« PreviousContinue »
In vows of combination there's a grace,
Sax. First give me leave to view awhile the person
Aust. He's like him. But I heard, he lost his life
Her. I heard so much, my Lord. But that report
Sax. My brother !-nay then i' faith, old John lay by
Her. I thank your Highness; I will think on it:
Sax. Tut, tittle tattle, tell not me of sin.-
Sax. Ah, Austria ! 'twas a world, when you and I
Aust. I am glad you are so pleasant, good my Lord.
old mood : but I was soon turn'd sad.
1 By one of the Duke's sons (her Lover) in honour of Lucibel.
Holding in Capite. First Gent. 'Tis well known I am a Gentleman. My father was a man of 5001 a year, and he held something in capite too.
Second Gent. So does my Lord Something
Foolish Lord. Nay, by my troth, what I hold in capite is worth little or nothing.
[Nathaniel Field. Amends for Ladies,
Act i., Sc. 1.']
Fool's Experience. Page. He that's first a scholar, and next in love, the year after is either an arrant fool or a madman.
Master. How came your knavery by such experience ?
Page. As fools do by news: somebody told me so, and I believe it.
[John Jones. Adrasta, Act i., Sc. 1.
Modern Sybarite. ---Softly, ye villains !—the rogues of chairmen have trundled me over some damn'd nutshell or other, that gave me such a jerk, as has half murder'd me.
[Thomas D'Urfey. The Old Mode and the New,
Act i., Sc. 1.]
Spare diet of Spaniards. Spaniard. The air being thin and rarified generally provides us good stomachs.
Englishman. Aye, and the earth little or nothing to satisfy 'em with ; I think a cabbage is a jewel among you.
[See also p. 579.)
[See also p. 586.] VOL. IV. -36
Span. Why, truly a good cabbage is respected. But our people are often very luxurious, they abound very often.
Eng. O no such matter, faith, Spaniard ! 'death, if they get but a piece of beef, they shall hang all the bones out, and write under neath, Here hath been beef eaten, as if 'twere a miracle. And if they get but a lean hen, the feathers shall be spread before the door with greater pride than we our carpets at some princely solemnity.
[Thomas D'Urfey. The Old Mode and the Nev,
Act ii., Sc. 1.]
Lord W. Why did not the footman take it up
Crowne. The English Friar, Act i., p. 31.]
Good at Guessing. Nay, good " Mr. Constable, you are e'en the luckiest at being wise that ever I knew.
[Ibid., Act iv., p. 76.]
Essays at Essays. 1. O eternal blockhead, did you never write Essays ? 2. I did essay to write Essays, but I cannot say I writ Essays.
[Ibid., Act v., p. 81.] 1["Good" is inserted here, though used previously.) '["I" is not in original.]
Hard Words, Indiscerptibility, and Essential Spissitude: words which, though I am no competent judge of, for want of languages, yet I fancy strongly ought to mean nothing.
[Mrs. Aphra Behn (1640-1689). The Dutch Lover. (Epistle to Reader.)]
Scandals to Atheism. --a late learned Doctor ; who, though himself no great assertor of a Deity, yet was observed to be continually persuading this sort of men (the rakehelly blockheaded Infidels about town) of the necessity and truth of our religion ; and being asked how he came to bestir himself so much this way, made answer, that it was because their ignorance and indiscreet debauch made them a Scandal to the Profession of Atheism.
Excuse for being afraid in a Storm. Master. Courage! why what dost thou call courage? Hector himself would not have exchang’d his ten years' siege for our ten days' storm at sea. A Storm ! a hundred thousand fighting men are nothing to it; cities sack'd by fire, nothing. 'Tis a resistless coward, that attacks a man at disadvantage; an unaccountable magic, that first conjures down a man's courage, and then plays the devil over him; and, in fine, it is a Storm!
Mate. Good lack, that it should be all these terrible things, and yet that we should outlive it!
Master. No god-a-mercy to our courages tho', I tell you that now; but like an angry wench, when it had huffed and blusterd itself weary, it lay still again.
[Ibid., Act iii., Sc. 2.)
Dutch Gallantry. Mate. What, beat a woman, Sir ?
. Master. 'Psha, all's one for that; if I am provok’d, anger will have its effects upon whomsoe'er it light: so said Von Tromp, when he took his Mistress a cuff on the ear for finding fault with an ill-fashioned leg he made her. I liked his humour well.
Mrs. Aphra Behn (1640-1689).
The Dutch Lover, Act iii., Sc. 2.]
Dutchman. --sitting at home in the chimney corner, cursing the face of Duke de Alva upon the jugs, for laying an imposition on beer.
[Ibid., Act iii., Sc. 2.'] XIV.
Rake at Church. - -I shall know all, when I meet her in the chapel to-morrow. I am resolved to venture thither, tho' I am afraid the dogs will bark me out again, and by that means let the congregation know how much I am a stranger to the place.
[Thomas D'Urfey. A Virtuous Wife, Act ii., Sc. 1.]
Lying Traveller. You do not believe me then ? the devil take me, if these homebred fellows can be saved : they neither know nor believe half the creation.
[John Lacy (died 1681). Sir Hercules Buffoon,
Act iv., Sc. 2.]
English Beau, contrasted with a French one.
-a true-bred English Beau has indeed the powder, the essence, the toothpick, the snuff-box; and is as idle; but the fault is in the flesh-he has not the motion, and looks stiff under all this. Now a French Fop, like a Poet, is born so, and would be
. known without clothes ; it is in his eyes, his nose, his fingers, his elbows, his heels. They dance when they walk, and sing when they speak. We have nothing in that perfection as abroad; our cuckolds, as well as our grapes, are but half ripened.
[Charles Burnaby (A. 1700). "The Reformed
Wife, Act iv., Sc. 1.]
Fanciful Recipe, prescribed for sick Fancy.
Twelve dancing capers, ten lunatic reasons ;