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Wor. Do you know one captain Plume, sir ? | mil-yararality as if I had been the best lady in
Braz. Is he any thing related to Frank Plume the land. in Northainptonshire?-Honest Frank ! many, Bal. Oh! he's a mighty familiar gentleman as many a dry bottle have we cracked hand to fist. can be. You must have known his brother Charles, that was concerned in the India Company; he mar
Enter Plume, singing. ried the daughter of Old Tonguepad, the master Plume. But it is not so in Chancery, a very pretty woman, only she With those that go squinted a little; she died in child-bed of her Through frost and snow first child, but the child survived : 'twas a daugh Most apropos ter; but whether it was called Margaret or Mar My maid with the milking-pail. gery, upon my soul I can't remember. [Looking
[Takes hold of Rose. on his watch.) But, gentlemen, I must meet a How, the justice! then I'm arraigned, condemnlady, a twenty thousand pounder, presently, upon ed, and executed. the walk by the water-Worthy, your servant; Bal. Oh, my noble captain ! Laconic, yours.
[Exit Braz, Rose. And my noble captain, too, sir. · Bal. If you can have so mean an opinion of Plume. 'Sdeath! child, are you mad ?-Mr Melinda as to be jealous of this fellow, I think | Balance, I am so full of business about my reshe ought to give you cause to be so.
cruits, that I han't a moment's time to I have Wor. I don't think she encourages him so just now three or four people to
ch for gaining herself a lover, as to set up al Bal. Nay, captain, I must speak to you rival. Were there any credit to be given to his Rose. And so must I too, captain. words, I should believe Melinda had made him Plume. Any other time, sir- I cannot for my this assignation. I must go see, sir; you'll par-| life, sirdon me.
TĚrit Wor. Bal. Pray, sir Bal. Ay, ay, sir; you're a man of business Plume. Twenty thousand things I would But what have we got here?
but-now, sir, pray- Devil take me I cannot -I must
Breaks away. Enter Rose, singing.
Bal. Nay, I'll follow you. [Erit. Bal. Rose. And I shall be a lady, a captain's lady, Rose. And I, too.
[Erit. and ride single upon a white horse with a star, upon a velvet side-saddle; and I shall go to Lon
SCENE II.—The walk by the Severn side. don, and see the tombs, and the lions, and the king and queen. Sir, an please your worship, I
Enter MELINDA, and her maid Lucy. have often seen your worship ride through our grounds a hunting, begging your worship's par- Mel. And, pray, was it a ring, or buckle, or don. Pray, what may this lace be worth a-yard? pendents, or knots? or in what shape was the
Shewing some lace. almighty gold transformed, that has bribed you Bal. Right Mechlin, by this light! Where did so much in his favour? you get this lace, child?
Lucy. Indeed, madam, the last bribe I had Rose. No matter for that, sir; I came honest from the captain was only a small piece of Flauly by it.
ders' lace for a cap. Bal. I question it much.
Aside. Mel. Ay, Flanders' lace is as constant a preRose. And see here, sir, a fine Turkey-shell sent from officers to their women, as something snuff-box, and fine mangere : see here. Takes else is from their women to them. They every snuff affectedly.] The captain learnt me how to year bring over a cargo of lace to cheat the king take it with an air.
of his duty and his subjects of their honesty. Bal. Ob ho! the captain ! now the murder's Lucy. They only barter one sort of prohibited out. And so the captain taught you to take it with an air?
Mel. Has any of them been bartering with you, Rose. Yes, and give it with an air, too. Will Mrs Pert, that you talk so like a trader? your worship please to taste my snuff?
Lucy. One would imagine, madam, by your Offers the box affectedly. concern for Worthy's absence, that you should Bal. You are a very apt scholar, pretty maid! use him better when he's with you. And pray, what did you give the captain, for Mel. Who told you, pray, that I was concernthese fine things?
ed for his absence? I'm only vexed that I have * Rose. He's to have my brother for a soldier, had nothing said to me these two days : as one and two or three sweethearts I have in the coun- may love the treason and hate the traitor. Oh! try; they shall all go with the captain. Oh, he's here comes another captain, and a rogue that the finest man, and the humblest withal. Would has the confidence to make love to me; but, inyou believe it, sir? he carried me up with him deed, I don't wonder at that, when he has the to his own chamber, with as much fam-inam- assurance to fancy himself a fine gentleman.
* Lucy. If he should speak o' the assignation, I | Reason still keeps its throne, but it nods a little should be ruined.
[Aside. that's all.
Wor. Then you're just fit for a frolic.
Plume. As fit as close pinners for a punk in Braz. True to the touch, faith ! [Aside.) Ma- | the pit. dam, I am your humble servant, and all that, Wor. There's your play, then; recover me that Inadam. A fine river this saine Severn-Do you vessel from that Tangerine. love fishing, madam?
Plume. She's well rigged; but how is she Mel. 'Iis a pretty melancholy amusement for manned? lovers.
Wor. By captain Brazen, that I told you of Bruz. I'll go buy hooks and lines presently ; to-day; she is called the Melinda, a first rate, I for you must know, madam, that I have served | can assure you ; she sheered off with him just in Flanders against the French, in Hungary a- now, on purpose to affront me; but, according gainst the Turks, and in Tangier against the to your advice, I would take no notice, because Moors, and I was never so much in love before ; | I would seem to be above a concern for her beand, split me, madam, in all the carpaigns I haviour; but have a care of a quarrel. ever made I have not seen so fine a woman as Plume. No, no: I never quarrel with any your ladyship.
thing in my cups, but an oysterwench or a cookMel. And from all the men I ever saw, I never maid; and if they ben't civil, I knock them down. had so fine a compliment: but you soldiers are | But, bark'e, my friend, I'll make love, and I the best bred men; that we must alluw.
must make love-I tell you what, I'll make love Braz. Some of us, madam ; hut there are like a platoon. brutes anong us, too; very sad brutes; for my 1 Wor. Platoon ! how's that? own part, I have always had the good luck to Plume. I'll kneel, stoop, and stand, faith : prove agreeable. I have had very considerable most ladies are gained by platooning. offers, madam-I might have married a Gerinan Wor. Here they come; I must leave you, princess worth fifty thousand crowns a-vear; but
[Erit Wor. her stove disgusted mę. The daughter of a Tur Plume. So ! now must I look sober and dekish bashaw fell in love with ine, too, when I mure. was a prisoner among the infidels; she offered to rob her father of bis treasure, and inake her
Enter BRAZEN and MELINDA. escape with me; but I don't know how, my time was not come : hanging and marriage, you know, Who's that, madam? go by destiny: Fate has reserved me for a Shrop Mel. A brother officer of your's, I suppose, shire lady worth twenty thousand pounds. Do sir. you know any such person, madain?
Braz. Ay-my dear!
[TO PLUME. Mel. Extravagant coxcomb! Aside.] To be Plume. My dear! [Run, and embrace. sure, a great many ladies of that fortune would Braz. My dear boy ! how is't? Your name, be proud of the name of Mrs Brazen.
my dear! If I be not mistaken, I have seen your Braz. Nay, for that matter, madamn, there face. are women of very good quality of the name of | Plume. I never saw your's in my life, my dear Brazen.
— but there's a face well known as the sun's,
that shines on all, and is by all adored. Enter WORTHY.
Braz. Have you any pretensions, sir? Mel. Oh, are you there, gentleman !-Come, Plume. Pretensions ! captain, we'll walk this way. Give me your Braz. That is, sir, have you ever served hand.
abroad? Braz. My hand, heart's blood, and guts, are! Plume. I have served at home, sir, for ages at your service. Mr Worthy, your servant, my served this cruel fair, and that will serve the turn, dear! .
[Erit, leading Melindi. sir. Wor. Death and fire! this is not to be borne! Mel. So, between the fool and the rake, I shall
bring a fine spot of work upon my hands! I see Enter Plume.
| Worthy yonder; I could be content to be friends Plume. No more it is, faith!
with him, would he come this way. Wor. What?
Bruz. Will you fight for the lady, sir? Plume. The March beer at the Raven. I have Plume. No, sir; but I'll have her notwith-' been doubly serving the king; raising men, and standing. raising the excise, Recruiting and elections are rare friends to the excise.
Thou peerless princess of Salopian plains, Wor. You an't drunk?
Endy'd"by nymphs, and worshipped by the swainsPlume. No, no; whimsical only. I could be Braz. Oons! sir, not fight for her! mighty foolish, and fancy myself mighty witty. Plume. Prithee be quiet-I shall be outVol. II.
Behold, how humbly does the Severn glide, Syl. Yes.
you chaplain to the regiment. Braz. Don't mind him, madam-if he were Syl. Your promises are so equal, that I'm at a not so well dressed, I should take him for a poet; loss to choose. There is one Plume that I bear but I'll shew you the difference presently. Come, much coipmended in town; pray, which of you inadam, we'll place you between us, and now, is captain Plume? the longest sword carries her.
[Draws. Plume. I am captain Plume. Mel. (Shrieking.)
Braz. No, no; I am captain Plume.
Plume. Captain Plume! I'm your servant, my Oh, Mr Worthy! save me from these madmen. dear!
[Erit with. Wor. Braz. Captain Brazen! I'm your's—The fellow Plume. Ha, ha, ha! why don't you follow, dares not fight.
[Aside. sir, and fight the bold ravisher ? Braz. No, sir, you are the man.
Enter Kite. Plume. I don't like the wages; I won't be your man.
Kite. Sir, if you please Braz. Then, you're not worth my sword.
[Goes to whisper PLUME. Plume. No! pray, what did it cost?
Plume. No, no, there's your captain. CapBraz. It cost me twenty pistoles in France, tain Plume, your serjeant has got so drunk, he and my enemies thousands of lives in Flanders. | mistakes me for you. Plume. Then they had a dear bargain.
Braz. He's an incorrigible sot. Here, my
Hector of Holborn, here's forty shillings for you. Enter Sylvia, in man's apparel.
Plume. I forbid the bans. Look'e, friend, you
shall list with captain Brazen. Syl. Save ye, save ye! gentlemen.
Syl. I will see captain Brazen hanged first! I Braz. My dear! I'm yours.
will list with captain Plume: I am a free-born Plume. Do you know the gentleman?
Englishman, and will be a slave my own way. Braz. No, but I will presently--Your name, | Look'e, sir, will you stand by me? [To BRAZ. iny dear?
Bruz. I warrant you, my lad. Syl. Wilful, Jack Wilful, at your service. I Syl. Then, I will tell you, captain Brazen, (T. • Braz. What, the Kentish Wilfuls, or those of PlumE.] that you are an ignorant, pretending, Staffordshire?
impudent coxcoinb. Syl. Both, sir, both; I'm related to all the Braz. Ay, ay, a sad dog. Wilfuls in Europe, and I'm head of the family at Syl. A very sad dog. Give me the money, present.
noble captain Plume. Plume. Do you live in this country, sir? Plume. Then you won't list with captain Bra
Syl. Yes, sir, I live where I stand ; I have zen? neither home, house, or habitation, beyond this Syl. I won't. spot of ground.
Braz. Never mind him, child; I'll end the Braz. What are you, sir?
dispute presently. Hark'e, my dear! Syl. A rake.
[Takes Plume to one side of the stage, and Plume. In the army, I presume?
entertains him in dumb shew. ] Syl. No; but I intend to list immediately. Kite. Sir, he in the plain coat is captain Plume; Look'e, gentleman, he that bids the fairest, has I am his serjeant, and will take my oath on't. me.
Syl. What ! you are serjeant Kite? Bruz. Sir, I'll prefer you; I'll make you a cor- Kite. At your service. poral this minute.
Syl. Then I would not take your oath for a Plume. Corporal ! I'll make you my compa- farthing. nion; you shall eat with me.
Kite. A very understanding youth of his age ! Braz. You shall drink with me.
Pray, sir, let me look you full in the face. Plume. You shall lie with me, you young. Syl. Well, sir, what have you tu say to my rogue.
face? Braz. You shall receive your pay, and do no Kite. The very image of my brother; two bulduty.
lets of the same caliber were never so like: it Syl. Then, you must make me a field-officer. must be Charles ; Charles
Plume. Pho, pho, pho! I'll do more than all | Syl. What do you mean by Charles ? this; I'll make you a corporal, and give you a Kite. The voice, too; only a little variation in brevet for serjeaut.
F faut fat. My dear brother! for I must call Bruz. Can you read and write, sir?
you so, if you should have the fortune to enter into the most noble society of the sword, I be- 1 [Plume and BRAZEN fight a traderse or two speak you for a comrade.
about the stage, SYLVIA draws, and is Syl. No, sir, I'll be the captain's comrade, if held by Kite, who sounds to arms with his any-body's.
mouth, takes Sylvia in his arms, and carKite. Ambition ! there again ! 'tis a noble pas ries her off the stage. sion for a soldier; by that I gained this glorious Braz. Hold! where's the man? halberd. Ambition! I see a commission in his Plume. Gone. face already. Pray, noble captain, give me leave Braz. Then, what do we fight for? (Puts up.] to salute you.
[Offers to kiss her. Now, let's embrace, my dear! Syl. What! men kiss one another?
Plume. With all my heart, my dear! (PatKite. We officers do, 'tis our way; we live to- ting up.] I suppose Kite has listed him by this gether like man and wife, always either kissing time,
[Embraces. or fighting : but I see a storm coming.
Braz. You are a brave fellow! I always fight Syl. Now, serjeant, I shall see who is your with a man before I make him my friend; and captain by your knocking down the other. if once I find he will fight, I never quarrel with
Kite. My captain scorns assistance, sir. him afterwards. And, now, I'll tell you a se
Braz. How dare you contend for any thing, cret, my dear friend! that lady we frightened and not dare to draw your sword? But you are out of the walk just now, I found in bed this a young fellow, and have not been much abroad; morning, so beautiful, so inviting ;-I presently I excuse that: but prithee, resign the man, pri | locked the door-but I'm a man of honour-but thee do: you are a very honest fellow,
I believe I shall marry her nevertheless—her Plume. You lie; and you are a son of a whore. twenty thousand pounds, you know, will be a
[Draws, and makes up to Brazen. | pretty conveniency. I had an assignation with Braz. Hold, hold; did not you refuse to fight her bere; but your coming spoiled my sport. for the lady?
Curse you, my dear! but don't do so again Plume. I always do; but, for a man, I'll fight Plume. No, no, my dear! men are my busiknee-deep; so you lie again.
J ness at present,
SCENE I.—The walk continues. composition of a captain. What's here ? Rose,
my nurse's daughter! I'll go and practise. Come, Enter Rose and BULLOCK meeting.
child, kiss me at once. [Kisses Rose.] And her Rose. WHERE have you been, you great booby? | brother, too! Well, honest Dungfork, do you you are always out of the way in the time of pre- know the difference between a horse and a cart, ferment.
and a cart-horse ? eh? Bul. Preferment! who should prefer me? Bul. I presume, that your worship is a captain,
Rose. I would prefer you! who should prefer by your clothes and your courage. a man but a woman? Come, throw away that Syl. Suppose I were, would you be contented great club, hold up your head, cock your hat, and to list, friend? look big.
Rose. No, no; though your worship be a handBul. Ah, Ruose, Ruose! I fear somebody will some man, there be others as fine as you. My look big sooner than folk think of. Here has brother is engaged to captain Plume. been Cartwheel, your sweetheart; what will be- Syl. Plume ! do you know captain Plume? come of him?
Rose. Yes, I do, and he knows me. He took Rose. Look'e, I'm a great woman, and will the ribbands out of his shirt sleeves, and put them provide for my relations : I told the captain how into my shoes : see there, I can assure you, that knely he played upon the tabor and pipe, so he I can do any thing with the captain. set him down for drum-major.
Bul. That is, in a modest way, sir. Have a Bul. Nay, sister, why did not you keep that care what you say, Ruose; don't shame your paplace for me? you know I have always loved to rentage. be a drumming, if it were but on a table or on a Rose. Nay, for that matter, I am not so simple quart pot.
as to say, that I can do any thing with the cap
tain but what I may do with any body else. Enter SYLVIA.
Syl. So !- And pray, what do you expect
from this captain, child? Syl. Had I but a commission in my pocket, Il Rose. I expect, sir !- I expect--but he ordered fancy my breeches would become me as well as me to tell nobody—but suppose he should proany ranting fellow of them all; for I take a bold pose to marry me? step, a rakish toss, a smart cock, and an impu- Syl. You should have a care, my dear! men dent air, to be the principal ingredients in the will promise any thing beforehand.
Rose. I know that; but he promised to marry circumstances are not so good as the captain's; me afterwards.
| but I'll take care of you, upon my word. Bul. Wauns! Ruose, wbat bave you said? Plume. Ay, ay, we'll all take care of her; she Syl. Afterwards! After what?
shall live like a princess, and her brother here Rose. After I had sold my chickens--I hope shall be-What would you be ? there's no harm in that.
Bul. Oh, sir, if you had not promised the place
of drum-major! Enter PLUME.
Plume. Ay, that is promised; but what think
you of barrack-master? you are a person of unPlume. What, Mr Wilful! so close with my derstanding, and barrack-master you shall bemarket woman?
But what's become of this same Cartwheel you Syl. I'll try if he loves her. [Aside.] Close, sir, told me of, my dear? ay, and closer yet, sir. Come, my pretty maid! | Rose. We'll go fetch him—Come, brother baryou and I will withdraw a little.
rack-master--We shall find you at home, noble Plume. No, no, friend; Í han't done with her captain?
Ereunt Rose and Brı
Plume. Yes, yes; and, now, sir, here are your Syl. Nor have I begun with her; so I have as forty shillings. good a right as you have.
Syl. Captain Plume, I despise your listing-ino Plume. Thou’rt a bloody impudent fellow! ney; if I do serve, 'tis purely for love of that Syl. Sir, I would qualify myself for the ser- Wench, I mean--for you must know, that among
my other sallies, I've spent the best part of my Plume. Hast thou really a mind to the ser- fortune in search of a maid, and could never find vice?
one hitherto; so you may be assured, I'd not sel! Syl. Yes, sir; so let her go,
my freedom under a less purchase than I did my Rose. Pray, gentlemen, don't be so violent. estate-so, before I list, I must be certified that
Plume. Come, leave it to the girl's own choice. this girl is a virgin. Will you belong to me or to that gentleman ? Plume. Mr Wilful, I can't tell you how you
Rose. Let me consider; you're both very hand can be certified in that point till you try; but, some.
upon my honour, she may be a vestal for aught Plume. Now the natural inconstancy of her that I know to the contrary. I gained her heart, sex begins to work.
indeed, by some trifling presents and promises, Rose. Pray, sir, what will you give me? and knowing, that the best security for a woman's
Bul. Dunna be angry, sir, that my sister should heart is her person, I would have made myself be mercenary, for she's but young.
master of that too, had not the jealousy of my Syl. Give thee, child! I'll set thee above scan- impertinent landlady interposed. dal; you shall have a coach, with six before, and Syl So you only want an opportunity for acsix behind; an equipage to make vice fashion-complishing your designs upon her? able, and put virtue out of countenance.
Plume. Not at all, I have already gained my Plume. Pho! that's easily done : I'll do more ends, which were only the drawing in one or two for thec, child; I'll buy you a furbelow-scarf, and of her followers. Kiss the prettiest country give you a ticket to see a plav.
wenches, and you are sure of listing the lustiest Bül. A play! wauns! Ruose, take the ticket, fellows. and let's see the show.
Syl. Well, sir, I am satisfied as to the point in Syl. Look'e, captain, if you won't resign, I'll debate; hut now, let me bey you to lay aside go list with captain Brazen this minute.
your recruiting airs, put on the man of honour, Plume. Will you list with me, if I give up my and tell me plainly, what usage I must expect, title?
when I am under your command ? Syl. I will.
Plume. You must know, in the first place, then, Plume. Take her; I'll change a woman for a I hate to hare gentlemen in my company; they man at any time.
are always troublesome and expensive, sometimes Rose. I have heard before, indeed, that you dangerous : and, 'tis a constant maxim amongst captains used to sell your men.
us, that those who know the least obey the best. Bul, Pray, captain, do not send Ruose to the Notwithstanding all this, I find something so Western Indies.
agreeable about you, that engages me to court Plume. Ha, ha, ha! West Indies ! No, no, iny your company; and I can't tell how it is, but I honest lad; give me thy hand; nor you nor she should be uneasy to see you under the command shall move a step farther than I do. This gen- of any body else. Your visage will chiefly depend tleman is one of us, and will be kind to you, Mrs upon your behaviour; only, thus you must expect, Rose.
that, if you commit a small fault, I will excuse it; Rose. But will you be so kind to me, sir, as the if a great onc, I'll discharge you; for something captain would ?
tells me, I shall not be able to punish you. Syl. I can't be altogether so kind to you; my Syl. And something tells me, that if you do