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horse complains of the ape's rank riding; the jockey makes mouths, but is fined for it; the stag is not jeer'd by the monkey for his horns; the ass by the hare for his burthen; the ox by the leopard for his yoke; nor the goat by the ram for his beard: only the fox wraps himself warm in beaver, bids the cat mouse, the elephant toil, the boar gather acorns ; while he grins, feeds fat, tells tales, laughs at all, and sleeps safe at the lion's feet. Save ye, people. Ful. Why, save thee too, if thou be'st of Heaven's
making; What art ?-fear nothing, don, we have our blades, Are metal men ourselves, try us who dare. Guz. Our brother speaks our mind, think what you
please on 't. Ben. A match; observe well this switch ; with this only switch have I pash'd out the brains of thirteen Turks to the dozen, for a breakfast.
Ful. What, man, thirteen! is 't possible thou liest not?
Ben. I was once a scholar, then I begg'd! without pity; from thence I practised law, there a scruple of conscience popp'd me over the bar: a soldier I turn'd a while, but could not procure the letter of preferment. Merchant I would be, and a glut of land-rats gnawed me to the bones; would have bought an office, but the places with reversions were catch'd up; offerd to pass into the court, and wanted trust for clothes ; was lastly, for my good parts, pressed into the gal. leys, took prisoner, redeemed among other slaves by your gay great man, they call him Auria ; and am now I know not who, where, or what. How d'ye like me ?-say.
1 The “needy Latinist” and begging scholar is a character not unfrequently alluded to in our earlier dramas. In the “Return from Parnassus,” the universities are described, in no very delicate terms, as discharging twice in the year no small number of destitute graduates upon the town. The dramatists, too often specimens in their own persons of this mortifying truth, took their revenge by contrasting the “poor scholar” and the “rich fool," and showing where the real advantage lay (more particularly in the eyes of the fairer sex), as in the pleasant comedy of Wily Beguiled."
Ful. A shaver of all trades! What course of
life Dost mean to follow next ? ha! speak thy mind.
Guz. Nor be thou daunted, fellow; we ourselves Have felt the frowns of fortune in our days.
Ben. I want extremely, exceedingly, hideously. Lev. [above.] Take that, enjoy it freely, wisely use
it, (to] Th' advantage of thy fate, and know the giver.
[Throws him a purse, and draws back. Ful. Hey-day! a purse in troth, who dropp'd ?
Guz. Not mine ; I seldom
Ful. Has it any money in it, honest blade ?
Guz. We defy them. Ben. Stand from about me as you are mortal! You are dull clod-pated lumps of mire and garbish. This is the land of fairies.-Imperial queen of elves, I do crouch to thee, vow my services, my blood, my sinews to thee, sweet sovereign of largess and liberality.-A French tailor-neat !--Persian cookdainty !-Greek wines-rich !-Flanders' maresstately!-Spanish sallads—poignant !-Sirs, I am fitted. Ful. Prate sense and do n't be mad; I like thy hu
mour, 'Tis pretty, odd, and so—as one might sáy, I care not greatly if I entertain thee : Dost want a master? if thou dost, I am for thee ; Else choose, and sneck up! pish, I scorn to flinch, man.
Ben. Excellent! what place shall I be admitted to? chamber, wardrobe, cellar, or stable ?
1 In most passages of our old plays where the expression sneck-up or snick-up occurs, it seems equivalent to "go and be hanged," or " hang yourself."
Ful. Why, one and all; thou 'rt welcome, let 's
shake hands on't. Thy name?
Ben. Parado, sir.
Ful. The great affairs
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
Ben. Auria, the fortunate, is this day to be received
Guz. By no means, brother.
A Hall in the House of AURIA.
Pirro, and FUTELLI.
Of feeble undertakings. While my life
Mart. Which to make good, our state of Genoa,
Trel. Adds thereto,
Mart. But they limit only
Piero. If you please to rank,
Aur. Oh, still the state
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,
Adur. May I
Aur. At your pleasure:
[Exeunt all but ADUR. and Fut. Adur. What of Spinella yet?
Fut. Quite lost; no prints,
Adur. Fall danger what fall can, she is a good
Above temptation; more to be adored
Adur. She has found mercy;
Another Room in the same.
Enter Auria and AURELIO. Aur. Count of Savona! Genoa's admira!! Lord governor of Corsica! enrollid A worthy of my country! sought and sued to, Praised, courted, flatter'd! sure this bulk of mine