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| Re-enter MachEATII, with rabble, &c. bawling
a Reprieve ! Jail Miss Polly and Miss Lucy entreat a word with you.
Mac. So, it seems, I am not left to my Ma. Gentlemen, adieu !
choice, but must have a wife at last — Look [Exeunt Bex Budge and Mat of the Mint.
ye, my dears, we will have no controversy now. Let us give this day to inirth, and I am sure
she, who thinks herself my wife, will testify her Enter Lucy and POLLY.
Ijoy by a dance. Mac. My dear Lucy! My dear Polly! what- All. Come, a dance, a dance! koever hath past between us, is now at an end.
Mac. Ladies, I hope you will give me leave
to present a partner to each of you; and (if I AIR.-All you that must take a leap. may without offence) for this time I take Polly
for mine--and for life, you slut, for we were Locy. Would I might be hanged !
really married-As for the rest-But at present Polly. And I would so too!
keep your own secret.
[To Polly. Locy. To be hanged with you! Polly. My dear, with you ! Mac. O leave me to thought! I fcar! I
[4 dance.] doubt! I tremble ! I droop!-See, my courage
AIR.—Lumps of pudding, &c. [Turns up the empty bottle. è out! Lacy. No token of love ?
Thus I stand, like a Turk, with his doxies Polly. Adieu !
around, Lacy. Farewell !
From all sides their glances his passion confound. Blac. But hark! I hear the toll of the bell !
For black, brown, and fair, his inconstancy burns, Jail. Foar women more, captain, with a child | And the different beauties subdue him by turns. s-piece. See, here they come.
Each calls forth her charms to provoke his de
sires, Enter Women and Children.
Though willing to all, with but one he retires. Mac, What! four wives more !-this is too | Then think of this marim, and put off all sorrow; much-Here-tell the sheriff's officers I am The wretch of to-day may be happy to-morrow. ready.
(Ereunt. Chorus. Then think of this marim, &c. slob. (within.) A reprieve! a reprieve!
Roo. Yes, Arethusa, I will release thee, or
AIR. die in the attempt! Dear friend, excuse my Are. Genteel in personage, rudeness; you know the reason.
Conduct, and equipage,
Noble by heritage,
Generous and free.
Brave, not romantic ;
Learn'd, not pedantic ;
Frolic, not frantic;
This must be he.
Engaging and new.
Neat, but not finical ; Hear. Well, go thy way, and get her; for
Sage, but not cynical ; thou desery'st her, o'my conscience-How have
Never tyrannical, I been deceived in this boy? I find him the very
But ever true. reverse of what his step-mother represented Ary. Why, is not Mr. Cuckoo all this? him; and am now sensible it was only her ill-| Adod, he's a brisk young fellow, and a little usage that forced my child away–His not hav- feather-bed doctrine will soon put the captain ing seen me since he was five years old, renders out of vour head ; and, to put you out of his te a perfect stranger to him-Under that pre
| power, you shall be given over to the squire totence I have got into his acquaintance, and find morro bin all I wish If this plot of his fails, I believe Are. Surely, sir, you will at least defer it one my money must buy him the girl at last. [Exit.day.
Arg. No, nor one hour-To-morrow mornSCENE II.-A chamber in Argus's house. ing, at eight of the clock precisely—In the
mean time, take notice, the squire's sister is Arethusa solus.
hourly expected ; so, pray do you be civil and
sociable with her, and let me have none of AIR.
your pouts and glouts, as you tender my disAre. See! the radiant queen of night
Erit ARGUS. Sheds on all her kindly beams;
Are. To-morrow is short warning: but we Gilds the plains with cheerful light,
I may be too cunuing for you yet, old gentleman.
O Betty! welcome a thousand times! what
news? have you seen the captain ? In the absence of my dear.
Bet. Yes, madam; and if you were to see
him in his new rigging, you'd split your sides Enter Argus.
with laughing--Such a hoyden, such a piece of
country stuff, you never set your eyes on ! Arg. Pray, daughter, what lingo is that same | But the petticoats are soon thrown off; and if Fou chant and sputter out at this rate?
good luck attends us, you may easily conjure Art. English, sir.
| Miss Malkin, the squire's sister, into your own Arg. English, quotha! adod I took it to be dear captain. Donsense.
Are. But when will they come? Are. 'Tis a hymn to the moon.
Bet. Instantly, madam; he only stars to Arg. A hymn to the moon! I'll bave none of settle matters for our escape. He's in deep your bymns in my house-Give me the book, consultation with his privy-counsellor Robin, bousewife.
who is to attend him in the quality of a counAre. I hope, sir, there is no crime in reading try put- They'll both be here in a moment; a barmless poen?
so let's in, and pack up the jewels, that we may Arg, Gire me the book, I say? poems, with a be ready at once to leap into the saddle of pox! what are they good for, but to blow up liberty, and ride full speed to your desires. the fire of love, and make young wenches Are. Dear Betty. let's make haste; I think wanton ?--But I have taken care of you, mis- every moment an age, till I'm free from this tress! for to-morrow you shall have a husband bondage. to stay your stomach, and no less a person than 'squire Cuckoo.
AIR. Are. You will not, surely, be so cruel as to When parents obstinate and cruel prote, marry me to a man I cannot love!
And force us to a man we cannot love, Arg. Why, What sort of a inan would you ! 'Tis fit we disappoint the sot did ettes, base, Mrs Minx?
| And wisely get us husbands for ourseltes.
Bet. There they are— in, in!
Enter BETTY. [A knocking without.
Take this young lady to my daughter; 'tis W ARGUS from above.
squire Cuckoo's sister; and, d'ye heart make Arg. You're woundy hasty, methinks, to much of her, I charge you. knock at that rate-This is certainly some Bet. Yes, sir- Please to follow me macourtier come to borrow money; I know it by dam. the saucy rapping of the footman-Who's at Roo. Now, you rogue, for a lie an hour and the door?
a half long, to keep the old fellow in susRob. Without.) Tummos !
pence. Aside to Robis. Exit with Betty. Arg. Tummos ! Who's Tummos? Who would Rob. Well, master! don't you think my you speak with, friend?
mistress a dainty young woman! She's wonRob. Without. With young master's vather- derfully bemired in our country for her shapes. in-law, that mun be, master Hardguts.
Arg. Oh, she's a fine creature, indeed! But,
Rob. Why, one cannot find a man out in Rob. Without.] Why, young mistress is come this same Londonshire, there are so many out of the country to see brother's wife, that taverns and chockling bousen ; you may as mun be, that's all.
well syek a needle in a hay fardel, as they say'n Arg. Odso, the squire's sister! I'm sorry I i' the country. I was at squire's lodging yonder, made her wait so long,
Erit hastily, and there was nobody but a prate-apace
whoreson of a foot-boy, and he told me maister
was at a chockling house, and all the while the SCENE III-A chamber.
vixon did nothing but taunt and laugh at me: ARGUS introduciny ROVEWELL in woman's
I'cod I could have found in my heart to have
gi'n him a good whirrit in the chops. So, I clothes, followed by Robin as a clown. I went to
went to one chockling-house, and t'other Arg. Save you, fair lady! your welcome to chockling-house, till I was quite weary; and I town. [RovEWELL curtseys.] A very modest could see nothing but a many people supping maiden, truly! How long have you been | hot suppings, and reading your gazing papers : in town?
we had much ado to find out your worship's Rob. Why, an hour and a bit or so w e house; the vixen boys set us o' thick side, and just put up horses at King's Arms yonder, and that side, till we were almost quite lost; an' staid a crum to zee poor things feed, for your it were not for an honest fellow that knowed London ostlers give little enough to poor your worship, and set us in the right way. beasts; an' you stond pot by 'em yourzell, and Arg. Tis pity they should use strangers so; see 'em fed, as soon as your back's turned, but as to your young mistress, does she never adod, they'll cheat you afore your face. speak?
Ary. Why, how now, Clodpate ? are you to Rob. Adod, sir, never to a mon; why, she speak before your mistress, and with your bat wo'not speak to her own father, she's so main on, too? Is that your country-breeding? bashful.
Rob. Why, an 'tis on, 'tis on, an' 'tis off, Arg. That's strange, indeed! But how 'tis off-what cares Tummos for your false-does my friend, sir Roger? he's well, I hope? hearted London compliments? An' you'd Rob. Hearty still, sir-He has drunk down have an answer from young mistress, you six fox-hnnters sin last Lammas! He holds his mun look to Tummos; for she's so main bash-old course still; twenty pipes a-day, a cup of ful, she never speaks one word but her mum in the morning, a tankard of ale at noon, prayers, and thos'n so softly that nobody can and three bottles of stingo at night. The same hear her.
mon now he was thirty years ago, and young Arg. I like her the better for that; silence squire Yedward is just come from varsity; lawd is a heavenly virtue in a woman, but very rare he's mainly growd sin you saw him! he's a fine to be found in this wicked place. Have you proper tall gentleman now; why he's near upon seen your brother, pretty lady, since you came as tall as you or I, mun, to town? [ROVEWELL curtseys.] 0, miraculous Arg. Good now, good now! But woulds't modesty ! would all women were thus ? Can't drink, honest friend. you speak, madam?
| Rob. I don't care an' I do, a bit or so; for
Take this honest fellow down, and make him
| Rob. Ah! pray, take care and make much pose tha Fou. Here,91.
of me, for I am a bitter honest fellow, an' you together in an instant; and then I'll trust you did but know me. [Erit ROBIx, with servant. to come back to your cage again, if you can do
Arg. Tliese country fellows are very blunt, it with a safe conscience. but very honest. I would fain hear his mis- Arg. Here's a treacherous jade! but I'll do tress talk. lle said she would find her tongue your business for you, Mrs. Jezebel. [Aside. when she was amongst those of her own sex. Bet. Consider, madam, what a life you lead I'll go listen for once, and hear what the young here; what a jealous, ill-natured, watchful, uits have to say to one another. [Erit. covetous, barbarous, old cuff of a father you
have to deal with. What a glorious opportuEnter RoveWELL, ARETI USA, and Betty. Inity this is, and what a sad, sad, very sad thing
Rore. Dear Arethusa, delay not the time it is, to die a maid ! chus; your father will certainly come in and surprise us.
AIR. Bet. Let us make hay while the sun shines, mnadam: I long to be out of this prison.
Would you live a stale virgin for ever ? Are. So do I; but not on the captain's con
Sure you are out of your senses, ditions, to be his prisoner for life.
Or these are pretences ; Rove. I shall run mad if you trifle thus :)
Can you part with a person so clever ? name your conditions ; I sign my consent be
In troth you are highly to blame. fore-hand.
And you, my lovcr, to trifle ; Are. Indeed, captain, I am afraid to trust
I thought that a soldier, you.
Was wiser and bolder !
A warrior should plunder and rifle ;
A captain! Oh, fie for shame!
Arg. If that jade dies a maid, I'll die a marNor say you love sincerely;
[Aside. When you're betrayed,
Bet. In short, madam, if you stay much lonYou'll treat me most severely,
ger, you may repent it every vein in your heart And fly what once you did pursue.
--The old hunks will undoubtedly pop in upon Happy the fair
|us aud discover all, and then we're undone for the ne'er believes you,
ever. But gives despair,
Arg. You may go to the devil for ever, Mrs. Or else deceives you,
[ Aside. And learns inconstancy from you.
Are. Well, captain, if you should deceive Roze. Unkind Arethusa! I little expected me! thus usage from you.
Rox. If I do, may heaven
Are. Nay, no swearing, captain, for fear you should prove like the rest of your sex.
Roo. How can you doubt me, Arethusa, ll'hen did you see
when you bnow how much I love you? Any falsehood in me,
Arg. A wheedling dog! But I'll spoil his That thus you unkindly suspect me ?
Aside, Speak, speak your mind ;
Bet. Come, come away, dear madam I For I fear you're inclined,
have the jewels; but stay, I'll go first, and sec In spite of my truth, to reject me.
if the coast be clear. [ARGt's meets her. If it must be so,
Arg. Where are you a-going, pretty maiden? To the wars I will go,
Bet. Only do-do-do---down stairs, sir. Where danger my passion shall smother ; Ary. And what hast thou got there, child? I'd rather perish there,
Bet. Nothing but pi---pi--pi-pins, sir. Than linger in despair,
Arg. Here, give me the pins, and do you go Or see you in the arms of another.
to hell, Mrs. Minx! D've hear? out of my
house this moment! these are chamber jades, Enter Argus behind.
forsooth!--O tempora ! O morcs ! what an age Arg. So, so; this is as it should be; they are is this! Get you in forsooth ; I'll talk with you as gracions as they can be already- How the anon, [Erit ARETHU'SA.] So, captain, arc yomg tit smuggles her! Adod, she kisses with those your regimental clothes? I'll assure you a bearty good-will.
they become you mightily. If you did but see Are. I must confess, captain, I am half in-yourself now, how much like a hero yon look! clined to believe you.
Ecce signum! ha, ha, ha! Arg. Captain! how is this ! bless my eye- Rore, Blood and fury! stop your grinning, sight! I know the villain now; but I'll be or I'll stretch your mouth with a vengeance. even with him,
L.Iside. Ary. Nay, nay, captain Belswagger, if you're Bet. Dear madam, don't trifle so; thic par- so passionate, 'tis high time to call aid and asson is at the very next door, you'll be tacked sistance: here, Richard, Thomas, John! help