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SCENE I.- A Garden belonging to Don

My peace, should I venture to try
Diego's House.

My doors shall be lock’d,
Enter Don Diego, musing ; followed by

My windows be block'd;

No male in my house,

Not so much as a mouse :
Don Diego. Thoughts to council-let me see,

Then horns, horns, I defy you !
Hum-to be, or not to be
A husband, is the question :

Don Diego. Ursula!
A cuckold ! must that follow ?

Ursula. Here, an't please your worship.
Say what men will,

Don Diego. Where is Leonora?
Wedlock's a pill,

Ursula. In her chamher, sir.
Bitter to swallow,

Don Diego. There is the key of it; there the
And hurd of digestion,

key of the best hall: there the key of the door

upon the first flight of stairs ; there the key of But fear makes the danger seem dou- the door upon the second ; this double locks the ble.

hatch below; and this the door, that opens into Say, Hymen, what mischief can trou- the entry.


Yes, yes,

Ursula. I am acquainted with every ward of Ursula. I will, indeed, your worship ; nay, f them.

there is a widow gentlewoman in all Salamanca, Don Diego. You know, Ursula, when I took | fitter to look after a young maidenLeonora from her father and mother, she was to Don Diego. Go, and send Leonora to be. live in the house with me three months ; at the expiration of which time, I entered into a bond of four thousand pistoles, either to return her to

Ursula. I know the world, sir, though I sayt: the spotless, with half that suin for a dowry, or

I'm cautious, and rise ; make her my true and lawful wile.

And they, who surprise Ursula. And I warrant you, they came se

My prudence nodding, cretly to enquire of me, whether they, might

Must sit up late. venture to trust your worship ;-Lord, said I, I have lived with the gentleman nine years

Nerer fear, sir, and three quarters, come lammas, and never

Your safety's here, sir ; saw any thing uncivil by him in my life ; nor, no more I ever did : and to let your worship

I'll answer for miss : know, if I had, you would have mistaken

Let me alone ; your person; for, I bless Heaven, though I

I warrant my care am poor, I'm honest, and would not live with

Shall weigh to u hair, any man alive, that should want to handle me

As much as your own.

(Ert unlawfully.

Don Diego. Ursula, I do believe it; and you are particularly happy, that both your age and

Don Diego. I dream't last night, that I was your person exempt you from any such tempta- going to church withi Leonora to be married, and tion. But, be this as it will, Leonora's parents

, that we were met on the road by a drove of after some difficulty, consented to comply with oxen Oxen I don't like oxen; I wish my propos.ıl; and, being fully satished with their had been a flock of sheep. daughter's temper and conduct, which I wanted to be acquainted with, this day being the expira- Enter Leonora with a Bird on her Finger, akich tion of the term, I am resoved to fulfil iny bond, she holds in the other Hand by a String. by marrying her to-morrow, Ursula. Heaven bless you together!

Leo. Say, little, foolish, flutt'ring thing, Don Diego. During the time she bas lived with

Whither, ah! uhither would you me, she lias never been a moment out of my

wing sight; and now, tell me, Ursula, what have you

Your uiry fright; observed in her?

Stay here, and sing, Ursula. All meekness and gentleness, your

Your mistress to delight. worship; and yet, I warrant you, shrewd and

No, no, no, sensible ; egad! when she pleases, she can be as

Sweet Robin, you shall not go : sharp as a needle.

Where, you wanton, could you be, Don Diego. You have not been able to disco

Half so happy as with me! ver any particular attachments?

Ursula. Why, sir, of late I have observed-
Don Diego. Eh ! how ! what?

Don Diego. Leonora !
Ursulu. That she has taken greatly to the

Leo. Here I am.

Don Diego. Look me in the face, and listen Don Diego. O! is that all?

to me attentively. Ursula. Ay, by my faith! I don't think she is Leo. There. fond of any thing else.

Don Diego. I am going this evening to your Don Diego Of me! Ursula?

father and mother, and I suppose you are nit Ursula. Ay, ay, of the kitten and your wor- ignorant of the cause of my journey? Are you ship, and her birds, and going to mass. I have willing to become my wife? taken notice of late, that she is mighty fond of Leo. I am willing to do whatever you, and w going to mass, as your worship lets her early of a father and mother, please. morning.

Don Diego. But that's not the thing; do seu Don Diego. Well! I am now going to ber pa-like me? rents, to let them know my resolution. I will not Leo, Yes. take her with me; because, baving been used to Don Diego. What do you sigh for? confinement, and it being the hfe I am deter- Leo. I don't knowa mined she shall lead, it will be only giving her Don Diego. When you came hither, you were a bad habit. I shall return with the good folks taken froin a mean litle house, ill situated, and to-morrow morning; in the mean time, Ursula, I worse furnished; you had no servants, and were confide in your attention ; and take care, as you obliged, with your mother, to do the work foute would merit my favour.


young kitten.


Leo. Yes, but when we had done, I could Or wou'd some bird, that pity brings, look out at the window, or yo a walking in the But for a moment lend its wings, fields.

Mly parents then might rave and scold, Don Diego. Perhaps, you dislike confine- My guardian strive my will to hold : ment?

Their words are hursh, his walls are high, Leo. No, I don't, I ain sure.

But, spite of all, away I'd fly. Don Diego. I say, then, I took you from that mean habitation, and bard labour, to a noble building, and this fine garden; where, so far SCENE II.-A Street in Salamanca. from being a slave, you are absolute mistress ; and instead of wearing a mean stitt gown, look at yourself I beseech you; tie dress you have Leander enters with Two Scholars ; all in their on, is fit for a princess.

University Gowns.
Leo. It is very fine, indeed.
Don Diego. Well, Leonora, you know in

Lean. His name is Don Diego; there's his

house, like another monastery, or rather prison; what manuer you bave been treated since have been my companion; ask yourself again his servants are an ancient duenna, and a negro

slave now, whether you can be content to lead a life with me according to the specimen you bachelor, this old fellow has picked up a young

1st Scho. And after having lived fifty years a have had? Leo. Specimen!

thing of sixteen, whom he by chance saw in a Don Diego Ay, according to the manner Ibalcony. have treated you according

Lean. Yes; her parents are decayed gentry, Leo. I'll do whatever you please.

that live about a mile or two from Salamanca, Don Diego. Then, my dear, give me a kiss.

bere; and he has made the most ridiculous Leo. Good b'ye to you.

agreement with them! Don Diego. llere, Ursula!

2d Scho. And you are in love with the girl?

Leun. To desperation; and I believe I am

not indifferent to her; for finding, that her By some I am toll,

jealous guardian look ber to the chapel of a Thut I'm wrinkled and old ;

neiglıbouring convent, every morning before it But I will not believe whut they say: was light, I went there, in the habit of a pilI feel

blood mounting,

grim, planting myself as near her as I could; I Like streams in a fountain,

then varied iny appearance, continuing to do so That merrily sparkle and play. from time to time, till I was convinced she had

suficiently remarked, and understood my meanFor lore I hate will,

ing. And ability still ;

1st Scho. Well, Leander, I'll say that for you, Odsbobs, I cun scarcely refrain !

there is not a more industrious lad in the unió My diamond, my peurl

versity of Salamanca, when a wench is to be Weil, be a good girl,

ferreted. Until I come to you again.


2d Scho. But, pr’ythee, tell us now, how did you get information?

Lean. First, from report, which raised my Leo. lleigho! I think I'm sick-He's

curiosity; and afterwards from the negro I just very good to me to be sure, and its my duty to

now mentioned: I observed, that, when the Jove him, because we ought not to be ungrateful; but I wish I was not to marry him for all Family was gone to bed, he often came to air

Inimself at youder grate. You know I am no that, though I ain afraid to tell him so. Fine feathers, they say, make fine birds : but, I am taking a guitar, clapping a black patch on my

bad chapter, por a very scurvy miostrel ; so, sure, they don't make happy ones; a sparrow is

eye, and a swathe upon one of my legs, I soon happier in the fields, than a goldfinch in a cage scraped acquaintance with my friend Mungo. There is soinething makes ine mighty uneasy. He adores my songs and sarabands, and, taking While be was talking to me, I thought I never saw any thing look so ugly in my lif:--- dear share of his allowance, which I accept, to avoid

me for a poor cripple, often repays me with a now! why did I forget to ask leave to go to

suspicion. mass to-morrow? I suppose, because he's abroad,

ist Scho. And so Ursula won't take me--I wish I had asked leave

Leun. And so, sir, he has told me all the to go to mass.

secrets of liis family, and one worth knowing ;

for he informed we last night, that his master Was I a shepherd's maid, to keep

will this evening take a short journey into the On yonder plains u flock of sheep,

country, froin whence he proposes not to return Well pleas'l, I'd watch the lire-long day, till to-morrow, leaving his young wife, that is to My enes at feed, my lambs at play. be, behind him.

2d Scho, Zounds! let's scale the wall!

Mungo. Nothing, massa ; only me say you Lean. Fair and softly! I will this instant go very good massa. and put on my disguise, watch for the Don's Don Diego. What do you leave your load going out, attack my negro friend, and try if, by down there for? his means, I cannot come into the bouse, or, at Mungo. Massa, me lilly tire. least, get a sight of my charming angel.

Don Diego, Take it up, rascal. 1st Scho. Angel! Is sbe then so handsome ?

ş! Don Diego. No, lay it down :-Dow I think

Mungo. Yes, bless your heart, massa ! Lean. It is time for us to withdraw: come to my chainbers, and there you shall know all you on't, come hither. can desire.

Mungo. What you say, massa ?
Don Diego. Can you

be honest? Hither, Venus, with your doves,

Mungo. Me no savee, massa ; you never 23

me before. Hither, all ye little loves ; Round me light your wings display,

Don Diego. Can you tell truth?
And beur a lover on his way.

Mungo. What you give me, massa?
Don Diego. There's a pistreen for you; no*

tell Oh, could I but, like Jode of old,

me, do you know of any ill going on in my

house? Transform myself to showery gold; Or in a swan my passion shroud,

Mungo. Ah, massa, a damn deal ! Or wrap it in an orient cloud;

Don Diego. How! that I'm a stranger to? What locks, whut bars should then impede,

Mungo. No, massa, you lick me every day

with your rattan : l'm sure, massa, that's mis Or kcep me from my charming maid!

chief enough for poor neger inan. [Exeunt.

Don Diego. So, so.

Mungo. La, massa, how could you have a SCENE III.- The Outside of Don Diego's Thursday?

heart to lick poor neger man, as you lick me last House, which appears with Windows barred

Don Diego. If you have not a mind I should up, and an Iron Grate before an Entry. chastise

you now,


your tongue.

Mungo. Yes, massa, if you no lick me again. Don DJĘGO enters from the House, having first · Don Dieo, Listen to me, I say. unlocked the Door, and removed two or three

Mungo. You know, massa, me very good scrBurs which assisted in fastening it.

Don Diego. Then you will go on? Don Diego. With the precautions I have

Mungo. And ought to be use kinetaken, I think I run no risk in quitting my house Don Diego. If you utter another syllable for a short time. Leonora has never shewn the Mungo. And I'm sure, massa, you can't deny least inclination to deceive me; besides, my old but I worky worky—I dress a victuals, and run woman is prudent and faithful; she has all the a errands, and wash a house, and make a beds, keys, and will not part with them from herself : and scrub a shoes, and wait a tablebut, suppose-suppose-by the rood and Saint

Don Diego. Take that—Now will you listen Francis, I will not leave it in her power to do to me? mischief. A woman's not having it in her power Mungo. La, massa, if ever I saw to deceive you, is the best security for her fideli

Don Diego. I am going abroad, and shall not ty, and the only one a wise man will confide in; return till to-morrow morning-During this night fást bind, safe find, is an excellent proverb : I'll I charge you not to sleep a wink, but be watcbeven lock her up with the rest; there is a hasp ful as a lynx, and keep walking up and dova to the door, and I have a padlook within, which the entry, that, if you hear the least noise, you shall be my guarantee. I will wait till the negro may alarm the family. returns with provisions he is gone to purchase ; Mungo. So I must be stay in a cold all night, and, clapping them all up together, make my and have no sleep, and get no tanks neitber; mind easy, by having the key they are under in then him call me tief, and rogue, and rascal, to my pocket.

tempt me.

Don Diego. Stay here, perverse animal, and Enter Muxgo, with a Hamper.

take care, that nobody approaches the door; I

am going in, and shall be out again in a moment. Mungo. Go, get you down, you damn hamper,

[Erit. you carry me now. Curse my old måssa, sending me always here and dere for one something Mungo. Dear heart, what a terrible life as I to make me tire like a mule-curse him imper

led! ance-and him damn insurance !

A dog has a better, that's sheltered and Don Diego. How now?

fed : Mungo. Ah, massa, bless your heart!

Night and day'tis de same, Don Diego. What's that you are muttering,

My pain is dere game ; sirrah?

Me wish to de Lord me was dead!


near our

Whate'er's to be done,

Mungo. Lewd you self, no lewd here; play Poor black must run ;

away; never mind her.
Mungo here, Mungo dere,

Ursula. I shall come down, if you go on.
Mungo every where ;

Mungo. Ay, come along, more merrier;-
Above and below,

noting here but poor man; be sing for bit of Sirrah come, sirrah go!,

Do so, and do so.

Ursula. I'll have no poor man
Oh, oh!

door: Hark ye, fellow? can you play the ForMe wish to de Lord me was dead! [Exit. saken Maid's Delight, or Black Bess of Castile?

Ah, Mungo, if you had heard me sing, when I

was young Enter Don Diego with Ursula, who after the Mungo. Gad, I'm sure, I hear you voice often

Negro goes in, appears to bolt the Door on the enough, now you old. Inside : Then Don Diego, unseen by them, Ursula. I could quaver like any blackbird. puts on a large Padlock, and goes off. After Mungo. Come throw a poor soul a penny; be which, LEANDER enters disguised, and Mungo play a tune for you. comes to the Grate.

Ursula. How did you lose the use of your

leg? Lean. So-my old Argus is departed, and the Lean. In the wars, my good dame; I was evening is as favourable for my design, as I could taken by a Barbary corsair, and carried into wish. Now to attract my friend Mungo; if he is Sallee, where I lived eleven years and three within hearing of my guitar, I am sure he will quarters upon cold water and the roots of quickly make his appearance,

the earth, without baviog a coat on my back, Mungo. Who goes dere?-Hip, hollo ! or laying my head on a pillow; an infidel Lean. Heaven bless you, my worthy master, bought me for a slave; le gave me the strapwill your worship’s honour have a litile music pado on my shoulders, and the bastinado on this evening? and I have got a delicious bottle the soles of my feet: now this in fidel Turk had of cordial here, given me by a charitable monk fifty-three wives, and one hundred and twelve of a convent hard by, if your grace will please to concubines. taste it.

Ursula. Then he was an unreasonable vil. Mongo. Give me sup, troo a grate; come lain. closee, man; don't be fear; old massa gone out, as I say last night, and he no come back before

LEONORA above. to-morrow; come, trikee moosic, and give us song.

Leo. Ursula ! Lean. I'll give your worship a song I learn- Ursula. Od's my life, what's here to do! Go ed in Barbary, when I was a slave among the back, go back: fine work we shall have, indeed! Moors.

good man, good bye. Mungo. Ay, do.

Leo. I could not stay any longer by myself ; Lean. There was a cruel and malicious Turk, pray let me take a little air at the grate? who was called Heli Abdallah Mahomet Scah. Lean. Do, worthy madam ; let the young genNow, this wicked Turk had a fair Christian slave tlewoman stay; I'll play her a love song for nonamed Jezabel, who, not consenting to his beast- thing. ly desires, he draws out his sabre, and is going

Ursula. No, no, none of your love songs here ; to cut off her head. Here's what he says to her. if you could play a saraband indeed, and there [Sings and plays.] Now you shall hear the slave's was room for one's motions— answer. [Sings and plays again.] Now you shall Lean. Iain but a poor man, but if your ladyhear how the wicked Turk, being greatly enray- ship will let me in as far as the ball

, or the ed, is again going to cut off the fair slave's kitchen, you may all dance, and I shan't ask any head. (Sings and plays aguin.] Now you shall thing. hear

Ursula. Why, if it was not on my master's Mungo. What signify me bear?-Me no un account, I should think no harın in a little innoderstand.

cent recreation.
Leon. Oh, you want something you under- Mungo. Do, and let us dance.
stand! If your honour had said that-

Lean. Has ma'am the keys, then?
Ursula. Yes, yes, I have the keys.

Lean. Have you the key of this padlock
URSULA above.

too, madam ? Here's a padlock upon the door,

Heaven help us, large enough for a state priUrsula. Mungo, Mungo! Mungo. Some one call dere

Ursula. Eh-how-what, a padlock! Ursula. Mungo, I say !

Mungo. Here it is, I feel it-adod its a tumMungo. What devil you want?

per! Ursula. What lewd noise is that?

Ursula. He was afraid to trust me, then?-


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