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SABRINA rises and sings.
My sliding chariot stays,
Thut in the channel strays.
Spirit. Goddess dear!
Thus I sprinkle on thy breast
seat; the Brothers embrace her tenderly. * Y. Bro. Why did I doubt? Why tempt the
wrath of heaveu
To shed just vengeance on my weak dis
trust? “ E. Bro. The freedom of the mind, you see
no charm, No spell can reach: that righteous Jove for
Spirit discovering himself.
“ Now my task is smoothly done,
Spirit. Mortals, that would happy be,
Taught by Virtue, you may
CHEATS OF SCAPIN.
SLY, servant to LEANDER.
he understands what things bare lappened in
his absence! I dread his anger and reproaches. Enter OCTAVIAN and Suurt.
Shist. Reproaches! Would I could be quit of
him so easy; methinks I feel him already on my Oct. This is unhappy news! I did not expect shoulders. my father in two months, and yet you say he is Oct. Disinheriting is the least I can expect. returned already.
Shift. You should have thought of this before, Shift. 'Tis but too true.
and not have fallen in love with I know not Oci. That he arrived this morning?
whom; one, that you met by chance in the DoShift. This very morning.
ver-coach: She is, indeed, a good snug lass; but Oct. And that he is come with a resolution to God knows what she is besides; perhaps some
Oct. Villain! Shift. Yes, sir, to marry you.
Shift. I bave done, sir, I have done. Oct. I am ruined and undone: pr’ythee advise Oct. I have no friend that can appcase my
father's anger, and now I shall be betrayed to Shift. Advise you?
want and misery. Oct. Yes, advise me. Thou art as surly, as if Shift. For my part, I know but one remedy in thou really couldst do me no good. Speak! Has our misfortunes. necessity taught thee no wit? Hast thou no Shift?
Oct. Pr’ythee, wha: is it? Shift. Lord, sir, I am at present very busy in Shift. You know that rogue and arch-cheat contriving some trick to save myself! I am first | Scapin? prudent, and then good-natured.
Oct. Well; what of him? Oct. How will my father rage and storm, when Shift. There is not a more subtle fellow breath
ing: so cunning, he can cheat one newly cheat
Enter CLARA. ed: 'tis such a wheedling rogne, I'd undertake, in two hours he shall make your father forgive
Oct. Here comes my dearest Clara. you all; nay, allow you money for your necessa
Clara. Ah, me, Octavian! I hear sad news ry debauches. I saw him, in three days, make an They say your father is returned.
Oct. Alas! 'tis true, and I am the most unold cautious lawyer turn chemist and projector !
Oct. He is the fittest person in the world for fortunate person in the world; but 'tis not iny my business; the impudent varlet can do any
own misery that I consider, but yours. How can thing with the peevish old man. Prithee, go look you bear those wants, to which we must be both
reduced ? him out; we'll set him a-work immediately. Shift . See where he comes—Monsieur Scapin! all
things easy to us ; which is a sign it is the
Clara. Love shall teach ine—that can make Enter Scapin.
chiefest good. But I have other cares. Will you
be ever constant? Shall not your father's seveSca. Worthy sir !
rity constrain you to be false? Shift. I have been giving my master a brief Oct. Never, my dearest, never! account of thy most noble qualities: I told him Clara. They, that love much, may be allowed thou wert as valiant as a ridden cuckold, sincere some fears. as whores, honest as pimps in want.
Sca. Come, come; we have now no time to Sca. Alas, sir, I but copy you: 'Tis you are hear you speak fine tender things to one another. brave; you scorn the gibbets, halters, and pri- Pray, do you prepare to encounter with your sons which threaten you, and valiantly proceed father. in cbeats and robberies.
Oct. I tremble at the thoughts of it. Oct. Oh,Scapin! I am utterly ruined without Sca. You must appear resolute at first: Tell thv assistance.
you can live without troubling him; threaten Sca. Why, what's the matter, good Mr. Octa- him to turn soldier: or, what will frighten him vian?
worse, say you'll turn poet. Come, I'll warrant Oct. My father is this day arrived at Dover you we bring him to composition. with oid Mr. Gripe, with a resolution to marry
Oct. What would I give 'twere over!
Sca. Let us practise a little what you are to Sca. Very well.
do. Suppose me your father, very grave, and Oct. Thou knowest I am already married : very angry. How will my father resent my disobedience? I Oct. Well. an for ever lost, unless thou can'st find some Sca. Do you look very carelessly, like a small means to reconcile me to him.
his country acquaintance: A little Sca. Does your father know of your marriage? more surlily: Very well. -Now, I am full of
Oct. I am afraid he is by this time acquainted my fatherly authority.-Octavian, thou makest with it.
me weep to see thee; but, alas! they are not Sca. No matter, no matter, all shall be well. tears of joy, but tears of sorrow. Did ever so I am public spirited; I love to help distressed good a father beget so lewd a son? Nay, but for young gentlemen: and, thank Heaven, I have that I think thy mother virtuous, I should prohad yood success enough.
nounce thou art not mine! Newgate-bird, rogue Oct. Besides, my present want must be consi- villain! what a trick hast thou played me in my dered; I am in rebellion without money.
absence? Married! Yes. But to whom? Nay, Sca. I have trichs and shifts, too, to get that: that thou knowest not. I'll warrant you some I can cheat upon occasion; but cheating is now waiting woman, corrupted in a civil family, and grown an ill-trade: yet, Heaven be thanked, reduced to one of the play-houses; removed froin there were never more cullies and fools; but the thence by some keeping coxcomb, orgreatest rooks and cheats, allowed by public au- Clara. Hold, Scapin, holdthority, ruin such little undertraders as I am, Sca. No offence, lady, I speak but another's
Oct. Well, get thee straight about thy busi- words.—Thou abominable rascal, thou shalt not Dess. Canst thou make no use of my rogue here? have a groat, not a groat! Besides, I will break
Sca. Yes, I shall want his assistance; the all thy bones ten times over! Get thee out of knare has cunning, and may be useful. my house! - Why, sir, you reply not a word!
Shift. Ay, sir; but, like other wise men, I am Oct. Look, vonder conies my father ! not over-valiant. Pray, leave me out of this
Sca. Stay, Shift; and get you two gone : Let business: My fears will betray you; you shall me alone to manage the old fellow. execute, I'll sit at home and advise.
[Ereunt Oct. and Clara. Sca. I stand not in need of thy courage, but thy impudence; and thou hast enough of that.
Enter THRIFTY. Cóne, come, thou shalt along: What man, stand cat for a beating? That's the worst can happen. Thrifty. Was there ever such a rash action? Shift. Well, well.
Sca. He has been informed of the business, and is now so full of it, that he vents it to hiniself.
Thrifty. I would faio hear what they can say Sca. Very true, indeed, very true; but fye for themselves.
upon you, now! would you have hiin as wise as Sca. We are not unprovided. [At a distance. yourself? Young men will have their follies Thrifty. Will they be so impudent to deny witness my charge, Leander, who has gone and he thing?
thrown away himself at a stranger rate than Sca. We never intend it.
your son. I would fain know, if you were not Thrifty. Or will they endearour to excuse it once young yourself. Yes, I warrant you, and Sca. That, perhaps, we may do.
had your frailties. Thrifty. But all shall be in vain.
Thrifty. Yes; but they never cost me any Scu. We'll try that.
thing: a man may be as frail and as wicked as Thrifty. I know how to lay that rogue my son he please, if it cost himn nothing. fast.
Sca. Alas! he was so in love with the young Sca. That we must prevent.
wench, that if he had not had her, he must have Thrifty. And for the tatterdemallion, Shift, certainly hanged himself. Ill thresh bim to death; I will be three years a Shift. Must! why, he had already done it, but cudgelling him!
that I came very seasonably, and cut the rope. Shift. I wonder he had forgot me so long. Thrifty. Didst thou eut the rope, dog? I'll
Thrifty. Oh, ho! yonder the rascal is, that inurder thee for that! thou shouldst have let him brare governor! he tutored my son finely! bang!
Sca. Sir, I am overjoyed at your safe return. Scu. Besides, her kindred surprised him with
Thrifty. Good-norrow, Scapin.-- Indeed her, and forced bim to marry her. you have followed my instructions very exactly; Thrifty. Then should he have presently gone, myson has behaved himself very prudently in my and protested against the violence at a notary's. absence-has he not, rascal, has he not?
Sca. O Lord, sir! he scorned that.
[To Shift. Thrifty. Then might I easily bare disannulled Sca. I hope you are very well.
Thrifty. Lord, sir! a very good voyage- Thrifty. Shall not I break it?
Thrifty. What! shall not I claim the privilege Thrifty. Ay, sir, I would be in choler. of a father, and have satisfaction for the violence Sca. Pray, with whom?
done to my son ? Thrifty. With that confounded rogue there! Sca. Tis a thing he will never consent to. Sca. Upon what reason?
Thrifty. He will not consent to ! Thrifty. Upon what reason! Hast thou not Sca. No: Would you bave him confess he was heard what hath happened in my absence? hectored into any thing, that is, to declare himSca. I heard a little idle story.
self a coward ? Oh, fye, sir! one that has the ho. Thrifty. A little idle story, quot ha! why, nour of being your son, can never do such a man, my son's undone; my son's undone ! thing.
Sca. Come, come, things have not been well Thrifty. Pish! talk not come of honour! le carried; but I would advise you to make no shall do it, or be disinherited. more of it.
Sca. Who shall disinherit him? Thrifty. I'in not of your opinion; I'll make Thrifty. That will I, sir. the whole town ring of it!
Sca. You disinherit him! very goodSca. Lord, sir, I have stormed about this bu- Thrifty. How, very good? siness as much as you can do for your heart ! Sca. You shall not disinberit him. but what are we both the better? I told him, Thrifty. Shall not I disinherit hiin? indeed, Mr. Octavian, you do not do well to Sca. No. wrong so good a father: I preached him three Thrifty. No! or four times asleep; but all would not do; till, Sca. No, at last, when I had well examined the business, Thrifty. Sir, you are very merry; I shall not I found you had not so much wrong done you disinherit my son? as you imagine.
Sca. No, I tell you. Thrifty. How! not wrong done, to have my Thrifty. Pray, who shall hinder me? son married, without my consent, to a beggar?' Sca. Alas, sir! your own self, sir; your own Sca. Alas! be was ordained to it.
self. Thrifty. That's fine, indeed! we shall steal, Thrifty. I myself? cheat, murder, and so be lianged-then say, we Sca. Yes, sir; for you can never have the were ordained to it!
heart to do it. Sca. Truly, I did not think you so subtle a Thrifty. You shall find I can, sir. philosopher! I mean, he was fatally engaged Sca. Come, you deceive yourself; fatherly afin this affair.
fection must shew itself; it must, it must: Do Thrifty. Why did he evgage himself? not I know you were ever tender-bearted?
Thrifty. You're mistaken, sir; you're mis- | gilant duns, that torment him more than taken! Pisb! why do I spend my time in tittle- an old mother does a poor gallant, when she tattle with this idle fellow? — Hang-dog! go solicits a maintenance for her discarded daughfind out my rake-hell (TO SHIFT.], whilst I go to my brother Gripe, and inform him of my mis- Sca. Your money shall be my next carcfortune.
Let me see, I want a fellow to- -Canst thou Sca. In the mean time, if I can do you any not counterfeit a roaring bully of Alsatia?service
Stalk-look big-Very well. Follow me; I have Thrifty. O! I thank you, sir, I thank you. ways to disguise thy voice and countenance.
[Exit THRIFTY. Shift. Pray, take a little care, and lay your Shift. I must confess thou art a brave fellow, plot so that I may not act the bully always : I and our affairs begin to be in a better posture would not be beaien like a bully. but the money, the money-we are abomin- Sca. We'll share the danger, we'll share the ably poor, and my master has the lean vi- danger.
ACT II. .
Lean. What d'yc mean, sir?
Gripe. Stand still, and let me look ye in the
Lean. How must I stand, sir? Gripe. Sir, what you tell me concerning Gripe. Look upon me with both eyes. your son, lath strangely frustrated our designs. Lean. Well, sir, I do.
Thrifty. Sir, trouble not yourself about my Gripe. What's the meaning of this report? son; I have undertaken to remove all obstacles, Lean. Report, sir? which is the business I am so vigorously in Gripe. Yes, report, sir; I speak English, as I pursuit of.
take it: What is't that you have done in my Gripe. In troth, sir, I'll tell you what I say to absence ? Fou: The education of children, after the Lean. What is't, sir, which you would have getting of them, ought to be the nearest concern had me done? of a father. And had you tutored your son with Gripe. I do not ask you, what I would bare that care and duty incumbent on you, he never had you done; but, what have you done? could so slightly bave forfeited his.
Lean. Who? I, sir? Why, I have done nothing Thrifty. Sir, to return you a sentence for at all, not I sir. your sentence: Those that are so quick to cen- Gripe. Nothing at all? sure and condeinn the conduct of others, ought Leun. No, sir. first to take care that all be well at home. Gripe. You have no impudence to speak on.
Gripe. Why, Mr. Thrifty, have you heard Lean. Sir, I have the confidence that becomes any thing concerning my son?
a man, and my innocence. Thrifty. It may be Í have; and it may
Gripe. Very well: but Scapin, d'ye mark me, worse than my own.
young man, Scapin has told me some tales of Gripe. What is't I pray? my son?
your behaviour. Thrifty. Even your own Scapin told it me; Lean. Scapin! and you may hear it from him, or some body Gripe. Oh, have I caught you? That name else: for my part, I am your friend, and would makes ye blush, does it?' 'l'is well you have not willingly be the messenger of ill news to one some grace left. Urat I think so to me. Your servant-I must Leun. Has he said any thing concerning me? hasten to my counsel, and advise what's to be
Gripe. That shall be examined anon: In the done in this case. Good bye till I see you again. mean while, get you home, d'ye hear, and stay
[Exit Tariety: till my return; but look to't, if thou bast done Gripe. Worse than his son! ' For my part, 1 any thing to dishonour me, never think to come cannot imagine how; for a son to marry impu- within my doors, or see my face more: but exdently without the consent of his father, is as pect to be miserable as thy folly and poverty can great an offence as can be imagined, I take it make thee.
[Erit Gripe. But yonder he comes.
Lean. Very fine; I am in a hopeful condiEnter LEANDER.
tion. This rascal has betrayed my marriage,
and undone me! Now, there is no way left but Lean. Oh, my dear father, how joyful am I to turn outlaw, and live by rapine: and, to set Lo see you safely returned! Welcome, as the my hand in, the first thing shall be, to cut the blessiog, which I am now craving, will be. throat of that perfidious pick-thank doy, who
Gripe. Not so fast, friend o’mine! soft and has ruined me. fair goes far, sir. You are my son, as I take it.