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D. Lou. That, sir, I presume, my oath will bear to see the light, after this heap of ruin thou prove.

hast raised, by tearing thus asunder the most Oct. Or mine,

solemn vows of plighted love! Flo. And mine.

D. Man. Oh, don't insult me; I deserve the Trap. Ay, and mine, too, sir.

worst you can say—I'm a miserable wretch, and D. Man. Where shall I hide this shameful | I repent me. head?

Oct. Repent! canst thou believe whole years Flo. And for the robbery, that I can prove of sorrow will atone thy crime? No; groan on; upon him; he confessed to me at Toledo he sigh and weep away thy life to come, and, when stole this gentleman's portmanteau there to carry the stings and horrors of thy conscience have on his design upon this lady, and agreed to give laid thy tortured body in the grave-then, then me a third part of her fortune, for my assistance, -as thou dost me, when it is too late, I'll pity which he refusing to pay as soon as the marriage thee. was over, I thought myself obliged, in honour, Vil. So ! here's the lady in tears, the lover in to discover hin.

rage, the old gentleman out of his senses, most .. Hyp. Well, gentlemen, you may insult me if of the company distracted, and the bridegroom you please ; but, I presume, you'll hardly be able in a fair way to be hanged-the merriest wedto prove that I'm not married to the lady, or ding that ever I saw in my life! have not the best part of her fortune in my Cor. Well, sir, have you any thing to say, bepocket: so, do your worst; I own my ingenuity, fore I make your warrant? [To HYPOLITA. and am proud on't.

Hyp. A word or two, and I obey ye, sir-GenD. Mun. Ingenuity, abandoned villain - But, tlemen, I have reflected on the folly of my acsir, before you send him to gaol, I desire he may tion, and foresee the disquiets I am like to unreturn the jewels I gave him as part of my dergo in being this lady's husband; therefore, as daughter's portion.

I own myself the author of all this seeming ruin Cor. That can't be, sir-since he has married and confusion, so I am willing (desiring first the the lady, her fortune is lawfully bis. All we can officers inay withdraw), to offer something to the do, is to prosecute him for robbing this gentle- / general quiet. man.

Oct. What can this mean? D. Man. Oh, that ever I was born!

D. Phi. Psha! some new contrivance-Let's Hyp. Return the jewels, sir! If you don't pay be gone. me the rest of her fortune to-morrow morning, D. Lou. Stay a moment; it can be no harm you may chance to go to gaol before me. to hear him--Sir, will you oblige us ?

D. Man. Oh, that I were buried! will my. Cor. Wait without- Ereunt Officers. cares never be over?

| Vil. What's to be done now, trow? Hyp. They are pretty near it, sir; you can't Trap. Some smart thing, I warrant ye: the have much more to trouble you.'

| little gentleman hath a notable head, faith! Cor. Come, sir, if you please, I must desire to Flo. Nay, gentlemen, thus much I know of take your affidavit in writing.

him, that if you can but persuade him to be Goes to the table with Flora. honest, 'tis still in his power to make you all D. Phi, Now, sir, you see what your own amends, and, in my opinion, 'tis high time he rashness has brought ye to. Isow shall I be should propose it. stared at when I give an account of this to my D. Man. Ay, 'tis time he were banged, indeed, father, or your friends in Seville ! you'll be the for I know no other amends he can make us. public jest; your understanding, or your folly, Hyp. Then, I inust tell you, sir, I owe you no will be the inirth of every table.

reparation; the injuries which you complain of, D. Man. Pray forbear, sir.

your sordid avarice, and breach of promise here, Hyp. Keep it up, madam. [Aside to Rosara. I have justly brought upon you-Had you, as you

Ros. Oh, sir! how wretched have you made were obliged, in conscience and in nature, first me! Is this the care you have taken of me, for given your daughter with your heart, she had my blind obedience to your commands ? this my now been honourably happy; and, if any, I the reward for filial duty?

only miserable person here. D. Man. Ah, my poor child!

D. Lou. He talks reason. Ros. But I deserve it all for ever listening to D. Phi. I don't think him iu the wrong there, your barbarous proposal, when my conscience indeed. might have told me my vows and person, in jus- Hyp. Therefore, sir, if you are injured, you tice and honour, were the wronged Octavio's. may thank yourself for it. D. Man. Oh, oh!

D. Man. Nay, dear sir-I do confess my Oct. Can she repent her falsehood then, at blindness, and could heartily wish your eyes, or last! Is't possible ! theu I'ın wounded, too! Oh, mine, had dropped out of our heads before ever my poor, undone Rosara! [Goes to her.] Un- we saw one another. grateful! cruel! perjured man! how canst thou Hyp. Well, sir, (however little you have de

sign her.

served it) yet, for your daughter's sake, if you'll | Hyp. Examine well your heart; and, if the oblige yourself, by signing this paper, to keep fierce resentment of its wrongs has not extinyour first promise, and give her, with her full for- guished quite the usual soft compassion there, tune, to this gentleman, I'm still content, on that revive at least one spark, in pity of my woman's condition, to disannul my own pretences, and re

retences, and re- weakness.

D. Man. How! a woman! Oct. Ha! what says he?

D. Phi. Whither wouldst thou carry me? D. Lou. This is strange!

Hyp. Not but I know you generous as the D. Mun. Sir, I don't know how to answer you; heart of love; yet let me doubt if even this low for I can never believe you'll have good-nature submission can deserve your pardon–don't look enough to hang yourself out of the way, to make on me: I cannot bear that you should know me room for him.

yet. The extravagant attempt I have this day Hyp. Then, sir, to let you see I have not only run through, to meet you thus, justly may suban honest meaning, but an immediate power, to ject me to your contempt and scorn, unless the make good my word, I first renounce all title to same forgiving goodness that used to overlook the her fortune ; these jewels, which I received from failings of Hypolita prove still my friend, and you, I give him free possession of; and now, sir, soften all with the excuse of love. the rest of her fortune you owe him with her Oct. My sister! Oh, Rosara! Philip! person.

[All seem amazed. Oct. I am all amazement !

D. Phi. Oh, stop this vast effüsion of my transD. Lou. What can this end in ?

ported thoughts! ere my offending wishes break D. Phi. I am surprized, indeed !

their prison through my eyes, and surfeit on forD. Man. This is unaccountable, I must con- bidden hopes again: or, if my tears are false, if fess B ut still, sir, if you disangul your pre- your relenting heart is touched at last in pity of tences, how you'll persuade that gentleman, to my enduring love, be kind at once, speak on, and whom I am obliged by contract, to part with awake me to the joy, while I have sense to hear his

you. D. Phi. That, sir, shall be no let; I am too Hyp. Nay, then I am subdued indeed! Is it well acquainted with the virtue of my friend's ti- | possible, spite of my follies, still your generous tle, to entertain a thought that can disturb it. heart can love! Tis so! Your eyes confess it,

Hyp. Then my fears are over.—(Aside.)— and my fears are dead. Why, then, should I Now, sir, it only stops at you.

blush, to let at once the honest fulness of my D. Man. Well, sir, I see the paper is only heart gush forth? conditional, and, since the general welfare is con | Oh, Philip! Hypolita is-yours for ever! cerned, I won't refuse to lend you my helping [They advance slowly, and at last rush into hand to it; but, if you should not make your one another's arms. words good, sir, I hope you won't take it ill if a D. Phi. Oh, ecstasy! Distracting joy! Do I man should poison you?

then live to call you mine? Is there an end, at D. Phi. And, sir, let me, too, warn you how | last, of iny repeated pangs, my sighs, my toryou execute this promise; your flattery and dis ments, and my rejected vows? Is it possible--is sembled penitence have deceived me once already, it she? Oh, let me view thee thus with aching which makes me, I confess, a little slow in my eyes, and feed my eager sense upon the transbelief; therefore, take heed ! expect no second port of thy love confessed! What, kind! and mercy; for, be assured of this, I never can for- yet-it is, it is Hypolita! and yet 'tis she! I give a villain.

know her by the busy pulses at my heart, which Hyp. If I am proved one, spare me not- I only love like mine can feel, and she alone can ask but this–Use ine as you find me.

give,

[Eagerly embracing her. D. Phi. That you may depend on.

Hyp. Now, Philip, you may insult our sex's D. Man. There, sir.

pride, for I confess you have subdued it all in [Gives HYPOLITA the writing signed. | me; I plead no merit but my knowing yours; I Ros. Now, I tremble for her.

own the weakness of my boasted power, and now

Aside. am only proud of my humility. Hyp. And now, Don Philip, I confess you are D. Phi. Oh, never! never shall thy empire the only injured person here.

cease! 'Tis not in thy power to give thy power D. Phi. I know not that-do my friend right, away: this last surprise of generous love has and I shall easily forgive thee.

bound me to thy heart, a poor indebted wretch, Hyp. His pardon, with his thanks, I am sure I for ever. shall deserve; but how shall I forgive myself? Hyp. No more; the rest the priest should say Is there, in nature, left a means that can repair -but now our joys grow rude-here are our the shameful slights, the insults, and the long friends, that must be happy, too. disquiets you have known from love?

D. Phi. Louis ! Octavio! my brother now! D. Phi. Let me understand thee!

oh, forgive the hurry of a transported heart !

D. Man. A woman! and Octavio's sister! | rogue to your ladyship-and, if you had not part

Oct. That heart that does not feel, as 'twere ed with your money — its own, a joy like this, ne'er yet confessed the Hyp. Thou hadst not parted with thy honesty. power of friendship nor of love.

Trap. Right, madam ; but how should a poor

[Embracing him. / naked fellow resist, when he had so many pisD. Man. Have I then been pleased, and toles held against him? plagued, and frighted out of my wits by a wo

(Shews money. man all this while? Odsbud, she is a notable D. Man. Aye, aye; well said, lad. contriver! Stand clear, ho! for if I have not a Vil. La! a tempting bait, indeed! let him offair brush at her lips-nay, if she does not give fer to marry me again, if he dares. me the hearty sınack, too, odswinds and thunder!

[ Aside. she is not the good-humoured girl I took her for. | D. Phi. Well, Trappanti, thou hast been ser

Hyp. Come, sir, I won't baulk your good hu- viceable, however, and I'll think of thee. mour.-He kisses her. And now I have a fa- ! Oct. Nay, I am his debtor, too. vour to beg of you : you remember your pro Trap. Ah, there's a very easy way, gentlemen, mise; only your blessing here, sir.

to reward me; and, since you partly owe your [Octavio and ROSARA kneel. happiness to my roguery, I should be very proud D. Man. Ah! I can deny thee nothing; and, to owe mine only to your generosity. since I find thou art not fit for my girl's business Oct. As how, pray? thyself, odzooks! it shall never be done out of Trap. Why, sír, I find, by my constitution, that the family—and so, children, Heaven bless you it is as natural to be in love as an hungry, and together! Come, I'll give you her hand myself, that I ha'nt a jot less stomach than the best of you know the way to her heart; and, as soon as my betters; and, though I have often thought a the priest has said grace, he shall toss you the wife but dining every day upon the same dish, rest of her body into the bargain. And now my yet, methinks, it's better than no dinner at all; cares are over again,

and, for my part, I had rather have no stomach Oct. We'll study to deserve your love, sir.- to iny meat, than no meat to my stomach : upon Oh, Rosara !

which consideration, gentlemen and ladies, IdeRos. Now, Octavio, do you believe I loved you sire you'll use your interest with Madona herebetter than the person I was to marry?

to let me dine at her ordinary. Oct. Kind creature! you were in her secret, D. Man. A pleasant rogue, faith! Odzooks! then?

the jade shall have him. Come, hussy, he's an Ros. I was, and she in mine.

ingenious person. Oct. Sister! what words can thank you ?

Vil. Sir, I don't understand his stuff; when he Hyp. Any that tell me of Octavio's happi- speaks plain, I know what to say to him. ness.

Trap. Why, then, in plain terms, let me a lease D. Phi. My friend successful too! Then, my of your tenement-marry me. joys are double. But how this generous attempt Vil. Aye, now you say something I was was started first; how it has been pursued, and afraid, by what you said in the garden, you had carried with this kind surprise at last, gives me only a mind to be a wicked tenant at will. wonder equal to my joy.

Trap. No, no, child; I have no mind to be Hyp. Here is one, that, at more leisure, shall turned out at a quarter's warning. inform you all : she was ever a friend to your Vil. Well, there's my hand— and now meet love, has had a bearty share in the fatigue, and me as soon as you will with a canonical lawyer, now I am bound in honour' to give her part of and I'll give you possession of the rest of the the garland, too.

premises. D. Phi. How ! she?

D. Man. Odzooks! and well thought of! I'll Flo. Trusty Flora, sir, at your service. I have send for one presently. Hear you, sirrah! run to had many a battle with my lady upon your ac Father Benedict again, tell him his work don't count; but I always told her we should do her hold here; his last marriage is broke to pieces; business at last.

but now we have got better tackle, he must come D. Man. Another metamorphosis! Brave girls, and stitch two or three fresh couple together, as faith! Odzooks, we shall have them make cam- fast as he can, paigns shortly! D. Phi. Take this as an earnest of my thanks;

Enter Servant. in Seville, I'll provide for thee.

Hyp. Nay, here's another accomplice, too-con I Ser. Sir, the music's come. federate I cannot say; for honest Trappanti did D. Man. Ah, they could never take us in a not know but that I was as great a rogue as himn- better time-let them enter-Ladies, and sons self.

and daughters, for I think you are all akin to me Trap. 'Tis a folly to lie; I did not indeed, ina- now, will you be pleased to sit? dam-But the world cannot say I have been a

[After the entertainment VOL. IL.

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D. Man. Come, gentlemen, now our collation waits.

Enter Serdant. Ser. Sir, the priest's come.

D. Man. That's well; we'll dispatch him presently.

D. Phi. Now, my Hypolita,
Let our example teach mankind to love,

From thine the fair their favours may in

prove; To the quick pains you give our joys we owe, Till those we feel, these we can pever know. But warned with honest hope from my suc.

cess, Even in the height of all its miseries, Oh, never let a virtuous mind despair, For constant hearts are love's peculiar care.

(Exeunt omnes

THE

CARELESS HUSBAND.

BY

CIBBER.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.
MEN.

WOMEN.
LORD MORELOVE, attached to LADY Betty. | Lady Betty Modisk, attached to LORD MORE
LORD FOPPINGTON, a corcomb of fashion.

LOVE.
Sir CHARLES Easy, the Careless Husband. Lady Easy, wife to Sir CHARLES.

LADY GRAVEAIRS, a woman of intrigue.
Servant.

| MRS EDGING, woman to LADY EASY.

Scene-Windsor.

ACT І.
SCENE I.-Sir CHARLES Easy's lodgings.

Enter EDGING, hastily.
Enter LADY EASY.

Edg. O madam!

Lady Easy. What's the matter? Lady Easy. Was ever woman's spirit, by an Edg. I have the strangest thing to shew your injurious husband, broke like mine? A vile licen- | ladyship- such a discovery tious man! must he bring home his follies, too? Lady Easy. You are resolved to make it withWrong me with any very servant! 0! how te- out much ceremony, I find. What's the business, dious a relief is patience! and yet, in my condi- pray? tion, 'tis the only remedy: for to reproach him Edg. The business, madam! I have not pawith my wrongs, is taking on myself the means of tience to tell you; I am out of breath at the very a redress, bidding defiance to his falsehood, and thoughts on't; I shall not be able to speak this naturally but provokes him to undo me. The half hour. uneasy thought of my continual jealousy may Lady Easy. Not to the purpose, I believe ! teaze him to a fixed aversion ; and hitherto, but, methinks, you talk impertinently with a great though he neglects, I cannot think he hates me. Seal of ease." It must be so: since I want power to please bim, Edg. Vay, madam, perhaps not so impertinent he never shall upbraid me with an attempt of as your ladyship thinks; there is that will speak making him uneasy-My eyes and tongue shalt to the purpose, I ain sure-A base manyet be blind and silent to my wrongs; nor would

(Gives a letter. I have him think my virtue could suspect him, Lady Easy. What is this? An open letter ! till, by some gross, apparent proof of his mis- Whence comes it? doing, he forces me to see and to forgive it. Edg. Nay, read it, madam ; you will soQB

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