whom yet they never saw, where shall I find con
|stancy to support it? Should he resemble his||25|
|received give me favorable impressions of his||30|
SERV. Sir, the foreign gentleman is come.
[Enter] another Servant.
[SECOND] SERV. Mr. Belcour.
STOCK. Mr. Belcour, I'm rejoiced to see you; you're welcome to England.
|BEL. I thank you heartily, good Mr. Stock-||5|
|STOCK. What perils, Mr. Belcour? I could||10|
BEL. Nor did we: courier-like, we came posting to your shores, upon the pinions of the swiftest
|gales that ever blew; 'tis upon English ground all||15|
STOCK. Ay, indeed! What obstructions can you have met between this and the riverside?
|BEL. Innumerable! Your town's as full of||20|
|your streets; that, unless a man marched with||25|
STOCK. I am sorry you have been so incommoded.
|BEL. Why, faith, 'twas all my own fault; ac||30|
|toes, I proceeded a little too roughly to brush||35|
|suffered so much, that I was obliged to step into||40|
STOCK. (aside). All without is as I wish; dear Nature add the rest, and I am happy. -- Well, Mr. Bel
|cour, 'tis a rough sample you have had of my||45|
BEL. Not at all, not at all; I like 'em the better; was I only a visitor, I might, perhaps, wish them a
|little more tractable; but, as a fellow subject,||50|
STOCK. (aside). That's well; I like that well.
|How gladly I could fall upon his neck, and own||55|
BEL. Well, Mr. Stockwell, for the first time in my life, here am I in England; at the fountain head of pleasure, in the land of beauty, of arts, and ele
|gancies. My happy stars have given me a good||60|
STOCK. To use, not to waste it, I should hope; to treat it, Mr. Belcour, not as a vassal, over whom
|you have a wanton and despotic power, but as||65|
BEL. True, sir; most truly said; mine's a commission, not a right: I am the offspring of distress,
|and every child of sorrow is my brother; while||70|
|but my wishes and my sighs.||75|
STOCK. Come, come, the man who can accuse corrects himself.
BEL. Ah! that's an office I am weary of: I wish a friend would take it up: I would to heaven you had
|leisure for the employ; but, did you drive a trade||80|
STOCK. Well, I am not discouraged; this candor
|tells me I should not have the fault of serf-||85|
BEL. No; if I knew that man on earth who thought more humbly of me than I do of myself,
|I would take up his opinion and forego my own.||90|
STOCK. And, was I to choose a pupil, it should be one of your complexion; so if you'll come along____________________
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Publication information: Book title: British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan. Contributors: George Henry Nettleton - Editor, Arthur Eillicot Case - Editor. Publisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,.. Place of publication: Boston; New York. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 725.
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