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withdraw my protection from the ordinary think of dining in your chamber alone, when part of the family,
(Exit. I had company below. You shall sit at the Rus. Zounds, what impudence! that's worse head of the table, as you ought, to be sure, as than all the rest.
you say, and make my friends welcome. Lord T. Fine presence of mind, faith!- Mrs. 0. Excellent raillery! Lookye, Mr. The true French nonchalance-But, good Oakly, I see the meaning of all this affected folks, why such a deal of rout and tapige coolness and indifference. about nothing at all?_If Mademoiselle Har- Ouk. My dear, consider where you areriet had rather be Mrs. Oakly than Lady Mrs. 0.' You would be glad, I find, to get Trinket- -Why, I wish her joy-that's all.- me out of your house, and have all your flirts Mr. Russet, I wish you joy of your son-in- about you. Jaw-Mr. Oakly, I wish you joy of the lady Oak. Before all this company! fy! --and you, Madam, [To HARRIET.] of the gen- Mrs. O. But I'll disappoint you, for I shall tleman-And, in short, I wish you all joy of remain in it, to support my due authority-as one another, 'pon honour.
[Exit. for you, Major (aklyRus. There's a fine fellow of a lord ‘now! Muy. O. Hey-dey! what have I done? The devil's in your London folks of the first Mrs. 0.' I think you might find better emfashion, as you call them. They will rob you ployment, than to create divisions between of your estate, debauch your daughter, or lie married people—and you, Sir!with your wife-and all as if they were doing Oak. Nay but, my dear !you a favour-'pon honour !
Mrs 0. Might have more sense, as well as Maj. 0. Hey! what now?
tenderness, than to give ear to such idle stuff. (Bell rings riolently. Ouk. Lord, Lord !
Mrs. 0. You and your wise counsellor there, Re-enter OAKLY.
suppose, think to carry all your points with Oak. D'ye hear, major, d'ye hear?
Ouk. Was ever any thingMaj. 0. Zounds! what a clatter - She'll
Mrs. O. But it wont do, Sir. You shall find pull down all the bells in the house.
that I will have my own way, and that I will Oak. My observations since I left you, have govern my own family. confirmed my resolution. I see plainly that Oak. You had better learn to govern yourher good humour, and her ill humour, her self, by half. Your passion makes you ridismiles, her tears, and her fits, are all calcu-culous. Did ever any body see so much fury lated to play upon me.
and violence; affronting your best friends, Maj. 6. Did not I always tell you so? It's breaking my peace, and disconcerting your the way with them all they will be rough own temper. And all for what? for nothing. and smooth, and hot and cold, and all in a 'Sdeath, Madam! at these years you ought to breath. Any thing to get the better of us. know better.
Oak. She is in all moods at present, 1 pro- Mrs. 0. At these years !--Very fine ! mise you—There has she been in her chamber, Am I to be talked to in this manner? fuming and fretting, and dispatching a mes- Oak. Talked to !--Why not?- You have senger to me every two minutes—servant after talked to me long enougli-almost talked me servant-now she insists on my coming to her to death and I have taken it all, in hopes of -now again she writes a note to entreat-then making you quiet—but all in vain. Patience, Toilet is sent to let me know that she is ill, I find, is all thrown away upon you ; and absolutely dying-then the very next minute, henceforward, come what may, I am resolved she'll never see my face again-she'll go out to be master of my own house. of the house directly. [Bell rings.] Again! now Mrs. O. So, so !-Master, indeed !-- Yes, the storm rises !
Sir; and you'll take care to have mistresses Maj. 0. It will soon drive this way then- enough too, I warrant you. now, brother, prove yourself a man-You have
Oak. Perhaps I may; but they shall be quiet gone too far to retreat.
ones, I can assure you. Oak. Retreat!--Retreat!—No, no I'll pre- Mrs. 0. Indeed And do you think I am serve the advantage I have gained, I am de- such a tame fool, as to sit quietly and bear all termined.
this behaviour-You shall find that I have a Maj. O. Ay, ay !-keep your ground !--fear spiritnothing-up with your noble heart! Good Oak. Of the devil. discipline makes good soldiers; stick close to Mrs. 0. Intolerable !-You shall find then my advice, and you may stand buff to a that I will exert that spirit. I am sure I have tigress
need of it. As soon as the house is once Oak. Here she is, by Heavens! now, bro-cleared again, I'll shut my doors against all ther!
company.-You sha'n't see a single soul for Maj. 0. And now, brother! - Now or this month. never!
Oak. 'Sdeath, Madam, but
I will !—I'll keep
open house for a year. - -I'll send cards to Re-enter Mrs. OAKLY.
the whole town-Mr. Oakly's rout!All the
world will come—and I'll go among the world Mrs. 0. I think, Mr. Oakly, you might have too-I'll be mewed up no longer. had humanity enough to have come to see how Mrs. 0. Provoking insolence! this is not to I did. You have taken your leave, I suppose, be endured Lookye, Mr. Oaklyof all tenderness and affection—but i'll be Ouk. And lookye, Mrs. Oakly, I will have calm-l'll not throw myself into a passion--my own way. you want to drive me out of your house I Mrs. O. Nay, then, let me tell you, Sirsee what you aim at, and will be aforehand Oak. And let me tell you, Madam, I will with you-let me keep my temper! I'll send not be crossed- I wont be made a fool. for a chair, and leave the house this instant. Mrs. 0. Why, you wont let me speak.
Oak. Trúe, my love: I knew you would not Oak. Because you don't speak as you ought
Madam, Madam! you sha'n't look, nor walk, , had ruined my girl. But it's all over now, nor talk, nor think, but as I please.
and so Mrs. Ó. Was there ever such a monster! I Mrs. 0. You was here yesterday, Sir ? can bear this no longer. (Bursts into tears.] Rus. Yes, I came after Harriet.' I thought O you vile man! I can see through your de I should find my young Madam with my young sign--you cruel, barbarous, inhuman—such Sir here. usage to your poor wife!
-you'll be the death Mrs. O. With Charles, did you say, Sir! of her.
Rus. Ay, with Charles, Madam. The young Oak. She sha'n't be the death of me, I am rogue has been fond of her a long time, and determined.
she of him, it seems. Mrs. 0. That it should ever come to this ! Mrs. 0. I fear I have been to blame. [Aside. - To be contradicted- [Sobbing. ]
-insulted Rus. I ask pardon, Madam, for the disturb- abused-hated—'tis too much-my heart ance I made in your house. will burst with-oh-ob!
Har. And the abrupt manner in which I (Falls into a fit. Harriet, CHARLES, &c. came into it demands a thousand apologies. run to her assistance.
But the occasion must be my excuse. Oak. (Interposing.] Let her alone.
Mrs. O. How have I been mistaken! [Aside.] Har. Sir, Mrs. Oakly
But did not I overhear you and Mr. OaklyChar. For Heaven's sake, Sir, she will
[To HARRIET. be
Har. Dear Madam, you had but a partial Oak. Let her alone, let her alone.
hearing of our conversation. It related enHar. Pray, my dear Sir, let us assist her. tirely to this gentleman.
Char. To put it beyond doubt, Madam, Mr. Oak, I don't care. Let her alone, I say. Russet and my guardian have consented to
Mrs. 0. [Rising.] 0, you monster !--you our marriage; and we are in hopes that you villain !---you base man! Would you let me will not withhold your approbation. die for want of help ?--would you?
Mrs. 0. I have no further doubt. I see you Oak. Bless me, Madam, your fit is very are innocent, and it was cruel to suspect you. violent; take care of yourself.
You have taken a load of anguish off my mind; Mrs. o. Despised, ridiculed; but I'll be and yet your kind interposition comes too revenged, you shall see, Sir.
late ; Mr. Oakly's love for me is entirely deOak. Tol-de-rol lol-de-rol lol-de-rol lol. stroyed.
(Weeping [Singing. Oak. I must go to her.
Apurt. Mrs. 0. What, am I made a jest of ! Ex- Maj. 0. Not yet, not yet.
Apart. posed to all the world? If there's law or jus- Har. Do not disturb yourself with such aptice
prehensions; I am sure Mr. Oakly loves you Oak. Tol-de-rol lol-de-rol lol-de-rol lol. most affectionately.
(Singing. Oak. I can hold no longer. [Going to her.] Mrs. 0. I shall burst with anger. Have a My affection for you, Madam, is as warm as care, Sir; you may repent this. Scorned and ever. My constrained behaviour bas cut me made ridiculous! No power on earth shall to the soul, for it was all constrained, and it hinder my revenge !
(Going. was with the utmost difficulty that I was able Har. (İnterposing.) Stay, Madam.
to support it. Mrs. 0. Let me go: I cannot bear this Mrs. O. O, Mr. Oakly, how have I exposed place.
myself! What low arts has my jealousy inHar. Let me beseech you, Madam.
duced me to practise! I see iny folly, and Maj. O. Courage, brother! you have done fear that you can never forgive me. wonders.
[Apart. Oak. Forgive you! This change transports Oak. I think she'll have no more fits. me!-Brother! Mr. Russet! Charles ! Har
(Apart. riet! give me joy! I am the happiest man in Har. Stay, Madam ; pray stay one moment. the world! I have been a painful witness of your uneasi- Maj. 0. Joy, much joy to you both! though, ness, and in great part the innocent occasion by the by, you are not a little obliged to me of it. Give me leave then
for it. Did not I tell you I would cure all the Mrs. 0. I did not expect, indeed, to have disorders in your family? I beg pardon, sisfound you here again. But, however- ter, for taking the liberty to prescribe for you.
Har. I see the agitation of your mind, and My medicines have been somewhat rough, it makes me miserable. Suffer me to tell the I believe, but they have had an admirable real truth. I can explain every thing to your effect, and so don't be angry with your physatisfaction.
sician. Mrs. O. May be so : I cannot argae with you. Mrs. O. I am indeed obliged to you, and I Char. Pray, Madam, hear her;
for my sake, feelfor your own dear Madam!
Oak. Nay, my dear, no more of this. All Mrs. O. Well, well, proceed.
that's past must be utterly forgotten. Har. I understand, Madam, that your first Mrs. 0. I have not merited this kindness, alarm was occasioned by a letter from my fa- but it shall hereafter be my study to deserve ther to your nephew.
it. Away with all idle jealousies! And since Rus. I was in a bloody passion to be sure, my suspicions have hitherto been groundless, Madam! The letter was not over civil, i be. I am resolved for the future never to suspect lieve. I did not know but the young rogue at all.
THE BEGGAR'S OPERA:
IN THREE ACTS.
BY JOHN GAY, Esq.
THIS piece is said to have arisen from a remark of Dean Swift to Mr. Gay," that a Newgate Pastoral might make a pretty sort of thing:" it had a run of 63 nights, in its first season, (1797) and spread rapidly, with equal success, throughout Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. The card-table and the drawing-room echoed with its praise ; the ladies had the songs engraven on their fans; even screens and other pieces of furniture were decorated with them. The profits were so considerable, both to the Author, (who was called the Orpheus of Highwaymen,) and to Mr. Rich, the Manager, as to produce the saying, that it had “ made Rich gay, and Gay rich.” Miss Fenton, who acted Polly, became the idol of the town and of the Duke of Bolton, by marriage with whom she attained the highest rank a female subject can acquire.
This fortunate opera has been generally thought to give vice additional attraction, by exhibiting it in a pleasing form; in this respect, the example of the hero and its general influence have probably been much over-rated; but the scruples of the present refined age may well hesitate to admit the moral pretensions of this work. Instead of approbation merely as a powerful attack on the absurdities of the Italian opera, * it now charms by the native beauty of the old airs, and the professional abilities of the performers.
As originally acted in LINCOLN'S-INN-FIELDS, 1728.
At COVENT GARDEN, 1814.
Mrs. Martin. This efferninacy had been recently imported from Italy, and infected the fashionable world; to oppose this, Mr. Gay, in his Beggar's Opera," drew up the nervous old ballad of Britain, against the soft, unnatural, Italian stanza, and took his airs from our most popular songs. “An Italian, (says Dr. Ireland, in his, . Hogarth illustrated, 9) concluded an harangue calculated to throw Gay's talents and taste into contempt, with Saire, this simple signor did tri to pelt ini countrymen out of England with lumps of pudding;' one of Gay's tunes."
air upon his trial, and makes him risk another,
without fear or scruple. But I'll away, for SCENE 1.-PEACHUM's House, 'tis a pleasure to be a messenger of comfort to
[Erit. Peachum sitting at a table, with a large book of friends in affliction. accounts before him.
Peach. But it is now high time to look about
me, for a decent exécution against next sesPeach. Through all the employments of life, sions. I hate a lazy rogue, by whom one can
Each neighbour abuses his brother : get nothing till he is hanged. A register of Whore and rogue, they call husband and the gang: [Reading.] Crook-fingered Jack-a wife :
year and a half in the service--let me see, bow All professions be-rogue one another. much the stock owes to his industry ;-One, The priest calls the lawyer a cheat;
two, three, four, five gold watches, and seren The lawyer be-knaves the divine;
A mighty clean-banded fellow ! And the statesman, because he's so great, sixteen snuff-boxes, five of them of true gold, Thinks bis trade is as honest as mine. six dozen of handkerchiefs, four silver-hilted
swords, half a dozen of shirts, three tie-perriA lawyer is an honest employment, so is mine. wigs, and a piece of broadcloth. Considering Like me too, he acts in a double capacity, these are only the fruits of bis leisure hours, both against rogues, and for them; for it is don't know a prettier fellow; for no man alive but fitting, that we should protect and encour- hath a more engaging presence of mind upon age cheats, since we live by them.
the road.-Wat Dreary, alias Brown Will-an Enter Filch.
irregular dog; who hath an underhand way of
disposing of his goods; l'll try him only for a Filch. Sir, Black Moll has sent word, her session or two longer, upon his good bebavi. trial comes on in the afternoon, and she hopes rascal, without the least genius! that fellow; you will order matters so as to bring her off.
Peach. Why, as the wench is very'active and though he were to live these six months, will industrious, you may satisfy her that I'll soften never come to the gallows with any credit, the evidence.
Slippery Sam-he goes off the next sessions; Filch. Tom Gagg, Sir, is found guilty.
for the villain hath the impudence to have Peach. A lazy dog! When I took him, the views of following his trade as a tailor, which time before, I told him what he would come Mint-listed not above a month ago; a promis
he calls an honest employment.-Mat-o'theto, if he did not mend bis hand. This is death, ing, sturdy fellow, and diligent in his way; without reprieve. I may venture to book bim; somewhat too bold and basty, and may raise (Writes.) for Tom Gags, forty, pounds. Let Betty Sly know, that I'll save her from trans- good contributions on the public, if he does portation, for I can get more by her staying in
not cut himself short by murder.- Tom Tipple England.
-a guzzling, soaking sot, who is always too Filch. Betty bath brought more goods to our stand : a cart is absolutely necessary for him.
drunk to stand himself, or to make others lock this year, than any five of the gang ; Robin of Bagshot, ulias Gorgon, alias Bluff Bob, and, in truth,' 'tis pity to lose so good a cus-alias Carbuncle, alias Bob Bootytomer. Peach. If none of the gang takes her off, she
Enter Mrs. PEACHUM. may, in the common course of business, live a twelvemonth longer. I love to let women hope nothing bad hath betided him.—You
Mrs. P. What of Bob Booty, husband ? I 'scape. A good sportsman always lets the know, my dear, he's a favourite customer of hen-partridges fly, because the breed of the mine”'twas he made me a present of this game depends upon them. : Besides, here the law allows us no reward : there is nothing
ring. to be got by the death of women-except our list, that's all, my dear; he spends his life
Peach. I have set his name down in the black wives.
Filch. Without dispute, she is a fine woman! among women, and, as soon as his money is 'Twas to her I was obliged for my education: gone, one or other of the ladies will bang him To say a bold word, she has trained up more
for the reward, and there's forty pounds lost to young fellows to the business, than the gam
us for ever! ing-table,
Mrs. P. You know, my dear, I never meddle Peach. Truly, Filch, thy observation is right. fairs to you. Women, indeed, are bitter bad
in matters of death; I always leave those al. We and the surgeons are more beholden to judges in these cases ; for they are so partial women, than all the professions besides.
to the brave, that they think every man handFilch. 'T'is woman that seduces all mankind; some, who is going to the camp or the gallows. By her we first were taught the wheedling But really, husband, you should not be too arts;
[hind, bard-hearted, for you pever had a finer, braver Her very eyes can cheat; when most she's set of men than at present. We have not bad
She tricks us ofour money, with our hearts. a murder among them all these seven months; For her, like wolves, by night, we roam for and truly, my dear, this is a great blessing. prey,
Peach. What a dickens is the woman always And practise every fraud to bribe her whimpering about murder for? No gentleman For, suits of love, like law, are won by pay, is ever looked upon the worse for killing a man And beauty must be fee'd into our arms.
in his own defence; and if business cannot be
carried on without it, what would you have a Peach. But make haste to Newgate, boy, and gentleman do? so, my dear, have done upon let my friends know what I intend; for I love this subject. Was Captain Macheath here, ibis to make them easy, one way or another. morning, for the bank-notes he left with you
Filch. When a gentleman is long kept in last week? suspense, penitence may break his spirit' ever Mrs. P. Yes, my dear; and though the bank 'afler. Besides, certainty gives a man a good hath stopped payinent, he was so cheerful, and so agreeable ! Sure, there is not a finer gentle and coaches, made a tolerable hand on't man upon the road than the captain ? if he These seven handkerchiefs, Madam. comes from Bagshot, at any reasonable hour, Mrs. P. Coloured ones, I see. "They are of he bath promised to make one this evening, sure sale from our warehouse at Redrift, with Polly, me, and Bob Booty, at a party at among the seamen. quadrille. Pray, my dear, is the captain rich? Filch. And this snuff-box.
Peach. The captain keeps too good company Mrs. P. Set in gold! a pretty encouragement ever to grow rich. Mary bone and the choco- this to a young beginner! late-houses are his undoing. The man that Filch. I had a fair tug at a charming gold proposes to get money by play, should have watch. Plague take the tailors, for making the education of a fine gentleman, and be the fobs so deep and narrow !-it stuck by the trained up to it from his youth,
way, and I was forced to make my escape Mrs. P. Really, I am sorry, upon Polly's under a coach. Really, Madam, I fear I shall account, the captain hath not more discretion. be cut off in the flower of my youth, so that, What business hath he to keep company with every now and then, since I was pumped, I lords and gentlemen ? he should leave them to have thoughts of taking up, and going to sea. prey upon one another.
Mrs. P. You should go to Hockley-in-thePeach. Upon Polly's account! what a plague hole, and to Marybone, child, to learn valour; doth the woman mean?-Upon Polly's ac- these are the schools that have bred so many count!
brave men. I thought, boy, by this time, thou Mrs. P. Captain Macheath is very fond of hadst lost fear as well as shame. Poor lad! the girl.
how little does he know yet of the Old BaiPeach. And what then ?
ley! For the first fact, I'll insure thee from Mrs. P. If I have any skill in the ways of being hanged; and going to sea, Filch, will women, I am sure Polly thinks him a very come time enough, upon a sentence of transpretty man.
portation. But, hark you, my lad, don't tell Peach. And what then? you would not be me a lie ; for you know I hate a liar.-Do you 80 niad as to have the wench marry him! know of any thing that hath passed between Gamesters and highwaymen are, generally, Captain Macheath and our Polly? very good to their mistresses, but they are filch. I beg you, Madam, don't ask me; for very devils to their wives.
I must either tell a lie to you, or to Miss PolMrs. P. But if Polly should be in love, how | ly; for I promised her I would not tell. should we help her, or how can she help ber
Mrs. P. But when the honour of our family self ?-Poor girl, I'm in the utmost concern
is concerned. about her!
Filch. I shall lead a sad life with Miss PolPeach. Look ye, wife, a handsome wench, ly, if ever she comes to know I told you. Bein our way of business, is as profitable as at sides, I would not willingly forfeit my own the bar of a Temple coffee-house, who looks honour, by betraying any body. upon it as her livelihood, to grant every liber- Mrs. P. Yonder comes my husband and Polty but one. My daughter to me should be ly. Come, Filch, you shall go with me into like a court lady to a minister of state, a key my own room, and tell me the whole story, to the whole gang. Married ! if the affair is I'll give thee a glass of a most delicious cornot already done. I'll terrify her from it, by the dial that I keep for my own drinking; example of our neighbours.
[Exeunt. Mrs. P. Mayhap, my dear, you may injure
Enter PEACHUM and POLLY, the poor girl : she loves to imitate the fine ladies, and she may only allow the captain Polly. I know as well as any of the fine laliberties, in the view of interest.
dies how to make the most of myself, and of Peach. But 'tis your duty, my dear, to warn my man too. A woman knows how to be the girl against her ruin, and to instruct her mercenary, though she hath never been in a how to make the most of her beauty. I'll go court or at an assembly. We have it in our to her this moment, and sift her. In the mean- nature, papa. If I allow Captain Macheath time, wife, rip out the coronets and marks of some trilling liberties, I have this watch and these dozen of cambric handkerchiefs, for I other visible marks of his favour to show for can dispose of them this afternoon to a chap | it. A girl who cannot grant some things, and in the city.
[Exit. refuse what is most material, will make but à Mrs. P. Never was a man more out of the poor hand of her beauty, and soon be thrown way in an argument than my husband. Why upon the common. must our Polly, forsooth, differ from her sex, and love only her husband? and why must Virgins are like the fair flower in its lustre, Polly's marriage, contrary to all observation, Which in the garden enamels the ground; make her the less followed by other men? All | Near it the bees in play futter and cluster, men are thieves in love, and like a woman the And gaudy butterflies frolic around. better for being another's property.
But when once pluck'd 'tis no longer alluring, Enter Filch.
To Covent Garden 'tis sent (as yet sweet,). Come hither, Filch.-I am as fond of this There fades, and shrinks, and grows past all child, as though my mind misgave me he were enduring, my own. He hath as fine a hand at picking a
Rots, stinks, and dies, and is trod under feet. pocket as a woman, and is as nimble-fingered as a juggler. If an unlucky session does not Peach. You know, Polly, I am not against cut the rope of thy life, pronounce, boy, your toying and trifling with a customer, in thou wilt be a great man in history. Where ihe way of business, or to get out a secret or was your post last night, my boy?
so; but if I find out that yon bave played Filch. I'plied at the opera, Madam; and, the fool, and are married, you jade you, I'll considering 'twas neither dark nor rainy, so cut your throat, hussy. Now, you know my that there was nu great hurry in getting chairs mind.