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and, for any thing else, if I were to comply now, I suppose you have some ungrateful brother, or cousin, who would want to cut my throat for my civilityso, truly, you had best go home again.

Louisa. Odious wretch ! [Aside.] But, good sig. nior, it is Antonio d’Ercilla, on whose account I have eloped.

Isaac. How! what ! it is not with me, then, that you are in love?

Louisa. No, indeed, it is not.

Isaac. Then you are a forward, impertinent simpleton ! and I shall certainly acquaint your father.

Louisa. Is this your gallantry?

Isaac. Yet hold-Antonio D'Ercilla, did you say? egad, I may make something of this Antonio D'Ercilla.

Louisa. Yes; and, if ever you hope to prosper in love, you will bring me to him.

Isaac. By St lago and I will too Carlos, this Antonio is one who rivals me (as I have heard) with Louisa--now, if I could hamper him with this girl, I should have the field to myself; hey, Carlos ! A lucky thought, isn't it?

Carlos. Yes, very good-very good

Isaac. Ah! this little brain is never at a loss cunning Isaac! cunning rogue! Donna Clara, will you trust yourself a while to my friend's direction ?

Louisa. May I rely on you, good signior.

Carlos. Lady, it is impossible I should deceive you.

AIR.

Had I a heart for falsehood framed,

I ne'er could injure you ;
For though your tongue no promise claim'd,

Your charms would make me true.

To you no soul shall bear deceit,

No stranger offer wrong ;
But friends in all the aged you'll meet,

And lovers in the young.

But when they learn that you have blesť

Another with your heart,
They'll bid aspiring passions rest,

And act a brother's part;
Then, lady, dread not here deceit,

Nor fear to suffer wrong;
For friends in all the aged you'll meet,

And brothers in the young.

Isaac. I'll conduct the lady to my lodgings, Car. los; I must haste to Don Jerome-perhaps you know Louisa, ma'am. She is divinely handsome isn't she ?

Louisa. You must excuse me not joining with you. Isaac. Why, I have heard it on all hands.

Louisa. Her father is uncommonly partial to her; but I believe you will find she has rather a matronly air.

Isaac. Carlos, this is all envy-you pretty girls never speak well of one another-hark ye, find out Antonio, and I'll saddle him with this scrape, I warrant! Oh,'twas the luckiest thought I-Donna Cļara, your very obedient-Carlos, to your post.

DUET.

Isaac. My mistress expects me, and I must go to her,

Or how can I hope for a smile? Louisa. Soon may you return a prosperous wooer,

But think what I suffer the while :

Alone, and away from the man whom I love,
In strangers I'm

forced to confide. Isaac. Dear lady, my friend you may trust, and he'll

prove,
Your servant, protector, and guide.

AIR-CARLOS.
Gentle maid, ah! why suspect me ?
Let me serve thee-then reject me.
Canst thou trust, and I deceive thee?
Art thou sad, and shall I grieve thee ?
Gentle maid, ah! why suspect me?
Let me serve thee-then reject me.

TRIO.
Louisa. Never may'st thou happy be,

If in aught thou'rt false to me.

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ACT THE SECOND,

SCENE I.

A Library in Don Jerome's House.

Enter Don JEROME and Isaac.

Jerome. Ha ! ha! ha! run away from her father! has she given him the slip? Ha! ha! ha! poor Don Guzman !

Isaac. Ay; and I am to conduct her to Antonio; by which means you see I shall hamper him so that he can give me no disturbance with your daughterthis is trap, isn't it? a nice stroke of cunning, heh? Jerome. Excellent! excellent !

yes, yes, carry her to him, hamper him by all means, ha! ha! ha!

poor Don Guzman! an old fool! imposed on by a girl!

Isaac. Nay, they have the cunning of serpents, that's the truth on't.

Jerome. Psha! they are cunning only when they have fools to deal with-why don't my girl play me such a trick- let her cunning overreach my caution, I say—heh, little Isaac !

Isaac. True, true; or let me see any of the sex make a fool of me-No, no, egad, little Solomon, (as my aunt used to call me) understands tricking a little too well.

Jerome. Ay, but such a driveller as Don Guzman, Isaac. And such a dupe as Antonio.

Jerome. True; sure never were seen such a couple of credulous simpletons; but come, 'tis time you should see my daughter-you must carry on the siege by yourself, friead Isaac.

Isaac. Sir, you'll introduce

Jerome. No- I have sworn a solemn oath not to see or speak to her till she renounces her disobedience; win her to that, and she gains a father and a husband at once.

Isaac. Gad, I shall never be able to deal with her alone; nothing keeps me in such awe as perfect beauty-now there is something consoling and encouraging in ugliness.

SONG.

Give Isaac the nymph who no beauty can boast,
But health and good humour to make her his toast,
If straight, I don't mind whether slender or fat,
And six feet or four-we'll ne'er quarrel for that.

Whate'er her complexion, I vow I don't care,
If brown it is lasting, more pleasing if fair ;
And though in her face I no dimples should see,
Let her smile, and each dell is a dimple to me,

Let her locks be the reddest that ever were seen,
And her eyes may be e'en any colour but green,
Be they light, grey or black, their lustre and hue,
I swear I've no choice, only let her have two.

'Tis true I'd dispense with a throne on her back,
And white teeth, I own, are genteeler than black,
A little round chin too's a beauty, I've heard,
But I only desire she mayn't have a beard.

Jerome. You will change your note, my friend, when you've seen Louisa.

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