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Rom. No! Too much of your blood is upon my
times throw themselves between the assailants head! Be justly revenged : take mine!
and Romaldi. When the combatants have (Music continues as Romaldi offers the pistol
descended the hill, Romaldi's foot slips, he which Francisco throws to a distance, and
falls, and Francisco intervenes to guard his entreats him to fly by the valley. Romaldi
body. By this time all the principal charac
ters are near the front. The Archers appear signifies the impossibility, and runs distractedly from side to side: then, after Fran
prepared to shoot, and strike with their
sabres ; when the entreaties and effo'ts of cisoo's and Selina's entreaties, ascends to
Francisco and Selina are renewed. The cross the bridge. Met at the edge of the hill by an Archer, he is driven back; theu
Archers forbear for a moment; and Fran
Cusco shields his brother. The music ceases.) struggle on the bridge. The Archer's sword taken by Romaldi, who again attempting Sel. Oh, Forbear! Let my father's virtues plead fight is again met by several Archers. Ro- for my uncle's errors! maldi maintains a retreating fight. Fiam- Bon. We all will entreat for mercy; since of stta, Bonamo, Stephano, Montano, and Pea- mercy we all have need: for his sake, and for our sants, follow the Archers. Francisco and own, may it be freely granted. Selina, in the greatest agitation, several (The curtain falls to slow and solemn music.
A COMEDY, IN FIVE ACT S.-B Y MRS.
Lop.-" THE POINT IS PRETTY SHARP : 'TWILL DO YOUR BUSINESS, I WARRANT YOU."-Agt i scene 2.
have been there; what sort of people are the
English? Enter DON LOPEZ, meeting FREDERICK.
Fred. My lord, the English are, by nature, Fred. My lord, Don Lopez.
what the ancient Romans were by discipline, Lop. How dy'e, Frederick ?
courageous, bold, hardy, and in love with liberty. Fred. At your lordship's service. I am glad to Liberty is the idol of the English, under whoso 500 you look so well, my lord; I hope Antonio's banner all the nation enlists. Give but the word out of danger?
for liberty, and straight more armed legions would Lop. Quite the contrary; his fever increases, they appear, than France and Philip keep in constant tell me, and the surgeons are of opinion his wound pay. is mortal.
Lop. I like their principles. Who does not Fred. Your son, Don Felix, is safe, I hope ? wish for freedom in all degrees of life ? thouglı
Lo.p I hope so too; but they offer large rewards common prudence sometimes makes us act against to apprehend him.
it, as I am now obliged to do; for I intend to Fred. When heard your lordship from him ? marry my daughter to Don Guzman, whom I > Lop. Not since he went. I forbad him writing expect from Holland every day, whither he went 'till the public news gave him an account of to take possession of a large estate left him by his Antonio's health. Letters might be intercepted, uncle. and the place of his abode discovered; however, Fred. You will not, surely, sacrifice the lovely
No. 10.-THB BRITISH DRAMA.
Isabella to age, avarice, and a fool? Pardon the Enter COLONEL BRITON, in a riding habit. expression, my lord, but my concern for your Col. B. Frederick, I rejoice to see thee. beauteous daughter transports me beyond that Fred. What brought you to Lisbon, Colonel! good manners which I ought to pay to your lord- Col. B. La fortune de la guerre, as the French say; ship's presence.
I have commanded these three last years in Spain, Lop. I can't deny the justness of the character, but my country has thought fit to strike up a poace, Frederick; but you are not insensible what I have and gave us good Protestants leave to hope for suffered by these wars; and he has two things Christian burial: so I resolved to take Lisbon in which render him very agreeable to me for a son- my way home. in-law, he is rich and well-born. As for his being Fred. If you are not provided of a lodging, a fool, I don't conceive how that can be any blot in Colonel, pray command my house while you a husband, who is already possessed of a good stay. ostate. A poor fool, indeed, is a very scandalous Col. B. If I were sure I should not be troublething; and so are your poor wits, in my opinion, some, I would accept your offer, Frederick. who have nothing to be vain of but the inside of Fred. So far from trouble, Colonel, I shall their skulls. Now, for Don Guzman, I know I can take it as a particular favour. What have wo rule him as I think it; this is acting the politic here? part, Frederick, without which it is impossible to Col. B. My footman. This is our country dress, keep up the port of this life.
you must know; which, for the honour of Scotland, Fred. But have you no consideration for your I make all my servants wear. daughter's welfare, my lord ?
Enter GIBBY, in a Highland dress. Lop. Is a husband of twenty thousand crowns Gibby. What
mun I do wi' the horses, and like a year no consideration? Now, I think it a very yer honour ? They will tak cold, gin they stand in good consideration.
the causeway. Fred. One way, my lord, but what will the world Fred. On, i'll take care of him. What, hoa! say of such a match?
Vasquez. Lop. Sir, I value not the world a button.
Enter VASQUEZ. Fred. I cannot think your daughter can have any Put those horses, which that honest fellow will inclination for such a husband.
show you, into my stable, do you hear? and feed Lop. There I believe you are pretty much in the them well. right; though it is a secret wbich I never had the Vas. Yes, sir. Sir, by my master's orders, I am, curiosity to inquire into, nor, I believe, ever shall. sir, your most obsequious, humble servant. Be Inclination, quotha! Parents would have a fine pleased to lead the way. time on't, if they consulted their children's incli- Gibby. 'Sbleed, gan yer : gate, sir, and I sall nations! No, no, sir, it is not a father's business to follow ye: Ise tee hungry to feed on complifollow his children's inclinations till he makes him- ments. self a beggar.
Erii with Vasquez. Fred. But this is of another nature, my lord. Fred. Ha, ha! & comlea.) fallow. Well, how do
Lor. Lookye, sir, I resolve she shall marry Don you like our country, Colonel ? Guzinan, the moment he arrives; though I could Col. B. Why, faith, Frederick 8 man might pass not govern my son, I will my daughter, I assure his time agreeably enough within side of a nunnery: you.
but to behold such troops of soft, plump, tender, Fred. This match, iny lord, is more preposterous melting, wishing, nay, willing girls, too, through & than that which you proposed to your son, from damn'd grate, gives us Britons strong temptations whence arose this fatal quarrel. Don Antonio's to plunder. Ah, Frederick, your priests are wicked sister, Elvira, wanted beauty only; but Guzman rogues; they immure beauty for their own proper everything but
ase, and shew it only to the laity to create desires, Lop. Money, and that will purchas) everything and inflame accompts, that they may purchase and so adieu.
pardons at a dearer rate.
[Exit. Fred. I own wenching is something more diffiFred. Monstrous ! These are the resolutions cult here than in England, where women's liberties which destroy the comforts of matrimony; he is are subservient to their inclinations, and husbands rich and well-born, powerful arguments indeed! suem of no effect, but to take care of the children Could I but add theni to the friendship of Don which their wives provide. Felix, what might 1 not hope? But a merchant Col. B. And does restraint get the better of incliand & grandee of Portugal, are inconsistent nation with your women here? No, I'll be sworn
not, even in fourscore. Don't I know the constituEnter LISSARDO, in a riding habit. tion of the Spanish ladies ? Lissurdo! From whence came you?
Fred. And of all the ladies where you come, Lis. That letter will inform you, sir.
Colonel; you were ever a man of gallantry. Fred. I hope your master's safe?
Col. B. Ah, Frederick, the kirk half starves Lis. I left him so; I have another to deliver, us Scotchmen. We are kept so sharp at home, which requires haste. Your most humble servant, that we feed like cannibals abroad. Harkyo, hast
thou never a pretty acquaintance now, that thou Fred. To Violante, I suppose ?
would'st consigo over to a friend for half an hour, lis. The same.
[Exit. ha? Fred. (Reads.) “Dear Frederick, the two chief Fred. Faith, Colonel, I am the worst pimp in blessings of this life are, a friend and å mistress Christendom; you had better trust to your own to be debarred the sight of those iš not to live. I luek, the women will soon find you out, I warrant bear notbing of Antonio's death, and therefore re- you, solve to venture to the house this evening, impa- Col. B. Ay, but it is dangerous foraging in an tient to see Violante, and embrace my friend. enemy's country; and since I have some aopes of Yours, FELIX."
Pray heaven, ho comes undisco- seeing my own again, I had rather purchase my vered. Ha! Colonel Briton.
pleasure, than run tho hazard of a stiletto in my auta
Wilt thou recommend me to a wife, then; one that my jewels, and seek my fortune on t'other side the is willing to exchange her moidores for English water; no shore can treat you worse than your liberty; ha, friend ?
own; there's never a father in Christendom should Fred.. She must be very handsome, I sup make me marry any man against my will. pose ?
Isa. I am too great a coward to follow your adCol. B. The handsomer the better; but be sure vice: I must contrive some way to avoid Don Guz. she ras a nose.
man, and yet stay in my own country. Fred., Ay, ay, and some gold.
Enter DON LOPEZ. Col. B. Oh, very much gold; I shall never be able Lop. Must you so, mistress? but I shall take care to swallow the matrimonial pill, if it be not well to prevent you. (Aside.) Isabella, whither are you gilded.
going, my child ? Fred. Pho, beauty will make it slide down Isa. To church, sir. nimbly.
Inis. The old rogue has certainly overheard her. Col. B. At first, perhaps, it may; but the second (Aside.) or third dose will choke me. I confess. Frederick, Lop. Your devotion must peeds be very strong women are the prettiest playthings in nature : but or your memory very weak, my dear; why, vesgold, substantial gold, gives them the air, the pers are over for this night. Come, come, you mien, the shape; the grace, and beauty of a god- shall have a better errand to church, than to say dess.
your prayers there. Don Guzman is arrived in the Fred. And has not gold the same divinity in their river, and I expect him ashore to-morrow. eyes, Colonel ?
Isa. Ha! to-morrow! Col. B. Too often.
Lop. He writes me word, that his estate in Hol. None marry now for love; no, that's a jest:
land is worth twelve thousand crowns a year; The self-same bargain serves for wife and beast. which, together with what he had before, will make
Fred. You are always gay, Colonel. Come, shall thee the happiest wife in Lisbon. we take a refreshing glass at my house, and con Isa. And the most unhappy woman in the world. sider what has been said ?
Oh, sir, if I have any power in your heart, if the Col. B. I have two or three compliments too dis-tenderness of a father be not quite extinct, hear me charge for some friends, and then I shall wait on with patience. you with pleasure. Where do you live?
Lop. No objection against the marriage, and I Fred. At yon corner house with the green will hear whatsoever thou hast to say. rails.
Isa. That's torturing me on the rack, and forbidCol. C. In the close of the evening I will endea ding me to groan; upon my knees I claim the privour to kiss your hand. Adieu.
vilege of flesh and blood.
(Kneels.) Frel. I shall expect you with impatience.
Lop. I grant it; thou shalt have an arm full of [Ereunt.
flesh and blood to-morrow. Flesh and blood, SCENE II.-A Room in Don Lopez's house.
quotha! heaven forbid I should deny thee flesh and
blood, my girl. Enter ISABELLA and INIS, her maid. Inis. Here's an old dog for you! (Aside.) Inis. For goodness' sake, madam, where are you Isa. Do not mistake, sir; the fatal stroke which going in this pet?
separates soul and body, is not more terrible to the Isa. Anywhere to avoid matrimony; the thought thoughts of sinners, than the name of Guzman to of a husband is terrible to me.
my ear. Inis. Ay, of an old husband; but if you may Lop. Pho, pho! you lie, you lie! choose for yourself, I fancy matrimony would be no Isa. My frighted heart beats hard against my such frightful thing to you.
breast, as if it sought a passage to your feet, to beg Isa. You are pretty much in the right, Inis ; but you'd change your purpose. to be forced into the arms of an idiot, who has Lop. A very pretty speech this; if it were turned neither person to please the eye, sense to charm
into blank verse, it would serve for a tragedy. the ear, nor generosity to supply those defacts. Why, thou hast more wit than I thought thou Ah, Inis, what pleasant lives women lead in Eng- hadst, child. I fancy this was all extempore; I land, where duty wears no fetters but inclination. don't believe thou did'st ever think one word on't The custom of our country enslaves us from our before. very cradles ; first to our parents, next to our hus Inis. Yes, but she has, my lord; for I have heard bands; and when heaven is so kind to rid us of her say the same things a thousand times. both these, our brothers still usurp authority, and Lop. How, how? What, do you top your secondexpect a blind obedience from us: so that, maids, hand jests upon your father, hussy, who knows wives, or widows, we are little better than slaves better what's good for you than you do yourself ? to the tyrant man; therefore, to avoid their power, Remember, 'tis your duty to obey. I resolve to cast myself into a monastery.
Isa. (Rises.) I never disobeyed you before, and Inis. That is, you'll cut your own throat to wish I had not reason now; but nature has got the avoid another's doing it for you Ah, madam, better of my duty, and makes me loathe the harsh, those eyes tell me you have no nun's flesh about commands you lay. you! A. monastery, quotha! where you'll wish Lop. Ha, ha! very ine! Ha, ha ! yourself into the green-sickness in a month.
Isa. Death itself would be welcome. Isa. What care 1 ? there will be no man to plague Lop. Are you sure of that? me.
Isa. I am your daughter, my lord, and can boast Inis. No, nor, what's much worse, to please you as strong a resolution as yourself; I'll die before neither. Od'slife, madam, you are the first woman I'll marry Guzman. that ever despaired in a Christian country! Were Lop. Say you so ? I'll try that presently. (Draus.) I in your place
Here, let me see with what dexterity you can Isa. Why, what would your wisdom do if you breathe a vein now. (Offers her his sword.) The were?
point is pretty sharp ; 'twill do your business, I his. I'd embark with the first fair wind with all warrant you
Inis. Bless me, sir, what do you mean to put a Re-enter FLORA, with LISSARDO. sword into the hands of a desperate woman? 1o. Well, and how do you do, Lissardo?
Lop. Desperate! ha, ha, ha! you see how des lis. Ah, very weary, madam. Faith, thou lookest perato she is. What, art thou frightened, little wondrous pretty, Flora. (Apart to Flora.) Bell ? ha!
Vio. How came you? Isa. I confess I am startled at your morals, sir. Lis. En chevalier, madam, upon a hackney jade,
Lop. Ay, ay. child, thou had'st better take the which, they told me, formerly belonged to an Enman, be'll hurt thee least of the two.
glish Colonel. But I should have rather thought Isa, I shall take neither, sir; death has many she had been bred a good Roman Catholic all her doors, and when I can live no longer with pleasure life-time; for she down'd on her knees to every I shall find one to let him in at without your aid. stock and stone we come along by. My chops
Lop. 'Say'st thou so, my dear Bell? Ods, I'm water for a kiss, they do, Flora. (Apart to Flara.)
Vio. Where did you leave your master?
Lis. At a little farm-house, madam, about fire
miles off. He'll be at Don Frederick's in the evenAnd see who'll get the better, you or I.
ing. 'Od, I will so revenge myself of those lips of
Vio. Is he in health ?
Flora. O, you counterfeit wondrous well. (Apar:
Lis. No, everybody knows I counterfeit very ill.
(Apart to Flora.) following.
Vio. How say you? Is Felix ill? What's his Flo. Wbat, must that letter be read again ? distemper? Ha!
Vio. Yes, and again, and again, and again, a thou Lis. A pies on't, I hate to be interrupted. (Aside.) sand times again; a letter from a faithful lover can Love, madam, love. In short, madam, I believe never be read too often : it speaks such kind, such he has thought of nothing but your ladyship ever soft, such tender things. (Kisses it.)
since he left Lisbon. I am sure he could not, if I Flora. But always the same language.
may judge of his heart by my own. (Looks lovingly Vio. It does not charm the less for that.
at Flora.) Flora. In my opinion, nothing charms that does Vio. How came you so well acquainted with your not change; and my composition of the four-and-master's thoughts, Lissardo ? twenty letters, after the first essay, from the same Lis. By an infallible rule, madam, words are the hand, must be dull, except a bank note, or a bill of pictures of the mind, you know; now, to prove he exchange.
thinks of nothing but you, he talks of nothing but Vio. Thy taste is my aversion. (Reads.) “My all you; for example, madam : coming from silooting that's charming, since life's not life, exiled from thee, the other day, with a brace of partridges, “ Lis. this night shall bring me to thy arms. Frederick and sardo," said he, “go bid the cook roast me these thee are all I trust. These six weeks' absence have been, Violantes." I flew into the kitchen, full of thoughts in love's accompt, six hundred years. When it is dark, of thee and cried, “Here, cook, roast me these expect the wonted signal at thy window; till when, Florellas." (To Flora.) adieu. Thine, more than his own,
FELIX." Flora. Ha, ha! excellent. You mimic your Flora. Who wouid pot have said as much to & master, then, it seems. (To Lissardo.) lady of her beauty, and twenty thousand pounds? Lis. I can do everything as well as my master, (Aside.) Were I a man, methinks, I could have you little rogue. (To Plora.) Another time, masaid a hundred finer things.
dam, the priest came to make him a visit, be called Vio. What would you have said ?
out hastily, “Lissardo," said, he, “bring & VioFlora. I would have compared your eyes to the lante for my father to sit down on. Then be often stars, your teeth to ivory, your lips to coral, your mistook my name, madam, and called me Violante; neck to alabaster, your shape to
in short, I heard it so often, that it became as famiVio. No more of your bombast; truth is the best liar to me as my prayers. * eloquence in a lover. Wbat proof remains ungiven Vio. You live very merrily, then, it seems.
of his love? When his father threatened to disin Lis. Oh, exceeding merry, madam. (Kisses Flora's berit bim, for rufusing Don Antonio's sister, from hand.) wbence sprung this unhappy quarrel, did it shake Vio. Ha! exceeding merry? Had you treats his love for me? And now, though strict inquiry and balls ? runs through every place, with large rewards to Lis. Oh, yes, yes, madam, several. apprehend him, does be not venture all for me? Flora. You are mad, Lissardo; you don't mind
Flora. But you know, madam, your father, Don what my lady says to you. (Apart to Lissardo.) Pedro, designs you for a nun; to be sure, you look Vio. Ha! balls ? Is he so merry in my absence? very like a nun: and says, your grandfather left (Aside.) And did your master dance, Lissardo? you your fortune upon that condition.
Lis. Dance, madam ? where, madam ? Vio. Not without my approbation, girl, when I Vio. Why, at those balls you speak of. come to one-and-twenty, as I am informed. But, Lis. Balls! what balls, madam? however, I shall run the risk of that. Go, call in Vio. Why, sure you are in love, Lissardo; did Lissardo.
pot you say, but now, you had balls where you Flora. Yes, madam. Now for a thousand verbal have been? questions.
Lis. Balls, madam! what balls, madam? OdsAside and Exit. | life, I ask you pardon, madam. I-I-I had mis