The Dramatic Works And Poems Of James Shirley, (volume 4); The Lady Of Pleasure. The Royal Master…

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byJames Shirley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833. Excerpt: ... THE DUKE S MISTRESS ACT I. SCENE I. A Part of the Palace. Enter Silvio and Valerio. Sil. We are like to have a brave and jolly time Val. The court looks now as't should be. After such A tempest, what should follow but a calm, And sun-beams? Where's the duchess?--And yet, as the case stands,we can scarce give her That title; all her glory is eclips'd; She's i' the west. Poor gentlewoman, I can But pity her; I mean Euphemia. That's courtly, and in fashion. Sil. But the duke--Val. Is duke, and heaven preserve him! Let him have His humour, and his mistresses, what are we The worse? nay, let's consider like wise men, We are the better for't; it gives us liberty, And matter for our dutiful imitation. any thing Sil. But she's his duchess. Val. What then? Sil. A lady of A flowing sweetness, and, but in his eyes, Can want no beauty: how her nature may, Thus cruelly affronted, keep that soft And noble temper--Val. Take heed, and be wise; We are, or should be, courtiers. If it please The duke, for reasons best known to himself, To have more wives, I say 'tis fit he have 'em; I make it my own case. Sil. Thou art not married. Val. No, I dare not, for that reason, 'cause I hold it Unfit my conscience should be'limited. But we are private men; and, though the laws Have power on us, the state, and dukedom may Suffer, if he that is the soul of all, I mean the duke, should waste his life with one, One melancholy wife. Come, let me tell thee, Since he has chosen one that he thinks fairer, 'Tis happy for his first to keep her head on. Sil. Couldst thou have thought so cruel? 'Las, Euphemia! Val.No, Silvio, thou artdeceiv'd; if I wereduke, 'Tis ten to one I'd have no wife at all. Sil. How! Val. Not of mine own, while any of my subjects Had those I could affect, whom I would h...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833. Excerpt: ... THE DUKE S MISTRESS ACT I. SCENE I. A Part of the Palace. Enter Silvio and Valerio. Sil. We are like to have a brave and jolly...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217755577

ISBN - 13:9780217755573

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