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year promised one place, the next another, and Mil. No, no, Dick; instead of depending the third, in sure and certain hope of- -a upon lords' promises, depend upon the labour disappointment. One falls, and it was promised of thine own hands; expect nothing but what before ; another, and I am just half an hour thou can'st earn, and then thou wilt not be distoo late; a third, and it stops the mouth of a appointed. But come, I want a description of creditor; a fourth, and it pays the hire of a London ; thou hast told us nothing thou hast flatterer; a fifth, and it bribes a vote : and, the seen yet. sixth, I am promised still. But having thus slept Dick. 0! 'Tis a fine place! I have seen away some years, I awoke from my dream : large houses with small hospitality; great men niy lord, I found, was so far from having it in do little actions; and fine ladies do nothing his power to get a place for me, that he had at all. I have seen the honest lawyers of Westbeen all this while seeking after one for him-minster-ball, and the virtuous inhabitants of self.

Change-Alley; the politic madmen of cofMil. Poor Dick! And is plain honesty, then, fee-houses, and the wise statesınen of Beda recommendation to no place at court? lam. I have seen merry tragedies, and sad

Dick. It may recommend you to be a foot- coinedies ; devotion at an opera, and mirth at man, perhaps, but nothing further; nothing a sermon; I have seen fine clothes at St. further, indeed. If you look higher, you must James's, and long bills at Ludgate-bill. I have furnish yourself with other qualifications: you seen poor grandeur, and rich poverty; high must learn to say ay, or no; to run, or stand; honours, and low flattery; great pride, and to fetch, or carry, or leap over a stick, at the no merit. In short, I have seen a fool with a word of command. You must be master of title, a knave with a pension, and an honest man the arts of flattery, insinuation, dissimula- with a thread-bare coat. Pray, how do you tion, application, and- [Pointing to his palm.] ! like London? --riglit application, too, if you hope to suc- Mil. And is this the best description thou ceed.

can'st give of it? King. You don't consider I am a courtier, Dick. Yes. metlinks.

King. Why, Richard, you are a satirist, I Dick. Not I, indeed; 'tis no concern of mine find. what you are. If, in general, my character of Dick. I love to speak truth, sir; if that hapthe court is true, 'tis not my fault if it's disa-pens to be satire, I can't help it. grecable to your worship. There are parti- Mil. Well! If this is Loudon, give me my cular exceptions, I own, and I hope you may country cottage; which, though it is not a great be one.

house, nor a fine house, is my own house; and I King. Nay, I don't want to be flattered; so can shew a receipt for the building on't. But let that pass. Here's better success to you the come, sir, our supper, I believe, is ready for us next time you come to London !

by this time; and to such as I have, you're welDick. I thank ye; but I don't design to see it come as a prince. agrio in haste.

King. I thank you.



SCENE I.-The Wood.

1st Keep. Zoons! You're afraid of a broken

head, I suppose, if we should find them; and so Enter several Keepers.

had rather slink back again. Hark! stand close;

I hear them coining this way. 1st Keep. The report of a gun was somewhere this way, I'm sure.

Enter the Courtiers. 2d Keep. Yes; but I can never believe that any body would come a deer stealing so dark a 1st Cour. Did not you hear somebody just night as this.

now? Faith, I begin to be afraid we shall meet 3d Keep. Where did the decr harbour to- with some misfortune to-night. day?

2d Cour. Why, if any body should take what 4th Keep. There was a herd lay upon Hamil- we have got, we have made a fine business ton-hill; another, just by Robin Hood's chair; of it. and a third here, in Mansfield wood.

3d Cour. Let them take it, if they will : I am 1st Keep. Ay; those they have been a- so tired, I shall make but small resistance. mongst !

[The Keepers rush upon them. 2d Keep. But we shall never be able to find 2d Keep. Ay; rogues, rascals, and villains ! them 10-night, 'is so dark.

You have got it, have you? 3d Keep. No, no; !et's go back again.

2d Cour. Indoed we've got but very

little ;



but what we have, you're welcome to, if you and much good may do ye with your poor supwill but use us civilly.

per : I wish it had been better. 1st Keep. ( yes ! very civilly; you deserve to King. You need make no apologies. be used civilly, to be sure.

Mar. We are obliged to your goodness in ex4th Cour. Why, what have we done that we cusing our rudeness. may not be civilly used?

Mil. Prithee, Margery, don't trouble the gen1st Keep. Come, come, don't trifle; surren- Ileman with compliments. der!

Mar. Lord, hushand, if one bad no 1st Cour. I have but three half-crowns about manners than you, the gentleman would take us

all for hogs. 2d Cour. Here's three and sixpence for you, Mil. Now, I think, the more compliments gentlemen.

the less manners. 3d Cour. Here's my watch; I have no money King. I think so, too. Compliments in disat all.

course, I believe, are like ceremonies in reli4th Cour. Indeed I have nothing in my pocketgion; the one has destroyed all true piety, and but a snuff-box.

the other all sincerity and plain-dealing. 4th Keep. What! the dogs want to bribe us, Mil. Then a fig for all ceremony, and comdo they? No, rascals; you shall go before the pliments, too: give us thy hand; and let us justice co-morrow, depend on't.

drink and be merry. 4th Cour. Before the justice ! what, for being King. Right, bonest miller; let us drink robbed ?

and be merry. Come, have you got e're a good 1st Keep. For being robbed! What do you song? mean? Who has robbed you?


. Ah! my singing days are over; but my 4th Cour. Why,did not you just now demand man Joe has got an excellent one; and if you our money, gentlemen ?

have a mind to hear it, I'll call him in. 2d Keep. O, the rascals ! They will swear a King. With all my heart. robbery against us, I warrant!

Mil. Joe! 41h Cour. A robbery! Ay; to be sure.

Enter Joe, 1st Keep. No, no; we did not demaad your money; we demanded the deer you have

Mil. Comc, Joe ! drink, boy; I have promiskilled. 4x Cour. The devil take the deer, I say! he last new song.

ed this gentleman that you shall sing bim your led us a chase of six hours, and got away from

Joe. Well, master, if you have promised it us at last.

him, he shall have it. isi Keep. Zoons! Ye dogs, do you think to banter us? I tell ye, you have this night shot one of the king's deer; did not we hear the gun

SONG. go off? Did not we hear you say, you was afraid

How happy a state does the miller possess ! it should be taken from you? 2d Cour. We were afraid our money should

Who would be no greater, nor fears to be be taken from us.

On his mill and himself he depends for supist Keep. Come, come, no more shuffling: I

port, tell ye, you're all rogues, and we'll have you

Which is better than servilely cringing at hanged, you may depend on't. Come, let's

court. take thern to old Cockle's; we're not far off; we'll keep them there all night, and to-mor- What though he all dusty and whitened docs row morning we'll away with them before che justice.

The more he's be-powdered, the more like a sth Cour. A very pretty adventure!

Ereunt. A clown, in this dress, may be honester far

Than a courtier who struts in his garter and SCENE II.-The Mill.

star. King, Miller, MARGERY, and Dick, at Though his hands are so daubed, they're not supper.

fit to be seen,

The hands of his betters are not very clean ; Mil. Come, sir, you must mend a bad supper A palm more polite may as dirtily deal ; with a glass of good ale; here's King Harry's Gold, in handling, will stick to the fingers like bealth!

meal. King. With all my heart. Come, Richard, bere's King Harry's health; I hope you are cour- What if, when a pudding for dinner he lucks, tier enough to pledge me, are not you?

He cribs, without scruple, from other men's Dick. Yes, yes, sir; I'll drink the king's health

sacks ; with all my heart.

In this of right noble eramples he brags, · Mur. Come, sir, my humble service to you, Who borrow as freely from other men's bugs.

less ;


beau ;


Or should he endeavour to heap an estate, Dick. Why, the king being now in this forest In this he would mimic the tools of the a hunting, we design to take some opportunity state ;

of throwing ourselves at bis majesty's feet, and Who's aim is alone their own coffers to fill, complaining of the injustice done us by this noAs all his concern's to bring grist to his mill. ble villain.

Mil. Ah, Dick! I expect but little redress He eats when he's hungry, he drinks when from such an application. Things of this nature

he's dry, And down when he's weury contented does afraid it will only be inade a jest of.

are so common among the great, that I am

King. Those, that can make a jest of what Then rises up chearful to work and to sing :

ought to be shocking to humanity, surely deIf so happy a miller, then who'd be a king ?

serve not the name of great or noble men. Mil. There's a song for you?

Dick. What do you think of it, sir? If you King. He should go sing this at court, I belong to the court, you, perhaps, may koow think.

something of the king's temper. Dick. I believe, if he's wise, he will chuse to all, I think he would not suffer the greatest no

King. Why, if I can judge of his temper al stay at home, though.

bleman in his court, to do an injustice to the Enter Peggy.

meanest subject in his kingdom. But, pray, who

is the nobleman that is capable of such actions Mil. What wind blew you hither, pray? You

as these? have a good share of impudence, or you would Dick. Do you know my Lord Lurewell? be ashamed to set your foot within my house, King. Yes. methinks.

Dick. That's the man. Peg. Ashamed I am, indeed; but do not call King, Well, I would have you put your deme impudent.

[Weeps. sign in execution. Tis my opinion the king Dick. Dear father, suspend your anger for would not only hear your complaint, but redress the present; that she is here now, is by my di

your injuries. rection, and to do me justice.

Mil. I wish it may prove so. Peg. To do that, is all that is now in my power; for, as to myself, I am ruined past re

Enter the Keepers, leading in the Courtiers. demption; my character, my virtue, my peace, are gone: I am abandoned by my friends, des- 1st Keep. Hola! Cockle! Where are ye?pised by the world, and exposed to misery and Why, man, we have nabbed a pack of rogues

here, just in the fact. King. Pray, let me know the story of your King. Ha, ha, ha! What, turned highwaymisfortunes : perhaps it may be in my power to men, my lords, or deer-stealers ? do something towards redressing them.

1st Cour. I am very glad to find your majesty Peg. That you may learn from him, whom I in health and safety. have wronged'; but as for me, shame will not 2d Cour. We have run through a great many let me speak, or hear it told. [Erit Peggy. perils and dangers to-night; but the joy of findKing. She's very pretty.

ing your majesty so unexpectedly, will make us Dick. O, sir, I once thought her an angel ; I forget all we have suffered. loved her dearer than my life, and did believe Mil. her passion was the same for me: but a young

Dick. S

What! is this the king! nobleman of this neighbourhood happening to King. I am very glad to see you, my lords, see her, her youth and blooming beauty pre- I confess; and particularly you, my Lord Luresently struck his fancy; a thousand artifices were well. immediately employed to debauch and ruin her. Lure. Your majesty does me honour. But all his arts were vain; not even the promise King. Yes, iny lord, and I will do you justice, of making her his wife, could prevail upon her. too, your honour has been highly wronged by In a little time he found out her love to me, this young man. and, imagining this to be the cause of her refu- Lure. Wronged, my liege! sal, he, by forged letters, and feigned stories, King. I hope so, my lord ; for I would fain contrived to make her believe I was upon the believe you can't be guilty of baseness and point of marriage with another woman. Possess- treachery. ed with this opinion, she, in a rage, writes me Lure." I hope your majesty will never find me word, never to see her more; and, in revenge, so. What dares this villain say? consented to her own undoing. Not contented Dick. I am not to be frighted, my lord. I with this, our easy while I was so near her, he dare speak truth at any time. bribed one of his cast-off mistresses to swear a Lure. Whatever stains my honour, must be child to me, which she did; this was the occasion false. of my leaving my friends, and flying to London. King. I know it must, my lord; yet has this

King. And how does she propose to do you man, not knowing who I was, presumed to justice

charge your lordship, not only with great in


justice to himself, but also with ruining an inno- he's as great as you. Is it your riches or estate cent virgin, whom he loved, and who was to have The villain that should plunder you of all, would been his wife; which, if true, were base and then be as great as you. No, my lord; he, that treacherous; but I know 'tis false, and, there- acts greatly, is the true great man. I therefore fore leave it to your lordship to say, what think, you ought, in justice, to marry her you punishment I shall inflict upon him, for the in- thus have wronged. jury done to your honour.

Peg. Let my tears thank your majesty. But, Lure. I thank your majesty. I will not be alas ! I am afraid to marry this young lord : serere; he shall only ask my pardon, and to that would only give him power to use me morrow morning be obliged to marry the crea- worse, and still encrease my misery ; I, thereture he has traduced me with.

fore, bey your majesty will not command him to King. This is mild. Well, you hear your sen- do it. tence.

| "King. Rise, then, and hear ine. My lord, Dick. May I not have leave to speak before you see how low the greatest nobleman may be your majesty?

reduced by ungenerous actions. Here is, under King. What can'st thou say?

your own hand an absolute promise of marDick, if I had your majesty's permission, I riage to this young woman, which, from a believe I have certain witnesses which will un- thorough knowledge of your unworthiness, she deniably prove the truth of all I have accused has prudently declined to make you fulfil. I his lordship of.

shall, therefore, not insist upon it: but I comKing. Produce them.

mand you, upon pain of my displeasure, immeDick. Peggy!

diately to settle on her three hundred pounds

a year. Enter Peggy.

Peg. May Heaven reward your majesty's King. Do you know this woman, my lord? goodness. 'Tis too much for me; but if your

Lare. I know her, please your majesty, by majesty thinks fit, let it be settled upon this sight; she's a tenant's daughter.

much injured man, to make some satisfaction for Peg. (Aside.] Majesty!What, is this the the wrongs which have been done him. As to kiug?

myself, I only sought to clear the innocence of Dick. Yes.

him I loved and wronged, then hide me from King. Have you no particular acquaintance the world, and die forgiven. with her?

Dick. This act of generous virtue cancels all Lure. Hum ! I have not seen her these seve- past failings; come to my arms, and be as dear ral months.

Dick. True, my lord; and that is part of your Peg. You cannot, sure, forgive me ! accusation; for, I believe, I have some letters Dick. I can, I do, and still will make you os bich will prove your lordship once had a more mine. particolar acquaintance withi ber. Here is one Peg. O, why did I ever wrong such generous of the first his lordship wrote to her, full of the love! tenderest and most solemn protestations of love Dick. Talk no more of it. Here, let us and constancy ; here is another, which will in- kneel, and thank the goodness which has made form your majesty of the pains he took to ruin us blést. ber. There is an absolute promise of marriage King. May you be happy! before he could accomplish it.

Mil. (Kneels.] After I bave seen so much of King. What say you, iny lord? are these your your majesty's goodness, I cannot despair of bands?

pardon, even for the rough usage your majesty Lure. I believe, please your majesty, I night received from me. bave a little affair of gallantry witli the girl some [The King draws his sword, the Miller is

frighted, and rises up, thinking he was King. It was a little affair, my lord; a mean going to kill him. affair ; and what you call gallantry, I call infa- What have I done, that I should lose my

life? my. Do you think, my lord, that greatness gives King. Kneel without fear. No, my good host, a sanction to wickedness? Or that it is the pre- so far are you from having any thing to pardon, rogative of lords to be unjust and inhuman? | that I am much your debtor. I cannot think but You reinember the sentence which yourself pro- so good and honest a man will make a worthy nounced upon this innocent man; you cannot and honourable knight; so, rise up, Sir John think it hard that it should pass on you who are Cockle: And to support your state, and in some guilty.

sort require the pleasure you have done us, a Lure. I hope your majesty will consider my thousand marks a year shall be your revenue. rank, and not oblige me to marry her.

Mil. Your majesty's bounty I receive with King. Your rank, my lord! Greatness, that thankfulness; I have been guilty of no meanness stoops to actions base and low, deserts its rank, to obtain it, and hope I shall not be obliged to and pulls its honours down. What makes your keep it upon base conditions ; for though I am bordship great? Is it your gilded equipage and willing to be a faithful subject, I am resolved to dress?' Then put it on your meanest slave, and I be a free, and an honest man.

as ever.

time ago.

King. I rely upon your being so: And, to | By selfish sycophants so close besieged, gain the friendship of such a one, I shall al- 'Tis by mere chance a worthy man's obliged ; ways thing an addition to my happiness, though But hence, to every courtier be it known, a king.

Virtue shall find protection from the throne. Worth, in whatever state, is sure a prize,

[E.reunt omnes. Which kings, of all men, ought not to despise ;

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