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FANCIES, CHASTE AND NOBLE.
An Apartment in the Palace. Enter TroyLO-SAVELLI, and Livio. Troy. Do, do; be wilful, desperate; 'tis manly. Build on your reputation! such a fortune May furnish out your tables, trim your liveries, your
heirs with purchase of a patrimony,
Liv. Such language from a gentleman
Than a contempt.
Troy. Could'st thou consider, Livio, The fashion of the times, their study, practice, Nay, their ambitions, thou would'st soon distin
Betwixt the abject lowness of a poverty,
Liv. By their merits.
Troy. Right, by their merits: well he merited
Liv. Most impossible.
Whilst the young lord of Telamon, her husband, Was packeted to France, to study courtship, 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.
" 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
Liv. Oh, sir,
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.