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I not repent it, neither have I cause, yet- And nothing but the truth. What said this P. Ca. Forehead of steel, and mouth of
varlet? brass ! hath impudence
Pic. A rat behind the hangings ! Polish'd so gross a lie, and dar’st thou vent Tho. Sir, he said, it?
It was a trust! an act, the which your father Engine, compos'd of all mixt metals ! hence, Had will to alter; but his tender breast I will not change a syllable with thee more, Would not permit to see the heir defrauded, Till I may meet thee at a bar in court, And, like an alien, thrust out of the blood. Before thy judges.
The laws forbid that he should give consent Pic. Thither it must come,
To such a civil slaughter of a sonBefore I part with it to you, or you, sir. P. jun. And talk'd of a gratuity to be P. Ca. I will not hear thee.
given, P. jun. Sir, your ear to me tho'.
And aid unto the charges of the suit; [His son entreats him. Which he was to maintain in his own name, Not that I see through his perplexed plots, But for my use, he said. And hidden ends; nor that my parts depend P. Ca. It is enough. T'pon th’unwinding this so knotted skean, Tho. And he would milk Pecunia, and Do I beseech your patience. Unto me
draw down He hath confest the trust.
Her cream, before you got the trust again. Pic. How? I confess it?
P. Cu. Your ears are in my pocket, knave, P. jun. I, thou false man.
go shake 'em P. Ca. Stand up to him, and confront him. The little while you have them. Pic. Where? when? to whom?
Pic. You do trust P.jun. To me, even now, and here: To your great purse: Canst thou deny it?
P. Ca. I ha' you in a purse-net, Pic. Can I eat or drink?
Good master Pick-lock; wi' your worming Sleep, wake, or dream? arise, sit, go, or
brain, stand ?
And wriggling engine-head of maintenance, Do any thing that's natural ?
Which I shall see you hole with very shortly. P. jun. Yes, lie
[natural. A fine round head, when those two lugs are It seems thou carst, and perjure; that is
ott, Pic. me! what times are these of To trundle through a pillory. You are sure frontless carriage!
You heard him speak this?
Tho. Much more!
Pic. I'll prove yours maintenance and Pic. With what?
combination, P. jun. With truth!
And sue you all. Pic. With noise; I must have witness. P. Ca. Do, do, my gowned vulture, Where is your witness ? you can produce Crop in reversion; I shall see you coited wituess ?
Over the bar, as barge-men do their billets. P. jun. As if my testimony were not Pic. This ’ris, when men repent of their twenty;
good deeds, Dalanc'd with thine?
And would ha' 'em in again--- They are al. Pic. So say all prodigals,
most mad! Sick of self-love ; but that's not law, young But I forgive their lucida intervalla. Scatter-good :
0, Lick-linger! come hither. Where's my I live by law.
writing? P.jun. Why, if thou hast a conscience,
[Pick-lock spies Lick-linger, and asks That is a thousand witnesses.
him aside for the writing. Pic. No court Grants out a writ of summons for the con
SCENE III. science, That I know, nor subpæna, nor attachment.
[To them.] Lick-finger. I must have witness, and of your producing, Lic. I sent it you, together with your keys. Ere this can come to hearing, and it must Pic. How? Be heard on oath and witness.
Lic. By the porter that came for it from P. jun. Come forth, Thom,
kevs, [He produccth Thom. And by the token, you had giv'o me the Speak what thou heard'st, the truth, and the And bade me bring it. whole truth,
Pic. And why did you not? ? And wriggling engine-head of MAINTENANCE.] In the law, maintenance signifies the supporting a cause or person by any kind of countenance or encouragement, and is generalıy taken in a bad sense. The writ that lies against a man for this offence, is also called maintenance.
Lic. Why did you send a countermand ?
Lic. Your trust's another self, you know ; And without trust, and your trust, how
should he Take potice of your keys, or of my charge? Pic. Know you the man?
Lic. I know he was a porter,
Pic. I am lost! a piot! I scent it!
Pic. Plague o' your trust!
P. jun. Or you may be.
[Pick-lock goes out.
father to be his plot of sending for it by the porter, and that he is in posses
sion of the deed. Lic. A writing, sir, He sent for't by a token: I was bringing it, But that he sent a porter, and he seem'd A man of decent carriage.
P. Cu. 'Twas good fortune!
P. jun. Sir.
protestation Makes that suspected oft, we would persuade. Hear you the news?
Lic. Stark staring mad, your brother,
[Elder Penny-boy startles at the news. Lic. But that she's cat-liv'd, and squirrellimb'd,
[set wide With throwing bed-staves at her: he has His outer doors, and now keeps open house For all the passers-by to see his justice. First, he has apprehended his two dogs, As being o' the plot to cozen him; And there he sits like an old worm o' the peace,
[screwing, Wrapp'd up in furs, at a square table,
Examining, and committing the poor curs To two old cases of close-stools, as prisons; The one of which he calls his Lollard's tower,
[dogs' names Th’ other his Block-house, 'cause his two Are Biock and Lollard.
P. jun. This would be brave matter Unto the jeerers.
P. Ca. 1, if so the subject Were not so wretched.
Lic. Sure I met them all, I think, upon
that quest. P. Ca. Faith, like enough: [natures. The vicious still are swift to shew their I'll thither too, but with another aim, If all succeed well, and my simples take.
Penny-boy sen. Porter. [He is seen sitting at his table, with papers
before him. ]
Por. They are forth-conring, sir,
P. sen. The rogue is drunk, Since I committed thein to his charge. Come hither,
[Wine?! Near me, yet nearer; breathe upon me.
[He smells him. Wine o' my worship! Sack! Canary sack ! Could not your badge ha' been drunk with
fulsom ale, Or beer, the porters element? but sack! Por. I am not drunk ; we had, sir, but
P. sen. Who paid fort?
P. sen. What? and spend six-pence!
Por. Once in a year, sir.
thou what thou hast done? What a consumption thou hast made of a state?
(young) It might please heav'n (a lusty knave and To let thee live some seventy years longer, Till thou art fourscore and ten, perhaps, a hundred.
[in seventy? Say seventy years; how many times seven Why seven times ten, is ten times seven,
mark me, I will demonstrate to thee on my fingers. Sixpence in seven year (use upon use) Grows in that first seven year to be a twelvepence;
[four shillings; That, in the next, two shillings; the third, The fourth seven year, eight shillings; the
Wine o' your worship!] It seems most natural to read, “O' my worship;" as we say commonly, On my honour! unless it be meant ironically, Your worship must have wine!
or And not,
The sixth, two and thirty; the seventh, three Whose kirtle was't you gnaw'd too? mispound four;
tress Band's Block bescumber The eight), six pound and eight; the ninth, “ And Wax's stockings ?” Who? “ did twelve pound sixteen ;
“ Statute's white suit, wi' the parchment And the tenth seven, five and twenty pound
lace there :
[out. Twelve shillings. This thou art fall’n from “ And Broker's sattin doublet?” All will by thy riot!
They had offence, offence enough to quit Should'st thou live seventy years, by spend
(shews it, ing sixpence
Appear, Block : fough! 'tis manifest; he Once i' the seven : but in a day to waste it!
[Block is sunimoned the second time. There is a sum that number cannot reach! Should he foiswear't, make all the affidavits Out o' my house, thou pest of prodigality! Against it, that he could afore the bench, Seed o' consumption ! hence: a wicked And twenty juries, he would be convinc'd. kecper
[penny, He bears an air about him doth confess it. Is oft worse than the prisoners. There's thy To prison again, close prison. Not you, * Four tokens for thee. Out, away. My
Lollard ; dogs
[Block is remanded, and Lollard has the May yet be innocent and honest. If not, liberty of the house. I have an entrapping question or two more, You may enjoy the liberty of the house. To put unto 'em, a cross interrogatory, And yet there is a quirk come in my head, And I shail catch 'em. Loliard ! Peace: For which I must commit you too, and [He calls forth Lollard, and examines him.
close. What whispering was that you had with Do not repine, it will be better for you.
Mortgage, (now. “Ila? When you last lick'd her feet? the truth
SCENE V. “ Did you smell she was going?" Put down that.
Enter the jeerers. " Not to return?” You are silent? good. Cymbal, Fitton, Shunfeld, Almanack, Ala,
And when [forth?". Consent. drigal, Penny-boy sen. Lick-finger. Leap'd you on Statute? “As she went There was consent, as she was going forth. Cym. This is enough to make the dogs 'Twould have been fitter at her corning
mad too : home,
[your tower : Let's in upon him. But you knew,
" that she would not ?" To P. sen. How now? what's the matter?
[He commits him again. Come you to force the prisoners ? make a You are cunning, are you? I will meet
rescue ? (tell me,
Fit. We come to bail your clogs. Block, shew your face, leave your caresses,
P. sen. They are not bailable. (Calls forth Block, and examines him. They stand committed without bail or mainAnd tell me truly, what affronts do you
Your bail cannot be taken. Were done Pecunia, that she left my
house? Shun. Then the truth is, “ None,” say you so?
" not that you
We come to vex you. know ?" or " will know?”
Alm. Jeer you. I fear me, I shall find you an obstinate cur. Mad. Bait you rather. Why did your fellow Lollard cry this Cym. A baited usurer will be good flesh. morning?
Fit. And tender, we are told. "'Cause Broker kickt hiin ?"
P. sen. Who is the butcher,
Amongst you, that is come to cut my tlıroat? " Because he pist against my lady's gown ?"
Shun. You would die a calf's death fain, Wby, that was no affront? no? no distaste ?
but 'tis an ox's “ You knew onone;" you're a dissem
Is meant you. bling tyke. [Commi's him. Fit. To be fairly knock'd o' the head. To your hole again, your Block-house. Shun. With a good jeer or two. Lollard, arise.
P. sen. And from your jaw-bone, [Lollard is called again. Don Assinigo! Where did you lift your leg up last? 'gainst
Cym. Shunfield, a jeer, you have it. what?
[for mercy? Shun. 'I do confess, a swashing blow; but Are you struck dummerer now, and whine
Snarl, * Four tokens for thee. ] Four farthings. See Bartholo:new-Fair, act 3. not. 4. • Shun. I do confess,
WASHING blow.] Washing, by the error of the press; whereas strashing is the true word. See Swash, in Mr. Lye's edition of Junius. And so Rosalind, in As you Like it,
“We have a swashing and a martial outside,
Is coming in upon you with his forces,
Alm. A consumption,
Lic. See! the whole covey is scatter'd; 'Ware, 'ware the hawk. I love to see 'em
You that might play the third dog, for
your teeth, You ha' no money now?
Fit. No, nor no Mortgage.
Fit. Poxo' these true jests, I say.
Alm. Let's upon him.
Mad. Let's do't in noise.
Fit. I, and now and then
P. sen. You are a jack, sir.
Fit. You ha' made a shift To swallow twenty such poor jacks ere now. Alm. If he should come to feed upon poor John?
[this? Mad. Or turn poor Jack-a-lent after all fit. Tut, he'll live like a grasshopper Mail. On dew.
[own claws. Shun. Or like a bear, with licking his Cyr. 1, if his dogs were away.
Alm. He'll eat them first, While they are fat.
Fit, Faith, and when they are gone, Here's nothing to be seen beyond.
Cym. Except His kiadred, spiders, natives o’the soil. Alm. Dust be wil ha' enough here, to
breed fleas. Alud. But by that time he'll ha' no blood
to rear 'ein. Shun. He will be as thin as a lanthorn,
we shall sce through hin.. Alm. And his gut colon tell his intestina, P. sun. Rogues, rascals (baw waw.)
[His dogs burk. Fit. He calls his dogs to his aid. Alm. 0! they rise but at mention of his tripes.
[him. Cym. Let them alone, they do it not for Mad. They bark se defendendo.
Shun. Or tor custom, As commonly curs do one for another. Lic. Arm, arm you, gentlemen jeerers,
the old Carter
SCENE VI. Penny-boy Canter, Penny-boy sen. Penny-boy
jun. Pecunia, Train. P. Ca. You see by this amazement and distraction,
[frighted, What your companions were, a poor, afAnd guilty race of men, that dare to stand No breath of truth; but conscious to them
selves Of their no-wit, or honesty, ran routed At every panic terror themselves bred. Where else, as confident as sounding brass, Their tinkling captain, Cymbal, and the rest, Dare put on any viser, to deride The wretched, or with buffoon licence jest At whatsoe'er is serious, if not sacred. P. sen. Who's this? my brother! and
restor'd to life! [Penny-boy sen. acknowledgeth his elder
brother. P. Ca. Yes, and sent hither to restore
your short madness be not more than Conceived for your loss ! which I return
you. See here, your Mortgage, Statute, Band,
and Wax, Without your Brokcr, come to abide with
you, And vindicate the prodigal from stealing Away the lady. Nay, Pecunia herself Is come to free him fairly, and discharge All ties, but those of love unto her person, To use her like a friend, not like a slave, Or like an idol. Superstition Doti violate the deity it worships, No less than scorn doth. And beliere it,
brother, The use of things is all, and not the store: Surfeit and fulness have 'd more than
famine. The sparrow with his little plumage, fiies, While the proud peacock, overcharg'd with pens,
(train, Is fain to sweep the ground with his grown And load of feathers.
P. sen. Wise and honour'd brother! None but a brother, and sent from the dead, As you are to me, could have altered me; I thank my destiny, that is so gracious. Are there ao pains, no penalties decreed
From whence you come, to us that smother P. sen. Next, I restore these servants to money
[nance; In chests, and strangle her in bags ?
With freedom, heart of chear, and counteP. Ca. o, mighty,
It is their year and day of jubilee. Intolerable fines, and mulcts impos'd!
Tra. We thank you, sir. (Of which I come to warn you) forfeitures
[Her Train thanks him. Of whole estates, if they be known and P. sen. And lastly, to my nephew taken !
I give my house, goods, lands, all but my P. sen. I thank you, brother, for the light
vices, you have given me;
And those I go to cleanse ; kissing this lady, I will prevent 'em all. First, free my dogs, Whom I do give him too, and join their Lest what I ha' done to them (and against
(we thank 'em. law)
P. Ca. If the spectators will join theirs, Be a præmunire; for by magna charta
P. jun. And wish they may, as I, enjoy They could not be committed as close pri
Pec. And so Pecunia herself doth wish, My learned council tells me here, my cook ; That she may still be aid unto their uses, And yet he shew'd me the way first.
Not slave unto their pleasures, or a tyrant Lic. Who did? I!
Over their fair desires; but teach them all. I trench the liberty o' the subjects ?
The golden inean; the prodigal how to P. Ca. Peace,
Jive ; Picklock, your guest, that Stentor, hath The sordid and the covetous how to die : 'intected you',
[collar. That, with sound mind; this, safe frugality. Whom I have safe enough in a wooden
Picklock, your guest, that SENATOR, hath infected you.] So the edition of 1716: the old edition, as it stands in the text, “ that Stentor;" au appellation not improper for a noisy, bawling lawyer.
THE EPILOGU E.
“Thus have you seen the maker's double “ Or some high wind of misconceit arise, scope,
“ To cause an alteration in our skies: “ To profit and delight; wherein our hope “ If so, we are sorry, that have so mispent “Js, though the clout we do not always hit', "Our time and tackle ; yet he's confident, “ It will not be imputed to his wit : (start, “ And vows, the next far day he'll have us “ A tree so try'd, and bent, as 'tu ill not
shoot “Nor doth he often crack a string of art ; “ The same match o'er for him, if you'll “ Though there may other accidents as
come to't.” strange
[change, “ Happen, the weather of your looks may
| Though the clout we do not always hit.]. The metapor from archery: the clout is the white mark in the butts, which the archers aimed at. And so it is used by Shakspeare.
This Comedy was acted in the year 1605,
Dy the King's MAJESTY'S Servants,