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That dowdy your senses alarming,
Proves what a blind thing is a lover.
Where beauty is follow'd'by merit:
Your wit who would wish to inherit ?
And that I my anger wou'd fmother ;
My charms will procure me another,
How odious they look, I can't bear 'em !
SCENE the laft. DAMON.
A I R. Contented all day, I will fit at your fide, Where poplars far-stretching o'er-arch the cool tide ; And while the clear river runs purling along, "The thrush and the linnet 'contend in their song.
you are but by me,' no danger I fear. Ye lambs rest in safety, my Damon is near; Bound on, ye blyth kids, now your gambols may please; For my fhepherd is kind, and my heart is at ease.
DAa wife ;
you For he who loves truly, will take you
LAURA. Ye youths, who fear nought but the frowns of the fair, Tis yours to relieve, not to add to their care ; Then scorn to their ruin assistance to lend, Nor betray the sweet creatures you're born to defend.
Вотн. For their honour and faith be our virgins renown'd, Nor false to his vows one young shepherd be found ; Be their moments all guided by virtue and truth, To preserve in their age what they gain'd in their youth
Written by a FRIEND.
been her sole pretence,
honours, join'd her motley band,
More gen'rous views inform our author's breaft;
He seeks to trace the passions of mankind;
Now whether judgment prompt you to forgive,' .
AC T I.
Scene, A Street. :-
; Puff, if I can get no intelligence of her, what will become of me?
Puff. And me too, Sir-You must consider I am a marry'd man, and can't bear fatigue as I have done. But pray, Sir, why did you leave the army so abruptly, and not give me time to fill my knapfack with common neceflaries? Half a dozen shirts, and your regimentals, whole
cargo. Capt. I was wild to get away; and as soon as I obtained
my leave of absence, I thought every moment an age till. I return?d to the place where I first saw this young, charming, innocent, bewitching creature.
Puff. With fifteen thousand pounds for her fortune-Itrong motives, I muft :confefs.- And now, Sir, as you are pleased to say you must depend upon my care and abilities in this affair, I think I have a just right to
be acquainted with the particulars of your passion, that I may be the better enabled to serve you.
Capt. You shall have 'em. When I left the uni• versity, which is now seven months since, my father, • who loves his money better than his son, and would • not settle a farthing upon me
• Puff Mine did lo by me, -Sir
• Capt. Purchas'd me a pair of colours at my own • request; but before I join'd the regiment, which was going abroad, I took a ramble into the country with a fellow collegian, to fee a relation of his who lived in Berkshire.
A party of pleasure, I suppose. • Capt. During a short stay there, I came acquainted • with this young creature: she was just come from the • boarding-school; and tho' she had all the fimplicity of • of her age and the country, yet it was mx'd with such * sensible vivacity, that I took fire at once.
• Puff. I was tinder myself at your age. But pray, • Sir, did
you take fire before you knew of her fortune? Capt. Before, upon my honour. Puff. Folly and conftitution-But on, Sir.' Capt. I was introduced to the family by the name of Rhodophil, (for fo my companion and I had settled it :) at the end of three weeks I was obliged to attend the call of honour in Flanders; but
Puff. Your parting, to be fure, was heart-breaking. • Capt. I feel it at this inftant. We vow'd eternal con
ftancy, and I promis'd to take the first opportunity • of returning to her. I did so: but we found the • house was shut up; and all the information, you know, * that we could get from the neighbouring cottage was,
that miss and her aunt were remov'd to town, and liv'd • somewhere near this part of it.
• Puff. And now we are got to the place of action, propose your plan of operation.
• Capt.' My father lives in the next street, fo I muft decamp immediately for fear of discoveries: you are not known to be my fervant; fo make what inquiries you can in the neighbourhood, and I shall wait at the inn for your intelligence.