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Jonson Alchemist Mammon Instant Monologue


THE ALCHEMIST
by Ben Jonson

INT: AN OUTER ROOM IN LOVEWIT'S HOUSE.

Sir Epicure Mammon speaks to Surly.

MAMMON

Come on, sir. Now, you set your foot on shore

In Novo Orbe; here's the rich Peru:

And there within, sir, are the golden mines,

Great Solomon's Ophir! He was sailing to't,

Three years, but we have reached it in ten months.

This is the day, wherein, to all my friends,

I will pronounce the happy word, BE RICH;

THIS DAY YOU SHALL BE SPECTATISSIMI.

You shall no more deal with the hollow dye,

Or the frail card. No more be at charge of keeping

The livery-punk for the young heir, that must

Seal, at all hours, in his shirt: no more,

If he deny, have him beaten to't, as he is

That brings him the commodity. No more

Shall thirst of satin, or the covetous hunger

Of velvet entrails for a rude-spun cloak,

To be display'd at madam Augusta's, make

The sons of Sword and Hazard fall before

The golden calf, and on their knees, whole nights

Commit idolatry with wine and trumpets:

Or go a feasting after drum and ensign.

No more of this. You shall start up young viceroys,

And have your punks, and punketees, my Surly.

And unto thee I speak it first, BE RICH.

Where is my Subtle, there? Within, ho!






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