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gentle slumber, or half an hour's dozing, if it were only for the novelty of the thing

Ferd. Peace, booby, I say !Oh Clara, dear, cruel disturber of my rest!

Lopez. And of mine too.

Ferd. 'Sdeath! to trifle with me at such a juncture as this-now to stand on punctilios- love me ! I don't believe she ever did.

Lopez. Nor I either.

Ferd. Or is it, that her sex never know their de. sires for an hour together?

Lopez. Ah, they know them oftner than they'll own them.

Ferd. Is there, in the world, so inconstant a creature as Clara?

Lopez. I could name one.

Ferd. Yes; the tame fool, who submits to her ca. price.

Lopez. I thought he couldn't miss it. .

Ferd. Is she not capricious, teazing, tyrannical, obstinate, perverse, absurd ? ay, a wilderness of faults and follies; her looks are scorn, and her very smiles -'sdeath! I wish I hadn't mentioned her smiles ; for she does smile such beaming loveliness, such fascinating brightness-Oh, death and madness! I shall die if I lose her.

Lopez. Oh, those damned smiles have undone all !

Could I her faults remember,

Forgetting every charm,
Soon would impartial Reason

The tyrant Love disarm.
But when enraged I number

Each failing of her mind,
Love still suggests each beauty,

And sees while Reason's blind.

Lopez. Here comes Don Antonio, sir.

Ferd. Well, go you home I shall be there presently. Lopez. Ah, those cursed smiles !

[Exit. Enter ANTONIO. Ferd. Antonio, Lopez tells me he left you chaunting before our door--was my father waked ?

Art. Yes, yes ; he has a singular affection for mu. sic, so I left him roaring at his barred window, like the print of Bajazet - in the cage. And what brings you out so early ?

Ferd. I believe I told you, that to-morrow was the day fixed by Don Pedro and Clara's unnatural stepmother, for her to enter a convent, in order that her brat might possess her fortune; made desperate by this, I procured a key to the door, and bribed Clara's maid to leave it 'unbolted; at two this morning, I entered, unperceived, and stole to her chamber-I found her waking and weeping.

Ant. Happy Ferdinand ! Ferd. 'Sdeath! hear the conclusion I was rated as the most confident ruffian, for daring to approach her room at that hour of night.

Ant. Ay, ay, this was at first?

Ferd. No such thing; she would not hear a word from me, but threatened to raise her mother, if I did not instantly leave her.

Ant. Well, but at last?

Ferd. At last! why, I was forced to leave the house, as I came in.

Ant. And did you do nothing to offend her?

Ferd. Nothing, as I hope to be saved—I believe, I might snatch a dozen or two of kisses.

Ant, Was that all? 'well, I think, I never heard of such assurance !

Ferd. Zounds! I tell you, I behaved with the ute most respect.

Ant. O Lord! I don't mean you, but in her-but, hark ye, Ferdinand, did you leave your key with them?

Ferd. Yes; the maid, who saw me out, took it from the door.

Ant. Then, my life for it, her mistress elopes after you.

Ferd. Ay, to bless my rival, perhaps I am in a humour to suspect every body-you loved her once, and thought her an angel, as I do now.

Ant. Yes, I loved her, till I found she wouldn't love me, and then I discovered that she hadn't a good feature in her face.


I ne'er could


lustre see

that would not look on me ;
I ne'er saw nectar on lip,
But where my own did hope to sip.
Has the maid, who seeks ту

Cheeks of rose, untouch'd by art?
I will own the colour true,
When yielding blushes aid their hue.

Is her hand so soft and pure ?
I must press it, to be sure ;
Nor can I be certain then,
Till it, grateful, press again ;
Must I, with attentive eye,
Watch her heaving bosom sigh?
I will do so, when I see
That heaving bosom sigh for me.

Besides, Ferdinand, you have full security in my love
for your sister; help me there, and I can never
disturb you with Clara.
Ferd. As far as I can, consistently with the honour

of our family, you know I will; but there must be no eloping

Ant. And yet, now, you would carry off Clara?

Ferd. Ay, that's a different case—we never mean that others should act to our sisters and wives, as we do to others'-But, to-morrow, Clara is to be forced into a convent.

Ant. Well, and am not I so unfortunately circumstanced ? To-morrow, your father forces Louisa to marry Isaac, the Portuguese-but come with me, and we'll devise something, I warrant.

Ferd. I must go home.
Ant. Well, adieu !

Ferd. But, Antonio, if you did not love my sister, you have too much honour and friendship to supplant me with Clara.


Friendship is the bond of reason ;

But if beauty disapprove,
Heaven dissolves all other treason,

In the heart that's true to love.

faith which to my friend I swore,

As a civil oath I view;
But, to the charms which I adore,

'Tis religion to be true.


Ferd. There is always a levity in Antonio's manner of replying to me on this subject that is very alarming 'Sdeath! if Clara should love him after all!




A Room in Don JEROME's House.

Enter LOUISA and Duenna.

Louisa. But, my dear Margaret, my charming Duenna, do you

think we shall succeed? Duenna. I tell you again, I have no doubt on't; but it must be instantly put to the trial-Every thing is prepared in your room, and for the rest, we must trust to fortune.

Louisa. My father's oath was, never to see me till I had consented to

Duenna. 'Twas thus I overheard him say to his friend, Don Guzman, “ I will demand of her to-morrow,

once for all, whether she will consent to marry Isaac Mendoza; if she hesitates, I will make a solemn oath never to see or speak to her, till she returns to her duty.”- These were his words.

Louisa. And on his known obstinate adherence to what he has once said, you have formed this plan for my escape-But have you secured my maid in our interest?

Duenna. She is a party in the whole; but remember, if we succeed, you resign all right and title in little Isaac, the Jew, over to me.

Louisa. That I do with all my soul ; get him, if you can, and I shall wish you joy, most heartily. He is twenty times as rich as my poor Antonio.

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