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D. Phi. By no means ! rather wait a little in know how he deserves to be treated; and that the street: be within call, and leave the manage- we may have no hard words upon one another, if ment to me.

you please, sir, let me first talk with you in priOct. Be careful, dear Philip.

vate.

[They whisper. D. Phi. I always used to be more fortunate in Hyp. Undone! that fool Trappanti, or that serving my friend than myself.

villain, I know not which, bas at least mistaken Oct. But, hark ye, here lives an Alguazil at the or betrayed me! Ruined past redemption! next house; suppose I should send him to you to Flo. Our affairs, methinks, begin to look with secure the spark in the mean time?

a very indifferent face. Ha! the old Don seems D. Phi. Do so: we must not lose a moment. surprised- I don't like that, What shall we do? Oct. I won't stir from the door.

Hyp. I am at my wit's end.

Aside. D. Phi. You'll soon hear of me : away.

Flo. Then we must either confess, or to gaol,

[Erit Oct. that's positive. Trap. So, now I have divided the enemy, there Hyp. I'll rather starve there than be discovered. can be no great danger if it should come to a Should he at last marry with Rosara, the very battle-Basta! here comes our party.

shame of this attempt would kill me. D. Phi. Stand aside till I call for you.

Flo. Death! what d'ye mean? that hanging [TRAP, retires. look were enough to confirm a suspicion : bear

up, for shame! Enter Don Maxvel.

Hyp. Impossible! I am dashed, confounded : D. Man. Well, sir, what service have you to if thou hast any courage left, shew it quickly. command me now, pray?

Go, speak before my fears betray me. [Aside. D. Phi. Now, sir, I hope my credit will stand D. Man. If you can make this appear by any a little fairer with you: all I beg is but your pa- witness, sir, I confess 'twill surprize me indeed. tient hearing.

1: Flo. Ay, sir, if you have any witnesses, we de D. Man. Well, sir, you shall have it. But, sire you'd produce them. then, I must beg one favour of you, too, which is, D. Phi. Sir, I have a witness at your service, to make the business as short as you can; for to and a substantial one.- Hey! Trappanti! tell you the truth, I am not very willing to have

Enter TRAPPANTI. any farther trouble about it.

D. Phi. Sir, if I don't now convince you of Now, sir, what think ye? your error, believe and use me like a villain; in Hyp. Ha! the rogue winks—then there's life the mean time, sir, I hope you'll think of a pro again. [Aside.] Is this your witness, sir? per punishment for the merry gentleman that D. Phi. Yes, sir; this poor fellow, at last, hath imposed upon you.

it seems, happens to be honest enough to confess D. Man. With all my heart; I'll leave him to himself a rogue, and your accomplice. thy mercy. Here he comes; bring him to trial Hyp. Ha, ha! as soon as you please.

D. Phi. Ha, ha! you are very merry, sir..

D. Man. Nay, there's a jest between ye, that's Enter Flora and HYPOLITA.

certain-But, come, friend, what say you to the Flo. So! Trippanti has succeeded; he's come business ? have ye any proof to offer upon oath, without the officers.

[To Hyp. that this gentleman is the true Don Philip, and Hyp. Hearing, sir, you were below, I did not consequently, this other an impostor? care to disturb the family, by putting the officers D. Phi. Speak boldly. to the trouble of a needless search: let me see! Trap. Ay, sir; but shall I come to no harm, if your warrant; I'm ready to obey it.

I do speak?" D. Man. Ay, where's your officer?

D. Man. Let it be the truth, and I'll protect Flo. I thought to have seen him march in thee. state, with an Alguazil before him.

Trap. Are you sure I shall be safe, sir? D. Phi. I was afraid, sir, upon second thoughts, D. Man. I'll give you my word of honour : your business would not stay for a warrant, speak boldly to the question. though 'tis possible I may provide for you, for I Trap. Well, sir, since I must speak, then, in think this gentleman's a magistrate : in the mean the first place, I desire your honour would be time- o! here, I have prevailed with an al pleased to command the officer to secure that guazil to wait upon ye.

gentleman.

D. Man. How, friend!
Enter Alguazil.

D. Phi. Secure, me, rascal !
All. Did you send for me, sir?

Trap. Sir, if I can't be protected, I shall neD. Phi. Ay, secure that gentleman.

ver be able to speak. D. Man. Hold, hold, sir! all things in order : D. Man, I warrant thee-What is it you say, this gentleman is yet my guest; let me be first friend? acquainted with his crime, and then I shall better Trap. Sir, as I was just now crossing the street, this gentleman, with a sneer in his face, takes me Alg. Nay, sir, I saw this gentleman's sword at by the hands, claps five pistoles in my palm, his breast, out of my window. (here they are) shuts my fist close upon them; | Trap. Look ye there, sir ! my dear friend, says he, you must do me a piece D. Phi. Damnation! of service; upon which, sir, I bows me to the Omn. Ha, ha, ha! ground, and desired him to open his case.

D. Man. Really, my friend, thou art almost D. Phi. What means the rascal?

turned fool in this business: if thou hadst preD. Man. Sir, I am as much anazed as you; vailed upon this wretch to perjure himself, couldst but pray let's hear him, that we may know his thou think I should not have detected him? But, meaning.

poor man! you were a little hard put to it, inTrap. So, sir, upon this he runs me over a long deed; any shift was better than none, it seems : story of a sham and a flam he had just contrived, you knew 'twould not be long to the wedding. he said, to defer my master's marriage only for You may go, friend.

[Exit ALGUAZIL. two days.

Flo. Ha, ha! D. Phi. Confusion !

D. Phi. Sir, by my eternal hopes of peace and Flo. Nay, pray, sir, let's hear the evidence. happiness, you're imposed on ! If you proceed

Trap. Upon the close of the matter, sir, I thus rashly, your daughter is inevitably ruined. found, at last, by his eloquence, that the whole If what I have said be not true in fact, as hell or business depended upon my bearing a little faise he is false, may Ileaven brand me with the sewitness against my master.

verest marks of perjury! Defer the marriage but Họp. Oh, họ !

an hour. Trap. Upon this, sir, I began to demur: sir, D. Man, Ay, and in half that time, I suppose, says I, this business will never hold water; don't you are in hopes to defer it for altogether. let me undertake it; I must beg your pardon; D. Phi. Perdition seize me, if I have any hope gave him the negative shrug, and was for sneak- or thought but that of serving you ! ing off with the fees in my pocket.

D. Man. Nay, now, thou art a downright disD. Man. Very Well!

tracted man-Dost thou expect I should take thy D. Phi. Villain!

bare word, when here were two honest fellows Flo. and Hyp. Ha, ha, ha!

that have just proved thee in a lie to thy face? Trup. Upon this, sir, he catches me fast hold by the collar, wbips out his poker, claps it within

Enter a Serdant. half an inch of my guts; now, dog! says he, you

Ser. Sir, the priest is come. shall do it, or, within two hours, stink upon the

D. Man. Is he so? then, sir, if you please, dunghill you came from.

since you see you can do me no farther service, D. Phi. Sir, if there be any faith in mortal I believe it may be time for you to go.-Come, man

*son, now let's wait upon the bride, and put an D. Man. Nay, nay, nay, one at a time; you end to this gentieman's trouble altogether. shall be heard presently. Go on, friend.

[Exit Don MANULL, Trap. Having me at this advantage, sir, I be Hyp. Sir, I'll wait on ye. gan to think my wit would do me more service D. Phi. Confusion! I've undone my friend. than my courage; so, prudently pretended, out of

(Walks about. fear, to comply with his threats, and swallow the Flo. [Aside.] Trappanti! rogue, this was a perjury; but, now, sir, being under protection, master-piece. and 'at liberty of conscience, I have honesty Trap. [ Aside.] Sir, I believe it won't be mended enough, you see, to teil you the whole truth of in haste.

[Ereunt Flo, and TRAP, the matter.

Hyp. Sir. D. Man. Ay, this is evidence, indeed!

D. Phi. Ha! alone! If I were not prevented Omn. Ha, ha, ha!

now- Well, sir. D. Phi. Dog! villain ! did not you confess to Hyp. I suppose you don't think the favours me that this gentleman picked you up, not three you have designed me are to be put up without hours ago, at the same inn where I alighted ? | satisfaction; therefore, I shall expect to see you that he had owned his stealing my portmanteau early to-morrow, near the Prado, with your sword at Toledo? that, if he succeeded to marry the | in your hand; in the mean tiine, sir, I'm a little lady, you were to have a considerable sun for | more in haste to be the lady's humble servant your pains; and these two were to share the rest than your's.

[Going of her fortune between them?

D. Phi. Hold, sir !--you and I can't part upon Trap. ( lud! O lud ! Sır, as I hope to die in such easy terms. my bed, these are the very words he threatened Hyp. Sir! to stab me if I would not swear against my mas

D. Phi. You are not so near the lady, sir, perter told him at first, sir, I was not fit for haps, as you imagine. [D. Pun, locks the door, his business; I was never good at a lie in my Hyp. What d'ye mean? life.

D. Phi. Speak softly. Vol. II.

3D

Hyp. Ha!

passion still were vain; nor showers of tears, D. Phi. Come, sir-draw.

nor storms of sighs, could melt or move the Hyp. My ruin has now caught me: my plots frozen bardness of her dead compassion ! are yet unripe for execution; I must not, dare D. Phi. How very near my condition ! [ Aside. not, let him know me till I ain sure at least he Hyp. But yet so subtle is the flame of love, cannot be another's This was the very spite spite of her cruelty, I nourished still a secret of fortune.

(Aside. living hope, till hearing, sir, at last she was de D. Phi. Come, sir, my time's but short. signed your brie, despair compelled me to this

Hyp. And mine's too precious to be lost on bold attempt of personating you. Her father any thing but love; besides, this is no proper | knew not me, or my unhappy love; I knew, too, place,

you ne'er had seen her face ; and, therefore, D. Phi. O! we'll make shift with it.

hoped, when I should offer to repair, with twice Hyp. Tu-morrow, sir, I shall find a better. the worth, the value, sir, I robbed you of, begging

D. Phi. No, now, sir, if you please.Draw, thus low for your forgiveness; I say, I hoped, at villain! or expect such usage as I'm sure Don | least, your generous heart, if ever it was touched Philip would not bear.

like mine, would pity my distress, and pardon the Hyp. A lover, sir, may bear any thing to make necessitated wrong. sure of his inistress-You know it is not fear D. Phi. Is't possible? hast thou then loved to that

this unfortunate degree? D. Phi. No evasions, sir; either this moment | Hyp. Unfortunate, indeed, if you are still my confess your villany, your name and fortune, or rival, sir; but, were you not, I'm sure you'd pity expect no mercy.

me. Hyp. Nay, then--within there!

D. Phi. Nay, then, I must forgive thee ; D. Phi. Move but a step, or dare to raise thy (Raising her.] for I have known too well the mi voice beyond a whisper, this minute is thy last. sery, not to pity-any thing in love.

Seizes her, and holds his sword to her breast.' Hyp. Have you, sir, been unhappy there? Hyp. Sir!

[Trembling, D. Phi. Oh! thou hast probed a wound that D. Phi, Villain! be quick, confess, or

time or art can never heal. Hyp. Hold, sir ! I own I dare not fight with Hyp. () joyful sound !-Aside.] Cherish that you.

generous thought, and hope, from my success, D. Phi. No, I see thou art too poor a villain your mistress, or your fate, may make you blest therefore, be speedy, as thou hopest I'll spare like me. thy life.

D. Phi. Yet, hold—-nor flatter thy fond hopes *Hyp. Give me but a moment's respite, sir. too far; for, though I pity and forgive thee, yet D. Phi. Dog! do you trifle?

|I am bound in honour to assist thy love no farHyp. Nay, then, sir— Mercy, mercy! ther than the justice of thy cause peripits.

[Throws herself at his feet. Hyp. What mean you, sir? And, since I must confess, have pity on my youth, D. Phi. You must defer your marriage with have pity on my love!

this lady. D. Phi. Thy love! what art thou, speak? Hyp. Defer it, sir! I hope it is not her you

Hyp. Unless your generous compassion spares | love! me, sure the most wretched youth, that ever felt D. Phi. I have a nearest friend that is beloved, the panys and torments of a successless passion. and loves her with an equal flame to yours; to

D. Phi. Art thou indeed a lover, then ?-tell him, my friendship will oblige me to be just; and, me thy condition?

1 yet, in pity of thy fortune, thus far I'll be a Hyp. Sir, I confess my fortune's much inferior | friend to thee; give up thy title to the lady, to my pretences in this lady, though, indeed, I'm and if her choice pronounces thee the man, I born a gentleman; and, bating this attempt a- here assure thee, on my honour, to resign my gainst you, which even the last extremities of a claim, and, not more partial to my friend than rnined love have forced me to, ne'er yet was guil- thee, promote thy happiness. ty of a deed, or thought, that could debase my Hyp. Alas, sir ! this is no relief, bút certain birth: but, if you knew the torments I have borne ruin. I am too well assured she loves your from her disdainful pride, the anxious days, the friend. long-watched winter nights I have endured, to D. Phi. Then, you confess his claim the gaip of her, perhaps, at last a cold relentless look, fairer : her loving hm is a proof that he de indeed, you'd pity me My heart was so entirely serves her; if so, you are bound in honour to resubdued, the more she slighted me, the more I sign her. loved ; and, as my pains increased, grew farther Hyp. Alas, sir! women have fantastic tastes, from cure. Her beauty struck me with that sub- that love they know not what, and hate they missive awe, that, when I dared to speak, my know not why; else, sir, why are you unfortawords and looks were softer than an infant's nate? blushes; but, all these pangs of my persisting D. Phi. I am unfortunate, but would rather

law.

die so, than owe my happiness to any help but . D. Phi. Thou liest, villain ! 'tis thy fear that an enduring love.

holds thee. Hyp. But, sir, I have endured, you see, in Hyp. Ah! let me go, I say. vain

Trap. Help, ho! I'm not able to hold him. D. Phi. If thoud'st not have me think thy story D. Man. Force him out of the room there; false, thy soft pretence of love a cheat, to melt call an officer; in the mean time, secure him in me into pity, and invade my justice, yield; sub- the cellar. mit thy passion to its merit, and own I have pro-| D. Phi. Hear me but one word, sir. posed thee like a friend.

D. Man. Stop his mouth- Out with him. Hyp. Sir, on my knees

[They hurry him off. D. Phi. Expect no more from me; either Come, dear son ! be pacified. comply this moment, or my sword shall force Hyp. A villain !

(Walking in a heat. thee.

Flo. Why should he be concerned, now he's Hyp. Consider, sir

secure? such a rascal would but contaminate the D. Phi. Nay, then, discover quick; tell me thy sword of a man of honour. name and family.

D. Man. Ay, son, leave him to me and the Hyp. Hold, sir. D. Phi. Speak, or thou diest.

Hyp. I am sorry, sir, such a fellow should have

A noise at the door. it in his power to disturb me. But Hyp. Sir, I will—Ha! they are entering—0, for a moment's courage! Come on, sir !

Enter RosaRA.
[She breaks from him, and draws, retiring,

till Don MANUEL, Flora, and Trap- D. Man. Look; here's my daughter in a fright
PANTI, with servants, rush in, and part to see for you.
them.]

· Hyp. Then, I'm composed again. W D. Man. Knock him down.

per 5* Runs to Rosara. Flo. Part them.

Ros. I heard fighting here; I hope you are not Hyp. Away, rascal! [To TRAP. who holds her. wounded, sir?

Trap. Hold, sir! dear sir ! hold; you have. Hyp. I have no wound but what the priest can given him enough.

heal! Hyp. Dog! let me go; or I'll cut away thy D. Man. Ay! well said, my little champion ! hold."

Hyp. Oh, madam, I have such a terrible escape D. Man. Nay, dear son! hold, we'll find a to tell you!

[Aside. better way to punish bim.

Ros. Truly, I began to be afraid I should lose Hyp. Pray, sir, give me way-a villain, to as- my little husband !

Aside. sault me in the very moment of my happiness! Hyp. Husband, quotha ! Get me but once

[Struggling. safe out of these breeches, if ever I wear them D. Phi. By heaven, sir, he this moment has again

[ Aside. confessed his villany, and begged my pardon upon D. Man. Come, come, children, the priest his knees.

stays for us. Hyp. D'ye hear him, sir! I beg you let me Hyp. Sir, we wait on you. (Ereunt. go; this is beyond bearing.

ACT V.

SCENE I.-Continues.

wit- There's but one way in the world I can

solve it- He must certainly have some reason Enter TRAPPANTI.

to hang himself, that he's ashamed to own; and Trap. Wiat, in the name of roguery, can this so was resolved first to be married, that his new master of mine be? he's either a fool or be friends might not wonder at the occasion ! But, witched, that's positive.-Fürst, he gives me fifty here he comes, with his noose in his hand. pieces for helping him to marry the lady, and, as soon as the wedding is over, claps me twenty

1 r Enter HYPOLITA and Rosara. more into the other hand, to help him to get rid | Hyp. Trappanti, go to Don Pedro; he has of her-Nay, not only that, but gives me a strict business with you. charge to observe his directions in being evidence Trap. Yes, sir.

(Exit Trap. against him as an impostor, to refund all the lics Ros. Who's Don Pedro, pray? I have told in his service; to sweep him clear Hyp. Flora, madam; he knows her yet by no out of my conscience; and, now, to swear the other name. robbery against him. What the bottom of this Ros. Well, if Don Philip does not think you can be, I must confess, does a little puzzle my deserve him, I'm afraid he won't find another

woman that will have him in haste. But this last of them; the rest of your fortune shall be paid escape of yours was such a master-piece ! | in the best Barbary gold to-morrow morning.

Hyp. Nay, I confess, between fear and shame, Hyr. Aye, sir, this is speaking like a father! I would have given my life for a ducat.

this is encouragement, indeed! Ros. Though I wonder, when you perceived D. Man. Much good may do thy heart and him so sensibly touched with his old passion, soul with them-and Heaven bless you together! how you had patience to conceal yourself any I have had a great deal of care and trouble to longer.

bring it about, children; but thank my stars 'tis Hyp. Indeed, I could not easily have resisted over-'tis over now—now, I may sleep with my it, but that I knew, if I had been discovered be- doors open, and never have my slumbers broken fore my marriage with you, your father, to be with the fear of rogues and rivals. sure, would have insisted then upon his contract | Ros. Don't interrupt him, and see how far his with him, which I did not know how far Don | humour will carry him. Philip might be carried in point of honour to

To HYPOLITA. keep; I knew, too, his refusing it would but the D. Man. But there is no joy lasting in this more incense the old gentleman against my bro-world; we must all die, when we have done our ther's happiness with you; and I found myself best, sooner or later; old or young, prince or obliged, in gratitude, not to build my own upon peasant, bigh or low, kings, lords, and common the ruin of yours.

whores must die ! nothing certain; we are forRos. This is an obligation I never could de ced to buy one comfort with the loss of another. serve.

Now I have married my child, I have lost my Hyp. Your assistance, madam, in my affair companion—[ have parted with my girl-her has overpaid it.

heart's gone another way now-She'll forget her old Ros. What's become of Don Philip! I hope father-I shall never have her wake me more, like you have not kept him prisoner all this while? a cheerful lark, with her pretty songs in a morn

Hyp. Oh, he'll be released presently; Flora | ing— I shall have nobody to chat at dinner with has her orders. Where's your father, madam? me now, or take up a godly book, and read me · Ros. I saw him go towards his closet; I be- to sleep in an afternoon. Ah! these comforters lieve he's gone to fetch you part of my fortune; are all gone now!

Weeps. he seemed in mighty good humour.

Hyp. How very near the extreme of one pas Hyp. We must be sure to keep it up as high sion is to another! Now he is tired with joy, till as we can, that he may be the more stunned he is downright melancholy. when he falls.

Ros. What's the matter, sir? Ros. With all my heart : methinks, I am pos- D. Man. Ay, my child! now it comes to the sessed with the spirit of disobedience- Now, test, methinks, I don't know how to part with could I, in the humour I am in, consent to any | thee. mischief that would but heartily plague my old Ros. Oh, sir! we shall be better friends than gentleman, for daring to be better than his word ever. to Octavio.

D. Man. Uh, uh ! shall we? wilt thou come Hyp. And if we don't plague him— But here and see the old man, now and then? Well, Heahe comes.

ven bless thee! give me a kiss-I must kiss thee

at parting : be a good girl, use thy busband well, Enter Don Manuel,

make an obedient wife, and I shall die conD. Man. Ah, my little conqueror! let me em

tented. brace thee!-- That ever I should see this Hyp. Die, sir! Come, come, you have a great day! this most triumphant day! this day of all while to live-Hang these melancholy thoughts! days in my life!

they are the worst company in the world at a *Hyp. Aye, and of my life, too, sir.

wedding--Consider, sir, we are young; if you

Embracing him. would oblige us, let us have a little life and D. Man. Aye, and my cares are over-now, I mirth, a jubilee to-day at least; stir your serhave nothing to do but to think of the other vants; call in your neighbours; let me see your world, for I've done all my business in this; got whole family mad for joy, sir. as many children as I could ; and, now I'm grown D. Man. Ha! shall we shall we be merry, old, have set a young couple to work that will do then? it better.

Hyp. Merry, sir! aye, as beggars at a feast. Hyp. I warrant ye, sir, you'll soon see whe-What! shall a dull Spanish custom tell me, when ther your daughter has married a man or no. I am the happiest man in the kingdom, I shan't

D. Man. Ah, well said! and that you may be as mad as I have a mind to? Let me see the never be out of humour with your business, look face of nothing to-day but revels, friends, feasts, you here, children, I have brought you some and music, sir. baubles that will make you merry as long as you D. Man. Ah! thou shalt have thy humourlive; twelve thousand pistoles are the least value thou shalt have thy humour! Hey, within there!

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