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Mrs Love. Nay, then, I'll have a fling at him. / a change in our beloved Anne. I came to tell [Aside.)- I remember the face of this fellow at thee that supper stayeth for thee. Bath-Ay, this is he that picked my lady Raftle's Col. I am not disposed for thy food; my spirit pocket in the Grove-Don't you remember longeth for more delicious meat !-Fain would I that the mob pumped you, friend?---This is redeem this maiden from the tribe of sinners, the most notorious rogue

and break those cords asunder wherewith she is Sim. Pure. What does provoke thee to seek my bound-hum--life?- Thou wilt not hang me, wilt thou, wrong Mrs Love. Something whispers in my ears, mefully?

thinks--that I must be subject to the will of ihis Oba. Prim. She will do thee no hurt, nor thou good man, and from him only must hope for shalt do me none; therefore, get thee about thy consolation.--hum.-It also telleth me, that I business, friend, and leave thy wicked course of am a chosen vessel to raise up seed to the faithlife, or thou mayest not conie off so favourably rul; and that thou must consent, that we two be

one flesh, according to the word-bumCol. Go, friend, I would advise thee; and Oba. Prim. What a revelation is here! This tempt thy fate no more.

is certainly part of thy vision, friend; this is the Sim. Pure. Yea, I will go; but it shall be to maiden's growing into thy side. Ah! with what thy confusion; for I shall clear myselt; I will willingness should I give thee my consent, could return with some proofs, that shall convince I give thee her fortune, too! - but thou wilt pethee, Obadiah, that thou art highly imposed ver get the consent of the wicked oues. upon.

[Erit.

Col. I wish I was sure of yours. (Aside. Col. Then there will be no stay for me, that's Oba. Prim. My soul rejoiceth; yea, rejoiceth, certain- What the devil shall I do? [Aside. I say, to find the spirit within thee; for lo, it

Obu. Prim. K hat monstrous works of iniquity moveth thee with natural agitation-yea, with are there in this world, Simon !

natural agitation, towards this good pian-yea, Col. Yea, the age is full of vice- 'Sdeath, I am it stirreth, as one may say-yea, verily I say it so confounded, I know not what to say. [Aside. stirreth up thy inclination---yea, as one would

Oba: Prim. Thou art disordered, friend -art stir a pudding, thou not well?

Mrs Love. I see, I see the spirit guiding of Col. Ny spirit is greatly troubled; and some thy band, good Obadiah Prim! and now behold thing telleth me, that though I have wronght a thou art signing thy consent;---and now I see good work in converting this maiden, this tender myself within thy arms, my friend and brother, inaiden, yet my labour will be in vain: for the vea, I am become bone of thy bone, and tiesh of evil spirit fohteih against her; and I see, yea I thy flesh. [Embracing him.}---bumsee with the eye of my inward man, that Satan Col. Adimirably pertornied! [Aside. ---And I will re-butiet her again, whenever I withdraw will take thee in all spiritual love tor an helpmyself from her; and she will, yea, this very mate, yea, for the wife'ot' my bosom and damsel will, return again to that abomination from now, methinks -I feel a longingwhence I have retrieved her, as if it were, yea, a longing, I say, for the consummation of thy as if it were out of the jaws of the fiend.

love, -yea, I do long exceedingly. Ola. Prim. Good lack! thinkest thou so? Mrs Love. And verily, verily, my spirit fecleth

Mıs Lore. I must second hiin. [-1 side.) What the same longing. meaneth this struggling within me? I feel the Mirs Prim. The spirit hath greatly moved spirit resisteth the vavitics of this world, but the them both---friend Prim, thou must consent; flesh is rebellious, yea, the fleshi--I greatly tear the there's no resisting of the spirit ! flesh, and the weakness thereof-hun

Oba. Prim. Yea, the light within showeth me Oba. Prim. The maid is inspired. [ Aside. that I shall fight a good tight---and wrestle

Col. Behold, her light begins to shine forth. through those reprobate tiends, thy other guarExcellent woman!

dians;

-yea, 1 perceive the spirit will hedge Mrs Love. This good man hath spoken com thee into the flock of the righteous.---Thou art a fort unto me, yea comfort, I say; because the chosen lamb---yea, a chosen lamb, and I will not words which he hath breathed into my outward push thee back--No, I will not, I say;---10, thou ears, are gone through and tixed in mine bicart; | shalt leap-a, and frisk-a, and skip-a, and bound, yea, verily, in mine heart, I say; and I feel the and bound, I say,---yea, bound within the fold of spirit doth love hun exceedingly--hum

the righteousa -vca, even within thy fold, my Col. She acts it to the lite!

[Aside. brother.--Fetch me the pen and ink, Sarah--und Oba. Prim. Prodigious! The danisel is filled my hand shall confess its obedience to the spirit. with the spirit---Sarah.

Col. I wish it were over.

[dside.

Enter Mrs Prim, with pen and ink.
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Enter Servant. the spirit prompteth, and I will sign it.

(COLONEL sits down. Ser. Thy brother guardians inquire for thee; Mrs Prim. Verily, Anne, it greatly rejoiceth here is another man with them. me, to see thee reformed from that original Mrs Love. Who can that other man be? wickedness wherein I found thee.

[To the COLONEL. Mrs Love. I do believe thou art, and I thank Col. 'Tis one Freeman, a friend of mine, whom thee

I ordered to bring the rest of the guardians here. Col. [Reads.] . This is to certify all whom it

Enter Sir Puilip, TradeloVE, PERIWINKLE, may concern, that I do freely give all

my right

and FREEMAN. • and title in Anne Lovely to Siinon Pure, and

my full consent that she shall become his wife, Free. [To the COLONEL.] Is all safe? did my according to the form of marriage. Witness letter do you service? hand.'

Col. Ali, all's safe! ample service. Oba Prim. That's enough; give me the pen. Sir Phi. Miss Nancy, how dost do, child?

[Signs it.

Nirs Love. Don't call me miss, friend Philip;

my name is Anne, thou knowest. Enter Betty, running to Mrs LOVELY. Sir Phi. What is the girl metamorphosed ? Betty. Oh! madam, madam, here's the quak Mrs Love, I wish thou wert so metamorphoing man again; he has brought a coachman, and sed.-Ah! Philip, throw off that gaudy attire, two or three more.

and wear the clothes becoming thy age. Mrs Love. Ruined past redemption !

Oba. Prim. I am ashamed to see these men. [ Aside to COLONEL.

[ Aside. Col. No, no; one minute sooner had spoiled Sir Phi. My age! the woman is possessed. all; but now - here's company coming; Col. No, thou art possessed rather, friend. friend, give me the paper.

Trade. Hark ye, Mrs Lovely, one word with [Going up to Perm hastily. you.

[Takes hold of her hand. Oba. Prim. llere it is, Simon; and I wish thee Col. This maiden is my wife, thanks to friend happy with the maiden.

Prim, and thou hast no business with her. virs Love. 'Tis done; and now, devil, do thy

Takes her from him. worst!

Trade. Ilis wife! hark ye, Mr Freeman.

Per. Why, you have made a very fine piece of Enter Simon Pure, and Coachman, &c.

work of it, Mr Prim.

Sir Phi. Married to a quaker! thou art a fine S. Pure. Look thee, friend, I have brought fellow to be left guardian to an orphan, truly! these people, to satisfy thee that I am not that there's a husband for a young lady! impostor which thou didst take me for; this is Col. When I have put on my beau clothes, sir the man that did drive the leathern conveniency, Philip, you'll like me betterand brought me from Bristol; and this is

Sir Phi. Thou wilt make a very scurvy beauCol. Look ye, friend, to save the court the friendtrouble of examining witnesses, I plead guilty.-- Col. I believe I can prove it under your hand, Ha, ha!

that you thought me a very fine gentleman in the Oba. Prim. How's this? Is not thy name Pure, Park t’other day, about thirty-six minutes after then?

eleven; will

you take a pinch,'sir Philip? One of Col. No, really, sir; I only make bold with the timest snuif-boxes you ever saw. this gentleman's name--but I here give it up, safe

(Offers him snuff. and sound; it has done the business which I had Sir Phi. Ha, ha, ha! I am overjoyed, faith, I occasion for, and now I intend to wear my own, ain, if thou be'st the gentleman-I own I did give which shall be at his service upon the same occa iny consent to the gentleinan I brought here tosion at any time. Ha, ha, ha!

day--but whether this is he, I can't be positive. S. Pure. Oh! the wickedness of the age ! Oba. Prim. Can’st thou not?—Now, I think Coachman. Then you have no further need of thou art a fine tellow to be left guardian to an

[Exit. orphan! Thou shallou-brained shuttlecock! he Col. No; honest man, you may go about your may be a pick-pocket for aught thou dost know. business.

Per. You would have been two rare tellows to Oba. Prim. I am struck dumb with thy impu- have been trusted with the sole management of dence. Anne, thou hast deceived me-and, per- her fortune---would ye not, think ye? But Mr chance, undone thyself.

Tradelove and myself shall take care of her porMírs Prim. Thou art a dissembling baggage, tion.and shamc will overtake thee.

Erit. Trade. Ay, ay; so we will.–Did not you tell S. Pure. I am grieved to see thy wife so much me the Dutch merchant desired me to meet him troubled: I will follow and console her. [Erit. here, Mr Freciau?

us.

Free. I did so, and I am sure he will be here, Per. I am certain I read as plain a lease as if you'll have a little patience.

ever I read in my life. Col. What! is Mr Tradelove impatient? Nay,

Col. You read a lease, I grant you; but you then, ik ben gereet voor you, heb be, Jan Van signed this contract. [Shewing a paper. Timtamtirelireletta Heer Van Fainwell, vergee

Per. How durst you put this trick upon me, ten!

Mr Freeman ? Did not you tell me my uncle Trade. Oh! pox of the name! what! have you was dying? tricked me, too, Mr Freeman?

Free. And would tell you twice as much to Col. Tricked, Mr Tradelove! did not I give serve my friend-ha, ha! you two thousand pounds for your consent fair Sir Phi. What! the learned and famous Mr dy! And, now, do you tell a gentleman he has Periwinkle choused, too Ha, ha, ha!-I shall tricked you?

die with laughing--ha, ha, ha! Per. So, so, you are a pretty guardian, faith, Oba. Prim. It had been well if her father had to sell your charge! what! did you look upon her left her to wiser heads than thine and mine, as part of your stock?

friends--ba, ha, ha! Oba. Prim. Ha, ha, ha! I am glad thy knave Trade. Well, since you have outwitted us all, ry is found out, however I confess the maiden pray you, what and who are you, sir? over-reached me, and I had no sinister end at Sir Phi. Sir, the gentleman is a fine gentleall.

inan.-I am glad you have got a person, maPer. Ay, ay, one thing or other over-reached dam, who understands dress and good-breeding. you all-but I'll take care he shall never finger a I was resolved she should have a husband of my penny of her money, I warrant you-Over-reach- choosing. ed, quoth’a! Why, I might have been over-reach Oba. Prim. I am sorry the maiden has fallen ed, too, if I had had no more wit: I don't know into such bands. but this very fellow may be him that was direct Trade. A beau! nay, then, she is finely helped ed to me from Grand Cairo t'other day. Ha, ha, up. ha!

Mrs Love. Why, beaux are great encouragers Col. The very same.

of trade, sir. Ha, ha, ha! Per. Are you so, sir? but your trick would not Col. Look ye, gentlemen; I am the person pass upon me.

who can give the best account of myself; and I Col. No, as you say, at that time it did not ; must beg sir Philip's pardon, when I tell him, that that was not my lucky hour—but, hark ye, sir, I have as much aversion to what he calls dress I must let you into one secret—you may keep ho- and breeding, as I have to the enemies of my renest John Tradescant's coat on, for your uncle ligion. I have had the honour to serve his masir Toby Periwinkle is not dead--so the charge jesty, and headed a regiment of the bravest fele of mourning will be saved-ha, ha, ha! Don't lows that ever pushed bayonet in the throat of a you remember Mr Pillage, your uncle's steward ? Frenchman; and, notwithstanding the fortune Ha, ha, ha!

this lady brings me, whenever my country wants Per. Not dead! I begin to fear I am tricked, my aid, this sword and arın are at her service.

Col. Don't you remember the signing of a lease, Therefore, my dear, if thou'lt but deign to smile, Mr Periwinkle?

I meet a recompense for all my toil. Per. Well; and what signifies that lease, if my Love and religion ne'er admit restraint, uncle is not dead ?-Ha! I am sure it was a lease And force makes many sinners, not one saint; I signed

Still free as air the active mind does rove, Col. Ay; but it was a lease for life, sir, and of And searches proper objects for its love; this beautiful tenement, I thank you.

But that once fixed, 'tis past the power of art [Taking hold of Mrs Lovely. To chase the dear idea from the heart : Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! Neighbour's fare.

'Tis liberty of choice that sweetens life, Free. So, then, I find you are all tricked-ba, Makes the glad husband, and the happy wife. ha!

[Exeunt omnes.

too.

THE

CONSCIOUS LOVERS.

BY

STEELE."

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

MEN.

WOMEN. SIR John Bevil.

Mes SEALAND, second wife to SEALAND. MR SEALAND,

ISABELLA, sister to SEALAND. Bevil, junior, in love with INDIANA,

INDIANA, Sealand's daughter, by his first wife. MYRTLE, in love with LUCINDA.

LUCINDA, SEALAND's daughter, by his second CIMBERTON, a coxcomb.

wife.
HUMPHREY, an old servant to SIR JOHN BEVIL. Phillis, maid to LUCINDA.
Tou, servant to Bevil, junior.
DANIEL, a country boy, servant to INDIANA.

Scene--London.

ACT I.

SCENE I.-Sir John Bevil's house. thee for thy gravity and sobriety in my wild

years. Enter Sir John Bevil and HUMPHREY.

Humph. Ah, sir! our manners were formed Sir J. Bev. Have you ordered that I should from our different fortunes, not our different not be interrupted while I am dressing? ayes; wealth gave a loose to your youth, and po

Humph. Yes, sir; I believed yod, had some verty put a restraint upon mine. thing of moment to say to nic.

Sir J. Bev. Well, Humphrey, you know I have Sir J. Bev. Let me see, Ilumphrey, I think heen a kind master to you; I have used you, for it is now full forty years, since I tirst took thee the ingenuous nature I observed in you from the to be about myself.

eginning, more like an humble friend than a serHumph. I think, sir, it has been an easy forty vault. years; and I have passed them without mucí.

Humph. I humbly beg you'll be so tender of sickness, care, or labour.

tae, as to expiain your commands, sir, without any Sir J. Bev. Thou hast a brave constitution iarther preparation. you are a year or two older than I am, sirrah. Sir J. Bev. I'll tell thee, then. In the first

Humph. You have ever been of thai mind, si s'ace, this isedding of my son's, in all probability Sir J. Bev. You knave, you know it; I took shut the door) will never be at all,

Humph. How, sir, not be at all! for what rea- my mask; with that the gentleman, throwing off son is it carried on in appearauce?

his own, appeared to be my son, and, in his conSir J. Bev. Honest Humphrey, have patience, cern for me, tore off that of the nobleman: at and I'll tell thee all in order. I have myself, in this they seized each other, the company called some part of my life, lived, indeed, with freedom, the guards, and, in the surprize, the lady swooned but I hope without reproach. Now, I thought li- away: upon which my son quitted his adversary, berty would be as little injurious to my son : and had now no care but of the lady-when therefore, as soon as he grew towards man, I in- raising her in his arms, “ Art thou gone,' cried he, dulged him in living after his own manner. I for ever?- forbid it, Heaven !'-She revives at know not how otherwise to judge of his inclina- his known voice-and, with the most familiar, tion; for what can be concluded from a beha- though modest gesture, hangs in safety over his viour under restraint and tear? But what charms shoulders, weeping, but wept as in the arms of ine above all expression, is, that my son has ne one before whom she could give herself a loose, ver, in the least action, the most distant hint or were she not under observation : while she hides word, valued himself upon that great estate of her face in his neck, he carefully conveys her from his mother's, which, according to our marriage the company. settlement, he has had ever since he came to Humph. I have observed this accident has age.

dwelt upon you very strongly. Humph. No, sir; on the contrary, he seems Sir J. Bev. Her uncommon air, her noble mo afraid of appearing to enjoy it before you or any desty, the dignity of her person, and the occasion belonging to you. He is as dependent and re- itself, drew the whole assembly together; and I signed to your will, as he had not a farthing soon heard it buzzed about she was the adopted but what must come from your immediate bounty. daughter of a famous sea-officer, who had served You have ever acted like a good and generous fà- in France. Now, this unexpected and public disther, and he like an obedient and gratetul son. covery of my son's so deep concern for her

Sir J. Bev. Nay, his carriage is so easy to all Humph. Was what, I suppose, alarmed Mr with whom he converses, that he is never assu- Sealand, in behalf of his daughter, to break off ming, never prefers himself to others, nor is ever the match ? guilty of that rough sincerity which a man is not Sir J. Bev. You are right---he came to me yescalled to, and certainly disobliges most of his ac- terday, and said, he thought himself disengaged quaintance. To be short, Humphrey, his reputa- from the bargain, being credibly informed my son tion was so fair in the world, that old Sealand, was already married, or worse, to the lady at the the great India merchant, has ofiered his only masquerade. I palliated matters, and insisted on daughter, and sole heiress to that vast estate of our agreement; but we parted with little less his, as a wife for him. You may be sure I made than a direct breach between us. no difficulties; the match was agreed on, and this Humph. Well, sir, and what notice have you very day named for the wedding.

taken of all this to my young master? Humiph. What hinders the proceeding?

Sir J. Bev. That's what I wanted to debate Sir J. Bev. Don't interrupt me. You know I with you---I bave said nothing to hiin yet---But was, last Thursday, at the masquerade; my son, look ye, Humphrey, if there is so much in this you may remember, soon found us out -hé amour of his, that he denies, upon my summons, knew bis grandfather's habit, which I then wore; to marry, I have cause enough to be offended; and though it was in the mode in the last age, and then, by iny insisting upon his marrying toyet the maskers, you know, followed us, as if we day, I shall know how far he is engaged to this had been the most monstrous figures in that lady in masquerade, and from thence only shall whole assembly.

be able to take my measures; in the mean time, Humph. I remember, indeed, a young man of I would bave you find out how far that rogue, quality, in the habit of a clown, that was particu- his man, is let into his secret---he, I know, will larly troublesome.

play tricks as much to cross me as to serve his Sir J. Bev. Right-he was too much what he master. seemed to be. You remember how impertinently Humph. Why do you think so of him, sir? I he followed and teased us, and would know who believe he is no worse than I was for you at your

Humph. I know he has a mind to come into Sir J. Bev. I see it in the rascal's looks. But that particular.

[Aside. I have dwelt on these things too long : I'll go to Sir J. bev. Ay, he followed us, till the gentle my son immediately; and, while I'm gone, your man, who led the lady in the Indian mantle, pre- part is to convince his rogue, Tom, that I am in sented that gay creature to the rustic, and bid earnest. I'll leave him to you. him (like Cymon in the table) grow polite, by

(Erit Sir J. Bev. falling in love, and let that worthy old gentleman Humph. Well, though this father and son live alone, meaning me. The clown was not reform as well together as possible, yet their fear of gied, but rudely persisted, and offered to force of ring each other pain is attended with constant

We were.

son's age.

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