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Here, my

Behold, how humbly does the Severn glide, Syl. Yes.
To greet thee, princess of the Severn side! Braz. Then your business is done—I'll make

you chaplain to the regiment. Braz. Don't mind him, madam-if he were Syl. Your promises are so equal, that I'm at a not so well dressed, I should take him for a poet; loss to choose. There is one Plume that I hear but I'll shew you the difference presently. Come, much commended in town; pray, which of you madam, we'll place you between us, and now, is captain Plume? the longest sword carries her.

[Draws. Plume. I am captain Plume. Mel. [Shrieking.]

Braz. No, no; I am captain Plume.

Syl. Heyday!
Enter Worthy,

Plume. Captain Plume! I'm your servant, my Oh, Mr Worthy! save me from these madmen. dear!

[Exit with. Wor. Braz. Captain Brazen! I'm your's—The fellow Plume. Ha, ha, ha! why don't you follow, dares not fight.

[Aside. sir, and fight the bold ravisher? Braz. No, sir, you are the man.

Enter KITE. Plume. I don't like the wages; I won't be

Kite. Sir, if you please your man. Braz. Then, you're not worth my sword.

[Goes to whisper Plume. Plume. No! pray, what did it cost?

Plume. No, no, there's your captain. CapBraz. It cost me twenty pistoles in France,tain Plume, your serjeant has got so drunk, he and my enemies thousands of lives in Flanders.

inistakes me for you. Plume. Then they had a dear bargain.

Braz. He's an incorrigible sot.

Hector of Holborn, here's forty shillings for you. Enter Sylvia, in man's apparel.

Plume. I forbid the bans. Look'e, friend, you

shall list with captain Brazen. Syl. Save ye, save ye! gentlemen.

Syl. I will see captain Brazen hanged first! I Braz. My dear! l'in yours.

will list with captain Plume : I am a free-born Plume. Do

you know the gentleman? Englishman, and will be a slave my own way. Braz. No, but I will presently-Your name, Look'e, sir, will you stand by me? [To Braz.

Braz. I warrant you, my lad. Syl. Wilful, Jack Wilful, at your service. Syl. Then, I will tell you, captain Brazen, [To

Braz. What, the Kentish Wilfuls, or those of Plume.) that you are an ignorant, pretending, Staffordshire ?

impudent coxcomb. Syl. Both, sir, both; I'm related to all the Braz. Ay, ay, a sad dog. Wilfuls in Europe, and I'm head of the family at Syl. A very sad dog. Give me the money, present.

noble captain Plume. Plume. Do


live in this country, sir? Plume. Then you won't list with captain BraSyl. Yes, sir, I live where I stand; I have zen? neither home, house, or habitation, beyond this Syl. I won't. spot of ground.

Braz. Never mind him, child; I'll end die Braz. What are you, sir?

dispute presently. Hark'e, my dear! Syl. A rake.

[Takes Plume to one side of the stage, and Plume. In the army, I presume?

entertains him in dumb shew.) Syl. No; but I intend to list immediately. Kite. Sir, he in the plain coat is captain Plume; Look'e, gentleman, he that bids the fairest, has I am his serjeant, and will take my oath on't.

Syl. What ! you are serjeant Kite? Braz. Sir, I'll prefer you; I'll make you a cor Kite. At your service. poral this minute.

Syl. Then I would not take your oath for a Plume. Corporal ! I'll make you my compa- farthing. nion; you shall eat with me.

Kite. A very understanding youth of his age ! Braz. You shall drink with me.

Pray, sir, let me look you full in the face. Plume. You shall lie with me, you young

Syl. Well, sir, what have you to say to my rogue.

face? Braz. You shall receive your pay, and do no Kite. The very image of my brother; two bulduty.

lets of the same caliber were never so like : it Syl. Then, you must make me a field-officer. must be Charles ; Charles

Plume. Pho, pho, pho! I'll do more than all Syl. What do you mean by Charles ? this; I'll make you a corporal, and give you a Kite. The voice, too; only a little variation in brevet for serjeant.

F faut fat. My dear brother! for I must call Brus. Can you read and write, sir?

you so,

if you should have the fortune to enter

my dear?


into the most noble society of the sword, I be [PLUME and BRAZEN fight a traverse or two speak you for a comrade.

about the stage, Sylvia draws, and is Syl. No, sir, I'll be the captain's comrade, if held by Kite, who sounds to arms with his any-body's.

mouth, takes Sylvia in his arms, and carKite. Ambition ! there again ! 'tis a noble pas ries her off the stage. sion for a soldier ; by that I gained this glorious

Braz. Hold! where's the man? halberd. Ambition! I see a commission in his Plume. Gone. face already. Pray, noble captain, give me leave Braz. Then, what do we fight for? [Puts up.] (to salute you.

[Offers to kiss her. Now, let's embrace, my dear! Syl. What! men kiss one another?

Plume. With all my heart, my dear! (PutKite. We officers do, 'tis our way; we live to- ting up.] I suppose Kite has listed him by this gether like man and wife, always either kissing time.

(Embraces. or fighting : but I see a storm coming.

Braz. You are a brave fellow! I always fight Syl. Now, serjeant, I shall see who is your with a man before I make him my friend; and captain by your knocking down the other. if once I find he will fight, I never quarrel with

Kite. My captain scorns assistance, sir. him afterwards. And, now, I'll tell you a se

Braz. How dare you contend for any thing, cret, my dear friend! that lady we frightened and not dare to draw your sword? But you are out of the walk just now, I found in bed this a young fellow, and have not been much abroad; morning, so beautiful, so inviting ;-I presently I excuse that: but prithee, resign the man, pri- locked the door—but I'm a man of honour-but thee do: you are a very honest fellow.

I believe I shall marry her nevertheless--her Plume. You lie; and you are a son of a whore. twenty thousand pounds, you know, will be a

[Draws, and makes up to Brazen. pretty conveniency. I had an assignation with Braz. Hold, hold; did not you refuse to tight her here; but your coming spoiled my sport. for the lady?

Curse you, my dear! but don't do so againPlume. I always do; but, for a man, I'll fight Plume. No, no, my dear! men are my busiknee-deep; so you lie again.

ness at present.



SCENE I.-The walk continues. composition of a captain. What's here ? Rose,

my nurse's daughter! I'll go and practise. Come, Enter Rose and BULLOCK meeting.

child, kiss me at once. [Kisses Rose.) And her Rose. Where have you been, you great booby? brother, too! Well, honest Dungfork, do you you are always out of the way in the time of pre- know the difference between a horse ånd a cart, ferment.

and a cart-horse? eh? Bul. Preferment! who should prefer me? Bul. I presume, that your worship is a captain,

Rose. I would prefer you! who should prefer by your clothes and your courage. a man but a woinan? Come, throw away that Syl. Suppose I were, would you be contented great club, hold up your head, cock your hat, and to list, friend? look big.

Rose. No, no; though your worship be a handBul. Ah, Ruose, Ruose! I fear somebody will some man, there be others as fine as you. My look big sooner than folk think of. Here has brother is engaged to captain Plume. been Cartwheel, your sweetheart; what will be Syl. Plume! do you know captain Plume? come of bim?

Rose. Yes, I do, and he knows me. He took Rose. Look'e, I'm a great woman, and will the ribbands out of his shirt sleeves, and put

them provide for my relations: 1 told the captain how into my shoes: see there—I can assure you, that finely he played upon the tabor and pipe, so he I can do any thing with the captain. set him down for drum-major.

Bul. That is, in a modest way, sir. Have a Bul. Nay, sister, why did not you keep that care what you say, Ruose; don't shame your paplace for me? you know I have always loved to rentage. be a drumming, if it were but on a table or on a Rose. Nay, for that matter, I am not so simple quart pot.

as to say, that I can do any thing with the cap

tain but what I may do with any body else. Enter SYLVIA.

Syl. So !And pray, what do you expect

from this captain, child? Syl. Had I but a commission in my pocket, I Rose. I expect, sir !- I expect—but he ordered fancy my breeches would become me as well as me to tell nobody—but suppose he should proany ranting fellow of them all; for I take a bold pose to marry me? step, a rakish toss, a smart cock, and an impu Syl. You should have a care, my dear! men dent air, to be the principal ingredients in the will promise any thing beforehand.


Rose. I know that; but he promised to marry circumstances are not so good as the captain's ; me atterwards.

but I'll take care of you, upon my word. Bul. Wauns! Ruose, what have you said ? Plume. Ay, ay, we'll all take care of her; she Syl. Afterwards! After what?

shall live like a princess, and her brother here Rose. After I had sold my chickens—I hope shall be-What would you be ? there's no harm in that.

Bul. Oh, sir, if you had not promised the place

of drum-major! Enter PLUME.

Plume. Ay, that is promised; but what think

you of barrack-master? you are a person of unPlume. What, Mr Wilful! so close with my derstanding, and barrack-master you shall bemarket woman?

But what's become of this same Cartwheel you Sujt. I'll try if he loves her. [Aside.] Close, sir, told me of, my dear? ay, and closer yet, sir. Come, my pretty maid ! Rose. We'll go fetch him—Come, brother baryou and I will withdraw a little.

rack-master--We shall tind you at home, noble Plume. No, no, friend; I han't done with her captain?

[Ereunt Rose and Bul. yet.

Plume. Yes, yes; and, now, sir, here are your Syl. Nor have I begun with her; so I have as forty shillings. good a right as you have.

Syl. Captain Plume, I despise your listing-moPlume. Thou’rt a bloody impudent fellow! ney; if I do serve, 'tis purely for love of that

Syl. Sir, I would qualify myself for the ser- Wench, I mean-for you must know, that among vice.

my other sallies, I've spent the best part of my Plume. Hast thou really a mind to the ser- fortune in search of a maid, and could never find vice?

one hitherto; so you may be assured, I'd not sell Syl. Yes, sir; so let her go.

my freedom under a less purchase than I did my Rose. Pray, gentlemen, don't be so violent. estate-so, before I list, I must be certified that

Plume. Come, leave it to the girl's own choice. this girl is a virgin. Will you belong to me or to that gentleman ? Plume. Mr Wilful, I can't tell you how you Rose. Let me consider; you're both very hand can be certified in that point till you try; but,

upon my honour, she may be a vestal for aught Plume. Now the natural inconstancy of her that I know to the contrary. I gained her heart, sex begins to work.

indeed, by some trifling presents and promises, Rose. Pray, sir, what will you give me? and knowing, that the best security for a woman's

Bul. Dunna be angry, sir, that iny sister should heart is her person, I would have made myself be mercenary, for she's but young.

inaster of that too, had not the jealousy of my Syl. Give thee, child ! I'll set thee above scan- impertinent landlady interposed. dal; you shall have a coach, with six before, and Syl. So you only want an opportunity for acsix behind; an equipage to make vice fashion-complishing your designs upon hier? able, and put virtue out of countenance.

Plume. Not at all; I have already gained my Plume. Pho! that's easily done: I'll do more ends, which were only the drawing in one or two for thee, child ; I'll buy you a furbelow-scarf, and of her followers. Kiss the prettiest country give you a ticket to see a plav.

wenches, and you are sure of listing the lustiest Bil. A play! wauns! Ruose, take the ticket, tellows. and let's see the show,

Syl. Well, sir, I am satisfied as to the point in Sul. Look'e, captain, if you won't resign, I'll debate; but now, let me bey you to lay aside go list with captain Brazen this minute. your recruiting airs, put on the man of honour,

Plume. Will you list with me, if I give up my and tell me plainly, what usage I must expect, title?

when I am under your command ? Syl. I will.

Plume. You must know, in the first place, then, Plume. Take her; I'll change a woman for a

I hate to have yentlemen in my company; they man at any time,

are always troublesome and expensive, sometimes Rose. I have heard before, indeed, that you dangerous : and, 'tis a constant maxim amongst captains used to sell your men.

us, that those who know the least obey the best. Bul. Pray, captain, do not send Ruose to the Notwithstanding all this, I find something so Western Odies.

agreeable about you, that engages me to court l'lume. Ha, ha, ha! West Indies! No, no, my your company; and I can't tell how it is, but I honest lad; give me thy hand; nor you nor she should be uneasy to see you under the command slall move a step farther than I do. This gen- of any body else. Your usage will chiefly depend tleman is one of us, and will be kind to you, Mrs upon your behaviour; only, this you must espect, Rose.

that, if you commit a small fault, I will excuse it; Rose. But will you be so kind to me, sir, as the if a great one, I'll discharge you; for something captain would?

tells me, I shall not be able to punish you. Syl. I can't be altogether so kind to you; my Syt. And something tells me, that if you do

discharge me, 'twill be the greatest punishment | might kill one in four-and-twenty hours And you can inflict; for, were we this moment to go did you ask him any questions about me? upon the greatest dangers in your profession, they Mel. You ! why I passed for you. would be less terrible to me than to stay behind Lucy. So 'tis I, that am to die a maid-But you—And now, your hand! this lists me—and the devil was a liar from the beginning; he now you are my captain.

can't make me die a maid—I've put it out of his Plume. Your friend. (Kisses her.] 'Sdeath! | power already.

[Aside. there's something in this fellow that charms me! Mel. I do but jest. I would have passed for

Syl. One favour I must beg—this affair will you, and called myself Lucy; but he presently told make some noise, and I have some friends that me my name, my quality, my fortune, and gave me would censure my conduct, if I threw myself into the whole history of my life. He told me of a the circumstance of a private centinel of my own lover I had in this country, and described Worhead—I must therefore take care to be imprest thy exactly, but in nothing so well as in his preby the act of parliament; you shall leave that to sent indifference-I fled to him for refuge tome.

day; he never so much as encouraged me in my Plume. What you please as to that,Will you fright, but coldly told me, that he was sorry for lodge at my quarters in the mean time? you shall the accident, because it might give the town cause have part of my bed.

to censure my conduct, excused his not waiting Syl. () fy! lie with a common soldier! would on me home, made me a careless bow, and walknot you rather lie with a common woman? ed off-'Sdeath! I could have stabbed him, or

Plume. No, faith, I am not that rake, that the myself ; 'twas the same thing-Yonder he comes world imagines. I've got an air of freedom, I will so use him! which people mistake for lewdness in mc, as they Lucy. Don't exasperate him; consider what mistake formality in others for religion. The the fortune-teller told you. Men are scarce; and, world is all a cheat; only I take mine, which is

as times

it is not impossible for a woman to undesigned, to be more excusable than theirs, die a maid. which is hypocritical. I hurt nobody but myself; they abuse all mankind-Will you lie with ine?

Enter WORTHY. Syl. No, no, captain ; you forget Rose; she's Mel. No matter. to be my bedfellow, you know.

Wor. I find she's warmed; I must strike, while Plume. I had forgot : pray be kind to her.

the iron is hot-You've a great deal of courage, [Ereunt severally. madam, to venture into the walks, where you

were so lately frightened. Enter MELINDA and Lucy.

Mel. And


have a quantity of impudence Mel. 'Tis the greatest misfortune in nature for to appear before me, that you so lately have afa woman to want a confident: we are so weak, fronted. that we can do nothing without assistance; and Wor. I had no design to affront you, nor apthen a secret racks us worse than the colic-I ain pear before you either, madam; I left you here, at this minute so sick of a secret, that I'm ready because I had business in another place; and to faint away-Help ine, Lucy!

came hither, thinking to meet another person. Lucy. Bless me! Madam, what's the matter? Mel. Since you find yourself disappointed, I Mel

. Vapours only; I begin to recover. -If hope you'll withdraw to another part of the Sylvia were in town I could heartily forgive her walk. faults for the ease of discovering my own. Wor. The walk is broad enough for us both.

Lucy. You are thoughtful, madam; am not I (They walk by one another, he with his hat cockworthy to know the cause?

ed, she fretting and tearing her fan.) Will you Mel. Oh, Lucy! I can hold my secret no please to take snuff

, madam? [He offers her his longer. You must know, that, hearing of a fa- bor. She strikes it out off his hand , while he is mous fortune-teller in town, I went, disguised, to gathering it up, Brazen enters, and takes her satisfy a curiosity, which has cost me dear. The round the waist ; she cuffs him.] fellow is certainly the devil, or one of his bosom Braz. What, here before me, my dear! favourites : he has told me the most surprising Mel. What means this insolence? things of my life.

Lucy. Are you mad? don't you see Mr WorLucy. Things past, madam, can hardly be rec- thy?

[To Brazen. koned surprising, because we know them already. Braz. No; no; I'm struck blind-Worthy! Did he tell you any thing surprising that was to odso! well turned-My mistress has wit at her

finger's ends—Madam, I ask your pardon; 'tis Mel. One thing very surprising; he said I our way abroad-Mr Worthy, you're the happy should die a maid !

Lucy. Die a maid! come into the world for Wor. I don't envy your happiness very much, nothing ! Dear madam ! if you believe him, it if the lady can afford no other sort of favours Hight come to pass ; for the bare thought on't but what she has bestowed upon you.



opens the door.


Mel. I'm sorry the favour miscarried, for it Plume. What letter? was designed for you, Mr Worthy; and, be assu Wor. One that I would not let you see, for red, 'tis the last and only favour you must expect fear that you should break windows in good earat my hands-captain, I ask your pardon. nest. Here, captain, put it into your pocket

[Erit with Lucy. book, and bave it ready upon occasion. Braz. I grant it -You see, Mr Worthy,

(Knocking at the door. 'twas only a random-shot; it might have taken Kite. Officers, to your posts. Tycho, mind off your head as well as mine. Courage, my the door. dear! 'tis the fortune of war; but the enemy [Ereunt Plume and Worthy. Servant has thought fit to withdraw, I think.

Wor. Withdraw! Oons! Sir, what d'ye mean by withdraw ?

Enter MELINDA and Lucy. Braz. I'll shew you.

[Erit Brazen. Wor. She's lost, irrecoverably lost, and Plume's Kite. Tycho, chairs for the ladies. advice has ruined me. 'Sdeath! why should I, Mel. Don't trouble yourself; we shan't stay, that knew her haughty spirit, be ruled by a man that's a stranger to her pride?

Kite. Your ladyship is to stay much longer

than you imagine. Enter PLUME.

Mel. For what? Plume. Ha, ha, ha! a battle royal! Don't Kite. For a husband-For your part, madam, frown so, man; she's your own, I tell you : Iyou won't stay for a husband. [To Lucy saw the fury of her love in the extremity of her Lucy. Pray, doctor, do you converse with the passion. The wildness of her anger is a certain stars or the devil? sign that she loves you to madness. That rogue, Kite. With both; when I have the destinies Kite, began the battle with abundance of con of men in search, I consult the stars; when the duct, and will bring you off victorious, my life affairs of women come under my hands, I advise on't; he plays his part admirably: she's to be with my t’other friend. with him again presently.

Mel. And have you raised the devil upon my Wor. But what could be the meaning of Bra- account? zen's fainiliarity with her ?

Kite. Yes, madam, and he's now under the Plume. Lou are no logician, if you pretend to table. draw consequences from the actions of tools Lucy. Oh, heavens protect us! Dear madam, Whim, unaccountable whim, hurries them on, let's be gone. like a man drunk with brandy betore ten o'clock Kite. If you be afraid of him, why do ye come in the morning But we lose our sport ;

to consult him? Kite has opened about an hour ago : let's away.

Mel. Don't fear, fool.-Do you think, sir, [Ereunt. that because I'm a woman, I'm to be fooled out

of my reason, or frighted out of my senses? Come, SCENE II.-A chamber ; a table with books show me this devil. and globes.

Kite. He's a little busy at present; but when

he has done he shall wait on you. Kite disguised in a strange habit, sitting at a Mel. What is he doing? table.

Kite. Writing your name in his pocket-book. Kite. (Rising.] By the position of the hea Mel. Ha, ha! my name! pray what have you vens, gained from my observation upon these ce or he to do with my name? lestial globes, I find, that Luna was a tide-waiter; Kite. Look'e, fair lady, the devil is a very moSol a surveyor; Mercury a thief; Venus a whore; dest person; he seeks nobody, unless they seek Saturn an alderman; Jupiter a rake; and Mars him first; be's chain'd up like a mastiff, and can't a serjeant of grenadiers ; --and this is the system stir unless he be let loose You come to me to of Kite the conjurer.

have your fortune told-do you think, madam,

that I can answer you of my own head? No, Enter PLUME and Worthy.

madam, the affairs of women are so irregular, Plume. Well, what success?

that nothing less than the devil can give any acKite. I have sent away a shoemaker and a tai- count of them. Now, to convince you of your lor already; one's to be a captain of the marines, incredulity, I'll shew you a trial of my skill. and the other a major of dragoons-I am to ma- Here, you Cacoderno del Plumo, exert your nage thein at night-Ilave you seen the lady, power; draw me this lady's name; the word MeMr Worthy?

linda, in proper letters and characters of her Wor. Ave, but it won't dom-Have you shewed own hand-writing:-Do it at three motious--one her her name, that I tore off from the bottom of —two-three-'tis done-Now, madam, will you the letter?

please to send your maid to fetch it? Kite. No, sir, I reserve that for the last stroke. Lucy. I fetch it! the devil fetch me,

if I do!

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