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words; but, Sampson, you love to hear yourself prate sometimes, as well as your betters, that I must say for you. Let me come to him. Who would you speak with, stranger ? Bir. With you, mistress, if you could help me to speak to your lady. Nurse. Yes, sir, I can help you in a civil way: but can nobody do your business but my lady ? Bir. Not so well; but if you carry her this ring, she'll know my business better. Nurse. There's no love-letter in it, I hope; you look like a civil gentleman. In an honest way, I may bring you an answer, [Exit. Bir. My old nurse, only a little older 1 “They say “the tongue grows always: mercy on me ! then hers “is seven years longer since I left her.” Yet thore's something in these servants' folly pleases me; the cautious condućt of the family appears, and speaks in their impertinence. Well, mistress—
Nurse returns. Nurse. I have deliver'd your ring, sir! pray Heav'n you bring no bad news along with you. Bir. Quite contrary, I hope. Nurse. Nay, I hope so too; but my lady was very much surpris'd when I gave it her. Sir, I am but a servant, as a body may say; but if you'll walk in, that I may shut the doors, for we keep very orderly hours, I can show you into the parlour, and help
you to an answer, perhaps as soon as those that are wiser. [Exit. Bir. I’ll follow you Now all my spirits hurry to my heart, And every sense has taken the alarm At this approaching interview I
Heav'ns ! how I tremble! [Exit into the house. SCENE II. z
A Chamber. Enter Is ABELLA.
Isa. I’ve heard of witches, magic spells, and charms, That have made nature start from her old course : The sun has been eclips'd, the moon drawn down From her career, still paler, and subdu'd To the abuses of this under world ! Now I believe all possible. This ring, This little ring, with necromantic force, Has rais’d the ghost of pleasure to my fears: Conjur'd the sense of honour, and of love, Into such shapes, they fright me from myself I I dare not think of them— “I’ll call you when I want you.” [Servant goes out.
Enter Nurse. .
Nurse. Madam, the gentleman's below. Isa. I had forgot, pray let me speak with him. [Exit Nurse. This ring was the first present of my love