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AIR.

I am young and I am friendless,
And poor,

alas ! withal;
Sure my sorrows will be endless;
In vain

for help I call.
Have some pity in your nature,
To relieve a wretched creature,
Though the gift be ne'er so small.

[Mervin gives her Money. May you, possessing every blessing,

Still inherit, sir, all you merit, sir,
And never know what 'tis to want ;
Sweet Heaven, your worship all happiness grant.

[Exit.

Ralph. Now I'll go and take that money from her; and I have a good mind to lick her, so I have.

Mervin. Pho! prythee, stay where you are.

Ralph. Nay, but I hate to see a toad so devilish greedy.

Mervin. Well, come, she has not got a great deal, and I have thought how she may do me a favour in her turn.

Ralph. Ay, but you may put that out of your head, for I can tell you she won't.

Mervin. How so?

Ralph. How so! why, she's as cunning as the devil.

Mervin. Oh, she is !-I fancy I understand you. Well, in that case, friend Ralph-Your name's Ralph, I think?

Ralph. Yes, sir, at your service, for want of a better.

Mervin. I say, then, friend Ralph, in that case, we will remit the favour you think of, till the ludy is in

a more complying humour, and try if she cannot serve me at present in some other capacity.—There are a good many gipsies hereabout, are there not?

Ralph. Softly-I have a whole gang of them here in our barn; I have kept them about the place these three months, and all on account of she.

Mervin. Really!

Ralph. Yea, - but for your life don't say a word of it to any christian-I am in love with her.

Mervin. Indeed !

Ralph. Feyther is as mad with me about it as Old Scratch ; and I gets the plague and all of anger ; but I don't mind that.

Mervin. Well, friend Ralph, if you are in love, no doubt you have some influence over your mistress : don't you think you could prevail upon her, and her companions, to supply me with one of their habits, and let me go up with them to-day to my Lord Aimworth's?

Rulph. Why, do you want to go a mumming? We never do that but in the Christmas holidays.

Mervin. No matter: manage this for me, and manage it with secrecy; and I promise you shall not go unrewarded.

Ralph. Oh! as for that, sir, I don't look for any thing; I can easily get you a bundle of their rags ; but I don't know whether you'll prevail on them to go up to my lord's, because they're afraid of a big dog that's in the yard; but I'll tell you what I can

I can go up before you, and have the dog fastened, for I know his kennel.

Mervin. That will do very well. [Exit RALPH]By means of this disguise, I shall probably get a sight of her; and I leave the rest to love and fortune.

[Exit.

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AIR.

I am young and I am friendless,

And poor, alas ! withal;
Sure my sorrows will be endless ;

In vain for help I call.
Have some pity in your nature,
To relieve a wretched creature,
Though the gift be ne'er so small.

[Mervin gives her Money. May you, possessing every blessing,

Still inherit, sir, all you merit, sir,
And never know what 'tis to want ;
Sweet Heaven, your worship all happiness grant.

(Exit.

Ralph. Now I'll go and take that money from her; and I have a good mind to lick her, so I have.

Mervin. Pho! prythee, stay where you are.

Ralph. Nay, but I hate to see a toad so devilish greedy.

Mervin. Well, come, she has not got a great deal, and I have thought how she may do me a favour in her turn.

Ralph. Ay, but you may put that out of your head, for I can tell you she won't.

Mervin. How so?

Ralph. How so! why, she's as cunning as the devil.

Mervin. Oh, she is !—I fancy I understand you. Well, in that case, friend Ralph-Your name's Ralph, I think?

Ralph. Yes, sir, at your service, for want of a better.

Mervin. I say, then, friend Ralph, in that case, we will remit the favour you think of, till the lady is in

a more complying humour, and try if she cannot serve me at present in some other capacity.-There are a good many gipsies hereabout, are there not?

Ralph. Softly-I bave a whole gang of them here in our barn; I have kept them about the place these three months, and all on account of she.

Mervin. Really!

Ralph. Yea,-but for your life don't say a word of it to any christian-I am in love with her.

Mervin. Indeed !

Ralph. Feyther is as mad with me about it as Old Scratch ; and I gets the plague and all of anger; but I don't mind that.

Mervin. Well, friend Ralph, if you are in love, no doubt you have some influence over your mistress : don't

you
think

you could prevail upon her, and her companions, to supply me with one of their habits, and let me go up with them to-day to my Lord Aimworth's?

Ralph. Why, do you want to go a mumming? We never do that but in the Christmas holidays.

Mervin. No matter: manage this for me, and manage it with secrecy; and I promise you shall not go unrewarded.

Ralph. Oh! as for that, sir, I don't look for any thing; I can easily get you a bundle of their rags ; but I don't know whether you'll prevail on them to go up to my lord's, because they're afraid of a big dog that's in the yard; but I'll tell you what I can do; I can go up before you, and have the dog fastened, for I know his kennel,

Mervin. That will do very well. [Exit Ralph]By means of this disguise, I shall probably get a sight of her; and I leave the rest to love and fortune.

[Exit.

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SCENE IV.

Outside of the Mill. Enter PATTY, RALPH, GILES, and FANNY. Giles. So his lordship was as willing as the flowers in Maya and as I was coming along, who should I meet but your father—and he bid me run in all haste, and tell you—for we were sure you would be deadly glad.

Patty. I know not what business you had to go to my lord's at all, Farmer.

Giles. Nay, I only did as I was desired -Master Fairfield bid me tell you moreover, as how he would have you go up to my lord out of hand, and thank him.

Ralph. So she ought; and take off those clothes, and put on what's more becoming her station; you know my father spoke to you of that this morning too.

Patty. Brother, I shall obey my father.

AIR.

Giles.
Patty.
Giles.
Ralph.

Fanny.

Lie still my heart; oh! fatal stroke,

That kills at once my hopes and me!
Miss Pat!

What?

Nay, I only spoke :
Tuke couruge, mon, she does but joke.

Come, sustir, somewhat kinder be.
This is a thing the most oddest ;

Some folks are so plaguily modest :
Were we in the case,
To be in their place,
We'd curry it off with a different

face.
Thus I take her by the lily hand,
So soft and white.

Why, now that's right ;
And kiss her too, mon, never stand.

Ralph.

and Fanny. Giles.

Ralph.

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