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Smug. Oh, consider, madam, that I'm an alder- | honour, old satyr? Away with him! man !

[Hurry him off Lure. Consider, sir, that you're a compound Still may our sex thus frauds of men oppose; of covetousness, hypocrisy, and knavery, and Still may our arts delude these tempting foes. must be punished accordingly. You must be in May honour rule, and never fall betrayed, petticoats, gouty monster! must ye? You must But vice be caught in nets for virtue laid. buss and guinea, too ? you must tempt a lady's


ACT v.
SCENE I.-Lady DARLING's house. Dar. Conduct him up. [Exit Servanti
Enter Darling and ANGELICA.

Daughter, I won't doubt your discretion.

(Exit LADY DARLING. Dar. DAUGHTER, since you have to deal with a man of so peculiar a temper, you must not

Enter WildAir. think the general arts of love can secure him; | Wild. Oh, the delights of love and Buryou may therefore allow such a courtier some gundy!- Madam, I have toasted your ladyencouragement extraordinary, without reproach ship fifteen bumpers successively, and swallowto your modesty.

ed cupids like loches to every glass. Ang. I am sensible, madam, that a formal Ang. And what then, sir? nicety makes our modesty sit awkward, and Wild. Why, then, madam, the wine has got inappears rather a chain to enslave, than a brace to my head, and the cupids into my heart; and let to adorn us ; it should shew, when un unless, by quenching quick my flame, you kindly molested, easy and innocent as a dove, but ease the smart, I am a lost nian, madam. strong and vigorous as a falcon, when assaulted. Ang. Drunkenness, sir Harry, is the worst

Dar. I'm afraid, daughter, you mistake sir pretence a gentleman can make for rudeness ;Harry's gaiety for dishonour.

for the excuse is as scandalous as the fault.Ang. Though modesty, madam, may wink, it Therefore, pray consider who you are so free must not sleep, when powerful enemies are with, sir; a woman of condition, that can call abroad. I must confess, that, of all men's, I half a dozen footmen upon occasion. would not see sir Harry Wildair's faults; nay, Wild. Nay, madam, if you have a mind to I could wrest his most suspicious words a thou- toss me in a blanket, half a dozen chambermaids sand ways, to make them look like honour. But, would do better service. Come, come, madam; madam, in spite of love, I must hate him, and though the wine makes me lisp, yet it has taught curse those practices which taint our nobility, me to speak plainer. By all the dust of my anand rob all virtuous women of the bravest cient progenitors, I must this night rest in your men

arms! Dar. You must certainly be mistaken, Ange Ang. Nay, then--who waits there? lica; for I'm satisfied sir Harry's designs are only to court and marry you.

Enter Footmen. Ang. His pretence, perhaps, was such; but | Take hold of that madman, and bind bim. women, now, like enemies, are attacked; whether Wild. Nay, then, Burgundy's the word ; by treachery, or fairly conquered, the glory of slaughter will ensue. Hold-Do you know, the triumph is the saine. Pray, madam, by what scoundrels, that I have been drinking victorious means were you made acquainted with his de- | Burgundy?


Servants. We know you're drunk, sir. Dar. Means, child ! Why, my cousin Vizard, Wild. Then, how have you the inpudence, who, I'm sure, is your sincere friend, sent him. rascals, to assault a gentleman with a couple of He brought me this letter from my cousin. Aasks of courage in his head ?

[Gives her the letter, which she opens. Servants. We must do as our young mistress Ang. Ha, Vizard !-then I'm abused in earnest commands us. -Would sir Harry, by his instigation, fix a base Wild. Nay, then, have among ye, dogs! affront upon me? No, I cannot suspect him of [Throws money among them; they scramble so ungenteel a crime-This letter shall trace the and take it up: he, pelting them out, shuts truth. [ Aside. My suspicions, madam, are the door, and returns.] much cleared, and I hope to satisfy your lady- Rascals, poltroons! I have charmed the dragon, ship in my management, when I next see sir | and now the fruit's my own.

Ang. Oh, the mercenary wretches ! This was

a plot to betray me. Enter Servant.

| 'Wild. I have put the whole army to flight; Sero. Madam, here's a gentleman below, calls and now I'll take the general prisoner. himself Wildair

[Laying hold on her. VOL. II.

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Ang. I conjure you, sir, by the sacred name prayer-book for your virtue; a hundred guineas of honour, by your dead father's name, and the will buy a hundred fine things, and fine things fair reputation of your mother's chastity, that are for fine ladies, and fine ladies are for fine you offer not the least offence. Already you gentlemen, and fine gentlemen are 'Egad, have wronged ine past redress.

this Burgundy makes a man speak like an angel ! Wild. Thou art the most unaccountable crea- Come, come, madam, take it, and put it to what ture

use you please. Ang. What madness, sir Harry, what wild Ång. I'!I use it as I would the base unworthy dream of loose desire, could prompt you to at- giver, thustempt this baseness? View me well—the bright-| [Throws down the purse, and stamps upon it. ness of my mind, methinks, should lighten out | Wild. I have no mind to meddle in state afwards, and let you see your mistake in my beha- fairs; but these women will make me a parliaviour. I think it sbines with so much innocence ment-man in spite of my teeth, on purpose to in my face, that it should dazzle all your vicious bring in a bill against their extortion. She tramthoughts. Think not I am defenceless, because ples under foot that deity which all the world alone. Your very self is guard against yourself; | adores- Oh, the blooming pride of beautiful I'in sure there's something generous in your soul : ) eighteen !- Pshaw ! I'll talk to her no longer; my words shall search it out, and eyes shall fire I'll make my market with the old gentlewoman; it for my own defence.

she knows business better- Goes to the door.] Wild. [Mimicking.) Tal tidum, tidum, tal ti Here, you, friend: pray, desire the old lady to didi didum. A million to one, now, but this girl walk in- Hark'o, 'egad, madam, I'll tell your is just come flush from reading the Rival Queens! | mother. ~-'Egad, I'll at her in her own cant-Oh, my Statira! Oh! my angry dear, turn thy eyes on

Enter Lady Darling, ine-bebold thy beau in buskins.

Lady Dar. Well, şir Harry, and how d’ye like Ang. Behold me, sir; view me with a sober my daughter, pray? thought, free from those fumes of wine that Wild. Like her, madam ! Hark'e, will you throw a mist before your sight, and you shall take it ?-Why, faith, madam-Take the money, find that every glance from my reproaching eyes I say, or, egad, all's out. is armed with sharp resentment, and with a vir Ang. All shall out-Sir, you're a scandal to duous pride that looks dishonour dead.

the name of gentleman. Wild. This is the first whore in heroics that I Wild. With all my heart, madam . In short, have met with (Aside. Look ye, madam, as to madam, your daughter has used me somewhat that slender particular of your virtue, we sha'n't too familiarly, though I have treated her like a quarrel about it; you may be as virtuous as any woman of quality. woman in England, if you please; you may say | Lady Dar. How, siri your prayers all the time. But, pray, madam, Wild. Why, madam, I have offered her a hunbe pleased to consider, what is this same virtue dred guineas. that you make such a nighty noise about — Lady Dar. A hundred guineas! Upon what Can your virtue bespeak you a front row in the score? boxes? No! for the players cannot live upon Wild. Upon what score! Lord, lord, how virtue. Can your virtue keep a coach and six. these old women love to hear bawdy! Why, No, no; your virtuous women walk on foot.- 'faith, madam, I have never a double entendre Can your virtue hire you a pew in the church? ready at present; but I'll sing you a song. Why, the very sexton will tell you, No. Can

Behold the goldfinches, tai al de rall, your virtue stake for you at picquet? No. Then, what business has a woman with virtue? Come,

And a man of my inches, talal de rall,

You shall take them, believe me, tal all de rall, come, madam, I offered you fifty guineas ;there's a hundred--The devil

If you will give me your tall al de rall.

virtuous still ! - Why, it is a hundred, five score, a hun- A modish minuet, madam, that's all. dred guineas !

Lady Dar. Sir, I don't understand you. Ang. Oh, indignation! Were I a man, you Wild. Aye, she will have it plain terms durst not use me thus. But the mean, poor Then, madam, in downright English, I offered abuse you throw on me, reflects upon yourself : your daughter a hundred guineas toour sex still strikes an awe upon the brave, and Ang. Hold, sir! stop your abusive tongue, too only cowards dare affront a woman.

loose for modest ears to hear- Madam, I did Wild. Affront! 'Sdeath, madam, a hundred before suspect that his designs were base; now guineas will set you up a bank at basset; a hun-| they're too plain. This knight, this mighty man of dred guineas will furnish out your lodging with wit and humour, is made a tool to a knare china; a hundred guineas will give you an air of Vizard has sent him on a bully's errand to afquality; a hundred guineas will buy you a rich es front a woman; but I scorn the abuse, and bim critoire for your billet-doux, or a fine common that offered it,

Lady Dar. How, sir, come to affront us ! Ang. Consider what a tender flower is woD'ye know who we are, sir?

man's reputation, which the least air of foul deWild. Know who you are! Why, your daugh- traction blasts. ter there, is Mr Vizard's-cousin, I suppose. Wild. Yes, madam. [Bows to the other. And for you, madam-Now, to call her pro- Lady Dar. Call, then, to mind your rude and curess à-la-mode de France.- Aside. J'estime scandalous behaviour. . votre occupation

Wild. Right, madam.

| Bows again. Lady Dar. Pray, sir, speak English.

Ang. Remember the base price you offered Wild. Then, to define her office a-la-mode de me.

[Exit. Londres. [Aside.] I suppose your ladyship to be Wild. Very true, madam. Was ever man so one of those civil, obliging, discreet old gentle- catechized ? women, who keep their visiting days for the en- Lady Dar. Then, think, that Vizard—the villain tertainment of their presenting friends, whom | Vizard--caused all this, yet lives: that's all : they treat with imperial tea, a private room, and farewell. a pack of cards. Now I suppose you do under- Wild. Stay, madam, [To DARLING.) one stand me?

word; is there no other way to redress your Lady Dar. This is beyond sufferance ! But wrongs, but by fighting? say, thou abusive man, what injury have you ever Lady Dar. Only one, sir; which, if you can received from me, or mine, thus to engage you think of, you may do; you know the business I in this scandalous aspersion ?

entertained you for. Ang. Yes, sir, what cause, what motives could Wild. I understand you, madam. [Erit DARinduce you thus to debase yourself below your LING] Here am I brought to a very pretty dirank?

lemma. I nust commit murder, or commit maWild. Hey-day! Now, dear Roxana, and you, trimony; which is the best now! a licence from my fair Statira, he not so very heroic in your Doctors Commons, or a sentence from the Old style: Vizard's letter may resolve you, and answer Bailey? If I kill my man, the law hangs ine; all the impertinent questions you have made me. if I marry iny woman, I shall hang myself

Lady Dar. & Ang. We appeal to that. But, damn it cowards dare fight :-I'll marry;

Wild. And I'll stand to it; he read it to me, that's the most daring action of the two_ So, and the contents were pretty plain, I thought. my dear cousin Angelica, have at you. [Erit.

Ang. Here, sir, peruse it, and see how much we are injured, and you deceived.

SCENE II.- Newgate. Wild. TOpening the letter. But, hold, madam, [TO DARLING.] before I read I'll make

CLINCHER senior, solus. some conditions : Mr Vizard says here, that I Clin. sen. How severe and melancholy are won't scruple thirty or forty pieces. Now, ma- | Newgate reflections ! Last week my father died; dam, if you have clapt in another cypher to the yesterday I turned beau; to-day I am laid by account, and made it three or four hundred, the heels; and to-morrow shall be hung by the 'egad I'll not stand to it.

neck- I was agreeing with a bookseller about Ang. Now, I cannot tell whether disdain or printing an account of my journey through France anger be the most just resentment for this in- and Italy : but now the history of my travels jury.

must be through Holborn to Tyburn- The Lady Darl. The letter, sir, shall answer you. I last dying speech of beau Clincher, that was

Wild. Well, then-Reads. Out of my ear- going to the Jubilee- Come, a halfpenny anest inclination to serve your ladyship, and my piece'- A sad sound, a sad sound, faith! 'Tis cousin Angelica'--Aye, aye, the very words, I one way to have a man's death make a great can say it by heart— I have sent sir Harry | noise in the world. Wildair to- What the devil's this? Sent sir Harry Wildair to court my cousin'-He read to

Enter SMUGGLER and Gaoler. me quite a different thing-He's a gentleman of | Smug Well, friend, I bave told you who I am: great parts and fortune'-He's a son of a whore so, send these letters into Thames Street, as die and a rascal — And would make your daughter rected: they are to gentlemen that will bail me. very happy [Whistles.] in a husband. [Looks | [Exit Guoler.) Eh! this Newgate is a very pofoolish and hums a song | Oh! poor sir Harry, pulous place ! here's robbery and repentance in what have thy angry stars designed !

every corner- Well, friend, what are you? Ang. Now, sir, I hope you need no instigation a cut-throat or a bum-bailiff! to redress our wrongs, since even the injury Clin. sen. What are you, mistress, a bawd or points the way.

a witch? Hark'e, if you are a witch, d'ye see, I'II Lady Dar. Think, sir, that our blood for many give you a hundred pounds to mount me on a generations has run in the purest channel of un- | broom-staff, and whip me away to the Jubilec. sullied honour.

Smug. The Jubilee ! O, you young rakç-hells Wild. Ay, madam.

[Bows to her. what brought you here?


Clin. sen. Ab, you old rogue, what brought | SCENE III.-Changes to LADY DARLING' you here, if you go to that?

house. Smug. I knew, sir, what your powdering, your prinking, your dancing, and your frisking, would | Enter WildAIR, with letters ; Servants followcome to.

Clin. sen. And I knew what your cozening, your extortion, and your smuggling would come to. Wild. Here, fly all around, and bear these as

Smug. Ay, sir, you must break your inden- directed; you to Westminster, you to St. James's, tures, and run to the devil in a full-bottom wig, and you into the city. Tell all my friends, a bridemust you?

groom's joy invites their presence. Look all of Clin. sen. Ay, sir, and you must put off your ye like bridegrooms also : all appear with hosgravity, and run to the devil in petticoats p itable looks, and bear a welcome in your faces. You design to swing in masquerade, master, d'ye? Tell them I am married. If any ask to whom,

Smug. Ay, you must go to the plays, too, sir- make no reply; but tell them, that I'm married; rah: Lord, lord! what business has a 'prentice that joy shall crown the day, and love the night. at a play-house, unless it be to hear his master | Begone, fly! made a cuckold, and his mistress a whore? It is ten to one now, but some malicious poet has my

Enter STANDAP.D. character upon the stage within this month : 'tis A thousand welcomes, friend; my pleasure's now a hard matter, now, that an honest sober man complete, since I can share it with my friend : cannot sin in private for this plaguy stage. I gave brisk joy shall bound from me to you : then back an honest gentleman five guineas myself towards again; and, like the sun, grow warmer by rewriting a book against it; and it has done no | flection, good, we see.

Stand. You're always pleasant, sir Harry; Clin. sen. Well, well, master, take courage ! | but this transcends yourself: whence proceeds Our comfort is, we have lived together, and shall it? die together; only with this difference, that I | Wild. Canst thou not guess, my friend? have lived like a fool, and shall die like a knave, | Whence flows all earthly joy? What is the life and you have lived like a knave, and shall die of man, and soul of pleasure ? Woman.-_ like a fool.

What fires the heart with transport, and the Smug. No, sirrah! I have sent a messenger soul with raptures ?-Lovely woman. What for my clothes, and shall get out immediately, is the master-stroke and smile of the creation, and shall be upon your jury by and by- Go to but charming, virtuous woman?--When nature, prayers, you rogue, to prayers.

[Erit. in the general coinposition, first brought woman Clin. sen. Prayers ! it is a hard taking when a forth, like a flushed poet, ravished with his fancy, man must say grace to the gallows-Ah, this with ecstasy it blest the fair production ! cursed intriguing! Had I swung handsomely in a Methinks, my friend, you relish not my joy. What silken garter now, I had died in my duty; but is the cause? to hang in hemp, like the vulgar, it is very un Stand. Canst thou not guess ?-What is the genteel,

bane of man, and scourge of life, but woman?

What is the heathenish idol man sets up, and is Enter Tom ERRAND.

damned for worshipping? Treacherous woman.A reprieve! a reprieve! thou dear, dear What are those, whose eyes, like basilisks, shine damned rogue. Where have you been? Thou beautiful for sure destruction, whose smiles are art the most welcome son of a whore dangerous as the grin of fiends, but false, deluwhere's my clothes ?

ding woman ?-Woman, whose composition inErr. Sir, I see where mine are. Come, sir, verts humanity; their bodies heavenly, but their strip, sir, strip!

souls are clay. Clin. sen. What, sir, will you abuse a gentle Wild. Come, come, colonel, this is too much : man?

I know your wrongs received from Lurewell may Err. A gentleman ! Ha, ha, ha !-d'ye know excuse your resentment against her. But it is where you are, sir? We're all gentlemen here. I unpardonable to charge the failings of a single stand up for liberty and property. Newgate's a woman upon the whole sex. I have found one, commonwealth. No courtier has business among whose virtues us. Come, sir.

Stand. So have I, sir Harry; I have found Clin. sen. Well, but stay; stay till I send for one whose pride's above yielding to a prince. my own clothes : I shall get out presently. And if lying, dissembling, perjury and falsehood,

Err: No, no, sir, I'll ha' you into the dun- be no breaches in a woman's honour, she is as geon, and uncase you.

innocent as infancy, Clin, sen, Sir, you cannot master me, for I | Wild. Well, colonel, I find your opinion grows ån twenty thousand strong.

stronger by opposition; I shall now, therefore, (Exeunt, struggling. wave the argument, and only beg you, for this

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day, to make a shew of complaisance at least.- | brother, or devil, I will go to the Jubilee, by Here comes my charming bride.

Jupiter Ammon.

Stand. Go to the jubilee! go to the bear-garEnter Lady Darling and ANGELICA.

den.-The travel of such fools as you doubly Stand. [Saluting ANGELICA.] I wish you, I injures our country : you expose our native madam, all the joys of love and fortune. follies, which ridicule us among strangers, and

return fraught only with their vices, which you Enter Clincher junior.

vend here for fashionable gallantry : a travelling Clin. Gentlemen and ladies, I'm just upon | fool is as dangerous as a home-bred villain. Get the spur, and have only a minute to take you to your native plough and cart, conmy leave.

verse with animals like yourselves, sheep and Wild. Whither are you bound, sir?

oxen : men are creatures you don't understand. Clin. Bound, sir! I ain going to the Jubilee, Wild. Let them alone, colonel, their folly will sir.

be now diverting. Come, gentlemen, we'll disLady Dar. Bless me, cousin ! how came you pute this point some other time; I hear some by these clothes ?

fiddles tupiog; let's hear how they can entertain Clin. Clothes ! ha, ha, ha! the rarest jest! |us. (A servant enters, and whispers WILDAIR. ha, ha, ha! I shall burst, by Jupiter Ammon, I Wild. Madam, shall I beg you to entertain shall burst.

the company in the next room for a moment? Lady Dar. What's the matter, cousin ?

(To LADY DARLING. Clin, The matter! ha, ha, ha! Why an ho- Lady Dar. With all my heart-Come, gentlenest porter, ha, ha, ha! has knocked out my men.

- (Exeunt all but WILDAIR, brother's brains, ha, ha, ha!

Wild. A lady to inquire for me! Who can Wild. A very good jest, i'faith, ha, ha, ha! this be?

Clin. Ay, sir, but the jest of all is, he knocked out his brains with a hammer, and so he is as

Enter LUREWELL. dead as a door-nail, ha, ha, ha!

Oh, madam, this favour is beyond my expectaLady Dar. And do you laugh, wretch ? tion— to come, uninvited, to dance at my

Clin. Laugh! ha, ha, ha! let me see e'er a wedding. What d'ye gaze at, madam? younger brother in England that won't laugh at Lure. A monster-If thou'rt married, thou'rt such a jest.

the most perjured wretch that e'er avouched Ang. You appeared a very sober, pious gentle- deceit. man some hours ago.

Wild. Heyday! Why, madam, I'm sure I never Clin. Pshaw! I was a fool then : but now, swore to marry you: I made, indeed, a slight madam, I'm a wit; I can rake now. As for promise, upon condition of your granting me a your part, madam, you might have had me small favour; but you would not consent, you once; but now, madam, if you should fall to know. eating chalk, or gnawing the sheets, it is none Lure. How he upbraids me with my shame! Can of my fault. Now, madam-I have got an estate, you deny your binding vows, when this appears and I must go to the Jubilee.

a witness against your falsehood? (Shews a ring.)

| Methinks the motto of this sacred pledge should Enter Clincher senior in a blanket.

flash confusion in your guilty face-Read, read Clin. sen. Must you so, rogue, must ye? You here, the binding words of Love and Honour ! will go to the Jubilee, will you?

words not unknown to your perfidious tongue, Clin. jun. A ghost! a ghost! Send for the though utter strangers to your treacherous heart. dean and chapter presently.

Wild. The woman's stark staring mad, that's Clin. sen. A ghost ! No, no, sirrah, I'm an certain. elder brother, rogue.

Lure. Was it maliciously designed to let me Clin. jun. I don't care a farthing for that ; I'm find my misery when past redress ; to let me sure you're dead in law.

know you, only to know you false ? Had not Clin. sen. Why so, sirrah, why so ?

cursed chance shewed me the surprising motto, Clin. jun. Because, sir, I can get a fellow to had been happy- The first knowledge I swear he knocked out your brains.

had of you was fatal to me, and this second Wild. An odd way of swearing a man out of worse. his life!

Wild. What the devil is all this ! Madam, I'm Clin. jun. Smell him, gentlemen; he has a not at leisure for raillery at present, I have deadly scent about him.

weighty affairs upon my hands ; the business Clin. sen. Truly the apprehensions of death may of pleasure, madam : any other time have made me savour a little, 0, lord ! the colo

[Going. nel! The apprehension of him inay make the sa-l Lure. Stay, I conjure you, stay. vour worse, I'm afraid.

Wild. 'Faith, I can't, my bride expects me; Clin. jun. In short, sir, were you a ghost, or but hark'e, when the honey-moon is over, about

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