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On whom the poison of its canker'd falsehood
eloquence Against a mean defendant.
Aurel. My intelligence
Spin. Woful satisfaction For a divorce of hearts !
Aur. So resolute? I shall touch nearer home: behold these hairs, Great masters of a spirit,' yet they are not By winter of old age quite hid in snow; Some messengers of time, I must acknowledge, Amongst them took up lodging; when we first
Behold these hairs,
Lenit albescens animos capillus,
Litium et rixæ cupidos, &c.
Exchang'd our faiths in wedlock, I was proud
Spin. My thoughts
Aurel. Are you so nimble?
tition, Such as is mighty Auria's famed, descends From its own sphere, when injuries, profound
ones, Yield to the combat of a scolding mastery, Skirmish of words. Hath your wife lewdly ranged, Adulterating the honour of your bed? Withold dispute; but execute your vengeance With unresisted rage; we shall look on,
Allow the fact, and spurn her from our bloods :
Cast. 'Tis a tyranny
Adur. That I make good, And must without exception find admittance, Fitting the party who hath herein interest. Put case I was in fault, that fault stretch'd merely To a misguided thought; and who in presence, Except the pair of sisters, fair and matchless, Can quit an imputation of like folly ? Here I ask pardon, excellent Spinella, Of only you; that granted, he amongst you, Who calls an even reckoning, shall meet An even accountant.
Aur. Baited by confederacy! I must have right.
Spin. And I, my lord, my lordWhat stir and coil is here! you can suspect ? So reconciliation then is needless :-Conclude the difference by revenge, or part, And never more see one another. Sister, Lend me thine arm; I have assumed a courage Above my force, and can hold out no longer: Auria, unkind, unkind!
Cast. She faints.
Cast. Mine ?
Aur. Yours, to whose faith
Mal. How's that?
Adur. So great a blessing
could please To say the like!
Aur. Castanna, do.—Speak, dearest,
Spin. The courtship’s somewhat quick,
Cast. I dare not question
Mal. Unthought of and unlook'd for!
Aurel. This marriage frees
Aur. Make no scruple,
desires ? Italians use not dalliance,
Yet common form of matrimonial compliments,
Aurel. You will pardon
Spin. It was to blame; but the success remits it.
for the virtues Of my Spinella rooted in my soul, Yet common form of matrimonial compliments,
Short-liv'd as are their pleasures.] This passage, as it stands in the quarto, is scarcely intelligible. What Auria apparently means to urge is, that the virtues of his wife, of which he was firmly persuaded, triumphed over, or were too great for the flattering,“ yet common form, &c.”: a verse, therefore, if not more, has been lost at the press. It may be added here, that Ford has imitated himself, in some measure, and awkwardly removed the suspicions of Aurelio, as he had previously done those of Romanello, in the Fancies, by an unlooked for marriage.