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Maid. Indeed, ma'am, since we have profited by Louisa. Yes; that sweet creature is the man Don Ferdinand's key, in making our escape, 1 whom my father has fixed on for my husband. think we had best find lim, if it were only to Clara. And will you speak to him? Are you thank him.
mad? Clara. No: he has offended me exceedingly. Louisa. He is the fittest man in the world for my
[Retires. purpose ; for, though I was to have married bin Enter Louisa.
to-morrow, he is the only man in Seville, who, I Louisa. So, I have succeeded in being turned am sure, never saw me in his life. out of doors--but how shall I find Antonio? I dare
Clara. And how do you know him ? not inquire for him, for fear of being discovered.
Louisa. He arrived but yesterday, and he was I would send to my friend Clara, but that I doubt shown to me from the window, as he visited my her prudery would condemn me.
[ Apart. Dlaid. Then suppose, ma'am, you were to try if
Clara. Well, I'll begone. your friend, Donna Louisa, would not receive you?
Louisa. Hold, my dear Clara: a thought has
[ Apart to Clara. struck me, Will you give me leave to borrow your Clara. No: her notions of filial duty are so se name, as I see occasion ? vere, she would certainly betray me. [ Apart.
Clara. It will but disgrace you-but use it as Louisa. Clara is of a cold temper, and would you please. I dare not stay-[Going]-but, think this step of mine highly forward.
Louisa, if you should see your brother, be sure you Clura. Louisa's respect for her father is so great, don't inform bim that I bave taken refuge with the she would not credit the unkindness of mine. [ Apart. leit hand side of the Piazza, which leads to the
Dame Prior of the convent of St. Catherine, on the [Louisa turns, and sees CLARA and Maid. Louisa. Ha! who are those ? Sure one is Clara. church of St. Anthony. If it be, I'll trust her. Clara !
Louisa. Ha! ha! ha! I'll be very particular in (ları. Louisa! and in masquerade, too!
my directions where he may not find you. (Ereunt Louisa. You will be more surprised when I tell Clara and Maid.) So! my swain, yonder bas you, that I have run away from my father.
dove admiring himself, and draws nearer. [Retires. Clara. Surprised indeed! and I should certainly | Enter Isaac and Carlos, Isaac with a pocket-glass. chide you most horridly, only that I have just run away from mine.
Isaac. [Looking in the glass.] I tell you, friend Louisa. My dear Clara !
Carlos, I will please myself in the babit of my chin. Clara. Dear sister truant! and whither are you to please a lady with such a face?
Carlos. But, my dear friend, how can you think going? Louisa. To find the man I love, to be sure. And, I think it is a very engaging face; and, I am sure,
Isaac. Why, what's the matter with the face ? I presume, you would have no aversion to meet with my brother?
a lady mr.ust have very little taste, who could dis. Clara. Indeed I should : he has behaved so ill like my beard. (Sees Louisa.] See now!-l'll die to me, I don't believe I sball ever forgive him.
if here is not a little damsel struck with it already.
Louisa. Signior, are you disposed to oblige a AIR.-CLARA.
lady, who greatly wants your assistance ? [Unveils.
Isaac. Eyad, a very pretty black-eyed girl! She When sable night, each drooping plant restoring, has certainly taken a fancy to me, Carlos. First,
Wept o'er the flowers her breath did cheer, ma'am, I must beg the favour of your name. As some sad widow, o'er her babe deploring, Louisa. So ! it's well I am provided. [Aside.] Wakes its beauty with a tear;
My name, sir, is Donna Clara d'Almanza. When all did sleep, whose weary hearts did borrow Isaac. What!-Don Guzman's daughter? I'faith One bour from love and care to rest,
I just now heard she was missing. Lo! as I press'd my couch in silent sorrow, Louisa. But sure, sir, you have too much galMy lover caught me to his breast :
lantry and honour to betray me, whose fault is He row'd he came to save me
love? From those who would enslave me!
Isaac. So ! a passion for me! Poor girl! Why, Then kneeling,
ma'am, as for betraying you, I don't seo how I Kisses stealing,
could get anything by it; so you may rely on my Endless faith be swore;
honour; but as for your love, I am sorry your case But soon I chid him thence,
is so desperate.
Louisa. Why so, signior ?
Isaac. Because I am positively engaged to an-
other-an't I, Carlos ? I fear'd my treacherous heart might grant him more. Louisa. Nay, but hear me.
Isaac. No, no ; what should I hear for? It is Louisa. Well, for all this, I would have sent him impossible for me to court you in an honourable to plead his pardon, but that I would not yet awhilo way; and, for anything else, if I were to comply have him know of my flight. And where do you now, I suppose you have some ungrateful brother, bope to find protection?
or cousin, who would want to cut my throat for Clara. The Lady Abbess of the convent of St. my civility: so, truly, you had best go homo Catherine is a relation and kind friend of mine. I again. shall be secure with her, and you had best go Louisa. Odious wretch! [Aside.] But, good thither with me.
signior, it is Antonio d'Ercilla, on whose account Louisa. No; I am determined to find Antonio I have eloped. first; and, as I live, bere comes the very man I Isaac. How! what! It is not with me, then, will employ to seek bim for me.
that you are in love? Clara: Who is he? be's a strange figure!
Louisa. No, indeed, it is not.
Isaac. Then you are a forward, impertinent sim- Canst thou trust, and I deceive thee? pleton, and I shall certainly acquaint your father. Art thou sad, and sball I grieve thee? Louisa. Is this your gallantry?
Gentle maid, ah! why suspect me? Isaac. Yet, hold-Antonio d'Ercilla, did you Let me serve thee-then reject me. say. Egad, I may make something of this-Ántonio d'Ercilla ?
TRIO. Louisa. Yes; and if ever you hope to prosper Louisa. Never may'st thou happy be, in love, you will bring me to him.
If in aught thou'rt false to me, Isaac. By St. Iago, and I will, too. Carlos,
Isaac. this Antonio is one who rivals me (as I have
Never may be happy be, beard) with Louisa. Now, if I could hamper him
If in aught he's false to thee. with this girl, I should have the field to myself. Carlos. Never may I happy be, Eb, Carlos ! A lucky thought, isn't it?
If in aught I'm false to thee. Carlos. Yes, very good-very good.
Louisa. Never may'st thou, &c. Isaac. Ah! this little brain is never at a loss.
Isaac. Never may he, &c. Cunning Isaac ! cunning rogue! Donna Clara,
Carlos. Never may I, &c.
[Essunt. will you trust yourself awhile to my friend's discretion?
Louisa. May I rely on you, good signior ?
Carlos. Lady, it is impossible I should deceive
SCENE I.-A Library in DonJerome's House.
Enter Don JEROME and ISAAC.
Jerome. Ha ! ha! ha! Run away from her faBut friends in all the aged you'll meet, ther! Has she given bim the slip? Ha! ha! ha! And lovers in the young.
Poor Don Guzinan!
Isaac. Ay; and I am to conduct her to Antonio; But when they learn that you have blest
by which means, you see, I shall hamper him so Another with your heart,
that he can give me no disturbance with your They'll bid aspiring passions rest, And act a brother's part.
daughter. This is trap, isn't it? A nice stroke of
cuuning, eh? Tben, lady, dread not here deceit,
Jerome. Excellent! excellent! Yes, yes, carry Nor fear to suffer wrong;
her to him ; hamper him, by all means. Ha! ha! For friends in all the aged you'll meet, And brothers in the young.
ha! poor Don Guzman! An old fool! imposed on
by a girl! Isaac. Conduct the lady to my lodgings, Carlos: Isaac. Nay, they have the cunning of serpents, I must haste to Don Jerome. Perhaps you know that's the truth on't. Louisa, ma'am. She is divinely handsome, isn't Jerome. Psba! they are cunning only when thes she !
bave fools to deal with. Why don't my girl play Louisa. You must excuse me not joining with me such a trick? Let her cunning overreach' my του. .
caution, I say-el! little Isaac ! Isaac. Wly, I have heard it on all hands. Isaac. True, true; or let me see any of the ses
Louisa. Her father is uncommonly partial to her; make a fool of me. No, no, egad, little Solomon but I believe you will find she has rather a ma- (as my aunt used to call me) understands tricking tronly air.
a little too well. Isaac. Carlos, this is all envy: you pretty girls Jerome. Ay, but such a driveller as Don Guznever speak well of one another. Hark ye, find manout Antonio, and I'll saddle him with this scrape, Isaac. And such a dupe as AntonioI warrant! Ob, 'twas the luckiest thought! Donna Jerome. True; sure never were seen such a Clara, your very obedient-Carlos, to your post. couple of credulous simpletons; but come, 'tis
time you should see my daughter. You must DUET.
carry on the siege by yourself, friend Isaac. Isaac. My mistress expects me, and I must to
Isaac. Sir, you'll introduce
Jerome. No I have sworn a solemn oath not to her, Or how can I hope for a smile?
see or speak to her till she renounces her disobe. Louisa. Soon may you return a prosperous wooer, and a husband at once.
dience : win her to that, and she gains a father But think what I suffer the while :
Isaac. 'Gad, I shall never be able to deal with Alone, and away from the man whom ]
her alone. Nothing keeps me in such awe as love,
In strangers I'm forced to confide. perfect beauty; now there is something consoling
Give Isaac the nymph who no beauty can boast,
But liealth and good-bumour to make her his toast: Gentle maid, ah! why suspect me ? If straight, I don't mind whether slender or fat, Let me serve thee-then reject me.
And six feet or four- we'll ne'er quarrel for that,
Whate'er her complexion, I vow I don't care ;
Duenna. Sir, I attend your pleasure. If brown it is lasting, more pleasing if fair ;
Isaac. So! the ice is broke, and a pretty civil And though in her face I no dimples should see, beginning, too! Hem! madam-miss-1'm all Let her smile, and each dell is a dimple to me. attention. Let her locks be the reddest that ever were seen,
Duenna. Nay, sir, 'tis I who should listen, and
you propose. And her eyes may be e'en any colour but green; Be they light, gray, or black, their lustre and hue, believe I may venture to look. No-1 dar'n't
Isaac. Egad, this isn't so disdainful, neither. I I swear l've no choice, only let her have two.
one glance of those roguish sparklers would fix me Tis true, I'd dispense with a throne on her back, again. And white teeth, I own, are genteeler than black; Duenna. You seem thoughtful, sir. Let me per. A little round chin, too, 's a beauty, I've heard; suade you to sit down. But I only desire she may not have a beard. Isuac. So, so; she mollifies apace-she's struck
with jereme. You will change your note, my friend,
my figure! This attitude has had its
effect. when yra've seen Louisa. 10. Oh, Don Jerome, the honour of your al
Duenna. Come, sir, here's a chair. liance
Isaac. Madam, the greatness of your goodness
That a lady so lovely should Jerome. Ay, but her beauty will affect you. She overpowers me. is, though I say it, w!o am her father, a very
deign to turn her beauteous eyes on me so
[She takes his hand-he turns, and sers her. prodigy. There you will seo features ! with an
Duenna. You seem surprised at my condescenero like mine--yes, i'faith, there is a kind of
sion. wicked sparkling-something of a roguish bright. ness, that shows her to be my own.
Isaac. Why, yes, madam, I am a little surprised Isaac. Pretty rogue !
at it. Zounds ! this can never be Louisa :-sbe's Jerome. Then, when she smiles, you'll see a lit.
as old as my mother!
Duenna. But former prepossessions give way to tle dimple in one cheek only; a beauty it is certainly, yet you shall not say which is prettiest, the
my papa's commands. cheek with the dimple or the cheek without.
Isaac. [Aside.] Her papa! Yes, 'tis she, then.
Lord ! Lord ! how blind some parents are !
Duenna. Signior Isaac. sluded with a sort of velvet down, that gives a de- has rather a matronly air, indeed! Ah! is well
Isaac. Truly, the little damsel was right:-she Licacy to the glow of health. Isaac. Pretty rogue !
my affections are fixed on her fortune, and sot her Jerome. Her skin pure dimity, yet more fair,
person, being spangled here and there with a golden freckle.
Duenna. Signior, won't you sit?
Isaac. Pardon me, madam; I have scarce recoIsaac. Charming pretty rogue! Pray low is the
vered my astonishment at-your condescension, tune of ber voice ? Jerome. Remarkably pleasing—but if
madam. She has the devil's own dimples, to be sure !
[Aside. prevail on her to sing, you would be enchanted.
Duenna. I do not wonder, sir, that you are surShe is a nightingale-a Virginia nightingale-but some, conie; ber maid shall conduct you to her prised at my affability. I own, signior, that I was ntechamber.
vastly prepossessed against you, and being teased Isaac. Well, egad, I'll pluck up resolution, and by my papa, I did give some encouragement to
Antonio; peet ber frowns intrepidly.
but then, sir, you were described to me Jerome. Ay! woo her briskly-ain ber, and
as quite a different
Isaac. Ay, and 50 were you to me, upon my give me a proof of your address, my little So
soul, madam. Isaac. But hold-I expect my friend Carlos to
Duenna. But when I saw you, I was never more
struck in my life. call on me here. If he comes, will you send him
Isaac. That was just my case too, madam: I was to me?
Jerome. I will. Lauretta, come-she'll show struck all on a heap, for my part. you to the room. What! do you droop? here's a has been nutual. You expected to find me haughty
Duenna. Well, sir, I see our misapprehension mournful face to make love with ! [Exeunt.
averse, and I was taught to believe you a little,
black, snub-nosed fellow, without person, man. SCENE II.-Louise's Dressing room.
ners, or address. Enter Maid and ISAAC.
Isauc. Egad, I wish she had answered her pic.
ture as well. Maid. Sır, my mistress will wait on you pre- Duenna. But, sir, your air is noble—something sently.
so liberal in your carriage, with so penetrating an Isuae. When she's at leisure-don't hurry her. eye, and so bewitching a smile ! [Erit Muid.] I wish I had ever practised a love Isaac. Egad, now I look at her again, I don't scene!-I doubt I shall make a poor figure. 1 think she is so ugly. couldn't be more afraid, if I was going before the Duenna. So little like a Jew, and so much like inquisition. So! the door opens-yes, she's coming a gentleman ! aihe very rustling of her silk has a disdainful Isaac. Well, certainly, there is something pleassound.
ing in the tone of ber voice. Enter Duenna, dressed as Louisa.
Duenna. You will pardon this breach of de
corum in praising you thus; but my joy in being Now dar'n't I look round, for the soul of me:-her so agreeably deceived has given me such a flow of beauty will certainly strike me dumb, if I do. I spirits ! wish she'd speak first.
Isaac. O, dear lady, may I thank those dear lips
for this goodness ? [Kisses her.) Why, she has a cunding rogue, Isaac ! Ay, ay, let this little brain pretty sort of velvet down, that's the truth on't! alone. Egad, I'll take her in the mind.
[Aside. Duenna. Well, sir, what's your determination Duenna. 0, sir, you bave the most insinuating Isaac. Madam, I was dumb only froin rapture. manner; but indeed you should get rid of that I applaud your spirit, and joyfully close with your odious beard-one might as well kiss an hedge-proposal ; for which, thus let me on this lily hand hog.
express my gratitude. Isaac. Yes, ma'am, the razor wouldn't be amiss- Duenna. Well, sir, you must get my father's for either of us. [Aside.] Could you favour me consent to walk with me in the garden. But by no with a song?
means inform him of my kindness to you. Duenna. Willingly, sir, though I am ratber Isaac. No, to be sure; that would spoil all : but, hoarse.-Ahem!
[Begins to sing trust me, when tricking is the word-let me alone Isaac. Very like a Virginia nightingale! Ma'am, for a piece of cunning : this very day you shall be I perceive you're hoarse—1 beg you will not dis- out of his power. tress
Duenna. Well, I leave the management of it all Duenna. Oh, not in the least distressed. Now to you. I perceive plainly, sir, that you are not sir.
one that can be easily outwitted. SONG.
Isaac. Egad, you're right, madam-you're right,
Maid. Here's a gentleman at the door, who begs
permission to speak with Signior Isaac. While he unfolds his pain !
Isaac. A friend of mine, ma'am, and a trusty If he takes her hand, she trembles quite; friend- let him come in. [Exit Maid.] He is one Touch her lips, and she swoons outright, to be depended ou, ma'am.
While a pit-a-pat, &c. Her heart avows her fright.
Carlos. I have left Donna Clara at your lc dging
--but can no where find Antonio.
Isaac. Well, I will search him out myself. Car.
los, you rogue, I thrive, I prosper. No mantle blush ensues.
Carlos. Where is your mistress? Then to church well pleased the lovers move,
Isaac. There, you booby, there she stands. While her smiles her contentment prove,
Carlos. Wby, she's damned ugly!
Isaac. Hush !
[Stops his mouth, Her heart avows her love.
Duenna. What is your friend saying, signior?
Isaac. Ob, ma'am, he is expressing his raptures Isaac. Charming, ma'am! Enchanting! and, at such charms as he never saw before,-eb, truly, your notes put me in mind of one that's very Carlos? dear to me; a lady, indeed, whom you greatly
Carlos. Ay, such as I never saw before, indeed ! resemble !
Duenna. You are a very obliging gentleman. Duenna. How! is there, then, another so dear Well, Signior Isaac, I believe we had better part to you?
for the present. Remember our plan. Isaac. O, no, ma'am,—you mistake; it was my
Isaac. Oh, ma'am, it is written in my heart, mother I meant.
fixed as the image of those divine beauties. Adieu, Duenna. Come, sir, I see you are amazed and idol of my soul !-yet once more permit meconfounded at my condescension, and know not
[Kisses her. what to say !
Duenna. Sweet, courteous sir, adieu ! Isaac. It is very true, indeed, ma'am ; but it Isaac. Your slave eternally. Come, Carlos, say is a judgment, I look on it as a judgment on me, something civil at taking leave. for delaying to uige the time when you'll permit
Carlos. l'faith, Isaac, she is the hardest woman me to complete my happiness, by acquainting Don to compliment I ever saw: howerer, I'll try some. Jerome with your condescension.
thing I had studied for the occasion. Duenna. Sir, I must frankly own to you, that
Ah! sure a pair was never seen, Duenna. When my father in his passion, swore So justly form’d to meet by nature : he would never see me again till I acquiesced in The youth excelling so in mien, his will, I also made a row, that I would never The maid in ev'ry grace of feature. cake a husband from his hand : nothing shall make Ob, how happy are such lovers, me break that oath: but, if you bave spirit and When kindred beauties each discovers! contrivance enough to carry me off without bis
For surely she knowledge, I'm yours.
Was made for thee, Isaac. Hum!
And thou to bless this lovely creature. Duenna. Nay, sir, if you hesitate
Isaac. I'faith, no bad whim this. If take her So mild your looks, your children thence at ber vord, I shall secure ber fortune, and avoid Will early learn the task of duty ; making any settlement in return : tbus, I shall not The boys with all their father's sense, only cbeat the lover, but the father too. Oh, The girls with all their mother's beauty.
Oh! how bappy to inberit
Jerome. She has her father's eyes.
bave been so. If she had her mother's spectacles, May fortune give
I believe she would not see the worse. [Aside. Each blessing equal to your merit!
Jerome. Her aunt Ursula's nose, and her grand[Ereunt. mother's forehead, to a hair.
Isaac. Ay, 'faith, and her grandfather's chin, to SCENE JII.-A Library. a hair.
Jerome. Well, if she was but as dutiful as she's JEROME and FERDINAND discovered. handsome-and hark ye, friend Isaac, she is none Jerome. Object to Antonio" I have said it : of your made-up beauties—her charms are of the his porerty, can you acquit him of that?
lasting kind. Ferd. Sir, I own he is not over rich; but he is Isaac. I'faith, so they should; for if she he but of as ancient and honourable a family as any in the twenty now, she may double her age before her kingdom.
years will overtake her face. Jerome. Yes, I know the beggars are a very an- Jerome. Why, zounds, Master Isaac! you are cient family in most kingdoms; but never in great not sneering, are you? repute, boy.
Isaac. Why now, seriously, Don Jerome, do you Ferd. Antonio, sir, has many amiable qualities. think your daughter handsome ? Jerome. But he is poor. Can you clear him of
Jerome. By this light, she's as bandsome a girl that, I say? Is he not a gay, dissipated rake, who as any in Seville. has squandered his patrimony?
Isaae. Then, by these eyes, I think her as plain Ferit. Sir, he inherited but little; and that, his a woman as ever I beheld. generosity, more than his profuseness, has stripped Jerome. By St. Iago, you must be blind. him of; but he has never sullied his honour, which, Isaac. No, no; 'tis you are partial. with his title, has outlived his means.
Jerome. How! have I neither sense nor taste ? Jerome. Pshaw! you talk like a blockbead ! No- If a fair skin, fine eyes, teeth of ivory, with a bility, without an estate, is as ridiculous as gold- lovely bloom, and a delicate shape,-if these, with lace on a frize coat.
a heavenly voice, and a world of grace, are not Ferd. This language, sir, would better become a charms, I know not wbat you call beautiful. Dutch or English trader, than a Spaniard.
Isaac. Good lack! with what eyes a father sees! Jerome. Yes; and those Dutch and English As I have life, she is the very reverse of all this. traders, as you call them, are the wiser people. As for the dimity skin you told me of, I swear, 'tis Why, booby, in England, they were formerly as as thorough nankeen as ever I saw! For her eyes, nice, as to birth and family, as we are ; but they their utmost merit is not squinting! For her have long discovered what a wonderful purifier teeth, where there is one of ivory, its neighbour gold is; and now, no one there regards pedigree is pure ebony; black and white alternately, just in anything but a horse. Oh, here comes Isaac ! like the keys of an harpsichord. Then, as to her I hope he has prospered in his suit.
singing, and heavenly voice-by this hand, she Ferd. Doubtless, that agreeable figure of his has a shrill, cracked pipe, that sounds, for all the must have helped his suit surprisingly.
world, like a child's trumpet. Jerome. How now? [FERDINAND walks aside. Jerome. Why, you little Hebrew scoundrel, do
you mean to insult me? Out of my house, I Enter Isaac. Well, my friend, have you softened her?
Ferd. Dear sir, what's the matter? Isaac. Ob, yes; I have softened her.
Jerome. Why, this Israelite here has the inpu. Jerome. What, does she come to ?
dence to say your sister's ugly. Isaac. Why, truly, she was kinder than I ex- Ferd. He must be either blind or insolent. pected to find her.
Isaac. So, I find they are all in a story. Egad, Jerome. And the dear little angel was civil, eh? I believe I have gone too far! Isaac. Yes, the pretty little angel was very
Ferd. Sure, sir, there must be some mistake : it civil.
can't be my sister whom he has seen. Jerome. I'm transported to hear it.
Jerome. 'Sdeath! you are as great a fool as he ! Isaac. Ay, and if all the family were transported, What mistake can there be? Did not I lock up it would not signify.
[ Aside. Louisa, and bav'n't I the key in my own pocket? Jerome. Well, and you were astonished at ber And didn't her maid show him into the dressingbeauty, eh?
room? And yet you talk of a mistake! No, the Isaac. I was astonished, indeed! Pray, bow old Portuguese meant to insult me! and, but that this is miss ?
roof protects him, old as I am, this sword should Jerome. How old ? Let me see- eight and do me justice. twelve: she is twenty.
Isaac. I must get off as well as I can: her forIsaac. Twenty?
tune is not the less handsome. Jerome. Ay, to a month. Isaac. Then, upon my soul, she is the oldest
DUET. looking girl of ber age in Christendom!
Jerome. Do you think so ? but, I believe, you Isaac. Believe me, good sir, I ne'er meant to will not see a prettier girl.
offend; Isusc. Here and there one.
My mistress I love, and I value my friend : Jerome. Louisa bas the family face.
To win her, and wed her, is still my Isaac. Yes, egad, I spould have taken it for a
request, family face, and one that has been in the family
For better, for worse, and I swear I don't some time, too.