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But you may heare it: for wee are all of Counsell.

The gentle Mr. Practise, hath dealt clearly, 5 And nobly with you, Madam. Lad. Ha’you talk'd with him? And made the overture ? Com. Yes, first I mov'd The busines trusted to me, by your Ladiship, l' your owne words, almost your very Sillabes :

Save where my Memory trespallid 'gainst their elegance : 10 For which I hope your pardon. Then I inlarg'd

In my owne homely stile, the speciall goodnesse,
And greatnesse, of your bounty, in your choice,
And free conferring of a benefit,

So without ends, conditions, any tye
15 But his meere vertue, and the value of it,

To call him to your kindred, to your veines,
Insert him in your family, and to make him
A Nephew, by the offer of a Neice,

With such a portion; which when hee had heard, 30 And most maturely acknowledg'd (as his calling

Tends all unto maturity) he return'd A thankes, as ample as the Curtelie, (In my opinion) said it was a Grace,

Too great to be rejected, or accepted
25 By him! But as the termes stood with his fortune,

Hee was not to prevaricate, with your Ladiship,
But rather to require ingenious leave,
He might with the same love, that it was offer'd

Refuse it, since he could not with his honesty, 30 (Being he was ingag'd before) receive it. Pal. The same he said to me. Com. And name the

party. Pal. He did, and he did not. Com. Come, leave

your Schemes, And fine Amphibolies, Parlon. Pal. You'll heare more.

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Pol. Why, now your Ladiship is free to choose, The Courtier Sir Diaphanous : he shall doe it,

35 Ile move it to him my selfe. Lad. What will you move

to him ? Pol. The making you a Countesse. Lad. Stint,

fond woman. Know you the partie Mr. Practise meanes ?

To Compafle. Com. No, but your Parson sayes he knowes, Madam.

Lad. I feare he fables ; Parson doe you know
Where Mr. Practise is ingag'd ? Pal. Ile tell you !
But under seale, her Mother must not know:
'Tis with your Ladiships woman, Mrs. Pleasance.
Com. How! Lad. Hee is not mad. Pal. O hide

the hideous secret
From her, shee'l trouble all else. You doe hold
A Cricket by the wing. Com. Did he name Pleasance ?
Are you sure Parlon ? Lad. O'tis true, your Mrs !
I find where your shooe wrings you, Mr. Compalle:
But, you'l looke to him there. Com. Yes, here's Sir

Moath,
Your brother, with his Bias, and the Partie
Deepe in discourse : 'twill be a bargaine, and sale ;
I see by their close working of their heads,
And running them together so in Councell.

Lad. Will Mr. Practise be of Councell against us?

Com. He is a Lawyer, and must speake for his Fee, 55
Against his Father, and Mother, all his kindred ;
His brothers, or his sisters : no exception
Lies at the Common-Law. He must not alter
Nature for forme, but goe on in his path,
It may be he will be for us. Doe not you

60 Offer to meddle, let them take their couise :

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Dispatch, and marry her off to any husband;
Be not you scrupulous; let who can have her :

So he lay downe the portion, though he gueld it :
65 It will maintaine the suit against him: somewhat,

Something in hand is better, then no birds; .
He shall at last accompt, for the utmost farthing,
If you can keepe your hand from a discharge.
Pol. Sir, doe but make her worshipfull Aunt a Coun-

tesse,
70 And she is yours : her Aunt has worlds to leave you!

The wealth of fix East Indian Fleets at least!
Her Husband, Sir John Loadstone, was the Governour
O'the Company, seven yeares. Dia. And came there

home,
Six Fleets in seven yeares ? Pol. I cannot tell,
75 I must attend my Gossip, her good Ladiship.

Pla. And will you make me a Vi-countesse too? For
How doe they make a Countesse ? in a Chaire ?
Or 'pon a bed ? Dia. Both wayes, sweet bird, Ile

shew you.

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Ironside.
Int. The truth is, Mr. Practise, now we are sure
That you are off, we dare not come on the bolder :
The portion left, was sixteene thousand pound,

I doe confesse it, as a just man should.
5 And call here Mr. Compalle, with these Gentlemen,

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To the relation : I will still be just.
Now for the profits every way arising,
It was the Donors wisedome, those should pay
Me for my watch, and breaking of my sleepes;
It is no petty charge, you know, that summe;
To keepe a man awake, for fourteene yeare.

Pra. But (as you knew to use it i' that time)
It would reward your waking. Int. That's my in-

dustry;
As it might be your reading, studie, and counsell ;
And now your pleading, who denies it you ?
I have my calling too. Well, Sir, the Contract
Is with this Gentleman, ten thousand pound.
(An ample portion, for a younger brother,
With a soft, tender, delicate rib of mans flesh,
That he may worke like waxe, and print upon.)
He expects no more, then that summe to be tendred,
And hee receive it : Those are the conditions.

Pra. A direct bargaine, and in open sale market.

Int. And what I have furnish'd him with all o' the by, To appeare, or so : A matter of foure hundred, 25 To be deduc'd upo' the payment, Bia. Right. You deale like a just man still. Int. Draw up this Good Mr. Practise, for us, and be speedy.

Pra. But here's a mighty gaine Sir, you have made Of this one stock! the principall first doubled, In the first seven yeare; and that redoubled I' the next leven! beside fixe thousand pound, There's threescore thousand got in fourteene yeare, After the usual rate of ten i' the hundred, And the ten thousand paid. Int. I thinke it be! 35

Pra. How will you scape the clamour, and the envie ?

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Int. Let 'hem exclaime, and envie : what care I ? Their murmurs raise no blisters i' my flesh.

My monies are my blood, my parents, kindred : 40 And he that loves not those, he is unnatural:

I am perswaded that the love of monie
Is not a vertue, only in a Subject,
But might befit a Prince. And (were there need)

I find me able make good the Assertion. 45 To any reasonable mans understanding.

And make him to confesse it. Com. Gentlemen, Doctors, and Schollers, yo'll heare this, and looke for As much true secular wit, and deepe Lay-sense,

As can be showne on such a common place. 50 Int. First, wee all know the soule of man is infinite

In what it covets. Who desireth knowledge,
Desires it infinitely. Who covets honour,
Covets it infinitely, It will be then

No hard thing, for a coveting man, to prove 55 Or to confesse, hee aimes at infinite wealth. Com. His soule lying that way. Int. Next, every

man Is i’ the hope, or possibility Of a whole world : this present world being nothing,

But the dispersed issue of first one: 6. And therefore I not see, but a just man May with just reason, and in office ought Propound unto himselfe. Com. An infinite wealth! Ile beare the burden: Goe you on Sir Moath.

Int. Thirdly, if wee consider man a member, 65 But of the body politique, we know,

By just experience, that the Prince hath need
More of one wealthy, then ten fighting men.

Com. There you went out o' the road, a little from us.

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