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should not hear from you ; besides, you promised Mar. Very well. him, and you must behave yourself like a woman Char. So I went there, opened the gate, and of honour, and keep your word.

let him in Mar. I'll about it this minute.

Mar. What then ?

Char. Why, then he paid me the louis d'or,

that's all. Char. Cousin, cousin, cousin! where are you Mar. Why, that was honestly done. going? Come back, I have something to say to Char. And then he talked to me of you.

Mar. But was this all? Lis. What does this troublesome boy want? Char. No, for he had a mind, you must know,

Char. What's that to you what I want? per- to win his louis d'or back again; so he laid me haps I have something to say to her that will another, that I dare not come back, and tell you make her laugh-why sure ! what need you that he was there--so, cousin, I hope you won't care?

let me lose, for if you don't go to him, and tell Mar. Don't snub my cousin Charly-well, him that I've won, he won't pay me. what is it?

Mar. What, would you have me go and speak Char. Who do you think I met, as I was com- to a man? ing bere, but that handsome gentleman I've seen Char. Not for any harm, but to win your poor at church ogle you like any devil !


a louis d'or. I'm sure you will for Mar. Hush! softly, cousin.

you're a modest young woman, and may go with, Lis. Not a word of that for your life. out danger. I'll swear you must.

Char. O, I know I should not speak on't be- Mar. What does the young rogue mean? I fore folks; you know I made signs to you above, swear I'll have you whipt. that I wanted to speak to you in private, didn't

[Freunt Cuarly and MARIAMNE. I, cousin ? Mar. Yes, yes; I saw you.

Enter Colin. Char. You see I can keep a secretno girl, mun. I believe I could tell ye fifty, Col. Ha, ha, ha! our old gentleman's a wag, and fifty to that of my sister Cicely- she's i'faith! he'll be even with them for all this, the devil of a girl! - but she gives me money ha, ha, ha! and sugar-plumbs--and those that are kind to Lis. What's the matter? What does the fool me fare the better for it, you see, cousin.

laugh at? Mar. I always said my cousin Charly was a Col. We an't in our house now, Lisetta; we're good-natured boy.

in an inn; ha, ha! Lis. Well, and did he know you?

Lis. How in an inn? Char. Yes, I think he did know me—for he Col. Yes, in an inn; my measter bas gotten took me in his arms, and did so hug me and kiss an old rusty sword, and hung it up at our geat, me-between you and I, cousin, I believe he is and writ underneath with a piece of charcoal, one of the best friends I have in the world. with his own fair hand, • At the Sword Royal;

Mar. Well, but what did he say to you? entertainment for man and horse :' ha, ha

Char. Why, he asked me where I was going- Lis. What whim is this? I told him I was coming to see you-you're a Col. Thou and I live at the Sword Royal, lying young rogue, says he, I'm sure you dare ha, banot go see your cousin- -for, you must know Lis. I'll go tell my mistress of her father's my sister was with me, and it seems he took extravagance.

[Exit LISETTA, her for a crack, and I being a forward boy, he fancied I was going to make love to her under Enter Mr BARNARD and GRIFFARD. a hedge, ha, ha! Mar. So

Mr Barn. Ha, ha! yes, I think this will do. Char. So he offered to lay me a louis d'or that Sirrah, you may now let in all the world; the I was not coming to you; so, done, says I– more the better. Done, says he—and so 'twas a bett, you know. Col. Yes, zir-Odsflesh! we shall break Mar. Certainly:

all the inns in the country-For we have a Char. So, my sister's honour being concerned, breave handsome landlady, and a curious young and having a mind to win his louis d'or, d'ye see lass to her daughter-0, here comes my -I bid him follow me, that he might see whether young measter- -We'll make him CbamberI came in or no-but he said he'd wait for me at lain-ha, ha! the little garden gate that opens into the fields, and if I would come through the house and meet

Enter Dorant. him there, he should know by that whether I had Mr Barn. What's the matter, son? How comes been in or no

it that you are alone? You used to do me the farour to bring some of your friends along with ye.

Enter three Gentlemen. Dor. Sir, there are some of them coming; I only rid before, to beg you to give them a favour- Dor. Gentlemen, you are welcome to Pastyable reception.

hall; see that these gentlemen's horses are taken Mr Barn. Ay, why not? It is both for your

care of. honour and mine ; you shall be master.

Gen. A very fine dwelling this. Dor. Sir, we have now an opportunity of ma- Dor. Yes, the house is tolerable. king all the gentlemen in the country our friends. 2 Gen. And a very fine lordship belongs to it.

Jr Barn. I am glad on't with all my heart; Dor. The land is good. pray, how so?

2 Gen. The house ought to have been mine; Dor. There's an old quarrel to be made up for my grandfather sold it to bis father, from between two families, and all the company are whom your father purchased it. to meet at our house.

Dor: Yes, the house has gone thiough a great Mr Barn. Ay, with all my heart; but, pray, many hands. what is the quarrel ?

1 Gen. A sign there has always been good Dor. O, sir, a very ancient quarrel; it hap-house-keeping in it. pened between their great grandfathers about a Dor. And I hope there ever will. duck.

Mr Barn. A quarrel of consequence, truly ! Enter MR BARNARD, and GRIFFARD, dressed Dor. And 'twill be a great honour to us, if

like drawers. this should be accommodated at our house. Mr Barn. Without doubt.

Mir Barn. Gentlemen, do you call? will you Dor. Dear sir, you astonish me with this please to see a room, gentlemen ? some body goodness; how shall I express this obligation? I take off the gentlemens' boots there. was afraid, sir, you would not like it.

Dor, Father! Uncle! what is the meaning of Mr Barn. Why so?

this? Dor. I thought, sir, you did not care for the Mr Barn. Here, shew a room- or will you expence.

please to walk into the kitchen, first, gentlemen; Mr Barn. O, lord, I am the most altered man and see what you like for dinners in the world from what I was; I am quite ano- 1 Gen. Make no preparations, sir; your own ther thing, mun; but how many are there of dinner is sufficient. them?

Mr Barn. Very well, I understand ye; let us Dor. Not above nine or ten of a side, sir. see, how many are there of ye? [Tells them.)—

Air Barn. 0, we shall dispose of them easily One, two, three, four: well, gentlemen, 'tis but enough.

half a crown-piece for yourselves, and sixpence a Dor. Some of them will be here presently; head for your servants; your dinner shall be the rest I don't expect till to-morrow morning. ready in half an hour; here, shew the gentlemen

Mr Barn. I hope they are good companions, \ into the Apollo. jolly tellows, that love to eat and drink well? 2 Gen. What, sir, does your father keep an

Dor. The merriest, best-natured, creatures in inn? the world, sir.

Mr Barn. The Sword Royal; at your service, Jfr Barn. I'm very glad on't, for 'tis such men sir. I want. Come, brother, you and I will go and Dor. But, father, let me speak to you; would prepare for their reception.

you disgrace me? [Ereunt Mr Barnard and his brother. Mr Barn. My wine is very good, gentlemen ; Dor. Bless me, what an alteration is here! but, to be very plain with ye, it is dear. How my father's temper is changed within these Dor. I shall run distracted. two or three days! Do you know the meaning Mr Barn. You seem not to like my house, of it?

gentlemen; you may try all the inns in the counCol. Why the meaning of it is—ha, ha! ty, and not be better entertained: but I own my

Dor. Can you tell me the cause of this sudden bills run high. change, I say?

Dor. Gentlemen, let me beg the favour of ye ! Col. Why the cause of it is—-ha, ha!

1 Gen. Ay, my young squire of the Sword-RoyDor. What do you laugh at, sírrah? do you al, you shall receive some favours from us ! koow?

Dor, Dear Monsieur le Garantiere! Col. Ha! Because the old gentleman is a 1 Gen. Here, my horse there. droll, that's all.

Dor. Monsieur la Rose! Dor. Sirrah, if I take the cudgel

2 Gen. Damn ye, ye prig ! Col. Xay, sir, don't be angry, for a little harm- 3 Gen. Go to the devil ! less mirth-But here are your friends.

[Ereunt Gentlemen. Dor. O, I am disgraced for ever!

Mrs Barn. You are nearer being so than you Mr Barn. Now, son, this will teach you how imagine; for there are some persons within, who to live.

have it in their power to punish you for your riDor. Your son? I deny the kindred; I'm the diculous folly. son of a whore, and I'll burn your house about your ears.


Enter Erastus, leading in MARIAMNE, Mr Barn. Ha, ha

Mr Barn. How, sir, what means this? who Grif. The young gentleman is in a passion.

sent you

here? Mr Barn. They're all gone for all that, and Era. It was the luckiest star in your firmathe Sword-Royal's the best general in Christen- ment, that sent me here. dom.

Mr Barn. Then I doubt, at my birth, the pla

nets were but in a scurvy disposition. Enter Erastus's Serdant talking with Lisetta. Era. Killing one of the king's stags, that run

Lis. What, that tall gentleman I saw in the hither for refuge, is enough to overturn a fortune garden with ye?

much better established than yours-However, Ser. The same; he's my master's uncle, and sir, if you will consent to give me your daughter, ranger of the king's forests-He intends to for her sake I will bear you harmless. leave my master all he has.

Mr Barn. No, sir; no man shall have my Mr Barn. Don't I know this scoundrel? What, daughter, that won't take my house, too. is his master here? What do you do here, ras- Era. Sir, I will take your house; pay you the cal?

full value of it, and you shall remain as much Ser. I was asking which must be my master's master of it as ever. chamber.

Mr Barn. No, sir; that won't do neither; Mr Barn. Where is your master?

you must be master yourself, and from this miSer. Above stairs with your wife and daugh- nute begin to do the honours of it in your own ter; and I want to know where he is to lie, that person. I may put up his things.

Era. Sir, I readily consent. Mr Barn. Do you so, rascal ?

Mr Barn. Upon that condition, and in order Ser. A very handsome inn this ! Here, to get rid of my house, here take my daughterdrawer, fetch me a pint of wine.

And, now, sir, if you think you've a hard bargain, Mr Barn. Take that, rascal, do you banter I don't care if I toss you in my wife, to make us?

[Kicks him out. you amends. Enter MRS BARNARD.

Well, then, since all things thus are fairly sped, Mrs Barn. What is the meaning of this, hus- My son in anger, and my daughter wed; band? Are not you ashamed to turn your house My house disposed of, the sole cause of into an inn? And is this a dress for my spouse, strife, and a inan of your character?

I now may hope to lead a happy life, Mr Barn, I would rather wear this dress than If I can part with my engaging wife. be ruined.

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SCENE I.-Rovewell's lodgings. come, a man of your gaiety and courage should

never take a disappointment so much to heart. ROBIN solus.

Rov. 'Sdeath! to be prevented, when I had

brought my design so near perfection! Rob. Well, though pimping is the most bo- Hear. Were less open and daring in your Rourable and profitable of all professions, it is attempts, you might hope to succeed—The old certainly the most dangerous and fatiguing; but gentleman, you know, is cautious to a degree; his of all fatigues, there's none like following a vir- daughter under a strict confinement: would you tuous mistress-There's not one letter I carry, use more of the fox than the lion, Fortune, perbut I run the risk of kicking, caneing, or pumping, haps, might throw an opportunity in your wayDay, often hanging_Let me see; I have com- But you must have patience. mitted three burglaries to get one letter to her- Roo. Who can have patience when danger is Now, if my master should not get the gipsey at so near? Read this letter, and then tell me what last, I have ventured my sweet person to a fair room there is for patience. purpose-But, Basta! here comes my master (HEARTY reads.] · To-morrow will prevent all and his friend Mr Hearty-I must hasten and our vain struggles to get to each other, I am get our disguises.

then to be married to my eternal aversion! you And if dame Fortune fails us now to win her, know the fop; 'tis Cuckoo, who, having a large Oh, all ye gods above! the devil's in her. [Erit. estate, is forced upon me--but niy heart can be

none but Rovewell's. Immediately after the Enter RovewelL and Hearty.

receipt of this, meet Betty at the old place; Hear. Why so melancholy, captain? Come, there is yet one invention left; if you pursue it VOL. III.


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closely, you may perhaps release her, who would stomach, and no less a person than 'squire

• ARETHUSA.' Cuckoo. Roo. Yes, Arethusa, I will release thee, or die Are. You will not, surely, be so cruel as to in the attempt! Dear friend, excuse my rude- marry me to a man I cannot love? ness; you know the reason.

Arg. Why, what sort of a man would you have,

Mrs Minx?

I'll face every danger
To rescue my dear,

Are. Genteel in personage,
For fear is a stranger,

Conduct, and equipage,
Where love is sincere.

Noble hy heritage,
Repulses but fire us,

Generous and free:
Despair we despise,

Brave, not romantic;
Il beauty inspire us

Learned, not pedantic;
To pant for the prize.


Frolic, not frantic;

This must be he. Hear. Well, go thy way, and get her; for

Honour maintaining, thou deserv'st her, o' my conscience-How have

Meanness disdaining, I been deceived in this boy ! I find him the very

Still entertaining, reverse of what his step-mother represented himn;

Engaging and new, and am now sensible it was only her ill-usage that

Neat, but not finical; forced my child away–His not having seen me

Sage, but not cynical ; since he was five years old, renders me a perfect

Never tyrannical, stranger to him—Under that pretence I have got

But ever true. into his acquaintance, and find him all I wishIf this plot of his fails, I believe my money must Arg. Why, is not Mr Cuckoo all this? Adod, buy him the girl at last.

[Exit. he's a brisk young fellow, and a little feather-bed

doctrine will soon put the captain out of your SCENE II.-A chamber in ARGUS's house. head; and, to put you out of his power, you shall

be given over to the squire to-morrow. ARETHUSA sola.

Are. Surely, sir, you will at least defer it one

day. AIR.

drg. No, nor one hour-To-morrow morning,

at eight of the clock precisely—In the mean time, Are. See! the radiant queen of night

take notice, the squire's sister is hourly expected; Sheds on all her kindly beams; $o, pray do you be civil and sociable with her, and Gilds the plains with cheerful light, let me have none of your pouts and glouts, as

And sparkles in the silver streams. you tender my displeasure. [Erit ARGUS.
Smiles adorn the face of Nature,

Are. To-morrow is short warning: but we may
Tasteless all things yet appear, be too cunning for you yet, old gentleman.
Unto me a hopeless creature,
In the absence of my dear.

Enter BETTY.
Enter ARGUS.

O Betty! welcome a thousand times! what

news? have you seen the captain ? Arg. Pray, daughter, what lingo is that same Bet. Yes, madam; and if you were to see him you chant and sputter out at this rate?

in his new rigging, you'd split your sides with Are. English, sir.

laughing-Such a hoyden, such a piece of counArg. English, quotha! adod I took it to be try stuff

, you never set your eyes ou ! But the

petticoats are soon thrown off; and if good luck Are. 'Tis a hymn to the moon.

attends us, you may easily conjure Miss Malkin, Arg. A hymn to the moon! I'll have none of the squire's sister, into your own dear captain. your hymns in my house“Give me the book, Are. But when will they come? housewife.

Bet. Instantly, madam; he only stays to settle Are. I hope, zir, there is no crime in reading a matters for our escape. He's in deep consultaharmless poem?

tion with his privy-counsellor Robin, who is to Arg. Give me the book, I say? poems, with a attend him in the quality of a country put pox! what are they good for, but to blow up the They'll both be here in a moment; so let's in, fire of love, and make young wenches wanton ?- and pack up the jewels, that we may be ready But I have taken care of you, mistress! for to- at once to leap into the saddle of liberty, and morrow you shall have a husband to stay your ride full speed to your desires.


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