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That dowdy your senses alarming,

Proves what a blind thing is a lover.
l'll quit the dull plains for the city,

Where beauty is follow'd'by merit:
Your taste, simple Damon, I pity;

Your wit who would wish to inherit ?
Perhaps you may think you perplex me,

And that I my anger wou'd fmother ;
The loss of one lover can't vex me,

My charms will procure me another,
I ne'er was more pleas’d, I affure you;

How odious they look, I can't bear 'em !
I wish you much joy of your fury,
My'rage into pieces could tear 'em. [Exito

SCENE the laft. DAMON.
To thee, kind nymph, as to offended heav'n,
I own my faults, and sue to be forgiv'n;
Then, gentle Laura, clear my past offence,
Repentance is ally'd to innocence.

LAU'R A.
Think not a rigid judge your faults arraigns,
My tender bofom feels for all your pains ;
In those fad hours, when to the fecret grove
I told my pangs of inauspicious love,
My only pray'r was once again to see
The lovely author of my misery,
Again to clasp him to my beating breast ;
The gods have heard my vows, and Laura's bleft.

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.

LAURA. While

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 ;

DAMON.
Ye virgins of Britain, bright rivals of day,
The wish of each heart, and the theme of each lay ;
Ne'er yield to the swain, 'till he make

you For he who loves truly, will take you

for life.

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

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Written by a FRIEND.
oo long has Farce, neglecting Nature's laws,
To raise a laugh has

been her sole pretence,
Tho' dearly purchas'd at the price of sense.
This child of folly gain'd increase with time:
Fir for the place, succeeded Pantomime;
Reviv'd her

honours, join'd her motley band,
And song and low conceit o'er-ran the land.

More gen'rous views inform our author's breaft;
From real life his characters are drest.

He

He seeks to trace the passions of mankind;
And while he fpares the person, paints the mind.
In pleasing contrast he attempts to show
The vap'ring bully, and the fribbling beau :
Coward's alike; that full of martial airs,
And this as tender as the Glk he wears.
Proud to divert, not anxious for renown,
Oft has the bard essay'd to please the town.
Your full applause out-paid his little art;
He boalts no merit, but a grateful heart.
Pronounce your doom, he'll patiently submit,
Ye sovereign judges of all works of wit !
To you the ore is brought, a lifeless mass;
You give the stamp, and then the coin may pass.

Now whether judgment prompt you to forgive,' .
Whether you hid this trifling offspring live,
Or with a frown Mould fend the sickly thing
To Ncep whole ages under dulness' wing ;
To your known candour we will always trust,
You never were, nor can you be, unjust.

AC T I.

Scene, A Street. :-
Enter Captain Loveit and Puff.
CAPTAIN.

; 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

are my

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· Puf

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.

Puff

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