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THE LADY'S TRIAL.
SCENE I.-A Room in the House of AURIA.
Enter Piero and FUTELLI, at opposite doors.
Fut. The times' wonder!
Fut. I am no foot-post,
Piero. But, in pure earnest now, my fine Futelli, How trowls the common noise ?
Fut. Auria, who lately,
* The newest news ? unvamp'd ?] i.e. fresh, genuine, not patched up.-GIFFORD.
For gaining-what?-a bloody nose of honour.
Piero. Is all my signor's hospitality,
Fut. Hold thy peace, man;
Enter ADURNI and AURIA.
Adur. We wish thee, honour'd Auria, life and
Aur. My lord,
Piero. I present you
Fut. For my own part,
on't,) Call me your shadow's hench-boy.*
Call me your shadow's hench-boy.] A common expression in our old writers for a page; a state-attendant on court or municipal officers.-GIFFORD.
Adur. We dare not hinder
Exeunt ADURNI, PIERO, and FUTELLI. Aur. So leave the winter'd people of the north, The minutes of their summer, when the sun Departing leaves them in cold robes of ice, As I leave Genoa.
Enter TRELCATIO, SPINELLA, and CASTANNA.
Now appears the object Of my apprenticed heart: thou bring'st, Spinella, A welcome in a farewell-souls and bodies Are sever'd for a time, a span of time, To join again, without all separation, In a confirmed unity for ever : Such will our next embraces be, for life; And then to take the wreck of our divisions, * Will sweeten the remembrance of past dangers, Will fasten love in perpetuity, Will force our sleeps to steal upon our stories. These days must come, and shall, without a cloud, Or night of fear, or envy. To your charge, Trelcatio, our good uncle, and the comfort
* And then to take the wreck of our divisions.] i. e. to enjoy the remnant of time which our separations have left us. GIFFORD.
Of my Spinella's sister, fair Castanna,
Trel. I dare promise
Cast. My sister shall to me stand an example, Of pouring free devotions for your safety.
Aur. Gentle Castanna, thou'rt a branch of good
Grown on the self-same stock with my Spinella. But why, my dear, hast thou lock'd up thy speech
your family! I take my leave.
Trel. Blessings and health preserve you ! [Exit. Aur. Nay, nay, Castanna, you may hear our
counsels; A while, you are design'd your sister's husband. Give me thy hand, Spinella; you did promise, To send me from you with more cheerful looks, Without a grudge or tear; 'deed, love, you did. Spi. What friend have I left in
Spi. Admit, sir,
urge no pressures by the scorn of change ;
Cast. And such conclusion, sister,
Aur. 'Tis truth, Castanna.
Spi. I grant it truth; yet Auria, I'm a woman, And therefore apt to fear : to show my duty, And not to take heart from you, I'll walk from
you, At your command, and not so much as trouble Your thought with one poor looking back.
Aur. I thank thee, My worthy wife! Before we kiss, receive This caution from thine Auria : first--Castanna, Let us bid farewell.
[Cast. walks aside. Spi. Speak, good, speak.
Âur. The steps Young ladies tread, left to their own discretion, However wisely printed, are observed, And construed as the lookers-on presume : Point out thy ways then in such even paths, As thine own jealousies from other's tongues May not intrude a guilt, though undeserv’d. Admit of visits as of physic forced, Not to procure health, but for safe prevention Against a growing sickness; in thy use of time and of discourse be found so thrifty, As no remembrance may impeach thy rest. Appear not in a fashion that can prompt