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PROLOGU E. COULD those, who never try'd, conceive the sweat,
The toil requir'd, to make a play complete,
And stronger forces of a vig?rous brain :--
scenes, and strip him of the praise.
DOUBLE GALLAN T.
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A C T I.
At. 0, Clerimont, such an adventure! I was just going to your lodgings, such a transporting accident! in short, I am now positively in love for altoge-, ther.
Cler, All the fex together, I believe. At. Nay, if thou not believe ine, and stand my friend, I ain ruin'd past redemption.
Cler. Dear Sir, if I stand your friend without believe ing you, won't that do as well? But why thould you think I don't believe you? I have seen you twice in love. within this fortnight ; and it would be hard indeed to suppose a heart of so much mettle could not hold out a. third engagement.
Ai. Then, to be serious, in one word, I am honourably in love ; and, if the proves the woman I ain sure the mult, will positively marry her.
Cler. Marry! O degenerate virtue!
Cler. Sir, you may depend upon me. Pray give me leave first to ask a question or two: What is this honourable lady's name?
At. Faith, I don't know.
Cler. A very concise account of the person you design to marry. Pray, Sir, what is't you do know of her?
At. That I'll tell you : Coming yesterday from Greenwich by water, I overtook a pair of oars, whose lovely freight was one fingle lady, and a fellow in a handsome livery in the stern. When I came up, I had at first resolved to use the privilege of the element, and bait her with waterman's wit, till I came to the bridge ; but, as soon as she saw me, the very prudently prevented my design ; and, as I passed, bow'd to me with an humble blush, that spoke at once fach fenfe, fo just a fear, and modesty, as put the loosest of my thoughts to rout. And when the found her fears had moved me into manners, the cautious gloom that sat upon her beauties dif. appeared ; her sparkling eyes resumed their native fire; the looked, she smiled, she talked, while her diffufive charms new fired my heart, and gave my soul a softness it never felt before-To be brief, her converfation was as charming as her person, both easy, unconstrained, and sprightly: but then her limbs! O rapturous thought! The snowy down upon the wings of unfledged love, had never half that softness.
Cler. Raptures indeed. Pray, Sir, how came you so well acquainted with her limbs
At. By the most fortunate misfortune sure that ever was : for, as we were shooting the bridge, her boat, by the negligence of the waterman, running against the piles, was overset; out jumps the foorman to take care of a single rogue, and down went the poor lady to the bottom. My boat being before her, the stream drove her, by the help of her cloaths, toward me; at fight of her I plunged in, caught her in my arms, and, with much ado, supported her till my waterman pulled in to
But the charming difficulty of her getting into the boat, gave me a transport that all the wide water in