AIR II. The bonny gray-eyed morn, etc.
FILCH. 'Tis woman that seduces all mankind, 35 By her we first were taught the wheedling arts;
Her very eyes can cheat; when most she's kind,
She tricks us of our money with our hearts.
For her, like wolves by night we roam for prey,
And practise ev'ry fraud to bribe her charms; 40 For suits of love, like law, are won by pay, And beauty must be fee'd into our arms.
PEACH. But make haste to Newgate,1 boy, and let my friends know what I intend; for I love to make them easy one way or other. 45
FILCH. When a gentleman is long kept in suspense, penitence may break his spirit ever after. Besides, certainty gives a man a good air upon his trial, and makes him risk another without fear or scruple. But I'll away, for 'tis a pleasure to be 50 the messenger of comfort to friends in affliction.
PEACH. But 'tis now high time to look about me for a decent execution against next sessions.2 I hate a lazy rogue, by whom one can get nothing till he is hanged. (Reading.) 'A register of the gang. Crook-fingered Jack.' A year and a half in the 5 service. Let me see how much the stock owes to his industry; one, two, three, four, five gold watches, and seven silver ones. A mighty clean-handed fellow! Sixteen snuff-boxes, five of them of true gold. Six dozen of handkerchiefs, four silver-hilted 10 swords, half a dozen of shirts, three tie-periwigs, and a piece of broadcloth. Considering these are only the fruits of his leisure hours, I don't know a prettier fellow, for no man alive hath a more engaging presence of mind upon the road. 'Wat Dreary, alias 15 Brown Will' -- an irregular dog, who hath an underhand way of disposing of his goods. I'll try him only for a sessions or two longer upon his good behavior. ' Harry Padington' -- a poor petty-larceny rascal, without the least genius; that fellow, 20 though he were to live these six months, will never come to the gallows with any credit. 'Slippery Sam' -- he goes off the next sessions, for the villain hath the impudence to have views of following his trade as a tailor, which he calls an honest em 25 ployment. 'Matt of the Mint' -- listed3 not above a month ago, a promising sturdy fellow, and diligent in his way: somewhat too bold and hasty, and may raise good contributions on the public, if he does not cut himself short by murder. ' Tom Tipple' -- 30 a guzzling soaking sot, who is always too drunk to stand himself, or to make others stand. A cart4 is absolutely necessary for him. ' Robin of Bagshot, alias Gorgon, alias Bluff Bob, alias Carbuncle, alias Bob Booty --'535
PEACHUM, MRS. PEACHUM.
MRS. PEACH. What of Bob Booty, husband? I hope nothing bad hath betided him? You know, my dear, he's a favorite customer of mine. 'Twas he made me a present of this ring.
PEACH. I have set his name down in the black 5 list, that's all, my dear; he spends his life among women, and as soon as his money is gone, one or other of the ladies will hang him for the reward, and there's forty pound lost to us forever.
MRS. PEACH. You know, my dear, I never 10 meddle in matters of death; I always leave those affairs to you. Women indeed are bitter bad judges in these cases, for they are so partial to the brave, that they think every man handsome who is going to the camp or the gallows. 15
AIR III. Cold and raw, etc.
If any wench Venus's girdle wear,
Though she be never so ugly;
Lilies and roses will quickly appear,
And her face look wond'rous smugly.
Beneath the left ear so fit but a cord, 20 (A rope so charming a zone is!) The youth in his cart hath the air of a lord,
And we cry, 'There dies an Adonis!'
But really, husband, you should not be too hardhearted, for you never had a finer, braver set of 25 men than at present. We have not had a murder____________________