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Lody L. No—besides—what need you ask of all my follies, which is it tells you, that if

you stay much longer, I shall not be tempted Dr. C. Ah! do not endeavour to decoy my to wrest you out of the hands of the law, and foolish heart

, too apt to flatter itself. You can- punish you as you deserve? not sure think kindly of me!

Dr. Ć. Well; but first let me ask you, sir, Lady L. Well, well, I would have you who is it you menace ? consider your own imagine so.

condition, and where you are? Dr. C. Besides, may I not with reason sus

Sir J. What would the villain drive at? pect, that this apparent goodness is but arti- leave me. I forgive you : but once more I tell fice; a shadow of compliance, meant only to you, seek some other place; out of my

house. persuade me from your daughter.

This instant be gone, and see my shameful Lady L. Methinks, this doubt of me seems face no rather sounded on your settled resolution not Dr. C. Nay, then, 'tis my duty to exert myto resign her.—I am convinced of it. I can self, and let you know thai I am master here. assure you, sir, I should have saved you this Turn you out, sir ; this house is mine; and trouble, bad I known how deeply you were now, sir, at your peril, dare to insult me. engaged to her.

Sir J. O heavens! 'tis true: whither shall I Dr. C. Tears—then I must believe you— fly to hide me from the world? but indeed you wrong me. To prove my in- Lady L. Whither are you going, sir? nocence, it is not an hour since I pressed sir Sir J. I know not-but here it seems I am John to give Charlotte to young Darnley. a trespasser- the master of the house bas warned

Lady L. Mere artifice. You knew that modest me bence-and, since the right is now in him, resignation would make sir John warmer in 'tis just I should resign it. your interest,

Lady L. You shall not stir. He dares not Dr. C. No, indeed, indeed. I had other act with such abandoned insolence. No, sir, motives, which you may hereafter be made possession still is yours. Ifbe pretends a right, acquainted with, and will convince you- let him by open course of law maintain it. Lady L. Well, sir, now I'll give you reason Dr. C. Ha! Here! Seyward !

[Exit. 10 guess the reason why, at our last meeting, I pressed you so warmly to resign Charlotte Enter Old Lady LAMBERT and Mawworm. Dr. C. Ah dear! ah dear!

Sir J. Who is this fellow? what do

you Lady L. You cannot blame me for having want, man? opposed your happiness, when my own, per

Maw. My lady, come up. haps , depended upon it.

Old Lady L. How now! Dr. C. Spare me, spare me; you kill me Maw, He wants to know who I be. with this kindness.

Old Lady L. The gentleman is a friend of Lady L. But now that I have discovered my mine, son. I was carrying him in a coach to weakness, be secret ; for the least imprudence- attend a controversy ihal's to be held this Dr. C. It is a vain fear.

evening, at the Rev. Mr. Scruple's, about an Lady L. Call it not vain; my reputation is affair of simony; and called io take up the dearer to me than life.

doctor. But what 'strange tales are these 1 Dr. C. Where can it find so sure a guard? hear below? The grave austerities of my life will dumb- Sir J. The doctor's a villain, madam; I have found suspicion, and yours may defy detraction. detected bim; detected him in the horrible de

lady L. Well, doctor, 'tis you must answer sign of seducing my wife. for my folly.

Max, It's unpossible. Dr. C. I take it all upon myself.

Sir J. What do you say, man? Lady L. But there's one thing still to be Maw. I say, it's unpossible. He has been afraid of.

locked up with my

wife for hours together, Dr. C. Nothing, nothing:

morning, noon, and night, and I never found Lady L. My husband, sir John.

her the worse for him. Dr. C. Alas, poor man! I will answer for Old Lady L. Ah, son! son! bim. Between ourselves, madam, your husband Sir. J. What is your ladyship going to is weak; I can lead him by the nose any where. say now?

Şir J. [Comes forward.] No, caitiff, I'm Old Lady L. The doctor is not in fault. to be led no further,

Sir J. «Slife, ?) madam! Dr. C. Ah! woman.

Old Lady L. Oh, he swears! he swears! Sir J. Is this your sanctity ? this your doc- years in growing good, we become profligate trine ? these your meditations ?.

in a moment. If you swear again, I won't Dr. C. Is then my brother in a conspiracy stay in the house. against me?

Maw. Nor I neither; aren't you ashamed of Sir J. Your brother! I have been your friend, yourself? have you no commenseration 2) on indeed, to my shame; your dupe; but your your poor soul?-Ah! poor wicked sinner! I spell has lost its hold: no more canting; il pily you. will not serve your turn any longer.

Sir J. 'Sdeath! and the devil! Lady L. Now, heaven be praised.

Maw. If you swear any more, I'll inform Dr. C. It seems you wanted an excuse to against you. part with me.

Sir: 3. Why would you bring this idiot, Sir J. Ungrateful wretch! but why do I madam ? reproach you! Had I not been the weakest of Maw. Ay, do despise me, I'm the prouder mankind, you never could have proved-so great for it; I likes to be despised. a villain. Get out of my sight; leave my house: 1) God's life. ») Commiseration.

Enter CHARLOTTE.

Tip. Yes, sir, for a cheat and impostor. Char. Oh dear papa, I shall faint away; Old Lady L. What does he say? there's murder doing.

Sir J. Dear son, what is this? Sir J. Who! when! what is it?

Col. L. Only some action of the doctor's, Char. The doctor, sir, and Sey ward, were sir, which I have affidavits in iny hand here at high words just now in the garden; and, to provc, from more than one creditable witupon a sudden, there was a pistol fired be- ness; and I think it my duly to make the pubtween them. Oh! I'm afraid poor Seyward lic acquainted with: if he can acquit himself is killed.

of them, so; if not, he must take the consequence. Sir J. How?

Dr. C. Well, but stay; let the accusations Char. Oh, there he comes himself; he'll tell against me be what they will, by virtue of this you more.

conveyance I am still master here; and if I

am forced to leave the house myself, I will Enter Cantwell, Darnley, SexwARD, and shut up the doors--nobody shall remain behind. Servants.

Sir J. There! there! indeed, be stings me Darn. Here, bring in this ruffian; this is to the heart! for that rash act, reproach and villany beyond example.

endless shame will haunt me! Sir J. What means this outrage ?

Char. No, sir!-be comforted.- Even there Lady L. I tremble.

too his wicked hopes must leave him; for know, Sey: Don't be alarmed, madamthere is no the fatal deed which you intended to sign is mischief done: what was intended, the doctor here, even yet unsealed and innocent! here can best inform you.

Sir J. What mean you ? Sir J. Mr. Darnley, I, am ashamed to see you. Char. I mean, sir, that this deed by accident Maw. So you ought: but this good man is falling into this gentleman's hands, his generous ashamed of nothing.

concern for our family discovered it to me; Dr. C. Alas! my enemies prevail. and that in concert we procured that other to

Sey. In short, gentlemen, the affair is cir- be drawn exactly like it; which, in your imcumstantially, this-The doctor called me out patience to execute, passed unsuspected for the into the pavilion in the garden ; appeared in original. Their only difference is, that whergreat disorder; told me here was a sudden ever here you read the doctor's name, there storm raised, which he was not sufficiently you'll find my brother's. prepared to weather. He said, his dependance Dr. C. Come, sir; lead me where you please. was upon me; and at all events, I must be

[Erit. ready to swear, when he called upon me, I Col. L. Secure your prisoner. had seen him pay sir John sereral large sums Old Lady L. I don't know what to make of money. He talked confusedly about giving of all this. value for an estate; but I boldly refused to Maw. They'll all go to the devil for what perjure myself and told bird on the contrary, they are doing the Come away my lady, and let veral large sums, under pretence of charitable laugh, you'll go to the devil for all that.uses, which he secretly converted to his own. Come, my lady, you go first.

- This stung him, and he fastened at my throat. [Exeunt Mawworm and old Lady Then, indeed, all temper left me; and, disen

Lambert. gaging myself from his hold, with a home- Char. Now, Darnley, I hope I have made blow, I struck him down. At this

, grown des- atonement for your jealousy. perate, he ran with fury to some pistols that Darn. You've banished it for ever! this was hung about the chimney: but in the instant he beyond yourself surprising. reached one, I seized upon his wrist; and as Col. L. Sisterwe grappled, the pistol,' firing to the ceiling, Char. Come, no set speeches; if I deserve alarmed the family.

your thanks, relurn them in friendship to your Old Lady L. 'This is a lie, young man; I first preserver. see the devil standing at your elbow.

Col. L. The business of my life shall be to Maw: So do I, with a great big pitchfork, merit it. pushing him on.

Sey. And mine, to speak my sense of obDr. G. Well, what have you more against me? ligations. Darn. More, sir, I hope is needless—but if Sir J. Oh, my child! for my

deliverance I sir John is yet unsatisfied.

can only reward you here.-For you, my son, Sir J. Oh! I have seen too much. whose filial virtue I have injured, this honest Dr. C. I demand my liberty.

deed shall in every article he ratified. — And Sir J. Let him go.

for the sake of that bypocritical villain, I de

clare, that from henceforward I renounce all Enter Colonel LAMBERT and Attendants. Ipious folks ; I will have an ulter abborrence

Col. L. Hold, sir! not so fast; you can't pass. for every thing that bears the appearanceDr. C. Who, sir, shall dare to stop me? Char. Nay now, my dear sir, I must take Col. L. Within there!

the liberty to tell you, you go from one ex

treme to another. - What, because a worthless Enter Tipstaff.

wretch has imposed upon you, under the falTip. Is your name Cantwell, sir ?

lacious show of austere grimace, will you needs Dr. C. What if it be, sir ?

have it every body is like him, confound the Tip. Then, sir, I have my lord chief justice's good with the bad, and conclude there are no warrant against you.

truly religious in the world ?--- Leave, my dear Dr. C. Against me?

sir, such rash consequences to fools and liber

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tines.--Let us be careful to distinguish between character in life, greater or more valuable than virtue and the appearance of it. Guard if pos- that of the truly devout-nor any thing more sible against doing honour to hypocrisy-But, noble or more beautiful, than the fervor of a at the same time, let us allow there is no sincere piety.

[Exeunt.

SUSANNA CENTLIVRE.

This lady was danghter of one Mr. Freeman , of Holheach, in Lincolnshire, It is not decided whether she was born in Ireland or England; but it must have been in the year 1680. Be it as it may, we find ber left to the wide world, by the death of her parenls, belore she had complcied her i wellith year. There is a romantic story told of her having been mel on her journey to London on foot, whither she went to avoid the tyranny of her slepmother, by a yeuog gentleman from the university of Cambridge, (the afterwards well-known Anthony Hammond), who was so extremely struck with her youth and heauty, and so affected with the distress which her circumstances naturally declared in her countenance, that he fell in standdy' in love with her; and, inquiring into the particulars of her story, soon prevailed on her inexperienced innocence to seize on the protection he offered lier, and go with him to Cambridge, where, equipping her in boy's clothes, he introduced her to his intimales al college as a relation , who was come down to see the university, and pass some time with him there. If this story is true, it must have happened when she was extremely, youoz; Whiocop, as well.as the other writers, acknowledging that she was married in her sixteenth year, to a nephew of Sir Stephen Fox. But that gentleman not living with her above a twelvemonth, her wil and beauty SOUD proared ber a second husband, whose name was. Carroi, and who was an officer in the army; but he having the misfortune to be killed in a duel, within about a year and a half after their marriage, she became a second time a widow, Sach an attachment she seems to have had to the theatre, that she even became herself a performer in 1706 and performing the part of Alexander the Great, in Lee's Rival Queens, at Wirdsor, where the court then was, she wounded the heart of one Mr. Joseph Centliyre, yeoman of the mould to Her Majesty, who soon married her; and after passing several years happily together, she died at his house in Spring-Gardens, Charing Cross, on the first of December 1723. - Thal Mrs. Centlivre was perfectly acquainted with life, and closely read the minds and manners of mankind, no one, we think, can doubt who reads her comedies; but what appears tu is the most extraordinary is, when we consider her history, the disadvanlages she must have laboured under, by being so early lef to bustle with the world, and that all the education she could have had, must have been owing to her own application and assiduity; when, we say, consider her as an absolutely self-cultivated genius, it is astonishing to find the traces of so much reading and learning as we meet with in many of her pieces ; since, for the drawing of the various characters she has presented us with, she mast have perseelly well understood the French, Dutch, and Spanislı languages, all the provincial dialects of her own, and somewhat even of the Latin, since all these she occasionally makes use of, and whenever she does so, it is constanuy with the ulmost propriety and the grealest accuracy.

we

A BOLD STROKE FOR A WIFE,

Was prodaced at Lincoln's-inn Fields in the year 1718. Mrs. Centlivre was indehled to Mr. Molley for two scenes of this comedy. Notwithstanding this piece has been accused by some for its numerous violations of all rule, nature, or probability, the business is so extremely active, in the course of the whole, that we are not stopped by ennui at any zae kene of the play; but laughingly get on to the very end. It does not very materially tend to correct any particalar rice; but seems lo iavile us for once lu lay aside all uur gravity, and open our hearts to playful gaiety and cheerfulness.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE.

COLOSEL FEIGNWELL.
SIR PHILIP MODELOVE.
PERIWINKLE
TRADELOVE.

OBADIAH PRIM.

ANNE LOVELY.
FREEMAN

MRS. PRIM.
SIMON PURE.

BETTY.
SACKBUT.

Scene. – A Tavern.

Stockbrokers,
Gentlemen,
Travellers,
Coachman, etc.

ACT I.

Col. F. Why, faith?), Freeman, there is SCENE I.-COLONEL Feignwell and FREEMAN something in't: I have seen a lady at Bath, who

are discovered over a Botile. has kindled such a flame in me, that all the Free. Come, colonel, bis majesty's health.—waters there can't quench. You are as melancholy as if you were in love! Free. Is she not io be had, colonel? I wish some of the beauties of Bath ?) - han't Col. F. That's a difficult question to answer; snapt your heart.

however, I resolve to try; perhaps you may 1) The seasons, in England, are generally managed by the be able to serve me; you merchants know

great people, so as to produce their dill'erent pleasures: one another.—The lady told me herself she . for instance, London is overflowing in the Spring, till

was under the charge of four persons. the month of June ; then all the families whirl oil tu Brighton, Weymouth, or other watering-places till the

Free. Odso!5) 'tis miss Ann Lovely. summer is passed. In aulomn the gentlemen shout away Col F. The same-do you know her? their time at their country-seads, while their ladies

Free. Know her! ay-'Faith, colonel, your are employed yawning over the last novels, rusticating ; Wipler comes

to enliven them once more and then condition is more desperate than you imagine: the quiet good-nalured people of Bath, are pestered why, she is the talk and pity of the whole with their routing and disturbance, tile the Spring sends them off to London again. This, of course, means

2) In faith. in War-une.

3) From God.

town: and it is the opinion of the learned, nel: her father, my old master, was the most tbat she must die a maid.

whimsical, out-of-the-way temper'd man,

1 Col. F. Say you so? That's somewhat odd, ever heard of, as you will guess by his last in this charitable city:-She's a woman, I hope? will and testament. This was his ouly child:

Free. For aught I know—but it had been and I have heard him wish her dead a thouas well for her, had nature made her any sand times. He died worth thirty thousand other part of the creation. The man who pounds, which he left to his daughter, prokeeps this house served her father; he is a vided she married with the consent of her. very honest fellow, and may he of use to you: guardians; but that she might be sure never we'll send for him to take a glass with us : to do so, he left her in the care of four men, he'll give you her whole history, and 'tis as opposite to each other as the four elements: worth your hearing.

each has his quarterly rule, and three months Col. F. But may one trust him?

in the year she is obliged to be subject to Free. With your life: I bave obligations each of their humours, and they are pretty enough upon him, to make him do any thing; different, I assure you.—She is just come from I serve him with wine.

fRings. Bath. Col. F. Nay, I know him very well myself. Col. F. 'Twas there I saw her. I once used to frequent a club ibat was kept Sack. Ay, sir, the last quarter was her beau here.

guardian's.-She appears in all public places

during his reign. Enter DRAWER.

Col. F. She visited a lady who boarded in Draw. Gentlemen, d'ye call ?

the same house with me: I liked her person, Free. Ay, send up your master.

and found an opportunity to tell her so. She Draw. Yes, sir.

[E.rit

. replied, she bad no objection to mine; but if Col. F. Do you know any of this lady's I could not reconcile contradictions I must not guardian's, Freeman?

think of her, for that she was condemned to Free. I know two of them very well. the caprice of four persons, who never yet Enter SACKBUT.

agreed in any one thing, and she was obliged

to please them all. Free. Here comes one will give you an ac- Šack. 'Tis most true, sir: I'll give you a count of them all.—Mr. Sackbut, we sent for short description of the men, and leave you you to take a glass with us. 'Tis a matim to judge of the poor lady's condition. One among the friends of the bottle, that as long is a kind of virtuoso, a silly half-witted fellow, as the master is in company, one may be sure but positive and surly, fond of every thing of good wine.

antique and foreign, and wears his clotbes Šack. Sir, you shall be sure to have as good of the fashion of the last century, dotes upon wine as you send in. — Colonel, your most travellers, and believes more of sir John Manhumble servant; you are welcome to town. deville') than he does of the Bible. Con F. I thank you , Mr. Sackbut.

Col. F. That must be a rare odd fellow. Sack. I am as glad to see you as I should Sack. Another is a change-broker: a fellow a bundred tun of French claret

, custom free. that will out-lie the devil for the advantage of -My service to you, sir. [Drinks] You don't stock, and cheat his father that got him in a look so merry as you used to do; aren't you bargain: he is a great stickler for trade, und well, colonel

hates every man that wears a sword. Free. He has got a woman in his head, Free. He is a great admirer of the Dutch landlord: can you help him ?

management, and swears they understand trade Sack. If 'tis in my power, I shan't scruple better than any nation under the sun. to serve my friend.

Sack. The ihird is an old beau, that has Col. F. 'Tis one perquisite of your calling. May in his fancy and dress, but December in

Sack. Ay, at t'other end of the town, where his face and bis heels: he admires all new you officers use, women are good forcers of fashions, and those must be French; loves irade: a well-customed house, a handsome bar- operas, balls, masquerades, and is always the keeper, with clean obliging drawers, soon gel most tawdry of the whole company on the master an estate; but our citizens seldom birth-day 2). do anything but cbeat within the walls.- Col. F.' These are pretty opposite one to But as to the lady, colonel, point you at par- another, truly; and the fourth, what is he, ticulars ? or have you a good Champaigo landlord ? stomach? Are you in full pay, or reduced, Sack. A very rigid quaker, whose quarter colonel ?

began this day:-1 saw miss Lovely go in, Col. F. Reduced, reduced, landlord!

not above two hours ago.—Sir Philip set her Free. To the miserable condition of a lover!

1) The Voiuge and Travaille of Sir John Mandeville. Sack. Pish! that's perferable to half-pay: a knight, which treateth of the way to Hierusalem, and .woman's resolution may break before the peace: marvayles of Inde ; , and it is well known that this 'push her home, colonel, there's no parlying

bold seeker, and fearless assertor, of incredible Advenwith the fair sex.

tures, lell England in 1342; visited Taitary about half

a century asier. Marco Polo; religiously declined marCol. F. Were the lady her own mistress, rying the Soldan of Egypl's daughter, because he would I have some reasons to believe I should soon not renounce Christianity, and, after wandering 34

years through the realms of Inde, and heins long recommand in chief,

puted dead, returned to publish his adventures, scrapuFree. You know miss Lovely, Mr. Sackbut? lously qualifying his most astounding relations with

some such words as these:-hei seyne, or men seyne, Soek. Know her! Ay, poor Nancy: I have carried her to school many a frosty morning. 2) The king's birth day, at which time all the great peo. Alas! if she's the wonian,'t pity you, colo- ple pay their comt.

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down. What think you now, colonel, is not;. Betty. What can you not do, if you will

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poor
lady to be pilied ?

but give your mind to it? Marry, madam.
Col. F. Ay, and rescued too, landlord. Miss L. What! and have my fortune go to

Free. In my opinion that's impossible. build churches and hospitals ? :

Coh F. There is nothing impossible to a Betty. Why, let it go.—If the colonel loves lover. What would not a inan attempt for a you, as he pretends, he'll marry you without fine woman and thirty thousand pounds? Be-la fortune, madam; and I assure you a colosides, my honour is at stake: I promised to nel's lady is no despicable thing, deliver her, and she bid me win her and wear her. Miss L. So you would advise me

to give Sack. That's fair, faith!

up my own fortune, and throw myself upon Free. If it depended upon knight-errantry, the colonel's ! I should not doubt your seiting free the damsel; Betty. I would advise you to make yourself but to have avarice, impertinence, hypocrisy, easy, madam. and pride, at once to deal with, requires more Miss L. That's not the way, I'm sure. No, cunning than generally attends a man of honour, no, girl, there are certain ingredients to bé

Col. F. My fancy tells me I shall come oft mingled with matrimony, without which I may with glory. I resolve to try, however.-Do as well change for the worse as the better. you know all the guardians, Nr, Sackbut? When the woman bas fortune enough to make Sack. Very well; they all use my

house. the man happy, if he has either bonour or Col. F. And will you assist me, if occasion good manners, he'll make her easy, Love makes

requires? 1

but a slovenly figure in a house, where po Sack. In every thing I can, colonel. verly keeps the door. Free. I'll answer for him.

Betty. And so you resolve to die a maid, Col. F. First I'll attack my beau guardian: do you, madam ? where lives be?

Miss L. Or have it in my power to make Sack. 'Faith, somewhere about St. James's; the man I love master of my fortune. though to say in what street I cannot; but Betty. Then you don't like the colonel so any chairman will tell you where sir Philip well as I thought you did, madam, or you Modelore lives,

would not take such a resolution, Free. Ob! you'll find him in the Park at Miss L. It is because I do like him, Belly, eleven every day; at least I never pass through that I do take such a resolution. at that bour without seeing him there-But Betty. Why, do you expect, madam, the what do you intend ?

colonel can work miracles?' Is it possible for Col. F. To address him in his own way, him to marry you with the consent of all your and find what he designs to do with the lady. guardians ? Free. And what then?

Miss L. Or he must not marry me at all; Col. F. Nay, that I can't tell; but I shall and so I told him; and he did not seem distake my measures accordingly.

pleased with the news. - He promised to set Sack. Well, 'lis a mad undertaking, in my me free; and I, on that condition, promised mind; but here's to your success, colonel. to make him master of that freedom.

[Drinks. Betty. Well! I have read of enchanted castles, Col. F. 'Tis something out of the way, I ladies delivered from the chains of magic, giants consess; but fortune may chance to smile, and I killed, and monsters overcome; so that I shall succeed.

be the less surprised if the colonel shall conBold'was the man who ventur'd first to sea, jure you out of the power of your four guarBut the first vent'ring lovers bolder were. dians: if he does, I am sure he deserves your The path of love's dark and dang’rous way, fortune. Without a landmark or one friendly star. Miss. L. And shall have it, girl, if it were And he that runs the risk deserves the fair. ten times as much-For I'll ingenuously con

[Exeunt. fess to thee, that I do love the colonel above SCENE II.-An Apartment in Prim's House.

all the men I ever saw: --- There's something

so jantée in a soldier, a kind of je ne scais Enter Miss Lovely and her maid Betty. quoi air, that makes them more agreeable than

Betty. Bless me, madam! why do you fret all the rest of mankind. — They command reand teaze yourself so? This is giving them the gard, as who shall say, We are your defenadvantage, with a witness.

ders; we preserve your beauties from the inMiss L. Must I be condemned all my life sults of rude and unpolished foes, and ought to the preposterous humours of other people, to be preferred before those lazy indolegt morand pointed at by every boy in town! – Oh! tals, who, by dropping into their father's estates, I could tear my flesh and curse the hour 1 set up their coaches, and think to rattle themwas born.- Isn't it monstrously ridiculous that selves into our affections, they should desire to impose their quaking. Betty. Nay, madam, I confess that the army dress upon me at these years? When I was has engrossed all the prettiest fellows-A laced a child, no matter what they made me wear; coat and a feather have irresistible charms.

Miss L. But the colonel has all the beauties Belty. I would resolve against it, madam; of the mind as well as the body. – O all ye I'd see 'em hanged before I'd put on the pinch'd powers that favour happy lovers, grant that cap again.

he may be mine! Thou god of love, if thou Miss L. Then I must never expect one mo- be'st aught but name, assist my Feignwell! ment's ease: she has rung such a peal in my Point all thy darts to aid his just ears already, that I shan't have the right use And make his plots as prevalent as thine. of them this month.- What can I do?

[Exeunt.

but now

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