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SCENE.-A Dining Parlour.

Squire, Brush, Hareskin, Sir Charles Belch,

and others, discovered at Table; with Wine, &c. &c.

Squire. Ha! ha! ha! Fore heaven, you are in the right;—the degeneracy of the age is astonishing; there are many of our acquaintance who are men of wit, genius, and spirit, but then they won't drink.

Hareskin. True, Squire; they sink into the more substantial luxuries of the table, and quite neglect the bottle.

Squire. Right:-besides, society suffers by it; for instead of the mirth and humour that used to mantle over a bottle of Burgundy, their conversation is become insipid as the Spa water which they drink, which has all the pertness of Champaigne, without its spirit or flavour. · Sir Charles. But what will you say to those who prefer play to the bottle? There's O'Reilly, Russel, and Brush himself, who are under a hazard regimen.

VOL. I.

* Squire. Psha! no such thing. What, would you train a horse for the course by keeping him from corn! Let me throw upon a bottle of Bure gundy, and I never lose ; at least I never feel my loss, and that's the same thing.

Hareskin. True. Besides, 'tis wine that determines if a man be really in love.

Squire. So it is. Fill up a dozen bumpers to a dozen beauties, and she that floats at the top is the girl that has bewitched you.

Brush. But čome, Squire, you have not given us your real favourite.

Squire. Faith, I have withheld her only in compassion to you, for if I give her, you must toast a round of her peers, and that is impossible on earth.

Brush. (Aside.) The earth could scarcely support a score of such unwieldy queans. Talk of prize-cattle!

Squire. Come, bumpers,-bumpers all round! Here's Maria!-Maria!

Cutlas. Maria! That's d-d common: what's her surname?

Brush. Never mind ;-Maria will suit any body.

Squire. Maria,-fair-fat and forty!
Al. Maria,-fair-fat and forty!

Squire. Come, Sir Charles, you must give us a beauty superlative. Sir Charles. Then I'll give you-here's

Squire. Nay, never hesitate : but you have a song that will excuse you.

All.— The song !--the song!

SONG.
Here's to the maiden of blushing fifteen,

To the bold one who's ready to court ye;
Here's to the flaunting, extravagant quean-
To her who is fair, fat, and forty.
Fill up the glass, toast each one his lass; .

E'en a lord, when in love, is no more than an ass.
Here's to the charmer whose dimples we prize,

Now to the damsel with none, Sir;
Here's to the maid with a pair of black eyes,
And now to the nymph with but one, Sir.

Fill up the glass, &c.
Here's to the maid with complexion of snow,

Next to her that's as brown as a berry; Here's to the wife with a face full of woe, And now to the danisel that's merry.

Fill up the glass, &c.

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For let them be clumsy, or let them be slim,

Young or ancient, they're sure to engage, Sir;
So fill us a bumper quite up to the brim,
E'en GRANDMOTHERS now are the rage, Sir.

Fill up the glass, &c.

Enter Merryman, and whispers Squire.

Squire. Gentlemen, I must beg your pardon, I must leave you upon business :--Brush, take the chair.

Brush. What ! this is some wench :--but we won't lose you for her.

Squire. No, upon my honour; it is only a Jew, that is come by appointment.

Brush, A Jew!-we'll have him in.
Squire. Then desire Mr. Moses to walk in.

[Exit Merryman. Brush. Squire, we'll give the rascal some generous Burgundy.

Squire. No, hang it ;--wine but draws forth the natural qualities of a man's heart, and to make him drink would be only to whet his knavery.

Enter Merryman and Moses. -Walk in, Mr. Moses, walk in. Chairs !Sit down, Moses. -A clean glass! Come, Moses, I'll give you a sentiment : 5 Here's success to usury!” Fill Moses a bumper.

Moses. “Here's success to usury!”

Brush. True, Moses ; usury is industry, and deserves to succeed.

Cutlas. Then here's_ All the success it desertes.Moses. I wish I was out of their company.

(Aside.) Brush. Come along, my boys; we will not interrupt business ;—the dice are in the next room. You'll settle your business, Squire, and come to us.

Squire. I will. But, Brush, you must be ready, perhaps I may have occasion for you.

Brush. Aye, aye;-bill, bond, or annuity, it is all the same to me. [Exit with company.

Merryman, Mr. Moses, Squire, is a person of the strictest Lionour and secrecy, and always performs what he undertakes. Mr. Moses, : this is

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