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introduce strangers at a rehearsal, but as they are particular friends of mine, I thought you would excuse. Don't mind interrupting these fellows when any thing strikes you.
[To Sneer and Dangle. Sir C. True, gallant Raleigh ! •But oh, thou champion of thy country's fame, There is a question which I yet must ask ;
A question which I never asked before. • What mean these mighty armaments ? • This general muster and this throng of chiefs ?'
Sneer. Pray, Mr. Puff, how came Sir Christopher Hatton never to ask that question before ?
Puff What, before the play began? How the plague could he ?
Dan. That's true, 'ifaith ! Puff. But you will hear what he thinks of the matter. • Sir C. Alas, my noble friend, when I behold'
Puff. [Interrupts him.] My good friend, you entirely forget what I told you the last rehearsal—that there was a particular trait in Sir Christopher's character-that he was famous, in Queen Elizabeth's time, for his dancingpray, turn your toes out. [With his foot, he pushes Sir Co's feet out, until they are nearly square.] That will donow, sir, proceed.
Sir C. Alas, my noble friend, when I behold
When briefly all I hear or see bears stamp
Puff. [Interrupting.] A little more freedom,-if you please. Remember that Sir Christopher and Sir Walter were on the most familiar footing. Now, as thus
(Quotes the line flippantly. • Sir C. (Imitates his manner.] I cannot but surmise.
Forgive, my friend, • If the conjecture's rash–I cannot but •Surmise-the state some danger apprehends !'
Sneer. A very cautious conjecture that !
Puff. Yes, that's his character; not to give an opinion, but on secure grounds.--Now, then.
Sir W. Oh, most accomplished Christopher.' Puff Keep up the Christopher ! Oh, most accomplished Christopher.' He calls him by his Christian name, to show that they are on the most familiar terms.
• Sir W. Oh, most accomplished Christopher, I find Thy fears are just. • Šir C. But where, whence, when, what, which, and
whose, • The danger is—methinks, I fain would learn. · Sir W. You know, my friend, scarce two revolving
suns'Puff Stopping him.] Suit the word to the action, and the action to the word. You know, my friend, scarce two revolving suns.'.
[Passes his hands one over the other, with a circular
motion. * Sir W. [Using the same action.) You know, my friend,
scarce two revolving suns, . And three revolving moons,'
Puff. No, no : send your moons the other way, or you'll bring about an eclipse ! [Repeats the same lines again the second time, turning his hands the contrary way. * Sir W. (Using Puff"s action.] You know, my friend,
scarce two revolving suns, • And three revolving moons, have closed their course, Since haughty Philip, in despite of peace, With hostile hand hath struck at England's trade. • Sir C. I know it well. • Sir W. Philip, you know, is proud Iberia's king !
Sir C. He is.
Sir C. Is sailed :
• Sir W. While the Spanish Admiral's chief hope, His darling son, by chance a prisoner hath been ta’en, • And in this fort of Tilbury'
Puff. [Mocking his tone.] · Tilbury!' Don't speak of Tilbury Fort, as if it was a gin-shop! Keep up its consequence.
· And in this fort of Tilbury ! Sir Walter repeats the line after Puff"s manner. • Sir C. Is now confined.
• Sir W. You also know'
Dan. Mr. Puff, as he knows all this, why does Sir Walter go on telling him ?
Puff. But the audience are not supposed to know any thing of the matter, are they?
Sneer. True, but I think you manage ill: for there certainly appears no reason why Sir Walter should be so communicative.
Puff. Foregad, now, that is one of the most ungrateful observations I ever heard; for the less inducement he has to tell all this, the more I think you ought to be obliged to him; for I am sure you'd know nothing of the matter without it.
Dan. That's very true, upon my word. Puff. But you will find he was not going on. • Sir C. Enough,'enough—'tis plain—and I no more Am in amazement lost !'
Puff. Here, now, you see, Sir Christopher did not, in fact, ask any one question for his own information.
Sneer. No, indeed : his has been a most disinterested curiosity !
Dan. Really, I find, we are very much obliged to them both.
Puf To be sure you are. Now, then, for the Commander-in-Chief, the Earl of Leicester! who, you know, was no favourite but of the Queen's. We left off in amazement lost !'
Sir C. Am in amazement lost.
Puff: Oh! very valiant knights; one is the governor of the fort, the other the master of the horse. And now, I think you
shall hear some better language : I was obliged to be plain and intelligible in the first scene, because there was so much matter of fact in it; but now, ’ifaith, you have trope, figure, and metaphor, as plenty as nounsubstantives. Enter EARL OF LEICESTER, GOVERNOR, and Master of
the HORSE, R. · Lei. How's this, my friends! is't thus your new-fledged
* And pluméd valour moulds in roosted sloth ? • Why dimly glimmers that heroic flame,
Whose reddening blaze, by patriot spirit fed, • Should be the beacon of a kindling realm ? • Can the quick current of a patriot heart • Thus stagnate in a cold and weedy converse, • Or freeze in tideless inactivity ? • No! rather let the fountain of
valour Spring through each stream of enterprise, * Each petty channel of conducive daring, • Till the full torrent of your foaming wrath • O'erwhelm the flats of sunk hostility !'
Puff (Runs up and embraces him.) Allow me to introduce Mr. Horrebow to you-Mr. Dangle and Mr. Sneer.
Returns to L. • Sir W. No more! the freshening breath of thy re
buke * Hath filled the swelling canvass of our souls ! * And thus, though fate should cut the cable of
[All take hands. • Our topmost hopes, in friendship’s closing line,
We'll grapple with despair, and if we fall, • We'll fall in Glory's wake!
[They part hands. • Lei. [Slowly.] There spoke Old England's genius!'
Puff. No, no, sir : Old England's genius never spoke in that way. She must be a devilish queer genius if she did. No, sir, keep it up. (Quotes with heroic bombast.] • There spoke Old England's genius!'
Lei. ( With Puff's manner.] There spoke Old England's genius ! Then, are we all resolved ? • All. We are-all resolved. • Lei. To conquer-or be free. • All. To conqueror be free.
Lei. All ? • All. All !' Dan. Nem. con., egad !
Puff. Oh, yes, where they do agree on the stage, their
Puff. Yes, hush! In great emergencies, there is nothing like a prayer !
*Lei. Oh, mighty Mars !! Puff. Stop, my dear sir! You do not expect to find Mars there. No, sir : whenever you address ihe gods, always look into the upper gallery.
Lei. [Looking up to the gallery.] Oh, mighty Mars !'
* Lei. Oh, mighty Mars, if, in thy homage bred, • Each point of discipline I've still observed ;
Nor but by due promotion, and the right • Of service, to the rank of Major-General · Have risen ;'
Puff Keep up the Major-General! (Repeats the line with force.] . To the rank of Major-General have risen!' Tip them the Major-General, pray. · Lei. [ After Puff"s manner.] 'To the rank of Major
General · Have risen ; assist thy votary now ! * Gov. [Kneels on Leicester's R.) Yet do not rise-hear
me ! • Mast. of H. (Kneels on Governor's R.] And me!
Sir W. (Kneels on Leicester's r.] And me! • Sir C. ( Kneels on Sir W.'s L.) And me!'
Puff. [Kneels, l.] And me! Now, mind your hits ;pray all together.
All. Behold thy votaries submissive beg, • That thou wilt deign to grant them all they ask ;'
Puff. No, po, gentlemen, the emphasis is upon the word all. Thus :
Behold thy votaries submissive beg, · That thou wilt deign to grant them all they ask! Now, gentlemen.
* All. Behold thy votaries submissive beg, * That thou wilt deign to grant them all they ask; * Assist them to accomplish all their ends, * And sanctify whatever means they use 'To gain them!
Sneer. A very orthodox quintetto !
Puff. Vastly well, gentlemen, indeed, for persons who are not much in the habit of praying. Is that well man