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person, and that my servant, too, and not have many have been sacrificed to that idol, the unrespect enough to all I have ever been receiving reasonable opinion of men! Nay, they are so from infancy, the obligation to the best of fathers, ridiculous in it, that they often use their swords to an unhappy virgin, too, whose life depends on against each other with dissembled anger and mine?

[Shutting the door real fear : [To MYRTLE.] I have, thank Heaven, time to recollect myself, and shall not, for fear of what Betrayed hy honour, and compelled by slrame, such a rash' man as you think of me, keep longer They hazard being to preserve a name, unexplained the false appearances under which Nor dare inquire into the dread mistake, your infirmity of temper makes you suffer, when, Till, plunged in sad eternity, they wake! perhaps, too much regard to a false point of ho

[Ereunt. nour makes me prolong that suffering. Myr. I am sure Mr Bevil cannot doubt but I

SCENE II.-St James's Park. had rather have satisfaction from his innocence than his sword.

Enter Sir John Bevil, and Mr SEALAND. Bev. Why, then, would you ask it first that way? Sir J. Bev. Give me leave, however, Mr Sea

Mlyr. Consider; you kept your temper yourself | land, as we are upon a treaty for uniting our fano longer than till I spoke to the disadvantage of milies, to mention only the business of an ancient her you loved.

house.--Genealogy and descent are to be of some Bev. True. But let me tell you, I have saved consideration in an affair of this sortyou from the most exquisite distress, even though Mr Sea. Genealogy and descent! Sir, there you had succeeded in the dispute. I know you has been in our family a very large one. There so well, that, I am sure, to have found this letter was Gulfrid the father of Edward, the father of about a man you had killed, would have been Ptolemy, the father of Crassus, the father of earl worse than death to yourself. Read it.-When Richard, the father of Henry the marquis, the fahe is thoroughly mortified, and shame has got the ther of duke Johnbetter of jealousy, he will deserve to be assisted Sir J. Bev. What! do you rave, Mr Sealand? towards obtaining Lucinda.

(Aside. all these great names in

your family? Myr. With what a superiority has he turned Mr Sea. These! yes, sir-I have heard my fathe injury upon me as ihe aggressor! I beyin ther name them all, and more. to fear I have been too far transported—' A trea Sir J. Bev. Ay, sir !--and did he say they were • ty in our family! is not that saying too much? all in your family! I shall relapse-But I find (on the postscript) Mr Sea. Yes, sir : he kept them all-he was

something like jealousy –With what face can the greatest cocker in England He said duke I see my benefactor, my advocate, whom I have John won many battles, but never lost him one. treated like a betrayer -Oh, Bevil! with what Sir J. Bev. Oh, sir, your servant ! you are words shall I

laughing at my laying any stress upon descent. Bev. There needs none; to convince is much But I must tell you, sir, I never knew any one, more than to conquer.

but he that wanted that advantage, turn it into Myr. But can you

ridicule. Bev. You have overpaid the inquietude you Mr Sea. And I never knew any, who had magave me in the change I see in you towards me. ny better advantages, put that into his account. A las ! what machines are we ! thy face is alter- But, Sir John, value yourself as you please upon ed to that of another man, to that of my compa- your ancient house, I am lo talk freely of every nion, my friend.

thing you are pleased to put into your bill of Myr. That I could be such a precipitate rates on this occasion.-Yet, sir, I have made no wretch !

objections to your son's fainily--it is his morals Bev. Pray, no more.

that I doubt. Myr. Let me reflect, how many friends have Sir J. Bev. Sir, I can't help saying, that what died by the hands of friends for want of temper; might injure a citizen's credit, may be no stain to and you must give me leave to say, again and a gentleman's honour. again, how much I am beholden to that superior Mr Sea. Sir John, the honour of a gentleman spirit you have subdued me with.-What had be- is liable to be tainted by as small a matter as the come of one of us, or perhaps both, had you been credit of a trader: We are talking of a marriage; as weak as I was, and as incapable of reason? and, in such a case, the father of a young woman

Bev. I congratulate to us both the escape from will not think it an addition to the honour or creourselves, and hope the memory of it will make dit of her lover, that he is a keeperus dearer friends than ever.

Sir J. Bev. Mr Sealand, don't take upon you Myr. Dear Bevil! your friendly conduct has to spoil my son's marriage with any woinan else. convinced me, that there is nothing manly but Mr Sea. Sir John, let him apply to any wowhat is conducted by reason, and agreeable to man else, and have as many mistresses as he the practice of virtue and justice ; and yet, how pleases.

you

Sir J. Bev. My son, sir, is a discreet and sober Now, in plain terms, sir, I shall not care to have gentleman.

my poor girl turned a grazing, and that must be Ur Sea. Sir, I never saw a man that wenched the case whensoberly and discreetly that ever left it off-the Sir J. Bev. But pray consider, sir, my sondecency observed in the practice hides, from the Mr Sea. Look you, sir, I'll inake the matter sinner even, the iniquity of it: they pursue it, short. This unknown lady, as I told you, is all not that their appetites hurry them away, but, I the objection I have to him: but one way or warrant you, because 'tis their opinion they may other he is or has been certainly engaged to do it.

her-I am therefore resolved this very afternoon Sir J. Bev. Were what you suspect a truth to visit her: now, from her behaviour or appeardo you design to keep your daughter a virgin, till ance, I shall soon be let into what I may fear or find a man unblemished that way?

hope for. Mr Sea. Sir, as much a cit as you take me Sir J. Bed. Sir, I am very confident there can for-I know the town and the world—and give be nothing inquired into, relating to my son, that me leave to say, that we merchants are a species will not, upon being understood, turn to his adof gentry that have grown into the world this last vantage. century, and are as honourable, and almost as Mr Sea. I hope that as sincerely as you beuseful, as you landed folks, that have always lieve it—Sir John Bevil, when I am satisfied in thought yourselves so much above us; for your this great point, if your son's conduct answers trarling, forsvoth! is extended no farther than a the character you give him, I shall wish your alload of hay, or a fat ox-You are pleasant peo- liance more than that of any gentleman in Great ple, indeed! because you are generally bred up Britain; and so your servant. [Erit SLALAND. to be lazy, therefore, I warrant you, industry is Sir J. Bev. He is gone in a way but barely dishonourable !

civil; but his great wealth, and the merit of his Sir J. Bev. Be not offended, sir; let us go only child, the heiress of it, are not to be lost back to our point.

for a little peevishness Mr Sea. Oh! not at all offended-but I don't love to leave any part of the account unclosed

Enter IIUMPHREY. Look you, sir John, comparisons are odious, and Oh, Humphrey, you are come in a seasonable more particularly so on occasions of this kind, minute! I want to talk to thee, and to tell thee, when we are projecting races that are to be that my head and heart are on the rack about iny made out of both sides of the comparisons. Sir J. Bed. But my sou, sir, is, in the eye of

Humph. Sir, you may trust his discretion; I the world, a gentleman of merit.

am sure you may: Mr Sea. I own to you I think him so—But, Sir J. Bed. Why, I do believe I may, and yet sir John, I am a man exercised and experienced I'm in a thousand fears when I lay this vast in chances and disasters; I lost in my earlier wealth before me. When I consider his prepos, years a very fine wife, and, with her, a poor little sessions, either generous to a folly in an honourinfant : this makes me perhaps over cautious to able love, or abandoned past redemption in a vipreserve the second bounty of Providence to me, cious one, and from the one or the other his inand be as careful as I can of this child.—You'll sensibility to the fairest prospect towards doubling pardon me; my poor girl, sir, is as valuable to

estate—a father, who knows how useful me as your boasted son to you.

wealth is, and how necessary even to those who Sir J. Bed. Why, that's one very good reason, despise it, I say a father, Humphrey, a father Mr Sealand, why I wish my son had her.

cannot bear it. Mr Sea. There is nothing but this strange lady Humph. Be not transported, sir; you will here, this incognita, that can be objected to him. grow incapable of taking any resolution in your Here and there a man falls in love with an art

perplexity ful creature, and gives up all the motives of life

Sir J. Bev. Yes, as angry as I am with him, I to that one passion.

would not have him surprized in any thing.–This Sir J. Bev. A man of my son's understanding mercantile rough man may go grossly into the cannot be supposed to be one of them.

examination of this matter, and talk to the genJIr Sea. Very wise men have been so enslaved; tlewoman so as to and when a man marries with one of them upon Humph. No, I hope not in an abrupt manner. his hands, whether moved from the demand of the

Sir J. Bev. No, I hope not! Why, dost thou world, or slighter reasons, such a husband soils know any thing of her, or of him, or of any with his wife for a month perhaps--then good thing of it, or all of it? b'w've, madam the show's over -Ah! John

Humph. My dear master! I know so much, Dryden points out such a husband to a hair, that I told him this very day, you had reason tó where he says,

be secretly out of humour about her. And while abroad so prodigal the dolt is, Sir J. Bev. Did you go so far? Well, what Poor spouse at home as ragged as a colt is. said he to that?

son.

our

Humph. His words were, looking upon me mere punctilio ! I could, any hour of the day, get stedfastly, lfumphrey, says he, that woman is a her to her lover, and would do it-but she, forwoman of honour.

sooth, will allow no plot to get him; but if be Sir J. Bev. How do you think he is married can come to her, I know she would be glad of to her, or intends to marry her?

it; I must therefore do her an acceptable vioHumph. I can say nothing to the latter-but lence, and surprise her into his arms. I am sure he says he can marry no one without your con- I go by the best rule imaginable : if she were my sent, while you are living.

maid, I should think her the best servant in the Sir J. Bev. If he said so much, I know he world for doing so by me. scorns to break his word with me. Humph. I am sure of that.

Enter MYRTLE and Tom. Sir J. Bev. You are sure of that? Well, that's Oh, sir! you and Mr Bevil are fine gentlemen, some comfort—then I have nothing to do but to to let a lady renain under such difficulties as niy see the bottom of this matter during this present poor mistress, and not attempt to set her at liruffle.-Oh, Humphrey

berty, or release her from the danger of being inHumph. You are not ill, I hope, sir?

stantly married to Cimberton. Sir J. Bev. Yes, a man is very ill that is in a Myr. Tom has been telling-But, what is to very ill humour. To be a father, is to be in care be done? for one, whom you oftener disoblige than please Phil. What is to be done, when a man can't by that very care.-Oh! that sons could know the come at his mistress !-why, can't you fire our duty to a father before themselves are fathers ! house, or the vext house to us, to make us run -But perhaps you'll say, now, that I am one of out, and you take us? the bappiest fathers in the world; but I assure Niyr. How, Mrs Phillisyou, that of the very happiest is not a condition Phil. Ay let me see that rogue deny to fire to be envied.

a house, make a riot, or any other little thing, Humph. Sir, your pain arises not from the when there were no other way to come at me. thing itself, but your particular sense of it.— Tom. I am obliged to you, madam. You are over fond; nay, give me leave to say, you Phil. Why, don't we hear every day of people's are unjustly apprehensive from your fondness. hanging themselves for love, and won't they venMy master Bevil never disobliged you, and he ture the hazard of being hanged for love!--Oh! will, I know he will, do every thing you ought to

were I a mai expect.

Myr. What manly thing would you have me Sir J. Bev. He won't take all this money with undertake, according to your ladyship’s notion of this girl—For aught I know, he will, forsooth, a man? have so much moderation, as to think he ought Phil. Only be, at once, what one time or other not to force his liking for any consideration. you may be, and wish to be, and must be.

Humph. lle is to marry her, not you; he is to Myr. Dear girl ! talk plainly to me, and live with her, not you, sir.

consider I, in my condition, can't be in very Sir J. Bev. I know not what to think; but I good humour-You say, to be at once what Í know nothing cau be more miserable than to be must be? in this doubt-Follow me; I must come to some

Phil. Ay, ay

-I mean no more than to resolution.

[Erennt. be an old man; I saw you do it very well at the

masquerade. In a word, old sir Geoffry Cimber, SCENE III. Bevil junior's lodgings. ton is every hour expected in town, to join

in the deeds and settlements for marrying Mr Enter Tom and Phillis.

Cimberton -He is half blind, half lame, Tom. Well, madam, if you must speak with half deaf, half dumb; though, as to his passious Mr Myrtle, you shall; he is now with my master and desires, he is as warin and ridiculous as in the library.

when in the heat of youth. Phil. But you must leave me alone with bim, Tom. Come, to the business, and don't keep for he can't make me a present, nor 1 so hand the gentleman in suspense for the pleasure of somely take any thing from him, before you ; it being courted, as you serve me. would not be ricceut.

Phil. I saw you, at the masquerade, act such a Tom. It will be very decent indeed for me to one to perfection : go, and put on that very retire, and leave my mistress with another man ! habit, and come to our house as sir Geoffry : Phil

. He is a gentleman, and will treat one there is not one there but myself knows his perproperly.

son; I was born in the parish where he is lord of Tom. I believe som

—but, however, I won't be the manor; I have seen him often and often at far off, and therefore will venture to trust you. church in the country. Do not hesitate, but I'll call him to you.

(Erit Tom. corse thither; they will think you bring a certain Phil. What a deal of pother and sputter here security against Mr Myrtle, and you bring Mr is between my mistress and Mr Myrtlc, from Myrtle. Leave the rest to me; I leave this witla

you, and expect - They don't, I told you, Myr. I think I will instantly attempt this wild know you ; they think you out of town, which you expedient—the extravagance of it will make had as good be for ever, if you lose this oppor me less stispected, and it will give me opportunity.- I must be gone; I know I am want tunity to assert my own right to Lucinda, withed at home

out whom I cannot live. But I am so mortified Alur. My dear Phillis !

at this conduct of mine towards poor Bevil! he [Catches and kisses her, and gives her money. must think meanly of me. -I know not how

Phil. Ob fy! my kisses are not my own; you to reassume myself, and he in spirits enough have committed violence; but I'll carry them to for such an adventure as this

-yet I must the right owner. [Tom kisses her.] Come, see me attempt it, if it be only to be near Lucinda, down stairs, (To Tom.) and leave the lover to under her present perplexities; and surethink of his last game for the prize.

The next delight to transport with the fair, [Ereunt Tom and Paillis. Is to relieve her in her hours of care. [Erit.

ACT V.

their age.

SCENE I.-SEALAND's house.

Myr. By your leave, young lady-(Puts on Enter Paillis, with lights before MYRTLE,

spectacles.]—Cousin Cimberton, she has exactly

that sort of neck and bosom, for which my sister disguised like old Sir GEOFFRY, supported Gertrude was so much admired in the year sixtyby Mrs SEALAND, LUCINDA, and Cimber

one, before the French dresses first discovered TON.

any thing in women below the chin. Mrs Sea. Now I have seen you thus far, sir Luc. What a very odd situation am I in! Geoffry, will you excuse me a moment, while I Though I cannot but be diverted at the extravagive my necessary orders for your accommoda gance of their humours, equally unsuitable to tion? (Exit Mrs Sealand.

Chin, quotha ! I don't believe my Myr. I have not seen you, cousin Cimberton, passionate lover there, knows whether I have one since you were ten years old ; and as it is in or not. Ha, ha! cumbent on you to keep up your name and Cim. Madam, I would not willingly offend, family, I shall, upon very reasonable terms, join but I have a better glass--with you in a settlement to that purpose, though

[Pulls out a large one. I must tell you, cousin, this is the first merchant that has married into our house.

Enter Puillis to CIMBERTON. Luc. Deuce on them! am ( a merchant because my father is?

Aside. Phil. Sir, my lady desires to shew the apartMyr. But is he directly a trader at this time? ment to you, that she intends for sir Geoffrey.

Cim. There's no hiding the disgrace, sir; he Cim. Well, sir, by that time you have sufftrades to all parts of the world.

ciently gazed and sunned yourselt in the beauties Myr. We never had one of our family be- of my spouse, there, I will wait on you again. fore, who descended from persons that did any

[Ereunt Cim. and Phil. thing.

Myr. Were it not, madam, that I might be Cim. Sir, since it is a girl that they have, I am, troublesome, there is something of importance, for the honour of my family, willing to take it in though we are alone, which I would say more again, and to sink it into our naine, and no harm safe from being heard. done.

Luc. There is something in this old fellow, Myr. Tis prudently and generously resolved methinks, that raises my curiosity. -Is this the young thing?

Myr. To be free, madam, las heartily conCim. Yes, sir.

temn this kinsman of mine as you do, and am Phil. Good madam! Don't be out of humour, sorry to see so much beauty and merit devoted but let them run to the utmost of their extrava- by your parents to so insensible a possessor. gance-Hear them out.

Luc. Surprising! I hope, then, sir, you will Myr. Cannot I see her nearer? My eyes are not contribute to the wrong you are so generous but weak.

to pity, whatever may be the interest of

your

faPhil. Beside, I am sure the uncle has some mily. thing worth your notice. I'll take care to get off Myr. This hand of mine shall never be emthe young one, and leave you to observe what ployed to sign any thing against your good and may be wrought out of the old one, for your happiness. good.

[Erit. Luc. I am sorry, sir, it is not in my power to Cim. Madam, this old gentleman, your great inake you proper acknowledgments; but there is uncle, desires to be introduced to you, and to a gentleman in the world, whose gratitude will, see you nearer-Approach, sir.

I'm sure, be worthy of the favour.

me.

Myr. All the thanks I desire, madam, are in that Mr Bevil should still marry my young mis. your power to give.

tress. Luc. Name them, and command them.

Mrs Sea. How! Nay, then, he shall find she Myr. Only, madam, that the first time you are is my daughter as well as his—I'll follow hiin alone with your lover, you will with open arms this instant, and take the whole family along with receive him.

The disputed power of disposing of my own Luc. As willingly as heart could wish it. daughter, shall be at an end this very night. I'll Myr. Thus, then, he claims your promise.- live no longer in anxiety, for a little hussy, that Oh, Lucinda!

hurts my appearance, wherever I carry her, and Luc. Oh, a cheat, a cheat, a cheat !

for whose sake I seem to be not at all regarded, Myr. Hush! 'tis I, 'tis I, your lover ! Myrtle and that in the best of my days. himself, madam!

Phil. Indeed, madam, if she were married, Luc. Oh, bless me! what rashness and folly your ladyship might very well be taken for Mr to surprize me so ! But hush—my mother

Sealand's daughter.

Mrs Sea. Nay, when the chit has not been Enter Mrs SEALAND, CIMBERTON, and Puillis. with me, I've heard the men say as much—I'll

Mrs Sea. How pow! What's the matter? no longer cut off the greatest pleasure of a wo

Luc. Oh, madam! As soon as you left the man's life (the shining in assemblies) by her forroom, my uncle fell into a sudden fit, and—and ward anticipation of the respect that's due to her —so I cried out for help to support him, and superior-She shall down to Cimberton-hallconduct him to his chamber.

she shall-she shall. Mrs Sea. That was kindly done. Alas, sir ! Phil. I hope, madam, I shall stay with your how do you find yourself?

ladyship? Myr. Never was taken in so add a way in Mrs Sea. Thou shalt, Phillis, and I'll place my life-Pray lead me -Oh, I was talking thee then more about me-But order chairs im here-Pray carry me-to my cousin Cimberton's mediately—I'll be gone this minute. (Ereunt. young ladyMrs Sea. [Aside.)—My cousin Cimberton's

SCENE II.-Charing-Cross. young lady! How zealous he is, even in bis extremity, for the match ! A right Cimberton !

Enter Me SEALAND and HUMPHREY. [CIMBERton and Lucinda lead him, as one in Mr Sea. I am very glad, Mr Humphrey, that pain.

you agree with me, that it is for our common Cim. Pox, uncle, you will pull my ear off! good I should look thoroughly into this matter.

Luc. Pray, uncle, you will squeeze me to Humph. I am, indeed, of that opinion; for death!

there is no artifice, nothing concealed in our faMrs Sea. No matter, no matter he knows mily, which ought in justice to be known. I not what he does. Come, sir, shall I help you need not desire you, sir, to treat the lady with out?

care and respect. Myr. By no means: I'll trouble nubody but Mr Sea. Mr Humphrey—I shall not be rude, my young cousins here.

though I design to be a little abrupt, and come [Cịm. and Luc. lend him off into the matter at once, to see how she will bear Phil. But pray, nadam, does your ladyship up on a surprizeintend that Mr Cimberton shall really marry my Hamph. That's the door, sir; I wish you sucyoung mistress at last? I don't think he likes -{\Vhile Humphrey speaks, SEALAND conher.

sults his table-book.]-I am less concerned what Mrs Sea. That's not material; men of his spe- happens there, because I hear Mr Myrtle is as culation are above desires. But, be it as it may, well lodged as old sir Geoffrey; so, I am willing now I have given old sir Geoffrey the trouble of to let this gentleman employ himself here, to give coming up to sign and seal, with what counte- them time at home; for I am sure it is necessanauce can I be ofi?

ry for the quiet of our family, tbat Lucinda were Phil. As well as with twenty others, madam. disposed of

' out of it, since Mr Bevil's inclination It is the glory and honour of a great fortune to is so much otherwise engaged. (Erit HumphrEY. live in continual treaties, and still to break off; Mr Sea. I think this is the door.—[ Knocks.} it looks great, madam,

I'll carry this matter with an air of authority, to Mrs Seu. True, Phillis -Yet to return our inquirę, though I make an errand to begin disblood again into the Cimbertons, is an honour course.

(Knocks again. not to be rejected. But, were not you saying that sir John Bevil's creature, Humphrey, has

Enter a Footboy. been with Mr Sealand ?

So, young man, is your lady within? Phil. Yes, madam, I overheard them agree, Boy. Alack, sir! I am but a country boy — that Mr Sealand should go himself, and visit this I don't know whether she is or noa; but an you'll unknown lady, thạt Mr Bevil is so great with; stay a bit, I'll goa and ask the gentlewoman that's and, if he found nothing there to fright him, / with her.

cess.-

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