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Whisk. Thou liest-base beefeater ! Puff. To be sure, she is : the confidante is Beef. Ha! Hell! the lie !

always to do whatever her mistress does ; By Heaven, thou'st rous'd the lion in my heart! weep when she weeps, smile when she smiles, Off, yeoman habit !-base disguise ! off! off! go mad when she goes mad.Now, Madam (Discovers himself, by throwing off his upper Confidante_but keep your madness in the

dress, and appearing in a very fine back ground, if you please.

Til. The wind whistles- -the moon rises
Am I a beefeater now?
Or beams my crest as terrible, as when They have kill'd my squirrel in his cage!
In Biscay's Bay I took thy captive sloop! Is this a grasshopper ?- -Ha ! no, it is my

Puff. 'Phere, egad! he comes out to be the Whiskerandos-you shall not keep himvery captain of the privateer who had taken I know you have him in your pocketWhiskerandos prisoner-and was himself an An oyster may be cross'd in love !Who old lover of Tilburina's.


[love? Dang. Admirably managed, indeed.

A whale's a bird !--Ha! did you call, my Putt Now, stand out of the way.

-He's here! He's thereSHe's every Whisk. I thank thee, fortune! that hast

where! thus bestow'd

Ah me! He's no where! [Exit TILBURINA." A weapon to chastise this insolent.

Puff. There, do you ever desire to see any [Takes up one of the swords. body madder than that? “ Beef. I take thy challenge, Spaniard, and Sneer. Never, while I live! And pray what I thank

becomes of her Thee, fortune, too ! - [Takes up the other sword. Puff. She is gone to throw herself into the

" Whisk. Vengance and Tilburina! sea, to be sure—and that brings us at once to Beef. Exactly so

the scene of action, and so to my catastrophe [They fight, and ofter the usual number of -my sea-fight, I mean.

wounds given, W HISKERANDOS falls. Sneer. What, you bring that in at last ? Whisk. O cursed parry !-that last thrust Puff Yes-yes-you know my play is called in tierce

the Spanish Armada, otherwise, 'egad, I have Was fatal ! Captain, thou hast fenced well! no occasion for the battle at all. -Now then And Whiskerandos quits this bustling scene for my magnificence,-my battle!-my poise ! For all eter

-and my procession !-You are all ready? -nity-he would have added, but Prom. (Within.] Yes, Sir. stern death

Puff. Is the Thames dressed ? Cut short his being, and the noun, at once !"

Puff. O my dear Sir, you are too slow ; now mind me.-Sir, shall I trouble you to die

Enter THAMES, with two Attendants. again? ** Whisk. And Whiskerandos quits this

Thames. Here I am, Sir. bustling scene

Puff. Very well, indeed-See, gentlemen, For all eter

there's a river for you! -nity—he would have added

Sneer. But, pray, who are these gentlemen Puff. No, Sir-that's not it-once more, if

in green with him?

Puff. Those ?—those are his banks. you please.

Sneer. His banks? Whisk. I wish, Sir-you would practise this without me, I can't stay dying here all night the other with a villa !-you take the allusions ?

Puff. Yes, one crowned with alders, and Puff Very well, we'll go over

it by and but, hey! what the plague ! you have got both by-I must humour these gentlemen. [Exit WHISKERANDOS.

your banks on one side-Here, Sir, come round Berf. Farewell-brave Spaniard, and

--Ever while you live, Thames, go between when next-"

your banks. (Bell rings.]—There, soh! now Puff. Dear Sir, you needn't speak that for't Stand aside, my dear friends away,

Thames ! [Exit Thames, between his banks. speech, as the body has walked off.

Beef. That's true, Sir-then I'll join the fleet.

[Flourish of drums, trumpets, cannon, &c. &c.Puff. If you please. [Exit BEEFEATER.) scene changes to the seathe fleets engageNow, enter "Tilburina, stark mad, in white the music plays Britons, strike Home.”satin.

Spanish fleet destroyed by fire ships, &c.Sneer. Why in white satin?

English fieet advances-music plays Puff. O Lord, Sir-when a heroine goes Britannia.The procession of all the English mad,

she always goes into white satin-don't rivers and their tributaries, with their emtlems, she, Dangle ?

&c. begins with Handel's water-music, ends Dang. Always it's a rule.

with a chorus, to the march in Judas MaccaPuff. Yeshere it is—[Looking at the book.] bæus. During this scene, Puff directs and enter Tilburina, stark mad in white satin, and applauds every thingthen her confidante stark mad in white linen. Enter TILBURINA and CONFIDANTE mad, accord- fect_so, ladies and gentlemen, it you please,

Puff. Well, pretty well-but not quite pering to custom.

we'll rehearse this piece again to-morrow. Sneer. But what the deuce, is the confidante

[Curtain drops. to be mad too?








THE circumstance on which the better part of this drama is founded, is said to have actually occurred during the reign of Charles II. at Surinam, where an African prince, entrapped by the “ mild subjects of a Christian king and a Christian government,” was brought and sold to slavery.

Oroonoko excites the warmest sympathy of his auditors ; his love for Imoinda is tender, manly, noble, and unpol. Juted; his firmness and resolution, truly heroic.

The loose and trivial nature of the comic characters, in which Southern has unfortunately yielded to the corrupt taste of the age wherein he wrote, has hitherto prevented the attraction of this play; but the talents of Mr. Kean, and the judicious alterations now made, are likely to procure it an ample share of public favour.

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Mr. Aicken.

Mr. Rae.
Mr. Davies.

Mr. Bengough.
Mr. Pope.

Mr. Kean.
Mr. Hull.

Mr. Barnard.
Mr. Thompson.

Mr. P. Cooké.
Mr. Cubitt.

Mr. Kent.

Mr. Helme.

Mr. Quick.
Mr. Fearon.

Mr. Smith
Mrs. Webb.

Miss Tidsuell.

Mrs. Bates.

Mrs. Inchbald.
Miss Younge.

Miss Somerville.
Planters, Indians, Negroes, Men, Women, and Children.
SCENE.-Surinam, a Colony in the West Indies; at the time of the action of this Tragedy in

the possession of the English.



Lucy. Ay, say you so, indeed ?

Char. But you bave left dear London, you Enter CHARLOTTE WELDON, in man's clothes,

say : pray what have you left in London that

was very dear to you, that had not left you following Lucy.

before? Lucy. What will this come to? what can it Lucy. Speak for yourself, sister. end in? you have persuaded me to leave dear Char. Nay, I'll keep you in countenance. England, and dearer London, the place of the The young fellows, you know, the dearest world most worthy living in, to follow you, a part of the town, and without whom London husband-hunting, into America: I thought had been a wilderness to you and me, had husbands grew in these plantations.

forsaken us a great while. Char. Why so they do, as thick as oranges Lucy. Forsaken us ! I don't know that ever ripening ope under another. Week after week they had us. they drop into some woman's mouth. 'Tis but Chur. Forsaken us the worst way, child; a little patience, spreading your apron in ex- that is, did not think us worth having; they pectation, and one of 'em will fall into your neglected us, no longer designed upon us, lap at last.

they were tired of us. Women in London are

like the rich silks, they are out of fashion a, it must be with a young man, I promise yougreat while before they wear out

Mrs. Lucy, your brother is a very pleasant Lucy. The devil take the fashion, I say. gentleman : 1 came about business to him, but

Char. You may tumble them over and he turns every thing into merriment. over at their first coming up, and never dis- Char. Business, Mrs. Lackitt? Then I know parage their price; but they fall upon wear- you would have me to yourself. Pray, leave ing immediately, lower and lower in their us together, sister. [Exit Lucy.] What am I value, till they come to the broker at last. To drawing upou my sell here?

[Aside. prevent which, with what youth and beauty Widow L. You have taken a very pretty house were left, some experience, and the small re- here, every thing iso neat about you already. mainder of tifteen hundred pounds a piece, I hear you are laying out for a plantation. which amounted to bare two hundred between Char. Why, yes, truly, I like the country, us both, 1 persuaded you to bring your person and would buy a plantation, if I could, reason. for a venture to the Indies. Every thing has ably. succeeded in our voyage : I pass for your

Widow L. O! by all means reasonably. brother: one of the richest planters here hap- Char. If I could have one to my mind, I pening to die just as we landed, I have claim. would think of settling among you. ed kindred with him: so without making his Widow L. ()! you can't do better. Indeed will, he bas left us the credit of his relation to we can't pretend to have so good company for trade upon : we pass for his cousins, coming you as you had in England; but we shall make here to Surinam chiefly upon his invitation ; very much of you. For my own part, I assure we live in reputation ; have the best acquaint- you, I shall think myself very happy to be more ance in the place; and we shall see our account particularly known to you. in't, I warrant you.

Chur. Dear Mrs. Lackitt, you do me too much Lucy. I must rely upon you


Widow L. Then as to a plantation, Mr. Enter Widow LACKITT.

Weldon, you know I have several to dispose

of. Mr. Lackitt, I thank him, has left, though Widow L. Mr. Weldon, your servant. Your I say it, the richest widow upon the place; servant, Mrs. Lucy, I am an ill visitor, but 'tis therefore I may afford to use you better than not too late, I hope, to bid you welcome to this other people can.

You shall have one upon side of this world.

(Sulutes Lucy. any reasonable terms. Mr. Weldon : well, I Char. 'Gad so, I beg your pardon, widow, like that name of yours exceedingly, Mr. I should have done the civilities of my house Weldon. before: but, as you say, 'is not too late, I Char. My name! hope

[Going to kiss her. Widow L. O exceedingly! If any thing Widow L. What! you think now this was a could persuade me to alter my own name, civil way of begging á kiss; and by my troth, verily believe nothing in the world would do if it were,

I see no harm in't; 'tis a pitifal it so soon, as to be called Mrs. Weldon. favour indeed that is not worth asking for; Char. I'm glad you like my name. though I have known a woman speak plainer Widow L. Of all things. But then there's before now, and not understood neither. the misfortune, one cannot change one's name

Char. Not under my roof. Have at you, without changing one's condition. widow

Char. You hardly think it worth that, I beWidow L. Why that's well said, spoke like lieve. a younger brother, that deserves to have a Widow L. Think it worth what, Sir? change widow-Kisses her.] You're a younger broth- ing my condition! indeed, Sir, I think it worth er, I know, by your kissing.

every thing. But alas! Mr. Weldon, I have Char. How so, pray?

buried my poor dear husband but six weeks; Widow L. Why, you kiss as if you expected poor dear creature, I loved him sincerely : 'tis to be paid for't. You stick so close, there's no too soon to think of changing one's condition getting rid of you.

yet; indeed it is : pray, don't desire it of me: Char. I am a-kin to å younger brother. pot but that you may persuade me to any thing,

Widow. L. So much the better: we widows sooner than any person in the worldare commonly the better for younger brothers. Chur. Who, I, Mrs. Lackitt ?

Lucy. Better or worse, most of you. But Widow L. Indeed you may, Mr. Weldon, you wont be much the better for him, I can sooner than any man living. Lord, there's a

[Aside. great deal in saving a decency: I never mind. Char. I was a younger brother ; but an uncle ed it before. Well, I am glad you spoke first, of my mother's has maliciously left me an to excuse my modesty. Now I will own to estate, and I'm afraid spoiled my fortune. you, (but I wont confess neither,) I have had

Widow L. No, do; an estate will never a great respect for you a great while. I beg spoil your fortune; I bave a good estate my- your pardon, Sir; and I must declare to you, self, thank Heaven, and a kind husband that indeed I must, if you desire to dispose of all Í left it behind him.

have in the world, in an honourable way, my Char. Thank Heaven that took him away fortune and person, if you wont understand me from it, widow, and left you behind him. without telling you so, are both at your service,

Widow L. Nay, Heaven's will must be 'gad so ! another timedone ; he's in a better place. Char. A better place for you, no doubt on't.

Enter STANMORE. Now you may look about you; choose for yourself, Mrs. Lackitt, that's your business ; Stan. So, Mrs. Lackitt, your widowhood's for I know you design to marry again. weaning apace ; I see which way 'tis going.

Widow L. Nay, I'll do nothing rashly: I'll Weldon, you're a bappy man. The women resolve against nothing. The devil, they say, and their favours come home to you. is very busy upon these occasions, especially Widow L. A fiddle of favour, Mr. Stanmore; with the widows. But, if I am to be tempted, I am a lone woman, you know it, left in a

tell you.

great deal of business, and business must be Stan. We'll hope the best. The ships from followed or lost. I have several stocks and England are expected every day. plantations upon my hands, and other things Char. What ship is this? to dispose of, which Mr. Weldon may have oc- Stan. A rover, a buccaneer, a trader in casion for.

slaves : that's the commodity we deal in, you Char. We were just upon the brink of a bar- know. If you have a curiosity to see our gain, as you came in.

manner of marketing, I'll wait upon you. Stun. Let me drive it on for you.

Char. We'll take my sister with us. Char. So you must, I believe, you or some

[Exeunt. body for me. Stan. I'll stand by yoù : I understand more

SCENE II.-An open Place. of this business than you can pretend to.

Char. I don't pretend to it; 'tis quite out of Enter LIEUTENANT-Governor and BLANDFORD. my way indeed.

Lieut. There's no resisting your fortune, Stun. If the widow gets you to herself, she Blandford; you draw all the prizes. will certainly be too hard for you: I know Bland. I draw for our lord governor ; you her of old : she has no conscience in a corner; know his fortune favours me. a very Jew in a bargain.

Lieut. I grudge him nothing this time; but Char. Is this true, widow ?

if fortune bad favoured me in the last sale, Widow L. Speak'as you find, Mr. Weldon; the fair slave had been mine ; Clemene had I have offered you very fair! think upon't, and been mine. let me hear of you; the sooner the better, Mr. Bland. Are you still in love with her? Weldon.

[Exit. Lieut. Every day more in love with her. Stan. I assure you, my friend, she'll cheat you if she can.

Enter CAPTAIN DRIVER, teased and pulled about Char. I don't know that, but I can cheat

by Widow LACKITT and several PLANTERS, at her if I will.

one door ; at another, CHARLOTTE WELDON, Stan. Cheat her! how ?

dressed in man's clothes, Lucy, STANMORE, Char. I can marry her; and then I am sure

and Jack STANMORE. I have it in my power to cheat her. Stan. Can you marry her?

Widow L. Here have I six slaves in my lot, Char. Yes, faith, so she says: her pretty and not a man among them; all women and person and fortune (which, one with the other, children ; what can I do with 'em, captain ? you know, are not contemptible) are both at 1 Plan. I have all men in mine. Pray, capmy service,

tain, let the men and women be mingled toStan. Contemptible! very considerable, gether, for the good of the plantation. Pegad; very desirable; why, she's worth 2 Plan. Ay, ay, a man and a woman, captwenty thousand pounds, man; a clear estate : tain, for the good of the plantation. no charge upon't, but a boobily son: he in- Capt. D. Let them mingle together, and be deed, was to have half; but his father begot damned; what care I. Would you have me him, and she breeds him up not to know or a pimp for the good of the plantation ? have more than she has a mind to.

1 Plan. I am a constant customer, captain. Char. There's a great deal to be made of Widow L. I am always ready money to you, this

[Musing. captain. Stan. A handsome fortune may be made i Plan. For that matter, mistress, my money on't, and I advise you to't by all means. is as ready as yours.

Char. To marry her! an old wanton witch! Widow L. Pray hear me, captain. I hate her.

Capt D. Look you, I have done my part by Stan. No matter for that: let her go to the you; I have brought the number of slaves I devil for you. She'll cheat her son of a good bargained for ; if your lots have not pleased estate for you ; that's a perquisite of a widow's you, you must draw again among yourselves. portion always.

3 Plan. I am contented with my lot. Char. I have a design, and will follow her 4 Plan. I am very well satisfied. at least, till I have a pennyworth of the plan- 3 Plan. We'll have no drawing again. tation,

Widow L. Ay, butStan. I speak as a friend, when I advise Capt. D. Do you hear, mistress ? you may you to marry her, for 'tis directly against the hold your tongue : for my part, I expect my interest of my own family. My cousin Jack money. has belaboured her a good while that way.

Widow L. Captain, nobody questions or Char. What! honest Jack? I'll not hinder scruples the payment: but I wont hold my bim. I'll give over the thoughts of her. tongue ; 'tis too much to pray and pay too :

Stun. He'll make nothing on't ; she does one may speak for one's own, I hope. not care for him. I'm glad you have her in Capt. D. Well, what would you say? your power.

Widow L. I say, no more than I can make Char. I may be able to serve him.

out. Stan. Here's a ship come into the river; I Capt. D. Out with it, then. was in hopes it had been from England. Widow L. I say things have not been so Char. From England ?

fair carried as they might have been. How Stan. No; I was disappointed; I long to do I know but you have juggled together in see this handsome cousin of yours: the pic- my absence? You drew the lots before I came, ture you gave me of her has charmed me.

I'm sure. Char. You'll see whether it has flattered Capt. D. That's your own fault, mistress ; her or no, in a little time. If she be recovered you might have come sooner. of that illness that was the reason of her stay. Widow L. Then here's a prince, as they say, ing behind us, I know she will come with the among the slaves, and you set him down to go first opportunity. We shall see her, or hear as a common man. of her death.

Capt. D. I'll warrant you.

Widow L. Sir, you're a scurvy fellow, to Stan. No, no, he's a little familiar; 'tis his talk at this rate to me. If my husband were

way. alive, gadsbodikins, you would not use me Capt. D. Say you so ? nay, I can be as faso. Marry come up here, who are you, I miliar as he, if that be it. Well, Sir, look trow? You begin to think yourself a captain, upon me full. What say you ? how do you like forsooth, because we call you so. You forget me for a brother-in-law ? yourself as fast as you can; but I remember Char. Why, yes, faith, you'll do my busiyou ; I know you

for a pitiful, paltry fellow, as ness, [Turning him about.) if we can agree you are, an upstart to prosperity ; one that is about my sister's. but just come acquainted with cleanliness, and Capt. D. I don't know whether your sister that never saw five shillings of your own with will like me or not : I can't say much to her; out deserving to be hanged for 'em.

but I have money enough : and if you are her Lieut. She has given you a broadside, cap- brother, as you seem to be a-kin to her, I know tain ; you'll stand up to her.

that will recommend me to you. Capt. D. Hang her, I'll come no nearer. Char. This is your market for slaves; iny

Widow L. By this good light, it would make sister is a free woman, and must not be disa woman do a thing she never designed; marry posed of in public. You shall be welcome to again, though she were sure to repent it, and my house, if you please ; and, upon better acbe revenged of such a

quaintance, if my sister likes you, and I like Jack $. What's the matter, Mrs. Lackitt; your offerscan I serve you?

Capt. D. Very well, Sir, I'll come and see Widow L. No, no, you can't serve me : you her. are for serving yourself, I'm sure. Pray, go Lieut. Where are the slaves, captain ? they about your business. Lord! how can you be are long a coming. so troublesome; nay, so unconscionable, to Bland. And who is this prince that's fallen think that every rich widow must throw her to my lot for the lord-governor? Let me know self away upon a young fellow that has no- something of him that I may treat him accordthing?

ingly : who is be? Stan. Jack, you are answered, I suppose. Capt. D. He's the devil of a fellow, I can Jack S. l'll have another pluck at her. tell you ; a prince every inch of him: you have

Widow L. Mr. Weldon, I am a little discon- paid dear enough for him for all the good he'll certed; but pray bring your sister to dine with do you: I was forced to clap him in irons, and me. 'Gads my life, I'm out of all patience did not think the ship safe neither. You are with that pitiful fellow: my flesh rises at in hostility with the Indians, they say; they him; I can't stay in the place where he is. threaten you daily: you had best have an eye

[Exit. upon him. Bland. Captain, you have used the widow Bland. But who is he? very familiarly.

Lieut. And how do you know him to be a Cupt. D. This is my way; I have no design, prince ? and therefore am not over civil. If she had Capt. D. He is son and heir to the great king ever a hansdome daughter to wheedle her out of Angola, a mischievous monarch in those of, or if I could make any thing of her booby parts, who, by his good will, would never let

any of his neighbours be in quiet. This son Char. I may improve that hint, and make was his general, a plaguy fighting fellow! I something of him.

[Aside. have formerly had dealings with him for slaves, Lieut. She's very rich.

which he took prisoners, and have got pretty Capt. D. I am rich myself. She has nothing roundly by him; but, the wars being at an end, that I want; I have no leaks to stop. Old and nothing more to be got by the trade of that women are fortune-menders. I have made country, I made bold to bring the prince along a good voyage, and would reap the fruits of my with me. labour. We plough the deep, my masters, but Lieut. How could you do that? our harvest is on shore. I am for a young Bland. Wbat! steal a prince out of his own

country ! impossible! Stan. Look about, captain; there's one ripe, Capt. D. 'Twas hard indeed; but I did it. and ready for the sickle.

You must know this OroonokoCapt. Ď. A woman, indeed. I will be ac- Bland. Is that his name? quainted with her: who is she?

Capt. D. Ay, Oroonoko. Char. My sister, Sir.

Lieut. Oroonoko. Capt. D.' Would I were a-kin to her; if she Capt. D. Is naturally inquisitive about the were my sister, she should never go out of the men and manners of the white nations. Befamily:—What say you, mistress? You expect cause I could give him some account of the I should marry you, I suppose ?

other parts of the world, I grew very much into Lucy. I sha'n't be disappointed, if you don't. his favour: in return of so great an honour,

[Turns away. you know, I could do po less, upon my coming Char. She wont break her heart, Sir. away, than invite bim on board me. Never Capt. D. But I mean

(Follows her. baving been in a ship, he appointed his time, Char. And I mean-[Goes between him and and I prepared my entertainment. He came Lucy.] that you must not think of her without the next ning, as private as he could, with marrying.

about some twenty along with bim. The punch Capt. D. I mean so too.

went round; and as many of his attendants as Char. Why then your meaning's out. would be dangerous, I sent dead drunk on Capt. D. You're very short.

shore; the rest we secured ; and so you bave Char. I will grow, and be taller for you. the prince Oroonoko. Capt. D. I shall grow angry and swear. Bland. Unheard of villany! Char. You'll catch no fish then.

Stan. Barbarous treachery! Capt. D. I don't well know whether he de- Lieul. But, captain, methinks you have taken signs to affront me or no.

a great deal of pains for this prince Oroonoko;

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