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Flo. Fortune speed us !
[Exeunt Flo. Per. and Cam. Aut. I understand the business, I hear it : To have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requisite also, to smell out work for the other senses. I fee, this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. What an exchange had this been, without boot ? what a boot is here, with this exchange ? Sure, the gods do this year connive at us, and we may do any thing * extempore. The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity; stealing away from his father, with his clog at his heels : If I thought not it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it ; and therein am I constant to my profession.
Enter Clown and Shepherd. Alide, aside ;-here's more matter for a hot brain : Every lane's end, every shop, church, session, hanging, yields a careful man work.
Clo. See, see; what a man you are now ! there is no other way, but to tell the king The's a changeling, and none of your feíh and blood.
Shep. Nay, but hear me,
Clo. She being none of your flesh and blood, your felh and blood has not offended the king; and, fo, your flesh and blood is not to be punilh'd by him. Shew those things
* extempore. ]-with a wet finger.
you found about her ; those secret things, all but what she has with her: This being done, let the law go whistle ; I warrant you.
Shep. I will tell the king all, every word, yea, and his son's pranks 100; who, I may say, is no honest man neither to his father, nor to me, to go about to make me the king's brother-in-law.
Clo. Indeed, brother-in-law was the farthest off you could have been to him ; and then your blood had been the dearer, by I know not how much an ounce. Aut. Very wisely; puppies !
[Afde. Shep. Well, let us to the king; there is that in this farthel, will make him scratch his beard.
Aut. I know not, what impediment this complaint may be to the fligkt of my master.
Clo. 'Pray heartily he be at palace.
Aut. Though I am not naturally honest, I am so fometimes by chance: Let me pocket up my pedler's 'excrement. How now, rusticks? whither are you bound?
Shep. To the palace, an it like your worship.
Aut. Your affairs there? what? with whom ? ? the condition of that farthel, the place of your dwelling, your names, your ages, of what having, breeding, and any thing that is fitting to be known, discover.
Clo. We are but plain fellows, sir.
Aut. A lie: you are a rough and hairy : Let me have no lying; it becomes none but tradesmen, and they often
give us soldiers the lie: but we pay them for it with stamped coin, not stabbing steel; therefore they do not give us the lie.
y excrement. ]--false beard. z the condition of that farthel, ]-the contents of that bundle. a rough and hairy:]---clad in kins. b give us joidiers the lie:)-cheat, impofe upon us. c they do not give us the lie.]-they tell it us.
Clo. Your worship had like to have given us one, if you had not "taken yourself with the manner.
Shep. Are you a courtier, an't like you, sir?
Aut. Whether ic like me, or no, I am a courtier. See'st thou not the air of the court, in these enfoldings ? hath not my gait in it, the measure of the court ? receives not thy nose court odour from me ? reflect I not on thy baseness, court-contempt? Think'lt thou, for that I insinuate, or toze from thee thy business, I am therefore no cour. cier? I am courtier, cap-a-pè; and one that will either push on, or pluck back thy business there: whereupon I command thee to open thy affair.
Shep. My business, sir, is to the king.
Clo. Advocate's the court-word for a pheasant; say, you have none.
Shep. None, sir; I have no pheasant, cock, nor hen.
Aut. How bless'd are we, that are not simple men! Yet nature might have made me as these are, Therefore I will not disdain.
Clo. This cannot be but a great courrier.
Shep. His garments are rich, but he wears them not handsomely.
Clo. He seems to be the more noble in being fantastical : a great man, I'll warrant; I know, by the picking on's teeth.
Aut. The farthel there? what's i'the farthel ? Wherefore that box?
Shep. Sir, there lies such secrets in this farthel, and box, which none must know but the king; and which he shall know within this hour, if I may come to the speech of him.
d taken your,elf witb the manner. ]-caught yourself tripping. s roze) --draw out by importunity.
Aut. Aut. Age, thou hast lost thy labour. Shep. Why, sir?
Aut. The king is not at the palace; he is gone aboard a new ship to purge melancholy, and air himself: For, if thou be'it capable of things serious, thou must know, the king is full of grief.
Sbep. So 'tis said, sir; about his son, that should have married a shepherd's daughter.
Aut. If that shepherd be not in hand-fast, let him fly; the curses he shall have, the tortures he shall feel, will break the back of man, the heart of monster.
Clo. Think you so, sir?
Aut. Not he alone shall suffer what wit can make heavy, and vengeance birter; but those that are germane to him, though removed fifty times, shall all come under the hangman : which though it be great pity, yet it is necessary. An old sheep whistling rogue, a ram-tender, to offer to have his daughter come into grace! Some say, he shall be ston'd; but that death is too soft for him, say I: Draw our throne into a sheep-cote ! all deaths are too few, the sharpest too easy.
Clo. Has the old man e'er a son, fir, do you hear, an't like you, sir?
Aut. He has a son, who shall be Aay'd alive; then, 'nointed over with honey, fer on the head of a wafp's nest; then stand, till he be three quarters and a dram dead: then recover'd again with aqua.vitæ, or some other hot infusion; then, raw as he is, and in the hottest day prognoftication proclaims, shall he be set against a brick-wall, the sun looking with a southward eye upon him ; where he is to behold him, with Alies blown to death. But what
f in hand-faft,]-hold, custody. 6 germane) — akin, related.
prognostication proclaims,)--that is foretold in the almanack.
talk we of these traitorly rascals, whose miseries are to be smild at, their offences being so capital ? Tell me, (for you seem to be honest plain men) what you have to the king: being something ' gently consider'd, I'll bring you where he is aboard, tender your persons to his presence, whisper him in your behalfs ; and, if it be in man, besides the king, to effect your suits, here is man shall do it.
Clo. He seems to be of great authority : close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold : shew the inside of your purse to the outside of his hand, and no more ado: Remember, ston'd, and fay'd alive.
Shep. An't please you, sir, to undertake the business for us, here is that gold I have ; I'll make it as much more; and leave this young man in pawn, 'till I bring it you.
Aut. After I have done what I promised ?
Aut. Well, give me the moiety :- Are you a party in this business?
Clo. In some sort, sir: but though my * case be a pitiful one, I hope I shall not be flay'd out of it.
Aut. Oh, that's the case of the shepherd's son:Hang him, he'll be made an example.
Clo. Comfort, good comfort : We must to the king, and shew our strange sights : he must know, 'tis none of your daughter, nor my sister ; we are gone else. Sir, I will give you as much as this old man does, when the business is perform’d; and remain, as he says, your pawn, 'rill it be brought you.
Aut. I will trust you. Walk before toward the sea-side ; go on the right hand; I will but look upon the hedge, and follow you.
i gently confider’d,)-genteely fee'd. K cafe)-kin, hide.