SCENE I. A Room in the House of Venturewell .
Enter Venturewell and Humphrey.
Vent . And how, faith, how goes it now, son Humphrey?
Hum . Right worshipful, and my belovèd friend
And father dear, this matters at an end.
Vent . Tis well: it should be so: Im glad the girl
Is found so tractable.
Hum . Nay, she must whirl
From hence (and you must wink; for so, I say,
The story tells,) to-morrow before
day. [Wife . George, dost thou think in thy conscience now twill be a match? tell me but what thou
thinkest, sweet rogue. Thou seest the poor gentleman, dear heart, how it labours and throbs, I warrant
you, to be at rest! Ill go move the father fort.
Cit . No, no; I prithee, sit still, honeysuckle; thoult spoil all. If he deny him, Ill bring half-a-dozen good
fellows myself, and in the shutting of an evening, knockt up, and theres an end.
Wife . Ill buss thee for that, ifaith, boy. Well, George, well, you have been a wag in your days, I warrant
you; but God forgive you, and I do with all my heart.]
Vent . How was it, son? you told me that to-morrow
Before day-break, you must convey her hence.
Hum . I must, I must; and thus it is agreed:
Your daughter rides upon a brown-bay steed,
I on a sorrel,
which I bought of Brian,
The honest host of the Red roaring Lion,
In Waltham situate. Then, if you may,
in seemly sort; lest, by delay,
The Fatal Sisters come, and do the office,
And then youll sing another song.
Vent . Alas,
Why should you be thus full of grief to me,
That do as willing as yourself agree
To any thing,
so it be good and fair?
Then, steal her when you will, if such a pleasure
Content you both; Ill sleep and
never see it,
To make your joys more full. But tell me why
You may not here perform your marriage? [Wife
. Gods blessing o thy soul, old man! ifaith, thou art loath to part true hearts. I see a has her, George; and
Im as glad ont!Well, go thy ways, Humphrey, for a fair-spoken man; I believe thou hast not thy fellow
within the walls of London; an I should say the suburbs too, I should not lie.Why dost not rejoice with
Cit . If I could but see Ralph again, I were as merry as mine host, ifaith.]
Hum . The cause you seem to ask, I thus declareHelp
me, O Muses nine! Your daughter sware
foolish oath, and more it was the pity;
Yet no one but myself within this city
Shall dare to say so, but a
Shall meet him, were he of the noble science;
And yet she sware, and yet why did she
Truly, I cannot tell, unless it were
For her own ease; for, sure, sometimes an oath,
thereafter, is like cordial broth;
And this it was she swore, never to marry
But such a one whose mighty
arm could carry
(As meaning me, for I am such a one)
Her bodily away, through stick and stone,
of us arrive, at her request,
Some ten miles off, in the wild Waltham forest.
Vent . If this be all, you shall not need to fear
Any denial in your love: proceed;
Ill neither follow, nor repent
Hum . Good night, twenty good nights, and twenty more,
And twenty more good nights,that makes
[Exeunt severally .
SCENE II. Waltham Forest .
Enter Mistress Merrythought and Michael.