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Prompter. [From within.] Sir, indeed, the pruning knife

Puff. The pruning knife-zounds! the axe! Why, here has been such lopping and topping, I shan't have the bare trunk of my play left presently.-Very well, sir-lhe performers must do as they please; but, upon my soul, I'll print il every word.

Sneer. That I would, indeed.

Puff. Very well-sir-then we must go on. [Exit UNDER PROMPTER.] Well, now if the scene is ready -we'll go on. [The Drup scene rises, and discovers a Wood scene.

A carpet spread on the stage and a chair in the centre.
So, now for my mysterious yeoman.

Enter a BEEFEATER.
· Beef. Perdition catch my soul, but I do love thee!
Sneer. Haven't I heard that line before ?
Puff. No, I fancy not.-Where, pray?

Dan. Yes, I think there is something like it in • Othello.'

Puff. Gad! now you put me in mind on't, I believe there is but that's of no consequence—all that can be said is, that two people happened to hit on the same thought-and Shakspeare made use of it first, that's all.

Sneer. Very true.

Puff. Now, sir, your soliloquy—but speak more to the pit, if you please the soliloquy always to the pit that's a rule.

· Beef. Tho' hopeless love finds comfort in dispair, 'It never can endure a rival's bliss ! • But soft.'

Puff. Put your finger to your head when you say that--and don't gallop off-steal cautiously off. Beef. But soft-I am observed.'

[Extı Beefeater stealthily. Dan. That's a very short soliloquy.

Puff. Yes—bul it would have been a great deal longer if he had not been observed.

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Sneer. A most sentimental Beefeater that, Mr. Paff,

Puj. Hark ye—I would not have you to be too sure that he is a Beefeater.

Sneer. What, a hero in disguise ?

Puff. No maller-only give you a hint.—But now for my principal character-here he comes-Lord Burleigh in person! Pray, gentlemen, step this way-softly -I only hope the Lord High Treasurer is perfectif he is but perfect!

Enter BURLEIGI! , goes slowly to the chair, and sits.

Sneer. Mr. Puff!

Puff. Hush! vastly well, sir! vastly well! a most interesting gravity!

Dan What, isn't he to speak at all ?

Puff. Egad, I thought you'd ask me that --Yes, it is a very likely thing, that a minister in his situation with the whole assairs of the nation on his head, should have time to talk! But hush! or you'll put him out.

Sneer. Put him out! how the plague can that be, if he's not going to say any thing? Puff. There's a reason! Why his part is to think :

if and how the plague do you imagine he can think, you keep talking ?

Dan. That's very true, upon my word! [Burleigh comes forward, and shakes his head.]

Puff Shake your head more-more-damnit, man, shake your head as if there was something in it. [Burleigh shakes his head extravagantly, and exit.]

Sneer. He is very perfect, indeed. Now, pray what did he mean by that ?

Puff. You don't take it?
Sneer. No; I don't upon my soul.

Puff. Why, by that shake of the head, he gave you to understand, that even though they had more justice in their cause, and wisdom in their measures, yet, if there was not a greater spirit shewn on the part of the people, the country would at last falla sacrifice to the hostile ambition of the Spanish monarchy.

Sneer. The devil!-Did he mean all that by shaking his head?

Puff. Every word of it--if he shook his head as I taught him. Sneer. O here are some of our old acquaintance.

Enter HATTON and RALEIGH. Sir C. My neice, and your neice too! By heav'n! there's witchcraft in't. He could not else * Have gain’d their hearls. But see where they ap

proach; "Some horrid purpose low'ring on their brows! • Sir W. Let us withdraw and mark them.'

[They retire upEnter the two NIECES. 6 1st. Nie. Ellena here! But see the proud destroyer of my peace. Revenge is all the good I've left.

[Aside. 2d Nie. He comes, the false disturber of my quiet. * Now vengeance do thy worst.

(A side. Enter WHISKERANDOS. Whis. O hateful liberty—if thus in vain "I seek my Tilburina!

Boch Nie. And ever shalt! [Sir Christopher and Sir Walter come forward.] Sir C. and Sir W. Hold! we will avenge you. Whis. Hold youmor see your nieces bleed.' [The two Nieces draw their twodaggers to strike

Whiskerandos; the lwo Uncles, at the instant, with their two swords drawn, catch their two Nieces' arms, and turn the pointsof their swords to Whiskerandos, who immediately draws two daggers, und holds them to the two Nieces?

bosoms.] Puff. There's situation for you! there's an heroic group! You see, the ladies can't stab Whiskerandos he durst not strike them for fear of their uncles--the uncles durst not kill him because of their nieces. I have them all at a dead lock ! for every one of them is afraid to let go first.

Sneer. Why, then they must stand there for ever.

Puff. So they would , if hadn't a very fine contrivance for't. Now, mind-Beef!

Enter BEEFEATER , with his Halberd. · Beef. In the Queen's name, I charge you all to drop Your swords and daggers !

[They drop their swords and daggers. Sneer. That is a contrivance, indeed! Puff. Aye-in the Queen's name.

Sir C. Come, niece! Sir W. Come, niece! [Exeunt with thetwo Nieces. "Whis. What's he who bidsusthusrenounceour guard? Beef. Thou must do more! renounce thy love! Whis. Thou liest, base Beefeater !

Beef. Ha! Hell! the lie!

By heav'n, thou'st rous'd the lion in my heart! • Off, yeoman's habit! base disguise ! off! off! [Discovers himself, by throwing off his upper dress,

and appearing in a very fine shape dress.] “Am I a Beefeater now? Or beams my crest as terrible as when • In Biscay's Bay I took thy captive sloop?

'Whis. I thank thee, fortune! that hast thus bestow'd ' A weapon to chastise this insolent.

[Takes up one of the swords. Beef. I take thy challenge, Spaniard, and I thank Thee, fortune, too! [Takes up the other sword, Whis. Vengeance and Tilburina ! Beef. Exactly so ! [They fight, and afler the usual number of

wounds given, Whiskerandos falls. 'Whis. O cursed parry! The last thrust in tierce • Was fatal ! Captain, thou hast fenced well! ' And Whiskerandos quits this bustling scenc For all eterBeef. —-nity, he would have added , but stern

death'Puff. O, my dear sir, you are too slow : now mind me. Sir, shall I trouble you to die again ?

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Whis. Certainly, sir! " And Whiskerandos quits

this bustling scene ? For all eter

[Rolls himself up in the carpet. · Beef.

-nity, he should have added'Puff. No, sir, that's not it: once more, if you please, and I'll kill you myself.

Whis. [Unrolling himself.] I wish, sir, you would practise this without me: I can't stay dying here all night.

[Exit. Puff. Very well, we'll go over it by and by. I must humour these gentlemen!

Beef. Farewell, brare Spaniard! and when nextPuff. Dear sir, you needn't speak that speech, as the body has walked off.

Beef. That's true sir; then l'll join the fleet.

Puff. If you please. [Exit BEEFEATER.] Now enter Tilburina!

Sneer. Egad, the business comes on quick here.

Puff. Yes, sir: now she comes in stark mad, in white satin.

Sneer. Why in white salin?

Puff. O Lord, sir, when a heroine goes mad, she always goes into white satin-don't she, Dangle!

Dan. Always—it's a rule.

Puff. Yes, here it is, [Looking at the book.] ‘Enter Tilburina, stark mad, in white satin, and her Confidant, stark mad, in white linen.' Enter TILBURINA and CONFIDANT, mad,

according to custom. Sneer. But what the deuce! is the Confidant to be mad too?

Puff. To be sure she is : the Confidant is always to do whatever her mistress does; weep when she weeps, smile when she smiles, go mad when she goes mad. Now, madam Confidant-but keep your madness in the background, if you please. Til. The wind whistles—the moon rises-[screams]

-see, They have kill'd my squirrel in his cage!--[Kneels.

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