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Is rarely painted: I will have such a scroll, Whate'er it cost me.

Pec. Well, at better leisure We'll take a view of it, and so reward you. P. jun. Kiss him, sweet princess, and stile

hinı a cousin. Pec. I will, if you will have it. Cousin Pyed-mantle.

[She kisseth. P. jun. I love all men of virtue, frommy

princess, Unto

my beggar here, old Canter; on, On to thy proof; whom prove you the next

P. Ca. The doctor here, I will proceed

with the learned.
When he discourseth of dissection,
Or any point of anatomy; that he tells you
Of vena cava, and of vena porta,
The meseraicks, and the mesenterium :
What does he else but cant ? or if he run
To his judicial astrology,

[Sextile, And trowl the Trine, the Quartile, and the Platick aspect, and Partile, with

his Hyleg, Or Alchochoden, Cuspes, and Horoscope; Does not lie cant? who here does under

stand him?
Alm. This is no Canter, though!

P. Ca. Or when my muster-master
Talks of his tacticks, and his ranks and files,
His bringers-up, his leaders-on, and cries,
“ Faces about to the right-hand, the left,"
Now, “ as you were;" then tells you of re-

Of cats, and cortines; doth not he cant ?

P. jun. Yes, faith.
P. Ca. My egg-chin'd laureat here, when

he comes forth
With dimeters, and trimeters, tetrameters,
Pentameters, hexameters, catalecticks,
His hyper and his brachy-catalecticks,
His pyrrhicks, epitrites, and choriambicks;
What is all this, but canting?

Mad. A rare fellow !
Shun. Some begging scholar!
Fit. A decay'd doctor, at least !
P. jun. Nay, 1 do cherish virtue, though
P. Ca. And you, mas courtier.

P. jun. Now he treats of you,
Stand forth to hinı fair.

P. Ca. With all your fly-blown projects, And looks out of the politicks, your shut

faces, And reserv'd questions and answers, that

you game with ; as, Is't a clear business? will it manage well? My name must not be us'd else. Here

'twill dash. Your business has receiv'd a taint, give off, I may not prostitute myself. Tut, tut, That little dust I can blow off at pleasure. Here's no such mountain, yet, i' the whole


But a light purse may level. I will tide This affair for you; give it freight, and passage:

[canting, And such mint-phrase, as 'tis the worst of By how much it ată cts the sense it has not. Fit. This is some other than he seems! P. jun. How like you bim? Fit. This cannot be a Canter!

P. jun. But he is, sir, And shall be still, and so shall you be too: We'll all be Canters. Now I think of it, A noble whimsie's come into my brain ! I'll build a college, I and my Pecunia, And call it Canter's college : sounds it well!

[Cunter's college begun to be erected. Alm. Excellent !

P. jun. And here stands my father rector, And you professors, you shall all profess Something, and live there, with her grace

and I

line, Your founders: I'll endow't with lands and

means, And Lick-finger shall be my master-cook. What, is he gone?

P. Ca. And a professor.
P. jun. Yes.

P. Ca. And read Apicius de re culinaria To your brave doxy and you !

P.jun. You, cousin Fitton, Shall (as a courtier) read the politicks; Doctor Almanack he shall read Astrology; Shunfield shall read the inilitary arts. P. Ca. As carving and assauiting the cold

custard. P. jun. And Horace here, the art of poetry.

[That's Madrigul. His lyricks, and his madrigals, fine songs, Which we will have at dinner, steept in

claret, And against supper, sous'd in sack.

Mad. In troth, A divine whinsy!

Shun. And a worthy work,
Fit for a chronicle !

P. jun. Is't not ?
Shun. To all ages.

P. jun. And Pyed-mantle shall give us all But, Picklock, what would'st thou be? thou

canst cant too. Pic. In all the languages in Westminster

hall, “ Pleas, Bench, or Chancery, fec-farm,

fee-tail, “ Tenant in dower, at will, for term of life, By copy of court-roll, knight's service, homage,

(moigne, Fealty, escuage, soccage, or frank-al“Grand sergeantry, or burgage."

P. jun. Thou appear'st,
Karližoxhy, a Canter. Thou shalt read
All Littleton's tenures to me, and indeed
All my conveyances”.

in rags.

our arms:

And INDEED All my conveyances.] The sense will perhaps receive some improvement if for indeed,




Pic. And make 'em too, sir? [lands, 'Cause he's an ass, do not I love a herald, Keep all your courts, he steward of your Who is the pure preserver of descents, Let all your leases, keep your evidences : The keeper fair of all nobility, But first, I must procure and pass your morl- Without which all would run into confusion? main,

Were he a learned herald, I would tell him You must have licence from above, sir. He can give arms and marks, he cannot hoP. jun. Fear not,


[may Pecunia's friends shall do it.

No more than money can make noble: it P. Ca. But I shall stop it.

Give place, and rank; but it can give no [Here his father discovers himself.

virtue : Your worship's loving and obedient father, And he would thank me for this truth. This Your painful steward, and lost officer!

dog-leach, Who have done this, to try how you would You style him doctor, 'cause he can compile

An almanack, perhaps erect a scheme Pecunia when you had her; which since I see, For my great madam's inonkey, when't has I will take hoine the lady to my charge,

ta'en And these her servants, and leave you my A glyster, and bewray'd the Ephemerides. cloke,

Do I despise a learn'd physician, To travel in to Beggar's-bush! A seat In calling him a quacksalver? or blast Is built already, furnish'd too, worth twenty The ever-living garland, always green, Of your imagin'd structures, Canter's-col- Of a good poet, when I say his wreath lege.

Is piec'd and patch'd of dirty wither'd Fit. It is his father!

flowers ? Mad. He's alive nethinks.

Away, I am impatient of these ulcers, Alm. I knew he was no rogue !

(That I not call you worse.) There is no P. Ca. Thou prodigal,

(abhor Was I so careful for thee, to procure

Or plague but you to infect the tinies. I And plot wi' my learn'd counsel, master Your very scent. Come, lady, since my Picklock,

prodigal This noble match for thee? and dost thou Knew not to entertain you to your worth, prostitute,

I'll see if I have learn'd how to receive you Scatter thy mistress' favours, throw away With more respect to you, and your fair Her bounties, as they were red burning

train here. coals,

Farewell, my beggar in velvet, for to-day; Too hot for thee to handle, on such rascals, To-morrow you may put on that grave Who are the scum and excrements of men ?

robe, If thou hadst sought out good and virtuous [He points him to his patch'd cloke throzn persons


(lege, Of these professions, I had lov'd thee and And enter your great work of Canter's colthem;

[me, Your work, and worthy of a chronicle. For these shall never have that plea against Or colour of advantage, that i hate

The fourth INTERME AN after the fourth Att. Their callings, but their manners and their vices.

Tattle. WHY, this was the worst of all, A worthy courtier is the ornament

“ the catastrophe !" Of a king's palace, his great master's honour; Cen. “ The matter began to be good but This is a moth, a rascal, a court-rat,

now; and he has spoil'd it all with his That gnaw's the commonwealth with broking “ beggar there!" suits,

Mirth. “ A beggarly Jack it is, I warrant And eating grievances! so, a true soldier, “ hiin, and a-kin to the poet.”. He is his country's strength, his sovereign's Tat. “ Like enough, for he had the chiefsafety,

“ est part in his play, if you mark it.” And to secure his peace, he makes himself

Absurdity on him, for a huge The heir of danger, nay the subject of it, overgrown play-maker! Why should he And runs those virtuous hazards that this “ make him live again, when they and we scarecrow

“ all thought him dead ? if he had left him Cannot endure to hear of.

“ to his rags, there had been an end of Shun. You are pleasant, sir.

“ hiin.” P. Ca. With you I dare be! here is Pyed- Tat. I, but set a beggar on horse-back, mantle;

“ he'll never lin till he be a gallop.” we read, intend all my conveyances, i.e. have the management and inspection of them. But I leave the text as I found it, not venturing to pronounce it erroneous.

s He'll never Lin till he be a gallop.] We know very well the sense of the proverb, though possibly the words are not all exact. Lin seems to have lost a letter at the press : ! presume it should be blin, i. e. leave off, or stop. The word is Saxon, and the substantive blin, derived



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Cen. “ The young heir grew a fine gen- young heir's defence, by his learned 1 tlenian in this last act.”

ounsel, Mr. Picklock!” Erp. “ So he did, gossip, and kept the Cen. " I would rather the courtier had “ best company.”

found out some trick to beg him for his Cen.“ And feasted 'em, and his mis

6 estate!” " tress."

Exp.Or the captain had courage Tat. " And show'd her to 'em all! was enough to beat him!" “ not jealous !”

Cen.Or the fine Madrigal-man in Mirth. “But very communicative and li- “ rhyme, to have run him out o' the coun“ beral, and began to be magnificent, if the “ try, like an Irish rat.” « churl his father would have let him Tät. “ No, I would have master Pyed" alone.”

“ mantle, her grace's herald, to pluck down Cen." It was spitefully done o' the poet,

« his hatchments, reverse his coat-armour, « to make the chuif take him off in his height, " and nullify bim for no gentleman.” " when he was going to do all his brave

Nay, then, let master doctor dis6. deeds!”

“ sect him, have him open’d, and his tripes Exp. “ To found an academy!”

“ translated to Lick-finger, to make a proTat. “ Erect a college !"

« bation-dish of.” Erp. . “ Plant his professors, and water his Cen. Tat: Agreed ! agreed !" “ lectures !”

Mirih.“ Faith, I would have him flat Mirth.With wine, gossips, as he “ disinherited hy a decree of court, bound * meant to do; and then to defraud his “ to make restitution of the lady Pecunia, purposes ?”

“ and the use of her body, to his son." Exp. “ Kill the hopes of so many to

Exp. And her train to the gentlemen." wardly young spirits ?”

Cen. And both the poet, and himself, to Tat. As the doctors?"

" ask them all forgiveness !" Cen. “ And the courtiers ! I protest I was Tat. And us too." « in love with master Fitton: he did wear Cen.“ In two large sheets of paper“ all he had, from the hat-band to the shoe- Exp.“ Or to stand in a skin of parch“ tie, so politically, and would stoop, and ment, (which the court please.)” 56 leer!”

Cen. " And those fill'd with news !" Mirth. And lie so in wait for a piece Mirth. And dedicated to the sustaining " of wit, like a mouse-trap!”

“ of the Staple!" Exp: “ Indeed, gossip, so would the little Exp. “ Which their poet 'hath let fall « doctor! all his behaviour was mere glister! “ most abruptly;" O'my conscience, he would inake any Mirth. “Bankruptly indeed.” party's physick i’ the world work with his Cen. You say wittily, gossip ; and • discourse.'

“ therefore let a protest go out against Mirth. I wonder they would suffer it, " him.” a foolish old fornicating father, to ravish Mirth. “ A mournival of protests, or a away his son's mistress.

gleek, at least.” Cen: “ And all her women at once, as he Exp. " In all our names.” * did!”

Cen. “ For a decay'd wit-
Tat. “ I would ha’ flown in his gipsy's Exp. “ Broken--"
face, i' faith.”

Tut: “ Non-solvent--"
Mirth. “ It was a plain piece of political

Cen, And for ever forfeit---" “ incest, and worthy to be brought afore Mirih. To scorn of Mirth!" “ the high commission of wit. Suppose Cen. Censure !”

we were to censure him, you are the Exp. “Expectation !" “ youngest voice, gossip Tattle, begin.” Tat. “ Subsign'd, Tattle. Stay, they

Marry, I would ha’ the old co- come again.” ney-catcher cozen’d of all he has, i'the from the verb blinnan, occurs in the Sad Shepherd. Yet the word occurs in Drayton, in the sense of stopping, or staying, as it is used here by our poet:

“ Quoth Puck, my liege, I'll never lin,
" But I will thorough thick and thin."

Court of Fairy So that an emendation may be unnecessary, and lin, the same as leave, might have been in common use.


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P. jun.


Tho. Our Staple is all to pieces, quite di SCENE I.

solv'! Penny-bay jun. [To him] Tho. Barber.

P. jun. Ha!

[you not Afler Pick-lock.

Tho. Shiver'd, as in an earthquake ! heard

The crack and ruins ? we are all blown up! Ile comes out in the patcht cloke his father

Soon as they heard th' Infanta was got from left him.

them, TAY, they are fit, as they had Whom they had so deroured i' their hopes, been made for me,

To be their patroness, and sojousn with 'eni, And I am now a thing worth looking at! Our emissaries, register, examiner, The same I said I would be in the morning! Flew into vapour: our grave governor No rogue,.at a comitia of the canters, Into a subt'ler air, and is return'd Did ever there become his parent's robes (As we do hear) grand captain of the jeerers. Better than I do these. Great fool! and I and my fellow melted into butter, beggar!

And spoil'd our ink, and so the office vaWhy do not all that are of those societies


(father Come forth, and gratulate me one of theirs ? · The last hum that it made, was, that your Methinks I should be on every side saluted, And Pick-lock are fall'n out, the man o'law. Dauphine of beggars, prince of prodigals ! P. jun. How? this awakes me from my That have so fall’n under the ears, and eyes,

lethargy. [He starts up at this. And tongues of all, the fable of the time, Tho. And a great suit is like to be betwetu Matter of scorn, and mark of reprehension !

'em ; I now begin to see my vanity

Pick-lock denies the feoffirent, and the trust, Shine in this glass, retlected by the foil! (Your father says) he made of the whole Where is my fashionèr? my feather-man?

estat: My linener, perfumer, barber? all

Unto him, as respecting his mortality, That tail of riot follow'd me this morning? When he first laid his late device, to try you. Not one! but a dark solitude about me, P. jun. Has Pick-lock then a trust? Worthy my cloke and patches ; as I had Tho. I cannot tell, The epidemical disease upon me:

Here comes the worshipful--And I'll sit down with it.

[Pick-lock enters. Tho. My master! maker!

Pic. What, my velvet heir How do you? why do you sit thins o'tbe Turn'd beggar in mind, as robes ? ground, sir?

P. jun. You see what case

the news?

Your, and my father's plots have brought P. jun. No, nor I care to hear none.

nie tu. Would I could here sit still, and slip away Pic. Your father's, you may say, indeed, The other one-and-twenty, to bave this

not mine. Forgotten, and the day raz'd out, expung'd He's a hard-hearted gentlemanl I am sorry In every ephemerides, or alınanack. To see his rigid resolution ! Or if it must be in, that time and nature That any mian should so put off affection, Have decreed; still let it be a day

And human nature, to destroy his own, Of tickling prodigals about the gills, And triumph in a victory so cruel! Deluding gaping heirs, losing their loves, He's fallen out with me, for being yours, And their discretions, falling from the fa- And calls me knave, and traitor to his trust,

Lhopes, Says he will have me thrown over the Of their best friends and parents, their own

barAnd entering the society of canters.

P. jun. Ha'

you deserv'd it? Tho. A doleful day it is, and dismal times Pic. O, good heaven k ons Are come upon us: I am clear undone. My conscience and the silly latitude of it; P.jun. How, Thoni?

A 'narrow-ininded man! my thoughts de Tho. Why, broke, brohe; wretchedly

dwell broke!

All in a lane, or line indeed: no turning, P. jun. Ha:

Nor scarce obliquity in them. I stili dook The last hum that IT MADE.] is the office: the printed books by mistake have is made.


Right forward, to th' intent and scope of To use your credit for moneys. that

P. jun. What thou wilt, Which he would go from now.

So we be safe, and the trust bear it. P. jun. Had you a trust then?

Pic. Fear not, Pič. Sir, I had somewhat will keep you 'T'is he must pay arrearages in the end. still lord

We'll milk him, and Pecunia, draw their Of all the estate, if I be honest, as

creain down, I hope I shall. My tender scrupulous breast Before he get the deed into his hands. Will not permit me to see the heir de- My name is Pick-lock, but he'll find me 2 frauded,

And like an alien thrust out of the blood.
The laws forbid that I shouid give consent

To such a civil slaughter of a son.
P. jun. Where is the deed? hast thou it

Penny-boy Can. Penny-boy jun. Pick-lock, with thee?

Tho. Burber. Pic. No,

P. Ca. Ilow now? conferring wi' your It is a thing of greater consequence,

learn'd counsel Than to be borne about in a black box, Upo' the cheat? Are you o' the plot to Like a Low-Country vorloffe or Welsh

cozen me? brief.

P. jun. What plot ? It is at Lick-finger's, under lock and key. P. Ca. Your counsel knows there, Mr. P. jun. O, tetch it hither.

Pick-lock. Pić. I have bid him bring it,

Will you restore the trust yet? That you might see it.

Pic. Sir, take patience P. jun. Knows he what he brings? And memory unto you, and bethink you, Pic. No more than a gardener's ass, what What trust where does't appear? I have roots he carries.

your deed : P. jun. I was a sending my father, like Doth your deed specify any trust? is't not an ass,

A perfect act and absolute in law? A penitent epistle; but I'm glad

Seal'd and deliver'd before witnesses ? I did not now.

The day and date emergent ? Pic. Hang him, an austere grape,

P. Ca. But what conterence, That has no juice, but what is verjuice in

What oaths and vows preceded? him.

Pic. I will tell you, sir, P. jun. I'll show you my letter!

Since I am urg'd, of those, as I remember, [Penny-boy runs out to fetch his letter. You told me you had got a grown estate, Pic. Show me a defiance!

By griping means, sinisterly. If I can now commit father and son,

(P. Ca. How!) And make my profits out of both; com-.

Pic. And were

Ev’n weary of it; if the parties lived A suit with the old man for his whole state, From whom you had wrested itAnd's

go to law with the son's credit, undo (P. Ca. Ha!) Both, both with their own money, 'twere a

Pic. You could be glad piece

To part with all, for satisfaction : Worthy my night-cap, and the gown I wear, But since tbey had yielded to humanity, A Pick-lock's name in law. Where are you,

And that just heaven had sent you for a pusir?

nishment What do you do so long?

(You did acknowledge it) this riotous heir, P. jun. I cannot find

That would bring all to beggary in the end, Where I have laid it; but I've laid it safe. And daily sow'd consumption where be Pie. No matter, sir; trust you unto my


[deed? P. Ca. You'd cozen both then your 'Tis that that shall secure you, an absolute

confederate too? And I confess it was in trust for you,

Pic. After a long mature deliberation, Lest any thing might have happen'd mortal You could not think where better how to

to him : But there must be a gratitude thought on, P. Ca. Than on you, rascal? And aid, sir, for the charges of the suit, Pic. What you please i' your passion; Which will be great, 'gainst such a mighty But with your reason, you will come about,

And think a faithfuil and a frugal friend
As is your father, and a man possest

To be preferr'd.
Of so much land, Pecunia and her friends. P. Ca. Before a son?
I am not able to wage law with bim,

Pic. A prodigal, Yet must maintain the thing, as my own A tub without a bottom, as you term'd him right,

[bold For which I might return you a vow or two, Still for your good, and therefore must be And seal it with an oath of thankfulness,


place it


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