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WOMEN. DUKE OF MEDINA.
MARGARITTA, a wanton lady, married to Leon, Don JUAN DE Castro, a Spanish colonel.
by whom she is reclaimed. SanChIO,?
Altea, her servant. Alonzo, I officers in the army.
Clara, a Spanish lady. Michael Perez, the copper captain.
EsTifania, a woman of intrigue. Leon, brother to Altea, and, by her contrivance, An old woman. married to Margaritta.
Maid. CACAFOGO, a rich usurer,
SCENE I.-A chamber.
Juan. But no harm done, nor ever meant, Don
Michael, Enter Don JUAN DE CASTRO and MICHAEL
That came to my ears yet: ask him a question, PEREZ.
He blushes like a girl, and answers little, Mich. Are your companies full, colonel ? To the point less. He wears a sword, a good Juan. No, not yet, sir,
one, Nor will not be this month yet, as I reckon. And good clothes, too; he's whole skinned, has How rises your command?
no hurt yet ; Mich. We pick up still,
Good promising hopes. I never yet heard cerAnd, as our monies hold out, we have men come. tainly, About that time, I think, we shall be full, too: Of any gentleman, that saw him angry. Many young gallants go.
Mich. Preserve him; he'll conclude a peace, Juan. And inexperienced.
if need be; The wars are dainty dreams to young hot spirits; Many, as stout as he, will go along with us, Time and experience will allay those visions. That swear as valiantly as heart can wish. We have strange things to fill our numbers : Their mouths charged with six oaths at once, and There's one Don Leon, a strange goodly fellow, Commended to me from some noble friends, That make the drunken Dutch creep into moleFor my Alferes.
hills. Mich. I've heard of him, and that he hath ser- Juan. 'Tis true, such we must look for. But, ved before, too.
When heard you of Donna Margaritta, the great
Juan. I am, sweet lady. heiress?
Cla. I have a kinsman, and a noble friend, Mich. I hear every hour of her, though I ne'er Employed in those wars; may be, sir, you know
saw her; She is the main discourse. Noble Don Juan de Don Campusano, captain of carbines, Castro,
To whom I would request your nobleness How happy were that man could catch this wench To give this poor remenubrance. [Gives a letter. up,
Juan. I shall do it: And live at ease! She's fair, and young, and I know the gentleman, a most worthy captain. wealthy,
Cla. Something in private. Infinite wealthy, and as gracious, too,
Juan. Step aside : I'll serve thee. In all her entertainments, as inen report.
[Ereunt Juan and CLARA. Juan. But she is proud, sir; that I know for Mich. Prithee, let me see thy face. certain;
Estif. Sir, you must pardon me; And that comes seldom without wantonness : Women of our sort, that maintain fair memories, He, that shall marry her, must have a rare hand. And keep suspect off from their chastities, Mich. Would I were married ! I would find Had need wear thicker veils. that wisdom,
Mich. I am no blaster of a lady's beauty,
Lady, you may to me-
Estif. You must excuse me, signior, I come
Mich. As I am a gentleman; by the honour
of a soldier!
And when you've seen me, I believe you'll like
But in a strange place, to a stranger, too,
As if I came on purpose to betray you,
Mich. I shall love you dearly,
And 'tis a sin to fling away affection;
Any but you.
All the desire, I might bestow on others-
Estif. Indeed, I dare not.
But since I see you're so desirous, sir,
To view a poor face, that can merit nothing veiled.
Mich. It inust needs be excellent.
Estif. And with what honesty you ask it of
And as I like your virtuous carriage, then,
Enter Juan, Clara, and Servunt.
I shall be able to give welcome to you. Juan. I am the man, and shall be bound to She hath done her business; I inust take my fortune,
Mich. I'll kiss your fair white hand, and
My man shall wait, and I shall be your servant.
Sirrah, come near, hark.
Ser. I shall do it faithfully.
(Exit. 3 Lady. 'Tis more sometimes than we can well Juan. You will command me no more ser
vices? Cla. To be careful of your noble health, dear
Enter Altea. sir,
Alt. Good-morrow, ladies. That I may ever honour you.
All. 'Morrow, iny good madam. Juan. I thank you,
1 Lady. How does the sweet young beauty, And kiss your hands. Wait on the ladies down lady Margaret?
there. (Exeunt ladies and Servant. 2 Lady. Ilas she slept well after her walk last Mich. You had the honour to see the face,
night? that came to you?
1 Lady. Are her dreams gentle to her mind? Juan. And 'twas a fair one.
What was yours,
Alt. All's well, don Michael ?
She's very well: she sent for you thus suddenly, Mich. Mine was in the eclipse, and had a cloud To give her counsel in a business drawn over it.
That much concerns her. But I believe well, and I hope 'tis handsome: 2 Lady. She does well and wisely, She had a hand would stir a holy hermit. To ask the counsel of the ancientest. Madam, Juan. You know none of thein?
Our years have run through many things she Mich. No.
knows not. Juan. Then I do, captain;
Alt. She would fain marry. But I'll say nothing till I see the proof on't. 1 Ludy. 'Tis a proper calling, Sit close, don Perez, or your worship’s caught. And well beseems her years. Who should she Mich. Were those she brought love letters?
yoke with ? Juan. A packet to a kinsman now in Flanders. Alt. That is left to argue on. I pray, come in Yours was very modest, methought.
And break your fast; drink a good cup or two, Mich. Some young unmanaged thing : To strengthen your understandings, then she'll But I may live to see. Juan. 'Tis worth experience.
2 Lady. And good wine breeds good counsel; Let us walk abroad and view our companies.
we'll yield to ye.
Ereunt. [Exeunt. SCENE II.- Another Street, ESTIFANIA
SCENE IV.-A street. crosses the stage.
Enter JUAN DE CASTRO and Leon. Enter a servant of Michael Perez after her. Juan. Have you seen any
service? Ser. 'Tis this or that house, or I've lost my
Leon. Yes. aiin);
Juan. Where? They're both fair buildings; she walked plaguy Leon. Every where. fast.
Juan. What office bore ve?
Lcon. None; I was not worthy.
Juan. What captains know you?
[Exeunt. But once I stole a hen, and then they beat mé.
Pray, ask me no long questions. Í have an ill SCENE III.-A chamber in MARGARITTA's house.
Juan. This is an ass.
Did you ne'er draw
your sword yet? Enter three old Ladies.
Leon. Not to do any harm, I thank Heaven
for it. 1 Lady. What should it mean, that in such Juan. Nor ne'er ta'en prisoner! haste we're sent for?
Leon. No, I ran away; 2 Lady. Belike the lady Margaret bas some For I ne'er had no money to redeem me. business
Juan. Can you endure a drum? She'd break to us in private.
Leon. It makes my head ache. 3 Lady. It should seem so. 'Tis a good lady, and a wise young lady.
Juan. Are you not valiant, when you're drunk ?
Leon. I think not; but I am loving, sir. 2 Ludy. And virtuous enough, too, that I war- Juun. What a luinp is this man !
Juan. That was no foolish part, I'll bear you | A spirit of more fury than this fire-drake. witness.
Leon. I see he's hasty, and I would give him Why art thou sent to me to be my officer,
Juan. What shall I do with this fellow?
Juan. About some week hence, sir,
You shall hear from me. Juan. This fellow hath some doubts in his Leon. I desire no better.
[Ereint. talk, that strike me.
SCENE V.-A chamber in MARGARITTA's Enter Aloxzo.
house, He calinot be all fool. Welcome, Alonzo. Alor. What have you got there, Temperance
Enter ESTIFANIA and PEREZ. into your company?
Per. You have made me too bountiful amends, The spirit of peace? we shall have wars by the lady,
For your strict carriage, when you saw me first.
These beauties were not meant to be concealed; Enter CacaFOGO.
It was a wrong to hide so sweet an object; Oh, here's another pumpion, the crammed son of I could now chide ye, but it shall be thus: a starved usurer, Cacafogo.
No other anger ever touch your sweetness. Both their brains, buttered, cannot make two Estif. You appear to be so honest and so cispoonfuls.
vil, Caca. My father's dead, I am a man of war, without a blush, sir, I dare bid you welcome. ton,
Per. Now, let me ask your name. Monies, demesnes; I have ships at sea, too, cap- Estif. 'Tis Estifania, the heir of this poor tains.
place. Jaan. Take heed of the Hollanders, your ships Per. Poor, do you call it?
There's nothing that I cast mine eyes upon, Caca. I scorn the Hollanders, they are my But shews both rich and admirable; all the rooms drunkards.
Are hung, as if a privcess were to dwell here; Alon. Put up your gold, sir, I will borrow it The gardens, orchards, every thing so curious. else.
Is all that plate your own, too? Caca. I am satisfied you shall not.
Estif. 'Tis but a little, Come out, I know thee; meet mine anger in-Only for present use; I've more and richer, stantly!
When need shall call, or friends compel me use Leon. I never wronged ye.
it; Caca. Thou hast wronged mine honour, The suits you see of all the upper chambers, Thou look'st upon my mistress thrice laciviously; Are those, that commonly adorn the house; I'll make it good.
I think, I have, besides, as fair as Seville, Juan. Do not heat yourself, you will surfeit. Or any town in Spain, can parallel. Caca. Thou want'st my money, too, with a Per. Now, if she be not married, I have some pair of base bones,
hopes. In whom there was no truth, for which I beat Are you a maid? thee,
Eštif. You make me blush to answer; I beat thee much ; now I will hurt thee danger- I ever was accounted so to this hour, ously.
And that's the reason, that I live retired, sir. This shall provoke thee.
Per. Then would I counsel you to marry preAlon. You struck too low, by a foot, sir.
sently, Juan. You must get a ladder, when you would (If I can get her, I am made for ever) [Aside. beat this fellow.
For every year you lose, you lose a beauty. Leon. I cannot chuse but kick again ; pray, A husband now, an honest, careful husband, pardon me.
Were such a comfort. Will you walk above Caca. Hadst thou not asked my pardon, I had stairs ? killed thee.
Estif. This place will fit our talk; 'tis fitter I leave thee, as a thing despised; baso las manos a far, sir; vostra Signora.
[Exit Caca. Above, there are day-beds, and such temptations Alon. You have escaped by miracle ; there is I dare not trust, sir. not, in all Spain,
Per. She is excellent wise withal, too.
may leak else.
Estif. You named a husband; I am not so I'm young, you see; able, I'd have you think, too; strict, sir,
If it please you know, try me before you take. Nor tied unto a virgin's solitariness, But if an honest, and a noble one,
'Tis true, I shall not meet in eqal wealth with Rich, and a soldier, for so I've vowed he shall be, ye; Were offered me, I think I should accept hiin. But jewels, chains, such as the war has given me, But, above all, he must love.
A thousand ducats, too, in ready gold, Per. He were base else.
As rich clothes, too, as any he bears arıns, lady. There's comfort ministered in the word, soldier. Estif. You're a gentleman, and fair, I see by How sweetly should I live!
ye, Estif. I'm not so ignorant,
And such a man I'd rather take-
Estif. And as suddenly
You will repent, too. If spent by my direction. To please my hus- Per. I'll be hanged or drowned first, band,
By this, and this, and this kiss. I hold it as indifferent in my duty,
Estif. You're a flatterer; To be his maid in the kitchen, or his cook, But I must say there was something, when I saw As in the hall to know myself the mistress.
you Per. Sweet, rich, and provident ! now, fortune, First, in that noble face, that stirred my fancy. stick to me.
Per. I'll stir it better ere you sleep, sweet I am a soldier, and a bachelor, lady;
And then, sweet wench.-
SCENE I.-An Apartment in Margarita's Mar. Those I'll allow him; house.
They are for my credit. Does he understand
But little? Enter MARGARITTA, three ladies, and Altea.
Alt. Very little. Mar. Come in, and give me your opinions Mar. 'Tis the better. seriously.
Have not the wars bred him up to anger? 1 Lady. You say you have a mind to marry, Alt. No, he won't quarrel with a dog that bites.
lady. Mar. 'lis true, I have, for to preserve my Let him be drunk or sober, he's one silence. credit.
Mar. Has no capacity what honour is; · I desire my pleasure, and pleasure I must have. For that's a soldier's god? 2 Lady. What husband mean ve?
Alt. Honour's a thing too subtle for his wise
Mar. Is he so goodly a man, do you say?
2 Lady. You grant there may be such a man. Mar. I'd have him so.
If he be that motion, that you tell me of, 2 Lady. They must be chosen so, things of no And make no more noise, I shall entertain him. honour,
Let him be here. Nor outward honesty.
Alt. He shall attend your ladyship. [Ereunt.
SCENE II.- A street.
Enter Juan, ALONSO, and Perez.
Juan. Why, thou'rt not married indeed? Alt. Yes, and a soldier; but as gentle as you'd Per. No, no, pray think so. wish him. A good fellow, and has good clothes, Alas ! I am a fellow of no reckoning, if he knew how to wear them.
Nor worth a lady's eye.