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Pat. I beg, my lord, you will suffer me to! Giles. If his lordship's honour would be so be gone: only believe me sensible of all your kind, I would acknowledge the favour as far favours, though unworthy of the smallest
. as in me lay. Lord A. How unworthy?-You merit every Sir H. Let me speak-[Takes Lord Aim thing; my respect, my esteem, my friendship, worth aside] a word or two, in your lord and my love !--Yes, I repeat, I avow it: your ship's ear, beauty, your modesty, your understanding, has Theo. Well, I do like this gipsy schem: made a conquest of my hear!. But what a prodigiously, if we can but put it into execu: world do we live in! ihat while I own this, tion as bappily as we have contrived it while I own a passion for you, founded on the justest, the noblest basis, I must at the
Re-enter PATTY. same time confess the fear of that world, its So, my dear Patty, you see I am come la taunts, its reproaches.
return your visit very soon; but this is on Pai. Ah, sir, think better of the creature a call en passant-will you be at home alt you have raised, than to suppose I ever en- dinner ? iertained a hope tending to your dishonour: Pat. Certainly, madam, whenever you conwould that be a return for the favours I bave descend to honour me so far: but it is wa received ? I am unfortunate, my lord, but not I cannot expect. criminal.
Theo. O'fie, why notLord A. Palty, we are both unfortunate: Giles. Your servant, miss Patty. for my own part, I know not what to say to Pat. Farmer, your servant. you, or what to propose to myself.
Sir H. Here, you goodman delver, I bax Pat. Then, my lord, 'tis mine to act as I done your business; my lord has spoke, a ought; yet while I am honoured with a place your fortune's made: a thousand pounds a in your esteem, imagine me not insensible of present, and better things to come; bis leri so high a distinction, or capable of lightly turn ship says he will be your friend. ing my thoughts towards another.
Giles. I do hope, then, miss Pat will make Lord A. How cruel is my situation!-I am all up. here, Palty, to command
Sir H. Miss Pat, make up; stand out of the man who bas given you so much uneasiness. way, I'll make it up.
Pat. My lord, I am convinced it is for your credit and my safety it should be so: I hope Quintetto.-SIR HARRY SYCAMORE, Lou I have not so ill profited by the lessons of AIMWORTH, Patty, Giles, and THEODOSIA your noble mother, but I shall be able to do Sir H. The quarrels of lovers, adds we my duty, wherever I am called to it: this will
they're a jest; be my first support; time and reflection will
Come bither, ye blockhead, com complete the work.
So now let us leave them together Cease, oh, cease to overwhelm me
Lord A. Farewell, then!
For ever! What am I? What have 1? tell me, Giles.
I vow and protes To deserve your meanest care ?
'Twas kind of his honour, 'Gainst our fate in vain's resistance,
To gain thus upon ber;
We're so much beholden it ca But, resign'd at humble distance,
be exprest. Offer vows for your repose.
[Exit, Theo, I feel something here, Enter Sir Harry SYCAMORE, THEODOSIA,
'Twixt hoping and fear:
Haste, haste, friendly night, and GILES.
To shelter our flightSir H. No justice of peace, no bailiffs, no Lord A. A thousand distractions are rebé head-borough!
ing my breast. Lord A. What's the matter, sir Harry ? Pat. Sir H. The matter, my lord-While I was Giles.
Oh dear! examining the construction of the mill with- Sir H. Why, miss, will you
mind out, for I have some small notion of mechan
you're spoke to, or not? ics, miss Sycamore had like to have been
Must I stand in waiting, run away with by a gipsy man,
While you're here a prating? Theo. Dear papa, how can you talk so? Did not I tell you it was at my own desire
Theo...} May ev'ry felicity fall to your de the poor
fellow went to show me the canal? Giles. She court'sies!-Look there, Sir H. Hold your tongue, miss. I don't
What a shape, wbat an air!know any business you had to let him come All. How happy! how wretched! bos near you at all: we have stayed so long too:
tir'd am I! your mamma gave us but half an hour, and
Your lordship's obedient; your ser she'll be frightened out of her wils— she'll think
vant; good by. some accident has happened to me.
ACT III. Lord A. I'll wait upon you when you please. Scene l.–The Portico to Lord AIM WORTI
Sir H. O! but, my lord, here's a poor fellow; it seems his mistress has conceived some
House. disgust against bim; pray has her father spoke Enter Lond AIMWORTH, Sır Habar, aks to you to interpose your authority in his be
LADY SYCAMORE. hall?
Lady S. A wretch! a vile inconsiderar
Ercus vretch! coming of such a race as mine; and sof borses in all England (but that he did only aving an example like me before her! now and then for his amusement)-And he
Lord A. I beg, madam, you will not disquiet used to say, my lord, that the female sex were courself: you are told here, that a gentleman good for nothing but to bring forth children, ately arrived from London bas been about and breed disturbances. he place to-day; that he has disguised him- Lord A. The ladies were very little obliged elf like a gipsy, came hither, and had some to your ancestor, sir Harry: but for my part, conversation with your daughter; you are I have a more favourable opinioneven told, that there is a design formed for Lady S. [Within] Sir Harry! Sir Harry! heir going off together; but possibly there Sir H. You are in the wrong, my lord: may be some mistake in 'all this.
with submission, you are really in the wrong. Sir H. Ay but, my lord, the lad tells us the
[Exit. gentleman's name: we have seen the gipsies;
Enter FAIRFIELD. und we know she has had a hankering
Lady S. Sir Harry, my dear, why will you Lord A. How now, master Fairfield, what put in your word, when you hear others brings you here? peaking-1 protest, my lord, I'm in such con- Fair. I am come, my lord, to thank you usion, I know not what to say: I can hardly for your bounty to me and my daughter this upport myself.
morning, and most humbly, to entreat your Lord A. This gentleman, it seems, is at a lordship to receive it at our hands again. ittle inn at the bottom of the bill.
Lord A. Ay-why, what's the matter? Sir H. I wish it was possible to have a file Fair. I don't know, my lord: it seems your f musketeers, my lord; I could head them generosity to my poor girl has been noised
yself, being in the militia; and we would go about the neighbourhood; and some evil-minded nd seize him directly.
people have put it into the young man's bead Lord A. Softly, my dear sir; let us proceed that was to marry her, that you never would rath a little less violence in this matter, I be- have made her a present so much above her each you. We should first see the young deserts and expectations, if it had not been idy-Where is miss Sycamore, madam ? upon some naughty account: now, my lord,
Lady S. Really, my lord, I don't know; II am a poor man 'tis true, and a mean one; aw her go into the garden about a quarter but I and my father, and my father's father, f an hour ago, from our chamber window. have lived tenants upon your lordship's estate,
Sir H. Into the garden! perbaps she has got where we have always been known for honest n inkling of our being informed of this affair, men; and it shall never be said, tha: Fairfield, nd is gone to throw herself into the pond. the miller, became rich in his old days, by the Despair, my lord, makes girls do terrible things. wages of his child's shame. I'was but the Wednesday before we left Lon- Lord A. What then, master Fairfield, do on, that I saw, taken out of Rosamond's- you believeond, in. St. James's Park, as likely a young Fair. No, my lord, no, beaven forbid: but roman as ever you would desire to set your when I consider the sum, it is too much for yes on, in a new callimancoe petticoat,' and us; it is indeed, my lord, and enough to make pair of silver buckles in her shoes. bad folks talk: besides, my poor girl is greatly
Lord A. I hope there is no danger of any alter'd; she us'd to be the life of every place och fatal accident happening at present; but she came into; but since her being at home, rill you oblige me, sir Harry?
I have seen nothing from her but sadness and Sir H. Surely, my lord
watery eyes. Lord A. Will you commit the whole direc- Lord A. The farmer then refuses to marry on of this affair' to my prudence ?
Patty, notwithstanding their late reconciliation? Sir H. My dear, you hear what his lordship Fuir. Yes, my lord, he does indeed; and Bys.
has made a wicked noise, and used us in a Lady S. Indeed, my lord, I am so much very base manner: I did not think farmer sbam'd, I don't know what to answer; the Giles would have been so ready to believe sult of my daughter
such a thing of us. Lord A. Don't mention it, madam; the fault Lord A. Well, master Fairfield, I will not as been mine, who have been innocently the press on you a donation, the rejection of which ccasion of a young lady's transgressing, a does you so much credit; you may take my oint of duty and decorum, which otherwise word, however, that your fears upon this oche would never have violated. But if you, casion are entirely groundless; but this is not nd sir Harry, will walk in and repose your- enough; as I have been the means of losing elves, I hope to settle every thing to the ge-your daughter one husband, it is but just eral satisfaction.
should get her another; and, since the farmer Lady S. Come in, sir Harry. (Exit. is so scrupulous, there is a young man in the
Lord A. I am sure, my good friend, had I house here, whom I have some influence over, nown that I was doing a violence to miss and I dare say he will be less squeamish. Sycamore's inclinations, in the happiness I Fair. To be sure, my lord, you have, in roposed to myself,
all honest ways, a right to dispose of me and Sir H. My lord, 'tis all a case_My grand- mine as you think proper. ather, by the mother's side, was a very sen- Lord A. Go then immediately, and bring ble man-he was elected knight of the shire Patty hither ; I shall not be easy till I have
fave successive parliaments, and died high given you entire satisfaction. But, stay and heriff of his couniya man of fine parts, fine take a letter, which I am stepping into my leots, and one of the most curiousest docker study to write: I'll order a chaise to be got ready, that you may go back and forward, pretending, you were struck blind by thund with greater expedition. [Exit Fairfield. and lightning.
Fan. Pray don't be angry, Ralpb. AIR.
Ralph. Yes, but I will though: spread yo
Teach to servile minds your law; and don't value them a button.
When you meet a tender creature,
Neat in limb, and fair in feature; While it beats, all fervent, glowing ? Full of kindness and good nature, With my life I'll sooner part.
Prove as kind again to she:
Happy mortal lo possess ber!
In your bosom warm and press her;
Morning, noon, and night caress ber, Fan. Ralph, Ralph!
And be fond as fond can be.
But if one you meet that's frow-ard, you are, since I com'd into the world; a body
Saucy, jilting, and untow-ard, can't speak to you, but you falls straightway's
Should you act the wbining coward,
'Tis to mend her ne'er the wit:: into a passion: I followed you up from the house, only you run so, there was no such a
Nothing's tough enough to bind her;
Then agog when once you find ber, thing, as overtaking you, and I have been waiting ihere at the back door ever so long.
Let her go and never mind ber; Ralph. Well, and now you may go and
Heart alive, you're fairly quit. TE: wait ai the fore door, if you like it: but I fore- Fan. I wish I had a draught of water
. warn you and your gang not to keep lurk- don't know what's come orer me; I base 1 ing about our mill any longer; for if you do, more strength than a babe: a straw word I'll send the constable after you, and bave fling me down. He has a heart as hardı you, every mother's skin, clapt into the county any parish oflicer; I don't doubt now but ! gaol: you are such a pack of thieves, one can't would stand by and see me whipt bimet bang, so much as a rag to dry for you: it was and we shall all be whipt, and all through a but the other day that a couple of them came means-The devil run away with the genke into our kitchen to beg a handful of dirty flour, man, and his twenty, guineas too, for leada to make them cakes, and before the wench me astray: if I had known Ralph would be could turn about, they had whipped off thrce taken it so, I would have hanged myself to brass candlesticks and a pot-lid.
fore I would have said a word - but I though Fan. Well, sure it was not I.
he had no more gall than a pigeon. Ralph. Then you know, that old rascal that you call father, the last time I catch'd him
A IR. laying snares for the bares, I told him I'd in- 0! what a simpleton was I, form the gamekeeper, and I'll expose all- To make my bed at such a rate! Fan. Ah, dear Ralph, don't be angry with Now lay thee down, vain fool, and cry,
Thy truelove secks another mate. Ralph. Yes, I will be angry with you-wbat
No tears, alack, do you come nigh me for? _You shan't touch
Will call him back, me-There's the skirt of my coat, and if you
No tender words his heart allure; do but lay a finger on it, my lord's bailiff is
I could bite here in the court, and I'll call him and give
My tongue through spiteFan. If you'll forgive me, I'll go down on
Some plague bewitch'd me, that's for sex
SCENE III. - A Room in FAIRFIELD'S Hous Ralph.. I tell you I won't-No, no, follow your gentleman; or go live upon your old Enter Giles, followed by Patty and
THEODOSIA. fare, crows and polecals, and sheep. tbat die of the rot; pick ihe dead fowl off the dung- Giles. Why, what the plague's the main bills, and quench your thirst at the next ditch, with you? What do you scold at me feel 'tis the filtest liquor to wash down such dain- am sure I did not say an uncivil word ties—skulking about from barn to barn, and do know of: I'll be judged by the young lying upon wet straw, on commons, and in if I did. green lanes--go and be wbipt from parish to Pat. 'Tis very well, farmer; all I desire parish, as you used to bc.
that you will leave the house: you see Fan. How can you talk so unkina ? father is not at home at present; when be Ralph. And see whetber you will get what if you have any thing to say, you know whe will keep you as I did, by telling of fortunes, to come. and coming with pillows under your apron, Giles. Enough said; I don't want to among
the young farmers wives, to make be in the house, not I; and I don't much or lieve you are a breeding, with the Lord Al- if I had never come into it. mighty bless you, sweet mistress, you cannot Theo. For sbame, farmer! Down on tell how soon it may be your own case. You knees, and beg miss Fairfield's pardon for know I am acquainted with all your tricks outrage you have been guilty of. and how you turn up the whites of your eyes,
Giles. Beg pardon, miss, for what?-14
you to him.
that's well enough ; why I am my own master, and equip myself—All here is in such conben't I?-If I have no mind to marry, there's fusion, there will no notice be taken. 10 barm in that, I hope: ’lis only changing Mer. Do so; I'll take care nobody shall inlands. This morning she would not have me, terrupt you in the progress of your metamorind now I won't have she.
phosis (She goes in]- and if you are not Pat. Have you!— Heavens and earth! Hiedious, we may walk off without being seen vould prefer a state of beggary, a thousand by any one. imes beyond any thing I could enjoy with Theo. [Within] Ha, ha, ha!-What a conou: and be assured, it ever I was seemingly course of atoms are here! though, as I live, onsenting to such a sacrifice, nothing should they are a great deal better than I expected. are compelled me to it but the cruelty of my Mer. Well, pray niake haste; and don't luation.
imagine yourself at your toilette now, where Giles. O, as for that I believes you; but mode prescribes two hours for what reason ou see the gudgeon would not bite, as I told would'scarce allow three minutes. du a bit agone, you know: we farmers never Theo. Have patience; the outward garment we to reap what we don't sow.
is on already; and I'll assure you a very good Pat. You brutish fellow, how dare you talk-stuff, only a little the worse for the mending. Giles. So, now she's in her tantrums agin, Mer. Imagine it embroidery, and consider ad all for no manner of yearthly thing. it is your wedding-suit.-Come, how far have Pat. But be assured my lord will punish you got? la severely for daring to make free with bis Theo. Stay; you don't consider there's some
contrivance necessary:-Here goes the apron, Giles. Who made free with it? Did I ever founced and furbelow'd with a witness-Alas! ention my lord ? 'Tis a cursed lie. alas! it has no strings! what shall I do? Come, Theo, Bless me, farmer!
no matter; a couple of pins will serve - And Giles. Why it is, miss-and I'll make her now the cap-oh, mercy! here's a hole in the ove her words-Then what does she mean crown of it large enough to thrust my head being punished ? I am not afraid of nobo-through.
nor beholding to nobody, that I know of; Mer. That you'll hide with your straw hat; ile I pays my rent, my money, I believe, or if you should not-What, not ready yet? as good as another's: 1) 'egad, if it goes Theo. One minute more - - Yes, now the re, I think there be those deserve to be work's accomplish’d. nished more than I.
[She comes out of the Closet disguised. Pat. Was there ever so unfortunate a creae, pursued as I am by distresses and vexa- Re-enter GILES, with FAIRFIELD.
Mer. Plague, bere's somebody coming. Theo. My dear Palty – See, farmer, you
[Retires with Theodosia. le thrown her into tears.
Fair. As to the past, farmer, 'tis past; I Siles. Why then let her cry.
bear no malice for any thing thou hast said. Theo. Pray be comforted.
Giles. Why, master Fairfield, you do know
I bad a great regard for miss Patly; but when AIR.--PATTY.
I came to consider all in all, I finds as how leave me, in pity! The falschood I scorn; it is not advisable to change my condition for slander the bosom unlainted defies: | rudeness and insult are not to be borne, Fair. Friend Giles, thou art in the right; Though offer'd by wretches we've sense to marriage is a serious point, and can't be con
despise. [Exit Theodosia. sidered too warily:-Ha, who bave we here? woman defenceless how cruel the fate! -Shall I never keep my house clear of these 'ass ever so cautious, so blameless her way, vermin?-Look to the goods there, and give nature and envy Jurk always in wait, me a horsewhip-by the lord Harry, I'll make nd innocence falls to their fury a prey. an example-Come here, lady Ligbifingers, let
[Exit. me see what thou hast stolen.
Mer. Hold, miller, hold ! Re-enter THEODOSIA, with Mervin.
Fair. O gracious goodness! sure I know "heo. You are a pretty gentleman, are not this face - miss - young madam Sycamore
to suffer a lady to be at a rendezvous Mercy heart, here's a disguise! vre you?
Theo. Discover'd! ler. Difficulties, my dear, and dangers
Mer. Miller, let me speak to you. le of the company had two suits of apparel;
Theo. What ill fortune is this! I was obliged to purchase a rag of one,
Giles. Ill fortune-miss! I think there be a taller from another, at the expense or nothing but crosses and misfortunes of one times the sum they would fetch at the kind or other. er-mill.
Fair. Money to me, sir! not for the world, heo. Well, where are they?
you want no friends but what you have aller. Here, in this bundle - and though I ready-Lack-a-day, lack-a-day, see how luckily il, a very decent habiliment, if you have I came in; I believe you are the gentleman to enough to stick the parts togeiher: I've whom I am charged to give this, on the part I watching till the coast was clear to bring of my lord Aimworth - Bless you, dear 'sir,
go up to his honour with my young lady'heo. Let me see—I'll slip into this closet there is a chaise wailing at the door to carry
you-I and my daughier will take another Symptoms of English liberty.
n to you.
Mer. Prythee read this letter, and tell me Fair. My lord, I am very well content ; what you think of it.
pray do not give yourself the trouble sas Theo. Heavens, 'tis a letter from lord Aim-ing any more. worth! We are betrayed.
Ralph. No, my lord, you need not sa Mer. By what means I know not.
any more. Theo. I am so frighted and flurried, that I Fair. Hold your tongue, sirrah. have scarce strength enough to read it. [Reads. Lord A. I am sorry, Patty, you have bat
Sir, — It is with the greatest concern I this mortification, find that I have been unhappily the occa- Pat. I am sorry, my lord, you have been sion of giving some uneasiness to you and troubled about it. miss Sycamore: be assurd, had I been ap- Fair. Well, come, children, we will tal prised of your prior pretensions, and the take up his honour's time any longer; let u young lady's disposition in your favour, I be going towards honie-Heaven prosper you should have been the last person to inter- lordship; the prayers of me and my famit rupt your felicity. I beg, sir, you will do shall always atiend you. me the favour to come up to my house, Lord A. Miller, come back-Patty, staywhere I have already so far settled mat- Fair. Has your lordship any thing further ters, as to be able to assure you, that every to command us? thing will go entirely to your satisfaction. Lord A. Why yes, master Fairfield, 1 bav
Mer. Well, what do you think of it?- a word or two still to say to you- In sberi, Shall we go to the castle ?
though you are satisfied in this affair, 1 a Theo. By all means: and in this very trim; not; and you seem to forget the promise ! to show what we are capable of doing, if my made you, that, since I had been the menu father and mother had not come to reason. of losing your daughter one husband, I wou.
[Exeunt Mervin and Theodosia. find her another. Giles. So, there goes a couple! Icod, I be- Fair. Your bonour is to do as you pleas lieve old Nick has got among the people in Lord A. What say you, Patly, will you
This is as queer a thing as ever accept of a busband of my choosing?. I heard of.- Master Fairfield and miss Patty, Pat. My lord, I have no determination: it seems, are gone to the castle too; where, you are the best judge how I ought to ad by what 1 larns from Ralph in the mill, my whatever you command, I shall obey
. lord bas promised to get her a husband among Lord A. Then, Palty, there is but one per the servants. Now set in case the wind sets son I can offer you—and I wish, for you in that corner, I have been thinking with my- sake, he was more deserving-Take me self who the plague it can be: there are no Pat. Sir! unmarried men in the family, that I do know Lord A. From this moment our interes of, excepting little Bob, the postillion, and are one, as our hearts; and no earthly power master Jonathan, the butler, and he's a mat-shall ever divide us. ter of sixty or seventy years old. I'll be shot Fair. O the gracious! Palty-my lordif it beant little Bob.-Icod, I'll take the way Did I hear right?--You, sir, you marry ? to the castle as well as the rest; for I'd fain child of mine! see how the nail do drive. It is well I had Lord A. Yes, my honest old man, in n: wit enough to discern things, and a friend to you behold the husband designed for your advise with, or else she would have fallen to daughter; and I am happy, that by, standing my lot.—But I have got a surfeit of going a in the place of fortune, who has alone been courting; and burn me if I won't live a ba- wanting to her, I shall he able to set be chelor; for when all comes to all, I see no- merit in a light where its lustre will be rething but ill blood and quarrels among folk dered conspicuous. that are maaried.
Fair. But good, noble sir, pray consider
don't go to put upon?) a silly old man: E Then hey for a frolicsome life! daughier is unworthy—Patty, child, why dos? I'll ramble where pleasures are rife;
you speak? Strike up with the free-hearted lasses, Pai. What can I say, father? what a And never think more of a wife,
swer to such unlook'd-for, such unmerited Plague on it, men are but asses, such unbounded generosity? To run after noise and strife,
Ralph. Down on your knees, and fall : Had we been together buckl'd;
crying 'Twould have prov'd a fine affair :
[Ralph is checked by Fairfield, and the Dogs would have bark'd at the cuckold;
.80 up the Stage. And boys, pointing, cry'd-Look ibere ! Pat. Yes, sir, as my father says, consider
[Exit. - your noble friends, your relations-It mus
not, cannot beSCENE IV.- A grand Apartment in LORD Lord A. It must and shall-Friends! relt
AIMWORTH's House, opening to a View lions! from benceforth I have none, that wil of the Garden.
not acknowledge you; and I am sure
, when Enter Lord Almworth, Fairfield, Patty, they will rather admire the justice of my choice,
they become acquainted with your perfection, and Ralph.
than wonder at its singularity. Lord A. Thus, master Fairfield, I hope I have fully satisfied you with regard to the Duett.-LORD AIMWORTH and PATTI falsity of the imputation thrown upon your Lord A. My life, my joy, my blessing, daughter and me
1) To take advantage, to deceive,