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united authors, that are now performed : and though it has an unpleasing fable, with female characters perfectly detestable, yet it is constituted with parts so ably written, so forcible in sentiment and humour, that actors of a certain class of excellence must ever give it powerful effect in the exhibition. But to preserve its fame on the stage, no common performers can be entrusted with the charge.

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Per. Are your companies full, Colonel ?

Juan. No, not yet, sir :
Nor will not be this month yet, as I reckon.
How rises


Per. We pick up still,
And as our monies hold out, we have men come.
About that time I think we shall be full too:
Many young gallants go.

Juan. And unexperienc’d:
There's one Don Leon, a strange goodly fellow,
Commended to me from some noble friends
For my Alferes.
Per. I've heard of him, and that he hath serv'd le-

fore too.

Juan. But no harm done, nor ever meant, Don

Michael, That came to my ears yet; ask him a question, He blushes like a girl, and answers litile, To the point less; I never yet heard certainly Of any gentleman that saw him angry. Per. Preserve him, he'll conclude a peace if

need be; Many as stout as he will go along with us, That swear as valiantly as heart can wish. Their mouths charg’d with six oaths at once, and

whole ones,

That make the drunken Dutch creep into mole-hills. Juan. 'Tis true, such we must look for: but, Mi

chael Perez, When heard you of Donna Margarita, the great

heiress ? Per. I hear every hour of her, tho' I ne'er saw her; She is the main discourse: noble Don Juan de Castro, How happy were that man could catch this wench up, And live at ease! She's fair and young, and wealthy, Infinite wealthy, and as gracious too In all her entertainments, as men report.

Juan. But she is proud, sir, that I own for certain,
And that comes seldom without wantonness;
He, that shall marry her, must have a rare hand.
Per. Wou'd I were married, I wou'd find that wise

With a light reign to rule my wife. If e'er woman
Of the most subtle mould went beyond me,
I'd give boys leave to hoot me out o'the parish.

Enter VASCO.
Vasco. Sir, there be two gentlewomen attend to

speak with you. Juan. Wait on them in. Per. Are they two handsome women ?

Vasco. They seem so, very handsome; but they're

veil'd, sir. Per. Thou put'st sugar in my mouth; how it melts

with me! I love a sweet young wench. Juan. Wait on them in, I say.

[Exit Vasco. Per. Don Juan.

Juan. How you itch, Michael ! how you burnish!
Will not this soldier's heat out of your bones yet?
Do your eyes glow now?

Per. There be two.
Juan. Say honest, what shame have


then ? Per. I wou'd fain see that; I've been in the Indies twice, ånd have seen strange

things, But for two honest women ;-one I read of once.

Juan. Pr'ythee, be modest.
Per. I'll be any thing.
Enter Vasco, DONNA CLARA, and EstiFANIA,

veited. Juan. You're welcome, ladies.

Per. Both hooded ! I like 'em well though; They come not for advice in law, sure,

hither: They're very modest; 'tis a fine preludium. Juan. With me, or with this gentleman, wou'd

you speak, lady? Cla. With you, sir, as I guess, Juan de Castro. Per. Her curtain opens; she is a pretty gentle


Juan. I am the man, and shall be bound to for

tune, I may


any service to your beauties. Cla. Captain, I hear you're marching down to

To serve the Catholic King.
Juan. I

am, sweet lady.

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