Shufling, Cutting, and Dealing, IN A Game at Pickquet: BEING Acted from the Year, 1653. to 1658. BY O. P. And others; With great Applause.

Tempora mutantur et nos —

Printed in the Year, 1659.

Shufling, Cutting, and Dealing, In a GAME at Pickquet.

Oliver P.

I Am like to have a good beginning on't: I have thrown out all my best Cards, and got none but a Company of Wretched Ones; so I may very well be capetted.


— Now you have a New Pack (my Lord) I am content to play; but you knew every Card of the Old ones, and could make your Game as you listed.


I took a few, yet they make me a good Game; for I left all the li [...]le Ones behind me.


If your Highness had those my Lord Laurence left, you would have a better Game then you have, I could wish you would look upon them: But yet I know you can hardly tell what to play well. I am for the Little Ones, if there be enough of them; for two Quint Minors will win the Game, before you come to reckon you are 14 by Knaves.


It is fit you should play at some common Game, where all the smal Cards are in, and where the Ace goeth but for one. I was too long at the sport, and left it, because I could make nothing of it. But here whosoever gets one Card, is like to make a good hand: I have got a good Tearse already.


I was somewhat scrupulous, whether Play was lawful, or nor; and so sate out the last Game, which had like to have undone me: for the future, I shall play what Game soever your Highness pleaseth, e­specially now I see you play so well when you loose.


If I go into France, I must practise another Game; but do what I can, I shall be over-reacht by hoc Mazarine.


I am nothing but a Ruff, yet I shall do well: I have got a Card of a right Suit, and hope to have a better Game, if the Cards were in any other hands then your Lordships.


I sit here and hold the Cards, but know no more how to play then a Post.


I am more diligent at this Game, then ever I was at any; but I got more the last Game, when I plaid Cent: for I had a hundred, and all made: All that I desire, is to save my self, and help my Kindred to something, by betting on my side, while my Luck lasts.


I must needs lose; for I have thrown out the Card that made me a good Game.


A pox on't, I left Pickadilly, and the Three Kings, to play here; and I shall get nothing all the days of my life.


I was Pickquet at White-Hall, and thought to fave my self amongst the Cavalier-Posts; but I doubt I shall be deceived.


I had rather play at another Game, where more may play: But I thank the Lord, I can frame my self to any Sport, so my Lord P. be one at it.


You play not here as they do in Holland, where I learnt this Game: for you make lifting here; and there they deal by turns.


All that I am, I had in my Rise; I was the pittifullest Game in the World before.

S [...]denham.

I am pretty well, though I changed my Suit; I went in all one, and had another as good in the Stock.

M [...]ntague.

You make me play at a Game I never knew in my life before; I must needs lose.


I shall be a kind of a stander-by this time, and so shall have time enough to teach you the Game against the next, when you may play by your self.


My Lord, It will not be so well for me to play: I'le stand behind your Chair, and make and shuffle with what you are to play the next Game.

St. John.

My Lord, I shall not play neither; but I will go your halfes, so you keep my counsel.


You play so rashly, I will not bet a farthing on your head.


— I am but a stander-by; yet I observe the small Cards that are left, and not plaid with, are all very clean; but the rest of the Pack are filthy foul already.


—I dispatcht out one King, and went for another; but have missed him: yet he hath not a Card of his Suit with him; so I shall snap him, when he comes into my hands.

Has [...]erigg.

—May we play not Levet-coyl? I have not patience to stay till ano­ther Match be made; and I had as leive be hang'd as sit out.


— I will not play for a farthing; besides that, I love not the Game, I am so dun'd with the Spleen, I should think on something else all the while I were a playing; and take in all the small Cards: for I am all day dreaming of another Game.


My Lord, you have hang'd my King, and I have no other way then to play into your hands.


I shall be coment to play at any Game, but shall be unwilling to play for a dead horse: yet I care not if I keep Stakes.


My Lord, give me leave to speak against your Game, that so I may be thought not to bett; and then I shall be able to give such ad­vice, as I may help you to play.


I have the luck on't; I win as well at this Game, as at the last when I play'd at Loadam: I had all the small Cards, and now I have all the great ones.

Gerra [...]d.

I do not like the Game so well, as to leave the match I have made for my self; yet I do not care if I venture a little on your hand, and try if I can get a Stock to set up my youn­gest Son for a Gamester.


May I not talk as much as I will in your play, so long as I am resol­ved never to bett or play with you at this Game for a groat.


One had better sometimes play with a good Gamester then a bungler; for one knowes not where to have him: If Cromwell had discarded as he ought to have done, I had won my stake at it: as it is, I shall save my self; which I fear he will hardly do, though he mingles the the Cards well when he deals himself, and hath excellent luck in cutting when another deals.


I play a thousand times better now I have a bad Game, then when I had a good one.


I playd the fool, and went in for a Fifth King, when there was but four in the Stock.


My Lord, the Game was not dealt you, you took it, I throw up my Cards.


My Lord, If you would Curse and Swear soundly, the Game would become you better then it doth, in regaed you pretend so much to Re­ligion; I shall disturb you in the Game if I stand by: I see you play in the dark, therefore I must take my leave of your Lord­ship, and bid you good night.


I make my fortune by lending the Gamesters money.

Young Trever.

Shall not I play? my Lord Protector hath given me a Stock, and I'le pack the Cards with all the Cavalier-Gamesters in the Town.

Sir John Trever.

Well said Jack, Thou art none of my son if thou beest not in all Games, and canst carry a Trump in thy Pocket.


They caught me playing false, and would let me play no longer, though I was on my Lord Protector's side.


I had reason to desire to play at Council Pickquet, since I am like [...] lose so much by another man's ill play.


I have lost by play, but I got by leaving off.


There is such Cheating, that I'le play no longer.


I'le play at small Game, rather then sit out; for I was never set at work.


Baxter and I am at the Old Foolish Christmas Game with Honours.


My Lord, when you came to play, your Stock was none of the greatest; but since I see your good fortune, I am resolved still to play as you do: especially, since you have made me Master of one of your great Play-Houses: but above all th ngs, if you can keep the Bone in your hand, the Doggs will follow you; if you can keep the Treasure, the Gamesters will all Crowd to you.

Dissenting Army-Members.

My Lord, when you began the Game, you promis'd us fair play above-board; but since we see you begin to Juggle, we will play no longer.


I must win at last, Yet at present I have ill-luck; for I have three Knaves, and had cast out the fourth.


Sure you are no better then a Cheat; for I threw out one of them, and you have taken him up into your hands.


You served me the very same trick the last Term, and took in one of them whom I discarded; but ye had best leave your cheat­ing and wrangling all of Ye, left Ye be found what Ye are, and be forbid to keep a Christmas here any more, and then we be forced to set up a mis-rule in the Country, where there are but small Games, and the Box will be poorly paid.

Chancery and Dutchy.

I am blanek; if it had not been for the Queen, I had cast out a Knave, which now proves the be [...] of my Game.


I have taken more then I should; I must reckon nothing.

Commiss. for Excise and Cust.

Gentl [...]men, pay the Box.


I lost the last Game for want of a King; and now have got one that doth me no good in the world: I had a good hand, but I playd the Fool and threw it out, so that all my help depends on one Card.


I have none but small Cards, and they of several Suites, so that I shall make little of it this bout.

National Minister.

I went in for those Cards the Bishops and Deans parted with the last Game; but, though I mist them, Yet if my Tent [...]s be good, I shall make shift till another Dealing.


I was Pickquet the last, but am now repick [...]t.


If you all complain, I hope I shall win at last.


IT is to be noted, that the Gentle­men that have been eminent in this last Dealing of the Cards, playd very fair in the former Game here descri­bed, With a

Plaudite. — sic transit Gloria Mundi.

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