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Enter F10RMONDA and D'Avolos, in close conver

sation.

Fior. No more, thou hast, in this discovery,
Exceeded all my favours, D'Avolos.
Is't mistress madam duchess? brave revenge.

D'Av. But had your grace seen the infinite appetite of lust in the piercing adultery of his eye,

you would

Fior. Orchange him, or confound him:-prompt

dissembler! Is here the bond of his religious vow? And that, “ now when the duke is rid abroad, My gentleman will stay behind, is sick—or so"?

D'Av. Not altogether in health”;—it was the excuse he made.

Maur. (seeing them.] Most fit opportunity! her grace comes just i'th' nick; let me study.

Fer. Lose no time, my lord.
Gia. To her, sir.
Maur. Vouchsafe to stay thy foot, most Cyn-

thian hue,
And from a creature, ever vow'd thy servant,
Accept this gift; most rare, most fine, most new,
The earnest-penny

of a love so fervent. Fior. What means the jolly youth?

Maur. Nothing, sweet princess, but only to present your grace with this sweet-faced fool; please you to accept him to make you merry : I'll assure your grace he is a very wholesome fool.

Fior. A fool! you might as well have given

yourself. Whence is he?

Maur. Now, just very now, given me out of special favour, by the lord Fernando, madam. Fior. By him ? well, I accept him; thank you

for't ; And, in requital, take that tooth-picker ;

'Tis yours.

with me,

Maur. A tooth-picker! I kiss your bounty: no quibble now ?-And, madam,

If I grow sick, to make my spirits quicker,
I will revive them with this sweet tooth-picker.

Fior. Make use on't as you list; here, D'Avolos, Take in the fool.

D'Av. Come, sweetheart, wilt along with me?

Ros. Uu umh,-u u umh,wonnot, wonnot-u u umh. Fior. Wilt go

chick ? Ros. Will go, te e e-go

te e e--go will go— Fior. Come, D'Avolos, observe to-night; 'tis

late: Or I will win my choice, or curse my fate.

[Exeunt Fior. Ros. and D'Av. Fer. This was wisely done now.

S'foot, you purchase a favour from a creature, my lord, the greatest king of the earth would be proud of.

Maur. Giacopo!
Gia. My lord.

Maur. Come behind me, Giacopo; I am big with conceit, and must be delivered of poetry, in

the eternal commendation of this gracious toothpicker :-but, first, I hold it a most healthy policy to make a slight supperFor meat's the food that must preserve our lives, And now's the time when mortals whet their knivesOn thresholds, shoe-soles, cart-wheels, &c. Away, Giacopo.

[Exeunt.

SCENE III.

The Palace.The Duchess's Apartment.

1 Enter ColonA with lights, BIANCA, FIORMONDA,

JULIA, FERNANDO, and D'Avolos; COLONA places the lights on a table, and sets down a chessboard.

Bian. 'Tis yet but early night, too soon to sleep; Sister, shall's have a mate at chess?

Fior. A mate! No, madam, you are grown too hard for me; My lord Fernando is a fitter match. Bian. He's a well-practis'd gamester-well, I

care not How cunning soe'er he be.—To pass an hour I'll try your skill, my lord: reach here the chess

board. D'Av. Are you so apt to try his skill, madam duchess ? Very good!

[Aside. Fern. I shall bewray too much my ignorance In striving with your highness; 'tis a game I lose at still, by oversight.

Bian. Well, well,
I fear you not; let's to't.

[FERNANDO and the Duchess play. Fior. You need not, madam!

D'Av. [Aside to Fior.] Marry needs she not; how gladly will she to’t! 'tis a rook to a queen she heaves a pawn to a knight's place; by'r lady, if all be truly noted, to a duke's place;t and that's beside the play, I can tell ye.

Fior. Madam, I must entreat excuse; I feel
The temper of my body not in case
To judge the strife.

Bian. Lights for our sister, sirs !
Good rest t’ye; I'll but end my game, and follow.
Fior. [Aside to D'Av.] Let'em have time enough;

and, as thou canst, Be near to hear their courtship, D'Avolos.

D'Av. Madam, I shall observe them with all cunning secrecy.

Bian. Colona, attend our sister to her chamber. Col. I shall, madam

(Exit Fior. followed by Col. Jul. and D’Av. Bian. Play

Fern. I must not lose the advantage of the game; Madam, your queen is lost.

Bian. My clergy help me;'

4 To a duke's place; and that's beside the play, &c.] i. e. that's no part of the game; in other words, there is no piece of this name. The allusion is sufficiently clear.

s My clergy help me.] i. e. my bishops—but those who understand the

game
do not need these modicums of information ;

and upon all others, they are thrown away.

My queen! and nothing for it but a pawn?
Why then the game's lost too: but play.
Fern. What, madam?

[FERNANDO often looks about. Bian. You must needs play well, you are so

studious.Fie upon't! you study past patience :What do you dream on? here's demurring Would weary out a statue !-Good now, play. Fern. Forgive me; let my knees for ever stick

[Kneels. Nail'd to the ground, as earthy as my fears, Ere I arise, to part away so curst In my

unbounded anguish, as the rage Of flames, beyond all utterance of words, Devour me, lighten'd by your sacred eyes.

Bian. What means the man ?

Fern. To lay before your feet
In lowest vassalage, the bleeding heart
That sighs the tender of a suit disdain'd.
Great lady, pity me, my youth, my wounds;
And do not think that I have cull'd this time
From motion's swiftest measure, to unclasp
The book of lust: If purity of love
Have residence in virtue's breast, lo here,
Bent lower in my heart than on my knee,
I beg compassion to a love, as chaste
As softness of desire can intimate.

6 In virtue's breast.] The 4to reads in virtue's quest : of which I can make nothing.

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