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advise you better, Colonel, thân to accuse a church. man to churchmen: in the common cause we are all of a piece; we hang together.
Lor. [Afide.] If you don't, it were no matter if you did.
Dom. Nay, if you talk of peaching, I'll peach first, and see whole oath will be believed ; I'll trounce you
for offering to corrupt my honesty, and bribe my conscience ; you shall be fummoned by an host of paritors ; you shall be sentenced in the spiritual court; you shall be excommunicated; you shall be out-lawed ;-and-[Here Lorenzo takes a purse, and plays with it, and at last, lets the purse fall chinking on the ground; which the fryar eyes.] [In another tone.) I lay, a man might do this now, if he were maliciously disposed, and had a mind to bring mát, ters to extremity ; but, considering, that you are my friend, a person of honour, and a worthy good charitable man, I would rather die a thousand deathis than disoblige you. [Lorenzo takes up the purse, and pours it into the frye ar's sleeve.) Nay, good Sir; nay, dear Colonel ; Oh, Lord, Sir, what are you doing now! I proféss this must not be : without this I would have served you to the uttermost; pray command me. A jealous, foul-mouthed rogue this Gomez is : I saw how he used
you marked how he used me too : Oh, he's a bitter man; but we'll join our forces ; ah, shall we, Colonel? We'll be revenged on him with a witness.
Lor. But how shall I fend her word to be ready at the door, (for I must reveal it in confession to you,) that I mean to carry her away this evening, by the help of these two soldiers ? I know Gomez suspects you, and you will hardly gain admittance.
Dom. Let me alone; I fear him not; I am armed with the authority of my cloathing; yonder I see him keeping centry at his door : " have you never seen a • citizen; in a cold morning, clapping his sides, and
walking forward and backward, a mighty pace before « his shop? But I'll gain the pass, in spite of his suf• picion ;' ftand you alide, and do but mark how I ace' cost him. Lor. If he meet with a repulse, we mug throw off
the fox's skin, and put on the lion's : come, gentlemen, you'll stand by me. Sold. Do not doubt us, Colonel. [They retire all three to a corner of the stage, Dominick goes to the door where Gomez
stands. Dom. Good even, Gomez, how does your
wife? Gom. Just as you'd have her, thinking on nothing, þut her dear Colonel, and conspiring cuckolduin against
Dom. I dare say, you wrong her, she is employing her thoughts how to cure you of your jealousy.
Gon. Yes, by certainty.
Dom. By your leave; Gomez; I have some fpiritual advice to impart to her on that subject.
Gom. You may spare your instructions, if you please, father, she has no further need of them.
Dom. How, no need of them! Do you speak in riddles?
Gom. Since you will have me speak plainer; she has profited so well already by your counsel, that she can fay her leffon, without your teaching: do you understand me now?
Dom. I must not neglect my duty, for all that; once again, Goinez, by your leave.
Gom. She's a little indisposed at present, and it will not be convenient to disturb her. [Dominick offers to go by him, but t'other stands be
fore him. Dom. Indisposed, say you? Oh, it is upon those accafions that a confessor is most neceffary; I think, it was my good angel that fent me hither so opportunely.
Gom. Ay, whose good angel sent you hither, that you best know, father.
Dom. A word or two of devotion will do her no harm, I'm sure.
Gom. A little sleep will do her more good, I'm sure: you know the disburdened her conscience but this morning to you.
Don. But, if she be ill this afternoon, she may have new occafion to confess.
Gom. Indeed as you order matters with the Colonel, The may have occafion of confeffing herself every hour. Dom. Pray how long has the been fick?
Gom. Lord, you will force a man to speak; why ever
last defeat. Dom. This can be but some light indifpofition, it will not last, and I may see her.
Gom. How, not lait! I say, it will last, and it shall last; she shall be fick these seven or eight days, and
perhaps longer, as I see occasion. What! I know the mind of her fickness, a little better than you do.
Dom. I find then, I must bring a doctor.
Gom. And he'll bring an apothecary, with a chargea ble long bill of Ana's : those of my family have the grace to die cheaper; in a word, Sir Dominick, we understand one another's business here I am resolved to stand like the Swiss of my own family, to defend the entrance; you may mumble over your pater nosters, if you please, and try if you can make my doors fly open, and batter down my walls, with bell, book and candle; but I am not of opinion, that you are holy enough to commit miracles,
Dom. Men of my order are not to be treated after this manner.
Gom. I would treat the pope and his cardinals in the fame manner, if they offered to see my wife, without my leave.
Dom. I excommunicate thee from the church, if thou doft not open, there's promulgation coming out.
Gom. And I excommunicate you from my wife, if you go to that; there's promulgation for promulgation, and bull for bull; and fo I leave you to recreate yourself with the end of an old song and sorrow came to the old fryar."
[Exit. Enter Lorenzo and Soldiers. Lor. I will not ask you your success; for I overheard part of it, and saw the conclufion; I find we are now put upon our last trump; the fox' is earthed, but I shall fend my two terriers in afier him.
Sold. I warrant you, Colonel, we'll unkennel him.
Lor. And make what haste you can, to bring out the lady : what say you, father? Burglary is but a venial fin among the soldiers. Dom. I shall absolve them, because he is an enemy of
the church. There is a proverb, I confess, which says, that dead men tell no tales; but let your soldiers apply it at their own perils.
Lor. What take away a man's wife, and kill him too! The wickedness of this old villain startles me, and gives
me a cwinge for my own sin, though it comes far short of
his:' hark you, soldiers, be sure you use as little violence to him as possible.
Dom. Hold, a little, I have thought better how to secure hiin, with less danger to us.
Lor. Oh, miracle! the fryar is grown confcientious!
Dam. The old king, you know, is just murdered, and the persons that did it are unknown ; let the soldiers seize him for one of the assassinates, and let me alone to accuse him afterwards.
Lor. I cry thee mercy with all my heart, for suspecting a fryar of the least good-nature; what, would you accuse him wrongfully?
Dom. I must confess, 'tis wrongful quoad hoc as to the fact itself; but 'tis rightful quoad hunc, as to this here tical rogue, whom we must dispatch: he has railed against the church, which is a fouler crime than the murder of a thoufand kings ; omne majus continet in fe minus : he that is an enemy to the church, is an enemy unto heaven ; and he that is an enemy to heaven, would have killed the king if he had been in the circumstances of doing it; so it is not wrongful to accuse him.
Lor. I never knew a churchınan, if he were perfo. nally offended, but he would bring in heaven by hook or crook into his quarrel. Soldiers, do as you were first ordered.
[Exeunt foldiers. Dom. What was't you ordered them ? Are you sure it is safe, and nct fcandalous ?
Lor. Somewhat near your own design, but not alto. gether so mischievous ; the people are infinitely discon. tented, as they have reason; and mutinies there are, or will be, againit the queen; now I am content to put him thus far into the plot, that he should be secured as a traitor ; but he hall only be prifoner at the foldiers quarters ; and when I am out of reach, he shall be released.
Dom. And what will become of me then? For when he is free, he will infallibly accuse me.
Lor. Why then, father, you must have recourse to your infallible church-remedies, lie impudently, and swear devoutly; and, as you told me but now, let him try whose oath will be first believed. Retire, I hear them coming.
[They withdraw. Enter the Soldiers with Gomez struggling on their backs.
Gom. Help, good Christians, help neighbours; my house is broken open by force, and I am ravithed, and am like to be assassinated. What do you mean, villains ? Will you carry me away like a pedlar's pack upon your backs? Will you murder a man io plain day-light.
1 Suld. No; but we'll secure you for a traitor, and for being in a plot against the state.
Gom. Who, I in a plot : Oh, Lord! Oh, Lord ! I never durit be in a plot. Why, how can you in confcience suspect a rich citizen of so much wit as to make a plotter? There are none but poor rogues, and those that can't live without it, that are in plots.
2d Sold. Away with him, away with him.
Gom. Oh, my gold ! my wife! my wife! my gold ! As I hope to be faved now, I know no more of the plot than they that made it. [They carry him off, and exeunt.
Lor. Thus far have we failed with a merry gale, now we have the Cape of good Hope in fight; the tradewind is our own, if we can but double it. [He looks out.] [Aside.] Ah, my father and Pedro stand at the corner of the street with company, there's no stirring 'till they are past!
Enter Elvira with a Casket.
Lor, Fear nothing? the adventure's ended, and the knight may carry off the lady fafely.
Ēlv, l'in so overjoyed, I can scarce believe I am at liberty ; but stand panting, like a bird that has often • beaten her wings in vain against her cage, and at lait • dares hardly venture out, though she sees it open.'
Dom. Lose no time, but make hafte while the way is free for you ;' and thereupon I give you my benediction. Lor, 'Tis not so free as you suppose; for there's an