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What it will be now, I can't tell; but you know, somebody must get the great lot, and why not I?

Val. Oh, Charlotte! wou'd you had the same senti. ments with me! For, by heavens! I apprehend no danger but that of lofing you; and, believe me, love will fufficiently reward us for all the hazards we run on his account.

AIR III. Fanny blooming fair, &c.

Let bold ambition lie

Within the warrior's mind;
False honours let him buy,

With flaughter of mankind:
To crowns a doubtful right,

Lay thousands in the grave;.
While wretched armies fight

Which master shall enslave.
Love took my heart with storm,

Let him there rule alone,
In Charlotte's charming form,

Still sitting on his throne:
How will my soul rejoice,

At his commands to fly;
If spoken in that voice,

Or look'd from that dear cye!
To universal sway

Love's title is the best;
Well, shall we him obey

Who makes his subjects bleft?
If heaven for human good

Did empire first design,
Love must be understood

To rule by right divine.

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Let. Hist! hist! get you both about your business; Mr Oldcastle is just turn’d the corner, and if he shou'd see you together you are undone. (Exeunt Valentine and Charlotte.) Now will I banter this old coxcomb severely; for I think it is a moft impertinent thing in these old fumblers to interpose in young people's sport.

Enter Oldcattle. 0ld. Hem ! hem? I profess it is a very severe easterly

wind;

wind -and if it was not to see a mistress, I believe I should scarce have stirred abroad all day.

Let. Mr Oldcastle, your very humble servant.

Old. Your humble servant, Madam; I ask your pare don ; but I profess I have not the honour of knowing you.

Let. Men of your figure, Sir, are known by more than they are themselves able to remember; I am a poor handmaid of a young lady of your acquaintance, Miss Charlotte Highman.

Old, Oh! your very humble servant, Madam. I hope your lady is well?

Let. Hum! fo, fo-She sent me, Sir, of a small mese fage to you. Old. I am the happiest man in the world. Let. To defire a particular favour of you. Old. She honours me with her commands.

Let. She begs, if you have the least affection for her, that she may never

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here again. Old. What! what!

Let. She is a very well-bred, civil, good-natur’d lady, and does not care to send a rude message; therefore only bids tell

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she hates you, scorns you, detefts you, more than any creature upon the earth; that if you are refolv’d to marry, she wou'd recommend to you a certain excellent dry-nurse, who might possibly be brought by your money to do any thing but go to bed with you; and lastly, she bide me tell you, in this cold weather, ne. ver to go to-bed without a good warm poffet, and never to lie without at least a pair of flannel-Thirts.

Old. Hold your impertinent faucy tongue!

Let. Nay, Sir, don't be angry with me, I only deliver my message; and that too in as civil and concise a manner as possible.

Old. Your mistress is a pert young husly, and I Mall tell her aunt of her.

Let. That will never do; you had better trust to her own good nature. 'Tis I am your friend; and if we can get over three little obstacles, I don't despair of marry ing you to her yet. Old, What are those obstacles?

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Let. Why, Sir, there is in the first place your great age; you are at least some fixty-fix.

old. 'Tis a lie; I want several months of it. Let. If

you did not, I think we may get over this: one half of

your fortune makes a very sufficient amends

for your age:

Old. We shan't fall out about that.

Let. Well, Sir; then there is, in the second place, your terrible ungenteel air: this is a grand obstacle with her, who is so doatingly fond of every thing that is fine and foppish; and yet I think we may get over this too, by the other half of your fortune-And now there re. mains but one, which, if you can find any thing to set afide, I believe I may promise you, you shall have her : and that is, Sir, that horrible face of yours, which it is impoflible for any one to see without being frighten'd.

Old. Ye impudent baggage! I'll tell your mistress; I'll ve you

turn'd off. Let. That will be well repaying me indeed, for all the services I have done

you, Old. Services!

Let. Services! Yes, Sir, services; and to let you see I think you fit for a husband, I'll have you myself! Who can be more proper for a husband, than a man of your age and taste? for I think you cou'd not have the conscience to live above a year, or a year and a half at most: and I think a good plentiful jointure wou'd make amends for one's enduring you as long as that ; provided we live in separate parts of the house, and one had a good handsome groom

of the chambers to attend one.

AIR IV. Hark, hark, the cock crows.

When a lover like you

Does a woman pursue,
She must have little wit in her brain, Sir;

If for better and worse,

She takes not the purse,
Alas, with her fighing poor swain, Sir;

Tho' hugg'd to her wishes,

Amidst empty dishes, VOL. III.

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Much hunger her ftomach may prove, Sir;

But a pocket of gold,
As full as 'twill hold,
Will ftill find her food for her love, Sir.

[Exit. Old. You are an impertinent, impudent baggage! and I have a mind tol am out of breath with passion ; and I shall not recover it this half hour.

(Exit. Enter Lettice and Rakeit. Let. A very pretty lover for a young lady indeed! Rak. Your servant, Mrs Lettice: What have you • and the great squire Oldcattle been entertaining one « another with?

Let. With his passion for your young mistress, or ra. «ther ber passion for him. I have been bantering him • till he is in such a rage, that I actually doubt whether 6 he will beat her or no.

Rak. Will you never leave off your frolics, since we 6 must pay for them? You have put him out of humour;

now will he go and put my lady out of humour, and • then we may be all beaten for aught I know.

Let. Well, Sirrah; and do you think I had not ra• ther twenty such as you shou'd be beaten to death, than my

mafter shou'd be robb'd of his mistress? Rak. Your humble servant, Madam; you need not • take any great pains to convince me of your fondness • for your master. I believe he has more mitresses than

what are in our house: but hang it, I am too polite to • be jealous; and if he has done me the favour with you, • why, perhaps, I may return it one day with somebody • else. I am not the first gentleman of the party-colour'd

regiment who has been even with his master. .

Let. Not with such gentlemen as Mr Valentine. Ino deed with

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pert skipping beaux, I don't know • what may happen.

Such masters and their men are 6 often both in dress and behaviour so

like one an• other, that a woman may be innocently false, and mi• ftake the one for the other. Nay, I don't know whe• ther such a change as you mention may not be someo simes for the better.

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AIR V. As down in a meadow, &c. See John and his master as together they pass, Or fee 'em admiring themselves in a glass: • Each cocks fierce his hat, each struts and looks big : • Both have lace on their coat, and a bag to their wig: • Bothswear, and both rattle, both game, and both drink; • Who neither can write, or can read, or e'er think.

Say then where the difference lies, if you can; • Faith! widows, you'd give it on the fide of the man.

Rak. But, my dear Lettice, I do not approve this smatch in our families.

Let. Why so?

Rak. You know how desperate his circumstances are, . and she has no fortune.

Let. She hath indeed no fortune of her own; but • her aunt Highman is very

rich. Rak. She will be little the better for't.

· Let. Then there's the chance of both her brothers • deaths; besides an uncle in Yorkshire, who hath but five children only, one of which hath never had the small

pox; nay,, there are not above fixteen or seventeen be. ciween her and an Irish. barony.

Rak. Ay, this lady wou'd make a fine fortune after two or three good plagues. In short, I find there is • but little hopes on our fide; and if there be no more on yours Let. Oh, yes, there are hopes enough on ours. There are hopes of my young master's growing better, for I am • sure there is no poffibility of his growing worse. Hopes

of my old master's staying abroad ; hopes of his being • drown'd if he attempts coming home; hopes of the • stars falling —

Rak Dear Mrs Lettice, do not jest with such serious . things as hunger and thirst. Do you seriously think • that all your master's entertainments are at an end?

Let. So far from it, that he is this day to give a grand entertainment to your mistress, and about a dozen * more gentlemen and ladies.

Rak. My chops begin to water. I find your master . is a very honest fellow; and it is possible may hold out ' two or three weeks longer

Let. You are mistaken, Sir, there will be no danger

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