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Ful. Why, one and all; thou 'rt welcome, let 's
shake hands on't. Thy name?
Ben. Parado, sir.
Ful. The great affairs I shall employ thee most in, will be news, And telling what's o'clock, for aught I know yet.
Ben. It is, sir, to speak punctually, some hour and half, eight three-thirds of two seconds of one minute over at most, sir.
Ful. I do not ask thee now, or if I did We are not much the wiser; and for news
Ben. Auria, the fortunate, is this day to be received with great solemnity at the city council-house; the streets are already throng'd with lookers-on. Ful. That's well remember'd; brother don, let's
Or we shall come too late.
Guz. By no means, brother.
Ful. Wait close, my ragged new-come.
Ben. As your shadows
A Hall in the House of AURIA. Enter Auria, ADURNI, MARTINO, TRELCATIO, AURELIO,
Piero, and FUTELLI.
Aur. Your favours, with these honours, speak your
And though the low deserts of my success
Appear, in your constructions, fair and goodly,
Yet I attribute to a nobler cause,
Not my abilities, the thanks due to them.
The duke of Florence hath too highly prized
My duty in my service, by example,
Rather to cherish and encourage virtue,
In spirits of action, than to crown the issue
Of feeble undertakings. While my life
Çan stand in use, I shall no longer rate it
In value, than it stirs to pay that debt
I owe my country for my birth and fortunes.
Murt. Which to make good, our state of Genoa,
Not willing that a native of her own,
So able for her safety, should take pension
From any other prince, hath cast upon you
The government of Corsica.
Trel. Adds thereto,
Besides th' allowance yearly due, for ever,
To you and to your heirs, the full revenue
Belonging to Savona, with the office
Of admiral of Genoa.
By my hands, from their public treasury,
A thousand ducats.
Mart. But they limit only
One month of stay for your despatch; no more.
Fut. In all your great attempts, may you grow
Secure and prosperous !
Piero. If you please to rank,
Among the humblest, one that shall attend
Instructions under your command, I am
Ready to wait the charge.
Aur. Oh, still the state
Engageth me her creature, with the burthen
Unequal for my weakness: to you, gentlemen,
I will prove friendly honest; of all mindful.
Adur. In memory, my Lord (such is your style
now), Of your late fortunate exploits, the council, Among their general acts, have register'd The great duke's letters, witness of your merit, To stand in characters upon record. Aur. Load upon load! let not my want of
modesty Trespass against good manners; I must study
Retirement to compose this weighty business,
And moderately digest so large a plenty,
For fear it swell into a surfeit.
Adur. May I
Be bold to press a visit?
Aur. At your pleasure:
Good time of day, and peace!
All. Health to your lordship!
[Exeunt all but Adur. and FUT. Adur. What of Spinella yet?
Fut. Quite lost; no prints,
Or any tongue of tracing her. However
Matters are huddled up, I doubt, my lord,
Her husband carries little peace about him.
Adur. Fall danger what fall can, she is a good
Above temptation; more to be adored
Than sifted; I’m to blame, sure.
For her part too, laugh’d at Malfato's phrensy
(Just so she term'd it); but for you, my lord,
She said she thank'd your charity, which lent
Her crooked soul, before it left her body,
Some respite, wherein it might learn again
The means of growing straight.
Adur. She has found mercy;
Which I will seek, and sue for.
Fut. You are happy.
Another Room in the same.
Enter AURIA and AURELIO. Aur. Count of Savona! Genoa's admiral ! Lord governor of Corsica! enrolla A worthy of my country! sought and sued to, Praised, courted, flatter'd! sure this bulk of mine
Tails in the size! a tympany of greatness
Puffs up too monstrously my narrow chest.
How surely dost thou malice these extremes,
Uncomfortable man! When I was needy,
Cast naked on the flats of barren pity,
Abated to an ebb so low, that boys
A-cockhorse frisk'd about me without plunge,
You could chat gravely then, in formal tones,
Reason most paradoxically; now,
Contempt and wilful grudge at my uprising
Becalms your learned noise.
There rots but half of me, the other part
Sleeps, heaven knows where: would she and I-my
I mean,-but what, alas! talk I of wife ?-
The woman-would we had together fed
On any outcast parings, coarse and mouldy,
Not lived divided thus! I could have begg'd
For both; for 't had been pity she should ever
Have felt so much extremity.
Aurel. This is not
Patience required in wrongs of such vile nature:
You pity her; think rather on revenge.
Aur. Revenge! for what, uncharitable friend?
On whom? let's speak a little, pray, with reason.
You found Spinella Adurni's house;
'Tis like he gave her welcome-very likely;
Her sister and another with her; so!
Invited, nobly done; but he with her
Privately chamber'd :-he deserves no wife
Of worthy quality, who dares not trust
Her virtue in the proofs of any danger.
Aurel. But I broke ope the doors upon them.
It was a slovenly presumption,
And punishable by a sharp rebuke.
I tell you, sir, I, in my younger growth,
Have by the stealth of privacy enjoy'd
A lady's closet, where to have profaned
That shrine of chastity and innocence,
With one unhallow'd word, would have exiled
The freedom of such favour into scorn.
Had any he alive then ventured there,
With foul construction, I had stamp'd the justice
Of my unguilty truth upon his heart.
Aurel. Adurni might have done the like; but that The conscience of his fault, in coward blood, Blush'd at the quick surprisal.
Aur. O fy, fy!
How ill some argue, in their sour reproof,