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more---Oh, Fainwell! Where are thy promises Mrs Prim. No, alas! she's one of the unto free me from these vermin? Alas! the task godlv. was more difficult than he imagined !

Oba Prim. Pray thee, mind what this good

man will say unto thee; he will teach thee the A harder task than what the poets tell

way that thou shouldest walk, Anne. Of yore, the fair Andromeda betel;

Mrs Love. I know my way without his in She but one monster feared, l've four to fear, struction : I hoped to have been quiet when once And see no Perseus, no deliverer near. I had put on your odious formality here.

[Erit Mrs LOVELY Col. Then thou wearest it out of compulsion,

not choice, friend? Enter Servant, and whispers to Prim.

Mrs Love. Thou art in the right of it, friend. " Ser. One Simon Pure inquireth for thee.

Mrs Prim. Art thou not ashamed to mimic Per. The woman is mad.

[Erit. the good man? Ah, thou art a stubborn girl! Sir Phil. So you are all, in my opinion. [Erit. Col. Mind her not; she hurteth not me-If

Oba. Prim. Friend Tradelove, business requi- thou wilt leave her alone with me, I will discuss Teth my presence,

some few points with her, that may, perchance, Trade. Oh, I shan't trouble you--Pox take him soften her stubbornness, and melt her into comfor an unmannerly dog !---However, I have kept pliance. my word with my Dutchinan, and will introduce Oba. Prim. Content: I pray thee, put it home him too, for all you.

[Erit. to her. Come, Sarah, let us leave the good man

with her. Enter Colonel, in a quaker's habit.

Mirs Love. [Catching hold of Prim; he breaks Oba. Prim. Friend Pure, thou art welcome ; | loose, and erit.] What do you mean—to leave how is it with friend Holdfast, and all friends in me with this old enthusiastical canter? Don't Bristol? Timothy Littleworth, John Slenderbrain, think, because I complied with your formality, and Christopher Keepfaith?

to impose your ridiculous doctrine upon me. Col. A goodly company !---[Aside.)---They are Col. I pray thee, young woman, moderate thy all in health, I thank thee for them.

passion. Oba. Prim.' Friend Holdfast writes me word, Mrs Love. I pray thee, walk after thy leader; that thou camest lately from Pennsylvania. How you will but lose your labour upon me. These do all friends there?

wretches will certainly make me mad! Col. What the devil shall I say? I know just Col. I am of another opinion; the spirit tellas much of Pennsylvania, as I do of Bristol. eth me I shall convert thee, Anne.

[Aside.

Mrs Love. 'Tis a lying spirit; don't believe it. Oba. Prim. Do they thrive?

Col. Say'st thou so? Why, then, thou shalt Col. Yea, friend ; the blessing of their good convert me, my angel. (Catching her in his arms. works falis upon them.

Mrs Love. (Shrieks.] Ah! monster, hold off,

or I'll tear thy eyes ont. Enter MRS PRim and Mrs Lovely.

Col. Hush ! för Heaven's sake-dost thou not Obu. Prim. Sarah, know our friend Pure. know me? I am Fainwell. Mrs Prim. Thou art welcome.

Mrs Love. Fainwell! (Enter old Prom.] Oh,

[He salutes her. I'm undone! Prim here I wish, with all my Col. Here comes the sum of all my wishes-----soul, I had been dub! How charming she appears, even in that dis- Oba. Prim. What is the matter? Why did'st guise !

[Aside. thou sbriek out, Anne? Oba. Prim. Why dost thou consider the mai- Mrs Love, Shriek out! I'll shriek, and shriek den so attentively, friend?

again; cry murder, thieves, or any thing, to Col. I will tell thee: about four days ago I drown the noise of that eternal babbler, if you saw a vision---This very maiden, but in vain at leave me with him any longer. tire, standing on a precipice; and heard a voice, Oba. Prim. Was that all? Fy, fy, Anne! which called me by my name---and bid me put Col. No matter; I'll bring down her stomachi, forth my hand and save her from the pit---I did I'll warrant thee-—-Leave us, I pray thee. $0; and, methought, the damsel grew unto my Oba. Prim. Fare thee well.

[Erit. side.

Col. My charming, lovely woman! Mrs Prim. What can that portend?

[Embraces her. Oba. Prim. The damsel's conversion

Mrs Love. What meanest thou by this dispersuaded.

guise, Fainwell? Mirs Love. That's false, I'm sure [Aside. Col. To set thee free, if thou wilt perform thy

Oba. Prim. Wilt thou use the means, friend promise. Pure?

Nirs Love. Make me mistress of my fortune, Col. Means! What means? Is she not thy and make thy onn conditions. daughter, already one of the faithful?

Col. This night shall answer all my wishes.

I am

See here, I have the consent of three of thy Col. Take thou heed, friend, what thou dost guardians already, and doubt not bur Prim will say; I do affirm that I ain Simon Pare. make the fourth.

[Prom listening Sim. Pure. Thy nanie may be Pure, friend, but Oba. Prim. I would gladly hear what argu- not that Pure. ments the good man useth to bend her.

[Aside.

Col. Yea, that Pure, which my good friend, Mrs Love. Thy words give me new life, me- Aminadab Holdfast, wrote to my friend Prim thinks.

about; the same Simon Pure that came from Oba. Prim. What do I hear?

Pennsylvania, and sojourned in Bristol eleven Mrs Love. Thou best of men ! Heaven meant days—thou wouldst not take my name froin to bless me, sure, when I first saw thee.

me, wouldst thou ?till I have done with it. Oba. Prim. He hath mollified her.- -Oh,

[ Aside. wonderful conversion !

Sim. Pure. Thy name! I'm astonished ! Col. Ha! Prim listening.–No more, my love; Col. At what ? at thy own assurance ? we are observed; seem to be editied, and give [Going up to him, Simon Pure starts back. them hopes that thou wilt turn quaker, and leave Sim. Pure. Avaunt, Satan! approach me 1:ot; the rest to me. (Aloud.] I am glad to find that I defy thee and all thy works. thou art touched with what I said unto thee, Mrs Love. Oh, he'll outcant him-Undone, li'lAnne; another time I will explain the other ar

done for ever.

[Asude. ticle unto thee; in the mean while, be thou du- Col. Hark thee, friend, thy sham will not take tiful to our friend Priin.

-Don't exert thy voice; thou art too well acMrs Love. 'I shall obey thee in every thing. quainted with Satan to start at him, thou wicked

reprobate—What can thy design be here? Enter OBADIAH Prim. Oba. Prim. Oh, what a prodigious change

Enter a Servant, and gives Prim a letter. is here! - Thou hast wrought a miracle, friend! Oba. Prim. One of these must be a counterAnne, how dost thou like the doctrine he hath feit; but which, I cannot say. preached?

Col. What can that letter be? (Aside. Mrs Love. So well, that I could talk to him Sim. Pure. Thou must be the devil, friend, for ever, methinks—I am ashamed of my former that's certain; for no human power can stock so folly, and ask your pardon, Mr Prim.

great a falsehood. Col. Enough, enough, that thou art sorry; he Oba. Prim. This letter sayeth that thou art is no pope, Anne.

better acquainted with that prince of darkness Oba. Prim. Verily, thou dost rejoice me ex- than

any here.—Read that, I pray thee, Simon. ceedingly, friend; will it please thee to walk into

[Gives it to the Colonel. the next room, and refresh thyself—Come, Col. 'Tis Freeman's hand—[Reads.]. There take the maiden by the hand.

• is a design formed to rob your house this night, Col. We will follow thee.

• and cut your throat; and for that purpose there

' is a man disguised like a quaker, who is to Enter Servant.

pass for one Simon Pure; the gang, whereof I Ser. There is another Simon Pure inquireth am one, though now resolved to rob no more, for thee, master.

• has been at Bristol; one of them came in the Col. The devil there is!

[Aside. • coach with the quaker, whose name he hath Oba. Prim. Another Simon Pure! I do not • taken ; and, from what he hath gathered from know him. Is he any relation of thine?

• him, formed that design; and did not doubt but Col. No, friend; I know him not- -Pox take • he should so far impose upon you, as to make him! I wish he were in Pennsylvania again, you turn out the real Simon Pure, and keep with all my soul.

[Asidé. • him with you. Make the right use of this. Mrs Love. What shall I do? [Aside. • Adieu.' Excellent well !

[Aside. Oba. Prim. Bring him up.

Oba. Prim. Dost thou hear this? Col. Humph! then one of us must go down;

[To Simon Purr. that's certain. Now, impudence assist me! Sim. Pure. Yea, but it moveth me not; that,

doubtless, is the impostor. Enter Simon PURE.

[Pointing at the Colonel. Oba. Prim. What is thy will with me, friend? Col. Ah! thou wicked one-now I consider

Sim. Pure. Didst thou not receive a letter thy face, I remember thou didst come up in the from Aminadab Holdfast, of Bristol, concerning leathern conveniency with me—thou hadst a one Simon Pure ?

black bob wig on, and a brown camblet coat with Oba. Prim. Yea; and Simon Pure is already brass buttons. -Can'st thou deny it, ba? here, friend.

Sim. Pure. Yea, I can; and with a safe conCol. And Simon Pure will stay here, friend, if science, too, friend. it be possible.

Aside. Oba. Prim. Verily, friend, thou art the most Sim. Pure. That's an untruth; for I am he. impudent villain I ever saw.

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Mrs Love. Nay, then, I'll have a fling at him. / a change in our beloved Anne. I came to tell [Aside.)- I remember the face of this fellow at thee that supper stayeth for thee. Bath-Ay, this is he that picked my lady Raftle's Col. I am not disposed for thy food; my spirit pocket in the Grove-Don't you remember longeth for more delicious meat !-Fain would I that the mob pumped you, friend?---This is redeem this maiden from the tribe of sinners, the most notorious rogue

and break those cords asunder wherewith she is Sim. Pure. What does provoke thee to seek my bound-hum--life?- Thou wilt not hang me, wilt thou, wrong- Mrs Love. Something whispers in my ears, mefully?

thinks--that I must be subject to the will of ihis Oba. Prim. She will do thee no hurt, nor thou good man, and from him only must hope for shalt do me none; therefore, get thee about thy consolation.--hum.-It also telleth me, that I business, friend, and leave thy wicked course of am a chosen vessel to raise up seed to the faithlife, or thou mayest not conie off so favourably rul; and that thou must consent, that we two be

one flesh, according to the word-bumCol. Go, friend, I would advise thee; and Oba. Prim. What a revelation is here! This tempt thy fate no more.

is certainly part of thy vision, friend; this is the Sim. Pure. Yea, I will go; but it shall be to maiden's growing into thy side. Ah! with what thy confusion; for I shall clear myselt; I will willingness should I give thee my consent, could return with some proofs, that shall convince I give thee her fortune, too!- - but thou wilt pethee, Obadiah, that thou art highly imposed ver get the consent of the wicked oues. upon.

[Erit.

Col. I wish I was sure of yours. (Aside. Col. Then there will be no stay for me, that's Oba. Prim. My soul rejoiceth; yea, rejoiceth, certain- What the devil shall I do? [Aside. I say, to find the spirit within thee; for lo, it

Obu. Prim. K hat monstrous works of iniquity moveth thee with natural agitation-yea, with are there in this world, Simon !

natural agitation, towards this good pian-yea, Col. Yea, the age is full of vice- 'Sdeath, I am it stirreth, as one may say-yea, verily I say it so confounded, I know not what to say. [Aside. stirreth up thy inclination---yea, as one would

Oba: Prim. Thou art disordered, friend- -art stir a pudding, thou not well?

Mrs Love. I see, I see the spirit guiding of Col. Ny spirit is greatly troubled; and some thy band, good Obadiah Prim! and now behold thing telleth me, that though I have wronght a thou art signing thy consent;---and now I see good work in converting this maiden, this tender myself within thy arms, my friend and brother, inaiden, yet my labour will be in vain: for the vea, I am become bone of thy bone, and tiesh of evil spirit fohteih against her; and I see, yea I thy flesh. [Embracing him.}---bumsee with the eye of my inward man, that Satan Col. Adimirably pertornied! [Aside. ---And I will re-butiet her again, whenever I withdraw will take thee in all spiritual love tor an helpmyself from her; and she will, yea, this very mate, yea, for the wife'ot' my bosom- and damsel will, return again to that abomination from now, methinks- -I feel a longingwhence I have retrieved her, as if it were, yea, a longing, I say, for the consummation of thy as if it were out of the jaws of the fiend.

love, -yea, I do long exceedingly. Ola. Prim. Good lack! thinkest thou so? Mrs Love. And verily, verily, my spirit fecleth

Mıs Lore. I must second hiin. [-1 side.) What the same longing. meaneth this struggling within me? I feel the Mirs Prim. The spirit hath greatly moved spirit resisteth the vavitics of this world, but the them both---friend Prim, thou must consent; flesh is rebellious, yea, the fleshi--I greatly tear the there's no resisting of the spirit ! flesh, and the weakness thereof-hun

Oba. Prim. Yea, the light within showeth me Oba. Prim. The maid is inspired. [ Aside. that I shall fight a good tight---and wrestle

Col. Behold, her light begins to shine forth. through those reprobate tiends, thy other guarExcellent woman!

dians;

-yea, 1 perceive the spirit will hedge Mrs Love. This good man hath spoken com- thee into the flock of the righteous.---Thou art a fort unto me, yea comfort, I say; because the chosen lamb---yea, a chosen lamb, and I will not words which he hath breathed into my outward push thee back--No, I will not, I say;---10, thou ears, are gone through and tixed in mine bicart; | shalt leap-a, and frisk-a, and skip-a, and bound, yea, verily, in mine heart, I say; and I feel the and bound, I say,---yea, bound within the fold of spirit doth love hun exceedingly--hum

the righteousa -vca, even within thy fold, my Col. She acts it to the lite!

[Aside. brother.--Fetch me the pen and ink, Sarah--und Oba. Prim. Prodigious! The danisel is filled my hand shall confess its obedience to the spirit. with the spirit---Sarah.

Col. I wish it were over.

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Oba. Prim. Here, friend, do thou write what

Enter Servant. the spirit prompteth, and I will sign it.

(COLONEL sits down. Ser. Thy brother guardians inquire for thee; Mrs Prim. Verily, Anne, it greatly rejoiceth here is another man with them. me, to see thee reformed from that original Mrs Love. Who can that other man be? wickedness wherein I found thee.

[To the COLONEL. Mrs Love. I do believe thou art, and I thank Col. 'Tis one Freeman, a friend of mine, whom thee

I ordered to bring the rest of the guardians here. Col. [Reads.] . This is to certify all whom it

Enter Sir Puilip, TradeloVE, PERIWINKLE, may concern, that I do freely give all

my right

and FREEMAN. • and title in Anne Lovely to Siinon Pure, and

my full consent that she shall become his wife, Free. [To the COLONEL.] Is all safe? did my according to the form of marriage. Witness letter do you service? hand.'

Col. Ali, all's safe! ample service.

Aside. Oba Prim. That's enough; give me the pen. Sir Phi. Miss Nancy, how dost do, child?

[Signs it.

Nirs Love. Don't call me miss, friend Philip;

my name is Anne, thou knowest. Enter Betty, running to Mrs LOVELY. Sir Phi. What is the girl metamorphosed ? Betty. Oh! madam, madam, here's the quak- Mrs Love, I wish thou wert so metamorphoing man again; he has brought a coachman, and sed.-Ah! Philip, throw off that gaudy attire, two or three more.

and wear the clothes becoming thy age. Mrs Love. Ruined past redemption !

Oba. Prim. I am ashamed to see these men. [ Aside to COLONEL.

Aside. Col. No, no; one minute sooner had spoiled Sir Phi. My age! the woman is possessed. all; but now - here's company coming; Col. No, thou art possessed rather, friend. friend, give me the paper.

Trade. Hark ye, Mrs Lovely, one word with [Going up to Perm hastily. you.

[Takes hold of her hand. Oba. Prim. llere it is, Simon; and I wish thee Col. This maiden is my wife, thanks to friend happy with the maiden.

Prim, and thou hast no business with her. virs Love. 'Tis done; and now, devil, do thy

Takes her from him. worst!

Trade. Ilis wife! hark ye, Mr Freeman.

Per. Why, you have made a very fine piece of Enter Simon Pure, and Coachman, &c.

work of it, Mr Prim.

Sir Phi. Married to a quaker! thou art a fine S. Pure. Look thee, friend, I have brought fellow to be left guardian to an orphan, truly! these people, to satisfy thee that I am not that there's a husband for a young lady! impostor which thou didst take me for; this is Col. When I have put on my beau clothes, sir the man that did drive the leathern conveniency, Philip, you'll like me betterand brought me from Bristol; and this is

Sir Phi. Thou wilt make a very scurvy beauCol. Look ye, friend, to save the court the friendtrouble of examining witnesses, I plead guilty.--- Col. I believe I can prove it under your hand, Ha, ha!

that you thought me a very fine gentleman in the Oba. Prim. How's this? Is not thy name Pure, Park t’other day, about thirty-six minutes after then?

eleven; will

you take a pinch,'sir Philip? One of Col. No, really, sir; I only make bold with the timest snuif-boxes you ever saw. this gentleman's name--but I here give it up, safe

(Offers him snuff. and sound; it has done the business which I had Sir Phi. Ha, ha, ha! I am overjoyed, faith, I occasion for, and now I intend to wear my own, ain, if thou be'st the gentleman-I own I did give which shall be at his service upon the same occa- iny consent to the gentleinan I brought here tosion at any time. Ha, ha, ha!

day--but whether this is he, I can't be positive. S. Pure. Oh! the wickedness of the age ! Oba. Prim. Can’st thou not?—Now, I think Coachman. Then you have no further need of thou art a fine tellow to be left guardian to an

[Exit. orphan! Thou shallou-brained shuttlecock! he Col. No; honest man, you may go about your may be a pick-pocket for aught thou dost know. business.

Per. You would have been two rare tellows to Oba. Prim. I am struck dumb with thy impu- have been trusted with the sole management of dence. Anne, thou hast deceived me-and, per- her fortune---would ye not, think ye? But Mr chance, undone thyself.

Tradelove and myself shall take care of her porMírs Prim. Thou art a dissembling baggage, tion.and shamc will overtake thee.

Eril. Trade. Ay, ay; so we will.–Did not you tell S. Pure. I am grieved to see thy wife so much me the Dutch merchant desired me to meet him troubled: I will follow and console her. [Erit. here, Mr Freciau?

us.

Free. I did so, and I am sure he will be here, Per. I am certain I read as plain a lease as if you'll have a little patience.

ever I read in my life. Col. What! is Mr Tradelove impatient? Nay,

Col. You read a lease, I grant you; but you then, ik ben gereet voor you, heb be, Jan Van signed this contract. [Shewing a paper. Timtamtirelireletta Heer Van Fainwell, vergee

Per. How durst you put this trick upon me, ten!

Mr Freeman ? Did not you tell me my uncle Trade. Oh! pox of the name! what! have you was dying? tricked me, too, Mr Freeman?

Free. And would tell you twice as much to Col. Tricked, Mr Tradelove! did not I give serve my friend-ha, ha! you two thousand pounds for your consent fair- Sir Phi. What! the learned and famous Mr dy! And, now, do you tell a gentleman he has Periwinkle choused, too Ha, ha, ha!-I shall tricked you?

die with laughing--ha, ha, ha! Per. So, so, you are a pretty guardian, faith, Oba. Prim. It had been well if her father had to sell your charge! what! did you look upon her left her to wiser heads than thine and mine, as part of your stock?

friends--ba, ha, ha! Oba. Prim. Ha, ha, ha! I am glad thy knave- Trade. Well, since you have outwitted us all, ry is found out, however I confess the maiden pray you, what and who are you, sir? over-reached me, and I had no sinister end at Sir Phi. Sir, the gentleman is a fine gentleall.

inan.-I am glad you have got a person, maPer. Ay, ay, one thing or other over-reached dam, who understands dress and good-breeding. you all-but I'll take care he shall never finger a I was resolved she should have a husband of my penny of her money, I warrant you-Over-reach- choosing. ed, quoth’a! Why, I might have been over-reach- Oba. Prim. I am sorry the maiden has fallen ed, too, if I had had no more wit: I don't know into such bands. but this very fellow may be him that was direct- Trade. A beau! nay, then, she is finely helped ed to me from Grand Cairo t'other day. Ha, ha, up. ha!

Mrs Love. Why, beaux are great encouragers Col. The very same.

of trade, sir. Ha, ha, ha! Per. Are you so, sir? but your trick would not Col. Look ye, gentlemen; I am the person pass upon me.

who can give the best account of myself; and I Col. No, as you say, at that time it did not ; must beg sir Philip's pardon, when I tell him, that that was not my lucky hour—but, hark ye, sir, I have as much aversion to what he calls dress I must let you into one secret—you may keep ho- and breeding, as I have to the enemies of my renest John Tradescant's coat on, for your uncle ligion. I have had the honour to serve his masir Toby Periwinkle is not dead--so the charge jesty, and headed a regiment of the bravest fele of mourning will be saved-ha, ha, ha! Don't lows that ever pushed bayonet in the throat of a you remember Mr Pillage, your uncle's steward ? Frenchman; and, notwithstanding the fortune Ha, ha, ha!

this lady brings me, whenever my country wants Per. Not dead! I begin to fear I am tricked, my aid, this sword and arın are at her service.

Col. Don't you remember the signing of a lease, Therefore, my dear, if thou'lt but deign to smile, Mr Periwinkle?

I meet a recompense for all my toil. Per. Well; and what signifies that lease, if my Love and religion ne'er admit restraint, uncle is not dead ?-Ha! I am sure it was a lease And force makes many sinners, not one saint; I signed

Still free as air the active mind does rove, Col. Ay; but it was a lease for life, sir, and of And searches proper objects for its love; this beautiful tenement, I thank you.

But that once fixed, 'tis past the power of art [Taking hold of Mrs Lovely. To chase the dear idea from the heart : Omnes. Ha, ha, ha! Neighbour's fare.

'Tis liberty of choice that sweetens life, Free. So, then, I find you are all tricked-ba, Makes the glad husband, and the happy wife. ha!

[Exeunt omnes.

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