British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan

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MISS. I'cod, I don't know but that may be 130
better sport than t'other; ha, nurse?

Y. FAS. Well, you shall have your choice when you come there.

MISS. Shall I? ----- then by my troth I'll get there

as fast as I can. (To Nurse.) His honor desires 135
you'll be so kind as to let us be married tomorrow.

NURSE. Tomorrow, my dear madam? Y. FAS. Yes, tomorrow, sweet nurse, privately; young folks, you know, are impatient, and Sir Tun

belly would make us stay a week for a wedding- 140
dinner. Now all things being signed and sealed and agreed, I fancy there could be no great harm in practising a scene or two of matrimony in private, if it were only to give us the better assurance when
we come to play it in public. 145

NURSE. Nay, I must confess stol'n pleasures are sweet; but if you should be married now, what will you do when Sir Tunbelly calls for you to be wed?

MISS. Why, then we'll be married again.

NURSE. What, twice, my child? 150

MISS. I'cod, I don't care how often I'm married, not I.

Y. FAS. Pray, nurse, don't you be against your young lady's good; for by this means she'll have

the pleasure of two wedding-days. 155

MISS (to Nurse softly). And of two wedding- nights, too, nurse.

NURSE. Well, I'm such a tender-hearted fool, I find I can refuse nothing; so you shall e'en follow

your own inventions. 160

MISS. Shall I? (Aside.) O Lord, I could leap over the moon.

Y. FAS. Dear nurse, this goodness of yours shan't go unrewarded; but now you must employ

your power with Mr. Bull, the chaplain, that 165
he may do us his friendly office too, and then we shall all be happy; do you think you can prevail with him?

NURSE. Prevail with him? ----- or he shall never prevail with me, I can tell him that.

MISS. My lord, she has had him upon the 170
hip this seven year.

Y. FAS. I'm glad to hear it; however, to strengthen your interest with him, you may let him know I have several fat livings in my gift, and that

the first that falls shall be in your disposal. 175

NURSE. Nay, then I'll make him marry more folks than one, I'll promise him.

MISS. Faith, do, nurse, make him marry you too; I'm sure he'll do't for a fat living; for he loves eating

more than he loves his Bible; and I have often 180
heard him say a fat living was the best meat in the world.

NURSE. Ay, and I'll make him commend the sauce too, or I'll bring his gown to a cassock,1 I will so.

Y. FAS. Well, nurse, whilst you go and settle 185
matters with him, then your lady and I will go take a walk in the garden.

NURSE. I'll do your honor's business in the catching up of a garter. Exit Nurse.

Y. FAS. (giving [MISS HOYDEN] his hand). 190
Come, madam, dare you venture yourself alone with me?

MISS. Oh dear, yes, sir; I don't think you'll do any thing to me I need be afraid on. Exeunt.


[SCENE II]

[LOVELESS'S lodgings.]

Enter AMANDA and BERINTHIA.


A SONG.

I.

'I SMILE at love, and all its arts,'
The charming Cynthia cried;
'Take heed, for Love has piercing darts,'
A wounded swain replied.

'Once free and blest as you are now, 5
I trifled with his charms; I pointed at his little bow,
And sported with his arms:
Till urged too far, "Revenge!" he cries,
A fatal shaft he drew; 10
It took its passage through your eyes, And to my heart it flew.


II.

'To tear it thence I tried in vain;
To strive, I quickly found,

Was only to encrease the pain, 15
And to enlarge the wound. Ah! much too well I fear you know
What pain I'm to endure,
Since what your eyes alone could do,
Your heart alone can cure. 20
And that (grant heaven I may mistake) I doubt2 is doomed to bear
A burthen for another's sake,
Who ill rewards its care.'

AMAN. Well, now, Berinthia, I'm at leisure to 25
hear what 'twas you had to say to me.

BER. What I had to say was only to echo the sighs and groans of a dying lover.

AMAN. Phu, will you never learn to talk in earnest

of anything? 30

BER. Why, this shall be in earnest, if you please; for my part, I only tell you matter of fact -- you may

____________________
148] P wedded?
149] P we will.
166] P om us.
167] P be all.
168] P go and take.
190] Q1Q2P giving her.
SCENE II. 17] P well I fear, you.
23] P burden.
1
The cassock was worn under the clergyman's gown. Apparently the nurse threatens to tear the gown off the chaplain's back.
2
Fear.

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