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Here's the work tis always at,
Pitty, patty, pat, pit, pat.

When she makes the music tinkle,

What on earth can sweeter be ?
Then her little eyes so twinkle,

'Tis a feast to hear and see.

[Exit.

And so,

Sir Harry. By dad, this is a good merry fellow; is not he in love, with his pitty patty ? my lord, you have given your consent that he shall marry your mother's old housekeeper? Ah, well, I

can see

stand you.

Lord A. Nobody doubts, Sir Harry, that you are very clear-sighted.

Sir Harry. Yes, yes, let me alone; I know what's what: I was a young fellow once myself; and I should have been glad of a tenant, to take a pretty girl off my hands now and then, as well as another.

Lord A. I protest, my dear friend, I don't under

Lady S. Nor nobody else-Sir Harry, you are going at some beastliness now.

Sir Harry. Who? I, my lady! Not I, as I hope to live and breathe ! 'tis nothing to us, you know, what my lord does before he's married: when I was a bachelor, I was a devil among the wenches myself; and yet I vow to George, my lord, since I knew my Lady Sycımore, and we shall be man and wife eighteen years, if we live till next Candlemas-day, I never had to do

Lady S. Sir Harry, come out of the room, I desire.

Sir Harry. Why, what's the matter, my lady? I did not say any harm.

Lady S. I see what you are driving at; you want to make me faint,

Sir Harry. I want to make you faint, my lady!

Lady S. Yes, you do--and if you don't come out this instant I shall fall down in the chamber.-I beg, my lord, you won't speak to him. Will you come out, Sir Harry?

Sir Harry. Nay, but my lady!
Lady S. No, I will have you out. [Exeunt.

SCENE III.

Outside of the Mill.

Enter RALPH, with Mervin, in a Riding Dress,

followed by Fanny. Fanny. Ah, pray your honour, try if you have not something to spare for poor Fanny, the gipsy,

Ralph. I tell you, Fan, the gentleman has no change about him : why the plague will you be so troublesome?

Fanny. Lord, what is it to you, if his honour has . a mind to give me a trifle? Do, pray, gentleman, put your hand in your pocket.

Mervin. I am almost distracted! Ungrateful Theodosia, to change so suddenly, and write me such a letter! However, I am resolved to have my dismission face to face. This letter may be forced from her by her mother, who, I know, was never cordially my friend: I could not get a sight of her in London, but here they will be less on their guard; and see her I will, by one means or other.

Fanny. Then your honour will not extend your charity...

AIR.

I am young and I am friendless,
And poor,

alas ! withal;
Sure my sorrows will be endless;
In vain

for help I call.
Have some pity in your nature,
To relieve a wretched creature,
Though the gift be ne'er so small.

[Mervin gives her Money. May you, possessing every blessing,

Still inherit, sir, all you merit, sir,
And never know what 'tis to want ;
Sweet Heaven, your worship all happiness grant.

[Exit.

Ralph. Now I'll go and take that money from her; and I have a good mind to lick her, so I have.

Mervin. Pho! prythee, stay where you are.

Ralph. Nay, but I hate to see a toad so devilish greedy.

Mervin. Well, come, she has not got a great deal, and I have thought how she may do me a favour in her turn.

Ralph. Ay, but you may put that out of your head, for I can tell you she won't.

Mervin. How so?

Ralph. How so! why, she's as cunning as the devil.

Mervin. Oh, she is !-I fancy I understand you. Well, in that case, friend Ralph-Your name's Ralph, I think?

Ralph. Yes, sir, at your service, for want of a better.

Mervin. I say, then, friend Ralph, in that case, we will remit the favour you think of, till the ludy is in

a more complying humour, and try if she cannot serve me at present in some other capacity.—There are a good many gipsies hereabout, are there not?

Ralph. Softly-I have a whole gang of them here in our barn; I have kept them about the place these three months, and all on account of she.

Mervin. Really!

Ralph. Yea, - but for your life don't say a word of it to any christian-I am in love with her.

Mervin. Indeed !

Ralph. Feyther is as mad with me about it as Old Scratch ; and I gets the plague and all of anger ; but I don't mind that.

Mervin. Well, friend Ralph, if you are in love, no doubt you have some influence over your mistress : don't you think you could prevail upon her, and her companions, to supply me with one of their habits, and let me go up with them to-day to my Lord Aimworth's?

Rulph. Why, do you want to go a mumming? We never do that but in the Christmas holidays.

Mervin. No matter: manage this for me, and manage it with secrecy; and I promise you shall not go unrewarded.

Ralph. Oh! as for that, sir, I don't look for any thing; I can easily get you a bundle of their rags ; but I don't know whether you'll prevail on them to go up to my lord's, because they're afraid of a big dog that's in the yard; but I'll tell you what I can

I can go up before you, and have the dog fastened, for I know his kennel.

Mervin. That will do very well. [Exit RALPH]By means of this disguise, I shall probably get a sight of her; and I leave the rest to love and fortune.

[Exit.

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AIR.

I am young and I am friendless,

And poor, alas ! withal;
Sure my sorrows will be endless ;

In vain for help I call.
Have some pity in your nature,
To relieve a wretched creature,
Though the gift be ne'er so small.

[Mervin gives her Money. May you, possessing every blessing,

Still inherit, sir, all you merit, sir,
And never know what 'tis to want ;
Sweet Heaven, your worship all happiness grant.

(Exit.

Ralph. Now I'll go and take that money from her; and I have a good mind to lick her, so I have.

Mervin. Pho! prythee, stay where you are.

Ralph. Nay, but I hate to see a toad so devilish greedy.

Mervin. Well, come, she has not got a great deal, and I have thought how she may do me a favour in her turn.

Ralph. Ay, but you may put that out of your head, for I can tell you she won't.

Mervin. How so?

Ralph. How so! why, she's as cunning as the devil.

Mervin. Oh, she is !—I fancy I understand you. Well, in that case, friend Ralph-Your name's Ralph, I think?

Ralph. Yes, sir, at your service, for want of a better.

Mervin. I say, then, friend Ralph, in that case, we will remit the favour you think of, till the lady is in

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