[ocr errors]

L. P. Oh, I yield myself all up to your uncontroulable embraces -Say, thou dear dying man, when, where, and how? " Ah, there's Sir Paul.'

Care. 'Slife, yonder's Sir Paul, but if he were not come, I am so transported I cannot speak - This pote will inform you.

[Gives ber a note. Exit, Enter Sir Paul and Cynthia. Sir P. Thou art my tender lambkin, and flialt do what thou wilt - But endeavour to forget this Mellefont.

Cyn, I would obey you to my power, Sir; but if I have not him, I have sworn never to marry.

Sir P. Never to marry! Heavens forbid ! Must I nei. ther have fons nor grandsons ? Must the family of the Plyants be utterly extinct for want of issue male. Oh, impiety! But did you swear, did that sweet creature swear ! ha! How durst you swear without my consent, ah? Gads-bud, who am I?

Cyn. Pray don't be angry, Sir ; when I swore I had your consent, and therefore I swore.

Sir P. Why then the revoking my consent does annul, or make of none effect your oath; fo you may unswear it again The law will allow it.

Cyn. Ay, but my conscience never will.

Sir P. Gads-bud, no matter for that; conscience and law never go together; you must not expect that.

L. P. Ay, but Sir Paul, I conceive if the has sworn, d'ye mark me, if she has once sworn, it is most unchris ftian, inhuman, and obscene that fhe should break it. I'll make up the match again, because Mr. Careless said it would oblige him.

[Afde. Sir P. Does your Ladyship conceive fo? —Why, I was of that opinion once too Nay, if your Ladyship conceives so, I am of that opinion again ; but I can neither find

my Lord nor my Lady, to know what they in. tend.

L. P. I am fatisfied that my cousin Mellefont has been much wronged.

Cyn. [ffide.] I am amazed to find her of our fide, for I am sure she loved him.

L. P. I know my Lady Touchwood has no kindness for him ; and besides, I have been informed by Mr. Careless, that Mellefont had never any thing more than

a pro

or else

a profound respect-That he has owned himself to be my admirer, 'tis true, but he was never so presumptuous to entertain any dishonourable nocions of things; lo that if this be made plainI don't see how my daughter can in conscience, or honour, or any thing in the world

Sir P. Indeed if this be made plain, as iny Lady your mother says, child

L. P. Plain! I was informed of it by Mr. Careless And I assure you Mr. Careless is a person that has a most extraordinary respect and honour for you, Sir Paul. Cyn. [Aside. ] And for your Ladyship too, I believe,

you had not changed fides to loon; now I begin to find it.

Sir P. I am much obliged to Mr. Careless, really, he is a person that I have a great value for, not only for that, but because he has a great veneration for your La. dy ship.

LP, Ola, no indeed, Sir Paul, it is upon your ac. count.

Sir P. No, I protest and vow I have no title to his esteem, but in having the honour to appertain in some measure to your Lady ship, that's all.

L. P. Ola, now, I swear and declare, it fhian't be so, you are too modest, Sir Paul.

Şir P. It becomes me, when there is any comparison made between

L.P. O fy, fy, Sir Paul, you'll put me out of coun tenance Your very obedient and affectionate wife, that's all And highly honoured in that title.

Sir P. Gads-bud I am transported ! Give me leave to kiss your Ladyfhip's hand. Cyn. That my poor father should be so very filly!

[Afide. L. P. My lip, indeed, Sir Paul, I fwear you shall.

[He kiles ber, and bows very lore. Sir P. I humbly thank your Ladyfhip I don't know whether I fly on ground, or walk in air Gads-bud, she was never thus before. Well, I must own myself beholden to Mr. Careless-As sure as can be this is all his doing--something that he has said ; well, 'is a rare thing to have an ingenious friend. Well, your Lady fhip is of opinion that the match may go forward.

E 3

L. P.

[ocr errors][merged small]

L. P. By all means-Mr. Careless has satisfied me of the matter.

Sir P. Well, why then, lamb, you may keep your oath, but have a care of making ralli vows; come hither to me, and kiss papa.

L. P. I swear and declare, I am in fuch a twitter to read Mr. Careless's letter, that I cannot forbear any longer-But though I may read all letters first by prerogarive, yet I'll be sure to be unsuspected this time. Sir Paul.

Sir P. Did your Ladyship call ?

L. P. Nay, not to interrupt you, my dear--Only tend me your letter, which you had from your steward to-day: I would look upon the account again ; and may be increase the allowance.

Sir P. There it is, Madain. Do you want a pen and ink?

[Bows and gives the letter. L. P. No, no, nothing elfe, I thank you, Sir PaulSo now I can read my own letter under the cover of his.

[ Afide. Sir P. He? and wilt thou bring a grandson at nine months end---He? A brave chopping boy.-- I'll fettle a thousaud pounds a year upon the rogue as soon as ever he looks me in the face, I will Gads-bud. I am overjoyed to think I have any of my fainily that will bring children into the world. For I would fain have some refemblance of myself in my posterity, he, Thy!.. Can

contrive that affair, girl? Do; Gads-bud
• think on thy old father;' heh! Make the young rogue
as like as you can:
Cyn. I am glad to see you


Sir P. Merry ! Gads-bud I am ferious! I'll give thee
gool. for every inch of him that resembles ine; ah, this
eye, this left eye ! A thousand pounds for this left eye.
This has tlone execution in its time, girl ; why, thou hast
my leer, husly, just thy father's leer. --Let it be trans-
mitted to the young rogue by the help of imagination..--
Why 'tis the mark of our family, Thy; our house is
distinguished by a languishing eye, as the house of Austria
is by a thick lip Ah! when I was of your age, hus-
fy, I would have held fifty to one I could have drawn my
own picture-Gads-bud, but I could have done


not you

-nay, don't

[ocr errors]

not so much as you neither,

but blush

Cyn. I don't blush, Sir, for I vow I don't understand.'

Sir P. Pshaw, pfhaw, you fib, you baggage, you do understand, and you Mall understand : Come, don't be so nice ; Gads-bud don't learn after your mother-in-law, my Lady here--Marry Heaven forbid that you should follow her example, that would spoil all indeed. Blefs us, if you should take a vagary, and make a rah resolution on your wedding-night to die a maid, as she did, all were ruined, all my hopes loftMy heart would break, and my estate would be left to the wide world, he! I hope you are a better Christian than to think of living a nun, he ? Answer me.

Cyn. I am all obedience, Sir, to your commands. · L. P. [Having read the letter.) o dear Mr. Careless, I swear he writes charmingly, and he looks charmingly, and he has charmed me as much as I have charmed him ; and fo I'll tell him in the wardrobe when 'tis dark. O Crimine! I hope Sir Paul has not seen both letters[Puts the wrong letter hastily up, and gives him her own.

] Sir Paul, here's your letter, to-morrow morning I'll settle accounts to your advantage.

Enter Brisk. Brisk. Sir Paul, Gad's-bud you are an uncivil person, tell you,

and all that; and I did not think it had been in you.

Sir P. Ola, what's the matter now? I hope you are not angry, Mr. Brisk? Brisk. Deuce take me, I believe you

intend to marry your daughter yourself; you are always brooding over her like an old hen, as if she were not well hatched, 'egad, he? Sir P. Good strange! Mr. Brisk is such a merry,

facetious person, he, he, he. No, no, I have done with her, I have done with her now.

Brisk. The fiddles have stayed this hour in the hall, and my

Lord Froth wants a partner; we can never begin without her.

Sir P. Go, go, child, go, get you gone and dance, and be merry;

I will come and look at you by and by.— Where is my son Mellefont?

L. P.

let me

L. P. I'll send him to them, I know where he is
Brisk. Sir Paul, will you send Careless into the hall if

you meet him.

[ocr errors][merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

Sir P. I will, I will, I'll go and look for him on purpose.

(Ex, all but Brik. Brisk. So now they are all gone, and I have an opportunity to practise-Ah! my dear Lady Froth! She's a most engaging creature, if the were not so fond of that damned coxcombly Lord of hers; and yet I am forced to allow him wit too, to keep in with him.

-No matter, the's a woman of parts, and 'egad parts will carry her. She faid, she would follow me into the gallery -Now to make my approaches-Hem, hem! Ab, Ma- [Borus] dain !--Pox on't, why should I disparage my parts by thinking what to say; None but dull rogues think : witry men, like rich fellows, are always ready for all expences, while your blockheads, like poor needy scoundrels, are forced to examine their stock, and forecast the charges of the day. Here she comes ; I'll seem not to see her, and try to win her with a new airy invention of my own, hem!

Enter Lady Froth.
[Brisk fings, walking about.] I'm fick with love, ha, ha,
ha, pr’ythee come cure me.

I'm sick with, &c.
Oye powers ! O my Lady Froth, my Lady Froth! My
Lady Froth! Heigho! Break heart; Gods I thank you.

[Stands muhing with his arms across. L. F. O Heavens, Mr. Brisk! What's the matter?

Brisk. My Lady Froth! Your Ladyship’s most humble fervant The matter, Madam? Nothing, Madam, nothing at all'egad. I was fallen into the moit agreeable amusement in the whole province of contemplation : That is all(I'll seem to conceal my paflion, and that will look like respect.)

(Aside. L. F. Bless me, why did you call oué upon me so loud Brisk. O lord, I Madam! I beseech your Ladyship

When? L. F. Just now as I came in; bless me, why don't you know it?

[merged small][ocr errors]
« VorigeDoorgaan »