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Pol. Sir, such as they are, put it in their I keep, with water-works, in perpetual momouths,
tion, What they should say, sometimes, as well as (Which is the easiest matter of a hundred.) greater,
Now, sir, your onion, which doth naturally I think I have my notes to shew you- Attract th’infection, and your bellows blowPer. Good sir. [your gentry,
ing Pol. But you shall swear unto me, on The air upon him, will shew (instantly) Not to anticipate
By his chang'd colour, if there be contagion, Per. I, sir?
Or else remain as fair us at the first. Pol. Nor reveal
Now it is known, 'tis nothing. A circumstance
Per. You are right, sır.
Pol. I would I had my note.
But you ha' done well for once, sir.
[reasons No family is here without its box.
Or would be made so, I could shew you
Pol. I have 'em not about me.
They are there, sir.
pil. No, this is my diary, Advertise to the state, how fit it were, Wherein I note my actions of the day: That none but such as were known patriots, Per. Pray you let's see, sir.' What is Sound lovers of their country, should be
[those A rat had gnawn my spur-leathers; notwithTenjoy them in their houses ; and even I put on new, and did go forth: but first Seal'd at some office, and at such a bigness I threw three beans over the threshold. Item, As might not lurk in pockets.
I went and bought two tooth-picks, whereof Per. Admirable !
urin'd. I'll save that charge and loss unto the micr- 'Faith these are politic notes ! chant,
Pol. Sir, I do slip And in an hour clear the doubt.
No action of my life thus, but I quote it'. Per. Indeed, sir ?
Per. Believe me, it is wise !
Pol. Nay, sir, read forth.
Lady, Nano, Women, Politick, Peregrine. Per. Which is one pound sterling.
Lad. Where should this loose knight be, Pol. Beside my water-works: for this I
trow? sure he's hous'd. do, sir.
[walls; Nan. Why then he's fast. First, I bring in your ship’twixt two brick- Lud. I, he plays both with me'. [harm (But those the state shall venture) on the one I pray you stay. This heat will do more 1 strain me a fair tarpauling, and in that Το my complexion, than his heart is worth. I stick my onions, cut in halves; the other (I do not care to binder, but to take him.) Is full of loop-holes, out of which I thrust How it comes off! The poses of ny bellows; and those bellows Wom. My master's yonder.
Whether a ship Nerely arriv'd from SORIA.] i. e. Syria, which is so called by the Italians. The city Tyre, from whence the whole country Syria had its name, was antiently called Zur or Zor; and since the Arabs erected their empire in the East, it is again called Sor, and is at this day known by no other name in those parts. Hence the Italians formed their Soria.
I do slip No action of my life thus, but I QUOTE it.] The words note and quote, were at tbis time synonymous; they have before been used so in this same play.
1, he plays BOTH with me.] i. e. both FAST AND Loose.
Lad. Marry, and I will, sir. Wom. With a young gentleman.
Since you provoke me with your impudence, · Lad. That same's the party! [knight: And laughter of your light land-syren here, In man's apparel. 'Pray you, sir, jog my Your Sporus, your Hermaphrodite I will be tender to his reputation,
Per. What's here? However he demerit.
Poetic fury, and historic storis ! [worth, Pol. My lady!
Pol. The gentleinan, believe it, is of Per. Where
And of our nation. Pol. 'Tis she indeed, sir; you shall know Lad. I; your White-friars nation? her. She is,
Come, I blush for you, master Would-be, I; Were she not mine, a lady of that merit, And am asham'd you should ha' no more For fashion and behaviour; and for beauty
forehead, I durst compare
Than thus to be the patron, or St. George, Per. It seems you are not jealous,
To a lewd harlot, a base fricatrice, That dare commend her.
A female devil, in a nale out-side. Pol. Nay, and for discourse [that.
Pol. Nay. Per. Being your wife, she cannot miss An' you be such a one, I must bid adieu Pol. Madam,
To your delights.
The case appears too He is a gentleman, 'pray you use him fairly;
[state-face! He seems a youth, but he is
Lad. I, you may carry't clear, with your Lad. None.
But for your carnival concupiscence, Pol. Yes, one
Who here is fled for liberty of conscience, Has put his face as soon into the world- From furious persecution of the inarshal,
Lad. You mean, as early? but to-day? Her will I disciple.
me. Per. This is fine, i' faith! Lad. Why in this babit, sir, you apprehend And do you use this often? Is this part Well, master Would-be, this doth not be- Of your wit's exercise, 'gainst you have come you;
occasion ? I had thought the odour, sir, of your good Madam Had been more precious to you, that you Lad. Go to, sir. would not
[honour; Per. Do you hear me, lady? Have done this dire massacre
Why, if your knight have set you to beg One of your gravity and rank besides !
[it But knights, I see, care little for the oath Or to invite me home, you might have done They make to ladies; chiefly, their own A nearer way by far. ladies.
[my knighthood.) Lad. This cannot work you Pol. Now, by my spurs, (the symbol of Out of iny snare. (Per. Lord, how his brain is humbled Per. Why? am I in it, then? for an oath !)
Indeed your husband told me you were fair, Pol. I reach you not.
And so you are ; only your nose inclines : Lad. Right, sir, your politie [you. (That side that's next the sun) to the queen. May bear it through thus. Sir, a word with
(patience. I would be loth to contest publicly
Lad. This cannot be endur'd, by any
Mosca, Lady, Peregrine.
Mos. What is the matter, madain ? I may deserve from inaster Would-be, yet
Lad. If the senate T' have one fair gentlewoman thus be made Right not my quest in this, I will protest'ein The unkind instrument to wrong another,
To all the world, no aristocracy. And one she knows not, I, and to persevere;
Mos. What is the injury, lady? In my poor judgment, is not warranted
Lad. Why, the callet From being a solæcisin in our sex,
You told me of, here I have ta'en disguis'd. Jf not in manners.
Mos. Who? this ? what means your ladyPer. How is this !
ship? the creature Pol. Sweet niadam,
I mention's to you, is apprehended, now, Come nearer to your aim.
Before the senate : you shall see her-Only your nose inclines (That side that's next the sun) to the queen-apple.] This burlesque similitude seems to have furnished Sir John Suckling with a very pretty allusion, in his description of the rural bride :
“ For streaks of red were mingled there,
"The side that's next the sun."
Per. What, more changes yet?
[Bawd ! Sir Politick Would-be ? no, sir Politick To bring me thus acquainted with his wife! Well, wise sir Pol, since you have practis'd thus
[head, Upon my freshman-ship, I'll try your saltWhat proof it is against a counter-plot.
Mos. When we ha' done, you mean?
Mos. Why, why we'll think :
[To Voltore. How he doth sport it with his head ?-I
should, If all were well and past. Sir, only you
Coro. I, peace.
[To Corvino. Worshipful sir', [Then to Voltore again. " Mercury sit upon your thundering tongue, Or the French 'Hercules, and make your
language As conquering as his club, to beat along (As with a tempest) nat, our adversaries; But much more yours, sir. Volt. Here they come, ha' done.
[sir, Mos. I have another witness, if you need, I can produce.
Voli. Who is it?
of the business,
1108. Is the lie
Mos. (), sir,
(noise', Ilang him, we will but use liis tongue, bis As we do croaker's here.
Cort. I, what shall be do?
baccio, Corrino, Mosca, Notario, Com-
(held Aroc. 4. The gentlewoman has been ever Of unreproved name.
Atoc. 3. So the young man.
Aonc. 1. I not know to give
Aroc. 4. But the impostor, he's a thing
[created Avuc. 1. And all after-times !
-We will but use his tongue,
It seems to be a cant term given to Corbaccio, since Corvino immediately replies, “ I, " what shall he do?" If this is the sense, it should be wrote croaker's, i. e. his tongue and roise : and this meaning seems to be countenanced by what Mosca afterwards says to Corbaccio, If you but crouk a syllable, all comes out.
10 Mos. But you shall eat it.
Mucy worshipful sir.] This is corruptly printed; the true reading exhibited by the old books is this, “ But you shall eat it. Much!" that is, Much good may it do you; elliptically and ironically spoken. Other instances of this use of the word much, have been remarked before.
Alercury sií upon your thundering tongue, Or the FRENCH HERCULES.] The Gallic or Celtic Hercules was the symbol of eloquence. Lucian has a treatise on this French Hercules, surnamed Ogmius : he was pictured cirest in his lion's skin; in his right hand he held his club; in his left, his bow : several very small chains were figured, reaching from his tongue to the ears of crowds of men at some distance.
Acoc. 2. I never heard a true voluptuary Of such an act: wherein I pray your faDescrib’d, but him.
[creatures, Aroc. 3. Appear yet those were cited ? T'observe the malice, yea, the rage of Not. All but the old magnifico, Volpone. Discover'd in their evils, and what heart Aroc. 1. Why is not he here?
Such take, even from their crimes. But Mos. Please your fatherhoods,
[father, Here is his advocate : himself's so weak, Will more appear. This gentleman, the So feeble
Hearing of this foul fact, with many others, Avoc. 4. What are you?
Which daily struck at his too tender ears, Bon. His parasite,
And griev'd in nothing inore than that he His knave, his pandar: I beseech the court,
could not He may be forc'd to come, that your grave
Preserve himself a parent, (his son's ills eyes
[tures. Growing to that strange flood) at last decreed May bear strong witness of his strange impos- To disinherit him. Volt. Upon my faith and credit, with Avoc. 1. These be strange turns ! your virtues,
Avoc. 2. The young man's fame was He is not able to endure the air.
ever fair and honest.
(vice, Avoc. 2. Bring him however.
Volt. So much more full of danger is his Avoc. 3. We will see him.
That can beguile so under shade of virtue. Avoc. 4. Fetch him.
[obey'd ; But, as I said, (my honour'u sires) his father Volt. Your fatherhoods' fit pleasures be Having this settled purpose, (by what means But sure, the sight will rather move your To him betray'd, we know not) and this day pities,
Appointed for the deed; that parricide, Than indignation : may it please the court, (I cannot style him better) by confederacy In the mean time, he may be beard in me. Preparing this his paramour to be there, I know this place most void of prejudice, Enter'd Volpone's house, (who was the man, And therefore crave it, since we have no Your fatherhoods must understand, design'd reason
For the inheritance) thure sought his father : To fear our truth should hurt our cause. But with what purpose sought he him, my Aunc. 3. Speak free.
lords? Volt. Then know, most honour'd fathers, (I tremble to pronounce it, that a son I must now
Unto a father, and to such a father, Discover to your strangely abused cars, Should bave so foul, felonious intent) The most prodigious and most frontless piece It was to murder him: when being prevented Of solid impudence, and treachery,
By his more happy absence, what then did That ever vicious nature yet brought forth
[new deeds; To shaine the state of Venice. This lewd Not check his wicked thoughts; no, now woman
(Mischief doth ever end where it begins ;) (That wants no artificial looks, or tears, An act of horror, fathers ! he dragg’d forth To help the vizor she has now put on) The aged gentleman that had there lain Hath long been known a close adulteress
[couch, Tothat lascivious youth there; not suspected, Three years and more, out off his innocent I say, but known, and taken in the act Naked upon the floor, there left him ; With him ; and by this man, the easy hus
(now His servant in the face; and with this strumPardon'd; whose timeless bounty makes him The stale to his forg'd practice, who was glad Stand here, the most unhappy, innocent To be so active, (I shall here desire person
[cus'd. Your fatherhoods to note but my collections, That ever man's own goodness made ac- As most remarkable) thought at once to For these not knowing how to owe a gift
stop Of that dear grace, but with their shame; His father's ends, discredit his free choice being plac'd
In the old gentleman, redeem themselves, So 'bove all powers of their gratitude"}, By laying infamy upon this man, Began to hate the benefit; and, in place To whom, with blushing, they should owe Of thanks, devise t'extirp the memory
their lives. -Whose TIMELY bounty makes him now Stand here, &c.]. The epithet to bounty destroys the sentiment intended; the true reading is timeless, i. e. ill-timed bounty.
» So 'bove all others of their gratitude.] The right lection given by the folio, “So 'bove all powers of their gratitude.”
14 viischief doth ever end where it begins.] But the reverse of this seems the truer remark, and what he intended to say ; namely, that mischief does not stop where it first began, or set out. So that, notwithstanding the authority of the privted books, it is probable we should read,
Mischief doth never end where it begins.
Apoc. 1. What proofs have you of this ? Greater than whore and woman: a good Bon. Most honour'd fathers,
catholick I humbly crave, there be no credit given May make the doubt. To this man's mercenary tongue.
Avoc. 3. His grief hath made him frantic. Adoc. 2. Forbear.
Avoc. 1. Remove him hence. Bon. His soul moves in his fee.
Adoc. 2. Look to the woman. Adoc. 3. O, sir.
[She swoons. Bon. This fellow,
[Maker. Coro. Rare ! prettily feign'd! again! For six sols more, would plead against his Aroc. 4. Stand from about her. Avoc. 1. You do forget yourself.
Avoc. 1. Give her the air. Volt. Nay, nay, grave fathers,
Aroc. 3. What can you say? Let him have scope: can any man imagine Mos. My wound
[receiv'd That he will spare his accuser, that would (May't please your wisdoins) speaks for me, Have spar'd his parent?
In aid of my good patron, when he mist Avoc. 1. Well, produce your proofs. His sought-for father, when that well-taught Cel. I would I could forget I were a crea
dame Volt. Signior Corbaccio.
(ture. Had her cue given her, to cry out, A rape. Aduc. 4. What is he?
Bon. O most laid impudence"! FaVolt. The father.
thers Avoc. 2. Has he had an oatb?
Avoc. 3. Sir, be silent;
[theirs. Not. Yes.
You had your hearing free, so must they Corb. What must I do now?
Avoc. 2. I do begin to doubt th' imposNot. Your testimony's crav’d.
ture here. Corb. Speak to the knave?
Avoc. 4. This woman has too many moods. I'll ha' my mouth first stopt with earth ; Volt. Grave fathers, Abhors his knowledge : I disclaim in him. She is a creature of a most profest Avoc. 1. But for what cause ?
And prostituted lewdness. Corb. The mere portent of nature:
Coro. Most impetuous ! He is an utter stranger to my loins.
Unsatisfied, grave fathers ! Bon. Have they made you to this?
Volt. May her feignings [baited Corb. I will not hear thee,
Not take your wisdoms: but this day she Monster of men, swine, goat, wolf, parricide, A stranger, a grave knight, with her loose Speak not, thou viper.
['ern Bon. Sir, I will sit down,
And more lascivious kisses. This man saw And rather wish my innocence should suffer, Together on the water, in a gondola. Than I resist the authority of a father.
$1os. Here is the lady herself, that saw Volt. Signior Corvino.
'em too, Avoc. 2. This is strange !
Without; who then had in the open streets Avoc. 1. Who's this?
Pursu'd thein, but for saving her kinight's Not. The husband.
honour. Adoc. 4. Is he sworn ?
Avoc. I. Produce that lady. Not. He is.
Aroc. 2. Let her come. Avoc. 3. Speak then.
Avoc. 4. These things, Coro. This woman (please your father- They strike with wonder. hoods) is a whore,
Atoc. 3. I am turn'd a stone.
Mosca, Lady, Arocatori, &c.
Lad. I, this same is she.
Aroc. 2. No, madam.
[there? Lad. And been cxorbitantCory. There is no shame in this now, is Aroc. 2. You have not, lady. Mos. None.
[onward Aroc. 4. These proofs are strong. Coru. Or if I said, I hop'd that she were
Lud. Surely, I had no purpose To her damnation, it there be a hell
To scandalize your honours, or iny sexes. 10 most Laid impudence !] i. e. plotte !, designed, or well contrived; as we now say, The scheine was well laid.