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I could bite

Pat. Was ever unfortunate creature pursued My tongue through spite

as I am, by distresses and vexations. Some plague bewitch'd me that's for sure. The. My dear Patty !-See, farmer, you have

(Exit. thrown her into tears—Pray be coruforted.

AIR. SCENE IV.- A Room in the Miller's House.

Pat. Ok leave me, in pity! The falsehood I Enter Giles, followed by Patty and THEoDosia.

scorn ;

For slander the bosom untainted deAIR.

fies :

But rudeness and insult are not to be Giles. Women's tongues are like mill clappers,

borne, And from thence they learn the knack,

Though offer'd by wretches we're sense Of for eter sounding clack.-

to despise.

Of Woman defenceless, how cruel the Why, what the plague's the matter with you?

fate! what do you scold at me for? I am sure I did

Pass ever so cautious, so blameless her not say an uncivil word, as I do know of! I'll

way, be judged by the young lady if I did.

Nature and enty, lurk always in wait, Pat. 'Tis very well, Farmer; all I desire is, And innocence falls to their fury : that you will leave the house : you see my father

prey. is pot at home at present ; when he is, if

(Eseunt Patty and Giles. you have any thing to say, you know where to come.

Enter MERVIN. Giles. Enough said; I don't want to stay in the house, not I ; and I don't much care if I had The. You are a pretty gentleman, are not you, never come into it.

to suffer a lady to be at a rendezvous before The. For shame, farmer ! down on your knees, you. and beg Miss Fairfield's pardon, for the outrage Mer. Difficulties, my dear, and dangers you have been guilty of.

None of the company had two suits of apparel ; Giles. Beg pardon, iniss! for what? Icod so I was obliged to purchase a rag of one, and a that's well enough; why I am my own master tatter from another, at the expense of ten times ben't I?-If I have no mind to marry, there's no the sum they would fetch at the paper mill. harın in that, I hope ; 'tis only changing hands. The. Well, where are they? -This morning she would not have me ; and Mer. Here in this bundle -and, though! now I won't have she.

say it, a very decent habiliipent, if you have at Pat. Have you ! Heaven and earth! do you enough to stick the parts together; I've been think, then, 'tis the missing of you, that gives me watching till the coast was clear to bring them concern? No: I would prefer a state of beggary to you. a thousand times beyond any thing I could eu- The. Let ine see- I'll slip into this closet joy with you ! and be assured, if ever I was and equip myself-All bere is in such confuseemingly consenting to such a sacrifice, nothing sion, there will no notice be taken. should have compelled me to it, but the craelty Mer. Do, so ; I'll take care nobody shall isof my situation.

terupt you in the progress of your metamorphoGiles. Oh, as for that I believes you; but you sis (She goes in.) and if you are not ttcious

, see the gudgeon would not bite, as I told you a we may walk off without being seen by any bit agove, you know; we farmers never like to reap what we don't sow.

The. Ha, ha, ha !What a copcourse of Pat. You brutish fellow, how dare you talk?– atoms are here! though as I live, they are a

Giles. So, now she's in her tantrums again, great deal better than I expected. and all for no manner of yearthly thing! Mer. Well, pray make haste; and don't isa

Pat. But, be assured my lord will punish you gine yourself at your toilette now, where male severely for daring to make free with his name. prescribes two hours, for what reason woeid

Giles. Who made free with it? did I ever scarce allow three minutes. mention my lord ? 'Tis a cursed lie !

The. Have patience ; the outward garments The. Bless me! farmer !

on already; and I'll assure you a very good so Giles. Why it is, miss—and I'll make her only a little the worse for the mending. prove her words-- Then what does she mean by Mer. Imagine it embroidery, and consider it being punished? I am not afraid of nobody, nor your wedding suit.—Come, how far are you beholden to nobody, that I know of: while I got. pays my rent, my money, I believe, is as good as The. Stay, you don't consider there's some another's: egad, if it goes there, I think there be contrivance necessary. -Here goes the those deserve to be punished more than I. pron-Aounced and furbelowed with a witness!

-Alas ! alas ! it has no strings ! what shallo



do? Come, no matter, a couple of pins will The. I am so frighted and Aurried, that I have serve-And now the cap-Oh, mercy! here's scarce strength enough to read it. a hole in the crown of it large enough to thrust my head through.

Mer. That you'll hide with your straw hat ; It is with the greatest concern I find, that I or, if you

should not-What, not ready yet? huve been unhappily the occusion of giving some The Only one minute more--- -Yes, now the uneasiness to you and Miss Sycamore : be assured, work's accomplished.

[ Comes out. had I been apprized of your prior pretensions,

and the young lady's disposition in your faAIR.

vour, I should have been the last person to in

terrupt your felicity. I beg, sir, you will do me Who'll buy good luck ? who'll buy, who'll buy the favour to come up to my house, where I hare The gypsy's favours ? --- Here am I! already so far settled matters, as to be able to Through the village, through the town, assure you, that every thing will go entirely to

What charming sav'ry scraps we'll earn ! your satisfaction.
Clean straw shall be our beds of down,
And our withdrawing room a barn.

Mer. Well ! What do you think of it! Shall

we go to the castle? Well ! Young and old, the grave, and gay,

The. Well!
The miser and the prodigal ;

Mer. What do you think of it?
Cit, courtier, bumpkin, come away;

The. Nay, what do you think of it? I warrant we'll content you all.

Mer. Eyau, I can't very well tell-However,

on the whole, I believe it would be wrong of us Enter FAIRFIELD and Giles.

to proceed any further in our design of running

away, even if the thing was practicable. Mer. Plague, here's somebody coming ! The. I am entirely of your opinion. I swear

Fair. As to the past, farmer,’tis past; I bear this lord Aimworth is a charming man! I fancy no malice for any thing thou hast said.

'tis lucky for you I had not been long enough Giles. Why, Master Fairfield, you know I had acquainted with him, to find out all his goud a great regard for Miss Patty; but when I come qualities. But how the deuce came he to hearto consider all in all, I finds as how it is not Mer. No matter; after this, there can be adviseable to change my condition yet awhile. nothing to apprehend. What do you say? shall

Fair. Friend Giles, thou art in the right; mar- we go up to the castle? riage is a serious point, and can't be considered The. By all means ! and in this very trim ; to too warily. Ha! who have we here? shall I show what we were capable of doing, if my fanever keep my house clear of these vermin? Look ther and mother had not come to reason. But, to the goods, there, and give me a borsewhip- perhaps, the difficulties being removed may lesby the lord Harry, I'll make an example sen your penchant, you men are such unacCome here, Lady Light fingers! let me see what countable mortals. Do you love me well enough thou hast stolen.

to marry me, without making a frolic of it? Mer. Hold, miller, hold !

Mer. Do I love you!
Fair. O gracious goodness ! Sure Iknow this The. Ay; and to what degree?
face-Miss-Young madam Sycamore-Mercy Mer. Why do you ask me?
beart, here's a disguise.
The, Discovered !

Mler. Miller, let me speak to you.
The. What ill fortune is this !

Who upon the oozy beach, Giles. Ill forlune, miss! I think there be no- Can count the num'rous sands that lie ? thing but crosses and misfortunes of one kind or Or distinctly reckon each other.

Transparent orb that studs the sky? Fuir. Money to me, sir ! not for the world ; you want no friends but what you have already As their multitude betray,

-Lack-a-day, lack-a-day ! see how luckily í And frustrate all attempts to tell : came in: I believe you are the gentleman, to So'tis impossible to say, whom I am charged to give this, on the part of How much I love, I love so well, my lord Aimworth-Bless you, dear sir, go up to bis honour, with my young lady—There is a The. But, hark you, Mervin ? will you take chaise waiting at the door to carry you ---I and after my father, and be a very husband now? Or my daughter will take another way.

don't you think I shall take after my mother, and

[Erit FAIRFIELD. be a commanding wife ? Mer. Pr'ythee, read this letter, and tell me Mer. Oh, I'll trust you. what you think of it.

The. But you may pay for your confidence. The. Heaven's, 'tis a letter from lord Aim

[ Èxeunt Mer. and. Tue. wortir! We are betraved !

Giles. So, there goes a couple ! Icod, I beMer. By what means I know yot.

lieve Old Nick has got among the people in these parts ! This is as queer a thing as ever I heard Lord Aim. Why, yes, Master Fairfield, I have fot. Master Fairfield and Miss Patty, it seems, a word or two sull to say to you-In short, though are gone to the castle, too; where, by what I you are satisfied in this atiair, I am pot; and we larns from Raph in the mill, my lord has pro- seem to forget the promise I made to you, that, mised to get hier a husband among the servants. since I had been the means of losing your daugtNow set in case the wind sets in that corner, ! ter one busband, I would find her another. liave been thinking with myself who the plague Fair. Your honour is to do as you please. it can be : there are no unmarried men in the Lord Aim. What say you, Patty, will you acfamily, that I do know of excepting little Bub, ccpt of a husband of my chusing? the postullion, and master Jonathan, the butler ; Pui. My lord, I have no detei niination; rcu and be's a matter of sixty or seventy years old. are the best judge how I ought to act; whatever I'll be shot if it ben't lilile Bob ! cod, I'll take you command, I shall obey. the way to the castle, as well as the rest ; for I'd Lord Aim. Then, Patty, there is but one per fain see how the nail do drive. It is well I had son I can offer you—and I wish, for your sake, w.t enough to discern things, and a friend to he was more deserving-Take me. advise with, or else she would have fallen to my Fat. Sir! lot. But I have got a surfeit of going a courting, Lord dim. From this moment our interests and burn me if I won't live a bachelor ! for when are one, as our hearts; and no earthly power skal all comes to all, I see nothing but ill blood and ever divide us. quarrels among tolk when they are married. Fair. O the gracious! Patty-my lord_did I

hear right! You, sir! you tarry a child of AIR.


Lord Aim. Yes, my honest old man ! in me Then hey for a frolic some life!

you behold the usband design’d for your daugbI'll rumble where pleasures are rise : ier ; and I am happy, that, by standing in ite

Strike up with the free heurted lasses ; place of fortune, who has alone been wanting to And never think more of a wife.

her, I shall be able to set her merit in a light, Plague on it ! men are but asses, where its lu-tre will be rendered conspicuotis. To run after noise und strife.

Fair. But, good, noble sir pray consider!

don't go to put upon a silly old man! my daugtHad we been together buckled,

ter is unworthy -Patty, child, why don't you "Twould huve proved a fine affair ;

speak? Dogs would bave burked at the cuckolıl, Pat. What can I say, father? What answer And boys, pointing, cried-Look there! to such unlooked for, such uninerited, such us

(Exit Giles. bounded generosity.

Ralph Down on your knees, and fall a crySCENE II.-An Apartment in Lord Aim

ing. WORTH's House, opening to a view of the garden. Pat. Yes, sir, as my father says, consider

your poble friends, your relations-It must not, Enter Lord AIMWORTH, FAIRFIELD, Party, cannot be. and Ralph.

Lord dim. It must, and shall- Friends! Ree Lord Aim. Thus, Master Fairfield, I hope I lations ! from henceforth I have none, that will have fully satisfied you with regard to the faisity become acquainted with your perfections, these,

not acknowledge you: and I am sure, n bien they of the imputation ibrown upon your daughter

whose sufrage I must esteem, will rather admire Fuir. My lord, I am very well content; pray

the justice of my choice, than wonder at its site do not give yourself the trouble of saying any

gularity. Ralph. No, my lord, you need not say any


Lord Aim. My life, my joy, my blessing. Fair. Hold your tongue, sirrab.

In thee, euch grace possessins, Lord Aim. I am sorry, Patty, you have had

All must my choice approve. this mortification. Pat. Iam sorry, my lord, you have been trou

Pat. bled about it; but really, it was against my con

To you my all is oxing,

OK! take a heart o'erflowing sent. Fair. Well, come, children, we will not take Lord Aim. Thus enfolding,

With gratitude and love. up bis honour's time any longer ; let us be going towards home-Ileaven prosper your lordship!

Thus be holding the prayers of me and my family shall always Both.

One lo my soul so dear : Lord Aim. Miller, come back-Patty, stay

Can there be pleasure greater !

Can there be bliss completer! Fair. Has your lordship any thing further to

'Tis too much to beur. command us?

and me.



attend you.

Enter Sır HARRY, LADY SYCAMORE, THEODOSIA, Ralph. Hip, fariner; come back, mon, come and MERVIN.

back---Sure my lord's going to marry sister him

selt; feyther's to have a tine house, and I'm to Sir Har. Well, we have followed your lord

be a captain. ship's counsel, and inade the best of a bad mar

Lord Aim. Ho, Master Giles ! pray walk in; ket-So, my lord, please to know our son-in-law, here is a lady, who, I dare swear, will be glad to that is to be.

see you, and give orders that you shall always Lord dim. You do me a great deal of honour.

be made welcome. I wish you joy, sir, with all my heart ! And now,

Ralph. Yes, tarmer, you'll always be welcome Sir Harry, give me leave to introduce to you a

in the kitchen. new relation of wine-- -This, sir, is shortly

Lord Aim. What, have you nothing to say to to be my wife.

your old acquaintance ? Come, pray let the farSir Har. My lord

iner salute you-Nay, a kiss—I insist upon it. Lady Sye. Your lordship's wile !

Sir Har. Ha, ha, ha!-- Hem ! Lord Aim. Yes, madam.

Ludy Syc. Sir Harry, I am ready to sink at the Lady Syc. And why so, my lord?

monstrousness of your behaviour. Lord Aim. Why, faith, madam, because I can't

Lord Aim. Fy, Master Giles! don't look so live happy without her --And I think she has too sheepish ; you and I were rivals, but not less

friends at present.

You have acted in this affair many amable, too many estimable qualities, to meet with a worse fate.

like an honest Englishınan, who scorned even Sir Har. Well, but you are a peer of the the shadow of distwnour, and thou shalt sit rent realm; you will have all the fleerers

free for a twelvenionih. Lord fim. I know very well the ridicule, that

Sir Hur. Come, shan't we all salute? With may be thrown on a lorid's marrying a miller's your leave, my lord, I'lldaughter; and I on, with blushes, it has for

Lady Syc. Sir Harry! some time had too great weight with me : but we should marry to please ourselves, not other

AIR. people: and, on mature consideratinn, I can see no reproach justly inerited, by raising a deserv- Lord Aim. Yield who will to forms a martyr, iny wisman to a station she is capable of adorn

While, unawed by idle shame, iny, let ber birth be what it will.

Pride for happiness I barter, Sir Hur. Why, 'tis very true, my lord. I

Heedless of the million's blame. once knew a gentleman, tnät married bis cook

Thus with love my arms I quarter; maid: he was a relation of my own-You re

ll'omen graced in nature's frume, inember fat Margery, my lady? She was a very

Every privilege, by churter, good sort of a woman, indeed she was, and made

Hure a right from man to claim. the best suit duinplings I ever tasted.

Ludy Syc. Will you never learn, Sir Harry, The. Eased of doubts, and fears presagto guard your expressions ? Well, but give

ing, me leave', my lord, to say a word to you—

Il’hat new joys within me rise ! There are other ill consequences attending such

Ilhile mamma, her frowns assuage an alliance.

ing Lord dim. One of them I suppose is, that I,

Dares no longer tyrannise. a peer, should be obliged to call ibis good old

So long storms und tempests rayspiller father-in-law? But where's the shame in

ing, that? He is as good as any lord, in being a man;

When the blustering fury dies, and if we dare suppose a lord, that is not an ho

Ah! how lovely, how engaging, nest man, he is, in my opinion, the more respec'.

Prospects fuir, und cloudless able character. Come, Master Fairfield, give

skies! me your hand; from benceforth you have done with working; we will pull down your mill, and Sir Har. Dad! But this is wondrous pretty, build you a house in the place of it; and the mo

Singing each a roun-de-lay, ney I intended for the portion of your daughter,

And I'll mingle in the ditty, shall now be laid out in purchasing a commission

Though I scarce know what to for your son.

say. Ralph. What, my lord, will you make me a

There's u daughter, brisk and uitly, captain !

Here's a uite can wisely sway: Lörd dim. Ay, a colonel, if you deserve it.

Trust me, musters, 'twere a pity Ralph. Then I'll keep Fan.

Not to let them have their way.


Enter Giles. Giles. Ods bobs! where aın I running ? I beg pardon for my audacity.

My crample is a rare one;

But the cause may be divined: Women want not meiit-dare one

Hope discerning men to find,

0! may each accomplished fair one,

Bright in person, sage in mind, Viewing my good fortune, share

one Full as splendid, and as kind! Laughed at, slighted, circumdented,

And exposed for folks to see't,

'Tis as thof a man repented

For his follies in a sheet. But my wrongs go unresented, Since the fates have thought then

meet; This good company contented, All my wishes are complete.

(Eseunt omnes.


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