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-Give you joy, Sir, give you joy! what, you have stolen a fortune and did not know it; very good, very good.

Heart. An accident only, Sir John; I was walking in the fields, when a star shot and took me up into its orb.

Sir John. That is nonsense---but 'tis pretty, very pretty. Come, gentlemen, what will you drink? What will you drink? Codso! Where is Tim? Where is Tim ? Odd, we will be very merry ; I am heartily. glad of this affair; every man shall buy a pair of new, lungs; we'll shut ourselves up, remove the cellar into the great hall, and make one continual roar that shall last a twelvemonth.

Heart. Sir, here's an angry person, an acquaintance of mine, who has committed a gentleman's murder, and is in great haste for his Mittimus ; pray dispatch him.

Sir John. Codso, I am sorry for it; pray let me know the case.

Enter Constable with AURA prisoner. Const. An' it please your worship, here's another va. grom that we have taken upon disposition of his concerns in the said murder, and so having pistols in his pockets, we ha' brought him afore your worship.

Sir John. Bring him nearer; shew me his face. Codso, a pretty young fellow! let me look at him. What! how! Madam Aura, as I live! What whim, what chimera, what adventure put thee into this habit?

Mode. Ha !---Aura !---alive too, in my little Hector's clothes, I vow to gad---Tol, lol, dol, lolHark'e, my little reprobate bully--- I am surprisingly rejoiced to see thee; faith I am! Buss !Gad, I never was so much in love with thee in my life.

Aura. Will you ravish me again, Mr. Modely ?--Huh. Odd if you do, I'll swinge you.

Mode. Heartwell, how dost ? Madam Flora, your most obedient--- Joy, Madam, joy! Freehold, faith, thou art a very clever old gentleman--- Sir John, I rejoice to see you--- I am prodigiously pleased, in troth; I was in a horrible cold sweat just now, tho'my proud heart would not own it.

Flora. Ah, if they could but frighten you into sobriety once.

Mode. I should sink into a husband; tho' faith, I find a strange stir within me about that whimsical girl there: hark'e, Madam, dare you 'venture upon a rake, in full assurance (as some ladies have) that your charms will reduce him ?

Aura. And so fall a martyr to my pride instead of

my virtue.

Free.. Hold, Sir, I have some interest here, and I don't think you tame enough yet to be marry'dBut if the girl is foolish enough to venture, why let her own inclinations lead her: and then if she falls into a ditch, she can't complain of her guide.

Aura. Indeed I shall not give you that opportunity of being reveng'd.

Mode. Perhaps the punishment may be mine ; try me, trust me, since I can have you no other way.

Aura. I tell you, Sir; you must, before I dare give credit to you, serve me faithfully at least two whole months together, and then if we like one ano. ther as well as we do now Why, we'll settle our fortunes and our inclinations

Mode. And jog on in the road of our fathers.
Aura. Amen.
Mode. So be it.

Flora. I am sorry to hear your misfortime; in our absence, it seems, the house was robbed. [To Sir John.

Sir John. Codso! Ay, ay, a villanous story, cou. sin. The Duke of Gasconade lay here last night; ay, his grace did me the honour---But he was most barbarously treated. I am in hopes of catching 'em : if I do

Enter LURCHER to Sir John. Lurch. Sir, if you please, one word.

Sir John. Well, what have you to say? I am very busy. What would you have, friend ?

Lurch. Had not you a man of quality lodg'd in your house last night?

Sir John. Yes, I had, Sir; and what then? what then ?

Lurch. You have a nephew.
Sir John. Ha! what!
Lurch. That man of quality was your nephew,

Sir John. And you are he! Ay, 'tis so, 'tis so; why? I am struck dumb, ay, really, quite speechlessWhy, could a man who looked so like quality, d'ye see-Well, well, 'tis an impudent age, a very impudent age, and verily thou art the most impudent fel.

low in it-Codso, I'll have thee hanged in thy blue garter and Bristol stones for a theatrical peer as thou art.

Lurch. Please to hear me one word, Sir.

Sir John. Ay, ay,---I am your grace's most obedient humble servant, and return you my most hearty thanks for the particular favours you have bestowed on the most unworthy of your creatures : hark ye, poltroon, did you never hear of Scandalum Magnatum, and so forth? But what can you say for yourself now, halı ?

Lurch. Sir, I say, that uncommon generosity with which you treated me, under that feigned character I pore, struck so warınly upon my inind, I could not pear the compunction I felt even from my success; and thus I throw myself upon your mercy, am ready o restore all I have wrong'd you of, and only beg your forgiveness.

Sir John. This is frankly done, very generously lone, indeed -In troth, the rogue touches me, he has almost brought tears into my eyes; I profess he -What shall I do?

[ Aside. Lurch. Necessity drove hand--My creditors threat. ened me hourly with a gaol---Nature prompted me to struggle with every difficulty ; if you can have a favourable thought of me

Sir John. I profess the young knave has conquered ---I profess he has [Turning to Lurcher.] Well, Dick, “ well, if I should venture to restore you to

my family, what security shall I have you won't return to these evil ways again, Dick?



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" Lurch. I must repeat it, it was the most pressing " necessity only that reduced me to these extremes ; “ if you can forgive me, Sir, I will endeavour here. « after to deserve it.

Sir John.I do, I do forgive thee, Dick---I profess my heart is so full it runs over at my eyes.

Lurch. Your extreme goodness covers me with confusion.

Sir John. Well, will your grace dismiss the ragamuffins of your train, pay the rascals, and send 'em home to their wives? “ Like Falstaff's followers, " they are safe by being in good company. Come,

come, all is made up ; let us have one trip for it

now, I beseech you: what, a wedding without a “ fiddle, man, is like a troop without a trumpet. " Codso, we will foot it till a good capermonger “ shall be able to copy the figure of the dance from is

our impressions on the pavement. [ A dance."

Heart. Let these accidents, George, hereafter, when you shall please to think, make you remember, that there is no real lasting good but in virtue, and that'the greatest happiness below consists, however libertines and half-wits may affect to ridicule it, in honourable love.

When heaven conspicuous merit would regard,
A virtuous woman is the great reward:
This lovely blessing sweetens life alone,
Sooths all our ills, and keeps hard fortune down;
Gives us an antepast of joys above,
Beauty and virtue, harmony and love.

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