Were I laid on Greenland's coast,
And in my arms embraced my lass: 35 Warm amidst eternal frost, Too soon the half year's night would pass.
POLLY. Were I sold on Indian soil,
Soon as the burning day was closed,
I could mock the sultry toil, 40 When on my charmer's breast reposed.
MACH. And I would love you all the day,
POLLY. Every, night would kiss and play,
MACH. If with me you'd fondly stray
POLLY. Over the hills and far away. 45
POLLY. Yes, I would go with thee. But oh! -- how shall I speak it? I must be torn from thee. We must part.
MACH. How! Part!
POLLY. We must, we must. My papa and 50 mama are set against thy life. They now, even now are in search after thee. They are preparing evidence against thee. Thy life depends upon a moment.
Oh, what pain it is to part!
Can I leave thee, can I leave thee? 55 Oh, what pain it is to part! Can thy Polly ever leave thee?
But lest death my love should thwart,
And bring thee to the fatal cart,
Thus I tear thee from my bleeding heart! 60 Fly hence, and let me leave thee.
One kiss and then -- one kiss -- begone -- farewell.
MACH. My hand, my heart, my dear, is so riveted to thine, that I cannot unloose my hold.
POLLY. But my papa may intercept thee, 65 and then I should lose the very glimmering of hope. A few weeks, perhaps, may reconcile us all. Shall thy Polly hear from thee?
MACH. Must I then go?
POLLY. And will not absence change your love? 70
MACH. If you doubt it, let me stay -- and be hanged.
POLLY. Oh, how I fear! how I tremble! -- Go -- but when safety will give you leave, you will be sure to see me again; for till then Polly is wretched. 75
(Parting, and looking back at each other with fondness; he at one door, she at the other.)
MACH. The miser thus a shilling sees,
Which he's obliged to pay,
With sighs resigns it by degrees,
And fears 'tis gone for aye.
POLLY. The boy, thus, when his sparrow's flown, 80 The bird in silence eyes; But soon as out of sight 'tis gone,
Whines, whimpers, sobs and cries.
A tavern near Newgate.
JEMMY TWITCHER, CROOK-FINGERED JACK, WAT DREARY, ROBIN OF BAGSHOT, NIMMING NED, HENRY PADINGTON, MATT OF THE MINT, BEN