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Hel. You may depend on't, sir; nothing in my |
But what physician e'er can ease power shall be wanting; you have only to in
The torments which I feel? quire for Dr. Hellebore.
Think, charming nymph, whilc I comDor. Twont be long before I see you, hus
Ah, think what I endure! Hel. Husband! This is as unaccountable a
All other remedies are vuin ; madness as any I have yet met with!
The lovely cause of all my pain
Can only cause my cure.
Gre. It is, sir, a great and subtle question Gre, I think I shall be revenged on you now, among the doctors, Whether women are more my dear. So, sir,
easy to be cured than men? I beg you would atLear, I think I make a pretty good apotheca- tend to this, sir, if you please— Some say, No; ry, now,
others say, Yes; and, formy part, I say both Yes Gre. Yes, faitb; you are almost as good an and No; forasmuch as the incongruity of the apothecary, as I'm a physician; and, if you opaque humours that meet in the natural temper please, f'll convey you to the patient.
of women, are the cause that the brutal part will Lear. If I did but know a few physical hard always prevail over the sensible O ne sees words
that the inequality of their opinions depends Gre. A few physical hard words! Why, in a upon the black movement of the circle of the few hard words consists the science. Would you moon; and as the sun, that darts his rays upon taow as much as the whole faculty in an instant, the concavity of the earth
Come along, come along! Hold; the doc- Char. No, I am not at all capable of changing or must always go before the apothecary. my opinion.
(Ereunt. | Sir Jas. My daughter speaks! my daughter SCENE III.-SIR JASPER's house. speaks! Oh, the great power of physic! Oh, the
admirable physician! How can I reward thee Enter Sir JASPER, CHARLOTTE, and Muid.
for such a service! Sir Jes. Has she made no attempt to speak, Gre. This distemper has given me a most in
sufferable deal of trouble. Maid. Not in the least, sir; so far from it, ! [Traversing the stage in a great heut, the chat, as she used to make a sort of noise before,
Apothecary following. she is now quite silent.
Char. Yes, sir, I have recovered my speech; Sir Jas. Looking on his watch. 'Tis almost but I have recovered it to tell you, that I never the time the doctor promised to return-Oh, he will have any husband but Leander. is here! Doctor, your servant.
[Speaks with great eagerness, und drives Sue Enter GREGORY and LEANDER.
JASPER round the stage.
Sir Jas. But Gre. Well, sir, how does my patient ?
Char. Nothing is capable to shake the resoSer Jus. Rather worse, sir, since your pre- lution I have taken. scription.
Sir Jas. What! Gre. So much the better ; 'tis à sign that it Char. Your rhetoric is in vain; all your disoperates.
courses signify nothing. Sir Jos. Who is that gentlemam, pray, with Sir Jas. 1–
Char. I am determined; and all the fathers Gre. An apothecary, sir. Mr. Apothecary, I in the world shall never oblige me to marry condesire you would immediately apply that song Itrary to my inclinations. Prescribed.
| Sir Jas. I haver Sir Jas. A song, doctor! Prescribe a song? | Char. I will never submit to this tyranny; and Gre. Prescribe a song, sir! Yes, sir; prescribe if I must not have the man I like, I'll die a maid. à xong, sir. Is there any thing so strange in Sir Jas. You shall have Mr. Dapperthat? Did you never hear of pills to purge me- Chur. No-not in any manner-not in the Lancholy? If you understand these things better | least-not at all! You throw away your breath; than I, why did you send for me? 'Sbud, sir, this you lose your time: you may confine me, beat song would make a stone speak. But, if you me, bruise me, destroy me, kill me; do what you please, sir, you and I will confer at some dis-will, use me as you will; but I never will consent; tarce, during the application; for this song will nor all your threats, nor all your blows, nor all do you as much harm as it will do your daughter your ill usage, never shall force me to consent. zood. Be sure, Mr. Apothecary, to pour it down So far from giving him my heart, I never will her ears very closely.
give him my hand: for he is my aversion; I AIR VI.
hate the very sight of him; I had rather see the
devil! I had rather touch'a toad! you may make Lean. Thus, lovely patient, Charlotte sees ine miserable another way; but with him you Her dying patient kneel;
| shan't, that I'm resolved ! Spon cured will be your feigned disease;l Gre, There, sir, there! I think we have
return for your having made me an apothecary; | You may send for a dozen great doctors in vain : but I'll do as well for thee, I'll warrant. All give their opinion, and pocket their fees ;
Dor. So, so! our physician, I find, has brought Each writes her a cure, though all miss her disabout fine matters. And is it not owing to me,
euse ; sirrah, that you have been a physician at all?
Powders, drops, Sir Jas. May I beg to know whether you are
Julaps, slops, a physician or not-or what the devil you are? A cargo of poison from physical shops.
Gre. I think, sir, after the miraculous cure Though they physic to death the unhappy poor you have seen me perform, you have no reason maid, to ask whether I am a physician or no–And What's that to the doctor since he must be for you, wife, I'll henceforth have you behave with all deference to my greatness.
Would you know how you may manage her right
made as good a physician inyself; the cure was
Can never vary, owing to the apothecary, not the doctor.
If the lover be but the apothecary. AIR.—We've cheated the Parson, &c.
Chorus.-Can never vary, &c. When tender young virgins look pale and com-1
I thank Heaven and my own prudence; but I What need he trust your words precise,
Your soft desires denying;
Your tender heart complying.
Your tongue may cheat, ducing a young lady is acting like a very fine
And with deceit gentleman; but I shall keep my niece out of the
Your softer wishes cover; hands of such fine gentlemen.
But, Oh! your eyes Let. You wrong my master, nadam, cruelly;
Know no disguise, I know his designs on your niece are honourable.
Nor ever cheat your lover. Mrs. High. Hussy, I have another match for her: she shall marry Mr. Oldcastle,
Enter VALENTINE. Let. Oh! then, I find it is you that have a Val. My dearest Charlotte ! this is meeting dishonourable design on your niece!
my wishes indeed ! for I was coming to wait on Mrs. High. How, sauciness!
you. Let. Yes, madam; marrying a young lady, Let. It's very lucky that you do meet her who is in love with a young fellow, to an old here! for her house is forbidden ground-you one, whom she hates, is the surest way to bring have scen your last of that, Mrs. Highman swears. about I know what, that can possibly be taken. Val. Ha! not go where my dear Charlotte is?
Mrs. High. I can bear this no longer. I would What danger could deter me? Ivise you, madam, and your master both, tol Char. Nay, the danger is to be mine-I am'to keep from my house, or I shall take measures be turned out of doors, if ever you are seen in you won't like.
Erit. them again. Let. I defy you! We have the strongest party; Val. The apprehensions of your danger would, and I warrant we'll get the better of you. But indeed, put it to the severest proof: but why bere comes the young lady herself.
will my dearest Charlotte continue in the house
of one who threatens to turn her out of it? Why Enter CHARLOTTE.
will she not know another home; one where she Char. So, Mrs. Lettice!
would find a protector from every kind of dat Let. 'Tis pity you had not come a little sooner, ger? madam: your good aunt is but just gone, and Char. How can you pretend to love me, Va. has left positive orders, that you should make lentine, and ask me that in our present despemore frequent visits at our house.
rate circumstances? Char. Indeed!
Let. Nay, nay, don't accuse him wrongfully : Let. Yes, ma'am; for she has forbid my ma- I won't, indeed, insist, that he gives you any great ster ever visiting at yours, and I know it will be instance of his prudence by it; but, I'll swear it impossible for you to live without seeing him. I is a very strong one of his love, and such an in
Char. I assure you! Do you think me so fond, stance, as, when a man has once shewn, no wothen ?
man of any honesty, or honour, or gratitude.can Let. Do I! I know you are: you love nothing refuse him any longer. For iny part, if I had else, think of nothing else all day; and, if you ever found a lover who had not wicked, mercewill confesy the truth, I dare lay a wager, that nary views upon my fortune, I should have inaryou dream of nothing else all night.
ried him, whatever he had been. Char. Then to shew you madam, how well! Char. Thy fortune! vou know me, the deuce take me if you are not Let. My fortune!-Yes, madam, my fortune. in the right!
I was worth fifty-six pounds before I put into Let. Ab! madam, to a woman practised in the lottery: what it will be now I can't tell; but lore, like me, there is no occasion for confession. you know somebody must get the great prize, For my part, I don't want words to assure me of and why not I? what the eyes tell me. Oh! if the lovers would Val. Oh, Charlotte ! would you had the same but consult the eyes of their mistresses, we should sentiments with me! for, by Heavens! I apprenot have such sighing, languishing, and despair- | hend no danger but that of losing you; and, being, as we have.
lieve me, love will sufficiently reward us for all
the hazards we run on his account. SONG,
Let. Hist, hist! get you both about your buTould lovers ever doubt their ears,
siness, Oldcastle is just turned the corner, and (On Delia's vous relying)
it be should see you together, you are undone. The youth would often quit his fears,
Ereunt VALENTINE and CHARLOTTE. Now will And change to smiles his sighing. jI banter this old coxcomb severely; for, I think Your tongue may cheat,
it is a most impertinent thing in these old fellows And with deceit
to interpose in young people's sport.
Ou. Hem, hem! I profess it is a very severe
I easterly wind, and if it was not to see a sweet.