C. H. Herford and Percy Simpson (eds), Ben Jonson, Vol. 3: The Tale of a Tub; The Case is Altered; Every Man in his Humour; Every Man out of his Humour
Critical ApparatusAct iii. Scene iii.
Kitely, Cash. WHat saies he, Thomas? Did you speake with him?2
Cas. He will expect you, sir, within this halfe houre.3
Kit. Has he the money readie, can you tell?4
Cas. Yes, sir, the money was brought in, last night.5
Kit. O, that's well: fetch me my cloke, my cloke.
6Stay, let me see, an houre, to goe and come;
7I, that will be the least: and then 'twill be
8An houre, before I can dispatch with him;
9Or very neere: well, I will say two houres.
10Two houres? ha? things, neuer dreamt of yet,
11May be contriu'd, I, and effected too,
12In two houres absence: well, I will not goe.
14I will not giue your subtiltie that scope.
15Who will not iudge him worthie to be rob'd,
16That sets his doores wide open to a thiefe,
Critical Apparatus17And shewes the fellon, where his treasure lies?
18Againe, what earthie spirit but will attempt
20When leaden sleepe seales vp the Dragons eyes?
21I will not goe. Businesse, goe by, for once.
Editor’s Note22No beautie, no; you are of too good caract,
23To be left so, without a guard, or open!
pg 347Critical Apparatus24Your lustre too'll enflame, at any distance,
25Draw courtship to you, as a iet doth strawes,
26Put motion in a stone, strike fire from ice,
Critical Apparatus27Nay, make a porter leape you, with his burden!
28You must be then kept vp, close, and well-watch'd,
Critical Apparatus29For, giue you oportunitie, no quick-sand
Critical Apparatus30Deuoures, or swallowes swifter! He that lends
31His wife (if shee be faire) or time, or place;
32Compells her to be false. I will not goe.
33The dangers are to many. And, then, the dressing
34Is a most mayne attractiue! Our great heads,
35Within the citie, neuer were in safetie,
Editor’s Note36Since our wiues wore these little caps: Ile change 'hem,
Critical Apparatus37Ile change 'hem, streight, in mine. Mine shall no more
Editor’s Note38Weare three-pild akornes, to make my homes ake.
Critical Apparatus39Nor, will I goe. I am resolu'd for that.
41I will deferre going, on all occasions.Critical Apparatus42
Cash. Sir. Snare, your scriuener, will be there with th'bonds.Critical Apparatus43
Cash. Exchange time, sir.45
Kite. 'Heart, then will Well-Bred presently be here, too,
Critical Apparatus46With one, or other of his loose consorts.
47I am a knaue, if I know what to say,
48What course to take, or which way to resolue.
Critical Apparatus49My braine (me thinkes) is like an houre-glasse,
Critical Apparatus50Wherein, my' imaginations runne, like sands,
51Filling vp time; but then are turn'd, and turn'd:
Critical Apparatus52So, that I know not what to stay upon,
pg 34853And lesse, to put in act. It shall be so.
54Nay, I dare build vpon his secrecie,
55He knowes not to deceiue me. Thomas?
Kite. Yet now, I haue bethought me, too, I will not.
57Thomas, is Cob within?
Cash. I thinke he be, sir.58
Kite. But hee'll prate too, there's no speech of him.
Editor’s Note59No, there were no man o' the earth to Thomas,
60If I durst trust him; there is all the doubt.
61But, should he haue a chinke in him, I were gone,
62Lost i' my fame for euer: talke for th'Exchange.
63The manner he hath stood with, till this present,
64Doth promise no such change! what should I feare then?
65Well, come what will, Ile tempt my fortune, once.
66Thomas——you may deceiue me, but, I hope——
67Your loue, to me, is more——
Cas. Sir, if a seruants
68Duetie, with faith, may be call'd loue, you are
Critical Apparatus69More then in hope, you are possess'd of it.70
Kit. I thanke you, heartily, Thomas; Gi' me your hand:
Critical Apparatus71With all my heart, good Thomas. I haue, Thomas,
72A secret to impart, vnto you——but
73When once you haue it, I must seale your lips vp:
Critical Apparatus74(So farre, I tell you, Thomas.)
Cas. Sir, for that——75
Kit. Nay, heare me, out. Thinke, I esteeme you, Thomas,
Editor’s Note76When, I will let you in, thus, to my priuate.
Critical Apparatus77It is a thing sits, neerer, to my crest,
Critical Apparatus78Then thou art ware of, Thomas. If thou should'st
79Reueale it, but——
Cas. How? I reueale it?
80I doe not thinke thou would'st; but if thou should'st:
81'Twere a great weakenesse.
Cas. A great trecherie.
82Giue it no other name.
Kit. Thou wilt not do't, then?83
Cas. Sir, if I doe, mankind disclaime me, euer.Critical Apparatus84
Kit. He will not sweare, he has some reseruation,
pg 34985Some conceal'd purpose, and close meaning, sure:
86Else (being vrg'd so much) how should he choose,
87But lend an oath to all this protestation?
89Nor rigid Roman-catholike. Hee'll play,
91What should I thinke of it? vrge him againe,
92And by some other way? I will doe so.
Critical Apparatus93Well, Thomas, thou hast sworne not to disclose;
94Yes, you did sweare?
Cas. Not yet, sir, but I will,
Kit. No, Thomas, I dare take thy word.
Editor’s Note96But; if thou wilt sweare, doe, as thou think'st good;
97I am resolu'd without it; at thy pleasure.98
Cas. By my soules safetie then, sir, I protest.
99My tongue shall ne're take knowledge of a word,
100Deliuer'd me in nature of your trust.101
Kit. It's too much, these ceremonies need not,
102I know thy faith to be as firme as rock.
103Thomas, come hither, neere: we cannot be
104Too priuate, in this businesse. So it is,
Critical Apparatus105(Now, he ha's sworne, I dare the safelier venter)
106I haue of late, by diuers obseruations———
Critical Apparatus107(But, whether his oath can bind him, yea, or no;
Editor’s Note108Being not taken lawfully? ha? say you?
109I will aske counsell, ere I doe proceed:)
110Thomas, it will be now too long to stay,
111Ile spie some fitter time soone, or to morrow.112
Cas. Sir, at your pleasure?
Kit. I will thinke. And, Thomas,
113I pray you search the bookes 'gainst my returne,
114For the receipts 'twixt me, and Traps.
Cas. I will, sir.115
Kit. And, heare you, if your mistris brother, Wel-Bred,
pg 350116Chance to bring hither any gentlemen,
117Ere I come backe; let one straight bring me word.118
Cas. Very well, sir.
Kit. To the Exchange; doe you heare?
119Or here in Colman-street, to Iustice Clements.
120Forget it not, nor be not out of the way.121
Cas. I will not, sir.
Kit. I pray you haue a care on't.
122Or whether he come, or no, if any other,
123Stranger, or else, faile not to send me word.124
Cas. I shall not, sir.
Kit. Be't your speciall businesse
Critical Apparatus125Now, to remember it.
Cas. Sir. I warrant you.126
Kit. But, Thomas, this is not the secret, Thomas,
127I told you of.
Cas. No, sir. I doe suppose it.128
Kit. Beleeue me, it is not.
Cas. Sir. I doe beleeue you.Critical Apparatus129
Kit. By heauen, it is not, that's enough. But, Thomas,
130I would not, you should vtter it, doe you see?
Critical Apparatus131To any creature liuing, yet, I care not.
132Well, I must hence. Thomas, conceiue thus much.
133It was a tryall of you, when I meant
134So deepe a secret to you, I meane not this,
Critical Apparatus135But that I haue to tell you, this is nothing, this.
Critical Apparatus136But, Thomas, keepe this from my wife, I charge you,
137Lock'd vp in silence, mid-night, buried here.139
Cas. Lock'd vp in silence, mid-night, buried here.
140Whence should this floud of passion (trow) take head? ha?
141Best, dreame no longer of this running humour,
142For feare I sinke! the violence of the streame
143Alreadie hath transported me so farre,
144That I can feele no ground at all! but soft,
145Oh, 'tis our water-bearer: somewhat ha's crost him, now.
- … in the morning, til twas nine a clocke,
- I watcht at Sanders doore til he came forth.
- Then folowed him to Cornhil, where he staied
- An hower talking in a marchants warehouse,
- From thence he went directly to the Burse,
- And there he walkt another hower at least,
- And I at 's heeles. By this it strooke eleuen,
- Home then he comes to dinner.
- An Oath is no moment, being not tooke
- Before a true and lawfull Magistrate,
- That hath authoritie ouer him that sweares.