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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.

Meroin. 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 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.

[Erit.

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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 :
Take couruge, mon, she dues but joke.

Come, sustir, somerhat 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.

What words can explain Patty My pleasuremy pain ? and

It presses, it rises, Giles. My heart it surprises ;

I can't keep it down, tho' I'd never so fain. Fanny. So here the play ends,

The lovers are friends;
Ralph. Hush !
Fanny.

-Tush !
Giles.

Nah! Patty.

-Psha! All. What turments exceeding, what joys are above,

The pains and the pleasures that wait upon lore?

[Exeunt.

ACT THE SECOND.

SCENE I.

A Marble Portico, ornamented with Statues, which

opens from LORD AIMWORTH's House ; two Chairs near the Front.

Enter LORD AIMWORTH, reading. Lord A. In how contemptible a light would the situation I am now in show me to most of the fine men of the present age! In love with a country girl! rivalled by a poor fellow, one of my meanest tenants, and uneasy at it!

Enter Party. Patty. Now comes the trial : no, my sentence is already pronounced, and I will meet my fate with prudence and resolution.

Lord A. Who's there?
Patty. My lord !
Lord A. Patty Fairfield!

Patty. I humbly beg pardon, my lord, for pressing so abruptly into your presence, but I am come by my father's commands, to thank your lordship for all your favours.

Lord A. Favours, Patty! what favours ? I have done you none :-But why this metamorphosis ? I protest, if you had not spoke, I should not have known you: I never saw you wear such clothes as these in my mother's lifetime.

Patty. No, my lord; it was her ladyship's pleasure I should wear better, and, therefore, I obeyed; but it is now my duty to dress in a manner more suitable to my station and future prospects in life.

Lord A. I am afraid, Patty, you are too humble -come, sit down—nay, I will have it so. What is it I have been told to-day, Patty? It seems, you are going to be married ?

Patty. Yes, my lord.
Lord A. Well, and don't you

think

you

could have made a better choice than Farmer Giles? I should imagine your person, your accomplishments, might have entitled you to look higher.

Patty. Your lordship is pleased to overrate my little merit: the education I received in your family does not entitle me to forget my origin; and the farmer is my equal.

Lord A. In what respect ? the degrees of rank and fortune, my dear Patty, are arbitrary distinctions, unworthy the regard of those who consider justly: the

true standard of equality is seated in the mind; those who think nobly, are noble.

Patty. The farmer, my lord, is a very honest man.

Lord A. The farmer is an ill-bred, illiterate booby; and what happiness can you propose to yourself in such a society ?-Then, as to his person, I am sure --But, perhaps, Patty, you like him? and, if so, I am doing a wrong thing.

Patty. I hope, my lord, he has not incurred your displeasure

Lord A. That's of no signification.--Could I find as many good qualities in him as you do, perhaps But 'tis enough; he's a fellow I don't like; and, as you have a regard for him, I would have you advise him to provide himself with another farm.

Patty. My lord, I am very unfortunate.

Lord A. She loves him, 'tis plain :-come, Patty, don't cry » I would not willingly do any thing to make you uneasy.-Have you seen Miss Sycamore yet?- I suppose you know she and I are going to be married ?

Patty. So, I hear, my lord.—Heaven make you both happy!

Lord A. Thank you, Patty: I hope we shall be happy.

Patty. Upon my knees, upon my knees, I pray it ! may every earthly bliss attend you! may your days prove an uninterrupted course of delightful tranquillity! and your mutual friendship, confidence, and love, end but with your lives !

Lord A. Rise, Patty, rise; say no more: I suppose you'll wait upon Miss Sycamore before you go away-at present, I have a little business As I said, Patty, don't afflict yourself: I have been somewhat hasty with regard to the farmer ; but since I see how deeply you are interested in his affairs, I may possibly alter my designs with regard to him-You

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