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How could the truth from falsehood be discern'd?
Merch. None of you both, I see, but are in fault;
Law. Good merchant, lay your fingers on your Be not a blab, for fear you bite yourself. [mouth; What should I term your state, but even the way To every ruin in this commonweal?
* nor] The 4to. " and." f discovery] Qy. "discoursing." VOL. II. L
You bring us in the means of all excess,
You rate it, and retail * it, as you please;
You swear, forswear, and all to compass wealth;
Your money is your god, your hoard your heaven;
You are the ground-work of contention.
First heedless youth by you is over-reach'd;
We are corrupted by your many crowns:
The gentlemen, whose titles you have bought,
Lose all their fathers' toil within a day,
Whilst Hob your son, and Sib your nutbrown child,
Are gentlefolks, and gentles are beguil'd.
This makes so many noble minds f to stray,
And take sinister courses in the state.
Scout. My friends, begone, and if you love yom
The king of England marcheth here at hand:
Div. Thanks, gentle scout, God mend that is amiss,
Enter Dorothea, Lady Anderson, and Nano.
Dor. What news in court, Nano? let us know it.
The English king hath all the borders spoil'd,
Dor. A woeful murder, and a bloody deed!
Nano. The king,J our liege, hath sought by many For to appease his enemy by prayers; [means
Enter a Scout.
Nought will prevail unless he can restore
Lady An. He loves her then, I see, although enforc'd,
That would bestow such gifts for to regain her.
Nano. I'll lay my life, this man would be a maid.
Dor. Fain would I shew myself, and change my
Lady An. Whereon divine you, sir? ['tire.
Nano. Upon desire.
Dor. Wilt thou bewray me, Nano?
Nano. Madam, no: You are a man, and like a man you go: But I that am in speculation seen,* Know you would change your state to be a queen.
Dor. Thou art not, dwarf, to learn thy mistress' mind:
Fain would I with thyself disclose my kind,
But yet I blush.
Nano. What blush you, madam, than,f
To be yourself, who are a feigned man?
Let me alone. [so?
Lady An. Deceitful beauty, hast thou scorn'd me Nano. Nay, muse not, madam,]: for she tells you true.
Lady An. Beauty bred love, and love hath bred my shame.
Nano. And women's faces work more wrongs than these.
• wen] i. e. skilled.
t than] See note * p. 121.
f madam] The 4to. " maiden."
Take comfort, madam, to cure your* disease.
Lady An. Blush, grieve, and die in thine insatiate lust.
Dor. Nay, live, and joy that thou hast won a That loves thee as his life by good desert. [friend, Lady An. I joy, my lord, more than my tongue can tell,
Although not as I desir'd, I love you well;
Dor. Good Nano, stay awhile.
Lady An. Pardon, most gracious princess, if you please,
My rude discourse and homely entertain;
* your] The 4to. "our."
Since that our liege hath so unkindly dealt,
Dor. Ah lady, so would worldly counsel work!
Lady An. What wondrous constancy is this 1 hear! If English dames their husbands love so dear, I fear me, in the world they have no peer.
Nano. Come, princess, wend, and let us change your weed:
I long to see you now a queen indeed. [Exeunt.
Enter the King Of Scots, the English Herald, fyc. and Lords.
K. Of Scots. He would have parley, lords: herald, say he shall, And get thee gone: go, leave me to myself.
[Exit Herald. 'Twixt love and fear continual are * the wars: The one assures me of my Ida's love, The other moves me for my murder'd queen. Thus find I grief of that whereon I joy, And doubt in greatest hope, and death in weal, Alas, what hell may be compar'd with mine, Since in extremes my comforts do consist! War then will cease, when dead ones are reviv'd; Some then will yield, when I am dead for hope. Who doth disturb me? Andrew?
Andrew enter, with Slipper.
And. Ay, my liege.
K. Of Scots. What news?
* ore] The 4to. " is."