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Flor. What women generally do with their ! You well know you would, and you're worse lovers, my dear, make a fool of him.-Mr. So.
than a Turk, lomon.
If one minute you hesitate whether
In justice you should not your wits set to work, Enter SOLOMON.
To bring Lubin and Gillian together,
To be certain, old Formal will frown and look Sol. I listened, when lo! thou calledst me; blue, and as the voice of the shepherd is delightful
Call you baggage, deceitful, bold face, unto the sheep in his fold, so even is thy voice with all manner of names he can lay his tongue delightful unto me.
And perhaps turn you out of your place. (to, Flor. There's a lover for you! Why, the What of that? let him frown, let him spit all spirit moves you, Mr. Solomon, to say abund.
his spite, ance of fine things.
Your heart still as light as a feather, Sol. According unto the proverh, love maketh With truth shall assure you 'tis but doing
right, a wit of the fool.
To bring Gillian and Lubin together. [Exit. Flor. Yes, and a fool of the wit. But do you love me?
Gil, I wonder what they plague us poor Sol. When thou seest one of our speakers girls so for? Fathers and mothers, in this case, dancing a jig at a country wake; when thou are comical folks; they are for ever telling one beholdest the brethren take off their beavers, what they'll do to please one; and yet, when and bow their bodies, or hearest them swear, they take it into their heads, they make nothen believe I love thee not.
thing of desiring us to be miserable as long as Flor. A very pompous speech, upon my word. one lives. I wish I could be dutiful and
Sol. An ill phrase may come from a good bappy too. May be, Floretta will bring matheart: but all men cannot do all things; one ters about for me to marry Lubin with their getteth an estate by what another getteth a consent; if she does, Lord, how I shall love halter; a foolish mai
her! Flor. Talks just as you do now. But will you do a little favour I have to beg of you ?
The captive linnet, pewly taken,
Vainly strives and vents its rage; Sol. Slaves obey the will of them who command them.
With struggling pants, by hopes forsaken,
And flutters in its golden cage: Flor. There is a young man who has been used ill
But, once releas'd, to freedom soaring Sol. "Tis very like; kind words are easier
Quickly on some neighbouring tree, met with than good actions; charity seldom
It sings, as if its thanks 'twere pouring,,
To bless the hand that set it free. (Exit. goeth out of the house, while ill nature is al. ways rambling abroad.
SCENE III.-A Wall at the back of STEADY'S Flor. His name is Lubin; and I want you
Garden. to inquire him out, and appoint him to meet me to-morrow morning, very early, in the row
Enter LUBIN, of elms at the bottom of the garden.
Lub. 'l'is all true, 'tis all true; there's not a Sol. But shall I not in this offend my master ? soul in the whole village that has not bad
Gil. Never mind him; suppose if he should something to say to me about it. Some pity find us out, and scold us a little
me, others laugh at me, and all blame me for Sol. True-high words break no bones. But, making myself uneasy. I know, if I did as I wilt thou give me a smile if I do this for thee? ought to do, I should get me back, and think Gil. Ay, that she shall, Mr. Solomon, and
no more concerning of them: but, instead of I'll give you another.
that, here am I come creeping to the garden. Sol. But, wilt thou appoint the spousal day? gate, to see if I can get a sight of her. Who Flor. You are so hasty, Mr. Solomon
comes yonder ? Oh, 'tis her father and the old Sol. And with reason; a man may catch quaker. I'll listen, and hear what they are cold while his coat is making. Shall it be to talking about. morrow ? Flor. Must I promise ?
Enter STEADY and EASY. Sol. Yea, and perform too; 'tis not plums only that maketh the padding.
Steady: Friend Easy, hie thee home to thy Flor. Well, well, we'll talk about it another row; and say unto her, that when the youth
wife, tell her to hold herself ready for to-mortime. Sol. No time like the time present.
who gains the customary dower, shall receive
from me the band of his bride, I will from thee Flor. Nay now, but go, Solomon.
receive the hand of thy daughter. Sol. An egg to-day is better than a chicken to-morrow; many things happen between the this, and not say a word.
Lub. Why, I must be turned fool to hear all cup and the lip. Flor. Pray now, go.
Steudy. Get thee gone, friend. [Exit Easy. Sol. Yea, I will. A bird in the hand is bet
Enter SOLOMON. ter than two in the bush.
[Exit. Gi. What a fright of a creature it is ! How Where art thou going ? good you are, Floretta.
Sol. The truth is not to be spoken at all Flor. I could not bear to see you used in such times. Into the village, about a little business
for Mistress Floretta. a manner; and when I reflected on it, it went to my heart,
Steady. Verily, I do suspect thee to be in a plot against me. I will not have thee there
tore to do this business: stay here by me. I said to myself, now, Floretta, says I, Supposing the case was your own;
FLORETTA und_ GILLIAN look over the Gurden
Flor. I wonder whether Solomon is gone!
Gil. Oh, dcar Floretta, as sure as you're |
ACT II. . alive, yonder's Lubin ! Flor. So there is. And see on the other side
SCENE I.-A Garden. the old fellow talking to Solomon.
Lub. What a plague have they brought me Steady. Regard the instructions, I say, here for? I am in a rare humour-they'd betWhich I am now giving thee.
ter not provoke me-they would not have set Sol. Yea.
eyes on me again, if it had not been that I Steady. Speed by times to friend Easy, and want to see how she can look me in the face bid him take care,
Flor. There he is.
Lub. She shall find that I am not to be persently? Flor. Yes.
Flor. We shall try.
Lub. And if her father and all of them were Steady. And do thou attend with thy dob- | at this minute begging and praying me to
bins of beer,
Flor. That you would consent to it with all
Lub. I'll just abuse her heartily; tell the andFlor. Solomon !
quaker what an old fool he is ; call her father
and mother all to pieces for persuading her to Steady. Stay. Flor. You blockhead, come here.
marry him: then get me down to my farm,
and be as careful to keep myself out of love, Steady. Dost thou notice me? Sol. Yea.
as I would to keep my wheat free from tares, (Here as often as Solomon tries to speak to
a fox from my poultry, or the murrain from my
cattle. FLORETTA and Gillian, he is prevented
Flor. If I should make you alter your tone by STEADY.
now ! Steady. Stand still then.
Lub. I remember the time when 'twas who Flor. Friend Solomon !
should love most: but what a fool am I to Lub. Is it not she ?
think of that now-No, no; she shall find I Flor. Mind the oaf.
can forget her as easily as she can forget me. Gil. Ha, ha, ha! Lub.
Flor. That I firmly believe. They're laughing at me. Steady. See that garlands are ready. [Taps his shoulder.] How! Lubin sad ! this is Gil. & Flor. Ha, ha, ha!
not coinmon; Lub. Again.
What do ye sigh for?
Lub. A woman.
Flor. How fair is she who on your brow Have I merited this?
Prints care? Steady. So that when on the lawn
Lub. Just such a toy as thou. Lub. But I'll speak to her.
Flor. What has she done? Gil. Look, look, he sees us !
Lub. For ever lost my love. Steady. Be gone.
Flor. That's sad, indeed! And can no prayBut, hark thee
ers move? Lub. Oh, Gillian ! how wicked thou art ! Lub. None : 'tis too late, that folly is o'er; Thou hast fool'd me, betray'd me,
My love's turn’d to hate, and I'll see and broke my poor heart.
her no more. But henceforth with safety in infa
The time has been when all our boast my reign,
Was who should love the other most; For I never, no, never, will see you
How did I count without my host! again.
I thought her mine for ever. Gil. He's gone! Now, Lord, Lord! I'm
But now I know her all deceit; so mad I could cry!
Will tell her so whene'er we meet: Flor. Here, Solomon !
And was she sighing at my feet-Steudy. Go where I told thee. Sol. I fiy.
Flor. You wou'd forgive her: Steady. Well, do then, and tarry no where Lub. Never. by the way.
Flor. Then I may e'en go back, I find : Flor. Quickly run after Lubin.
To serve you, Sir, I was inclin'd; Gil. Do, Solomon.
But to your own advantage hlind, Sol. Yea.
'Twould be a vain endeavour. Steady What, Gillian, art there?
"Tis certain she does all she can, Gil. Yes, I am!
And we had form'd a charming plan Steudy. Why dost sigh ?
To take her from the quaker-man. When the hour of thy happiness Lub. Nay, pr’ythee, tell it. waxeth so nigh.
Here she is; now let her speak for herself. Steady. By yea and by nay,
Gil. Oh, Lubin! why would you not hear Thy mind shall be easy, believe me, me speak to you yesterday? I did not sleep a to-morrow.
(Exeunt. wink all night for thinking on't.
Luh, Why, had I not reason, Gillian, to be Sol. Evil communications corrupt good manangry, when every one I met told me what a ners; and a dog-Pies on the dog! Well, fool you had made of me?
thou shalt be obeyed, believe me-Pies on the Gil. Why, what could I do? Floretta here, dog !
(Exit. knows that I have done nothing but abuse old Gil. For goodness' sake, what excuse do Steady from morning till night about it. you intend to make to him when he has left
Flor. Come, come, don't let us dispute about off his proverbs ? what's past, but make use of the present op
Flor. Why desire him to leave off something portunity; we have not a moment to lose. else; and at the rate of one in a month, he Get you to my master, make up a plausible won't have parted with all his particularities story how ill you have been used by an old in seven years. fellow, who has run away with your sweet- Gil. Well, how we do use men in love with heart; and tell him, that you come to complain us, when we take it into our heads! to him, as you know 'tis a custom for every Flor. And yet they are fools to be used so body to do when they are used ill.
by us. But I am sure you will never use Gil. What a rare girl you are, Floretta. Lubin ill-he will make you the happiest girl But are you sure he won't know him?
in the world. Flor. No; I heard your father say he never saw him in all his life.
AIR, * Lub. That's lucky; leave me alone for a The face which frequently displays plausible story.
[Exit. An index of the mind,
Dame Nature has her various ways
To stamp on human-kind.
Intent on some new scheme; Sol. In the great hall, waiting your ap- Clos'd eyes the politician, proach.
For ever in a dream.
But features of ingenuous kind, Sol. Words cost us nothing. If I have done Which semblance bear of truth, thee service, thank me by deeds.
Display, methinks, in face and mind, Gil. Oh, what you want me to coax Floretta The portrait of this youth. (Exeunt. to marry you? Sol. I do.
SCENE II.-A Hall. Flor. Solomon bas it very much in his power to make me love him.
Enter STEADY and LUBIN. Sol. How, I pray thee?
Lub. Your servant, Şir. have said a hundred times, Steady. Thine, friend. that I never would marry a man who had Lub. I hope, Sir, you'll excuse my rudeness? always a proverb in his mouth.
Steady. I don't perceive thee guilty of any. Gil. So you have, Floretta ; I have heard
Lub. May be not; but I made bold to ask, you.
if I might not trouble your worship about a Sol. And thou wouldst have me leave off little atfair concerning my being sadly used. mine-a word to the wise-thou shalt hear
Steady. Speak freely. them no more.
Lub. Why, there's a covetous old hunks, an Flor. Why that sounded something like one. like your worship, that, because he is ric); Sol. It must be done by degrees. Word by would fain take away a young woman that I word great books are written,
was to be married to, without her consent or Flor. Again!
mine, Sol. I pray thee to pardon me; I shall soon Steady. Has the old hunks, thou speakest conquer them: but Rome was not built in a of, the consent of her friends ? day.
Lub, They have no consent to give, an please Flor. Oh! this is making game of one. you. Sol. I protest I meant no ill. I shall forget
Steady. And why, I pray thee? them, I say. 'Tis a long lane that hath no Lub. Because, as I take it, if any body gives turning.
a thing, 'tis not theirs any longer: and they Gil. Poor Solomon! He can't help it. gave me their consent long ago. Flor. Have you any desire to marry me? Steady. Thou speakest the truth. But what Sol. Ask the vintner if the wine be good. wouldst thou have me do in this business?
Flor. Because I will have my way in this; Lub. Why please you, Sir, I have often and I think it very hard you won't strive to heard it said of your worship, that there were oblige me.
three things you'd never susler in our village Sol. I protest, I strive all I can; but custom if you could help it—The maidens to go withis second nature ; and what is bred in the out sweethearts--the industrious without rebone-Verily, I had like to have displeased ward-and the injured without redress-and thee again.
to be sure it made me think, that if you were Flor. Oh! what you found yourself out, did once acquainted with the rights of this affair, you? Then there's some hopes of amendment you would not suffer it to go on;.
For,” says Sol. It shall be amended. A thing resolved 1, "set in case it was his worship’s own conupon is half done; and 'tis an old saying—but cern, how would he like to have the young what have I to do with old sayings ?
woman taken away from him, that he is going Flor. Very true. Sol. But I must attend on the green.
to marry ?"
Steady. There thou saidst it. Flor. Well, go; and by the time I see you Lub. Why yes, I thought that was bringing next, take care that you get rid of all your the case hoine. musty old sayings. I wonder how so sensible a man as you could give in to such nonsense.
This air is omitted in representation.
Steady. Well, attend on the lawn; make thy Gil
. Why, I don't see but that I am as bad claim known, and if the parties concerned are off as ever, Floretta. present, deliver to them what I now write thee Flor. I don't know what to make of it myfor that purpose.
(Goes to the Table. self; but however, if the worst comes to the Lub. This is better and better still.—How worst, you must downright give them the slip, they'll all be laughed at.--He little thinks he and run away. is signing his consent to part with Gillian. Gil. I'cod, and so I will! Lubin has got
Steady. Do thou direct it; thou knowest enough for us both. to whom it is to be given Lub. Yes, I am sure the person will be upon
Re-enter LUBIN. the lawn.
Lub. Gillian, I had just watched the old Steady. And fear not to tell him thy mind. Lub, I sha'a't be sparing of that, I
quaker out, and slipped back to tell you that warrant
every thing goes well. I have got his conyon. Steady. Urge thy ill usage.
sent, under his hand, to marry the young woLub. Never fear me.
Gil. And does he know 'tis me? Steady. And tell him, that by endeavouring to prevent thy happiness, he hath done reits his word,' so that we have bim safe
Lub. Not a bit; but you know he never forriches are given us to comfort and
not to dis- enough. But don't let us be seen together. I
am going to the lawn-we shall have fine sport, tress those beneath us.
I warrant you.
[Exit Lub. With respect, Sir, to you be it spoken, So well do I like your advice,
Gil. Again I feel my bosom bound,
My heart sits lightly on its seat;
My cares are all in rapture drown'd,
In every pulse new pleasures beat.
Upon my troubled mind at last,
Kind 'fate has pour'd a friendly
So, after dreadful perils past,
At length succeeds a smiling calm.
SCENE III.-A Lawn with a May-pole. I say, what a figure he'll cut. [Exit.
Enter STEADY, Easy, LUBIN, SOLOMON, GIL, Enter GILLIAN and FLORETTA.
LIAN, FLORETTA, Cicely, Country Lads ang Flor. Yonder he goes—I wonder how he succeeded,
Steady. Friends and neighbours, it bath Steady. Come, Gillian, I was anxious to see been my study, since I first came among you, thee-the time draweth near, and the sports to do whatever might procure me your love will shortly begin upon the lawn.
and esteem. I have instituted a custom, the Gil. I long to be there as much as you do. salutary effects of which I view with great
Steady. I doubt it not.-And when thou gladness; and each is well entitled to the reseest thyself the queen of such a set of happy ward he has received. I will now propose to mortals, I know thou wilt consent that this you a question, to see which of you can make shall be thy bridal-day.
the most ready reply. What of all things in Flor. Yes, Sir, if you'll consent to her hay. the world is the longest and the shortest, the ing Lubin.
swiftest and the slowest, the most precious, Gil. And I can tell you he's to be there. the most neglected, and without which nothing
Steady. Lubin, I'm sure, will not oppose can be done? what I decree.
1 Coun. The earth. Gil. I'm sure he won't part with me quietly. Steady. No.
Steady. Thou shalt see that he will not dare 2 Coun. Ah, I knew you would not guess it to murmur at my will and pleasure. But Light, an please your worship. come, we are expected. Verily, I find my- Steady. Thou art as much mistaken as he, self exalted even to transport, in that I am friend. going this day to make thee a bride.
Lub. 'Tis my belief, 'tis time. Nothing can
be longer, because it will last for ever-nothing In verity, damsel, thou surely wilt find,
can be shorter, because 'tis gone in a moment That my manners are simple and plain ; That my words and my actions, my lips and-nothing can go slower than it does, when my mind,
one's away from her one loves, and nothing
swifter when one's with her. "Tis an old By my own good-will never are twain. I love thee-umph!
Sol. Friend, I hate old sayings.
Lub. "Tis an old saying, that 'tis as precious
as gold; and yet we are always throwing it Consent then-umph!
away. And, your worship, as a proof that And take thy upright quaker.
nothing can be done without it, if the old
gentleman we were a talking about to-day, had Though vain I am not, nor of fopp’ry pos- not had the opportunity of my absence, he sessid,
could not have run away with a certain young Wouldst thon yield to be wedded to me, damsel. Thou shouldst find, gentle damsel, a heart in Steady. Thon hast solved my question aright, my breast
and art indeed an ingenious youth. If thou As joyful as joyful can be.
goest on as thou hast begun, I foresee that I love thee, &c.
[Exit. thou wilt win the dower. Give me now your
several claims, sealed up as usual, and go on how much it behoveth us to resent such inwith the sports while I peruse them. juries. Go on.
[A dance. Coun. (Reads. ] “ If the youth, Lubin, will Stendy. Hast thou nothing to give, young faithfully love and cherish the maiden, called man ?
[TO LUBIN. Gillun, and make her a good help-mate, I do Lub. Why, yes, please your worship, I have freely give my consent to her becoming his wife,
Steady. This is addressed unto me! Let me and request her friends to do the same. view the contents--How! my own hand ! Lub. How is this? Thou expectest, I find, to receive this damsel Steady. This is my revenge. By thy infor thy wife ; and thy plot, which thou didst genuity thou hast won the dower; and by thy so artfully carry on, was contrived to make my iruth and integrity, my friendship. neighbours laugh at me.
Lub. Was ever the like? Lub. No, with respect to your worship, 'twas Gil. I never could abide you before, but now to keep them from laughing at you.
I shall love you as long as I live. Steady. How is this?
Steady. Verily, my heart warmeth unto you Lub. Why, you know, you advised me to both; your innocence and love are equally retell the old gentleman a piece of my mind. spectable. And would the voluptuous man
Steady. Thou shalt see the revenge I will taste a more exquisite sensation than ihe gratitake upon thee for this. I will comply with fying his passions, let him prevail upon bimthe contents of this paper to the utmost. Here, self to do a benevolent action. read this aloud.
[To u COUNTRYMAN. Coun. (Reads.] “ If the youth, Lubin”
Let nimble dancers beat the ground; Steudy. Thou seest I knew thee then.
Let tabor, flagelet, and fife, Lub. I am afraid I have been too cunning Be heard from every bower; for myself.
Let the can go round. Steady. You see, neighbours, how I am What's the health ?-Long life treated; and I request of you to be witness To the donor of the dower. (Freunt.