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Ld. Eust. That you have forfeitech
Fram. Since it is not in my power to prevent your committing an error, which you ought for ever to repent of, I will not be a witness of it. There are the letters.
Ld. Eist. You may, perhaps, have cause to repent your present conduct, Mr. Frampton, as much as I do our past attachment.
Fram. Rather than hold your friendship upon such terms, I resign it for ever. Farewell, my lordo
Re-enter FRAMPTON. Fram. Ill treated as I have been , my lord, I find it impossible to leave you surrounded by difficulties.
Ld. Eust. That sentiment should have operato ed sooner , Mr. Framptom : Recollection is seldom of use to our friends, though it may sometimes be serviceable to ourselves.
Fram. Take advantage of your own expres. sion , my lord, and recollect jourself. Born and educated', as I have been, a gentleman, how Have you injured bolh yourself and me, by admitting and uniting, in the same confidence, your rascally servant !
Id. Eust. The exigency of my situation is a sufficient exeuse to myself, and ought to have been so to the man who called himself my friend.
Fram. Have a care, my lord, of uttering the least doubt upon that subject; for could I think you once mean enough to suspect the sincerity of my attachment to you , it must vanish at that instant.
Ld. Eust. The proofs of your regard hava been rather painful of late Mr. Framptor. Fram. When I see my friend upon the verge
of a precipice, is that a time for compliment ? Shall I nol rudely rush forward, and drag him from it ! Just in that state you are at present, and I will strive to save you. Virtue may languish in a noble heart, and suffer her rival, vice, to usurp her power ; but baseness must not enter, or she flies for ever. The man who has forfeited his own esteem, thinks all the world has the same consciousness, and therefore is, what he deserves to be, a wretch.
Ld. Eust. Oh, Frampton ! you have lodged a dagger in my heart.
Fram. No, my dear Eustace, I have saved you from one, from your own reproaches, by preventing your being guilty of a meanness, which you could never have forgiven yourself,
Ld. Eust. Can you forgive me, and be still
my friend ?
Fram. As firmly as I have ever been, my lord. -- But let us , at present , hasten to get rid of the mean business we are engaged in,
and forward the letters we have no right to detain.
SCHOOL FOR RAKES,
Duke and Lord.
Duke. Now my co-mates, and brothers in exile,
Hath not old custom made this life more sweet
Poor deer, quoth he, thou mak'st a testainent
Sweet are the uses of adversity,
-Come, shall we go, and kill us venison?
Lord. Indeed, my lord,
do more usurp
Duke. But what said Jaques ?
for his weeping in the needless stream; As worldlings do , giving thy sum of more To that which had too much. Then being alone, Left and abandond of his velvet friends : 'Tis right, quoth he, thus misery doth part The flux of company. Anon a careless herd,
Full of the pasture, jumps along by him,
that poor and broken bankrupt there?
plation ? Zord.We did, my lord g.weeping and commento
Duke. Show me the place;
how now, Monsieur , what a
life is this, That your poor friends must woo your company? What? you look merrily.
Jaq. A fool, a foot; -I met a fool i' th' forest; A motley fool; a miserable varlet! As I do live byfood, I met a fool, Who laid him down and bask'd him in the sun , And rail'd on lady Fortune in good terms, In good set terms, and yet a motley fool. Good morrow, fool, quoth I; No, Sir, quoth he, Call me not fool, till Heaven hath sent me fortune; And then he drew a dial from his poak, And looking on it with lack lustre eye Says very: wisely, It is ten o'clock ;
After a voyage
Thus may we see, quoth he, how the world wags:
Duke. What fool is this?
and fair, They have the gift to know it: and in his brain, Which is as dry as the remainder-biscuit
he hath strange places cramm'd With observations, the which he vents In mangled forms. O that I were a fool! I am ambitious for a motley coat.
Doke. Thou shalt have one.
Jag. It is my only suit;
very foolishly ,.although he smart,