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Now, to you, sir. Th'extremetie of law
Awards you to be branded in the front,
For this your calumny; But, fince it pleaseth
HORACE (the partie wrong'd) t'intreat, of CAESAR, 595
A mitigation of that iufter doome;
With CAESARS tongue, thus pronounce your

fentence.
DEMETRIVS FANNIVS, thou shalt here put on
That coate, and cap; and henceforth, thinke thy felfe
No other, then they make thee: vow to weare them 600
In euery faire, and generous assembly,
Till the best sort of minds shall take to knowledge
As well thy satisfaction, as thy wrongs.

HORA. Only (graue Prætor) here, in open court,
I craue the oath, for good behauiour,
May be administred vnto them both.

VIRG. HORACE, it shall: TIBVLLVS, giue it them.

TiBv. RvFvs LABERIVS CRISPINVS, and DEMETRIVS FANNIVS, Lay your hands on your hearts. You Mall here folemnely attest, and sweare; That neuer (after 610 this instant) either, at Booke-sellers ftalls, in tauernes, two-penny roomes, 'tyring houses, noble-mens buttries, puisne's chambers (the best, and farthest places, where you are admitted to come) you Mall once offer, or dare (thereby to endeare your felfe the more to any player, 615 enghle, or guiltie gull, in your companie) to maligne, traduce, or detract the person, or writings of QVINTVS HORAcivs Flaccvs; or any other eminent man, tranfcending you in merit, whom your enuy shall find cause to worke vpon, either, for that, or for keeping himselfe 620 in better acquaintance, or enioying better friends: Or if (transported by any fodaine and defperate refolution) you doe; That then, you shall not under the bastoun, or in the next presence, being an honorable

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af embly of his fauourers, bee brought as voluntary 625 gent. to undertake the for-fwearing of it. Neither shall you at any time (ambitiously, affecting the title of the vntrussers, or whippers of the age) fuffer the itch of writing to ouer-run your performance in libell; vpon paine of being taken vp for lepers in wit, and (lofing 630 both your time, and your papers) bee irrecouerably forfeited to the hospitall of Fooles. So helpe you our Roman gods, and the Genius of great CAESAR.

VIRG. So: now dissolue the court. HORA. TIBV. GALL. Mecæ. VIRG. And thankes to CAESAR,

635 That thus hath exercis'd his patience. Caes. We haue, indeed, you worthiest friends of

CAESAR.
It is the bane, and torment of our eares,
To heare the discords of those iangling rimers,
That, with their bad and scandalous practices,

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Bring all true arts, and learning in contempt.
[348] But let not your high thoughts descend fo low,
As these despised obiects; Let them fall,
With their flat groueling soules: Be you your selues.
And as with our best fauours you stand crown'd:
So let your mutuall loues be still renown'd.
Enuy will dwell, where there is want of merit,
Though the deferuing man should cracke his spirit.

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Although a wooluish cafe he weares.
Detraction is but basenefje varlet;
And apes are apes, though cloth'd in scarlet.

THE END.

Rumpatur, quisquis rumpitur inuidia.

TO THE READER.

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F, by looking on what is past, thou hast deferu'd

that name, I am willing thou Mould's yet know

more, by that which followes; an apologeticall Dialogue: which was only once spoken vpon the stage, and all the answere I euer gaue, to fundry impotent libells then cast out (and some yet remayning) against me, and this Play. Wherein I take no pleasure to reuiue the times, but that Posteritie may make a difference, betweene their manners that prouok'd me then, and mine that neglected them euer. For, in these ftrifes, and on such perfons, were as wretched to affect a victorie, as it is vnhappy to be committed with them. Non annorum canicies est laudanda, sed morum.

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THE END.] Finis Actus quinti & vltimi. | Exeunt. Qom. 1716+

(The address to the reader which appears in Quarto (cf. our collation) by way of epilogue is here appended by Gifford. In Whalley's edition it appears as a foot-note at the end of the play.)

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The Perfons.

Nasvtvs, POLYPOSVS, AUTHOR.

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Pray you let's goe see him, how he lookes
After these libells. Poly. O, vex'd, vex'd, I

warrant you.
Nasv. Doe you thinke so? I should be sorry for

him, If I found that. Poly. O, they are such bitter things, (349] He cannot choose. Nas. But, is he guilty of

'hem?
Por. Fuh! that's no matter. Nas. No? Pol.

No. Here's his lodging;
Wee'll steale vpon him: or, let's listen, stay.
He has a humor oft t talke t himselfe.
Nas. They are your manners lead me, not mine

owne.
Avt. The Fates haue not spun him the coursest

thred
That (free from knots of perturbation)
Doth yet so liue, although but to himselfe,
As he can safely scorne the tongues of flaues ;
And neglect Fortune, more then she can him.
It is the happiest thing, this not to be
Within the reach of malice; It prouides
A man fo well, to laugh of iniuries :
And neuer sends him farder for his vengeance
Then the vex'd bosome of his enemy.
I, now, but thinke, how poore their spight sets off,
Who, after all their waste of sulphurous tearmes,

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And burst-out thunder of their charged mouthes,
Haue nothing left, but the vníau'ry smoake
Of their blacke vomit, to vpbrayd themselues:
Whilft I, at whom they shot, sit here shot-free,
And as vn-hurt of enuy, as vnhit.

Pol. I, but the Multitude, they thinke not so, sir,
They thinke you hit, and hurt: and dare giue out
Your filence argues it, in not reioyning
To this, or that late libell? Avt. 'Lafle, good rout!
I can affoord them leaue, to erre so still :
And, like the barking students of Beares-Colledge,
To swallow vp the garbadge of the time
With greedy gullets, whilft my felfe fit by
Pleaf'd, and yet tortur'd, with their beastly feeding.
'Tis a sweet madnesse runnes along with them,
To thinke, all that are aym'd at, still are strooke:
Then, where the shaft still lights, make that the marke,
And so, each feare, or feauer-fhaken foole
May challenge TEVCERS hand in archery.
Good troth, if I knew any man fo vile,
To act the crimes, these whippers reprehend,
Or what their seruile apes gesticulate,
I should not then much muse, their shreds were lik'd;
Since ill men haue a luft t'heare others sinnes,
And good men haue a zeale to heare sinne sham'd.
But when it is all excrement, they vent,
Base filth, and offall: or thefts, notable
As Ocean pyracies, or high-way stands :
And not a crime there tax'd, but is their owne,
[350] Or what their owne foule thoughts suggested to

them,
And, that in all their heat of taxing others,
Not one of them, but liues himselfe (if knowne)
Improbior fatyram scribente cinædo.

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