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Lodged in the grave, I am not yet at home;
There rots but half of me, the other part
Sleeps, Heaven knows where: would she and I

my wife

I mean, but what, alas ! talk I of wife?-
The woman-would we had together fed

. On

any out-cast parings, coarse and mouldy, Not lived divided thus! I could have begg'd For both; for't had been pity she should ever Have felt so much extremity.

Aurel. This is not Patience required in wrongs of such vile nature: You pity her; think rather on revenge.

Aur. Revenge! for what, uncharitable friend ? On whom? let's speak a little, pray, with reason. You found Spinella in Adurni's house ; 'Tis like he gave her welcome-very likely; Her sister and another with her; so! Invited, nobly done ; but he with her Privately chamber'd :-he deserves no wife Of worthy quality, who dares not trust Her virtue in the proofs of any danger. Aurel. But I broke ope the doors upon

them. Aur. Marry, It was a slovenly presumption, And punishable by a sharp rebuke. I tell you, sir, I, in my younger growth, Have by the stealth of privacy enjoy'd A lady's closet, where to have profaned That shrine of chastity and innocence, With one unhallow'd word, would have exiled

The freedom of such favour into scorn.

he alive then ventured there,
With foul construction, I had stampt the justice
Of my unguilty truth upon his heart.
Aurel. Adurni might have done the like; but

that The conscience of his fault, in coward blood, Blush'd at the quick surprisal.

Aur. O fie, fie! How ill some argue, in their sour reproof, Against a party liable to law ! For had that lord offended with that creature, Her presence would have doubled every strength Of man in him, and justified the forfeit Of noble shame; else 'twas enough in both With a smile only to correct your rudeness. Aurel. ?Tis well you make such use of neigh

bours' courtesy : Some kind of beasts are tame, and hug their in

juries; Such way leads to a fame too!

Aur. Not uncivilly, Though violently, friend.

Aurel. Wherefore, then, think you, Can she absent herself, if she be blameless? You grant, of course, your triumphs are pro

claim'd; And I in person told her your

return : Where lies she hid the while ?

3 Not uncirilly, Though violently,

friend.] i. e. Do not use rude language, however warm you may be.


Aur. That rests for answer In you ; now I come to you: we have exchanged Bosoms, Aurelio, from our years of childhood; Let me acknowledge with what pride I own

I A man so faithful, honest, fast, my friend; He whom, if I speak fully, never fail'd, By teaching trust to me, to learn of mine: I wish'd myself thine equal; if I aim'd Awrong, 'twas in an envy of thy goodness; So dearly (witness with me my integrity) I laid thee up to heart, that, from my love, My wife was but distinguish'd in her sex: Give back that holy signature of friendship, Cancell’d, defaced, pluck'd off, or I shall urge Accounts, scored on the tally of my vengeance, Without all former compliments.

Aurel. D’you imagine I fawn upon your fortunes, or intrude Upon the hope of bettering my estate, That you cashier me at a minute's warning ? No, Auria, I dare vie with your respects; Put both into the balance, and the poise Shall make a settled stand : perhaps the proffer, So frankly vow'd at your departure first, Of settling me a partner in your purchase, Leads you into opinion of some ends Of mercenary falsehood; yet such wrong Least suits a noble soul.

Aur. By all my sorrows, The mention is too coarse.

Aurel. Since then the occasion


Presents our discontinuance, use your liberty;
For my part, I am resolute to die
The same my life profess'd me.

Aur. Pish! your faith
Was never in suspicion; but consider,
Neither the lord, nor lady, nor the bawd,
Which shuffled them together, Opportunity,
Have fasten'd stain on my unquestion's name;
My friend's rash indiscretion was the bellows
Which blew the coal, (now kindled to a flame,)
Will light his slander to all wandering eyes.
Some men in giddy zeal o'er-do that office
They catch at, of whose number is Aurelio:
For I am certain, certain, it had been
Impossible, had you stood wisely silent,
But my Spinella, trembling on her knee,
Would have accus'd her breach of truth, and

begg'd A speedy execution on her trespass; Then with a justice, lawful as the magistrate’s, Might I have drawn my sword against Adurni, Which now is sheath'd and rusted in the scabbard, Good thanks to your cheap providence !-Once

möre I make demand-my wife !--you,-sir

[Draws his sword. Aurel. Roar louder, The noise affrights not me;


your enemies, And prove a valiant tongue-man;- now must

follow, By way of method, the exact condition

which runs to mutiny in friendship.

Of rage

my sword

Auria, come on, this weapon looks not pale

At sight of that-Again hear, and believe it,
What I have done, was well done and well meant;
Twenty times over, were it new to do,
I'd do't and do't, and boast the pains religious;
Yet since you shake me off, I slightly value
Other severity.

Aur. Honour and duty
Stand my compurgators: never did passion
Purpose ungentle usage

Against Aurelio; let me rather want
My hands, nay, friend, a heart, than ever suffer
Such dotage enter here. If I must lose
Spinella, let me not proceed to misery,
By losing my Aurelio: we, through madness,
Frame strange conceits in our discoursing brains,
And prațe of things as we pretend they were.
Join help to mine, good man, and let us listen
After this straying soul, and, till we find her,
Bear our discomfort quietly.

Aurel. So, doubtless,
She may be soon discover'd.

Aur. That's spoke cheerfully.
Why there's a friend now !-Auria and Aurelio
At odds! oh! it cannot be, must not, and shall




But look, Castanna's here!-welcome, fair figure

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