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Of an advancement; else a bachelor
May thrive by observation, on a little.
A’ single life's no burden; but to draw
In yokes is chargeable, and will require
A double maintenance: why, I can live
Without a wife, and purchase.

Rom. Is't a mystery,
You've lately found out, Livio, or a cunning
Conceal'd till now, for wonder?

Liv. Pish! believe it,
Endeavours and an active brain are better
Than patrimonies left by parents.—Prove it.-
One thrives by cheating; shallow fools and un-

thrifts Are game knaves only fly at: then a fellow Presumes on his hair, and that his back can toil For fodder from the city;-lies: another, Reputed valiant, lives by the sword, and takes

up Quarrels, or braves them, as the novice likes,

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1 A single life's no burden.] For a the quarto reads, as single life's, &c.

Another,
Reputed valiant, lives by the sword, &c.]
Thus Fletcher:

Your high offers
Taught by the Masters of Dependencies,
That, by compounding differencies 'tween others,
Supply their own necessities, with me

Will never carry it." These “masters of dependencies," as they called themselves, were a set of low bullies and bravoes, who undertook to instruct such country novices, as aspired to the reputation of valour, in the fashionable mode of getting up a quarrel; and, if need were, submitted to be beaten by them. They are noticed with ridicule and contempt by most of our old dramatists.

The poor

To gild his reputation ;-most improbable.
A world of desperate undertakings, possibly,
Procures some hungry meals, some tavern sur-

feits,
Some frippery to hide nakedness; perhaps
The scamblingo half a ducat now and then
To roar and noise it with the tattling hostess,
For a week's lodging; these are pretty shifts,
Souls bankrupt of their royalty submit to!
Give me a man, whose practice and experience,
Conceives not barely the philosopher's stone,
But indeed has it; one whose wit's his Indies:

is most ridiculous.
Rom. You are pleasant
In new discoveries of fortune; use them
With moderation, Livio.

Cast. Such wild language
Was wont to be a stranger to your custom;
However, brother, you are pleased to vent it,
I hope, for recreation.

Liv. Name and honour-
What are they? a mere sound without support-

ance, A begging-Chastity, youth, beauty, handsome

ness, Discourse, behaviour which might charm attention, And curse the gazer's eyes into amazement, Are nature's common bounties; so are diamonds

9 The scambling half a ducat, &c.] Scambling appears to be used in this place for obtaining by impudent importunity, by false pretences, &c.; in a word, much in the sense of skelder, as we have it in Jonson, Decker, and others.

you waste

Uncut, so flowers unworn, so silk-worms' webs Unwrought, gold unrefined; then all those glories Are of esteem, when used and set at price:There's no dark sense in this.

Rom. I understand not The drift on't, nor how meant, nor yet to whom.

Cast. Pray, brother, be more plain.

Liv. First, Romanello, This for your satisfaction: if More hours in courtship to this maid, my sister, Weighing her competency with your own, You go about to build without foundation; So that care will prove

void. Rom. A sure acquittance, If I must be discharged.

Liv. Next, Castamela, To thee, my own loved sister, let me say, I have not been so bountiful in shewing To fame the treasure which this age hath open'd, As thy true value merits.

Cast. You are merry.

Liv. My jealousy of thy fresh blooming years, Prompted a fear of husbanding too charily Thy growth to such perfection, as no flattery Of art can perish now.

Cast. Here's talk in riddles ! Brother, the exposition?

1 Here's talk in riddles.] Here is, indeed; and, what is worse, do (Edipus at hand to solve them. It would be mere presumption to alter the text; but if the reader, in the following line,

Prompted a fear of husbanding too charily, be pleased to suppose care and so, in the place of fear and too, he will catch, I believe, some glimpse of the poet's meaning.

Liv. I'll no longer
Chamber thy freedom ; we have been already
Thrifty enough in our 'low fortunes; henceforth
Command thy liberty, with that thy pleasures.

Rom. Is't come to this?
Cast. You are wondrous full of courtesy.

Liv. Ladies of birth and quality are suitors For being known t'ye; I have promised, sister, They shall partake your company.

Cast. What ladies? Where, when, how, who?

Liv. A day, a week, a month, Sported amongst such beauties, is a gain On time; they are young, wise, noble, fair, and

chaste. Cast. Chaste ?

Liv. Castamela, chaste; I would not hazard My hopes, my joys of thee, on dangerous trial. Yet if, as it may chance, a neat cloath'd merriment Pass without blush, in tattling,-so the words Fall not too broad, 'tis but a pastime smiled at Amongst yourselves in counsel ;a but beware Of being overheard.

Cast. This is pretty! Rom. I doubt I know not what, yet must be silent.

[Aside.

Amongst yourselves in counsel.] i.e. in secret, in private: the expression is common to all our old writers.

Enter Troylo, FLORIA, CLARELLA, SILVIA, and

NITIDO.

Liv. They come as soon as spoke of.—Sweetest

fair ones,

My sister cannot but conceive this honour
Particular in your respects. Dear sir,
You grace us in your

favours.
Troy. Virtuous lady.
Flo. We are your servants.
Clar. Your sure friends.

Sil. Society
May fix us in a league.

Cast. All fitly welcome.
I find not reason, gentle ladies, whereon
To cast this debt of mine; but my acknowledge-

ment Shall study to pay thankfulness.

Troy. Sweet beauty! Your brother hath indeed been too much churl In this concealment from us all, who love him, Of such desired a presence.

Sil. Please to enrich us With your wish'd amity.

Flo. Our coach attends; We cannot be denied.

Clar. Command it, Nitido.

Nit. Ladies, I shall : now for a lusty harvest ! 'Twill prove a cheap year, should these barns be

[Aside and exit. Cast. Brother, one word in private.

fill'd once.

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