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Lop. 'Tis a pity, indeed, such excellent parts, in the right, though it is a secret which I never as you are master of, should be eclipsed by mean had the curiosity to enquire into, nor, I believe, extraction.
ever shall. Inclination, quotha ! Parents would Fred. Such commendation would make me have a fine time on't, if they consulted their chilvain, my lord, did you not cast in the allay of dren's inclinations! I'll venture you a wager, my extraction.
that in all the garrison towns in Spain and PorLop. There is no condition of life without its tugal during the late war, there was not three cares; and it is the perfection of a man to wear women who have not had an inclination for every them as easy as he can: this unfortunate duel of officer in the whole army; does it, therefore, folmy son's does not pass without impression; but low, that their fathers ought to pimp for them? since it is past prevention, all my concern is now No, no, sir; it is not a father's business to follow how he may escape the punishment. If Antonio his children's inclinations till he makes himself a dies, Felix shall for England. You have been beggar. there ; what sort of people are the English? Fred. But this is of another nature, my lord.
Fred. My lord, the English are, by nature, Lop. Look ye, sir ; I resolve she shall marry what the ancient Romans were by discipline, Don Guzman the moment he arrives. Though I courageous, bold, hardy, and in love with li- could not govern my son, I will my daughter, I berty. Liberty is the idol of the English, under assure you. whose banner all the nation lists: give but the Fred. This match, my lord, is more preposteword for liberty, and straight more armed le rous than that which you proposed to your son, gions would appear, than France and Philip keep from whence arose this fatal quarrel. "Don Anin constant pay.
tonio's sister, Elvira, wanted beauty only; but Lop. I like their principles: who does not Guzman every thing butwish for freedom in all degrees of life? though Lop. Money—and that will purchase every common prudence sometimes makes us act a- thing; and so adieu.
Erit. gainst it, as I am now obliged to do; for, I in Fred. Monstrous ! these are the resolutions tend to marry my daughter to Don Guzman, which destroy the comforts of matrimony. He whom I expect from Holland every day, whither is rich and well-born; powerful arguments, inhe went to take possession of a large estate left deed! could I but add them to the friendship of him by his uncle.
Don Felix, what might I not hope? But a mere Fred. You will not surely sacrifice the lovely chant and a grandee of Spain are inconsistent Isabella to aye, avarice, and a fool ? Pardon the
Lissardo! from whence came you? expression, my lord; but my concern for your beauteous daughter transports me beyond that
Enter LISSARDO in a riding-habit. good manners which
ought to pay your lord Lis. This letter will inform you, sir. ship's presence.
Fred. I hope your master's safe? Lop. I can't deny the justness of the charac Lis. I left bim so; I have another to deliver ter, Frederick; but you are not insensible what which requires haste. Your most humble serI have suffered by these wars; and he has two
[Bowing. things which render him very agreeable to me Fred. To Violante, I suppose ? for a son-in-law--he is rich and well born : as for Liss. The same.
[Erit. his being a fool, I don't conceive how that can Fred. [Reads.]. - Dear Frederick! the two be any blot in a husband, who is already posses chief blessings of this life, are a friend and a sed of a good estate. A poor fool, indeed, is a mistress; to be debarred the sight of those, is very scandalous thing, and so are your poor not to live. I hear nothing of Antonio's death, wits, in my opinion, who have nothing to be vain and therefore resolve to venture to thy house of but the inside of their sculls. Now, for Don this evening, impatient to see Violante, and einGuzman, I know I can rule him as I think fit.-brace my friend.
Your's. This is acting the politic part, Frederick, without
Felix.' which, it is impossible to keep up the port of Pray Heaven he comes undiscovered! Ha! Cothis life.
lonel Briton! Fred. But have you no consideration for your daughter's welfare, my lord ?
Enter Colonel Briton in a riding-habit. Lop. Is a husband of twenty thousand crowns a-year no consideration ? Now, I think it a very Col. Frederick, I rejoice to see thee. good consideration.
Fred. What brought you to Lisbon, colonel ? Fred. One way, my lord. But what will the Col. La fortune de la guerre, as the French world
say. I have commanded these three last years Lop. Sir, I value not the world a button. in Spain, but my country has thought fit to strike
Fred. I cannot think your daughter can have up a peace, and give us good Protestants leave any inclination for such a husband.
to hope for christian burial; so I resolved to Lop. There, I believe, you are pretty much take Lisbon in my way home,
Fred. If you are not provided of a lodging, seeing my own again, I had rather purchase my colonel, pray command my house while you stay. pleasure than run the hazard of a stiletto in my
Col. If I were sure I should not be trouble- guts. Egad, I think I must e'en marry, and sasome, I would accept your offer, Frederick. crifice
my body for the good of my soul. Wilt Fred. So far from trouble, colonel, I shall take thou recommend me to a wife, then; one that is it as a particular favour. What have we here? willing to exchange her moidores for English li
Col. My footman : this is our country dress, berty? ha, friend? you must know, which, for the honour of Scot Fred. She must be very handsome, I suppose ? land, I make all my servants wear.
Col. The handsomer the better--but be sure
she has a nose. Enter Gibby, in a highland dress.
Fred. Aye, aye; and some gold. Gib. What maun I de with the horses, and Col. Oh, very much gold; I shall never be alike yer honour? They will tack cald gin they ble to swallow the matrimonial pill, if it be not stand in the causeway.
well gilded. Fred. Oh, I'll take care of them. What, hoa ! Fred. Puh! beauty will make it slide down Vasquez!
Col. At first, perhaps, it may; but the second Enter VASQUEZ.
or third dose will choke me. I confess, FredePut those horses, which that honest fellow will rick, women are the prettiest play-things in nashew you, into my stable, do you hear, and feed | ture; but gold, substantial gold, gives them the them well.
air, the mien, the shape, the grace, and beauty Vas. Yes, sir.- Sir, by my master's orders, of a goddess. I am, sir, your most obsequious humble servant. Fred. And has not gold the same divinity in Be pleased to lead the way.
eyes, colonel ? Gib. 'Sbleed! gang your gate, sir; and I sall Col. Too often—Money is the very god of follow ye. Ise tee hungry to feed on compli- marriage; the poets dress him in a saffron robe,
[Erit. by which they figure out the golden deity; and Fred. Ha, ha! a comical fellow. Well, how his lighted torch blazons those mighty charms do you like our country, colonel?
which encourage us to list under bis
banner. Col. Why, faith, Frederick, a man might pass his time agreeably enough within side of a nun
None marry now for love; no, that's a jest: nery; but to behold such troops of soft, plump,
The self-same bargain serves for wife and
beast. tender, melting, wishing, nay, willing girls, too, through a damned grate, gives us Britons strong Fred. You are always gay, colonel. Come, temptations to plunder. Ah, Frederick ! your shall we take a refreshing glass at my house, and priests are wicked rogues; they immure beauty consider what has been said ? for their own proper use, and shew it only to Col. I have two or three compliments to disthe laity to create desires, and inflame account, charge for some friends, and then I sha!l wait on that they may purchase pardons at a dearer rate. you with pleasure. Where do
live? Fred. I own wenching is something more dif Fred. At yon corner-house with the green ficult here than in England, where womens' liber-rails. ties are subservient to their inclinations, and bus Col. In the close of the evening, I will endeabands seem of no effect but to take care of the
vour to kiss
your hand! Adieu. [Exit Col. children which their wives provide.
Fred. I shall expect you with impatience. Col. And does, restraint get the better of
[Erit Fred. inclination with your women here? No, I'll be sworn, not even in fourscore. Don't I know the SCENE II.-A room in Don Lopez's house. constitution of the Spanish ladies ? Fred. And of all the ladies where you come,
Enter ISABELLA, and Inis her maid. colonel ; you were ever a man of gallantry. Inis. For goodness sake, madam, where are
Col. Ah, Frederick! the kirk half starves us you going in this pet ? Scutsmen. We are kept so sharp at home, that Isa. Any where to avoid matrimony. The we feed like cannibals abroad. Hark ye, hast thoughts of a husband are as terrible to me as the thou never a pretty acquaintance now that thou sight of a hobgoblin. wouldst consign over to a friend for half an hour, Inis. Ay, of an old husband : but if you may ha?
choose for yourself, I fancy matrimony would be Fred. Faith, colonel, I am the worst pimp in no such frightful thing to you. Cbristendom; you had better trust to your own Isa. You are pretty much in the right, Inis : luck: the women will soon find you out, I war- but to be forced into the arnus of an idint, a rant you.
sneaking, snivelling, drivelling, avaricious fool! Col. Aye, but it is dangerous foraging in an who has neither person to please the eye, sense enemy's country; and since I have some hopes of to charm the ear, nor generosity to supply those Vol. II.
defects—Ah, Inis! what pleasant lives women flesh and blood to-morrow. Flesh and blood, lead in England, where duty wears no fetter but quotha! Heaven forbid I should deny thee flesh inclination! The custom of our country enslaves and blood, my girl! us from our very cradles, first to our parents,
Inis. Here's an old dog for you! [Aside. vext to our husbands, and, when Heaven is so Isa. Do not mistake, sir. The fatal stroke,
kind to rid us of both these, our brothers still usurp which separates soul and body, 'is not more ter| authority, and expect a blind obedience from us; rible to the thoughts of sinners, than the name of
so that, maids, wives, or widows, we are little Guzman to my ear. better than slaves to the tyrant, man. There Lop. Puh, puh! you lie, you lie. fore, to avoid their power, I resolve to cast my Isu. My frighted heart beats hard against my self into a monastery.
breast, as if it sought a passage to your feet, to Inis. That is, you'll cut your own throat to beg you'd change your purpose. avoid another's doing it for you. Ah, madam! Lop: A very pretty speech, this! if it were those eyes tell me you have no nun's flesh about turned into blank verse, it would serve for a trayou. A monastery, quotha !- where you'll wish gedy. Why, thou hast more wit than I thought yourself into the green-sickness in a month. thou hadst, child. I fancy this was all ertem
Isa. What care I? there will be no man to pore; I don't believe thou didst ever think one plague me.
word on't before. Inis. No; nor, what's much worse, to please Inis. Yes, but she has, my lord; for I have you, neither-Odslife, madam, you are the first heard her say the same things a thousand times. woman that ever despaired in a Christian country Lop. How, how !—What, do you top your seWere I in your place
cond-hand jests upon your father, hussy, who Isa. Why, what would your wisdom do, if you knows better what's good for you than you do were?
yourself? Remember 'tis your duty to obey. Inis. I'd embark with the first fair wind with Isa. (Rising.) I never disobeyed before; and I all my jewels, and seek my fortune on t'other wish I had not reason now; but nature has got side ihe water: no shore can treat you worse the better of my duty, and makes me loathe the than your own. There's ne'er a father in Chris- the harsh commands you lay. tendom should make me marry any man against Lop. Ha, ha ! very fine ! bá, ha !
Isa. Death itself would be more welcome.
before I'll marry Guzman.
Lop. Say you so? I'll try that presently. [Draws.] Lop. Must you so, mistress? but I shall take Here, let me see with what dexterity you can care io prevent you. [Aside.]—Isabella, whither breathe a vein now. [Offers her his sword.] The are you going, my child ?
point is pretty sharp'twill do your business, I Isa. Ha! my father !—To church, sir.
warrant you. Inis. The old rogue has certainly overheard Inis. Bless me, sir! What! do you mean to her.
[Aside. put a sword into the hands of a desperate woman! Lop. Your devotion must needs be very strong, Lop. Desperate ! ha, ha, ha! you see how or your memory very weak, my dear. Why, ves- desperate she is. What, art thou frighted, little pers are over for this night. Come, come; you Bell? ha! shall have a better errand to church than to say
Isa. I confess I am startled at your morals, your prayers there. Don Guzinan is arrived in sir. the river, and I expect hiin ashore to-morrow. Lop. Ay, ay, child ; thou hadst better take the Isa. Ha! to-morrow!
man; he'll hurt thee the least of the two. Lop. He writes me word, that his estate in Isa. I shall take neither, sir: Death has many Holland is worth twelve thousand crowns a-year, doors; and, when I can live no longer with pleawhich, together with what he had before, will sure, I shall find one to let him in at without make thee the happiest wife in Lisbon.
Isa. And the most unhappy woman in the Lop. Say'st thou so, my dear Bell? Ods, I'in world. Oh, sir, if I have any power in your afraid thou art a little lunatic, Bell. I'must heart; if the tenderness of a father be not quite take care of thee, child. [Takes hold of her, and extinct, hear me with patience.
pulls out of his pocket a key:) I shall make bold Lop. No objection against the marriage, and I to secure thee, my dear; I'll see if locks and will hear whatsoever thou hast to say.
bars can keep thee till Guzman come. Go, get Isa. That's torturing ine on the rack, and for- into your chamber : bidding me to groan. Upon my knees, I claim There I'll your boasted resolution try, the privilege of flesh and blood. Kneels. And see who'll get the better, you or I. Lup. I grant it; thou shalt have an arınful of
[Pushes her in, and locks the door.
SCENE I.-A room in Don Pedro's house. an English colonel; but I should bave rather
thought she had been bred a good Roman cathoEnter Donna VIOLANTE, reading a letter, and lic all her lifetime-.for she downed on her knees Flora following:
to every stock and stone we came along by.Flo. What, must that letter be read again? My chops water for a kiss; they do, Flora. Vio. Yes, and again, and again, and again; a
[ Aside to l'lora. thousand times again; a letter froin a faithful Flo. You'd make one believe you are wondrous lover can ne'er be read too often; it speaks such kind, such soft, such tender things
Lis. Od, if I had you alone, housewife, I'd
[Kisses it. shew you how fond I would be- (Aside to Flo. Flo. But always the same language.
l'io. Where did you leave your master? Vi. It does not charm the less for that.
Lis. At a little farm-house, madain, about five Flo
. In my opinion, nothing charms that does miles off. He'll be at Don Frederick's in the not change : aid any composition of the four-evening--Od, I will so revenge myself of those and-twenty-letters, after the first essay, from the lips of thine
[To Flora. same hand, must be dull, except a bank-nute, or l'io. Is he in health ? a bill of exchange.
Flo. Oh, you counterfeit wondrous well. Vio. Thy taste is my averson.—[Rears.] “My
[To Lissar DO. • all that's charming, since life's not life, exiled Lis. No; etery body knows I counterfeit very • from thee, this night shall bring me to thy arins.
To FLORA • Frederick and thee are all I trust. These six Vio. ilow say you? Is Felix ill? 'What's his 6 weeks' absence, has been, in love's account, six distemper? ha! • hundred years. When it is dark, expect the Lis. A pox on't; I hate to be interrupted. * wonted signal at thy window: till when, adieu. Love, madain, love---In short, madam, I be* Thine, more than his own,
Felis.' lieve he has thought of nothing but your ladyship Flo. Who would not have said as much to a ever since he left Lisbon. I am sure he could lady of her beauty, and twenty thousand pounds? not, if I may judge of his heart by iny own. -Were I a man, inethinks I could have said
(Looking lovingly upon llora. a hundred finer things.
l'io. How came you so well acquainted with Vio. What would you have said?
your master's thoughts, Lissardo? Flo. I would have compared your eyes to the Lis. By an infallible rule, madain; words are stars, your teeth to ivory, your lips to coral, your the pictures of the mind, you kuow: now, to ueck to alabaster, your shape to
prove he thinks of nothing but you, he talks of Vio. No more of your bombast; truth is the nothing but you. For example, madam; coming best eloquence in a lover. What proof re
from shooting t'other day with a brace of parmains ungiven of his love? When bis father tridges, Lissardo, said he, go bid the cook roast threatened to disinherit him for refusing Don me these Violantes. -I few into the kitchen, Antonio's sister, from whence sprung this un- full of thoughts of thee, cried, Here, cook, roast happy quarrel, did it shake his love for me? and me these Floras.
(To FLORA. now, though strict inquiry runs through every Flo. Ha, ha! excellent !-You mimic your place, with large rewards to apprehend him, does master, then, it seems? he not venture all for me?
Lis. I can do every thing as well as my masFlo. But you know, madam, your father, Don ter, you little rogue.- Another time, mariain, the Pedro, designs you for a nun—to be sure, you priest came to make him a visit; he called out look very like a nun-and says your grandfather hastily, Lissardo, said he, bring a Violante for left you your fortune upon that condition. my father to sit down on. -Then he often mis
Vio. Not without my approbation, girl, when took my name, madam, and called me Violante : I come to one-and-twenty, as I am informed. in short, I heard it so often, that it became as But, however, I shall run the risk of that. Go, familiar to me as my prayers, call in Lissardo.
Vio. You live very merrily, then, it seems? Flo. Yes, madam. Now for a thousand ver Lis. Oh! exceeding merry, inadam. bal questions!
[Kisses Flora's hand.
Vio. Ha! exceeding merry: had you treats Re-enter with LISSARDO.
and balls ? Vio. Well, and how do you do, Lissardo? Lis. Oh! yes, yes, madam, several.
Lis. Ah, very weary, madam. -'Faith, thou Flo, You are mad, Lissardo; you don't mind look'st wondrous pretty, Flora. (Aside to Flora. what my lady says to you. [Aside to LISSARDO. Vio. How came you?
Vio. Ha ! balls--Is he so merry
absence? Lis. En chevalier, madam; upon a hackney And did your master dance, Lissardo? jade, which, they told me, formerly belonged to Lis. Dance, madam! where, madain?
Vio. Why, at those balls you speak of.
Flo. Little rogue! Prithee, fellow, don't be Lis. Balls! what balls, madam?
so familiar; (Pushing him away.] if I mayn't Vio. Why, sure you are in love, Lissardo! did keep your ring, I can keep iny kisses. not you say, but now, you had balls where you Lis. You can, you say? spoke with the air of have been?
a chambermaid. Lis. Balls, madam ! Odslife, I ask your par Flo. Replied with the spirit of a serving man. don, madam ! I, I, I, had mislaid some wash Lis. Prithee, Flora, don't let you and I fall balls of my master's t'other day; and, because I out; I am in a merry humour, and shall certaincould not think where I had laid them, just when (ly fall in somewhere. he asked for them, be very fairly broke my head, Flo. What care I where you fall in ! madam; and now, it seems, I can think of nothing else. Alas! he dance, madaın! No, no,
Enter VIOLANTE. poor gentleman! he is as melancholy as an un Vio. Why do you keep Lissardo so long, Flora, braced drum.
when you don't know how soon my father may Vio. Poor Felix! There, wear that ring for awake? his afternoon naps are never long. your master's sake, and let him know I shall be Flo. Ilad Don Felix been with her, she would ready to receive him.
[Erit VIOLANTE. not have thought the lime long. These ladies Lis, I shall, madam. –[Puts on the ring.] consider nobody's wants but their own. [Aside. Methinks, a diamond ring is a vast addition to l'io. Go, go, let him out, and bring a candle. the little finger of a gentleman.
Flo. Yes, madam. [Admiring his hand. Lis. I fly, madam. [Exeunt Lis. and FLORA. Flo. That ring must be mine.-Well, Lissardo, Vio. The day draws in, and night, the lover's what haste you make to pay off arrears now! friend, advances-night, more welcome than the Look how the fellow stands!
sun to me, because it brings my love. Lis. Egad, methinks I have a very pretty hand Flo. (Shrieks within.] Ah, thieves, thieves ! and very white—and the shape !--Faith, I never | Murder, Murder ! minded it so much before-In my opinion, it is Vio. [Shrieks.] Ah! defend me, Heaven! What a very finc shaped band-and becomes a dia- do I hear ? Felix is certainly pursued, and will mond ring as well as the first grandee's in Portu- be taken. gal. Flo. The man's transported ! Is this your love,
Enter FLORA, running. this your impatience ?
Vio. How now? why dost stare so? Answer Lis
. [Takes snuff.] Now, in my mind—I take me quickly; what's the matter? snuff with a very jantee air-Well
, I am per Flo. Oi, madam! as I was letting out Lissuaded I want nothing but a coach and a title to sardo, a gentleman rushed between him and I, make me a very fine gentleman. [Struts about. struck down my candle, and is bringing a dead
Flo. Sweet Mr Lissardo! (Curtsying.) if I person in his arms into our house. may presurne to speak to you, without affronting Vio. Ha! a dead person! Heaven grant it your little finger
does not prove my Felix!
dis Vio. I'll retire till you discover the meaning of course, madam!
[Erit. Flo. Madam ! Good lack ! how much a diamond ring improves one!
Enter COLONEL, with ISABELLA in his arms; sets Lis. Why, though I say it-I can carry myself her down in a chair, and addresses himself to as well as any body-But what wert thou going
FLORA. Flo. Why, I was going to say, that I fancy Col. Madam, the necessity this lady was unyou had best let me keep that ring: it will be a der of being conveyed into some house with speed very pretty wedding-ring, Lissardo, would it not? and secrecy, will, I hope, excuse any indecency
Lis. Humph! ah! But-but-but-I believe I might be guilty of in pressing so rudely into I shan't marry yet awhile.
this I am an entire stranger to her name and Flo. You shan't, you say !-Very well! I sup- circumstances-would I were so to her beauty, too, pose you design that ring for Inis ?"
[Aside.] I comunit her, madam, to your care; and fly Lis. No, no; I never bribe an old acquaint- to make her retreat secure, if the street be clear:
—Perhaps I might let it sparkle in the eyes permit me to return, and learn, from her own of a stranger a little, till we come to a right un-mouth, if I can be further serviceable. Pray, maderstanding —but, then, like all other mortal dam, how is the lady of this house called? things, it would return from whence it came. Flo. Violante, signior-He is a handsome Flo. Insolent!-- is that your manner of dealing? cavalier, and promises well.
[Aside Lis. With all but thee-Kiss me, you little Col. Are you she, madam? rogue, you.
(Hugging her. Flo. Only her woman, signior.
to say, child