Lapas attēli

And after it, this full

Grand Chorus at going out.

Now, now, gentle Love is free, and

Beauty blest
With the sight it so much longed to see.
Let us the Muses' priests and Graces go to

For in them our labours happy be.

What just excuse had aged Time,

His weary limbs now to have eased,
And sate him down without his crime,
While every thought was so much

But he so greedy to devour

His own, and all that he brings forth, Is eating every piece of hour

Some object of the rarest worth.
Yet this is rescued from his rage,
As not to die by time or age :

For beauty hath a living name,
And will to heaven, from whence it


Then, then, angrie music sound,' and teach

our feet, How to move in time, and measure

meet : Thus should the Muses' priests and Graces

go to rest, Bowing to the sun, throned in the


1 Then, then, angrie music sound,] This [The word seems to me peculiarly happy and epithet is not very commonly applied to music: poetical as applied to the crash of a brass band the poet seems to have used it instead of accompanying a triumphant dance or procesLoud. _WHAL.

sion), and should certainly not be blotted from It is unquestionably a misprint (which I am the text, and replaced by asterisks, as in the unable to set right), and is one of the very few 1816 edition.-F. c.] errors in this excellent old copy.

Love Restored,



LOVE RESTORED.) From the folio, 1616. This is a sprightly little piece, and Robin Goodfellow's account of the petty tricks used by the inferior

orders to procure a sight of these exhibitions, and the conduct of the menial officers of the Court, is as interesting as it is amusing, from its being a lively picture of real occurrences. We learn from many of our old dramas that considerable bustle and confusion took place at Whitehall whenever a Masque was presented, and that previously to the entrance of the Court, the doors were in a manner besieged by crowds of citizens and others clamorously advancing their respective pretensions to the honour of admission. It is said by the Puritans, and probably with some approach to truth, that the galleries were used, on these occasions, as places of assignation, and that the citizens' wives were invited to the Masques, &c., by the younger courtiers for the purposes of gallantry. “There is not a lobby nor chamber, if it could speak (says Sir Edward Peyton), but would verify this." This was, however, after the Queen's death, and when the decorum of the Court was less strictly maintained.

[This piece was presented during Christmas, 2610-II. See remarks on Love Freed from Folly, ante p. 79.-F. C.]

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The King and Court being seated, and

Enter PLUTUS as CUPID. in expectation,

See, they have thrust him out, at adventure. Enter MASQUERADO.

We humbly beseech your majesty to bear with us.

We had both hope and purpose I would I could make them a show my- it should have been better, howsoever we self! In troth, ladies, I pity you all. You are lost in it. are in expectation of a device to-night, and Plu. What makes this light, feathered I am afraid you can do little else but expect vanity here? away, impertinent folly. Init. Though I dare not shew my face, I fect not this assembly. can speak truth under a vizard. Good Masq. How, boy! faith, an't please your majesty, your Plu. Thou common corruption of all Masquers are all at a stand; I cannot manners and places that admit thee. think your majesty will see any show to- Masq. Have you recovered your voice night, at least worth your patience. Some to rail at me? two hours since, we were in that forward- Plu. No, vizarded impudence. I am ness, our dances learned, our masquing neither player nor masquer ; but the god attire on, and attired. A pretty fine speech himself, whose deity is here profaned by was taken up of the poet too, which if he thee. Thou, and thy like, think yourselves never be paid for now, it's no matter; his authorized in this place to all licence of wit costs him nothing. Unless we should surquedrie. But you shall find custom hath come in like a morrice-dance, and whistle not so grafted you here but you may be our ballad ourselves, I know not what we rent up, and thrown out as unprofitable should do : we have neither musician to evils. I tell thee I will have no more play our tunes, but the wild music here ; masquing ; I will not buy a false and fleetand the rogue play-boy, that acts Cupid, is ing delight so dear : the merry madness of got so hoarse, your majesty cannot hear one hour shall not cost me the repentance him half the breadth of your chair,

of an ago.


Rob. Nay, so your stiff-necked porter

told me at the gate, but not in so good Rob. How ! no masque, no masque? I words. His staff spoke somewhat to that pray you say, are you sure on't? no masque, boisterous sense: I am sure he concluded indeed! What do I here then ? can you all in a non-entry, which made me e'en tell ?

climb over the wall, and in by the Wood. Masq. No, faith.

yard, so to the Terrace, where when I came Rob. 'Slight, I'll be gone again, an there I found the oaks of the guard more unbe no masque ; there's a jest. Pray you moved, and one of them, upon whose arm resolve me. Is there any? or no? a I hung, shoved me off o' the ladder, and masque ?

dropt me down like an acorn. 'Twas wel? Plu. Who are you?

there was not a sow in the Verge, I had Rob. Nay, I'll tell you that when I can. been eaten up else. Then I heard some Does anybody know themselves here, think talk of the Carpenters' way, and I attempted you? I would fain know if there be a that; but there the wooden rogues let a masque or no.

huge trap-door fall on my head. If I had Plu. There is none, nor shall be, sir ; not been a spirit, I had been mazarded.3 does that satisfy you?

| Though I confess I am none of those subtle Rob. 'Slight, a fine trick ! a piece of Eng- ones that can creep through at a key-hole, land's Joy this !! Are these your Court or the cracked pane of a window. I must sports ? would I had kept me to my gambols come in at a door, which made me once of the country still, selling of fish, short think of a trunk ; but that I would not service, shoeing the wild mare, or roasting imitate so catholic a coxcomb as Coryat, of robin-redbreast. These were better and make a case of asses. Therefore I took than, after all this time, no masque : you another course. I watched what kind of look at me. I have recovered myself now persons the door most opened to, and one for you, I am the honest plain country of their shapes I would belie to get in with. spirit, and harmless; Robin Goodfellow, First I came with authority, and said I was he that sweeps the hearth and the house an engineer, and belonged to the motions. clean, riddles for the country maids, 2 and They asked me if I were the fighting bear does all their other drudgery, while they of last year, and laughed me out of that, are at hot-cockles : one that has discoursed and said the motions were ceased. Then with your Court spirits ere now ; but was I took another figure of an old tire-woman; fain to-night to run a thousand hazards to but tired under that too, for none of the arrive at this place ; never poor goblin was masquers would take note of me, the mark so put to his shifts to get in to see nothing. was out of my mouth. Then I pretended So many thorny difficulties as I have to be a musician, marry I could not shew past deserved the best masque ; the whole mine instrument, and that bred a discord. shop of the revels. I would you would Now there was nothing left for me that I admit some of my feats, but I have little could presently think on but a Featherhope of that, i'faith, you let me in so maker of Blackfriars, and in that shape I hardly.

told them, Surely I must come in, let it be Plu. Sir, here's no place for them nor you. opened unto me; but they all made as Your rude good-fellowship must seek some light of me as of my feathers ; and wonother sphere for your admittie.

dered how I could be a Puritan, being of A piece of England's Foy.] See the "panegyrists,” and the banners of Jonson, Masque of Augurs.

combined to furnish a laugh for Prince Henry 2 Riddles for the country maids.) To pre- at the expense of this catholic coxcomb: vent any misapprehension of an ambiguous “Yet must I say thy fortune herein was ill, phrase, it may be just necessary to observe that For thou went'st nak't to wash thy shirt at by ridilling Robin means passing the embers Basil: through a sieve.

And having seen cloysters, and many 3 [For mazarded the folio, 1616, reads amazed. monke, -F. C.)

Becam'st thyself a Recluse in a trunke." 4 Which made me think of a trunk, &c.] After Coryat there follows, “and make a This alludes to one of those ridiculous mishaps case : uses. It was omitted by Whalley, and which befel poor Tom in his travels through is to me unintelligible. [See note to Epi. Switzerland. It is thus recorded by one of gram lxxxv. post " Case of Coxcombs” occurs the numerous wags who, under the name of p. 64.]


so vain a vocation. I answered, We are stuck to this shape you see me in of mine all masquers sometimes : with which they own, with my broom and my candles, and knocked Hypocrisy o’ the pate, and made came on confidently, giving out I was a room for a bombard man, that brought part of the Device : at which, though they douge for a country lady or two, that had little to do with wit, yet because some fainted, he said, with fasting for the fine on't might be used here to-night, contrary sight since seven o'clock in the morning. to their knowledge, they thought it fit way O how it grieved me that I was prevented should be made for me ; and, as it falls out, of that shape, and had not touched on it to small purpose. in time, it liked me so well; but I thought Plu. Just as much as you are fit for. I would offer at it yet. Marry, before I Away, idle spirit ; and thou the idle cause could procure my properties, alarum came of his adventuring hither, vanish with him. that some of the whimlens had too much ; 'Tis thou that art not only the sower of and one shewed how fruitfully they had vanities in these high places, but the call of watered his head, as he stood under the all other light follies to fall, and feed on grices; and another came out, complain them. I will endure thy prodigality nor ing of a cataract shot into his eyes by a riots no more; they are the ruins of states. planet as he was star-gazing. There was Nor shall the tyranny of these nights herethat device defeated ! By this time I saw after impose a necessity upon me of entera fine citizen's wife or two let in ; and that taining thee. Let them embrace more figure provoked me exceedingly to take it; frugal pastimes. Why should not the which I had no sooner done, but one of the thrifty and right worshipful game of Post black-guard had his hand in my vestrie, and Pair content them; or the witty inand was groping of me as nimbly as the vention of Noddy, for counters; or God Christmas cut-purse. He thought he make them rich at the tables P3 but might be bold with me because I had not a masquing and revelling! Were not these husband in sight to squeak to. I was glad ladies and their gentlewomen more houseto forego my form to be rid of his hot wifely employed, a dozen of them to a steeming affection, it so smelt of the boil- light, or twenty (the more the merrier) to ing-house. Forty other devices I had of save charges, in their chambers at home, wiremen and the chandry, and I know not and their old night-gowns, at Draw-gloves, what else : but all succeeded alike. I Riddles, Dreams, and other pretty purposes, offered money too, but that could not be rather than to wake here in their flaunting done so privately as it durst be taken, for wires and tires, laced gowns, embroidered the danger of an example. At last a troop petticoats, and other taken-up braveries? of strangers came to the door, with whom Away, I will no more of these superfluous I made myself sure to enter : but before I excesses. They are these make me hear could mix they were all let in, and I left alone so ill4 both in town and country, as I do; without for want of an interpreter. Which, which if they continue I shall be the first when I was fain to be to myself as a Colos- shall leave them. sus, the company told me I had English Masq. Either I am very stupid, or this enough to carry me to bed ; with which all a reformed Cupid. the other statues of flesh laughed. Never Rob. How does any take this for till then did I know the want of a hook Cupid? the Love in Court ? and a piece of beef, to have baited three or Masq. Yes, is't not he? four of those goodly wide mouths with. In Rob. Nay then, we spirits, I see, are this despair, when all invention and trans- subtler yet, and somewhat better dislation too failed me, I e'en went back and coverers. No; it is not he, nor his

1 I answered, We are all masquers some to the different offices. For one of the blacktimes.) Jonson is always happy in his allusions guard, which occurs below, see p. 97 b. to this anomaly in the practice and preaching of the Puritans. See vol. i. p. 236 b.

8 At the tables ?) It may now be added to A bomlard man that brought bouge) i.e., the note on this game (yol. ii. P. 68 6), that it provisions. Bouge of Court was an allowance

seems to be a species of backgammon.” Noddy of meat and drink to the officers of the, I believe, a variation of cribbage. WHAL.

They are these make me hear so ill] i.e., Whalley has not noticed the bombard-man. make me to be so ill spoken of. This Latinism He was one of the people who attended

at the has been noticed before. Taken up braveries buttery-hatch, and carried the hugecans of beer are expensive dresses procured on credit.


brother Anti-Cupid, the Love of Virtue, Yes, tyrant Money quencheth all desire, though he pretend to it with his phrase Or makes it old. and face : 'tis that impostor Plutus, the god But here are beauties will revive of money, who has stolen Love's ensigns ; Love's youth, and keep his heat alive : and in his belied figure reigns the world, As often as his torch here dies, making friendships, contracts, marriages, He need but light it at fresh eyes. and almost religion; begetting, breeding, and Joy, joy the more; for in all courts, holding the nearest respects of mankind : If Love be cold, so are his sports. and usurping all those offices in this age of gold, which Love himself performed in the Cup. I have my spirits again, and feel my golden age. 'Tis he that pretends to tie

limbs, kingdoms, maintain commerce, dispose of Away with this cold cloud, that dims honours, make all places and dignities My light! Lie there, my furs and charms, arbitrary from him, even to the very Love feels a heat, that inward warms, country where Love's name cannot be And guards him naked in these places, razed out, he has yet gained there upon As at his birth, or 'mongst the Graces. him by a proverb, Not for Love or Money. Impostor Mammon, come, resign There Love lives confined by his tyranny This bow and quiver; they are mine. to a cold region, wrapt up in furs like a Thou hast too long usurped my rites, Muscovite, and almost frozen to death : I now am lord of mine own nights. while he, in his inforced shape, and with Begone, whilst yet I give thee leave. his ravished arms, walks as if he were to When thus the world thou wilt deceive, set bounds and give laws to destiny. "Tis Thou canst in youth and beauty shine you mortals that are fools ;' and worthy Belie a godhead's form divine, to be such that worship him : for if you Scatter thy gists, and fly to those had wisdom, he had no godhead. "He Where thine own humour may dispose ; should stink in the grave with those But when to good men thou art sent, ? wretches whose slave he was ; contemn By Jove's direct commandement, him, and he is one. Come, follow me. Thou then art aged, lame, and blind, I'll bring you where you shall find Love, And canst nor path nor persons find. and by the virtue of this majesty, who pro- Go, honest spirit, chase him hence jecteth so powerful beams of light and To his caves; and there let him dispense heat through this hemisphere, thaw his For murders, treasons, rapes, his bribes icy fetters, and scatter the darkness that Unto the discontented tribes; obscures him. Then, in despight of this Where let his heaps grow daily less, insolent and barbarous Mammon, your And he and they still want success. sports may proceed, and the solemnities of The majesty that here doth move, the night be complete, without depending Shall triumph, more secured by Love, on so earthy an idol.

Than all his earth; and never crave Plu. Ay, do; attempt it: 'tis like to His aids, but force him as a slave. find most necessary and fortunate event, To those bright beams I owe my life, whatsoever is enterprised without my aids. And I will pay it in the strife Alas, how bitterly the spirit of poverty Of duty back. See, here are ten, spouts itself against my weal and felicity! The spirits of courts, and flower of men, but I feel it not. I cherish and make much Led on by me, with flamed intents, of myself, flow forth in ease and delicacy, To figure the ten ornaments, while that murmurs and starves.

That do each courtly presence grace.

Nor will they rudely strive for place, Enter CUPID in his chariot, guarded with One to precede the

other ; but
the Masquers, in number ten.

As music them in form shall put,
So will they keep their measures true,

And make still their proportions new,

Till all become one harmony,
O, how came Love, that is himself a fire, Of honour and of courtesy,
To be so cold ?

True valour and urbanity,

I'Tis you mortals that are fools, &c.] Nullam numen habes si sit prudentia, sed te Nos facimus, fortuna, deam.-Juv. Sat. x.

2 But when to good men thou art sent,) This and the three succeeding lines are from one of Lucian's Dialogues.

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