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old gentleman of my acquaintance that blocks up the paílage at the corner of the street.

Dom. What have you gotten there under you arm, daughter? somewhat, I hope, that will bear your charges in your pilgrimage.

Lor. The fryar has an hawk's eye to gold and jewels.

Elv. Here's that will make you dance without a fiddle, and provide a better entertainment for us than hedges in summer and barns in winter. Here's the very heart, and soul, and life-blood of Gomez; pawns in abundance, old gold of widows, and new gold of prodigals; and pearls and diamonds of court ladies, till che next bribe helps their husbands to redeem them.

Dom. They are the spoils of the wicked, and the church endows you

with them. Lor. And, faith, we'll drink the church's health out of them. But all this while I stand on thorns ; pr’ythee, dear, look out, and see if the coast be free for our escape; for I dare not peep for fear of being known. [Elvira goes to look out, and Gomez comes running in

upon her: Mhe fbrieks out. Gom. Thanks to my stars, I have recovered my own territorities-What do I see! I'm ruined ! I'm un. done! I'm betrayed !

* Dom. (Afide.] What a hopeful enterprize is here spoiled!

Gom. Oh, Colonel, are you there? and nay, then I find how the world

goes. Lor. Chear up, man, thou art out of jeopardy ; ! heard thee crying out just now, and came running in full 1peed with the wings of an eagle and the feet of a tiger to thy rescue.

Gom. Ay, you are always at hand to do me a courtesy with your eagle's feet and your tiger's wings; and, what, were you here for, friar?

Dom. To interpose my spiritual authority in your be half.

Gom. And why did you shriek out, gentlewoman?
Elv. 'Twas for joy at your return.

Gom. And that casket under your arm, for what end and purpole? El. Only to preserve it from the thieves.

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Gem. And you came running out of doors-
Elv. Only to meet you, sweet husband.

Gom. A fine evidence lumined up among you: thank you heartily; you are all my friends. The Colonel was walking by accidentally, and hearing my voice, came in to save ine; the fryar, who was hobbling the same way too, accidentally again, and not knowing of the Colone!, I warrant you he comes in to pray for me; and my faithful wife runs out of doors to ineet me with all my jewels under her arm, and thrieks out for joy at my But if my father-in-law had not met your

sol. diers, Colonel, and delivered me in the nick, 1 Nould neither have fouod a friend nor a fryar here, and might have shrieked out for joy myself, for the loss of my jewels and iny wife.

Dom. Art thou an infidel? Wilt thou not believe us ?

Gom. Such churchmen as you would make any man an infidel. Get you into your kennel, gentlewoman! I shall thank you within doors for your safe custody of iny jewels, and your own. (He thrusts bis wife of the flage. [Éxit Elvira.) As for you, Colonel Hüft-cap, we shall try before a civil magiftrate who's the greatelt plotter of us two, I against the date, or you againit the petticoat.

Lor. Nay, if you will complain, you shall for some, thing:

[Beats him. Gon. Murder! murder! I give up the ghost! I ain deftroyed! Help! murder! murder !

Dom. Away, Colonel, let us fly for our lives: the neighbours are coming out with forks, and fire-shovels, and spits, and other domestic weapons; the inilitia of a whole alley is raised against us.

Lor. This is but the interest of my debt, master usurer, the principal shall be paid you at our next meeting.

Dom. Ah, if your soldiers had but dispatched him, his

tongue had been laid asleep, Colonel ; but this comes of not following good couplel; ah

(Exeunt Lor. and Fry.tr severally. Gom. I'll be revenged of himn, if I dare ; but he's such a terrible fellow, that my mind milgives me; I shall tremble when I have him before the judge : all my mis. fortunes come together : I have been robbed and cuckolda ed, and ravished, and beaten, in one quarter of an hour;

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my poor limbs smart, and my poor head achs; ay, do,
do, smart limb, ach head, and sprout horns ; but I'll be
hanged before I'll pity you : you must needs be married,
mult ye? There's for that, [Beats his own head. ) and to a
fine, young, modish lady, must ye? There's for that too;
and, at threescore, you old, doting cuckold, take that re-
membrance A fine time of day for a man to be bound
'prentice, when he is part using his trade: to set up an
equipage of noise, when he has most need of quiet; in-
Itead of her being under covert-baron to be under covert-
femme myself; to have my body disabled, and my head
fortified; and lastly, to be crowded into a narrow box
with a shrill treble,
That with one blait

, through the whole house does bound, And first taught fpeaking-trumpets how to sound. [Exit.

SCENE, the Court,
Enter Raymond, Alphonso, and Pedro.
Ray. Are these are thefe, ye Powers, the promis'd joys,
With which I fatter'd my long, tedious abfence,
To find, at my return, my malter murder'd ?
Oh, that I could but weep, to vent my paffion !
But this dry forrow burns up

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my,tears.
Alph. Mourn inward, brother ; 'tis observ'd at court,
Who weeps, and who wears black; and your return
Will fix all eyes on every act of yours,
To see how you resent king Sancho's death.

Ray. What generous inan can live with that constraint
Upon his foul, to bear, much less to flatter
A court like this! can I footh tyranny !
Seem pleas'd, to fee my royal master murder'd,
His crown usurp'd, a distaff in a throne,
A council made of such as dare not speak,
And could not, if they durft; whence honest men
Banish them elves, for shame of being there :
A government, that, knowing not true wisdom,
Is 1corn'd abroad, and lives on tricks at home?

Alph. Virtue must be thrown off, 'tis a coarse garment,
Too heavy for the sun-Shine of a court.

Ray. Well then, I will difíemble for an end
So great, so pious, as a just revenge :
You'll join with me?

Alph

Alph. No honest man but must.

Ped. What title has this queen but lawless force ? And force muit pull her down.

Alph. Truth is, I pity Leonora's case ; Forc'd, for her fafety, to commit a crime Which most her soul abhors.

Ray. All she has done, or c'er can do, of good,
This one black deed has damn'd.

Ped. You'll hardly join your son to our design.
Ray. Your reason for't?

Ped. I want time to unriddle it :
Put on your t'orher face; the Queen approaches.

Enter the Queen, Bertran, and Attendants.
Ray. And that accurled Bertran
Stalks close behind her, like a witch's fiend,
Preling to be employ'd. Stand, and observe them.

Qu. (To Ber.] Bury'd in private, and so suddenly !
It crosses my delign, which was to allow
The rites of funeral fitting his degree,
With all the pomp of mourning.

Bert. It was not safe :
Objects of pity, when the cause is new,
Would work too fiercely on the giddy croud.
Had Cæsar's body never been expos’d,
Brutus had gain'd his cause.

2u. Then was he lov'd ?
Bert. O, never man so much, for faint-like goodness.

Ped. [Afide.] Had bad men fear'd him but as good He had not yet been sainted. [men lov'd him,

24. I wonder how the people bear his death.
Bert. Some discontents there are ; some idle mura,

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murs:

Ped. How, idle murmurs ! let me plainly speak :

The doors are all shut up; the wealthier fort, • With arms a-crois, and hats upon

their

eyes, • Walk to and fro before their filent shops :

Whole droves of lenders crowd the bankers' doors, To call in money ; those who have none, mark • Where money, goes; for when they rise, 'tis plunder : • The rabble gather round the of

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• Some tell, fome hear, fome judge of news, some make
' And he who lies most loud, is most believ'd.' [it:

21. This may be dangerous.
Ray. [Afile.j Pray Heaven it may.

Bert. If one of you must fall;
Sell-preservation is the first of laws;
' And if, when lubjects are oppress’d by kings,
They justity rebellion by, that law :
As well may monarchs turn the edge of right
To cut for them, when felf-defence requires it.

Qu. You place such arbitrary power in kings,
That I much fear, if I should make you one,
You'll make yourself a tyrant. Let these know
By what authority you did this act.

Bert. You much surprise me to demand that question :
But since truth must be told, 'twas by your own.

Qu. Produce it; or, by Heaven, your head shall answer
The forfeit of your tongue.

Ray. (Aside.] Brave mischief towards.
Bert. You bade me.
Qu. When, and where?

Bert. No, I confess, you bade me not in words,
The dial spoke not, but it made shrew'd figns,
And pointed full upon the stroke of murder :
Yet this you said,
You were a woman ignorant and weak,
So left it to my care.

2u. What, if I said,
I was a woman ignorant and weak,
Were you to take th’advantage of my fex,
And play the devil to tempt me? You contriv'd,
You urg’d, you drove me headlong to your toils ;
• And if, much tir'd, and frightend more, I paus'd ;
• Were you to make doubts

your own cominiffion?
Beri. This 'tis to serve a prince too faithfully ;
• Who, free from laws himself, will have that done,
• Which, not perform’d, brings us to sure disgrace;
• And, if perform'd, to ruin.

Qu. This 'tis to counsel things that are unjust;
• First, to debauch a king to break his laws,
• (Which are his fafety) and then seek protection
• From him you have endanger'd; but, just Heaven,

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