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ROSSETTA and Lucinda are discovered at Work,
seated upon two Garden Chairs,
Fairy promiser of joy,
Temp’rate sweet, that ne'er can cloy : Luc. Hope ! thou earnest of delight,
Softest soother of the mind,
Surest friend the wretched find:
Luc. Heigho !-Rossetta?
Luc. 'Tis a devilish thing to live in a village s hundred miles from the capital, with a preposterous gouty father, and a superannuated maiden aunt.-I am heartily sick of my situation.
Ros. And with reasonBut 'tis in a great measure your own fault: here is this Mr. Eustace, a man of character and family ; be likes you, you like him, you know one another's minds, and yet you will not resolve to make yourself happy with him.
Luc. Well, but my dear mad girl
Ros. Lucinda, don't talk to me-Was your Whence can you inherit
father to go to London ; meet there by accident So slavish a spirit ? .
with an old fellow as wrong-headed as himself; Confin'd thus, and chain'd to a log! and in a fit of absurd friendship, agree to marry Now fondled, now chid,
you to that old fellow's son, whom you had never Permilted, forbid;
seen, without consulting your inclinations, or al'Tis leading the life of a dog.
lowing you a negative, in case he should not For shome, you a lover!
Luc. Why, I should think it a little hard, I More firmuess discover ;
confess--yet, when I see you in the character of Take courage, nor here longer mope ;
a chambermaid Resist and be free,
Ros. It is the only character, my dear, in Run riot, n. me,
which I could hope to lie concealed; and, I can And, to perfect the picture, elope.
tell you, I was reduced to the last extremity,
when, in consequence of our old boarding-school Luc. And is tnis your advice?
friendship, I applied to you to receive me in this Ros. Positively.
capacity: for we expected the parties the very Luc. Here's my hand; positively I'll follow it. )
: next week. I have already sent to my gentleman, who is now
Luc. But had not you a message from your in the country, to let him know he may come
intended spouse, to let you know he was as little hither this day; we will make use of the oppor
inclined to such ill-concerted nuptials as you tunity to settle all preliminaries - And then
were? But take notice, whenever we decamp, you march
Ros. More than so; he wrote to advise me, off along with us.
by all means, to contrive some method of breakRos. On! madam, your servant; I have no
ing them off, for he had rather return to his dear inclination to be left behind, I assure you--But
studies at Oxford; and, after that, what hopes you say you got acquainted with this spark,
could I have of being happy with him? while you were with your mother during her last
Luc. Then you are not at all uneasy at the illness at Bath, so that your father has never
strange rout you must have occasioned at home? seen him?
I warrant, during this month you have been abLuc. Never in his life, my dear : and, I am
sent confident, he entertains not the least suspicion
Ros. Oh! don't mention it, my dear! I have of my having any such connection: my aunt, in
had so many admirers, since I commenced Abideed, has her doubts and surinises ; but, besides
gail, that I'm quite charmed with my situation that my father will not allow any one to be wiser
-But hold, who stalks yonder in the yard, that than himself, it is an established maxim between
the dogs are so glad to see? these affectionate relations, never to agree in
Luc. Daddy Hawthorn, as I live! He is come any thing.
to pay my father a visit; and never more luckRos. Except being absurd ! you must allow :
ily, for he always forces him abroad. By the they sympathize perfectly in that-But, now we
way, what will you do with yourself, while I are on the subject, I desire to know, what I am
step into the house to see after my trusty mesto do with this wicked old justice of peace, this
senger, Hodge? libidinous father of your's? lle tollows me about Ros. No matter ; I'll sit down in that arbour the house like a tame goat.
and listen to the singing of the birds: you know Luc. Nay, I'll assure you he hath heen a wag | I am fond of melancholy amusements. in his time you must have a care of yourself.
| Luc. So it seems, indeed: sure, Rossetta, none Ros, Wretched me! to fall into such bands,
of your admirers had power to touch your heart; who have been just forced to run away from my parents to avoid an odious marriage You
'Y | you are not in love I hope?
Ros. In love! that's pleasant. Who do you smile at that pow; and I know you think me
suppose I should be in love with, pray? whimsical, as you have often told me: but you
Luc. Why, let me see- What do you think must excuse my being a little over-delicate in
of Thomas, our gardener? There he is, at the this particular,
other end of the walk-He's a pretty young man, AIR.
and the servants say, he's always writing verses
on you. My heart's my own, my will is free,
Ros. Indeed, Lucinda, you are very silly.
Luc. Indeed, Rossetta, that blush makes you No mortal man shall wed with me,
look very handsome. Till first he's made my choice.
Ros. Blush! I am sure I don't blush.
Luc. Ha, ha, ha!
Ros. Pshaw, Lucinda, how can you be so rio And is there, then, no saving clause,
diculous? Against tyrannic sway?
Luc. Well, don't be angry, and I have done
in bis time--you must have call into such hands,
But suppose you did like him, how could flowers. Now or never is the time to conquer you help yourself?
myself: besides, I have some reason to believe
the girl has no aversion to me: and, as I wish AIR.
not to do her an injury, it would be cruel to fill
her head with notions of what can never happen. When once Love's subtle poison gains
Hums a tune.] Pshaw ! rot these roses, how A passage to the female breast, Like lightning rushing through the veins,
I They prick one's fingers !
Ros. He takes no notice of me; but so much Each wish, and every thought's possest : To heal the pangs our minds endure,
the better; I'll be as indifferent as he is. I am
sure the poor lad likes me; and if I was to give Reason in vain its skill applies ;
him any encouragement, I suppose the next thing Nought can afford the heart a cure,
he talked of would be buying a ring, and being But what is pleasing to the eyes. [Exeunt.
asked in church-Oh, dear pride! I thank you
for that thought. SCENE II.-Another part of the Garden.
Young Mea. Hah, going without a word, a look !-I can't bear that-Mrs. Rossetta, I am
gathering a few roses here, if you please to take Enter Young MEADOWS.
them in with you. Young Mea. Let me see on the fifteenth ofl. Ros. Thank you, Mr. Thomas, but all my la June, at half an hour past five in the morning, dy's
ve in the morning dy's flower pots are full. Taking out a pocket 'book.] I left my father's Young Mea. Will you accept of them for house, unknown to any one, having made free yourself, then ? [Catching hold of her. What's with a coat and jacket of our gardener's, which the matter? you look as if you were angry with fitted me, by way of a disguise ; so says my poc
me. ket-book; and chance directing me to this vil
| Ros. Pray, let go my hand. lage, on the twentieth of the same month I pro
anth I pro|
Young Mea. Nay, pr'ythee, why is this? you cured a recommendation to the worshipful Jus-shan't go; I have something to say to you. tice Woodcock, to be the superintendant of his
Ros. Well, but I'must go, I will go ; I desire, puinpkins and cabbages, because I would let my Mr. Thomas father see, I chose to run any lengths, rather than submit to what his obstinacy would have
AIR. forced me, a marriage against my inclination,
Gentle youth, ah, tell me why with a woman I never saw. [Puts up the book,
Still you force me thus to fly? and takes up a watering-pot.] Here I have been three weeks, and in that time I am as much alter
Cease, oh! cease to persevere; ed, as if I had changed my nature with my habit.
Speak not what ! must not hear; 'Sdeath to fall in love with a chambermaid!
To my heart its ease restore; And yet, if I could forget that I am the son and
Go, and never see me more. [Esit. heir of Sir William Meadows–But that's impos
| Young Mea. This girl is a riddle !--That she sible.
loves me, I think there is no room to doubt; she AIR.
takes a thousand opportunities to let ine see it:
and yet, when I speak to her, she will hardly 0! had I been by fate decreed.
give me an answer; and, if I attempt the smalSome humble cottage swain ;
lest familiarity, is gone in an justant-I feel my In fair Rossetta's sight to feed
passion for her grow every day more and more My sheep upon the plain ;
'violent-Well, would I marry her would I Whai bliss had I been born to taste, make a mistress of her if I could -Two things, Which now I ne'er must know !
called prudence and honour, forbid either. What Ye envious powers! why have ye placed am I pursuing, then? A shadow. Sure my evil My fair one's lot so low
genius laid this snare in my way. However,
there is one comfort, it is in my power to dy Ha ! who was it I had a glimpse of as I past by from it; if so, why do I hesitate? I am distracted, that arbour! Was it not she sat reading there! | unable to determine any thing. the trembling of my beart tells me my eyes. were not mistaken-Here she comes.
Still in hopes to get the better
Of my stubborn flame I try; Ros. Lucinda was.certainly io the right ofít, Swear this moment to forget her, and yet I blush to Own my weakness even to And the nest my oath deny. myself—Marry, hang the fellow for not being a Now, prepared with scorn to treat her. gentleman !
Every charm in thought I brave, Young Mea. I am determined. Iwon't speak Boast 'My freedom-fly to meet her, to-her [Turning toʻa rose-tree, and plucking the And confess myself her slave.
SCENE III.- A hall in Justice WOODCOCK'S
For erercise, air,
To the fields I repair,
The blisses I find,
No stings leuve behind,
Enter HAWTHORN, with a fowling-piece in his
hands, and a net with birds at bis girdle: and, afterwards, JUSTICE WOODCOCK.
Hodge. Did your worship call, sir.
J. Wood. Call, sir! where have you and the He worked and sung, from morn till night;
rest of these rascals been? but I suppose, I need No lurk more blythe than he.
not ask-You must know there is a statute, a fair And this the burthen of his song,
for biring servants, held apon my green to-day; For ever used to be
we have it usually at this season of the year, and I care for nobody, no, not I,
it never fails to put all the folks here-about out If no one cares for me.
of their senses.
Hodge. Lord, your honour, look out and see House, here, house! what, all gadding, all what a nice show they make yonder; they had abroad! house, I say, hilli-ho, ho !
got pipers, and fidlers, and were dancing as I J. Wood. Here's a noise, here's a racket! Wil- came along, for dear life--I never saw such a liam, Robert, Hodge! why does not somebody mortal throng in our village in all my born days answer? Odds my life, I believe the fellows have again. lost their hearing! [Entering.] Oh, master Haw- Haw. Why, I like this pow; this is as it should thorn! I guessed it was some such mad-cap- be. Are you there?
J. Wood. No, no, 'tis a very foolish piece of Haw. Am I bere? Yes : and, if you had been business; good for nothing but to promote idlewhere I was three hours ago, you would find the ness and the getting of bastards: but I shall take good effects of it by this time: but you have got measures for preventing it another year, and I che lazy, unwholesome, London fashion, of lying doubt whether I am not sufticiently authorised a bed in a morning, and there's gout for you~ already; for, by an act passed Anno undecimo Why, sir, I have not been in bed five minutes Caruli primi, which impowers a justice of peace, after sun-rise these thirty years, am generally up who is lord of the manorbefore it ; and I never took a dose of physic but Haw. Come, come, never mind the act; let once in my life, and that was in compliment to me tell you, this is a very proper, a very useful a cousin of mine, an apothecary, that had just meeting; I want a servant or two myself, I must set up business.
go see what your market affords; -and you shall J. Wood. Well, but, master Hawthorn, let me go, and the girls, my little Lucy and the other tell you, you know nothing of the matter; for, I young rogue, and we'll make a day on't as well say, sleep is necessary for a man; ay, and I'll as the rest. maintain it.
J. Wood. I wish, master Hawthorn, I could Haw. What! when I maintain the contrary? teach you to be a little more sedate : why won't
Look you, neighbour Woodcock, you are a you take pattern by me, and consider your digrich man, a man of worship, a justice of peace, nity ?-Odds heart, I don't wonder you are not a and all that ; but learn to know the respect that rich man; you laugh too much ever to be rich. is due to the sound from the infirm; and allow | Haw. Right, weighbour Woodcock ! health, me that superiority a good constitution gives me good-humour, and competence, is my motto: and, over you --Health is the greatest of all posses- if my executors have a mind, they are welcome sions; and 'tis a maxim with me, that an hale | to make it my epitaph. cobler is a better man than a sick king.
J. Wood. Well, well, you are a sportsman.
AIR. take my advice. A sportsman! why, there is
The honest heart, whose thoughts are clear nothing like it: I would not exchange the satis
From fraud; disguise, and guile, faction I feel, while I am beating the lawns and
Need neither fortune's frowning fear, thickets about my little farm, for all the enter
Nor court the harlot's smile. tainments and pageantry in Christendom. AIR.
The greatness, that would us make grade,
Is but an empty thing:
What more than mirth would mortals have ?
The cheerful mani's a king. (Exeunt. From pleasure they run :
Well, who cares a jot,
I envy them not,
i Hodge, I warrant you.
Luc. Nor, for your life, drop a word of it to LUCINDA, HODCE.
Hodge. Never fear me.
Luc. And, Hodge-
Sure you told me before ; Luc. Why, what's the matter?
I see the full length of my teather; Hodge. Why, you know I dare not take a
Do you think I'm a fool, horse out of his worship's stables this morning,
That I need go to school? for fear it should be missed, and breed questions; I can spell you, and put you together. and our old nag at home was so cruelly beat i'th' hoofs, that, poor beast, it had not a foot to set
A word to the wise, to ground; so I was fain to go to farmer Plough
Il'ill ala ays suffice ; sbare's, at the Grange, to borrow the loan of his Addsniggers, go talk to your parrot ; bald filly: and, would you think it ? after walk
I'm not such an elf, ing all that way-de'el from me, if the cross
Though I say it myself, grained toad did not deny me the favour.
But I know a sheep's head from a carrot, Luc. Unlucky!
(Exit HODGI. Hodge. Well, then, I went my ways to the King's Head in the village, but all their cattle Luc. How severe is my case! Here I am ob were at plough: and I was as far to seek below liged to carry on a clandestine correspondeoce at the turnpike : so at last, for want of a better, with a man in all respects my equal, because the I was forced to take up with dame Quicksett's oddity of my father's temper is such, that I dare blind mare.
not tell him I have ever yet seen the person I Luc. Oh, then you have been?
should like to marry-But, perhaps, he has qusHodge. Yes, yes, I ha' been.
lity in his eye, and hopes, one day or other, as I Luc. Psha! Why did not you say so at onceam his only child, to match me with a titlevala
Hodge. Aye, but I have had a main tiresome imagination! jaunt on't, for she is a sorry jade at best. Luc. Well, well, did you see Mr. Eustace, and
AIR. what did he say to you?-Come, quick-have you e'er a letter?
Cupid, god of soft persuasion, Hodge. Yes, he gave me a letter, if I ha'na'
Take the helpless lover's part : lost it.
Seize, oh seize some kind occasion, Luc. Lost it, man!
To reward a faithful heart. Hodge. Nay, nay, have a bit of patience : ad
Justly those we tyrants call, wawns, you are always in such a hurry. [Rum
Who the body would enthral; maging his pockets. I put it soinewhere in this
Tyrants of more cruel kind, waistcoat pocket. Oh, here it is!
Those, who would enslave the mind. Lue. So give it me.
(Reads the letter to herself. What is grandeur ? foe to rest, Hodge. Lord-a-mercy! how my arm achs with Childish mummery at best. beating that plaguy beast; I'll be hanged if I Happy I in humöle state ; won'na rather ha' ihrashed half a day, than ha' Catch, ye fools, the glittering bait. ridden her.
Luc. Well, Hodge, you have done your business very well. Hodge. Well, bave not I, now?
SCENE V--A Field, with a Stile. Luc. Yes~Mr. Eustace tells me, in this letter, that he will be in the green lane, at the other Enter Hodge, followed by MARGERT; and, sal end of the village, by twelve o'clock-You know time after, enter Young MEADOWS.
time after enter Young Mea where he came before? Hodge. Ay, ay.
Hodge. What does the wench follow me for Luc. Well, you must go there ; and wait till Odds flesh, folk may well talk to see you danhe arrives, and watch your opportunity to intro- | ing after me every where, like a tantony M duce him, across the fields, into the little sum- find some other road, can't you ! and don't kers mer-house, on the left side of the garden. wherreting me with your nonsense. Hodge. That's enough.
Mar. Nay, pray you, Hodge, stay, and let i Luc. But take particular care that nobody speak to you a bit ! sees you,
Hodge, Well; what sayn you?