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Corrupt the purity of knowledge ; wrest
Desires of better life to those of this,
This scurvy one, this life scarce worth the keeping !

Priest. "T is melancholy, and too fond indulgence
To your own dulld affections, sway your judgment;
You could not else be thus lost, or suspect
The care your ancestor the Sun takes of you.

Ray. The care! the scorn he throws on me.

Priest. Fy! fy!
Have you been sent out into stranger lands,
Seen courts of foreign kings; by them been graced,
To bring home such neglect?
Ruy. I have reason for it.
Priest. Pray show it.
Ray. Since my coming home I have found
More sweets in one unprofitable dream,
Than in my life's whole pilgrimage.

Priest. Your fantasy
Misleads your judgment vainly. Sir, in brief,
I am to tell you, how I have received
From your progenitor, my lord, the Sun,
A token, that he visibly will descend
From the celestial orb, to gratify
All your wild longings.

Ray. Very likely! when pray?
The world the while shall be beholding to him
For a long night ;-candle and lantern, sure,
Will grow

to an excessive rate i' the city.
Priest. These are but flashes of a brain disorder'd.
Contain your float of spleen in seemly bounds;
Your eyes shall be your witness.

Ray. He may come.
Enter Time, whipping Folly, in rags, before him.
Time. Hence, hence, thou shame of nature, man-

kind's foil ! Time whips thee from the world, kicks thee, and

scorns thee. Fol. Whip me from the world ! why whip? am I Vol. 11.-9

You may talk forward.—If it take,' 't is clear;
And then—and then,-and somand so-

Adur. You labour
With curious engines, sure.

Aur. Fine ones! I take you
To be a man of credit; else-

Adur. Suspicion
Is needless, know me better.

Aur. Yet you must not
Part from me, sir.

Adur. For that, your pleasure.

Aur. Come, Fight for thy wife at home, my Auria !"-Yes, We can fight, my Spinella, when thine honour Relies upon a champion.

Now ?

Trel. My lord,
Castanna, with her sister, and Malfato
Are newly enter'd.

Aur. Be not loud; convey them
Into the gallery.-Aurelio, friend,
Adurni, lord, we three will sit in council,
And piece a hearty league, or scuffle shrewdly.

[Exeunt. 1 These musings of Auria will be better understood when the second scene of the finn act comes under the perusal of the reader. then be seen that Auria, as a means of freeing every circumstance of jealousy and suspicion, is projecting a marriage between Adurni and Castanna.


Fol. No matter what; what are you?

Ray. Not as you are, I thank my better fates; I am grandchild to the Sun.

Fol. And I am cousin-german, some two or three hundred removes off, to the Moon, and my name is Folly.

Ray. Folly, sir! of what quality ?

Fol. Quality! any quality in fashion; drinking, singing, dancing, dicing, swearing, roaring, lying, cogging, canting, et cetera. Will you have any more?

Ray. You have a merry heart, if you can guide it.

Fol. Yes, 'faith; so, so: I laugh not at those whom I fear, I fear not those whom I love ; and I love not any whom I laugh not at: pretty strange humour is 't not?

Ray. To any one that knows you not, it is.
Priest. You must avoid.

Fol. Away, away! I have no such meaning, indeed, la!

[Music of Recorders. Priest. Hark! the fair hour is come; draw to the altar, And, with amazement, reverence, and comfort, Behold the broad-eyed lamp of heaven descending ! Stand!

The Sun

Sun. Raybright!
Priest. It calls you; answer.
Ray. Lord and father!

Sun. We know thy cares; appear to give release :
Boldly make thy demands, for we will please
To grant whate'er thou su'st for.

Ray. Fair-beam'd sir!
I dare not greedily prefer
Eternity of Earth's delights,
Before thạt duty which invites
My filial piety; in this
Your love shall perfect my heart's bliss,
If I but for one only year,
Enjoy the several pleasures here,

Was ever such a tatter'd rag of man's flesh,
Patch'd up for copesmate to my niece's daughter!
Lev. Sir, for my mother's name forbear this

If I have yoked myself beneath your wishes,
Yet is my choice a lawful one: and I
Will live as truly chaste unto his bosom,
As e'er my faith hath bound me.

Mart. A sweet couple !

Ben. We are so: for mine own part, however my outside appear ungay, I have wrestled with death, signor Martino, to preserve your sleeps, and such as you are, untroubled. A soldier is in peace a mockery, a very town-bull for laughter; unthrifts, and landed babies are prey curmudgeons lay their baits for. Let the wars rattle about your ears once, and the security of a soldier is right honourable among ye then; that day may shine again. So to my business.

Mart. A soldier! thou a soldier!
A villanous poor banditti rather; one that
Can cant, pad for a cloak, and, in the dark,
Pistol a straggler for a quarter-ducat.
A soldier! yes,-he looks as if he had not
The spirit of a herring, or a tumbler.'

Ben. Let age and dotage rage together! Levidolche, thou art mine ; on what conditions, the world shall soon witness : yet since our hands join'd, I have not interessed? my possession of thy bed; nor till I have accounted to thy injunction, do I mean: kiss me quick, and resolute, so !-adieu, signor!

Lev. Dear, for love's sake, stay.


For a tumbler.] A species of hound, a mongrel greyhound.

2 Johnson considers this word as synonymous with interest, but in some of the examples which he gives, and in many others which might be produced, it seems to convey an idea of a more intimate connexion than is usually understood by that term; somewhat, for instanoe, like implicate, involve, inweave, &c.-GIFFORD.


Ben. Forbear entreaties.

[Exit. Mart. Ah, thou—but what? I know not how to

call thee:
Fain would I smother grief, but out it must;
My heart is broke: thou hast for many a day
Been at a loss, and now art lost for ever;
Lost, lost, without recovery.

Lev. With pardon,
Let me restrain your sorrows.

Mart. 'Tis impossible ;
Despair of rising up to honest fame
Turns all the courses wild, and this last action
Will roar thy infamy.— Then you are certainly
Married, forsooth, unto this new-come?

Lev. Yes,
And herein every hope is brought to life,
Which long hath lain in deadness; I have once
Wedded Benatzi, my divorced husband.

Mart. Benatzi! this the man ?

Lev. No odd disguise
Couid guard him from discovery, 't is he,
The choice of my ambition; Heaven preserve me
Thankful for such a bounty! yet he dreams not
Of this deceit; but let me die in speaking,
If I repute not my success more happy
Than any earthly blessing. Oh! sweet uncle,
Rejoice with me; am a faithful convert,
And will redeem the stains of a foul name,
By love and true obedience.

Mart. Force of passion
Shows me a child again. Do, Levidolche,
Perform thy resolutions ; those performid,
I have been only steward for your welfare,
You shall have all between ye.

Lev. Join with me, sir;
Our plot requires much speed; we must be ear-

nest. I'll tell you what conditions threaten danger,

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