science had the impudence to intrude into your company. 165
Y. FAS. Be at peace, it will come there no more: my brother has given it a wring by the nose, and I have kicked it down stairs. So run away to the inn; get the horses ready quickly, and bring 'em to old Coupler's, without a moment's delay. 170
LO. Then, sir, you are going straight about the fortune?
Y. FAS. I am: away! fly, Lory!
LO. The happiest day I ever saw. I'm upon the wing already. Exeunt several ways. 175
A garden [adjoining LOVELESS'S lodgings].
Enter LOVELESS and Servant.
LOV. Is my wife within?
SERV. No, sir, she has been gone out this half hour.
LOV. 'Tis well; leave me.
(Solus.) Sure, fate has yet some business to be done,
Before Amanda's heart and mine must rest; 5 Else why, amongst those legions of her sex, Which throng the world,
Should she pick out for her companion
The only one on earth
Whom nature has endowed for her undoing? 10 'Undoing' was't I said? ----- Who shall undo her? Is not her empire fixed? Am I not hers?
Did she not rescue me, a grov'ling slave?
When, chained and bound by that black tyrant, Vice,
I labored in his vilest drudgery, 15 Did she not ransom me, and set me free? Nay, more: when by my follies sunk
To a poor tattered, despicable beggar,
Did she not lift me up to envied fortune?
Give me herself, and all that she possessed? -- 20 Without a thought of more return, Than what a poor repenting heart might make her.
Han't she done this? And if she has,
Am I not strongly bound to love her for it?
To love her! -- Why, do I not love her then? 25 By earth and heaven, I do! Nay, I have demonstration that I do:
For I would sacrifice my life to serve her.
Yet hold: ----- if laying down my life
Be demonstration of my love, 30 What is't I feel in favor of Berinthia? For should she be in danger, methinks, I could incline
To risk it for her service too; and yet I do not love her.
How then subsists my proof? -- Oh, I have found it
What I would do for one is demonstration of my love; 35 And if I'd do as much for t'other, [It] there is demonstration of my friendship.
It must be so. I find I'm very much her friend.
Yet let me ask myself one puzzling question more:
Whence springs this mighty friendship all at once? 40 For our acquaintance is of later date. Now friendship's said to be a plant of tedious growth,
Its root composed of tender fibres,
Nice in their taste, cautious in spreading,
Checked with the least corruption in the soil; 45 Long ere it take, and longer still ere it appear to do so.
Whilst mine is in a moment shot so high,
And fixed so fast, it seems beyond the power
Of storms to shake it. I doubt it thrives too fast.
Ha! she here! Nay, then, 50 Take heed, my heart, for there are dangers towards.
BER. What makes you look so thoughtful, sir?
I hope you are not ill.
LOV. I was debating, madam, whether I was so or
not; and that was it which made me look so 55 thoughtful. BER. Is it then so hard a matter to decide? I thought all people had been acquainted with their own bodies, though few people know their own minds. 60 LOV. What if the distemper, I suspect, be in the mind?
BER. Why, then I'll undertake to prescribe you a cure.
LOV. Alas, you undertake you know not 65 what. BER. So far at least then allow me to be a physician.
LOV. Nay, I'll allow you so yet farther: for I have reason to believe, should I put myself into your 70 hands, you would increase my distemper. BER. Perhaps I might have reasons from the college1 not to be too quick in your cure; but 'tis possible I might find ways to give you often ease, sir. LOV. Were I but sure of that, I'd quickly 75 lay my case before you.____________________