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me to lay hold on this fellow; you have no name.--A terrible dog!—what a fright he has sword now, captain; no sword, d'ye mark me? put me in !--I shan't be myself this month.

And you, ye cowardly rascals! to stand by and Enter Servants and Robin.

see my life in danger; get out, ye slaves! oat Rove. But I have a pistol, sir, at your ser- of my house, I say! I'll put an end to all vice.

[Pulls out a pistol. this; for I'll not have a servant in the house. Arg. O Lord ! O Lord !

I'll carry all the keys in my pocke

and never Rore. And I'll unload it in your breast, if sleep more. What a murdering son of a whore you stir one step after me.

is this! But I'll prevent hin; for to-morrow Arg. A bloody-minded dog! But lay hold on she shall be married certainly, and then my that rogue there, that country-cheat.

furious gentleman can have no hopes left.Rob. See here, gentlemen, are two little bull | A Jezabel, to have a res-coat without any dogs of the same breed ( Presenting two pistols.) money!-Ilad he but money--if he wanted they are wonderful scourers of the brain;- sense, manners, or even manhood itself, it so that, if you offer to molest or follow me- mattered not a pin;-but to want money is the you understand me, gentlemen? you under- devil! Well, I'll secure her under lock and stand me?

key till to-morrow: and it her husband can't 1 Ser. Yes, yes; we understand you, with a keep her from captain-hunting, e'en let her

bring him a fresh pair of horns every time she 2 Ser. The devil go with them, I say!

goes out upon the chase.

(Exit. Arg. Ay, ay; good-bye to you, in the devil's



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SCENE I.-A Chamber.

Arg. A very dutiful lady, indeed! I'll make

you sing another song to-morrow; and, till Arethusa discovered sitting melancholy on aihen, I'll leave you in sulva custodia, to concouch.

sider. B'ye, Thusy! AIR.

Are. Ilow barbarous is the covetousness and O leave me to complain

caution of ill-natured parents. They toil for My loss of liberty!

estates with a view to make posterity happy ; I never more shall see my swain,

and then, by a mistaken prudence, they match Nor ever more be free.

us to our aversion. But I am resolved not to O cruel, cruel Fate !

suffer tamely, however. They shali see, tbough What joy can I receive,

my body's weak, my resolution's strong, and I When in the arms of one I hate,

may yet find spirit enough to plague them. I'm doomed alas, to live ?

Ye pitying pow'rs above,
That see my soul's dismay,

Sooner than I'll my love forego,
Or bring me back the man I love,

And lose the man I prize,
Or take my life away.

I'll bravely combat every woe,
Enter Argus.

Or fall a sacrifice.

Nor bolts nor bars shall me controul, Arg. So, lady! you're welcome home !--See

I death and danger dare ; how the pretty turtle sits moaning the loss of

Restruint but fires the active soul, her mate !-What! not a word, Thusy? not a word, child ? Come, come; don't be in the

And urges fierce despair.

The window now shall be my gate, dumps now, and I'll fetch the captain, or the

I'll either fall or 'squire's sister : perhaps they may inake it prattlé a bit-Ah, ungracious girl! Is all my

Before I'll live with him I hute, care come to this? Is this the gratitude you

For him I love I'll die.

[Erit. show your uncle's memory, to throw away what

SCENE II. - The Street. he had bustled so hard for, at so mad a rate?

Hearty and Rovewell meeting. Did he leave you 12,000l. think you, to make you no better than a soldier's trull? to follow a Ror. So, my dear friend, here already?--camp ? to carry a knapsack? This is what This is


kind. you'd have, mistress, is it nou?

Hear. Sure, captain, this lady must tare Are. This, and ten thousand times worse, some extraordinary merit for whom you underwere better with the man I love, than to be take such difficulties! What are her particular chained to the nauseous embraces of one I charms besides her money? bate.

Rove. I'll tell you, sir.


she says,


to your

AIR.—The words by another hand. My daddy is near,

And I dure not for fear;
Without affectation, gay, youthful, and pretty; Pray, come then another day.
Without pride or meanness, familiar and witty; Rove. O this is the only day, my life !
Withont forms, obliging, good-natured, and O this is the only day!
free ;

I'll druw him aside,
Without art, as lovely as lovely can be.


throw the gates wide, Ske acts what she thinks, and she thinks what And then you may steal away,

Are. Then, prithee, make no delay, my
Regardless alike both of censure and praise ; Then, prithee make no delay:
Her thoughts, and her words, and her actions We'll serve him a trick ;
*are such,

For I'll slip in the nick,
That none can admire them, or praise her, too And then with my true love away.

Hear. Well, success attend you!- -You

CHORUS. know where to find me when there's occasion.

O Cupid, befriend a loving pair !

[Erit. Enter Boy.

o Cupid, befriend us, we pruy!

May our stratagems take,
Boy. Sir, sir ! I want to speak with you.

For thine own sueet sake;
Rove. Is your mistress locked up, say you? And, Amen! let all true lovers say.
Boy. Yes, sir, and Betty's turned away, and

(Arethusa withdraws. all the men-servants ; and there's no living soul in the house but our old cook-maid, and I, and Enter Robin as a lawyer, und soldiers. my master, and Mrs. Thusy; and she cries, and Rove. So, my hearts of oaks, are you all cries her eyes out almost.

ready? Rece. O the tormenting news! But if the Sold. Yes, an't please your honour. garrison is so weak, the castle may be the sooner Rove. You know your cue thenstunned. How did you get out?

post. Bay. Through the kitchen-window, sir. [They retire to a corner of the stage; he knocks Rore. Show me the window presently,

smartly at the door. Boy. Alack-a-day, it won't do, sir? That

Rob. What, are you all asleep, or dead in the plot won't take!

house, that you can't hear? Rove. Why, sirrali?

[ARGUs, holding the door in his hand. Boy. You are something too big, sir.

Arg. Sir, you are very hasty, methinksRove. I'll try that, however,

Rob. Sir, my business requires haste. Boy. Indeed, sir, you can't get your leg in; Arg. Sir, you had better make haste about but I could put you in a way.

it, for I know no business you have here. Rote. flow, dear boy!

Rob. Sir, I am come to talk with you on an Boy. I can lend you the key of Mrs. Thusy's affair of consequence. chamber -If you can contrive to get into

Ary. Sir, I don't love talking; I know you the bouse-But you must be sure to let my not, and consequently can have no affairs with

you. Roce. How couldst thou get it! This is al- Rob, Sir, not know me! most a miracle.

Arg. Sir, 'tis enough for me to know myself. Boy. I picked it out of my master's coat- Rob. A damned thwarting, old dog this pocket this morning, sir, as I was a-brushing same ! [Aside.] Sir, I live but just in the next him.

[To him. Rove. That's my boy! There's money for Arg. Sir! If you lived at Jamaica, 'tis the you: this child will come to good in time. same thing to me.

Boy. My master will miss me, sir, I must go; Rob. [Aside.] I find coaxing won't do. I but I wish you good luck.

[Erit. must change my note, or I shall never unken

nel this old fox-----{To him.] Well Mr. Argus, AIR.

there's no harm donc, so take your leave of

30001. You have enough of your own already. ARETUSA, at the window abore.

[Going. A dialogue between her and ROVEWELI..

Ary. Ilow! 30001.! I must inquire into this,

[ Aside.] Sir, a word with you. Rove. Make haste and away, my only dear;

Rob. Sir! I have nothing to say to you. I Make haste, and away, uway!

took you to be a prudent person, that knew the For all at the gate,

worth of money, and how to improve it; but, I Your true lorer does wait,

find I'm deceived. And I prithre make no delay.

Arg. Sir, I hope you'll excuse my rudeness; Are. O how shall I steal

but, you know, a man cannot be too cautious. O hou shall I steal away?

Rob. Sir, that's true; and, therefore, I ex

tuistress out.


away, my love ?

cuse you: but I'd take such treatment from no Enter Rodin, as constable.
man in England besides yourself.
Arg. Sir, I beg your pardon; but, to the stable !

All. Here's Mr. Constable, here's Nr. Conbusiness. Rob. Why, thus it is: a spendthrift young

Rob. Silence, in the king's name !

All. Ay, silence, silence. fellow is galloping through a plentiful fortune I have lent 20001. opon it already; and, if mahes all this disturbance?

Rob. What's the meaning of this riot? Who you'll advance an equivalent, we'll foreclose

1 Mob. I'll tell you, Mr. Constable. the whole estate, and share it between us; for,

3 Mob. An't please your worship, let me I know, he can never redeem it.

spcak. Arg. A very judicious man; I'm sorry I af

Rob. Ay; this man talks like a man of parts fronted him. (Aside.] But how is this to be - What's the matter, friend? done?

3 Mob. An't please your noble worship's hoRob. Very easily, sir.-A word in your ear; nour and glory, we are his majesty's liege suba little more this way.

jects, and were terrified out of our habitations [Druws him aside ; the soldiers get between and dwelling-places, by a cry from abroad; him and the door.]

which your noble worship must understand was Arg. But the title, sir, the title?

occasionable by the gentleman of this house, Rob. Do you doubt my veracity?

who was so unfortunable as to be killed by Arg. Not in the least, sir; but one cannot thieves, who are now in his house to the be too sure.

numberation of above forty, an't please your Rob. That's very true, sir; and, therefore, worship, all completely armed with powder and I'll make sure of you, now I have you. ball, back-swords, pistols, bayonets, and blun(Robin trips up his heels ;, the soldiers derbusses! blind-fold and gag him, and stand over

Rob. But what is to be done in this case ? him, whilc ROVEWELL carries Are- 3 Mob. Why, an please your worship, Tutsa off ; after which, they leave him, knowing your noble honour to be the king's he making a great noise.

majesty's poble officer of the peace, we thought Enter Mob.

'twas best your honour should come and terrify All. What's the matter, what's the matter?

these rogues away with your noble authority. (They ungog him, &c.

Rob. Well said ; very well said, indeed Arg. O neighbours! I'm robbed and mur

Gentlemen, I am the king's officer, and I comdered, ruined, and undone for ever.

mand you, in the king's name, to aid and assist 1 Mob. Why, what's the matter, master?

me to call those rogues out of the house Arg. There's a whole legion of thieves in my in the king's name, and submit yourselves to

Who's within there? I charge you come out, bouse ; they gagged and blindfolded me, and offered forty naked swords at my breast — I beg

our royal authority. of you to assist me, or they'll strip the house in

2 Mob. This is the gentleman that was a minute.

killed, an't please your worship. 2 Mob. Forty drawn swords, say you, sir?

Enter ARGUS. Arg. Ay; and more, I think, on my conscience,

Arg. O neighbours! I'm ruined and undone 2 Mob. Then, look you, sir, I'm a married for ever! They have taken all that's dear to me man, and have a large family: I would not in the world. venture amongst such a parcel of blood-thirsty 1 Mob. That's his money; 'tis a sad coverogues for the world; but, if you please, I'll tous dog. run and call a constable,

Rob. Why, what's the matter? What have All. Ay, ay; call a constable, call a con- they done? stable!

Årg. O, they have taken my child from ine Arg. I shan't have a penny left, if we stay my Thusy! for a constable-I am but one man; and, Rob. Good lack! as old as I am, I'll lead the way, if you'll follow 3 Mob. Marry come up, what valuation can me.

[Erit ARG. she be?- -But, have they taken nothing else? All. Ay, ay, in, in; follow, follow; huzza! Arg. Would they had stript my house of

1 Mob. Prithee, Jack, do you go in, if you every pennyworth, so they had left my child ! come to that.

1 Mob. That's a lie, I believe; for he 4 Mob. I go in! what should I go in for! I loves his money more than his soul, and would have lost nothing.

sooner part with that than a groat. Wom. What ! nobody to help the poor old Arg: This is the captain's doings, but I'll gentleman? odds bobs! if I was a man, I'd have him hanged. follow him myself.

Rob. But where are the thieves? 3 Mob. Why don't you, then? What occa- Arg. Gone, gone, beyond all hopes of sionableness have I to be killed for him or you pursuit. either?

2 Mob. What! are they gone? Then, come

my death.

neighbours, let us go in, and kill every mother's wert dead in the Indies—And is that thy son? child of them.

and my godson, too, If I am not mistaken? Rob. Hold; I charge you to commit no mur- Hear. The very same--the last and best reder; follow me, and we'll apprehend them. mains of our family; forced, by my wife's

Arg. Go, villains, cowards, scoundrels, or I cruelty, and my absence, to the army. My shall suspect you are the thieves that mean to wife is since dead, and the son she bad by her sob me of what is yet left. How brave you are, former husband, whom she intended to heir now all the danger's over! Oh, sirrah, you my estate; but fortune guided me by chance to dog! (Looking at Rovin.) you are that rogue, my dear boy, who, after twenty years absence, Robin, the captain's man. Seize him, neigh- and changing my name, knew me not, till I just bours, seize tiin!

now discovered myself to him and your fair Rob. [Aside.) I don't care what you do, for daughter, whom I will make him deserve by the job's over; 'I see my inaster a-coming. thirty thousand pounds, which I brought from

Arg. Why don't you seize him, I say? India, besides what real estate I may leave at

Mob. Not we; we have lost too much time about an old fool already.

Arg. And to match that, old boy, my daugh2 Mob. Ay; the next time you're bound ter shall have every penny of mine, besides her and gagged, you shall lie and be damned for uncle's legacy—Ah! you young rogue, had tne!

I known you, I would not have used you su 3 Mob. Ay, and me, too; come along, roughly ! -However, since you have won my neighbours, come along. [Exeunt Mob. girl so bravely, take her, and welcome-But Enter Rovewell, Hearty, AnethuSA, and you must excuse all faults—the old man

meant all for the best; you must not be angry. BETTY.

Rove. Sir, on the contrary, we ought to beg Arg. Bless me! who have we got here? O your .pardon for the many disquiets we have Thasy! Thusy! I had rather never have seen given you; and, with your pardon, we crave thee again, than have found you in such com

your blessing.

[They kneel. pany.

Arg. You have it, children, with all my heart. Åre. Sir, I hope my husband's company is Adod, I am so transported, I dont know whienot criminal!

ther I walk or fly! Arg. Your husband! who's your husband, dre. May your joy be everlasting ! housewife? that scoundrel ? Captain-Out of by sight, thou ungracious wretch! I'll go ROVEWELL and ARETIIUSA, embracing, make my will this instant and you, you villain! bow dare you look me in the face after

Thus fondly caressing, all this? - I'll have you ban ged, sirrah! I

My idol, my treasure, willso.

How great is the blessing ! Hear. O fie, brother Argus! moderate your

How sweet is the pleasure ! passion. It ill becomes the friendship you owe

l'ith joy I behold thee, Ned Worthy, to vilify and affront' his only

And doat on thy charms; child, and for no other crime than improving that

Thus while I unfold thee, friendship which has ever been between us.

I've heaven in my arms. Arg. Ha! my dear friend alive! I heard thou

[Ereunt omnes.

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SCENE I.-- An Anti-chamber in the palace. Then nods and snores again : If this be sleep,

Tell me, ye gods ! what mortal man's awake?

What says my friend to this? Enter RIGDUM-FUNNIDOS and ALDI BORONTI

Rig-Fun. Say! I say he sleeps dog sleep: What a plague would you have me say?

Aldi. O impious thought! O cursed insinuRig-Fun. Aldiborontiphoscophornio !

ation ! Where left

you Chrononhotonthologos? As if great Chrononhotonthologos, Aldi. Fatigued with the tremendous toils of To animals detestible and vile, war,

Had aught the least similitude ! Within bis tent, on downy Ich succumbent,

Rig-Fun. My dear friend, you entirely misHiinself hè unfatigues with gentle slumbers;

apprehend me : I did not call the king dog by Lulled by the cheerful trumpet's gladsome clan- craft; I was only going to tell you, that the solgour,

diers have just now received their pay, and are The noise of drums, and thunder of artillery, all as drunk as so many swabbers. He sleeps supine amidst the din of war :

Aldi. Give orders instantly, that no more moAnd yet, 'tis not definitively sleep;

ney Rather a kind of doze, a waking slumber, Be issued to the troops : Mean time, my friend, That sheds a stupefaction o'er his senses ; Let the baths be filled with seas of coffee, For now he nods and snores; anon he starts ;

| To stupify their souls into sobriety.

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