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Face. Sir, I 'll go look
A little, how it heightens.

Mam. Do. My shirts
I'll have of taffeta-sarsnet, soft and light
As cobwebs; and for all my other raiment,
It shall be such as might provoke a Persian,
Were he to teach the world riot anew.
My gloves of fishes' and birds' skins, perfumed
With gums of paradise, and eastern air-

SCENE IV. The master suddenly returns, and the whole imposture is at length discovered. The impudence of the Alchemist and the lamentations of his dupes, are inimitably painted. We have only room to exhibit the manæuvres by which Face retards the period of his exposure:

Before LovEwIt's door.
Enter LovEwIT, with several of the NEIGHBOURS.
Love. Has there been such resort, say you ?
1 Nei. Daily, Sir.
2 Nei. And nightly, too.
3 Nei. Ay, some as brave as lords.
4 Nei. Ladies and gentlewomen.
5 Nei. Citizens' wives.
1 Nei. And knights.
6 Nei. In coaches.
2 Nei. Yes, and oyster-women.
1 Nei. Beside other gallants.
3 Nei. Sailors' wives.
4 Nei. Tobacco-men.
5 Nei. Another Pimlico !

Love. What should my knave advance,
To draw this company ? he hung out no banners
Of a strange calf with five legs to be seen,
Or a huge lobster with six claws?,

6 Nei. No, Sir.
3 Nei. We had gone in then, Sir.

Love. He has no gift Of teaching in the nose that e'er I knew of. You saw no bills set up that promised cure Of agues, or the tooth-ache ? ' 2 Nei. No such thing, Sir. Love. Nor heard a drum struck for baboons or puppets ? 5 Nei. Neither, Sir. Love. When saw you him ? 1 Nei Who, Sir, Jeremy?

2 Nei. Jeremy, butler ? We saw him not this month.

Love. How!

4 Nei. Not these five weeks, Sir. - 6 Nei. These six weeks at the least.

Love. You amaze me, neighbours !

5 Nei. Sure, if your worship know not where he is, He's slipt away.

6 Nei. Pray God, he be not made away. Love. Ha ! it 's no time to question, then.

[Knocks at the door. Enter Face, in his butler's livery. Face. What mean you, Şir ? 1, 2, 4 Nei. O, here's Jeremy! Face. Good Sir, come from the door. Love. Why, what 's the matter ? Face. Yes farther, you are too near yet.

Love. In the name of wonder,
What means the fellow!

Face. The house, Sir, has been visited.
Love. What, with the plague ? Stand thou then farther,

Face. No, Sir.
I had it not!

Love. Who had it then? I left
None else but thee in the house.

Face. Yes, Sir, my fellow,
The cat that kept the buttery, had it on her
A week before I spied it; but I got her

Face. What o, here's Jered the door.

Convey'd away in the night: and so I shut
The house up for a month

Love. How!

Face. Purposing then, Sir, T' have burnt rose vinegar, treacle, and tar, And have made it sweet, that you should ne'er have known it; Because I knew the news would but afflict you, Sir.

Lore. Breathe less, and farther off! Why this is stranger: The neighbours tell me all here that the doors Have still been open

Face. How, Sir!

Love. Gallants, men and women,
And of all sorts, tag-rag, been seen to flock here
In threaves, these ten weeks, as to a second Hogsden,
In days of Pimlico and Eye-bright.

Face. Sir,
Their wisdoms will not say so.

Love. To day they speak
Of coaches, and gallants ; one in a French-hood
Went in, they tell me; and another was seen
In a velvet gown at the window; divers more
Pass in and out.

Or walls, I assure their eyesights, and their spectacles ;
For here, Sir, are the keys, and here have been,
In this my pocket, now above twenty days :
And for before, I kept the fort alone there.
But that 'tis yet not deep in the afternoon,
I should believe my neighbours had seen double
Through the black pot, and made these apparitions !
For, on my faith to your worship, for these three weeks
And upwards, the door has not been open'd.

Love. Strange!
1 Nei. Good faith, I think I saw a coach.

2 Nei. And I too, I'd have been sworn.

Love. Do you but think it now? And but one coach ?

4 Nei. We cannot tell, Sir: Jeremy
Is a very honest fellow.

Face. Did you see me at all ?
1 Nei. No; that we are sure on.
2 Nei. I'll be sworn o'that.
Love. Fine rogues to have your testimonies built on!

Re-enter THIRD NEIGHBOUR, with his tools. 3 Nei. Is Jeremy come ?

1 Nei. O, yes; you may leave your tools;
We were deceived, he says.

2 Nei. He has had the keys;
And the door has been shut these three weeks.

3 Nei. Like enough.
Love. Peace, and get hence, you changelings.


CLARENDON. [EDWARD HYDE, Earl of Clarendon, was the third son of Henry Hyde, a gentleman of good fortune, of Dinton, in Wiltshire. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford ; became a student of the Middle Temple; and was returned to Parliament in 1640. Thenceforward his political career forms a considerable part of the history of his country. He was perhaps one of the most honest of the counsellors of Charles I., and the most virtuous in the profligate court of his son. After the Restoration he rose to the highest offices in the State ; but his faithful services were eventually rewarded by disgrace and banishment. His History of the Great Rebellion' is one of those few books that are “ for all time.” The following extract has been justly called “one of the finest passages in Lord Clarendon's History:"]—

His design had always been to land in the Highlands of Scotland, before the winter season should be over, both for the safety of his embarkation, and that he might have time to draw those people together who, he knew, would be willing to repair to him, before it should be known at Edinburgh that he was landed in the kingdom, He had, by frequent messages, kept a constant correspondence with those principal heads of the clans who were most powerful in the Highlands, and were of known or unsuspected affection to the king, and advertised them of all his motions and designs. And by them acquainted those of the Lowlands of all his resolutions; who had promised, upon the first notice of his arrival, to resort with all their friends and followers to him.

Whether these men did really believe that their own strength would be sufficient to subdue their enemies, who were grown generally odious, or thought the bringing over troops of foreigners would lessen the numbers and affections of the natives, they did write very earnestly to the marquis, “to hasten his coming over with officers, arms, and ammunition; for which he should find hands enough ;” and gave him notice, “ that the committee of estates at Edinburgh had sent again to the king to come over to them; and that the people were so impatient for his presence, that Argyle was compelled to consent to the invitation.” It is very probable that this made the greatest impression upon him. He knew very well how few persons there were about the king [Charles II.] who were like to continue firm in those principles, which could only confirm his majesty in his former resolutions against the persuasions and importunities of many others, who knew how to represent to him the desperateness of his condition any other way, than by repairing into Scotland upon any conditions. Montrose knew, that of the two factions there, which were not like to be reconciled, each of them were equally his implacable enemies; so that, which soever prevailed, he should be still in the same state, the whole kirk, of what temper soever, being alike malicious to him; and hearing likewise of the successive misfortunes in Ireland, he concluded, the king would not trust himself there. Therefore, upon the whole, and concluding that all his hopes from Germany and those northern princes would not increase the strength he had already, he caused, in the depth of the winter, those soldiers he had drawn together, which did not amount to above five hundred, to be embarked, and sent officers with them who knew the country, with directions that they should land in such a place in the Highlands, and remain there, as they might well do, till he came to them or sent them orders. And then in another vessel, manned by people well known to him, and commanded by a captain very faithful to the king, and who was well acquainted with that coast,

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