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Now, to you, sir. Th'extremetie of law
HORA. Only (graue Prætor) here, in open court,
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
592 sir. [to Demetrius.] G, N 610 attes] contest 9 613-4 ()] G, N 615-6 ( )] G, N 616 ingle N 624 bafoun] batoon G batton N
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
626 gent.] Gentlemen 1692+ 631 papers) prayers N 632 of] for N 635 Virg.] om. G 636 thus he hath N 645 you] your N 647 merit] spirit N
Lum, folly, blum: here's none that feares
The wagging of an asses eares,
Although a wooluish cafe he weares.
Rumpatur, quisquis rumpitur inuidia.
TO THE READER.
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.
Song.] Cantvs. Qom. G 652 baseness', varlet G 653 (Exeunt. G, N
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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Nasvtvs, POLYPOSVS, AUTHOR.
Pray you let's goe see him, how he lookes
him, If I found that. Poly. O, they are such bitter things, (349] He cannot choose. Nas. But, is he guilty of
No. Here's his lodging;
The ... AVTHOR.) SCENE, The Author's Lodgings. Enter Nasutus and POLYPOSUS. G, N I NASUTUS. 1716, W Nas. G, N 5 he is W
7 let' N 9 own. I [They come forward; the scene opens, and discovers the Author in his study. G They draw near. second scene opens. N 17 of] off 1640+
And burst-out thunder of their charged mouthes,
Pol. I, but the Multitude, they thinke not so, sir,
26 (Pol. and Nas, discover themselves. G (Pol. and Nas, enter. N 27 they) om. N 28 out. N 36 sweet] secret N 45 ill] all N