The guardian, a comedie acted before Prince Charls, His Highness at Trinity-Colledg in Cambridge, upon the twelfth of March, 1641
Cowley, Abraham, 1618-1667.

Act. 4. Scaen. 6.

Aurelia, Lucia disguis'd.
Aur.

What did you say your name was?

Luc.

Jane, forsooth.

Aur.

Well said, Iane; and as I told you, Iane, you shall have six pound a yeer, Iane, for your wages; and then my cloathes will serve you with a little alteration: There's a gown of my Cosens within will almost fit you, you're much about her height, you shall ha' that too. I had a Cousin here was a foolish thing god wot, 'tis well I'm rid of her—and d'ye hear—you must be very se∣cret and faithful to your Mistris; a wait∣ing womans place, is a place require, secrecy.

Luc.

I shall ill deserve your favour else.

Aur.

Nay, I dare trust thee, Iane, thou lookst ingenuously: didst thou ever live at Court?

Luc.

No forsooth.

Aur.

O, you must learn the fashions of the Court: I'm already contracted to one Mr. Puny, though he little things of it; Take heed of speaking, Iane, you see I trust you. And when I'm married to him I'll live at Court: He's a simple thing God knows, but I'll have him knighted, and I like him the better for't: A wise woman you know will make the best use of a foolish husband. You know how to dress me, Iane, i'the Court fashion?

Luc.

Yes forsooth.

Aur.

And you can lay me on a Fucus hansomly?

Luc.

I hope I shall quickly learn it.

Aur.

And when you see a friend with me, or so, that I would be private with; you can stay i'the next room, and see that no body come in, to interrupt us?

Luc.

I shall not be deficient in my duty.

Aur.

Well said. And can you tell in pri∣vate such a Gentleman that you heard me speak in commendation of him, and that I dreamt of him last night? that will be in your way, Iane, such men will be grateful. And say that I was longing t'other day, for such a jewel or such a toy?

Lucia makes a court'sy.
Luc.

I hope you shall not finde me want∣ing in any service to you.

Aur.

I beleeve thee, Iane. To morrow I'll teach thee more: I shall read to you eve∣ry day a lesson, til I see you perfect in the sci∣ence: 'tis requisite that you have a little of the Theory first. Go look out the pearle chain in the Cabinet within; and stay till I come to you.

Exit Iane.

The wench I see is docile, and will learn; but alas she must have time; she has a little to much City breeding, I see, by Court'sies and forsooths.