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speak 'em aloud for the sake of the tone and Lord M. Pr’ythee, baronet, don't be so horaction.

ridly out of the way; prudence is a very vulgas Sir J. Ay, ay, 'tis the best way; I am sorry I virtue, and so incompatible with our present ease disturbed you ;-you'll excuse me,

cousin ! and refinement, that a prudent man of fashion Lord M. I am obliged to you, Sir John ; in- is now as great a miracle as a pale woman of tense application to these things ruins my health; quality: we got rid of our mauraise honte, at the but one must do it for the sake of the nation. time that we imported our neighbour's rouge, and

Sir J. May be so, and I hope the nation will their morals. be the better forit-you'll excuse me!

Sir J. Did you ever hear the like! I am not Lord M. Excuse you, Sir John, I love your surprised, my lord, that you think so lightly, and frankness; but why wont you be franker still? talk so vainly, who are so polile a husbund; your we have always something for dinner, and you lady, my cousin, is a fine woman, and brought will never dine at home.

you a fine fortune, and deserves better usage, Sir J. You must know, my lord, that I love to Lord M. Will you have her, Sir John ? she know what I eat;-) hate to travel, where I don't is very much at your service. know my way; and since you have brought in fo- Sir J. Profligate! What did you marry her reign fashions and figaries, every thing and every for, my lord ? body are in inasquerade: your men and man- Lord M. Convenience-Marriage is not now. ners too are as much frittered and fricaseed, as a-days, an affair of inclination, but convenience; your beef and mutton ; I love a plain dish, my lord, and they who marry for love and such old-fa

Miss T. I wish I was out of the room, or he at shioned stuff, are to me as ridiculous as those that the bottom of the Thames.

[Peeping advertise for an agreeable companion in a postSir J. But to the point ;-I came, my lord, to chaise. open my mind to you about my niece Tittup; Sir J. I have done, my lord; Miss Tittup shall shall I do it freely?

either return with me into the country, or not a Miss T. Now for it!

penny shall she have from Sir John Trotles, baLord M. The freer the better ; Tittup's a fine ronet.

[Whistles and walks about. girl, cousin, and deserves all the kindness you can Miss T. I am frightened out of my wits! show her.

(Lord MINIKIN sings and sits doun. (Lord Minikin and TITtup make signs at Sir J. Pray, my lord, what husband is this you each other.

have provided for her ? Sir J. She must deserve it though, before she Lord M. A friend of mine; a man of wit, and shall have it; and I would have her begin with a fine gentleman. lengthening her petticoats, covering her shoul- Sir J. May be so, and yet make a damned hus ders, and wearing a cap upon her head.

band for all that. You'll excuse me!-- Whates Miss T. O, frightful!

[Aside. tate has he, pray ? Lord M. Don't you think a taper leg, falling Lord M. He's a colonel; his elder brother, Sir shoulders, and fine hair, delightful objects, Sir Tan Tivy, will certainly break his neck, and then John ?

my friend will be a happy man. Sir J. And therefore ought to be concealed;

Sir J. Here's morals! a happy man, when his 'tis their interest to conceal 'em; when you take brother has broke his neck a happy manfrom the men the pleasure of imagination, there mercy on me! will be a scarcity of husbands; and the taper Lord M. Why, he'll have six thousand a year, legs, falling shoulders, and fine hair, may be had Sir Johnfor nothing

Sir J. I don't care what he'll have, nor I don't Lord M. Well said, Sir John; ha, ha!-your care what he is, nor who my niece marries; she niece shall wear a horseman's coat and jack-boots is a fine lady, and let her have a fine gentleman; to please you-ha, ha, ha!

I sha’n't hinder her; I'll away into the country Sir J. You may sneer, my lord, but for all to-morrow, and leave you to your fine doings; I that, I think my niece in a bad way; she must have no relish for 'em, not 1; I can't live among leave me and the country, forsooth, to travel and you, nor eat with you, nor game with you: I hate see good company and fashions; I have seen 'em cards and dice; I will neither rob nor be robbed; too, and wish from my heart that she is not much I am contented with what I have, and am very the worse for her journey-you'll excuse me! happy, my lord, though my brother has not broke Lord M. But why in a passion, Sir John ? his neck-you'll excuse me!

(Erit (LORD MINIKIN nods and laughs at Miss Lord M. Ha, ha, ha! Come, fox, come out of

Tittup, who peeps from behind. your hole! ha, ha, ha! Don't you think that my lady and I shall be able Miss T. Indeed, my lord, you have undone and willing to put her into the road ?

me; not a foot shall I have of Trotley Manor, Sir J. Zounds! my lord, you are out of it that 's positive! but no matter, there 's no danger yourself; this comes of your travelling; all the of his breaking his neck, so I'll even make mytown know how you and my lady live together; self happy with what I have, and behave to him and I must tell you—you'll excuse me!-that my for the future, as if he was a poor relation. wiece suffers by the bargain; prudence, my lord, Lord M. (Kneeling, snatching her hand, and is a very fine thing

kissing it.] I must kneel and adore you for your Lord M. So is a long neckcloth nicely twisted spirit, my sweet, heavenly Lucretia ! into a button hole, but I don't choose to wear one -you'll excuse me!

Re-enter Sir John. Sir J. I wish that he who first changed long Sir J. One thing I had forgot. neckcloths for such things as you wear, had the Miss T. Ha! he's here again! wearing of a twisted neckcloth that I would give Sir J. Why, what the devil !-heigho, my bim

niece Lucretia, and my virtuous lord, studying


speeches for the good of the nation. Yes, yes, of coming home from the masquerade this evening; you have been making fine speeches, indeed, my though I should pass for my niece, it would make lord ; and your arguments have prevailed, I see. an uproar among my servants; and perhaps from I beg your pardon, I did not mean to interrupt the mistake break off your match with Tittup. your studies-you'll excuse me, my lord !

Col. T. My dear Lady Minikin, you know my Lord M. (Smiling, and mocking him.] You'll marriage with your niece is only a secondary conexcuse me, Sir John!

sideration; my first and principal object is youSir J. O yes, my lord, but I'm afraid the devil you, Madam —therefore, my dear lady, give me wont excuse you at the proper time- Miss Lu- your promise to leave the ball with me; you must, cretia, how do you, child? You are to be married | Lady Minikin; a bold young fellow and a solsoon—I wish the gentleman joy, Miss Lucretia; dier as I am, ought not to be kept from plunder he is a happy man to be sure, and will want no when the town has capitulated. thing but the breaking of his brother's neck to be Lady M. But it bas not capitulated, and percompletely so.

haps never will; however, colonel, since you are Miss T. Upon my word, uncle, you are always so furious, I must come to terms, I think. Keep putting bad constructions upon things; my lord your eyes upon me at the ball, I think I may exhas been soliciting me to marry his friend—and pect that, and when I drop my handkerchief, 'tis having that moment—extorted a consent from me your signal for pursuing ; I shall get home as fast -he was thanking-and-and-wishing me joy, as I can, you may follow me as fast as you can; in his foolish manner.

(Hesitating my lord and Tittup will be otherwise employed. Sir J. Is that all!—but how came you here, Gymp will let us in the backway. No, no, my child ? did you fly down the chimney, or in at heart misgives me. the window? for 'I don't remember seeing you Col. T. Then I am miserable! when I was here before.

Lady M. Nay, rather than you should be miMiss T. How can you talk so, Sir John ? You serable, colonel, I will indulge your martial spirit; really confound me with your suspicions; and meet me in the field; there's my gauntlet. then you ask so many questions, and I have so

[Throws down her glore. many things to do, that-that-upon my word, if Col. T. (Seizing it.) Thus I accept your sweet I don't make haste, I sha'n't get my dress ready challenge; and, if I fail you, may I'hereafter, for the ball, so I must run-You'll excuse me, both in love and war, be branded with the name uncle !

[Erit, running of coward. [Kneels and kisses her hand. Sir J. A fine, hopeful, young lady that, my lord? Lord M. She 's well bred, and has wit.

Enter Sir John, opening the door. Sir J. She has wit and breeding enough to Sir J. May I presume, cousinlaugh at her relations, and bestow favours on your Lady M. Ha !

(Squalls. lordship; but I must tell you plainly, my lord Sir J. Mercy upon us, what are we at now? you'll excuse me--that your marrying your lady,

(Looks astonished!. my cousin, to use her ill

, and sending for my Lady M. How can you be so rude, Sir John, niece, your cousin, to debauch her,

to come into a lady's room without first knocking Lord M. You're warm, Sir John, and don't at the door ? you have frightened me out of my know the world, and I never contend with igno- wits. raure and passion; live with me some time, and Sir J. I am sure you have frightened me out you'll be satistied of my honour and good inten- of mine! tions to you and your family; in the mean time, Col. T. Such rudeness deserves death! command my house; I must away immediately to Sir J. Death indeed! for I never shall recover Lady Filligree's—and I am sorry you wont make myself again. All pigs of the same stye! all one with us—here, Jessamy, give me my domino, studying for the good of the nation! and call a chair ; and don't let my uncle want for Lady M. We must soothe him, and not pro any thing; you'll excuse me, Sir John; tol, lol, voke him.

(Half aside to the Col. de rol, &c.

(Erit, singing Col. T. I would cut his throat, if you'd permit Sir J. The world's at an end !-here's fine me.

(Aside to Lady MINIKIN. work! here are precious doings! this lord is a Sir J. The devil has got his hoof in the house, pillar of the state too: no wonder that the build- and has corrupted the whole family; I'll get out ng is in danger with such rotten supporters;- of it as fast as I can, lest he should lay hold of me heigh ho!-and then my poor Lady Minikin, what too.

[Going. a friend and husband she is blessed with !-let me Lady M. Sir John, I must insist upon your consider !-should I tell the good woman of these not going away in a mistake. Eyranks? I may only make more mischief, and Sir J. No mistake, my lady, I am thoroughly nav hap go near to kill her, for she's as tender convinced-mercy on me! as she 's virtuous; poor lady! I'll e'en go and com Lady M. I must beg you, Sir John, not to make ort her directly, and endeavour to draw her froin any wrong constructions upon this accident; you he wickedness of this town into the country, must know, that the moment you was at the door where she shall have reading, fowling, and fish-1-1 had promised the colonel no longer to be his ng, to keep up her spirits, and when I die, I will enemy in his designs upon Miss Tittup,—this Pave her that part of my fortune, with which I threw him into such a rapture, -that upon my ntended to reward the virtues of Miss Lucretia promising my interest with you—and wishing him T'ittup, with a plague to her!

[Erit. joy-he fell upon his knees, and—and—{Laugh

ing:) ha, ha, ha! SCENE III. -LADY MINJkin's Apartment. Col. T. Ha, ha, ha! yes, yes, I fell upon my

knees, and-andLADY MINIKIN and COLONEL Tivy discovered.

Sir J. Ay, ay, fell upon your knees, and—and Lady M. Don't urge it, colonel; I can't think I – ha, ha! a very good joke, faith ; and the best

am sure.



of it is, that they are wishing joy all over the house place better than I do; I was always parkoned an upon the same occasion; and my lord is wishing incomparable mask. joy; and I wish him joy, and you, with all my Sir. J. Thou art an incomparable coxcomb, I heart.

[ Aside Lady M. Upon my word, Sir John, your cruel Jes. An odd, ridiculous accident happened to suspicions affect me strongly; and though my re- me at a masquerade three years ago; I was in seniment is curbed by my regard, my tears can- tip-top spirits, and had drank a little too freely of not be restrained; 'tis the only resource my in the Champagne, I believe. nocence has left.

(E.rit, crying Sir J. You'll be hanged, I believe. (Aside. Col. T. I reverence you, Sir, as a relation to Jes. Wit flew about-in short, I was in spirits that lady, but as her slanderer I detest you: her -at last, from drinking and rattling, to vary the tears must be dried, and my honour satisfied; pleasure, we went to dancing, and who do you you know what I mean; take your choice ;- think I danced a minuet with? he, he! pray

time, place, sword, or pistol; consider it calmly, guess, Sir John! and determine as you please. I am a soldier, Sir Sir J. Danced a minuet with! (Half aside. John.

[Erit. Jes. My own lady, that's all; the eyes of the Sir J. Very fine, truly! and so, between the whole assembly were npon us ; my lady dances crocodile and the bully, my throat is to be cut; well; and I believe I am pretty tolerable: after they are guilty of all sorts of iniquity, and when the dance, I was running into a little coquetry they are discovered, no humility, no repentance ! and small talk with her. -the ladies have recourse to their tongues or Sir J. With your lady? Chaos is come again. their tears, and the gallants to their swords. That

(Aside. I may not be drawn in by the one, or drawn upon Jes. With my lady—but upon my turning my by the other, I'll hurry into the country while I hand thus (Conceitedly.}-egad, she caught one'; retain my senises, and can sleep in a whole skin. whispered me who I was; I would fain have

(E.cit. laughed her out of it, but it would not do;-no, ACT II.

no, Jessamy, says she, I am not to be deceived SCENE I.

pray wear gloves for the future; for you may as

well go bare-faced, as show that hand and diaEnter Sir John and JESSAMY.

mond ring Sir J. There is no bearing this! what a land Sir J. What a sink of iniquity !-Prostitution are we in! upon my word, Mr. Jessamy, you on all sides! from the lord to the pick-pocket

. should look well to the house, there are certainly (Aside.), Pray, Mr. Jessamy, among your other rogues about it; for I did but cross the way just virtues, I suppose you game a little, eh, Mr. Jes now to the pamphlet-shop, to buy a Touch of the samy? Times, and they have taken my hanger from my Jés. A little whist or so; but I am tied up from side; ay, and had a pluck at my watch too; but the dice; I must never touch a box again. I heard of their tricks, and had it sowed to my Sir J. I wish you was tied up somewhere else. pocket.

(Aside.) I sweat from top to toe! Pray, lend me Jes. Don't be alarmed, Sir John; 'tis a very your sword, Mr. Jessamy; I shall go to my room; common thing; and if you walk the streets with and let my lord and lady, and my niece Tittup, out convoy, you will be picked up by privateers know, that I beg they will excuse ceremonies; of all kinds; ha, ha!

that I must be up and gone before they go to Sir J. Not be alarmed when I am robbed !- bed; that I have a most profound respect and why, they might have cut my throat with my own love for them, and—and—that I hope we shall hanger! I sha'n't sleep a wink all night; so pray never see one another again as long as we live lend me some weapon of defence, for I am sure, Jes. I shall certainly obey your commands if they attack me in the open street, they'll be with what poor, ignorant wretches these country genme at night again.

tlemen are !

| Aside, and eril

. Jes. I'll lend you my own sword, Sir John; be Sir J. If I stay in this place another day, it assured there is no danger; there's robbing and would throw me into a fever!-Oh!-I wish it murder cried every night under my window; but was morning! this comes of visiting my relations! it no more disturbs me, than the ticking of my watch at my bed's head.

Enter Davy, drunk. Sir J. Well, well, be that as it will, I must be So, you wicked wretch you—where have you upon my guard. What a dreadful place is this! been, and what have you been doing? but 'tis all owing to the corruption of the times ; Davy. Merry-making, your honour.-London the great folks game, and the poor folks rob; no for ever! wonder that murder ensues; sad, sad, sad !-well, Sir J. Did I not order you to come directly let me but get over to-night, and I'll leave this den from the play, and not be idling and raking about? of thieves to-morrow-how long will your lord Davy. Servants don't do what they are bid, in and lady stay at this masking and mummery be- London. fore they come home?

Sir J. And did I not order you not to make a Jes. "Tis impossible to say the tiine, Sir; that jackanapes of yourself, and tie your hair up like merely depends upon the spirits of the company a monkey? and the nature of the entertainment; for my own Dary. And therefore I did it--no pleasing the part, I generally make it myself till four or five in ladies without this—my lord's servants call you the morning

an old out-of-fashioned codger, and have taught Sir J. Why, what the devil! do you make one me what 's what.. at these masqueradings ?

Sir J. Here's an imp of the devil! he is wr Jes. I seldom miss, Sir; I may venture to say done, and will poison the whole country-sirrah, that nobody knows the trim and small talk of the I get every thing ready, I'll be going directly.

Dary. To bed, Sir ? I want to go to bed my- , sight of the precipice turns my head; I have been self, Sir.

giddy with it too long, and must turn from it Sir J. Why, how now-you are drunk too, while I can-pray, be quiet, my lord, I will meet sirrah.

you to-morrow. Tvary. I am a little, your honour, because I Lord M. To-morrow! 'tis an age in my situhave been drinking.

ation–let the weak, bashful, coyish whiner be Sir J. That is not all—but you have been in intimidated with these faint alarms, but let the bad company, sirrah?

bold experienced lover kindle at the danger, and Dady. Indeed your honour 's mistaken, I never like the eagle in the midst of storms thus pounce kept such good company in all my life.

upon his prey.

(Takes hold of her. Sir J. The fellow does not understand me Miss T. Dear Mr. Eagle, be merciful; pray where have you been, you drunkard ?

let the poor pigeon fly for this once. Dady. Drinking, to be sure, if I am a drunk Lord M. If I do, my dove, may I be cursed to ard; and if you had been drinking too, as I have have my wife as fond of me, as I am now of thee. been, you would not be in such a passion with a

(Offers to kiss her. body-it makes one so good natured.

Jes. (Without, knocking at the door.] My lord, Sir J. There is another addition to my misfor- my lord tunes! I shall have this fellow carry into the Miss T. Ha!

(Screams. country as many vices as will corrupt the whole Lord M. Who's there? parish.

Jes. (Peeping.) 'Tis I, my lord; may I come Dady. I'll take what I can, to be sure, your

in ? worship

Lörd M. Damn the fellow! What's the Sir J. Get away, you beast you, and sleep off matter? the debauchery you have contracted this fortnight, Jes. Nay, not much, my lord-only my lady's or I shall leave you behind, as a proper person to come home. make one of his lordship’s family.

Miss T. Then I'm undone—what shall I do?' Dady. So much the better-give me more I'll run into my own room. wages, s, less work, and the key of the ale-cellar, and

Lord M. Then she may meet youI am your servant; if not, provide yourself with Jes. There's a dark deep closet, my lord--Miss another.

[Struts. may hide herself there. Sir J. Here's a reprobate !-this is the com Miss T. For Heaven's sake, put me into it, pletion of my misery! but harkye, villain,-go to and when her ladyship 's safe, let me know, my bed-and sleep off your iniquity, and then pack lord.—What an escape have I had ! up the things, or I'll pack you off to Newgate, and Lord M. The moment her evil spirit is laid, transport you for life, you rascal you. (Exit. I'll let my angel out-(Puts her into the closet.)

Jary. That for you, old codger. (Snaps his ---lock the door on the inside-come softly to my fingers) I know the law better than to be fright- room, Jessamy. ened with moonshine; I wish that I was to live Jes. If a board creaks, your lordship shall nehere all my days,—this is the life indeed! a ser ver give me a laced waistcoat again. vant lives up to his eyes in clover; they have

(Éreunt on tiptoes. wages, and board wages, and nothing to do, but to grow fat and saucy—they are as happy as their Enter Gymp, lighting in Lady Minikin and master, they play for ever at cards, swear like

Colonel Tivy, in Masquerade Dresses. emperors, drink like fishes, and go a wenching Gymp. Pray, my lady, go no farther with the with as much ease and tranquillity, as if they colonel, I know you mean nothing but innocence, were going to a sermon. Oh! 'tis a fine life! but I'm sure there will be bloodshed, for my lord.

(Erit, reeling. is certainly in the house-I'll take my affidavy

that I heardSCENE II.-A Chamber in LORD MINIKIN'S

Col. T. It can't be, I tell you ; we left him this House.

moment at the masquerade-I spoke to him beEnter LORD MINIKIN and Miss Tittup in fore I came out. Masquerade Dresses, lighted by JESSAMY.

Lady M. He's too busy, and too well employed, Lord M. Set down the candles, Jessamy; and to think of home-but don't tremble so, Gymp. should your lady come home, let me know-be There is no harm, I assure you—the colonel is sure you are not out of the way.

to marry my niece, and it is proper to settle some Ješ. I have lived too long with your lordship to matters relating to it—they are left to us. need the caution--who the devil have we got Gymp. Yes, yes, madam, to be sure it is

proper now ? but that's my lord's business, and not mine. that you talk together, I know you mean nothing

[Erit. but innocencebut indeed there will be blood Miss T. (Pulling off her mask.) Upon my shed. word, my lord, this coming home so soon from Col. T. The girl's a fool. I have no sword by the masquerade is very imprudent, and will cer- my side. tainly be observed—I am most' inconceivably Gymp. But my lord has, and you may kill ono frightened, I can assure you—my uncle Trotley another with that, I know you mean nothing has a light in his room; the accident this morn- but innocence, but I certainly heard him go up ing will certainly keep him upon the watch-pray, the back stairs into his room, talking with Jesmy lord, let us defer our meetings till he goes into samy. the country-I find that my English heart, though Lady M. 'Tis impossible but the girl must it has ventured so far, grows fearful, and awkward have fancied this—Can't you ask Whisp, or Mig. to practise the freedoms of warmer climes-[Lord non, if their master is come in ? M. takes her by the hand.) If you will not de Gymp. Lord, my lady, they are always drunk risb, my lord—we are separated for ever--the l before this, and asleep in the kitchen

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Lady M. This frightened fool has made me as | so little pleasure—I shall retire to my own apartridiculous as herself? hark !-Colonel, I'll swear ment. there is something upon the stairs-now I am in Lord M. Well, if your ladyship will be cruel, the field I find I am a coward.

I must still, like the miser, starve and sigh, thougb Gymp. There will certainly be bloodshed. possessed of the greatest treasure— (Bors.) I wish Col. T. I'll slip down with Gymp this back your ladyship a good night-(He takes one car

(Going. dle, and LADY Minikin the other.) May I pre Gymp. Odear, my lady, there is somebody sume

Salutes her. coming up them too.

Lady M. Your lordship is too obliging-nasty Col. T. Zounds! I've got between two fires ! man !

Aside. Lady M. Run into the closet.

Lord M. Disagreeable woman! Aside. Col. T. (Runs to the closct.) There's no re- {Wipe their lips and ereunt different ways. treat—the door is locked !

Miss T. (Peeping out of the closet.] All's siLady M. Behind the chimney-board, Gymp. lent now, and quite dark; what has been doing Col. T. I shall certainly be taken prisoner, here I cannot guess—I long to be relieved; I wish (Gets behind the board.) you'll let me know when my lord was come—but I hear a noise ! the enemy 's decamped.

[She shuts the door. Lady M. Leave that to me—do you, Gymp, go Col. T. (Peeping over the chimney board.) I down the back stairs, and leave me to face my wonder my lady does not comeI would not have lord, I think I can match him at hypocrisy.

know of this,'twould be ten thou[Sits down. sand pounds out of my way, and I cannot afford Enter LORD MINIKIN.

to give so much for a little gallantry.

Miss T. (Comes forward.) What would my Lord M. What, is your ladyship so soon re- Colonel say, to find his bride, that is to be, in this turned from Lady Filligree's ?

critical situation ? Lady M. I am sure, my lord, I ought to be Enter Lord Minikin at one door, in the dark. more surprised at your being here so soon, when I saw you so well entertained in a tete-a-tete with

Lord M. Now to release my prisoner. a lady in crimson-such sights, my lord, will al

(Comes forward. ways drive me from my most favourite amuse

Enter LADY MINIKIN, at the other door. ments.

Lord M. You find at least, that the lady, who- Lady M. My poor colonel will be as miserable, ever she was, could not engage me to stay, when as we were besieged in garrison; I must reI found your ladyship had left the ball.

lease him. Lady M. Your lordship's sneering upon my

Lord M. Hist! hist! unhappy temper may be a proof of your wit, but

(Going lowards the chimney. it is none of your humanity; and this behaviour Miss T. Lord M. and Col. T. Here! here! is as great an insult upon me, as even your false

Lord M. This way. hood itself.

[Pretends to weep.

Lady M. Softly. Lord M. Nay, my dear Lady Minikin, if you [They all grope, till LORD MINIKIN has got are resolved to play tragedy, I shall roar away too, LADY MINIKIN, and the COLONEL Miss and pull out my cambric handkerchief.

Titrup. Lady M. I think, my lord, we had better retire Sir J. (Speaks without) Lights this way, I to our apartments; my weakness and your bru- say; I am sure there are thieves ; get a blundertality will only expose us to our servants Where buss. ?

Jes. Indeed you dream it, there is nobody but Lord M. I left her with the colonel-a mas- the family.

(All stand and stare. querade to young folks, upon the point of matri

Enter Sir Jonn in his night-cap, his hanger mony, is as delightful as it is disgusting to those who are happily married, and are wise enough to

drawn, with JESSAMY. love home, and the company of their wives.

Sir J. Give me the candle, I'll ferret 'em out, * Takes hold of her hand. I warrant; bring a blunderbuss, I say: they have Lady M. False man! I had as lieve a toad been skipping about that gallery in the dark this touched me.

[Aside. half hour; there must be inischief-I have watched Lord M. She gives me the frisonne-) must them into this room-ho, ho, are you there?-f propose to stay, or I shall never get rid of her. you stir, you are dead men-[ They retire.)-and (Aside.)-I am aguish to-night,-he-he-do my (Şeeing the ladies.) women too !-egad—ba! dear, let us make a little fire here, and have a fa- what 's this ? the same party again! and two mily tete-a-tete, by way of novelty. (Rings a bel. couple they are of as choice mortals as ever were

hatched in this righteous town-you'll excuse Enter JESSAMY,

me, cousins !

(They all look con founded. Let 'em take away that chimney-board, and light all this about.

Lord M. In the name of wonder, how comes a fire here immediately, Lady M. What shall I do?-[Aside, and

Sir J. Well, but harkye, my dear cousins, hare greatly alarmed.]–Here, Jessamy, there is no oc- you not got wrong partners ?--here has been casion—I am going to my own chamber, and my I have brought you a candle to set all to rights

some mistake in the dark: I am mighty gład that lord wont stay here by himself. E.rit JESSAMY.

Lord M. How cruel it is, Lady Minikin, to again—you'll excuse me, gentlemen and ladies. deprive me of the pleasure of a domestic duetto

Enter Gymp, with a candle. A good escape, faith!

[ Aside. Gymp. What in the name of mercy is thu Lady M. I have too much regard for Lord Mi- matter? nikin to agree to any thing that would afford him Sir J. Why the old matter, and the old game,

is Tittup, pray

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