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FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE.
An Apartment in the Palace.
Liv. Such language from a gentleman
Troy. Could'st thou consider, Livio,
Betwixt the abject lowness of a poverty,
Liv. By their merits.
Troy. Right, by their merits: well he merited The intendments o'er the gallies at Leghorn, (Made grand collector of the customs there,) Who led the prince unto his wife's chaste bed, And stood himself by, in his night-gown, fearing The jest might be discover'd! was 't not hand
Liv. Most impossible.
let, Who train'd his brother's daughter, scarce a girl, Into the arms of Mont-Argentorato;
Whilst the young lord of Telamon, her husband, Was packeted to France, to study courtship, Under, forsooth, a colour of employment, Employment! yea, of honour.
Liv. You are well read In mysteries of state.
Troy. Here, in Sienna, Bold Julio de Varana, lord of Camerine, Held it no blemish to his blood and greatness, From a plain merchant, with a thousand ducats, To buy his wife, nay, justify the purchase ;Procured it by a dispensation From Rome, allow'd and warranted: 'twas thought By his physicians, that she was a creature Agreed best with the curè of the disease His present new infirmity then labour'd in. Yet these are things in prospect of the world, Advanced, employ'd, and eminent.
Liv. At best,
Troy. Shrewd business!
* To study courtship.] i. e. the language and manners of a court. Thus Massinger
" What she wanted
Great Duke of Florence.
Mirths of society; when petty mushrooms, Transplanted from their dunghills, spread on
pass for cedars by their servile flatteries On great men's vices ? Pandar! thou’rt deceived, The word includes preferment; 'tis a title Of dignity; I could add somewhat more else.
Liv. Add any thing of reason.
Troy. Castamela, Thy beauteous sister, like a precious tissue, Not shaped into a garment fit for wearing, Wants the adornments of the workman's cunning To set the richness of the piece at view, Though in herself all wonder. Come, I'll tell
Liv. Oh, sir,
Troy. Be then pliable
first rules of your advancement.--[Enter
Oct. My bosom's secretary,