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A COMIC OPERA,
IN TWO ACTS.
BY ISAAC BICKERSTAFF.
REMARKS THIS pleasing entertainment was set to music by the late Mr. Charles Dibdin, who also played the part of Mungo, is so capital and original a style, as to contribute greatly to the very uncommon success of this piece, which was acted fifty-three nights during its first season. The plot is principally taken from a Spanish novel, by Cervantes, called, « The Jealous Husband."
door upon the second; this double locks the
hatch below; and this the door that opens into SCENE 1.-A Garden belonging to Don
the entry. Diego's House.
Urs. I am acquainted with every ward of
them. Enter Don Diego, musing.
Diego. You know, Ursula, when I took LeoAIR.-Diego.
nora from her father and mother, she was to
live in the house with me three months ; at the Thoughts to council—let me see- expiration of which time, I entered into a bond Hum—to be or not to be
of four thousand pistoles, either to return her A husband, is the question.
to them spotless, with half that sum for a A cuckold! must that follow ?
dowry, or make her my true and lawful wife. Say what men will,
Urs. And, I warrant you, they came secretly Wedlock's a pill,
to inquire of me whether they might venture Bitter to swallow,
to trust your worsbip. “ Lord !” said I, “I Apd hard of digestion.
have lived with the gentleman nine years and
three quarters, come Lammas, and never saw But fear makes the danger seem double:
any thing uncivil by him in my life;" nor no Say, Hymen, what mischief can trouble
more I ever did ; and, to let your worship My peace, should I venture to try you?
know, if I had, you would have mistaken My doors shall be lock’d, My windows be block'd;
your person ; for I bless Heaven, though I'm No male in my house,
poor, I'm honest, and would not live with any
man alive that should want to handle me unNot so much as a mouse; Then horns, horas I defy you.
Diego. Ursula, I do belive it; and you are Diego. Ursula!
particularly happy, that both your age and your
person exempt you from any such temptation. Enter URSULA.
But be this as it will, Leonora's parents, after Urs. Here, an't please your worship. some little difficulty, consented to comply with Diego. Where is Leonora ?
my proposal ; and, being fully satisfied with Urs. In her chamber, Sir.
their daughter's temper and conduct, whica I Diego. There is the key of it; there the key wanted to be acquainted with, this day being of the best hall; there the key of the door up- the expiration of the term, í am resolved to up the first light of stairs; there the key of the fulfil my bond, by marrying her to-morrow.
Urs. Heaven bless you together.
Diego. Look me in the face, and listen to Diego. During the time she has lived with me attentively. me, she has never been a moment out of my Leon. There. sight: and now, tell me, Ursula, what have Diego. I am going this evening to your you observed in her ?
father and mother, and I suppose you are not Urs. All meekness and gentleness, your ignorant of the cause of my journey. Are you worship: and yet I warrant you, shrewd and willing to be my wife ? sensible; 'egad, when she pleases, she can be Leon. I am willing to do whatever you and as sharp as a needle.
and mother please. Diego, You have not been able to discover Diego. But that's not the thing; do you like any particular attachments ?
me ? Urs. Why, Sir, of late I have observed — Leon. Yes. Diego. Eh ! how! what?
Diego. What do you sigh for? Urs. That she has taken greatly to the Leon. I don't know. young kitten.
Diego. When you came hither, you were Diego. O! is that all ?
taken from a mean little house, ill situated, Urs. Ay, by my faith, I don't think she's and worse furnished; you had no servants, fond of any thing else.
and were obliged, with your mother, to do the Diego. Of me, Ursula ?
work yourself. Urs. Ay, ay, of the kitten, and your wor- Leon. Yes; but when we had done, I could ship, and her birds, and going to mass. I look out at the window, or go a walking into have taken notice of late, that she is mighty the fields. fond of going to mass, as your worship lets Diego. Perhaps, you dislike confinement? her early of a morning.
Leon. No, I don't, I am sure. Diego. Well! I am now going to her Diego. I say then, I took you from that parents, to let them know my resolution; I mean habitation and hard labour, to a noble will not take her with me, because, having building, and this fine garden; where, so far been used to confinement, and it being the life from being a slave, you are absolute mistress; I am determined she shall lead, it will be and instead of wearing a mean stuff gown, only giving her a bad habit. I shall return look at yourself, I beseech you; the dress you with the good folks to-morrow morning ; in the have on is fit for a princess. meantime, Ursula, I confide in your attention; Leon. It's very fine, indeed. and take care, as you would merit my favour. Diego. Well, Leonora, you know in what
Urs. I will, indeed, your worship; nay, if manner you have been treated since you have there is a widow gentlewoman in all Sala- been my companion; ask yourself again now, manca fitter to look after a young maiden- whether you can be content to lead a life Diego. Go, and send Leonora to me. with me according to the specimen you have
Leon. Specimen !
Leon. I'll do whatever you please.
Diego. Then, my dear, give me a kiss.
Leon. Good bye to you.
Diego. Here, Ursula.
By some I am told
That I'm wrinkled and old,
But I will not believe what they say:
I feel my blood mounting,
Like streams in a fountain,
For love I have will
And ability still; of oxen-oxen-I don't like oxen! I wish it
Odsbobs, I can scarcely refrain ! had been a drove of sheep.
My diamond, my pearl
Well, be a good girl, Enter LEONORA, with a Bird on her finger, Until I come to you again, [Exit. which she holds in the other hand by a string.
Leon. Heigbo! He's very good to me, to be AIR.-LEONORA.
sure, and it's my duty to love him, because we Say, little, foolish, fluttering thing, ought not to be ungrateful; but I wish I was Whither, ah! whither would you wing not to marry him for all that, though I'm Your airy flight?
afraid to tell him so. Fine feathers, they say, Stay here, and sing,
make fine birds; but I'm sure they don't make Your mistress to delight.
happy ones ; a sparrow is happier in the fields, No, no, no
than a goldfinch in a cage. There is someSweet Robin, you shall not go :
thing makes me mighty uneasy. While he Where, you wanton, could you be,
was talking to me, I thought I never saw any Half so happy as with me?
thing so ugly in my life~0 dear now, why
did I forget to ask leave to go to mass toDiego. Coming forward.) Leonora. morrow? I suppose, because he's abroad, Leon. [Putting the Bird into the cage.] Here Ursula wont take me I wish I had asked 1 am
leave to go to mass.
1 SCENE III.- The outside of Don Diego's
House ; which appears with windows barred Was I a shepherd maid, to keep
up, and an iron grate before an entry. On yonder plains a flock of sheep, Well-pleas'd I'd watch the live-long day,
Enter Don Diego from the house, having first My ewes at feed, my lambs at play,
unlocked the door, and removed two or three
bars which assisted in justening it. Or would some bird that pity brings, But for a moment lend its wings,
Diego. With the precautions I have taken, My parents then might rave and scold,
I think I run no risk in quitting my house for
å stort time; Leonora has never shown the My guardian strive my will to hold: Their words are harsh, his walls are high,
least inclination to deceive me; besides, my But spite of all away I'd fly. [Exit. the keys, and will not part with them from
old woman is prudent and faithful; she has all
herself; but suppose-suppose-by the rood SCENE II.-A Street in Salamanca.
of St. Francis, I will not leave it in her power
to do mischief; a woman's not having it in her Enter LEANDER and two SCHOLARS, in their power to deceive you, is the best security for University gowns.
her fidelity, and the only one a wise man will
contide in; fast bind, safe find, is an excellent Leund. His name is Don Diego; there's his proverb. I'll e'en lock her up with the rest; house, like another monastery, or rather pri- there is a hasp to the door, and I have a padson; his servants are an ancient duenna, and lock within, which shall be my guarantee; I a negro slave
will wait till the negro returns with the provi1 Schol. And after having lived fifty years a sions he is gone to purchase; and clapping bachelor, this old fellow has picked up a young them all up, together, make my mind easy by thing of sixteen, whom he by chance saw in a having the key they are under in my pocket. balcony !
(Retires. 2 Schol. And are you in love with the girl ? Leand. To desperation ; and I believe I am
Enter MUNGO, with a hamper. not indifferent to her; for, finding that her jea- Mun. Go, get you down, you damn hamper, lous guardian took her to the chapel of a you carry me now. Curse my old massa, sendneighbouring convent every morning before iting me always here and dere for one somewas light, I went there in the habit of a pil- thing to make me tire like a mule-curse him grim, planting
myself as near her as I could; imperance--and him damn insurance. I then varied my appearance, continuing to do Diego. How now? so from time to time, till I was convinced she Mun. Ah, massa ! bless your heart. had sufficiently remarked, and understood my Diego. What's that you are muttering, sirmeaning.
rah ? 1 Schol. Well, Leander, I'll say that for you, Mun. Noting, massa, only me say you very there is not a more industrious lad in the uni- good massa. versity of Salamanca, when a wench is to be Diego. What do you leave your load down ferreted.
there for? 2 Schol. But prythee, tell us now how did Mun. Massa, me lily tire. you get information?
Diego. Take it up, rascal. Leand. First from report, which raised my Mun. Yes, bless your heart, massa. curiosity; and afterwards from the negro Diego. No, lay it down : now I think on't, just now mentioned; I observed that, when come hither. the family was gone to bed, he often came to Mun. What you say, massa? air himself at yonder grate; you know I am Diego. Can you be honest ? no bad chanter, nor a very scurvy minstrel ; Mun. Me no savee, massa, you never ax me so, taking a guitar, clapping a black patch on before. my eye, and a swalhe upon one of my legs, I Diego. Can you tell truth? soon scraped acquaintance with my friend Mun. What you give me, massa ? Mungo. He adores my songs and sarabands; Diego. There's a pistreen for you; now tell and, taking me for a poor cripple, often repays me, do you know of any ill going on in my me with a share of his allowance'; which I ac- house? cept, to avoid suspicion.
Mun. Ah, massa, a damn dea!. i Schol. And so
Diego. How! that I'm a stranger to ? Leand. And so, Sir, he hath told me all the Mun. No, massa, you lick me every day with secrets of his family; and one worth knowing; your rattan ; I'm sure, massa, that's mischief for he informed me last night, that his master enough for poor neger man. will this evening take a short journey into the Diego. So, so. country, from whence he proposes not to re- Mun. La, massa, how could you have a turn till to-morrow, leaving his young wife, heart to lick poor neger man, as you lick me that is to be, behind him.
last Thursday? 2 Schol. Zounds! let's scale the wall.
Diego. If you have not a mind I should chas. Leand. Fair and softly; I will this instant tise you now, hold your tongue. go and put on my disguise, watch for the Mun. Yes, massa, if you no lick me again. Don's going out, attack my negro afresh, and Diego. Listen to me, I say. try if, by his means, I cannot come into the Mun. You know, massa, me very good serhouse, or at least get a sight of my charming vantangel.
Diego. Then you will go on? 1 Schol. Angel! is she then so handsome ? Mun. And ought to be use kine
Leand. It is time for us to withdraw : come Diego. If you utter another syllableto my chambers, and there you shall know all Mun. And I'm sure, massa, you can't deny you can desire.
but I worky worky-1 dress a victuals, and
run a errands, and wash a house, and make a here's what he says to her. (Sings and plays.] beds, and scrub a shoes, and wait a table. Now you shall hear the slave's answer. (Sings
Diego. Take that. [Strikes him.) Now will and plays.) Now you shall hear how the wickyou listen to me?
ed Turk, being greatly enraged, is again goMun. La, massa, if ever I saw
ing to cut off the fair slave's head. (Sings and Diego. I am going abroad, and shall not re- plays again.] Now you shall hearturn till to-morrow morning. During this night Mun. What signify me hear ?–Me no underI charge you not to sleep a wink, but be stand. watchful as a lynx, and keep walking up and Leand. Oh, you want something you underdown the entry, that if you hear the least stand? If your honour had said that noise you may alarm the family. Stay here, Urs. (Appears at the window above.] Mungo! perverse animal, take care that nobody ap- Mungo! proaches the door; I am going in, and shall Mun. Some one call derebe out again in a moment.
(Erit. Urs. Mungo, I say. Mun. So, I must be stay in a cold all night, Mun. What devil you want? and have no sleep, and get no tanks neither; Urs. What lewd noise is that? then him call me tief, and rogue, and rascal, Mun. Lewd yourself, no lewd here ; play to tempt me.
away, never mind her.
Urs, I shall come down, if you go on.
Mun. Ay, come along, more merrier; nothing
harkye, fellow, can you play the Forsaken My pain is dere game:
Maid's Delight, or Black Bess of Castile ? Ah, Me wish to de Lord me was dead.
Mungo, if you had heard me sing when I was
young. Whate'er's to be done,
Mun. 'Gad, I am sure I hear your voice Poor blacky must run;
osten enough now you old. Mungo here, Mungo dere,
Urs. I could quaver like any blackbird. Mungo every where;
Mun. And now you halloo like a screechAbove and below,
owl.-Come, throw a poor soul a penny, he Sirrah, come ; sirrah, go;
play a tune for you. Do so, and do so.
Urs How did you lose the use of your leg? Oh! oh!
Leand. In the wars, my good dame: I was Me wish to de Lord me was dead. [Exit. taken by a Barbary corsair, and carried into Re-enter Don Diego, with URSULA,, who, after quarters upon cold water and the roots of the
Sallee, where I lived eleven years and threethe inside : then Don Diego, unseen by them, earth, without having a coat on my back, or puts on a large Padlock and goes off. After me for a slave: he gave me the strappado on
laying my head on a pillow: an infidel bought which, LEANDER enters disguised.
my shoulders, and the bastinado on the soles Leand. So-my old Argus is departed, and of my feet: now, as I said before, this infidel the evening is as favourable for my design as Turk had fifty-three wives, and one hundred I could wish. Now to attract my friend and twelve concubines. Mungo; if he is within hearing of my guitar, Urs. Then he was an unreasonable villain. I am sure he will quickly make his appear- Leon. (Appears at another window.) Ursula !
Urs. Odds my life, what's here to do! Go Mun. (Appears at the window.] Who goes back, go back; fine work we shall have indere?-Hip! hollo!
deed! good man, good bye. Leand. Heaven bless you, my worthy mas- Leon. I could not stay any longer by myself; ter, will your worship’s honour have a little pray let me take a little air at the grate." music this evening?
Leand. Do, worthy Madam, let the young Mun. Stay you little-I come down. gentlewoman stay; I'll play her a love-song
(Comes down to the grate. for nothing. Leand. I have got a bottle of delicious cor- Urs. No, no, none of your love-songs here; dial bere, given me by a charitable monk of a if you could play a saraband indeed, and there convent hard by, if your grace will please to was room for one's motiontaste it.
Leand. I am but a poor man, but if your Mun. Give me a sup tro a grate; come ladyship will let me in as far as the hall or the closee, man, don't be fear, old massa gone out, kitchen, you may all dance, and I sha'n't ask as I say last night, and he no come back be- any thing. fore to-morrow; come, trike moosic, and give Urs. Why, if it was not on my master's acus song:
count, I should think no harm in a little innoLeand. I'll give your worship a song I learn- cent recreation. ed in Barbary, when I was a slave among the Mun. Do, and let us dance. Moors.
Leand. Has Madam the keys then? Mun. Ay, do.
Urs. Yes, yes, I have the keys. Leand. There was a cruel and malicious Leand. Have you the key of this padlock too, Turk, who was called Heli Abdallah Mahomet Madam? Here's a padlock upon the door, Scah, wbo had fifty wives and three hundred Heaven help us, large enough for a state priconcubines.
Mun. Poor man! what did he do wid 'em Urs. Eh-how-what, a padlock ! all?
Mun. Here it is, I feel it? adod, it's a tumLeand. Now this wicked Turk had a fair per. Christian slave named Jezabel, who not con- Urs. He was afraid to trust me then. senting to his beastly desires, he draws out Mun. And if de house was a fire, we none his sabre, and is going to cut off her head; of us get out to save ourselves.
Leand. Well, Madam, not to disappoint you 89 contrired, that a bottle and glass, tuo canand the young lady, I know the back of your dles, a guitar, and LEANDER's disguise, may be garden wall, and I'll undertake to get up at placed upon it. the outside of it, if you can let me down on the
Enter URSULA, followed by LEANDER in a other.
rich habit. Urs. Do you think you could with your lame leg?
Urs. Oh, shame! out upon't, Sir, talk to me Leand. O yes, Madam, I am very sure. no more ; I that have been famed throughout
Urs. Then by my faith you shall, for now all Spain, as I may say, for virtue and disI'm set on't-A padlock! Mungo, come with cretion ; the very tiower and quintessence of me into the garden.
duennas! you bave cast a blot upon me, a blot (Mungo und Ursula going off, LEANDER upon my reputation, that was as fair as a piece
and LEONORA ure leji together. The first of white paper; and now I shall be reviled, part of the quartetto is sung by them in pointed at; nay, men will call me filthy names duet, then Mungo and Ursula return one upon your account.
after another to the stations they had quitted. Leand. What filthy names will they call Leon. Pray, let me go with you.
Leand, Stay, charming creature : why will Urs. They'll say I'm an old procuress. you fly the youth that adores you ?
Leand. Fie, fie, men know better things Leon. Ob, Lord! I'm frighiened out of my besides, though I have got admittance into wits!
your house, be assured I shall commit no out. Leand. Have you not taken notice, beau- rage here; and if I have been guilty of any teous Leonora, of the pilgrim who has so often indiscretion, let love be my excuse. met you at church? I am that pilgrim; one Urs. Well, as I live, he's a pretty young who would change shapes as often as Proteus, fellow. to be blessed with a sight of you.
Leand. You, my sweet Ursula, have known
what it is to be in love, and I warrant have had QUARTETT.-LEANDER, LEONORA, URSULA,
admirers often at your feet; your eyes still and Mungo.
retain fire enough to tell me that.
Urs. They tell you no lie; for, to be sure, Leand. O thou, whose charms enslave my when I was a young woman, I was greatly heart!
sought after ; nay, it was reported that a youth In pity hear a youth complain :
died for love of me; one Joseph Perez, a Leon. I must not hear-dear youth, depart- tailor by trade, of the grayhound make, lank; I'm certain I have no desert
and, if my memory fail me not, his right shoul. A gentleman like you to gain.
der about the breadth of my hand higher than Leand. Then do I seek your love in vain ? his left : but he was upright as an arrow, and, Leon. It is another's right;
by all accounts, one of the finest workmen at Leand. And he,
Urs. Where is she? by my troth, I have shut Urs. Come round, young nan, I've been to her up in her chamber, under three bolts and try.
a double lock. Mun. And so have I.
Leand. And will you not bring us together? I'm sure the wall is not too high.
Urs. Who, I ?-How can you ask me such a If you please,
question ? Really, Sir, I take it extremely un. You'll mount with ease.
kind. Leand. Can you to aid my bliss deny ?
Leand. Well, but you misapprehend-
Urs. I told you just now, that if you men-
tioned that to me again, it would make me I will not go.
sick; and so it has, turned me upside down as Leon. I must consent, however loth;
Leand. Indeed, my best friend
Urs. Oh, oh, hold me, or I shall fall.
Leand. I will hold you. Leund. By your eyes of heavenly blue,
Urs. And do you feel any compassion for
Your voice, the music of the spheres- Urs. Why truly you have a great deal to Mun. Lord o' mercy, how be swears!
answer for, to bring tears into my eyes at this He makes my hairs
time o' day; I am sure they are the first I All stand an end !
have shed since my poor husband's death. Urs. Come, that's enough, ascend, ascend Leand. Nay, don't think of that now. Let's be happy while we may:
Urs. For you must understand, Sir, to play Now the old one's far away,
a trick upon a grave, discreet matron Aud Laugh, and sing, and dance, and play; yet, after all, by my faith, I don't wonder you Harmless pleasure, why delay?[Exeunt. should love the young thing under my care;
for it is one of the sweetest conditioned souls .
that ever I was acquainted with; and between ACT II.
ourselves, our donnee is too old for such a SCENE I.-A Hall in Don Diego's House,
babe. with folding-doors, which open in the back
Leand. Ursula, take this gold.
Leand. Only for the love of me.
by which the characters pass up and down ; on for I love you, I assure you; you put me só the other, a door leading to a cellar, which is much in mind of my dear husband; he was