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FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE.
An Apartment in the Palace.
Liv. Such language from a gentleman
Troy. Could'st thou consider, Livio,
Betwixt the abject lowness of a poverty,
in Shall you betray your guilt to common censure, Waving the private charge of
Liv. By their merits.
Troy. Right, by their merits: well he merited The intendments o'er the gallies at Leghorn, (Made grand collector of the customs there,) Who led the prince unto his wife's chaste bed, And stood himself by, in his night-gown, fearing The jest might be discover'd! was 't not hand
Liv. Most impossible.
let, Who train'd his brother's daughter, scarce a girl, Into the arms of Mont-Argentorato;
Whilst the young lord of Telamon, her husband, Was packeted to France, to study courtship,4 Under, forsooth, a colour of employment, Employment ! yea, of honour.
Liv. You are well read In mysteries of state.
Troy. Here, in Sienna, Bold Julio de Varana, lord of Camerine, Held it no blemish to his blood and greatness, From a plain merchant, with a thousand ducats, To buy his wife, nay, justify the purchase ;Procured it by a dispensation From Rome, allow'd and warranted: 'twas thought By his physicians, that she was a creature Agreed best with the cure of the disease His present new infirmity then labour'd in. Yet these are things in prospect of the world, Advanced, employ’d, and eminent.
Liv. At best,
Troy. Shrewd business!
* To study courtship.] i. e. the language and manners of a court. Thus Massinger
" What she wanted
Great Duke of Florence.
Mirths of society; when petty mushrooms, Transplanted from their dunghills, spread on
pass for cedars by their servile flatteries On great men's vices ? Pandar! thou’rt deceived, The word includes preferment; 'tis a title Of dignity; I could add somewhat more else.
Liv. Add any thing of reason.
Troy. Castamela, Thy beauteous sister, like a precious tissue, Not shaped into a garment fit for wearing, Wants the adornments of the workman's cunning To set the richness of the piece at view, Though in herself all wonder. Come, I'll tell
be--(know, I love thee, Livio–)
Liv. Oh, sir,
, You are another nature.
Troy. Be then pliable
Oct. My bosom's secretary,
Troy. We have been thirstys
Oct. Gladly welcome;
Liv. Your bounty
Troy. He's our own;
[Aside to Oct. Owes to this just engagement.
Oct. Slack no time
[Apart to TroyLO. Dear nephew, as thou’rt constant. — Men of
parts, Fit parts and sound, are rarely to be met with; But being met with, therefore to be cherish'd
5 We have been thirsty
In our pursuit.] i. e. sharp, eager, active.