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SCENE I. The Street.
Enter Biron and BELFORD, just arrived.
Biron. The longest day will have an end; we are got
home at last.

Bel. We have got our legs at liberty; and liberty is home, where'er we go; though mine lies most in England.

Biron. Pray let me call this yours: for what I can command in Brussels, you shall find your own. I have a father bere, who, perhaps after seven years absence, and costing him nothing in my travels, may be glad to see me. You know my story-How does my disguise become me?

Bel. Just as you would have it; 'tis natoral, and will conceal you.

Biron. To-morrow you shall be sure to find me here, as early as you please. This is the house, you have observed the street.

Bel. I warrant you; I han't inany visits to make before I come to you.

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Biron. To-night I have some affairs that will oblige me to be private.

Bel. A good bed is the privatest affair that I desire to be engaged in to-night; your directions will carry me to my lodgings.

[Erit.
Biron. Good night, my friend.

[Knocks.
The long expected moment is arriv'd!
And if all here is well, my past sorrows
Will only heighlen my excess of joy,;
And nothing will remain to wish or hope for!

[Knocks again.
Enter SAMPSON.
Sam. Who's there? What would you have?
Biron. Is your lady at home, friend?

Sam. Why traly, friend, it is my employment to
answer impertinent questions: but for iny lady's being
at home or no, that's just as my lady pleases.

Biron. But how shall I know whether it pleases her or do?

Sam. Why, if you'll take my word for it, you may carry your errand back again: she never pleases to see any body at this time of night, that she does not know; and by your dress and appearance, I abi sure you must be a stranger to her.

Biron. But I have business; and you don't know how that may please her.

Sam. Nay, if you have business, she is the best judge
whether your business will please her or no: therefore
I will proceed in my office, and know of my lady
whether or no she is pleased to be at home, or no-

[Going.
Enter Nurse.
Nurse. Who's that you are so busy withal? Methinks
you might have found out an answer in fewer words:
but, Sampson, you love to hear yourself prate some-
times, as well as your betters, that I must say for you.
Let me come to him. Who would you speak with,
straoger?

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Biron. With you, mistress, if you could help me to speak to your lady.

Nurse. Yes, sir, I can help you in a civil way: but can nobody do your business but my lady?

Biron. Not so well; but if you carry her this ring, she'll know my business better.

Nurse. There's no love-letter in it, I hope; you look like a civil gentleman. In an honest way, I may bring you an answer.

[Eril. Biron. My old nurse, only a little older since I left her. Yet there is something in these servants' folly pleases me: the cautious conduct of the family appears, and speaks in their impertinence. Well, mistress

Re-enter Nurse. Nurse. I have delivered your ring, sir! pray, heaven, you bring no bad news along with you.

Biron. Quite contrary, I hope.

Nurse. Nay, I hope so too; but my lady was very much surprised when I gave it her. Sir, I am but a servant, as a body may say; but if you'll walk in, that I may shut the doors, for we keep very orderly hours, I can show you into the parlour, and help you to an answer perhaps as soon as those that are wiser. [Erit.

Biron, I'll follow you
Now all my spirits hurry to my heart,
And every sense has taken the alarm
At this approaching interview!
Heav'ns! how I tremble!

[Exit into the House. SCENE II. A Chamber.

Enter ISABELLA. Isa. I've heard of witches, magic spells, and charms, That have made nature start from her old course : The sun has been eclips'd, the inoon drawn down From her career, still paler, and subdu'd To the abuses of this under world! Now I believe all possible. This ring, This little ring, with necromantic force,

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Has rais'd the ghost of pleasure to my fears:
Conjur'd the sense of honour, and of love,
Into such shapes, they fright me from myself!
I dare not think of them
I'll call you when I want you. [Servant goes out.

Enter Nurse.
Nurse. Madam, the gentleman's below.
Isa. I bad forgot, pray let me speak with him.

[Exit Nurse.
This ring was the first present of my love
To Biron, my first husband; I must blush
To think I have a second. Biron died
(Still to my loss) at Candy; there's my hope.
Oh, do I live to hope that he died there!
It must be so: he's dead, and this ring left
By his last breath to some known faithful friend,
To bring me back again;

Enter BIRON, introduced by the Nurse, who retires.
That's all I have to trust 10
My fears were woman's I have view'd bin all:
And let me, let me say it to myself,
I live again, and rise but from bis tomb.

Biron. Have you forgot me quite ?
Isa. Forgot you!
Biron. 'Then farewell my disguise, and my misfor-

tunes.
My Isabella! [He goes to her; she shrieks, and swoons.
'Isa. Ha!

Biron. Oh! come again:
Thy Biron summons thee to life and love;
Thy once-lov'd, ever-loving husband calls-
Thy Biron speaks to thee.

Isa. My husband! Biron?

Biron. Excess of love and joy, for my return,
Has overpower'd her I was to blame
To take thy sex's softness unprepard:
Bat sinking thus, thus dying in my arms,

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This ecstasy has made my welcome more
Than words could say: words may be counterfeit,
False-coin'd, and current only from the tongue,
Without the mind; but passion's in the soul,
And always speaks the heart.
Isa. Where have I been? Why do you keep him

from me?
I know his voice: my life upon the wing,
Hears the soft lure that brings me back again;
'Tis he himself, my Biron, the dear inan!
My true-lov'd husband! Do I hold you fast,
Never to part again?
If I must fall, death's welcome in these arms.

Biron. Live ever in these arms.

Isa. But pardon me,
Excuse the wild disorder of my soul:
The joy, the strange surprising joy of seeing you,
Of seeing yon again, distracted

me
Biron. Thou everlasting goodness!

Isa. Answer me:
What hand of Providence has brought you back
To your own home again? Oh, tell ine all,
For every thought confounds me.

Biron. My best life; at leisure, all.
Isa. We thought you dead; kill'd at the siege of

Candy.
Biron. There I fell among the dead;
Bat hopes of life reviving from my wounds,

was preserv'd but to be made a slave:
I often wrote to my hard father, but never had
An answer; I wrote to thee toom

Isa. What a world of woe
Had been prevented but in hearing from you!

Biron. Alas! thou couldst not help me.
Isa. You do not know how much I could ha' done;
At least, I'm sure I could have suffer'd all:
I would bave sold myself to slavery,
Without redemption; giv'n up my child,
The dearest part of me, to basest wants-

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