army,

You'd willingly give a pound of your proud flesh To throw derision on me with the rest;
To be released.

Which does encourage me to ask you a question. Rol. I heard a pound of Aesh," a Jew's demand Fulo. Name it, sir. once:

Rol. Pray, what stranger's that walked with the Twas gravely now remembered of your lordship

duke ? released!

Fulo. 'Tis an ambassailor from Florence, sir. Fortune, and courtesy of opinion,

Rol. An ambassador! his design, I pray? Gives many men nobility of birth,

Fulo. To treat of marriage betwixt our princess That never durst do nobly, nor attempt

And the great duke's son, desired much by our Any design, but fell below their honours.

master,
Cased up in chambers, scarcely air themselves Who has some hope 'twill be effected too.
But at a horse-race, or i'the park with puppets. H'as brought rich presents to her.
That for which I'm your laughter, (I speak to Rol. This is all ?
You flattering tribe of courtiers, to you glow- Fulo. You have it freely.

[Erit, worms,)

Rol. You've honoured me-Married to TuscaIs my chief glory, that, perhaps, being sprung ny?-So, if my ambition had been fortunate, I From humble parentage, dare yet attempt might have been his taster; but my stars want A deed so far above me, that sets all

influence, they are too dull, and weary of my Your wisdoms in combustion. You may think fate.—Rolliardo then must forfeit: why that's the I've made a sorry bargain for my life :

worst on't; I will soake a glorious blaze in death, Let scorners know, in aiming at her only, and while I live make the duke's treasury pay for My memory after death receives more honour it: nor shall he accuse me I exhaust him poorly; Than all your inarble pinnacles can raise you, I'll study out some noble way to build ine a rea Or alabaster figures, whiter far

membrance. Ha !-a church or college ! tedious, Than e'er your souls were; and that hour I die, my glass bas but few sands; I must do something If you dare look upon me without fainting, I may live to finish :-I ha't; I will send to all (Which I much fear,) you shall see death so the prisons i’the city, and pay the poor mea's scorned,

debts for them : the world wants such a preceI mean for any terror,-you shall think him dent. I ha' money enough : since I fail in my My slave to take my upper garment off."2 other ends, I will do some good deeds before I Dond. I told your highness how you should find die, so shall I be more sure of prayers than if I him.

built a church; for they are not certain to contiAmbas. A brave resolution !

nue their foundation. Fate, I despise thee: I Duke. Be this the prologue to the mirth ; my sink under no cheap and common action, but sell® lord

my life to fame, in catching my death by so brave Attends to entertain you; set on, we'll leave him. an aspiring. Ha, ha, ha!

If I obtain a monument, be this all [Exeunt. Rol. pulls Fulv.back. Writ on my grave; This man climbed high to fall. Rol. Sir, I observed you noble, and not apt

[Exit

ACT III.

which we carry.

3 Guard. Beside this moveable wall of flesh, SCENE I.

2 Guard. One makes towards us.---'Tis a lady. Enter Guard.

Enter Morello, like a Lady. 1 Guard. Come, gentlemen, we must watch Morel. So, now am I as valiant as Hercules when still, that none run away with the princess. he turned spinster. Great Jupiter, the patron of

2 Guard. He must have an excellent stomach, 'scnpes, assist my petticoat, and at my return I that can break these stone-walls to come to will sacrifice my linen-breeches to thee.--Here be her.

the men, the men of metal :-now, Venus, I be

" I heard a pound of Rosh, &c. See The Merchant of Venice. "? My slave to take my upper garment off-If the unjust censure, which Dryden had passed on our author did not preclude every idea of his having read the works of the latter, the sameness of the words here used, with those put into the mouth of Creon in Edipus, A. :, would tempt one to suppose, that Mr Dryo den had this line in his mind, when he wrote Creon's description of conscience:

“ 'Tis my slave, my drudge, my supple glove,
My upper garment, to put on, throw off,

As I think best : 'Tis my obedient conscience.”
The first and third acts of @dipus were written by Mr Dryden. See Defence of the Duke of Guise,
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