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Mart. There is; but first
Sit in commission on your own defects,
Accuse yourself; be your own jury, judge,
And executioner ; I make no sport
Lev. All the short remains
Of undesired life shall only speak
The extremity of penance; your opinion
Enjoins it too.
Mart, Enough; thy tears prevail
Lev. My miseries,
As in a glass, present me the rent face
Of an unguided youth.
Mart. No more:
Enter TRELCATiO with an open letter.
Trelcatio! Some business speeds you hither.
Trel. Happy newsSignior Martino, pray your ear; my nephew, Auria, hath done brave service: and I hearLet's be exceeding private-is return'd High in the duke of Florence's respects ; 'Tis said,—but make no words that he has firk'd And mumbled the rogue
Turks. Mart. Why would you have His merits so unknown?
Trel. I am not yet Confirm'd at full :-withdraw, and you shall read All what this paper talks.
Mart. So ! - Levidolche, You know our mind, be cheerful.—Come, Trel
Causes of joy or grief do seldom happen
Without companions near; thy resolutions
Have given another birth to my contents.
[Exeunt Mart. and Trel. Lev. Even so, wise uncle! much good do ye.
I could fly out, mix vengeance
Unworthy man, Malfato !--my good lord,
My hot in blood, rare lord, grows cold too! well,
Rise dotage into rage, and sleep no longer ;
Affection turn'd to hatred threatens mischief.
An Apartment in ADURNI's House.
Enter PIERO, AMORETTA, FUTELLI, and CASTANNA.
Piero. In the next gallery you may behold
Such living pictures, lady, such rich pieces,
Of kings, and queens, and princes, that you'd think
They breathe and smile upon you.
Amor. Ha they crownths,
Great crownths oth gold upon their headths ?
Piero. Pure gold ;
Drawn all in state.
Amor. How many horthes, pray, Are ith their chariots ?
Piero. Sixteen, some twenty, Cast. My sister! wherefore left we her alone ? Where stays she, gentlemen ?
Fut. Viewing the rooms; 'Tis like you'll
meet her in the gallery :
This house is full of curiosities,
Most fit for ladies' sights.
Amor. Yeth, yeth, the thight
Of printhethes ith a fine thight.
Cast. Good, let us find her.
Piero. Sweet ladies, this way; see the doors
[Aside to Fut. Fut. Doubt not.
Another Room in the same.
Enter Adurni and SPINELLA.-A Song within.
Pleasures, beauty, youth attend ye,
Whilst the spring of nature lasteth;
Love and melting thoughts [befriend] ye,
Use the time, ere winter hasteth.
Active blood, and free delight,
Place and privacy invite.
Do, do! be kind as fair.
Lose not opportunity for air.
Adur. Plead not, fair creature, without sense of
So incompassionately 'gainst a service,
In nothing faulty more than pure obedience:
My honours and my fortunes are led captives
In triumph, by your all-commanding beauty;
And if you ever felt the power of love,
The rigour of an uncontrolled passion,
The tyranny of thoughts, consider mine,
In some proportion, by the strength of yours;
Thus may you yield and conquer.
Spin. Do not study,
My lord, to apparel folly in the weed
Of costly colours; henceforth cast off far,
Far from your noblest nature, the contempt
Of goodness, and be gentler to your fame,
By purchase of a life to grace your story.
Adur. Dear, how sweetly
Reproof drops from that balmy spring your breath!
Now could I read a lecture of my griefs,
Unearth a mine of jewels at your foot,
Command a golden shower to rain down,
Impoverish every kingdom of the east,
Which traffics richest clothes, and silks, would
Vouchsafe one unspleen'd chiding to my riot:
Else such a sacrifice can but beget
Suspicion of returns to my devotion,
In mercenary blessings; for that saint
To whom I vow myself, must never want
Fit offerings to her altar.
Spin. Auria, Auria,
Fight not for name abroad; but come, my hus-
band, Fight for thy wife at home!
Adur. Oh, never rank, Dear cruelty, one that is sworn your creature, Amongst your country's enemies; I use No force, but humble words, deliver'd from A tongue that's secretary to my heart. Spin. How poorly some, tame to their wild de
Fawn on abuse of virtue! pray, my lord,
Make not your house my prison.
Adur. Grant a freedom
To him who is the bondman to your beauty.-
[A noise within, and the door is forced.
Enter Aurelio, followed by CASTANNA, AMORETTA,
FUTELLI, and Piero.
Aurel. Keep back, ye close contrivers of false
Or I shall force ye back.-Can it be possible ?
Lock'd up, and singly too! chaste hospitality!
A banquet in a bed-chamber! Adurni,
Adur. What sees this rudeness
That can broach scandal here?
Oh, woman, lost to every brave report,
Thy wronged Auria is come home with glory!
Prepare a welcome to uncrown the greatness
Of his prevailing fates.
Spin. Whiles you, belike,
Are furnish'd with some news for entertainment,
Which must become your friendship, to be knit
More fast betwixt your souls, by my removal,
Both from his heart and memory!
Adur. Rich conquest,
To triumph on a lady's injured fame,
Without a proof or warrant !
Fut. Have I life, sir ?