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In a down-bed, as dark as any dungeon;
Where thou shalt keep him waking with thy drum;
Thy drum, my Dol, thy drum; till he be tame
As the poor blackbirds were in the great frost,
Or bees are with a bason; and so hive him
In the swan-skin coverlid, and cambric sheets,
Till he work honey and wax, my little God's gift.
Dol. What is he, general?

Face. An adalantado,

Dol. No.

Face. Nor my Drugger?

Dol. Neither.

Face. A pox on 'em,

They are so long a furnishing! such stinkards Would not be seen upon these festival days.Re-enter SUBTLE.

How now! have you done?

Sub. Done. They are gone: the sum Is here in bank, my Face. I would we knew Another chapman now would buy 'em outright. Face. 'Slid, Nab shall do't against he have the [widow, To furnish household.

Sub. It is not he?
Face. Oh no, not yet this hour.

Re-enter DOL.

Dol. Dapper,
Your clerk.

A grandee, girl. Was not my Dapper here yet? That can be thought on.

Dap. Shall I see her grace?

Face. See her, and kiss her too.

Sub. Who is't?

Sub. Excellent, well thought on: Pray God he come!

Face. I pray he keep away

Till our new business be o'erpast.
Sub. But, Face,

How cam'st thou by this secret don?
Face. A spirit

Brought me th' intelligence in a paper here,
As I was conjuring yonder in my circle
For Surly; I have my flies abroad. Your bath

Sweet Dol,
Is famous, Subtle, by my means.
You must go tune your virginal, no losing
O' the least time: and, do you hear? good action.
Firk, like a flounder; kiss, like a scallop, close;
And tickle him with thy mother-tongue. His great
Verdugoship has not a jot of language;
So much the easier to be cozen'd, my Dolly.
He will come here in a hired coach, obscure,
And our own coachman, whom I have sent as guide,
No creature else. [Knocking without]-Who's that?
[Exit DOL.

Face. God's will then, queen of Fairy,

On with your tire; [Exit DOL] and, doctor,
with your robes.

Let's despatch him, for God's sake.
Sub. "Twill be long.

Face. I warrant you, take but the cues I give


It shall be brief enough. [Goes to the window.]
'Slight, here are more!

Abel, and, I think, the angry boy, the heir,
That fain would quarrel-
Sub. And the widow ?
Face. No,

Not that I see.



-Oh sir, you are welcome.
The doctor is within a moving for you;
I have had the most ado to win him to it!-

He swears you'll be the darling of the dice:
He never heard her highness dote till now.
Your aunt has given you the most gracious words

1 My Dousabel-i.e. douce et belle, 'sweet and pretty.' A name common in our old pastoral poets, as is Bonnibel (bonne et belle, good and pretty'), which occurs just below.-GIFFORD.

2 God's gift is the meaning of the Gr. Dorothea, Dol's proper name.

flies-familiar spirits.

[Exit SUB.

Hast brought the damask?
Drug. No, sir; here's tobacco.

Face. 'Tis well done, Nab; thou'lt bring the damask too?

4 Verdugo was the name of a noble Spanish family, and was probably the name of some individual known to the writers of Jonson's time. Fletcher.-GIFFORD.

He is mentioned by

Drug. Yes. Here's the gentleman, captain,
Master Kastril,

I have brought to see the doctor.
Face. Where's the widow?

Drug. Sir, as he likes, his sister, he says, shall


Face. Oh, is it so? good time. Is your name Kastril, sir?

Kas. Ay, and the best of the Kastrils; I'd be
sorry else,

By fifteen hundred a year. Where is the doctor?
My mad tobacco-boy, here, tells me of one
That can do things: has he any skill?
Face. Wherein, sir?

Kas. To carry a business, manage a quarrel fairly, Upon fit terms.

Face. It seems, sir, you are but young About the town, that can make that a question. Kas. Sir, not so young, but I have heard some speech

Enter ABEL, followed by KASTRIL. What, honest Nab!


Of the angry boys, and seen them take tobacco;
And in his shop; and I can take it too.
And I would fain be one of 'em, and go down
And practise in the country.

Face. Sir, for the duello,

The doctor, I assure you, shall inform you,
To the least shadow of a hair; and show you
An instrument he has of his own making,
Wherewith no sooner shall you make report
Of any quarrel, but he will take the height on't
Most instantly, and tell in what degree
Of safety it lies in, or mortality;

And how it may be borne, whether in a right line
Or a half circle; or may else be cast

Into an angle blunt, if not acute:

All this he will demonstrate. And then, rules To give and take the lie by.

Kas. How! to take it?

1 The roarers and vapourers of the time.-WHALLEY.

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Face. Ay, sir,

And gallants yet. Here's a young gentleman
Is born to nothing,-[Points to DAPPER],-forty
marks a year,

Which I count nothing;-he is to be initiated,
And have a fly2 of the doctor. He will win you,
By unresistible luck, within this fortnight,
Enough to buy a barony. They will set him
Upmost, at the groom porters, all the Christmas;
And for the whole year through, at every place
Where there is play, present him with the chair,
The best attendance, the best drink; sometimes
Two glasses of Canary, and pay nothing;
The purest linen, and the sharpest knife,
The partridge next his trencher; and somewhere
The dainty bed, in private, with the dainty.
You shall have your ordinaries bid for him,
As play-houses for a poet; and the master
Pray him aloud to name what dish he affects,
Which must be butter'd shrimps; and those that

To no mouth else, will drink to his, as being
The goodly president mouth of all the board.
Kas. Do you not gull one?

Face. 'Ods my life! do you think it?
You shall have a cast commander (can but get
In credit with a glover, or a spurrier,3
For some two pair of either's ware aforehand),
Will, by most swift posts, dealing [but] with him,
Arrive at competent means to keep himself,
His punk and naked boy, in excellent fashion,
And be admired for't.

As men of spirit hate to keep earth long,
In a vacation, when small money is stirring,
And ordinaries suspended till the term,
He'll show a perspective, where on one side
You shall behold the faces and the persons
Of all sufficient young heirs in town,
Whose bonds are current for commodity;4

On th' other side, the merchants' forms, and others,

That without help of any second broker,

Who would expect a share, will trust such parcels :

In the third square, the very street and sign Where the commodity dwells, and does but wait To be deliver'd, be it pepper, soap,

1 in diameter-i.e. the lie direct; the others are the lie circumstantial.

2 fly-familiar.

3 spurrier-dealer in spurs. 4 Whose bonds, &c.-This alludes to a practice often mentioned by the wits of Jonson's time, of compelling

Hops, or tobacco, oatmeal, woad, or cheeses.
All which you may so handle, to enjoy
To your own use, and never stand obliged.
Kas. I'faith! is he such a fellow?

Face. Why, Nab here knows him.

And then for making matches for rich widows,
Young gentlewomen, heirs, the fortunat'st man!
He's sent to, far and near, all over England,
To have his counsel, and to know their fortunes.
Kas. God's will, my suster shall see him.
Face. I'll tell you, sir,

What he did tell me of Nab. It's a strange thing:

By the way, you must eat no cheese, Nab, it breeds melancholy,

And that same melancholy breeds worms; but pass it:

He told me, honest Nab here was ne'er at tavern But once in's life!

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Kas. Will the doctor teach this?

Face. He will do more, sir: when your land Perhaps your own pains may command her is gone,

Face. Sir, he is busy now;

But if you have a sister to fetch hither,


And he by that time will be free.
Kas. I go.


Face. Drugger, she's thine: the damask!— [Exit ABEL]-Subtle and I Must wrestle for her-[Aside].-Come on, Master Dapper,

You see how I turn clients here away,

the young spendthrift to take a part of the Jesum which he wanted to borrow in different kinds of damazed goods, at a stated price, of which he made's what be could.-GIFFORD.

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Hoping that he hath vinegar'd his senses,
As he was bid, the Fairy queen dispenses,
By me, this robe, the petticoat of fortune;
Which that he straight put on, she doth im-

And though to fortune near be her petticoat,
Yet nearer is her smock, the queen doth note:
And therefore, ev'n of that a piece she hath sent,
Which, being a child, to wrap him in was rent;
And prays him for a scarf he now will wear it,
With as much love as then her grace did tear it,
About his eyes-[They blind him with the rag],-

to show he is fortunate.

And, trusting unto her to make his state,
He'll throw away all worldly pelf about him;
Which that he will perform, she doth not doubt


Face. She need not doubt him, sir. Alas! he has nothing,

But what he will part withal as willingly,
Upon her grace's word.-Throw away your purse,
As she would ask it-handkerchiefs and all.
[He throws away, as they bid him.
She cannot bid that thing, but he'll obey.-
If you have a ring about you, cast it off,
Or a silver seal at your wrist; her grace will send
Her fairies here to search you, therefore deal
Directly with her highness: if they find
That you conceal a mite, you are undone.
Dap. Truly, there's all.

Face. All what?

Dap. My money; truly.

Face. Keep nothing that is transitory about


Bid Dol play music-[Aside to SUBTLE].-Look,

the elves are come

Dap. Oh! I have a paper with a spur-ryal1 in't. Face. Ti, ti.2

[DOL plays on the cittern within. To pinch you, if you tell not truth. Advise you. [They pinch him.

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Dol. Nay, now you court the courtier, and destroy

What you would build: this art, sir, in your words,

Calls your whole faith in question.
Mam. By my soul-

Dol. Nay, oaths are made of the same air, sir.
Mam. Nature

Never bestow'd upon mortality

A more unblamed, a more harmonious feature;
She play'd the step-dame in all faces else:
Sweet madam, let me be particular-
Dol. Particular, sir! I pray you know your

Mam. In no ill sense, sweet lady; but to ask
your fair graces pass the hours? I see
You are lodg'd here, in the house of a rare man,
An excellent artist; but what's that to you?
Dol. Yes, sir; I study here the mathematics,
And distillation.1

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Has made it for us; now he's at projection.
Think therefore thy first wish now, let me hear it;
And it shall rain into thy lap no shower,
But floods of gold, whole cataracts, a deluge,
To get a nation on thee.

1 te. astrology and chemistry.--GIFFORD.

Edward Kelly, the most daring and unprincipled of all the pretenders to alchemy.-GIFFORD.

3 mastery-i.e. the magisterium or philosopher's stone.

Dol. You are pleased, sir,

To work on the ambition of our sex.

Mam. I am pleased the glory of her sex should know,

This nook, here, of the Friars1 is no climate
For her to live obscurely in, to learn
Physic and surgery, for the constable's wife
Of some odd hundred in Essex; but come forth,
And taste the air of palaces; eat, drink
The toils of empirics, and their boasted practice;
Tincture of pearl and coral, gold and amber;
Be seen at feasts and triumphs; have it ask'd,
What miracle she is? set all the eyes
Of court a-fire, like a burning glass,
And work them into cinders, when the jewels
Of twenty states adorn thee, and the light
Strikes out the stars! that when thy name is

Queens may look pale; and we but showing our love,

Nero's Poppea may be lost in story! Thus will we have it.

Dol. I could well consent, sir.

But, in a monarchy, how will this be?

The prince will soon take notice, and both seize
You and your stone, it being a wealth unfit
For any private subject.

Mam. If he knew it.

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