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John. What?

Rover. “ Since you will buckle fortune on my bark, to beat her burden, whether Iwill orno, I must have patience to enduretheload; butif black scandal, or foul faced"

John. Black! my foul face was as fair as yours before I went to sea.

Rover. “ Your mere enforcement shall acquittance me.”

John. Man, don't stand preaching parson Sackscome to the chariot.

Rover. Ay, to the chariot! “ Bear me, Bucephalus, among the billows,—-hey! for the Tygris !” [E:reunt.

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ACT THE THIRD.

SCENE I.

LADY A MARANTHIS House.

Enter LADY AMARANTH and EPHRAIM.

Lady Am. Though thou hast settled that distressed gentle-man's debt, let his sister come unto me; and remit a quarter's rent unto all my tenants. ‘

Eph. As thou bidd'stI have discharged from the pound the wido-w's cattle; but shall I let the lawsuit drop against the farmers son who did shoot the phea

sant? Lady Am. Yea; but instantly turn from my ser

vice the gamekeepcr's man that did kill the fawn, while it was eating from his hand. We should hate guile, though we may love venison.

Eph. I love ayoung (IOG.—[ASid6.] Since the death

of friend Dovehouse, who, (though one of the faithful, was an active magistrate, this part of the country is infested with covetous men called robbers, and l have, in thy name. said unto the people, whoever apprehendeth one of these, I will reward him, yea with thirty pieces of gold. [A loud knocking without.] That beating ofone brass against another at thy door, proclaimeth the approach of vanity, whose pride of heart swelleth at an empty sound. [Exit. Lady Am. But my heart is possessed with the idea of that wandering youth, whose benevolence induced him to part with, perhaps his all, to free the unhappy debtor. His person is amiable, his address (according to worldly modes) formed to please, to delight. But he's poor; is thatacrime? Perhaps mcanly born: but one good action is an illustrious pedigree. I feel I love him, and in that word are birth, fame, and riches.

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John. Oh, my lady, mayhap John Dory is not the man to be sent after young gentlemen that SC3i1ipL'i' from school, and run about the country play acting! Pray walk up stairs, Master Thunder. [Calls Qfli]

Lady Am. Hast thou brought my kinsman hither?

Jo/nt. Well, I havn't then.

Jane. If you havn't, what do you make a talk aboutit?

Jolm. Well, rlon't give me your palaver, young Miss Slip Slop.—Will you only walk up, if you please, Master Harry?

Jane. Will you walk up, if you please, l\'Iaster

Harry? Lady Am. Friendship requireth, yet I am not disposed to commune with company. [AIside.

Jane. Oh, bless me, ma’am! ifit isn't—
Enter Rovnn, Dressed.

Rover. “ ’Tis I, Hamlet the Dane !”—“ Thus far into the bowels of the land, have we marched on.” --“ John, that bloody and devouring boar !"

John. He called me bull in the coach.

Jane. Idont know what brought such a bull in the coach, 1

Rover. This the Lady Amaranth ! By Heavens, the very angel quaker!

Lady Am. [Turns] The dear, generous yogth, my cousin Harry! 9

Jo/m. There he's for you, my lady, and make the most of him.

Jane. Oh, how happy my lady is! he looks so charming now he's fine.

J0/m. Harkye! she's as rich as a Spanish Indiaman; and I tell you, your father wishes you'd grapple her by the heart—-court her, you mad devil. [Apart In RovER.] There's an engagement to be between these two vessels: but little Cupid's the only man that's to take minutes, so come. [To JANE.]

Jane. Ma’am, an’t I to wait on you?

J0/n. No, my lass, you're to wait on me.

Jane. Wait on this great sea-bull! lack-a-daisy! am I—am—

John. By this, Sir George is come to the inn. With

out letting the younker know, I'll go and bring him here! and smuggle both father and son into a joyful meeting. [Aside.] [To JAN Come now, usher me down like a lady. -. Jane. This way, Mr. Sailor Gentleman. [Exeunt Joan and JANE. Rover. By Heavens a most delectable woman! [Aside. Lady Am. Cousin, when I saw thee in the village free the sheep from the wolf, why didst not tell me then thou wert son to my uncle, Sir George? Rover. Because, my lady, then I—did'nt know it

myself— [Asiile. Lady Am. Why wouldst vex thy father, and quit thy school?

Rover. “ A truant disposition, good my lady, brought me from Wittenberg."

I-ady Am. Thy father designs thee for his dangeroun profession ; but is thy inclination turned to the voice of trumpets, and smiles of mighty slaughter?

Rover. “ Why, ma'am, as for old Boreas, my dad, when the blast of war blows in his ears, he's a tyger iii his fierce resentment."—‘But for me, “ I think it :1 pity, so it is, that villanous saltpetre should be digg'd out of the bowels of the harmless earth, which many a good tall fellow has destroyed, with wounds and guns, and drums, Heav’n save the_mark!" .

Lady Am. Indeed thou art tall, my cousin, and grown of comely stature. Our families have longbeen separated.

Rover. They have—Since Adam, I believe—[Aside. “ Then, lady, let that sweet bud of love now ripen to a beauteous flower.”

Lady Am. Love!

Rover. “ Excellent wench! perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee, and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.”

Laily Am. Thou art of a happy disposition.

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Rover. “ If I were now to die, ’twere‘ now to be most happy.” “Let our senses dance in concert to the joyfulminutes, and this, and this, the only discord make."

Enter J AN E, with cake and wine.

Jane. Ma’am, a1i’t please you, Mr. Zachariah bid me

Rover. “ Why, you fancy yourself Cardinal Wolsey in this family."

Jane. No, sir, I'm not Cardinal Wolsey, I'm only my lady's maid here- Jenny Gammon, at your serVICC.

Rover. “ A bowl of cream for your Catholic majesty.”

Jane. Cream l No, sir, it's wine and water.

Rover. “ You get no water, take the wine, great potentate."—[Gi'ves Lady AMARANTH a glass, than drinks]

Jane. Madam, my father begs leave

Rorer. “ Go, go, thou shallow Pomona.”—[Puts her out.] Eh! Zounds ! here's my manager,

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Enter FARMER Gammon and LAMP.

F. Gam. I hope her ladyship hasn’t found out 'tWflS I had Banks arrested. [Aside.]—-Would your ladyship give leave for this here honest man and his comrades to act a few plays in the town, ’cause I've let'n my barn; 'Twill be some little help to me, my lady.

Rover. My lady, I understand these affairs. Leave me to settle ’em. ,_ .

Lady Am. True; these are delusions, as a woman, I understand not. But by my cousin's advice I will abide; ask his permission.

Gum. 5o; l must pay my respects to the young squire. [Aside.] An't please your honour, if a poor man like me [Boas] durst ofler my humble duty-

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