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Your master's worship's house here in Built you a furnace, drew you customers, the Friars, 19

Advanc'd all your black arts; lent you, For the vacations 20

beside, Face.


be so loud ? A house to practise inSub. Since, by my means, translated 21 Sub.

Your master's house! suburb-captain.

Face. Where you have studied the more Face. By your means, doctor dog!

thriving skill Sub. Within man's memory,

Of bawdry, since. All this I speak of.


Yes, in your master's house. Face.

Why, I pray you, have I You and the rats here kept possession. Been countenanc'd by you, or you by me? Make it not strange.27 I know you were Do but collect, sir, where I met you first.

one could keep Sub. I do not hear well.

The buttery-hatch still lock'd, and save Face. Not of this, I think it.

the chippings, But I shall put you in mind, sir;-at Pie- Sell the dole beer to aqua-vitae men, corner,

The which, together with your Christmas Taking your meal of steam in, from cooks' stalls,

At post-and-pair,30 your letting out of Where, like the father of hunger, you

counters, did walk

Made you a pretty stock, some twenty Piteously costive, with your pinch'd

marks, horn-nose,

And gave you credit to converse with And your complexion of the Roman cobwebs, wash,2

Here, since your mistress' death hath Stuck full of black and melancholic

broke up house. worms,

Face. You might talk softlier, rascal. Like powder-corns 23 shot at the artillery- Sub.

No, you scarab, 32 yard.

I'll thunder you in pieces. I will teach Sub. I wish you could advance your voice

you a little.

How to beware to tempt a Fury again Face. When you went pinn'd up in the That carries tempest in his hand and several rags

voice. You had rak'd and pick'd from dung- Face. The place has made you valiant. hills, before day;


No, your clothes. Your feet in mouldy slippers, for your Thou vermin, have I ta'en thee out of kibes; 24

dung, A felt of rug,"

,25 and a thin threaden So poor, so wretched, when no living cloak,

thing That scarce would cover your no-but- Would keep thee company, but a spider tocks

or worse? Sub. So, sir!

Rais’d thee from brooms, and dust, and Face. When all your alchemy, and your

wat'ring-pots, algebra,

Sublim'd thee, and exalted thee, and fix'd Your minerals, vegetals, and animals,

thee Your conjuring, coz’ning, and your dozen In the third region, callid our state of of trades,

grace? Could not relieve your corpse with so Wrought thee to spirit, to quintessence, much linen

with pains Would make you tinder, but to see a Would twice have won me the philosofire;

pher's work? I ga' you count'nance, credit for your Put thee in words and fashion? made coals,

thee fit Your stills, your glasses, your materials; For more than ordinary fellowships? 19 Blackfriars; 23 grains of powder. 27 don't feign ig- daily weekly sold

to liquor quarter of Lon- 24 chilblains.

broken dealers. don. 25 a rough hat.

28 It was usual to bread (chippings) 29 tips. 20 between the 26 tinder enough to distribute

and beer to the 30 a game of cards. sions of court.

make a fire that pantry door (but- poor (Gifford); 31 renting of mark21 changed to.

could be
tery hatch)

ers or chips. 22 a cosmetic of



or of




at the


great houses, Subtle, Face has 32 beetle.






some sort.

Giv'n thee thy oaths, thy quarreling di

mensions? 33 Thy rules to cheat at horse-race, cock-pit,

cards, Dice, or whatever gallant tincture 34 else? Made thee a second in mine own great

art? And have I this for thanks! Do you

rebel? Do you fly out i’ the projection ? 35

Would you be gone now? Dol.

Gentlemen, what mean you? Will you mar all? Sub. Slave, thou hadst had no name Dol. Will you undo yourselves with civil

war? Sub. Never been known, past equi cliba

num, The heat of horse-dung, under ground, in

cellars, Or an ale-house darker than deaf John's;

been lost To all mankind, but laundresses and tap

sters, Had not I been. Dol. Do you know who hears you, sover

eign? Face. SirrahDol.

Nay, general, I thought you were civil. Face. I shall turn desperate, if you grow

thus loud. Sub. And hang thyself, I care not. Face.

Hang thee, collier, And all thy pots and pans, in picture I

will, Since thou hast mov'd meDol. (Aside.) 0, this ’ll o'erthrow all. Face. Write thee up bawd in Paul's; 36

have all thy tricks Of coz'ning with a hollow coal,37 dust,

scrapings. Searching for things lost, with a sieve

and shears, Erecting figures in your rows of houses, And taking in of shadows with a glass, Told in red letters; and a face cut for

thee, Worse than Gamaliel Ratsey's. 38 Dol.

Are you sound? Ha’ you your senses, masters? Face.

I will have A book, but barely reckoning thy impos

Shall prove a true philosɔpher's stone to

printers. Sub. Away, you trencher-rascal! Face.

Out, you dog-leech! The vomit of all prisonsDol.

Will you be Your own destructions, gentlemen ? Face.

Still spew'd out For lying too heavy o' the basket 39 Sub.

Cheater! Face. Bawd! Sub.

Cow-herd! Face.

Conjurer! Sub.

Cutpurse! Face.

Witch! Dol.

0 me! We are ruin'd, lost ! Ha' you no more

regard To your reputations? Where's your

judgment? 'Slight, Have yet some care of me, o’ your re

public Face. Away, this brach ! 40 I'll bring

thee, rogue, within The statute of sorcery, tricesimo tertio Of Harry the Eighth : aye, and perhaps

thy neck Within a noose, for laund'ring gold and

barbing it.11 Dol. You 'll bring your head within a

cocks-conib,42 will you? (She catcheth out Face his sword, and

breaks Subtle's glass.) And you, sir, with your menstrue! 43—

Gather it up. 'Sdeatlı, you abominable pair of stink

ards, Leave off your barking, and grow one

again, Or, by the light that shines, I'll cut your

throats. I'll not be made a prey unto the mar

shal For ne'er a snarling dog-bolt 44 o' you


both. Ha' you together cozen'd all this while, And all the world, and shall it now be

said, You've made most courteous shift to

cozen yourselves? (To Face.) You will accuse bim! You

will bring him in Within the statute! Who shall take

your word ?

33 rules.
34 inclination.
35 when the process

is approaching

36 Advertisements

were posted in rious tricks of
St. Paul's.

astrologers aro
37 Chaucer exposes named in the fol-

this practice in lowing lines.
the Canon's Yeo. 38 A highwayman,
man's Tale. Va

hanged in 1605,

who wore a hide 40 bitch.
ous mask.

41 "sweating" and 39 eating more than clipping coins.

his share of brok. 42 fool's cap.
en ments sent in 43 a solvent.
to prisoners. 44 blockhead.


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A whoreson, upstart, apocryphal cap- Sub. Let me not breathe if I meant aught tain,

beside. Whom not a Puritan in Blackfriars will I only us'd those speeches as a spur trust

To him. So much as for a feather: 45 and you, too, Dol. I hope we need no spurs, sir. Do (To Subtle.) Will give the cause, for

we? sooth! You will insult,

Face. 'Slid, prove to-day who shall shark And claim a primacy in the divisions !

best. You must be chief! As if you, only, had Sub.

A greed. The powder to project 46 with, and the Dol. Yes, and work close and friendly. work


'Slight, the knot Were not begun out of equality!

Shall grow the stronger for this breach, The venture tripartite! All things in

with me. common !

(They shake hands.) Without priority! 'Sdeath! you per- Dol. Why, so, my good baboons! Shall petual curs,

we go make Fall to your couples again, and cozen A sort 51 of sober, scurvy, precise neighkindly,

bors, And heartily, and lovingly, as you should, That scarce have smil'd twice sin' the And lose not the beginning of a term,47

king came in,52 Or, by this hand, I shall grow factious A feast of laughter at our follies? Rastoo,

cals, And take my part, and quit you.

Would run themselves from breathi, to Face.

'T is his fault;

see me ride, He ever murmurs, and objects his pains, Or you t' have but a hole to thrust your And says, the weight of all lies upon heads in,54 him.

For which you should pay ear-rent ? 55 Sub. Why, so it does.

No, agree. Dol.

How does it? Do not we And may Don Provost ride a feasting Sustain our parts?

long, Sub.

Yes, but they are not equal. In his old velvet jerkin and stain'd scarfs, Dol. Why, if your part exceed to-day, I My noble sovereign, and wortlıy genhope

eral, Ours may to-morrow match it.

Ere we contribute a new crewel 56 garter Sub.

Aye, they may:

To his most worsted worship. Dol. May, murmuring mastiff! Aye, and Sub.

Royal Dol! do. Death on me!

Spoken like Claridiana,57 and thyself. Help me to throttle him.

Face. For which at supper, thou shalt sit (Seizes Subtle by the throat.)

in triumph. Sub.

Dorothy! Mistress Dorothy! And not be styld Dol Common, but Dol 'Ods precious, I'll do anything. What

Proper, do you mean?

Dol Singular: the longest cut at night, Dol. Because o' your fermentation 48 and Shall draw thee for his Dol Particular. cibation ? 49

(Bell rings without.) Sub. Not I, by heaven

Sub. Who's that? One rings. To the Dol. Your Sol and Luna

window, Dol: (Erit Dol.)- Pray (To Face.) Help me.

heav'n, Sub. Would I were hang'd then! I'll The master do not trouble us this quarter. conform myself.

Face. O, fear not him. While there dies Dol. Will you, sir? Do so then, and

one a week quickly: swear.

O’ the plague, he's safe from thinking Sub. What should I swear?

toward London. Dol.

To leave your faction,50 sir, Beside, he's busy at his hop-yards now; And labor kindly in the common work. I had a letter from him. If he do, 45 Blackfriars was 46 change one metal yeast.

52 In 1603.

crewel full of Puritans,

49 supplying with 53 be carted for a

fresh material to bawd. were in the busi 48 chemical


to another. whom 47 term of court.


and worsted. 67 The heroine of the "Mirror of

make up for evap- 54 the pillory. of selling of a substance by

Knighthood," something 50 factiousness.

cut off, worked on it like

56 yarn; note puns



a romance.


5. have

ness feathers




51 crew

Get you

you, sir,

He'll send such word, for airing o' the Face. This is his worship. house,


Is he a doctor? As you shall have sufficient time to quit Face.

Yes. it:

Dap. And ha' you broke 60 with him, capThough we break up a fortnight, 't is no

tain ? matter.



And how?
Re-enter Dol.

Face. Faith, he does make the matter, sir, Sub. Who is it, Dol?

so dainty, Dol.

A fine young quodling:58 I know not what to say. Face.

0, | Dap.

Not so, good captain. My lawyer's clerk, I lighted on last night, Face. Would I were fairly rid on't, beIn Holborn, at the Dagger. He would

lieve me. have

Dap. Nay, now you grieve me, sir. Why (I told you of him) a familiar,

should you wishi so? To rifle 59 with at horses, and win cups. I dare assure you, I'll not be ungrateful. Dol. O, let him in.

Face. I cannot think you will, sir.

But Sub. Stay. Who shall do 't?

the law Face.

Is such a thing -and then he says, Your robes on; I will meet him, as going

Reade's 61 matter out.

Falling so latelyDol. And what shall I do?


Reade! he was an ass, Face.

Not be seen; away! And dealt, sir, with a fool.
Exit Dol. Face.

It was a clerk, sir. Seem you very reserv'd.

Dap. A clerk! Sub.


Face. Nay, hear me, sir. You know the Erit.

law Face. (Aloud and retiring.) God be wi' Better, I think


I should, sir, and the danger: I pray you let him know that I was here: You know, I show'd the statute to you. His name is Dapper. I would gladly Face.

You did so. have stay'd, but

Dap. And will I tell then! By this hand

of flesh, SCENE 2.

Would it might never write good courtEnter Face.

If I discover. 62 What do you think of

me, Dap. (Within.) Captain, I am here.

That I am a chiaus? Face. Who's that?-He's come, I think, Face.

WVbat's that? doctor.


The Turk was here. Enter Dapper.

As one would say, do you think I am a

Turk? Good faith, sir, I was going away.

Face. I'll tell the doctor so.

In truth,

Do, good sweet captain. I am very sorry, captain.

Face. Come, noble doctor, pray thiee let 's Face.

But I thought

prevail; Sure I should meet you.

This is the gentleman, and he is no chiaus. Dap. Aye, I am very glad.

Sub. Captain, I have return'd you all my I had a scurvy writ or two to make, And I had lent my watch last night to

I would do much, sir, for your love

But this That dines to-day at the sheriff's, and so

I neither may, nor can. was robb'd


Tut, do not say so. Of my pass-time.

You deal now with a noble fellow, doctor. Re-enter Subtle in his velvet cap and One that will thank you richly; and he's gown.

no chiaus: Is this the cunning-man? Let that, sir, move you. 58 codling, 59 rame, gamble.

named for dealing with 62 disclose. apple : hence, 60 broached the mat. Reade had

evil spirits. greenhorn,

hand more,



61 A


indicted in 1608





Pray you, forbear-


Will he take then ? Face.

He has Sub. First, hear me Four angels here.


Not a syllable, 'less you take. Sub.

You do me wrong, good sir. Sub. Pray ye, sirFace. Doctor, wherein ?

To tempt you

Face. Upon no terms but an assumpsit.68 with these spirits ?

Sub. Your humor must be law. Sub. To tempt my art and love, sir, to my

(He takes the money.) peril.


Why now, sir, talk. 'Fore heav'n, I scarce can think you are Now I dare hear you with mine honor. my friend,

Speak That so would draw me to apparent dan- So may this gentleman too. ger.


Why, sirFace. I draw you! A horse draw you,

(offering to whisper Face.) and a halter,


No whisp'ring: You, and your flies 63 together

Sub. 'Fore heav'n, you do not apprehend
Nay, good captain.

the loss
Face. That know no difference of men. You do yourself in this.
Good words, sir. Face,

Wherein ? for what? Face. Good deeds, sir, doctor dogs'-meat. Sub. Marry, to be so importunate for one 'Slight, I bring you

That, when he has it, will undo you all: No cheating Clim o' the Cloughs or Clari- He'll win up all the money i’ the town. bels,64

Face. How? That look as big as five-and-fifty, and Sub.

Yes, and blow up gamester flush ; 65

after gamester, And spit out secrets like hot custard

As they do crackers in a puppet-play. Dap.

Captain ! If I do give him a familiar, Face. · Nor any melancholic underscribe, Give you him all you play for; never Shall tell the vicar; but a special gentle,

set 69 him : That is the heir to forty marks a year, For he will have it. Consorts with the small poets of the time, Face.

You 're mistaken, doctor. Is the sole hope of his old grandmother; Why, he does ask one but for cups and That knows the law, and writes you six

horses, fair hands,

A rifling fly; none o' your great familIs a fine clerk, and has his ciph'ring per

iars. fect.

Dap. Yes, captain, I would have it for all Will take his oath o' the Greek Xenophon,

games. If need be, in his pocket; and can court Sub. I told you so. His mistress out of Ovid.

Face. (Taking Dap. aside.) 'Slight, that Dap. Nay, dear captain

is a new business! Face. Did you not tell me so?

I understood you, a tame bird, to fly Dap.

Yes; but I'd ha' you Twice in a term, or so, on Friday nights, Use master doctor with some more re- When you had left the office; for a nag spect.

Of forty or fifty shillings. Face. Hang him, proud stag, with his Dap.

Aye, 't is true, sir; broad velvet head ! 66_

But I do think, now, I shall leave the But for your sake, I'd choke ere I would

law, change

And thereforeAn article of breath with such a puck- Face. Why, this changes quite the case.

Do you think that I dare move him? Come, let's be gone.


If you please, sir; (Going.)

All's one to him, I see. Sub. Pray you le' me speak with you. Face.

What! for that money ? Dap. His worship calls you, captain.

I cannot with my conscience; nor should Face.

I am sorry

you I e'er embark'd myself in such a business. Make the request, methinks. Dap. Nay, good sir; he did call you. Dap.

No, sir, I mean 83 familiar spirits.

fist ! 67

fifty and flush, the ling.) 64 heroes of ballad

holding five-and- primero. (Schel- 67 close-fisted person.

65 that show a tell

tale face when

68 contract. 69 bet with.

highest counts at

66 cap.

and romance.

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