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Decks'our cells, at set of sun; decked in silks, my brave maid, and have
Worn with toil, with sleep opprest, house drawn with horses to carry you.
I press my mossy bed, and sink to rest. Yar. Nay, do not laugh at me-but is it
Then, once more, I see our train,

Inkle. li is, indeed!
With all our chace renew'd again:

Yar. Oh, wonder! I wish my country
Once more, 'tis day,

men could see me-But won't

your warri

kill us?
Once more, our prey,
Gnashes his angry teeth, and foams

Inkle. No, our only danger, on land, is hi

Yar. Then let us retire further into in vain. Again, in sullen haste, he flies,

cave. Come--your safety is in my keepin Ta'en in the foil, again he lies,

Inkle. I follow you-Yet, can you run se
Again he roars-and, in

risque in following me?
my slumbers,
dies.

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Inkle. Our language!

Inkle. O say, simple maid, have you for Trudge. Zounds, she has thrown me into

any notion a cold sweat.

of all the rude dangers in cross Yarico. Hark! I heard a noise! Wowski,

the ocean? awake! whence can it proceed?

When winds whistle shrills, i [She wakes Wowski, and they both come

won't they remind you, forward Yarico lowards Inkle;

To sigb, with regrel, for the ! Wowski towards Trudge.

left behind you? Yar. Ah! wbat form is this?--are you a man? Yar. Ab! no, I could follow, and sail

Inkle. True flesh and blood, my charming heathen, I promise you.

Nor think of my grot, when I Yar. What harmony in his voice! what a

at my lover! shape! How fair his skin too!- [Gazing.

The winds which blow round Trudge. This must be a lady of quality, by

your arnis for my pillow her staring.

Will lull us to sleep, whilst Yar. Say, stranger, whence come you?

rock'd by each billow. Inkle. From a far distant island; driven on Both. O say then, my true love, we ne this coast by distress, and deserted by my

will sunder, companions.

Nor shrink from the tempest, 1 Yar. And do you know the danger that

dread the big thunder: surrounds you here? our woods are filled

While constant, we'll laugh with beasts of prey-my countrymen, too

changes of weather, (yet, I think they couldn't find the heart)

And journey, all orer the war might kill you. — It would be a pity if you

both together. fell in their way - I think I should' weep if Trudge. Why, you speak English as you came to any harm.

as I, my little Wowski. Trudge. O bo! it's time, I see, to begin Wows. Iss. making interest with the chambermaid. Trudge. Iss! and you learnt it from a strat

[Takes Wowski apart. man, that tumbled from a big boat, Inkle. How wild and beautiful! sure, there's moons ago, you say ! magic in her shape, and she has rivelled me Wows. Iss – teach me-teach good mar to the place. But where shall I look for sa- Trudge. Then, what the devil made les fety ? let me fly, and avoid my death. surpris'd at seeing us! was be like me? [F

Yar. Ob! no-But-[as if puzzled) well shakes her head] Not so smart a body, m then, die stranger, but, don't depart. - But I bap. Was his face, now, round, and care will try to preserve you, and if you are kill-and-eh! [Stroking his chin] Was it i ed, Yarico must die too! Yet, 'liš I alone can mine? save you: your death is certain without ny Wows. Like dead leaf-brown and skrit assistance; and indeed, indeed, you shall not Trudge. Oh, oh, an old shipwrecked sal want it.

I warrant. With white and grey bar, Inkle. My kind Yarico! what means, then, my pretty beauty spot? must be used for my safety?

Wows. Iss; all white. When night can Yar. My care must conceal you: none enter be put it in pocket. it, since my father was slain in battle. I will Irudge. Oh! wore a wig. But the old bring you food, by day, then lead you to our taught you something more than English unfrequented groves, by moonlight, to listen believe. to the nightingale. If you should sleep, I'll Wows. Iss. watch you, and wake you when there's danger. Trudge. The devil he did! Whal wat Inkle. Generous maid! then, to you I will

Wows. Teach me put dry grass, red owe my life; and whilst it lasts, nothing shall in hollow while stick. part us.

Trudge. Aye, what was that for? Yar. And shan't it, shan't it indeed? Wows. Put in my mouth-go poft, pak

Inkle. No, my Yarico! for, when an op- Trudge. Zounds! did he teach you to sta portunity offers to return to my country, you

Wows. Iss. shall be my companion.

Trudge. And what became of him at la Yar. What! cross the seas !

What did your countrymen do for the Inkle. Yes. Help me to discover a vessel, fellow? and you shall enjoy wonders. You shall be Wows. Eat him one day–Our chief kill ti

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Trudge. Mercy on us! what damned sto- a little after their spouses. Well, as my master nachs, to swallow a tough old tar! though, seems king of this palace, und has taken his or the matter of that, there's many of our Indian queen already, I'll e'en be usher of the aptains would eat all they kill, I believe! Ah, black rod here. But you have had a lover or voor Trudge! your killing comes next. Iwo in your time; eh, Wowski?

[Anxiously. Wows. Oh iss-great many-I tell you. Wows. No, no-not you-no

[Running to him. Trudyc. No? why what shall I do, if I get Wows. Wampum, Swampum, Yanko, Lann their paws?

ko, Nanko, Pownalowski, Wows. I fight for you!

Black men-plenty-wenty-fight Trudge. Will you? ecod she's a brave, ood-natured, wench! she'll be worth a hun

White man, woo you true? red of your English wives — Whenever they Trudge. Who? ght on their husband's account, it's with him Wows. You astead of for him, I fancy. But how the Trudge. Yes, pretly little Wowski ! lague am I to live here?

Wows. Then, I leave all and follow thee. iVows. I feed you bring you kid.

Trudge. Oh then turn about, my little White man, never go away

tawny tight one!

Don't
Tell me why need you?

like me?

you Stay, with your Wowski, stay:

Wows. Iss, you're like the snow!
Wowsky' will feed you.

If you slight one.

Trudge. Never, not for any white one: Cold moons are now coming in:

You are beautiful as any sloe. Ah don't go grieve me!

Wows. Wars, jars, scars, can't expose ye, I'll wrap you in leopard's skin:

In our grot-
White man, don'i leave me.

Trudge: So snug and cosey !
And when all the sky is blue,

Wows. Flowers neatly
Sun makes warm weather,

Pick'd shall sweetly
I'll catch you a cockatoo,

Make your bed.
Dress you in fealher.

Trudge. Coying, toying,
When cold comes, or when 'tis hot

With a rosy posey,
Ah don't go grieve me!

When I'm dosey,
Poor Wowski will be forgot-

Bear-skin night-caps, too, shall White man, don't leave me!

warm my head. Trudge. Zounds! leopard's skin for winter Bolh, Bear-skin night-caps, etc. etc. vear, and feathers for a summer's suit! Ha,

[Exeunt. là ! I shall look like a walking bammer-cloth, t Christmas, and an upright shuttlecock, in

АСТ II. he dog-days. And for all this, if my master Scene I.--The Quay at Barbadoes. nd I find our way to England, you shall be vart of our travelling equipage; and, when I

Enter several PLANTERS. et there, I'll give you a couple of snug rooms,

1st Plant. I saw her this morning, gentlein a first floor, and visit you every evening men, you may depend on't. My telescope s soon as I come from the counting house. never fails me. I pop'd upon her as I was Do you like it?

taking a peep, from my balcony. A brave Wows. Iss.

tight ship, I tell you, bearing down directly Trudge. Damme, what a flashy fellow 1 for Barbadoes here. hall seem in the city! I'll get her a white 2d Plant. Ods my life! rare news! We oy?) to bring up the tea-kettle. Then I'll have not had a vessel arrive in our barbour each you to write and dress hair.

these six weeks. Wows. You great man in your country? 3d Plant. And the last brought only madam

Trudge. Oh yes, a very great man. I'm Narcissa, our Governor's daughter, from Engead clerk of the counting-house, and first land; with a parcel of lazy, idle, white folks alet-de-chambre of the dressing-room. Ipounce about her. Such cargoes will never do for archments, powder hair, black shoes, ink pa- our trade, neighbour. er, shave beards, and mend pens. But, bold; 4th Plant. No, no: we want slaves. A ter

bad forgot one material point-you arn'i frible dearth of 'em in Barbadoes, lately! but aarried, I hope?

your dingy, passengers for my money. Give Wows. No:

you
my chum-chum!

me a vessel like a collier, where all the lading Trudge. So I will. It's best, however, to tumbles out as black as my hat. But are you ve sure of her being single; for Indian hus- sure, now, you aren't mistaken? ands are not quite so complaisant as English

[To 1st Planter. nes, and the vulgar dogs might thing of looking 1st Plant, Mistaken! 'sbud, do you doubt 2) In the time when people casily made great fortunes, my glass? I can discover a gull by it six lea

in a short time, in the Indies, it was customary for gues off: I could see every ibing as plain as these persons to bring over with them a black boy to if I was on board. wait al table, and act as lady's foolman, (probably 2d Plant. Indeed! and what were her cofrom the idea that they would make better seryants, as not having the same ideas of liberty as an English

lours? servant) so that Trudge's idea of having a white boy 1st Plant. Um! why English--or Dutch for black Wowski makes a laughable contrast, not

or French–I don't exactly remember. only of the lady with that of the buy; but also the custom that was, with that he pretended to introduce.

3d Plant. What were ibe sailors aboard ?

be

my favour.

mum.

1st Plant. Eh! why they were English tool Patty. Not I, ma'am, not I. But, if our -or Dutch-or French-I can't perfectly re-voyage from England was so pleasant, it collect.

wasn't owing to Mr. Inkle, I'm certain. He 4th Plant. Your glass, neighbour, is a little didn't play the fiddle in our cabin, and dance like a glass to much: it makes you forget on the deck, and come languishing with a every thing you ought to remember. glass of warm water in his hand, when we

[Cry without, A sail, a sail. were seasick. Ah, ma'am, that water warn'd 1st Plant. Egad, but I'm right tbo'. Now, your beart, I'm confident. Mr. Inkle; no, no gentlemen!

Captain CamAll. Aye, aye; the devil take the bindmost. Nar. There is no end to this! Remember,

[Exeunt, hastily. Patty, keep your secrecy, or you entirely los Enter NARCISSA and Party.

Patly. Never fear me, ma'am. But if some. Nar. Freshly now the breeze is blowing; body I know is not acquainted with the

As yon ship at anchor rides, governor, there's such a thing as dancing a Sullen waves, incessant flowing, balls, and squeezing hands when you lead un Rudely dash against the sides: and squeezing them again when you cast dovt

, So my heart, its course impeded, and walking on the quay in a morning. O

Beats in my perturbed breast; I won't ulter a syllable. [Archly] But i Doubts, like waves by waves succeeded, member, I'm as close as a patch-bos. Me

Rise, and still deny it rest. the word, ma'am, I promise you. Patly. Well, ma'am, as I was saying- This maxim let ev'ry one hear,

Nar. Well, say no more of what you were Proclaim'd from the north to the south: saying-Sure, Patty, you forget where you Whatever comes in at your ear, are: å little caution will be necessary now,

]

Should never run out at your mouth. think.

We servants, like servants of state, Patty. Lord, madam, how is it possible to Should listen to all, and be dumb; help talking? We are in Barbadoes, here, to Let others harangue and debate, be sure-but then, ma'am, one may let out a We look wise--sbake our heads, -and are little in a private morning's walk by ourselves.

Nar. Nay, it's the same thing with you indoors.

[for a gown.

The judge in dull dignity drest, Patty. I never blab, ma'am, never, as hopc

In 'silence hears barristers preach; Nar. And your never blabbing, as you call

And then, to prove silence is best, it, depends chiefly on that hope, I believe. He'll get up, and give them a speech. The unlocking my chest, locks up all your

By saying but little, the maid faculties. An old silk gown makes you turn

will keep her swain under her thumb; your back on all my secrets; a large bonnet

And the lover that's true to his trade, blinds your eyes; and a fashionable high hand

Is certain to kiss, and cry mum. [Eco kerchief covers your ears, and stops your Nar. Ilow awkward is my present situaties mouth at once, Pally.

promised to one, who, perhaps, may nere Patty. Dear ma'am, how can you think a again be heard of; and wbo, I am sure

, i body so mercenary! am I always teasing you he ever appears to claim me, will do it mer about gowns

and
gew-gaws,

and fal-lals and ly on the score of interest-pressed too finery? Or do you take me for a conjuror, another, who has already, I fear, too much that nothing will come out of my mouth but interest in my heart—what can I do? W2 ribbons? I have told the story of our voyage, plan can I follow? indeed, to old Guzzle, the butler, who is very inquisitive; and, between ourselves, is the ug

Enter CAMPLEY. liest old quiz I ever saw in my life.

Camp. Follow my advice, Narcissa, by a Nar. Well, well, I have seen him; pitted means.' Enlist with me, under the best bar with the small-pos, and a red face.

ners in the world. General Hymen for Putty. Right, ma'am. It's for all the world money ! little Cupid's bis drummer: he like his master's cellar, full of holes and li- been beating a round rub-a-dub on our heart quor. But, when he asks me what you and and we have only to obey the word of cof I think of the matter, why I look wise, and mand, fall into the ranks of matrimony, cry, like other wise people who have nothing march through life together. to say-All's for the best.

Nar. Then consider our situation, Nar. And, thus, you lead him to imagine I, Camp. That has been duly considered

. am but little inclined to the match. short, the case stands exactly thus - Four

Patty. Lord, ma'am, how could that be? tended spouse is all for money: I am all Why, I never said a word about Captain love: he is a rich rogue: I am rather a Campley.

honest fellow. He would pocket your fortune Nar. Hush! hush, for heaven's sake. I will take you without a fortune in your

Patty. Ay! there it is now.-There, ma'am, pocket. I'm as mulé as a mackarel — Тbat name stri- Nar. Oh! I am sensible of the favour, mod kes me dumb in a moment. I don't know gallant Captain Campley; and my father, ** bow it is, but Caplain Campley some how doubt, will be very much obliged to you or other has the knack of stopping my mouth Camp: Aye, there's the devil of it! Se oftener than any body else, ma'am.

Christopher Curry's confounded good charte Nar. His name again! - Consider. - Never ter-knocks me up at once. Yet I am sa mention it; I desire you.

acquainted with him, neither; not knowo »

a por

uim, even by sight; being here only as a pri- Why turn shilly-shally lover,
ate gentleman on a visit to my old relation, Only to prolong my pain?
rut of regimentals, and so forth; and not in-
roduced to the Governor as other officers of

When we woo the dear enslaver, be place: but then the report of his hospita

Boldly ask, and she will grant; ity-his odd, blunt, whimsical, friendship-his

How should we obtain a favour, vhole behaviour

But by telling what we want?
Nar. All stare you in the face, eh, Campley? Should the nymph be found complying,

Camp. They do, till they put me out of Nearly then the battle's won;
ountenance: but then again, when I stare

Parents think 'tis vain denying, ou in the face, I can't think I have any rea- When half the work is fairly done. on to be ashamed of my proceedings-I stick

[Exeunt. ere, between my love and my principle, like song between a toast and a sentiment.

Enter Trudge and Wowski, as from the Nar. And, if your love and your principle

ship; with a dirty Runner from one of vere put in the scales, you doubt which would

the inns. veigh most?

Camp. Oh, no! I should act like a rogue, Run. This way, sir; if you will let me re-
ind let principle kick the beam: for love, Nar-commend
issa, is as heavy as lead, and, like a bullet Trudge. Come along, Wows! Take care
rom a pistol, could never go through the of your furs, and your feathers, my girl.
leart, if it wanted weight.

Wows. Iss.
Nar. Or rather like the pistol itself, that Trudge. That's right. --Somebody might
ften goes off without any harm done. 'Your steal 'em perhaps.
ire must end in smoke, I believe.

Wows. Steal!- What that? Camp. Never, whilst

Trudge. Oh, lord! see what one loses, by Nar. Nay, a truce to protestations at pre- not being born in a Christian country. ent. What signifies talking to me, when Run. If you would, sir, but mention to ou have such opposition from others? Why your master, the house that belongs to my over about the city, instead of boldy attack-master; the best accommodations on the quayag the guard? Wheel about, captain! face Trudge. What's your sign, my lad? he enemy! march! charge! rout 'em - Drive Run. The Crown, sir-Here it is. im before you, and then

Trudge. Well, gel us a room for half an Camp. And then

hour, and we'll come: and hark'ee! let it be Nar. Lud have mercy on the poor city! light and airy, d'ye hear? My master bas been Mars would oft, his conquest over,

used to your open apartments lately.
To the Cyprian goddess yield; Run. Depend on it.-Much obliged to you,
Venus gloried in a lover,
sir.

[Érit.
Who, like him, could brave the field. Wows. Who be that fine man? He great

Mars would oft, etc. prince?
lu the cause of battles hearty,

Trudge. A prince-Ha! ha!-No, not quite
Still the God would strive to prove, bow do you like this, Wows? Isn't it fine?

a prince—but he belongs to the crown.
He, who sac'd an adverse party,

Wows. Wonder!
Fittest was to meet his love.

Trudge. Fine men, eh!
Hear then, captains, ye who bluster, Wows. Iss! all white; like you.

Hear tbe God of war declare, Trudge. Yes, all the fine men are like me:
Cowards never can pass muster; as different from your people as powder and

Courage only wins the fair. ink, or paper and blacking:
Enter Party, hastily.

Wows. And fine lady-Face like snow,

Trudge. What! the fine ladies' complexiPatty. Oh lud, ma'am, I'm frightened out ons? Oh, yes, exactly; for too much beat very f my wits! sure as I'm alive, ma'am, Mr. Ink- often dissolves 'em! Then their dress, too. ! is not dead; I saw his man, ma'am, just Wows. Your countrymen dress so? ow, coming ashore in a boat with other pas- Trudge. Better, better, a great deal. Why, Engers, from the vessel that's come to the a young flashy Englishman will sometimes land.

[Exit. carry a whole fortune on his back. But did Nar. [To Camp.] Look’ye, Mr. Campley, you mind the women? All bere--and there ; omething has happened which makes me waivet Pointing before and behind) they have it eremonies.- If you mean to apply to my fa-all from us in England. - And then the fine ier, remember ibat delays are dangerous. things they carry on their heads, Wowski. Camp. Indeed !

Wows. Iss. One lady carry good fish — SO Nar. I mayn't be always in the same mind, line, she call every body to look at her. ou know.

[Smiling Trudge. Pshaw! an old woman bawling Camp. Nay, then-Gad, I'm almost afraid flounders. But the fine girls we meet, here, 10-but living in this state of doubt is tor- on the quay-so round, and so plump? lent. I'll e'en put a good face on the mat

Wows. You not love me now.
r; cock my hat; make my bow; and try to Trudge. Not love you! Zounds, have not I
:ason the Governor into compliance. Faint given you proofs ?
eart never won a fair lady.

Wows. Iss. Great many: but now you get
Wby 'should I vain fears dicover, here, you forget poor Wowski!
Prove a dying, sighing swain ?

Trudge. Not I: I'll stick to you like wax.

1

Wows. Ah, I fear! What make you love Trudge. Not she - she never went to marme now?

ket in all her life. Trudge. Gratitude, to be sure.

Plant. I mean, is she for our sale of slaWows. What that?

ves? Our Black Fair ? Trudge. Ha! this it is, now, to live without Trudge. A black fair! ha, ha, ba! You bold education. The poor dúll devils of her coun- it on a brown green, I suppose. try are all in the practice of gratitude, without Plant. She's your slave, I take it? finding out what it means; while we can tell Trudge. Yes; and I'm her humble servant the meaning of it, with little or no practice I take it. at all. — Lord, lord, what a fine advantage Plant. Aye, aye, natural enough at sea.Christian learning is! Hark'ee, Wows! But at how much do you value her? Wows. Iss.

Trudge. Jusi as much as she has saved a Trudge. Now we're accomplished our land--My own life. ing, I'll accomplish you. You remember the Plant. Pshaw! you mean to sell her? instructions I gave you on the voyage? Trudge. [Staring] Zounds! wbat a deri Wows. Iss.

of a fellow! Sell Wows!— my poor, den Trudge. Let's see now-Wbat are you to dingy wife! do, when I introduce you to the nobility, Plant. Come, come, I've heard your stor gentry, and others-of

my acquaintance ? from the ship.- Don't let's haggle; I'll bid Wows. Make believe sit down; then get up. fair as any trader amongst us: but no trid Trudge. Let me see you do it

. [She makes upon travellers, young man, to raise you a low curtesy] Very well! And how are you price. - Your wife, indeed! Why she's a to recommend yourself, when you have no- Christian? thing to say, amongst all our great friends ? Trudge. No; but I am; so I shall do a Wows. Grin-shew my teeth.

I'd be done by, Master Black-market: and 1 Trudze. Right! they'll think you lived with you were a good one yourself, you'd kes people of fashion. But suppose you meet an ihat fellow-feeling for a poor body, who was old shabby friend in misfortune, that you don't your help, is the noblest mark of our religiéswish to be seen to speak to-what would you I wouldn't be articled clerk to such a Ida

Wows. Look blind- not see him. [do? for the world.
Trudge. Why would you do that? Plant. Hey-dey! The booby's in love wi

Wows. 'Cause I can't see good friend in her! Why, sure, friend, you would not be distress.

here with a black? Trudge. That's a good girl! and I wish Trudge. Plague on't; there it is. I shall every body could boast of so kind a motive, be laughed out of my honesty, bere.-Butya for such cursed cruel behaviour. - Lord! how may be jogging, friend; I may feel a la some of your flashy banker's cierks bave cut queer, perhaps, at showing her face – bu me in Threadncedle-street. -- But come, though dam'me, if ever I do any thing to make a we have got among fine folks, here, in an ashamed of showing, my own. English settlement, I won't be ashamed of my Plant. Why, I tell you, her very compe 'old' acquaintance: yet, for my own part, ! Trudge. Rot her complexion. I'll tell ** should not be sorry, now, to see my old friend what, Mr. Fair-trader; if your head and bert with a new face.Odsbobs! I see Mr. Inkle were to change, places, I've potion von -Go in, Wows;-call for what you like best. be as black in the face as an ink-bottle.

Wows. Then, I call for you-ah! I fear I Plant. Pshaw! The fellow's a fool-a rad not see you often now. But you come soon-rascal-he ought to be sent back to the saty Remember when we walk'd alone,

ges, again.

He's not fit to live among 1

Christians..
And heard, so gruff, the lion growl;
And when the moon so bright it shone,

Trudge. Oh, here he is at last.
We saw the wolf look up and howl; Enter INKLE, and a second PLANTER.
I led you well, safe to our cell,
While, tremblingly

Inkle. Nay, sir, I understand your custoa You said to me,

well: your Indian markets are not upkeert ---And kiss'd so sweet-dear Wowski tell, How could I live without ye?

2 Plant. And, as you seem to understa

business, I need not tell you that despatch But now you come across the sea, the soul of it. Her name you say

is And tell me here no monsters roar; Inkle. Yarico: but urge this no more, You'll walk alone and leave poor me,

I must not listen to it: for to spe When wolves to fright you howl no more. freely, her anxious care of me demands, But ab! think well on our old cell, here, though here it may seem strange Where, tremblingly,

should avow my love for her. You kiss'd poor me

Plant. Lord help you, for a merchantPerhaps, you'll say–dear Wowski tell, the first time I ever heard a trader talk How can I live without ye? love; except, indeed, the love of trade,

[Exit

. the love of the Sweet Molly, my ship: Trudge. Eh! oh! my master's talking to Inkle. Then, sir, you cannot feel my somebody on the quay. Who have we here!

such cases just after a voyage; but they

Plant. Oh yes, I can! We have a bundred Enter first PLANTER.

last long on land. It's amazing how costi Plant. Hark'ee, young man! Is that young a young man is in a ship! But, in two warak Indian of your's going to our market ? will you dispose of her, or no?

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