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FTER the great Triumvirate, Shakespear, John-
Ton and Fletcher, Mallinger is certainly the Au-
thor of moji Canfideration for which reajon I have chose to select from hiin as many Plays as would make an entire Volume. Seme will af, perhaps, why I have not
taken the Roman Actor, which has commonly been reckond his best Play? I answering that thở the writing of that Play, particularly the Pleading of the Roman Actor, may perhaps be superior to any thing Maslinger ever wrote, yet. till Story and Conduet of it are so very bad, that I could not think it equal to many other of his plays ; and I rict help fuppofing, that the reason of its having been revived by Betterton, must have been for the sake of the Character of Paris the Roman Actor, which be himself had a mind to appearin. I am furpmiz'd, that of forelebrated a Writet, so little can be collected relating to his Life all that I can find is, that he was born in 1584, educated at Oxford, and died in 1639. It appears from his, Dedication of the Bondman, that his Fatber, Philip Måffinger, was a Reteriner, in some frape or other, to Philip Herbert, Earl of Montgomery ; and; I think, from the general strain of his Dedications, one may gather that he was always in a state of Dependence and Neceflity.
Besides the Plotys which compofe this Volume, he wrate, the
Roman Actor, the Fatal Dowry, the Duke of Milan the Virgin Martyr, Tragedies; the Renegado, the Great Duke of Florence, the Londman, the Bafhful Lover, Comedies ; the Maid of Honour, the Emperor of the East, and a Very Woman, or the Prince of Tarent, Tragi-comcdies, A
Sir John Rich, a merchant.
Sir Maurice Lacy, son to Lord Lary,
Mr. Plenty, a country gentleman,
Luke, brother to Sir John Rich.
Old Goldwire, 2
Old Tradewell, S
Young Goldwire, their sons, apprentices to
Sir John Rich.
Stargaze, an Astrologer.
Fortune, a decay'd merchant.
Hoyst, a decay'd gentleman.
Holdfaj, a steward.
Ramble, Scufle, two hectors.
Ding'em, a pimp.
Gett-all, a box-keeper.
Millefcent, her woman,
Shave'em, a wench.
Secret, a bawd.
A&us primus, Scena prima,
Enter Tradewell and Goldwire. Tradewell. . HE ship is safe in the pool then!
and makes good, OT In her rich freight, the name
she bears, the Speedwell:: } My master will find it, for on my
For every hundred that he ventur'd in her,
She hath return'd him five,
Goldwire. And it comes timely ;
For besides a payment on the nail for a manor
Late purchasd by my master, his young daughters
Are ripe for marriage
Tradewell. Who, Nan and Mall ? :
Goldwire. Mistress Anne and Mary, and with fome
Or 'tis more punishable in our house
Than Scandalum Magnatum.
Tradewell. 'Tis great piry
Such a gentleman as my maiter (for that title
His being a citizen cannot take froin him)
Hath no male heir to inherit his estate,
And keep his name alive.
Goldwire. The want of one
Swells my young mistresses, and their madam-mother,
With hopes above their birth, and scale. Their dreams are
Of being made.countesses, and they take ftate
As they were such already. When you went
To the Indies, there was some shape and proportion
Of a merchant's house in our family ; - but since
My master, to gain precedency for my mistress
Above fome elder merchants wives, was knighted,
'Tis grown a little court, in bravery, ..
Variety of fashions, and those rich ones:
There are few great ladies going to a masque
That do outshine ours in their every-day habits.
Tradewell. 'Tis Atrange my maker in his wifdom can Give the reins to such exorbitancy.
Goldwire. He must,
"Or there's no peace nor rest for him at home.
I grant his ftate will bear it ; yet he's cenfur'd
For his indulgence, and for kir john Frugal,
By fome stil'd fir.John Prodigal.
Tradewell. Is his brother,
Mr. Luke Frugal, living ?
Goldwire. Yes, the more
His misery, poor man!
Tradewell, Still in the Counter
Goldwire. In a worser place. He was redeemed from
To live in our house in hell: fince, his base usage
Consider'd, 'tis no better. My proud lady
Admits him to her table, marry ever.
Beneath the salt, and there he fits the subje&
Of her contempt and scorn ; and dinner ended,
His courteous nieces find employment for him
Fitting an under-apprentice, or a footman,
And not an uncle.
Tradewell. I wonder, being a scholar, well read, andi
The world yielding means for men of such desert,
He should endure it,
Enter Stargaze, Lady, Anne, Mary, Millescent, in
several pofures, with looking-glasses at their girdles.
Goldwire. He does, with a strange patience; and to us
The fervants, fo familiar, nay. humble.
I'll tell you ; but I'm cut off. Look there
Like a citizen's wife and daughters?
Tradewell. In their habits
They appear other things, but what are the motives
Of this strange
Goldwire. The young wag-tails
Expect their suitors. The firft, the fon and heir
Of the lord Lacy, who needs my master's money;.
As his daughter does his honour. The second, mr. Plenty,
A rough-hewn gentleman, and newly come
To a great estate ; and so all aids of art
In them's excusable.
Lady. You have donė your parts here ::
To your study, and be curious in the search
Of the natiyiţies.
... [Exit Stargaze.
Tradewell. Methinks the mother,
As if the could renew her youth, in care,
Nay curiofity to appear lovely,
Comes not behind her daughters..
Goldwire. Keeps the first place,
And tho' the church-book speaks her fifty, they
That say she can write thirty, more offend her
Than if they tax'd her honesty. T'other day
A tenant of her's, instructed in her humour,
But one he never saw, being brought before her ;
For laying only, Good young mistress help me
To the speech of your lady-mother, fo far pleas'd her,