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Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10) The Womans Prize; The Island Princess; The Noble Gentleman; The Coronation; The Coxcomb   By: (1584-1616)

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FRANCIS BEAUMONT Born 1584 Died 1616

JOHN FLETCHER Born 1579 Died 1625

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER

THE WOMANS PRIZE THE ISLAND PRINCESS THE NOBLE GENTLEMAN THE CORONATION THE COXCOMB

THE TEXT EDITED BY A. R. WALLER, M.A.

Cambridge: at the University Press 1910

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS London: FETTER LANE, E.C. C. F. CLAY, MANAGER

Edinburgh: 100, PRINCES STREET Berlin: A. ASHER AND CO. Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS New York: G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS Bombay and Calcutta: MACMILLAN AND CO., LTD.

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CONTENTS

PAGE The Womans Prize 1 The Island Princess 91 The Noble Gentleman 171 The Coronation 240 The Coxcomb 308

THE WOMANS PRIZE, OR THE TAMER TAM'D. A Comedy.

The Persons represented in the Play.

Moroso, an old rich doting Citizen, suitor to Livia. Sophocles, } Two Gentlemen, friends Tranio, } to Petruchio. Petruchio, An Italian Gent. Husband to Maria. Rowland, A young Gent. in love with Livia. Petronius, Father to Maria and Livia. Jaques, } Two witty servants to Pedro, } Petruchio. Doctor. Apothecarie. Watchmen. Porters.

WOMEN.

Maria, A chaste witty Lady, } The two masculine daughters Livia, Mistriss to Rowland. } of Petronius. Biancha, Their Cosin, and Commander in chief. City Wives, } To the relief of the Ladies, of which, Countrey Wives, } two were drunk. Maids.

The Scene London.

PROLOGUE.

Ladies to you, in whose defence and right, Fletchers brave Muse prepar'd her self to fight A battel without blood, 'twas well fought too, (The victory's yours, though got with much ado.) We do present this Comedy, in which A rivulet of pure wit flows, strong and rich In Fancy, Language, and all parts that may Add Grace and Ornament to a merry Play. Which this may prove. Yet not to go too far In promises from this our Female War. We do intreat the angry men would not Expect the mazes of a subtle plot, Set Speeches, high Expressions, and what's worse, In a true Comedy, politick discourse. The end we aim at, is to make you sport; Yet neither gall the City, nor the Court. Hear, and observe his Comique strain, and when Y' are sick of melancholy, see't agen. 'Tis no dear Physick since 'twill quit the cost: Or his intentions with our pains, are lost.

Actus Primus. Sc├Žna Prima.

Enter Moroso, Sophocles, and Tranio, with Rosemary, as from a wedding.

Mo. God give 'em joy.

Tra. Amen.

Soph. Amen, say I too: The pudding's now i'th' proof, alas poor wench. Through what a mine of patience must thou work, E'r thou know'st good hour more!

Tra. 'Tis too true: Certain, Methinks her father has dealt harshly with her, Exceeding harshly, and not like a Father, To match her to this Dragon; I protest I pity the poor Gentlewoman.

Mor. Methinks now, He's not so terrible as people think him.

Soph. This old thief flatters, out of meer devotion, To please the Father for his second daughter.

Tra. But shall he have her?

Soph. Yes, when I have Rome . And yet the father's for him.

Mor. I'll assure ye, I hold him a good man.

Soph. Yes sure a wealthy, But whether a good womans man, is doubtful.

Tra. Would 'twere no worse.

M[o]r. What though his other wife, Out of her most abundant soberness, Out of her daily hue and cries upon him, (For sure she was a rebel) turn'd his temper, And forc'd him blow as high as she? dos't follow He must retain that long since buried Tempest, To this soft Maid?

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