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surrender. This shall, in after story, be called Captain Beaugard's besieging of the widow.

Which, as 'tis laid, sure with success must end,
Since justice does his enterprize attend
Without, and powerful love within his friend.


Fields on the back Side of a Garden.

Enter BEAUGARD with a Party.

Beau. Hold, stand fast; I have just now received intelligence over the garden-wall, that our design has taken air. And there will be no easy entrance.

1 Man. Ah, Captain; the time has been, when, under your command, we should have had no need of a council of war for the attacking such a fortifiation as this is.

Beau. Peace, Plunder, peace, you rogue; no marauding now; we'll burn, rob, demolish, and murder another time together: This is a business must be done with decency-Hark.

2 Man. Some company coming, sir, from the back-street-ward.

Beau. Hold then, Plunder: Do you, with your flying party, hover at a distance about the fields; while I, with the rest of the body, post myself as advantageously as I can, to watch the enemy's mo[Exeunt.


Enter THEODORET and his Party.

Theo. This way the noise was: be sure keep safe the garden-gate, and follow me carefully.


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Cour. So, here I am; and now for my instructions. Let me see, [Reads the billet.] Pray come disguised, that if the design should miscarry, your retreat may be the easier. Your unknown blushing servant.-Humph! Blushing servant ! Passingly modest, I'll warrant you! Pray come disguised! So I am, or the devil's in't; for I look more like a cut-throat than any thing else. Let me see; upon this very spot, the last time I was here, did I meet my damned wife: avert the omen, sweet Heaven, I beseech thee. And now, as I am considering, where can my friend Beaugard be at present too? With a whore. There's that question answered. Wherefore, would but my unknown blushing servant appear, or give me a kind sign; would but my little partridge call, methinks I could so chuckle, and run, and bill, and clap my wings about her. Hah! [Turns about.


Theo. Stand: who goes there?
Cour. What's the matter now?

Sero. Stand, sir: what are you, sir?
Cour. What am I, sir? a man, sir.

Theo. A man, sir, we see you are: but what man are you, friend?

Cour. A gentleman, friend; and you had best use me so. By heaven, Theodoret! and if I am but discovered!

Theo. Hands off, unloose him. You are not him we look for, sir.

Cour. I am glad of that with all my heart. [Aside. Theo. And therefore I ask your pardon. But, if you are a gentleman, you will assist one in me, that

have been injured. I have reason to believe my house is now besct with villains, who have base designs upon the honour of my family. Wherefore, if you are what you pretend, you'll draw your sword

to do justice in a good cause.

Cour. Sir, I wear it for no other end; and you shall command it.-Ah, 'tis so; Beaugard upon new exploits for the recovery of his widow. Nothing but knight errantry stirring this moon. [Aside. Theo. Please you then, sir, to stay here with my servants, while I walk to the corner of yon wall, and try what I can discover. [Exit THEODOret.

Cour. You may trust me, sir. Now will I shew myself a true renegado; take entertainment in Christian service, to betray them to my brother Turk, upon the first opportunity. And so, my blushing unknown, you may e'en stay your stomach with your sheets for this night. [Aside.


Theo. They are here, stand fast; be resolute, and be rewarded.

Enter LUCRetia.

Luc. Now, for a convenient opportunity to do mischief. Beaugard, I find, is come, and my kind mistress punctual to appointment in the garden. Now could I but order the affair, so as to slur Beaugard upon her, instead of myself; and her upon him, instead of Porcia, my conscience would be satisfied: and he, Mr. Courtine, my rival widow, and the wife, served all in their kind.

Theo. Hold, sir: what are you?

[To Beaugard at the entrance.

Cour. Ay; now, now.

Beau. No matter, sir; this is not a time of night to answer questions.

Theo. Nay, then

Beau. Nay, now sir; and when else you think fitting, sir; I am the man you look for; and you are him I wished to meet here.

Cour. Now how the devil I shall do to tilt booty; hang me like a dog if I can imagine.

Beau. Come on there.

Theo. You pass upon your death.

Beau. I have learnt to scorn death more since first you threatened it;

I see your numbers too, and come prepar'd; Porcia's my claim, and here I'll win or lose her. Theo. Then take thy due; and die like a midnight thief. Fall on.

BEAUGARD and THEODORET engage, and their parties. BEAUGARD and THEODORET quit each other. BEAUGARD falls upon COURTINE, and THEODORET upon BEAUGUARD's party; who retire from him, as COURTINE does from BEAUGARD off from the stage.

Theo. He runs, he runs; the half-bred Hector runs. False cards and dice and quart-pot brothel brawls were fitter for his management, than honourable difference; hark, clashing of swords still! by Heaven I miss our friend, the honourable stranger, that so generously took our party: if it be him, let's out, and give him succour.

Enter BEAUGARD driving in COURTINE, who retires beyond the reach of his Sword.

Beau. Base rascal! Coward, fly!—

Cour. No, sir, I stand stock still, and wo'nt stir an inch; but since you are so uncivil, resolve not to fight a stroke more: so there's my sword, and here's your humble servant.

Beau. Courtine!

Cour. The same.

Beau. And thou my enemy too!


Cour. No, sir, your friend, had you been wise enough to have found it. I came hither disguised, for a reason you shall know hereafter; but falling into the hands of the enemy, was forced to take party against you, for fear of being beaten for yet with a design of revolting, would you have given me leave. But you, when you should have kept at the head of your friends, took a particular fancy to be tickling my small guts, and now you see what you have got by it.

Beau. Then farewell for ever, poor widow.-But stay, it were base and unmanly to give it over so-Let me see-Lend me thy disguise, quickly, quickly, quickly, my imagination's warm.

Cour. Ay, with all my heart, and glad to be rid of it so[Disguises BEAUgard.

Beau. Take this, and rally my scattered forces. [Gives him his whistle.] They know the sign; and cannot be far off under the conduct of Plunder that was my serjeant abroad, thou know'st him; make what haste is possible. I'll be hereabouts, and be near me, if any new disaster should happen.

Cour. Well, with all my heart for once here is a new design in embryo now; though I fancy when we have got her, we shall never make of this widow what she has cost us.

Beau. No more; I hear company; vanish-


Theo. This way I think I heard it look, is not that he! Oh my dear generous friend, let me embrace you: I hope you are come off well.

Beau. Very well, sir, I thank thank you, if I were but well off from this place; I fear the man I had to

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