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PHILIP VAN ARTEVELDE.
PART THE FIRST.
SCENE I.- A Street in the Suburbs of Ghent.
The LORD OF Occo, meeting SIR SIMON BETTE and SIR
Sir Guisebert Grutt, and, by my faith, I think
Sir, in good time. We'd have a word with you before we go. You are a noble born, my Lord of Occo ; And let me tell you, many marvel much To find a gentleman of so great worth A flatterer of the Commons.
It looks not well when nobles fall away
One from another. That the small-crafts here
Oh, dear sirs,
Truly, why not? To whoso merits it 'twill freely fall; So give us leave to make a good report Of how you stand affected. 'Twere your wisdom.
Kind sirs, I thank you ; you shall say, so please you,
'Tis fairly spoken, sir. When we come back, Bringing conditions with us as we trust, We'll look for aid from you amongst the Commons.
For truly there are here a sort of crafts
God speed you, sirs. To fair conditions you shall find me friendly.
[Exeunt Sir SIMON BETTE and SIR GUISEBERT GRUTT.
VAN AESWYN comes forward.
My lord, were those that parted from you
here The worshipful negociators ?
Ay! Would they had passed the windmills—how they
crawl !And met no babbling burghers on their way.
I've flung my line, and yonder pair of hooks
"Tis said she is but backwardly inclined Το any
of her swains.
Such wealth as hers
SCENE II.-The House Van Merestyn.
ADRIANA VAN MERESTYN, and CLARA VAN ARTEVELDE.
I do not bid thee take him or refuse him ;
But once to think, When the heart knows itself, is once too much.
Well; answer what you will ; no, yes—yes, no ;
Yours? why there's Sir Walter.
Sir Walter? very good; but he's at Bruges.
On days of truce he comes.
I want one every day. Besides, the war
say ; for if it must be 'no' In substance, you shall hardly find that form Which shall convey it pleasantly.
In truth, To mould denial to a pleasing shape In all things, and most specially in love, Is a hard task; alas ! I have not wit From such a sharp and waspish word as 'no' To pluck the sting. What think you I should say ?
A colourable thing or two; as thus :