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 Tunbelly 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.
Enter AMANDA and BERINTHIA.
'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____________________